Sycamore Canyon Student Handbook





    10201 Settle Road

    Santee, CA 92071


    Phone: 956-5400

    Absences: 258-2205

    Fax: 956-5412




    Sycamore Canyon School


    Vision Statement

    At Sycamore Canyon, we believe we are here to provide the best education our students could possibly receive and that has not changed as we shift to 21st Century Learning. Our constant focus is on developing a community of creative thinkers who collaborate to innovate visionary ideas through project based learning. Projects that have real-world applications and generate learners who have a connection to the global community. Students are judged on the quality and character of their work. Students have a choice in their work products and strong basic skills that allow for application of knowledge to solve real-world problems.

    Teachers and students use technology as a tool to increase student learning. Through training, our staff will achieve a high level of comfort with the integration of technology into the curriculum. Our students have gained ownership of their learning and a love of learning.

    Staff, students and parents are involved in deep collaboration which facilitates learning in a way that promotes a community focused environment. We don't settle for anything less than excellence in every aspect of our work. Together we have the courage to adapt to new challenges and continue our journey as a strong community of dedicated learners.





    Bell Schedule


    Grade                                                                  Begin                    Dismissal

    SDC Pre-school                                                   9:00 a.m. to        12:00 p.m.

                                                                                12:30 a.m. to        3:00 p.m.

    K, 1, 2, & 3                                                          8:30 a.m. to          2:20 p.m.            

    4, 5, & 6                                                              8:30 a.m. to          2:46 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            


    Grade                   Begin    _____________Ends________

    K                             11:15 a.m.            to           11:55 a.m.  

    1, 2 & 3                  11:55 a.m.            to           12:35 p.m.

    4, 5 & 6                  12:35 p.m.            to           1:15 p.m.



    Kindergarten…………10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

    1-6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.




    Grade            Start               Recess                      Lunch                      Dismissal

    K                      8:30              10:15-10:30            11:00 -11:40            1:05

    1-3                  8:30               10:15-10:30            11:40-12:20             1:05

    4-6                  8:30               10:15-10:30            12:20-1:00               1:05




    Alternate Meal’s 2016-2017  

    The Board of Education adopted a policy in April 2015 addressing unpaid meal accounts. The Child Nutrition Staff has been instructed to make students aware of their account status so they can notify their parents before the account becomes negative. Students are notified when their meal account is getting low and again when their account is negative. Students are given low / negative balance notice from the Cashier. In addition weekly phone calls and e-mails are sent out via our automated   calling system. You may also check your students account balance at If a student’s account reaches $7.50 the student will no longer be allowed to charge meals to their account and they will receive an alternate meal. An alternate meal includes a string cheese, crackers & white milk. To avoid your student receiving an alternate meal please keep your students accounts in good standing.

    Thank You.

    Cathy Abel


    Classroom teachers have a limited number of celebrations for each school year. Teachers send home information prior to each celebration. Each classroom has a unique way to acknowledge student birthdays. Parents are asked NOT to bring edible birthday treats to school. There is the option of non-edible treats or a donated book, but no sugary treats. Please note the policies of Sycamore Canyon align with the State of California (SB12/SB 965) 


    One of our goals is to instill in our students the importance of education. Students who value education do better in school. We believe regular attendance and punctuality are necessary skills for high achievement and future success in the real world. Every absence or tardy can interfere with a child’s progress.

    Parents must verify any absence by note or a phone call. Notes are to be given to the office stating the name and grade of the student, along with the dates and reason for the absence.

    Our 24 hour absence line (619) 258-2205 is for verifying absences. Please use this number instead of calling the school office number. After three days, the absence is considered unexcused if not verified.

    Parent/guardians and students are encouraged to schedule medical and dental appointments during non-school hours. If your student has an appointment during school hours, please bring your student to school promptly after the appointment. You may be requested to have a note from the doctor indicating the visit. A student is considered tardy if they are not in line in the patio area when the second bell rings.

    State law permits students to be absent for justifiable reasons, which include, but are not limited to:

      • Student illness
      • Doctor/Dental appointments
      • Funeral of an immediate family member
      • Quarantine
      • Religious holidays
      • Independent Study Contract, only available for absences of 5 or more days (Please contact the attendance clerk 3 days prior to your child’s absence so your child’s teacher has time to plan accordingly. All work is to be completed upon the day of return to excuse the absences.

