South Jordan Middle School

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Faculty Manual

2016-17

South Jordan Middle School

POLICY MANUAL

 

 

Table of Contents

General Information

Jordan District Calendar                                  

Character Education Values                             

SJMS Mission and Belief Statements                  

Desired Results for Student Learning              

expectations for learning                                 

Jordan School District Job Description             

Administrative Responsibilities                                        Committee List                                                  

Student of the Day Assignments                       

Bus/Faculty Room Duty                                   

Floor plan-SJMS (Map)                                     

Emergency Evacuation                                      

District Policies                                                 Attendance Policy and Procedures

SJMS Attendance Policy                                    

Check In/Check Out                                         

Types of Absences                                              

Truancy/sluffing                                                    

Suspension                                                          

Tardiness                                                           

Policies and Procedures

Abuse of Students                                    

Accidents                                                          

Administering Student Medication                     

Arrival and Departure Time                              

Attendance at Major Functions                        

Calling in Sick: Teacher Absence                       

Classroom Doors                                              

Classroom Rules                                               

Clinic                                                         

Confiscation of Contraband Items                    

Costume Regulations                                        

Counseling Center/Class Transfers                 

Disclosure Statements Guidelines                     

DRESS CODE                                           

Electronic Devices                                            

Homework                                                     

Housekeeping                                                    

ISS                                                                    

Kiva/Auditorium Rules                                      

Non-educational items at school                      

Passes – Hall/Phone/Media                               

Requisitions                                                       

School Parties                                                  

Student Code of Conduct                                

Supervision                                                        

Teacher Dress                                               

Telephone                                                         

Discipline of Students

Positive Discipline                                              

Student Behavior Management                         

Minor Class Behavior Violations              

Appropriate Pre-referral Interventions           

Major Behavior Violations                                

Referrals                                                          

Due Process                                                      

Corporal Punishment                                        

Student School Privileges                                

Responsibility/roles                                          

Administrative Discipline Hierarchy Chart         

General Information

Jordan District Calendar  

                                

Expectations for Learning

 

A SNOW LEOPARD ON THE P.R.O.W.L.

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COMES PREPARED

 

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IS RESPECTFUL 

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IS ON TIME

W

HAS A WINNING ATTITUDE

L

LISTENS & LEARNS

 

 

JSD Job Description

 

REPORTING RESPONSIBILITY

 

          The Classroom Teacher reports directly to the school Principal.

 

JOB SUMMARY

 

The Classroom Teacher is responsible for creating a flexible program and class environment favorable for learning and personal growth; maintaining a safe environment; establishing effective rapport with pupils; motivating pupils to develop skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to provide a good foundation for higher levels of education, in accordance with each pupil’s ability; establishing good relationships with parents and other staff members.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS         

 

The Classroom Teacher is responsible to:

 

1.         Teach the assigned core curriculum correlated with other appropriate learning activities.

2.         Instruct pupils in citizenship.

3.         Develop lesson plans and instructional materials and provide individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of the child.

4.         Translate lesson plans into learning experiences so as to best utilize the available time for instruction.

5.         Establish and maintain standards of pupil behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom.

6.         Evaluate pupil’s academic and social growth, keep appropriate records, and prepare weekly progress reports.

7.         Communicate with parents through conferences, phone calls, email, and other social platforms to discuss the pupil’s progress and interpret the school program.

8.         Identify pupil needs and cooperate with other staff members in helping pupils solve health, attitude and learning problems.

9.         Create an effective environment for learning through functional and attractive displays, bulletin boards and interest centers.

NOTE: This includes displaying a two to three-week class calendar AND a weekly PROWL calendar prominently in the classroom.

10.          Utilize computers and other technological classroom support equipment in student instruction.

11.          Maintain classroom organization and discipline.

12.          Provide and maintain a safe and supervised environment in the classroom and on the school grounds.                                 

13.          Maintain professional competence through in-service education activities provided by the district and self-selected professional growth activities.

14.          Demonstrate professional ethics as outlined by the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission.

15.          Participate in faculty meetings as required.

16.          Administer appropriate pupil attendance policies and procedures.

17.          Participate in appropriate educator evaluation procedures as per district guidelines.

18.          Participate in faculty committees and the sponsorship of pupil activities.

19.          Select and requisition books and instructional materials; maintain required inventory records.

20.          Administer group, standardized tests in accordance with the district testing program.

21.          Come to school each day, ready to teach, inspire and change lives.

22.          Perform related duties as required.

 

The list of essential functions for this position is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary.

 

  

Administrative Responsibilities

 

ALL

Accreditation

LEA

Announcements

School Advisory Council

Classroom Visits

School Community Council

Disclosures

Staff Evaluations/JPAS

 

ACTIVITY RESPONSIBILITIES

Shawn McLeod

Franco Preston

Tim Heumann

Assemblies

Assemblies

Assemblies

Dance/Socials

Dance/Socials

Dance/Socials

 

Service Projects

Service Projects

 

Honor Roll/Hi 5/No Tardy Party

Honor Roll/Hi 5/No Tardy Party

 

Lagoon Day

Lagoon Day

 

No Tardy Parties

No Tardy Parties

 

COMMITTEE RESPONSIBILITIES

Shawn McLeod

Franco Preston

Tim Heumann

Literacy Team

Faculty Assembly

Faculty Assembly

NJHS

Honor Roll/Hi 5

Honor Roll/Hi 5

RRC

MESA

UBI

Student of the Month

SSRM

Student Talent

Sunshine

Student Assistance

Student Assistance

Steering Committee

Steering Committee

Steering Committee

TA

TA

TA

9th Grade Awards

9th Grade Awards

9th Grade Awards

 

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES

Shawn McLeod

Franco Preston

Tim Heumann

7th Grade Team

9th Grade Team

8th Grade Team

HOPE Squad

SBOs

PTSA Reps

Budget/Finance

Attendance

Attendance

Curriculum

Assembly Ordering

Building Schedule

Equipment

Faculty Policy Manual

Calendaring

ESL

Reader Boards

Student Planners

Hiring/Staffing

Lockers

TA Calendar

Professional Development

Students L-Z

Students A-K

Registration/Master Schedule

Supervision

Supervision

Supplies

New Teachers

New Teachers

Work Orders

SNAP Plan

Testing

New Teachers

Faculty Locker Cleanout

Textbook Inventory

 

Memory book Day

Bussing

 

 

“DEAR” sleeves

 

DEPARTMENTS/DISCLOSURES

Shawn McLeod

Franco Preston

Tim Heumann

Foreign Language

Fine Arts

CTE

Language Arts/Reading

Health/PE

Resource

Science

Social Studies

Math

 

 

 

Committee List

Birthday List

Mark Landeen

Talent Assemblies

Kate King

Andrew Perkins

Natalie Rudel

High Five

Mary Jane Burton

Jessica Chappell

Pat Doty

Technology Support

Jeanne Bostwick

Lindsey Morrill

Jazz Band

Mecqae Colligan

Lunch School

Cindy Gumeson

Laurie Petersen

Kim Player

Marquee

Bryan Crowther

Math Counts

Katrina Holliman

Memory Book

Jody Deland

MESA

Bryan Crowther

Lindsey Morrill

Teacher Talent Show

Melany Switzer

Jordan Williams

9th Grade Awards

Joleen Reddish

Kelly Graham

Cindy Mitchell

Becky Rock

Amanda Davis

NJHS

Brett Freeman

Richard Munro

Natalie Rudel

Larraine Lawes

PAWS (BTAP)

