• Parent/Student Handbook

      

    Pioneer Peak Elementary School

    Mary Watts, Principal

    1959 North Trunk Road

    Palmer, Alaska 99645

     (907) 861-5700

    (907) 861-5780 (fax)

    http://www.matsuk12.us/ppe

     

     

    Welcome to Pioneer Peak Elementary School!

     

    Pioneer Peak Elementary is proud to offer exciting opportunities for growth and learning to students in kindergarten through fifth grades. 

     

    Our highly qualified teachers and support staff are here to assist your child in every way possible to ensure a quality education. Your involvement in your child’s school life is encouraged. Please take the opportunity to join the PTA, parent volunteer programs, and participate in your child’s classroom activities.

     

    Newsletters are emailed regularly to keep you aware of activities and events at school. They are also accessible on our website.

     

    Please contact the school with any questions you may have. A team approach between parents and the school is the best way to foster a successful education for your child.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Mary Watts

    Principal

     

     

     

     

    Table of Contents

    Student Conduct............................................................................................................................. 5

    School-wide Discipline Rules.......................................................................................................... 5

    Discipline Philosophy Statement.................................................................................................... 6

    Consequences for misbehavior....................................................................................................... 6

    Positive Rewards............................................................................................................................ 7

    Notice of AHERA Compliance......................................................................................................... 7

    Drug Free Schools........................................................................................................................... 7

    Phone numbers you may need...................................................................................................... 8

    Pioneer Peak Elementary School Information.............................................................................. 8

    Registration/Verification................................................................................................................ 8

    Accidents and Illness...................................................................................................................... 8

    Insurance....................................................................................................................................... 9

    Medications................................................................................................................................... 9

    School and Illness: Should Your Child Stay Home?......................................................................... 10

    Arrival /Departures...................................................................................................................... 11

    Attendance and Tardiness............................................................................................................ 11

    Leaving School Early..................................................................................................................... 11

    School Bus Discipline Policy.......................................................................................................... 11

    School Bus Procedures.................................................................................................................. 11

    Non-Custodial Parents.................................................................................................................. 12

    Boundary Exemptions.................................................................................................................. 12

    Visitors and Volunteers................................................................................................................ 12

    Dress and Recess.......................................................................................................................... 12

    Field Trips/Transportation by Private Automobile......................................................................... 13

    Grading Policy.............................................................................................................................. 13

    Request for Change of Student Placement.................................................................................... 13

    Conferences................................................................................................................................. 14

    Make-Up Work Policy................................................................................................................... 14

    Parent/classroom volunteers........................................................................................................ 14

    Valuables and Toys....................................................................................................................... 14

    Pets............................................................................................................................................. 14

    Replacement Fees........................................................................................................................ 14

    Cell Phones, Electronic Games or Music, and Similar Devices......................................................... 14

    Computers................................................................................................................................... 15

    Internet....................................................................................................................................... 15

    E-mail.......................................................................................................................................... 15

    PTA.............................................................................................................................................. 15

    School Lunches............................................................................................................................. 15

    Money......................................................................................................................................... 15

    Lost and Found............................................................................................................................. 15

    Special Education Services............................................................................................................ 15

    Response to Instruction (RTI)........................................................................................................ 16

    Talented and Gifted Program (TAG).............................................................................................. 16

    Enrichment Programs................................................................................................................... 16

    Extracurricular Activities............................................................................................................... 16

    Library......................................................................................................................................... 16

    Technology.................................................................................................................................. 16

    Music........................................................................................................................................... 17

    Physical Education........................................................................................................................ 17

    Bus Rider Rules............................................................................................................................. 17

    Be Safe......................................................................................................................................... 17

    Be Responsible............................................................................................................................. 17

    Student Transportation................................................................................................................ 17

    General Policies............................................................................................................................ 17

    At All Times.................................................................................................................................. 18

    Waiting for the Bus...................................................................................................................... 18

    Boarding and Off-Loading the School Bus...................................................................................... 18

    Conduct on the Bus...................................................................................................................... 18

    Misconduct Policy and Procedures................................................................................................ 19

    For Safety’s Sake.......................................................................................................................... 19

    Remember................................................................................................................................... 19

    School and Road Closure Information......................................................................................... 19

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Student Conduct

     

    The foundation for a good instructional program is self-discipline and responsible behavior. The staff at Pioneer Peak School takes pride in having established Guidelines for Success (GFS), which clearly outline expectations for behavior. Our staff works on the principle that each child has the right to learn, and the teacher the right to teach, without interference.

     

    School-wide Discipline Rules 

       Guidelines for Success:

    1. Cooperate with others
    2. Learn self-control
    3. Be honest
    4. Have a positive attitude
    5. Be respectful and responsible

     

       General School-wide Rules:

    1. Follow directions the first time they are given.
    2. Stay in assigned area.
    3. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
    4. Respect other people and their property.
    5. No gum.
    6. Use appropriate language.
    7. Remove hats in the building.
    8. Appropriate dress at all times.

     

       Rules for Hallways:

    1. Walk.
    2. Use quiet voices.

     

       Rules for Playground:

    1. Use equipment properly.
    2. Follow directions first time.
    3. No use of physical aggression or fighting.
    4. Use appropriate language.
    5. Do not throw snowballs, rocks, dirt, etc.
    6. No toys from home.

     

     

     

     

     

    Discipline Philosophy Statement 

    Pioneer Peak Elementary School’s philosophy of discipline is to establish and maintain an atmosphere where students feel safe and secure. Students succeed in an environment where respect towards themselves and others is evident. They will understand that the choices they make affect their goals and achievement.

     

    We consider discipline an essential component to the educational process. Students will understand that there are consequences to their choices. Pioneer Peak Elementary supports the District’s zero-tolerance policy and procedures for student discipline. Our goal is to provide an excellent learning climate.

