- Principal's Message
- Mission Statement
- School Policies and Procedures
- Paperless Communication
- Suggested School Supplies
- School Uniform Policy
- Parent Involvement
Welcome Red Hill Families,
Welcome back to another exciting year at our beloved school! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as your elementary principal and I am honored to be a part of this incredible community of learners, educators, and parents.
At Red Hill, our primary focus is to provide a nurturing, stimulating and safe learning environment that fosters growth in academics and social emotional readiness skills. We believe that strong relationships between students, parents and staff are essential in creating a learning environment that contributes to our school’s success.
Community engagement and communication are two important pillars in our pursuit of excellence. We understand the importance of open lines of communication between school, parents and the larger community. We are committed to ensuring that parents are well informed and engaged in their child’s education. As the principal of Red Hill, one of my most important responsibilities is to keep you informed of all that is taking place at Red Hill. Please make sure that you have signed up for ParentSquare in order to receive communication from Red Hill. Please be on the lookout for weekly Sunday communication from me around 5:00pm. Sunday communication is filled with student celebrations, PTA information and academic and school updates.
Volunteering is a wonderful way to strengthen our home to school partnership. We encourage all family members and community members to get involved in any way they can. Whether it be volunteering in classrooms, assisting with extracurricular activities, joining PTA or sharing your expertise and passions with our students, your support is invaluable.
The Red Hill staff and I are excited for the 2023-24 school year. Building a partnership with you is our number one priority! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.
The 2023-2024 school year is going to be a year of academic success, new friendships and lots of joy!
Welcome Back Rockets and Rocket families.
Ms. Teri Malpass, Principal
Red Hill Elementary School is committed to providing an engaging and challenging instructional educational program for all students. We provide a safe and nurturing environment which promotes character-building and establishes a foundation for life-long learning and achievement. We are a dedicated community of students, staff and parents who work collaboratively for the success of all Red Hill students.
- School Procedures
- Classroom Procedures
- Student Conduct Policy
- School Accountability Report Card
- Red Hill Safety Practices
Red Hill Tustin Unified School District follows the California State Standard which details what students should know and be able to do. Teachers will align their curriculum directly to these standards.
Red Hill Elementary is proud of its excellent curriculum and well-prepared teachers. Each child will receive direct instruction in reading/language arts, math, history/social science, science, physical education, and visual/performing arts. All children have access to State - and District-adopted textbooks in addition to the supplementary materials to help students reach grade level expectations.
The staff at Red Hill Elementary School believes that home study is a vital part of each child’s educational program. Assignments completed at home assist the child and teacher in reaching instructional objectives more quickly and thoroughly.
Teacher’s Homework Responsibilities:
- Assign homework that meaningfully connects and reinforces the State Standards and TUSD curriculum.
- Clearly explain assignments to the students.
- Facilitate student access to the resources necessary to complete assignments.
- Help students to develop a system for recording and planning homework.
Parent’s Homework Responsibilities:
- Arrange a quiet time and study area including proper lighting.
- Provide appropriate materials for homework such as pencils, paper, crayons, glue, and scissors.
- Encourage your child to work independently on homework assignments.
- Contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions regarding homework.
- Hold students accountable for recording homework assignments.
- Monitor iPad usage after homework assignments.
Student’s Homework Responsibilities:
- Ask questions in class so the homework is clearly understood.
- Take homework assignments and materials home.
- Complete and return homework assignments on time.
- Produce a high quality of work including neatness and accuracy.
- Use a system for recording and planning homework.
Every student should plan to set aside a reasonable portion of each school evening for homework. As a rule, homework will not be assigned on weekends or holidays. The following table shows the suggested amount of time each student should spend on homework daily. Please remember that incomplete classwork is NOT considered homework.
Total Daily Minutes
|5 - 10 Minutes||10 Minutes||15 - 20 Minutes|
|10 - 15 Minutes||10 - 15 Minutes||20 - 30 Minutes|
|15 - 20 Minutes||15 - 20 Minutes||30 - 40 Minutes|
|20 - 30 Minutes||20 - 30 Minutes||40 - 60 Minutes|
|30 - 40 Minutes||30 Minutes||60 - 70 Minutes|
|30 - 40 Minutes||30 Minutes||60 - 70 Minutes|
If your child spends substantially more or less time each day on homework than is indicated, please communicate with your child’s teacher immediately.
Students are required by law to attend school punctually and regularly.
1. Excused Absence: Absence for causes listed in the State Educational Code for illness, medical, dental, and optometry appointments; multiple illnesses may require a doctor’s note.
2. Unexcused Absences: Absences for any reason other than those listed above. Truancy that is intentional is a violation of state attendance laws.
3. Excessive Absences: Students who miss more than 5 days of school, or have more than 3 unexcused absences will be notified with a letter home and/or referral to the Student Attendance Review Board.
