MONTEVIDEO MIDDLE SCHOOL
Principal: Mr. Drew Miller
Assistant Principal: Mrs. Dawn Woodrum Assistant Principal: Mr. Chris Bryant
7648 McGaheysville Road Penn Laird, VA 22846
Principal: Mr. Drew Miller
Assistant Principal: Mrs. Dawn Woodrum Assistant Principal: Mr. Chris Bryant
7648 McGaheysville Road Penn Laird, VA 22846
This book contains the rules of Montevideo Middle School and Rockingham County Public Schools. If you need assistance with interpretation of this information, please notify the school.
(Este libro describe las reglas de la Escuela Intermedia Montevideo y las escuelas publicas del Condado de Rockingham. Si usted guieve ayuda de interprete para entender esta informacion, por favor avise a la escuela.)
Welcome to Montevideo Middle School and the 2014-2015 school year. At MMS there is a tradition and culture of excellence: academically, artistically, and athletically. The administration, faculty, and staff are so glad that you are part of this tradition.
At Montevideo Middle School we believe that everyone should “be respectful, be responsible, and be a team player.” We pride ourselves on having a respectful school environment, where responsible citizens are part of a team that constantly strives for excellence.
The start of the school year is always a good time to set goals for the upcoming year. In addition to academic goals, you should set goals for your involvement in the numerous extra-curricular and community service activities we offer.
We hope that this is your best year ever and that you challenge yourself to make it so. Making a great school starts with you.
Have a great year!
Drew S. Miller
Drew S. Miller Principal
The mission at Montevideo Middle School is to build within each student a sense of responsibility, confidence, pride in accomplishments, integrity, positive self-esteem, and appreciation for the rights of others and the motivation to BELIEVE, ACHIEVE AND SUCCEED. We believe that teaching each student is a cooperative effort of the student's parents, faculty, staff and community. Learning best takes place in a caring, structured, well-disciplined, and safe environment.
The staff of Montevideo Middle School believes that ALL students can learn and can achieve mastery of basic grade-level skills, regardless of their previous academic performance, family background, socio-economic status, race or gender. We believe that our school's purpose is to educate all students to a high level of academic performance while fostering positive growth in social/emotional behaviors and attitudes. We accept the responsibility to teach all students so they can attain their maximum educational potential.
MMS DEPARTMENTS, DAILY POLICIES & PROCEDURES
ABSENCE POLICY & HOMEWORK DURING ABSENCES
Whenever a student is absent from school, the parent/guardian is encouraged to contact the school. If no contact is made, a school representative will attempt to contact the parent/guardian by phone.
If a student is absent from school for any reason, upon return he/she must bring a note from a parent/guardian explaining the reason for the absence (unless phone contact has verified the absence). When a student has been absent, tardy or leaves early, we strongly encourage a doctor note or note from that office be provided to our office. This note must be presented to the secretary in the Office upon return to school.
If a student is absent from school please use the Homework Hotline, found on our school’s webpage, to obtain missed work. If you wish to obtain missed work from the teachers, please call the school before 9:00 A.M. so teachers can be contacted to gather work. This work will be available for pick-up no earlier than 3:15 PM the same day. Teachers must have time to get work together and on some days, they have no planning time allocated to do this. Thank you for your cooperation.
Students who are absent from school are not allowed to attend after-school events. Students in extra-curricular activities must be in school at least half a day in order to participate.
If extensive absences occur, a doctor's note may be required and, when appropriate, a referral may be made to the superintendent and to the Juvenile and Domestic Court.
BEFORE SCHOOL BEGINS
Students may enter the building at 7:53 a.m. (no earlier) and should report directly to their first block class or, if they eat breakfast at school, to the cafeteria upon entering the school building.
BLOCK SCHEDULE & EVEN/ODD DAYS
On the monthly calendars of events, each date has an E or an O on it. This stands for even or odd days. On even days, we will have even-numbered classes (2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th). On odd days, we will have odd-numbered classes (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th). We will follow the days as they are listed on the calendar. However, if a day is cancelled due to weather, etc., the day on which we return to school will be the day that was missed; after that, the normal odd/even schedule resumes. (Exceptions to this policy, if needed, will be announced.)
