Markishtum Middle School Student/Parent Handbook 2017-2018



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Markishtum

Middle School



Student/Parent

Handbook

2017-2018
Cape Flattery School District Mission Statement
The mission of the Cape Flattery School District, in partnership with the Cape Flattery communities, is to insure that each student be given the opportunity to gain the knowledge, skill, and self-esteem necessary to become a contributing member of society.

Physical Address: 3560 Deer Street Mailing Address: P.O. Box 86
Neah Bay, WA 98357 Neah Bay, WA 98357


Welcome To Markishtum Middle School

Markishtum Middle School and Markishtum Middle School Mission Statement



Our goal is to provide students with opportunities, tools and strategies so they can become reflective, knowledgeable, and productive people who meet the challenges of the modern world while respecting the values and priorities of their heritage.
Contact Information:

NBHS/MMS Secretary: Carol Patecek, 645-2463 Campus Secretary: Kim Hottowe, 645-2854

Counseling: Dann Walker 645-2688 Principal: Jennifer Sikes, 645-2880
Visit the Cape Flattery School District Website! www.capeflattery.wednet.edu

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Table of Contents:

General Information pg.3

  • Attendance pg. 3-5

  • Child Abuse and Neglect pg. 5

  • Closed Campus pg. 5

  • Dress Code pg. 5-6

  • Emergency Contact Information/Change of Student Information pg. 6

  • FERPA pg. 6-7

  • Guidance and Counseling Services pg. 7

  • Hall Passes pg. 7

  • Items not Allowed in Markishtum Middle School pg.7

  • Liability for Student Property pg. 7

  • New Student Enrollment pg.7

  • Other Important Registration Items pg. 7-8

  • No Food/Drinks in Classrooms pg. 8

  • Non-Discrimination Statement pg. 8

  • Nutritional Requirements pg. 8-9

  • Parent/Guardian Visitors pg. 9

  • Pesticides Notification, Posting and Record Keeping Requirements pg. 9

  • Police Dogs pg. 9

  • Power Outage/Snow Day/Emergency Plans/Weather Conditions pg. 9-10

  • Power/Energy Drinks and Powders Not Allowed on Campus pg. 10

  • Printed Grade Reports (PGR) pg. 10

  • School hours pg. 10-11

  • Senior and Junior Honor Society Lunch Pass Privilege pg. 11

  • Skateboards/Bikes pg. 11

  • Spray Colognes/Perfumes pg. 11

  • Student Drivers pg. 11

  • Tardies pg. 11-12

  • Unsafe/Underage Driving pg. 12

  • Unexcused Absences and Transcripts pg. 12

  • Unexcused Absences pg. 12

  • Volunteers pg. 13

  • Withdrawal from School pg. 13

Academics pg. 13

  • Cape Flattery School District Secondary Program Honor Code pg.13

  • Family Access to Teacher Grade Book pg.13-14

  • Grading Scale pg.14

  • Home Base Service Option pg.14

  • Homework pg. 14

  • Honor Roll pg. 14

  • Plagiarism pg. 14


Athletics and Activities pg.14-15

  • ASB Cards Required for Students Participating in Activities pg. 15

  • Board Policy 3245 Student Social Events pg. 15

Behavior and Discipline pg. 15-16

  • Aggressive/Reckless Horseplay pg. 15

  • Alternate Learning Center pg. 15

  • Behavior Expectations pg. 15

  • Dangerous Weapons pg. 15-16

  • Definitions pg. 16

  • Emergency Expulsions pg.16

  • Expulsions and long term Suspensions pg. 16

  • Expulsions Misconduct/Higher Level Infractions pg. 16-17

  • Grievance Procedures pg. 17

  • Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying pg. 18

  • PDA’s (Public Displays of Affection) pg. 18

  • Proper Behavior during Breakfast and Lunch in the Multi-Purpose Room (Cafeteria) pg. 18

  • Proper Behavior in the Library, Shop and the Gymnasium pg. 19-20

  • Proper Bus Behavior pg. 18

  • Respect for the School Neighbors pg. 18

  • Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment pg. 18

Technology pg. 19

  • Computer Labs pg. 19

  • Digital Citizenship pg. 19

  • Digital Etiquette pg. 20

  • Responsible Use pg. 20

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General Information


Attendance- All absences may affect participation points and grades. Please see individual teacher’s syllabi for consequences of absences as well as make-up work procedures.

  1. Excused Absences. The following are valid excuses for absences, to be verified through appropriate documentation:

      1. Participation in a district or school approved activity or instructional program;

      2. Illness, health condition or medical appointment (including, but not limited to, medical, counseling, dental or optometry);

      3. Family emergency, including, but not limited to, a death or illness in the family;

      4. Religious or cultural purpose including observance of a religious or cultural holiday or participation in religious or cultural instruction;

      5. Court, judicial proceeding or serving on a jury;

      6. Post-secondary, technical school or apprenticeship program visitation, or scholarship interview;

      7. State recognized search and rescue activities consistent with RCW 28A.225.055;

      8. Absence directly related to the student’s homeless status;

      9. Absence resulting from a disciplinary/corrective action. (e.g., short-term or long-term suspension, emergency expulsion); and

      10. Principal (or designee) and parent, guardian, or emancipated youth mutually agreed upon approved activity.

  1. An excused absence may be one or more classes, up to the entire day.

  2. Chronic absenteeism is defined as missing 10% or more school days during the year. That equates to 18 days or less than 2 days per month. This includes excused and unexcused absences.