    The attendance clerk or the principal may require verification by a school official or physician if absences for health reasons appear to be excessive.If your student is out or is going to be out for a severe medical condition (not contagious), which inhibits his/her ability to attend school, please contact the school to see if your student qualifies for a home tutor. You will be asked to have documentation from the attending physician to support the medical condition and the date the student may return to school. Your student will get credit for the work completed and it will not go against his/her attendance.

    If we are not aware of any medical conditions that would keep your child from attending school, our only alternative is to comply with California Education Code procedures and the following attendance notification process:

    • School sends out “Notification of Truancy” after 3 unexcused absences/unexcused tardies over 30 minutes.
    • School sends out “Notification of Subsequent Truancy” after the 4th unexcused absence/tardy over 30 minutes.
    • School sends out “Notice of Habitual Tryancy” after the 5th unexcused absence/tardy over 30 minutes.
    • School sends – First Attendance Letter – After 7 unexcused/excused absences/tardies.
    • School sends – Second Attendance Letter – After 10 unexcused/excused absences/tardies.
    • School sends – Third Attendance Letter – After 15 unexcused/excused absences/tardies.


    After receiving three letters, (any combination of the above letters) a meeting will be scheduled with the parent/guardian to discuss resolving the attendance issue or put the student on a SART (School Attendance Review Team) contract. This contract is valid for the current school year. After being placed on a SART contract, the parent will no longer be able to excuse their child’s absences and will be required to have a note from their primary physician or bring their child to school to be evaluated by the health clerk or principal who will determine if the student is well enough to attend school. This is the only way the student can be excused from school.

     If any additional unexcused absences/tardies more than 30 minutes occur, the student and parent/guardian will be referred to the SARB (Student Attendance Review Board), which is an extension of the Superior Court. All other absences are unexcused.

    Students who are absent are responsible for making up missed work and instruction. Absent students should contact their teacher for missing assignments. Please ask teacher for policy on make-up work.

    Truant and/or tardy students may be required to make up time before or after school and/ or serve in-school suspension. Assignments missed due to truancy may or may not be made up at the discretion of the teacher. Note: The State of California requires students to be at school in order for schools to collect attendance funds each day. This means if your child is not here for any reason, even illness, we cannot collect funds from the state. Please help us protect your child’s instructional funds by arranging for vacations and appointments on NON-SCHOOL days or AFTER SCHOOL HOURS. We appreciate your support in this area.


    Education Code 48200, California State Law, requires compulsory full-time attendance for children from ages 6-18. As the parent/guardian of your child, you are obligated to compel your child’s attendance at school, every day and on time.

    Education Code 48260, Report of Truancy, any pupil who is absent, more than three days without valid excuse or tardy in excess of 30 minutes for more than three days in one school year is considered truant.

    Education Code 48261, Subsequent report of Truancy, and any pupil who has once been reported as a truant and who is again absent, tardy over 30 minutes from school without a valid excuse.

    Education Code 48262 Habitual Truancy, any pupil is deemed a habitual truant who has been reported as a truant three times per school year. District officer/designee has to make a conscientious effort to hold at least one meeting/conference with a parent/guardian of the student after filing of either of the reports required by Education Code 48260 or 48261.



    The Sycamore Canyon staff is dedicated to providing the maximum educational opportunity with the minimum number of distractions. On occasion, student fashion may disrupt the educational environment. In accordance with California Education Code, Section 48907 and in the best interest of our schools and communities, the Santee Board of Education has set forth guidelines for appropriate dress at school and school sponsored activities.

    The following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities. Santee Board of Education Administrative Regulation 5132:

    1. Appropriate shoes must be worn at all times. Sandals must have heel straps. Flip flops or backless shoes or sandals are not acceptable. Heels must be of a reasonable height and not be unsafe in the school environment.
    2. Clothing, jewelry and personal items ( backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles etc.) shall be free of writing, pictures or any other insignias which are crude, vulgar, profane, or sexually suggestive, which bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions and likeness, or which advocate death, violence, racial, ethnic or religious prejudice.
    3. Hats, caps and other head coverings shall not be worn indoors.
    4. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. See-through or fish-net fabrics, halter tops, spaghetti straps, off- the- shoulder or low-cut tops, strapless or tube tops, backless shirts, bare midriffs and skirts shorter than mid-thigh are prohibited.
    5. Gym shorts may not be worn in classes other than physical education.
    6. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed and color may not cause a distraction to the educational environment. Hair may not be sprayed by any coloring that would drip when wet.
    7. Spiked jewelry and wrist chains will not be allowed.
    8. Students must be cleanly dressed so as not to promote unhealthy or unsanitary conditions.
    9. Bandanas and sweatbands shall not be worn unless prior approval is granted by a site administrator.
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    11. Overalls are considered pants and must have an appropriate shirt underneath.
    12. Muscle shirts, tank tops, or underwear shirts may not be worn. Clothing that is suggestive or revealing will not be allowed. Facial piercing shall be limited to the ears only. Any other piercing must be plugged with a skin tone plug (no color).
    13. Pants must not be worn to expose undergarments or bare skin above the waist.
    14. Clothing that is considered nightwear (pajamas and slippers) may not be worn, with the exception of a designated day by the school.

