Frank H. Harrison Middle School Handbook 2018-2019
Table of Contents
Yarmouth Schools’ Belief Statements
Yarmouth Schools’ Core Values
Assurances for Parents at Harrison Middle School
Helpful information about preadolescent development
Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO)
Partners in Education
Welcome to the Harrison Middle School
Middle School Beliefs
What is a Middle School?
Middle School Schedule and Organization
Blue and White Days
Planned Family Absence
Visitors to School
Cell phones and Cameras
Student Health Services and Medication
Study Hall Guidelines
2017-2018 Reporting Dates
Fire Drill Policy
Our School Community Standards
Drug-Free Schools: Chemical Use Student Policy
Drug-Free Schools: Chemical Use Student Procedure, Grade K-12
Extracurricular Code of Conduct
Annual Parent Notification regarding Title I
Annual Notification of Student Education Records and Information Rights
Annual Notification of Asbestos Management Plan
Annual Notification of Pest Management Plan
We believe the best learning occurs . . .
Integrity People with integrity are honest, sincere, trustworthy, ethical,
loyal and fair.
Responsibility Responsible people know, understand, consider and accept the
impact and consequences of their personal actions and decisions.
Perseverance People who persevere are able to work toward their goals in spite
of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
Respect Respectful people recognize and appreciate diversity in ideas and
Compassion Compassionate people show concern for the well-being of
themselves, others and the environment.
The Pursuit of Excellence People who pursue excellence seek to improve and give their
best effort consistently.
1. Your child will be safe. He or she will be safe to walk the halls, safe to make new friends, safe to respectfully speak his or her mind, safe to try new things, and safe to feel proud of his or her accomplishments. It is our job to be vigilant about making this school a safe community in which to live.
2. Your child will be challenged. We will assess student strengths and areas of growth. We will structure learning opportunities so that each child will be motivated to be successful. We will seek out resources and partners to help us in addressing students' needs. We will be diligent about holding onto our high expectations for each child. We will be reflective about our expectations and consistently review students' progress, adjusting our methods to more fully elicit student growth.
3. More than one adult will know your child well. Through Advisor/Advisee groups, the Guidance Office, and teacher teaming, we have devised a structure, which allows a concerned adult to be available and responsible to each small group of students. A caring relationship encompasses not only role modeling, but also genuine concern for the positive growth (intellectual, social, emotional, and physical) of each child.
Our concern first and foremost must be: What is best for the child? We will use information from many sources (parents, counselors, formal testing, informal observations) to get to know our students. You know your children at home. You know them over many years. Our goal is not to be the parent. Our expertise, as a staff, is knowing what "middle schoolers" as a group are like and how to reach them with effective teaching strategies. We will use our professional knowledge to help you understand your child's growth.
4. You will have regular communication of your child's progress. Some of this communication will be through progress and trimester reports. Some will be through parent/teacher conferences, Open Houses, Forums, team newsletters, Parent Nights, as well as communication by telephone, e-mail, or letter.
Teachers are responsible for contacting parents when they see a child begin to encounter problems (academic, behavioral, or social). They are also responsible for devising new strategies that meet the needs of individual children. You are our partners in this endeavor. You also need to contact us when you see a possible problem or concern. You are our greatest support outside of the classroom and school. Your cooperation and help will be important to seeing your child succeed.
There are many myths about young adolescent development. From our knowledge and experience in working with this age group, we think it is most helpful to describe this time as a set of competing forces, which can produce periods of tension in the lives of young people.
Some of these tensions can be described as follows:
We strive for excellence; sometimes, in spite of our best efforts, things don't go exactly as planned. If you ever find yourself with a question, concern or complaint, please call the school. The best route is to talk first to the person most closely involved. For example, in the case of a classroom question, talk with the teacher. You will find that everyone has the same goal in mind - the best educational experience for our students. If additional information or correspondence is necessary, please give a guidance counselor or a building administrator a call.
This is an incredibly time consuming and complex process which involves classroom teachers, specialists, support staff, and the administration. It is important to note that in order to create well-balanced heterogeneous classes that provide equal opportunities for all students, we are unable to honor specific placement requests.
The placement process begins in April. If you have a specific placement question, please contact a school counselor or a building administrator.
The Harrison Middle School Parent Teacher Organization was formed to help involve parents in support of the school. Please stay tuned for the meeting dates.
Volunteer Program and Partnerships
The Yarmouth School Volunteer Program is designed to enrich a student's educational experience and strengthen the learning environment of our schools by supporting the efforts of our professional personnel. Utilization of volunteers from the community creates partnerships that work to enhance the quality of education and benefit the students.
Yarmouth's Community Partnerships consist of educators, business people, and community members. The Partnership has defined its purpose as follows: To focus on expanding the definition of teacher, by utilizing business people and resources within the community. Partners In Education developed a business/community database for teachers to tap the many varied resources in the community for a one-time activity or a long-term partnership.
Drop Off: 1) Please respect the Bus Only zone by not driving around the large circle.
2) After pulling around the small circle to the stop sign, proceed to the next stop sign or behind the next automobile before dropping your child off.
3) A school bus dropping off students will have its flashing lights on, but far enough back for you to pull out for drop off.
Pick Up: 1) The buses will be lined up for pickup with lights flashing; do not pass them.
2) Parents picking up students will have to wait at the first stop sign on the small circle, visitor parking, or in the faculty parking lot.
