MOUNT ZION

CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS

"Equipping Students for God's Purpose"

 

STUDENT / PARENT HANDBOOK

 

Notice of Nondiscrimination

Mount Zion Christian Schools admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

I. SCHOOL MISSION AND PURPOSE

Mission Statement:

Mount Zion Christian Schools provide an academically challenging, Christ-centered community that equips students with a Christian worldview grounded in the scriptures to achieve excellence in God's unique purpose for them.

                         

The goal of Mount Zion Christian Schools is to help parents fulfill their God given responsibilities to bring up their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Mount Zion is an extension of the home and church, the three work together as a team to reach these objectives.

 

Our Values:

The core values of Mount Zion which are a foundation of all we do are:

Authority of the Holy Bible

Equipping Students for God’s Purpose

Discipleship

The aspirational values that we want to model and work on with students daily are:

Love/Respect - John 13:34-35

Growth/Risk - Matthew 14:28-29

Excellence/Quality - Col. 3:23

Perseverance/Grit - Heb. 12:1

Responsibility - Titus 2:7-8

The intrinsic values we seek to display in our board, employees and graduates are:

Kingdom mindset

Compassion

Passion

Integrity

Learning

We acknowledge that the industrial schooling model of the last century will not serve students well in this century.  At Mount Zion teachers don’t exist to be a knowledge source, they are leaders of learners and passionate learners themselves.  Our goal is independent learners who are prepared for an unknown future.

 

II. STATEMENT OF FAITH

 

1.        We believe the Bible, consisting of the Old and New Testament, to be the only inspired, inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God.

2.        We believe that there is one God eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

3.        We believe in the deity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and His personal return in power and glory.

4.        We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful man regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.  Salvation is by grace alone through personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, His death for man's sin and His resurrection, and His promised eternal life.

5.        We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling power and fullness the Christian is enabled to live a godly life in this present evil world.  The evidence of the Holy Spirit's ministry in His grace, His fruit and His gifts.

6.        We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

7.        We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in Christ.

 

III. CITIZENSHIP & FAITH IN ACTION

A. Citizenship

The MZCS citizenship program is set up to reward and recognize students for acting in a respectful and responsible manner, Good Citizens of Mount Zion.  The program is under current review to better identify the values we support.

This is the old system being reviewed.

High School - Students in the high school get an overall rating of citizenship based on the lowest level attained in all classes.

 

RESPECT

"Love your neighbor as yourself" Matt. 22:39

 

1.      Student behaves in a manner that reflects respect for self in all manners displaying characteristics of honesty, integrity, and self-discipline

2.           Student is respectful of other students displaying characteristics of respect, compassion, fairness, trustworthiness and service.

3.          Student is respectful of adults displaying characteristics of obedience, respect, compassion, fairness, trustworthiness and service.

4.          Student displays a positive attitude in cooperating with others.

 

OBEDIENCE

"Obey your leaders and submit to their authority."  Heb. 13:17a

 

5.          Student arrives to class on time (transitions well) prepared with all materials.

6.          Student hands in fully completed assigned homework and classwork on time.

7.          Student is in dress code at all times.

 

RESPONSIBILITY

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord,"  Col. 3:23

 

8.          Student is actively engaged in their own learning and demonstrates perseverance.

9.          Student uses technology and reading material in an appropriate and ethical manner.

10.         Student treats school property in a responsible manner.

 

Scores for High School

 

4 - No violations, student is a model of the associated behavior.

3 - Less than 3 violations student typically shows associated behavior and always responds to a reminder

2 - 3 to 5 violations, student needs reminders, but responds to them

1 - more than 5 violations, student has difficulty responding to reminders

0 - student is having a lot of difficulty responding appropriately to this behavior

 

Notices against each of these areas will be recorded and rewarded once per grading unit.

Levels of Citizenship

Citizen

Score of at least 30 with no scores less than 2 and at most one score of 2.

 

Good Citizen

Score of at least 32 with no scores less than 3.

 

Model Citizen

Score of at least 36 with no scores less than 3.

 B. Faith in Action

In Philippians 2:4, followers of Christ are instructed to "Care about others as much as you care about yourselves." We strongly encourage our students and staff to be involved in outreach programs, community service, and missions.  Every student at MZCS is given the opportunity to participate in age-appropriate community service projects throughout the year.

High school students, parents and teachers are invited to participate in a foreign missions trip, and younger students are given the opportunity to travel to domestic locations to work with individuals in Christian ministry.    

Freshmen and Sophomores are required to complete a minimum of 10 "FIA" hours in a year at a rate of at least 2 hours per quinter to remain on citizenship.  Five of the hours can be served in the MZCS community the rest (global hours) must be served outside of the MZCS community.

Juniors and Seniors are required to complete a minimum of 15 "FiA" hours in a year at a rate of at least 3 hours per quinter to remain on citizenship.  Seven of the hours can be served in the MZCS community the rest (global hours) must be served outside of the MZCS community.  Time spent in service to family members or in preparation of service do not count toward FiA hours.

Students should bring a note from the adult overseeing the service to their homeroom teacher to have the hours recorded.

III. ACADEMICS

 

A. Curriculum

The curriculum at MZCS consists of materials from numerous publishers, both Christian and secular, being taught from a Biblical worldview. The curriculum is approved by the MZCS board as well as the administration.

 

Early Elementary

As a school MZCS is exempt from state licensing requirements, but monitors itself to maintain full compliance.

Elementary course of studies

Bible

Language Arts - phonics-based reading, vocabulary and spelling, literary genres & penmanship

Mathematics - Singapore

Science/History/Geography

Physical Education

Art

Music

Part of the MZCS technology program, computer use is not taught as a separate course but is incorporated into daily learning activities.

Language Arts and Mathematics are offered at three different levels of competency.

                                       

Middle school course of studies

Bible

English - Vocabulary/Spelling/Poetry, Literature, Grammar, Composition,

Mathematics - Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra (for qualifying students)

History/Geography

Science/Health

Physical Education

Art

Music

Computer

Language Arts, Mathematics, History & Science are offered at three different levels of competency.

 

High school course of studies

Most courses are taught at three different levels of competency and designated basic, standard or honors.  Students must take a course in Bible, English, Math, History and Science for each year at Mount Zion High School.

Optional courses below have *.

Bible -  .5 credit each year

Humanities - 2 credits per year for transcripts broken into English and History

Math - Algebra I & II, Geometry, Pre-calculus, *Statistics, *Calculus (AP offered)

Science - Robotics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Spanish - Spanish I, II, III, *IV & *Spanish intern program (working with younger children)

Health - .5 credit

Economics - .5 credit

Athletics - .5 credit per year.  All students are required to participate each year in one competitive sport and at least one other regularly scheduled athletic activity. Activities not offered by MZCS must be approved by our Athletic Director.

Arts - (.5 credit required for graduation) Praise band, Music, Art (others by interest)

Special Elective Opportunities

VLACS.org is an online course opportunities that offer electives accepted by MZCS.  Summer school options for students in the high school and middle school are offered.  We caution parents that VLACS is a secular program and does not follow a Christian worldview as our courses do.  VLACS (Virtual Learning Academy Charter School) is offered free to NH residents but MZCS has no opportunity to monitor progress.  The parent and student are responsible for the timely completion of courses.

