Parent and Student Handbook
2023 - 2024
Princeton Elementary School
6101 Baxter Drive
Suitland, Maryland 20746
Ms. Jessica B. Coley
Mrs. Miriam Lane
Royal Blue & Gold
Main Office 301 702-7650
Area Office 301-952-6300
Welcome, to a new and exciting year of learning. You are encouraged to maintain an active role in your child’s educational experience throughout the school year. This handbook is designed to provide you with information, policies and procedures, which will ensure the safety of students; the opportunity for all children to learn; and expectations for the way students, staff members, and adult volunteers interact with each other. It is important that all of us: students, staff members and parents work together to create a positive school atmosphere in which learning is meaningful, challenging and enjoyable. Please use this handbook as a reference point in conjunction with other school related materials you will receive during the school year.
Table of Contents
Topic Page Number
Optimal Learning Home-School Agreement 3
Attendance and Tardy Policy 7
Birthday Recognition 8
Change of Address 7
Code of Student Conduct 13-14
Computer Technology and Multi-Media
Acceptable Use Policy
Delayed Openings and Emergency Closing of School 6
Dress Code/Uniform Policy 14-16
Early Departures 4
Field Trips 8-9
Health Room, Illness and Medications at School 7
Instructional Programs 11-12 Parent Chaperones, Volunteers and Mentors 9-10
Personal Possessions 16
Reporting Pupil Progress/Grading Policy 12
School Breakfast and Lunch 6
School Hours, Arrival, and Dismissal 4-5
School Visitors and Conferences 9-10
School Volunteers 9-11
Student Assessment 12
Student Recognition 12
Princeton Elementary School
Optimal Learning Home-School Agreement
Parent: I want my child to achieve and succeed. Therefore, I shall strive to:
Teacher: It is essential that all students achieve and succeed. Therefore, I shall strive to: ● Engage students in cognitive demanding learning experiences in my classroom.
Student: It is essential that I work to the best of my ability. Therefore, I shall strive to:
Principal/Asst. Principal: It is essential that I work to the best of my ability. Therefore, I shall strive to: ● Create a welcoming environment for students, parents and staff.
Most importantly, we pledge to maintain a positive open line of communication, model appropriate behavior and support each other to carry out this agreement.
Office | 7:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Students | 7:45 a.m.-1:55 p.m.
Teachers | 7:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
Arrival, and Dismissal
Our school hours are 7:45 a.m. to 1:55 p.m. Breakfast is served upon student arrival and ends at 8:00 a.m. Students who walk or are brought to school should not arrive before 7:30 a.m. Children should not be left unattended. School employees do not assume responsibility for children dropped off prior to 7:30 a.m. Teachers use the time before school to prepare for the day’s instruction.
It is important that the dismissal process be as smooth as possible. As such, the early dismissal cut-off is at 1:30 p.m. Following 1:30 p.m. parents must wait for their children to be dismissed at the regular time of 1:55 p.m. Emergency exceptions will be considered.
Walkers, Car and Van Riders will be dismissed in staggering order, beginning at 1:55 p.m. Bus riders will be dismissed as their bus arrives. All students should go directly home. Ensuring the safety of Princeton Tigers is a top priority and it is imperative that we know the intended dismissal procedure for each student. Students departing Princeton Elementary have 6 dismissal options. Please read each option carefully and indicate your child’s dismissal plan when completing the Emergency Contact Form. Information will be secured on file for each student. If there are updates to the plan during the school year, please make certain that you contact your child’s teacher and main office personnel as soon as prudentially possible, otherwise; we will always defer to your survey responses when referencing your students’ official dismissal plan.
In order to ensure the safety and well-being of your child(ren), child(ren) must be picked up no later than 2:10 p.m. All staff members will be engaged in planning, meetings and/or conferences daily after student dismissal. If it has been pre-arranged with a teacher for a student to remain after school, a note, including the student’s name, time of departure, parent contact telephone numbers, and parent signature must be sent to the Main Office. If a bus rider is being picked up by a parent/guardian on a specific day, the parent must send a note to the teacher indicating the change in transportation for that day. The note should include the name, relationship and contact number of the responsible adult.
Students are expected to complete a full day of school. Instruction ends at 1:55 p.m. Early dismissal to facilitate parent convenience not only disrupts the class but also deprives the student of valuable instruction. Parents are encouraged to make medical appointments after school hours. When an early departure is necessary, a note indicating the time, date, and reason for departure must be presented to the teacher at the beginning of the school day. This enables the teacher to provide the student with any homework or class assignments that should be completed. When a parent arrives to pick up his/her child, they must check in at the office, inform the secretary, and formally sign the child out of the building. A secretary will notify the classroom teacher and the child will be sent or escorted to the office. Teachers are not allowed to release students from their classrooms to anyone and students are not allowed to walk home at any time during the school day. We will not dismiss a student to anyone not authorized by the parent in writing. If you assign someone whose name does not appear on the emergency card, you MUST send the school written authorization before the child can be released. Students are never allowed to leave the building unescorted. Students must be picked up by 1:30 p.m. for early departure. Adults will be asked for photo identification to ensure the safety of the students. Students are responsible for making up missed assignments. Frequent early dismissal negatively impacts academics, the acquisition of key concepts and skills and may be reflected in decreased performance and lower grades.
