2021-22 Family Orientation

  • General Questions
    breakthroughcharterschool@gmail.com

    Attendance or Registration
    Brandi Parten, Operations Manager
    bparten@breakthroughcharterschool.org

    Operations (Buses, Meals, Technology, Uniforms, etc.)
    Kevin Timms, Director of School Operations
    ktimms@breakthroughcharterschool.org

    Health, Reporting COVID-19 case
    Tiffany Johnson, Health and Wellness Coordinator
    tjohnson@breakthroughcharterschool.org

    Academic Questions
    Alice Barton, Assistant Head of School
    abarton@breakthroughcharterschool.org

    Counseling Questions
    Reginald Wells, Counselor
    rwells@breakthroughcharterschool.org

    Special Populations (Gifted, 504, SPED, etc.)
    Shelley Jones, Special Education Teacher
    sjones@breakthroughcharterschool.org

  • The first day of school is August 18th, 2021. Students will be dismissed at 1:00 PM. Remember, students will be dismissed every Wednesday at 1:00 PM.

    Students are expected to attend school every day. If a child is sick and unable to attend class, parents should notify the school via email or phone call.

    After a series of unexcused absences and missed assignments, the student will be referred to the school counselor. We will work with families to prevent and address any attendance barriers.

  • Students will be assigned either an iPad (Grades K-3) or Chromebook (Grades 4-8). Students will be allowed to take these devices home. Please review the technology agreements highlighted below on our website. Physical copies will be sent home with children during the first week of school.

    If you need assistance or have issues with a device, please contact Kevin Timms, Director of School Operations, at ktimms@breakthroughcharterschool.org.

  • English-Language Arts: Students will use EL Education for English-Language Arts curriculum. Our approach to curriculum makes standards come alive for students by connecting learning to real-world issues and needs. Academically rigorous, project-based learning expeditions, case studies, projects, fieldwork, and service learning inspire students to think and work as professionals, contributing high-quality work to authentic audiences beyond the classroom.

    Mathematics: We are adopting enVision Mathematics for our curriculum. Lessons start with Problem-Based Learning (PBL), where students must think critically about a real-world math problem, evaluate options, collaborate, and present solutions. This is followed by Visual Learning to solidify the underlying math concepts. It’s the best way to help kids better understand math ideas.

    Science and Social Studies: Teachers will use a project-based approach to teaching the science and social studies standards.

    Instructional Strategies: Teachers will use project-based learning, service learning, and social emotional learning strategies to engage students. Students will also receive direct instruction, small group instruction, and effective integration of technology.

  • A short list of additional, grade specific supplies will be sent home in your child’s backpack on first day of school (if required by teacher).

    • Pencils
    • Pens (Blue or Black Ink)
    • 2 packs of Loose Leaf Paper (Wide-Ruled)
    • 2 composition notebooks
    • Markers
    • Colored pencils
    • Crayons
    • Post-It Notes
    • Headphones
    • Backpacks
    • 2 packs of index cards
    • glue sticks
    • highlighters (blue, green, pink and yellow)
    • 2 reams of copy paper
  • By Car: Families will enter the school through the entry closest to Highway 5. A Breakthrough staff member will escort children into the gymnasium, where their teacher will escort them to class. Students will only be released to vehicles with Breakthrough car tags, which will be distributed before the first day of school.

    By Bus: Children will be picked up and dropped off at their designated community locations, which we are currently working to determine. Bus transportation will be available to students in Marion, Uniontown, Greensboro, Gallion, and Faunsdale.

    Contact Kevin Timms, Director of School Operations, at ktimms@breakthroughcharterschool.org with questions.

Dress Code Policy

The Reason for Uniforms (Our Why):

Breakthrough’s school attire regulations were designed with our core values in mind to ensure all students are provided the very best atmosphere to learn and thrive. Our school uniform is intended to reduce energy and money spent on name brand clothing and to promote unity and respect for our school community. For this reason, students are expected to wear the uniform correctly.

