Grand Junction Elementary

2014 /2015

Student Handbook




          The vision of Grand Junction Elementary School is to provide a well-structured environment in order to maintain high academic standards, thus equipping students with the tools necessary to become responsible citizens and productive members of society.



Hardeman County Schools Mission


The mission of the Hardeman County Schools is to prepare each child for the future by developing skills, nurturing talents, molding characters, and inspiring dreams.





The mission of Grand Junction Elementary School is to provide a nurturing and safe environment that promotes a desire for life-long learning; therefore, enabling all students to reach their maximum potential.






  1. All children can learn.


  1. All children deserve a quality education which allows them to develop into successful adults.


  1. All children can benefit from a challenging curriculum that is

developmentally appropriate.


4.   Technology used as an integral part of the curriculum, helps increase student



      5. The school environment should foster a positive relationship among students,

          teachers, parents, and the community.


      6.   All children must be provided connections to real-life experiences.                                

      7.   Education should emphasize high expectations, optimize each child’s

           potential and enhance self-esteem – instruction will be aligned to the

           Common Core State Standards.

      8.   Education should provide a strong foundation to prepare students for the

            next grade level.


      9. Education should provide an opportunity for all children to think, dream,

          believe, and achieve personal success.                                                                                                          



Students who are not in class cannot follow the proper sequence of the education instruction program designed by the teachers.  It is vital that students, parents, teachers and administration attempt to solve the problem.  When a student misses school, he or she is required to bring a note from the legal guardian to school.  It will be reviewed by an administrator to determine if it is excused.  Valid reasons for absence at GJES are limited to the following:


A.  Personal illness of the student. A doctor’s note is required after 3 consecutive days of absence.

B.  Death in the family.

C.  Court appearances.

D.  Visits to a health professional.

E.  Religious events.

F.   Emergency situations.


If a student does not have a valid reason for missing school, it is recorded as an unexcused absence.  At the first unexcused absence per semester, the student will be allowed to make up their work with no penalty, but the parents will be contacted by phone or note to create awareness of the situation and hopefully prevent another such absence.  All further unexcused absences during the semester will result in the student not being allowed to make up their work and a grade of “zero” recorded for assignments missed.


If a student arrives after 8:00A.M., and miss only part of a class, they are recorded as “Tardy”.  After 3 tardy notes in one semester, parent conference will be requested on the fourth event to attempt to prevent further occurrences.


In all cases, excessive will be reviewed by the Board of Education Attendance Officer.In general, students who receive excused absences are allowed the same number of days they missed to make up assignments.  For example, a child who is sick and misses two days will be allowed two days to make up the assignments. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain and complete the assignments.  Assignments not completed on time will receive a grade of “zero”.  Students may complete the work earlier if desired.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  




The school operates a bookstore from 7:35 - 7:55 AM on Mondays and Thursdays if students need to purchase items.




Buses 41, 61, and 42 take elementary students to and from our campus.  Bus 41 transfers some students to bus 53.  Bus 61 transfers some students to bus 19.  Bus 42 transfers to bus 45. Call the school if you are unsure which bus your child will ride.  To encourage safety for our passengers, the following rules apply on our buses:

1.   No standing while the bus is in motion.

2.   Talking is to be only at the level permitted by the driver. He or she will make clear the level expected.

3.   No pushing or shoving is permitted in bus lines, on the bus, or at bus stops.

4.   Students should respect the property of others on the bus.

5.   Students should sit in their assigned seats.

6.   Students may not eat or drink on the bus except as permitted on Field Trips.

7.   Flowers, balloons, or other large items, which may block the view of the bus driver or cause disruption on the bus, is not permitted.

8.   Students may not ride a bus other than the one to which they have been assigned without a note signed by an administrator. Without a written note by parent/legal guardian, or (in emergencies only) the student will ride his/her assigned bus.  (Only in emergency situations will a telephone call be accepted.)  Students should present a request signed by the parent to ride a different bus to an administrator before 8:00AM.

9.   Students will go in a direct line from the bus to the cafeteria.

                       10.   Consequences for misbehavior on the bus:

      1st offense-Warning by administration            

      2nd offense-Assign seat/contact parents

      3rd offense-Suspension from bus

Some misbehavior will not follow the above consequences.

Examples are:  Fighting, threats, cursing, etc.  It is the principal's

discretion whether or not to follow the consequences scheduled above.









All students who eat lunch are required to receive a full tray, including milk, to count for payment or government reimbursement.  Students are not required to eat or even sample every item.  This year, all students will receive breakfast and lunch free.


 Rules for cafeteria conduct are as follows:


             1. Enter quietly (walk)


             2. Talk quietly (if permitted)


             3. Clean up neatly


            4. Be nice to your neighbor


            5. Stay in your seat



Checking Out Students

Students may be checked out of school early only by coming to the office and signing a log book in person.  Students will be excused only for the reasons stated in the absentee policy.


Classroom Rules

At the beginning of the school year, each teacher will devise a list of between 3 and 5 rules to cover behavior expected in their classroom.  These behavior expectations will be approved by the Principal and clearly posted in the teacher’s room.  A copy will be sent home on the first day the child attends class and teachers will “teach the rules” the first day of class.  Please understand that the rules will vary. The rules for Kindergarten, Sixth Grade, P.E., Computer Lab, etc. may be different.



Clubs, Activities, and Organizations

Involvement in school organizations provides opportunities for student growth beyond normal academic classes and encourages participation in community events later in life.  Clubs will vary from year to year based on student choices.  Every student goes on a minimum of one field trip per year to enhance classroom instruction.




Hardeman County Schools
Disciplinary Levels    
                                                Grand Junction Elementary School                                                                                                                                  

Grand Junction Elementary School’s students are expected to demonstrate congenial, courteous, and respectful behaviors towards everyone they come into contact with.














