5200 Ave N 1/2
(West End of Alamo School)
Galveston, Texas 77551
Meaningful Learning for Meaningful Lives
AIM College and Career Preparatory prepares graduates to become active and successful leaders in their colleges, careers and communities.
LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL
The AIM faculty joins me in extending a warm welcome to you and your child for the 2011-2012 school year. We are looking forward to providing meaningful learning experiences which will lead to success in college and future careers for your child.
We believe that the partnership between the school and the home plays a critical role in the successful education of your child. We invite you visit the school and your child’s teacher on a regular basis.
Please take the time to discuss the contents of this handbook with your child and keep it for reference throughout the year. The information included in the handbook is general. Teachers may include more information concerning specific expectations for individual courses.
If at any time you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We welcome your support, cooperation, and suggestions to make all AIM students successful. Welcome to the AIM family!
Principal, AIM College and Career Preparatory
The student will assume the following responsibilities:
The school will assume the following responsibilities:
The parent will assume the following responsibilities:
Students are expected to attend school at least 95% of the time.
Absentee Notes: After an absence, the student should report to school with a note from a parent or legal guardian. The note should contain the following items:
· Student’s printed first and last name and GISD identification number
· Date of absence
· Reason for absence
The student must give this note to the attendance clerk prior to the beginning of the instructional day. Absent notes must be received by attendance no later than three (3) days after the student’s return to school. Notes signed by the student, even with the parent’s permission, will be considered forgery.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
Students are welcome in the building at 7:30 A.M. Personnel will be available to supervise the students after this time. Therefore, for safety reasons, we appreciate your assistance in refraining from dropping them off before this time.
WE ENCOURAGE OUR STUDENTS TO ARRIVE BY 7:45 A.M. EACH DAY.
Students are instructed to use specific entrances and exits for arrival and dismissal.
Central: Students will enter/exit the building using the east entrance.
Central Bus Riders: Students will enter/exit the building using the north entrance in the back of the school.
Central: Grades 5-7 will report to the Central auditorium each morning.
San Jacinto: Students will enter/exit the building using the west entrance.
San Jacinto Bus Riders: Students will enter/exit the building using the west entrance.
San Jacinto:Grades 8-12 will report to the San Jacinto cafeteria each morning.
Please make arrangements to pick up your child at 4:00 P.M. Students will wait in the designated pick-up area until 4:15. Students not picked up by 4:15 P.M. will be escorted to the front of the building and monitored in the front office area. Students will not be allowed to wait outside the building unsupervised.
BREAKFAST AND LUNCH
Central: Breakfast will be served in the classroom from 7:45 A.M.-7:55 A.M.
San Jacinto: Breakfast is served from 7:30 A.M. - 7:50 A.M. in the cafeteria.
All GISD schools are closed campuses. Students may not leave campus for lunch. Parents are invited to eat lunch with their child in the cafeteria. Carbonated drinks and drinks with excessive amounts of caffeine are not permitted in your child's lunch.
If a child forgets or loses his/her lunch money, it should be reported to the teacher as soon as possible. The child will be allowed to call the parent to request a lunch or money. If the parent cannot be contacted, the cafeteria personnel will prepare a meal (SANDWICH) for your child at no cost.
Parents are urged to maintain an account in the cafeteria to prevent money loss problems. Money can be placed in the account in the cafeteria each day before 7:45 a.m. In addition, the MealpayPlus program may be utilized. For more information, go to: www12.mealpayplus.com
Each student will receive an application to participate in the Federal Lunch and Breakfast Program. Please return the completed application as soon as possible. One form will cover all children of one family at this school if all names and grade levels are listed.
Student Breakfast $1.10
Student Breakfast (Reduced) $ .30
Staff Breakfast $1.75
Student Lunch $2.00
Student Lunch (Reduced) $ .40
Staff Lunch $3.00
Parents of students with a communicable or contagious disease are asked to telephone the school nurse/principal. Students are not allowed to come to school until the disease is no longer contagious. Students must be fever free for 24 hours to return to school.
AIM College and Career Preparatory has the responsibility of establishing an environment in which all students will be successful. Students also have the responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner which maintains a positive school environment.
Faculty will re-direct students using the following:
In addition, the GISD Code of Conduct will be used to determine appropriate consequences.
GISD employs licensed and commissioned police officers for the safety and security of its schools, students and employees. The Police department is charged with the ethical enforcement of law, district policy and school rules while promoting good behavior, positive public relations and a rapport of trust between the officers and the population they serve.
Officers have the full authority of peace officers in accordance with the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure. In addition, GISD Police Officers have a special authority to enforce school rules and board policy. This special authority includes administrative discretion to recommend disciplinary action or administrative actions as a consequence of rule and/or policy violations. Officers have the authority to make arrests or take students or others into custody. They may issue citations for offenses and regulate the flow of vehicular and pedestrian traffic both on and off school property. They also enforce the truancy laws and the city ordinances for the violation of the daytime curfew.
MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 5-7)
· Royal blue or white 2-3 button polo-style uniform shirt;
· Khaki pants properly worn at the waist (no over-sized pants);
· Blue jeans may be worn on Friday with a school sponsored shirt (no holes, tears, or patches on jeans);
· Closed-toed shoes;
· Royal blue or white jackets are to be worn during the school day. Other jackets must be stored in student locker;
· Hoods are NOT to be worn in the building.
HIGH SCHOOL (Grades 8-12)
Students in high school are to dress in office casual which includes:
· Students must wear collared shirts;
· Solid color pants, jeans, capris, shorts to the knee or skirts to the knee (NO holes, tears or patches; also, no over-sized garments);
· Undergarments will not be visible, including bras, underwear, panties, boxers, gym shorts, etc.;
· Closed-toed shoes;
· Hoods are NOT to be worn in the building.
ADDITIONAL DRESS CODE INFORMATION
· Students will remove all hats, caps, scarves, do-rags and sunglasses upon entry into the building. Students at the high school may check these items in at the front office;
· No inappropriate attire is allowed;
· Administration reserves the right to enforce dress code on any item not listed at administrator’s discretion.
EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT
Parents shall complete an emergency care form each year that includes a place for parental consent for school officials to request medical treatment for the student, as provided by law. Parents shall also be asked to supply other information that may be required in case of an emergency; parents should update this information as often as necessary.
Field trips are intended to enhance or supplement the school’s instructional program. The school district requires parent permission and emergency information forms to be signed and returned before students are permitted to leave the campus. Therefore, we request that you sign all field trip forms prior to the day of the field trip. Adult chaperones may ride school buses on field trips if space is available. GISD policy does not allow non-GISD children to ride district buses. In order to provide a safe environment, there will be at least one adult per 15 students on a field trip. In advance of the trip, the District shall obtain a criminal history record of all persons serving as chaperones.
Research shows that homework and practice are effective instructional techniques. Students may be assigned homework Monday-Friday. Students will be provided with Student Planner (agenda) at the beginning of the school year. Students are expected to record homework assignments and other important information in the Student Planner. Student planners are organizational tools for students as well as effective communication tools for parents, teachers, and students. Replacement planners are $5.00.
Parents are encouraged to contact the teachers to discuss homework assignments and school assignments frequently.
Students are required to wear a school ID during school hours. The school will provide one ID to each student. If an ID card is lost, the cost of the replacement ID is $5.00.
LOST and FOUND
The “Lost and Found” is located in the front office area. Students must arrange for an appropriate time to go to the office to claim lost items. It is suggested that students check the “Lost and Found” before school, between classes with a pass, and after school. Any clothing left in the “Lost and Found” will be donated to a worthy charity at the end of each semester.
Parents are encouraged to discuss academic or personal concerns with your child’s teacher(s) and the principal. Prior to conferencing with the principal about a concern in the classroom, please meet with the teacher during their regular conference/planning period, before school, or after school. You may schedule a conference by calling 409-761-6960 or by emailing the teacher. Email addresses can be found on page 16.
Most of our students will celebrate birthdays during the school year. While we appreciate the desire to share this event, we will not interrupt instructional/learning time to do this. Therefore, parties will not be permitted. In addition, flowers, bouquets, etc. may not be sent to the school for your child. The office staff will not accept delivery of these items.
RELEASE OF STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL
We strongly discourage students leaving school before the end of the school day. Because class time is important, doctor’s appointments should be scheduled, if possible, at times when the student will not miss instructional time.
Students must be present 90% of each course in order to receive credit for the course.
If it becomes necessary for a student to leave school early, and the parent is unable to pick up your child, please provide a note with the name of the person authorized to pick up your child. The authorized person must show a picture ID to office personnel in order to pick up the child.
Parents requesting early release should report to the front office. Parents must have ID and remain in the office area until the student arrives. Safety is a priority.
Students who become ill during the school day shall report to the school nurse. The nurse will decide whether or not the student should be sent home and will notify the student’s parent. Parents shall report to the main office to check-out the student.
SPECIAL SERVICES CONTACT INFORMATION
Students who enter the building after 8:00 A.M. will be considered tardy.
A bus transportation request form must be completed and submitted to the transportation department. For bus routes and transportation request forms, please go to the GISD transportation webpage www.gisd.org or call the school office 409-761-6960.
If a student does not meet the academic expectation, he/she shall attend tutorial sessions. Transportation shall be provided by the parent if bus services are not available.
PARENTS AND VISITORS
Parents and visitors shall use the doorbell system for entering the building. All persons visiting the school will be required to sign-in at the school’s main office. Visitors must have identification (driver’s license, ID card). School personnel will use the V-Soft system to provide a pass to the visitor. Upon leaving the building, visitors shall report to the main office area to check-out.
