Arrival and Departure Procedures
The faculty and staff of Thunderbird Preparatory Academy are dedicated to ensuring the safety of all students in our care. Please help us by adhering to the following policies and procedures regarding the arrival and departure of our students.
Students must arrive in car pool at their assigned time. Failure to adhere to these policies will result in delayed drop-off times.
Students can be dropped off in front of the school. If parents choose to come into the building, parents are asked to park in the designated parking spaces and cross the parking lot with their child(ren) using the cross walk.
If children arrive after the 8:oo a.m. (K-2) or 8:20 am (3-4) tardy bell, parents must walk their children into the building and record the time on each child’s card in the office.
Dismissal Begins at 3:00 p.m. (K-2) and 3:20 pm (3-4). All van riders and ASEP students will be dismissed first. All students will be dismissed by grade-level, to ensure a safe and orderly dismissal.
If you have an appointment or an emergency where you need to pick up your child early, please do so before 2:40 p.m. In addition, please DO NOT call the office after 2:40 p.m. for “last minute” changes in dismissal instructions for your child. Calling the classrooms to tell the teacher of changes is a disruption to instruction.
All students must be signed out in the office if they are picked up before the end of the instructional day. Do not pick up your child directly from their classroom even if it is the end of the day. Teachers will release students after the office has notified them.
You MUST SEND A NOTE each time someone other than the parent is to pick up your child.
All transportation/dismissal changes must be sent in writing to your child’s teacher or faxed to our office with a copy of valid photo identification. No changes by phone or via e-mail can be accepted. These methods incur security risks. Note: It could be a stranger calling/e-mailing.
Car Rider Pickup
The car rider lot is in front of the school. To protect the safety of your child(ren) and others, you must comply with these procedures when you pick up your child(ren).
You may pick up your children in front of the school by either:
1. joining the single file line that is formed along the curb in the car pool lane in front of the school, waiting until you reach the front of the line, and identifying yourself and your child(ren) to one of the staff members in charge of the car rider pick up –or—
2. parking in a designated parking space, crossing the parking lot using the crosswalk, identifying yourself and your child(ren) to one of the staff members in charge of car rider pick up, and returning to your car with your child(ren) using the crosswalk.
Please understand that for safety reasons, your child(ren) will not be released to you unless you follow one of these procedures. Children cannot be allowed to cross the car pool lane to meet parents in cars waiting next to the car pool lane or in other areas of the parking lot. It is not safe for parents or students to cross the parking lot except at the crosswalk. In addition, please:
Do not park behind the school or in the staff parking lot. Not only is this dangerous for the students and staff, it is against the law.
Arrange the inside of your car so that students can enter from the curb.
Be courteous of other automobiles, drivers, and staff members.
Students cannot come back into the building for any reason without parent supervision.
Parent Pickup – Inside the Building
Park in the designated parking space and not along the curb.
Use the crosswalk in front of the building when crossing the parking lot. It is unsafe to walk between cars.
Please wait against the walls or in the front hallway area, away from the traffic flow, until all students have been dismissed.
If you would like to stay and socialize with other parents or their children, please move to the playground area so that dismissal is not interrupted.
Students cannot come back into the school building to get water or use the bathroom without parent supervision.
The front office and front foyer area must remain clear for safety reasons.
Before School Care and the After School Enrichment Program
The Thunderbird Preparatory Academy Before and After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) has been established for K-4 children of working parents in need of supervision for their children beyond the regular school day. It offers a safe, nurturing, and enriching environment.
The ASEP fees will be established and determined by ThunderKids. This includes school days and teacher workdays.
You may pick-up an After School Enrichment Program brochure in the school office.
The ASEP coordinator is Jennifer Elliott and she can be contacted at email@example.com.
Appropriate School Dress/Uniform Guidelines
All students are expected to wear uniforms to school each day.