     

    Pioneer Peak Elementary’s discipline policy is structured so disruptive behavior is tracked throughout the building in an effort to ensure a safe and effective learning environment. In this way, patterns in a particular student’s behavior can be discerned and appropriate action taken.

     

    The School Board believes that a major function of public schools is to prepare youth for responsible citizenship. The district shall foster a learning environment that reinforces the concepts of self-discipline and the acceptance of personal responsibility. Students are expected to progress from being adult-directed to self-directed, with minimal application of disciplinary measures.

     

    The School Board recognizes that disciplinary policies and student conduct guidelines must exist to outline acceptable behavior and provide sound disciplinary practices within each school in the district, to maintain a healthy learning environment. These policies and regulations will be enforced fairly, uniformly, and consistently, without regard to race, religion, or sex.

     

    All employees and volunteers share mutual responsibility for the enforcement of district policies and regulations pertaining to student conduct and safety. The School Board shall give reasonable support and assistance to employees regarding student discipline. The School Board shall review its policies related to student rights and responsibility at least once every three years and shall modify its policies as needed in accordance with law.

     

    Consequences for misbehavior 

    (not necessarily in order)

    * Oral warning

    * Discipline slip sent to principal

    * Time-out from the classroom

    * Loss of co-curricular privileges

     

     

    * Conference with the principal

    * Recess privileges denied

    * Conference with principal and parent

    * Referral to outside agency

    * Out-of-school suspension

    * Suspension of bus privileges

     

     

     

    Positive Rewards 

    Monthly Birthday Recognition

    Each month, students with birthdays that month eat lunch with the principal. Summer birthdays are recognized throughout the school year.

     

    Peak Passes

    Peak Pass awards are given to students weekly and monthly who show behavior above and beyond the norm and demonstrate good citizenship throughout the month. They will be eligible for a drawing allowing them to have pizza with the principal. 

     

    Positive Action Chips

    Students are encouraged to work as a team to model appropriate behavior both inside and outside the building. To promote positive behavior at recess, each class has the opportunity to earn wooden chips by demonstrating the most positive behavior. Each class will work toward meeting that quarter’s goal: to earn a bonus recess with the principal. The bonus recess will be scheduled in conjunction with the students’ academic schedule and typically consists of an activity in which students can participate in further community- and team-building activities.

    Notice of AHERA Compliance 

    The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District, in order to maintain a safe educational environment in our school facilities, has completed the school inspection and planning requirements as established by the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA). Our school buildings have been thoroughly inspected for the presence of asbestos-containing materials. Although we have identified asbestos materials in our facilities, these materials are not "friable" (crushable by hand pressure to release fibers) and do not present a hazard to any of our students or our faculty and staff.

     

    The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District has developed an Asbestos Management Plan for all buildings found to contain asbestos-containing building materials. Review the Inspection Report and Management Plan by contacting the Principal's office at the school in which they are interested, by contacting the Matanuska-Susitna Operations & Maintenance Department at 376-0806, or by calling the MSBSD Superintendent's Office at 746-9255.

    Drug Free Schools 

    Students have a right to attend school in an environment conducive to learning. Since drug, alcohol, and tobacco use is illegal, contagious, and interferes with both effective learning and the healthy development of children and adolescents, the school has a fundamental legal and ethical obligation to prevent drug use and to maintain drug-free educational environments.

     

    In compliance with U.S.P.L. 102-226 (Drug Free Schools and Community Act, 1989), the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District will not tolerate the possession, selling, use of or under the influence of tobacco, alcohol and other illegal and harmful drugs (illicit drugs, non-therapeutic use of prescribed drugs, misuse of solvents and other dangerous substances) in the schools, on school grounds or during school sponsored activities including athletic events, dances, field trips, etc.

     

    While drug, alcohol and tobacco use is dangerous in all segments of American society; it poses a special risk to young people by denying the opportunity to develop physically and psychologically. To this end, the district is committed to drug-free schools and intends to send an absolute and clear message that alcohol, drug, and tobacco use is illegal and will not be allowed in the Matanuska-Susitna School District or during school sponsored events and activities.

     

    Appropriate disciplinary sanctions for violation of the drug/alcohol policy will be determined by the building principal, consulting with staff and parents of the student(s) involved, and referring to BP 5144.1 (Student Rights and Responsibilities).

     

    Phone numbers you may need

    Pioneer Peak office ………………………………………………………………….. (907) 861-5700

    Pioneer Peak nurse office ………………………………………………………….. (907) 861-5703

    iParent Assistance ………………………………………………………………….. (907) 761-HELP

    Bus Barn ……………………………………………………………………………….  (907) 357-6327

    Nutrition Services ……………………………………………………………………  (907) 861-5700

     

    Pioneer Peak Elementary School Information 

     

    Registration/Verification

    We are happy to assist you in enrolling your child at Pioneer Peak. If you are new to the district we will need you to provide:

    1. Current immunization records (required by law).
    2. Previous school records and/or address for obtaining them. 
    3. Birth certificate for students entering the Mat-Su District for the first time. 

    If you are a returning student, prior to the beginning of each school year you will need to complete the online verification process. You can complete the verification form by going online to iParent and clicking on the link "Registration Form". If you are not able to register online, you may use the verification computer station at our school.

     

    Accidents and Illness

    When an accident or illness occurs of a serious nature, we do everything within our power to contact the parents. If we are unable to reach parents, we will notify your emergency contact numbers. In the case of a “life threatening” injury or illness an ambulance will be called. Please be sure to keep all contact numbers current. For any questions please call the school nurse at 861-5703.

     

     

    In case of minor illness, our nurse will evaluate the child and notify the parent if he/she becomes worse. The following communicable diseases or conditions require a student to go home, to protect the other students:

    • Oral temperature above 100 degrees
    • Rash of unknown cause
    • Immunization out of compliance
    • Vomiting
    • Impetigo
    • Diarrhea
    • Severe Cough
    • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
    • Tuberculin Skin Test (PPD) out of compliance
    • Scabies
    • Any reportable communicable diseases

      

    As a general rule, any student well enough to come to school is well enough to go out for recess. Your student’s teacher has lunch during recess and cannot supervise your child. There is no designated area for students to be supervised, other than with his/her peers during recess. 

