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Expectations for Student Learning
Expectations for Professional Practice
Responsibilities of Students
Responsibilities of Parents
Dress Code
Attendance and Punctuality
Inclement Weather
Breakfast and Lunch Procedures
Playground Policy
Emergency Closing
Academic Program
Classroom Supplies
Special Education
Health Room
Parental and Community Support
Home & School
Lost & Found
Bringing Valuables to School
Parent Emergency Contact Information
Fire Drills

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

The entire McCloskey School Staff looks forward to having your child in our school. Our dedicated staff will instruct your child in all major curriculum areas in a safe, orderly school environment.

This handbook contains valuable information that will be useful throughout the entire school year. PLEASE REVIEW THIS BOOK WITH YOUR CHILD. ​Monthly calendars ,and newsletters as well as Home and School announcements will keep you further informed. If you have additional questions or concerns, please call our school.

Success in school depends on many aspects. Therefore, our children will benefit best when parents, school staff and the community working together as partners in their education. We invite your cooperation and support to help us establish a school in
which our students can learn and grow.

Thank you for your support and partnership in your child’s education.


John W. Spencer,


John F. McCloskey is a school dedicated to increasing students’ performance in all academic areas to a level of proficiency and above as determined by the State and National Standards in a safe, positive and respectful environment. We commit to a comprehensive system to support to ensure this outcome.

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Vision Statement

The vision of the John F. McCloskey school is to bring into being responsible and productive citizens. Our learning environment will enable and foster all students to achieve the intellectual aptitude needed to help them reach their full potential. We will provide our students with the skills necessary to contribute meaningfully and purposefully to the community. McCloskey students will have the competence to work cooperatively and independently, to communicate and express themselves effectively and to become self reliant citizens capable of solving today’s and tomorrow’s problems.

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Expectations for Student Learning

The McCloskey School believes that all students can learn at high levels and that the achievement gap can be eliminated. The McCloskey School expects all students to be literate, to be able to solve problems, work cooperatively and positively, think critically and abstractly, use technology, demonstrate responsibility for academic achievement and behavior, understand and respect cultural diversity and adapt to change. When students do not meet expectations, the McCloskey School will support students by modifying instructional practices and programs, and by implementing supports so
that every child can be successful.

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Expectations for Professional Practice

The McCloskey School is committed to implementing the School District of Philadelphia’s curriculum and research based instructional practices that will meet or exceed the Pennsylvania State Standards.

The McCloskey School is committed to the role of the teacher as that of a facilitator of rigorous learning in a respectful, orderly, safe and student-centered classroom. The McCloskey School will maintain professional collaboration through sharing Best Practices and examining student work, and will engage in setting professional goals and continuous learning. The McCloskey School will ensure internal accountability through analysis of data as it pertains to the achievement of measurable goals, and will provide professional development aligned to the goals.

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The Code of Student Conduct establishes policies, rules, and expectations for all school community members to learn, teach, and work together. Consequences for students who endanger school safety or disrupt the educational experience of others are listed in detail. The Code of Student Conduct applies during school and on the way to and from school, including, but not limited to travel on School District vehicles, private transportation, and public transit systems.

Families and guardians are critical to our community. We ask that they please read and understand the Code of Student Conduct and School Student Handbook, and discuss them with their children. We understand that families and guardians know best how to make sure that their children understand the expectations that will lead to a safe and orderly school community.
This Code of Student Conduct provides definitions of disruptive behaviors. Although some definitions include examples, the behaviors include, but are not limited to, the examples given.

Parents, guardians, and caregivers who have any questions or concerns are encouraged to contact the school principal and/or the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at phone number 215-400-4830 or website – https://www.philasd.org/studentrights/

Responsibilities of Students

● Respect all members of the school community.
● Understand and comply with school rules and climate expectations, including the Code of Student Conduct and School Student Handbook.
● Comply with the School District’s attendance, dress code, unlawful harassment, and bullying policies.
● Behave in a manner that focuses on academic success.
● Be responsible and accountable for following rules.●
● Respect our country and its flag (Students may decline to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and may refrain from saluting the Flag but shall respect the         rights of classmates who wish to participate)

McCloskey Student Responsibilities

Hallway Rules (HALL)

● H​ands at your side
● A​ll eyes forward
● L​ips zipped.
● L​ow speed

Auditorium Rules (STAGE)

