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Student Handbook
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Clearlake Seventh-day Adventist Christian School

Handbook

Vision Statement


The Clearlake SDA School will be clearly distinguished as a unique Christian school environment evidenced by the values it pholds and the transformative quality of its instruction based on principles found in Holy Scripture and in the special counsel provided to our church on education -namely to nurture the "whole" child - body, soul and spirit.

Mission Statement


Clearlake Seventh-day Adventist Christian School is a place where parents, teachers, church, and community unite to mentor children in a relationship with Jesus, their Creator God, and stimulate optimal academic and physical developement. With excellence in mind and recognizing the uniqueness of each student, this diverse family of learners works with heads, hearts, and hands to nurture Christ-like character which will be demonstrated through service to each other, their families, church and the communities of Clearlake and Lake County now and in their future lives.

Things You Should Know About Us

  • We believe that God's love, the basis of creation and redemption, is the foundation of true education.
  • We believe the work of true education is to train students to be thinkers, and not mere reflectors of other people's thoughts.
  • We believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God which enables us to know and communicate with Jesus personally and how to live a life of holiness and service.
  • We believe the purpose of Christian education is to prepare students for this life and for Eternity in Heaven with Jesus.
 
Over-arching Objectives:
Character Development and Academic Excellence

"Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man."  Luke 2:52
 
Our Hopes for Students

As each student progresses through our school they will be given instruction and support as they:
  • Come to recognize God as a real Being who personally cares for them as individuals. 
  • Develop a personal understanding of the Scriptures and the teaching of Jesus appropriate to his or her maturity.
  • Recognize God as Creator and the natural world as a revelation of His true character.
  • Master age appropriate skills of reading, writing, listening, speaking, spelling, science mathematics, and critical thinking.
  • Integrate the appropriate knowledge of history, literature, science, art, music, courtesy, citizenship, and culture with the core curriculum.
  • Recognize, respect, and develop his or her gifts and talents and strive for excellence.
  • Respect others, regardless of their abilities, appearance, ethnicity or religious background.
  • Recognize the dignity of work and experience the joy of service.
  • Show loyalty for country and respect for recognized authority
  • Accomplish these goals in a way that brings purpose and meaning to daily endeavors.
Policies and Procedures

Admission
  • It is mutually agreed that students presenting themselves for admission to the school thereby pledge to observe willingly all its regulations and to upold the Christian principles upon which the school is operated.
  • It is understood that to break this pledge forfeits the students' membership, and further attendance beyond that time is at the discreation of the school board.
  • it is also part of the students' contract that they will, to the best of their ability, perform willingly and cheerfully all class work and duties assigned in connection with the school.
60 Days of Grace
 
If you are new to our school family, we will set up an introductory meeting with you and your child. During that meeting we will share the goals of our school and outline the 60 days of grace policy. The main premise of this policy is that we want your student to be in the best place possible for them. This period allows all of us a period of discovery. We will conduct academic assessments during that time and closely follow your student's interactions with their instructors and peers. At the end of the 60 days, we will recommend either full acceptance or transfer to a new school. If you should decide during that time that you wish to find another school, we will do all we can to facilitate and help you in the relocation. All actions on our part will be undertaken with the well-being of the student in mind.

Application
 
Application forms are to completed for all students applying for admission.  The cumulative record from the previous school attended will be requested and be a part of the admission documents for all students transferring from other schools. An interview will be requested.

The grade placement of a student who has no formal education will be based on social, physical, and emotional maturity as well as academic skills.
 
Age for School Entrance
 
Students will not be admitted to the first grade unless they will have their 6th birthday by December 2nd of the year in which they wish to enter.
 
Non-Discrimination Policy
The Clearlake SDA Christian School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

The Clearlake SDA Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and other school-administered programs.

