NILES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT 71

NILES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT 71
NILES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT 71
Amy Kruppe, Ed.D., Superintendent
Peggie Maniscalco, Principal
Laura Guarraci, Director of Student Services
School District Website: http://wwww.culver71.net
6901 W. Oakton Street
Niles, Illinois 60714-3024
847-966-9280
Fax: 847-966-1478
Dear Parents or Guardians,
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year. The administrative team is excited to be a vital part of your child’s
educational program. Our goal is to meet the needs of your child in order to give him or her the best education
possible. However, we cannot achieve this without the support and participation of you, as parents, as well as your
children. Our collaborative work together will help your child to achieve to their greatest potential.
Please take some time to review the procedures contained in this handbook with your child and save it for periodic
review. You can find this located at any time on the website. This is a key to all of us working together in a safe,
productive school environment.
Throughout the year we will be communicating with you via many avenues. This will include our newsletters,
email, powerannouncements, and through our website. Our web address is www.culver71.net. If at any time you
have a question, please feel free to contact me or the other members of our administrative team.
I look forward to working with you and your child throughout the school year.
Respectfully,
Amy Kruppe, Ed.D.
Superintendent
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
GENERAL DISTRICT INFORMATION .......................................................................................................................................... 6
MISSION STATEMENT
STATEMENTS OF BELIEFS AND VALUES
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THE BOARD OF EDUCATION..................................................................................................................................................... 6
BOARD MEMBERS
BOARD MEETINGS
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SCHOOL PERSONNEL ............................................................................................................................................................... 6
SUPERINTENDENT
PRINCIPAL
DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES
STAFF
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS
CONFERENCE WITH TEACHERS
CONCERNS
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ATTENDANCE .......................................................................................................................................................................... 7
REGULAR ATTENDANCE
REPORTING STUDENT ATTENDANCE
TRUANCY
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EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES ............................................................................................................................................. 8
SECURITY INFORMATION
FIRE AND TORNADO DRILLS
CLASSROOM INTERRUPTIONS
LEAVING THE SCHOOL GROUNDS
REQUESTS FOR EARLY DISMISSAL
CHANGE OF ADDRESS/TELEPHONE NUMBER
VISITORS IN THE BUILDING
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RESIDENCY .............................................................................................................................................................................. 9
DISTRICT BOUNDARIES
RESIDENCY
ELIGIBILITY FOR SCHOOL (AGE, RESIDENCY)
TRANSFER STUDENTS
HOMELESS STUDENTS
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TRANSPORTATION .................................................................................................................................................................. 9
AUTOMOBILE DROP-OFF/PICK-UP DIRECTIONS
WALKING AND CROSSING DIRECTIONS
MORNING ARRIVAL
AFTERNOON DISMISSAL
BUS TIMES
BUS ROUTES
BUS RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR STUDENTS
BUS RULE CONSEQUENCES
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SCHEDULES.............................................................................................................................................................................12
SCHOOL DAY
MEDIA CENTER - Available before and after school
EARLY RELEASE DAYS
RECESS
LOCKERS
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING
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RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS
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FEES
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EXPLANATION OF FEES...................................................................................................................................................13
RETURNED CHECK FEE
HOT LUNCH PROGRAM
INSURANCE
MONEY AT SCHOOL
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HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION ......................................................................................................................................14
GENERAL RULES FOR ALL ILLNESS AND REPORTING ABSENCES
CONTAGIOUS DISEASES
HEAD LICE
MEDICAL RESTRICTION IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND RECESS
PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS
IMMUNIZATIONS
DENTAL REQUIREMENTS
PHYSICAL EXAMS FOR CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
VISION SCREENING
EYE EXAMINATION
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PROGRAMS ............................................................................................................................................................................17
INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS
FIELD TRIPS
REVIEW OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
TECHNOLOGY
CHROMEBOOKS
COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH EDUCATION
SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
HOME AND HOSPITAL INSTRUCTION
ENRICHMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM
NILES TOWNSHIP ELL PARENT CENTER
NETWORK AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
EXPERIMENTS UPON OR DISSECTION OF ANIMALS
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
VOLUNTEERING/TUTORING PROGRAM
FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS
PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT NOTICE AND CONSENT/OPT-OUT FOR SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES
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FEDERAL AND STATE POLICIES AND GUIDELINES ....................................................................................................................20
TITLE IX AND SECTION 504
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
SCHOOL VISITATION RIGHTS ACT
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT
SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET
LITERATURE/FLYER DISTRIBUTION
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HOMEWORK, GRADING, REPORT CARDS, PROMOTION POLICY, TESTING & SCHOOL RECORDS ..............................................21
HOMEWORK
REPORT CARDS
6-8 GRADING POLICY
PROMOTION POLICY GRADES K-5
PROMOTION POLICY GRADES 6-8
ACADEMIC RECOGNITION GRADES 6-8
DISTRICT TESTING PROGRAM
DISTRICT LOCAL ANNUAL FORMAL ASSESSMENT
ASSESSMENT RQUIRED BY THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
TESTING REQUIRED BY NILES WEST HIGH SCHOOL
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STUDENT RECORDS – Rights and Privacy
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RULES AND DISCIPLINE ...........................................................................................................................................................24
PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support)
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POSITIVE ATTITUDE ................................................................................................................................................................24
BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS
OFFICE DISCIPLINE REFERRALS (ODR)
CONSEQUENCES/DISCIPLINE
DETENTION PLAN GRADES 6-8
HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
WELLNESS PROCESS AND CELEBRATIONS
CAFETERIA RULES
PLAYGROUND/RECESS
RECESS RULES
DRUGS (SMOKING, ALCOHOL)
GANGS AND GANG RELATED ACTIVITIES
POSSESSION OF INAPPOROPRIATE ITEMS
WEAPONS ACT
SEARCH AND SEIZURE
DUE PROCESS
USE OF ISOLATED TIME OUT OR PHYSICAL RESTRAINT
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OTHER INFORMATIONAL ITEMS .............................................................................................................................................28
ASBESTOS
LAWN FERTILIZATION & PESTICIDE NOTIFICATION REGISTRY
AEROSOL CANS
TEXTBOOKS
CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
DRESS CODE
LOST AND FOUND
POSTERS
SCHOOL TELEPHONE
SIGNING OUT
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TARDINESS .............................................................................................................................................................................29
CO-CURRICULAR AND SPECIAL EVENTS...................................................................................................................................29
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT
TRYOUTS
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT COUNCIL
BEHAVIORAL REQUIREMENTS
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CULVER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ...................................................................................................................................................30
BAND/ORCHESTRA
BASKETBALL GRADES 6-8
SCIENCE OLYMPIAD GRADES 6-8
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS GRADES 4-6
CHEERLEADING GRADES 7-8
CHORAL PROGRAM GRADES 6-8
SCHOOL PLAY GRADES 6-8
SOCCER GRADES 6-8
SPELLING BEE GRADES 4-8
STUDENT COUNCIL GRADES 6-8
TRACK AND FIELD GRADES 6-8
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VOLLEYBALL GRADES 6-8
YEARBOOK GRADES 7-8
RACHEL’S CHALLENGE/SERVICE CLUB 5-8
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CULVER AWARDS ...................................................................................................................................................................32
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE GRADES 6-8
BAND AND ORCHESTRA GRADES 3-8
CITIZENSHIP AWARDS GRADES 4-7
ELL AWARD GRADES 5-8
FOREIGN LANGUAGE GRADES 7-8
LANGUAGE ARTS GRADES 4-8
MATHEMATICS GRADES 4-8
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AWARDS GRADES 4-8
PRESIDENTS CHALLENGE PHYSICAL FITNESS GRADES 6-8
SCIENCE GRADES 4-8
SOCIAL STUDIES GRADES 4-8
SPELLING BEE GRADES 4-8
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PTA PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS ..................................................................................................................................33
ACHIEVEMENT AND SCHOLARSHIP GRADES 4-8
APPLIED TECHNOLOGY GRADES 6-8
ART GRADES 4-8
GENERAL MUSIC GRADES 4-8
SCHOLASTIC IMPROVEMENT GRADES 4-8
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AWARDS FOR PARTICIPATION RECOGNITION ........................................................................................................................34
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS GRADES 4-6
CHORAL PROGRAM GRADES 6-8
DRAMA AWARD GRADES 6-8
SPORTS
STUDENT COUNCIL
YEARBOOK GRADES 7-8
RACHEL'S CHALLENGE GRADES 5-8
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EIGHTH GRADE AWARDS ........................................................................................................................................................35
CLARENCE E. CULVER MEMORIAL ART AWARD
CITIZENSHIP AWARDS
GRADUATION CEREMONY SPEAKERS
ROBERT K. SALL MEMORIAL BAND STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD
BAND and ORCHESTRA STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD
GREG ANDERSON MEMORIAL AWARD
THOMAS P. BACK MATH AWARD
THOMAS P. BACK SCIENCE AWARD
BRIAN BYRNE SPIRIT OF CULVER AWARD
PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AND PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT
SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE
SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT
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CHANGES IN RULES.................................................................................................................................................................36
PUBLICATION/DISSEMINATION OF POLICY .............................................................................................................................36
APPENDIX A District Boundaries .............................................................................................................................................37
APPENDIX B Parking Lot……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………...38
APPENDIX C School-Wide Expectations .............................................................................................................................39-41
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GENERAL DISTRICT INFORMATION
MISSION STATEMENT
Niles Elementary School District No. 71 provides students an education which promotes intellectual, physical, social and
emotional growth and fosters respect for self, community and the environment.
STATEMENTS OF BELIEFS AND VALUES
Education is the shared responsibility of students, families, the school, and the community. The following statements express
the beliefs of Niles Elementary School District No. 71. We are committed to providing each student opportunities to attain
his/her full potential by:
Offering challenging programs that meet diverse physical, intellectual, social and emotional needs
Empowering students to become self-directed learners in an ever-changing technological, multicultural world
Respecting one another and sharing accountability for achieving the goals of the school district
Fostering a safe and nurturing environment
Exploring the fine arts to promote creative expression through music, movement and the visual arts
BOARD MEMBERS
Jim Grammas, President
Matt Holbrook, Vice-President
Tina Nielsen , Secretary
Jill Brocar, Member
Matt Glancy, Member
Dave Laskey, Member
Jim Mahoney, Member
THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Term Expiration
April, 2015
April, 2015
April, 2015
April, 2017
April, 2017
April, 2017
April, 2015
BOARD MEETINGS
The Board of Education conducts its regular monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings
are open to the public. If a speaker wishes to have a topic included on the formal agenda and discussed by the Board, the
“Visitor’s Statement” form must be completed and submitted to the Superintendent no later than five (5) days in advance of
the School Board Meeting. Forms are available at the district office. The Board of Education conducts Special Meetings as
needed.
SCHOOL PERSONNEL
SUPERINTENDENT
The Superintendent is employed by the School Board to carry out the philosophy, goals and policies of the school district. The
Superintendent also reviews the needs of the district and makes recommendations to the Board concerning programs, staff,
activities and budget. The Superintendent also functions as the school’s business manager and human resource director and is
in charge of curriculum. It is not uncommon however, that the Superintendent will support the Principal and the Director of
Student Services as needed.
PRINCIPAL
The Principal is the instructional leader of the school with responsibility over staff, students, programs, disciplinary matters and
activities.
DIRECTOR OF STUDENT SERVICES
The Director of Student Services is responsible for student support programs and their staff such as Special Education, English
Language Learners and Title 1 programs, and Culver’s Response to Intervention process (CRTI).
STAFF
The district employs state-certified staff and educational support personnel to provide the instructional and support services to
the students of the district.
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS
All of our substitutes are qualified teachers and licensed by the state. When a substitute teacher is conducting a class, every
attempt to maintain the structure and routine of the class will be made.
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CONFERENCE WITH TEACHERS
If you wish to have a conference with a teacher, please contact the teacher directly between 7:20 a.m. and 3:10 p.m. Teachers
will talk with you when they are not conducting class. Please note: Faculty members often meet daily from 7:20 – 8:00 a.m. and
may not be available for phone calls during this time. If the person with whom you wish to speak is not available when you call,
please leave a message on his/her voicemail. You may also utilize the email contact through the Culver website. Faculty
members will return phone calls during their planning periods or after school hours. All staff members may be reached by using
the first initial and last name @ culver 71.net.
CONCERNS
To ensure a successful school experience, strong communication between parents and teachers is vital. Occasionally,
misunderstandings between the home and school can occur. Often, these can be corrected by a call to the school. Because it is
in our mutual best interests to resolve any misunderstandings, the following procedures are encouraged:
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The student or parent/guardian should discuss the matter with the person(s) directly involved first. Call the school so
that you can discuss the matter with that person and/or to schedule a meeting with him/her.
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If Step #1 fails to resolve the problem, it should be directed to the Principal or Director of Student Services.
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If Step #2 fails to resolve the problem, it should be directed to the Superintendent.
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If the matter still remains unresolved, the parent/guardian may request the permission to address the Board at its
next regular meeting; this request is made at the next Board meeting per Board policy.
