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2018-2019

CVC MIDDLE SCHOOL

STUDENT HANDBOOK

PLEASE READ AND STUDY THIS HANDBOOK CAREFULLY SO HOME AND SCHOOL CAN BE CONSISTENT IN THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS

Absenteeism……………………………………………………...11
Back to School Night……………………………………………...9
Break Times/Lunch/Recess…………………………………….21
Bus Service…………………………………………………...22-23
Chapel……………………………………………………………...9
Communication…………………………………………………....8
Complaint or Problem Procedures……………………………..15
Conferences……………………………………………………….8
Detention………………………………………………………….14
Discipline……………………………………………………...13-14
Dress Code…………………………………………………...11-13
Electronic Devices……………………………………………….22
Food Service……………………………………………………..21
Fundraising……………………………………………………….23
Grade Point Averages (GPA).................................................16
Homework………………………………………………………...17
Immunizations……………………………………………………..9
Leaving Campus………………………………………………....10
Locks and Lockers……………………………………………….21
Lost and Found…………………………………………………..23
Materials Selection Guidelines…………………………………..6
Medication………………………………………………………..10
Middle School Curriculum (7th Grade)....................................4
Middle School Curriculum (8th Grade)....................................5
Miscellaneous…………………………………………………...24
Money…………………………………………………………….22
Non-Custodial Parent Policy……………………………….…..16

Physical Education……………………………………………...18
Probation………………………………………………………....14
Promotion/Retention Policy…………………………………….17
Report Cards and Progress Reports………………………….16
Resource…………………………………………………………17
Responsible Use of Technology………………………..….19-20

School Hours/Arrival and Departure…………………………..10
School Society Meetings………………………………………...8
Severe Weather/Late Start/Foggy Day Schedule………..…..23
Sports Eligibility………………………………………………….18
Student Relations……………………………………………….7-8
Tardies…………………………………………………………….10
Telephone…………………………………………………………22
Textbooks and Equipment……………………………………....18
Theme/Mission Statement/History/Philosophy/Vision……... 2-3

Volunteering…..………………………………………………….24

Central Valley Christian Middle School

5600 West Tulare Ave

Visalia, California 93277

Phone (559) 734-5273

Fax (559) 334-5283

www.cvc.org

2018-2019 Theme:

“Speak Life”

“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

Psalm 19:14

At Central Valley Christian Middle School, we praise God for the opportunity to use His Word as a blueprint for our lives and the lives of our children.  This handbook contains school policies and regulations that reflect our commitment to God and His Word.

A Christ-centered education is the responsibility of the home.  Central Valley Christian School values the importance of cooperation between home, church and school.

CENTRAL VALLEY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

MISSION STATEMENT:

Cultivating responsible Christian adults

Valuing academic excellence

Connecting Biblical truths with everyday living

Shaping Christ-like character

BRIEF HISTORY

The Central Valley Christian School Society began in 1944 with the Hanford Christian School, a small elementary school of approximately 50 students.  The school grew over the years and in 1979 it had nearly 200 children.  A large number of students were bussed from the Visalia and Tulare area.  It was then decided by the School Society in April of 1979 to begin a second campus in Visalia and also work towards the development of a high school.  In the fall of 1981, the school made the decision to begin the high school in September of 1982, with 9th grade, and then add one grade per year to the high school until its first graduating class in the spring of 1986.

God has blessed us with continued growth.  CVC now has three designated campuses, (elementary, middle school and high school) as well as a successful preschool program (started in 1999).

PHILOSOPHY

Central Valley Christian School Society is a parent-owned and operated organization.  The society is designed to educate the children of Christian parents.  It is not a part of any denomination nor is it denominationally-controlled.

Central Valley Christian School Society uses the following basic principles as the foundation upon which the organization is operated:

  1. The basis of all meaningful life is the belief in God and in Jesus Christ as the only way to personal salvation.
  2. The Bible is the only inspired, authoritative Word of God.
  3. The Bible is the main avenue by which we can come to know God and His rule for our lives.
  4. We need this Word in order to correctly understand God’s general revelation, that includes creation and life around us, all of life needs to be interpreted in the light of God’s Word.
  5. The aim of Christian education is to relate the Christian faith and Biblical teaching directly to all knowledge and the practical application of that knowledge in daily life.
  6. Christian education seeks to complete development of each child; his/her intellectual, physical, spiritual, emotional, and social growth (Luke 2:52).
  7. The Reformed Standards with its emphasis upon the all embracing Calvinistic world and life view are helpful in a complete understanding of Christian education.  This emphasis is reflected in the statements of the Heidelberg Catechism, the Canons of Dordt and the Belgic Confessions that assist in the interpretation of God’s Word.
  8. The primary authority and responsibility of educating children rests with the parents (Deuteronomy 6 and Ephesians 6).  The authority of the teacher is derived from the faithfulness to the laws of God in special and general revelation.
  9. The Christian community is responsible for supporting and encouraging Christian education for its children.

Central Valley Christian Society was established because of these stated principles.  It is the society’s desire to provide a high quality of Christian elementary and secondary education for children from Christian homes.

CVCS VISION

Central Valley Christian Schools partners with Christian parents to train and prepare students to proclaim Christ’s lordship over all of creation, in work, leisure, at home and in our cities.  We are determined to follow Christ’s example of holy living and seek to join God in His work of building His kingdom, restoring that which has been broken by sin and returning it to wholeness and proper relationship with Him.

MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM       7TH GRADE

Mathematics

Science

Language Arts

Social Studies/

Geography

World Skills

Bible:

OT Studies

Physical Education and Health

Spanish

Athletic Director

Fine Arts

Exploratories

  • Instructor - Mrs. Carnes
  • Concepts and Connections or Pre-Algebra

  • Instructor – Mrs. Boyd

  • Instructor - Mr. Hiemstra

  • Instructor - Mr. Rietema

  • Instructor – Mr. Elsenbroek
  •      Study skills, keyboarding/word processing, current events

  • Instructor - Mr. Bothof

  • Instructor - Mr. Rietema

            7th Grade PE and Health meets daily during the first semester of the  

                         school year

            A unit on human reproduction is taught at the 7th grade level.  Text - Sex

                         and the New You - Bimler

  • Instructor - Mr. Bothof

            An exploratory class introducing basic vocabulary and structures through

                         interactive activities, games, and songs (either 1st or 2nd quarter)

      -    Ms. Brooke Barton

  • Band Director - Mr. Daniels
  • Choir Director - Miss Talsma
  • All 7th grade students are expected to be in band or choir.  They may choose to be in both.
  • Band meets Monday/Wednesday/Friday with a jazz band focus on Friday throughout the school year during 5th period, as well as on Tuesday/Thursday.
  • Choir meets either Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday/Friday throughout the school year during 5th period.

      Optional if available during 5th period

  • MS Art - Mrs. Elsenbroek
  • Latin - Mrs. Kornelis
  • Worldview - Mrs. Boyd
  • Drafting - Mr. Bothof
  • Robotics - Mrs. Boyd
  • God of Wonders - Mrs. Batchelor
  • Engineering - Mrs. Batchelor
  • The History of... - Mr. Elsenbroek
  • Leadership - Mrs. Barton

MIDDLE SCHOOL CURRICULUM      8TH GRADE

Mathematics

Science

Language Arts

Social Studies:

US History and Government

Bible: NT Studies

Physical Education and Health

Spanish

Athletic Director

Fine Arts

Exploratories

  • Instructor - Mrs. Carnes
  • Pre-Algebra or Algebra 1

  • Instructor - Mrs. Batchelor

 

  • Instructor - Mrs. Kornelis

 

  • Instructor - Mr. Elsenbroek

 

  • Instructor  - Mrs. Kornelis

 

  • Instructor - Mr. Rietema
  • 8th Grade PE and Health meets daily during the second semester of the school year

 

  • Instructor - Mr. Bothof

            A course with beginning Spanish 1 grammar, vocabulary and Hispanic

            culture

 

      -    Ms. Brooke Barton

 

  • Band Director - Mr. Daniels
  • Choir Director - Miss Talsma
  • All 7th grade students are expected to be in band or choir.  They may choose to be in both.
  • Band meets Monday/Wednesday/Friday with a jazz band focus on Friday throughout the school year during 5th period, as well as on Tuesday/Thursday.
  • Choir meets either Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday/Friday throughout the school year during 5th period.

 

      Optional if available during 5th period

  • MS Art - Mrs. Elsenbroek
  • Worldview - Mrs. Boyd
  • Robotics - Mrs. Boyd
  • God of Wonders - Mrs. Batchelor
  • Engineering - Mrs. Batchelor
  • The History of... - Mr. Elsenbroek
  • Media - Mrs. Batchelor
  • Drafting - Mr. Bothof
  • Leadership - Ms. Barton

 MATERIALS SELECTION GUIDELINES

Central Valley Christian School uses both Christian and secular materials in the various courses.  To use Christian material would be an expectation and obvious choice in a Christian school.  This raises the question of why secular material would be considered acceptable and allowed.  To answer that question, the following rationale has been developed:

 

  1. Scripture indicates that human authors were familiar with the secular thinking and writings of their day.  Consider Acts chapter 17, Acts chapter 26, Titus chapter 1, and 1st Corinthians chapter 9, as examples.
  2. Godly men throughout history have been familiar with secular literature and have used it in the defense and promotion of the Gospel.  Such notable thinkers, theologians, and philosophers are John Calvin, CS Lewis and Dr. Francis Schaeffer.
  3. In order for Christians to communicate clearly and effectively with non-Christians they should understand their secular world view.  Using secular materials in a controlled classroom setting can help students identify points of difference between Christianity and other world views and prepare them to defend biblical truth.
  4. All truth comes from God, including truth found in secular material.  Christians are free to champion all truth and use it to the glory of God.

 

General Guidelines for Material Selection

The selection of curriculum materials is primarily the responsibility of the teachers and administration.  The selection of materials requires careful and sound judgment.  In selecting materials to meet the curriculum objectives, teachers must decide if the value of the material outweighs any objectionable content.

 

The following points will be considered in the selection of materials for the classroom:

  • Materials with a non-Christian world view will be analyzed and compared to Scripture.  Teachers must guide students through the reading and analysis of secular materials.  This is helpful in preparing students to handle non-biblical ideas in the future.
  • Materials should be appropriate to the age and maturity level of the students.
  • Offensive language should be avoided, recognizing that the Bible condemns irreverent, coarse, vulgar and obscene language and also language that misuses the name of the Lord.  If there is offensive language, teachers must weigh the overall merit of the book against the amount and frequency of any objectionable words.

 

In an effort to keep the curriculum up to date and in keeping with current research, course materials are reviewed approximately every five years.  This is the expected shelf life of a typical textbook and allows CVC to keep courses in a regular rotation for review.  The review and selection of curriculum materials is a joint effort of the teachers and administrator with the approval of the Education Committee.

 

Curriculum Concerns

Should any material be considered questionable, the concerned party should file a complaint with the teacher and administrator.  If the concern is not resolved at that level, the matter may eventually make its way to the Education Committee or the Executive Committee for a final resolution.

STUDENT RELATIONS

Student Relations - Our goal is to demonstrate respect and dignity and maintain a safe environment.

At Central Valley Christian Middle School we take seriously God’s command to love our neighbor.  Students deserve to feel safe at CVC.  All conduct should contribute to a learning environment where each student feels valued and appreciated regardless of gender, race, physical characteristics, academic ability or age.  All interpersonal conduct must demonstrate sincere love for others.  Any behavior that makes another student feel unsafe - socially, physically or emotionally - thereby making learning difficult, will be dealt with in an appropriate manner ranging from verbal reprimands to expulsion.

Bullying is one type of behavior that we view as contrary to God’s command to love.  Bullying destroys the environment we are trying to establish on campus.

Definition:  Bullying is repeated behavior intended to demean or hurt another student.  The bully’s goal is to target another student and physically, emotionally or socially harm him or her, often in order to gratify his or her own social standing, either in person or via any manner of digital mode of communication.