Elementary School Students (K-4) should wear navy blue or khaki pants, shorts or skirts/”skorts” and an approved TPA collared shirt (white, gray, or pink) provided by our selected uniform vendor, Lands’ End. Shorts must reach to the extended fingertips.
All shirts must display the TPA logo and are to be tucked in.
Sneakers or closed-toe shoes are always recommended, however students are highly encouraged to wear sneakers on scheduled gym days.
Sweaters and sweatshirts may be worn, but must also match the respective uniform colors and must be solid color. Students will not be permitted to wear clothing with words, symbols, or pictures that distract from a positive learning environment. Small brand identification marks (ie. “Polo Horse” or “Nike Swoosh” are permitted).
Please label coats, sweaters, and hats so that when these items are lost, they can be returned to your child. Permanent markers work best, since the writing will not wash off.
Blue jeans and athletic shorts are NOT acceptable.
Hats may not be worn in school, and coats may not be worn in classrooms during the instructional day.
Parents should monitor clothes for length, fit, and appearance.
School uniform pants/skirts/shorts/etc… can be purchased at local stores, such as Target, Wal-Mart, Marshall’s, J.C. Penny, Kohl’s, and Old Navy.
Appropriate shirts, sweatshirts, coats, and jackets can be purchased online through Lands’ End with the appropriate TPA logo displayed on the front.
Please donate outgrown uniforms to the Thunderbird Prep Clothes Closet when possible.
Also, see PTA for purchase of gently worn uniforms available at a low cost – “PTA Sweet Repeats”.
From time to time, Thunderbird Preparatory Academy will announce a student dress-down day. These days are usually “theme” driven (i.e. “Favorite Team Day”, “International Day”, “Jeans Day”, etc.) and related to instruction and correlated to the Core Knowledge Curriculum.
These days will be announced well ahead of time and posted on the school’s website and/or monthly calendar.
Although no uniforms are required on these days, students must always adhere to the Thunderbird Preparatory Academy’s acceptable dress code policy.
Regular attendance and punctuality are important from the beginning of the school year until the last day. Frequent absences and late arrivals interfere with your child’s progress toward learning the necessary basic skills. Each student is expected to bring a written excuse the day he/she returns to school from his/her parent(s) or guardian, stating the exact reason for the absence or tardiness.
The following reasons are considered excuses for absences:
1. Personal illness (please state type of illness)
2. Death in family
3. Religious holiday
Parents should make all elective medical and dental appointments for times outside of school hours.
Inclement Weather Policy
The safety of all children and staff members is the first concern of Thunderbird Preparatory Academy when making decisions about closing school or dismissing early.
The following guidelines are followed by TPA in making decisions related to the closing of school:
Inclement weather in the evening/night
If weather becomes bad during the night, the roads will be monitored by school administration and transportation officials. A decision will be made around 5 a.m. regarding the closing of school.
The Public Information Office will normally contact local media by 5:30 a.m. regarding school closing. Families are asked to refer to local media (radio, TV and newspaper) as well as the TPA web site.
Inclement weather during the school day
If inclement weather begins during the school day, a decision may be made regarding early dismissal. School officials will monitor the weather throughout the day to ensure student safety.
All after school activities (PTA meetings or Tutorials) would be cancelled. The TPA After-School Enrichment Program (ASEP) would not be in operation as well. Parents with children in ASEP should make plans to pick their children up from the school they attend or notify the school that their child should ride the afternoon bus they are assigned to.
Day Care Centers
Please notify your child’s teacher, in writing, if he/she is to attend a day care center and will not be picked up by regular car pool.
Our staff will work closely with the day care centers and take special care to see that students are safely loaded on their day care vans.
Please remember that day care vans must pick up students during dismissal, students cannot be released before the end of the school day.
If a daycare van is repeatedly late picking up your child, it will become necessary to consider alternate arrangements for pick-up or enrolling in the TPA ASEP, as staff members leave at 3:45 p.m.
Parents will need to notify the day care center when their child(ren) is sick and not at school.