3) Students who are being picked up by their parents need to wait until the buses have departed. They should not walk between buses.
We request that students be dropped off and picked up in the designated zone.
The Frank H. Harrison Middle School community [staff, students and parents] will create an environment that promotes learning, safety, respect, responsibility, and self-confidence.
Within our environment, we will:
As you settle into the Harrison Middle School, you will see that our school is especially designed for students your age. It will be different from elementary or high school. This is a time for you to explore. You will discover new skills and areas of success, and develop new interests. The time to expand your knowledge and venture into new areas is now! Each year you will get to delve into new languages, technologies, health sciences, physical activities, and after school sports and clubs.
A goal of our school is to help you LEARN HOW TO LEARN. Your teachers will encourage you to think for yourself, to learn the art of asking useful questions, to seek answers on your own, and to learn how to study effectively. They will also emphasize the following skills:
1. how to organize materials, time and information
2. how and when to ask for help
3. how to listen and follow directions
4. how to begin and complete an assignment or task
5. how to solve complex problems
6. how to work cooperatively with others
You will help yourself to learn in different ways. Sometimes you will learn from information your teacher gives you. Sometimes you will discover the answer through your own research. There will be times when you will work with your friends. Group and class projects will teach you many things, including how to work well with others. During your stay at the Harrison Middle School, you may discover the ways in which you learn best, be it reading, listening, drawing, moving, or creating something with your hands.
We are happy to be here to guide you, teach you and learn from you. Along with your parents, we will do all that we can to help you explore your potential and become a lifelong learner.
Throughout the school, teachers work in teams in order to share information about students, develop interdisciplinary and integrative units, and plan for students' individual needs. The 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will have three teams of two teachers responsible for a large portion of their day. Students will also change classes for unified arts, band or chorus.
Students rotate through a 2-day schedule (Blue and White Days), which allows for some flexibility of scheduling classes, as well as consistency over vacations and holidays. Unified arts and enrichment classes may meet every day or only on Blue or White Days. Check your student schedule to see which classes you have on which day. The first day of school will be a Blue
Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and dismiss at 2:45 p.m. The buses will begin to drop off students at the middle school around 7:40. Teacher supervision also begins at this time, 7:40 a.m. At that time, most 5th graders wait at the 5th grade play area, and 6th, 7th and 8th graders wait at the outside basketball courts. If you would like to have breakfast, you may enter the building at 7:40 and go to the cafeteria. The computer lab opens at 7:40 for student use. All students enter the building at 7:55. In the case of bad weather, you may come into the school when you arrive and wait in the cafeteria or outside of the cafeteria.
The bell rings at 7:55 to tell you it is time to go to your locker and then to your advisor group. A bell will ring at 8:00 to indicate that advisor groups have started. Students arriving to their advisor group after the bell will be considered late and must report to the office for a late pass. At 8:07 the bell will ring again to end the advisor period. Students will be dismissed at 2:45 following afternoon announcements.
We want to encourage you to make every effort to attend school every day. Our school year is all too short and we have a lot to accomplish. Your daily attendance in school has a direct, positive effect on your performance.
Absences: When you are ill, or for some reason unable to attend school, your parent or guardian should call the school between 7:20 and 8:35 in the morning to let us know that you will be out and the reason why. If we do not hear from you, we will call your home or parent's work to verify your absence. Any student who is absent for the day cannot participate in any after school extracurricular activities, such as dances, athletics, drama, etc.
Late to School: If you arrive at school after 8:00 in the morning, you must first stop at the main office to get a pass to class. You need a note from home explaining the reason for being late. If a teacher meets with or works with a student so that a student is late for the next class, that teacher must write an admit slip for that student. If a student does not have a valid admit slip, he/she will have an unexcused tardy.
All tardiness to school will be unexcused except for the following: 1) doctor's appointment that could not be scheduled outside the school day; 2) family emergency (not an alarm clock that doesn't go off, an automobile that does not start, etc.); 3) religious holidays; and 4) illness. Each student is allowed three unexcused tardies in a trimester before office detention is assigned. Students who are excessively or deliberately late will be subject to office detention and/or other appropriate disciplinary action.
Early Dismissal: If you have to leave early, you will need a written request from a parent or guardian, and it must be brought to the office before school on the day of dismissal. The written request should include your name, time of dismissal, and the nature of the dismissal. You must stop by the office to check out on your way out of school. For your own safety, you should always notify the school office if you have to leave school unexpectedly.
When a family plans an absence from school for a vacation, the student picks up the planned family absence form from the office. The form must be returned to the office signed by teachers and parents prior to the date of departure.
STUDENT MAKE-UP POLICY FOR PLANNED FAMILY ABSENCES
Teachers will be available for make-up time, a minimum of two afternoons per week. Students receiving excused absences are expected to make up missed classroom work. Students will be allowed an amount of time equal to the number of days absent to complete make-up work. For example, a student absent for two school days would have two school days to complete all make-up work. Given extenuating circumstances, individual classroom teachers may extend make-up deadlines.
Field trips are considered as a regular school day, not as an absence from school. Work, extracurricular activities and interscholastic athletics are not valid excuses for not turning in missed classroom work.
Students coming in late to school will be expected to pass in all work that was due and take missed exams by the end of that day. Students dismissed from school will be expected to pass in all work that was due and take missed exams on the day they return to school. Any student who missed the day prior to a test, which was announced at least 48 hours before its administration, will be expected to take it.