Scope:  While CVC is not liable for activity and conduct that takes place off school grounds, outside of the school day or at non-school-related activities, including interactions via social media or digital communication, if the learning environment for a student is negatively affected by conduct and behavior that occurs outside of the school’s environment, corrective actions may be taken.

Reporting:  When a student is bullied or observes bullying incidents, the incidents should be reported to a teacher, counselor, secretary or any school employee.  Requests for anonymity will be honored.  School officials should pass that information along to the school principal who will investigate and take appropriate action.  Parents who learn of bullying behavior are also encouraged to report the incidents to school officials.

Discipline:  When reports are investigated and validated, corrective measures will be taken.  The ultimate goal is to re-establish healthy relationships.  Corrective measures may include detentions, suspensions and recommendations for expulsion, depending on the severity and the repetition of the offenses.

Notes:

  • When living in community, like on a school campus, conflicts arise.  Sometimes conflicts are not resolved in an appropriate manner - a punch might be thrown or hurtful words could be exchanged.  Those actions will result in disciplinary measures too, but they are not all examples of bullying.
  • Teachers and staff are encouraged to be vigilant in observing student interactions, not only in their classrooms, but during lunch time, at breaks and before and after school
  • The bystander to bullying incidents is the ideal person to report it.  It’s difficult for the victim to report abuse, but the bystander who witnesses the interaction has much less at stake.
  • Many middle school students have access to and participate in social media sites.  Bullying also occurs with these electronic means and parents should be vigilant about what their middle school children are sending and receiving, as well as teaching their children how to responsibly use these channels.
  • Public display of affection - though romance occasionally starts to bloom at the middle school age, CVCMS enforces a strict no-PDA policy, including hugs and hand holding.  Infractions will result in a detention.

SCHOOL SOCIETY MEETINGS

School Society meetings are held annually in the spring.  The budget is adopted, and school board members are elected. Membership is open to those individuals interested and supportive of Christian education, who sign their agreement to Article II of the school's constitution. Special meetings of the Society can be called if issues of importance need to be decided between the annual meetings.

COMMUNICATION

For any information regarding calendar, CVC events, Weekly News, school sports, staff web addresses, etc., please go to the web page www.cvc.org  for information.

Middle school daily announcements will be read at the beginning of 3rd period.

A primary way that CVCMS communicates is through the use of the Remind.com app, which allows parents and students to receive brief text messages regarding important school events.  Changes in sports information, game changes, or practice cancellations will also be communicated through the Remind.com app.  All parent cell numbers will be automatically added to the CVCMS Remind.com group in order to facilitate necessary communication.

The CVC Middle School website is updated weekly with information regarding assignments and tests, sports information, important announcements, and upcoming events for students in grades 7 and 8.  The MS News is generally updated by noon on the first school day of the week.  It can be found on the CVC website.  The MS News link will be emailed to each middle school family when it is updated the first couple of weeks of school.  It will then be the students’ and parents’ responsibility to check weekly for updates.  Hard copies will be available in the MS office.

 

To access the MS News on the CVC main page:  Go to http://www.cvc.org.  Place the cursor on “Academics” and click on “Middle School”.     Click on “Weekly News” in the “Resources” box.  

 

The Cavalier, a publication covering recent events as well as calendar of upcoming events is mailed to families of present students, alumni, and supporters.

CONFERENCES

Middle school parent/teacher conferences are usually scheduled for the week after the end of the first and third quarters (report cards).  If you would like a special conference before or after this time, please arrange with your child's homeroom teacher.  The spring conference, usually scheduled shortly after the end of the third quarter, is mainly to review students’ academic, social and spiritual progress, as well as make plans for the future.

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

Back to School Night is scheduled at the beginning of the school year.  This is an event designed for parents to meet their son/daughter's teacher.  The date and time is indicated in the Weekly News and the MS News.

CHAPEL

Chapel meets throughout the year every other Thursday.  In addition, bi-monthly small groups, known as Community, meet on campus during the chapel time, allowing students to meet and learn from adult spiritual mentors.

IMMUNIZATIONS

According to California law, children need to be up-to-date on their immunizations for school entrance.  California law no longer allows exemptions from immunizations due to personal beliefs.  If your child(ren) can not have any immunizations due to medical reasons, the office must be provided with a letter from a physician stating which immunizations are to be exempt and the reason.

PRIOR to starting 7th grade, students must have the following immunizations to comply with state law:

Polio:  4 doses need to be completed (one shot after 2nd birthday)

Hepatitis B series:  3 doses need to be completed

MMR:   2 doses need to be completed

DTaP, DTP, TD, or DT:  4 doses need to be completed (one shot after 2nd birthday)

DTaP Booster:  Required (must be after 10th birthday)

TB Test and VERIFICATION of a negative reading with DATE and initials of "reader."  A TB test is required for students coming in from another state or county.

Varicella:  Required for students coming in from out of the state of California.

 

There are low cost immunization centers. Please check with the middle school office for various locations.

NOTE:  Students who have not completed their 7th grade immunizations prior to school starting may not receive their class schedule and/or may not be eligible for participation in extracurricular activities.  A decision will be made by the administration.

 

MEDICATION

By law, all medication must be submitted to the office.  Students may not have medication in their possession, with the exception of asthma or diabetes medication or an epinephrine pen.  Releases for Administration of Medication forms are available in the middle school office for prescription or over the counter drugs your student may have need of.  Medicines must be picked up at the end of the year.  

Due to changes in California law, the following policy changes are effective immediately:

  1. CVCMS is no longer able to give out Tylenol or any over the counter medications, even with a parent’s consent.  We must have a physician and parent fill out and return the Release For Administration of Medication, not only for prescription medications, but also for ANY over the counter medications.  This includes Tylenol, cough drops, ointments, eye drops, etc.
  2. Along with a release form from the physician and parent, the parent must provide the medication in the original container.  This medication is only for this child.
  3. We will no longer have stock medications for students.  Stock medications include Tylenol, neosporin, cough drops, benadryl spray, etc.  Each medication must be specific for each student.

