School Day

The school day begins at 7:30AM and ends at 1:30PM. Students are expected to report to school no later than 7:20. Parents shall be notified prior to any changes concerning the aforementioned hours. Student’s schedules will be sent home during the first week of school.


Attendance

Students are expected to attend regularly. In cases of illness or family emergencies, the school must be notified (see below). Medical notes should be provided to the school for absences longer than one day. Parents withdrawing students from school for any other reason should consider that the classroom experience can never be ‘made up’ with extra work sent home. If absence cannot be avoided, the Principal must be informed in advance. Students are responsible for gathering make-up work from teachers. Days out of school because of suspension are counted as unexcused absence.


Late Arrivals

Students arriving late are to report to the counselor to obtain a late pass before entering the classroom. If a student arrives late more than once a week, parents will be contacted. If this violation persists, an official letter will be sent home. A copy of this letter will be placed in your child’s permanent record.


Absentees

If for some reason you are going to be absent, your parents/or guardian should notify the appropriate school by 9:00 am on the day of absence.


GRADING SYSTEM

Letter grades with percent values and grade point value are used for grades 1 through 5.

MKS Marks for Study Skills

E = Excellent Performance

S+ = Above Satisfactory

S = Satisfactory

N = Needs to improve

Percent value:

A = 100-90

B = 89-80

C = 79-70

D = 69-60

F = Below 60 (Failing)


Grade point values (Used for grade point averages (GPA) and Honor Roll Selection)

A = 4.0

B = 3.0

C = 2.0

D = 1.0

F = 0.0

While calculating the grades for grades 3 and above, teachers are allowed to use the 80/20 split. This is where 80% of the grade comes from daily work and 20% comes from the tests.


Homework

Homework is compulsory for all students. All homework is to be recorded by the student in the school diary. Homework can take many different forms. It should be stressed that homework does not always mean written work. It can and should contain practical activities, investigation, oral work, collecting other people’s ideas, listening to news reports, learning various facts, preparing a plan or drawing, revision, etc.

Aims of Homework:

• To consolidate work in class

• To establish good work habits, self-discipline and a proper attitude to study

• To encourage children to take responsibility for their own learning

• To keep parents informed of the type of work being done in school


What parents can do:

• Check and sign school diary each night

• Talk about homework with your child

• Show an interest in your child’s work and give regular encouragement

• Sign or initial work as requested

• Where possible, provide a quiet place for study


Continuous Assessment

Tests:

Usually conducted at the end of a unit of study. The class will be given at least three school days notice of any test, and each student will record details and date in their homework diaries. Should a student be absent on the testing day he/she will write the test as soon as possible after their return to school provided they have a written excuse.

Quizzes:

‘Quiz’ denotes a brief test on a lesson’s work or as a follow up to homework. A quiz takes no more than a few minutes and is not announced in advance.

Books:

A completed list of required textbooks will be provided upon acceptance to MKS, The books may be purchased in the high school book room.

Class Placement:

To provide a well-rounded classroom, careful placement of all students is essential.

Each student will be evaluated prior to level for academic performance, social behaviors, and educational needs. While we enjoy hearing about teacher preference, staff and administration will determine all final placements of students. The Final decision of MKS-Elementary Division will be final. Students will be transferred for academic and educational support only.


Code of Student Conduct


All students have both rights and responsibilities. Students have the right to receive a quality education free from disruptions of all kinds. Students have the responsibility to follow all school rules, respect school property and show consideration and courtesy for fellow students and staff members. MKS promotes a ‘hands off’ policy.

Student Expectations and Standards of Behavior The following expectations have been outlined to help ensure a positive, healthy learning environment.

• Students are expected to be on time in the morning and to be on time for all classes during the day. School starts at 7:30 am.

• Each absence will require a call from parents and a note the next school day.

• Students are to arrive at school properly attired in school uniform. Students will not be allowed in class without the proper attire. Parents will be contracted to bring the appropriate clothing.

• Students are to leave at home all telephones, beepers, personal stereos, electronic devices and large sums of money, toys and other items that are disruptive to the educational process.

• Students are to be respectful and courteous toward adults and peers. Students stay in assigned areas and use appropriate language at all times. • Students must represent their learning only. Copying the work of others without giving credit is a serious offense (see Procedures for Cheating and Plagiarism).

• Students are to refrain from vandalism and respect school property and the property of others; and be honest in dealing with peers and school staff. • No aggressive or excessive physical contact of any kind, including play fighting, kicking, biting, and spitting, is allowed at MKS or at MKS sponsored events. • Students are expected to dispose of their personal garbage in garbage cans.

• Students are expected to enter and exit in an orderly manner- walk, avoid running and pushing; move quietly and avoid shouting while moving to and from classes.

• Students in all grades are to address all teachers and administrators by Mr./Mrs./Miss/Ms followed by the first name. • Students are expected to stand and greet adults who enter the classroom, unless motioned otherwise.

