Grant Elementary Student Handbook

Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools


MISSION STATEMENT

 Working together with home and community,
 we are dedicated to providing the best
 education for every student, enabling each
 to be a thoughtful, responsible contributor
 to a changing world.

 

GOVERNING VALUES


WE BELIEVE...

...each student is the first consideration of the
   educational process.

...all students can learn.

...learning is a life-long process.

...in a safe, caring and respectful learning environment.

...all students should become effective citizens
   of the community, state, nation and the world.

...meaningful home, school and community involvement
   is vital to continuous improvement.

Table of Contents

Grant School Mission Statement
Grant School Vision
Grant Elementary School
Absence
Bicycle
Breakfast
Buses
Cancellation of School
Cell Phones
Child Care
Cold Weather Recess / Playground Procedures
Communication
Crosswalk
Dress Code
Early Sign Out & Late Arrival
Electronic Devices
Field Trips
Grievance Procedure
Immunizations
Insurance
Lunch / Milk
Lunchroom Conduct
Medication
Non-Discrimination Statement
Parents Right to Restrict School In Release of Public Information
Parent / Teacher Conferences
Party Invitations
Professional Staff Development Days
Progress Reports / Report Cards
Responsive Discipline Guidelines
Rules and Logical Consequences
Safety Rules for Building and Playground
Sales
School Hours
School Nurse
School Records
Sexual Harassment
Sick Children
Special Services
Student Pickup
Telephone
Testing
Transfer of Records and Boundary Exceptions
Videos / Films

 

Grant School Mission Statement

We believe…

  •  All students are able to learn.
  •  Grant School is an accepting place where students, staff and parents feel safe, able to take risks and discover their talents.
  •  Grant School is a supportive community where involvement is encouraged and education is viewed as a joint effort.
  •  Our classroom curriculum is meaningful, consistent, developmental and accessible to all learners.
  •  Our classroom instruction is based on the needs of the learners and what we know about how children learn.


Grant School welcomes parent and community involvement and strives for open communication.

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Grant School Vision

Learning Community:  Parents, guardians, students, staff and the community will work together and share ownership in Grant School.

Community Climate:  The Grant learning community will be an environment in which the basic needs of love, esteem, belongingness, safety and physical well-being are met.

Diversity and Differentiation:  The Grant learning community will acknowledge and value diversity.

Curriculum:  The Grant learning community will set high academic standards and use best instructional practices to ensure that all students experience success and growth according to their individual abilities.

Assessment:  The Grant learning community will use a variety of assessment tools to guide the learning process and determine best instructional practices.

Lifelong Learning:  The Grant learning community will value learning and have the desire to continue learning throughout our lives.

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GRANT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

The following are some items of information to help answer your questions concerning the beginning of the new school year:

All classes at Grant School will begin at 8:50 a.m., with dismissal at 3:40 p.m.  For parents who have students that walk or ride bikes to school, we ask for your cooperation in not allowing your child to be on the playground before 8:40 a.m., as there is no playground supervision before classes begin.  Students may enter the building at 8:40 a.m.  A tardy bell will ring at 8:50 a.m.

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Absence

Parents are legally responsible for their children's school attendance according to the state law of Wisconsin.  We request parents call the school if your child will be absent.  If a child is absent from school, parents should contact the school by telephone (715-424-6766) between the hours of 8:00 - 9:00 a.m., or the parents will be contacted by the school.

If sisters or brothers are going to pick up work for an absent child in the family, we ask that you contact the teacher or office early in the morning to allow the teacher time to prepare the materials.

Extended absences should be reported to the office so that teachers can schedule students’ assignments or arrange for homebound instruction.  While we realize that some absences due to illness are unavoidable, repeated absences produce gaps in learning which may seriously affect a child's progress in school.  Therefore, parents will be contacted by the school when the number of absences is determined to be restricting a student's progress.

