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Galesburg-Augusta Middle School

I. Galesburg-Augusta Middle School Student/Parent Handbook District Mission Statement The Galesburg-Augusta School District, in partnership with the home and community, will teach each
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I. Galesburg-Augusta Middle School Student/Parent Handbook District Mission Statement The Galesburg-Augusta School District, in partnership with the home and community, will teach each student the knowledge, skills and attitudes to be a productive and ethical citizengalesburg-augusta Community Schools will empower all students to be productive and responsible citizens. 1 Welcome to Galesburg-Augusta Middle School On behalf of the Board of Education, Administration and staff of Galesburg- Augusta Middle School, I would like to officially welcome you to the academic year. Galesburg-Augusta Middle School is proud to offer an excellent and dedicated staff and faculty. The school combines the features of a small setting with excellent offerings, such as an award-winning band program, pre-engineering programs, and cross-curricular studies. Students at Galesburg-Augusta Middle School enjoy experiences that are satisfying now and prepare them for college and career. We are committed to ensuring that all students learn at high levels and encourage families to become closely involved. Respectfully submitted, Shana M. Wiese, Principal. We encourage students and families to become closely involved with the offerings of the school. Together, with Ram Pride, we can build a better future one student at a time. Non-Discrimination and Complaint Procedure The District will not discriminate against any person based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, marital status, handicap, age, or disability. The Board reaffirms its long-standing policy of compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination including, but not limited to, Title II, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001, 9304(a)(1) of the ESEA, Titles VI AND VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. 2000d. et seq.: and 42 U.S.C. 2000e, et seq.: Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. 1681, et seq.; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 29 U.S.C. 794; The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. 1210, et seq.; The Persons with Disabilities Civil Rights Act, MCL , et seq.; and The Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, MCL , et seq.; The administrator in charge of Special Education is appointed the Civil Rights Coordinator regarding complaints of disability/handicap discrimination involving educational services, programs and activities. The Superintendent is appointed the Civil Rights Coordinator regarding discrimination complaints made by students (grades Pre-K through 12) and/or their parent(s)/guardian(s), and involving sex, race, color, national origin, religion, 2 height, weight, age, or marital status. The Superintendent is appointed the Civil Rights Coordinator regarding all other complaints of discrimination. In the event the complaint is against the Superintendent of Schools, the Vice- President of the Board of Education is appointed the Civil Rights Coordinator. Inquiries or complaints by students and/or their parent(s)/guardian(s) related to discrimination based on disability/handicap should be directed to: The Administrator in Charge of Special EducationAaron Wright Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools 1076 N. 37 TH St. Galesburg, MI Inquiries or complaints made by students (grades Pre-K through 12) and/or their parent(s)/guardian(s) related to discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, age, or marital status should be directed to: The Superintendent of SchoolsSuperintendent of SchoolsDr. Dania Bazzi Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools 1076 N. 37 TH St. Galesburg, MI In the event a complaint is against the Superintendent of Schools, the complaint should be directed to: The Vice-President of the Board of Education Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools 1076 N. 37 TH St. Galesburg, MI All other inquiries related to discrimination should be directed to: 3 Superintendent of SchoolsSuperintendent of SchoolsDr. Dania Bazzi Galesburg-Augusta Community Schools 1076 N. 37 TH St. Galesburg, MI The Civil Rights Coordinators, as specified herein, are designated to receive and resolve complaints from any person who believes that he/she may have been discriminated against in violation of this policy. Any person who believes he/she has been discriminated against in violation of this policy should file a written compliant with the Civil Rights Coordinator within (10) calendar days of the alleged violation. The Civil Rights Coordinator will take, then, the following action: First, cause an investigation of the complaint to be commenced. Second, arrange for a meeting to occur with the complaint, which may include school District staff who are knowledgeable of the facts and circumstances of the particular complaint or who have particular