International Academy of Denver Parent & Student Handbook
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:
International Academy of Denver
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
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
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.
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:
Please note: Excused absences do not qualify for perfect attendance.
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.
When determining the temperature for inside/outside days, the office staff will contact at least two of the following sources:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
The parking lot area on the west side is reserved for staff parking only.
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:
CONDUCT OF STUDENTS AS BUS PASSENGERS
Getting Off the Bus
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.
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
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.
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:
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.
GAMES: Games are designated by the P.E. teacher and PBIS committee.
Cooperative Team Sports:
Two Square & Four Square:
PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT & LEARNING LANDSCAPE AREAS
All equipment will have rule use reviewed with students at the beginning of the year. Please use equipment only as instructed.
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.
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:
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 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 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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
After school weekly tutoring can be requested through our partnerships with SOAR and Scholars Unlimited.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learning environment- Each classroom will be implementing targeted whole group and small group instruction through:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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: