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Dear Parents/Guardians and Students,
At Downey Elementary School we believe in order
for our students to be successful, parents and
school staff must work together. When we are
united in our efforts in the best interests of
children, we can be a very positive influence for
students, families, and the community at large. The
principal and staff at Downey Elementary are
committed to establish and maintain positive working
relationships between the school and the home.
We also understand that when students walk
through the doors of our school, you as a
parent/guardian, are entrusting us with the most
precious of all resources; your own children. We
take our responsibilities very seriously in this
regard. If you have any problems or concerns about
your child's education, please contact the school
early on so together we can work out the best
Thank you for placing your trust and confidence in
our school and staff. Our challenge is to foster
successful academic and social development in each
and every child. We pledge the very best effort
toward that end.
7:55 Doors open
Breakfast is served in the lunchroom.
8:15 1st bell
8:20 School begins
12:10-1:05 Lunch and recess
(Time differs within this time span per grade level)
4:05 School dismissed
4:08 1st bus departs
4:30 2nd bus departs
4:35 3rd bus departs
Our mission is to teach all students the basic skills
they will need to succeed in their further education,
to enjoy learning, to be confident, to be responsible
productive citizens, and to develop basic values of
integrity, tolerance, and respect for others.
Regular attendance is vital to a student's good
performance in school. Please call the school by 9:00
a.m. on a day your child is absent. Teachers need
prior notice to prepare homework assignments for
absent students. Lessons may be picked up after
school at 4:00 p.m.
According to board policy (501.1) parents are to
meet with the school attendance committee if a
student has missed 14.4 days of school during the
school year. Retention may be considered if the
student's absences have had a detrimental effect
on his/her academic performance.
The school district provides a homebound teacher
for students who (under a doctor's recommendation)
cannot attend school for an extended period of time
(10 days or more). Parents may contact the school
secretary for eligibility requirements.
The school office maintains a record of all results
of testing required by the state which includes the
ISAT, IRI, Direct Writing and Direct Math
Assessments. Results are available upon written
Reporting Pupil Progress
Progress reports (report cards) are sent home
every nine weeks. Student reports include
information about your child's progress in academics,
conduct, and effort. Students are evaluated in
relationship to their ability. The progress reports
should not be considered a total reporting of your
child's achievement. We encourage you to contact
the school at any time for information about the
academic growth of your child.
Student grades are also available on Power Grade.
Passwords are available for access.
Grades are based on classroom grading formulas and
may include test scores, daily work, extra credit
assignments, homework assignments, and display of
90-100 -------- A
80-89 ---------- B
70-79 ---------- C
60-69 ---------- D
59 or Below - F
Physical Education (PE) and Fine Arts are Pass/Fail.
School is a child's work. Since students work 5.5
hours during the school day, our philosophy is to give
a limited amount of homework. Exceptions are
special projects and work that is not completed at
school. Homework encourages a good work ethic,
personal responsibility, and growth in academic
Promotion of Students
Student retention or promotion decisions are made
by the principal in consultation with the teacher and
parent. Academic, social, emotional, physical
characteristics, and the attendance record of the
student is taken into account in reaching decisions to
promote or retain.
Textbooks are provided free of charge for all
students. Students MUST accept responsibility for
their care and safekeeping. Compensation for lost or
damaged books is expected.
Psychological and Social Services
Psychological services and testing are available to
students through the Marsh Valley School District
#21 office upon referral and parental consent.
Downey Elementary School receives funding through
the Title I Program. This program provides an
instructor to assist identified Title I students
achieve targeted gains in specific academic areas.
Downey Elementary School receives funding through
IDEA 1997 and has established a resource program
to assist learning disabled students in reaching
academic and behavior goals as mutually agreed upon
by parents, teacher, and appropriate service
providers. Parents may refer their child to be
considered for this program by submitting a referral
to the school office.
The Downey Elementary School Media Center is
centrally located in the school making it easily
accessible for all classrooms. The Media Center has
multimedia computers with Internet connections to
assist students in doing research projects. The
Media Center provides electronic encyclopedias along
with reading, writing, science, and math programs
for student use. Each classroom is equipped with a
video monitor, a VCR, and several multimedia
computers also with Internet access.
Downey Elementary has a computer lab with
Internet access where students work on assignments
and projects. Every student working in the lab
MUST abide by the technology contract signed by
the parent/guardian and the student to assure
appropriate use of school computers and the
Presidential Academic Excellence Award
This award is presented to sixth grade students
who have demonstrated academic excellence during
their fourth and fifth grade years, and the first
semester of sixth grade. To receive this award,
students must maintain a 3.5 GPA for this period of
time and score in the 85th percentile on either the
reading or math sections of the ISAT test. This is
a district-wide awards program and certificates are
presented at an awards presentation program during
the month of May.
