MARQUETTE CATHOLIC ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE SCHOOL

403 Park St.

Bellevue, IA 52031

(563) 872-3284

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Attendance Policies and Procedures

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II

Academic Information

page 2

III

Disciplinary Procedures

page 4

IV

General Operating Procedures

page 9

I.  ATTENDANCE POLICIES & PROCEDURES

A.  ATTENDANCE:

  1. The regular class schedule is 8:05 a.m. to 3:10 p.m., with a lunch break for all, and recess periods for students in grades K-5.
  2. A student is tardy if he/she is not present in his/her homeroom.  However, if tardiness is due to road conditions or bus breakdowns, the student will not be marked tardy.

B.  ABSENCE:

All students must be at their assigned place at 8:05 a.m.  Should a child be unable to attend school, the school must be notified via phone call, email or text between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. to report the child’s absence.  If the school does not receive notification, the school secretary will contact the parents of the unexcused students by 9:30 a.m. to determine the reason for their absence.  

  1. All homeroom teachers send a list of absentees to the office by 8:35 a.m.  If any student arrives after this, the office personnel is notified immediately.  The secretary will call the parents of unexcused students by 9:30 a.m. to determine the reason for the absence.
  2. We encourage you to make medical appointments on early release days or after school.  However, we do understand that this is not always possible.  When appointments are arranged during school hours, a note indicating this should be presented to the office for approval and recording.
  3. Should a child become ill during the school day, a phone call is made to the number indicated on the Emergency Form.  If you cannot be reached, and the alternate parties are also unavailable, the ill child will be kept at school under the supervision of the nurse or office personnel.  At no time will the child be sent home without parental knowledge.
  4. Written authorization from a parent or guardian is required for a pupil to leave school before time of dismissal.  No child is released unless the principal knows the reason for the release and the person to whom the child is released.
  5. Any student, who is absent for thirty days during the given school year will not be promoted to the next grade in the fall unless the work missed, determined by the teachers involved, is made up satisfactorily, or some proof of tutoring is presented to the school after the tutoring has taken place.
  6. The current Iowa Code puts it succinctly:  “Children between the ages of 6 and 16 are compelled to receive education, and each child’s parent, guardian, or legal custodian is the person held responsible in the law for compelling the child’s education”  (Iowa Code 299.1).

C. DUTIES OF STUDENTS:

Students are expected to comply with the rules and regulations established by the Board of Education, the principal, and the teacher of the class.  Students are expected to be in attendance for all classes, assemblies and liturgies.  After being absent, students are expected to make up the work they missed.  Students are expected to do their best to prepare the school work assigned to them.

D. CONTACTING STUDENTS DURING SCHOOL HOURS:

  1. Parents are requested to call the school for the delivery of messages to students only in case of an emergency. Parents may also leave messages on their students’ cell phones: however, students are to have their phones set to silent during the school day and teacher permission must be given before a student can check/use their phone.

  1. When necessity requires the student to use a personal or school phone, permission is obtained from the principal, teacher, or other staff members.  

II.  ACADEMIC INFORMATION

A.  GRADING SYSTEM for Middle School Students:

        A        95-100        4.00

        A-        93-94        4.00

        B+        91-92        3.33

        B        87-90        3.00

        B-        85-86        2.67

        C+        83-84        2.33

        C        79-82        2.00

        C-        77-78        1.67

        D+        75-76        1.33

        D        72-74        1.00

        D-        70-71        0.67

        F        Below 70        0.00

Work that was incomplete at the end of a term will be recorded as “F” if it is not completed within two weeks.

B.  HONOR ROLL for Middle School Students:

A listing of those students earning a 3.20 grade point average for the grading period will be issued following each grading period (1st through 4th quarter).  To qualify for High Academic Honor Roll a student must earn 3.50 grade point average and above.

C.  MUSIC:

  1. Grades K-8 have music classes two/three times a week.  Each unit has a musical program at least once a year.
  2. Band Lessons:  Teachers from Bellevue Community Schools provide lessons on a daily basis, plus experience in band, city and state competition.  The students involved walk to the public elementary, or are shuttled to the high school, for these lessons and large group band.  Those studying an instrument are encouraged to take lessons and to practice regularly.  It is suggested that a specific time and place be set at home for a stipulated period of practice.  The cooperation and encouragement of the parents will result in having the child well prepared for a lesson.

