School Culture, Climate, and ExpectationsTo ensure the safety and respect of all students we have high expectations for student behavior. At NHACS we utilize Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) in order to accentuate the positive in student behavior. PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. NHACS is committed to facilitating a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing researched-based, school wide, and classroom discipline systems. The processes focus on improving our school's ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. We expect that teachers treat students with respect and patience.
School hours are from 7:30am- 4:30pm. The school calendar outlines school holidays, closings and special events and half days of instruction, which occurs on the 1st Wednesday of each month in support of the professional development of staff. On half days, students will be dismissed at 12pm. Students arriving prior to 7:30am will wait in the security guard area. Students are not permitted to enter the classroom or hallway prior to 7:50am.
Upon arrival at 7:30am, all staff members within their respective roles and responsibilities will engage in planning and preparation to immediately serve our students upon arrival. Students will arrive each day and enter our school via the Avenue D entrance and will be escorted to Kingsman Hall for breakfast from 7:30am to 7:50am. Assigned school staff will be positioned to support the breakfast program and the transitioning of students.
Dismissal from bus students begins at 3:45 and pick-up dismissal begins promptly at 4:00pm. Students being picked up by families will be dismissed from their respective universities. K-2 is located on the 3rd floor and 3-5 is located on the second floor.
Students must maintain 95% attendance. Attendance at school is mandatory and is of the utmost importance to learning for students and teachers. Student absences are reported by each teacher and included on report cards, which become part of the student’s permanent school record. Parents must provide a note to their child’s teacher if the child is absent. Please schedule meetings with parents to address critical student attendance issues and keep track of all communications.
Instruction begins promptly at 8:00am with morning meeting. Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) commences at 8:10am. Students arriving after 8:10am are considered late and must be signed in by a parent and obtain a late pass from the main office before proceeding to class who will be stationed by the security desk. If a student is late more than three times in a week a letter must be sent home by the classroom teacher. This letter may request a meeting or phone conference regarding the reasons for the student’s pattern of lateness. Teachers are responsible for keeping tracking of lateness which will be included on each student’s attendance record and report card.