Additional electives with permission of administration are available through:

vlacs.org

edX.org

B. Graduation

Students who graduate from Mount Zion must complete a course of study that is more rigorous than is required by the State of NH.  Students must successfully complete the course of studies above for each year at Mount Zion High School.  The foreign language requirement may be waived by the administration in some cases.  A student who matriculates into Mount Zion High School may graduate short of our overall requirements with the permission of the headmaster provided that student has successfully completed the MZCS required coursework for each year at MZCS and meets all requirements set forth by the NH State Board of Education.

 

C. Grading and Honor Roll

 

The current MZCS grading system is under review.

Explorers, Creators, Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade each receive a competency based report card.

For grades 3 up, the MZCS grading system is numerical and based on a 100 point scale. The passing grade is 70% for grades 5-12. Parents are able to access their child's grades through their parent portal.  Parents will receive report cards at the end of the 7-week term for grades 3 and up. Parents are encouraged to contact their children's teacher at the slightest concern.  If the student makes below a 75 for that marking period, parents are requested to confer with teachers.

The high school publishes an honor roll list after each marking unit.  The criteria for each level are as follows:

Highest Honors - Unit average of 95 or above with no grade under 93.

High Honors - Unit average of 90 or above with no grade under 88.

Honors - No grade under 85.

 

D. Testing

 

The Students take NWEA assessments which are Measures of Academic Progress® three times a year in grades K-12.  These computerized tests are adaptive and offered in Reading, Language Usage, and Mathematics. When taking a MAP® test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers all the previous questions.

E. Homework

Each student is responsible for completing homework or any class work, which is not completed in school. The guidelines for homework are as follows: K-Gr4: 20 minutes of reading at night. Additional time may need to be spent on areas that need work., Gr. 5 & 6: 50-75 minutes, Gr. 7 & 8: 75-100, Gr. 9 & 10: 100-120 minutes, Gr. 11 & 12: 120-150 minutes per night. Homework not consistently done will result in lower grades.

Projects in all grades take significantly more time than is given above.  Teachers allow a number of nights based on the size of the project.  It is expected that students will work on the project over that time and not leave it until right before it is due.

 

F. Progress Report - Weekly Email Update

 

Traditional progress reports are not issued because of each parent's ability to access grades on a daily basis.  There are five formal marking periods per academic year.  Parents with email receive a weekly email update that reports on school announcements, current grades, missing work, attendance and citizenship notices for the week.

 

G. Makeup Work

 

One day for the completion of makeup work will be allowed for each day of absence. On the day of the student's return, the student must get assignments from their teacher(s), make arrangements for any tests missed, and turn in written work due. It is the student's responsibility to make up work missed while they were out.  Student's can often go online to determine missed work before their return to class.  Missing work that can be made up is reported with an "m" in the grade book.

 

H. Re-invitation and Re-admission

 

Re-invitation

It is our goal that MZCS is able to best meet the needs of each of our students.  In that spirit re-invitation is awarded each year to students who have completed three successful units of study and have been chosen by our faculty teams for this privilege. Students who have not been chosen for  regular re-invitation will be given a conditional re-invitation that may be rescinded without the successful completion of their action plan. Students who have entered Mount Zion later in the year will be considered for re-invitation in early May.

Re-admission

A family or student (grades 1-9) who was re-invited, but did not return to MZCS can be re-admitted after a discussion with the headmaster or principal.  When a family and student choose to enter the High School experience at Mount Zion, it is expected that they will compete the full experience.  A student who withdraws from Mount Zion High School will not typically gain re-admittance.  New seniors will be admitted to Mount Zion only under rare circumstances and under the approval of the Headmaster or Principal.  A graduate of Mount Zion Christian High School represents our best effort of working in conjunction with the student's family and church.  We consider a diploma from Mount Zion High School to be of considerable value, representing a focus on relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, relationships with each other, a rigorous course of academics, and experiences in the arts and athletics.

 

I. Retention

 

The decision to retain a student will be made by the school administration based on consultations with the parents and teachers.  A high school student may take summer school for credit if they earn a final grade of at least 55%.

J. Conferences

 

MZCS encourages Parent-Teacher Conferences as they are needed. This is an excellent way to exchange information that will aid the child to learn effectively. Parents, teachers or the team leader may initiate conferences when special attention or communication is needed. These conferences should be scheduled at a mutually convenient time for the parent and teacher.

 

Student-led Conferences are scheduled after the first and fourth marking periods, during which students present to parents their goals and areas to be worked on. Teachers are there to confer with the parent.

 

K. Extra Curricular Policy

 

MZCS offers many areas of extra curricular activities.

 

 

L. Bible Translation Policy

 

Because young children can be confused by different versions of the Bible, The International Children's Bible (ICB) is used for grades 1-4.  

 

M. Supplies

 

Students are expected to come to school with all the items on the appropriate student needs list, some of which may need to be replenished in the course of the year. Students are expected to cover all non-consumable books. Students are responsible for the cost of replacing lost or damaged text/work books.

 

2017-2018 Supply Lists by Grade

Preschool Supply List:  

*Please do not label supplies. They will be shared.

Kindergarten Supply List:

*Please do not label supplies. They will be shared

First Grade Supply List:  

Second Grade Supply List:

Third Grade Supply List:

 

 

 

Fourth Grade Supply List:

Middle School  (all subjects and grades unless noted otherwise)

notebooks collected at the end of last year)

High School-General Supplies (and individual classes)

 Power source    

802.11g wireless enabled

Google supportive Internet browser such as Chrome

(suggested: extra power cord for computer/phone to leave at school)

Spanish

Robotics (9th and 10th only) 

Physics (11th and 12th only)   

*Although a graphing calculator is a nice investment for other classes such as math and also for college, a scientific calculator such as the TI-30X models will be more than adequate for physics and chemistry.  Scientific or *Graphing Calculator (Examples: Texas Instruments TI-30Xa Scientific Calculator, TI-83,84 Graphing Calculators* 

 

N.  Dress Code

Purpose: Dress within a community is intended to reflect the purpose and attitudes of the members in the community.  We are a Christian school and expect that the dress of our students will reflect this.  It is our objective that student dress will reflect the values of neatness, modesty and propriety.  

The following dress codes are our guidelines for meeting these values in different schools for different genders.  

The administration reserves the right to adjust the dress code at any time.

Early Childhood Education (ECE)  Independent Skills : All articles of clothing should be able to be independently put on and fastened by the child. For example: Shoe tying and belt buckles should be worked on and mastered at home before wearing lace up shoes or belts to school.  

 General guidelines -

- All clothing, including shoes, should be properly sized and without visible tears. Clothing, accessories, books, or other school paraphernalia should reflect our Christian school community standards

- Head covering is not permitted without administrative approval.

- No tattoos under the age of 18.

- ECE, elementary and middle school children should be dressed appropriately for outdoor recess.

ECE & Elementary:  Appropriate dress is required for outdoor recess.  Students go outside to play each day (often even in rain) as long as “feel like” temperatures are 10 degrees or higher (20 degrees for ECE) (and no lightning on rainy days)  Each student must be equipped daily with proper apparel for the weather:  for example: rain boots and raincoats on rainy days.

Note: the above guidelines hold true even for dress-down days.

 

 Dress code specifics

Gym Clothing

Tops must be approved MZCS athletic wear (for sale through the school) or solid navy blue (no logo) and bottoms may be approved MZCS athletic wear or solid navy athletic wear (side stripe permissible).  Students must wear gym clothing with sweatpants or wind pants that are loose on gym days.  Gym shorts must be knee-length and may be worn without wind pants during the first and fifth quinter.  Gym shorts may be worn underneath sweat or wind pants during the second through fourth quinters.  Students must wear properly fitting athletic shoes with non-marking soles on gym days.