● S​it every other seat in your assigned row
● T​uck hands in your lap and keep feet below
● A​ctively listen to each part of the show
● G​ive guests the respect we’re sure that you know
● E​nter and exit quickly to maintain the flow

Recess Rules (RECESS)

● Ready to play safely
● Everyone will be respectful
● Cooperation is the key
● Everyone should use the bathroom
● Stop when the bell rings
● Silence when in line

Lunch Rules (LUNCH)

● L​et’s walk in quietly and take a seat
● U​se proper manners and inside voices
● N​eatness counts
● C​lean up after yourself in an orderly manner
● H​ands up if you need help

Bathroom Rules

● Be considerate of others
● Always flush when finished
● Travel to and from quietly
● Hands should always be washed
● Return directly to class
● Only travel with a pass
● Others need to take a turn
● Make it back quickly so you can LEARN

Fire Drill Rules

● S​ilence
● O​rder
● S​peed

Exit routes have been established for each class and each floor. Students are to proceed
in a single file to the designated area in the schoolyard.

Yard Rules (YARD)

● Y​ou need to be in line on time
● A​lways 8:20, not 8:28
● R​ecite the pledge, nice and loud
● D​o your best and make us proud


The McCloskey Elementary School has a NO BULLYING Policy. If your child is being bullied in the school, please come in to the school and complete a Parent Concern Form.

Rules of Conduct
General Statement


Scope of the Rules of Discipline

These rules shall apply to any conduct:
● on school grounds during the school day or immediately before or after school hours;
● on school grounds at any other time when the school is being used by a school group;
● off school grounds, at any school activity, function or event;
● traveling to and from school, including actions on any school bus, van or public conveyance;
● off school grounds when the conduct may reasonably be expected to undermine the proper disciplinary authority of the school, the safety of students       or staff, or disruption within the school

Overnight Suspension

Every effort will be made to avoid official suspensions, however when a student consistently refuses to comply with the Student Code of Conduct, an Overnight Suspension will be given to the student. This is a Mandatory Parent Conference. The parent must accompany the student to school on the following day of the infraction.

Vandalism and Graffiti

Destruction of any part of the school by this means will be dealt with most severely on
an individual basis in relation to the level of the offense and the destruction caused. A
may also be required to provide financial restitution. Permanent magic markers, spray
paint and paint sticks are not permitted on school ground and will be confiscated. The
staff and students take pride in their environment.

Leaving School Grounds

Leaving the school grounds during the day is prohibited without the permission of an administrator and will result in disciplinary action.

Mobile Devices/Video Games

CD players, video games, Walk Man etc. are not to be brought to school. Students found in possession of these items will have them taken. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements for the return of any confiscated item.

Beepers, Cell Phones and Telephonic Devices, Mace, Pepper Spray and Laser Pointers

It is the policy of the School District of Philadelphia that students may not possess or use beepers, cell phones or other telephonic devices in school. When a beeper, cell phone or other telephonic device is discovered, it must be removed from the student’s possession. The item must be turned over to an administrator. The administrator will maintain a record identifying the item confiscated and the student it was taken from. Pepper sprays and laser pointers are not permitted. They will be confiscated and not returned. It is the responsibility of the parent to make arrangements with the principal .to pick up the confiscated item within one month. Items not claimed within one month, or confiscated in relation to another offense, or on a subsequent violation of this policy, will not generally be returned.

Community Behavior

Students walking home are reminded that they are to use the sidewalks, to cross at the corners for safety and to follow the directions of crossing-guards. For the safety of all students, make certain that your child knows the rules about talking to strangers. We expect our students to respect the property of neighboring residents and businesses.
Students are not to litter the neighborhood.

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Responsibilities of Parents/Guardians and Advocates

● Respect all members of the school community.
● Respect, understand, and support school rules and regulations.
● Respect, understand, and support the policies of The School District of Philadelphia.
● Recognize and understand that school personnel must enforce school rules.
● Teach children to respect the rights of others and follow school rules.
● Emphasize the importance of being prepared for school and adhering to school rules to foster academic success.

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Dress Code Expectations

Students are expected to follow their school’s dress code so that their appearance does not constitute a health or safety hazard. School principals must determine and communicate the final decision regarding what is considered proper or improper attire.

