CEDAR GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Student Handbook

 

750 Grove Trail, SW

Supply, North Carolina 28462

(910) 846-3400 – Office

(910) 846-3401 - Fax

Justin Hayes, Principal

Melissa Garner, Assistant Principal


Dear Bulldog Students and Parents,

        Welcome to Cedar Grove Middle School!  I, along with our faculty and staff, are excited to see our returning 7th and 8th graders and equally excited to see some fresh faces with our incoming 6th graders.  Hopefully, this year will be a year to remember, minus hurricanes and/or any other weather phenomena.  

We want CGMS to be a place where students are at the core of every decision, a place where faculty can excel in their chosen profession, and a school that parents can proudly say their children attend.  High expectations, along with building a strong school culture, will be at the core of every decision we make this year.  We believe that together, along with our community, this vision will become a reality.

        We are excited to build upon an already strong PBIS program with a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) model, which focuses on direct interventions and supports that address student and family needs.  We also look to strengthen our AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) strategies in the classroom across all three grade levels.  We believe that both models will continue to offer many opportunities for increased student success both academically and emotionally.  Reading and math will be our direct focus to increase student growth this year, with specific interventions to address student needs.  We will also focus on literacy across all curriculums to increase reading and writing in all subjects and grade levels.

My administration has an open-door mindset and we want to hear from you.  We want to work together to address any concerns you may have for the best interest of your child.  While we often seem to focus on the negatives, we would love to hear about the positives and things we are doing well so we can celebrate together.  Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter as these social media platforms will be used to keep our community informed and involved with all things Cedar Grove.  

        I look forward to having your child at Cedar Grove this year and I am excited to see what this year will bring.    

With Bulldog Pride,

Justin Hayes

Principal

MISSION / VISION / BELIEFS

Mission Statement:

Cedar Grove Middle School will empower students to persevere as responsible and respectful lifelong learners

Vision Statement:

Cedar Grove Middle School will be a leader among other educational institutions, providing ample opportunities for student success, ensuring quality teaching experiences, and respectfully serving the communities we represent.

Belief Statements:

At Cedar Grove Middle School we believe in:

In addition, Cedar Grove Middle School supports the Brunswick County Board of Education Mission and Beliefs, as noted below:

FACULTY / STAFF ASSIGNMENTS

2019-2020

POSITION

ROOM #

EXTENSION

ADMINISTRATION

Principal

Justin Hayes

Assistant Principal

Melissa Garner

114

115

2802

2813

OFFICE STAFF

Secretary

Leisha Ivey

Data Manager

Keishonna Hewett

School Treasurer

Robert Michel

110

111

113

2801

2807

2806

SUPPORT STAFF

School Counselors

Tonya Hilliard

Gerald Ziemba

School Resource Officer

                 Deputy Kenneth Powell

CIS Success Coach

Laura Hicks

Media Specialist

April Rogerson

Literacy Coach

Diana Nail

Choices/ISS

Willie Williams

Social Worker

DeAnna Graham

Behavior Specialist

Sharon Flucker

School Psychologist

Sarah Ojo

School Nurse

Marissa Hobbs

Melissa Pittman

224A

224B

112

419

325

710

225

325C

102

325B

121

121

2853

2856

2812

2859

2810

2849

2839

2852

2862

2809

2809

SIXTH GRADE

English/Language Arts

Jennifer Cohen

Patricia Gilliland

Math

Lisa Faulk

Monica Williams

Science

Adam Rogerson

Social Studies

Tara Doan

420

411

415

413

414

417

SEVENTH GRADE

English/Language Arts

Brian Heim

Susan Urbanski

Math

Hugo Bryant

Anne Wallace

Science

Tracy Strattman

Lisa Upright

Social Studies

Stephen Lancaster

Lisa Upright

312

314

313

316

319

315

310

315

EIGHTH GRADE

English/Language Arts

Heather Cheek

Sarah Maykish

Math

Lesley Facello

Betsy O’Hara

Science

Joseph Read

Ami Thompson

Social Studies

Melodie Bryant

Joseph Read

221

216

212

213

215

219

214

215

ELECTIVES

Art

Heather Caldwell

Band

Casey Black

Chorus

Jenica Thompson

CTE

Kim Harmon

Jean Jinwright

Health/PE

Suzanne Karrs

James Shankle

714

718

720

715

716

601C/Gym

602C/Gym

EXCEPTIONAL CHILDREN

6th Grade

Caroline Griffin

7th Grade

Amber Russell

8th Grade

Katie Coggins

MU Class

Jada Smith - Teacher

Lisa Babson - TA

SBS Class

Raygina Peak - Teacher

Jennifer James - TA

Self-Contained Classes

Karen Gazzard - Teacher

Sarah Kelley - Teacher

Penny McKeithan - TA

Barbara Vickery - TA

412

322

210

304A

304F

218

321

CUSTODIAL STAFF

Head Custodian

Janice Vaught

Custodians

Rochelle Ashe

Sari Bryant

Eric Gause

Keith Leonard

Iris Simmons

Richard Thorson

104

2803

CAFETERIA STAFF

Linda Plueger - Manager

Christy Humphreys - Asst. Manager

503

2811

 

Parent Information

Who Should I Call For:                                Name                        Extension

Student Make Up Work                                        Gerald Ziemba                    2856

                                                                Tonya Hilliard                     2853

Student Absences                                                Keishonna Hewett              2807

Educational Leave Forms                                        Keishonna Hewett               2807

Classroom Change Request                                Gerald Ziemba                   2856

                                                                Tonya Hilliard                   2853

Sports Physical Forms                                        Coach Shankle                   2843

                                                                Coach Karrs                           2842

Bus Concerns                                                Melissa Garner                    2813

Locker Concerns                                                Melissa Garner                    2813        

Code of Conduct/Student Handbook                        Leisha Ivey                           2801

Textbooks                                                        April Rogerson                   2810

Testing Concerns                                                Melissa Garner                    2813        

RTI/Student Referrals                                        Gerald Ziemba                   2856

                                                                Tonya Hilliard                   2853

Discipline Concerns                                        Melissa Garner                  2813

Parent Teacher Conferences                                Homeroom Teacher

Media Center                                                April Rogerson                2810