    The principal, staff, students, and parent/guardians at each school may establish reasonable dress and grooming regulations for times when students are engaged in extracurricular or other special school-related activities.

    Gang-Related Apparel and Racial Ethnic Symbols

    Gang related apparel or clothing with racial or ethnic symbols is prohibited.

    Annually, the district will work with the Sheriff’s Department to identify specific logos, designs, symbols, verbiage, etc. that are associated with gangs. This information will be provided to the school administration each spring so that families can be informed of the dress code requirements before the end of the school year.

    Students who come to school in inappropriate dress will be asked to change. Appropriate clothes shall be brought from home or loaner clothes will be provided if available. Please keep these guidelines in mind when buying clothing for children. Appropriate clothing for school contributes to a child’s total attitude and we appreciate your cooperation.




    Our goal at Sycamore Canyon is to maintain a positive, safe and quality learning environment as well as help students learn self-discipline and responsibility. Students are asked to be courteous, respectful and practice safety both in and out of the classroom. Through careful planning and understanding of each student, teachers and administrators seek to minimize the need for disciplinary action. Through learning and observing school rules, students contribute to their own safety, the safety of others and enhance the opportunities of learning for all. We believe each student has a right to learn and that each teacher has the right to teach. We practice an overarching Peace Builder philosophy combined with John Wooden’s Success traits to build a school environment that fosters success and safety.

    Peace Builder Pledge

    I am a Peace Builder

    I Pledge….

    To praise people

    To give up put downs

    To seek wise people as advisors and friends

    To notice the hurts I have caused and make amends

    To right wrongs

    To help others

    I will build peace at home, at school, and in my community each day.


    Success Traits

    Each Friday, students will be honored for demonstrating these success traits. ACE character awards will be given to the students who exemplify these traits on a consistent basis.

    All school rules and consequences are enforced to and from school. Fighting is not permitted. Any inappropriate behavior including possession of inappropriate, dangerous, or illegal items may result in consequences such as loss of privileges, detention, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, or expulsion from the Santee School District. Santee District has a zero tolerance policy for drugs and weapons. Knives (or replicas), weapons, drugs, or alcohol are not to be brought to school and will result in suspension pending an expulsion hearing. Parents are contacted by phone and/or written referral for flagrant or continued disruption of school activities. All referrals and conflict reports that are sent home need to be signed and returned to the office the following day.


    Gum is not allowed on school grounds or school activities at any time. This includes before and after school.


    A teacher may assign lunch or after-school detention when a student chooses not to follow school or classroom rules and procedures. In addition, the student’s citizenship grade may be lowered. The effectiveness of detention increases with cooperation between parents and the school. Parents will be notified verbally or in writing when an afternoon detention is assigned. Pursuant to Board Policy 5144, students may be detained for up to 15 minutes without prior notification.

    Students assigned a 15-minute detention will bring a note home informing the parent that they were assigned and serves the detention. Written notice will be sent home with the student or phone contact made prior to detention only if the detention is in excess of 15 minutes. All detention notices are to be signed by a parent and returned to the teacher who assigned the detention. If a child does not show for detention, the time may be doubled and the parent will be contacted.


    Sycamore Canyon students are expected to treat all guest/substitute teachers with the utmost respect. The job of a guest teacher can be very a difficult one, and it is the responsibility of all students to do everything possible to make the guest teacher’s day a positive one. Students are expected to:

      • Quietly enter the classroom and sit in assigned seats.
      • Follow all directions given by the guest teacher.
      • Show respect for the guest teacher at all times.

    Consequences up to and including suspension will be enforced for any students who are sent to the office by a guest teacher. Guest teachers are encouraged to make a list of all students who demonstrate exemplary behavior. These lists will be left for the regular classroom teacher.


    The lost and found is located in a green rolling cart outside the cafeteria. Be sure to label your belongings. Unclaimed items will be donated to charitable organizations at the end of each month.



