For questions regarding school closures or delayed start due to inclement weather please call:
COC Schweinfurt: 09721-96 6213 or DSN: 354-6213
Schools may have a two-hour delay, in which case classes for all students (both bus and walkers) will begin at 1000 hours. See the SES Transportation Page for links to Websites that update weather conditions and school closures during the winter months.
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Communication / Newsletters
Ongoing communication between school and home is important. We encourage parents to keep teachers informed of special situations which may impact their child’s learning. Whenever questions or concerns arise, please contact the teacher or other appropriate school staff member (nurse, counselor, administrator, etc.) to assist in clarifying any issues.
Parent Newsletters and bulletins are sent home frequently in an effort to keep parents and sponsors informed about school events. Starting this year, most communiqués will be sent electronically. The SES PTA also sends home frequent information regarding special programs of interest to parents. We suggest that you check the SES Web site on a regular basis. The calendar and information about our Continuous School Improvement plan are updated frequently.
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Children five years of age by September 1 of this school year may be enrolled in kindergarten. Those six years of age by September 1 may enter first grade. Parents enrolling students during the school year are requested to bring the following documents: school reports or report cards from the last school attended, social security number, immunization records, and a copy of the sponsor's current orders. A birth certificate or other verification of birth date is required for new enrollees in kindergarten or first grade. Children must be three years old to be eligible to receive pre-school for children with disabilities (PSCD) services, and four years old to enter Sure Start. They must also meet the requirements of the program.
There is a mandatory immunization policy for children attending DoDEA schools. A child will not be allowed to start school without proof of the following immunizations:
|Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus - 4 doses
||Haimophilus influenza type b - 2-4 doses
|Hepatitis A - 2 doses
||Polio - 3 doses
|Hepatitis B - 3 doses
||Measles, Mumps, Rubella - 2 doses
For further information on immunizations, please check the following DoDEA link or contact the school nurse. http://www.dodea.edu/parents/immunizations.cfm
Students are to attend school regularly and arrive on time. However, if your child will be late or absent, you must notify the school office before 0830 on the day they are late or absent. This is a EUCOM/DoDEA-E policy.
Students should not arrive more than ten minutes (0750) before the start of the school day. Upon arrival they should proceed to the designated waiting areas which are supervised by staff members.
Supervision is not provided for students on campus before 0750 or after 1430 unless the students are attending the SES Breakfast Program or participating in an after-school club or activity.
It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to call the school every time a student is absent. If the absence is to be considered excused, a signed note from a parent is required upon returning to school.
Excused absences will be granted for illness, family emergencies, medical appointments, and family trips.
An excused absence is one for which the student will be given make-up privileges and credit.
Students are expected to make-up assignments missed due to absences.
Family trips are viewed to be sound educational activities. As such, these absences are considered excused with all make-up privileges.
Parents are encouraged to request assignments if they know that their child will be absent for an extended period.
Please ensure that your children are re-registered each year. Instructions and packets for registration can be obtained at the front office. A copy of the sponsor's current orders must be presented with the registration form(s) to determine eligibility for space availability or space required enrollment.
Registration is held each year in the spring for returning students. If the sponsor's orders are more than three (3) years old when the student registers, a copy of extension orders or a Confirmation of Status form is required. Registration forms are also accepted throughout the summer from 0830 - 1500 hours. Students do not begin attendance until schedules have been developed and teachers have been notified. This will usually be the following day if the student is registered by 1100 hours.
USAREUR requires all sponsors with dependents taught through a home schooling program to register with the MILCOM School's Officer regardless of whether the child attends a private school, German school, or is home schooled.
Homework is "an assignment to be done outside the classroom to reinforce classroom instruction, increase understanding and retention, transfer and extend classroom instruction, prepare for class discussion, and provide curriculum enrichment.”
Students are responsible for completing assignments according to instructions and for asking for assistance and/or clarification regarding assignments. Students should have the necessary materials bothe in class and at home for completion of assignments.
Parents should provide students with an environment and necessary tools that promote good study habits. We encourage parents to work closely with their children on all homework assignments. Doing so gives parents the opportunity to work with their children on activities centered on learning. Parental involvement in homework not only ensures its accurate completion but also demonstrates parental commitment to the value of education.
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Late Arrivals / Tardiness
The school day starts at 0800 and ends at 1420. A note stating the reason for the tardiness, the date, and a parent signature must verify any tardiness.
If your child arrives at school after the day has begun, please take your him/her to the Main Office to obtain an admission slip.
