Martin Memorial Seventh-day Adventist School

Student Handbook

Student Handbook
Seventh-day Adventist education is dedicated to the fulfillment of one great purpose in cooperation with God:  To restore in man the image of his Maker, to bring him back to the perfection in which he was created, to promote the development of body, mind and soul, that the divine purpose of his creation might be realized.
            Seventh-day Adventist education is based on the premise that in the beginning man was created in the image of God and was “endowed with a capacity to think and to do in God’s likeness. Man’s capacity for free, creative, responsible thinking and acting is the image of God within him, but sin has considerably diminished the God-like power in humanity. It is therefore the purpose of Christian education to assist the student in developing an understanding of the truth about God, His character, and the kind of person men and women may become as they are restored to His likeness. Such a transforming restoration involves the development of the whole person, physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.
            Seventh-day Adventist education recognizes the high value God places on every individual. It seeks to empower students with an intelligent understanding of the principles governing the function and proper care of the body and to help them establish habits and practices that foster physical vitality and health. It recognizes the necessity of providing opportunity for each student to develop the knowledge, skills, and character to live successfully and productively. It encourages students to take an active interest in making the community a better place to live and to develop positive attitudes toward useful labor and toward their fellowmen. It seeks to develop within each student an appreciation for “whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely”. Philippians 4:8. It challenges each student to discover a personal sense of mission and service to God and to the world in preparation for the soon return of Jesus.
            The following objectives expand and reflect the general philosophy of Seventh-day Adventist education and the school’s statement of philosophy.
  1. To assist students to gain a growing knowledge of God as Creator and sustainer of life.
  2. To lead student to an acceptance of Jesus as their Savior and Lord and to experience a joyful relationship with him.
  3. To provide an environment conducive to the development of Christian character.
  4. To encouragement students to assume a growing responsibility for unselfish service to mankind and to identify themselves with the church and with other organization in society which emphasize service as an ideal.
  5. To help students develop habits of healthful living.
  6. To assist students to acquire the basic skills of reading, mathematics, and communication.
  7. To enable students to develop critical thinking skills.
  8. To encourage students to make decisions based on moral and ethical values as well as on accumulated facts.
  9. To provide opportunities for social growth within the context of Biblical moral and ethical standards.
  10. To encourage worthy use of leisure time and participation in wholesome entertainment.
  11. To provide opportunities for students to develop aesthetic values and talent.
  12. To provide learning experiences based on the use of materials and methods of instruction which reflect Biblical values.
  13. To encourage students to become intellectually curious.
  14. To provide an educational program which challenges students to educational excellence within the parameter of the interests, needs and abilities of each individual.
  15. To develop an appreciating for an understanding of the Bible as the written Word of God, an infallible rule of faith and practice for the Christian.
  16. To help students develop a personal religious life of faith, prayer, worship and service to their fellow man.
  17. To encourage students to recognize and acknowledge God’s ownership of human resources.
  18. To challenge student to develop a personal sense of mission for giving the gospel message to the world in preparation for the soon return of Jesus.
  19. To assist students to develop an understanding of, and appreciation for, the worth of all people.
  20. To provide opportunities for students to develop appreciation for the value and dignity of labor by incorporation useful and productive labor as an intrinsic part of the total learning experience.
The Martin Memorial Seventh-day Adventist school offers a state approved curriculum supervised and accredited through the Education Department of the Kentucky/Tennessee Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, by the Southern Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, and by the National Council for private School Accreditation.
It is the policy of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in all its church-operated schools on elementary, secondary and tertiary levels in the United States, to admit students of any race and provide to all the rights, privileges, program and activities generally according or made available to the student at its schools making no discrimination on the basis of race in administration of education, polices, application of admission, scholarship or loan programs and athletic or extracurricular programs.
1.All new students must complete an application form and meet with the school teacher prior to enrollment. Applications for admission are subject to acceptance by the school board.
2.Any child being registered for the first grade must be at least six years of age by August 15 and have proof of Kindergarten experience. Experience in Adventist schools has shown that children enrolled at a later age often benefit from the delay. Parents are encouraged to consider the maturity and readiness of their child for first grade.
