Does Athey Creek have a dress code? While we understand that the clothing our students choose are related to fashion and trends, our top priority each day is to maintain Athey Creek as a professional place of learning. Appropriate and respectful attire is always expected. In the event of a dress code violation, students will be provided clean clothing to wear (often over their clothes) for the day or until alternate clothing is brought to the school. Students will return to class after requesting a change of clothes be brought, after they put on the provided alternate clean clothing. We encourage students to layer clothing to prevent the need for such a disruption in the school day.
How can I order a yearbook or check to see if I have already ordered a yearbook? Our teacher/librarian, Deb Melnychenko coordinates the yearbook. Your student can pick up a form from the office to order a yearbook. Please attach payment to it and submit it back to the office. We have a special box on the counter for yearbook orders. If you wonder that you may have already ordered a yearbook, you can email Ms. Melnychenko or your student can ask at the library.
- Layering of clothing is highly encouraged
- No spaghetti straps, halter tops or tube tops
- Necklines should be 'modest' and provide full coverage
- No bare midriff or torso revealing tops
- Tops should overlap waistbands (seated or standing)
- At no time should underwear be visible
- Skirts and shorts should be no more than three inches above the knee (seated or standing)
- Tights and spandex attire should be covered with other appropriate clothing
- No clothing or jewelry should promote drugs, offensive language, alcohol or other offensive matter
How do I sign-up for conferences?-- Conferences are twice a year, in the Spring and in the Fall. Sign-ups are done electronically through the website. If you have a problem signing up, we are happy to help you. Typically the sign ups are available a couple of weeks before the actual conferences. A notice will go out in Athey Notes letting you know the sign-up page is available.
My child will be missing a few days of school. How can we keep him/her caught up?
--Your student can get a Prearranged Absence form from the office. They take it to all their teachers and get the upcoming work they would be missing. Then they take it home and have you, the parent, sign it. Lastly they bring it back to the office where we sign it and keep a copy. Your student will get one copy so they remember what work they need to do. This is not something that should be done at the last minute, especially since the students do not see all their teachers every day. Ideally the Prearranged absence form should be filled out a couple of days ahead of time so all parties can do thier part. Also this is only used for a more-than-one-day absence. And, always, have your child check the teacher websites/blogs.
How early can my child arrive at school?
--Students who have an early class should be here by 8:00am. If they are late they need to check into the office before going to class. Students who are arriving for the study center should not arrive before 8:15am.
What is the school policy about cell phones?
--Cell phones are not allowed to be used during school hours. Cell phones must be kept in a student’s locker during this time. If a student’s phone is removed by a staff, that staff member to make arrangements for the student to retrieve it. This applies to all electronic devices.
What if my child is ill? Can they use their cell phone to call home?
--Students who need to call should come down to the office. If they are not feeling well we especially want them to come to the office so we can help them. We do not want children who feel ill to be in the classroom. For their best health and the health of the students around them we keep all ill children in the healthroom until they feel better or someone comes to pick them up. At that time, they can use their phone to call home, after checking wth the office.
What do I need to do if I want to pick my child up before school ends?
--We request that you send your student to school with a note detailing when they will be picked up. The student should then bring the note into the office before school starts. The office staff will sign off on the note. The student then shows the note to the teacher whose class they will need to leave. At the proper time they can just quietly leave class and come down to the office to meet their parent. Parents will need to meet their students in the office and sign them out. This process makes for less interruption in the classroom. In the case of an unplanned early leave, parents can come into the office and request their student. We can then send the student a note to have them come into the office. All students who leave early need to be signed out by a responsible adult who is listed in their emergency contacts.
My student needs to meet with his/her teacher. What do they do?
--Many teachers have regular hours to meet with students outside of classes. If your student needs to meet outside those hours they can speak to their teacher and set something up or email them. You can access the teacher emails here.
My child needs to take medication during school. How can they do that?
-- All medication, even over-the-counter medication, needs to be brought to the office by an adult. All prescription medication, except inhalers, need to be kept in the health room. Your child can come to the office to have medication administered by the office staff. After proper documentation, students are allowed to carry their inhalers with them. OTC medications also need to be logged into the office but at that time it can be decided if the student can carry them and self-administer or if they will be kept in the health room for administration by the office. If the student carries their OTC meds, they can only carry one day's dosage. At no time are students allowed to share medication.
What is Academy?
--Academy is a 43 minutes class that meets daily; a class that provides support in real time for those who need it in reading, writing, math or learning skills; a class that provides in-depth and applied learning for students who would benefit from extended experiences in core subject areas; a class focused on two complimentary learning targets 1) I can explain an demonstrate strong character as a learner and as a good person 2) I can contribute to a classroom and school learning community to help everyone learn; a class based on core content standards and curriculum with learning targets focused on the standards and core curriculum; a class which uses literacy strategies regularly to strengthen students' competence with reading texts and nonfiction; a class that uses protocols that prompt students to participate in groups in ways that enhance thinking and learning; a class that uses routines that promote ownership, responsibility and independance; a class that intentionally teches students to work together productively and purposefully; a class that reinforces how to treat each other well; a class that goes beyond telling students the expectations to explicitly teaching them how to be successful students; a class that builds community as part of the content learning; a class that involves students in keeping journals about their own learning and insights; a class that incorporates proficiency-based assessment. Academy is not independent study or open-ended time; completely project-based; another class wheer homework is assigned; a study hall or place to work on homework from other classes.