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Student Handbook
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Wimbish Adventist School

640 Wimbish Road
Macon, Georgia 31210
(478) 477- 4600
Fax (478) 477-4875
 
Faculty
 
Grades 3-8                                        (817) 517-9817                   RuthAnn Fillman
 
Grades K-2                                        (478) 972-8745                    Stephanie Courtney



Para-Professional                                                                           Ginnie Sanders
                                                                                                        Jessica Massengale

                                                                                                                   
 
School Board Members
 
                                                                                                          
 
Pastor                                           (770) 851-6685                          John Strickland
 
Principal                                        (817) 517-9817                         RuthAnn Fillman
 
Treasurer                                       (478) 934-4350                        Renetta Mullis
 
Additional Board Members                                                             Grant Corbett
                                                                                                       Gloria Durden
                                                                                                       Sherry Garza
                                                                                                       Norma McKellip
                                                                                                       Dean Metteauer
                                                                                                       Theodora Smith
                                                                                                       Daphne West

                                                                                                             
 
Contact Numbers
 
Wimbish Road SDA Church                                                             (478) 477-4300
 
 
 
 
 
Mission Statement
 
To partner with parents in bringing up their children in accordance with God’s plan, while working together to:
 
Provide superior quality of education in a family atmosphere
 
Promote a Christ-centered life and the development of a Christ-like character using the Bible as our standard
 
Protect children from unnecessary temptations by creating a Christian environment
 
Prepare our students for a successful life of service in this world and for a future in Heaven
 
 
 
Objectives
The following objectives are intended to expand and reflect the mission statement of the Wimbish Adventist School.
  • To encourage a personal experience with the Master Teacher and Creator, Jesus Christ
  • To provide a quality program which challenges students to strive for educational excellence within the parameters of the interests, needs, and capabilities of each individual
  • A love for God and man which will be expressed in unselfish service to others
  • To assist students in developing an understanding and appreciation for the worth of all people
  • To promote standards of a dynamic lifestyle by training students in the principles of healthful diet and physical activity.
  • To assist students in acquiring the basic skills of reading, mathematics and communication
  • To afford students a feeling of self-worth and a foundation for decision making based on moral and ethical values
  • To assist students in developing a personal sense of mission for presenting the gospel message to the entire world in preparation for the soon return of Jesus Christ
 
Organization
 
Wimbish Adventist School, established in 1927 for the education of the whole person, is a Christian school operated by the Wimbish Road Seventh-day Adventist Church in cooperation with the Georgia–Cumberland Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Since the beginning, the students have enjoyed the advantage of low teacher-student ratios providing individualized instruction in an inviting environment.
 
Handbook Revision
 
This handbook is reviewed annually. The school board may, from time to time, revise or add policies during the school year. They will have the same authority as this handbook. The parents will be notified in writing if any changes are made.
 
Length of the School Day
 
The regular school day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will dismiss at 3:15 p.m.
 
Due to insurance purposes, students should not arrive at school prior to 7:45 a.m. and should be picked up no later than 3:45 p.m. If emergency arrangements need to be made they should be made in advance with the teacher. Upon arrival at school, the students are to go directly into the school building, and upon dismissal; they should remain where they are supervised until their ride comes.
 
Special Education Services
 
Wimbish Adventist School is not able, at this time, to provide a wide range of special education needs. Any student with special needs must present a current IEP (Individual Education Plan) upon admission and must keep a current IEP on record as long as they are in attendance. We offer assistance in contacting your local public school in order to obtain an IEP.
 
Non-Discriminatory Policy
 
Students who express and demonstrate a definite interest in receiving a Christian education are eligible for admission. This includes showing respect to the Word of God, maintaining a reverent attitude toward that which is spiritual and conducting themselves in harmony with the standards of Christian education upheld by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
 
Wimbish Adventist School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the school.
 
 
Asbestos
 
Our school contains no asbestos.
 
 
Enrollment of New Students
 
 All students are required to present appropriate health records including current immunization information. They will also need to present a certificate or grade card confirming grade placement before they are officially enrolled.
 
