Student Handbook

2018-2019 Student Handbook

School Information

School Information

Mission and Vision

 

SCHOOL MISSION

Anaverde Hills School will provide each student with equitable, relevant access to high academic achievement by equipping all students with the tools to become productive citizens in a global community.

 


 

SCHOOL VISION

Anaverde Hills is a community school that prepares our students for higher education and career readiness through innovative technology, relevant social and academic programming, and personalized learning so that all students discover the best version of themselves.

 

School Hours

 

SCHOOL HOURS

7:4O AM - Warning Bell for K-6

7:45 AM - Classes Begin for K-6

1:55 PM - Dismissal for K-6

7:55 AM - Warning Bell for 7th/8th

8:00 AM - Classes Begin for 7th/8th

1:50 PM - Dismissal for 7th/8th

Colors and Mascot

 

SCHOOL COLORS

RED, BLACK, AND SILVER

 


 

SCHOOL MASCOT

VIPERS

Anaverde Hills School Vipers Logo

Academic Probation

6th graders can be notified that they are on academic probation if they have a GPA below 2.0.  7th and 8th graders can be notified that they are on academic probation if they have a GPA below 2.0 and/or one or more F’s in a subject.  Students that are on academic probation will not be able to participate in school functions and/or extra-curricular activities such as sports programs, school dances or clubs.  All students may also be on academic probation if they have less than 80 merits.

Arrival and Dismissal

Parents delivering or picking up students at school should use the parking lot. There is no parking in the fire lane or next to any red curb, and student loading and drop off is at the white loading zone only.  Students should not arrive at school before 7:15 AM, this includes students eating breakfast, which begins at 7:15 AM and will close at 7:35 AM.  School begins at 7:45 AM, and the gates will close at 7:45 AM. Students WHO arrive late will report directly to the office where a tardy pass will be issued to report to class.  School and instruction begin at 7:45 AM, which may include PE. Students are advised to arrive prior to 7:40 AM so they can have a successful start of their day. Middle school students begin their day at 8:00 AM.  All students must arrive before 7:55 AM to not be counted as tardy.

Students walking home will be permitted to walk on the sidewalk towards the Anaverde Park or West on Greenbrier.  Students will not be permitted to cross the street in front of the school as no crosswalks are in place. Please do not allow your child to walk across this busy street (Greenbrier) to meet you in front of the school.


Please be reminded that dismissal is at 1:55 PM for K-6 and 1:50 for 7th/8th Monday-Friday. You must pick up your child promptly as we have no after school supervision. Students should leave for home promptly at dismissal.  

 

The Boys and Girls Club is available for after school care for a weekly fee. For more information on the Boys and Girls Club, please call 661-267-2582 or www.AVBGC.org

Attendance

Regular attendance, and arriving at school on time, is essential to a student's success in school.  Most subjects are taught in sequence, requiring the understanding of each concept in the order of its presentation.  Persistent absenteeism or tardiness creates a genuine hardship for a student and is regarded as a very serious problem.  

The State of California does require verification of absences.  The following list of circumstances is the only recognized excuses for school absences:

  • 1) personal illness
  •  2) medical appointment
  • 3) death in the immediate family
  • 4) court appearance for the student.  

If a note is not presented within three days, the student is considered truant for the absence.

 

To clear an absence you can send a note with your child to the office or classroom,

call (661) 974-8524,

or

email AH.Attendance@westside.k12.ca.us.

 

The parent is required to give a minimum of 5 days advance notice to the school in order for the student to be excused for any other type of absence and be placed on the Independent Study Program.  Independent Study can only be for a minimum of 5 or more days and not for medical purposes unless deemed necessary by appropriate personnel. When work assigned to the student is complete and the necessary forms are filled out, the absence is excused.  Teachers will have assignments ready for the student/parent to pick up prior to the scheduled days the parent requests for a student to be on Independent Study.

If your student needs to leave early for a scheduled appointment, be sure to send a note to the teacher in the morning.  Students leaving early for any reason other than a doctor’s appointment will be given a “Reverse Tardy”.  Students with doctor appointments need to bring a doctor’s note to school upon his/her return.