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Bicycles

Bicycles must be parked in the designated bicycle rack areas.  The school will not be responsible for lost bicycles.  Students are not allowed to ride their bicycles during the school day and should not arrive at school before 8:40 a.m.  Students who are normally bus riders who choose to ride their bikes should have a signed parent permission note for their homeroom teacher.

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Breakfast

Grant Elementary School offers a school breakfast program serving from 8:30-8:50 a.m. for students in grades K-5.  Students in the 4K program are not eligible to participate.  There is no charge for a school breakfast if the student qualifies for free or reduced lunches.  If your child is a paid student, the cost is $1.25. 

 

Boundaries

See Transfer of Records and Boundary Exceptions

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Buses

All buses will arrive at school at approximately 8:40 a.m., and unload the students on the south end of the school by the gym.  Students eating school breakfast will leave their buses at 8:30 a.m. or when they arrive.  At dismissal time, students will board buses in the same area and leave about 3:45 p.m.

If you bring or pick up your students before or after school, for safety reasons, please park in the west side parking lot.

All students not riding a bus to school should enter and exit the building through the north doors.

Any student needing to get on or off a bus other than his/her normal assigned stop needs to:

  1. Bring a signed parent request note
  2. Have the school office issue a bus pass

Please read the WRPS information on busing that was sent home on the first day of school.  (Bus Conduct and Driver Information).  If you have any questions, please call the school office, 715-424-6766.

 

Cadets

At our school, fifth grade students serve as a safety support for our school.  The cadets function under the instruction and supervision of a cadet supervisor.  Crosswalk members do not discipline other students.  Cadets remind students of our school rules and what is expected.  If correction is not made by the student, the cadet reports the incident to the principal or cadet supervisor.

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Cancellation of School

Before School

If bad weather during the night makes it impossible for buses to run in the morning, radio announcements will be made on WWRW (103.3 FM), WFHR (1320 AM), WSPT (97.9 FM), WSPO (1010 AM), WAXX (104 FM), WAYY (1150 AM), WYTE (96 FM), WDLB (1450 AM), WLJY (106 FM), and WIZD (99.9 FM) as early as possible, but in no case later than 6:30 a.m.

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Cancellation of School

After School is in Session

Generally lunches will be served before the pupils are dismissed.
Buses will begin running at 12:00 noon, with the following schedule:

  • Elementary schools   - 12:00 noon
  • Junior High Schools  -  1:00 p.m.
  • Lincoln High School  -  1:20 p.m.

All students, including walkers, will be dismissed at the times listed above.

We encourage you to listen to the radio if you think the weather is bad and not to call the school.  It is important to keep the phone lines open.

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Cell Phones

Students are discouraged from bringing these devices to school.  Students choosing to bring these devices will risk the equipment being lost, stolen or damaged.  The school will not be responsible for lost, stolen or damaged equipment while in a student's possession.  Cell phones must be turned off and not used during school hours. Cell phones found in use during school hours, will be taken and kept in the office until the end of the day.  Parents will be contacted before the phone is returned. (See Electronics Devices.)

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Child Care

Parents interested in childcare services at Grant School should contact the South Wood County YMCA.  Kids' Clubhouse morning hours begin at 7:00 a.m. and afternoon hours begin at 3:40 p.m.

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Cold Weather Recess/Playground Procedures

When the temperature or wind chill factor is below 0 degrees F, students will not play outside for more than ten minutes at a time.  If the wind chill factor is 10 degrees below 0 degrees, children will not go outside at all.

All students are expected to go outdoors during winter months unless for pressing and sound medical reasons i.e. doctor's excuse.

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Communication

School newsletters are sent home on a regular basis, and they are also posted on our school's webpage.  Besides including information about school policies, special events, and school lunch menus, the newsletters will include messages for children.  We encourage parents to read these newsletters with their child, thereby reinforcing the impression that learning is very important.  Also, teachers send home a "Monday folder" so please watch for that on Monday evening.

