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Midland Christian Elementary School
1902 Northrup Dr.
Midland, TX 79705
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We are so glad that you have chosen Midland Christian School for your child's education. We are prayerful that the 2015-2016 school year will be a successful year for students, teachers and parents.
This handbook is to provide you with the information you need to know about our school's policies and procedures. As always, there are some changes from last year's procedures and with all the construction, that is definitely true this year so you will need to read this handbook very carefully.
If you have any questions or concerns, after reading through the handbook, please feel free to come by our office and visit with us. We are always happy to get to know you.
In Christ's Love,
Your Elementary Principals
SPECIAL NOTE: Additional policy statements are available upon request. Please contact the Administrative offices if you desire this information.
Prekindergarten 8:15 - 2:00
Kindergarten 8:15 - 2:30
Primary Grades (1 - 3) 8:15 - 3:15
Intermediate Grades (4 - 6) 8:30 - 3:30
The mission of Midland Christian School is to assist parents in leading students to love God and to seek truth by training them in a Christ-centered environment that emphasizes moral and academic excellence and inspires them to develop their God-given talents for lives of Christian leadership and service.
Midland Christian School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of the school.
Excused Absences: Regular and punctual attendance is important in maintaining continuity in the learning process. There are times when it is necessary for a student to miss classes due to personal illness, serious illness or death in the family, or school-related events. These absences are considered excused, and the student will be given an opportunity to make up class work missed. Parents need to call the school office (694-4027) BY 10 a.m. when a child is going to be absent or late. If you wish to pick up make-up work after school is out, please tell the secretary when you call in the absence.
PLEASE do NOT interrupt the classroom teacher to ask for work. Make-up work will be placed on the white shelves between the office and the stairs. Students will be allowed two days for the first absence and one day for each successive absence to complete their make-up work.
Unexcused Absences: Absences are considered unexcused when no reason is given or when the reason given is unacceptable (such as: visiting the beauty or barber shop, sleeping late, shopping, studying for tests, preparing for parties, etc.) An Unexcused Absence is also given for five (5) Unexcused Tardies.
All EARLY CHILDHOOD, PRIMARY and INTERMEDIATE students leaving school during the regular school day must be signed out in the office of their building. If a student needs to leave school during the day for an appointment, a note should be given to the teacher in the morning stating the reason and the time the student will be picked up. A parent/guardian may not go to the classroom to get his/her child without first going to the office and signing the student out on the daily sign-out sheet. It will be counted as a half-day absence for Early Childhood students who arrive after 9:30 or leave before 12:30; Primary students who arrive after 10:00 a.m. or leave before 1:30 p.m.; and for Intermediate students who arrive after 10:15 or leave before 1:45.
Loss of Credit: Any student who has more than ten (10) excused or unexcused absences during any semester may not receive credit for that semester's work. In cases of major illness which are documented by a physician, or in other special circumstances, the above may be appealed to the appropriate principal. Chronic absences, including those given for every 5 tardies, may result in disciplinary action or the requirement of Saturday school or summer school hours to make up the excessive absences.
Tardies: The tardy bell rings at 8:15 for grades PK-3 and 8:30 for grades 4-6. Students should be in their classrooms when the bell rings. If a student is tardy, the parent should come into the school office to sign in the student and to record the time of arrival or send a note with the child stating the reason for the student's late arrival. Excessive unexcused tardies will reflect on Perfect Attendance awards because five tardies equal an absence for grades K-6th. Please make every effort to be at school on time.
Family Trips: We discourage trips of any kind while school is in session as any absence affects the learning process. This is especially true in the primary and intermediate grades where so many of the activities missed cannot be made up. When trips are necessary, such as for serious family illness or death in the family, we request the following action:
1) Notify each teacher IN WRITING prior to leaving town (at least 24 hours in advance if possible).
2) Make arrangements for make-up work as approved by the teacher or teachers involved.
Arrival at School
Prekindergarten & Kindergarten: If you arrive before 8:15 a.m., go to the designated unloading area at the front of the Early Childhood Building where an aide will be on duty. After 8:15, you will need to park and walk your child to the appropriate classroom.
1st-3rd Grades: Before 8:00, please take students to the McGraw Gym. Aides will be on duty at that location at 7:30 each morning. Children should not be in the classroom prior to 8:10 because teachers are taking care of their morning responsibilities. At 8:00 or later, first, second and third grade students may be dropped off in the circle drive at the front of the Elementary building.
