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Rampello General Information

Welcome to Rampello Downtown Partnership K-8 Magnet School for the Cultural Arts and Humanities



Rampello Grade Level Museum Themes

K:
Museum of Community
1st:  
Museum of Life Sciences
2nd:
Museum of Physical Science and Architecture
3rd:
Museum of Fine Arts
4th:
Museum of Florida History
5th:
Museum of Space Exploration and Science
6th:
Museum of Ancient Civilizations
7th:
Museum Cultural Pioneers n Interdisciplinary Studies
8th:
Museum of Technology (Past, Present, and Future)


School Hours

Elementary School Hours: Monday 8:15 am - 1:30 pm
                                                     Tuesday- Friday 8:15 am - 2:30 pm

Elementary Students who arrive early may enter the Cafeteria beginning at 7:00. Breakfast starts at 7:00 am..

Elementary Students are released to class at 7:45 am


Middle School Hours: Monday 7:40 am - 1:30 pm
                                          Tuesday- Friday 7:40 am - 2:30 pm

Middle School students may go to breakfast in the cafeteria starting at 7:00 am

On Mondays, middle school students may be requested to attend a No Opt Out session to make up missing assignments.



Middle School Bell Schedule


Regular Bell Schedule
Early Release Day Bell Schedule
TUESDAYS - FRIDAYS
MONDAYS
Grade-6
Grade-6
Period
Time
Period             Time
1 (+HR)
7:40
8:33
1 (+HR)
7:40
8:24
2
8:36
9:26
2
8:27
9:08
3
9:29
10:19
3
9:11
9:52
4
10:22
11:12
4
9:55
10:36
Lunch
11:15
11:51
5
10:39
11:20
5
11:54
12:44
Lunch
11:23
12:02
6
12:47
1:37
6
12:05
12:46
7
1:40
2:30
7
12:49
1:30
TUESDAYS - FRIDAYS
MONDAYS
Grade-7/8
Grade-7/8
Period
Time
   Period          Time
1 (+HR)
7:40
8:33
1 (+HR)
7:40
8:24
2
8:36
9:26
2
8:27
9:08
3
9:29
10:19
3
9:11
9:52
4
10:22
11:12
4
9:55
10:36
5
11:15
12:05
5
10:39
11:20
Lunch
12:05
12:44
6
11:23
12:04
6
12:47
1:37
Lunch
12:04
12:46
7
1:40
2:30
7
12:49
1:30


Student Arrival 
Daily Attendance & Arrival Information

Arrival Time
Students are to arrive no earlier than 7:00 A.M., unless you are participating in the morning HOST program. For morning HOST information, please contact Christopher Yambo at 233-2333 X 257.
There is only one drop-off point designated to ensure student safety. Students are NOT allowed to exit the left side of the vehicle into the thru lane.

Breakfast Procedures
Breakfast starts at 7:00 am.  Elementary Students are to go DIRECTLY to the cafeteria before 7:45 am from the car rider, drop-off area. Students are NOT to go to homeroom to drop off backpacks.
Middle School Students can go to the Cafeteria for breakfast and then wait in the outdoor courtyard area until the 7:32 bell.

Bellwork
Bellwork is the first assignment that a student is to complete at the beginning of every class period. Students are to enter the classroom quietly and go to their assigned seat. Students should read the bellwork on the board/overhead and begin without talking or bothering others.



Student Drop Off and Pick Up

We are asking for your assistance in keeping our children safe during drop off and pick up times and I thank you in advance for your cooperation. If we all follow a few simple rules it will help protect our students.
1. Please refrain from stopping in any traffic lanes to drop off or pick up. Violating this can result in a $103.00 ticket.
2. Please refrain from letting students exit vehicles from the driver’s side of the car into traffic.
3. Please refrain from driving through the parking lot between Jackson and Jefferson to avoid the traffic on East St and, in so doing, interrupt cars already in the drop off line. This is not a through street and it is private property.
4. From 2:00 to 3:00 pm, please avoid parking in the spaces on Jefferson designated for after-school bus/van parking.
5. Please avoid parking in the Allegra Print Shop parking lot and don’t park longer than the designated 15 minutes in the two posted spaces on Washington in front of this store in order to avoid a ticket.
6. All students must be walked completely across all streets onto school property by a parent/adult.
7. If you cross Washington St to the median along the drop off lane, please walk on the median to the entrance of the school and use the crosswalk. Please do not walk between cars in the drop off lane.
8. Please use the officially marked crosswalks.


Reporting Absences


How to Report an Absence
Contact the school on the day your child is absent by calling 233-2333, and press the 1 key to report your child’s absence.  Please leave the following information: student’s name, homeroom teacher, reason for absence, and a number where you can be reached during the day.

Sign-In/Sign-Out
Please refer to the School District of Hillsborough County handbook for the policy regarding excused tardies and sign-in.
When signing out a student, only authorized persons, (those listed on the emergency card), will be able to sign a student out. They must present a photo ID. If a parent is taking another student home, a note from that parent must be presented.
In the front office there is a computerized system for student tardies, volunteers, visitors, and early student sign out. Volunteers and Visitors must present their driver's license.



