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gold-horseshoe_u.jpg VISION & MISSION STATEMENTS 

gold-horseshoe_u.jpg STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR  

gold-horseshoe_u.jpg SCHOOL HOURS

 

gold-horseshoe_u.jpg THE PARKING LOT

 

gold-horseshoe_u.jpg ACADEMIC SERVICES 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE
           DEVELOPMENT
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PROGRAM
SPECIAL EDUCATION
PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
NURSE

 

gold-horseshoe_u.jpg EMERGENCY PROCEDURES 

ACCIDENTS AND EMERGENCIES
IN THE EVENT OF AN
           EARTHQUAKE

gold-horseshoe_u.jpg SCHOOL INFORMATION 

ATTENDANCE
SCHOOL GROUNDS
CAFETERIA
BICYCLES
PERSONAL ITEMS
STUDENT DRESS
TELEPHONE
CONCERNS
MEDICATIONS
COMMUNITY
WORK FOLDERS
HOMEWORK
   

 

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gold-horseshoe_u.jpg VISION & MISSION STATEMENTS

VISION

    The Tom Matsumoto School community dedicates itself to providing the best possible education for our students. We believe in providing a safe and nurturing environment in which every child experiences success and growth of self-esteem.
     We hold high expectations for all students. Students engage in challenging differentiated activities that allow them to meet or exceed California grade-level standards. Teaching practices are continuously reviewed and new approaches researched and applied.
     We structure activities and classroom environments to foster a community based on tolerance and mutual respect, one in which every child feels valued. We work to build a strong sense of self-worth in every child so that each may become an empowered contributor to society.
     We embrace our motto "Creating the Future", and believe in the ability of every child to become a successful life-long learner.

MISSION

Our vision manifests itself when our students:
1) Meet or exceed grade level standards in English Language Arts, English Language Development, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
2) Experience quality curriculum through differentiated instruction based upon students' needs, research and best practices.
3) Accept responsibility for their words and actions.
4) Demonstrate respect for themselves and others in our culturally diverse community
5) Demonstrate the ability to resolve conflict peacefully.
6) Develop and maintain healthy relationships with peers and adults.  

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gold-horseshoe_u.jpg SCHOOL HOURS

Daily

    School Office:             7:30 - 3:30
    Registration Hours:      8:00 - 3:00

    AM Kindergarten:        8:05 -11:25
    PM Kindergarten:       11:40 - 3:00

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday

    Grades 1 through 6:     8:05-2:10

Thursday

    Grades 1 through 6:     8:05-12:35

Minimum days are used for teacher inservice. ALL Thursdays are minimum days for Grades 1 through 6 unless otherwise stated in the newsletter.

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
The ELD program is funded with state and district monies to provide supplemental language instruction for non-English and limited English proficient students.
 
SPEECH AND LANGUAGE PROGRAM
Children with identified special needs in speech and language are provided services by a part-time Speech and Language Specialist. 
 

SPECIAL EDUCATION
This state funded program provides services for identified children who require additional teaching assistance to supplement the core instructional curriculum. Each Special Education student has an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) which is developed by the Resource Specialist, the regular classroom teacher, the psychologist and the parent. 
 

PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
A school psychologist is available one day per week at school. Referrals are made by the parents and staff members. The primary responsibility of the psychologist is student evaluation within the scope of special education. An MFCC counselor is available two days per week to work with students in counseling sessions to assist with the stresses of growing up, broken families, peer pressure, attitude adjustment, etc. 
 

NURSE
The school nurse is at Tom Matsumoto one day a week on alternate weeks. She provides a variety of health related services which include hearing and vision screening. The health aide assists the nurse and is available daily to provide first aid to students. Students requiring medication at school need to have documentation on file in the office. Please inquire at the office for the proper paperwork. 

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gold-horseshoe_u.jpg STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR

Tom Matsumoto School embraces the principles of Discipline with Dignity. As such we recognize that all students have basic needs:
1.   To feel and believe they are capable and successful.
2.   To know they are cared about by others.
3.   To realize that they are able to influence people and events.
4.   To remember and practice helping others through their own generosity.
5.   To have fun and be motivated to learn. 

In an effort to meet these basic needs, seven basic principles are focal points: 

1.   Focus on long-term behavior changes rather than short-term quick fixes.
2.   Change discipline practices if they don't work.
3.   Be fair and not always treat everyone the same.
4.   Rules must make sense and should be discussed.
5.   Responsibility is more important than obedience.
6.   Model what you expect.
7.   Always treat students with dignity. 

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ATTENDANCE
A student's absence from school or tardiness must be verified by the parent/guardian with a written note or phone call. It is preferred that you call the day of the absence. Ed. Code section 48260 states that any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or to compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without valid excuse more than three days or tardy in excess of 30 minutes on each of more than three days in one school year is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor.

    Valid excuses for absence from school are: 
             a)  illness 
             b)  quarantine as directed by health officer 
             c)  appointments for medical services 
             d)  attendance of funeral services of immediate family members 
   All other absences are considered unexcused and therefore truant. Family travel that exceeds 10 days will result in the student being dropped from the attendance rolls. Reinstatement into the class and school is contingent upon available space.

SCHOOL GROUNDS
During school hours, NO student is permitted to leave the school grounds without written permission and checking out with the office. Please come to the office to sign out your child for any appointments during the day. All visitors to the school are required to sign-in at the office prior to entering the campus. We ask your help in maintaining this requirement, we wish to ensure your children's safety. Classrooms are open for community visitations the first Wednesday of each month between the hours of 8:30 and 9:30 (except during the state testing window). Community members wishing to visit Matsumoto School must sign in and wear special name badges.  