     

    Insurance

    The Mat-Su Borough School District does not carry accident insurance on students during the school day or on field trips. An insurance policy with a variety of options is available for you to purchase. Insurance forms are available in the school office if you did not receive your copy sent home with students. 

     

    Medications

    We understand that it may be necessary for your child to take medication during the school day. All medications are to be left at the nurse’s office; this includes over-the-counter medications and cough drops.

     

    Prescription medications must be authorized by a physician or health care provider and a medication authorization form must be filled out. Prescription medications must be in appropriately labeled prescription bottles. Ask your pharmacist to give you a labeled bottle for school and another one for home. 

     

    Non-Prescription: The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District will assist parents by administering approved non-prescription medication for a short time. Approved non-prescription medications are limited to Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Calcium Antacids (Tums), Lactose Enzymes (Lactaid), Cough Drops, and Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) for allergic reactions.

     

    All other non-prescription medication must be authorized, in writing, by a health care provider with prescriptive authority. The school nurse will have a stock of Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Antacids, and Benadryl.

     

    All medications must be delivered to the school by an adult, non-prescription medications must be in the original, non-expired container with a manufacturer’s label identifying the medication, dosage schedule and the student’s name.

    * A short-term/field trip form may be completed by a parent or guardian for medication needed for less than two weeks.

     

    Asthma/Anaphylaxis/Allergy/Diabetes/

    Seizure medications (inhalers, Epipens, insulin, etc.) must also be turned into the nurse’s office unless your physician has specifically signed a permission form for your student to carry the inhaler, Epipen, or insulin pump. Students who use an Epipen must report to the nurse immediately or the nurse must be contacted to monitor student for shock and to call 911. Students need to report to the nurse if they have to use their inhaler a second time while at school so monitoring can be done to assure they are safe. Our medical advisor has asked that all students use their inhaler with an appropriate spacer for better utilization of the medication. Please talk with your health care provider regarding obtaining one for school use. Care Plans for Asthma, Anaphylaxis, Allergies, Diabetes, Seizures, etc., must be completed annually and signed by your medical provider and parent.

     

     

     

     

    School and Illness: Should Your Child Stay Home?

     

    MSBSD Health form 410

     

    Parents often have trouble knowing whether their child is too ill to go to school. The following guidelines will help you decide.


    Child is Too Ill: Your child is too ill to go to school if he or she has any of these signs:

    • Seems very tired and needs bed rest (this is common with flu symptoms).
    • Has vomiting or diarrhea.
    • Becomes short of breath or has an increase in wheezing during normal activity.
    • Has a cough that disrupts normal activity.
    • Has an oral temperature above 100°F
    • Has pain from earache, headache, sore throat or recent injury.
    • Has yellow or green drainage from eye(s).
    • Breaks out in a rash.

     

    Fever

    Your child should not go to school if their temperature is above 100°F or 37.8°C (measured by mouth) or signs of a fever (chills, feeling very warm, flushed appearance, or sweating). They may return to school 24 hours after their temperature is below 100°F without the use of fever-reducing medication and they are feeling better.

     

    Contagious Disease

    * Your child should stay home from school if they have a contagious disease to keep from spreading it to others. A contagious disease is one that can be spread by close contact with a person or object. Examples are: chickenpox, the flu with vomiting or diarrhea, colds, “runny nose,” strep throat, scabies, impetigo and “pinkeye.” A disease is most often contagious 24 hours before the child shows signs of illness. It is very hard to prevent the spread of some germs, especially in a school classroom. Good hand-washing will help prevent the spread of germs.

    * If your child has chickenpox or strep throat, ask your doctor when they may return to school. Generally, children who have active chickenpox should not return to school until all the lesions are dried and crusted. Children with strep throat should be on antibiotics for 24 hours and have no fever before returning to school.

    • When your child has been free of fever for 24 hours (without fever-reducing medicine such as Tylenol®), is feeling better, and has no other symptoms, they may return to school.
    • If an antibiotic medicine is prescribed for your child, be sure they have taken the medicine for at least 24 hours before returning to school. Remember - The antibiotic medicine should be taken as prescribed until it is all gone.

     

    How to Help Prevent Illness

    • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue away after use and wash your hands. If a tissue is not available, cover your mouth and nose with your sleeve, not your hand.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
    • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home or work, especially when someone is ill.

     

     

     

    Arrival /Departures

    Student arrival:                                               9:00 am

    School Begins:                                               9:15 am

    School ends:                                                  3:45 pm

     

    Arrival: Parents can drop students off along the sidewalk or park and walk their child into the building using the crosswalk only, starting at 9 a.m. Please do not park in the handicap or fire lane. Students should go to the building doors at the front entry. Children can go directly to their classes when the bell rings.

     

    Afternoon dismissal: Students are to go directly to their bus unless they have a note/message saying otherwise. TO PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN, BUS DRIVERS WILL NOT RELEASE A CHILD TO ANYONE EXCEPT A SCHOOL OFFICIAL ONCE THEY HAVE BOARDED THE BUS. Please come to the office for assistance getting a student off of a bus. Parents are not allowed in the bus loop.

     

    Students waiting for rides at the end of the school day are asked to wait near the flagpole at the front entrance. When the majority of the students have been picked up, monitors will bring the remaining students to the office to make phone calls for their rides home. Please pick up students promptly, as we cannot provide supervision. 

