St. John Bosco Catholic School

St. John Bosco Catholic School
A ministry of the Parish of St. Benedict
Parochial Administrator: Rev. Bob Binta Principal: Mrs. Silver
Counselor: Mrs. Pasini Operations Manager: Mrs. Condon Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Abril
16035 S. 48th St.
Phoenix, AZ
85048
Main Switchboard
480-219-4848
Absentee Line
480-219-4849
Staff Directory
480-219-4850
St. John Bosco Catholic School official website: www.sjbosco.org.
The 2013-2014 School Year Calendar is included on the website.
Table of Contents
Our Mission Statement .............................................2
St. John Bosco School Philosophy ...........................2
St. John Bosco Prayer ..............................................2
L.A.S.E.R Skills .......................................................2
Rights & Responsibilities .........................................4
Christian Attitude .....................................................4
Principal’s Right to Amend ......................................4
Student Agreement Form 2013-14 ...............................4
Office Hours .............................................................5
School Hours ............................................................5
Recess & Lunch Times ............................................5
General Information .....................................................5
Accidents ..................................................................5
After-School Activities ............................................5
Ambassador Program ...............................................5
Arrival & Dismissal .................................................6
Attendance ...............................................................6
Cafeteria ...................................................................6
Community Service ..................................................6
Computer Lab ..........................................................6
Counselor Availability .............................................6
Field Trips ................................................................6
Fire and Lockdown Drills ........................................7
Forgotten Items ........................................................7
Gum..........................................................................7
Library......................................................................7
Lost and Found .........................................................7
Medications ..............................................................7
Peacemakers/Peer Mediation ...................................7
Peer Aggression & Bullying ....................................7
Performing Arts ........................................................8
Pets on Campus ........................................................8
Promotion Activities ................................................8
School-wide Quiet Signal.........................................8
Spiritual Expression .................................................8
Student Council ........................................................8
Talent Show .............................................................9
Tardy ........................................................................9
Telephone .................................................................9
Textbooks ................................................................ 9
Use of Technology ................................................... 9
Voice Levels ............................................................ 9
Uniforms .................................................................... 10
Dress Code ................................................................. 11
Proper Grooming ................................................... 11
Outdoor Wear ........................................................ 11
Hair ........................................................................ 11
Adornments ............................................................ 11
Spirit Day ............................................................... 11
Denim Dollar Day .................................................. 11
Awards Dress Day ................................................. 11
Field Trip Dress Code ............................................ 11
Free Dress Days ..................................................... 11
Formal Attire.......................................................... 12
Uniform Violations ................................................ 12
School Rules .............................................................. 12
Discipline With Purpose ........................................ 12
Serious Misbehavior .............................................. 12
Consequences............................................................. 12
Stop-Think-Plan ..................................................... 13
Buddy Out .............................................................. 13
Detention................................................................ 13
Behavior Plans & Behavior Contracts ................... 13
Suspension ............................................................. 13
Office Referral ....................................................... 13
Required Withdrawal ............................................. 13
Discipline With Purpose Committee ...................... 13
Academics .................................................................. 14
Homework Policy .................................................. 14
Learning Lab .......................................................... 14
Make-up Work ....................................................... 14
Report Cards .......................................................... 14
Eligibility ............................................................... 14
Plagiarism and Cheating ........................................ 15
Planned Absences .................................................. 15
Academic Probation ............................................... 15
Technology Responsible Use Policy.......................... 16
Student Google Application Policy............................ 17
This student handbook serves as a guide for the students of St. John Bosco Catholic School to allow our growth as a
community of faith, and the opportunity for every student to learn in a disciplined, respectful environment. As a St. John
Bosco Bulldog, each student strives to meet these expectations.
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Our Mission Statement
Guided by Jesus Christ, we are a caring community dedicated to academic excellence, serving others
and developing the whole child within the traditions of our Catholic faith.
St. John Bosco School Philosophy
We believe that all children, by their God-given nature, can learn. All learners, users and
creators of knowledge, are engaged in a dynamic process of discovering who they are in relationship
to God, the human family, and nature.
We believe that our community, which includes students, educators, parents and families,
parish members, and clergy, consists of leaders working together as one in God to inspire all to reach
their potential. Furthermore, our community assists in the lifelong development of the whole person,
including spiritual, moral, intellectual, emotional, and social growth and physical well-being.
We believe that schools provide professional and caring educators who, as positive role
models, teach traditions and build character. They inspire students to learn and support parents as the
primary educators of their children.
We believe in providing a child-centered and nurturing environment. The school community
empowers children to become critical thinkers who can problem-solve through life’s challenges.
We believe the ultimate purpose of faith-based education is to serve God and God’s creation.
St. John Bosco Prayer
Saint John Bosco, you were a friend to all young people, be a friend to us. As we grow up, help us to
be the best we can be. Help us to use the gifts that God has given us to make the world a better place.
Amen.
The following handbook describes the Diocesan and St. John Bosco Catholic School policies and
procedures that govern students. Parents and/or guardians are noted in the following text as
“parent” or “parents,” and it applies to both parents and guardians in all situations.
L.A.S.E.R Skills
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LASER Skills
Each student at St. John Bosco recognizes his or her rights and responsibilities as an active
participant in our faith community and witnesses and learns to exemplify the LASER skills:
LIFE-LONG LEARNERS
The students will…
L.1
learn the skills and content in the curriculum
L.2
exhibit critical thinking and problem solving abilities
L.3
be accountable and responsible for academic growth
L.4
be able to research and analyze information effectively
ACTIVE CATHOLIC
The students will…
A.1
possess academic knowledge about the Catholic faith
A.2
participate in the life of the church
A.3
serve
A.4
have a Christian attitude
SELF-AWARE INDIVIDUAL
The students will…
S.1
understand how learning occurs
S.2
exercise time management and organizational skills
S.3
develop and maintain healthy habits of mind, body, and spirit
EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATOR
The students will…
E.1
articulate written thoughts clearly and competently
E.2
speak with confidence and conviction
E.3
use active listening skills
E.4
apply the tools of technology to everyday living
RESPONSIBLE CITIZEN
The students will…
R.1
show understanding for and follow the rules and procedures of the class, the school and
community as a basis of civic responsibility.
