Kensington Elementary School


Parent and Student Handbook

& Code of Conduct



"Koala Expectations"

86 Kensington BLVD

Georgetown SC, 29440







About this Handbook

The parent/student handbook serves as a quick reference for general information and procedures at Kensington Elementary School.

In addition to the guidelines found in the handbook, your child's teacher will provide specific classroom/grade level and school wide positive behavior expectations.

This handbook and other helpful school information will be updated throughout the year at our school's website:

Our handbook is designed to work in conjunction with the Georgetown County School District Code of Conduct. For an inclusive listing of Georgetown County School Board Policies, visit the Georgetown County School District's website at: 


Thank you in advance for your help with explaining, modeling, and reinforcing school procedures with your children.










Letter from the Principal


Dear Parents and Kensington Families,

We are looking forward to waves of learning fun this year as we embrace our new theme: CATCH THE W.A.V.E. OF LEARNING, where We Always Value Everyone! We are excited to be entering another year of learning as students move into the 2016-2017 school year. You will find that we have created a student handbook which outlines the expectations that we have for academics, behavior, attendance, and overall citizenship. Although we have thought through many scenarios, please understand that this is a work in progress. This handbook represents Kensington Elementary, but there is also a Georgetown County School District Handbook that outlines specifics across the county.

Our sea of expectations may be considered "old school," but they are expectations that mold productive students and citizens. According to the Profile of the South Carolina Graduate as set forth by the State Department of Education, our goal is to implement rigorous standards and to develop critical and creative thinkers. We appreciate your support as we strive to educate our children according to this profile.

We look forward to "riding the tide" of learning as the year unfolds. We welcome you to volunteer your time and talents at Kensington Elementary School. Here's to buckets full of learning!

"Seas" the Day,                                     

Jamie W. Thompkins






The mission of Kensington Elementary School is to help all children achieve their maximum potential within a comprehensive, nurturing, learning environment so that they may become caring, responsible citizens, as well as lifelong learners.






Vision and Mission Statement
Kensington Elementary School

Vision Statement

To ensure the safety of all students and to support the individual academic growth and progress of each student at Kensington Elementary School.


Mission Statement

The mission of Kensington Elementary School is to help all children achieve their maximum potential within a comprehensive, nurturing, learning environment so that they may become caring, responsible citizens, as well as lifelong learners.



The School's highly skilled and continued experienced leadership team is eager to serve you and your child through the provision of a quality education.  Your satisfaction is the school's highest priority, so we hope you will contact the school's leaders with any questions or concerns at 843-546-8511. Emails are listed below.



  • q Maurice Cobb, Assistant Principal, e-mail:






School Colors/Mascot                                                        


Our school color is teal blue and our mascot is the koala bear.


2016-17 School Theme

Catch the W.A.V.E of Learning- We Always Value Everyone


School Pledge


I pledge today to do my best in reading, writing, and all the rest.

I promise to obey the rules, in my class and in the school.

I'll respect my self and others too, I'll expect the best in all I do.

I am here to learn all I can, to try my best, and be all I am.


Daily Schedule

7:05 am               Front Gates open (For Car Riders)

6:50 am              Breakfast begins

7:25 am               Breakfast ends

7:30 am               Academic School day begins

2:00 p.m.             Dismissal for Special ED.

2:05 p.m.             Dismissal for Pre-K- K

2:10 p.m.             Dismissal for 1-2

2:15 p.m.             Dismissal for 3-5



Special Areas (40-45 Minutes Daily)


  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Media




Kensington Elementary SchoolClubs


Clubs will be made available to students in grades K-5. Students will have the opportunity to select their individual clubs. Clubs will include Technology, Legos, Chorus, Art, and First Tee. Students will switch clubs each nine week. Clubs will be centered around "STEAM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).



10 Point Grading Scale Policy


Roles and Responsibilities                                                    

Each member of the Kensington Elementary community has a role to play in creating a safe, orderly environment that is conducive to learning.  The various roles and the responsibilities that accompany each are outlined on the following pages.


Classroom Teachers and Instructional Assistants

The classroom teacher at the school is the center of the school's character education and discipline policy.  Teachers will continually emphasize to both students and parents the School Wide Koala Expectations.  The expectations will be established as rules for each classroom and the school as a whole.  Teachers will emphasize expectations for student behavior by relating student actions to the code of conduct, modeling, and reminding them of expected behavior. In this way, teachers will focus on teaching and encouraging appropriate conduct, rather than just trying to "control" behavior. 


Three basic habits/principles of classroom management and discipline will be implemented by all teachers: Respectful, Responsible, and Ready-to-learn.

  • § At the beginning of the school year, students will be given the information they need to behave responsibly in each type of classroom activity, and their efforts will be reinforced throughout the year.
  • § Teachers will strive to interact frequently with each student when the student is behaving appropriately.
  • § When misbehavior occurs, teachers will calmly and consistently implement reminders and mild classroom corrective actions. All behaviors will be viewed as a opportunities to teach character education


Though these principles/habits will serve as useful guides, each teacher, student, and situation is unique.  Teachers will use professional discretion to select the specific procedures/disciplinary action that will fit individual student situations.


Teachers will work in collaboration with other staff (including administration) to solve problems that are chronic or severe. A color coded behavior management system will be used by teachers to manage behavior. Classroom teachers will describe this system in detail to each parent/student in a verbal and/or written fashion.   








The role of the Administration with regard to discipline is to guide staff and students in their efforts to ensure student success- a goal of Kensington Elementary.


Administration will have a strong working knowledge of the Code of Conduct and when necessary will assist staff in implementing classroom and school-wide management procedures. Support may be given by conducting school-wide assemblies and classroom visits. Working with appropriate staff, administration will provide continued support to teachers as they strive to teach students the value of following school-wide expectations/rules.