Ashley Taylor

Awards & Recognition

Nathan Barnum

Brittany Bodily

Jeanne Bostwick

SSRM

Chris Voorhees

Geneava Boland

Jessica Chappell

Bryan Crowther

Ken Wright

Student Assistance Team

Amanda Davis

Julie Webb

Kim Player

Sara Pouha

Lynsey Allred

Sandra Madougal-Jacobs

Melinda Nordahl

Student Leadership

SBO’s- Boland

Abel-PTSA

Hunter-Stage Crew

Jensen-Ambassadors

Student of the Month

Dixie Dansie

Larry Phelps

Sharon Soqui

Alex Weston

Social Media

Cindy Mitchell

Nathan Barnum

Geneava Boland

Sunshine Committee

Neil Clifford

Mecqae Colligan

LeAnna Spencer

Larry Wood

Annelise Baggett

Kinsey Christensen

Year-End Slide Show

SBO's

Honors

Dianne Crabtree

Kristen Lawson

Kim Player

Joleen Reddish

Spirit Bowl

Sara Pouha

Kaylee Dunn

Stephanie Pritchett

Brenda Johnson

Linda England

Robotics

Jace Southwick

 

2016-2017 Student of the Day Department Assignments 

Each quarter, departments will be assigned a week to nominate and recognize Students of the Day. Ideally, departments should use a few minutes of their collaboration time on the Friday preceding their assigned week to complete and return one recognition slip per teacher in the department. Department chairs should oversee pick up and return of nomination slips to the MAIN Office. When submitting nominations please include student’s name and brief comments about his/her attributes or improvements. Try to seek those who typically do not get recognized and need positive reinforcement.

 

FIRST QUARTER

Week

Department

Nominations Due (ideally)

 Sept. 6-9

Fine Arts

Aug. 31

Sept. 12-16

Health/PE

Sept. 7

Sept. 19-22

Foreign Language

Sept. 14

Sept. 26-30

Lang. Arts/Reading

Sept. 21

Oct. 3-7

Math

Sept. 28

Oct. 10-14

Social Studies

Oct. 5

Oct. 17-19

Resource/SpEd

Oct. 12

Oct. 24-26

Science

Oct. 19

 

SECOND QUARTER

Week

Department

Nominations Due (ideally)

Oct. 1- Nov. 3

CTE

Oct. 26

Nov. 7-11

Foreign Language

Nov. 2

Nov. 14-18

Fine Arts

Nov. 9

Nov 28-Dec 1

CTE

Nov. 22

Dec. 5-9

Health/PE

Nov. 30

Dec. 12-16

Science

Dec 7

Jan. 3-6

Lang. Arts/Reading

Dec. 21

Jan. 9-12

Social Studies

Jan. 4

 

THIRD QUARTER

Week

Department

Nominations Due (ideally)

Jan. 23-27

Fine Arts

Jan. 18

Jan 30-Feb 3

Health/PE

Jan. 25

Feb. 6-10

Foreign Language

Jan 30

Feb. 13-16

Lang. Arts/Reading

Feb. 7

Feb. 21-24

Math

Feb. 14

Feb. 27- March 3

Social Studies

Feb. 21

March 6-10

Resource/SpEd

Feb 28

March 13-16

Science

March 7

March 20-22

CTE

March 21

 

FOURTH QUARTER

Week

Department

Nominations Due (ideally)

March 27-31

Lang. Arts/Reading

March 22

April 3-7

Math

March 28

April 17-21

Foreign Language

April 5

April 24-28

Fine Arts

April 19

April 28 – May 2

Resource/SpEd

April 25

May 1-5

CTE

April 26

May 8-12

Health/PE

May 3

May 15-19

Science

May 10

May 22-26

Social Studies

May 23

 

 

2016-2017 Bus Duty & Faculty Room Cleaning

NOTE: Bus duty will include 3-4 faculty members per week to cover the outside. The cleaning of the faculty room will be the responsibility of the assigned department. Departments will be responsible for dividing clean up duties (table, floor, popcorn machine, counter, fridge, etc.) amongst department members.

 

WEEK BEGINNING

BUS DUTY

FACULTY ROOM

Aug. 26

Abel, Allred, Anderson, Bowen

Counseling

Sept. 3

Burt, Burton, Chappell, Clifford

CTE

Sept. 9

Codella, Colligan, Conde, Congdon

Fine Arts

Sept. 16

Cottrell, Crabtree, Crowther, Dansie

Foreign Lang.

Sept. 23

Davis, Doty, Farmer,

Health/PE

Sept. 30

Francis, Freeman, Frischknecht,

Lang. Arts/Read

Oct. 7

Golding, Graham, Gumeson, Hanson

Math

Oct. 14

Higgs, Jenkins, Jensen

Resource/SpEd

Oct. 21

Kern, Landeen, Larsen

Science

Oct. 28

Lemmon, MacKay, Martin

Social Studies

Nov. 4

Miller, Mitchell, Morrill

Counseling

Nov. 11

Munro, Parker, Petersen

CTE

Nov. 18

Phelps, Player, Proctor

Fine Arts

Nov. 25

Po’uha, Reddish, Roskelley,

Foreign Lang.

Dec. 2

                                Rudel, Smith, Soqui

Health/PE

Dec. 9

Southwick, Spears, Stott

Lang. Arts/Read

Dec. 16

Straw, Switzer, Tidwell

Math

Jan. 6

Voorhees, Webb, Wood

Resource/SpEd

Jan. 13

Wright, Young, Abel

Science

Jan. 20

Allred, Anderson, Bowen

Social Studies

Jan. 27

Burt, Burton, Chappell

Counseling

Feb. 3

Clifford, Codella, Colligan

CTE

Feb. 10

Conde, Congdon, Cottrell

Fine Arts

Feb. 18

Crabtree, Crowther, Dansie

Foreign Lang.

Feb. 24

Davis, Doty, Farmer

Health/PE

March 3

Francis, Freeman, Frishknecht

Lang. Arts/Read

March 10

Golding, Graham, Gumeson

Math

March 17

Hanson, Higgs, Jenkins

Resource/SpEd

March 24

Jensen, Kern, Landeen

Science

April 1

Larsen, Lemmon, MacKay

Social Studies

April 7

Martin, Miller, Mitchell

Counseling

April 14

Morrill, Munro, Parker

CTE

April 22

Petersen, Phelps, Player

Fine Arts

April 28

Proctor, Po’uha, Reddish

Foreign Lang.

May 5

Roskelley, Rudel, Smith

Health/PE

May 12

Soqui, Southwick, Spears

Lang. Arts/Read

May 19

Stott, Straw, Switzer

Math

May 27

Tidwell, Voorhees, Webb

Resource/SpEd

June 2

Wood, Wright, Young

Science

 

 

Social Studies

Emergency Procedures

DURING AN EVACUATION (An evacuation should never be automatic)

In-Class and Assembly Evacuation: Teachers escort their students to their designated stations and report to their Group Leader as quickly as possible.

 

Lunch Time Evacuation: Students will be instructed to report outside to their 5th period teacher’s station.  5th period rolls will be available in the faculty room.

 

Class Changes, Before or After School Evacuation: Students are to exit the building immediately and report to their TA teacher’s station.

 

AN ALL CLEAR WILL BE ANNOUNCED FOR RETURN TO THE BUILDING!!!