3.Any child transferring from another school will be required to present records from the last school attended and be required to take a placement examination to properly place him/her in the K-8 curriculum.
4.No child will be admitted whose account from the previous school year has not been paid in full. The School Board will consider requests for exception to this policy on an individual basis.
5.All new students and their parents will be accepted under a PROBATION PERIOD OF 30 DAYS. A review of the student’s progress will be arranged at the end of that period.
6.A complete medical examinations for all new students and students entering grades 1 and 6. Immunizations are required according to State law unless there is a medical or religious exemption on file.
  1. Schedule formal conferences with parents no less than twice per school year and keep the parents reasonably informed about the progress of their children in school. Documentation of such conferences will be maintained.
  2. Provide parents with grade average no less than bimonthly and require parent signatures.
  3. Maintain adequate and precise records of each student’s progress.
  4. Notify, within a reasonable period of time, the parents of any student whose quality of school work is likely to result in a D or F at the end of the grading period.
  5. Encourage each student in becoming a part of a positive learning program.
  6. Provide adequate and reasonable supervision to students entrusted to their care.
  7. Work with the local conference Department of Education in formulating education policies and guidelines as requested by that department.
  8. Work with the local school board in establishing policies and procedures that will best provide a positive Christian learning atmosphere.
  9. Implement the rules, policies, and decisions of the local school board and conference educational department.
            It is our posture that the education of the children is a primary responsibility of the parents. The efforts of the best teachers may bear little fruit if parents fail to act. In the formation of character, no other influence counts so much as the influence of the home
            Parents and teachers cooperate toward the well-being of the child. The teacher’s work should supplement that of the parents, but not take its place. Parents should require their children to respect the teacher and obey the teacher while at school. Complete cooperation is essential if the student is to grow mentally, spiritually, and socially.
            School board meetings are open to parents and other interested parties who wish to observe the proceeding, except for sessions designated as “closed” for purposes of confidentiality. Visitors who wish to address the school board or who wish to have items added to the meeting agenda may do so by making their request to the school board chairman at least three days prior to the scheduled board meeting.
            Martin Memorial SDA School uses professionally credentialed teachers within the classroom. The school supports and encourages parents’ active participation in school related activities outside the regular classroom. Community projects, field trips, spiritual programs, special projects, clerical assistance to the teacher, and Adventurer/Pathfinder club leadership/support are just a few of the opportunities for parental involvement.                 
  1. Uphold Christian ideals within the home.
  2. Assure that students arrive to and leave from school on time, are appropriately dressed, and provided with lunch.
  3. Monitor student progress and attend parent-teacher conferences. Schedule additional conferences with the teacher to discuss issues/concerns as needed and at times when all children have vacated the premises.
  4. Be aware of the need for good health habits for your children:
    1. Sufficient sleep
    2. Adequate breakfasts
    3. Nutritious lunches (NO soft drinks, caffeine or unclean meats in school lunches). Remember excessive sugar adversely affects learning.
  5. Arrange for dentist and medical appointments outside of school hours except in case of emergencies and unless the health of the child should otherwise be impaired. Each parent is expected to authorize the school to provide emergency medical treatment and release student medical information to appropriate parties.
  6. Keep students home if they show symptoms of communicable disease.
  7. See that each student has a Bible of the student’s choice and sufficient pencils and paper ready for the first day of school.
  8. Meet financial obligations to the school promptly.
  9. Parents agree to be responsible, along with their child, for any damages done to the school property.
RESPONSIBLITIES OF STUDENTS                                  
  1. Participation: Actively and constructively participate in school activities: classes, programs, field trips, and assignments to the best of ability.
  2. Basic Behavior Standards: Be helpful and respectful to parents, school personnel, and classmates. The student is expected to follow all the regulations of the school, written or announced, and to give prompt attention to the directions of school personnel. Honorably represent the school at all times, upholding the highest standard of personal conduct on and off the school premises: avoiding stealing, deceiving, falsehoods, half-truths, fraud, and any acts of dishonesty.