     

    Attendance and Tardiness

    Tardy:                                                  9:20-09:45am

    Half-day absence:                                 9:45-11:45am

    Full day absence:                     Arrive after 11:45 am

    Half-day absence:                  Leave prior to 1:15 pm

     

    Studies have shown that attendance at school is directly related to student success. Parents, students and schools need to work together to promote attendance and success. To achieve positive results and foster good communication, phone calls will be made to parents and written notice will be sent to parents for chronic absenteeism and excessive tardiness. In cases of habitually truant students, a referral may be made to the Office of Children Services.

     

    Parents are encouraged to take an active role in student attendance and to alert the school when their child is to be absent. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements to keep up with schoolwork when he or she is absent from school.

     

    The principal shall have the final authority and discretion on matters related to such discipline for truancy.  

     

    Leaving School Early

    We understand that your child may occasionally need to leave school before dismissal time. Please use the School Dismissal Manager program or call the office to request an early release. Also, if you plan to have a non-family member pick up your child, the school must be notified in writing and the person must present identification.

     

    School Bus Discipline Policy

    Included in this booklet is the school district’s bus discipline policy. We emphasize student self-discipline and responsibility. We will not tolerate any behaviors that endanger the health and safety of other children. After reading the policy (at the end of this document), if you have any questions, feel free to call the bus barn at 357-6327 or the District’s Transportation Department at 373-2287. 

     

    School Bus Procedures

    We are required to have students go home on a school bus unless parents notify the school otherwise. If parents want their child to ride a different bus home or wait at school, they must notify the school office. It is preferred that a note be sent with your child in the morning. If you find it necessary to call, please contact the office prior to 3:05 p.m. Dismissal changes can also be made online using the School Dismissal Manager program.

     

    Once a child boards a school bus, NO ONE, including a parent, can remove the child from the bus without the authorization from the school office. Parents are not allowed in the bus loop. We respectfully request parents not to attempt to remove children from the bus. Simply come to the school office and we will call your child off the bus. This policy is designed to provide for the health and safety of your children.

     

    Students who are issued bus misconduct citations may lose school bus privileges.

    Non-Custodial Parents

    Both natural and adoptive parents of any student may access their child’s student records, participate in school activities, visit the student at school and pick up the student after school. These rights shall be respected even if legal custody is vested in only one named parent, unless a court order restricts the right of the noncustodial parent. Parents/guardians may be asked to provide evidence of any completed or pending legal action that curtails the noncustodial parent’s rights. School staff shall always abide by the most recent court order on file on the matter. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide the most current legal document regarding custody to the school district.

     

    Upon request, the district shall provide noncustodial parents with school announcements and notices that are sent to the custodial parent.

     

    Boundary Exemptions

    If parents want their child to attend Pioneer Peak on a boundary exemption, please be aware of the following Mat-Su School District procedures. Decisions to grant, deny, or revoke a boundary exemption will be based upon the following considerations:

     

    1. The principal may accept an application for boundary exemption at any time. However, all boundary exemptions that are granted will expire at the end of the school year for which the application is made.

     

    1. A boundary exemption may be revoked for a student who possesses a disability only after consideration and consensus by a multi-disciplinary team. The Student Support Services office, at the principal’s request, will arrange multi-disciplinary team meeting.

     

    1. Any boundary exempt student who engages in conduct prohibited by school policy, Board policy, and/or Alaska state law is subject to immediate revocation of the boundary exemption.

     

    1. Each student application for boundary exemption will be reviewed for school attendance and disciplinary history. A request for an exemption may be denied or revoked by the principal if there is evidence of moving from school to school, truancy, tardiness, or behavior/disciplinary problems.

     

    1. A boundary exemption decision with regard to a special education student shall be made only following consideration and consensus by the appropriate multi-disciplinary team. The Student Support Services Office, at the principal’s request, will arrange multi-disciplinary team meetings.

     

    1. Before a boundary exemption request is granted, it must be determined if there is reasonable space available in classrooms and special education programs (if relevant). This decision takes into consideration the current pupil/teacher ratio.

     

    Visitors and Volunteers

    We encourage all interested parents or community members to come visit us. We not only like visitors, WE LOVE VOLUNTEERS! Parents have made Pioneer Peak what it is through your suggestions and help.

     

    Our visitor policy requires that volunteers notify the staff member in writing and pre-arrange the visits to the classroom. If the teacher/staff reports, that the parent, observer or volunteer disrupts the educational setting, the principal reserves the right to end the visits. Parents must sign in at the office and put on a visitor's sticker or badge before entering classrooms. Parents must also return to the office and sign out so that we know you have exited the building.

     

    Dress and Recess

    Please see BP5144.1 (e) in the District Student Handbook

     

    Students must be dressed appropriately for the weather and for an academic learning atmosphere. For example, although not a comprehensive list, shorts and dresses shorter than knee length, spaghetti strapped tops, bare midriffs, leggings used as primary pants, shoes with high heels and sandals without heel supportive straps will not be permitted during the school year. Also, any clothing associated with gangs, profane language or drug paraphernalia will not be allowed. During winter/windy periods, students must wear hats, gloves, coats, snow pants, and proper boots. Hats must be removed upon entering the building and during the Pledge of Allegiance. 

     

    We are concerned with the number of children who come to school with light jackets and tennis shoes in cold weather. Please encourage your child to dress adequately for outside recess. Pioneer Peak is promoting a model of responsibility regarding winter wear. We will no longer lend hats, gloves, snow pants and snow boots. If your child does not have winter wear and you need help obtaining hats, gloves, boots, or snow pants, please call our nurse at 861-5703 and she will help you obtain needed items. 

     

    Thank you for your help in promoting student self-awareness for a safe a healthy lifestyle. Students will continue to have outdoor recess unless the temperature drops to minus 10 degrees (with wind-chill factor taken into account) or in times of heavy, steady rain. We do have an electronic weather station in place in order to give up-to-date information regarding weather conditions.  

