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John Erspamer

1515 Shoemaker Road, Waupaca, WI 54981
(715) 258-4141




This Student/Parent Handbook is provided so that all students and parents of Waupaca Learning Center may have a ready reference to information, which is necessary to the understanding of the daily operation of our schools. It is essential that all students and parents read the information contained in this handbook so there might be as few misunderstandings as possible. When this Student/Parent Handbook does not give you needed information, you should contact your building principal, counselor or a teacher for help.  
The goal of our schools is excellence, and striving to reach this goal must be a cooperative effort on the part of the students, teachers, administrator, parents and community. We earnestly solicit your cooperation in this venture and assure you that the result will be well worth the effort. This handbook is designed to:
·       Increase and facilitate communication between home and school     
·       Help students to be better organized and to plan ahead
·       Further personalize communication between teacher, students and parents
·       Provide a sense of consistency for students
·       Help students with study skills
·       Reinforce our school’s mission and code of conduct
Teachers will regularly have students keep track of assignments and long-term projects in their Rascal Agenda. Teachers will use the Rascal Agenda to write their personal notes to students and their parents. Teachers will monitor the use of the assignment book to make sure all students are taking advantage of its many organizational/motivational benefits.
As parents, you can help to make the use of this Rascal Agenda an even greater success by doing the following:
·       Review the use of the Rascal Agenda with your child as well as review the code of conduct section periodically.
·       Check Rascal Agenda on a regular basis. (If it is “lost” students will be required to purchase a new one.)
·       Contact teachers as soon as you sense a need.
·       Use the Rascal Agenda to write notes to your child’s teacher.
I urge you to become actively involved in your child’s studies and in the extracurricular activities at your school. On behalf of our staff, I take pleasure in welcoming you to the Waupaca Learning Center.
John Erspamer, Elementary Principal



I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands,
One Nation Under God, indivisible,
With liberty and justice for all.





"I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people,
For the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a
Democracy in a republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union,
One and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice,
And humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes.
I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to love it, to support its Constitution, to
Obey its laws, to respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies."

At the Waupaca Learning Center, we provide our school community with the highest quality educational experiences resulting in the development of individuals committed to excellence and life long learning. We empower our students to “learn” by creating an environment to achieve excellence based on each student’s individual abilities.

    Courtesy and good manners are the keys to a student’s conduct at school. A good attitude toward teachers and fellow students will make school enjoyable for all.   Students are expected to have respect for school property and to take good care of books, desks, and other furniture and equipment.
It is each student’s responsibility to display qualities of good citizenship. Student’s best conduct is expected in all areas of the school building, playground, and when leaving the school grounds. Waupaca Learning Center teachers want students to become good citizens. Expect teachers to remind students of appropriate behavior choices. Special emphasis will be given to honesty, morality, and courtesy. Obedience to law, respect of our country’s flag, appreciation of the Constitution of the United States, respect for parents and home, and recognition of the dignity and necessity of honest labor are characteristics desired and expected of all our students.

Belief Statements
We believe that excellence occurs when:
·                a passion for learning exists
·                collaboration is valued
·                positive attitudes prevail
·                innovative ideas are promoted
·                successes are recognized
·                human potential is maximized
We believe in establishing family, school, and community partnerships through opportunities that include involvement in:
·                curriculum implementation
·                frequent two-way communication
·                combined efforts for continuous improvement
·                school based decision-making
We believe in developing a sense of belonging that recognizes diversity and promotes:
·                team building
·                collaboration
·                problem solving
·                a caring, safe environment
We believe in an environment where people:
·                seek and share wisdom and expertise
·                positively interact across all age levels
·                experience multi-age programs and activities
·                desire accountability and assume responsibility
We believe in providing a student-centered curriculum that emphasizes:
·                critical and creative thinking, problem solving
·                character development
·                innovative uses of technology
·                authentic learning and assessment practices
·                flexible grouping of students
·                teaching/learning through multiple intelligences
thus, opening the door to lifelong learning.