ATTENDANCE
REGULAR ATTENDANCE
The habit of regular, consistent and on time attendance is a prerequisite to a successful school experience. Children should be
absent only in cases of illness or emergency. Whenever possible, medical and dental appointments should be scheduled for
out-of-school hours. If this is not possible, a note or explanation from the parent should be brought to school the day before or
the morning that the child is expected to be absent.
REPORTING STUDENT ABSENCE
All students must be accounted for every day. School law requires parents or guardians to notify the school if a student will be
absent. The school number to report an absence is 847-966-9280, ext. 5000. Please call before 8:15 a.m. to report a student’s
absence. If the school is not notified of a student’s absence, the school health clerk or other school personnel will contact
parents or guardians to verify that the student is ill. If a parent or emergency contact cannot be reached we will contact the
police department to do a well-being check at the home. In order to provide an additional measure of security for your child,
we also ask that you call each day that your child will be absent. If you will be picking up homework for you child, please
phone in your request to the school office by 9:00 a.m. It is important to notify the school office by 9:00 a.m. to ensure there is
ample time to prepare the materials needed for the missed class work and homework for that day. Homework and class work
materials will be available for pick up after 3:00 p.m. If you have prearranged with a neighbor or friend to pick up homework,
please let the office know when you call.
If a student is tardy, he/she must first report to the office when he/she arrives. If your student is in grades K-5 please sign them
in. A tardy slip will be issued for late arrival to class. Arrival after 8:00 a.m. is considered tardy.
If a student is absent for more than a week, we may ask for a doctor’s note explaining the reason for the absence. If necessary,
the teacher will refer the child to the school health clerk. Also, please note, if a student is ill he/she will not be able to
participate in any afterschool activity or sports on that day.
Although we realize that it is sometimes difficult to coordinate family vacations with the school calendar, we discourage a
child’s absence for the purpose of vacation.
TRUANCY
Truancy is an absence from school or classes without valid cause during a school day. No student shall be subject to punitive
action for chronic and habitual truancy, as that term is defined in The School Code, unless available supportive services and
other school resources have been provided to the student.
Violations will result in contact with both parents and the Cook County Truant Officer who will follow up the case and may bring
subsequent court action. Subsequent truancies will result in suspension and referral to the Superintendent for further
disciplinary action by the Board of Education.
The following services are available, but not limited to students with attendance problems and their parents or guardians:
parent conferences, student counseling, family counseling and information about existing community services which are
available to truant and chronically truant students.
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EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES
SECURITY INFORMATION
All school doors are locked at all times. At the main entrance there is a security camera and a buzzer system to allow people to
enter. Students who arrive late must check-in at the front office. Parents or visitors who come to the building during the school
day are asked to have their driver’s license or valid state identification available for scanning and must wear a visitor’s badge
while in the building. Any person volunteering in our school must go through a training and have a background check.
We have a number of emergency protocols in place for handling various situations. If it becomes necessary to evacuate the
building, we have an arrangement with buildings deemed safe in the area. If it becomes necessary to keep the children in the
building due to outside safety concerns, we request that you do not make an attempt to pick your child up until notified. We
realize that should this situation occur, your first instinct as a parent would be to pick up your child. However, our priority is to
keep your child safe. Therefore, we cannot allow outsiders in the building until we receive notification from the police
department that it is safe to release the students. You will be contacted by the administrative team as soon as possible utilizing
our Alert Now automated system. Please do not call the school as this would add an additional burden to our phones lines.
FIRE AND TORNADO DRILLS
Fire and tornado drills are held periodically throughout the year. These drills are specifically designed to teach students the
appropriate behavior in a disaster situation. The children are given instructions as to the proper procedure for each condition.
CLASSROOM INTERRUPTIONS
When a student forgets his/her lunch, homework, musical instrument, etc. and parents bring these items to school after school
begins, it creates a disruption to the educational process. Please be sure your child has everything he/she needs before leaving
home. On the rare occasion a forgotten item needs to be brought to school, the following procedures have been developed to
avoid unnecessary classroom disruptions:
All contact with students and teachers must be made through the main office when bringing forgotten items to school.
Forgotten lunches, money, etc. should be left in the school office for the child to pick up. Only emergency telephone messages
will be delivered. If you must change a student’s after school arrangements, please send a written notice signed by the parent
or guardian to the school office. If the school does not receive this written notice, the child will follow his/her usual routine.
LEAVING THE SCHOOL GROUNDS
Once a student has arrived on school grounds, at no time is he/she to leave the school grounds unless approved by the School
Administration.
REQUESTS FOR EARLY DISMISSAL
Requests for early dismissal must be made in writing by the child’s parent or legal guardian. We ask you to use these times
sparingly, as the class work often cannot be duplicated. Dismissal will be from the school office. Only those who are preapproved to pick up the child from school and show proper identification will be allowed to sign that child out of school. The
early dismissal sign-out log is located in the school office.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS/TELEPHONE NUMBER
Parents should notify the school office in writing of any change in home or work addresses and phone numbers, as well as cell
phones numbers. This information is vital for emergency contacts. Before the start of the school year parents and guardians
with access to the Parent Portal will be able to update demographic and contact information.
VISITORS IN THE BUILDING
Visitors are welcome at our school. Visitors are to park in the lot located on the east side of the school building. Visitors are to
enter the school building via the main entrance on the northeast side of the building. For security purposes, all doors to the
school are locked. Niles Elementary School District 71 has a doorbell located at the main entrance. When you are “buzzed” into
the school building during the school day please report to the school office and have your driver’s license or valid state
identification available for scanning and wear a visitor’s badge while in the building.
You are cordially invited to visit your child’s classes during the school year. We require that you make prior arrangements with
both a member of the administrative team and the teacher you are requesting to visit a minimum of 24 hours in advance. The
teacher must be in agreement for the visit to occur. Should a visit from a parent cause a disruption to the educational
environment, that parent will be asked to remove themselves from the classroom. For more information, please see
Conference with Teachers on page 6. Any parent who wished to volunteer in their child’s classroom must participate in training
and have a background check per Board Policy.
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RESIDENCY
DISTRICT BOUNDARIES
See Appendix A.
RESIDENCY
As a matter of law, children presumptively reside in the school district where their parents/guardians reside. Their residence
then gives the children the right to enroll in schools within that specific district. The School Board must ultimately make the
decision as to whether a student is a resident or non-resident. The Board reviews the facts of each situation and then makes a
determination based upon those facts. If you wish to review the School Board’s policy on residency, it is located on the website
under Board Policy 7.60.
ELIGIBILITY FOR SCHOOL (AGE, RESIDENCY)
A child whose fifth birthday falls on or before September 1st of the school year, from which the child is to be enrolled, is eligible
for attendance in Kindergarten. Presentation of an original birth certificate or passport is the only document that shall be
accepted to verify the date of birth. Only students whose parents or legal guardians reside in the district are eligible to attend
school in the district. Students whose parents or legal guardians do not reside in the district may petition the Board to attend
school in the district upon payment of tuition as required by law. A resident student who becomes a non-resident during the
school year shall be allowed to remain in the district until the end of the current school year in which the non-residency occurs
with the tuition waived. Transportation to and from school then becomes the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.
TRANSFER STUDENTS
Students new to District 71 must present the “Student Transfer Form” from their previous school and should contact Culver
School for registration information as soon as possible. A birth certificate must be made available upon registration. According
to current law, if a birth certificate is not made available within 30 days, local law enforcement must be contacted. Proof of
residency and a physical examination taken within the past year is also required for registration in the district.
Families who plan to move out of District 71 should contact the school office as soon as possible, giving the expected departure
date. On the final day of attendance, the parent/guardian will be given a transfer form. Student records will be released directly
to the new school upon request. Copies of health records may be released directly to parents for presentation to the new
school. For registration materials please visit our website @ www.culver71.net.
HOMELESS STUDENTS
Homeless children may attend District 71 schools when they reside in the District’s attendance area where they were last
permanently housed or enrolled in school, or they are currently living within the District’s attendance area. A homeless child
shall be immediately admitted even if the child or child’s parent /guardian is unable to produce records normally required to
establish residency. Further information regarding the educational rights of homeless students may be obtained by contacting
the Homeless Student Liaison, Amy Kruppe Ed.D., Niles Elementary School District 71 Superintendent.
TRANSPORTATION
AUTOMOBILE DROP-OFF/PICK-UP DIRECTIONS
If you choose to drive your child to/from school, it is important that you follow the drop-off and pick-up procedures. In the
morning, you may drop-off your child/children in the East lot. In the afternoon, if you pick-up your child/children up you should
use the East lot and follow traffic patterns. The East lot is for drop-off and pick-up. Please drive all the way around the front of
the school and pull up directly behind the car in front of you. Once you have pulled up to the designated “Drop Off” area, then
your student(s) should exit or enter the car. Please do not park in the East lot and have your child cross between the cars that
are dropping-off or picking-up. If you would like to park and walk your child to the school, please park in the East parking spaces
designated as visitor parking. (See Appendix B) Walk your child to the front entrance using care as cars will be moving in the
drop-off lanes.
WALKING AND CROSSING DIRECTIONS
Children should always use sidewalks, cross at crosswalks where possible, and should avoid unsafe areas such as the forest
preserves. If your child normally takes a bus to and/or from school and he/she will be walking or is being driven, please let your
child’s classroom teacher know. Children who walk to school should obey all traffic and safety laws. Parents should determine
and share with their children the exact route the child is expected to take to and from school. The Niles Police Department
provides crossing guards at the following locations and times:
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Oakton and Waukegan
Oakton and Civic Center Drive
Nordica and Howard
7:35-8:05 a.m.
7:35-8:05 a.m.
7:35-8:05 a.m.
2:55-3:20 p.m.
2:55-3:20 p.m.
2:55-3:20 p.m.
*Crossing guards will not be posted when after-school activities ending at 4:00 pm are scheduled. Please take this into
consideration when you allow your child to walk home.
*Crossing guard times are subject to change based upon the needs of the children crossing.
*Students must cross at a cross walk or where a crossing guard is posted.
MORNING ARRIVAL
Students entering the school grounds from Nordica Street should use the sidewalk. Once bike riders arrive on school grounds
they are to walk their bikes on the sidewalk directly to the rack in the front of the school. Students riding skateboards to school
must carry them on school grounds. Students not taking a bus to school must plan on arriving no earlier than 7:40 a.m. For the
sake of safety, immediately upon arrival, students in grades K-8 are expected to report to the designated waiting areas and
follow the directions of the morning supervisors. Students are not allowed to be in the playground nor in the field before
school. The designated areas are as follows:
Bus students K-8
Drop off or walking K-2
Drop off or walking 3-5
Drop off or walking 6-8
Pre-K Drop off and pick up
door #6
door #3
door #1A
(South Entrance)
(Northeast Entrance)
Northside of the building
door #3
AFTERNOON DISMISSAL
Upon dismissal at 3:00 p.m., all students must leave the building promptly unless staying for a sanctioned activity. Students
who walk should begin to walk home immediately unless supervised by a parent. Sidewalks are provided for your safety.
Students are expected to use the sidewalks to avoid injury. Students are not allowed to linger on the playground or remain on
school grounds unless supervised by a parent.
A supervisor will remain with the buses until all students have boarded, are seated and the buses have pulled away. Students
must wear seatbelts while on the bus.
Students riding on the afternoon activity bus must be boarded and seated by 4:00 p.m.
Students participating in after school activities who do not ride the after school activity bus are expected to be picked up by a
parent or designee by 4:00 p.m. on the East side of the school building, and off the school grounds by 4:00 p.m. if walking
home.
BUS TIMES
The following buses are available for student transportation between home and school if you live on a designated route:
7:45 a.m.
Arrival for K-8 students
3:05 p.m.
Departure for K-8 students
4:00 p.m.
Departure for K-8 students participating in after school activities ending at 4:00 p.m. Beginning 9/8/2014.
Note: Transportation home for students who participate in after school activities which end later than 4:00 p.m. are the
responsibility of the parents.
BUS ROUTES
Bus routes are published and distributed at the beginning of each school year. Parents will choose a bus route during
registration. Students are expected to use the school bus as indicated on this form unless parents provide a written request for
changes and these changes are approved as a permanent change by the building principal. Students will not be allowed to ride
the bus home with their friend(s). Please arrange for alternate transportation for these purposes.
BUS RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR STUDENTS
A bus company has been contracted to transport children to and from the school. While all of these drivers have been trained
in bus safety, they still need your cooperation. Please review the following rules with your children:
Buses will stop only at their assigned stops. Bus routes will be provided to parents. Be at the bus stop on time. Drivers are not
permitted to pick up and unload children anywhere but at the regular stops. As soon as you get on the bus, find your seat
immediately, sit down and put on your seatbelt. Stay seated until the bus comes to a complete stop at your designated drop off
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point. Talking quietly is permitted so as to not distract the bus driver. Improper language is not permitted on the bus. For your
safety- NEVER put arms, legs, head, any other parts of your body, or anything else outside the window. No inappropriate
physical contact is permitted on the bus (no hitting, pinching, scratching, kicking, etc.). When the bus arrives at school, children
are to leave the bus in an orderly manner. Do not push or shove to get off the bus. No student will be permitted to change
buses. Requests to ride a different bus must be made by the parent/legal guardian in writing and approved by the building
Principal. These requests will only be approved for permanent changes, not for play dates.
