St. Michael’s Catholic School History



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2014-2015


Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen

1027 West 87th Street Los Angeles, California 90044

Phone: 323-752-6101 Fax: 323-752-6785

www.stmichaelguardians.com




St. Michael’s Catholic School History

In 1903, Mr. John Wagner, a German farmer living in rural South Los Angeles, constructed a small two-room schoolhouse. Naming it St. Michael’s in honor of his father, Mr. Wagner invited the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose to staff the school. The classrooms housed 43 students, ranging from first to eighth grade. Five years after the school had opened St. Michael’s Parish was established, serving German and Irish Catholic families in South Los Angeles.

The Dominican Sisters, who so faithfully served the students and families of St. Michael’s until 2006, instilled the foundation of our Catholic identity. As enrollment increased, the school campus grew, and the prominent brick school building and auditorium were constructed in 1926, with an annex built in 1955.
Due to the shortage of religious vocations, the Dominican Sisters had no personnel available to administrate or staff the school after the 2005-2006 school years. The school remains in an affiliated relationship with the Sisters in order to preserve the Dominican charisma within the school. The school continues to be staffed by a dedicated lay faculty.
Mission Statement
The mission of St. Michael’s School is to educate students in the Catholic tradition with the foundational knowledge, skills, self-esteem, and moral responsibility to work to their full potential and to have the courage of St. Michael to lead and serve in their church and community.

Philosophy
St. Michael’s philosophy is to respect and nurture the variety of cultures present in our parish school community by teaching and modeling respect for God, oneself, the dignity of each person and all living things. Our philosophy is to spread the Gospel in actions and words, while creating a safe environment to facilitate learning with partnership between families and the school is an important aspect for a strong foundation in basic knowledge, life skills and moral values is essential in the development of outstanding citizens.

St. Michael’s School Pledge
Today, I promise to keep Jesus in my mind, on my lips, and in my heart. I promise to always do my best and to treat everyone with respect and kindness. I promise to take good care of everything God has given me and to always have the courage to do what Jesus wants me to do. Today I promise to live what St. Michael’s School teaches.

Schedule
The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. Fridays’ dismissal is at 12:30 p.m. Students are not permitted in the school hallways before school. Students arriving after 8:10 a.m. will go directly to the office to receive a late slip and the teacher will mark them tardy. Students will not be allowed to enter their classroom without a tardy slip. The rear gate (Manchester) will be locked at 8:10 a.m.
All late students must enter through the office, (87th Street).
Daily Schedule (TK-8th grade)

7:45am Morning Teacher Prayer in faculty room

7:55am Warning Bell

8:00 am Starting Bell

8:00-8:15am Breakfast grades TK-K

9:30-9:50am TK (Yard B) & Kinder (Yard A) Recess

9:55-10:15am 1st-2nd grade (Yard A) & 3rd-5th grade (Yard B) Breakfast & recess

10:15-10:35am 6th-8th grade Breakfast and Recess

11:20-12:00pm TK-2nd grade Lunch

11:35-12:15pm 3rd-5th grade Lunch

11:55-12:35pm 6th-8th grade Lunch (Yard A ONLY)

3:00pm All Dismissal (Yard A)

3:15-6:00pm All students to day care or Extra Curricular Activity
Minimum day Schedule

7:45am Morning Teacher Prayer in faculty room

7:50am-8:15am Breakfast grades TK-K

8:20am-9:20am Mass TK-8th grade

9:30-9:50am TK (Yard B) & Kinder (Yard A) Recess

9:55-10:15am 1st-2nd grade (Yard A) & 3rd-5th grade (Yard B) Breakfast & Recess

10:15-10:35am 6th-8th grade Breakfast and Recess

11:20-12:00pm TK-2nd grade Lunch

11:35-12:15pm 3rd-5th grade Lunch

11:55-12:35pm 6th-8th grade Lunch

12:30pm All dismissal (Yard A) (FRIDAY)

12:45-6:00pm All students to day care (FRIDAY)

*Each teacher will provide a grade specific schedule for parents at the beginning of the school year.