    1. A student will require documentation from a doctor if an absence lasts longer than 3 days.

    2. Once a student reaches 10 absences in a semester, whether excused or unexcused, documentation will be required for every absence thereafter.

    3. All post-secondary, technical school, apprenticeship programs or scholarship interviews require a College-Visit Form and attached documentation (See Carol Patecek at High School front office). Reasonable travel time to and from the institution and visit will be excused.

    4. Per state law, up to two days of religious or cultural purpose absences are allowed per year.

  3. Principal may, at his/her discretion, require that notice be made exclusively in writing. If an absence classification is disputed by student or parent, the principal will make the final determination.

  4. School Work and Absences

    1. Per School Board Policy, If an absence is excused, the student will be permitted to make up all missed assignments outside of class under reasonable conditions and time limits established by the appropriate teacher; except that in participation type classes, a student's grade may be affected because of the student's inability to make up the activities conducted during a class period.

  5. Course syllabi will contain criteria relative to when make-up work must be submitted. When attendance is part of the grading criteria, it shall be noted in the teacher course syllabus.

  6. WAC 180-40-235-2 allows for a student’s grade to be affected by his or her attendance and/or participation in the class. In order to lower a student’s grade for absences or tardiness, the student’s attendance and/or participation must be related to instructional objectives or goals of the particular subject or course.

  7. Limited Excused Absences during Final Exam Periods

    1. Current educational research demonstrates that high schools have higher success rates when competitive and security-conscious final exam periods are a part of school culture. Consequently, Markishtum Middle School has published final exam periods in the annual Event Calendar. Absences from a final exam will be excused in limited circumstances. The principal reserves the right to request documentation, as well as the right to make all final decisions regarding attendance issues.

  8. Steps to Follow When Absent:

  9. A parent/guardian should call Carol Patecek @ 645-2463, or send e-mail to cpatecek@cfsd.wednet.edu, on or before the morning of the absence. If a call has not been made to the school regarding a student’s absence, the school will contact home to inquire about the absence.

-OR-

  1. Parent/guardian must provide a written excuse giving the name, current date, and date(s) of absence, reason for absence, and his/her signature within 24 hours of the absence. Failure to include any of this information will result in an unexcused absence. All students in grades K-12 will present their written excuse to the attendance clerk as soon as they report to school.

  2. After 10 accumulated days of excused absences, a note from a health care provider will be required for each subsequent illness-related absence. Absences will remain unexcused unless a note is received within three school days.

  3. Students should meet with their teacher(s) as soon as possible upon their return to school to arrange for make-up assignments. Each student is responsible for obtaining and completing all work missed during an absence.

  4. Pre-Excused Absence Procedure

  1. When a student is going to be out of school for an acceptable reason and it is known in advance, that parent/guardian must make a request in writing to pre-excuse the absence. The limit for a single pre-excuse is five days. A maximum of ten days of pre-excuses is allowed for each student. If a student has an ongoing medical condition or orthodontic appointments, and more than ten pre-excused days are necessary, please have a letter from the health provider on file, with all dates of service listed, to extend pre-excuses beyond the ten-day limit.

  2. To obtain a pre-excused for a planned excused absence (that meets the state’s definition of an excused absence), the following must be done:

  1. Students must bring a note to the office from the parent/legal guardian. The note must come to school so that it gives each teacher five days to prepare for the absence. The office processes these requests between 24-48 hours after receiving it, so use your judgment, but it is recommended that this request arrive to Carol Patecek no later than seven days before the absence is to begin. It must state the day(s) the student will be absent, the reason for the absence, and the signature of the parent/legal guardian. Documentation is required for certain absences- See #1 Page 3.

  2. The principal must approve the pre-excused absence. The absence must meet the excused absence conditions (See #1 Page 3 Excused Absences).

  3. The office will give the student a pre-excuse form to be completed by each of the student’s teachers. Students must provide teachers with this form at least 5 days in advance. The teachers will also give the student the assignments that will be missed. Please be aware that some class work (science labs, presentations, tests, and group project work) cannot be completed independently during a pre-excused absence and if it can be made up, will have to be arranged with the teacher at the teacher’s convenience.

  4. The student brings the completed form back to the office. The secretary will keep a copy and give the

student the original.

  1. In order for the absence to remain pre-excused, the work completed during the pre-excused absence SHALL be turned in to the teachers on the day the student returns.

  2. When a teacher or coach arranges for a group of students to be absent, the teacher or coach will provide a 5-day advanced written notice of the students involved to the principal, other classroom teachers, and the attendance office.

