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Student Handbook

Principal's Message

Welcome to Winstead Elementary School! I am elated about the upcoming school year, and I look forward to getting to know all students and parents. This family handbook is published so that students and parents may learn about school policies and procedures.

As your principal, I have high expectations for every student. I expect all students to be active learners and high performers. At Winstead Elementary, we will obey school rules, respect all adults as well as one another, work hard each day, focus on learning, and do our best work.

The goal of Winstead Elementary School is academic excellence. Striving to reach this goal must be a collaborative effort on the part of the students, staff, administrators, parents, and community members. I look forward to the journey!

With an open door policy, I encourage parents to keep the lines of communication open, to volunteer, to attend school activities, and to be actively involved in your child's academic progress.
Thank you in advance for your support! Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Have a great, successful year!

Mrs. Tracy Joyner



Wilson County Schools Mission

The mission of Wilson County Schools is to provide an educational environment which creates success for all students through the community working together.

School Mission Statement
Winstead Elementary School Staff, in partnership with the parents and the community, will help every student reach their full potential as a leader and as a productive member of society.

Be Like AJ Rightway
Each month we will focus on one of the eight character traits represented by AJ Rightway: respect, good judgment, responsibility, kindness, self- discipline, integrity, courage, and perseverance. Students are recognized for displaying appropriate behavior by receiving an AJ Rightway pencil, sticker, or bookmark.

Student Expectations

  1. Students are expected to put forth their best effort to make each learning experience meaningful and lasting.
  2. Students are expected to abide by all the rules and policies of Winstead Elementary School.
  3. Students are expected to show respect for other students, teachers, and staff members of Winstead Elementary School.
  4. Students are expected to show respect and care for property belonging to the school, to other students, to their teachers, and to themselves.
  5. Students are expected to be attentive and courteous during school assemblies or special events.
  6. Students are expected to attend school regularly and on time.
  7. Students are expected to complete all make-up work due to an absence and to turn in all homework and class work as assigned.
  8. Students are expected to be attentive in class and remain focused on learning.
  9. Students are expected to exhibit positive character traits and to be good citizens each day.
  10. Students are expected to make good choices regarding behavior.

Guidelines for Success


  1. Be Responsible
  2. Always try.
  3. Do your best.
  4. Cooperate with others.
  5. Treat everyone with respect (including yourself).

Admission to Winstead Elementary School

In order for students to attend Winstead Elementary School, they must live with their parent or legal guardian in the Winstead district, and parents must provide two proofs of residence, as required by the Board of Education. Each year, we will be asking that you provide us with two proofs of your residence. This should be sent to the school within the first thirty (30) days. It is also required that a record of the student's immunization be furnished within 30 days of enrollment for all students. Generally, this information is included in records when a student transfers to Winstead. However, if this information is incomplete or not included, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to provide the school with this information. AT THE END OF THE 30 CALENDAR DAYS. IF THE REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS HAVE NOT BEEN RECEIVED, THE CHILD WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM SCHOOL.

Attendance/Checking Students In and Out

It is important that students attend school on a regular basis. Our teachers cannot teach your child if he/she is not in school. Upon returning to school following an absence, students should present a written excuse from parents, guardians, or a doctor stating the reason for the absence. If a note
is not received or the parents do not contact the school, the absence will be coded as unexcused. After your child has received three unexcused absences, you will receive a notice from the school. After ten unexcused absences, the school social worker will be contacted to investigate your child's attendance. Once the school day has started, if a student must come in late or leave early, parents or guardians must sign the child in/out for the day. Children will not be allowed to leave unless this procedure is followed.

To be considered in attendance for the day, the student must be present for at least three hours of instruction. We begin our school day at 8:20 AM, and everyone arriving after 8:20 will be considered tardy. Also, Children who check out of school early will be coded as tardy, per Board policy. Students who are tardy will not be eligible for perfect attendance at the end of the year. Student receiving more than a combination of six (6) absences and/or tardies will not be eligible for Renaissance each nine weeks. Parents/Guardians are asked not to pick up your child before 3:00 except in the event of an emergency or if the child has a doctor or dentist appointment.

If you are changing the way that your child gets home, or if someone other than parent/guardian is picking the child up, please send a note to your child's teacher to notify them of the change. Transportation cannot be changed by telephone for the safety of our students. We will not allow your child to leave with a non-designated person. Only persons listed on the Authorized Pick-Up Sheet will be allowed to sign your child out of school unless you notify the office or the child's teacher.