    Students assume the responsibility for loss or damage to their clothing, equipment, and other personal property brought to school. The school endeavors to protect all personal property, but is not responsible for it. Any sums of money and articles of real or sentimental value, PE equipment, should not be brought to school. Due to possible loss, theft, or damage, the school advises students these items at home.


    Possession/Use of Cellular Phones and Other Mobile Communications Devices


    If a disruption occurs or a student uses any mobile communications device for improper activities, a school employee shall direct the student to turn off the device and/or shall confiscate it. If the school employee finds it necessary to confiscate the device, he/she shall return it at the end of the class period or school day. In accordance with the Board's policy and administrative regulation on search and seizure, a school official may search a student's mobile communications device, including, but not limited to, reviewing messages or viewing pictures.



    The Board desires to prevent bullying by establishing a positive, collaborative school climate and clear rules for student conduct.

     Sycamore Canyon will provide instruction in the classroom which promotes communication, social skills, and assertiveness skills and educate students about appropriate online behavior and strategies to prevent and respond to bullying and cyberbullying. This instruction may involve parents/guardians, staff and community members.

     School staff shall receive related professional development, including information about early warning signs of harassing/intimidating behaviors and effective prevention and intervention strategies. Parents/guardians and students also may be provided with similar information.

     Students may submit a verbal or written complaint of conduct they consider to be bullying to a teacher or administrator and may also request that their name be kept in confidence. The Superintendent or designee may establish other processes for students to submit anonymous reports of bullying. Complaints of bullying or harassment shall be investigated and resolved in accordance with site-level grievance procedures specified in AR 5145.7 - Sexual Harassment.

     When a student is suspected of or reported to be using electronic or digital communications to engage in cyberbullying against other students or staff or to threaten district property, the investigation shall include documentation of the activity, identification of the source, and a determination of the impact or potential impact on school activity or school attendance.

     Students shall be encouraged to save and print any messages sent to them that they feel constitute cyberbullying and to notify a teacher, the principal, or other employee so that the matter may be investigated.

     Any student who engages in cyberbullying using district-owned equipment on school premises, or off-campus in a manner that impacts a school activity or school attendance shall be subject to discipline in accordance with district policies and regulations. If the student is using a social networking site or service that has terms of use that prohibit posting of harmful material, the Superintendent or designee also may file a complaint with the Internet site or service to have the material removed.


    “Bullying” means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including

    communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, and including (sexual harassment, hate violence, harassment, threats, or intimidation), directed toward one or more pupils.

    The Governing Board recognizes the harmful effects of bullying on student learning and school attendance and desires to provide safe school environments that protect students from physical and emotional harm. District employees shall establish student safety as a high priority and shall not tolerate bullying of any student.

    Cyber Bullying

    Cyber bullying includes the transmission of harassing communications, direct threats, other harmful texts, sounds, or images on the Internet, social media, or other technologies using a telephone, computer, or any wireless communication device. Cyberbullying also includes breaking into another person's electronic account and assuming that person's identity in order to damage that person's reputation.

    The District has the authority to monitor students' use of the district's Internet system and to conduct individual searches of student’s accounts if there is reasonable suspicion that a user has violated district policy or the law; see BP/AR 5145.12 - Search and Seizure and BP/AR 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology.


    1. A pupil shall not be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion, unless the superintendent of the school district or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has committed an act as defined pursuant to any of subdivisions (a) to (r), inclusive:


     (a) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.

                 (2) Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense.

    (b) Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished a firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous

               object, unless, in the case of possession of an object of this type, the pupil had obtained

             written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, which is

               concurred in by the principal or the designee of the principal.

    (c) Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of, a

             controlled substance.

    (d) Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell a controlled substance. An alcoholic

               beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind, and either sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to a

               person another liquid, substance, or material and represented the liquid, substance, or

               material as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant.

       (e) Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.

       (f) Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.

       (g) Stole or attempted to steal school property or private property.

       (h) Possessed or used tobacco, or products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including,

               but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco,

               snuff, chew packets, and betel. However, this section does not prohibit use or possession by

             a pupil of his or her own prescription products.

       (i) Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.

       (j) Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell drug


       (k) Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors,

             teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the

              performance of their duties.

       (l) Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.

       (m) Possessed an imitation firearm. As used in this section, "imitation firearm" means a replica

               of a firearm that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as

             to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm.

