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  • School Expectations
  • Panther Pledge
  • Dress Guidelines
  • Cell Phones
  • Discipline
  • Severe Discipline
  • Arrival and Dismissal
  • Food Guidelines
  • Field Trips
  • Health Service Policy

Student Handbook

Panther Pledge

The Panther Pledge is a daily affirmation for students and serves as a reminder of the positive discipline plan.

Panther Pledge


We welcome parents and visitors to Katherine Smith.  Please remember, though, all visitors must be signed in at the office and wearing a visitor’s badge. Adults are allowed to visits; however, other children are not allowed in classrooms.  Visitors are also reminded to only use adult designated restrooms.

Dress Guidelines

Appropriate attire is expected from every student.  It is recognized that the school shares with parents a responsibility for teaching young people the appropriateness of dress.  It is our belief that clothing contributes to attitudes and behavior; therefore, we expect students to come to school dressed for learning.  No article of clothing should carry slogans that are in “poor taste”.  This would include wording that is suggestive, violent, or vulgar in nature or that which reflects drugs or alcohol.  All shirts and dresses must have sleeves.  Shorts must be at least the length of the end of the students fingers when standing.  Pants must be worn around the waist.  Appropriate and modest attire is expected.  No attire may be worn that does or is perceived to create a hostile learning environment. Students should also wear shoes that are appropriate for physical education.



The discipline plan is a kind and firm approach designed to assist students in making responsible choices concerning appropriate behavior.  It is our fundamental belief that students are responsible for their own behavior. Adults, parents, and educators, are responsible for providing children with guidance and practice in choosing appropriate behavior. The effectiveness of the discipline policy is dependent upon the active commitment of all adults, administrators, staff, and parents.

Students who violate the school rules are subject to disciplinary action.  In most cases the following procedure is followed by teachers/supervisors:

1.Teacher/supervisor warns student and redirects the behavior

2.Teacher/supervisor and child discuss the inappropriate behavior and agree upon alternate, appropriate behavior to use in the future.

3.Teacher/supervisor assigns an appropriate consequence as needed.

4.Teacher/supervisor contacts parents when possible.

5. Administrative action which may include exclusion form events, detention, suspension, or recommendation of expulsion.

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Arrival and Dismissal

Students should arrive between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00a.m.   There is no supervision prior to 7:45 a.m.  As students enter the school grounds, they should report directly to the classroom.  The play structure is for recess and lunch breaks only.

At dismissal, parents may enter the school grounds at 1:55 p.m.  Please do not leave cars in the front loop. Be sure your car is in a designated parking place or remain in your car.  Children may NOT be on campus after that time unless they are with their parent, under the direct supervision of a teacher, or involved in a school-approved activity. Out of respect for others, please circle around again if your child has not yet arrived for pick-up.  Make sure to pull all the way forward in the pick-up lane.  All pedestrians must use the crosswalk.   Please do not double park. In addition to be being a safety hazard for students, emergency vehicles and visitors must be able to flow through our parking lot at all times.

Field Trips

Field trips are planned by grade level teams to extend and enrich to curriculum.  Parents are invited to participate as chaperones.  Due to liability, any non-students may not attend.

To protect the privacy rights of our students, at no time should pictures or video of children, except your own, be posted to any web site or social media without the permission from the child’s parent or legal guardian.

School Expectations

A positive school spirit is evident throughout Katherine Smith School.  Our school has high academic and behavioral expectations.  Students are expected to achieve these standards and are provided the support they need to do so.  All classrooms have effective management systems that includes clearly defined rules, appropriate consequences, and recognition for positive behavior.  Rules for conduct are fair and reasonable; students are taught how to make respectful and responsible choices about their behavior; students are taught conflict resolution skills; and adults model and reinforce appropriate behavior.  The result is a school that is safe, fosters learning, encourages appropriate behavior, and builds self-esteem.  Discipline is administered with sensitivity to the dignity of the child.  The rules and policies concerning behavior at Katherine Smith are designed to ensure the safety of students as well as promote an atmosphere for learning.  


School and classroom rules are based on these general principles of behavior: 

  • Be respectful
  • Be responsible
  • Be safe.


Students are expected to be in school and on time except in cases of emergency, illness, or school approved absences.  When your child is absent please follow the procedure below.

  1. Parents should call the school by 9 a.m. (270-6751) on the first day and all days the student is absent or send a note to the office.  All unverified absences will result in an unexcused absence.
  2. A doctor’s statement is required for an extended illness of three (3) days or more. 
  3. If your child cannot go out for recess, he/she must bring a signed note stating the reason for being excused.  Frequent or extended absences from recess or P.E. may require a doctor’s statement.
  4. If your student is out for 2 or more days parents may request work.  Please note that it is most important that students rest at home and get well.

Any student arriving after 8:00 a.m. is considered tardy.  Excessive tardies or absences may result in a referral to the school attendance review board (SARB).

Cell Phones

Phones need to secured in backpacks and turned off during the school day.  Students may come to the office to use the phone if they need to place a call.  Students may use their phones outside the classroom after school is dismissed.  The school is not responsible for phones that are stolen, lost, or damaged.  If a student has a phone out during the day, it will be confiscated and brought to the office and must be picked up by an adult.

Severe Discipline

Expulsion from the Evergreen School District removes a child in grades K - 8 from enrolling in any Evergreen School for the period of expulsion. Laws that became effective January 1, 1996, require a recommendation for expulsion for possessing a firearm (including pellet or BB guns), brandishing a knife at another person, and selling drugs.  Additionally, the Board of Trustees may expel for possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia, damage to property, theft, tobacco, disruption/defiance of authority, imitation firearm possession, sexual harassment, hate violence, and possession of dangerous objects. 

Also, please note that if these violations occur when a student is walking to or from school, the student is subject to school discipline. The Evergreen School District endorses a Zero Tolerance policy for any action of a student that endangers others.

Food Guidelines

The Evergreen School District has developed the following criteria that follow state, federal and health department guidelines regarding the serving of food to students at Evergreen School District sites. Guidelines include:

  • Any baked food items sent to school for celebrations must be purchased from a store.
  • Food items may only be served after the classroom’s lunch period. 
  • Food items should be individually wrapped or individually portioned.

Health Service Policy

A trained health clerk is on duty during the day for emergencies.  By law, the school staff is allowed to render first aid only.  The staff may not diagnose or prescribe in case of illness or accident.  You, or your emergency designee, will be notified whenever a significant accident or illness occurs.  Immediate arrangements must be made to take the child home.  It is vital that we have accurate, current information on the emergency card.  Children may take necessary PRESCRIBED medication at school under the supervision of the health clerk or secretary.  Parents must have the doctor fill out the proper form and leave any medication (in the original container with the complete instructions) and form in the health office.  The school cannot administer aspirin or other medication that can be purchased over the counter.  All non-prescription medication is forbidden from school.  Students may not bring medication to school without authorization.