POTTSGROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Principal: Mr. Matthew Boyer
Asst. Principal: Mr. Christopher M. Becker
Resource Officer: Officer Jim Crawford
Guidance Staff: Mr. Stephen Kincaid
Mrs. Cristina Kleinfelter
1351 North Hanover Street • Pottstown, PA 19464
Voice (610)326-8243 • Fax (610)718-0581
Welcome to Pottsgrove Middle School! The information in this handbook has been carefully prepared and presented in an effort to help you, the student and parent, adjust to, and become an integral part of our school.
In attending to your academic responsibilities, we hope that you will participate in our varied activities during this school year and enjoy your days at the middle school. Remember, your success in this school will be directly proportional to your efforts. Our school welcomes you to its family and we hope that you will always be conscious of its traditions and requirements. Your experience will be whatever you make it! Let us always have the spirit to do the things that make Pottsgrove Middle School outstanding.
COMMUNITY RELATIONS POLICY EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY
The Federal and State governments as well as the State Board of Education have enacted laws and issued directives protecting and granting equal opportunity to students and employees within the Commonwealth.
In like manner, the Board of School Directors of the Pottsgrove School District reaffirms its commitment to a policy of providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all pupils and employees commensurate with their needs, abilities, and diverse cultural backgrounds.
The Board endorses the principle of equal educational and employment opportunities and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, handicap, race, color, religious creed, national origin or age. Information about rights or grievance procedures, contact the Title IX and Section 504 coordinator, Dr. William Shirk, Pottsgrove School District, 1301 Kauffman Road, Pottstown, PA 19464.
Pottsgrove School Board
School Wide Positive Behavior System (SWPBS) Expectations
All students and staff are to follow the behavior expectations found on the matrix on the previous page. Students will be instructed on expectations during the first week and throughout the year.
Home Of The Falcons
Expectations of Middle School Students
As students approach adulthood, it is important that they assume more personal and academic responsibility. The following are expectations of all middle school students. Students:
- Bring their iPad, textbook, notebook, and a writing instrument to class everyday.
- Use their iPad or notebook on a consistent basis to record all assignments, projects, tests, etc.
- Are expected to Be Safe, Responsible, Respectful and Positive at all times.
- Follow the expectations for being successful at Pottsgrove Middle School.
It is very important that parents and students understand the expectations for academic honesty. All student work should be the work of that student. No copying or plagiarism is acceptable. If quoting others in academic material, students must cite their sources. Give credit where credit is due. The Language Arts teachers will review the proper way to do this. All students must follow individual teacher test rules for what is allowable. This ensures that a student’s success is based on honesty.
Copying, cheating, plagiarism, or academic dishonesty is a serious violation of school rules. Each student is expected to be responsible for his or her own work. How do we define cheating or academic dishonesty?
-Receiving or providing information during a test or for a test given in an earlier period.
-Using material on tests when the teacher has not given permission to do so.
-Violating the teacher’s testing rules and procedures.
-Using somebody else’s writing (word for word—or almost word for word) and saying it is your own. (Plagiarism). Or using somebody else’s ideas and saying they are your own and not giving credit.
-Using or copying another student’s assignment to turn in as your own work.
-Allowing other students to use your work on assignments with the exception of specific group, lab, or collaborative projects.
(There are other actions that may be considered cheating or dishonesty. The above list contains some of the most common.)
The following activities may be available to middle school students. All students are encouraged to participate in at least one activity per year.
Football Intramural Volleyball Math Counts Competition
Soccer Intramural Boys Basketball Office Assistants
Boys Basketball Intramural Soccer Grovesmen
Track Intramural Street Hockey Junior National Honor Society
Girls Basketball Intramural Girls Basketball Intramural/Flag Football
Baseball Orchestra Stage Crew
Cross Country Jazz Band Memory Book
Field Hockey Wind Ensemble Library Assistants
Wrestling Concert Band School Store
Softball Varsity Singers Student Government
Lacrosse Le Choeur des Filles Cheerleading
In order to attend or participate in an activity/athletic event scheduled after the close of any day, it will be necessary for the student to be in attendance the full day, at both the morning and afternoon session of that particular day, unless the office for exceptionally urgent reasons excuses him/her. If a student wishes to stay after to be a spectator at a sporting event, they must secure a permission form from the first floor office and submit it to the first floor office no later than 9:00 AM on the day of the event. Parent note or phone calls will not be accepted. A student may return with a parent to watch an event provided the parent remains at the school with the student. Students who are staying for an event are not permitted to ride the activity bus and must be picked up from the school by 5:00 PM. While attending an event, students may not leave school grounds.
APPOINTMENTS DURING SCHOOL
Students will be granted permission for medical appointments, religious events, funerals, etc. if they present a written request to the secretary in the 1st floor office by 8:30 AM on the day of the appointment. These appointments should not require missing a full day of school. Verification from the doctor’s office, time of the appointment, duration of the visit, and the reason for the visit will be required upon the students’ return to school.
Students leaving for or arriving from appointments should report to the main office before being picked up or upon checking in. It is necessary that parents “sign-out” their child from school as well as sign them in. Identification will be required by the adult picking up the student. Students will not be permitted to leave the building unless escorted by an adult.
Students who must leave school during school hours will follow this procedure:
- Bring a written and signed note including a parent’s daytime telephone number.
- Submit the note to the 1st floor office and pick up an early dismissal slip.
- Meet your parent in the main office. Your parent will sign-out there.
- Report to the office upon your return to school to be signed in and to obtain a re-entry pass.
- By law, students signed out for more than ½ of the school day will be considered absent.
Before a student participates in the school’s athletic program, he/she must have filed with the athletic director written permission from parents consenting to his/her participation, and also written proof of having passed a physical examination by a doctor. Interscholastic sports include basketball, baseball, softball, track, soccer, football, field hockey, wrestling, cheerleading, and lacrosse.
Eligibility is determined each week by Friday at noon and is cumulative from the beginning of the 9-week grading period.
- Academic Eligibility
- If a student is failing any two subjects for the current marking period, that student is ineligible to participate until performance in these subjects has satisfactorily improved, as determined by each teacher.
- In cases where a student has failed two subjects in a preceding marking period, that student will be ineligible for the first 15 school days of the current marking period.
- Citizenship Eligibility
- A student may also be declared ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics because of poor citizenship. A poor school citizen is one who consistently disobeys the school’s rules and regulations. For purposes of determining eligibility, poor citizenship is defined as two disciplinary infractions, addressed by referrals, within the week.
- A student serving an in-school or out-of-school suspension on a given day is ineligible to participate in interscholastic athletics, including practice, on that day.
- Coaches, faculty advisors, or club sponsors of any organization may establish additional rules and procedures for members. They may also establish disciplinary action for a breach in rules and procedures.
- Students who are tardy unexcused after 8:30 a.m. must have a doctor’s excuse to be eligible for activities on that day.
- Students with ten or more disciplinary infractions, 10 unexcused absences or 10 unexcused tardiness may not be permitted to participate in dances, class trips, athletics, serve on Student Government, or any extra-curricular activity.
Students determined to be ineligible may not attend practices or games (home or away) during their period of ineligibility.
Frequent absences of pupils from regular classroom learning experiences disrupt the continuity of the instructional process. The benefit of regular classroom instruction is lost and cannot be entirely regained, even by extra after school instruction. Consequently, many pupils who miss school frequently experience great difficulty in achieving the maximum benefit of schooling. Indeed, many pupils in these circumstances are able to achieve only mediocre success in their academic program. The school cannot teach pupils who are not present. The entire process of education requires a regular continuity of instruction, classroom participation, learning experiences and study in order to reach the goal of maximum educational benefits for each individual child. The regular contact of the pupils with one another in the classroom and their participation in well-planned instructional activity under the tutelage of a competent teacher are vital to this purpose. This is the well-established principle of education which underlies and gives purpose to the requirement of compulsory schooling in every state in the nation.