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Crosswalk

Safety patrol cadets serve as crossing guards on Country Road WW.  A cadet is under the supervision of a cadet supervisor.  Cadets are never permitted to discipline other students.  They merely remind students of the rules and what is expected.  If correction is not made by the student, the safety patrol cadet reports the incident to the principal or cadet supervisor. Cadets will not serve the crosswalk area when the wind chill is below zero degrees.

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Dress Code

Students are asked to comply with a dress code at Grant.  Students are not to wear clothing which may cause a disruption to the educational process or the orderly operation of the school.  This includes:  “short” shorts, tank tops, spaghetti straps, halters, (which reveal undergarments), cutoffs, and clothing with inappropriate messages.  Clothing that contains comments, pictures, slogans, or designs that are obscene, profane, lewd or vulgar.  This includes any clothing that promotes alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, illegal drugs or illegal activities.  Bare midriffs are not appropriate school attire for either boys or girls.

If such clothing is worn to school, students will be required to change or cover inappropriate clothing or will be sent home to do so.  Refusal to change or cover inappropriate clothing will result in the students not being allowed to attend class until they have complied.

NOTE:  In the interest of safety, all students are required to wear gym shoes for Physical Education classes.  When Physical Education is inside, we ask that these gym shoes be other than what the student normally wears outside.

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Early Sign Out & Late Arrival

So that we have an accurate accounting of all students throughout the school day, we ask that parents sign in and out their student in the office.  Students will be called to the office; parents should wait in the office until the student reports to the office.

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Electronic Devices

District elementary schools believe strongly that electronic devices such as DS games, PSP's, iPods, and MP3 players have no educational value or place in our schools.  When brought to school, they create learning distractions for our students.

Our school respectively asks that all gaming systems, cell phones (unless critically important) and other electronic items be left at home.  Our school will not be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged equipment while in a student's possession.  If items are found during the day, they will be taken and parents will be contacted.

 

Equal Opportunity Statement

The School District of Wisconsin Rapids is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, disability or other basis prohibited by applicable fair employment laws or regulations.

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Field Trips

Field trips are sometimes budgeted for, planned and utilized to expand and/or highlight certain units of study.  All field trips are expected to be a direct outgrowth of a specific unit or class project objective.  Field trips are to be educational and of extended teaching and learning.  Field trips must be approved in advance by the school principal.  A parent permission form must be completed, signed, and returned in order for a student to attend a field trip.  Parents wishing to chaperone a field trip must be approved by completing the District Volunteer Procedure and Policy by November 1st of each school year. Guidelines for supervising a field trip will be provided to our parent volunteers before a trip is taken.

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Grievance Procedure

  1. Any alleged violations of this policy are to be processed in the following manner:
  2. The aggrieved employee or student should discuss the alleged violation with his/her building principal.
  3. If the grievance is not resolved in step one within ten working days, the employee or students should place the grievance in writing and present it to the Superintendent of Schools.
  4. If the grievance is not settled within ten working days, the grievance will be submitted in writing to the Board of Education Personnel Committee.  The Committee will meet to rule on the grievance within twenty working days.
  5. In the event the grievance is not resolved in step three, the case may be presented to the state or federal agency having appropriate jurisdiction.

Inquiries concerning the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools Non-discrimination Policy, Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, or alleged discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, or handicap, should be referred to the Director of Human Resources, 510 Peach Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494.  Telephone 715-424-6700.

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Immunizations

The following are the minimum required immunizations for each age/grade level.  It is not a recommended immunization schedule for infants and preschoolers.  For that schedule, contact your doctor or local health department.