• Mutual courtesy and respect between students and absolute respect for staff and faculty are expected of all students. Students may not use disrespectful or offensive language (in any language) when addressing or conversing with students or staff.

Classroom behavior- Students are to:

• Attend all classes on time and wait quietly for the next lesson.

• Come to class prepared – have all necessary books and materials; borrowing or sharing is strongly discouraged.

• Work quietly during the class session and follow all teachers’ instructions.

• Follow classroom rules and refrain from disturbing the class in any manner.

• Wait for the teacher’s instructions before class dismissal.

• Remain in assigned seats.

• Respect all property and keep all areas of the school clean and tidy.


MKS LANGUAGE POLICY

Our goal is to prepare you primarily for English speaking colleges, so English is our chosen language of instruction and communication throughout the school. When a student insists on speaking a language other than English, they are missing an opportunity to improve their language skills.

Also, this excludes other people who don’t understand which builds distrust and impedes friendships. We prefer to have inclusion – the use of a common language to build friendships and understanding between all participants.

At Modern Knowledge School, English is the language of instruction. Students are expected to speak English in all classes except Arabic Language, Arabic Social Studies and Islamic Religion. Recognizing that language usage contributes to cognitive knowledge, students will:

• Develop their knowledge and understanding of the English language through purposeful use in listening, speaking, reading and writing

• Learn to speak, read and write English developmentally, progressing across a continuum of skills in each area

• Endeavor to express themselves confidently in English in a variety of situations

• Be given the opportunity to take part in other language instruction

• Be encouraged to seek and use resources in their first language as necessary to help in the understanding of academic content

• Respect each other as valued members of the school community regardless of their first language


Uniforms:

All Students at MKS are required to dress daily in MKS school Uniform. Jewelry and non-religious head covering are in violation of the MKS school uniform. On the days that your child is scheduled for physical education class, or in times where a field trip would require casual wear; students are to come dressed in the less formal "PE Uniform".


All uniforms can be purchased at:

House of Uniforms: 17532148

• Boy's Daily Uniform: White collared Shirt with MKS initials or logo on left, breast pocket, dark forest green trousers, white socks and formal black shoes.

• Girl's Daily Uniform: White shirt with dark, forest green jumper, white socks and formal black shoes.

• PE Uniform: White t-shirts with navy blue MKS logo on the front, MKS initials on center back with white, blue, or black athletic pants/ Knee-Length Shorts. Please wear tennis shoes; preferably white


Diary:

MKS provides all students a school diary. The diary is used for daily communications between students, parents, and teacher.


Expectations For Travel on School Busses( Students):

1. Please do not eat or drink on the bus.

2. Be sure to use the toilet before getting on the bus.

3. Please do not go near the bus until the bus has stopped and the bus driver has given you permission to get off. Please talk quietly so that the bus driver will not be distracted.

4. Littering will not be tolerated.

5. Derogatory remarks or conduct directed at the bus driver, bus helper, at fellow students, other adult riders, and/or people outside of the bus will not be tolerated and may result in suspension from riding the bus:


6. Any damage to a bus interior will be charged to the student

7. Physical contact with others to include fighting is not tolerated.


Parents:

1. Please ensure that your child has used the toilet prior to the bus trip.

2. If your child is suspended from the bus, parents will need to make alternative transportation arrangements.

3. Parents should ensure that their child is on time to catch the bus in the morning.


In the Cafeteria

1. Always use good manners. Remember to use ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.

2. Walk orderly.

3. Wash hands before eating.

4. Follow teachers’ directions.

5. Raise your hand if you need anything.

6. Speak with an inside voice.

7. Stay seated for at least 10 minutes while eating your snack/lunch.

8. Always clean your area before you leave.

9. Wait until dismissed by the teacher in charge.


Daily Break:

All students at MKS will have the opportunity to exercise and snack during a daily morning break. To support healthy eating habits, MKS supports nutritious snacks only. No Soda, candy, or ice cream will be allowed on campus during daily break.

This break may additionally be used as a working break, where students remain with their subject/homeroom teacher, for academic and disciplinary reasons. The cafeteria is open during break times. Nutritious snacks will be on sale at the time. A list of offerings is available through the office upon request. Monday is Pizza Day at MKS! Students may purchase slice(S) of pizza for 500 Files/Slice.


Consequences for Non-Compliance of Student Expectations

Discipline is intended to promote the learning of self-control and to change inappropriate behavior. Expected behaviors must be actively taught both at home and in school. The strategies used to develop understanding and respect for the code may vary from student to student. When there is non-compliance with the behavioral expectations of the code, despite the application of these strategies, appropriate consequences should be initiated. Behavior that interferes with the learning environment or disrupts the smooth operation of the school is unacceptable.

When managing this type of behavior:

• Inappropriate behavior is never ignored.

• Appropriate action is always taken.

• Immediate action is taken to bring a stop to the behavior.

• Additional action in the form of an intervention should be designed in order to produce a constructive behavioral change.

