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  • 1. SLO News February 2013This School Liaison Office (SLO) Newsletter is provided for your use and information! You will find a brief descriptor ofeach item of interest and in most cases (where possible) there will be an imbedded hyperlink which will take you toadditional detailed information on the issue. As always, do not hesitate to contact the Columbus School Liaison Officeron any K-12 Education issue. PLEASE share this document with other families!School Liaison Office Office Phone: 662.434.2792 facebook: Search on “Columbus AFB14 MSG/CCL Office FAX: 662.434.3461 School Liaison Office”Building 730, Suite 215 Cell: 662.352.6456 Twitter: Search on CAFBSLOColumbus, MS 39710 eMail: slo@columbus.af.mil Slideshare: www.slideshare.net/slocafb Website: www.griffisweb.netSchool Liaison Officer: The Columbus Air Force Base School Liaison Officer [SLO] works with local school districts,schools, parents and students on issues related to elementary and secondary education for the children of ALLpersonnel [Civilian, Military, and Contractor] assigned to the installation. As parents of military connected children areaware, there are many unique issues our children face as they transition to new schools. The role of the School LiaisonOfficer is to assist families and schools in K-12 related issues, as they may arise. For assistance, please contact the SchoolLiaison Officer at 434-2792 or via eMail at slo@columbus.af.mil.School Choice: Parents of K-12 students residing on Columbus Air Force Base may “choose” to attend Lowndes CountySchool District (Caledonia) schools OR schools within the Columbus Municipal School District. Please note this option isONLY available to personnel who reside on the installation; personnel who reside off the installation, attend schools inwhich district they reside. Questions, please contact the School Liaison Officer at 434-2792 or via email atslo@columbus.af.milFederal Student Aid: Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step toward gettingfederal aid for college, career school, or graduate school. Federal Student Aid provides more than $150 billion in grants,loans, and work-study funds each year, but in order to receive that money, college-bound students must start by fillingout the FAFSA. For more info, go to: FAFSAACT/SAT Test Dates: Plan ahead… The next scheduled ACT test is slated for 13 April 2013, with registration requiredNLT 8 March 2013. Check out all the dates and register for the ACT and/or SAT at: ACT SATColumbus Magnet Schools Lottery for 2013-14: The application window officially OPENS on Monday, February 4, 2013through Monday, March 4, 2013. The DEADLINE for submitting lottery applications is Monday, March 4, 2013 at 4PM.For more info and applications, go to: Lottery
  • 2. Home School Registration: The School Liaison Office would like to remind parents of the State of Mississippi lawgoverning school attendance as it pertains to families who Home School. Parents who are teaching their children athome (home school) are required to complete a certificate of enrollment card each school year. Please contact theSchool Liaison Officer at 434-2792 or via email at: slo@columbus.af.mil for any questions or to make an appointment tocomplete your registration. For info on the Mississippi law regarding home school registration, go to: CompulsorySchool Calendar: The Academic Calendar for the Lowndes County School District (LCSD) and the Columbus MunicipalSchool District (CMSD) are available here: LCSD CMSD.Transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Education Benefits to Dependents: Check out this valuable benefit at the vMPFor access the Veterans Administration at: Transfer.Backyard Astronomy @ Plymouth Bluff: The Science Enrichment Program at MUW is hosting another series ofBackyard Astronomy (BYA) programs at Plymouth Bluff Center this year! This program will take place regardless of skyconditions. The BYA program is free of charge and no registration is required to attend. Its a great event for the entirefamily. Feel free to bring camping chairs, a blanket, and your own telescope if you have one. Cookies and hot chocolate(or lemonade) will be served! Scheduled dates are: March 22nd at 7:30. Questions, please contact the SLO.Driver’s Test App Now Available for Smart Devices: Through a partnership with Mississippi Interactive, LLC, theMississippi Department of Public Safety has made available a Driver’s Practice Test Application. The interactiveapplication consists of 25 randomly generated test questions that provide an alternative way for folks to study for theMississippi Driver’s License Exam. Check it out at: DriversStudent Handbooks: Student handbooks for the Lowndes County School District (LCSD) and the Columbus MunicipalSchool District (CMSD) are available here: LCSD CMSDSchool Bus Schedule: Please inform the School Liaison Office immediately of any recurring issues reading school buses.The on-base school bus schedule for LCSD buses may be found at: LCSDBUSSchool /District Report Cards: As required under the No Child Left Behind legislation, each school/district is required torelease an annual report card on their status. Check out the latest report card on your student’s school at: MS.Children of Military Service Members Resource Guide: Check out this guide developed by the Defense Centers forExcellence – lots of valuable information for those children impacted by deployment, etc. Go to: GuideDoDEA Online Preregistration: Defense Department officials have launched an online preregistration application that’sintended to help parents get an early start on enrolling their children in DoD schools. Through the site, parents canpreregister their children in a DoD school from anywhere in the world, and even while on the move from one installationto another. The site can be accessed at: DoDEA.High School Senior Assignment Deferment (HSSAD) Program: The HSSAD is intended to decrease turbulence andincrease stability for military families with dependent children entering their senior year of high school. Only enlisted(SMSgt and below) and officers (Lt Col and below) personnel stationed in the Continental United States (CONUS) maysubmit their request for a HSSAD using the online application available on the virtual Military Personnel Flight (vMPF).For additional info, contact the SLO.Strengthening our Military Families: Check out the various reports/background and initiatives at: SLOInternational Baccalaureate: The International Baccalaureate® (IB) offers high quality programs of internationaleducation to a worldwide community of schools. Columbus High School is one of four high schools in the state to offerthis rigorous program. In addition, Sale Elementary International Studies Magnet school is now an IB school, andinitiatives are underway at the Columbus Middle School to sanction them as an IB school, as well. Check out the IBprogram at: IB
  • 3. Military Connected Students & Public School Attendance Policies: An in-depth report of attendance policiesthroughout the nation at: MCECFree on-line tutoring for military families is available at: Tutor. Contact the Base Library for your password!You Made the Grade: The Base Exchange offers a valuable learning experience for students making the grade. Thecurrent “You Made the Grade” booklet includes coupons for a free regular 6-inch combo meal from Subway and $2 offany new release DVD. To receive the AAFES “You Made the Grade” booklet, students must present a valid military IDcard and proof of an overall “B” or better average to their local BX/PX. Military Families can contact the local AAFESStore Manager for more information.Military Community & Family Policy Weekly eNewsletter: Check out the latest Quality of Life news and informationfrom the Department of Defense and dates at : MC&FPCheck out the applicable District website for a myriad of information for your student; from school calendars, studenthandbooks, etc. Lowndes County School District or Columbus Municipal School District.
