E. E. Rogers SDA Academy

Jackson | MS
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E. E. ROGERS
SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST
ACADEMY
 
Grades K – 8th
 
 
2015-2016
HANDBOOK
 
 
 
 
5125 B Robinson Road, Jackson, MS 39204
(769) 257-7041
 
 
 
 
 
This booklet is designed to give you and your child some helpful information regarding E. E. Rogers SDA Christian Academy. We hope you will read it carefully. Place it in a convenient location for quick and easy reference.
 
The information contained in this booklet is subject to change by action of the school board. A notice of change will be sent to parent(s)/guardian(s) of students enrolled at that time.
 
 
  
 
 
 
Table of Contents
 
PURPOSE
Aim………………………………………………………..
Objectives………………………………………………….
 
GENERAL INFORMATION
Admissions………………………………………………………
Acceptance……………………………………………………….
Academic Calendar………………………………………………
How to Register………………………………………………….
Academic Standards……………………………………………..
Attendance……………………………………………………….
Behavior Code…………………………………………………
Behavioral Standards……………………………………………
Classroom Supplies………………………………………………
Curriculum……………………………………………………….
Daily Regulations and Schedule…………………………………
Delinquent Accounts…………………………………………….
Dress Code……………………………………………………….
Financial Information……………………………………………
Insurance…………………………………………………………
Lunches………………………………………………………….
Notices…………………………………………………………..
Parent-Teacher Association……………………………………..
Report Cards…………………………………………………….
Responsibility of Parents/Guardians…………………………….
Textbooks……………………………………………………….
Uniforms………………………………………………………….
 
ROLE OF PARENTS…………………………………………….
 
 
 
 
 
 
PURPOSE
 
Aim:
 
            We believe that “education involves more than the pursuit of a certain course of study. It means more than the preparation for the life that is now present. It has to do with the whole being and with the whole period of existence possible to man. It is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. It prepares the student for joy of service in this world, and for higher joy of wider service in the world to come.”
                                                                        Education, pg. 13
 
 
            To achieve this broad aim of education, the school provides an environment in which the student may develop a personal fellowship with Christ. In common with other educational institutions, the E. E. Rogers School also desires the greatest possible scholastic attainment for each student.
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
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ROLE OF PARENTS
Parents Can Help…
 
By reading carefully all regulations concerning the school, so that they may place their children at E. E. Rogers School with an intelligent understanding and appreciation of its principles and requirements.
 
By giving the faculty and staff their wholehearted cooperation and support in upholding the standards of the school.
 
By NOT granting permission which will conflict with school regulations.
 
By cultivating a friendly acquaintance and rapport with the teacher and demonstrating to the child(ren) at all times the confidence that they have in the school.
 
By discussing criticism of the school’s program directly with the teacher, rather than with the child.
 
By attending the scheduled parent-teacher conferences during the year.
 
By actively participating in the Home and School Association.
 
By meeting financial obligations by the 1st of each month.
 
By visiting the classrooms.
 
By assisting in school functions such as; field trips, parties, fund-raising projects, or wherever your assistance may be needed by the teacher.
 
E. E. Rogers Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, religion or national origin.
 
 
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UNIFORMS
 
All students in grades Pre-k through 8 are required to be in complete uniform. Uniforms for E. E. Rogers School students are as follows:
 
(1)   Boys: Navy blue trousers, white or light blue shirts (long or short sleeve) buttoned front with collar, navy blue or black socks and navy blue or black shoes. Belts required.
(2)   Girls: White or light blue blouses (long or short sleeve), plaid jumpers, white socks and navy or black shoes.
In the winter, girls may wear navy blue or white sweat pants under jumpers.
 
NOTE:
Uniforms may be purchased from;
Walmart
Target
Academy 
           
All students are required to be in uniform Monday through Thursday weekly, except for a written excuse from parent(s) or guardian(s) explaining why the student is not in uniform. Regular clothing may be worn on Fridays.
 
Acceptable items for Fridays are:
(1)   Jeans (Not sagging, belt required)
(2)   tennis shoes ( No open toe shoes)
(3)   dresses, skirts, various colored blouses
(4)   pullover tee shirts or sweatshirts (No tanktops, halters, or sleeveless shirts)
 
It is recommended that all clothes articles be marked with the child’s name, for identification purposes, during physical education activities.
 
