Academy of Languages has a long history of strong parent involvement.
PTA and School Improvement Council are both active functioning groups
focused on school improvement and student needs. Each group meets
monthly and has shared a common goal this year of increasing opportunities
for parental involvement in school and learning activities.
PTA has worked with the school to sponsor Red Ribbon
Week activities, bimonthly 3M Lunches (Men Who Matter the Most), Honor Roll
Celebrations, B.U.G. Club (Bringing Up Grades), and the Blythe Blast, our
annual fund raiser. Red Ribbon Week activities included special events
for students at all grade levels. The 3M Lunches give the men in our
studentsâ€™ lives opportunities to be involved in school. The SIC
sponsored the B.U.G. Club this year. The B.U.G. Club recognizes
students who improve any subject by a letter grade, while maintaining their
grades in all of the other subjects. Students were recognized for
their accomplishments with a special treat and a certificate. PTA
recruits volunteers each year to assist classroom teachers and to work with
under-achieving students. These volunteers contributed nearly 15,000
hours of their time last school year. Our PTA and SIC are a vital part
of the school environment. Their financial contributions and physical
support make a direct impact on student achievement.
Community and business partners provide a wide range
of services and goods to our school. Many businesses offer student
rewards and incentives for such things as perfect attendance and honor roll.
Each year our students participate in many charitable and service-oriented
projects. Some of these include: Jump Rope for Heart, The Giving Tree for
various charities, and the Great Paper Caper for recycling with the City of
Visitation During School
staff at Blythe welcomes visits from parents since it increases the spirit
of teamwork between the school and home. Classroom visits are a time
for observation only or volunteer activities. Parents are asked to
limit a visit to a 30 minute session. (Since state guidelines require
that classes be interrupted in emergency situations only, parents will not
be able to visit a class to speak with a teacher. Any disruption to
the instruction of students creates a loss in learning time for the class.)
The beginning and end of the school day are crucial. Parents are asked
to refrain from interrupting a class during these times. If there is a
concern, please leave a message at the office for your childâ€™s teacher.
The teacher will contact the parent as soon as possible. If you have
not heard from the teacher by the next school day, please call the
office again to let them know you have not been contacted.
All visitors in the building, including parents and
school volunteers, must stop by the office first and SIGN-IN so that their
presence in the building is known and pick up a visitorâ€™s badge. The
staff feels a responsibility to parents to insure the safety and well-being
of students while they are at school. For that reason, visitors are
asked to display the badge conspicuously so that any intruder in the
building may be quickly noted. Parents who are not wearing a badge may
be asked by a staff member or student to report to the office. All
doors will be locked after 8:00 a.m. The only access into the building
will be through the reception area doors in the front of the building.
General Communication with the School
1. Send a note or call
the school office if you need for your child to go home a different way than
usual. This is for your childâ€™s protection.
2. Listen to your radio
or television for information about school closings due to inclement
weather. This is how we get our information. Many times our
lines are so busy with calls from parents that district personnel cannot get
through to give us more information.
3. Read the school
newsletter and the handbook for information about holidays, conferences and
4. Parents need to bring
any messages, money, books, or assignments by the office during the school
day. Please do not take them directly to your childâ€™s room. The
office will deliver to your child what is needed during appropriate
intervals in the school day.
5. Please do not ask
your childâ€™s teacher for class rolls, addresses, or telephone numbers.
We are not permitted to release this information. You may receive this
information in the Student Directory when it is available.
Arrival, Departure, and Transportation Procedures
Car riders should not arrive before 7:25 a.m. each
morning. Adult supervision is not provided until this time.
All students should be at school by 8:00 a.m.
Anyone arriving to school after this time will be considered tardy and
will need to be signed in by a parent in the main office.
Students should be dropped off at the front of the
building in the car line. Students are not permitted to walk across the
Student carpools may use the bus line from
7:45â€“8:00 a.m. only!
Parents should enter from Augusta Road and follow the
car traffic in the circle to leave their child at the drop-off point at the
front of the school. Parents are not allowed to drop-off their
children from the teacher parking lots at the side of the building facing
Long Hill before 7:45 am. Please remember that teachers need access to
all parking spaces until 7:45 a.m. so they may be able to be on time for
work. Teachers will come into Blythe Drive from Long Hill and park in
the teacher parking lot. All buses and vans will also use this
entrance for arrival and departures. Handicapped car riders will be
dropped off in the front at the left door. Fifteen cars at a time
should be able to be unloaded and loaded.
Students should be picked up between 2:30 and 2:45
p.m. Parents arriving after 2:50 p.m. will need to sign their student
out in the main office.
Parents MUST have a car number for their children
displayed on the rearview mirror or dashboard of the vehicle. Please
practice this number at home with your children so they will be sure to
leave the building when you arrive. To protect our children, you will
not be permitted to pick up a child in the car line without a car
number. If you do
not have a car number, you will be required to park your car and report
to the main office.
We DO NOT grant early dismissals after 1:30 p.m.
Anyone who needs to pick up a child after this time must go through the
car line. Please share this information with anyone authorized to pick
up your child for an early dismissal.
All children must be dismissed through the FRONT
door. Parents are not permitted to walk to the building to pickup a
child or allow their child to be a â€śwalkerâ€ť if they do not live in the
neighborhood. EVERYONE MUST USE THE CAR LINE.
Cars will be doubled stacked until they get to the
curve at the front of the building. Your child will receive a car
number at the beginning of school. Students will be called to the front by
way of computer and television. Parents will arrive at the front of the
school in two lines and put their cars in PARK. Students are then escorted
to their car by an adult.
will be staff members and patrols in front of the building to welcome and
dismiss students. Staff members will be strategically placed to keep
things moving in an orderly fashion. Students will be picked up by
2:50 p.m. After 3:00 p.m., parents must come in the building to pick
up their child and sign to release them.
dismissals are excused and classified according to the explanations given
for attendance and absences according to the school district policy as
outlined in the handbook. Students who need to leave school early must
present a note written by a parent or legal guardian to the office by 8:30
a.m. Notes must contain the following information:
date, studentâ€™s full name, reason and time of dismissal, name of person
transporting student and telephone number of a parent who can be reached to
verify dismissal, if needed. The parent, guardian, or designee must
come into the office to sign the early dismissal list before the student
leaves school. If anyone other than the parent or guardian picks up
the student, identification will be required before the student is permitted
to leave. To ensure safety, the school administration reserves the
right to disallow any request for dismissal that cannot be properly
verified. Dismissals need to be made before 1:30 p.m. unless there has
been administrative approval. Unless there is an extreme emergency,
parents may not call the school after 1:30 p.m. to change dismissal of a