     

    Field Trips/Transportation by Private Automobile

    The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District policy requires that students travel to and from school sponsored events via school district transportation. However, there are some instances when travel by personal vehicle occurs. It is the responsibility of the principal, or designee in charge, to make sure that the release of liability forms be filled out properly and be on file at the school location before any private vehicle transportation takes place. (See District Student Handbook section BP3541.1)

     

    Grading Policy

    Standards based grading (grades K-4):

    4 = Exemplary         Exceeds grade standard

    3 = Proficient              Meets grade standard

    2 = Progressing            Working on standard

    1 = Not Meeting Standard      Has not begun          working on standard   

    NM = Not evaluated at this time

     

    Letter grades for academic subjects for fifth grade: 

    A = superior                                   90 – 100%

    B = above average                          80 – 89%

    C = average                                     70 – 79%

    D = below average                           60 – 69%

    F = failing                                59 - 0%

     

    Grades for citizenship and effort shall be reported each marking period as:

    4 = Exemplary                  Exceeds Standard

    3 = Proficient                        Meets Standard

    2 = Progressing           Working on Standard

    1 = Not Meeting Standard

     

    Criteria for determining grades for citizenship may include, but are not limited to:

    1. Student obeys rule
    2. Student respects public and personal property
    3. Student maintains courteous relations with teachers and students.
    4. Student works without disturbing others.

     

    Criteria for determining grades for effort may include, but are not limited to:

    1. Student takes responsibility for having necessary tools and materials.
    2. Student shows interest and initiative.
    3. Student gets to work immediately and completes assignments.
    4. Student uses free time resourcefully.

     

    0Report cards are sent home at the end of each quarter. Parents should review them immediately. Any questions should be directed to the teacher. End of quarter dates are indicated on the yearly calendar.

     

    Progress reports will be sent home at mid-quarter for all fifth-grade students. Parents are encouraged to visit iParent to view their child’s grades. To get on the program you will need to call 761-HELP and get an access key code. 

     

    Request for Change of Student Placement

    There are times when a parent or guardian feels a change of teacher assignment might be appropriate for their child. If a parent believes a change might be in the best interest of their child, the following steps are necessary:

     

    Parents need to meet with the classroom teacher and discuss their concerns. Many times parents are hearing one side of a story. This meeting allows everyone to have a clear picture of the concerns. It also allows the teacher and parent to see if situations can be changed before more drastic measures are taken. It is also advisable that during this meeting a time should be arranged for parents to come in and observe the class first hand. 

     

    Although we realize there are times and situations where a move is appropriate, we also believe that young people need to learn to work with all types of people and personalities. Sometimes time is needed to learn to adjust to different situations, therefore a change of placement will not take place until after the conclusion of the first quarter of school. 

     

    After two weeks of parent/teacher meetings, the parent or teacher can request a meeting with the principal. This meeting will be set up at the convenience of all parties and will be to discuss steps taken so far to resolve problems, options, and parent or teacher recommendations. This meeting may also include other staff members who might be helpful in solving the issues.

     

    If a move is decided to be in the best interest of the child, it will be the principal’s sole decision as to where the student is placed. Parents will have no option for teacher requests. 

     

    Conferences

    Conference days will be scheduled twice during the school year; however, all teachers at Pioneer Peak welcome the opportunity to confer with parents about student progress on an on-going basis. Please call the school office or your child's teacher to set up an appointment. 

     

    Make-Up Work Policy

    When a student has been absent from a class because of an illness, an appointment, or other acceptable reason, s/he will be responsible to make up the assignments. It will be the responsibility of the student and parent to make arrangements for this. The due date for the assignments can be mutually agreed upon by the teacher and parent. If a student is absent more than two consecutive days, parents may contact the school for homework. We request notice of at least one day prior to pick up to avoid interruption of class instruction. 

     

    If you are planning an extended absence for more than a week, please inform your child’s teacher and the office staff. We request parents notify the school as soon as they know such an absence is imminent. 

     

    Parent/classroom volunteers

    Throughout the school year, there are several occasions for classroom parties. Many parents see this as a chance to assist with needed preparations. If you are interested in being a classroom volunteer, or helping with special events, please contact your child's teacher early in the school year.

     

    Valuables and Toys

    Frequently children like to bring valuable possessions and other toys to school or on the bus. Since it is virtually impossible to ensure that these items not be damaged, lost, or stolen, we request that all valuables be left at home. Students are not to trade, exchange, or sell personal items at school. 

     

    Pets

    Per school board policy 6142.4, due to health and safety regulations and conditions, animals are not allowed on school grounds or in classrooms. Any exception to this policy must be approved by the school administration. 

     

    Replacement Fees

    Student workbooks and textbooks will be supplied to each child. There will be a replacement fee for lost materials. Cost depends upon the replacement value.

     

    Cell Phones, Electronic Games or Music, and Similar Devices

    Cell phones, pagers, electronic games, and personal music devices are not permitted in class unless with prior approval of the school principal and teacher. Teachers may permit the purposeful use of the personal electronic devices in support of curriculum learning objectives. Cell phones or pagers are permitted on school property for safety purposes, but should be stored in a safe place.

     

    These personal digital devices are the sole responsibility of the owners. The school is not responsible for the loss or theft of these devices.

     

    Computers

    Pioneer Peak Elementary has a variety of computers for student use. Students are introduced to a variety of computer programs appropriate to their grade level. Technology is an evolving science, and Pioneer Peak is striving to meet the needs of students at their present grade level as well as looking toward future expectations. 

     

    Internet

    The use of Internet while at school is a privilege, not a right. Students and parents need to read and sign the Acceptable Internet Use Form as part of the Registration or Verification process at the beginning of each school year. Parents may decline the use of the Internet for Internet research by signing the No Internet Use Form found on the district IT web page, but students will still have access to district sponsored curriculum. 

     

    E-mail

    E-mail addresses for individual Pioneer Peak Elementary teachers are listed on the web site: http://www.matsuk12.us/ppe. Please do not send messages for pickup or bus changes by e-mail; call the office if necessary. Teachers aren’t able to check email frequently throughout the day. 