Special Education
 
The school has neither the staff nor equipment necessary to provide special education or screening for special needs. Desiring the best environment for exceptional students, we are unable to accept students who have serious mental, physical, or behavioral problems which would require special staff or equipment.
Criteria for Acceptance
 
All students must give evidence of:
 
  • Having reached specific academic performance standards.
  • Having a sincere desire to attend a Christian school.
  • Having a willingness to uphold the standards and goals set forth in this bulletin and demonstrate a good moral character.
  • All new students will be subject to a 60 day grace period.
Finances
 
You will meet with the school treasurer on registration day to design a financial plan and sign an contract for the year.
 
Health Requirements
  • No student can be admitted to any classroom without having received all immunizations required by the California law -- hepatitis, polio, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP), measles, mumps, rubella (MMR)--unless exempted by medical reasons or personal beliefs.
  • Verification of these immunizations by a physician or public health official for each student must be on record in the school office.
  • Physical examinations are required for entry into school and again for the seventh grade (including scoliosis). Physical examination forms and lists of required immunizations are available from the school office.
Taking Medicine
 
Any prescription or over-the-counter medication that comes to school must be accompanied by forms signed by a physician and parents or guardians authorizing use of the medication. Arrangements must be made with the teacher for the dispensation of medications.

Parents are welcome to come to the school at any time to administer medicines to their child without needing to have a form signed by the doctor.
Insurance
 
Accident insurance is provided for every student. The cost is included in the registration fee. Accidents should be reported promptly to the principal. Claims are made by the parents directly to the insurance company.

Student Code of Conduct
 
  • Bicycles and skateboards are not to be ridden on the school grounds without special permission from the teacher or for spceial school events.
  • Motorized bikes or motorcycles are not to be brought on the school grounds.
  • the following items are not allowed anywhere on the premises: weapons, lighters, matches, firecrackers, or any other object that is disruptive to the instructional program. Students bringing cell phones or other hand-held technology devices to school must follow directions given by the teacher for usage.
  • Students are not to bring to school any inappropriate pictures, written material, music, or other inappropriate items.
  • Profanity and obscenity are not allowed at any time. Though disagreements may occasionally arise, everyone involved are at all times expected to behave in a professional and courteous manner towards teachers, staff and students including their own. Parents who violate this provision may be asked to withdraw their student from the school or the student may be dismissed from the school. In extreme cases, at the school's discretion, students may be immediately dismissed by the school.
  • Students are expected to pay for any school property they damage.
  • Physical violence is not allowed at any time.
  • Students who possess, use, supply others with, or are under the influence of any illegal or harmful drug, alcohol or tobacco in any form will be subject to immediate expulsion.
  • At dismissal time, students are to leave only with designated person/s. At times other than the normal dismissal time, students are not to leave the school grounds unless with a designated adult and the teacher has had prior notification.
  • Parents must provide telephone numbers where they or a designated person can be reached during school hours in the event a student's behavior warrants the student's immediate removal from the school premises. [or in the event of an emergency].
 
Sexual Harassment
 
Policy: The Clearlake SDA Christian School is committed to providing a school environment free from sexual harassment.

Definition: Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual advances or requests and other conduct of a sexual nature which if offensive. It can be spoken, written or physical behavior. It includes offensive pictures, graffiti, jokes, and gestures. Sexual harassment occurs when the offensive behavior or material create a hostile school environment.

Reporting Procedures: Students who have experienced any sexual harassment should report the incident to school authorities' as soon as possible so appropriate action can be taken. Students who sexually harass others are subject to discipline up to and including dismissal. Employees who engage in sexual harassment are subject to discipline up to and including termination.
 
