School Bible Verse
Let the children come to Me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these – Matthew 19:14, NIV
To discover and strengthen the skill and passion in students to become life-long learners and witnesses for Christ.
Mountain View Elementary is a private Seventh-day Adventist Christian school. We provide a well-rounded Christian education in a spiritual environment that develops and perfects their God-given skills and talents. We firmly believe that what Ellen White says in Education still applies to our school today:
Education is the harmonious development of the physical, the mental, and the spiritual powers. Every human being, created in the image of God, is endowed with a power like that of the Creator: individuality, power to think, and to do… It is the work of true education to develop this power, to train the youth to be thinkers and not mere reflectors of other men’s thoughts. True education enables our youth to develop and possess breadth of mind, clearness of thought, and the courage of their convictions. (Education, 17)
At Mountain View Elementary, dedicated teachers will work to encourage students and instill in them a lifelong love of learning. The students will be pointed toward Jesus Christ as the Master Teacher and their true model. Students will develop respect for themselves and others and find ways to strengthen their relationships with God and those around them.
Mountain View Elementary admits students of any race to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at its schools, and makes no discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnic background, country of origin or sex in administration of education policies, applications for admission, scholarship or loan programs, and extracurricular programs. If a child needs assistance because of special education needs or learning disabilities, his/her parents may inquire of the teacher, principal, and/or school board to see what arrangements can be made. Montana State law requires that students be age 5 by September 10 of that school year to enter Kindergarten and age 6 by September 10 of that school year to enter first grade.
All students entering Mountain View Elementary must fill out the necessary registration papers and receive school board approval. More information, interviews, and/or letters of recommendation may be requested by the school board before approval is obtained. If approval by the school board is not given, all but $25 of the entrance fee will be refunded. If a family chooses not to enroll after submitting the application and entrance fee, no part of the fee will be refunded except under board consideration due to extenuating circumstances.
Parents wishing to enroll their child must complete the following:
- Application for Admission
- Financial Clearance
- Immunization Records
- Birth Certificate
- Physical Exam: new students, 4th grade, 7th grade (must be completed in last nine months or by October 1)
- References (3): new students
- Transfer Request: new students
School begins at 8:00 A.M. and dismisses at 3:15 P.M. on Monday thru Thursday. We have early dismissal on Friday at 12:00 noon. Students may begin arriving at 7:45 A.M. and should be picked up no later than 3:30 P.M. unless other arrangements are made with the teacher. Students may only be picked up by those on the approved list or those given written permission signed by the parent.
Regular attendance at school is critical to the success of the student. Attendance records are maintained and serve as a legal document. Excused absences include student illness (fever, communicable disease, vomiting, etc.), death in the family, and doctor or dentist appointments. Appointments should be made outside of school hours, but when absolutely necessary, exceptions can be made. School outings are part of the regular school program and must be treated as school days by both the parents and the teachers.
Absences should be arranged with the teacher ahead of time so they may be excused. When a student receives an unexcused absence, they may not be permitted to complete the missing work. This will affect their grades. Arranging absences before-hand can help prevent this from occurring.
In case of inclement weather, our school may be closed. If Target Range Elementary School is closed, we will be as well. Parents will be notified by phone if our school is to be closed or in case of emergency
A school calendar will be given to each family at the beginning of the school year. Dates on this calendar have been approved by the school board. Any changes to this calendar (including additions) will be passed by the school board. Parents will be notified of any changes.
Students will receive a newsletter each week. This note home will include upcoming events, dates and other items of interest to parents. It is the responsibility of the student and the parent to read the newsletter.
Rules specific to the classroom will be made at the teacher’s discretion with the support of the school board. Being a member of the classroom may include helping to clean up the room at the end of each day or week with duties such as emptying trash, vacuuming, and others. Students will need to keep their areas neat, clean, and orderly. They are expected to keep their areas organized in such a way they may work productively and without distraction.
Extra “toys”, including electronics, do not need to be at school and may be confiscated. Cell phones are permitted but must remain turned off unless the teacher has given specific permission for their use. The school does not assume responsibility for damage or loss of any items that are brought on campus. The school staff reserves the right to inspect desks, backpacks, notebooks, lockers, and other possessions at any time without advance notice.
Mountain View Elementary expects children to develop respect for self, others, and especially God. This means that students and parents must all cooperate with the teacher and the school board concerning all rules and regulations. Rules stated publicly or printed elsewhere by the teacher and/or school board shall be as binding as those found in this handbook.
In an effort to be consistent and effective, the following guidelines will be followed whenever possible for applicable situations. All disciplinary measures taken at Mountain View Elementary will be as consistent, loving, positive, and fair as possible.
For minor infractions (such as distracting others, excessive talking, rudeness, etc.):
- Warning: Student will receive at least one verbal warning
- Time-out: Student will spend some time “out”
- In-School Suspension: Student will be separated from the others and parents are notified.