D.  HOME STUDY:

Because education involves study, some memorization and assignments, all students are expected to spend a reasonable amount of time on school nights doing some type of homework, whether it be completing assigned work, studying math facts, spelling words, reading a book or doing extra credit work.  At all times, assignments are to be done neatly and with the appropriate materials.

Parents are encouraged to examine the homework of their child and discuss the areas being taught.  This will give the child greater confidence in what is being learned and will provide home reinforcement for the teacher.  If a student is at risk of failing, s/he may be required to stay after school to complete assignments or receive additional instruction.

E.  FIELD TRIPS:

Field trips provide unique educational experience for students because they bring them to the realities they have studied.  Field trips serve the instructional program by utilizing those educative resources of the community and of the region which cannot be brought into the classroom.  Field trips must be approved by the administration.  Parents are required to sign a “Field Trip Permit” to indicate their permission for their child to join in the class trip.  Transportation by bus is encouraged whenever feasible.  Students will leave school, remain and return together with their assigned group and chaperone. They may not be excused to leave the group during the trip.  All students are expected to observe school policies while they are on field trips.

The administration at Marquette reserves the right to deny a child field trip participation based on behavioral concerns and/or failing grades.  Marquette will make every effort to ensure students are able to participate in activities deemed most beneficial to a student’s academic growth.

F.  SPECIFICS REGARDING CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

A junior high student who receives a failing grade for a course at the end of a grading term will be ineligible to dress for and compete in the next occurring interscholastic athletic contests and competitions for 30 consecutive calendar days. Ineligibility begins at the end of the grading term.

III.  DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES

In order to provide and maintain an atmosphere which permits the orderly and efficient operation of the school and which encourages learning and helps students to develop a Christian code personal conduct, school rules and regulations are in effect. These policies and procedures have been established by the Marquette Board of Education with faculty, parents, and students.  Their effectiveness requires the positive and voluntary cooperation of all concerned.        

The knowledge of the rules and regulations, their processes and their implementation are the responsibility and obligation of each Marquette student.  Neither ignorance nor lack of understanding of the rules and regulations will release a student or parent/guardian from responsibility to cooperate with the stated policies.  All Archdiocesan policies and State of Iowa education laws, as they apply to Marquette Catholic Schools, are to be respected and followed.

A.  PRIMARY UNIT:

  1. We believe all students can behave in an appropriate manner in the classroom, on the playground, in the library, and in the lunchroom.  We will not allow any student to prevent another student from learning, nor will we permit any student to prevent a teacher from teaching.  Each teacher has the right to teach in an atmosphere that allows for learning.  The Christian development of the child/children is a shared responsibility between family and school.
  2. We will expect:
  1. Behavior that gives evidence of respect for self, others, and property.
  2. Students are to be honest in work completed and in their dealings with one another and with adults.
  3. Examples of disrespect (use of foul language, talking back to an adult, the making of unnecessary noises, the making of sarcastic remarks to others, etc.) will not be allowed to be made by our students to each other or to anyone else.
  4. Students will follow all directions given by a faculty or staff member.
  1. If your child fails to follow these expectations, the following measures will be utilized:
  1. Teacher-student conference and verbal correction in private.
  2. A note and/or telephone call to parents.
  3. Principal-pupil conference.
  4. Parent-principal-teacher-student conference.

B. INTERMEDIATE UNIT:

  1. We will expect:

  1. Behavior that gives evidence of courtesy towards each other, faculty, staff, priests, and any other adults,
  2. Behavior that gives evidence of the acceptance of all students.
  3. Behavior that gives evidence of respect to all people.
  4. Behavior that gives evidence of the student’s desire to be responsible by being on time, and having assignments completed.
  5. Students will follow all directions given by a faculty or staff member pertaining to all school rules.
  6. Students are to participate fully at mass and during other school activities
  1. If your child fails to follow these expectations, the following measures will be utilized:
  1. Teacher-student conference and verbal correction in private.
  2. A note and/or phone call to parents.
  3. Principal-pupil conference.
  4. Parent-principal-teacher-student conference.

