at Pittman Center Elementary wish to create the best possible learning
environment for all the students of our school. We want Pittman Center
Elementary to be a school where every student will be safe and able to
learn to the best of his or her ability. This folder contains some
basic information regarding school programs and procedures. All
parents and students are encouraged to talk with the school principal,
teachers, and staff about any aspect of the school program.|
County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex,
color, religion, national origin, age, handicap, or veteran status in
provision of educational opportunities, programs, activities, or
employment opportunities and benefits.
· Vehicles parked
on school property by students or visitors are subject to search for
drugs, drug paraphernalia, or dangerous weapons. T.C.A. 49-6-4204
· No person shall enter onto the grounds or into the buildings of any
school during the hours of school instruction, except students
assigned to the school, parents of students, and other persons with
lawful and valid business on the school premises. T.C.A. 49-6-2008
· A student may be subject to physical search because of the results
of a locker search, or because of information received from a teacher,
staff member, student, or other person, if such action is reasonable
to the principal. T.C.A. 49-6-4205
· Felony. State law prescribes a maximum penalty of six (6) years
imprisonment and a fine not to exceed three thousand dollars ($3000)
for carrying weapons on school property.
school will be open from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Parents bringing
students to school should drop them off no earlier than 7:30 a.m.
Parents picking students up should do so by 3:30 p.m. Breakfast begins
at 7:45 a.m. Classes begin at 8:15 am. Classes end at 3:15 p.m.
certificate - All entering students need a valid birth certificate.
2. Immunizations - Every student must provide proof of all necessary
immunizations. Transfer students from out-of-state must have a
Tennessee Certificate of Immunization. This may be obtained from the
Sevier County Health Department or other health care provider
3. Records release - Parents of transfer students need to sign a
records release form so that records can be obtained from previous
4. Age - Children must be four or five years old on or before August 15 in
order to attend kindergarten or Pre-K.*
*This will begin in the 2014-2015 school year.
Expectations for Student
1. Students should
follow the classroom rules of their individual teachers.
2. Students are not to have tobacco, alcohol, or drugs at school.
School Board Policy requires a ten-day, out-of-school suspension or 20
days placement at the ALC for drug/alcohol violations.
3. Aggressive physical actions towards others (pushing, shoving,
kicking, fighting, etc.) are not allowed.
4. Knives, guns, and other weapons should not be brought to school.
State and federal laws require a one-year suspension for any student
bringing a firearm to school.
5. Students should treat teachers and fellow students with respect.
6. Students should help care for the school. Students should not
damage school property or the property of other students. School Board
Policy requires payment by those found guilty of vandalism to school
7. Students should not leave school unless a parent or individual
designated by the parent signs them out through the school office.
(See BP 604)
8. Students should ride the same bus to and from school. If students
must ride a different bus or get off at a different location, parents
should send a note to the school principal.
9. Students should not bring radios, tape players, or CD players to
10. Students should move from place to place in an orderly fashion.
11. While in the lunchroom, students should talk in quiet voices, help
keep the lunchroom neat, and sit with their classes at designated
While we believe
that positive reinforcement for good behavior is the best foundation
for school discipline, students must know that negative behavior leads
to negative consequences. The following consequences may result from
1. After or before-school detention.
2. Corporal punishment. (Parents have the right, under Sevier County
Board of Education Policy, to exempt their children from corporal
punishment. Parents wishing to do so should inform the principal of
this in writing. In this case, other forms of punishment such as the
ALC, suspension, or detention will be considered.)
3. In-school suspension. (Students are placed in other classrooms.)
4. Out-of-school suspension.
5. Loss of play or activity time.
6. Writing school rules.
7. Placement at the Alternative Learning Center.
should be expected; it is assigned for the purpose of reinforcing and
strengthening skills. As a rule of thumb, the number of minutes spent
on homework should equal the grade level multiplied by ten. For
example, a third grader can expect 30 minutes of homework, while a
sixth grader can expect an hour. This serves as an approximation given
that each student will work at his own pace.
student is expected to attend school regularly and be on time. School
Board Policy excuses absences for the following reasons:
1. Personal illness;
2. Illness of an immediate family member;
3. Death in the family;
4. Extreme weather conditions;
5. Religious observances;
6. School bus failures;
7. Circumstances which, in the judgement of the principal, create
emergencies over which the student has no controL
8. Family vacations. (The principal may approve up to five days;
additional days must be approved by the Board. The principal should be
notified in advance.)
When a student is absent or tardy, a note should be sent by the parent
to the principal explaining the absence. Students will be given an
"Admit to Class" form which will be signed by the teacher and returned
to the child. Students must enter or exit no later than or earlier
than 11:51 a.m. to be counted present for the day.
Students who accumulate five unexcused absences will be referred to
the truant officer.
An excessive number of tardies will result in disciplinary action.
in grades 5-8 have the opportunity to participate in band. By
necessity, band is scheduled during class time; work missed must be
who play basketball must maintain passing grades. Students with more
than one "F" on their grade cards may not play.
time to time, teachers take students to area attractions and events.
Descriptions of field trips, as well as permission forms, will be sent
home prior to each field trip. Students must have signed parental
permission to go on field trips.
Sevier County Extension Office provides programs for grades 4-8. 4-H
activities center on hobbies and farm and home projects.
Center has an active PTO. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of most
months at 6:30 p.m. The Fall Festival is the major fund-raiser
sponsored by the PTO. Proceeds are used to provide students with
learning materials and equipment.
each grading period, students will be awarded certificates and other
incentives for Honor Roll (all A's and B's) and perfect attendance.
Our yearly awards program recognizes those students with outstanding
achievement. Awards will be given to those students who make the Honor
Roll each six weeks, maintain perfect attendance, or place in
school-wide academic competition. Certificates will be given to those
students who maintain "A" averages in the different subject areas.
conferences will be held after school following each of the first four
grading periods. We will send notes home with students as these are
scheduled. However, just in case the notes don't make it home, parents
should feel free to call the school at grade card time to see when the
conferences are scheduled, Of course, parents may also wish to talk
with teachers at other times to check on a student's progress or to
discuss a problem. We would like to encourage parents to feel free to
talk with teachers whenever necessary. However, in the interest of
efficiency, it is better to schedule conferences of any length so that
teachers can make arrangements for their other students during the
visitors to the school must check in with the office upon arrival.
Visitors will be given a pass to wear. Classroom visitation will be
allowed only with the express consent of the principal and the
who must bring medicine to school should immediately give it to the
classroom teacher. If directions for use are not on the bottle,
parents should send a note giving directions as to dose, time, etc.
All medicines will be administered by classroom teacher.
School Closings and Emergencies
occasion, school is canceled or dismissed early due to bad weather or
other emergencies. If school must be evacuated quickly, students will
be bused to the Gatlinburg Community Center. The fastest way to
receive word of school closings is to listen to WSEV (930 AM) or
TENNESSEE'S MIX (105.5 FM) for the Superintendent's announcements. If
school is in session on snow days, buses may not run all routes. In
such cases, if buses do not run in the morning, they do not run in the