Stepping Stones

Stepping​ ​Stones​ ​Academy

103​ ​Brink​ ​Street

Lawrenceburg,​ ​TN​ ​38464


Nikki​ ​James​ ​(Teacher)

Katelyn​ ​Parish​ ​(Social​ ​Worker)

Christi​ ​Robbins​ ​(Paraprofessional)

(931)​ ​762-5251

Ext.​ ​208


“Remember​ ​that​ ​all​ ​success​ ​is​ ​based​ ​on​ ​long-term​ ​commitment,​ ​faith,​ ​discipline,

attitude,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​few​ ​stepping​ ​stones​ ​along​ ​the​ ​way.”

-Jim​ ​Rohn


Our​ ​Mission:

At​ ​Stepping​ ​Stones​ ​Academy,​ ​we​ ​desire​ ​to​ ​provide​ ​high​ ​quality​ ​research​ ​based​ ​services​ ​for our​ ​students.​ ​We​ ​want​ ​to​ ​create​ ​an​ ​individualized​ ​environment​ ​where​ ​students​ ​can​ ​develop self-awareness​ ​and​ ​self-discipline.​ ​Our​ ​job​ ​is​ ​to​ ​challenge​ ​students​ ​academically​ ​and​ ​personally​ ​so

that​ ​are​ ​equipped​ ​with​ ​the​ ​tools​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​successfully​ ​return​ ​to​ ​their​ ​home​ ​school.


Stepping​ ​Stones​ ​School​ ​Day

7:30​ ​-​ ​2:30

Arrival:​ ​​ ​Enter​ ​double​ ​glass​ ​door​ ​on​ ​Brink​ ​Street​ ​porch​ ​near​ ​Mahr​ ​Avenue.

Tardy:​ ​Students​ ​must​ ​arrive​ ​before​ ​8AM

Bus​ ​Pickup:​ ​​ ​2:20PM

Parent​ ​Pickup:​ ​2:30PM


Transportation

Bus​ ​transportation​ ​is​ ​provided​ ​for​ ​students​ ​at​ ​Stepping​ ​Stones​ ​Academy.​ ​The​ ​use​ ​of​ ​Lawrence County​ ​bus​ ​transportation​ ​is​ ​a​ ​privilege​ ​and​ ​students​ ​are​ ​expected​ ​to​ ​abide​ ​by​ ​the​ ​bus​ ​rules.


1st​ ​Violation​ ​of​ ​Bus​ ​Rules:​ ​​ ​1​ ​Day​ ​Suspension

2nd​ ​Violation​ ​of​ ​Bus​ ​Rules:​ ​2​ ​Day​ ​Suspension

3rd​ ​Violation​ ​of​ ​Bus​ ​Rules:​ ​3​ ​Day​ ​Suspension​ ​(parent​ ​transportation​ ​meeting)

4th​ ​Violation​ ​of​ ​Bus​ ​Rules:​ ​5​ ​Day​ ​Suspension

5th​ ​Violation​ ​of​ ​Bus​ ​Rules:​ ​Semester​ ​Suspension

Student​ ​Expectations

Each​ ​student​ ​is​ ​expected​ ​to​ ​be​ ​clean​ ​and​ ​freshly​ ​bathed.

Students​ ​will​ ​not​ ​bring​ ​backpacks​ ​to​ ​Stepping​ ​Stones.

Students​ ​will​ ​be​ ​provided​ ​​5​​ ​Stepping​ ​Stones​ ​Academy​ ​uniform​ ​t-shirts.

○ These​ ​will​ ​be​ ​the​ ​only​ ​shirts​ ​students​ ​will​ ​be​ ​permitted​ ​to​ ​wear.

○ ​ ​Shirts​ ​must​ ​be​ ​tucked​ ​in​ ​completely​ ​at​ ​all​ ​times​ ​and​ ​sleeves​ ​may​ ​not​ ​be​ ​rolled​ ​up.

○ The​ ​shirts​ ​must​ ​be​ ​returned​ ​when​ ​the​ ​student​ ​leaves​ ​our​ ​school.​ ​A​ ​$6.00​ ​charge​ ​will​ ​be assessed​ ​for​ ​torn/stained​ ​shirts.

○ In​ ​cold​ ​weather,​ ​students​ ​may​ ​wear​ ​a​ ​plain​ ​(no​ ​design​ ​or​ ​logo​ ​can​ ​show)​ ​long​ ​sleeve tee-shirt​ ​or​ ​turtleneck​ ​under​ ​the​ ​regular​ ​tee-shirt.

Tennis​ ​shoes​ ​that​ ​must​ ​be​ ​worn​ ​daily.

