YELLOWJACKET BUZZ 2018

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, administration, teachers, and support staff, I want to welcome both our new and returning families to the Stevensville School District. I also want to welcome the Stevensville community to the school year. Without your continued support, our schools could not provide high quality education to the children in our community. We continue to partner with our parents, grandparents, adult education participants, sport fans, business owners, and occasional visitors to build a strong educational foundation and enhance learning for our students.

This newsletter contains a large amount of information. This information can also be accessed on the Stevensville School District website at www.stevensvilleschools.org. All information will be available throughout the year and the webpage is updated with new information and announcements on a regular basis. If you cannot find information you are seeking on the website, please contact the district webmaster and he will direct you to the correct information or provide information at your request.

The Board of Trustees is continuing to explore options regarding the upgrade and remodel of our facilities. In the coming weeks, an independent consultant with the Hingston-Roach Group will be conducting surveys and listening sessions regarding the Facilities and Site Master Plan developed by MMW Architects. We are working to determine the best options to address overcrowding at the K-3 building, aging structures, handicap accessibility requirements, and adjacent PE/Sport facilities. While we are working to address the most significant deficiencies, the cost of most of this work has outpaced the money available in the general fund.

In the past month, the grandstand at the track/football facility was demolished as it was declared unsafe by our engineering firm. We have also worked to address basic ADA and safety access issues in the high school. However, handicap accessibility, safety concerns, an aged boiler, poor air control, outdated classrooms, restroom problems, and poor energy efficiency continue to be an issue for both the K-3 and High School buildings. As the Board of Trustees continues to work to address these needs, we ask that you participate in the surveys and listening sessions conducted by the Hingston-Roach Group. We encourage the entire community to provide input and feedback as we plan the long-term future of the Stevensville Schools.

The Stevensville Public Schools are also pleased to welcome several new teaching and coaching staff members to our District for the 2018-19 year. In the high school, new staff will include Casey Zander (mathematics), Shelby Moody (business and computer), McKenzie Luth (counselor) and Terri Murphy (science) will be returning to teach in both high school and middle school. The K-3 building will also have several new staff members. Bruce Jessop will be teaching in the 2nd grade, Riley Golder will be the new kindergarten teacher, and Theresa Lombardi will be teaching the K-3 special education students. New middle school staff will be Terri Murphy (science), Jon Foster (special education), Mat Vanosdell (science), Kyla Paulsen (4th grade) and Jacqueline Marshall-Cox (social studies). We encourage you to come to the open house and welcome all of our new staff members to the community. We are pleased to welcome them to our staff.

We also want to welcome several new coaches to our staff. Lacy Janes will be the cheer squad advisor, Kyla Paulsen will be the head volleyball coach, Nick Giese will be the head girls’ soccer coach, and Alycia (Sims) Harris will be the head girls’ basketball coach.

As superintendent, I am always excited to welcome students and families to a new year with the Stevensville Public Schools. The students and staff make this school district a great place to work and learn. We are always striving to improve and do our best, and we have set several staff goals for the coming year. These goals include curriculum and program alignment in all grade levels, writing and reading instruction across curricular disciplines, staff training for technology integration, assessment/data interpretation, and emerging best practices. Through best practice and implementation of our goals we are expanding our academic programming to expose students to additional courses and opportunities at all grade levels. To this end, the district has worked diligently to build programming in core academics, gifted education, and in college preparatory and technical fields. We strive to insure our students finish their K-12 education college and are career ready. To reach these goals the Stevensville staff will continue to examine our current strengths and weaknesses and engage in processes that improve the education we provide Stevensville students. We hope you have a great school year and look forward to your continued educational support of students throughout our community.

Sincerely,

Dr. Robert Moore

Superintendent

 

State Mandated Immunization Requirements for Attendance

 

As of the fall of 2016, all students must meet immunization requirements to attend or they must have a proper exemption on file.

The 2015 Montana Legislature revised school immunization requirements for school attendance. The law effective October 1, 2015, requires students attending school be vaccinated against varicella disease (chickenpox) and receive a booster of pertussis vaccine before entering 7th grade. The district has provided several notices of these immunization requirements during the prior school year

EXISTING REQUIREMENTS:

  • DTaP/DTP – 4 vaccinations before entering kindergarten with at least one of these being given after the 4th
  • Polio (IPV/OPV) – 3 vaccinations before entering kindergarten with at least one of these being given after the 4th
  • MMR (Measles/Mumps/Rubella) – 2 vaccinations before entering kindergarten with the first shot being given after the first birthday.

NEW VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Varicella (chickenpox) – Students in kindergarten through 12th grade will need to have two doses of varicella vaccine or laboratory evidence of immunity/confirmation of disease. Diagnosis or verification of varicella/herpes zoster disease in past by health care provider.
  • Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) – Will be required for students prior to attending 7th Students currently in grades 8-12 who have not yet received their Tdap will require a single dose. There has been a booster shot required before entering 7th grade for years but the requirement did not include the pertussis portion of the vaccination. Your child may have received a booster before 7th grade, but unless it included the pertussis portion of the shot they will still need to receive an additional vaccination.

It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to provide the school with proof of the required vaccinations. In order for your child to attend school, all vaccinations must be up to date.

If you have any questions please contact:

School Nurse Connie Johnson @777-5481, Ext:  333 or Ravalli Co. Public Health Dept. @ 375-6670

Asbestos Notice

Uncontrolled asbestos contamination in buildings can be a significant environmental and public health problem. Both the public and private sectors have been dealing with asbestos issue for many years. In 1986, the Congress enacted the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) primarily to require school districts to identify asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in their school buildings and take appropriate actions to control the release of asbestos fibers. In 1987, the U.S. Environment Protection Agency finalized a regulatory program which enforces the AHERA mandate.  A copy of the Asbestos Management Plan is available for your review during regular office hours. Mr. David Haacke is designated as the Asbestos Program Coordinator and all inquiries regarding the plan should be directed to him.

