Kempton New Church School

Academics:

Behavior:

Charity is the main thing we aim to teach. The moral development of a child is the foundation of his or her spiritual development. Moral concepts, such as honesty, industry, courtesy, and friendship, are learned in the classroom, sports field and social times at school as well as at home. It is essential, therefore, that an atmosphere of charity and order conducive to learning be maintained in schools.

To this end the staff attempts to teach students continuously about expected behavior, both in the classroom and outside of it. We try to guide students in their relationships with each other, as well as with adults, while allowing for their freedom. We aim to cultivate the warm personal relationships with students that are necessary for trust and guidance.

The Ten Commandments form the basis for the school standards of behavior. The school staff together sets guidelines that apply to the whole school. The classroom teacher makes policies for her classroom. Systems of rewards or progressive consequences are used. An effort is also made to make consequences immediate, rather than delayed. We try to work closely with parents to support a child in amending his behavior.

Curriculum:

In a broad sense, curriculum includes all the experiences children have at school. We try to integrate the courses we teach in order to help students see connections among the things that they learn. KNCS generally follows the curriculum suggested for use in all General Church Schools.

At KNCS there are two grades to each classroom. The two grades are usually treated as a unit. The classroom follows a curriculum that alternates year by year; for example, following the first grade curriculum one year and the second grade curriculum the next. In subjects where knowledge given in one year is prerequisite to that taught the following year, especially math and foreign language, the grades are taught separately.

Attendance:

Absence and lateness are serious impediments to any school program. Instances of lateness and absence are recorded on the report card. (See also the Middle School rules regarding missed homework.) If your child is sick, please let the school know as soon as possible via telephone or e-mail. If he or she misses three consecutive days of school, or has frequent absences, a doctor’s note is requested.

Evaluation and Records

  1. Report Cards: Reports are sent to parents twice a year. Grades 5–10 are given numerical grades as well as written comments. Grades K–4 are given written comments. The grading system is as follows:
  2. Excellent 90 – 100 A
    Good 80 – 89 B
    Fair 70 – 79 C
    Fail 0 – 69 F
  3. Oral Conferences: In addition to report cards, oral conference between teacher and parent are scheduled twice each year.
  4. Standardized Tests: Each year students in grades 3–8 take the IOWA tests, which measure how well students perform in certain basic skill areas in relation to students throughout the United States and in the General Church system.
  5. Student Records: These are collected and maintained throughout each child’s schooling. A student’s records include:
    1. Report cards, including grades, comments and attendance
    2. Standardized tests
    3. Medical and dental records
    4. Results of any special testing, such as psychological or other tests
    All records are confidential, but parents are free to inspect their own children’s records at any time. Adult alumni are also welcome to see all of their own records.

Homework:

Homework serves many purposes. Any given assignment may include the following:

  1. Reinforcement and extension of what has been covered in school
  2. An opportunity to be creative
  3. Practice in responsibility and independent work

Homework guidelines are as follows, though any given night may have more or less:
Grades 1 & 2 15 minutes 3 days per week
Grades 3 & 4 30–45 minutes per day
Grades 5 & 6 45–75 minutes per day
Grades 7 & 8 75–120 minutes per day
Grades 9 – 11 100–180 minutes per day

These guidelines do not assume a particular skill level so much as they assume good habits. Having a routine of a regular time and a reasonably quiet place to do homework will save students much time and frustration. Parents can do a lot to help their children develop efficient work habits. We hope that students’ time at home will not be dominated by homework and that they will have time to play, follow their own interests, and do things with the rest of the family.

Taking Tests at Home:

Often the need can arise for the administration of a test or quiz at home, as make-up from an absence or for a failed grade. Staying after school sometimes presents problems for students and parents as well as teachers, so your willingness to help make this work is appreciated.

Guidelines for giving your son or daughter a test: A test should be administered by a parent (or other adult) only, not a sibling. You should be present for the time that the student is taking the quiz, and be sure that all books and papers have been put away before he or she begins. The test itself will come in a sealed envelope. There will be an envelope inside to seal the completed test into, with a place for you to sign. By signing, you confirm that the test arrived in a sealed envelope, that the test was given according to the guidelines, and that you sealed the envelope after the test was completed.

Cheating:

Cheating can be a temptation to students. For this reason we are including a few reminders of what constitutes cheating:

  1. On homework: Asking for help from teachers and parents when stuck on homework is very useful. Working on homework with a friend is sometimes permissible, depending on the teacher and the subject (ask individual instructor). However, a student must hand in only his or her own work. Students must not lend their papers or homework to another student, or copy each other’s work. Both the lender and the copier are guilty of cheating.
  2. On tests and exams: Using any information other than that which is supplied by the teacher or that which is from the student’s own mind, during a test, quiz or exam is cheating. This includes looking at your neighbor’s paper, whispering, or otherwise supplying the answers. Discussing questions or answers with someone who was absent and has not yet taken the test is also cheating.

Technology:

If a student brings an electronic device to school such as a phone, iPod, or tablet that connects to the internet, the device must remain powered off and in a backpack or locker the whole time the student is at school, unless the student receives special permission from a teacher to get out a device and turn it on. The same is true on all field trips.

Dress Code:

GENERAL

Because we are here to learn, KNCS emphasizes that clothing should reflect this use and not distract from it. In addition, our religious philosophy dictates that dress should be modest and appropriate to the setting, for both boys and girls. All students must comply with basic requirements of cleanliness and appropriateness no matter what their age. Note: These guidelines also apply to clothing worn to school opening, school closing, and on field trips.

Please do not send your children to school with:

  • holes, tears, rips or big stains in their clothes;
  • ragged or frayed edges;
  • hats (as hats are not permitted in school at any time, unless it’s Hat Day);
  • bare feet, flip flops (leather or plastic), or other footwear that makes noticeably loud sounds and/or may look like beachwear;
  • undergarments visible above or below clothing;
  • items that look or smell as if they do not belong in the school environment (such as work clothes that are not suitable for school attire);
  • or items of clothing that have slogans, advertising or other writing on them that is not appropriate for our church school setting. Additionally, any shirts or jackets with things written on the back must be covered up for chapel.