     

    PTA

    We invite you to join our PTA. Our PTA works together with parents, teachers, and the community to provide school events and funds for many worthwhile programs. If you would like more information, please call the office at 861-5700.

     

    School Lunches

    Our school district offers a hot lunch and breakfast program. For your convenience, you can put money in your child's account on our online lunch program @ $3.25 per lunch, .40 for reduced lunches, $1.75 for breakfast and .75 for milk. There is a 5% processing fee for online use; no fee is applied if paid by cash or check.

     

    If you are currently on the free or reduced meal program, you will also be approved for the first 30 days of next school year. After that, you will need to reapply. An application for free/reduced lunches may be picked up at your child's school, at the Nutritional Services office or online. MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO PIONEER PEAK SCHOOL AND PUT YOUR CHILD'S NAME AND TEACHER IN THE MEMO SECTION OF YOUR CHECK. 

     

    Per district policy: Lunches may be charged for ONE DAY ONLY. All monies charged must be reimbursed. Parents will be contacted regarding charges. Lunch money must be given to the teacher at the beginning of the day to prevent long delays in the lunch line. 

     

    Money

    We discourage students from carrying large sums of money to school. If there is no other alternative, please send money in an envelope labeled with the student’s first and last name, and request that the envelope is handed to your child's teacher immediately upon arrival at school.

     

    Lost and Found

    Children who have lost items should check at the office and notify his/her classroom teacher. An effort will be made to locate persons who have lost large amounts of money. We would suggest that parents take the time to periodically check our lost and found for lost items. Frequently, children do not even realize they have misplaced personal items. Lost clothing should be brought to the office. Articles not picked up after one week may be donated to a non-profit organization.  

     

    Special Education Services 

    Pioneer Peak Elementary has a variety of special education programs, including: Resource; Intensive Resource; Behavior Support; and Applied Behavioral Analysis for all grades. In keeping with federal and state guidelines (Public Law 94-142) special education instruction may take place either in the special education room or in the regular classroom, as determined by the child's IEP team and in accordance with student need.

     

    Mat-Su Borough School District has developed a comprehensive publication that details special services available in the district. You may obtain a copy of this publication, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Special Education and Didn't Know Whom to Ask, from the resource teacher.

     

    Response to Instruction (RTI)

    Pioneer Peak uses the RTI process to identify and address students with academic or behavioral difficulties. Our team is comprised of classroom teachers, special education teachers, the school psychologist, instructional coach, principal, and parents of the individual students brought to RTI. 

     

    To facilitate RTI, the MSBSD organizes instruction within a three-tier model:

      

    Tier I: Students receive high quality, scientifically based core instruction in the general education classroom. A universal screening tool identifies students who may be at risk for academic difficulties.

     

    Tier II: Students not making adequate progress in the core curriculum are provided small group supplemental instruction, in addition to the time allotted for core instruction. Teachers monitor progress frequently using multiple assessment tools.

     

    Tier III: Students receive intensive, strategic, supplemental instruction specifically designed and customized to meet student needs. Typically this instruction is delivered in small groups and time is extended beyond the instruction provided in Tiers I and II. Frequent progress monitoring is used to determine the impact of the intervention on student learning.

     

    Talented and Gifted Program (TAG)

    The Talented and Gifted Program is designed to provide enrichment learning opportunities for students in grades 3 – 5 at Pioneer Peak. The Spring MAP scores are used to filter potentially eligible second graders for additional screening at the beginning of third grade. The Office of Education administers the program and a TAG Advocate facilitates the program at Pioneer Peak.

     

    Enrichment Programs

     

    Extracurricular Activities

    Students at Pioneer Peak have an array of additional extracurricular opportunities available throughout the school year, as a result of support from volunteers in our school and community. 

    • Cross Country, Basketball, Track, Field Day
    • Spelling Bee, Speech Competition, Battle of the Books
    • Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts
    • Science Fair, Spanish Club, Band, Choir

     

    Library

    The library program at Pioneer Peak Elementary emphasizes reading and the use of the library to further the knowledge of students and teachers. Throughout the curriculum, reading for increased knowledge and recreation is encouraged.

     

    The library's focus is to provide the opportunity and materials for additional student and recreational reading through weekly classroom visits to the library. Library instruction given at this time exposes students to a core of books, various media, technology, and library skills. The library skills taught and practiced are skills the students will continue to use throughout their lives, and students will hopefully become lifelong library users.

     

    The library is open for students, teachers, and parents to use and visit during the day. Resources and materials not available at the school library can often be found at public libraries. Students are encouraged to use the public libraries in Wasilla and Palmer.

     

    Technology

    Pioneer Peak is excited to provide a complete computer lab to meet the increasing technological needs of our environment. Classroom teachers utilize the technology weekly and provide instructional lessons to meet technology standards. Some learning areas include word processing, keyboarding, researching, and presentations.

     

    Music

    The goals of our music program are threefold: To provide knowledge of the language and notation of music, to expose students to a wide variety of music so that they are able to make choices about their listening tastes, and to provide joyful and meaningful musical experiences for our students. Starting in the kindergarten, we work to develop skills that include singing, pitch making, rhythm clapping, playing classroom instruments, music reading, and creative movement, among many others. In grades three, four and five, students may join our chorus. In fifth grade, students can choose to join beginning band. Music is a vital part of the education of your child.

     

    Physical Education

    All students meet for physical education for 45 minutes one to two times each week, depending on the schedule rotation. Using nationally standardized fitness tests, students are tested each quarter. This ensures constant monitoring of progress and allows programs to be adjusted to accommodate needs. The physical education program emphasizes the three basics of fitness: aerobic endurance; speed and power; and strength. Progress is achieved through running, rope jumping, selected exercises, rope climbing, gymnastics, and sports participation. All sports are selected on their fitness value, and include basketball, soccer, floor hockey, track and field, and volleyball.