Leaving School Early / Changes in the Daily Routine
Written instructions to the student’s teacher are required when there will be a change in the student’s schedule. Due to force protection regulations, telephonic requests cannot be used to authorize a changed routine for your child or for someone other than the sponsor to pick up the child.
A PHOTO I.D. IS REQUIRED TO SIGN A STUDENT OUT OF SCHOOL.
If a child must leave school early, go to the office to check him/her out. Please refrain from checking children out early unless absolutely necessary. It is important to avoid disruptions to the classroom. Please try to schedule appointments after the school day whenever possible. Pulling students out of school early is just as disruptive as being tardy. Students need to complete the day so they can have their homework and understand their assignments.
All students enrolled in DoDEA schools must attend classes regularly and punctually in order to remain enrolled.
Leaving school or not attending school without parent or staff permission is considered truancy and is subject to disciplinary action.
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Visitors / Visitor Parking
All visitors must sign in and out at the school's main office. A visitor's pass from the office is required of anyone who visits our school. Students who wish to bring visitors to school must get advanced permission from their classroom teacher and an administrator. There should be a valid purpose for the visit. Siblings will not be brought to school as visitors.
After 0800, volunteers may park in available spaces in the staff parking lot. Please be aware that parking in the Commissary lot is for Commissary patrons only.
Withdrawal from School
We ask that parents (other than in emergency situations) notify the Main Office at least five working days in advance in order to have their child's records ready for pick up. A copy of the sponsor's PCS orders must be filed in the main office at this time. Records will be ready at 1430 on the child's last day of school.
Students withdrawing from school early due to a PCS will receive credit for the school year providing that the withdrawal date is no earlier than 20 school days before the end of the first or second semester. A student must be present at least 20 days in a quarter in order to receive a progress report for that quarter.
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Emergency Evacuation of Classrooms / Safety Drills
Fire, Lockdown, and Evacuation Drills are conducted periodically throughout the school year. Students should quietly leave the building according to the fire / evacuation plan for their classroom. During some drills, students will egress to designated housing units in Askren Manor. Please do not be alarmed, as this practice is an integral part of our force protection plan. We ask for your patience and understanding should you be visiting the school during one of these drills.
- Riding school buses is a privilege, not a right!
- That privilege may be suspended or revoked for inappropriate behavior
- Students must be registered with the School Bus Office (SBO) and must have a valid bus pass whenever they board their assigned bus.
- A copy of the rules for bus students is given to each bus rider when they register at the School Bus Office (SBO).
Students will be expected to ride the bus home daily unless written notification is given to the teacher and the office at the start of the school day.
The School Bus Office is responsible for routing and scheduling of buses. Inquires about bus routes or delays in bus arrival should be directed to the SBO at 09721/81355 or DSN 354-6236/6677.
DoDEA Behavior Standards for School Bus Students
Students will conduct themselves in a safe and orderly manner and comply with the DoDEA behavior standards for school bus students. On or around school buses, students must conduct themselves in accordance with the following school bus rules:
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- Obey the driver or adult.
- Enter and exit the bus safely and always show your bus pass.
- Stay properly seated and use seatbelts when available.
- Keep your hands, feet, and other body parts to to your seating area.
- Do not throw things.
- Put nothing out the window.
- Remain quiet and do not disturb the driver or others.
- No profanity, indecency, smoking, prohibited items, or vandalism will be tolerated.
- Do not eat, drink, or chew gum.
- Be responsible; be safe.
Community Dress Code
Schweinfurt Elementary School seeks to maintain and promote an orderly and effective learning environment for students. The community dress code is mandatory. Each student is expected to wear the prescribed clothing components while attending Schweinfurt Elementary School.
Clothing will be clean, neat, serviceable, and worn properly for the general, personal health and safety of the student. In support of the community dress code, bandanas will not be allowed at school. Pants, skirts, and shorts will be worn at the waist. A belt is required only if the clothing cannot otherwise be worn at the waist.
School personnel will enforce the dress code and take the necessary action when students are not in compliance with this policy.
Newly enrolled students are required to obtain school dress code items within the first two weeks of school.
During cold weather, children must wear enough warm clothing so they can remain outside for at least 20 minutes each day during recess periods. Please note: for those new to Germany, the winter can bring low temperatures for many weeks.
The PTA offers a variety of sweatshirts, long-sleeved T-shirts, and short-sleeved T-shirts with the school logo. These items can be purchased for a nominal fee and are appropriate school wear.
