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Student & Parent Handbook 2017-2018

International Academy of Denver Parent & Student Handbook

2017-2018

International Academy of Denver, an IB Candidancy School, is dedicated to challenging all of its students to reach their greatest potential and attain high academic achievement.

Academic achievement is the product of the knowledge, skills, performance, responsibility, behaviors, and effort of all the partners in a student’s learning. For each student to reach or exceed his/her academic expectations, the student, teacher and parent must each accept his/her share of responsibility and respect in promoting educational progress. International Academy of Denver expects each partner to bring these assets to the educational process every day:

 

  • Student: ready to learn, accept responsibility for work and behavior, communicate with parents and teachers, work hard, and accept challenges.
  • Teacher: instruct, facilitate, set student and classroom expectations, assess student’s progress, communicate with students and parents, and establish a safe and rigorous learning environment.
  • Parent: support student’s effort and progress, reinforce expectations and skills, communicate with student and teacher, and ensure student arrives at school ready to learn.


International Academy of Denver

SCHOOL PROCEDURES

 

PHONE NUMBERS

Attendance Line                              (720) 424-6444

Office Number                                  (720) 424-6420

FAX Number                                     (720) 424-6445

DPS Weather Hotline                     (720) 423-3200

Transportation Hotline                   (303) 825-2611

International Academy Website    http://harrington.dpsk12.org

 

 SCHOOL HOURS

ECE a.m.                                           7:55 – 11:00  Students are tardy after the 8:05 a.m.

ECE p.m.                                          12:30 – 3:30  Students are tardy after 12:45 p.m.

All Day Kinder -Fifth Grades          7:55 – 3:30    Students are tardy after the 8:05 a.m.

Office Hours                                                 7:30 – 4:00

 

ATTENDANCE GUIDELINES

 

ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL

Students must arrive at school between 7:35 a.m. and 7:45 am each morning and go immediately to have breakfast. Please use the blue doors and enter through the cafeteria. Students are not to arrive before 7:30 am. We provide no outside supervision before 7:30 am.

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

Parent/guardian must call the International Academy Attendance Line (720-424-6444) to report a student’s absence each day he/she is absent. Please give the reason for the absence. You may leave a message at this number 24 hours a day. Perfect attendance is earned with less than one half-day of absence and 3 or fewer tardies for the term. Please adhere to the following guidelines: 1 day absence- call attendance line, 2 days out- parent note, 3+ days out- medical note.

 

ATTENDANCE AND TARDIES PROCEDURES

Excused Absences and Tardies:

 

An excused absence or tardy is one in which the parent, by phone/note or in person, presents a valid reason for non-attendance/tardy. Notification of an absence must be within 2 school days of the student’s return to school. Acceptable reasons for an excused absence or tardy are the following:

  1. Illness
  2. Medical, dental, or other appointment which cannot be scheduled before or after school
  3. Recognized religious observances
  4. Family emergency or event such as a birth or funeral
  5. A pre-arranged absence/tardy, approved in advance by the principal

 

Please note: Excused absences do not qualify for perfect attendance.

 

TARDIES

The bell in the morning rings at 7:55. Any child arriving to class after the 8:05 AM bell is considered tardy. When a student arrives at school after 8:05 am, he/she MUST report directly to the office for a pass. Late arrivals will not be excused without a valid reason provided by the parent/guardians.

 

STEPS FOLLOWED WHEN THERE ARE ATTENDANCE CONCERNS

 

Step 1 We worry about the well being of your child. You can expect a phone call home each day your child is tardy or marked absence by our office staff and/or parent liaison. Teacher will contact parent after 3-5 absences (excused or unexcused), especially when absences are consecutive.

 

Step 2 After 5, but before 10 absences (excused and unexcused), the parent/guardian will be contacted by a member of the Attendance team (School Psychologist and/or Family Liaison) to begin discussing and planning for improved attendance.

 

Step 3 When the student accumulates 10 or more absences (excused and unexcused), a meeting will be scheduled with parent and the Attendance team for more in-depth attempts at improving student’s attendance. The Head of School has the ultimate authority to accept or decline parent-provided excuses. Please expect to receive a truancy notice and our expectation of your parent commitment to bring your child to school daily.

 

Notarized Truancy Notice will be sent to parent warning of possible court action if no improvement takes place. A Truancy Court filing will occur as a last resort.

 

SAFE SCHOOL GUIDELINES & PROCEDURES

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

 It is critical that our school be able to contact families throughout the school day and in the case of an emergency. Please ensure that you are receiving weekly robo-calls from our Head of School.

 If your numbers change, you must present new contact information with front office. Sharing new information with the classroom teacher does not suffice in ensuring our systems are updated.

 Failure to do so can result in a phone call to Child Protective Services.

 WEATHER POLICY

When determining the temperature for inside/outside days, the office staff will contact at least two of the following sources:

  1. Denver Post Weather line (update to the minute) 303-337-2500 (taken downtown).
  2. Website: Weather Channel

We will check both of these resources to determine if the temperature is over 20 degrees for inside/outside days. Additional conditions may require us to call an inside day. Please ensure your children are dressed appropriately in the winter months. If you need assistance with proper attire, please don’t hesitate to ask for support from our Parent Liaison.

 

BUILDING ENTRY DOORS AND SAFETY

The doors open for entry into the building are the EAST main entrance doors (off 37th) of the school (and the playground doors for students and staff during lunch recess). We do NOT open the building until the bell rings at 7:55 am.

 

All visitors must use the east main entrance doors, ring the buzzer, come directly to the office to sign in and get a visitor badge. Visitors must use these doors to exit after signing out at the office. Staff, and students with staff members, may use the other doors for exiting. For safety reasons, staff members, students and parents are not permitted to open any door for anyone.

                                                                                                                      

HALL PASSES

Students are expected to remain in class. If it is necessary for students to be in the halls, they must have hall passes. It is the student’s responsibility to secure a pass from the teacher or office personnel before entering the halls.

 

CHECK OUT PROCEDURES

When picking up children during school hours, parents are required to come to the office and sign out their children. This is a safety precaution. A child is never sent home without parent permission. Our front office staff will go up to the students’ classroom and escort them down. Please make sure to allot for the appropriate amount of time, as this can take 5-10 minutes due to scheduling. Teachers will not release a student without authorization from the office. When you come to pick up your student, you must show an ID.

 

Students may not leave school for any reason without signing out in the office. Students who leave campus without school authorization are in danger of getting into an accident. A child may only leave school with persons listed on their emergency card. The office staff will request a picture ID in order to pick up a student. If parents are changing pickup (i.e. play-date or taking bus), they must send a note or speak to the front office personnel before their child is released.

 

STAYING AFTER SCHOOL

No student shall remain on campus after-school after 3:45 pm, without parent supervision or as a part of an organized afterschool program. Students staying later than 3:45 pm will be held in the front office, and if necessary, Child Protective Services may be called.

 

TELEPHONE USE

Parents: Personal messages for students will not be taken during the school day unless it is an emergency. Students: Students will be allowed to use the telephone in the office with a pass from their teacher. Parents should make arrangements for transportation, going home with friends, etc., prior to coming to school. Please note students are not permitted to use cell phones during the school day. Families assume full liability if personal cellphones are lost, stolen, or broken.

 

Students who bring a cellphone to school MUST turn-in their cellphone to their teacher each morning, so it is secured within the building. They will be returned at the end of the day. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in the following actions: 1st offense- warning; 2nd offense- cellphone held in main office.