       (n) Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault as defined in Section 261, 266c, 286,

             288, 288a, or 289 of the Penal Code or committed a sexual battery as defined in Section

             243.4 of the Penal Code.

       (o) Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or a witness in a

              school disciplinary proceeding for purposes of either preventing that pupil from being a

              witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness, or both.

       (p) Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug Soma.

       (q) Engaged in, or attempted to engage in, hazing. For purposes of this subdivision, "hazing"

             Mean a method of initiation or preinitiation into a pupil organization or body, whether or not


    The organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to a former, current, or prospective pupil. For purposes of this subdivision,

               "hazing" does not include athletic events or school-sanctioned events.

       (r) Engaged in an act of bullying. For purposes of this subdivision, the following terms have the

           following meanings:

    1. "Bullying" means any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including
    2. communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, and including one or more acts committed by a pupil or group of pupils as defined in Section 48900.2, 48900.3, or 48900.4, directed toward one or more pupils that has or can be reasonably predicted to have the effect of one or more of the following:
    1. Placing a reasonable pupil or pupils in fear of harm to that pupil's or those pupils' person or property.
    2. Causing a reasonable pupil to experience a substantially detrimental effect on his or her

                 physical or mental health.

    1. Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her academic performance.
    2. Causing a reasonable pupil to experience substantial interference with his or her ability
    3.          participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
    1. (A) "Electronic act" means the creation and transmission originated on or off the
    2. schoolsite, by means of an electronic device, including, but not limited to, a telephone, wireless telephone, or other wireless communication device, computer, or pager, of a communication, including, but not limited to, any of the following:

                                 (i) A message, text, sound, or image.

                                 (ii) A post on a social network Internet Web site, including, but not limited to:

    1. Posting to or creating a burn page. "Burn page" means an Internet Web site created for the purpose of having one or more of the effects listed in paragraph (1).
    2. Creating a credible impersonation of another actual pupil for the purpose of having one or more of the effects listed in paragraph

                                   (1). "Credible impersonation" means to knowingly and without consent

                                       impersonate a pupil for the purpose of bullying the pupil and such that

                                       another pupil would reasonably believe, or has reasonably believed, that the

                                     pupil was or is the pupil who was impersonated.

    1. Creating a false profile for the purpose of having one or more of the effects listed in paragraph (1). "False profile" means a profile of a fictitious pupil or a profile using the likeness or attributes of an actual pupil other than the pupil who created the false profile.

                 (B) Notwithstanding paragraph (1) and subparagraph (A), an electronic act shall not

                       constitute pervasive conduct solely on the basis that it has been transmitted on the

                       Internet or is currently posted on the Internet.

    1. "Reasonable pupil" means a pupil, including, but not limited to, an exceptional nee
    2. pupil, who exercises average care, skill, and judgment in conduct for a person of his or  her age, or for a person of his or her age with his or her exceptional needs.


    (s) A pupil shall not be suspended or expelled for any of the acts enumerated in this section

             unless the act is related to a school activity or school attendance occurring within a school

             under the jurisdiction of the superintendent of the school district or principal or occurring

              within any other school district. A pupil may be suspended or expelled for acts that are

               enumerated in this section and related to a school activity or school attendance that occur

               at any time, including, but not limited to, any of the following:

                 (1) While on school grounds.

                   (2) While going to or coming from school.

                 (3) During the lunch period whether on or off the campus.

                 (4) During, or while going to or coming from, a school-sponsored activity.

       (t) A pupil who aids or abets, as defined in Section 31 of the Penal Code, the infliction or

             attempted infliction of physical injury to another person may be subject to suspension, but

            not expulsion, pursuant to this section, except that a pupil who has been adjudged by a

             juvenile court to have committed, as an aider and abettor, a crime of physical violence in

               which the victim suffered great bodily injury or serious bodily injury shall be subject to

               discipline pursuant to subdivision (a).

       (u) As used in this section, "school property" includes, but is not limited to, electronic files and


       (v) For a pupil subject to discipline under this section, a superintendent of the school district o

              principal may use his or her discretion to provide alternatives to suspension or expulsion that

               are age appropriate and designed to address and correct the pupil's specific misbehavior as

             specified in Section 48900.5.

       (w) It is the intent of the Legislature that alternatives to suspension or expulsion be imposed

                against a pupil who is truant, tardy, or otherwise absent from school activities.




