PITTSBURGH CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS | THREES PROGRAM- 8TH GRADE

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Monroeville, PA 15146

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Table of Contents

Welcome to G.W.C.S.

Mission Statement

Statement of Beliefs

Educational Goals

Certification

Accreditation

Administration

School Leadership Team

Administration & Faculty

Policies & Procedures

Attendance

Tardiness
Morning Arrival & Afternoon Departure

School Delay/Closing Procedure

Start & End of Classes

Discipline Policy

Code of Conduct

Admission Policy

School Records

Student Trip/Retreats

Field Trip

From the School Nurse

Vaccination Regulations

Medication

Transportation

General Information

Bus Information

Special Activity Busing

Bus Rules

Parent Drivers/Visitors

Academics

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Academic Policies

Homework

Report Cards

Grading Scale

Honor Roll

Academic Evaluation

Citizenship

Promotion/Retention Policy

Student Withdrawal Procedure

Student Testing

In-House Tutoring

Curriculum Overview

Early Childhood Education

Elementary Education

Intermediate Education

8 tips for student Academic Success

10 ways to help your children
become more successful in school

Miscellaneous

Field Trips

Special Activities

Academic Activities

Fire Drills

Classroom Visitation

Welcome to Greater Works Christian School!

Since 1981, our desire at Greater Works Christian School is to impart to our students, through both teaching and personal example, a Christ-like approach to life and learning. In dealing with all of the many challenges life has to offer, we believe that true happiness and success is based on accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, studying the Word of God, seeking the Lord’s guidance and applying His wisdom in all situations. GWCS creates an environment for students to build Faith, Knowledge and Character.

This school year, we look forward to partnering with you in reaching these goals with each child…

  • To inspire students to know, love, and serve Jesus Christ.
  • To strengthen each student’s belief in the truths of God’s Word.
  • To develop in students Christ-like character through disciplined, Spirit-filled living.
  • To direct students toward a biblical life view that integrates God’s Truth into practical Christian living.
  • To develop in students that cultural breadth and social skills that enhance their lives and equip them to communicate biblical truth effectively.
  • To instill in students a compelling concern for reaching the uncoverted with the saving truth of the Gospel of Christ.
  • To implant in students a commitment to vital involvement in the life and ministry of a biblically faithful local congregation.

God call us to …”Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it”. Proverbs 22:6

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of GWCS is to equip our students by developing their faith, character, and knowledge with Christ-centered instruction and guidance; preparing them today to meet the opportunities and challenges of tomorrow.

STATEMENT OF BELIEFS

We Believe…

  • The Bible, in its entirety, is the inspired Word of God and the only infallible rule of faith. (2 Timothy 3:16)
  • There is one God, Maker of all things, being in Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19, John 15:26, 2 Corinthians 13:14)
  • Jesus Christ, Incarnate Son of God was begotten by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, and is true God and true man. (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:27-38)
  • There is personal salvation for believers through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 26:28, Revelation 1:5)
  • The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, accompanied by the initial sign of speaking with other tongues, as the Spirit of God gives utterance (as in Acts 2:4), is distinct from the new birth experience. (Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:4-5; Acts 1:8)
  • The gifts of the Spirit, listed in 1 Corinthians 12, are available to all believers. (1 Corinthians 12:4-10)
  • There is divine healing, through faith, included in the Atonement (Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24)
  • Intensive world evangelization and missionary work, with signs following, is the Lord’s Great Commission to the church (Mark 16:15; Mark 16:20)
  • There will be a resurrection of the dead, eternal happiness for the saved, eternal punishment for the lost. (John 3:16-18, John 11:25-26)
  • The Christian’s hope is the imminent, personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thess. 4:15-17, Titus 2:13)

EDUCATIONAL GOALS

SPIRITUAL “Faith”

Greater Works Christian School desires to give students the opportunity to come to know their Lord and Savior and Jesus Christ in a very real and personal way and to equip them to carry out the will of God in their lives.

ACADEMIC “Knowledge”

Greater Works Christian School endeavors to promote high academic standards within the abilities of the student in order that each individual may realize their full academic potential.

SOCIAL “Character”

Greater Works Christian School aims to help the students to develop his/her personality based on a proper understanding and acceptance of themselves as a unique individual created in the image of God.

CERTIFICATION

Greater Works Christian School has Pennsylvania State Certification for non-public schools. This certification encompasses a curriculum that meets all minimum Pennsylvania State educational requirements.

ACCREDITATION

Accreditation by a state governmental agency is an administrative mechanism designed to ensure a uniform education for all students in secular schools. It was established as a government means of being certain that local public school districts provide what the state educational agencies have determined to be minimum faculty and academic standards for all public schools. Accreditation teams, therefore, investigate and approve or disapprove facilities and curriculum according to the criteria developed by secular educational administrators. GWCS is a member of the “Association of Christian Schools International”. GWCS has chosen not to be state accredited in order that the state would not have the liberty to regulate the curriculum or educational facility. Our school will not permit the invasion of state or federal directives mandating the Christian educational program designed for our school.

ADMINISTRATION

School Leadership Team

School Administrator

  • Oversees all academic, social and spiritual programs within the School; coordinates the student body, faculty and staff.
  • Available for parent conferences concerning all School related matters and unresolved conflicts/concerns (by appointment only)

Dean of Students

  • Assists in overseeing all academic, social and spiritual programs within the School; helps to coordinate the student body, faculty and staff.
  • Oversees and works cooperatively with faculty and administration in matters concerning student discipline, ministry, and counseling.
  • Available for parent conferences concerning all School related matters and unresolved conflicts/concerns (by appointment only)

Academic Advisor

  • Assists in overseeing all academic, social and spiritual programs within the School; helps to coordinate the student body, faculty and staff.
  • Available for parent conferences concerning all School related matters and unresolved conflicts/concerns (by appointment only)
  • All academic concerns (grading, report cards, scheduling, testing, lesson plans, release of student records, ordering textbooks/workbooks, etc.)

School Secretary

  • Assists in overseeing all academic, social and spiritual programs within the School; helps to coordinate the student body, faculty and staff.
  • Oversees and works cooperatively with faculty and administration in matters concerning busing, attendance, student information, dress code, enrollment, testing, lesson plans, fundraisers and ordering office supplies.

Business Office

  • All questions concerning tuition payments and other financial matters are to be directed to the business office.

ADMINISTRATION

FACULTY

SPECIALS STAFF

If you need to leave a message on the voice mail or inquire about a homework assignment, call the school at 724.327.6500 and then enter the ext. you are calling. Please use the voice mail numbers to leave a message and use the homework box numbers to check homework assignments.

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

All policies and procedures contained in the GWCS Student Handbook are subject to revisions and/or amendments at the discretion of the Christian School Leadership.

ATTENDANCE

  • Written excuses for absences should be submitted to the 1 st Period teacher on the Primary/Secondary Student Absentee Excuse form. Questionable absentee excuses will be referred by the 1 st Period/homeroom teachers to the administrator. If a written excuse is not provided to the school within three (3) days after the student returns to school, the absence will be considered unexcused. Parents of any student with three days of illegal absence will be served notice by the school.
  • Students arriving late school after the beginning of 1 st Period/HR (8:30a.m.) must sign in at the office.
  • Students signing in after 11:30a.m. will be marked absent for the day.
  • Missing the school bus is not considered as an excused absence for an entire school day. Students must find transportation. However, absences due to bus problems will be recorded as legal with a parental excuse stating the particulars of the situation.
  • Disciplinary procedures for truancy during the course of a school year:

First Offense Parents will be notified and students will be assigned to in-school suspension.

Second Offense Parents will be notified and students will be assigned to out of school suspension.

Third Offense Parents will be notified and students will be assigned to out of school suspension. A parental conference will be required.

Students who are truant do not have the right to make up assigned class work (this includes tests).

Unexcused Absences

  • As stated, written excuses for must be submitted to the 1 st Period/HR teacher within three (3 days after the student returns to school. Failure to do so will result in the absences being coded as unexcused.
  • After three (3) unexcused absences an official and final letter will be generated from the school office to the student’s home, documenting the illegal absences.
  • Any additional unexcused absences (4+) will be forwarded to the Home and School Visitor. The officer will cite the family for alleged unexcused absences, through the District Magistrate.
  • Subsequent fines will continue to occur should the student continue to collect unexcused absences.
  • The school office will inform the Home and school Visitor any time a student is absent more than 25% of the school year to date. Upon review, the Home and School Visitor may cite the family through the District Magistrate.
  • The family has the right to plead not guilty and request a court date with all citations.