Bookbags are not allowed in the classroom except for homework lab/remediation class. Bookbags need to be stored in lockers during the day.
EARLY DISMISSAL POLICY
No student may leave school grounds for any reason without permission from the office. Any student who needs to leave school early for a valid reason must bring in a parent note in the morning. These names will be listed on the daily announcements to make teachers aware of who will be leaving early. Students who need to leave school early for an emergency, prearranged dismissal, or illness during the day must be signed out in the office. Anyone picking up a student must be listed on the student's "Pick-up Sheet" (names approved by parent/guardian). This is necessary for the safety of the student.
Lockers are available to all students at Montevideo Middle School and should not be shared and should remain locked at all times. Food and drinks must not be left in lockers overnight. Valuables should not be kept in lockers unless they are locked. Student should report all losses to the Office immediately. The school, however, is not responsible for losses that may occur.
Students will be held responsible for damage to lockers beyond normal wear.
Students and parents should understand that lockers are the property of the school and not the individual student; the administration reserves the right to inspect lockers and contents at any time.
Notes from a parent/guardian must be brought to the office in the morning before homeroom time for the secretary to sign/approve. Notes include those for: absence, tardy, student riding home on a different bus with a friend (both students must have notes), riding on a different bus, getting off the bus at a different stop, etc. Arrangements relating to after-school social activities (going to a friend's house after school, staying for a dance, etc.) must be made prior to arrival at school. The office phone is not available for making those plans.
TARDY TO SCHOOL
When a student is tardy arriving at school, the student must report to the Office to sign in and to receive a pass to class. The pass will be "excused" if the student has a parent note or if a parent has contacted the school prior to his arrival; the pass will be "unexcused" if the student has no note or a parent has not contacted the school. TARDY TO CLASS
Students who arrive tardy to class without a pass will be admitted to class and issued a broken pillar. Excessive tardiness to class or to school constitutes a discipline problem and will be referred to the Office.
Students will not be permitted to have visitors during the school day. Parents/guardians and all other visitors must report directly to the Office upon arrival in the building. All visitors must sign in at the Office and obtain a "Visitor" pass from the secretary.
Posting of school information and pictures on social networking sites is a violation of our students’ and families’ privacy. We respectfully ask that you be careful about sharing photographs from school events, field trips, etc. on social media websites to protect the privacy of our students and families. Thank you for your cooperation.
GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING
The main purpose of the School Counseling Office is to serve the needs of you, the student. Your counselor can help you with decisions related to academic, social, and personal development or any problems that might interfere with your learning. Your counselor will be calling you in to visit but you can request a conference any time before school, in-between classes, or any time your teachers will allow you to come and visit or set up an appointment. MMS counselor assignments are: Mrs. Cammie Weston-6th graders and 7th graders with last names A-L; Mr. Steve Boyle-7th graders with last names M-Z and the 8th graders. They look forward to meeting each and every one of you.
The library at Montevideo Middle School is a research center for individuals, groups and classes. Materials have been selected to implement, enrich, and support the educational program of the school. Resources in the library include: books for resource information, fiction leisure reading materials, magazines and newspapers, reference books, audio-visual materials for students and teachers, computer software, and professional material for teachers.
The Library opens at 8:00 A.M. and closes at 3:15 P.M. Students will be allowed to use the library any time during the school day with the classroom teacher's permission. Instructions in the use of library facilities will be given to anyone when requested. There are several points to be remembered concerning the library:
1. All materials leaving the library must be checked out first. Books may be checked out for a two-week period and may be renewed.
2. Each person is responsible for materials he/she checks out. Students will be charged for lost or damaged materials.
3. If a student has an overdue book, additional books may not be checked out until the overdue book is returned.
4. Quiet discussion is allowed in the library, but it is understood that no one infringes upon the right of another student or teacher for quiet study.
Students and teachers are encouraged to suggest titles to be considered for purchase.
All interscholastic activities for middle and high schools shall be conducted according to the rules established by the Virginia High School League and consistent with the School Board policies and practices.