Any student not following the instructions noted above will be given an Office Discipline Referral (ODR) by the bus driver. The
following consequences may then be applied to students who do not follow the bus rules listed above.
BUS RULE CONSEQUENCES
*1ST offense: The student receives an ODR that notifies the parent of the offense in writing. The parent needs to sign and date
the ODR and return it to the Principal the next day.
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*2 offense: The student receives an ODR and has a conference with the Principal who then notifies the parent of the offense
and consequence on the ODR. The parent needs to sign and date the ODR and return it to the Principal the next day.
*3rd offense: The student receives an ODR and has a conference with the Principal who then notifies the parent of the offense
and consequence on the ODR. The parent needs to sign and date the ODR and return it to the Principal the next day. The
Principal will call the parent to schedule a conference to determine the consequences for the school bus for the remainder of
the school year.
Note: The Principal may apply consequences for offenses not listed within the rules list as deemed necessary. Parents are urged
to send their children to the nearest and safest bus stop. We ask that the children be at the bus stop at least 10 minutes early
during the first week of school. After the first week, a regular time interval will have been established and your child will know
when to be at the bus stop. We ask parents to help with supervision at bus stops.
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SCHEDULES
Opening/Closing Days of School/Important Events
Wednesday, August 20
First full day of school
Thursday, August 21
Friday, August 22
Parent/Student-Kindergarten Orientation
First full day of Kindergarten
8:00am-3:00pm
Tuesday, June 3
Last day of School
Student Non Attendance Days (x)
Monday and Tuesday, August
18 and 19
Monday, September 1
Monday, October 13
Friday, October 31
Tuesday, November 11
Tuesday, November 25
Wednesday, November 26
Thursday, November 27
Friday, November 28
Monday, December 22Friday, January 2
Monday, January 19
Monday, February 16
Tuesday February 17
Friday, February 27
Monday, March 23Friday, March 27
Friday, April 3
Monday, May 25
June 3-9
Teacher Institute Days
Labor Day
No School
Teacher Institute
Veterans’ Day
Parent-Teacher Conferences
No School
Thanksgiving
No School
Winter Break (10 days)
Martin Luther King Day
Presidents’ Day
Parent Teacher Conferences
Teacher Institute
Spring Break (5 days)
No School
Memorial Day
Emergency Snow Days
Early Release (er) Days for students (11:30 am)
Non attendance Days for Blended Early Childhood/Preschool Students(X)
Friday, August 29
Friday, September 26
Thursday, October 30
Monday, November 24
Friday, December 19
Friday, January 16
Thursday, February 26
Friday, March 20
Friday, April 24
Friday, May 22
Parent Teacher Conference Days
Tuesday, November 25
Tuesday, February 17
Mid-Quarter Dates
09/19
11/28
02/20
05/01
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Quarter Dates
8/20-1024
10/27-01/16
01/19-03/27
03/30-06/02
Report Card Dates
10/30
1/23
4/02
6/02
SCHOOL DAY
Pre-K
Kindergarten – 8th
AM
PM
8:30am-11:00am
12:15pm-2:45pm
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Nine days of the school year students are released @11:30 a.m. for teacher professional development.
MEDIA CENTER - Available before and after school
The Media Center will be available to students who need to use resources or quiet space to complete school work. It will be
available from 7:20-8:00 a.m. and from 3:00-4:00 p.m.
If a student chooses to use the Media Center before or after school they will need to remain in the center for the entire time
before or after school.
If a student is staying after school it is their responsibility to inform their parents that they are staying to work in the Media
Center.
Students who use the Media Center before or after school are expected to comply with the expectations, ensuring a quiet
working environment. If expectations are not complied with, students may lose their privilege of using the Media Center before
and after school.
EARLY RELEASE DAYS
These days are deemed School Improvement Days. During these afternoons, special meetings are conducted with the teachers
for the purpose of continued professional growth.
RECESS
Students in grades Kindergarten through 5th grade participate in recess activities. Recess periods are supervised each day.
Appropriate dress is expected. A child well enough to attend school can participate in fresh air activities. Students will be
excused from outdoor recess subsequent to an illness upon written request of a parent. In excess of three days, a physician’s
statement is required as to the nature of the student’s issue, the time period during which the student is excused, and the
specific kind of activity to be avoided. These requests must be in writing. Please note that children will be outside in cold
snowy weather; boots and snow pants are to be worn if students wish to play in the snow.
LOCKERS
Students in Pre-K and Kindergarten have open cubby lockers within their classrooms. Students in grades 1 through 3 have
unlocked lockers in the halls. Students in grade 4 through 8 have lockers in the halls that are to be kept locked. Students in
grades 1 through 5 may use their lockers as directed by their classroom teachers. Students in grades 6, 7 and 8 may use their
lockers in the morning before their first class, before and after lunch, during passing periods and at the end of the school day.
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING
If it is necessary to close school because of severe weather or another emergency condition; you will receive a phone call using
our Alert Now automated system from the building Administrators. The information will also be given to the Emergency Closing
Center and can be found posted on our website.
The following Radio Stations and Television Stations subscribe to this service:
WGN – AM (720)
WMAQ TV
WFLD TV
CLTV TV
WBBM-AM (780) WLS TV
WBBM TV WGN TV
If you missed or do not wish to wait to hear the radio announcements, visit the web at www.EmergencyClosings.com or our
website at www.culver71.net.
RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS
Students whose parent’s indicate that an absence is due to the observance of a religious holiday of their religion will be marked
absent. Students are expected to make up work that they missed.
FEES
EXPLANATION OF FEES
Registration fee
Music Rental (Instrument owned by school)
Technology fee
Heart Monitor with strap
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$82.00 per student, $246.00 Family maximum
$25.55 quarter per student
$30.00
$15.00
Fees paid quarterly are due by the last day of each quarter. Students whose parents are unable to afford student fees may
request a waiver of the fees. However, these students are not exempt from charges for lost or damaged books, locks, materials,
supplies, and equipment. A parent/legal guardian of a student may submit applications for fee waivers. Application forms are
available from the school office or found on the school website. Additional questions about Waiver of Student Fees can be
directed to the Superintendent.
RETURNED CHECK FEE
A $30.00 fee will be assessed for all checks returned for non-payment from the bank. Bank imposed fees for NSF (non –
sufficient funds) will be the responsibility of the payer. Payment for returned checks must be made in cash, money order, or
certified check. If fees are not paid, they may be referred to a collection agency.
HOT LUNCH PROGRAM
The district offers a hot lunch program to all students at a minimal cost. Students who bring their lunch may purchase milk and
a la carte items. Costs are determined annually. Students are not permitted to go home for lunch. Free and reduced priced
lunches are available to those students whose families qualify under federal guidelines. Additional information and applications
are available in the superintendent’s office or can be downloaded from the website.
Lunches will be served in the cafeteria beginning with the first full day of school. The price of a hot lunch is $2.85. The menu
will follow the dietary allowance requirements according to state and federal guidelines. Nutritional information for student
lunches can be found on the school website. Students may purchase a la carte items. One carton (1/2 pint) of milk is included
with each hot lunch. For children desiring to purchase extra milk, the cost is .35 cents per 1/2 pint carton. Soda in bottles or
cans is not permitted. One feature of the school lunch is called Offer vs. Serve. The student may decline any two items on the
menu for that day. The cost of the lunch does not change; it is still $2.85. Menus for each month are in the school bulletin and
posted on the district website.
INSURANCE
The district offers parents the opportunity to purchase an accident insurance policy for their children at a nominal fee.
Information is provided at the beginning of each school year.
MONEY AT SCHOOL
Students are discouraged from bringing large amounts of money, expensive equipment, or jewelry to school. Students are not
allowed to buy or sell items to or from other students in school, or on the school grounds. The school cannot accept
responsibility for loss or damage to any items brought to school.
The preferred method of payment for school fees and purchases is checks or if online, credit cards are accepted. All fees may be
paid with the use of credit cards online which is accessible through the website.
HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION
GENERAL RULES FOR ALL ILLNESS AND REPORTING ABSENCES
Please observe your child carefully each day before sending him/her to school. Do not send him/her if he/she has any signs of
illness or infection. For example, a temperature elevation above 99 degrees, a cold with symptoms that include the following:
sore throat, ear ache, persistent coughing, red eyes, nausea and never if he/she has vomited during the night or upon rising.
Student must be fever free and vomit free for 24 hours before returning to school.
If your child has been diagnosed with a chronic or communicable illness, please notify the school nurse so that an appropriate
response plan can be developed. After an illness, a child should be kept home until fully recovered, has maintained a normal
temperature without fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours, and can partake in all activities.
Excuses:
A note from the physician indicating that the student may return to school is required following surgery or after recovering
from any communicable disease, including strep throat. A physician’s note may be requested by the administration after an
absence. Physical Education activities are a vital part of your child’s curriculum. A physician’s note is required if your child is to
be excused from any part of the Physical Education program.
Recess activities are an important part of each child’s school day. Students will be excused from outdoor recess subsequent to
an illness upon written request of a parent. In excess of three days, a physician’s statement is required as to the nature of the
student’s problem, the time period during which the student is excused and the specific kind of activity to be avoided. These
requests must be in writing.
If for any reason, your child is not in school, you are asked to contact and inform the school of your child’s absence at 847-9669280 ext. 5000. Please state the reason for the absence. This call is to be made before 8:15 a.m. if a child is absent and you have
not contacted the school by 8:15 a.m. , the school Health Clerk is directed to contact you at home or, if necessary, at work. The
Health Clerk may administer prescription or non-prescription medicines only if accompanied by written permission from the
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parent along with direction from the doctor. If either of these types of medication are brought to school, it must be in the
original prescription bottle and the bottle should be clearly labeled with the student’s name, prescription number, time,
amount of dosage and the duration of the prescription. All medication is to be given to the health clerk when it is brought into
the school. Medication authorization forms should be obtained from the office prior to the administration of medication in
school. All medications that have not been picked up upon the closing of school will be disposed of properly. Additional
information concerning administering medicines to students can be found in Board Policy 7:270. Working together, we can
keep your child healthy and safe.
The Illinois School Code allows students to self–administer both their asthma and allergy medication (allergy medication taken
with an epinephrine auto-injector) at school. In order for students to be able to self-administer, written authorization from the
parent/guardian and the physician/advanced practicing registered nurse must be on file in the office of the health clerk. The
written authorization must include the name of the student and the medication that he/she will administer, the purpose of the
medication, the prescribed dosage and the time when the medication is to be taken. The written authorization must be
submitted by the parent/guardian every year before students will be allowed to self–administer their asthma and allergy
medication. The required form may be picked up from the Health Clerk’s office or found on the website.
Every effort will be made to contact parents as soon as practical by the health clerk in case of illness or injury of a serious
nature. If a parent cannot be reached the emergency number will be called. If a student is sent home due to illness or is absent
on a given day from classes, he or she will not be allowed to return for special after school activities on that day. If a child
comes to school late or leaves early due to illness, that child will be counted for ½ day absence.
CONTAGIOUS DISEASES
Parents are requested to call the school nurse immediately to report the diagnosis of a contagious disease. These include, but
are not limited to, meningitis, hepatitis, chickenpox, scarlet fever, strep throat, fifths disease, H1N1, flu, impetigo, pink eye, and
infectious mononucleosis. A doctor’s release is necessary for children to be readmitted to school following hospitalization/
surgery, hepatitis, measles, mumps, rubella, chickenpox, pink eye and mono. A doctor’s release will be required for other
illnesses at the discretion of the school nurse following rules from the C.D.C. A child who exhibits acute respiratory infection,
sore throat, ear ache, vomiting, or has an elevated temperature (over 100 degrees) will be sent home.
Student need to remain at home until he/she has been fever free for twenty four hours without medicine. If a child returns to
school before the fever has been expired for twenty four hours, he/she will be sent home. A child who has a strep culture
should be kept home until the results are received. A child with a positive strep culture should be on antibiotics for a full 24
hours and have a physician note to return to school. Students with H1N1 influenza-like illness (fever with a cough or sore
throat) should stay home and not attend school or go into the community except to seek medical care for at least 7 days even if
symptoms resolve sooner.
HEAD LICE
If a child has head lice or any nits, the parents will be contacted. The child will be excluded from school until effective treatment
has been administered and no lice or nits are found. Please inform the school if your child has head lice so the child’s class can
be inspected.
MEDICAL RESTRICTION IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND RECESS
Students will be excused from physical education and/or outdoor recess subsequent to an illness upon written request of a
parent. In excess of three days, a physician’s statement is required as to the nature of the student’s problem, the time period
during which the student is to be excused and the specific kinds of activity to be avoided. These requests must be in writing. A
doctor’s note is needed to resume physical activity after hospitalization, surgery and bone injury.
PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS
According to The School Code of Illinois, recent physical examinations are required for entrance into Pre-K, Kindergarten and
Sixth Grade. In addition, any student new to Illinois Schools or any student trying out for an interscholastic team or
cheerleading must have a separate athletic physical examination form on record with the school PRIOR to tryouts. Children
entering Pre-K, Kindergarten or new to Illinois Schools must submit a recent physical examination, proof of up-to-date
immunizations, proof of a vision exam and a blood lead test or screening dated no earlier than the first of the year in which
their child is enrolled. The due date for required health immunizations is on or before the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL. Parents must
present health examinations and proof of immunizations on or before the first day school. Students who do not comply with
this will be withheld from attending classes. Written proof of an appointment for a physical or immunization will be accepted.
Any student new to the district must show proof of a physical exam and up-to-date immunizations to be in compliance with
State of Illinois requirements.
Physical and Dental examination forms are available from the health clerk, school secretary, or on the website. The date of the
physical examination with doctor’s signature and stamp must be recorded on the form.
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IMMUNIZATIONS
Immunizations are an integral part of the physical examination. Upon entrance into school, each child must show proof of upto-date immunizations as required in the Illinois School Code. The month, day and year of each immunization needs to be
recorded by the physician.
In accordance with State of Illinois requirements, the following immunization will be required:
Oral Polio/PV: Three or more doses of IPV and/or OPV with the last dose qualifying as a booster and received on or after their
fourth birthday.
DPT/DtaP or TD: Four or more doses of DPT/DtaP or TD with the last dose qualifying as a booster and received on or after their
fourth birthday.
Tdap: Tdap vaccine should be given to children between ages 11 or 12; then have TD boosters every 10 years.
MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA Vaccine (MMR): The first dose is given on or after the first birthday. A second dose of just the
Measles Vaccine must be received before entering school. It can be given one month after the first dose.
The Hepatitis B series of three immunizations are required upon entrance into fifth grade: If the physical condition of a child is
such that any one or more of the immunizing agents should not be administered, the examining physician responsible for the
performance of the health examination shall note that fact on the physical examination form. If the series has not been
completed, the physician should note when it will occur in order to ensure compliance with the law. Parents objecting to
physical examinations and/or immunizations on religious grounds must submit a signed statement detailing the grounds for
objection.
Chickenpox (Varicella): The State of Illinois has added the Chickenpox vaccine to the list of those required for entrance into Preschool and Kindergarten. The law is effective as of July 1, 2002. Children entering into any school-operated program for the first
time at the Kindergarten level and below will be required to show proof of having received one dose of Chickenpox vaccine
(varicella) on or after their first birthday. If your child has had the disease, then documentation from your physician will be
required on the Physical Form for Kindergarten.
The Cook County department of Public Health conducts immunization clinics each month in various areas of Cook County. For
further information, contact the North District Office, phone number: 847-818-2860.
DENTAL REQUIREMENTS
According to the Illinois School Code, students in Kindergarten, Second, and Sixth grade of any public, private, or parochial
school must have a dental examination. Students must present proof of having been examined by a dentist (within 18 months)
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before May 15 of the school year. If a child in the Second or Sixth grade fails to present proof by May 15 , the school may hold
the child’s report card until one of the following occurs: (i) the child presents proof of a completed dental examination or (ii)
the child presents proof that a dental examination will take place within 60 days after May 15th. The Department of Public
Health shall establish by rule, provide a waiver for children who show an undue burden or a lack of access to a dentist.
PHYSICAL EXAMS FOR CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Students who plan to take part in co-curricular activities including Basketball, Track, Cross Country, Volleyball, and Soccer or
Cheerleading must have had a physical exam within twelve months of participating in the activity. This includes try-outs for the
activity. You are encouraged to make arrangements during the summer for these exams to avoid the rush once school begins.
VISION SCREENING
Vision screening services shall be provided annually for all Preschool children 3 years of age (or older) in any public or private
educational program or licensed child-care facility, and all school age children who are in Kindergarten, Second and Eighth
grades; in all special education classes; referred by teachers; and transfer students. Vision screening is recommended in grades
4, 6, 10 and 12. Such screening services shall be provided in all public, independent, private and parochial schools. In lieu of the
screening services, required in subsection (a) of this Section, a completed and signed report form, indicating that an eye
examination by an M.D. specializing in diseases of the eye or a licensed Optometrist has been administered within the previous
12 months is acceptable. The parent or legal guardian of a student may object to vision screening tests for their child on
religious grounds. If a religious objection is made, a written and signed statement from the parent or legal guardian detailing
such objections must be presented to the screening entity.
Individuals conducting vision screening tests shall give a child’s parent or guardian written notification, before the vision
screening is conducted, that states, “Vision screening is not a substitute for a complete eye and vision evaluation by an eye
doctor. Your child is not required to undergo this vision screening if an optometrist or ophthalmologist has completed and
signed a report form indicating that an examination has been administered within the previous 12 months.” (Section 27-8.1 of
the School Code)
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EYE EXAMINATION
Illinois law requires that proof of eye examination by an optometrist or a physician who provides complete eye examinations to
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be submitted to the school no later than October 15 of the year the child is first enrolled. The examination must be completed
within one year prior to the child beginning school.
PROGRAMS
INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS
District 71 offers a broad educational program that has a primary focus on instruction in the basics. Academic work is presented
within a framework of concern for the social, emotional, psychological and physical growth of each child. The purpose of
classroom instruction is to provide students with strategies, skills and a commitment to learning that will prepare them for the
demands of the future. Development of reading, writing and mathematics receives primary emphasis, while providing a balance
of cultural experiences, fine arts and practical arts. Committees composed of teachers and administrators continuously
evaluate the curriculum making recommendations to the Board of Education to ensure program quality. The district offers the
following programs for all students in all grades:
Art
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM)
General Music
Health and Safety
Language Arts
Mathematics
Physical Education
Science
Social Studies
Writing
The District offers the following programs at the grade levels indicated:
Orchestra (3-8)
Band (4-8)
Spanish (6-8)
Chorus (6-8)
Drama (6-8)
The District offers the following special services and programs:
English Language Learners
Library/Media Services/Study Skills
Psychologist
Reading, Math and Behavioral Interventions
Social Work
Special Education
Speech Therapy
Title 1
Enrichment
FIELD TRIPS
Parents are notified of all field trip locations, times, methods of transportation, etc. A permission slip, signed by the
parent/guardian, is necessary for field trip participation. The administration may place a restriction upon a student’s
participation in an out-of-school activity when, in the staff’s judgment, it is not in the best interest of the student to participate
in the activity. All students attending field trips need to have an updated emergency form on file. Parents accompanying a class
on a field trip must be a trained and have had a background check to volunteer. (see page 19) Parents are not allowed to bring
younger siblings. Parents or guardians who are trained and have had a background check are given first priority as field trip
chaperones on a rotating basis. Please note that all of our field trips are educational. If your child is kept home on the day of a
field trip, unless he/she is sick, it will become an unexcused absence. All students who do not attend a field trip, whether they
want to participate or not, are expected to come to school on the day of the trip. While they are here at school, they will be
assigned class work to be completed throughout the day.
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REVIEW OF INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS
Parents or legal guardians of any student are invited to review instructional materials used in the schools. These materials
include textbooks, teacher’s manuals, technology based learning materials. Please call the Principal’s office for an appointment
if you wish to view any of these items.
TECHNOLOGY
Technology users are expected to follow the guidelines outlined in the District’s Acceptable Use Policy. These guidelines include
Internet use as well as Rules of Network Etiquette, social media guidelines, and copyright ethics when involving software
utilizations. Any user who does not comply with the policy rules will receive remediation on technology use and possibly lose
technology privileges for a period of time under the discretion of the administrative team. Repeated or severe infractions of the
policies and guidelines may result in terminating of technology of privileges permanently. In addition, the student may also be
subject to other appropriate disciplinary action.
IPADS
Beginning the 2014-15 school year students in grades K-2 will be using IPADS during the school day. The purpose is to provide
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current tools and resources to the 21 century learner. To maximize the students’ full potential, prepare them for postsecondary education and the workplace.
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IPAD use by students is subject to the Acceptable Use Policy. This policy, 6:235-E1,E2 can be found on the district
website under Board Policies.
CHROMEBOOKS
Beginning the 2014-15 school year, students in grades 3-8 will be using Google Chromebooks during their school day. The
purpose is to provide current tools and resources to the 21st century learner. To maximize the students’ full potential, prepare
them for post-secondary education and the workplace.
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Chromebook use by students is subject to the Acceptable Use Policy. This policy, 6:235-E1,E2 can be found on the
district website under Board Policies.
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Students, whose parents pay a technology fee ($30), will be allowed to take the Chromebook home.
COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH EDUCATION
Comprehensive Health Education has been mandated for all elementary and secondary schools in the State of Illinois as
outlined in the “Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act.” Health Education is integrated throughout
the curriculum in District 71.
Parents have the primary responsibility for instructing their children concerning human growth and development at home. The
school attempts to supplement this information through a health education program that is age appropriate for each student. It
is suggested that parents introduce the topic of human growth and development at home to help lay a foundation for the
information your child will receive at school. Our program encourages students to ask questions at home especially in areas of
ideological differences. Ask your child to share what they are learning in school. Let them know that you are willing and
available to answer questions or discuss problems with them.
SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES
In accordance with Article 14 of the Illinois School Code, Niles Elementary School District No. 71 seeks to provide a
comprehensive program of special education for those exceptional children who have reached the age of 3.
Children may be eligible for Special Education Services if they meet the criteria for the following categories: cognitive
impairment, hearing impairment including deafness, speech or language impairment, visual impairment including blindness,
emotional disability, an orthopedic impairment, autism, traumatic brain injury, other health impairment, a specific learning
disability or multiple disabilities. In Niles Elementary School District 71 the following procedures are implemented to determine
eligibility:
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CULVER REACHES THE INDIVIDUAL: Response to Intervention (RtI) is a prevention model used to provide scientifically
based interventions at increased levels of intensity to students who are struggling. With Response to Intervention,
progress is closely monitored to ensure that growth is made by each student. While Response to Intervention is the
term used within the Illinois State law, Culver defines Response to Intervention as a belief that all children can learn
when they are provided with high quality instruction based on their individual needs. Therefore, Culver School has
named Response to Intervention to be called Culver Reaches the Individual or CRtl.
Culver School utilizes the Culver Reaches the Individual belief system and process to help focus on high quality
interventions that are matched to student needs and monitored on a frequent basis. The information gained from the
Culver Reaches the Individual process is used by school personnel and parents to adapt instruction and to make
decisions regarding the student’s educational program.
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EVALUATION: An evaluation involves educational and behavioral data collection designed to describe the child’s
current level of functioning. If specific educational needs are identified the evaluation will aid in the development of
interventions and assistance needed to address the identified needs. All assessments are conducted so as to assure
that they are nondiscriminatory and appropriate to the nature of the concerns that motivated the referral.
EDUCATIONAL PLAN: Services available at Niles Elementary School District 71 include speech and language therapy,
specialized instructional assistance to those children with specifically determined educational needs, psychological
consultation, and services. Children whose needs require a more restrictive setting, such as classrooms outside the
district, may be serviced in collaboration with Niles Township District for Special Education (NTDSE) or in another
program that meets their needs. Parents are invited to participate in the educational planning for their child. No child
is placed in a local educational support service or alternative program without parental knowledge and signed
consent. For more information about programs offered through NTDSE visit www.ntdse.k12.il.us. To view your parent
rights visit http://www.isbe.net/spec-ed/htm,l/parent_rights.htm.
ANNUAL REVIEW: The educational status and continued supportive services of each child is reviewed at least
annually. Parents are always encouraged to give their input and have the right to object to continuation, change, or
termination of placement in accordance with Illinois Rules and Regulations.
HOME AND HOSPITAL INSTRUCTION
Parents of any student whose illness, in the opinion of a licensed medical examiner, will result in an absence of 10 or more
consecutive school days or be absent on an ongoing intermittent basis may request homebound or hospital instruction. The
district will provide up to five hours per week of homebound tutoring for that child. Requests should be directed to the building
Principal.
ENRICHMENT EDUCATION PROGRAM
District 71 recognizes that each child possesses a unique combination of needs based upon their abilities and talents. We
acknowledge our responsibility to provide differentiated instruction making it possible for each student to realize his or her full
intellectual and social/emotional potential. Additionally, based on review of educational testing data, District 71 offers an
Enrichment program to identified students 3-8. The Enrichment Teacher will work with small groups of students on their
independent study projects designed specifically for qualified students.
NILES TOWNSHIP ELL PARENT CENTER
Several schools in Niles Township have collaborated to develop an important resource for families for whom English is their
second language. This resource provides services such as education for families about the American Education System,
encouragement for families to participate in the children’s education, help for families accessing community resources in the
areas of citizenship, health, human services and English language acquisition. The Niles Township ELL Parent Center is located at
9440 Kenton Avenue in Skokie. Families may contact the Director, Diane Juarez, at 1-847-568-7611 for further information or
visit their website at http://www.ellparentcenter.org/
NETWORK AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Access to networks (e.g., the internet) and telecommunications are available to students and staff. Use of these services is a
privilege. Specific training, procedures, permissions and waivers have been established and must be followed. Failure to follow
procedures may result in loss of this privilege.
EXPERIMENTS UPON OR DISSECTION OF ANIMALS
Students who have moral objections to dissecting or virtual dissection of animals may request a release from classroom
attendance during times when such activities are taking place. Alternative instructional programs and classroom attendance
shall be arranged by the classroom teacher with the Principal’s approval.
