- Arrival and Dismissal
- Telephone/Cell phone
- Schoolwide Discipline Policy
- Lost and Found
- Emergency Cards
- address/phone changes
- Intervention Strategy Team (IST)
- English language development (ELD)
- Title 1
- School Site Council (SSC)
- Student Council
- Combination classes
- Drop-offs / School traffic
- Report cards and grading
- Parent teacher conferences
- Parent teacher association (PTA)
Daily attendance is highly related to the academic success and progress of students. It is very important that children are here at school on time every day except when that are sick. Please try not to schedule doctor and dentist appointments during school time. Schedule vacations and trips during school breaks.
We are accountable for daily attendance. If you child is out for any reason, please make sure you call the attendance line, email email@example.com, or complete THIS FORM each day your child is out. If you have a planned absence, please come to the office ahead of time to fill out the proper paperwork.
All absences must be reported to the front office daily. Although it is kind to let your child's teacher know about an absence, it is imperative that you notify the office, as the office must verify all absences excused or otherwise.
Absences other than illness
Absences other than illness must be pre-requested in the office at least 24 hours in advance, supported documentation may be required.
If your child is not in class line at the 8:00 bell, he/she must come to the office to get a Late Slip. A delay is 1-29 minutes late, a tardy is 30+ minutes late and 3 or more tardies may be considered truant.
Excused Tardy/Delay Absence
The only reasons for excused delay/tardy and absences are personal illness or injury, medical or dental appointments. A doctor's note may be required.
These will result in a letter from the principal. If the attendance issue continues, a second letter will be sent home and a meeting will be held with an administrator. If a third notice is required, a truant officer will be notified and the parent(s) and child may be required by law to attend a School Attendance Review Board (SARB). Failure to comply or attend the SARB may result, by law, in a required appearance at truancy court.
This consists of 7 days out sick during the school year, and will result in a letter from the principal requiring a doctor's note or visit to the school nurse for all subsequent illnesses to be coded as excused.
Arrival: Students are to arrive at school no earlier than 7:50 am and no later than 8:00 am.
Dismissal: Students must leave the campus no later than 5 minutes after their dismissal time unless supervised by a parent or guardian. This includes primary students who are waiting for an older sibling to be dismissed.
Students will not be allowed to make phone calls except in the case of an emergency from the office.
Students will be sent back to the classroom to make phone calls. Please do not call the school to get a message to your child. To call a classroom, use the school phone number. The extension for classrooms is 76-2 + room number (ex: room 2 would be 76202). Teachers check their messages and will return phone calls as soon as possible or within 24 hours.
Cell phones: Students may use their cell phones before and after school. During school hours they must be powered off and put away. If a cell phone is turned on and used during school hours, it will be collected and turned into the school office only to be picked up by a parent or guardian.
We view discipline as a learning opportunity, so interventions with students are centered around teaching new behaviors and helping students to better understand themselves and their relationships with others. As much as possible, consequences for inappropriate behavior are related to the behavior and designed to restore the relationship or item that has been hurt or damaged.
At Nimitz everyone will:
- Take responsibility for his/her own actions, and that natural consequences follow a student's personal decisions.
- Work to develop a supportive relationship between parents, students, and staff.
- Treat all people with respect and dignity.
- Work to create a safe, positive and orderly environment (high five, handshake, or polite fist pump).
- Take care of themselves, their school, and their community.
- Use Soul Shoppe problem solving skills. (responsibility, respect, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship)
- Follow the playground game rules taught through Recess 101.
Nimitz staff has the responsibility of using their conflict management training and good judgment to discipline repeated or extreme violations of the expectations listed above. Discipline options may include any of the following:
- Parent contact via referral, note, phone, email, etc.
- A referral by teacher and/or administrator
- Community Service
- Restrictive Play
The following offenses may result in immediate suspension or expulsion of the student.