When foul weather causes school closings, an announcement will be made over the local radio stations (such as WGAN, a.m. 560 and TV stations (CH. 6 and 13) starting at 5:30 a.m.). Your help in listening for these announcements is appreciated. Please do not call the school, as we may not be here to answer! If school is canceled, any extracurricular event (dances, sports games, etc.), which was planned for that day, will also be canceled.
Some days the weather is not bad enough to close school for the day, and by waiting 60 or 90 minutes, the roads will be clear. When there is snow or ice outside, check the TV or radio to see if school is delayed. This means that if school is delayed 90 minutes, your bus will come 90 minutes later than usual. (Example: if your bus usually arrives at HMS at 7:40, it will arrive at 9:10.)
There will be a number of after school and evening events planned for you throughout the year. Some of these events will be limited to a particular grade depending upon the nature and purpose of the activity.
The Student Leadership Team plans various social events. Dances are evening events planned for 7th and 8th grade students.
When an after school event requires parental transportation home, we encourage you to have your parents pick you up as soon as the event is over. Custodians need to clean up and chaperones are anxious to make sure you get home safely and securely.
Dances are for Frank H. Harrison Middle School students and Yarmouth student residents attending other schools. Students who live in Yarmouth and attend other schools must call the main office with their name and school name before attending a dance.
You are expected to be at the dance when it begins [6:30 p.m.], unless prior permission by the administration has been given.
To keep you safe, you will stay until the dance is over and be picked up by an adult or adult designee. If you need to be picked up before the end of the dance, a parental note and administrative permission is needed. Please let your parents know to pick you up at the correct time [8:30 P.M.]. Leaving the dance without permission will result in a loss of privilege of attending future dances.
There is no reason to bring a backpack or beverage to the dance, so please leave them home. We ask that you remain in the dance area (cafeteria and lobby) for the evening. If you go outside the dance area, you will be asked to call home to have a parent pick you up early and/or lose the privilege of attending future dances.
We expect you to be respectful and appropriate; all school rules apply. If you choose not to be respectful and appropriate, you will be asked to call home to have a parent pick you up and/or lose the privilege of attending future dances.
All visitors to the school must first stop by the office, register and wear an identification badge. Student visitors are allowed only if they are planning to transfer to HMS.
The library is open before school and until 3:15 daily. The librarian and your teacher will help you to select appropriate resources available in the library. You may borrow books for a two-week period. Some books will be reserved by teachers to be used only in the library. When you need to use the library during the day, ask your teacher for a pass.
There is one phone in the office for your use when you need to call home. You can use it before or after school, or by permission from your teachers. Students who bring cell phones to school will need to keep them in their backpacks, computer bags, or lockers between the hours of 8:00 AM and 2:45 PM. Cell phones may not be on or in use during this time. There is a phone available in the main office if students need to call home during the school day. This procedure supports a safe and orderly environment for all students.
The use of cell phones, cameras and any type of video device is strictly prohibited in all settings throughout the school day. These settings include locker rooms and bathrooms.
The use of cell phones, cameras and any type of video device is strictly prohibited during all extracurricular activities.
Exceptions to this rule can only be granted by staff and/or coaches.
The school nurse is scheduled to be at the middle school from 7:40 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. daily. If you need to see the nurse for any reason during the day, tell your teacher, and he/she will give you a pass to the nurse's office. If you are sick, you must check with the nurse or school secretary before you are allowed to go home. It is the school's responsibility to notify your parents.
If you need to take medication in school, your parent or guardian must complete a medical request form before you can take the medicine. The school cannot administer medicine to you without a form signed. All medication is kept in the office and will be given to you to take as prescribed by your doctor.
You are not allowed to keep medication of any kind in your locker or school bag because it is unsafe. In case of a severe or unusual reaction, the staff must know the medicine you took in order to help the nurse or doctor do their jobs well.
Any serious injury occurring to students is immediately reported to the main office. A parent or guardian is notified and a decision is then made whether the injury requires out of school attention.
A Student Emergency Sheet will be available on the Parent Portal. Please have your parent fill out the information (even if nothing has changed since last year) and submit. This information is vitally important in case of an emergency. If your family moves during the year or needs to update other information, have them access the Student Emergency Sheet on the Parent Portal to make any appropriate changes.
Lunch is 25 minutes long. After 10 minutes on the playground, you will be excused to go inside to eat. You can sit at the table of your choice in the cafeteria. Each grade level will have a different lunchtime. Thank you for observing the following guidelines in the cafeteria:
Choices of bagels, cereal, toast, fruit juices, and milk.
Choose any one of three hot entrees, salad bar selections and milk. Sandwiches "made to order" from our deli are an additional choice for the school lunch meal. Salad bar selections include a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with a variety of salads. Also available in the cafe are a la carte selections such as French fries (baked), juice drinks, dessert and snack items, and ice cream novelties. Prices are posted for these items.
Payments: You may pay each day with cash. Weekly or monthly payments by check are deposited into a prepay account (no change given for checks). You may charge any item to this account, lunch or a la carte. If the account falls to 0, you may not charge until money is deposited. Parents may also pay using Visa or MasterCard. A form for credit card approval will be sent home in the fall and will be available in the main office throughout the school year.