SCHOOL HOURS/ ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

School begins at 8:10 am and ends at 3:00 pm.  Students are not expected to arrive before 8:00 am unless they have permission from their teacher.  Students not riding a bus are expected to be picked up by 3:15 pm.  Students may not wait past 3:15 pm if they are not involved in school activities.

Please see the "severe weather/foggy day" section and "tardies" section for other information.

TARDIES

All students are expected to be in their seats prepared to begin class when the tardy bell rings.  Students are allowed two tardies per class during a quarter. The third tardy, and all subsequent tardies, will result in a detention. Teachers will keep track of and issue all tardy detentions.

LEAVING CAMPUS

When a student needs to leave campus during school hours, parents, please send a note to the office so an “Early Dismissal” note can be given to the student.  The student hands the note to the teacher when it is time for them to leave class.  This prevents unnecessary calling to the classroom.  Parents must also sign their student out in the office.  If a student has an appointment, and will not be at school 1st period, please call to notify the office that he/she will be late.  Upon arrival, parents must sign him/her in, unless the student has an excuse slip from his/her appointment.

ABSENTEEISM

Absenteeism causes a variety of problems for the student, teacher, and class.  We encourage parents to be supportive of consistent school attendance.  Obviously, some absences will take place.  The following is the policy that will be used regarding absences:

 

  1. If a child is sick and the absence is unforeseen, please call the school between 8:00 - 9:00 a.m.
  2. If the absence is planned, the parents are to contact the office and teachers at least three days in advance of the child’s absence.  Preferably this is to be done in person, although if this is not possible, then by phone, note, or email.  At this time, parents and teachers can discuss the nature of the absence and plan for making up work.  Also, Please read #5.
  3. Excused absences that are acceptable are those related to sickness, death, or emergency.
  4. Students will not be allowed to miss any part of the school day because of lessons (piano, voice, or dance lessons) provided by other schools or individuals.
  5. Unexcused absences are not acceptable to the school and are discouraged.  These absences can cause attitudes that are detrimental to good learning habits.  Absence also causes additional work for teachers when they have to help the student make up the gaps in the learning process.  Some examples of unexcused absences are the following: vacations, skiing trips, working and shopping.

 

Making up work for planned or excused absences:

  1. The student is completely responsible to get missed assignments before or after the time of absence.                    
  2. This work will be due in complete form after one day for each day of absence that has elapsed.  For example: If the student is absent Monday and Tuesday, he or she has Wednesday and Thursday to complete the work which must be handed in on Friday at the beginning of class.
  3. If a test was given during the day(s) missed and the teacher announced it beforehand, it is to be taken the day the student returns.

 

Note:   The maximum number of days absent allowed per semester is 15 (total 30 per year). Absences beyond this number give reason for retention.

DRESS CODE

The school staff reserves the right to judge the appropriateness and modesty of any clothing that a student is wearing to school.  The staff will take into consideration the various heights and physical differences of each student. 

 

A neat and properly attired student will have a positive influence on the attitudes and study habits he/she exhibits.  “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”   I Peter 3:3-4.

Everyone is expected to dress in Christian modesty.

Dress Code Discipline:

If there is a clear violation of the dress code, the student will be asked to call parents for an immediate change of clothing and a detention will be issued.  The detention will be counted as a behavioral detention.

With regard to less clear offenses, the procedure will be as follows:

First Offense:  The student will call parents for an immediate change of clothing and a behavioral deficiency will be given to the student.

Second Offense:  The student will call parents for an immediate change of clothing and a second behavioral deficiency will be given to the student.

Third Offense:  The student will call parents for an immediate change of clothing and a

detention will be issued.

After the third offense, detentions will be issued and should a student receive three detentions for dress code violations, the student will be suspended and have clothing restrictions determined by the administration.

***Please note that only one offense will be allowed for a particular violation.  Example:  If a student receives a deficiency for shorts being too short, then after that, detentions will be given for shorts being too short.  The same will apply to tops, short skirts, tight garments, etc.

 

GIRLS:

  1. Dresses and coordinated outfits which are modest and of reasonable length may be worn.  Blue jeans may be worn if they are neat, not tattered, patched, ripped, torn, or excessively worn.  Tops must not be oversized, undersized, sloppy, and/or revealing.  No bare midriffs or tank tops.  NO exposed midriff while sitting or raising hand.  Pictures, logos, slogans, and advertising on shirts should not be in conflict with Christian sensibility and values.  Shorts may be worn year round.
  2. Garments that are ripped, torn, patched, or frayed may not be worn to school.
  3. Clothing with pictures or logos promoting music artists or groups is not allowed.  This includes Christian and/or secular artists.
  4. No sleeveless garments or tank tops are allowed.  Dresses and tops must have sleeves.
  5. Tops may not have necklines that are low or drop over the shoulder.  Exposed straps of undergarments or tank tops are not allowed.  This includes bralettes, sports bras, camis, bra straps, etc.  Necklines must be modest.  Bare backs are not allowed.
  6. All tops must hang several inches below the waistline of jeans, shorts, or skirts.  
  7. Hemlines of dresses/skirts must be no higher than four inches above the knee.  Slits in the dresses or skirts will be measured from top of slit.
  8. Skort-style garments must have skirt/dress hemlines.
  9. Sheer garments are allowed only if the clothing underneath meets dress code.  No tank tops, camis, or under clothing must be showing through.         
  10. All shorts must generally have a minimum inseam of 5 inches.
  11. All footwear must have at least a strap on the back.  Flip-flops are not permitted.
  12. No spandex or tight garments may be worn.
  13. No facial or body piercing is allowed other than earrings.
  14. Tattoos are not allowed and must be covered at all times.
  15. Hats and caps are not allowed to be worn in the classroom.
  16. Hair must be neat, clean, and cannot interfere in making eye contact with teachers/administrators/staff. Unusual styles and colors may be prohibited if deemed to interfere with the school program.