- Weapons, explosives, or other dangerous items are never allowed on campus. (Including toy weapons)
- Repetitive teasing a student in a way that can be construed as "harassment" is not allowed at any time. Harassment involves repeated incidents of unwanted verbal or physical teasing or bullying that continue after the victim asks that it stop.
- No alcohol or drugs are permitted on campus at any time. Medications must be kept in the office with a signed protocol from the chid's doctor.
Bullying is when one person uses their personal power (physical and or social-emotional) to intimidate, control and hurt another person physically and/or emotionally. It typically involves a relationship created by the bully that is based on fear and is repeated over time.
Bullying is rare at Nimitz. Most of the problems between students are conflicts, which both parties have some responsibility for and must be solved together using conflict resolution.
When bullying does occur, it is resolved much differently from conflict. The bully and the victim(s) will be counseled separately, in an effort to break the behaviors that have led them into their respective roles. The bully will be notified, along with his or her parents, that the bullying must cease immediately.
When bullying is brought tot he attention of the teacher or administration, we are able to successfully resolve the problem. The difficulty is getting victims to report bullying. Iy you suspect bullying, please report it to the office immediately and always encourage your children to report behaviors that make him feel uncomfortable or unsafe.
It is very important to update the cards with changes (1) Phone numbers (2) address (3) emergency contact (relatives and friends who your child may be released to with your authorization). IF A PARENT/GUARDIAN, RELATIVE, OR CHILDCARE PROVIDER IS NOT ON THE EMERGENCY CARD, THE STUDENT WILL NOT BE RELEASED TO THAT INDIVIDUAL.
In the event of an emergency
The school will provide supervision and care for students until it is safe to release them or until an authorized adult picks them up.
- Parents coming on campus will go to the designated student release area
- Parents need to follow the instructions of school personnel
- In order to keep a clear entrance for emergency vehicles, parking areas will be determined by Traffic Control/Security
- IF A PARENT/GUARDIAN, RELATIVE, OR CHILDCARE PROVIDER IS NOT ON THE EMERGENCY CARD, THE STUDENT WILL NOT BE RELEASED TO THAT INDIVIDUAL.
The IST is comprised of the school administration, school psychologist, speech & language specialist, nurse, and resource specialist. The team meets twice a month to discuss issues involved with student learning. When necessary, a student will be tested by members of the team if it has been determined that teacher modifications have not been successful for an extended period of time. If further intervention is needed, parents will be invited to attend a meeting.
The Cupertino Union School District is committed to ensuring that every student has equal access to its educational programs. Within each school day, teachers scaffold the learning in their classrooms to facilitate the integration of English Language Development in the content areas. Students also participate in a 30 minute designated block to support oral language development according to their ELPAC level, facilitated by Nimitz Staff.
Title 1 is a program that supports our students who are performing a year or more below grade level. Students are provided with 60 minutes or more of small group support by their classroom teacher o other support staff in their academic needs areas per week. Student progress towards meeting academic proficiencies is monitored.
The School Site Council (SSC) directs the program improvement efforts of our school. Made up of an equal number of parents and staff members, including the principal, the SSC oversees all site budgets, including federal and state funds, and spends these monies to enhance and support the school's instructional program. SSC meetings are held monthly in the late afternoon (currently the first Thursday of each month at 2:45 pm) and are open to all parents.
Representatives in grades 3-5 are elected from each classroom. The goals of the program are to promote pride, build a sense of community, allow for growth and development of leadership skills, decision-making and experiences with group and government process, and organization skills. Students participate in a variety fo school-wide activities designed to build school spirit and community.
Enrollment fluctuations during the first several weeks of school may necessitate changes in class configurations. These changes occur after school starts and enrollment stabilizes. Combination classes - combining two grade levels in one class - are a common occurrence in our district elementary schools, so it is important to understand why they are formed, how they are formed, and how they work. We appreciate your patience and understanding during these changes.
- why do we have combination classes?
- How are students assigned to combination classes?
- How do combination classes differ from single level classes?
