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Vermillion, Jack
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4720 Cairo Drive NE
Albuquerque, NM 87111

Phone:  505-296-9536
Fax:     505-292-2346

Student Handbook

 Abbreviated Day/School Cancellation  Lost & Found
 Animals in School  Medication
 Arrival and Dismissal  Parent Link
 Art from the Heart  Playground Rules
 Before & After School Care  Recess
 Cell Phones/Electronic Devices  Religion in School
 Class Placement  Safety
 Conferences (Parent/Teacher)  School Supplies
 Discipline / Recognition Program  Sun & Shade Guidelines    
 Dress Code  Telephone Use
 Early Student Release  Toys / Electronics 
 Emergency Student Dismissal  Transportation
 Field Trips  Vacation/Holidays
 Inclement Weather  Visitors
 Internet Use Policy  Withdrawal

 

Abbreviated Day/School Cancellation

The abbreviated day schedule is a shortened school day that begins ONE or TWO HOURS LATER than the regular schedule but ends at the regular time.  For S.Y. Jackson, the school day will begin at 9:43 or 10:43 am, respectively, and end at our usual time of 3:40 pm. 

Please note for Wednesdays:  Should a two (2) hour delay be called, school will dismiss at 3:40 pm, not 1:00 pm.  The usual after-school activities will be canceled.  

The most common use of the abbreviated day schedule occurs when severe weather causes street conditions that would endanger the safety of students to school and school employees to work.  The decision to institute an abbreviated schedule will be made and announced through the news media and on the District’s website no later than 6:00 am.  Parents may also receive information about an abbreviated day or school cancellation through the Parent Link notification system.  Please do not call the school, as we are not notified any earlier than the media.

Cancellation of School

Following the decision to implement an abbreviated schedule, weather conditions occasionally worsen to the point that makes it necessary to close the schools.  This announcement will be made no later than 9:00 a.m.  All students, parents and employees are encouraged to listen to the radio or watch television for announcements concerning changes in the school schedule.

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Animals in School

According to APS Policy, pets should not be brought to school.  Animals are not allowed on the school grounds by city ordinance.

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Arrival and Dismissal

Playground supervision begins at 8:30 am.  Children may not be dropped off prior to that time.  Children may not go to the classrooms before the bell rings at 8:43 am.  Please assist us in making sure that your children are safe by making sure they do not arrive at school before the playground is supervised at 8:30 am.

After school is dismissed, children should quickly leave the grounds or report to the appropriate after-school program.  Please be sure that your children know how to get home -- whether walking or riding. All arrangements for getting home should be made before coming to school.  Please make sure that your children understand that they should follow through with after-school arrangements.  The playground is not supervised after school ends at 3:40 pm.  Children who have not been picked up within 15 minutes of dismissal will be asked to go to the Front Office to wait.

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Art from the Heart

S.Y. Jackson's PTA runs Art from the Heart in the School, which utilizes trained parent volunteers to present art lessons in the classrooms.  If you are interested in teaching art in your child’s classroom, please call the school to get the number of the Art from the Heart Chairperson.  For more information, visit the S.Y. Jackson PTA's webpage.
Campfire, an organization which is independent of APS, offers child care before and after school in the S.Y. Jackson gym from 7:00 - 8:43 am and 3:40 - 6:00 pm (1:00 - 6:00 pm on Wednesdays.)  For more information, stop by the gym during those hours or call Campfire at 505-842-8787.

Current APS policy allows students to have personal electronic devices on campus.  These include cell phones, pagers, music/media players, gaming devices, and personal digital assistants.  However, these devices must be kept out of sight and turned off during school hours unless permission has been given by a member of the school staff.  If the device is being used without permission or is interfering with instruction, the device will be confiscated and must be picked up by the student’s parents.  Please see the APS website for the full policy.

Students who bring an electronic device from home do so at their own risk.  If it is lost, no time will be spent during class to find the item.

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Class Placement

Students are placed in the Spring for the following school year.  Parents are asked for information about their child for placement, but in keeping with APS policy, parents may not request specific teachers.  Current teachers work together as a grade level group with the principal to place their students for the next year.  Every effort is made to find the best placement for the student.  In addition, classes are balanced for gender, academic levels and number of students with specific concerns.