  3. Students who are approved for their pre-excused absence and follow all the requirements will not lose participation points in those classes.

  4. A student who does not attend the school-related pre-arranged activity will be reported as an unexcused absence by the teacher/coach. A written list of students who were in actual attendance at the school sponsored event will be provided to the attendance office by the teacher/coach immediately prior to departure and immediately upon return.

  5. Washington State law requires that students be making regular academic progress in order to be excused by this process. We may have no choice but to deny a pre-excused absence to a student if the student is doing poorly in school. The purpose of the pre-arranged absence process is to notify the student, parents, and school officials of the effect an extended absence will have on class work and to notify teachers of a student’s attendance status.

Child Abuse and Neglect

Policies and procedures regarding child abuse and neglect are regulated by Washington State. The Neah Bay Schools’ staff members are required by law to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect directly to Child Protective Services as per RCW 26.44.030.



Closed Campus

During school hours Markishtum Middle School is a Closed Campus. No students may leave the High School grounds unless the proper procedures are followed. To check out a student a parent or legal guardian must go to the High School office and sign their student out through the office secretary. If a student leaves campus without following the proper procedure, the student will be marked absent for the remainder of the day. Students who do not follow the proper procedure are subject to disciplinary actions.



Dress Code

Markishtum Middle School students typically dress appropriately. Our goal is to be as effective as possible in providing our students a safe and healthy learning environment. We encourage all parents to make sure their children follow the dress code guidelines:



  1. Clothing with alcohol, drug, tobacco, violent, or sexual references displayed or advertised, or any attire the administration determines is gang-related, will NOT be allowed at school or during school activities.

  2. Halter tops, spaghetti strap tops, bare midriffs and backs, sagging pants, and shirts with low necklines that expose cleavage, sagging pants, or shirts with excessively large armholes are not acceptable.

  3. Any clothing that reveals underclothing is not acceptable.

  4. Sleeveless shirts/tee shirts are permitted: excessively large armholes are not acceptable.

  5. Leggings or spandex are required if holes in pants are higher than mid-thigh.

  6. Dresses and shorts must be worn at appropriate length, which is defined as a student’s mid-thigh and does not need to be continuously pulled down to stay at appropriate length.

  7. Sleep attire will not be permitted at school.

  8. Hooded garments are permitted, however hoods and sunglasses are not to be worn in buildings.

  9. The privilege of wearing hats may be suspended at any time if the privilege is not respected or hats become a disruption to the educational environment.

The principal reserves the right to add dress code stipulations as fashions change during the year, and remains the final authority of acceptable dress on the school campus.


If a student’s attire is deemed inappropriate, and the situation cannot be remedied by covering up, by turning a shirt inside-out, or by adding a belt, the parent/guardian will be responsible for bringing a change of clothing to the High School office where the student will be waiting.
Emergency Contact Information/Change of Student Information

Parents/guardians have the responsibility to inform the high school office if there is a change in mailing address, email address, cell phone number, land-line telephone number, emergency contact(s) or any other important directory information. The high school office requires current names and telephone numbers for at least two people whom you designate as emergency contacts when the parent/guardian cannot be reached during a health, safety, academic or any event deemed an emergency. Please remember that the school can only release a child to an adult who is on the emergency contact list. Any person to whom a parent/guardian wants to release a traveling student (athletics, field trips) to MUST be on the emergency contact list.



Email Address/Cell Phone Number For those of you who have an email address/cell phone number, we would appreciate it if you would include this avenue of communication on your personal information card.

FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.



FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

  1. Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

  2. Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.

  3. Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

    1. School officials with legitimate educational interest;

    2. Other schools to which a student is transferring;

    3. Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;

    4. Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;

    5. Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;

    6. Accrediting organizations;

    7. To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;

    8. Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and

    9. State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. This form is distributed at registration. If you would like to request nondisclosure, see Carol Patecek at the NBHS front desk.

Guidance and Counseling Services

  1. A counselor is available to provide individual and group interventions to students in need. The Neah Bay Secondary Counseling Center is located in the high school office.

  2. Students wishing to see the counselor can check in to the main office for counselor availability or to secure an appointment. Only the counselor may issue appointment passes for a student to leave class to keep an appointment.


Hall Passes

For the safety and accountability of all students, they must have the teacher’s permission and a hall pass to leave their classroom. Students must sign out of the classroom before leaving and sign in upon their return. The hall pass should list the student’s name, date, time, destination, and time of return. Students will not be allowed to leave the first or last 10 minutes of class.


Items not allowed in Markishtum Middle School

The following additional personal items are not allowed in classrooms or in the halls of Markishtum Middle School during the school day



  1. Laser pointers

  2. Radios

  3. Portable DVD players

  4. Portable gaming systems

  5. Any other items deemed disruptive


Liability for Student Property

The Cape Flattery School District assumes no responsibility for loss or damage of a student’s personal property. Cell phones, Radios, headphones, IPods, MP3 players, CD and DVD players, tape recorders, and other distracting items are discouraged in the school setting and are the student’s responsibility. Large sums of money and other valuables should also be left at home. Articles of value that are brought to school for a teacher-directed educational purpose should be locked in a teacher’s cabinet or checked in at the HS office.


