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Middle School

 707 E. 3rd Street

Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629

Parent/Student Handbook





August 26, 2021

Welcome Cherryland Middle School Families,

I hope everyone was able to find time to relax and enjoy the sunshine this summer! We are excited to welcome students back to school. We have some exciting plans in place for our students. This fall each grade will be taking field trips to explore the amazing outdoor areas in our local community. We are passionate about taking learning beyond the classroom walls. Another highlight for CMS is our partnership with the Positivity Project. Each week staff and students will explore the 24 character strengths. Using these strengths at school, home, and the community helps us build positive relationships. While we have high expectations for our students we know none of these will be possible without the support of our families. As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or if we can assist you in any way.

Go Elks!

Mr. Haggerty

CMS Welcome Back BBQ and Open House

We are looking forward to welcoming our new students and the incoming 6th grade to CMS. This year we are returning to our annual BBQ event and open house to welcome all our students and families. Please review the details below. We are looking forward to seeing everyone soon!

When: 5:00-7:00 pm on Wednesday September 1st.

Purpose: Student receive class schedule, meet our CMS Staff, walk the school, meet with each grade level team

Food: Hot dogs, chips, popcorn

Who: 6th-8th Grade CMS students and their families

Grade Level Meetings in Gym: 6th Grade 5:15, 7th Grade 5:45, 8th Grade 6:15

***If you are unable to attend the CMS Open House we will have student schedules available online via PowerSchool on Thursday September 2nd. New families and families of 6th grade students have an information sheet included to help you register and gain access to PowerSchool. If you are in 7th and 8th grade and cannot access PowerSchool please contact the CMS Office.

School Supplies:

Please view the enclosed supply list to see which supplies would be helpful for your child.

CMS Athletics:

The fall season is an exciting time for athletics as we have many opportunities for students to be active. Check out the information below and on our website. 

Cross Country:  Students in 6th-8th grade are welcome to join Cross Country. If your child is a running enthusiast and interested in learning more please contact Coach Ward at 

Cheer: We are excited to welcome Stephanie Burrell as our new cheer coach. Any students in 7th or 8th grade who are interested in learning more about cheer please reach out to coach Burrell at or (231)-632-0572

Football: Coach Morris is officially back on the sidelines for CMS this fall. He will be joined by Coach Wilson. Conditioning practice began on August 23rd. However, interested students in 7th or 8th grade may still join the team until school begins. Students and families need to sign up for his Remind group to receive regular updates. You can download the Remind app or visit the website The code is @ermsfb


Volleyball: We are still searching for two and possibly three coaches depending on the number of student athletes. If you are interested in coaching please reach out to Mr. Haggerty ASAP

Open Positions and Volunteer Opportunities:

We still have several open positions available at Cherryland. If you are interested in one of these positions or for volunteer opportunities please contact Mr. Haggerty 

Title One Paraprofessional: (Two Positions) Individuals should have a background and passion for either reading or mathematics. These individuals work with small groups of students and individual students to support each students' academic growth.

Volleyball Coach: (Two Positions) These positions are for 7th grade and 8th grade volleyball.

Library Media Center Volunteers: We are looking for parents who are interested in helping organize and facilitate the circulation of books.

CMS Office Hours:

Summer Office Hours: 8:00-3:00 (Closed 9/3 & 9/6)

During the school year Office Hours 7:00-3:30

Student Medication:

If your child will be taking medications at school parents may pick up and drop off forms and medication at the CMS office. Parents must bring the medication to the school office and fill out the required paperwork.

Forms Returned:

The enclosed forms can be returned to the CMS office during our Back to School BBQ or during the 1st week of school. Only families of 6th grade students have been provided with an emergency contact form. If any families with students in 7th or 8th grade have moved or changed phone numbers please contact the CMS Office to update your information. Students will not receive a Chromebook device until the Technology Acceptable Use Policy form has been returned. Students in 7th grade may have also received an incomplete immunization notification. These immunizations are required by 10/1/2021.

CMS Student Handbook:

The CMS Handbook is available online by visiting the website listed below. If you would like a hard copy please contact the CMS Office.

Parents and Visitors:

Visitors are encouraged to avoid entering the school building whenever possible and to conduct essential business via phone, email, or video meets. After class begins at 7:51 am, all entrances will be locked. Between 7:51 am and 2:43 pm students, staff, and visitors will be required to enter through the main CMS secure entrance which will require a secretary to “buzz” you in.

Seating Charts: All students will have required seating charts in every classroom, in the cafeteria, and on the school bus. This is essential for minimizing exposure risks and to aid in effective contact tracing.

Cafeteria Seating Charts: Every CMS student will have an assigned seat for breakfast and/or lunch. This applies to students who eat school lunch and for those who pack lunch from home. These seats will remain the same for each semester. Furthermore, the allowed seating capacity for each table has been reduced. Students may remove their masks to eat. Students will choose their assigned cafeteria seat for the semester on the first day of school.

Personal Hygiene: Hand sanitizer and paper towels will be available in every room in the building. Students and staff are expected to sanitize their hands upon entering and exiting each classroom. Students will also be expected to wash their hands with soap and water a minimum of twice per day.

Positivity Project: 

We are excited to continue our partnership with the Positivity Project (P2). The Positivity Project is based on extensive research in the field of positive psychology at the University of Michigan and other research institutions. Each week the students and teachers will study one of 24 different character strengths to learn more about each strength. The model encourages people to use their own natural character strengths and rely on the strengths of others to build strong and meaningful relationships and a stronger community. If you want to learn more you can check out the websites below and parents can take the survey to learn more about their own strengths.

Positivity Project

Character Strength Survey:

New Staff Members: We were incredibly fortunate to be able to add several high-quality educators to our team. We welcome three new teachers and one familiar face back to Cherryland Middle School.

Family Communication Tools 2021-2022: 

CMS Weekly Update: Emailed to all students and family members. Parents, please ensure your correct email is listed in PowerSchool. The CMS Weekly Update will only be delivered if your email is accurate in PowerSchool. Mrs. Wynkoop can help assist and update your email in PowerSchool

Principal Update Videos: Most weeks you will also receive a link to a CMS update video on YouTube, the video will also be shared on our Cherryland Middle School Facebook page.

Daily School Announcements: The daily announcements read each day at school can be accessed via PowerSchool Daily Bulletin or our school website at

Remind: The Remind App allows for quick communication. The codes will be shared on our website and via CMS weekly updates at the start of the school year.

Upcoming Events:

9/1/21 CMS Back to School BBQ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

9/7/21 First Day of School (Half Day Schedule) 11:13 Dismissal

9/17/21 Homecoming

9/27/21 No School (Staff PD)

10/6/21 School Picture Day

Take Care!

Josh Haggerty

Cherryland Middle School



We are active lifelong global learners!



