2016-2017 Student Handbook
Kingsbury Seventh-day Adventist School
“Train up a child in the way he should go:
and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
The first Seventh-day Adventist school north of Albany had its start in Dublin, near South Bay Village, in 1936 when Mr. and Mrs. George Furman contributed their child’s play house for Christian Education.
In 1937 the school was located in Welsh Hollow. Then from 1948 to 1954 school was held on Mud Street in Hudson Falls. In 1954 two separate locations were required to accommodate all the pupils. In addition to Mud Street School, classes were also held at the home of Howard and Esther Wilson in Fort Ann.
When a three room public school in Glens Falls came up for sale, church members bid on the building and bought it. This little school on Dix Avenue became the first church-owned school and was dedicated on December 9, 1956.
The present facility was constructed in 1970-1971, and is situated on a hill just north of the Hamlet of Kingsbury. When built, it consisted of four classrooms, a library, office, kitchen, garage, gymnasium, and storage rooms. In 1984, the congregation added a church sanctuary and other rooms, such as bathrooms and hallway on the south end, thus completing a complex dedicated to the service of God.
The Kingsbury Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) School’s mission is to prepare the individual for service to others in this life, and in the world to come. Through example and teaching of Christian principles, students will develop mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially in the image of his maker.
Kingsbury Seventh-day Adventist school admits students of any race or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, ethnic background, country of origin, or sex in the administration of its educational and financial policies.
The aim of Seventh-day Adventist education is to create a likeness of Christ in the character. Seventh-day Adventists recognize the existence of sin; a restoration from sin which is accomplished through the conversion experience; and a subsequent growth in Christ throughout the life.
An atmosphere is provided in which the student may become acquainted with their friend, Jesus. It is expected that all who present themselves for enrollment will have respect and honor for the religious principles on which the school is founded.
Kingsbury SDA School encourages each student to follow the ideals expressed below.
- Understand and adopt scripturally based philosophy and standards by demonstrating virtues of kindness, unselfishness, patience, cooperation, etc.
- Give voluntary participation in church religious activities.
- Engage in private devotion.
- Understand God as Creator and Sustainer of mankind.
- To think and work independently.
- To use the information obtained during the course of study.
- To cope with the practical and abstract problems of life.
- Joining in manual labor and other occupational activities provided by the school and community.
- Striving for excellence in workmanship in assigned tasks.
- Developing initiative, self-motivation and reliability.
- Regard others with respect in all social relationships.
- Consider another person’s point of view.
- Respect the property of others.
- Exercise self-control and discipline.
- Attend social functions which adhere to Christian ethics.
- Support, sustain, respect and obey the law of the government.
- Uphold the principles of church and state separation.
- Exercise temperance and moderation in a balanced diet.
- Enjoy wholesome outdoor recreation and daily physical activity.
- Obtain adequate and regular rest.
- Develop regular habits of cleanliness.
Admission Policies and Requirements
New and returning students who are admitted to Kingsbury are enrolled in one of the following categories:
- Any student in grades one through eight who expresses and demonstrates a sincere desire for a Christian education and pledges to uphold the standards of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is eligible for admission.
- A certificate or transcript covering all previous school work must be presented for students entering the school for the first time.
- A formal application must be submitted by the parent for the prospective student. After the school board reviews the application, parents will be notified of a decision.
- Students entering the first grade must have attained the age of 6 by September 15 of the present year. The student must pass a readiness test given by the school.
- Kingsbury SDA School does not have the equipment or staff necessary for special education. It is therefore unable to accept students who have serious mental, physical, emotional, or social handicaps.
- All accounts, fines, and other obligations from previous years and to other schools must be eliminated or arrangements made before a student may register for the current year.
- Attendance at Kingsbury SDA School is a privilege and not a right. In order to safeguard the scholarship and moral atmosphere the school reserves the right to request withdrawal of any student whose presence is deemed detrimental.
- Accepted unconditionally;
- Accepted with academic and/or behavioral concern;
- Accepted on academic and/or behavioral probation.
Additionally, upon recommendation of the principal or teacher, students may be referred to the School Board at any time during the school year. The School Board may then choose to change the student’s enrollment status.
Students who have the status of either “concern” or “probation” will have their performance reviewed monthly by the School Board and a written report made to the parent/guardian.
The School board is authorized to change the student’s status or to ask a student to withdraw. A parent/guardian whose child is being monitored may request a hearing before the School Board. Decisions regarding a student’s enrollment or expulsion may be appealed to the full Board.