What to do in case:
Students must complete all graded class work that they missed because of an absence, additional work may be required by individual teachers. By completing work missed, students avoid failing grades due to an absence. Please see GISD handbook for detailed rules and procedures.
If a student has to leave school early, a note should be written to the teacher that morning. The parent must come in to the office to sign the student out at the time of pick up. If someone other than the parent is to pick up the child, the parent must notify the office by phone and include that information in the note. Anyone signing a student out of school early must have photo ID verification for office staff and the name of that person should be listed on the Student Data Card. Early release of students should not be a regular routine. Students need to be in attendance in order to receive grades in subject areas.
Students will be counted tardy if they arrive after 8:00. Students arriving late by bus will be automatically excused. Excessive tardiness will warrant a home visit by the social worker before referring to the court. All tardy students MUST check into the office prior to reporting to class.
· You move or have a change of information
Any change of address, phone number, etc., must be reported to the office as soon as possible. The school office must be notified when these changes occur. Proof of address will be required (2 utility bills, proof of residency, driver’s license with that address). Falsifying an address may result in change of school.
Periodic address checks will be done throughout the school year. The school social worker will notify the parent of any out-of-zone verified address with a letter stating where to register the child within a required time.
All students and their parents or guardians need to understand that under state law GISD is NOT LIABLE for injuries received by students at school, no matter how caused. Therefore, the school district cannot and will not pay any medical expenses or other expenses or damages resulting from such injuries. Further, the district has no insurance insuring against such injuries or covering the student who is injured at school. Parents or guardians are, therefore, urged to obtain their own accident or medical insurance covering school injuries if they have not done so.
Please do not send your child if he/she has a fever or is otherwise ill. If your child should become ill at school, the nurse will contact you. Make sure that we have a current telephone number and address on the school health service form.
Students who become ill or injured during the school day, should, with a teacher’s permission slip, report to the school nurse. The nurse will decide whether or not the student should be sent home. The person picking the child up from the clinic must sign them out in the office. If absent the following day, the student must present a note to the attendance clerk, signed by the parent, describing the reason for the absence.
Students requiring medications at school must follow the appropriate district policy of having a physician approve medication using the appropriate form (NO EXCEPTIONS). Medication should be sent in the container obtained from your pharmacy. It should be labeled with the child’s name, date, name of drug, dosage, physician’s name, and prescription number. Please do not send medication in an envelope or other container. A parent, however, can administer medications such as aspirin, cough syrup, etc., if he or she comes to the school to administer such medication to their child. Failure of parents to send needed medication prescribed by a doctor will be viewed as neglect and referred to the social worker.
Students will not be excused from participating in Physical Education classes unless there is a written excuse from the parent or a doctor. Physical education is a state requirement and participation is mandatory. Our goal is to teach children good health habits and to exercise daily.
If your child loses an article of clothing or any large item, he/she should check with the lost and found in the front office.
REMINDER: To assist your child in identifying his school supplies and clothes, please label or mark the items. The school is not responsible for articles lost. Any articles not claimed will be taken to a community service center by the second week in June.
If a child forgets or loses his/her lunch money, it should be reported to the office. The child will call you and ask you to bring their lunch or money. However, we do not anticipate a child forgetting his/her lunch money on a frequent basis. This will be closely monitored by cafeteria and office personnel.
Teacher Contact Information
Heidi Alcala firstname.lastname@example.org
Creacy Brown email@example.com
Larry Burroughs firstname.lastname@example.org
Deanie Cisneros email@example.com
Linda Davis firstname.lastname@example.org
Dale Jensen email@example.com
Tisha McCollum firstname.lastname@example.org
David Mulrooney email@example.com
Karen Nickel firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Sebastian email@example.com
Barbara Smith firstname.lastname@example.org
McKay Tally email@example.com
Lonnetta Walker firstname.lastname@example.org
Dee Williams email@example.com
Support Personnel Contact Information
Jean Fullen firstname.lastname@example.org Principal
Sanjuanita Gutierrez email@example.com Counselor
Janice Longoria firstname.lastname@example.org Instructional Specialist
Theresa Low email@example.com Secretary
Yaland Shankle firstname.lastname@example.org Attendance/Registrar
Kathy Tramonte email@example.com Librarian
ELECTRONIC HANDBOOK OPTION
My child and I have been offered the option to receive a paper copy or to electronically access it at http://www.gisd.org.
I understand that the handbook contains information that my child and I may need during the school year and that all students will be held accountable for their behavior and will be subject to the disciplinary consequences outlined in the GISD Student Code of Conduct. If I have any questions regarding this handbook, I should direct those questions to the school administration by calling (409) 761-6960.
_____I choose to receive a paper copy of the handbook.
_____I choose electronic access instead of receiving a printed copy:
Printed name of student:
Signature of student:
Signature of parent: