Powell Elementary Handbook Addendum

2018-2019

Straight to the Source: Contact Information

Front Office 936-709-1700

Principal: Lisa Garrison- 936-709-1707 lgarrison@conroeisd.net

Secretary to the Principal :Lupita Cartaya- 936-709-1707 gcartaya@conroeisd.net

Assistant Principal: Sarah Radford- 936-709-1706 sradford@conroeisd.net

Assistant Principal: Erin Anderson- 936-709-1791 eanderson@conroeisd.net

Counselor: Shawn Nixon- 936-709-1708 snixon@conroeisd.net

Nurse: Melissa Wiles- 936-709-1710 mawiles@conroeisd.net

Registrar/Attendance: Michelle Lutes- 936-709-1711 mlutes@conroeisd.net

Speech Pathologist: Micaelen Wright - 936-709-1720 mdwright@conroeisd.net

Diagnostician: Carol Gardner - 936-709-1714 cgardner@conroeisd.net

Librarian: Elizabeth Collins - 936-709-1716 ekcollins@conroeisd.net

Transportation: 832-592-8800

Powell Cafe: 936-709-1773

Communication

The Powell staff is committed to keeping our students and parents informed. Follow us on Twitter @PowellCISD to see the amazing things happening in our classrooms. Every Friday we send via email an overview of the next week’s events. We also encourage you to familiarize yourself with the Powell Website. Powell’s website provides up-to-date school information. Various items can be viewed and printed including our calendar of school events and daily lunch menu. Our website also provides links to all teacher email accounts. Powell Website Communication is vital to our student’s success. Your child’s teacher will further explain their methods of communication at Parent Information Night.

Building Security

All parents, visitors, and volunteers must:
  • Enter through the front/main entrance only, all other exterior doors will remain locked
  • Sign in & out at the front office
  • Present a valid, state issued ID to be scanned into the Raptor System
  • Wear a visitor’s tag at all times when in the building
  • Refrain from taking group photos of students, especially at lunch and/or recess. Pictures may be taken during classroom events at the teacher's discretion.
  • Adhere to school dismissal procedures
  • Pick up students who need to leave early before 2:30pm.

Other Safety Guidelines

  • We regularly conduct campus safety drills and will be teaching your child procedures to follow in the event of an emergency.
  • A guardian and/or a sibling must accompany all guests at Powell. Extended family members and friends may come to lunch or other classroom activities if they are listed on the child’s emergency form. Changes or updates can be made at the front office.
  • All classroom volunteers must complete the CISD Volunteer Application.
  • Please help us maintain order in our hallways before & after school by allowing your child to walk to his/her classroom independently and to get to the assigned area at dismissal.

School Hours

8:00 am-3:10 pm

School begins promptly at 8:00 am and dismisses at 3:10 pm. Plan to arrive at school between 7:40 am and 8:00am. Supervision is not available before 7:30am.

  • 7:30-7:40 am Students are directed to the gym awaiting homeroom dismissal
  • 7:40-8:00 am Students are dismissed to homeroom
  • 8:00 am Students are tardy if they are not in their homeroom at 8:00 am

Attendance

Healthy students are expected to be in attendance every day from 8:00 am-3:10 pm. Attendance is officially recorded at 9:00 am. (Afternoon PPCD attendance is recorded at 1:00 pm.)

If your child will not be at school for any reason, please notify our school registrar, Michelle Lutes, at mlutes@conroeisd.net. Upon returning from an absence, always send a note explaining the reason for the absence. Notifications may be sent via email. Please try to schedule routine medical appointments outside of school hours. Likewise, please schedule vacations during school holidays/long weekends. It is extremely important to maximize our instruction time.

  • Tardies -Students must be in their homeroom by 8:00 am. If late, they will be given a tardy slip from the front office. Please make arrangements so that your child arrives on time. Each time your child is tardy, you will receive notification via email. After the 6th tardy each grading period and EACH tardy thereafter, a discipline referral will be generated. We will begin recording tardies on Tuesday, September 4th.
  • N.E.A.T.-All College Park High School feeder schools (including Powell) have established attendance incentives for students who are N.E.A.T. - Never Ever Absent or Tardy. These students receive N.E.A.T. certificates and are eligible for incentives each grading period.