Students​ ​are​ ​required​ ​to​ ​wear​ ​jeans​ ​or​ ​slacks​ ​that​ ​fit​ ​and​ ​are​ ​free​ ​of​ ​holes,​ ​tears,​ ​or​ ​frays.

○ No​ ​sweat/jogger​ ​pants​ ​or​ ​athletic/yoga​ ​pants

Belts​ ​must​ ​be​ ​worn​ ​with​ ​any​ ​pants​ ​or​ ​jeans​ ​that​ ​have​ ​belt​ ​loops.​ ​​ ​Belts​ ​must​ ​fall​ ​within​ ​these guidelines:

○ No​ ​ornaments​ ​(studs,​ ​etc.)

○ No​ ​hanging​ ​belt​ ​ends.

○ No​ ​oversized​ ​buckles.

Hooded​ ​Jackets​ ​and​ ​overcoats​ ​may​ ​NOT​ ​be​ ​worn​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom.​ ​These​ ​will​ ​be​ ​hung​ ​up​ ​till dismissal.

Appropriate​ ​under​ ​clothing​ ​must​ ​be​ ​worn​ ​at​ ​all​ ​times.

Hair​ ​must​ ​be​ ​above​ ​the​ ​eyebrows​ ​on​ ​the​ ​forehead.

No​ ​makeup​ ​may​ ​be​ ​worn.

Fingernails​ ​must​ ​be​ ​short​ ​and​ ​clean.

Nametags​ ​will​ ​be​ ​provided​ ​and​ ​worn​ ​daily.

If​ ​a​ ​student​ ​is​ ​NOT​ ​in​ ​compliance​ ​with​ ​dress​ ​code:

○ First​ ​offense​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​warning​ ​and​ ​parent​ ​notified.

○ Second​ ​offense​ ​will​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​parent​ ​notification​ ​to​ ​bring​ ​clothing.

Stud​ ​earring​ ​are​ ​acceptable.​ ​No​ ​body​ ​piercings,​ ​jewelry,​ ​or​ ​watches​ ​are​ ​to​ ​be​ ​worn​ ​at​ ​school. No​ ​sunglasses,​ ​bandanas,​ ​or​ ​hats.

○ First​ ​offense​ ​will​ ​be​ ​a​ ​warning​ ​and​ ​item​ ​kept​ ​till​ ​end​ ​of​ ​day.

○ Second​ ​offense,​ ​item​ ​will​ ​be​ ​kept​ ​till​ ​the​ ​student​ ​leaves​ ​our​ ​program.

Students​ ​will​ ​be​ ​expected​ ​to​ ​exhibit​ ​good​ ​manners​ ​at​ ​all​ ​times.​ ​Stepping​ ​Stones​ ​curriculum​ ​will include​ ​teaching​ ​personal​ ​skills​ ​and​ ​manners​ ​that​ ​will help​ ​students​ ​be​ ​successful​ ​in​ ​life.

Tardiness​ ​and​ ​Absenteeism

All​ ​LCSS​ ​Attendance​ ​Policies​ ​will​ ​be​ ​followed.

Only​ ​a​ ​parent,​ ​guardian​ ​or​ ​prior​ ​approved​ ​adult​ ​will​ ​be​ ​allowed​ ​to​ ​sign​ ​a​ ​student​ ​out​ ​of​ ​school.

○ When​ ​professional​ ​appointments​ ​(medical​ ​or​ ​legal)​ ​are​ ​necessary​ ​and​ ​cannot​ ​be​ ​made outside​ ​of​ ​school​ ​hours,​ ​an​ ​excuse​ ​note​ ​from​ ​the​ ​provider​ ​will​ ​be​ ​required​ ​in​ ​order​ ​for the​ ​absence​ ​to​ ​be​ ​excused.

School​ ​Policies/Procedures:

In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​all​ ​LCSS​ ​policies​ ​and​ ​procedures,​ ​students​ ​must​ ​abide​ ​by​ ​the​ ​following:

● Toys,​ ​electronic​ ​devices,​ ​and​ ​cell​ ​phones​ ​are​ ​PROHIBITED

● Students​ ​will​ ​be​ ​subject​ ​to​ ​daily​ ​searches.​ ​Students​ ​should​ ​NOT​ ​bring​ ​any​ ​item​ ​that​ ​could​ ​be used​ ​as​ ​a​ ​weapon.

○ Should​ ​inappropriate​ ​items​ ​be​ ​found,​ ​parents,​ ​and,​ ​when​ ​necessary,​ ​legal​ ​authorities will​ ​be​ ​notified.

