Western Hills Parent Handbook

Published by WesternHills on Wed, 02/12/2014 - 16:13




                                                                                                   Western Hills                                                                             






Parent Handbook

             Creating Leaders





Welcome to Western Hills!

We are so excited that you are part of our school. This handbook has been developed to answer the most frequently asked questions and inform parents and students of the practices of the school and district. The Western Hills family invites you to become an active participant in “our school” and your child’s education. Your child will benefit when we communicate. If you have any questions our staff will be available to assist you. You may contact us at 447-6900 in the school office. Each teacher also has a phone number and email address that will be shared with you.


Daily School Schedule

7:15-7:50           Arrival

7:45                Breakfast In Classroom

7:50                  First Bell

8:00                  Tardy Bell

2:35                  Dismissal

Children are not to arrive before 7:15 a.m. unless they are enrolled in the CARE program.  All children must be picked up no later than 3:00 p.m.


Student Achievement

Student achievement is our main priority at Western Hills.  Students are expected to be good citizens, actively participate in classes, complete homework, and come to school prepared to learn.


Class Assignments

Students are assigned to classes on the basis of academic achievement, individual progress, teacher input, and equal distribution of students according to gender and race. Parents should not make special requests for teacher assignments.  Classroom assignments will be posted in the cafeteria.


Pupil Information Forms

The Pupil Information Form must be kept current on each student.  If the student’s address or phone number changes, notify the office of the correct information.  Anyone who checks-out a student must be listed on this form.


Report Cards

Report cards are posted on Ed-Line each nine weeks. You will be provided a code to access this information. Dates are posted in the LRSD calendar.  The Interim Report week dates are posted on the LRSD calendar. Parents must check grades at www.edline.net to view progress.





Grading Scale

A    90-100%

B    80-89%

C    70-79%

D    60- 69%

F    59% or below



State Law (ACT 2243 of 2005)* Students at the

Basic and Below Basic performance levels will

Receive an AIP. Students who fail to participate

In the AIP and those who fail to remediate and

score below the Proficient level on the

Benchmark Exam shall be retained. Students

Performing below grade level are required to

attend summer school.



Students in grades K-5 will be assigned homework Monday through Thursday.  Homework must be completed and ready to turn in before students enter class each morning.  Teachers in grades 4-5 may assign homework for special projects on weekends.


Breakfast and Lunch Programs

Breakfast is served in the classroom at 7:50.  Students eating breakfast should arrive in time to eat. Tardy students will eat at a late station in the cafeteria. Breakfast ends at 8:15. Breakfast and lunch will be provided at no cost to your child. 


Bus Transportation

Transportation on a LRSD school bus is a privilege that may be withdrawn due to inappropriate behavior.  Appropriate behavior is expected on the bus and at the bus stop.  Students must ride the assigned bus.



All parents are encouraged to join PTA and become active members.  Activities and meetings are planned throughout the year.  Please volunteer for at least one event this year.

Your children will benefit from your involvement. We need you!



Textbooks and Library Books

Parents must sign a Textbook card in order for students to take home any text book or library book.  Damaged or lost books must be replaced at the parent’s expense.  Costs are available in the office or the library.


Money, Jewelry and Toys   

Students should not wear expensive jewelry or bring large sums of money to school.  Students should not bring toys or cell phones to school.  These items will be taken away from children and must be retrieved by the parent.  The school will not be responsible for lost money, lost/broken jewelry or toys, or cell phones.


Visiting the Campus and Conferences

For the safety of our students, all parents/visitors must sign-in and sign-out in the school office.  All visitors will receive a badge to wear while at the school.  Parents are encouraged to visit the classrooms.  When possible these visits should be scheduled in advance.  Please schedule conferences during the teacher’s planning time or after school.  Conferences cannot be conducted during instructional time.  Two parent/teacher conferences each year are required.


Deliveries of Items to Students

Flowers, balloons, and other gifts cannot be delivered to students through the school.  These items should be delivered to the home. 


Classroom Parties and Treats

The LRSD has approved a Holiday Party in December and a Valentine’s Day Party in February.  Birthday parties are not permitted on campus for any grade level.  Due to state regulations regarding nutrition, food items cannot be sent for class treats.


Illness, Medication, and Injury

Parents will be notified if a child has a temperature above 99.8 or if the school nurse or other school personnel determines the parent should be contacted. Students who need medication at school must have an authorization form on file in the Health Room.  A prescription bottle with the student’s name and dosage is required.  Do not send cough drops, vitamins, aspirin or any other medication to school with your child.  These items will be taken from the child, given to the school nurse and must be retrieved by the parent. The Little Rock School District does not assume liability for accidental injuries sustained by students on its campuses or school related functions. Parents may purchase the School Injury Insurance Benefit Plan.


Withdrawal of Students

The school office should be notified of transfers at least two (2) days in advance.  All textbooks, library books and other school property must be returned before the student transfers.