After School Care: If After School Care is needed, you will need to make arrangements with the Director of the After School Care Program or through the main office in the High School.
4th-6th Grades: These students are not allowed upstairs before 8:20 each morning. Before 8:20, the students need to go to the McGraw gym. Students are not to wait in the stairwells or outside by the benches.
After 8:10 a.m., Intermediate students may be dropped off in the DRIVE-THROUGH at the SOUTH END of the Elementary building. They may then wait in the foyer until time to go upstairs. Please drop off your children at the proper locations so they will be supervised at all times while they are at school.
All primary students (grades 1-3) receive an award at the award ceremony. This ceremony is held at the end of the year. Intermediate students (grades 4-6) receive awards based on their grades (All A and A-B Honor Roll) and achievements, so not all receive an award.
Textbooks are issued to all students, and it is their responsibility to properly care for these materials. Any student who loses or abuses a textbook will be required to pay for its replacement. All textbooks must be covered. Please do not damage textbooks by using contact paper, duct tape or self-stick covers.
Bringing Items to School
Extra money, cell phones, ipods, mp3 players, hand-held games or items of extreme value, such as expensive jewelry and watches, should not be worn or brought to school at any time. Non-educational items such as cell phones or toys (i.e. Game Boys, CD players) detract from the planned activities during class and can cause disruption before and after school. PLEASE do NOT allow your child to bring any item of this type.
All students in grades PK-6 will eat lunch in the MCS Cafeteria. Students must either bring a sack lunch or purchase the meal served in the cafeteria. Students in grades 4-6 may only microwave food that is in a microwavable container and takes two minutes or less to warm. The younger students are NOT allowed to use the microwaves. Students must order a lunch if they do not bring a lunch from home or plan to eat with their parents on or off campus. Skipping lunch is NOT an option. We want all of our students to eat lunch every day to ensure better learning. Parents may park in the lot across from the playground.
Because of new offerings in the cafeteria, there will be NO Fast Food Day, however, parents may take students out for lunch any day. Students may leave campus during lunch WITH THEIR parent AFTER that parent has signed them out in the office of the Elementary building (first through sixth grades) or the office in the Early Childhood Building. (PreK and Kindergarten.) Please notify the teacher ahead of time, if at all possible. You must sign your child back in when you return. Please do NOT take your child to lunch before their scheduled time. If a group is going to lunch together, each child must be signed out by his/her parent. Sending a note giving permission is not acceptable.
Lunch charges are:
All Elementary trays are $ 3.25 per meal
Milk and Ice Cream cost $ .75 per item
Chick-Fil-A on Wednesday costs $3.75 for students
MCS has lunch accounts on line so new parents will need to create an account so money can be added to your child's account. You will need to go to K12paymentcenter.com to set up lunch accounts and to add money. You may still send checks or cash for lunches to the High School office, but they must be in amounts no smaller than $20 because it takes time for the accountants to enter it into your child's account. We encourage parents to purchase at least twenty meals at a time to reduce bookkeeping.
Lunch times are:
PK - 10:45 - 11:10 Kinder 11:20 - 11:45
1st Grade 11:05 - 11:30 2nd Grade 10:55 - 11:20 3rd Grade 11:15 - 11:40
4th Grade - 11:55 - 12:20 5th Grade 11:35 - 12:00 6th Grade 11:45 - 12:10
Please note: Students should NOT charge more than one lunch. Please check your child's balance every week.
Primary and Intermediate students will NOT be permitted to buy drinks, chips or other items from the vending machines during lunch time. Students may not bring soft drinks from home. Lunchables with cola drinks should not be brought to school unless the colas have been removed. NO DRINKS WITH HIGH SUGAR OR HIGH CAFFEINE CONTENT OR DRINKS IN GLASS CONTAINERS ARE ALLOWED. PLEASE DO NOT BUY FOOD FOR OTHER STUDENTS.
Students are not allowed to use or visibly possess a cell phone during school hours. If a cell phone is seen or heard or reported to a staff member, it will be taken up and not returned for 3 days. At that point a parent may pick up the phone in the elementary office by paying a fine of $25. Repeated violations of the personal cell phone policy will result in additional disciplinary action.
All MCS students will attend daily Chapel. Students in grades Prekindergarten through Six (PK-6) will attend Chapel in the Thomason Gym 8:40-9:00 on Tuesdays through Fridays. An all school Chapel will be held on Mondays in the Thomason Gym from 9:20-9:40. Parents are invited to participate with us in these periods of devotion, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEIR CHILDREN ARE ACTIVELY PRESENTING THE PROGRAM OR RECEIVING RECOGNITION.