Law Enforcement Concerns                                Deputy Powell                 2812

School Athletic Concerns                                        Coach Shankle                 2843

Cafeteria Concerns                                                           Linda Plueger                 2811

504 Plans                                                                Gerald Ziemba                   2856

Parent Volunteers                                                          Laura Hicks                         2859

Communities In Schools        Laura Hicks                       2859

ARRIVAL TO AND DEPARTURES FROM SCHOOL

Students should be in their classrooms and ready to begin their day at 7:35 a.m. sharp.  Students arriving to class after 7:35 a.m. are considered tardy. We have a large number of students arriving by car each day, causing traffic to back up considerably. Please take this into consideration and allow yourself enough time to have your child at school by the 7:35 am bell. The only legitimate excuses for being late to school are:  doctor/dentist appointments (note from doctor/dentist must be presented to the attendance office), a late bus, or a court appearance. Oversleeping, missing the bus, mechanical difficulties, traffic, etc. are not excused reasons for being late to school.

        

All students must leave the premises after school unless under the direct supervision of a faculty member.

        

The end of the school day is as important as the beginning, teachers are instructing students until 2:40.  Therefore, students will not be allowed to checkout after 2:00 p.m.  Every effort should be made not to schedule doctor and dental appointments during the school day.  Students must be signed out in the office before leaving.  It is the responsibility of the student to contact teachers to make up work missed.  Parent/Guardian must have a driver’s license or state ID to check out a student.

Car riders must have a note/fax stating they are a car rider.  No phone call changes will be accepted after 2:10 p.m.

Students wishing to ride the bus home with another student must have a note/fax stating that he/she has permission to do so from their parent/guardian.  The note must contain a valid phone number of both parent/guardians.  The school will call each parent/guardian to confirm that the child has proper permission to do so.  If both sets of parent/guardians cannot be reached, the student will not be allowed to go home with another student on another bus.  No exceptions.

ASSEMBLIES

Cedar Grove Middle School students must behave courteously at school assemblies.  Students should give full attention to the speakers and show appreciation only through clapping hands.  Whistling, shouting, and foot stomping is not acceptable.  Visitors often form lasting impressions of our school and community by our behavior at assemblies.

ATHLETICS

At Cedar Grove Middle School, we value athletics as a vital part of our co-curricular program.  Although we realize that winning championships is not everything, the student/athlete, having to budget their time between academics and athletics while maintaining an acceptable GPA, serves as a positive role model therefore making athletics an important part of our program.  If you have any questions, please contact James Shankle, Athletic Director, 846-3400.

Tryouts for our athletic teams are open to any eligible student in 6th, 7th or 8th grade.  6th graders will not be allowed to play football per state law.  To be eligible, the student/athlete must have a current physical that is less than 395 days old. The student/athlete must maintain the academic and behavior standards outlined below.  We offer the following athletic opportunities at Cedar Grove Middle School.  All games will begin at 4:00 pm.  (Admission $3.00 - 10 and under free for football and basketball)

ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY

1) Student athletes must be passing each class with a 60 or better.

 

2) During any particular sports season, if a student athlete’s grade drops below a 60 in any class, he/she is not allowed to participate in any game until that grade is above a 60 or better.  He/she may continue to practice with the team.

 

3) Student athletes cannot tryout for any sport if he/she is in ISS/OSS during tryouts.

 

4) If a student receives an F grade in any subject, he/she is off the team (current) and is not eligible to try out for sports during the next quarter.

 

5) Student athletes must be in attendance 85% of the time in the previous semester to be eligible to play the next semester.

 

6) On game days, student athletes must be in class 1/2 day to be eligible to participate in that sporting event that day. If a student athlete is absent an entire school day, then he/she cannot practice or play on that same day.

 

7) Student athletes must ride to athletic events with the team. Parents may sign out their child after athletic events to take home. Student athletes riding home with other parents must have a written note signed by that particular student athlete’s parent with a phone number. No student athlete will ride home with other parents without this note.

 ATTENDANCE

ATTENDANCE POLICY

As a student of Cedar Grove Middle School, you should be at school on time each day in order to benefit from the positive learning environment taking place at our school.

When you miss school, you must bring a note signed by your parent or guardian explaining why you were absent and give it to your homeroom teacher.  You must bring this note the day you return to school after an absence.

*After the third day following an absence, notes will not be accepted. After the tenth absence, students must provide a note from a doctor in order for an absence to be excused.*

If you are late for school, upon arrival you will report to the office and give the school secretary your note for being tardy.  Students will then sign into Ident-a-Kid as tardy and be given a late pass.   If you need to be dismissed early, your parent or guardian should go to the office and sign you out for the time you will miss school.  Parent/Guardian must have a driver’s license or state ID to check out student. The school secretary will page your class, and you will meet your parent or guardian in the office. No student is allowed to be picked up early after 2:10 p.m.  Students may receive consequences for excessive tardies.  Whenever you miss school, you should know your team’s policy for making up missed work.

In order to ensure the safest environment for students, Cedar Grove Middle School is a closed campus.  Students may not leave before dismissal time unless accompanied by an authorized adult.  All students leaving school during the day must sign out through the main office.  Students are only released to people who appear on the emergency card and have a driver’s license or state ID.  In order for a student to leave early, they need to bring a note from a parent or guardian to the main office before classes begin in the morning and obtain a permission slip to leave.

*Students participating in the Bible Release Class with the church will be checked out of school and marked absent during the time they are away from school.  Upon arrival, they will be checked back into school.  Students will not earn Perfect Attendance as evidenced in Board Policy 4400.

Perfect Attendance- Policy 4400

In an effort to recognize perfect attendance, a certificate shall be awarded to any student who has been present for all student days during an academic year with no late arrivals and no early departures.

Lawful Absences:

  1. Personal illness or injury which makes the student physically unable to attend school (extended illnesses generally require a confirmation statement from a physician)
  2. Isolation order by the State Board of Health
  3. Death in the immediate family
  4. Emergency medical or dental appointment or such an appointment which has been approved in advance by the Principal
  5. Participation in a court or legal administrative proceeding, either as a party to the action or under subpoena as a witness
  6. Observance of an event required or suggested by the religion of the student or the student’s parent(s) with prior approval by the Principal
  7. Participation in a valid educational opportunity, such as travel, with prior approval by the Principal

NOTE:  All other absences are considered “UNLAWFUL” unless excused by the Principal or the school’s Attendance Committee.