The bus driver is recognized as a member of the school staff having the same jurisdiction over the children while enroute to school as an instructor in the classroom. Therefore, the driver shall maintain order on the bus when children are being transported to and from school. The riders shall conduct themselves on the school bus as they would in the classroom except that reasonable visiting and conversation are permissible. Continued disorderly conduct or refusal to submit to the authority of the driver shall be sufficient reason for refusing transportation service to any pupil. When it becomes necessary to refuse a pupil transportation service due to misconduct, the school principal shall notify the parents of such refusal with a full explanation for this action.
The School District of Waupaca is responsible for the safety of children and the rights of others while on a school bus. The bus is an extension of the classroom where rules of conduct and consideration are present.
§ Be on time at the designated school bus stop, help keep the bus on schedule, and sit in assigned seat when designated by the driver.
§ Stay off the road at all times while waiting for the bus.
§ Be careful in approaching the place where the bus stops. Do not move toward the bus until the bus has been brought to a complete stop. Do not leave your seat while the bus is in motion or while discharging or boarding riders along the bus route.
§ Remain in the bus in the event of a road emergency until instructions are given by the driver.
§ Keep hands and head inside the bus at all times after entering and until leaving the bus. Do not throw anything out of the bus windows.
§ Remember that loud talking and laughing or unnecessary confusion diverts the driver’s attention and could result in a serious accident.
§ Be absolutely quiet when approaching a railroad crossing stop.
§ Treat bus equipment as you would be expected to treat valuable furniture in your own home. Never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment.
§ Assist in keeping the bus safe and sanitary at all times. No eating is allowed on the bus unless approved by the bus driver.
§ Carry no animals on the bus or large instruments or objects, which take up a passenger seat.
§ Keep books, packages, coats and all other objects out of the aisles.
§ Be courteous to fellow pupils, and the bus driver.
§ Help look after the safety and of smaller children.
§ Do not ask the driver to stop at places other than the regular bus stop; he is not permitted to do this except by proper authorization from a school official. A Student must have a note from their guardian stating a busing change and a bus pass from the office if any changes are made to their regular bus stop.
§ Observe safety precautions at drop off point. Where it is necessary to cross the highway, proceed to a point at least 10 feet in front of the bus on the right shoulder of the highway where traffic may be observed in both directions. Then wait for a signal from the bus driver permitting you to cross.
§ Observe the same rules and regulations on other trips under school sponsorship as you observe between home and school.
§ The teacher, in the case of field trips or in cases where transportation is used for other than the regular bus routes, shall assume the responsibility for student behavior and control in order that the driver may give full attention to driving.
The School District of Waupaca approves the use of video cameras on the school buses for the primary purpose of reducing disciplinary problems and vandalism on the bus, thereby allowing the driver to focus on driving the bus, providing for safer transportation for our students.
The School District of Waupaca generally utilizes a progressive discipline policy when school bus rules are not followed. Discipline procedures may simply involve a call to the parent from the driver or a meeting with parents, student and the principal to go over proper bus riding behavior. However, depending on the severity of the rule broken or incident involved, the administration may immediately suspend a student from riding the bus. The school board may expel a student from school and/or transportation privileges for extreme misbehavior in accordance with state law and board policy.

Children are to walk on the sidewalk. Students are to cross the streets only where a school patrol is stationed, crosswalk is marked or stoplights are provided.



The School Wide Expectations Program creates a safe, positive learning environment where students learn to make responsible, respectful and safe choices. Our system encourages students to make positive choices while providing consistent consequences for those students who make inappropriate choices. The program utilizes the use of discipline tickets with set points for inappropriate behavior. Check with your child’s teacher for specific details about discipline tickets, consequences and rewards.
The School Wide Expectation Program is designed to be a positive approach to discipline that stresses rewards, both intrinsic and extrinsic rather than punishment. Students will be taught the specific expectations. This is an equitable system that enforces consistent standards for all students. This will become an integral part of each school day. It is our hope that parents will continue to encourage and reinforce these standards at home. We encourage our students to follow the WLC “Rascal Code.”
I am respectful.
I am responsible.
I am safe.
I am prepared.
We are here to learn; 
Therefore, I will do nothing to keep the teacher from
teaching,andanyone,myself included, from learning.
I will cooperate with all school people.
I will respect myself, others and the environment.
By acting in this way, I am capable, connecting and

During recess and the noon hour, the playgrounds are under teacher or aide supervision. Weather permitting (wind-chill temperature above -10) all pupils will be expected to go outdoors for fresh air and exercise. This time will be limited on extremely cold days. Children are encouraged to play. Help your youngster develop the play habit. We cannot permit activities on the school grounds or adjacent areas that would endanger others, including excessive play, roughness, throwing things, etc which might result in damage or injury. Under state law, parents are responsible for the acts of their children. 