All middle school students in the sixth grade are eligible first semester. To be eligible for the second semester a middle school student in the sixth grade must have passed three (3) core subjects the immediately preceding semester. The core subjects are social studies, science, language arts/reading, and mathematics.
To be eligible for the first semester a middle school student in the seventh or eighth grade must have passed three (3) core subjects the immediately preceding year. The core subjects are social studies, science, language arts/reading, and mathematics.
To be eligible for the second semester a middle school student in the seventh or eighth grade must have passed three (3) core subjects the immediately preceding semester. The core subjects are social studies, science, language arts/reading, and mathematics.
In addition to the above academic guidelines, coaches can establish academic and/or behavior standards for their team with the approval of the principal.
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY POLICIES
Montevideo Middle School operates according to policies established by the Rockingham County School Board. The school administration implements these policies through specific regulations and procedures. Each student receives a Rockingham County Parent-Student Handbook on the first day of school. In addition, for complete Rockingham County Public Schools Rules and Regulations, please refer to the Rockingham County Public Schools Policy Manual available online at|: www.rockingham.k12.va.us/policymanual/policy.htm
CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES (JZK)
Middle school students may NOT use personally owned electronic devices during school day except as approved by the teacher. Students may have personally owned devices in their possession; however, these devices must be silenced so as to not create a disruption. They must be concealed at all times except as approved by the teacher.
Middle school students may use personally owned electronic devices after school, at extracurricular events after school hours, and on buses.
Consequences for violating the electronic device policy:
First Offense - The administrator, teacher, or bus driver conferences with the student and gives a warning. The cell phone (electronic device) is confiscated and turned over to a school administrator. The parent is notified and the student picks up the phone after school. Second Offense – The cell phone is confiscated and turned over to a school administrator. A conference is held with the student. The student is assigned disciplinary action (BIP/Saturday School), the parent is notified of the incident, and the parent must pick up the phone at school.
Third Offense – The cell phone is confiscated and turned over to a school administrator. A conference is held with the student. The student is assigned 3 days of out-of-school suspension, the parent is notified of the incident, the parent must pick up the phone at school, and the student loses the privilege to have a cell phone in their possession at school.
Fourth Offense – The cell phone is confiscated and turned over to a school administrator. A conference is held with the student. The student is suspended out-of-school for 10 days and referred to the Superintendent’s Disciplinary Committee with a recommendation for long-term suspension. The parent must pick up the phone at school.
STUDENT DRESS CODE (JFC)
For the purposes of this policy and the code reflected in it, the term “dress” includes, for example: clothing; hats; shoes; jewelry; and, any emblem, badge, depiction, symbol, sign, comment, or other items worn or displayed or presented by a student as related to bodily-related attire or accessory. “Dress” does not include any religious symbol or expressive activity by a student which otherwise would not be subject to prohibition or restriction.
In furtherance of the consideration and purpose of this policy, the following dress or attire is prohibited:
1. Clothing which exposes undergarments; 2. See-through apparel; 3. Clothing that exposes the midriff, lower back, cleavage, or bare chest; 4. Strapless tops or tops with spaghetti straps; 5. Dresses, skirts, pants, or shorts that are shorter than the student’s mid-thigh; 6. Hats, hoods, or head coverings inside the school building, unless they are required for religious or
medical reasons; 7. Sunglasses or other obscuring glasses inside the school building, unless they are required for medical
reasons; 8. Spiked accessories or wallet chains; 9. Extremely tight pants worn without clothing which covers the student to mid-thigh, including, but not
limited to: yoga pants, leggings, spandex shorts, compressions shorts, “jeggings,” or tights; 10. Jewelry, including facial or body piercings, that is actually or likely to be disruptive, distracting, or
hazardous to the student or other students in the student’s presence; 11. Dress that promotes, depicts, or in any way affirms, explicitly or implicitly, drugs, tobacco, alcohol, or
illegal activity, including gang activity; 12. Dress that promotes, depicts, threatens, or in any way affirms, explicitly or implicitly, violence,
profanity, vulgarity, or sexually implicit or explicit messages; 13. Dress that promotes or depicts discriminatory messages or practices or that denigrates a particular
group of people.
