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00luo Knights" Noteke DRAYTON PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT PARENT NEWSLETTER 108 South 5 th Street Drayton, ND 58225 August 2011 Office Hours Phone (701)454-3324 Page 1 of Vol. 4 No. 1 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fax: (701)454-3485 WELCOME Dear Parents and Patrons, Welcome to this issue of the Blue Knights' Notes, our parent newsletter. As a general rule, the Blue Knights' Notes are posted to our website monthly (www.drayton.k12., normally the first Monday of each month - August thru May. It is posted in pdf format for your convenience should you wish to print a CODV for reading at a later time. Please important Notice On Wednesday, August 3 rd, there will be a meeting at 7:00 pm for ALL Drayton School District athletes in grades 7 - 12 and their parents. This meeting will review information mandated by the North Dakota State Legislature. Each athlete and his or her parents must review this information prior to the athlete being able to participate. Parents will need to sign off stating their have reviewed the information. Please make plans to attend. If you are absolutely unable to attend this meeting, please notify Mr. Thompson at the School. feel free to share this information with others. This issue of the newsletter (our first for the year) will cover a variety of topics to help you prepare your student(s) for the school year ahead and is also published in the Valley News and Views. As summer begins to fade and the days begin to grow shorter, the 2011 - 2012 year is just around the corner. Before we know it, the halls of the school will once again be filled with students and teachers. Our custodial staff has been doing their best to make sure that everyone will have a clean and comfortable building upon their return. The first day of classes in Drayton will be Tuesday, August 23rd. ,all _ JL Buses will run that day and both breakfast and lunch will be available. Additional information  regarding the calendar can be found elsewhere in this newsletter or by checking out the Drayton School website at www.drayton. Please take a moment to review these informational resources. The normal school day begins at 8:40 am with school dismissing at 3:15 pm daily. Listed in this newsletter, you will find a myriad of information - information intended to assist you in getting ready for the year ahead. You will find information about class schedules, staffing, food services, athletics and activities, school policies and many other items pertinent to Drayton Public Schools. Information regarding the following topics can be found within this newsletter: Administration and Staff Listing, Announcements - AlertNow, Annual AYP Report / Information, Calendar Overview, Fall Sports Information, Fast Facts, Immunization Requirements, Lunch Program & Meal Pricing, Mission -Vision - School Improvement, School Website, Pembina Special Education Cooperative, PowerSchool, PreSchool Corner, Release of Directory Information Denial Request Form, School Activities, School Board Meetings, School District Profile, School Policies (Technology / Acceptable Use, Volunteers, Visitors, Annual Notification of ACM, Annual Notification of Parental Right to Request Teacher & Paraprofessional Qualifications, Hazing, Harassment, Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drugs, Student Medications, Title I, FERP.A, Sexual Offenders, Parental Complaint / Grievance, and Armed Forces Recruiting), School Fees / Ticket Prices, School Supplies, Student Orientation / Registration, Super to Parent, and Transportation. The Drayton School District offers a comprehensive curriculum beginning with our 4K Preschool program, single grade classrooms in K through grade 6, and a full junior high / high school slate of classes including the opportunity for students to take college courses while in high school. We are justifiably proud of our staff and the program we have to offer the students of Drayton School District. Learning opportunities include course offerings in house, online, at the vocational center, and over the interactive television connection. Through our membership in the North Valley Career and Technology Center students can take a variety of vocational courses both at the Center in Grafton and online. The Heart of the Valley Interactive Television Consortium provides students access to courses from the twenty-three member school districts and from other schools across the state including Mayville State, Valley City State, and other North Dakota colleges. Drayton will also be working with the North Dakota Center for Distance Education and PLATO Learning to provide students with additional educational opportunities through online asynchronous education. We will have some changes to our staff again this year. First, we will have a new principal serving both the high school and elementary. Mr. Dean Ralston will be working in this capacity. Mr. Pollestad and Mrs. Stegman have requested change in their assignment. We will also have two changes at the elementary - Ms. Brittany Johnson will be returning to first grade following a year's sabbatical and Ms. Amanda Ricard will move to Kindergarten to take Mrs. Stephanie Kirkeby's position as she with be taking a sabbatical. We will also have a new teacher at the high school as Cathy Johnson will not be returning to Drayton High