■ First​ ​offense​-​ ​​ ​non-illegal​ ​item​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​till​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​day.

■ Second​ ​offense-​ ​​non-illegal​ ​item​ ​will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​until​ ​student​ ​leaves​ ​the​ ​program.

● Parents,​ ​social​ ​workers​ ​and​ ​designated​ ​court​ ​workers​ ​are​ ​always​ ​welcome​ ​at​ ​Stepping​ ​Stones Academy.​ ​All​ ​visitors​ ​must​ ​sign​ ​in​ ​and​ ​present​ ​ID​ ​at​ ​the​ ​entrance​ ​located​ ​between​ ​the​ ​JC Barnett​ ​Center​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Central​ ​Office.​ ​If​ ​possible,​ ​please​ ​call​ ​and​ ​make​ ​appointments​ ​with​ ​the staff​ ​before​ ​the​ ​visit.

● Students​ ​will​ ​not​ ​be​ ​allowed​ ​to​ ​use​ ​the​ ​phone​ ​except​ ​in​ ​​ ​the​ ​event​ ​of​ ​an​ ​emergency.​ ​A​ ​staff member​ ​will​ ​make​ ​that​ ​call​ ​for​ ​the​ ​student.​ ​Appointments,​ ​scheduling​ ​of​ ​rides​ ​and​ ​personal business​ ​are​ ​not​ ​considered​ ​emergencies.​ ​Any​ ​of​ ​those​ ​things​ ​that​ ​would​ ​require​ ​a​ ​phone​ ​call should​ ​be​ ​worked​ ​out​ ​before​ ​coming​ ​to​ ​school.​ ​If​ ​you​ ​need​ ​to​ ​get​ ​in​ ​touch​ ​with​ ​Stepping Stones​ ​Academy​ ​staff,​ ​please​ ​call​ ​​762-5251​ ​ext.​ ​208.

● Lunch​ ​is​ ​provided​ ​daily.​ ​Students​ ​may​ ​bring​ ​lunch​ ​from​ ​home​ ​in​ ​a​ ​lunchbox.

● Students​ ​should​ ​bring​ ​no​ ​more​ ​than​ ​$2.00​ ​to​ ​school​ ​each​ ​day.

● Students​ ​may​ ​bring​ ​unflavored​ ​water​ ​to​ ​class​ ​to​ ​drink​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​day.​ ​Beverages​ ​must​ ​be brought​ ​in​ ​sealed,​ ​unopened​ ​containers.​ ​All​ ​beverages​ ​must​ ​be​ ​opened​ ​in​ ​front​ ​of​ ​staff​ ​and consumed​ ​in​ ​the​ ​classroom.​ ​If​ ​a​ ​beverage​ ​is​ ​deemed​ ​suspicious​ ​by​ ​the​ ​staff,​ ​it​ ​will​ ​be discarded.They​ ​may​ ​bring​ ​an​ ​additional​ ​snack​ ​in​ ​the​ ​original​ ​unopened​ ​package​ ​as​ ​long​ ​as they​ ​clean​ ​up​ ​any​ ​crumbs​ ​or​ ​wrappers.​ ​If​ ​a​ ​student​ ​fails​ ​to​ ​clean​ ​up​ ​their​ ​crumbs​ ​or​ ​wrappers,

they​ ​will​ ​lose​ ​their​ ​snack​ ​privileges.

● A​ ​parent/guardian​ ​must​ ​bring​ ​any​ ​medication​ ​the​ ​student​ ​needs​ ​to​ ​the​ ​school​ ​in​ ​accordance with​ ​the​ ​county​ ​policy.​ ​​Students​ ​may​ ​not​ ​transport​ ​medications​ ​to​ ​or​ ​from​ ​school.​​ ​Specific doctor’s​ ​orders​ ​must​ ​accompany​ ​all​ ​medications.​ ​Once​ ​the​ ​proper​ ​forms​ ​are​ ​filled​ ​out, medications​ ​must​ ​be​ ​in​ ​their​ ​original​ ​container​ ​and​ ​will​ ​be​ ​counted​ ​and​ ​signed​ ​for​ ​by​ ​both​ ​staff and​ ​parent​ ​upon​ ​arrival.​ ​Parents​ ​are​ ​totally​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​refilling​ ​medications;​ ​it​ ​will​ ​not​ ​be the​ ​staff’s​ ​responsibility.

