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Student Handbook 2016-2017

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Dillard Drive Middle School is committed to providing a safe, caring, environment that fosters productive individuals, lifelong learners, and responsible citizens to meet present and future challenges.


Dillard Drive Middle School is a place where diversity is seen as a source of strength, learning is rigorous and enriching, and collaboration among all stakeholders results in achievement.

Value Statement


WCPSS Homework Policy

Grading Scale

A 90-100
B 80-89
C 70-79
D 60-69
F 59 or below


PowerSchool is a statewide student information system which gives parents and students access to real-time information including attendance, grades and assignments. Parents and students are able to participate in the academic progress, and teachers can instantly share information from their gradebook with parents and students. Families with multiple students can also set up their accounts to view all of their students at one time, with one login.

Parent Access

If you completed an application for access at either the 6th Grade Transitional Camp or the 7/8th Grade Open House, you will receive a “Welcome Letter” via your student. The letter contains instructions to create your account and begin viewing your student’s progress.

If you are new to DDMS this year, you will need to fill out a request form and present a photo ID OR use the form that requires notarization. Parents who have completed this process should receive a Welcome Letter. If you do not receive a letter and wish to have Parent Portal access please come to the front office, request a form and show your ID.


Return Completed Forms to DDMS: Hand deliver the completed access request form to the school and present ID. Notarized forms may be mailed to DDMS.

Welcome Letter: This letter will contain a unique access ID and password and directions to create your account.

To create an account, begin here: wcpss.powerschool.com/public. Use the ID and password from the Welcome Letter to link your student(s) to your account.

Issues Creating Your Account? Does your access ID and password still not work? Make sure you’ve created your Parent Portal account first. Still having issues? More detailed directions.

Contact our Data Manager.

Student Access

Use your account NCEdCloud to login to PowerSchool, Canvas, and SchoolNet. You first need to “claim your account”.  
More About NCEdCloud


Grades are computed and reported to parents once every nine weeks.Interim reports are issued to all students in each subject area at the middle of each nine-week grading period. These special reports are designed to help parents monitor their child’s progress before official grades are assigned. They must be signed by a parent and returned to school within three days.

An Honor Roll listing will be published at the end of each nine week grading period. “A” honor roll for students who earn a grade of “A” in all subjects for which grades are given. “AB” honor roll for all students who earn an overall grade average of “B” or better with no grade lower than a “C” in all subjects for which grades are given.

Recognizing students for Honor Roll is at the discretion of the School Principal.

Promotion and Retention

Promotion standards require students to be proficient in reading, writing, and mathematics before being promoted to the next grade level. End-of-grade tests are a measure of adequate achievement and a significant factor in the determination of proficiency. However, academic grades in the different subject areas must meet promotion requirements if a student is to move to the next grade level.

Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 grades shall:

 Demonstrate proficiency in grade level competencies in reading, writing, and mathematics.  This requires level 3 on End-of-Grade tests.
• Attain a passing course grade in Language Arts, Mathematics, either Social Studies or  Science, and a minimum of 50% of remaining courses taken.

In determining whether or not a student has successfully met course standards, the evaluation shall include consideration of all activities that have occurred during a particular evaluation period. Such activities should include:

The relative value attached to any activity shall be determined by the importance of the activity in achieving the objectives of the course.


Students who attend any extracurricular activities such as ball games, banquets, dances, field trips, tutorial services, or clubs are expected to conduct themselves appropriately and to behave in accordance with all rules and policies of WCPSS and Dillard Drive Middle School.

During extracurricular activities, students are to be in a designated area with a supervising faculty member. It is the parent’s responsibility to pick up students at the designated time from any extracurricular event.  Failure to do so may result in the student being excluded from future events.

DDMS After-School Clubs


Only Dillard Drive Middle School students are allowed to attend school dances.  Students may not attend if they have been assigned an OSS or two or more days in ISS in the quarter of the dance. All school rules apply to dances and social activities. No student may leave early unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. Tickets must be pre-purchased during school hours. (They are not sold the night of the dance.)


Trained counselors provide guidance services for students at Dillard Drive Middle School. These services include individual, small group, or classroom sessions with a counselor. During a class period a student needing to see a counselor must have a pass signed by their teacher.  A student may obtain an appointment form from any teacher or the office and return the completed form to the office.  A counselor will contact the student as soon as possible.

Counselor Contact Info


The media center is open for students to use before homeroom, after school, or during class time.  A written pass from a teacher is required.  Being reasonably quiet and using good work habits are expected in the media center.  Students are to return materials to their proper place before leaving the media center.

General collection books circulate for a three- week period.  Reference books may not be checked out. Students are urged to return all books and materials on time.