    California State Law requires all students in second through eighth grade meet the minimum academic standards for that grade in order to be promoted to the next grade. Parents will be notified as early in the school year as possible if their child is at-risk of retention. An intervention plan will be developed with the classroom teacher. Final recommendations for retention/promotion will be made the last few months of each school year.


    Santee School District is on a trimester system. Report cards are sent home three times each year. Progress reports are sent home approximately half way through each grading period. Each trimester is 60 days, which allows for a reporting period about every 30 days.

    The first report card will be given out at parent/teacher conferences. The students will bring home a parent conference slip. Please fill out and return the slip the next day in order to facilitate scheduling a conference.

    Parent/teacher conferences are held in December. If at any time you would like to meet with a teacher to discuss your child’s progress, please call the teacher’s voice mail to set up an appointment. Parents are encouraged to be an active participant in the educational process.



    Every effort should be made to distinguish academic and citizenship grades. However, it is recognized that student effort will affect the academic grade. The following guidelines are to be considered for citizenship and effort grade.

    Citizenship Grade Rubric


    Always pleasant

    Usually pleasant





    Always thoughtful






    Always eager






    Always thinks, Then acts

    Monitors self

    Follows rules

    Disturbs others

    Ignores rules


    Regularly Volunteers

    Occasionally Volunteers

    Helps when asked

    Sometimes hinders






    Needs Improvement




    Effort Grade Rubric


    Always on time

    Always on time

    Always on time

    Sometimes tardy

    Often tardy


    Actively Contributes


    Usually contributes

    Occasionally contributes

    Seldom contributes


    Takes on extra responsibility

    Willingly accepts responsibility

    Does what is required

    Sometimes lacks responsibility

    Seldom takes responsibility



    Always prepared

    Well prepared

    Usually prepared

    Sometimes missing materials

    Not prepared/often missing materials


    Well organized


    Usually organized

    Lacks organization

    Messy unorganized

    Work Habits

    Consistently on task

    Usually on task

    Usually on task

    Needs redirection

    Often off task/needs redirection





    Needs Improvement




    The Sycamore Canyon staff recognizes the value and importance of homework. Homework is used as an extension and reinforcement of the learning that takes place in the classroom. Ideally, homework strengthens those concepts that are the building blocks of the learning process. Our primary concern is that all homework assigned will provide a positive educational purpose and will serve to enrich and enhance learning at all levels. Homework is included as part of the total effort and/or work grade upon which the student is evaluated. Each teacher has their own classroom policies concerning homework and make-up policies.


    The library and research center is open Monday through Friday during the school year. Generally one book per student may be checked out at a time. Students are responsible for returning or renewing books on or before the due date and are expected to pay for lost or damaged books. Checking out a library book carries an assumption of responsibility for checked out books. Parent volunteers are welcome in the library. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the media center clerk.



    Students living on the East side of Settle Rd. are to use the crosswalk where safety patrol is located at the corner of Settle and Las Lomas Drive in front of the school and then proceed to the sidewalk near the parking lot to enter Sycamore Canyon.

    Students living on the West side of Settle are to cross with the safety patrol and use the sidewalk near the parking lot to enter Sycamore Canyon.

    All students are to meet in the patio area. Students are not to arrive on campus before 8:20 a.m., there is no supervision. To ensure the safety of all children before and after school, we ask you make necessary arrangements to have your child taken care of until it is time for school or at dismissal time if you are going to be late. All primary students must be picked up at dismissal time. If you choose to wait with your primary child for the immediate dismissal, you may do so on the front lawn. We request all children be seated quietly while waiting and all cars be parked in a marked parking space and not in the pick-up lane.



    Many of our students are driven to school in the morning and picked up by parents in the afternoon. In the interest of student safety, please observe the following procedures as you drop off and pick up your children at Sycamore Canyon. Your patience and cooperation will make traffic flow smoother and keep the area safe for everyone.

          • As you enter the parking lot, stay to the right and pull to the drop-off/pick-up lane.
          • The drop-off/pick-up lane is for loading and unloading students only. You cannot park and exit your vehicle in this area. Keep your car engine running and pay attention to the traffic in front of you and pull forward as cars exit the drop-off/pick-up lane.
          • In the morning, valet students will be there to assist with the unloading process. Students will wait for your vehicle to stop, open the door and close it after your child has exited the vehicle.
          • Please exit the drop-off/pick-up lane upon a signal from the valet student.


    Do not park on any red curb or lined area designated for school vehicles.