Students with continual chronic absences, which may include unverified/unexcused absences and/or numerous excused or ill absences, will receive letters addressing the issue.  If absences do not improve an ACT, SART and/or SARB contract can be put in place. This may require a meeting at Anaverde Hills School and/or the District office. Attendance contracts may also be written for students that have numerous excused or unexcused tardies.

Awards

Students are recognized for their various achievements at Anaverde Hills including monthly A.C.E. (Academic, Citizenship, Character, and Effort) Awards Ceremony; Principal’s List; Honor Roll; Perfect Attendance; Sports and 8th Grade Awards.

Bicycles, Heelies, Scooters, Rollerblades, and Skateboards

We suggest that students record their bicycle serial numbers.  When traveling to and from school, students must wear the appropriate safety equipment, obey traffic regulations and secure bikes in the racks at the front of school during the day.  Students without helmets will have to leave their bikes at school. In addition scooters, skateboards, roller skates/blades, and shoes with wheels (Heelies) are not allowed at school.  If one of these items is brought to school, it will be confiscated and sent to the office, where a parent will be required to pick it up.


The school assumes no responsibility for bicycles.  However, provisions have been made to safeguard bikes by requiring them to be properly parked and locked in the school bike racks.  Students should always lock their bicycle, as there is no one assigned to supervise the bike rack during the day.  Bicycles are never to be ridden on school grounds. Only students in the third grade and above may ride bicycles to school.  Students riding bicycles to school will be expected to walk bikes on campus and in the crosswalks where crossing guards are supervising walkers.

Birthday Recognition

Parents, who wish to recognize their student’s birthday at school, must first make arrangements with the classroom teacher.  Then they may provide the members of the class with a commercially purchased, nutritious treat suitable to be served.  The snack should be easily served and simple to manage by students.  Sodas and red punch will not be permitted. All snacks must be commercially produced.  Flowers, balloons and gifts will not be permitted at school.

Bullying

Anaverde Hills School believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment and have an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance and acceptance.

Anaverde Hills School will not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety of any student.  Bullying and hazing are serious matters. Bullying is any mean or disrespectful behavior that is done on purpose to hurt someone physically or emotionally.  Hazing is any initiation into a team or group that may cause humiliation, physical or emotional harm.  A student shall not intimidate or harass another student through words or actions. Such behavior includes: direct physical contact, such as hitting or shoving; verbal assaults, such as teasing or name-calling; and social isolation or manipulation.  Students who bully are in violation of this policy and are subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

There are different types of bullying and misconduct including, but not limited to:

Verbal Bullying name calling, teasing, spreading hurtful rumors or gossip, making threats or rude noises.  All threats are taken seriously and may be reported to law enforcement.
Physical Bullying hitting, kicking, pushing or other unwelcome physical contact.  Serious physical bullying may be regarded as a criminal act, such as battery or assault.
Cyber Bullying using electronic devices to embarrass, spread rumors, threaten or intimidate.  This includes posting or sending inappropriate messages or images by text, cell phone or on social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  Sending nude or sexual images may be considered distribution or possession of child pornography, which is a crime.
Social Bullying

leaving people out, rejecting, manipulating relationships, rating or ranking people, or trying to ruin the reputation of another.

Non-verbal Bullying posturing, dirty looks, stalking, damaging property, graffiti, making gang signs or other efforts to intimidate or pressure someone.
Indirect Bullying getting someone to do something mean or hurtful to someone else on your behalf.
Sexual Harassment any unwanted or demeaning behavior about someone’s sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity or gender expression.  Sexual harassment may require additional investigation. (Even if I like the person, I must be respectful at all times)
Discrimination targeting someone based on their real or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, disability or medical condition, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or gender expression may be considered an act of hate and may be a crime.

 

Anaverde Hills expects students, parents and/or staff to immediately report incidents of bullying to the principal or designee.  Each complaint of bullying shall be promptly investigated. This policy applies to students on school grounds, while traveling to and from school or a school-sponsored activity, during the lunch period, and during a school-sponsored activity.  To help ensure bullying does not occur on our school campus, Anaverde Hills School will provide staff development training in bullying prevention. Students will participate in campus-wide bully prevention lessons which will take place during designated class times.