R.2
learn and practice the skills of self-disciplined behavior (DWP 1-15)
R.3
exhibit leadership behavior when working with others
School-wide Learning Expectations are defined as what students should know, understand, value and
be able to do by graduation. LASER is the acronym we use to name our School-wide Learning
Expectations. All of our rules, skills and procedures stem from the LASER Skills.
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Rights & Responsibilities
Each student recognizes his or her rights and responsibilities as an active participant in our faith community.
Students have the right to:
 a learning experience that reinforces a Catholic system of values
 the opportunity to learn the essence of the Catholic principles as a condition of Christian life
 the opportunity to attain a high level of academic excellence
 develop the means to express creative potential and individuality
 the opportunity to participate as a Christian citizen and as a potential leader in our faith community
Students have the responsibility to:
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be kind and Christ-like in word and deed
cultivate recognition of the dignity and value of each person
respect the rights and property of parents, staff and fellow students
attain a level of excellence that reflects the best of one’s ability
conform to the school's 15 self-discipline skills and school-wide rules
Christian Attitude
Someone who is Christ-like in word and deed is caring, considerate, and respectful toward others including classmates,
teachers, parents and citizens. They are polite, and helpful. Someone with a Christian attitude tries to put themselves in
someone else’s shoes and think about how they would feel about something. It means reaching out to those who aren't
close friends, including others in conversations and activities and trying to be a peacemaker and a leader by example.
Being Christ-like means listening, offering help, and serving others. It means giving put ups not put downs, letting others
go first, showing kindness and understanding of other’s feelings. It means being disciple-like, as truthful, honest, helpful,
forgiving, sacrificing, and peaceful. Having a Christian attitude means showing gratitude, respect for life, rights, and
property of others. It means showing concern for the hungry, the poor; those treated unjustly, victims of violence and
others in need.
Principal’s Right to Amend
This Handbook is developed with the staff and will be reviewed and revised, at least annually, in an effort to keep parents
and students clearly informed of Diocesan and school policies and procedures. It is the intent of St. John Bosco School
staff to abide by all Federal and State laws. The Principal has the right to amend, at any time, this living document.
Revisions that are made during the school year will be communicated through the Bulldog Bite and in the classroom as
they are made to all parents, guardians, staff members and students.
Student Agreement Form 2013-14
St. John Bosco Catholic School
I pledge, as a St. John Bosco Bulldog, that I will be responsible for following the guidelines, rules and procedures within
this handbook, including the Responsible Use of Technology. I have read and understand the Student Handbook for
St. John Bosco Catholic School.
Student Name ___________________________________________________Grade _________
Student Signature ________________________________________________ Date _________
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Office Hours
Monday-Thursday
Friday
7:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
School Hours
Grades 3-8
Grades PK-2
All Grades
Mass Times
7:40 Warning Bell, 7:45 Class begins
7:55 Warning Bell, 8:00 Class begins
(Pre-K half-day students will be dismissed at 11:15)
3:05 Dismissal, Monday - Thursday; 1:00 on Friday
Friday at 8:15 at St. Benedict Parish. Holy Day Mass times will be announced. Class
Masses will be announced in the classroom.
Recess & Lunch Times
On scheduled half-days when students are released at 12:00 noon, lunch is NOT served. Recess and Lunch times are
subject to change; students will be notified in their classrooms.
General Information
This section is arranged alphabetically.
Accidents
Anytime a student is injured on campus they should report the incident to the supervising adult. The adult will then make
the determination if the child’s injury will require them to be seen by the nurse.
After-School Activities
Fifth through eighth grade students join CYAA (Catholic Youth Athletic Association). The following sports are available
for students:
Boys: Flag Football, Basketball, Baseball and Cross Country
Girls: Volleyball, Softball, Basketball and Cross Country
Students should see the Athletic Director if they are interested in representing St. John Bosco in these CYAA sports.
Permission forms and physical forms may be accessed via our web site www.sjbosco.org. Non-CYAA sports such as
Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer and Tennis may be offered.
Students participating in CYAA sports are obligated to review and understand all the rules governing the sport and the
expectations given to all players. See the Athletic Handbook on www.sjbosco.org Foul language or gestures from players
or observers is not acceptable and is contrary to our mission. The coaches report unsatisfactory or unsportsmanlike
conduct to the Athletic Director and the Principal immediately. The same expectations are held for all coaches and parent
volunteers.
Other after-school activities currently include Battle of the Books, Bookworms, CAP (Conserve and Preserve), Chess
Club, Kenya Club, Lego Club, Liturgical Dance (August-December), Math Club/Math Counts, Instrumental Music, Press
Club, Scouts (boy, girls), Student Council, Science Detectives and Robotics. This list is subject to change.
Siblings, friends, or carpool members not enrolled in a particular activity are not permitted to wait on campus during
after-school activities without parent supervision. (Please see pages 14/15 for Eligibility Requirements)
Ambassador Program
The Student Ambassador Program allows students the opportunity to participate in various public relations and leadership
activities at St. John Bosco. Students will participate in a variety of activities on campus including:
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New Student Welcome/Orientation
leading campus tours
assisting with special events including Open House, Catholic Schools Week, Partner’s Breakfast, and others
engaging in community outreach
Students wishing to apply should be in good academic standing, able to attend the training session (summer date to be
determined), able to speak comfortably with adults and to groups and have a positive attitude toward school and St. John
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Bosco. Students will be required to submit an application, seek recommendations from two teachers and be available for
an interview. Applications are submitted in the spring for the following year.
