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2021-2022 Student Handbook
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Phone: 215-400-7580

Fax:  215-400-7581









School Colors: BLUE AND WHITE


Key Contacts and Email

Historical Background

Mission Statement

Belief Statements

Our Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Masterman Hymn

District Approved School Calendar 2021-2022

Emergency Closing of School

Academic Honors

Academic Integrity Policy

Arrival and Dismissal


Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices


Counseling Services

2021-2022 Counselor Caseloads

Extra Curricular Activities

Athletic Activities

Student Government Association (SGA)

Emergency Drills and Safety Plans

Guests to the Building

Health Room

I.M.C. (Library)

Library Materials Circulation Policies

Locks and Lockers

Lunch and Breakfast Program

Music Program Participation

Physical Education Uniforms

Rules And Expectations

School Advisory Council

School Property

Students are expected to respect school property. It is against the law to deface school property. Any student defacing or destroying school property will be subject to possible arrest, as well as be responsible for restoration or payment for damages.

SEPTA Key Student Fare Cards

Testing Days


Weapons Policy



This document is subject to change. Updates to the Student Handbook will be provided to the students and changes will be made to the online version of the document and will be included in any subsequent printing or publishing of the document.

Key Contacts and Email




Interim Principal

Marge Neff

Assistant Principal


Assistant Principal

Michelle Harrison

High School Dean

Justin Gilken

5-8 Dean

Nichole Geiger


Gilda Abney


James Allen


Heather Marcus


Adelaida Claudio-Nelson


Amy Shalala

Bilingual Counseling Assistant

Marie Chan

Bilingual Counseling Assistant

Xiao-Rong ‘Ruby’ Wu

Roster Chair

Tim Roache

Equity Coordinator

Marissa Robinson

Historical Background

The Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School was established in September 1958 for elementary school students.  A junior high school program was initiated in February 1959 and a senior high school was added in 1976. In 1990 Masterman was reorganized as a middle school (grades 5-8) and a high school (grades 9-12). The school has twice been named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and is Middle States Accredited. U.S. News & World Report ranked it as the number one public school in Pennsylvania and as 18th in the United States for 2021.


Students are admitted from all areas of Philadelphia based on academic performance. Staff members are selected based on professional excellence. The mission of the school is the pursuit of excellence in both teaching and learning. The school was named for Julia Reynolds Masterman. Mrs. Masterman was instrumental in establishing the Philadelphia Home and School Council and served as its first president. The Masterman family still participates in school events and contributes awards at commencement.

Mission Statement

Masterman School is a multicultural welcoming community of learners that engages academically talented students in grades 5-12 in advanced intellectual study.

Belief Statements

Our Mission and Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion


To move forward with urgency and purpose the creation and maintenance of a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Masterman by facilitating the integration of greater representation, fairness, belonging and care into our policies, protocols, practices, and learning spaces.


We understand that racist and harmful actions are perpetuated both consciously and unconsciously, and vow to create an anti-racist learning community where stakeholders, across every level, engage in training and learning to disrupt the impact of these instances on students. Equitable practices and policies are critical to dismantling the impact that systems of disadvantage have on our students. We are continually evolving our processes to collaboratively engage our community in decision-making so that more equitable outcomes can be attained for students and their families.

Healthy School Initiative

Masterman strives to maintain a healthy school environment. Teachers, staff, students and parents are all asked to make decisions in accordance with Wellness Policy 145 when providing food and/or drinks at Masterman. Special attention to this policy should be given during celebrations, special events, athletic events and fundraising. Each event should include foods or beverages that meet established nutrition standards and applicable administrative procedures.

Masterman Hymn

We pledge our hearts to honor and loyalty

Hold high the unfurled colors blue and white.

Cherish the ideals of excellence and dignity.

Keep our standards high,

Our traditions true and bright.

Masterman’s name be praised.

Standards and honor raised,

We’ll ever faithful be,

throughout eternity.

Knowledge will light our way

Through every coming day.

