Policies and Procedures
ADDRESS/PHONE NUMBER CHANGES:
Please notify the school office of any change of address, phone number, parent contact numbers, etc., as soon as possible. This will assist the school in the event of an emergency and help ensure that your child is handled properly and according to your wishes.
“A” Honor Roll: Awarded to students in 1st - 4th grade who are instructed on grade level and receive an “A” in all subjects. Students must receive an “S” or above in all conduct and behavior grades. Spirit Sticks® are awarded at the end of each 9-week grading period. At the end of the school year, students who have maintained this award throughout the year will receive a “Principal’s Award” certificate.
“A/B” Honor Roll Awarded to students in 1st – 4th grade who are instructed on grade level and receive a combination of “A’s” and “B’s” in all subjects. Students must receive an “S” or above in all conduct and behavior grades. Spirit Sticks®/or Ribbons are awarded at the end of each 9-week grading period. At the end of the school year, students who have maintained this award throughout the year will receive an “Honor Roll” certificate.
Outstanding Behavior Award Awarded to students in 1st -4th grade who have received an “E” in all conduct and behavior grades. Spirit Sticks®/ or Ribbons are awarded at the end of each 9-week grading period. At the end of the school year, students who have maintained an “E” or “G” in conduct throughout the year will receive a “Certificate of Recognition”.
Perfect Attendance Awarded to students who have not had any absences and no more than five tardies. Spirit Sticks® are awarded at the end of each 9-week grading period for grades 2-4 and ribbons for First and Kindergarten. At the end of the school year students who have maintained this award throughout the year will receive an “Attendance” certificate.
Citizenship awards are given to students who have demonstrated exceptional strengths in school community involvement and social/moral responsibility throughout the school year. At the end of the school year, one student from each classroom will be selected to receive this award. Those students will receive a “Citizenship” certificate.
In addition to the classroom awards, one student will be selected from the 4thgrade recipients to receive the campus Citizenship award. This award will be presented during the GISD Board of Trustees meeting in May.
BUILDING ACCESS AND VISITORS:
All doors will remain locked during school hours. Students are instructed to use specific entrances and exits for arrival and dismissal. This is designated for the safety of all students. Parents and visitors will use the doorbell system to request access to the building. All visitors should report to the school office immediately upon arrival to receive a visitor’s pass (a valid State issued ID is required to enter our campus). School personnel will utilize the V-Soft system to provide a pass to the visitor. This is designed for the safety of all students and staff.
COMMUNICATION FROM THE SCHOOL:
Every Friday your child’s teacher will send home a “Peek of the Week”, which will give you an overview of classroom activities and expectations for the upcoming week. Students in grades 1-4 will bring home a daily assignment book/folder which is to be signed by parents daily. Please be sure to download the Parent Square app and join your child’s class for up to the minute campus and classroom information. We also have a Facebook and Instagram page.
Greta Oppe Elementary students follow all discipline policies that are explained in the GISD Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct is online at www.gisd.org. Please be sure to review this booklet with your child/children. Each grade level has a behavior management plan in place. An explanation of that plan goes home at the beginning of the school year for you to review with your child/children. Please sign and return after you have reviewed it as a family.
Oppe students have a chance to earn Dolphin Dollars. Dolphin Dollars are awarded to students who have made good choices. Dolphin Dollars are intended to encourage positive behavior. Positive behavior helps in developing good citizenship. Any staff member can give Dolphin Dollars to students. Students collect Dolphin Dollars to cash in for different privileges and/or prizes.
Oppe staff and students will continue to utilize the CHAMPS procedures as well as encourage the following six character traits: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship.
Students will receive a progress report 4 1/2 weeks after the beginning of each grading period. Elementary report cards are issued every 9 weeks and both are viewable via your Skyward account. If you should have questions or concerns about your child’s report card, please contact your child’s teacher to set up a conference.
Homework is routinely required of students, as assigned by the teacher. Homework is given Monday – Thursday. Its purpose is to provide reinforcement, extra practice, and supplemental information to classroom instruction. Homework also fosters the development of good study habits, a practice that is critically important for students who plan to pursue advanced education. Parents are urged to ensure that their children read at least 20 minutes at home each evening.