 

VISITING INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY

Parents, guardians and grandparents are welcome to visit International Academy anytime while school is in session. To maximize instructional time, please limit your visit to 15 minutes during instructional time, and allow your student to continue to engage in learning. Please do not pull your student out of the classroom during instruction. To make your visit as meaningful as possible, you may want to contact your child’s teacher before your visit to verify the schedule for the day. FOR SECURITY REASONS, ALL VISITORS ARE ASKED TO SIGN IN AT THE SCHOOL OFFICE AND GET A NAME TAG BEFORE PROCEEDING TO THE INSTRUCTIONAL AREA. Please return to the office to sign out after your visit. (This includes parent volunteers and family members that are having lunch with their children).

 

STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BRING GUESTS TO SCHOOL

Older siblings are not permitted on the school property when classes are in session. If their older sibling will be picking them up or dropping them off at school, they must follow the same guidelines as all adults on campus. This includes, but is not limited to: conducting oneself in a professional and appropriate manner, checking in and out of main office, not engaging with other students, and waiting outside until bells indicate the start or end of school. Failure to do so will result in their sibling being banned from campus.

 

LOST AND FOUND

Lost and found items are stored on the hooks outside the cafeteria. Small items, i.e., glasses, keys, purses, wallets, and jewelry will be in the office. All items will be donated during winter break and spring break. Please check regularly to ensure your child’s belongings return home daily.


DRESS CODE

 

International Academy is a uniform school. Students are expected to demonstrate respect for themselves and others by dressing in a manner conducive to learning. All clothing shall be worn in the manner in which it is designed to be worn. Adhere to this following policy:

 

  1. Students MUST wear an International Academy t-shirt, purchased in the front office. T-shirts are sold before and afterschool. Parents may NOT purchase similar colored shirts to replace school uniform shirt.
  2. Sweater shirts, jackets, and other layered clothing may not display obscenities; inappropriate or offensive sayings, symbols, or gestures; sayings with double meanings; or sexually suggestive messages.
  3. Hats, hoods, bandanas, scarves, sweatbands, hairnets, etc. are not allowed. No headwear should be worn in the building.
  4. Our policy concerning midriff or crop tops is NO SKIN can be showing in the midriff area. Shirts must be long enough to cover the top of the slacks/jeans/skirts and accommodate movement.
  5. Shorts and skirts must be an appropriate length. Your children should not have shorts/skirts that are shorter than the length of their fingertips when hands are down).
  6. Revealing clothing such as backless, strapless, low-cut, sheer, see-through, form fitting and off the shoulder etc. is not appropriate. Additionally, ripped jeans that have holes in them are not permitted.
  7. Sagging pants, unbuckled or hanging overall straps, or any items hanging from pants, including chains, spikes and chains with wallets are not appropriate at school.
  8. Slippers and/or pajamas are not appropriate attire for school.
  9. Make-up is not appropriate for International Academy.
  10. Due to safety concerns, Flip-Flops, high heels and platform shoes are not appropriate at International Academy. Flat shoes are recommended. Appropriate shoes for P.E. must be worn on P.E. days. Any kind of shoes with wheels in the soles is not allowed at school.
  11. Colored hair gels and fake fingernails (glue on, gel or acrylic) are not appropriate at International Academy of Denver.

 

DROP OFF AND PICK UP

 

MORNING: In the morning all students disembark from buses on 37th Street. Parents please do not drop your students off in the middle of the street or on the opposite side of the street and have your child(ren) run across the street. This is for the children’s safety. Instead your children should be dropped off on the east parking lot by the playground. Here we use a Kiss and Go policy. Please remain in your car to keep traffic flowing. If you must get out with your child, please park your car in a designated parking spot. Children are to go directly to the playground once they are dropped off or to the cafeteria to eat breakfast. Students are not to arrive at school before 7:30 am for breakfast or 7:45 am if not participating in breakfast. There is no supervision before these times.

 

 

AFTERNOON: After school, an adult will escort students that ride the school bus to their bus. Teachers will walk all other students in their classes outside on the playground and wait with them until they are picked up by a parent or approved person. Teacher will escort any students not picked up by 3:35 to the school office. If your child walks home, then we ask that you provide written permission that will be kept on file.

 

ECE parents- you MUST sign in and out your child daily. Please adhere to the 3:30 dismissal policy as well, as you will be asked to wait outside until the same time as other parents.

 

  • For safety purposes, our school is always on modified lockdown. This means doors are never left unlocked and propped. Please dress accordingly when picking up your children. Building will remain closed until 3:30 dismissal bell.

 

  • Please call the front office, if you are late. Office staff leaves at 4:00 pm. If you are consistently late, Child Protective Services may be contacted.

 

The parking lot area on the west side is reserved for staff parking only.

 

BUS TRANSPORTATION

 

Students must have passes provide by office staff. Please make sure you child knows their bus stop and has a card in their backpack daily.

 

Students are required to behave on the bus as they are expected to behave in school. Bus drivers will clearly inform students of their expectations. The right of students to ride the bus is conditional on their behavior and the following of the bus rules. (Please pick up a Transportation brochure in front office for a detailed explanation). Transportation has adopted the Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) approach to establish overall bus expectations for all students in the district who ride the bus, which is the same approach International Academy utilizes in establishing school wide expectations. Because of the serious safety considerations, the transportation manager or the Assistant Head of School will deal with students who choose to misbehave.

 

Consequences for continued inappropriate behavior on the bus:

  1. School administration addresses the student’s inappropriate behavior.
  2. Transportation removes the student from the bus environment, contacts the parents and sets up a meeting to develop a plan that will allow the student to ride the bus successfully.
  3. Transportation removes the student and determines if the student’s transportation services are still available.

 

CONDUCT OF STUDENTS AS BUS PASSENGERS

Bus Stops

  1. Respect other people’s property. Littering the ground with papers or damaging lawns and shrubbery is not respecting other people’s property.
  2. Respect each other by keeping your hands to yourself and using language that does not include swearing.
  3. Line up in an orderly manner far enough away from the curb to be in no danger from passing traffic. Be prepared 10 minutes before the bus arrives. Before approaching the bus wait for it to come to a complete stop and the door opens.
  4. Students riding the bus must use the assigned stop and ride the same bus daily.
  5. Be patient when loading the bus, find a seat quickly and quietly, avoid pushing others in the aisle and be seated before the bus departs. If you have an assigned seat, the expectation is your adhere to this daily without arguing with bus personnel.

 

Bus Ride

  1. The bus driver is in charge of the students and the bus. Listen to the driver’s or paraprofessional’s instructions. The ability of students to ride the bus is conditional on their behavior and the following of the bus expectations.
  2. Keep hands and feet to yourself; share your seat and use an inside voice.
  3. Ride safely by facing forward and remain in your seat while the bus is in motion.
  4. Appropriate language is expected throughout the ride.

 

Getting Off the Bus

  1. Close windows. Throw trash in the trashcan. Please help keep the bus clean. Respect other people’s property.
  2. Stay seated until the bus comes to a complete stop and the door is open. Avoid pushing others in the aisle.
  3. If you have to cross, cross 10 feet in front of the bus.
  4. Leave the stop immediately.

 

Other Expectations

  1. If your child’s daily routine will change, permission to leave or board the bus at other than the normal stop is to be cleared with the principal, parent, or guardian and written permission presented to the driver. This must be done before 3 PM and directed by parent, not student.
  2. No one except pupils and school personnel regularly assigned to the school bus for a particular route or excursion shall be permitted to ride in a school bus unless he or she has written permission from the school official in charge.
  3. Pupils transported to and from school-connected activities, such as games or excursions into the community, shall be considered to be in the same category as pupils transported between home and school and shall be subject to the same uniform rules for bus behavior.