General Misbehavior Disrupting






Not following

Instructions Theft (minor) Dress code Violation Toys, etc. Electronic devices Profanity towards Students and/or Staff Destruction of Property

Dress code Violation Excessive Tardies Bus Behavior Inappropriate touching

Simple Fighting Disrespect Excessive/unmodified threats directed at students

Threats directed at staff


Level I Behaviors



Tobacco, Drugs Major Theft

Knives (not weapons) Threats


Profanity Aired at Staff

Destruction of property Excessive/unmodified Level II Behavior


2nd Offense Knives

2nd Offense Fighting


Under Influence of Drugs or Alcohol Severe Fighting Sexual Acts Excessive/unmodified Level III Behavior


Verbal Warning Classroom Strategies Contact Parent

Loss of Privileges

Appropriate due process hearing Temporary Learning Center

Suspension from Bus Loss of Privileges Counsel/Warning Corporal Punishment per school policy

Appropriate due process hearing Minimum 3 day Suspension

Maximum 10 day Suspension

Parent Conference prior to Student’s return to school

Appropriate due process hearing

Long-term Suspension/Expulsion Parent Conference prior to Student’s return

Juvenile Court

 Loss of Privileges







Corporal Punishment per school policy

Parent-Administrator Conference

Loss of Privileges Zero Tolerance:

TCA 49-6-3401 Weapons:

18 U.S.C. 921 Disciplinary Sanctions

TCA 49-6-4216 Appropriate Law Enforcement Agencies Contacted

Zero Tolerance

TCA 49-6-3401 Weapons:

18 U.S.C. 921 Disciplinary Sanctions TCA 49-6-4216 Appropriate Law Enforcement

Agencies Contacted Director maintains right to modify on Case by case basis



Behaviors are

excessive or unmodified

Behaviors are excessive or unmodified

Behaviors are excessive or unmodified



The Disciplinary Code will be posted on classroom bulletin boards, public announcement bulletin boards in hallways, gym, & cafeteria.


Copies will be given to all students, parents, teachers, administrative staff, & support personnel.


The Disciplinary Code will be a part of the student handbook.


The confidentiality of all records pertaining to students will be maintained according to all relevant codes.


The Disciplinary Code has been adopted by the school board under TCA 49-6-4017.




Revised: January 9, 2014



The dress code is designed to reflect the will of the school community. Hardeman County School Board Policy #6.310 states the following: “Students shall dress and groom in a clean, neat, and modest manner so as not to distract or interfere with the operation of the school.”


STANDARD DRESS FOR HARDEMAN COUNTY SCHOOLS WILL BE AS FOLLOWS: (The standard dress code is optional for Pre-K students.)


Shirts— Only golf type shirts (no zippers) and button-front shirts will be permitted. Only the top two buttons may be unbuttoned.


1. Must have a collar.

2. Must be solid white, black, or light blue.

3. Must be the appropriate size.

4. May be long or short sleeve.

5. Must not have any writing or pictures.

6. Must be tucked in and remain tucked in at all times.

7. Logos (other than approved school logos) must be no larger than 1” on the front left side of the shirt.

8. Only white t-shirts may be worn underneath the approved golf or button-front shirt.

9. Short sleeve t-shirts may be worn with the approved short sleeve shirts.

Sweatshirts/Sweaters— Must be solid white, black, or the designated school color. Solid color sweaters with v-necks, crew necks, cardigans or vests in the approved colors may be worn, but must be worn over the approved shirts. No brand names or wordings are allowed.


1. Logos (other than approved school logos) must be no larger than 1” on the front left side of sweater or sweatshirt.

2. Sweaters, sweatshirts, and vests should hang at the waist/belt line.

3. Hooded sweatshirts/sweaters of any kind will not be worn in the classroom.

4. Sweaters or sweatshirts are not to be tied over the shoulders or around the waist.

5. Mock turtlenecks or turtlenecks in approved colors may be worn under the approved shirt. They must be solid color, and either white or the approved school color, and they cannot be worn alone. Short sleeve turtlenecks may be worn under the approved short sleeve shirts.


Pants— Color choices for pants are khaki, black, or navy (hemmed or cuffed) and of a cotton twill blend.


1. Pants must be worn and fitted at the waist line.

2. Low slung, baggy seat, baggy legged, or bell-bottom pants are not permitted.

3. Students in all grades PreK-12 may wear knee-length shorts of a cotton twill blend in

    khaki, navy, or black.

 4. No jeans are allowed except on special days designated by the school principal.

5. No rivets on pants.

6. Cargo pants, carpenter pants, or overalls are not permitted.

7. Pant legs cannot be rolled up, exposing the leg.

8. There are to be no holes, rips, or tears.

9. Capri style pants may be worn by female students. Capris are defined as trousers which end at the mid- calf area or just below the calf.


Belts must be worn through the belt loops and buckled. The belt buckle must be a plain buckle and shall not exceed 1 ½ inches in width. Uniform pants which have a completely elasticized waist with no belt loops do not require that a belt be worn. The school administration will have the final discretion on the color of the belt.


 Skirts/Dresses— All skirts/dresses must be solid-khaki colored, black, or navy colored, and be a twill cotton blend.

1. Skirts must go to the knee.

2. There must be no slits in skirts above the knee.

3. All dresses that are worn must go to the knee.



1. Shoes are to be worn at all times.

2. Dress/casual shoes, sandals, or athletic shoes are to be worn and must be properly fastened.

3. Flip flops and skeletoe shoes are not to be worn.

4. Boots are permitted with the pants leg worn outside the boot.

5. Shoes with heels taller than 1 ½ inches are not permitted.



1. Students may wear any color heavy coat to school but it must be stored in a locker or designated location when the student gets to school. Heavy coats may not be worn in the classroom. Sweaters, jackets, or pullover windbreakers without hoods may be worn with the standard dress policy clothing in the classroom in white, navy, or black.

2. Large, oversized coats and jackets or trench coats are not permitted within the school building.

3. Coats and jackets must not have drug, alcohol, gang related, gambling, or other such messages or pictures.



1. No caps or hats are to be worn in the school building.

2. No sweatbands are to be worn in the school building.

3. Headwear may be worn on school buses but must be removed and stored upon arrival at school.

4. Girls may wear head bands such as those worn to hold hair in place while in the school building.



First and second offense: Parent will be notified to bring changing clothes

Third offense: Conference with the administrator

Fourth offense: In-school suspension


Hardeman County School District

Student Registration Information

As part of the registration process, you will be required to verify the residence of your child (the student).