General Building Rules
1. Use appropriate language.
2. Keep hands, feet, objects, and rude remarks to
3. Walk quietly in the building.
4. Follow the directions of the school staff.
1. Play in designated areas.
2. Use only approved balls and equipment on the
3. Use ALL playground equipment safely.
4. Avoid tackling or any other form or rough play.
1. Enter the lunchroom quietly.
2. Use quiet voices.
3. Sit while eating.
4. Use good table manners.
5. Clean up their table area when finished eating.
1. Obey the driver.
2. Talk in quiet voices.
3. Keep hands, feet, head etc. in the bus.
4. Will NOT throw or hand any item out of the bus
5. Stay in the seat while the bus is moving.
6. Walk in front of the bus when it is necessary to
cross the street when getting on or off of the bus.
7. Keep hands, feet, objects, and rude remarks to
8. Remain on the school sidewalk until the bus comes
to a complete stop and permission is granted to
board the bus.
Level I Rules and Violation Procedures
All students are expected to be courteous and
respectful to others, to play fair, take turns, and
to follow the rules. When students fail to comply,
they will be verbally corrected. In the event he or
she continues to be non-compliant, they will be
referred to the classroom teacher for discipline. In
the case of a playground violation, the child will be
removed from play for a time out period and his/her
teacher will be notified via documentation on the
recess incident report. Discipline may include loss of
the next recess, time out in class, time out in
another classroom, or loss of recess privileges for a
specified time period.
Level II Rules and Violation Procedures
Students are expected to be honest and show
respect towards each other and all adults in the
school at all times. Failure to do so will result in
Level II Rule violations. Examples of Level II
violations include the following: Lying, cheating,
being disrespectful to adults or other students in
school, use of profanity or obscene language,
bullying, teasing, shoving, name calling, fighting, etc.
Discipline procedures for Level II Rule violations
are as follows:
1. The classroom teacher will investigate the facts
concerning the incident and confer with the building
2. The building principal may inform the parents and
convene a conference with them to formulate a plan
to eliminate the inappropriate behavior.
3. The building principal may assign consequences
such as suspension, loss of a privilege, or work
Level III Rules and Violation Procedures
The following types of student conduct, while under
the supervision of the school, on or off of the
school grounds, will constitute a Level III violation:
1. Willful disobedience or failing to comply with
direct and reasonable directions of a staff member.
2. Extortion by means of force or threat to obtain
money or property from another student.
3. Intimidation of any person with threat of bodily
4. Disruption of school related activities by depriving
others of the use of school buildings, school
grounds, or parts thereof through violence, force,
noise, threat, passive resistance, or other conduct,
which interferes with educational activities.
5. Causing or attempting to cause damage to school
property or private property.
6. Stealing or attempting to steal.
7. Intentionally causing, attempting to cause, or
behaving in such a way as to cause physical injury to
any student or school employee.
9. Possession, handling, or exhibiting any object,
which may be considered a weapon or dangerous
10. Any action that would threaten the health,
safety, and well being of students, teachers,
employees, or parents.
11. Possessing, using, or being under the influence
of any drug, illegal substance, alcohol, tobacco, or
any intoxicant of any kind.
12. Possessing or distributing pornographic materials.
Level III discipline procedures will proceed as
1. The classroom teacher will investigate the facts
concerning the incident and notify the building
2. The principal will interview the student concerning
3. The principal will contact the parents (and any
government agencies if necessary) by telephone or
letter and assign any combination of the following
a. work detail
b. loss of recess
c. loss of privileges
f. suspension out of school
g. suspension in school
h. refer to superintendent for expulsion
i. referral to Bannock County Sheriff
j. referral to Juvenile Justice
Any school schedule changes due to snow, ice,
flooding, etc., will be announced by the
superintendent's office. When severe weather is
threatening, watch Channel 6 television for
information on school closures, delayed openings, or
The school staff has organized a communication
(calling) tree and will attempt to notify
parents/guardians by telephone.
The school telephone is answered between 8:00
a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Messages to teachers or
students will be placed in the teacher's mailbox.
Only in an emergency will a teacher or student be
called to the phone during class time.