Administration will assist teachers in responding to severe misbehavior, such as insubordination and physically dangerous and/or illegal acts, as well as any chronic or recurring problems.


In certain cases, appropriate staff will initiate time-out periods, parent conferences, out-of-school suspensions, or other severe consequences.  Administration may also contact the appropriate law enforcement authorities, depending on the nature of the infraction




Support Staff

The Secretary for the school serves as the first point of contact for parents, monitors parents' concerns, and supports administration in knowledge of behavioral concerns throughout the school.  



Leadership Team

The Leadership Team, led by the principal, will do the following throughout the year:

  • § Create a school culture that focuses on student and adult learning.
  • § Set high expectations and standards for the academic and social development of all students and the performance of adults.
  • § Expect content and instruction from teachers that ensures student achievement of academic standards
  • § Use multiple sources of data collection to analyze barriers to achievement and to access, identify, and apply instructional improvement.
  • § Actively engage the community to create shared responsibility for student and school success.



Students at the school will take pride in their efforts to follow the school-wide expectations, and cultivating the virtues embodied in the heroes they study, both past and present.   In the classroom, students will follow the teacher's classroom rules at all times and especially during instruction; direction will be articulated for each activity.




Parents are encouraged to participate fully in the education of their children.  The support and cooperation of parents is the basis of and vital factor in supporting a child to reach his or her full potential.  First and foremost, parents will be expected to support the academic learning of their children by maintaining high expectations for both the students and the school.  The major role of parents with regard to discipline and character education at the school is to demonstrate consistent interest in the children's progress at school and support for their best efforts.  Parental support provides an enormous incentive for children to strive for excellence.  Parents will be kept informed of students' efforts through conferences, monthly progress reports, report cards, phone calls, and notes.


Parents may be asked to help teach their child specific skills, such as remembering homework, learning to be more independent or managing anger in a mature way.  If parents are asked to assist staff, specific information will be provided on ways to help the student.


If there is a severe or recurring problem, parents will be asked to help staff teach the student an alternative set of behaviors.  In such cases, it is important to recognize that teaching a student to behave appropriately as a contributing member of this school community will enable him or her to succeed in middle and high school.  By working together, parents and staff can help the student acquire the skills that will increase opportunities for success throughout life.  Consistent failure to comply with the specifics of the school's plan for teaching appropriate behavior will disrupt learning and in some case result in stern disciplinary measures including the student's expulsion.


Parents who have concerns about their child's adjustment to the school or any aspect of the school's program and policies will be asked to discuss their concerns first with their child's teacher.  Every teacher at the school will be prepared to work with parents and respond to parental concerns appropriately and expeditiously.  The school's leadership team will also be available if there are issues that exceed the scope of a parent-teacher conference.


The Code of Conduct will be made available at the beginning of each school year. Parents may download copy from school website.  Students and parents will be asked to discuss the Code together and to sign a form (Compact) indicating that they understand and agree to the school's rules and expectations.  The Code will thus serve as a contract among students, parents, and school staff, involving the parent at the most fundamental level in their children's character development.

Curriculum and Instructional Design 

At the heart of Kensington Elementary is a highly structured curriculum that sets high expectations and provides individualized monitoring to assist students in attaining ambitious goals for achievement. Kensington Elementary provides a strong academic foundation for students that will prepare them for demanding academic studies in middle school, high school, and college. Current state standards are focused on students becoming career and college ready. Reading (ELA), Math, Science, and Social Studies are core areas of focus.


Academic Practice (Homework)


Your child' teacher may assign academic practice homework to aid students in the progress of their studies.  It is useful to reinforce daily lessons, to build good study habits, and to provide opportunity for parent involvement in student learning.  Therefore, we encourage parents to provide a suitable environment for the completion of daily practice.  Parents are urged to monitor their child's work daily.  The parent should help the child to become responsible in returning the homework completed and on time.  Parents should make a point to find time each day to discuss what their child has learned at school. 




  • q Create academic practice rules together with your child. Decide when it will be done, where it will be done, and what will happen if it is not completed.
  • q Provide a quiet place for your child to do academic practice, such as a desk in his or her room or the kitchen table. Make sure there is sufficient light and that distractions are limited.
  • q Show an interest in your child's academic practice and ask him or her about it each night.
  • q Give your child a healthy snack before he or she begins academic practice. This should help with concentration.
  • q Give your child a short break from his or her work if needed.
  • q Encourage your child to work independently. Assist him or her if needed.
  • q Give your child positive words of encouragement, such as, "I'm proud of you," or "I knew you could do this all by yourself!"





Field Trips (Field Study) 

Field trips may be planned throughout the year for various academic enrichment and extracurricular purposes.  Parents may be asked to assist in paying for field trips.  Parents will receive advance notice of all such trips.  A permission slip must be signed by a student's parent/guardian in order for the student to participate in a field trip.  Students without signed permission slips will remain at the school in another class.  Students going on field trip will be provided with a bagged lunch if needed.


Occasionally, parents will be needed to serve as chaperones on class field trips.  No parent should feel obligated to serve in this capacity, but parents are encouraged to volunteer if possible.  The primary responsibility of a chaperone is to ensure appropriate supervision for students.  Parental chaperones are asked to take this responsibility seriously and to remain vigilant and attentive to the students' needs throughout the trip. A volunteer form will need to be filled out and background check conducted for all volunteers. See Mrs. Pittman.



Quality Assurance - Handling Complaints  


Experience has demonstrated that open communication between parents and the school's staff is the key to maintaining a stable business relationship. 


What to do if you have a problem.........


  • Discuss the problem with your child's teacher first.  Teachers will make themselves available to discuss parental concerns regarding your child. Please give teachers the opportunity to assist you with any problems before coming to administration.