Students who are absent, arrive late, or depart early from school are expected to make up all work missed, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the absence.

EXCESSIVE UNLAWFUL ABSENCES

Class attendance and participation are critical elements of educational process and may be taken into account in assessing academic achievement.

The Principal will take all steps required by G. D. 115c-378 for excessive unlawful absences:

  1. Accumulation of three (3) unlawful absences:  Parent notification.
  2. Accumulation of six (6) unlawful absences:  Parent notification by mail and/or ConnectEd or possible Compulsory Attendance Law violation and impending possible prosecution if unlawful absences cannot be justified under state and local attendance laws and policies;  school counselor and/or social worker conducts conference with the parent and establishes an attendance [contract] agreement.
  3. Accumulation of ten (10) unlawful absences:  Principal determines whether or not parents have received earlier notification and attempted to comply with the law.  If the parents are believed to have made every effort to comply with the law and get the student to attend and remain at school as expected, the Principal shall file a complaint with the juvenile intake counselor under NC G.S. # 74-561 that the student is habitually absent without a valid cause.  If the parents are believed to have received proper notification but have not made reasonable attempts to comply with the law, the Principal shall refer the parents to the office of the Brunswick County District Attorney for prosecution under the compulsory Attendance Law.

In addition, the Principal may refer students in grades 6 – 12 who have established a record of truancy (excessive unlawful absences) to an alternative setting for the remainder of the semester, depending upon the circumstances.

BULLDOG OF THE MONTH

Cedar Grove Middle School acknowledges that its role is to reinforce and complement the efforts of parents, families, religious and civic organizations, and businesses in developing citizenship traits which ensure the continuity of a free and democratic society.

We will teach and model the characteristics of good citizenship to include respect, responsibility, and integrity to all students.  Our Bulldog of the Month program helps to recognize those students that have consistently demonstrated these traits within the school environment.  The Bulldogs of the Month are recognized via social media as well as receive special recognition and awards.

BULLYING

Bullying, threats, and intimidation will not be tolerated at Cedar Grove Middle School.  Violation of this policy could result in out-of-school suspension.  The Student Code of Conduct specifies guidelines regarding these offenses.  Please be sure to read this policy carefully.  Bully referral forms can be found throughout the building, including the counselors’ offices.

BUS TRANSPORTATION

Bus transportation will be provided to and from school for all Cedar Grove Middle School students living a mile or more from the school.  Bus service is a privilege that can be revoked for inappropriate behavior on the bus, at a bus stop, or anywhere else that endangers the safe transport of students between home and school.  Students may also face punishment under school rules for incidents related to bus service.

        While riding the bus:

  1. You should be at the bus stop on time (10 minutes prior to the designated time).
  2. When walking where there are no sidewalks, walk on the left facing traffic.
  3. Except for ordinary conversations, students shall observe quiet conduct on the bus.
  4. You must be quiet while the bus is stopped for a railway crossing.
  5. At no time should you damage the school bus or property.
  6. You must ride your assigned bus.  You may have only one authorized morning and one authorized afternoon stop.
  7. You must use the handrail when getting on and off the bus.
  8. When entering the bus, you will go to your assigned seat promptly.
  9. Your hands and head should always be kept inside the bus.
  10. You must never eat, chew gum, smoke or use abusive language on the bus or throw trash on the floor of the bus.
  11. Only when the bus has come to a complete stop should you attempt to get off.
  12. You shall not leave the bus by the emergency doors unless an emergency exists.
  13. You may only carry musical instruments on the bus, which can be carried on your lap without disturbing others.
  14. You cannot leave books or other belongings on the bus.  You must understand that the driver cannot be responsible for them.
  15. The use of cell phones is not allowed on the school bus at any time.
  16. During the trip to school or home, you must follow the bus driver’s directions.
  17. You are expected to show the bus driver respect at all times.
  18. Conversation with the driver is prohibited.
  19. You shall not run or push while leaving the bus; each step that is provided is to be used.
  20. The school bus driver has the authority and the responsibility to discipline students on the school bus.
  21. If you live on the opposite side of the road from the exit door you will go approximately twelve feet in front of the bus before crossing to your driveway.
  22. The riding privilege of a student may be revoked for violation of the rules or for conduct which is detrimental to the safe operation of the school bus.

Activity Bus:

        The same rules and regulations should be followed as the regular routes except:

  1. The emergency door may be used to load and unload equipment (e.g., band instruments, athletic gear).
  2. If it is necessary for a sponsor to talk to a student, the sponsor may walk to the student’s seat or have the student come to the sponsor’s seat.  Otherwise, students are to stay seated at all times.  No jumping from seat to seat.
  3. Any student who rides to an event on a school bus will also return home on the bus unless the sponsor has written permission from the parent for the student to return home some other way.

Consequences will be assigned to students for inappropriate behavior on the bus.  If severe, loss of bus privileges may be the assigned consequence. This includes suspension from the bus. In the case of suspension, parents and guardians must make arrangements to transport their child to and from school.

Parents should advise their child of any change in their normal transportation routine BEFORE they leave home in the morning.  Car riders must have a note/fax stating they are a car rider.  No phone call changes will be accepted after 2:00 p.m.

Students wishing to ride the bus home with another student must have a note/fax stating that he/she has permission to do so from their parent/guardian.  The note must contain a valid phone number of both parent/guardians.  The school will call each parent/guardian to confirm that the child has proper permission to do so.  If both sets of parent/guardians cannot be reached, the student will not be allowed to go home with another student on another bus.  No exceptions.

Please be advised that we cannot interrupt class to deliver messages to inform students to either ride the bus or be picked up as car riders.  These messages are announced at the

end of the day with all other announcements.  Making arrangements prior to their leaving for the school day will eliminate the possibility of them missing the announcement in the afternoon.

CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY

The citizens of the Brunswick County School District have provided some of the best equipment and facilities.  Students will show their appreciation by taking care of the building, equipment and grounds, so they can be passed on to future students in good condition.  Any student who defaces, damages, or destroys school property will be required to repair or replace the damaged item and will also face further disciplinary action.  Except in cases of unavoidable accidents, students are liable for all damage they do to school property.

CELL PHONES

Students may have cell phones at school, but they must be turned off and in their lockers during school hours.  Cell phones should NOT be seen nor heard during the school day.  They may be used to contact parents after school.  However, if phones are in use during school hours at any time, it will be taken from the student and held by the teacher the first time.  The second time, the phone will be taken to the front office and may be picked up by the student at the end of the day.  The third time, the phone will be kept and a parent must come to the school and sign for it. The fourth time, the phone will be kept for twenty four hours and a parent must come to the school and sign for it.  

*If a student refuses to hand over the cell phone to a teacher, administration will take the student to ISS for the remainder of the day and ask for the phone.  If a student refuses to turn over the phone to administration, the student will then be given OSS.*  

*Per Board Policy 4311, the school is not responsible for theft or loss of student cell phones.*

CHEATING

Every Cedar Grove Middle School student is expected to uphold the highest standards of honor with regard to academics, activities, and other school-related pursuits.  Students who cheat, plagiarize, or forge in connection with academic endeavors and/or school procedures or any other form of academic dishonesty are considered discipline problems and are subject to disciplinary action.  The student will receive a “O” on the academic assignment, and whether the student can complete an additional assignment is left to teacher discretion.

CHILD NUTRITION/ BREAKFAST & LUNCH

The following rules are designed to make breakfast and lunch an enjoyable and replenishing part of the day.

  1. Students must remain in the cafeteria during the lunch period.
  2. Students are to enter the cafeteria in a calm manner.
  3. All trash is to be placed in the proper container.
  4. Students must be seated while eating.
  5. No food or straws can be taken from the cafeteria.
  6. You must wait their turn in line; no more than five students in the serving area.
  7. All tables must be left clean.
  8. Students may go through the line once.

Please be aware that the school vending machines are not available for student use.

*New to Brunswick County Schools this year:  Breakfast and Lunch are now free to all students!*

*Additional items can be bought for a small price.*

STUDENT DEBT

Students who have debts and owe money to the school may not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities.  This may include but is not limited to clubs, dances, grade level celebrations, athletics, etc.

ALCOHOL AND DRUGS, Board Policy 4325

The Brunswick County Board of Education strongly supports substance abuse education programs and endorses aggressive disciplinary action for the use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of controlled paraphernalia, look-alike drugs, unauthorized over-the-counter drugs/medications and alcohol by students, parents, and staff.  Violations of drug/alcohol laws will be handled as an illegal action as well as disciplinary infractions. *This includes the possession of, using, or selling vapes.*   School officials will involve appropriate law enforcement agencies when violations occur.  Disciplinary measures in response to violations by students will include actions ranging from suspension to expulsion.  The use of drug detection dogs and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department is authorized as a possible resource to assist school officials in drug investigations.

EDUCATIONAL ABSENCES

Vacations should not be scheduled when a student will miss class time.  If a trip must be taken, the following steps must be followed:

The student is responsible for all work missed during the trip.  All work should be completed prior to the student’s return to school.

9TH GRADE TRANSITION ACADEMY

The purpose of this transition academy is to bridge the skill gaps of 8th grade students who were not successful in their academic subjects and/or EOGs, along with not meeting the BCS attendance standard.  The school is located at The C.O.A.S.T. in Bolivia.  Students will remain at the school for one year and return to their home schools for their second year of high school.

ELECTIVES (GRADES 7 AND 8)

Students in 7th grade will take PE for a semester.  They will also take Computer Skills and Applications for a semester. This elective placement is non-negotiable.

Students in 8th grade will take PE for a semester.  

ELECTIVES (GRADE 6)

Students in grade 6 are either on a “wheel” where they will have a different fine arts course each semester, or they are in band year long.  All students will have Computer Applications 1 for a semester, and PE for a semester.  If, however, the student scored 1 or 2 on the EOGs, he/she may be placed in a non-negotiable remediation elective.  Remediation placement may also be added as classroom performance reveals needs throughout the year.

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT

Students at Cedar Grove Middle School are not permitted to bring electronic games, headsets, radios, tape players, or CDs to school or on the school bus.  Students are not permitted to bring games, cards, cameras, or any item to school that will cause the student to be distracted from the learning environment.  These items may be confiscated until parents can come to school to pick them up.  Students who bring these devices to school do so at their own risk. The school is not responsible for the theft or loss of these devices.

FIGHTING

Students involved in violence of any kind – before, during, or after school, on school property, or in an area that will reflect negatively on the school – will be suspended and a parent conference held.  The SRO may file a petition for Peer Court and/or Juvenile services if the situation is severe enough.

FIRE DRILLS

During fire drills, it is important that each student:

  1. Move quickly from the building as directed by the teacher.
  2. Leave all books and all other items in their desk.
  3. Not talk, push or crowd the doorways.
  4. Move quickly to the designated areas at least 50 feet from the building.
  5. Stay clear of all firefighting equipment.
  6. Stand quietly to hear directions and return to your classroom quietly at the end of the drill.  Directions given are for the safety of the students.

GRADE LEVEL PLANNING

Planning times are used by teachers to prepare and grade lessons, complete staff development, and hold parent conferences.  Parents can arrange appointments with teachers to discuss student issues at any time during the school year; you should not wait until the end of a quarter or semester or until you receive a letter/note from your child’s teachers to ask about your child’s progress if you have concerns.  Planning times for this year are:

6th grade        9:32 am – 10:54 am

7th grade        11:04 am – 12:26 pm

8th grade        1:18 pm – 2:40 pm

Electives        7:35 am – 8:43 am

GUIDANCE

The guidance office is available to both parents and students for help relating to school life.  The counselor’s door is always open; if a student needs to see a counselor, he/she should make an appointment in advance.  Written appointment request forms are available in the main office.

HALL PASSES

Students are not permitted in the hallways during instructional time unless they have faculty/staff permission.  Each student will be given a hall pass log sheet to keep in their binder and to use for hallway travel.  These are referred to as our “red cards.”

HARASSMENT

Harassment in any form will not be tolerated.  If violations occur, disciplinary action will be taken.  Any discrimination on the basis of race, creed, national origin, sex, age, or handicap will not be tolerated.

INTERNET GUIDELINES

Computers, internet access, and other technology will be made available for approved educational uses.  Access is a privilege that will be denied if used inappropriately.  Abuse will result in suspension of privileges and/or disciplinary action.  Students and parents must sign the technology use agreement form each year for students to use computers at school.

ISS

When a student is placed in ISS, he/she will complete a series of activities before exiting which includes all make-up/late work and an evaluation of the event that caused them to be placed in ISS,  If a student misses a day of ISS due to an absence, they will be required to make up the time in ISS upon their return.

LOCKS AND LOCKERS/ BOOK BAGS

Every student will be assigned a locker in which to secure books, book bags, and coats.  Students are not allowed to carry these items to the classrooms throughout the day.  Book bags, especially, are to remain in lockers throughout the school day.  Lockers have a factory-installed lock with adjustable combinations.  The lock combination will be given to students during homeroom and should not be shared with friends.  Students may not provide their own lock for the classroom locker but do need to have one for use in the locker room on days when they dress out for PE. Students may carry a small gym bag to PE. Students will go to lockers before school, mid-day, and at the end of the day.

LOST AND FOUND

From time to time objects may be lost or misplaced.  If this happens, students should take discovered items to the office.  If a student has lost or misplaced items, he/she should go to the office and ask to check the lost and found area.  It is advised that students write their name in their clothing so that it can be returned to them if lost.

MAKE UP WORK FOLLOWING AN ABSENCE

When a student is absent from school, it is the responsibility of the student to make up work missed.  Students absent the day of a test may be required to make up the test on the day they return.  Parents may call the office in the mornings to ask for student work to be sent home in the case of absences of three days or longer.  Please allow 1-2 days for work to be collected from each of the teachers.  For extended absences beyond one week, parents should contact the guidance counselor.  The counselor will contact teachers and collect the homework and assignments.  In the event of a prolonged illness, please contact the guidance office for possible homebound services.

MEDICATION AT SCHOOL

In the event that a student would need to take medication at school, it can only be given under these conditions:

  1. A “Parent Request and Physician’s Order Form” must be completed by the physician and parent and kept on file in the office.
  2. The medicine should be brought to school by the parent or guardian, and must be in the original bottle, box or container having the student’s name and indications of possible side effects.
  3. The student’s parent or guardian is to pick up the remaining medication when the student is finished taking it.  Medications will not be sent home with students.
  4. Teachers cannot dispense any medications, including aspirin.
  5. A new “Parent Request and Physician’s Order Form” must be completed at the beginning of each year.

OBJECTIVES FOR STUDENTS

During the Middle School years each student will:

  1. Develop a positive attitude toward school and learning.
  2. Respect others’ opinions and attitudes and resolve differences by means other than fighting.
  3. Show responsibility for actions and obligations.
  4. Develop good attitudes that will help me work well with my classmates and others.
  5. Cooperate, respect others’ rights and property and demonstrate good manners at all times.
  6. Achieve basic physical and academic skills and concepts according to age and ability.
  7. Develop an understanding of myself as a person and as a student.
  8. Develop independent study skills.
  9. Work toward my greatest potential.

Promotion Policy:

In order for each student to be promoted to the next grade, the following criteria will be reviewed:

  1. Adhere to the Brunswick County Board of Education’s Attendance Policy
  2. Reach Level III on the End of Grade Math, Reading, and Science Tests
  3. Pass all core subjects as well as the elective classes
  4. Avoid attendance problems, including tardies and early dismissals

If 8th grade is treated as a true gateway to high school, the above criteria must be met.  Students must remain focused throughout the year.

PARENT CONTACT AND CONFERENCES

Parents should not wait for teachers to contact them if they want to check on the progress of their child prior to the end of the quarter or semester.  Teachers are available during their planning times for appointments; please call them or email them to schedule the meeting times. As a parent, please convey to your child the responsibility of sharing written notes with the teacher as well as the corresponding consequence that will follow if they fail to do so.  

PARENT PORTAL

Parents may access their child’s grades and attendance through the parent portal.  To gain access you must see Ms. Hewett for login information.  

PHYSICAL EDUCATION DRESS CODE

Participation in Physical Education class is critical to the development of the adolescent child. During the 2019-20 school year, students are asked to “dress out” each day of PE class and must abide by the following dress code:

  1. Tennis shoes and socks worn
  2. Athletic shorts/sweatpants that are worn at the natural waist and no shorter than mid-thigh
  3. School appropriate t-shirts
  4. Weather-appropriate attire that follows above guideline

        

PEST CONTROL POLICY

Annual Notification of Pest Management Program for School Year 2019-2020


This notice is being distributed to comply with the North Carolina School Children’s Health Act. Brunswick County Schools has adopted an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Policy to comply with this law. IPM is a holistic, preventive approach to managing pests that minimizes pesticide use in our schools and on school grounds. IPM is explained further in the school's
Pest Management Policy #9205 which is located on the website, www.bcswan.net.


The IPM Coordinator for our school district is:

Name:  Kem Harmon

Title:  Facilities Supervisor

Phone number:  (910) 253-2868

Email address:  hark@bcswan.net

Office address:  35 Referendum Drive, Bolivia, NC 28422


Cedar Grove Middle School on-site contact for questions about the IPM program is:

Name:  Janice Vaught

Title:  Head Custodian

Phone number:  (910) 846-3400

Email address:  jvaught@bcswan.net

Office address:  750 Grove Trail, SW, Supply, NC 28412


The IPM Coordinator and your on-site contact maintain the pesticide product label and the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of each pesticide product that may be used on school property.  The label and the MSDS are available for review upon request by a parent, guardian, staff member, or student attending the school.  
The IPM Coordinator is available to help answer any questions you might have about the school system’s pest management program and pesticide use decisions.


Notification of Pesticide Use: Our school system may find it necessary to use pesticides to control pests at your school or other school system site.  North Carolina state law gives you the right to be notified annually of our school system’s pesticide application schedule and 72 hours in advance of pesticide applications made outside that schedule.

