Jacksonville Elementary Parent Handbook
The following information applies only to students and parents at Jacksonville Elementary. Be sure to check the Medford Elementary Schools Parent Handbook for information that applies to all elementary students in the Medford School District and their parents.
Mission & Belief Statement
It is the mission of Jacksonville School to provide a positive environment which promotes responsible, resourceful, respectful individuals inspired with a life long love of learning.
· In inspiring staff and students to meet their optimum potential.
· Everyone can successfully learn, solve problems and be creative.
· Curriculum and instruction should meet the needs of individual students and prepare them to be future, productive citizens.
· In the integrity of children, that they are accountable and respectful of school, themselves and others.
· Effective teachers are creative, innovative, flexible, positive and able to adjust to students’ learning styles.
· Well defined objectives and consistent assessment are essential for student achievement.
· Parents are active partners in their child’s education, sharing the responsibility and their successes.
· Open communication is the bridge between all participants in a child’s education.
· All staff needs to cooperate as a team, support each other and work towards common goals.
· The dignity of the individual should be respected.
· The community of an effective school values and supports education.
· The obstacles can be overcome if the desire is strong enough.
School begins at 7:50 a.m. Students may enter the building at 7:45 a.m. Students who arrive before 7:45 a.m. may wait in the breezeway by the gym or go straight to the cafeteria to have breakfast. Students arriving late will be marked tardy.
Drop off / Pick Up
The east parking lot, accessed using Fritillaria Lane, is for parents who are picking up or dropping off students in 2nd through 6th grades. The south entrance, accessed from Hueners Lane, is for parents who are dropping off or picking up students in kindergarten and first grade. In this area, parents are asked to pull in a line around the flag pole island and pull past the stripped walkway where your child will walk to your vehicle. Traffic is barricaded from driving through the main parking around. This area is reserved for bus loading and unloading. We ask that parents exercise extreme patience with both areas as it is usually heavily congested before and after school.
Regular attendance (92% or greater) is expected at Jacksonville Elementary. As in any occupation, it is important that your child be on time each day in order for him/her to receive maximum benefit from instruction and to develop responsibility. Excessive absences are a main cause of poor grades and lack of motivation and success in school. If your child is going to be absent, please call the school office by 8:30 a.m. You also should request homework if your child will be out of school more than one day. Homework requested by 8:30 a.m. will be ready in the school office by 2:30 p.m. Please try to schedule appointments before or after school hours. These absences affect our overall state school rating. We need a score of 92% or higher to remain in "Strong" standing. We need a 96% or higher to receive an "Excellent" rating. Let's all work together to keep our school in good standing or higher!
Leaving During School Hours
To leave school during class time, students are to bring a note from home. For safety and security reasons, parents are not to pick up their child from the classroom during the school day. Parents picking up children during class time must sign them out through the office. In order to maximize class time, students will be called to the office when parents arrive to sign them out, not before. Only parent-authorized persons are allowed to pick up children.
Students are to go home immediately after school. The campus will reopen at 4:00 p.m. Teachers will contact parents if students need to stay to finish work, etc. Students must bring a note from parents if they are not going home in their usual manner or if they are to get off the bus at a different stop. Students must make all after-school plans before they arrive at school. Students will not be allowed to use the telephone to make plans. Students not picked up by 2:20 p.m. (1:05 on Wednesdays) will be taken to the school office to wait for transportation. The school grounds are off-limits for unsupervised children until 4:00 p.m.
Toys, Money, Valuables, Electronic Devices, Cell Phones, etc.
Students are not to bring sharp or dangerous objects, weapons (pretend or real), or any type of toy or valuable to school. Items like these are easily lost, stolen, or damaged. Students should bring money to school only when they need it for a specific purpose, such as lunch, snack sales, student store, or a book order. Basketballs and footballs may be brought to school as long as they are marked with permanent ink and with the understanding that students cannot close a game or remove the ball from a game once it has started. They must be willing to share. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Electronic devices and cell phones are strongly discouraged from being brought to school. They must not be seen or heard and, if they are brought to school, must be turned OFF and kept in a backpack. The school will take absolutely no responsibility for these items. If they are brought out of the backpack between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 2:08 p.m., the items will be sent to the office for a parent to pick up.
Due to legal issues regarding student privacy, students are not to take pictures at school with camera phones or regular cameras without direct permission from school administration.
Watch for the Jacksonville Pioneer parent newsletter that is sent home with your child every Friday. It contains up-to-date, important, school-related information. If you did not receive one, there are extras available in the office. You also can access current news on Jacksonville School website at: www.medford.k12.or.us/jacksonville.
A school calendar with most of the year’s activities has been published, and is for sale in the school office. Very important! Please refer to the Jacksonville Pioneer parent newsletter for updates and changes to this calendar.
FOOD & DRINK
Food, drink, and gum chewing are not allowed on the playground except during snack sale recess. Food, drink, and gum are not allowed in any other area, except the cafeteria, on a regular basis. This includes before and after school. If lattes, etc., are brought to school, they need to be consumed in the cafeteria and/or disposed of (in the cafeteria) before class starts. Teachers may use their own discretion in their classroom. Due to the possibility of hepatitis outbreaks, all food brought to school for distribution to classes must be commercially prepared (store bought) and handled in a sanitary manner.
Students will walk to and from recess holding onto all play equipment.
Students must have a pass to re-enter the building.
Students are allowed to eat snacks on the wall when authorized by their teacher or the playground monitor.
Students will respect the personal space of others. Wrestling or play fighting is not allowed.
School-wide game rules will be followed.
Students are not allowed to throw any objects except playground balls.
Students may use play equipment from home that is similar in nature to school equipment. Names must be on all personal items.
When the bell rings, students are to immediately stop what they are doing and line up quickly and quietly.
Basketball and tetherball courts will be assigned by grade or skill.
Balls can be hit on backboards only, not on walls.
Jump ropes are to be used for jumping only.
Students must remain visible to monitors. (Not in bushes, ditches or the breezeway.)
The field may be closed during especially wet or muddy days.
Tackle football is not allowed.
Students may not run, chase or play tag on equipment.
Students must slide with bottoms down, feet first, one at a time.
- Students will wait in a safe area by poles if swings are in use. (Count to 100 out loud to get your turn.)
- Due to safety concerns, students are only allowed to swing sitting upright. Jumping off is not allowed.
- Sit and Spin: One person allowed at a time. The person on the equipment must spin themselves. (Count to 30 out loud then the next student in line takes a turn.
- Tire Swing: Limit of 2 students at a time (4th -6th) or 3 (K-3) on swing at one time. Students must sit up with legs inside and body up. (Count to 100, next students in line can then take their turn.)