  • If you have had a discussion with your child's teacher and feel that the problem hasn't been handled, then come to administration and ask for assistance. It is important that we work together to maintain a strong working relationship so that we can continue to best serve your child.

Parent Involvement and Communications       



Parents are encouraged to participate in school-related activities, including those pertaining to curriculum and instruction, such as tutoring and storytelling. In addition, parents are encouraged to contribute their time and talent to organizing extracurricular activities and school projects


All volunteers must complete an Application form. Completed volunteer forms are then submitted to the District office or a back ground check before being allowed to volunteer or go on field studies. Volunteers must follow all policies and procedures defined by the school. If activity occurs that is not in keeping with the school policies, the principal reserves the right to relieve the volunteer of his or her responsibilities.



Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

Kensington Elementary is very fortunate to have the support of a strong and involved PTA. PTA serves as a vital part of the KES family, mainly its students. KES PTA staff members work tirelessly throughout the course of the year to raise money to support teacher request and student academic success. If you would like to learn more and become a part of PTA, please contact PTA president Gloria Nesbit at 546-8511 or at KES PTA Facebook page:


Parent Conferences

Formal parent/teacher conferences are scheduled twice a year to facilitate open communication between parents and teachers regarding students' progress. Refer to the school calendar for specific dates.  Dates are set in the months of October and March.


Kensington Elementary maintains an open door policy, and parents are encouraged to visit their children's classrooms to see them in action. We do ask that parents notify the office upon arriving to the school for a visit to a classroom so as to keep disruptions to a minimum. Please keep visits brief as to avoid disruptions during instructional time. Informal conferences or conversations are encouraged and may also be scheduled with teachers or school leaders at any time throughout the year. It is best to schedule conferences with your child's teacher during your child's teacher planning time or after school as we do hope to cut down on loss of instructional time



Parent/Student monthly Calendars

Parents will receive monthly calendars that will remind them of important events going around our school.


Progress Reports and Report Cards

Progress reports will be sent to parents weekly during the school year to provide specific information about student progress in each subject. At the end of each quarter, parents will receive report cards with cumulative data on their children's performance and progress.


Textbooks and Supplies

Kensington Elementary furnishes textbooks and instructional materials that remain school property. Parents may be required to reimburse the school for lost or damaged books, before new books are issued. Supplies may be required and teachers will send home a list of such supplies at the beginning of the year. List will be available of school/teachers' website as well.





Instruction at Kensington Elementary begins promptly at 7:30 a.m., and it is critical that all students be prepared to begin instruction on time.  Students may enter the building beginning at 7:05 a.m.  A student who is late misses valuable instructional time, and conveys an unacceptable lack of regard for the school.


We encourage parents/guardians to accompany any student who arrives after 7:25 a.m. to the office before proceeding to the classroom. Student must be signed in by the parent after the 7:30. The student will be considered tardy and the incident will be recorded.  If a student is tardy three times, the problem will be regarded as chronic, and it will be reported to the school's Truancy Officer.  In addition, no child should be dismissed early, unless for special circumstances.  Being at school on time in the morning and staying in school until the end of the school day is central to receiving a good education.  If a child is picked up early on a continual basis, It may warrant a meeting with school officials to determine the reason for early departures. The school attendance team along with the parent will need to create a plan to deflect such occurrences from happening.









Parents must contact the school by sending a written excuse or doctor's excuse to the teacher when the child is absent. Excuses are to be sent with the child the very next day of attendance. If your child is going to be absent, please let your child's teacher know ASAP.   


The following reasons are sufficient cause for an excused absence:  a.) illness, b.) death in the family, c.) inclement weather, which would be dangerous to the life or health of the child.


 If your child is constantly absence due to sickness or some sort of disease, please contact the school's home bound coordinator to discuss the possibility of homebound services.


If a student returns to school after an absence without a note of explanation from the parent, the teacher will call the parent to remind him or her to send a note the following day.  If a note is not received within two school days of the absence, the absence will be regarded as unexcused.  If the child receives three unexcused absences, the parent will receive a notice from the school. 


In response to continued absenteeism or chronic tardiness, the School Truancy Liaison

(Attendance Clerk) along with a member of the administrative team may conduct a home visits. If all reasonable attempts have been made by the school to rectify the chronic absenteeism, student will be referred to district official for truancy. Court date will be set and outcome could result in jail time, fines and other legal sanctions.



Early Dismissal/Bus Changes

If it is necessary for a student to be dismissed from school before the end of the school day, parents must notify the school office by 9:00 the day of the early dismissal. In such cases, parents must inform the school of the specific time that the child will be picked-up and the person who will come for the child. Only adults who are listed in the school's records as being authorized will be allowed to take students from the school in these cases.


If student will be taking a different form of transportation home than they usually do, please provide in writing the change with parent signature. If student will be riding a different bus to another address, parents are to provide a note with the address where the child is to be dropped off.












Student Records and Confidentiality

All student information is protected by the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act for the purpose of protecting student confidentiality.


Every parent is required to complete and submit the following as part of the registration process (all forms are available in the necessary language translation, upon request):


  • Birth Certificate
  • Copy of Immunization Records
  • Proof of Residency (3)
  • Parent Request for Transfer of Records
  • Education Testing
  • IEP (If applicable)
  • Transportation Information (If applicable)
  • Free and Reduced Lunch Form (No longer requested)
  • Permission/Denial to Photograph
  • Volunteer Form and clearance (for parents)
  • Registration Form


  • v Medication Permission Forms, that will permit the school to dispense specified medication to the student, are filled out during the school year on an as needed basis.