David Haacke, Stevensville School District #2

Maintenance Department

300 Park Avenue

Stevensville, Montana 59870

406-777-7346 Fax: 406-258-1244

School Meals Pricing Program

Children need healthy meals to learn.  Stevensville Public Schools offers healthy meals every school day.  Breakfast cost is $1.25; lunch cost is $2.25 K-5, $2.50 grades 6-12 and $3.00 for adults.  Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals.  Reduced-price is $.30 for breakfast, $.40 for lunch.

To apply for free or reduced-price meals, use the Free and Reduced-Price School Meals Application, which is enclosed in this Newsletter.  We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information.   Only one (1) application per family is required.  Return the completed application to: Janet Schott, 300 Park Avenue, Stevensville, MT 59870, 406-777-5481, Ext. 320.

Here are answers to questions you may have about applying:

  1. 1. One Application per Family! Families only need to fill out one application per family, not one per student.  If you are on the SNAP program all that needs to be submitted to the Superintendent’s office is the Letter from the state of Montana stating that you are participating in the SNAP program that goes out to all SNAP families.
  2. Who can get free or reduced-price meals? Children in households getting Food Stamps, TANF, or FDPIR, and most foster children can get free meals regardless of your income. Also, if your household income is within the limits on the Federal Income Chart, your children can get free or reduced-price meals.
  3. Will the information I give be checked? Yes, we may ask you to send written proof of the information you give.
  4. If I don’t qualify now, may I apply again later? Yes. You may apply or re-apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start getting Food Stamps, TANF, or FDPIR.
  5. What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application? You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: Dr. Robert Moore, 300 Park Avenue, Stevensville, MT, 777-5481.

If you have other questions or need help, call Janet Schott, 777-5481, Ext. 320.

Title I Notice

Parents may request and the district will provide the following information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers: Whether the teacher has met state qualification and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction; whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived; the baccalaureate degree major of the teacher and other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certificate or degree; and/or whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.

For more information on the Title programs, please contact Dr. Robert Moore.

Equal Education/Employment Opportunity Policy

As required by Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1971, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act, and the Boy Scouts Act, the Stevensville School District #2 is committed to equal access and a program of equal opportunity for education employment, and participation in school activities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, age, handicap or national origin.

For more information regarding Section 504, Title II, Title IX and the Age Act, or to file a complaint, contact District Superintendent, Dr. Robert Moore.

Special Education & 504 Services

Stevensville Public Schools provide Special Education and 504 Services (resource room, self-contained speech therapy, home-bound and psychological services). By state and federal mandate, services will be provided for all handicapping conditions of students between the ages of 3 and 18, inclusive. If you have any questions, please contact Stevensville Primary Principal, Jessica Shourd, Middle School Principal, Tracey Rogstad, or High School Principal, Brian Gum.

Limited English Proficient (LEP) Students

The Stevensville School District has the responsibility under federal law to serve students who are limited English proficient and need English instructional services.  The District will ensure opportunities are provided for parents to meet with building principals and teachers, provide information how parents can be involved in their child’s education, and how parents can help their child attain English proficiency and succeed in school.  The District works hard to provide information to parents in a format and language that they can understand.

Each year, within 30 days of the start of the school year or the student’s enrollment if after the start, the District will notify parents of a student identified as limited English proficient of the reasons their child has so been identified, the child’s level of English proficiency and how it was assessed, the methods of instruction used in its programs and others, how its program will help their child, and when the child is expected to gain English proficiency.

The District will provide notice to parents of limited English proficient students when the child fails to make progress on annual achievement objectives within 30 days of learning of such status.

Parents seeking more information about the District’s identification of and programs for students with limited English proficiency should contact Curriculum Coordinator, Jessica Shourd.

School Records

In compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Stevensville Public School District #2  may grant access to or release information from student records without prior written consent to school officials with a legitimate educational interest in the information. A school official is a person employed by the District in an administrative, supervisory, academic, or support staff position (including, but not limited to administrators, teachers, counselors, paraprofessionals, coaches, and bus drivers), and the board of trustees. A school official has a legitimate educational interest in student education information when the official needs the information in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the district.

The District guarantees parents the right to inspect, review, and opportunity for hearing to challenge their child’s school records. Request for review should be submitted in writing to the building principal in which the student attends. Parents have the right to file a complaint with the DOE.

It is the intent of Stevensville Public Schools to continue to release certain information on its pupils to the news media that is generally public information, such as athletic performances, honor roll, honor awards, student’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, awards received, photographs, grade level, enrollment status (e.g., undergraduate or graduate; full-time or part-time), degrees, most recent educational agency or institution attended, and other information generally found in the yearbook without the consent of parents.  Any material not pertinent to a student’s file will be removed. The school will select and include only information, which can assist the student with academic, personal, social and vocational decisions.

Any parent(s)/guardian(s) or eligible student may prohibit the release of any or all of the above information by delivering written objection to the building principal within thirty (30) days of the date of this notice (Board Policy 3600F). Stevensville School Board policy #3600 dictates the guidelines for student records.  A copy of the policy is available at the Superintendent’s office or at http://stevi.schoolwires.net.

Protection of Pupil Rights

Stevensville School District protects pupil information and confidentiality. The District does not sell or market personal student information. The District, however, is not prohibited from collecting, disclosing, or using personal information collected from students for the exclusive purpose of developing, evaluating, or providing educational products or services for, or to, students or educational institutions such as the following: 1. College or other post-secondary education recruitment or military recruitment; 2. Book clubs, magazines, and programs providing access to low-cost literary products;  3. Curriculum and instructional materials used by elementary schools and secondary  schools;  4. Tests and assessments to provide cognitive, evaluative, diagnostic, clinical, aptitude, or  achievement information about students (or to generate other statistically useful data for the purpose of securing such tests and assessments) and the subsequent analysis and public release of the aggregate data from such tests and assessments (individual data is not released); 5. The sale by students of products or services to raise funds for school-related or education- related activities; 6. Student recognition programs.