A dress code violation shall not result in an exclusion from the classroom environment.
Repeated uniform violations may result in a detention during non-instructional time.
Principals may declare spirit or club days and allow students to wear school spirit shirts, or schedule dress-up days (e.g., when school pictures are scheduled) or allow students to wear other attire such as uniforms or special dress for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, athletes, cheerleaders, band, or chorus. Nothing in this Code of Student Conduct restricts or bans a student from wearing religious garb. Parents with concerns regarding religious dress are encouraged to discuss them with the principal.

Students shall have the right to dress in accordance with their stated gender identityand/or expression within the constraints of the school’s dress code.
Additional questions concerning the dress code should be referred to the principal orhis/her designee.
Appropriate attire, grooming and personal appearance is essential to a positive learningexperience. Students are required to wear the mandated uniform everyday, whether in school or on a class trip. In accordance with the District’s Code of Student Conduct, students who are not in uniform everyday will be eliminated from various activities throughout the school year. The student attire is as follows:

The dress code will be strictly enforced. The following are accepted attire for McCloskey Students:

Uniform Kindergarten – 6th grade

● Boys – Navy slacks, light blue polo shirts or light blue button down shirts, navy
blue tie, navy blue sweaters. Navy shorts, Navy or black socks with shorts.
● Rubber bottom shoes. No open-toe shoes (e. g. slides, flip flops)
● Girls – Navy blue skirts, navy jumper dress, navy slacks, light blue button down
shirts, light blue polo shirts, navy blue sweaters, navy blue tights, cross tie.
● Navy shorts, Navy or black socks with shorts.
● Rubber bottom shoes. No open-toe shoes (e. g. slides, flip flops)
● Girls should NOT​ wear hoop earrings larger than a quarter.

Uniform Students in 7th and 8th grade: Middle Years Academy

● Boys– Tan/khaki slacks, light blue or white oxford shirts with navy blue tie or
white polo shirts, navy blue blazer or sweater.
● Tan/khaki shorts. Solid Black or white socks with shorts.
● Rubber bottom shoes. No open-toe shoes (e. g. slides, flip flops)
● Girls- Tan/khaki slacks, skirts, light blue or white oxford shirts with navy blue cross tie or white polo shirts, navy blue blazer or sweater, and navy or        tan tights.
● Tan/khaki shorts. Solid Black or white socks with shorts.
● Rubber bottom shoes. No open-toe shoes (e. g. slides, flip flops)
● Girls should NOT wear hoop earrings larger than a quarter.
● On Gym days, a gym uniform is required. The uniform is blue T-Shirt, McCloskey T-shirt and navy shorts or sweatpants and rubber soled shoes.
                            Students not dressed in proper uniform will not be able to participate in gym activities.
● No hats, oversized shirts or baggy pants will be accepted as well as sweatbands. No blue jeans under student’s dress or skirt are acceptable.


On days when the temperature is above 80 degrees navy khaki shorts to the knees can be worn with a short sleeve solid navy blue polo or button shirt.
Parents will be contacted to bring a change of clothes if their child is not properly dressed.

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Attendance and Punctuality of Pupils

The policy of the School District of Philadelphia requires that school-aged students enrolled in the schools of this District attend school regularly, on time, and for the whole school day in accordance with the laws of the State of Pennsylvania.


When a pupil is absent for three days due to illness, a written doctor’s note documenting the medical necessity for the absence must be brought to school unless the principal has verified the legitimacy of the absence through other means. When possible, a parent is to notify the school if a pupil is to be absent for several days.

Every effort should be made to make up missed work as a result of the absence. Work missed because of an absence can lower academic marks. Students are responsible for making up work missed. In the event that work is not completed it could result in a consequence, loss of privilege or other disciplinary action.

School Attendance Requirement

In Philadelphia County, school attendance is required for all children ages 6 to 17. “Attend school” means that a child must be enrolled and attend a public school, a charter school, a cyber-charter school, or a private or religious-based school, or else participate in an approved home schooling program. Once a student age 5 or older is registered for school, he/she is considered school-age and is required to attend school daily. If the student/family does not comply, they can be referred to Department of Human Services (DHS) for truancy services.
Pennsylvania Department of Education regulations state that children are considered school age from the time they are admitted to the public school educational program until graduation from high school or the age of 21 is reached. During the time a child is of school age, he/she is entitled to attend the public schools in The School District of Philadelphia or a charter school. Students who turn 21 during the school term are entitled to finish out the school year.