Exemptions: Certain relatively low-risk pesticides are exempted from these notification requirements including antimicrobial cleansers, disinfectants, self-contained baits and crack-and-crevice treatments, and any pesticide products classified by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as belonging to the US EPA’s Toxicity Class IV, “relatively nontoxic.” Your right to be notified extends to all non-exempt pesticide applications at your school or other non-school site (office building, garage, workshop, etc.), both indoor and outdoor pesticide applications, and including applications that take place over summer recess, holidays, weekends, or after school hours.


Emergency Pesticide Use: In the event that a non-exempt pesticide must be used for a pest control emergency at your school or other site and there is not adequate time to notify you more than 72 hours in advance, you will receive a notice of emergency pesticide application less than 72 hours before, or as soon as possible, after the pesticide application.

PROGRESS AND INTERIM REPORTS

Each student is evaluated according to results achieved on the work assigned.  Emphasis is placed on the students as learners so that they can reach their highest potential.  Progress reports and Report Cards will be sent home as indicated in the schedule below.  Approximately one week after the end of each marking period, report cards will be sent home.  

Progress Reports Issued

Grades Due to Ms. Hewett

Report Cards Issued

Sept. 16 & Oct. 7,  2019

October 22, 2019

Oct. 29, 2019

Nov. 4 and 25, 2019 & Dec. 16,  2019

Dec. 20, 2019

Jan. 10, 2020

Jan. 21, Feb. 10, & Feb. 24 2020

March 8, 2020

March 17, 2020

April 6, April 27,  & May 11 , 2020

May 21, 2020

May 28, 2020

Please note that progress reports and report cards will be sent home in a colored  envelope.  Parents may keep all items in the envelope.  The envelope will need to be signed on the front label and returned to the student’s Core 1/Homeroom teacher.

The reporting system is based on the following numerical averages:

        Passing        At-risk or failing

        A = 100 - 90        D = 69-60

        B = 89-80        F – 59 and below

        C = 79-70

REMAINING AFTER SCHOOL

Students who are staying after school must do so only with the permission of a teacher who has agreed to be responsible for them.  For safety reasons, students should leave the campus within 15 minutes of the dismissal bell at 2:40 p.m. unless they are involved in an after-school learning activity.  Otherwise, they will be considered trespassing.  Pick up should be arranged prior to the school day unless an emergency occurs.  Students remaining after school for any reason will report to the gym immediately where the sponsor of the activity will pick them up as the bus dismissal duty ends.

RETURNING FROM SUSPENSION

One of the biggest issues with OSS is that students return to school never completing missed assignments.  When a student returns from a suspension, he/she must have all missing assignments turned in within 3 days.  If the student was given the work prior to or during the suspension, he/she should have it ready when returning to school.

SCHOOL CLOSING DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

In the event that it becomes necessary to close schools due to inclement weather, the Superintendent of Brunswick County Schools will make an effort to make the announcement no later than 6:45 a.m. through Connect-Ed and to the following TV stations:

WECT – TV 6                                   WWAY – TV 3                WSFX – TV 26

If weather conditions are such that the opening of the schools might be delayed, notification will be made by the same time and through the same stations.

SCHOOL HOURS

Our front office hours are 7:15 a.m. until 3:45 pm.

Students may enter the building at 7:15 a.m. to report to the gym, media center or cafeteria. The tardy bell for students will ring at 7:35 a.m.

Students should not be dropped off at school before 7:15 a.m. since there will be no adult supervision.

SCHOOL NURSE

The school nurse is available on our campus at least two days a week.  Students may visit the school nurse in the event of a medical emergency or if they need to address other medical issues.

SCHOOL-RELATED EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

All classroom activities are important and difficult, if not impossible, to replace if missed.  It is the intention of the Brunswick County School District Board of Education that classes missed be kept to an absolute minimum.  Through a close scrutiny of monitoring system on the part of the Principal, the following school-related activities will not be counted as absences from either class or school:

  1. Field trips sponsored by the school
  2. School-initiated and scheduled events or activities
  3. Athletic events requiring early dismissal from school
  4. Approved participation in Governor or Legislative Page programs, Shrine Bowl games or other similar special recognition events and activities
  5. In-school suspension

SCHOOL-WIDE ACCOUNTABILITY PLAN

One of the most important lessons that education should teach is discipline.  While it does not appear as a subject, it underlines the whole educational structure.  It is the training that develops self-control, character, and orderliness.  Our plan protects the rights and dignity of the child and the teacher.  It allows the child to assume responsibility for solving the problem before corrective action is taken, and it provides a support system for children, parents, and teachers.  During the 2019-2020 school year, CGMS will be implementing the PBIS Model which establishes expectations as well as consequences and rewards.  A copy of the CGMS PBIS “Road to Success” is attached to the back of this handbook.  During the first weeks of the school year, the teachers will practice and model expected behaviors with their classes.  Our plan is patterned from Brunswick County Schools’ Code of Student Conduct, which is furnished on the first day of school.  Please make sure that you and your child are familiar with these policies, especially those that deal with drugs and weapon possession on the campus.

Teachers will use student accountability yellow cards to note minor classroom infractions that deter from their learning environment.  After a child receives infractions - 5 for 6th grade, 4 for 7th grade or 3 for 8th grade, he/she will be referred to an administrator.  After numerous office referrals, the student may be referred to a Student Problem Solving Team.  Records will be kept per team and all office referrals, beyond five offenses, will be kept in the office of the Assistant Principal.  Yellow cards start over at the beginning of each grading period.  Actions whose frequency and seriousness tend to disrupt the learning climate of the school and/or acts directed against persons or properties and whose consequences could endanger the health or safety of others in the school will be referred to an administrator.  Parent notification will be an important component of the school-wide accountability plan.

STUDENT ACCOUNTS

Students who accumulate any debt during the year must have it resolved before attending any extra-curricular activities.  This includes but not limited to lost books, uniforms, and charges to their accounts.

Students who have debts and owe money to the media center or school will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities.  This may include but is not limited to clubs, dances, grade level celebrations, athletics, etc. 

