Zeeland Quest News
September 16, 2022
Reminder that ZPS has an early dismissal today, Friday, September 16. Middle school students will dismiss at 10:45am and Elementary students will dismiss at 11:55am.
Important PICTURE DAY change to note:
Picture Day for Kindergarten and 6th-8th grade is on Friday, Sept. 23
Picture Day for 1st-5th grade is on Monday, Oct. 24
**This change is due to the Art Prize trip and a miscommunication in original picture date. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Middle School Requirements at Creekside during BREAK WEEKS:
*8th graders taking PE for high school credit this semester MUST be in attendance of their class over break week. This is a high school level course and there are attendance mandates that are in place. If there is a need for an absence, you will need to communicate that with Creekside's attendance line and also Mrs. Ross at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Any 6th-8th grade student in a music course or 8th grader in dance will need to communicate to their teacher what their plan is during break week. Per the elective choices sheet that families looked at, made choices on and signed, the preference from our music teachers at Creekside is that students attend 1-2 times during break week. The reason for this is because the rest of the class moves forward with their learning and just like for a sports team or another extra curricular team, we all want to be learning and moving forward together as a team. Please note: If there is a music event (concert, rehearsal, marching requirement or other event) when we are on break week, students are to be in their class. We all recognize that families at ZQuest choose ZQuest for a variety of reasons, and our balanced calendar is one of those reasons. Families can and will use our break weeks for vacations from time to time, for that reason if there is something that will interrupt students being able to attend, parents and students should contact their music teacher and also Creekside attendance line.
Special note from Mrs. Bier: Our 6th graders have just started playing their instruments. Taking a week off at this point may put kids behind. Please encourage them to practice on days that they are not attending class. The 7th and 8th graders all have a performance in early October. If students can not come in for rehearsal, please make sure that they are practicing when they are able to.
*Any 6th-8th grade student in a regular elective rotation (PE, Art, Computer, Choices) do not have any requirements during break week, but a reminder to the teacher from the student that it's break week will help them begin to show independence in their learning.
Creekside Attendance Line: 616.748.3310
2022/2023 ZQuest Calendar & Highlights
1st Grade trip to Zeeland Police Department: September 13
PTO General Meeting @ ZQuest, 6:30p-7:30p: September 14
ZPS Early Dismissal: September 16
Middle School @ 10:45am & Elementary @ 11:55am
Kindergarten & 6th-8th Grades Picture Day!: Friday, September 23
1st-5th Grades to Art Prize: Sept. 23
Break Week 1: September 26-30
School Resumes for ZQuest: Monday, Oct. 3
Early Release: October 1
1st-5th grade Picture Day (and make up for all others): Monday, October 24
Early Release: October 28
No School: October 31
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Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures!
Thank you for your attention to this!
Middle School drop off: Students should enter the building and remain in the commons area until 7:25am (doors WILL NOT open until 7:10am for bus riders). At 7:25am they are able to head to their 1st hour classes. Please do not drop your middle school student off before 7:20am. There is no supervision and they will need to stand outside.
Elementary drop off: Mrs. Hartman and Mrs. Hyma will always be there beginning at 8:25am. Doors will not open until 8:30am!
- We will use the EAST LOT for dismissal ONLY
- Cars will enter the lot from Roosevelt coming in from the EAST only (you will always turn right into the parking lot)! DO NOT come down Roosevelt from the west. You will be asked to NOT turn left into the east lot!
- We are asking that if there is a back up on Roosevelt (and there will be) that you not let the backup go past Michigan St. If traffic is, at that point, please use the side roads (N. Colonial or Michigan and wait for openings) to zipper into the line on Roosevelt and then into the east lot. **SEE MAP for help BELOW!!!
- We are also asking that you are mindful of the driveways on Roosevelt. The biggest complaint is that the homeowners driveways are blocked and they don't like that they cannot get in or out as needed.
- DO NOT get out of your car to help your child get into the car or get buckled. If your child needs this assistance, please plan to park down Woodward or Jefferson or park at Creekside and walk over (using the crosswalk with the crossing guard) to get your child. We do not have the parking capacity to have a spot for all of our families who drive students to and from school, so this is the fastest and easiest way!
- When you EXIT the east lot, after picking up your student, you will TURN RIGHT ONLY! Please DO NOT try to turn left onto Roosevelt!
If everyone does their best to follow these protocols, we should have a pretty quick and seamless pick up! Thank you, in advance, for helping us create a safe dismissal plan!
Hand 2 Hand Program
We would like to offer your student the opportunity to participate in a program at ZQuest called “Hand2Hand”. This program helps provide a student with food for the weekends and is intended for families who currently may be experiencing a financial burden. The first backpack is set to be delivered on August 11.
Here’s how Hand2Hand will work: At the end of the week students who are signed up for the program will receive a minimum of 10 food items in a black school logo drawstring bag that will be provided at the first week of participation. These food items will be a combination of breakfast, snacks, lunch and/or dinner items. While the food items are meant for the student, they can be shared among the family as well. (Please note: if your student or another family member has food allergies it will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian to check the contents of the backpack each week to ensure the food doesn’t contain ingredients which could cause an allergic reaction).