School this year, but we have not hired this individual as yet. Directory Activities Information 3 Administration & Staff 2 School District Profile 1 Annual AYP Report / Information 1 August Fast Facts 2 Calendar Overview 2 Fall Sports Information 3 Immunization Requirements 2 Lunch Program & Meal Prices 2 Mission, Vision, & School Improvement 1 Our School Website 1 Pembina Special Education Cooperative 3 Powerschool 1 Preschool Corner 2 Release of Directory Information Denial Request Form 5 School Board Meetings 2 School Calendar Dates 2 School District Profile 1 School Fees / Ticket Prices 3 School Policies 3-5 • Technology / Acceptable Use 3 • Volunteers 3 • Visitors 3 • Annual Notification of ACM 3 • Annual Notification of Parental Right to Request Teacher & Paraprofessional Qualifications 3 • Hazing 4 • Harassment 4 • Alcohol, Tobacco, & Other Drugs 4 • Student Medications 4 • Title I 3 • FERPA 5 Sexual Offenders 5 • Parental Complaint / Grievance 5 • Armed Forces Recruiting 5 School Supplies 2 Student Orientation / Registration 3 Super to Parent 2 Transportation 2 Welcome 1 DHS Class Calendar 6 Drayton School District Calendar 6 ANNOUNCEMENTS / PARENT NO TIFICA TION The Drayton School District will continue to utilize the Alert Now instant notification mmmmm mmmm system to keep parents mmmmm informed of activities and ,ll., changes in school schedule due to storms, special functions, and other happenings at the school. The system uses the contact information contained in Power School so we need to keep this data as current and accurate as possible. To assist us in ensuring that your information is accurate, we ask that you contact us should anything change (phone number, mailing address, etc.). The Alert Now system will send out a call to notify individuals when school is cancelled or if the starting or dismissal time for school will be changed due to weather or some other reason. We will be asking you to verify your contact information when you come to the school for registration. Announcements can be sent to home phones, cell phones, or answering machines. Once a message has been programmed into the system, all parents should get the message within a matter of minutes. Please identify your preferred contact number during the registration process. Also, when you receive a call please listen to the message. Thank you for assisting with this matter. MISSION, VISION, AND SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT Mission Statement Striving for excellence today to prepare students to succeed in a challenging world tomorrow. Philosophy Democracy survives and flourishes when its citizens are well-informed. The task of North Dakota schools is to educate all children to assume responsible roles in this democracy. The Drayton Public School is the expression of the efforts of the people of the community to meet this task. The facilities, faculty, and other personnel are provided in the collective interest of the students attending the school and are available to encourage the highest possible achievement in each individual pupil regardless of sex, race, color, or creed. Vision The Drayton School District believes the core purpose of education is to teacher people the process of rational thought and citizenship. Education is a tool that creates within the student the attitudes, skills, ideals, and appreciations which help to make him / her, a useful and intelligent citizen of democracy. Good citizenship includes a balance of emotional, physical, mental, moral, and social growth. To this end, the Drayton School District shall provide a curriculum while utilizing the methods to meet the present and future needs of the students. We fully realize the importance of fundamental skills and emphasize those skills as the basis for further learning and development. The Drayton School District recognizes that education is for all - without discrimination or prejudice. It will strive to find and develop within the students, the talents for them to be active participants in the educational process and guide them in choosing future endeavors. Goals The goal of education at the Drayton Public School is to help each student to complete the following: a) Learn to be a good citizen and practice democratic ideas and ideals. b) Develop communication, computational, and other skills to each individual ability. c) Develop good character, self- respect, and a feeling of self-worth. d) Form satisfying and responsible relationships with other people, including those with characteristics different from his / her own. e) Gain information needed to make job selections and develop skills to become productive individuals. f) Understand and practice the skills of family and community living. g) Learn the techniques of managing money, property, and resources. h) Develop a desire for learning now and it the future. i) Learn how to use leisure time. j) Practice and understand the ideas of health and safety. k) Become aware of and appreciate culture and beauty in the world. Counseling Review The past Legislature enacted law requiring schools to notify its high school students that, upon request, a student is entitled to receive a consultative review of the student's individual high school education plan at least once during each high school grade. Upon the request of a student, the Drayton Public School District shall provide this review. This request should be