Student Handbook




Jenkins Elementary School

Home of the Bobcats



Parent and Student


2016 – 2017


This handbook includes important information that will help each student be successful at our school.  It is important that each parent and student spend some time reviewing this handbook together.  Some School Board policies may be referred to in this handbook.  For the complete text of all Board policies that pertain to students, please refer to the district wide student handbook or the Board of Education’s webpage at


Parents – we encourage you to be a part of your child’s education, both here and at home.  Please come out to the school building, volunteer in the classroom, eat lunch with your child, and please join our Jenkins PTA.  We want you to be an important part of Jenkins.  The school telephone number is 828-327-3491.  To access our webpage go to



If you need assistance to help you understand the information in this handbook or other school and district policies, we would be glad to help you.  For assistance, contact the school office at 828-327-3491 to set up an appointment with a translator.


Si necesita asistencia para ayudar a comprender la información en este manual o de otra escuela y las políticas del distrito, le ayudaremos con mucho gusto. Para obtener ayuda, póngase en contacto con la oficina de la escuela al 828-327-3491 para establecer una cita con un traductor.





The mission of Jenkins Elementary School is to ensure that all children maximize their academic potential as measured by state and local standards and build positive character evidenced by student demonstration of cooperation, collaboration, and respect.  To support this mission, we will create a safe and nurturing environment and provide a comprehensive network of support to assure these outcomes.







Staff, parents, students, and the community are working collaboratively to support the individual needs of students and their families.  Teachers use a variety of data, resources, and instructional methods to meet the differentiated needs of students.  Students are complete 21st century learners who are actively engaged and utilizing the latest technology tools. 



