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Alma Family Handbook

Alma Family Handbook

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AlmadelMarFamilyHandbookPage1of712011-2012SchoolYear
DearAlmadelMarParent,
 
WelcometotheAlmadelMarFamily!WearehonoredandhumbledbyyourdecisiontoenrollyourscholaratAlmadelMarCharterSchool.Inmakingthisdecision,youhavetakenanimportantsteponthepathtoyourscholar’scollegegraduation.Wepromisetodoeverythinginourpowertomakesureyourchilddoesthehardworknecessaryforhimorhertobeonacollegetrajectory.AsamemberoftheAlmadelMarfamily,youaremakinga
commitmenttoservice
.Thatcommitmentmeansyouwillhelptosupportourschoolcommunityinwhateverwaysyouareable.Inadditiontoadvocatingforyourchild’seducation,weaskthatyoualsoadvocatefortheeducationofeveryscholarinourbuilding.Wehavenodoubtthat,withyoursupport,everysingleoneofourscholarswillachieveatthehighestlevels.Pleasespendsometimereviewingthishandbookatthestartoftheschoolyear,andbesuretocalloremailuswithquestionsregardinganyofourpolicies.
Beforeschoolstarts,weaskthatyoureadthroughthefirst32pagesofthishandbook.
Welookforwardtogettingtoknowyouandyourscholar(s)aswechallengethemtodotheirbestworkeverydayofthisschoolyear.InService,WillGardner,ExecutiveDirectorRolandriaJustice,PrincipalMeredithSegal,DirectorofScholarandFamilyServices
 
AlmadelMarFamilyHandbookPage2of712011-2012SchoolYear
TableofContents
SectionI:OurMission.........................................................................................................................5
SectionII:BoardofTrustees............................................................................................................7
SectionIII:FacultyandStaff...........................................................................................................10
SectionIV:WhomtoContactWhen…..........................................................................................12
SectionV:FamilyEngagement.......................................................................................................13
1.
Phoneande-mailcommunication................................................................................................14
2.
WeeklyUpdates..................................................................................................................................14
3.
InitialHomeVisits.............................................................................................................................15
4.
Parent–TeacherConferences.......................................................................................................15
5.
FamilyDaysofService......................................................................................................................15
6.
ExpeditionNights...............................................................................................................................15
7.
OpenHouses........................................................................................................................................15
8.
ParentCouncils...................................................................................................................................15
A.
SchoolwideParentCouncil......................................................................................................................16
B.
SpecialEducationParentAdvisoryCouncil.....................................................................................16
C.
EnglishLanguageLearner(ELL)ParentAdvisoryCouncil.......................................................16
9.
VolunteerOpportunities.................................................................................................................17
10.
SchoolVisits........................................................................................................................................17
11.
TownHall.............................................................................................................................................18
12.
BirthdayCelebrations......................................................................................................................18
SectionVI:AcademicProgram.......................................................................................................19
1.
 AcademicSubjects.............................................................................................................................20
A.
Literacy............................................................................................................................................................20
B.
Mathematics...................................................................................................................................................20
C.
Science/SocialStudies...............................................................................................................................20
D.
Co-Curriculars...............................................................................................................................................20
E.
SampleDailySchedule...............................................................................................................................22
2.
ExpeditionaryLearning...................................................................................................................23
3.
Schoolsupplies...................................................................................................................................23
4.
Homework............................................................................................................................................23
5.
Gradingpolicies..................................................................................................................................24
A.
ProgressReports.........................................................................................................................................24
B.
ReportCards..................................................................................................................................................25
C.
Conferences....................................................................................................................................................25
6.
Promotion/RetentionPolicies.......................................................................................................25
7.
 Assessments.........................................................................................................................................26
A.
MassachusettsComprehensiveAssessmentSystem(MCAS)..................................................26
B.
TerraNova......................................................................................................................................................26
C.
MathBenchmarkTests..............................................................................................................................26
D.
Fountas&PinnellReadingAssessments..........................................................................................26
E.
TeacherCreatedTestsandQuizzes.....................................................................................................26
SectionVII:CodeofConduct...........................................................................................................27
1.
FiveCommitments.............................................................................................................................28
A.
Service..............................................................................................................................................................28
B.
Quality..............................................................................................................................................................28

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