Procedures for Absences

1.  The parent or guardian shall notify the school office on the date of the absence no later than 12:00 noon, specifying the reason for the absence.  Failure to notify the school office of the absence shall result in the absence being recorded as unexcused.  It is imperative for students to attend school each day.

2. When a student has six (6) unexcused absences the school’s secretary shall notify the student’s parent/guardian of the number of absences and will request a parent conference with the parent coordinator, counselor, assistant principal, or principal to address the student’s attendance problems.

3.  On the ninth unexcused absence the parent/guardian shall be notified that a referral to the Pulaski County Juvenile Court has been made in accordance with Act 1308. 

It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to see that the student attends school daily.


Tardy Policies and Procedures

Definition - A student is tardy when he/she fails to be in the classroom by the time the tardy bell stops ringing.  There are generally no excused tardies.  Refer to the LRSD Student Handbook.

The tardy policy becomes effective one week after the opening of each school year.  Excessive tardiness will result in disciplinary action. 

Parents are REQUIRED to sign-in tardy students.


Late Arrivals/Pick-ups

Students should arrive no later than 7:50 a.m. They must be inside the classroom by 8:00 a.m. to not be considered tardy. Students should be picked up daily no later than 2:35 p.m. Staff members are not available to monitor students after school. Arrangements for afterschool care must be made if parents cannot pick children up in a timely fashion. Serious action will be taken for those that repeatedly violate policy with referral to DHS for neglect.



The staff recognizes the importance of an effective School-Wide Discipline Plan.  This plan must be taught, reinforced continuously, and used consistently by all participants.  The Western Hills Discipline Plan teaches that every individual is responsible for his or her behavior, that there are consequences for all behaviors, and the ultimate discipline is self-discipline.  Students who use responsible thinking to solve problems and make good choices demonstrate self-discipline. 



Listen and follow directions.

Act in a courteous manner.

Keep hands, feet, and objects to self.

Talk in a quiet voice in the building.

Walk quietly and correctly.

Resolve conflicts without fighting.

Care for school property.




       Cafeteria Rules

       Enter the cafeteria quietly and orderly.

       Follow directions of school staff.

       Walk in the lunch line without disturbing


       Use a soft/whisper voice in the line and after

       being seated. Remain seated until dismissed.


      Playground Rules

       I will use respectful language.

       I will not pick up, throw, carry rocks, or objects

       other than balls.

       I will not use rough play.

       I will not fight, push, shove, or hit.

       I will get an adult if I have a problem.


Positive Recognition


Individual Classroom Recognition

Good News Notes


Treasure Box

Citizenship Celebrations


Steps for Negative Consequences

1.  Verbal warning

2.  Written warning (Follows the system used

      in the classroom.)

3.  Time-out in the classroom. 

4.  Time-out in another classroom.

5.  Parent Notification


First Behavior Document – The teacher calls the parent, there is a student conference, and one day of time-out during recess.

Second Behavior Document – The teacher calls the parent, may be referred to the counselor, and one day of time-out during recess.

Third Behavior Document-The teacher calls the parent and the child is referred to the office. Morning detention, loss of privilege, or extended time-out will be utilized.

Fourth Behavior Document – The parent is called, a conference is held and a behavior plan is developed.  If the parent does not attend the conference the student will receive a 24 hour Sent Home.  Fifth Behavior Document – Disciplinary action is taken according to the Little Rock School District Student Handbook.


“Think-it-Through” sheets may be required for students in 2nd through 5th grades.

*Students receiving  behavior documents may not participate in the Citizenship Celebration.



Awards Program

There will be one awards program at the end of the school year.  Perfect attendances certificates will be given to students, who have attended school every day, arrived on time every day and have never been checked-out early.  Students with absences, tardies,

or early check-outs, excused or unexcused, will not receive a perfect attendance certificate.


Students wear uniforms. See the uniform information sheet.


Back Packs

Back Packs with wheels will not be allowed.  Back packs only need to be big enough to take a few items home each day.



If a child is injured at school, we will make him/her comfortable and then call the parent immediately. Emergency numbers must be current at all times.


Procedure for Parent Concerns


  1. Call your child’s teacher and/or schedule a conference.
  2. If the problem is not resolved, schedule a conference with your child’s teacher and the school counselor at 447-6904.
  3. If the problem is not resolved with counselor intervention, schedule a conference with the principal at 447-6900.


To Meet with the Principal


The school principal welcomes the opportunity to meet with parents. Please call the office at 447-6900 to schedule a meeting. The principal has a daily conference schedule for monitoring instruction. “Instant conferences” have the potential to take the principal away from monitoring instruction and sometimes can not be held immediately. Please schedule in advance

In order to establish a time that will work best for both parties.







     Parents you are an important part of our team and  

     We value your contributions to the educational

     process. Communication is a critical. When you

     have high expectations for your child they will see

     the importance you place on learning and live up to

     your expectations. Thank you in advance for your     

    support. Working together we can accomplish

     great things!