Excessive consecutive absences

  • Once a student misses ten (10) consecutive days of school, if the school office is not already aware of the reason for the absences, contact will be attempted and a home visit will be performed.
  • If the Home and School Visitor is unable to contact the family the student will be removed from the roster.
  • The family must re-enroll the student should the child wish to return to school. All necessary documentation verifying a current address will be required.

 

GREATER WORKS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Pupils may be excused from school for the following reasons:
PRIMARY/SECONDARY ABSENTEE EXCUSE a. Illness of the student
b. Death in the family
DATE _______________________________________ c. Religious holiday
________________________________please excuse d. Extremely urgent reasons of which the school is the judge.
(name of 1 st Period/HR teacher)
Written permission must be obtained the Dean of Students if absences will be due to travel or other extenuating circumstances.
_____________________________________ for ________day(s)
(name of student) State law requires that each student submit an excuse to the
Homeroom teacher on the day of his/her return to school. The
Absence from school excuse should be addressed to the 1 st Period/HR teacher.
DATE(S) OF ABSENCE ___________________ If a written excuse is not provided to the school within three (3)
days after the student returns to school, the absence will be
REASON(S) FOR ABSENCE _______________ considered unexcused. Parents of any student with three days of
unexcused absence will be served notice by the school.
SIGNATURE OF PARENT or GUARDIAN
Date excuse Received ______________________________
________________________________________________ Please refer to Greater Works Christian School
Signature of 1 st Period/HR Teacher Attendance guidelines for more information.

TARDINESS

TO SCHOOL

  • Students will be considered officially tardy if not in their 1 st/HR period by 8:30a.m. Loitering in the halls, car problems, or sleeping-in are unacceptable excuses. Tardy students must sign in at the school office and provide the requested information. A class admit pass is then issued. (Failure to sign in at the school office is considered an infraction of school procedures and subject to disciplinary action).
  • Only the signed note from a parent or doctor will exempt the student from receiving an unexcused tardy.
  • The total number of days tardy is recorded automatically on the daily absentee sheet and on the student’s permanent records.
  • Excessive tardiness could have serious consequences on grades or future employment.

TO CLASS

  • It is the student’s responsibility to attend class on time. Once the late bell has rung, the student is officially tardy. Under no circumstances will the school office issue a pass to students to class unless they have been held by office for some reason. Any student who is late to class must provide an excuse from his previous teacher or the tardiness will be recorded by the teacher as unexcused.
  • G.W.C.S. is a spacious building and a reasonable amount of time has been allowed for the changing of classes. However, if you loiter on the way to class, you will no doubt be late.

GWCS TARDY POLICY

  • Students will be considered officially tardy if they are not in their 1 st period/HR by the designated time.
  • Tardy students must report directly to the school office to sign-in and provide written excuse signed by parent or guardian. Excuses should be presented on the day of tardiness. The written excuses will be recorded as excused or unexcused. Tardies, not supported by written excuses, will be recorded as unexcused. Written excuses will be accepted up to three school days following the tardy. Excused tardies include: illness, severe weather conditions, personal emergencies, documented medical appointments or extremely urgent reasons of which the school is judge.
  • Unexcused tardies include but are not limited to loitering in the halls, sleeping-in or missing the bus. Failure to report to the school office will result in the recording of an unexcused absence for the entire day.

Disciplinary procedures for unexcused tardiness

  • 1-4 unexcused tardies – no action will be taken
  • 5-6 unexcused tardies – a warning will be given to the student regarding the tardies. Parent(s) will be notified.
  • 7-9 unexcused tardies – the student will be issued one (1) detention for the each day.
  • 10 unexcused tardies – the student will serve one (1) day In-School Suspension. Parents/guardian will be notified.
  • 11 unexcused tardies – the student will receive a two (2) day In-School Suspension. Parents/guardian will be notified.
  • 12 unexcused tardies – the student will receive a three (3) day In-School Suspension. Parents/guardian will be notified.
  • Additional unexcused tardiness may result in an informal hearing and/or an Administrative Expulsion hearing.

 

MORNING ARRIVAL/AFTERNOON DEPARTURE

Morning Arrival

  • School Buses/School Vans will drop off at the front circle entrance of the building.
  • Parents are to drop students off at the rear of the building by the playground or the Elementary entrance no earlier than 8:00a.m.

Afternoon Departure

  • School Buses/School Vans will pick up students in the rear of the building. No parking is permitted in the rear of the building along the field of the playground area.
  • Parents are to pick up students at the side entrance of the building (near the loading dock) between 2:29p.m. and 2:40p.m.
  • At 2:40p.m. any remaining students will be in the front lobby. All students are to be picked up by 2:45p.m.

SCHOOL DELAY/CLOSING PROCEDURE

To all bus drivers/parent

School delay/closings are listed on KDKA, WTAE, and WPXI stations

NOTICE: FOR ALL SNOW DELAYS/CLOSINGS

  • If your school district has a delay or closing and G.W.C.S. remains open, follow your school district’s bus schedule. If you are unable to transport your child to school, he/she will be marked absent (excused) for the day.
  • If G.W.C.S. has a 2 hour delay and your school district does not, you are responsible for bringing your child to school at 10:30a.m. If you are unable to transport your child to school, he/she will be marked absent (excused) for that day.
  • If your public school district has an early dismissal, G.W.C.S. will dismiss all students that ride the bus at the specified time.

FOR ALL G.W.C.S. STUDENTS

ONE-HOUR DELAY – Students are to report AFTER 9:00 (9:30 STARTING TIME)

TWO-HOUR DELAY – Students are to report AFTER 10:00 (10:30 STARTING TIME)

G.W.C.S CLOSED – Students are NOT TO REPORT to school

If you have any questions concerning this procedure, please contact the school office at 724.327.6500, ext. 135

START AND END OF CLASSES (all classes are 40 minutes, except lunch 30 minutes)

PERIOD REGULAR SCHEDULE TWO-HOUR DELAY SCHEDULE
  Warning Bell 8:27a.m.

Start the day 8:30a.m.

Warning Bell 10:27a.m.

Start the day 10:30a.m.

1 8:35a.m. to 9:15a.m.
2 9:15a.m. to 9:55a.m.
3 9:55a.m. to 10:35a.m.
4 10:35a.m. to 11:15a.m.
5 Lunch 11:15a.m. to 11:45a.m.
6 11:45a.m. to 12:25a.m.
7 12:25a.m. to 1:05a.m.
8 1:05a.m. to 1:45a.m.
9 1:45a.m. to 2:25a.m.

DISCIPLINE POLICY

The Bible is very clear about the importance of discipline in a person’s life. To receive discipline means we are loved [If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Heb. 12:8]. The Lord always disciplines out of love [ “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” Heb. 12:5-6]. It is our goal at Greater Works Christian School to discipline out of love and relationship rather than fear and intimidation. The Bible says that out of a loving relationship will flow obedience to what we are called and expected to do. “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” John 14:15

We would expect both parents’ and students’ full support as we seek to educate here at Greater Works Christian School. Any student who is demonstrating an unwillingness to cooperate will be removed from the school at the discretion of the administration.

Disciplinary action will be taken after prayerful consideration of what the most appropriate response to the student’s misconduct should be. Parents will be informed on any and all decisions made regarding their student’s behavior . Parents are asked to speak directly to the faculty member(s) involved for the best possible communication.

We at Greater Works Christian School will not administer corporal punishment. However, reasonable force may be used by administrators/faculty/staff for the following reasons:

  • To suppress a disturbance
  • To obtain possession of weapons or other potentially dangerous objects
  • For self defense purposes
  • For the protection of persons or property
  • To remove an unruly student who has been asked to leave

Possible disciplinary actions include the following:

  • Written Behavior report sent to the Parent/Guardian
  • Lunch Detention (elementary)
  • Recess Detention (elementary)
  • After School Detention (2:30-3:15)
  • In School Suspension (1-10 days & forfeiture of any make-up work)
  • Out of School Suspension (1-10 days & forfeiture of any make-up work)
  • Probation
  • Expulsion

POLICY & PROCEDURES

ATTITUDE

Hebrews 13:17 says, “Obey your leaders and submit to their authority.” Here, the Lord differentiates between obedience and submission. The difference is that we can be obedient to what we are asked to do and yet not be submitted. Obedience deals with our actions and submission deals with our attitude. The Lord is seeking both, as are we here at Greater Works Christian School. Complete obedience is done with the right actions and attitude. If a student is demonstrating a counter-productive attitude and is showing no signs of progress, that student may be asked to withdraw from our school.