Every Friday we recognize students who have a birthday that week. Each week we also honor students with recognition awards. Your child's teacher will let you know when your child is being honored.
Communication - Special Custody Situations
In the case of divorce or separation, the school needs a copy of the necessary court papers and will communicate with the parent or guardian who has legal or primary custody of a student. Arrangements can be made through the school office for non-custodial parents to receive school information.
MCS exists primarily for the purpose of making Christ and Christian principles the dominating influences in the lives of its students. Disciplinary guidelines are deemed necessary by the Administration of Midland Christian for the orderly operation of the school, for physical safety, for the establishment of an atmosphere conducive to learning, and for the accomplishment of our stated purposes. Disciplinary action will be administered as uniformly and consistently as possible, while at the same time recognizing that each student and each incident must be assessed individually in regard to background, attitude, and repetition.
Disciplinary action can include a verbal or written warning, notification of parents, After-School Detention, corporal punishment, suspension (ISS-in school or at home), disciplinary probation, or expulsion. It should be noted that several offenses are considered to be of such serious nature as to warrant suspension or expulsion following the first incident. These include, but are not limited to possession or use on school property or at school sponsored events of fireworks, firearms, knives, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, etc.
DRESS CODE FOR PK—6TH GRADE:
1. Radical hairstyles are not appropriate (i.e. shaved areas on head, mohawks). Boys’ bangs must NOT touch the eyebrows. Girls are not to color their hair an unnatural color.
2. Young men should keep their hair clean and well groomed at all times and should not be longer in the back than the bottom of the collar on a regular dress shirt, not be longer than the bottom of the collar on a regular dress shirt, not be longer than the bottom of the ear on the sides. BANGS cannot be longer than the top of the eyebrow. Boys are not to wear headbands and permed hair must be neat and well-groomed.
1. No piercings except girls’ ear lobes.
2. NO TATOOS except MCS Cheek Cheers sold by cheerleaders.
3. Jewelry or bracelets with inappropriate or suggestive language are not to be worn by boys or girls.
1. Shirts cannot be too tight or low cut in front or back . No spaghetti strap blouses. NO TANK TOPS or racer-back shirts. Shirts/blouses are to have regular cut armholes.
2. Straps and any other part of underwear are not to be visible. Undergarments should NOT be visible through clothing. 3. Skin around the midriff should not be visible.
1. Pants should not be too low (no sagging pants) or too tight. Do not wear oversized, baggy or skin-tight pants. Pants with words printed across the bottom are not appropriate either.
2. Ragged, holey or distressed jeans with worn out spots should not be worn.
3. All shorts, skirts, or dresses (including slits in skirts or dresses) must touch the top of the knee cap for 4th, 5th and 6th students. The appropriate length for PK through 3rd is to be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee. Because of playground activities, we request that girls wear shorts under their skirts/dresses.
1. Leggings will be allowed but should not be TOO tight.
2. When wearing leggings, the top/shirt worn must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee for 4th, 5th and 6th grade students. The top for PK through 3rd students wearing leggings must be no shorter than 4 inches above the knee.
It is important that young men and women dress modestly and behave appropriately as students of a Christian School. No hairstyle or clothing style should be a distraction. NO SKULLS or INAPPROPRIATE pictures/ words on clothing or backpacks. Students are not to wear hats or caps in the buildings.
Students are not allowed to use or visibly possess cell phones, iPod/MP3 players, CD players, games, etc., or to wear earphones at any time during school hours. If a cell phone is seen, heard, or reported, it will be taken for 3 days and the parent will have to come to the office and pay $25 to pick up the phone.
Drills for fire, tornado, and unexpected situations requiring a lock down will be practiced periodically during the school year. Please talk to your children about the reasons for these drills so they will not be anxious when they occur.
Field trips may be scheduled throughout the year to supplement areas of study. Occasionally, students may be asked to pay an admission fee; however, no student will be excluded from attending because he is unable to pay. A "Permission for Field Trips" form, signed by the parent or legal guardian, must be on file at the school in order for a student to participate in field trips. The permission form will be filled out at Open House Registration. Parents will be notified in advance of scheduled field trips.