  • 4. LINKS contained within this SLO Newsletter are provided here:FAFSA: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ACT: http://www.actstudent.org/regist/dates.htmlSAT: http://sat.collegeboard.org/homeLottery: http://www.columbuscityschools.org/lottery2013/lottery2013.htmCompulsory: http://www.mscode.com/free/statutes/37/013/0091.htmLCSD Calendar: http://www.lowndes.k12.ms.us/images/CCSS/academic%20calendar%202012-2013%20option%20a%20board%20approved.pdfCMSD Calendar: http://www.columbuscityschools.org/documents/2012-13Academic_Cal.pdfTransfer: http://gibill.va.gov/benefits/post_911_gibill/transfer_of_benefits.htmlDrivers: http://www.dps.state.ms.us/drivers-test-app-now-available-for-smart-devices/LCSD Handbook: http://www.lowndes.k12.ms.us/images/CCSS/student%20handbook%202012-2013.pdfCMSD Handbook: http://www.columbuscityschools.org/2012_Documents/12_13Handbook.pdfLCSD Bus Schedule: http://www.slideshare.net/slocafb/2012-2013-lcsd-bus-schedule-updatedSchool Report Cards: http://orsap.mde.k12.ms.us/MAARS/index.jspGuide:http://www.dcoe.health.mil/Content/Navigation/Documents/DCoE%20Children%20of%20Military%20Service%20Members%20Resource%20Guide.pdfDoDEA Registration: https://registration.dodea.edu/privacy-act.cfmMilitary Family Support: http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2012/0212_familysupport/International Baccalaureate: http://www.ibo.org/MCEC: http://www.militarychild.org/public/upload/files/SchoolAttendancePoliciesFINAL.pdfTutor: http://www.tutor.com/militaryMilitary Community and Family Policy: http://apps.militaryonesource.mil/mcfp-web/mosredirect.jsp?dir=apps&file=/mcfp/weekly&qs=Lowndes County School District: http://www.lowndes.k12.ms.us/Columbus Municipal School District: http://www.columbuscityschools.org/
  • 5. For twenty three million students nationwide, the school day begins and ends with a trip on a school bus; and hereat Columbus Air Force Base, we have fewer than 200 students on any given day riding our school buses. As thebeginning of the school year approaches, please take the time to familiarize your student with the Rules of Conductfor bus ridersThe Student Handbook from each of our school districts contains specific guidance and a code of conduct studentsare to follow. Bus transportation is a privilege extended only to students who display good conduct while preparingto ride, riding or leaving the bus. Continued disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the authority of thedriver shall be sufficient reason for a student to be denied transportation. Improper conduct of family members whichoccurs off the school bus will be addressed by installation officials.Additionally, parents should exercise proper judgment when they observe or it is reported to them by their students,whenever improper behavior has occurred on the bus or at the bus stops. Parents should: contact the parents ofthe child (ren) involved, school authorities and/or the Columbus School Liaison Officer. Parents should not addressgrievances directly to the other children involved, unless there is an immediate, life-threatening situation.An overview of the proper Rules of Conduct is provided below. Take a moment to review it and convey thecontents to your children.Any questions, please contact the School Liaison Officer, at 434-2792 or via email at: slo@columbus.af.milRULES OF CONDUCT  Be orderly, quiet and considerate of people and their property in the vicinity of bus stops.  Be ready when the bus arrives.  Bus drivers have the authority to assign seats, give directions, and implement rules for the safe and orderly conduct of students and will report any violations.  Acceptable public behavior will be expected of all bus riders.  Pass in front rather than behind the bus when crossing the street to or from a bus.  Do not enter or leave the bus when it is in motion.  Heads or arms must not be extended from bus windows.  Avoid eating/drinking on the bus and help keep the bus neat.  Shouting, fighting, offensive language, or smoking will result in loss of bus privileges.  Remain seated until the bus stops at your destination.  Students are required to have parental permission in writing of any changes in regular transportation arrangements.  Video technology is installed on all buses to assist with the security and safety of all.  Students who violate the regulations can have their bus privileges revoked.  Unauthorized persons are not permitted on the buses -- this includes parents.  Parents should develop a plan in the event your student misses the bus or the bus fails to show, especially in the case where parent(s) depart the home before the bus arrives.  Parents who choose to wait with their children (in their vehicles) MUST park opposite of the school bus stop, in order to allow for a direct, unimpeded route to the stop.