 

Dress for Success

For certain occasions students will be expected to be in dress shirts and pants.  A dress or skirt is preferred for girls and a tie is expected of boys.  This is expected dress for all awards nights and Eden presentations.

It will be communicated home if a student is out of dress code and a change of clothes is necessary.

From the third offense on, the parent will be called to bring appropriate clothing if required.  On the third offense, the parent and student must sign a copy of the dress code expressing their understanding.

As a general rule attire that is not within our dress code is not permissible for special events unless otherwise stated.

If a student or parent is unsure about the conformity to the school’s dress code of any garment, they should check with the administration before wearing it.

 

VI. ATTENDANCE

A. Attendance/Absenteeism

Students are required by law to attend school. Class attendance is critical in a child's academic and social skill development.

Absences are excused only for mission trips, pre-planned family purposes (2 week notice required), family emergencies or medical health reasons.  Juniors and seniors will be allowed a limited number of days for pre-approved college visits.  Parents may not excuse a student for a day off,  purposes of catching up in academics, or a mental health day.  When students are absent, parents are asked to contact the MZCS office prior to 9:00 a.m. to notify the school of the absence. An absence will be recorded as unexcused unless the parent has contact with the school through the phone, email or a signed note giving an accepted reason for the absence within 24 hours of the absence.  The school will try to reach parents by phone (or email if preferred) the day of an absence if the parent has not notified the school.

Parents are encouraged to plan mission trips and family outings during school vacations. If a college visit, missions trip or family outing must occur during school, students must notify the office and the teacher(s) at least two weeks ahead of time for excused absence approval. When a student misses class for reasons other than medical reasons it is the responsibility of the family to see work is made up within the time outlined in the student handbook.  MZCS does not guarantee that time away from school will not have an impact on student grades.  If a student is in academic difficulty (failing one or more subjects) approval to miss school for non-medical reason will be contingent upon the results of a parent/teacher conference prior to the planned leave.

Absenteeism may be deemed excessive if a child has more than two (2) unexcused absences or is absent more than five (5) days per marking period and/or 15 days per school year. Upon the third unexcused absence, the sixth excused absence of a marking period or the fifteenth day (in academic year) a parent/ team conference will be held to discuss the student's academic standing and to assess appropriate action to be taken. Students with excessive absenteeism may be put on attendance contract and may put their course credit and/or re-invitation to the school in jeopardy.

Students with an unexcused absence may receive a zero for any work due or done that day and in the high school will be assessed two negative notices under item 5 (arriving to class on time and prepared) in the citizenship program.

B. Tardiness

MZCS discourages tardiness because it disrupts the classroom learning environment.  Students must be seated in class at 8:10 a.m. ready to begin the school day.  A student entering the school after 8:10 will be considered tardy.  The tardy student is to report to the school office and will receive an "admit slip" which is given to the classroom teacher. After 8:10 a.m. a parent/guardian should accompany the tardy student to the school office to sign them in to school.  All school tardies without a doctor’s note or the principal's approval of extenuating circumstance (which will have affected multiple families) will be recorded as unexcused and on the third tardy of a marking unit the student will begin receiving disciplinary consequences.  Successive and/or habitual tardiness will require a parent conference with MZCS administration to take appropriate action which may include an attendance contract.

 

D. Family Vacation

 

Parents are encouraged to plan family vacations to coincide with school vacations. If family vacations must occur during school, students must notify the office and the teacher(s) two weeks ahead of time for excused absence approval. When a student misses class for reasons other than medical reasons it is the responsibility of the family to see work is made up.  MZCS does not guarantee that time away from school will not have an impact on student grades.  If a student is in academic difficulty (failing one or more subjects) approval to miss school for non-medical reason will be contingent upon the results of a parent/teacher conference prior to the planned leave.

 

E. Arrival & Dismissal - School Hours

 

2nd - 12th Grade

8:10 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.

 KPrek- 1st                                                                                                8:10am-2:45 pm

1. Students should arrive at 8:05 a.m. The earliest they may arrive is 7:45 at which time they should proceed directly to the gym, high school students may go directly to the cafe. Arrangements must be  made so that students leave by 3:25 p.m. daily. Parents are not allowed to park their vehicles in front of the school entrance and walk their children into the school. Parents needing to enter the school must park their vehicle in the lower parking area and then enter the school.  Parents needing to pick up their children later than 3:15 p.m. can arrange with the office for their students to take part in the after school program.  Parents with elementary or middle school students should never park in the upper parking lot, which is reserved for faculty and high school students, unless picking up a child during recess time.

 

2. Students are required to remain in their designated class lines and may leave the line only when the parent/guardian arrives. We ask that each car have a name card on the front driver side dashboard that displays the student’s last name.  Once a child's carpool/parent has arrived, the child is expected to go immediately to the designated vehicle and will not be allowed to either linger on the playground or enter the building. Students are not allowed to enter the building during dismissal unless they have permission from a teacher or are accompanied by an adult.

 

3. Students and parents may not walk across the driveway or other areas where cars travel at the back of the school.  High school students using the side door should use extreme caution in crossing over to the student parking spots. This policy is for the safety and protection of all.

 

4. Elementary and Middle school students who have not been picked up by 3:25 will be brought back into the school and sent to after-care.  Parents picking them up must park in the lower parking area and pick up their child in after-care, there is a cost for this service.  The high school and middle areas will locked down at 3:30.  Any remaining students (including high school) will be sent to the after-care area at 3:30.

 

        5. Playground equipment and hoops are off limits after 3:10.

 

        6. Eating and drinking at dismissal time is prohibited unless a student is remaining for a sport.

 

7. The school discourages socializing by parents during this dismissal time. MZCS also discourages parent/teacher discussions at this time since teacher attention should be focused entirely on the safety of the students.  Teachers are available for parent conference only by appointment.

 

8. MZCS staff children will be required to stay in designated areas during dismissal time.

 

 

F. Early Dismissals

 

To obtain an early dismissal permission, the student must bring in a written request and hand it to his/her teacher first thing in the morning, send an email or call the office BEFORE 10:00am. The note must be signed by the parent/guardian and include the student's name, grade, time of dismissal desired and reason for it. MZCS does not encourage interruptions in the student's schooling so please refrain from scheduling doctor and dental appointments during school hours unless absolutely necessary.

 

The student will be prepared to go to the school office a few minutes prior to scheduled dismissal time. Students will wait in the classroom until their parent arrives.  Parents may drive around to the back of school to pick up their child if children are not playing at recess. Parents are not allowed to go directly to the student's classroom as this disturbs the other students. The school secretary will dismiss the student and make note of the time and who picked up the student.

 

In an emergency, a parent may call or come in and verbally request an early dismissal but it should be for emergency situations only and not a routine process.

 

G. Physical Education Restriction

 

A written excuse or email from the parent is required for exclusion from P. E. and recess. After two consecutive days, a written doctor's statement will be needed for continued exclusion.

 

H. Medication

 

Students are not allowed to take any medications without a written request from home. Medication must be brought to the school office and administered by the administration or school secretary. Prescribed medications must be in original containers with the dosage and instructions printed on the label. A signed release form obtained from the school secretary must accompany the medication and the child will report to the school office to receive the medication.

 

He-P 301.13 Documentation of Immunization

 

Every parent or guardian of a child to be admitted or enrolled in any New Hampshire public or non-public school or child care agency shall, prior to his admittance, provide documentary proof of acceptable immunization of the child as defined in sections 301.14 to the admitting official.

 

A child shall be exempted from immunizations only by providing a certificate of medical or religious exemption in accordance with RSA 141-C:20-c.