  • v For children entering kindergarten, evidence of current immunizations must be provided before students can attend school. All children should be current in their immunization scheduled, specifically DTP, polio, Hib, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella vaccines. If you have questions, please contact your physician.


It is critical that the school be notified immediately of any changes in a student's name (legal documentation must be provided for name changes), address (proof of address change must be provided), phone number, responsible parent, or any other information provided at the time of registration. Such changes should be communicated in writing and given to the school office helper.


Kensington Elementary is dedicated to complying with all confidentiality laws protecting the privacy of their students and their families. Information regarding a student's progress will be shared only with parents and guardians, appropriate members of the school's faculty and staff, and any professional consultants retained for the purpose of measuring and/or improving instructional quality. When information regarding student performance is made public, it will be presented in such a way as to avoid the identification of specific, individual students.




The school may not provide name, phone, or address lists to parents wishing to organize with other parents/guardians of students at Kensington Elementary. Parents must find alternative ways to acquire such information.


Breakfast and Lunch

Kensington Elementary is committed to offering children a superior education and that commitment extends to the meals that we provide for students.  The school aspires to the highest possible quality in its breakfast and lunch programs, and is dedicated to meeting high standards of nutrition, taste, and attractiveness.


All students will receive free breakfast and lunch.


Students will practice etiquette and clean-up skills during lunch times. This is a part of our HOUSE expectation.



Health and Safety  

Students' health and safety is the school's foremost concern.  The following information describes the precautions taken to protect the well-being of all students.  If your child has any specific health, safety, or security needs, please inform the school so that appropriate accommodations can be made.



The School nurse and the student's teacher must be informed of any prescription medication that a student is required to take at school.  To dispense prescription medication to students, the school must receive a written order from the student's doctor and a permission slip from the student's parent.  All medication must be brought to the office in its original prescription container, labeled with the student's name, the name of the medication, the date of expiration, and the proper dosage.  If medication needs to be administered to the child when the nurse is not present, a staff member trained by the nurse will administer the medication.


Non-prescription medications:  If, during the course of the school day, it is necessary for a student to receive common, non-prescription medication (e.g., Tylenol), the parent/guardian must fill out a Medicine Administration Form.  Parents/guardians must inform the school of any allergies to or restrictions on non-prescription medication that their children might have.  Parents/guardians are required to notify the nurse and classroom teacher in writing if your child has a chronic illness that may affect his or her performance at school.






The school nurse or a trained staff member will administer initial treatments of minor injuries.  The student's emergency contact will be notified immediately by phone whenever medical treatment is administered to a student, and an Incident Report will be kept in the student's permanent file.  In such cases, it is especially crucial that the school has working phone numbers for students' parents and for alternate contacts in the event that a parent is unavailable.  Please be vigilant in keeping the school's records for your child up-to-date.


Visitor Identification

To help ensure a safe and secure learning environment for your children, all visitors to Kensington Elementary are welcome during active business hours.  All visitors are required to sign-in at the school office and to wear a visitor's pass.  Anyone not having a pass may be escorted immediately to the office for identification.


Fire Drills/Evacuations

The school will have at least one fire drill per month within the school hours.  Specific signals and procedures have been established for all types of disaster drills, and safety areas have been designated.  Teachers are equipped with instructions, and all drills will be practiced with students on a regular basis.  The entire school will practice weather and security lockdowns.  During these drills, no one will be allowed to enter or leave the school.  Please be patient and understanding of this important rule.  Your child's safety is our number one concern.



Student Arrival and Departure

Parents should thoroughly familiarize themselves with the map depicting designated pick-up and drop-off points and visitor parking areas at the school, and carefully follow the school's instructions for operating a motor vehicle in the vicinity of the school and its students.




NOTE: A legal document is required to support any questions of custody between divorced or separated parents. Unless the school is informed otherwise, either natural parent is considered to have access to or request dismissal of a student.












Code of Conduct

A Blueprint for Living and Learning


The faculty and staff at Kensington Elementary are dedicated to providing the School's students with the skills necessary to reason, communicate, and live with dignity in a civil society.  Central to this mission is the creation of a school community characterized by care, discipline, order, and respect.


The school's Code of Conduct has been designed to guide the efforts of teachers and staff in creating a safe, orderly environment and to reinforce the primary mission of the school:  rigorous academic learning.  The Code, which states clearly all school-wide rules governing student behavior as well as the consequences for breaking the rules, will serve as a contract among parents, students, and staff.  Our school-wide rules and our approach to teaching and re-teaching expected behaviors is based on a comprehensive system of school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports.


The Code of Conduct identifies ways in which students will be given the opportunity to learn expected behavior, characteristics, and qualities of respected citizens. The Code of Conduct offers students a framework to reflect and assist them in developing the skills they want to cultivate in themselves.  In addition, it describes the ways in which appropriate choices will be encouraged as well as the roles and responsibilities of students, parents, teachers, and faculty.


Establishing systems of positive behavior support, structures that promote character education and discipline is an ongoing process.  Alone, this Code will not ensure school discipline, nor will it develop an individual's character.  As part of a comprehensive effort supported by all members of the school community, however, it will guide the process.  Faculty and staff will work continuously to achieve as much consistency as possible with regard to disciplinary matters, and they will be prepared to revise and adapt disciplinary procedures as necessary. 


Embracing the principles outlined herein is a first and vital step toward creating the type of environment in which all children can thrive.  It will not only minimize off task behavior and disruption among students, it will help establish among all members of the school community the habits that characterize a civil society.  This is Kensington Elementary School's Code, a blueprint for living and learning.












Student Conduct 

Kensington Elementary recognizes that effective instruction requires an orderly environment focused on learning, and that schools have an important role to play in supporting parents' efforts to teach basic values to their children.  The School's Code of Conduct clearly defines expectations for all in the learning community.  Students are encouraged to model the character virtues set forth by the district (First Tee traits) in their every action and thereby to develop the habits that characterize a civil society.  Parents can help reinforce such lessons by talking about the virtues and encouraging students to model them at home.