Arrival & Dismissal
Students who arrive between 6:45 a.m. and 7:15 a.m. must be registered with MAP (Multi-Age Program). Students
arriving between 7:15 a.m. and 7:30 go to the MPR (Multi-Purpose Room). Campus, including library and playground
supervision begins at 7:30 a.m. and continues until the warning bell when students proceed to their homeroom. Students
not in their homeroom before the bell rings for class are considered tardy and must obtain a tardy slip from the office
before proceeding to class.
Students leaving campus before the dismissal bell are signed out in the school office by a parent or guardian. Only a
parent, guardian or identified emergency contact may sign a student out. Anyone else requires identification and written
permission with a parent signature. An email or phone call is not sufficient to send a child with someone else.
If a “Rainy Day Schedule” is announced, students proceed directly to the MPR or their classrooms upon entering the
campus. Dismissal procedures on rainy days will be announced before the end of the day.
Attendance
St. John Bosco students strive to be on time, in attendance every day, for the full day, through the last day of the school
year. Missing instructional time, whether through absence or tardiness, is avoided whenever possible. Parents reserve
family vacations and holiday times to those dates when school is not in session. Parents and guardians report a student
absence by 8:00 a.m. to the Health Office at 480-219-4849 or [email protected] on the day of the absence. If it is
necessary for a student to be absent for more than one week, administrative approval is required. Doctor and dentist
appointments are scheduled outside of school hours. Students who are absent from school are not eligible to participate
in after-school or evening events. Tardiness and absences are recorded on a student’s permanent record.
Cafeteria
A student may purchase hot lunch with milk or juice from the school’s lunch provider or may bring a lunch from home.
The current lunch menu, costs and procedures are posted at www.sjbosco.org. There are no vending machines or
microwave ovens available. Carried in “fast-food”, caffeine drinks, energy drinks, or soda or going off-campus for lunch
is prohibited. Students do not share lunches because of possible allergies. As in all areas of campus, students are
expected to practice their DWP (Discipline With Purpose) skills and be respectful of all staff and volunteers helping in
the cafeteria.
Community Service
All students participate in service with the teachers helping to integrate their experiences of service to their classroom
education. There are many opportunities for students to serve others through classroom, team, or club projects.
Seventh and eighth grade students document their service. Students will wear their school uniform when completing
service hours. Seventh grade students complete a minimum of 14 hours of service, while eighth grade students complete a
minimum of 20 hours of service. Service hours are divided between service to the school and service to the parish or
community. A paper reflecting on the service will be due the first Monday in May for the 8 th graders. Students who do not
meet the required number of service hours or who fail to complete the paper will not be allowed to participate in the
eighth grade promotion activities.
Computer Lab
Students are permitted in the computer lab only when supervised. If a student arrives at the computer lab and there is not
a staff member willing to supervise the student, he or she returns to class.
Counselor Availability
The counseling program at St. John Bosco is preventative, with a focus on early identification and intervention of
emotional or social challenges that could interfere with learning. Students may talk with the counselor on a drop-in or
short-term basis without parent permission. Any ongoing counseling services would require parent permission. Students
can schedule to meet with the counselor by asking their teacher, making a request at the front office or by filling out a
self-referral form that is available in all classrooms, nurses’ office and the front office.
Field Trips
Official permission slips are required with the parent’s signature prior to the field trip. Adult waiver forms are required
for all chaperones. Students who do not return the permission slip cannot attend and a phone call from the parent cannot
suffice. A teacher may decide not to take a student on a field trip for behavioral or academic reasons.
Students are on their best behavior and clearly exhibit self-discipline when they are on a field trip. Students are to follow
the field trip guidelines as outlined by the teacher. Students wear their school uniform, unless otherwise instructed on the
permission slip.
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Fire and Lockdown Drills
Fire drill evacuation plans are posted in every room. Teachers review procedures to ensure that all students know what to
do in case of a fire. Students stay quiet in order to hear teacher instructions. Students can expect to have fire and
lockdown drills throughout the school year.
Forgotten Items
Students are taught to be responsible for getting their own homework, lunch, books, permission slips, uniforms, or
musical instruments to school. On the rare occasion that an item is forgotten, it may be left at the front office for student
pick up. Items cannot be delivered to the classroom. If homework is left at the office and not picked up by the student, it
is dated and placed in the teacher’s box at the end of the day. The administration will make the final determination as to
what constitutes rare and may determine it is not in the student’s best interest to allow items to be left in the office for
student pick up.
Gum
None.
Library
Students may visit the library before school and during lunch recess, provided there is an adult present and supervising.
Students may be sent to the library with a pass in order to do research, study, pay fines, return books, or check out
materials. Only one book is checked out at a time with exceptions allowed for assigned projects. Whenever students are
in the library, they are expected to be quiet, orderly, and respectful of others.
Lost and Found
Unclaimed items are placed in a cabinet in the MPR and if not claimed, will be donated. Personal items such as glasses
or keys can be claimed from the front office.
Medications
Only the school nurse or an assigned designee can dispense medications, including cough drops or over the counter
medications. All medications are brought and stored in the health office with a consent form signed by a parent. Students
who need inhalers or epi-pens on their person are to make arrangements with the nurse.
Peacemakers/Peer Mediation
Peacemakers is a school organization of students with extensive training in peer mediation. This group of sixth, seventh
and eighth graders have volunteered and been trained by the counselor as student mediators. They are not counselors.
Their purpose is not to decide who is right or wrong. They have been trained to help their peers find solutions to their
problems.
Mediation requests can come from students, parents, teachers or an administrator. Mediation request forms are located in
classrooms. Once a request form is submitted, mediation will be scheduled and two Peacemakers will conduct a
mediation to help disputants through a process to solve their problem.
Peer Aggression & Bullying
The definition of bullying is when a student is exposed repeatedly, over time to negative actions on the part of one or
more students, usually with an imbalance of power. Bullying can begin with Peer Aggression and we are all responsible
for having a safe social climate. The strongest deterrent to making the behavior stop is letting adults know it is
happening. Targets and bystanders are encouraged to notify any adult immediately as bullying-type behavior is occurring.