presented to Mr. Jongetjes, the counselor. The review will involve a meeting between Mr. Ralston, Principal; Mr. Jongetjes, Counselor; and the student. Parents have the option of participating in this meeting and will be notified of the time and date of the meeting by Mr. Jongetjes. Power School To better keep you informed of your child's educational progress in school, you can access your child's academic progress via the Internet. The Drayton School District uses PowerSchool and PowerGrade program. By obtaining your Iogin and password during registration, you will be able to gain access to your child's educational information, receiving up-to- date, real time information on your child's attendance and grades. You will also be able to see what assignments your child has pending or needs to complete. The PowerSchool parent access port can be found on our school website: www.drayton. We will continue to provide regular "paper" updates on your child's status as a matter of practice. We will also continue the practice of parent - teacher conferences (one following the first nine weeks grading period and one at mid-term of the third quarter), check the calendar for dates. REMEMBER TO GET YOUR POWERSCHOOL LOGIN AND PASSWORD DURING REGISTRATION. OUR SCHOOL WEBSITE The Drayton School District maintains a school website. This website can be found at The website contains many items of interest to parents, etc. We are in the process of updating our website so take some time to get familiar with it. Some of the items that can be located on the school website include: [] School Calendar of Events - On the website home page, you will find a calendar containing school events and activities. [] Monthly Hot Lunch Menu -Also on the website home page, you find a "Menus" button, clicking on this will give you access to the menu - both breakfast and lunch. [] Power School Login Access Port - Toward the bottom of the Home Page, you will find the Power School Login Access Portal. Click on this image and you will be taken to the Iogin page for Power School. [] Individual Classroom Teacher Web Pages -Again, on the website home page, you will find options to go to either the elementary or the high school and to check on individual class or teacher information. [] Electronic Versions of school publications - The monthly newsletter and other publications and information are posted to the website. Check It Out. [] Electronic Versions of the Regular Board Meeting Agenda and Material - Information the Board will be considering is also available for review on the website. The monthly agenda and accompanying materials are typically posted to the website one week prior to the scheduled meeting date. And many more items, take some time to check it out. Once you have found our web page, I would like to recommend that you "bookmark" it for easier access later. SCHOOL DISTRICT PROFILE Each year, the Drayton School District in cooperation with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (DPI), publishes an annual progress report on student achievement and other things. This report is called the School District Profile. This profile can be found on the DPI's website. I encourage you to review this report. The report outlines what the District is accomplishing - think of it as our report card. You may access our Profile (or the profile for any other school in North Dakota) by going to the following address: http://www. The profiles are not currently available, but to get Drayton's Profile when available, go to the website, select Drayton Public School District # 19 from the listing of schools, selecting the most recent year (2010 - 11 ), and clicking submit. You will receive a listing of available reports. You may then review online (or in print) each of the reports or if you do not have Internet access or would prefer, we can provide you a print copy of the report by contacting the Office and requesting that we provide you with one when it becomes available. ANNUAL AYP REPORT / INFORMATION Dear Parents & Guardians: The Drayton School District is dedicated to providing its students the education they need to prepare them to graduate from high school and to enter their adult lives. Included with this newsletter you will find copies of the Drayton Elementary, Drayton High School, and Drayton School District Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports. What is AYP? Federal law, under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), requires the State to release AYP reports for each school and district in the State of North Dakota. These reports measure our students' performance in terms of the percentage of students who are at or above the State-defined academic standard in reading and math as measured by the North Dakota State Assessment (NDSA). How is AYP determined? The State of ND looks at the percentage of the school's students who are meeting or above each standard. The criteria for determining are as follows: • Whether the percentage of students taking the test meets the State's predetermined annual AYP goals for proficient or advanced in the identified areas. • Whether 95% of the students took the NDSA. • Whether the school has met the participation rates in attendance and graduation. • Whether the achievement and participation rates have passed statistical reliability. .., .... to preRa00 stueen00 to succeed ,n a chaileng, ng wod’ tomorrow, ....