 

Driver/Paraprofessional Expectations

 

A log will be maintained to document misbehavior on the bus. Drivers and paraprofessionals will meet with Transportation Supervisors to discuss actions taken when a student misbehaves. This may include assigned seating, a call to the parent or a suspension from the school bus and a meeting with parents, the school and representatives for Transportation.

 

GOING HOME WITH ANOTHER CHILD

According to Colorado State Law, students who wish to ride home with a friend on a bus other than their own must have a note that has been signed by a parent or guardian and also signed by an administrator. Students should have notes signed by the principal or designee during lunch. Permissions will not be granted after 3 PM. If the bus is overloaded, the request may be denied for safety reasons.

 

TRANSPORTATION HOTLINE

Please call the TRANSPORTATION HOTLINE (303) 825-2611, to report any concerns and for questions on pick-up site and time.

 

CAFETERIA & MEALS

 

All students must complete the online lunch forms at registration.

 

Health and wellness: Please make sure to send your child with a well-balanced lunch. Soda or large juices are NOT permitted. Additionally, large bags of student chips (i.e. Potato chips, Takis, Cheetos, etc). are NOT permitted. Sharing of chips is NOT permitted and will result in your child’s loss of privilege.

 

Students may either pay cash each day at lunchtime or they may pre-purchase lunches. These are sold in the kitchen before school and any number may be purchased at a given time to be used at any time later in the year. Please be sure your child’s name and ID number is on the check. Make your checks payable to International Academy Lunchroom. When a student has only ONE pre-purchased lunch remaining, the lunchroom staff will let them know. Additional lunches will need to be purchased at this time. Each child is responsible for his or her lunch money or “sack” lunch brought from home. Please make sure your child’s name and room number are on their “sack” lunch. Please avoid sending lunch products that need to be heated in a microwave. There is no microwave available student use. PLEASE NOTE: Only ONE lunch credit will be allowed. After that credit has been used, the student will ONLY receive a peanut butter sandwich and milk.

 

LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PRICES

 

Breakfast:       Served from 7:30 am- 7:50 am – Students enter by the parking lot entrance

All elementary students – Breakfast is free

Hot Lunch:       All elementary students – Please check in lunchroom for pricing.

Adult – Please check in lunchroom for pricing.

Cold Lunch:     Milk is available for $.40 per carton

Menus:             Menus for the month will be sent home with your child. You may also access this information on the School Menu hotline at (720) 424-4608 or online at http://foodservices.dpsk12.org/menus.html.

Payment:         Every student has a lunch account and money can be placed into the account by either paying the lunchroom during normal hours of operation or going online to the DPS website, click on departments, click on Food and Nutrition Services and clicking on the tab “My Lunch Money”

 

LUNCH ROOM PROCEDURES

  1. Teacher will accompany their classes to the lunchroom and/or they will be dismissed to the playground and a paraprofessional will escort them to lunch when it is time.
  2. Children will sit with their grade level in the lunchroom. Assigned seats will be issued if students are unable to show respect, clean up after themselves, and speak in a calm and quiet way.
  3. Food or drink is never to be taken out of the lunchroom. If a child spills, it is their responsibility to clean it up (help will be provided if needed.)
  4. All students must spend at least 20 minutes in the lunchroom eating before going outside.
  5. When a student is finished eating, students are asked to raise their hand. Lunchroom staff will come around with garbage bins to collect trays. Students will work with staff to ensure lunchroom is left in proper order prior to dismissal.
  6. During the lunch period on “outside days”, students exit through the commons doors and go directly to the playground, unless they wish to use the lavatory. Students should bring their coats to the lunchroom when needed. Once the student is outside, they are not allowed back in the building without a pass from a teacher or paraprofessional.
  7. The Office and PE department will decide whether it is an “Inside” or an “Outside” day. Students will be notified.
  8. A violation of lunchroom rules may cause a student to lose recess.
  9. Sharing food in the lunchroom is not permitted.

 

FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH FORMS

 

Each school year a new application is required for the Free and Reduced Price Meal Program unless the family receives a letter in the mail during the summer stating that a student was pre-approved through the Food Stamp Direct Certification Program. Please reapply early at registration to ensure that students will not be dropped from the program.

 

SCHOOL WIDE EMERGENCIES

 

If a crisis situation develops, please note and follow the procedures listed below:

 

  1. In the case of a building evacuation (which will be determined in conjunction with DPS Safety and Security and the Instructional Superintendent), we are required to have two sites for possible use depending on the situation. The first site preference is Bruce Randolph Middle School. The second evacuation site preference is Manual High School. Notification will be made via website, robo-call on which site is being used. Parents can pick up their students at that location. Students will only be released to people listed on the emergency card. Photo Identification will be required.

 

  1. In the case of a lockdown of the building, all students will remain in the building until the lockdown is lifted and no one will be able to enter or leave the building during the lockdown with the exception of emergency personnel (police, fire, DPS Safety and Security). When the lockdown is lifted, then we will be able to allow parents to pick up their students. Parents, if you approach the building and it is in lockdown, the safest thing you can do, is return to your car and wait patiently. This will ensure your safety as well as your child’s.

 

  1. In the case of severe weather during school hours, for the most efficient dissemination of information, please listen to local TV/radio, and/or call the DPS Weather Hotline (720) 423-3200 regarding school delay starts and/or early closures before calling the school or picking us your student.

 

HEALTH CONCERNS & MEDICATIONS

 

Our clinic is available to those students who become ill or injured at school. If a child runs a temperature or requires medical treatment, the parent or guardian will be called to pick up the child. If you do not have appropriate contact information on file, administration will determine if medical attention is necessary and immediately will contact 911.

 

The Denver Public Schools Health Policy states that a student who has a 100-degree temperature or higher is not allowed to remain at school, but must be taken home. Students are considered contagious and should not be in contact with others. Also, if there is any question of possible conjunctivitis (pink eye) or unexplained rash, the student will have to leave and is not allowed to return until examined by a physician. Conjunctivitis is highly contagious and will not go away without proper medication.

 

Colorado State Immunization Law: Immunization requirements will be strictly enforced for all Denver Public Schools students. Students new to DPS must bring a current immunization record when they register. Students who are noncompliant must update all needed immunizations.

 

Medications: Medications will be given at school ONLY under the following conditions:

  • Physician signature and Parent/Guardian on the Medication Administration Sheet. Ensure the doctor completed form completely with labeled dosage and time of medication.
  • All prescription medications must be provided in original pharmacy labeled container with student’s name, dosage, dates, times to be given, name of medication, physician’s name, and pharmacy name.
  • Non-prescription medications or over the counter medications must be provided in the original container and require a Physician signature for administration.

 

EXCUSES FROM PHYSICAL EDUCATION

A written note from home by a parent or a physician will excuse a child from gym class for a serious illness or injury. Please indicate whether the excuse is for a day only or for an extended number of days. Requests for continued excused absence from gym class must be satisfactorily validated by a physician’s statement. A doctor’s note, stating the student is medically cleared is necessary to participate in gym again.

 

CHILD ABUSE/NEGLECT

School personnel are required by state law to follow up on all cases of possible child abuse and/or neglect. It is not the responsibility of the school to determine whether or not a child’s injury is considered abuse or if it is neglect. The Denver Department of Human Services makes this decision. It is the school’s responsibility to report injuries that may be the result of abuse. The school may also call the police if the child is afraid to go home. If we cannot locate a student, administration may request a welfare check at the family home from DPD.

 

COMMUNICATION

 

Thursday Folders

All students will receive a “Thursday Folder” from their teacher. This folder will go home weekly and must be returned. It will contain your child’s work and homework from the week, as well as other information from school.