McKinney-Vento Homeless Act

If your family lives in any of the following situations: 1) in a shelter, 2) in a motel or campground due to lack of alternative adequate accommodation, 3) in a car, park, abandoned building, bus or train station, or 4) double up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship, your school-age children may qualify for certain rights under the federal McKinney-Vento Act. Eligible children have the right to receive a free and appropriate public education regardless of their enrollment eligibility. For further information and eligibility please contact elementary principal Jessica Shourd, or your building principal.

Notice of FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students who are 18 years of age or older (“eligible students”) certain rights with respect to the student’s education records.  These rights are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day the Stevensville School District receives a request for access.

Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal a written request that identifies the records they wish to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.

  1. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.

Parents or eligible students who wish to ask the Stevensville School District to amend a record should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it should be changed.  If the school decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the school will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  1. The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without con­sent.

One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.  A school official is a person employed by the school as an ad­ministrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board.  A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of the school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as  an attorney, audi­tor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or a parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.  A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educa­tion record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

Upon request, the school discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes of the student’s enrollment or transfer.

  1. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the [School] to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC  20202

Listed below are disclosures that elementary and secondary schools may make without consent:

FERPA permits the disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII) from students’ education records, without consent of the parent or eligible student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in 34 C.F.R. 99.31 of the FERPA regulations.  Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the parent or eligible student, §99.32 of the FERPA regulations requires the school to record the disclosure.  Parents and eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures.  A school may disclose PII from the education records of a student without obtaining prior written consent of the parents or the eligible student –

  • To other school officials, including teachers, within the educational agency or institution whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in §99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) – (a)(1)(i)(B)(2) are met. (§99.31(a)(1))
  • To officials of another school, school system, or institution of postsecondary education where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of §99.34. (§99.31(a)(2))
  • To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U. S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as the State educational agency in the parent or eligible student’s State (SEA). Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs.  These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf.  (§§99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§99.31(a)(4))
  • To State and local officials or authorities to whom information is specifically allowed to be reported or disclosed by a State statute that concerns the juvenile justice system and the system’s ability to effectively serve, prior to adjudication, the student whose records were released, subject to §99.38. (§99.31(a)(5))
  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, the school, in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction.  (§99.31(a)(6))
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. (§99.31(a)(7))
  • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§99.31(a)(8))
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§99.31(a)(9))
  • To caseworkers or other Child Protective Services representatives when DPHHS/CPS is legally responsible for the care and protection of the student. 20 U.S.C. § 1232g(b)(1)(L).
  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to §99.36. (§99.31(a)(10)
  • Information the school has designated as “directory information” under §99.37. (§99.31(a)(11))

Notice of Release of Directory Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a Federal law, requires that Stevensville School District, with certain exceptions, obtain your written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from your child’s education records.  However, Stevensville School District may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless you have advised the District to the contrary in accordance with District procedures.  The primary purpose of directory information is to allow the Stevensville School District to include this type of information from your child’s education records in certain school publications.  Examples include:

  • A playbill, showing your student’s role in a drama production;
  • The annual yearbook;
  • Honor roll or other recognition lists;
  • Student directories;
  • Graduation programs; and
  • Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members.

Directory information, which is information that is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside organizations without a parent’s prior written consent.  Outside organizations include, but are not limited to, companies that manufacture class rings or publish yearbooks.  In addition, two federal laws require local educational agencies (LEAs) receiving

assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with the following information – names, addresses and telephone listings – unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.

If you do not want the Stevensville School District to disclose directory information from your child’s education records without your prior written consent, you must notify the District in writing using Board Policy Form 3600F by September 14, 2018. The Stevensville School District has designated the following information as directory information: Student’s name, Address, Photograph, Date of birth, Dates of attendance, Grade level, Enrollment Status, Participation in officially recognized activities and sports, Weight and height of members of athletic teams, Degrees, Honors and awards received, Most recent educational agency or institution attended.

1These laws are: Section 9528 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (20 U.S.C. § 7908) and

10 U.S.C. § 503(c).

Allergens on School Campus

Stevensville Public Schools takes the health of all students very seriously. We ask that you be mindful of allergens such as nuts, and latex. We cannot control all allergens. However, we do not allow latex such as balloons, gloves, etc., in the school or at school events due to student allergies.

School District Website Access

The Stevensville School District website has moved. Our new website address is www.stevensvilleschools.org.

The Stevensville Public Schools website is designed to provide equal access information to all members of the Stevensville Community. Contact the Superintendent at 406-777-5481 regarding questions about the functionality of, or content on the website that is inaccessible. Information on filing a formal grievance with the District pursuant to the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 can be found by clicking the “Federal and Montana Legal Notices” link under “Quick Links.” Policy 1700 – Uniform Grievance Procedure can be found under the School Board Tab by selection “Board Policies.” This information may also be obtained by contacting the Superintendent at 406-777-5481.

School Wellness

The Stevensville School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn, by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. Therefore, it is the policy of the Stevensville School District that:

  • The Stevensville School District will engage students, parents, teachers, food service professionals, health professionals, and other interested community members in developing, implementing, monitoring, and reviewing District-wide nutrition and physical activity policies and procedures.
  • All students in grades K-12 will have opportunities, support, and encouragement to be physically active on a regular basis.
  • The Stevensville School District will inform and update the public every 3 years, at a minimum, (including parents, students, and others in the community) about the content and implementation of the local wellness policies. The District will also measure periodically and make available to the public an assessment of the local wellness policy.