After an Absence students are required to bring a note from parents the day he/she returns to school. The note must list the date of the absence, specific reason for the absence, and must be signed by parent or guardian. A phone call to the office or e-mail to the school Office Manager may also excuse an absence.
Toshiba Perfect Attendance Program
Tustin Unified has partnered with Toshiba to bring to students a "Perfect Attendance" program, where they may be eligible to win a Chromebook or tablet.
Any student who is excessively tardy will be regarded as truant. A parent conference will be required. Truancy could also lead to a referral to the Student Attendance Review Board.
Red Hill is a closed campus. Students may not leave campus without checking out in the office. All visitors on campus must check in at the office and receive a visitor’s badge. Please do not enter the school grounds without signing in and obtaining a visitor’s badge. Parents waiting for children to be dismissed must do so in the front area of the school.
All students can receive a balanced breakfast at no cost during snack time.
Students in grades TK/K have a 30 minute snack/recess and grades 1st-5th have a 20 minutes snack/recess.
All students have a 45-minute lunch period, which includes time for eating, playing games, and participating in activities. Students have access to a hot lunch at no cost or bring a lunch from home. Red Hill participates in the Free/Reduced District lunch program; applications are available online on the Health-E Living website
All students should eat during the lunch period, and we recommend that students also eat a small healthy snack at recess. We discourage fast food drop-off lunches as they are a distraction to other students. If you must drop off a lunch, please leave it at the front office counter.
Red Hill sponsors a Birthday Book Club to help your child celebrate their special day. Students may select a book to purchase for our library and a commemorative sticker will be placed inside indicating the donor’s name. No sweets such as candy, cupcakes or cookies for birthday celebrations.
Students riding the bus to and/or from school and on field trips are expected to exhibit good conduct and courtesy on the bus and at the bus stops. Failure to comply with the rules will result in the issuance of a citation. A citation is a serious warning and means that the child has neglected important responsibilities. Repeated infractions may result in suspension of riding privileges.
We understand that emergencies sometimes occur during the day that make it necessary for you to contact your child. However, in order to minimize interruptions to classroom instruction, the office will not deliver messages to students in the classroom during instructional time. Please make arrangements with your child prior to the school day. Students will be allowed to use the telephone only in emergencies and very special circumstances. Students may not use personal devices during school hours.
Medication that needs to be taken by students at school will be administered by the health aide or other designated adult. For the safety of all students, an adult must deliver all medications (prescription and non-prescription) to the school Health Office. A medication permit form (available in the Health Office) must be filled out and signed by your physician to allow us to administer any medication at school. No medication is to be brought to school by the student; we will not send medication home with the student.
Student Study Team
The Student Study Team (SST) is available to help all children. The SST works to make children aware of how they can best grow and learn as students. Parents may wish to meet with the SST for suggestions on ways to help children at home. Children with unique problems may be referred to special counseling services available from outside agencies. The Red Hill SST consists of the principal, specialized academic instructor, and regular education teachers. It is the responsibility of the Team to evaluate students experiencing academic, behavioral, attendance, or other school-related difficulties. The Team may provide the teacher and parents with strategies for change, test data as needed and/or referral to services such as Special Education. A student may be referred to the Team by a parent or teacher.
Gifted and Talented Education
GATE opportunities are provided to all GATE identified students. GATE students are placed in classrooms with teachers who are specially trained to meet the needs of GATE children. Instructional strategies focus on teaching for depth and complexity.
Free Public Education Guidelines
The State of California’s Constitution requires that a public education for students be free of charge. A student’s right to a free education includes all school/educational activities, whether curricular or extracurricular, regardless of whether a student receives a grade for the activity. Subject to certain exceptions, a student’s right to free public education means that schools cannot require the purchase of materials, supplies or equipment for any school activity.
These exceptions are:
· Charges for optional attendance as a spectator at a school or District activity.
· Charges for food served to students, subject to free and reduced price meal program eligibility and other restrictions specified by law.
· Replacement cost for District books or supplies loaned to a student that the student fails to return, or that are vandalized.
· Fees for field trips and excursions in connection with courses of instruction or school related social, educational, cultural, athletic, or school band activities, as long as no student is prevented from making the field trip or excursion because of lack of sufficient funds.
· Medical or hospital insurance for field trips that is made available by the school district.
· Fees for school camp programs, so long as no student is denied the opportunity to participate because of nonpayment of the fee.
· Reimbursement for the actual cost of duplicating records, student records, or prospectus of the school curriculum.