Cancellation of School

Cancellation of school takes place only during extraordinary circumstances, such as extreme weather, equipment failure or public crisis.  The school board and administrators are aware of the hardship which can be caused by an abrupt cancellation. Therefore, school will not be canceled unless a significant safety risk has been created by unusual circumstances. Should school close due to weather conditions, parents should tune to a local radio station for up-to-date information.

KOTE 1380 AM
KUTY 1470 AM
KMIX 106.3 FM
KAVL 610 AM

 

Notification of school closure after school has begun for the day will be made via our automated calling system.

Cell Phones

Please understand that allowing students to bring a cell phone to school is a privilege and not a right.  Students must abide by the following rules if they bring a cell phone on campus.  Westside Union School District Board Policy States:

  • Cell phones must be off and put away while on school grounds.

  • These devices may only be used with the permission of and in the presence of an administrator or school staff member.

  • All telephone calls during the school day must be made or received on school telephones, located in the classroom or school office and only for necessary needs, such as a lunch left at home.

  • A student who violates this policy may be prohibited from possessing a cell phone at school or school-related events and may be subject to site disciplinary action including but not limited to: merit loss, lunch detention, and/or after school detention.

  • This policy includes all other electronic devices such as iPods, iPads, and cameras.

Cell phones and other electronic devices that are confiscated and given to the office will only be released to a parent and the students will receive a 5 merit loss for every offense.  Students using their cell phones or electronic devices (checking the time, texting, taking a picture, etc.) during school hours will lose 10 merits and serve 2 after school detentions.

Change of Address/Phone Number

It is very important, for emergency and administrative reasons, that every student maintains an up-to-date address and phone records at the school office.  Notify the school immediately if you have a change of address and/or telephone number during the school year.

Child Nutrition

Hot lunches, breakfast, and milk are available every day in our school cafeteria.  Breakfast is $1.35, lunch is $2.80 for Kindergarten through 6th grade, $3.05 for 7th and 8th grade and milk is .45 cents.  See below for all meal prices.

To pay over the Internet, go to www.mypaymentsplus.com.  You must have your student’s ID number to utilize this option.  There is a small fee charged for this service.

To pay in the office, you must have a check payable to Child Nutrition Services. Lunch menus will be distributed to students the first of each month and/or posted online.

It is requested that parents provide a packed lunch from home or purchase a school lunch from the cafeteria as an alternative to bringing fast-food lunches.  We strongly recommend limiting fast food lunches as it is difficult to insure that these lunches reach your children at their lunch time. Students will not be called to pick up items, such as lunches, left at home so as not to disturb their educational time.  Students will be allowed to check the office for forgotten lunches or items during recess and lunch times.

SNACK OPTIONS FOR SCHOOL

The following list is given here to help you select snacks to bring in to the classroom.  It is not an exclusive list and you are certainly encouraged to come up with your own ideas.  Our intent is to encourage parents to consider the nutritional value of foods served to our children.  Thank you for helping us work towards developing good health habits for all students.

  • Nuts - All Varieties
  • Nut Butters - All Varieties
  • Seeds - All Varieties
  • Eggs
  • Cheese - Packaged for Individual Sale
  • Fruit - Fresh, Frozen, Dried, Canned
  • Vegetables - Not Deep Fried
  • Legumes

WHOLE GRAIN FOODS

  • Granola Bars
    • Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Fruit & Nut Bars (32g) Cranberry, Raisin and Peanut.
    • Nature Valley Healthy Heart Chewy Granola Bar (40g) Oatmeal Raisin,
    • Quaker Low Fat 90 Calorie,
    • Chewy Granola Bars (24g) Oatmeal Raisin, Baked Apple, Chocolate Chunk, Honey Nut, Peanut Butter
  • Cookies
    • Quaker Breakfast Cookies (48g) Apple Cinnamon, Oatmeal Raisin, Oatmeal Chocolate Chip
  • Muffins
    • Quaker Baked Muffin Bars (37g) Banana and Oats, Blueberry and Oats
  • Cereal Bars
    • Post Grape Nuts Trail Mix Crunch Cereal Bars (28g) Fruit and Nut