Regulations – Absence
- Each time a student is absent from school, he/she must present a written excuse signed by the parent or guardian to the homeroom teacher within three school days of his/her return. This written excuse is required even if a parent or guardian has contacted the school regarding the absence. If the student does not bring the excuse within the three school days immediately following the absence, the absence will be recorded as unlawful.
- It is essential that the reason for absence be clear and well-defined. Lawful excuses are granted for the following reasons: religious holiday, sickness, quarantine, death in the family, impassable roads, educational trips (when requests have been approved), “exceptional urgent reasons.” Excuses of a doubtful nature will be investigated. Claims of continued or repeated illness justify an administrative request for a doctor’s excuse.
- For periods of more than three days, excused absences may only be granted based upon a doctor’s certificate of illness justifying the absence.
- After a student is absent for a total of 10 school days for any reason, he/she will be required to present a doctor’s excuse for every absence because of illness.
- Any student who is absent from school or the same class twenty or more days (10 days per semester subject) without extenuating reasons jeopardizes his/her opportunity to successfully complete the required instruction and receive credits toward graduation.
- Students who are out because of an illness, injury or other extenuating circumstances for over 10 school days must request homebound approved on a case by case basis. A doctor’s note should accompany this request. Students receiving homebound instruction may not attend extra curricular activities based on obvious health concerns. If you are out of school for 5 consecutive days, you must present the school with a doctor’s note on the sixth day of absence. Even if the student does not return to school, the parent must submit a doctor’s note on the sixth day absent or the days will be marked as unexcused. Otherwise, the absences will be marked as unexcused.
- Take Your Child To Work Day should be treated as an educational trip. Complete the form ahead of the event and send to the main office for consideration.
Failure to provide a written excuse within three (3) days of returning to school will result in the absence being recorded as unlawful/unexcused. Excessive unlawful/unexcused absences will result in Notices and Citation.
3 unlawful absences = 1st Notice
4 unlawful absences = 2nd Notice
5 unlawful absences = 3rd Notice and Citation
Regulations – Tardiness
Tardiness is unexcused lateness to school. Tardiness interferes materially with the orderly and efficient administration of the school program. After the tenth excused tardy, a student must present a Doctor’s note. Tardiness is not excused for missing the bus, oversleeping, car problems, weather conditions, etc. In order to promote punctuality, the following rules apply:
- A student coming to school late must report to the office and receive an admit slip. Our discipline code will be followed for frequent lateness. Furthermore, any student arriving after 11:45 a.m. will be considered absent for a half day.
- Students are expected to attend school on time the day following the activity/athletic event. Students who habitually arrive late the day of or the day after an athletic/activity event or are habitually absent the day after an athletic/activity event will be denied permission to attend future activities or suspended from play. Habitual is defined as 3 occurrences. Continued tardiness will result in further disciplinary actions as shown below:
Tardiness to School:
1st offense: Warning
2nd offense: Warning
3rd offense: 1 detention
4th offense: 1 detention
5th offense: 2 detentions
6th offense + 2 detentions
No. 249 SECTION: PUPILS
ADOPTED: January 28, 2003
REVISED: December 2, 2008
- Purpose The Board is committed to providing a safe, positive learning environment for
District students. The Board recognizes that bullying creates an atmosphere of fear
and intimidation, detracts from the safe environment necessary for student learning,
and may lead to more serious violence. Therefore, the Board prohibits bullying by
SC 1303.1-Bullying means an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act or series of
acts directed at another student or students, which occurs in a school setting that is severe, persistent or pervasive and has the effect of doing any of the following:
- Substantial interference with a student’s education.
- Creation of a threatening environment.
- Substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school.
Bullying, as defined in this policy, includes cyberbullying.
SC 1303.1-A School setting means in the school, on school grounds, in school vehicles, at a
designated bus stop or at any activity sponsored, supervised or sanctioned by the school.
- Authority SC 1303.1-A
The Board prohibits all forms of bullying by District students.
The Board encourages students who have been bullied to promptly report such
incidents to the building principal or designee. The Board directs that complaints of bullying shall be investigated promptly, and corrective action shall be taken when allegations are verified. Confidentiality of all parties shall be maintained, consistent with the District’s legal and investigative obligations. No reprisals or retaliation shall occur as a result of good faith reports of bullying.
- BULLYING/CYBERBULLYING -
- Delegation of Responsibility
Each student shall be responsible to respect the rights of others and to ensure an
atmosphere free from bullying. The Superintendent or designee shall develop administrative regulations to implement this policy.
SC 1303.1-A The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that this policy and administrative
regulations are reviewed annually with students.
SC 1303.1-A SC 1303.1-A
The Superintendent or designee, in cooperation with other appropriate
administrators, shall review this policy every three (3) years and recommend
necessary revisions to the Board. District administration shall annually provide the following information with the Safe School Report:
- Board’s Bullying Policy.
- Report of bullying incidents.
- Information on the development and implementation of any bullying prevention,
intervention or education programs.
- Guidelines SC 1303.1-ATitle 22 Sec. 12.3 Pol. 218
The Code of Student Conduct, which shall contain this policy, shall be made
available annually to students. This policy shall be accessible in every classroom (by maintaining a student handbook which contains the Code of Conduct in each classroom). The policy shall be posted in a prominent location within each school building and on the District web site.
Education SC 1302-A,1303.1-A Pol. 236
The District may develop and implement bullying prevention and intervention
programs. Such programs shall provide District staff and students with appropriate
training for effectively responding to, intervening in and reporting incidents of bullying.
Consequences For Violations SC 1303.1-A Pol. 218, 233
A student who violates this policy shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action
consistent with the Code of Student Conduct, which may include:
- Counseling within the school.
- Parental conference.
- Loss of school privileges.
- Exclusion from school-sponsored activities.
- Detention/Saturday detention.
- Suspension/In-School suspension.
- Counseling/Therapy outside of school.
- Referral to law enforcement officials.
- Transfer to another school building, classroom or school bus.
References: School Code – 24 P.S. Sec. 1302-A, 1303.1-A
State Board of Education Regulations – 22 PA Code Sec. 12.3
- Board Policy – 000, 218, 233, 236, 248
- The school and/or bus driver may change a student’s assigned seat throughout the year due to inappropriate behavior.
- The bus driver is in charge of all students assigned to his/her bus.
- Parents shall be held responsible for any damage done to buses by students.
- Students will not be permitted to transfer from one bus to another without prior written permission from the PGMS office. Students found riding a bus other than the one assigned to them will be subject to disciplinary action, including possible suspension of bus privileges.
- No student may eat, drink, or smoke on any school district owned or contracted vehicle. CD and MP3 players are permitted on the bus. (Upon exiting the bus, students must immediately put these items away).
- Foul language or disrespect to bus drivers will not be tolerated. Such behavior will result in suspension from school or suspension of bus-riding privileges.
- Students shall not put any part of their body outside the windows or throw objects in or out of the bus.
- While a child is suspended from the bus, parents are responsible to provide transportation until the suspension has ended.
- Students who violated the bus rules/procedures will be discipline by the school and may be cited by the police department.