Hand-Held Devices for Instructional Purposes
In our effort to provide 21st century learning at school, students will be using iPads as a learning tool for communication, collaboration, creativity and productivity only. The TUSD Board of Education has imposed the Annual Data Confirmation/Technology Use Agreement, which must be accessed through the Aeries Parent Portal and signed by students and parents at the beginning of each school year. This document contains guidelines for students regarding the ethical and responsible use of devices at school. Students in violation of the Technology Use Agreement or classroom rules regarding the use of Technology will be subject to discipline.
Discipline Philosophy Statement
All children have equal rights to an education in a safe, nurturing and orderly environment. It is the Principal’s role to establish a climate that fosters these rights. Each child will be treated with respect and dignity. Fair and consistent rules have been established at Red Hill School and will be reviewed annually with School Site Council and staff. These rules will be applied in order to maintain a powerful learning environment for all students.
We Believe . . .
· that every child is entitled to be treated with respect and dignity.
· that every child has the right to learn in a calm and orderly environment.
· that every child has the responsibility to respect others’ rights to learn in an atmosphere that is conducive to learning.
· that every child is responsible for his or her own behavior.
Acceptance of Responsibility
It is the responsibility of:
· the school to promote, develop, and enforce codes of behavior.
· the teachers to organize and manage an environment that is conducive to learning and to teach acceptable forms of behavior.
· the students to accept and understand the logical consequences of their actions.
· the parents to assist in reviewing the rules with their child and promote support of a safe, nurturing and orderly environment.
· the school personnel and parents to recognize and respond appropriately to positive and negative behaviors.
Students will make appropriate choices when they know the standards of acceptable behavior. Children need to know the consequences for choosing whether or not to follow established expectations. Specific school and classroom standards and consequences have been developed and are included in this packet. Each teacher has the right to individualize their plan according to identified student needs and teaching style.
State law requires that all public schools receiving state funding prepare and distribute a School Accountability Report Card (SARC). The purpose of the report card is to provide parents and the community with important information about the school. The profile summarizes the school's mission, goals, and accomplishments. California Department of Education requires that the SARC contain the following:
- Demographic data
- School safety and climate for learning information
- Academic data
- Class sizes
- Teacher and staff information
- Curriculum and instruction descriptions
- Fiscal and expenditure data
Red Hill's priority is to provide a school environment where students are safe and learning
- Plans are created annually - Single Plan for Student Achievement, School Safety Plan
- Annually Red Hill is required to submit an emergency plan to Tustin Unified School District, to be reviewed by Student Services and law enforcement. The plan addresses Fire, Earthquake, Shelter in Place and Intruder as well as other situations. Our geographical area works with OC Sheriff
- Staff is trained annually on emergency responses and assigned emergency team positions. Follow-up occurs at staff meetings where student safety situations are discussed
- Students experience safety drills a minimum of once each month. Drills range from Fire, Lockdown. Teachers and Principal discuss the reasons for drills in developmentally appropriate terms
Regular Safety Practices
- Campus is secured during the school day. Gates are locked after drop-off in the morning and opened in the afternoon for pick-up
- Visitors are required to sign in/obtain Visitor badge with office
- Radios are used by staff to communicate campus-wide
- Campus is walked by staff
- Parent/Square Mass Notification System is used to communicate with school community regarding an emergency situation
What Can Parents Do?
- Discuss with children at home about your family's plan in responding to emergency situations. Remember to use age appropriate conversation
- Be aware of what you may be seeing in media sources and ask if this is appropriate for your child
- Communicate what you observe/experience to school and/or local authorities
- Ensure your contact information is correct in the Aeries Parent Portal so that school can reach you in an emergency
Standard Playground Behavior
It is our goal to make our playground a safe and fun place for students to exercise through games and activities. We will work with students in a positive manner while instilling attitudes of respect, responsibility, and appropriate decision-making skills, which will support the academic and social foundations of Red Hill School.
Please review the following playground rules with your child. We thank you for working with us to support a safe and fun playground area.
In any situation, do not engage in any activity that will endanger your safety or the safety of others. THINK before you act, and ask an adult if you do not know what is allowed.
Before School - On the way to and from school, students are to use crosswalks. The grounds are open at 7:45 a.m. There will be NO supervision until that time. After 7:45 students are to walk directly to the quad area.
After School - Students are to leave grounds immediately after school.
The playground includes the areas painted for games, the United States map, swings and climbing equipment, and the field. Students should not be between or behind buildings, or in any unsupervised area. When playgrounds get wet or muddy, students are required to stay on the blacktop play area.
Fourth- and fifth-grade students only may ride bicycles to school with parent permission. Bikes are to be locked in the bike rack. The school is not responsible for the theft of parts or damage while bicycles are parked in the rack. Helmets are required.
Bikes are to be walked on and off the school grounds, on sidewalks and in the bike parking area. The bicycle area is off limits during school hours and to students not riding bikes.
