Northwest Student Handbook


Shelly Larochelle, Principal ~Laurie Cloutier, Assistant Principal

SCHOOL HOURS 8:30 a.m.: Students who walk to school or who are dropped off by parents should not be on the school grounds before 8:30 a.m. At 8:30am, students will enter the building through the main doors, and report directly to their classrooms.

TARDINESS 8:45 a.m.: Parent/Guardian must sign in their student in the main office if he/she arrives after the second bell rings (8:45 a.m.) before proceeding to class.

ABSENCE PROCEDURE: Please call the school at 624-6321 (a 24-hour line) and leave a message with the name of your child’s teacher if your child is going to be absent from school. When a student returns, send a note to the teacher with the reason for and date(s) of absence. Any notes regarding your child should include the date, your child’s first and last names, and the teacher’s name, especially notes which need to be forwarded to the office or to the nurse or to other faculty as applies.

BICYCLES, ETC.: Students are not allowed to ride bicycles, skateboards, or roller blades, etc. to school. Also, for safety and health reasons, no dogs are allowed on school property at any time.

DISMISSAL 2:55 p.m.: Children must have a note signed by a parent/guardian in advance of early dismissal from class, except in emergencies. Also, if your child takes regular school bus or after-school daycare program bus, they must have a note if they are not taking that bus on any particular day(s).

SCHOOL REPORTS: Report cards will be three times a year, as well as progress reports in between. A schedule for parent conferences and reporting dates will be sent home at a later date.

VISITORS: All visitors and parents are asked to please report to the office upon arrival. No one is allowed to go to a classroom without office permission and a pass.

SCHOOL LUNCH: The food service program runs on an automated data processing system. Students utilize “debit” cards to pay for meals. These are distributed daily by their teacher. Parents are urged to prepay by check (made out to: Northwest School Food Services). As an incentive, for every $50 received for deposit, $55 will be credited to the child’s account.

LUNCH ROOM: Children are expected to remain in their seats and use appropriate table manners. Repeated violations will result in detention and/or suspension.

MEDICATION: Prescription and Non-Prescription drugs (Including: Tylenol, aspirin, and cough syrup) will be administered only if the appropriate form is signed by both the prescribing physician and the parent. The form must indicate the name of the medication, the time to be given, and the dosage. Prescription drugs must be sent to school in a container with the prescription label on it. Non-prescription drugs must be sent in an appropriately-labeled container with the child’s name on it.

LIBRARY BOOKS: Please ensure that your child returns his/her library books on time and in good condition.

PHYS. ED.: Please make sure your child wears white-soled sneakers on the day of Phys. Ed. classes.

INSURANCE: Available only through school-board approved insurance company.

PHONE CALLS & CELL PHONES: Children may use the telephone only in emergencies. After-school arrangements should be made prior to coming to school. Also, no use or display of cell phones by students will take place during the academic school day. Cell phones will be confiscated if students persist in bringing or using cell phones at school, and disciplinary action will result.

SAFETY/EMERGENCY DRILLS: Fire drills, lock-downs, drops in place, etc. will be conducted during the year.

ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL PROCEDURE: USE THE STUDENT DROP-OFF AREA ON MASON STREET WHEN DROPPING OFF YOUR CHILDREN AT SCHOOL. Do not use the bus drop-off area from 8:00-8:45 and again from 2:00-3:15. All classes will be dismissed under the supervision of their classroom teacher. Crossing guards will be located on the corners of Mason and Youville Streets and Mason and Alsace Streets. Children being picked up by car are required to bring a note to their teacher.

BUS TURN-AROUND IN FRONT OF SCHOOL: NO PARKING IS ALLOWED AT ANY TIME IN THE BUS TURN-AROUND. Please meet your child in front of the school. To safely bring them to their car. Parking is available on the upper playground at dismissal. Do not use the bus turn-around at dismissal.