Cheer our Elks to victory

Show your E.R. pride

We’re the team that can’t be beat

So come on Elks get on your feet

And hail the good old Orange and Black

We’re gonna win tonight

Fight, fight, go team fight

Victory for E.R. High!!!


6th Grade – 1st Lunch

1st hour                7:51 – 8:40

2nd                8:43 – 9:32

3rd                9:35 – 10:23

4th                10:26 – 11:14

Lunch                11:14 – 11:44

P2/Community Action                11:47 – 12:08

5th                12:11 – 1:00

6th                1:03 – 1:51

7th                1:54 – 2:43

7th Grade- 2nd Lunch

1st hour                7:51 – 8:40

2nd                8:43 – 9:32

3rd                9:35 – 10:23

4th                10:26– 11:14

P2/Community Action                11:17 – 11:38

Lunch                11:38 – 12:08

5th                12:11 – 1:00

6th                1:03 – 1:51

7th                1:54 – 2:43

8th Grade – 3rd Lunch

1st hour                7:51 – 8:40

2nd                8:43 – 9:32

3rd                9:35 – 10:23

4th                10:26 – 11:14

P2/Community Action                11:17 – 11:38

5th                11:41 – 12:30

Lunch                12:30 – 1:00

6th                1:03 – 1:51

7th                1:54 – 2:43


Parent/Student Handbook


This handbook lists the school practices and procedures and helpful information which impacts student actions and behavior at Cherryland Middle School.


Within the handbook school regulations & information, student behavior, and student responsibilities are outlined.  All students and parents are to be familiar with the information outlined in the handbook. The handbook is subject to updates at any point and should a conflict with a school board policy occur the school board policy will supersedes the school handbook.

ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL (Ref. Board Policy 5200)

Students are expected to be in attendance at all times during the school day except in case of illness or emergency.  Upon returning to school after an absence, students are to report to the office before proceeding to class. If parents have not called the office to excuse an absence, students need to present one in person to the school secretary or receptionist.  Emailed absence explanations are also acceptable.


Academic honesty is defined as a set of intrinsic values and skills that promote integrity in teaching, learning, and assessment.  Furthermore, CMS expects that students respect others’ intellectual property, and submit work that is of their own creation.  If CMS students want to use the ideas of others in their work, they are expected to cite them appropriately, using the Modern Language Association (MLA) format.  See Appendix A of this handbook for a copy of the complete policy.



Information regarding CMS athletics can be located in the CMS Athletics Handbook


Students who are not present when class begins will be marked absent. Students arriving to class late will be marked tardy when they arrive within the first 15 minutes of class.


At the end of the year, students receive award certificates from the school for various accomplishments.  These include earning a superior grade point average, having perfect attendance, outstanding citizenship, etc.  Certificates are also presented at the end of each season to members of the athletic teams.  If you have any questions about end-of-year awards contact the principal.


Cherryland Middle School conducts end-of-year awards assemblies for each grade level.  The purpose is to reward and recognize outstanding effort, achievement and citizenry in the ranks of our Elks.  Some, though not all of the awards presented at grade levels are perfect attendance, outstanding citizenship, scholarship, achievement, Leadership, band, choir, art, etc.  Additionally there may be other awards from year-to-year basis.



For reasons of school safety, backpacks, duffle bags, and book bags are to be kept in the student’s lockers during the school day.  Bags brought to class or left in the hallways will be taken to the office. Student should carry only a binder/organizer and other necessary supplies to classes.



In the event of school cancellation because of inclement weather, notification will be broadcast over the following radio and television stations, shared via the Remind App, posted on the Cherryland Middle School Facebook page, and notification on the website.


WKHQ         Charlevoix    106 FM                WCCW  Traverse City   1310 AM

WKLT  Kalkaska        98 FM                        WJML  Petoskey          96 FM

WLDR  Traverse City  102 FM                WPBN  Traverse City  ch. 7/4

WTCM  Traverse City  580 AM                WWTV  Cadillac       ch. 9/10

Remind App Sign Up Information:

Text the code listed below to 81010 or entered the code into the iOS/Android Remind app





Students commit to band on an annual basis. Students who choose to sign up for instrumental music (Band) in grades 6, 7, & 8 are committing to a minimum of one complete school year. Class changes may be made during the first two weeks of the school year start. Students with hardship exceptions decided on a case-by-case basis.



Students may ride bicycles to school.  All bicycles must be left in the bike rack during the school day and locked.  Bicycles may not be ridden during the lunch hour.



It is the policy of the District to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment for all of its students.

This policy protects all students from bullying/aggressive behavior regardless of the subject matter or motivation for such impermissible behavior.

Bullying or other aggressive behavior toward a student, whether by other students, staff, or third parties, including Board members, parents, guests, contractors, vendors, and volunteers, is strictly prohibited. This prohibition includes written, physical, verbal, and psychological abuse, including hazing, gestures, comments, threats, or actions to a student, which cause or threaten to cause bodily harm, reasonable fear for personal safety or personal degradation.

Demonstration of appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment or bullying is expected of administrators, faculty, staff, and volunteers to provide positive examples for student behavior.

This policy applies to all "at school" activities in the District, including activities on school property, in a school vehicle, and those occurring off school property if the student or employee is at any school-sponsored, school-approved or school-related activity or function, such as field trips or athletic events where students are under the school’s control, or where an employee is engaged in school business. Misconduct occurring outside of school may also be disciplined if it interferes with the school environment.


Notice of this policy will be annually circulated to and posted in conspicuous locations in all school buildings and departments within the District and discussed with students, as well as incorporated into the teacher, student, and parent/guardian handbooks. State and Federal rights posters on discrimination and harassment shall also be posted at each building. All new hires will be required to review and sign off on this policy and the related complaint procedure.

Parents or legal guardians of the alleged victim(s), as well as of the alleged aggressor(s), shall be promptly notified of any complaint or investigation as well as the results of the investigation to the extent consistent with student confidentiality requirements. A record of the time and form of notice or attempts at notice shall be kept in the investigation file.

To the extent appropriate and/or legally permitted, confidentiality will be maintained during the investigation process. However, a proper investigation will, in some circumstances, require the disclosure of names and allegations. Further, the appropriate authorities may be notified, depending on the nature of the complaint and/or the results of the investigation.


The Superintendent is responsible to implement this policy, and may develop further guidelines, not inconsistent with this policy.

This policy is not intended to and should not be interpreted to interfere with legitimate free speech rights of any individual. However, the District reserves the right and responsibility to maintain a safe environment for students, conducive to learning and other legitimate objectives of the school program.


Any student who believes s/he has been or is the victim of bullying, hazing, or other aggressive behavior should immediately report the situation to the Principal or assistant principal. The student may also report concerns to a teacher or counselor who will be responsible for notifying the appropriate administrator or Board official. Complaints against the building principal should be filed with the Superintendent. Complaints against the Superintendent should be filed with the Board President.