 

EARTHQUAKE PROCEDURES:

  1. At the first sign of an earthquake, have all room occupants drop, cover, and hold, then remain in the sheltered position for at least 60 seconds to 3 minutes.  Drop under a sturdy desk or table, hold on, and protect your eyes by pressing your face against your arm.  DROP, COVER, AND HOLD ON.
  2. Do not automatically rush your class into the corridor or outside the building.

·      It is recommended that you stay where you are.

·      Wait to hear instructions from the administration or the designated Group Leader.

·      If you have waited an extended period, smell gas or see smoke, move the class to safety by leaving the building.  If gas or fire is not a threat, a safe location may be inside another room.  Exit the building only after it is SAFE to do so.

·      Account for all students before you leave the classroom.

·      Once outside, assemble in your pre-designated location and account for all students again.

  1. If the classroom damage forces you to leave the area, take injured students only if moving them will not cause further injury.  Try to protect any student that you leave from falling objects should an aftershock occur. (If possible, mark the student’s location with the yellow card.  Report the student’s location to your Group Leader as soon as possible.)
  2. The lights to the building will likely be out and it may be dark.  Always have a flashlight in your room.  Take your first aid kit.
  3. If you are outside, stay outside and assemble in a pre-designated location.

 

FIRE PROCEDURES:

  1. Gather your daily class roster, accountability card packet, and first aid kit.
  2. Exit the building according to the established fire escape route.
  3. Upon reaching the pre-determined outside class location, verify student accountability.  Do not allow students to wander. If all students are present, hold up your green card.
  4. If all students are not present, determine which student is missing.  Write the students name with a (-) on the red card.  For additional students place a (+) and the student’s name on the red card then hold up the red card.  If you have a student that needs medical attention hold up the yellow card as well as the green or red card.
  5. Report to your Group Leader all pertinent information on the status of your students.

 

 

 

SHELTER-IN-PLACE PROCEDURES:

  1. Upon hearing the activation of a shelter-in-place event, the teacher will immediately close all doors and windows leading to the outside environment.  All classes in the portable classrooms will report to the Kiva as their Shelter-in-Place location.  Please make a quick sweep of the halls near your room and have extra students enter your room.  If there is a restroom near you, please look for students and have them stay in your classroom.
  2. Close any doors leading to the hallway or common areas.
  3. Explain the reason for this procedure is to keep students from the outside air because it has become toxic.
  4. Account for all students in your classroom and report using the cards placed under your doorway.
  5. Wait for Administrator or Group Leader instructions.  Do Not Evacuate the Building.

 

BOMB THREAT PROCEDURES:

  1. Gather your daily class roster and Emergency Accountability packet.
  2. Take 30 seconds to walk around your room and look for anything out of the ordinary or unusual (i.e. packages, backpacks, devices, etc.).  DO NOT MOVE ANYTHING.  Report any findings to Group Leader or Administrator.  Keep students calm and controlled.
  3. Wait for Administrative or Group Leader instructions.
  4. If instructed to exit the building, exit according to the established fire escape route.
  5. Upon reaching the pre-determined outside class location, verify student accountability and report to Group Leader.
  6. Do not allow students to wander away or find friends from your designated waiting location.

 

LOCKDOWN SCENARIO:

Hostile Intruder: To notify faculty and staff members that a hostile intruder has entered the building, the following announcement will be made: “LOCKDOWN, LOCKDOWN, LOCKDOWN!"

1.         Immediately look into hallway and grab any students who can be brought into your classroom.        

2.         Lock all doors leading into your classroom. Cover doorway window.  Turn out lights.

3.         Maneuver students away from the door and gather in a place furthest from the door and away from direct sight through the door window.        

4.         Keep students calm and stay as quiet as possible.

5.         Account for all your students.  If you are + or – students or have injured students, record this information on the color cards.  DO NOT slide cards underneath the doorway.  Keep your accountability cards until you can report the info to your Group Leader, Administrator, or other official personnel.  You may also want to try and contact Tyler Jones via email at:  marctyler.jones@jordandistrict.org

6.         DO NOT EVACUATE, until instructed to do so.

7.         Stay secured until communication has been established (ex. intercom, loud speaker, administration, police etc.)

8.         If you NEED to communicate with the office, and if you feel safe to do so, use email, call button, or telephone.  Otherwise, remain secured until further notice.  (Please do not allow students to use classroom telephone to phone parents.)

 

 

FINALLY:

  1. Emphasize the importance of taking each drill seriously.  Once outside, students must stay with their class.
  2. Do not allow students to wander off finding friends.  They must stay in your designated meeting location for reporting purposes.
  3. If a student is out of the classroom with a hall pass at the time of a drill, instruct them that they should enter the nearest classroom ASAP and stay with that class until the drill has ended.  That teacher will account for the student in the reporting process.
  4. Once the drill has concluded, they may return to your classroom.
  5. During any kind of emergency scenario, any student in the halls should immediately enter and stay in the closest classroom and follow that teacher’s instructions until word comes back from the administration that the class day may resume as normal.
  6. If an evacuation is necessary during lunch break, all students in the lunch room will need to evacuate the café and proceed to the southeast corner of the soccer fields where their 5th period teachers will come to account for their students.

 

District Policies

(each policy is hyperlinked to the page in the district website where the policy is located.)

                                                                                                                            

AS67            Discipline of Students           

                                                                AS70            Child Abuse-Neglect Reporting by School Personnel

                                                                AS85            Administering Student Medication by School Personnel

                                                                AS90            Drugs and Alcohol

                                                                AS91            Employees Transporting Students

                                                                AS93            Open Enrollment/School Choice

                                                                AS94            Student Discrimination and Harassment

                                                                AS95            Conduct Relating to School Activities (Hazing)

                       AS96            Extracurricular Activity Privileges

                       AS97            Management of Concussions and Traumatic Head Injuries

                       DA151          Use of Public School Buildings and Grounds as Civic Centers

                       DA158          School Trespass

                       DP312          Evaluation of Classified Personnel

                       DP322          Family and Medical Leave Act

                       DP324          Sick Leave

                       DP335          Personal Leave

                       DP336          Leave of Absence (1 Year)

                       DP337          Leave of Absence (Personal - 15 Days)

                       DP343          Hours of Work – Classified

                       DP346          Industrial Accidents

                       DP353          Assault or Abuse of School Employees

                       DP356          Substance Abuse-Free Work Environment

                       DP358          Employee Discrimination and Harassment

                       DP371          Employee Information Network Acceptable Use

                       DP374          Employment Background Checks

                             AA408          Fees

                              AA409          Scope of Employment

                              AA414          Student Overnight Travel

                              AA418          Discipline of Students - Staff Responsibilities

AA419      Student Conduct and Dress                                                 

                              AA432          Student Attendance and Teacher Disclosure Statements        

                              AA437          Parent Involvement and School Community Councils

                                                                  AA444          Employee Involvement in Private, but Public Education-Related Activities                                     

                              AA445          Student Information Network Acceptable Use

                              AA446          Wellness

                                                            DE504          Copyright of Materials and Respect of Copyright Media Center Policy

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Attendance Policy and Procedures

 

Good records facilitate good class administration and teaching. Do not trust the records to memory. Keep daily attendance, grades, and personal notes about students.

 

1.        Each teacher is responsible for accurately marking attendance on Skyward at the beginning of each period. Remember to make changes to the attendance record if a student comes in tardy, with or without an excuse note. It is very important that our records are accurate.