Consequences For Misbehavior
- As per the Pottsgrove School District Discipline Code, misconduct such as unnecessary shouting, eating or drinking, opening windows against driver’s orders, arms or heads out of windows, and changing seats while the bus is in motion, profane language, disrespect to the bus driver, moving around while bus is in motion, refusing to identify oneself to the bus driver, pushing, hitting, tripping, fighting, smoking, damaging the bus, throwing objects in the bus, throwing objects out of the window, opening exit doors, or similar offenses not permitted at Pottsgrove Middle School will result in disciplinary action. Offenses of this nature will result in disciplinary action that aligns with the PGSD Disciplinary Code. Our bus letter text is below:
This letter is to communicate that inappropriate bus behavior is ongoing per our recent conversation. Therefore, the following discipline action (circled below) has been taken by school administration:
1st Offense-2 after school detentions
2nd Offense- 1 day ISS
3rd Offense-2 day removal from the bus + appropriate school discipline
4TH Offense- 5-day removal from the bus + appropriate school discipline
5th Offense- 10-day removal from the bus + appropriate school discipline
6th Offense- Removal of bus privilege for school year + appropriate school discipline
Discipline will be progressive. It is vital to practice safe, respectful, and responsible bus behavior. It is our hope that this behavior will be corrected moving forward. Please remember that your son/daughter will need to be dropped off and picked up at the appropriate times. The PGMS handbook lists the start and end time for our daily schedule. Truancy will be continued to be monitored and all PDE guidelines will be adhered.
The lunch period should be an enjoyable experience for all. It is essential to adhere strictly to cafeteria regulations. Students are to regard the cafeteria as their dining room and behave accordingly. All students buying or carrying lunches are required to eat in the cafeteria. Students are expected to cooperate with the proctors who are in charge.
- Book cubicles are to be used for student convenience. The school assumes no responsibility for articles lost or stolen from these cubicles.
- Respect for others is expected. Do not cut in front of others in the lunch line. It is also expected that respect be shown to cafeteria workers and proctors at all times.
- All students are to eat from trays in order to promote proper sanitary conditions.
- Students are to remain seated at all times unless obtaining food or returning trays.
- Students must ENTER the food court through the wooden double doors at all times and must always EXIT through the cashier lines.
- After eating, trays are to be carried to the dish washing area and eating utensils sorted to their proper places.
- Following lunch, students must remain at their tables and wait for dismissal by the proctors.
- During dismissal, students are to remain as quiet as possible until they reach their next class. (This is to ensure that directions can be heard in the stair tower in the event of an emergency.)
- Students are not permitted to congregate in the food court area.
- Inappropriate behavior may result in re-assigned seating, being sent to the time-out room, lunch detention, after-school detention or suspension.
- Eating and/or drinking are only permitted when sitting in your seat.
- Students who violate the rules/procedures in the cafeteria will receive disciplinary action that aligns with the PGSD Disciplinary Code.
- Students should behave in a manner that aligns with our School-Wide Positive Behavior expectations for the cafeteria. Safe, Positive, Respectful, and Responsible behavior is expected.
- All debts owed to the school must be paid promptly.
- Students responsible for damage to school and/or private property may be charged for repair or replacement.
- Permanent records may not be issued until all debts have been paid.
- Failure to pay debts in a timely fashion may result in loss of school privileges (i.e. attendance at school functions).
CODE OF CONDUCT
It is the responsibility of the school to provide an atmosphere that supports the educational program and protects the right of its students to receive an education. Part of this charge requires the development and administration of a discipline component. We recognize and accept our responsibility in this area.
Violations of school rules and regulations along with failure to complete homework assignments may necessitate disciplinary action in the form of privilege suspension, after school detention, in-school suspension, or out-of-school suspension. Should this occur, students will receive a form to be signed by a parent or guardian. This form must be returned to the office, signed by the parent or guardian.
Detention, Privilege Suspension, and Time-Out
- During detention, students are required to complete the assigned work.
- Students in detention may not talk, sleep, leave the room, use a cell phone or cause any type of distraction. Any of these infractions may result in reassignment of the detention(s) or additional consequences. Lavatory visits are to occur prior to detention.
- Two-hour detentions will be held from 3:15 until 5:10 pm on Wednesday and/or Thursday each week.
- For overall safety and liability concerns, any detained student whose ride does not arrive by 5:15 will be placed on the activity bus to be transported home.
- Students assigned to detention may not participate in intramural or interscholastic activities after detention, whether a practice or a game.
- Failure to report for an assigned detention for any reason will be treated as unexcused absence and disciplinary action will occur. The original detention assignment must also be satisfied. (Assignment of a suspension does not cancel a detention assignment.)
- Time-Out is designed to help students correct disruptive classroom behavior and to preserve the educational atmosphere of the classroom. Students will be sent to a separate room where they will be given work to complete while they re-establish their composure. Should a student be sent to the time-out room, the sending teacher will make a phone contact that day to the parent or guardian.
- Suspension includes in-school and out-of-school varieties as well as privilege suspension.
- In cases of out-of-school suspensions, a student will not be re-instated to class until a parent-administrator conference occurs. For out-of-school suspension longer than three (3) days, an informal hearing will be held with the Assistant Superintendent of Schools before reinstatement can occur.
- Misbehavior of any kind during the serving of in-school suspension will result in immediate out-of-school suspension.
- A student who is suspended (in-school or out-of-school) may not participate in any school activities for the duration of the suspension. This also includes evening activities through the last day of the assigned suspension and beginning the day that the suspension is issued.
- Any student serving an out-of-school suspension is to remain off school property for the duration of the suspension. Failure to do so will result in a trespass citation.
- Out of-school suspension days can only be served when school is in session. Scheduled dates will not include holidays or weekends. Also, if school is canceled for any reason on assigned out-of-school suspension dates, the dates will be reassigned so that the full suspension is served.
It should be noted that fighting is never considered to be an acceptable way to settle differences. In a vast majority of situations, where a fight occurs, one or both of the parties involved has an opportunity to avoid the physical aspect of the confrontation. Because of this, it is safe to say that in most instances, both participants in a fight are to receive a suspension.
When a situation is escalating toward a physical confrontation the expectation for a student is that they try to de-escalate the situation by: walking away, going to a nearby classroom, getting the attention of an adult nearby, yelling for assistance, or immediately going to the guidance office or Main Office. There is never a time during school hours that a teacher or other adult is not readily available to assist a student. We have consistent expectations that student bystanders are expected to alert adults to a situation that is forming. Student bystanders who escalate a situation by encouraging fighting, verbally engaging with a student(s), or videotaping an interaction may also receive consequences from our discipline code.
Upper Pottsgrove Police will be contacted on all occasions of physical confrontation.
We ask that you follow up at home with an effort to work with your son or daughter to adjust the behavior that resulted in any disciplinary assignment. Your support is essential in order to bring about the desired change for the students’ benefit.
- Eating candy anywhere in the building is not permitted, except at lunch. Selling candy or giving it to others is prohibited.
- Students are encouraged to carry very little money to school.
- Book bags/other large bags are to be used for carrying materials to and from school. They are not to be carried by students during the school day. This rule is in effect as a safety precaution.
- Students are permitted to use a cell phone/electronic device at certain times during the school day, or with authorization from a teacher or administrator. Additionally, these are often items targeted for theft. The school encourages students to leave all electronic devices at home.
- Students are permitted to use a cell phone at certain times during the school day, or with authorization from a teacher or administrator. However, if a parent needs to reach a child, please contact the main office and arrangements will be made for the child to call home. The school district is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged cell phones brought onto school property.
- Items described above (#5 and #6) will be confiscated if used inappropriately during the school day.
- The administration is not responsible for items brought to school. Any item confiscated by a staff member will be returned to the student at the end of the day on the first offense. Subsequent offenses will require the parent to come to school and retrieve the item.
- Disrespect toward or failure to follow the directions of a guest teacher will result in disciplinary action.
- Disruption to the Educational Environment – Any student disrupting the learning of other students will be disciplined by the school and may be cited by the Police for Disorderly Conduct.
- Students riding bikes to school may only do so with written parent permission. A note must be submitted to the 2nd floor office. Bikes may ONLY be locked and stationed at the bike rack near the 2nd floor “bridge”. At dismissal, bike riders will be dismissed by staff members following departure of all busses.
- The only students permitted to walk home, are those students living in the development which connects to the school property near the football field.