A complete copy of the Dress Code Policy is maintained at each school and the offices of the Schools’ Liaison Officer. The Web site is: http://www.schweinfurt.army.mil/sites/newcomers/school.asp.
|The following is a listing of all the items that are part of the basic Dress Code:
Navy blue / Khaki
Skirts / Jumpers / Skorts
Walking Shorts / Long Pants
Navy blue / Light blue / Red / White
Solid colors only.
No stripes or designs.
Schweinfurt School Logo Shirts, Polos, & Sweatshirts
|Sweaters or Sweater Vests (optional)
Red, White, or Navy
|Warm up suits are permissible on PE days but they must conform to school colors.
Red, White, Khaki ,or Navy Socks or Tights
Shoes: Sturdy Tie, Velcro, Buckle, or Casual Shoes. No Platforms, Sandals, Heelies, or Dress Shoes.
Pictures of Appropriately
Dressed Students and more
Detailed Dress Code Information
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Lost & Found
Please mark all clothing so items may be reclaimed at the Lost and Found Box in the cafeteria/MPR or the front office.
New Student Sponsorship
Schweinfurt Elementary has implemented a Student Sponsorship Program in order to acquaint new students and their parents with our school. A student sponsor will be assigned to the new student and guide him/her around for the first couple of weeks at our school.
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- Students are encouraged to participate in study trips.
- Students are expected to adhere to all school rules while on study trips.
- Parents are needed to chaperone study trips. Chaperone requirements are one chaperone for every five students for grades K-3 and one chaperone for every seven students in grades 4-5.
- All chaperones must register and meet the minimum requirement for safety/security.
- If the required number of chaperones has not been met, the trip will be canceled.
- Parent chaperones may not bring siblings or other children on study trips.
DoDEA administers system-wide standardized tests to all students in grades 3-11 in March. DoDEA assesses various curricular areas including math, language arts, science, and social studies. Standardized tests given at SES include the NAEP, Terra Nova, DRA (reading), SRI (reading), and Rigby PM Benchmark (reading). Students are expected to be in attendance during testing periods. Parents must provide a written request to excuse their child from participating in any system-wide assessment.
Throughout SES, the students are reading books at their appropriate independent reading levels. Over 6,000 library books are color-coded to let students know at a glance the reading level of both fiction and non-fiction books. (Below is a Lexile chart which color coded.)
Students take an on-line reading test called Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) early in the year to determine their reading level. In the pre-kindergarten through the early part of first grade this assessment is not given, but the Reading Counts program is still used as an oral reading activity. The SRI assessment is re-administered close to the end of the first semester and again at the end of the year to measure growth in reading comprehension and vocabulary.
Students may take a test on each book they read in the Reading Counts program. Come visit the multipurpose room and watch as your child advances on the Reading Counts Castle as he/she amasses Reading counts points. Our castle helps to promote the DoDEA language arts standard that students in grades 3-5 will read a minimum of 25-30 chapter books a year. Since books for younger children are usually designed to be read in a much shorter time frame, their standards indicate that students will be able to independently or with assistance read four or more books every day.
With our school emphasis on reading, we strongly encourage parents to utilize books as rewards and reading time as treasured family time as well as independent enjoyment. It is recommended that students read for a minimum of 30 minutes daily up to grade 2. Students in grades 3-5 should read for at least 30-60 minutes a day. Books in the library are coded according to the following Lexile levels.:
|500 - 699
|900 - 999
|100 - 299
|700 - 799
|300 - 499
|800 - 899
For more information on Lexile framework for reading, please visit: www.lexile.com
For more information on Scholastic Reading Inventory please visit: www.scholastic.com/sri
All students are required to abide by the DoDEA Internet Access Agreement which establishes guidelines for appropriate usage. All students must sign the Internet Access Agreement included in the registration packet before they are allowed to use the Internet. Additionally, all students will receive information about Internet safety as part of the I-Safe Program, an ongoing educational safety initiative mandated by Congress.
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Parent/Teacher conferences are scheduled at the end of the first quarter and periodically thereafter. It is very important to attend these meetings with your child's teacher(s). The military supports DoDEA and considers the school the sponsor's place of duty on conference days. You will find the scheduled dates on the calendar in this handbook.
- Progress Reports (Report Cards) are issued at the end of each quarter.
- The first quarterly Progress Reports will be issued to parents at the first Parent-Teacher conference in November.