Jenkins Elementary School

Staff List




Ryan McCreary

Assistant Principal

Tammy Beach

Instructional Facilitator

Melissa McNeely

School Counselor

Rene Huntsinger



Shawn Huggins

Larisa Rocks

Karen Taylor

First Grade

Lisa Evans

Kathryn Fisher

Cynthia Thompson

Second Grade

Paula Gambill

Mary Rose Grimes

Jessica Johnson

Third Grade

Erica Greer

Melissa Heller

Craig Weaver

Fourth Grade

Melissa Byrd

Donna Danner

Betsy Swann

Fifth Grade

Parkes Burnette

Laura Hofeldt

Tracy Stilwell


Exceptional Children

Rebecca Little

Exceptional Children

Heidi Minton


Physical Education

Kerri Howe

Media Coordinator

Robin Rash


Sean Parnell


David Lail


Janet Hambrick


April Kehoe

Bookkeeper and Administrative Assistant

Jane Triplett

Data Manager

Machelle Edwards

School Nurse

June Sisti

School Social Worker

Renee Bridges

Cafeteria Manager

Donna Weller


Teacher Assistant

Sharon Abernethy

Teacher Assistant

Lore Bolick

Teacher Assistant

Phyllis Coulter

Teacher Assistant

Lynn Mallonee

Teacher Assistant

Patti Forbes

Teacher Assistant

Donna Reese


Kid Connection

Darnell Mitchell

Heather Triplett

Head Start

Marlene Lackey

Erica Long

Physical Therapist

Mike Malone



Ryan McCreary –


Tammy Beach –

Assistant Principal

Rene Huntsinger –

School Counselor

Melissa McNeely – Instructional Facilitator

Instructional Facilitator

Machelle Edwards –

Data Manager

Jane Triplett –

Administrative Assistant & Bookkeeper

Shawn Huggins –

Kindergarten Teacher

Larissa Rocks –

Kindergarten Teacher

Karen Taylor –

Kindergarten Teacher

Lisa Evans –

First Grade Teacher

Kathryn Fisher –

First Grade Teacher

Cynthia Thompson –

First Grade Teacher

Paula Gambill –

Second Grade Teacher

Mary Rose Grimes –

Second Grade Teacher

Jessica Johnson –

Second Grade Teacher

Erica Greer –

Third Grade Teacher

Melissa Heller –

Third Grade Teacher

Craig Weaver –

Third Grade Teacher

Melissa Byrd –

Fourth Grade Teacher

Donna Danner –

Fourth Grade Teacher

Betsy Swann –

Fourth Grade Teacher

Laura Hofeldt –

Fifth Grade Teacher

Parkes King –

Fifth Grade Teacher

Tracy Stilwell –

Fifth Grade Teacher

Kerri Howe –

Physical Education Teacher

David Lail –

Music Teacher

Sean Parnell –

Art Teacher

April Kehoe –

English as a Second Language (ESL) Teacher

Robin Rash –

Media Coordinator

Janet Hambrick –

Academically & Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Teacher

Heidi Minton –

Exceptional Children Teacher

Rebecca Little –

Exceptional Children Teacher

Renee Bridges –

School Social Worker

June Sisti –

School Nurse

Donna Weller –

Cafeteria Manager

Sharon Abernethy –

Teacher Assistant

Lore Bolick –

Teacher Assistant

Lynn Mallonee –

Teacher Assistant

Phyllis Coulter –

Teacher Assistant

Patti Forbes –

Teacher Assistant

Donna Reese –

Teacher Assistant

Darnell Mitchell -

Kid Connection Before and After School Program





  • The school building opens at 8:00 am and classes begin promptly at 8:30 am.
  • All students arriving to school prior to 8:15 must report to the cafeteria to eat breakfast or to the gym where they will be supervised until they are allowed to go to the classrooms at 8:15 am. 
  • All students arriving to school prior to 8:00 a.m. must be enrolled in the Community Schools Program and pay the required fees. 
  • Breakfast is served daily from 8:00 am 8:25 am.  Students who need to eat breakfast must be in the cafeteria no later than 8:15 am to allow sufficient time to eat breakfast. 




  • The school day ends at 3:00 pm. Car riders will be picked up in front of the cafeteria through the car rider line. 
  • Car riders must be picked up by 3:20 pm.  Any car rider not picked up by 3:20 pm will be escorted to the gym to be supervised by the Kid Connection staff provided by the Community Schools Program. There is an expense for joining the Community Schools Program. 
  • Walkers will be escorted by a staff member up the sidewalk to the crossing guard. They are asked to walk in a straight line for their safety.
  • Students in the Kid Connection after-school program are to report to the gym.
  • Bus students will remain in their classroom until their bus arrives. Staff members will be on duty in dismissal areas.


Change of Transportation:

  • Children should bring a note if they are going home a different way than usual.
  • If you are unable to prepare a note ahead of time, parents are asked to call the office before 1:00 pm with a change in plans for transportation home.  This will assure that your child’s teacher is notified of the appropriate means of transportation for that day. 
  • We cannot guarantee that your child’s teacher will receive the change of transportation information if you call after 1:00 pm.






  • All cars are to use the first driveway for parking and student drop-off or pick-up.  Jenkins staff members supervise traffic duty for morning student drop off and afternoon student pick up.  
  • The traffic circle near the kindergarten entrance is for buses only.  Parking and student drop-off in this area is prohibited. 




  • Students must be in their homeroom classroom by 8:30 am.  Any student arriving after 8:30 am will be marked tardy and must go directly to the office with a parent to sign-in and obtain a pass to class.  Students arriving to school tardy without a parent or guardian escort will be held in the front office until the parent returns to the school office to sign-in their child. 
  • The majority of Jenkins students are car riders.  Be sure to take this into consideration when planning your morning routine and please help to ensure efficiency during the morning drop off.  It is very important that children learn at an early age that promptness and attentiveness are important habits for successful adults.  Be Courteous.  Be On Time.





  • Failure to attend school on a regular basis will jeopardize the promotion of the student to the next grade.  The State of North Carolina clearly identifies valid, or lawful, absences.  These lawful absences include:  illness or injury, quarantine, death in the immediate family, medical or dental appointments, court or administrative proceedings, religious observance, educational opportunity, or local school board policies.  If your child is absent from school for any of the above reasons and proper documentation is provided to the school your child’s absence will be coded as “excused.”  Informing the school prior to an absence does not necessarily qualify the absence as “excused.”


  • An absence for any reason, other than the eight listed above, will be coded as “unexcused.”  If the teacher, administrator, or attendance secretary is not properly notified of the reason for an absence, it will be coded “unexcused”.  It is the responsibility of the parent to inform the school if their child is absent for any reason.  Please call the school the day your child will be absent from school or send a letter upon his/her return.  Unexcused absences will be tallied and investigated on a regular basis. 


  • Per North Carolina General Statute, principals are required to notify parents in the event their child accumulates three or more unexcused absences.  A form letter composed by central office administrators is sent every 20 days to all parents, system wide, to inform them of three, six, or ten unexcused absences. 


  • Family trips are often worthwhile although they may not be an excused absence.  Our concerns are raised not by one short trip, but when such absences are repeated and affect a child’s performance or commitment to daily attendance.  Clarity on the policy for educational trips may assist you in making a family decision when planning time away from school.  An absence may be excused when it is demonstrated that the trip is a valid educational opportunity for a student.  The trip must be planned solely for the purpose of education rather than an add-on to a business trip or family vacation.  Such trips must receive prior approval by the principal and will be approved only if the trip can be directly aligned to the grade level North Carolina Standard Course of Study. 