This part of the handbook will serve as KES's Code of Conduct.  Please read the remaining pages of this handbook (Code of Conduct) thoroughly, discuss it with your children.


In addition to the expectations described in the Code of Conduct, the following rules apply in every classroom and throughout the school with the following theme:



 Koala Expectations:


R - Respect

      R - Responsible

                                            R - Ready-to-Learn


2016-17 School Year Theme:  Catch the W.A.V.E of Learning- We Always Value Everyone

Helping your child meet these expectations will facilitate the creation of a safe and orderly learning environment.


Dress Code

Student dress and grooming should be neat, clean, and appropriate for the school environment. The Board reserves the right to bar from school those students whose personal appearance is disruptive to the educational process and orderly operation of the school or presents a health or safety concern.

As long as clothes are not disruptive to the educational process as judged by the administrative team of a school, the attire will be acceptable. Clothing must be worn as the manufacturer intended.

In complying with the above, the following guidelines are provided:                   

  • Ø Belts should be buckled, sashes tied, and buttons buttoned, except at the

           neck. Pants should be worn at the waist.


  • Ø Shoes laces should be tied, buckled or worn as the manufacturer intended.

          Shoes that cause undue attention or a health and safety hazard should

          be avoided.


  • Ø Clothing, buttons, signs, or other adornments which display pictures or

           language of an obscene nature or are related to the use or consumption of

           alcoholic beverages or controlled substances should not be worn.


  • Ø Hats, caps, or head scarves should not be worn inside the building.


  • Ø Sunglasses should not be worn inside the school, unless they are necessary

           for correction of medical problems.


  • Ø Students' hair, including any facial hair, should be neat, clean, and well



  • Ø Clothing should be worn with appropriate undergarments. Undershirts

            customarily worn as undergarments should not be worn without shirts or

            blouses. Undergarments should be covered by outerwear. Tank tops, sheer

            blouses, or shirts that cause undue attention should be avoided.


  • Ø Combs (except for barrette-style combs), hair curlers, and picks should

           not be worn in the hair.


You can find more on student attire/dress code at . Just click on Parents & Students. Then, District Student Handbook. .

Encouraging Appropriate Conduct

At Kensington Elementary, students will be encouraged to make appropriate choices regarding their personal conduct.  Following are the chief means by which faculty and staff will ensure order and support the development of good character at the school.


Acknowledging Appropriate Conduct

Positive Interactions and Positive Feedback

Daily interactions between staff and students provide the best opportunities for encouraging appropriate behavior and promoting the development of good habits during school hours.  Staff at the school will interact with students in a friendly, supportive manner.  Staff will attempt to interact with each student four times more frequently when the student is engaged in appropriate behavior than when the student is behaving inappropriately.


Positive interactions will include greeting students, talking to students, making eye contact, smiling, and overtly praising students when such accolades are deserved.  When praising students, staff will attempt to provide them with specific information about which behaviors are contributing to success.  For example, a staff member might say, "Alicia, you have been very responsible in remembering to bring your homework on the day it is due."



Student Expectations:


Staff members are expected to follow, model, teach and re-teach each of these behavior expectations.


All classrooms must remain safe and orderly, provide students with a supportive learning environment and maintain a high level of academic functioning. Students and staff are expected to follow the school-wide expectations and rules in order to facilitate this belief.


Students will be taught the school-wide expectations and rules. Students will be given opportunities to practice these rules in a variety of settings. All staff should adhere to these expectations and rules in order to provide consistency and structure. The expectations and rules should be reviewed on a daily basis.










Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)


Kensington Elementary School is a PBIS school. The following gives more information about PBIS:


  • - PBIS is a proactive approach to school-wide discipline.
  • - It promotes direct instruction of behavioral expectations and social behaviors.
  • - It promotes maximizing student engagement through the implementation of prevention and intervention strategies
  • - It is research and evidence based. All decisions and practices regarding discipline are data driven.
  • - It is the redesign of environments, not the redesign of individuals.
  • - The redesign of the environment should be both physical and social in nature.


PBIS: The Benefits


  • - School climate is improved through positive feedback, the acknowledgement of exemplary behaviors, and the decrease of strain on teachers and administrators.
  • - It allows staff to identify problem areas and make program decisions based on data.
  • - All stake-holders are "on the same page" with common rules, routines, and arrangements.














Behavior- Koala Expectations


School Expectations



Ready to Learn



*Listen to others


*Use Kind Words

*Follow Directions


*Complete Assignments


*Be Prompted


*Best Effort


*Be Quiet


*Walk in a Straight Line

*Be A Good Role Model For Others

*Tell An Adult

*Pick Up Trash

*Move quietly and Promptly



*Take Turns

*Include Others


*Play safely

*Encourage Others

*Line up When You Hear the Whistle


*Use equipment properly

*Return equipment to proper place


*Honor Privacy


*Wash Hands


*Flush Toilet


*Use Trash Cans


*Conserve water and Paper


*Promptly return to the classroom


*Use Inside Voices

*Clean Up

*Line up quietly and ready to return to class

Library & Computer Lab

*Return Books on Time


*Come Prepared

*Use Whisper Voices

*Take care of books, magazines, and computers.

 *Push in chairs.


*Sit in one Spot


*Stay in your Space

*Sit Quietly

*Eyes on Speaker

*Appropriate Applause

*Sit in chairs/floor correctly


*Walk to Seat

*Remain Seated

*Keep Hands and Feet in your Own Space.

