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The mission of Raymond S. Bowers Elementary School is to work collaboratively with families and the community-at-large to provide a climate for personal and academic success. Every student will be provided the opportunity to reach his or her highest level of academic achievement in an environment that nurtures respect, responsibility, and a life-long love of learning.

Our entire learning community actively accepts responsibility for the success of all students. We provide a warm, safe, orderly, and trusting environment, the challenge to excel, and the opportunity to reach his or her highest level of academic achievement. Bowers Elementary School is a school where learning is expected and respected and where we believe that every child deserves our best.

We believe:

All students and staff should be respected and show respect
Strong family and community relationships are important in achieving success
All children are entitled to be taught at their own instructional level with a rigorous curriculum
Building adult/student relationships is critical to student achievement
Children learn best when they are active participants in their learning
Consistent and open communication between all stakeholders is critical
Providing a school climate that is welcoming and accepting promotes learning
Opportunities for learning must extend beyond the school day and all children must have access

We encourage you to become involved in all activities of the school. We invite you to visit in your child’s classroom. During the school year, you will be notified in writing of school events scheduled during the school day and during evening hours. It is important that you attend these events. Children who have parents actively involved in their education achieve at higher levels than students whose parents are not involved.

All visitors must register at the front desk and receive a nametag. This nametag must be worn at all times. Please do not leave the office area without permission. Please sign out when leaving the building. This rule is to protect the children and the staff.

We will schedule several opportunities during the school year for meetings with your child’s teacher. You will be notified of these dates. At these sessions, you will be provided information about learning goals and activities scheduled for the grading period. Parents will also have opportunities to receive homework tips that will help in working with your child at home. In addition, you can arrange a conference with your child’s teacher at any time by contacting the teacher directly or by calling the school office (882-1185). Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have a question about your child’s educational progress or any other school situation that may impact his/her learning.

Each month we send out a newsletter and a monthly calendar highlighting events for the month. Please take time to read these. School lunch menus are included in this newsletter. In addition, we have a webpage, which we continue to improve. Please look for information on this site – Every teacher has a link on this website which will take you to a webpage designed strictly for that classroom. On this site, teaches will post special announcements which may be helpful to you. There are also links to teacher email addresses on the website. You are encouraged to contact us in this manner if you desire.

Many times during the school year, we have children who do not know how they are getting home from school or who will be picking them up. Please try to communicate this information with your child before the school day. If there are changes to the pick-up arrangements, please notify the school office. This must be done before 2:00 if possible. We do not want children left behind either at home or at school at the end of the school day. Even though we eventually contact a responsible adult, it is a scary time for the child who gets left at the end of the day.

The school clinic is staffed by a very competent R.N., Mrs. Jeanne Fink. She assists children in the event of illness as well as promoting good health habits. She is available at any time to talk with you.

All medication must be brought to the school office. Every medication must be properly labeled with the student’s name and instructions for its administration. We are required to have all medication stored in its original prescription container. All medication must be stored, dispensed, and logged through the clinic.

Head Lice
Head lice infestation is a common occurrence in elementary schools; however an infestation should not unduly interfere with the educational process of a child.

School nurses may periodically check students for head lice and/or nits. If a teacher or staff member suspects a student of having a head lice infestation or nits, the student shall be referred to the school principal, his/her designee or school nurse. Upon reasonable confirmation of head lice by the principal, his/her designee or school nurse, the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) shall be notified and asked to pick up the student as soon as possible. If parent(s)/guardian(s) cannot be reached, the student will not be denied transportation home. The parent(s)/guardian(s) shall be given a copy of instructions and instructed to refrain from sending the student back to school until the head lice infestation have been properly treated. Students are expected to be treated and return to school within 24 hours for reexamination by the school nurse. The treatment procedure for head lice may include the use of an over-the-counter treatment as recommended by a licensed pharmacist or health care provider. (The Roane County Schools does not endorse any particular over-the-counter treatment.) The principal, his/her designee or school nurse will re-examine the student to determine the effectiveness of the treatment. If the student is not found to be free of head lice or if re-infestation occurs, the same procedures as outlined above will be repeated. Students who are re-admitted after treatment for head lice may be periodically re-checked by the principal, his/her designee or school nurse to rule out re-infestation or treatment failure. Chronic or continual head lice infestation that appears to be severely neglected may be referred to the Department of Children Services and/or Juvenile authorities.