If the child is not comfortable doing so, parents should request a meeting with the homeroom teacher. Incidents of
bullying behavior will be investigated and parents will be notified. Consequences (pages 12-13) will be assigned until the
aggressive behavior stops.
Our goal is to create a culture that values cooperation, true appreciation of diversity, tolerance and healthy relationships
that support the development of leadership. We do not want exclusive behaviors that emphasize competition, jealousy
and cliques. We are all responsible for aggression and we all have the power to create a safe, social climate.
There are three major types of peer aggression: physical, verbal and relational.
1. Physical aggression is visible and often easily recognized. It is a student physically harming someone or threatening
to harm him or her.
2. Verbal aggression can usually be heard and overheard, so it can often be recognized. Verbal aggression is when a
student is using words to hurt someone. Put downs, name-calling and taunting is verbal aggression, even when a person
says they are just kidding.
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3. Relational Aggression is behavior that is intended to hurt someone by harming his or her relationships with others.
This is much less obvious than physical or verbal aggression, but painful nonetheless. Relational aggression sometimes
takes the form of:
● exclusion
● building alliances against another person
● spreading rumors and gossip
● the silent treatment
● ignoring someone
● forming exclusive clubs or cliques
Peer Aggression is contrary to everything we stand for and we must all be diligent in avoiding hurting others or being
hurt.
“I have this theory that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a
chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far kindness can go” Rachel Scott, age 16
Performing Arts
All seventh and eighth grade students are expected to participate in the evening performances of the Winter Showcase in
December and the Spring Showcase in May. The performances are considered an extension of the Performing Arts class
and are culminating events. Due to the participatory nature of the Performing Arts classes, all students are integral to the
outcome.
Pets on Campus
Ordinarily, pets are not allowed to be on campus, before, during or after school. Request to do so must be made in
writing to the teacher, who will forward the request to the administration for approval.
Promotion Activities
In order for an eighth grader to participate in the promotional exercises and activities, the following requirements must be
met:
1. Eighth graders have completed their service hours and have submitted the required documentation and reflection
paper.
2. Students have returned all school property and have paid any outstanding fines for lost or damaged items.
3. Parents have completed and recorded their service hours.
4. Parents have paid outstanding balances owed for tuition and MAP.
School-wide Quiet Signal
Leader: “5-4-3-2-1”
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Freeze.
Turn and face the speaker and become silent. (Voice Level = 0)
If someone nearby is talking, students can help by pointing to the one who called for quiet.
While continuing to look at the speaker, be ready to listen for instructions.
Maintain this position until the speaker is finished and releases you.
Spiritual Expression
Students attend Mass each week at St. Benedict Church and are encouraged to actively participate through prayer and
response. Students are reverent during school-wide prayer announcements and Mass. The chapel is open during the
school day and students may use it with permission and supervision.
Student Council
Eligibility to run for Student Council will be determined by faculty and the Principal. To be eligible, students must
maintain at least an 85% average and have good conduct reports. Eligible students must continuously model DWP Skills,
particularly Leadership, Cooperation, Completing a Task, Following Instructions, Communication, and Service to Others.
Grades 3 through 7 will vote to elect Student Council officers in May. Officers include: President, Vice-President,
Secretary, Treasurer, Spirit and Sport Commissioner. Each homeroom in grades 4 through 8 will elect one class
representative to Student Council in August.
Eligible students maintain satisfactory conduct as determined by the administration. A student may be removed from
Student Council because of discipline infractions. All elected officers and representatives are expected to maintain high
standards in academics and behavior throughout their term.
Failure to attend meetings or participate fully in Student Council activities may cause the removal of a member from
Student Council.
Student Council representatives will solicit feedback from classrooms to be presented to the Council. Officers will
present proposals to administration or faculty as warranted. Student Council may be asked for input in regards to the
student handbook.
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Talent Show
Each spring, the Student Council sponsors a student talent show. Variety of talent (instruments, singing, comedy,
reading, dance, etc.), showmanship, stage presence, and memorization are all considered when selecting acts for the
show.
Tardy
A child is considered tardy, regardless of the reason, if he or she is not in their homeroom at the designated start time for
their grade level. Any student not in homeroom when the bell rings, (7:45 a.m. or 8:00 a.m., respectively), reports to the
office and obtains a pass before going to class.
Students in grades 3-8 are issued a detention for every five tardies in a semester unless the tardies are the result of a
medical appointment or tutoring. A note is required. If tardiness persists, communication between administration and
parents will be scheduled to consider solutions. Attendance is part of the permanent record.
Telephone
Telephones in the classrooms are not for student use. Messages other than emergency nature are given to students at the
end of the day. Students may only use their cell phones with permission and in the presence of an adult.
Textbooks
Students are responsible for proper care of the books assigned to them. Textbooks will be covered. When a student
withdraws or completes the school year, they return their assigned books in good condition to the homeroom teacher. A
fee is assessed for all excessive wear, damages or lost books. All outstanding fees are paid before a student participates in
promotion, receives a report card, or re-registers for the following school year.
Use of Technology
Technology (computers, cell phones, iPads, e-readers and other developing technologies) will be used appropriately and
responsibly as defined in the Technology Responsible Use Agreement. This Agreement will be posted on the St. John
Bosco website at www.sjbosco.org before the start of the 2013-2014 School Year, and will be reviewed with students in
school. The Agreement will be signed by both the student and parents. Students in upper grades will also complete a
Student Google Application Policy and iPad Participation Agreement. Students are allowed in the computer lab only
when supervised.
For the protection of the students, teachers and officials and for reasons associated to school safety and the school
reputation, students are expected to demonstrate responsible social behavior and conduct themselves as good citizens
when using the internet, whether on or off campus. As a result, if the school becomes aware that a student has posted or
displayed information on the Internet or on any social networking site or other website (MySpace, Facebook, YouTube,
Instagram, Snapchat, etc.) that involves inappropriate behavior, the school will investigate the activity and the student
may be subject to disciplinary procedures up to and including dismissal and contacting law enforcement.