New Student Enrollment

Parents/legal guardians should bring a birth certificate, record of immunization, and name of last school attended for presentation at the time of application. In addition, parents/guardians must answer several questions regarding a student’s status in previous schools including discipline records and special education services. A prospective student will begin school as soon as possible once we have time to review records.


If a minimal gap is necessary, it ensures that the enrollment process is complete, and that all records from the previous school can be received and reviewed by the principal; the nurse must also have time to review immunization records for legal compliance.


Other Important Registration Items

  1. Transferring students are enrolled into classes that match their previous schedule as closely as possible. Grade level placement is based on credits previously earned. All academic and behavioral records will be reviewed prior to admittance.

  2. Students are placed into required classes first, and are to take six classes, unless an IEP specifies otherwise.

  3. Students enroll for the fall in August in an effort to eliminate unnecessary class changes at the semester. If a change is necessary, the following procedure is in place:

  1. The credit evaluation is checked in an effort to assure that the student changes to an appropriate class (not a duplication of a class or credit);

  2. The principal/counselor must approve class changes, and

  3. A class change form is submitted to the registrar no later than 10 days after the term began.

  1. Student classroom aide positions are limited to upper level classmen (juniors/seniors). One classroom aide position per semester is the maximum allowed, unless the principal determines that an extraordinary situation exists.

No Food/Drinks in Classrooms



Food and drinks in classroom is dependent on teacher discretion. Teachers will publish food and drink policies on the course syllabus.
Non-Discrimination Statement

Cape Flattery School District # 401 does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability and/or veteran status in admission or access to, or treatment, or employment in its educational programs or activities. Inquiries concerning Title VI, Title IX and Section 504, may be referred to the Coordinator for the Office of Civil Rights, Cape Flattery School District # 401, Box 109, Sekiu, WA 98381, or phone (360) 963-2329, or the Office of Equity Education, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Old Capital Building, P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504, or phone (360) 753-2560. You may also contact the Pacific Region Office for Civil Rights, Seattle Office, US Department of Education, and 915 Second Avenue Room 3310, Seattle, WA 98174-1099 or phone (206) 220-7900 TDD (206) 220-7907.


Nutritional Requirements

The Cape Flattery School Board has adopted procedures to align our campus with national, state, and local health and fitness requirements. Our food service program is aligned with the National School Lunch Program regulations.



  1. Breakfast and Lunch

Free and Reduced Meal Application Forms will be available to students the first week of school. Everyone is asked to complete a form. The Makah Tribe will pay for enrolled Makah students according to the income/rate qualifications on the form. If no form is returned, the Tribe may decline to fund meals.
Markishtum Middle School students should report to the cafeteria no earlier than 8:15 A.M. for breakfast. Food service ends at 8:35 A.M. so students can be to class on time.
MMS lunchtime is 12:00 – 12:30. Remember that our campus is a Closed Campus by School Board Policy. Students may not leave campus unless checked out by a parent/guardian through the High School office. Students who ignore the proper check-out procedure will not be allowed back on campus for the remainder of the day and will be marked as unexcused absent. Athletes, ASB participants, and any other students with extra-curricular activities will not be allowed to participate in afternoon activities if the check-out procedures were ignored.



  1. Prices



Breakfast Program Lunch Program

K - 6 $1.00 K – 6 $2.30

Grades 7-12 $1.25 Grades 7-12 $2.50

Adults $1.75 Adults $3.25

Reduced K-12 .00 Reduced K-3 .00

Reduced 4-12 .40

Extra Milk - .50 Extra Juices - .50 Extra Muffins - .50 Extra Hamburgers - 1.00 Adult Entrees: Hamburger, Chili or Soup, Large Salad - $1.00
Parent/Guardian Visitors

  1. Parents and legal guardians are welcome in Markishtum Middle School. To help us ensure the safety of the students and the security of the building, parents/legal guardians must check in at the High School office and receive a visitor badge, which must be visible to campus staff. Please note that staff will ask any adult without a visitor badge to go to the high school office for this important item.

  2. Per CFEA contract, parents who wish to observe classrooms must arrange with the instructor prior to the observation day/period.

  3. The principal reserves the right to limit parent/legal guardian visitation at her discretion if the educational process and/or safety of the campus is disrupted.


Pesticide Notification, Posting and Record Keeping Requirements

  1. The District shall comply with all legal requirements for record keeping regarding the application of pesticides to school grounds or school facilities. This includes creation of an annual summary report of pesticide usage and compliance with state department of agriculture rules regarding record keeping. Such records will be available on request by interested persons under the state Public Records Act and other laws.

  2. Procedure 6895 shall be printed and distributed annually in employee handbooks and student handbooks to employees, students and parents at the start of the school year or when an employee begins work or a student enrolls.

