Trinity Temple Seventh-day Adventist School

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Student Handbook
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Dear Students...
 
WELCOME TO TTA!
 
            The policies and procedures contained in your Handbook for Students and
 Parents are the result of a concerted effort on the part of the administration, faculty
and students! This information has been carefully prepared and presented so that it will
be of great value in helping you and your parents adjust to our school and become an
integral part of it.
 
            The ultimate purpose of education is to help each student become an effective
citizen in a democracy. To develop and accept the responsibilities and obligations of
good citizenship will help us to participate successfully in the world of tomorrow. We
hope that you will participate in our varied activities and thus live a better life and
finally take your place in this complex society. Remember that your success in this
school will be directly proportional to your efforts. Be proud of your school. Take
good care of it, and feel free to make suggestionsfor improving it.
 
            We welcome you, and we hope that you will always be conscious of our
school’s traditions and requirements. This school is what we, working together, make
it. Let us always have the spirit to do the things that will continue tomake it outstanding!
 
  May God Bless You!
 
  Yours Truly,
 
 The Trinity Temple Academy Staff 
 
 
 
                           TRINITY TEMPLE ACADEMY
                                                                                              . . . PHILOSOPHY
The Seventh day Adventist church recognizes that God is the Source of knowledge and wisdom.
Because of sin, man lost his original estate. Christian education helps restore in man the image of his
Maker.
 
Trinity Temple Academy provides a challenging environment for students in Pre-kindergarten through
eighth grade.
 
We believe that a school environment which helps the student learn to analyze information logically,
sequentially and criticallywill develop his or her ability to think in an organized, yet flexible manner
while exploring concepts, ideas and issues.
 
The school seeks to develop leadership abilities and healthy self-esteem among its students. Students
are encouraged totake responsibility for their own actions, to take pride in their accomplishments, to
appreciate diversity, and to accept new experiences and challenges with confidence.
 
Trinity Temple Academy continues to strive to be a community of thoughtful learners: educators and
studentsworking together to seek connections, ask questions, and develop essential skills. Recognizing
our mission to prepare young people for commitment to responsible leadership and citizenship, we seek
to respect the individual skills, learning styles, and cultural backgrounds of all members of the school
community.
 
We seek to emphasize as valuable approaches to learning: cooperation, respectful critique, meaningful
academic rigor, hands-on experience,and serious reflection and self assessment. While educating students
is the school's first mission, we are also committed to encouraging the professional growth and intellectual
stimulation of educators and support staff. We stress, too, that all members of the school community
should have structured opportunities to share in decision making and problem solving processes.
 
Students at Trinity Temple Academy should enjoy daily opportunities to read, write, and analyze; to
think critically and creatively; to understand and use various technologies; to define and solve complex
problems; to struggle with challenging questions within and across disciplines; to develop curiosity about
and enthusiasm for the aesthetic and the practical; and to interact socially and collegially. 
With the adults in the school community as mentors and guides, young people should also come to recognize
ethical contexts in whichdecisions and choices must be made.
 
We are committed to the vision that learning should take place in a comfortable, safe environment that
provides a challenging curriculum, appropriate materials, flexible scheduling, and a code of conduct
that promotes respect for self and others. Both the curriculum and extra-curricular activities must
welcome and nurture students of varying backgrounds, academic abilities, and vocational aspirations. 
Towards this end, curriculum in each discipline and extra-curricular activities should honor diversity
of race, class, gender, ethnicity, age, and physical ability and appearance. All students should be
able to learn and grow in an environment that protects, challenges, and nurtures each one as a worthy
individual. When a student is graduated by Trinity Temple Academy, he or she should possess the skills
and attitudes that lead to a productive and thoughtful life as a member of a local and global community.
 
In summary, the faculty and staff of Trinity Temple Academy seek to develop the potential of each
student spiritually and academically, making every effort to help each student to live a creative
 compassionate life.
 
The school has an open enrollment policy. Students, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin
or handicap may apply and enjoy the privileges and responsibilities available to all entrants.
 

                               

                                    
Trinity Temple Academy Contact Information

                                1500 Maple Avenue

                                            Hillside, NJ 07205
 

                                     

                                    
School Office Hours


                 The school office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. August 
                 through June

                                                                       Telephone: (973) 923-7568
                                                                     Fax: (973) 923-2976




                     Emergency School Closing


Regularly scheduled school days may be canceled due to snow or other serious conditions
involving danger to staff and students on the way to and from school. Such “no school”
days are often called“snow days.” When school is called off,announcements will be
broadcast over the following radio and TV stations:
                                                                  
                                      ?New Jersey WFME 94.7 FM
                                                  
 or accessed on the Trinity temple website at:
                                                                  
                                     ?http://www.trinitytempleacademy.com ?


                                                                    
 
If school will not start at the usual starting time due to snow or other conditions involving danger
to staff and studentson the way to and from school, all schools will have a delayed opening. The
same notification procedures for a “no school” day will be followed for delayed openings.
 


                                       Delayed Opening Student Hours:
 
                     School begins at 10:00 a.m.
 
