Handbook

Student-Parent-Teacher Handbook

 

Davis Magnet School

Science, Math, and Technology (PreK-6)

Newport-Mesa Unified School District

Established 2009

 

General School Information:

See school website: davismagnet.nmusd.us

 

Contact Information:

Davis Magnet School

Science, Math, and Technology

1050 Arlington Drive

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

714.424.7930

 

Office Hours:

7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

Attendance Hotline: 714-424-4762 Linea de Asistencia

When your child is absent for any reason, please call the Davis Magnet 24-hour attendance line. Please include the child's name, teacher's name, your relationship to the student, and the reason for the absence. Thank you!

 

Student Bell Schedule:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays

8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Wednesdays

8:15 a.m. to 1:20 p.m.

 

School Calendar:

 

NMUSD Policies/Procedures:

 

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Mission:

Our mission is LEARNING

 

Vision:

Our vision is to be recognized as one of the finest schools in the USA

 

Values:

LEARN LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY!

Being a Champion Davis Magnet School Student/Parent/Teacher:

• Do your very best

• Do what is right

• Treat others the way you want to be treated

• Take personal responsibility for everything you say

• Take personal responsibility for everything you do

 

Goal:

Our goal is for every student to demonstrate proficiency or above with everything we teach

 

Norms:

Students will be at school on time and ready to learn every day

Students will be at school learning until dismissal time every day

Parents will keep your child at home when he/she is truly ill

Parents will do your very best to schedule doctors appointments, etc., outside of school hours

Parents will do your very best not to take your child on vacation on any school days, this year and in future years

 

The Main Thing:

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing = STUDENT LEARNING

 

The Three R’s at Davis Magnet School:

• Respect

• Responsibility

• Random acts of kindness

 

Character Education and Community Service at Davis Magnet School:

Rachel’s Challenge

• Look for the best in others – eliminate prejudice

• Dream big – set goals – keep a journal

• Choose positive influences

• Small acts of kindness reap huge results

• Start a chain reaction of kindness

 

Student Behavioral Expectations:

• Treat our school with great care -- just like you treat your own bathroom and all of your belongings at home

• Be on your very best behavior at all times (before, during, and after school)

• Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself

• If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all

• Use proper language

• Use your manners (please, thank you, excuse me, etc.)

 

Student Learning Expectations:

• We believe all students can learn

• We believe that students learn at different speeds, some faster, some not as fast

• We believe that all students will learn with extra time and extra support

• We expect each child to give his/her best learning effort every single day

• We expect every child to respect the teacher and every adult on campus

• We expect every child to follow directions the first time given

• We expect every child – not to disrupt – thus allowing the teacher to teach

• We expect every child – not to disrupt – thus allowing the other students in class to learn

 

Champion Student at Davis Magnet School:

LEARN Like a Champion Today!

Code of Conduct:

• Do your very best

• Do what is right

• Treat others the way you want to be treated

• Take personal responsibility for everything you say

• Take personal responsibility for everything you do

 

Losing the Privilege to Attend Davis Magnet School:

• Inappropriate Behavior

• Lack of Academic Effort to Learn

• Excessive Absences

• Excessive Tardies

• Excessive Pulled Out of School Early

 

Consequences for Inappropriate Behavior:

Examples of the range of consequences for poor choices by students:

• Warning

• Time out

• Behavior notice sent home for parent signature and return to teacher the next day

• Campus beautification

• Phone call, text message, email to parent

• Student to another classroom for a period of time

• Student to office for a period of time

• Loss of privilege to attend during-school activities

• Loss of privilege to attend after school activities

• Parent-Teacher Inappropriate Behavior Conference

• Parent-Teacher-Principal Inappropriate Behavior Conference

• In-school suspension

• Away-from-school suspension

• Loss of privilege to attend Davis Magnet School

• Expulsion

 

Student Activities/Opportunities/Rewards/Recognition

After School Band

After School Choir

Amuseum After School Classes

Anaheim Ducks Family Fun Night, NHL game at Honda Center

Anaheim Ducks First Flight Field Trip to Honda Center

Anaheim Ducks Ice Hockey P.E. Instruction

Anaheim Ducks Street Hockey P.E. Instruction

Anaheim Ducks Street Hockey Tournament at Honda Center

Anaheim Ducks Teamwork Assembly

Assemblies

Astronomy Night

Author’s Festival

Before-school computer lab access

California Coastal Cleanup

Campout Night

Ceramics Night

Character Education and Community Service

     Learn Like a Champion Today!

          • Do your very best

          • Do what is right

          • Treat others the way you want to be treated

          • Take personal responsibility for everything you say

          • Take personal responsibility for everything you do

Computer Labs

Costa Mesa Middle School

Costa Mesa High School

Curriculum Day

Dress Code (suggested by day of the week)

     Mondays: Wear your favorite sports jersey day

     Tuesdays: College Spirit Wear Day (each class has an adopted college)

     Wednesdays: Wear Green for Waste-Free Wednesdays

     Thursdays: CMMS/CMHS Spirit Wear Day

     Fridays: Davis Magnet School Spirit Wear Day

     Every Day: Tennis shoes for enjoying recess and P.E.

Earth Lab

Egg Drop

Engineering Club

Field Day

Field Trips at every grade level

     Preschool:

     Kindergarten:

     Grade 1:

     Grade 2:

     Grade 3:

     Grade 4:

     Grade 5: AstroCamp (3 days)

     Grade 6: Outdoor Science School (4 days)

Flag Salute every day at 8:15 a.m. sharp

Great Pyramid constructed in MPR

Green Team

Halloween Event

Hero Day

Human Tunnel

Ice Skating Nights

Inside the Outdoors

Learning Garden

LEGO Club

LEGO Jr.