Transportation

Your mode of transportation should be chosen based on the ability to arrive on time, consistency, and convenience. If you choose to physically bring your child to school, please say your "good-byes" at the front office. This reinforces independence for our students and it helps promote quiet and orderly hallways.


Thank you for sharing our concern about safety and for helping us follow procedures allowing all children to arrive home safely. All students will receive a bar code tag that will be scanned before leaving the building. Please be sure this tag remains on your child’s backpack all year.


Choose dismissal transportation from the following:

  • Bus
  • Daycare
  • YMCA
  • Car rider
  • Cochran’s Crossing walker/biker/blader (or any other non-motorized rolling device)
  • Capstone walker/biker/blader (or any other non-motorized rolling device)

The Transportation Department website contains bus arrival and departure times and valuable safety information which will help you teach your children about bus safety. Please note that bus route adjustments may be made during the first few weeks of class due to changes in student and neighborhood populations. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will not be dropped off at a stop unless a parent is present. http://www.conroeisd.net/department/transportation/


We have specific procedures in place to keep our student’s safe. However, if a student happens to board the wrong bus, the bus driver will contact Powell immediately. The driver may be instructed to take the child to his/her bus stop or to bring the child back to Powell. This may take a while because the bus driver may complete the route. In either case, please keep in contact with the front office and call us immediately when the child arrives. If he/she is brought back to school, we will contact the parents. After 4:00pm, any concerns regarding bus transportation should be directed to The Woodlands Transportation Center at 832.592.8800.


Daycare Pickup- If your child typically attends daycare and will be absent for any reason, please notify the daycare.

YMCA- Students are dismissed to the gym and remain in the care of YMCA employees until they are picked up by parents.

Car Riders – We ask that parents do not park or leave their car. For safety reasons, we do not allow parents on the front porch at dismissal. Signs will be issued to put in the car windshields; this will help speed up the car rider line. If you have multiple children, please put all names and grade levels on your car rider sign.

Capstone and Cochran’s Crossing Bikers/Walkers/Bladers - Please do not come on campus during dismissal time if meeting your child to walk them home. A teacher will walk students across the street. Kindergarten students must be met by an adult or accompanied by an older sibling. These procedures are put in place to ensure the safety of our students. DO NOT park in the Capstone or Cochran’s Green subdivisions at dismissal. Only students who walk to their homes should be walkers.

Rainy Day Dismissal- Rainy Day Dismissal notifications will be sent via Twitter at 3:00pm. (Please follow us on Twitter!) If your child walks to Cochran’s Green, you may pick up your child at the front of the school at the far-right doors. If your child walks to Capstone, you may pick up your child at the outside doors by the structured play area, across from the art room. Walker/Biker students who are not picked up will be placed in the car rider line. Please note that our weather changes drastically in a matter of minutes. Principals use their judgment in favor of student safety...be patient when the weather changes.

Transportation Changes

A note must be sent to the teacher each and every time your child deviates from his/her “usual” way home. If the teacher does not receive a note, your child will be sent home the “usual” way. This transportation change note should always include the date, grade level, classroom teacher, your child’s full name, and how the child is going home (and with whom, if applicable). If plans change during the day and you haven't sent a note, you can email your request to powell@conroeisd.net or drop off a note in person to the school by 2:00 pm. The e-mail must include a copy of your driver’s license or identification. For safety reasons, phone calls and emails without identification will not be accepted for a transportation change. In the event of an emergency or unforeseeable circumstances, call us.


Please note your child may not ride the bus home with friends unless permission has been given by the CISD Transportation Department. This may not be a problem if they ride the same bus; however, if they ride different buses, the transportation department gives permission based on space availability and other considerations. Please call the Transportation Department at 832.592.8800 if you have further questions. Above all, if you have a problem and need our help, please call us. The safety of our students is our top priority!

