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August 2010 Page3 of Vol. 4 No. 1 PEMBINA SPECIAL EDUCATION COOPERATIVE The Drayton School District is a member of the Pembina Special Education Cooperative (PSEC). As a member of PSEC, we work with the North Border, St Thomas, and Valley-Edinburg school districts to provide special education services to students ages 3 - 21. PSEC offers a full range of special education services including evaluation, consultation, instruction, and therapy to students who qualify based on the following Federally-defined special education categories: Autism, Deaf, Deaf/Blind, Seriously Emotionally Disturbed, Mental Retardation, Hearing Impaired, Other Health Impaired, Orthopedic-Impairment, Speech / Language Impaired, Specific Learning Disability, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Non- Categorical Impairment. The goal of the Special Education Unit is to provide students with and without disabilities the opportunity to interact and receive their education in the least restrictive environment to the extent appropriate. To this end, a variety of program options are available to the student, dependent upon what the Individual Education Program (IEP) team determines. The program is unique to each student. The PSEC also promotes Child Find activities. If you have any questions or concerns about the development of a child between the ages of 3 and 5, please refer them to the School so screening services can be arranged. For students who are in need of additional services at this young age, the PCSE operates a preschool developmental program. This program is based in Cavalier and students are transported to and from the program. The program is half-day in format (AM - 3-yr olds and PM - 4- & 5-yr olds). If you have a child in school and you have questions or concerns relative to their progress or lack thereof, you are encouraged to communicate your concerns first with your child's teacher(s). If you have further questions, the next step would be to communicate with your child's principal, who may then consult with the PSEC office (265 - 8080) about initiating testing and possibly services. SCHOOL FEES / TICKET PRICES School Fees Following is a list of activities for which fees are charged: ; Baseball, Basketball :  - Beys':& Girlst;rGherleadingFeg, tbalP,+,i,., Golf, Music (Contest entry), One-Act Play, Speech, Track, and Volleyball. Fees are set at $ 25 / activity with a cap of $ 50 / student and / or $100 / family. Students / parents are responsible for participation fees for those activities that we coop with Grafton - Cross Country, Hockey, and Softball. Ticket Prices Ticket prices for athletic events for 2011 - 2012 will be $6 for adults and $4 for students .... for individual varsity events. For boys / girls basketball doubleheaders, ticket prices will be $ 7 for adults and $ 5 for students. ACTIVITIES INFORMATION • . Drayton provides a variety -' of activities for students to f experience. A number of these activities are provided through a cooperative with other schools while others are self-contained. Following is a listing of the activities available to students by season. Fall: Football - Valley-Edinburg and Drayton coop. The Valley-Edinburg district will be the "Host" school and provide AD services. Volleyball - Drayton and St Thomas will coop. Drayton provides AD services. Elementary Basketball (boys and girls) - Drayton offers program locally. Cross Country - coop with Grafton. Drama - Drayton and St Thomas coop with Drayton serving as the Host school. Winter: Boys Basketball - coop with Valley-Edinburg; Girls Basketball- coop with Valley-Edinburg; Hockey - coop with Grafton. Spring: Golf (Boys & Girls) - coop with St Thomas; Track - Valley-Edinburg, Drayton, and St Thomas coop. Drayton will be the "Host" school and provide AD services. Baseball - Valley-Edinburg, Drayton, and St Thomas ,C coop. St. Thomas will be the lib "Host" school and provide AD services. Softball - coop with Grafton; Music - Drayton offers program locally; and Speech - Drayton and St Thomas coop with Drayton serving as the Host school. FALL SPORTS INFORMATION Physicals All student athletes will again need to have a physical prior to participation -this includes practice. The clinic has set aside times on August 4th and August 10th for physicals. The fall seasons are soon upon us so student athletes get your physicals. If Blue Knights' Notes you have any questions, please contact Mr. Thompson at the school. Football > Coach / Coaches - Jeryl Thompson, Dave Jongetjes, Wayne Stegman (all from Drayton), and Gary Jackson (Valley- Edinburg) > Practice begins - Wed. August 10th First game - Tues. August 23rd v. Cavalier @ Hoople (7 pm) Volleyball Coach / Coaches - Dustin Martin (St Thomas) and Barbie Steenerson (Drayton) Practice begins -Mon. August 15th , First game - Sat. August 27th @ Lakota Tournament (TBA) and JH @ Park River Tournament Elementary Basketball Coach / Coaches - Girls: Kerri Stegman a,,d m,,o. TDA , Practice begins - TBA for Both First game - TBA STUDENT ORIENTATION / REGISTRATION Drayton School will be holding registration for the 2011 - 2012 school year for all students, grades K- 12, Monday, August 8th through Thursday, August 11th. Registration hours will be 10:00 am to 3:30 pm each day EXCEPT Wednesday when registration will continue until 8 pm. Parents are being requested to come in with their child(ten) again this year to confirm directory information for each family. In order to provide better access to educational information, we need to have accurate contact information. All students are expected to complete this process prior to the beginning of school. If you are new to the district or are unable to register during the times set aside, please contact the school to make arrangements to complete this process at a different time. The Back-to-School information packet will also be available at the school during these times including Hot Lunch Applications and numbers, Power School Iogin information, Release of Information forms, website information, etc. Also, bring your $ 3 locker fee with to registration. Preschool Roundup and screening will occur by arrangement (Mrs. Johnston will contact families) and Kindergarten Roundup will be Tues. August 9th. Please make every effort to come to verify your information during the times we are making available. If you will not be able to come to the school during this time, please contact Mrs. Dahl or Mrs. Stellon to make ' g ts for..  ,differ nt time ,, " arran emen e i' . . EDITORIALLY SPEAKING I guess our national leaders didn't expect this, hmm? On Thursday Darrell Scott, the father of Rachel Scott, a Victim of the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado, was invited to address the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on gun control. What he said to our national leaders during this special session of Congress was painfully truthful. They were not prepared for what he was to say, nor was it received well. It needs to be heard by every parent, every teacher, every politician, every sociologist, every psychologist, and every so-called expert! These courageous words spoken by Darrell Scott are powerful, penetrating, and deeply personal. There is no doubt that God sent this man as a voice crying in the wilderness. The following is a portion of the transcript: "Since the dawn of creation there has been both good & evil in the hearts of men and women. We all contain the seeds of kindness or the seeds of violence. The death of my wonderful daughter, Rachel Joy Scott, and the deaths of that heroic teacher, and the other eleven children who died must not be in vain. Their blood cries out for answers. "The first recorded act of violence was when Cain slew his brother Abel out in the field. The villain was not the club he used .... Neither was it the NCA, the National Club Association. The true killer was Cain, and the reason for the murder could only be found in Cain's heart. "In the days that followed the Columbine tragedy, I was amazed at how quickly fingers began to be pointed at groups such as the NRA (National Rifle Association). I am not a member of the NRA. I am not a hunter. I do not even own a gun. I am not here to represent or defend the NRA- because I don't believe that they are responsible for my daughter's death. Therefore I do not believe that they need to be defended. If I believed they had anything to do with Rachel's murder I would be their strongest opponent. I am here today to declare that Columbine was not just a tragedy -- it was a spiritual event that should be forcing us to look at where the real blame lies! Much of the blame lies here in this room. Much of the blame lies behind the pointing fingers of the accusers themselves. I wrote a poem just four nights ago that expresses my feelings best. Your laws ignore our deepest needs, Your words are empty air. You've stripped away our heritage, You've outlawed simple prayer Now gunshots fill our classrooms, And precious children die. You seek for answers everywhere, And ask the question "Why?" You regulate restrictive laws, Through legislative creed. And yet you fail to understand, That God is what we need! " Men and women are three-part beings. We all consist of body, mind, and spirit. When we refuse to acknowledge a third part of our make-up, we create a void that allows evil, prejudice, and hatred to rush in and wreak havoc. Spiritual presences were present within our educational systems for most of our nation's history. Many of our major colleges began as theological seminaries. This is a historical fact. What has happened to us as a nation? We have refused to honor God, and in so doing, we open the doors to hatred and violence. And when something as terrible as Columbine's tragedy occurs -- politicians immediately look for a scapegoat such as the NRA. They immediately seek to pass more restrictive laws that contribute to erode away our personal and private liberties. We do not need more restrictive laws. Eric and Dylan would not have been stopped by metal detectors. No amount of gun laws can stop someone who spends months planning this type of massacre. The real villain lies within our own hearts. "As my son Craig lay under that table in the school library and saw his two friends murdered before his very eyes, he did not hesitate to pray in school I defy any law or politician to deny him that right! I challenge every young person in America, and around the world, to realize that on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School prayer was brought back to our schools. Do not let the many prayers offered by those students be in vain. Dare to move into the new millennium with a sacred disregard for legislation that violates your God-given right to communicate with Him. To those of you who would point your finger at the NRA-- I give to you a sincere challenge. Dare to examine your own heart before casting the first stone! My daughter's death will not be in vain! The young people of this country will not allow that to happen!" Do what the media did not - - let the nation hear this man's speech. Please send this out to everyone you can. And I would add to this the outcry about bullying. No amount of legislation will ever eliminate the problem. The only thing that will eliminate these senseless actions is caring - caring for others as well as ourselves. Stop the casting of the stones of blame. Accept our individual responsibility and begin to care for the youth who are the future of our country. SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICIES Technology Acceptable Use Policy Part of the Drayton Public School District's responsibility in preparing students for the future is to provide access to the tools they will be using as adults. With this access comes the responsibility to use them appropriately. The use of electronic tools include but are not limited to the following: TV's, DVD's, fax and copy machines, activboards, PDA's, e-book readers, local and wide area networks, computers and related peripherals including pdnters, camcorders, cameras, flash drives, portable hard drives, USB devices, mp3 players, etc. The use of these tools is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use will result in termination of those privileges. The Drayton Public School District participates in internet filtering services to help prevent the access to internet content that is inappropriate such as obscene, pornographic, or harmful as defined by the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA). CIPA