The following are examples of consequences and/or strategies that may be considered when dealing with unacceptable behavior:

• Informal interview with the student

• Formal interview with the student

• Involvement with school counselor

• Peer or Staff mentoring

• Withdrawal of privileges (e.g. field trips, break times, after school activities…etc.)

• Student contract

• Restitution, either by replacement or payment

• In-school suspension (1 day – 3 days - 5 days)

• Out-of-school suspension (1 day – 3 days - 5 days)

• Expulsion

 


Suspension:


A student is suspended when he or she indicates through one or more violations of the school rules that there is a question as to his or her desire to abide by the standards set for the school community. The days set for suspension will depend on the severity of the offense and represent an enforced absence during which the student is to make the commitment that in returning, he or she will abide by the school rules.


Suspensions may be administered “in-house” if this style of suspension seems most appropriate. Parents will be informed of the suspension, and in case of out-of-school suspension, a letter will be sent to the parents listing the reasons and period of suspension and any consequent action.


A copy of the letter will be placed in the student’s file. Days away from school because of suspension are counted as unexcused absence. There will be no reimbursement of tuition. Suspended students may not participate in any extra-curricular activity or school sponsored function during the period of suspension.


 


What is plagiarism?


To plagiarize is to present someone else’s ideas and/or words as your own, without giving the originator credit. This includes unpublished ideas and words, for example those of other students, written down as part of an assignment they have completed for school.


In this sense, plagiarism is stealing, sometimes referred to as ‘intellectual theft’. MKS school philosophy states that students will have integrity, honesty and a sense of fairness and justice which requires them to be aware of the following:


 


The ‘Dangers’ of Plagiarism


In many countries around the world, plagiarism is an offence against the law. Plagiarism is prosecuted in court with severe consequences. In school there is a further, more fundamental concern. Students who plagiarize the work of others have not done the work themselves. They have not been through the processes of, for example, answering questions, researching, summarizing information, analyzing, applying theories to new situations, or simply practicing solutions to problems. They have therefore not learned anything. Students who plagiarize do not learn.


 


How to avoid Plagiarism


It is the responsibility of every student to prove that any work submitted is actually his/her own work by:


1. Keeping careful records/notes/drafts to show how the work was created.


2. Citing sources accurately using parenthetical citation in the text, stating the work’s author, year of publication and page/section numbers. e.g. (Bond, J. 1973, pp23-26)


3. At the end of the finished assignment, a bibliography should be included which lists alphabetically and in detail: Author, date, title, publisher, page/section numbers


 


Procedures for Cheating and Plagiarism


Case 1 –


For cheating occurring in classroom tests, exams, or quizzes:


Decisions concerning cheating are the responsibility of the teacher. The administration will acknowledge and support accurate professional judgment. Examples of cheating in the context will include:


1. “crib notes”- The amount of information available will not be an issue.


2. looking at another person’s work


3. other forms not included here


 


Consequences:


1st offense= Automatic zero for the entire value of the test/assignment. The document will be collected by the teacher and given to the Principal for filing. The Guidance Counselor will notify the parents. The Principal will also speak to and/or counsel the student on the inappropriateness of this kind of behavior.


2nd offense= Another zero for the document and the same notification procedures with no retests/resubmissions allowed. A suspension may be given and a meeting with the teachers will be called by the Guidance Counselor and/or Principal.


3rd offense= Zero and notification with no retests/resubmissions allowed. For most cases, the Principal will impose an indefinite suspension.


Case 2 –


For cheating occurring in other contexts: Decisions will be taken by the teacher and administration after conferring.


Case 3-


Plagiarism: Same consequences as above for cheating.


 


Care of School Property


The act of willful damage to school property is a serious offense. This includes writing on desks, wall, or other school property, as well as any other damage, destruction, or defacement of property. Students who case such damage will be responsible for all costs to cover repair or replacement. They also risk suspension and/or expulsion for their behavior.


 


After-school Activities:


In order for an after-school activities program to be an effective and enjoyable experience, students are expected to make a commitment to an activity (which includes regularly attending and notifying the administration of unavoidable absences) and to observe school rules. Students who remain until 2:20 are to remain on campus until the parents pick them up. A good conduct contract shall be sent home to be signed by both parents and students. Any violation to the terms of this contract will result in suspension from the activity.


 


Birthday Parties


Birthday Parties are allowed in the school. A monthly party will be held on the last Thursday for all students born in that month. The party should take place the last period of the school day. Please, no balloons, candles or noise makers.


 


Field Trips


The Modern Knowledge Schools support learning beyond the classroom as an extension to the school day. All field trips must be approved and demonstrate the enhancement of curriculum. MKS reserve the right to restrict students participation.


 


Student’s Declaration


I have read and understood the contents of this handbook. I will comply with all the rules and regulations knowing my responsibility as a student and the consequences of not complying.


Student’s name


Date


Student’s Signature


 


Parent’s Declaration


I have read and understood and agree to adhere to the contents of this booklet.


Parent’s name


Date


Parent’s Signature


 


Please return to the classroom teacher

Elementary Code of Conduct