Work Day Expectations
The first day of school for students in the 2016-17 school year will be Tuesday, August 16, 2016. The last day will be May 26, 2017. Administrative and new staff must arrive by Tuesday, July 26, 2016 and begin New Staff Orientation on Wednesday, July 27th. Returning instructional staff must arrive by July 31st. Staff Orientation will begin on Monday, August 1, 2016. Instructional staff can depart on May 30, 2017. Administrative staff can leave after 6:00p.m. on May 31, 2017. Dates for the beginning and end of school, as well as New Staff Orientation and Staff Orientation for the 2017-2018 school year will be announced by February 1, 2017.
Standard business hours during school days will be 8:00 a.m.-4:30p.m. Instructional staff may leave at 4:00p.m. having completed their work.
The school drop-off time is between 8:15 a.m. and 8:25a.m. Pick-up time is 3:30p.m. for primary and secondary students. Pick up is at 12:30 for Pre-Kindergarten students
During the academic year several minimum days are scheduled. On those days school will begin as usual but will end at 12p.m. with pick up time at 12p.m.
The school office must be advised in advance of any change to a student’s travel arrangements. Students being picked up by parents or others must leave the school premises promptly at the end of school or school activities. Parents of students who walk home must submit written permission to reception.
LATE ARRIVAL WEDNESDAY
Wednesday morning staff meets from 7:30-8:45. Students may be dropped off between 8:30 and 9:00. The bell rings to start the school day at 9:00 am on Wednesdays.
MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL BELL SCHEDULE
|11:32-12:02 (L) - 12:06-12:54 (4th)||MS Lunch / 4th|
|11:36-12:24 (4th) - 12:24-12:54 (L)||HS 4th / Lunch|
Hot lunches are provided by an outside catering service, Food & Stuff Ltd. Meals must be paid for in advance. Sharing of lunches is not allowed, and students should eat their own lunch.
Thank you for observing the following guidelines:
- For questions, please contact Maxine at Food & Stuff Ltd. directly: 0782 138 747.
- All arrangements are to be made directly with Food & Stuff, not the school office.
- To drop off a packed lunch, give the lunch to the guard and he will place it on the table. Be sure it is well marked with student’s first and last name.
- No lunch is served to students on minimum days; however, staff will be fed on minimum days.
- All staff receives a hot lunch for free each day as part of their remuneration.
HONOR ROLL & GPA
The middle and high schools recognize scholastic achievement with an Honor Roll on a 5.0 grading system. There are two levels of honors.
Honors 3.50 – 3.79 GPA, no grade lower than a C
Highest Honors 3.80 – 4.00+ GPA, no grade lower than a B
GPA & Honor Roll are calculated at the completion of each semester. All classes are considered in determining the Honor Roll. A weighted GPA scale is used as follows:
|93 - 100||A/A+||4.0||4.5||5.0|
|90 - 92||A-||3.7||4.2||4.7|
|87 - 89||B+||3.3||3.8||4.3|
|83 - 86||B||3.0||3.5||4.0|
|80 - 82||B-||2.7||3.2||3.7|
|77 - 79||C+||2.3||2.8||3.3|
|73 - 76||C||2.0||2.5||3.0|
|70 - 72||C-||1.7||2.2||2.7|
|67 - 69||D+||1.3||1.8||2.3|
|63 - 66||D||1.0||1.5||2.0|
|60 - 62||D-||0.7||1.2||1.7|
|0 - 59||F||0.0||0.0||0.0|
For Primary, grades will be marked:
E= Excellent S=Satisfactory N=Needs Improvement U=Unsatisfactory
The KICS calendar is divided into two semesters per school year. A student attending KICS in grades 9 – 12 will generally receive one half credit per class per semester for each passing grade (60% or better) received. A student attending KICS in grades 9 – 12 will generally receive 7 credits per year. In order to offer a rigorous college prep diploma, KICS requires students to have a minimum of 25 credits in the following subject areas:
|Social Studies||4 credits|
|Foreign Language||2 credits required, 4 credits recommended|
|Health & Wellness||0.5 credits|
|Physical Education||0.5 credits|
Please note the following Library Circulation Guidelines:
- All elementary students will visit the library at least once a week for a class session and a check-out time.
- Elementary classes that miss their regular library time because of a holiday or a special event will be rescheduled whenever possible.