 
                                                     School Hours
 
 
 REGULAR BELL SCHEDULE                    DELAYED OPENING BELL 
                  SCHEDULE
                              
 Assembly                            8:00   -   8:30                                   Assembly            10:00
 PERIOD 1                          8:30   -   9:10                                    PERIOD 1          10:15 -   10:40
 PERIOD 2                          9:15   -   9:55                                    PERIOD 2          10:45 -   11:10
 PERIOD 3                        10:00   -   10:40                                  PERIOD 3          11:15 -   11:40
 PERIOD 4                        10:45   -   11:20                                  PERIOD 4          11:45 -   12:10 (LUNCH) 
 PERIOD 5                        11:30   -   12:10    (LUNCH)             PERIOD 5          12:15 -   12:40   
 PERIOD 6                        12:15   -   12:55                                  PERIOD 6          12:45 -   1:10
 PERIOD 7                        1:00     -   1:40                                    PERIOD 7            1:15 -   1:40
 PERIOD 8                        1:45     -   2:25                                    PERIOD 8            2:15-    2:40
 PERIOD 9                        2:30     -   3:10                                    PERIOD 9            2:45-    3:15
 DISMISSAL                           3:15                                                 DISMISSAL                3:15
 
 
  

 IN SERVICE BELL SCHEDULE                  FRIDAY DISMISSAL         
 (1st Wednesday)
   PERIOD 1                         8:30   -    9:00                                   PERIOD 1                  8:30    -    9:05
   PERIOD 2                         9:00   -    9:25                                   PERIOD 2                  9:10    -    9:45
   PERIOD 3                         9:30   -    9:55                                   PERIOD 3                  9:50   -    10:25
   PERIOD 4                         10:00 -    10:25                                 PERIOD 4                  10:30 -    11:05
   PERIOD 5                         10:30 - 10:55                                    PERIOD 5                  11:10 -    11:40 (LUNCH)
   PERIOD 6                         11:00 - 11:25                                    PERIOD 6                  11:50 -    12:25
   PERIOD 7                         11:30 - 11:55                                    PERIOD 7                  12:30 -    1:05
   PERIOD 8                         12:00 - 12:25                                    PERIOD 8                  1:10    -    1:45
   PERIOD 9                         12:30 - 1:00                                      PERIOD 9                  1:50    -    2:15
   DISMISSAL                    1:00                                 DISMISSAL                2:15
 
 
STUDENT ARRIVAL PROCEDURES
Students arriving before 8:00 AM must report directly to the supervising authority. 
This service is based on prearrangement only.
Students in grades K-8 are
encouraged to arrive by 8:00 AM, but no later than 8:20A.M. School begins
promptly at 8:30 AM every morning. Students arriving after 8:30 A.M. are
considered tardy. It is important for students to arrive in tome to participate in
worship at 8:30 A.M.
 
  
STUDENT DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
Parents are required to pick up their students promptly upon dismissal. Students are
not allowed to wait in front of the school for rides. Students should be picked up promptly
from the classrooms. Unless the school has received notification of an avoidable delay,
students left after 3:30 PM will be placed in the AFTER CARE PROGRAM and an $8 per
day fee will be charged
If your student wishes to visit a friend after school, please make prior arrangements and
send a note or call the schooloffice advising the school of the special arrangement.
Messages delivered verbally by the student are not acceptable. Students will not be
dismissed to a different car pool without parental permission. Persons without proper
identification and persons not authorized will not be permitted to remove the student from
school premises.
 
To assure safety at TRINITY TEMPLE ACADEMYall students will enter and will
be dismissed from the front entrance door only.
 
BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL CARE

Before and after care is a service provided for parents with students enrolled in the 
Academy. Before and after care fees are included in the Pre-Kindergarten tuition only. 
The following fees will be included  in your monthly tuition. The first and last payments
are required during registration.  

 Before School Care
7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M.
Price: $10.00 per week, $2.00 per day

After School Care
3:15 P. M. - 6:00 P. M. Monday-Thursday
2:15 P.M. - 4:30 P. M. Fridays
Price: $40:00 per week, $8.00 per day

Combination
Before School Care and After School Care
Price: $45.00

Early Dismissal: Every first Wednesday of the month
1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P. M.

Late Fee for After School Care
$10.00 charge for every 15 minutes
 

                                       PROGRAM OF STUDIES              
 
The Kindergarten program is designed to provide developmentally appropriate activities
that engage the young child to the active process of learning. Attention is given to all areas
of growth, including social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual.
The academic curricula at Trinity Temple Academy provides specific grade level
objectives for acquiring knowledgeand developing skills and confidence in the basic
areas of language arts and reading, math, science, and social studies. 
A study skills curriculum is provided for grades K-8. Developing positive attitudes and
perceptions about learning andhabits and behaviors conducive to learning are seen as
central to student success at every level and require the school and families to work together.
 
 
RELIGIOUS STUDY AND OUTREACH PROGRAMS
AT TRINITY TEMPLE ACADEMY
 
Various programs and events will be scheduled throughout the school year which will
provide opportunities for the students to discover and develop the talent of giving to the
community.
 