*Enter and Exit Quietly and Orderly

*Quiet Voices


*Keep Hands and Feet to Yourselves

*Keep bus clean.


*Pick up Trash



The School Bus

The following rules are focused on providing safe transportation to and from school every day.



School Bus Rules

•1.      Obey the driver or adult

•2.      Enter and exit the bus safely

•3.      Stay seated; no standing

•4.      Keep your hands, feet and other body parts to yourself

•5.      Do not throw anything

•6.      Put nothing out of the window

•7.      Remain quiet and do not disturb the driver or others

•8.      No profanity, rudeness, vandalism, fighting, threats

•9.      Do not eat drink or chew gum

•10.    Be responsible, be safe
















If a student breaks a rule on the bus, the driver will notify the administration, and swift action will be taken.  Serious misbehavior may lead to the suspension or expulsion of bus riding privileges.   Riding the bus is a privilege. The school will remove students from the bus unless the bus rules are followed. See district handbook for more information.


Candy, Gum, and Toys


Students may not bring candy, gum, toys, cell phones or other non-school related items to school unless approved by the principal and teacher.  The student assumes responsibility for any items brought from home. Toy weapons are strictly prohibited, and no cell-phones, headphones, radios, games, electronic gaming devices, etc., are allowed and will be confiscated and only returned to a parent.


School Celebrations/Incentives

Competitions and celebrations will be ongoing throughout the school year to encourage appropriate behavior. Celebrations are a priviledge. Failure to earn this priviledge may result  in students inability to participate.  
























  Kensington Elementary's Expecations For Developing Soft Skills    

Kensington Elementary is beginning a new behavioral system that will be used in combination with PBIS to strengthen and promote positive behavior of students. This behavioral structure was adopted from The Ron Clark Academy (RCA). More about RCA can be found at KEHI teaches, expects, and encourages respectful behavior from all students. It is also expected from adults. We believe in modeling the behaviors we want to see in our students. Below you will find some more information related to KEHI.



KES Essentials

(All Essentials will be taught and Modeled by the end of the first nine weeks. Students will be expected to display all Essentials starting the Second Nine weeks).


  • When responding to any adult, you must answer by saying "Yes ma'am" or "No sir." Just nodding your head or saying any other form of yes or no is not acceptable.


  • Make eye contact. When someone is speaking, keep your eyes on him or her at all times. If someone makes a comment, turn and face that person.


  • During discussions, respect other students' comments, opinions, and ideas. When possible, make statements like, "I agree with John, and I also feel that..." or "I disagree with Sarah. She made a good point I feel that..." or "I think Victor made an excellent observation, and it made me realize..."


  • If you win or do well at something, do not brag. If you lose, do not show anger. Instead, say something like, "I really enjoyed the competition, and I look forward to playing you again," or "good game," or don't say anything at all. To show anger or sarcasm, such as "I wasn't playing hard anyway" or "You really aren't that good," shows weakness.


  • If you are asked a question in conversation, you should ask a question in return. Me: "Did you have a nice weekend?" You: "Yes, I had a great time. My family and I went shopping. What about you? Did you have a nice weekend?" It is only polite to show others that you are just as interested in them as they are in you.


  • "When you cough or sneeze or burp, it is appropriate to turn your head away from others and cover your mouth with the full part of your hand. Using a fist is not acceptable. Afterward, you should say, "Excuse me."


  • "Do not smack your lips, tsk, roll your eyes, or show disrespect with gestures.


  • "Always say thank you when I give you something. If you do not say it within 3 seconds after receiving the item, I will take it back. There is no excuse for not showing appreciation."


  • "When you are given something from someone, never insult that person by making negative comments about the gift or by insinuating that it wasn't appreciated"


  • "At times throughout the year, I will give rewards for good behavior, academic performances and other acts worthy of praise. If you ever ask me for a reward, however, it will not be given. It is rude to ask if you are getting something for good behavior. You should be good and try your best because you are trying to better yourself, not because you are anticipating a reward. I usually give some sort of reward to everyone who scores 100 on unit tests. If you make 100 and ask if you are getting something, no one who made 100 will be given anything."


  • "Quickly learn the name of other teachers in the school and greet them by saying things like, "Good morning Mrs. Graham," or "Good afternoon Ms. Ortiz. That is a very pretty dress." (Note: If you are in line with the rest of class, you are not allowed to speak to the teachers at that time because the no-talking rule is in effect. You should speak to other teachers if you are entering or leaving the school, on recess, on an errand, or changing classes.)


  • "Flush the toilet and wash your hands after using the rest room. When in a public rest room, get a paper towel before washing your hands. After washing your hands, use the paper towel to turn off the faucets and to press the dispenser to get another paper towel to dry your hands. (Or use the towel to press the button to start the dryer.) The last thing you want to do is touch areas with clean hands that others have touched with dirty hands."


  • "We will often have visitors to our school. If someone is coming to visit our class, I will send two students to the front door of the building. You will have a sign welcoming the person. When our visitor arrives, you will shake hands, tell him or her who you are, and welcome the person to our school. You will then take the visitor on a small tour of the building before bringing him or her to the classroom."


  • "If I or any other teacher in school is speaking to or disciplining a student, do not look at that student. You wouldn't want others looking at you if you were in trouble or being reprimanded, so don't look at others in that situation. If you are the student I am talking to, do not get angry or fuss at students who are looking at you. Let me know and I will handle the situation."


  • "There are several manners dealing with food that you must follow: I call these my ABC's of Etiquette.


  • "After we eat, we will clean up after ourselves. This includes cleaning off the tables and making sure we haven't left any trash on the floor or around the eating area. It is important to be responsible for your trash no matter where you are and to be sure not to litter."


  • "When we ride on a bus, we will always sit facing forward. We will never turn around to talk to other students, stick anything out of the windows, or get out of our seats. When we exit the bus, we will always thank the bus driver and tell him to have a good day."