    • If you need to wait for more than one dismissal time, you must park in a designated parking space. Waiting in the drop-off/pick-up lane blocks the safe flow of traffic for primary pick–up and will not be allowed.
    • The speed limit in the parking lot is NO MORE THAN 5 MPH.



    This program is for fifth and sixth grade students who wish to participate and have the recommendation of their teacher. The following criteria are taken into consideration: citizenship, attitude, effort, and responsibility. The Sheriff’s Department cooperates with the school in training the Patrol to guard school crossings and protect our students.

    All students are required to obey the Safety Patrol members. Safety Patrol members must not be distracted in any way while on duty. Distracting a patrol member is a serious violation of school and police policy.



    Students in grades 4-6 are allowed to ride bicycles to school. All bicycles must be individually locked inside the bike enclosure. Students who wish to ride their bicycle need to have a bicycle permit on file in the principal’s office yearly. Students are required to follow all school rules for safety including wearing a helmet, walking bicycles on campus and displaying courtesy to others. Failure to follow rules and/or obtain a permit will result in the loss of the privilege to ride a bicycle to school. The permit can be picked up in the office. The school does not assume responsibility for bike security.

    City ordinance #21113 prohibits skateboards, roller blades/shoes, and scooters on campus at any time. Please discuss this law with your children. Children have been injured and we have experienced a great deal of damage to school property. Thank you for your cooperation in this area.



    Throughout the year, please be sure to update the school office of any changes in your emergency card phone numbers and addresses. State law requires us to have valid emergency numbers on file for every student. At the beginning of the year, we mail home profile cards. Please review this form, update, sign, date, and return to the school office. You need to notify the Health Clerk with any health concerns or changes in your child’s medical history. We mail items home during the year and in case of emergencies, we need up-to-date information on each student.

    Fire and earthquake drills are held on a regular basis and are an important safety precaution. It is essential students follow their teacher’s instructions promptly and remain quiet at all times. Our staff is trained yearly in disaster and emergency procedures. In case of an emergency, all students will remain at Sycamore Canyon and be released only to parents or adults listed on the emergency card.


    We request all parents, volunteers, and guests sign in at the office and wear a visitor tag. Non-enrolled students will not be permitted to visit during school hours or attend school related activities. They are also not allowed on school grounds or in the parking area during school hours unless with a parent. Older students who walk younger students home need to meet them in front of the school. Students are not permitted on playground equipment before or after school even if supervised by a parent. This practice is to ensure the safety of the students we serve.

    We ask parents who wish to visit their child’s class follow these procedures:

    • Arrange visits beforehand through either a note, phone call or e-mail to the teacher whose classroom will be visited.
    • Do not plan to conference with the teacher during your visit. Make an appointment with the teacher with whom you would like to conference. This will allow adequate time for staff to meet with you.
    • On the day of the visit, check in at the school office before proceeding to the classroom or playground.



    In the event the health aide/nurse determines a child is too ill to remain at school, parents or their designated emergency person(s) will be called to pick up the child. Ill students will not be allowed to walk home during the school day. Once notified, parents will need to make arrangements for the students to be picked up within an hour. (Again, please make sure all emergency numbers are current throughout the school year.) Authorized adults must come into the office to sign the student out. You will be required to show picture identification before the child is released. If your child is injured at school, you will be contacted. If the injury is severe and we cannot reach you or anyone at the emergency numbers, we will call paramedics and they will determine if transportation to a hospital is necessary. If a student has a fever, a normal temperature for 24 hours is required before returning to school.




    Medication refers to all prescriptions and over the counter health related products. This includes all pills, injections, inhalers, eye and eardrops, cough medicine and aspirin or similar products. If it is necessary for your child to take mediation at school, the medication must be kept in the health clerk’s office and is not to be taken to class. A Santee District Physician’s Statement must accompany all medication brought to school and submitted to the health clerk. Medication should be clearly labeled with the name of the student, doctor, pharmacy, date, number and name of the medication, amount to be taken, and the specified time. An adult must bring medication into the school health office. Students are NOT permitted to bring any medication to school. All medicine not picked up at the end of the school year will be disposed of.



    A recognition assembly and reception for each classroom’s ACE Award recipient is usually held on the last Friday of the month for k-6 students. Parents are invited to join us at these assemblies to participate in the celebration. Assembly dates are posted on the website calendar. Parents will be notified by the teacher if their child is receiving an award.



    The morning flag salute and announcements is a time for all of us to come together as an entire school. We strive to teach all of our students respect as well as discipline by having by having students stand quietly listening to the speakers. If you are here with your child and are participating, please help us model these skills for our students. Our morning flag salute begins at 8:30. This is the official start of the school day. If students are not in line at the time of the bell, they are considered tardy.