Students are prohibited from posting any materials on the internet or networking sites, and are prohibited from sending
information via electronic transmission that is associated or linked to St. John Bosco School, its students, faculty or staff
without prior written consent from school administration. This may include but is not limited to pictures and videos of
students, teachers, or officials that are taken on campus or at St. John Bosco sponsored events. Any violation of this
policy will be subject to appropriate school disciplinary procedures up to and including dismissal or contacting law
enforcement. See also Technology Responsible Use Agreement.
Voice Levels
0 – Silent. No sound
1 – Whisper. Talking without vocal chords vibrating
2 – Conversation Voice. Talking so that only someone close to you can hear what you say
3 – Presentation Voice. Voice level you would use to make a presentation to the class when everyone else is
quiet. Other than use during a presentation, this voice level is not used indoors.
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Uniforms
PreKindergarten students can wear the P.E. uniform every day (unless it is a Mass day) or they can follow the uniform
regulations listed below. Official St. John Bosco uniforms can be purchased from any uniform supplier provided the style
and length requirements are met.
BOYS’ UNIFORM
Shorts
Slacks (optional)
Shirt
Belt
Sweatshirt (optional)
Socks
Shoes
Mass Attire
Knee-length navy twill walking shorts 2” from the back of the knee
Navy twill dress slacks
White or navy short or long sleeve polo shirt with St. John Bosco embroidered emblem in
jersey or pique knit
Solid black or navy belt with plain buckle. Grades PreK, K and 1 belt is optional with
twill dress shorts/pants with or without belt loops
Navy or white sweatshirt with St. John Bosco embroidered emblem
No logo, plain white, navy or black socks
Black or white athletic shoe with one minimal contrasting trim color, logo no larger than a
quarter or safe black dress shoes (Refer to uniform link on St. John Bosco website.)
White polo required for all students. When P.E. is scheduled for Mass day, P.E. uniform
should be worn. Navy sweatshirts are removed for Mass.
GIRLS’ UNIFORM
Skirt
Skort (optional)
Slacks or Shorts (opt)
Shirt
Belt
Sweatshirt (optional)
Socks
Shoes
Mass Attire
(4th - 8th Grade) Christopher Plaid Skirt 2” from the back of the knee
(PreK – 3rd grade) Christopher Plaid Jumper-either style 2” from the back of the knee
Christopher Plaid or Navy Skort (PreK - 8th grade) 2” from the back of the knee
Navy twill dress slacks or shorts
White or navy short or long sleeve polo shirt with St. John Bosco embroidered emblem in
jersey or pique knit
Solid black or navy belt with plain buckle. Grades PreK, K and 1 belt is optional with
twill dress pants with or without belt loops
Navy or white sweatshirt with St. John Bosco embroidered emblem
No logo, plain white, navy or black socks or tights
Black or white athletic shoe with one minimal contrasting trim color, logo no larger than a
quarter or safe black dress shoes with minimal heel (Refer to uniform link on St. John
Bosco website.)
White polo and Christopher Plaid skirt (grades 4 – 8) or jumper (grades PreK – 3) is
required on Mass Day. When P.E. is scheduled for Mass day, P.E. uniform should be
worn. Navy sweatshirts are removed for Mass.
BOYS’ AND GIRLS’ P.E. UNIFORM
Shorts
Solid, navy shorts - 7”-9” inseam, 2” from the back of the knee, creating a basketball
shorts length. No logo or logo no larger than a quarter.
Shirt
White or navy short or long sleeve polo shirt with St. John Bosco embroidered emblem
in jersey or pique knit or white P.E. t-shirt.
Sweatpants (optional)
In cold weather, navy athletic pants with no elastic at ankle and no emblem. These are
only for PE days; dress twill long pants are to be worn other days
Sweatshirt (optional)
In cold weather, navy or white sweatshirt with St. John Bosco embroidered emblem
Shoes
Black or white athletic shoe with one minimal contrasting trim color. Logo no larger
than a quarter (Refer to uniform link on St. John Bosco website.)
Socks
Plain white, navy or black socks or tights
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Dress Code
In addition to the uniform policy, St. John Bosco students are neat and well groomed. This defines a student’s appearance
every day, whether in uniform or not and on free dress days. At all times, clothing is neat, clean and true to color. Faded
or torn clothing does not meet uniform requirements and is not worn to school.
Student clothing should be labeled. Spare clothing is kept on hand in the health office for emergencies. If it used, it is
returned the next day.
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Shirts are tucked in, and not “bloused” while on campus, including carpool lane.
All skirts, shorts, skorts and jumpers are worn within 2” from the back of the knee. Shorts worn under skirts or
jumpers should not be visible under the clothing when the student is standing.
Skirts, shorts, and pants are worn at the natural waistline, and are not rolled or sagged.
Shoes are tied securely and properly.
Students do not draw on themselves, others, or their shoes or clothing with pen or marker.
Undergarments are solid white with no logo.
Outdoor Wear
Hats and sunglasses may be worn to and from school, at recess and when P.E. is outdoors. Hats are removed when
students are indoors. Winter weather jackets are removed indoors.
Hair
Hair is neat and well groomed without elaborate or outlandish hairstyles, as determined by the administration. Spiking,
streaking, head shaving, hair dying and/or highlights are considered outlandish. Boys’ hair should be clean, combed, cut
above the ears, eyebrows and collar.
Girls’ hair is clean, brushed, worn off the face and out of the eyes. Hair extensions are not acceptable. Hair hardware
should be for function, not fashion. Big bows or flowers larger than 2” are prohibited. Tinsel, glitter, or highlights are
fashion accessories and are not allowed. Hair hardware, including beads, must match the Christopher plaid, be solid navy,
black, brown, or white.
