ELEMENTARY MAGNET SCHOOL
The faculty and staff at Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School believe that education is the cornerstone of a democratic society. We believe all students can learn and that learning encompasses more than textbook knowledge.
Therefore, we will strive to guide and direct students in ways that will help them realize their individual emotional, intellectual, moral, physical, and social capacity.
Our instructional program at WPEMS is based on the belief that students of today’s culture learn best through a structured curriculum that accommodates individual learning styles. Emphasis is also placed on enriched sequential skills development. An inquiry approach in lesson presentations is used to stimulate higher order thinking skills.
Through combined efforts of the faculty, parents, community, and students, we can provide a quality education, promote an appreciation for our democratic heritage, and create an awareness of the responsibilities of good citizenship.
The mission of Woodland Park Elementary Magnet School is to provide a quality childhood education program rich in technology and communication that stimulates the physical, educational, and social development of young children.
8:00 Duty teacher at duty station (Bell)
8:15 All faculty signed in
8:30 School begins (Bell)
8:30-8:45 Kindergarten/PK breakfast
10:45 PK lunch begins
11:25 Kindergarten 1st lunch
12:00 Kindergarten 2nd lunch
3:00 Duty teachers report to duty
THE SCHOOL’S CURRICULUM
The Prekindergarten and Kindergarten programs provide development in the following areas:
a. Relates to peers in work and play activities
b. Is aware of the feelings of others
c. Is accepted by a group of their peers
d. Can accept decisions of the group
e. Has a conscientious and positive attitude toward school
f. Is aware of group responsibilities
a. Shows self-confidence
b. Practices self control
c. Adjusts to change
d. Accepts constructive criticism and suggestions
e. Accepts responsibility for his or her own actions
f. Cares for his or her own need
a. Follows directions
b. Is able to work independently at times
c. Uses time constructively
d. Irresponsible for the care of materials
e. Observes safety rules
a. Shows an interest in reading
b. Shows the ability to understand what is read to him or her
c. Can interpret pictures
d. Can tell a story in sequence
e. Shows confidence in speaking before a group
f. Expresses ideas clearly
g. Is an attentive listener
h. Shows an interest in mathematics
i. Learns new concepts
j. Shows an interest in scientific experimentation
k. Is able to demonstrate knowledge of the world around him or her
l. Participates in the physical education program
m. Uses materials creatively
n. Shows an appreciation of music and art
12:00- 12:30 Hopper/Roberts
12:05- 12:35 Feast/Halford
Kindergarten Promotion Criteria:
1. Students must attend the minimum number of days per school session as established by Bulletin 741.
2. Attend school a minimum of 6 hours each day
3. Follow the program of studies as detailed in Bulletin 741
4. The first six weeks of school will be ungraded and will be marked on the report card as “readiness.”
5. Successful completion of kindergarten skills as determined by the Tangipahoa Parish Kindergarten Checklist. Students must score satisfactory in 26 of the 37 skills listed, which is 70%, or be recommended by the principal, to be promoted to the first grade. Students who fail to meet this criterion shall be referred to the Pupil Performance Conference Committee.
6. Every child, as a prerequisite to enrollment to any FIRST grade of a public school, shall meet one of the following criteria:
a. Have attended a full day public or private kindergarten for a full academic year OR
b. Have satisfactorily pass academic readiness screening administered by the school system at the time of enrollment for first grade.
7. The function of the Pupil Performance Conference Committee at this grade level is as follows:
a. To recommend whether or not a regularly placed student should be administratively placed at the next grade level or be retained.
b. To determine whether or not a regularly place student should be vertically accelerated to the grade level above the next grade level thus skipping a grade.
Prekindergarten and Kindergarten students must adhere to state and locally adopted policies in accordance to attendance regulations.
Any time a student is absent from school, he must have a written note for that absence from a parent or legal guardian or attending physician. This also includes parts of days missed. (Example: checking in or out) Doctor’s notes are to be sent in within seven (7) days following the visit to the doctor (up to twelve (12) days if doctor or hospital is out of local area). All notes must include the first date of treatment and the discharging date. Doctors’ notes will not be accepted after this period of time.
1st day - The student is notified when he/she returns to school to bring a note from parent and/or guardian.
2nd day - The school may contact the parent and/or guardian.
3rd day - The absence becomes unexcused.
A. Absenteeism will be temporarily excused for the purpose of make-up work on the basis of state and parish approved reasons for being absent.