All newly registered students will be considered probationary admissions for a period of 90 days to facilitate receipt and review of academic and medical records.
 
Those who are entering the first grade are to present a copy of their birth certificate to provide verification that they have passed their sixth birthday by September 1st, Kindergarten fifth birthday, and Pre-K fourth birthday.
 
All new students with any incomplete grade placement documentation will have placement testing.
 
 
Visitors
 
Parents are invited to visit the school and its classrooms. Arrangements for visits are to be made in advance with the principal. It is recommended that no visitation occur during the time when students are taking part in achievement testing. Also, according to conference policy, due to insurance, no child can visit the classroom unless he or she is a potential student.
  
 
Attendance
 
In order for the student to receive the full benefit of the classes and activities offered and also to insure them the opportunity to reach their highest level of achievement, good attendance is strongly encouraged. Students are to be on time and in regular attendance. Math drills, opening announcements and worship take place starting promptly at 8:15 am. Being on time helps get everyone started on a positive note.
 
 
 
Excused Absences and Make-up Work
 
 
Sickness and death of an immediate family member are considered valid excused absences. Parent notification before and/or following an absence is required in order for the student to be permitted to make up missed work. If your child is ill please notify the teacher promptly. We ask that appointments for routine medical care be scheduled outside of school hours.   In certain cases where the students may be away from the school for an extended length of time, such as a vacation or a planned long distance family event, parents are to make arrangements in advance with the teacher for completion of assigned work. Unles advance arrangements are made with the teacher, the teacher is under no obligation to help the student make up the work.
 
 
Severe Weather Closings
 
School will be open on all regularly scheduled school days unless the weather becomes severe. In case of bad weather, parents are encouraged to listen to announcements on radio and TV. We will be closed when BibbCounty is closed unless otherwise notified.
 
Telephone Use
 
The school telephone is provided for conducting school business. Usage of the phone for other purposes must first be cleared with the principal. In order to prevent disruptions during the regular teaching sessions, calls should be made only before and after school and during the lunch period. However, if an emergency situation develops, please feel free to contact the school immediately. Students will be allowed to use the phone for emergency use only.
 
Incoming calls to students from non-custodial parents need to go through teachers.
 
Student cell phones are not allowed during school hours. Any cell phones seen during school hours will be held by the principal until they are picked up by parents.
 
School Property
 
The text books furnished by the school will be checked and evaluated at the beginning and end of the school year. A student whose books are marred beyond normal usage will be charged according to the damage done and the value of the book. Full payment will be required for all books lost or damaged beyond repair. Report cards will not be issued until damage fees are paid.
 
Any willful damage to other school property whether it is to the building or equipment used will be the financial responsibility of the student and/or their family.  
 
Library
 
Library books may be checked out on a two-week basis. Library videos are not to leave the school campus. There will be a $20.00 fine for any books not returned one week before the close of the school quarter. If the book is returned later in good condition the fine will be returned.
 
 
 
Transportation
 
Your child’s safely is of paramount importance. Therefore, it is necessary for you to complete and sign a form for the records telling how your child will be transported to and from school, and with whom. You will be expected to list all persons who have permission to transport your child.
 
Please Note: If your child is being picked up by a non-designated driver, or going home with another child, send written permission releasing your child to his/her custody. In an emergency a phone call is adequate but should be heard by two adults.
 
 
Dispensing of Medications
 
Any student who must have a prescription medication administered during school hours must file with the principal a medication authorization form, signed by the legal guardians of the student which gives clear written instruction from a physician. The medication needs to be in the original packaging.
 
Non-prescription medications such as aspirin, cough medication, etc. will not be administered to students by the school staff. Students may self-administer non-prescription medicines provided they bring enough dosage for only one or two days rather than a whole bottle or package.
 
 
Progress Reports, Questions and Counsel
 
The teachers and school officials are ready to help you with questions or problems connected with the school in the areas of registration, finances, and the conduct of your children, their academic progress, or other matters.
 
Regular progress reports will be made at the end of each quarterly grading period. Regular parent-teacher conferences are scheduled at the end of the first and third quarters and posted on the school calendar. Mid-term reports will be made when deemed needful or as requested by the parents.
 