  1. Students who come to school late should check in with the attendance office prior to reporting to class.  
  2. Teachers are responsible to begin class promptly with meaningful instruction.
  3. Students are provided with a school-wide disclosure. In addition, teachers may provide students with addendums which have been reviewed by the administration. Each teacher will be responsible for outlining grading, make-up work, attendance and tardy policies.
  4. Teachers are responsible for providing make-up assignments for excused student absences.
  5. Teachers will incorporate tardies and truancies/unexcused absences into the participation portion of the grade and citizenship grade only.  Assignments and/or exams missed due to truancy may not be made up.
  6. Teachers will keep accurate rolls and attempt to contact parents when absences become excessive.

 

 

ATTENDANCE

 

Punctuality and regular attendance are two important factors affecting school success. Utah State Law (Public Law 53A-11-101) requires every child between the ages of six and eighteen to be in attendance at school every official school day. The law further states that every parent or guardian has the responsibility of sending his or her child to school. The administration and staff at South Jordan Middle School are committed to the success of the students. Student success can best be achieved when students, parents, teachers and school administration work together toward a common goal.

 

CHECK IN

A student coming to school late should always report to the attendance office to check in.

Excused admittance will be determined by an appropriate note or phone call that explains the reason for the check in (Please see the Types of Absences #1 below). The attendance secretaries must receive this information at the time of check in. Students who fail to check in will be considered truant.

CHECK OUT

During the school day when a student needs to leave school for any reason, it is imperative that the student check-out through the attendance office. A parent or guardian must come IN PERSON to the attendance office to sign-out their student. Please add the names of those you authorize to check out your student on the Skyward Parent Contact and Emergency Contact information page. You may UPDATE this information throughout the school year. ONLY those names listed on the Skyward Parent/Emergency Contact page will be allowed to check out your student.

 

When checking your student out please allow sufficient time to send for the student. Parents who notify the attendance office prior to the check out time will have their student waiting for them in the attendance office. When other arrangements need to be made, contact the Attendance office for assistance at 412-2903.  

 

Students are not allowed to leave the South Jordan Middle School campus without verified permission through the attendance office. Students leaving the school without following the proper check out procedure will be considered truant. Students that do not abide by this policy may be suspended until a parent/administrator conference is held.

 

TYPES OF ABSENCES

 

1. Excused absences include the following:

 

2. Unexcused absences are absences, which are not authorized by state law nor by district or school policy, but occur with parental knowledge or consent. Examples of unexcused absences may be but are not limited to: “needed at home,” “homework completion,” “babysitting,”  “skiing,” “dance,” “ music lessons,” and “Sports” that are not directly involved with school. Additionally, students will be considered unexcused if a parent does not call in the absence to the attendance office within five school days of the absence.

 

3. Truancy absences are those absences that occur without school and/ or parental approval. A student is considered truant if he/she:

A student is considered absent from school or from a class any time he/she is not present. School activities and assemblies that are scheduled during school time between 7:50 AM - 2:50 PM are considered part of the regular school day.

 

Truancy/Sluffing

Excessive tardiness and unexcused absences may result in a student being disciplined according to their teacher’s disclosure and/or other administrative consequences. Truancy may lead to a conference between parents and school administrators. If truancy continues, the students may be referred to truancy school, truancy mediation, and/or truancy court.

 

PROLONGED ABSENCE: If a student is unable to attend school for two or more days because of illness or injury, parents may contact the school to make arrangements for homework to be picked up by the end of the school day. Parents and students are encouraged to maitain communication with their teachers via email or phone during such times.

 

Suspension

The suspended student is counted as excused on attendance records and cannot be penalized for non-attendance on days of suspension. Make-up work arrangements are the resposibility of the suspended student and his or her teachers. Work must be completed within the time requirements noted in the teacher’s disclosure. A suspended student is not allowed on any Jordan School District property without the presence of a parent/guardian.       

Tardiness

TNT = Tardies Not Tolerated: Tardiness is disruptive to the educational process. A student is considered tardy to class if he/she is not prepared and ready when the tardy bell rings. Students arriving to class within the first 10 minutes of the class will be considered tardy after which they may be considered truant. Tardy make-ups may be arranged through the individual teacher according to their disclosure statement. School consequences for excessive tardiness will be a sack lunch and the following:

Additional tardies will result in continued administrative action which may include parent conferences and additional suspensions. The administration reserves the right to adjust these consequences for those students that are habitually tardy.

 

Policies and Procedures

Abuse of Students

At South Jordan Middle School, we will follow the Jordan School District policy of "HANDS OFF"  as far as students and parents are concerned.  However, we can protect ourselves if needed.  The physical abuse, hitting, and/or shoving of students is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Verbal abuse of students, vulgarities, swearing, and/or threatening is not acceptable and will not be tolerated.  If a student is out of control, please notify the administration immediately.

         

Accidents

Faculty/Staff = Any injury to a faculty or staff member at school must be reported to the head secretary (Gaylene) in the main office.

 

Student = All student injuries must be reported to the attendance secretary (Torey) and an accident report completed. Assistant principals be notified and help as needed. If the accident involves a staff member, a Jordan School District accident report must be filled out. All staff members should adhere to the following guidelines:

1      Never allow students to open or close windows or sit on counters.

2      Never allow an injured student to leave your classroom alone. Send a student with him or bring him to the office yourself. If in your judgment the student should not be moved, send a student to the attendance office for help.

3      Never leave your class unsupervised. If it is necessary to be out of your classroom, ask a fellow teacher to cover for you or send a student to the office for help.

4      Always report any condition that you feel is a health or accident hazard.

5      Student supervision is a total staff responsibility that extends throughout the school day.

6      Staff members are to insist that students not run in the halls or to the bus.

7      Use of classroom telephone or Intercom “Panic” Button may be used in case of emergencies.  Train your students to not push the intercom button for fun.  Teach the seriousness of the button usage.

 

Administering Student Medication by School Personnel (District Policy AS85)

All student medication is administered by office personnel.  Teachers should not administer medication and students should not self-medicate.  Medication will be administered in the main office on a predetermined schedule after appropriate paperwork has been provided by parents.

 

Arrival and Departure Time

Teachers will be at school from 7:20 A.M. until 3:20 P.M. School begins at 7:50 A.M. and ends at 2:50 P.M. for students.  If a teacher needs to leave the building before 3:20 P.M., he/she must sign out through the main office and notify an administrator.  Those who teach 7 periods are required to spend one additional hour daily on site.  Specific time for 7 period teachers can be adjusted by the principal as necessary to meet school and personal needs

 

Attendance at Major Functions and Major School Responsibilities

Attendance at faculty meetings is mandatory.  Faculty meetings will be held on Mondays at 3:00pm, as calendared.  Teachers will be expected to be in attendance at all school functions and activities.  This includes Parent/Teacher Conferences, New Student Orientation, Back-to-School Night, and assemblies.  Teachers also help with committees, student of the day, bus duty, cleaning the faculty room, hallway supervision, etc.

 

Calling in Sick: Teacher Absence            

To request a substitute, call the AESOP System.  Then, also notify the school before 7:20 A.M. the day you will be absent.  Speak to an administrator or secretary.  You will be expected to leave a lesson plan available for the substitute.