After acceptance, a student may be registered during any scheduled registration or by appointment. At that time the parent/guardian must:
1. present an updated immunization form signed by a doctor or health care official;
2. fill out an emergency contact information card;
3. sign an emergency consent to treat form;
4. complete financial arrangements.
Every student who is accepted at Kingsbury SDA School pledges to observe the Christian principles upon which this school is operated. If this pledge is broken, it is understood that by such infractions the student forfeits membership into the school. If longer retained, it is only by the forbearance of the faculty. It is also the student’s responsibility, to the best of his/her ability to perform all school duties assigned by the staff.
Kingsbury SDA School derives its operating monies from three primary sources-the New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, the Kingsbury Seventh-day Adventist Church, and tuition.
Billing and Payment
All tuition costs are on a 10-month basis. The first month’s tuition and a non-refundable registration fee are due upon registering. The remaining nine tuition payments are due by the 1st of each month. Tuition should be given to or mailed to:
Kingsbury Seventh-day Adventist school
3991 State Route 4
Hudson Falls, NY 12839
Transcripts are issued for students whose bill has been fully paid or other financial arrangements have been made.
If you have more than one child attending Kingsbury, you are eligible for a discount. Your first child is charged full tuition, 10% is taken off for the second child, 20% for the third and so on.
Outdoor School Fee: Grades 5-8
The New York Conference organizes an Outdoor School in which the elementary schools and junior academies participate. This is a unique opportunity for students to learn of God in His second book -nature. Information is sent home within the first week of school.
Field trips will be organized by the teacher, which will require permission slips, transportation and/or entrance fees.
The school year is divided into four quarters. Grades are issued at the close of each quarter. A permanent grade is issued at the end of the school year for students in grades 1-8.
Letter grades are given for grades 1 - 8 as follows:
Grade 1- 2
E - Excellent
S - Satisfactory
I - Improving but not yet mastered
N - Needs improvement
U - Unsatisfactory
Grades 3 - 8
A - Superior
B - Above Average
C - Average
D - Below Average, Needs Improvement
F - Failure
I - Incomplete
Letters E, S, I, N and U may be used to grade physical education, music, art, and computer science.
Grade Point Averages
The following scale determines grade point averages:
A 4.00 Superior
B 3.00 Above average
C 2.00 Average
D 1.00 Below average
F 0.00 Little or no achievement
An honor roll for Grades 3-8 will be posted on the bulletin boards at Kingsbury SDA School and constituent church(es) at the end of each grading period. To qualify for the honor roll, students must meet the following grade point average requirements:
Principal’s List 3.75 - 4.00
High Honors 3.51 - 3.74
Honors 3.26 - 3.50
Honorable Mention 3.00 - 3.25
A student earning either an I or F grade is not eligible to be placed on the Honor Roll.
Parent/teacher conferences will be arranged by the school at the end of the first and third quarters, but parent/guardian(s) are encouraged to discuss student progress at any time, by appointment.
The purpose of homework is to develop study habits, to provide reinforcement, and to give opportunity for extra drill, research, and enrichment. Regular assignments not completed during school hours automatically become homework. Special projects such as dioramas, research papers, or outside reading will be assigned according to grade level.
Make-up Work/Incomplete Grades
All assignments are to be handed in on the date due. Any assignments missed due to absence or tardiness are the responsibility of the student and should be made up by the deadline set by the teacher. Work that has not been completed by the deadline may be given a grade of 0% for missing items. A grade will be assigned accordingly.
If a student has not completed the required course work at the end of a quarter because of certified illness or prolonged excusable absence, a grade of “I” will be recorded for that term. A deadline for the completion of unfinished work will be set by the teacher. After that time a grade of 0% will be given for missing items, and a grade assigned.
Promotion and Retention
A failing grade for students in 1-2 grades will be denoted on their report card with the letter U; a failing grade for students in 3-8 will be denoted on their report card with the letter F. Any student in grades 1-9 who fails to pass any math, science, social studies, and language arts subjects may be recommended for retention or a special summer program.
Any student in grades 1-8 who fails one quarter in any subject during the school year will be put on academic probation and must meet with the principal, teacher, and parent/guardian. At this meeting a contract will be made with the student and parent/guardian regarding specific conditions under which the student may remain in school.
Eighth Grade Graduation Requirements
1. The student must attain a passing grade in Bible, English, Math, Reading, Science, Social Studies, and Spelling.
2. All incomplete grades must be made up and a grade received before graduation.
3. All tuition and fees must be paid by the date of graduation.
Kingsbury SDA School offers a curriculum in full accordance with the requirements of the Education Departments of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the State of New York.
