- Academic Policies
- Attendance Policy
- Community Expectations
- Registration Process
- Volunteering Information
Classroom Discipline and Management: All teachers have a basic classroom management plan for their classroom. This typically includes such things as: Behavioral expectations, signals for starting and ending activities, procedures to leave class during class time. For more information, please see LWSD Student Rights and Responsibilities.
Course Fees: As a public school, enrollment at Emerson K-12 is free. Some classes, however, require course fees for supplies and materials that are beyond what the school would typically provide for classrooms. Please review the course catalog for costs associated with your student’s classes. Be prepared to pay fees during the first week of classes. Scholarships are available for families in financial need.
Homework: Teacher expectations regarding homework will be included in the class descriptions. These should be considered when registering for classes; teachers expect homework to be completed as it is important part of course content.
Reporting of Student Progress: The regular and ongoing reporting of student progress is required for all Emerson K-12 students. The following is a schedule of the reporting of progress to parents:
|Grade Level||Format||When||Required By|
|K-12||Written Student Learning Plan||Monthly||WAC 392-550|
|K-12||Report Cards||November, January, April, June||LWSD #414|
In addition, all students should receive ongoing reports of progress from the teachers. Teachers continually monitor student progress and report to parents. If this is not happening in your student’s classes, please notify the Principal. Communication between teachers and parents is critical at Emerson K-12 .
Student progress can and should be monitored regularly by parents by accessing Gradebook via Skyward Family Access.
State and District Assessment Requirements: Emerson K-12 students are expected to participate in district and state assessments, which are required by law. These assessments provide critical information to help us design educational programs and advise parents of progress/growth and areas of challenge. While some parents may have philosophical reasons for not wanting their students to participate, Emerson K-12 is a LWSD public school and as such is required to include all students in these ongoing assessments. Parents have the option to opt their student out of state assessments. The State Assessment Parent Refusal Documentation Form is available at the office and needs to be signed prior to testing.
At this time the following assessments are given to students:
|Grade Level||What||When||Required By|
K - 8th
|FastBridge Screener||Fall, Winter, Spring||LWSD #414|
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th & 11th
|SBA** - Math, Literacy||Spring||Washington State|
5th , 8th & 11th
|WCAS*** - Science||Spring||Washington State|
Visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) website for more assessment information.
*Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS)
**Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)
***Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS)
All School Functions and Activities:
- Learning Fairs: These are held so students can highlight their academic achievements.
- Leadership/ASB: The Associated Student Body is a student organization that represents the student body. It plans fundraising, community service and extra curricular activities for the student body of Emerson K-12.
Activities at Your Neighborhood School:
Students may also have access to activities at their neighborhood school. Talk to your neighborhood school about available opportunities.
- Elementary: These may include before and after school band, choir, orchestra and after school activities sponsored by the school PSTA.
- Middle School/High School: These may include sports, band, and orchestra.
Attendance/Absence: All state laws and LWSD policies regarding student attendance apply to Emerson K-12. Regular on-time attendance is critical to student success. Students who frequently miss classes do not do as well academically or socially at Emerson K-12. Students who are frequently late to class also miss valuable instruction and disrupt the learning of others because teachers have to spend time “catching up” kids who are late, interrupting the flow of instruction and classroom activities. While we understand that occasional absences and tardiness may be unavoidable, please be conscientious of the impact attendance has on the learning environment in our classrooms.
Students with frequent absences will be referred to LWSD attendance specialists and may be required to attend truancy workshops and hearings with King County Juvenile Court. Students with chronic absences may be withdrawn from Emerson K-12.
If your student will be absent or late for any reason, please report these absences in any of the following ways:
- Submit absence via Skyward . Visit our Submit Absence in Skyward page for instructions
- Send a Message via ParentSquare to office staff (not just your student's teachers).
- Call (425) 936-2311
- Email office staff
Absences can be reported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Responsibility for Attendance:
- Students and parents are responsible for school attendance.
- The parent or legal guardian of any student who is absent from class is requested to leave a message with the school office at 425-936-2311 within 48 hours to verify or excuse any absence. If the parent is aware of an impending absence, please call to notify the school in advance.
- Parents may not excuse absences for students who are in the building and supposed to be in class.
