Classical Conversations Tampa

"To know God and to make Him known.”

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Tampa Classical Conversations Policies and Procedures 2012-2013

Welcome As we start a new year of Classical Conversations Tampa, it is our prayer that our time together proves to strengthen both education and character. As a community, we must strive to encourage and affirm each other, build each other up and serve one another humbly. Our overarching goal is “To know God and make Him known.”

What is expected of Foundations/Essentials Parents in the classroom?

Your children are going to learn an unbelievable amount of information this year. They will grow socially, academically and spiritually as they interact with God’s Word and His children. The classroom Tutor is there to help you and pattern for you how to execute this learning process at home. This is why our policy is for you to not just attend one of your childrens' classrooms but interact with the Tutor and students. Please make sure that any outside appointments that you make are not on CC days. If your child is on campus, then a mom/dad/grandma will need to be on campus also. You will enjoy your classroom experience more if you first review that week’s Foundations Guide, Science Experiment and Art Project. Mothers with multiple children: Please adhere to our policy and remain in one classroom for the entire day. Please do not go from classroom to classroom because this only proves a distraction. In the classroom please be on the ready to assist the Tutor in anyway. Be engaged in the classroom.

What is expected of Foundations/Essentials Students the classroom?

Students are encouraged to participate in class and review the memory work at home. Students are expected to cooperate with basic Christian standards of behavior and conversation. Talking back or arguing with Tutors will not be tolerated. Prompt and cheerful obedience is expected. Students are expected to be aware of and avoid the off-limit areas of the building or outside grounds. Students are expected to treat all of the CC supplies and materials with respect and care.

What is expected of Foundations/Essentials Tutors in the classroom?

Our method of tutoring is modeling. We demonstrate to both the students and their attendant parent various methods of memorizing grammar from all major subjects. Then we practice the same techniques with students so they know what to do at home. Our academic goals include fostering the skills necessary to study the grammar in any field of study or vocation. These include learning various memorization techniques: songs; visuals; mental pegs; chants; exercises; sketching; and more.

What is expected of Challenge Parents?

As divinely-appointed overseers of your children and primary teachers of your students, you provide the tools, time and instruction needed to meet the goals of your homeschool. Embracing your responsibility as home educators, parents are accountable for teaching, testing, grading, and overseeing assignments. While the Challenge Program is a drop off you must avoid dropping out. Read the guide for your level and read the weekly email updates from your Director. Stay engaged with your student in their weekly assignments. Communicate any questions or concerns with your Director. There is not a study hall. Students are to remain with their parents if not taking a Challenge class. Please make arrangements accordingly.

What is expected of Challenge Students?

As the primary beneficiary of this partnership and mentorship, students mature in the ownership of their educational or learning journey. Students complete their work at home and participate in a weekly community gathering with the desire to share their presentations, special projects and thoughts as they utilize the tools of learning.

What is expected of Challenge Directors in the classroom?

Directors will utilize our classical curriculum outlines, encourage parents and motivate students. Our Directors model the classical tools of learning, facilitate weekly activities and discussions, and provide accountability. With a heart of discipleship, our Directors encourage both parents and students to aim high in their academic aspirations within the context of a biblical worldview.

What is the Dress Code?

Dress should be modest. Overall in a way that honors our Father in heaven. That means dressing to please Him and to make others comfortable around us. We are to honor the body of Christ and not our personal desires. A good way to be sure we do this is for daughters to ask their earthly father if they are dressed modestly and un-provocatively and for sons to ask their mothers if they are dressed neatly and honorably. Since these are children it is up to us, their parents, to teach them to respect others with their dress. (A good rule of thumb is that shorts fall at or below your fingertips, straps are three fingers wide. Any dress code issues will be handled according to our discipline policy.

Classroom Conduct Codes

In the classrooms, Tutors/Directors are the authority. Please be courteous to students in their classrooms when changing classes or on your break. Use of profanity or inappropriate language is prohibited. Integrity is expected in the presentation and completion of work.

Electronics Policy

Laptops, IPods, MP3, DS, or any other electronic devices are not allowed on campus. The only exception to this is the use of laptops for presentation purposes in the Challenge level. No cell phones are to be used during campus hours, including texting. Cell phone use is allowed before 8:45, during lunch, and after 3:45. This includes Moms. Please do not use your cell phones during class.

What is the Discipline policy?

There has only rarely been a discipline issue within the program. Classical Conversations iscommitted to helping the enrolled students receive a Christian education, so pushing one another towards godly character must be an important part of our entire program. If a child is not respectful to another student or the Tutor, it is up to the Tutor to immediately encourage the offender to sincerely repent and apologize, and to encourage the offended to be forgiving. In other words, we are to deal privately with the matter and move on. However, if the child refuses to repent (change conduct), a note will be sent to the parent, with a follow up phone call to discuss the situation. If the child misbehaves again, the parent will be called to pick up the child. If the offense occurs a third time, the student will be dismissed from the program. This policy copies the three-step procedure in Matthew 18:15-17. Because participation of our children is critical to the success of the program, especially in the Challenge levels, lack of participation may be handled in this same manner.