     

     

     

    Bus Rider Rules

    For more information, call the District Transportation Office: 373-2287

     

    Be Safe

    * Remain in assigned seat facing forward

    * Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself and out of the aisle

    * Use voice level 2 while riding the bus

    * Maintain silence at railroad tracks 

     

    Be Responsible

    * Treat everyone with respect

    * Use polite language

    * Report any harassment to bus driver, parent or teacher as soon as possible

    * No eating or drinking on the bus

     

    Mat-Su School District Requires Assigned Seating on All Buses

    Student Transportation

    Alaska statutes do not mandate pupil transportation in this state. School bus transportation is provided as a courtesy and is a privilege, not a right. If a student’s conduct is such that the health, safety, comfort, or the well-being of others is jeopardized, on or off the bus, the privilege of riding the bus may be denied by a school district official. The school bus driver is in charge of the bus and all its passengers and has total authority and responsibility. Only designated school officials are authorized to suspend transportation privileges.

    General Policies

    1. Students are required to ride the bus assigned to them, and to board and disembark at the stop assigned to them. Students may be transported to an unassigned bus stop or on a different bus on an occasional basis or for periods of time less than 30 days upon approval by the school office. Parents should contact the school office with their request. Requests for students to be transported to unassigned bus stops or on different buses for more than 30 days must be directed to the Transportation Office. The student must give the driver a Bus Pass issued by the school office authorizing this transportation.
    2. Parents may not remove a student from a bus after the student has boarded.
    3. Students will be issued School Bus Conduct Reports for infractions of the rules by the bus driver. The school bus driver and the school principal are responsible for handling behavioral problems occurring on the school bus, but only the school principal, or his/her designee, has the authority to suspend a student’s bus riding privileges.

    At All Times

    1. Students must obey the school bus driver. His/her primary concern is for student safety.
    2. Students should exercise good manners, caution and consideration for other people.
    3. Elementary students will be assigned seats by the driver. High school and middle school students may also be assigned seats at the discretion of the driver.
    4. Students may not have anything in their possession that may cause injury to others.
    5. “Hookybobbying” or hanging onto any portion of the school bus from outside the school bus, whether the bus is moving or not, is illegal and DANGEROUS.
    6. Items that can be held in the student’s lap or under the student’s seat in the bus may be transported on the bus. Some large musical instruments which are not larger than 43” x 14” x 10” may be transported on the bus. These instruments must be placed in the seat with the student next to the window. Tubas, drums, and some bass guitars or other instruments larger than specified above may not be transported. Radios, stereos, cassette tapes, CD players, video games, etc. may be transported only on buses servicing schools that allow them on campus. Any items not permitted at school may not be transported on the bus.
    7. Parents are responsible for damages to the school bus due to the misconduct of their children.
    8. No animals, large or small, of any kind, are allowed on the bus at any time.
    9. Ice skates must have protective guards on the blades or be placed in an appropriate box. Paper bags are not adequate blade protection. Hockey bags may be transported either under the seat or on the seat with the student next to the window.
    10. Skis, ski poles and other such sharp edged objects will not be permitted unless previously coordinated with the Unit Principal and Transportation Department. Sleds and plastic toboggans may not be transported.

    Waiting for the Bus

    1. Always use the handrail and go up and down the steps one at a time.
    2. Walk on the left-hand side of the road, facing traffic.
    3. Stay a safe distance from the roadway.
    4. Be at your stop five (5) minutes ahead of time. Your school bus driver has a schedule to keep and cannot wait for you. Be on time for your bus.
    5. Line up at the place designated by the bus driver when the school bus approaches.
    6. Stay clear of the wheels until the school bus has come to a complete stop. Don’t play or push others.
    7. Let the smaller children board first.

    Boarding and Off-Loading the School Bus

    1. Students must cross the roadway approximately fifteen (15) feet in front of the bus and only when the driver motions for pupils to cross. Stop immediately if the bus driver sounds the horn!
    2. Students boarding from the right must also wait for the driver’s hand signal to board.
    3. Don’t push, crowd or disturb others.
    4. When boarding, go directly to your seat and be seated.
    5. Do not cross the road to your bus stop until the bus gets there and the bus driver signals you to cross the road.
    6. After you leave the bus, go directly home or to the assigned place.

    Conduct on the Bus

    1. In general, classroom conduct will be observed. The school bus is not a playground. Save horseplay and wrestling for another place and time.
    2. Place books and other gear in your lap.
    3. Avoid loud talking, confusion, or anything else that might distract the driver.
    4. Do not sit in the driver’s seat or interfere with him/her in any manner at any time.
    5. Keep quiet near railroad tracks so that the driver can listen for trains.
    6. Keep head, arms and body inside the bus.
    7. Do not throw objects inside or out of the bus.
    8. Do not chew or spit tobacco, smoke, eat, drink, or make use of, or have in possession, alcohol, drugs or controlled substances on the bus.
    9. Remain seated until the bus has come to a complete stop and get off only at your assigned bus stop.
    10. Do not open windows without permission; maximum two (2) notches.
    11. Do not damage the bus and always assist in keeping it clean.
    12. Keep feet on the floor in front of the seat, not in the aisle.
    13. Fighting with other students and/or attacking other students or the driver is prohibited.
    14. Use of abusive, vulgar language, or directing such language toward other students or adults, is prohibited.
    15. Keep the aisle and the exits clear.
    16. The emergency door and exit controls may be used only during supervised drills or actual emergencies.

    Misconduct Policy and Procedures

    * Drivers are responsible for maintaining order on the buses.

    * Administering sanctions for misconduct on the school bus is the responsibility of the principal at the school where the student is enrolled. Only the principal or designee has the authority to suspend a student’s bus riding privileges. It is the responsibility of the principal to advise parents when a student has been suspended.