- Please see course syllabi regarding late work/make up policies.
Emerson K-12 is an active community with staff, students, parents and younger siblings all interacting in a limited space. In general, consideration and respect for others in terms of noise level, behavior, etiquette, and food consumption, cover most situations. The following rules and guidelines will assist you.
- Kindergarten-5th grade parents/guardians are required to be on-campus at all times supervising their children when not contiguously enrolled in classes.
- 6-12th grade parents/guardians are not required to be on campus, however, are encouraged to be on-campus weekly to ensure frequent communication with teachers and staff. Parents/guardians of secondary (6-12) students may be required to be onsite if their student has ongoing behavior concerns. 6-12th graders with a break in their schedule must remain in the library or commons (or supervised by their parent/guardian)
We have many common areas at Emerson K-12 and as such they are a Community Responsibility. Please keep this in mind when using any of these areas and be mindful of others by cleaning up after each use and taking your personal belongings with you.
- Lockers to store family belongings are assigned on a first-come first serve basis. Please see the office if you wish to be assigned a locker.
- Lost and Found is kept in the Commons. Clothing items and books will be held in the commons for two weeks then the items will be donated to charity. Valuables (watches, jewelry, cell phones, etc.) will be held in the office.
The principal is available to help with any issues or concerns you may have.
Please keep conversations in the halls to business matters. If you have concerns related to individual parents, students or staff members, please discuss it directly with that person or the principal and not with a third party.
Students are reminded that their appearance significantly affects the way others respond to them. Matters of dress remain the primary concern of students in consultation with their parents. Student dress shall not be regulated except when there is a reasonable expectation that;
- A health or safety hazard shall be presented by the student's dress or appearance,
- Damage to school property shall result from the student's dress, or
- The student's dress or appearance shall create material and substantial disruption of the educational process at the school.
In terms of this policy, disruption includes, but is not necessarily limited to:
- Student riotings, destruction of property, or
- Widespread shouting, or boisterous conduct, or
- Substantial student participation in a school boycott, sit-in, stand-in, walk-out, or
- Other related forms of activity.
Drop Off/Pick Up:
For student safety, please drop off/pick up students no more than 10 minutes before and after classes. We do not have staffing to monitor students arriving too early and/or leaving late.
- Elementary students (grades K-5) cannot be dropped off early or picked up late unless supervised by a parent/guardian.
- 6-12th grade students can come early or stay late (up to one hour) IF siblings are enrolled in classes starting earlier or ending later.
- NO skates, skateboards, scooters on campus. LWSD does not allow these on campus.
- Cell phones must be silenced in the classroom.
- Electronic items should be used with headphones. Please keep them at a volume that does not disturb others and do not use them in classrooms. Follow LWSD Student Acceptable Use Procedures.
Office phones are available for students to use if needed. Calls need to be kept short.
The photocopier is available for parents to use to make occasional copies for their student.
Teacher class time:
Teachers should not be interrupted during class time. If you need to see a teacher, please schedule an appointment outside of class time. If it is a family emergency, please see the office staff.
Lake Washington School District is committed to the health and wellness of our students. Please visit the district Health Services website for details on the following:
- Allergies—what to do if your student has sever allergies
- Health Resources—information about support and assistance in the district, community and on the web
- Immunizations—vaccinations required by Washington state law for school attendance
- Life-Threatening Health Conditions—what to do when your child has a serious illness or medical concerns that may affect your child at school
- Medication at School—procedures and appropriate use of prescription and non-prescription medicine
- Student Health Forms—documents that provide information about medical conditions and care
- Tips for Staying Well—ways to help prevent illness and keep students healthy
- Too Sick for School—when to keep you sick child home from school
Hearing and Vision Screening:
Hearing and vision screenings will be conducted for students in grades K-5 and 7 at each building during the first half of the school year. Screening is conducted by district health specialists. Hearing and vision re-screening is conducted within two weeks.
Medical Emergencies/Injury Incidence:
If you or one of your children is injured on the Emerson K-12 campus please notify the office immediately. If the injury is life threatening, please call 911 and then notify the office.
- Parents/students may drop classes after meeting with their WSLP Advisor.