Free and Reduced Meals: Applications are sent home each fall and are always available in each school office. You have identical prepay accounts and have all the same entree choices each day. A la carte only items are not eligible for free or reduced prices.
If you forget to bring a lunch or money, you may borrow money from the cafeteria for a school lunch meal. This amount must be paid the next day. You may not borrow again until it is paid.
Nutrition Program Menus are posted each month on our website, daily in the cafe and distributed to 5th and 6th grade classrooms. Menus are available in the cafe and the main office to take home.
Parents are encouraged to discuss wise food choices and amount to be spent. While healthy choices are encouraged, the cafe staff members are not able to supervise habits of individual students.
Homework assignments are an extension of classroom work. Homework is another way of developing self-discipline and organizational skills. Kinds of homework might include: drill and practice, guided reading of assigned literature, independent reading, research activities, work on reports, projects, exhibitions, and studying for quizzes and tests.
Because students study in different ways, the time you spend on an assignment may differ drastically from the time your friends spend. The key is to organize your time well. You are responsible for your assignments, and we expect you to do your homework every day and pass it in on time. This helps us check what you have learned and what you are still struggling with. If you do not pass in your homework, you may be asked to stay after school to complete it. There is a direct positive relationship between doing homework, studying, and doing well in school.
Fifth grade Most of the work you do will be in class. However, students will have homework or preparations for assessments in class the next day. Your homework load will increase over the year as you learn how to be self-disciplined learners. Fifth graders will have 40 - 60 minutes of homework, including reading, four nights per week.
Sixth grade homework will be recorded by students in their planners. Parents may confirm assignments with teacher websites. Homework is usually assigned every weeknight and may include occasional weekend assignments. The amount of homework assigned will most likely increase over the course of the year.
Seventh Grade: We consider homework a necessary component in the development of good habits, which will serve students well in seventh grade and throughout their education. Seventh graders will have an average of 60 to 90 minutes of homework four nights per week, including independent reading.
Eighth grade: There is a focus on organizational skills and time management as you take on greater responsibility for your own learning. You can expect to have up to 90 minutes of homework per night. Even if homework is not specifically assigned for a particular night, there may be long-term projects that require ongoing attention. Your parent or guardian is encouraged to check your assignment notebook or teacher webpage’s.
Parents' Note: If at any time you do not know what your student should be doing for homework and want to know, please log onto hms.yarmouthschools.org/ (then select Teacher Pages). For parents without Internet access, please call the school and speak to the teacher.
Particular supply requirements can be found on the HMS webpage. However, over the course of the four years in the middle school you will probably need access to:
You are expected to give your best effort every day in school. Being a successful learner involves self-discipline and organization. Good study habits are extremely important. So important, in fact, that your teachers will be teaching you study skills. Here are some hints that will help you to do well:
To make study halls more manageable, productive, and consistently supervised, the Harrison Middle School faculty and administration have developed the following guidelines:
Letting you and your parents know how you are doing in school is an important part of the learning process. Our academic expectations for you are high. We want to see you do your best. Reports will be fair and consistent, reflecting an honest appraisal of your work done in relation to your own ability. Midterm progress reports are sent home, while trimester reports are available on line. The progress reports are to let you know how you are doing and alert you and your parents to any areas where improvement is needed.
September 5th to December 1st (58 days) Grades available on the Parent Portal December 8th
December 4th to March 12th (59 days) Grades available on the Parent Portal March 19th
March 13th to June 11th (58 days) with no Snow Days Grades available on Parent Portal on the last day of school
The following scale of lettering will be used on report cards for 7th & 8th graders:
A+ = 98-100 C = 80-82
A = 95-97 C- = 78-79
A- = 93-94 D+ = 76-77
B+ = 90-92 D = 72-75
B = 87-89 D- = 70-71
B- = 85-86 F = Below 70
C+ = 83-84
Lockers are provided for you to store all your belongings in so that you do not have to carry around that heavy backpack all day. Your teacher will assign you a locker at the beginning of the year. This will be your locker for the rest of the year; please keep it neat and clean. Lockers which have been written on, defaced, or had stickers plastered on them will be subject to a damage fee at the end of the year. (Next year you will have a different locker and you would want a clean one, so we ask each student to make sure the locker is in good condition at the end of the year.)
The school does not provide locks for your locker, but you may bring your own lock from home. We ask that you give the office a copy of the combination or a spare key, in case there is an emergency and we need to get your supplies for you. The lockers are the property of the Yarmouth School Department and we reserve the right to inspect lockers at any time. Anything of value (money, watches, calculators, etc.) should be kept safely with you. The school accepts no responsibility for lost items; however, we will try to locate lost items for you.
Backpacks should be kept in your locker. (They are a safety problem when left on the floor of classrooms and halls. People easily trip over them.) You will be given ample time to go to your locker throughout the day to get your books.
You may ride your bike to school as long as you have permission from your parent or guardian, observe good common sense, and ride safely using the sidewalk when entering school property. There are bike racks available in front of the main doors of the building. When you arrive at school, you must park your bike at the rack. Bikes should not be left near the main entrance, or chained to trees. Please walk your bike where it is crowded, as it is hard to ride safely in this arrangement. Also, please lock your bike. You are responsible for your bike's (and your own) safety. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that your bike will not be damaged, and the school accepts no responsibility for damaged bikes. No students should be near the bike racks during the day. At the end of the day, if bicyclists are ready, they may leave before the buses or wait until all busses have left before riding home.