  • Refer to the Hickory Public Schools Handbook for specific information regarding attendance.





  • We encourage you to schedule your child’s doctor and dental appointments around school hours.  If this is not possible, you must come to the office first to sign your child out.  If someone other than the parent signs a child out, that person must have written permission from the parent before the child will be permitted to leave the building. A parent must also sign-in students returning to school during the day.  


  • Parents may not go to the classroom during instructional hours to obtain a child. It is the duty of the office staff to protect the instructional time throughout the entire school day.  To avoid such interruptions the office staff will call the classroom for the student. 


  • Early dismissal pertains to emergency situations or scheduled appointments only. This does not include early pick-up. We ask that you follow standard dismissal procedures by remaining in the car rider line.  Early dismissals, like tardies, are an interruption to the instructional day.  It is the expectation of the teacher to maintain the pace and focus of the entire class avoiding interruptions to gather individual assignments during instructional time.


  • Students leaving school prior to 3:00 pm dismissal are responsible for gathering their assignments and notifications at some point during the day, from a friend, or the classroom website after school hours.





If you are moving and withdrawing your child from school, please call or come by the school a few days prior to the withdrawal date.  Your cooperation is always greatly appreciated.





Each week, the principal will send out a mass telephone call to all parents.   These phone calls may contain announcements regarding upcoming school functions, PTA events, and school cancellations.  In order to receive these telephone calls we must have your correct telephone number in our system.  Contact Machelle Edwards at 828-327-3491 to update your number.





  • During the first week of school your child’s teacher will be sending home an information sheet for you to complete. 
  • This information is kept in the school office and classroom in case you need to be contacted. 
  • Please make sure all telephone numbers and addresses are accurate and clearly written.  Remember to put the name and telephone number of a person who can be contacted in case you cannot be reached.
  • Notify the school if you have a change in address or telephone number(s) during the year. 






Refer to the Hickory Public Schools Student Handbook for specific information regarding the HPS Student Code of Conduct and related consequences.


Exemplary behavior is expected at all times to ensure a proper learning environment exists and to ensure all children are in a safe environment. 


The Jenkins staff firmly believes in managing students through the teaching, modeling, and reinforcement of character development and procedures.


The four school-wide rules at Jenkins Elementary are…

  1. Be Respectful
  2. Be Responsible
  3. Be Caring
  4. Be Honest.




We begin each day with morning announcements.  At this time students participate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag and they recite the Jenkins Character Pledge.


Jenkins Character Pledge:

“I am a Jenkins student.  I am respectful, responsible, caring and honest. I commit to making myself and my school better each day.”




Each teacher will work with their students to create a class Social Contract.  These are agreed upon behaviors that the students and teacher develop together.  All students and teachers sign their classroom contract as a means of agreeing to support the guidelines established by the class.






The Four Questions will be used by all staff members when dealing with students who are not following the class contract and school wide procedures. 


  1. What are you doing?
  2. Are you doing it?
  3. What are you supposed to be doing?
  4. What are you going to do about it?





The majority of student discipline is handled by the teacher or authorized adults in accordance to individual classroom behavior management procedures.  Mr. McCreary or Mrs. Beach will handle repeated misbehavior or an incident that requires immediate attention. 


Some or all of the following consequences will be utilized for inappropriate behavior:

  1. Conference with the student and teacher
  2. Restriction of privileges
  3. Assigned to time-out in another classroom or the office
  4. Notification to the parents with a discipline report form sent home and /or a phone call
  5. Required conference with the parents
  6. Apology to the persons involved and restitution if there are damages
  7. After School Detention
  8. In School Suspension
  9. Suspension from school




Bullying will not be tolerated.  At Jenkins, we define bullying to be when a student is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself.  


Our staff has been trained in the Olweus Bully Prevention Program.  Our school rules regarding bullying, taught to students at the beginning of each year, are:


  1. We will not bully others.
  2. We will try to help students who are bullied.
  3. We will try to include students who are left out.
  4. If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.





Students shall not possess or conceal or transport any weapon, firearm or dangerous instrument that could cause or that is intended to cause bodily injury or other harm to another.  Weapons include, but are not limited to, pocketknives, razors, guns of any kind (real or play), lighters, or any object that could be used to harm or frighten others.  If a child is in possession of any real or play weapon, both the parent and school resource office will be contacted immediately. 




No student shall make any threat through written or verbal language, sign, or act which conveys a serious expression of intent to cause harm or violence to school property, individuals, or groups. Furthermore, no student shall make a false threat of harm or violence, even in jest, which causes or is reasonably likely to cause fear or a disruption to school activities.




  • Cell phones, electronics and hand held games are not allowed at school. 
  • The exception to this rule is that student-owned instructional technology devices as approved by classroom teachers are allowed.





Appropriate dress shows a commitment to the responsibility of personal safety, comfort, and learning.  The following articles and alterations are deemed inappropriate and are not permitted:


  • short shorts/skorts/or skirts (with or without leggings worn underneath).  All articles must be fingertip length.
  • alterations to one’s body or natural appearance (i.e. piercings [other than ears], unnatural hair color, permanent or semi-permanent tattoos.
  • midriff tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, or backless tops.  Sleeveless tops covering the top of the shoulder are permitted.
  • flip flops – defined as “a flat, casual thong sandal that is free at the back”.   
  • baggy pants that drag the ground or hang below the waist
  • head gear – hats, scarves, etc.
  • attire or accessories that distract student attention, display violence, gang-related accessories, or inappropriate language.  The school reserves the right to deem any language on clothing as inappropriate. 


Students who dress inappropriately will contact parents for a change of clothing to be brought to the school.  Those who are not dressed appropriately will not be permitted to participate in activities such as recess, PE class, mileage club, or school field trips due to safety reasons.





School bus riders are expected to obey the following rules in the interest of safety:


A. Be on time for the bus.  Ride only your assigned bus.

B. Stay out of the street while waiting for the bus.

C. Board the bus in a single line and in an orderly manner.

D. Be seated promptly without disturbing others.

E. Remain seated while the bus is moving.

F. If the bus driver assigns seats, then sit only in your assigned seat.

G. Do not shout or make loud noises.  Use only language that would be proper in the classroom.

H. Keep aisles clear of books, lunch boxes, bags, etc.

I. Respect others and keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself. 

J. Keep arms, hands, head, and other objects inside the bus.

K. Do not eat or drink on the bus.

L. Do not throw objects from the bus or inside the bus.

M. Help keep the bus clean.  Do not litter.


The above conduct is strictly reinforced.  Consequences for misconduct on any school or activity bus may include a warning, short term, and/or long term suspension.   Violations may also result in revocation of school system provided transportation privileges. 


School buses are assigned to routes with stops established by the Hickory Public Schools transportation coordinator. 


Students are only allowed to ride on their assigned bus.  In addition, students will only be transported to and from their assigned bus stops.





The Community Schools Program offers Before-School Care and After-School Care during the school year.  Day Care and Summer Camp is also offered on most non-school days.  Information about schedules, time, and fees are available in the school office.  You may also call Jenkins’ Community Schools at 324-0787.




Nutritious breakfasts and lunches are served daily.  It is now easy to pay for lunch by the day, week, month, or even year.  Students may put money into their individual account for meals any day of the week.  Parents also have the option of on-line billing for student meals.  Visit  Please send the money or check to the teacher in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and the teacher’s name printed on the outside.  Each student is assigned a “lunch number” and encouraged to memorize the number.  This helps to manage individual accounts and keeps the lunch line moving smoothly at mealtime.  On the first day of school, students will receive an application for free or reduced-price meals.  Anyone applying for these meals should complete the application and return it immediately for approval.                                                                    


Meal Prices for 2016-2017

  • Meal prices did increase by $0.10 for the 2016-2017 school year as follows:
  • Elementary - $2.35
  • Middle/High - $2.60
  • No change in the breakfast price, it is still $1.25 and milk is still $0.55.


Students who pay full or reduced prices for meals are expected to provide payment either on a daily basis or by pre-paying.  However, the Board recognizes that periodically students may be unable to pay for a meal on a particular day.  On such occasions, students will be allowed to charge meals; however, once a student accrues three (3) days of charged meals, full or reduced price meal charge privileges shall be suspended.  Charge privileges for an “alternate meal” will be provided to the student.  Once the student’s account has been paid in full, the student may choose from the regular meal menu and charge privileges will be reinstated.


Principals or their designees will work with parents/guardians to determine the best method to ensure payment of meal costs for students who have exceeded their charge privileges. 



Special Lunches:

  • Carbonated sodas and drinks are not permitted.  
  • Food from outside vendors is not permitted in the cafeteria.  Outside food sources are in direct competition with the Federal Program and present concerns for some children who do not have the opportunity for such a treat.  If lunches from outside vendors are brought for student lunches, the visitor/s will be asked to eat at the mall picnic tables or the outside picnic tables with their child (only).
  • Students may not leave the cafeteria to eat lunch with anyone other than a Jenkins staff member or their parent/guardian unless parent approval is provided.  Students are welcome to dine with other families at the assigned lunch tables in the cafeteria.