  • "When we go on field trips, we will meet different people. When I introduce you to people, make sure that you remember their names. Then, when we are leaving, make sure to shake their hands and thank them, mentioning their names as you do so."


  • "Whenever you are offered food, whether it be on a buffet or treats in class, never take more than your fair share. You never want to be greedy and try to get more than you should, not only because it is wasteful, but also because it is disrespectful to others when you do not leave enough for them."


  • "Whether we are in school or on a field trip, if someone drops something, pick it up and hand it back to them. Even if they are closer to the object, it is only polite to make the gesture of bending down to retrieve the item."


  • "If you approach a door and someone is following you, hold the door. If the door opens by pulling, pull it open, stand to the side, and allow the other person to pass through it first, then you can walk through. If the door opens by pushing, hold the door open after you push through."


  • "If we are on a field trip, it is a good idea to compliment something about the place where you are visiting. For example, if we visit someone's home, it would be a nice gesture to tell them that you think they have nice curtains. People are always self-conscious when they have guests visit their home, so you want to make them feel at ease. Also, if we are visiting other places, such as a museum or theater, it would be nice to comment on how beautiful the architecture is or to tell the guide that you think the facility is very nice."


  • During an assembly do not speak and do not look around and try to get the attention of your friends in other classes. We must uphold an image that shows we have our act together." .... "If we are on a field trip, it is a good idea to compliment something about the place where we are visiting. For example, if we visit someone's home, it would be a nice gesture to tell them that you think they have nice curtains. People are always self-conscious when they have guests visit their home, so you want to make them feel at ease. Also, if we are visiting other places, such as a museum or theater, it would be nice to comment on how beautiful the architecture is or to tell the guide that you think the facility is very nice."


  • "During an assembly, do not speak and DO NOT look around and try to get the attention of your friends in other classes. We must uphold an image that shows we have our act together!"


  • "When in a line; walk single file, two to three feet behind the person in front of you with your arms at your sides. You should face forward at all times. There will be absolutely no talking." ... "Never cut line. If someone cuts in front of you, do not say or do anything about it. Let it happen, but let me know about it. I will handle the situation. If you fuss with someone who has cut in line, you could get in trouble as well. It's not worth it; just let me know what happened. Please handle all disputes with other classmates in the same manner, by coming to me with any problems before you take matters into your own hands."


  • "If any child in this school is bothering you, let me know. I am your teacher, and I am here to look after you and protect you. I am not going to let anyone in this school bully you or make you feel uncomfortable. In return, I ask that you not take matters into your own hands; let me deal with the student."


  • "Stand up for what you believe in. You shouldn't take no for an answer if your heart and mind are leading you in a direction that you feel strongly about."


  • "Be positive and enjoy life. Some things just aren't worth getting upset over. Keep everything in perspective and focus on the good in your life."
  • "Live so that you will never have regrets. If there is something you want to do, do it! Never let fear, doubt, or other obstacles stand in your way. If there is something you want, fight for it with all of your heart. If there is something you want to do, go for it and don's stop until you make it happen. If there is something you want to be, do whatever is necessary in order to live that dream."


  • "Accept that you are going to make mistakes. Learn from them and move on."


  • "No matter what the circumstances, always be honest. Even if you have done something wrong, it is best to admit it to me, because I will respect that, and oftentimes I will forget any disciplinary measures because of your honesty."


  • "Carpe Diem. You only live today once, so don't waste it. Life is made up of special moments, many of which happen when caution is thrown to the wind and people take action and seize the day."


  • "Be the best Koala you can be."






justice, order, & balance





Black River House




  • Color: purple

-represents regal



  • Animal: Alligator

-represents: balance and union,



  • Natural Element: willow tree

-represents: grace and beauty 







Sampit House




  • Color: green

-represents abundance


  • Animal: fox

-represents: one who uses all he may possess


  • Natural Element: sun

-represents: power, glory, and source of life






Pee Dee House




  • Color: black

-represents prudence 


  • Animal: eagle

-represents: courage, freedom, power


  • Natural Element: live oak

-represents:  dramatic strength



Waccamaw House




  • Color: red

-represents strength and warrior


  • Animal: Bobcat

-represents patience awareness


  • Natural Element: holly

-represents: balance and vigor




Winyah House




  • Color: orange

-represents vitality with endurance


  • Animal: Sea Turtle

-represents patience, longevity, and insight


  • Natural Element: ocean

-represents: great power




Individual Incentives

(Students will be able to cash in Koala Cash for individual rewards per schedule below. Schedule details may change as school team determines appropriate).


Individual Koala Cash (Monthly)

  • September: snow cones ($7)
  • October: kickball ($15)
  • November: Koala Store
  • December: outside lunch brought in (Jennifer Bell) ($20)
  • January: hot chocolate ($3)
  • February: cupcake walk ($7)
  • March: March Madness ($15)
  • April: hat day ($3)
  • May: Koala Store


House Incentives & Expectations

Crest Cash

  • House Points will be tallied and announced every week by administration.
  • Winning HOUSE will be recognized by receiving the coveted

    L.E.A.D board. L.E.A.D Stands for Lift Others, Engage in learning,  

    Accept Responsibility, and Demonstrate Citizenship

  • Board will be hung above HOUSE door each 9 weeks.
  • Each winning HOUSE will be able to cash in Crest Cash for HOUSE rewards per schedule below.


Leading House Incentives

  • 1st Quarter: B-Team Football Game (October)
  • 2nd Quarter: Out to Lunch (January)
  • 3rd Quarter: Jolly Rover (March)
  • 4th Quarter: House Celebration (May)

House Expectations

  • Service project
  • Mentoring

Consequences for Minor Misbehavior

There may be times that your child engage in "minor misbehavior." Minor misbehaviors maybe communicated with you by your child's teacher through a Parent Communication form. If your child receives 5 Parent communication forms, the next consequence will warrant an office referral.