Precautions for fires must be taken seriously. We will have eight drills (planned and unplanned) throughout the year. You will be expected to follow the directions of your teacher to leave the building and wait outside until the "all clear" signal. Please walk quickly and quietly out of the building. Stay in a single file line until your teacher has taken attendance, then reenter the building when it is safe.
The middle school is our community. We will spend more time working, playing, learning, and communicating with our friends, teachers and adults in school during the day than we may with our own families at home. We want the school to be a pleasant, safe, enjoyable place for everyone to work.
Like any community, we need to have guidelines about how we will work together, what we will be expected to do, and how we will treat each other. Every student and adult in the school has the responsibility to create a school that we all want to come to every day. Students and teachers are expected to maintain proper standards of behavior at all times. We all will:
It is expected that the students and staff will treat each other with dignity and respect and that teachers will lay out a clear and consistent set of rules as they apply to their classrooms.
It is the responsibility of the principal and the assistant principal to help and encourage an enjoyable school environment where students are challenged daily. It is also the responsibility of the administration to implement the school code of discipline in a firm, fair and consistent manner. Recognizing that student behavior other than those listed will take place, the administration reserves the right to administer consequences for any inappropriate behavior not listed.
You are a capable, caring individual who accepts the shared responsibility for the total school environment. You will properly care for and respect school property. An enjoyable school environment is clean and orderly. Any student damaging school property (desks, tables, walls, rugs, equipment) will be immediately reported to the administration. This includes occurrences of theft and vandalism. You will promote good health and safety habits by being aware of the many health hazards associated with using tobacco, drugs, or alcohol, or by encouraging others not to use them. Drugs, drug paraphernalia, cigarettes, firecrackers, or weapons of any kind are not allowed in school or on school grounds.
Respect for and tolerance of each person and his/her differences are important in creating a safe school atmosphere that is free from harm or harassment. The middle school will not tolerate fighting, physical or verbal abuse, or harassment of any kind.
A healthy environment is a clean environment. Keep the building clean by picking up your trash. Gum is not allowed in school because it is particularly difficult to remove if disposed of incorrectly. Keep the restrooms as clean as your own at home.
The use of profanity and/or obscene gestures does not belong in our school. It is disrespectful, degrading, and can make our school a scary place to be in. We will not allow profanity towards any student, teacher, or staff member at Harrison Middle School.
Your appearance affects how others see you and what they think about you. The clothing worn by you can affect your work, attitude, and behavior. We come to school for a serious purpose, and we want people to know it. We feel that the prime responsibility for dress and grooming belongs at home with the parents and students.
Our student dress code reflects the importance of keeping the focus on teaching and learning during the school day. In order to achieve this goal:
The operation of minibikes, ATVs, snowmobiles and similar vehicles is prohibited on school property without prior written authorization by the administrator. The use of licensed motorized vehicles is restricted to accepted school roads and parking lots.
Skateboards, iPods, Gameboys, beepers, cell phones, scooters, and inline skates are not used in school or on the school grounds during the day (8:00 - 2:45). Lacrosse sticks are to be stored in the locker room.
If you choose not to follow your class or school guidelines, you may be assigned a Teacher Detention [24 hour notice], a Think Time [24 hour notice], a Friday Detention, or a suspension [repetition and/or seriousness determines the consequence]. Teacher Detentions and Think Times run from 2:45 to 3:15. Friday Detentions run from 2:45 to 5:45. Your parent will be contacted for any repetitious or serious choices that you have made.
These rules and policies apply to any student who is on school property, who is in attendance at school or at any school-sponsored activity, or whose conduct at any time or place directly interferes with the operations, discipline, or general welfare of the school.
Students may have difficulty in school because they are not following school rules or not doing schoolwork that the teacher assigns. Consequences for these actions are progressive from the least (or lowest) level of discipline, to the most (or highest) level.
BEHAVIOR 1st CONSEQUENCE 2nd CONSEQUENCE 3rd CONSEQUENCE
Aiding in Offense See particular offense See particular offense See particular offense
Bus Warning/ Warning/ Loss of privilege Loss of privilege
Misconduct Loss of privilege up to 5 days 5 to 10 days indefinitely
Cafeteria Think Time Two Think Times Friday Detention
Cheating/ no project credit no project credit no project credit
Chewing Gum Think Time Think Time(s) Friday Detention
Misbehavior Loss of privilege Loss of privilege Loss of privilege
E-Mail Misuse Loss of privilege/ Loss of privilege/ Loss of privilege/
Grades 7/8 cannot take laptop home
[5 school days] [10 school days] [indefinite]
Fighting Friday Detention/ 5 day suspension 10 day suspension
1 to 5 day suspension
Harassment/ Friday Detention/ 3-5 day suspension 5-10 day suspension/
Threatening Acts 1-5 day suspension expulsion
Inappropriate Change clothing/ Change clothing/ Change clothing/
Dress Call home Think Time Friday Detention
Inappropriate Warning; apology Think Time Friday Detention
Inappropriate Think Time Friday Detention Friday Detention
Inappropriate Friday Detention 3 to 5 day suspension 5 -10 day suspension
Internet Misuse Loss of privilege Loss of privilege Loss of privilege
Grades 7/8 cannot take laptop home
[5 school days] [10 school days] [indefinite]
Late to Class Teacher Detention Think Time Think Time
Leaving Friday Detention 1 to 3 day suspension 5-10 day suspension
Littering warning; Think Time; Friday Detention;
clean up clean up clean up
Loitering Warning Think Time(s) Friday Detention
Lying Think Time Friday Detention Friday Detention
Playground Loss of privilege/ Loss of privilege/ Loss of privilege/
misbehavior Think Time(s) Think Times(s) Friday Detention
Possession of Suspension/ Expulsion Expulsion
Lethal Weapon Expulsion
or Use of Drugs
or Alcohol Refer to Chemical Use Student Policy
Public warning Think Time Friday Detention
Refusing Think Time Two Think Times Friday Detention
Request [For example, being sent to the office, giving ball back to student, etc.)