BOYS:

  1. Blue jeans may be worn if they are neat and not excessively worn or tattered.  Slacks and denims are suggested.  Pants must be worn at the waist.  Shorts may be worn year round.
  2. Clothing with pictures or logos promoting music artists or groups is not allowed.  This includes Christian and/or secular artists.
  3. Pictures, logos, slogans, and advertising on shirts should not be in conflict with Christian sensibility and values.
  4. Tank tops are not permitted.
  5. Boys’ hairstyles are to be neat and a reasonable length.
  6. Boys may not wear earrings at school.
  7. Hats and caps are not allowed to be worn in the classroom.
  8. No facial or body piercing is allowed.
  9. Tattoos are not allowed and must be covered at all times.
  10. Exposed boxers are never allowed.
  11. Garments that are ripped, torn, patched, or frayed may not be worn to school.
  12. All footwear must have at least a strap on the back.  Flip-flops are not permitted.
  13. Hair must be neat, clean, and cannot interfere in making eye contact with teachers/administrators/staff. Unusual styles and colors may be prohibited if deemed to interfere with school program.

DISCIPLINE

“Be ever careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” - Ephesians 5:15 & 16.  Time is a valuable commodity; a disciplined student uses it wisely.  Our primary goal at Central Valley Christian is to assist the parents in educating their children for good citizenship in our country and God’s kingdom.

 

Attending Central Valley Christian is a privilege that carries responsibilities:

  1.  A student’s conduct must honor God and school.
  2. Students are expected to be obedient and respectful toward the teacher and other adults.
  3. Good manners and consideration for fellow students are expected at all times.

 

High standards of behavior are expected from all.  Students are expected to respect and obey all school personnel.  The classroom teacher will handle minor incidents and misconduct.  Continued or serious violations of school rules will be referred to the principal. The various types of discipline are:

  • A written deficiency warning will be sent home to be signed by the parents.  It can be for behavior or academic problems.  No consequences will be given at this time.
  • Detentions may be given for behavior, academic or tardy problems.  (See section pertaining to detentions.)
  • Suspension (All school assignments will receive zeros for suspended days.)  Infractions may result in the student being suspended for a maximum of one week and the matter will be referred to the School Board for further action.  This includes either in-house or out-of-school suspensions.  

Suspendable infractions include but are not limited to the following:  stealing, profanity/obscenity, fighting, possession/use of a weapon, cheating, or possession of a controlled substance, including, but not limited to, any form of narcotic, tobacco, e-cigarette, or vaping product.

  • A suspension is a very serious type of discipline. The administration and staff may suggest expulsion of a disobedient student to the Central Valley Christian School Board in a case where a student refuses to conform to the rules and policies of the school.
  • Suspension does not require Board action but expulsion does.
  • Suspension may result in the loss of privileges such as class trips or participation in special events.
  • In matters of extreme seriousness, the above policy may be passed and the matter referred directly to the Board.

PROBATION

Probation is meant to give a student an opportunity to correct a problem. If the problem is not corrected, expulsion may follow. The Administration will recommend to the Board the length and terms of the probation.

 

Probation could be administered due to a poor attitude (rebellious spirit, continuous negative attitude, destructive influence on others, total disrespect for others); disciplinary circumstances (repetitious disobedience, serious offenses, failure of parent to comply with the discipline measures of the school); and academic reasons (sustained poor academic performance).

DETENTION

Students in grades 7-8 who misbehave or consistently come to class unprepared may be assigned a detention.

 

  1. Any teacher may give a detention for legitimate reasons.
  2. The student will be given a detention slip that must be taken home and signed by the parent.
  3. Detentions will be 45 minutes every 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm in an assigned room.
  4. The detention must be observed the designated Wednesday after the detention is given.
  5.  If a student fails to report to detention when assigned, he/she may need to serve an additional detention unless the administration is notified prior to the time designated for serving the detention.
  6.  When a student receives three (3) “behavioral” detentions, the parents will be notified by the school.  A warning letter will be sent regarding the possibility of suspension.
  7.  When a student gets four (4) “behavioral” detentions, the parents will be called in for a conference.  This could also result in a possible suspension from school.
  8. When a student accrues five (5) “behavioral” detentions, he or she will serve a suspension (either in-school or at home, depending on whichever is deemed most appropriate).
  9. When a student receives six (6) “behavioral” detentions, he or she will be required to meet with the MS Education Committee to review his or her disciplinary status.
  10. With a 7th or subsequent “behavioral” detention, the administration, in conjunction with the MS Education Committee, reserves the right to limit or restrict the student’s participation in field trips or other activities, as well as to implement other disciplinary measures deemed necessary to effect changed behavior.

COMPLAINT OR PROBLEM PROCEDURES

During the course of the year, occasional misunderstandings or problems arise between a teacher and student, teacher and parents, parent and school, or any one of several possible areas. This is often the result of a lack of communication between those involved.

 

The school’s policy for dealing with these situations is consistent with the teachings found in Matthew 18.

 

“If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you.

If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. But if he will not listen take one or two others along, so that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector. I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for it will be done for you by your Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there I am with them.” Matthew 18: 15-20

 

  1. All questions, problems, or complaints should first be brought directly to the teacher or coach before anyone else is involved. Please contact them through telephone voice mail, email, or the front office. Do not go to their room during the school day without permission.
  2. If the situation is not cleared up at this level through direct contact, it should then be brought to the appropriate department head for academic matters and from there to the principal if needed. Athletic matters should be brought to the attention of the athletic director and from there to the principal if needed.
  3. If the problem is still not solved at this level (i.e. with the principal as mediator), it should then be presented in writing to the superintendent.
  4. Finally, but only when all of the above three steps have been taken, the problem may find its way to the Board of Directors through written appeal. The appealing party must submit their concern in writing to the chairman of the Education Committee. The appeal will be heard at the next Education Committee meeting.  From there the matter may be appealed to the School Board. If so, it will then be placed on the agenda of the entire Board of Directors at its regular monthly meeting.  The Board of Directors is the final level of appeal.