Whenever your home or work phone numbers change, please send the new number to school with your child.
It is critical that we always have current emergency information about your family.
It is VERY important that you update your current address each school year with our front office.
If you have moved in the past year, or plan on moving during the school year, please speak to one of our secretaries to ensure your information has been updated in our computer system.
Parental support is vital to a child’s success in school. In order for the school to help your child, we will expect the following from parents:
1. See that your child attends school regularly and on-time.
2. See that your child is dressed properly in the school uniform.
3. Monitor your child’s homework and his/her graded work that is brought home and through “Parent Assist”.
4. Read to or with your child daily.
5. Support your child’s teacher by reading monthly newsletters, checking daily correspondence, and responding to notes, report cards, phone calls, or action alerts.
6. Help your child have a positive attitude toward the school and education.
7. See that your child gets proper rest and nutrition at home.
8. Show and active interest in Thunderbird Preparatory Academy by visiting the school and attending school functions.
9. Monitor what and how much TV your child watches.
10. Join and support the Thunderbird PTO!
Please understand that teachers cannot conference with parents during instructional time. This includes arrival and dismissal. If you need to conference with your child’s teacher, please call the office/teacher to set up an appointment.
It has been proven that successful schools have high expectations for all students. The Thunderbird staff shares this belief and, therefore, has the following expectations for our students.
All Students Will:
1. Attend school regularly and on-time.
2. Wear the school uniform EVERYDAY of the week. All exceptions will be announced.
3. Respect and follow the directions of all adults on the Thunderbird staff.
4. Complete all work assigned in the classroom and request assistance when needed.
5. Complete all assigned homework.
6. Follow school rules and respect the rights, feelings, and property of other students.
7. Follow bus rules.
8. Perform with maximum effort of teacher-designed and standardized tests.
9. Refrain from damaging school property.
***We solicit your support in familiarizing your child with these expectations***
Students and parents are responsible for any loss or damage to textbooks, media center/trade books, computer headsets, or other school materials.
All school field trips must be correlated to the Core Knowledge Curriculum and approved by the Assistant Principal/Academic Director.
Written permission for your child to participate in a field trip must be given to the teacher prior to the scheduled trip. Students who do not return signed permission forms will not be allowed to make “last minute calls” to parents.
Telephone permissions can not be accepted.
Parent chaperones are sometimes needed to accompany classes on trips; this is at the discretion of the classroom teacher.
Your willingness to help is appreciated; however, according to TPA policy, younger siblings are not permitted to ride on the field trip buses or participate in school field trips. In addition, before chaperoning a field trip, parents must apply and be cleared through the TPA volunteer screening procedure. Please visit the school District website for more information.
If it is necessary for your child to be dismissed early, you must come to the office to sign the student out. DO NOT GO TO THE CHILD’S CLASSROOM while classes are in session. The office will gladly contact your child’s teacher and have him/her sent to the office ready for dismissal. Please note, our school has a built-in early release day each Monday. We strongly encourage you to schedule these appointments during this time whenever possible.
A child will only be permitted to leave school with the parent/guardian or other adult listed on the current emergency contact card, UNLESS PERMISSION IS GRANTED IN WRITING. This is absolutely necessary for the safety and protection of your child.
You must come to the office and sign your child out or give written permission for someone else to do so, or we will not permit your child to leave school grounds except for their regular dismissal procedure. If your child will be going home with another student, the school must have a WRITTEN NOTE from both the other child’s parent/guardian and you.
Lost and Found
WE REQUEST THAT YOU PUT YOUR CHILD’S NAME ON ALL CLOTHING, LUNCH BOXES, AND OTHER ITEMS. We can then return these lost belongings to your child.
All unclaimed or unlabeled items are kept our “lost and found”, in the front office.
We will display items during parent involvement activities, such as conference day, in the hope that parents will recognize any missing sweaters, caps, etc.