North Carolina Student Immunization Law requires all students to be adequately immunized according to their age and grade level.  If an immunization is incomplete, a student will be suspended from school until documentation is provided.

Required Vaccinations

WCPSS Health Assessment Form

If MEDICATION is necessary for the student’s well-being and/or ability to focus in school and needs to be administered during the school day, the following criteria must be met:

• A completed
Parent Request and Physician’s Order for Medication Form (1702) is on file in the school office.

• All medication must be kept in the main office and dispersed by school officials unless a physician has requested that the student may “self-carry.”

• Children should stay home until they have been naturally without fever for at least 24 hours.

• Please do not give children fever-reducing medication and then send them to school.


WCPSS School Meals Info

Monthly Middle School Menu

Meal Prices for Middle School (as of 8/5/16)

Paid Meal Prices:

Breakfast: $1.50

Lunch: $2.50

Adults: A la Carte Pricing

Reduced Meal Prices:

Breakfast: $0.00

Lunch: $0.40

Payment Option

My School Bucks is an online payment service for school meals/services. Create your free account here. You’ll need the student NCWISE ID number, available in your registration materials or at your school.


Homeroom teachers issue
locks* and lockers to 6th and 7th grade students at the beginning of the school year.  For security reasons, students may not exchange lockers, combinations or locks.  They are also not allowed to share lockers with another student.  Students are responsible for keeping their lockers clean.  Any locker malfunction should be reported to a teacher.  Any personal property placed in the locker is the responsibility of the student.  Lockers should be locked at all times and are not an appropriate place to store money, jewelry or other valuable items.

Students are responsible for personal belongings brought to school. Only money needed for lunch should be brought to school.  Students are urged not to leave books, purses, jackets, or other belongings unattended.  All personal items need to be marked with the student’s name.  All electronic devices should out of sight and off  until the end of the school day. Lunch, lunch money, house keys and eye glasses are the only items students will be called to the office to pick up during the school day. Items that do not qualify to interrupt classroom instruction include book bags, musical instruments, binders and PE clothes. (The student must take the initiative to pick these items in the main office.)

*Lost or Damaged Locks will cost $5.00 to replace.


The office telephone is used for school business and it may be used by students only in cases of emergency and with the permission of the office staff. Students must have a note from a teacher to use the phone. Students cannot be called to the telephone.


A student accident insurance program is available to all students at the beginning of the school year on a voluntary basis. Parents should mail completed applications and premiums directly to the insurance company.
More Info About Purchasing Insurance Through WCPSS


View 2016-17 Bell Schedule 

Wake County Public School System places an emphasis on student attendance.
School Board Policy 6000 states:  “Attendance in school is central to educational achievement and school success. School attendance is required by state law for all children between the ages of seven (7) and sixteen (16). Parents must ensure that students attend and remain in school daily.”

Returning After Absence

When a student returns to school after an absence, a dated note must be sent within two days, with the student’s name, the date of the absence, the reason for the absence, and the signature of the parent or guardian. The student should bring the note to the attendance office immediately upon arrival on campus. Failure to bring a note would constitute an unexcused absence.

Parents will be notified by an automatic call when a student is marked absent. Each day a student is absent the system will call home after 4:00 pm.

Excused Absences

Valid conditions for excused absences include:

In the event of an excused absence for illness, a student shall be entitled to
make-up work.  For absences of one to three days, the student will have one day for each day absent.  For absences exceeding three days, the student may have two days for each day absent to make up work.

Teachers should use discretion and may make exceptions in the case of students who excused absences were not planned in advance, were beyond the student’s control, and the nature of which would not support make-up the day of return. There is no academic penalty for make-up work completed in the time frame stated above. All assignments are graded for full credit earned.

Unexcused Absences

The student is responsible for submitting a note signed by the parent citing the reason for an absence to the principal’s designee within two (2) days of the student’s return to school. Failure to comply with the above will result in the absence being unexcused.

Make-Up Homework Procedures

Any time a student is absent the student or parent can access the teacher’s website to find missing assignments. When a student is absent because of illness for two or more days, the parent may call the school and request makeup work for their child, giving teachers a 24 hours lead time before work is picked up.

Checking Out of School Early

To be counted present, a student must be in attendance at least one-half of the student school day. Students who must leave school before 3:00 p.m. for a medical/dental appointment or some other valid reason will be called from the office when the parent or guardian comes to the office to sign the student out of school. The latest early departure is 2:30 pm. Upon returning to school the student will report to the attendance office with a note. The student will then receive an admit slip for the periods missed.

Late Arrival

Students are expected to report to school and to all classes on time per board policy.  Students have ample time to change from one class to another.  The following procedures will be used to help students establish a positive pattern of punctuality.