Parents/guardians are expected to:

● Ensure that their children between the ages of six and 17 are enrolled in school and attend school regularly, on time, and for the entire school day.
● Emphasize the importance of on-time attendance in school, class, and supervised activities-and celebrate good attendance and success.
● Send their child to school every day prepared to participate and learn by providing a good night’s sleep and breakfast.
● Establish reasonable, age-appropriate curfews and bedtimes.
● Make personal appointments for their child outside of the school day or during school breaks as often as possible.
● Ensure that their child receives the periodic student health examinations that are required by law.
● Schedule family vacations to coincide with school recesses.
● Call the school when their child is absent.
● Provide a written excuse for every absence when their child returns to school.
● Provide a written excuse for every late arrival and early departure.
● Provide the school with correct current addresses, emergency contacts, home, cell, and work telephone numbers, e-mail addresses at the beginning            of each school year and update information whenever there are changes.
● Help develop and implement the individualized plan for their child’s improved attendance when necessary.

When can a student be absent?

Sometimes students have to miss school. These “excused absences” apply under circumstances such as illness or injury, teen parent leave (six weeks or thirty school days) after the birth of a child, death/funeral-related absence, education-related trips or activities, suspension, and religious holidays. A written note from a parent or guardian must be submitted to the school immediately upon a student’s return to school. Such note must include a valid telephone number or other means of contact for verification purposes. Certification of illness/injury/delivery is required if the absence extends for three or more consecutive days. The student/family has three days from the date of the absence to provide documentation to the school for an excused absence. After the third day, the school principal or designee has the discretion to approve or deny the note.

An “unexcused” or “illegal” absence occurs when a student is absent without a valid excuse in writing. That means that either no written note was submitted to the school upon the student’s return or that the reason provided in the note was deemed invalid.
Examples of invalid excuses include (but not limited to) babysitting, waking up late, or being on vacation with family.
Additional attendance and truancy information is available on The School District of Philadelphia’s Attendance and Truancy website –

Responses to Non-Attendance (Truancy)

A student who has missed three (3) or more unexcused days of school during a school year is considered truant under the law. Once a student is truant, the school must notify the parent/guardian in writing via the Three Day Legal Notice letter. This notice must be in the language preferred by the parent/guardian. The notice may include an offer to have a school attendance improvement conference. At the school level, truancy can result in school-based interventions (home visits, school attendance improvement plan (SAIP), academic supports, social service referrals, or a referral to the counselor).
If a child who is truant continues to have unexcused absences, the school is then required to invite the family into the school for a student attendance improvement plan (SAIP) conference. The parent and child must be invited to this conference in advance, but are not required to attend. At the conference the reasons for the child’s absences must be discussed and the school must create a plan to help remove any barriers to
attendance that the child is facing.
A SAIP must be developed for any student who has between three (3) and six (6) unexcused absences. If the student’s attendance does not improve, the student may be referred to Regional Truancy Court or to DHS, depending on the child’s age. The school must provide the plan with any referral to DHS or the court.

When a child is in Kindergarten through 3rd grade a truancy case manager will be assigned to assist the family. When a child in 4th grade or above, they are referred to Truancy Court and a truancy case manager will be assigned to work with the family to help remove any barriers to attendance the child may face. The child and parent/guardian will be required to attend Truancy Court to discuss the child’s attendance. The parent/guardian must comply with the Truancy Court Order. The Court Order may include a referral for services. If the child’s attendance does not improve, the
Truancy Court may refer the case to Family Court. In Family Court, a Judge may adjudicate the child dependent, and possibly order the child removed from his or her home and placed into foster care or a group home setting.

Late Procedures for Children

Children arriving after classes have begun to miss important instructional time and interrupt the instruction that has started in the classrooms. All children who report to school after classes have entered the building are considered late at McCloskey. Children must sign the late book at the designated late desk at the annex entrance and receive a late slip. If excessive lateness patterns continue, the student will be referred to the Counselor for MTSS. At the request of the teacher, a parental conference may be held or detentions assigned to correct the behavior. Unexcused lateness which causes a student to miss all or a substantial part of the day’s instructional time may be coded as an unexcused absence in accordance with District policy.