There is no cost to participate! If you sign your student up to receive Hand2Hand, they will continue to receive the weekly bags each week they are at ZQuest. However, if down the road you no longer need the assistance, simply write a note expressing your desire to discontinue receiving Hand2Hand bags and give this note to the school office. This opportunity is being provided by Bethel Church. 515 East Main, Zeeland. To learn more about Hand2Hand, please visit their website: http://h2hkids.org.
If you feel your student would benefit from this opportunity, please complete the response form at the bottom of this letter and return it to your student’s teacher by August 1 and we will make sure that your student’s name is then added to the list. Your response will be kept
Please either email Leslie with the following information OR print the document attached and return to Leslie during the 1st week of school in August!
IF YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR STUDENT(s) AT ZQuest TO PARTICIPATE IN HAND2HAND, PLEASE RETURN THIS PORTION TO THE SCHOOL OFFICE.
Student’s Name: _____________________________
Student’s Name: _____________________________
*Parent/Guardian Email: ________________________
Parent/Guardian Signature: ________________________________ Dated: _______________
*Please note: Email or Phone Number will only be used in case of school closures
Parent Website at http://www.zquestparents.com/. This site is our MAIN place of information and should become a habit to look at for reminders and answers. If we need to point out something specific, Leslie will send it in an email with attachments and teachers will do so as well in their classrooms!
You can also find information on our Parent’s Facebook page located at ZQuest Parents if you search for us on Facebook. This is ONLY a place for reminders and parent engagement and sharing. This is NOT where we store information or publish information that must get to parents.
We will also be using the REMIND app, which has been a great tool for us. This will primarily be for reminders and should we have a fog delay or snow day (I can’t believe I’m talking about snow!). Your child’s teachers may set up a classroom REMIND as well. They will come to you in the same way and will tell you who the REMIND message is from.
- Directions for signing up to receive REMIND texts:
- Text @zques to the number 81010 (you will receive a welcome text from Remind)
Go to https://www.remind.com/join/zques and follow the directions
IMPORTANT FREE/REDUCED breakfast & lunch INFORMATION!
Click on the FOOD SERVICE link HERE!
CLICK REGISTER as this is a new food portal!
Once you are registered in the new system, you can click on the BENEFITS button and will be walked through what to do to determine if you qualify for free or reduced meals!
Personal Devices: Many kids, especially middle school kids are carrying cell phones in order to communicate with parents when participating in after school activities, going home and checking in after school, etc.. We can appreciate the convenience of having a phone. While in school, all phones are kept turned off/silenced and in backpacks during the school day. Our classrooms and main office have a phone that can be used for students in case of an emergency or illness. It becomes extremely hard to keep track of kids’ needs when they are making calls at their lockers or in the bathroom when they don't feel well. Teachers often don’t know that a student left school and our secretaries aren’t sure when parents call back wondering why their child called them. If students are using their personal device during class time, it will be taken and parents can pick them up in the main office at their convenience. There may be instances that a teacher allows students to use their own device, however this is rare.
Safety: The safety of all of the kids is our number one priority. During the summer hours there will be someone in the office during our school day. If you need to come for any reason, you MUST at all times have a sticker from the volunteer computer that permits you into the building. You may NOT just come down (this includes just dropping your child off to their classroom). We really enjoy our parents being so involved in our classrooms, but we also have to follow the safety procedures that are put in place district wide. PLEASE be sure to enter the office, sign in using the volunteer computer system, put your name identification on your shirt (clearly visible) and then you can head down. If you do not have your identification clearly visible you will be stopped and asked to return to the office. Remember, this is not to make it hard for you, as the parent, to help in the classroom or visit/drop your child off, but to keep all of the kids in the building safe!
Volunteering: Be prepared to re-submit or submit your information for a background check in August by going to the following website: https://v2ms.zps.org/Login.aspx or stopping in the office and resubmitting your fingerprints and information through our volunteer computer in the main office.
At any time in the building, you do not have a visible green name tag on your clothes, you will be stopped and asked to return to the office. If your name tag is yellow, it indicates that your background check has not been fulfilled yet and you will be asked to return to the office. If your name tag is red, you are NOT permitted into the building past the main office (but please know that if you receive a letter in the mail from our Volunteer and Background Coordinator, you may appeal your denial through a letter format, and that is good for the remainder of your children’s schooling in Zeeland). This is for the safety of all of our kids. We are not trying to make entrance difficult, however it is our number one priority to make sure that all of our students are safe from the time they enter our building until they leave our building. We do everything in our power to make sure their education is the best!
MTSS-B at ZQuest!
Positive Behavior Intervention Support System (MTSS-B at ZQuest)
Your learner will be hearing some new vocabulary at ZQuest starting in August. We have created a system of supports that revolve around behaviors, very similar to our system of supports for academics. We want all of our learners to feel safe, valued and loved in order to learn in the very best environment possible. A little information for you!