To support our efforts in promoting healthy kids we encourage you to provide healthy selections such as fruit, vegetables, cheese, and crackers for individual or class snacks and special occasion treats. As a staff we will be making a conscious effort to provide healthy foods for all students. 




Voluntary student accident insurance is available for Jenkins students.  Cost and coverage information can be found by accessing the Parent link from our Jenkins home page at Checks should be mailed directly to the insurance company.




Through a partnership between Hickory Public Schools and Catawba County Health Department, Jenkins is staffed two days a week with a registered nurse.  If your child has a health condition that requires care during the school day, or may require emergency care, please contact the School Nurse.  She will assist you with developing a health care plan to keep your child safe and healthy at school.


If your child becomes ill at school, we will contact parents immediately.  If we cannot reach you, we will use the emergency contact information you have provided.  Please remember to keep all phone numbers current in the event we need to contact you. Always consider how we could locate you in case your child was injured.  Children with a fever or vomiting are not permitted to be at school.  In this case, you or an emergency contact will be called immediately to come and get your child. We are not equipped to keep sick children at school.




Immunizations are required by law for children to attend school in NC. Parents/guardians must provide a Certificate of Immunization, from the doctor’s office or clinic where the shots were received, within 30 days of enrollment in school.  Students not meeting the requirements of this law will be excluded/suspended from school. 


The following immunizations are required:

          DTP/DtaP – 5 doses

          Polio – 4 doses

Hib – 2 doses

          Measles – 2 doses

          Mumps – 2 doses

          Rubella – 2 doses

          Hepatitis B – 3 doses

          Varicella – 2 doses


Immunization schedules may vary depending on the age of your child and dates the shots were given.  The School Nurse will review your child’s immunizations for completeness and may contact you if additional shots are required.  Contact the School Nurse (June Sisti  828-244-9460) if you have questions or need assistance with your child’s immunizations.



MEDICATIONS (prescription and non-prescription) will be administered by trained school personnel under the following conditions:

  • The medication is required to be given during school hours
  • The medication is prescribed by the student’s physician
  • A “Parent/Guardian Request for Medication/Physician’s Authorization” form is completed and signed by the parent and physician (form available from school office)
  • Prescription medication is brought to the school by the parent in an original container from the pharmacy.  The container must have a current label with the child’s name, doctor’s name, name of medication, and directions for how the medication is to be given.
  • Non-prescription medication must be brought to the school by the parent in the original container.


All medications are stored in a locked area.  Students requiring emergency medications and supplies (inhalers, EPI pens, insulin, diabetes supplies) may carry them as ordered by their physician.


Students MAY NOT carry prescription or non-prescription medications with them, EXCEPT as indicated above.




The Hickory Public School System has imposed strict guidelines for the administering of medicines at school.  If a student is to be given any medication, the parent must complete a form titled “Request for Medications to be Given During School Hours”. The child’s physician must also sign the form.  These medication permission forms must be on file in the school office before any medication is given.  A copy of the medication form can be picked up in the school health room or in the school office after meeting with school nurse.   No medication may be in a child’s possession.



Health Screenings.  Each child must have a health assessment by a physician or approved health care provider before entering kindergarten.  Students in selected grades participate in health screenings throughout the year for visual acuity, dental, hearing, and height/weight/body mass index.  The goals of these screenings are to identify health concerns that could interfere with a child’s ability to learn and to promote healthy lifestyles. Parents and guardians are notified of abnormal findings and encouraged to contact the child’s health care provider for evaluation and treatment as indicated.  Parents who choose not to have their child participate in the health screenings must notify the school nurse to opt out of this service. The School Nurse is available for consultation and assistance with meeting the health care needs of students.  Please contact the school if you have questions or concerns about health screenings.





Counseling services in the schools are available to help children with any problems which may be interfering with their ability to learn.  Individual counseling services are available by request for every student in the school and confidentiality is always maintained.  Requests for counseling can be made by the student, the parent, teachers or administration.  Group counseling is also available and is provided throughout the year as needed.  Our school counselor is available for consultation with parents, teachers and outside professionals and agencies.






We encourage all parents to frequently visit the Hickory Public Schools website at  Through the Hickory Public Schools website you can access the school lunch menu, the school calendar, curriculum links, weather reports, system wide announcements, and links for student learning.


The Jenkins Elementary website address is


Be sure to visit the web page of your child’s classroom teacher.  The web page is a means of communicating school news such as the class calendar, units of study, field trip information, and class highlights.




