At John Adams Elementary we are committed to the continued focus on student engagement where:
Parents should call the school by 9:00 am to report a student absent (423-378-1400). Please remember calling in to report your child absent does not excuse him/her from school for the day. Only a parent note or doctor’s note can excuse an absence.
On the first day following an absence, a written document signed by the parent, guardian, or doctor is required. The note must state the date(s) absent. We can only accept 3 (three) parent notes per semester for your child’s absences. Doctors’ excuses may be faxed to the school at 423-378-1424. It is the responsibility of the parent to make sure the fax was received.
Students will be recognized at PRIDE Assemblies at the end of each 9 weeks for Perfect Attendance (no absences, no tardies, no early dismissals) and Outstanding Attendance (no absences, fewer than 3 tardies, or early dismissals). Various prize drawings will be held throughout the school year for students who have Perfect or Outstanding Attendance.
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
ALL PARENTS/GUARDIANS: We ask that all transportation changes are received in our office before 2:00pm to insure timely delivery to students/teachers. Please do not call the front office or the classroom teacher in order to make last minute changes. This procedure should only be done in case of an emergency. Any person picking up a student prior to dismissal time must come to the school office to sign out the student.
Driving into and out of the “Car Rider Safety Zone” marked with numbers 1-10
All vehicles must have a CAR DISMISSAL TAG from John Adams. Hang the tag from your rear view mirror with student number facing the windshield. If card is not displayed, you will be asked to park and go into the office to sign your student out of school for the day.
When school activities are held after school or in the evening, students will be supervised during the designated time announced by the supervising school personnel. It is the responsibility of the student to let the parent/guardian know the time announced, and it is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to pick up the student by this designated time.
Student cell phones should remain OFF when students are present at John Adams. Cell phones will be confiscated and parents will be contacted to pick up the cell phone if students violate this rule.
Deliveries for students (flowers, cookie bouquets, etc.) cannot be accepted at John Adams.
Teachers/Administrators will take time to discuss the situation and choices with the student. Redirection of behavior is the goal. This is implemented as quickly after the infraction as possible in a private manner. This method is used from the first minor infraction through more serious infractions.
Parents will be contacted if the student persists to the level of disruption of teaching and learning. Parents will also be notified for trip demerits, detention, in-school suspension (ISS) or out-of-school suspension (OSS).
A student may be kept after school for the disciplinary reasons listed below if parents/guardians have been given at least one day of advance notice regarding the transportation arrangement needed for the student. Detention Hall is from 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Students will exit the front doors at the main entrance at 4:15 p.m. for pick up from detention. If a student does not report to a Detention Hall session without prior notice to office personnel and a note or call from the parent/guardian explaining the reason, an additional Detention Hall session will be assigned and a trip demerit will be issued. Three (3) trips to detention hall will result in a trip demerit. Reasons for detention may include but are not limited to:
Detention Hall Procedures
Each student is released from school supervision at 4:15 p.m. Failure to pick up student on time from Detention Hall may result in additional consequences.
If a student does not arrive to Detention Hall on time, fails to meet a detention guideline, or leaves early at any point in the detention, the detention will be considered unsuccessful. Failure to comply will result in one additional day per violation. Unsuccessful detentions will result in more stringent punishments.
Detention Hall will NOT be rescheduled nor will an alternative be available because of after school events or activities.
Special student activities, such as but not limited to, field day, etc. could be restricted at teacher/administrator’s discretion based on misbehavior of a student.
Teachers will refer a student to the office for major misbehaviors which require further discipline such as detention, in school suspension, out of school suspension, expulsion, etc.
Students who have repeated offenses or 3 office referrals will be given ISS. Students will be issued ISS for the following offenses: pushing, grabbing/kicking, spitting, abusing school property (minor), insolence (blatant, bold, defiant attitude toward authority; a hostile deliberate confrontation to an adult’s authority) and/or at the principal’s discretion for a behavior incident. Students will report to their homeroom teacher upon arrival to be marked present for attendance and then receive work for the day. Once work is gathered, the student will report to the office for ISS.
Trip Demerits/Automatic Loss of Field Trip
A trip demerit is a penalty issued to a student by a teacher or school administrator for non-academic behavior, and has reference to class trips and class events only. A student with three or more trip demerits will not be eligible for a class trip or other special activities which serve as student rewards. Trip demerits will be given, when deserved, along with other disciplinary actions. However, no student shall be penalized with more than one demerit for related incidents on the same day.
Automatic trip demerits will be issued for any of the following:
No trip demerit may be issued for any other offenses except by the school principal, assistant principal or principal designee.
JAES P.R.I.D.E. Assemblies and Celebrations
John Adams PRIDE (Personal best, Respect, Integrity, Determination, Extraordinary) is our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Initiative (PBIS). Our school-wide approach addresses all students while teaching, encouraging and acknowledging appropriate behaviors. We continuously strive to recognize as many students as possible who are showing John Adams PRIDE.
We will do this through the following strategies:
PRIDE Nominations for Celebration Assemblies:
PRIDE Recognition for Attendance:
PRIDE Celebration Events:
Lost and Found
Off campus party invitations can only be handed out at school if all students of the host’s classroom are invited.
In order to limit disruptions and preserve educational time, each class (if the teacher chooses) may have a monthly birthday party for students who have a birthday that month. Because of food safety procedures, all snacks and party items must be store bought and in original packages. It is also highly suggested that items be healthy snacks.
Parents/guardians are most welcome at the school! For safety purposes, all parents/guardians and visitors must enter through the front doors and register in the School Office upon arrival. A visitor’s pass must be issued to anyone visiting the school campus. The first time you enter the school, you will be required to have your driver’s license scanned thru Raptor, our security verification system.