Bus Students and Van Riders

Students riding the bus or a day care van must remember to follow school rules while they are waiting for their bus or van to arrive. While waiting for dismissal, they are expected to talk softly, remain seated, and follow the directions of the staff members on duty. Students who fail to cooperate may receive a discipline referral.

Morning Drop Off and Afternoon Pick-Up
Our major goal during arrival and dismissal is the safety of all the children. Please assist us by adhering to the following guidelines:

  1. When dropping off in the morning, please pull forward as far as possible so that several cars can unload at the same time. Students should enter through the front door rather than the side entrance.
  2. Children will be released to parents in the parking lot ONLY. No child will be allowed to walk across the street unless they are accompanied by an adult.
  3. Parents should pick up children at the front entrance only; please DO NOT pick up car riders in the bus parking lot.
  4. All car riders should be picked up by 3:15 PM so as to not inconvenience the staff members on duty. If you have an emergency situation and you cannot arrive by 3:15 PM, please call the school.

Bus Transportation

Bus transportation is a privilege extended to those students who are eligible to ride and who behave in a manner consistent with the rules and regulations of Winstead Elementary School, Wilson County Schools, and the Public School Laws of North Carolina. We provide instruction on bus behavior and safety during the first few weeks of school. Students are made aware of the duties and responsibilities involved in being good school bus passengers. I expect each parent to review the following bus safety rules with your child:

  1. Use the handrail when entering and leaving the bus.
  2. Take your seat as quickly as possible. Seats will be assigned by the driver.
  3. Be courteous and respect the rights of others.
  4. Stay seated at all times.
  5. Talk softly; no loud voices!
  6. Help keep the bus clean; no eating or drinking on the bus.
  7. Enter and leave the bus in turn; no shoving or pushing.
  8. Do not throw objects out the windows of the bus.
  9. Keep hands, feet, and arms in the bus.
  10. Keep aisle clear of all objects that could cause a person to stumble (book bags, legs, feet, etc.)
  11. Students are expected to stand by the side of the street, several feet from the pavement while waiting for the bus to arrive. They should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before boarding.
  12. Students may be suspended from riding the bus for inappropriate behavior. Students who refuse to follow bus safety rules will be permanently removed from the bus.


Walkers are escorted out by a teacher or assistant. It is important that students listen to the person who is taking them out. We will not allow students to misbehave while walking to the crossing guard. Walkers must walk down the sidewalk on Downing Street and cross over at the crossing guard. Any behavior problems occurring while the students are walking will be reported to the principal. Safety is our number one goal; therefore' students need to go directly home.

Wilson County Schools has a county-wide discipline plan for K-5 students. The faculty and administration at Winstead believe that parents send their children to school to learn. In order for learning to take place, students must follow rules and procedures. We are confident that we can count on the support and cooperation and support of all of our parents to make sure that students come to school each day prepared to learn. The faculty at Winstead will make every effort to correct inappropriate behavior before resulting to an office referral. Parent conferences/contacts, silent lunches, loss of privileges, and classroom time-out are some of the options that are used by our teachers. Consequences for inappropriate behavior may be one of the following: lunch detention, class detention, in-school suspension, and out-of-school suspension.

Lunch Detention
Students assigned lunch detention will sit at a designated table in the cafeteria during his/her regular lunch period.

In-school Detention
If a student is assigned in detention, he/she will report to an assigned homeroom teacher for a specific amount of time. While in detention, he/she will complete assignments provided by their classroom teacher.

In-School Suspension
Students who are assigned In-School suspension will report to an assigned classroom for the entire day. They will receive assignments from their classroom teacher to complete while in In-School suspension. Students will not attend specials while in ISS. They will not go to lunch with their class; they will remain with the designated homeroom. In-School Suspension is an alternative to suspension.

Daily Schedule
7:30 - 8:00 - Assistants are on duty to supervise students; students will report to their classrooms.
7:40 - Teachers report to work
7:45 - Students report to homeroom/Breakfast will begin
7:50 - First bell rings
7:55 - Tardy bell rings
8:00 - Direct Instruction begins
3:00 - Dismissal

Money and Personal Items

Students do not need to bring significant amounts of money to school. Electronic devices (headphones, CD Players, video games, iPods, etc.) should not be brought to school. Cell phones must be turned off and cannot be used or displayed during the instructional day. (See policy at the end of the handbook.) We are not responsible for these items if they are brought to school or taken on a school sponsored field trip. Inappropriate items will be collected by the teacher and given to the principal who will keep them until a parent comes to pick them up.