If you would like information or a conference with any teacher or school official, please feel free to contact that person at school or at home.
 
 
Providing Grades to Parents
 
The school communicates with the custodial parent. The school will be happy to meet with the non-custodial parent. However, this must be coordinated through the custodial parent and that parent will need to be available to be present at the meeting.  Any phone discussions from the non-custodial parent to any teacher or their child will be done only with the custodial parent as party to that discussion.
 
All progress reports, semester grades, calendars, school handbooks, etc., will need to be furnished by the custodial parent to the non-custodial parent. The teachers do not provide non-custodial parents with hard copies of anything. However, our copy machine is available to any custodial parent who needs to use it for that purpose.
 
Notification restrictions imposed by the custodial parent on the non-custodial parent should be registered with the school administration upon registration of the student. Such notification is the responsibility of the custodial parent. Please notify the administration immediately of any changes that occur during the year.
 
 
Weapons Policy
 
Students shall not possess weapons or dangerous instruments of any kind on school grounds, in buildings, or at any school-related or school-sponsored activities away from the school campus.
 
Any instrument used for the purpose of inflicting harm or injury constitutes a weapon for the purpose of this policy.
 
The principal and/or the school board reserves the right to take any disciplinary action deemed appropriate in response to a violation of the weapons policy.
 
Threatening verbiage or acted out mock threats are unacceptable and will be discussed with parents if they are repeated or if in the judgment of the staff are of a serious nature.
                                   
 
Discipline
 
One of the aims of this school is to develop self-discipline in each student. Teachers and parents should work together for the development of right character in the student, and to this end the teacher desires to counsel with the parents concerning the conduct of all students.
 
The principal may suspend a student for serious or repeated offenses when other measures have not been effective. Suspension shall be effective at least until the parent comes to school to discuss the situation. This must be accomplished within three days.
 
Expulsion may be used by the school board when other disciplinary measures fail. The following reasons are recognized as possible cause for dismissal:
 
  • Repeated disobedience or disrespect to a teacher   
  • Any action that places the student’s life or safety of others in jeopardy 
  • Repeated use of abusive or foul language

 

 
Conflict Resolution Procedure
 
Parents and teachers must cooperate fully with one another. Anything done or said which tears down respect or confidence in either will harm the child.
 
The Georgia-Cumberland Conference Office of Education has voted a Conflict Resolution procedure for adoption and use in all schools. The procedure is mindful of due process and founded on the Bible principles of Matthew 18.
 
            The Conflict Resolution Procedure is as follows:
 
  •  By appointment, the complainant is to meet with the teacher alone or as a family to deal with the issue/complaint. Under no circumstances is the issue/complaint to be discussed with any other party.
  • If the situation remains unresolved after step 1, by appointment, the complainant is to meet with the principal and teacher. Should the principal be involved, the board chairman would serve as the facilitator.
  • At each instance in which a complaint is registered, the teacher should have the right to address the complaint directly. If the complaint remains unresolved then the issue will be referred to the Executive Committee of the School Board. At this point the Office of Education is to be directly involved.
  • A final appeal of the issue can be made to the School Board including the teacher and a representative of the Office of Education. A final resolution to the complaint will be acted upon at this level. All parties are to be officially notified in writing of the School Board’s decision. (see GCC policy #4308)
  • The School Board of Wimbish Adventist School has suggested that a parent or other individual may also discuss an issue/complaint with the School Board chairman or pastor.  However, this discussion should not take place before first following the above outlined procedure.
 
 
HOME AND SCHOOL
 
All parents of the school children are members of the local Home and School Association. This association serves as an auxiliary to enhance school functions/events and as a fund-raising entity to supply additional support. Attendance at these functions/events is strongly encouraged. Activities will be held periodically and will be announced in advance.
 
Parents and church members are invited to assist in any programs provided by the Home & School Association. Those interested in providing assistance should contact the local Home and School leader(s) or the principal.
 
 
DIETARY GUIDELINES
 
In accordance with the health standards promoted by the Seventh-day Adventist church, students are to refrain from bringing coffee, tea, cola or any other caffeine drinks, and biblically unclean meats (for instance, no pork products). It is also suggested that lunches contain foods high in nutritional value abstaining from meats and high amounts of sugary foods.
 