DAIRY PRODUCTS

  • Pudding
    • Kraft Handi-Snacks Pudding Cups (99g) Chocolate, Vanilla or Butterscotch
  • Yogurt
    • Dannon Danimal Cups (113g)
    • Danimals Drinkables (100g)
    • Yoplait Gogurt Smoothie (147g)
    • Yoplait Trix (113g)
  • Ice Cream
    • Skinny Cow Vanilla/Chocolate Combo Sandwich (71g)
    • Fudge Ice Cream Bar (77g)
    • Mini Fudge Pops (2 each =74g)
    • Vanilla Strawberry Sorbet Swirl Bar (86g)

       

WESTSIDE UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT LUNCH PRICES FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR

K-6
Student Breakfast $1.35
Student Lunch $2.80
Student Milk $0.45
Reduced Price Breakfast $0.30
Reduced Price Lunch $0.40

 

7-8
Student Breakfast $1.35
Student Lunch $3.05
Student Milk $0.45
Reduced Price Breakfast $0.30
Reduced Price Lunch $0.40
Snack Shop $0.35 to $2.95 per item

 

Adults
Adult Breakfast $1.85
Adult Lunch & Salad* $3.55 (includes tax)
Adult Milk $0.45

*Adult meals and salads do not include a beverage

 

 

Civility Policy

It is essential that staff, students, and parents work together in a civil manner to achieve the best educational results for our students. Staff and students are to treat each other in a mutually respectful manner.  Students are reminded that they are children, and need to listen to the directives of all adult school personnel without argument.


Parental questions and concerns are welcome.  All school community members are asked to remember that questions and concerns must be stated in a mutually respectful manner.  It is asked that parents seek information from both their child(ren) and school personnel before forming a judgment about any specific incident.  Staff personnel will not continue a conversation with any parent not adhering to the Board Policy addressing Parental Civility. That policy (AR 1221) is attached as ATTACHMENT G, including California Education Code and Penal Code citations.

Communications

Westside Union School District utilizes an automatic phoning system to convey information to our school community.  This is one reason it is important that the school have current telephone numbers. Flyers may also be distributed to help keep our parents informed.  Please listen to your telephone messages, watch the marquee, and check backpacks for messages being sent home. You can also access PowerSchool for announcements and the Westside Union School District website at www.westside.k12.ca.us.

Conferences (Parent-Teacher)

Parent-teacher conferences occur during the fall semester. Teachers will contact parents to schedule conferences, as needed.  Conferences may not be held for all students.

Our teachers welcome the opportunity to meet with you, explain their program, and share their understanding of the student directly with you.  Parent conferences are encouraged and can be arranged at any time during the school year.

Counselor

 

Elementary and middle school counselors support student growth in the areas of academics, career and personal/social development.  These services may address a variety of topics such as: friendship problems, goal setting, academic progress, study skills, bullying, self-esteem, working with others, decision making, managing/understanding feelings, peer relationships, career exploration, social skills, etc.  It is important to establish respect and trust with students, therefore student confidentiality will be respected, with possible exceptions to high-risk behaviors, harm to self or others, or neglect requiring immediate outside services and/or law enforcement. Counseling services can be delivered in a variety of formats such as one-on-one, small group, classroom sessions, and/or large settings.  School counseling services are provided on an as needed basis throughout the school year, however these services are not intended as clinical therapy.

School counselors can assist parents with understanding the developmental changes of childhood, facilitating collaboration between parents and teachers, and providing community resources.  Please contact the school if you would like to refer your student for counseling services.

Counselor's Corner

Crossing Guard

In order to insure your child’s safety, please advise your child that he/she may not cross the street without the assistance of the crossing guard in a marked crosswalk.  Students may never cross a street without a crosswalk, even when escorted by an adult.  As adults, let’s set good examples to our children and teach them good safety habits and always cross the street inside a marked crosswalk.  We encourage parents to park on the side of Greenbrier that does not force anyone to cross the street without a crosswalk.

Discipline and School Rules

The priority on campus is to provide a safe learning environment for all students.  Discipline will be handled according to the Education Code, Board Policy and School Rules.  Students will attend discipline/character development assemblies throughout the school year to review expectations.  A student handbook is also made available for all student upon registration at the school and/or at the beginning of the school year.  Please see ATTACHMENT E for a full outline of our Anaverde Hills Discipline Matrix.