The school number is:  412-2900, leave a message for Gaylene at 412-2902

The school FAX number is: 412-2930

 

Classroom Doors

1.    Stand at your door or in the immediate vicinity outside your classroom during class breaks.

2.    Lock your classroom doors when not in your room.

3.    Keep valuables locked up at all times.

4.    Shut and secure outside windows when you leave your classroom.

5.    When evacuating for any emergency, shut off lights and close your door.

6.    Do not cover the glass in your door with paper or objects unless we are in a lockdown scenario. It is an important safety precaution that your room can be viewed from the hallways.

 

Classroom Rules

Under the direction of the Utah Behavior Initiative, South Jordan Middle School has established a school-wide set of positive rules: Snow Leopards on the P.R.O.W.L. Students should come Prepared, be Respectful, be On time, have a Winning attitude, and Listen and learn. Teachers should create rules and procedures in their own classrooms in this context.

Clinic

Only students ill, injured enough to go home, or in need of first aid should be sent to the clinic. Students are not to go to the clinic without a hall pass. The attendance office will determine whether to send students home or keep them in the clinic. If needed, the paramedics will be called and parents will be contacted.

 

Confiscation of Contraband Items

In the event you are involved with confiscation of contraband items please note the following guidelines:

1.    All items that distract from the educational process are subject to confiscation.  See the sections in this handbook titled “Electronic Devices” and “Non-educational Items at School” for clarification of what is allowed.  Also, due to the risk of injury, liability, theft or disruption, skateboards, wheeled shoes and in-line skates will not be allowed inside the school.  Riding on campus during school hours is prohibited.

2.    Any confiscated item must be secured, turned into the office and arrangements made for its appropriate return at the discretion of the administration.

3.    In case of drugs, weapons, or hazardous materials of all kinds, contact the administration at once.  Do not let the suspected item out of your sight.  Do not touch the item or attempt to move it.  Send for help, remain calm and be careful.  If escorting a student to the office, they must remain in front of you at all times.  Do not allow a trip to the restroom.

4.    It is illegal for persons of school age to possess or use tobacco, alcohol, narcotics or other controlled substances or paraphernalia associated with the use of controlled substances. Matches, lighters or like items are not permitted. Students using tobacco, alcohol or drugs may be suspended from school as per Jordan School District’s Drug and Alcohol Policy AS90. Parents, police and proper juvenile authorities will be called.

5.    It is illegal to possess, use, sell, or attempt to sell any firearm, facsimile of a weapon, martial arts weapon, or other dangerous object which when used as a weapon can inflict bodily harm, on grounds, at school activities, in school buildings, or on school buses. Infractions of this policy may result in suspension to a district level hearing.

 

South Jordan Middle School strives to maintain the dignity of the individual and feels that students are entitled to be treated respectfully with all rights and freedoms accorded by law and by human ethics.

 

 

Costume Regulations

The School Dress Code and the Student Code of Conduct still applies even though costumes are allowed on special activity days (Spirit Week activities and Halloween only).

·        Students must come to school already dressed for the day.

·        Inappropriately dressed students will be sent to the office to call home for a change of clothing.

·        Costumes should not be revealing. No bare shoulders, bare midriffs, bare legs above the knee.

·        No cross-dressing or costumes degrading racial, ethnic, or religious groupsLeotards and tights are not to be worn alone

·        No masks of any kind.

·        Full-face make up is not allowed.

·        Hats are acceptable if they are part of the costume and can be removed for class and are not a problem in the halls.

·        Costumes should not impair the students' ability to function in class, move through the halls, eat lunch, or cross the street.

·        Props or costume parts should not obstruct other students or be a distraction in class.

·        Remove any sharp edges or points from costumes or props before coming to school.

·        No weapons or facsimile of weapons are allowed.

·        Makeup and colored hair are fine as long as they are applied at home. No colored sprays will be allowed in the school.

·        Shoes must be worn all day; no slippers.

 

Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is located across the hall from the attendance office.  Students who wish to see a counselor for any reason should request an appointment with the secretary.  They will be sent for as soon as the counselor is available.  Students waiting without an appointment will be sent back to class.

 

Class Transfers           

Class transfers will be considered only after necessary movements to accommodate overloaded classes and possible personnel changes are complete.  Changing classes to be with friends will not be considered.  A parent must provide written consent and conference with the teacher.  In addition the following persons must be consulted before a transfer will be considered: 1) the teacher, 2) a counselor and 3) an administrator. Class changes to remedy a conflict will require a parent, student, teacher conference with an administrator. Generally, all transfers should be completed during the first two days of the term. On the rare occasion that a change is necessary later in the quarter, the new teacher will be notified prior to making the change.

 

Disclosure Statements

 

South Jordan Middle School

DISCLOSURE STATEMENT 2016-17

 

Parents/Guardians: The following is our school-wide disclosure statement. Please read and discuss this disclosure statement as well as the contents of the student planner with your student. After reviewing the disclosure and planner, please sign and return the disclosure verification form.  

 

1. School-wide Rules / Citizenship Guidelines: To receive an H, a student must have an H in at least  three of the five prowl guidelines.  

 

Snow Leopards on the P.R.O.W.L.

 

 

H

Honors

S

Satisfactory

N

Needs Improvement

U*

Unsatisfactory

Prepared

Comes to class with necessary books and materials

Generally comes to class with necessary books and materials

Has to be reminded frequently to bring necessary books and materials

Rarely comes to class with necessary books and materials

Respectful

Follows class rules without being reminded

Generally follows Class rules

Has to be reminded frequently about class rules

Does not follow class rules

On Time

0 – 1

Tardy

2

Tardies

3 – 4

Tardies

5 or more

Tardies or a Sluff

Winning

Attitude

Strives to do his/her best

Generally strives to do his/her best

Has to be reminded to stay on task

Rarely puts forth his/her best effort

Listens and

Learns

Pays attention and actively participates in classroom discussion

Pays attention and talks when appropriate

Talks and does not pay attention to what is supposed to be done in class

Continually interrupts and talks during class

*Cheating and plagiarism may result in an automatic U.

 

Citizenship grades will be based on citizenship/behavior points. Points will be assessed based on the school-wide rules. Lost points may be regained by consistent, appropriate behavior and/or by a contract with the teacher.                            

 

             REWARDS                                                                CONSEQUENCES

             Points                                                                                                          Warning

                  Praise                                                                                                          Point Loss

                  Parents notified                                                                            Conference with teacher

                  Class Reward                                                                                              Parent notified or after school detention

                                                                                                                                  Referral to administration

2.  School-wide  Grading  Policy:     

All classes will use the point system. Assignments, tests, quizzes, and projects will be assigned points. Parents, please check Skyward regularly. Grades will be updated regularly, at a minimum of once per week.    

 

 School-wide Grading Scale: All teachers will utilize the following school-wide grading scale for assignments,  projects, tests, and final grades. Individual teachers may weight grading categories differently.      

             A            100% - 94 %                          B-           83% - 80%                            D+          69% - 67%

             A-           93% - 90%                            C+          79% - 77%                            D           66% - 64%

             B+          89% - 87%                            C            76% - 74%                            D-          63% - 60%

             B            86% - 84%                            C-           73% - 70%                            F            59% - below                         

                                                                 

3. School-wide Make-up Work Policy: 

1. When absent, the student is responsible for gathering and completing all work missed due to the absence.               

2.  For each day that a student is absent, an equal number of days will be given to complete missed                      assignments, make-up exams, or meet assignment deadlines.  

             3.  Students who sluff may receive a “0” on all assignments, quizzes, and/or tests that are missed as

a result of their sluff.      

 

4.  School-wide Late Work Policy: 

1.  Due dates for all assignments will be clearly established and communicated in advance, giving

 students sufficient time to complete their work.    