Every student is encouraged, and every staff member is required to report any situation that they believe to be aggressive behavior directed toward a student. Reports shall be made to those identified above. Reports may be made anonymously, but formal disciplinary action may not be taken solely on the basis of an anonymous report.

The Principal (or other administrator as designated) shall promptly investigate and document all complaints about bullying, aggressive or other behavior that may violate this policy. The investigation must be completed as promptly as the circumstances permit and should be completed within three (3) school days after a report or complaint is made.

If the investigation finds an instance of bullying or aggressive behavior has occurred, it will result in prompt and appropriate remedial action. This may include up to expulsion for students, up to discharge for employees, exclusion for parents, guests, volunteers and contractors, and removal from any official position and/or a request to resign for Board members. Individuals may also be referred to law enforcement or other appropriate officials.

The individual responsible for conducting the investigation shall document all reported incidents and report all verified incidents of bullying, aggressive or other prohibited behavior, as well as any remedial action taken, including disciplinary actions and referrals, to the Superintendent. The Superintendent shall submit a compiled report to the Board on an annual basis.

Non-Retaliation/False Reports

Retaliation or false allegations against any person who reports, is thought to have reported, files a complaint, participates in an investigation or inquiry concerning allegations of bullying or aggressive behavior (as a witness or otherwise), or is the target of the bullying or aggressive behavior being investigated, is prohibited and will not be tolerated. Such retaliation shall be considered a serious violation of Board policy, independent of whether a complaint of bullying is substantiated. Suspected retaliation should be reported in the same manner as bullying/aggressive behavior.

Making intentionally false reports about bullying/aggressive behavior for getting someone in trouble is similarly prohibited and will not be tolerated. Retaliation and intentionally false reports may result in disciplinary action as indicated above.


The following definitions are provided for guidance only. If a student or other individual believes there has been bullying, hazing, harassment or other aggressive behavior, regardless of whether it fits a particular definition, s/he should report it immediately and allow the administration to determine the appropriate course of action.

"Aggressive behavior" is defined as inappropriate conduct that is repeated enough, or serious enough, to negatively impact a student’s educational, physical, or emotional well-being. Such behavior includes, for example, bullying, hazing, stalking, intimidation, menacing, coercion, name-calling, taunting, making threats, and hitting/pushing/shoving.

"At School" is defined as in a classroom, elsewhere on school premises, on a school bus or other school related vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity or event whether or not it is held on school premises. It also includes conduct using a telecommunications access device or telecommunications service provider that occurs off school premises if either owned by or under the control of the District.

"Bullying" is defined as any gesture or written, verbal, graphic, or physical act (including electronically transmitted acts – i.e. internet, telephone or cell phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or wireless handheld device) that, without regard to its subject matter or motivating animus, is intended or that a reasonable person would know is likely to harm one (1) or more students either directly or indirectly by doing any of the following:



substantially interfering with educational opportunities, benefits, or programs of one (1) or more students;





adversely affecting the ability of a student to participate in or benefit from the school district's educational programs or activities by placing the student in reasonable fear of physical harm or by causing substantial emotional distress;





having an actual and substantial detrimental effect on a student's physical or mental health; and/or





causing substantial disruption in, or substantial interference with, the orderly operation of the school.

Bullying can be physical, verbal, psychological, or a combination of all three. Some examples of bullying are:



Physical – hitting, kicking, spitting, pushing, pulling; taking and/or damaging personal belongings or extorting money, blocking or impeding student movement, unwelcome physical contact.





Verbal – taunting, malicious teasing, insulting, name-calling, making threats.





Psychological – spreading rumors, manipulating social relationships, coercion, or engaging in social exclusion/shunning, extortion, or intimidation. This may occur in a number of different ways, including but not limited to notes, emails, social media postings, and graffiti.

"Harassment" includes, but is not limited to, any act which subjects an individual or group to unwanted, abusive behavior of a nonverbal, verbal, written or physical nature, often on the basis of age, race, religion, color, national origin, marital status or disability, but may also include sexual orientation, physical characteristics (e.g., height, weight, complexion), cultural background, socioeconomic status, or geographic location (e.g., from rival school, different state, rural area, city, etc.).

"Intimidation/Menacing" includes, but is not limited to, any threat or act intended to: place a person in fear of physical injury or offensive physical contact; to substantially damage or interfere with person's property; or to intentionally interfere with or block a person's movement without good reason.

"Staff" includes all school employees and Board members.

"Third parties" include, but are not limited to, coaches, school volunteers, parents, school visitors, service contractors, vendors, or others engaged in District business, and others not directly subject to school control at inter-district or intra-district athletic competitions or other school events.

For further definition and instances that could possibly be construed as:

Harassment, see Policy 5517;

Hazing, see Policy 5516.

MCL 380.1310B (Matt's Safe School Law, PA 241 of 2011)
Policies on Bullying, Michigan State Board of Education
Model Anti-Bullying Policy, Michigan State Board of Education

Adopted 11/8/04
Revised 6/25/07
Revised 5/21/12


To the extent appropriate and/or legally permitted, confidentiality will be maintained during the investigation process. However, a proper investigation will, in some circumstances, require the disclosure of names and allegations.


Notice of this policy will be annually circulated to and posted in conspicuous locations in all school buildings and departments within the District and discussed with students, as well as incorporated into the teacher, student, and parent/guardian handbooks. State and Federal rights posters on discrimination and harassment shall also be posted at each building. All new hires will be required to review and sign off on this policy and the related complaint procedure.

The Superintendent is directed to develop administrative guidelines to implement this policy. Guidelines shall include reporting and investigative procedures, as needed. The complaint procedure established by the Superintendent shall be followed.

This policy is not intended to and should not be interpreted to interfere with legitimate free speech rights of any individual. However, the District reserves the right and responsibility to maintain a safe environment for students, conducive to learning and other legitimate objectives of the school program.

Policies on Bullying, Michigan State Board of Education, 7-19-01
Model Anti-Bullying Policy, Michigan State Board of Education, 9-12-06

Adopted 11/8/04
Revised 6/25/07

Any type of disrespectful behavior towards another student intended to embarrass, intimidate or create fear is bullying and will not be tolerated.  Any type of bullying behavior will be addressed with consequences up to and including suspension. (See Consequence Chart, Appendix C).


As part of the Elk Rapids School District’s ongoing commitment to school safety, the District installed buzz-in systems at the main entrance at Cherryland Middle School.  The buzz-in system includes an intercom and a camera.  

Students and visitors to the school will be “buzzed” into the school, which is intended to enhance the safety and security of both students and staff by establishing greater door control at the primary entrance to the school.

Once the school day begins, our doors will be locked and visitors will need to press the button to gain entry to the school.