The state of North Carolina currently utilizes an information system called PowerSchool.  PowerSchool features a Parent Portal which provides parents access to grades, attendance records, and schedules.  This information is available from any computer with Internet access.


Parents can contact the school office to set up an account through which they can access this and other helpful information.  Each family will receive an Access ID and password for each student, which will be used to create the parent account.  


There is no cost to use PowerSchool, but you will need a computer with Internet access.


Please note that in addition to digital information, parents may also request printed data from your child’s school.





Two class parties with refreshments are allowed each year planned by the teacher and grade parent chairperson.  Birthday parties with favors or refreshments are not permitted.  If you wish to bring a treat to celebrate your child’s birthday the treat is to be eaten in the cafeteria during the lunch period.  Teachers recommend alternative celebrations.  A book or game donated to the class or a “reading party” is a suggested alternative to sugary treats and allows all students to participate.  We do not interrupt lessons to make special occasion deliveries to the classroom. 


The friendships that begin at school are very important to a child’s social development.  Quite often students get together off school grounds for fun times and recreation.  While this is encouraged, party invitations to such events should be sent via the mail rather than distributed at school.  Passing out invitations at school takes the focus off instruction and often leads to hurt feelings when some classmates are excluded.  Party invitations will only be distributed during the last ten minutes of the instructional day and only if every child in the classroom is to receive an invitation.  School personnel are not permitted to share student addresses or telephone numbers. 




Students entering Kindergarten must be 5 years old on or before August 31st.  All students entering school for the first time must have a State certified birth certificate, Certificate of Immunizations, North Carolina Health Assessment, two proofs of residency, and a Social Security card.




Students at Jenkins receive weekly instruction in Physical Education.  The program encourages physical development, organized games, team cooperation, and good sportsmanship. 




All children at Jenkins receive instruction in art once a week by a certified Art Teacher. Art gives each child the opportunity to create and appreciate the past and present contributions of art and artists. In addition, students are given the chance to have their artwork entered in the Paul Whitener Memorial Art Contest.  This event is held each spring at the Hickory Museum of Art. 





Students receive weekly instruction by a certified Music Teacher.  Creating, responding to, and performing music are the fundamental music processes in which humans engage.  Therefore, developing musical perception, observation, communication and the creative process is the primary goal of this program.



Our school media center is a source of pride and is a vital part of our instructional program.  Through a rotation of regularly scheduled classes and open library time, students are encouraged to explore the many books and resource materials available.  In order to maintain an adequate collection, students, teachers, and parents must cooperate to see that materials are returned in good condition.  If materials are not returned, a charge equal to the replacement price will be submitted to the parent/guardian.




Jenkins Elementary is fortunate to have a fully networked computer lab located in the media center as well as a 30 unit mobile lap top station for our students and staff.  Students utilize technology to practice word processing, design presentations, conduct research, analyze data, and participate in on-line studies and communications.  The Hickory Public Schools Student Handbook explains the policy of granting all students permission to access the internet.  Parents who do not permit their child to access the internet on school grounds must submit an “opt out” letter to the classroom teacher.  HPS maintains a program that provides protection and limits areas a student may access on the Internet.  Students are expected to respect the privilege of equipment use.   




The purpose of the Student Council is to develop leadership skills, promote a spirit of democracy, and to encourage cooperation and participation in school activities. The Council consists of a President and Vice-President, with two representatives from each class in grades 2-5.  The President and Vice-Presidents are chosen from grades 4 and 5. All officers and members must maintain a minimum of a “C” average in all subjects, and must exemplify a high standard of conduct and citizenship.  Our teachers provide the guidance to enable the Student Council to accomplish their goals.



Junior BETA Club


The National Junior Beta Club recognizes academic achievement, encourages character and leadership development, and fosters social responsibility through school and community service projects.  The club is open to students based on their academic performance and behavior. 


The general requirements are listed below, but more specific details will be shared with students as they are invited to join. 



In order to receive an invitation for membership:

- Students must be in the 4th or 5th grade.

- Students must achieve the Gold Honor Roll with all A’s for a semester average.  Students must be enrolled at Jenkins for one semester prior to joining. 

- Students must follow the Jenkins Character Commitment and cannot have received any type of suspension during the semester.


Requirements to maintain/ agree to membership:

- A $15 fee for National dues is required once for initiation. An annual school fee of $5 is also required.

- Students’ grades must remain at a high level of academic standard.  They must maintain an A or B average in each subject area. 

- Students must be leaders in the community.  Students will be required to complete service hours each semester. 

- Students must be leaders in the classroom.  Students may not receive any type of suspension for behavioral issues.