HONOR

1 Peter 2:17 says, ” Honor all men .” It is pivotal for a student to learn to submit and honor all branches of authority in order to obtain maturity in Christ. How is it possible to submit to our Heavenly Father if we cannot honor and submit to our earthly father or the appointed authorities? Honor and respect for God, others, and ourselves is a foundational Biblical principle the Lord asks us to demonstrate. If a student repeatedly is disrespectful to others and is showing no signs of progress, that student may be asked to withdraw from our school.

INTEGRITY

Titus 2:7 says, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good.”

The Bible teaches us that we cannot compartmentalize our lives. In other words, what we do privately affects what we do publicly. Therefore, in order to maintain Christian integrity, if any information is brought to the attention of the administration concerning the immoral activity of student(s) outside of school, we reserve the right to dismiss said students from Greater Works Christian School.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Academic integrity is a character trait involving truth, honesty, and trustworthiness in the educational as well as the spiritual realm. A violation of academic integrity is a misrepresentation of one’s actual achievements. Examples of misrepresentation include but are not limited to plagiarism, cheating, and deception, where students take ideas from another person or source and offer them as their own.

Plagiarism is an attempt to pass off someone else’s work as his or her own, by copying the work of an outside source (published or non published) or paraphrasing without the benefit of proper documentation. The result is a 1-day out of school suspension (with forfeiture of any make-up work) and a zero on the assignment.

Cheating is defined as fraudulently deceiving or acting in a manner that violates the rules in a dishonest fashion. The result is a 1-day out of school suspension (with forfeiture of any make-up work) and a zero on the assignment.

BACKPACKS & BOOK BAGS

Backpacks and book bags are not permitted in the classroom for the safety and security of all students and staff. Students are to use their lockers for storage. We highly recommend that middle school students use locks on their lockers, as we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.

BOMB THREATS & FALSE FIRE ALARMS

Any student who furnishes false information to any other student, teacher, administrator or other employee of the school concerning the placement or setting of a bomb or other explosive, or sets off an alarm, knowing the same to be false, shall be subject to expulsion .

BUS CONDUCT

All students are expected to follow the rules put in place by their busing authorities. There should be no standing or moving of seats while the bus is in motion. In addition, students should use a ruler voice and face the front of the bus. There is NO place for misconduct on the bus; it is unsafe, distracting to the driver, and puts everyone’s life at risk. It is also a poor reflection of the school and the Name of Christ. We will be in support of the busing company/driver that wishes that a student’s busing privileges be revoked. Any infraction may result in a temporary or permanent bus suspension. Point System: 15 points: 1 day bus reward, 20 points: 2 day bus reward, 45 points: permanent

CELL PHONES

Cell phones are to be turned off and left in the student’s locker. They are not to be seen, heard, or used before school or during school hours . Cell phones are permitted after school has been dismissed. Cell phones confiscated will be kept in the office until picked up by a parent or guardian. The result will be a 1-day out of school suspension. Second offense will be a 2-day out of school suspension. Third offense will be a 3-day out of school suspension.

CLASS/SCHOOL CUTS

Students are required to attend all classes, study periods, lunch etc. according to their schedule. Each teacher will record attendance at the beginning of each period and verify class cuts. Class cuts are not subject to verbal warnings or administrative reprimands. First offense results in an after school detention . Second offense is an immediate 1-day out of school suspension. Third offense is an immediate 2-day out of school suspension. Students who cut class forfeit make-up work privileges and receive a zero for all work completed and/or collected during class.

If a student skips a day of school it will result in an immediate 1-day out of school suspension. Second offense will result in an immediate 2-day out of school suspension. Third offense will result in an immediate 3-day out of school suspension. Students who skip school forfeit make-up work privileges and receive a zero for all work completed and/or collected during class.

DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

Public displays of affection are not permitted on school grounds. Students must maintain a ruler distance between one another. Sexual harassment or reading/viewing obscene material are grounds for suspension and/or expulsion.

DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR

A student shall not use violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, fighting, passive resistance, profanity, obscene gestures or any other conduct not keeping with good morals or Biblical values. Neither shall he/she urge other students to engage in such conduct. Any of the above infractions will result in a detention, suspension or expulsion depending on the severity.

Teachers are expected to maintain order in the classroom and govern their classroom as they see fit, using their best judgment and discernment. Teachers are also expected to communicate with the parent(s) whose children are causing classroom disruptions. If the student continues to be a disruption, the teacher will submit the student’s name to the Dean of Students and disciplinary action will follow.

DRUGS, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA & ALCOHOL

Greater Works Christian School has a NO TOLERANCE policy when it comes to anyone who sells, shares, possesses, uses, or is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The result will be an automatic expulsion and the occurrence will be reported to the local law enforcement agency.

Greater Works Christian School reserves the right to search a student (within reason) if there is any suspicion or reasonable cause. The school also reserves the right to require a test for substance abuse if any student is suspected of such activity. The parent/guardian is responsible for the cost of the test.

EARLY DISMISSALS

Students may request to be dismissed early from school for medical, dental or other approved appointments that cannot be scheduled after school hours. These request are limited to six per year and should be directed to the School Office. Early dismissals are considered excused when the student follows the guidelines listed below.

•  The student presents a written parental request to the School Office prior to the start of the first period (8:05a.m.) on the day of the dismissal.

•  The request includes the full name of the student, the full name of the parent/guardian, the requested time of the dismissal, and the signature of the parent/guardian.

•  The school secretary will contact the parent/guardian prior to the discmissal time to verify the request.

•  Students report to the School Office prior to the dismissal time and signs out.

•  Early dismissals in excess of six will require a doctor’s excuse in order to be considered excused.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Radios, CD’s I pods, Walkmans, gameboys, etc…shall not be permitted on school premises as they are a distraction and can take away from the educational and spiritual environment. A teacher for class projects may grant special permission. Items confiscated will be kept in the office until picked up by a parent or guardian . The result will be a 1-day out of school suspension. Second offense will be a 2-day out of school suspension. Third offense will be a 3-day out of school suspension.

FAILURE TO ATTEND ASSIGNED DETENTION

If a student fails to show up for an assigned detention, a 1-day out of school suspension will be given.

FOOD & DRINKS

Food and drinks are ONLY permitted in the cafeteria. There is to be NO food or drink in the hallways, classrooms or gymnasum. Anyone in violation of this will receive disciplinary action. Permission may be granted with a medical excuse.

FLAG SALUTE & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

All students are required to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance as it honors our country, our freedom and our God. Failure to do so will result in an immediate discipline action and a parent meeting.

HALLWAY, CLASSROOM & CAFETERIA CONDUCT

Code of Conduct describes hallway, classroom and cafeteria rules. The rules are must be signed by parent/student before the school year starts for re-enrolling students, as well as, new students.

LOSS OF PRIVILEGES

Students who engage in misconduct will forfeit their rights to participate in extracurricular activities, both athletic and non-athletic as follows:

If a student, while participating in a school sponsored event or activity, violates civil or school rules, the student will be subject to disciplinary consequences, which may include suspension from future events/activities, suspension from the activities or from school, and/or expulsion from school.

MEDICATION

No student is allowed to possess medicine of any kind.

All medication MUST be checked into the school secretary.

There must be written medical inquiry from a physician to the parents or school for approval.

Medications prescribed for an individual student shall be kept in the original container bearing the original pharmacy label, which shows the prescription number, date filled, physician’s name, direction for use, and student’s name. Medications will only be given to the studnets for whom they are prescribed.

Non-prescription medications should be kept to a minimum. They need to be brought to the school office in the original container with the student’s name on it and with written instructions signed by the parent/guardian. (Cough drops are considered a non-prescription medication).

PHYSICAL EDUCATION CLASS

It is mandatory that all students participate in Physical Education class. A written medical excuse is the only means for non-participation. For students who feel ill but have NO medical excuse, a written assignment will be completed and returned by the end of the class period for a grade. All students (6 th – 9 th grade) must change for gym class. (Please see Dress Code for accepted Gym Class Attire)

PROBATIONS

If there is a student who is having an academic/behavioral problem, he/she will be placed on probation for at least one complete nine-week period.

Academic Probation for a student comes when he/she has less than a 2.0 grade point average. While on academic probation the student, will be removed from any and all extracurricular activities. The student will not be reinstated until he/she receives a 2.0 or higher. Also, if a student is participating in a sport and has a 64% or less in any particular classs, he/she will be placed on academic probation and will be unable to participate (in games or practices) until the grade is brought up to a 65% or higher.