CURRICULUM
 
The curriculum is planned to satisfy the specific educational goals and objectives of
Trinity Temple Academy, in conjunction with guidelines provided by the Allegheny
East Conference of Seventh-day Adventist, and the North American Division of
Seventh-day Adventists. We are on a journey.
 The curriculum is designed to provide a religious education in keeping with the school’s
philosophy. Specific instruction is given regularly in Biblical beliefs and practices, and is
reinforced by attendance at various worship assembly services during the year. The
curriculum is also designed to provide a quality education in secular subjects in a structured
classroom environment. Emphasis is placed on a basic course of studies, including science,
mathematics, language artsand social studies. Classes are also held weekly in art, physical
education and music. A variety of special activities are offered at Trinity Temple Academy
to reinforce the basic curriculum. These activities include field trips to points of scientific or
cultural interest, holiday programs, computers, guest speakers, displays or presentations on
important topics with a commitment to excellence.   All such activities are carefully selected
and planned to supplement the academic program and enrich the learning experience.

Overview of Trinity Temple Academy’s Commitment
to Excellence in Education
 
 
 
Journey To Excellence
 
Journey To Excellence is the theme for the curriculum in all Seventh-day Adventist schools. As we travel along this road our goals include:
 
·          Acceptance of God
·          Commitment to church
·          Interpersonal relationships
·          Responsible citizenship
·          Healthy Balanced Living
·          Intellectual Development
·          Communication Skills
·          Personal Management
·          Aesthetic Appreciation
·          Career and Service
 
Pre-K
 
·          Bible
·          Alphabet Readiness
·          Writing Readiness
·          Color readiness
·          Number readiness
·          Organize physical activity
·          Art
·          Oral Expression
 
Kindergarten
 
·          Bible
·          Phonics
·          Handwriting Readiness
·          Mathematics
·          Social Studies
·          Reading Readiness
·          Spelling
·          Health & Physical Fitness
·          Art
·          Music
 
Grades 1-8
 
·          Bible
·          Language Arts
·          Spelling
·          English
·          Reading
·          Penmanship
·          Mathematics
·          Science
·          Social Studies
·          Art
·          Physical Education
·          Computer Literacy
 
 
Extra-Curricular
 
·          Outdoor School
·          Field Trips
·          Spelling Bee
·          Science Fair
·          Student Council
·          Seasonal Programs
 
 
 
          
 
 
 















Grade Reporting System
Report cards are used to indicate the progress of students at regular nine-week intervals
during the school year. Four report cards are issued during the school year to those
 families whose financial obligations have been satisfied.
The student’s scholastic record is kept for permanent reference. Parents are required to
have a parent/teacher conference with the student’s teacher at the end of the first and third
marking periods and at which time report cardswill be issued. Second and fourth period
report cards will be issued at the appointed time if the student’s account is current.
 
Interim reports will be provided for parents in mid-quarter. Parents who receive an interim
report and desireadditional information should contact the student’s teacher. The third report
card is given at parent-teacher conference time.
 
If there is a possibility of failure for the year for a student, parents will be notified no later
than the end of the third nine-week period
 
 
Grading System
Trinity Temple Academy teachers consider a student’s academic achievement, efforts,
and personal development in the grading process for grades one through eight.
           
In determining a grade, such things as a student’s preparation and attentiveness in class,
responsibility for homework, care in preparation of assignments and demonstrated
knowledge and understanding of the subject matter are considered.
           
Central to the school’s philosophy is the belief that each student is in competition with
him or herself only, and that the individual’s potential must be achieved.This represents
the grading system:
 
 Kindergarten:
           
            E          Consistently displays understanding of concept or behavior
            S          Developing work toward understanding of concept o behavior
            N         Not evident. Student has not yet demonstrated an understanding
            of
 the concept or behavior
            n/a        Not applicable
 
 
Grades 1-8:
            A         93-100                 C+       79 -82                    D-       60 - 62
            A-        90- 92                 C         70- 78                     F          0 - 59
            B+       87- 89                 C-        70 -72
            B         83- 86                 D+       67- 69
            B-        80 - 82                D          63 - 66
 
A = Excellent Achievement B = Achievement of High Quality C = Satisfactory Progress
D = Work Meets Minimal Standards F = Not Passing

 
Assessment
A variety of techniques will be used to assess student progress including observations,
performance sampling and testing. Examinations are scheduled at the end of evey nine
week period. Standardized achievement tests are used to help teachers, students and
parents monitor and evaluate student growth in knowledge and understanding.
 
Student Testing
The Columbia Union Conference sets the policies regarding standardized testing, including
the choice of test to be used, grade levels to be tested and time of testing. Currently, the
program consists of one test: The Iowa Basic Skills Test, also known as ITBS.
When test results are recorded, a report sheet is provided for the parents. An overall report
on test results and instruction on how to interpret scores will be given to the parent at the
parent-teacher conferences. It emphasized that extreme caution is exercised in drawing
conclusions from these results because numerous factors can effect the performance of
individual students on such tests.
These tests are used to determine areas of strength or weakness with respect to the material
to be covered within the program. Results of such tests are also valuable in determining the
usefulness of the program material.
 
