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2022-2023

Wangenheim Middle School

9230 Gold Coast Drive

San Diego, California 92126

        619-605-2250

https://www.sandiegounified.org/schools/wangenheim

Dr. Matt Fallon

Principal

Susan Kent

Associative Principal

           

Office Hours are

7:30 am - 3:30 pm

                     

                

                       

                

Important Dates 2022-2023 School Year

August 31                First day of school for students

September 6                Labor Day/No school

November 11                Veteran’s Day Observance/No school

November 22 - 26        Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 20- Jan 2                Winter Break

January 17                 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observance/No school

February 18                Lincoln Day Observance / No school

February 21                Washington Day Observance/No school

Mar. 28 - Apr. 1                Spring Break

May 27-30                        Memorial Day Observance /No School

June 14                        Last day of school for students/Minimum Day

*Grading Periods Ends:         Progress Report/Report Card Goes Home:

October 8                        October 15

Novembexr 19                December 3

January 21                Mailed by District

March 4                         March 11

April 22                        April 29

Last Day June 14                Mailed by District

History of Wangenheim 

Wangenheim Junior High opened in 1977 with the seventh grade meeting in bungalows.  In 1978 the first permanent buildings were opened and Wangenheim became a grade 7-9 school the following year.  In September of 1993, we became Wangenheim Middle School and now teach sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.

        Julius F. Wangenheim was a civic leader, patron of the arts, developer of Balboa Park, a scientist, and leading businessperson and financier of San Diego.  San Diego’s Central Library houses Mr. Wangenheim’s personal collection of rare books in The Wangenheim Room. He died in 1942 at the age of 75.

Classroom Delivery Policy

In order to minimize classroom disruptions we do not deliver forgotten items. We hope this policy will encourage students to be more responsible with their belongings.

 

Visitors

Parents are welcome at all times and must sign in at the Main Office and state their purpose.  Parents must arrange in advance with individual teachers for classroom visits. Students not enrolled at Wangenheim are not allowed on campus at any time unless accompanied by a parent.

Lunch

Students may bring or buy lunch. Other items and drinks are also available. Students are issued pin numbers.  No outside food deliveries will be allowed.  

Absence Procedure

All absences must be verified by a parent or guardian through note, telephone call or in person.  If a parent/guardian has not contacted the school within five days of the absence, the school will consider the student’s absence to be unverified and therefore possibly truant.

What kinds of absences are excused?

According to California Ed Code, the only absences that are considered excused are illness, medical/dental appointments, funeral of an immediate family member, religious observance, and court appearances.  Absences for any other reason (oversleeping, out-of-town, caring for sick family member, family vacations, etc.) will be coded in the computer as an unexcused absence.  

Doctor Appointments, Early Dismissal:

Parents must request a student’s early dismissal from the Attendance Office.  A parent may call or send a note in advance to request a blue slip, which will have the student ready to leave campus when the parent arrives.  If parents do not call ahead it may take up to 20 minutes to get the student to the office, and possibly longer if they are in PE.

Out-of-town Trips Lasting 5 Days or Longer:  A parent or guardian must notify the Attendance Office -- not the teacher -- for a Contract of Independent Study, at least five school days in advance.  A completed contract will give you credit for missed classroom time.

*Dance Requirements

Parent Online Accounts

The district’s new student information system is PowerSchool. You can click on the school’s website to access the PowerSchool ParentPortal sign in page: https://www.sandiegounified.org/schools/wangenheim. Sign in using your child’s ID# and password.  In the Username field enter their ID#; in the Password field enter their password. You will be able to access your child’s assignments, grades, attendance and behavior.  

Network Use Agreement

I have read the Network Use Agreement and give permission for my child to use the internet at school.

Parent Signature

X______________________

Student Signature

X_____________________

i21 Netbook Agreement

Netbook use agreement was signed by parents.