Responsibilities of membership:

- Students must arrange their own transportation for meetings and school sponsored service activities.

- Students must attend monthly meetings.

- Students must complete service hours.


Any student who does not continue to uphold the requirements and responsibilities will be put on probation.




Books are very expensive.  We urge parents to encourage their children to take good care of their books and any materials that have been furnished by the school.  Students are responsible for all textbooks and library books issued to them during the year.  Fees are charged for lost or damaged books. Money from these fees will be used to purchase replacement books.  If the book is found, the money will be returned. 




Students are expected to come to school with the necessary supplies to learn.  Teachers will provide a list of supplies needed at the beginning of the school year.  All students should have paper and pencils daily.  Paper, pencils, and erasers may be purchased from the supply machine in the west stairway. 


Student fees for instructional materials are $12.00 per year.   All grade level school supply lists can be found on the Jenkins home website at




Grading Scale:

  • A = 90-100
  • B = 80-89
  • C = 70-79
  • D = 60-69


In additional to School Board guidelines, Jenkins teachers have adopted consistent grading and homework guidelines more specific to our school.


Grading/homework policies need to be exactly the same within a grade level and similar/consistent between grade levels (3-5).


The amount of points deducted for late assignments will be consistent across each grade level.  Individually graded assignments (such as projects, reports, and in-class assignments) will be accepted up to 5 days after the due date, but the grade will be lowered by a specified number of points for being late.  The number of points deducted will be established by each grade level (3-5) at the beginning of the school year.  The deduction will be the same across each grade level, but may not be exactly the same between the grades (3-5).  Each grade level team will decide when an assignment late.



K, 1st & 2nd Grade Homework


  • Average time spent per night on homework assignments and related activities.            Kindergarten -10 minutes            1st grade -20 minutes               2nd grade -30 minutes


  • Students should read, or be read to, approximately 20 minutes each night to satisfy weekly reading assignments as determined by the classroom teacher.



3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Homework


  • Average time of one hour spent per night on homework assignments and related activities        
  • Students should read approximately 2½ hours per week to satisfy reading assignments as determined by the classroom teacher.




For the safety of our students, all visitors are required to report directly to the main office, log in at the visitor computer station, and take a visitor’s pass prior to visiting a classroom or staff member. Visitors will be required to scan their driver’s license prior to entering the school building.


Visitors are to respect instructional time and not interrupt or distract the teacher or students. Visitors joining a child for lunch are to report directly to the cafeteria and return to the office when the class is dismissed from the cafeteria to avoid interrupting routines and instructional time.  All visitors must sign-in prior to 8:30 and after 3:00 when visiting our school.  These procedures help make Jenkins a safer place for EVERYONE.


PTA  -  Parent Teacher Association


All parents and teachers are strongly encouraged to join the PTA.  PTA membership funds benefit the PTA general budget allocated to school wide needs.  The PTA members work hard to help our school through fund raising, communication, and enriching academic opportunities.  The PTA publishes a monthly newsletter with the lunch menu and student events.  You can contact the PTA by calling 828-327-3491. 


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Each grade level plans several educational field trips related to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study.  Funds are available for students who have the need for financial assistance.  Parent chaperones are essential and appreciated.  Parents who offer to chaperone students may not bring additional children on field trips as this would distract from the responsibility and purpose of supervising Jenkins’ students.  We do not purchase extra tickets for family members who wish to join the class field trip.


We transport all children to field trips by bus only.  For a child to ride home in a car you must carefully ensure the following is done no less than one day prior to the scheduled field trip.


  1. For parents transporting their own child – Parents must submit a written note to the Assistant Principal one day prior to the field trip indicating their intentions of transporting their child home from the school field trip.  Parents must also sign their child out on the standard Early Dismissal form that will be given to the teacher prior to departure from Jenkins.


  1. For parents transporting a student other than their own child – Prior notification is required for a child to ride home from a field trip with an adult other than their parent.  Parents wishing for their child to ride home with an adult, instead of on the activity bus, must submit a letter no later than one day prior to the trip.  Parents must indicate the name of the person who will transport their child and indicate that their child has permission to ride with the adult. There will be no exceptions.  Parents must also sign out all children they will be transporting on the standard Early Dismissal form that will be given to the teacher prior to departure from Jenkins.





Volunteers are critical to the success of our students and are valued members of the Jenkins school and community.  Parents, guardians, and community members are all encouraged to be volunteers at Jenkins.  Interested persons should contact the school counselor.  Teachers, administrators, and the Jenkins PTA make a concentrated effort to align the talents and interests of our volunteers to where they are best suited.  Whether our volunteers come to tutor, read to a child, have lunch with a child, or to offer clerical assistance they are benefiting the life of a child.  To further ensure the safety of our students, all volunteers are screened through an online security website provided by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. 