Thy name be ever praised – Masterman School

Thy name be ever praised – Masterman School

District Approved School Calendar 2021-2022        

Please note the calendar dates listed below are subject to change. View the updated School District Calendar here:

August 31, 2021                    First Day for Grades preK-12

September 6, 2021          Labor Day –  Schools Closed

September 7, 2021          Rosh Hashanah –  Schools Closed

September 16, 2021          Yom Kippur –  Schools Closed        

October 11, 2021                    Indigenous People Day –  Schools Closed

October 13 - 15, 2021          Interim Reports        

November 2, 2021          Election Day- Schools Closed for Staff and Students        

November 11, 2021          Veterans’ Day Schools Closed

November 16, 2021          Term 1 Ends- Grades Due        

November 22 - 24, 2021          Report Card Conferences –  3 Hour Early Dismissal        

November 25 - 26, 2021          Thanksgiving Holiday –  Schools Closed

December 15 - 17, 2021           Interim Reports        

December 24, 2021           Winter Recess–  Schools Closed

December 27 - 30, 2021           Winter Recess –  Schools Closed        

December 31, 2021           New Year’s Day (Observed) –  Schools Closed

January 3, 2022                         Full Day Professional Development - Schools Closed for Students        

January 17, 2022                         Dr. Martin Luther King Day –  Schools Closed

January 25, 2022                         Term 2 Ends - Grades Due        

February 1, 2022                         Lunar New Year –  Schools Closed

February 2 - 4, 2022           Report Card Conferences –  3 Hour Early Dismissal        

February 21, 2022           Presidents’ Day –  Schools Closed

February 23 - 25, 2022           Interim Reports        

March 24, 2022                         Term 3 Ends - Grades Due        

March 30 - April 1, 2022           Report Card Conferences –  3 Hour Early Dismissal        

April 11 - April 14, 2022           Spring Recess –  Schools Closed        

April 15, 2022                         Good Friday  Schools Closed

April 27 - April 29, 2022           Interim Reports        

May 3, 2022                         Eid-al-Fitr –  Schools Closed

May 17, 2022                       Election Day- Schools Closed for Staff and Students         (Tentative)

May 30, 2022                         Memorial Day –  Schools Closed

June 10 - 14, 2022           Graduation Window        

June 14, 2022                         Last Day for Students/ Term 4 Ends

June 15, 2022                         Last Day for Staff/ Full Day Professional Development

Emergency Closing of School

When inclement weather makes it necessary to close schools, information is broadcast on radio, television, and the school district website. When schools are open during inclement weather, contingency plans should be made in advance in case of an early closing of schools. The student should know when they come to school what to do in case of early dismissal.


Academic Honors

Masterman does not rank students.

Honor Roll

Distinguished: All As, one B

Meritorious: All As and Bs

(no integrity violations or disciplinary referrals that year)

National Honor Society – Masterman Chapter Selection of Members

To be eligible for membership, the candidate must be a member of the junior or senior class. A committee will evaluate records after the third marking period junior year and again after the first marking period senior year.


The minimum standard of scholarship will be the following cumulative scholastic average:


Candidates will then be evaluated on the following criteria:

French National Honor Society – Masterman Chapter Selection of Members

Students will become eligible for membership after the first quarter of their third year of their French studies (junior year). Eligibility requirements: All candidates who have a 93 or higher average in French at the end of the first quarter of their junior year, and have all A's and one B (80-89), in all other subject areas of the same year.

Spanish National Honor Society – Masterman Chapter Selection of Members

Students become eligible for membership after the first quarter of their third year of their study of Spanish studies (junior year). Eligibility requirements:  Students who have an average of 93 or higher in Spanish at the end of their first quarter junior year, and have all A’s and one B (80-89) in other subject areas of the same year are eligible.

National Junior Honor Society - Masterman Chapter Selection of Members

The National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) promotes not only academic achievements of students, but also the characteristics of leadership, service, and character. The NJHS is open to students who are presently in 6th and 7th grade. The process for selection into NJHS begins with the teachers nominating students who meet the criteria for entrance. The requirement for candidacy is a cumulative average of 97 or better in all major subjects in the current year.   Candidates will then be evaluated on the basis of service and volunteer work that benefits others inside and outside of school, leadership displayed by holding an office in a club or sport here at Masterman or in an organization outside of school, and character demonstrated by their everyday respect for the Masterman staff, faculty, student body, and school rules, as well as maintaining a high level of personal integrity. Upon completing the application process, notification of selection or non-selection will occur. In the case of non-selection, students will be informed as to the reason they were not selected and encouraged to re-apply the next year.