 
 Promotions
 
Students who successfully complete their grade will be informed of their next class assignment
at the end of the fourth marking period. Students who do not meet promotional standards will
be referred to the Academic Committee for further action. If the student’s account is in a
delinquent status, such information will be withheld until the account is cleared. If the student is
to graduate, the account must be paid in full before participation in the graduation ceremonies
will be permitted.
 
Preparation for Class

Teachers will provide a list of materials required for their classes, and students must come
to the classroom fully prepared for instruction and participation. Each student is required to
have his or her own Bible.
 
 Homework Guidelines
Assigning homework serves various educational needs. It serves as an intellectual discipline,
establishes study habits, and eases time constraints on the amount of curricular material that
can be covered in class, and supplements as well as reinforces work done in school. In addition,
homework fosters student initiative, independence, and responsibility and brings home and
school closer together.
 
Since homework is considered important to academic success at Trinity Temple Academy,
 failure to accomplish homework assignments will affect the students grades and therefore
his or her ability to continue successfully. Assignment books are required for all students in
grades 3-8. All assignment books should be signed daily by the parents. Quality work is
expected at all times.
 
Homework Principles:
Homework will be assigned when it serves a purpose and reinforces learning.
Homework will relate directly to class work.
Homework assignments must be understood by the children.
Homework may serve as an enrichment or supplementary experience if given on an
individual or on a small group basis.
Homework assignments will be given with careful consideration to the physical and
emotional needs of students. 
Homework assignments will be given with careful consideration to the physical and
emotional needs of students.
Homework assignments must be planned in relationship to the supply of books,
reference materials, etc.
needed to complete the assignments (materials available in either the schools, homes,
or local libraries).
 Homework assignments give parents insight into the school curriculum and offer a
greater opportunity for student learning  to occur.

Teachers are encouraged to be sensitive and make allowances when scheduling tests,
exams, and assignments onreligious holidays and days immediately following religious
holidays.
 
Students must be helped to share responsibility for their own academic progress. It is the
responsibility of the student to:
¨      Keep a record of all homework assignments.
¨      Obtain the assignment from a friend in the event of absence.
¨      Complete all homework assignments on time.
¨      Communicate to teachers any problems encountered with homework.
¨     Read, study, or work on ongoing projects every weeknight when no other
homework assignments are given.
 
  
How Can Parents Get Involved? 
 
Show you think education and homework are important. Children are more eager to do
homework if they know their parents care.
¨      Set a regular time for homework. The best time is one that works for your child
and your family.
¨      Pick a place to study that is fairly quiet and has lots of light.
¨      Help your child concentrate by turning off the TV and saying no to social telephone
calls duringhomework time.
¨      Supply papers, books, pencils, and other things your child needs.
¨      Set a good example yourself by reading and writing. Your child learns what things
are important by watching what you do.
¨      Read with your young child. This activity stimulates interest in reading and
language and lays thefoundation for your child to become a lifelong reader.
¨      Discuss school and learning activities.
 
The basic rule in helping with homework is: "Don't do the assignment yourself. It's not
your homework--it's your child's."
 
Here are some things you can do to give guidance:
o       Figure out how your child learns best. Knowing this makes it easier for you to
help your child.For example, if your child learns things best when s/he can see
 things, draw a picture or a chart to help with some assignments. But if your child
learns best when s/he can handle things, an apple cut four ways can help in learning
fractions.
o       Encourage good study habits. See that your child schedules enough time for
assignments.
o       Talk about assignments and ask questions. This helps your child think through
an assignment and break it into small, workable parts.
o       Give praise. People of all ages like to be told when they have done a good job. 
And give helpfulcriticism when your child hasn't done her/his best work so that
s/he can improve.
 
How Much Time Should a Student Spend on Homework?
 
The following are “rules-of-thumb” guidelines for the amount of time homework assignments
should take. Since students work at a different pace, parents should use discretion as to how
much time should be allotted to an assignment. If yourchild consistently has a hard time finishing
assignments, call or meet with her/his teacher to discuss the difficulty. As Differentiated Instruction
is phased in, all students’ homework experience will become more uniform with respect to the
time they need to invest in it.
 
Independent reading is an important component of the complete education of every student. 
The following time guidelines do not include independent reading unless specifically assigned.
 
  • Kindergarten            From time to time, simple assignments will be required.
  • Grade 1                   Approximately 15-20 minites per night beginning in the first marking period.
  • Grades 2-3              Approximately 20-30 minites per night beginning in the first marking period.
  • Grades 4 - 5            Approximately 30-45 minites per night beginning in the first marking period.
  • Grade 6                   Approximately 40-60 minites per night beginning in the first marking period.
  • Grades 7-8              Approximately 50-75 minites per night beginning in the first marking period.         
 