Grades 1-4 Grades 5-8
Bible/Community Outreach Bible/Community Outreach
Language Arts Language Arts
Physical Education Physical Education
Phonics World History/Geography*
Social Studies American History* *Taught in alternate years
Standards of Conduct
It is the purpose of Kingsbury SDA School to instill in each student the desire for a high spiritual and moral life. All students are expected to respect other people and their property and space.
The following Lightskills are taught at all grade levels. Students are expected to develop these skills and use them both in and out of school.
Active listening: Listen with the intention of understanding what the speaker intends to communicate.
Encouragement: Use words, actions, and/or body language that will uplift, honor and build up others.
Caring: To feel and show concern for others.
Common Sense: To use good judgment.
Cooperation: To work together toward a common goal or purpose.
Courage: To act according to one’s beliefs despite fear of adverse consequences.
Curiosity: A desire to investigate and seek understanding of one’s world.
Effort: To try hard.
Encouragement: To inspire with hope and give support.
Flexibility: To be willing to alter plans when necessary.
Friendship: To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring.
Gracefulness: To do kindness to others, even when they don’t deserve it.
Initiative: To do something, of one’s own free will, because it needs to be done.
Integrity: To act according to a sense of what’s right and wrong.
Organization: To plan, arrange, and implement in an orderly way; to keep things orderly and ready to use.
Patience: To wait calmly for someone or something.
Perseverance: To persist at a task.
Personal Best: Satisfaction from doing one’s personal best.
Personal Best for Jesus: Do one’s best given the circumstances and available resources.
Problem Solving: To create solutions to difficult situations and everyday problems.
Punctuality: To act or arrive exactly at the designated time.
Resourcefulness: To respond to challenges and opportunities in innovative and creative ways.
Respect: To treat others with esteem to treat others the same way you would like to be treated.
Responsibility: To respond when appropriate; to be accountable for one’s actions.
Self Control: To control your feelings, desires or actions by using your own will.
Sense of Humor: To laugh and be playful without harming others.
Stewardship: To take care of your and others personal belongings in a responsible manner, recognizing God’s ownership of your body and all your possessions.
Trust in God: Ask God to help you become like Him and trust Him to keep His promises.
Trustworthiness: Act in a manner that makes one worthy of trust and confidence.
Truthfulness: Be honest about things and feelings with oneself and others.
Experience has taught us that some practices cannot be permitted. These practices offend either: church standards, state laws, insurance regulations, health practices, or the common ethical code of right living. Offense of the following whether at school or on a bus, will be taken seriously and will result in disciplinary action:
Kingsbury tracks each student’s discipline record. If a student chooses to violate school regulations, the following discipline policy will be enforced:
- Possession, use, or abuse of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco;
- Gambling or betting in any form;
- Dishonesty, including theft, lying, or willful deception regarding violation of school regulations; cheating on examinations, class work, or any phase of school work or business;
- Any attitude or behavior that is disruptive to the school program;
- Using profanity; indulging in lewd or suggestive language or gestures;
- Improper conduct involving the opposite sex or one’s own sex;
- Any form, use or reference to the occult; (i.e., movies, conversations, books, magazines, etc.)
- Possession of pornographic material, including the use of pornographic websites;
- Undermining the religious ideals of the school and the Seventh-day Adventist Church;
- Disrespect to supervising adults;
- Chewing gum;
- Willful destruction of school property (A fine of $50 plus the repair costs applies. Accidental damage will involve repair costs only);
- Unauthorized entry; making or unlawfully possessing keys for the buildings;
- Conspiracy to or participation in initiations or committing or threatening to commit any act that injures, degrades, or disgraces a fellow student;
- Tampering with the fire alarms, extinguishers, or other safety equipment. A cash fine of $25 applies;
- Possessing knives, fireworks, explosives, firearms, or any type of weapon;
- Hitting, kicking, or other inappropriate use of the hands or feet;
- Use of handheld video games, cell phones, iPods, and other non-approved electronic devices;
- Use of skateboards, heelies or other wheeled devices;
- Bare feet- shoes must be worn at all times.
1. The infraction will be entered in the student’s discipline record, and the appropriate consequence will be assigned. Consequences may include detention, fines, or suspension. Some major offenses may result in immediate expulsion.
2. Parent/guardian will be notified in writing of the infraction and consequence.
3. A student who commits a major infraction or repeated minor infractions may be put on probation. A student on probation will meet with his/her parent/guardian, teacher, and the principal once a week to discuss behavior and progress.
4. Further infractions while a student is on probation may result in expulsion.
Individual classrooms may have additional rules, which the teacher will establish and enforce. Classroom rules will be given to parent/guardian and students in writing at the beginning of the school year.