 
 
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OBJECTIVES
 
  1. To help the student know God and develop a Christian philosophy of living.
 
  1. To surround the student with Christian influences in the classroom, at study, and at play.
 
  1. To instill in the mind of the student respect for religious activities, for themselves, and for others.
 
  1. To help the student learn the importance of good health and physical fitness.
 
  1. To give a thorough education with emphasis on high academic achievement.
 
  1. To provide cultural training and foster an appreciation for wholesome books, music, and manners.
 
  1. To develop an appreciation for our American heritage and our civic responsibility.
 
 
 
 
  
 
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GENERAL INFORMATION
 
ADMISSIONS
 
Although the school is primarily for the youth of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it welcomes all students of good character and high ideals. While no religious test is applied, it is expected that all students who attend will abide by the rules and regulations of the school.
 
 
ACCEPTANCE
 
Acceptance may be granted by the school board on a provisional basis until all records have been received and processed. All applicants will be notified by the school board of his/her acceptance.
 
It should be further noted and understood that when a student is accepted, it is only for one school year. At the end of that academic year, he/she must reapply by completing the appropriate forms for acceptance. Any previous delinquent accounts must be paid in full before any student will be readmitted.
 
 
HOW TO REGISTER
 
Applications for admission are available from the school principal’s office. The signing of the registration form is a contract indicating that the parent(s)/legal guardian(s) and student pledge to respect the principles of E. E. Rogers Academy and follow and support its requirements and regulations.
 
In order to register, each student must:
 
(1) Be six years old on or before September 1 of that school year if registering for first grade.
 
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whose account is paid in full. Parent(s) or guardian(s) of the student who has a delinquent account must settle any outstanding balance before final report cards can be issued.
 
RESPONSIBILITIES OF PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
 
Parents and guardians shall make the attendance of their child(ren) effective by cheerfully attending to the following duties:
 
  1. See that the student attends school every day and on time.
  2. Insist that the student return home immediately after school dismissal.
  3. Encourage the student to stay on school grounds during the entire day until picked up by an authorized individual.
  4. Provide the student with the necessary personal school supplies.
  5. See that the student takes care of books and supplies.
  6. Encourage the student to observe good health and hygiene habits.
  7. Be aware of the student’s physical health. The student should be kept home when suspected of having any communicable disease.
  8. Schedule conferences with the teacher after school hours, not during class or recess time.
  9. Refrain from calling the school during school hours except in cases of emergency. Discourage the student from making telephone calls from the school.
  10. Refrain from making critical remarks about the school and staff before any students or adults at any time.
  11. Consistently encourage the student in obeying and upholding the rules and regulations of the school.
 
TEXTBOOKS
 
All books must be returned to the school in good condition at the end of the school year or when transferring. The cost of books that are damaged or lost will be charged to the student’s account.
 
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NOTICES
 
From time to time, notices will be sent home with the child(ren). Please encourage the student to bring these notices home in a readable form. Reading these notices is a good way to stay informed of school activities.
 
PARENT-TEACHER ORGANIZATION (PTO)
 
Some functions of the Parent-Teacher Organization are to foster a close relationship between the home and the school, to promote parent education, and to ensure an effective program of “Christian education.” Therefore, all parents or guardians are encouraged to attend Home and School meetings.
 
Parents and teachers need each other, “The teachers in the home and the teachers in the school should have a sympathetic understanding of one another’s work. They should labor together harmoniously, imbued with the same missionary spirit, striving together to benefit the children physically, mentally, and spiritually, and to develop characters that will stand the test of temptation.
                        Counsels to Teachers, pg. 157
 
 
If you wish to have a special conference with the teacher before or after regular school hours, please call the principal’s office to make an appointment. All parents should make themselves available for at least two (2) conferences during the school year. These two conferences are scheduled after the first and third grading periods.
 
REPORT CARDS
 
Student grade reports will be issued at the end of each nine-week period. Report cards are issued at the close of school to the student
 
 
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(2) If transferring, present his/her most recent grade report.
 