Summary of Unacceptable Behaviors
Every Pottsgrove Middle School student must be aware that the following behaviors will result in short-or long-term suspension.
- Cutting class
- Cutting school
- Excessive lateness to school
- Constant disruptive behavior
- Intimidation and verbal abuse
- Possession of a weapon
- Possession of drugs and/or alcoholic beverages
- Leaving the school/campus without permission
- False fire alarm
- Disrespect shown to any adult in the building or around the school campus
- Ongoing and/or excessive misconduct
- Unsafe behavior traveling to or from school
- Repeated failure to follow school rules
Forbidden at Pottsgrove Middle School
- Toy or water gun
- Weapon (i.e. knife, firearm, firecracker, explosive device, etc.)
- Electronic toys
- Laser pointers
- Spraying device
- Cigarettes (and other tobacco products)
- Any item that would threaten the health, safety, and welfare of a student or staff member.
- Any item that would affect the learning process in a negative fashion or disrupt the effective operation of the school.
The Board recognizes the importance of a safe school environment relative to the educational process and thus prohibits students from possessing and bringing weapons and replicas of weapons into any School District buildings, onto school property, a school zone, to any school sponsored activity, and onto any public vehicle providing transportation to school or a school sponsored activity.
A student is in possession of a weapon when the weapon is found on the person of the student; in the student's locker; under the student's control while on school property, on property being used by the school, at any school function or activity, at any school event held away from the school, or while the student is coming to or from school.
The School District shall expel for a period of not less than one (1) year any student who violates this weapons policy. Such expulsion shall be given in conformance with formal due process proceedings required by law. The Superintendent may recommend modifications of such expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.
School property means all buildings, facilities, and grounds on the school campus, school buses and other conveyances providing transportation to or from school or school related functions or activities, school parking areas, and any facility being used for a school function or activity.
School zone means in, or on the grounds of a public, parochial or private school, or within a distance of one thousand (1,000) feet from the grounds of a public, parochial or private school.
Weapons shall include, but not be limited to, any knife, cutting instrument, cutting tool, nunchaku stick, metal knuckles, poisons, drugs, ammunition firearm, shotgun, rifle, and any other tool, instrument, substance, or implement capable of or designed to harm, threaten or harass students, staff members, parents and patrons of the District.
Firearm means any instrument which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of any such instrument, any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or any destructive device.
Destructive device means any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas, including, but not limited to, any bomb, grenade, rocket, missile, mine, or device similar to any of the aforementioned instruments.
You may reference School Board Policy #218.1. The policy can be found on the district website www.pgsd.org. If you are unable to access the website, please ask for a copy in the Pottsgrove Middle School Man Office or at the Pottsgrove School District Administration Building.
POTTSGROVE SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENT
DEFINITION OF TERMS
Ammunition – any projectile, along with its fuse and primer, that is fired from a gun or otherwise propelled as well as any chemical or explosive material used for defense or offense such as a rocket, grenade, mine, or the like.
Arson – the crime of maliciously burning a building or property of another, or burning one’s own property for some improper purpose.
Assault – a violent attack and/or unlawful attempt or threat to injure another person physically or verbally.
Expulsion – the expulsion from school by the Board of Education for a period exceeding ten school days and which may be permanent expulsion from the school rolls. All expulsions require a prior formal hearing in accordance with the procedures outlined under Policy #4201.
False Imprisonment – the unlawful detention or confinement of another. Key to the concept is submission to authority. (A common practice is hazing.)
False Reporting – any seeming crisis signal or warning given that is groundless or lacks authenticity (e.g. a bomb threat, a fire alarm, or 911 call where no bomb, fire, or emergency exists).
Fighting (Level III) – a physical conflict between two or more individuals which is minor in nature and where serious bodily injury has not occurred, a conflict easily resolved by an administrator. (Level IV) – a brawl or physical conflict between two or more individuals where serious bodily injury has occurred and which is deemed appropriate for police intervention.
Fireworks (Level III) – any various combinations of explosives and combustibles used to generate colored lights, smoke, or noise; those devices legal for sale under the state law. (Level IV) – those devices not legal for sale under the state law.
Forgery – the making, completing, executing, authenticating, issuing, altering, or transferring of any writing of another without his/her authority.
Gambling – placing a wager or betting money on the outcome of a game, contest, or other event.
Harassment – to disturb or irritate someone with annoyances, insults, taunts, threats, or demands in order to gain a desired end or create worry and/or other mental suffering.
In-School Suspension – removal of a student from the regular school program while providing him/her with planned and supervised instruction in the basic subjects.
Insubordination – a rebellious attitude which implies open defiance or refusal to submit to authority.
Paging/Portable Communication Device – a telecommunication device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message, or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to the processor.
Propellant – a device used to emit a substance which may or may not be used for self defense including but not limited to mace, pepper spray, breath spray, and hair spray.
School – include the distance a student travels to and from a specific district building within the time parameter of that student’s school responsibilities (e.g., sports, detention, and other school-sponsored activities); school bus; school buildings or surrounding property owned by the school district; and school-sponsored events (e.g., athletic events, trips, concerts, dances, meetings, etc.).
School Property – shall include buildings, facilities, and grounds on the school campus, school buses, school parking areas, and any facility being used for a school function or school-sponsored trip.
Sexual Harassment – unwanted or uninvited sexually oriented words or actions that hurt or humiliate someone and/or behavior which causes a person to feel uncomfortable or offended. Sexual harassment may be physical, verbal, and/or nonverbal and is illegal in schools and workplaces because it violates federal and state laws.
Smoking – use of tobacco and/or electronic cigarettes in any form is strictly prohibited in all district buildings and on all school property twenty-four hours a day as set forth under Policy #5502. Offenders will be disciplined in accordance with procedures outlined under each school’s behavioral practices.
Student – any individual enrolled in the Pottsgrove School District.
Suspension of Privileges – exclusion of a student for a stipulated period of time from activities which include but are not limited to extracurricular activities, recess, attendance at school functions such as dances or sporting events as a spectator, use of passes during the school day, attendance at assembly programs, and/or lunch in the cafeteria.
Suspension – the exclusion from school for a period of time from one to ten consecutive school days during which time the student is not permitted to participate in any extracurricular activities to be held on school property. Prior to a “full suspension,” an informal hearing must be offered to the student and his/her parent or guardian in accordance with informal hearing procedures set forth under Policy #4201.
Theft/Shoplifting – the taking and removing of another’s personal property with the intent of permanently depriving the owner.
Truancy – being absent from school without permission from a parent or school official.
Vandalism – the willful or malicious destruction of public or private property which requires restitution of property and damages.
Weapon or Dangerous Instrument – any tool or instrument which is employed to get the better of another and is capable of causing death and/or inflicting serious bodily injury upon a person. This includes but is not limited to any knife, cutting instrument, slingshot, firearm, numchuck, metal knuckles, straight razor, explosive, poisonous gas, poison, or any other item fashioned with the intent to use, harm threaten, or harass another person.
STUDENT MISCONDUCT/RESPONSE GUIDELINES
Minor misbehavior on the part of the student, which impedes orderly classroom procedure or interferes with the orderly operation of the school.
These misbehaviors can usually be handled by an individual staff member, but sometimes require the intervention of other support personnel and/or an administrator.
Disrespectful language or gestures
Failure to complete assignments or carry out directions
Inappropriate display of affection
Obscene language or gestures
Immediate intervention is required by the staff member who is supervising the student or who observes the misbehavior.
Possible written/verbal parental notification.
Repeated misbehavior requires a parent/teacher conference, conference with the counselor and/or administrator.
A proper and accurate record of the offenses and disciplinary action is maintained by the staff member.
Administrator/parent conference (person/phone)
Teacher/parent conference (person/phone)
Suspension of privileges
Temporary removal from class
Misbehavior whose frequency or seriousness tends to disrupt the learning climate of the school.