Late Pick-Ups

Late pick-ups cause children unnecessary stress. In addition, we do not have staff available to remain with children after the regularly scheduled dismissal time. Please plan ahead and avoid this problem. Students who are not picked up on time are brought back into the main office.

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Date Event
August 20, 2018 First Day for Staff
August 20 – 22, 2018 District-wide Professional Development
August 20 – 23, 2018 Kindergarten Parent/Teacher Interviews
August 23, 2018 School-based Professional Development
August 24, 2018 Reorganization
August 27, 2018 First Day for Students
August 31, 2018 Professional Development Half Day -12:09 Dismissal
September 3, 2018 Labor Day– Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed
September 10, 2018 Rosh Hashanah– Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed
September 19, 2018 Yom Kippur– Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed
September 21, 2018 2019-2020 School Selection Process Begins
October 2 – 4, 2018 Interim Reports Distributed
October 5, 2018 Professional Development Half Day 12:09 Dismissal
November 2, 2018 School Selection Process Ends
November 6, 2018 Election Day– Full Day Professional Development (Staff Only)
November 7 – 9, 2018 Report card conferences
November 12, 2018 Veterans’ Day Observed – Schools and Administrative Offices Closed
November 22 – 23, 2018 Thanksgiving Holiday – Schools and Administrative Offices Closed
December 11 – 13, 2018 Interim Reports
December 24, 2018 Winter Recess – Schools Closed
December 25, 2018 Winter Recess – Schools and Administrative Offices Closed
December 26 – 28, 2018 Winter Recess – Schools Closed
December 31, 2018 Winter Recess – Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed
January 1, 2019 New Year’s Day – Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed
January 18, 2019 Professional Development Day – Staff Only
January 21, 2019 Dr. Martin Luther King Day – Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed
January 30 – February 1, 2019 Report Card Conferences – 12:09 Dismissal
February 18, 2019 Presidents’ Day – Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed
February 26 – 28, 2019 Interim Reports
March 1, 2019 Professional Development Half Day – 12:09 Dismissal
April 3 – 5, 2019 Report Card Conferences
April 12, 2019 Professional Development Half Day – 12:09 Dismissal
April 18, 2019 Spring Recess – Schools Closed
April 19, 2019 Good Friday – Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed
April 22, 2019 Spring Recess – Schools Closed
May 7 – 9, 2019 Interim Reports
May 14, 2019 Pennsylvania Primary Election Day (Tentative) – Schools Closed
May 27, 2019 Memorial Day – Schools and Administrative Offices Closed
May 31 – June 4, 2019 Graduation Window
June 4, 2019 Last Day for Students
June 5, 2019 Last Day for Staff

Total Number of Days Scheduled Student Attendance: 180

Month Days of Attendance
August 5
September 17
October 23
November 18
December 15
January 20
February 19
March 21
April 19
May 21
June 2

Bell Schedule

Full Day

8:20 AM Sign-in for Teachers
8:25 AM Warning Bell
8:30 AM Admission for Students
10:45 K-1 Lunch
11:30 Grades 2-5 Lunch
12:15 Grades 7-8 Lunch
3:09 Dismissal

Early Dismissal & Report Card Conferences

8:20 AM Sign-in for Teachers
8:25 AM Warning Bell
8:30 AM Admission for Students
10:05 AM K-2 Lunch
10:45 AM Grades 3-5 Lunch
11:25 AM Grades 6-8 Lunch
12:09 Dismissal
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Inclement Weather Admission

In the event of rain, snow or extreme weather conditions, children will begin to enter the building via the gym/lunchroom door at 8:00 a.m. Breakfast will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. All students will remain in the gym/lunchroom until 8: 30 a.m. when they are escorted to class.

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Breakfast Procedures

National statistics confirm that eating a full breakfast contributes to greater alertness, fewer absences and high energy levels. According to the National School Lunch Program, breakfast contributes to one fourth of the Recommended Daily Allowances. Students at McCloskey are entitled to a cost-free breakfast. No child will be refused a breakfast, however, the following schedule will be strictly enforced to ensure that
students are fed and ready for school on time.