Advisory Teacher’s Signature:

__________________________________

The Wildcat Way

Here at Wangenheim, all the staff and students live by The Wildcat Way which is P.A.W.S. – Positive Actions for Wildcat Success.  The foundations of P.A.W.S. are:

                

Respect                

Responsibility

Self-Control

and Cooperation

All Wangenheim students are expected to follow P.A.W.S.  Together we will create, maintain and enhance a positive climate where all students can achieve to their maximum potential in a friendly and caring environment.

Zero Tolerance Contract

San Diego City Schools

The Board of Education has approved the following Zero Tolerance Policy which will result in students being expelled who possess weapons, engage in repeated fights or acts of violence, or are found in repeated possession of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco.

A weapon is defined as a firearm, pistol replica, starter pistol, stun gun, BB gun or pellet gun, a knife of any size or type, a dirk, a dagger, razor, slingshot, any explosives or fireworks.  Any object used in a dangerous manner will also be considered a weapon.  Use or possession of a weapon will result in your recommendation for expulsion.

Repeated incidents of fighting, violent acts, or causing serious injury to another person will result in a recommendation for expulsion under the Zero Tolerance Policy.

If you are found in possession of drugs or alcohol, you will be recommended for discipline.  Your third offense of possession of drugs or alcohol will result in a recommendation for expulsion.  If you are found to be in possession of tobacco, you will be recommended for expulsion on your fourth offense.

If you are found to be selling or furnishing controlled substances, you will be recommended for expulsion on your first offense.

In addition to discipline, if you are found to have violated the law you may be arrested and taken to a juvenile detention facility.

Expulsion from San Diego City Schools will result in the loss of your privileges to attend school or extracurricular activities.  You may be placed in an alternative school or program.

The Zero Tolerance Policy is designed to make your school a safe environment and to provide an appropriate learning environment for you and other students.  There can be no acceptable reason for violating these rules.

X_______________________ Date__________

I have read and understood the Zero Tolerance Policy.

Health Services

The Health Office is available to students during school hours.  During class hours, students must have a pass from their teacher. All students must have a current emergency card on file in the Health Office. If students take medication or have orthopedic equipment during school hours, they must have a Physician’s Recommendation for Medical or Orthopedic Equipment on file.  All medications must be kept in the Health Office.  A physician's excuse from PE should be taken to the Health Office.  A parent's excuse from PE should go to the student’s PE coach.

Textbooks

Textbooks are furnished free of charge.  They are to be used only by the student to whom they are issued.  Students will be asked to pay for damage beyond normal wear.  All textbooks are to be covered with appropriate covers.

I.D. Cards

Wangenheim students are required to have their student IDcard with them at all times.

Replacement cards cost $5.00.

After School Activities/Tutoring

        We offer tutoring and a variety of clubs.  We have a no-cost PrimeTime after-school program that provides supervised homework assistance, arts and crafts, sports, and enrichment until 6:00 p.m. Pick up an application in the office.

        All students must be off campus by 2:25 pm unless they are involved in a supervised activity. Any students on campus after 2:30 pm without an after-school pass may be assigned detention.

Library / Media Center /

Computer Lab

Library Hours: ______to _______

        The library is primarily for research, studying, and reading. During the day students need a pass from a teacher to go to the library. I.D. cards are needed to check out books. There will be an overdue fine of 5 cents per day per book. Students are responsible for lost or damaged materials

        The computer lab is to be used for study, research, and writing with classes.  Students must have a signed Network Use Agreement on file before using any school computer. Students who violate the Network Use Agreement will lose computer privileges.

Lost and Found

If you find any item of value, please turn it in to the Main Office.  Check these locations if you are missing any items:

CRIME STOPPERS

619-235-TIPS

You can anonymously report a crime. If it leads to an arrest, you can get a reward of up to $1000.00. It’s completely anonymous.

SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Student Nondiscrimination and Sexual Harassment Policy

NOTICE OF STUDENT NONDISCRIMINATION

San Diego Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs and activities shall be free from discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, race, ancestry, national origin, religion, color and mental or physical disability or any other unlawful consideration. The district shall promote programs that ensure that discriminatory practices are eliminated in all district activities and will take steps to assure that the lack of English will not be a barrier to admission and participation in district programs.

Any student who engages in discrimination of another student or anyone from the district may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Any employee who permits or engages in discrimination may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

Any student or parent/guardian who feels that discrimination has occurred should immediately contact a teacher or the principal for resolution at the site. If the issue cannot be resolved, the student or parent should contact: Human Resources, Eugene Brucker Education Center, 4100 Normal St., Room 1241, San Diego, CA 92103. For questions or additional information, please call (619) 725-7132.

STUDENT SEXUAL

HARASSMENT POLICY

San Diego Unified School District is committed to making the schools free from sexual harassment. This means that the district prohibits harassment made by someone from or in the educational setting. Sexual harassment can be such actions as unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; or verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by someone from or in the educational setting.

The district prohibits conduct that has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact on the student's academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment.

The district further prohibits sexual harassment in which a student's grades, benefits, services, honors, program or activities are dependent on submission to such conduct.

Students should report any sexual harassment to their school principal, vice principal, counselor, or teacher. Students who violate this policy shall be disciplined appropriately. This includes suspension or possible expulsion. Employees who violate this policy shall be disciplined according to personnel procedures (AP 7110).

The district believes that it can resolve issues of harassment and discrimination at the school site.

If not, students or parents/guardian may contact: Human Resources, Eugene Brucker Education Center, 4100 Normal St., Room 1241, San Diego, CA 92103. For questions or additional information, please call (619) 725-7132.

TO FILE A DISCRIMINATION OR SEXUAL HARASSMENT COMPLAINT

1.  Filing a complaint: A complaint may be filed by a student or parent/guardian by obtaining a copy of the Uniform Complaint Form and Administrative Procedure 0112 from the school or the district’s Legal Office. Remedies available outside of the district are listed in this procedure. The complaint should be filed with the principal at the complaining student’s school.

2. Investigation: San Diego Unified School District will immediately undertake an effective, thorough, and objective investigation of the harassment allegations and provide a written report within sixty (60) days of when the complaint is filed.

3.   Action: If the district determines that its policies prohibiting sexual harassment or discrimination have been violated, disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion will be taken.

The person filing the complaint may also pursue action in civil court.

Complaints will be kept confidential.

The district prohibits retaliation against any participant in the complaint process. Each complaint shall be investigated promptly and in a way that respects the privacy of all parties concerned.

A student who has a complaint of discrimination or sexual harassment should contact a teacher or principal for resolution at the school site. If the complaint cannot be resolved, the student should contact:

Human Resources

Eugene Brucker Education Center

4100 Normal Street, Rm. 1241

San Diego, CA 92103

For questions or additional information please call   (619) 725-7132

PAWS Handbook

Positive Actions for Wildcat Success

Vision Statement: We develop the next generation of innovators, collaborative problem solvers and positive agents of change with a global worldview.

Mission Statement:

The mission of Wangenheim Middle School is to provide a meaningful and high quality academic experience based on Common Core State standards, along with a broad elective program and supported by character education, counseling, personal management systems, and opportunities for extracurricular involvement.

We believe in meeting the diverse academic, social, and personal needs of our students while fostering curiosity and creativity in a safe and supportive learning environment.