- The other three Progress Reports will be hand carried home by the students.
|Marking Codes Grades K - 3:
CD = Consistently Displayed
P = Developing/Progressing
N = Not Yet Evident
X = Not Addressed
|Marking Codes Grades 4 - 12:
A = Excellent 90 – 100 %
B = Very Good 80 – 89 %
C = Good 70 – 79 %
D = Minimal 60 – 69 %
F = Failing 50 – 59 %
|Marking Codes for Sub-Content Areas Grades K-3:
P = Participates
+ = Shows Strength
/ = More Participation Needed
|Marking Codes for Sub-Content Areas Grades 4-5:
E = Exceeds
M = Meets
S = Satisfies
L = Limited Progress
Assessment Reports: In addition to the Terra Nova assessment reports that parents of students in grades 3-5 receive in May, students in many grades will receive reports about their progress in Reading Counts (indicating the number of books read and tests of comprehension on those books) and the Scholastic Reading Inventory (indicating the child's appropriate independent reading level).
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Honor Roll Guidelines for 4th and 5th Grade Students
"A" or Principal's Honor Roll:
All "A’s" are required in Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
"A/B" Honor Roll:
All "A’s" and/or "B’s" are required in Reading, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, and Math.
DoDEA does not recognize or authorize any graduations except from grade 12. Schools MAY NOT HAVE ceremonies which "graduate" students from any other grade - to include PSCD, Sure Start, and Kindergarten.
Reading / Service Wilbur Awards
Students in grades 1 - 5 are eligible to receive "WILBUR" awards. These awards for reading improvement are given monthly. Recipients are recognized by the principal and information specialist for their reading gains. The Wilbur Service Award is given twice a year, at the end of the first and last semesters. Students are recognized for their support of the school and community.
Students who do not satisfactorily complete the requirements for promotion may be considered for retention. The Student Placement Committee will contact parents and discuss their concerns about the child's present level of functioning and whether or not progress can be made at the next grade level.
The school nurse serves as a health consultant and is a liaison between the community, the school, the military medical officers, and the parents.
The nurse maintains and up-dates information in the student’s school health records.
Medication that must be taken at school due to medical conditions must follow these guidelines:
- A doctor must prescribe the medication for the student.
- The student or parent must also present a permission slip signed by both physician and parent in order for the medication to be administered at school.
- All medication must be brought to the nurse's office by an adult. It must be in a pharmacy labeled container with the name of the student, the amount and time it is to be taken.
If your child has had any of the following symptoms within the last 24 hours, please do not send him/her to school:
- A temperature higher than 100 degrees
- Continual Coughing
- Pink Eye
Generally, if the student is too ill to participate in recess or outdoor activities, the student should stay at home.
DoDEA criteria for re-admittance to school requires that a child has been free for 24 hours after school exclusion from (a) temperature 100 degrees or higher, (b) significant nausea, vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours, and (c) signs of chicken pox, lice, impetigo, conjunctivitis, ringworm, or scabies or has been cleared by the medical doctor with a note.
Several routine screening programs are conducted during the school year. The screenings include hearing, vision, height, weight, dental, and scoliosis. Not all screenings are for all grade levels.
Each classroom is equipped with a First-Aid kit for minor injuries. In the event that your child is injured or becomes ill at school, every effort will be made to contact a sponsor.
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Emergency Contact Information
Emergency contact numbers are extremely important in these times of heightened force protection. Please immediately provide the school's main office with two emergency contact numbers and any changes in phone numbers.
It is essential that emergency contact information be kept up to date. Please keep the school informed of all current home, duty, spouse's work number, and emergency phone numbers.
If parents cannot be reached, the Emergency Contact Person will be notified. If this is also unsuccessful the sponsor’s military unit will be contacted for assistance.
The school should be informed if parents will be in the field or traveling and have left their child in the care of someone else (in loco parentis).
In the unlikely event that students need to remain at school due to inclement weather or other reasons in which access to Askren Manor and SES has been prohibited, the school needs information regarding where each child is to walk, or who will meet the child at school until access to Askren Manor and SES becomes available. Alternate destination forms are to be completed (indicating whether a child is to walk or who will meet the child at the school) as part of the registration process.
Discipline Mission Statement
We, the staff of Schweinfurt Elementary, are committed to assisting all students in the development of the behavioral and academic skills necessary to reach their fullest potential and to become responsible life-long learners.
- Student conduct that interferes with learning or with teacher instruction is unacceptable.
- Students, parents, community, and the school share the responsibility for creating the best possible learning environment.
- Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that shows respect for others and school property.
- Parents will be held accountable for the actions of their student.
- School administrators, in concert with the student and the parent, will address all misconduct actions that fall within their purview and refer students to the MILCOM if continuous misconduct requiring community service, suspension, and/or expulsion occurs.
The 3 "Be's" of SES
| BE RESPECTFUL: Treat others as you wish to be treated.
- Obey all adults in charge the first time
- Keep hands, feet, and objects to self
- Speak in an appropriate manner to all people
BE RESPONSIBLE: Employ self-control; know that your words and actions affect others.
- Move in a safe, quiet manner at all times and respect other people's space
- Treat school property with care
- Before you touch other's belongings, ask for the owner's permission
- Clean up your space after all activities
BE READY: Attentive behavior will allow teachers to teach and students to learn.
- Produce your best work every day
- Come to school prepared to work and learn (with supplies and your assigned work)
- Be attentive so you always know what to do next and where to go
- Be punctual throughout the entire school day
Consequences for not following the 3 "B's"
- Verbal reminder to student with positive intervention
- Notice of inappropriate behavior - verbal communication with parents
- 30-minute detention
- 60-minute detention
- Principal referral - conference with student and sponsor; possible suspension
- School liaison officer referral - community service
Behavioral Expectations for Students at SES
All staff members contribute to Schweinfurt Elementary School's friendly, inviting environment. We set the tone through our actions and attitudes. We will demonstrate our continuous support and encouragement of students in four important ways.
- We will teach students the expectations for responsible behavior in all school environments by relating student actions to our guidelines for success. That is, we will encourage students to be respectful, to be responsible, and to be ready.
- We will provide positive feedback to students when they are meeting expectations and following the guidelines for success.
- We will view minor misbehaviors as teaching opportunities and will respond calmly and consistently with corrections or consequences.
- We will work collaboratively to solve behavior problems that are chronic or severe in nature.
Classroom rules are posted in each room and shared with parents at the beginning of the school year. Students are expected to become familiar with and follow these rules.
Normal school policies for student behavior apply to all school sponsored activities. Inappropriate behavior may also result in the loss of the privilege of attending future school activities.
Classroom Celebrations Guidelines
Any special classroom celebration (i.e. student birthday or holiday celebration) will be held during the last hour of the day (any time after one o'clock). Parents will be advised regarding individual teacher's guidelines for special celebrations and events.
- Line up quickly and quietly once the whistle blows / bell rings.
- Students need to stay in the designated playground areas.
- Play fighting / wrestling chasing, and tagging others is not allowed.
- Students are not to be on playground equipment without adult supervision
- Students are not to use equipment when lining up for morning entry or when being dismissed in the afternoon.
Playground rules apply to all playground areas and include all play equipment. The physical education teacher reviews rules of various playground games with the students throughout the course of the year.
Expectations in the Cafeteria
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- Follow directions of all adults.
- Clean up after yourself - recycle items on trays and in lunchboxes.
- Stay in your seat.
- No cutting in line.
- All drinks, food, and utensils remain in the cafeteria.
- Speak softly.
- Raise your hand for help and to return cafeteria tray.
Detention is a consequence for repeated or more severe rule violations.
Detention can also be issued for failure to complete assigned academic work.
Parents receive at least twenty-four hours notice of the detention. A parent signature verifies receipt of a detention.
A suspension is issued only when all other interventions have been exhausted or in the case of a serious infraction. Suspensions are issued by school administrators and may be either 'in school' suspension or home suspension.
Expulsion is the removal of a pupil from school for the remainder of a semester or school year. In cases of repeated serious infractions or a very severe infraction such as drugs or weapons possession, expulsion is an option. Authority to expel lies within the purview of the District Superintendent.
Causes which may result in suspension or expulsion:
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- Physical, sexual, and/or verbal abuse (violence)
- Weapons (real or replica)
- Vandalizing school property (including pulling a fire alarm)
- Willful disobedience toward any school authority
- Theft and/or extortion of money or property from others
Weapons are items carried, presented, or used in the presence of other persons in a manner likely to make reasonable persons fear for their safety. They include, but are not limited to:
guns, look-alike (replica) or toy guns, knives, razors, slingshots, nun chucks, any chains or flailing instrument, or any other object concealed or displayed which can be used as a weapon.
Possession of any of the items listed above can result in suspension or expulsion from school..
Other items not permitted in school are toys, cassette/disc players, electronic games, card games, or any other distracting item.