Parents agree to follow these steps and to attempt a positive resolution to problems and disagreements within the school community. Activities to be avoided at all times include gossiping, rumor mongering, and spreading of hearsay reports. The good reputations of other persons and of the school are to be protected and promoted.

NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT POLICY

Divorced and separated families are realities of contemporary life which affect the school’s responsibilities to it students.  The following guidelines have been adopted to assist the school institutions where a non-custodial parent wishes to have contact with or take custody of the student while the child is at school.

  1. The school will cooperate with a non-custodial parent’s involvement in school-related affairs or access to the parent’s child or to the student’s records, unless the school is presented with a court order or comparable legal document which restricts such involvement or access.
  2. A non-custodial parent may not take custody of a child or remove the child from school premises, unless the parent presents either a written court order or a written authorization signed by the custodial parent, which permits such custody.
  3. Concerning student activities which require parental consent, the school will accept consent only from the custodial parent, unless authority to grant consent is given to the non-custodial parent by a court order or comparable legal document
  4. If the actions of parent(s), custodial or noncustodial, become disruptive to the operations of the school, the school has the right to restrict access by such parent(s) and to take other reasonably necessary action.

GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)

Any student with an overall GPA of 1.6, or less, will be recommended for retention or non promotion. Eighth grade students who end the year with a GPA of less than 2.0 will be required to schedule a family interview with the high school guidance counselors before being enrolled in the high school program.  Eighth grade students ending the year with a GPA of 1.6 or less will be asked to reapply for admission to the high school.

REPORT CARDS and PROGRESS REPORTS

Report cards for 7-8 graders will be e-mailed and available on RenWeb after the end of the quarter.

 

HONOR ROLL:   Students with a 3.0 or better GPA and no more than one C grade (and no D or F grades) qualify for Honor Roll.  Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher (with no C grade) qualify for High Honors.  This is determined at the end of each quarter. Computation for Honor Roll is an average based upon the scoring listed above.

 

GRADING SCALE:  A = 96-100 - 4.0                                   C = 73-76   - 2.0

                                     A-= 90-95   - 3.7                                   C- = 70-72  - 1.7                                                          

                                     B+= 87-89  - 3.3                                   D+ = 67-69 - 1.3                                                          

                                     B  = 83-86  - 3.0                                   D   = 63-66  - 1.0                                                          

                                     B- = 80-82   - 2.7                                  D-  = 60-62  - 0.7                                                          

                                     C+= 77-79   - 2.3                                  F   = 0-59    - 0.0

PROMOTION / RETENTION POLICY

Failed Classes:

  • By Semester:  If a student fails the first quarter of a semester, a grade of C- or higher must be earned in the next quarter in order to pass the semester.  A failing grade in the 2nd quarter of any semester will be considered failing the semester regardless of the grade earned during the first quarter.
  • By Year:  If a student fails the first semester of a full year class, any F in the next two quarters of the 2nd semester will be considered failing the class.

Retention:

Should a student fail two “full-year core classes,” the student may not be promoted to the next grade level.

  • Seventh grade students may be required to repeat the seventh grade.
  • Eighth grade students may be asked to withdraw from CVC and will not be accepted into the high school program.

HOMEWORK

Homework can be expected, although it is our hope that it will not become burdensome for the child.  Parents are asked to cooperate with the teachers and the child in attempting to complete the work that has been assigned.  If there are some difficulties that arise in the area of homework, the parents are encouraged to contact the teacher.  Assignments that are handed in late will be penalized.

RESOURCE

Students may be considered for resource services if he or she has received resource services at the elementary level; is achieving at least one grade level or more below in reading, language arts, or math; shows a weakness in organizational skills that significantly interferes with academic progress; shows a need for accountability in order to consistently and successfully complete assignments; and/ or current grades are D or failing.  If your student meets any of these qualifications, and you feel he/she needs assistance, please contact your student's homeroom teacher.

**Before receiving resource services, students must be tested to determine the type of assistance needed.  This is done by making arrangements with the resource teacher.

Entering the Resource program at the middle school level is possible only if there is room in the program.  If the resource program is full, the family will be responsible for arranging tutoring or study skills assistance outside of school.

SPORTS ELIGIBILITY

Our 7th and 8th grade sports program includes flag football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, baseball, and track.  Practice and games will usually take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays after school until 5:00 p.m.  A consent permission slip and medical form must be signed by the parent before a student can participate in a sport.

 

Students who participate in CVC athletics must be able to display a Christian attitude, good sportsmanship and overall good citizenship at school.

 

In order to participate in the athletic program, students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average (C average) and not be failing any classes.  If a student does not meet this requirement they may be restricted from practices and games for one week.  After two weeks grades will be reviewed again and if there is not progress, the student may be restricted from the sport for the remainder of the season.  A student’s daily work must also be completed to the satisfaction of the staff or practice and game restrictions may result.

 

The student can then be reinstated into another season of sport if grades and effort improve.

 

A student’s daily work must also be completed to the satisfaction of the staff, or practice and game restrictions may result.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

All students in grades 7 and 8 take physical education unless excused by a doctor, with a parent’s signed excuse or at the discretion of the teacher.  Proper attire for P.E. is required.  P.E. clothes may be purchased through the CVC Mother’s Club the first day of school.  P.E. clothes are to be taken home at least once a week for washing.  Money, watches, or other valuables should not be left in the dressing rooms.  Lockers will be provided in the restrooms adjacent to the rear of the middle school office.

TEXTBOOKS and EQUIPMENT

Textbooks are supplied at no charge.  They are distributed by the classroom teacher and must be returned at the end of the year.  It is the duty of the student to keep his books in good condition.  The student will pay for lost or damaged books.  If the books are in need of repair, the homeroom teacher should be notified if repairs can be made before damage becomes irreparable.

Students must provide for their own materials over and above the basics provided by the school.  Personal property should be labeled.  CVC will provide all MS students with an assignment book.

The teacher will evaluate all books when school starts and keep a record of their conditions.  Books will be re-evaluated at the end of the school year.