Parents are reminded that REPEATED early departures will be reviewed by the Principal who will determine if the reason for early departure is legal under Prince George’s County’s Attendance Policy Bulletin #5113. If the Principal determines that the early departure request is not a legal absence from school, the child will be marked truant and referred to the Pupil Personnel Worker.
Arrival & Dismissal Procedures
Kiss and Ride areas for cars will be in front of the circle. Your child is expected to exit the car quickly and parents are to immediately exit. Parents will not be allowed to enter the circle during the arrival (7:20-8:00 a.m.) and dismissal (1:40-2:10 p.m.). All driving within the Kiss and Ride perimeter is continuous. Bus Riders will be dismissed, by bus number, in the front of the building (buses will be in the circle). Walkers will be dismissed from the side of the building. Students must immediately walk home and not stop at the playground to play. Parent Pick Up for Grades 1-5, students will be dismissed on the side of the building. Teachers will transition students outside for parent pick up.To ensure all safety of students, parents MUST sign students out to receive them. Parent Pick Up for Grades Pk-K, students will be dismissed from the cafeteria door. Teachers will transition students to the cafeteria and parents will line up outside the door to sign and receive their students. Aftercare Vans students will be picked up from the cafeteria.
Because the safety of our students is of paramount importance, it is necessary to establish rules regarding the use of school parking lots and the areas near the school, when dropping off or picking up students, please be considerate to other drivers by treating them with courtesy and respect. Automobile traffic is not permitted in the bus loop during the time of bus loading and unloading. These times are 7:20 a.m. to 7:40 a.m. and 1:40 p.m. to 2:10 p.m. School buses may never be passed while loading or unloading students. You are encouraged to let your children ride the bus to and from school due to the traffic situation. If you need to come into the school building during these times, you may park on Brooke Lane and walk inside.
School bus transportation is provided for every student that lives within our school boundaries. This is also a privilege for all, which means that this privilege can be withdrawn for inappropriate behavior on the bus or at the bus stop. We believe that all students can behave appropriately and safely while waiting at the bus stop and riding on a school bus, and will not tolerate students prohibiting drivers from operating the bus safely. Students should be at the bus stop at least 10 minutes prior to their scheduled bus pick-up. Parents are responsible for the supervision and safety of students from home until they board the bus, as well as from the bus stop to home.
In accordance with Prince George’s County Public Schools Administrative Procedure 5131.1 on School Bus Conduct, all students must follow the rules listed below:
Prior to Loading
While on the Bus After Leaving the Bus
Be at the bus stop on time.
Remain on the sidewalk while waiting for the bus to arrive. Be considerate of the property of others by staying off lawns, porches, shrubs, etc.
Stand in line and wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to load.
Stay seated at all times, facing forward.
Get off at your designated stop.
Do not throw objects from or at the bus.
Cross the road when necessary, but only after
looking to be sure that no traffic is approaching
No eating or drinking, fighting or playing.
from either direction.
Keep feet out of the aisles, arms out of the windows.
Obey the driver and patrols at all times.
Do not use foul or abusive language.
Do not deface or damage any part of the bus.
Speak in a conversational voice. No yelling, screaming, or
Cell phones, cameras, radios, toys, and electronic
devices or games are not allowed.
Each driver is provided with a discipline log and Bus Conduct Report Form.
If a student chooses to break a rule, the following consequences are applied:
Corrected by bus driver, seat change, student conference, parent conference or parent contact
Administrative referral, parent contact, parent/student conference or bus behavior contract
Administrative referral, possible restriction or suspension of school bus riding privileges or short-term suspension
Administrative referral with request for long-term suspension/extended suspension or suspension of bus privileges
Any behavior that impedes the driver’s ability to transport children safely (e.g. fighting, throwing objects, etc.) will result in immediate consequences. Continued misbehavior may result in permanent denial of bus privileges. Students must ride their assigned bus. Parents are advised to discuss and review the guidelines and consequences with their children, making sure that each child understands the expectations. Thank you in advance for your support of the conditions established to ensure the safety of all students. The transportation office schedules bus stops and bus routes. Late bus & additional information can be found on www1.pgcps.org/transportation or by email at Transpor@pgcps.org.
School Breakfast and Lunch
The federal waiver that provided free lunch for all students during the Pandemic has expired. Please find meal pricing below:
Lunch $3.00 / Day
There is no cost to students who are eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals. All families are encouraged to APPLY each year for Free and Reduced Price Meals here or by visiting: https://www.myschoolapps.com. SURVEY COMPLETELY IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT. Responses also determine the eligibility for school funding.
To apply you will need:
MySchoolBucks is an online payment service through which parents can securely pay for meals and monitor student cafeteria purchases. Meal payments can be made online here or by visiting: https://www.myschoolbucks.com.
Students are welcome to bring lunch to school each day, not requiring adult preparation and heating.
There will be a total of 4 - 5 lunch periods, lasting 30 minutes each.