expertise that will assist the complaint. Third, complete the investigation of the complaint and provide, in writing, a reply to the compliant. If the Civil Rights Coordinator determines that a violation has occurred, he/she shall propose a fair resolution of the compliant and deliver the determination to the complainant and the Superintendent. In the event the complaint is against the Superintendent, a copy of the determination shall be delivered to the President of the Board of Education. The complainant may appeal the Civil Rights Coordinators determination to the Superintendent, or, in the case of a complaint against the Superintendent, to the President of the Board, by so notifying the Superintendent or Board President in writing within (10) calendar days of the Civil Rights Coordinators determination. The Superintendent or Board President may conduct additional investigation of the facts and circumstances surrounding the complaint. The Board Vice-President or President may elect to secure the services of an outside party to investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding any complaint against the Superintendent. The Superintendent or Board President in the case of a complaint against the Superintendent, shall affirm or reverse the Civil Rights Coordinator s decision and, if warranted, implement the Civil Rights Coordinator proposed resolution or a modification thereof. The Superintendent or Board President decision shall be final. Upon completion of, or at any point in, the grievance process, complainants have the right to file a complaint with the Office for Civil Rights, US 4 Department of Education, Washington, D.C The complainant should be first directed to the following address: With Ram Pride, Darin Schmidt Principal Office for Civil Rights 600 Superior Avenue, Suite 750 Cleveland OH, (216) phone (216) fax I. GENERAL INFORMATION: (pages 6 11) TABLE OF CONTENTS ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY FOR VIOLENCE * BULLYING AND HARASSMENT * SAFE SCHOOLS * BUILDING SCHEDULE * EMERGENCIES/SEVERE WEATHER * PARENT CONFERENCES/ OPEN HOUSE * GOLD CLUB * STUDENT COUNCIL * STUDENT PERSONAL APPEARANCE * SCHOOL LOCKERS * BUILDING USE * MEDICATIONS II. ATTENDANCE RULES: (pages 11-13) ATTENDANCE POLICY * EXCUSED ABSENCES * UNEXCUSED ABSENCES * LATE ARRIVALS & EARLY DISMISSALS * TARDIES AND TRUANCIES * SEMINAR CLASS PERIOD * ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES * VACATIONS * ATTENDANCE HONOR ROLL * ATTENDANCE APPEAL PROCEDURE III. ACADEMIC POLICIES: (pages 14-15) COMMON GRADING SCALE * HOMEWORK * REPORT CARDS & MARKING PERIODS * HONOR ROLL * TEXTBOOKS & SUPPLIES IV. SPORT ELEGIBILITY POLICIES: (page 15) ELIGIBILITY/SPORTS PARTICIPATION- 7 th & 8 th graders V. SCHOOL ACTIVITIES POLICIES: (pages 15-16) VI. TECHNOLOGY/TOY POLICIES: (pages 16-17) BUILDING TELEPHONES * CELL PHONES * OTHER ELECTRONIC ITEMS & TOYS * CONSEQUESNCES FOR VIOLATING POLICY * ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY VII. TRANSPORTATION POLICIES: (pages 17-18) BUSES WALKING TO SCHOOL 5 VIII. FOOD SERVICE/CAFETERIA POLICIES: (page 18) G-A COMMUNITY SCHOOLS FOOD SERVICE DEPARTMENT * BREAKFAST & LUNCH HOUR GUIDELINES IX. DISCIPLINE POLICIES: (pages ) STUDENT CONDUCT * RULES AND EXPECTATIONS OF THE TEACHING STAFF * LUNCH DETENTION * IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION ROOM * OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION * PROGRESS DISCIPLINE PROCEDURE: OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION PROCEDURES X. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS & POLICIES: (pages ) IAT PROCESS * APPEAL PROCESS * CHAIN OF CONCERN * SAFE SCHOOL RUBRIC * AUP FORM * DISTRICT BULLYING POLICIES/FORM * PARENT SIGNATURE PAGE I. GENERAL INFORMATION: All students are responsible for the information in this handbook. It identifies the expectations for middle school students at Galesburg-Augusta. ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY FOR VIOLENCE The Galesburg-Augusta School District will continue its zero tolerance towards violence. Verbal or written threats against school personnel or school property will be taken seriously and will result in an out-of-school suspension, most likely followed by a pre-expulsion hearing, and possibly an expulsion hearing. Law enforcement authorities will also be contacted. The possession or threat of bringing a weapon to school will be covered in the same manner and state law mandating expulsion will be followed. Gang symbols on papers, books, clothing, jewelry, etc. is are not allowed. Discipline measures will follow. BULLYING AND HARASSMENT Harassment and bullying should not be a part of growing up. Staff at the Galesburg-Augusta Middle School are committed to keeping all students physically and emotionally safe. It is important that students understand the difference between annoying behavior and bullying and/or harassment. Students will continue to be informed about what constitutes bullying or harassment as defined by the district and state, how to respond to these inappropriate behaviors, and where and how to report incidents. SAFE SCHOOLS In an