New Student Registration

New student registration will begin August 14, 2018 and will run from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm K-12.  Immunization records and a birth certificate are requested at registration.

Early-Out Wednesdays

Stevensville Schools have scheduled early-out Wednesdays for every week of the upcoming school year.  Students will be released at 2:31 (K-6) and 2:36 (7-12) in order to provide time for teacher training. Time for staff training is a premium and in order to serve each child’s needs, all staff must have the skills necessary.  Some may be wondering why this is not done in the summer, rather than taking time out of the school year.  Much of the teachers’ training is completed during the summer as workshops and college courses are taken during that time.  The need for weekly meetings provides the opportunity for timely, specific training to all staff.  As the staff works through the year they need time to receive specific training for curriculum and student needs.  The early-out Wednesday training is a perfect opportunity to fulfill this need.

Student Information System – Infinite Campus

The Stevensville School District is in the third year using Infinite Campus as our student information system. This student information system is not just for the school. Parents have full access to their student’s academic progress, assignments, and attendance. We highly encourage every parent to contact the office staff at your child’s school to get your login information and password.

This is a great tool for parents and you can access your child’s academic information via the internet at any time.

District Open House

We invite you to attend the K-12 open house and book fair on September 12th from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. We hope you will join us to meet your child’s teacher(s).

Freshman First Day of School August 27, 2018

To ensure a smooth transition into high school, Freshman will begin August 27, 2018 and sophomores, juniors, and seniors will begin on August 28th, (K-8 will begin on August 27th ).

Freshman First Day Schedule

8:30 – 10:15      Meet and greet assembly

10:20 – 10:40      Lockers

10:40 – 11:00      Positive Behavior Expectations in Advisors’ Rooms

11:00 – 11:30      School Tour

11:30 – 12:30      BBQ hosted by Freshman Sponsors

11:30 – 12:30      Jacket Fair showcasing extracurricular activities

12:36 –   2:36      Shortened Class Schedule

2018-2019 School Bell Schedules

 

K-3 Bell Schedule
8:30 Class Begins
10:05-10:35 K-1 Recess
10:45-11:15 2-3 Recess and K-1 lunch
11:15-11:45 2-3 Lunch
12:50-1:20 K-1 Recess
1:20-1:50 2-3 Recess
3:31 Dismiss

 


4-5 Bell Schedule
8:25 Bell
8:30 Class begins
11:15-12:00 Recess and lunch
2:35-2:45 Recess
3:36 Dismiss
Wednesday 2:36 Dismiss

 

6-8 Grade Schedule
8:30 8:40 Homeroom
8:43 9:30 1st
9:33 10:20 2nd
10:23 11:10 3rd
11:13 12:00 4th
12:00 12:30 Lunch
12:35 1:06 Homeroom
1:09 1:56 5th
1:59 2:46 6th
2:49 3:36 7th

 

6-8th Early Release
8:30 8:40 Homeroom
8:43 9:30 1st
9:33 10:20 2nd
10:23 11:10 3rd
11:13 12:00 4th
12:00 12:30 Lunch
12:33 12:45 Homeroom
12:48 1:23 5th
1:26 2:00 6th
2:03 2:36 7th

 

HS Bell Schedule
8:30 8:43 Homeroom
8:48 9:37 1st
9:42 10:31 2nd
10:36 11:25 3rd
11:30 12:19 4th
12:19 12:54 Lunch
12:59 1:48 5th
1:53 2:42 6th
2:47 3:36 7th
HS Early Release
8:30 8:40 Homeroom
8:45 9:26 1st
9:31 10:12 2nd
10:17 10:58 3rd
11:03 11:44 4th
11:49 12:30 5th
12:30 1:05 Lunch
1:10 1:51 6th
1:56 2:36 7th

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

Fall Extra Curricular Sports practice for fall athletics starts on August 10, 2018.  Student athletes must have a physical before the first day of practice.  No student athlete will be allowed to participate in practice without physicals being completed prior to the first day of practice. Fall coaches for the District are as follows:

Football– –

Head Coach – Troy Tack

Assistant Coach – Andy Sieges

Assistant Coach – Steve Yazvac

Assistant Coach – Trae Williams

Volleyball- –

Head Coach – Kyla Paulsen

Assistant – Casey Zander

Assistant – Joanna Avery

Golf– –

Head Coach – Jack Filcher

Soccer– –

Head Boys’ Coach – Ralph Serrette

Assistant – Eric Depee

Head Girls’ Coach – Nick Giese

Assistant – McKenzie Luth

Speech – –

Head – Sarah Piper

Assistant – J.W. McClintic

Cross Country – –

Head Coach – Lori Lewis

Cheerleading – –

Head – Lacy Janes

Stevensville Booster Club

The Stevensville Booster Club is a community organization that provides help to school organizations that are in need of financial help by having fundraisers throughout the year.  The biggest and best known is the annual Booster Club Bazaar, which is held the first weekend in November.

If any community member would like any information regarding the mission and purpose of the Stevensville Booster Club or would like to join, please find the membership form enclosed or feel free to call Booster Club

President Fran Schmitz, at 406-777-3579 .

Please find the booster club membership form in this mailing.

Stevensville Parent Teacher Club

Greetings from Stevensville Schools Parent Teacher Club! Our organization is here to enhance our wonderful school through parents and teachers working together. We strive to support the good work already in place and see where there are opportunities to build on those efforts. We are so excited to be preparing for another year of productive collaboration and projects. We would like to invite you to join us!

The fun starts right off the bat as we prepare for the Homecoming Parade and work to boost school pride and raise funds through the sale of Yellow Jacket Swag. We’ll then proceed to coordinate the Jog-a-thon with grades K-8 as well as see how we can assist for activities such as vision screening and picture day.