Delayed Openings and Emergency Closing of School
Changes due to emergency conditions are announced on local radio, television stations and on the County’s website www.pgcps.org or sign up at school messenger via website to receive an email or text message. These public service announcements will be broadcast before 6:30 a.m. and at other times during the day should an emergency occur. The announcements will refer to a one or two-hour delay. One-hour delay; all buses run one hour later than normal. Two-hour delay; all buses run two hours later than usual. Before & After Care, Pre K and Kindergarten classes will be held on days when there is a one or two-hour delay.
Delayed Opening Time PES Start Time
1 hour late 8:45 a.m.
2 hours late 9:45 a.m.
School closing before the regular time will be broadcast over local radio, television stations and on the County’s website www.pgcps.org . School buses will transport students home and Food Services will provide lunch. All afternoon and evening activities will be canceled. An Emergency School Closing /PM Transportation Information form will be sent home the first week of school. Please be sure to complete and return this form so that the school is aware of your plans for your child. Each family should work out an emergency plan in the event of an early closing so that children know exactly what to do and where to go when a responsible person is not at home.
Early Closing Time PES Closure Time
3 hours early 10:55 a.m.
2 hours early 11:55 a.m.
1 hour early 12:55 p.m.
Attendance and Tardy Policy (see Administrative Procedure 5113)
In accordance with Maryland Public School Laws all students are required to be in school daily. Absence will be excused in case of pupil illness, death in the family, quarantine, court summons, violent storms, and observance of religious holidays. Please send a note to your child’s teacher the day he/she returns to school. After a three (3) day absence, a doctor’s certificate is required. A parent note is required for absences less than three days. You must send in a note to the office the day the student returns.
Students are entitled to make up work missed when they have excused absences from school. It is the responsibility of the student or parent to request assignments. Tests (when applicable) can be made up (excused absences only) by making arrangements with the teacher. Short-term suspensions are legal absences from school; it is the parent’s responsibility to request make-up work or missed assignments.
Consistent absences or tardiness will be referred to School Counselor or Pupil Personnel Worker for investigation. Repeated tardiness will result in a lowered report card grade in work habits. Late students must report to the Main Office before going to class. Students are marked late after 7:45 a.m.
If a child is excessively tardy and/or absent, the following procedures are in effect at Princeton ES.
Change of Address
Parents are required to promptly inform the school of any change of address, telephone numbers or other related information. Current and accurate information is vital in case of an emergency and for maintaining up to date records at school. If you plan to move out of Princeton's attendance area, notify the school office. The Family Portal is a feature of SchoolMax that allows designated family members to view information such as attendance records, grade books, and discipline incidents for their children.
Emergency Evacuation Drills
Every precaution is taken to ensure the safety of your child during regular school hours. Monthly emergency evacuations are executed to make certain students learn proper safety procedures and adhere to all safety guidelines. Emergency exit directions are posted in each room. Monthly drills are held to provide practice in the event of an emergency. Updated family information, such as proper address, phone numbers and emergency contact numbers are critical. When you move or change phone numbers, please notify school personnel immediately. Please notify the school if you change addresses or telephone numbers during the year. It is very important that your records are kept up to date. Remember to put the name and telephone number of a person who can be contacted in case you cannot be reached.
Health Room, Illness and Medications at School
A full-time Registered Professional School Nurse staffs the school health room. Health Aides are not permitted to administer any medicines. Forms are available in the school to be completed by a doctor for any medications that must be taken at school. This refers to over-the-counter medications, as well as prescription medications. Please check to see that your child is well before he/she comes to school. Due to limited facilities and personnel, a student who becomes ill at school may remain in the health room for up to 30 minutes before a parent is called.
A student injured at school will be sent to the health room where minor scrapes and bruises will be attended to. Parents are called when there is an injury to the head or back. In the event of serious injury, if a parent or emergency contact cannot be reached, 911 will be called and the child may be transported to the nearest hospital. If, after being ill, a student is not sufficiently recovered to participate in physical education or go out to recess, that child is probably not ready to return to school. There are some exceptions such as broken limbs. A doctor’s excuse is needed when a student is not able to participate in physical education. The law requires the regular participation of every child unless declared unfit by a medical doctor.
Medications at school: We urge you to dispense all medications at home whenever possible. If medications must be taken at school, clearly defined guidelines must be followed. Any medications brought to school must be left in the health room where they are placed in locked facilities. All medications require a written permission form from a physician specifying dosage, child’s name, and the time the medication is to be given, with authorization for us to administer the medication at school. A “Physician’s Medication Authorization for Prescription and Nonprescription Medication,” Form PS-51, or a “Parent’s/Guardian’s and Physician’s Medication Authorization Form for Emergency Medication —Epipen—for Management of Acute Allergic Reaction,” Form PS-51EPIPEN, or a “Physician’s Authorization for Medication by Inhaler/Mechanical Device,” Form PS-51/INH, must be on file for each individual situation. Upon taking the medication, the student signs a log indicating receipt of the medication.