Academic Integrity Policy

Intellectual honesty is the foundation of a community of learners. Students must be prepared to function in accordance with standard rules for citation and acknowledgement. Students need to recognize that there are serious consequences to ethical lapses. Violations of academic integrity may range from copying homework to plagiarizing a major paper to cheating on a test. Records will be kept on any academic integrity incident reported to the dean or administrator, and repeated offenses will merit more severe consequences.

Definitions of academic dishonesty:



Cheating on Examinations and Assignments

Consequences for academic dishonesty will include any of the following

Additional consequences for academic dishonesty may also include any of the following

Arrival and Dismissal

High School Arrival: 

Students enter through Center Patio doors at the following times:

You will enter through the center patio doors, make a left to the metal detector, go through and go to your advisory. The line MUST remain single file at all times, spaced six-feet apart. Students MUST be masked in line. If needed, the line will extend down the stairs and bend east (toward 16th street).

Breakfast will be grab and go.


Students are expected to be in advisory by 8:45am. Anyone arriving after 8:45am will ring the bell and enter through the 17th Street door. There are to be NO EARLY ARRIVALS except for approved before-school activities, which will not begin before Sept. 13.

The School District requires that high school students pass through metal detectors upon entering the building. The following items are not allowed on school grounds: tobacco products (vape paraphernalia, cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, etc.) drugs, alcohol; weapons (knives, very sharp objects); over the counter or prescription drugs without approval from the nurse; spray paint; glass.

High School students will be dismissed at the end of 7th period. No one will be permitted to remain on school grounds after dismissal except for approved school activities. The patio will be cleared at dismissal time each day.

Middle School Arrival: Grades 5 - 8:

  1. Students will start entering the building at 8:15.
  2. Students will enter the building one at a time at each of the entrances with a dean/administrator/climate staff telling students to enter.:
  1. Students will “flow-in”, meaning not in order of section or grade but rather how they are lined up.
  2. Students will go directly to their classroom maintaining SD.

Breakfast will be grab and go.


Excessive absence results in lowered academic achievement.  Regular attendance (except in case of serious illness) is a requirement at Masterman. Extraordinary circumstances for any absence of more than three days must be discussed with the principal in advance or accompanied by a doctor’s note. Perfect attendance is defined as no absences or latenesses. Students must report by 10:34 AM (3rd period) to participate in school activities.

Reporting of Absence

Lateness to Class

Tardiness creates disruption and prevents all students from learning. Students are required to be in class by the time the second bell rings.


It is at the teacher’s discretion to deduct class participation points. Consistent violation of this rule will result in review by Administration.

Consequences for lateness are as follows:

Cutting or Skipping Class or Options

If a student is found outside of class without a teacher’s permission or is excessively late to class without permission, they may be considered cutting or skipping. The student will serve detention and a parent will be contacted immediately. Repeated offenses may result in suspension.


Early Dismissal Procedures

In the rare case that a student must leave school early, they must provide a note signed by a parent/guardian to the office 24 hours in advance to be excused. The note should include who is picking up the student and a phone number so the early dismissal can be verified. The parent or guardian must have photo identification.


Students in grades 5 through 8: School district policy requires that, for safety reasons, a parent/guardian must pick up their child.


Students in grades 9 through 12: All School District of Philadelphia students, even those over 18 years of age, must submit an early dismissal request statement in a note signed by a parent or guardian 24 hours in advance to the attendance secretary.  In addition, if the parent is not physically signing the student out, the note must give permission for the child to travel alone and state that the parent accepts responsibility for the child’s safety.


Assemblies of various kinds are presented throughout the school year. Students are expected to abide by these rules and regulations.


Cell Phones and Other Electronic Devices

In accordance with the School District of Philadelphia policy, the unauthorized use of electronic devices is prohibited. Therefore, the school is not responsible for lost or stolen electronics. While we recognize the value of cell phones in today’s society, our school policy requires that cell phones must be powered down and out of sight during the school day. Students may also use electronic devices at lunchtime and during advisory with permission.  Inappropriate use of unauthorized of electronic device will result in:

If students need to call home for an emergency during the day, they should obtain a pass to visit the counselor and/or main office. Students may not use cell phones to call home.  If a student is ill, the nurse will call home if necessary. Once dismissed, high school students may only use their cell phones in the 1st Floor hallway , during lunch and  8th period in order to not disturb middle school classes in progress.