Moving through the year, we stay busy providing volunteer and financial support to staff as needed. Some of our activities include recognizing the staff with an appreciation week and breakfast, assisting with kindergarten roundup, providing support to The Backpack Program, continuing to sell Jacket Swag, and providing meals to staff during Parent Teacher Conferences. And this year we will be hosting the 4th annual “Stevi’s Got Talent” to showcase some of our amazing students.

We are run by volunteers and need your contribution. We have a diversity of tasks so all skills and allotments of time are appreciated. Whether or not you can make it to meetings, we welcome your participation. Get connected, and we’ll go from there! It is a great way to enhance your connection with your child’s school, to expand on your parent network and to have a little fun! We also gratefully accept monetary donations. Contact us for more information.

Our first meeting will be September 4, 2018 at 5 pm in the Middle School Library Loft. Monthly meetings will follow at the same place and time on the first Tuesday of every month. If you would like to be on our email list to stay informed about activities and meetings, please send your contact info to [email protected]. You can also follow us on Facebook for lots of good updates: Stevensville MT Parent Teacher Club.

See you at school! Go Yellow Jackets!

Transportation News

As summer days grow shorter, all across the Bitterroot Valley will be observing that timeless ritual: the first day of school. It is a time when parents breathe sighs of relief and students anticipate new beginnings and new challenges.

Unfortunately, the beginning of school is also a time when children are at increased risk of transportation related injuries from pedestrian, bicycle, school bus, and motor vehicle crashes because there are many more children on the road each morning and afternoon and many drivers’ patterns change. Therefore, as the school opens its doors, it is time for everyone – motorists, parents, educators, and students – to improve their traffic safety practices. The following tips can help make it a safe and happy school year for the whole community.

Tips for Motorists

  • Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits.
  • Always stop for a school bus that has stopped to load or unload students. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm tell you the school bus is stopped to load or unload students. State law requires you to STOP.
  • When driving in neighborhoods or school zones, watch for young people who may be in a hurry to get to school and may not be thinking about getting there safely.

Tips for Parents

  • Help your children learn and practice the safety rules for walking, bicycling, or riding in a passenger car or school bus.
  • Supervise young children as they are walking or biking to school or as they wait at the school bus stop.
  • Be a good role model, especially when you are with your kids. Always buckle up in the car, always wear a helmet when biking, and always follow pedestrian safety rules.

Tips for Students

  • Always buckle up when you are riding in a car.
  • Always wear a helmet and follow traffic safety rules when riding your bike.
  • If you ride a school bus, learn and practice the safety rules for waiting at the bus stop, getting on and off the bus, and riding the bus.
  • If you walk to school, learn and practice the safety rules for pedestrians. Always cross at cross walks and obey all traffic signs.
  • Be a good role model for your younger brothers and sisters and friends, and help them learn and practice the safety rules.

Transportation Supervisor

Paul Ludington–Stevensville School 777-5646

Cell-214-9922

CJ Kellough–Harlow’s Bus Service 777-2189

Cell-370-1955

2018-2019 School Bus Drivers

Route 5————- Robert Handley

Route 7————- Debbie Wilson

Route 8————- Kelly Hoffman

Route 9————- Linda Miller

Route 11———– Bruce Kubler

Sub Drivers
Barry Sanderson

Janet Depee

Bob Edger

Harlow’s Bus Drivers

Route 1————- Janette Sessions

Route 2————- Kevin Kearns

Route 3 ———— Harry Miller

Route 4————- Mike Mickelson

Route 6————- Drew Kendall

Route 10———– Ray Sessions

Short Bus ——— Donna Kellough

Harlow’s Sub Drivers

Dave Weisbeck

Rachelle Bale

2018-/*-2019 School Bus Routes

Route – 1

Leese Lane – High School only                                                                        7:37AM –4:05PM

Park Lane & Sunnyside Cemetery Road – HS only                                      7:48AM –4:07PM

Leese Ln. & Lone Rock School Rd. – HS only                                               7:47AM –4:11PM

Ambrose Creek Rd. & Pony Ln. – High School only                                     7:52AM—4:13PM

Lone Rock School Road & Three Mile Road – HS only                                7:54AM –4:17PM

Ridge Road & Fletcher Lane – High School only                                           8:02AM –4:24PM

Three Mile Road & Store Lane – High School only                                       8:07AM –4:00PM

Eastside Hwy & Three Mile Road                                                                     8:11AM –3:55PM

Eastside Hwy & Grassland Dr                                                                           8:17AM –3:53PM

@school –8:22

 

Route – 2

Meyer Lane & Middle Burnt Fork Road                                                            7:37AM –4:30PM

Iron Cap Drive & Middle Burnt Fork Road                                                       7:40AM –3:57PM

Christianson Lane                                                                                               7:45AM –4:02PM

Mid Burnt Fork Rd. & S. Burnt Fork Rd.-at the top                                         7:51AM –4:20PM

  1. Burnt Fork Rd. & Upper Burnt Fork School Rd.                                   8:00AM –4:05PM

Miller Hill Road & S. Burnt Fork Road                                                              8:05AM –4:25PM

  1. Burnt Fork Road & Middle Burnt Fork Road                                          8:10AM –4:27PM

Middle Burnt Fork Road & Park Street                                                             8:14AM –3:46PM

@school –8:15

 

Route – 3

Miller Hill Road                                                                                                   7:32AM –4:22PM

Bugli Lane & N. Sunset Bench Road                                                               7:36AM –4:19PM

Mack Smith Lane & N. Sunset Bench Road                                                   7:37AM –4:18PM

Redjou Lane & Highline Way                                                                            7:40AM –4:15PM

Bugli Lane & S. Sunset Bench Road                                                                7:44AM –4:10PM

Pine Hollow Road & N. Sunset Bench Road                                                   7:51AM –4:03PM

Pine Hollow Road & Lupine Lane                                                                     7:58AM –3:53PM

Baldwin Road                                                                                                       8:08AM –3:47PM