You are welcome to check for items whenever you visit the school. Items not claimed will be given to charity during the winter break and over the summer.
The lunch period is considered an important part of the school day. An excellent lunch program is provided by the hot lunch school program if parents desire to utilize this option.
At times, some students have chosen not to eat lunch. Students must have a note from the parent/guardian indicating that they may choose not to eat or the student will be required to purchase lunch.
Free and reduced meals will be available for those students who qualify – please inquire in the front office, as everyone must re-apply each year. It is the parent’s responsibility to see that students have their bag lunch or money every day.
Also for your convenience, we are looking into providing hot school lunches to be purchased for the entire week, month, or year.
Checks (or cash) for weekly or monthly lunch payments will be accepted in the front office via the hot lunch manager.
Be sure to put your child’s lunch number on the check or cash envelope to ensure correct deposit.
Meal prices this year are:
Students: Lunch:TBD Milk:TBD
Adults: Lunch: TBD Milk:TBD
***Note: These prices are subject to change***
Ideally, all medications should be given at home. However, some students need medications either periodically or on a regular schedule to receive maximum effect in the treatment of chronic disabilities and illnesses.
Before any medication can be given to a student, we must have an Authorization for Medication form (located in the front office) completed by the physician and signed by the parent.
All medications must be in a container labeled by the pharmacy giving the name of the child, name of the drug, dosage, name of doctor, and time interval between dosages.
WE CANNOT SUPPLY ASPIRIN OR ANY OTHER ORAL MEDICATION.
The official school day for students is from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for K-2 and from 8:20 am – 3:20 pm for grades 3-4.
Students will not be permitted on the school grounds until 7:50 a.m.
School staff will not be available to provide supervision for students until that time.
All students who need to arrive before 7:45 a.m. must enroll in our Before School Care Program.
The cost is ________per week.
Parents bringing students to school must drop them off at the parent parking lot located in the front of the school.
Please stop your car along the curb when dropping off your children.
Parent/Teacher Association (PTO)
Thunderbird Preparatory Academy has a very active and supportive PTO.
We encourage all parents to support the success of our school and students by joining and maintaining an active role in our 2014-2015 PTO!
Please inquire in the office or with a PTO Board Member.
Conferences are scheduled for all parents at the end of the first marking period.
At that time, parents may discuss their child’s progress with the teacher and receive their child’s first report card.
Additional conferences can be arranged by sending a note to the teacher or calling the school office at (704) 412-1024.
Teachers also welcome telephone conferences.
Do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher(s) when you have questions or concerns.
Please remember that a teacher’s first duty is to teach.
Teachers cannot meet with parents or talk on the telephone during school hours.
Therefore, please do not expect a “drop in” conference during the instructional day (this includes during arrival and dismissal).
This situation places the teacher in a very awkward position and is unfair to the student in the class.
All teachers will maintain regular communication with parents/guardians through the use of newsletters, class websites, or weekly updates. Most school correspondence will be sent home on ______________.
However, please check your child’s backpack and/or agenda nightly for school correspondence.
Occasionally during the school year, you may have questions or concerns about your child’s progress or an incident that occurred at school. Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.
The teachers welcome parent communication.
Your child might share a concern with you that he/she has not shared with the teacher.
In that situation a phone call to the teacher can help to solve the problem or clarify a misunderstanding.
All phone calls are returned as soon as possible, but within 24 hours.
The administration respectfully requests that all classroom issues be discussed with the teacher prior to addressing the issue with the principal or assistant principal.
Students may not bring toys, radios, CD or tape players to school.
They cause problems with other students and are often lost or broken.
These items will be taken from the students and held in the office to be picked up by the parents/guardians.
Items not retrieved by parents will be given to charity at the end of the school year.
Personal devices for academic reasons will be permitted; however, be mindful that it will be the student's responsibility so only allow this if you comfortable and have insurance on these items.