Checking in and Out

Anything that deviates from regular arrival/dismissal time

  • Parents must come into the front office to check students in and out. A valid, state issued identification must be presented and you must be listed on the child’s emergency form.
  • Parents are not permitted to walk directly to the classroom to pick up a student. To maximize instructional time and to minimize interruptions, teachers will be notified and students will proceed to the office.
  • For safety reasons, we do not allow students to be checked out after 2:30 pm.

Report Cards and Grades

The school year is divided into four grading periods. Report cards will be sent home via the M.O.O.S.E. the Friday following the end of each grading period. Progress reports will be sent home at the 4 ½ week period. For students in grades 1-4 to be promoted from one grade level to the next, the students must attain an overall average of 70% for all subject areas and a grade of 70 or above in three of the following areas: Language Arts, Mathematics, and either Science or Social Studies. Students must be in attendance 90% of the total instructional days enrolled per year. Grading Guidelines will be provided by each teacher at Parent Information Night.
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STAAR Dates

  • 4th Grade Writing: April 9th
  • 3rd and 4th Grade Math: May 13th
  • 3rd and 4th Grade Reading: May 14th

Lunch and Recess

The CISD Child Nutrition website contains lunch and breakfast menus and prices as well as information on applying for Free and Reduced Meal Programs. Each student is provided with a lunch card that includes his/her lunch PIN number (student ID). This card will stay at school. If you have questions regarding your child’s account, please contact our cafeteria manager at 936-709-1773 http://www.conroeisd.net/department/child-nutrition/


For the safety of our students, only Powell staff and students will be allowed on the playground. Also, pictures may not be taken on the playground due to confidentiality.


Breakfast

  • $1.35 full price student breakfast
  • $2.30 non-student/2nd student breakfast
Students who are car riders in the morning and plan to eat breakfast at school should arrive with enough time to eat before the tardy bell rings at 8:00.


Lunch

  • $2.85 full price student lunch
  • $3.55 non-student/2nd student lunch
Parents can join their child for lunch beginning Tuesday, September 4th. Exceptions can be made if students have a birthday falling between August 15th and August 31st . Please contact your child’s teacher to make arrangements. Please note that due to our large student enrollment, seats in the cafeteria are very limited for parents. We ask that you limit your lunch visits throughout the year.

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Specials

“Specials” is the term used to describe the rotations students take through Art, Music, Physical Education, Library and Technology/Enrichment. During specials, students rotate through the classes. Each class will follow a specific schedule. Teachers will explain the rotation at Parent Information Night.
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Conferences with Teachers

Parents are welcome to request a parent/teacher conference, if so desired. To request a conference, you may contact your child’s teacher by phone or email. Teachers are available to conference during their scheduled conference time.
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School Clinic

If your child gets sick at school, he/she will be sent to the school clinic. Parents will be contacted if necessary. If we are unable to reach you, emergency contacts will be called. Please visit with our school nurse if your child has any health concerns.


Illness/Absence

  • It's recommended that children should remain at home until fever/vomiting has ceased for at least 24 hours
  • If your child will be absent due to illness, email the school registrar, Michelle Lutes, at mlutes@conroeisd.net
  • Students are never allowed to bring or transport medication to school...do not send it with your child in the backpack
  • Adults must bring any medications to the school clinic and give specific information before medication can be dispensed at school (please refer to the CISD Student Handbook for information and requirements relating to medications at school)

Dress Code

Our Powell Panthers do a great job with the Conroe ISD Dress Code. To highlight questions we receive on occasion, here is a basic checklist:

  • All hair color should be a natural hair color or color that does not cause other students a distraction in the classroom
  • Shorts should be mid-thigh or longer
  • No tank tops/spaghetti straps
  • No cosmetics
  • No flip flops (students may wear sandals with a back strap)
  • Shorts should be worn under dresses/skirts
  • We encourage students to wear tennis shoes/closed toed shoes on days they will be attending P.E.
  • Students should make sure their shirts are not offensive or violent

Students who violate dress code will be sent to the clinic to call home for a change of clothes.