Goals:

I am going to obtain a GPA of ________ by:

1) __________________________________________

2) __________________________________________

3) __________________________________________

4) __________________________________________

I am going to positively contribute to the Wangenheim community by:

1) __________________________________________

2) __________________________________________

3) __________________________________________

4) __________________________________________

The supports I need are:

1) __________________________________________

2) __________________________________________

3) __________________________________________

4) __________________________________________

Expectations:

  1. BE PREPARED: Students are to arrive in class on time and be prepared to learn.
  2. SHOW RESPECT: Students must demonstrate respect for others, personal property, the school and themselves.
  3. SHOW EFFORT: Students are expected to give their best effort in all they do and make the most of their education.
  4. HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE: Students are expected to maintain a positive attitude and make a positive contribution to the school community.
  5. SAFETY FIRST: Students must always act in a way that ensures the safety of all community members.

Good Job Wildcats!

Rewards for Good Behavior:

  1. Good citizenship marks on your report card
  2. Front of the line passes
  3. Positive notes and phone calls home
  4. Book lockers
  5. School dance privileges
  6. Field trip privileges
  7. Lunch with the principal
  8. Wildcat Raffle Ticket

Students who are following the Wildcat Way can be awarded a raffle ticket slip by any staff member. These tickets can be turned in to the raffle box on the lunch court. Tickets will be drawn for prizes once a week.

  1. PURSUE Award  for Persistence and Success

Students who have made great progress in academics, citizenship or attendance can be nominated by their teacher.  Each month five students are chosen to go out to lunch with the principal and the counselors.

  1. PAWS Student of the Month 

Each month five students will be chosen as "PAWS Student of the Month." Students will be nominated for this award by the staff. The vice principal will choose from these nominations. The winners will be treated to lunch at a nearby restaurant with the principal. Students will receive an award certificate.   

School-wide Classroom Expectations

Rewards From Teacher (may include but are not limited to):

Consequences From Teacher:

  1. Verbal warning
  2. Private teacher-student conference
  3. Parent contact
  4. Campus Beautification & parent contact
  5. Counseling intervention form and parent contact
  6. Behavior referral to vice principal and parent contact

NEW  Restorative Conference/Restorative Meeting

Such meetings support a positive school climate and to resolve conflicts facilitated by a trusted mediator. Restorative questions may be used as a tool to process an incident of wrongdoing or conflict. The questions focus on the incident, and allow the person to think about how his/her actions affected others. The typical restorative questions below are also tools to support the process of restoring improved and assertive communication.

When challenging behavior (offender):

  • What happened?
  • What were you thinking of at the time?
  • What have you thought about since?
  • Who has been affected by what you have done?
  • In what way have they been affected?
  • What do you think you need to do to make things right?

 

To help those affected (victim):

  • What did you think when you realized what had happened?
  • What impact has this incident had on you and others?
  • What has been the hardest thing for you?
  • What do you think needs to happen to make things right?

Tardies

Students must be in class and ready to learn when the bell rings.

Consequences for tardies in a single period:

1.        Verbal Warning

2.        Tardy Procedure Warning sent home to parent; parent signature required

3.        Lunch Detention

4.        After-school detention and parent contact

5.        Two after-school detentions, citizenship grade lowered one grade for current 6-week grading period, and parent will be contacted.

Consequences for overall total of school tardies per semester

6.        Saturday School and loss of dance privileges

7.   Referral to Site School Attendance Review Team, and possibly District Attendance Review Board.

Note:  It is the responsibility of the parents and the student to monitor the number of tardies online.  There will be no tardy notice prior to the Saturday School permission slip.

Truancies

A truancy is defined as being out of school without your parent’s permission or out of class without the school’s permission (any adult staff may give direction to a student).

Consequences:

After school detention, Saturday School, and/or loss of dance privileges

Inappropriate Items – in effect 24 hours a day

        Possession or use of items inappropriate to the educational process, such as toys that detract from the educational process, laser pointers, earbuds, headphones, music speakers, video games, cameras, stuffed animals, sprays of any kind (spray deodorant, spray cologne, etc.), permanent markers, liquid white-out, helium balloons, birthday cakes or food with frosting, gum and energy/caffeine drinks are prohibited and these items will be confiscated.  Items not retrieved within one week will be discarded.  Items for repeat offenders may be confiscated until the end of the school year. Wangenheim is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.