Removal from Two Think Times Friday Detention Friday Detention
Removal from Two Friday Detentions 3 day suspension 5-10 suspension
Roughhousing Think Time(s) Friday Detention Friday Detention(s)
Sent to Office Teacher Detention Teacher and Think Teacher and Friday
by Teacher Time Detention
Sent to Office Think Time Friday Detention Friday Detention
Showing Think Time(s)/ Friday Detention 1-10 day
Disrespect Friday Detention suspension
to Faculty or
misbehavior Think Time 2 Think Times Friday Detention
Skipping 1 Think Time for Friday Detention Friday Detention
Class each class skipped
Skipping Think Two Think Times Friday Detention Friday Detention
Skipping Friday Two Friday Detentions 3 day suspension 5 day suspension
Skipping Friday Detention 3 day suspension 5 day suspension
Skipping Two Think Times Friday Detention Friday Detention
Smoking/ confer. with confer. with parent/student confer.
Possession of Chem. Health Coor.; Chem. Health Coor.; with supt.;
Tobacco Friday Detention Friday Detention 3 day susp.
Stealing restitution; restitution; restitution;
Friday Detention 1-5 day suspension. recommend expulsion
Throwing Snow Warning Think Time Friday Detention
Drugs, Alcohol Refer to Chemical Use Student Policy
Unexcused 1 Warning 2 Warnings 3 Warnings
Tardiness 4/5/6, Think Time 7/8/9, Think time 10+ Friday Detention
Vandalism restitution/ restitution/ restitution/
1 to 3-day suspension 5-day suspension recommend expulsion
Harassment of students because of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry or national origin, disability, or sexual orientation is prohibited. Such conduct is a violation of Board policy and may constitute illegal discrimination under state and federal laws.
STUDENT DISCRIMINATION AND HARASSMENT COMPLAINT PROCEDURE
This procedure has been adopted by the School Committee in order to provide a method of prompt and equitable resolution of student complaints of discrimination or harassment as described in policies AC – Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and ACAA – Harassment and Sexual Harassment of Students.
The School Committee recognizes that bomb threats are a significant concern to the school unit. Whether real and carried out or intended as a prank or for some other purpose, a bomb threat represents a potential danger to the safety and welfare of students and staff and to the integrity of school property. Bomb threats disrupt the instructional program and learning environment and also place significant demands on school financial resources and public safety services. These effects occur even when such threats prove to be false.
Any bomb threat will be regarded as an extremely serious matter and treated accordingly. The School Committee directs the superintendent to react promptly and appropriately to information concerning bomb threats and to initiate or recommend suitable disciplinary action.
Bomb threats violate School Committee policy and civil and criminal law.
The Yarmouth School Committee recognizes that chemical dependency is a disease, which is preceded by use, misuse, and abuse. The student assistance policy on chemical use and abuse reflects that recognition by providing the opportunity for intervention, education, treatment, and support. However, the use, possession, exchange, selling of drugs, alcohol, or look-alike drugs will result in disciplinary action and can lead to criminal prosecution by the Yarmouth Police Department, or other law officials in the State of Maine.
1. "School system location" means in any school building or on any school premises; in any school-owned vehicle or in other school-approved vehicle used to transport students to and from school or school activities; off school property at any school-sponsored or school-approved activity, event, or function, such as a field trip or athletic event, where students are under the jurisdiction of the school unit; or during any period of time such employee is supervising or in the presence of students on behalf of the school system.
2. Self-Referral: Self-referral can be made by a student, parent, or guardian. When a student is so referred, he/she shall undergo a non-clinical assessment by the substance abuse counselor. Recommendations will follow. A student who is voluntarily referred, who follows the recommendations of the Substance Abuse Counselor and successfully addresses the problem (abstaining from use), may continue in school activities.
3. Referral: A staff member or fellow student who is concerned about a student's perceived drug or alcohol use or abuse is also urged to seek professional advice. Initial contact can be made through the substance abuse counselor, a guidance counselor, school nurse, school social worker, or administrator with full confidentiality.
4. Disciplinary Referral: Chemical Use Student Procedure as listed as JICH-R ( District's policy book).
5. LOOK-ALIKE DRUG: Any substance that is used, passed, or distributed as a prohibited substance.
A. If a student appears to be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs in
school, on school property or at a school sponsored activity:
FIRST OFFENSE: The student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) will meet with an administrator and the substance abuse counselor. The student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) will be informed that the student has the following options:
Option #1 5-day suspension from school and notification of
Superintendent of Schools
Option #2 2-day suspension from school and a non-clinical assessment
by the substance abuse counselor and notification of the
Superintendent of Schools. The results of the evaluation will
lead to recommendations that the student must follow. Failure
to follow the recommendations will lead to the consequences
of Option #1.