When parents reinforce the completion of homework tasks, students benefit by improved achievement,
better study habits, and a more positive attitude.
Make-up Work
The material covered in each class session is an integral part of the course. Each student is
required to complete make-up assignments for all absences. Assignments, class work, and
tests are to be made-up by the students within a reasonable length of time. Arrangements to
make up work must be initiated by the student/parent and approved by the teacher. It is
expected that each student will be present for each of the 180 days that school is in session. 
In the interest of your student’s continuing progress, absences other than for illness are
discouraged by the school. If a student will miss school for any other reason other than illness,
one week’s notice must be given to the teacher. 
Teachers will provide no more than one week of written material and assignments to
accommodate such students.
 
 
Library Use
Students are expected to make good use of local public library resources. Library skills
will be taught as a part of the curriculum to help students with classroom assignments.
 
Care of Books and Other Educational Materials




Books and other materials provided to TRINITY TEMPLE ACADEMY
students must be handled with care. Books and materials defaced or lost must be
replaced at the expense of the student or parents. Parents are billed an amount for
replacement and processing.


                            STUDENT ACTIVITIES
 
ART EXHIBITS
 
Students artwork may regularly be found displayed throughout the school   during the
school year and in special
 exhibitions in the school’s lobby and on bulletin boards.
 
STUDENT’S PUBLISHING
 
Writing is emphasized throughout the grades. Younger students dictate stories to teachers,
while older students use the writing process for “publishing” their individual or collective
creative writing efforts. TRINITY TEMPLE ACADEMY also regularly displays the
writings of students on bulletin boards, walls, and the main lobby areas of the school. 
“Student Treasures” is another avenue that students use to publish their books.
 
SPELLING BEE
 
The Allegheny East Conference sponsors an annual Spelling Bee competition in the spring.
We encourage our students to demonstrate their capabilities as they compete in this spring
event.
 
SCIENCE FAIR
 
The school sponsors a mid-winter Science Fair, which features a variety of joint projects
for the kindergarten through fourth grade; and individual projects submitted by students in the
fifth through eighth grades.   Projects receive a separate grade in recognition of the student’s
 time and effort. Entries reflect an area in which the student has an interest and are done by the
student with parental supervision only. Students are encouraged to be creative and inventive. 
The winners from the local event then go on to compete in the Allegheny East System-wide
Science Fair.
 
 
STUDENT COUNCIL
 
The student council consists of students from the fifth through the eighth grade. As elected 
representatives, they expressthe opinions and interests of students at regularly scheduled
meetings where they plan various activities. They are expected to be student leaders as well
as representatives gaining knowledge of the democratic process. Student council requires that
its members be models to other students and strongly interested in being an exemplary school
citizen. Students on the student council must maintain a minimum grade average of C in all major
subjects.
 
MUSIC
 
Special music programs are conducted during the school year for all students. Classroom
productions are a regular part of the curriculum at TRINITY TEMPLE ACADEMY
Christmas and Spring programs involve parents, students, and the community.
 
SPORTS
 
The emphasis at TRINITY TEMPLE ACADEMY is on enjoyment and good sportsmanship
rather than high level competition. The upper grade physical education program includes student 
participation in a variety of sports. Occasionally games with other schools are arranged.
 
STUDENT COUNCIL
 
The student council consists of students from the fifth through the eighth grade. As elected 
representatives, they expressthe opinions and interests of students at regularly scheduled
meetings where they plan various activities. They are expected to be student leaders as well
as representatives gaining knowledge of the democratic process. Student council requires that
its members be models to other students and strongly interested in being an exemplary school
citizen. Students on the student council must maintain a minimum grade average of C in all major
subjects.
 
  
MUSIC
 
Special music programs are conducted during the school year for all students. Classroom
productions are a regular part of the curriculum at TRINITY TEMPLE ACADEMY
Christmas and Spring programs involve parents, students, and
the community.
 
SPORTS
 
The emphasis at TRINITY TEMPLE ACADEMY is on enjoyment and good
sportsmanship rather than high level competition. The upper grade physical education 
program includes student participation in a variety of sports. Occasionally games with
other schools are arranged.
 
 
ATTENDANCE
 Daily Attendance
Students are required to attend school regularly and promptly. Attendance will be taken at
the beginning of the school day. Parents have the responsibility for making sure that their
children attend school every day.

                                                                  
Absences

PARENTS OR GUARDIANS MUST NOTIFY THE SCHOOL OFFICE  IF
THEIR CHILD WILL BE ABSENT.
If a student is unable to attend school, please call the school office before 10:00 AM .
A student who has been absent is required, upon his/her return to school, to bring a note
signed by the parent or guardian.
Work needed by the student following an extended
absence should be discussed with the teacher.
Parents are asked not to request that their
child be excused early except when an emergency makes early dismissal unavoidable. 
Such requests should be made by written note, giving the reason for the request. When
excused early, the student should be picked up at school, preferably in the school office.
                                                              
                                                                 Tardiness

Particular attention should be given to getting to school on time. Students coming late to
school are required to obtain a late pass from the office. Teachers will record lateness in
their register. Students are required to bring a note from the parent or guardian stating the
reason for the lateness.