Homeroom Tardiness

Any student who is not in his/her homeroom when the homeroom tardy bell rings is considered tardy. A student arriving at school after the morning tardy bell shall report directly to the attendance office.

Classroom Tardiness

Students arriving late for a class other than first period are to bring a note from the previous class’ teacher or are to be admitted and the tardiness recorded.

Tardy Policy

* Tardies are accumulated over a semester (not quarter)


The school day at Dillard Drive Middle School is from 8:15 am – 3:00 pm. Students should not arrive on campus before 7:45 a.m. and need to be in class before the tardy bell.  For safety reasons, parents who bring students to school should drop students off in the carpool loop and not in the bus loop.  At 7:45 a.m., students should enter through the front entrance of the school and go straight to their lockers, restroom, and then to class.  Students should not linger in the hallways or bathrooms. First period will start promptly at 8:15 a.m.


The dismissal bell rings at 3:00 p.m.  All walkers and car riders must leave campus at that time.  They will be given a special pass during the first two weeks of school. This pass should be available to show any staff member who asks for it to prove they have permission to be a carpooler or walker. Parents may only pick up students in the car rider lane. Parents should maintain a single line of traffic. For safety reasons, parents cannot pick up students from the bus loading area or parking area or any place off campus. If a carpooler is late or fails to report to their vehicle within 60 seconds the receiving vehicle will be asked to circle back around or to park and come in to the main office.

Students participating in supervised after-school activities may stay on campus after school is dismissed. They should report at the scheduled time to the teacher in charge of that activity.  Students who fail to report immediately to their designated area may be subject to disciplinary action.


All visitors are required to report to the front office upon entering our campus. Permission to visit is usually denied unless the visitor is on official school business or the visit is necessary for the welfare of the student. With advance notice and the principal’s permission, parents are welcome to visit classes.  

Parents are welcome to eat lunch with their child.  Please remember in order to check students out from school a picture ID must be presented.

All volunteers must be registered with WCPSS. To register, visit any WC school and request to complete “online volunteer registration.”



The procedure is the same for morning drop-off as for afternoon pick-up. All regulations are first and foremost for safeguarding students.

• As you enter the parking lot, please STAY IN LINE in the right-hand lane. This ensures that your child will be dropped off ONLY when along the curb in front of the school, and using the curbside door from your vehicle. (No one should be dropping off their child out on Dillard Drive, from inside the parking lot, from the inside lane, using the handicapped spaces, or up IN FRONT of the orange cone where cars are parked. We do not want your child  to cross in front of oncoming traffic.)

As you come along the front curb, move as far forward as possible, always advancing toward the orange cone. This expedites the process.

Encourage your child to be ready; exit quickly in the morning and watch for your car in the afternoon.

• Never leave your vehicle, or park your car at the curb while you come into the building.


Student safety is a priority of the WCPSS Transportation System.  It is a privilege, not a right, to ride the school bus.  In order to make buses as safe as possible, students must follow all bus rules:

• Stay seated at all times.
• Body parts and other items are to stay inside the bus windows.
• Fighting, profanity, and throwing items are prohibited.
• All school rules are in effect on the bus.
• A student can be suspended from school depending on the infraction committed on the school bus.

Violation of any bus rules may result in a temporary or permanent suspension from school transportation. Serious or repeated violations may result in disciplinary actions as outlined in
Wake County Transportation.

Students may not ride a bus other than their assigned bus.


Fire Drills

Fire drills are required at regular intervals by law and are an important safety precaution.  When the fire alarm is activated, students are to walk quickly, following the prescribed route to exit buildings. Students are to stay with their class and are not permitted to talk during a fire drill. They are to obey all instructions given by staff members.

Disaster Drills

Disaster drills are performed to instruct students about safety rules to follow during a hurricane or tornado.  Disaster drills are announced over the public address system.  Students will move to a safe location and get into a kneeling position and remain there until the conclusion of the drill.

Lockdown Drills

DDMS will participate in one or more Lock Down Drills during the school year.


WCPSS Policy/Technology Responsible Use

Wireless communication devices or laser pointers may be used by students for instructional purposes with the permission and under the supervision of the teacher.

[Penalties for violation of this policy are set at the discretion of the principal. If a student uses a laser pointer in a way that reasonably could or does cause physical harm, the laser pointer may be considered a dangerous instrument and the student may be charged with and disciplined accordingly.]