Playground and Recess Expectations
Playground equipment will be provided during supervised times. Students are not allowed to bring any play equipment from home. Students are to play on designated playground areas only. They are not to leave the playground for any reason unless the person on duty has granted permission. Students are not to play in or near the parking lot area or other areas unsupervised by an adult. Students are to use playground equipment appropriately. If a student chooses to display inappropriate behavior, they may lose their privilege, and be assigned to an alternate physical activity, i.e. independent walking for the duration for recess.
Birthday celebrations will occur collectively only on the last Friday of each month, not to exceed thirty (30) minutes. Due to our rigorous instructional days, celebrations cannot take place on any other school day. However, we do understand the desire to enjoy the social experience with classmates. Please contact your child’s teacher at least a week before the last Friday of the month before sending items to school, so that the teacher can properly prepare for the day (especially if more than one parent contacts the teacher.) Balloons, decorations, candles, etc. are NOT permitted. Refreshments should be healthy food choices and “NUT'' free due to having many students with food allergies. Per PGCPS Wellness, Nutrition & Physical Activity Policy # 0116 F- only pre-packaged foods are permitted. Celebrations will only be allowed the last 15 minutes of the school day or if pre arranged with the teacher. If there is testing or the celebration will impact learning we reserve the right to prohibit the event.
Intermediate Students (Grades 3 - 5) will be required to place their cell phones in assigned pocket charts, upon entry into their classrooms. Teachers will lock them in classroom storage areas until dismissal or when required for instructional purposes. In the event that a teacher is absent, an administrator will oversee the procedure. When parents/guardians are in need of contacting their child/children, during the school day, phone calls should be directed to the school. Adherence to this will ensure that cell phones do not become a distraction to instruction.
All cell phones and personal electronic devices (PEDs) must be powered off and put away during the school day, except when permission is given by a teacher or administrator to use for instructional purposes.
The Washington area is rich in educational and cultural experiences. These abundant opportunities invite organized excursions by school classes to broaden the student experience and knowledge. When it is possible to take advantage of these enriching opportunities, field trips are arranged for pupils adhering to PGCPS Code of Student Conduct and PES expectations as a supplemental extension of units of study in the classroom. There is usually a nominal charge to cover the bus transportation and/or admission fees. The parent or legal guardian must sign a permission slip before a student can participate in the field trip. In certain instances, a parent may be asked to accompany his/her child on a field trip in order to ensure the safety of the child and his/her participation. All necessary precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of all children. Any student having previously paid for a trip and unable to attend irrespective of the reason, (behavior, tardy, illness, etc) may not be entitled to a refund unless a standby goes in his/her place or an agreement can be made with the Principal. Students who choose to violate PGCPS and PES behavior policies maybe denied access to a trip or allowed to participate if accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Parents are an integral part of each field trip. As a chaperone, you are sharing in the welfare and safety of each child under your supervision. Each parent is responsible for an assigned group of children from the time of departure until the time of arrival back at school. Guidelines for parents acting as chaperones are as follows:
Our school needs a strong Volunteer Program; parents, grandparents, guardians, senior citizens, young adults, community organizations, businesses, and churches are welcome. Volunteers can assist in many ways: helping in the classroom or Main Office, assisting in the cafeteria, tutoring students, serving as a Mentor to a student, rendering services from their home or business, making monetary or other contributions, chaperoning field trips, and assisting with special events or projects. Contact the Main Office, the Guidance Counselor, the Principal or your child’s teacher if you’d like to help out.
School Visitors – AP 0500
Requirement – Raptor System
Volunteers – AP 4215 & 4216.6
Requirement – Fingerprinting and CPS
Volunteers for a One-time Event-AP 4215 & 4216.6
Requirement – Commercial Background Check (exception)
Fingerprint background checks
CPS Clearance checks
Classroom Visits, Observations and Conferences
Princeton Elementary invites parents to visit our school when they have an opportunity. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school and ask to have your child’s teacher contact you for clarification. When asking to speak with a teacher, please keep in mind that we cannot call the teacher from the classroom nor can we transfer calls during instructional time. A message will be taken and the teacher will return your call within 48 hours.
Parents are also welcome to observe teaching strategies, lesson delivery and student engagement. Classroom observations provide an opportunity to check in on your child and or volunteer, to observe the day-to-day happenings in the classroom and to watch your child interact with his/her peers. Prince George’s County Public Schools policy requires all visitors to first come to the Main Office, present photo ID, and sign-in to obtain a visitor’s pass. This protects our students and staff from intrusion and limits disruption of the instructional process. If a parent has a court ordered restriction against any persons regarding visitation and access with your child, provide the Main Office with copies of the signed and dated court order.
When observing your child please be sure to observe the following areas that often interfere with student achievement: ▪ Organization, Attentiveness, Self-Control and Respect
▪ Following Directions and Completing Assignments
▪ Participation and Having Appropriate Materials
1) All Parent(s)/Guardian(s) must first sign in to the Main Office and obtain a Visitor’s Badge.
2) Proceed to your child’s classroom for observation and ask the teacher where to sit in the classroom so that you are able to clearly observe your child without sitting next to or in close proximity to your child.