The administrators of each school shall have the discretion to decide on the consequences of a student’s violation of the Dress Code. Recommended dispositions as a guideline are:
First Offense – Warning with requested change of clothes and notification to parent.
Second Offense – One day of in-school suspension, lunch detention, or Saturday school and notification of parent.
Third Offense – Three days of out-of-school suspension (with required notification to parent). Fourth Offense – Five days of out-of-school suspension (with required notification to parent).
Fifth Offense – Ten days of out-of-school suspension with recommendation to the Division Superintendent of Schools for regular school suspension for the remainder of the semester or school year (with required notification to parent), with the opportunity to continue academic studies in an alternative setting or arrangement, as may be available.
Each student and customer will be offered a variety of appetizing high quality nutritious food, served promptly, at the proper temperature, and at a reasonable cost. Each customer will be served by friendly food service staff in a clean and safe environment. Students will be encouraged to learn about the importance of proper nutrition and will be active participants in the meal program.
NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM
FREE/REDUCED PRICE MEAL APPLICATIONS Free/reduced price meal applications – Each student receives an application form. For applications containing income information, only one application is required per family. To qualify, a student must be directly certified (food stamps, migrant, etc.) or have an approved application on file. For continuous benefits, returning students in families with income applications must submit a form annually (during first 30-days of school). Applications from students entering school after the initial 30-day grace period must be approved before benefits are granted. Parents are notified about the result of the submitted application by means of a letter. If the meal status qualifies the student for additional services, the parent must retain a copy of this approval letter for further documentation.
BREAKFAST Each school offers a breakfast program. Lunch eligibility extends to breakfast.
Regardless of meal status, if student packs lunch and desires to drink milk, cash or money in account is required.
Pre-payment system – Each student is assigned a cafeteria number. This number is used at the point of service and is never to be shared. It is preferred that pre-payment money be paid by check (identified with account number). For elementary and middle school students cash should be placed in an envelope and clearly marked with the student’s name and account number. Once the money is deposited in the student’s account, the school cannot distinguish or control how it is “spent”. Unless authorized by the parent, money in the account is for the child of the student, and the student is not able to “purchase” items for other students. The parent and student should communicate about the selection of breakfast, ice cream, or other a la carte items.
Parents have the opportunity to deposit money into their child(ren)’s meal account using the internet. To learn more and be able to view account balances, visit the web site: www.myschoolbucks.com
PRICES Breakfast Full-paying $1.25 Reduced $0.30 Adults $1.75
All second lunches --
Lunch $2.05 $0.40 $3.00 $3.00
CHARGING Guardians are financially responsible for all items purchased by their child(ren). Students with a negative account balance are not permitted to select a la carte items (cash or account). Students are notified at the cashier’s station as the account balance begins to approach a zero balance. Every effort should be made to avoid reaching a zero balance. In the event it reaches zero, the following procedures apply:
Middle School – Meals will continue to be served, while student receives reminder slips to be taken home. Weekly email correspondence is sent to parents. Continued charging may result in selected student privileges being withheld.
OFFER VERSUS SERVE
To be served and counted as a meal: Any student may refuse one menu item at breakfast. All students must select minimum of three of the five lunch menu components, one of which must be a fruit or vegetable. Individual servings (without a meal) of entrees and potato products are not available to students.
One hour delay – breakfast will be served. Two hour delay – breakfast will not be served.
Students with special dietary needs or allergies require annual physician statement.
Guests are welcome anytime! Please call/contact school in advance if planning to eat a meal.
Violation of rules will most likely result in lunch detention. Multiple lunch detention assignments will likely result in other consequences deemed by the administration.
Remain seated at all times. Students must raise their hand and be granted permission before getting out of their seats. One person per seat.
Throwing or propelling an object in anyway will result in immediate lunch detention and other disciplinary action if appropriate. Playing with food and making a mess at the table is not permitted. Talk with friends using an indoor voice.
Tables will be dismissed by teachers/staff. Butting or cutting in line will result in immediate lunch detention.
Clean tables when leaving. Do not leave any trash at the table or on the floor; throw trash away, place silverware in rack, and stack trays neatly.
Please purchase all items and pick up all condiments when coming through the line the first time. Students are not to come through the line a second time.