Thunderbird Preparatory Academy is not responsible for theft, loss or damage to personal property brought in from home. (i.e.cell phones, electronic devises or personal items brought onto its property.)
Cell Phone Policy
Faculty and staff at TPA respect the need for technology and its appropriate use in the classroom; however, students are not allowed to display or utilize personal cell phones unless it correlates with instructional activities planned and outlined by the teacher.
There may be times when cell phone use is encouraged based on the curriculum; however, students will not be allowed to use their phones to call parents for forgotten items such as lunch money or potential illness unless permitted by the teacher.
These circumstances should be communicated to a teacher or staff member and handled via the front office or teacher resource room phone.
For the child's safety, we DO NOT encourage transportation changes done via text message to students or personal voice mail messages.
Please call the front office if transportation changes are necessary and we will communicate that to the student during transitional times.
School Leadership Team (SLT)
Thunderbird Preparatory Academy continues to be committed to increasing the level of parent/family involvement in the education process.
A successful home-school partnership is critical to the educational achievement of our children.
A significant expression of this commitment is the pursuit of meaningful parent/family involvement in decision-making and school governance through the School Leadership Team (SLT).
The team serves in an advisory role supporting the principal as the school’s instructional leader. The team advises the principal in four critical areas:
1. Academic Achievement & Leader in Me
2. Safety & Courtesy
3. Parent and Community Collaboration
All SLT meetings are open to the public and we actively encourage parents to attend meetings.
We sincerely want parents to be informed, actively involved, and supportive of all aspects of our educational program.
Please contact the school at 704-412-1024 for more information.
Classroom Celebration Guidelines
Classroom celebrations are an important part of the elementary school experience. Our room parents, with teacher collaboration will organize our classroom celebrations.
Each classroom will have a minimum of three standard celebrations.
Activities in the classroom that are connected to holidays are selected by the teacher for their educational content and to increase students’ awareness of different cultures and traditions.
Celebrations usually consist of a snack, a craft, and an activity.
Ask the teacher if there are food allergies in the classroom.
Some of our classes may be peanut-free.
Decide on a list of supplies as needed.
You can divide up the responsibility for securing supplies among the classroom families on a voluntary basis.
If items are brought in before the party, let the teacher know what is being sent in and make sure that there is a place to store it.
Food in the Classroom
Foods have played an important role in classrooms over the years.
Recent changes in society and our environment necessitate that we use foods in the classroom with caution.
The Child Nutrition regulations has designated that we adhere to the following guideline:
Any food shared in school must be from an inspected commercial facility.
For example, items such as cupcakes, cakes, cookies, crackers, etc. purchased from a grocery store are acceptable and must have all ingredients and nutritional information clearly printed on the label.
Birthday Treats, Snacks, and Invitations
Birthday treats and snacks should be served during lunch time only and distributed to an entire class.
Please come to the classroom prepared to serve what you have brought and to clean up afterwards.
Individual cupcakes or cookies work best for distribution. We appreciate your consideration that classroom teachers have a limited amount of time for lunch. Please do not bring balloons or presents for your child.
Individual gifts are not permitted at birthdays or at any other times of the year, such as Valentine’s Day.
Please do not send individual birthday party invitations to school to be given out, unless the invitations are to the entire class.
Invitations to students in other classrooms will not be distributed.
The telephone is always available to receive messages in an EMERGENCY or in case unexpected situations arise – cell phone use will not be permitted (see cell phone use policy) unless permitted by the child's teacher for a special circumstance.
Please make every effort to communicate important information to your child prior to his/her arrival at school.
Students will not be permitted to use the telephone to make arrangements to go home with other children from school or call parents for homework, permission slips, books, etc.
Parents are always welcome to visit Thunderbird Preparatory Academy.
We appreciate your involvement in special programs, class activities, sharing lunch with your child, and other meetings. However, as part of our Safe-Schools Procedure, it is essential that everyone follow the guidelines listed below:
1. Please request and arrange classroom visits in advance with teachers – drop in visits are a significant distraction to the learning environment.