Possession of or being under the influence of, selling, or giving away non-prescription, prescription or illegal drugs, controlled substances, or alcohol on school grounds during the school day or at any school activity, will not be permitted. Students are also prohibited from possessing or using tobacco during the school day or at any school sponsored activities.
All prescription medication must be kept with the School Nurse.
Safe Learning Environment
The staff of Schweinfurt Elementary School is dedicated to providing a safe learning environment for your children. We will maintain an environment that is free of fear, bullying, harassment, and intimidation. No child should ever be afraid to come to school, but instead should always find his or her school to be a safe haven.
Gang Awarness and Prevention
Gang-like activities, such as vandalism and bullying are a community problem, a problem of the unit, the garrison, the parents, and the schools. DoDEA-Europe, as part of that community, will work with installation agencies and units to help ensure coordinated actions are in place.
Within DoDEA-Europe schools, vandalism, bullying or any other gang-like activities are not tolerated. Any form of initiation, assault, or bullying, may result in suspension for those participating. Military communities fully support our discipline actions.
Fortunately, the overseas military environment is not a fertile ground for gang recruitment, as we have strong families, close communities, and high values. Nonetheless, gang-wannabes and other forms of bullying do occasionally surface. When they do surface, the entire community takes swift action to ensure appropriate measures are taken.
Teachers and school administrators are proficient at recognizing wannabe activities and the wearing of specific colors (identifying garments), drawing of symbols associated with a certain gang, and/or club by flashing a unique hand or body gesture or symbol.
Gang-like activities or bullying may have once been considered a rite of passage. However, parents, educators, and community leaders now see bullying as a devastating form of peer abuse that can have long-term effect on youthful victims, robbing them of self-esteem, isolating them from their peers, causing them to drop out school, and even prompting health and mental problems.
Gang-like or wannabe activities and bullying normally include: joining a fight in progress that is not yours, making threats on behalf of another person or group, and intimidation using a group threat. This list is not all-inclusive. Students engaged in these types of behavior can expect suspension for two to five days depending on the nature and severity of the offense.
Students who engage in or have association with acts of hazing on or off post are also subject to disciplinary actions. Hazing is defined as, “any intentional, knowing, or reckless act by one person alone or acting with others, directed against a student, that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for the purpose of pledging, being initiated into, affiliating with, or holding office in an organization.”
Graffiti in any form will not be tolerated. A person or persons who, without the consent of the owner, utilize aerosol paint or other permanent markers to intentionally or knowingly make markings, including inscriptions, slogans, drawings, or paintings will be suspended based upon the nature and severity of the offense.
DoDEA-Europe schools prohibit wearing of specific colors associated with or intended to identify the wearer as a gang member wannabe. This can include certain sports franchise merchandise or certain kinds of jewelry. School dress codes also prohibit wearing clothing that promote or advocate the use of drugs, violence, or other undesirable behaviors.
DoDEA-Europe promotes open and honest communications with parents should they have concerns regarding dress requirements. The primary consideration in making such decisions is concern for the well-being and security of all students.
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Diversity Management Equal Opportunity (DMEO)
Under Executive Order 13160, any individual involved in a federally conducted education and training program (e.g. DoDEA) who believes he or she has been discriminated against on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation, or status as a parent may file a complaint with the DoDEA Office of Compliance and Assistance.
Refer to http://www.dodea.edu/ ( under "Administration" - "DoDEA Director" - "Office of Compliance and Assistance") for detailed information on the scope of the program and how to file a complaint.
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Curriculum and Instruction
DoDEA curricular subjects are based on standards and reviewed continuously and updated every six years.. Books and materials are reviewed and updated on a cyclical basis.
The program of studies in grades 1-5 is organized in broad areas and includes: Language Arts/Reading, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Health and Safety, Art, Music, Host Nation/Multi-Cultural, Career Education, and Computer Technology.
Learning units are developed around central themes to reflect the culture of the times and the social economic problems that effect the lives of children and their environmental experiences. Provision is made for teaching work habits and study skills.
The curriculum is organized so that children of varying abilities and interests can work together in groups with each child engaged in tasks within his range of abilities, interests, and special talents.
DoDEA curriculum standards serve as the basis for all teaching and learning.
Special Education Program
Schweinfurt Elementary has the resources to educate handicapped children in the learning impaired and communication impaired (speech therapy) programs. Preschool developmental classes are available to children who qualify.