 

Monthly Newsletters

Please keep an eye out for the monthly newsletter will be sent home in the “Thursday Folder”. Families who need more than one newsletter simply need to inform the child’s teacher.

 

International Academy Homepage

We have a homepage on the Internet. The International Academy of Denver web site can also be found through the DPS Home Page or at: http://harrington.dpsk12.org

Wednesday Robo-Calls

Please make sure you are signed up to receive weekly phone calls from our Head of School. Additional family resources and information are posted on our parent board, outside the school library. Make sure the office has your phone number to ensure you receive Robo-Calls.

 

ACADEMIC EXPECTATIONS & SUPPORT

MAKE-UP WORK

After an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to request make-up work from teachers. Students are allowed two days to make-up work for every one-day absent. If students are absent three or more days, make-up work can be requested by the parent through the Front Office. We ask that parents telephone by 9:00 a.m. and work can be picked up after 3:15 p.m. the next day. It is the responsibility of the student to initiate requests for make-up. Reasonable time will be allowed to make up work and should be arranged with the teacher.

 

PROGRESS REPORTS

Progress Reports are one of the tools used by teachers to communicate how students are progressing at school. Progress Reports will be sent home twice a year: Fall and Spring.

 

STUDENT-TEACHER-PARENT CONFERENCES

Conferences will be scheduled for all students beginning of October and in February. Please keep an eye out for further communication during the school year. 100% attendance is mandatory. Additional conferences may be scheduled at any time during the school year.

 

SEEKING HELP/ADDRESSING CONCERNS

If a student has a problem or feels uncomfortable for any reason, he/she should first speak to a teacher or another adult in the building. If this does not resolve the problem, the student may request to speak to the Head of School (Principal) or Assistant Head of School (Asst Principal).

 

Parents, please model this for your students. Please speak directly to the teacher/staff you have a concern with first. If it is not addressed, please direct your concerns to the family liaison. Assistant Head of School and Head of School will make themselves available also, with a scheduled appointment. This allows them to give you personalized attention to meet the needs of your family.

 

International Academy of Denver STUDENT BEHAVIOR

 

As part of our candidacy for accreditation as an IB school, we adhere to the following expectations:

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE LEARNER PROFILE

IB Learner Profile: Be a CHAMPION!

 

Developing “international mindedness” is an integral part of our focus and total educational program.

 

International Academy of Denver’s goal is to maintain a safe, positive and accepting school environment where all students are treated with dignity and respect in a fair and consistent manner; an environment where individual differences are accepted, student achievement is our first priority and students learn skills for acceptance of others, personal responsibility and self-management. We teach these skills through the IB Learner Profile and aspire to lay the foundation of “international mindedness”. The attributes in the Learner Profile are appropriate to and achievable by all students.

 

The Learner Profile assists students in developing personal attitudes toward people, the environment and towards learning. It contributes to the well- being of the individual and the group and helps students develop into contributing, successful citizens. Students are naturally taught acceptable standards of conduct at home and teaching the IB Learner Profile at school will reinforce home training. In addition, it is the expectation for all students to follow and model the Learner Profile in their daily interactions (i.e. verbal, behavior) with each other as well as adults in the building.

 


IB Learner Profile Components:

 

Inquirer:

  • I ask a variety of questions.
  • I show persistence, I don’t give up easily when seeking answers.
  • I have a general appreciation for learning for its own sake.
  • I use all senses fully.
  • I conduct research independently.

Knowledgeable:

  • I use knowledge to solve problems.
  • I learn more about the areas of the trans-disciplinary themes.
  • I share and discuss knowledge with others.

Thinker:

  • I observe people, events, objects, and behavior carefully.
  • I use my own ideas as well as building on others’.
  • I have critical opinions and can support them.
  • I can solve problems and make decisions.

Communicator:

  • I mean what I say and I say what I mean.
  • I read, write and talk so others understand me.
  • I express ideas and feelings in more than one “language.”
  • I have learned new skills and “big ideas.”

Principled:

  • I take responsibility for my work.
  • I show responsibility for my learning, my work, and my belongings.
  • I am honest with myself and others.
  • I make “good” decisions alone and in a group.
  • I stand up for what I believe in.

Open-minded:

  • I listen to the opinions of others.
  • I respect the right of others to have different opinions.
  • I use empathy to find others’ points of view.
  • I am open to different ways of knowing.
  • I am receptive to the beliefs, ideas, and practices of other people and cultures.

Caring:

  • I try to find solutions to help others.
  • I am considerate of the feelings, needs of others, both teachers and students.
  • I am thoughtful and discreet.

Risk-taker:

  • I enjoy new experiences.
  • I can adapt to different roles in-group situations.
  • I can think about new and novel ideas.
  • I am willing to make mistakes.
  • I can stand up for what I believe, even if it is not “cool.
  • I am willing to accept criticism.

 

 

Balanced:

  • I know how to deal with stress and pressure.
  • I know how to plan my work, so I can manage it well.
  • I understand the importance of good health.
  • I use time wisely and am organized.
  • I am aware of my emotions and can control them.

Reflective:

  • I think about my learning and can explain how I think.
  • I know what skills/work habits.
  • I need to be an effective learner.
  • I reflect on my work and my learning in order to improve upon it.
  • I learn from past mistakes. I think about how to be a better person.
  • I am aware of the effect of my words and actions on other people.

 

 

International Academy of Denver students are expected to follow school rules at all times and take pride in themselves, fellow students, staff, and their school. Through International Academy’s Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS) all students learn school-wide expectations through explicit teaching, reviewing, and practicing of these skills during each trimester. In addition, teachers reinforce school-wide expectations through instruction, class-wide meetings, and units of study. Positive behaviors are reinforced and encouraged in many ways, including positive praise, monthly recognition of learner profile attributes, principal lunches and awards.

 

YOUR CHILD’S BEHAVIOR

 

At the International Academy of Denver, your child’s behavior is of utmost important to us. For every second we spend repeating directions and instructions, your child loses critical learning and academic opportunities.

 

Please expect to hear from our staff daily about your child’s behavior. We adhere to the No-Nonsense Nurturer philosophy and follow it with fidelity. Your child will have a fresh start each day. Through clear and precise directions, our expectation is that your student will pay attention and follow directions the first time.

 

Students who are not attentive and must be constantly redirected will receive classroom consequences, as well as phone calls home to you throughout the school day.

 

Our expectation is that families take an active role in disciplining their child(ren) and reinforce respectful, attentive and focused behavior at school. Student behavior that disrupts the learning of others will not be tolerated and will result in consequences that remove student privileges.

 

Our goal is that 100% of our teachers teach bell-to-bell. Your child MUST support this goal by being an outstanding citizen and active participant in their learning.

 

 

 

As the foundation of these programs, International Academy adheres to the Denver Public Schools Student Discipline Policies, JK and JK-R, and the corresponding Discipline Ladder and Discipline Matrix.

 

 

PLAYGROUND & LEARNING LANDSCAPE RULES & REGULATIONS

 

Students can choose to play a variety of games on the playground & learning landscape. The game rules and regulations are taught by the Physical Education (P.E.) teacher and will be enforced on the playground. Games include basketball, kickball, and tetherball, 4 & 2-square, touch football, jump rope and soccer. The playground is supervised daily from 7:30-7:50 a.m. At 7:55, the whistles will be blown to make sure students are ready for learning at 7:55. PLEASE do not send your student to school before 7:30 a.m. We request that you require that your child leave the school campus directly at 3:30 p.m. and check in immediately with a parent, guardian or childcare provider. All students are to be off the International Academy playground at 3:35 p.m. unless supervised by an adult. International Academy staff cannot be responsible for students on the playground after 3:35 p.m. without an adult. If the adult picking up the student is late, the student must wait in the office.

 

At lunchtime, teachers and paraprofessionals daily supervise the playground. To provide a safe environment, children should know the areas in which they are to play and the procedures governing the activities. Children are expected to be involved in some activity ensuring exercise and a positive play atmosphere. Children may not leave the school grounds during their lunchtime and recess unless accompanied by a parent who has checked the child out in the office.

 

As always we expect excellent behavior on the playground, practicing the IB Learner Profile at all times, appropriate use of equipment, and following the rules specific to games as they have been learned in PE with good sportsmanship and safety at all times. The playground is generally organized in three play areas: Playground, Atrium, and Courts/Fields with play structures and equipment that is appropriate for those age groups. Please play in the area appropriate to your grade level and enjoy and share ALL of the equipment.

 

  1. Students MUST demonstrate respect for the rights of others through:
  2. No fighting – real or play (no tripping, hitting, spitting, pushing).
  3. No swearing or name-calling.
  4. No teasing, taunting, harassing or bullying.
  5. Playing “tag” or “chase” is not allowed
  6. No rock, bark mulch, or snowball throwing.
  7. No tackling of any kind.
  8. Students are to play on the designated playground area only.
  9. At no time should students leave the school grounds.
  10. Students should not go into the parking lot without permission.
  11. Students need a pass from a playground supervisor to enter the school building to use a restroom or go to the office or clinic (emergency okay).
  12. Students must have a pass to return to an inside classroom during recess.
  13. No food, drink, gum, or candy on the playground.
  • Students are to follow the P.E. taught rules for games, activities, and playground equipment.

 

GAMES: Games are designated by the P.E. teacher and PBIS committee.

 

Cooperative Team Sports:

  1. Teams will be formed daily for soccer, kickball, and basketball. (No baseballs or bats allowed)
  2. The objective in participating in cooperative team sports will be to have FUN and get exercise not necessarily winning or losing.
  3. Teams need to be as even as possible.
  4. New players will go to alternating teams.
  5. No switching teams.

 

Basketball:

  1. No more than 3 vs. 3 players to a team.
  2. First team that makes up 1 basket stays on the court.
  3. After 3 wins a team must rotate out.
  4. Aggressive play not allowed.

 

Soccer:

  1. Do not touch the ball with your hands.
  2. No sliding tackles.
  3. Aggressive play not allowed.

 

Two Square & Four Square:

  1. 4-Square: 4 players maximum (1 per square)
  2. All players must hit the ball, not carry or throw the ball.
  3. Underhand hits only.
  4. Server must stay behind the serving line until the ball is hit.
  5. Server bounces ball once then serves underhand.
  6. If you hit a line or outside a square you are out.
  7. Players will call themselves out.
  8. Rotation is counter clockwise.

 

Tetherball:

  1. The first to get to the game has the choice of serve, sides and ways.
  2. Ball must be hit – not carried or thrown.
  3. Opponent must let serve go at least one revolution before hitting the ball.
  4. Fouls include: hitting the rope, over the line, holding or throwing the ball, grabbing the pole, double hits.
  5. Players will call themselves out.

 

PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT & LEARNING LANDSCAPE AREAS

 

Swings:

  1. ONLY one person on a swing at a time.
  2. Sit on the swing and go forward and back only.
  3. No flips or jumping from swings.
  4. Stop swinging before getting off the swing.
  5. If there is a line of students wanting a time, group counts to 30 and then must give a turn.

 

Horizontal Bars/Ladders:

  1. Moving exercises are limited to one person at a time.
  2. Reach the ground safely before leaving the bars.
  3. Don’t sit on the top of the bars, i.e. horizontal ladder, etc.

 

Slides:

  1. One person on the slide at a time.
  2. Don’t run/walk up slides or stand on the slides.
  3. No flipping over the bar at the top.
  4. Go down seated feet first
  5. Do not carry other students on your shoulders.

 

Play Stations/structures/rocks:

  1. No running or chasing on the equipment.
  2. Use ladders, stairs, or ramps to get on equipment.
  3. Do not climb on the railings or between the levels.
  4. Never jump off the equipment.
  5. Sit with feet out on the slides going forward, one at a time.
  6. Do not sit at the bottom of the slides.
  7. Climbing up the slide is not allowed
  8. Do not place objects or sand on the slides.
  9. One person at a time on all ladders.
  10. Do not throw objects off the equipment.
  11. Rock walls will be limited to two students at a time

 

All equipment will have rule use reviewed with students at the beginning of the year. Please use equipment only as instructed.

 

Grass Field:

  1. Must be involved in a cooperative team sport of soccer or kickball, as designated by PBIS committee.
  2. The field may be partially closed for monitoring.
  3. It will be closed if covered with snow or if very wet.
  1. ADDITIONAL PLAYGROUND RULES AND REGULATIONS
  2. Snow:
  3. No field use in the snow or if very wet.
  4. No snowball throwing on the school grounds, at bus stops, or walking to and from school.
  5. No pushing students on ice.
  6. No sliding on the ice.
  7. Injuries: Get adult help and then get away from the injured student or sit down.
  8. Please stay out of the areas with landscaping, woodchips, or bushes.
  9. Whistle: Line up when your whistle is blown.
  10. 3 LOUD WHISTLES: When three LOUD whistles are blown, line up immediately in a calm and silent manner to be escorted back into the building.

 

  1. DOCUMENTATION OF BEHAVIOR FORM FROM THE PLAYGROUND

Students who are unsafe on the playground will loose additional recess time for the following day. Students can accrue formal documentation of behavior if behavior is aggressive in nature and/or unsafe. The gym teacher will review and support disciplinary action for all playground referrals. The student will see the Assistant Head of School, or mental health support staff for major offenses.

 

Students may be asked to participate in another grade levels’ recess time, if behavior is interfering with safe play. We recognize that students benefit from outdoor activity and will give this opportunity to as many students as possible.

 

INFRACTIONS

 

ARTICLES NOT PERMITTED AT SCHOOL

Refer to the DPS Discipline Ladder and Matrix for articles not permitted at school (i.e. weapons, electronics).

 

Example of items not permitted included but are not limited to:

  1. Weapons: Chains, slingshots, knives, pellet or BB gun, hand-made weapons, and/or toy guns/water guns.
  2. Illegal drugs, tobacco and other medications without a permission form
  3. Fireworks, firecrackers, lighters and matches
  4. Cellphones, pagers, laser pointers, iPods, MP3 players, PSPs and similar electronic devices
  5. Toys, fidgets, gum, and candy. Selling or giving candy or gum at school is not allowed. If the parent has a special circumstance, please contact the school principal.
  6. Personal hygiene items: Lip-gloss, manicure sets, make up, perfume, cologne, etc.
  7. Personal soccer/basketball or footballs.

 

INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE, DISCRIMINATION & INTIMIDATION

DPS and International Academy of Denver policies do not permit for acts of cruelty, harassment, excessive teasing, bullying, discrimination, violence, and intimidation. Profanity and other inappropriate language are not acceptable. We believe that all students and adults, no matter their sex, race, or religious preference have the right to be free from abuse of any kind. State and city laws also protect these rights. Therefore, disrespectful or profane language or language that uses racial, religious or sexual slurs directed towards anyone may receive disciplinary action.

