Wichita Adventist Christian Academy




 
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Student Handbook
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Student Handbook  2016-2017

Table of Contents

 

Address and Contact Information                       
Admission Policy
Anti-Bullying Policy
Athletics Policy
Attendance

Classes, 9th and 10th
Communicable Diseases
Discipline
        
Items Demanding Disciplinary Action
Dress Standards
        Dress Code Violations
Financial Information
General Information

Grading Scale
Grievances
 
Health
Immunizations 
Insurance
Items Not Allowed
Lockers
Lunch Policy
Physical Education
Registration
School Hours
Snow Days
Statement of Mission
Staff
Student Drivers
Telephone


 

Address, Phone, and Web-Address

Wichita Adventist Christian Academy
2725 S. Osage
Wichita, KS  67217

Phone: 316-267-9472

www.wacaschool.org

 


STAFF

Principal

      Sharon Burton, M.A.

Teachers


      Brady Asher, B.S.     

      Heidi Beardsly,  M.A.

      Aubrey Asher, B.S.
 
 
 Mandi Kutschara, B.S

 Megan Tidwell, B.S

 
Pastors

     Pastor Travis Forde
Pastor Otavio McKenzie
Pastor David Meza



School Board Chair

      Dr. David Chacko, M.D.
STATEMENT OF MISSION

"Inspiring minds, nurturing faith, and developing leaders to excellence through Christ."

 

FRESHMAN AND SOPHOMORE CLASSES

WACA uses the alternate plan for its 9th and 10th grade students. The classes being offered for
the 2016-2017 school year are:

 

9th & 10th

Bible I

English I

Biology

World History


Physical Education

Life Skills

Band

 

9th

Algebra 1


 

10th

Geometry

 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Our school is a part of Wichita Seventh-day Adventist Church South and its ministry. Area Seventh-day Adventist churches are invited to cooperate with us in our educational goals. The school offers Christian education from grades K-10 for the 2016-2017 school year.


ADMISSION POLICY

Operated by the Kansas-Nebraska Conference of Seventh-day Adventists (SDA), Wichita Adventist Christian Academy (WACA) provides a K-10 education as a ministry to the area Seventh-day Adventist families. We are open to other youth who desire a Christian education and are willing to comply with the standards set forth by the school.

· Students in grades 4-10 must express a clear personal desire to attend WACA.

· Students not in good standing with their previous school due to behavior problems are not eligible for admission.

· Students of good moral character who endeavor to live in harmony with the ideals and purpose of the school will be considered for admission.

· Placement of students with special needs will be determined by testing, personal interview, and other documentation. WACA does not offer special education services.

· Admission of transfer students will be accepted pending receipt of valid transcripts.

· Any child applying for admission to Kindergarten must be at least five years of age by September 1. A birth certificate will be required.

Physical Examinations are required of all students enrolling in Kindergarten, fourth and seventh grades, and all new students. Immunization records are expected to be kept updated on all students each year. Health forms may be obtained from the school.

A copy of a birth certificate is required to be on file for all students in attendance.
 

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

It is the policy of Wichita Adventist Christian Academy to admit students of any class, gender or culture to the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally made available to students at the school, making no discrimination in administration of educational policies, applications for admission, scholarships, or extracurricular activities.


SCHOOL HOURS

Monday – Thursday                   8:00 A.M. to 3:15 P.M.

  Friday                                       8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

    Minimum Day                            8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M.

Teachers meet for devotions each morning, therefore students should not arrive before 7:45 A.M.

Please note: The school is not responsible for students on the school grounds prior to 7:30 A.M. or after 4:00 P.M. (12:30 P.M. on Fridays). Any exceptions must be made in advance with approval. Students are to report directly to the pre-approved classroom upon arrival.

Student insurance does not cover playground activity before or after school hours. Students who are involved in supervised extra-curricular activities, (e.g. volleyball, basketball) are covered while the sponsored activities are in progress.

SNOW DAYS

On days when snow seriously inhibits travel, the school will follow the decision of USD 259. If USD 259 closes, so will we. Listen for announcements on the radio or T.V. Snow days will be made up at a later date.

 Grading Scale

   100%   A+ 78-79%   C+
92-99%   A 72-77%   C
90-91%   A- 70-71%   C-
88-89%   B+ 68-69%   D+
82-87%   B 62-67%   D
80-81%   B- 60-61%   D-
  Below 60%  F


STUDENT DRIVERS

Parents will need to fill out a Student Driver form indicating their approval for their child to drive to school. Student drivers will be assigned parking in a designated parking space to be determined by the principal. No other students will be allowed to leave school grounds with a student driver without written permission from each of their parents. Students are not allowed to drive his or her vehicle on a field trip. A copy of proof of insurance must be on file in the school office.