What is MTSS-B?
Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Behavior (aligns with our district’s MTSS-Academics) is an umbrella framework that includes RTI and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Intervention & Supports) frameworks. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support for Behavior (MTSS-B) is not a specific model but a compilation of effective practices, interventions, and systems change strategies that are designed to prevent student behavior problems and promote student achievement.
Why MTSS-B in Zeeland?
When students lack the behavioral and social skills necessary to focus on academics/achieve in school, we see far too many times that they are more at risk of failing or falling behind. Teachers are in need of proper support to eliminate the time being spent on managing student behavior and increase actual teaching time.
Our Goal at ZQuest (supported by ZPS)?
GOAL: Our staff and students will explore how to promote a community of inclusiveness and looking out for each other in all areas of our school through a PBL unit. This unit was implemented as the ZQuest MTSS-B model for the 2018/2019 school year. In the end, we want to create a positive school climate that fosters positive behaviors and academic successes!
What is our Plan and how does it work?
Each of the following positive behaviors will be taught to all learner’s at ZQuest. We will be intentional about showing examples of both the negative behavior and the positive behavior, with emphasis on the positive. We have reward points that learners will be earning weekly (as school starts) and then gradually requiring learners to earn tickets in less intentional ways. These points will then turn into a reward that builds a relationship (rather than monetary or food gifts). By teaching positive behavior, learners will come to school knowing the expectations they are being held to and great learning for all can happen.
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Research shows that students learn best and reduce the academic slide when they are in school more often. One of the most attractive things about ZQuest (besides PBL) is the year-round, balanced calendar. This type of calendar allows for a break week in September/October, November, December/January, February, April, May and the entire month of July (it equals out to about one week off every 5-6 weeks). We recognize that it’s not always possible to schedule adult work vacations around the school calendar, however we ask that you try your best to make this happen. It’s extremely hard to make sure that kids are continuing their learning trajectory, especially in PBL groups, when group members are missing or when teachers need to collect work or try to catch kids up due to multiple weeks being gone. Please view the county-wide attendance policy that is in effect currently. It’s important to note that our middle school students WILL NOT be counted absent during our break weeks from Creekside, that is aligned with our calendar and is acceptable, so long as they are not participating in 9th grade PE/Health and/or it is not a performance week for band/choir/orchestra/dance.
Ottawa Area Intermediate School District’s (OAISD) Attendance Policy:
Chronic Absenteeism, 10%-Whether excused or unexcused:
At any time during the school year if a student has absences (either excused OR unexcused) that have reached 10% of their school days as being absent, this should initiate the following steps by the district addressing concerns. It is recommended that these check marks be made at 30 days of school, 60, 90, 120, 150.
At any time during the school year a student has tardies (late arrivals and early dismissals) that have reached 20% of their school days, or any combination of the above, the following steps should be initiated:
· At 5 days absent (or at 10% of their school days being absent) a district identifies a potential attendance problem (both excused and unexcused absences are counted in this percentage).
· At 7 absences (or continued absences after identified attendance issue) district sends out an attendance letter addressing concerns of absences (both excused and unexcused absences are counted in this percentage).
· At 10 absences (or continued absences after identified attendance issue) district attempts to contact parent/guardian to discuss attendance issues and offer any support as needed. District also attempts to confirm that the parent/guardian received an attendance letter. Tier 1 and Tier 2 supports being reviewed by school (see handout) (both excused and unexcused absences are counted in this percentage).
· At 12 absences (or continued absences after identified attendance issue) district attempts to contact parent/guardian and schedules school meeting to complete Truancy Meeting Forms and offer any resources that might be helpful. Tier 1 and Tier 2 supports being reviewed by school (see handout) (both excused and unexcused absences are counted in this percentage).
· At 15 absences (or continued absences after identified attendance issue) and the district has exhausted all resources and interventions and attendance has not improved, a referral to the ISD is made via the Truancy Data Manager (TDM). After a referral has been made, all absences must have a doctor’s note in order to be marked excused.
· *Schools can refer a student to truancy prior to 15 absences (especially elementary) as long as the student has missed 10% of the school year and the school has exhausted all efforts and tiered interventions to improve attendance.
Excused absence means the following:
Residential treatment (with doctor’s note or verified by parent)
Medical appointments (with doctor’s note)
Lice (3 days)
Funeral/death in family
Mandated court appearances (documented-only if children are required per subpoena).
Placement by Juvenile Court in detention.
Educational opportunities approved by school officials
Travel (5 days with school official approval)
Unexcused absence is any absence not accounted for above, examples of unexcused absences include, but not limited to:
Staying home to baby-sit
Travel (more than 5 days in school calendar or any travel days without prior approval)
Needed at home
Child is not immunized
Sickness (not documented or verified by parent)
Chronic lice (over 5 days, CPS referral may be suggested/should be considered).
Willful truancy (skipping/student refuses to attend school per parent/guardian, or reported as a run-away).
Failure to notify school