1. What time is lunch and what happens if my child has forgotten his lunch or lunch money?
Mondays through Thursdays, lunch is from 12:46 – 1:16.
On Fridays and all minimum days, lunch is from 11:42 – 12:12.
If your child forgets his lunch or his lunch money, he should go to the cafeteria with his I.D. card and make his food selections and go through the cashier line, explaining his situation to the cashier. The next day, he can bring money to cover the cost of lunch from the day before. In addition, many of our students are willing to share part of their lunches with their friends.
2. Homework Requests
After a student has been out of school for three days, a parent may call our front desk (289-1800) and request homework assignments. Many teachers instruct their students to write down the name and phone number of a classmate and contact that person with questions about homework. This usually is the best way to stay current and keep grades up when the flu season hits.
3. Off-Campus Appointments
Students must be signed out by a parent or individual listed on the emergency card prior to leaving campus. Please call ahead to notify the office or write a note and have your child bring it to the attendance desk in the morning before school. Include the child’s first and last name, the time the student will need to leave campus, and the reason for leaving school.
4. Lost and Found
Yes, we do have several places for lost items:
• Jewelry gets brought up to Mrs. Bentley in the office.
• Cell phones are turned in to Mr. Jackson in the office.
• Textbooks are sent to Mrs. Deal in the library.
• Students can check with Mr. Duenas in room 70 for all other lost items.
5. Sending Messages to Students
Due to our inability to verify a caller’s identity, we do not send messages to students.
6. What should a student do if she needs to use a phone?
Any student may come up to the office at break or lunch or after school and ask permission to use the office phone. We limit calls during the school day for emergencies. Forgetting homework is not an emergency. After school each day, we have a few students who use the office phone to let parents know about a change in plans – that they need to stay at school for a project, or that they are going to a friend’s house, or that they missed the bus and need a ride.
7. What happens if my child forgets her PE clothes?
If a student doesn’t have her PE clothes with her at school, she may lose points that day in PE. Students also have the option to wear “loaners,” P.E. shorts and shirts that can be borrowed from the PE teachers for the day. Sometimes, parents drop off PE clothes in the office and our student office assistants run them down to the PE offices.
8. What should I do if my child is being “bullied” by someone at school?
Encourage your child to come to the office and meet with his/her counselor to talk about the bullying events. The sooner a student tells an adult at school, the sooner the behavior will stop. A parent can also call the school and speak to a counselor or administrator regarding bullying issues. Please click here to see the district policy on bullying.
9. Contacting teachers
If you need to leave a message for a teacher or would like to schedule a conference with a teacher, call the front office number and ask to be put through to the teacher’s voice mail. Teachers do not typically take phone calls when classes are in session.
10. What should I do if my child’s grades are dropping?
There are three things you can do if your child’s grades have dropped:
• Check your child’s agenda daily. All classroom teachers set up agendas for the week and give students time at the beginning of the week to write down the assignments. Some kids may write down the assignments, but then they never open up their agendas and often forget what needs to get done and when it is due.
• Get a Parent Connect Password (come into the office anytime between 8 – 4 PM with a photo ID) and at least weekly, check on your student’s test and quiz scores and homework completion. Some parents have rewards for doing well or consequences for missing work each evening (time on the computer or having a friend over or extra chores such as the dinner dishes or lost computer time or IPOD time).
• Encourage your child to talk with his teachers to get specific information about missing work or low scores on tests or to set up time before or after school for additional help.
• Parents may contact teachers to set up a phone conference and get specific information about the student’s progress in class. All teachers have email accounts and voice mailboxes. (Click on the staff tab and the teacher’s name to see his contact information).
• Talk to your child’s school counselor about getting a list of names of student tutors from Buena High School.
11. Are there things for students to do during lunch?
Yes, we have a number of clubs that meet each week during the year and special activities or events held at lunch. Please check the Sports / Clubs tab for details. Club news is also listed in the Bulletins printed on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. In addition, the library is open at lunch Mondays through Thursdays.