SPECIAL ACTIVITIES

Periodically, special activities that are designed to enhance the school program, like clubs and competitions, meet after school.  Only students of our school and specially-invited guests are allowed to participate in these meetings.

Dances, concerts, plays, and athletic events are some of the activities held after school to raise money, encourage school spirit, and celebrate appropriate occasions.  Participation in such events is a privilege that may be suspended for discipline issues.  Dances may only be attended by CGMS students.  Transportation home after the event must be pre-arranged so students have left the campus 15 minutes after the event is over.  It is the student’s responsibility to demonstrate good conduct and follow school rules.  Students may not leave the supervised activity or the designated area without the teacher’s consent or without the parent or guardian until the advertised time of the activity’s completion.

Students who have debts and owe money to the media center or school will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities.  This may include but is not limited to clubs, dances, grade level celebrations, athletics, etc.

STUDENT DATA

It is important that each student have parents complete and return the Student Data Form that is sent home at the beginning of the year.  In the event that the student has a change in personal data during the year, the parent should request that a new form be sent home so that we will have correct data on file at all times.  This is especially important in case of an emergency requiring immediate parental contact.  The student data sheet will be included in this handbook located in the back.  Please fill it out and return to your child’s homeroom teacher by September 6, 2019.

BCS Student Dress Code Policy

The responsibility to dress appropriately is that of the parent/guardian and the student.  Recognizing that appearance can affect learning, students should dress and groom themselves in a manner that is modest, clean, appropriate, and not disruptive to the educational process, as outlined in the Brunswick County Schools’ Student Code of Conduct. Dress and hair cannot create a safety hazard. Clothing which advertises alcoholic products, smoking products, signifies drug slogans, or states foul or abusive language is not appropriate for Cedar Grove Middle School students to wear at school.

The Brunswick County Board of Education believes that the dress and personal appearance of students greatly affect their academic performance and their interaction with other students.  The Board requests that parents outfit their children in clothing that is conducive to learning.  Generally, dress and grooming standards as determined by the student and his or her parents will be deemed acceptable.  However, the Board prohibits any appearance or clothing that does the following:

  1. violates a reasonable dress code adopted and publicized by the school;
  2. is substantially disruptive;
  3. is provocative or obscene; or
  4. endangers the health or safety of the student or others.

A. PROHIBITED ITEMS AND STYLES OF WEAR

  1. Age-Inappropriate Dress – Clothing must be age appropriate.
  2. Provocative Dress – Clothing that is disruptive to the teaching-learning process or is indecent, vulgar, or obscene.
  3. Overly Revealing Dress – Shorts, skirts or dresses shorter than four inches above the knee, tank tops, bare backs or spaghetti straps (boys and girls), shirts or blouses that do not cover the waist and midriff, clothing made of sheer or mesh material or that has excessive holes, or visible undergarments Tight fitting stretch pants may only be worn under skirts or dresses no shorter than four inches above the knee.
  4. Headgear – Including but not limited to hats, earmuffs, sweatbands, “do-rags,” or sunglasses worn inside the school buildings.
  5. Bandanas – May not be worn inside the school building or on campus.
  6. Inappropriate Illustrations – Clothing which promotes alcoholic beverages, tobacco, the use of controlled substances, is of a sexual nature, depicts violence, is racist or harassing based on cultural or ethnic differences.
  7. Improper Footwear – Proper footwear is required for the safety and proper function of the activities or events engaged in at any given time by participating students.
  8. Improperly Worn Clothing – Inside-out, backwards, unfastened, or otherwise worn in a fashion other than that for which the clothing was designed to be worn (examples include, for instance, unbuttoned bib overalls, unbuckled belts, etc.).
  9. Gang-Related Clothing or Insignia – Students are not permitted to wear, possess, use, distribute, display or sell any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign or other items with intent to convey membership or affiliation with a gang.
  10. Sags – No sagging pants allowed; pants cannot be worn with the waistband below the hipbone.

TELEPHONE

Telephones are to be used for the business of the school.  If there is an emergency or illness, students may get a teacher’s permission in the form of a signed red card to call home from the office.  Telephones in the classrooms are not to be utilized for regular student use.  Students are to advise parents of plans to stay late before leaving home.  Likewise, as stated previously, parents should advise their student of any change in their normal transportation routine before they leave home in the morning.  If students need to call a parent during the school day, they should use the school phone in the office, with the teacher’s permission and should not use their cell phones. 

TESTING

Cedar Grove Middle School will conduct End-of-Grade (EOG) testing online in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.  All EOG’s and NCFE’s will occur during the last 10 days of school, May 14-28.  Please plan accordingly.  

TEXTBOOKS/CALCULATORS

Textbooks, CD’s and calculators are the property of the Brunswick County Board of Education and are furnished to students at times on a loan basis.  It is the responsibility of the student to keep them in good condition and to return them at the end of the year or upon withdrawing from this school.  

If a student loses or damages a textbook or calculator, he/she is required to pay the replacement cost.  If the item is lost paid for, and is subsequently found, the replacement fee is returned to the student.

Students are responsible for the care and condition of all school property loaned to them including athletic uniforms, library books and other equipment that may be loaned to students to be successful.  A replacement fee for any items lost or damaged will be charged.  If a student owes for such items they will not be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities as outlined above.

TOBACCO AND VAPING DEVICES

Students of Brunswick County Schools are prohibited from having tobacco or using tobacco products on school property, or under the jurisdiction of any school activity, such as a field trip or school social event. Students are also prohibited from having any vape device and any cartridges for these devices. Not only is the possession of these items against School Board policy, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to possess these items.  Students will be subject to disciplinary action if any of these items are found on school grounds and/or in their possession.

*Parents are not allowed to use these products on campus either.*

VISITORS

Cedar Grove Middle School, based on Board Policy 5020, equires that all visitors report to and sign in at the main office immediately upon arrival with a driver’s license or state ID. Visitors will be given a picture ID name tag to wear while in the building. Parents may visit their child’s classrooms if it has been pre-arranged with the teachers.

Parents wishing to make an appointment with a particular team, teacher, counselor, or other staff member may call or send a note and become acquainted with their goals and procedures in advance of the desired time.  Please arrange conferences during teacher planning, before or after school.