Adornments
Acceptable jewelry is a simple watch, a single, thin-chained, religious necklace (worn under the shirt), and a single set of
simple stud earrings for pierced ears lobes (girls only). Bracelets and rings are not permitted. Nail polish (including
French manicure), artificial nails and make-up (including, but not limited to mascara, blush, eyeliner, eye shadow,
lipstick/gloss, and glitter) are not permitted.
Spirit Day
Periodically, St. John Bosco will host a Spirit Day. On the designated Spirit Day, students may wear any “official” St.
John Bosco team or club shirt (including Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts). Uniform bottoms, belts (grades 2-8) and shoes are
required. Shirts are tucked in.
Denim Dollar Day
Periodically, students may bring a dollar, designated for Student Council or a specific charity. Students are then allowed
to wear denim bottoms with their tucked-in uniform shirt. Denims must not be frayed and must be worn within 2” from
the back of the knee if not long pants.
Awards Dress Day
Students who have earned specific designated awards (including I Love to Read, Accelerated Reader award, ACC Math
awards) are allowed to wear Free Dress on a designated day.
Field Trip Dress Code
Students wear the school uniforms on field trips, unless indicated otherwise by administrative approval.
Free Dress Days
Clothing must NOT be considered offensive in any way. Non-uniform shirts may be t-shirts or collared shirts of
appropriate length and style. Tank tops, spaghetti straps, cut-offs, ripped, frayed, or faded shirts are not permitted. Nonuniform shorts, skirts, or pants may be denim or appropriate material. Leggings are permitted on Free Dress Days with a
loose fitting shirt that is minimally 2” from the back of the knee. Skirts, shorts and dresses may be worn, but must be no
shorter than 2” from the back of the knee. Shoes must be closed toe and heel. Safe and conservative jewelry is acceptable
on Free Dress days. Teacher discretion prevails in each class.
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Formal Attire
Girls wear a modest dress and boys wear dress pants and a collared dress shirt with a tie. Baggy pants, or pants without a
belt, spaghetti straps or strapless tops or dresses, bare midriffs or backs, skirt or dress length shorter than 2” above the
knee or plunging necklines are not acceptable dress at any school functions.
Final determination of appropriate uniform and dress code resides with the administration.
Uniform Violations
When a student is in violation of the uniform or dress code, he or she is asked to remedy the problem. If the violation
becomes an issue of non-compliance or disrespect, an STP is issued for the student to reflect and is recorded in RenWeb.
The STP is signed by the teacher and the student and meant as a learning experience. In grades 3 through 8, after the 3 rd
uniform violation, a detention may be issued. Uniform violations are entered into RenWeb for tracking purposes. The
final decision on consequences for uniform and dress code violations resides with the administration.
School Rules
The St. John Bosco community lives by four rules that affect the daily interaction of all members.
All students at St. John Bosco live by these rules:
1. Respect the Lord, yourself, others, and property.
2. Peer Aggression & Bullying is unacceptable, preventable and must be reported.
3. Contribute positively to the learning environment.
4. Follow school and classroom procedures.
We have chosen a developmental approach to learning the skills needed to live these rules.
Discipline With Purpose
Basic Skills
Constructive Skills
Generative Skills
Taught in grades PreK-2
Reviewed in all grades
Taught in grades 3-5,
Reviewed in all grades
Taught in grades 6-8
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Listening
Following instructions
Asking questions
Sharing
Social skills
Organization
Resolving problems
Initiating solutions
Fact vs. feelings
Service to others
A safe, calm and orderly environment is important to our school community. Self-discipline is the desired goal. Student
discipline helps to integrate character, education, and Christian social living.
Teachers develop classroom discipline cycles that reflect the natural consequences of inappropriate or unproductive
behavior. School rules, self-discipline skills, and discipline cycles are posted in each classroom and on teacher websites.
Serious Misbehavior
Removal of a student from the group is sometimes necessary to protect the student or the learning environment of the
school or both. This might be when a student:
1. Is in physical or psychological danger or puts others in danger.
2. Is irrational or unreasonable, or lacks self-control when correction from an adult does not help.
3. Pushes beyond the limits of respect in speech or actions.
Serious misbehavior is recorded in RenWeb, may result in a conference with the parents, a behavior contract, referral for
counseling, reporting to law enforcement, or required withdrawal.
Consequences
Logical consequences may be used in lieu of, or combined with, any of the following to help a student understand the
need for, or to help develop, self-disciplined behavior, or to stop undesired behavior.
In Grades Pre-K through 3, consequences depend on the individual teacher’s discipline cycle (presented at Curriculum
Night). Consequences may include behavior charts, card changes, conferences, notifications or conferences with parents,
morning recess timeouts and buddy time out to another classroom.
Prior to more severe consequences, a teacher or the administration may employ a variety of strategies in order to change
behavior. This may include proximity, the “look”, a verbal reminder, a request for cooperation, peer mediation, talking to
a student outside of the room but during class time, holding a student after class, or an alternative detention. Any of these
may be recorded in RenWeb for tracking purposes.
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Stop-Think-Plan
According to the discipline cycle of each teacher, when a student needs more than a verbal reminder, or persists in not
following a rule, a Stop-Think-Plan may be issued. According to the Discipline With Purpose philosophy, a Stop-ThinkPlan motivates the student to think about their behavior. A Stop-Think-Plan is typically recorded in RenWeb. A detention
may be assigned after three Stop-Think-Plans for ongoing or repetitive infractions or if the behavior becomes willfully
non-compliant or disrespectful.
Buddy Out
If a student is disrupting the learning of other students, they may be sent to a Buddy (class) Room to complete a StopThink-Plan. Based on the severity, the event is recorded in RenWeb and parents are notified.
Detention
Detention may be assigned as a consequence for inappropriate behavior or to deter escalating behavior. Parents are
notified by email informing them in advance of the detention date. Depending on the grade level and the seriousness of
the infraction, detention is 3:05 - 3:30 or 3:05- 4:00 in a designated classroom. The student is held accountable for serving
detention on the assigned day. Missing detention results in additional consequences.