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
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Lessons on string instruments are offered to students from 3 (beginning the second semester) through 8 grades. Students
can learn to play the violin, viola, cello or string bass. Students also attend orchestra rehearsals according to their level:
beginning orchestra, intermediate orchestra and concert orchestra.
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Lessons on band instruments are offered to students from 4 through 8 grades. Students can learn to play the flute, clarinet,
saxophone, trumpet, oboe, trombone, baritone horn, tuba or drums. Students also attend band rehearsals according to their
level: beginning band, intermediate band, concert band or jazz band.
FAMILY AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Parents/guardians and other community members are encouraged to become involved in their schools. The district has an
active PTA (Parent Teacher Association) which offers many opportunities for academic, cultural or social participation. The
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district schedules a range of parent education programming throughout the year. The district supports a strong partnership
among the home, the school and the community.
VOLUNTEERING/TUTORING PROGRAM
School volunteering/tutoring program would include anyone that provides assistance at Culver and interacts with students. For
example: Assisting in classrooms, office, library, cafeteria, helping with special events, volunteering for PTA events,
Chaperoning for field trips and tutoring to assist students in achieving academic and personal success. In order for you to offer
your expertise to Culver students, according to Board policy, 625C, you would need to complete the following:
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Training
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Completion of waiver/liability form
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Background check/fingerprinting
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Review by Superintendent
FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS
Niles Elementary School District 71 participates in the following federally funded programs:
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Title 1 (formerly Chapter 1) – A federally funded program which supports students who are in Tier ll and Tier lll
interventions.
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Title ll Professional Development Program - A federally funded program that pays for professional development for
teachers.
If you have questions regarding these programs please contact Amy Kruppe, Ed.D for more information.
PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS AMENDMENT NOTICE AND CONSENT/OPT-OUT FOR SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES
The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), 20 U.S.C ‘1232h, requires Niles School District 71 to notify you and obtain
consent or allow you to opt your child out of participating in certain school activities. These activities include a student survey,
analysis or evaluation that concerns one or more of the following eight areas (protected information surveys):
Political affiliations or beliefs of the student of student’s parent:
Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family;
Sexual behavior or attitudes
Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating or demeaning behavior;
Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships;
Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as lawyers, doctors, or ministers.
Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents;
Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
This requirement also applies to the collection, disclosure or use of student information for marketing purposes (marketing
surveys), and certain physical exams and screenings. A copy of the District’s PPRA policy in full can be obtained from the District
Administrative Office.
FEDERAL AND STATE POLICIES AND GUIDELINES
TITLE IX AND SECTION 504
Niles Elementary School District 71 commonly referred to, as Culver School which is located in the village of Niles, Illinois,
hereby makes known that we will comply with all requirements of Title IX and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. These
provide that “no person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex or handicap, be excluded from participation in, be denied
the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial
assistance.” Any person who believes himself/herself to be subjected by the Niles Elementary Schools to discrimination
prohibited by Title IX or Section 504 may file a written complaint with the Title IX and Section 504 Grievance Officer, Amy
Kruppe, Ed.D., Niles Elementary School District 71, Superintendent.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
Niles Elementary School District 71 is pleased to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which prohibits
discrimination in the provision of services, programs, or facilities to individuals with disabilities. District 71 is working to better
serve individuals with disabilities through facility accessibility and program inclusion. We welcome any comments or
suggestions from individuals with disabilities or their representatives that would enable us to better plan and conduct District
71 services, programs or activities to allow effective participation of people with disabilities.
If you would like more information on ADA and integration opportunities, please contact the Superintendent’s office. If you
believe that you have been discriminated against in the provision of programs, facilities or services because of a disability,
please contact Amy Kruppe, Ed.D., Niles Elementary School District 71 Superintendent.
We are also willing to provide reasonable accommodations or auxiliary aids to enable people with disabilities to participate
effectively in any public meeting of the School District. Please allow us forty eight (48) hours advance notice to arrange for
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accommodations. Individuals with T.D.D.’s can call 1-800-526-0844 and the Illinois Relay Center will transmit the message to
the School District. Also, school district staff can call the Illinois Relay Center which will transmit the message to owners of
T.D.D.’s.
SCHOOL VISITATION RIGHTS ACT
The General Assembly of the State of Illinois finds that the basis of a strong economy is an educational system reliant upon
parental involvement. The intent of this Act is to permit employed parents and guardians who are unable to meet with
educators because of a work conflict the right to an allotment of time during the school year to attend necessary educational or
behavioral conferences at the school their children attend. (Source: 820 ILCS 147/1 et seq.). For more information regarding
this act please contact the main office.
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT
On January 8, 2002, President George W. Bush signed into law No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). The NCLB was enacted
in an effort to improve overall student performance. NCLB is based on four principles: (1) accountability for states, school
districts, and schools; (2) expanded options for parents; (3) expanded flexibility for states and local control; and (4) emphasis on
teaching methods.
SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET
The current year school district budget and other financial documents are posted on the district’s internet web site:
http://www.culver71.net as required by the school code.
LITERATURE/FLYER DISTRIBUTION
The building facilities operated by the Board of Education of Niles Elementary School District 71 are not public forums during
school days and at other times when in use for purposes related to the educational mission of the District. It is the policy of
Niles Elementary School District 71 to permit local school and park district groups and non-for-profit organizations related to
educational and recreation for students to distribute materials consistent with the educational purposes and values espoused
by District 71. Local school and park district programs may publicize community services; special events and activities for or of
interest to school-aged children and which are available to them on a non-discriminatory basis, subject to reasonable time,
place and manner restrictions. The school administration will not make copies but will post the documents on the website.
Organizations will be required to prove their non-for-profit status. The school administration is authorized to issue procedures
to implement this policy and to modify the procedures from time to time. Any violation of this policy will result in the
collection/recall of all materials distributed.
HOMEWORK, GRADING, REPORT CARDS, PROMOTION POLICY, TESTING & SCHOOL RECORDS
HOMEWORK
When addressing the issue of homework, we recognize the common goal of student progress and achievement. Research can
be found that both supports and challenges the effectiveness of homework. Teachers are given academic freedom to make
professional decisions about the necessity and frequency of homework assignments. The freedom includes the amount of,
grading of, and expectations for completion of assignments. The amount and type of homework assigned will vary according to
student needs.
REPORT CARDS
Report cards are issued four times a year grades 1-8 on the dates indicated on the school calendar. Kindergarten report cards
are issued twice a year: at the end of the first semester and at the end of the school year.
6-8 GRADING POLICY
The Grading Scale for the 6-8 Academic team is as follows:
89.5% - 100%
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79.5% - 89%
B
69.5% - 79%
C
59.5% - 69%
D
Less than 59%
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Students may be asked to correct and return assessments.
Students, who are absent the day before a scheduled test or on the day of a test, may take the test the day they
return.
Students who have long term absences (3 or more consecutive days) will make individual arrangements with their
teachers.
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Students who believe they need additional assistance learning skills/concepts prior to a test should schedule a time
before or after school to meet with the teacher.
Circumstances may warrant individual arrangements. Parents are encouraged to contact the appropriate teacher in
order to make these arrangements when extenuating circumstances arise.
PROMOTION POLICY GRADES K-5
Decisions made regarding promotion to the next grade level and/or summer program attendance are made collaboratively by
the administration and teachers. Data considered when doing so include, but is not limited to, each child’s developmental level,
ability level, daily classroom performance, and local and standardized assessments. Final recommendations for retention
and/or summer program attendance are made by the administration. A registration fee will be assessed to
parent(s)/guardian(s) of students attending the summer program. The amount assessed is determined each school year.
PROMOTION POLICY GRADES 6-8
All 6-8 students are expected to earn a minimum of a 2.0 grade point average for the year. Students in grade 8, who have below
a 2.0 grade point average, will not be allowed to participate in the 8th grade graduation ceremony nor will they be allowed to
register for classes at Niles West High School. Additionally, other high school transition activities may be withheld such as
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Shadow Day. Graduation diplomas will be issued and the High School will be notified after these 8 grade students have
successfully completed the summer remedial program or its equivalent. All 6-8 grade students who fail to finish the year with a
2.0 grade point average will have to attend a summer remedial program as communicated to the parent by the administration.
A registration fee will be assessed to parent(s)/guardian(s) of students attending the remedial summer program. The amount
assessed is determined each school year.
ACADEMIC RECOGNITION GRADES 6-8
At the end of each quarter, Red Honor Roll and White Honor Roll lists are posted. The method of evaluating students’ grades for
honor rolls is as follow:
A = 4.00
B = 3.00
C = 2.00
D = 1.00
F = 0.00
To qualify for Red Honor Roll a student must have a grade point average of 3.50 or higher. To qualify for White Honor Roll, a
student must have a grade point average of 3.00 or higher. All subject areas are considered. If there is an F or D in any subject,
the student is automatically disqualified from appearing on either the Red or White Honor Rolls.
DISTRICT TESTING PROGRAM
Student assessments include local district assessment, classroom assessment, testing required by the State of Illinois, testing
required by Niles West High School for outgoing 8th graders, and Township pre-screening.
DISTRICT LOCAL ANNUAL FORMAL ASSESSMENT
Grades 2 through 8: Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) in reading, math and, language arts.
Pre-K through 8: Curriculum Based Measurements in Reading and Math.
ASSESSMENT REQUIRED BY THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
Grades 3 through 8: PARCC in reading and math
Grades 4 and 7: Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) in science
Note: PARCC may not be administered to students identified with severe cognitive abilities,
Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) follows the above mentioned grade level testing requirements for Illinois Standards
Kindergarten through grade 8 Limited English Proficient students only: Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English
State to State (ACCESS).
TESTING REQUIRED BY NILES WEST HIGH SCHOOL
Grade 8: EXPLORE, Math Placement Exam and Spanish Placement Exam
Parents receive information specific to each of these assessments prior to being administered to the students. Score reports are
sent home to parents/guardians and/or are distributed and discussed during Parent/Teacher meetings at the High School.
STUDENT RECORDS – Rights and Privacy
Niles Elementary School District 71 has established policies ensuring that the rights of students and parents pertaining to
student records are in compliance with federal and state laws. The district maintains two types of student records:
The student’s permanent record consists of basic identifying information including the student’s name and address, birth date
and place, gender, and the names and addresses of the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s), academic transcripts including grades,
graduation date, grade level achieved, attendance record, accident reports and health records, record of release of permanent
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information in accordance with 105 ILCS 10/6 (c). In addition, it may contain information regarding honors and awards received,
information concerning participation in school-sponsored activities or athletics, or offices held in school sponsored activities.
The permanent record shall be kept for 60 years after a student has graduated, transferred, or permanently withdrawn from
the school.
The student’s temporary record consists of a record of release of temporary record information, scores received on state
assessments, information regarding serious infractions that resulted in expulsion, suspension, or the imposition of punishment
or sanction, information under the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act (325 ICLS 5/8.6), and completed home language
survey. In addition, it may contain information regarding family background information, test scores, psychological evaluations,
special education files, teacher anecdotal information, disciplinary information. Temporary records are maintained for not less
than 5 years after the student has transferred, graduated, or otherwise withdrawn from the school.
Parents or legal guardians of students under age 18 have the right to inspect and copy student educational records (both
permanent and temporary) at a nominal fee not to exceed 35 cents per page. This fee will be waived for those unable to afford
such costs. Any student age 14 or more also has the right to read and review his or her temporary and permanent educational
records. Parent or student requests for review of the record must be made in writing to the school Principal. The Principal will
then arrange an appointment for the review within two weeks of receiving the request.
School Board policy provides for the challenge of information on records by parents, guardians, or students 18 years or older. A
request for an informal conference with the Principal to challenge the contents of a student record shall be made in writing. An
informal conference will then be scheduled to discuss the matter. If no satisfaction is obtained, a written request for a formal
hearing should be submitted to the Superintendent. The Superintendent, as hearing officer, shall render a decision within 10
school days after the conclusion of the hearing.
Request for an appeal of the decision of the Superintendent shall be made in writing to the Superintendent of the Educational
Service Region within 20 school days after the decision is transmitted.
Local, state and federal laws require that information on student records be held confidential. These same laws require that
rules and procedures be established to maintain this privacy as well as to indicate all of those people who have had access to
the child’s records. In general, no personally identifiable records or files (or personal information from either) may be made
available to individuals, agencies, or organizations without the written consent of parents, guardians, or students over 18 years.
However, limited exceptions are made. The records are available to the following individuals or groups:
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To another school to which the student has transferred, provided that the parents are notified and receive an
opportunity to inspect and challenge the information.
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Pursuant to a court order: the parents and student will be notified of the release of information.
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To an employee of the district or an employee or Official of the State Board of Education with a current or
demonstrable educational or administrative interest. For research provided no student or parent can be identified
from this information.
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In case of emergency to appropriate persons if such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the
student or other person. Release of information other than to those specified above requires the prior specific, dated,
written consent of the parent/guardian designating the person to whom such records may be released, reason for
release, and specific records to be released.
