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    Green Magnet Academy 
     Parent Handbook
     Table of Contents
    1.  School Hours
    Green Academy is open from 7:00 AM until 3:30 PM.  Because there is no supervision, students are not allowed on campus before 7:00 AM.  Instruction begins at 7:45 and continues until 2:30.  Pre-K dismissal is at 1:15.  Unless involved in an after school program, children must be picked up from school by 4:00 PM.  After 4:00, parents must enter the building to sign-out students. 
    When school is in session for only a half-day, dismissal is at 11:15 for all students. 
    When leaving school before 3:15, parents must sign-out students in the office.  Early dismissal is not permitted after 3:15 because of our end-of-day activities. For your child’s safety, any adult checking out students must be listed on the emergency card and show proper ID.    
    2. Attendance
    Regular attendance and promptness at school helps develop valuable lifelong habits and supports the attitude that school is important.  We ask that parents/guardians contact the school in the event that their child will be absent from school.  Please call (865) 594-1324 or email your child's teacher to report the absence.
    A student is tardy if he/she is not in his/her classroom, ready for class to begin at 7:45.  Tardiness disrupts not only your child's education, but the education of the other students in the class as well.
    Board Policy JB-1 on Tardies K-8
    A student who accumulates five (5) unexcused tardies to school shall be assessed one unexcused absence. Such assessments for unexcused tardies will accumulate on the student’s attendance record and will be considered as part of a student’s aggregate days missed during a school year. These days will be reported to parents for five (5) day notifications and to the attendance officer for ten (10) day notifications in compliance with Compulsory School Attendance Law.    
    When a child has been absent from school, written notes must be given to the school on the day the student returns. The note must be signed by the parent or guardian and include the date(s) for the absence and the reason for the absence. Excused absences include the following:  personal illness; illness in the family temporarily requiring help from the child; death in the family; recognized religious holidays regularly observed by persons of the student’s faith; and a verifiable family emergency.  State law requires children be present a minimum of 3 hours and 16 minutes in order to be counted present for the day.    

    3.  Transportation 

    To avoid confusion and keep your child safe, if you must change your child’s transportation for the day, please send a note to your child’s teacher.  The principal must approve the change before it can occur.  If your child does not bring a note to school, the child will go home his/her usual way. 


    School bus transportation is provided by the taxpayers of Tennessee and is a privilege extended to all eligible students.  Misconduct on the bus or at the bus stops may result in a loss of the privilege.  The bus driver and designated bus supervisors are in full charge of the bus and students.  The bus driver will report to the principal any child who violates the safety rules.

    Bus Rules


      • Obey the driver and bus supervisors.
      • Stay seated, keeping hands/feet inside the bus.
      • No food or drinks permitted.
      • No loud, rude, or abusive behavior permitted.
      • Parents will pay for acts of vandalism. 


    Walkers are dismissed at 2:42.


    Car Riders
    Car riders are dismissed at 2:50.  Since automobiles are not allowed "up the hill" until buses have left the front of the building, parents are asked to pick up car riders between 2:50 and 3:10.
    4.  School Visitors
    Parents are welcome at Green Magnet Math and Science Academy.  To insure your child's safety, all visitors must sign in with the office, wear a visitor’s pass, and speak with office personnel before entering instructional areas.    
    5.  Parent/Teacher Conferences
    To arrange a conference with your child's teacher, please call the school office at 594-1324.  The teacher will then contact you to make an appointment.  
    If you would like to schedule an appointment with Mrs. Lackey, the principal, please call the office or email her at beth.lackey@knoxschools.org. 

    6.  Report Cards

    Report cards are issued every 9 weeks. Progress reports are sent home every 4½ weeks.  Green Magnet  Academy uses the following grading system:

      3rd-5th Grades      1st & 2nd Grades            

        93-100        A              93-100     E                   

          85-92        B               85-75     S

          75-84        C                 0-74     N

          70-74        D            

            0-69        U 



    Exceeds Expectations (EE): Works beyond stated goals. Consistently grasps, applies, and extends key concepts, processes and skills.

    Meets Expectations (ME): Meets stated goals. Grasps and applies key concepts, processes, and skills.

    Approaches Expectations (AE): Making less than expected progress.  Beginning to grasp and apply key concepts, processes, and skills.

    Needs Support (NS): Area of concern that requires support.  Not grasping key concepts, processes, and essential skills.

    Conferences are recommended for students with U's, N's, and NS's.

      Academic Honors (does not include behavior or work habits grades) 

    First Honors
    Grades 1-2: All E's. 
    Grades 3-5: All A's.
    Second Honors
    Grades 1-2: All E’s and no more than two S's.
    Grades 3-5: All A's or B's.