  1. MMR:  The first dose of MMR vaccine must have been received on or after the first birthday (Note:  a dose 4 days or less before the 1st birthday is also acceptable).
  2. DTP/DtaP/DT vaccine for children entering Kindergarten:  Your child must have received one dose after the 4th birthday (either the 3rd, 4th, or 5th) to be compliant.  (Note:  a dose 4 days or less before the 4th birthday is also acceptable.
  3. DTP/DTaP/DT/Td vaccine for students entering grades 1 through 12:  Four doses are required.  However, if your child received the 3rd dose after the 4th birthday, further doses are not required.  (Note:  a dose 4 days or less before the 4th birthday is also acceptable).  A dose of Tdap vaccine is not required but is acceptable to meet this requirement.
  4. Polio vaccine for students entering grades kindergarten through 12:  Four doses are required.  However, if your child received the 3rd dose after the 4th birthday, further doses are not required.  (Note:  a dose 4 days or less before the 4th birthday is also acceptable.
  5. Var means Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine.  Chickenpox disease history is also acceptable.

Students 13 years of age or older without a prior history of chickenpox disease or a prior history of varicella vaccine before 13 years of age require 2 doses of varicella vaccine.

Questions regarding school immunizations may be directed to the school nurse.

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Insurance

Please see the WRPS information that was sent home the first day of school or call 715-424-6766 for a copy of the information.

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Lunch/Milk

Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools
Food Service Information

General Information
The Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools Food Service Program is part of the National School Lunch Program.  The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free meals to schoolchildren.

All district schools, except River Cities Charter School, offer the lunch program.  Breakfast is available at Mead, Grant, Grove and Howe Elementary Schools.  An ala Carte breakfast program is available at East and West Junior High Schools, as well as Lincoln High School.

School meals must meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend that no more than 30 percent of an individual’s calories come from fat, and less than 10 percent from saturated fat.  Regulations also establish a standard for school lunches to provide one-third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, iron, calcium and calories.     

Lunch Prices
The school lunch and breakfast prices are as follows:

Elementary Students    $1.95 daily for lunch and $1.25 daily for breakfast

Adults (Lunch)  $3.10 daily


Reduced price lunches are $0.40.  Any student who qualifies for free or reduced lunch will also qualify for free breakfast.  A school lunch includes a half-pint of milk, but an extra half-pint of milk can be purchased for $0.35.  At the elementary schools, a 4-ounce serving of 100% fruit juice may also be purchased with lunch at an additional cost of $0.35.  Students eligible for free meals are required to pay for additional milk or juice that is purchased with a meal.

MealTime
MealTime is a computerized meal accounting system which is used by WRPS. Each student is issued a lunch card, with a specific bar code on it, that is connected to the student's MealTime Account. This card is scanned each time he/she participates in the meal service program. Borrowing or using another student's lunch card is not permitted.

This system works like a checking account where you deposit money in each student’s account.  When the student makes a meal purchase, the cost of the purchase is deducted from the computer account.  Parents/guardians are expected to keep the student’s account in a positive balance. 

The system automatically recognizes any student eligible for a free or reduced meal and records the transaction appropriately.  Students receiving free meals do not need to deposit money if the account will only be used for hot lunches or breakfasts.

Deposits to a student account are to be sent to the main office each morning, or parents/guardians are able to make deposits online at https://www.mymealtime.com/signin.aspx. Each time a payment is sent in, the amount is recorded in the student’s account.  If a parent/guardian has more than one student attending a school, one check may be written for all students in the family.  We ask that all payments be sent in an envelope.  Checks are the preferred method of payment.  When making a payment to an account, please indicate the student’s first and last name, ID number, and payment amount of the front of the envelope.  If a deposit is being sent for more than one student, please indicate each student’s first and last names, ID numbers, and payment amount on the front of the envelope.  The ID number may be written on the check, instead of on the envelope, if you prefer. The money will be deposited equally between each student listed unless indicated otherwise on the front of the envelope.  Having the correct information on the envelope will assure that the payment gets recorded properly.

If you have students who attend several schools, deposits must be made to each school. 

Parents or younger siblings who eat meals with a student at school may have their meal subtracted from the student’s account.  The system keeps a record of all student transactions, which a parent/guardian may review upon request.  Requests for this information may be made through the school office.

If a student runs out of funds in their account, he/she may be able to charge a couple of additional meals.  If a deposit to the student’s account has not been made within that time, meals from that student account will be discontinued until a payment has been made.

At the elementary schools, a note will be sent home in your child’s folder when the account balance is low.

Free or Reduced Meals
School district meals are available free or at a reduced price to eligible students.  To qualify for free or reduced price meals for your children, you must complete an application and return it to the school.  All applications must be filled out completely.  A letter and application regarding the Free and Reduced Lunch Program will be sent home with your child on the first day of school.  Only one application is to be returned for each family.  Please remember to include all members of the family who are attending school on one form.  Do not send separate applications to each school.  Return completed applications to the school office as soon as possible.

Any family who is applying for free or reduced price meals and was not approved the previous year, must send money with their child/children for lunches or provide a sack lunch until they are notified that their application has been approved.

Students who were at free or reduced status at the end of last school year in our district will be carried over at that same status at the start of this school year for a time period specified by the Department of Public Instruction.  If a free or reduced application has not been filed by the end of that time period, the student will revert to full pay status.

Refunds
Any funds remaining in a student meal account at the end of a school year will be carried over to the following year.  Account balances for students transferring or changing to a different school in the Wisconsin Rapids School District will transfer to that school also.

Funds left in a student account will be refunded only if the student is moving out of the school district.  Requests for such refunds can be made through the school office.


Milk Program
This year milk fees will be paid for a semester.  Fees are as follows:
 K-5 Morning Milk             $28.00/semester

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Lunchroom Conduct

With the exception of classroom treats, all food will be eaten in the lunchroom.  Students are expected to use proper manners and follow the direction of the lunchroom aides.  Since proper nutrition goes hand-in-hand with good classroom performance, the school staff encourages children to eat their lunch.  We ask that students eat their own food (no sharing).  Even though soda pop is of questionable nutritional value, when it is sent to school as part of a cold lunch, it must be placed in a thermos or plastic containerNO CANS/BOTTLES.

 

Lunch Schedule

GRADE        OUTSIDE        COME TO LUNCH        IN CLASSROOM

     3                11:30                    11:50                            12:10     

     K                11:30                    11:50                            12:10

     4                11:50                    12:10                            12:30

     1                11:50                    12:10                            12:30

     5                12:10                    12:30                            12:50

     2                12:10                    12:30                            12:50                                                                                                                                          

        

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Medication

The District Medication Policy is based upon State regulations and must be carefully followed.
1. Medication instructions must contain:

  • written order from doctor
  • child's full name on the container
  • name of drug and dosage
  • time to be given
  • physician's name
  • parental or guardian's written permission

2. Child must self-administer the medication at the designated time under the supervision of authorized personnel.
3. Only limited quantities of any medication should be kept at school.
4. All medication administered at school will be stored in a locked medicine cabinet.
5. Parents must notify school when the drug is discontinued and the dosage or time is changed.  If the medication is resumed, a new order must be received.
6. No aspirin or other over-the-counter medication will be administered to children unless the above provisions are complied with.
7. New written permission from the doctor and parent must be received annually for pupils on yearly medication.
8. Over-the-counter medicines require only parent permission on the form provided by the school district.

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Non-Discrimination Statement

The Wisconsin Rapids Public School District will not deny any person admission to, participation in, or the benefits of any curricular, extra-curricular, pupil services, recreational or other program or activity because of a person’s gender, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability.  Please review Board Policy 411, Wis. Stats. 118.13, and Wisc. Adm. Code PI-9 for additional information. 

Discrimination complaints should be placed in writing and directed to the building principal. 

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Parents Right to Restrict School In Release of Public Information

Wisconsin law permits parents, legal guardians, adult students (18 years or older), or guardian ad litem, of students attending public schools in Wisconsin to request the public school not release certain directory information about their child.  Director information which cannot be disclosed to the public if parents (legal guardians, etc.) object, includes:

 1.  Student name
 2.  Address
 3.  Telephone listing
 4.  Date and place of birth
 5.  Major field of study
 6.  Participation in officially-recognized activities and sports
 7.  Weight and height of members of athletic teams
 8.  Dates of attendance
 9.  Photographs
10.  Degrees and awards received
11.  The name of the school most recently attended by the students

Parents (legal guardians, etc.) of all students attending the Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools desiring to deny release of all or part of directory information during the school year should send a letter by October to the Director of Human Resources, Thomas A. Lenk Education Service Center, 510 Peach Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494.  The letter should state the specific information regarding this requirement.  Please contact Thomas A. Lenk Education Services Center at 715-424-6700.

Unless the district is otherwise notified by parents or guardians in writing to the above address, this information will be given to the public on request.  This information shall not, however, be released for commercial or promotional purposes.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Traditionally, conferences for all parents are held in November.  These conferences in the fall provide an opportunity to discuss and identify a pupil's academic achievement.  However, parents are not restricted to this period alone; they may ask for a conference whenever they perceive a need.  Parents should contact the teacher to make conference arrangements.

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Party Invitations  
We would request that when students bring invitations, for private parties to school, one be given to each child in class.  If all students are not invited, please see that the invitations are mailed or delivered to the homes directly.  Another option would be to hand them out after school hours.  In this way, children in the class who have not been invited won’t have their feelings hurt or feel left out.   

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Professional Staff Development Days

The Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools provide an excellent staff development program for our teaching staff.  Several full day collaborative professional development days are scheduled each year. 


Please mark the following dates:

September 26, 2014

November 7, 2014

January 23, 2015

March 6, 2015

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Progress Reports/Report Cards

Progress reports are issued four times per year.  Questions or concerns regarding progress reports should be directed to your child's teacher.

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Responsive Discipline Guidelines

In order to achieve the goals of a Responsive Learning Community, consistent disciplinary procedures are used throughout Grant School.  These include the following:

  • Hopes and Dreams – Students’ hopes and dreams provide the intrinsic motivation for them to care for themselves, others, and their environment in ways that encourage each student to stretch and grow.  Students write and share their own hopes and dreams for the year with their classmates.  Teachers and parents also create and share their hopes and dreams for their children.  Rules are developed directly from the collective hopes and dreams of the students and teachers.
  • Rules – Rules are developed collaboratively with all members of the classroom by looking at how students will together to accomplish their hopes and dreams.  Rules are positive in nature and are broad enough to address many different kinds of situations.  The rules are posted in the classroom and constantly referred to throughout the day and year.
  • Modeling and role-playing – Teachers and students work together to model appropriate behaviors and methods of working together.  Classroom routines and expectations are taught and modeled.  Modeling and role play allows students to see situations in action and discuss potential problems in order to prevent them.
  • Practice – Students spend time practicing behaviors that will support the classroom and school rules.  Students practice such things as lining up, walking in the halls, going through the lunch room, taking a time out, etc.
  • Guided Discovery – Classroom materials will be presented to the students through a guided discovery that involves noticing the characteristics, practicing using the materials, and planning for their care.  Guided discovery will provide students the opportunity to think and problem solve in order to use the materials to increase their learning.
  • Logical Consequences – There are times when each person will break a rule.  These opportunities at Grant School are viewed as learning opportunities.  Consequences to such occurrences at Grant School are consistent in that they are relevant, reasonable, and respectful to all students.  The three types of consequences used include:

Reparations – “You break it – You fix it”

Loss of privilege, and/or

Time out/Time away

This approach allows students to learn and develop self-control and responsibility.  The strategies used at Grant School are as follows:

1- Reminder/Redirection – After proactive strategies have been used, a student is given a reminder of redirection when a rule is broken.