Dress Code

 

Students generally conduct themselves in a manner similar to the way in which they dress and groom.  Any type of dress or grooming which is disruptive will not be permitted. Anything worn to school must not pose a safety problem (visor, shoes, jewelry, etc.).  No body jewelry is allowed except for earrings in ears only. Haircuts such as Mohawks and other extreme styles will not be allowed.  Unnatural or unusual hair color or hair cuts/styles are not permitted.

Student’s shoes must have a back strap in order to insure their safety.  Students should not wear “flip-flops” or sandals without a back strap for their own safety.  “Heelies” (shoes that become skates) are NOT allowed at school.  Shoes with laces must be laced and tied securely at all times to avoid unsafe conditions.

Age and size appropriate jewelry can be worn, but must not cause a safety hazard for your child. No body jewelry is allowed except for earrings in ears only. In accordance with District policy, only stud earrings may be worn to school.  Make-up or body glitter is not allowed at any time with the exception of plain lip balm.  Acrylic or artificial fingernails pose a safety hazard and are not allowed at any time.

No student may wear articles of clothing, jewelry, paraphernalia, hair styles, or accessories which pose a threat to the physical and/or emotional well-being and safety of the student or others on campus or at school activities. Please see our dress code page (English & Spanish) for a full outline of our dress code.

As with safety issues, the adults need to set the example with appropriate dress.  Please, when volunteering or visiting our campus, comply with the school’s code.

Emergency Drills

 

Fire drills, Lock Down Drills and/or Earthquake drills are conducted once each month.  

Homework

Homework is important.  It is an extension of the learning that takes place in school.  Homework can provide practice and drill that reinforces classroom learning and can provide opportunities for independent study, research, and creative thinking.  Parents can help their children by arranging a quiet, comfortable place for the students to work and by seeing that assignments are completed.

Unfinished class work may be assigned as homework when a student has failed to complete assignments due to poor work habits.  If your child is absent for only one day, please have him/her pick up the homework for that day when he/she returns to school.  Please be advised teachers are not required to let students make up school work when the absence is unexcused.

District Required Expected Amounts of Homework

Generally homework will be assigned daily Monday-Thursday as follows:

Kindergarten no more than 15 minutes (plus independent reading practice)
1-3 no more than 30 minutes (plus independent reading practice)
4-5 no more than 50 minutes (plus independent reading practice)
6-8 no more than 75 minutes (plus independent reading practice)

 

Illness or Injury

In case of illness or injury, a child will be cared for temporarily by the school nurse or a member of the school staff.  School personnel will render first aid treatment only. If emergency medical treatment is necessary, the parents will be contacted.  If parents are not available, the child will be taken to the emergency room at the hospital. Remember, an emergency telephone number where parents can be reached and the name and telephone number of the student's family doctor MUST be on file at the school.

Immunizations and Vaccines

State law requires that every child who is admitted to public school must have evidence of a successful vaccination for diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, and polio.  Also required, is an MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccination, Mantoux tuberculin skin test, Hepatitis B vaccine and Varicella vaccine if your child has not had Chickenpox.  All 6th graders going into 7th grade are required to get a TDAP Booster in order to start their 7th grade year.

Independent Study

Westside Union School District offers a program of Independent Study for student(s) that may need to be absent for 5 or more days.  In order for a student to be on Independent Study, the parent/guardian must contact Anaverde Office as soon as possible and no later than 5 days before to fill out and sign the contract.  Once the contract is signed, the teacher will be asked to prepare the work the student will need to do while he/she is out. The work will be given to the student prior to the scheduled dates of Independent Study.  The student must complete the work and return the work to the teacher upon return. Once the work is graded the student will be given credit for the days absent. If the work is not completed, the student will receive unexcused absences and incomplete grades for the work assigned.  Please note that Independent Study can not be used for medical reasons unless pre-approved by administration.

Insurance

School insurance will be offered at the beginning of each school year or at the time of enrollment. The cost is small compared to the potential cost of medical care and parents are encouraged to take advantage of this service.  Neither the school nor the District maintains medical insurance covering the students. This coverage remains the responsibility of the parents/guardians.

Leaving Campus

Students are not allowed to leave the school campus during school hours for any reason without the knowledge and consent of their teacher and the office. Permission to leave the school grounds will only be granted upon written or verbal request from the student's parent or guardian.

Library

Anaverde Hills School is served by its own library on campus. All classes will be scheduled a time to check out books.  It is a parent’s responsibility to pay for all damaged or lost books. Student’s who have not returned books will not be allowed to check out additional books until the book is returned or paid for.