2.  All late work is due by the teacher’s cut-off date. Situations involving extenuating circumstances

 may be addressed on a case-by-case basis.      

 

 5.  Language Arts Accelerated Reading Policy:

          1.  Teachers will count AR as 15% of the quarter grade. The AR score will be recorded a minimum of

          twice per quarter, at midterm and at the end of the quarter.  

2.  Students who choose to read books that are not AR books may submit a book report. A student may also choose to submit a book report for an AR book that he or she has read independently. Book reports are available from the English teacher.

3.  AR tests must be taken in Language Arts, Reading, or Study Skills classes only.    

 

 6.  SJMS  Science Student Safety Contract:  

         1.  To protect your eyes from injury, always wear safety goggles in the lab when using sharp objects,                 chemicals, heat or glassware.  

             2.  Handle all equipment as instructed by your teacher or written directions.  

             3.  Do not touch any equipment without permission.  

             4.  Wash your hands after every experiment.  

             5.  Never eat or drink in the lab.  

             6.  Always follow your teacher’s instructions.    

 

7.  Consultations:  

Students and parents are encouraged to contact teachers if they have questions or concerns. This may be done by calling SJMS at 801-412-2900, sending an email, or coming in before or after school.

** Please check in at the main office **        

 

Please note:  Department teams may create an addendum with additional information regarding disclosure expectations. This information is available on the SJMS website. http://www.sjms.jordan.k12.ut.us/

 

Dress Code

SJMS adheres to Jordan School District dress code policies found in this handbook with two specific points of clarification added: 1) SJMS requires shirts WITH sleeves and shorts/skirts that cover the thigh when seated 2) Leggings, tights, and “jeggings” must be worn with skirts, shorts, or long shirts that reach mid-thigh. 3) SJMS includes bandanas in “gang” clothing.

 

Electronic Devices

This includes cell phones, music/video game devices, electronic readers/tablets, etc. These items are allowed usage in the hallways and in the cafeteria during lunch. These items are prohibited during classroom instructional time between 7:50 AM and 2:50 PM unless permitted for educational purposes by an instructor. These items may be confiscated if seen or heard during classroom instructional time – or – if used inappropriately when permitted in a class. Confiscated electronic items are subject to the consequences found in the section titled “School Policy and Procedures” in this handbook.

 Homework

Objectives of homework:

·   To encourage students to do independent study and research.

·   To provide a feeling of continuous learning that is self-initiated and that moves beyond what is being learned in the classroom.

·   To gain additional practice in the process relating to classroom instruction.

·   To give each student opportunities to study beyond the classroom, because each student possesses his own combination of abilities pertaining to learning rate and style.

·   To encourage students to study subject matter in-depth.

·   To prepare students for classroom and laboratory activities.

 

Guidelines for Homework Assignments:

·   Most homework should be application of previously introduced concepts. Homework should develop skills, creative abilities, critical thinking, problem-solving techniques, the discovery methods, and individual initiative.

·   In giving homework, individual differences should be considered.

·   The majority of classroom assignments should be completed within the classroom. If the work is not completed at school, the student should complete it at home.

·   There should be a logical relationship between homework and the reason for which it is given. Homework as punishment should not be assigned.

·   Home study situations should be discussed during parent teacher conferences with emphasis being placed on ways parents may help their student learn.

·   Parents, teachers and students are encouraged to discuss homework assignments as the need arises.

·   Prominently display in the classroom: a 2-week course calendar (showing a minimum of “this” week/”next” week agenda) and a weekly TA calendar

 

Homework is should foster learning and not be used as a discipline consequence. Teachers are encouraged to vary assigned homework, make due dates very clear, provide clear guidelines and always keep homework relevant to the learning goals and objectives of the class.

 

Homework should be promptly graded, entered on Skyward, and returned to the students. Faculty members should be cognizant of a student’s total homework load. Homework should be avoided on weekends and holidays.

 

 

Housekeeping

·        Turn off lights and lock your door when you are out of the room and when you leave at the end of the day.

·        In rooms with tables and chairs, teachers should make sure chairs are placed on tables at the end of the day.

·        Furniture and accessories are not to be moved from rooms unless permission from principal or custodian has been given.

·        Requests for work to be done should be written down and placed in custodian’s mail box on proper forms.

·        Surplus and broken furniture should not be put out in the halls.  It should be left in the classroom and a written request to remove it placed in the custodian mail box.

 

In-School Suspension (ISS)

·    Students are assigned to ISS by an administrator.  In most cases, NOTIFICATION from the attendance office will be sent to teachers via email or an ISS paper in your box the day prior to having an ISS student assigned to your room.

·    Students assigned ISS will report to the assigned teacher’s classroom and will be provided their work by the attendance office.  Homework from each class period served in ISS will be required.

·    Please send work to the Attendance Office when requested. The student must bring a book to read after all assigned work is completed.

·    If a school-wide activity is planned for the day of suspension, the student will be required to miss the activity.

·    The student will not have any breaks or lunch with other students. When it is time for 5th period, escort the student to the attendance office where they will be provided with a sack lunch. Pick the student back up upon returning to your classroom.

·    Work completed by students during ISS will be the responsibility of the student to give to their teachers.

·    BATHROOM and HALL USE: ISS students are allowed two 3-minute restroom/water break during the day (unless a medical reason or emergency exists). The break is NOT so they can go to the vending area. ISS students may not take this break during class changes. Work is brought to the ISS student, they should have an AR book with them, so there should be no other need for an ISS student to require Hall Use.

 

 

Kiva/Auditorium Rules

         Please review the following Kiva rules with your students:

1.    Instruct students on appropriate assembly behavior. Remind students that there are different types of assemblies requiring different types of behavior. Individual teachers may want to consider awarding/subtracting behavior points for misbehavior. Students should not bring books, backpacks, pencils, etc. to the assembly.

2.    Teachers need to lead their classes to the assembly. Please have the students line up single file along the wall to be admitted.

3.    Wait at the final intersection. An administrator will admit classes one at a time. Only quiet classes will be admitted. Students will not be admitted without a teacher.

4.    Teachers need to lead classes quickly and quietly to the bottom of the Kiva. Students need to use the stairs, sit as a class, and sit up on the edge of the bench. An administrator will be on stage to welcome students and help enforce good behavior. P.E. classes have reserved the outside (south) wall of the Kiva.  Seminary classes will sit above the PE classes at the top of the KIVA.

5.    Teachers need to sit with their classes during the assembly and supervise their students. Students who behave inappropriately are to be removed from the assembly. Warn them prior to an assembly that they will be promptly removed without warning (warn students before you bring them that this is the consequence) for misbehavior.

6.    Students should remain seated after the assembly. Teachers will stand next to their classes in the aisle. An administrator will dismiss classes one at a time (top to bottom) from the Kiva. As a class is called, students will stand and exit the Kiva quietly using the stairs.

7.    Assembly attendance is a privilege. Unless the assembly is instructional, students who violate school rules will not be allowed to attend the assembly. Specific standards are given in the SJMS Student Policy Manual. A list of students not attending the assembly will be given to teachers prior to each assembly.

 

Non-Educational Items at School

Items deemed hazardous or disruptive to the educational environment do not belong at school. These items include but are not limited to the following: noise makers, silly string, laser pointers, toys, balloons, “shockers”/”buzzers”, etc. These items will be confiscated if discovered at school.