3) Please refrain from correcting or interacting with any other students particularly in matters concerning behavior. Just as you would not wish an unknown individual interacting with your child, we must guarantee the safety and security of all children. 4) Please refrain from correcting or interacting with the teacher regarding classroom management. Management is the responsibility of the classroom teacher and you are free to discuss issues with the teacher during a private scheduled discussion so as to not disrupt class instruction.
5) Please do not attempt to have a conference with the teacher regarding your observations. Please call or leave a note in the office requesting a conference with the teacher to discuss observed behaviors and identify strategies to support learning.
From 7:45 a.m. until 2:15 p.m., teachers and administrators are involved in the instructional process and their attention must be devoted to the educational needs of all students. Teachers are unable to meet or conference with parents during this time. If a parent wants to meet with a teacher, counselor, Assistant Principal or Principal, please send in a written request, email or call the Main Office in advance and leave a message, so that a mutually convenient time can be arranged, i.e. before/after school, or during teacher planning periods, etc. Our phone number is: 301-702-7650. All parents are required to attend at least one parent-teacher conference per year.
Administrator’s Conferences: Ms. Coley, Principal and Mrs. Lane, Assistant Principal are primarily responsible for monitoring teaching and learning from 7:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m. through daily informal and formal classroom observations, facilitating 504 Plan, School Instructional Team, and Individual Educational Planning meetings, engaging in collaborative planning and data utilization with the instructional staff, and overseeing a safe and orderly environment therefore we may be unavailable for unscheduled conferences. To best serve you and your child, please email Principal Coley at email@example.com or Assistant Principal Lane at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a detailed message with the main office staff at 301-702-7650 and you will be contacted to schedule a conference.
Curriculum and Instruction
Princeton Elementary School offers a Standards Based Curriculum. Content and performance standards are provided for all grade levels. The approved Board of Education State Curriculum (SC) serves as a guide for teachers to instruct specific standards to ensure students learn the necessary skills for each grade level. Please view the SC for each content area at www.mdk12.org to become familiar with what your child is expected to learn each quarter. Literacy is the core of learning for our students; therefore students are expected to participate in our million word challenge by reading at home for 20 minutes everyday and complete their reading log. Students will receive instruction in the areas of Reading, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Health, Physical Education, Music, and Art. Instrumental music and chorus is available for all fourth -sixth grade students. All instructional spaces accentuate a print-rich learning environment. Our instructional program stresses student ownership and engagement through small group and cooperative learning instruction. Technology is an integral part of lesson presentation and knowledge acquisition for both students and staff.
Our Special Education Resource Program supports the provision of specialized instruction for students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment. The program ensures that students with disabilities have the same opportunity as their non-disabled age peers to participate and progress in the general education curriculum, to the extent appropriate. Students participating in our special education program will receive instruction by a service provider based on the goals indicated in their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
Talented and Gifted Program
The TAG Pull-out Program in Prince George’s County Public Schools at the elementary level is designed for TAG identified students to meet together for a minimum of two hours per week from October – June each year, 30 – 32 weeks of instruction. Students will be released from regular classes during this time. The TAG Coordinator’s responsible for pulling instructional groups. Separate groups will be maintained for primary (grades 2 and 3) and intermediate (grades 4 and 5) students. A curriculum plan has been developed to use over a two-year period for primary TAG students and a two year period for intermediate students. This will assure that students will not repeat any of the content and that the sequence of skills followed is developmental. Each TAG curriculum consists of a core focus unit, a research focus unit, and a literacy focus unit, all of which are interdisciplinary. The curriculum materials that follow include a wide variety of topics and activities. These provide flexibility in the design of a year’s program that will meet the specific needs of each school. Each section of the curriculum contains many activities and lessons. The level of skill development, the maturity and interests of students would be considered in the selection of specific tasks. As often as possible, students should be permitted freedom of choice in selecting specific tasks to complete.
Textbooks, library books and other instructional resources are property of PGCPS. Our school district spends millions of dollars annually replacing lost or damaged textbooks and instructional materials. Textbooks will be assigned to students and distributed during the first week of school. Students and parents are required to sign the textbook contract and return it to the issuing teacher. According to Board policy 6161.1, students may not participate in school sponsored or extra curricular activities if their loaned materials are not returned in the condition issued (ordinary wear and tear is expected) or the school is not reimbursed for lost or damaged materials. This is done upon the condition that such books and materials are returned in the same basic condition as issued. All textbooks must be covered; we recommend you use fabric covers that may be reused or brown grocery bags. Please refrain from using contact paper or any other product that sticks to the book.
PES recognizes the assignment of homework as a learning activity that extends the instruction provided in the classroom. The purpose of homework is to reinforce, supplement, and enrich work done in the classroom, to promote competency in skills, and to help students learn to manage time effectively. Students in grades K-5 are provided a home-school communication folder to serve as a communication tool between home and school. Supply lists will be sent home with students.
At the beginning of the school year, teachers send home specific guidelines for the completion of homework and how homework assignments factor into the grades your child will earn. Generally, homework is assigned to each student Monday through Friday. If you find that your child is experiencing difficulty completing assignments, please inform his/her teacher via a note or phone call. For students in kindergarten, approximately twenty minutes should be spent completing assignments, in grades one and two, approximately thirty to forty-five minutes daily, and students in grades three through six should spend approximately forty-five minutes to one hour completing homework.