St. Michael’s Catholic School

SCHOOL-WIDE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS

(SLE’s) 4th-8th grade



As followers of St. Michael, we are:

DEFENDERS OF OUR FAITH who …

  • apply the Gospel to our daily lives

  • make a positive contribution to the community

  • understand the Catholic Faith, rituals and traditions

PEOPLE OF VISION who …

  • set goals and act upon them

  • use technology competently

  • respect cultural diversity

COURAGEOUS LEADERS who …

  • give service to our parish, neighborhood and global community

  • appreciate and participate in the fine arts

  • respect our school and the world around us

  • show confidence and take action

PEOPLE OF DETERMINATION who …

  • develop and utilize academic skills

  • communicate clearly both orally and in writing

  • display problem solving and critical thinking skills

PROTECTORS OF OTHERS who …

  • respect and are considerate of all

  • are able to resolve conflict peacefully

  • demonstrate the qualities of St. Michael


St. Michael’s Catholic School

SCHOOL-WIDE LEARNING EXPECTATIONS

(Kid-Friendly SLE’s) TK-3rd grade


As followers of St. Michael, we are:



DEFENDERS OF OUR FAITH WHO…

read the bible and follow in Jesus’ footsteps



  1. helps the community

  2. understand how to be a good Catholic

PEOPLE OF VISION WHO…

  1. set goals and try to achieve them

  2. knows how to use a computer

  3. respect all people, religions, and cultures

COURAGEOUS LEADERS WHO…

  1. help our church, neighborhood, and community

  2. appreciate and participate in the fine arts

  3. take care of our school and the world around us

  4. can think critically and find solutions

PEOPLE OF DETERMINATION WHO…

  1. learn and use classroom skills

  2. can read, write, and speak

  3. can solve problems in their work

PROTECTORS OF OTHERS WHO…

  1. respect oneself, and others

  2. solve problems in a peaceful way

  3. demonstrates the qualities of St.Michael


School Organization, staff roles, and responsibilities
St. Michael’s Catholic School is a parish school and is therefore governed by our church. The pastor is the head administrator of the school followed by the principal. Every faculty at St. Michael’s Catholic School focus on student learning which is based on the school’s mission statement, vision statement, philosophy, goals, and School wide Learning Expectations. St. Michael’s School strives to provide a holistic learning experience so that students receive not only a high-quality education, but also the spiritual, moral, and social development necessary to enter society with a solid Catholic foundation and the academic skills to make a difference in our world. The faculty and staff establish high learning expectations and challenge the students. They are responsible for the instruction process within their own classrooms using the school’s mission statement, vision statement, philosophy, goals, School wide Learning Expectations, the California state standards, and have begun integrating Common Core Standards. The faculty and administration strive to collaborate and communicate with parents yet understand the importance of classroom instruction time. For this reason, a closed classroom policy has been established. Teachers are willing to meet with parents before and after school, but may not conference with parents during class time. (7:50am-3:00pm). Parents must make an appointment to meet with their child’s teacher, counselor, principal, vice-principal, etc.
St. Michael’s was accredited by WCEA/WASC in 2013. We received a six-year accreditation term.
Admission
St. Michael’s School in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, mindful of its mission to be a witness of the love of Christ for all, admits students of all races, color, national and/or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at this school. This school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national and/or ethnic origin the administration of its educational policies or practices. Kindergarten students must be five years old by December 6th. First Grade Students must be six years old by December 6th.
Academic Expectations
St. Michael’s School is dedicated to academic excellence. Students are encouraged to work to their maximum potential. All assignments are required to be completed and done neatly and with the proper heading. Students are required to re-do any work that is not considered to be neat, which is at the discretion of the teacher. Incomplete assignments can result in disciplinary actions, which can include detention, suspension, or dismissal from the school.
Catholic Identity
Emphasis is placed on helping students to grow in their relationship with God, to understand the basic teachings of the Catholic Faith, to participate in Catholic rituals and traditions, and to grow into morally responsible citizens. All students, Catholic and non-Catholic, participate in religion classes and daily religious activities.
Non-Discrimination Policy
The school, is aware of its mission to be a witness of Christ's love for all, admits students regardless of their nationality, color or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities that are usually provided to the students at the school.
The school does not discriminate based on color, race, disability, gender or ethnic origin in the administration of administrative policies, education, admission policies, loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs, although in certain sports leagues and other programs may limit participation and some archdiocesan schools operate as single-sex schools.
Although the school does not discriminate against students with special needs, a full range of services may not always be available for them. Decisions on admission and continued enrollment of a student in the school are based on the student emotional capacity, academic and physical skills, as well as the resources available in the school of the student's needs.
Parent Responsibilities/Actions & Attitudes of Parents
It is a privilege working with the parents in the education of their children. We firmly believe that the parents are the primary educators of their children. Together let us begin this year with a commitment to partnership as we support one another in helping the children. Every parent/guardian, or other person who upbraids, insults, or abuses any faculty or staff member of our school, in the presence or hearing of a pupil is guilty of a misdemeanor. (Education Code 4481) If a faculty or staff member is “insulted or abused” by any person in the presence of other school personnel on school premises, on public ways adjacent to the school or at another place where the member is assigned, that person is also guilty of a misdemeanor. (Education Code 44812) Under normal circumstances a student is not to be deprived of a Catholic education on grounds relating to the action/attitudes of parents. It is recognized, however, that a situation could arise in which the uncooperative or disruptive attitude of parents might so diminish the effectiveness of the education process that continuation of the student in the school may be impossible.
Parents are responsible to cooperate in the following ways:


  • Attendance at Mass with their children every Sunday

  • Attendance at Mandatory Saturday Family Mass/Meetings

  • Attendance at Back to School Night

  • Attendance at parent-teacher conferences

  • Constant care for the need of the children (health, grooming, etc)

  • Supervision of student’s homework

  • Supporting school regulations, such as uniforms, conduct, etc.

  • Completing service hours and mandatory parents obligations listed on their contract

  • Parents are to pay their registration, tuition, by the time agreed

Mandatory Parent Meetings
Three mandatory parent meetings are scheduled throughout the year; 1 per trimester. If for any reason, parents are not able to attend, parents are responsible to find someone to represent them during these meetings. There is a penalty fee of $25.00 for each unattended meeting. Payment must be paid to the office the following day.
Service Requirements
Service is a means of building up the St. Michael’s Community. Parents/Guardians are required to serve a total of 30 hours of service to St. Michael’s School. It is the responsibility of each parent to have their Service Hour Booklet filled out and signed by the coordinator of that event. It is mandatory to do 3 hours for our St. Michael Fiesta, 3 hours per student at the Sunday breakfast, 3 hours of mandatory meetings at school. Parents are assessed a $10 fee for each incomplete hour. Hours are to be completed by May 30, 2015.
Conferences
The principal and teachers are available to meet with parents. Parents are encouraged to make appointments ahead of time in order to provide optimum time that will not interfere with the instructional time. Teachers are not available to conduct school business after 7:45 a.m., during the morning exercises, or while on yard duty.
Family Folders
The Family Envelope is sent home with the oldest child in each family every other Friday. This is a very important form of communication from the school. The principal will write a bi-weekly letter that contains current events at the school. Please read and return it the next day. There is a $5.00 replacement fee for lost folders. Parents are asked to read all documents carefully to be fully informed of events.


Attendance
Daily attendance is essential to the learning process. Students are to be in attendance unless they are ill or there is a family emergency. These are considered excused absences.
Students need to bring a note from home or doctor’s office upon returning.
At the discretion of the teacher, student may be permitted to make up the work with the amount of time related to the days absent. If a student is absent for fifteen or more days during a marking period, a progress report/report card will not be issued. The principal reserves the right to request a doctor’s excuse for students who are frequently absent due to illness.
Family trips/vacations are to be scheduled when school is not in session. If a student is taken out of school for this reason, students will not be given make up work. Absences are to be reported to the school office by 9:00 a.m. The school will call families who have not reported absences beginning at 9:00 a.m. Students with unreported absences are subject to notification of local truant officers.
Upon return to the school after an absence, students must present to the teacher a note that is signed by the parent/guardian stating the dates of absence and the reason.
Tardiness
First bell rings at 7:55am, at this time students will line up at their proper location. School begins at 8:00am. Students arriving after 8:00am will be considered tardy. Habitual tardiness is very disruptive to the teacher and the class. It does not teach any responsibility. It is a very serious matter and may result in probation. Students with 2 unexcused tardies the teacher will deal with their own disciplinary action. Tardiness is also reportable as truancy if it occurs on a consistent basis, three unexcused tardiness will result in suspension. Families may be asked to withdraw from St. Michael’s School for excessive tardies.
Doctor and Dental Appointments
Doctor and dental appointments should be scheduled after school hours as much as possible. Parents should write a note indicating their request to pick up their child for an appointment the day before the appointment is scheduled. Parents/Guardians are to come to the office to sign out their child. They may not go directly to the classroom.