Learning Impaired Program: Students receive individual or small-group instruction in basic skills and assistance with other subject areas according to the programs described in their Individual Education Program (IEP).
Communication Impaired Program: Students with speech and language problems, other than English as a Second Language, receive individual or small-group instruction from the speech therapist as described on their IEP.
Preschool Children with Disabilities Program: The PSCD program identifies children with communication, motor, social, emotional, and cognitive delays. An IEP is developed and implemented for children 3-5 years old who qualify for services.
The Case Study Committee (CSC): The CSC meets to consider referrals, plan assessments, determine eligibility, and develop educational programs for children with special education needs. When a special program is needed, parents are requested to attend several meetings and are involved in the entire process of developing an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP).
Child Find Program: This program is designed to locate family members between the ages of 3 and 21 years of age who are not enrolled in the DoDEA system, but who need special educational services.
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School Programs and Resources
Information Center: The main objective of the Information Center (our library) is to support the school curriculum by making available educational books, materials, computers, and services as well as technical assistance. Vist the DoDEA Information Center Webpage: http://www.dodea.edu/curriculum/infoCenters.cfm
Kindergarten: SES has a full-day program for students who have reached their fifth birthday by September 1st.
Sure Start: This program was established in 1991 for families living and working at military installations overseas. SES has this early-intervention program (similar to Head Start) for 4-year-olds whose sponsors are E-1 to E-4 or GS 01-04. Sure Start offers a comprehensive approach to early childhood education, involving both children and families. The program is dedicated to providing comprehensive services in the areas of education, health, social services, and family involvement. For more information, please visit the DoDEA Early Childhood Education Webpage: http://www.dodea.edu/curriculum/eChildhood.cfm
English as a Second Language (ESL): Through the ESL Program, students with limited English proficiency receive instruction that helps them participate successfully in the total school program. The skills taught are listening, speaking, reading, and writing in an interdisciplinary and interactive environment. The ESL Program also builds self-esteem and promotes the development of a positive self-image in ESL students. For more information, please visit the DoDEA ESL Webpage: http://www.dodea.edu/curriculum/esl.cfm
Literacy Coaches: Students needing assistance in reading receive support from literacy coaches as they work in the classroom with various students in guided reading groups. These coaches provide resource help and materials to classroom teachers and manage the reading program by providing reading instruction for some students.
Read 180: This small-group program provides additional intensive reading support for students in grades three through five. To learn more about Read 180 go to: http://teacher.scholastic.com/products/read180/
Gifted Program: Special classes are offered for students who possess high intelligence or demonstrate high levels of achievement and/or talent. The teacher of the gifted also works with other students, enriching the total curriculum. More information is available on the SES Gifted Education Webpage.
LARS: Additional reading support is provided by the Language Arts Reading Specialist. Students in grades 3-5 who require additional assistance with reading comprehension are provided small-group instruction in decoding strategies, spelling, and writing.
Math Support: Students needing assistance in mastering math facts, working with numbers and other compensatory math instruction, have the opportunity to work with a tutor or coach periodically throughout the school year. The CCC computer program allows students to improve their math facts and to work on problem solving.
Guidance Program: The SES Guidance Program is developmental and an integral part of our classroom education. Although we have school counselors who manage the guidance program, it is our teachers who assist students daily in the areas of self-understanding, respect, and social skills. Our counselors are committed to the Competency Based Guidance model which means they write annual guidance goals for students. Our counselors understand the hardship which transition (deployment, frequent PCS, etc.) may cause. Therefore, a centerpiece of the Guidance Program addresses dealing with separation and change.
Although our counselors focus upon students, they are also a valuable resource for parents. Parenting classes, parent discussion groups, and private consultations (developing child management strategies) are some guidance activities. Please also visit our SES Guidance Web page.
SEMS Guidance Mission Statement:
Due to the unique demands of the Department of Defense environment, the purpose of the guidance program at SES is to ensure all students acquire the attitude, knowledge and skills to participate constructively and contribute in a multicultural and transient society. These attributes will be developed in partnership with our families and community agencies.
Student activities, offered both during the day and after school, change yearly depending upon the availability of sponsors. Some activities that may be offered are:
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||Reading Counts Club
AAFES Breakfast and Lunch Program
The cafeteria will be open the first full day classes are in session. Both breakfast and lunch are provided for SES students; however, students who ride the school bus do not arrive in time to participate in the breakfast program. All purchased meals are to be eaten in the Multi-Purpose Room.