These infractions, which usually result from the continuation of Level I the administrative misbehaviors, require the intervention of personnel on level because the execution of Level I disciplinary options has failed to correct the situation. Also included in this level are misbehaviors which do not represent a direct threat to the health and safety of others but whose educational consequences are serious enough to require corrective action on the part of the administrative personnel.
Continuation of Level I misbehavior
Disruptive classroom behavior
Verbal/Physical Alteration (shouting, screaming, pushing, kicking, taunting)
Failure to serve detention
Harassment of students
+Possession/use/transfer of tobacco and smoking materials
Unlawful/unexcused school tardiness (repeat instances)
The student is referred to the administrator for appropriate disciplinary action.
The administrator meets with the student and/or teacher and decides the most appropriate response.
The teacher is informed of the administrator’s action.
Parent is notified verbally or in writing. A parental conference may be scheduled.
A proper and accurate record of the offense and disciplinary action is maintained by the administrator.
+Confiscation and refer to smoking policy
Suspension of privileges
Referral to outside agency
Suspension (up to 3 days)
Temporary removal from class
Acts, whether on school or off school property, including but not limited to attendance at school-sponsored events, extracurricular activities, field trips, transportation to and from school, and the like directed against persons or property but whose conduct does not seriously endanger or pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others in the school.
These acts may be considered criminal but most frequently can be handled by the disciplinary mechanism in the school. Corrective measures which the school should undertake, however, depend on the extent of the school’s resources for remediating the situation in the best interest of all students.
Those acts which are criminal (or illegal) will automatically be referred to the appropriate law enforcement office.
Continuation of Level II misbehavior
Leaving school without authority
*Obscene behavior (mooning, shanking, wedging)
Possession / use / transfer of electronic devices i.e. laser pens, beepers, etc…
*Possession / use / transfer of fireworks or other explosive devices legal for sale under state law.
*Racially Inflammatory Conduct
*Reckless driving on school property
*Threats to others
*Throwing rocks or other harmful objects
The administrator initiates disciplinary action by investigating the infraction and conferring with staff on the extent of the consequences. The administrator meets with the student and confers with parent about the student’s misconduct and the resulting disciplinary action. School officials may contact law enforcement agency and assist in prosecuting the offender.
A proper and accurate record of the offense and disciplinary action is maintained by the administrator.
*Charges under PA Criminal Code
Homebound instruction or alternative program
Out-of-school suspension (not to exceed 10 days) under proper adult supervision.
Parent conference and/or hearing
Suspension of privileges
+Refer to drug-alcohol policy and guidelines
Restitution of property and damages
Acts, whether on school or off school property, including but not limited to attendance at school-sponsored events, extracurricular activities, field trips, transportation to and from school, and the like which result in violence to another’s person or property or which pose a direct threat to the safety of others in the school.
The acts are clearly criminal and/or so serious that they always require administrative actions which result in the immediate removal of the student from the school, the intervention of law enforcement authorities, and action by the Board of School Directors.
Continuation of Level III misbehavior
Bomb threat or false alarm
Deliberately striking a staff member
*Extreme disruption to school program
*Fighting – using a weapon
Possession/use/transfer/sale of weapons, replicas, and/or look-alikes
*Possession/use/transfer/sale of fireworks or other explosive devices legal for sale under State Law.
*Possession/use/transfer/sale of fireworks (those not legal for sale under state law)
*Possession/use/transfer/sale of propellants manufactured for self defense (those not legal for over the counter sale).
*Theft/possession /sale of stolen property
*Threat(s) to other (life threatening)
*Threat to staff member
*Violation of D & A Policy – This includes prescription and over the counter drugs.
The administrator verifies the offense, confers with the staff involved, and meets with the student.
The student is immediately removed from the school environment.
Parents are notified.
School officials contact law enforcement agency and assist in prosecuting offender.
A complete and accurate report is submitted to the superintendent for Board action.
All verified offenses in Level IV may have a mandatory 10 day full suspension under proper adult supervision with an informal hearing.
*Charges under PA Criminal Code or referral to appropriate law enforcement agencies.
Other Board action which results in appropriate placement.
Alternative School, parent hearing, restitution of property and damages
Refer to drug/alcohol policy and guidelines
Recommendation for expulsion
Refer to the disciplinary response column which indicates a mandatory response.
Dress And Grooming Guidelines
Pottsgrove School District Board Policy 221
Proper dress and grooming are marks of good citizenship and determine, in many cases, the behavior and attitude of a pupil. When attending school or school functions, a good citizen will wear properly fitted clothing that does not attract excessive attention or reflect discredit upon the school.
Pottsgrove School District administration reserves the right to question any mode of dress/jewelry/hair style that is beyond current community/school accepted standards or in any manner jeopardizing to the health, welfare or safety of a student or other students.
Any clothing judged to be a disruptive influence in class, or interfering with the educational rights of others, is considered improper dress. Certain types of clothing and hairstyles may be required for physical education classes or for extracurricular activities such as band, athletics, etc.
The following are specifics to the Dress Code for Pottsgrove Middle School.
SECTION I: GENERAL
- Excessively baggy pants or clothing that can conceal items and/or pose a safety hazard are not permitted.
- Underwear should not be exposed in any way.
- All dress and grooming should be appropriate. Students are expected to dress in accordance with good taste and personal pride. Students have the responsibility to keep themselves, their clothes, and their hair clean.
- Blankets, covers, or other types of bedding are prohibited.
SECTION II: TOPS
- Tops may not be “low cut” or exposing. Bare midriffs and bare backs are not permitted.
- The following are unacceptable school attire:
- Tank tops/muscle shirts..
- See-through/mesh blouses or shirts.
- Tube tops/crop tops/half-shirts.
- Any top that allows the midriff to be exposed is not permitted. All shirts must meet or hangover the waistband.
- Coats, jackets or garments designed for protection from the outside weather are not to be worn in school.
SECTION III: PANTS/SHORTS/SKIRTS
- Pants, shorts, skirts must be secured and worn no lower than the hip. Low riding/sag style is not permitted.
- Boxer shorts worn as outerwear are not permitted.
- Shorts, skirts, and/or dresses are to be fitted for both comfort and appearance, must be in good taste, and appropriate length. Shorts with pockets hanging below or longer than the shorts are not permitted.
Allowed: Rips below the mid-thigh
Not Allowed: Rips above/at the mid-thigh
Please note this would apply to the front and back of pants.
SECTION IV: OFFENSIVE DRESS
- Clothing, patches, buttons, pins, jewelry, etc are not permitted if they:
- Have sexually suggestive writing/pictures.
- Advocate violence.
- Advertise or promote the use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs.
- Have double meaning wording or obscene language.
- A tattoo (permanent or temporary) must be covered if it:
- Has sexually suggestive writing/pictures.
- Advocates violence.
- Advertises or promotes the use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs.
- Has double meaning wording or obscene language.
- Slogans or symbols designed to be provocative or offensive to others.
SECTION V: FOOTWEAR
- Some sort of shoe must be worn at all times.
- Any shoe that poses a safety hazard is not permitted.
SECTION VI: JEWELRY
- Spiked jewelry, chains or any jewelry that could cause injury or constitute a hazard is not permitted.
SECTION VII: HEADWEAR
- Hats, caps, bandanas, sunglasses, visors, and sweatbands are not permitted unless an accommodation is necessary.
SECTION VIII: DISCIPLINE
- Students violating the Dress Code shall be subject to the following discipline:
- 1st offense- Warning and change to appropriate dress
- 2nd offense- Call home, change to appropriate dress
- 3rd offense- Call home, change to appropriate dress, one detention
- 4th offenses and subsequent - Call home, change to appropriate dress, one day OSS
- 5th offense- Call home, change to appropriate dress, becomes insubordination and follow the discipline code.
DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY
Students possessing, taking or being under the influence of nonprescription drugs, synthetic drugs, prescription drugs, including over-the-counter drugs and alcohol, or drug paraphernalia while under the school’s jurisdiction are in violation of school policy as well as state and federal statutes.
Students demonstrating abnormal behavior will be examined by the school nurse and may be searched by school personnel. Parents will be notified to take their child to a physician for physical examination.
You may reference School Board Policy #227. The policy can be found on the district website www.pgsd.org. If you are unable to access the website, please ask for a copy in the Pottsgrove Middle School Main Office or at the Pottsgrove School District Administration Building.
Procedures for Cell Phone/Electronic Devices
The use of any electronic devices should be consistent with the greater use of technology outlined in the district’s Board Policies 237, 237.1 and the district’s Acceptable Use Policy.
The Pottsgrove secondary schools have recognized the growth of communication technology use (cell phones, smart phones, smart watches, etc.) within the school community. The routine use of these devices by our students and faculty has made them a more prevalent and more accepted fixture within our schools. While the presence of these devices has become more prevalent, the use of these devices during instructional time can create a disruption in the learning environment. Recognizing these facts we have established clear guidelines for the acceptable use of these devices.
- The cellular phone must be turned off upon entering any school building and remain off until the student is leaving the school building.
- The cellular phone must be properly stored during school hours within the student’s assigned locker or other building assigned location (if no locker is assigned).
- The school staff assumes no responsibility for lost and/or damage to personal devices brought to school by students.
During the entire instructional period, cell phones/headphones/ear buds must be out of sight and silenced or on vibrate unless the teacher has expressly permitted the use. This includes the use of these devices in the hallway during instructional periods. Failure to comply with the request or directive from a teacher/staff member to mute and/or conceal these items is considered insubordination and will be addressed in the manner noted below:
- First Instance – In-Class Redirection/Warning
- Second Instance – In-Class Redirection/Warning
- Third Instance - Teacher Detention
- Fourth Instance & Subsequent – Student is sent to the office & Teacher submits a referral
Students are expected to arrive in class each day with a properly charged Ipad. Failure to have a charged laptop for class can create a disruption to the educational environment and impede the learning of the student. Failure to arrive in class with a charged laptop will be addressed in the manner noted below:
- First Instance – Teacher Warning
- Second Instance – Teacher Warning
- Third Instance – Teacher Detention
- Fourth Instance & Subsequent – Teacher Submits an office referral
Students, staff, and guests bring electronic devices onto school property and to school functions at their own risk. The school district is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property. Nor will the school exude much time investigating these lost or stolen items.
- All school rules/policies/and procedures apply while on or attending any extra-curricular activities.
- Students are not permitted in any part of the building other than the designated areas announced (i.e. gym, cafeteria, lobby, lavatories, etc.)
- No food or drinks are permitted in the gym.
- No student will be permitted outside the building until the conclusion of the activity. Parents may come into the building to pick up their children.
- Students should arrange transportation to their home in advance and must be picked up promptly.
- Only Pottsgrove Middle School students are permitted to attend activities.
- Only sneakers and shoes with rubber soles will be permitted on the gym floor.
- Students suspended from school (in-school or out-of-school) are ineligible to attend extra curricular activities throughout the entire length of the suspension, beginning the day the suspension is issued.
- Appropriate school behavior is expected at all times. Any unacceptable behavior will result in disciplinary action or loss of privileges. During any after school activity, all school rules are in effect (i.e. appropriate dress, no electronic devices; etc).
- Students with any Level III or Level IV discipline offenses, ten or more disciplinary infractions, 10 unexcused absences or 10 unexcused tardies may not be permitted to participate in dances, class trips, athletics, serve on Student Government, or any other extra-curricular activity.
Evacuation drills and/or emergency drills are held throughout the school year. At the sound of the fire alarm bells or an announcement via the p.a. system, all students and teachers must leave the building. Students are to evacuate the building in silence and with their arms by their sides; students will also enter the building in silence with their arms by their sides. Students are to remain in silence until the “all clear” announcement is made. There can be no talking so that instructions can be given and heard by all. The teacher should be the last person to leave the room. He/she will make sure that everyone has left the room, that all the lights are off, and that the door is closed. Students should familiarize themselves with the evacuation drill instructions that are posted in each room.
Please refer to the PGSD grading policy for grade reporting information. Grade level and accelerated course weights vary.
Honor Roll Computation
Honor Roll membership is determined on a percentage basis. Distinguished Honors is earned by maintaining an overall average between 93% and 100% in the marking period, with no grade of 84% or lower in any class. Honors is earned by maintaining an overall average between 85% and 92% in the marking period. No student is eligible for the Honor Roll who receives a D, F, or NG in any subject area.
Normally, final grades in each subject area are determined by averaging the percentage grades for each quarter. However, since students are considered for pass/fail on an individual basis, teachers have the right to assign a failing grade for the year if they feel the student does not have adequate knowledge to proceed to the next grade level in that particular subject area.
Parents are kept well informed of their child’s progress through mid-quarter progress reports, report cards, mid-year retention notices, and parent-teacher conferences. Parents are encouraged to monitor grades online and can contact the school at any time to ascertain their child’s progress.
Promotion – Students will be retained to the next grade level if they pass all but one of their courses. Below is the criteria for promotion/retention and for attending summer school.
Failed One Course = Promotion to the next grade level
Failed Two Courses = Must complete Summer School or be retained
Failed Three Courses = Must complete Summer School for two courses or be retained
Failed Four or more Courses = May be retained – The administration will review each student’s promotion/retention on a case-by-case basis.
Parents are encouraged to view their child’s grades through our web-based grading program. If parents are not able to access the internet, please contact the middle school office and we will put you on a mailing list to receive report cards. In order to be fiscally responsible, the school no longer sends out report cards or mid-progress reports; parents may view their child’s grade through our online grading system. For help in accessing your child’s online grading system, please contact the main office.
The Counselors, through individual counseling, cooperative efforts with faculty, administration, and parents, assist students in achieving their academic potential. They also aid them in developing methods to cope with personal problems arising during their social development. Individuals are referred to a guidance counselor by parents, teachers, administration, or by students themselves. In addition, the counselors provide orientation services for new students, administer the testing program, assist students in exploring vocational materials, and coordinate services with community agencies.
Parents are encouraged to bring to the attention of the counselor any special areas of concern regarding their child. Any questions pertaining to individual student progress should also be directed to the counselors.
Hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational goals of the Pottsgrove School District and are prohibited at all times.
Hazing is defined as any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a person or which willfully destroys or removes public or private property for the purpose of initiation or admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition of continued membership in, any organization. The term shall include but not be limited to:
- Any brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding;
- Intentionally forced calisthenics;
- Intentionally exposing students to the elements;
- Forced consumption of any food;
- Liquor, drug or other substance;
- Any other forced physical activity which could adversely affect the physical health and safety of the individual, and shall include any activity which would subject the individual to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced conduct which is intended to or could result in humiliation, extreme embarrassment, or any other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual; or
- Any willful destruction or removal of public or private property.
Hazing in connection with any student activity or organization regardless of whether the conduct occurs on or off school property or outside school hours is strictly prohibited.
No student, parent/guardian, coach, sponsor, volunteer or District employee shall engage in, condone, or ignore any form of hazing.
Students who have been subjected to hazing are encouraged to promptly report such incidents to the building principal either orally or in writing. The District will investigate all complaints of hazing and will administer appropriate discipline to any individual who violates this policy.
If the report of hazing is substantiated disciplinary action for those that perpetrated the act may include suspension up to expulsion, imposition of fines, and criminal prosecution when appropriate.
You may reference School Board Policy #247. The policy can be found on the district website www.pgsd.org. If you are unable to access the website, please ask for a copy in the Pottsgrove Middle School Man Office or at the Pottsgrove School District Administration Building.