Responsibilities of Students

Parents/Guardians are encouraged to help promote personal responsibility within the students. The degree of responsibility varies with the age of the child. Students should be responsible for bringing their own materials to school each day. Students may not re-enter the classroom after school or on weekends to retrieve forgotten items.


School Masses
Students attend Mass every Friday. Student will wear their formal uniform. Boys should wear their button down shirt with black tie and girls white blouse with cross tie. Students take active roles in planning the Mass and serving in roles of leadership such as servers, choir members, lectors and ushers.
Homework
Homework is generally assigned on all days that school is in session. Time for homework should not exceed the following:

Grades K - 2 not to exceed ½ hour

Grades 3 - 5 Not to exceed 1 hour

Grades 6 - 8 Not to exceed 2 hours


Teachers plan the time limit knowing the working patterns of their individual class. The time it takes each student to complete their homework will vary according to individual differences. Parent’s notes excusing a child from completing an assignment are only accepted in case of an emergency. All incomplete homework will result in an hour of detention. Each student is required to use the student planner that is provided by the school. This is another tool for communication between the home and the school. Parents are asked to check planners daily so they can see what has been assigned to their child on that day.

Drop off and Pick up Procedure
For the safety of your children, do not leave children unsupervised at St. Michael’s at any time.
Any children arriving before 7:30am must wait in the yard before school, not in the hallway, or bathrooms. There will be yard supervision available at 7:15am. When the bell rings at 7:55am everyone should line up for the morning assembly and prayer. The gate will close at 8:10am. The late students must come in thru the front of the school and get a late slip from Ms. Susie.
Parents are asked to pick up their children promptly at 3:00pm and 12:30pm on minimum days. The students being picked up should exit through large black driveway gate.
For the security of the children drivers are asked to enter through Manchester and follow the orange cones. Exit through the alley towards 87th Street or Manchester Street. Do not double park, or block pick up driveway to avoid holding up the car drive lane.
If a student is not available at the moment a parent pulls up, please do not honk your car horn. We ask that you circle around so as not to cause traffic.
Students who are walking home must have a note in the school file.
Telephone Calls, Cell Phones and Use of Electronic Devices
Cell phones and other portable communication devices (pagers, iPhones®, iPods®, Blackberries®, walkie talkies, etc.) may be brought to school with written parental permission.
However, all portable communication devices must be turned “OFF” and stored in a backpack, book bag, locker, or other place where the device is not visible.
Portable communication devices may NOT be turned on at any time during the regular school day for any reason, except to call 911 in emergencies, or with the express permission of a responsible adult in authority.
This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, study hall, lunch breaks, class changes and any other scheduled or non-scheduled activity that occurs during normal school hours.
Before and after the end of school, students may use portable communication devices, but not inside school buildings that are still being used for school-related activities or on school buses.
Portable communication devices may be used at after school activities that are not conducted in the school, provided that they do not interfere with the activity or school operations.
If a student uses a portable communication device or any of its functions for any reason during the school day without express adult permission, the following measures will be taken:

  • The device will be confiscated from the student

  • The device will be returned only to the student’s parent or legal guardian with a $25 fee

  • Depending on the circumstances, the student may be denied the right to bring the device to school

  • Repeat violations of the policy will result in disciplinary measures appropriate to the circumstances, including expulsion if warranted

  • If a device is used for cheating during a test, the student will be removed from the testing situation and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken

The school is NOT responsible for lost, misplaced, stolen broken portable communications devices or for any unauthorized use of such devices. The school will NOT pay to replace devices that are lost, misplaced or stolen after they are confiscated and will NOT pay for any communications charges.


Parents are asked to cooperate in limiting classroom disruptions to genuine emergencies only. Lunches, forgotten books and assignments, messages about after-school pickup arrangements will not be delivered to class. Students can come to the school office to check their voicemail or text messages or to pick up an item parents have delivered for them.
Emergency Information
Parents/Guardians are required to have an updated emergency card on file in the school office for each child attending St. Michael’s School. The school office should be notified when there is a change of address or phone number.
Student Insurance
Students are insured through the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for coverage throughout the school day and during after school activities sponsored by the school. If your child is injured at school or during an after school activity, please request an accident insurance form from the school office.
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