REGISTRATION

All student are to register on Monday, August 1, 2016, from 1:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. At this time a nonrefundable registration fee of $200.00 is required for each student. This fee must be paid on or before registration. If it is paid by July 15, there will be a $25 discount.
 

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FINANCIAL INFORMATION

The Wichita Seventh-day Adventist Church South, along with Cornerstone Seventh-day Adventist Church, supports the ministry of the Wichita Adventist Christian Academy through the systematic contributions of its members. The tuition does not cover teachers’ salaries; it covers only a portion of the operating expenses of the school.

Tuition is due in 10 equal payments August through May.  Students will not be allowed to attend classes if their accoung is not paid by the 15th of the month.  In cases of unusual hardship, parents may petition the finance committee.

Scholarships and student aid may be available with application and approval of the Scholarship Committee. Those receiving scholarship assistance will be required to pay their portion of the tuition on a 12-month basis. All financial arrangements must be completed with the school treasurer before registration is complete.

Scholarship and student aid recipients will have to maintain a “good standing” while in attendance. A student with, “good standing” is one with at least a 2.5 GPA and minimal office referrals.


 
I.  Tuition rates:

      Grades K-6, first child
            Each additional child (K-6)

 
$345.00 per month
$295.00 per month

 
      Grades 7 and 8, first child
            Each additonal child (7 & 8)

 
$370.00 per month
$320.00 per month

 
      Grades 9 and 10, first child
            Each additonal child (9 & 10)

 
$400.00 per month
$340.00 per month

 
 II. Lab Fees (grades 9 and 10)
 
$  50.00 per year
 
III. Sports Fee (grades 7-10) $  50.00 per year


1.  No registration will be permitted until past due accounts are paid in full.

2.  For any account falling 2 months in arrears, the parents will need to make special arrangements with
     the school.

3.  If the entire semester or year's tuition is paid at registration, a 5% discount will be given.

 
ATTENDANCE

Student attendance is expected to be regular and punctual. State law requires the teacher to have on file a written excuse for every absence. For any such absence, the student will provide an excuse that has been signed and dated by the parent or guardian. Excused absences include illness of a student, death in the family, or medical appointments.

Students absent more than fifteen (15) days during a semester may result in forfeiture of grade in the subject. This includes excused or unexcused absences.

Repeated tardiness and/or absences will be referred to the school operating committee for consideration and action.

All students are expected to take part in the programs put on throughout the school year. Since the school is operated by and promotes the beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, it is our hope that students from Adventist homes will attend an Adventist church on a regular basis.


PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Since the SDA educational philosophy promotes the development of the whole person, physical development is considered just as important as mental development. Physical education is required at all grade levels, and all students are expected to participate. A detailed explanation from a licensed physician will be required for any student who cannot participate due to a physical disability. Details will include length of nonparticipation and conditions. The teacher may use his or her discretion in allowing a student not to participate in a particular day’s activities.

 

HEALTH

I. Immunization requirements

As required by state law (K.S.A. 72-5209), all students must show proof of immunization against diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus, polio, mumps, rubella, and rubeola in order to attend school. At registration, pupils who have not completed the required inoculations may enroll or remain enrolled while completing the required inoculation if a physician or local health department certifies that the pupil has received the most recent appropriate inoculation in all required series.

II. Communicable diseases

All Health Department Guidelines will be followed concerning head lice and other communicable diseases.
 

INSURANCE

Every student is covered in case of accident during school hours. School insurance provides secondary insurance coverage and covers most expenses not covered by your family insurance.

 

LUNCH POLICY

1. No pork or other unclean foods are to be eaten (see Leviticus 11).

2. If a student must leave with a parent for any reason, it must be approved by the principal, and must not interrupt the school program.