BUSSES: Bussed students will be dismissed by group as their bus arrives. Only students assigned to bus transportation are allowed on the bus. No Exceptions will be made. Students assigned to one bus are not allowed to take another bus. (Click here for BUS ROUTE SCHEDULE )

DELAYED OPENINGS: Delayed openings or cancellations will be broadcast on local media stations (WGIR AM/610 or FM/101, WZID FM/95.7, or WMUR TV-9).These stations will announce by 6:30 a.m. if school opening is delayed or canceled. Also, for those with access to the Internet, you may go to under “Parents” and select “School closing procedures” for more details.

SchoolMessenger: To make sure you are receiving Manchester School District notifications in ways that work best for you please go to the Manchester School District website. ( to create an SchoolMessenger app account to set notification preferences. At the top there is a link called, “Create a SchoolMessenger app account to set notification preferences”. Sign up for the FREE SchoolMessenger App to set your communication preferences to receive calls, emails, and/or text messages. You decide what way works best for you. You will receive district notifications throughout the school year. PLEASE KNOW, you must have an email account that matches with the email account you provide on the Emergency Contact sheet you received on the first day of school. Please be sure to complete the email section of the sheet.

LOST AND FOUND: There will be a centrally located lost and found area (right side of the gym as you walk in). Small items, such as jewelry or keys, may be kept in the school office. The school is not responsible for personal items brought to school.

ACTIVITY CALENDARS: Monthly calendars will be sent home with important reminders of upcoming events and changes, deadlines, etc. If your child has not brought home a calendar by the end of the first week of the month, please call the school and ask that one be sent home with him/her.

PLAYGROUND: Only students are allowed on the playground. Only nerf-type balls are allowed. walkmans, headphones, video games, and beepers, etc., are not allowed in the building. For safety reasons, no one will be allowed on the playground equipment before the start of school.

DISCIPLINE: Children are expected to adhere to reasonable rules and regulations as established by the school and your child’s teacher. Student expectations will be thoroughly reviewed, along with appropriate consequences. Observed infractions will result in detention (loss of recess) with a written notice sent home to be signed. Repeated offenders will be subject to after-school detention and/or suspension. Parent support is essential to assure a safe environment for everyone. A responsive school is where there is an atmosphere where all students feel safe and cared for. Through the Responsive Classroom approach, children learn to develop behaviors to enhance learning. Established rules, both classroom and school wide, are designed to make it possible for learning to occur. All classroom rules cover three basic categories: 1. Respect yourself; 2. Respect others; and 3. Respect our environment. When a rule is broken (expectation is not met), a fair and logical consequence will take place to help the child regain self-control and self-respect. The use of logical consequences creates respect for the rules, Northwest students and staff.

INTERNET ACCESS: Access is available to students and teachers in elementary classrooms and libraries. The district has filtering software which attempts to block access to inappropriate sites; however, in the elementary schools, all student use must be supervised by the classroom teacher, library aid or other certified instructors. Any parent wishing to exclude their child from such supervised use may request so by addressing their request to the school principal.

Parents’ Right to Know

Title I, Part A of ESEA (The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001)

Parent’s Right To Know – (Section 1111(h) (6) (A-C)

Requirements: A school that Receives Title I funds must provide to each individual


  • Information on the level of achievement the child has made on all state assessments
  • Timely notice that the parent’s child has been assigned or taught for 4 or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.
  • Qualifications: At the beginning of each school year, a LEA that receives Title I funds must notify parents of each student attending any Title I school that the parents may request, and that agency will provide the parents on request (and in a timely manner) information regarding the professional qualification of the student’s classroom teachers, including at minimum the following:
  • Whether the teacher has met State qualifications for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction
  • Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other professional status that the State has waived
  • The degree major of the teacher and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher and the field of discipline of the certification or degree
  • Whether the child is provided services by paraprofessionals and if so their qualifications.

Format: The notice and information provided to parents under this paragraph shall be in

an understandable and uniform format and, to the extent practicable, provided in a

language that the parents can understand.

Title I Program

It is the policy of the school board, in its actions, and those of its employees, that there shall be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, age, or handicap, for employment in, participation in, or operation and administration of any program or activity in the Manchester school department.”