If you are the parent or legal guardian of the student, you must bring to registration at least two (2) of the following items (or copies) as verification of his/her address.


AND DOCUMENT WITH A POST OFFICE BOX SHALL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  The document must have the address of the residence.  It is suggested that you use the 911 address.


  1. Mortgage documents and/or property deed.
  2. Lease on an apartment or house.
  3. Utility bills.
  4. Telephone bills.
  5. A sworn affidavit stating that you and your child (the student) live in the Hardeman County School District.  The affidavit must also state the 911 address assigned to the residence.
  6. In case of a student living with a legal guardian, the applicant must provide certified copies of the filed petition of the court decree and copies of the court decree declaring the district resident to be the legal guardian of the student, and further declaring that the guardianship was formed for a purpose other than establishing residency for school district attendance purposes.


If you are an adult other than the parent or legal guardian, you must bring to registration:

  1. At least two (2) of the items listed above in numbers 1 through 5 and;
  2. A sworn affidavit stating your relationship to the student, and that the student will be living in your home for a period of time encompassing the entire upcoming school year, and fully explain the reasons (other than school attendance zone or district preference) for this arrangement.


The school district shall send its representative to physically visit the student’s residence to see if the student is actually living in the school district as represented by you in the enrollment documents.  Random visits shall be conducted thereafter.





Students will not possess, distribute or be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcoholic beverages in school buildings or on school grounds, in school vehicles or buses, or at any school sponsored activity at any time, whether on or off school grounds.


Students will not market or distribute any substance which is represented to be or is substantially similar in color, shape, size or markings to a controlled substance in school buildings or on school grounds, in school vehicles or buses, or at any school sponsored activity at any time, whether on or off school grounds.


Upon information that a student is suspended of violating this policy, the principal of the school shall notify the student’s parent or guardian and the appropriate law enforcement officials and take appropriate action as afforded through the board disciplinary policy.  If found guilty of the offense, the principal shall suspend the student and refer the matter to the disciplinary hearing authority for further action.


Electronic Devices

Students may bring the items below only for a class presentation as approved by a teacher in writing:

1.   Radios, cassette player, tape player, or CD players, cassettes, CD’s, or tapes.

2.   Video cameras and tapes.

3.   Computer discs or laser discs.

Students may not bring the items below under any circumstances:

1.   Cellular phones.

2.   Beepers and pagers.

3.   Electronic game players such as “gameboys” or games they play.

Items will be confiscated and returned to the parents only.

Facility Rental

The school gym, cafeteria, and rooms are available for rental by members of the community. Call the school office in advance to schedule a date and to find out the current Board of Education fees being charged.  Fund raising events must be held only for non-profit organizations such as churches, Girl Scout troops, etc.  No individual may profit from the use of school property.




Fighting is a serious offense.  It can lead to personal injury, which can at times be severe.  The principal will determine how many days to suspend the students.  Students will receive a minimum of 1-10 days.  The following penalties are automatically enforced:

First Offense In a School Year        -   2-10 Day Out of School Suspension

Second Offense In a School Year   -   2-10 Out of School Suspension             

Third and Subsequent Offenses     -   5-10 Days Out of School Suspension

In a School Year


                                                Fire, Tornado and Earthquake Drills

Procedures for each drill as listed below:


1.   An alarm will sound.  Students are to leave their books and personal possessions and line up quietly at the door.

2.   The teacher will escort students in line to the nearest exit.

3.   Students will line up quietly on the playground for roll call to ensure all students are accounted for.

4.   No student should reenter the building until announced “all clear” by the Principal.


1.   An announcement will be made over the intercom.  Students are to leave their books and personal possessions and line up quietly at the door.

2.   Students should line up and face the wall designated by the teacher, get on their knees; put their heads down a few inches away from the wall, and cover their heads with their hands.

3.   There should be no talking in the hall.

4.   Students will return to the room only when the Principal announces “all clear”.



1.   An announcement will be made over the intercom.

2.   Students are to put their heads and shoulders under their desks until announced “all clear” by the Principal.

In case of power failure, the Principal will use a whistle and go hall to hall to announce drills.



The school regularly conducts fundraising drives to buy needed supplies and services not provided through the Board of Education.  These have included Fall Festival and Field Day at the end of school.  Picture Day generates money while serving other purposes.  The school sells ice cream every day.  All fund-raisers are optional.  No penalty is allowed for non-participation.


Grading System

An explanation of the grading system is contained on report cards.  Teachers should use a variety and sufficient number of sources to arrive at a final grade.  Our school requires that a minimum of 18 grades (an average of 2 per week) will be used to determine a nine weeks final average.  These grades may come from homework, in-class work, tests, reports, class participation, projects, or notebooks and may be weighted, as the teachers deem appropriate.  The Principal checks teacher grade books at the end of each nine weeks to determine accuracy.  Teachers will keep a sufficient amount of the students’ work as reference should grades be questioned by parents or students.  In general, all tests plus samples of homework should be kept.  The information will be stored for the 1st semester until the end of the 2nd nine weeks.  All information for the 2nd semester will be stored until the end of the 1st nine weeks of the following academic year.                                                                                                                                  


A Kindergarten and 6th grade Graduation Ceremony is held in the Bobby Parks Gymnasium during the last week of school.

Gum, Candy, etc.

1.   Possession of gum is not permitted during school.

2.   Candy and other snacks are permitted only during class parties or as sold by the school during fund-raisers.  These are also permitted as rewards given by teachers.




1.   Students should line up on the right side of the hall facing in the direction they are to go.  Students should follow the direction of the teacher in these circumstances.

2.   Students who wish to get the attention of the teacher should raise their hands.

3.   Students should line up on the third square from the wall to prevent knocking pictures, fire extinguishers, etc. off of the walls.

4.   Students should be spaced so that if they stand still, their clothing, book bags, etc. do not touch the person in front or behind them.

5.   Students should look straight ahead so they will know when the line moves or stops.  This will help them avoid bumping into each other.