All bicycles must be placed in the racks provided at each school. They are not to be parked against the building or in the open area of the lawn or playground. No one is to ride a bicycle on the school grounds at recess or noon hour. No one is to borrow or damage another pupil’s bike.


           The Waupaca School District has devised attendance procedures that stress the importance of regular school attendance and facilitate communication between all concerned parties, especially family and school professional staff. It is clearly our intent to demonstrate a commitment of care and concern for the student’s success in school. Enforcement of student attendance policies and truancy procedures shall be a shared responsibility between the schools, students, parents/guardians, service agencies, law enforcement officials and community.
The responsibility for regular school attendance of a student rests upon the student’s parents or guardian. All excused absences require a parent/guardian verification, which is to be submitted to the school in advance of the absence or prior to re-admittance to school. Verification can be done in person, by telephone, or written message. The school has the right to determine which verification method is acceptable. Parents should call the WLC office by 8:00 AM if their child is not going to be in school unless a pre-arranged absence forms is completed.
1. Excused absences: absences which the school district approves:
·         personal illness
·         emergency in the family
·         medical appointments
·         death in the family/funeral
·         religious holiday
·         court and/or legal appearances
·         approved school activities
·         special circumstances approved if possible
2. Pre-Arranged Absence: Students absent for reasons other than the above will be considered unexcused with this exception: parents may PRE-EXCUSE their child for any reason for up to ten days per year. This means that any absence for reasons other than the above may be excused providing there is a WRITTEN PRE-ARRANGED FORM. (Forms may be picked up in the office prior to the date of absence.) If it is not PRE-ARRANGED, it will be considered UNEXCUSED. 
TRUANT: a pupil who is absent from school without an acceptable excuse for part or all of any day on which school is held during a semester.
HABITUAL TRUANT: a pupil who is absent from school without an acceptable excuse for part or all of five days on which school is help during a semester.
UNEXCUSED ABSENCE AND/OR TARDIES: A student who misses part of a school day (part or all of one or more classes) shall be considered tardy and may be subject to the same conditions and dispositions as a truancy. This includes students who oversleep or miss the bus. Unexcused absences from school can result in disciplinary measures being taken by the school ranging from school detentions to suspensions.
  The Waupaca City Ordinance 9.061 pertaining to students under 12 years covering habitual truancy reads: Parents/guardians of students under 12 years of age will be referred for contributing to truancy which carries a fine. At the present time the fine is $100.00 plus court costs. Students over 12 years of age will refer to City Ordinance 9.061 (d)

Please mark your child’s clothing with their name or initials so that lost articles can be returned. The “Lost and Found” box contains many valuable articles of clothing that are never returned to their owners.
Parents should insist that youngsters dress according to the weather. Boots should be worn when necessary during the winter season. Your child’s health is more important than his/her desire to use his/her own judgment in the matter of dress. Please do not send your child to school with tennis shoes for outdoor play during the winter months.
It is the policy of our school district to encourage appropriate dress for students. We feel that school is a place for business and would hope that children will dress accordingly. Student dress should be comfortable and in good taste.   Students are not allowed to wear hats, caps, headgear, as well as jacket, coat or bulky outerwear in the school during school hours.  Clothing advertising beverages, tobacco products and containing inappropriate language will not be worn.

“Beepers” and “Cell phones” are not allowed in school without written authorization from the building principal for use in emergency situations only. Please help us by not sending them to school with your children. Use of the telephone by students is limited to emergency calls and school business calls only. Students must have a note from their teacher before using the phone.

The District Administrator, Bus Supervisor, and City/County Police will determine when school shall be closed due to inclement weather. Don’t call these authorities to determine if school is “On” or “Off.” School closing information may be found on WDUX AM/FM, TV Stations-2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 26. 
Please communicate with your child’s teacher regarding alternate plans for going home. If your child is not to take the bus home, we must have a note from you. Without a note, your child will be sent on the bus.