Rockingham County Public Schools employs school nurses. Montevideo Middle School’s nurse is a resource person to school personnel, students, and their families. Emphasis is on helping students maintain or improve their physical and emotional wellbeing, thereby preventing health problems and time lost from school. If a student feels ill and needs to go home they must first report to the school nurse for evaluation. If the student is sick the nurse will call parent/guardian to pick the student up. Please feel free to call her for assistance or concerns/questions at 289-3401.
Students who become ill or have an injury at school need to report their condition to their teacher. The teacher will send the ill or injured student to the school nurse so that a decision can be made for the proper care of the student.
GUIDELINES FOR MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION
All medication and permission must be delivered to the school by a parent or legal guardian in the original container. Plastic bags, envelopes or Tupperware containers are not acceptable containers. (This also includes cough drops and eye drops). Students are not allowed to carry medications to school. The administration of medication during school hours is discouraged when possible. It is requested to be scheduled at other times than in school. Recognizing that this is not always possible, the following guidelines have been established for the administration of medication during the school day:
1. A written order from the student’s physician (with name, dosage, and time to be administered) is required for each medication. The prescription label on the bottle may be accepted as the physician’s order.
2. The Medication Request Form must be completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian before the medication can be given to the student. You may obtain this form at the Main office, the nurse office, or online at www.rockingham.k12.va.us
3. Only a one (1) week or less supply of the medication should be brought to school unless the medication is to be taken on a daily basis throughout the school year in that case a 25-day supply is recommended. A parent or guardian needs to pick up all unused medication.
4. If the physician fills out the self carry medication form, then and only then are students allowed to carry their asthma inhalers and/or epipens; of course with parental and school permission.
Exceptions to these regulations may be necessary depending upon individual circumstances. Only the principal or designee may only authorize exceptions.
NON-PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS 1. The Medication Request Form must be completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian indicating the
name of the medication, dosage, time to be given, and the parent or guardian’s signature before the medication can be given to the student.
2. Any non-prescription medication which is to be given for a prolonged period of time (more than 10 consecutive school days) must be authorized by a physician in writing.
Exceptions to these regulations may be necessary depending upon individual circumstances. Only the principal or designee may only authorize exceptions.
SPECIAL MEDICAL PROBLEMS
If a student has a special medical problem or need, this condition needs to be reported to the school nurse. The nurse will work with the student, their parents, and the staff in handling the situation in the best way possible. Examples of special problems include but are not limited to: an allergy to insect bites or bee stings, diabetes, epilepsy, heart defects, asthma, kidney, bladder, or bowel disorders, poor sight or hearing and other health concerns. Depending upon medical requirements, additional health care forms may need to be completed by the parent and the students’ physician (besides the initial Emergency Care Form filled out at the beginning of the school year).
EFFECTIVE SCHOOL-WIDE DISCIPLINE
Our school’s Effective School-wide Discipline team has worked to create a mission statement that reflects our expectations:
Our mission is to maintain clear, consistent expectations that allow students to recognize and accept that actions determine success.
MMS DISCIPLINE POLICIES
A broken pillar is an appropriate consequence for: 1. Tardy 2. Minor horseplay 3. Inappropriate remarks 4. Improper care of school equipment 5. Failure to report to detention 6.Minor disruptions, including, but not limited to:
The first set of six broken pillars within any nine week grading period will five days in lunch detention, and missing the schoolwide Spirit Activity.
The second set of six broken pillars within any nine week grading period will result in meeting with a team of teachers, ten days in lunch detention, and missing the schoolwide Spirit Activity.
The third set of six broken pillars, and any subsequent sets of six, will result in a referral to the office with a D-slip, BIP (in-school suspension) and any other consequences deemed necessary by the administration.
A broken pillar + lunch detention is an appropriate consequence for behaviors that warrant more than simply a broken pillar but are less severe than a D-slip. The student may be assigned up to three days of lunch detention by the teacher assigning it. This is determined by the severity of the student’s actions.