  3. Planned Usage of Pesticides

Cape Flattery School District may use a Round-Up type of Pesticide for weed control once a year along fence lines. If this pesticide is used it will be applied during the summer months when students and staff are not present.
Police Dogs

Markishtum Middle School encourages the local police departments to bring drug-sniffing dogs into the school to sniff lockers for the presence of illegal drugs. Please remember that the lockers are the possession of the Cape Flattery School District and are provided to students for their convenience. Students have NO expectations of privacy in their lockers.
Power Outage/Snow Day/Emergency Plans/Weather Conditions

  1. It is the general policy of the Cape Flattery School Board to operate the school during periods of light or moderate snow conditions. Teachers and pupils/parents should presume that the school would operate unless otherwise notified. In some cases, school buses will only travel on snow routes. For closure or late-start information, call the school FACT line at 645-2221.

  2. Power Outages

If the power goes off while school is in session, the superintendent or her designee will contact PUD to determine the potential length of the outage. If the power will be off for more than one hour when daylight or heat is compromised, Markishtum Middle School will be dismissed. We will allow middle school students to leave campus unless the closure event presents a safety or health emergency to the students. If you do not want your middle school student to be allowed to leave without your permission, even if we deem the conditions to be safe, please notify the high school office in writing.

  1. If the power goes off during the night, and is still off by 5:30am, there are two possible procedures:

  1. If PUD predicts that the power will be restored shortly, school will start at 10:00am.

  2. If PUD predicts that the power will not be restored by Noon, school will be cancelled for that day. Subsequent days with no power will be dealt with as they occur.

  1. Earthquake - When an earthquake occurs, the school must assume that there will be a subsequent tsunami within 20 minutes. As soon as the shaking stops, the students and the teachers will immediately proceed to Diah’t Hill by foot. Parents, guardians, and designated emergency contacts may pick up students at that location. Please do not remove a student from Diah’t Hill without checking out with the teacher. If you remove a child without our knowledge, we may institute an unnecessary search for the child and waste valuable resources during the emergency. Please remember that if an earthquake happens during the school day, your child is the safest when you follow the school procedure.




  1. Tsunami Warning- There are two possible procedures for a tsunami (without an earthquake):

  1. When a tsunami warning is issued during the school day and that warning provides an hour or less till the wave strikes, teachers and students will immediately precede to Diah’t Hill on foot. Parents, guardians, and emergency contacts should then follow the same procedures as in earthquakes.

  2. When a tsunami warning is issued during the school day, and that warning provides two hours or more till the wave strikes, parents will be notified that there will be an immediate early release. All parents/guardians or emergency contacts must be contacted, or we will keep the child with us and evacuate to Diah’t Hill for safety.

  1. Fire Drills/ Earthquake Drills/Lockdown Procedure

In order to ensure the safety of your child, we will practice announced, and when the students are ready, unannounced fire drills, earthquake drills, and lockdown drills.

  1. Lockdown Procedure

  1. During an actual lockdown procedure, all doors to the school will be locked and no one will leave or enter the building without the appropriate authorities’ approval.

  2. When the lockdown procedure is completed, there will be a statement released by the Superintendent.

  3. Parents or guardian may withdraw their student(s) for the remainder of the school day, but normally school will continue as scheduled with counseling for staff and students available ASAP if deemed necessary.

  1. Bomb Threat Procedures (NO cell phones or electronic devices may be used during a bomb threat for safety purposes; they may set off an explosion.)

When a bomb threat has been received, and it is recommended by the appropriate authorities not to return to the building, students and staff will proceed to the pick-up area at the Assembly of God Church on the corner of 3rd Avenue and Fort Street. Students will be bused home or released to their parent or guardian after checking out with supervisory personnel at that site.
Power/Energy Drinks and Powders Not Allowed on Campus

Power/energy drinks and powders have no nutritional value and actually may interfere with a student’s learning as the drinks and powders are loaded with sugar and caffeine.
Printed Grade Reports (PGR)

Parents need to know how a student is performing academically. To keep parents informed, we will distribute printed grade reports for each class at least every two weeks. Students are responsible for bringing these reports home. You may also use the Family Access system to track grades/progress (see page 14. Family Access to Teacher Grade Book). Teachers will contact parents when a student’s grade drops to an F, or if s/he notices a precipitous drop in a grade or a drastic change in academic or social behaviors.

School Hours
School begins at 8:45 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. All students should report to their first period classes in time for the 8:45 a.m. attendance count.


  1. When school ends at 3:15 p.m., students should leave campus unless a staff member requests a student to stay later, and is providing supervision, or unless a student is taking advantage of the 3:15-3:45 p.m. homework/tutoring program. Students taking part in any school program function, or activity that is supervised by staff may also remain on campus after 3:15 p.m.

  2. Bell Schedule:

NBMMS


Period 1 8:45-9:35

Period 2 9:40-10:30

Period 3 10:35-11:25


Access 11:30-11:55

Lunch 12:00-12:30

Period 4 12:35-1:25

Period 5 1:30-2:20

Period 6 2:25-3:15
Senior and Junior Honor Society Lunch Pass Privilege.