If you are a frequent visitor, you “may” be buzzed in without questioning.  If you are an infrequent visitor that office staff does not recognize you will be questioned as to your intentions in entering the school.

Upon entering the school, visitors will come to the office to receive a visitor’s badge.

When visitors are ready to leave, they should exit the school building through the main entrance and officially check out.



Students are urged NOT to bring large sums of money or other valuable items to school.  The school will not be responsible for loss of valuables.


Cell phones are permitted at school.  Cell phones may only be used before entering the building or after exiting the building, during lunch hour, or with the expressed permission of the principal or Teacher.  If a staff member observes a phone or hears a phone, they will take the phone to the office. Bluetooth headphones are not permitted at CMS.

First offense – students may pick up the phone at the end of the school day.  

Second offense – a parent/guardian must pick up the phone.  

***at this time, parents will receive the rules for the third offense (to be initialed).

Third offense – student phone privilege is suspended. If it is necessary for a student to bring a phone with them to school, it must be turned into the office first thing in the morning and can be picked up at the end of the day.


At Cherryland Middle School, careful consideration is taken with each placement into a class.  It is our responsibility to ensure all students have, as best as possible, viable access to all subject areas; Health and Physical Education, Social Studies, World Language, Language and Literature, Mathematics, Science and The Arts.

In an effort to build language and literature skill and fluency, all CMS 6th and 7th grade students have both a Reading and Writing period each day. Conversely, in an effort to prepare our students for the rigor of high school Mathematics expectations, all CMS 8th grade students have two periods of Mathematics education each day.

Cherryland Middle School offers the following accelerated classes to students:

- 6th, 7th and 8th grade Accelerated Math; (6th and 7th Accelerated and H.S. Algebra I for 8th grade

- 7th and 8th grade Accelerated English/Language Arts (Language and Literature)

With average total class sizes of approximately 90 to 100 students, our cut mark for

placement in an accelerated course ranges from 25 to 30 students. Children who have a “matrix” score that ranks in the top 25 to 30 students will be placed in accelerated classes.

(For more information on what elements are included in subject area matrixes contact the CMS Counselor).

Students that have not already been “matrixed in” to accelerated programming and wish to be considered need to meet the following criteria:

● A- or better grade average in the subject matter

● Level 4 on M-STEP subject matter

● 85th%ile or higher NWEA subject matter score

● 85% score or better on end-of-year subject area test (for Math)

● Receive strong teacher recommendation in subject matter

The criteria established to move students out of accelerated placement are if students do not maintain the following:

● B+ or better average grade

● Level 3 or higher on the M-STEP subject matter

● 75th%ile or higher on the NWEA subject matter

If any of these conditions exist, the principal or counselor, (possibly both), will meet with the student to develop a plan for improvement. A timeline for improvement will be established. If the guidelines for improvement are not met, the student will be removed - possibly during the school year - from the accelerated program to an on-level class.

The placement of any new students to the district in an accelerated program class will be based on considerations such as accelerated placement in another district as well as the other criteria considered for all student placement in our programming.

Accelerated scheduling from year-to-year, including the movement of students in and out of accelerated classes, is based on established criteria and available openings. Any other unique student placement aspects will be governed as much as possible by the current guidelines of our building placement decision-making processes.

Accelerated Transitions

Students may transition from CMS accelerated classes to our high school “honors” programs according to the following ERHS recommended guidelines: (Please note that even if students are not in CMS or ERHS honors programs, they can still get into H.S. AP courses in their junior and senior years, based on their performance and seat availability).

Honors English 9 : ERHS guarantees placement of the top 30 students based on

minimum expectations/matrix ranking of the following criteria. Beyond 30, a wait list is developed.

(If Students are already in Accelerated 8th Grade English/Language Arts)

- Have a minimum of B+ (87%) in Accelerated ELA 8th

- Have PSAT EBRW score range between 370 to 410 or better

- Have 80th%ile or higher on Reading NWEA (Spring)

- Writing sample of teacher’s choice, (rank ordered by rubric score)

● PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test)- given Spring 8th grade year.

● EBRW (Evidenced Based Reading/Writing)

(If Students are NOT already in Accelerated 8th English/Language Arts)

- Must have a minimum of A- or better average in ELA 8th

- Have PSAT EBRW score range of between 370 to 410 or better

- Must have 80th%ile or higher on Reading NWEA

- Writing sample of teacher’s choice, (rank ordered by rubric score)

Geometry 9:

CMS students must have completed high school Algebra I prior to 8th/9th grade (and passed both semesters with 80% B- or higher). Students must also have:

- PSAT Math score range of between 400 to 460 or better.

Biology 9:

ERHS guarantees placement of the top 30 students based on minimum

expectations/matrix ranking of the following criteria. Beyond 30, a wait list is


- Have a minimum of B+ (87%) or better average in 8th grade Science

- Have PSAT EBRW score range of between 370 to 410 or better

- Have 80th %ile or higher on Reading NWEA

- Have strong recommendation from 8th grade Science teacher.

Honors US History 9 :

ERHS guarantees placement of the top 30 students based on minimum

expectations/matrix ranking of the following criteria. Beyond 30, a wait list is


- Have a minimum of A- (90%) or better average in 8th grade US History

- Have PSAT EBRW score range of between 370 to 410 or better

- Have 80th %ile or higher on Reading NWEA

- Have strong recommendation from 8th grade US History teacher.

Science Placement (8th)

At the end of students’ 7th grade year, all students having a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher in their 6th and 7th grade Science classes as well as a teacher recommendation will be given the opportunity to take a placement test which, if successfully completed by the student with a score of 85% or higher, will allow that student to be placed in a science class at Elk Rapids High School during the students 8th grade year. The test will be given during the summer on a date to be determined by the school and retakes will not be offered. Any grades earned in a high school science class will be reflected on the student’s high school transcript.

Note: Because classes at ERHS are approximately 60 minutes and classes at CMS are approximately 49 minutes, class scheduling is impacted and may not allow students to take an ERHS class in person. Qualifying students unable to enroll at ERHS due to schedule conflicts would then be offered a high school level online course.  For more information, contact the CMS Counselor.


Students are not permitted to wear coats, hats, hoods overhead, sunglasses and scarves or other outdoor wear during regular school hours, unless they have teacher permission.  These items are to be kept in the lockers and not brought to class.


The positive impact of students “Community Action Project” cannot be understated. It is required for all 8th grade students.  The Community Action Project (CAP) focuses on community and service, encouraging students to explore their right and responsibility to implement service as action in the community.  The CAP engages in a sustained, in-depth inquiry leading to service as action in the community.  The CAP may be completed individually or by groups of a maximum of three students.  For more information, contact the principal.