Lunchroom Procedures

All Philadelphia schools participate in the National School Lunch Program. According to  the National School Lunch Program, lunch contributes to one third of the Recommended Daily Allowances. Students at McCloskey are entitled to a cost-free lunch. Students will be brought to the lunchroom by their teachers at their assigned lunchtime and escorted to their tables and seated by their classroom teacher. Children must adhere to the established rules in the lunchroom at all times. When lunch has ended and weather permitting, Lunchroom monitors will escort and supervise the students to the recess
areas. At the end of the lunchtime, classes will line up per the assignments in the schoolyard where classroom teachers will meet them and escort them to the classrooms.

Inclement Lunchroom Procedures

The children will remain in the lunchroom for 30 minutes​. The children will be provided with an activity basket filled with EDUCATIONAL games and books by their teachers.

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Playground Rules and Regulations

The playground is supervised during all recesses. Students are instructed on the playground safety throughout the school year. Expectations are available in each classroom, throughout the school building and posted by the doors headed outside.

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End of Day Dismissal

At dismissal students will be dismissed one floor at a time.

End of Day Dismissal – Inclement Weather

Kindergarten through 2nd grade parents will pick-up their children from the lunchroom/GYM. All other classes will be dismissed one floor at a time escorted by their teachers schoolyard.

Extra Curricular Activity Dismissal

Staff with EC Clubs will​ meet their students in the yard immediately following dismissal. At the conclusion of the club activity; ALL​ students will to be escorted to the main entrance for dismissal.

Early Dismissal Request


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Emergency Closing of Schools

If the Superintendent of School is given reason in advance not to open schools, every attempt will be made to have information regarding the citywide closing of schools on the air by 5:00 AM. The broadcast number for all day schools of the School District of Philadelphia is 100, although most radio and television stations will refer the Philadelphia public schools. If schools can not open at their regular time, they will remain closed for the day. Listen to KYW radio 1060 AM for all emergency school closing information. Check the School District website ​www.philasd.org​ for up to date information.
If inclement weather or any other emergency leads to a decision to close a school prior to the regular dismissal time, every effort will be made to broadcast the information on KYW radio and television by 11:00 AM. If the decision is made to close the schools during the afternoon, but before the regular dismissal time, every effort will be made to have the information broadcast by 1:00 PM.

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Academic Program


The Philadelphia School District applies a balanced literacy approach to the instruction of English Language Arts (ELA). This approach combines whole language instruction with phonics instruction, and students learn by engaging with reading and writing independently and through teacher models. The balance between collaborative and independent learning incorporates best practices for the multiple ways students best learn. District teachers are provided with a core curriculum and resources and have the autonomy to decide on instructional practices that fit their classroom.

All District ELA teachers design instruction and assessment in accordance with the PA Core Standards. These standards set high expectations in order to ensure that all students are college and career ready prior to graduation.
Schools have autonomy to select the instructional materials that meet the needs of students. Additionally, teachers have access to professional development and use of the Curriculum Engine, to enhance their instruction.


“All students think mathematically, and they will be empowered to own, share, and do mathematics.”

A set of common guiding principles drives our work:

● Undertaking purpose-driven work, intentionally concentrating on the most important mathematical ideas and fostering a shared understanding of           learning goals
● Offering rich and meaningful tasks, which allow students to explore different strategies, explain their thinking, see mathematics as relevant, struggle       productively, and develop as problem-solvers
● Promoting equitable discourse by ensuring balance between classroom voices and offering regular opportunities for students to both share their                reasoning with each other and value each others’ contributions
● Encouraging questioning and curiosity about mathematics, as an interesting and rich academic pursuit, and about the diversity of students’                         reasoning  and problem-solving approaches
● Valuing diverse thinking by nurturing classroom spaces that are collaborative and safe for sharing, by highlighting students’ knowledge within their        responses, and by seeking to support understanding over merely solving.

The School District of Philadelphia’s mathematics curriculum and resources support conceptual understanding, fluency, and application. District teachers are provided with a core curriculum and resources and have the autonomy to decide on instructional practices that fit their
classroom. All District mathematics teachers design instruction and assessment in accordance with the PA Core Standards. These standards set high expectations in order to ensure that all students are college and career ready prior to graduation. In addition, they promote opportunities to
critically engage in mathematical problem solving. Schools have autonomy to select the instructional materials that meet the needs of students.
Additionally, teachers have access to professional development and use of the Curriculum Engine, to enhance their instruction.