We recommend that definite and consistent home study habits be established and maintained each day. This includes: 1. Establishing a set time when homework is to be done.
Reporting Pupil Progress/Grading Policy (Administrative Procedure 5121.1)
The reporting system of the Prince George’s Public Schools offers several means of reporting pupil progress throughout the school year. Report cards are issued twice during the year for Pre-K students, (January and June) and four times (every nine weeks) for a student in grades kindergarten through six. The report card represents an evaluation of the student’s progress in content areas, work habits and social skills (behavior). Grading policy and procedures will be discussed during Back-to-School Night and be sent home at the start of the school year. Students in grades 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 will receive grades using the traditional A - E grading scale. Students in grades 1 will be assessed using “satisfactory” or “needs more time” grading scale. There are no letter grades in grade 1. The pre-kindergarten and kindergarten report card is a description of the child’s development physically, socially/emotionally, math skills, and reading/language arts skills.
Interpretation of the letter grades is as follows:
Grades 2nd - 5th
A - Excellent progress at the level of instruction indicated. A=90-100% A=4
B - Above average progress at the level of instruction indicated. B=80-89% B=3
C - Average progress at the level of instruction indicated. C=70-79% C=2
D - Below average progress at the level of instruction indicated. D=60-69% D=1
E - Unsatisfactory progress at the level of instruction indicated. E=0-59% E=0
Grades Pre K - 1st
PR - Proficient (80-90%)
IP - In Process (60-79%)
ND - Needs Development (50-59%)
Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled at the mutual convenience of parents and teachers during one of the reporting periods. Additional conferences may be scheduled as needed. Parents are encouraged to conference with teachers on a regular basis, establishing an open dialogue between the home and school. Our instructional program requires teachers to effectively utilize the allotted time frame for each subject area in order to meet the goals of the curriculum. We encourage parents to visit their child’s classroom throughout the year. However, please be mindful that this is not a time to conference with the teacher. All conferences must be scheduled in advance. This will enable the teacher adequate time to prepare and gather the necessary documentation. Conferences may be scheduled by contacting the teachers by phone or email. Calls will not be transferred to classes during instructional time. Secretaries will take a message and forward it to the teacher. Please all 48 hours for a teacher to return your call.
Interim progress reports are issued quarterly (at the midpoint of each grading period) or as necessary. Interim progress reports are issued to parents of students with grade averages (at the time) of “D” or “E” in any subject area. This alerts parents to problems or concerns about their child’s performance or behavior. When a parent receives an Interim Progress Report, he/she should contact the child’s teacher for a conference so that an action plan for improvement can be developed and implemented. The reporting system outlined above enables the home and schools to share information and work together to foster the academic success of each student.
Student achievement is consistently monitored throughout the year using a variety of informal and informal methods including testing and evaluation. Teachers analyze test results in order to evaluate individual student progress and class progress as a whole. This frequent analysis is useful in determining skill level for appropriate instructional placement of students and in evaluating the effectiveness of our program. We know that students will perform best on tests when they have had adequate sleep, a nutritious breakfast, support and reassurance, and have been prepared with the appropriate test taking skills.
Throughout the year students will be recognized for academic and social achievement, attendance, being good citizens, as well as, hard workers. Assemblies will be held quarterly to acknowledge these accomplishments.
Professional School Counselor
Our school has a full time counselor to help your child with positive self-esteem, problem solving, social skills, anger management, and school attendance. Parents/guardians are also encouraged to contact the counselor to discuss their child’s needs or seek assistance in the above areas or other areas of concern.
The Students Rights & Responsibilities Handbook (SRRH) is based on the principle that a positive learning environment and a good state of discipline, starts with everyone involved having knowledge and understanding of the basic standards of acceptable conduct and the procedures for handling inappropriate behaviors. Four words provide the recipe for discipline in PGCPS: Prevention, Intervention, and Progressive Discipline. The Code of Student Conduct is a set of twenty-three rules and regulations designed to maintain the order and discipline necessary for a safe learning environment. These fall into two broad categories; gross misconduct and persistent disobedience. Gross Misconduct is defined as willful and malicious acts that seriously disrupt the educational environment in a class, activity, or the school in general.
Acts of Gross Misconduct include:
Possession or use of alcoholic beverages Arson
Possession of fireworks or explosives False Alarms
Inciting others to violence or disruption Fighting
Physical attack and/or threat of physical attack Theft
Possession or use of weapon Vandalism
Shakedown or strong arm Bullying, Threats
Possession, use, or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance
Persistent Disobedience is defined as acts that also have a disruptive effect, especially when they are repeated over a period of time.
Acts of Persistent Disobedience include:
Cheating Continued class/school disruption
Disrespect Distribution of unauthorized printed material
False reports Forgery
Leaving school Repeated Profanity
Unauthorized sale or distribution of any object or substance
The Code of Student Conduct recognizes the need for cooperative relationships between the school and home. This relationship is exemplified by:
A home condition which:
A responsible student who:
Responses for Misbehavior as outlined in the Code of Student Conduct may range from mild to severe, depending on the particular circumstance, the frequency, and severity of the misbehavior. Disciplinary response examples are:
Please refer to the Students Rights & Responsibilities Handbook for a framework for academic standards and positive student behaviors.