The State Board of Education’s Curriculum Regulations require AIDS/HIV instruction. Parents shall have the right to have their child excused from AIDS/HIV instruction for conflicts with the religious beliefs or moral principles of the parents, guardians, or of the pupil. A written excuse from the parent or guardian is required for a student not to participate in the AIDS/HIV instruction. Curricular materials, where practical, shall be made available by the district for home instruction use by a parent or guardian of a student excused from the district’s AIDS/HIV instruction.
Pennsylvania school law requires all pupils to receive an annual height and weight measurement, an annual vision screening test and a hearing screening test in 7th grade. Parents are notified of a pupil’s failure to pass these tests and are requested to have diagnostic examinations made.
A test for Tuberculosis is required in Kindergarten and 9th grade. Students may have the test done by a doctor or the school nurse may do the test. Information regarding the test is sent home at the beginning of the school year. Students who have any size reaction to the test will be referred to their doctor and/or the Department of Health for another tuberculin test called an Intradermal Mantoux TB test and any other follow-up tests.
Medical examinations are required in the 6th grade. Dental examinations are required in the 7th grade. Pupils are encouraged to have their family doctor/dentist complete the examination to promote continuity of medical care. Official forms are distributed to pupils in June so there is adequate time to schedule medical appointments.
Pupils transferred from other school districts shall have medical, dental, and TB tests regardless of grade if an adequate health record is not received from the previous school.
Accidents and Illness
Injuries, which occur on the way to school or at school, will be treated in the health room. The school cannot assume the responsibility of treating injuries that did not occur at school. Pupils who are ill at home are requested not to come to school because they cannot maintain their usual standard of class work and present the possibility of spreading illness to others. Those who wish to see the nurse are to obtain permission from their classroom teacher instead of going to the health room between classes. The nurse’s schedule will be posted on the health suite window.
A student may be excluded from school by the nurse for having symptoms of a contagious disease and advised to see his/her doctor. An Exclusion Form will be given to the student and the parent/guardian notified that a physician must complete and sign the form for the student to be readmitted to school. Upon returning to school, the student needs to be rechecked by the nurse and return the completed and signed Exclusion Form to the nurse. If the physician finds that the student is not afflicted with a contagious disease, the completed and signed Exclusion Form must still be returned to the nurse upon returning to school.
The State Advisory Health Board passed regulations that went into effect August 1, 1983, requiring all school children, kindergarten through 12th grade, to be immunized before attending school. Immunizations include, Tetanus, Diptheria, Polio, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Varicella (Chickenpox), and Rubella (German Measles). Seventh graders also require Tdap, and Meningococcal Vaccine (MCV). To see what ALL students are required to have, view the PA School Code concerning immunization at: http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/028/chapter23/subchapCtoc.html
A signed statement regarding religious or medical reasons is the only exemption to the immunization requirements. Pupils who transfer from one school to another must obtain a copy of the Certificate of Immunization from the school nurse and present it to the new school to insure admission to classes.
When it is necessary for a student to receive any medication at school, the responsibility of parents will be to do the following:
- Complete the form “authorization from School Medication Administration” which includes both parent and physician
- A parent/Guardian should hand deliver the medication to the school nurse in labeled prescription bottle and/or original over-the-counter container. If this is not possible, deliver it in a sealed, labeled envelope.
- Notify the school nurse in writing with a physician’s note and your written instructions if the medication is to be changed or discontinued.
- Provide the school with a written list of all medication currently being taken by the child.
Homework is an important part of the educational process. It permits children to organize their thoughts and materials in preparation for the next day’s work. Parental involvement creates increased student motivation and fosters a positive approach to learning.
Frequently, parents are not aware of specific homework assignments on a daily basis. The procedure listed below is followed at the middle school to provide an opportunity for parents/guardians to become knowledgeable of their child’s academic program.
- Students are instructed to write all homework assignments in their iPad or notebook.
- If no written homework is assigned, we recommend that a period of 45 minutes to an hour be devoted to reviewing notes, studying for future tests, or reading a library book. Successful students report that establishing the same study time each evening is most beneficial. (Example: 6:00 to 7:00 PM)
Students are encouraged to utilize our Homework Center, which is opened scheduled for one day after school. Students can be picked up by their parents or take the late bus at 5:10. Students failing to complete work, whether it is homework or classroom assignments, may be assigned to the Homework Center.
- Please review homework assignments each evening. This assures us that you have seen your child’s completed assignments.
- Contact the classroom teacher should you discover that your child consistently finds it necessary to devote more than an average of one hour per evening to complete daily assignments.
- Enhance your child’s success in his/her academic performance with continual interest and support in the middle school program.
Reservations to come to the library during 9th period must be made prior to 1:00 PM. We suggest you make a reservation early in the day because the library only issues 25 reservations per day.
To come to the library any other time during the day you MUST have a signed pass – no exceptions. That pass should remain at the circulation desk and every student must sign in.
Permission to use the lavatory during class periods may be granted by a teacher. These requests are to be kept at a minimum. At no time are students to linger or congregate in the lavatory. All students have the right to expect school lavatories to be clean and sanitary. All students have the responsibility to keep them clean.
- A hall locker and a gym locker are assigned to each student at the beginning of the school year. The lockers remain the property of the school, not the student, and as such, the lockers remain under the authority of the school. However, the school is NOT responsible for items stolen from the locker, or for any materials left in the locker overnight.
- Each gym locker will have a lock on it assigned by the PE teacher. If a lock is lost or stolen, the student must pay for it before another one will be issued.
- All outer garments, including hats, are to be kept in lockers and are not to be worn or carried to class. Book bags must be placed in the locker.
- The student is responsible for keeping his/her locker combinations private and must not share this information with any other student for any reason.
- According to the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, citizens are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. Middle school students do not lose this right. However, school officials have the right to conduct a search of a student’s locker (which remains school property), as long as this right has been previously announced or published within the school. This paragraph is that announcement.
- Lockers are to be locked at all times.
- Students are not permitted to go to their lockers except for the assigned times determined by the individual teams.
- The Pottsgrove School District is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items.
- Parents need not request assignments if their child will be absent for one school day. Students have been directed to meet with each of their teachers to get homework assignments and/or reschedule tests upon returning to school the next day. Teachers will allow adequate time for completion of that task. (Students will be given the number of days absent to make-up the work.)
- Requests for homework assignments for absence of two days or more may be directed to the middle school office between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM should you wish to receive the assignments that day. Calls received after 9:00 AM will be processed the next school day.
- Please be prepared to give the following information when you call for homework assignments:
- the grade and team to which your child is assigned
- the last day your child was in attendance and the estimated day of return to school
- the day and time you wish to pick up the assignments and/or the name of a student who would be willing to deliver the materials to your home.
- the books your child may need from his/her school locker
No parties and/or food consumption is to occur in a regularly scheduled class unless it is part of a curriculum experience and/or a portion of an IEP which is written as part of a class behavior management/academic improvement plan.
Any student who is moving from place to place in the building and is not under the supervision of a staff member must have a pass. Passes must be used when a student needs to leave the classroom for any reason (lav, locker, nurse, etc.). Students are required to sign in and out of the classroom whenever they need to leave.
RELEASE OF STUDENTS
No student will be released at any time into the custody of anyone other than a parent or legal guardian unless authorization is received from the parent or guardian. Parents/Guardians are expected to come into the office to sign the registry when taking a student from school. For the protection of all our students, adults taking students from the building will need to show identification.
Asking for Extra Help
All teachers are available for special help during 9th period as well as before and after school. Students should make an appointment with a teacher to get extra help whenever they cannot master the material during regular class sessions. Arrangements to meet the teacher must be made in advance because teachers often have meetings or other responsibilities outside of regular class hours.