Students may use computers in accordance with Policy 815: Acceptable Use of Internet, Computers and Network Resources and Policy 249: Bullying/Cyberbullying and the Code of Student Conduct. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to read and review these policies with their child(ren).

School District Chromebook:

All students will be provided with a Chromebook from the School District of Philadelphia. Students are expected to bring Chromebooks to school each day fully charged. Any issues with Chromebooks should be directed to Ms. Lerer in Room 311 (  

Google Apps for Education:

The School District of Philadelphia provides student access to Google Apps for Education (GAFE). GAFE tools include, but aren’t limited to, Gmail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, and Google Sites. They are being offered to provide students a variety of tools to assist in their learning. Through the use of these tools, students will be able to do their class work, collaborate with one another, and work outside of the walls of a traditional classroom. Therefore, students at J.R. Masterman School will receive a School District email account. Middle School students will have internal or intra-mail addresses that can only send/receive email from within the District’s domain. This email will become their key to their District Google tools.


We educate all students on the productive and responsible use of technology, using a variety of resources which provide learning activities that build the critical thinking and decision-making skills students need to develop into responsible 21st century citizens. We also encourage you to be proactive discussing the responsible use of these resources with your child.

Counseling Services

Students can visit their counselor during their lunch period, during advisory, and before or after school with general questions and concerns, or at any time during a crisis. The counselors at Masterman have an open door policy so students don’t need an appointment. They know it can be awkward to open up to an adult so do not be afraid to visit the counselor suite and introduce yourself. They are here to support you!

Identify your counselor by looking at the chart below, finding your grade level, and using the first letter of your last name. 

2021-2022 Counselor Caseloads


Middle School

Ms. Abney: A-D

Ms. Nelson: E-K

Mr. Allen: L-R

Ms. Marcus: S-Z

High School

Ms. Abney: 9-1, 10-1, 11-1, 12-1

Ms. Nelson: 9-2, 10-2, 11-2, 12-2

Mr. Allen: 9-3, 10-3, 11-3, 12-3

Ms. Marcus: 9-4, 10-4, 11-4, 12-4


Counselors are skilled in working with both students and parents/guardians regarding:


Counselors can also:


A student can see the counselor through:

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)

MTSS is an early intervention strategy. The overarching goal is to improve student achievement using research based interventions matched to the instructional need and level of the student. This strategy allows education professionals to identify and address academic and behavioral difficulties prior to a student failing a class.  Monitoring a student’s response to a series of targeted interventions assists in guiding instruction to prevent academic failure. MTSS is consistent with Pennsylvania Standards Aligned Systems (SAS) and the continuous school improvement process.  Counselors work with students, families, deans, administrators and teachers to monitor student progress.


Additional Resources:


5 Tips for Helping Teens Cope with Stress-


Teens and Stress: How to Keep Stress in Check


For Teens: Creating Your Personal Stress-Management Plan-


Balancing school, activities, and life can be challenging and stressful.  Don’t suffer alone.   Reach out to your counselor for help.  They are here for you.

Dance Policy – High School

Discrimination and Bullying/Cyberbullying Policy

In accordance with the provisions of the Pennsylvania Public School Code, 24 P.S. Sec. 1301-A et seq 1303.1-A, and State Board of Education Regulations, 22 PA Code Sec. 12.3, The School District of Philadelphia (“The District”) adopted Policies 248 and 249 to address bullying and harassment.  


The policy of the School District of Philadelphia is to foster knowledge about and respect for those of all races, ethnic groups, social classes, genders, religions, disabilities, sexual orientations (perceived or known) and gender identities (perceived or known).  Parents and caregivers are encouraged to read the District’s Bullying, Harrassment, and Discrimination policy in the Student Code of Conduct 

Policy 102b:

Its purpose is to ensure equity and justice for all members of the school community, and society as a whole, and to give those members the skills and knowledge they need to overcome individual biases and institutional barriers to full equality.


Federal and state laws prohibit harassment and/or discrimination and as a result the School District of Philadelphia is obligated to investigate and take appropriate action when this policy is violated.


As members of a diverse community, we are obligated to provide a safe and secure learning environment for all of our students. We ask our entire school community to embrace this responsibility in order to create a school and classrooms where students can learn and grow in an environment free from intimidation. Regardless of our personal feelings or individual biases, our actions should be socially appropriate and reflect tolerance for every member of our Masterman Community.