(3) Have immunization certificate on hand.
 
The student should register on the days indicated and begin work in regular classes at the beginning of the school year in August. The student who enters late will be obligated to make up any work missed.
 
At the time of registration, the student must pay the following:
 
(1)   Registration fee
(2)   First tuition payment, and
(3)   Book rental cost.
 
 
ACADEMIC STANDARDS
 
Students are expected to cooperate with the teacher in completing class assignments. Students who exhibit a marked disregard for meeting class requirements stand in danger of failing the grade. ALL HOMEWORK AND IN CLASS ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED. Parents are advised to keep abreast of their child’s progress through scheduled conferences with the teacher. Any student who fails two or more of the following subjects will
 
(1) English Language Arts                     (2) Mathematics
(3) Reading                                          (4) Science/Social Studies
 
not be promoted. The student must satisfactorily demonstrate ability during the school year in order to be promoted or graduate.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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ATTENDANCE
 
The E. E. Rogers Academy is bound by Mississippi Law to require that ALL STUDENTS MAINTAIN REGULAR ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY. Excused absences are allowed only in cases of illness, death of immediate family member, or an emergency. A child must present a written excuse that has been signed by the parent or guardian upon returning to school. If he/she is absent for three (3) days or longer, please notify the school’s principal. A student cannot adequately make up a day he/she has missed, although he/she may go over assignments that were presented. The discipline and discussions that take place in the classroom are often more valuable than the written materials.
 
 
BEHAVIOR CODE
 
Insubordination or gross disrespect toward the teacher will not be tolerated. A student whose spirit and attitude are not in harmony with the standards of the school or whose influence is found to be detrimental may be dismissed or suspended at any time. In the event that a child is disruptive to the point that he/she must be removed from the classroom, the parent(s)/guardian(s) will be contacted to pick up the child immediately.
 
A suspension period will not, ordinarily, exceed three class days. Within these days the parent(s)/guardian(s) must schedule a conference with the teacher or principal at the school to discuss the conditions for readmission.
 
A student should recognize that it is a privilege to attend E. E. Rogers Academy and that once admitted, he/she should do all that is necessary to uplift and uphold the Christian standards to which we are committed.
 
 
 
 
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The book rental fee is also paid only once per school year and is due at registration. The student is not charged the entire cost of each textbook he/she uses. These funds are used to maintain an inventory of textbooks that are in good condition and of the most current edition possible. The cost of tuition, registration and book rental is listed on the Fee Sheet for the current academic year.
 
All fees are due at the time of registration unless other arrangements have been made.
 
No personal checks will be accepted after a check is returned to the school from a banking facility. A $ 10 fee will be assessed against the account for each check returned for insufficient funds.
 
INSURANCE
 
Accident insurance will cover any mishap to the student, but will not cover property loss. All E. E. Rogers School students are covered by insurance ON THE SCHOOL PREMISES, or when on a school trip accompanied by a member of the school staff.
 
JEWELRY AND MAKE-UP (COSMETICS)
 
The wearing of jewelry and make-up is not permitted. Rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, chokers, broaches, and similar items should be left at home. Students are not to wear lipstick, nail polish, rouge, eye shadow, mascara, or such items to school.
 
LUNCHES
 
Children’s lunches are expected to conform to Seventh-day Adventist health standards. Please carefully review the Nutritional Guidelines for Parents handout.
 
 
 
 
 
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DELINQUENT ACCOUNTS
 
Monthly fees are due and payable on the first business day of each month. Accounts which are two months past due will result in the immediate suspension of the student from school until past due amount is paid. A $ 10 late fee will be charged after the 10th of each month. Report cards and records will be withheld if accounts are delinquent.
 