Social Probation is a critical testing time of the student’s behavior with close supervision. While under social probation the student, will be removed from any and all extracurricular activities. If there is an incident of any magnitude while under social probation the student may be removed from the school. When a student has completed one 9-week period without an infraction or incident, he/she may be removed from probation pending administrators’ discretion.

SEARCHES

For the protection of every person at this school, we reserve the right to search a student, a student’s locker, a student’s purse/book bag, or a student’s automobile on school property. A teacher or school official of the same sex with another adult present if feasible will conduct the search in private.

SUSPENSION

Depending on the severity of the infraction, a student may be suspended for 1 to 10 days depending on the administration’s discretion. No tests, projects, assignments, or make-up work of any kind can be submitted for credit for the day(s) missed. However, any an all future homework assignments, study guides, etc. that were handed out during the missed period of time can be obtained from the teachers.

TARDY TO CLASS

Students are required to report to scheduled classes, lunches, chapels, study periods, etc. prior to the late bell. Students who have a pass signed by a school official may gain entry to class after the bell at the teacher’s discretion. Students arriving after the late bell without a pass are considered tardy to class.

After the third tardy the teacher will write up a Behavior report and handle the issue in-class at their discretion . After three more times of being tardy (totaling six) the teacher will write up a Behavior Report, submit it to the Dean of Students and an after school detention will be assigned. After three more times of being tardy (totaling nine) the teacher will write up a Behavior Report, submit it to the Dean of Students and an in-school suspension will be assigned.

TOBACCO

Any student possessing or using tobacco in our on school property, in or around buses, or during after school activities will receive a 3-day out of school suspension.

VIOLATION OF PENAL LAWS

Any pupil of Greater Works Christian School who has violated any federal or state law while on school grounds, or while traveling to or from school, including extra-curricular activities or events at home or away, will be subject to immediate suspension from attendance at school, after a thorough investigation is conducted by school administration.

A pupil suspended under the provisions of this policy may be reinstated in good standing or reinstated with limited privileges upon recommendation by the school administration.

WEAPONS

Greater Works Christian School has a NO TOLERANCE policy for weapons. The result is an immediate expulsion.

CODE OF CONDUCT

CLASSROOM CONDUCT

All students will…

  • Enter the classroom quietly, leaving hallway conversations at the door.
  • Go to their seat immediately and be prepared for class when the bell rings.
  • Recognize their teacher as the God-ordained authority in the classroom.
  • Respect their teacher and my classmates and expect the same from them in return. This means they will not bully, mock, touch, laugh at, make fun of, or isolate anyone in any way. They have the right to ask for and to receive adult intervention if this happens to them.
  • Be prepared for class by bringing their textbook, notebook, homework, and pen/pencil and, other materials required for each day’s lesson.
  • Promote order in the classroom by raising their hands and waiting to be called upon by the teacher when they have a question or comment.
  • Not bring any electronic devices of any kind onto school property, understanding that these things could be distraction to their education. Also, understand cell phones are permitted AFTER 2:30p.m. ONLY!
  • Eat and drink only in the cafeteria and only during their lunch period or after school dismissed.
  • Take responsibility for completing assignments on time and will make up any work, according to their teacher’s timeline, that they missed during absences.
  • If late for class, will bring a written “admit to class” slip from their previous teacher. If they are late for class through their own negligence, they will accept the correction deemed appropriate by their teacher.
  • Not deface school property.
  • If they need to use the restroom will ask their teacher for permission to be excused. If permission is granted, they will visibly display the hall pass while in the hallway.
  • Come to class dressed according to school regulations. Will understand the only piercing that is permitted is ear piercing.
  • Understand if they bring drugs of any kind, alcohol, or weapons for any reason, it will be reason for immediate expulsion.

HALLWAY CONDUCT

  • Move through the halls without allowing themselves to be distracted, elimination of the need to run.
  • Respect other students’ personal space by not touching them in any way.
  • Promote a peaceful learning environment by not yelling, slamming lockers, using profanity, or disrespecting others in any way.

CAFETERIA CONDUCT

  • Treat all cafeteria and volunteers with respect and courtesy.
  • Sit at a table and eat quietly with their friends, enjoying healthy social interaction.
  • Look for opportunities to develop new friendships by including other students in conversation.
  • Help keep the cafeteria clean by throwing away their trash when they are done eating.

Please note: All parents and students need to sign a “Code of Conduct” contract before the new school year begins.

 

ADMISSION POLICY

NEW ENROLLMENT

Parents of students (Grades Pre-K to 8 th) may apply for enrollment of their child/children in GWCS at any time during the first two 9-week periods of the school year.

All students must pass a written entrance exam for their particular grade level in order to be eligible for enrollment.

All students must present a copy of their two (2) most current report cards (current grade level/grade level just completed and their report card from their previous grade level) at the time of entrance testing.

All parents and students must present a pastoral reference from their current church.

All parents must reveal any problem concerning their child/children’s involvement in family/individual counseling outside the school environment (i.e. psychologist, counselor, psychiatrist, etc.)

Students must accompany parent(s)/guardian(s) to a personal interview and be prepared to discuss their reason(s) for wanting to attend a Christian school.

All students applying for new enrollment must be in good academic/social standing in their previous school and may not be a participant in any type of Learning Support/Behavioral Support classes.

All students (New Enrollment/Re-Enrollment)enter GWCS each year for a 9-week probationary period. Students must maintain a grade point average of 65% or better and have no poor remarks for their classroom conduct/citizenship in order to remain at the school. If at any time during any of the four nine-week grading periods the student falls below acceptable performance levels academically or exhibits conduct not conducive with the learning environment at GWCS, the Administrative Team reserves the right to either request the student’s immediate mandatory withdrawal from the school or expel the student.

RE-ENROLLMENT

Students are enrolled on a yearly basis and must apply for re-enrollment at the end of each consecutive school term.

Attendance at GWCS in previous school years does not automatically guarantee acceptance for the following school year.

Any student leaving GWCS for one grading period (nine weeks) or more must follow the New Enrollment Procedure in order to reapply.

Determination for a student’s re-enrollment will be made with regard the following:

  • Student’s current GPA (Grade Point Average)
  • Student’s conduct/attitude (Previous school year)

All students (New Enrollment/Re-Enrollment)enter GWCS each year for a 9-week probationary period. Students must maintain a grade point average of 65% or better and have no poor remarks for their classroom conduct/citizenship in order to remain at the school.

If at any time during any of the four nine-week grading periods the student falls below acceptable performance levels academically or exhibits conduct not conducive with the learning environment at GWCS, the Administrative Team reserves the right to either request the student’s immediate mandatory withdrawal from the school or expel the student.

Any students who are no accepted in the school due to low entrance testing scores, low grades on the previous year’s report card, or poor remarks concerning the school conduct for the prior school year must have one full year at another school with passing grades and all good remarks concerning conduct before their application for admission will be considered.

Any students who has been dismissed/expelled from GWCS (or any other school) must be enrolled in another school for a minimum of one full school year obtaining passing grades and having no unsatisfactory remarks concerning conduct/social behavior in order to be considered for re-enrollment.

SCHOOL RECORDS

All school records from the student’s previous school must be submitted to the School Office before enrollment will be considered (i.e. report card, standardized test scores, health information, etc.)

ENTRANCE AGES

  • Transitional Kindergarten students must be four (4) years of age by _________ before they will be considered for testing or enrollment.
  • Kindergarten students be five (5) years of age by September 1 st before they will be considered for entrance testing or enrollment.
  • First grade students must be six (6) years of age by September 30 th or have successfully completed a full-year academic Kindergarten program before they will be considered for entrance testing or enrollment.

BIRTH CERTIFICATE/SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

All students must submit a copy of their birth certificate and social security number to the school office with their completed application.

STUDENT TRIPS/RETREATS (Non-School Related)

  • Students must obtain permission from the school office in order to participate in special trips/retreats; (i.e. family trips, church-sponsored retreats, etc.)
  • Special trips must be cleared in advance (at least 10 days) with the school administrator and students must follow this procedure: Bring a note from home, signed by the parent(s)/guardian(s), explaining the trip.
  • It is the student’s responsibility to speak to each of their teachers and obtain all assignments (if the teacher is prepared to provide the assignments) prior to leaving for the trip.
  • The student is responsible to either complete all work in advance or submit all assignments/take all missed tests/quizzes within a reasonable amount of time after returning from the trip (not to exceed the number of days missed).
  • All assignments, tests, quizzes, notebooks, projects, etc. will be given full credit.
  • Teachers are required to submit the make-up schedule along with a complete list of all assignments, tests, quizzes, etc. that the retreat students will be responsible to complete to the Academic Advisor for approval prior to the students leaving for their trip.
  • The student is responsible to submit all assignments/take all missed tests/quizzes within a reasonable amount of time after returning from the retreat (not to exceed the number of days missed).
  • All assignments tests, quizzes, notebooks, etc. will be given full credit.

