This school is accredited by the National Council for Private School Accreditation, is regularly evaluated by the Michigan Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and is recognized by the State of Michigan.
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We believe it our privilege and duty to provide Christian education for our children in order to encourage their spiritual, social, intellectual, and physical development. Christian education promotes the restoration of students to the image of their Maker. Christian education teaches the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship and respect for the value of individuals as it prepares students for service to God, church, community, and country. Christian education supports scholastic excellence by developing the ability to think creatively. Christian education instructs in useful skills and assists students in learning and applying basic principles of healthful living.
Therefore, we seek to provide the following essentials for quality Christian education:
1. A combination of efforts from the home, church, and school in the education of youth toward a self-surrendered relationship with God, the joy of Christian service in this world, and the delight of life in the world to come.
2. A safe social structure characterized by a strong home base that supports all four aspects of education, fosters kind regard for the safety and welfare of all, adheres to a sensible disciplinary policy, and promotes a strong bond of unity with members of our church family.
3. An ample inventory of up-to-date teaching and learning resources in a functional and secure learning center. The school environment includes a sequential plan of instruction that promotes solid intellectual growth in all elementary subjects. School resources are organized to foster a cheerful and enthusiastic disposition toward learning.
4. A studied effort to promote and practice a healthful lifestyle.
The mission of the Traverse City Seventh-day Adventist School is to educate children in the knowledge and love of Jesus Christ, so that they, in turn, can emulate Him in their own personal commitments and in their relationships with family, church, community, and world.
Higher than the highest human thought can reach is God’s ideal for His children. Education, p. 18
To honor Christ, to become like Him, to work for Him, is the life’s highest ambition and its greatest joy. Education, p. 297
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your reasonable service. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1, 2 NIV
The Traverse City Seventh-day Adventist School is established primarily for the youth of the Seventh-day Adventist church. Other students may be admitted as openings are available and conditions for admission are met. All students are given equal rights, privileges, programs, and activities designed for them without regard to their race, color, national or ethnic origin. The school, however, is not equipped to deal with academically challenged or behaviorally challenged students who require specialized instruction. All students requesting admission must meet the following requirements:
1. Students entering first grade must be at least six years old by September 1. A certificate of birth (copy is acceptable) must be presented at registration.
2. A medical report from a physician must be submitted by anyone entering a Michigan school for the first time, with this evaluation being recommended at the start of grades 1 and 5.
3. Students transferring from another school must present a report card or transcript from the former school and request transfer of the student’s records.
4. A commitment to adhere to the school policies printed in this handbook, as well as well as any other policies approved by the school board, must be expressed by the signatures of each student and parent/guardian on the admission form.
Faithful attendance is imperative for success in school. State law requires that all students of school age must be in a school during the school year and that this is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. The excusable absences are illness of the student (see definition of illness on page 13), a medical appointment, or a death in the immediate family. Parents/guardians are encouraged to be models to their children by demonstrating punctuality and responsibility.
WRITTEN EXCUSES SIGNED BY PARENT/GUARDIAN ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL ABSENCES AND TARDIES. These are to be given to the teacher when the student returns to school. All missed homework must be made up. The Education Board (EB) will review the situation of any student with more than 3 absences during any quarter. For the purposes of EB attendance review, please note that 3 tardies will be considered the equivalent of one absence. Excess absences may be referred to the truant officer at the discretion of the EB.
If needed, the EB will set up a 3-member Attendance Committee to provide help and resources to parents whose children continue to have problems in the area of attendance. Although some children need more help and encouragement than others in order to be ready for school on time, the state of Michigan does ultimately hold parents responsible for their child’s attendance at school. Please contact the EB chairperson if you would like to set up an appointment.
The school day will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, unless otherwise announced. Students should arrive no more than 15 minutes ahead of starting time and attend to their personal needs before the start of school. Students need to be seated by the starting time to avoid being marked as tardy. The late arrival of a student is particularly disruptive in the first ten minutes of the school day when worship is held.
Students are to be picked up between 3:00-3:15 p.m. The school day begins and ends with a quiet devotional. We request that parents arriving early for pickup remain quietly in the school foyer awaiting formal dismissal of students. On half-days there will be no lunch break and school will be dismissed at noon.
Students must present written parental permission to the teacher before leaving the school during school hours. This should include who is picking up the children, when, the reason, and whether the student will return the same day.
When it is necessary to be absent from school for the purpose of urgent family matters or travel, arrangements for make-up work must be completed prior to the absence. Written requests for such absences must be presented to the teacher at least one week before scheduled departure.
Parents are responsible for transportation of their children to and from school.