imposes requirements on all schools receiving E-rate funding support for internet access. The filtering system does not guarantee that all unwanted sites will be filtered or blocked. The district is not responsible for information available from other parties such as those in the internet. It is the responsibility of the user to navigate on the network appropriately. Some internet sites may be blocked which do not have objectionable material. If blocked web sites are required for educational purposes, a request may be made to the district's technology committee to bypass the filter. • Users are required to comply with all local, state, and federal laws which include regulations against computer/networking hacking, software piracy, copyright infringement, and other illegal behaviors. • The district reserves the right to inspect folders, files, use history, communications, as well as to use remount observation to ensure compliance with this policy. • The district may require new registration account information in order to assure security and continued service. • Student email account will be provided through EduTech upon request and for educational purposes. Student accounts may be cancelled for inappropriate use as outlined in the EduTech Acceptable Use Policy or this policy. • The Drayton School Library refers to the ALA (American Library Association) Library Bill of Rights and CIPA as guidelines in use of technology tools for students. • Teachers reserve the right to restrict student access to certain course files. • Virus checks must be done by students or staff on any downloaded files to avoid the spreading of computer viruses. Phone (701)454-3324 Fax: (701)454-348 The following are inappropriate or prohibited uses of the system: 1. The use of the system to submit, publish, or display inaccurate information. 2. The use of the system to submit, obtain, publish, store, or display objectionable material or for illegal activity. Objectionable material includes: a. Information that encourages the use of tobacco, alcohol, or controlled substances or otherwise promotes associated activities. b. Information or software which is in violation of the copyright or license agreements including plagiarizing, downloading, or exchanging pirated software, music, or other files. Copyright material will only be placed on the system with the author's permission. c. Information which encourages the toleration or promotion of discrimination against either individuals or groups which includes attacking, insulting, or harassing others. d. Information or software that is pornographic or sexually explicit in nature. 4. Students may not use another individual's account, email, or folder. They may not read, copy, write, or save files to an account or email other than their own. 5. Vandalism of technology which includes uploading or creation of computer viruses. 6. The personal use of the district's system for commercial transactions. This relates to purchasing goods and services over the internet. If violations occur, the student and his/her parents or guardians assume full responsibility for any liabilities or costs generated by such activities. The district is not responsible for any liability or expense in connection with the student's use of the technology tools. 7. Any action of the user which results in a compromise of the system security. Internet safety precautions are the responsibility of the user. Some guidelines include: • Understand that nothing on the internet is done in private. • Understand the use of social networking such as Facebook or MySpace are permanent records seen by anyone. • Use proper etiquette while online. • Keep personal information private by not using it online. • Do not read emails, respond to emails, or download attachments from people you do not know. • Do not meet online friends in person without parent permission. • Tell a responsible adult if you receive inapprq[or t;e ema s or unwelcome mformai'6n. • :' " PgssJble i:on6qiJene*s for inappropriate use of technology include, but are not limited to: .... • Loss of use/access to technology tools for 18 weeks. • Loss of use/access to technology tools for the school year. • Account access denied. If this happens, the user forfeits all information in the account. • Suspension • Expulsion • Restitution of costs for repairs or the restoration of the system due to inappropriate use. • Legal prosecution. • Additional disciplinary actions may be determined on an individual basis. Challenges to this policy may be submitted to the Drayton Public School District technology committee who will review the challenge. If the patron continues to disagree with the policy, a meeting will be set up with the superintendent. If the issue is still not resolved, then the policy will be brought to the school board to make the final decision about the part of the policy in question. This agreement as well as any violations of this agreement will be kept in the student's permanent record file. Volunteers The Drayton School District is always looking for individuals to assist in a variety of areas. If you have some time, are looking for something to do, and are willing to volunteer, please contact the school. It does not matter if the time is regular or of some duration, any assistance will be appreciated. Visitors Visitors are welcome at the Drayton School. We encourage parents to visit with the teachers while following the progress of their children. If you do come to visit however, we request that you stop in the Office to notify us that you are in the building and, if possible, please make arrangements prior to your visit. We try hard to keep interruptions to a minimum. Annual Notification of Asbestos Containing Materials In compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), the Drayton School District had inspections of the school buildings for asbestos containing building materials (ACBM). The results of the inspection findings and the asbestos management plans are on file in the Office. The District is required to complete a follow up inspection of the ACBM every three years. (Our most recent re-inspection occurred in September of 2009.) An accredited Inspector/Management Planner from TRIO Environmental Consulting