Academics Assessment

Improving student achievement is a goal of the Eureka Union School District. To monitor student learning, students are given classroom, district and state assessments. Assessments are used to recommend student placements in various school programs and to plan how to increase student achievement at school and across the district.
 
  • Classroom Assessments
    • On a daily basis, teachers check for student understanding of grade level standards using formal and informal classroom assessments. Each trimester teachers complete a series of assessments to report student progress on the standards-based report card. All teachers use agreed-upon grade level criteria to determine if a student meets standards.
  • District Assessments
    • Students are given diagnostic assessments at the beginning, middle, and end of each school year. Students are also given an annual district writing assessment. Teachers use information from these assessments to plan instruction and monitor student progress.
  • State Assessments
    • In the spring, all students in grades two through eight take the CA State CASSP test. The district's goal is to have students score at the proficient or advanced levels. To help your child do well on this test, and in their regular schoolwork, please ensure that your child gets plenty of sleep and has a healthy breakfast each day, as well as arrives to school on time and attends school on a regular basis.

Academic Interventions

A variety of academic interventions are available to assist students who are having difficulty with meeting district standards.  Teachers, teacher teams, or student study teams may recommend one or more interventions to assist students who are having difficulty with grades and/or at risk of being retained. Check with your child’s teacher for more information if you feel your child would benefit from an academic intervention.

Attendance

Daily school attendance is essential for student success.  By law, parents are obligated to send their child to school daily.  Please try to schedule appointments during non-school hours.  A student’s absence is deemed excused for the following reasons: personal illness, quarantine under the direction of a county or city health manager, medical appointments, or attendance at a funeral service of an immediate family member. When your student is absent from school, state law requires verification of absence. Please call our attendance line (916.791.6129) by 10:00AM.  If you do not call, your child must bring a note to the office when he/she returns to school to clear the absence. CA State average for absences is 5 days in a single school year. If you are taking your child out of school for an unavoidable absence of 5 or more days you must request an Independent Study Contract from your child’s teacher at least 48 hours prior to leaving.
  • A student with three unexcused absences and/or tardiness in excess of thirty minutes is classified as Truant.  The student’s parent/guardian will receive written notification that the School Attendance Review Board process has been initiated. (Education Code Section 4826.5)

Books and Materials

Each student is issued a set of books for the school year. Books must remain covered all year.  Students are expected to care for the books and materials and return them in June in a similar condition. Students are charged for excessive wear and tear, and the final report card is held until all fines are paid.

Cell Phones

Cell phones must be turned off and kept in backpacks while students are on campus.  Students may use their phones after school, but they must be in front of the school office or marquee area.  Taking videos, photos, or recordings with cell phones is not permitted on campus.  The following consequences are in place for students breaking this rule:

1st infraction – Warning by school personnel.

2nd infraction – Phone is confiscated and a parent must pick it up in the school office.  Notes, phone calls, or another party are not accepted in lieu of the parents’ presence to pick up the phone.

3rd infraction – The student’s privilege of bringing a phone to school is revoked for the remainder of that trimester.

Closed Campus

Ridgeview School is a closed campus.  Once students arrive on campus, they must remain on campus until the end of the school day or until a parent signs them out in the school office, unless attending a school-sponsored field trip. 

Cyclists / Skate Boarders / Scooter Riders

Bicycles, skateboards, and scooters must be locked in the bike rack area. Please review safety rules with your children. It is a state law that all children riding these vehicles wear helmets. Cyclists/skate boarders/scooter riders need to walk on the sidewalks within the school zone.  Only students that have business (e.g. STAR/HYPE/Teacher’s Helper) on the Oakhills campus may use it as an access for point.  Riding across the backfield is not permitted.

Destination Imagination and Nature Bowl

Destination Imagination and Nature Bowl are two extracurricular opportunities for students to join teams and compete with teams from other schools.

Display of Affection

School is a place of business and should be treated accordingly. Inappropriate display of affection by students is not acceptable at school or at any school sponsored activity and will result in disciplinary action. 

Drop Off and Pick Up

In order to help with student safety and the flow of traffic, please follow the following procedure:
  • 6th graders and their younger siblings: Drop off and pick up area is in the Oakhills parking lot.
  • 4th & 5th graders: Drop off and pick up area is in the Ridgeview parking lot.
You may also use Feist Park for any student during these times.