FIELD TRIPS

  • Occasionally, students in grades Pre-K to 8 th take field trips to educational, fun and interesting places in the immediate area.
  • Parents will be notified in advance of an field trips.
  • Parents will sometimes be asked to serve as chaperones/drivers for the trips.
  • A signed permission slip is required for students to attend field trips.

FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

Kristie Yalch, School Nurse

School Hours: Friday only

The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) wants every parent to know that NEW vaccination requirements for students in grades K-12 went into effect August 2008. To insure that your child Is in compliance, schedule an appointment with your physician or the ACHD. For more information, call your school nurse or the Allegheny County Health Department at 412.687.ACHD.

NEW VACCINATION REGULATIONS

Grades K-8 (Need documentation of):

  • 4 doses of tetanus (1 dose after 4 th birthday)
  • 4 doses of diphtheria (1 dose after 4 th birthday)
  • 3 doses of polio
  • 2 doses of measles
  • 2 doses of mumps
  • 1 dose of rubella
  • 3 doses of hepatitis B
  • 2 doses of varicella or written statement from physician/designee indicating month and year of disease or serologic proof of immunity.

Grades 7-8

  • 1 dose of tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap)
  • 1 dose of meningitis vaccine (MCV4)

MEDICATION

  • No student is allowed to possess medicine of any kind.
  • All medication MUST be checked into the school secretary.
  • There must be written medical inquiry from a physician to the parents or school for approval.
  • Medications prescribed for an individual student shall be kept in the original container bearing the original pharmacy label, which shows the prescription number, date filled, physician’s name, direction for use, and student’s name. Medications will only be given to the students for whom they are prescribed.
  • Non-prescription medications should be kept to a minimum. They need to be brought to the school office in the original container with the student’s name on it and with written instruction signed by the parent/guardian. (Cough drops are considered a non-prescription medication)

TRANSPORTATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Parents/guardians of Transitional Kindergarten students must provide transportation.
  • Transportation is provided for students in grades K-8 through the school district in which the student resides within a 10-mile radius of the school (with the exception of the Wilkinsburg and Jeannette School Districts).
  • Students will not be permitted to leave the school grounds with any person/s other than their originally designated form of transportation without written consent from their parent or guardian and office approval.

BUS TRANSPORTATION

  • Students are to exit the building and report directly to their buses at dismissal.
  • All students must get on (and stay on) the bus when dismissed.
  • Students are not permitted to alter their bus schedules or bus stops without written permission from their parent/guardian and the school district providing the transportation.
  • Students are not permitted to ride another person’s bus either to or from school (unless they have obtained prior permission from the school district’s transportation department).
  • Al l students must obey established bus rules. Any misconduct could result in suspension from/loss of transportation privileges.
  • Bus drivers have full authority on their buses.
  • Any transportation questions should be directed to transportation department of the school district providing your busing.
  • The bus driver will submit all bus incidents to GWCS in written form. A bus report will be issued to the student to notify parents of all reported bus misconduct and the disciplinary action taken.

SPECIAL ACITVITY BUSING

Neither public school districts nor GWC provide special activity busing for extracurricular activities. Parents must make arrangements for transportation to meet the needs of students involved in extracurricular activities.

BUS RULES (see “Code of Conduct)

  • Be courteous.
  • Fighting, pushing, throwing objects, profane language or other disruptions are prohibited.
  • Keep the bus clean and free of trash.
  • Eating and drinking on the bus are not permitted.
  • Cooperate with the bus driver.
  • Bus drivers are authorized to assign seats.
  • Keep feet, head, hands and arms inside the bus.
  • Stay in your seat and share seating.
  • The use of any form of tobacco is forbidden.
  • Students must obey all guidelines established by bus drivers.

PARENT DRIVERS/VISITORS

The parent morning drop-off area is at either the playground or rear entrances. If your elementary child (K-1) is having a difficult time becoming oriented to their new school setting, parents may accompany their child to their homeroom for the first week of school only. Parents are not to remain in their child’s classroom or in the hallways without a visitor’s pass.

For security purposes, all parents, upon entering the building, must report to the front reception desk to sign in, obtain visitor’s pass, and speak to the School Secretary to obtain permission before proceeding to any classroom area. Parents are to sign out and return the visitor’s pass before leaving the building.

All meetings with teachers concerning academic/non-academic matters are to be scheduled in advance by contacting either the teacher or the Academic Advisor by note, phone, or E-mail.

Teachers are not to meet with parents to discuss any concerns in the hallways/classrooms when parents drop-off students for class in the mornings. All concerns/issues are to be discussed privately and conference times should be scheduled in advance.

All students are to be picked up from school no later than 2:45p.m. The parent afternoon pick-up is at the side exit at the end of the music room hallway.

Parents are not to park in the bus loading area (beside the playground/gym or in the rear lot by the elementary classrooms) after 2:00p.m. as this interferes with dismissal.

ACADEMICS

Greater Works Christian School develops leaders – students who want to make a difference in the world, students who think school is more than mere knowledge. This is a place where students are encouraged to excel, where teachers foster their drive, and where the school community nurtures their development. So what do we intend to see in young men and women who have the advantage of a Greater Works education? Students who develop the ability to think critically and deeply; students who, become independent and articulate learners; students who form within themselves the knowledge and responsibility for leadership; students who develop a pattern of active faith; students who can articulate a distinctively Christian worldview. In the end, these young men and women of character know and understand, and therefore strive for a life of purpose.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERNECES

  • Important: Establish and maintain open lines of communication with teachers.
  • As teachers become aware of potential academic, behavioral or attitudinal problems, they will inform the student’s parents by note, phone or personal conference.
  • Any conferences requiring the presence of teachers or administrators should be scheduled by the Academic Advisor.
  • Parents may contact the classroom teacher, Academic Advisor, or Dean of Students to arrange a personal conference.
  • Conferences will be conducted by appointment only.
  • Scheduled parent/teacher conferences will be held following the end of the first and third (TBD) quarters for all students.

ACADEMIC POLICIES

Cheating (See “Discipline Policy”)

Homework Copying (No credit for either party…unless stolen)

Quiz Cheating (No credit)

Test Cheating (No credit)

Pilfering of Tests (No credit; 3 Day Out-of-School Suspension)

Suspension from School

Credit for Homework (Full credit…if turned in the day of return)

(Additional Assignments May Be Required)

Credit for Tests/Quizzes (Full credit…Test/Quiz must be taken on day of return…Use alternate version of the test).

Credit for Projects/Papers/Previously Assigned Work

(If project/paper/assignment is due on one of the days of suspension, it is the student’s responsibility to make arrangements to have it turned in on the due date in order to receive full credit).

Absent from School

Notification of Assignments

(Use the homework hotline; student is to contact the teacher. Teachers are to make a copy of class notes for

the absent student…either from their own notes or notes from a reliable student).

Number of Days Allowed to Complete Missed Work/Tests

(One day for each day absent; full credit given)

Late Homework

Amount of Credit Given (Teacher Discretion)

HOMEWORK

Homework is a vital part of the learning process

The purpose of homework should be review, drill, enrichment or project work

Avoid “busy work”

Note the following guidelines for the appropriate amount of homework:

Grades K-3 10 minutes/subject 30 minutes total/evening

Grades 4-5 15 minutes/subject 1 to 1 ½ hours/evening

Grades 6-8 20 minutes/subject 1 ½ to 2 hours/evening

REPORT CARDS

Academic grades are reported every quarter (every 45 days), based on 180 day school year.

All report cards are computerized.

Teachers are to follow the procedure for mid-term progress reports for recording grades and verify grades before turning into the Academic Advisor.

GRADING SCALE

The percentages used with the grading scales are as follows for all students.

100-90=A

89-80=B

79-70=C

69-60=D

59-0=F

HONOR ROLL

  • All grades are converted to percentage grades and average to determine honor roll eligibility.
  • Students with “adapted grades” are not eligible to participate in the honor roll.

GRADES TK-8

100% – 95% Highest Honors

94.9% – 90% High Honors

89.9% – 85% Honor

In order to receive an award for outstanding effort, students must maintain their grades from the previous quarter and improve at least one letter grade in two (2) major subjects’ areas.