@school –8:13

 

Route – 4

Heavenly Twin Way & El Capitan Loop – HS only                                         7:43AM –4:02PM

Sapphire Lane & El Capitan Loop – HS only                                                  7:45AM –4:05PM

Log Cabin Ln. & Eastside Hwy – HS only                                                       7:50AM –4:07PM

Eastside Hwy at Fire Station                                                                              7:53AM –4:10PM

Eastside Hwy. & Old Eastside Hwy                                                                  7:55AM –3:59PM

Eastside Hwy & Aspen Wood Lane                                                                  7:57AM –3:56PM

Eastside Hwy & Grandview                                                                               7:59AM –3:55PM

Eastside Hwy & Fawn Lane                                                                               7:58AM –3:54PM

Eastside Hwy & Foxtail Dr                                                                                  8:00AM –3:53PM

@school –8:12

Route – 5

Stevi River Road                                                                                                  7:39AM –3:51PM

St. Mary’s Motel                                                                                                   7:46AM –3:57PM

  1. Kootenai Ck Rd. & Grey Eagle Road                                                    7:50AM –4:02PM
  2. Kootenai Ck Rd. & Sharrot Hill Loop (top)                                         7:54AM –4:05PM
  3. Kootenai Creek Road & Salish Trail                                                     7:55AM –4:07PM

Salish Trail & St. Mary’s Road                                                                           8:02AM –4:11PM

St. Mary’s Rd. & McCalla Creek Drive                                                             8:05AM –4:13PM

Highway 93 & Indian Prairie Loop                                                                    8:12AM –4:18PM

@school –8:20

Route – 6

Willoughby Road                                                                                                  7:37AM –4:00PM

Willoughby Road & Pheasant Lane                                                                  7:39AM –4:04PM

Willoughby Road & Home Acres                                                                       7:42AM –4:07PM

Groff Lane & Home Acres (top)                                                                         7:47AM –4:10PM

Home Acres & Kelsey Ln. turnaround                                                             7:51AM –4:15PM

Groff Lane & Eastside Hwy                                                                                7:54AM –4:20PM

Higgins Lane & Kitser Lane                                                                               7:58AM –3:55PM

Chilcott & Heritage                                                                                              8:06AM –3:50PM

@school –8:14

 

Route – 7

Casey’s Store                                                                                                       7:42AM –4:20PM

Bell Crossing                                                                                                        7:47AM –4:17PM

Winters Lane                                                                                                        7:57AM –4:05PM

Eastside Hwy & Binks Way                                                                                8:07AM –4:03PM

Eastside Hwy & Valley View                                                                              8:09AM –4:01PM

Smith Ave & Barbara Street                                                                               8:10AM –3:53PM

Barbara Street & Chilcott Street                                                                        8:11AM –3:51PM

Chilcott Drive & Turner Street                                                                            8:13AM –3:49PM

@school –8:18

 

Route – 8

Dry Gulch Road turnaround – High School only                                            7:35AM –4:20PM

Porter Hill Road & Northview Dr.       – HS only                                              7:47AM –4:07PM

Ridge Road & Hoover Lane               – High School only                             7:52AM –4:05PM

Ambrose Road & Hoover Lane – High School only                                       7:55AM –4:02PM

Ambrose Road & Illinois Bench – High School only                                      7:58AM –4:01PM

Tripp Lane & Ambrose Road – High School only                                           7:59AM –3:59PM

Moise & Eastside Hwy                                                                                        8:05AM –3:57PM

Overlook Trl. & Eastside Hwy                                                                            8:07AM –3:53PM

@school –8:16

 

Route – 9

Hollibaugh Road at the bottom of the hill                                                        7:56AM –4:01PM

Illinois Bench Road & Stevi Airport Road                                                        8:02AM –4:07PM

  1. Burnt Fork Rd. & Paulee Lane 8:11AM –3:58PM

Eastside Hwy & N. Burnt Fork Road                                                                8:14AM –4:15PM

Buck Street & 2nd Street – In Stevensville                                                     8:17AM –3:50PM

Buck Street & 3rd Street – In Stevensville                                                      8:19AM –3:49PM

@school –8:21

Route – 10

Highway 93 & Houk Way                                                                                    7:48AM –3:54PM

Highway 93 & Twinkle Toes DC                                                                        7:50AM –3:57PM

Kootenai Creek Road & Highway 93                                                                7:54AM –4:14PM

Kootenai Creek Road & Wakantanka Way                                                      7:56AM –4:06PM

  1. Kootenai Creek Road & Wakantanka Way                                           7:59AM –4:04PM

Highway 93 & N. Kootenai Creek Road                                                           8:05AM –3:57PM

Buck St. & Central Avenue                                                                                8:12AM –3:52PM

Buck Street & South Avenue                                                                             8:14AM –3:49PM

@school –8:19

 

Route – 11

Rathbun Lane @ the corner                                                                              7:46AM –4:15PM

Grizzly Way & Cougar Lane                                                                              7:53AM –4:10PM

Illinois Bench Road & Cougar Lane                                                                 7:58AM –4:05PM

Illinois Bench Road & Foxy Lane– High School only                                    8:01AM –4:03PM

Stevi Airport Road & Grizzly Way                                                                     8:05AM –3:58PM

Stevi Airport Road & Badger Lane                                                                   8:07AM –3:56PM

@school –8:17

 

Drop-Off Lane Guidelines

In an effort to keep our students safe and traffic moving during drop-off times, we are instituting a drop-off area traffic safety person. The hope is that this person will help ease the congestion in the area and make the area a safer place for our parents and students. We appreciate your help in this matter, the following are guidelines to help with this process.