Roane County Schools seeks to provide the most healthy and safe environment possible. No child shall be excluded from school for an undue period solely due to an infestation of head lice. No child shall be humiliated or ostracized due to an infestation and all attempts shall be made to handle an outbreak in a confidential manner.

All students are eligible to participate in the Roane County BASP program. This program will be available from 6:00-7:00 each morning and from 3:00-6:00 each afternoon. The cost varies with the length of program selected. Douglas-Cherokee funding is available for qualifying households to assist with the cost of the program. Please contact the school office if you are interested in enrolling your child so that we can provide you with the necessary forms.

Bowers Elementary has provided quality after school activities for several years to every child who desires to participate. There was no cost involved in participation in this program. Further information regarding this will be sent home in August regarding registration and start date.

Report cards will be sent home 4 times each year. The Roane County School System has adopted a 9-week grading period. Mid-term reports will be sent home halfway through each 9-week grading period. Please contact your child’s teacher or the school office to arrange a conference if, at any time, you may feel that your child’s performance does not reflect his or her abilities.

Grades in the Roane County School System are expressed according to the following scales depending on grade levels and subject areas for each grade level.

Subject area grades for Kindergarten students shall be recorded as follows:

S .......................................... Satisfactory
N ...........................................Needs improvement
U .......................................... Unsatisfactory

Subject areas for First through Second grade students will follow a grading system that will imitate the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program. (Below Basic, Basic, Proficient, Advanced)

Letter grades will be given in grades 3-5 in specific subjects and shall be expressed as “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, and “F” with the following corresponding numerical values:

A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93-100
B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85-92
C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75-84
D. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70-74
F. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Below 70

Student absences are classified as either excused or unexcused. The attendance policy is outlined in the Roane County Student Code of Conduct. Please read these guidelines carefully. Please remember that punctual and regular attendance is necessary for academic progress, as well as an important life skill. Parents and/or guardians will be held responsible for their child’s school attendance.

Students with six (6) or more absences the previous or current semester will be listed on an Attendance Improvement list. Students will remain on the list until they attend a semester without accumulating six (6) absences. Students on the “Attendance Improvement List” must provide official documentation (doctor, court official, or proof of death in the family) in order to be allowed any additional excused absences. Documentation must be provided within three (3) days of returning to school.

All absences for students on the Attendance Improvement List will be considered “unexcused” until adequate documentation from a doctor, court official, or proof of death in the family is received.

All students are expected to be on time for school each day. The tardy policy is designed to promote student and family responsibility for timely arrival. In addition, the enforcement of the tardy policy is instrumental in minimizing interruptions to the learning environment that occur when students arrive late to class.

According to the Roane County Schools’ attendance policy, a student who is tardy three (3) times to school shall be assessed one (1) unexcused absence. Additional consequences may apply.

§ Students are expected to be in their seats and ready to learn at 8:00 AM each morning. Students are considered tardy after the 8:10 bell.
§ Students are given two “free and without consequence” tardies during each semester.

Discipline Plan
We believe that good discipline provides a climate that promotes a pattern of positive, wholesome pupil behavior in the school as a whole, as well as in individual classrooms. The goals of our discipline plan are:

§ develop the habits of good character represented by the six pillars of Respect, Responsibility, Trustworthiness, Caring, Fairness, and Citizenship
§ provide and promote instructional time that is free from disruption
§ ensure a learning environment that is safe, both physically and emotionally
§ encourage positive self-esteem that comes with good character

Standards of Good Character

RESPECT – treating others the way you want to be treated, accepting differences, being polite and courteous to everyone. Respectful people solve conflicts peacefully.

RESPONSIBILITY – working hard and doing what you are supposed to do. Responsible people take care of their own things. They also do what they say they are going to do, so people can count on them.

TRUSTWORTHINESS – being honest, telling the truth, keeping promises, and being loyal so people can trust you. Trustworthy people don’t lie, cheat, or steal. They also have the courage to stand up for what is right.

CARING – being kind, helpful, and generous. Caring people are not selfish. They care about others’ feelings and are forgiving.

FAIRNESS – playing by the rules, taking turns, and sharing. Fair people are open-minded, do not blame others, and listen to both sides before making a decision.

CITIZENSHIP – cooperating with others, obeying the rules and laws, and respecting the authority of parents, teachers, and other adults. Good citizens to their share. They work to protest the environment and make their school and community a better place.

Promoting Manners
Students and staff will focus on promoting manners that, in addition to the character pillars, support a school goal of fostering civility and respect.

P - Please
E - Excuse me
T – Thank you
S - Sorry

Bowers Elementary School has instituted an approach to discipline called School-wide Positive Behavior Support.

What is School-wide Positive Behavior Support?
A major advance in school-wide discipline is the emphasis on school-wide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. Instead of using a patchwork of individual behavioral management plans, a continuum of positive behavior support for all students within a school is implemented in areas, including the classroom and non-classroom settings (such as hallways, restrooms). Positive behavior support is an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs. Attention is focused on creating and sustaining primary (school-wide), secondary (classroom), and tertiary (individual) systems of support that improve lifestyle results (personal, health, social, family, work, recreation) for all children and youth by making problem behavior less effective, efficient, and relevant, and desired behavior more functional.

There are three rules that all students are expected to follow. Each teacher is involved in teaching and modeling appropriate behaviors to every student throughout the school year. The three rules are:



The Discipline Plan outlines specific and reasonable rules of conduct along with realistic consequences for both positive and negative behaviors. The Discipline Plan consists of three parts:
1. Classroom Teacher Discipline Plan

2. School-Wide Discipline Plan

3. Principal’s Discipline Plan

1. Classroom Teacher’s Discipline Plan
This plan will be sent home at the beginning of the school year with each student. It may be an individual classroom plan or a grade level plan designed to meet the needs of students at a prescribed grade level.

2. School-Wide Discipline Plan
The health and safety of each student as well as the development of study habits is essential for productive learning. A positive learning atmosphere allows pride in work, personal growth and competence in skills. In order to accomplish this, we expect the following behaviors:

§ Each student needs to be at school, on time, every day.
§ Each student is responsible for his/her actions.
§ Each student will show respect to other students, adults, and self.
§ Each student will respect and take care of school and personal property.
§ Each student is to be in control himself/herself.
§ Each student will complete all assigned work.
§ Each student is to be actively involved in learning.

A. Playground Rules
1. Follow directions of adults on playground duty.
2. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
3. Stay in assigned play area.
4. Touch football only, no tackling. If respectful behavior is not observed, football will not be allowed.
5. Use polite and respectful language and manners.
6. Don’t throw any object not meant to be thrown.
7. Use playground equipment safely.
8. Do not leave playground without permission.

B. Lunchroom Rules
1. Follow directions of adults on duty.
2. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself (No throwing of food.)
3. No sharing of food or beverages.
4. Use inside voices.
5. Canned or carbonated beverages are not allowed.
6. Remain in your seat until given permission to get up. Do not leave seat to return for more food unless given permission.
7. Clean up assigned area before leaving.

C. School-Wide Rules
1. Walk and move quietly at all times in the hallways.
2. Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself.
3. Hats/caps are not allowed except during special event days

D. Arrival Procedures
1. Students will be allowed to enter the building at 7:30 each morning through the outside cafeteria doors. Breakfast is served at 7:30. Student’s not eating breakfast should enter the building and move to the hallway outside their classrooms. Students finishing breakfast after 7:55 will remain in the cafeteria for dismissal.