3. The microwave oven is only to be used with teacher direction.

4. The teachers and administration reserve the right to initiate other rules as needed.

 

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DISCIPLINE

The purpose of discipline is:

1. To encourage a greater “discipleship with Christ.”

2. To remind students that certain behaviors are unacceptable.

3. To discourage continued involvement in objectionable practices.

 

ANTI-BULLYING POLICY

"Bullying" is any ongoing pattern of conduct that meets the following criteria:

-   Is reasonably perceived as being dehumanizing, intimidating, hostile, humiliating, threatening, or
    otherwise likely to evoke fear of physical harm or emotional distress;


-   Is directed at one or more individuals;

-   Is conveyed through physical, verbal, technological or emotional means;

-   Substantially interferes with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs

The scope of this policy includes the prohibition of every form of bullying, harassment, and cyber-bullying, whether in the classroom, on school premises, immediately adjacent to school premises, when a student is traveling to or from school, or at a school-sponsored event, whether or not held on school premises. Bullying or harassment, including cyber-bullying/harassment, that is not initiated at a location defined above is covered by the policy if the incident results in a potentially material or substantial disruption of the school learning environment for one or more students and/or the orderly day-to-day operations of any school program.

This is a Zero Tolerance Policy!

 

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ITEMS DEMANDING DISCIPINARY ACTION

1. Possessing or use of fire-arms, firecrackers, knives, or other weapons on school property.*

2. Using profane or indecent language; indulging in lewd conduct or suggestions; possessing obscene literature or pictures.

3. Willful or careless marring, damaging or destroying school, staff, or other students’ property. The student will be required to pay for such damage.

4. Setting off emergency alarms or tampering with fire extinguishers, etc.

5. Theft or vandalism of any kind to school, staff, or other students’ property.

6. Entering or leaving the school or classrooms by any means other than regular entrances; being in the building where or when students are not to be present; being in unauthorized places (e.g. the roof; furnace room; tunnels; etc.)

7. Gambling.

8. Defiant behavior and continued violation of school and classroom policies.

9. Any student who uses or appears to be affected by or whose conduct appears to be altered by alcoholic beverages, drugs, and/or other controlled substances on school property or a school supervised activity.

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WEAPONS POLICY

Any student who is determined to have possessed a firearm, knife, or any item that threatens bodily harm on school premises, school provided transportation, or to other places where a school sponsored activity is taking place shall be subject to immediate expulsion.

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DRESS STANDARDS

Wichita Adventist Christian Academy believes that dress and grooming reflect both our philosophy of life and our emotional maturity. One of the purposes of our school is to encourage each student to develop a personal philosophy of dress and grooming. The goal is to have the students include the following principles for their own personal code:

1. To develop and maintain the habit of personal daily cleanliness in both body and dress.

2. To avoid the extremes of carelessness, untidiness, overdressing, and showiness.

3. To refrain from drawing attention, through dress and grooming, to his or her own body.

4. To select clothing which gives expression to our God-given ability to appreciate beauty, creativity, harmony, and good taste.

In order for the students to acquire a greater degree of poise and modesty and to promote a wholesome, refined student body, the following dress code has been adopted:

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All students should dress modestly:

-  Shoulders are to be covered and sleeves are required. Sleeves will be obvious, usually defined by a seam at the shoulder.

-  Shirts should be long enough to cover the tummy when your hands are fully raised, since your hands are raised many times throughout the day.

-  Shorts and skirts should extend beyond mid thigh when standing and sitting.

-  No cleavage should be visible; this should be checked at home before coming to school by bending before the mirror. Remember to raise and lower your arms when doing this to see what we see.

-  Clothes must not be tight or form fitting.

‚Äč-   Leggings cannot be worn in place of pants.  They may be worn under a dress or skirt of appropriate length.

 

All clothes should reflect a Christian lifestyle:

-  Clothing advertising rock groups, evil characters, or questionable products such as tobacco, alcohol, or drugs should not be worn to school.

-  To demonstrate a security of inner beauty and self-worth, external adornments of jewelry such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, or anklets should not be worn.

-  Make up and nail polish should look natural.

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All students should dress for health and safety:

 
-    No high heels or flip-flops can be worn. Sandals are acceptable.

-    Hats or hoods are not to be worn in the school building.

 

In addition:

-  Shorts may be worn to school from the first day of school until the last day of September and from the first day of May until the last day of school.

-  Any other apparel to be worn at such times as gym classes, recreational periods, or field trips is to be approved by the faculty.

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DRESS CODE VIOLATION

1. Students violating the dress code will be removed from the classroom until their appearance meets the school policy.

2. The homeroom teacher will be the one to deal with the situation. If another teacher sees a violation, it should be written up and delivered to the homeroom teacher.

The final decision as to the appropriateness and modesty of school attire will be left to the discretion of the principal.

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ITEMS NOT ALLOWED

The following are not allowed at school except by special arrangements with the teacher and only for special occasions. Possession of any of these may cause permanent confiscation through the school term:

1.   skateboards, roller skates, roller blades.