- The library is open to all students before and after school, during lunch and recess.
- Parents of KICS students are encouraged to sign up for a library account. Parents can borrow up to four items and may come before or after school or by appointment.
- Homeschool families can use the library after filling out an application form and paying an annual fee. Each family member can borrow up to four items and may come after school or by appointment.
- Teachers may sign up to bring a class to the library when they are working on a project.
- Elementary students may have up to two books checked out at any given time, secondary students can have a maximum of three, except in the case of a class assignment.
- Books may be checked out for two weeks before they are considered overdue. After the grace period the overdue fine is 100 RwF per day.
- DVDs may be checked out by staff and parents for one week at a time.
- Overdue and due date reminders are sent automatically through the library management system and at least once a week paper reminders are distributed.
- Students are welcome to renew books once, (4 weeks total), with the exception of books that have a hold placed on them. Students must ask the librarian to renew books after the first renewal.
- All patrons may place holds on a requested item.
- Lost or damaged items must be paid for as soon as possible and by the end of each semester. The school may not refuse to release report cards or transcripts if there are outstanding library fines or fees.
- Be polite and safety conscious
- Use equipment properly
- Keep shoes on during recess
- Stay off fences, walls, and out of trees
- Stay within the designated play areas
- Watch out for slippery grass and wet equipment
- No throwing or playing with rocks
- No hardballs (leather or rubber-coated) allowed at school
- No tackle football on campus
- Keep the school campus neat and clean
- Eat snacks in appropriate areas
- Put trash into trash container
- Students must report to the School Office if balls go off campus; they must not attempt to retrieve them
Students are encouraged to develop a respect for property. Students will be required to pay for any damage to school or personal property.
Throughout the school year, KICS teachers, parents and other community volunteers will provide a variety of extracurricular activities for students. These activities may include band, music, sports, and other clubs. Activities will vary according to staff and volunteer expertise and interest. The KICS Communiqué and website will give regular updates as to student options.
Student Council is a collection of secondary students, mentored by KICS staff, who have a desire to learn and participate in leadership and service. This group meets to give input on issues impacting the student body and to plan activities on behalf of the school and student body.
An Emergency Information/Permission Form must be filed with the School Office. Students must wear school dress to field trips, unless otherwise advised.
Chapel or Classroom Visits
Parents of students may visit chapel or classes. Parents are always welcome to attend chapels. Arrangements should be made with teachers 24 hours before a class visit.
Student visitors must have written permission from the Director. Arrangements should be made through the school office 24 hours before a class visit. A KICS student may sponsor student visitors, but will be responsible for their conduct.
Physical Education (PE) is an integral part of education and the school requires student participation. PE helps to instill healthy habits and fitness in students.
Because of space limitations it is necessary to conduct PE classes in the grassy area immediately east of the campus. The children are properly supervised going and coming from PE as they cross the street. If this poses a problem with the parents they are directed to contact the director with their concerns.
If for any reason the student is unable to participate in a physical activity during recess or PE periods, a parent note is required. The note should explain the reason and should be accompanied with a letter from a doctor if the problem is likely to exist for a prolonged period of time.
Students are required to wear the school’s PE uniform. See “Dress Code” for this information.
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
The KICS Parent Teacher Organization serves as an auxiliary Christian organization at the request of the KICS Board and Director. PTO Board Members must be in agreement with the KICS Mission, Philosophy, and Statement of Faith. The PTO exists to meet the following support and service objectives:
- Promote a cooperative relationship between the parents, teachers, and school administration.
- Provide additional resources and encouragement to the teachers and staff.
- Provide a spiritual support through prayer for the students and staff.
Teachers depend on parent volunteers when they are temporarily unable to attend their class. Please contact the Registrar if you are willing to serve as a guest teacher. Guest teachers must be in agreement with the KICS Mission, Philosophy, and Statement of Faith. Guest teachers must fill out the Guest teacher application and submit it to the Registrar. Remuneration is provided for those who substitute teach.
KICS depends on parent help and support. Parents are encouraged to volunteer their time and skills as they are able to do so. Teachers often need some help in their classrooms. Parents with special skills such as library, science, coaching, etc. are welcome to participate in their area of expertise. Volunteers must be in agreement with the KICS Mission, Philosophy, and Statement of Faith. Volunteers must contact the Registrar and fill out the Volunteer application.