2- Time away – A student is directed to take a time away if disruptive behavior continues after the reminder/redirection.  During a time away, a child takes a short break to get under control and then rejoins the group.  Time aways take place for small infractions and provide for clear classroom expectations.

3 – Second Time away – If the disruptive behavior continues, the student is directed to take another time away in the classroom.  The child remains in the time away area in the classroom until the behavior is under control.  A short conference with the teacher takes place to review the plan for appropriate behavior before rejoining the group.

4- Time Out in buddy room – If the disruptive behavior continues, a child will be directed to take a time out in an adjoining classroom.  This time out gives the student an opportunity to have time to problem solve without the distraction of the classroom or fellow classmates.  As soon as the teacher has a break, the teacher will conference with the student and make a plan to return to the classroom.

5 – Time Out in the office – If the disruptive behavior continues, the child will be escorted to the office and will meet with a member of the leadership team. 

NOTE: Extreme situations may result in an immediate referral to the office.
Time out forms are used to document time out of the classroom and a copy is sent home to the parent for parent signature.  A discussion regarding the problem and appropriate solution is helpful in supporting the child to make appropriate behavior choices in the future.  Any questions about the time out should be directed to the Grant staff member who signed the time out form.

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Rules and Logical Consequences

Grant Elementary School

Grant School has been working on studying the Responsive Classroom philosophy.  The Responsive Classroom is an approach to teaching and learning that emphasizes both social and academic skills.  It is based on learning theory and developmental psychology with a basic belief that all children want to learn and all children want to be good.  
The seven principles of the Responsive Classroom are:

The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.

C – Cooperation
A – Assertion
R – Responsibility
E – Empathy
S – Self Control

• Knowing the children we teach individually, culturally, and developmentally is as important as knowing the content we teach.
• Knowing the parents of the children we teach is important to knowing the children.
• How the adults at school work together to accomplish their mission is as important as individual competence.

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Safety Rules for Building and Playground

K-2 students will be using the playground area and equipment on the west and north sides of the building.  The K-2 students play area will stop at the swings.

3-5 students will be using the swings,  playground equipment and the large field area on the east end of the building.

K-2 students will use the north doors to reach the playground area.

3-4 students will use the doorways on the east end of the building.

5- students will use the doorways on the west end of the building.


1. All ballgames such as football, soccer, softball or any other games where balls are kicked or batted are to be played in the fields north or east of the building.

2. Two-handed tag or flag football only - NO TACKLE.

3. Slow pitch softball - NO HARDBALL.

4. No horseplay of any kind on the equipment.

5. Do NOT play in the following areas:
          In the woods north of the building
          On the parking area by flagpole

6. Sticks, stones or missiles of any kind are not to be thrown at any time.

7. Enter the building in an orderly manner when the bell rings.  If it is necessary to come into the building before the bell rings, get permission from the playground supervisor.

8. All sports equipment must be returned at the end of each play period to the building where it was taken out.  People taking the equipment out are responsible for bringing the equipment back in.

9. Running in the halls or rooms is not permitted. 

10. Report all accidents immediately to the playground supervisor who reports them to the office.

11. No fighting of any kind, real or pretend.

 Winter Rules

12. Climb up the hills in a path other than the one people are sliding down.

13. Slide down only when the way is clear.

14. Do not play King-of-the-Hill.

15. Snow should not be thrown in any way.  No snowballs or missiles of any kind are to be thrown on the playground.

16. The building of snow forts, snowmen and other snow sculpture is encouraged.  Please do not destroy what others have enjoyed building.

17. Do not take other people's hats, scarves or mittens.

18. No face washes with snow.

19. Students are expected to use the equipment in a safe manner:

A.  SWINGS
    1.  One student per swing will be allowed.
    2.  Students will swing back and forth in the normally accepted manner.
    3.  When pushing a swing, students are not to "run through".
    4.  Swings are not to be twisted or thrown over the top.