  • No incomplete grades
  • No grades lower than 70%
  • No citizenship rating lower than a “C”.
  • Elementary students must receive a 70% or higher in all special classes.

ACADEMIC EVALUATION

Students are assessed by qualified teachers using both objective and subjective data to determine grade level readiness. Grading is completed during four (nine-week) report periods.

CITIZENSHIP

  • Citizenship is an estimation of the student’s behavior in the classroom.
  • Students must maintain an average or better citizenship grade to be eligible for the honor roll.
  • Al l students must receive a citizenship grade under the comments section of the report card.

PROMOTION/RETENTION POLICY

Academic (Core) subjects: Math, English, Science, History

  • Since we have a percentage grading system for all of our students. Students must achieve a 60% overall in each core subject to be promoted at the end of the school year.
  • If a student fails three or more academic subjects, the student will be retained.
  • If a student fails two academic subjects, the student must attend and successfully complete at least one course in summer school in their school district. If the student does not attend, the student will be retained.
  • If a student fails the same subject two years in a row, even if it is the only subject failed, the student must successfully complete the class in summer school or be retained.
  • The grade earned in summer school will not replace the failing or otherwise low grade received during the regular school term. Both grades will be entered on the permanent record indicating the summer school grade.
  • Excessive tardiness or unexcused absences may be case for retention.

STUDENT WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURE

  • Teachers are to sign the Student Withdrawal Form and record the student’s current grades.
  • All textbooks and library books are to be returned.
  • All outstanding debts are to be paid in full.
  • Student records will not be sent until the above procedure is completed.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES/ATHLETICS

The Athletic Director will be responsible to provide teachers with a list of students participating in athletics/cheerleading.

Inform the Athletic Director if the student has a grade lower than 70%.

Inform the Athletic Director if the student displays inappropriate behavior, has a poor attitude or a poor citizenship grade.

STUDENT TESTING

PSSA Testing (see school calendar) Grades 3,4,5,6,7,8

Allegheny Intermediate Unit Grades K-6

Speech/Language (once a month)

IN-HOUSE TUTORING

Our In-House 5 day a week tutoring program is a vital component of a student’s success at Greater Works Christian School. Our In-House Tutor is the person that assists faculty in providing a caring environment where students can gain knowledge. They provide one-on-one or small group instruction during school hours for those students who may not be able to comprehend course material in the classroom in the areas of Reading and Math. Through our tutoring program we want to help students help themselves, or assist or guide them to the point at which they become independent learners.

Benefits for students receiving tutoring at GWCS:

  • Offers more individualized, systematic, structured learning experience.
  • Improved academic performance and personal growth.
  • Improved attitude toward subject area.
  • Stronger effects than other individualized teaching strategies.
  • Intensive practice.
  • Improved self esteem.
  • Improvement of study skills.
  • Increased retention efforts.
  • Increased positive student interaction.
  • Improved educational climate.
  • Techniques for: time management, test taking, relaxing, studying, note taking, organizing, representing and remembering concepts and their relationships.


EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

    • Full-Day Transitional Kindergarten (8:30a.m. to 2:30p.m.)
    • 4 years of age
    • No busing

Transitional Kindergarten is a wonderful program that we offer for children who have completed a 4-year-old program who need another year to develop physically, socially, or academically prior to entering Kindergarten. We believe in offering a calm, safe, and nurturing environment in which these children can be challenged at their individual levels to develop confidence in the skills needed for future success in school. Our Transitional Kindergarten serves as a bridge for children who, in essence, need the gift of time-time that is essential to absorb and express ideas, learn more about friendships, assert independence, and examine the world around them. This allows the children to become more confident as they move to the next level of academic achievement. The Transitional Kindergarten program has a comprehensive curriculum that meets the needs of the 5-year-old child at a pace that has been adapted to best suit their abilities. As children acquire skills, they advance at their own individual pace to the next level.

CONFIDENCE

Our TK program will help your child develop confidence in themselves to learn. At this level, they will be encouraged to demonstrate curiosity and the ability to focus their attention while remaining true to their individual natures, being free to develop to their own potential.

COMMUNICATION & LITERACY

During the TK years, your child will have experiences with communication and literacy will begin to form the basis for their later school success. Your child will be given numerous opportunities to interact with responsive adults and peers in language and print-rich environments. They will develop vocabulary, extended language skills: and knowledge of the world around them. They will develop listening comprehension and phonological awareness; understanding of the everyday functions of print; motivation to read; appreciation for literary forms; and print awareness and letter knowledge. They learn what books are and how to use them. We will foster a love of reading and build future successful students by developing an understanding of the value of literacy as a means of communication. These language and literacy accomplishments are best achieved through activities that are integrated across different developmental areas: cognitive development, fine and gross motor development.

MATHEMATICS

We build on children’s curiosity and enthusiasm, and challenges children to explore ideas about patterns and relationships, order and predictability, and logic and meaning. Consequently quality instruction occurs in environments that are rich in language, encourage children’s thinking, and nurture children’s explorations and ideas. These ideas include the concepts of number pattern, measurement, shape, space, and classification.

SPECIAL SUBJECTS

Art, Chapel (3 days/week), Computer, Missions/Evangelism, Music, Physical Education, Prayer Workshop

 

KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM

    • 5 years of age by September 1 st.
    • Full-day Kindergarten (8:30a.m. to 2:30p.m.)

Greater Works Christian School early childhood curriculum addresses each area of development according to our mission statement – spiritually, academically, physically, socially, and emotionally. Students are taught using a developmental approach in self-contained classrooms. A solid Biblical perspective will reinforce the application of scriptural principles. They will develop their fine and gross motor skills: snap, tie, and zip, social and emotional skills, work habits, listening and speaking skills.

MATH – Number Recognition, counting objects & numbers, writing 1 to 30, counting orally from 1 to 100, patterns, shapes, addition, subtraction, right & left

PHONICS – Blending: at, am, ap, ig, in, ip, it, en, et, op, ut, un, ug, up, ad, an, ot, ox, us, um

LANGUAGE – Letter recognition and Letter Sounds from A to Z.

BUILDING READING SKILLS – Sight Words: A, I, the, we, go , to, do, what, no, one, here, my, like, you, have, see, look, little, are, on, come. By the end of the school year your child will have added 200+ words to their reading vocabulary.

Penmanship, Citizenship, Bible, Science & Social Studies

SPECIAL SUBJECTS

Art, Chapel (3 days/week), Computer, Missions/Evangelism, Music, Physical Education, Prayer Workshop

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

1 st GRADE PROGRAM

Language Skills : Pre-writing skills, journaling, fundamentals of basic grammar and sentence structure, rules for capitalization and of punctuation, and basic storytelling. Oral reading skills which enhance learning new words and letter/sound patterns, as well as an understanding of print and how it is read in English.

Penmanship : Learning to shape the letters of the alphabet properly, print and space them neatly. Developing small muscle strength and dexterity and good eye/hand coordination are keys to success in this area.

Spelling : There are 10 spelling words per week; the first six words share a common theme, two are review words from the previous week’s spelling list, and the last two are words that were vocabulary/high frequency words from the previous week’s reading story. Students are learning visually from their spelling workbooks and hearing the words additionally through story time to enhance consistent repetition of those ten words .

Reading and Phonics : Basic reading skills are introduced at this time. Phonics and word building activities are integrated to build letter and word recognition. They use context clues as well as the sounds of the letters in the words to enable them to begin to “unlock” new words. Positive class interaction, daily reading, small group settings cause the children to become confident, enthusiastic readers. Computer games are introduced to build reading skills along with other phonics principles. The “one-and two-vowel rule, the “c-k” rule, rules for adding suffixes at the end of root words, and adding prefixes at the beginning of root words.

Math : Counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s, and also by 1’s from 1 to 200, odd and even numbers, number patterns and patterning. They write number sentences for story problems (single digits to 20), do basic computation (addition/subtraction with double digits), and perform problem solving. Measurement (linear, weight, and capacity), graphing, and classification by attributes (sorting). They will learn about place value, money, and shapes (recognition and classification).

History/Social Studies : We use the “Scholastic News” newspaper for current events. We incorporate special mini-units on community helpers, with fire safety and “Firefighter Pat”, seasons, family, “all about me”, friendship, cooperation, bus safety, apples “Johnny Appleseed”, Native Americans and Thanksgiving, “Christmas around the World”, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Black History, Dr. Seuss’ birthday and the Christian themes behind the celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas and Resurrection Sunday.