SECOND OFFENSE in the same year: The student and his/her parent(s) or guardians(s) will meet with an administrator and the substance abuse counselor. The student and his/her parent(s) or guardian(s) will be informed of the following:
THIRD OFFENSE in the same year: The student will be suspended for 10 days and expulsion procedures will be initiated. The student, parent(s) or guardian(s) may appeal to the Superintendent of Schools.
B. If a student is found in POSSESSION of alcohol, drugs or drug paraphernalia on school property or at a school sponsored activity:
C. SELLING, EXCHANGING OR GIVING drugs or alcohol on school
property or at a school sponsored activity:
D. SELLING, EXCHANGING OR GIVING A LOOK-ALIKE drug on school property or during a school sponsored activity:
Buses will leave after school every day at approximately 2:45. In order for you to ride on a different bus or go home with a friend, parents must give written permission for the school to write a bus pass. HMS students can also take the 3:30 YES bus home providing that they have a note from HMS to do so. There is a 4:30 p.m. late bus every day to make it easier for you to participate in after school activities. There will be 2 buses (bus numbers subject to change) doing the 4:30 p.m. route. The late bus routes are as follows:
Bus #2 general area: West Elm, Cumberland, Hillside, Summer, Bates, Newell, Anderson, Sligo, Melissa, Farnell, North, Leighton, Northwood, Ledge, Granite, E. Main, Willow, Bayview
Bus #5 general area: West Elm to Portland, Portland, Pleasant, Rte 88, Prince's Point, and Cousins Island
The following rules have been established by the Yarmouth School Department so that you will know the expectations that we have for you on the buses. We take the safety of all passengers on the buses very seriously, and will deal strongly with misbehavior. All bus rules apply whenever you are riding a school bus, including field trips and athletic events.
You are responsible:
Your right to ride the school bus is conditional on your behavior and observance of rules pertaining to proper conduct. Misconduct reports will be issued by drivers whenever you are in violation of the rules and regulations established by the School Department. The following procedure will be used in handling misconduct on the bus:
For the safety of all those who ride the bus, the following are not permitted on the bus:
The Extracurricular Code of Conduct is designed to reinforce Yarmouth's Core Values both in school and outside of school. It should be noted, however, that violations occurring at the school or at school-sponsored activities are subject to the added consequences as outlined by policies JICH and JICH-R, available in the Yarmouth School Committee Policy Handbook and in the school handbooks.
Yarmouth's Core Values are as follows:
Integrity Compassion Perseverance
Respect Responsibility Pursuit of Excellence
The Extracurricular Code of Conduct supports the social, emotional and physical well being of students. Participation in extracurricular activities and holding leadership positions in school activities and student government are privileges, not rights.
The purposes of the Extracurricular Code of Conduct are as follows:
Students participating in extracurricular activities are expected to refrain from using or possessing tobacco, alcohol, other illegal substance/drugs, or illegal paraphernalia associated with these substances/drugs. Consequences for violating the Extracurricular Code of Conduct are outlined below.
Students participating in extracurricular activities are also expected to refrain from illegal activities that demonstrate a serious disregard of the Yarmouth Core Values including but not limited to theft, burglary, assault, vandalism, and lewd/indecent acts. Minimum consequences for these violations of the Extracurricular Code of Conduct are outlined below and may include additional consequences determined on a case-by-case basis by the coach or advisor and school administrators.
Self-Reporting Rationale: In order to encourage personal responsibility; promote communication among students, parents, and the school; and further educate students about the health consequences of the use of alcohol, tobacco and illegal substances; there are reduced consequences for violations that are self-reported.
Definition of a Self-Report: If a student or his or her parent/guardian initiates the report of that student’s violation to a school official (administrator, teacher, coach, advisor) prior to school officials initiating an inquiry into the matter and does so in not more than seven days after the actual violation, this will be considered a self-report.
Meeting with Substance Abuse Counselor: For any violation of the Extracurricular Code of Conduct involving drugs, alcohol or tobacco, the student must complete a non-clinical substance abuse assessment and education process with the school's substance abuse counselor. Parents must participate in one session of this assessment and education process. The school’s substance abuse counselor must verify the student’s active participation in the process before participation in extracurricular activities may be resumed.
Meeting with School Social Worker: For all other violations of the Extracurricular Code of Conduct, the student must meet with the school's social worker to review the violation and determine if additional counseling/social work is recommended. The school’s social worker must verify the student’s active participation in the process before participation in extracurricular activities may be resumed.
3rd and subsequent offenses
Captain/Leadership Positions: For any violation of the Extracurricular Code of Conduct, elected or appointed leaders will lose the leadership position for the remainder of the sports season or term of the office. Prior code violations will be considered by coaches and advisors together with school administrators in selecting future leadership positions.
The policy will be in effect from the first official day of preseason in the fall (determined by the Maine Principals’ Association and usually 2 weeks prior to the opening of school) until either the last day of school or last day of spring sports or activities, whichever is later.
If a student violates the Extracurricular Code of Conduct close to the end of the school year and does not serve all of the days of suspension from extracurricular activities before the last day of school, the remaining days will be served in the next school year, beginning on the first day of preseason in the fall.
Violations are cumulative during a student’s middle school years but do not carry over to high school. Violations during high school are cumulative.