● Students​ ​will​ ​help​ ​maintain​ ​the​ ​school​ ​environment,​ ​preserve​ ​school​ ​property,​ ​and​ ​exercise care​ ​while​ ​using​ ​the​ ​school​ ​facilities.​ ​Students​ ​who​ ​destroy,​ ​damage,​ ​or​ ​lose​ ​school​ ​property will​ ​be​ ​held​ ​responsible​ ​for​ ​the​ ​cost​ ​of​ ​repairing​ ​or​ ​replacing​ ​the​ ​lost​ ​or​ ​damaged​ ​materials​ ​or equipment.

● Students​ ​will​ ​take​ ​care​ ​of​ ​the​ ​computers.​ ​While​ ​using​ ​the​ ​internet,​ ​only​ ​appropriate,​ ​school related​ ​sites​ ​may​ ​be​ ​accessed.

Our​ ​Classroom​ ​Policies/Procedures

Our​ ​dedicated​ ​staff​ ​consist​ ​of​ ​a​ ​counselor,​ ​teacher,​ ​and​ ​educational​ ​assistant​ ​with​ ​specialization​ ​​ ​in addressing​ ​behavioral​ ​needs.​ ​Our​ ​staff​ ​will​ ​provide​ ​curriculum,counseling,​ ​and​ ​additional​ ​resources​ ​to address​ ​critical​ ​skills​ ​for​ ​success​ ​socially,​ ​emotionally,​ ​and​ ​academically.

We​ ​have​ ​chosen​ ​to​ ​implement​ ​​SOAR​​ ​as​ ​part​ ​of​ ​our​ ​Classroom​ ​Behavior​ ​Plan.

S​​ ​=​ ​Safe​ ​Behavior

​(Stay​ ​in​ ​designated​ ​area,​ ​keep​ ​body​ ​under​ ​control,​ ​transition​ ​appropriately)

​O​​ ​=​ ​On​ ​Task​ ​Behavior

​(Actively​ ​participate,​ ​make​ ​an​ ​effort,​ ​complete​ ​class​ ​work)

​A​​ ​=​ ​Act​ ​Responsibly

(Follow​ ​directions​ ​first​ ​time​ ​asked,​ ​keep​ ​area​ ​clean,​ ​follow​ ​dress​ ​code)

R​​ ​=​ ​Respect​ ​All

​(Speak​ ​with​ ​good​ ​purpose,​ ​listen​ ​when​ ​others​ ​speak,​ ​use​ ​materials​ ​appropriately)


Positive​ ​Consequences

Stepping​ ​Stone’s​ ​staff​ ​focuses​ ​upon​ ​finding​ ​the​ ​positive​ ​and​ ​rewarding​ ​it!​ ​Stickers​ ​will​ ​be​ ​given​ ​for EXCEPTIONAL​ ​BEHAVIOR​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​day.

Daily:​ ​​ ​3​ ​Stickers​ ​=​ ​Candy​ ​at​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​day

Weekly:​ ​​ ​10​ ​Stickers​ ​= Surprise​ ​on​ ​Friday

Class​ ​goal:​ ​50​ ​stickers​ ​=Surprise​ ​on​ ​Friday

Each​ ​child​ ​will​ ​have​ ​an​ ​individual​ ​behavior​ ​plan​ ​with​ ​positive​ ​consequences​ ​embedded​ ​in​ ​the​ ​action steps.


Negative​ ​Consequences

Based​ ​on​ ​the​ ​behavior​ ​needs​ ​of​ ​each​ ​student,​ ​consequences​ ​will​ ​reset​ ​daily​ ​or​ ​weekly.​ ​The​ ​following consequences​ ​may​ ​be​ ​used:

● Loss​ ​of​ ​recess

● Silent​ ​Lunch

● Loss​ ​of​ ​privilege​ ​stated​ ​in​ ​behavior​ ​plan.

Extreme​ ​offenses​ ​(i.e.​ ​hands​ ​on​ ​someone​ ​else)​ ​will​ ​result​ ​in​ ​3​ ​days​ ​silent​ ​lunch,​ ​loss​ ​of​ ​recess,​ ​and parent​ ​contacted.

Outbursts​ ​are​ ​considered​ ​an​ ​extreme​ ​offense.​ ​These​ ​will​ ​be​ ​addressed​ ​on​ ​an​ ​individual​ ​student basis.

SSA​ ​staff​ ​may​ ​assign​ ​consequences​ ​for​ ​negative​ ​behavior​ ​as​ ​needed.