2.   Radios, tape recorders, pagers, personal listening devices, and other non scholastic electronic devices.  

3.   Chewing gum

4.   Any objectionable material.

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GRIEVANCES

To establish good rapport between parent and teacher, parents should discuss discipline problems or problem involving teaching conduct directly with the teacher. Practically all school problems have many sides, and it is unwise to exhibit a lack of confidence in the teacher in the presence of your child. This usually results in a loss of respect between student and teacher.

1. The parent should contact the teacher, present the concern, and work to resolve the issue.

2. If there is not a satisfactory resolution, the parent should contact the principal who meets with the teacher and parent regarding the concern and work together to resolve the issue.

3. If there is not a satisfactory resolution yet, the parent may request a meeting with the conference education superintendent, principal, and teacher.

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LOCKERS

Please use your locker for school items only.  Valuables are to be left at home because the school cannot be responsible for items lost at school.  Only school locks are permitted on lockers. 

Lockers are to be kept clean.  Any books, clothing, or other personal items left outside of lockers are subject to removal given to the Community Service Center. 

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TELEPHONE

The telephones in the school office and classrooms are for business use only. School phones will be used only with teacher’s permission. Students and teachers will not be called out of class to answer the phone; messages will be conveyed to them at an appropriate time.

Student cell-phone use is not allowed during school hours.  If it is out during class or  used without staff permission, it will be confiscated and returned to the parent/guardian.  WACA is not responsible for cell phones lost, misplaced, or stolen.

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WACA Athletics Policy
 
“The mission of the WACA Athletic Department is to develop a Christ-like character in students through sportsmanship, teamwork, honesty, respect, and integrity.”

Purpose:
·  The purpose of WACA Athletics is to provide students with the opportunity to particip ate in athletic
    competition with a Seventh-day Adventist Christian Foundation.
·  WACA provides the opportunity for our student-athletes to participate in friendly com petition as we
    compete against other Christian schools, private schools, and home school groups.
·  WACA emphasizes Christian sportsmanship by teaching the importance of accepting victory and
    defeat while honoring Jesus.
·  Student-athletes can become physically fit, improve sport specific skills, display their faith, and learn
    life-skills while participating in WACA’s athletic program.
 
About WACA Athletics:
·  WACA Athletics holds high academic, social, and spiritual standards of our athletes.

·  The WACA Athletics program honors the Seventh-day Adventist Christian faith and carefully protects
    the Sabbath hours when scheduling practices and games.

·  WACA is a member of the Kansas Christian Athletics Association (KCAA).

·  We are a volunteer based program. We depend on the combined efforts of coaches, staff, parents, and
    alumni to run our athletic events.

·  WACA coaches are volunteers who generously give their time and talents.

·  Certified officials are paid by sports fees, admission to games, and the sale of concessions.

·  WACA sports will generally meet no more than three times per team during the school week.

·  Practices are generally one hour twice a week unless games are scheduled. Practice schedules are
   available from coach.

·  Specific rules on missing practice, individual playing time, what is expected, etc. are at the discretion
    of the coach.

·  Participation in a sport is a commitment and takes time and energy. Balancing God, family,
    academics, and other responsibilities can be difficult. It is especially important for student-athletes
    not to procrastinate with school work and to carefully plan personal schedules accordingly.
    Communication between teachers, athlete, parent, and coach is critical to the success of the
    student-athlete.
 
Eligibility:
Students involved in WACA’s athletic program are expected to use their athletic platform as a witnessing tool as they maintain a high standard of academics, lifestyle, and Christian character. Student athletes and helpers must…
 
·  Have all passing grades in the most recent quarter
·  Have no missing assignments
·  Be present in every class on game day, unless excused due to a prearranged medical appointment
   (note from medical office needed) or emergency.
·  Be present in class and turn in all class work the day after a game. If a student misses class or school
    work is incomplete the day following a game, he/she will be ineligible for the next game, with the
    exception of an excused illness or emergency.
 
Fees:
Sports fees are $50 per student annually.
 
Since we are a volunteer based program, we encourage all of our parents to help with transportation, concessions, admissions, and security at home games.  All volunteers need to complete the “Shield the Vulnerable” online background check, driving record check and child abuse course. Print the certificate at the end of the course and submit to the WACA office.

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You Are Invited
If you are looking for a school community that strives for academic excellence as we grow together in God’s grace, we invite you to become part of the WACA family. We are here to help you in any way we can.