effort to keep Galesburg-Augusta Middle School a safe place to be, we ask that all students and guests enter and leave through the front parking lot entrance during the school day. Parents are always welcome at Galesburg- Augusta Middle School. ALL PARENTS AND VISITORS to our building must report to the office first and sign in. This is an important safety rule for our students. There is a no-visitor rule for students. BUILDING SCHEDULE 6 We ask that you don t drop off your children until 7:45 a.m.; as there is no supervision until this time. The building is closed to students 15 minutes after the end of the school day unless participating in an organized student activity under the direct supervision of an assigned adult. If the adult is not present by the time the 15 minutes have passed, students will be asked to wait outside until the person arrives. GALESBURG-AUGUSTA MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHOOL DAY SCHEDULE FULL DAY 8:15-9:07 1 ST (52 min) 9:11-10:03 2 nd (52 min) 10:07-10:59 3 rd (52 min) 11:03-11:33 lunch (5 th /6 th grade) (30 min) 11:03-11:55 4 th (7 th and 8 th grade only) (52 min) 11:37-12:29 5 th (5 th and 6 th grade only) (52 min) 11:59-12:29 lunch (7 th /8 th grade) (30 min) 12:33-1:25 6 th (52 min) 1:29-2:21 7 th (52 min) 2:25-3:17 8 th (52 min) Half Day 7 8:15-8:39 1 ST (24 min) 8:43-9:07 2 nd (24 min) 9:11-9:35 3 rd (24 min) 9:39-9:59 4 th / 5 th (24 min) 10:03-10:26 6 th (24 min) 10:30-11:53 7 th (24 min) 10:57-11:30 8 th (27 min) EMERGENCIES/SEVERE WEATHER Fire and disaster drills are held periodically throughout the year. The fire drill is a continual blast of a horn; a tornado alarm is given over the P.A. The classroom teacher will provide additional directions and detailed information. Procedures are to be followed by all occupants of the building. If it is necessary to close school because of weather or emergency conditions, information will be broadcast via: WKZO, WBCK & WKMI, and T.V. channels 3, 4 & 8 and will be posted on wwmt.com. It will also be posted on the Galesburg-Augusta Middle School Facebook page, and an automated telephone call will be implemented. Be sure your student knows where to report in an emergency and what to do if an adult is not at home. PARENT CONFERENCES/OPEN HOUSE Before school begins, there will be an Open House for incoming students and parents, grades 5-8. This event is designed to welcome the 5 th grade students and parents to the mmiddle sschool, along with welcoming back the 6 th, 7 th and 8 th. This is not a mandatory event but highly encouraged to give your child the best possible start to his/hertheir school year. Parents and students are encouraged to request additional conferences when necessary. Parent/Teacher conferences will be held in the fall and spring. Dates will be announced on the school website. During both conferences appointments will be requested and can be arranged by calling the front office ( ). GOLD ClubCLUB Gold club members have an exemplary behavior record: a record that shows zero behavioral referrals throughout a marking period and/or semester. Each semester students begin withget a clean slate and have a renewed opportunity to belong on the Gold Club and participate in that reward activity. Students who have earned a minor referral due to a tardy will be provided an opportunity (per semester) to participate in a redemption activity to eliminate that referral. There will be fourtwo, marking period reward events and two,, one per semester, reward events for students who qualify. Students with 10 absences or more shall lose all Gold rewards and/or additional privileges. STUDENT COUNCIL 8 AThe only recognized student organization at Galesburg-Augusta Middle School is the Student Council. All students are eligible to run for STUCO at the beginning of each school year in late September. Candidates must complete an application process with the STUCO advisor and teachers within the district. All finalists are subject to a screening process conducted by the student council advisor of Galesburg-Augusta Middle School and the Principal. The following are the criteria to be met to be eligible for election and retention: a) Appropriate Discipline. ~ Absolutely NO suspensions in prior or current semester. ~ Excessive referrals from the previous school year or during current school year. These violations are subject to review by Staff, Principal, and/or Student Council Advisor, on an individual basis. b) Academically Responsible. ~ Must not have failed any classes in prior semester. c) Citizenship. ~ An accumulation of volunteer hours must be done to remain on the student council. ~ Positive community involvement and representation, with no inappropriate behaviors including but not limited to juvenile or criminal violations: or other behaviors that reflect poorly on the school or community as determined by school administration. DRESS CODE ( ) The Galesburg-Augusta Middle School recognizes that each student's mode of dress and grooming is a manifestation of personal style and individual preference. Galesburg Augusta Middle School will not interfere with the right of