2. Students will talk quietly while waiting for the school day to begin or while eating breakfast.

3. Students will remain seated until dismissed by the staff member on duty.

E. Afternoon Dismissal Procedures
1. Students are not permitted to leave their classroom until their designated bell.
2. Students will exit the classroom and move through the hallways in an orderly manner.
3. Parents are to pick up children using the car lines in the front parking lot. Two lines of cars pick up children beginning at 3:05 each day. Each car rider will be issued two name cards. Please put one of these cards in the front passenger window and keep the other card for a spare or give it to someone else who may pick up your child regularly. Using these cards is very important.
4. Students will be supervised at all times during dismissal. Students cannot move outside the building until their ride has arrived. Students will not be dismissed to the side parking lot. Please do not ask your child to leave the building in any other way. We cannot supervise a child we cannot see.
5. Students are not allowed to stop in the restrooms during afternoon dismissal unless given permission by their classroom teacher.
6. Car riders will be assigned a seating area in the cafeteria. All car riders are expected to sit in their assigned area and remain quiet listening for their name to be called. You must drive through the car line to pick up your child. Do not walk to the doors as this creates a safety hazard.
7. Buses will dismiss from behind the school building. Please do not block bus road.

3. Principal’s Discipline Plan
1. When a student is referred to the Principal for good behavior/work as part of the Teacher’s Classroom Plan, the student will receive any of the following consequences:

a. Verbal praise
b. Special certificate or note
c. Phone call to parents

2. When a student is referred to the Principal as part of the Teacher’s Classroom Discipline Plan or the School-Wide Plan for inappropriate behavior, the student may receive any of the following consequences depending on the circumstances and severity.
a. Verbal reprimand
b. Explanation of consequences for subsequent referrals re: this behavior
c. Parents will be contacted

Depending on the severity of the behavior, inappropriate behavior may also result in the following consequences:
d. Loss of privileges (recess, regular lunch, etc.)
e. Loss of freedom of interaction
f. Restitution
g. Assignments for behavioral improvement
h. After-School Detention (3:00-4:00)
i. Out-of-School Suspension
j. Individual Disciplinary Action Plan (Behavior Contract)

The staff at Bowers Elementary School continually stresses that there are alternatives to FIGHTING to resolve conflicts.

Fighting – students exchanging blows (hitting/kicking)

Harassment/Bullying – students REPEATEDLY engaging in behaviors such as using threats, put-downs, teasing, obscenities, gestures, and/or physical contact such as kicking, tripping, pushing, pinching, hitting, chasing.

If a student chooses to engage in fighting/harassment/bullying, the following consequences will result:
1st Offense
§ Student will be counseled
§ Parents will be contacted
§ Parent conference (if necessary)
§ Minimum 1 day Out-of-school suspension

2nd Offense
§ Student will be counseled
§ Parents will be contacted
§ 2 day Out-of-school suspension

3rd Offense
§ 3 or more days Out-of-school suspension
§ Parent/student conference required

Bus Conduct

In order to maintain conditions and atmosphere suitable for learning, no person shall enter onto a school bus except students assigned to that bus. Students and parents/guardians are reminded that riding a school bus is a privilege and not a service that must be provided for every student.

The school bus is an extension of school activity; therefore, students shall conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with the established standards of safety and classroom behavior. The Roane County Board of Education has approved the following rules to be observed while riding a bus.

1. Students must remain seated at all times while the bus is in motion.
2. Noise must be kept to a minimum with no loud talking, shouting, singing, or unnecessary noises.
3. Students are prohibited from throwing any objects inside the bus or out the windows of the bus.
4. Inappropriate languages, gestures, inflammatory comments, horseplay, pushing, touching, or fighting are prohibited.
5. Tobacco products, e-cigarettes, vapors, alcohol, and/or drugs are prohibited.
6. Students may not eat or drink while on the bus.
7. Students are expected to be courteous and orderly at all times on the bus.
8. Students are expected to share seats with other students.
9. Drivers may assign seats and require students to sit in those assigned seats.
10. Windows may be lowered only with the driver’s permission.

Behavior on trips for any school activity, whether normal transportation, field trips, athletic trips, or other shall conform to the same standards. The above rules shall be observed at all times while traveling on a school bus.
Parent(s)/guardian(s) are responsible and liable for any damage resulting from the misconduct of their children while such are passengers on school buses en route to and from school and/or school-related activities.