If you are concerned about your child's placement, talk to the teacher first. The value of good communication between parent and teacher can not be overemphasized. If you have done this and your concerns still have not been resolved, stop in or make an appointment for a conference with the principal and teacher to discuss your concerns. After that period, class changes will be made at the discretion of the principal.

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Conferences (Parent/Teacher)

Communication between home and school is an important factor in your child's success at school.  If you wish to make an appointment with your child's teacher, please contact your child's teacher or the Front Office.  Student Progress Reports will be issued at the end of the week following each trimester period.  Mid-term reports will be sent home between report cards.  You will receive a form to schedule a conference with your child's teacher at a mutually convenient time during the Fall and Spring.  Check with the school for the schedule during Conferences.  Your input is extremely valuable. We have to work together to make sure that we provide the best education for your child.

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Discipline / Recognition Program

The S.Y. Jackson staff expects students to behave in accordance with the six (6) pillars of the CHARACTER COUNTS program: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. We base our program on values that are not political, religious, or culturally biased. Students can use the acronym TRRFCC - TERRIFIC to help them remember that people with good character are terrific. The school works with parent volunteers to recognize good behavior and academics.

S.Y. Jackson uses a Ticket System to address behavior outside the classroom. Students may be given a Star Slip for exemplary behavior; a Yellow Ticket serves as a warning of inappropriate and disrespectful behavior; and a Red Ticket is given for serious misbehavior such as hurting another child. Star Slips and Yellow Tickets go to the student and to the classroom teacher, respectively. Red Tickets are given to the principal, who will talk with the students and call the parents to discuss the incident. A half-day of In-School Suspension is the consequence for a Red Ticket.

We will continue the Star Slip program this year. When an adult notices a student doing something very special, a Star Slip will be awarded. Upon accumulating five (5) Star Slips, the student will be invited to the office for lunch with the Principal. The student will also receive a certificate and other little awards.

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Dress Code

S.Y. Jackson follows the APS Student Dress Code.   In general, students should dress to promote “a positive, safe and healthy atmosphere within the school.”  Unacceptable clothing and accessories include:  shorts which are shorter than fingertip length, tops which reveal the midriff or which have spaghetti straps, tank tops with excessively low armholes and baggy or sagging pants.  As a matter of courtesy, hats are not to be worn in the school buildings.  Students and their parents/guardians have the responsibility to be aware of the dress code and to conform to these requirements.

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Early Student Release

To ensure the student safety, children leaving school prior to the end of the day must be signed out through the Front Office. The Office Staff will call your child up to the office to meet you so that we can make sure he or she leaves with you. Teachers will not be allowed to release children directly from the classroom. We ask you to adhere to this policy so we may verify the identity and authorization of those persons picking up children before school ends.

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Emergency Student Dismissal

In the event that we would need to send children home unexpectedly prior to the end of the school day, we will follow the instructions you provide us when you completed the Emergency Dismissal Form.  It is crucial that you keep the information on this form current (including changes in day care arrangements and list of people who are allowed to pick up your child) and that we have your current home, work, cell and emergency contact numbers.

If we send children home early, you will not have enough time to make contingency plans.  Please make plans now so your children understand your expectations during an emergency.

Please remind your children to come to the office for assistance any time they are frightened, confused, or need to contact you to confirm after-school plans.

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Field Trips

Field trips allow students to learn about the world first-hand, outside the boundaries of the classroom.  Teachers will send home a permission slip for parents to read and sign.  APS policy prohibits student participation on field trips unless the child has returned the APS-approved field trip form, which has been signed by a parent or guardian.

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Inclement Weather

APS will cancel school or will implement an Inclement Weather Schedule if necessary for the safety of staff and students.  An announcement of school cancellation will be made by 6:00 am by Parent Link, radio, television and/or website.

An abbreviated day will be scheduled when weather conditions are likely to improve enough to start school at a later time.  On these days, the following schedule will be followed:
    One (1) hour delay:      9:43 am    First bell 
    Two (2) hour delay:    10:43 am    First bell
Classes dismiss at 3:40 pm. *Please note that when a two (2) delay is called on a Wednesday school will dismiss at 3:40 pm.

If the district decides that weather or conditions warrant dismissing students early, we will follow your wishes as indicated on the Emergency Dismissal form which you have filled out for your child.