The Philadelphia School District’s approach to science instruction is inquiry-based and student-centered. We believe that mastery of science requires both knowledge and practice, and that children and adolescents have a natural curiosity and skepticism perfectly suited to scientific investigation. We believe students learn science best when instruction respects and engages the knowledge and values they bring to the table. We look to promote equity in science
achievement in the classroom, and beyond.
Our science curriculum is aimed toward the achievement of the Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content for Science. We work toward infusing our curriculum and instruction with the Science Practices, Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts found in the Next
Generation Science Standards.

Social Studies

The National Council of Social Studies defines social studies as “the integrated study of the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence.” The Philadelphia School District’s social studies curriculum draws on a range of disciplines including anthropology, archaeology,
economics, geography, history, law, philosophy, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology, as well as appropriate content from the humanities, mathematics, and natural sciences. In essence, social studies is meant to enhance students’ understanding of their society and their world, with that enhanced understanding comes the seeking out of solutions to our society’s issues. A strong social studies education is the key to developing the leaders that our nation and our world needs.

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Classroom Supplies

Each classroom teacher will send home a letter in September with a list of supplies needed for the classroom. Please check your child’s supplies regularly for replacement.

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Homework Policy

Homework is a regular part of school, and you can help your child do well. EVERY CLASSROOM TEACHER WILL REQUIRE REGULARLY ASSIGNED HOMEWORK BASED UPON CLASSROOM INSTRUCTION EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK INCLUDING FRIDAY. Students will write all homework assignments in their Agenda Books. The principal will require that homework assignments be clearly identified in lesson plans. Parents should expect their child (ren) to receive homework and should see that it is done well and on time.


In planning homework, emphasis is placed on the value of the assignment. Homework may be assigned in order to:
1. Strengthen basic skills
2. Reinforce study habits
3. Extend classroom learning
4. Develop initiative, responsibility, and self-direction
5. Stimulate independent thinking
6. Increase range and scope of interests
7. Foster worthwhile use of leisure time

Homework Tips

As a parent, you can help your child learn at home in the following ways:

● Set up a regular time and a quiet place for your child to work away from distractions such as television and other loud noises.
● Have your child get all of the materials needed for homework – pencils, pens, erasers, calculator, paper, and books – all in one spot instead of searching for things.
● Review your child’s homework assignments in the Agenda Book. Make a homework calendar. Have your child list all homework due.
● If your child is having trouble with homework, talk to the teacher about the homework.
● Each student should read at least 1 – 2 hours every night.
● Encourage your child to have telephone numbers of students in the class who can be contacted for homework help or to get homework when absent        from school.

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Special Education

McCloskey School provides specialized instruction and services to all students eligible for and in need of comprehensive evaluation by a multidisciplinary team. These services range from full-time learning support to speech therapy. Students with special needs
are placed in programs based on the student’s Individual Educational Program (IEP).
The program is customized to the specific needs of the student.
f a parent believes his/her child is disabled, a request may be made in writing directed to the principal for an evaluation. Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the Comprehensive Student Assistance Program (CSAP) before requesting evaluation for special education. Many adjustment and learning problems can be resolved using the CSAP process. The child may benefit from remaining with his/her peers in the regular
education program.

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Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

Schools are committed to helping all children succeed. They have many ways to help children learn and to ensure those who need additional supports are successful. The Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) is one way schools provide those supports to help all children succeed.
What is MTSS? A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) provides responsive services for all students. It is a process that provides high-quality, research/evidence-based instruction based on learner needs. Needs are identified by universal screening and monitoring students’ progress. Adjustments to instruction and interventions are based on students’ performance and rate of success. MTSS promotes a well-integrated system, connecting general, gifted, and special education with intervention and enrichment services. MTSS was also previously referred to as Response to Intervention (RtI).
What does the MTSS process look like? The MTSS process typically has three tiers, defined by the level of support needed. Each tier provides differing levels of support.

● In Tier I, all students are able to receive high quality curriculum and instruction in the general education classroom.
● In Tier II, the school provides supplemental instructional support, usually in small groups, to students who need additional support to what they are receiving from the general curriculum.

The school also provides students with intervention-programs designed to help close achievement gaps. In Tier III, intense instructional support is provided to students with the greatest needs, with frequent progress monitoring and intense supports.

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Health Room Services

The goals of Health Room services are to detect specific health problems at an early stage and to facilitate their resolution. Programs include growth, vision, hearing, scoliosis, dental screenings, and physical examinations of all pupils upon admission and again in sixth grade. Chronic medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and behavior disorders must be reported to the nurse.