 
Dress Standards
 
 
All students, staff, and visitors will uphold the highest Christian standards of dress when attending a school function.
 
If the staff feels at any time the dress of a student is unacceptable, requests will be made to correct the situation. These requests may include but are not limited to: asking the adjustments be made in clothing, (i.e. tucking in shirts, buttoning buttons, putting on over shirts, removing unacceptable articles) requesting parent to bring a more appropriate change of clothing, letting the student and parent know that certain articles of clothing are unacceptable. This decision by the staff may be appealed by the parent or student to the Dress Code Committee. If violations are habitual, student will be referred to Discipline Committee.
 
All clothing must be appropriately sized and worn with appropriate undergarments at all times. Any item which, in the judgment of the teacher, does not uphold the highest Christian standard is forbidden.

 
Wimbish Adventist School Unified Dress Policy
 
PANTS, SLACKS, SKIRTS, JUMPERS
  • Plain khaki, black or navy pants, shorts, jumpers or skirts.
  • Jeans will be permitted on days designated by the principal.
  • Pants must be an appropriate size and not be worn below the top of the hip bone.  Cargo pants of any length may not be worn.  Capris may be worn during warm weather.
  • All pants, shorts and capris must have belt loops and be worn with a belt and a tucked in shirt
  • Skirts and shorts must be no shorter than (2) two inches above the knee
 
SHIRTS
  • Polo shirts of any color.  All students should have a royal blue shirt or school Tee-shirt for field trips
  • Polo shirts may be long or short sleeves, must have collars and not be oversized.
  • School tee-shirts may be worn on days designated by the principal
  • Sweatshirts or sweaters must have no logos other than the school logos.
  • Plain white undershirts or turtlenecks may be worn underneath polo shirts, sweatshirts and sweater
 
HATS
 
  • Any head gear is not a part of acceptable dress unless allowed for a special occasion such as spirit day or red ribbon week
 
 
SHOES
 
  • Sandals, not flip-flops, may be worn but students MUST have appropriate gym shoes for recess and PE
 
 
HAIR & NAILS
 
  • Must be neat, clean and well groomed
  • Hair styles and dyed hair that call undue attention are prohibited
  • Upper grade girls only – may wear light natural looking makeup, clear or natural nail color polish
 

 HYGIENE
 
  • Each student must maintain desirable personal hygiene so as not to be offensive to others
 
NOT PERMITTED
  • Spandex, athletic style or cut off shorts
  • Shoes with wheels
  • Sweat pants, fleece pants, and wind suits
  • Facial and/or body ornaments including face painting, glitter, body jewelry, temporary tattoos or other adornment that calls undue attention to the wearer may not be worn.  No ornamental jewelry including rings
 
  
GENERAL REGULATIONS
 
Experience has taught that there are certain practices that hinder or hurt the well being of the child and are thus not permitted. These practices are contrary to our church’s standards, state laws, insurance regulations or the general smooth operation of the program.
 
1.                  Non-respect toward teachers, other staff members, fellow students or toward one’s fundamental beliefs of faith.
 
2.                  Willful destruction of school property and/or tampering with fire alarms and extinguishers.
 
3.                  Using profane language, indulging in lewd conduct or suggestion, or possessing or displaying obscene literature or pictures.
 
4.                  Dishonesty, including theft, lying or willful deception regarding violation of school regulations, cheating on test or class work.
 
5.                  Gambling, betting, possessing of playing cards or ouija boards.
 
6.                  Making, possessing, or handling firecracker, matches, cigarette lighters, firearms or explosives of any type, knives or any other instrument that will frighten or cause injury.
 
7.                  Possession of radios, televisions, hand-held electronic toys or devices.  Devices that hold dictionaries, concordances, thesaurus,etc (such as I-touch or I-pads) may be used as educational tools.  No internet access, games, texting or any other form of electronic communication will be permitted.  Not following this rule will result in confiscation of the device.
 