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Internet Use Policy

APS and S.Y. Jackson provide technology resources to students for educational purposes.  The goal in providing these resources is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation, and communication with the support and supervision of parents, teachers, and support staff.  Internet use will have an educational focus and be supervised by an adult at all times.

With internet access also comes the availability of materials that may not be considered of educational value in the context of the school setting.  APS and S.Y. Jackson have made a good faith effort to restrict access to controversial materials.  However, on a global network it is impossible to control access to all materials, and an industrious user may discover controversial information.  We firmly believe that the valuable information and interaction available on the internet far outweigh the possibility that users may procure material that is not consistent with the District’s and school’s educational goals.

The use of these technology resources is an educational right; with this right come responsibilities and consequences for not meeting those responsibilities.  Users should be aware that their activities are visible and can be tracked.  Inappropriate use of the Internet will result in a cancellation of access.  The principal, teacher and members of the S.Y. Jackson Technology Team will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final.  Also, the principal, teacher and Technology Team may deny, revoke, or suspend specific use accounts.

Misuse includes, but is not limited to:

  • abusive language
  • software piracy (illegal use of software)
  • copyright violation, or otherwise using another person’s intellectual property without their prior approval or proper citation
  • unauthorized use of network
  • interfering with or disrupting other users, services or equipment
  • attempts to learn or use the password of others
  • accessing another person’s materials, information or files without the permission of that person
  • destruction or alteration of files or data belonging to other users
  • accessing inappropriate areas on the internet such as:
    • pornography
    • sites unrelated to class assignments
    • chat rooms
    • downloading or playing videos or audio clips

Ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and information sources.  It is impossible for APS to restrict access to all controversial materials.  The District is not responsible for restricting, monitoring or controlling the communications of individuals utilizing the network, however we reserve the right to do so.  Access to commercial email accounts (Gmail, Comcast, etc.) by students using APS equipment and resources is permitted but still governed by this policy.

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Lost & Found

You are encouraged to write your child’s name in all outerwear.  Our Lost & Found box, which is located in the hallway near the cafeteria, is usually overflowing with sweaters, jackets and sweatshirts.  It is also a good idea to mark lunch bags or boxes, since we also find quite a few of these.  In an attempt to eliminate the bugs from the Lost & Found box, we will keep lunch boxes for a week before discarding them.  Several times a year, we will make an announcement in the newsletter saying that we will spread out the items in the Lost & Found for students and parents to claim them.  Unclaimed clothing will be donated to the Clothing Bank.

The Lost & Found for large items such as jackets, clothes, hats and lunch boxes is located in the hallway near the cafeteria.  Small items go to the Front Office.

Please ask your children to check the Lost & Found for missing items!

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Medication

Students will be given medication at school only with an APS Authorization to Administer Medication form from a physician.  Medications will be given only in the Health Room.  Students may not carry any medication on school grounds.

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Parent Link

Parent Link is a district-wide communication system which uses e-mails and phone messages to keep teachers and administrators in contact with parents of students.  Parent Link can be used for both non-emergency and emergency situations.  Reminder announcements regarding Parent Teacher Conferences, holidays, in-service days, or special events can be sent to your preferred phone number or email address.  While we hope we don’t have to utilize the emergency notification component, it would allow the school to inform parents about the nature of a situation, give instructions, and keep you informed as to what you can do to help. 

Parent Link and Attendance

On a day-to-day basis, parents will receive a phone call every time their child is late or absent, or if their child has a negative account in the cafeteria.  Please continue to notify the school of absences before 9:00 am, if possible.  Phone calls from Parent Link will start at approximately 11:30 AM for morning absences and 4:00 PM for afternoon absences. The amount of time it takes the ‘human element’ to retrieve the messages from the school’s attendance line each day, check in students who arrive late and then record this information into the APS information system can vary from day to day.  Your patience will be greatly appreciated on the days when children’s needs come first and we are not able to enter all calls by 9:30 am.  By the same token, if you are unable to call by 9:00, we will continue to update the system throughout the day to record your call as quickly as possible.  Keeping your preferred phone number current will assist in timely communication. Please understand that Parent Link is not optional and is district wide. 

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Playground Rules

​1.  Play safely - no fighting, tackling or being rough.