Lost and Found

All clothing and items found on the campus, regardless of its value, is placed in the "Lost and Found Barrel." Unclaimed articles will be donated to charity at the end of each semester.

Medicaid Reimbursement

 

Westside Union School District, in cooperation with the California Departments of Health Services and Education, has a program to allow the District to be reimbursed with federal Medicaid dollars for selected health services (such as hearing and vision screenings, health assessments) provided to eligible students at school.  In accordance with Local Education Agency rules and guidelines, we are notifying you that eligible student records may be forwarded to the District’s billing agency. These records will be forwarded in a confidential manner. Our vendor holds a contract with the District that contains a specific confidentiality clause to ensure information is not disclosed inappropriately; further, our vendor is HIPAA compliant (Federal Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act).

School health services currently provided to all students will not be changed by this program.  Students will not be denied services they require to attend school, and parents will never be billed for services by the school district.

Medications

If your child must have medication (this includes over-the-counter medication) at school, the following requirements must be met.

  • A Request for Medication form must be completed and signed by the doctor.  This form is available in the school office.

  • Medication must be in the original container which carries the prescription label.

  • Medication will be given by school personnel.   

  • Medication must be brought to the office by the parent or guardian. At no time is the child to have the medication in his/her possession.

  • Cough drops are not allowed at school.

  • Unused medication must be picked up from the school office by the parent or guardian.

Students utilizing crutches, slings, or some other form of medical device may not be on campus without a doctor’s note stating the necessity of such device.

Merit Systems

Anaverde Hills operates on a merit system, which aims to reward students with small rewards and incentives at the end of each quarter.  These rewards include 100 merit field trips, ice cream social, root beer float party, etc. Every student in the 6th-8th grades will start with 100 merits at the beginning of each semester.

All disciplinary infractions and demerits will be recorded in PowerSchool.  As a parent, you may check your student’s Citizenship grade and Incident Log record.  Also, students are expected to have a copy of the demerit slip signed with a parent signature and returned the next school day.

Infractions include, but are not limited to:

5 Demerits

Inappropriate Language, Hands-off Violation, Cheating, Dress code violation, cell phone violation, etc.

10 Demerits

Cell phone usage, Disrespect or Defiance Towards School Staff, Suspension, etc.

 

Merit totals provide students positive or negative consequences:

 

Eighty (80) Merits or more

MAY participate in school activities*

Seventy-Nine (79) Merits or less

MAY NOT participate in school activities*

*School Activities include: assemblies, Fall/Spring Festival, Talent Show, Field Trips, Student Council, Pals, Lego Robotics, Mathletes, Sports Clubs/teams, Dances (All extra-curricular activities and school functions).

Students will not have an opportunity to earn lost merits back.  Merits will reset to 100 at the beginning of each semester.

 

Our hope is to instill greater responsibility and accountability within each student. Please do not hesitate to contact your student’s teacher with questions.

Parent Teacher Student Association

All parents are urged to become members of and to actively participate in our Parent Teacher Student Association.  All parents are encouraged to become PTSA members even if they cannot volunteer time at school. The first PTSA General Meeting will be held at our Back-to-School Night.   Watch for notices of the date and plan to attend.

The PTSA sponsors several money making projects.  With the help of all parents, these projects can be very successful.  They allow the PTSA to fund many important activities at the school.

Physical Education

 

The staff at Anaverde Hills School believes that physical education and healthy life choices can be an important part of the educational experience. The development and maintenance of a healthy body is essential for physical well being and good mental health. We attempt to create an atmosphere for the development of leadership, sportsmanship and congeniality through our physical education program.

Elementary students will participate in Physical Education.  Twice per week students will have a 45 minute P.E. session supervised by a certificated Physical Education teacher. It is recommended that students come to school dressed appropriately for physical activities. Closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothing is suggested for safety reasons.  If your child cannot participate or must have limited participation in P.E. for medical reasons, the school nurse must be contacted and a note from a Doctor is required.  Parents can only excuse a child for P.E. for one day with a written note.

Middle school students will be enrolled in a PE class that will meet 5 times a week.  Middle school students will receive a separate grade for their PE class.