Sexual Harassment Policy
Kingsbury Seventh-day Adventist School values the right of all staff/students to work, study and teach in an environment free of sexual harassment. Such behavior demeans human dignity, erodes morals and runs counter to the Christian mission and principles on which this school operates. In addition to being in violation of Kingsbury policy, sexual harassment constitutes illegal educational discrimination under Federal and State statutes, and the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and Title IX of the Education Reform Act Amendment of 1972.
Under New York State Law, teachers are mandated reporters, required by law to report known or suspected abuse, abandonment or neglect of minors. Failure to report can result in the teacher being fined and/or imprisoned.
In order to avoid unnecessary stress for you and your family and to help school personnel ensure the safety of your children, please inform your child’s teacher of the circumstances surrounding illnesses or injuries which occur outside of school.
Mandated reporters are required to report suspected child abuse or maltreatment when, in their official or professional role, they are presented with a reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or maltreatment. A person can have “reasonable cause” to suspect that a child is abused or maltreated if, considering what physical evidence s/he observes or is told about, and from his/her own training and experience, it is POSSIBLE that the injury or condition was caused by neglect or by non-accidental means.
Dress and Personal Appearance
Kingsbury Seventh-day Adventist School’s dress code is based on four basic principles.
Although the following regulations do not cover every particular, the school administration welcomes a cooperative student attitude.
Modest dresses, skirts, dress pants, capris, shorts or jeans and blouses are appropriate.
Dress pants, khakis, corduroys, shorts or jeans may be worn.
- Spaghetti straps, tight fitting or sheer clothing may not be worn.
- Shirts must cover the midriff when the arms are raised.
- Sweat pants are appropriate for PE only.
- All clothes should have finished edges.
- It is permissible to wear blouses, shirts, and jackets with writing and/or pictures on them, providing that the words or pictures are not suggestive, obscene, and sarcastic, racially or culturally demeaning, or connected in any way to rock groups or their cultures, or out of harmony with Seventh-day Adventist beliefs.
- Jewelry is not to be worn.
- The use of make-up or colored fingernail or toenail polish that detracts from a natural appearance is inappropriate at school.
- Shorts, skirts, and dresses are to be worn no shorter than two inches above the knee.
- No hats of any kind may be worn in the school building.
- Hair should be neat, clean, and out of the eyes.
- Sneakers with non-marking soles are required and are the only type of shoes allowed for use in the gym.
Comprehensive Attendance Policy
This school exists to develop in its students, spiritual, academic and social skills to the highest standards possible. It is also attempting to form in students responsible behaviors including punctuality. Parents who value these standards in education will assist the school by ensuring that students arrive 5-10 minutes prior to the start of the school day and that they be present throughout the entire day.
Absences from class should be limited to those which are due to emergency, student illness, death in the family or court appearance.
Every effort should be made to arrange medical appointments outside of school hours. In the event this is not possible, students will be excused for the time necessary to attend the medical appointment. The attendance records of a student who is tardy more than 5 days or absent more than 6 days during a 9 week grading period, will be referred to the school board.
Legal excuses for tardiness include: sickness, emergencies, and appointments, buses not running or late.
*Written excuses are required for ALL excused absences and tardies.
***Work missed because of unexcused absences and tardiness must be made up but may not receive full credit. ***
Unacceptable Attendance and Responses To It:
Absence From School Premises
- A Student shall be determined to have an unacceptable attendance record who:
- Is tardy more than 5 days or absent (excused or unexcused) more than 6 days during a 9 week grading period.
- When a student reaches the criteria described above, a form letter will be sent home by mail notifying parents that any additional infractions will result in the student’s records being referred to the school board.
- Upon review of the student’s record, the school board may:
- Request that the parents submit a written plan to address the problem
- Require the parents to meet with the board to seek a solution
- Recommend that the principal contact local truancy officers
- Dismiss the student
- A student who is absent as many as seven days out of a grading period, for whatever cause, may receive incomplete or failing grades unless it is evident to the teacher that his work has been satisfactorily made up.
- Exceptions may be made for extended excused absences or unusual circumstances with approval from the classroom teacher and the school board.
No students shall leave the school premises at any time during the day without the request in person or in writing from the parents, guardians, or principal.
Half days are regular school days and meaningful work is done. Students are expected to be present.
A physical examination is required by New York State for all new students and then routinely for all children in grades 2, 4 and 7. Parent/guardian(s) are encouraged to have their family physician complete the examination and must report the results to the school by November 1.