1. Personal illness
2. Extreme illness in the immediate family
3. Death in the immediate family
4. Recognized religious holidays
5. School sponsored activities
6. Extenuating circumstances (See JB-R)
B. Temporary excuses will be given by the principal or his designee for any of the above reasons based on a note from the parent, guardian, or attending physician.
C. Temporarily excused absences (as marked on the excuse from the office), students will have an opportunity within three days of return to make-up missed work, including tests. Extensions can be granted for extenuating circumstances by the principal or his designee. It is the responsibility of the student to ask the teacher for make-up work.
D. On excuse forms marked “unexcused,” no make-up work will be allowed and a zero will automatically be given for any graded work missed and the zero will be averaged in to the student’s grade accordingly.
E. Students who elect not to bring a parent’s or guardian’s note or a doctor’s note will automatically receive a zero and item D stated above will apply.
F. The school will notify parents after a child has missed 3 unexcused days.
G. Students with excessive absences and/or 5 unexcused absences will be reported to Child Welfare and Attendance.
Each student is required to pay $10(PK)/$15(K) supply fee to the classroom teacher for the purchase of classroom materials.
As stated in the Tangipahoa Parish Policy:
Every teacher in the public school system is authorized to hold each pupil to a strict accountability for any disorderly conduct in school, or on the playgrounds of the school, on the street or while going to or returning from school, or during recess.
Principals shall have both the authority and the duty to take disciplinary action whenever the behavior of any student (s) materially interferes with or substantially disrupts the maintenance of a proper atmosphere for learning within the classroom or other parts of the school.
Students who regularly disrupt the normal school environment shall be considered as delinquent, and may be reported by appropriate school personnel to the juvenile court.
The classroom should be orderly at all times and maintained in a way that is conducive to good learning; therefore, no student has the right to stop the teacher from teaching or the other students from learning.
Each teacher has formulated an assertive discipline plan for his/her classroom. Every student will be given a copy of this plan to take home for their parents to read, sign, and return the signed portion to school. Teachers have classroom rules, rewards and consequences posted in their classes and students are expected to adhere to these rules. Teachers will also post objectives/instructional focus, and agenda daily in the classroom. All teachers will also have a problem/question of the day as a warm up/transition activity to begin class.
Students are not allowed to bring toys, baseball cards, etc. or other play items to school. If a student is found to have these types of objects in his possession, the object will be taken from the student until his parent can come to school to pick it up.
Students may bring cell phones with no camera attachments to school but they cannot be used, seen, or heard. If a child violates this rule it is to be written on a referral form and turned in to the assistant principal.
2. BUS LOADING
The bus loading area is off limits to vehicular traffic between 7:55-8:40 A.M. and 2:45-4:00 P.M. Student safety is our number one priority; therefore, the following procedures must be adhered to in order to keep bus loading as safe as possible for all our students.
1. All students must walk in a straight, quiet, and orderly line to the bus loading area.
2. All students are required to get in line at their appropriate loading area before boarding the bus.
3. No loud talking, horseplay, running, pushing, or shoving will be allowed. (Students will be seated in their bus lines waiting.)
4. Students will load the bus in single file.
5. No student is allowed to walk in front of, in back of, or in between buses at any time during bus loading.
6. Students are expected to follow the bus riding rules once they board the bus.
3. BUS UNLOADING
Students are expected to exit the bus in a safe manner as follows:
1. Students are to exit the bus in single file.
2. No pushing, shoving, running, etc. will be allowed.
3. All students are to walk immediately to the cafeteria (breakfast area) or
partner teacher’s room.
Students are assigned to a specific bus according to the location of their home. Students will not be allowed to ride different buses for the purposes of going to another person's home. Parents can not call and ask that we put a child on a different bus to go to grandmas, aunt, etc. as bus drivers can only transport those students who have been assigned to their passenger list. A written note must be sent with a phone number where we can reach someone to confirm. If we cannot reach anyone by the end of the day, the child will not be able to ride a different bus.
If a parent plans to pick up their child, they must send a note letting us know this; otherwise, we will put the child on the bus to be transported home.
Students brought by car should be dropped at the Prekindergarten or Kindergarten drop off in front of school.
Children are not to be dropped off before 8:00a.m. and should be picked up before 3:30p.m.
Lunch procedures are as follows:
1. Students are escorted to and from the lunchroom daily by a teacher.
2. Students are instructed on hand washing procedures and are expected to independently wash their hands before each meal.
3. Paper towels are given to the students for drying their hands.
4. Students are to put used paper towels in the trashcan provided.
5. Students are escorted into the lunchroom in ABC order where they are
served and seated for lunch.