 

We expect that students will know the difference between appropriate and inappropriate language. If a student thinks that language that uses racial, religious, or sexual slurs has been directed toward him/her, please report these concerns immediately to a teacher, the principal or any adult. Students who use this language may be suspended and a parent conference may be held.

(Reference DPS Discipline Ladder & Matrix, DPS Policy JK and JK-R)

 

FIGHTING

Fighting is not acceptable. It is illegal and dangerous.

 

For both parties in a fight, suspension may be an option. By the time physical violence occurs; neither person has demonstrated solving the conflict in a safe fashion. Inappropriate physical contact can lead to risk of serious injury and will not be acceptable for any reason.

 

Sometimes, parents will tell a student that it is okay to hit someone who hits him/her first. While a student may decide to do that, the student should remember that DPS has consequences for physical violence at school. Students sometimes are surprised that both parties get the same consequence because they feel like they have been given “permission” to fight and are defending themselves. These students feel like the other person “started it.” A fight does not start with the person who threw the first punch. It usually starts long before that with words and actions.

 

Does this mean that there is nothing a student can do? If a student believes that he/she might be involved in a fight, we want the student to try to prevent it by problem solving, not by violence. A good first step to take would be to talk to a teacher, principal/ assistant principal or any supervising adult. If the “problem” has not yet gotten to the physical state, no one gets in trouble by talking to an adult. It is important to let someone know that a student is having trouble before anyone gets hurt.

 

Our goal is to build a culture of self-advocacy where students are demonstrating the IB Learner Profile characteristics of being principled, a thinker and a communicator in their everyday actions. We teach and encourage students to problem solve and get help when conflict arises before it escalates to a physical level.

(Reference DPS Discipline Ladder & Matrix, DPS Policy JK and JK-R)

 

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Sexual harassment is unwanted and unwelcome sexual behavior toward another person. Examples of these kinds of behavior are: touching, grabbing, or pinching; spreading sexual rumors; inappropriate sexual comments, gestures, catcalls, or whistles and name-calling.

 

Some students would describe these as funny or “pranks,” but no one has the right to touch, or make sexual comments or advances toward another person without his/her permission. All of these actions are serious violations of someone else’s rights and federal law protects these rights. If a student thinks he/she is a victim of sexual harassment, the student should report these concerns immediately to a teacher, or an administrator. Those who involve themselves in this kind of activity may be disciplined, a parent conference may be held and Denver Security may be contacted.

 

PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION

Public display of affection, including but not limited to, holding hands, walking arm-in-arm, embracing, hugging, and/or kissing is not acceptable behavior on school grounds, at school-sponsored activities, at the bus stop, or in any school vehicle.

 

EXAMPLES OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR

International Academy of Denver campus expects all students and staff to treat each other in a respectful and dignified way. We are modeling life-long skills for our children, and to allow your child otherwise, negatively serves them as they enter into the work place and greater educational system.

 

The following list (although not inclusive) illustrates additional behaviors that are not appropriate on the International Academy of Denver campus, on the bus, at the bus stop, and at school sponsored activities:

  • talking back to staff
  • refusing to follow the requests of staff members
  • calling names
  • threatening others
  • intimidating (verbal and/or physical) others
  • purposeful exclusion
  • throwing objects
  • intending to fight/provoking a fight/pushing, kicking, tripping, spitting
  • disrupting the learning of others
  • excessive noise (in halls, classrooms, cafeteria, etc.)
  • arguing with staff
  • physical violence toward anyone/verbal abuse/harassment
  • forgery/theft/profanity
  • being in an unassigned area
  • improper use of technology
  • defacing and/or vandalizing the school’s property and the property of others, etc.

 

BEHAVIOR ON AND OFF SCHOOL CAMPUS DETRIMENTAL TO THE SAFETY AND WELFARE OF SELF AND OTHERS WILL RECEIVE DISCIPLINARY ACTION, up to and including out-of-school suspension and recommendation for expulsion.

 

EXAMPLES OF CONSEQUENCES AND ACTIONS TAKEN

 

The role of the parent/guardian in their child’s behavior is a critical step to prevent student conflict and lack of rigor in the educational setting. Please expect daily notification from your students’ teacher regarding behavior.

 

 

Examples (although not inclusive) of consequences used are: conferencing with students, warnings, conflict mediation, writing or giving apologies, temporary removal from class, parent contact/conferences, student contracts, restorative practice, playground plans, Behavior plans, Safety plans, loss of privileges (i.e. intervention room, office detention), systematic exclusion, community service, detention, suspension, expulsion, etc.

 

SUSPENSION & EXPULSION POLICIES

Please refer to the DPS Discipline Ladder and Matrix for offenses that may lead to In-School Suspension (ISS), Out-Of-School Suspension (OSS), or Expulsion. “Suspension” means the exclusion of a student from attending school and participating in school activities for a specified and limited period of time….” Suspension may occur for fighting and other violence, harassment, disruptive classroom behavior, and bringing drugs or weapons to school. In the case of a material and substantial disruption (as defined under the Habitually Disruptive state law) an individual remedial discipline plan will be developed after a second suspension, and a third suspension will lead to mandatory expulsion.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EXPULSION

According to Colorado State Law and School Board policy, a student MUST be recommended for expulsion for the following offenses:

 

  1. DANGEROUS WEAPONS: bringing, carrying, using, or possessing a knife or dangerous weapon (firearm, firearm facsimile, pellet or “B-B” gun, knife, sling shot, bludgeon, handmade weapons etc.).
  2. DRUGS: sale or intent to sell unauthorized drugs and other controlled substances
  3. HABITUAL DISRUPTION: declaration as a habitually disruptive student.
  4. ASSAULT/ROBBERY: commission of an act which, if committed by an adult, would be robbery or first or second degree assault, including sexual assault, as defined by state law.

 

SUPPORT SERVICES

 

At International Academy of Denver, special support services for students are offered within the hours of the regular school day. Some of these services are more formalized than others, but all are intended to support students who need an extra boost in specific areas, such as reading, math, language development, fine motor skills, or social/emotional health. Services expanding and enhancing the curriculum are offered to students identified as gifted and talented. International Academy utilizes multi-levels of support to enhance the academic and social/behavioral skills of our students. This model is referred to MTSS (Multi-tiered systems of Support). Students are screened throughout the year.

 

International Academy of Denver is also a Title I school. This means that, due to large numbers of students eligible for free and reduced price lunches; International Academy receives extra federal funding. The money is used to support our Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) to increase the academic achievement of all of our students. In Title I schools, parents are encouraged to be actively involved. Parents are provided with opportunities for input on the parent involvement plan, the parent school compact and the expenditure of parent involvement funds. Parents are also encouraged to become part of the ELA Parent Advisory Committee and Collaborative School Committee (CSC) (see Enrichment for Parents in this handbook).

 

 

 

ADVANCED LEARNING PLAN (ALP)

Identified gifted students in grades K – 8 will have an Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) written for them. This is in compliance with Colorado House Bill 1244-07, which mandated gifted education in the State of Colorado and required the development of Advanced Learning Plans for all identified gifted students. The ALP will provide documentation of gifted education services in the student’s area(s) of strengths, the student’s yearly growth, and the manner in which the child’s academic, social and emotional needs will be addressed. This establishes a partnership among the gifted student, the classroom teacher, the parent/guardian, and the gifted education representative at the school. In order to have an ALP written, a student must be identified as “gifted” or “highly gifted.”