8.                  Using illegal drugs, tobacco, or alcohol in any form, or having them in one’s possession.
 
9.                  Negligence to one’s personal class work resulting in multiple failures on one’s report card on or off campus.
 
10.             Students are expected to participate in all of their grade level activities. If a student is unable to participate in the normal school program for any reason, including physical education class, the parent should notify the teacher.
 
11.             We discourage the bringing of valuables and money to school. We cannot assume responsibility for items should they be lost or stolen.
 
12.             Due to insurance regulations, we ask that you not bring to school items such as skateboards and bicycles.
 
13.             Gum chewing is not allowed on the school premises and on certain types of school-sponsored field trips.
 
14.             Cell phones may be brought to school, but are to be turned off and stowed away during school hours unless a staff member allows the phone to be used. Any phone seen will be held by the principal until a parent/guardian picks it up.
 
 
 
PAYMENTS
 
      1.  Tuition payments are due on the 1st of the month, August through May

      2.  Tuition is considered late after the 5th of each month.  At this time no late fees are being applied

      3.  If tuition is not paid by the 9th of each month families will be required to make arrangements by    contacting the finance committee or the school treasurer not later than the 11th of the same month that the non-payment occurs.  At that time arrangements for payment will be discussed.

      4.  If such arrangements are not made and completed you will be asked to meet with the finance committee to make further plans for payment.  If after these steps have been taken, the account remains unpaid and/or commitments have been broken your young person may be asked to stop attending Wimbish Adventist School until such arrangements are completed.
 
 
If payment is made by check and the check is returned there will be a $30 fee. If a second check is returned, all payments thereafter must be made by cashier’s check or money order.
 
In harmony with the policy set forth by the Education Department of the General Conference, no final grades, transcripts, or diplomas will be released until the student’s account is paid in full at the end of the school year.
 
The objective of Wimbish Adventist School is to operate our program efficiently and economically so we can offer Christian education to our youth at the most reasonable cost.
 
The school is supported by tuition payments as well as church subsidies.
 
Students receiving worthy student scholarships must maintain a C average and have good attendance and punctuality or meet with the academic committee.
 
  
  
FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
10-Month Payment Plan (August – May)
 
                                                Standard Rate Grades 1-8
 
            1st Child                      $415 per month/$4,150.00 per year
                                                Discount of 10% if paid in full = $3,375 for the year
 
            2 Children                  $805.00 per month/$8,050.00 per year
                                                Discount of 10% if paid in full = $7,245 for the year
 
            3 Children                  $1,195.00 per month/$11,950.00 per year
                                      Discount of 10% if paid in full = $10,530 for the year
 
                                               
                                    WimbishSDAChurch Member Rate Grades 1-8
 
            1st Child                      $365.00 per month/$3,650.00 per year
                                                Discount of 10% if paid in full = $3,285 for the year
 
            2 Children                  $705.00 per month/$7,050 per year
                                                Discount of 10% if paid in full = $6,345 for the year
 
            3 Children                  $1045.00 per month/$10,450 per year
                                                Discount of 10% if paid in full = $9,405
 
            In addition to financial tuition Wimbish Adventist School requires that each family contribute 4 hours per Quarter to the school.  This can consist of several things: field trips, chores, helping with programs or fund raisers, etc.  Many of you will easily fulfill this requirement as you already contribute more than 4 hours per quarter.
 
You may choose to buy out of the 4 hours for a charge of $25.00 per quarter.  You may also get a grandparent, aunt, etc. to fulfill the requirement.
 
Eight hours may be done during the summer, before school starts. See Mrs. Fillman if you have any questions or if you would like to know where our needs lie.

 
 
REGISTRATION FEE
 
In addition to regular tuition payment, there is a one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $385 per child. Given below is a breakdown of what the individual registration fee applies to:
 
Book Rental and Workbooks $214
School Media $35
Student Insurance $30
Library Fees $35
Testing Materials $26
Field Trip Fund $50
 
 
Register early and receive a $25.00 discount when $100.00 of your registration fee is paid by June 5th.  You are encouraged to turn your paper work in as soon as you complete it even before fees are paid.
 