The following is designated as directory information and shall be released to the general public, unless the parents request that
any or all such information not be released: student’s name and address, grade level, birth date and place, parents’ names and
addresses, information on participation in school-sponsored activities and athletics, the student’s major field of study, and
period of attendance in the school. All such requests to not release directory information must be submitted in writing to the
school office. In families where parents are separated or divorced, the granting of custody to one parent does not alter the
rights of the other parent unless a court order indicates otherwise. Full and complete copies of the laws, rules and regulations
on student records are on file with the Superintendent of the District.
Upon graduation or permanent withdrawal of a student (as defined in Article 14 of the school Code, 105 ILCS 5/14-1, et seq)
and the Rules and Regulations to Govern the Administration and Operation of Special Education (23 Ill. Admin. Code 226,
Subpart A), psychological evaluations, special educations files, and other information contained in the student temporary
record which may be of continued assistance to the student may, after five years, be transferred to the custody of the parent or
to the student if the student has succeeded to the rights of the parents. The school shall explain to the student and the parent
the future usefulness of these records. However, these can and will be destroyed.
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RULES AND DISCIPLINE
PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support)
PBIS is a proactive systems approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a
school to achieve social, emotional and academic success. In a Response to Intervention model, PBIS applies a three tiered
system of support and problem solving process to build support. There are four elements to PBIS. These four elements focus
on systems, data practices, and outcomes to support social competence and academic achievement: support decision making,
support student behavior and support staff behavior.
At Culver School we have been utilizing the Culver Code to address positive behavioral supports. We have incorporated the
Culver Code to address positive behavioral supports. We have incorporated the Culver Code into an acronym called PAWS
(Positive Attitude, Act Respectfully, Work Responsibly and Stay Safe). This acronym will be utilized to develop established and
clear behavioral expectations that are taught, modeled, and reinforced across all settings by all staff. Proper behavior to and
from school, in school and on the school grounds, on the school busses, at bus stop corners, and at school sponsored activities
is expected of all Culver students.
Positive Attitude
Act Respectfully
Work Responsibly
Stay Safe
BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS
Students within this Pre-K through Eighth grade building are expected to behave in a manner which reflects a positive attitude
toward learning and a respect for the rights and property of others. High standards of behavior are an essential part of a
productive learning environment. Acceptable behavior is that which does not interfere with: (a) a student’s own learning: (b)
the rights of other students to learn and (c) the rights and obligation of the teachers to instruct the class. Student behavior in all
areas should not interfere with the rights of other students to move around the building in a comfortable, orderly, safe and
secure atmosphere, free from the abuse of other students.
Appropriate consequences will be employed to encourage proper behavior and to discourage improper behavior. It is each
student’s responsibility to be motivated and organized toward academic success as well as to accept ownership of
consequences for their behavior. We encourage parents to partner with us and reinforce these concepts at home (See
Appendix C).
OFFICE DISCIPLINE REFERRALS (ODR)
The Culver staff is responsible for making sure that all students learn and work in a safe environment. Behavior that, in any way,
is threatening to the safety of students and/or staff will not be tolerated and will result in an ODR. Students receiving a major
ODR may be referred to the administration. These behaviors include but are not limited to the following:
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verbal, physical, written or drawn threats toward students or staff
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physical/verbal aggression
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gang representation
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weapons, items that can be used as a weapon, ammunition and weapon look-alikes
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drawings depicting violence
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electronic violation
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overt sexual behavior
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vandalism
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theft
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harassment/teasing/bullying
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racial slanders
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possession of, or use of illegal substances including tobacco, drugs and alcohol
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repeated or chronic minor or discretionary infractions on record
Parents will be notified whenever more than a student conference is required. Parents may be asked to come to school for a
conference and/or to participate in his/her child’s consequence. Parents will be held monetarily responsible for damages
incurred to school property by their children. Parent support is imperative in order for the student to learn from his/her
mistake. Consequences, which will be imposed by administration, include but are not limited to the following:
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deny the student a privilege
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assign the student to the time-out room
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assign the student to a detention
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suspend the student
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expel the student
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CONSEQUENCES/DISCIPLINE
Consequences follow inappropriate behavior. Our effort is to have consequences that are consistent, clear, and fair. When it
becomes necessary to use consequences for student’s inappropriate behavior, the Culver staff considers discipline to be a
means of fostering growth toward maturity. When needed, the staff member who is present when the inappropriate behavior
occurs will intervene to stop the behavior. He/she will then determine the most appropriate action to take. These actions
include but are not limited to the following:
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complete an Office Disciplinary Referral (ODR)
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conference with the student about the inappropriate behavior
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deny the student a privilege
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assign the student a time-out within the classroom
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assign the student to a detention
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place the child on a home/school contract or behavior checklist
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refer the student to administration
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if the student is referred to the administration, the administrator will determine the most appropriate
action to take after conferring with the staff member and student.
DETENTION PLAN GRADES 6-8
Parents/guardians are notified of a detention via the Office Discipline Referral form. Forms need to be signed by parent and
returned with the student the following day. Morning detentions are served on Thursday mornings @ 7:20 a.m. If a student
receiving a detention is in band or orchestra and needs to be at practice during a detention, the band/orchestra teacher will
have the student serve the detention with him/her the Monday following the detention. Afternoon detentions are served on
Friday after school from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS
No person, including a District employee or agent, or student shall harass or intimidate another student based upon a student’s
sex, color, race, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or other protected
group status. The District will not tolerate harassing or intimidating conduct, whether verbal, physical or visual, that effects
tangible benefits of education, that unreasonably interferes with a student’s educational performance, or that creates an
intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. Examples of prohibited conduct include name-calling, using
derogatory slurs, wearing or possessing items depicting or implying hatred or prejudice, unwelcome sexual advances, requests
of sexual favors or engaging in other verbal or physical conduct of sexual or sex-based nature or one of the characteristics
stated above.
Any student of the District who is determined, after an investigation, to have engaged in harassment will be subject to
disciplinary action, including but not limited to, suspension and expulsion consistent with the discipline policy. Any person
making a knowingly false accusation regarding harassment will likewise be subject to disciplinary action up to and including
suspension and expulsion.
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
Cheating on a test will result in immediate confiscation and the student will retake the test. The final grade will be lowered two
letter grades. A student who knowingly allows another student to copy from his/her test will receive the same consequence.
Cheating on a homework assignment will result in confiscation, and only partial credit will be given. The student must turn the
assignment in the next day. Students who allow other students to copy his/her homework will receive the same consequence.
BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Behavioral interventions should be used by teachers and administrators to promote and strengthen desirable adaptive student
behaviors and reduce identified inappropriate behaviors. A fundamental principle is that positive interventions, designed to
develop and strengthen desirable student behaviors, should be used, whenever possible.
While positive approaches alone will not always succeed in managing extremely inappropriate behaviors, the use of more
restrictive behavior interventions should be considered to be temporary and approached with utmost caution. The Niles
Township Department of Special Education (NTDSE) Executive Director, with the advice and consent of the District
Superintendent, is authorized to develop procedures that conform to the specifications of the Illinois State Board of Education
guidelines on the use of behavioral interventions for students with disabilities receiving special education and related services.
The procedures will promote the use of positive behavioral interventions and include, but not be limited to, the following
components:
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Designation of behavioral interventions by level of restrictiveness
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Identification of a behavioral intervention consultant
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Procedures for the development of behavioral management plans for students with disabilities having
significant behavioral and/or emotional needs and for such students requiring restrictive interventions
Procedures for the documentation of emergency use of restrictive interventions
Provisions for parent involvement
Provisions for staff training and professional development
Sections 10-20.14 and 14-8.05 of the School Code require that this district shall maintain a parent-teacher
advisory committee.
This committee shall be involved in developing policy guidelines for pupil discipline, including the discipline
of students with disabilities. The parent-teacher advisory committee shall review and provide input to the
procedures developed by the NTDSE Executive Director. A copy of the complete set of guidelines is available
for inspection and review from the Director of Student Services.
WELLNESS PROCESS AND CELEBRATIONS
As a part of our school wellness process, which minimizes exposure of allergens to students with food allergies, we will no
longer allow edible treats to be brought in for celebrations or classroom festivities (no donuts, cupcakes, chips, etc). If you
would like your student to celebrate with his/her fellow classmates, please consider stickers, pencils, a game to be played, etc.
CAFETERIA RULES
Eating lunch in the lunchroom is a privilege for Culver Students. As such, we expect students to cooperate with the following
lunchroom rules of behavior:
Students are expected to act in a respectful and reasonable manner at all times
Students are to be seated at a lunch table except when discarding garbage or purchasing food
Students are responsible for throwing out their own garbage and cleaning up accidental spills
Students are collectively responsible for the cleanup of their table
Anyone seated at a table may be asked to clean up what others, less courteous, may have left
Food or drinks are not to be taken out of the cafeteria
Inappropriate behavior may result in the loss of lunchroom/recess privileges, or detention for students in grades 6-8
PLAYGROUND/RECESS
Students in grades K-5 have outdoor recess periods each day except during severe weather. Therefore, the outdoor clothing
that the students wear should be appropriate for the weather of the day. Determination of whether students will go out for
recess will be made depending on the weather at that particular time. Any request for prolonged indoor recess must come from
the student’s physician. Students will go outside when it snows. Please provide your child with appropriate clothing that is snow
and water repellant. Guidelines as to how the school determines outside recess can be found on the schools website.
RECESS RULES
Activities which include fighting, tackling, shoving, pushing, slamming, or any other dangerous actions are not allowed. Because
snow throwing can cause injury, it is prohibited and suspension from school may result. Specific recess rules will be discussed
with students at the beginning of the school year. They are as follows:
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Swings: only swing back and forth, no winding up allowed
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Teeter Totters; sit on seats only
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Roller Slide: no standing: slide down only, do not climb up
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Slides: slide down only, do not climb up
o Slide down only when the person before you reaches bottom of slide
o No stopping on the way down
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Towers/Posts/Tunnels: no climbing to the top or sitting on the top of towers, posts or tunnels
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Twirler: No more than 2 students at a time; no “flying” (only holding on with hands/ feet in air)
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No throwing wood chips
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Students need to get a teacher on duty to get any balls that go over the fence, through the gate, and/or into the
parking lot or street.
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When the whistle is blown, students must cease play immediately and begin lining up.
All rules apply at all times- during school hours, before and after school hours, on weekdays and weekends.
No one is allowed on the playground before school. After school, parents must be present for students to be on the playground.
Students without parents must go home immediately upon dismissal and may return later with parental permission.
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DRUGS (SMOKING, ALCOHOL)
Students who are smoking, using, or in possession of drugs on school grounds will be suspended from school. In as much as
students are not permitted to smoke on school property, carrying cigarettes, matches, smokeless tobacco, or other smoking
paraphernalia is unnecessary and inappropriate. Students carrying such items will be asked to surrender them and be subject to
discipline in accordance with the district’s student discipline policy.
GANGS AND GANG RELATED ACTIVITIES
The presence of, or student involvement in gangs or gang-related activities on school grounds while school is in session or at
school related events, including the display of gang signs, symbols or paraphernalia, is strictly prohibited. Any student who
violates this policy shall be subject to suspension or expulsion in accordance with the district’s student discipline policy.
POSSESSION OF INAPPOROPRIATE ITEMS
Students should not bring to school any items that are inappropriate or which could disrupt the school program. These include
but are not limited to, such items as: toys, electronic games, radios, rubber bands, IPods (unless specified for academic use),
wallet chains, trading cards, perfume, tape recorders, matches, lighters, fireworks, yo-yo’s, inappropriate reading and/or
viewing materials. These items will be taken from the student and the parent will be notified. Parents are expected to
personally pick up the confiscated items. Additional disciplinary action may be taken for possession of such inappropriate items
if deemed necessary by the building Principal. School district personnel do not accept responsibility for any item taken from a
student under the above circumstances.
WEAPONS ACT
Any student who is determined to have brought a weapon to school or any school sponsored activity, or any activity or event
which bears a relationship to school, shall be expelled from school for a period of time not to exceed two years, but not less
than one year. The Superintendent may modify the expulsion requirement for a student on a case-by-case basis, and the
Superintendent’s modification may be modified by the Board of Education. For purposes of this section, a weapon means
possession, use, control, or transfer of any object such as a gun, rifle, shotgun, a weapon as defined by Section 921 of title 18,
United States Code: firearm as defined in Section 1.1 of the Firearm Owners Identification Act; or use of a weapon as defined in
Section 24-1 of the Criminal Code; or any other object if used or attempted to be used to cause bodily harm, including but not
limited to knives, brass knuckles, bully clubs, or look–alikes of any weapon as defined in this section. The Niles Police
Department will be notified of any weapon or explosive device possession violation.
SEARCH AND SEIZURE
School authorities are authorized to conduct area-wide, general administrative inspections of school property (e.g., searches of
all student’s lockers) as means of protecting the health, safety, and/or welfare of the District, its employees and students,
without notice to or consent of the student and/or parents and without a search warrant. In all other cases, school authorities
may search such school property when there are reasonable grounds to suspect that the search will produce evidence that the
student has violated either the law or the District’s rules.
If a search conducted in accordance with this policy produces evidence that the student has violated or is violating the law or
the District’s rules, such evidence may be seized and impounded by school authorities and disciplinary action may be taken.