To facilitate our students’ development as active, lifelong, global learners, we have a service learning initiative here at CMS. This experience is a progression of community service through their middle school years leading up to their “in depth” 8th grade Community Action Project. The emphasis of community service is “service”, rather than fundraising. Please avoid fundraising initiatives. Below you will find the requirements for your child’s service learning experience:

6th Grade:

Minimum of 5 hours of service completed outside of school prior to April 30th, 2021.

Community Service can include:

7th Grade:

Minimum of 10 hours outside of school prior to April  30th, 2021.

Community Service can include:

We are striving to make this requirement as worthwhile as possible for you and your child. In 6th grade, parents are encouraged to help guide their child into the world of volunteering with family members, organizations, or groups with whom your family is most familiar.  As they branch out in 7th grade, we are hoping students will step out of their comfort zone and volunteer to serve in one of our many local organizations.  

Course Catalog

Below is a list of courses offered through CMS and CMS Virtual. Additional course offerings may be available via Edmentem or Michigan Virtual, please contact the counselor for additional information and questions.

6th Language

6th Literature

7th Language

7th Literature

7th Language Accelerated

7th Literature Accelerated  

8th ELA

8th ELA Accelerated

6th Math

6th Accelerated Math

7th Math

7th Accelerated Math

8th Math

8th Math Lab

Algebra 1

6th Science

7th Science

8th Science

6th Geography

7th World History

8th U.S. History

Art 6

Art 7

Art 8

Vocal Music 6

Vocal Music 7

Vocal Music 8

Band 6

Band 7

Band 8

Intervention 6

Intervention 7

Intervention 8

Spanish 6

Spanish 7

Spanish 8

PE/Health 6

PE/Health 7

PE/Health 8

P2/Community Action

Special Education Resource

Social Media (CMS Virtual Only)

Journalism (CMS Virtual Only)


  1. Only Cherryland Middle School 7th and 8th grade students are permitted to attend dances, no guests are allowed.
  2. Students must have a ride waiting for them at the conclusion of the dance.
  3. Students wishing to leave early may not re-enter the dance and may only leave if a parent or guardian enters the building to pick up the student.

Formal Dances

Girls can wear strapless dresses and spaghetti straps but their dresses have to be fingertip length.  If students have questions regarding the modesty level of their clothing, they need to speak with the adult in charge of the dance prior to the event.


Cherryland Middle School will provide student directory information as requested.  This includes name, address, and participation in extracurricular activities.  Parents may refuse to allow the district to disclose any directory information.  The request must be in writing and given to the principal. 

DRESS CODE (Ref. Board Policy 5511)

It is the hope of any school dress code policy that parents/guardians will ultimately be responsible to guide their children toward healthy and modest judgment of clothing choice.  To this end, unless clothing is in clear violation of our dress code policy we desire to leave the final decision and enforcement of wise clothing choices in the hands of parents and guardians.


Dress Code Violations (EDIT 5511)

The school will expect clothing to be worn in such a way that genitals, buttocks, breasts, and nipples are fully covered with opaque fabric in a modest fashion.

Clothing that promotes the use of alcohol, tobacco, or drugs or that has “suggestive” or “off color” words, phrases, or pictures will not be allowed. Dress or grooming that disrupts the educational function of the classroom or school will not be permitted and parents will be contacted if such dress is worn.

Our goal here at CMS is to help prepare your students for their future professional lives.

The following are helpful suggestions when sending your child to school:

1.     Avoid dress or grooming that presents a health hazard to the student or to others.

2.     Avoid dress or grooming that presents a safety hazard to the student or to others.

3.     Undergarments should be covered by pants, shorts, or skirts.

4.     We suggest that shorts and skirts should be no shorter than five inches above the knee.

5.     When wearing leggings, it is suggested that a long shirt be worn to cover front and back private parts.

6.     It is suggested that all tank tops be three fingers wide at the shoulders.

Management of Dress Code Violations

School administrative staff shall enforce dress code violations consistently using the requirements below. School administration shall not have discretion to vary the requirements in ways that lead to discriminatory enforcement.


Students will be removed from spaces, hallways, or classrooms as a result of a dress code violation. Students in violation of the dress code will be provided two options;


○ Students will be asked to put on their own alternative clothing, if already available at school, to be dressed more to code for the remainder of the day.

○ If necessary, students’ parents may be called during the school day to bring alternative clothing for the student to wear for the remainder of the day.

No student should be discriminated against by dress code enforcement because of racial identity, sex assigned at birth, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, cultural or religious identity, household income, body size/type, or body maturity.

These dress code guidelines shall apply to regular school days and summer school days, as well as any school-related events and activities, such as sporting events, end-of-year trips, special field trips and dances.


Students are not permitted to use electronic items during regular school hours unless given specific permission by a staff member to do so.  The school is not responsible for any lost or stolen item.  The same rules apply for electronic items such as cell phones.


Energy or power drinks high in caffeine and/or sugar for example: (Monster, Red Bull, Arnold Palmer teas) are not allowed at school or school events, including sports team practices and games.


GRADING SYSTEM (Ref. Board Policy 5421)

Report cards are issued two times a year.  See the school calendar for the end of the 18-week/semester marking periods.  Students are graded “A” through “D” (with + or -).  A grade “E” will be used for marking period failure.  

GRADES- Cherryland Middle School has a standard grading procedure, as well as additional notations that may indicate work in progress or incomplete work. The purpose of a grade is to indicate the extent to which the student has acquired the necessary learning. In general, students are assigned grades based upon test results, homework, projects, and classroom participation. Each teacher may place a different emphasis on these areas in determining a grade and will inform the students at the beginning of the course work. If a student is not sure how his/her grade will be determined, s/he should ask the teacher.

The school uses the following grading system:

93 to 100% = A

90 to 92% = A-

88 to 89% = B+

83 to 87% = B

80 to 82% = B-

78 to 79% = C+

73 to 77% = C

70 to 72% = C-

68 to 69% = D+

63 to 67% = D

60 to 62% = D-

59 to 0% = E

I =Incomplete

Incomplete Grades: An “I” or incomplete appears on the report card if the student has failed to meet the requirements of the class due to prolonged illness or other justifiable reasons. After the work is made up, a regular grade is given. Students who fail to make up an incomplete grade within two (2) weeks of the marking period will be given a failing grade.


Cherryland Middle School offers students and parents extra effort toward student success with a “homework page”.  Patrons can simply access the website and follow the link to the “middle school” where the homework page tab can be found.


Each CMS student is issued a school-owned iPad.  This device is to be used for school purposes only.  For additional information on the care, handling and best practices of the iPad please refer to the iPad Handbook.


No student is to leave the Cherryland Middle School grounds during the school day without permission from the principal’s office.


LOCKERS (Ref. Board Policy 5771)

Each student is assigned a locker and must follow these rules:

  1. Do not change lockers without permission of the principal.
  2. Do not hit, kick or otherwise mistreat any locker.
  3. Do not write or mark on any locker.
  4. Do not attempt to enter another person’s locker or try to get another student’s combination.
  5. Do not use an empty locker or another person’s locker to store your personal items.
  6. A fee will be assessed for any damage or misuse.