Please be advised that students will only be allowed to leave the premises with pre-approved persons. At registration, the parent/guardian will provide a written list of approved people who may pick up their children. Other verbal/pre-written approval must be presented to teacher at beginning of school day.
Field trips and out-of-school activities extend education beyond the classroom. They complement class work assignments. Written permission is required for students to participate. A form will be sent home some days prior to the activity. Appropriate attire and regular school clothing should be worn unless designated otherwise by the sponsors.
Service projects may include sunshine bands, vesper programs, other religious activities, and adopt-a-highway cleanup, will present opportunities for students to gain experiences in sharing their faith with others.
Students are expected to use equipment for its intended purpose only and to return what is used to its place when they are finished. Students shall be responsible for paying the costs of replacing or repairing all property which they damage.
School will provide books for students’ use. A portion of the entrance fee covers the rental charges for these books, covering a reasonable wear. No book that is defaced by vulgar or disrespectful messages will be allowed to remain in use in the school. If books are defaced or damaged, the student will be required to replace them.
Textbooks constitute an important resource. Some of the curriculum used within the classroom is produced by Seventh-day Adventists. However, in some subjects, the church has felt they could utilize some of the excellent textbooks already available on the general market. Before allowing a church school to purchase such books, the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists’ 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.
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. However, a good class is not based solely on the textbook. If the textbook your child is reading has such problems, the Seventh-day Adventist teacher will make every attempt to point out the errors or differences, thus giving the teacher an opportunity to discuss with your children important ideas they will be confronting at the present time or in the future as they further their education. Students will be taught to read critically and thoughtfully every textbook, under the careful guidance of the 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.
All pupils may use library materials and may borrow selected books. Reference books, such as encyclopedias and dictionaries, may not be removed from the school. Magazines may be checked out on an overnight basis. All other books may be borrowed for two weeks. A charge will be made for books damaged beyond reasonable wear. A replacement fee must be paid for borrowed books that are lost, destroyed, or damaged beyond usefulness.
Students are not permitted to place or receive telephone calls during the school hours. The teacher will relay necessary messages to the student. Students will not be allowed to make telephone arrangements for impromptu trips to others students’ homes.
Students who have e-mail accounts or access to the Web may not enter chat rooms, must have permission to be on the computer, and must uphold Christian standards while communicating with others. Upon request, students shall allow faculty to view messages sent and received to verify that there is no use of vulgar language or other inappropriate practices. Under NO circumstances may a student give out his/her address, phone number, etc. while on-line.
The students’ hours at school are intended to be used in school related activities. Therefore, the presence of any books, materials, toys, or magazines that will be detrimental to their education will not be allowed in school. Such items are subject to confiscation.
Personal radios, CD players, tape players/recorders, and other electronic equipment may be brought to school only if the teacher has granted prior permission.
Recess and physical education are part of the curriculum designed to promote the teacher directed physical education of the students, providing the following:
1. Daily sunlight, fresh air, physical exercise and rest from academic studies.
2. Assigned games and activities that develop increased physical strength, endurance, and motor skills. At times, free play will occur.
3. The daily presence and participation of all students is encouraged during all seasons, weather permitting. Students will be outdoors except for rain or wind chill conditions. Students should be properly dressed for any weather condition.
4. Only safe equipment will be permitted for use in activities. Tools and toys shall be used only for their intended purpose.
5. Unsupervised outdoor play is not allowed after dismissal. Parents are expected to plan for prompt pickup (within 15 minutes AFTER DISMISSAL TIME) of their children.
6. Excused non-participation and/or limitations within P.E. will be granted if accompanied by current medical assessment from the child’s doctor.
7. Under no circumstances may any student hang or swing from the high horizontal bar on the Jungle Gym. Any student who observes such hanging or swinging must report the action immediately to the adult in charge.
Students need help in developing proper dietary habits. To neglect instruction in this area is to severely handicap the total learning process.
The differing stages of practice among Christian families in this matter of diet need not be a barrier to progress. We can grow together toward God’s ideal for us. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Cor.10:31.
To uphold the practice of healthful dietary principles all students will follow principles of healthful living as taught by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and detailed below.
1. Because flesh foods (meat) are not best for health, students are discouraged from bringing meat, poultry or fish in their lunches.
Students choosing to include flesh foods are expected to follow Biblical instruction found in Deuteronomy 14 and Leviticus 11
covering clean and unclean meats.
2. Sugar laden and/or caffeinated soft drinks are not acceptable.
3. Highly sugared desserts, etc., are also discouraged. Any birthday or other celebration treats shall be eaten at lunch time. Knowing the
potential for too much sugar, etc., to hinder learning and increase irritability, we urge that low or non-sugar foods be used for such
4. Lunches will be stored in areas designated by the teacher. Items that need refrigeration may be kept in the refrigerator. A microwave
oven is available and may used to reheat items, not to cook them.