When appropriate, such evidence may be transferred to law enforcement authorities.
DUE PROCESS
Students shall be afforded due process for any case of suspension. Prior to suspension, the principal shall give the accused
student: (1) an oral or written notice of the charges against them; (2) an explanation of the evidence supporting the charges if
denied by the student; (3) an opportunity for the student to present their side of the story. Upon request of the parents or
guardian, the School Board or a hearing officer appointed by it shall review the suspension. At the hearing review, the parents
have the right to representation, a right to present evidence and cross-examination, or dispute the school district’s evidence. If
the Board appoints a hearing officer, he/she shall provide a written summary of the evidence heard at the meeting. The Board
may take such action as it finds appropriate. As a general rule, students who are accused of a disciplinary infraction will have an
opportunity to know the charges against them and to present their side of the story. Depending on the seriousness of the
offences, different procedures may be followed.
USE OF ISOLATED TIME OUT OR PHYSICAL RESTRAINT
Isolated time out and physical restraint will be used only to maintain a safe and orderly environment for learning and not as a
form of punishment or means of disciplining a student. Isolated time out and physical restraint will be used only to maintain a
safe and orderly environment for learning and preserve the safety of students and others. Physical restraint is defined as
holding a student or otherwise restricting his/her movements. Isolated time out is defined as a means of confinement of a
student in a time-out room or other enclosure, whether within or outside the classroom, from which the student’s progress is
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monitored. Isolated time-out and physical restraint will be applied at the discretion of staff and under the following
circumstances:
Isolated time out may be used when a student demonstrated an inability or refusal to meet expectations for learning or
behavior that disrupts the educational setting.
Physical restraint may be used when a student poses a physical risk to himself/herself or others in the school building, on school
grounds, during any school activity or outing, or on a school bus.
Examples of situations when physical restraint may be used include when a student behaves in a way which could lead to selfinjury, appears to be emotionally or physically out of control and at risk of harm, or engages in physically or verbally aggressive
behavior which threatens the students’ safety or that of others.
OTHER INFORMATIONAL ITEMS
ASBESTOS
The school district building was inspected for asbestos according to federal and state guidelines in 1988. Follow up inspections
continue to be performed as required by law. The specific results of that inspection are found in the management plan. A copy
of the plan is available for review in the District Office.
LAWN FERTILIZATION & PESTICIDE NOTIFICATION REGISTRY
In accordance with State laws, the district will provide notice of specific pesticide and/or herbicide use to any school staff,
student, or parent who requires this notification. You can request to be placed on our Pesticide Notification list by contacting
Ken Juris, Head of Maintenance, and providing your name, address and daytime phone number. The office will notify families in
an Alert Now when fertilization of the lawn will take place.
AEROSOL CANS
Due to the adverse effect on our environment and the problems it causes to people with allergies and asthma, aerosol cans are
not allowed.
TEXTBOOKS
The teacher in charge of each section issues textbooks. Students are expected to exercise care of the books that are issued to
them. Since books are the property of the School District, students will be held responsible for any loss or damage.
CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off, kept out of sight and in an inconspicuous location such as a backpack,
purse or locker during the school day and during school activities and events. They must be turned OFF and may not be used
unless the building Administration grants permission. Failure to comply with these rules will result in confiscation of the cell
phone or other electronic device. Parents are expected to personally pick up the confiscated item. School district personnel do
not accept responsibility for any cell phones or other electronic devices taken from a student under the above circumstances.
DRESS CODE
The purpose of these guidelines is not to inhibit any person’s taste in clothes, but rather to better facilitate the process of
education through reasonable guidelines of “dress”. Students are expected to dress appropriately for school. The dress of
students should be appropriate to the age of the student and the educational activity. An individual’s dress cannot be offensive,
obscene, or disruptive to the educational process, nor pose a danger to any student’s health and safety.
The following is a list of inappropriate or unacceptable attire for all grade level student clothing articles with:
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Suggestive or inappropriate writing or pictures, advertisements for drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, or tobacco, gang
symbols. Support for violence or hatred
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Shorts and skirts should not be any shorter than fingertip length when arms are extended by the side. Shorts that are
too tight, spandex bicycle shorts, halter tops, tube tops, pants or tops which expose bare midriffs (especially when
arms are raised), tank tops (straps need to be at least 1” thick), sheer tops, or anything that has large sleeveless
openings or is too revealing
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Hats (worn within the building) and/or bandanas
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Wallet chains, key or belt chains
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No skin should be showing on the body that would be distracting to the learning process
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Any type of clothing or accessory that would damage school property
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Overall, clothing with questionable sayings or references to sexual activity, violence, profanity, or racial context is not
permitted. The administration reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of school dress. If a student is
determined to be wearing clothing of an unacceptable nature, a parent will be contacted and may be asked to bring a
change of clothing for the student. Students in grades 5-8 may be instructed to change into their gym t-shirts/shorts.
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LOST AND FOUND
There is a lost and found area where items are deposited daily. Money, jewelry and other valuables should be brought to the
school office. Parents are urged to mark all personal items (clothing, purses, lunch boxes/bags) with their child’s name so that
found items can be returned to their owners. Parents are also urged to check the lost and found periodically. Articles which are
found around school or on the bus should be turned into the office. Lost and found is emptied at the end of each quarter and
items will be donated to charity.
POSTERS
All signs, posters, etc., must have approval by the building Administration.
SCHOOL TELEPHONE
The school telephone is for school business. Students or Teachers may not be called from classes to answer the phone unless
the call is due to an extreme emergency.
SIGNING OUT
Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds at any time during the school day without a parent/guardian and a
permit from the school office. Any person picking up a child must be listed on the Student Pickup Form. Phone calls from
parents will not be accepted in lieu of written release on student pickup form.
TARDINESS
Out of courtesy to, and respect for other students and teachers, students are expected to make a habit of being on time with
necessary materials for each class. If late to school, students must report to the office for a tardy slip. Students who are late for
a class and have been detained in the office or by a teacher must ask for a tardy slip or pass from the person who detained
them. Repeated or chronic tardiness may result in disciplinary action. All students walking in the hallway without a teacher
need to have a pass, designating where they are going with the signature of the staff sending them.
CO-CURRICULAR AND SPECIAL EVENTS
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
A number of extracurricular activities are available to Culver students. Refer to the school website at www.culver71.net for a
list of activities.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT
This agreement is subject to change.
Culver School promotes the development of a well-rounded student. Culver’s eligibility agreement has been created to allow
students opportunities for participation within non-academic oriented activities while recognizing that Culver is first and
foremost an academic institution. Academics are a student’s first priority. Therefore, students are required to meet the
requirements listed below in order to participate in any extracurricular activities that take away from the time needed to
successfully complete academic responsibilities outside school hours (completing homework and/or major projects, studying
for tests, etc.). The criteria used to determine the significance of time is any activity that requires more than one hour of
participation per week. Extracurricular activities that require more than one hour of participation per week include Student
Council, Basketball, Cheerleading, Volleyball, Soccer, Chorus, Track, Science Olympiad and the School Play. Sponsors, Coaches,
Teachers, and Administration will work together to continually monitor the performance of all participants to see that each
participant meets the requirements listed below.
TRYOUTS
A meeting with the interested Students and Activity Sponsors/Coaches will be scheduled three weeks before joining, or tryingout for one of the above activities.
Students must have a signed permission form from their parents to join/try-out for the activity. Depending on the activity, the
student will need to have a sports physical on file. Additionally, students must have a 2.0 GPA for the current quarter, or if the
activity begins at the start of a quarter the student will need a 2.0 GPA for the prior quarter. A meeting with the interested
students and activity sponsors/coaches will be scheduled three weeks before joining, or trying-out for one of the above
activities.
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
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Students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA for the duration of the activity
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Each student’s academic status will be determined on the Friday (or Thursday in the event there is no school on
Friday) of each week
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If a student does not meet the academic requirements, he/she will be placed on probation for the following week
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Students on probation may fully participate in the activity
Students may be placed on probation two times for the duration of the activity
If a student does not meet the academic requirements by the end of the second probation period, he/she will be
removed from the activity
ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR STUDENT COUNCIL
Student Council will adhere to the same academic guidelines, but restart at the beginning of each quarter. Example: An
officer/member is removed from Student Council for academic ineligibility. The officer/member may return to the activity if
they present an academic “clearance sheet” at the beginning of the new quarter.
BEHAVIORAL REQUIREMENTS
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Students are expected to behave appropriately at all times
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Students who received a detention will not be allowed to participate in an activity for two days. (The day they receive
the detention and the following day.)
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Students who receive a total of three detentions during the duration of the activity may be removed from the activity
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Students who receive a behavioral referral may become ineligible or removed from an activity as determined by
administration
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Students who receive a suspension will be ineligible for two weeks or removed from an activity as determined by
administration
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Students receiving two or more suspensions during the activity will be removed from the activity
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There will be no eligibility status changes on three day weeks and the 1st week of each quarter. Recognizing that it is
difficult for a student to bring up a grade in a three day period, the probation period will be extended during the
weeks there are two days of no school attendance. A student’s eligibility status will remain status quo during those
weeks
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The administration may establish or change guidelines, as appropriate, in lieu of and/or in addition to those listed
above
CULVER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
BAND/ORCHESTRA
The Concert Orchestra, Concert Band and Intermediate Band rehearse twice a week for 40 minutes before school. The Jazz
Band meets once a week. All instrumental music students attend a small group lesson once a week on a rotating schedule so
that they do not miss any one subject consistently. Students have the opportunity to perform at school concerts and also take
part in local and regional competitions on an individual, small ensemble, and large ensemble basis. In striving to achieve a
uniform look for our group, concert attire is as follows: Red polo shirts, black slacks, and black shoes.
*BASKETBALL GRADES 6-8
Culver offers interscholastic basketball to boys and girls at sixth, seventh and eighth grade levels. Junior Varsity basketball is
primarily viewed as instructional. The girls’ season runs from late October to late December/early January, and the Boys’ season
runs from mid-January to late March. Following tryouts, a maximum of fifteen players are chosen for each team. Seventh and
eighth grade teams practice every day after school. Sixth grade practices twice per week. Sixth grade teams play a potential five
game schedule, seventh grade teams plays an eight-game schedule and the eighth grade teams play a ten-game schedule and
participate in a tournament.
SCIENCE OLYMPIAD GRADES 6-8
Science Olympiad is an extracurricular activity that supports learning through investigation and deductive reasoning. Students
conduct science experiments and work cooperatively at different grade levels in a fun and engaging environment. Students will
meet once or twice a week during the months of October through April. Students may also compete in Invitational, Regional
and State Science Olympiad competitions.
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS GRADES 4-6
Battle of the Books is a competitive, extracurricular reading enrichment program. Practices and meets are scheduled once a
week from September through December. Sponsored by the Niles Public Library, teams from Niles Schools are represented and
compete against one another. In preparation for these meets, participating students read books from the required list and then
study and practice questions and answers about the books. Practices are one day a week after school from 3:00-4:00 pm.
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*CHEERLEADING GRADES 7-8
Boys and girls are invited to participate in cheerleading tryouts. Cheerleaders cheer for the Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team.
Cheerleaders may also have the opportunity to take part in The Little Nine Conference Cheer Competition.
CHORAL PROGRAM GRADES 6-8
The Culver Chorus is a volunteer organization comprised of girls and boys in grades six through eight. There are no auditions
just a lot of fun and singing. In striving to achieve a uniform look for our group, concert attire is as follows: Red polo shirts and
black skirts/slacks and black shoes. Chorus rehearsals take place one morning per week from 7:15 -8:00 a.m., during the second
half of the school year.
“New in 2013-2014”
MONTHLY MIX-IT-UP GRADES 2-5
Various monthly activities to engage participants in fun and fascination in activities such as cooking, bowling, board games, arts
and crafts, rock climbing, etc.
*SCHOOL PLAY GRADES 6-8
This extracurricular activity begins in March and culminates with a performance the first Thursday and Friday of May. Students
in grades 6-8 may audition for the cast or choose to be a member of the stage crew. The crew helps to make the set, lighting,
work the curtain, secure costumes, create programs and advertisements, and other aspects of the play. Rehearsals will be held
every day after school. There is a dress rehearsal for the school, and an evening performance for the general public, free of
charge. Students learn the basic techniques of performing. Included are acting and character development, improvisation, and
scene development.
*SOCCER GRADES 6-8
Culver offers an interscholastic soccer to boys and girls in sixth through eighth grade. The boys’ season runs from late-August to
mid-October and the girls’ season is from mid-March to mid-May. Following tryouts, a maximum of fifteen players are chosen
for each team. Teams practice every day after school. The teams play a ten game schedule and compete against the other
feeder schools in Niles Township.
SPELLING BEE GRADES 4-8
The purpose of the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee is to provide students with an opportunity to learn challenging spelling words
and compete at the building, regional and national levels, as applicable. Students compete within homerooms. Three winners
are named and represent their homerooms in a school-wide competition. A winner and runner-up are named. The winner
represents Culver in the Chicago-Area Regional Bee and the alternate is available in case the winner in unable to compete.