Pictures

Individual student pictures will be taken in the fall and spring semester. In the fall semester, orders can be taken online and also turned in the day the photo is taken.  Once ordered you will receive your pictures in approximately four (4) weeks. For the spring semester, all student pictures will be taken and within four (4) weeks of the photography session, the pictures will be sent home for purchase.  Payment or pictures must be returned before the last day of school. Make-up picture day will only be scheduled for the fall semester pictures. All students must dress within dress code for the fall pictures. Spring pictures will be taken in free dress.  8th grade promotion pictures will also be scheduled.

Powerschool

 

PowerSchool is a system available for all students to assist in academic progress communication to parents.  Teachers record student grades approximately every 3 weeks. Parents will be provided an access code for each of their children shortly after school begins.

Anaverde staff encourages all parents to regularly check PowerSchool and contact the staff with any questions.  If you would like assistance with PowerSchool, please let us know.

Promotion Requirements and Retentions

The Board of Trustees for the Westside Union School District requires students to maintain a 2.0 GPA with no F’s each semester to be eligible for 8th grade promotion.  Students who do not maintain a 2.0 GPA/No F’s will be at risk of being retained and will be required to attend the school/district sponsored intervention program.  Students who fail to meet this requirement on any formal report period will lose eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities including sports, field trips, dances, etc.  In addition, 8th grade students who do not meet these eligibility requirements will not participate in the graduation ceremony and the promotion dance/activities or the Magic Mountain Trip.

Promotions and retentions are based on an evaluation of academic, physical, social and emotional growth. The primary reasons for considering retention are:

  • Failure to meet grade level achievement with a GPA of less than 2.0 for the year.

  • Indifference or lack of effort on the part of a capable student.

  • Physical or social immaturity.

  • 30 days of absences regardless of reason.

  • An F in one or more subjects for middle school students.

School Site Council

As part of the School Improvement Program, community members are invited to take part in a School Site Council.  Five (5) members are elected from the community to serve on this council. The purpose of the School Site Council is to help coordinate the School Improvement Program.  Please contact the school office if you are interested in being a candidate.

Sexual Harassment

 

The Board of Trustees is committed to maintaining a learning environment that is free of harassment.  The Board prohibits the unlawful sexual harassment of any student by any employee, student, or other person at school or at any school-related activity.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that students receive age-appropriate information related to sexual harassment. Students shall be assured that they need not endure any form of sexual behavior or communication, including harassment because of sexual orientation.  They shall further be assured that they need not endure, for any reason, any harassment which impairs the educational environment or a student’s emotional well-being at school.

Any student who engages in the sexual harassment of anyone at school or a school-related activity shall be subject to disciplinary action.  For students in grades K-3, these disciplinary actions shall depend on the maturity of the students and the circumstances involved. For students in grades 4-8, the disciplinary action may include suspension and/or expulsion.  Incidents of suspension/expulsion can also result in notification to law enforcement.

Students shall be informed that they should immediately contact a staff member if they feel they are being harassed.  Within 24 hours, staff shall report complaints of sexual harassment to the principal or designee or to another district administrator.

Sports Eligibility

District Policy states that in order to be eligible to participate in sports, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher AND must not earn any F’s during the previous formal grading period.  Students who do not meet these eligibility requirements will not be allowed to participate in the sport at any point during the season.

Sport

Grading Period that Eligibility is Based On

Criteria for Participation

Volleyball (August)

Semester 2 from PREVIOUS school year

2.0 GPA AND no Fs

Cross Country

(September/October)

Semester 2 from PREVIOUS school year

2.0 GPA AND no Fs

Basketball (January)

Semester 1 Grades

2.0 GPA AND no Fs

Soccer (Feb/March)

Semester 1 Grades

2.0 GPA AND no Fs

Track & Field

Quarter 3 Grades

2.0 GPA AND no Fs

Study Skills

A parent can help his/her child be aware of skills and techniques which make learning easier and more enjoyable.  The following are student guidelines for achieving good study habits:

  • Begin each period with pencil, paper, and other necessary materials.

  • Be an active participant in class. Listen well and take part in class.

  • Ask questions to clarify problems.

  • Plan your day and schedule for homework.

  • Use what is learned and apply it to new situations.

  • Strive to do the very best work possible.  