Consequences:

  1. Item will be confiscated, turned over to a VP or counselor and returned to student when student returns signed contract.
  2. Same as #1 above but item will be picked up by parents.
  3. Same as #2 above and community service will be assigned.

Cell Phones: Wangenheim is not responsible for phones that are lost or stolen.

During school 7:30-2:25

Before and After School: 

       

Consequences: *** denotes the next level of consequences

First Offense:     1) Phone and/or ear buds/headphones confiscated, returned at the end of the

day; 2) contract completed.

Second Offense: #1 and 2 above with lunch detention.

Third Offense:  #1 and 2 above with after school detention.

Fourth Offense:  #1 and 2 above and student must check phone in at the office every morning.

Passing Period/Outside Pathways

     Consequences

  1. Warning, Other consequences
  2. Discipline referral or possible suspension for serious infractions.

Bicycle Riding        

        

Consequences:

  1. Warning
  2. Other consequence
  3. Loss of bike privileges

Student Dress Code

The dress code is in effect any time students are on campus 24 hours a day. Student safety is our top priority as well as reducing distractions for a student’s OWN learning.

Students who dress inappropriately will be asked to change or be sent home. Inappropriate clothing/items will be confiscated. If item is not picked up within one week by a parent or student with parent signature, it will be donated to charity.

Consequences:

1.  Students will be sent to the office to change into loaner clothes.  Inappropriate garments will be confiscated and will be returned when student returns signed dress code contract and washed loaner clothes.  Items left over one week will be donated to charity.

2.  Lunch detention; same procedure as above but garment must be picked up by parent.

3. After school detention; same procedure as above.

      4. Additional offenses: Number of days of detention will increase by one with each offense

          assigned; same procedure as above.

Assembly Behavior

Consequences:

  1. Verbal Warning
  2. Lunch detention
  3. Phone call home and detention

Lunch

Cheating, Plagiarizing, Academic Dishonesty

This includes but is not limited to copying answers, copying material from the internet, using the ideas of others without giving them credit. Plagiarism is to steal the work of another or pass off the work of another as your own.  A person who lets someone copy from them or provides answers to another person is equally guilty of cheating.

Consequences:

  1. Counseling by teacher, phone call home, lower citizenship grade, zero on assignment.
  2. Same as above and campus beautification will be assigned and referral written.
  3. Same as #1 and detention will be assigned.

Loitering

Hanging around on campus without permission

Consequences:

Minor Infractions

Consequences:

1.   Verbal warning

  1. Phone call home
  2. Phone call home and parent conference
  3. Multiple violations may result in further consequences

Other Infractions

Consequences

No Shows

When students do not show for a consequence, the consequence is repeated. The second time they do not show for a consequence, they are assigned the next level of consequence in this order. 

  1. Campus beautification
  2. Lunch detention
  3. After-school detention
  4. Suspension (if applicable)

Dance Eligibility Appeal Process

If a student is ineligible to attend the dance, they must meet the requirements. They can make up their tardies and truancies by attending Core Academy Saturday School and attending after school detentions. For suspensions, students will need to write a 500-word essay explaining why they were suspended, the lesson they learned, and explain how their behavior negatively impacted Wangenheim's Wildcat Way of RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, COOPERATION, and SELF-CONTROL. The essay needs to be submitted to the Vice Principal in a timely manner. Suspensions for serious offenses such as fighting or for possessing prohibitive substances will not be appealable.

                

Suspendable Infractions: Up to 5 days of suspension

Expellable Infractions: 5 days of suspension and recommendation for expulsion

PAWS
P   Positive

A  Actions for

W  Wildcat

S  Success

I have read the school policies and I pledge to do my best to make a positive contribution to the Wangenheim community.

Student signature:______________________Date:____________

Go Wildcats!