Dress Standards
There is a proven relationship between the way one dresses and the way one behaves.
  •  Polo shirts are to be worn Monday through Thursday. School shirt on Friday and for fieldtrips.
  • Polo shirts are to be worn with appropriate pants, skirts or shorts. Skirts and shorts must come enar the knees. Students who do not wear the school uniform will be asked to wear a "loaner" shirt for that day.
  • Students are always expected to dress in good taste with modesty, simplicity and neatness. Sleeveless tops, low necklines, excessively tight or baggy clothing and frayed or ragged clothing are not to be worn at school. Top of pants must be near the waste.
  • Clothing words and logos are to be in harmony with the philosophy of the school.
  • Jewelry such as necklaces, bracelets, rings, studs, or earrings are not to be worn on the school grounds.
  • Cosmetics should result in a "natural" appearance and avoid attracting attention.
  • Shoes must be worn at all times. Solid shoes provide more protection than sandals for students running or the playground. Athletic shoes must be worn for PE.
  • Please contact the principal if there is a question. When the question of appropriateness or modesty arises, the principal's interpretation will be the determining factor.
Disciplinary Actions
Any necessary discipline will be carried out with the goal of being redemptive rather than punitive.
 
Developing a sense of personal accountability and responsibility for one's own actions is a primary goal of education. This goal is best achieved when there is full cooperation between, school, students, and the home.

There may be times when it becomes necessary to involve parents and/or school board in administering disciplinary action. Repeated refusal or inability to cooperate with the school program will lead to disciplinary action and, if continued, to eventual dismissal.

Attendance Requirements
Student success is dependent on their presence and participation in class;
excessive absences make this difficult

 
  • Attendance is regulated by the State of California and the Pacific Union Conference Education Code.
  • A satisfactory explanation for absences and tardiness is required from the parent, verbal and/or written, before or within 24 hours after the absence.
  • Should there be an occasion when a parent finds it absolutely necessary to keep a student out of school; it should be discussed with the principal well in advance of the absence, if at all possible.
  • Arrangements can be made for either scholastic work to be completed prior to the absence or taken with the student to be completed before returning.
  • State laws indicate that if 15% of class time missed, regardless of the reason; there may be a loss of credit for the class.
  • Worked missed which is not made up may receive a failing grade.
  • Students who miss over 15% of class time without valid medical excuse are subject to dismissal based on school board review and action.
  • Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds during school hours without parental permission by written note or telephone call.
  • Tardiness is not acceptable behavior. Students, out of respect for fellow classmates and the teacher are expected to meet their commitments on time. In the case of excessive tardiness, parents may be requested to appear before the school board to provide a satisfactory explanation for their child's excessive tardiness.
Daily Schedule
 
  • Monday through Thursday, school begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and is dismissed at 3:00 p.m.
  • On Friday, classes are held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Students should not arrive earlier than 15 mintues before school begins nor leave later than 15 minutes after school is dismissed unless a specific rearrangement has been made.
School Closure Due to Weather
 
Our school policy regarding school closure due to weather is as follows: Our school will close when the Konocti Unified School District closes their schools. To check for school closure, call the Konocti Unified School District phone number for transportation information. (707) 994-9473.
Curriculum
 
  • The textbooks are instructional materials are those most recently approved by the Office of Education of the Pacific Union Conference.
  • Bible classes and religious activities are an essential part of the curriculum.
  • The Reading/Language Arts Program includes phonics, reading, writing, grammar, handwriting, spelling and literature appreciation.
  • Math classes combine memorization drills of basic facts, textbook exercises, and math explorations using problem-solving techniques and manipulatives.
  • The Social Studies Program acquaints the student with other cultures and fosters an interest in history and geography.
  • Physical education is more than recess or teacher-directed play. It places an emphasis upon the physical and social development of the student as well as helping to build skill, knowledge and physical fitness. Student progress is measured in terms of participation and effort. Cooperation and good sportsmanship are emphasized.
  • Art, Music, Health, and Computers round out the curriculum.
 
Homework Policy
 
  • Students are required to complete all unfinished assignments by the next day except in the case of illness.
  • Weekly homework packets will be sent home on Monday and are required to be returned by Friday.
Religious Life
 
  • Morning worship is held daily for teachers and students.
  • Bible classes are held daily, teaching Christianity as a way of life.
  • The Biblical concept of a literal six-day creation and global flood is stressed.
  • There is a Week of Prayer conducted each semester.
  • Students will be performing at the church several times a year and all students are expected to participate. Please see the school calendar for the scheduled dates.
Fine Arts
 
Choral instruction is provided for all students and band instruction is provided for grades 5 - 8.