 

Passes - Hall Pass/Phone Pass/Media Pass

No student will be allowed in the halls while classes are in session unless they have a hall pass. Please make sure that students are not allowed to use the hall pass except for rare emergencies.  Only one student at a time may use the hall pass.  Please do not allow students to use the hall pass for regular trips to the restroom or their lockers.

 

Students must have a phone pass from a teacher to use the phone in the attendance office.

 

If several students are assigned to the media center to do research or to work on a project, they must be sent with a media pass. These passes are available from the Media Coordinator and may be issued when prior arrangements have been made with the Media Coordinator.

 

Students in the halls during class time are to be approached by teachers and staff. If they do not have a hall pass, they are to be escorted back to class.

 

Requisitions                                            

Teachers requesting items that require an expenditure of funds must go through the following procedure:

1.    Fill out a blue Reimbursement/Approval Form. (Obtain in the main office)

2.    Submit the blue Reimbursement/Approval Form to the main office.

3.    Once approval is attained, then purchase the requested item(s).

4.    Any item(s) purchased or ordered without an approved requisition will not be paid for by the school.

5.    Do not apply for checks on every item, but accumulate them and submit them together in larger amounts of about $50.

 

School Parties

Individual class parties, just to have a party, will not be allowed. Verifiable, positive reinforcement for educational activities are acceptable and must be cleared with the administration prior to discussing it with the students.

 

Student Code of Conduct

SJMS students are expected to be on the P.R.O.W.L. (see the “Expectations for Learning” section at the beginning of this handbook for a detailed description of each of the P.R.O.W.L. points).

 

Supervision Expectations

1.        Be visible in the hall during each class change (helps decrease tardies and behavior problems).

2.        Accompany your class to activities and supervise them at ALL times.

3.        Volunteer/accept supervision assignments for special activities (Socials, Memory book)

 

Teacher Dress

Employees are expected to adhere to standards in grooming and dress which reflect a positive image and which are in keeping with a professional education system. Employees shall dress in a manner befitting adults who serve as role models for students.

 

Telephone

Incoming phone calls will be forwarded to your personal class telephone. Please check your mailbox for any other type of phone message and promptly return phone calls from your telephone. For long distance calls, please first speak with Gaylene in the main office. The fax machine is available in the main office for school business use only (801-412-2930).

 

Discipline of Students

 

Positive Discipline

It is the policy at South Jordan Middle School that teachers and administrators will use a positive approach when disciplining students. A positive approach is proactive rather than reactive. Teachers plan ahead, identify possible problem areas, and work out ways of dealing with problems before they occur.

·           Never put a hand on a students unless they are endangering themselves or others

·           ALL adults on duty, all the time, everywhere – hallways, bus duty, socials, etc.

·           Follow consistent school/team/classroom practices

·           Communicate expectations to students and parents

·           Model respect and appropriate behavior

·           Don’t discipline an entire class for the actions of a few

·           Separate instruction from disruption

·           Reprimand in private

·           Do not engage in a power struggle with students

·           Praise success and reward it! (PROWL cards, SOJO Salutes, positive emails/calls home)

 

Student Behavior Management

Teachers are expected to establish an orderly classroom environment through a fair and consistent discipline plan.

 

Minor Class Behavior Violations

The following is a list of behaviors that teachers should expect to address in their classroom through their individual classroom discipline plans:

·           Disruptive behavior in class

·           Tardiness

·           Confiscation of contraband (does NOT include electronic devices in hall/lunch)

·           Making excuses and/or dishonesty

·           Making “wisecracks” or being a “smart aleck”

·           Put downs and/or disrespect

·           Talking back

·           Failing to raise hand

·           Talking during lectures

·           Forgetting materials/text books

·           Cheating

·           Name calling

·           Chewing gum/food/drink in classroom

·           Won’t sit in assigned seat

·           Being off-task during seat work

·           Doing nothing/passive resistance

·           Violation of dress code

·           Poor academic skills (students needing extra help/accommodations)

·           Failing to complete assignments (homework or in class)

·           Poor listening skills

·           Failing to follow directions (written/verbal)

 

Appropriate pre-referral interventions

Gentle verbal reprimand (away from peers)

Provide time for practice/skill development

Individual conference with student

Provide peer tutoring

Contact parents – phone or email

Daily/weekly progress reports

Parent conference (if behavior is persistent)

After school remediation with teacher

Student/Teacher behavior contract

“Think Time” = isolation in another class

Change of instructional methods or pace

Behavior improvement plan

Seating change

Reward positive behavior (PROWL cards, etc)

Individualized homework assignments

Reduce citizenship grade

Model desired behavior

Reduce participation grade

 

 

Major Behavior Violations

Students who have a severe discipline problem are to be brought immediately to the office. They will be individually assessed according to the severity and nature of the incident. Administration will impose appropriate consequences and legal authorities may be notified. You may be asked to write a statement regarding the incident.

 

The following is a list of behaviors considered severe enough to warrant a direct referral to the office. They can be divided into three areas:

 

Physically Dangerous Acts

Illegal Acts

Insubordination/Disrespect

Gang affiliation

Substance abuse/distribution

Overt defiance

Weapons possession

Truancy (sluffing)

Profanity toward staff

Aggressive acts towards others

Vandalism (destruction of school property)

Habitual, persistent, excessive behaviors

Rock/snowball throwing

Theft

Pantsing, mooning, groping

 

When you encounter inappropriate student behavior in hallways or other areas of the building, please help enforce school rules as they apply to the following behaviors:

·           Dress code

·           Inappropriate displays of affection

·           “Horseplay” (pushing, shoving, tripping, etc.)

·           Profanity

·           Confiscation of non-educational items (this will NOT include electronic devices in the halls and at lunch)

 

When addressing these behaviors, simply make a firm request that the student comply with school rules. For those who do not comply, do not become confrontational with the student. Do your best to find out his/her name and report this to the office. Getting into a power struggle with a student in front of his/her peers almost always results in a lose-lose situation.

 

Referrals

On the ½ sheet Referral Form, please make sure that the student’s name, grade, teacher, period, and date are accurate. On the referral form under Student Action write a brief statement regarding the behavior. Have the student sign the form; if they refuse, indicate on the form.

 

IMMEDIATE REFERRAL = If a student is engaged in physically dangerous or illegal behavior, or insubordinate to you, they should be sent to the office immediately.

 

OTHER REFERRALS = Referrals for classroom disruption, disrespect or tardiness should first show documentation of:

·           Teacher actions and interventions

·           Parent contact by phone/email discussing problem and interventions attempted (please note date and time of parent contact and outcome)

·           Parent conference (in person) discussing problem and interventions attempted (please note date and time of parent conference and outcome)

·           If student misbehavior continues despite your best efforts submit a referral to the administration.

 

Due Process

The school administrator shall investigate all relevant charges of violations of the student code of conduct and will initiate due process procedures.

 

Corporal Punishment

Prohibition of Corporal Punishment -- Use of Reasonable and Necessary Physical

Restraint or Force

Utah Code 53A-11-802.   Prohibition of corporal punishment -- Use of reasonable and necessary physical restraint or force:  A school employee may not inflict or cause the infliction of corporal punishment upon a child unless written permission has been given by the student's parent or guardian to do so.  This section does not prohibit the use of reasonable and necessary physical restraint or force in self defense or otherwise appropriate to the circumstances to obtain possession of a weapon or other dangerous object in the possession of a child, protect the child or another person from physical injury, remove from a situation a child who is violent or disruptive, or protect property from being damaged.