LEGO Robotics

Library

Meet and Greet

Music Specialist

Mustang Award from CMMS/CMHS

N-MUSD School Board Star Fish Awards

Open House

Outdoor Movie Night

Outdoor Science School

     Grade 5: AstroCamp

     Grade 6: High Trails

Pajama Day

P.E. Specialist

Pilot Cup Soccer Tournament

PTA

Rachel’s Challenge

Ranch Program

Read Across America Day

Red Ribbon Week

ROCKS Program

Roller Skating Nights

Science Labs

Science Specialist

Sock Hop

STEM Expo and Invention Convention (January)

STEM Expo and Invention Convention (June)

Student Council

Student Teachers from UCI, USC, CSUF and more

Summer Play Dates

Swimming Pool Party at CMHS

Table Hockey Tournament one Saturday per month

Table Hockey Winner every day

Talent Showcase

Triathlon: Read, Write, Run/Dance

Visiting scientists, mathematicians, and technologists

Walk to School Day

Walk Through American Revolution

Walk Through the Ancient World

Walk Through California

YMCA

 

Donations Directly Support Student Learning at Davis Magnet School

• Support programs and experiences for your child/ren

• Donations

• Donations with matching funds from your employer

 

Seeking Parents to Volunteer, Supporting Student Learning at Davis Magnet School:

• P.E. Volunteers (M, T, TH, F, 2:00 to 3:00 p.m.)

• Schoolwide Learning Volunteers (with students at all grade levels)

• Teacher Workroom Volunteers (so that teachers can concentrate on teaching)

 

School Tours of Davis Magnet School with the Principal

(First Friday of each month at 9:00 a.m., sign-in and meet at front office )


Emergency Procedures:

• Our highest priority is safety, learning comes next

• We will attempt to notify you of any emergency situation

• Phone call-out system

• Email via SchoolLoop

• In the event of an evacuation from the classrooms (earthquake for example), all students will assemble on the playground with the teachers and staff

• In the event of a major earthquake, parents would sign-out your children from playground assembly area (we need to account for all children)

• In the event that we evacuate the school grounds, we would go to CMMS/CMHS right next door

• The information on your child’s Emergency Card is our only way to contact you

• This is why keeping your contact information -- current and up-to-date -- on your child’s Emergency Card is so vitally important!

• Be sure to print legibly

• Some of the phone numbers and email addresses are impossible to read

 

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Recess and Lunchtime Expectations:

• Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself

• Use proper language

• Use proper manners

• Sit down at your lunch table until dismissed

• Eat your food, only. No trading food or taking food.

• Dispose of all of your own trash

• Any student can play any game (no excluding)

• Play games by the rules (no arguing)

• Use the big toy properly

• No gymnastics on big toy or anywhere on campus

• Follow directions the first time they are given

 

• With bell and/or whistle: Freeze, sit down or squat down.

• With bell and/or whistle: All games/activities are over.

• With second whistle: Walk back to line and sit down.

• Playground equipment should be placed back into buckets.

 

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Driving and Parking Tips/Advice:

 

Knowing that most of our students are car riders, please take a moment to read and follow these basic driving/parking/drop-off/pick-up directions:

 

Morning Drop-Off:

 

Main School Parking Lot:

 

Valet service for all students in grades K-6.Parents -- remain in your vehicle -- and keep moving forward as the cars ahead of you move up. The goal is always for the lead car to move all the way forward to the flag pole so that as many students as possible can exit their vehicles along the front curb.

Arriving at school, all students should report to the playground and sit down in their classroom line until the 8:15 bell rings.

 

After School Dismissal:

 

Kindergarten pick-up is done exclusively in the Bus Lane(older brothers and sisters should join their kindergarten sibling at the Bus Lane area for pick-up after school. Parents -- remain in your vehicle -- and keep moving forward as the cars ahead of you move up. The goal is always for the lead car to move all the way forward to the far end of the Bus Lane so that our valet service can load as many students as possible along the front curb in the Bus Lane.

 

Main School Parking Lot: Valet service for students in grades 1-6. Parents -- remain in your vehicle -- and keep moving forward as the cars ahead of you move up. The goal is always for the lead car to move all the way forward to the flag pole so that our valet service can load as many students as possible along the front curb.

 

Parking:

 

Park in legal parking places only. If our school parking lot is full, there is plenty of parking right next to the school at the TeWinkle Sports Complex.

 

Plenty of legal parking places are available along the street behind our school -- Presidio Square.

 

There are several potential advantages to parking off-campus.Exercise for you walking back and forth to pick up your child. On the way back to your vehicle, it gives you time to walk and talk with your child. This is a great time to ask your child about their day at school. Rather than asking your child, "What did you do at school today?" and then getting the standard response, "Nothing," I would suggest asking the open-ended questions I ask my three children each day:

  • "What was your favorite part about school today -- and recess, lunch, and going home -- don't count?"
  • "Tell me about something funny that happened at school today."
  • "Tell me something new that you learned today."
  • "Your chance to stump your dad, ask me any kind of question related to what you you learned today. Kind of like Jeopardy."

 

I would strongly suggest asking your child open-ended questions like these every single day. These lead to excellent conversations AND it builds your child's ability speak and listen, recall learning, and make real-world connections with their learning as you add your comments, perspectives, and life-experiences.

 

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