Please do not give students medication to carry to school.​ The medicine could be lost,stolen or misused by the student or his/her peers. All medication should be kept in the health room with our school nurse. Parents may drop off the medicine to the nurse at any time during the day with a signed medical School District release form completed by your child’s attending physician. Our school nurse will dispense the medication as ,prescribed.
Our school nurse looks forward to meeting with each parent and working together to promote the very best health for our students. In an effort to improve the quality of health of our students, Heath Room hours are followed. Health Room hours are the specific times during the school day when minor illnesses and/or injuries can be addressed by the nurse. Students will be permitted to visit the Health Room at this time, but only with the permission of the teacher. The student must have a written note from the teacher in order for them to learn that going to the health room on demand, for non-emergency problems, is not an acceptable reason to be excused from class.
Emergencies, as defined in the Field Operation manual will be seen in the Health Room at anytime.

Health Room Hours

Open Hours 8:30 – 9:30 AM
Student Screenings 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Open Hours 11:00 – 12:15 PM
Lunch 12:15- 1:00 PM
Follow-up Hours 1:00 – 2:15 PM
Closed 2:15 – 3:00 PM (Logging & Phone Calls)

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A full time professional counselor is available to all students to address any difficulties that they may experience. Students are seen individually and in small groups and can be referred by teachers and/or parents. Students wishing to see the counselor should inform his/her teacher who will arrange for an appointment. The counselor is also available by appointment to help parents with issues regarding student academic progress and behavior.

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Parental and Community Support

At McCloskey School, we will nurture the existing relationship with our parents and surrounding community based organizations. Effective schools boast positive relationships with these groups. The job of educating the “whole” child is one that cannot be undertaken by the school alone. As a result, existing initiatives will be enhanced while others will be created so that parents and the community can come together and become an integral part of McCloskey’s vision for our children.

Home and School Association

The Home & School Association at the McCloskey School exists to promote the education and well being of all our children. All Parents and Guardians are encouraged to join and actively participate.

Access and Release of Student Records

The district provides parents/caregivers access to the educational records of their child. A parent seeking access to educational records may make a request by telephone or in person to the principal. However, prior to reviewing and inspecting educational records, a parent must sign an official request form.

Parent and Family Portal

Check on your child’s progress anytime, anywhere! Familynet provides families with access to their child’s progress data, report cards, attendance, and tests scores. In addition to instructional resources aligned with the District’s Core Curriculum. Registration and information can be found at:


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If you do not know your child’s student ID, please request information from your child’s teacher.

Login to familynet at

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Lost and Found

The Lost and Found will be located in a specific area of the school TBD. Items will be kept for one month and then given to the local community center or Salvation Army. Every opportunity is taken to insure al lost items are returned to their rightful owner. Please mark all coats, jackets, sweaters, uniforms with the child’s name on the tag for identification purposes.

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Valuables at School


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Parent Emergency Contact Information

At the beginning of the school year, parents are asked to update Parent Emergency Forms. This form will be given to your child be his teacher in September and should be returned to your child’s teacher as soon as possible. The up-to-date information allows school personnel to contact parents regarding school matters, mail important school notices such as student Benchmark Assessment results, and contact parents in the event of an emergency which requires parent notification and assistance. In the event of an emergency, it is imperative to have accurate contact information. An emergency closing form must be on file in the office for each student. It is the responsibility of the parent to notify your child’s teacher of any changes in address, telephone number or emergency contact information during the school year.

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Fire Drills

Fire drills are scheduled on a regular basis. At the beginning of a fire drill, students must stop what they are doing and prepare to evacuate the building in a prompt and orderly manner. Students are to line up at the direction of the teacher or other person in  charge and proceed to the designated exit. Each room in the building contains a fire drill sign giving exact directions for leaving the room and building. These directions are to be followed without exception. For the safety of everyone, complete silence and perfect behavior must be maintained at all times during fire drills. Students who violate
these rules will be subject to disciplinary actions. Once outside the building, students are to form a line in their designated stations, remain silent and await the signal to return to class.

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The School District of Philadelphia is committed to the principle and practice of equal employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, ancestry national origin, handicap, disabled or Vietnam era veteran status, consistent with job qualifications and safe performance of work requirements.

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