If you are interested in volunteering to tutor or to be a lunch buddy, please call the school at     828-327-3491 and speak with our School Counselor Ms. Huntsinger.


For the safety of our students, all visitors are required to report directly to the main office, login at the volunteer computer station, and receive a visitor pass/sticker prior to reporting to the classroom.





In the event there is a valid need for a parent or service provider to conduct a classroom observation, proper release forms and prior approval by the principal is required. 





In order to ensure the success of all students attending Jenkins Elementary, it is imperative for students, parents, teachers, and school administrators to work as a team.  We ask that all of these stakeholders read and sign the Student-Parent-Teacher-Administrator Agreement form.


This agreement will be signed by Mr. McCreary and distributed to all classroom teachers to review with their students during the first week of school.  Teachers, students, and parent signatures are required prior to returning the agreement to the classroom teacher to be filed as a part of the student’s annual portfolio. 





In an effort to involve parents in the development and ongoing support of our Parent Involvement Policy at Jenkins Elementary, we will:                                


  • work with parents serving on the School Improvement Team, PTA Board, or other school teams.
  • share the Parent Involvement Policy with all parents by sending it home at the beginning of the school year and by sharing it at the opening PTA program each Fall. 
  • maintain a binder containing the Parent Involvement Policy, the School Improvement Plan, PTA minutes, and Leadership Team minutes for review by all parties upon request.


    In an effort to involve parents in the process of school improvement, we will: 


  • solicit parent input in developing the School Improvement Plan, Title 1 Plan, and in  planning parent involvement programs and activities.  This will be implemented through parents serving on the School Improvement Team, PTA Board, or other school teams.
  • actively recruit parents, focusing on representation of the total school population, to serve on various parent/teacher teams.



    In an effort to plan and implement effective parent involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance, we will:                         


  • periodically provide information about federal and state requirements, program services, and parent support topics through parent information nights and/or school newsletters.
  • pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with parent involvement activities to enhance parental participation in school-related meetings and training sessions.
  • provide a variety of opportunities and strategies to improve parent involvement at the school.
  • arrange school meetings at a variety of times in community locations and conduct in-home conferences if necessary.


    In an effort to evaluate and improve the content and effectiveness of the school and district’s educational programs, we will:                 


  • solicit parent evaluation of school programs and services through the HPS survey each spring.  Notify parents of any and all HPS and/or Jenkins surveys through newsletters. Results of this survey will be shared with all stakeholders and used to evaluate and write the school Title 1 Plan and School Improvement Plan. 
  • provide parents with a list of SCOS objectives for their child’s grade level.
  • provide parents with information regarding state and local assessment procedures and student achievement standards.
  • provide parents with information on how they can partner with teachers to improve the academic achievement of their children. (i.e. homework strategies, daily reading requirements, course outline aligned with the NC SCOS, syllabus of content of study and related field trips, etc.)
  • provide information through parent meetings, school newsletters, and website updates.


    In an effort to provide materials, training and resource avenues to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement, we will:                            


  • provide parent night activities during the school year that will engage parents and train parents to provide instructional support at home.
  • provide ongoing communication to parents regarding their children’s academic needs and offer resources for the parents to use to help their children at home.


    In an effort to provide quality communication with parents, we will:         


  • hold parent/teacher conferences at least twice a year.
  • send home academic progress reports every three weeks.
  • send home various information regarding Title 1 and other school programs.
  • inform parents that all School Improvement Team and PTA Board meetings are open for all to attend.
  • inform parents that school administrators, teachers and Title 1 staff are available for conferences at any time throughout the year.
  • encourage parents to visit their child’s classroom and to become involved in school activities and programs.
  • provide information regarding Title 1 program services, teacher availability, contact information, and parent involvement opportunities.
  • provide, to the greatest extent possible, information in the home language for all students.
  • encourage parents to utilize the HPS and individual school websites and email to enhance parent/teacher communication.



    In an effort to educate our administration, teachers, and school staff of the educational value of parent/teacher partnerships, we will:                            


  • provide parents the opportunity during parent nights to share ideas about improving the school and student achievement.
  • provide information to teachers on successful parent involvement strategies and programs.





The Parent Involvement Policy has been developed jointly with, and agreed upon, by parent representatives and staff members of Jenkins Elementary.  This policy is revisited annually by our School Leadership Team and parent representatives.  Revisions made to this policy will be distributed to parents and posted on our Jenkins web page.