What are the Campus Policies?

Stewardship of the facility and smooth execution of the CC program are important goals for us. Please remember we are guests at Christ Community Church. We are called to treat our host facility with care and consideration. Working together, we can show our appreciation and manage our program to the benefit of all. Please be on time and help others to be on time.

No running in facility at any time.

A WATER ONLY policy will be enforced. This includes lunch time. Tots are permitted to bring juice or milk in a non-drip sip cup. Adults over 21 are permitted to bring a beverage in a closed container.

All vending machines are off limits.

Please label all personal items: i.e. lunch boxes, thermoses, sip cups, etc. There will be a lost and found for all labeled items left behind. Any items without a name will be discarded.

What are the Lunch/Food Policies?

Please bring a sac lunch. If food is to be refrigerated, please bring your own cooler or thermal lunch box. The kitchen is limited to CC use only for science and art, as needed. Use of kitchen equipment and supplies is prohibited. A WATER ONLY policy will be enforced. Tots are permitted to bring juice or milk in a non-drip sip cup. Adults over 21 are permitted to bring a beverage in a closed container. Lunch is permitted outside ONLY. If it has rained anytime in the morning prior to lunch, lunch will be in the fellowship hall. Eating in CC classrooms is at the Director's or Tutor's discretion. Moms with children in the Tot’s class are to sign-out children promptly by 12:00. Sign–in for the Tot’s class and the afternoon camp is 12:45. Everyone is responsible to clear their own eating area. Please be mindful to clear area around and under your eating area. All food is to be disposed of in the trash receptacles.

A WATER ONLY policy will be enforced. Tots are permitted to bring juice or milk in a non-drip sip cup. Adults over 21 are permitted to bring a beverage in a closed container.

Lunch is permitted outside ONLY. If it has rained anytime in the morning prior to lunch, lunch will be in the fellowship hall. Eating in CC classrooms is at the Director's or Tutor's discretion.

All vending machines are off limits.

Moms with children in the Tot’s class are to sign-out children promptly by 11:50. Sign–in for the Tot’s class and the afternoon camp is 12:45.

Everyone is responsible to clear their own eating area. Please be mindful to clear area around and under your eating area. All food is to be disposed of in the trash receptacles. Additional cleaning duties will be posted.

Please label all personal items: i.e. lunch boxes, thermoses, sip cups, etc. There will be a lost and found for all labeled items left behind. Any items without a name will be discarded.

What are the Cleaning Duties?

Clean up your own space. All are expected assist with cleaning duties. All tables are to be wiped down. Cleaning supplies will be provided . Often Set up for Essentials or other classrooms will be necessary. Please lend a helping hand and a servant heart. Playground area is to be clear of trash and personal belongings. Outside trash can is to be emptied. Floors in the Fellowship Hall are to be vacuumed. After lunch and again at the end of day, all trash is to be disposed of and taken to the dumpster located in the SW corner of parking lot. After Lunch and again at the end of the day, bathrooms are to be checked and tidied if necessary. Trash is to be taken out if the receptacle is full. A schedule of Cleaning Duties will be assigned.

What is the Daily Schedule?

8:15 - 8:45
Directors and Tutors:Arrive and prepare rooms.
8:45 - 8:55
Directors and Tutors:Meet in Room 9 for group prayer. Foundations: Meet in sanctuary. (Students and room moms are to sit in their designated class rows in sanctuary).               Challenge: Students report directly to their class.
9:00
Challenge:Classes promptly begin.
9:00 - 9:20
Foundations (only) - Morning Assembly
9:30 - Noon
Foundations- individual class time
12:00-12:30
Challenge - Lunch Break – (outside only)
12:00-12:30
Foundations - Lunch Break – (outside only)
12:00-12:45 p.m.
Challenge classes resume.
12:50
Sign-in children for Funicus Maximus.
1:00
Essentials classes begin
3:15
Essentials classes end / Clean up begins
3:20
Sign out children from Funicus Maximus
3:30
Challenge classes end / Clean up begins

What is the Sick Child Policy?

Please keep children off campus if they are or have been experiencing any of these symptoms with in 24 hours prior to the beginning of class. Fever above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and looks and acts ill, uncontrolled coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, persistent crying, or lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting or any sort of rash, especially when accompanied by a fever or behavior change. If you have a sick child that stays home, the whole family must stay at home. Please do not bring siblings in the Foundation program when the parent will not be able to be there. While having a sick child is a hardship for most families, it is important that parents enact the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

What is the Inclement Weather Policy?

If Hillsborough County has issued a hazardous weather warning, and we are instructed by Christ Community Church to cancel classes, direction will be given via e-mail. When these weather conditions arise, please be sure to check your e-mail if you question whether classes are canceled. If Hillsborough County Schools are closed, then we are closed.

" Train up a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”