5. Spoons, napkins, dishes, etc., are to be provided by the student to meet his/her individual need.
6. Drinking water shall be promoted during classroom breaks. Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle, marked with their name,
to school. This way it is always available to them, indoors and outdoors.
7. Eating between meals and chewing gum at school shall be prohibited because of the detrimental effects upon healthful living and
8. Flesh foods will be excluded from all events where school provides food.
Should any exceptions be in order, written parental requests must be made regarding them.
In dress, as in all things else, it is our privilege to honor our Creator. He desires our clothing to be not only neat and healthful, but appropriate and becoming. A person’s character is judged by his style of dress. Education, p. 249.
All modest, neat, clean attire is acceptable. Jewelry and extremes in styles are not in order. Medical alert identification is acceptable. Fads not in harmony with Seventh-day-Adventist principles are not permitted. When designated, attire other than regular school clothes may be permitted for announced activities and recreation.
Knee-length shorts may be worn to school when weather conditions warrant.
The school occupies one wing of the church facility. To reduce the wear and tear on the non-school portions of the building including the Sanctuary, Narthex, and Multi-purpose room, these areas are strictly off-limits to students unless accompanied by an adult or when one student is specifically assigned by the teacher to carry out an errand in one of these areas.
The privilege of participating in the care of the building deepens student appreciation and heightens personal regard for its proper use. Students shall aid in keeping the school an orderly, sanitary place of beauty by giving care to the following tasks:
1. Practicing good personal grooming.
2. Refraining from chewing gum or snacking.
3. Keeping the desks, coat areas, kitchen and bathroom facilities neat and clean.
4. Wearing different outdoor footwear to avoid tracking dirt onto the carpet.
5. Aiding in keeping the school property neat and clean.
6. Using the lost and found box. All items not claimed at the end of each grading period will be disposed of.
The goal of discipline is self-control. Not every misbehavior requires discipline. Teaching a better way is often sufficient and most effective. However, when discipline is necessary, it shall be chosen to aid in improving behavior. It will vary with the offense committed and the student’s need to learn.
Parents have a powerful influence in leading their children to cooperate with the teacher’s authority. Students learn best when parents and teachers cooperate directly in dealing with student’s misunderstandings and problems instead of drawing conclusions and taking action on the basis of the child’s eye view. “He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good... The wise in heart shall be called prudent; and the sweetness of the lips increaseth learning.” Proverbs 16:20,21
Despite the best efforts of parents and teachers to instill proper behavior in students, the student cannot be forced into true obedience against his/her will. When a misbehaving student fails to respond to correction or places the welfare of the classmates in jeopardy by his/her disruptions to the learning environment, the following actions shall be taken as necessary:
1. WARNING: Give a verbal cautionary admonition.
2. SUSPENSION: Exclude from school for a limited period. This action is taken by the principal in counsel with the Education Board
Chair or the Committee.
3. DISMISSAL: The Education Board excludes the student from school indefinitely.
Students who engage in any of the following practices may be asked to withdraw from school or may be denied readmission for the succeeding period:
1. Willfully undermining the religious ideals of the school.
2. Using profane language, indulging in lewd conduct or suggestions, or possessing or displaying obscene literature or pictures.
3. Possessing or using alcoholic beverages, dangerous drugs, or tobacco in any form.
4. Gambling or possessing or using any type of gambling device.
5. Stealing, lying, cheating, willful deception and dishonesty regarding violation of school regulations or any other phase of school work or business.
6. Improperly associating with members of either the opposite or the same sex.
7. Failing to completely comply to the stipulations of any discipline that has been administered by the faculty.
8. Setting off false fire alarms.
9. Failing to comply with the personal appearance code.
10. Bringing weapons to school.
11. Threatening others with violence.
12. Maliciously frightening or intimidating others.
13. Destroying school property.
It is not the intention of this handbook to cover every detail of the academic environment. Written and verbal communication between staff, parents, and students will be open and ongoing. This communication will be considered as binding as any guidelines included in this handbook.
Parent and teacher communication is vital to the well being of every student. It is accomplished through regularly scheduled conferences during the school year, through reports cards and interim grade reports, homework and class work assignments, as well as visits before and after school and over the phone.
Cooperation between parents and teachers will help provide positive educational experiences. When students perceive a spirit of mutual support and cooperation between parents and teachers, they will display an eager attitude towards learning and achievement.
Parental involvement in the classroom is encouraged and appreciated. Please make arrangements in advance. This will enable the teacher to coordinate help offered with areas of need.