Roller Skates/Blades & Skateboards
Roller skates/blades and skateboards are not allowed on campus at any time, including after school and on weekends (TUSD policy and OC Sheriff Dept. Crossing Guards) without direct permission from the principal. They are not to be brought to school. Scooters will be allowed, as long as they are folded up and stored by lock in the bike rack. Scooters are not to be ridden on campus at any time.
Restrooms are to be used appropriately at all times. No playing, loitering, or assembling in the bathrooms.
Walk at all times. Students are required to use walkways. Under no circumstances are students to climb fences or walls, or walk through parking areas.
Do not run on the blacktop unless you are in an organized game.
Swings, slides, bars, etc. are to be used safely and properly. Do not jump from swings.
Snacks (or any kind of food) are to be eaten at the lunch tables. Gum is not allowed at any time on school grounds, and candy is discouraged. Throw trash away in trash containers.
Report all injuries to the supervisors on duty.
There is no trading, buying, selling, giving away, or exchanging items at school. Bringing toys, electronic devices, balls, jump ropes, make-up, sunglasses, hats, markers, or any dangerous material will result in confiscation of the item.
· Bodily contact on the playground should be avoided at all times. There will be no piling on top of others or unnecessary rough play.
· Fighting or threatening others will result in progressive disciplinary action, which may include suspension and/or expulsion.
· Chasing games of any kind are not allowed on the blacktop area.
· Recess games are open to all students unless restricted to a specific grade level.
· Students are not to wait or gather around the restrooms, between buildings or in front of the school.
· Students are to stop playing when signaled and “freeze” quietly until a whistle is blown. After the whistle, students are to walk immediately to their lines. All playground equipment must be held and not played with while walking to or waiting in line.
· Students are expected to show respect for all adults as well as other students. All staff members maintain the responsibility for the safety and welfare of students on school grounds, and our students have the responsibility to behave in a safe, orderly, and respectful manner.
Problem Solving Steps
All students should attempt to solve problems using the following five problem solving steps:
- Ignore it
- Walk away
- Say "I'm sorry"
- Talk about it
- Tell an adult ( Dangerous play, fighting, or other serious situations may require going directly to an adult.
Parking Lot Procedures
Pick Up/Drop Off: TK/Kinder Parents can use the yellow loading/unloading zone located at the Kindergarten Gate. First through Fifth Grade please pull all the way forward when picking up your child. Please do not leave cars unattended. Cars may circle around if you do not see your child right away.
Woodlawn Ave Gate: This gate access is available for drop off ONLY. Woodlawn Gate is open from 7:45am-7:55am Daily. Please remember to park your car and walk your child to the curb. Please do not park across neighbors driveways and respect our neighbors front lawns.
Red Hill Elementary is currently not participating in the District school uniform policy. However, if parents would like their child to follow the District uniform policy see guidelines below:
- Shirts, polo shirts or blouses should be white, red, or navy and have a collar
- Pants, shorts, skirts, skorts or jumpers should be navy blue or khaki; plaid is acceptable for jumpers, skirts and skorts.
- Socks can be any color
- Shoes should be closed-toed; tennis shoes are recommended
- Pants should fit well (no more than 2” bigger than natural waist size)
Coats and jackets may be any color
Red Hill Expectations:
Closed-toed shoes are recommended daily
Tennis shoes on Thursdays for PE
Red Hill spirit shirts on Fridays
Parents may purchase school spirit shirts from the PTA that are designed to conform to the School Uniform Policy and may be wornany day as a part of the uniform. Spirit wear may be ordered online at the Red Hill PTA website.
- jeans with rips or holes
- Spaghetti straps (shirts with less than one-inch straps)
Your Parent Teacher Association is just that. . . parents and teachers working together for the benefit of our children. Red Hill has a very active PTA that wants and needs your support. By joining the PTA you support parents across the nation who strive to make school a better place for your children. If you would like more information on the school PTA, please contact the office or visit the Red Hill PTA website
One of the best ways to become involved in the school is to volunteer your time in your child’s classroom or serve on a committee. Serving as a volunteer aide can be very rewarding. Here are some ways you may serve during the school year:
1. Conduct follow-up activities under the direction of the teacher
2. Read with children
3. Direct learning centers
4. Supervise reading games
5. Gather and/or construct instructional materials
6. Share special talent or skills
7. Accompany class on field trip
8. Provide clerical help
10. Serve as a library aide
11. Serve as a PE helper
11. Serve as a PE helper
12. Serve as a garden helper
Persons wishing to volunteer should contact the teacher or the school office (714) 730-7543.
The Tustin Unified School District’s Board of Education encourages parents to visit their child’s classroom. Such visits enable parents to better observe their child’s progress and the school’s educational program. If you would like to see a particular subject taught or conference with the teacher, please call school office to set up an appointment ahead of time.