Getting to Class on Time
Each student is expected to report to class on time. Tardiness will not be tolerated. Students have enough time between classes to reach any part of the building. Any student who chronically reports to class late without a written note will receive a detention by the receiving teacher. Continuing problems with lateness will result in a discipline referral to the Assistant Principal.
Coming to Class Prepared
Middle school students are expected to report to class with all materials needed to participate fully in class activities. Each day students should have paper, pencils, pens, etc. in addition to their textbooks,
notebooks, and agenda book.
Students are hereby informed that their hall lockers, gym lockers, band instrument storage cases, book bags, cars located on school property and other “publicly” accessible locations are subject to search by school officials at any time and without additional prior notice. In addition, upon reasonable suspicion a student’s person may be searched by school officials.
The Pottsgrove School Board of Directors passed a policy at its meeting of March 11, 1997, prohibiting the use of tobacco products by students on school property. Tobacco use and/or possession means a lighted or unlighted smoking product, e-cigarette, and smokeless tobacco of any form. School property is defined to mean in the school building, a school bus, or on school property owned by, leased by, or under the control of the school. This also applies to extracurricular activities, dances, athletic contests, or any other function. A student is defined as a person between the ages of 6 and 21 who is enrolled in the school.
The policy authorizes the administration of the district to issue an on-traffic citation and collect fines up to $50.00 plus court costs against any student who uses or possesses tobacco on school property as previously defined.
STUDENT NEEDS ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)
The middle school’s student assistance team provides a system of early identification, intervention, referral, and after-care of students who are experiencing social, emotional, or substance abuse problems. The team’s main focus will be to gather information about a referred student in five areas of his/her schooling: academic, attendance, participation in school activities, health, and disruptive behavior. Students may refer a friend to the team or go directly to a team member (which includes the principal, assistant principal counselors, and nurse) with a concern. Staff and parents may also refer a student who they feel is exhibiting signs of “At risk” behavior. These signs may include defiance, belligerence, truancy, abuse, neglect, depression, suicidal intent, or drug and alcohol abuse.
Textbooks are supplied by the school district. Damage beyond reasonable wear and tear will be charged to the pupil receiving the book. Lost books must be paid for according to the schedule of costs in the principal’s office. Marks are not to be made in the books, nor is the property to be defaced or abused in other ways. Take care of your property so that the full use may be obtained from the book.
TRIPS – FAMILY
Upon receipt of a written request from parents of the pupils involved, pupils may be excused from school attendance to participate in an educational tour or trip. Approval is subject to evaluation by the district superintendent according to the following provisions:
- Written request must be on file from the parent/guardian of pupils involved. This request should be sent to the building principal or assistant principal at least two weeks prior to the trip or tour. (Forms are available in the office).
- The excuse is for an educational tour or trip.
- The educational tour or trip is an expense other than that of the school district.
- Arrangements must be made to maintain academic progress.
- The responsibility to obtain make-up work and to satisfy other academic requirements lies directly with parents and students.
- There shall be a five (5) day limit on the use of this policy during any school year.
- No requests for trips will be approved during the first or last weeks of school. No trips will be approved during the window for State Testing.
- Permission may be denied in those instances where there are chronic attendance problems and/or academic deficiencies.
- Upon returning to school, the student shall have the same number of days to make up the work missed as was the length of the trip, unless otherwise determined by the principal.
- NOTE: Take Your Child To Work Day also requires the use of an educational trip form
The Pottsgrove School District is not liable or responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged valuables that are brought to school by students. Students are encouraged not to bring valuables to school.
To ensure the safety of our students, staff, and building, the school is equipped with video surveillance. This video surveillance records 24 hours a day.
2017-2018 Additional Information:
Grade 6 Grade 7
7:45 – 7:59 Bus Window 7:45 – 7:59 Bus Window
8:07 Attendance (Period 1) 8:07 Attendance (Period 1)
8:13 – 9:13 Period 2 8:13 – 9:13 Period 2
9:15 – 10:15 Period 3 9:15 – 10:15 Period 3
10:17 – 11:17 Period 4 10:17 – 10:57 Period 4 (Encore)
11:19 – 12:19 Period 5 10:59 – 11:29 Period 5 (Lunch)
12:21 – 12:51 Period 6 (Lunch) 11:31 – 12:11 Period 6 (Encore)
12:53 – 1:33 Period 7 (Encore) 12:13 – 1:13 Period 7
1:35 – 2:15 Period 8 (Encore) 1:15 – 2:15 Period 8
2:17 – 2:50 Period 9 (I/E) 2:17 – 2:50 Period 9 (I/E)
7:45 – 7:59 Bus Window
8:07 Attendance (Period 1)
8:13 – 8:53 Period 2 (Encore)
8:55 – 9:35 Period 3 (Encore)
9:37 – 10:37 Period 4
10:39 – 11:39 Period 5
11:41 – 12:11 Period 6 (Lunch)
12:13 – 1:13 Period 7
1:15 – 2:15 Period 8
2:17 – 2:50 Period 9 (I/E)
ACT 80 SCHEDULE
Period Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
Attendance 8:07 8:07 8:07
2 8:13-8:59 8:13-8:57 8:13-8:43 (Encore)
3 9:01-9:47 8:59-9:43 8:45-9:15 (Encore)
4 9:49-10:35 9:45-10:15 (Encore) 9:17-10:02
5 10:37-11:23 10:17-10:47 (Lunch) 10:04-10:49
6 11:25-11:55 (Lunch) 10:49-11:19 (Encore) 10:51-11:21 (Lunch)
7 11:58-12:23 (Encore) 11:21-12:05 11:23-12:05
8 12:25-12:50 (Encore) 12:07-12:50 12:07-12:50
END OF YEAR HALF-DAY SCHEDULE
TWO HOUR DELAY SCHEDULE
Period Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
AP 10:10-10:15 10:10-10:15 10:10-10:15
2 10:15-11:00 10:15-11:00 10:15-10:45 Encore
3 11:00-11:45 11:00-11:45 10:45-11:15 Encore
4 11:45-12:30 11:45-12:15 Encore 11:15-12:00
5 12:30-1:15 12:20-12:50 Lunch 12:00-12:45
6 1:20-1:50 Lunch 12:50-1:20 Encore 12:50-1:20 Lunch
7 1:50-2:20 Encore 1:20-2:05 1:20-2:05
8 2:20-2:50 2:05-2:50 2:05-2:50
THREE HOUR DELAY SCHEDULE
Period Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
AP 11:07 11:07 11:07
2 11:13 11:13 11:13 Encore
3 11:49 11:49 11:31 Encore
4 12:25 12:25 Encore 11:49
5 1:01 12:43 Lunch 12:25
6 1:37 Lunch 1:13 Encore 1:01 Lunch
7 2:07 Encore 1:31 1:31
8 2:25 Encore 2:07 2:07
9 2:43 2:43 2:43
Dismiss 2:50 2:50 2:50
TENTATIVE PSSA READING & MATH TESTING SCHEDULE 2018:
ELA (Grades 6-8)- April 9-13 is the window.
Math (Grades 6-8)- April 16-20 is the window.
Science (Grade 8) April 23-27 is the window.
Make-ups- April 30-May 4.
Students arrive, go to homeroom for attendance.
Students go to testing room, eat snack.
Eat mint and complete test
Follow 2-hour delay schedule for remainder of day
START OF YEAR SCHEDULE WILL BE HANDED OUT 8/22/17.
End of the Year events- Dates TBA
World Language Finals
8th grade ELA Finals
8th grade Science Finals
8th grade Social Studies Finals
8th grade Math Finals
8th grade Picnic, Make-Up finals
6th grade Awards Assembly 8:30 AM
7th grade Awards Assembly 8:30 AM
8th grade Awards Assembly 8:30 AM
Honor Roll Picnic & Student Government Elections 8:30 AM (Half-day for teachers)