If a locker does not work properly, it should be reported to the office.  At the end of the school year, you are responsible for cleaning your locker out.  This includes removing all pictures, stickers, writing and the like.  The school retains ownership of the lockers and inspections may be held at any time.  The principal or other school officials will also check a locker at any time if there is a suspicion of illegal or dangerous content.  This will be done with or without the students and parents consent or knowledge.


Students may rent locks from the school if they want a lock.  The cost is $4.00.  If the lock is returned in good condition, $4.00 will be refunded.  A lock may be rented from the office at any time during the year.  Students are not permitted to bring their own locks from home to put on their lockers.



Students will be allowed to charge two lunches per 18-week marking period.  To charge a lunch, students must wait at the end of the lunch line, so the lunchroom staff can record this transaction when the line is not busy.  If a student forgets his/her money a third time during the 18 weeks or hasn’t paid off the charge from the previous weeks, they will not be allowed a second charge and will be given a sandwich and milk or juice that will be billed to their account.  For more information or questions, call Food Service Director, Rob Payne at 264-6077.


When students have finished their lunch, they are required to clean their table area, including items dropped on the floor. Students will wait to be dismissed, and then help with any general cleaning or maintenance of lunch tables.  There is a separate lunch hour for each grade level.

MEDICATION (Ref. Board Policy 5330)

Before any prescribed medication or treatment may be administered to any student during school hours, the school shall require the written prescription from the child’s physician accompanied by the written authorization of the parent.  Both must also authorize any self-medication or treatment.   The School Board shall require the prior written consent of the parent along with a waiver of any liability of the district for the administration of the medication.  Medication must be in its prescribed bottle.


MYIG is a real world experience in the fields of government, public policy-making. CMS students will have the option of applying to participate in the legislature, debate or political compromise portions of the program for this trip to Lansing, MI and our State Capitol Building. The trip dates are the Sunday through Tuesday in late November just before Thanksgiving.  The trip will include five meals, 2 MYIG t-shirts, transportation to and from Lansing, MI, lodging at the Causeway Bay Hotel in  Lansing and CMS teacher advisors/chaperones.   Applications occur in early September.  For more questions contact MYIG coordinator Mr. Joe Macaluso at


Students are not to bring large sums of money to school and are advised not to loan money to others.  The school is not responsible if money or other valuable items are lost or stolen.  During gym class, please give valuables to your physical education teacher for safekeeping until class is over.


Student Officers


           Vice President





 NJHS is a distinction for our eighth grade students.


Cherryland Middle School (CMS) does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, or any other legally protected characteristic, in its programs, activities or employment opportunities.

Notice of the CMS policy on nondiscrimination shall be available in the school, published in any CMS statement regarding the availability of educational services, and in student and staff handbooks.


Students are to use the area east of the school for outdoor activities.  The area in front of the school may be used for socializing but not for games.  Throwing of objects is not permitted.  

Students are not to go beyond the dirt road east of the school.  No unsupervised activities are allowed in the area west of the school and students are not to go in the area between the gym and the hall to the band room.  In addition, students are not to go in or behind the softball diamond dugouts where they can’t be seen from the school.



No student may be out of an assigned class without having a pass issued by a staff member.  Students must give the pass to the teacher when they return to class.



All students are expected to participate in Physical Education activities throughout the year, unless excused by a doctor or some other mandated reason.  Students are required to wear suitable clothing during gym class.  As determined by the teacher.  Failure to be prepared for class or refusal to dress as directed by the teacher will result in removal from the class for that day along with a failing grade for the day.


PowerSchool is an online student data management system used by Elk Rapids Public Schools.  Aside from major test data (for example: NWEA), all other critical student data is logged in this system.  PowerSchool also provides a parent access component.  In this way, parents can check their child’s grades on a daily basis if desired. Parents are also able to view our daily school announcements via PowerSchool. 

PowerSchool website 

To obtain your personal username and password please contact the CMS office.

RELATIONS WITH PARENTS (Ref. Board Policy 9250)

The Board of Education believes that the education of children is a responsibility which it shares jointly with parents of the school community and that a strong program of communication and cooperation between home and school is essential to ensure that the best interests of the child are served.

In order to encourage parent-school cooperation the Board directs that the following activities be implemented:

  1. Parent-teacher conferences, which permit two (2) way communication between home and school.

  1. Open Houses in District schools, which shall provide parents with opportunities to see school facilities, meet faculty members and personally sample programs.  Each District school shall hold an Open House at least once each school year.

  1. Meetings of parents and staff members designed to allow free explanation and discussion of matters regarding child-school, child-home or child-school-home relationships.

  1. Special events of a cultural, ethnic or topical nature which are of general interest to the schools and/or the community and which involve the cooperative effort of students and parents.  Such programs may be initiated by parent groups.



A copy of your child’s report card will be mailed home to Parents.  



CMS students are not permitted to get off or board a school bus at the Elementary School or the High School without the written permission of the Middle School principal, secretary or a Title I paraprofessional.  All students are to follow with respect the rules specified by the transportation department. Violations of bus policies may result in the suspension of bus riding privileges.


Students may bring visitors to school provided approval is received from the principal at least 24 hours prior to the visit.  The visitor must be of middle school age.  



Students may not sell items in school without permission of the principal.  This includes personal items as well as group “fundraising” items.


SEXUAL HARASSMENT (Ref. Board Policy 5362)

The Board of Education has adopted specific guidelines for the sexual harassment of students.  A copy of this policy may be obtained in either the Middle School office or the Superintendent’s office.


Students who bring skateboards or rollerblades to school must leave them in the principal’s office during the school day.  They may not be used during school hours. Wheel based shoes will not be allowed.



In order to be eligible for participation

In-School events:  Camp/Assemblies/Field Trips

In order to be eligible for participation

CMS Musical:


In order to be eligible for participation

For further information on Athletic eligibility refer to the CMS Athletics Handbook.


Middle school is a time when students are learning how to grow their influence as young future leaders of America.  At CMS, we believe students should be given many opportunities to express themselves in leadership and at the same time have just enough adult supervision to insure maximized success of project missions.  The CMS model of leadership is expressed with the acronym SLAM (Student Leadership Achieves More).  Students in each grade will come together to lead their classmates to accomplish fundraising, school dances, and other motivational activities.

For further information on SLAM please visit the Cherryland Middle School Website.


Substitute teachers will be treated with great respect and courtesy.  Failure to give them their best behavior and effort will result in immediate discipline and certain penalty to individual’s citizenship scores.



Students may use the teacher’s classroom phone with the teacher’s permission; however, if a student becomes ill the student must use the phone in the office.


