YES! We take your child’s safety very seriously. We expect students to be present each day, and if they are not present and we haven’t been notified of their absence, it is cause for concern. Police can be notified if we are unable to confirm a students’ absence. To avoid unnecessary worry, PLEASE call our attendance line at 720-972-5578. Absences must be reported on North Star’s attendance line, even if the teacher or front office staff has been notified of the absence. This number may be called at anytime to report an absence or tardy. Please leave a message with the following information:
The North Star Office Staff can answer general questions regarding routes, pick up and drop off times. Any issues that arise while your child is on the bus need to be addressed directly with District 12 Transportation. They can be reached at 720-972-4300.
Your child will be seen in the health office if they become ill or injured at school. The health aide, or office staff, will determine if your child needs to go home for illness or injury or whether they can be treated and sent back to class. We make every attempt to contact you in the event your child needs to go home. It is imperative that you communicate current phone numbers and emergency contacts with the front office staff. Please keep in mind that North Star does not have space to keep ill or injured children for long periods of time.
A recess break is provided for all children at their lunch period. Additional recess breaks are at the discretion of the teacher and grade level. Precipitation, wind speed and low temperatures can cause recess breaks to be held inside. North Star’s policy is whenever any combination of these factors takes the chill temperature below 20 degrees, the recess breaks will be inside.
Because of the temperate Colorado climate, children are generally sent outside for recess. Children should dress appropriately for the season, and should wear warm clothing and boots during cold and wet weather.
Traditional grading averages a student’s achievement data with other criteria, such as work habits. Standards-Based Grading removes extraneous factors and focuses solely on a student’s academic achievement and continued mounting evidence that indicates a true assessment of the student’s present attainment of learning. Other characteristics are reported separately.
The student’s grade more accurately represents the progress toward proficiency of standards than traditional grading does. Subject areas are subdivided into big ideas related to standards and their respective learning outcomes that students need to learn or master. Each target is assessed. Scores from activities that are provided solely for practice will not be included in the final assessment of the learning outcome. The influence of positive and consistent work habits on student learning is reported separately from the academics.