All 7th and 8th grade students will be issued a Chromebook at the beginning of the school year.  Students are expected to bring them to school every day and care for them conscientiously. Consideration for Chromebook use can be found on the CVC technology page.

RESPONSIBLE USE OF TECHNOLOGY

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“Grateful for the advances in science and technology, we make careful use of their products, on guard against idolatry and harmful research, and careful to use them in ways that answer to God’s demands to love our neighbor and to care for the earth and its creatures.”  (Paragraph 52, Our World Belongs to God, CVC Publications, 1988.)

The use of computing resources at CVC is a privilege, not a right.  Violating the guidelines set out in this policy will result in disciplinary actions dependent on the severity of the violation.

Central Valley Christian School expects users of technology to act as responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to them.  To be a responsible steward is to show:

  • Respect for others’ need for access to technology
  • Respect for others’ values and well-being
  • Respect for others’ property
  • Respect for others’ privacy
  • Respect for authority

Any user of the technology resources available at CVC should comply with the guidelines listed above.  The following further defines the above points, but it is important to note that it does not limit the scope of this policy to what is described below.

Respect for others’ need for access to technology

Students should show respect for fellow students’ access to the shared resources that CVVC offers.  Examples of shared resources could include computers, iPads, laptops, network access, and AV equipment.  This means that computers should first be used for work pertaining to academic development.  Research, assignments, correspondence with teachers, or accessing class requirements all fall under this category.  Secondary to academic activities are other school related activities such as student leadership preparation or college searching.  Activities not directly related to school use take lowest priority, and should not take place during school hours without express permission from a supervisor.

Showing respect for others’ use of technology also includes the appropriate use of software on teh school’s computers.  Downloading, installing, or executing programs that are not already installed on a CVC computer without permission is not allowed.  The use, distribution, or ownership of any sort of destructive program (virus, trojan, worm, spyware, etc.) is obviously unacceptable

Respect for others’ values and well-being

As young and developing Christians and as members of the body of Christ, CVC students are expected to behave in a manner consistent with Biblical standards for Christian conduct.  All words, actions, and activities should conform to Biblical Guidelines and through that glorify our heavenly Father.  “Say those things that are helpful for building others up according to their needs.  Be imitators of God and live a life of love just as Christ loved us.”  (Eph 44:29, 5:1)

                                                         -Excerpt from the CVC Conduct Policy, Student Handbook 2015

Just as students should show respect for others in their words, actions, and activities, so should that apply to electronic communication as well.  As ambassadors of both CVC and our Lord, students should maintain a level of personal integrity that is a reflection of Christ.  Any sort of degrading communication is unacceptable, whether by email, social networking sites, the display or distribution of inappropriate material, or otherwise.

Respect for others’ property

The respect for others’ property refers to the tangible and intellectual property of both the school and other people.  Computer hardware and peripherals owned by the school should be treated with care, and consumable resources (such as printing) provided by the school should not be used frivolously.

In addition to tangible property, students should respect the intellectual property of others.  Unauthorized access to intellectual property owned by either another individual or CVC, or allowing unauthorized access to said property is a breach in this agreement.  This includes copying of copyrighted software to or from a CVC computer.

Respect for others’ privacy

Privacy in the digital age is becoming something more difficult to maintain, and students at CVC must strive to maintain the highest level of privacy they can.  Information sent over the internet is subject to tampering by others.  As such, students should not jeopardize their own privacy or the privacy of others by transmitting personal information insecurely over the internet.  Gaining unauthorized access to others’ files, snooping, or looking for the sake of looking is also an infringement on the privacy of others.

Respect for authority

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established.  The authorities that exist have been established by God.

                                                                                                                                       -Romans 13:1

Students are subject to the authority of CVC employees, and should disrespect their instructor by using computing resources for non-academic activities.  Students should respect the task at hand and obey their superiors’ instructions.

Certain measures have been put in place as an authoritative control for accidental or intentional breaches in security or policy.  Any attempt to bypass, disable, or otherwise tamper with any preventative software is unacceptable.  To ensure that technology and communications systems are being used for proper educational purposes, CVC reserves the rights to monitor, access, retrieve, read, and disclose all data, messages, activity, and other information stored on any and all school systems at any time.  By using the school’s technology and communications systems, students consent to monitoring and disclosure of their use and activity.

Most students at CVC make use of the Google Suite for Education (GSFE), which includes services that are restricted by CVC policies but still require parental consent for users under the age of 18.  More information can be found here.

Your electronic signature of the CVC Middle School Handbook verifies that both students and parents agree to comply with the standards of respect that have been laid out in this policy and that the officials of CVC will be supported in the enforcement of this policy and the parents consent to the use of GSFE.

LOCKS and LOCKERS

Students in 7th & 8th grades will be issued an assigned locker and combination lock at the beginning of the school year. Problems with either should be reported to the office. Students are NOT TO TRADE lockers without permission from the office.  Students are held responsible for the condition of their locker at the close of the year.  A minimum fine of $10.00 will be issued for damaged lockers. CVC is not liable for lost or damaged personal items if students elect not to use their locker during the school day or after school.

Opening another student’s lock or locker without express consent from school personnel is an offense punishable by detention.

Students must keep their lockers locked at all times.  They will be checked periodically during the day and after school for compliance.  A fine of $1.00 will also be issued for unlocked lockers and for items found outside the lockers/classroom storage area including items such as textbooks/clothes/notebooks etc.

Students will also be provided with storage area in their homerooms for items not typically used through the day.

*NOTE:  ALL BOOKS, school supplies and personal items must be in lockers, homeroom, or in backpacks WITH students. No items may be left on or around the lockers during the school day. Personal and school items left unattended will be collected and returned only after a fee is paid.

FOOD SERVICE

Lunch information will be sent home with students at the beginning of the school year.  Order forms are available online each month.  Lunches that are missed due to acts of nature/weather will NOT be made up at the end of year. Milk is available for an annual fee.  For those of low income level, there is free milk available according to financial need.  Please call 734-2684.  (Parents bringing lunches should leave them in the school office, not take them to the student in class.)  Remind your student to check the office.