Homework Policy

The following grading practices for homework are acceptable at Grand Junction Elementary School:

All homework is given the specific grade achieved and so noted in roll books.  Homework grades are added together and averaged.  The average will count as one grade to factor in to a student’s final nine weeks average.  We require a minimum of 18 grades per nine weeks per subject.

The accepted practice for dealing with students who do not turn in completed homework assignments on time is as follows:

A.  Students who have an incomplete assignment will be assigned to an appropriate room to complete the work during P.E. class for grades 4-6.  Grades K-3 will make up the work during recess.

B.  Performance notices are sent at the mid-point of each nine weeks grading period.  Parents should be notified on this report if there is a persistent homework problem, and a conference scheduled.

C.  Report cards are sent home at the end of each nine weeks.  Notification of homework deficiencies may be made on the cards. 

D.  Work that is not turned in on time may receive an “O” or points may be taken off the student’s grade.  This is determined by each individual teacher.

In general, students who are absent are allowed the same number of days they missed to make up homework assignments.  For example, a child who is sick and misses two days will be allowed two days to make up the homework. Students may complete the work earlier than the allotted time if they so choose.


Honor Roll and Principal’s List

In order to be eligible for the Honor Roll in grades 4-6 and the Principal’s List in grades K-3, a student must have as many or more grades in the 93-100 (A) range as in the 85-92 range.  A “U” in conduct for any subject at any level will automatically leave a student off Honor Roll or Principal’s List.

Honors Program

Academic, attendance, citizenship, and other awards are presented to students at an Honors Awards program held in the Bobby Parks Gymnasium prior to graduation.



Intimidation and Harassment of Fellow Students

Grand Junction Elementary School believes each student is to be treated with courtesy and respect by his peers.

Students should immediately report attempts at intimidation and harassment to school personnel to protect themselves and to avoid escalation of problems.  Attempts to harass or intimidate fellow students will be handled in a manner consistent with the age of the student, the severity of the offense, and the frequency of the offense.  The following is a list of behaviors not permitted, but the list is not all-inclusive:

1.   Physically restraining, pushing, or hitting others.

2.   Use of racial, ethnic, or religious slurs.

3.   “Put Downs” involving personal appearances, disabilities, athletic or mental ability, economic status, or family references.

4.   Sexual rumors, innuendoes, or put downs of others.

5.      Touching male or female students below the waist, touching female students on the chest, kissing, or hugging.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    


A responsible adult must bring all medication to the school.  Medication should be given to the appropriate designated school official.

All medication must be brought to school in the original, pharmacy labeled container.  The container shall display:

1.   Student’s Name

2.   Prescription Number

3.   Medication Name and Dosage

4.   Administration Route or Other Directions

5.   Date

6.   Licensed Prescriber’s Name

7.   Pharmacy name, Address and Phone Number


Over the counter drugs to include lotions, salves and ointments, Tylenol, cough medicines etc., shall:

1.   Require an order from a licensed prescriber.

2.   A responsible adult must bring in the medication.

3.   Medication must be provided in an unopened container with the manufacture’s original label with the ingredients listed.  The student’s name must be affixed to the container.  All medication must be kept under lock and in area designated by the delegator, and will be dispensed in the office except in certain special areas including CDC classes and disciplinary settings.  The Medication Information (Physician’s Order and Parental Consent) form should be utilized for all medications.

Whenever it is possible parents should give medications outside of school hours.

These policies are recommended by the State Department of Health for the safety and well being of all students.













I.    General Requirements

A.  Schools must develop jointly with, and distribute to, parents of participating children a written policy describing the implementation of the requirements.  This policy shall be updated periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school.


B.  If a school has a parental involvement policy that applies to all parents, then the school will only have to amend the policy, if necessary, to meet Title I parental involvement requirements.


C.  If the local educational agency has a school district-level parental involvement policy that applies to all parents, then the LEA will only have to amend the policy, if necessary, to meet Title I parental involvement requirements.


D.  If parents of participating children are not satisfied with the contents of the local educational agency’s plan and the school wide program plan, then the LEA must submit parent comments on each plan.

II.  Written Policy

       Policy involvement for each school served

A.  Shall hold an annual meeting for all parents of participating children to inform them of their school’s participation and to explain its requirements and their right to be involved.

                       Parents of all students will be invited to an annual meeting to explain

                       the Title I Program, its guidelines, and the involvement of all parents

                       in their children’s education. 


B.  Shall offer flexible number of meetings (a.m. and p.m.) and may provide transportation, childcare, home visits, etc.

                       Meetings for parents shall be offered at convenient times to afford

                       everyone the opportunity to attend.  These meetings will be announced

                       through media flyers, etc. Every effort shall be made to inform all   



C.  Shall involve parents, in an organized, ongoing and timely way, in the

planning, review, and improvement of the parental involvement program and the joint development of the school wide program plan.  If a school already has such a process, use that with adequate representation of Title I parents.

All parents shall be organized to meet on a regular scheduled basis to work with the school in planning, review, and improvement of the parental involvement program.  This includes but is not limited to parent involvement committees, surveys, workshops, etc.


D.  Shall provide parents with timely information about programs, as well as allowing time for school staff to respond to parents’ recommendations.

The school shall provide program information to parents by way of:

---Printed notices        ---Phone calls

---Newsletters              ---Community Programs

                       ---Flyers                      __ Text messages



E.  Shall provide school performance profiles that show school progress toward meeting the state’s challenging performance standards and provide individual student results and interpretation of results to parents.

Each teacher shall disseminate assessment data in some of the following ways:

---School-Parent Meetings

---TCAP results sent home

---Individual parent-teacher conferences

---Parent-Teacher Conference days

---Grade level meetings

---Aims Web results


F.   Shall explain curriculum, the forms of assessment, and proficiency levels that students are expected to meet.

Grade level meetings shall be held at the beginning of the school year to help parents become familiar with curriculum classroom standards, homework policy, assessment, and proficiency levels that students are expected to achieve.  A Parent-Teacher-Student Handbook is given to every child, which explains these standards also.