Sometimes "minor misbehaviors" can become "major misbehaviors" when they occur often. Please note that all distractions/misbehaviors have consequences.

Such behavior (minor misbehavior) is defined as belonging to at least one of the following categories:

  • q Irresponsible
  • q Disrespectful
  • q Lack of preparation for Learning
  • q Minor Physical impositions (e.g. pushing)


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Parent Communication Form

Respectful + Responsible + Ready-to-Learn = Success

Discouraging Inappropriate Behavior


Student:_______________________ Grade:_____________  Date: _________     Time:_______

Teacher/Staff Member(s):_____________________             Homeroom: __________________






Special Area






Others Involved:




Special Area


Bus/Car Ramp



Other ____________








Other _____________


Class Disruptions

Put Downs

Excessive Talking

 Failure to Follow Rules


Uncooperative Behavior

Inappropriate Behavior:



Possible Motivation:


Don't Know

 Adult Attention

Peer Attention

Avoid Tasks


















Other ________________________________________________________________________________

Student Conference

Guidance Referral

Recess Detention

Verbal Correction


Parent Conference

Silent Lunch

Loss of Privileges




















Consequences for Severe Misbehavior

Most misbehavior will be handled with discussion or the use of mild consequences.  However, severe misbehavior will be met swiftly with equally severe consequences.  Such behavior is defined as belonging to at least one of the following categories:

  • q Insubordinate behavior
  • q Physically dangerous behavior
  • q Illegal behavior


  • q Major Disrespect toward others


Insubordinate behavior is the direct refusal to comply with a reasonable staff's instruction within a specified period of time.  In such cases, the staff member involved will first explain to the student why his or her actions are inappropriate and will issue a mild consequence for the offense.  If the student continues to disregard the staff member's instruction, he or she will be sent to the office and the incident will be reported to the appropriate staff member.


Insubordination is a breakdown in communication.  When a student has been referred to the office for this offense, the principal or designee will arrange a conference between the student, the staff member involved, and possibly the student's parent or guardian.  The purpose of the conference will be to establish a plan that will help the student communicate more responsibly in the future.


In cases of physically dangerous behavior-fighting, assault, verbal assault, physical intimidation, sexual intimidation-staff will firmly inform the students to stop the physical altercation.  If the students do not respond, staff will use professional judgment to determine whether or not to intervene physically.  Staff will not be required to take action that could be physically dangerous; in such cases, another student will be sent immediately for assistance.  The principal or designee will notify parents and make all decisions regarding whether to contact the appropriate law enforcement authorities.


If a staff member is aware that a student has been or is engaged in illegal activity, the staff member will refer the case to the office.  The principal or designee will notify the student's parent or guardian and make all decisions regarding whether to contact the appropriate law enforcement authorities.  Any student who brings a weapon to school or who uses a dangerous item in a way that makes another person feel threatened is subject to immediate expulsion.  All incidents involving weapons will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement agencies. Routine severe infractions will be communicate to you with an Office referral and/or phone call. Expulsion forms will be use whenever appropriate. Sample office referral is below.



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Office Referral

Respectful + Responsible + Ready-to-Learn = Success                                                                   Discouraging Inappropriate Behavior


Student:_________________________  Grade:_____  Homeroom: ______Date: ____Time:_______


Teacher/Staff Member(s):________________________________________________________________________









Bus/Car Ramp



Special Area




Other ______







Others Involved:


Inappropriate Behavior:


Repeat Offense:

Inappropriate Touching

Failure to follow Rules

Put Downs

Other __________

Not Following Directions

Class Disruptions

Uncooperative Behavior

Other _______



Property Damage

Inappropriate Language






Peer Attention

Don't Know

 Adult Attention

Avoid Tasks

Other ____________

Possible Motivation:








SIT Referral

Guidance Intervention

Confernce w/parent

Conference w/Student

Administrative Actions:





Administrative Actions:


Office Detention


Date(s): ______________________


Overnight Suspension




Out of School Suspension





Recommended for Expulsion



Comments: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Other __________________________________________


Administrator Signature__________________________________________________________________________________

Student Signature____________________________________________________________________________ 

 Parent(s) Signature _________________________________________________________________________



The success of Kensington Elementary's Code of Conduct depends on the support of each member of the school community.  Working together, faculty and staff, parents, and students can promote academic and behavioral achievement, good character, and ensure the success of students at the school and throughout life.   On behalf of the administration, faculty, and staff of Kensington Elementary, I pledge to fulfill the responsibilities and uphold the expectations outlined in the Code of Conduct


Kensington Elementary is dedicated to ensuring that communication between the school and parents is continual, on-going, and uniform. 





Your signature in the appropriate space below will indicate your commitment to helping fulfill the school's primary mission-rigorous academic learning and optimal behavioral success.



As the parent of _______________________________________________              I pledge:

  to maintain high expectations for my child and the school

  to demonstrate consistent interest in my child's progress at school

  to support my child's best efforts

  to model school expectations

  to support and work with my child's teacher and other KES staff to promote my child's learning and    


       behavioral success


I have read the Code of Conduct and the student/parent handbook and support the rules and expectations outlined herein.


Signed:                                                                           Date:              /           /          


As a student at Kensington Elementary, I pledge:


  to project a positive attitude in all I do                                       

  to be responsible for my achievements and my mistakes                                                          

  to make smart choices                                     

  to stay on task and be ready-to-learn

  to respect myself and others in the school community                                       



Signed:                                                                                 Date:              /           /