Science : The purpose is to show how awesome and creative our God is and how fearfully and wonderfully made we all are. We do some small simple experiments (like cleaning pennies w/ salt and vinegar), and mini-units on magnets, insects, frogs and turtles, dinosaurs (and plants in the spring (including planting our own plants). With our butterfly unit we watch and document in daily journals the life cycle of 8 to 12 “painted lady” butterflies from larvae to chrysalis to butterfly. In the Spring, we set the butterflies free outside. It’s a great lesson for the children to see how detailed and specific our God is.

Health : Health includes learning about our families, our bodies, how they work, and how to keep them working properly through good nutrition and dental health.

SPECIAL SUBJECTS

Art, Chapel (3 days/week), Computer, Missions/Evangelism, Music, Physical Education, Prayer Workshop

2 nd GRADE PROGRAM

Language : The course focuses on grammar, the writing process, mechanics, and spelling.The students will write stories, friendly letters and poetry.

Penmanship : The students begin to learn cursive handwriting.

Reading : Students will be given instruction in phonics, decoding and comprehension. Students will be taught in small and large reading groups. Students will read orally to the teacher.

Phonics : Learn about blends, digraphs, contractions, alphabetic awareness, plurals and syllabication.

Math : Addition, subtraction, place value, data and graphing, money, time, 2-digit addition and subtraction, geometry and measurement.

History : Learn about different types of communities and the people who work in them.

Science : The major areas of study include plants, animals, the body, teeth and nutrition.

Health : Students will learn how to take care of their bodies to be healthy. In addition, they will learn about manners and safety.

SPECIAL SUBJECTS

Art, Chapel (3 days/week), Computer, Missions/Evangelism, Music, Physical Education, Prayer Workshop

3 rd GRADE PROGRAM

Language : Students will learn composition, grammar, sentence parts, parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, prepositions, and adverbs). A series of compositions are written using the writing process-prewriting, draft, revision, and final draft. Compositions include descriptive paragraph, story, persuasive letter, How-to paragraph, review, compare and contrast paragraphs, poem, and research paper.

Penmanship : They learn the proper way to hold their pencil and how to form each letter. The capital and lower case letters are introduced and the children work on improving in form, neatness, slant, size, margin, spacing, alignment, and intensity in cursive handwriting.

Reading : Spelling words and the challenge words are incorporated into the reading stories to make for ease in oral reading. Focus skills (such a narrative elements, inference, summary, etc) are taught with the stories each week, along with comprehension and oral reading skills. Vocabulary words are read and understood through context. Participation in the Book-It program is required.

Math : Children work with individual clocks, counting boards, shapes, play money, fraction bars, solid figures, etc. A classroom number line is also provided. Children make a multiplication chart to help them learn the times tables. Children learn place value, comparing numbers, ordering numbers, and addition and subtraction.

History : Historical figures are brought to life as they learn about reading time lines. They learn a character’s life and how he/she lived in that period of time. They start American History with Christopher Columbus in the fifteen century to Billy Sunday in the twentieth century. Students honor African American historic figures through written and oral reports. Geography and map reading skills help them learn the continents and oceans.

Science : The major areas of study are the nervous system, plants, animals and their habitats. They enjoy putting together a leaf collection and animal booklet.

Health : The importance of good posture and the skeletal system, nutrition, balanced diet. Children draw balanced meals and evaluate their diets after recording their food intake for a week. Exercise, cleanliness, fighting disease, dental health, and first aid. Most importantly, spiritual, social, and mental health.

SPECIAL SUBJECTS

Art, Chapel (3 days/week), Computer, Missions/Evangelism, Music, Physical Education, Prayer Workshop

4 th GRADE PROGRAM

Language : The course focuses on composition and grammar, sentence structure and types of sentences. Subjects, predicates, clauses, parts of speech, abbreviations, titles quotations, word usage and commas usage. The writing process continues to be incorporated and all the styles of compositions.

Penmanship : Capital and lower case cursive letters and words are reinforced through weekly practice. Emphasis is placed on improving form, neatness, slant, size, spacing and smoothness of letters.

Reading : It focuses on comprehension, oral and silent reading, vocabulary and listening skills. Various novels are read, book reports each month, and they participate in the Book-It program. Participation in the Book-It program is required. Additional reading support is provided by using PSSA Buckle Down Instructional Series.

Spelling : Students are given a list of 20 spelling words each week. They learn the words through games, workbook pages, conversation, and overheads. They apply these words in sentences, through abc order, in writing, and everyday context of the classroom.

Math : Students begin to understand numbers and operations. They learn data, graphing, and time. They work on multiplication with two digit numbers, and division with divisors. Geometry, measurement, probability, basic algebra, fractions and decimals.

Science : Students read the material, complete comprehension questions and study guides, investigate concepts, complete graphic organizers, and complete skill sheets. They do experiments, play games, read informational books, and art. They study of light, geology, astronomy, matter, energy, plants, and sound.

History : The focus in this grade level is American and Pennsylvania history. They study early explorers, the first Americans, the 13 original colonies, the French and Indian war, Revolutionary War, honor historical African American figures. At the end of year, we explore the western United States and read a book about the Oregon Trail.

Health : The different systems of the body (skeleton, muscles, respiratory). The layers of our skin and parts of our teeth. We reiterate the importance of good posture, hygiene, and healthy bodies.

SPECIAL SUBJECTS

Art, Chapel (3 days/week), Computer, Missions/Evangelism, Music, Physical Education, Prayer Workshop

INTERMEDIATE EDUCATION

5 TH GRADE PROGRAM

 

Language : Children are given twenty spelling list words and five challenge words from the reading program. The reading vocabulary is strengthened through the spelling program. Spelling bees and other games are used for review.

Reading : The spelling words and the challenge words are incorporated into the reading stories to make for ease in oral reading. A story is read each week and phonics, as well as various focus skills (such a narrative elements, inference, summary, etc) are taught with the stories. Participation in the Book-It program is required. Additional reading support is provided by using PSSA Buckle Down Instructional Series.

Math : Instruction centers around nine units in the math text book and concepts presented in PSSA preparation. The curriculum includes use of whole numbers and decimals, algebra, data and graphing, multiplication and division, fractions, algebra and geometry, measurement and probability, ration and percent.

Science : The students investigate nature, study mammals and complete individual reports and projects. The next main unit involves energy and engines, where students have an opportunity to work in groups and design or demonstrate how energy works. Other units include wonders of the sky and watching the weather. Field trip to the Carnegie Science Center.

History : A major part of the studies is in ancient to modern history in Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica. The text intertwines biblical happenings with historical accounts of the Fertile Crescent, the ancient Middle East, the area of the Nile, and ancient Greece and Rome. They study events in England, Scotland, Ireland, and other countries in Western and Eastern Europe. Christianity, the greatest force in History, spans the time from early Christians to the Reformation and beyond. Reading maps is also stressed with comparing maps in the atlas to the globe. Students provide information for the study guides through critical reading and note-taking skills. Evaluation is also made on oral and written reports.

SPECIAL SUBJECTS

Art, Chapel (3 days/week), Computer, Missions/Evangelism, Music, Physical Education, Prayer Workshop

 

INTERMEDIATE EDUCATION

6 th, 7 th, & 8 th GRADE PROGRAMS

BIBLE- 3 days/week , CHAPEL 3 days/week

This course seeks to equip the student with the basic tools and information needed to become a productive, faith-filled individual. Attention is given to helping each student to see the reasons for his or her faith and to gain the ability to present that faith to others in a personal way.

Focus will be given to assisting the student in the development of a healthy Christian Worldview. Student will be encouraged to learn how to identify and reject the immoral issues within our society that challenge him or her on a daily basis.

  • God’s word and how it applies to the student’s life
  • Develop a sound biblical foundation
  • Students will learn to observe, interpret and apply biblical principles
  • Relationships – God, Self and Others
  • Students will learn how to use discernment and wisdom as they struggle with the real-life issues
  • Grow his/her faith with Jesus by memorizing scripture, keeping a prayer journal
  • Prayer and Soaking ministry
  • Students will learn to make Godly choices and apply biblical principles to their everyday lives

GRAMMAR/LITERATURE (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston’s) – 5 days/week

Students will continue to reach a higher level of academic standards and excellence in all academic areas in middle school. Through grammar/literature their knowledge will increase in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

  • Learning to Read Independently
  • Reading Critically in All Content Areas
  • Reading, Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
  • Types of Writing Styles
  • Quality of Writing
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Characteristics and Function of the English Language
  • Research Papers/Book Reports/Journaling

SCIENCE (A Reason For) – 5 days/week

Based on the firm belief that science is God in action, His method of operating the world He created. Acknowledges a passionate, purposeful, and perfect Creator behind a world of beauty and order. Builds upon general, foundational, value-based principles with each grade level. Provides practical knowledge for daily life. Offers prerequisites for subsequent courses and courses in higher education. Guides students in knowing the loving, perfect Creator who originated our world and keeps it in motion.