Emergency Cards

These must be completed in duplicate, one for the school office and one for the classroom teacher.  It is imperative that Emergency Cards be kept current. In the event of an emergency, the school must be able to contact a parent/guardian. Whenever there is a change in address or phone number, notify the office as soon as possible. 

Feist Park

Students may only play at Feist Park, before or after school when supervised by a parent or guardian.  After school, students are to leave campus unless involved in a school sponsored activity.

Fire and Emergency Drills

Fire and emergency drills are practiced throughout the year. When the emergency bell rings, students are to report in a quick and orderly manner to their assigned area for role call and follow up instructions.

Gum

No gum chewing is allowed on campus. Any student that is found chewing gum will receive a detention.

Homework

Absences & Late Work

Late work due to absence may be made up without penalty: one additional day per day of absence is the district guideline.  All other late assignments may receive a maximum grade of 70% provided it is of appropriate quality. Teachers will communicate which assignments may be redone. Late work is treated the same by all teachers.  Parents are encouraged to access Power School in order to monitor their child’s progress.

Power School access for parents: https://powerschool.eureka-usd.k12.ca.us/admin/pw.html

A letter with your password is provided at Back to School Night.  This password remains the same as long as your child attends school in the Eureka Union School District.

Homework Policy

Regular homework is a means of extending necessary practice time and cementing new learning into a solid foundation on which future lessons can be built. Homework is required of all students in grades first through eighth. This important study skill is learned more effectively when started at an early age. We need your help at home in making sure that homework is completed in an area without distractions such as television and radio.  District Homework Time Guidelines for each grade level:
  • 4th grade: maximum 30 minutes until January. Thereafter, 60 min./night x 4 days/ week
  • 5th grade: maximum 60 min. per night x 4 days per week
  • 6th grade: maximum 90 min. per night x 4 days per week
These times may fluctuate during the school year depending on assignments/projects. If your child consistently has no homework, or the homework takes much more time than indicated, please contact the teacher.

Homework Requests

Parents may request homework for a student absent more than one day by calling 916.791.6129 prior to 10:00AM. The assignments may be picked up in the office from 3:40 to 4:10PM. If your child is only absent one day, please do not call for homework.  Many teachers record assignments on their websites; you may check there to stay informed regarding homework.  

Intramural Sports

A grade-level lunchtime intramural sports program is provided.  Classes compete in supervised sports activities.

Jr. PAWs

Parent volunteers help monitor the playground during lunch.  This is a positive support program not an enforcement program. Parents are asked to encourage and model an appropriate and civil environment, to give students friendly reminders of school rules, and to reinforce positive behavior by giving compliments when we "catch them doing something right." If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please log on to Sign Up Genius at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0A4CA8A922ABFF2-lunch 

Leaving During School Hours

Students may not leave campus for any reason unless signed out by an authorized adult. Any parent checking out a student must come into the school office. Students stay in their class until the office calls for them. Other adults checking out a student must be listed on the emergency card or have a signed note from the parent stating that permission is granted for the school to release their student to that person.

Lost and Found

Students are encouraged to label all of their personal belongings. Unclaimed Lost and Found items are donated to a local charity during Winter Break, Spring Break and at the end of the school year.

Medication

When students need to take medication during school hours the following procedure must be followed:
  1. The parent or guardian will notify the school nurse or school office of the need for the student to take medication during school hours. A school Medication Form must be completed and signed by the attending physician and parent.
  2. Forms will be kept with the medication in the school office.
  3. Medication must be brought to the school office by the parent in the prescription original container.
  4. Students may carry their own epi-pens and own inhalers provided that all guidelines are followed and proper paperwork has been completed. The necessary forms are available in the office.
  5. Medicine, including aspirin & throat lozenges, shall not be kept in a student’s pocket, lunch box, desk, backpack or the teacher’s desk.
Unless a completed medical form is on file in the school office, school personnel cannot give medication. 

Messages and Deliveries BP 6116

Due to the volume of requests and multiple classroom interruptions, the office staff will not accept nonessential personal messages or items such as food, school supplies, etc. Parents are encouraged to let students assume personal responsibility for remembering lunches, school items and homework. Special occasion balloons and flowers are not allowed on campus.  Thank you for understanding and recognizing that interruptions disrupt the educational process.