  3. Language: Every student is expected to use language befitting a follower of Christ. This eliminates slang expressions, impure or abusive language, or gestures, and taking God’s name in vain.
  4. Reading/Viewing/Listening: Focus attention on whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, and lovely (Philippians 4:4). The religious experience is to a good degree, determined by the character of the books read during leisure moments. Pupils are asked to read that which ennobles and uplifts and to abstain from reading questionable literature. The same principle applies to radios, stereos, televisions, computer, CD’s, DVD’s, MP3 players and iPods. Our question should be not, “What’s wrong with it?” but rather, “How will this bring me closer to God’s ideal for my life?” NO outside reading materials, computer software, electronic devices, or cell phones may be brought to school except by permission of the teacher.
  5. Safety: Be safe and safeguard others. Each student is expected to observe proper safety precautions and not bring onto the school property any weapons such as guns, knives, etc. Firecrackers, matches, and lighters are not allowed. Because of insurance considerations, students may not ride bicycles or motorcycles during school hours. Skateboards and roller skates are not permitted on school property. Play areas and equipment are available for use only during school hours and ONLY with teacher supervision.
  6. Leaving school grounds: Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds at any time without satisfactory previous arrangements with the teacher. Students will only be permitted to leave the premises with persons approved in writing by a parent. The protection of our students today is a vital matter which requires strict adherence to these guidelines.
  7. Lost Books and Damaged Property: Oops! Accidents happen and things get lost. The reality is that we all must be responsible for the cost of replacing or repairing things we have lost or damaged. Students who have lost or damaged books or school property will be required to cover the expense of repair or replacement of that property.
  8. Live healthfully: All students are required to take part in school physical education and health classes. A student will be allowed two successive days of non-participation with an explanatory note to the teacher from the parent. Beyond that, a note from the student’s doctor will be required.
  9. Live drug free. Use or possession of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, narcotics, or illegal drugs is strictly prohibited.
  10. Eat Well. Have breakfast before school. There is to be no nibbling on food or candy except at mealtime. Gum is not permitted at school. Bring lunch each day (no unclean meats, please. See Leviticus, chapter 11) Sweets in moderation may be eaten as part of lunch. Do not exchange food. However, with advanced permission from the teacher, a special treat may be brought for the entire class.
            Dress for success, not attention. Each student is expected to be neat, clean, and          well-groomed: Moderate and modest. The UNIFORM dress code is as follows:
  • Navy Blue Polo Shirts-short or long sleeved, as temperature indicates
  • Khaki skirts/pants/shorts to the knees or below, neither tight nor baggy
  • Navy Blue Polo Shirts-short or long sleeved, as temperature indicates
  • Khaki pants/shorts to the knees or below, neither tight nor baggy
  • Hair must be clean, neatly combed, of a natural color, and worn so that it will not obstruct vision. Extremes in hairstyle are inappropriate in a Christian school
  • For insurance purposes, shoes are required at all times, Outdoor shoes must encase the foot and be sturdy enough to support vigorous physical activity.
  • Shoes should have hard non-marring soles for use in the classroom
  • Jewelry is not to be worn with the exception of medical alerts.
  • Any makeup, including nail polish, should be natural in appearance.
  • On occasion and only at the teacher’s discretion, casual clothes may be worn for special activities. Skirt/Skorts, shorts, and pants must fall to the knee or below.
  • All clothes must be properly fitted and color coordinated. Tops must have sleeves and cover the entire mid-section during regular and vigorous physical activity. Pants are to be neither tight nor baggy and ride close to the waistline.
  • Logos advertising products or attitudes not in accordance with Christian standards are not acceptable.
  • Tattoos and piercings are unacceptable.
                                    8:00 AM - 3:15 PM Monday through Thursday
                                    8:00 AM – 2:00 PM Friday
It is not possible for the school to be responsible for children who arrive earlier or stay later than the stated times. When special arrangements are made with the teacher for a student to arrive early or stay late, the student is expected to entertain him or herself quietly at his or her desk so that the teacher may proceed with class preparations since playground time requires teacher supervision. The school board reserves the right to impose a daycare fee of $0.50 per minute should this provision be abused.
