Handbook
Visitors/Volunteers

All visitors to the school must check in at the office.  Parents are requested not to go directly to their child's classroom, as this interrupts instruction.  If you need to speak with your child's teacher, you may set up an appointment during the teachers' planning time.  In order to keep distractions to a minimum, we ask that volunteers to work in the designated area other than a classroom.  The exception to this rule is when reading to the class, assisting with centers or art projects, and working with groups of students.

School Rules

Classroom Expectations

1.  Follow teacher directions first time given

2.  Be in your seat, ready to work, with all class materials.

3.  Keep hands, feet, objects, getstures, and inappropriate comments to yourself.

4.  Raise your hand to be recognized.

5.  Follow school-wide handbook policies.

Students who choose not to follow expectations in the classroom will face the Assertive Discipline Plan that is unique to their grade level.  Teachers will use some form of the Assertive Discipline consequences, which are teacher administered and non-cumulative.

Severe problems and 5th consequence with the teacher is referral to the principal.

Referrals to the principal are Level II consequences and are cumulative.

PTO

We have an active group of parents in our PTO, and are always looking for more participants.  Our PTO plays a vital role in the overall success of our students.  If you could be available during the day to read with students, work in the classrooms, copy and laminate materials, play learning activities with small groups of children, or help supervise during special activities, your assistance would be greatly appreciated.  If you are not available during the day, there are many areas in which you could assist.  You can provide refreshments for special activities, decorate, clean the school grounds, and assist with after school activities.  You can also help with the planning of our annual fundraisers and events.  The possibilities are endless.  You are welcome to join PTO at any time throughout the school year.  There are meetings scheduled throughout the year, both during the day as well as in the evening.  Please watch for notes coming home that invite you to these meetings.  Research proves that students whose parents are involved in education and participate in school activites, perform better in school and on achievement tests.  The student's grades are better, and they have a more positive attitude toward school.  Your child will benefit from your enthusiasm and involvement with the school, and the staff will be grateful for your time and talent.  If you have not joined PTO at John Hay, we invite you to join today.

Curriculum/Standards/Assessments

Assessments

In addition to the required state assessments, Hamblen County Schools administer the following reading assessments to determine the academic needs of students in K-5.  These assessments are administered three times a year.  These tests are used to assist in diagnosis, teaching, and learning in the classroom, as well as in identification of students who are at risk of academic failure.  K-5 students are administered the DIBELS assessment, Think Link, and informal assessments that test pre-reading skills, comprehension, writing, fluency, and vocabulary development.  First through fifth grade students are given the STAR Reading assessment and STAR Math assessment.  Teachers also use Running Records and progress monitoring assessments to check for progress and to establish the child's reading level.

Intervention

Students who score in the at-risk or some-risk range on the DIBELS and STAR assessments, receive reading intervention in the areas of need.  Students receive leveled, small-group instruction in the classroom, as well as Tier 2 and Tier 3 intervention according to our RTI plan.  Teachers differentiate instruction for all students to meet the students' needs and to ensure progress.

Curriculum

Hamblen County Schools use research-based curriculum and materials in both reading and math.  Teachers also use rigorous, research-based activities and teaching strategies in their classrooms.  Examples of these effective classroom strategies include, activating prior knowledge, authentic assessments, brain-based teaching, cooperative learning, graphic organizers, essential questioning, and interactive technology. Hamblen County also uses the Thoughtful Classroom strategies in order to more effectively teach to the different learning styles of all students.  The Soar to Success and Beverly Tyner: Small Group Differentiated Instruction reading interventions are used in Tier 2 and Tier 3 reading classes. Reading teachers in our elementary Schools use the Reading First reading strategies for teaching children to read.

Standards

John Hay Elementary teachers base their classroom instruction on the Tennessee State Standards that are required for each grade level.  These standards are posted for students and explained as each lesson is taught.  Each teacher will send home a list of the skills or standards to be taught at each grade level by six weeks.  This will keep you informed of what your child in learning in the classroom, as well as the skills that will be assessed at the end of the year on the TCAP test.  For a complete list of state standards, see the Hamblen County webpage. Click under instructional Coaches.  These standards are posted under downloadable documents, as well as information about word lists, state vocabulary, curriculum maps, and games to teach and practice skills with your children.

Parent Involvement

The Hamblen County School System and John Hay Elementary welcomes parents' involvement in the education of their children and in the activities of the school.  We recognize that parents are their children's first and most important teachers.  Research indicates that parent involvement helps foster success of children.  When schools welcome families, establish personal relationships, and help parents understand how the educational system operates, and encourage family-community collaboration with the educational community, student achievement will improve and schools will become more effective.

We continuously seek input from parents and other community members as we constantly assess our standards and strategies.  We consult with parents on an on-going basis and set aside time annually to determine what needs to happen to increase parent involvement. 

Hamblen County holds the following beliefs:

  • When families are engaged, student achievement is higher.
  • The best way to improve student attendance and behavior is to improve the family's attitude about school.
  • If parents understand state testing, they will discuss it more freely.
  • Parents need to know how important they are to their child's academic success and future success.
  • Families who read to their children will help instill a love of reading and learning in their children.

The following goals are identified as part of our plan. Strategies are listed below each goal.

  • To increase the degree to which families are involved in the academic learning of their children.

            1.  Annual Parent Meetings

            2.  Parent Conferences and Open House

            3.  Report Cards and Progress reports

            4.  Use creative forms of communication which are convenient and accessible to a variety of parents, such as email, written notes,

                 telephone calls, mailings, newsletters, PTO News, and web pages.

           5.  Newsletters will inform parents on upcoming school events, programs, opportunities for involvement, skills and standards   

            information, strategies for helping their children,  and the TN testing program.

            6.  Provide services through ParentConnect, an web-based school to home communication service which enables parents to view

                 information about their child's grades, discipline actions, tardiness, and attendance.

  • To recognize and attempt to remove barriers to family engagement such as communication barriers, uncomfortable feelings, or fear which may prohibit families from attending school functions.