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) *NEW 2016-17

Students are permitted to bring their own smart devices:


Stop Light: Inside Classroom

Stop Light: Outside Classroom

ALWAYS RED “No Device ZonesThis means that device should not be visible in these locations:

BYOD “No Touch” Policy

Failure to Follow BYOD Policies

  1. Device will be confiscated for remainder of class period.
  2. Device will be confiscated for remainder of class period.
  3. Device will not be used in specific class for five days; to be turned in daily before class begins.
  4. Referral to administration*

Failure to follow Policies in RED ZONES (cafeteria, hallway, locker room and bathroom)


WCPSS Code of Student Conduct

All students are responsible for complying with and are expected to be familiar with the WCPSS Code of Student Conduct and School Board policies governing student behavior and conduct.

All Code of Student Conduct policies contained in the 2016-17 WCPSS Student/Parent Handbook, which is distributed to all students and parents at the beginning of each school year or upon enrollment in the WCPSS.

If there is a conflict between the rules expressed in this handbook/agenda/planner and the Code of Student Conduct policies, the WCPSS Code of Student Conduct policies shall take precedence.

Todos los estudiantes son responsables por el cumplimiento y el conocimiento del 2016-17 Codigo de Conducta Estudiantil y de todas las politicas de la Junta Escolar que gobiernan el eomportamiento y la conducta estudiantil.

Todas las politicas del Codigo De Conducta Estudiantil se encuentran en el manual de WCPSS de Estudiantes/Padres, el cual se distribuye a todos los padres y estudiantes al principio de cada ano escolar o al matricularse en el WCPSS.

Di hay un conflicto entre las reglas expresadas en este manual de Estudiantes/Padres y el manual/agenda/planificador de la escuela de su hijo(a) las reglas expresadas en este manual deben tomar prioridad.

Dillard Drive Middle School students are expected to:

Dillard Drive Middle and/or WCPSS does not allow:

Recommended Consequences for Specific Behaviors

Rules of Conduct


Consequence Range



Phone Call Home RANGE: Warning – up to 2 days ISS/OSS



School/Class Attendance


Inappropriate Language


Inappropriate Dress


Electronic Devices




Tobacco (Use/Display)




Misconduct on School Vehicle


Integrity (Cheating, Plagiarism, Falsification, Violation of software copyright law)


Phone Call Home RANGE: ISS – up to 5 days ISS/OSS

Inappropriate Literature, Illustrations and Image


Violation of Computer Access


Class/Activity Disturbance


School Disturbance


School Transportation Disturbance


Disruptive Protest


False Fire Alarm


Fire Setting/Incendiary Material


Property Damage






Indecent Exposure/Sexual Behavior




Sexual Harassment


Threat/False Threat


Physical Aggression/Fighting


Failure to Report Firearm




Search and Seizure


Aiding and Abetting


Narcotics, Alcoholic beverages, Controlled Substances, Chemicals & Drug Paraphernalia


Phone Call Home RANGE: OSS – Long Term Suspension

Gang and Gang Related Activity


Weapons/Dangerous Instruments/Substances


Assault on a Student


Assault on School Personnel or Other Adult


Assault Involving Weapon/Dangerous Instrument/Substances


Bomb Threat


Bomb Threat: Aiding/Abetting


Acts of Terror


Firearm/Destructive Device



All referrals will receive phone call home. (Aggravating and mitigating factors will impact consequences.)

Out of School Suspension (OSS)

Serious misbehavior in violation of board policy may result in an out of school suspension. Students are sent home for a specified number of days. A parent will be notified by phone of the violation and the number of days the student is suspended. A suspension letter will be sent home confirming the duration and reason for suspension. Students are asked to complete class assignments, but credit may or may not be given for this homework.

In-School Suspension (ISS)

In-school suspension is a program of discipline and guidance designed to provide assistance to students in an isolated setting. Students are assigned to ISS after their conduct has warranted removal from the classroom. An administrator assigns a student to ISS, and the parent is notified of the assignment to ISS.

Guidelines for ISS

Wake County Dress Code

Students are expected to adhere to standards of dress and appearance that are compatible with an effective learning environment. Presenting a bodily appearance or wearing clothing which is disruptive, provocative, revealing, profane, vulgar, offensive or obscene, or which endangers the health and safety of the student or others is prohibited.

WCPSS Dress Code Policy 

Dress Code Guidelines

Prohibited dress or appearance include, but are not limited to, the following:

We reserve the right to specify additional items of dress or appearance that may be disruptive to the school environment.


Students interested in participating in athletics should familiarize themselves with the following general regulations, academic and attendance requirements, and athletic policies. Listed below are the sports seasons and the athletic programs during that season.















In order to be eligible for any athletic activity, the athlete:

WCPSS Athletic Eligibility

Ticket Prices

Football, Basketball, Soccer, Track, and Volleyball game admission is $5.00. (as of 8/4/16)


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Dillard Drive Middle School

5200 Dillard Drive

Raleigh, NC 27606


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