WEAPONS

Under Board Policy 4333, weapons of any kind are not permitted on the school campus under any circumstances.  They are not to be brought on the campus for any report, project, demonstration, or as you move enroute to any other location.  It is a violation of North Carolina law to have any type of weapon on a school campus and is reportable to law enforcement agencies when violations occur.  Be sure to read the specifics in the Student Code of Conduct.


CEDAR GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL

STUDENT HANDBOOK AND EXTRACURRICULAR CONTRACT

As a participant and leader at Cedar Grove Middle School this year, I promise to abide by the following rules established by the Administration.  I have also discussed the contents of the student handbook, as reviewed by my teacher during homeroom, with my parent(s) and they agree as well.  

  1. If I have debts and owe money to the media center or school, I will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activities.  This may include but is not limited to clubs, dances, grade level celebrations, athletics, etc.
  2. I will actively and enthusiastically participate in activities of my choice.
  3. At all times, I will behave in a responsible manner respecting others and the authority of school leaders, remembering that I represent my family.  If I am unable to behave in a way the leaders determine responsible and respectful, I understand that I may be asked to leave the game, activity, or class, and my parents will be required to come pick me up at their expense.
  4. I will abide by the rules and regulations established by the facilities, camps, worksites, theme parks, etc., where any Cedar Grove Middle School events are held.
  5. I will be helpful at school, on field trips, games or any Cedar Grove Middle School event on/off campus by assisting the teachers, advisors, or other leaders when needed.
  6. I will not bring or use alcohol, drugs, vapes, or any tobacco products at any Cedar Grove Middle School event or meeting.  I realize that alcohol and smoking are not permitted (by Code of Conduct) at any of our on/off campus sites; as state and national law prohibits the use of alcohol, drugs, vapes, or any tobacco products.  If caught with these products, my involvement in the event will cease immediately and further discussion will be arranged for me and/or my parents with the Principal.  If I am caught on a retreat or an off-campus event, arrangements will be made for me to return home and/or I will cease to participate in the events but will remain at the site until the group has completed the event or activity.  All expenses incurred in special travel arrangements will be paid by my family.
  7. Any time Cedar Grove Middle School is on a field trip or participating in an event away from school where male and female students are together, I will remain in an appropriate setting with an adult present.
  8. As a participant in Cedar Grove Middle School events, I will be respectful of the other youth and adults present.  I will also respect and abide by the decisions and plans made by the adult advisors and coaches.
  9. When participating in off-campus events, I will remain with at least one other member of our group at all times.
  10. I will be respectful of the physical property of Cedar Grove Middle School as well as any facility we may visit.
  11. I realize that an Accountability Committee has been established by Cedar Grove Middle School and that any problems with behavior may be reported to the chairperson, Principal, or Assistant Principal.  I also realize that if I violate this contract, my parents and/or I will be required to meet with the committee and/or administration to discuss my future involvement at Cedar Grove Middle School functions.
  12. Unless there are written notes in advance, I must stay with my team or class and not leave an activity with anyone except my parent or guardian.
  13. I am aware that the CGMS Student Handbook for 2019-2020 can be found on the school website for review.

Any conduct not covered in this contract is understood to be governed by the general Code of Conduct published by Brunswick County Schools.

I have read, understand, and agree with this contract.

_________________________________________________

Student Signature

I have read, understand, and agree with this contract.

_________________________________________________

Parent Signature

2019-2020 CGMS Athletic Schedules

Fall Sports

All games start at 4pm

$3.00 for football, soccer and volleyball entrance

Football                                                                Cross Country

8-26                 Tryouts                                                8-27        Tryouts

9-11                SBMS                                                        9-4        @WBHS vs. SMS  

9-17                LMS                                                        9-11        @LMS (Park off 74/76)

9-24                @SMS                                                        9-18        @WBHS vs. Waccamaw

10-1                SBMS (Will be played at CGMS)                        9-25         @Smithfield Park vs. SBMS

10-9                @LMS                                                        10-2        @WBHS

10-15                SMS

Girls Soccer

8-27                Tryouts

9-5                @SMS

9-9                Open date

9-12                Waccamaw

9-16                @LMS

9-19                @SBMS

9-23                SMS

9-26                Open date

9-30                @Waccamaw

10-3                LMS

10-7                SBMS

Volleyball/ Boys Soccer

10- 16                tryouts

10-29                @Waccamaw

11-4                @SBMS

11-6                LMS

11-7                SMS

11-12                Open

11-14                Waccamaw

11-18                @ LMS

11-20                @ SMS

11-21                SBMS

11-25                Open

2019-2020 CGMS Athletic Schedules

Winter Sports

All games start at 4pm

$3.00 for basketball and wrestling entrance

Basketball                                                        

12-2                Tryouts                                             

12-12                @SMS                                                

12-16                Open                        

1-8                Central                                                        

1-9                Waccamaw                                        

1-13                @LMS                                                

1-14                @SBMS                                                

1-16                SMS                                                        

1-21                Open                                                

1-23                @Waccamaw                                

1-27                LMS

1-30                SBMS

Basketball tournament @ SMS

February 3, February 4, & February 6

Wrestling

12/12        SMS

12/16        @LMS

1/9                @SMS

1/13                LMS

1/14                SBMS

1/16                @SMS

1/21                Open

1/23                Open

1/27                @LMS

1/30                @SBMS

2019-2020 CGMS Athletic Schedules

Spring Sports

All games start at 4pm

$3.00 for baseball and softball entrance

Baseball/ Softball                        

2-10                Tryouts                                

2-24                @SMS                                

2-27                Open                                

3-2                Waccamaw                        

3-5                LMS

3-9                @SBMS                                

3-12                SMS                                        

3-16                Open                                

3-19                @Waccamaw                

3-23                @LMS                                

3-26                SBMS

Track                                                                        Golf

3-30                Tryouts                                                3-27                Tryouts

4-9                @WBHS vs. Wacc. and SMS                        4-8                @CGMS-Lockwood Folly

4-23                @NBHS vs. LMS                                        4-22                @SBMS-Oak Island

4-30                @WBHS                                                4-29                @LMS-Magnolia Greens

5-6                @SBHS vs. SBMS                                        5-5                @Wacc/SMS-River’s Edge