- Are there ways you can help?
Combination classes are the result of how many students come to a school at a given grade level. We staff our elementary classrooms at a ratio of one teacher to 24 students in primary and one teacher to 33 students in intermediate grades. Students, however, don't register in such neat numbers. When we have too many students for two single level classes and not enough for three, a combination class is created. Numbers of students at one grade level also affect every other grade level in the school, so the principal looks at the total school enrollment when developing grade level configurations. Limited classroom space and financial constraints prevent forming additional single level classes for small numbers of students.
Principals and teachers assign all students based on their professional assessment of where and with whom a child will have the greatest opportunity for success. All our classes - combination and single grade level - are heterogeneously grouped. In each classroom, there are students of varying ages, abilities, and achievement as well as at different stages of physical, social, and emotional development. Within each class, students may be grouped and regrouped to meet individual abilities, needs, interests, and learning styles, or to capitalize on individual and group strength. Each student is assigned to a class - combination or single grade level - only after careful thought and discussion by the principal and teachers as to the best educational placement.
In reality, they don't. Students assigned to combination classes receive the complete curriculum appropriate to their grade levels, as do students in single grade level classes. All students have opportunities to extend their learning based on individual abilities and achievement. All students have learning and play experiences in which they function independently or cooperatively in groups. In all classes, teachers, at times, work with the whole class, groups of students, or individual students.
We want all our students to succeed and enjoy learning. You can help your child be being positive about the class assignment. You can help the school by sharing your knowledge and insights about your child with the classroom teacher and school principal - information that will assist them as them make placements. Thank you for respecting the expertise and judgment of these school professionals as to the best educational placement of students. When school and home work together supportively, children have a better adjustment to their classroom assignment, a good overall school experience, and increased success in learning.
At Nimitz, the safety of our students is one of the highest priorities. We work closely with the Sunnyvale Police Department to ensure the safety of students, parents, and staff, and to make the morning drop-off more efficient. Please take the time to look over the map carefully and read how to help us get our children to school safely. We appreciate your cooperation and the opportunity to provide this service to the Nimitz community!
DROP OFF AT THE CURB ONLY!
- Make sure your child has everything he/she needs in hand and begin saying your good-byes while pulling up to the curb.
- Pull all the way forward toward the end of the parking lot, even if no one is currently behind you.
- Have you child exit from the passenger side onto the curb and shut the car door. (DRIVER - DO NOT EXIT YOUR CAR).
- Wave goodbye to your child and put blinker on to signal that you are entering traffic flow.
- NEVER LEAVAE YOUR CAR OR PARK YOUR CAR ALONG THE CURBSIDE
Parking Lot Safety
Parking lot safety is a huge concern for us at Nimitz. We want to ensure the safety of all students. We ask the following: Please make sure you always use the crosswalks in the parking lot. It is not safe to cross any other area. Drivers are not expecting people to cross elsewhere.
- If you are on Cheyenne by the parking lot exit, please pause and let the cars exiting merge.
- Arrive early. You may drop your children off as early as 7:50 am, but no earlier since there is no playground supervision.
Homework is an opportunity for parents to be actively engaged in their child's learning. It is a small spotlight in what your child is learning in school. Setting up a quiet workspace and developing a homework routine at home is critical. Showing your child that you care about his/her learning and that you are part in their education process is key to student success. It is expected that students will complete homework on time. If not, credit may be taken off for late work. A guideline for the amount of time your child should be spending on homework is 10 minutes per grade level. For example, on average a 4th grade student should have 40 minutes of homework each day plus 20-30 minutes of reading.
The Nimitz PTA is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to support Nimitz through fundraising and volunteering.
The PTA enables Nimitz to support students with art, music, and technology that would not otherwise exist at Nimitz due to a lack of funds.
Our PTA supports Nimitz with a number of family social events, including the Harvest Festival Halloween Bash, Thanksgiving Cultural Feast, movie nights, family feast and other fun events.