 

Student School Privileges

Assemblies and activities shall be considered special student privileges where participation is contingent upon appropriate behavior. Students shall show respect to all performers. Students who disturb, disrupt, or show disrespect shall lose the privilege of attending and may be subjected to disciplinary action. Students have the responsibility of keeping their assembly and activity privileges. These privileges include but are not limited to: attending dances/socials, assemblies and bus transportation to Lagoon for 9th graders. To keep assembly and activity privileges, the student must have no excessive tardies, no excessive discipline problems and no library fines. All library fines must be cleared.

 

Responsibility/Roles

 

ROLE OF TEACHER:

·           Teachers are responsible to begin class promptly with meaningful instruction.

·           Teachers are required to supervise their classrooms at all times. If an emergency does arise, ask a neighbor teacher to supervise your class until you return.

·           Teachers will provide students with any addendums or class-specific expectations not outlined in the SJMS school-wide disclosure. All addendums need to be reviewed and approved by the administration.

·           Teachers are responsible for providing make-up assignments when a student is absent. It is not reasonable to expect a teacher to repeat or re-create a classroom experience.

·           Teachers will incorporate tardies and truancies/unexcused absences into the participation/citizenship portion of the grade only. Assignments and/or exams missed due to truancy may not be made up.

·           Teachers will take an accurate daily roll at the beginning of each class period and attempt to contact parents when absences become excessive.

·           Teachers will enter grade scores weekly.

·           Teachers will identify and work to accommodate/help students that struggle.

 

ROLE OF ADMINISTRATION:

·           The administration will provide a safe learning environment for all students.

·           The administration will assist in creating/maintaining a positive climate and culture.

·           The administration will encourage students to succeed academically and socially.

·           The administration will encourage positive student interactions and hold conflict resolution meetings with students when necessary.

·           The administration will encourage good attendance by monitoring tardies and truancy. Phone calls to parents, student and parent conferences, suspension, tracking sheets, and recommendations for an alternate educational program may be used as needed.

 

 

 

ROLE OF ATTENDANCE OFFICE:

·           The attendance office will provide check-out slips upon authorization by the student’s parents/guardian by phone or in person.

·           The attendance office will attempt to keep teachers, administrators and parents informed of attendance problems and/or ISS notification.

 

ROLE OF STUDENT:

·           Students are responsible for gaining the most from their educational experience by attending classes, being punctual and prepared, doing assigned work, and actively participating in class. Being on the PROWL.

·           Students should display respect for themselves, peers, staff, and school property.

·           Students are responsible for obtaining make-up assignments from the teacher.

·           Students are responsible for following proper check-out procedure.

 

ROLE OF PARENT:

·           Parents should avoid interruptions of the academic year and plan medical appointments and vacations at times that will not require students to be out of school.

·           Parents should support school and district policies and encourage regular student attendance.

·           In the case of extended illness, parents should contact the attendance office immediately so arrangements can be made for the student to pick up current work in the school office.

·           Parents can be made aware of student’s attendance by checking their student’s record on Skyward or by calling the attendance office (412-2903) between 7:30 a.m. and 3:20 p.m.

 

 

Administrative Discipline Hierarchy Chart

 

South Jordan Middle School Discipline

Range of Consequences

SCHOOL INFRACTION

1st OFFENSE

2nd OFFENSE

3rd+ OFFENSE

 

SCHOOL INFRACTION

1st OFFENSE

2nd OFFENSE

3rd+ OFFENSE

Attendance

         Tardies

3rd Tardy: Lunch detention/

Lunch cleanup

5th Tardy:

ISS or mutliple days of

Lunch detention/ Lunch cleanup

 

7th Tardy:

Out of School Suspension or Parent Shadow

 

Gambling

Confiscation

Parent contact

Confiscation

Parent contact

Suspension

Confiscation

Suspension

Parent conference

Attendance

Truancy

Class penalty

Parent Conference

ISS or

Makeup hours

After school

Class penalty

Parent Conference

ISS/OSS or

Makeup hours After school

Class penalty

Parent Conference

ISS/OSS

May refer to Truancy School

 

Gang Activity

Dress, graffiti, signs, paint, tagging, etc.

(assault, intimidation, violence)

Warning

Parent contact

10 hours cleanup

Possible district hearing

1-5 days Suspension

Parent conference

Possible district hearing

1-10 days

Suspension

Possible

district hearing

Confiscated Items (this includes cell phones and ALL electronic devices)

 

Confiscation with return at the end of the school day.

Confiscation

Parent must pick up item

 

Confiscation

Item returned-30 days

 

 

Inappropriate Language or Insubordination (Refusal to Cooperate)

Directed toward any staff member

 

1-3 days suspension

Parent contact

Written apology

1-5 days suspension

Parent contact

Referral to discipline school

1-10 days suspension

Parent contact

Possible Habitual Disruptor Referral

Disruptive Behavior

Hallways

Positive corrective instruction.

Document student and infraction.

Positive corrective instruction.

Administrative referral.

Parent Contact

Positve corrective instruction

Parent Contact

Possible Suspension

 

Lewd Conduct

Mooning, pantsing, lewd conduct

1-5 day suspension

Parent conference

Police may be notified

 

1-10 day suspension

Parent conference

Police may be notified

Possible district hearing

Parent conference

Police may be notified

Disruptive Behavior

Cafeteria

Clean cafeteria

 

Clean cafeteria

Lunch ISS

Clean cafeteria

Parent notification

Lunch ISS Possible suspension

 

Bullying harassement:

-Verbal /nonverbal

-Physical

-Cyber

Warning

Parent contact

ISS/Lunch dention

Conflict

Resolution

Warning

Parent contact

ISS /OSS

1-3 days

 

ISS

1-10 day

Suspension

Parent

Conference

 

Bullying/harassement may result in suspension and legal consequences

Disruptive Behavior

Kiva

Positive corrective instruction.

Removal from the assembly

Removal from the assembly

Parent contact

Parent contact

Restriction from activities and assemblies in Kiva.

 

Public Display of Affection

Teacher or Administrator conference with student

Possible parent contact

Teacher or Administrator conference with student

Parent contact

1 day  ISS

Possible OSS

Parent conference

Dress Code

Warning and instruction

Change clothing

Parent contact

Warning and instruction

Change clothing

Parent contact

Administrative

referral.

Parent contact

Change clothing or OSS

 

Trespassing

Warning

Photocopy identification

Possible police citation

Police citation

Police citation

 Fighting/

 Assault

 

1-3 days suspension

Parent conference

Possible district hearing

Police may be notified

3-5 days suspension

Parent conference

Possible district hearing

Police may be notified

Long-term suspension

Parent conference

Possible district hearing

Police may be notified

 

Vandalism

Restitution Parent conference

Possible suspension

Possible district hearing

Possible police notification

Restitution

Parent conference

Possible suspension

Possible district hearing

Possible police notification

Restitution

Parent conference

Possible suspension

Possible district hearing

Possible police notification

Physical Aggression Roughhousing, Shoving, Pushing, Tripping, etc.

Warning

Parent Contact

Possible ISS

Warning

Parent Contact

Possible ISS

Possible 1-3 Day OSS

Warning

Parent Contact

Possible 3-5 Day OSS

 

 

Theft

Parent Contact

Possible ISS/OSS

Restitution

Police Notification

Parent Contact

1-3 Days OSS

Restitution

Police Notification

Parent Contact

3-5 Days OSS

Restitution

Police Notification