Discipline Referrals "PS 74"
The Pupil Discipline Referral PS 74 is forwarded to the Principal/Assistant Principal by staff members for severe or repeated behavior infractions of the Code of Student Conduct. Parents who receive a copy of the PS 74 are asked to review it with their child and follow appropriate action. As needed, parent conference date and time are placed on the PS 74. The signed PS 74 should be returned to the Principal or Assistant Principal. Parents will be informed of their child’s conduct through verbal or written communication from the Principal or Assistant Principal. All PS 74's are entered in School Max, and filed in the cumulative folder with the student’s other records and is retained until the child graduates from high school. If the parent is not contacted regarding the circumstances of the referral, the principal sends the parents a copy of the form to keep.
All students will attend a Code of Conduct assembly in August and January. Subsequent assemblies and class sessions will occur throughout the school year. A copy of the Student Behavioral Contract will need to be signed by you and your child following the Code of Student Conduct orientation.
Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation
Bullying, harassment, or intimidation is serious and will not be tolerated. Bullying, harassment, or intimidation is defined as intentional conduct, including verbal, physical acts. The acts range from name-calling and poking, punching, to blackmail. This also includes written and electronic communication, that: (I) creates a hostile educational environment by substantially interfering with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, or with a student’s physical or psychological well-being and is: 1. motivated by an actual or a perceived personal characteristic including race, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry, physical attribute, socioeconomic status, familial status, or physical or mental ability or disability; or 2. threatening or seriously intimidating; and (II) 1. Occurs on school property, at a school activity or event, or on a school bus; or 2, substantially disrupts the orderly operation of a school. Electronic communication means a communication transmitted by means of an electronic device, including a telephone, cellular phone, computer, or pager.
Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect in Prince George County Public Schools. We take incidents of Bullying very seriously. If you believe that you are a victim, please report the incident immediately to the school counselor or administrators. For further information on your rights and reporting procedures please visit the Anti Bulling website, www1.pgcps.org/antibulling. Reporting forms are available in the main office and in the counselor’s suite.
Dress Code for Students - Uniform Policy
Princeton Elementary is a mandatory uniform school. The uniform policy requires all students at school to wear the adopted school uniform that is consistent with the school system’s Dress Code Policy Number 5152. It is the belief of the staff and parents that the uniform policy will reduce distractions and disruptions caused by clothing, make economic disparities between families less obvious, promote student achievement and school pride and create a safe and orderly environment. Beginning with the 2010-2011 school year, students are required to wear school uniforms consisting of the following:
Light/Sky Blue Short or Long Sleeved Oxford/Long-Sleeve Shirt, Polo
Navy Blue Trouser Pant, Walking Short, Skirt, Skort, or Jumper
Shirt or Blouse (with/without Peter-Pan Collar)
Solid Black or Navy Blue Belts
No clothing with visible labels or logos
No Cargo pocket style pants, skirts, shorts
No jeans (except Fridays WITH uniform shirt or spirit shirt only)
No sweatpants or mini-skirts
No large or inappropriate buckles
Sweaters/Vests/Zip Hoodies Socks/Shoes
Black, Navy Blue or White Jacket, Sweater, Vest, or Zip Hoodie
Socks or Tights: White or Navy Blue
No sweatshirts or over the head hoodies
Navy Blue Leggings may only be worn under Skorts/Skirts. They should
No clothing with visible labels or logo
not replace pants. Leggings must be ankle length and worn with socks.
Shoes: Black Closed Toe Leather Shoe or Tennis/Sneakers
No printed tights or leggings
No slippers, flip-flops, sandals open toe shoes, Crocs, Heelies
No wedge or high heel boots or shoes
Inclement Weather Attire
Tops A matching Turtleneck may be worn underneath the Uniform Shirt.
Footwear Rain or Snow Boots may be worn to school.
Students will be required to change into Regular Shoes/Tennis Shoes upon entering the classroom.
**As is stated in the PGCPS System-Wide Dress Code for Students, “Headdress may be worn indoors for religious or health reasons only.” (Administrative Procedure 5152)
Special Note: Jeans are permitted on Fridays WITH a uniform shirt or school spirit shirt only.
Additional Uniform Information
Shirts are worn tucked into the pants with belts showing. Belts should be solid black or brown in color and may not contain ornamental buckles (i.e. Bullets, metal, skull heads etc.) Colored shirts are not showing under the uniform shirts. Skirts, dresses and shorts comply with the Prince George’s County fingertip policy. It is required that tennis shoes be worn for Physical Education (P.E.) classes. Teachers will provide a schedule indicating P.E. days so that your child can wear the appropriate footwear. On school spirit or other designated days, students may be allowed to wear appropriate specified attire with administration approval. For example, Career Day, Field Day, Performances, etc.
In the event of repeated failure to comply with the mandatory uniform policy, the student will possibly be reassigned to another school that does not have a mandatory uniform policy. This decision will be made by the Principal in accordance with the (PGCPS Administrative Procedure No. 600).