BREAK TIME / LUNCH / RECESS

During classroom breaks, lunch period, and recess times, students are to remain in the middle school campus area in full view of the supervising teachers.  Middle school students are not allowed in the elementary or high school areas to visit with other students or to buy food or drinks.

  • Students are not allowed on the second floor walkway of the gym, or on the far west side of campus.
  • Lunches must be eaten at the tables under the  covered area by the classrooms or at a designated area in the quad.
  • Climbing in trees or hanging from branches is not allowed.
  • Standing on tables and benches is not permitted.

TELEPHONE

  • The telephone in the office is maintained for office use only, not student convenience.  In the event of an illness or an emergency, the secretary will call the parent(s) or guardian(s).   Students will not be allowed to call for homework, figure out pick up arrangements, time of pick up, or verify a plan to go home with a friend, etc.  Phones may be used in the classroom only with the teacher’s permission.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

  • (Cell phones, audio/visual equipment/video games)
  • The use of cell phones and other electronic devices is not allowed during the school day without the permission of a teacher or administrator.  Cell phones are to be put away and completely out of sight.  Any cell phone or other device that is seen or used without permission will be confiscated until the end of the day and a detention issued.  The device will be returned at the conclusion of the school day..  CVC discourages bringing any of these devices to school because of the risk of theft or loss.  The school is not responsible for, nor will it take action on, lost or stolen items.

MONEY

  • Excessive amounts of money should not be taken to school.  Students may request that money be kept in the office for safekeeping during the school hours.  The school is not responsible for lost money or articles, so it is suggested that students do not leave money in rooms or lockers.

BUS SERVICE

Bus service must be considered a privilege, and any student who fails to abide by this code may lose that privilege.  The following procedure for discipline is recommended to the bus drivers:

1.     The student will receive one verbal warning when an infraction is observed.        

2.     In the second offense, whether it is of the same nature or different, the student will be moved to a newly assigned seat for one week.

3.     If the student continues to remain disobedient, he/she will receive a citation that the student will bring home to have signed by the parent and brought back to the principal’s office the next day.  If the citation is not signed or brought back, the principal will contact the parents.

  1.  If a second citation is issued, the principal will contact the parents and bus privileges may be temporarily taken away.
  2. If a third citation is issued, bus privileges will be taken away for at least five days and perhaps longer.

4.     It should be understood that serious and dangerous behavior on the part of a student may warrant the student to immediately lose bus riding privileges.

5.     A bus pass will need to be picked up from the office BEFORE a student can ride another bus.  In order to receive the pass, the office must have a written note from a parent or guardian in order to issue a pass.  A phone call from the parent of the student riding another bus will be acceptable.  PLEASE take care to make these arrangements as early in the day as possible.

 

NOTE: Students should be at their designated stop in the morning. When the bus driver has to wait for students who are not at their stop, time is lost.

LOST AND FOUND

  • Please label clearly all of your student's jackets, backpacks etc.
  • Lost and found articles are brought to the office and set out for display on a table from time to time.  Clothing left in the office for 4- 6 weeks is sent to Used Treasures.  Please make it a habit to check the lost and found regularly.

FUNDRAISING

  • It is our intent to keep fundraising activities at the Middle School to a minimum.  Each student is responsible for individually raising $100.00 towards the cost of our end-of-year activities.  This fundraising can be determined on an individual basis, but parents are encouraged to have their students work to raise the required amount.

SEVERE WEATHER / LATE START / FOGGY DAY SCHEDULE

  • During the fog season, please check the www.cvc.org website for information regarding school delays.   If you view our website, please click the refresh button often, this will update the information which can change during the morning hours.   Please check for updates at 6:00 am.
  • Plans for Foggy Days:
  • Plan A/Late Start - Busses running 2 hours 15 minutes later than their normal scheduled time.  School starts at 10:30 am and dismisses at normal time.
  • Plan B - AM route buses cancelled, foggy day school schedule, PM route buses running.  School starts at 10:30 with parents bringing their students to school if able.  School will be dismissed at regular time.  If the school day happens to be a minimum day (1/2 day) of school and foggy day is called, school will be canceled.
  • For those parents needing to drop off their children in grades K-8 earlier than 10:30 so they can go to work, arrangements can be made to drop them off at 9 am.  Please contact the school to make arrangements.  High school classes start at 10:30.  If a high school student comes to school early, especially if they are bringing in siblings, they are required to remain on campus upon arriving at school.
  • Please use your best judgment when bringing your children in or sending your driving students to school.  If you feel it is not safe, do not come in until it is.  Please contact the school and inform us of this decision.  All fog related absences will be excused.

VOLUNTEERING

  • A volunteer is an adult, 18 years or older, who participates in CVC activities, either on-campus or off, with a distinct duty or assignment through a CVC club, committee or organization that falls under CVC jurisdiction.  We do not consider staff members or current students in this volunteer description.  All volunteers are unpaid.  In contrast, a visitor is someone who comes onto CVC’s campus of their own volition to visit with students, staff and/or faculty on a non-regular basis.
  • All volunteers must complete and pass the Volunteer Clearance Form as well as read and comply with the Volunteer Handbook.  These items may be found at www.cvc.org.  Background checks are valid for three years.

MISCELLANEOUS

  • Gum chewing is not allowed on campus.
  • Skateboards, scooters and roller blades may not be used on campus.  If used for transportation to school, they must be stored during the school day in a location to be determined by the principal.
  • Audio and video devices are not allowed on school field trips and special activities where travel is required, unless special permission is given by the supervising teacher.
  • Any type of delivery for students is required to be dropped off at the middle school office.  The secretaries will then contact the teachers and/or student at break time.  At no time will the classroom be interrupted for “forgotten” homework. 
  • If your student will be out of school for a “planned” absence, please be sure to let the office know at least three (3) days in advance for accurate record keeping.  If the office is not notified in advance, the student will be given an unexcused absence.
  • If your student needs to be excused from class early due to an appointment or other commitment, please send a note to the office with your student or call the office in advance so the office can issue them an “early dismissal” form in order to avoid interrupting the class.