Lost or Damaged Items

If students lose, destroy, or damage a book, musical instrument, or any school property while it is their possession, it is the parent's responsibility to reimburse the school for the damages. Students frequently leave coats, hats, gloves, and other belongings on the playground, hallway, or cafeteria.
These items are placed in our Lost and Found. If they are not claimed by the end of the school year, they will be donated to Goodwill, The Salvation Army, or another community organization.

Student Dress and Appearance

The Wilson County Board of Education respects a student's right to choose his or her style of dress or appearance. However, students are expected to adhere to standards of cleanliness and dress that are compatible with the requirements of a good school environment. If a student's dress or lack of cleanliness is such that it constitutes a threat to health or safety, the principal or principal's designee may require the student and the student's parent or guardian to take appropriate action to remedy the situation. In addition, if a student's dress or appearance is so unusual, inappropriate or lacking in cleanliness that it clearly disrupts class or learning activities, the student may be required to change his or her dress appearance.

Principals will maintain guidelines to assist students in determining appropriate dress and appearance for school, copies of which will be made available to parents and students. Items listed below shall be included in all school guidelines and shall apply to all students. Reasonable accommodation will be made by the school principal or principal's designee for those students who, because of a sincerely held religious belief, cultural heritage, or medical reason, request a waiver of a particular guideline for dress or appearance. Reasonable accommodations shall be made by the principal to accommodate students involved in special duties, activities, or projects approved by the school. This would include but not are limited to projects, special events, and other activities that would allow for non-conforming dress on school campus.

Clothing must be age appropriate, not disruptive to the teaching-learning process and cannot be provocative, indecent, vulgar or obscene.

  • Hats, sweatbands, bandannas or sunglasses will not be worn inside the school buildings.
  • Shorts must be of adequate length to reach the ends of one's fingertips when the student is standing and the arms are by one's sides.
  • Skirts and dresses must be no higher than three (3) inches above the top of the knee.
  • Clothing will not be allowed which promotes alcoholic beverages, tobacco or the use of controlled substances, depicts violence, profanity, vulgarity or obscenity, is of a sexual nature or is of a disruptive nature.
  • Shirts and blouses must cover the waist and midriff and go past the waistline. Tank tops or spaghetti-strap tops may not be worn as an outer garment.
  • Footwear is required. Bedroom shoes are not allowed. Students in physical education classes must wear athletic shoes. Shoes that have laces must be laced and tied.
  • Clothing is not to be sheer or mesh and cannot have excessive holes.
  • Undergarments are not to be visible.
  • Clothing must be worn appropriately (nothing inside-out or backwards, no rolled-up pant legs or unfastened bib overalls, no sagging pants, belts must be buckled and worn at the waistline, etc.).
  • Clothing will not be allowed that is intentionally shredded or torn
  • Tight clothing such as knit or spandex bicycle/biker pants or overly tight pants is not allowed.
  • Clothing articles commonly recognized as being related to a group or gang which provokes others to act violently or be intimidated by fear of violence shall not be worn on the campus or at any school activity.
  • There shall be no jewelry affixed to a student's nose, tongue, lips, cheeks or eyebrows.

Dispensing of Medicine

In order for a student to take a prescription medication during school hours, we must have a permission form signed by the parent(s). We cannot allow students to take medication if we do not have written permission, and the medicine must be in its original container. Over-the-counter medication, such as Tylenol, or cough syrup, will be given only if the parent brings the medication to school and completes the proper authorization form. Again, the medicine must be in its original container. All medication will be kept in a locked box in the classroom. Teachers will keep a log of the dates and times the medication is given to the child.

Parent Conferences and Classroom Visits

Parent conferences are encouraged at Winstead. Please maintain frequent contact with your child's teacher. Only through open communication between the school and the home can our students be truly successful. If a parent wishes to schedule a conference, please send a note or contact the teacher. We ask that you schedule parent conferences during the teacher's planning time or before or after school.

If you wish to visit the classroom during the school day, please sign in at the office and receive a visitor's tag. We welcome volunteers, and if you wish to offer your assistance in our school, please speak to the principal.