The entire Senior class and Juniors who are members of National Honor Society that are in good standing (no discipline or attendance issues, including tardies) may check-out through the main office for lunch without the need for a parent or guardian to check them out. However, all students given this privilege that return to school late from lunch (after 12:30) may lose their lunch pass privilege.


Skateboards/Bikes

Skateboards and bikes may not be ridden on campus at any time. If a student rides a bike or skateboard to school, it must properly stored the entire day.

Spray Colognes/Perfumes

Many spray colognes and perfumes can trigger asthma attacks in students with this health issue, so we cannot allow these items in our building. In addition, sprays like Axe contain butane, a highly flammable substance. This is for student safety as a student was severely burned several years ago because his Axe body spray ignited during the school day.
Student Drivers

Students with a Washington State driver’s license and vehicle insurance are welcome to park on campus in front of the HS Gym. Parking on the south side of the MMS building and the north side of the HS building are reserved for staff. Because of the amount of foot traffic on the south portion of the campus, NO students may drive past the cul-de-sac in front of the HS building. Alternative students must park elsewhere.


Tardies

  1. Tardiness is defined as being late to class. If a student is late to first period, the student must report to the office and obtain a tardy pass to class. Any student who is tardy five times in a month will be considered to have chronic tardiness.

  2. Students who arrive to school between 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. will be marked tardy. Students, who arrive to school late, may miss important instructional time that cannot be made up.

  3. This information will be kept by the teacher and may affect the grade. If a student is over fifteen minutes late, they are counted absent for that class.

      1. Student learning is affected by tardies. See individual teacher syllabi for consequences of tardies and their effect on grades. Excessive tardies will result in progressive consequences with teachers and principal. Consequences will be based on lost learning time.

      2. Becca Law Information


During the 1995 legislative session, E2SSB 5439 (Chapter 312 L95) the “Becca law” RCW 28A.225.030 was passed to give parents more control over runaway children and curb truancy and absenteeism in the schools by requiring schools to take action following unexcused absences. The Becca law relies heavily on after-the fact intervention. Legislature enacted provisions that require schools to file a petition in juvenile court when a student accumulates at least five unexcused absences in a month or ten unexcused absences in a year. If the allegations in the truancy petition are established by a preponderance of the evidence, the court must assume jurisdiction to intervene for a period of time determined by the court. If the student fails to comply with the court’s order, the court can impose a variety of sanctions, including detention, fines, community service, or require that the student submit to drug or alcohol testing.

Legal References

RCW 28A.225.010

RCW 28A.225.020

RCW 28A.225.160

RCW 28A.225.030

WAC 392-134-10


See Board Policies

BP 3110


BP 3111

BP 3112


BP 3122

BP 3120
Unsafe/Underage Driving



  1. The State of Washington forbids underage children from driving. All underage students who drive onto the Neah Bay campus will be reported to the proper legal authorities.

  2. Any unsafe driver, no matter the age, will be reported to the proper legal authorities. Vehicles with vulgar bumper stickers or bumper stickers that promote alcohol, tobacco, or controlled substance use will have on-campus parking privileges revoked.


Unexcused Absences and Transcripts

The new state standardized transcript form will include unexcused absences.


Unexcused Absences

      1. Any absence from school for an entire scheduled school day or a majority of a scheduled school day is unexcused unless it meets one of the criteria above for an excused absence.

      2. Recent legislative action (BECCA law) requires school officials to notify parents of all unexcused absences and to conduct a parent/student conference following the second unexcused absence in any month.

      3. If a student reaches five (5) unexcused absences in any month or ten (10) unexcused absences in a year, you will be contacted to schedule a conference at a mutually agreeable, reasonable time. A conference will not be required if your student has provided a doctor’s note, or pre-arranged the absence in writing, and the parent, student and school have made a plan so your student does to fall behind academically.

      4. The following steps will take place for unexcused absences:

  1. A letter will be sent home for each unexcused absence.

  2. If two unexcused absences occur in one month the principal will meet with the parent and student or schedule a phone conference.

  3. If five or more unexcused absences occur in one month, or ten unexcused absences occur in one school year, a conference will be required.

  4. If your student has seven unexcused absences in any month or ten unexcused absences within a school year, we are required to file a petition with the Juvenile Court, alleging a violation of RCW 28A.225.010, the mandatory attendance laws. The petition may be automatically stayed and your student and family may be referred to a Community Truancy Board, or your student may need to appear in Juvenile Court. If your student continues to be truant you may need to go to court.

Volunteers


  1. Volunteers, especially parents and guardians, are welcome in the classroom to assist with the academic, social, and emotional growth of the students once they have passed a Washington State background check. This stipulation pertains to field trip chaperones as well.



  1. Volunteers are under the supervision of the teachers and must adhere to expectations the teachers outline for each volunteer. Volunteers should arrive and depart on schedule since timing is critical for effective classroom operations.