HOST Program (Hillsborough Out of School Time)

Before and Afterschool Programs
Rampello Downtown Partnership School will provide before and after school care. through the HOST program for an additional fee. The before school program will run from 6:15 - 7:00 A.M., and after school care will begin at 2:30 PM and end at 6:00 P.M.. For more information please contact Tierra Howard at 233-2333 x257


Visitor and Volunteers

All visitors and volunteers to the school must check in at the front office.  Visitor must have a State Issued ID and sign in using our School Sign-in System before being issued a visitor’s pass.  All visitors must wear the visitor name badge.



School Colors and Mascot

The school colors are Red & Black

Our mascot is the Rampello Pirate.



Guidance

School Counselors are available to provide students, parents, and staff assistance in academic and personal development.
We have two guidance counselors


Ms. Santana serves grades K-5
Ms. Geery serves grade 6-8

Ms. Hohman Social Worker
Ms Dean School Psychologist

 Students should see the assistant principal’s secretary or a teacher to request a conference with the guidance counselor.


Communication

Communication with the parents is a very important part to a student’s success. Parents may leave messages for our faculty and staff through our voice mail system or contact teachers through their email addresses. If you do not know the voice mail number for a certain teacher or staff member, use the “dial by name” option.

PARENT LINK is the system by which we can communicate with a large number of parents, simultaneously. Rampello administrators will send a voice mail call to parents and to email addresses from the Emergency Cards that were filled out at the beginning of the year to inform parents of events, activities, information and emergencies. If you see the Rampello number on your cell phone or home phone, please answer it, as the call with provide valuable information to you regarding your student(s).



Conference Requests (Parents and Teachers)

Conferences are held by teacher or parent requests with advance notice.

Conference Nights are scheduled once per quarter, and cnoference times are by appointment only. Please contact your child's teacher for more information.



Special Events

Open House
At the beginning of the year there will be an open house for all parents. The dates for our open house will be posted in our school’s web site. Parents will be informed of the Open House date by their child’s teacher and other various announcements.

Meet and Greet
Parents will have the opportunity to come to school prior to the first day of instruction to meet our teachers and staff. Specific information about this event will be included in our school’s web page.

Fall Mega Night

Winter Concert

Spring Mega night/ Band BBQ

Spring Fling



The Tampa Downtown Partnership

The Tampa Downtown Partnership is a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit organization focusing on the revitalization of Tampa's center city area. Formed in 1986, it has a broad constituency and strong relationship with local government and community organizations.

The Tampa Downtown Partnership is a private, member-funded organization which serves as a liaison between the business community and city government while working to revitalize Tampa's city center area. The Partnership administers and manages the Special Services District which is funded through an assessment fee on properties in the downtown area. Funds generated through the Special Services District go towards business development, marketing and beautification of Downtown. The SSD also operates Tampa's Downtown Guides and Clean Team which help to make Downtown Tampa safe, clean and inviting. Finally, the Partnership manages the Transportation Management Organization which is funded through federal, state and local grants. TMO activities include maintaining a parking inventory and map, promoting commute options and advocating for various transportation issues through a committee process.


Business Partners

Rampello Downtown Partnership School interacts with the many businesses and agencies in the downtown area. Some of our partners are:

·      Tampa Downtown Business Partnership
·      Tampa History Museum
·      Tampa Museum of Art
·      Tampa Theatre
·      Tampa Public Library
·      The Florida Aquarium
·      The University of Tampa
·      Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center
·      American Victory Ship
·      Law Offices

If the company that you work with would like to be a partner of ours, please have them contact our Lead Teacher, Angel Borths (angela.borths@sdhc.k12.fl.us)



Field Trips
School rules and the dress code apply to all field trips.  “No Students Left Behind” is our theme for field trips. However teams and groups may establish academic and conduct criteria for attendance.  If a student needs financial assistance to attend a field trip, parents or the students should contact the teacher in charge or a member of administration.

Blanket Permission Slips
At the beginning of the school year each teacher will distribute a blanket permission slip to all students to bring home to their parents.  This form will allow students to go on walking field trips in the downtown area. Make sure to sign this slip and return it to your homeroom teacher.

Textbooks

Teachers issue textbooks at the beginning of the year. All textbooks must be covered. At the end of the each quarter teachers will have a textbook checklist. Students are responsible for lost or damaged textbooks and the school must be reimbursed for them. A lost textbook is not an excuse for not doing class assignments.

Tutoring and Extended Learning Programs
Extended Learning Program (Middle School)
Students who are struggling or are not meeting grade level expectations in their classes during the first semester will be given an opportunity to make up quality points in the extended learning program. This program is offered in the second semester. There is no summer program available.

Extended Learning Program (Elementary)
Students are selected based on current classroom performance, prior year’s information, and standardized test scores. The program will be offered to assist students in the areas of reading, writing and math.

Makeup Work
It is the students’ responsibility to see their teacher for any work missed during an absence (including school business). Students have 3 days in which to contact the teacher for missed work. The teacher then sets the due date for the assignments. If the students have a long or short term assignment due on the day of their absence, they must turn it in on the day of their return.