Following are steps to communicating effectively with staff:
Contact the teacher before drawing conclusions. Make sure you understand thoroughly - get the full picture.
Be sensitive to the personal needs of the teacher. Make your contact within reasonable hours; not during class time, during Sabbath,
Expressing negative opinions or judgments about a teacher in the presence of your child undermines confidence in the teacher and
affects your child’s relationship with the teacher.
Talk with the teacher about your problem in private. Generally you should talk to the teacher before speaking to the principal, when
that is possible.
Informal meetings to discuss your problem with other parents generally hinder the problem solution process.
Be patient. Allow some time for the resolution of the problem by the teacher, student, and/or principal. Establish with the teacher a
mutually agreed upon time limit to review progress. Stay in contact.
Remember that during a conference with the teacher/principal, personal feelings tend to interfere with objectivity. Remember the
teacher sees your child from a different perspective than you and desires your child to succeed as much as you do.
The student is our prime concern. The following steps are offered with this in mind. It is recommended that the steps be followed in this sequence.
1. A parent-teacher conference should be held in order to identify the problem and isolate facts. This first step should resolve the majority
of problems. Parents should not approach teachers during the school day unless prior arrangements have been made.
2. A parent-teacher conference with the principal may be held if the concerns remain unresolved. This will be combined with number 1
above when the teacher is the principal.
3. Problems not resolved in the above may be brought to a conference including the Education Board Chair.
4. If no solution is found; the problem is to be sent to the Education Board for a final resolution. Items need to be placed on the Education
Board Agenda several days prior to the scheduled meeting.
Tornado and fire drills are conducted on a monthly basis.
To insure safety and well being of students, the facility will be locked when occupied. Visitors are encouraged to use doorbell.
A responsible person will administer first aid to injured students. A parent will be notified if the injury warrants it. Parental permission for this care will be given at registration.
Absence due to minor physical illness or injuries is not to be encouraged. Students who have a fever of 100° F. or greater, and/or are actively vomiting should remain home until danger of contagion has passed and they are well enough to engage in normal schoolwork (approximately 24 fever-free hours).
The parent shall arrange for any administration of medication needed by a child during school hours (whether prescription or over-the-counter). It shall be transferred directly to the teacher by the parent and be labeled with directions for administration.
Parental permission must accompany these and the teacher shall administer the drugs as stated by parent in writing ONLY.
All must be in original container with current and valid prescription label, doctor’s number, pharmacy phone number, etc. Administration of these drugs will rely on written permission by parent and adherence to instructions on label.
All injuries at school are to be reported immediately to the teacher. Insurance forms may be obtained from the teacher or principal and filled out by the parent within 24 hours of the accident. It is the parents’ responsibility to see that the completed form is submitted.
Registration fee: $170.00 per student
A. Members of SDA Churches
$1750 (175.00 monthly for 10 months) for 1 student
$3300 (330.00 monthly for 10 months) for 2-student family
$4850 (485.00 monthly for 10 months) for 3-student family
$6300 (630.00 monthly for 10 months) for 4-student family
$2200 (220.00 monthly for 10 months) for 1 student
$4200 (420.00 monthly for 10 months) for 2-student family
$6200 (620.00 monthly for 10 months) for 3-student family
$8100 (810.00 monthly for 10 months) for 4-student family
Tuition for a partial school year is to be pro-rated on the basis of the yearly tuition divided by 180 days times the number of days the student is enrolled. One registration fee is charged per student per year. The registration fee is non-refundable after school starts.
Tuition is billed in ten (10) equal monthly installments to spread the amount over a longer period in order to be more financially accommodating for families. The school is also billed by the conference in ten monthly installments. Tuition is payable no later than the 30th of the month. An account that is 30 days past due may be assessed a late fee on the past due balance. After an account is 60 days past due with no satisfactory arrangements made with the treasurer and EB, the student may be suspended from school until proper arrangements have been made.
On registration day the first month’s tuition is due plus one registration fee for each child. All previous years’ debts to this school or to any other school must be paid in full by this time or we will be unable to proceed with registration for your child. Please contact the school treasurer for additional information regarding our financial policies. Financial aid is available, but does not cover registration fee.
Any students who may transfer to another school at any time during the year or at the beginning of the next year, must have their account current or financial arrangements made before any transcripts can be sent.
Any checks returned for insufficient funds must be repaid with the addition of a $10 service fee.
Other charges (i.e., gum fines, damages) that the student incurs during the school year will be added as required.
Any exceptions to the above will be handled by the Education Board.
"He who cooperates with the divine purpose in imparting to the youth a knowledge of God . . . 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