We would like to welcome you to a new school year at Wagram Elementary School. We anticipate an excellent school year and look forward to working with parents and students to ensure that we create a safe and orderly environment where students can learn and be successful. Parents please read and discuss this handbook with your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (910) 369-2252.
Wagram Elementary School Mission Statement
It is the mission of Wagram Primary to provide quality instruction and support to enable students to be self motivated and self-confident.
We promise to
· prepare leaders for tomorrow;
· guide, motivate and encourage students to be accountable;
· forge partnerships with families and the community;
· and ensure all needs are met in a safe, nurturing environment.
Wagram Elementary School Vision
Wagram Elementary school will produce students who are independent learners and responsible citizens.
All students should begin arriving at 7:30 am. Students will not be allowed in the building until 7:00 am. Any student eating breakfast at school should arrive by 7:45.
Please enter the car rider line and follow the traffic cones and the directions of the staff on duty. For safety concerns, students should enter and exit all vehicles from the passenger side. Staff members will assist students when they are getting in and out of the vehicle; drivers should not need to get out. Cars are not to enter the bus parking lot for any reason or be parked at God’s Little Angels Daycare. Please do not park your vehicle in the car rider circle or attempt to pass other vehicles in line.
Parents/Guardians will be given a hang tag with a number to be displayed from the rearview mirror.
Elementary students cannot be allowed off the bus unless a parent/guardian is at home. Students will be returned to school if no parent or guardian is home. The parent/guardian will be called to pick the student up at school. Please make sure to keep your child’s information updated to ensure safe bus transportation.
All transportation changes must be made in writing. Please send a note with your child to school to give to his/her teacher. No transportation changes will be taken over the phone.
It is very important to keep your child’s information up-to-date. A student will only be released to persons listed on his/her record. Please notify the school of any changes in address, phone numbers or people authorized to pick up your child.
· North Carolina General Statute states that all children under the age of 16 are required to attend school everyday, all day long and all year long. Excessive absences deny a student full access to required class content. After 10 unexcused absences, a court referral will be completed by our school’s social worker. Following a student’s 20th absence, whether excused or unexcused, the student may be retained. The principal will notify parents of the pending retention and of any applicable appeal procedures.
· Tardies and early sign outs also cause students to miss valuable learning experiences. Three or more tardies or early sign outs during a nine-week period will deny a student a perfect attendance award. Further, early sign outs are generally permitted only for scheduled medical appointments or other emergencies. Any early sign out after 1:45 will require an appointment card or doctor’s note. After 15 early sign outs or tardies, parents will be required to meet with administration.
· In the event of an absence, it shall be the responsibility of the parent to provide a written note signed by the parent/guardian stating the date and reason for the absence. Valid conditions for excused absences include: illness of a student, medical or dental appointments, or death in the immediate family.
· To be counted officially present, a student shall be in attendance at least one-half of the student day (at least 3.5 hours). Students who are signed out before or brought to school after 11:30 will be marked absent for the day.
Schedule - the school day was extended by 20 minutes this year.
Regular Day 7:30 a.m. Student Arrival
8:00 a.m. Instruction Begins
2:50 p.m. Student Dismissal
Half Day *Breakfast will not be served.
11:00 a.m. Student Dismissal
Teacher Hours 7:30 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Office Hours 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The staff at Wagram Elementary School believes that all children can and should behave appropriately. Proper behavior provides maximum time for each teacher to teach and for each student to learn. Our school is a Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) school. Students are expected to be STARs: Safe, Teachable, Accountable, Respectful. Incentives throughout the year are in place to reward great behavior. Information about these incentives and events will be sent home throughout the school year.
Students who choose to misbehave will receive appropriate disciplinary action enforced taken by administration in accordance with the Scotland County Student Code of Conduct.
Please refer to the Scotland County School’s Bullying Policy in the Student Code of Conduct.
School Visitors and Phone Calls
· All visitors must report to the main office, sign in and receive an identification badge. Administrators reserve the right to deny visitors to classrooms during the instructional day.
· Teachers and assistants will not be interrupted to accept telephone calls during class instruction. Messages may be left on voice mail or with the secretary.
· Students will not be called to the office to accept phone calls.
Students who need to take prescribed or over the counter medication must have the appropriate form signed by the physician and parent before medication can be brought to school and taken during school hours. Students who are required to take medication on a continuous basis should have prescriptions refilled without notification from the office. Medication that is taken at school will be administered by the school nurse. If you have any questions about medication, please contact Wendy Peele, our school nurse.
Wagram Elementary School actively seeks help from our school community. We realize your help will make Wagram Elementary an even better place for your child to learn. If you would like to volunteer, chaperone a field trip, and/or have a special talent you would like to share, please let your child’s teacher know or call the school office. Volunteers and chaperones will need to complete the Scotland County Schools volunteer form.
Students are expected to dress comfortably and appropriately at all times. We ask that students follow the following guidelines:
- no flip flops (sandals/shoes should have a back or strap)
- rubber-soled shoes are required in the gym
- tee shirts or polo style shirts should be tucked in
- skirts and shorts should be a the same length or longer than their finger tips when arms are to their sides
- no midriff tops or halter tops should be worn
- spaghetti straps can be worn with a shirt under or sweater/shirt over the shoulders
- no clothing with gang, firearm, drug, profanity or alcohol references
- pants should be worn around the waist, not sagging
- any other apparel that school administration deems inappropriate or disruptive to the educational environment will not be allowed
· Students are encouraged to carry their school supplies and books in a book bag to and from school each day. This helps students keep up with all necessary school materials.
· Students are not allowed to have rolling book bags. These bags present hazards in the hallways and on the bus.
Award of Custody
It is recommended that the school be given a copy of guardianship or custody documents in cases where a student does not live with both parents or lives with some other person(s). The school has no authority to prevent a natural parent from having contact with, or picking up such student without proper legal documentation.
Wagram Elementary School students do not need cell phones at school. If a student has a cell phone at school, it will be taken to administration and will need to be picked up by the parent.
Parents may bring cupcakes or a cake to the classroom for a child’s birthday. Please consult with your child’s teacher to determine the best time to do this. Per state regulations, cupcakes and/or cake need to be served after lunch and should be purchased at a store, not homemade. We ask that you do not plan a birthday party to take place in the classroom. Candles cannot be lit on school property.
The following are prices for lunch and breakfast in the school cafeteria.
Breakfast ~ $0.65
Lunch ~ $1.75
Snacks/Ice Cream ~ $0.50
Students who owe a balance to the cafeteria will not be able to purchase snack or ice cream. All money will be applied to the balance until it is paid in full. If your child has a balance, our school cafeteria manager will send a bill home with the student. You may send payments in advance to the cafeteria manager or pay at www.lunchprepay.com.
Books and Damage Fees
Textbooks are assigned to students by their teachers. Each student is responsible for any book assigned to them or checked out from the media center until it is returned. Assigned books are to be kept neat and clean. Students will be charged for damaged or lost textbooks or media materials.