Middle School Information

Grading Policy  
Conduct Grades

Conduct grades are given to students each quarter. These are based on citizenship, behavior and responsibility.

Grading Scale for Middle School


Grading Scale
Letter Grade
Achievement Level
90% - 100%
A
Outstanding
80% - 89%
B
Above Average
70% - 79%
C
Average
60% - 69%
D
Lowest Acceptable Progress
0% - 59%
F
Failing

Interim Reports
Students are given interim reports for academic and conduct grades halfway through each quarter. Parents should review the report with their child and return the signed portion to their homeroom teacher. If parents want to schedule a conference with their child’s teachers, they should contact the teacher for an appointment.

Middle School Electives

The following electives are available at Rampello Downtown Partnership School:

AVID
Band
Jazz Band
Orchestra
Robotics
Art
Physical Education
Spanish
Reading
6th Grade Wheel

Middle School Sports Program

Rampello Downtown Partnership K-8 participates in the following middle school sports:

Boys and Girls Basketball
Boys and Girls Track
Boys and Girls Soccer
Boys Flag Football
Girls Volleyball

Students must get a physical and complete an application packet. Students also must pay $15 for insurance. They will receive a uniform. If items are lost they cost $5. In order to participate, students must have weekly grades no lower than C.

Rampello Reads
Students across Rampello’s middle school are expected to carry a book they are currently reading at all times so that if the opportunity arises, they will be able to read and have something productive to do. This expectation is held by all adults in the middle school so that students will constantly have the opportunity to improve their ability to read. The commitment to this program at Rampello is so strong that every teacher invests 10 minutes in each class one day each week toward this goal (see schedule below) and most teachers take this opportunity to model a love of reading to their students.


Monday
Electives  
Tuesday
Math  
Wednesday
Social Studies
Thursday
Language Arts
Friday
Science

If you have further questions about Rampello Reads, please email our reading coach, Ms. Baker (juli.baker@sdhc.k12.fl.us)

Lockers 
Lockers are issued by homeroom teachers within the first few weeks of school. Students are to go to their lockers between classes. They are not to share a locker with another student. If they have a problem with their locker, they should report it to their homeroom teacher who will contact the appropriate administrator.



Student Behavior and Character Education

Bullying
Bullying can be pushing, shoving, hitting, spitting, as well as name calling, picking on, making fun of, laughing at, and excluding someone. Bullying causes pain and stress to victims and is never justified or excusable as “kids being kids,” “just teasing” or any other rationalizations. The victim is never responsible for being a target of bullying. There is a zero tolerance policy for this at Rampello Downtown Partnership School.

Character Education
Character Education is an instrumental tool for helping teach character in the school. Each month a designated Character Education Trait will be developed. The students will be expected to learn about that trait, and work on developing the trait for themselves. Each month there will be a Character Education Assembly to discuss the month’s trait, and to recognize students that have been chosen by their homeroom teachers for demonstrating that trait.

Zero Tolerance Policy
There is a zero tolerance policy towards violence t all Hillsborough County Schools.

Conduct Grades
Conduct grades are given to students each quarter. These are based on citizenship, behavior and responsibility.

Pirate Positive Referrals
Students may receive a positive referral from a faculty or staff member for conduct above and beyond that which is expected. They may also receive one for improved academic performance. Students will be called to the office where they will receive a positive consequence.

“Pirate Pause”
“Pirate Pause” is Rampello’s signal for students to get quiet. Once the signal is given, students are to raise their right hands and be silent. Talking is to stop immediately and students are to listen to the Teacher.


School Rules and Procedures
School Rules

The philosophy behind our rules is that a classroom should be a place where teachers can teach and students can learn.

Students should be quiet while the teacher or others are talking
Students should come to class prepared and on time
Students should sit in their assigned seat and not get out of their seat without permission
Students should not have gum, candy, or any other food in the classrooms. However, they may carry bottled water.
Students are to respect teachers, staff, and their peers.“Put downs” are not tolerated.

THE CONSEQUENCES FOR FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE RULES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

First time: Warning
Second time: Conduct Cut
Third Time: Other mediation (to include team meeting with student; parent contact; team meeting with parent; referral to guidance or the student intervention specialist; team detention; after school detention; peer mediation)
Fourth Time: Administrative Referral

Procedures:

Hallway Procedures
Students are to walk in the halls at all times. They should walk on the right side of the hallway. They are to use the time between classes to go to their lockers, use the Restrooms, or get a drink of water. Students will not have enough time to stand around and talk.(See lockers section for further explanation)

Passes
Students will find passes in the back of their planner. Students should have a pass signed by a teacher any time they leave the classroom. No passes are given the first five minutes of class.

Lunchroom Procedures
Students are to proceed to the lunchroom in a quiet and mannerly fashion. Students are to line up in a single file line in either the lunch or snack lines. There is to be no cutting in line. Students are to talk quietly and remain at their table during lunch. Once they are dismissed, they are to deposit their trash in the appropriate containers and walk quietly to their next class. NO FOOD is to be taken out of the cafeteria. Outdoor seating is limited and is available on a first come, first serve basis.