  1. Volunteer procedures must be followed:




  1. Complete a volunteer form at the High School office, including a Background Check.

  2. May have to complete an orientation with the principal or his designee prior to contact with students.

  3. Sign in at the High School office each day when arriving to receive a badge. Wear the badge at all times on campus.

  4. Sign out and return badge when leaving campus.


Withdrawal from School

To withdraw a student from school, the parent should notify the school office in writing. A withdrawal form must be completed before leaving school. The school office will furnish records to the new school upon request from that school. All books/equipment must be returned and all fines paid prior to records being sent. State law allows MMS to withhold transcripts and diplomas if fines and fees are not paid.

Academics


  1. Cape Flattery School District Secondary Program Honor Code

  1. We want all of our students to be prepared for life after high school, no matter which of the five paths one can choose: the workforce, the military, a technical school, a two-year college, or a four-year college/university.

  2. The Honor Code provides an expected structure for faculty and students when judging what behaviors are appropriate and inappropriate in academic contexts. Students are expected to act with honesty and integrity in all academic matters (including but not limited to: classwork, homework, tests, quizzes, projects, research papers, essays, labs, and lab reports), and to refrain from representing the work of another person as their own.

  3. If you are not certain if an academic behavior violates the Honor Code, ask a teacher before you engage in the behavior.

  1. Consequences for violating the Honor Code:

  2. First Offense: Loss of grade (get a 0), 1 day after school detention, parent contacted, loss of trust.

  3. Second Offense: Loss of grade (get a 0), parents/guardians notified, 3 days of after school detention, parent meeting with principal.

  4. Third Offense: Loss of grade (get a 0), parents/guardians notified, 5 days of after school detention, Behavior contract.

  5. Fourth Offense: One day suspension, one letter grade deducted from current grade in class in which violation occurred.

  6. Violations of academic integrity must be reported to colleges/universities.


Family Access to Teacher Grade Book

Cape Flattery School District is committed to enhancing communication with parents and guardians. NBMS uses Family Access, a web-based program that allows parents/guardians to look up information contained in the District’s student information system regarding their child. Parents/guardians will be able to see demographic information, food service statements, grade book assignments, grades, upcoming events, and messages posted by teachers and administrators. To access Skyward Family/Student Access go to http://www.capeflattery.wednet
Grading Scale

100-94.9 = A 89.9-86 =B+ 79.9-76 =C+ 69.9-66= D+ 59.9-0= F

95-90 = A- 85.9-83 =B 75.9-73= C 65.9-60= D

82.9-80 =B- 72.9-70= C-


Home Base Service Option

  1. The home-based service option is an alternative to educational placement that lasts for the remainder of the semester and is programmed through the Alternative Program. This option restricts the student from attending classes during the school day, but provides work that the student completes at home. The student comes to school two afternoons from 3:15 – 3:45 each week to review work and receive additional work (upon completion of previous assigned work) and instruction. Students in a home-based option may earn credit if all semester work is satisfactorily completed and a 2.0 GPA is maintained. Students who are placed on a home-based service option are NOT eligible to participate in or attend field trips.

  2. Students placed in the home-based program who fails to complete weekly work risks losing the opportunity to earn credit for their classes.

Homework Research indicates that middle school students should do between 90 and 120 minutes of homework per day. Students at Markishtum Middle School may have homework Monday through Thursday night, and should expect to read for another thirty minutes in addition to this. Weekend homework may also be assigned on occasion.


Honor Roll

  1. Honor roll is figured each quarter and semester of all full time subjects.

  2. The following are the honor roll categories and grade point averages ;

Superintendent’s list: 4.0 to 3.75

Principal’s List: 3.74 to 3.50

Honor List: 3.49 to 3.25

Honorable Mention: 3.24-3.0
A student must have a grade average of 3.0 and must be enrolled in school full time (6 periods per day) to qualify for Honor Roll.

Plagiarism



Plagiarism is defined as the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.

Plagiarism is taken seriously at NBMMS. Students, who plagiarize risk disciplinary consequences, see Honor Code. NBMMS must report any plagiarism to any college or university requesting a student’s academic and discipline history.
Athletics & Activities

  1. Information about the extracurricular/interscholastic sports and activities are found in the Cape Flattery Interscholastic Sports/Activities Handbook.

  2. Students who participate in sports must obtain and complete an Athletic packet.

  3. Grade Eligibility Check

    1. The Principal will print an eligibility report from Skyward at 4:00pm every Monday (or first day of the school week). This check will reflect the grades from the previous week(s) in the quarter. An F or a GPA of less than 2.0 on a Grade Eligibility Check will prevent a student from taking part immediately in any competition or activity until the following week when a new eligibility check is done.

    2. If a student is deemed ineligible due to a failed Grade Eligibility Check, the student and coach/advisor will be notified immediately by the Athletic Director.

  4. ASB Cards Required for Students Participating in Activities

  1. The ASB requires that all students who participate in athletics and clubs, grades 6-12, must purchase an ASB card before being allowed to participate.

  2. The ASB cardholders will be allowed admission to all home interscholastic athletic events including football, basketball and volleyball.