In case of emergency, the signal to evacuate the building will be a continuous sounding of the emergency alarm, bell or announcement over the intercom system. An evacuation plan is posted in each room. Teachers will instruct students regarding specific procedures.



Should a child become ill during the school day, report to the classroom teacher or the school office. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE is the student to just “walk home.”   If the child is hurt on school grounds or in class, it should be reported to the teacher in charge.
Keeping each student as healthy as possible is the goal of School Health Services. The school nurse and health aides are available to oversee health needs of students during the school hours. Information obtained from the parent, physician, and dentist at kindergarten registration time is used to begin a permanent health record. Pertinent information is then added as the student’s school life progresses.
In conjunction with the Waupaca County Public Health Nurse, immunization clinics are held throughout the year. Wisconsin law requires the following immunizations: DPT (diphtheria, whooping cough, tetanus), polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) and Hepatitis B. 
Screening programs in areas of hearing, vision, and scoliosis are carried out by Health Services personnel and trained volunteers. Parents are promptly notified of any abnormal findings. The school nurse and health aides are always available to help with health problems of your child as they affect his/her school life.

Students needing medication during the school day must report to the health office in their building. Students are not allowed to bring bottles of prescription medication to school. All prescription medications must be delivered to the Health Office by an adult.
The medication must be in a current prescription bottle with the student’s name, type of medication and instructions for dispensing. A “Physicians & Parent’s Request for Giving Medication at School” form must be completed and on file in the Health Room. The Health Aide in each building will dispense medications.


It is District Policy that no person is allowed to have dangerous weapons and/or look-alike weapons on school property, on school buses or at any school related event. A look-alike weapon is defined as a toy gun, water gun, a non-working replica of a weapon, cap gun, popper, war souvenir or any other object which could reasonably be mistaken for an actual weapon regardless of whether it is manufactured for that purpose. Students found transporting a “dangerous weapon” or “look-alike weapon” on a district operated bus or vehicle will immediately be suspended from riding that bus for 3 days. Violation of this policy could result in suspension and/or expulsion.



    School District of Waupaca Board Policy specifies that the Board retains ownership and possessor control of all school lockers and that designated school officials may conduct locker searches without notice.

It is the policy of the School District of Waupaca to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from sexual harassment. Refer to School District Policy Code 114 for Grievance Procedures for Discrimination and Harassment Allegations.



Handouts concerning these events will be distributed to students to take home and review with their parents. Parents who would like to be placed on a mailing list to receive this information should contact the main office of the school their child attends.



What is Response to Intervention?
Response to intervention is an education model that promotes early identification of students who may be at risk for learning and behavior difficulties. Its design may include a tier system that provides appropriate learning experiences for all students and identifies students at risk for academic failure. Students benefit when their current levels of skill and ability are aligned with instructional and curricular choices provided within the classroom. When a mismatch occurs, student learning and outcomes are lowered. For most students, typical classroom instruction is appropriate and meets their needs. Other students require more challenging curriculum or more support. The RtI hypothesis is that the earlier these students are identified and provided appropriate instruction, the higher the likelihood they are to demonstrate academic success.
The Core Features of RtI include the following:
*High-quality research-based classroom instruction
*Student assessment with classroom focus
*Universal screening of academics and behavior
*Continuous progress monitoring of students
*Implementation of appropriate research-based interventions
*Progress monitoring during interventions     (effectiveness)
*Implementing programs, assessment and progress monitoring tools with fidelity.



The School District of Waupaca believes that it should have a philosophy of evaluation consistent throughout the District and known and supported by those involved.
The teachers should evaluate each pupil on the basis of individual progress towards identifiable objectives, keeping in mind that not only is each person different but also that the curriculum is composed of certain essentials which should be learned. The concern for subject content increases as a student progresses through the educational program. Child differences, which should be considered, include effort/work habits, attitudes/ behaviors and ability.
Progress reports should be done in a positive manner, supporting student self respect and confidence, and should be understandable to pupils and parents. In order to be understandable, evaluation should be based on identified norms, that is, grading should be based on some standard against which student performance is measured.   Progress reports should be the result of an ongoing process of evaluation and should be reported as clearly and precisely as possible.