2. Please enter and leave the building through the front doors leading into the school lobby.
3. Please sign the visitor’s notebook in the front office and get a visitor’s (blue) or volunteer’s (red) pass before going to the classroom or cafeteria.
It is TPA Board policy for all visitors to check in at the office and to wear a visitor’s badge for the safety and protection of our students.
All persons participating in school activities, without the direct supervision of teacher or administrator, must be a registered volunteer.
This includes eating lunch with your child (normal days, as well as the Thanksgiving and Holiday Luncheons), participating/assisting in field day, chaperoning field trips, working with small groups of children and volunteering in the classroom and attending classroom celebrations.
Please make a special note to follow all volunteer guidelines outlined in TPA board policy.
Please submit an application for approval if you are interested in being a TPA registered volunteer.
Sickness and Accidents
If your child should become sick at school, we will make every effort to get in touch with you.
Should he/she be running a temperature or vomits before school hours, please do not send your child to school.
If your child should have a minor accident at school, we may notify you.
If an accident of a major nature occurs, we will contact you immediately.
BE SURE TO HAVE YOUR EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS UPDATED WITH THE SCHOOL AT ALL TIMES!
School-Wide Discipline Plan
All students will be required to adhere to the Thunderbird Preparatory Academy School-Wide Discipline Plan.
Your child’s teacher will provide you more information about these policies and procedures during Open House.
Severe Behavior Infractions
Violations of the behavior guidelines listed below will cause a student to be removed from the classroom for the reminder of the day and will result in the scheduling of a parent conference.
The administration will determine the appropriate disciplinary actions to be taken, following the TPA board policy and school handbook.
1. Any verbal or physical threat or act of violence directed toward a school staff member or a student with the intent to cause injury.
2. Extortion of money or other items of value from another student by threat or act of bodily harm.
3. Possession of a weapon or of any instrument with intent to inflict injury while on school property or buses.
4. Possession, use, selling, or being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol on school property or buses. All tobacco products are prohibited.
Students should understand that, in addition to these prohibited behaviors, others are included in the individual school rules/regulations.
In cases serious misbehavior or recurring behaviors without improvement, a child may be referred by an administrator for suspension.
Parents will be notified and arrangements will be made for student(s) to be picked up by the parent.
All behavior guidelines apply to students at school and while students wait during dismissal times.
Teachers are expected to work together at grade level to ensure that TPA guidelines for reporting student progress to parents are followed and that grading is consistent.
Communicate to parents and students your grading system.
Ms. Kopp, and/or the lead teacher will work with your team in solidifying your grading policies at the beginning of the school year.
TPA Grading Scale (K-2)
3: Consistently Meets Expectations
2: Inconsistently Meets Expectations
1: Does Not Yet Meet Expectations
TPA Grading Scale (Grades 3-4)
F: Below 70
IMPORTANT: All final grades are the responsibility of the classroom teacher. Although we use the PowerSchool Computer system to report student grades, PowerSchool DOES NOT determine student grades!
A student’s grade(s) are to reflect his/her grade-level proficiency as measured by the Core Knowledge Curriculum .
Homework is an important teaching and learning strategy. Principals are responsible for working with their staff, parents, and students to develop homework procedures that follow these guidelines:
A. Guidelines for Teachers
1. Homework is defined as any school work that is required to be done outside of the regular instructional day, and includes assignments of short term and long term duration.
2. Homework assessment and grading procedures must be clearly defined at the beginning of a course and communicated to students and parents.