Cafeteria Information

Our cafeteria operates on a computerized system. Each student is assigned a PIN number. The student must know this number when they get their lunch. Parents may send or bring money to put in their child's account. At any time, the cafeteria manager can print out a student's account history and balance. When a student's account balance becomes low, they will receive a notice to take to their parents. Items are not available to students who owe money. Breakfast is served each day from 7:45-8:15 AM. Also, a new lunch application is required each year. If you have any questions, please call Mary Peele, our cafeteria manager.


Renaissance is a national program which focuses on attendance, behavior, and academic performance. Each nine weeks we will recognize and reward those students who meet the Renaissance criteria for their grade level. You will receive this criteria from your child's teacher at the beginning of the year. We will hold a Renaissance Celebration at the end of the first, second, and third nine weeks for all students who qualify.

Renaissance Criteria

No more than 6 absences and tardies combined, excused or unexcused. (Early checkouts are considered tardies.)

NO Behavior Referrals/Problems
NO negative behavior comments on report card 

K-2: All areas on grade level or higher (will vary based on nine weeks grading scales.)
3-5: All A's and B's

Climbing Cat Criteria - Winstead

This recognition is determined by the classroom teacher for students that show a significant growth in academic areas and/or behavior. Students must also meet the above criteria for attendance and behavior.

Principal's List - Winstead

Student's who make the principal's list will go to lunch with Mrs. Joyner at the end of each nine weeks. The following criteria will be used:

  • K-2: Above grade level in reading and math; behavior and attendance criteria must also be met.
  • Grades 3-5: Students must make all A's on their report card and meets the behavior and attendance criteria.

Grading Scale

Grades K-2 will use S, N, and U as their grading system. S, N, and U will appear on the progress reports and report cards.
S - 80% - 100%
N - 70% - 79%
U - 69% and below

Reading Levels

Kindergarten - D and above
1st Grade - J and above
2nd Grade - M and above
3rd grade - Q and above

Grades 3-5 will use a 7 point grading scale. Letter grades will be used on the report card.

93-100 A
85-92 B
77-84 C
70-76 D
Below 70 F

Accelerated Reader

Students in grades K-5 are encouraged to participate in our Accelerated Reader Program. Students are expected to read AR books and take test on these books to earn AR points. Each student is assigned a number of points to meet his/her AR contract. At the end of the year, students who have met their AR contract 3 out of 4 nine weeks will have the opportunity to go on a special field trip. If a student makes Classic Reader, he/she will receive special recognition. This program encourages our students to take a more active interest in reading.

Accelerated Math 

Students in grades K-5 will participate in Accelerated Math. Accelerated Math content is built upon the set of core objectives and learning progressions that students need to achieve proficiency in mathematics. Students progress through grade-level libraries by mastering objectives. After a current objective is mastered, students continually move forward. Accelerated Math provides sufficient and appropriate practice essential to understanding math concepts, computational proficiency, and problem-solving skills. Student certificates and prizes will be awarded as student's progress through the objectives.


Homework is an important extension of the school day. Homework will be assigned by teachers as a method to assess student ability. It is the responsibility of each student to record homework in his/her planner and turn in all homework assignments. The average homework time for elementary school students is 20-30 minutes per night, according to grade level.

Progress Reports

Progress reports will go out at the mid point of each nine weeks grading
period. Progress reports must be signed by a parent and returned the next school day. Progress reports are used as a positive tool to notify parents of attendance, student achievement, improvement, and/or outstanding student performance.

Report Cards

We will have report card pick-up at the end of the first and third nine weeks. On these dates, parents are asked to come out and speak briefly with your child's teacher. Report cards are given to students at the end of each nine weeks. These reports are used to notify parents of the student's progress. It is the student's responsibility to take the report card to the parents and return the signed report card envelope to school. The signed envelope should be returned the next school day.

Phone Calls

Wilson County Schools uses Blackboard Connect to make calls to all parents. It is important that we have a working phone number so that you will receive these important calls. Mrs. Joyner will make frequent calls to keep parents informed regarding upcoming events. Please contact the office whenever your phone number changes.

School Fundraising

Many of the activities and events we provide for our students are costly, and unfortunately we cannot use state or federal funds to pay for student incentives, such as ice cream parties, reward lunches, or field trips. All of these must come from our general fund, which is why we have fundraisers. One easy way for us to earn money is by collecting BOX TOPS for EDUCATION. We collect BOX TOPS and send them in twice a year. We hope that you will support us throughout the year whenever we have a fundraiser. Thanks in advance for your help!