 
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
 
Wimbish SDA Church members may request financial assistance if they believe that their present income will make it difficult to make full tuition payments. Those applying for aid will need to meet the following:
  • No request for financial assistance shall be considered unless upon review it is found that the applicant sincerely desires to attend and adhere to the rules and standards of the school.
     
  • Financial assistance shall be granted only after the need for such has been carefully studied and determined.  Each applicant must fill out a Student Aid Application. The applicant and family will be asked to participate in the tuition cost.
     
  • Requests for financial assistance shall be made each year as assistance is requested.
     
  • Each recipient of assistance will be reviewed on a periodic basis.
     
  • Request should be placed within a sealed envelope and submitted to the principal, pastor or treasurer.
 
NOTE: All information provided will be absolutely confidential.
  
 
PARENT/TEACHER RELATIONSHIPS TO THE CHILD
 
It is the endeavor of the church, board, and staff of Wimbish Adventist School to promote and encourage a cooperative partnership between parent, teacher and child. It is our desire that our mission statement not become just words but actions towards doing our part in leading your child to a relationship with Christ as well as helping prepare for service in this world and the world to come.
 
“Parents and teachers, Jesus is still saying, ‘Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me.’ Matthew 19:14. They are the most susceptible to the teachings of Christianity; their hearts are open to influences of piety and virtue, and strong, to retain the impressions received.”
                                                                        Counsels to Teachers, p.40
 
“He who co-operates with the divine purpose in imparting to the youth the knowledge of God, and molding the character into harmony with His, does a high and noble work. As he awakens a desire to reach God’s ideal, he presents an education that is as high as heaven and as broad as the universe; an education that cannot be completed in this life, but that will be continued in the life to come . . .”
                                                                        Education, p.19
 
“It is the nicest work ever assumed by men and women to deal with youthful minds. The greatest care should be taken in the education of youth to so vary the manner of instruction as to call forth the high and noble powers of the mind. Parents and school teachers are certainly disqualified to properly educate children if they have not first learned the lesson of self-control, patience, forbearance, gentleness and love. What an important position for parents, guardians and teachers!”
                                                                        Counsels on Education, p.1
 
“In the formation of character, no other influences count so much as the influence of the home. The teacher’s work should supplement that of the parents, but is not to take its place. In all that concerns the well being of the child, it should be the effort of parents and teachers to co-operate.”
                                                                        Education, p. 220 
 
 
TEXTBOOK STATEMENT
Georgia-Cumberland Conference
 
About Your Student’s Textbooks
 
Textbooks constitute an important part of the curriculum in all schools including Seventh-day Adventist schools. However, a good class is not based solely on the textbook. In other words, the textbook is not the curriculum of the class. The teacher uses the readings and other resources in the textbook as a major ingredient for student assignments in addition to other carefully selected materials. This does not mean that the textbook is the “final authority” or the “gospel truth” of the class but is one of many classroom resources.
 
In some areas, the Seventh-day Adventist Church spends millions of dollars to produce their own textbooks. But in some subjects, the church has felt they could utilize some of the excellent textbooks already available in the general market. Before allowing a church to purchase such books, the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist Office of Education has a very careful process of evaluating and recommending approved textbooks. The evaluators include Adventist teachers and administrators who carefully study the books to determine their suitability for Adventist schools. Textbooks with a pervasive philosophical approach counter to Adventist teachings will not be approved. Other textbooks will meet the high standards required for approval. However, even the best approved textbooks sometimes contain inaccuracies. Some of these are factual errors while others represent differences of opinion on important philosophical or religious issues. Should the textbook being used have such problems, the Seventh-day Adventist teacher will make every attempt to point out errors or differences. This also gives the teacher an opportunity to discuss with the children important ideas they will be confronting at the present time or in the future as they further their education. Since the Adventist teacher will be emphasizing that the textbook is not the “Bible” of the classroom, the students will be taught to read critically and thoughtfully every textbook under the careful guidance of the classroom teacher. As students then enter the broader world, they will be better prepared to deal with the many challenges their belief system will face having been made aware of these potential areas under the thoughtful care of a dedicated Adventist teacher.