C.  MIDDLE SCHOOL UNIT:

  1. Demerits: Minor disciplinary problems will result in the student being issued a demerit.  A demerit will be made up in the same way as a detention except that no record will be kept.
  2. Detentions will be issued for major disciplinary problems.  A detention will consist of a one-hour period.  All students must report to the Lead Teacher for detention by 3:15 on the assigned day.  Failure to report by that time will result in an additional detention.  If the student fails to report the third day it will result in a one-day in-school suspension.  Practice or participation in extracurricular events is not an excuse for missing detentions.  The Lead Teacher will keep a record of detentions.
  3. Disciplinary Board:  Should a student receive 4 detentions he/she and a parent may be required to appear before the Disciplinary Board that will consist of three faculty members.  Disciplinary Board actions may include, but is not limited to, the right to refuse a grade, a suspension, and/or an expulsion.
  4. Suspensions:  For any in-school suspensions students must report to the Lead Teacher no later than 8:00 a.m. on the day the suspension is served.  The day will end at 3:30 p.m.  Excessive suspensions may result in expulsions.
  5. Appeal:  To protect the rights of the individual student an appeal of the judgment of any school personnel may be made in the following sequence:
  1. Decision of staff or teacher may be appealed to the Lead Teacher and the Principal.
  2. Decision of the Lead Teacher and the Principal may be appealed to the Disciplinary Board.
  3. Decision of the Disciplinary Board may be appealed to the Marquette Catholic School System Board of Education.  Appeals are to be made in writing stating the purpose of the appeal and giving evidence or argument which may be submitted to support the appeal.

D.  AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR CONSEQUENCES FOR K-2:

When bullying incidents occur, whether it be taunting, name calling, exclusion, hurtful teasing, or physical aggression (depending on severity of the incident), the following consequences will

be provided:

1st Time: Warning and verbal apology (Based on severity, parents will be contacted).

2nd Time: Warning and verbal apology (Based on severity, parents will be contacted).

3rd Time: Written apology during recess, note home, and conversation with the guidance counselor.

4th Time: Written apology during recess, note home, conversation with the guidance counselor, and conversation with school principal.

5th Time: Written apology during recess and meeting with teacher, parents, student, guidance counselor, and principal.

E.  AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR GRADES 3-5 CONSEQUENCES:

  1. Taunting/Name Calling
  1. 1st Time: Miss one recess. Written apology to victim.
  2. 2nd Time: Miss two recesses. Written apology to victim. Incident reflection signed by parents. Meet with counselor.
  3. 3rd Time: Written apology to victim. Meeting with student, principal, counselor, and parents to develop an individual student plan.
  1. Exclusion
  1. 1st Time: Warning. Written apology to victim.
  2. 2nd Time: Miss one recess. Write about ways to include the victim. Parents notified.
  3. 3rd Time: Meeting with the student, counselor, principal, and parents to develop an
  4. individual student plan.
  1. Hitting (pushing, slapping, grabbing)
  1. 1st Time: Miss 1 recess. Written apology to victim. Written reflection signed by parents. Meeting with the school counselor.
  2. 2nd Time: Miss two recesses. Call parents from the counselor’s office.
  3. 3rd Time: Meeting with the student, counselor, principal, and parents to develop an individual student plan.
  1. Severe Hitting (punching, kicking, and similar behavior that may injure others)
  1. 1st Time: Miss two recesses. Call to parents from the counselor’s or principal’s office. Written letter of apology to the victim.
  2. 2nd Time: Meeting with the student, counselor, principal, and parents to develop an individual student plan.
  3. 3rd Time: Decided at the meeting of 2nd offense.
  1.  Harassment
  1. 1st Time: Miss two recesses. Written apology to victim. Incident reflection signed by parents.
  2. 2nd Time: Miss three recesses. Written apology to victim and a reflection letter signed by parents. Meeting with the school counselor.
  3. 3rd Time: Meeting with the student, counselor, principal, and parents to develop an individual student plan.
  1.  Encouraging Bullying
  1. 1st Time: Miss one recess. Written apology to the encouraged and the victim.
  2. 2nd Time: Miss two recesses. Incident reflection signed by parents. Meet with the school counselor.
  3. 3rd Time: Meeting with the student, counselor, principal, and parents to develop an individual student plan.

