Klilg Center Charter SchooL

2011-12 Parent Handbook
School Pledge Durinq every dehoo! day 1 will demofldtrate control, J fIJi!!wal]: with a POdltl'pedtride, J ((.ilLI do my worl: I,Plth pride. f wtiL dhOlV redpect for the teacherd and ji·iendd by my dl2e.

938 GeneJee Street, B4fa!o, Nelv York 14211 Phone (716) 821- 7!J12 Fax (7/6) 895-2058

September 14, 2011 Dear Parents, The Kin,!; Center Charter School, thefirst charier school In IVestem Na» York, continues our expansion adding sixth ,grade tmsyeor with a total 11240 students in tne school. We need)'our help and support 10 ensure your child's success so please becomefamiiiar with this handbook. 771i.r book lS designed to guide you in your suppor: ofschool policy. Read it carrijUlfy to guide )'our work with )'our child lind the school.
TIle King Center Charier School IS privileged to have outstanding educators that work as a team to guide our school, under the direction ofour Board Directors. The jiJUowing leaders are critical members of/he School

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Leadership Team.

Dr. Keith Frorne Dr. Frome is Head of the Middle School. He 15 II nationally recogmzed educator as co-founder ~/College Summit and locally recognized asformer headmaster I:!/Htmwood Franklin, a K-8 Independent School. I le believes that ali students must be coLlege ready and coLlegebound. Dr. Frome is serving (LJ the school's Instructional Leader to ensure thai our implementatum ofthe New York Stale Common Core S 'andards truly addresses CuLlege and Career Readiness beginning a: Kindergarten. Dr. Frome has also developed a special Adoisory Program being implemented with ourjiJurth,/7}th lind sl~tth graderJ 10 refine IhatjiICus on Coll~I!,esuccess, and he is deJ~l!}1ing middle school expansion plans. He holds a doc/orate [rom Columbia Univer.rily and his masters and our teaching certificationfrom Haruard Llmoersity. Ms. O»1arlla Barnett Ms. Bamett is b~l!;irlrtingher ninth year with the Kin,!; Center Charter School. She has hem promoted to the posuum Ii/Director of Curriculum and In.str-ucrion. This year she is monitoring the teachers' implementation If/the New York Slate Common Core Learning Standards uuo their daity instructional standards. She holds her masters deg;reeJi"om Hu.ffr.do State CoLLege, Ms. Joellen Kogut ,'vIs. Kogut is beginning her.fUth year with the King Center Charter School. She has been promoted to the position o] Dean of Students. lvls. Kogut will be working closeiy with teachers, parents and students to create a posuioe school culture and tmll work with ail to resolve student behauunal issues. She has her masters degree In ,')'penal Education.from Canisius College where she was also cersfied m Special Education. This leadership team prooides support and direction/in all our students. You should know that the baSIC r1'IlU decisions are made with the student m mind. Ourfioulamental question is, "What impact unll this have on student learnins?" As a team, we welcome )'ou 10 partner wilh us to make JUTewe are doing all/hal we can to heLp)'our child have a successfu l)'ear with outs tanding growth academically and socially. Thank )'I!U Jor slwrmg)'our child with us. In pursuit ofexcellence,

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Glaily P Massey, Ph. D. Schoof Director

King Center Charter School 2011-12 School-Parent Compact
The King Center Charter School and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and proqrarns funded by Title I, PartAfor No Child Left Behind Act of2001, agree that this compact outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State's high standards during the 2011-12 school year.

School Responsibilities
The King Center Charter School will:
*Provide high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and elTective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State's student academic achievement standards as follows: *Hire highly qualified teachers and provide on-going professional development; and *Use assessment data to direct instruction. *Hold parent-teacher conferences at least three times a year to discuss the individual student's achievement. "Provide parents with frequent progress reports. *Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child's class and to observe classroom activities:

Parent Responsibilities
We, as parents, will support our children's learning in the following way: 1. Monitor Attendance, backpack contents, and homework; 2. Participate in three parent-teacher conferences; and 3. Support the classroom teacher's program and policies, as well as the rules of the school, including following dress code requirements. We, as parents, will make every effort, when possible to: I. Volunteer in my child's classroom; and 2. Attend school performances, sporting events, and honors assemblies.

Student Responsibilities
We, as students, will share the educational responsibilities in the following ways: t. Do my homework everyday and ask for help when I need to; 2. Read at least 30 minutes everyday outside of school time; 3. Abide by the dress code; and 3. Deliver notices to and from school as directed by parents or teachers.

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Mission Statement The King Center Charter School partners with parents and the community to ensure a caring student-centered environment of high expectation and academic excellence supported by evidence-based curriculum taught by a deeply committed and highly qualified staff Board of Directors Mrs. Lois Johnson Mrs. Catherine Wettlaufer,}. D. Ms. Michelle Martin Mr. Tim Kupinski Mr. Robert Kresse, Esq. Ms. Susan Koch Thomesha Stevenson Ms. Brooke Anderson-Tompkins Mr. Carl Morgan Dr. Sherryl Weems Mr. Wendell Whitaker Ex-officio Members: Dr. Claity P. Massey Dr. Keith Frome Teacher Representative School Director Head, Middle School Co-President Co-President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Parent Representative Parent Representative Member Member Member Member

Board Meetings The King Center Charter School Board meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month, alternating between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Meeting notices are posted approximately one week before the meeting dates. All meetings are open to the public.