3. Grades for homework should have a limited effect in determining a student’s final grade.
4. Each homework assignment should have clearly stated purposes and be an extension of class work.
5. Homework should be age appropriate in terms of content, activities, and length of assignment.
6. Homework should be assigned with awareness of the home resources available to a student and the family.
7. All completed homework should be evaluated and returned to the student within a reasonable length of time.
8. Homework should not be assigned without adequate student preparation.
9. Homework shall not be assigned for disciplinary purposes.
10. A student who misses homework assignments or other assignments or due dates because of absences, whether excused or unexcused, must be allowed to make up the work. Arrangements for completing the work should be made within five school days of the student’s return to school. Arrangements should include a schedule for completion of the work.
a. For elementary students, the teacher must initiate the contact with the student regarding such work.
11. In all circumstances, homework and other assignments should be accepted, even when turned in after the designated due date. Credit for late work shall be awarded according to the following guidelines:
a. If the student was present in class on the due date, the work may be given less credit;
b. If the student was not present in class on the due date because of an excused or code zero absence, full credit shall be given for the completed work;
c. If the student was not present in class on the due date because of an unexcused absence, the work may be given less credit.
B. Responsibilities of Students
1. A student should ask questions in class if unsure of an assignment.
2. A student should complete homework in as neat and accurate a manner as possible.
3. A student should schedule study time so that projects and long term assignments are planned and completed over a period of time.
4. A student should copy and take home assignments.
C. Promotion of Parent Involvement
Teachers should encourage parents to support their student’s homework by taking the following actions:
1. Promote a positive attitude toward homework.
2. Provide a consistent time and a suitable place for study.
3. Make resource materials available whenever possible.
4. Communicate to the teacher special circumstances that may affect the child’s ability to complete assignments.
D. Average Homework Time
Average homework times are suggested total time recommendations only and are not meant to be minimum or maximum times.
The time varies with the subject area, content matter, teacher, the student’s ability, and the complexity of the assigned task.
1. Elementary School
Grades K-1: 15-30 minutes per night
Grades 2-3: 30-40 minutes per night
Grades 4-5: 45-60 minutes per night
E. When an Exceptional Children student requires homework modifications as determined through the Individual Education Program (IEP) team process, these modifications must be included in the student’s IEP and communicated to the student, parent(s)/guardians, and teachers.
Mid-Quarter Progress Reports
Mid-Quarter Progress Reports will be sent home during the middle of each quarter.
The entire school will send home progress reports as posted in our year-long calendar—Progress Report Dates are listed below.
Any student not demonstrating grade-level proficiency (Failing Grades or Level 1) at the time of the mid-quarter progress report, must receive documented interventions and have his/her parents contacted.
Keeping parents informed of their child’s progress throughout the year is essential in creating a positive home-school relationship!
Report cards are to be completed and distributed at the end of each quarter.
The plus or minus signs are not to be used following a letter grade.
Report cards will be subject to review by an administrative team member before they are sent home.
Grade level teams should meet to discuss grading practices to ensure consistency.
K-2 teachers will use the traditional style (multiply) report cards.
All teachers in grades 3 and 4 will input grades and comments into the PowerSchool Computer System.
Grades for children who receive supplemental services (EC/ESL), classroom teachers should confer with EC teachers about grades.
An action alert form is an excellent way to communicate with parents of children who are having academic or behavior problems.
Teachers must send home action alerts for students who are not demonstrating proficiency in any subject area or are being considered for retention.
Stagger the distribution of action alerts so that you can more efficiently manage the parent conferences.
Distribute copies as designated on the form provided.
Students will be notified of promotion or potential retention at the end of each school year. The report card will indicate promotion if students will be moving on to the next grade level.
Retention: Students who are in danger of “failing” their grade will be referred to the Retention committee based on a specific rubric outlined by school administration.
Those students who qualify, will be evaluated by the principal and assistant principal and parents will be notified and a meeting scheduled to discuss possibilities for growth.
Consideration of retention will be based on: standardized test scores, final grades, teacher and teacher assistant feedback, special area and EC teacher feedback, and parent feedback.
The goal at Thunderbird Preparatory Academy is to enrich and grow all students, so careful consideration of placement and retention will be evaluated and determined with fidelity.
Should you have any questions about this information or need further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team!
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