Middle School Expectations
The 5th , 6th, 7th and 8th grade years are important transition years in the academic life of a student. It is during this time that he/she needs to develop the self-discipline, sense of responsibility, and independence in study skills needed to achieve success in high school and in the job market.
Students at these grade levels are given more privileges and responsibilities, and take more of a leadership role in our school; i.e. Student Council officers, Teen Leadership Core, Jr. National Honor Society, participation in school dances (7th & 8th graders), 5th through 8th graders have the opportunity to participate in sports, chorus and band. They are also held more accountable for their actions---both positive and negative. When a student doesn’t get an assignment finished or fails a test, it is the student’s responsibility to resolve the problem. Assistance by staff is always available.
As in everything we do, parent cooperation and open communication between all is essential in order to provide the best learning environment for our students. We hope that you will support us in our efforts to make this a successful and meaningful year for your student(s). Please contact us when you have any questions or concerns.
Responsibility for Behavior
1. Students are expected to treat others with courtesy and respect. Abusive language, put downs, and harassment of others will not be tolerated. Since most of this type of behavior occurs outside of the hearing and sight of staff, parents are encouraged to inform teachers of known behavior of this type.
2. Students are expected to remain in the classroom during a normal class period. Students will not normally be excused during class to go to the bathroom or get drinks. These matters should be taken care of before school, at break times, at lunchtime, or between classes with the teacher’s permission. Teachers need to be notified by parents/guardians if there is a medical reason why an exception should be made.
3. Participation in extracurricular activities is encouraged. Such participation, however, should not interfere with performance in school. Students participating in these activities will be expected to maintain a passing average and display appropriate behavior.
4. Misbehavior will be dealt with in the following manner:
a. Verbal warning on first offense.
b. Check on behavior slip on second offense.
c. Detention (2 checks) on third offense. Parents will be notified by telephone on the day the detention is to served. Detentions will be served on Thursday. Detentions may be given for behavior which is inappropriate and/or disruptive to the class.
d. The fifth detention in a trimester will result in a one day in-school suspension. Parents will be notified, and may be called in for a conference with the student, teacher(s), counselor, and/or administrator. If a student receives a second in-school suspension in one trimester, two days in-school suspension will be served at that time and a conference with the teacher, counselor, and/or administrator will be required.
Responsibility for Assignments
1. Each student will need an assignment notebook. This will help the student to organize his/her time, make sure assignments are completed on time, and help parents who wish to see what has been assigned. There will be periodic checks in the classroom to see if students have their notebooks. After the third missing assignment in a quarter, the student will be required to have a parent sign this assignment notebook.
2. All work turned in should be neatly done, should fulfill the teacher’s requirements, and should be the student’s best work. Any work which does not meet these requirements will need to be redone.
3. Cheating will not be tolerated. If a student cheats on a test or assignment, a grade of zero will be given. A detention may be assigned.
4. All assignments are expected to be completed on time.
5. If an assignment is not completed, the student will serve a “homework help” session during the school day. If there becomes a pattern of uncompleted assignments, a meeting with parents, the student, teachers and administrator will be scheduled.
6. When a student misses class for any reason, it is her/his responsibility to see the teacher as soon as possible to find out about assigned work. If this is not done, the assignment will be considered late and dealt with as such. If a student is absent for a test, but was present when the test was announced, he/she will be expected to make up the test on the day he/she returns to class. This also applies to assignments or projects announced when the student was present, but due on a day when she/he was absent. If this presents a problem, it is the student’s responsibility to talk to the teacher.
7. Students are required to come to class prepared. This includes all books and materials necessary for that day’s class. To assist in this, the students will be given a copy of their schedule.
8. Midterm reports will be sent home in the middle of each trimester. If work is not complete or the student’s grade is below a C, these reports need to be signed by parents. Parents will be called in these matters.
9. If there is incomplete work, it must be turned in the next day, but credit will be reduced by 10%.
10. Consequences of incomplete work or a cumulative grade of below a C average;
a. The student will serve homework help until all the work is made up.
b. Lesser credit will be given on all late work.
c. Removal from extra-curricular activities until grades are brought up and all work turned in.
d. A conference with the student, parents, teacher(s), and administrator may be required if the problem continues.
Responsibility for Property
1. Students will be responsible for the proper care and treatment of all property. If students are found to be responsible for the damage or destruction of property, they will be required to pay for its replacement.
2. All textbooks are to be covered at all times. This greatly reduces the wear and tear on these books which need to be used for several years. When a teacher sees that a book is uncovered, a fine may be imposed.
3. Cell phones may be brought to school, but must remain turned off and turned into the students’ teacher at the beginning of the school day. Students caught using cell phones during the school day will lose the cell phone for up to three days.
4. I-Pods, M3 Players, and any other electronic equipment may not be brought to school. The school will not be responsible for lost or damaged items.
5. Please check the Lost and Found area periodically. We have a large number of unclaimed items throughout the school year.
Communication with Parents
1. Midterm report forms will be sent home at mid trimester. (See no. 8 under Responsibility for Homework.)
2. Parents may be called at other times to inform them about their student’s progress, behavior, or accomplishments.
3. Parents are encouraged to contact teachers whenever they see a problem or have a concern, or are pleased with something.