 

I. Communicable Diseases

 

Students with contagious sickness must be kept home to protect classmates. The following conditions must be satisfied before a student can return to school:

 

1. Conjunctivitis (pink eye)

-        eyes must not be bloodshot or runny

 

2. Lice

-        proper treatment and inspection by parent to ensure lice and eggs are removed

-        head checked by school to ensure lice and eggs are removed

 

3. Chicken Pox

-        exclusion from school for a least one week after student outbreak

-        re-admittance when outbreak has scabbed with no running fluid

4. Skin rashes, impetigo must be cleared up

 

J. Emergency Form

 

A new emergency form must be filled out each year and turned into the office before school starts or on the first day of school. It is imperative that we have the latest information in case of an emergency.

 

K. Change of Address

 

Please notify the school office any time there is a change of address, email or phone number. This includes work numbers.

 

L. Immunizations 

Every parent or guardian of a child to be admitted or enrolled in any New Hampshire public or non-public school or child care agency shall, prior to his admittance, provide documentary proof of acceptable immunization of the child as defined in sections 301.14 to the admitting official.

 

A child shall be exempted from immunizations only by providing a certificate of medical or religious exemption in accordance with RSA 141-C:20-c.

 

STATE OF NH DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

OFFICE OF HEALTH MANAGEMENT -- PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICES

6 Hazen Drive

Concord NH 03301-6527

(603) 271-4482 1-800-852-3345, Ext. 4482

 

SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS as of 1998

(K/1st whichever is entry level in your school). This synopsis will also include requirements for older children.

 

DTP/DT/DtaP/Td Minimum doses

                Four doses with the fourth dose being after the child's fourth birthday; except that no child shall receive a Pertussis containing vaccine on or after the 7th birthday. If the child is age 7 or older, three doses of a tetanus/diphtheria containing vaccine is acceptable as long as the last dose was received on or after the fourth birthday. If it has been ten (10) years since last dose of tetanum toxoid containing vaccine, another dose is required.

 

POLIO Minimum doses

                 Three doses with the last dose after the fourth birthday. Except that, for children born prior to 1/1/81, four or more doses of OPV or five or more doses of IPV shall be acceptable regardless of the age of the child at the time of administration.

 

MEASLES Minimum doses

                 One dose of measles containing vaccine at age 12 months or older, or children in grades K-6. Two doses of measles containing vaccine for children in grades 7-12. First dose at 12 months or older. Second dose at least 30 days after first dose.

 

RUBELLA and MUMPS Minimum doses

                One dose of rubella and mumps containing vaccine at age 12 months or older for children in grades K-12.

 

HEPATITIS B VACCINE Minimum doses

           Three doses required for those children born after 1/1/93. Dose 1 and 2 separated by at least 28 days; dose 2 and 3 separated by a minimum of 2 months provided the third dose was administered at age 6 months or older.

 

If you have special needs children in your schools in what would be considered day care age (3yr-5yr), the

following immunizations are required:

 

DTP/DT/DtaP/Td Minimum doses

                 3 years and older four doses if it has been 6 months from dose #3.

 

POLIO Minimum doses

                Three doses.

 

MEASLES, MUMPS, RUBELLA Minimum doses

                One dose at age 12 months or older.

 

HAEMOPHILUS INFLUENZAE TYPE B (HIB) Minimum doses

One dose after 15 months of age or four dose series with last dose being administered at 12 months of age or greater.

 

HEPATITIS B VACCINE Minimum doses

Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine at appropriate intervals as stated above.

 

 

New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services

Office of Community & Public Health

(NH)  1-800-852-3345, Ext. 3 ~ 603-271-4482

 

IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS

 

 

 

For all minimum intervals and age requirements, a 4-day grace period is acceptable.

 

The vaccines and doses above are the minimum requirements for school attendance.  The "Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule, United States 2004" should be followed for the doses necessary for good preventive health.

 

DTP/DT/DPaP/Td:

 

<7 Years of  Age

  • Four doses, 4th dose on or after the 4th birthday or
  • Five doses, regardless of age of administration as long as minimum intervals are met.

Acceptable intervals:

  • Dose 1 shall have been administered at no less than 6 weeks of age.
  • Doses 2 and 3 shall be separated from the previous dose by a minimum of 4 weeks.
  • Dose 4 shall be separated by a minimum of 6 months from dose 3.
  • Dose 5 is recommended from 4 - 6 years of age and must be separated from dose 4 by 6 months.

> 7 Years of Age

  • Three or our doses, with last dose on or after the 4th birthday or
  • Five doses as above.

 

POLIO:

K - 12

  • Three doses of an all eIPV or all OPV schedule.  The last dose must have been administered after the 4th birthday.
  • Four doses of any combination of eIPV and/or OPV regardless of age at administration.
  • When a combination of polio vaccines have been administered, 4 doses are necessary, even if the 3rd dose was administered after the 4thbirthday.

Acceptable intervals:

  • Dose 1 shall have been administered at no less than 6 weeks of age.
  • All subsequent doses shall be separated by a minimum of 4 weeks.

 

 

 

MEASLES:

K, 1st and 2nd grade.

If K not provided, 1st, 2nd and 3rdgrade.

 

  • Two doses of measles-containing vaccine.

 

7th - 12th grade

  • Two doses of measles-containing vaccine.

All grades not mentioned above

  • One dose.

Acceptable intervals:

  • Dose 1 on or after 12 months
  • Dose 2 - a minimum of 28 days from the 1st dose.

 

 

 

RUBELLA and MUMPS:

K - 12 grade

  • One dose of rubella and mumps-containing vaccine administered on   or after age 12 months.

 

HEPATITUS B VACCINE:

Born on or after 1/1/93  

  • Three doses

Acceptable intervals:

  • Doses 1 and 2 separated by at least 28 days.
  • Dose 3 separated by a minimum of 4 months from dose 1, 2 months from dose 2, and administered on or after 6 months of age.

 

 

 

 

VARICELLA (CHICKENPOX) VACCINE:

K and 1st grade.

If K not provided, 1st and 2nd grade

6th and 7th grade

 

  • One dose.

 

  • Two doses, if first dose was administered > 13 years of age.

Acceptable intervals:

  • Dose 1 administered on or after 12 months of age.

           Doses 1 and 2 separated by at least 28 days.

School Immunization Requirements

 

 

 

Requirements for Special needs Children

and Preschoolers 3 - 5 Years of Age

 

 

 

 

 

DTaP/DTP/DT:

3 - 5 years

-       Four doses, if it has been 6 months from dose 3.

 

 

 

POLIO:

3 - 5 years

-       Three doses.

 

 

 

MEASLES, MUMPS and RUBELLA (MMR):

3 - 5 years

-       One dose at 12 months or older.

 

 

 

HAEMOPHILUS INFLUENZAE TYPE B (HIB):

3 - 5 years

-       One dose after 15 months of age or

-       Four dose series with the last dose being administered at > 12 months of age.

-       If the products PedVax HIB or Comvax have been used, 3 doses with one after 12 months of age is acceptable.

-       HIB is not required for children > 5 years of age.

Acceptable intervals:

  • Dose 1 shall have been administered at no less than 6 weeks.
  • All subsequent doses shall have been separated by a minimum of 4 weeks except the last dose shall have been separated by a minimum of 2 months from the previous dose and shall have been administered after 12 months of age.

 

 

 

HEPATITIS B VACCINE:

3 - 5 years

  • Three doses.

 

 

 

VARICELLA (CHICKENPOX) VACCINE:

3 - 5 years

  • One dose.

 

 

All minimum intervals and age requirements are stated in School Requirements Outline.

 

The 4-day grace period for minimum intervals and ages applies to the above requirements.

VII. FINANCES

 

A.   Admissions

 

1.   Parents must be committed and willing to support school policies. Our interest is to find students who will succeed at MZCS based on the student's needs and previous performance. At this time, MZCS is unable to meet extensive special education needs.

 

2.   Parents are asked to register their children as soon as possible to reserve a place in the school. This is important so that the administration can make the necessary plans to prepare for the school year. All families need to have an entrance interview prior to admission. Every new student will be given a placement evaluation. The results of this test and a review of previous records will assist in determining acceptance and placement.

 

3.   All students entering from other schools must provide school records and health records. A birth certificate is required for students entering Kindergarten. Students entering Kindergarten must be five (5) years old by Sept. 30th.

 

4.   Admission to MZCS is a yearly process.  Students attending MZCS may be re-invited by the school for the following year and no application process is required. (See Re-invitation)

5.   MZCS admits students of any race, color, sex, and ethnic origin.

 

6.   All students and parents are expected to be regular attendees and faithful supporters of a Bible believing church. Parents must understand that the Bible will be taught as the authoritative Word of God.

 

7.   Applicants are considered on the basis of previous educational records, behavioral patterns and personal interviews with parent/and or student.

 

8.   No students will be admitted, if they have been involved in activities that are contrary to the philosophy and objectives of MZCS. These include, but are not limited to, physical violence, threatening, vandalism, stealing or disruptive behavior.

 

B.   Tuition

 

1.         The annual tuition rate is for the school year (180 days). Tuition may basically be paid in three ways:

 

          Full payment prior to or on July 1st (by May 15th enjoys a 3% discount)

 

          Four equal installments due July 1st, October 1st, January 1st and April 1st.

 

          Ten monthly installments beginning July 1st

 

Parents enrolling students may be given the option of other payment plans with approval from administration.

 

2.  Tuition payments are due in our office by the first of each month. They may be mailed or delivered in person to the school office. Please do not send your payment with your child if you are paying in cash.

 

3.   MZCS, like any other institution, has financial commitments and prompt payment is required.

 

4.   If an account will not be paid prior to the last day of the due month, the parents are expected to notify us to arrange a meeting with the Headmaster.

 

5.   It is our desire to provide education to any family who shares our vision for the school and is faithfully making an honest effort to meet their financial obligation.  Therefore, if financial problems should arise, a meeting with the Headmaster is mandatory and should not be taken lightly.

 

6.        If an account should remain open past the end of the month and the meeting with the Headmaster is not arranged, the parents may be requested to withdraw the child/children from the school. The child/children will not be allowed to attend the school until the balance is settled or arrangement for payment is made.

 

7.    MZCS will do its part. Please stand in agreement with us as we can work together and accomplish the vision that the Lord has given us.

 

8.        A current tuition form is included in the new student packet. Families previously enrolled will be mailed the tuition rates for the coming school year with notice of re-invitation.

 

 Mount Zion Christian Schools

Tuition Policy Agreement

 

One of the responsibilities that God gives His people is to be good stewards.  Mount Zion Christian Schools (MZCS), as a ministry and a business, is also accountable to God's plan for blessings and practices of stewardship.  We are determined to continue practicing proper stewardship over the school.

 

Timely tuition payment is important to ensure the efficient operation of the school.  We would like to minimize the extra administrative time needed to deal with late payments.

 

PAYMENTS:

 

1.      All tuition payments and installment payment plans are due on the 1st day of the month.   First tuition payment is due on July 1.

2.      All payments are credited to your account on the day they are received in the MZCS business office.

3.      MZCS credits tuition payments to the oldest charge first, whether it is tuition or a late fee.  In the event of an overpayment, the extra amount is automatically credited toward the next payment.

4.      MZCS reserves the right to demand the full balance of the tuition note, to include all fees and late charges, if at any time, MZCS deems it necessary or that the installment payment plan is being misused or taken advantage of in any way.

 

LATE PAYMENTS:

 

1.      When a tuition payment is received past a 10-day grace period (to include weekends and holidays), a $10.00 late fee may be assessed,.

2.      When a tuition payment is 30 days late, the parent(s) will need to speak with the headmaster to arrange payment.

3.      If at the end of a marking unit, a tuition payment is 45 or more days late, the child/children may not be permitted to return to MZCS for the next marking unit.

4.      If a student is removed from the school due to tuition non-payment, reinstatement may be considered once tuition balances are paid to the satisfaction of MZCS and the future finances are rectified in the manor that MZCS deems necessary.  The decision of MZCS will be final.

5.      Any payments outstanding at year end will result in MZCS holding the report cards until the account is paid in full.

6.      No records will be released until all financial obligations to MZCS have been met.

7.     Re-enrollment will not be considered and MZCS cannot hold your child's place in a grade, until all past payments are satisfied.

 

WITHDRAWAL:

 

1.       In the event a student withdrawals after enrollment and prior to the end of the school year, the family is responsible to complete tuition payments through the month of withdrawal.

 

Alternative Payment Plans - Alternative payment plans may be available in some rare cases where an unexpected hardship may occur.  The MZCS office should be notified as soon as possible if there is need for consideration of an alternative payment plan.  MZCS will make every effort to work with families in these rare situations.  Your credit and payment history with MZCS will be heavily considered when reviewing for a plan.  In some cases, an alternative plan may not be possible.  Decisions made regarding alternative plans are at the sole discretion of MZCS and decisions are final.  A separate contract will be drawn up detailing the alternative plan and must be signed by all parties before any plans are activated.  During the review process Alternative Payment Plans are never assumed from one year to the next.

 

 

C. Withdrawal and Refund

 

Parents must call the school office to inform the school of the families intent to withdraw.  Records will be forwarded to the admitting school upon request of that school.  In order that a proper withdrawal may be completed, specific procedures must be followed in sequence.

 

As parent/guardian, you must inform MZCS business office in writing or email of your intention to withdraw.  Notice by August 1 of the year of enrollment allows us to return tuition payments made.  The tuition deposit is non-refundable.  After this date, you are responsible for two months of tuition payments beyond what the student attended.  In the event a student withdrawals after August 1st and prior to the end of the school year, the family is responsible to complete tuition payments through the month of withdrawal.  This results in a penalty that decreases the longer a student is in school.

When a student withdraws, the family is expected to:

 

*    Return all  school-owned books in satisfactory condition.

*    Return all library books and pay fines.

*    Return all  school-owned equipment in satisfactory condition.

*    Items lost or  returned in unsatisfactory condition will be assessed accordingly by the  administration.

 

 

VIII. DISCIPLESHIP

 

A. Philosophy

Self-discipline is a necessary component of being in relationship with one another which we are purposed by God to fulfill.  MZCS upholds standards of conduct that reflect that each of us are to be living examples of the second greatest commandment, "Love your neighbor as yourself" Matthew 22:39.

We want our students to interact in a way that shows this is hidden in their heart.  Our citizenship program is designed to help each student develop their character in an on-going way.  Our goal is for students to become self-disciplined (Ephesians 4:22-24) and seeks to reward students for making good choices.   We recognize that a program of discipline needs to be in place along the way (Hebrews 12 5-8.)

Punitive disciplinary measures including reprimands, detention, work assignments, disciplinary action plan, suspension, disciplinary probation and expulsion are used to suppress or stop a behavior and are meant to help a member of our community and our community as a whole learn from an incident.  MZCS does not permit corporal punishment on school grounds or during school sanctioned functions.