G.  Shall provide opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions, share experiences with other parents, and participate as appropriate in decisions relating to the education of their children, if such parents so desire.


III.  Shared Responsibilities for High Student Performance

Each school receiving Title I services shall develop, in conformity with Title I regulations, a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student achievement, and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state’s high standards.




A.  Student/Parent/Teacher Compact:

(1)  describe the school’s responsibility to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the children served under this part to meet the state’s student performance standards, and the ways in which each parent will be responsible for supporting their children’s learning, such as monitoring attendance, homework completion, and television watching, volunteering in their child’s classrooms; and participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children and positive use of extracurricular time.

(a) School’s Role

The school has the responsibility to teach all children and to include parents in reinforcing and enhancing the high quality of curriculum and instruction to meet the state’s student performance standards in the following ways:

*Train/Educate parents on how to assist/monitor homework.

*Provide information, training materials, and accountability for both home and school for the following:

---Stages of child’s academic growth and development

---State performance standards

---Homework and discipline policy of child’s teacher

---School handbooks, bulletins, newsletters, compacts/contracts in a timely manner

---Available resources for parents to use at home.

(b) Home’s Role

Each parent will be responsible for supporting their child’s learning and being accountable for system and school procedures and rules as found in school handbooks, bulletins, newsletters, compact/contracts and by adapting similar rules at home.

Parents are encouraged to provide input for planning student instruction, to serve on committees, to participate in decision making opportunities, to provide teachers with relevant data about their children, and to serve as members of parent groups.                                       

Parents are responsible for making the home an extension of school by:

*Providing a place, materials and supplies for homework

*Providing opportunities for two-way communication/Become

   good listeners        

  *Modeling correct behavior and correct academic skills

*Monitoring television viewing                                                                                                                                                                                                              

(2)  Address the importance of communication between teachers and parents on an ongoing basis through, at a minimum-

a.      Parent-teacher conferences in elementary school, at least annually, during which the compact shall be discussed as the compact relates to the individual child’s achievement;

b. Frequent report to parents on their children’s progress; and

c. Reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and observation of classroom activities.

                             (a)   School’s Role

(a)  Parent-teacher conferences are held twice annually with individualized conferences scheduled throughout the year as requested by parent/teacher.

(b)  Teachers send student’s work home on a daily/weekly/bi-weekly basis.  Notes of encouragement/deficiencies and scheduled conferences are attached.

Telephone calls are often made

Formal written communication is sometimes utilized

(c)  Parent Volunteers are trained and utilized as needed as tutors, classroom, helpers/readers, monitors, etc.


(b) Home’s Role

(a)  Parents are responsible for providing pertinent information to teachers which will affect the child’s learning such as:

---Resources in the home

---Change in family status

---Health of child/family members

---Child’s learning style

(b)  Parents will provide information to the teacher concerning their child’s community/home activities, home responsibilities, personal interests and hobbies, goals, culture, and life styles.

(c)  Parents will return the following information to the school regarding their ability to volunteer/participate in school activities

---Availability and amount of time



IV.  Building Capacity for Involvement

        A.  To ensure effective schools and to improve student achievement, each school

(1) Shall help parents to understand the National Education Goals, state content and performance standards, state and local assessments, Title I requirements, how to monitor progress while participating in their children’s education, and how to work with educators toward children’s improved performance.


A copy of the appropriate grade level goals and objectives will be made available to each parent. A newsletter offering tips for helping children will be prepared and given to parents twice yearly.  Teachers will send a progress report home the fourth/fifth week of each nine weeks.  Additionally, individual conferences will be available to those parents who request more information.


Additional activities to promote student achievement are:

---Train parents to serve as tutors.

---Encourage parents to attend activities and meetings.

---Assist parents in interpreting assessment results.

---Train parents to monitor homework.

(2) Shall provide materials to train parents, teachers, pupil services,

 personnel,  principals, and staff to work with each other and work with

 parents as equal partners.


The school shall schedule a parent training program and make available to parents a list of adult literacy training agencies as well as providing materials and training to assist parents toward improving their children’s achievement.


            (3) Shall educate teachers, pupil services, personnel, principals, and staff 

             with assistance from parents on how to reach out to, communicate with,

             and work with parents as equal partners.


The school will explain at the Open House in August the importance of parents and teachers working together as equal partners for each of the following groups:  parents, teachers, teaching assistants, principals, counselors, secretaries, bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers, and any other staff members.  The principal will present programs in area churches informing and engaging our public.


(4) Shall coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs/activities with Head Start, Even Start, and Home Instruction Program for Preschool Youngsters, Parents as Teachers Program, and public preschool programs to the extent feasible and appropriate.


The school will contact leaders of Head Start and other preschool programs located in our community, and a plan will be developed to integrate the parental involvement program of the school with the program efforts for these agencies.


A kindergarten teacher will make visits to the pre-school groups and speak to parents about kindergarten expectations and requirements.

(5)  Shall develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses while encouraging partnerships between elementary, middle, and secondary schools.


Local businesses will be encouraged by the school to form partnerships through communications and interactions.  The involvement of the


businesses and/or organizations working with the local education association to foster parental involvement may include:


Phone calls to local businesses to donate prizes for parenting meetings to encourage better attendance.


Volunteer tutors from various businesses and/or organizations.

Provide for recognition for both parents and students (Example:  prizes, awards, certificates).

Have community leaders speak at parent meetings.

Field trips to local businesses in the community.


(6)  Shall conduct other activities, as appropriate and feasible, such as parent resource centers and opportunities for parents to learn about child development and rearing from birth of child, designed to help parents become full partners in the education of their children.


Parents will be provided various opportunities to learn about child development and child rearing through the provision of in-service programs and information about such services provided to the community through the Hardeman County Health Department, the Hardeman County Developmental Center, Bolivar General Hospital, and Project Basic.


One parent committee meeting will be devoted to child development, age appropriate activities/toys, speech and motor development, etc.  School nurses and/or representatives from the above-mentioned agencies will be utilized for this purpose.

(7)  Shall ensure, to the extent possible, that information sent home is in language form parents can understand.