F.  AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR GRADES 6-12 CONSEQUENCES:

  1. Hurtful Teasing & Systematic Exclusion

  1. 1st Time:  Verbal warning with documentation.
  2. 2nd Time:  Incident reflection written by the student under the direction of the guidance counselor and signed by parent(s).
  3. 3rd Time:  Incident reflection written by student under the direction of the guidance counselor and signed by parents with detention.
  4. 4th Time:  After the 4th incident report in a year, school staff and parents meet to develop an individual student plan.
  1. Hitting, Pushing, Slapping, Grabbing, Horseplay
  1. 1st Time:  Students will be verbally warned with documentation that what they see as goofing around could be dangerous.
  2. 2nd Time:  Incident reflection written by the student under the direction of the guidance counselor and signed by parent(s).
  3. 3rd Time:  Incident reflection written by the student under the direction of the guidance counselor and signed by parent(s) and a detention.
  4. 4th Time:  After the 4th incident report in a year, school staff and parents meet to develop an individual student plan.
  1. Severe Hitting (punching, kicking, and similar behavior that may injure others) & Harassment (racial, ethnic, or sexual name calling or other severe harassment)Every Time: Because this could be seen as a criminal offense, administration will automatically be notified and determine appropriate course of action: detention, incident report, parent notification.

G.  SPECIFICS REGARDING EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

  1. All activities which involve competition with other schools, performing for other schools, performing for the public, or representing Marquette Catholic School System outside of Bellevue, shall be covered under these guidelines.
  2. The time period regulated by these guidelines commences when the student signs a contract or otherwise indicates the desire to participate in an extracurricular activity; it terminates with the conclusion of the activity/season.
  3. Athletes who violate the policy on tobacco, alcohol, intoxicants and illegal drugs during an athletic season will be prohibited from participating in athletic competition for two weeks, a minimum of two dates; the athlete would still be required to attend all practice sessions during that penalty period.  If the infraction takes place outside his/her athletic season, it would bar the athlete from two weeks of competition in his/her next season.  In the case of a second offense an athlete is barred from said participation for six (6) weeks and must participate in mandatory community/school service, attend counseling and/or abuse classes.  In the case of a third offense, an athlete is barred from participation for the remainder of the year.
  4. Non-athletic extracurricular activities (for example, speech, drama):  Any student in such a covered activity who violates the policy on tobacco, alcohol, intoxicants and illegal drugs during the period of that activity  will be dropped from further participation in that activity.
  5. Students who violate the policy on tobacco, alcohol, intoxicants and illegal drugs and are involved in one or more activities will not be allowed participation for a two week period.

IV.  GENERAL OPERATING PROCEDURES

A. PARENT-TEACHER ORGANIZATION:

Parents with children in grades PK-8 are regarded as members of the Marquette Elementary Parent-Teacher Organization.  The PTO’s priority is making Marquette Elementary the finest school it can be - academically, emotionally and spiritually - with a vested interest in Marquette’s elementary students and their families.  The PTO sponsors activities throughout the year such as a literacy evening, a book fair, and a carnival, just to name a few.  The PTO also is a voice for families - a forum to address concerns and brainstorm solutions, as well as a means to share ideas.  The PTO’s Central Planning Committee meets monthly to plan activities, discuss concerns and share ideas.

B.  PARENT-SCHOOL COMMUNICATION:

Adequate and clear communication between school and home is essential for the success of the children. A parent newsletter can be found on the school website on a regular basis, along with the school calendar and other school information.

School Reach, emails, or printed notes will also be utilized to notify the family of school matters.  Feel free to call the office to discuss your concerns or to make arrangements to talk with any of the staff.