In accordance with the School District of Philadelphia’s Policies 102 and 103, we have established a zero tolerance policy towards negative language and behavior in regards to intolerance. This includes verbal as well as physical harassment. Unacceptable conduct, for example, could include, but not be limited to inappropriate comments regarding ethnicity or sexual orientation, discriminatory remarks, offensive jokes, actions on social media that affect school climate and overt harassment of any kind. No student or staff member should be demeaned based on race, language, ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or ability.


If you are subject to or witness unacceptable behavior, or have any other concerns, please notify a Dean, Counselor, Administrator or any responsible staff member you feel comfortable with, as soon as possible.


After an investigation has been completed the Dean of Students or Administration will determine the consequences of the offense. Any infractions of this non-discrimination policy will result in disciplinary action for students and/or staff. (Staff to be handled by Administration in conjunction with the School District and PFT guidelines.)

Policy 252:

The purpose of this policy is to ensure safety, equity, and justice for all students regardless of gender identity or gender expression so that they can reach their fullest human and intellectual potential. (Accessible online at 



Below are school clubs committed to addressing issues of cultural bias in school and the community. Please note this is a working list and may be subject to change.



Dress Code

The purpose of a dress code is to ensure that people studying and working at Masterman contribute to a safe, tolerant, respectful environment. We have a highly diverse community. Our dress code strives to find common ground for all to feel comfortable and be able to concentrate on intellectual growth and academic achievement. Masterman is a Laboratory and Demonstration school in which students should take pride in their appearance and dress. As a school that is visited often by educators and dignitaries, the dress code below is important to follow.


Masterman students should take pride in their appearance and dress. Criteria for determining appropriate student attire are:



Dress code infractions will be addressed through conferencing with students and parents.

We acknowledge that we must work to make our operating dress code more equitable and reflective of the experiences of all students.  During the 2020-21 school year we convened a committee of staff and students that worked on revising the handbook.  The goal of the committee was to ensure that the policy  was fair and that there is a process for respectfully implementing the policy and doing so with fidelity.  The committee will reconvene this Fall to finalize the revised dress code policy and update all documentation in which the policy is housed.         

Extra Curricular Activities

Middle and high school students at Masterman have an opportunity to enhance their interests and personal growth through participation in numerous clubs and activities.  Students are encouraged to become active participants. A list of the activities with the days and times will be posted on the Masterman website.


Rules for participation:

Athletic Activities

All PIAA activities require an annual physical. Athletes must also meet academic eligibility requirements. At Masterman, if a student is failing one subject during an academic quarter, they may be prohibited from participating.


Softball (H.S. only)            Soccer (H.S. Only)                            Basketball

Golf                        Volleyball                                Cross Country (H.S. only)             

Tennis (H.S. Only)         Baseball (H.S. only)                      Swimming  (H.S. only)  

Track                        Boys Lacrosse (H.S. Only)        Badminton (H.S. only)                

Student Government Association (SGA)

The Student Government Association plans various school functions and works to develop leadership ability. It is also an entity that can address school-wide concerns. The middle and high school government organizations are separate and operate on different schedules. There is one Middle School and one High School representative that sit on the Masterman School Advisory Council (SAC) that meets once a month. Furthermore, two representatives from the High School SGA are chosen to sit on the SDP city-wide student government.


Emergency Drills and Safety Plans

The signal for leaving the building during a fire or fire drill will be a continuous ringing of the fire gong. Silent, mature conduct is expected at this time in order to provide a safe exodus for all students in the event of a hazardous situation. Signs are provided in each classroom with emergency evacuation procedures. To pull a false alarm is a criminal offense. Everyone must leave the building according to instructions posted in each room. The following regulations must be observed during all building evacuations:



Our school has carefully crafted a plan for a variety of emergency and or crisis situations. The procedures for these plans include a lockdown, shelter in place and other plans in the event of an emergency. Plans will be reviewed in all advisories at the beginning of each year and practiced in the form of drills throughout the school year.


Guests to the Building

An Administrator must be notified at least a week prior to the visit of the guest to discuss the purpose and details of the intended visit.  All guest approval is at the discretion of the principal.