Note:
Excessive absences from class or school may result in the student failling the for
the school year and/or repeating the grade. Three (3) tardies equal 1 absence.


 Registration Procedures
 
Pre-Registration
The purpose of pre-registration is to secure the student’s place in the school for
the next school year. Pre-registration is the first week of May of each year and is
available only to students currently enrolled. No studentwith an outstanding balance
will be allowed to register.  After the pre-registration week, applications will be
accepted on a “first-come-first serve” basis until classes are filled.
 
 
Registration
Registration for returning and new students is held the first week of August of each year. 
The following items are required
at registration:
1.      Completed applications and other forms as required.
2.      Payment of non-refundable registration fee.
3.      Payment of graduation fee.
4.      Payment of tuition according to payment plans.
5.      Payment of textbook fees.
6.      Medical Report form from family doctor.
7.      Immunization report.
8.      ITBS fees.
9.      Birth certificate.
10. Social security cards.
11. Complete emergency information including e-mail address.
 
 
Prior to registration all new applicants and parents must have an interview with the
principal. New students may be accepted contingent upon our receiving records of
conduct, character, attitude and attendance from the previous school. If records
indicate a record of conduct or a character attitude or serious problem with
attendance, the student may be asked to withdraw.
 
Additionally, satisfactory completion of a six-week probationary period is required. 
During this time, students who find it difficult to accept school policies, procedures
and discipline will be asked to withdraw.
 
Pre-K students must be 3 years old by October 1st of the year enrolled.
 
Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by October 1st of the year enrolled.
 
 
NOTE: Trinity Temple Academy may not be able to meet the needs of students
who are handicapped or have certain learning disabilities, being a private institution,
with very limited resources.

TRINITY
TEMPLE is unable to hire special education teachers to meet these
needs. However, there is a pull-out program operated by the Union County
Commission.
 
 
Registration Fee 
 
The registration fee for Trinity Temple Academy is a non-refundable $150.00
which is paid at the time of registration.


TUITION INFORMATION

Payment of Accounts

Parents should not expect to be allowed to incur large amounts on their accounts.
Maximum tuition collection is vitalto the operation of the school. As s result, parents
should govern themselves according to the following policies:

  • Payments are due by the 10th of every month, even if a statement is not received.
  • Payments can be made in cash, money order, cashier's check.
  • A late fee of $10.00 will be assessed if an account is late.
Delinquent Accounts

The financial policy of Trinity Temple Academy requires that all accounts be kept up to date. 
An account that is more than 10 days overdue is in arrears, and the student will be asked to
temporarily withdraw from school.

For a student to continue their studies at Trinity Temple Academy, take examinations, receive
report cards, or request transcripts - accounts must be current. Students will not be allowed to
take exams without permission from the School Board.

The school reserves the right to withhold all final grades, student information, and transcripts
until the balance due on the final statement is paid. Eight graders will be prohibited from
taking part in graduation exercises, receiving their final grades, or a diploma until
the account is paid in full.


Tuition Discount
  1. A discount of 10% is allowed for payment in full for the entire year within one month 
    of registration day. 
  2. A discount of 5% is allowed for payment of the entire year by January 31st.
  3. A discount of 25% is given towards the tuition of the 3rd sibling enrolled in school.
No discount shall be given on the registration fee, application fee, and graduation fee.

Tuition Payments

There are three(3) tuition paymen options.

Plan 1
entails paying the entire amount for the year with a 10% discount.
Plan 2 is a two-payment plan involving half of the year's tuition being payed at registration time,
an the second portion in January with a 5% discount.
Plan 3 this is where the school year is divided into ten (10) periods, so that there will be
ten (10) payments according tothis plan. Two payments are required at the time of registration.
 
Tuition alone does not cover the cost of operating the school. The subsidies provided by the
supporting Trinity Temple Seventh-day Adventist church and the Allegheny East Conference
of Seventh-day Adventists, help to provide tuition discounts fro their members. Non-members
must pay full tuition fee.


 
HEALTH/FIRST AID INFORMATION 
 
 
Physical Examination
Physical examinations are required for all students entering their first year of school
(pre-kindergarten, first grade, fourth and seventh grade). All transfer students must have
documentation of a physical exam within the last 12 months. If documentation is not available,
a physical exam will be required prior to entrance regardless of grade level.
 
Immunization
Proof of immunization must be presented to School Office when the student initially registers for school. The school shall
be responsible for maintaining immunization records as long as the child remains a student at the Academy. The minimum immunizations required shall include:
a.                   Polio immunization
b.                  Measles (rubella) immunization
c.                   DPT (before the child enters first grade)
d.                  Rubella immunization
e.                   Tuberculin test
 
 
Health & Emergency Forms
 
All students must have a health record on file with the school. This record must be filled
out by a physician and returned before the opening day of school. Returning students must
have health records updated when health information changes or additional inoculations are
given. Periodically the school may require new forms to meet county regulations and update
health information.
 