Students will be allowed to use the telephone during
the day with written permission of the classroom
For the protection of the students and the
integrity of the instructional program, all visitors
are to sign in at the school office. Please, do NOT
go directly to your child's classroom. Visitors will be
issued an identification tag (ID badge) to wear while
in the school.
Anyone who may need to deliver an article to a child
is requested to leave it at the office so it may be
delivered at an appropriate time without disrupting
Parents are encouraged to visit school frequently
and actively participate in the education of their
child. We request that parents avoid conferring with
teachers during such visits, but rather schedule a
conference at a mutually acceptable time.
Children who are NOT enrolled at Downey
Elementary School will NOT be allowed to attend
school with a friend or relative who is enrolled.
Occasionally students become ill. When this
situation interferes with learning or is infectious to
other students, parents should keep their child at
If a child requires a prescription medication during
school hours, the medication MUST be turned in to
the office with a permission form signed by the
parent and the attending physician. (Forms are
available at the school office.) No medication will be
dispensed without written permission.
Prescription medications MUST be brought to school
in the original container showing the pharmacy name
and the prescription number. School staff can NOT
dispense any over-the-counter medications.
Only approved staff members will be allowed to
administer prescription medication. A second staff
member will witness the administering of the
School Dress and Grooming
Students shall dress in a manner that shows
respect for the educational environment and is
befitting the day's activities. Student's clothing and
jewelry must not present a health or safety hazard,
a distraction to the learning process, or interfere
with or disrupt the school's educational mission.
Disruption is defined as reactions by other
individuals to the clothing, hairstyle, or adornment,
which cause the teacher/administrator to lose
attention of the students, to modify or cease
instructional activities, or to deal with student
confrontations or complaints.
The following definitions apply:
1. Personal items such as clothing, paraphernalia,
jewelry, backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water
bottles, etc., shall be free of writing, pictures, or
other insignias, which are crude, vulgar, profane,
violent, or sexually suggestive.
2. Items which bear advertising, promotions and
likenesses of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, or which
are contrary to the educational mission of the school
shall not be allowed.
3. Hair, which is so conspicuous, extreme, or odd in
color or style that it draws undo attention, disrupts,
or tends to disrupt or interfere with the learning
atmosphere at the school, shall not be allowed.
4. All students shall wear clean clothing. Clothing,
jewelry, accessories and piercings which are so
conspicuous, extreme, or odd that they draw undue
attention, disrupt, or tend to disrupt, interfere with
or pose a health or safety issue to the learning
atmosphere at the school shall not be allowed.
5. Students shall not wear clothes that are
mutilated, cut off, or immodest, e.g. short shorts,
mini-skirts, bare midriffs, halter-tops, spaghetti
straps, tank shirts, pajamas, or similar clothing.
6. Clothing shall cover the midriff, underwear,
backs, shoulders, and cleavage at all times. Skirts,
dresses and shorts must be at least mid-thigh
length or longer when the student is seated.
7. Hats or headgear of any kind are not allowed
within the classroom except as part of an approved
activity, or for religious or medical purposes.
8. Gang related clothing, colors, and paraphernalia
shall not be allowed at school or school activities.
School officials will determine what constitutes
"gang" clothing, colors, and paraphernalia after
consultation with law enforcement agencies as
9. Shoes shall be worn at all times to ensure
personal safety and hygiene.
Weapons Brought to School
Marsh Valley School District #21 policy has a "zero
tolerance" statement for weapons brought to school
by students. Students are NOT allowed to bring any
type of knife, gun, etc. to school.
Students are not to bring personal items to school
such as toys, cell phones, electronic devices, etc.
The school will NOT accept responsibility for
breakage or loss. Roller blades and skateboards are
NOT allowed at school.
Clothing such as coats, sweaters, sweat shirts,
etc., should be plainly marked with your child's
Students who choose to ride bicycles to school are
NOT to ride them on school grounds. Bicycles are to
be kept in the school bike rack during school hours.
Students are required to pay an annual fee of
$10.00 for student assemblies. This fee is due at
the beginning of school and is payable at the school
School Lunch program
Downey Elementary School offers both a breakfast
and a hot lunch and an afternoon snack program for
students. Parents may arrange to eat school lunch
with their children by calling the school before 9:00
a.m. Free and reduced meal programs are available
to all eligible students. Applications can be obtained
at the school office. For information regarding
current meal costs parents/guardians should contact
the school secretary.
A free breakfast and afternoon snack are provided
for ALL students each morning in the lunchroom.
A copy of the student's immunization record and
birth certificate must be placed in each student's
cumulative record. Parents/Guardians may view the
file upon written request.