Numerous assignments to Lunch Detention may result in being assigned to BIP
LUNCH DETENTION WILL BE GIVEN AS A CONSEQUENCE FOR:
misbehavior in class (teachers may assign up to 3 days accompanying a broken pillar) cafeteria misbehavior first two sets of broken pillars (5 and 10 days, respectively)
LUNCH DETENTION RULES
1. You must report directly to the lunch detention assigned area and sit where assigned. 2. You must wait until you are called before you proceed to the serving area. 3. You must NOT TALK or cause any type of disruption. 4. You must wait until the end of lunch to return your tray.
5. Keep feet off chairs and tables at ALL times. 6. Any violation of these rules will result in going to BIP.
i. ii. iii. iv. v.
reading/writing/passing notes calling out/making noises inappropriately out of seat without permission throwing paper/objects talking during the moment of silence
result in meeting with a team of teachers,
Major offenses (those listed below) receive a D-slip and are processed by the administration.
__disrespectful/openly defiant __disruptive behavior (impeding others’ rights to learn) __possession of inappropriate material __possession of weapon(s) __offensive language (verbal or written) __unauthorized absence from class __public display of affection __fighting (punching/hitting) __violation of cell phone/electronic device policy __violation of dress code policy __excessive horseplay
__destroying property __lying __forgery __cheating
__3rd or subsequent set of broken pillars __stealing __bullying __sexual harassment
__violation of tobacco policy __gang symbols/activity __other
The MMS faculty and administration reserve the right to make adjustments to this program as needed to support our schoolwide behavior plan. Students who need to be sent to the office during class for severe misbehavior will be given a D-slip, which automatically includes time in BIP. That will make a student ineligible for the Spirit Activity during that time period.
Montevideo Middle School operates under an honor system, which is directly related to our schoolwide behavior plan and our Honor Club. Unless otherwise noted, all assignments will be pledged work. Teachers may elect to have each student write and sign this pledge on assignments or assessments.
On my honor, I pledge that this work is my own and that I have neither given nor received answers from anyone. -student signature
Honor Code violations are D-slip offenses and will be referred to the administration.
INCENTIVES AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
It is our expectations that every student abide by the Honor Code, and as such, every student begins the school year as a member of the MMS Honor Club. A student may be removed at any time throughout the school year due to the following honor code violations:
Any D-slip that results in time in BIP (including “BIP Express”) and/or missing the Spirit Activity Four or more broken pillars (cumulative throughout year) Two or more lunch detention assignments (cumulative throughout year) NoCsoranyDsoranyFsonareportcard
Any behavior infractions as determined by the Honor Club advisors 14
MODEL MUSTANG PROGRAM
The MMS Faculty and staff expect our students to make responsible, appropriate choices. The MMS staff is committed to acknowledging the efforts of our students as model citizens. At times, students go above and beyond the basic expectations, and the Model Mustang program offers a chance to acknowledge and encourage those efforts. Model Mustangs are given to students to recognize their efforts to go model good citizenship as well as for going above and beyond expectations. Students receiving Model Mustangs will also be eligible for additional recognition throughout the school year.
Students who meet the behavioral expectations throughout the year will be invited to participate in schoolwide Spirit Activities. These activities take place during the school day and will be created by input from both students and teachers.
Students who do not earn the right to participate in the Spirit Activities will spend that time in a booster session, reviewing and relearning MMS behavioral expectations.
In accordance with AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Act) in conjunction with the EPA (Environmental Protecting Agency) we are making our yearly notification that our school building may contain asbestos containing material. An operation and management plan was developed in 1988, and all 3-year follow-up inspections have been conducted to help us manage the materials in a manner that eases the safety of our students, employees and vendors. You may examine the O & M plans located in the school office and division maintenance office during normal hours, or you may contact the division Asbestos Coordinator at (540) 434-4434.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY/NON-DISCRIMINATION It is the policy of the Rockingham County School Board to comply with all applicable state and federal laws regarding non- discrimination in employment and educational programs and services. It is an equal opportunity employer and educational agency. The Rockingham County School Board will not discriminate in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment or in educational programs and services on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender, marital or economic status, age, disability, genetics, or veteran status and prohibits retaliation against anyone who files a complaint of discrimination, participates in such a proceeding, or otherwise opposes discrimination.