Every effort will be made to ensure all communications from the school are in a language and form the parents can understand.  At this time, there are no children enrolled in our school whose parents use another primary language.                                                                                                   

(8)  May involve parents in the development of training for teachers and other staff to improve instruction.


Parents may become involved in the development of instruction by examining textbooks that are being considered for adoption and making recommendations to the textbook adoption committee or to Board of Education members.  When additions to the school curriculum are being considered, open public meetings are conducted for parents to have input.

(9)  May provide literacy training if all other sources are exhausted.


The school may provide literacy training to parents if all local sources are exhausted.  Such needs will be determined through informal interactions and observations.


(10)   Pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with local parental involvement activities, including transportation and childcare costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions.


The school will make every effort to eliminate barriers so parents may attend school meetings and training sessions.


(11)   May train and support parents to enhance the involvement of other parents.

The school may conduct workshops to train parents to enlist the involvement of other parents to volunteer services in their area of expertise.  This will be done through the Library’s Parent Center.


(12)   May arrange meetings at a variety of times, such as in the mornings and evenings, in order to provide opportunities for parents to participate in school related activities.


Parents may be surveyed to determine their preferred time(s) for parent meetings.  Meetings will be scheduled in response to the stated preferences and to the needs of working and non-working family members.  The meetings schedule will reflect variety and flexibility yet not interfere with the instruction program of the children.


(13)   May arrange for teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children, to conduct in-home conferences with parents who are unable to attend such conferences at school.


When a parent has been identified as unable to attend conferences, the teacher must complete a referral.  This referral must be given to the school’s principal.  The principal will then request a home visit to this parent by the school nurse and/or other appropriate staff members.                                                                                                                 

During this visit information from the teacher and staff member will be

given to the parent.  A report of this home visit will be made available to the principal and appropriate staff members. Funds may be allocated for release time and/or substitutes for teachers to conduct in-home conferences.


(14)   May adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement, such as Even Start.


Parents will be given a tour of the facilities within a month of the opening of school.  Services, opportunities, requirements and expectations will be presented by appropriate staff members.


Parents will meet on a regular basis to learn about school operations and student expectations.  These sessions will also allow parents to network and interact with each other. This networking and interaction will allow parents to support and assist each other.


(15)   Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under this section as parents may request.


The school shall provide other reasonable support as parents request through:


Personal contacts


Parent-Teacher-Student Contracts

Parents, teachers, and students are asked to fill out a contract at the end of the first nine weeks in which all party’s list specific ways they will work to improve student grades and conduct.


Parent/Teacher/Student/School Compact:


Parent/Guardian Agreement

I want my child to achieve. Therefore, I will encourage him/her by doing the following:

ü See that my child is punctual and attends school regularly with the necessary supplies.

ü Support the school in its efforts to maintain proper discipline.

ü Establish a time for homework and review it regularly.

ü Provide a quiet, well lighted place for study and encourage my child to read.

ü Encourage my child’s efforts and be available for questions and support.

ü Stay aware of what my child is learning by making periodic visits and volunteering in my child’s classroom.

ü Return report cards and attend parent teacher conferences.

ü Develop a partnership with the school to help my child achieve the State’s high standards.

ü Provide a safe and loving environment and be a positive role model.

ü Encourage my child to be a good listener.

ü Encourage my child to verbalize his/her problems and misunderstandings.

ü Provide a set bedtime that gives my child sufficient sleep to function at school.


Signature __________________________________


Student Agreement

It is important that I work to the best of my ability. Therefore, I shall strive to do the following:

ü Come to school on time, everyday with supplies needed for classroom work.

ü Listen, follow directions, complete and return homework assignments.

ü Wear uniforms daily.

ü Respect others and follow the Student Rules of Conduct.

ü Attack problems and not people.

ü Take responsibility for my actions and grades and cooperate with others in all learning situations.         


Signature __________________________________


Teacher Agreement

It is important that students achieve. Therefore, I shall strive to do the following:

ü Provide homework assignments for students and assistance to parents to help with assignments.

ü Encourage parents to visit and/or observe their child’s classroom on a regular basis. 

ü Use special activities in the classroom to make learning enjoyable. 

ü Encourage students and parent by providing frequent information about student progress.

ü Provide instruction that fosters high academics and expectations encouraging student to be the best they can be.

ü Encourage students by using special activities in the classroom, to make learning fun and meet individual student needs.

ü Promote a warm inviting classroom to students and parents with the freedom of volunteerism.


Signature __________________________________


School Responsibility

I support this form of parent involvement. Therefore, I shall strive to do the following:

ü Provide a safe environment that allows for positive communication between the teacher, parent, and student.

ü Provide a high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that   

       enables the children to meet the State’s academic achievement standards.

ü Student educational needs will be determined and the instruction adjusted to accommodate those needs.

ü Provide multiple opportunities for Parent/Teacher Conferences.

ü Provide parents with reasonable access to staff, to volunteer, participate, and observe in their child’s class.

ü Encourage teachers to regularly provide homework assignments that will reinforce classroom instruction.

ü Encourage teachers and students to always respect self, others, and property.

ü Encourage teachers and students to strive toward high expectations academically, socially, and physically.


Signature __________________________________







Classrooms are allowed two parties per year.  These are generally Christmas and another date of the teacher’s choice.  Parents may bring a cake, cupcakes, etc. for their child’s birthday to share with fellow students during snack time.  Students should not receive flowers or balloons at school during this time, since they are not permitted on school buses.






Profanity is not permitted at school.  It includes, but is not limited to, references to sexual conduct or irreverence in the use of the names of deities, as well as commonly recognized “swear words”.                                                                                             





In the case of each particular child, what is best for the child must be done.  In controversial cases, the final decision may be made by the teacher, principal, supervisor, and superintendent.  The parents are informed of student progress through the following methods:

      1.  Unsatisfactory Performance Notices are sent home at the mid-point of each

            nine weeks.