Food and Treats / Water
MCS encourages all parents to bring HEALTHY treats for snacks instead of sweets such as cookies and candy. Teachers must be consulted regarding occasional treats brought to school for special events, such as birthdays. For safety and health reasons, such as severe allergies, please check with the teacher prior to the event. GUM IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME.
ONLY PLAIN WATER is allowed in water bottles used in the classrooms.
Foul Weather Procedures
In the event of severe weather (especially snow storms), MCS will follow the same school closing procedures as the public schools. Please listen to the local media for this information, or see the MISD Website. However, when MISD has early dismissals, MCS does not. However, parents may pick their children up early.
At MCS, we ask students to participate in two (2) fundraising activities each year: the Magazine Sale and the Mustang Run. We encourage your support of these important activities. These fundraisers directly support student activities, instructional and athletic programs, and transportation needs.
The Midland Christian School Grading Scale is as follows:
A = 90 - 100 B = 80 - 89 C = 70 - 79 F = 69 and below
Students in classes that are upstairs are assigned lockers. These lockers may NOT be decorated on the outside of the locker but pictures, mirrors, etc. may be put on the inside of the lockers. Parents and students are NOT to use the lockers for party invitations or special treats for selected students because it hurts feelings of those not included. Lockers may be decorated for birthdays but must be taken down the following day.
Lost and Found
Please mark all items of clothing (especially MCS shirts) and supplies with your child's first and last names. Items properly labeled will be returned to the child. Other student property will be placed in the Lost and Found. You may check with office personnel about lost articles at any time. Jewelry, money, glasses, and watches are placed in the office. Items not claimed will be given to a charitable organization at the end of the year.
The School Nurse is on duty from 8:00 - 4:00 each day. If it is necessary for a parent to be contacted concerning an illness or injury at school, the nurse will make the call, not the student. All medications are administered by clinic staff and must comply with the following guidelines.
1. All medication, prescription or over-the-counter medicine to be given must be in the original container and be accompanied by a dated permission slip signed by the parent/legal guardian along with instructions for any over the counter medication. Prescription drugs will be given as indicated on the label.
2. No medications will be supplied by MCS.
3. Any student with a fever of 100.5 or above will be sent home and is NOT to return to school until fever-free for 24 hours or if throwing up, must have NOT have thrown up for 24 hours.
Memos and Notes
Memos and notes are sent home periodically to notify parents of upcoming events, school news and other important information. The only way the school has to send these notes home is with the students. Please urge your children to bring all communication home. It is helpful if you make a habit of looking through all folders and backpacks for any information or memos that your child might have forgotten to give you.
Parking and Traffic Regulations
When visiting the campus, please park in the lots across from the school or on the curb. Please note that there is NO parking in the pull-through lanes in front of each building - ESPECIALLY at each entrance or during school hours. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN FRONT OR AT THE SIDE OF OUR NEIGHBORS' HOUSES!
As the safety of our children is our top priority, please slow down and drive carefully on Sinclair and Northrup, especially during peak traffic times beginning at 7:30.
After School Pick-up
To lessen our traffic problems, we need your help. First, common courtesy and patience will make the pick-up time less stressful. Second, please do not visit with your child's teacher or your friends in the pick-up lines as this can cause unnecessary delays for other parents. PLEASE BE PROMPT in picking up your children. AFTER SCHOOL CARE IS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO CANNOT BE PICKED UP WITHIN 15 MINUTES AFTER DISMISSAL.
Prekindergarten: (2:00) loads at the south drive-through at the end of the Early Childhood building. Please enter the drive-through off of Sinclair in front of the Secondary Building and drive around to the front of the building.
Kindergarten: (2:30) loads at the south drive-through at the end of the Early Childhood building. Please enter the drive-through off of Sinclair in front of the Secondary Building and drive around to the front the building. Two classes will load at the end of the Elementary Building.
1st grade: (3:15) loads at the south drive-through of the Elementary building. Please enter the drive-through off of Sinclair BY TURNING LEFT.
2nd grade: (3:15) loads at the front drive-through of the Elementary building.
3rd grade: (3:10) loads at the McGraw Gym.
4th grade: (3:30) loads at the southeast end of the Elementary building. Please turn off Gulf and drive through the parking lot at the east side of the High School until you get to the area between the Early Childhood Building and the Elementary.
5th grade: (3:30) loads at the Student Life Center by the Football Field.
6th grade: (3:30) loads at the front drive-through of the Elementary building. Please do NOT arrive early because 2nd grade loads there at 3:15.