The success of the program depends upon the proper leadership of parents and school authorities through their own Christ-like example, through sensitivity to the child's needs of love and discipline, and through appropriate action to meet those needs. Appropriate disciplinary action includes consistent enforcement of the rules and appropriate consequences for infractions.

B. Relationship

As a community (parents, faculty, and student), we walk together, partnering in the discipleship of equipping our students for God’s purpose in their lives. Our purpose is to develop godly character through helping them discover their true identity in Christ. 

If a parent has a question or concern regarding disciplinary measure they are to bring it first to the teacher and then to the team leader, never to other students, parents or faculty.  If they do not feel resolution in a matter they may ask for a meeting with the

C. Disciplinary Actions

 

Offenses will result in disciplinary action as outlined below.

I.  Class-Level Offenses not requiring notification (resolved by the teacher within the class without parental or administrative involvement)

1. Disrespect of peers (in class)

2. Disrespect to an adult (in class)

3. Disruption in class (in class)

Corrective Action (teacher tools):

1. Redirection

2.  Love, acceptance, forgiveness

3. Teacher developed classroom management procedures

II.  Class-Level Offenses with notification to parents and administration    

1. Not prepared for class/tardiness

2. Habitual Missing Homework (at teacher’s discretion)

3. Dress code violation

4. Egregious or repeated disrespect or disruption

Corrective Action (teacher tools):

1. Redirection

2. Godly correction

3. Notification home (confidential/private)

   student /class not made aware of communication

4. Possible Disciplinary Action Plan

III. School Level Offense

The following actions are not an exclusive list of the Administration's authority to determine who should remain a member of the MZCS community but are examples of conduct that will result in major disciplinary action or expulsion:

1. Bullying or harassment (habitual unwanted use of superior strength or influence to intimidate another)

2. Rebellion (ie: Obstinance/Defiance/Belligerent) - Willful disobedience; not responding to proper correction to class level offenses; argumentative.  After correction, students ongoing behavior creates an environment whereby other students cannot effectively learn;

3. Obscene language

4. Mistreatment of property

5. Physical violence

6. Class safety jeopardized (others or self)

7. Misuse of technology

8. Dishonesty (chronic lying/cheating/plagiarism)

9. Inappropriate behavior or language with sexual inferences.

Any of the above infractions may be upgraded to a major school level offense depending upon its severity

Corrective Action:

1. Removal from class (sent to principal)

2. Communication home

3. Internal Suspension (the student will be kept in the school, in a separate location from students, and will not be able to return to class.)

4. A conference is scheduled  

5. Disciplinary Action Plan implemented

6. Possible student status change:  Disciplinary Probation

IV. Major School Level Offense

        1. Carrying a weapon

        2. Smoking or vaping on school property

        3. Evidence of alcohol or drug, possession, consumption, ownership, purchase, or sale.

4. Refusal of parents/guardians to cooperate with teacher, administrator and failure to abide by school policies.

        5. Criminal threatening as outlined in NH RSA 631.4

    Corrective Action(to include one or more of following):   

1. Removal from class (sent to Administration)

2. Communication home (by Administration)

3. Conference with parent and administration

4. External suspension

5. Disciplinary Action Plan implemented

6. Disciplinary probation

7. Possible expulsion

Disciplinary Action Plan:  

1. First Conference:

Disciplinary Action Plan (DAP)

Upon school level offense, the Disciplinary Council (Teacher, Headmaster, and Dean of Students)  will meet with parents to put together an "action plan" for the student which will then be communicated clearly to the student.  

Second conference is scheduled

2. Second Conference:

a. Resolved (if action plan is met)

1. Student returns to original status.

b. Revision

1. Progress has been made

2. DAP is revised accordingly.  

3. The third conference is scheduled  

c. External Suspension

1. Length of time to be determined by administration

2. The third conference in scheduled

3. Third Conference:  (Disciplinary Council and Board Member in attendance)

a. Resolved

1. Student returns to original status.

b. Possible Revision of DAP

c. Possible Expulsion

E. Disciplinary Consequences

 

Detention

Most Teacher/Team level disciplinary infractions will be recorded as an infraction on the student's citizenship record but should also be followed by a recess, lunch or after school detention.  For after school detention, parents will be notified a day in advance as to the date of the detention. It is the parents' responsibility to make arrangements for transportation for detention students (or other students, if car-pooled.)  If a student fails to attend detention on the given day or poses a behavior problem during the detention period, suspension may occur.  Detentions will take precedence over after school activities.

 

In-School Suspension

Failure of a student to respond to in-class correction may result in a half day or more of in-school suspension. The teacher, team leader, or administration team will phone home to explain the reason for and extent of the in-school suspension.  If a parent cannot be contacted by phone, an email will be sent explaining the situation. During an in-school suspension a student will work in an environment isolated from their peers.  They will also eat in that location.  The student will be given a special work packet to be completed during the in-school suspension.  Any work not completed during the in-school suspension must be completed at home.  The student will make up missed class work as if it is a normal absence.  

 

Disciplinary Action Plan

If a student is having trouble meeting school expectations in an area, the team will meet to put together an action plan for the student which will then be communicated to the parents and student.  If a team considers that a student, on more than one occasion, has displayed words or actions that could be construed as harassment or bullying, the team will put together a disciplinary action plan that will be conveyed to the student and parents in the presence of the team and principal.  Failure of a student to meet the expectations of a disciplinary action plan will put the student on Disciplinary Probation.

 

Suspension

When suspension occurs:

1.   The parents will be notified to take the student home the day of the occurrence.

2.   If the parents cannot be notified immediately, the student will be kept in the school, but will not be able to attend classes. The student will stay in a separate area.

3.        After suspension period is complete, a parent/administration conference must precede the admission of the child back into school.

4.        The student is placed on disciplinary probation.

 

The length of the suspension period will be determined by the administration. Two suspensions will generally result in the student being expelled from the school. The student is responsible to make up all work that is missed, including tests. A student cannot participate in any school or extra-curricular activity while suspended.

 

Disciplinary Probation

Students who have a major disciplinary infraction will be placed on disciplinary probation. Students on disciplinary probation will in most cases be expelled in the event of a second major disciplinary offense.  Students remain on disciplinary probation for a period of one year, but students may petition to the team to be removed from disciplinary probation after three consecutive marking units with a ranking of Good Citizen or better.  Students on disciplinary probation may not enjoy the benefits of citizenship status while on probation.

 

Expulsion

If expulsion is deemed necessary by the Headmaster, the parents will be contacted and informed of the reason for this decision.

 

 

F. Use of Technology (Acceptable Use Policy)

 

Technology at MZCS is used for educational purposes.  Students may keep cell phones on their person, but they must be turned off unless permission for a particular instance is granted to a student.  

Laptop computers are an important educational tool at MZCS.  Students are not to make any attempt to violate system security or interfere with system performance.  Students are not to access websites containing materials that would be offensive in the Christian community, are designed for amusement or are social networking sites during school hours.  Students are not to use the computer or school network for non-educational purposes during school hours and are held responsible for the content that is on their computer or personal devices.  Students are responsible for ANY correspondence sent through their google apps, school email account or personal email or accounts such as Facebook or Twitter.  Any correspondence must not malign any individual or institution.  Programs intended for the downloading of other people's programs are not allowed on computers in school. Students must have a license or the original software of all software on their computer.  Any materials that would be offensive in the Christian community, including text or images of a sexual nature are considered inappropriate and any student found to have offensive materials on their computer or personal device will be dealt with in a swift and forceful manner.  Mount Zion retains the right to search any electronic device, cell phone, student computer or school computer at any time, no prior notification is needed.  Non-compliance with any portion of this acceptable use policy will result in an appropriate combination of the following consequences will be immediately put in place.