New York State Law mandates that all students entering school for the first time or transferring to a new school must provide documentation from a physician that the student’s immunizations are up to date. This must be done within 14 days of the beginning of classes. If such documentation is not provided, the student is suspended from school until such time that immunizations are brought up to date or documentation is furnished. This is the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
School personnel cannot legally diagnose, prescribe or treat. If it is necessary, however, for a child to receive medication during the school hours, the following steps must be followed:
1. A written order must be obtained from the physician prescribing the medication, stating the name of the medication, dosage, time to be given, and the effect of the medication.
2. Parent/guardian must send a written request that medication be given to their child;
3. Medication must be given directly to the teacher at the start of the school day. Students are not allowed to have medication in their possession while on school property;
These procedures apply to over-the-counter medications as well as prescription medications. The school nurse will administer the medication only under these conditions.
Illness in school
Parent/guardian(s) are requested to not send a child to school who is vomiting, has a fever, a persistent cough, contagious condition, or other symptoms of acute illness. The close conditions of a classroom make it imperative that a sick child be kept home so as not to spread his/her illness to others. A student who has a fever may come back to school after 24 hours fever free without the aid of a fever reducer.
If a child becomes ill or injured at school, the teacher will do his/her best to make the child comfortable, the nurse on call will be notified and if necessary, arrangements will be made for the child to be sent home.
The value of a wholesome well-balanced breakfast and lunch can be of substantial aid in the education process. Since sugar contributes to restlessness and hyperactivity in children, low-sugar drinks and desserts are preferred. Caffeine is not allowed and sodas of any kind are discouraged.
The emphasis of this Grievance Policy is placed on candid and open communication between those involved. The process emphasizes the solution of problems at the level closest to their origin and is based on the premise that each party is interested in fair and just solutions to grievances.
1. The student, parent/guardian, or constituent member should first contact the individual teacher and attempt to resolve the issue directly,
2. If unresolved, the grievant shall contact the principal of the school.
3. If this does not resolve the grievance, then the grievant shall communicate with the School Board Chairperson.
4. If the above steps prove unsatisfactory and the student, patron, or parent/guardian feels that a further appeal is needed, he/she should contact the School Board Chair and ask for a full School Board review. The New York Conference Superintendent of Education and/or his/her designee must be present when teacher concerns are addressed at a meeting of the School Board.
5. If resolution is not attained, the matter should be taken to the New York Conference Board of Education. The decision of the New York Conference Board of Education will be final.
Length of School Day:
Extracurricular activities are those activities that require the student to be absent from classes. Extracurricular activities are a privilege, and involvement in them may be suspended when a student’s grades or deportment is unsatisfactory. Request for such approval must be submitted to the faculty at least one week before the activity.
The plan designed for students of the New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventist schools is from Guide One Insurance. This policy provides excess insurance only. It is secondary to all other forms of insurance. Forms are available from the school office.
Care of Personal and School Property
Student damage to school property, including textbooks, will be the responsibility of the student and his/her parent/guardian. Willful destruction of school property will subject the student to serious disciplinary action including restitution.
Lockers are provided for student use and are their responsibility to keep neat and clean and in good condition. Stickers are not to be affixed to them at any time.
The school is not responsible for money or other personal property of the student. This includes property left by a departing student.
Students share the responsibility of keeping the classrooms and school premises neat and clean. Daily cleaning tasks are completed during each school day.
The telephone is for school use only. In an emergency, teachers may give students permission to call their parent/guardian. Under any other circumstances, students must get permission from the teacher. Please make all arrangements with your child(ren) before school. To keep classroom interruption to a minimum, call before 8:00 AM or after 2:45 PM.
Transportation is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. The school cooperates with the various school districts, which bus the students from their areas of residence in accordance with state regulation.
Requests for busing for the following year are to be submitted by April 1 directly to the school district in which the student resides. Kingsbury SDA School does not handle these arrangements.
All changes in transportation after school require written permission from the parent/guardian with proper instructions regarding the change of destination and/or mode of transportation. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to call their district transportation office when their child will not be riding the bus, whether in the morning or in the afternoon. This is a matter of common courtesy.
Parent/guardian(s) are always welcome to visit. As a courtesy to teachers, parent/guardian(s) are asked to make prior arrangements. For the security of students, the front door is always locked.
Please do not request conferences with classroom teachers during school hours. We will be happy to arrange conferences outside of school hours.
In the interest of providing an atmosphere conducive to learning, it is requested that students do not bring their friends or relatives to school. Exceptions may be made for special-occasion days, but teacher permission must be obtained in advance in these cases.
The Kingsbury SDA School Board reserves the right to change any policies or items in this handbook at any time. Policies adopted and announced during the year are as binding as, and shall take precedence over those published in the handbook.