      Kindergarten Honors

    Math: Meets or Exceeds expectations on all topics taught during the current nine weeks (student scored 80% or higher)
    • 1st Quarter: Reading on "Level A" or higher, Knows 15 or more letter names and 10 or more sounds, Reads 12 or more sight words, and Writing Progress--Writes first name (or higher) independently 
    • 2nd Quarter: Reading on "Level B" or higher, Knows 40 or more letter names and 20 or more sounds, Reads 24 or more sight words, and Writing Progress--Writes 1 or more sentences independently
    • 3rd Quarter: Reading on "Level B" or higher, Knows all letter names and all letter sounds, Reads 36 or more sight  words, and Writing Progress--Writes 2 or more sentences independently.
    • 4th Quarter: Reading on "Level C" or higher, Knows all letter names and all letter sounds, Reads all sight words, and Writing Progress--Writes on "text" level (3 or more sentences) independently.

    Attendance Awards

    Perfect Attendance: A student will have 0 tardies and 0 absences.

    Outstanding Attendance:  A student will have no more than 1 absence or 2 tardies per grading period (4 absences or 8 tardies per year).

    Additional Recognition: An Awards and Recognition program will be held at the end of each grading period to recognize students who have exhibited excellence in a variety of categories! 

    Homework Policy

    Homework is assigned to each student on a routine basis.  It is an important part of your child’s education and does not replace what occurs in class.



    ALL students are required to complete the homework necessary to increase skills in accordance with the Knox County Curriculum.


    Math/enVision/Common Core Math

    ALL students are required to complete the homework necessary to increase skills in accordance with the Knox County Curriculum.


    All Other Subjects

    Teachers will assign additional homework according to grade level criteria.

    7.  Knox County Dress Code

    • Pants must not sag below the waist and must not touch the floor.
    • Shirts, blouses, and dresses must have sleeves and completely cover the abdomen, back and shoulders.
    • Head apparel, except for religious or medical reasons or “school spirit days,” must not be worn inside the school building.
    • Footwear is required and must be safe and appropriate for indoor or outdoor physical activity. Flip-flops, shower shoes, and bedroom slippers are examples of inappropriate footwear for school except on “school spirit days.”
    • Clothing or accessories may not display offensive, vulgar language or images and must not advertise products which students may not legally purchase.
    • “Short shorts,” miniskirts, and spandex are deemed inappropriate for students in grades 3-5.
    • Coats and jackets exceeding fingertip length are not to be worn in the building.
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    8.  Parent Involvement
    Our school has an active Parent Teacher Association (PTA).  We encourage all family members to join and participate.  
    Parents wishing to volunteer their time in our school are greatly appreciated. Please contact your child's teacher for additional information.
    9.  Telephone Calls
    Please do not ask our office personnel to relay messages to children except in the case of an emergency.  Emergency messages will be relayed to your child and your child’s teacher.
    Children are not permitted to use the phone without permission from their teacher and office personnel.
    Teachers and students cannot be called to the telephone while classes are in session. 
    10.  Materials and School Property
    Textbooks are provided by the taxpayers of Tennessee.  Students are responsible for textbooks issued to them.  Parents will pay the school for all lost or irreparably damaged textbooks or library books.
    Damage to School Property
    Parents or guardians are responsible for any destruction of school property caused by or involving their child.    
    11. Discipline
    The discipline policy is implemented school-wide and approved by Knox County Schools.  Please refer to the letter/packet that is sent home with each student at the beginning of the school year for this.     

    12.  Medication Policy

    We understand it is necessary for some students to take medication at school.  Our goal is to provide safe administration, storage and handling of medications.  No medication, of any kind, will be given or allowed in the school unless these policy guidelines are followed:


      1. Written orders must be provided by a physician, dentist, or nurse practitioner who has the legal right to write a prescription, detailing the name of the drug, dosage, and time interval the medication is to be given.
      2. Parents need to bring medication to the school in the current prescription bottle, labeled by the pharmacy or Health Care Provider.  Do not send medication with students.
      3. Written permission must be given by the child's parent or guardian requesting that the school comply with the Health Care Provider's order.
      4. The School System retains the right to reject requests for administering medication.
      5. If a student is ill at school, parents will be called to pick up the child.  Therefore, please do not send a child to school with known communicable diseases.  This includes, among others, fever, pink eye, lice, and ringworm.

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    13.  Emergency Procedures
    Emergency Telephone Numbers
    It is absolutely necessary to have correct information on each child's emergency card.  We must have phone numbers where parents and guardians can be reached.  In addition to your own number, please provide numbers of friends, relatives, and neighbors in case you cannot be reached.  If these numbers change during the school year, please contact the school immediately.  Do not be afraid to give us private numbers since all student information is considered confidential. 

    Inclement Weather Procedures
    Decisions to close school because of inclement weather or disaster are made by personnel at the Central Office of the Knox County School System.  Please do not call the school for information on school closing.  Listen to the news on television or radio for information concerning school closing.    
    14. Emergency/Enrollment Forms

    Please complete all forms sent home, so we can provide the necessary services that you child may need. Thank you for your cooperation.