Scripps Howard provides practice and competition words. There are no scheduled practice sessions after school.
*STUDENT COUNCIL GRADES 6-8
Student Council is an organized group of students that meets regularly, sharing and creating ideas for school activities. Student
Council Representatives are elected in grades 6 through 8. Student Council seeks to achieve learning, involvement, service,
citizenship, leadership, scholarship, achievement, self-growth, and fun.
*TRACK AND FIELD GRADES 6-8
The Girls’ and Boys’ Interscholastic Track season runs from May to June. Students may participate on the track team to improve
their skills and/or participate in the meets. The team practices every day after school.
*VOLLEYBALL GRADES 6-8
Culver offers an interscholastic volleyball team to boys and girls at the sixth through eighth grade levels. The girls’ season runs
from late August to mid-October and boys’ season is from mid-March to mid-May. Following tryouts, a maximum of fifteen
players are chosen for each team. Teams practice every day after school. The teams play a ten game schedule and compete
against the other feeder school in Niles Township.
*YEARBOOK GRADES 7-8
Students in grades 7 and 8 have the opportunity to be part of the yearbook staff. In conjunction with a faculty member,
students are involved in chronicling the school year. Students may apply their talents in the following areas: photography layout, distribution, and publicity of the yearbook.
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RACHEL’S CHALLENGE/SERVICE CLUB 5-8
Students in grades fifth through eighth have the opportunity to provide support and service to Culver, and the Niles
community. In conjunction with faculty, students are involved in projects that assist Faculty, Staff, Administration, PTA and the
Niles Community.
*Participants of these activities must meet the Culver School Eligibility Requirements for Extracurricular Activities.
CULVER AWARDS
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE GRADES 6-8
Each year, students who achieve Red Honor Roll status for the first three quarters, will receive an Academic Excellence Plaque.
(Average of 3.5 GPA or higher)
BAND AND ORCHESTRA GRADES 3-8
Certificates are awarded to students for participation.
CITIZENSHIP AWARDS GRADES 4-7
One student from each class in grades 4 through 6 and two students from each grade in grades 7 and 8 are selected by teachers
and will receive a certificate and a pin. Each recipient will demonstrate the following qualities:
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Is courteous and thoughtful
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Shows enthusiasm for the school community
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Respects school rules
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Is honest
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Exhibits self-reliance
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Shows respect, cooperation and courtesy with staff and peers
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Demonstrates individual improvement
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Participates in school activities
ELL AWARD GRADES 4-8
A certificate is presented to the student(s) who:
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Show exceptional progress in the acquisition of English in the areas of speaking, reading, and writing
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Demonstrates consistent effort and achievement in daily work
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Exhibits a positive attitude in class
FOREIGN LANGUAGE GRADES 7-8
The Foreign Language Award is a certificate and a pin. These are presented to two students in grades 7 and 8 Spanish class who
meet the following criteria:
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Achieve a grade of “A” for three quarters
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Display excellence in quality work
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Speak the language with a high degree of fluency
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Participate positively in class
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Exhibit leadership qualities
LANGUAGE ARTS GRADES 4-8
The Language Arts certificate and pin are awarded to two students per grade level who meet the following criteria:
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Achieve a grade of “A” for three quarters
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Demonstrate an effort to excel
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Display excellent writing skills
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Participate positively in class
MATHEMATICS GRADES 4-8
The Mathematics certificate and pin are presented to two students at each grade level who:
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Achieve a grade of “A” for each of the first three quarters
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Display an effort to excel
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Produce quality work on a consistent basis
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Exhibit positive leadership qualities
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PHYSICAL EDUCATION AWARDS GRADES 4-8
Students who meet the following criteria receive a certificate and a pin.
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Achieve an “A” for three quarters
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Exhibit leadership qualities
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Is regularly prepared for class
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Cooperates and displays a positive attitude in class
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Demonstrates consistent quality in performance
PRESIDENTS CHALLENGE PHYSICAL FITNESS GRADES 6-8
Five national standardized fitness tests are given to Culver students in their Physical Education classes. Skills being measured
are strength, flexibility, and endurance. The Presidential Physical Fitness Award certificate is given to those students reaching
the 85th percentile or above on all five fitness tests. The National Physical Fitness Award certificate is given to those students
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reaching the 50 percentile or above on all five fitness tests.
SCIENCE GRADES 4-8
Two students at each grade level earn the Science Award certificate and pin by meeting the following criteria:
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Achieve a grade of “A” for each of the first three quarters
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Demonstrate an effort to excel
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Produce quality work on a consistent basis
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Exhibit positive leadership qualities
SOCIAL STUDIES GRADES 4-8
The Social Studies certificate and pin are awarded to two students in each grade who meet the following criteria:
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Achieve an “A” for each of the first three quarters
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Demonstrate effort on a consistent basis
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Display excellence in quality of work
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Exhibit leadership qualities and participate positively in class
SPELLING BEE GRADES 4-8
A certificate and pin is presented to the winner and the runner-up of the Scripps Howard Spelling Bee held in January.
PTA PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS
ACHIEVEMENT AND SCHOLARSHIP GRADES 4-8
The Pursuit of Excellence Award in Achievement and Scholarship is presented to the student in each grade level who has
achieved the highest grade point average in his/her class.
STEAM GRADES 6-8
The Pursuit of Excellence Award in STEAM is given to the student in each grade level who demonstrates initiative and who
excels in the application of technology.
ART GRADES 4-8
The Pursuit of Excellence Award in Art is given to the student in each grade level who:
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Exhibits exceptional talent and effort
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Shows outstanding creativity
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Has mastered the understanding and production of art
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Shows interest in pursuing and developing artistic excellence
GENERAL MUSIC GRADES 4-8
The Pursuit of Excellence Award in General Music is given to the student in each grade level who:
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Demonstrates musical achievement in vocal or instrumental performance of composition
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Exhibits creativity
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Shows improvement
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Serves as a positive role model
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Demonstrates an enthusiasm for learning
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SCHOLASTIC IMPROVEMENT GRADES 4-8
The Pursuit of Excellence in Scholastic Improvement is given to the student in each grade level who has achieved the greatest
improvement in grade point average from the first quarter through the third quarter of the school year. Recipients must have
earned all passing grades for the third quarter.
Note: In addition to the awards listed in this book, individual classroom teachers present certificates to students for various
accomplishments. Students are recognized, on an individual basis, at various points throughout the year. These tailor-made
acknowledgements are developed by individual teachers and/or teaching teams.
AWARDS FOR PARTICIPATION
BATTLE OF THE BOOKS GRADES 4-6
Students receive a certificate of participation. They are also recognized at a program at the Niles Public Library at the end of the
season.
CHORAL PROGRAM GRADES 6-8
All Members of Chorus receive a certificate of participation. Special recognition is awarded to members serving as
accompanists.
DRAMA AWARD GRADES 6-8
Each student who participates in the school play, either as a cast member or crew member, receives a Drama certificate.
SPORTS
The effort of team members and managers are recognized for participation in the following activities:
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Basketball
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Cheerleading
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Track
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Soccer
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Volleyball
STUDENT COUNCIL
Students who participate throughout the school year as a Student Council Officer, Representative or Alternate will receive a
Student Council award. Officers will receive a pin; representatives and alternates will receive a certificate.
YEARBOOK GRADES 7-8
Certificates are given to the yearbook staff.
RACHELS CHALLENGE AWARD GRADES 5-8
This award is presented to a student in grades 5-8 who embodies Rachel Joy Scott’s Ethics or Codes of Life which are as follows:
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Looking for the best in others
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Dreaming big
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Demonstrating small acts of kindness
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Starting a chain reaction by reaching out to those less fortunate
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EIGHTH GRADE AWARDS
Each of the following awards is presented at the eighth grade graduation ceremony.
CLARENCE E. CULVER MEMORIAL ART AWARD
The student who receives this award must have been enrolled in the district at least during the seventh and eighth grades and
must excel in various forms of art media. The award recipient is selected by a committee of staff members of the Board of
Education and Administration.
CITIZENSHIP AWARDS
Teachers who work with the eighth graders evaluate students to select two students who are worthy of receiving the
Citizenship Award. Criteria include the following:
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Is courteous and thoughtful
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Shows enthusiasm for the school community
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Respects school rules
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Cooperates in group work and play
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Is honest
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Exhibits self-reliance
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Shows respect, cooperation, and courtesy with staff and peers
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Participates in school activities
GRADUATION CEREMONY SPEAKERS
Four students are selected by their eighth grade teachers to play key roles in the graduation ceremony. The following selection
process is used:
-Names of each student who has achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5-4.0 for the year are compiled.
-Each student is then assessed by his/her teachers in the categories of effort, positive participation, and citizenship.
-Students who receive the top four scores are selected as speakers at graduation.
-The keynote address, based on the class theme, is delivered by the student who earns the highest # of accumulated points.
-The student with the second highest number of accumulated points gives the traditional “Welcome” speech.
-The Pledge of Allegiance is led by the student with the third highest number of accumulated points.
-The class gift is presented to the superintendent by the student who earns the fourth highest number of accumulated points.
*The above four students are awarded an “Outstanding Graduate” medal.
ROBERT K. SALL MEMORIAL BAND STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Robert K. Sall Memorial Award is awarded to one student for outstanding achievement in band.
BAND AND ORCHESTRA STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD
These awards are presented to one 8th grade student from the band and one 8th grade student from the orchestra. If two
students are equally deserving of the award from either band or orchestra, then both receive award. These awards are based
on musicianship, attitude, cooperation, leadership, dedication, amount of practice time, and playing in groups other than
concert band and concert orchestra.
GREG ANDERSON MEMORIAL AWARD
This award is given to the 8th grade student who has accumulated the most award points during his or her years in the concert
band. Award points are earned by participating in the concerts and contests, playing in jazz band and helping in intermediate
band or orchestra. *The recipients of these three music awards are also announced at Awards Day.
THOMAS P. BACK MATH AWARD
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This award is presented to the 8 grade student who has accumulated the most points throughout the year on various math
contests and who has the highest grade point average throughout the first three quarters. The award is an engraved plaque
presented in honor of Mr. Thomas Back, former Math and Science teacher.
THOMAS P. BACK SCIENCE AWARD
This award is presented to the eighth grader who has accumulated the most points throughout the year. Points are awarded for
each quarter grade for the first three quarters and for achievement on the final science project.
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BRIAN BYRNE SPIRIT OF CULVER AWARD
The Brian Byrne Spirit of Culver Award is given to the student who enthusiastically displays the true meaning of spirit. This
student is passionate about bringing joy to others, is honest, sincere and values the simple things in life. He or she finds the best
in everyone; remains cheerful in tough times and looks for the rainbows of life on a daily basis. *The recipient of this award is
also announced on Awards Day.
Each of the following awards is presented at the Awards Assembly.
PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE AND PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT
President’s Educational Excellence Awards Program:
The President’s Educational Excellence Awards Program, established by the U.S. Department of Education recognizes and
honors outstanding educational achievement. As the Nation strives to achieve eight National Educational Goals, and to provide
a world-class education for every child, schools need to encourage all students to aspire to the highest educational standards.
The President’s Education Awards Program rewards students for their academic effort and success.
SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL EXCELLENCE
To be eligible for the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, students at each awards level must meet the requirements
in Category A and either 1 or 2 of Category B.
Category A: Grade Point Average: Students are to earn a grade point average of 90 to 100 point scale (an A- on a letter scale or
3.5 on a 4.0 scale).
Category B: In addition to grade point average, schools are to include one or more of the following two criteria to determine
their selected students: Standardized Achievement Tests: Achieve in the 85th percentile or higher in the math or reading or
recommendation from a Teacher plus one other Staff Member: One recommendation is to reflect outstanding achievement in
one or more areas such as English, Mathematics, Science, Civics and Government Economics, History, Geography, Arts, Foreign
Language, and any other course that reflects a school’s core curriculum. The second recommendation from a school staff
member may include: Involvement in community service; or extracurricular activities including tutoring other students and/or
demonstration of creativity and achievement (visual and performing arts).
SELECTION CRITERIA FOR THE PRESIDENT’S AWARD FOR EDUCATIONAL IMPROVEMENT
The purpose of this award is to recognize students who show outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment or
intellectual development in their academic subjects, but they do not meet the criteria for the President’s Award for Educational
Excellence.
The following criteria:
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Student’s who show tremendous growth and improvement but do not meet the criteria for the President’s Award for
Educational Excellence.
·
Unusual commitment to learning and improving in academics despite various obstacles.
·
Students with excellent school records who do not meet each criterion for the President’s Award for Educational
Excellence
CHANGES IN RULES
Errors in the publication of these rules and regulations will be brought to the attention of the students. These rules and
regulations can be changed at any time without written notice as a result in changes in the law, modifications in Board Policies
or new administrative decisions.
PUBLICATION/DISSEMINATION OF POLICY
The Administration must make provisions for all parents/guardians to receive a copy of the Board of Education policies on
discipline as well as the building rules and regulations within 15 days of the opening of the school year. Please be sure to take
time to carefully review these policies with your child(ren). Any student enrolling after the opening of school will receive this
information at the time of enrollment.
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APPENDIX A
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APPENDIX B
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Appendix C
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