 

1.  Unauthorized use of a cell phone will result in the confiscation of the phone for the day and additional infractions will result in escalating times of cell phone confiscation.

2.  The computer or device will be cleared of not allowed or offensive materials.

 

3.  The student will be placed on an Disciplinary Probation or an Action Plan which will vary based on the offense and will outline specific steps including consequences and steps for the close monitoring of future use.

 

4.  The parents are informed and brought into the process and will be part of the rehabilitation process.

 

5. If a second grievous offense occurs the student may (1) be required to leave MZCS or (2) a three days suspension and other disciplinary measures taken based on the offensiveness of the materials found.

 

6.  If a third grievous offense is uncovered the student may be expelled.

 

J. Tobacco Policy

Age 15 is the median age smoking begins in the U.S.  Twenty percent of high school seniors smoke daily.  One third of all teenage smokers will die prematurely from smoking.  MZCS students are expected to be tobacco-free, and in the interest of caring for our brothers and sisters in Christ, each of us has the responsibility of seeing that each member of our community upholds the following regulations regarding tobacco use:

 

The use of any tobacco product is prohibited.

Possession of cigarettes, chewing tobacco, dip, matches and lighters is prohibited.

Possession of tobacco on school grounds violates the Safe School Act of New Hampshire, and violations are reported to the local police.

Smoking indoors poses a fire hazard and will be dealt with severely.

 

K. Substance Abuse Policy

Christian teenagers are not immune to the temptations of drug, alcohol, steroids and other substances or practices used for artificially altering of moods.  Seventy percent of teenagers in the U.S. admit to using drugs or alcohol.  Twenty five percent of eighth graders and fifty three percent of seniors admit to using alcohol in the past month.  The use of drugs (other than as prescribed) is prohibited by New Hampshire law as is alcohol purchase, possession and consumption by any person under the age of 21.  We believe drug or alcohol use to be contrary to God's purpose for Christian teenagers.  It is the policy of MZCS that the purchase, possession, use or distribution of the above mentioned items or being in the presence of any substance abuse, drug or under-age alcohol use will result in expulsion from MZCS.  In order to best serve our community and it's individuals, MZCS reserves the right to test at it's own expense any of it's students if substance abuse it suspected.  A positive test would result in expulsion from the school.

 

Voluntary Drug and Alcohol Support Contract

A student not currently under investigation for substance abuse, who voluntarily desires to work on a problem he or she has with drugs or alcohol, may speak to an administrator or faculty member about signing the voluntary support contract.  By signing the contract the student agrees to:

 

The Voluntary Drug and Alcohol Support contract remains in effect for as long as the student is enrolled at MZCS.  A student who is subject to disciplinary proceedings due to a violation of the school's drug and alcohol policy is not eligible to apply for the voluntary contract.

                       

IX. GENERAL

 

A.  Carpooling, Cars and Busses

 

1.  It is the responsibility of the parent to arrange transportation and carpools.  Primary school (explorers through first grade) are dismissed at 2:45 from the west side entrance and 2nd-8th students are dismissed at 3:10 pm from the north back entrance.  If a student is staying for any reason other than a meeting with a teacher, the parent must make arrangements to make certain the student is supervised.  Primary, Elementary and middle school students not picked up by 3:25 will be taken to the after school program and parents will be charged accordingly.

 

2. The Manchester city school bus is available to Manchester families of students grades 1 to 8 who live over 1.5 miles from the school.  Parents interested in this service make application to the school by filling out a form and MZCS submits it to the city of Manchester.  Kindergarten and High school Manchester students may not use the Manchester school bus service.

 

3.  Please notify the school of carpool arrangements. Last minute changes often cause confusion. In an emergency, a call to the school office may be made for special arrangements. We encourage parents to communicate any changes to all parties involved. The school secretary cannot be responsible for communicating changes after 3:25.

 

4.  If a member of the carpool is required to stay after school hours (sports, activities, detentions, etc.) special arrangements must be made to pick up the remainder of the carpool at the regular dismissal time. These students will not be allowed to remain at school unsupervised.

 

5.  Students who drive to school may not use their cars during the school day except with senior privilege completed.  Students may never ride with another student while school is in session.  Students may get rides to and from school with other students as authorized by parents.

 

B. Chapel and Assemblies

 

Chapel and assemblies are special times for school activities and are considered an integral part of school life. During these times, students are expected to be polite, respectful, and cooperative.  They are to remain orderly and be ready to begin promptly.

 

Parents are encouraged to attend at any time they please.

All school chapels takes place once each unit.  Older students and younger students are paired up for these chapels.  These "Chapel Buddies" also join together for special events like Winter Carnival and Spring Stewardship day.

 

C. Field Trips

 

The purpose of field trips is to enrich academics with outside learning experiences. Field trips are considered to be an extension of academic subjects and are not optional. Students are required to turn in parent permission slips before each trip and follow any guidelines in addition to the regular school rules. Parental involvement is encouraged, but siblings are not allowed to attend.

Parents who drive on field trips must have background clearance, a copy of their driver’s license and insurance on file with the school.

 

D. Physical Education & Sports

 

The goal of physical education and sports is to develop the spirit, the mind, and the body of the individual. Team priorities include good sportsmanship, wholehearted effort, and participation of the entire team. Students are required to wear clothing according to the MZCS dress code.

Middle school students are encouraged to choose a sport to compete in.  MZCS offers soccer, basketball and track at the middle school as student interest allows.

In the high school all students are required to participate each year in one competitive sport and at least one other regularly scheduled athletic activity. Activities not offered by MZCS must be approved by our Athletic Director.  MZCS offers soccer, basketball and track in the high school.  The high school participates with other "class S" schools in the NHIAA.  Students are required to be eligible according to NHIAA rules to participate in game.  This means they must pass four full credit courses the unit before the current play.  Specifics can be found at NHIAA.org.

 

 

E. Parental Involvement

 

The home and the school are partners in disciplining and educating each child. The home and the school agree to use Biblical principles in the discipleship and education of the child so that there will be a unified effort. The parents agree to initiate discipleship in the home and to take final responsibility for their child's education. The school agrees to help support the parents in this responsibility while the child is at school. Applying these principles is the key to student success at MZCS.

 

Parental support is necessary in a variety of areas. Support the school spiritually by supporting school  policies and decisions and praying for all the people involved and the various school needs. Support the school by attending meetings, activities and parent prayer as possible

 

F. Fundraisers

 

1. MZCS fundraisers are allowed in school.

2. Outside of school fundraisers are allowed with administration permission.

 

MZCS strives to keep tuition as low as possible. Fundraising allows MZCS to enjoy many of the extras that enhance the educational process. We, therefore, depend on your assistance with fundraising and encourage your participation and strong support.

 

While tuition is not presently tax deductible, cash gifts to the school are. Many parents have blessed

MZCS with tax-deductible gifts that help the school tremendously. Also, some parents work for companies that provide matching gifts.