Day to Day Guidance:

  • School uniform requirements are in place for all students, every day while on campus.
  • If a child is out of uniform, a family member may be contacted and required to bring the necessary items before students are admitted to class.
  • Coats and jackets that are not part of the school uniform may not be worn inside the building
  • All Uniform items must be properly sized and in good condition.
  • Shorts, Skirts, Skorts or Jumpers should be worn no shorter than two inches above the knee.
  • Pants/ Shorts and belts should be worn at waist.
  • All shirts should be tucked in at all times so the skirt/pant waist or belt is showing.
  • Students are highly encouraged to wear a pair of cotton shorts beneath skirts or jumpers to allow for greater freedom of motion and activity during recess and P.E.
  • When Approved by School Administration, select clothing may be worn on particular “out of uniform days”
  • Ultimately, appropriate uniform adherence is at the discretion of BCS Staff.
  • Repeated or extreme violations may result in the student being sent home until the infraction is corrected.

Exceptions:

Circumstances may arise that make wearing the school uniform impossible (example: injury).

  • A written note from the guardian explaining the situation should be submitted to the Head of School or other authorized designee.
  • Failure to present the note will result in appropriate disciplinary action.

Dress Days:

Dress uniforms may be required for special events and presentations. Families will be notified when this is requested/required.

Where to Purchase:

All uniform materials can be purchased through the Lands’ End website, but this is not a requirement. The only pieces (which are optional) that must be purchased from Lands’ End are the plaid skirts or jumpers.

Go to www.landsend.com → Click School→Click Shop by School→ enter school number: 900194895 or you can search the school by Name and Location.

Approved Choices

  • Tops

    • Gray, Maroon or White Polo Shirt
    • White Peter Pan Collared Shirt
    • Breakthrough Charter School T-Shirt
    • Lands’ End T-shirt with logo
    • Must have sleeves
    • No insignia (logo) other than the Breakthrough logo
    • Solid Gray or Maroon pullover / sweaters may be worn inside the building

    Bottoms

    • Khaki, gray, or black pants
    • Khaki, gray, or black shorts
    • Patterned plaid (Land’s End), Khaki or Gray Skirts/ Skorts
    • Gray knit Jumper or Patterned plaid jumper (found on Lands’ End website)
    • Solid Black or Gray tights or leggings may be worn under appropriate bottoms when weather permits

    Footwear

    • Shoes: Closed toe shoes, any combination of Black, Gray, White or Brown
    • The following forms of shoes are not permitted: heeled, flip-flops, platforms, sandals.
    • Shoes with buckles and laces must be buckled or laced. We recommend younger students wear Velcro or slip-on shoes until they can tie their own laces.
    • Socks: solid white or solid black socks of any length.

    Accessories

    • Solid Black or Brown Belts should be worn with any bottom that has belt loops
    • All other accessories should align with the spirit of the uniform policy. Head coverings are only allowed for religious reasons inside the school building.

    Dress Days (REQUIRED)

    • Khaki Pants (October – March) / Shorts (April – September)
    • Plaid Jumper, Gray Knit Jumper
    • Plaid or Khaki Skirt
    • White Collared Shirt
  • Tops

    • Gray, Maroon or White Polo Shirt
    • White Oxford Shirt
    • White Peter Pan Collared Shirt
    • Must have sleeves
    • No insignia (logo) other than the Breakthrough logo
    • Solid Gray or Maroon pullover / sweaters may be worn inside the building
    • ALL TOPS MUST BE TUCKED IN

    Bottoms

    • Khaki, gray, or black pants
    • Khaki, gray, or black shorts
    • Patterned plaid (Land’s End), Khaki or Gray Skirts/ Skorts
    • Patterned jumper (found on Lands’ End website)
    • Solid Black or Gray tights or leggings may be worn under appropriate bottoms when weather permits

    Footwear

    • Shoes
    • Closed toe shoes, any combination of Black, Gray, White or Brown
    • The following forms of shoes are not permitted: heeled, flip-flops, platforms, sandals.
    • Shoes with buckles and laces must be buckled or laced. We recommend younger students wear Velcro or slip-on shoes until they can tie their own laces.
    • Socks: solid white or solid black socks of any length.

    Accessories

    • Solid Black or Brown Belts should be worn with any bottom that has belt loops
    • All other accessories should align with the spirit of the uniform policy. Head coverings are only allowed for religious reasons inside the school building.

    Dress Days (REQUIRED)

    • Khaki Pants (October – March) / Shorts (April – September)
    • Plaid Jumper or Skirt, Khaki Skirt
    • White Collared Shirt

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