 

The ALP strength areas and goals are kept in the district’s student database and will be evaluated and updated each year. The Advanced Learning Plan (ALP) will provide a road map for advanced instruction and learning opportunities in the student’s identified area(s) of strength be created in collaboration with parents/guardians, classroom teachers, and gifted education representatives be an ongoing document, showing programming throughout the school year chart the next level of learning and specific areas of study provide an opportunity to dialogue with teachers about the student’s needs establish guidelines for advanced growth within the parameters of a public school setting. Gifted and talented students have unique personalities coupled with advanced intellectual abilities. Advanced Learning Plans can provide avenues for gifted students to realize their potential and experience success. If there are questions about the ALP or the ALP process, please consult with your child’s teacher or the gifted education representative at your child’s school.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES FOR IDENTIFIED STUDENTS

INDIVIDUAL EDUCATION PLAN (IEP)

On-going special education support, from a special educator, is available to students who have been determined by the Special Education team to be unable to receive reasonable benefit from general education due to one or more disabilities. The determination that a student needs this type of support is made with the parents at a meeting, following in-depth testing, and the IEP team writes an Individual Education Plan (IEP). State money is appropriated to each school district to help finance the mandated Special Education programs. At International Academy of Denver, we have the following special education services available to identified students: Speech and Language remediation, Mild Moderate support, social/behavioral support, fine motor and gross motor therapy.

 

FINE MOTOR SKILLS AND GROSS MOTOR SKILLS: (OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST AND PHYSICAL THERAPIST)

Both of these therapists serve International Academy of Denver part-time as members of our Special Education team, as student IEPs and 504 plans dictate. In addition, they often observe students in the classroom for handwriting-related concerns or in physical education classes when gross motor concerns are present. If difficulties seem to be evident, the therapists work with the classroom teacher to identify strategies that will support the student. In some cases, home programs are established with the parent. Occasionally, a student may be included in small group work, usually once or twice a week for more specific attention to motor needs.

 

 

NURSE

International Academy of Denver has a nurse who also serves our school as a member of the Special Education team. The nurse also handles basic first aid for students, oversees/monitors the administration of medication in the building as well as medical emergencies that may arise. The nurse may counsel the child and/or parents in cooperation with teachers and staff. Referrals to the nurse may come from the principal, teachers, and parents or from the child himself/herself.

 

SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST

International Academy has a school psychologist who also serves on the Special Education team. The school psychologist is primarily concerned with children who, because of various problems, are unable to realize their fullest potential for productive and creative experiences in school. The school psychologist may counsel the child and/or parents in cooperation with teachers and staff. Referrals to the school psychologist may come from the principal, teachers, and parents or from the child himself/herself. If your child has long-term mental health need, we also strongly encourage seeking outside therapeutic care for your child. Early intervention can have significant and positive impacts on your child.

 

SPEECH/LANGUAGE (SPEECH/LANGUAGE SPECIALIST):

Speech and language screenings are available for students who exhibit difficulties in the area of oral language development. Students are referred to our Speech/Language Specialist, who serves International Academy as a member of our Special Education team. Should the screening indicate that difficulties are present, consultation with the classroom teacher includes strategies to be used in the classroom to promote language development. At times, a home program with the parent is established to support parents in guiding language at home. Occasionally, students may be included in small group language therapy on an informal basis or they may be referred for further special education testing to determine the need for on-going speech or language support.

 

 

ENRICHMENT FOR STUDENTS

 

Each year we would like to offer as many extracurricular activities as possible to students and these are based on staff willingness to sponsor a club as well as available funding and other resources. This section will continue to be updated, as we are able to make decisions regarding clubs to offer our students this year.

 

OFFERED DURING THE SCHOOL DAY

 

SPECIALS CLASSES (MILL LEVY ARTS PROGRAMMING)

International Academy has instruction in art, technology and physical education (PE) for students on a rotating basis in ECE-5th grade. All class periods will last for 45 minutes and students will rotate through art, PE and technology throughout the year. In addition, for our non-Spanish speaking students, we offer an additional elective where they learn Spanish three days a week. We believe that this is aligned to our core values.

 

TUTORING

After school weekly tutoring can be requested through our partnerships with SOAR and Scholars Unlimited.

 

STUDENT RECOGNITION

 

BIRTHDAYS

At International Academy of Denver, we protect instructional time. We understand that your child’s birthday is important and teachers will recognize them within the classroom school day. NO celebrations or cakes/cupcakes are permitted on campus. Please DO NOT bring them to campus. Parents who would like to celebrate their child’s birthday on campus can speak directly to the teacher and meet the students outside at 3:30 PM (after the bell has rung) to hand out a special treat. Please be mindful that some students are unable to partake, due to allergies.

 

LEARNER PROFILES

Monthly, we honor students that have met the criteria for the leaner profile attribute of the month. Students are given a certificate and wear a lanyard so they are easily identifiable and congratulated for their upstanding behavior.

 

PERFECT ATTENDANCE

During the first semester and second semester we honor students that have met the criteria for perfect attendance. Perfect attendance is earned with less than a half-day of absence or 3 or less tardies for the year. Students receive certificates for this achievement.

 

ENRICHMENT FOR PARENTS

 

COLLABORATIVE SCHOOL COMMITTEE (CSC) Under Colorado State Law, every school in Colorado is required to have an advisory group. At International Academy of Denver this committee is the Collaborative School Committee. The purpose of the school advisory group is to work with the principal and the community to develop, implement and review the School Improvement Plan; to review the budget, student and school performance and achievement; and to assist in reporting achievement information to the community.

 

ELA Parent Advisory Committee (ELA PAC) As a commitment to our non-native English speaking families and students, we have a committee that educates our families around the English Language Acquisitions supports and the rights your child has for English Language Development. Throughout the year, your opinion will be sought after to guide our process, as well as educate families on “the whys” behind designation. Also, as a transitional native language instruction school (TNLI), we discuss important implications for our Spanish-speaking students.

 

VOLUNTEERS

If you would be interested in volunteering, we would love to have you! Please check with the office staff for a volunteer application. Some ideas could include working in classrooms with students, helping in the library, working on committees, chaperoning field trips, assisting with materials development and preparation, etc. As per the district, all volunteers need to have passed a background check.

 

 

 

INSTRUCTIONAL OVERVIEW

 

OUR VISION:

At the International Academy of Denver, where expectations are high and excellence is expected, we commit to cultivating a safe, creative learning community that fosters self-determination, collaboration, and student voice while celebrating our diversity, unique talents, and achievements.

 

OUR MISSION

The International Academy of Denver is a professional setting for inquiry and learning for educators. Through collaboration, teamwork, and relentless commitment to high expectations and personal responsibility, our teachers and all team members model lifelong learning, compassion, and commitment to teaching, learning, our students and their families.

The International Academy of Denver nurtures inquiring, knowledgeable and compassionate students who create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. Our students appreciate their own cultures and others, and develop the critical thinking skills necessary to evaluate various perspectives.

The International Academy of Denver offers rigorous, inquiry-based learning experiences to develop and ensure that our students develop strong values, academic mindsets and skills necessary to become lifelong learners who are socially conscious and internationally minded.

Together we develop joyful, curious learners who achieve academically and contribute to their communities and our world.

 

LITERACY INSTRUCTION

 

A core instructional focus for International Academy is literacy. Below you will see the structures our teachers follow to ensure language is a focus and priority.

