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National & State Honors
2016 Title I Distinguished School Nominee
2015 Title I Distinguished School for North Carolina in the category of High Performance
NC Honor School of Excellence 2010-2011 (recognized 12 years)
National Title I Distinguished School 2009-2011
National Blue Ribbon School 2007
NC Real D.E.A.L. School Finalist 2008
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The District 7 Elementary family works together to achieve excellence in academics, behavior, and character.
Motto: We expect the best!

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 School Schedule and Information
School Hours for Students: 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
School Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Instructional School Day: 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
School Phone: 910.483.0001
School Fax: 910.483.6047
School Colors: Purple, Yellow, and White
School Mascot: Dolphin
Cafeteria Phone Number: 910.483.3980
Breakfast is served to students in the cafeteria between 7:30 a.m. to 7:50 p.m.
Arrival / School Hours/ Dismissal
Classroom instructional day begins and doors open at 7:30 a.m. Students who are not in their classroom will be marked tardy at 8:00 a.m. (Students arriving at school AFTER 8:00 a.m. must be signed in/checked in at the office by a parent/guardian) Being tardy more than two times per nine weeks may result in a child not being recognized for otherwise perfect attendance and will result in referral to our social worker. It is a parent responsibility to assure children are at school on time.
For the safety and welfare of the students, arrival at school should be between 7:30 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. Doors will not be open until 7:30 a.m.  It is imperative that children not arrive until that time. Because of the lack of supervision, the high traffic area, and possible inclement weather, students should not be left unattended. Students planning to eat breakfast at school must arrive at school by 7:45 a.m. and go directly to the cafeteria.  (Prekindergarten students report directly to the classroom.)

For dismissal in the afternoon, our PreK – 2 graders who have siblings in grades 3-5 “travel” at the 2:15 bell where they will meet their older brother/sister at the 2:20 bell.  This gives our little ones time to travel and our teachers ease in keeping an eye on them without the entire school moving at once.  This is one car pick-up point. Our PreK-2 who do not have older siblings meet in the front at that pick-up point. Then at the 2:20 bell that begins the transition of grades 3-5 to their pick-up point.
At 2:25, our bus/day care move to the respective bus/van.
By 2:30, we are done with dismissal.
 Absences / Attendance
A written excuse, stating the reason for the absence, must be sent to the classroom teacher on the day a student returns following an absence. Excuses should be dated and signed by a parent/guardian. This information is needed to properly code your child’s absence. When these procedures are not carried out, we are put in the position of arbitrarily coding an absence as being unlawful. Absences such as vacations and leave periods are considered unlawful absences. Attendance is just as important in the elementary school as in the high school. All absences and tardies are recorded in permanent school records and have a great effect on student achievement. Parents will be notified of excessive tardiness/absences in an attempt to assist in making sure all students are getting an equal opportunity to learn. Please assist us in making sure that your child present and on time each day. It is a North Carolina law that any child with 10 absences will receive a letter from the school requesting information concerning the absences. After twelve absences, the child’s failure to meet ninety-four percent attendance requirement puts the student at risk of failure for the school year. Chronic tardiness, absences, and checking students out of school prior to dismissal are reported to the social worker and can result in retention for the student as well as legal proceedings for the parent. Please notify the office immediately if you change your address or telephone number. We must have a phone number for emergency purposes.
Cumberland County recognizes the reasons listed below as Lawful Absences.
1. Illness or Injury
2. Quarantine
3. Death in the Immediate Family
4. Medical or Dental Appointments
5. Court or Administrative Proceeding
6. Religious Observation
7. Educational Opportunity-must have Prior Approval from Principal. Parents must submit a written request ten days prior to the event.
When a child returns to school from an absence, the parent must send a signed note explaining the absence. The reason for the absence is necessary for coding the absence on records. If a note is not received, the absence is coded unlawful.
 Parents and Visitors
Parents/community members are encouraged to visit our school. For security reasons, all parents/visitors must report to the main office for visitor identification. This includes parents with teacher appointments, parents/visitors eating lunch, anyone coming on school campus during the day. For security reasons outside classroom doors will be locked during the day. Visitors are not permitted on school campus after school hours unless attending a school function. Visitors must present a picture ID.
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Published by Alison Shirley on August 6, 2017
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