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Student Handbook 09

Student Handbook 09

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MCCPS 2008-2009 Student Handbook
MCCPS 2008-2009 Student Handbook

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MCCPS Student Handbook 2008-2009
 MCCPS 2008-20092
Table of Contents
Who We Are page 2
A Community of Learners, A Great Place to Be, A Commitment to EducationReform, A Special Place for Learning & the MCCPS Mission Statement
The People of MCCPS - by position w/contact info page 4
Administration, Leadership Team, Faculty & Staff, Counseling/Guidance, FoodService, Board of Trustees & Board Committees, PTO, MCCPS EducationFoundation, Volunteer Coordinators: Enrichment, Fundraising, Food Service
Life at MCCPS page 10
Hours of Operation, Daily Schedule, After-school & Extra-curricular Activities,Staying after School, Extended Day, and School Cancellations/Snow Days
Academic Information page 13
Academic Program: Global Themes, Exhibition, Essential Habits, Core Subjects,My Achievement Plans (MAPs), Critical & Analytical Thinking
Homework, ALEKS
CUE Reporting System & Parents’ Corner 
the MCCPS Report Card 
Academic Probation
MCAS – Background, Purpose, Testing Schedule
General Information page 17
Constructive Communication Process (or 
What do to if you have a problem with something that’s happening at school 
Attendance Policy, Absence, Late Arrival, Excessive Absences/Tardies, EarlyDismissal, Illness During the Day, Return to School after an Illness
Sick Student Protocol
Dress Code
Code of Conduct, Disciplinary Procedures, Student Behavior Referrals,Suspension, Expulsion
Emergency Procedures
Getting to & from School
Telephone Use, Messages, Cell Phones, Electronic Devices
MCCPS Website, Acceptable Use of the MCCPS Network & Internet
Massachusetts General Law Provisions page 29
Provisions Specific to Civil Rights: Title VI, Title IX, & Section 504
Harassment Prevention Policy
Homeless Education Policy & Procedures
Charter School Info page 36
Frequently Asked Questions, Myth & Realities
School Calendar page 40
 MCCPS 2008-20093
Who We Are
A Community of Learners
You’ve probably heard the expression ‘it takes a village to raise a child.’ Well, that’s the philosophy at MCCPS, and that’s why the word ‘community’ is a part of our name.Students, faculty, staff, parents, and visitors begin the day together during CommunityMeeting. We eat together in a communal dining room each day, and everyone goesoutside together at recess. We work together. We play together. We learn & growtogether - as partners in education. MCCPS is more than just a school; it is a nurturing,inclusive, and vibrant community that is empowered by the talents of dedicated adultswho are committed to doing what is in the best interest of the children and families weserve.
A Great Place to Be
The learning is challenging but fun, the children are respected, and parental involvementis valued and appreciated. Our community of learners includes students & families fromall over the North Shore. MCCPS provides a challenging, innovative, integrated, andhands-on curriculum that includes art, music, foreign language, health & wellness, sports,and community service learning in a small school setting. Students enjoy the attention of a talented and experienced teaching staff, a school nurse, counseling & support services,2 recesses a day, an internationally renowned breakfast & lunch program (Parents may join us for meals.), controlled internet access, & an air-conditioned building. MCCPS iscommitted to providing public (free) education that actively meets the needs of eachstudent within the context of a dynamic and nurturing environment. At MCCPS, studentslove going to school!
A Commitment to Education Reform
Operational since 1995, MCCPS serves students in grades 4-8 in Marblehead and thesurrounding cities and towns. Charter schools are public schools of choice that are opento all students regardless of income, gender, race, religion, academic or physical ability.Charter schools are independently designed and operated, and they are committed toimproving the academic achievement of every student. Today, over a million children in40 states and Washington, D.C. attend one of more than 3,600 charter schools.Throughout their 15-year history, charter schools have stood at the center of our nation'sgrowing effort to reform and improve public education and provide greater educationaloptions to all families. MCCPS is proud to be a part of this effort.
A Special Place for Learning
MCCPS is the oldest charter school in the state of Massachusetts. Now in its 13
year,MCCPS has been a model of innovative thinking. Because what happens here iscarefully crafted and accomplished with great purpose, nothing at MCCPS is an accident.We believe that students experience success in their education through a challenging program of core academic studies, the integration of learning opportunities, thereinforcement of productive attitudes toward work, community, school, friends, and self,a focus on the individual strengths and weaknesses of each student, and an institutionaland personal investment in community service learning. In addition to the learning

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