Opt-Out Process in a Mandatory Uniform School: (PGCPS Administrative Procedure No. 600) 1. Parents or guardians who disagree with the adopted mandatory school uniform policy may opt-out of participation in this new requirement for the duration of this program at that school.
School Spirit Day
Spirit wear will be sold and students will be able to wear their Spirit Day Shirts with jeans on Fridays. If students do not have a Spirit Day Shirt then students must wear a school uniform shirt with their jeans. More information to come.
If a student is consistently late, absent, receives a PS 74 Monday – Thursday or displays inappropriate behavior, he or she may lose their privilege to participate in “School Spirit Fridays” and will have to earn the right through improved repeated behavior. An administrator will notify you if your child has lost their privilege to participate in “School Spirit Fridays”.
Students are not permitted to bring personal items such as electronic devices, or games, radios, IPODS, MP3 players, toys, sports equipment, or extra money to school. The cell phones of intermediate students (Grades 3 - 5) will be secured in the main office until the end of each school day. Teachers will lock them in classroom storage areas until dismissal or when required for instructional purposes. In the event that a teacher is absent, an administrator will oversee the procedure. When parents/guardians are in need of contacting their child/children, during the school day, phone calls should be directed to the school. Adherence to this will ensure that cell phones do not become a distraction to instruction. Any of these items bought to school will be taken by the teacher or principal and returned only to the parent upon request in person. The school does not assume responsibility for any prohibited items that are lost, damaged or stolen. Chewing gum and candy are also prohibited. Sometimes students dispose of these items improperly in the building or outdoors area, causing damage to the property. If a student needs to bring a drink or beverage to school, please make sure that it is not in a glass bottle or container. The staff appreciates your cooperation and support in seeing that your child refrains from bringing the above mentioned to school.
Acceptable Use Policy - Computer Technology and Multi-Media
Prince George's County Public Schools views technology as computers, scanners, digital cameras, video projectors, video cameras, and the Internet as instructional tools for learning. As such, all users are expected to follow the accepted and established guidelines listed in the PGCPS Acceptable Use Guideline (hhtp://www.pgcps.org/aup.html) and highlighted in this document.
Accepted use of technology and all related resources requires users to:
Examples of Unacceptable Use of Technology and all related resources include, but are not limited to: ● Damaging computers, computer systems, or computer networks.
If it has been determined that a user has improperly used the equipment or its resources in any manner, the user can expect disciplinary actions which may include but are not limited to:
Parent Teacher Association
In developing enhanced parent-school collaboration, it is essential that a Parent Teacher Association (PTA) be developed this year. If you have the skill set for planning and supporting school programs, please contact Principal Coley at: Jessica.Coley@pgcps.org. The goal is to work with the PGCPS Family Partnership Department to begin the process of supporting this initiative.
In an effort to conserve financially and protect our environment, our newsletter and instructional updates will be posted on the school's website and/or grade level Google site. Our Bi-weekly Folder is a school-wide communication device, every other Wednesday your child will bring home a folder containing important information for you. Completed and graded assignments (class and homework) will be included. Please be sure to review the content of the folder, sign the inside pocket and see that your child returns it on Thursday to the teacher. Should your child not bring the folder home, please notify his/her teacher immediately. Students in grades two through six are required to purchase an agenda book which is used by students to record daily home assignments. Additionally, the agenda is designed to enhance two-way communication between parents and teachers. Throughout the year, parents will receive recorded telephone messages via School Communication System (SCS). These messages could be about daily absence, late arrival, upcoming meetings, events, reminders, etc. Please make sure we have a working phone number to contact you and keep you informed.
Prince George’s County Public Schools uses an online student information system called SchoolMAX. This system keeps track of nearly all student data, including:
The Family Portal is a feature of SchoolMAX that allows designated family members to view this information for their children. It is a browser-based application and works best on any of the web browser applications:
If you encounter any problems, contact Mikki Tompkins (email@example.com) the Family Portal Administrator for our school. Additional information can be found at www1.pgcps.org/schoolmax/family/index.html
Monitoring Mondays is an initiative designed to support continued partnership between parents and teachers, as they work together to monitor student attendance and academic progress. Utilizing the Family Portal, parents will be able monitor student attendance and grades every Monday, after 12 Noon. Following, parents are to review student completion of graded assignments and overall attendance. If concerns arise, parents should contact their child's teacher. Together is Better and we are certain that through a shared commitment, student achievement will flourish.
Lost items will be located in the cafeteria in the lost and found box. Please label your child's sweaters, jackets and backpacks as these are the items most often misplaced. Unclaimed items will be donated at the end of each semester
School Improvement Team (SIT) / School Planning Management Team (SPMT/ILT)
Members of the SIT and SPMT represent the total school community (teachers, staff, parents, business partners & students). They represent the ideas, concerns, input and perspective of all respective groups and serve as the decision making team for the school. The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) President or designee is part of the SIT and SPMT. School Improvement Team/School Planning and Management Team meetings are held monthly. A school improvement update and dialogue session will take place at every PTA Meeting.