CAFETERIA
Hot lunches are available daily. The cost is $3.00 for lunch and $.50 if purchasing milk, juice, or water separately. A free and reduced lunch program is available. Applications for these programs are available in the school office. Applications must be renewed each year. It is recommended that lunches be paid off in blocks of a week or a month.

BICYCLES
Students may NOT ride bicycles to school.

PERSONAL ITEMS
Students should NOT bring toys, games, radios, etc. to school. P.E. equipment is allowed from home with permission of your child's teacher. The school assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen personal property. Please label all clothing with your child's name. During the December vacation and again at the end of the school year, all unclaimed lost and found items are given to charity. Be sure to check for lost items on a regular basis.  

STUDENT DRESS
At Tom Matsumoto School we assume that the business at hand is education, and as such students should be modestly dressed. Shorts, biker shorts, tank tops, halter tops, net shirts, clothing that conveys vulgar sayings and other attire that would distract from the learning process in NOT allowed. We do, however, have a standing rule that if the projected weather is to be in the mid-80's appropriate shorts may be worn. Shorts should be fingertip length at least. Short shorts and biker shorts are not allowed at any time. Uniforms are NOT required. We will survey parents in the spring to determine if they desire to have voluntary standards of dress. 

TELEPHONE
It is requested that students needing to stay after school or arranging to go home with friends make those arrangements prior to the day effected. The office phone is primarily for emergency student use and for the making of last minute arrangements at the teacher's request. 

CONCERNS
If you have a question about your child's class, instruction, discipline or just wish clarification, please contact your child's teacher first. He or she is most likely to be acquainted with the situation and possible ways of handling it. Conferences are scheduled in November. All Tom Matsumoto teachers are committed to excellent parent-teacher communication and are only a phone call away. 

MEDICATIONS
All student medication must be kept in the nurse's office. Students taking ANY (presription or OTC) medication must have a form on file in the office signed by a doctor. No student should have medication on their person.

1. All medications (prescription or OTC) need school form filled out and doctor signature.
2. All medication must be sent to school in a prescription bottle or the original container.
NO MEDICATION WILL BE ACCEPTED IN AN UNLABELED CONTAINER.

COMMUNITY
Tom Matsumoto School has an active parent support group. This group directly influences the school through the School Site Council (SSC) and the Parent Teachers Association (PTA). Both these groups meet monthly and parent attendance at the meetings is encouraged. Please watch the newsletter for meeting dates. 

WORK FOLDERS
Student work folders will come home every Friday. PLEASE WATCH FOR THESE! Enclosed will be the school newsletter, the Mustang Messenger, notices of upcoming events, a sampling of student work, and news from the classroom. These folders are signed each week and returned to school. The cost of replacement for a lost folder is $1.00.

HOMEWORK
The object of homework is to assist and improve a student's learning. Homework is to be reasonable in length, directly related to classroom work, well defined in advance by the teacher, understood by the student, and corrected and returned to the student. It is the student's responsibility to complete homework. The type of homework assignments and length should vary according to the student's level:

     Kindergarten: Homework is to be minimal and based on teacher judgment of student's need.

     Primary grades (1-3): Homework is to be started as an expectation in the student's educational program. Homework is assigned at the discretion of the teacher with an emphasis on language arts and math. Nightly homework should not exceed 30 to 45 minutes per night.

     Intermediate grades (4-6): Homework is to be expected as part of the student's daily educational program. Homework emphasis is on language arts and math. Additional assignments are given which, in the judgment of the teacher, will assist the student to learn and develop initiative and responsibility. Long term reports and projects should be expected. Nightly homework should not exceed 60 to 75 minutes per night.

If your child is spending excessive time on homework, contact the teacher as program modifications may be appropriate.

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ACCIDENTS AND EMERGENCIES
In case of an accident which is serious in nature or if the child is uncomfortable, a parent will be called. Each child must have an emergency card on file in the office. We update these annually and ask for at least two alternative emergency numbers. If you change address or phone number during the school year, please contact the school immediately with this information.

IN THE EVENT OF AN EARTHQUAKE

  • No student will be dismissed from school unless a parent (or individual designated by a parent) comes for him/her. In extreme emergencies, the school may have to make decisions about releasing students to neighbors.
  • No child will be allowed to leave with another person, even a relative or baby sitter, unless we have written permission to that effect or that particular person is listed on the student's emergency card in our files. With this in mind, if your child's card is not up to date, please request a new card from our office.
  • All parents, or designated parties, who come for students must have them signed out at the office or at the temporary Student Release Station on the playground. Signs will be posted if an alternate location is required.
  • We are prepared to care for your children in times of critical situations. If you are not able to reach the school, we will care for your child here. We have a number of people with first-aid certificates and we will be in communication with various local emergency services. We do ask for your help in the following areas:
    • Please do not call the school - we must have lines open for emergency calls
    • Following an earthquake or other emergency, do not immediately drive to the school - streets and access to our school may be cluttered with debris. The school access route and street entrance must remain clear for emergency vehicles.
    • Do turn your radio to KZSF 1370 or KLIV 1590 on the am dial. Information and directions will be given over the radio.

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gold-horseshoe_u.jpg THE PARKING LOT
For those parents wishing to bring and pick up their child by car we ask assistance in maintaining a safe parking lot.

If you are dropping off or picking up a student please either:

  • Find a parking stall and walk your child to or from the front of the school.
  • Drop off or pick up in the designated Passenger Loading Zone on Cortona.
  • In the parking lot, pull your car up as far into the yellow hatched area before dropping off or picking up your child.
  • Do not allow your child to walk across the parking lot alone.
  • It is a RIGHT TURN ONLY when leaving the front parking lot.
  • Use the marked crosswalk on Mackin Woods Lane.