The consequences for bus misconduct are:

Suspension from riding the bus for a designated length of time Disciplinary measures such as verbal reprimand, detention, suspension from school Chronic abuse of rules may result in suspension or permanent loss of riding privileges.

Dress Code Guidelines

Bowers Elementary encourages students to take pride in their personal appearance. Apparel or appearance which tends to draw attention to an individual and interferes with the educational process must be avoided. A complete list of dress code guidelines can be found in Roane County Schools Student Code of Conduct. We encourage you to review the policy with your child. In addition, in an effort to decrease the possibility of foot injury and falls, Bowers Elementary has included a tennis shoe only policy which requires students to wear tennis shoes to school every day.

Parental Notification Announcements

All parents/guardians have the right to certain information as it relates to their child. Listed below are the parental notification announcements that pertain to students at Bowers Elementary School. Please contact the school if you have questions or need further information.

ü Parents have the right to request information about the professional qualifications concerning their child’s teacher(s) and should be informed if their child is served by any paraprofessionals providing educational assistance, and if so, their qualifications. Teaching certifications can be found by accessing the Tennessee Department of Education web site for Teacher Licensing or by contacting the Central Office (376-5592).

ü Parents must receive notification if a teacher not highly qualified is teaching their child for 4 or more consecutive weeks in a core curriculum subject.

ü Parents will have access to system/school report cards as developed by the State Department of Education and available (usually in late fall of each year) through their website or at the school and/or the Central Office.

ü Parents will be informed if their child is enrolled in a school identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring. They will also receive an explanation of what this means, academic comparison with district and state, and steps being taken to improve achievement and parent involvement.

ü Parents should know that they may request in writing that their child’s name, address, and telephone number not be released to a military recruiter without prior written consent.

ü Parents will be informed by annual notice regarding the availability of supplemental educational services if a school fails to meet adequate yearly progress (Title I).

ü Parents must receive annual academic results for mid-reporting periods; end of reporting periods; TCAP Achievement results in grades 3-8; Writing Assessment in grades 5, 8, and 11; End of Course and Gateway Exams in a timely manner as required by local Board policy and the State Department of Education.

ü Parents of a student identified as limited English proficient (ELL-English Language Learner) must be notified in a timely manner of their child’s participation in an ESL Program, details of the program, rights to waive participation, and specific information on the child’s level of English proficiency.

ü A parental involvement policy is available in the school’s handbook or by contacting the school office. Title I schools: a written parental involvement policy will be developed jointly with and distributed to parents of children participating in Title I programs. This includes an annual meeting for parents to inform them of their school’s participating in programs (i.e. Title I) funded under the No Child Left Behind federal legislation.

ü Schools and parents must be notified of school-wide program authority under which schools can consolidate funds from federal, state, and local sources to upgrade the educational program of the entire school – the qualification: 40% of students must be from verified low income families.

ü Parents can visit the state’s website to access a description of the curriculum (Tennessee Curriculum Standards), assessment, and proficiency levels students are expected to meet.

ü Parents have access to district and school information and reports through the media (local newspaper and radio), and the system/school report cards available on the state website or at the system’s administrative offices.

ü The Roane County School Board Policy relating to student privacy and parental access to information is available in the school board Policy Manual located at each school and the Central Office. Notification of rights and release of directory information under FERPA, the Family Education Rights and Policy Act, is also done through media announcements, This Federal law affords parents and students (over 18 years of age) certain rights with respect to education records. Parents are notified of any change to board policy. More information on FERPA is available at the Central Administrative Offices.

ü Students and parents are encouraged to participate in safe and drug-free school programs to prevent student violence and drug use. Parents can request in writing their child’s non-participation in such activities.

ü School health requirements, policies, and procedures (i.e. immunizations, medication at school, etc.) are available for the Roane County Health Department Office, school principal, or school nurse.


Special Education Records will be kept for three years past Roane County School’s last contact with the student (i.e. graduated, dropped out, aged out, etc). At the end of each school year an advertisement will be run in the local newspaper notifying parents/students that special education records will be destroyed. This notice will include a contact number for parents to call to obtain a copy of the records before they are destroyed.