Powell Spirit

Thursday’s are designated as “Powell Patriotic Day”. Teachers and students are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue, or patriotic clothing. Fridays are “Spirit Day”. Teachers and students are encouraged to wear a Powell Panther shirt or school colors (purple and white). Powell spirit wear will be available at Meet the Teacher and throughout the year at various school events.

Celebrations

When students celebrate a birthday at Powell, his/her name appears on the morning announcements. He/she also receives a birthday ribbon to celebrate. Parents may bring cookies (no cupcakes or icing, please) to be distributed, by the teacher, at the end of the day. Please contact your child’s teacher prior to the special occasion to make arrangements. We ask that parents refrain from bringing other items such as balloons, flowers, and candles. For the safety of our students, parents will not be allowed to pass out food items to the class in the lunchroom.

Students often request to pass out birthday invitations in their classrooms. Invitations may be passed out only if the entire class is invited or if all the girls or all the boys in the class are invited. Passing out invitations to the entire grade level is not permitted. Please contact your child’s teacher if your child plans to pass out birthday invitations at school.

Field Trips

The Powell PTO is sponsoring student field trips this year! Information will be sent home prior to the grade level’s scheduled event. Parents that are approved volunteers may be asked to chaperone field trips. Chaperones are selected to adequately supervise the number of children attending. All chaperones are required to ride CISD school buses with the children to and from Powell. Students must also ride the bus to and from Powell, unless prior approval is received from the principal.

Personal Items

If your child leaves something important at home, please deliver to the front office, labeled with your child’s name and teacher’s name. Articles will then be delivered to the classroom. However, please work with your child to develop good habits of responsibility, helping them to be prepared every day. Please write your child’s name on all sweaters, coats, backpacks, water bottles, and lunch kits. All students are encouraged to bring water bottles to school. Water bottles need to have a sport top to prevent spills. Only water is allowed.


Radios, IPods, electronic games, laser lights, toy guns, electronic devices, fidget spinners, and other toys should not be brought on the school campus unless they are used as part of a classroom project or requested by the teacher. Students may bring cell phones to school, but they must be turned off and in their backpacks during school hours. Knives or other dangerous objects are never allowed.

Possession and Use of Electronic Devices

The District is not responsible for any item brought to school by a student. A student bringing any electronic device including cell phones, smart phones, smart watches, radios, CD players, iPods, MP3 players, video/audio recorders, DVD players, electronic readers, cameras, Google Glass, etc. does so at his or her own risk.


The District permits students to possess telecommunications devices including cell phones. Generally, these devices must remain turned off during the instructional day, including during all testing. The use of any device that has the capability to take pictures or audio or video record is prohibited in locker rooms and restroom areas. These items are also prohibited if used to cheat, audio/video record, or photograph another student or staff member without that person’s permission, or when the use creates a disruption.


A student who uses any item, electronic or otherwise contrary to campus or District rules may have the device confiscated. Confiscated devices that are not retrieved by the student or student’s parent will be disposed of after the notice required by law. Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. If a student does have an electronic device, it should be put away in a secured locker and turned off during the school day. Permission to use the device at school should come from the principal or classroom teacher. Without such permission, teachers will collect the items and turn them in to the principal’s office. The principal will determine whether to return items to students at the end of the day or to contact parents to pick up the items. The District is not responsible for any damaged, lost, or stolen electronic devices.


Students are prohibited from sending or posting electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal. This prohibition applies to conduct off school property if it results in a substantial disruption to the educational environment. In limited circumstances and in accordance with law, a student’s personal electronic device may be searched by authorized personnel. Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, sexually oriented, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or other content will be disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct and may, in certain circumstances, be reported to law enforcement. If a device is believed to contain illegal contraband, the device will be turned over to law enforcement as required by state law. The device will not be returned to the student or his parent until the illegal contraband is removed from the device. This could take a substantial amount of time, particularly if the device is considered evidence of a crime.

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