Cross Reference: JICH: Drug Free Schools: Chemical Use Student Policy Grades K-12
JICH-R: Drug Free Schools: Chemical Use Student Procedure Grades K-12
Adopted: June 8, 1992
Revised: July 11, 1996, March 28, 2002, May 13, 2004, May 22, 2008, September 9, 2010
The Yarmouth School Department receives Title 1 funds. Under the Act, parents of children attending the Yarmouth School Department may request the professional qualifications of their child's teachers. Parents may request information related to state certification, highly qualified status, emergency certification, and degrees as well as information about the qualifications of paraprofessionals. This information is available by contacting Laurie Brigham by telephone at 846-5586, or by email, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) provides certain rights to parents and eligible students (18 years of age or older) with respect to the student’s education records.
Inspection of Records
Parents/eligible students may inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of making a request. Such requests must be submitted to the Superintendent or building administrator in writing and must identify the record(s) to be inspected. The Superintendent or building administrator will notify the parent/eligible student of the time and place where the record(s) may be inspected in the presence of school staff. Parents/eligible students may obtain copies of education records at a cost of $ .50 per page.
Amendment of Records
Parents/eligible students may ask the School Department to amend education records
they believe are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student’s right to privacy.
Such requests must be submitted to the Superintendent or building administrator in
writing, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is
inaccurate or misleading. If the Superintendent or building administrator decides not to
amend the record as requested, the parent/eligible student will be notified of the
decision, their right to request a hearing and information about the hearing process.
Disclosure of Records
The School Department must obtain a parent/eligible student’s written consent prior to
disclosure of personally identifiable information in education records except in
circumstances permitted by law or regulations as summarized below.
The School Department designates the following student information as directory information that may be made public at its discretion: name, participation and grade level of students in officially recognized activities and sports, height and weight of student athletes, dates of attendance in the school unit, honors and awards received, and photographs and videos relating to student participation in school activities open to the public (except photographs and videos on the Internet). Parents/eligible students who do not want the School Department to disclose directory information must notify the Superintendent in writing by September 15th or within thirty (30) days of enrollment, whichever is later. This opt-out request will remain in effect unless and until it is rescinded.
Military Recruiters/Institutions of Higher Education
Military recruiters and institutions of higher education are entitled to receive the names,
addresses and telephone numbers of secondary students and the School Department
must comply with any such request, provided that parents have been notified of their
right to request that this information not be released without their prior written consent.
Parents/eligible students who do not want the School Department to disclose this
information without their prior written consent must notify the Superintendent in writing by September 15th or within thirty (30) days of enrollment, whichever is later.
School Officials with Legitimate Educational Interests
Education records may be disclosed to school officials with a “legitimate educational interest.” A school official has a legitimate educational interest if he/she needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility. School officials include persons employed by the School Department as an administrator, supervisor, instructor or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); members of the Board of Education; persons or companies with whom the School Department has contracted to provide specific services (such as attorneys, auditors, medical consultants, evaluators or therapists); and volunteers who are under the direct control of the School Department with regard to education records.
Health or Safety Emergencies
In accordance with federal regulations, the School Department may disclose education records in a health or safety emergency to any person whose knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals without prior written consent.
5. Other School Units
As required by Maine law, the School Department sends student education records to a school unit to which a student applies for transfer, including disciplinary records, attendance records, special education records and health records (except for confidential health records for which consent for dissemination has not been obtained).
Education records may be disclosed to other entities and individuals as specifically permitted by law. Parents/eligible students may obtain information about other exceptions to the written consent requirement by request to the Superintendent or building administrator.
D. Complaints Regarding School Department Compliance with FERPA
Parents/eligible students who believe that the School Department has not complied with
the requirements of FERPA have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department
of Education. The office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202
Each year, a required component of the federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act requires public schools to notify all building occupants about the presence of asbestos.
A written plan for the management of these materials has been developed. This plan is available for inspection at the Office of the Superintendent of Schools, 110 McCartney Street, Yarmouth, Maine and each school's main office during regular office hours. Copies may be made on request at a cost of 50 cents per page.
The Yarmouth School Department uses an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach to the control of insects, rodents, microorganisms, weeds and other pests in school buildings and on school grounds. IPM combines a variety of methods for managing pests including monitoring, improved sanitation and food storage practices, pest exclusion and removal, biological control, and pesticides. The objective of the IPM program is to provide effective pest control while minimizing pesticide use.
Non-chemical pest management methods will be implemented whenever possible. However, sometimes pesticide use may be necessary to control a pest problem. When that happens, the school will use the least hazardous effective pesticide feasible.
When required by law, parents/guardians and school staff will be notified at least five days* in advance of specific pesticide applications. When required by law, pesticide application notices will be posted in school and on school grounds.
Notification need not be given for pesticide applications recognized by law or regulations to pose little or no risk of exposure to students or staff.
A copy of the school system’s IPM/Pest Management policy is available for review in the school office. The Superintendent’s Office keeps records of prior pesticide applications and the pesticides used. You may review these records, a copy of the policy and Maine’s “Pesticides in Schools” regulation (Chapter 27 of the Department of Agriculture Board of Pesticides Control “Standards for Pesticide Applications and Public Notification in Schools”) by contacting our IPM Coordinator Bruce Bickford, Director of Facilities at 207-846-5586