  • The two lanes closest to the buildings are for bus traffic only. Do not park in these lanes. This is especially important during bus loading.
  • Do not park in the traffic loops during the day. This will allow for emergency vehicles and alleviate traffic congestion and back up onto Park Avenue.
  • The two lanes closest to the parking area are for stop and go drop-off traffic. No vehicles should be parked or unattended in these lanes. The right lane is for quick drop off traffic only. The left lane is for moving traffic only. Please do not drop a child in the left lane for their safety. Once you have dropped your child(ren) please merge left and depart.
  • Vehicles using the drop-off lane need to move forward (North) to allow space for cars entering from the street prior to dropping off students. PLEASE DO NOT STOP AT THE CORNER OF THE LOOP AS THIS CAUSES SEVERE CONGESTION. Due to traffic volume in the drop-off loop, vehicles must pull forward to avoid the hazard of blocking Park Avenue. Please remember that this traffic pattern is for your safety as well as the safety of our children.
  • If you would like to walk your child to their classroom, we ask that you please park street-side on the west side of Park Avenue. The traffic loop is for stop and go drop-off

 

K-8 Supply Lists

Kindergarten

These items will be shared by the entire class and do not need to be labeled with names (except backpack and P.E. shoes)

  • 2 Glue sticks
  • 1 Large box of Kleenex
  • 1 Bottle of liquid antibacterial hand gel
  • 1 Box #2 wood pencils
  • 1 Backpack
  • One pair of non-marking PE shoes to be left at school
  • 2 Boxes of 24 Crayola crayons
  • 1 Box of sandwich size baggies
  • 1 Box of quart size baggies
  • 1 Nut free snack for entire class (i.e. pretzels, goldfish…)
  • 1 $4 for a yoga mat

First Grade Supply List

  • 1 Box of 24 crayons (standard colors)
  • 1 Box of non-permanent markers for art
  • 1 Box of colored pencils for art (12 or 24 pack)
  • 12-pencils sharpened
  • 2 Large “pink pearl” rectangular type erasers
  • 1 Medium sized bottle of Elmer’s Glue
  • 2 Glue sticks
  • 1 Plastic pencil box (for storing supplies in desk)
  • 1 Family sized box of Kleenex
  • Non-marking tennis shoes for P.E.
  • A backpack

No binders, scissors, rulers, or writing paper

Second Grade Supply List

  • 2 Glue sticks
  • 24 Pencils (please check to see when your child needs new pencils)
  • 2 to 4 Large pink erasers
  • Small Box of Crayons (no more than 24)
  • School Box (do not send the big school box, as there is not room in their desks.)
  • 1 Box of Markers
  • 1 Box of Colored Pencils
  • 2 Boxes of Kleenex
  • 1 Backpack
  • Non-marking tennis shoes for P.E.
  • 1 Small box of band aids

Third Grade Supply List

  • 2 Standard sized spiral notebooks (wide ruled)
  • 20 #2 pencils, throughout the year
  • 1 Sharp pointed scissors (Fiskars are best)
  • 1 White or pink eraser
  • 4 Fine tipped dry erase marker – Black only
  • 2 Pocket folders
  • 1 4 oz. bottle of Elmer’s School Glue
  • 2 Glue Sticks
  • 1 Box each markers/colored pencils/box of 12 ct. crayons
  • 1 Ruler
  • 1 Backpack to get books and papers safely to and from school
  • Non-marking tennis shoes for P.E.
  • 1 Large family sized box of Kleenex

Please do not send Trapper Keepers or Pencil boxes due to our limited space in desks

Fourth Grade Supply List

  • Pencils (#2) ie. Ticonderoga, regular wood (not plastic or mechanical)
  • Large eraser
  • 2 plastic pocket folders (different colors if possible)
  • Ruler – (standard/metric combination) clear plastic preferred
  • Large box of colored pencils and zip lock bag in which to store them
  • 1 Large box of Kleenex
  • 3 One-subject spiral notebooks
  • 1 Container of disinfectant wipes
  • Backpack to get books and papers safely to and from school
  • Dry erase markers
  • 1 box of band aids
  • Earbuds or headphones for computers (not expensive)
  • Due to limited space in desks we ask that students do not bring ink pens, pencil boxes, or trapper keepers. No crayons needed.

Fifth Grade Supply List

  • 6 – Pocket folders with three holes punched
  • 2 – Notebooks
  • 3 – Packages loose leaf paper, 3 hole size, college rule
  • 2 – Ink pens (blue or black, erasable)
  • 2 – Correcting pen or pencil (red)
  • 1 – Glue
  • 1 – Ruler
  • 1 – Scissor
  • 1 – Sharpener (with lid to hold shavings)
  • 1 – Package colored pencils and markers
  • 1 – Family size box of Kleenex
  • 2 – Black sharpie permanent felt-tip markers
  • 2 – Packages of dry erase markers
  • 1 – Pencil box
  • 1 – 2” three ring binder
  • 1 – Box band aids

Please do not bring “Trapper Keepers.” We don’t have room in our desks.

Sixth Grade Supply List

Homeroom

  • 2 Containers of Clorox wipes
  • 1 Box pencils
  • 2 Boxes of tissues
  • Headphones or earbuds

Math

  • 1 Box pencils
  • College-ruled paper 150-200 sheets
  • Folder
  • 1 Red pencil/pen

ELA

  • 1 Composition book
  • 1 Box pencils (extra lead if you have a mechanical pencil)
  • Paper (college ruled preferred)
  • 1 1” 3-ring binder with 5 dividers
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Pencil pouch (with 3 holes to put into binder)
  • Highlighter
  • Red Pen (for correcting papers)

SCIENCE

  • 1 Composition book

HEALTH/PE

  • Gym shoes (to be left at school)

Seventh Grade Supply List

HOMEROOM

  • 2 Containers of disinfecting wipes
  • 1 Box of pencils
  • 2 boxes of tissues
  • College ruled paper
  • 1 bottle of antibacterial hand sanitizer
  • Locker organizer shelf (optional)
  • Headphones or earbuds