   Communication is a priority at the Waupaca Learning Center. Power School is a web-based application that is accessed through an Internet connection. The student information system will allow parents to access their child’s grades, attendance, and school bulletins. Parents will receive a username and password for each of their children with instructions on how to use the program. A Power School- Parent Login link can also be found on the School District of Waupaca’s Home Page, http://wsd.waupaca.k12.wi.us.



The District of Waupaca Network and the Internet are seen as resources that will be available to students as part of the School District of Waupaca’s curriculum. No student shall be required to take part in District of Waupaca Network or Internet activities if their parent(s)/guardian(s) files a written objection to such participation with the building principal. The District’s Acceptable Use Policy is available from the building principal upon request.



Achievement Grade is based on the assessment of your child’s own achievement in relation to his/her ability.   
A Excellent 92-100
B Very Good 83-91
C Average 74-82
D Poor 65-73
F Unsatisfactory 64-BeloW            




Used on this card indicates effort of student ability.
O   Outstanding
S    Satisfactory
N    Needs Improvement
 U    Unsatisfactory
+ Excels
/ Satisfactory
- Improvement Needed
* Area of Concern
A Advanced 92%-100%
    Exceeds grade level expectations
Proficient 83%-91%
    Meets Grade level expectations
B Basic 74%-82%
     Inconsistently meets grade level expectations
Minimal 73% and below
     Does not meet grade level expectations
Not taught at this time
Teachers are to inform parents by deficiency notices about student’s impending failure. Deficiency notices are to be sent during the fourth week of the nine-week grading period.



The Title 1 Program at the Waupaca Learning Center will focus on students in preschool and the primary grades through grade 4. The most important element of our program is the use of Title 1 teachers to promote students success in reading and math. One-to-one is the most effective form of instruction known and will be utilized when appropriate. Title 1 teachers support students’ success in the language arts and math curriculum. Title 1 Teachers identify learning problems and use different strategies to reinforce skills taught in the classroom program. Classroom teachers and Title 1 teachers communicate about student’s specific problems/needs and coordinate their approaches with individual children. Initial decisions about group placement and the need for tutoring are based on Needs Assessment and current teacher referral. 

The resources of the school library are available to all of its students. However, parents/guardians may request that the school limit their child’s access to specific school library materials. Such a request should be made in writing to the school and can be made at any time during the school year. 





(Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs)

Students of the Waupaca School District are hereby notified of the following:  the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of a controlled substance and/or alcohol on school district property, including all district owned vehicles, is prohibited at all times.  These same provisions shall be in effect at all school-sponsored events including extra-curricular activities while off school premises.  Failure to abide by this policy will result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion from school.  Such disciplinary action shall be done in accordance with State law (established specific state or local laws). 


The use of tobacco products on premises own or rented by, or under the control of, the School District of Waupaca is prohibited.





You’re in Charge!

You Decide!

We’re a Team!



The School District of Waupaca does not discriminate against pupils on the basis of sex, race, religion, national ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or handicap.






I will do my personal best to:
Attend school regularly, prepared and ready to learn
Complete all homework assignments on time
Show respect for students, other adults, all property and myself
Ask for help when I need it
Read at home, to others, with someone else, or by myself, at least _____ minutes a night
 _______________________________________________________   ______________
            Student’s Signature            Date
Parent or Significant Adult
I will do my personal best to:
Read, listen to, and talk with my child daily
Send my child to school regularly, healthy and rested, and on time
See that my child has the necessary school supplies
Monitor homework activities and provide a quiet place to work
Keep an open line on communication with the school, use the Rascal Agenda Book, and contact my child’s teacher whenever necessary attend Parent-Teacher conferences and other school events
Examine and appreciate the materials my child brings home from school
Encourage my child to be the best that she or he can be
Build my child’s self-esteem by praising his or her success
 _______________________________________________________ _______________
            Parent or Significant Adult’s Signature            Date
School Staff
I will do my personal best to:
Provide a safe and caring learning environment where your child will be encouraged to be responsible for his or her own behavior and learning
Provide an appropriate curriculum for your child
Communicate and work with your family and all others to support your child’s learning
Promote a positive learning environment to insure daily success for your child
_________________________ _____________________________   _________________

            Teacher’s Signature            Teacher’s Signature            Date