1.Excused absences are granted for illness of the student or death in the immediate family. Reasonable allowances will be made or absences, but the school is bound by state law to maintain attendance and punctuality records. By law the school must report any accumulation of 5 or more unexcused absences to the proper authorities.
2.A pupil who is excessively tardy or absent more than 20% of the school days in any marking period will be referred to the school board.
3.An excused absence allows the student to make up work that has been missed. 
Parents are encouraged to visit the school during scheduled opportunities and when prior arrangements have been made with the teacher. Parents should, however, be aware that such visits can be disruptive and should be limited as governed by good judgment.”
The school will close for weather emergencies if Hickman County Public Schools are closed. Parents should consult local media for local school closings. The teacher and the board under certain circumstances may modify this.
Several field trips are scheduled each year and are valuable additions to the instructional program. In some instances a small fee may be necessary to defray expenses. Field trips are counted as regular school days and each student is required to attend unless he/she meets the criteria for an excused absence (see “Attendance”). A permission slip signed by the parent is required before a student can participate in a school sponsored field trip.
In case of accident or sickness minimal first aid will be given. The teacher will dispense no medication, except by special arrangements between the teacher and parent.
The school phones are for business use only. Calling the school during school hours should be avoided except in cases of emergency.
In order to maintain an optimum environment for learning, it is necessary to maintain orderly conduct at all times. Respect for authority is the foundation of good discipline. Students must understand that while they are on school property or at any school function the teacher has the responsibilities to supervise their behavior. The parents are asking to help the students understand this need for orderly conduct.
  • Continual violation of any school regulation or insubordination toward school personnel
  • Fighting or intentionally harming another person
  • Intentionally causing damage to school property
  • The use or possession of alcoholic beverages, tobacco or illegal drugs/narcotics
  • Theft or breaking into locked areas
  • Entering or leaving the school by any means other than the regular entrances
  • Leaving the school property without permission
  • The use if profane or indecent language or obscene gestures.
  • Tuition for the first month of school is due at registration and for subsequent months by the 10th of each month.
  • Tuition for children of constituent church members will be as follows: $90.00 per month for the first child and $75.00 for each additional child.
  • Tuition for non-member families will be as follow: $140.00 for each child.
  • Registration fee for all students is $160.00 per child; due within 30 day of the day school begins.  (This fee may be paid $80.00 within thirty days of the day school begins and an additional $80.00 within 30 days of the day the second semester begins.)
  • If the entire registration fee is paid before the first day of school the fee will be $150.00.
  • Textbook use fee is $100.00 per student.
  • Parents will be billed regularly each month.
  • If an account becomes 30 days delinquent, the child will be permitted to remain in school only by special arrangement with school board.
  • The school board Chairman should be contacted with questions relative to financial information.
  • Payment should be mailed directly to:
    • Charles Harris, 3765 Aydelotte Road, Centerville, TN 37033.
  • Checks should be made payable to Martin Memorial SDA Church.
Acceleration may be considered during the first three grades if the child has entered the first grade at age six or over and is ready to cover and complete the study program in these grades more rapidly than the average student. Only in exceptional cases would it be advisable to accelerate a student in the upper grades. Skipping of grades is not permitted.
When a teacher believes that it is advisable for a student to accelerate his/her study program because of age and maturity, he must secure approval from the local Conference Department of Education before any commitment is made to the parents of the student.
Although each student should continually be required to strive for scholastic achievement, the goal should be realistically attainable. Success at a lower grade is better than frustration at a higher level.
            Student retention may occur upon recommendation from the teacher when it is in the best interest of the student and only with the approval of the school board and the KY-TN SDA Department of Education.
In compliance with Tennessee law regarding asbestos control, we are required to advise parents of the circumstances that exist at Martin Memorial SDA Christian School
This school has been inspected and it is a matter of record that Martin Memorial SDA School has NO asbestos present. Anyone wishing a copy of this report may inquire at the school.