  • Begins with the basic scientific process
  • Foundational understanding of studies such as biology, botany, astronomy, geology, chemistry and physical science
  • Study of life – human, plant, and animal
  • Understanding of the organization, function, and structure of human anatomy
  • Preparing students for high school studies including the microscope, characteristics of plants, animals, roots and stems, insects, evolution vs creationism, photosynthesis and leaf structure, cell respiration, pollination, genetics, heredity, and the structure and function of cells
  • Universal principles and laws of our physical Earth
  • Basic chemistry – electricity, magnetism, atomic energy, simple machines, light and sound and mechanics
  • Application of mathematics to scientific concepts
  • Hands-on experience with scientific theory through laboratory sessions

MATH 6, 7, & Pre-Algebra (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston’s) – 5 days/week

Meets NCTM – National Council of Teachers of Mathematics standards.

  • Understand numbers and operations and how they relate to each other
  • Compute fluently and make reasonable estimates
  • Work with algebraic expressions and solve one-step equations
  • Grasp concept of and work with simple two-dimensional and three-dimensional geometric shapes
  • Apply appropriate techniques, tools, and formulas to determine measurements
  • Select and use appropriate statistical methods to analyze data
  • Understand and apply basic concepts of probability
  • Select, apply, and translate between words and mathematical representations to solve problems
  • Understand measurable attributes of objects and the units, systems, and processes of measurement
  • Specify locations and describe spatial relationships using coordinate geometry and other representational systems
  • Monitor and reflect on the process of mathematical problem solving
  • Select, apply, and translate among mathematical representations to solve problems

HISTORY (Bob Jones) – 5 days/week

The New World History and Geography of the western hemisphere is the subject of the 6th grade course, which incorporates fairly detailed study of the natural world’s flora and fauna. The text ( New World History & Geography (3rd ed.) A Beka, 2001) examines both continents from pole to pole, and while the study of United States History and related topics is dominant, considerable coverage of Canada and Latin America is offered. Map worlds and presentation of an outline of World History in the last five centuries complete the scope of the study. Students are evaluated with verbal and written tests, and special projects.

Essential core materials of American History in political, spiritual, cultural, military, and economic realms are examined with both the general survey format and as many thematic segments as acuity and interest levels permit. With a hands-on approach combining artifacts, primary sources, and film clips to bridge the portals of time we emphasize the consistency of human nature in successive eras and illustrate mans continual need for God’s guidance. With parallels and comparisons we seek to capture a sense of the drama and vitality of History.

The American History text ( The American Republic, Bob Jones Press, 2000) are augmented by auxiliary volumes on the conflicts of the colonial era and spiritual warfare in the founding of the American Republic. Students are expected to be able to assess questions of geo-political, socio-cultural, and spiritual significance in order to achieve an understanding of the importance and application of Historical knowledge in a world increasing by content with existential ignorance. Knowing and appreciating the faith of the our Founding Fathers and the obligation (Joshua 4:1-9) to convey the record of the past is a biblical duty.

 

SPECIAL SUBJECTS

Visual Arts – 1 to 2 days/week

Visual Arts Education is a spatial art form that satisfies the human need to respond to life experiences through images, structures and tactile works. It’s an opportunity for students to express their individuality and God-given talents.

  • Color form/shape line space texture value
  • Balance contrast emphasis/focal point movement/rhythm proportion/scale repetition unity/harmony
  • Paint, draw, craft, sculpt, print design for environment, communication, multi-media

Music – 1 day/week

Music Education is an aural art form that satisfies the human need to respond to life experiences through singing, listening and/or playing an instrument.

  • Auration, intensity, pitch, timbre
  • Composition, form, genre, harmony, rhythm, texture
  • Sing, play an instrument, read and notate music, compose and arrange improvise
  • Study music history
  • Music choir

Physical Education – 1 to 2 days/week

Students will participate in a wide range of physical activities: basketball, flag football, badminton, hockey, soccer, archery, baseball, fitness, indoor/outdoor games, golf, volleyball, etc.

At the end of each unit students will be tested with a physical test as well as a written test (MS). This is a physical education class and we intend to educate not only the body, but mind as well. Twice a year students will also participate in the Presidential Physical Fitness Testing. Students in our Intermediate Program are also expected to change into the appropriate gym attire.

Computer – 1 to 2 days/week

In 6th grade the students will be introduced to Windows XP and the internet and begin to shape their typing skills with Mavis Beacon 16. They will play educational games (Ex Carmen Sandiego), Kid Pix Deluxe and by the end of the year, be introduced to Microsoft Office and learn Word and Publisher. As they enter 7th grade, they will continue to gain knowledge in Microsoft Office. The students will receive a refresher course in 8th grade in Mavis Beacon and Office. They will learn Power Point and Excel.

8 TIPS FOR STUDENT ACADEMIC SUCCESS

  • Be organized. Take responsibility for writing down assignments in your planner and keeping your planner and notebook organized. Since you may only go to your locker in the morning, at lunch, and after school, you need to plan which materials you will need and get them all at once.
  • Having a homework portfolio and keeping all assignments and hand-outs in it until the end of the grading period works well. DO NOT THROW THEM AWAY!
  • Do ALL your homework and turn in ALL the time. Have a section in your notebook for completed assignments and ALWAYS TURN THEM IN! Some teachers will NOT accept late assignments.
  • If you are absent, call the homework hotline or a friend to get the missed assignments, then see your teacher when you return. Be certain to turn these assignments in. Absence is NOT a legitimate excuse for not turning in an assignment.
  • Use tutorial time wisely. Ask for extra help if you need it and make up tests and quizzes promptly while you still remember the information.
  • Get to know the students and teachers.
  • Obey the procedures. Procedures are made to ensure the smooth operation of the entire school. Let’s cooperate and be respectful.
  • Most importantly, treat other people as you wish to be treated.

10 WAYS PARENTS CAN HELP THEIR CHILDREN BECOME MORE SUCCESSFUL IN SCHOOL

  • Encourage self-discipline, responsibility, organization and time management at home. Work to instill these traits in your child in ways appropriate to their age.
  • Meet with your child’s teacher to find out more about how you can help them succeed.
  • Provide a quiet place so your child can concentrate on schoolwork at home.
  • Praise your child for their effort and success in learning new things.
  • Be available to help your child with schoolwork when asked.
  • When asked, offer guidance, suggestions and encouragement, but do not do the schoolwork for the student.
  • Make sure your child knows it is important to you that they do the best job possible.
  • Adding structure such as scheduling activities and studying time may help some children.
  • Make sure your child’s attendance to school is faithful and prompt.
  • For additional information, you may want to contact your child’s teacher, the Academic Advisor, Administrator, or Dean of Students.

MISCELLANEOUS

FIELD TRIPS:

  • Harvest time at a nearby farm: pumpkins, animals, and hay rides
  • “Disney on Ice” Show
  • Movie Day
  • World Vision
  • Children’s Museum
  • Carnegie Science Center
  • Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES:

  • “Apple Week” – variety of fun activities
  • Thanksgiving Feast
  • Teddy Bear Day
  • Christmas Party
  • Christmas Concert
  • Celebrate 100th day
  • Black History Month
  • Dr. Seuss’s Birthday
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Field Day
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Monthly Coloring Contests
  • Birthday Parties
  • Spiritual Emphasis Days (3 times/year)
  • Missions/Evangelism

ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES:

Awards Ceremony – after each nine week grading period

  • Perfect Attendance
  • Honors, High Honors, & Highest Honor Rolls
  • B.U.G. Awards – “Bringing Up Grades”

FUNDRAISER ACTIVITIES:

  • Dress Down Weeks $1.00/day
  • Sarris Candy Bar
  • Valentine Gifts for Family & Friends
  • Sarris Easter Candy
  • Ice Skating
  • Bowling
  • Bake & Candy Sale (2 days/week)

FIRE DRILLS

Fire drills will be conducted once a month throughout the school year.

CLASSROOM VISITATION

Visitations may be arranged through the classroom teacher, academic advisor’s office or Dean of Student’s.