Health Room

Parents must supply the school with an up-to-date emergency contact. When a child has any of the following potential Covid symptoms during the night or in the morning, they should be kept home:

For non-emergencies, students may only go to the Health room Monday  - Friday 10:30 AM – 12:55 PM. A student who becomes ill during the day should secure a pass from their teacher to go to the health office. A student who is ill is not to call or text a parent on their cell phone. A detention will be given and this offense will be considered as a cell phone infraction and consequences following those guidelines will be enforced.


A seriously ill student may not leave the school unescorted. A student is not permitted to carry any prescription or nonprescription medication without a MEd-1 form completed by their physician. Elevator service is available for students only with nurse verification and permission.

I.M.C. (Library)

The Masterman School Library is an extension of the classroom, a source of information, a quiet sanctuary, an instructional practice place, a spirited venue for celebrating learning and reading, a collaborative think tank, a creative haven. All are welcome, but there are policies and procedures so that all are free to learn.


Library Policies



Library Materials Circulation Policies

Library materials are circulated from the start of the school year until one month prior to closing date.

The library is offering concierge service for library check out.  Go to Destiny site: and scroll down to the Concierge Check Out bitmoji. In addition to written instructions and links, you can view an instructional video on how to use this service. To return these books, students will use the book drop outside the library.

Students should have a Destiny log in.  With that log in, they can view their accounts and make recommendations on Destiny, and access ebooks, audiobooks, and databases on Mackinvia:

Patrons must check out materials at the circulation desk before leaving the library and return them on the designated due date.

Patrons can check out three books from Mackinvia and up to five books from the school library if the patron has no overdue materials.

Patrons are responsible for the materials they check out.


Circulation period for students:  two weeks

Circulation period for staff: three months

Fines: Lost or damaged material -replacement cost. Please do not purchase a book to replace the lost one; the library needs library bound books usually not available in bookstores.


If there is a problem with payment, please contact the school librarian:

If the material is damaged slightly (i.e., barcode torn, marker on edges of pages) and can be reshelved, a fee of $2.00 for damages is required.

No late fees are charged.

Overdue notices are distributed each month, both paper and electronic. Students with overdue materials have no library privileges until the materials are returned or the fine satisfied. The return bin is within the library; a drop box is outside the library when the library is closed.


 Library Donation Policy


We do not accept outdated periodicals.


Criteria for Fiction: Materials in good condition will be accepted to share with students and staff or used for literature circle.

Criteria for Nonfiction: Mint condition nonfiction appropriate for middle and high school; copyright within five years; preferably hardback; in support of our core curriculum.


Library Schedule-pending

At this time, the school library is doing concierge service check out (see above).  

Physical access to the library this year may be limited because of COVID protocol.

Many resources can be found by joining Masterman School Virtual Library on Google Classroom. The two codes are: dhhy6t6  or xlzl4h6. Patrons can join either virtual library. There is a cap to how many students can join a Google Classroom so it is important to join one or the other, not both. The information is the same in both sites.


Library Catalog-

Students will be instructed on opening their own accounts to view their material circulation and write book recommendations. The catalog also has a Home Page that links to many valuable resources including the school databases, the library webpage (, the library blog

(,and the library newsletter

(https:/ /

Follow the library on Twitter @mastermanimc and Instagram @mastermanlibrary.

Locks and Lockers

Use of Lockers

Lockers are to be used during  the following times:


Lost and Found

A general “Lost and Found” for books and clothing is maintained on the 5th floor odd side of the building. Valuable items such as cell phones, keys, and purses are generally held in the main office. Extremely valuable items (electronics, etc.) should not be brought to school. Eyeglasses are held by the nurse. Every marking period, unclaimed items will be donated to charity.

Lunch and Breakfast Program

Breakfast and lunch are provided free of charge by the School District to all students. Breakfast is served (Grab and Go) as students enter the building.  Breakfast is eaten in advisories. Full lunches are available for all students during each student’s assigned lunch period. Students may bring their own lunch if they desire. There are no microwaves available.