Music

  1. All students receive music instruction 30 minutes once a week with a credentialed music teacher.  This music course is intended to increase an appreciation for musicality and vocal music.
  2. All fourth grade students receive direct classroom instruction from a credentialed music teacher each spring in playing the recorder.
  3. Fifth and sixth grade students may join the school band.  Fifth grade Beginning Band introduces students to wind and percussion instruments.  Sixth grade Band continues the skills learned in fifth grade and prepares them for junior high school band.  A credentialed band teacher, in a co-curricular schedule, teaches band.  Students who miss classroom curriculum work are required to make up any missed work.

Outdoor Education October 6-10, 2014

For one week this fall, the sixth grade attends an environmental outdoor education camp.  Westminster Woods is located in the redwoods of western Sonoma County, near the Russian River and the Sonoma Coast. This program takes the students from the classroom to a new environment where they study elements unique to the outdoors. Concepts of the environment are better taught through first-hand experience of discovering, observing, and becoming actively involved. Participating students pay a fee for this program. Scholarships are available from the PTC for families needing assistance. It is our philosophy that every student earns the opportunity to attend Outdoor Education by meeting reasonable and sensible standards in the areas of behavior and academic effort.  

Physical Education Program

Students participate in 50-minute biweekly P.E. classes. The program is designed to increase fitness and improve skills. Students are required to wear shoes and clothing conducive to participating in P.E. activities on their P.E. days. Students may only be excused from P.E. if they have a note from a parent or doctor. Notes from home may excuse a student from P.E. for two consecutive P.E. classes. Beyond two days, a doctor’s note is required.  Fifth grade students participate in the California Physical Fitness Test each spring.

Plagiarism and Cheating

Plagiarism is a form of cheating involving improperly or omitting the author or source. Cheating includes taking or giving work to another student to use during non-appropriate learning tasks. Cheating and plagiarism will be defined and discussed by classroom teachers. Consequences may include reduction of the academic grade and/or a referral.

School Hours

School hours are 9:05AM - 2:20PM every Monday and 9:05AM to 3:30PM Tuesday-Friday. Students arriving after 9:05AM must check in at the office before going to class. Children should start arriving at 8:50AM unless they are participating in a supervised activity and need to be here earlier. Supervision is NOT provided for students who arrive before 8:50AM. or remain later than 20 minutes after dismissal times. These procedures are designed for the safety and well being of your children.

Spare the Air Days

On days when the air quality is predicted to be in the unhealthy range, our office uses the web site www.sparetheair.com to track current conditions.  At such time as an unhealthy level is reached, students are kept indoors for the remainder of that day.

Student Council

Student Council consists of officers and representatives who have been elected by fellow classmates. These students meet regularly to conduct business and plan special school activities. The purpose of student council is to provide leadership opportunities and to help promote school spirit.  Student Council may sponsor: skating parties, yearbook sales, spirit days, assist with school-wide events and community service projects.

Student Dress and Appearance

School is considered a place of business, and student dress and behavior should be consistent with the situation. The school encourages students to use good taste and common sense when dressing for school. Under no conditions should clothing or personal grooming be distracting, unsafe, immodest, or disruptive to the educational program. Students will be sent to the office, and a call will be made home to the parent/parents. After the 3rd offense the student will be assigned detention. Please keep the following guidelines in mind:
  1. Dress is required to be modest, neat, clean, appropriate and compatible with educational activities.
  2. For safety reasons, shoes must be worn at all times. Sandals must have a strap around the heel.  Slippers are not allowed.
  3. Shorts may be worn but they must be hemmed shorts - no short-shorts or short skirts. Please use the fingertip length rule. 
  4. “Halter,” “Tube,” and tank tops with oversized armholes are not appropriate at school. Midriffs must be covered. Spaghetti straps are not permitted. 
  5. Overalls worn with dress code appropriate shirt (both straps fastened securely).
  6. Emblems, words, and pictures on clothing should be appropriate to the educational setting.
  7. Pajamas are not allowed (except on designated Spirit Day).
  8. Caps must be worn with the bill facing forward.

Study Hall / Detention

Study Hall/Detention may be assigned for misbehavior, for three dress code infractions, or for more than three missing assignments. Study Hall/Detention is held during lunch recess. Parents may receive a notice if their child is to attend study hall/detention.  Detention is assigned for every three unexcused tardies over 30 minutes.