Service
 
Students have frequent opportunities to participate in a variety of community service activities throughout the school year.
 
Conferences and Progress Reports
  • Student's progress through the months is communicated as frequently as possible to parents.
  • A formal progress report (report card) is issued each nine weeks, or four times per school year. This report endeavors to measure progress in terms of what the student can do, and describes the growth as commendable, acceptable, or minimal.
  • In November and April time is scheduled for conferences between parents and teacher during which a full and free discussion focuses on how home and school can work together to bring about the full development of the student's potential.
  • Parents and teacher may also make an appointment for a conference at any time they feel it may be helpful.
Field Trips
  • Field trips provide a valuable educational exposure that is not available ordinarily in the classroom setting. The teacher will provide parents with written notice any time a field trip is planned away from the school. We appreciate the help of parents who make these trips possible by driving.
  • Automobiles which carry students on these trips should have $100/300,000 liability coverage. Drivers for field trips must have proof of this insurance coverage on file in the school office each year, proof of a valid driver's license and DMV clearlance.
  • California law limits the number of riders in a vehicle in which school children are transported to no more than eight and each must have a seat belt.
Graduation
 
  • Graduation preparations will be handled by the teacher, parents, and students involved.
  • Parents will be informed regarding the progress of plans for graduation and may be asked to assist should the need arise.
  • Financial responsibility for the graduation costs will be shared by the parents and the school.
  • Fund raisers will be planned to help defray some of the expenses.
General Information
Telephones
  • Please call before 8:30 a.m. or after 3:30 p.m. if possible.
  • To keep classroom disrution to a minimum during school hours, please leave a message on the answering machine and your call will be returned as soon as possible.
  • Students may receive only emergency telephone calls during school hours.
  • The school phone is a business phone and may not be used for students' personal calls.
Cell Phones

Students much check in their cell phones to the teacher upon arrival to school each day and retrieve them at the end of the day. No use of cell phones is permitted at school during school hours except in the event of an emergency. If this policy is violated, a parent-teacher conference will be required by the next school day. If parents need to talk to their children, they may call the regular school phone.

Supplies
  • On the first day of attendance, all students must bring the school supplies listed on the classroom teacher's supply list for their grade level.  The lists will have been given out during registration.
  • Students must have comfortable, modest PE clothes and shoes. Students may wear school clothes if suitable.
Personal Property

Students' names must be on all clothing and other belongings brought to the school. The school and teacher are not liable for loss or damage to personal property brought to the school premises.
 
Snacks/Lunches
  • Students may bring a daily snack such as fruits and vegetables, nuts, or fruit juice.
  • Students need a nutritious lunch which should not contain caffeine, sugar, or artificial sweeteners. Water or natural fruit juices are the preferred beverages for our students.
  • To help develop good eating habits and promote good brain function please do not send food such as cookies, cakes, candies, granola bars with cany pieces or jello puddings. Special arrangements can be made for birthday celebrations.
Janitorial

As a normal educational practice, all students are required to participate in the routine, daily clean-up of the school and grounds.
 
Asbestos
  • Federal law requires a public announcement to be given to school patrons regarding any asbestos material in the school.
  • the Clearlake SDA Christian School has been checked by a certified asbestos inspector. The report is in the school files and is available for examination.
  • The asbestos in this school is in a non-friable condition and presents no hazard to anyone at the present time.
  • It will be checked at stated periodic intervals to ascertain any change in the material.
Visitors
  • Visitors are welcome but must notify the school prior to the visit and have a signed consert form.
  • Parent-teacher consultations should take place outside school hours.
It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness.
-Eleanor Roosevelt