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Supplemental Handbook Information : Elementary

 

 

Configuration of Students

The elementary schools serve grades Kindergarten through six and for the most part are self- contained.  Some grade level classes are semi-departmentalized in which students will have core subjects with different teachers according to their specialty and will also be assigned to a homeroom teacher. There is a separate teacher for Music and Art which is shared among 2 schools.  Each school has Art or Music for one semester.

 

Kindergarten Information

According to policy, a child must be five years of age prior to September 1 of the current school year to be admitted to Kindergarten.  We will make no exceptions to this policy.

The State of Arizona only funds half day kindergarten programs. However, LHUSD#1 offers full day, tuition free kindergarten for students who are five prior to September 1 of the current school year.  One of the ways we are able to pay for the enrichment of the full day program is through your Tax Credit donations.  By using Tax Credit your state income tax money stays in Lake Havasu and is used by LHUSD#1. By designating your tax credit to Kindergarten or no preference, you are helping to make sure we are able to offer full day Kindergarten.  Click here to view our Tax Credit information.

 

Gifted Testing and Placement

Students in grades 3 through 6 who have qualified on a State approved assessment and are identified as “gifted” through the district and State approved testing process have the option of attending a self-contained gifted class at Starline Elementary School with other qualified students.  Teachers of gifted classes have received specialized training and maintain an appropriate endorsement in gifted education to provide for their rigorous academic needs.  

 

District Assessment

DIBELS (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) is an assessment given throughout the year to assess students' reading levels.  DIBELS information will be used by teachers to plan for instruction in reading. GALILEO is the assessment program used in grades 1-6 to track student mastery of the state standards in preparation for annual state assessments.  GALILEO assessments are given throughout the year to help track student progress and gauge instruction in Reading and Math. Additional testing may be administered at individual schools.

 

Discipline

Discipline should not automatically be equated with punishment. Discipline is a structure within which students know and understand the limits of their behaviors and the accountability for the choices they make. The administration and teachers make every attempt to be clear about student behavior expectations and the possible consequences for not following these expectations. When a behavior problem arises with a student, we handle it accordingly. As a rule, the teachers manage the discipline of students under their supervision and enlist the help of the principal for more serious or repeated misbehavior.

Under the laws of “FERPA” (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1977) WE CANNOT DISCLOSE ANY INFORMATION REGARDING DISCIPLINE OF A STUDENT TO ANYONE EXCEPT THE PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF THAT STUDENT. In accordance with in loco parentis and district policy (J-3400-JIH), principals have the right and responsibility to address student behavior and conference with the student without parents being present.

Breaking classroom, school, or district rules as well as any behavior which is inappropriate CAN result in any of the following disciplinary actions. (The age and past record of the student is always taken into account.)

• Warnings
• Losing privileges/exclusion from special events, parties, field trips, etc.
• “Time Out” or “detention” which can be held during snack recess and/or lunch/lunch recess
• Before or After school detention
• Parent contact
• Conference with teacher
• Conference with teacher and principal
• Conference with principal
• Conference with parent/teacher/principal
• Behavior contracts
• In school suspension
• Out of school at home suspension
• Long term suspension (Governing Board action)
• Expulsion (Governing Board action)
• Restitution (money, time, or work to make up for offense)
• Criminal actions will involve the LHC Police Department

Click here for a glossary of prohibited actions, links to state statutes, and our disciplinary actions matrix.

 

FERPA Directory Information

LHUSD has designated the following information as directory information
• Student's name
• Address
• Telephone listing
• Electronic mail address
• Photograph
• Date and place of birth
• Major field of study
• Dates of attendance
• Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
• Weight and height of members of athletic teams
• Degrees, honors, and awards received
• The most recent educational agency or institution attended

 

Public Media Release

It is the intent and practice of the Lake Havasu Unified School District to publish, post or distribute a student’s name, photograph, audio and/or video recording, displays of student work or other information related to student achievement (ie: academic/athletic recognition or award) or student accomplishment (ie: a specially selected piece of work).  Media includes, but is not limited to, newspaper, audio/video, live broadcast, internet, webpages, and social media.  
 
If you do not wish to have your child featured in any form of media, please sign the media portion of the FERPA OptOut Form, and we will exclude them from any media photos or publications.  If you have not completed an Opt-Out Form, your student will be allowed to participate in school related stories.  Click here to view/download the Student Opt-Out Form. The form is valid for one school year.  

 

Food Service Program

Food Service administers a nutritious, well-balanced breakfast and lunch program at all of the District schools. Money can be placed in student accounts and paid in advance for any length of time. YOU MUST PAY FOR THIS IN THE KITCHEN ONLY.  The front office cannot credit money for food service. Menu calendars are sent home with each student and are also on the district website.  There is also a program called www.myschoolbucks.com which allows parents to put money on accounts online.
 
The Lake Havasu Unified School District cooperates with the National School Lunch Programs by providing free or reduced price meals for eligible children.  Parents must apply for these benefits yearly.  Qualification is determined by income or food stamp eligibility.  Applications are available in the school office. Students may also bring lunch from home.   A student who comes to school without lunch money or a lunch from home is given something to eat but not the regular school lunch. Lunch money cannot be borrowed from staff members and Food Service does not have charge accounts.

 

Homework

The purpose of homework is to prepare, extend, study, and practice in order to promote high quality student learning.  Preparation assignments preview or gather background information before concepts appear in class. Extension assignments emphasize application of knowledge gained in class and\or creativity as well as individual needs and interests. (ie: short and long term projects) Study assignments prepare students for tests or require completion of independent reading. Practice assignments reinforce skills and concepts taught in class.
 
Teachers at all schools will provide parents with their homework guidelines at the beginning of each school year.

 

Student Insurance

Parents may purchase student insurance. Forms for this purchase are available at each school site.  Purchase of insurance is voluntary.  However, students are not covered for injuries at school in any other way.

 

Bicycle Safety

Bike racks are provided for students.  It is up to students to lock them up. The school is not responsible for any stolen or damaged bikes.   For safety reasons, bicycles are to be WALKED on and off of school property

Bicycle Safety Tips

Parents should make sure children have been taught the proper method for riding a bike.

Bicycle helmets are recommended to be worn when riding.

Ride in the same direction as traffic on the right side of the street.

Never ride double.

Never cross over to the other side of the street.

Stop at stop signs.

Slow down at all intersections.

Keep your bike in working order.

Register your bike with Havasu Police Dept.

 

Razor/Scooter Safety

Lake Havasu City Ordinance 11-1063 allows the operation of scooters upon public roadways and sidewalks provided the user abides by all traffic signals, operates at close proximity to the curb or outer portion of the roadway, signals turns and yields to pedestrians.  Operators under the age of 16 must wear a protective helmet. If this type of scooter is used as transportation to and from school, the scooter must be locked up in the bike rack and the school will not be responsible if stolen.  If the scooter is small enough to be in a back pack, the scooter is not to be taken out until off school property.  Just as with bicycles – scooters and skateboards are not to be ridden on school property.
 
Motorized scooters, Segways, hover boards, rollerblades, wheel shoes and roller skates are NOT permitted. 

 

 


Lake Havasu Unified School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, marital status, or disability in admission to its programs,
services, or activities, in access to them, in treatment of individuals, or in any aspect of their operations. More in English | Spanish.

We may provide links to outside websites that contain information about our students (including full name and pictures),
but such links will be limited to those related to a legitimate academic or extracurricular activity.

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