    Each Friday, we will honor students for demonstrating our Success Traits and sing/ sign a patriotic song. This gathering will take a little longer than the other days of the week.



    One to One iPad Digital Learning

    Every third through fifth grade student received an iPad for his or her educational use during the school year. These devices have increased students’ engagement in the classroom with the integration of digital learning by our teachers. Student Benefits of the Santee School District One to One iPad Program Include:

    • Providing instant access to up-to-date information and current events as well as digital books and multimedia resources
    • Fostering critical thinking skills to do research that encourages proactive learnin
    • Strengthening communication skills and literacy
    • Availability of multiple collaboration tools
    • Individualizing learning for each student
    • Preparing students for high school and college work expanding students' working knowledge of effective methods to problem solve and complete tasks

     All students have access to a standard suite of apps that will be used in the classroom for their education.


    The student council plans ways to improve our school and celebrate school pride. At student council meetings, student representatives study suggestions from the students and discuss student-related issues.


    We offer a Family Life Program for sixth grade students. Classroom teachers usually teach the program. Parents are given an opportunity to preview the materials that are used in the class prior to children receiving instruction. A letter is sent home to gain parent permission to participate in the program.


    Sycamore Canyon offers an appropriately differentiated curriculum for students in grades 4-6 who are identified as gifted or talented by testing criteria and a recommendation to participate in the GATE program. Sycamore Canyon proudly provides critical thinking 21st Century Learning and exploration projects to meet the academic needs of all our students. All intermediate teachers are GATE certified.


    Sycamore Canyon has an active, supportive PTA. We encourage all parents to join. Many family activities are planned throughout the year as well as special assemblies and activities. Our PTA president is Trisha Malone. You may contact her through the school office if you wish to help with planning some of our special activities.


    Education Code Section 52852 (formerly 52012) specifies that a school improvement plan shall be developed by a school site council (SSC). The law says, The SSC shall be composed of the principal; representatives of teachers selected by teachers at the school; other school personnel selected by peers at the school; parents of pupils attending the school selected by such parents.


    California Education Code requires the school site councils to:

    1. Measure effectiveness of improvement strategies at the school.
    2. Seek input from school advisory committees.
    3. Reaffirm or revise school goals.
    4. Revise improvement strategies and expenditures.
    5. Recommend the approved single plan for student achievement (SPSA) to the governing board.
    6. Monitor implementation of the SPSA.1


    Project Safe is an on-site childcare program. Care is offered from 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or shorter periods of time. Call 258-2369 for further information.


    We are proud of the appearance of our school and try to keep the school neat and clean. We would appreciate your cooperation in helping us instill pride and respect for school property. The school belongs to everyone and when school property is damaged or destroyed, money is used to repair or replace the damaged is diverted from the educational program. We will work together to make our school a clean, neat and pleasant environment in which learning will take place.


    Parent Involvement Policy

    Sycamore Canyon School



    At Sycamore Canyon School, it is our philosophy that education is a shared responsibility with parents. We recognize that parental involvement is necessary to the overall quality of the educational program for all students.  Parents play an integral role in their child's learning and are encouraged to become actively involved in their child's education at school. 



    Parents are provided with ongoing information about curriculum, assessments, and students' proficiency levels. That information is shared through Back-to-School Nights, parent/teacher conferences, newsletters, and teacher and school websites.


    All students are expected to work toward attainment of grade level standards and to demonstrate positive character attributes. Interventions are provided for students who require additional support in order to achieve their highest potential.  Teachers and staff work closely with parents to communicate academic performance and acknowledge positive decision making through progress reports, written notes, e-mails, phone calls, and recognition assemblies.  They collaborate with parents to develop a program that meets the needs of each child. 


    Ongoing communication about school programs is promoted through conferences, newsletters, teacher and school websites. Parents are offered numerous opportunities to become involved with the school and their child's education.  Opportunities include: serving as a classroom volunteer; participating in the weekly Breakfast Club; chaperoning field trips, and serving as an art docent. 


    There are also opportunities for parents to serve on decision-making and advisory committees or councils, such as the PTA Board, School Site Council, or serving as a parent representative on a district advisory council.


    The Sycamore Canyon staff is committed to promoting active parental involvement as we believe that a strong connection, between school and home, promotes an optimum opportunity for students to attain success and to achieve to their highest potential.