2.   Report Cards are sent home each nine weeks.

3.   Parent-Teacher Conferences as scheduled by parents/teachers.

4.   Two county Parent-Teacher Conferences are scheduled each year.

5.   In-Danger-of-Failure Notices are sent home twice during first semester and twice during second semester.

The generally accepted Board of Education Policy is that the child who fails reading in first and second grades should be retained.  In grades 3 through 6, at least two “F’s” in major subject areas are necessary for failure.  Special Education students must meet the requirements of promotion as indicated by their IEP’s.

T-Cap tests are counted with second semester grades.  No child in grades 1-6 will be socially promoted unless having previously repeated a grade.



                                                              Punishments and Corrections

The following methods for correction of student misbehavior are authorized at Grand Junction:

1.  Verbal Warnings - These should not have to be given repeatedly.

2.      Lowering Conduct Grades - Teachers may lower conduct grades from “S” to “M” to "U" for sufficient misbehavior.  A trip to the Principal’s office is an automatic “U”.

3.      Parental Involvement - Teachers may enlist parental support through phone calls, notes, letters, and parent-teacher conferences.

4.   Withholding Rewards - Students whose teachers have a reward system may be omitted from receiving a reward for poor behavior.  A child will not be left unsupervised for this.

5.   Related Work Duties - An example would be a student who writes on a desk being asked to clean the desk.

6.   Fines or Repayments - These are usually related to textbook damage, breaking school equipment, etc.  Cost of the damage is assessed.  This may be in addition to other punishment. 

            7.  Classroom Isolation - Moving a student away from classmates is

                  acceptable.  No student should be placed where he or she is unsupervised,

                  such as a hallway.

8.   Written Assignments - These should be of sufficient length, age appropriate (1/2 to 10 pages) to deter future problems.  Teachers may double the assignment if the work is not turned in on the date prescribed.  The assignment should be a specific topic related to work being done in the classroom.

9.      Paddling - Must be administered by administration only.  May not exceed 5 licks.  Students will place their hands on a wall, desk, or chair, and bend over slightly.  Paddling will take place out of the sight of classmates.



Please Note:  The State of Tennessee and the Hardeman County Board of Education give the school the authority to paddle students without parental consent or notification.  However, since the practice involves physical punishment, the school sends a letter home at the beginning of the school year in which the parents may request spanking not be used on their child.  This will not be used on an incident-by-incident basis.  We either can or cannot spank your child.


10. In-School Suspension - An In-School Suspension usually lasts from 1-5 days and may only be enacted by the Administration.  Teachers who have the student during the day will send appropriate work to the office. The student is allowed to complete assignments and receive grades.

11. Suspension - Only the Principal may suspend a student from school.  The suspension usually lasts from 1 to 10 days.  Suspended students may not make up missed assignments.

12. Expulsions - Only the Hardeman County Board of Education may expel a student based on a Principal’s recommendation.


Report Cards

Report cards are sent home each nine weeks.  They contain grades, attendance information, and comments by the teacher on the back. 


Grand Junction Elementary School has been a member of the prestigious Southern Association of Colleges and Schools for 25 years.  We undergo rigorous reevaluations on a regular basis to insure your children are attending a fully accredited institution with high standards.




School Events


1.      Students should enter the gym or cafeteria without talking and in line.  They will sit as directed by their teacher.

2.   Students should sit erect and not talk unless asked to do so by the speaker.

3.   Obviously, students should respond in an appropriate manner to the speaker. Applause and laughter are examples.

4.   No pushing or shoving should occur while seated.

5.   Students will only go to the bathroom in extreme emergencies.  All students will go to the restroom before the program.

6.   Students will leave as directed by the speaker.

Ballgames and Active Events

1.  Students should not run in the gym or jump on the bleachers.

2.  Students should use the Men or Women’s bathrooms.  The boys and girls  

     bathrooms are reserved for players.

3.  Students should not be in the areas beside the bleachers where materials are


      4.  Students should not cross the floor, but should instead walk around the edge

           of the court.


Field Trips

1.  Students should obey normal bus rules and school rules on the trip.

2.  Students should follow the rules and procedures of the institution we are visiting.



Student Transfers - Registration


Students entering Grand Junction Elementary School for the first time should provide all proper records as required by the Board of Education. All students should bring an original Birth Certificate, a Social Security number, and all Health Records.  Kindergarten registration is held in the spring, usually April and in August.  We will request a copy of student records from previous schools, but a copy of the last report card from the last school attended would be helpful.  Students who are leaving Grand Junction to transfer elsewhere should make sure that:

1.  All textbooks, library books, etc. are returned.

2.  All debts owed to the school have been paid in full.

3.  Personal items such as coats, notebooks, etc. have been picked up.

We will not release records to another school until these requirements have been fulfilled.



Students will be given a list of supplies needed for each class on the first day they attend school.  These are typically items such as crayons, pencils, paper or tablet, etc.  These items should be purchased as soon as possible, preferable before the second week of school begins.




Students are allowed to use the telephone with permission from the teacher or office personnel.  A student may call due to illness, Dress Code violations, or emergency situations.  Students will not be called to the office for phone calls except in extreme emergencies.  They will be given notes from the office instead.




Students receive the most recently adopted textbooks in each class free of charge at the beginning of the year.  Students are required to pay fair market value for textbooks they have lost or damaged.




1.  Students should respect the property of others.  Items should never be taken from another student, another student’s desk, book bag, or clothes, or from school personnel without permission of the person you are borrowing from.

2.  Students who find items in the school that do not belong to them should turn the items in to the teacher or the office.  This is good citizenship and will avoid the appearance that the item may have been stolen.



Title I

Grand Junction Elementary School is a Title I School Wide Project school.  We receive federal funds to assist in student programs each year.  Our computers, lower class sizes, and teacher supplies are provided primarily through this program.  These funds are budgeted in the spring.


Hardeman County Schools Title VI and Title IX Procedural Intent

It is the intent of the Hardeman County School District to comply with the letter and spirit of Title VI and Title IX, Civil Rights Act of 1964 and to Hardeman County Board of Education policies 6,304, Discrimination/Harassment of Students (Sexual, Racial, Ethnic, Religious), and 6,305, Student Concerns, Complaints and Grievances.