- Parents/students may add classes at the beginning of a semester after meeting with their WSLP Advisor.
- All students must be enrolled in at least one class with a certificated teacher.
Schedule changes impact all classes. Once schedules have been developed, parents/students will have up to two weeks after the beginning of each semester to make changes. Once 2 weeks of the semester has passed, any changes need to be approved by all of the following:
- Teacher of class being dropped
- Teacher of class being added
- WSLP Advisor
Full time/Part time status:
Maintaining the relationship of a partnership is an integral part of the Emerson K-12 philosophy. Our focus is to establish a true educational partnership with families, therefore, students will be held to the following status requirements.
Part time students:
- Any grade: 2-6 hours in class per week, no home hours monitored
Full time students:
- Elementary (K-5): 28 total hours per week monitored (6-12 hours in class & 16-22 hours at home)
- Middle School (6-8): 28 total hours per week monitored (6-12 hours in class & 16-22 hours at home)
- High School (9-12): 28 total hours per week monitored (6-12 hours in class & 16-22 hours at home)
Check in with Office:
In efforts to be sure all persons are accounted for during an emergency, we ask that all Emerson K-12 students, parents, toddlers, family, etc. sign in with the office. If you do not already have a school badge, please use one provided by the office. This tells staff you have checked in and are okay to be on campus.
When leaving campus, please stop by the office to sign out. Do not sign out before you actually are walking out the door – emergencies can happen at any time and we need to be sure our information is as accurate as possible.
Discipline / Parents On Site:
Parents/Guardians do not need to be on site if students are contiguously in classes, but a phone number where a parent/guardian can be reached must be on file in the office. A parent/guardian may be required to be with students with ongoing behavior concerns.
Entry Control System:
The safety and security of students and staff is a top priority of our school and district. The Entry Control System allows us to keep all exterior doors locked and requires all visitors to use a video call system to request access.
Here’s what to expect:
- All exterior doors will be locked.
- Visitors will need to use the entry control system to request permission to enter the building.
- Visitors will be asked their name and the purpose of their visit.
- Visitors must then proceed to the office to show picture identification and sign in.
Please allow for extra time if you need to pick your child(ren) up early due to a medical appointment, or if you plan to volunteer in the classroom.
High School students will be allowed to leave campus during their lunch break If a permission form is signed by a parent/guardian. Off campus permission forms can be requested from the office. An off-campus pass is a PRIVILEDGE for 9-12th graders and may be revoked for due cause at the discretion of the principal. Students assume responsibilities for their conduct while off campus. Students will need to sign out when leaving campus for lunch and sign in when returning to campus.
Parent to Parent:
Since no supervisory staff is assigned to the hallways, commons, and outdoor area of Emerson K-12, parents may occasionally be in the position of redirecting the behavior of children who are not their own. Whenever possible, find the child’s parent or an Emerson K-12 staff member to address the situation. If the situation is unsafe or serious infraction of school rules, immediately contact the principal or office staff.
Emerson K-12 participates in mandatory monthly safety drills to help ensure best practices are followed in an actual emergency. These include fire drills, lockdown drills, earthquake drills, shelter-in-place drills and A.L.I.C.E (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate), Participation is mandatory for anyone who is on campus during a drill. If you are on campus during a drill/alarm, please follow directions of school staff. For more information, visit https://www.lwsd.org/programs-and-services/safety.
Security cameras have been installed in public areas around the Emerson campus. LWSD supports the use of security cameras throughout the school district in maintaining school safety and security for students and staff while at the same time providing parents and visitors access to district buildings. The goals are to promote and foster safe and secure schools and diminish the potential loss/destruction of personal and district property.
The Lake Washington School District acknowledges its responsibility to permit students and/or adults with disabilities to be accompanied by a “service animal” as required by federal laws and Washington State’s law against discrimination. This policy governs the presence of service animals in the schools, on school property, including school buses, and at school activities. Please visit the LWSD website for more information.
In order to manage the risks associated with the presence of dogs on district property, the following restrictions applies to dogs on school grounds and in buildings:
- No dogs or other animals are allowed on district property between 7am and 4pm on any school day, except for bona fide service dogs (does not include pets or emotional support animals).