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
Tuition Costs is as follows;
$ 125     -   Registration Fee (payable at time of registration)
$ 125     -   Book Fee (also payable at time of registration) and,
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Yearly                                                Monthly (Installment Plan)
$ 2,100  - Constituent members, or           ($ 210/mth for 10 mths)
$ 2,200 - Non-constituent members, or   ($ 220/mth for 10 mths)
$ 2,350 - Non-SDA members, or             ($ 235/mth for 10 mths)
 
 ($ 100/yr discount for 2 or more students from the same household)
  
Registration Fee, Book Fee, and the first month’s tuition (if on installment plan) is due at time of registration. See example below for Non-SDA member;
 
Ex. $ 125 (Registration Fee)
       $ 125   (Book Fee)
       $ 235 (First month’s tuition)
Total     $ 485 (due at time of registration)
 
As indicated above, tuition costs may be divided into ten installments. The first installment is due at registration. The second tuition installment, and each one thereafter, is due on the first business day of every month, beginning with the month of September and ending with the month of May of each academic year. Any fees received after the 10th day of each month are considered late and a $ 10 late fee will be assessed against the account. Tuition fees may be paid to the school principal or school board treasurer before or after regular school hours.
 
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BEHAVIORAL STANDARDS
 
Students are expected to follow all regulations of the school whether in this handbook or expressed verbally by a staff member. Corporal punishment may be used if other measures fail to correct the misbehavior of a student.
 
IMMEDIATE SUSPENSION OR DISMISSAL may occur if a student continually misbehaves or if he/she violates one of the following standards.
 
(1)   Gambling, betting, possession of cards, dice or other gambling devices.
(2)   Carrying knives, guns, razors, or any other dangerous weapons.
(3)   Dishonesty and theft, including falsehood, willful deception regarding violation of rules, and cheating on examinations, classwork or any other phase of schoolwork.
(4)   Using profane language, sexually suggestive language or any actions or any suggestive act that violates school standards.
(5)   Intentionally damaging school property.
(6)   Insubordination toward or the striking of a school employee.
(7)   Continual violation of any school regulation.
(8)   No cell phones, pagers, CD Players, or other musical or electronic devices allowed.
 
CLASSROOM SUPPLIES
 
In order to perform adequately, the student must have all materials and supplies that are required for his/her grade. A list of supplies will be available for each grade at registration.
 
 
 
 
 
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CURRICULUM
 
The curriculum offered is essentially the same as that of any other school. Religious emphasis is placed in all subject areas, discounting the theories of evolution and its resultant theories relative to the time and age of the earth. Our regular curriculum consists of language arts (English, handwriting, reading and spelling), arithmetic, social studies (geography and history), art, music, Bible, physical education, science/health, and regularly scheduled trips to the library.
 
The school year of 180 days is divided into four (4) periods, and grade reports are issued to the parent(s) of each child at the end of each period. The grading system is as follows;
 
Grades 1 – 2    E = Excellent
                        S = Satisfactory
                        N = Needs to Improve
 
Grades 3 – 8    A = Outstanding level of performance
                        B = High level of performance
                        C = Average level of performance
                        D = Minimal level of performance
                        F = Below passing level of performance
                        I = Incomplete
 
A scale for the conversion of numerical grades to the symbols A, B, C, D, or F is as follows:
 
            A = 100% - 90%
            B =   89% - 80%
            C =   79% - 70%
            D =   69% - 60%
            F =    59% -   0%
 
 
 
 
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DAILY REGULATIONS AND SCHEDULE
 
Reporting to school and to classes on time is imperative. The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. The building will be opened at 7:30 a.m. Parents will be contacted in cases of early dismissal. School will be closed on all regular holidays. Parent(s) or Guardian(s) will be notified in writing as to any changes in the daily schedule. Students remaining after 3:10 p.m. will be assessed a late fee of $ 5 for each 15 minute increment thereafter.
 
Daily Schedule of activities is as follows:
 
            7:30 a.m………………………………Class Preparation
            8:00 a.m.*…………………………….Worship begins
            8:30 a.m………………………………Lessons begin
            3:00 p.m………………………………Dismissal
 
*Students will be marked tardy once Worship begins.
 
Students are not allowed to leave the premises during the school hours unless picked up by a parent or designated person with written permission from the parent(s) or guardian(s). It is required that prior arrangements and notification be given when the student is to be picked up before the regularly scheduled dismissal time. The name and telephone of the person responsible for picking up the student must be on file in the principal’s office at the time of registration. Any changes of the responsible person authorized to pick up the child before the scheduled time of dismissal must be pre-arranged.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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