MATH

  • 1 Box of pencils
  • 1 Large pink eraser or several smaller erasers
  • College-ruled paper 150-200 sheets
  • 1 3-hole punched folder to go in binder
  • 1- 1” 3-ring binder

ELA

  • 1 Binder
  • Pens/Pencils
  • Notebook/composition
  • Flash Drive

SCIENCE

  • 1 Box pencils

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • 1 – 1” 3-ring binder with 5 dividers
  • Paper (college ruled preferred)
  • 1 Box of pencils (extra lead if you have a mechanical pencil)
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Pencil pouch (with 3 holes to put into binder)
  • Calligraphy pen (optional for projects)

HEALTH/PE

  • Gym shoes (to be left at school)
  • Stick deodorant (to be left at school)
  • Notebook or binder for notes

Eighth Grade Supply List

HOMEROOM

  • 2 Containers of disinfecting wipes
  • 1 Box of pencils
  • 2 Boxes of tissues
  • Headphones or earbuds

MATH

  • 1 Box of pencils
  • 1- 1” 3-ring binder
  • 1 3-hole punched folder to go in binder
  • 150-200 sheets of college-ruled filler paper
  • 1 Large pink eraser

ELA

  • 1 1” binder
  • 3 Packs of index cards
  • Pens/pencils
  • Notebook/composition book

SCIENCE

  • 1 box pencils

SOCIAL STUDIES

  • Pens/pencils
  • 1-1” 3-ring binder
  • 150-200 sheets of college-ruled filler paper
  • Colored pencils or markers
  • Book covers 8.5 inch by 11 inch

HEALTH/PE

  • Gym shoes to be left at school
  • Stick deodorant (to be left at school)
  • Notebook or binder for notes
  • 1 box pencils

Stevensville Booster Club

2018-2019 School Year

Purpose and objective of Booster Club is to support, arouse and maintain interest in a well-rounded athletic and extra-curricular program for Stevensville School District.  All community and school members are encouraged to join us in these efforts as we strive to unite our community to support our Yellowjackets.

We proudly list some of our 2017-2018 accomplishments and ask you to join us as we work on future goals:

*Donated homecoming shirts for student incentive programs

*Donated $4,145 to the High School Athletic Department

*Purchased football jerseys for the Middle School Football Team for 2018-2019

*Held 2018 homecoming t-shirt design contest awarding $175 in prizes

*Purchased a Jacket Pride banner to hang at the Softball field

Stevensville Booster Club wants to do more for our Yellowjackets and can with your help.  Please contact us at [email protected] or follow us on Facebook to know how you can get involved.

Each adult and/or business membership includes a vote at our monthly meetings held the 1st Monday of each month @ 7pm in High School Teachers’ Lounge.  Please join us as we decide how to best assist and support our school district.

Questions??  Contact Fran Schmitz @ 777-3579 or [email protected]

********Please join us as we kick off the 2018-2019 School Year********

All Booster Members will be listed in sports programs as well as on the gym wall.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FREE AND REDUCED PRICE SCHOOL MEALS

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Children need healthy meals to learn. The Stevensville Public School District offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast cost is $1.25 grades K-12; lunch cost is $2.25 grades K-6 and $2.50 grades 7-12. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch. This packet includes an application for free or reduced price meal benefits, and a set of detailed instructions. Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.

  1. WHO CAN GET FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS?
    1. All children in households receiving benefits from [State SNAP], [the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)] or [State TANF], are eligible for free meals.
    2. Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
    3. Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
    4. Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
    5. Children may receive free or reduced price meals if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart.

 

FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART For School Year 2018-19
Household size Yearly Monthly Weekly
1 $22459 $1872 $432
2 $30451

 

$2538 $586
3 $38443 $3204 $740
4 $46435 $3870 $893
5 $54427 $4536 $1047
6 $62419 $5202 $1201
7 $70411 $5868 $1355
8 $78403 $6534 $1508
Each additional person: $7992 $666 $154

 

  1. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN QUALIFY AS HOMELESS, MIGRANT, OR RUNAWAY? Do the members of your household lack a permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail Jessica Shourd, homeless liaison at Stevensville Public Schools, 300 Park Ave. Stevensville, MT 59870, email [email protected], Phone (406) 777-5613.
  2. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR EACH CHILD? Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to: Janet Schott, Stevensville Public Schools, 300 Park Ave. Stevensville, MT 59870, Phone – (406) 777-5613, email [email protected].
  3. SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS? No, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, contact Janet Schott, Stevensville Public Schools, 300 Park Ave. Stevensville, MT 59870, Phone – (406) 777-5613, email [email protected]
  4. MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE?    Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year, through September 28, 2018.  You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.  If you do not send in a new application that is approved by the school or you have not been notified that your child is eligible for free meals, your child will be charged the full price for meals.
  5. I GET WIC. CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.  Please send in an application.
  6. Will the information I give be checked? We may also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report.
  7. If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later? Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year. For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.
  8. What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application? You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: Robert Moore, Superintendent, Stevensville Public Schools 300 Park Ave. Stevensville, MT 59870, Phone – (406) 777-5481, email – [email protected].
  9. May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen? You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals.
  10. What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes.  If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.
  11. WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT? Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.
  12. WE ARE IN THE MILITARY. DO WE REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY? Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, it must also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.
  13. WHAT IF THERE ISN’T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY? List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper, and attach it to your application. Contact Janet Schott, Stevensville Public Schools, 300 Park Ave. Stevensville, MT 59870, Phone – (406) 777-5613, email [email protected] to receive a second application.
  14. My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for? To find out how to apply for [State SNAP] or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call 888-706-1535

If you have other questions or need help, call (406) 777-5613.

 

Sincerely,

Robert Moore, Ed.D.

Superintendent