- Suspension: Student will be sent home until school board has decided on necessary action.
Major infractions including but not limited to physical conflict, possession of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, or weapons, extreme dishonesty, and other serious offenses may result in immediate in-school suspension or suspension. The school board may dismiss a student whose conduct or attitude is deemed unsatisfactory, detrimental to others, or in contradiction to the standards and principles of the school.
- Uphold the Christian standards of our school when I use any electronic equipment.
- Use computers, keyboards, printers, and digital cameras only with the supervision and permission of an adult.
- Use all equipment and networks carefully and appropriately to avoid any damage or change to the computer system of its software.
- Do not change, delete, add to, or download any software.
- Respect others and agree not to open, copy, change, delete, or damage files or folders that are not mine.
- Keep my password and login name private and will only use my own accounts.
- Never give out personal information over the internet.
- Only use permitted areas of the Internet. My parents and my teacher need to know what I’m doing online at all times.
- Be respectful of others in the way I use the Internet and computer.
- Understand that the use of computers and other technology tools is a privilege that comes with specific responsibilities.
Violations of acceptable use outside of school hours can negatively affect the school and its community. As a result, violations of the above guidelines outside of school that come to the attention of Mountain View Elementary may be treated in a disciplinary manner by the school.
The dress code at Mountain View Elementary is simple and reflects our belief that we are dwelling places for the Holy Spirit. Dress that is neat, modest, and clean will represent our school and demonstrate our respect for ourselves, others, and God.
- Shoes with closed toes and closed heels.
- No hats or hoods worn inside the building.
- Dresses and skirts may be worn only with shorts/leggings underneath.
- Make-up must be natural.
- No jewelry (medical tags are allowed)
- Tank tops are not allowed.
- Entrance Fee ($200)
- Monthly Tuition: $250
- Physical Education: $200 (covers swimming, skating, skiing, etc.)
- Ski the Summit: approximately $130 (optional, grades 7-8)
- Hot Lunch: $2.50 each lunch (optional)
- Accounts must be paid through one of the two options listed above.
- The previous year’s account must be settled before the student will be re-admitted.
- If an account becomes delinquent (two months behind), satisfactory financial arrangements must be made with the school board through the treasurer in order for the student to continue school.
- Students enrolling after August 31 must have financial clearance before they may begin attending school.
- Students who withdraw must pay all outstanding accounts. School records and transcripts will be released only when the school account is paid in full. Accounts will continue to accrue until the withdrawal form is signed. A tuition refund will be made on a prorated basis when applicable.
- Acceptance of God and His Word
- Commitment to the Church
- Family and Interpersonal Relationships
- Responsible Citizenship
- Healthy Balanced Living
- Intellectual Development
- Communication Skills
- Life Skills
- Aesthetic Appreciation
- Career and Service
Mountain View Elementary is committed to providing a school environment free from harassment for all students. Students should refrain from any physical, racial, or sexual harassment or discrimination by words or actions. Harassment includes such conduct as slurs, jokes, intimidation, or any verbal or physical attack directed at an individual’s race, religion, national origin, age, gender, or physical challenges.
- Attention of critics, reviewers, and public
- Availability of funds and space
- Balance of viewpoints in the collection
- Comprehensive in scope
- Cost in relation to the individual title and to the overall collection
- Current interest and usefulness
- High standards of quality in content
- Permanent value
- Relevance to the existing collection
- SDA values
- Strengths and weaknesses of the existing collection
The library committee is guided in selection of materials by professional book reviews and standard bibliographies. Recommendations from the patrons will be given careful consideration for purchase.
The library committee will regularly re-consider material and update the MVE library collection. In general, removal will be based on:
- Relevance of content
- Duplicates of titles no longer popular
- Usage over time
- Condition of material
If library material is challenged, the material will temporarily be removed from the shelf giving the library committee time to reevaluate the material using the above criteria. The person who has challenged the material must fill out the Reconsideration Form explaining the reasons for removal from the collection. If the materials are not in line with the selection criteria, they will be removed from the library collection. If the materials are found to be worthy of the collection, they will remain in the collection and the person who challenged the material will be informed by letter the reasons why the materials will remain in the collection.
- A written statement from the physician detailing the schedules, amount, and method by which such medication is to be taken,
- A written statement from the parent or guardian of the student indicating the desire that the school assist the student,
- The medication be delivered to the school in the original container bearing the pharmacy label containing all necessary information.
The phone should be used for rare situations and occurrences as it can be a distraction to the class. Please make every effort to take care of nonemergency issues outside of school hours.
Volunteers are an important part of our school. All volunteers must successfully complete the Shield the Vulnerable training and background check. Volunteer opportunities include tutoring, serving hot lunch, giving worship talks, helping with home and school projects, and more! The school board has asked that parents not tutor in their own child’s classroom. Volunteer drivers and/or vehicle owners need to fill out a Vehicle and Driver Form before the school trip. We will need a copy of the insurance card and driver’s license.