2.  Only throwing of balls - no throwing of rocks, sand or snowballs.

3.  Use equipment properly - no jumping out of swings, off of equipment, or going up the slide.

4.  Show respect to adults, other students and their property.  Everyone needs to be respectful towards others.

5.  Stay on the playground.  Ask for a pass to go into the building.  Do not go into the street after balls.

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Recess

All children will be given two recess periods a day, in the morning and afternoon.  (Some playground time is also included in the student Lunch period.)  Research indicates that students perform better academically with regularly scheduled, unstructured physical activity.

All students will be expected to go outside for recess unless we have a note from you or the doctor specifically requesting that the child remain inside.  Occasionally we will cancel outside recess periods because of harsh weather conditions. This happens very infrequently and children will be expected to go outside at all other times.  Please make sure that your children wear coats and warm clothing to school so they may enjoy playing outdoors.

Rules for Recess

  • You must follow all the rules that were explained by our Coach at the beginning of the school year about safe use of playground equipment.
  • You may NOT go on the sidewalk or into the street.  (The paths to the playground from the school are OK.)
  • You may NOT go near the openings to the sidewalks and street.
  • You may NOT play on the stairs or banisters.
  • You may NOT climb the trees.
  • You may NOT go into the school without permission from a duty.  If you need to go to the bathroom or to your classroom for a jacket, a toy, a snack, anything, you must ask a duty.

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Religion in School

The S.Y. Jackson community recognizes the rich cultural, religious, and ethnic diversity of our students and families.  As a community, we strive to broaden our knowledge of each others’ heritage and to display sensitivity toward one another.

S.Y. Jackson abides by the APS Procedural Directives and School Board Policy (read the policy) in regard to religious and holiday practices.  We do not aim to promote or prohibit any religion or absence of religion.  With community involvement, we will teach our children to have respect and acceptance for one another.

Guidelines

  • No child shall be expected to participate in activities that violate his/her personal convictions or those of the child’s parents.  A relevant alternative must be provided for the child who cannot participate in a classroom activity.
     
  • Religion is an appropriate topic of classroom discussion.  Classroom activities may focus on the origin, history, and meaning of religions and/or religion’s relationship to history, art, music, literature, etc.
     
  • Classroom activities should address curricular objectives and learning outcomes.  The school’s approach to religious holidays should be academic, not devotional or celebratory.
     
  • When a particular symbol has both a cultural and religious significance, it should be considered a religious symbol and dealt with according to APS School Board Policy. It will be the school staff’s responsibility to assure that these policies are adhered to by any guests or parents in the classroom.
     
  • Any S.Y. Jackson community member who feels that the above guidelines have not been met is urged to discuss the situation with the classroom teacher and/or principal.  If further action is needed, a written comment should be sent to the Instructional Council (IC), the body ratified by the school community, to address instructional community concerns.

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Safety

Safety is everyone's concern.  Please obey the speed limit signs and directional arrows when you are driving on campus and on nearby streets.  There is adequate parking available on the South side of the building.  In this area, the Fire Zone is marked by a area curb and signs posted on the pylons along the curved section.  The curb on the pick-up and drop-off zone is painted yellow, indicating that you may park for a short period of time IF YOU STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE.

Students are to cross the parking lot cautiously and only at the striped crosswalk.  APS provides a Crossing Guard to escort students across Biscayne STreet on the North side of the building.  There is NO PARKING in the Bus Lanes for obvious reasons.

​Students may ride bicycles or scooters or may rollerblade to school but must walk the bike or scooter or take off the rollerblades before coming on campus and upon leaving.  In accordance with the New Mexico Child Helmet Safety Act of 2007, we require all students to wear helmets.  There is a bike rack on the South side near the outdoor classroom.  Students are responsible for locking up their bikes.

Staff members are on duty outside starting at 8:30 am.  Please do not send your children to school before 8:30 am, ​since they will be unsupervised.  Students should carry books and backpacks with them to the playground and not leave them by the outside doors.

Teachers will discuss playground safety with students.  Please talk with your child about the importance of respecting safety rules.

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Students and parents of S.Y. Jackson must comply with:

If you have questions that are not answered by these various resources, please contact the S.Y. Jackson Administration, and we will help you find the answers.