To this end the following procedural safeguards will be fully implemented:

·   No person will be prevented from enrolling in a school, class, or extracurricular school activity based on race, color, sex, or national origin;                                                         

·   No student will be arbitrarily placed in a school or class with the intent of separating the student from the general population of students because of the student’s race, color, sex, or national origin:

·   In no case will higher standards or requirements be set as a prerequisite before allowing minorities to enroll in a school, class, or activity;

·   In no case will unequal disciplinary action be taken based on a student’s race, color, sex, or national origin;

·   In all cases necessary language assistance will be provided limited English proficient students to allow the same opportunity to learn as English proficient students;

·   In no case will tests or other evaluative measures be administered, which by design or by grading do not allow minority students the same opportunity to present a true measure of their abilities;

·   In no case will guidance or advice be provided to minority students with the intent to direct minority students away from schools, classes, or educational activities based on race, color, sex, or national origin.

·   In no case will instructional and related services be provided to minority students, which are inferior to those provided to non-minority students.




Treatment of School Personnel

All school personnel should be respected as adults who have chosen to make the school a better place for all students.  All school personnel may verbally correct students for misbehavior they see and request that students follow the rules of the school.  The following rules apply to the students in their treatment of school personnel.

1.      No student is to verbally assault school personnel by cursing, threatening, or making fun of a teacher to humiliate them.  A polite tone of voice is expected.  Students should address teachers as Mr., Miss, or Mrs. and use their last name, as in “Ms. Buggs”, “Ma’am” or “Sir” are also expected norms of addressing school personnel.    

2.  Students should obey all verbal directives of school personnel.

3.  Students should never physically grab, restrain, push, or hit a teacher.  Suspension is automatic and will vary with the severity of the incident.  Charges may be filed with Juvenile Court in extreme cases.

4.  Property of school personnel is to be respected.  Stealing, vandalizing, or destruction of property belonging to school personnel will not be tolerated.

2.      Students should approach the teacher’s desk/work area only as provided for in the classroom rules.


Treatment of Students by Personnel

Grand Junction Elementary School believes each student should be treated with respect by school personnel.  The following behaviors are not permitted by faculty or staff members:

1.  Physically restraining students except while breaking up fights or to prevent student injury.

2. Use of racial, ethnic, or religious slurs.

3.  “Put Downs” involving personal appearance, disabilities, athletic or mental ability, economic status, family references, or using negative generalizations about a particular student or class.

4.  Inappropriate physical contact.  It is natural for very young children to display spontaneous acts of affection such as giving a teacher a hug, and school personnel do not want to be viewed as cold or distant.  This should decrease as the child matures.

Our goal is to develop relationships with the students, which foster openness and trust while maintaining the objectivity needed for sound educational judgments.




Visitation of the school is encouraged.  We want parents to become involved in the education of their children.  The following rules apply to visitors:


All visitors must check in at the office upon arrival at the school.  Visitors will be required to wear a visitor badge when on school property.  Visitors with children not enrolled at GJES are asked to keep their children with them at all times.  Children are not allowed to roam the halls during school hours.  Parents/legal guardians are allowed to sit in the classroom with their child, but only if a prior appointment has been scheduled through the office.  Please limit classroom visits to no longer than 1 hour per day.  If at all possible, prior-babysitting arrangements should be made if you have small children.  Small children inside the classroom only create a disturbance in the learning environment.





For safety reasons, all teachers are directed not to let visitors into their rooms unless a pass is shown to them.  Visitors should sit in the area set aside by the teacher for this purpose.  The teacher will not take time from his or her duties to chat with the visitor or to review a child's grades or progress.  Parent-teacher conferences can be arranged with the teacher.  Parents should not sit beside their child, do their work with them in class, or chat with their child.  A lesson should be in progress, and this disturbs the others.



Students shall not possess, handle, transmit, use or attempt to use any dangerous weapon in school buildings or on school grounds at any time, or in school vehicles and/or buses or off the school grounds at a school-sponsored activity, function or event.


Dangerous weapons for the purposes of this policy shall include, but are not limited to “…any firearm, explosive, explosive weapon, bowie knife, hawk bill knife, ice pick, dagger, slingshot, switchblade knife, blackjack, knuckles…”


Students who are found to have violated this policy shall be subject to suspension for a period of not less than one (1) year.  The director of schools shall have the authority to modify this suspension requirement on a case-by-case basis.


When it is determined that a student has violated this policy, the principal of the school shall notify the student’s parent or guardian and the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system as required by law.








As the parent of a child attending a school that received federal funds, you have certain rights.  You have a right….



The school system does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, or disability in the operation of its educational programs and activities, including employment practices.




Contact Information Related to Student Rights and Services

The following is a list of state and local resources available to parents and children who wish additional information about available services.


Tennessee State Department of Education

1-888-212-3162, or

Legal Services Division

Division of Special Education, 710 James Robertson Parkway

Andrew Johnson Tower, 5th Floor

Nashville, Tennessee 37243-0380

Phone: 615-741-2851

Fax: 615-253-5567 or 615-532-9412

West Tennessee Regional Service Center

100 Berryhill Drive

Jackson, TN 38301

Phone: 731-421-5074, Fax: 731-421-5077





Child Advocacy Group Contact Information

The ARC of Tennessee

44 Vantage Way, Suite 550

Nashville, TN 37228

Phone: 615-248-5878

Toll Free: 1-800-835-7077, Fax: 615-248-5879





Support and Training for Exceptional Parents (STEP)

712 Professional Plaza

Greenville, TN 37745

Phone: 901-756-4332



Tennessee Protection and Advocacy (TP&A)

416 21st Avenue South

Nashville, Tennessee 37212


Toll Free: 1-800-287-9636

TTY: 615-298-2471, Fax: 615-298-2046


Tennessee Voices for Children

West Tennessee/Jackson Area

Phone: 731-660-6365, Fax: 731-660-6372


Tennessee Disability Services

Disability Pathfinder Database: http://minqus,


Disclaimer: The information listed above is provided as a service to individuals seeking additional help. The Hardeman County Board of Education does not intend this as an endorsement or recommendation for any individual, organization, or service represented herein.