Updated emergency forms must be on file in the school office at all times. It is the parents’
responsibility to update information when changes occur.
 
Student Illness
 
If a student expresses discomfort prior to departure for school, please do not allow him/her
to attend classes. The school is not equipped to monitor sick students. This includes heavy
coughs, sore throats, runny noses, stomach aches and ear aches, and other ailments making
school attendance difficult for a student. (Students who have vomited within a 24 hour period
at the beginning of a school day should not be in attendance.)
 
If a student becomes ill during the day a parent will be called to take the student home. If a
parent cannot be reached, the emergency name provided will be contacted.
 
School office personnel will provide necessary first-aid treatment such as applying band aids
and taking temperatures. Please do not send medication with your student to be administered
by school personnel. If a doctor gives permission for a student to return to school and if that
student requires medication (either prescription or over the counter)a permission slip must be
signed by the physician and the parent. Forms are available from the school office.
 
If a student has an accident at school and needs emergency treatment and parents cannot be
reached, an ambulance will be called and a staff member will accompany the student to the
hospital. However, the parents or guardian must make every effort to be present so that treatment
can be administered promptly.
 
Office, Physical education, and extended day personnel will have First Aid certification and
CPR training. Many of our faculty are also trained in first aid having been part of routine faculty
in service or special community training.
 
 
Communicable Diseases
Please notify the school office promptly if your student is exposed to or contracts any contagios
disease. A physician’s note is required for a student who has recovered from a communicable
disease and is returning to school. The student must be seen by the school nurse before final
determination is made.The exclusion times listed below are the minimum days a child should
remain out of school for a particular illness. The school will honor the private physician’s
recommendation for additional exclusion days.

 
Comminicable Disease                             Exclusion from School
Chicken pox                                               six after onset of rash and/or until
                                                                  lesions are dry. Physician's note  is required.
 
Common Cold                                           should not attend school if student has an 
                                                                 elevated temperature >100.4. Note is required
                                                                 from parent/guardian if absent from school.
  
Conjunctivitis (pink eye)                             until therapy has been instituted for 24 hours and
                                                                 discharge has ceased. Physician's note is required.
 
  Hepatitis Infection                                    until the end of febrile period and/or seven days following
                                                                 the onset of jaundice. Physician's note is required.
 
  Impetigo                                                  until 24 hours after treatment begins. Physician's note is
                                                                 required. Infected area to be covered in school.
  
 Meningitis, Meningococcal                        until a note is received from physician stating patient
                                                                 is able to return.
 
 Mononucleosis                                         Exclusion is not necessary.
 
 Mumps                                                    For acute illness and/or nine days after swelling appears.
                                                                 Physicians note is required.
 
  Pediculosis (head lice)                             After treatment upon inspection by the school nurse.
                                                                 Hair must be lice/nit free.
 
  Scabies                                                   until the day after treatment. Physician's note is required.
 
 Streptococcal Infection : Sore Throat,       24 hours after antibiotic therapy. Physician's note is required.
Scarlet Fever, Scarlatina
 
 Tinea Corpus (ring worm)                         Physician;s note  is required. Infected area must be covered
                                                                 in school.
 
 Unexplained rash or draining sores            Physician's not is required, stating patient is able to return
                                                                 to school.


 
 
SCHOOL DRESS CODE
Uniform
 
Wearing of the appropriate designated uniform is mandatory. All students are required
to adhere to the school’s mandatory uniform policy without exception. The Principal
and teachers are responsible for enforcing the guidelines. If a student arrives at school
without the appropriate uniform, parents will be contacted.
 
Please note: shirts must be tucked in at all times. Jewerlery such as earrings, rings,
bracelets, makeup such as rouge, eye makeup and nail coloring are not acceptable.

Exception:
medical bracelets and tags
 

Appropriate Attire
Uniform
 
    Boys                                                                                    Girls
 
White shirt                                                                    Navy Blue skirt/jumper (Pre-K-4)
 
Navy blue tie                                                                Navy Blue skirt (5-8)
 
Navy blue trousers                                                        White blouses
 
Navy blue socks                                                           Navy blue socks
 
Black shoes                                                                  Black shoes
 
Hot weather exceptions: Navy blue pants (boys) and navy blue skorts (girls). White polo
shirt (boys and girls).
 
Gym Uniform
The gym uniform consists of a pair of navy blue shorts, white T-shirt/navy blue T-shirt, a
pair of white socks and a pair of white or black sneakers.  A navy blue sweat suit may be
worn in lieu of T-shirt and shorts.


LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PROGRAM 


No flesh food ( meat, fish, etc.) is to be consumed or brought on the premises. The school
provides breakfast and lunch to students under the Federal Breakfast/lunch program.

Application forms are available to all students anytime during the beginning of the school year.

Breakfast is served from 8:00 A.M. to 8: 20 A.M.. A no meat menu is the rule. Your full
cooperation with our policy is exprected. 