The school meal program is run by AAFES and meal tickets may be purchased at the Main Post Exchange For questions pertaining to the lunch program, please feel free to contact the Cafeteria Manager at 09721-803 279 or 09721-941 985. A school lunch menu will be published in the Parent Newsletter. It is also available at: http://odin.aafes.com/nutrition/menus.htm (external link) Be advised that unannounced changes may occur.
Students may also bring a lunch and may purchase milk or juice. There is no a la carte menu at SES.
Students are responsible for payment of charged lunches. After the third charge, the child will be given a sandwich as the main course. When the payments of charges are reimbursed, AAFES will resume serving the standard lunch on the menu.
Information on free and reduced lunch costs is available at the Army Community Center (ACS) at
DSN: 354-6933 or German: 09721-96-6933.
|Student Breakfast Tickets: $1.25
||Adult Breakfast Tickets: $1.65
|Student Lunch Tickets: $2.40/2.55
||Adult Lunch Tickets: $5.00
|Orange Juice: $1.00
(subject to change)
11:20-11:45-Grade 2 & 3
11:50-12:10-Grade 4 & 5
12:23-1:10-Grade 6, 7 & 8
|Expectations in the Cafeteria
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- Follow directions of all adults.
- Clean up after yourself - recycle items on try and in lunchboxes.
- Stay in your seat.
- No cutting in line.
- All drinks, food, and utensils remain in the cafeteria.
- Speak softly.
- Raise your hand for help and to return cafeteria tray.
School Advisory Committee
The School Advisory Committee (SAC) is an elected group of parents and professional school employees. The SAC advises the principal on matters within the jurisdiction of the school and DoDEA.
Matters addressed may include: school policies, instructional programs, pupil services, and student standards of conduct and discipline . Community matters which the IAC (Installation Advisory Committee) may address include: maintenance, safety, security, transportation, and administrative and logistical support services provided by the installation commander.
The SAC meets quarterly. Meetings are announced in the Parent Newsletter.
Parent Teacher Association: PTA
The Schweinfurt Elementary PTA welcomes you to the 2008– 2009 school year!
We have a wonderful school with first-rate teachers, administrators, and students. Our PTA is a very strong organization and constantly works toward the goal of improving the quality of education for our children and working environment of their teachers.
PTA sponsors monthly showcases of student work and the ECAPTS Spelling Bee. The PTA has provided fun and excitement for students at the annual carnival, hosted dramatic and musical workshops, funded academic and athletic events such as Field Day and Fun Run, and provided for Host Nation events and activities.
PTA has the support of the community, administrators, SES staff, parents, and children in all its endeavors. We urge you to become part of our terrific organization.
Membership is needed in order to continue in PTA’s fine tradition of service to and support of our excellent school.
Students whose parents are members of the PTA are welcome to attend our monthly meetings with their parents and vote on issues that pertain to our programs and our school.
We look forward to working together for a great year!
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Enrichment Activities in and Around the Schweinfurt Area
|Places to go and things to see on the economy that will widen your cultural experiences:
There are large indoor/outdoor pool complexes in Wuerzburg (Nautiland)
Schweinfurt (Silvana)opened in July 2006
Kissalis thermal spa pool in Bad Kissingen: http://www.kissalis.de
Smaller Indoor Swimming Pools:
- Bad Kissingen - Promenandenstr. 23
- Schwebheim - Schulstr. 20 09723-912321
- Gochsheim - Adam Riese Str. 09721-644431
- Sennfeld - Am Schwimmbad 09721-68383
- Werneck - Buhlweg 09722-224
- Dittelbrunn - Tannenweg 2 09721-41045
Other Interesting Places:
- Deutschhof Animal Park - Schweinfurt
- Ice Skating Rink (Eisstadion) - Schweinfurt
- Take a day trip through a local village or visit downtown Schweinfurt,Wuerzburg, or Bamberg.
- The Bowling Alley
- Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
- Chapel Youth Groups
- The Ledward Barracks Library - Special Programs
- The Recreation Center at Conn Barracks
- Organizations and publications that can help you find more enrichment activities here and throughout Germany and Europe.
- Youth Services (YS)
- Educational Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS)
- Child Development Services (CDS)
- Army Community Services (ACS)
- Bacon Bits - Community Calendar of Events found at the PX and Shoppette
- The Stars and Stripes - Thursday Edition
- The USO - Ledward Barracks
Get more information about Germany from:
German National Tourist Board
There is additional information about Germany and learning German on the SES Links Page
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