Behavior Plans & Behavior Contracts
A behavior plan can be developed for a student who needs additional monitoring to change behavior. This may require a
daily signature from teachers and parents and scheduled meetings. In cooperation with the parents, a student who does not
respond to a behavior plan may be assigned a behavior contract with additional consequences to motivate a change in
behavior, up to required withdrawal.
Suspension
In-school and out-of-school suspensions or suspension from school extracurricular activities may be assigned as a
consequence for multiple detentions or serious misbehavior.
Office Referral
In serious situations or when other measures have failed, the student may meet with the administration. Administration
issues the consequences for an office referral.
Required Withdrawal
Required withdrawal may be necessary when a student does not improve his/her behavior despite various interventions or
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When the moral or physical well-being of individual students, the staff or the student body is endangered
When there is a prolonged and/or open disregard for school authority and/or the student violates probation
Gross insubordination
Further misconduct after being placed on probation or a contract
Theft or malicious damage to school property or the personal property of staff or students
Obscene or offensive material
Severe or moral misconduct
Possession, use of, being under the influence of alcohol or illegal or prescription drugs, or selling or distributing
alcohol or drugs
Violating civil law or the reasonable rights and dignity of others
Carrying a weapon or any object that could reasonably be perceived as a weapon
Discipline With Purpose Committee
A faculty committee assists the teachers and administration in monitoring the students with more complicated behavior
needs. The Committee also works collaboratively with the faculty/staff to achieve and maintain a campus environment
conducive to learning and the school’s Catholic identity.
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Academics
Homework Policy
Homework is assigned to provide reinforcement of what is taught in class and to foster habits of independent study and
creativity. Students (or parents, depending on the age) should communicate with teachers if they are experiencing a
workload leading to frustration. Students are taught to manage time for long-term projects, but may feel overwhelmed if
they do not use their classroom time wisely or procrastinate. Students should read nightly.
Learning Lab
The Learning Lab is available to students in grades 3 through 8 in the school library Monday – Thursday from 3:05 –
4:00 p.m. The Lab provides a quiet environment for students to work on homework, silently read, or other academic
endeavors. Students attending the Learning Lab will be dismissed by their homeroom teachers to the lab and MAP
students will report to MAP first and then be sent to the Lab.
Make-up Work
Students who are absent from school are required to complete class work, quizzes, tests and homework missed during
their absence. On the second day of absence a parent may notify the school for homework for students who are ill and
will be out more than two days. Assignments will be available in the school office at 3:15 p.m. for pick up on the second
day. Students are encouraged to use homework buddies to gather other information.
It is the student’s responsibility to speak directly with his or her teacher(s) regarding missed work. This is done before or
after-school rather than during class time. The number of days allowed to make up work is the same as the number of
days missed.
If a child is suspended from school, missed work will be due within the week of the suspension.
Grade level teachers in Kindergarten through 4th grade and special area teachers will develop procedures for late work in
accordance with the age levels of the students. Consideration is given for the circumstances under which work was
submitted late.
In grades 5-8, homework, class work and projects are considered late if they are not turned in at the beginning of the class
period during which they are due or at teacher discretion. At the published discretion of the teacher, late homework or
class work may not be accepted for full value unless there is an unusual circumstance. Teacher discretion will be utilized
for each situation.
In the case of an absence, work is not considered late until after the time allowed by the absence policy has expired.
Parents are encouraged to monitor their child’s work through RenWeb.
Grades
Grades PK-2: PreKindergarten through 2nd grade uses a skill based grading system that helps monitor the student’s
development and basic curricular objectives. Like all grade levels, skill based report cards are kept up-to-date on
RenWeb.
For each skill, the teacher determines how the student is progressing by marking one of the following after assessing:
M = meets the standard
P = progressing toward meeting the standard
I = intervention necessary (in other words, the child is not progressing as a typical child in that grade on a
specific objective). The teacher will offer recommendations to the families of children receiving an I.
Grades 3-8: St. John Bosco uses a numerical scale for reporting grades. Eligibility begins at 75% and above and failure
is 64% and below. The permanent record card shows the numerical average.
Students who have questions about an assignment or a grade are encouraged to ask the teacher. Students wishing to
appeal a grade must make the request in writing and submit it to the teacher. Final determination rests with the
administration.
Report Cards
Grades are posted on the parent’s website through RenWeb. Grades are updated weekly. Each subject will have a final
reporting grade at the end of the school year that will be an average of all the trimester grades given. This final grade is
the one that appears on the permanent school record card.
Eligibility
Participation in any extracurricular activities may be affected by academic eligibility.
The administration reserves the right to revoke a student’s eligibility if there is a concern about academics or behavior or
if there is failure to obtain the necessary physical exam, submit proper permission forms or pay any required fees.
Students must attend school the entire day in order to participate in a practice or game, dance or evening event.
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In order to be eligible to participate in after-school activities, students must maintain a satisfactory academic record and
satisfactory behavior. Eligibility is defined as all grades 75% and higher. Eligibility is reviewed each Monday beginning
with the fifth week of the first trimester. For the second and third trimester, eligibility is reviewed each Monday
beginning with the third week of the trimester. If a student is deemed ineligible, they are notified on Monday with
ineligibility beginning on Tuesday. An ineligible student can regain active status by printing and submitting a copy of the
RenWeb grade book summary to the administration by 8:00 a.m. the following Monday. Upon receiving a satisfactory
(all grades 75% and higher) RenWeb grade book summary, the administration will make a change in the eligibility status
of the student.
The administration will report regained eligibility to the Athletic Director or moderator. The Athletic Director will
inform the coaches Monday afternoon of the eligibility that goes into effect on Tuesday. When a student athlete is
ineligible, they will not attend practices or games. Participation in other extracurricular activities may be affected by
academic eligibility. Student athletes are required to follow the guidelines set forth in the Student Athlete Handbook.