PARENT INVOLVEMENT
 
Parents are encouraged to be active participants in TRININTY TEMPLE ACADEMY
activities. Volunteer sheets sent to parents each year provide a variety of opportunities for
participation. Special school events such as Grandparents Day, Book Fair, Field Day, Spelling
Bee, Science Fair and musical productions depend on parent volunteers for their success.
An active Home and School Organization (HSO) provides support and opportunities to
explore issues important to the growth and development of children. Education programs,
social gatherings, volunteer efforts and fundraising activities are part of each year’s HSO
calendar. HSO activities regularly feature opportunities for families to gather together for fun
and enjoyment. HSO meetings are scheduled for the first Monday evening of each month.
 


GENERAL INFORMATION
 
Bibles
All children grades 3 through 8 are required to have a personal Bible to be used at school.
 
Book Donations and Purchases
The school adds an assortment of new books and audio-visual materials to its inventory each
year. Many additions are possible due to Book Fair purchases and parent participation in the
Book Fair Wish List Program. (Each year prior to the Book Fair, parents receive a list of books
desired by the school).
 
Open House
During the first six-weeks of the school year, a “Classroom Visitation” night is held for interested
parents and guardians. During this period the teachers will briefly explain goals for the year, the
textbooks and workbooks to be used, subjects covered, the homework policy and other
information of which parents should be aware.
 
Field trips
Field Trips are short excursions taken during the school day and are related to material presented
in the classroom. Parents are required to sign a permission slip for each trip. Students who do not
bring a signed permission slip will be excluded from the trip. Parents who can drive or can assist
teachers on trips are often needed. Parents are welcomed to provide driving and supervisory assistance. 
A copy of a vlid driver’s license and proof of current auto insurance is required.
 
Outdoor School/Camping Trip
Sixth grade students participate in a special week long outdoor education program emphasizing
environmental study and personal/group development. This activity is sponsored by Allegheny
East Conference. There is a separate charge for the trip, and each student is expected to earn
a portion of the camp cost. Parents are encouraged to provide ways
to implement such a program at home. Cost will vary from year to year.    
 
 
School & Classroom Visits
Any parent or visitor who comes to the school and wishes to visit a teacher or a classroom during
regular school hours must first receive a pass from the School Office before proceeding to the
classroom.
 
Birthday Celebrations  and Parties
Birthday celebrations may be planned during school hours. Please check with the student’s teacher
to arrange a day and a time that is mutually suitable. Invitations to such parties may be distributed at
school as long as the entire class is included.
 
  Other Written Communications
Only official TRINITY TEMPLE ACADEMY communications may be distributed by teachers. 
Any other communication must receive the approval of the TRINITY TEMPLE ACADEMY
administration.
 
Grievance Procedure
It is hoped that questions and differences between parents and the Academy staff can be resolved
at the teacher level. If the problem is of such a nature that the teacher is unable to resolve it
satisfactorily, the parent should contact the Principal who has the option of taking the matter to
the School Board.
 
Counseling and Guidance
Parents are invited to make an appointment to come into the school and discuss any problem
pertaining to their student. Matters discussed will remain confidential. Inorder to resolve a
persistent problem, the school must request a parent-teacher conference. Professional help may
be employed if necessary.
 
School Board Actions
The TRINITY TEMPLE ACADEMY School Board has provided substantial investment in
qualified instructors, equipment, auxillaries, and operational appropriations to meet the needs of
a quality education. Additionally, the amount charged for basic educational expenses is modest
when compared to that of other private schools in the metropolitan area. Therefore the School
Board has the authority to vote actions which may supercede any statement or policy published
in this handbook including but not limited to an increase in tuition and fees.
 
Family Education  Rights and Privacy
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that governs the
maintenance of student records. Under the law, parents of students or student, if they are at least 18,
have the right to inspect records kept by the school about the student and the right to correct
inaccuracies in the records. Access to the records by persons other than the parent or the student
is limited and generally requires prior consent by the parents or the student. TRINITY TEMPLE
ACADEMY
has a policy governing all rights of parents and students under the FERPA.
 
 
 
 Non-discrimination Policy
TRINITY TEMPLE ACADEMY does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex,
 national origin, age or handicap, in any of its educational programs or activities.
 
 
 
Sexual Harrassment
 
What is Sexual Harassment?
It is the unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical
conduct of sexual nature, regardless of where it occurs when:
           a.       Such conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an
                     individual’s employment, academic performance, social life
                     or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive work/study
                     environment, or
           b.       Submission to such conduct is made either explicitly as a
                     term or condition of an individual’s employment, social,
                     spiritual, academic program, or
            c.      Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual
                     is used as the basis for employment or enrollment decision
                     affecting such individual.
 
Reporting Sexual Harassment
Persons who believe they are being sexually harassed should:
            1.       Tell the offender to stop in clear language
            2.        Report the incident to the School Administration, faculty or
                       staff.
            3.        Keep detailed records of the harassment in a safe place,
                       including dates, time and places as well as names of
                       witnesses or other relevant information.
            4.        Report additional incidents as they occur.
It will be the school’s responsibility to report each incident to the proper governmental authority
and to take administrative action in counsel with the superintendent of education.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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