WEAPONS (Ref. Board Policy 5610.01)

Possession of a weapon

A weapon includes conventional objects like guns, pellet guns, knives, or club type implements.  It may also include any toy that is presented as a real weapon or reacted to as a real weapon.  Criminal charges may be filed for this violation.  Possession of

certain weapons will subject a student to permanent expulsion.  It will make no difference whether or not the weapon belongs to someone else, unless the student can provide convincing evidence that the weapon was placed in the student’s possession without his/her knowledge.  If it can be confirmed that a weapon belonged to a student other than the one who possessed the weapon, that student shall also be subject to the same disciplinary action.


(Ref. Board Policy 5500, 5520, 5600)


Students are expected to manage their behavior while in class.  When they do not, it is necessary for them to receive a measure of discipline.

Discipline for minor misconduct is handled by the teacher.  The following are identified as minor misconduct:

  1. Disruptive classroom behavior
  2. Minor backtalk
  3. Disruptive hall/restroom/playground behavior
  4. Tardiness to class except 1st hour
  5. Pushing or shoving
  6. Public displays of overt affection
  7. Swearing, other than to an adult
  8. Violations of other stated classroom or school regulations

*Repeated minor misconduct will result in discipline handled by the Principal; parents will be notified.

Discipline for major misconduct is usually handled by the principal, and may result in the student being placed in detention or suspended from school.  When it is necessary for the principal to severely discipline a student, the student’s parents are notified.

 The following are identified as major misconduct:

  1. Use of drugs
  2. Use of alcohol
  3. Use of tobacco
  4. Physical assault on a teacher
  5. Fighting
  6. Stealing, extortion 
  7. Leaving school grounds without permission
  8. Abusive language to staff/or students
  9. Major insubordination
  10. Destruction of school property
  11. Violation of state and local ordinances
  12. Continued minor misconduct, three classroom removals may result in a parent conference          
  13. Weapons
  14. Threats
  15. Possession of tobacco products (i.e. rolling papers, lighters)

Cherryland Middle School Aggression-Consequence Rubric

Revised 9/24/2019

Code of Conduct

Disrespect to a substitute teacher, or other adult, is a violation of the code of conduct and will be handled on a case by case basis, and may also result in after school detention


1st Referral

2nd Referral

3rd Referral

LEVEL 1: Mild Harassment or Teasing, or Misconduct: Repeated name-calling, insults, derogatory comments or other harassment after correction, starting or spreading rumors, (true or false-meant to hurt or embarrass).  Repeated disruptive behavior in/around building-during school hours, public displays of affection for example; hand holding, groping, prolonged, hugging, arms around each other and telling others not to be friends with someone.

Student calls parent

Student calls parent

Student calls parent




Warning from office

Two lunch detentions

Four lunch detentions





Reflection with CMS Counselor


Reflection with CMS Counselor






Counseling (optional)




Parent Conference (optional)










LEVEL 2: Moderate Harassment/Physical Contact or Misconduct: Slapping, grabbing, pushing and shoving with intent to harm, repeated shouldering and running into others roughly, threatening comments or gestures, cyber bullying, racial, ethnic, or religious slurs/comments, swearing/profanity other than to an adult, overt public displays of affection for example:  kissing, hands on another’s private parts, plagiarism/cheating and not following basic rules that govern CMS and HS sporting events.

Student calls parent

Student calls parent

Student calls parent




Two lunch detentions or ½ day ISS

Four lunch detentions or a full day of ISS

Out of School Suspension




Reflection with CMS Counselor

Reflection with CMS Counselor

Reflection w/ CMS Counselor before




Counseling (optional)










Parent conference (optional)







LEVEL 3: Severe Harassment/Physical Contact or Misconduct: Fighting, punching, kicking, or other dangerous physical aggression aimed to injure others, threats of serious violence, touching/grabbing private body parts, sexual comments, racial or ethnic comments meant to hurt, stealing, destruction of property of others, use or possession of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, attempting to harm a staff member, leaving school grounds without permission, and swearing/profanity to an adult.

Student calls parent

Student calls parent

Possible expulsion for remainder of term or year.



Out of School suspension (up to 5 days)

Out of School Suspension (up to 10 days)




Reflection w/ CMS Counselor before return

Reflection w/ CMS Counselor before return

Before Return:

       - Anger Management classes

       - Mental Health Evaluation and





Mental Health evaluation and clearance (opt.)

       - Reflection w/ CMS Counselor  



         And Counseling

Behavioral Contract

Parent Conference & Behavioral Contract

       - Parent Conference & Behavioral





Anger management classes





In certain cases, the rules governing out of school suspensions/expulsions may be superseded by the requirements of school board policy, state and/or federal law.

PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION (PDA) – Displays of care or affection are not to occur at school between students.  Examples of PDA include; hand holding, kissing, groping, prolonged hugging, and arms around each other.  PDA incidences will be dealt with following our Code of Conduct guidelines.



While not in class, the following rules are in effect in the various areas of the school.


  1. Follow directions the first time given.
  2. Don’t do these things:
  1. litter
  2. hit, push or fight
  3. call names, tease or use bad language or signs
  4. use or have tobacco, tobacco products (i.e.; rolling papers, lighter) alcohol or any illegal drug
  5. damage the school’s or another person’s possessions
  6. take things that belong to others – without permission
Hall Rules
  1. Walk on the right side of the hall
  2. Walk at a normal pace
  3. Speak in a normal voice and don’t make unnecessary noise
  4. Don’t slam your locker door or try to get in another person’s locker


 Multi-purpose Room/Lunch Line Rules
  1. Speak in a normal voice
  2. Clean up around where you sit and dispose of your garbage
  3. Move at a normal pace
  4. Don’t take cuts in line
  5. Don’t throw food or other things


Restrooms/Locker Rooms
  1. Respect other’s privacy
  2. Talk in a normal voice
  3. Keep the area clean
  4. Pick up all your belongings and don’t leave valuables in the locker room
  5. No horseplay and don’t fool around with any of the equipment
  6. Don’t hang around without a reason


Play Areas

(Gym, bleachers, outdoors)

  1. Use equipment the right way and put it away when finished with it
  2. Outdoors, stay in the designated play area
  3. Refrain from horse play or anything that could hurt someone
  4. Don’t leave the school grounds without permission

  1. Come to the counter
  2. Wait your turn and respect the work of the adults
  3. Speak in a normal voice and use common courtesies
  4. Come in by yourself
  5. Refrain from any behavior that will disrupt office work


Procedure for student suspensions:  A student being considered for suspension must be provided an informal administrative hearing.  This will be a meeting between the Principal or Acting Principal and the student.  The purpose of this hearing is to notify the student of the charges against them.