Student Uniforms There is a mandatory uniform policy at the King Center Charter School. The school uniform consists of a green or white polo shirt and black or khaki (NO DENIM) pants or skirts. Comfortable shoes or sneakers that are safe for gym class should be worn daily. (No flip flops!) Uniforms are required Monday through Thursday with Friday being a "jeans day" when children may wear jeans with their white or green polo shirts. All children must have a least one green polo shirt with the KCCSlogo for special occasions. These shirts can be purchased through the School by calling Ms. Debbie at the front desk. Special Attention Required Cell Phones Students are NOT to bring cell phones to school. Parents may request a waiver from the teacher and if granted, cell phones will be given to the teacher at the beginning of the day and will be returned to the student at the end of the day. Otherwise teachers or administrators who see the cell phone will confiscate it and parents only may retrieve it. Students should not bring money to school! Lunch money, field trip money, picture money, etc. should always be sent in an envelope and given to the teacher at the beginning of the day. Money may be stolen, lost, bargained or borrowed causing major distractions from learning and loss of trust. NO Jewelry please. Jewelry easily distracts students from their work and can easily be lost or broken. If earrings are needed, please make them small, not dangling.

Transportation The bus schedule for your child is sent to your home from First Student, the company hired by Buffalo Board of Education to provide the transportation for all public schools in Buffalo. Ms. Debbie Smith is our Coordinator of School Transportation and all concerns or requests are to be made to her. She will help make changes for you if you should move or have a change of child care before or after school. However, you must keep in mind that it takes two weeks to get a requested change of transportation processed from start to finish. Emergency changes may be requested for a particular day only if you contact Ms. Smith between the hours of 9 and 12. No changes can be accommodated after 12 noon. The child will be riding the bus they have been assigned to unless Ms. Smith receives a phone call from a parent or other responsible adult prior to noon. Transportation messages may be left by following the phone directions on the KCCSmessage system and Ms. Smith will call you for clarification if needed when she checks the messages at noon. All students are expected to follow the bus driver's directions and rules to ensure safety on the bus. Please remind your child that riding the bus is a privilege and if they break the safety rules about moving out of the seat or making loud noises, they will be suspended off the bus. You will be notified of a bus suspension by an administrator at the King Center. Medication Administration Policy

The King Center Charter School is thrilled to introduce our new full-time nurse, Mrs. Marshall. She will be on-call from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily. Mrs. Marshall will monitor all students with chronic illness while they are in the school's care. She will also supervise the use of any medications, including inhalers, epi-pens, insulin, etc. The parent must meet with the nurse and provide the necessary paperwork before any medication can be administered. Remember, asthma inhalers also require completed medical forms. Please call the school to arrange to meet with Mrs. Marshall as soon as possible if your child has health issues and/or concerns.

Attendance Policy Unless your child is sick, it is very important that your child attend school every day. Missed days of school can leave gaps in the educational process which will show up 1lower achievement rates. Please make every effort to get your child to school every day and on time. Students should arrive between 7:45 and 8:00 a.m. Arriving tardy (after 8:05) is disruptive to your child's education. Help us keep all students healthy by establishing an emergency care plan for your child's care when sick. "Stomach flu/throwing up requires 24 hours at home "Fever of 100 degrees requires staying home until free of fever. We will call for a pick-up if either of these symptoms occur at school.

Accidents If a serious injury occurs on the school grounds or on the bus, parents will be notified and asked to pick up their child for their own observation or examination by a family physician. Parents will be promptly notified of all injuries not considered minor. In the event that parents cannot be reached, the student will be discharged to a person named on the security form. In the event of any emergency, every attempt will be made to contact the parent if a student requires immediate medical attention. The medical emergency card will be used in case of a medical emergency. Please be sure you have current medical information on the emergency card. Please keep your Emergency Form and Security Card current. If there are any changes in address or phone number, please notify the school immediately. Life or death situations can occur, so it is extremely important that these forms remain current.

Security cards are law when it comes to who can pick up your child. If a name is not on the security card, your child will not be released to that person. If someone who is not on the emergency card is coming to pick up your child, you must send a written note or call the school informing the front desk of this occurrence. Food Service The KCCScontracts with Buffalo Public Schools for breakfast and lunch. The breakfast program is free but the lunch program costs $2.30 daily. After you complete the lunch application, you will be notified if your child may eat at a reduced rate. Please be prepared to pay the full price until you are notified otherwise. Students may bring their own lunch. If you send something that needs to be refrigerated, it may be placed in the cooler. Staff are not allowed to heat any lunches for students. If your child is not to eat any particular food because of allergies, or for religious or cultural reasons, we must have a written request on file from the parent. If there is danger because of an allergic reaction, please list the food and the reaction that is to be expected. Please provide direction if the reaction is observed by a teacher. If your child needs an EPI-Pen, you must meet with the nurse and complete the medical paperwork to ensure that we have an EPI-Pen available.

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