C.  COURTESY:

Respect and courtesy should be shown at all times to priests, sisters, teachers, volunteers, and to all others who work with the students.  Pupils must understand that each teacher has jurisdiction over any pupil of the school, regardless of age or grade.  Children are expected to conduct themselves in a refined and courteous manner whenever attending assemblies, sports events, socials, and other gatherings.

D. ELECTRONIC DEVICES:

Students are not to use or be in possession of any electronic devices not issued by Marquette (i.e. cell phones, iPods or similar devices, ‘smart’ watches or glasses, etc.) without staff consent in the classroom, lunchroom, restroom, and at fitness time. Use of electronic devices is permitted in the hallway during class passing time. Electronic devices should be silenced at all times during the academic day. Students using an electronic device against this policy will have the device confiscated and the device will be turned into the school office. Use of electronic devices is permitted in the hallway during class passing time.   Electronic devices should be turned off or silenced at all times during the academic day.  Students found using electronic devices, including cell phones, without permission will have the device confiscated and turned into the office.  The device may be picked up at the office at 3:30.  On the fourth and subsequent violation of this rule, parents will be notified and for a two week period, the student is required to turn the device into the office before homeroom and may pick it up at 3:15.  This policy is also in effect while Marquette Catholic students are attending shared-time classes at Bellevue High School.

Student operated drones and other aircrafts are banned from school grounds and during the school day unless permission is provided, in writing, by the principal.

D.  SCHOOL PROPERTY:

Children are required to walk in the school corridors and classrooms.  This is necessary to protect the child and also school property.  Care of the school property is not only a matter of respect but of conscience.  Damage due to carelessness or malice to the desks, to restrooms, and to other school property, requires restitution.  Children are not to be in the school buildings after school hours or on weekends unless there is adult supervision.

E.  YEARLY SUPPLIES:

A list of suggested school supplies will be sent home in the spring or at summer registration.  A limited supply of paper, pencils, pens, erasers, folders, etc., may be purchased at the office.

F.  BOOK DAMAGE POLICY:

All textbooks are owned by the school, either Marquette Catholic School System or the Bellevue Community School District.  Nevertheless, students are responsible for the proper care of those materials.  Incidental damage to the book(s), or the wear and tear resulting from normal use, will not be fined.  However, significant damage to any book, such as writing or drawing in it, torn pages, or smashed or folded pages or cover(s), will result in a fine and possible punishment.  Assessment of damage will be determined by the classroom teacher, who may request the opinion of the school principal, if desired.  Categories of damage and corresponding restitution:

  1. Lost book:  pay full replacement cost.
  2. Intentionally damaged beyond use:  normal punishment of grade-level for damaging property and pay full replacement cost of the book.
  3. Accidentally damaged beyond use:  pay full replacement cost of book.
  4. Intentionally damaged but usable:  normal punishment of grade-level for damaging property and pay one-fourth the book replacement cost.
  5. Accidentally damaged but usable:  pay one-fourth of the book replacement cost.

G.  LUNCH:

Students may buy hot lunches or bring their own cold lunches.  Milk may be bought separately. Students are not allowed to leave the school campus for lunch unless approved by a school administrator. The hot lunches provided by our staff are eaten in the lunchroom.  A hot lunch scantron card can be purchased from the hot lunch program director.  Free and reduced rate lunches are available for those families meeting certain requirements and making application through the government program. Pop, candy, and cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the lunchroom.

H.  FIRE EXTINGUISHERS / FIRE ALARMS:

Any student handling or discharging a fire extinguisher/fire alarm at any time other than in an emergency will be fined $25.00 and will be subject to further disciplinary action.

I.  GUM:

Gum chewing is prohibited on the school grounds at all times. A fine of $1.00 will be paid by anyone breaking this rule.

J.  SNOWBALLS:

Throwing snowballs is not permitted on school grounds.  The bodily dangers involved, risks of permanent injury, and possible lawsuits are too great.  Therefore, a fine of $2.00 will be imposed.

K.  8th GRADE GRADUATION:

Before graduation, specific instructions will be sent home.  The closing exercise of the school year is a specially scheduled liturgy offered by the pastor for the members of the eighth grade class.  All work must be completed satisfactorily and other commitments taken care of in full before graduation.