Tradiness

Students arriving after the first bell must check in at the school office before going to class. Excessive tardiness has a detrimental effect on learning and is disruptive to the educational process. Detention is assigned for every three tardies over 30 minutes. Excessive tardiness is considered Truancy. (Education Code Section 4826.5)

Technology

Ridgeview has two and a half mobile Mac laptop labs, one Mac computer lab, library research computers, as well as N-computers stations in every classroom. Every computer on campus is connected to the Internet. Students must have a signed Technology Use Agreement in order to use school computers. Students breaking their contract lose their computer privileges.  Computers may only be used for school related projects.

Telephone Usage

Student use of school phones is limited to urgent needs. Students are not permitted to use cell phones during school hours, so please do not call or text message your child during school hours.  If you need to get a message to your child during the school day, please call the office at 916.791.3477.  It is encouraged that children memorize their parents’ phone number.

Time to Teach

Time to Teach is an effective school-wide behavior management system with clearly defined limits, unconditional positive regard, consistency, mutual respect, and emotional support. Students learn to take personal responsibility for one’s own behavior from which they can construct better work, better grades, and increased self-esteem. For more information about Time to Teach please visit http://www.eureka-usd.k12.ca.us/ridgeview. 

Traffic Safety

  • Do not drop your child(ren) off in unauthorized or unsupervised areas.
  • Do not pick up students at the stop sign near the driveway exit.
  • Do not stop to pick up a child until you have driven to the far end of the pick-up area (yellow curb) directly behind the car ahead of you. Please maintain one lane of traffic in the school driveway.
  • Do not park in the bus loading zone or the fire lane (any red curb).
  • Staff parking lot is off limits to student drop off and pick up and visitor parking.
  • DROP OFF and PICK UP
    • 6th graders and their younger siblings: Drop off and pick up area is in the Oakhills parking lot.
    • 4th & 5th graders: Drop off and pick up area is in the Ridgeview parking lot.
    • You may also use Feist Park for any student during these times.

Transportation

Bus Conduct Rules

The goal of the Transportation Department is to provide safe and reliable transportation for the students of the District. The following rules have been established to help this process. Failure to comply with any of these rules may result in the loss of bussing privileges.
  1. Students are to follow the instructions of the driver; no insolence or disrespect will be tolerated.
  2. Students are expected to stay in their seats at all times while on the bus. A student may not put any part of his/her body out of the window.
  3. Eating, drinking or chewing gum will not be allowed on the buses.
  4. Cell phones, headphones and personal CD/DVD type players or other electronic devices are not allowed on the buses at any time.
  5. Skateboards, scooters, bundles of newspapers, cans, and balloons of any kind or glass are not allowed on buses at any time.
  6. Pets, rodents, bugs or snakes of any kind may not be transported on the bus.
  7. Screaming or shouting is a distraction to the driver and will not be allowed.
  8. Students defacing buses, in any way, will be required to pay for damages and may lose bus-riding privileges.
  9. Students will only be allowed to ride on bus routes designated for their grade level. 

Bus Misconduct

  • 1st offense:
    • written warning
    • Parent signature required on written warning and returned to school
  • 2nd offense:
    • Five-day suspension from bus
    • Parent signs citation and returns it to school
  • 3rd offense:
    • 20-day suspension from bus
    • Parent signs citation and returns it to school
  • 4th offense:
    • Suspended from bus for remainder of year
    • Parent signs citation and returns it to school
Transportation questions and concerns are to be directed to our Transportation Coordinator at 791-0553. To ride the bus, students must have a bus pass or punch card.  Students needing to ride a different bus must bring their parent’s written request to the classroom teacher by the end of the first recess. The classroom teacher will have the bus permit ready for your student by the end of the school day. Students going home with friends must have a bus pass or punch card and bus permit.  Do NOT email teacher during the school day with this request.

Visiting School

All visitors and volunteers are required to check in at the office before going onto campus and are required to wear visitor’s identification. If a conference with the teacher is desired, an appointment should be set with the teacher during non-instructional time. When school is in session, all visitors must go directly to the school office to register (Penal code 627.6) before going into instructional areas.

Yearbook

Students should pre-purchase yearbooks.  Families are notified when yearbooks are on sale.  Purchases are placed on line only; school does not collect money for yearbooks.  Yearbooks are distributed on the last day of school.

Awards and Recognitions

Caught Being Good Tickets

The Ridgeview Staff and Jr. PAWs volunteers give tickets to students who are “Caught Being Good.” The tickets are turned in to the office and are entered into a special drawing each week. Students whose tickets are drawn receive a thank you incentive. 