B.  CROSSING BARS
    1.  No chicken fighting or crossing on top of the bars will be permitted.
    2.  No penny drops.

C.  MERRY-GO-ROUND
    1.  Students will remain seated while it is moving.
    2. Only a reasonable number of students will be allowed on the merry-go-round at  one time.

D.  JUNGLE GYM
    1.  No tag shall be played on the climbing equipment.
    2.  Pushing and shoving will not be allowed.

E.  PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT
    1.  Tag will not be played on this equipment.
    2.  There will be no jumping from the top of this area.
    3.  As on the jungle gym, no climbing on top of the crossing bars or pushing or shoving will be allowed.

Hard and fast rules cannot be made to cover all situations.  It is most important that good judgment prevail at all times.  Recess is a time to get some exercise and to have fun.  Your student's actions will largely determine if it is a happy and safe recess.

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Sales

Students should not approach staff or students during the school day asking them to purchase items for fundraisers or other items.  This type of activity should be taken care of outside of the school place.

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School Hours

Grades K-5  8:50 -  3:40
4K-morning session 8:45-11:15   

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School Nurse

Our nurse is available on site at our school one half day a week.  During the noon hour, our school has a health aide available to address student health needs.  For all other times, our school secretary is trained in first aid and CPR to assist our students.

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School Records

Parents have the right to inspect any information contained within their child's cumulative school folder.  Upon receipt of a written or verbal request, the records will be opened to parents.

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Sexual Harassment

It is the policy of the School Board to maintain an educational environment that is free from all forms of harassment and to insist that each employee and student is treated with dignity, respect and courtesy.  Any form of sexual harassment through conduct or communications of a sexual nature is a violation of Board policy.

The Board approved policy and complaint procedure on sexual harassment can be obtained in our school's office or by contacting the Director of Human Resources, Wisconsin Rapids Public Schools, 510 Peach Street, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494, or by calling that office at 715-424-6700.

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Sick Children

Children occasionally become ill while at school.  Since the school is not equipped to care for sick children over an extended time during the school day, we require that a current emergency number be on file at the school.  In cases where both parents work, a phone number at work or that of a neighbor or relative is necessary. All address, phone and employment changes should be reported to the office.

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Special Services

Grant School has a variety of special services available to the children.  Depending upon circumstances, it is possible to call upon the assistance of a school psychologist, a speech and language clinician, a guidance counselor, an able learner facilitator, an occupational therapist, a physical therapist, a reading specialist and school nurse.

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Student Pickup

Parents picking up students from school during the day should check into the office first.  The school secretary will call the children to the office.  Please do not go to the classroom and pick up the children without checking into the office first. 

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Telephone

The school telephone is a business phone.  Only in the case of a necessity will children be permitted to use the phone.  Parents are encouraged to assist their children in deciding after school plans before leaving for school in the morning.

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Testing

Standardized testing is done in third, fourth, and fifth grades. Other state and district required assessments are administered to students in kindergarten through third grade.  In meeting the requirements of the No Child Left Behind legislation, students in each of these grade levels will take a form of the Smarter Balance each year.  The results from these tests are used to determine student needs.  This information along with input from teachers and parents assist the school in developing an educational plan which meets the needs of each student within the classroom setting.

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Transfer of Records and Boundary Exceptions

Parents who are moving out of the school neighborhood or school district should call the school secretary to announce their intentions and then contact the new school to arrange for a transfer of records.

Those parents who live outside the Grant School attendance boundaries must apply for a boundary exception in writing to Human Resources, 510 Peach Street, Thomas A. Lenk Educational Services Center, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494.

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Videos/Films

All video/films used in the classroom that are not specifically developed for an educational purpose must be previewed by a staff member.  Parents/guardians will be contacted for their permission for their student to view a movie with a rating above "G".

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