Lunchroom Procedures

The cleanliness and neatness of the lunchroom are the responsibility of each class as well as of each individual student. The following procedures will be followed:

Music Program Participation

Students participating in music ensembles at Masterman (orchestra, band, jazz band, choirs and the musical) must attend rehearsals regularly. Unexcused absences affect the sound and morale of the entire ensemble. Participation in scheduled performances such as the Winter Concert and Spring Concert is mandatory.  Performance dates can be found in the school calendar at the beginning of the school year. In the case of illness and/or emergency, the parent should send a written notice to the music director as soon as they are aware that such a situation exists. Absences due to family emergencies will be considered if written notice is provided. Absences due to work, social events or outside of school activities will not be excused. Grading for musical ensembles is based 50% on rehearsal attendance and participation and 50% on performance attendance and participation.

Physical Education Uniforms

All students will wear comfortable clothing and sneakers for P.E. until further notice (Students will be required to purchase gym uniforms in the future TBD). Students who cannot engage in physical education due to medical reasons must bring in a note from their parent/guardian when missing a PE class and a doctor’s note when missing multiple classes.

Rules And Expectations

School Advisory Council

The School Advisory Council (SAC) meets once a month during the school year. School Advisory Council is a forum for exchanging ideas about how to improve student achievement among the school’s stakeholders: principal, school staff, parents, students, and community members. Council will exercise leadership in the following areas: School Action Plan input and monitoring; school climate and safety; school budget; extracurricular and enrichment programs, and after school activities; parent and community engagement.

School Property

Students are expected to respect school property. It is against the law to deface school property. Any student defacing or destroying school property will be subject to possible arrest, as well as be responsible for restoration or payment for damages.


Books and equipment issued are also the property of the school. Books and equipment will not be issued if the previous year’s debt(s) have not been settled. All books should be covered as soon as they are received. Students are required to make restitution for books or equipment lost, destroyed or damaged.

SEPTA Key Student Fare Cards

SEPTAFare Cards were distributed during advisory to students who live more than 1.5 miles from school. Fare Cards may be used for 8 taps per school day, between 5:30 AM and 8:00 PM.  Lost or stolen Fare Cards must be reported to the main office so that they may be deactivated and a new card issued.  If applicable, please contact your local Regional Rail Office for upgrade information.

Testing Days

A test is defined as a written examination that is approximately a full period in length. Quizzes are shorter in duration (usually less than half a period) and cover less material than tests. A quiz can be given on any day while testing should adhere to the testing schedule dates for each department. The recommended test schedule for grades 7 to 12 is:

Science and Senior Lane #5 electives - Monday and Thursday

Social Studies – Tuesday and Friday

World Languages and Senior Lane #4 electives – Monday and Wednesday

English – Tuesday and Thursday

Math – Wednesday and Friday

All classes in grades 5 and 6 will establish a testing schedule established by the teaching team.



Visitors with legitimate school business are to report to the security desk in the main hallway. All visitors must go through security prior to admission to the school. Once checked, the school police officer will direct the visitor to the main office to obtain permission and a pass. All visitors must adhere to the district's health and safety guidelines as a result of COVID- 19, which includes but is not limited to, wearing a mask. Visits to your child’s school should be scheduled in advance whenever possible.

Weapons Policy

All students 10 years or older found in Possession of a Weapon on School Property, other than a firearm, shotgun or rifle will be placed in the Police School Diversion Program. A firearm is described as any weapon (including starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive.



Possession of a weapon on School Property will be processed as follows:


In all cases where the school has an assigned School Safety Officer (SSO):

  1. The SSO will take possession of the weapon, and will contact the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD), School Diversion Unit. The unit is co-located within the Office of School Safety.
  2. The PPD Diversion Unit will determine the restorative model the student will be referred to address the criminal violation. The restorative programs will consist of, but not limited to the following: Department of Human Services-Preventive Services Program, Youth Court, and Restorative Circles.  
  3. All subsequent weapons violations by the student within the same school year may result in the student being arrested.

Note: In all cases involving an actual firearm the student will be detained and arrested.


In cases where the school does not have a School Safety Officer and the student is found to be in possession of a weapon on school property

  1. The administrator and/or their designee will contact the Philadelphia Police Department.
  2. The Officer upon arrival will initiate the Police School Diversion Protocols and contact the Police School Diversion Unit at 215-400-5526/5530 to determine the student’s eligibility.


After a thorough investigation you may suspend a student in grades 3-12 for possession of a weapon,  but please consider the circumstances surrounding why the student had the weapon ( i.e. if it can be verified it was used at a job the student has ) before issuing any suspension.

This information and any updates to it can be found in the Student Code of Conduct 2021-2022.