Character Award

The Character Program emphasizes: choosing character over bullying. One trait is emphasized each month. During a monthly student recognition assembly, students are recognized for their model behavior of that month’s character trait. They each receive a certificate and a ‘thank you’ incentive. 

Honor Roll

Students are recognized for academic achievement each trimester. Honor Roll recognition is granted to students who have earned all A’s and B’s during the grading period. Principal’s Honor is awarded to those students achieving all A’s. Each student receives a certificate.

Perfect Attendance

Perfect attendance includes having no tardies or days absent.  Students achieving this status are recognized for their accomplishment.  If your child is ill, please do not send him/her to school as it may place others at risk.

Roadrunner of the Month

During monthly student recognition assemblies, one student from each class is acknowledged for his/her contribution to their classroom and to the school. They each receive a certificate and a token of appreciation.

Spirit Count Winners

Each Friday students are encouraged to wear school colors and on Spirit Days participate in special dress days such as Sports Day. Classes with this highest participation receive the Spirit Trophy for their classroom for the next month.

Philosophy for Conduct

The Ridgeview School Staff believes that each student has a right to a rigorous education in a safe and nurturing environment. It is the responsibility of parents, students, and staff to work together to create this environment, which includes:
 
School Rules: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe
 
Students Must:
  • Be respectful at all times
  • Follow school and classroom rules
  • Use appropriate language and gestures
  • Be in supervised areas only
  • Walk when inside buildings and on sidewalks (please stay off the grass in front of Ridgeview)
  • Line up properly before entering rooms
  • Freeze when the "bell rings at the end of recess."
 
Students Must Not:
  • Cheat, gamble, trade or sell items
  • Litter or chew gum
  • Vandalize or misuse equipment
  • Fight or roughhouse
  • Use cell phone on campus or during the school day

Electronic Devices

(Such as: cell phones, iPods, MP3 players. handheld games, cameras): if brought on campus, must be turned off and in the student’s backpack (not on their person), before/during the instructional day, and during extracurricular school activities.  These may only be used after school when the student is on the sidewalk near the marquee or MPR.

Consequences

Classroom teachers, instructional assistants, paraprofessionals, and other school staff issue referral slips when a student fails to follow classroom, cafeteria, or school-wide rules.
 
Consequences for failing to abide by the rules are:
  1. Warning by the teacher and parent signature.
  2. Student-teacher conference, loss of recess or detention, and parent signature.
  3. Parent-teacher conference, loss of recess or detention, and parent signature.
  4. Student-Principal conference and parent notification.
  5. Conference with principal may result in loss privileges (student council, intramural, field trips, special activities, etc.), loss of recess, detention, or suspension. Parents are notified.
  6. Conference with student, parent, and principal results in loss of privileges, loss of recesses, detention, or suspension.
  7. Conference may result in suspension, continued loss of school privileges, home study, and possible recommendation of expulsion or alternate school placement.
 
Fights, willful destruction of property, or serious disrespect are referred directly to the principal under number 7 on the referral form.

Sexual Harassment Between Students (BP 5145.1)

Sexual harassment exists when the action being complained of is considered by a reasonable person of the same age and gender as the victim to be sufficiently severe as to have a negative impact upon the student’s academic performance or creating a hostile or offensive educational environment.

Prohibited sexual harassment includes but is not limited to: persistent unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the educational setting (Including jokes, drawings, slurs, threats, leering, stories, gestures, rumors, touching).

Suspension and Expulsion

The Eureka Union School District adopted Suspension and Expulsion procedures based on California Education Code guidelines. Students should be aware that the following behaviors are considered very serious and may be used as grounds for suspension or expulsion from class or from school.
  1. Causing or attempting to cause physical injury to a person.
  2. Possessing a dangerous weapon.
  3. Possessing, selling, using, or furnishing a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant.
  4. Stealing or attempting to steal school or private property.
  5. Possessing or using tobacco.
  6. Selling, offering, or possessing drug paraphernalia.
  7. Committing an obscene act or using habitual profanity or vulgarity.
  8. Disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying valid authority.
  9. Knowingly receiving stolen property.
  10. Causing or attempting to cause damage to school or private property.
  11. Harassment of others. (BP 5145.1)

A student may be suspended or expelled for any of the acts listed if the activity is related to school attendance and occurs at any time including but not limited to: (1) while on school grounds; (2) while going to or coming from school; (3) during or while going to or coming from a school sponsored activity.

Consequences:
  • One to five days suspension
  • Police Referral
  • Expulsion

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