Check​ ​In/Check​ ​Out​ ​Process

As​ ​we​ ​are​ ​a​ ​behavioral​ ​change​ ​program,​ ​we​ ​look​ ​at​ ​overall​ ​behaviors​ ​to​ ​determine​ ​an​ ​appropriate time​ ​for​ ​a​ ​student​ ​to​ ​return​ ​to​ ​their​ ​home​ ​school.​ ​Each​ ​child’s​ ​family​ ​will​ ​be​ ​​ ​extensively​ ​involved​ ​in the​ ​entire​ ​process.​ ​We​ ​use​ ​a​ ​daily​ ​check-in/check-out​ ​procedure​ ​to​ ​rank​ ​each​ ​section​ ​of​ ​our​ ​student’s

day.​ ​Students​ ​must​ ​receive​ ​85%​ ​on​ ​target​ ​behavior​ ​prior​ ​to​ ​returning​ ​to​ ​his/her​ ​home​ ​school.​ ​The 85%​ ​goal​ ​requirement​ ​along​ ​with​ ​parents​ ​and​ ​staff​ ​discussions​ ​will​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​the​ ​final​ ​transitioning decision.

Communication

Behavior​ ​reports,​ ​completed/incomplete​ ​academic​ ​work,​ ​and​ ​homework​ ​assignments​ ​will​ ​be​ ​sent home​ ​on​ ​Thursday​ ​nights.​ ​Items​ ​that​ ​need​ ​to​ ​be​ ​signed​ ​or​ ​completed​ ​will​ ​be​ ​identified​ ​in​ ​the​ ​student’s folder.​ ​Papers​ ​that​ ​are​ ​to​ ​be​ ​kept​ ​at​ ​home​ ​will​ ​also​ ​be​ ​marked.


Stepping​ ​Stones​ ​Parent/Student​ ​Contract

Parent​ ​Contract​ ​for​ ​Admission​ ​to​ ​Stepping Stones​ ​Academy

I,​ ​________________________,​ ​agree​ ​with the​ ​policies​ ​and​ ​procedures​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Stepping Stones​ ​Handbook​ ​and​ ​the​ ​contract​ ​my​ ​child,

___________________,​ ​signed​ ​for​ ​entrance into​ ​Stepping​ ​Stones​ ​Academy. I​ ​will​ ​support​ ​the​ ​school,​ ​staff,​ ​and​ ​my​ ​child while​ ​attending​ ​Stepping​ ​Stones​ ​Academy​ ​by:

● Ensuring​ ​my​ ​child​ ​abides​ ​by​ ​policies and​ ​procedures​ ​in​ ​place​ ​at​ ​Stepping Stones​ ​Academy.

● Maintaining​ ​regular​ ​communication​ ​with school​ ​to​ ​see​ ​how​ ​my​ ​child​ ​is​ ​doing​ ​in the​ ​Stepping​ ​Stones​ ​Program.

● Making​ ​sure​ ​my​ ​child​ ​is​ ​not​ ​tardy​ ​or absent​ ​without​ ​due​ ​cause.

● Being​ ​responsible​ ​to​ ​notify​ ​the​ ​school when​ ​my​ ​child​ ​will​ ​be​ ​tardy​ ​or​ ​absent.

● Signing​ ​and​ ​returning​ ​document​ ​in​ ​the Thursday​ ​folder.

Sign:​ ​___________________________

Date:​ ​__________________

Student​ ​Contract​ ​for​ ​Admission​ ​to​ ​Stepping Stones​ ​Academy

I,​ ​___________________,​ ​agree​ ​to​ ​abide​ ​and adhere​ ​to​ ​the​ ​policies​ ​and​ ​procedures​ ​in​ ​the Stepping​ ​Stones​ ​Academy​ ​handbook​ ​and​ ​the

following​ ​clauses​ ​to​ ​gain​ ​admission​ ​to​ ​this program.

● I​ ​will​ ​obey​ ​all​ ​rules,​ ​policies​ ​and procedures​ ​or​ ​be​ ​prepared​ ​to​ ​accept​ ​the consequence​ ​of​ ​my​ ​actions.

● I​ ​will​ ​dress​ ​according​ ​to​ ​school​ ​policy without​ ​being​ ​reminded.

● I​ ​will​ ​show​ ​respect​ ​to​ ​all​ ​staff​ ​members and​ ​visitors​ ​to​ ​our​ ​school.

● I​ ​will​ ​show​ ​respect​ ​to​ ​all​ ​students​ ​at​ ​our school

● I​ ​will​ ​come​ ​prepared​ ​to​ ​work​ ​and​ ​learn every​ ​day.

● I​ ​will​ ​cooperate​ ​and​ ​seek​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​to​ ​my educational​ ​ability.

● I​ ​will​ ​avoid​ ​activities​ ​that​ ​will​ ​place myself​ ​or​ ​others​ ​in​ ​danger.

Sign:​ ​__________________________

Date:___________________