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Safe School Zone
Spelling Bee and Social Studies Bee
It is the School District’s policy that all school buildings,
premises, bus stops and routes and associated areas shall be safe
environments for students, free of danger posed by the presence of
weapons or conduct which threatens harm by means of weapons or objects
used as weapons. It is the School District’s policy that the provisions
of NH Law RSA 193:D:2,
the “Safe School Zone Act,” will be carried out in all respects. Should
any portion of this policy conflict with state law or regulations
issued pursuant thereto, it is the School District’s intention that its
policy be read in such a manner that it conforms to such law or
School-Wide Expectations [see RISE]
As part of our school-wide positive behavior system [RISE] we
have set some expectations of students. Our school-wide expectations are
respect, responsibility and safety. These expectations are not rules –
more like character attributes, goals or life long learning tasks. We
believe these expectations will lead all students to success.
Access to Derry Village during school hours can be made through
the main doors near the office. Access to the school is protected by an
automatic door locking system and video surveillance. The intention of
the door locking system and video system is to provide a more secure
setting for children and staff. As you arrive in the foyer a button and
intercom is located to the left of the door. A video camera also
provides a view of the foyer area for office staff. Press the button to
gain access and office staff will open the door for you. The “buzz” is
silent. After you press the button wait a moment then pull the door
open. Office staff will direct you via an intercom if the door does not
open on the first attempt.
The added precaution enables us to better monitor visitors to the
building. The system also provides protection in the case of an outside
police matter, which unfortunately in this day and age could happen
within any community.
At Derry Village students are offered a chance to “shop” at the
school store. The School Store is run by PTA volunteers and offers
students an array of stationery items including pencils, pens, erasers
and other school supplies. School Store takes place once a week before
school. The students are scheduled by grade level. In essence students
can go to the school store once every five weeks. Classroom teachers
will remind students of their scheduled times.
Derry Village offers students in grades 2-5 the
opportunity to join the Ski Club. Ski Club takes place over five weeks in the winter
months of December to February. Ski Club takes place at McIntyre Ski Area, Manchester, NH. Students leave from school in specially
chartered buses and return to school around 6pm. All students participating will ride to and from McIntyre on the bus provided. Parents are expected to
meet the buses at this time. In order for students to participate they must have insurance.
Spelling Bee and Social Studies Bee
Students in grades 4 and 5 have an opportunity to take part in
both a spelling bee and social studies bee. The aim of these activities
is to increase student knowledge and to determine a “winner”. This
champion then has the opportunity to move on to represent Derry Village
in a wider spelling bee.
A snow day is a day in which school classes are cancelled or delayed by snow, heavy ice, or extremely low temperatures.
Any days that the schools are closed for emergency reasons will be made up at the end of the school year, during recess periods, or as otherwise approved by the Board upon the Superintendent’s recommendation.
Read more: School Year/School Calendar EPS Code: IC/ICA
Smarter Balanced [ see Assessments]
All Student behavior must be based on respect and consideration for the rights of others.
Students have the further responsibility to behave in a manner
appropriate to good citizenship everywhere. This includes respectful use
of language, and behavior that avoids ethnic, racial, and sexual
stereotypes and biases.
Students have a responsibility to know and respect the rules and regulations of the school.
Read more: Student Conduct EPS Code: JIC
Classroom teachers alone cannot assume the responsibilities for
the many services that children need. Supplemental staff include the
school nurse, speech therapist, physical therapist, occupational
therapist, school psychologist, school counselors, social worker,
reading specialist, ESOL teachers (English as a second language), Gifted
and Talented teacher, Special Education teachers and teaching
assistants. Specialists assist classroom teachers in meeting the
educational needs of students. Students must qualify for services according to state guidelines. Referrals to special education usually come from teachers, but may come from parents as well. Referral forms may be obtained from our Special Education Facilitator (432-1233).
School supply lists will be posted here School Supplies page. These lists will help when you are preparing for coming back to school after the summer.
Schools must provide an environment conducive to learning for all
students. In order to maintain this learning environment, students are
expected to conduct themselves in an orderly, courteous and sensible
“Suspension” means the temporary denial of a student’s attendance
at school for a specific period of time for gross misconduct or for
neglect or refusal to conform to announced, posted, or printed school
Suspension allows students time to reflect on their behavior, to
acknowledge and accept responsibility for the behaviors which led to the
suspension and to accept responsibility for changing their behavior to
meet the school’s expectations in the future. It also allows us time to
plan appropriate support for the student to assist with a successful
return to the classroom.
- Read more: SAFE SCHOOL ZONE EPS Code: JFCJ
- Read more: Suspension of Students JKD
Students with disruptive behavior patterns should not be allowed
to remain in regular classrooms; yet when such students are suspended
from school it often adds to the problems of the student, the school,
and the community. Therefore, the School Board endorses the concept of
- Read more: JICD-B In-School Suspension