  1. The designated school representative convening the hearing must give the student oral or written notice of the charges.
  2. If the student denies the charges, the designated school representative must provide and explanation of the evidence and an opportunity for the student to provide his/her side of the story.
  3. A judgment is made by the school representative based on the evidence and the student’s defense.
  4. Where the Principal feels there is justification to suspend, he/she will provide oral notice to the student and parent, followed with written notification of suspension.




Students are expected to accept many responsibilities as part of their obligation to the school.  Some of the important student responsibilities are:

  1. To know and obey all school rules
  2. To report major violations of school rules
  3. To discourage others from violating school rules
  4. To treat all persons courteously
  5. To respect the property of others
  6. To pick up litter
  7. To care properly for money and other valuables
  8. To make up work missed while absent
  9. To not disturb classes in session


As required by law, the Board of Education establishes the following wellness policy for the District.

The Board recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well-being of the District's students. Furthermore, research concludes that there is a positive correlation between a student's health and well-being and his/her ability to learn. Moreover, schools can play an important role in the developmental process by which students establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks through the schools' meal programs, by supporting the development of good eating habits, and by promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.

The Board, however, believes this effort to support the students' development of healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise cannot be accomplished by the schools alone. It will be necessary for not only the staff, but also parents and the public at large to be involved in a community-wide effort to promote, support, and model such healthy behaviors and habits.

The Board sets the following goals in an effort to enable students to establish good health and nutrition habits:



With regard to nutrition education, the District shall:




Nutrition education shall be included in the Health curriculum so that instruction is sequential and standards-based and provides students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to lead healthy lives.




Nutrition education standards and benchmarks shall be age-appropriate and culturally relevant.




Nutrition education shall include opportunities for appropriate student projects related to nutrition, involving, when possible, community agencies and organizations.




Nutrition education shall extend beyond the classroom by engaging and involving the school's food service staff.




Nutrition education posters, such as the Food Pyramid Guide, will be displayed in the cafeteria.




The school cafeteria shall serve as a learning lab by allowing students to apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills taught in the classroom when making choices at mealtime.




Nutrition education shall reinforce lifelong balance by emphasizing the link between caloric intake (eating) and exercise in ways that are age-appropriate.




Nutrition education benchmarks and standards include a focus on media literacy as it relates to food marketing strategies.




Nutrition education standards and benchmarks promote the benefits of a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, and low fat and fat-free dairy products.




Staff responsible for providing instruction in nutrition education shall regularly participate in professional development activities designed to better enable them to teach the benchmarks and standards.



With regard to physical activity, the District shall:




Physical Education





A sequential, comprehensive physical education program shall be provided for students in K-12 in accordance with the standards and benchmarks established by the State.





The physical education curriculum shall provide sequential instruction related to the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to participate in lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity.





Physical education classes shall provide students with opportunities to learn, practice, and be assessed on developmentally appropriate motor skills and social skills, as well as knowledge.





The sequential, comprehensive physical education curriculum shall stress the importance of remaining physically active for life.





The sequential, comprehensive physical education curriculum shall provide students with opportunities to learn, practice, and be assessed on developmentally appropriate knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to engage in lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity.





Planned instruction in physical education shall be sufficient for students to achieve a proficient level with regard to the standards and benchmarks established by the State.





The K-12 program shall include instruction in physical education as well as opportunities to participate in competitive and non-competitive team sports to encourage lifelong physical activity.





Planned instruction in physical education shall require students to be engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least fifty percent (50%) of scheduled class time.





Planned instruction in physical education shall teach cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation.





Planned instruction in physical education shall meet the needs of all students, including those who are not athletically gifted.





Planned instruction in physical education shall be presented in an environment free of embarrassment, humiliation, shaming, taunting, or harassment of any kind.





Planned instruction in physical education shall include cooperative as well as competitive games.





Planned instruction in physical education shall take into account gender and cultural differences.





Planned instruction in physical education shall promote participation in physical activity outside the regular school day.




Physical Activity





Physical activity and movement shall be integrated, when possible, across the curricula and throughout the school day.





Schools shall encourage families to provide physical activity outside the regular school day, such as outdoor play at home, participation in sports sponsored by community agencies or organizations, and in lifelong physical activities like bowling, swimming, or tennis.





The school shall provide information to families to encourage and assist them in their efforts to incorporate physical activity into their children's daily lives.





All students in grades 7 - 12 shall have the opportunity to participate in interscholastic sports programs.





Schools shall offer a wide range of physical activities outside the regular school day that meet the needs, interests, and abilities of all students, including males, females, students with disabilities, and students with special healthcare needs.



With regard to other school-based activities the District shall:




The schools shall schedule mealtimes so there is minimum disruption by bus schedules, recess, and other special programs or events.




The school shall provide attractive, clean environments in which the students eat.




Students and staff are encouraged to stay appropriately hydrated throughout their school day.




Students, parents, and other community members shall have access to, and be encouraged to use, the school's outdoor physical activity facilities outside the normal school day.




The schools may use environmentally friendly practices, such as the use of locally grown foods and non-disposable tableware and dishes.




The schools may provide opportunities for staff, parents, and other community members to model healthy eating habits by dining with students in the school dining areas.




Schools in our system utilize electronic identification and payment systems, therefore, eliminating any stigma or identification of students eligible to receive free and/or reduced meals.




Students are discouraged from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some students' diets.

Furthermore, with the objectives of enhancing student health and well-being, and reducing childhood obesity, the following guidelines are established:



In accordance with Policy 8500, entitled Food Service, the food service program shall comply with Federal and State regulations pertaining to the selection, preparation, consumption, and disposal of food and beverages as well as to the fiscal management of the program.



As set forth in Policy 8531, entitled Free and Reduced Price Meals, the guidelines for reimbursable school meals are not less restrictive than the guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).



The food service program will strive to be financially self-supporting; however, if it is necessary to subsidize the operation, it will not be through the sale of foods with minimal nutritious value.



The food service program will provide all students affordable access to the varied and nutritious foods they need to be healthy and to learn well.



All food service personnel shall receive pre-service training in food service operations.



Continuing professional development shall be provided for all staff of the food service program.



Classroom snacks shall comply with USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.



In the future all buildings will not sell artificially sweetened and carbonated drinks during the school day.

The Superintendent shall develop administrative guidelines necessary to implement this policy, including, but not limited to, the manner in which the implementation of this policy shall be regularly evaluated by the principal of each school. The Board designates the Superintendent as the individual(s) charged with operational responsibility for verifying that the District meets the goals established in this policy.

The Superintendent shall report on the District's compliance with this policy and the progress toward achieving the goals set forth herein when requested to do so by the Board.

Review of this policy shall occur every three (3) years, by a committee appointed by the Board, consisting of a representative(s) of the Board, the administration, the food service provider, the parents, the students, and the public. The committee shall provide the Board with any recommended changes to this policy.

42 U.S.C. 1751, Sec. 204
42 U.S.C. 1771                                                                            Adopted 12/7/06