 

Readers Workshop

Learning environment- Each classroom will be implementing targeted whole group and small group instruction through:

 

  • Mini Lesson (Shared Reading) – A time for whole class instruction, every day, around a common learning point. The teacher and students are reading the material together. The teacher reads the text to model fluency and the students follow along. Discussion of the text is a tool used to help the students learn how to think about their reading. The text needs to be something that every child can see and follow, Big Books, overhead transparencies, multiple copies of short articles, etc. The District has provided Planning Guides that tie to the Standards and a District wide Scope and Sequence for all teachers to follow.
  • Independent Reading – Everyday students have the opportunity to read alone. This is the time they can practice the skills learned in shared reading and guided reading. The students keep a reading response notebook and a reading log. They choose books from the classroom library, read at their personal independent reading level, and read a variety of genres. It is during this time of the day that the teacher conferences with students, on an individual basis, to monitor progress and teach small personal lessons.
  • Guided Reading – Guided reading is done during the Independent Reading block of time. The teacher pulls a flexible, small group of children who have the same learning challenges. They may not be reading at the same reading level. These small groups meet together to learn and practice a new way to gain understanding and comprehension, and then they disband. The new learning is based upon the teacher’s ongoing assessment of the students’ strengths and needs.
  • Closure of the Reading Workshop – Five to ten minutes a day when the students and the teacher talk about the individual learning that went on in the Readers Workshop that day.
  • Literacy Work Stations – Students will independently practice skills learned during whole group instruction with a partner.
  • Classroom Library – A variety of different genre and reading levels are included in the classroom library. These books are used for Independent Reading.
  • Reading Response Journals – Every child has a reading journal. The journal is used as an organizational tool where the students keep all material pertaining to reading: reading log, reader’s responses, assessment information and record of student/teacher conferences.
  • Homework – Students, with parent support and supervision, are expected to read at home every night.

 

Writers Workshop

 

  • Shared Writing (mini-lesson) – A whole class lesson is focused on the classroom procedure, the writing process or the craft of writing. The District has provided Planning Guides that tie to the Standards and a District wide Scope and Sequence for all teachers to follow.
  • Touchstone Text – Books, magazine articles, newspapers or Internet resources the teachers use to show students examples of writing genre and craft.
  • Independent Writing – Students work in their writing notebook or writing folder. They use the writing process to complete writing projects in at least four different genres. It is during this time of the day that the teacher conferences with students, on an individual basis, to monitor progress and teach small personal lessons. The teacher will also pull small groups of students who need additional support to understand and master a writing craft.
  • Closure of the Writing Workshop – Five to ten minutes a day when the students and the teacher share the individual learning that went on in the Writers Workshop that day.
  • Writers’ Notebook – As students develop their writing skills they move into a writers’ notebook. We use a notebook to collect our ideas so we have something to write about and we use a notebook to keep track of the different parts of the writing craft we are learning.
  • Writing Folder – Every child has a writing folder. The folder is used as an organizational tool where the students keep all material pertaining their writing as they are working through the writing process.
  • Completed Work Folder – A folder that holds all the plans, drafts, revisions, and the completed project.  It is the living history of the students’ work and growth.
  • Homework – Students, with parent support and supervision, are expected to talk about what they are writing at school, seek input from their family regarding family stories, and at some grade levels (3-6) work in their writers’ notebook.

 

Skills Block/ELD Block

 

Teacher and students learn English skills that will support the work of reading and writing.  This might include word work or the conventions of writing (capitalization and punctuation, sentence structure, paragraph writing).  Lessons are based on student need, standards, and district curriculum.

 

*Times vary for the Early Childhood program, kindergarten through fifth grade.

 

Language Policy

 

All students receive an opportunity to build strength and confidence in their native language, and all students 2nd grade and above, have the opportunity to strengthen their second language, or learn Spanish as a second language.

 

HOMEWORK INFORMATION

 

HOMEWORK TIME EXPECTATIONS

 

Multiply ten (10) minutes by the child’s grade level to determine the average evening homework expectation. For example, second grade is ten minutes per day times two for a total of twenty minutes per day (on average per night, M-Th, not including special projects). This time frame may not include the required grade level home reading minutes. At the kindergarten level, special projects and reading books will occasionally be assigned. We encourage parents to read regularly with their children.

 

CATEGORIES OF HOMEWORK
  • Assignments given specifically as homework, such as spelling work, reading minutes at home.
  • Classroom assignments not able to be completed during the school day.
  • Make-up work as a result of an illness. Generally, students will be given double the absence time to complete the work. Parents are welcome to call the teacher for homework when the child is home sick.
PURPOSES OF HOMEWORK
  • Student extends daily learning time beyond the school day.
  • Student develops and practices time management, organizational skills, and consistent study habits.
  • Student practices responsibility for completing assignments at home and getting them back to school.

 

GENERAL HOMEWORK AREAS
  • Reading: Student reads with a parent or independently for a minimum number of teacher required minutes.
  • Math Facts: Memorize
  • Spelling: Study the assigned words and complete spelling work as assigned.
  • Special Projects: Each teacher will assign special projects that support the curriculum. These assignments become more long-range as the students become older.

 

SUGGESTIONS FOR PARENTS
  • Help your child establish goals and set up an inviting work area and time for studying.
  • Maintain open communication with your child and the teacher.
  • Discuss homework expectations and ideas with your child’s teacher.
  • If you see your child is struggling, or needs additional challenges, worksheets are available through the teacher and/or school support staff.
  • Guide, encourage, and discuss the assignment, but let the child do the work. Let the child be responsible – don’t “rescue.”
  • Remember: Positive interaction leads to positive results.

 

ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

 

BELIEFS AND VALUES:

International Academy of Denver regards academic honesty as vital to the academic, social and emotional development of all students. Honest and ethical behavior is an essential component in the learning process. Academic honesty requires that all academic work is the legitimate, truthful effort and product of the student. In contrast, academic dishonesty is an attempt by students to claim and show possession of effort, knowledge and/or skills that are not their own. Academic dishonesty in any form shall not be permitted.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following examples:

  1. Plagiarizing materials taken from sources, such as books, periodicals, newspapers, or the Internet without appropriate documentation.
  2. Submitting another person’s work as one’s own (e.g. other students, parents, siblings).
  3. Copying another student’s homework, test, quiz, project, book report, assignment, or take-home test.
  4. Allowing another student to copy a test, homework assignment, quiz, project, book report, assignment or take-home test.
  5. Providing or accepting information regarding specific test content.
  6. Stealing copies of tests or answer keys.
  7. Changing answer(s) on a test, assignment, or project after grading.
  8. Changing grades in a grade book or altering a computer-grading program.
  9. Using programmable calculators in a manner not specified by the teacher.
  10. Copying or downloading of electronic information without authorization.
  11. Collaborating when not permitted.
  12. Using an electronic translator for foreign language without authorization.
  13. Fabricating data in a lab setting.
  14. Stealing academic materials.
  15. Using concealed notes on tests.
  16. Attempting to receive credit for the same work in two different classes without teacher authorization.

Administrators, staff, students and families are each important contributors in upholding academic honesty and integrity in the school community. The following defines these joint efforts:

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. The administration shall:
  1. Ensure that staff is notified of the policy.
  2. Promote and encourage staff to educate students regarding the policy.
  3. Enforce the consequences when a student violates the policy.
  4. Annually notify parents and students of the policy
  1. The staff shall:
  1. Discuss and reinforce academic honesty with students because this educational process begins at the elementary level.
  2. Promote a classroom environment that encourages academic honesty and original thinking.
  3. Enforce the consequences when a student violates the policy.
  1. The students shall:
  1. Uphold the spirit and the letter of the policy both philosophically and behaviorally in completing all school-related tests, quizzes, projects, reports, homework assignments or in-class assignments.
  2. Understand that no assignment is exempted from this policy.
  1. The parent/guardian should:
  1. Teach and support the ethical values of honesty and integrity.
  2. Share in the school’s enforcement of the academic honesty policy.
  3. Help and encourage students with schoolwork, but never do it for them.