Plagiarism and Cheating
Students are to avoid cheating and plagiarism. Parents will be notified and it will be considered a disciplinary offense
that may result in a consequence.
Planned Absences
Students follow the school handbook and classroom teacher procedures for obtaining missed work. Parents are
encouraged to check RenWeb to determine missing work.
Academic Probation
Any student receiving more than two grades 74% or lower in any trimester grading period is on academic probation. The
administration will meet with the student and the parents to implement interventions. If the intervention fails, and the
student is placed on academic probation a second time for the year, the student may be asked to register elsewhere.
Students on academic probation are ineligible to participate in after-school activities.
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Technology Responsible Use Policy
Technology use at St. John Bosco Catholic School is purposed to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource
sharing, innovation, and communication. Technology use is designed to enhance student understanding and specifically
support teaching and learning. Standard 7 of the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary
and Secondary Schools states, “Curriculum and instruction for 21 st century learning prepares students to become expert
users of technology, able to create, publish, and critique digital products that reflect their understanding of the content and
their technologic skills.”
Desktop computers, laptop devices, iPads and network/ Internet access are privileges available to students at St. John
Bosco Catholic School. The goal in providing these privileges is to promote educational excellence by facilitating
resource sharing, innovation, and communication. These guidelines are provided so that students are aware of the
responsibilities required to use technology resources. Please read this document carefully. Signing the Student
Handbook Agreement also indicates agreement with the Technology Responsible Use Policy for all technology.
Technology use at school may be revoked if a student does not adhere to the guidelines below.
1. Responsible Use: Use of school computers, or other school-owned devices, is only in support of education and
research within the educational goals and objectives. Transmission of any material in violation of any U.S., state, or
school regulations are prohibited. This includes copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material
restricted by school policy or staff. The school network includes the use of school computers (including laptops and
iPads), and computer peripherals, as well as the use of school network services such as the Internet, school e-mail,
Moodle, web services accounts, and network file folders. Students should have no expectation of computer privacy, as the
school may monitor computer, e-mail, internet, or any other student use.
When permitted, students using electronic readers, laptops, iPads or other such devices will use these devices only for
educational purposes and under the specific supervision of school personnel. The risk of loss for damage or theft lies with
the student. The school accepts no responsibility for the safety, loss or damage of equipment brought by students to
school. At no time should students leave personal devices at school overnight.
2. Personal Responsibility: As a member of a school community, the student accepts responsibility for proper use of
technology and for reporting any misuse of technology. The use of school technology indicates acceptance with the
following statements.
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I will respect the privacy and dignity of students and teachers at all times. I will not use, copy, or delete another
user’s files, folders, or passwords.
● I will keep my own passwords private and I will not share passwords with friends.
● I will use appropriate language and refrain from the use of profanity or insulting language. Offensive messages
that originate outside of school, but disrupt the school’s educational process may be subject to school
consequences, and will be reported to parents or law enforcement as required.
● I will respect school equipment, including an absence of vandalism or computer viruses.
● I will only use software that is pre-approved by the teacher or Technology Coordinator or school administration.
3. Internet Safety: The Internet provides opportunities to access new resources, but it also provides unique risks to
students. The school provides filtered access to the Internet on school computers, but to ensure safety on the Internet, the
student agrees with the following:
● I will not give out personal information such as my full name, phone number, or address.
● I will not give out personal information about someone else such as his or her name, phone number, or address.
● I will not correspond or meet with someone through the Internet.
● I will only access or download sites appropriate for school classes or activities.
● I will immediately report any technology use that makes me uncomfortable or violates school policies.
4. E-Mail and Communication Safety: E-mail and other online communication services provide opportunities for
students, but they require careful use. The student agrees with the following when using school computers or accounts:
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I will only use an e-mail, Google or Moodle account at school with the prior permission of a teacher and will get
permission from a teacher each time I use e-mail at school. Instant messaging and chat rooms are prohibited.
I will adhere to all of the aforementioned guidelines in this Responsible Use Policy when using a school
provided e-mail account or other school provided computer service at school or another location.
St. John Bosco Catholic School may filter or monitor school provided student e-mail accounts or other school
provided computer services regardless of whether the account is accessed from school or another location.
Students using Google applications will sign and agree to a separate student use policy (page 17).
5. Other technologies: The use of technology can be limited by the school administration or staff in the event that it
becomes disruptive to the educational process.
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St. John Bosco Catholic School
Student Google Application Policy
2013-2014 School Year
Students in fourth through eighth grade use Google applications (Google Apps) for academic purposes. Students use
SJBBULLDOGS.ORG domain for their accounts. It is different from the main school domain SJBOSCO.ORG.
The SJBBulldogs account comes with email, calendar, website creator, documents (.doc/.ppt/.xls), drawing, and aviary
tools. These add-on programs will be used by students to connect, create and collaborate with their classmates and
teachers.
The students’ email addresses are designed to only send and receive emails from sjbosco.org users and sjbbulldogs.org.
In alignment with the Technology Responsible Use Policy, the Administration, Technology Coordinator, and teachers
will have access to students’ email as needed. Student usernames and passwords are given to parents and guardians.
Any inappropriate conduct when using a sjbbulldogs.org email account will result in disciplinary consequences.
Parents are asked to report any inappropriate conduct that they discover.
Possible consequences for inappropriate use of this technology may include a STP, detention, suspension, or
required withdrawal and reporting to the police/law enforcement.
Students will be assigned an email address composed of their first name and last name initial.
For example, if the name of student is James McCain, his username will be [email protected]
In case there are multiple students with the same first name and last name initials, a second letter would be added.
Example:
James McCain = [email protected]
James Miller = [email protected]
To access a student email account, navigate to www.gmail.com and type in the entire username, for example,
[email protected] and password or use the link provided on SJB website.
Students can send themselves attachments (PowerPoint, Word files, spreadsheets or use the built in Google Docs
applications) from home to school and from school to home.
By activating these Google applications, students agree to abide by this policy and all guidelines in the Student
Handbook.
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