    * In the event of misbehavior on the part of the student riding the bus, the bus driver may issue the student a “School Bus Conduct Report” for minor and/or major infractions.

    The School Bus Conduct Report will be completed by the driver. Three (3) copies will be forwarded to the Unit Principal and one (1) copy will be retained by the school bus contractor. The Principal will retain one (1) copy in the student's file, forward one (1) copy to the parents and return one (1) copy to the school bus contractor indicating any disciplinary action taken. The following courses of action are considered as minimum:

    1. Depending on the nature and severity of the incident, the first conduct report may result in a warning, or other disciplinary action, up to and including temporary or permanent suspension of bus privileges by the principal.
    2. The second conduct report will result in the imposition of “PROBATIONARY” status. This process will include counseling with the student and official notification to the parents of the probationary action. Bus riding privileges may be denied the student for additional violations.
    3. The third conduct report may result in suspension of bus privileges for a minimum of three (3) days, depending on the severity of the incident, and may not be reinstated until after a conference with the student and school personnel.
    4. The fourth conduct report will result in suspension of bus privileges. In either case, privileges will not be reinstated until a conference has been held with the student, the parents, principal and the Transportation Department.

    This procedure will not preclude the right and responsibility of school officials to take other immediate action, as may be necessary in their judgment, for the preservation of good order and specifically for the safety and well being of other persons who ride the bus.

    For Safety’s Sake

    * The bus driver has full responsibility and authority for the safety of students while they are being transported on a Mat-Su School District bus.

    * Students must be responsible for their own conduct on the bus so that nothing they do will risk their own safety or the safety of others.

    * Habitual misconduct may result in permanent suspension from the privilege of bus transportation. Suspension from bus transportation does not excuse the student from school attendance.

    * Parents should discuss safety and good behavior on the bus with their children. Parent support of the bus driver and the school will ensure safe rides to and from school.

    Remember

    1. Riding on the school bus is a privilege and not a right.
    2. If a pupil’s conduct is such that the health, safety, comfort, or well-being of others is jeopardized, on or off the bus, the privilege of riding the bus may be denied by a school district official.
    3. Have a safe, pleasant, and enjoyable trip.


    School and Road Closure Information 


     A MESSAGE OF SAFETY: Each school day, thousands of children are transported to and from Mat-Su schools. Our highest priority in pupil transportation is the safety of our students. Occasionally our normal schedule is disrupted by weather conditions, which may make road conditions hazardous and generally unsafe for travel. In that event, bus routes may be delayed or cancelled, and schools may be closed. The following information is provided to answer questions regarding the School District’s policies and procedures for school closure, road closure and suspension of school bus transportation. For more information, please contact MSBSD’s Pupil Transportation Department at 373-2287, or visit the district’s Web site at http://www.matsuk12.us.

     

    Q: How will the School District notify parents when schools will be closed or buses will be delayed?

    A: In the case of school closures, the district will make every attempt to contact families by phone using its ConnectED messaging system. In addition, we encourage students and parents to listen to KMBQ 99.7 FM for the latest school bus status reports. Announcements will begin as early as 5 a.m. and will be repeated periodically in the morning hours. If there are no announcements, school buses will run regular routes as scheduled. Announcements may also be heard on the following radio stations: KNBA 90.3 FM; KMBQ 99.7 FM; KSKA 91.1 FM; KENAI 550 AM; KHAR 590 AM; KYMG 98.9 FM; KYAK 650 AM; KFQD 750 AM; KWHL 106.5 FM; KGOT 101.3 FM

     

    Q: What type of weather and road conditions will preclude school bus service and possibly require schools to be closed?

    A: School bus service will be suspended and schools may be closed when the Glenn Highway, Parks Highway, Palmer/Wasilla Highway and other arterial roads and highways cannot be traveled safely by a school bus. Hazardous conditions may include excessive snow, ice, or unusually cold weather.

     

    Q: If school bus service has not been canceled, may parents assume buses will travel the regular routes, picking up and discharging students at all regular bus stops?

    A: Yes. Buses will travel all regular bus routes, stopping at regular bus stops, wherever road conditions permit.

    Q: If a bus driver finds a portion of the regular route impassable either to or from school, how will the School District advise parents that students on this portion of the route cannot be picked up or discharged at their regular stop?

    A: Parents will be advised of the designated pick up or discharge point through announcements on KMBQ 99.7 FM radio during the morning and afternoon run, and via ConnectEd or by phone call from the bus contractor. In the afternoon, middle school and high school students will be discharged at the designated point even though parents may not be at the designated point to pick them up.

     

    Elementary students and students riding special buses will not be discharged from the bus unless the parent, or someone acting on behalf of the parent, is there to receive the student. Students whose parents cannot be reached will be transported back to their respective schools until parents pick them up.

     

    Q: If school bus service is not provided due to inclement weather and parents are unable to transport their children, will their absence from school be excused?

    A: Yes. Absences will be excused for students living in areas where bus service was not provided. Parents are discouraged from taking risks when attempting to transport children to school or to meet the bus at another location.

     

    Q: Do road closure policies apply to special education bus transportation also?

    A: Yes.

     

    Q: In the event the Chief School Administrator/Superintendent announces a closure, what happens to all school sponsored activities?

    A: All school-sponsored activities will be canceled for that day including co-curricular activities and community school activities. No travel to activities outside of the District will be allowed. If road and weather conditions improve following a Friday closure, then activities may be held on Saturday and Sunday. For those students already on an activity outside the District, transportation will be provided back into our District to the previously designated drop off area.

     

    Q: Whom may parents call when they have questions regarding school bus transportation?

    A: Parents may call the Mat-Su School District Pupil Transportation Office at 373-2287, First Student, Regular and Special Needs Transportation at 357-6327, Bunker & Bunker at 495-6311, and Glacier View Transportation at 745-0948.

     

     

Last Modified on September 20, 2017