Prekindergarten, Kindergarten and After School Care: Please enter the drive-through off of Sinclair in front of the Secondary Building and drive around to the front of the Early Childhood Building. PLEASE STAY IN YOUR CAR.
1st—6th grade: You may come through the pickup lines and let the teachers load your child, or you may park on the curb in the area that is adjacent to the school (not in front of our neighbors' homes) to come get your child.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT SIGNS ARE POSTED FOR NO PARKING IN SOME AREAS. If you park on the curb and want to visit with other moms, please take your child and move away from the loading area. If you have gotten one child and are waiting for another, please keep the first child with you and supervised.
PLEASE FOLLOW MAP DIRECTIONS!!
ALL GRADES: Please do not wait inside the building or immediately outside the exit doors if you are waiting for your child. Please allow the teacher to get all of her class outside before picking up your child. This helps her to keep track of all of her students during this busy time of the day.
If you have children in both the Primary and Intermediate departments, your younger child may go to the older child's pick up area ONLY AFTER HIS/HER GRADE LEVEL IS FINISHED LOADING AND RETURNS TO THE FOYER. Please let your child's teacher know if you want to pick up at one place.
Regardless of where you pick up, PLEASE BE SURE THE TEACHER KNOWS THAT YOU HAVE YOUR CHILD.
Please be certain your child is picked up within 15 minutes after they are dismissed. If you need to pick them up later, please arrange for After School Care so they can be properly supervised. You may pick them up there at your convenience until 5:30 p.m. If there is a problem with your child being picked up at the correct time, please call and let the office know. The younger children may become worried if their ride is late. On bad weather days, students wait inside their hallways at the pick-up area.
Pick-up and Drop-off Maps
Parties may be held in the classroom if the teacher is agreeable. If the teacher approves a pizza party that is just for one class, it must be in the classroom, NOT the cafeteria. PLEASE use discretion when choosing treats. (No red drinks, gooey cake, etc.) Also, PLEASE do not serve anything with bright-colored icing.
Invitations for birthday or other parties that are passed out at school must be given to every child in the class. If only a few are invited, the invitations need to be mailed directly to those students. Please do NOT put invitations in cubbies or lockers. Birthday treats may be shared in the classroom if the teacher is agreeable or in the lunchroom, if the parent passes them out. Aides do NOT have time to pass out treats.
Every child is expected to participate every day. If your child is not able to participate, we must have a note from the parent. After 3 days of not participating, a doctor's excuse must be brought to the office. All students are required to wear tennis shoes in P. E. class. If your child does not want to wear tennis shoes to school, he/she can bring a pair to change into for P. E.
SCHOOL PICTURES are made each fall and spring. Purchase is elective. All students will have their pictures taken for the yearbook.
Progress Reports / Report Cards
Every effort will be made to communicate with parents concerning academic performance. In addition to report cards (issued each six weeks), teachers will communicate with parents by sending Progress Reports, as necessary. RenWeb may also be utilized by parents to check grades.
It is vital that the school has the most recent information about every student. If there are any changes during the year, such as address, phone, cell phone numbers, or medical information, please inform the teacher and the Main Office so we can make the appropriate changes.
Teachers determine what beginning of the year supplies are needed for their students, and those items are purchased by the school. Parents pay a supply fee for these supplies at Open House Registration. The parents are then responsible for replenishing supplies as the year progresses.
All students in Grades K-6 will be tested at least two times each year on the NWEA (Northwest Evaluation Association) computer test. Parents will be notified of the times and the results of the student testing.
Request forms may be picked up beginning February 1, 2016, and must be turned in by May 13, 2016. All requests are prayerfully considered along with teacher input and other factors. PLEASE do NOT tell your child who you requested because they may not get that teacher.
The MCS phone system is for business purposes only. Students are not allowed to use school phones except in emergency situations, such as needing a change of clothes. Students should not be having to call for forgotten homework, lunches or illness. The nurse takes care of all illness calls, so PLEASE do not tell your child to call you if he/she is not feeling well.
To ensure the safety of our students, all the doors of the Early Childhood and Elementary Building will be locked at 8:30 each morning. Parents and all other visitors must come to the front doors and be buzzed in by the receptionist. Then parents need to go to the office to sign in and obtain a visitor's pass. Before leaving, the visitor's pass is to be returned to the office.
In an effort to eliminate unnecessary classroom interruptions, we request that you please leave lunch boxes, money, books, etc. (that students may have forgotten) in the appropriate office, and an aide will make the delivery.