G. Service Volunteers

 

Parents are encouraged to participate in the nurturing process of their children by volunteering in a wide variety of areas. These include but are not limited to the following:

 

1. Parent Intercessors

 

2. Classroom aides

 

3. Lunch and recess monitors

 

4. Laminating machine operator

 

5. Kitchen assistant

 

6. Field trip chaperones

 

7. Office assistant

 

8. Building maintenance

 

 

H. Communications

 

1.        Please make every effort to finalize plans for the day with your child before school, but if a message must be given to your child during the school day, we ask that you get it to the office before 11:30 so the student can be contacted with the message at lunch.  If an emergency does not permit this, we caution that the end of the school day is busy and the office cannot always connect with a child before they go out to the pickup line, but we do our best.  Students are allowed to view a text or listen to a message on their cell phones AFTER 3:10.

2. The teachers and administration at MZCS will communicate on a consistent  basis to inform parents of the activities, needs, and progress of the children. Any concern a parent may have about the classroom activities should be brought directly to the attention of the classroom teacher. Refer to the "Matthew 18 principle" whenever dealing with problems.  Teachers and administrators may be e-mailed using the format of First_Last@mzcs.org.  Individual e-mails are available through the Zion's Gate portal.

 

3.   The teacher is the final authority in the classroom and the parent is the final authority in the home. School issues involving students or classes are between the teacher and the parent.

 

4.  When Your Child Has A Complaint

 

 -   Realize that his reporting can often be emotionally based, and you may be hearing a slanted story.

-         Give our professional faculty and staff the benefit of the doubt.

-        Realize that there are reasons for all policies and decisions.

-         Contact the school for ALL the facts.

 

5. Resolving Issues (Matthew 18: 15-20)

When children brings home reports regarding occurrences at school, parents should give the teacher the benefit of the doubt; contact the teacher for his/her perspective.  Matthew 18:15-20 has established the following steps in dealing with issues.

                 •The parent meets privately with the teacher to seek clarity and resolution of the issue. Ninety five percent of all problems are solved at this level.

                 •If unresolved, the parent then meets with the teacher and a third party, the headmaster.

                 •If still unresolved, the matter is brought to the school Board of Directors.

 Always try to resolve the issue first with the parties directly involved. Rarely will you need to go beyond the second step. God's ways work.

 

Schools that have cooperation and support from the parents can usually accomplish great things for the child.

 

I. Visitors

 

All doors leading into the building are to be locked while school is in session for the safety of our community.  Students are not to open the doors for anyone without authorization.

All persons coming to the school are asked to enter through the main entrance and report directly to the school office. This procedure offers a measure of protection from unauthorized people entering the school building. It also provides communication the school needs when, for any reason, students are picked up during school hours. Messages, forgotten lunches, books or homework are channeled through the school office. Students wishing to bring a friend or relative to school must obtain permission from the Headmaster.

 

  1. Parents

•Parents are encouraged and welcome to visit the school.

•Classroom visits should follow these guidelines:

•notify the administration one day prior to the visit

•visit for short periods of time so learning will not be disrupted

•visits are reserved for general observation and not for student conferences

•younger siblings/babies may cause a disruption and therefore should not accompany      parents.

 

2.  Students

•Friends of students are welcome to visit during lunch.

•The student sponsor must receive written administration and teacher permission one day ahead of time.

•Visiting students must follow school rules.

 

3. General Public

•The general public is welcome to visit.  Please call the MZCS office for an appointment.

 

   

 

J. Extra Help

 

Teachers are available for extra help.  High school and middle school teachers are available four days a week during teacher-study time scheduled during the day. Elementary teachers are available with advance notice.

 

K. Cancellations And Announcements

 

In the event school must be canceled or delayed in opening due to inclement weather, the following stations will display the announcements:

 

WZID 95.7 FM

WMUR TV Channel 9

ZION's GATE Parent Portal Page www.mzcs.org

 

L.  Lockers

 

1. Lockers are provided for middle school students for clothing, books and the safe securement of valuables.  We recommend that lockers be locked when valuables are stored in them.  Lockers are to be kept neat and clean at all times. Food may not be kept in a locker for more than one (1) day. Pictures inside the locker should not be taped, but held with a magnet and must reflect Christian character and Biblical morality.  Students may not write on a locker with any type of utensil, even a dry-erase marker.

 

2.  Students may use only one (1) locker and must use the locker assigned to them. No books or articles of any kind are to be left on top of the lockers at any time. Hallways are to be kept free of all clothing, books, and all other items. Any items left out will be placed in the lost and found box.

 

The administration may inspect a locker at any time. We are called to be a holy people and should have nothing to hide.

 

M.  Safety

All doors leading into the building are to be locked while school is in session for the safety of our community.  Students are not to open the doors for anyone without authorization.

All persons coming to the school are asked to enter through the main entrance and report directly to the school office to sign in and receive a nametag.

1.   Handling Emergencies

 •All emergencies must be reported to the school office immediately.

 •One adult should stay with an emergency situation and one adult (or two appointed

   students) should report the accident.

 

2.   Reporting Accidents, Damages, and Danger

 •All accidents, damaged property, or dangerous situations must be reported to the school office         immediately.

 

3.   Emergency Evacuation & Fire Drills

 •Emergency evacuation information and maps will be placed next to the door in each classroom.

 •Emergency evacuation drills will be conducted on a regular basis.

  •Students are to exit quietly and quickly following the designated procedures.

  •In the event of an extended evacuation, students will be transported to an off-site, pre-approved location  Parents will be contacted with more details.

 

4.  Thermostats, Fire Alarms and Air Conditioning Controls

 •Students must not tamper with thermostats, fire alarms, or air conditioning controls. Staff maintenance department will monitor these areas.

 

N. Building Maintenance

 

As good stewards we need to take care of the building by keeping it clean and using it in a proper manner. Students will be asked to take care of their personal possessions and the classrooms to keep maintenance needs to a minimum. Teachers will monitor classroom clean up by assigning students to various maintenance tasks.

 

O. Lost and Found

 

1.   Lost and found items may be dropped off in the office and they will be set aside near the office;high school items are placed under the hall printer table.

2.   Label all items, lunch boxes, personal Bibles, calculators, clothing, boots, mittens, and hats with child's name.

 

P. Photographs

 

Individual and class photos are taken every year during the fall. Details will be sent home regarding the packages available for purchase.

 

Q. Birthdays & Parties

 

Birthdays are important to the elementary age student. Each classroom teacher has a way of recognizing the child on his/her birthday including those whose birthdays happen during the summer.

 

R. After School Care

The Lion's Den After School program is available to primary, elementary, and middle school students.  It is operated independently of Mount Zion’s financial, procedural, and rule policies.  Students have the opportunity for constructive play.  A snack is provided.  The after school program runs from 3:00 - 5:30.  

The Lion's Den is an after school program available on a fee-based basis.  More information is available by contacting the school office.

S. Hot Lunch Program

School lunch is offered Monday -Friday. The cost for each meal is $3.50 and  includes a main dish, fruit, vegetable, and milk or juice.

A calendar of the monthly meals is available through the school calendars on the portal.  Sign up forms are sent home each Monday for the following week. If you want you may pay by the week or monthly.  The hot lunch slip and money (checks payable to MZCS) need to be handed in by FRIDAY. All elementary, middle school, and high students need to sign up for hot lunch.  

Elementary students will have the opportunity for snack according to the direction of their teachers and the elementary team leader.. The cost for the snack is $0.50 or $1.00 depending on the item.

On the first Tuesday of each month we have Community lunch and provide a free hot-lunch for the staff and students. This is a time when the teachers and students sit down together for a time of fellowship.

Microwaves are in the lunchroom and available to students during middle school and high school lunches.

Students are expected to clean up after themselves.

If you have questions on the lunch program, please e-mail: Becky_DeConto@mzcs.com