- At all other times dogs must be leashed and controlled by owners. Owner must clean up after their dogs and remove waste from district premises.
Transportation and Parking Safety:
Please be mindful of those around you when dropping off/picking up your student for the day. The small parking lot can get congested quite quickly in the mornings and afternoons. If you are dropping off/picking up, please pull as far forward as you can so the cars behind you can get into the parking lot and not block traffic on the main road.
- PLEASE DO drop students off in the parking area in the upper parking lot (near the portables). You may park your car in the designated parking areas. (upper or lower lots).
- PLEASE DO NOT use the parking lot as a gathering place.
- PLEASE DO NOT park/wait in the fire lane.
- PLEASE DO NOT park in the handicap parking spaces unless you have an approved state handicap parking placard or license plate.
- The parking lot is busy – use caution, slow speed and watch for small children.
Acceptable Use Policy:
Access to the networks, internet and the information technology environment within LWSD network is a privilege and must be treated as such by all users of the network. Please review the LWSD Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
Mobile Access for Students (MAS):
Student laptops are available for 6th-12th grade students to check out for schoolwork at home and in class. This is optional. Students that choose to check out a school laptop need to be sure to charge it every night and bring it to school every day ready to use in class. The laptop issued to a student will be his/her laptop to use for the schoolyear. Your student is responsible for that specific laptop and must turn it in at the end of the school year. A copy of the laptop handbook is available: please review it with your student.
To tell them apart, a non-permanent sticker will be placed on the device. These computers need to last several years and your student may not get the exact same device every year. As a result, stickers that cannot be easily removed are not allowed.
The school has both a color and black & white printer for student and parent use. Printing is for completing homework assignments. The color printer may be used, with permission, for final drafts and special projects.
Students must save work to district provided OneDrive or personal USB flash drive.
4th-12th grade students are given a unique email account. The web-based email is in Microsoft Outlook and runs off of a district server. Intended for educational communication, the email is an excellent tool for sending work between school and home.
You can access student email a couple of ways:
Student User Names and Passwords:
The computers at Emerson K-12 are for the use of all students, staff and parents to further their educational pursuits. To ensure individual student responsibility and protection of student work, each student is given a unique student username and password at the beginning of each year. Students may reset their password once logged on the first time while using a district computer. As each student’s password is unique, it is important parents ask and know their student’s username and password.
Staff and students that wish to be able to recover their own password from any internet connected device needs to first register a secondary authentication method with their account. To do this, please visit the district Password Registration and Recovery webpage for instructions. Registration requires a working password to complete. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER to use the service.
We would like to thank you for your interest in volunteering at Emerson K-12. As a volunteer, you are entering into a partnership that will have a direct, positive impact on our student’s social and academic successes. At Emerson K-12, we have many students, parents, siblings and staff members. When we bring this many people together working in one building, it is essential that we all have a common understanding of how we can work together on behalf of student success. To work best together volunteers agree to:
- Meet the legal requirement of completing, and having approved, the Lake Washington District Volunteer Application, disclosure form, and Washington State Patrol background form prior to volunteering with Emerson K-12.
- Reading and understanding concepts shared in the Lake Washington School District Volunteer Handbook.
- Respect the privacy of school staff members and students learning by not discussing school matters away from the classroom.
- Keep all student information confidential. Disclosing this information is a violation of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy act of 1974 (FERPA).
- Avoid being alone with students. If working one-to-one with a student, always do so in a public area (e.g. a hallway, classroom, commons, or the library).
- Ensure that when working with students, appropriate physical contact should be brief, should not linger, and should not differ from student to student.
- Check in at the office, sign in, and wear a volunteer visitor’s badge upon each volunteer visit.
- Call the school if you cannot make your scheduled volunteer time so the teachers and students will know you will not be there.
- Avoid bringing younger siblings along during a volunteer session.
- Use only equipment you have been trained to use and report all malfunctions to the office staff.
- Give staff members the “right of way” on copiers and school equipment.
- Always leave an area cleaner than you found it.
Once again, your volunteer work is an essential element to the success of our students. On behalf of all students and staff, “Thank You!”
Visit the Volunteer Application Process page for more information and to apply online.