students and their parents to make decisions regarding their appearance, except when their choices affect the educational program of the schools. Student s dress and grooming must not disrupt the educational process, interfere with the maintenance of positive teaching/learning climate, or compromise reasonable standards of health, safety, and decency. The following guidelines will assist parents and students in understanding Galesburg- Augusta Middle School's expectations regarding appropriate dress: Shoes must be worn at all times. Coats/jackets normally worn as outerwear are not to be brought to class without classroom teacher approval. Bags/purse are NOT allowed in class without teacher permission. Hats are NOT TO BE BROUGHT or WORN during school hours. If worn, they will be confiscated; and students may pick them up at a later time. dependent on the offense. Hoods are NOT TO BE WORN during school hours. If worn, students will be asked to comply with school policy. Clothing, jewelry or other personal possessions, which display/advertise or support alcohol, drugs, racial discrimination (including Confederate Flags)slurs, sexual activity, profanity or 9 violence (including weapons), or other illegal activity are not to be worn during the school day or at school activities. Students wearing revealing, suggestive, inappropriate and/or distracting clothing will be required to make necessary modifications before attending further classes. Examples of such clothing include, but are not limited to: halter tops, tube tops, crop tops, tights and muscle shirts. All tops must have two inch straps on the shoulders. Clothing/Footwear intended for sleepwear should not be worn to school. Skirts, shorts, and dresses need to meet the minimum length. Administration shall make the final determination if minimum length is met. The general rule is four inches above the knee. Pants should be worn such that undergarments and/or clothing serving as undergarments are not visible. Leggings can ONLY be worn if shorts, dresses or skirts are worn over them. The length of the shorts, dresses or skirts should comply with minimum length rule. WEARING A LONG SHIRT OVER LEGGINGS DOES NOT QUALIFY. Clothing that is potentially dangerous to the wearer and/or distracting in character to other students and/or staff is not permitted. The wearing of gang-related clothing is forbidden. (8245)This includes bandannas of any color, displayed in any manner. The Principal and/or Dean of Students will make the final judgment as to whether clothing needs to be modified or changed. SCHOOL LOCKERS SCHOOL LOCKERS ARE PUBLIC SCHOOL PROPERTY held in trust by the Board of Education. School administrators, acting as agents of the owners, will adhere to the following regulations in supervising the use of school lockers. A. Lockers are not to be used for illegal or dangerous purposes (i.e. harboring stolen property, drugs, alcoholic beverages or anything which might create a health hazard). B. The Principal or his/her designee has THE RIGHT TO INSPECT A STUDENT'S LOCKER AT ANY TIME. C. School officials and the police have the right to inspect all lockers in the building in case of a bomb scare or other emergencies. D. School officials may periodically hold locker inspections to ensure proper maintenance in the interest of fire or health protection. E. Students are responsible for any damage to their lockers, unless prior information received proves otherwise. Vandalism and defacing is punishable through the discipline policy and may also include fines and fees. Students are not to draw or affix any decorations with any type of adhesive. Magnets are allowed if internal decorations are desired. 10 F. Locker assignments are for the entire time students are enrolled at Galesburg-Augusta Middle School. For security reasons only, school locks are to be used. All head gear, cell phones, coats and bags must be kept in the locker during the school day. BUILDING USE LIBRARY: All materials are to be properly checked out before leaving the library. Failure to check out materials from the library will be considered stealing. All materials must be returned by the due date. Proper and respectful library behavior is expected at all times. The Librarian reserves the right to refuse admittance to any student violating library policies. HALL: Students are expected to behave in a respectful and orderly manner. For everyone s safety, no running or fast walking is allowed. Lunch detentions will result from failure to follow these rules. CLASSROOMS: Students may not use any room without the permission and supervision of a specific teacher. Students are expected to pick up after themselves before leaving class. o NOTE WRITING It is the expectation of the GAMS staff that all students refrain from writing notes during class time. Teachers have the right to take notes being written, passed or read during class. Any notes with profanity or personal threats will be treated as if they were said verbally. o GUM & CANDY - If a teacher permits gum or candy in the classroom, it must be consumed and disposed
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