  • Set goals at the beginning of the semester.

Suspensions

 

Suspensions from school are given by the principal or her designee for the very worst infractions of school rules and policy.  If your child is suspended, you may be asked to meet with the principal before reinstatement takes place. Students who are suspended may not be on campus during their suspension for any reason during the school day as well as activities and functions during the day.

Suspensions are given only as a last resort.  It signifies that the child's behavior has been so disruptive that the only reasonable way to deal with the situation is to remove the child from the school environment.

Tobacco Use

In accordance with Westside Union School District’s Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 3513.3, and per the California Health and Safety Code, Section 104420, and with State and Federal Laws, “Tobacco use of any kind is prohibited at all times on all district property, owned, leased or rented, and in all district vehicles.” This policy applies to all employees, students and visitors.  Any violation of the policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including suspension and/or dismissal. Please model behavior to our students and please adhere to, and help enforce the policy and regulations.

The following is a list of Tobacco Cessation programs available:

  • California Smoker’s Helpline 1-800-NO-BUTTS or 1-800-456-6386 (Spanish)

  • California Tobacco Chewer’s Helpline 1-800-844-2439

  • Website: www.nobutts.org 1-800-45-NO-FUME (Spanish)

  • American Cancer Society 1-800-ACS-2345

  • American Lung Association 1-800-586-4872

  • www.Nicotine-Anonymous.org

  • www.BecomeAnEx.org

  • www.TobaccoFreeCA.org

Unauthorized Articles/Valuables

Students should not bring toys or unusual items to school unless they are intended for a specific purpose in the classroom and approved by the classroom teacher.

The school administrator and staff will not be responsible for electronics, toys, trading cards, cell phones, or other personal items which students bring to school.  It is required that students leave all valuables at home.

Vandalism

Our school and school equipment is public property.  Willfully damaging or destroying this property is cause for immediate suspension and possible expulsion.  If a student accidentally causes damage, he/she should report it to his/her teacher immediately so that the damage is not misconstrued as vandalism.

The Board of Trustees considers vandalism a very serious matter.  Vandalism includes the negligent, willful, or unlawful damaging or theft of any district-owned or personal property, including the writing of graffiti. Any district student who commits an act of vandalism shall be subject to disciplinary action and reparation of damages may be required before the student is allowed to return to class.

Visitors

All visitors are required to report to the school office upon entering the campus.  All visitors must sign in and wear a badge. Parents are welcome and are encouraged to visit the school, but must receive a pass before visiting any classroom.  Visitors are NOT allowed on campus during recess and lunch times and may not use student bathrooms. Teachers are NOT available for conferences during classroom time.  In order for teachers to provide their complete attention to your child’s needs, please schedule conference times with teachers at appropriate times and not randomly during dismissal.  In order to visit a classroom, prior arrangements must be made prior to the visit.

There will be special opportunities such as student/family picnic day and/or Awards Ceremonies on campus in which parents are permitted on campus to attend the event.  However, parents that do not follow this policy will be asked to leave immediately.

Volunteers

 

Anaverde Hills School considers parent volunteers a very special resource.  Parents are encouraged to help in all classrooms, programs, and extra-curricular activities.  Please contact your child's teacher if you have the time to donate your skills and make our school a better place for students to learn and grow.

All volunteers must have an up-to-date Volunteer sheet, TB Mantoux form on file and fingerprinting completed through the District office.  Parent volunteers are asked to sign in at the front desk and wear Volunteer Badges while on campus. Volunteers will have an opportunity to have their picture taken at the district office for an ID badge which will be expected to be worn on campus.

There is a charge of $32.00 for the fingerprinting service.  Please call 661-722-0716 to make an appointment. A current photo ID will be required.  It can take several weeks for the Department of Justice to clear the prints, so please allow plenty of time before the activity you desire to volunteer at to have this accomplished.  Once the fingerprints are cleared you will receive your Volunteer Badge. Parents are expected to dress in an appropriate manner when on campus.

Withdrawals

 

The school office should be given prior notice by the parents of any student who is transferring to another school.  Teachers and staff will summarize the student's progress and prepare the student's file for forwarding to their next school of enrollment.  The student’s file will be sent upon the request of the new school.

The school office cannot forward student information via FAX unless proper identification of the requester is made.