  3. ASB card prices: K-5th $20, 6th-12th $25, Adults $35, seniors (over 50) $25 and staff $15.

  4. ASB, Club, and Sports Eligibility: A student must have a 2.0 GPA with no F’s (ASB GPA is 2.8 and National Honor Society GPA is 3.30), purchase an ASB card, and have no behavior contracts, and no suspension in order to participate in school related sports and/or extra-curricular school activities for that week.

  1. Board Policy 3245 Student Social Events

  1. The school board recognizes the value of student social events in enhancing and enriching the school experience for the children of this district. Definitive grade spans are based upon student’s ages, intellectual ability, and social and emotional characteristics that have been identified and aligned at each school. The board supports and encourages age appropriate social events (K-3, 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12). It is the belief of the board that the 6th, 7th & 8th grade span shall be separate from the 9th–12th grade span and correspondingly, so too will their extracurricular activities. Examples of such activities shall include but are not limited to dances and cheerleading. Middle school may have cheerleaders that perform for middle sports.

  2. The Principal reserves the right to preserve the safety and security of student social events (dances) by limiting attendance to enrolled students. Students who wish to bring guests that are between the ages of 18 and 20 must have these guests approved by the Principal one week prior to the event. No individuals over the age of 21 or any middle school students may attend Neah Bay High School dances.

Behavior and Discipline



  1. Aggressive/Reckless Horseplay Any physical behavior that presents a health or safety hazard, no matter the intent, is aggressive/reckless horseplay. This category includes pushing, “chesting up” to other students, bumping in the halls, random punching, headlocks, wrestling, and any participation in dog piles or other inappropriate physical group activities. These behaviors are considered exceptional misconduct because they are so unsafe, and are subject to progressive consequences as stated in the Discipline Summary.

  2. Alternative Learning Center (ALC) The AER has several purposes: Test make-up, short term quiet working space, behavioral reflection, and In-School-Suspension (ISS). Any staff member may send students to the ALC.

  3. Behavioral Expectations Research indicates that the ability of a student to self-regulate is one of the three most important success criteria for life after high school.

  1. In addition, one of the school’s most important responsibilities is the preservation of a safe and secure environment that is conducive to student learning. Students are expected to use appropriate language, keep their hands to themselves, and respect the personal property of others. In addition, we expect that students will treat all staff members with civility and courtesy. If a student does not comply with these expectations, as well as all rules in this handbook and in individual classrooms, we employ a Progressive Discipline System as outlined in WAC series 180-40.

  2. The Discipline Summary explains the definition and consequences for each type of misbehavior, and illustrates the progression of consequences if the student chooses to continue to disregard the same rule.

  3. Continued misbehaviors and disregard for interventions will trigger increasingly serious consequences. High School faculty may institute an individual behavior plan with a student in order to help the student regain self-control or adopt better behaviors.

  4. Repeated failure to curb disruptive and inappropriate behaviors will result in a meeting with the principal who may impose behavior contracts, suspension, transfer to the Alternative Program, or expulsion. A behavior contract will detail the behaviors that must be changed, as well as an out-of-school suspension progression should the inappropriate behaviors continue (1 day, 3 days, 5 days, 10 days, home-based service option).

  1. Dangerous Weapons A student shall not possess or transmit any object that can reasonably be used to represent or be considered a firearm or a dangerous weapon including toy guns or other toy weapon replicas. No student shall be in possession of a dangerous weapon or explosive device on school property or at a school sponsored event. A dangerous weapon shall include, but not be limited to the following: any firearms, any knife, any device commonly known as “num-chu-ka-sticks”, any device commonly known as “throwing stars”, any air or BB gun, or any explosive. The possession of firearms on school property will result in a mandatory one-year expulsion, subject to the appeals process as specified in RCW 9.41.28 and RCW 28A.600.010.

  2. DEFINITIONS

WAC 180-40-205 defines “Discipline” as all forms of corrective action or punishment other than suspension and expulsion of a student from a class by a teacher or administrator from a class for a period of time not exceeding the balance of the immediate class period. Discipline shall also mean the exclusion of a student from any other type of activity conducted by or in behalf of a school district.
Discipline may be imposed upon a student for violation of the rules of the school district, subject to the following limitations:

    1. No form of discipline shall be enforced in such a manner as to prevent a student from accomplishing specific academic grade, subject, or graduation requirements.

    2. A student’s academic grade or credit in a particular subject or course may be adversely affected by reason of tardiness or absences only to the extent and upon the basis that the student’s attendance and/or participation is related to the instructional objectives or goals of the particular course and the student’s attendance has been identified by the teacher pursuant to policy of the school district as a basis for grading, in whole or in part, in a particular subject or course.

  1. Emergency Expulsions

Emergency Expulsions will be converted into a different form of discipline within 10 school days of removal, and the district will provide separate notice and afford due process rights for the conversion action.

Reentry conferences and “reengagement plans”

Students/Parents will be required to attend a reentry conference within 20 days of a long-term suspension or expulsion (and no later than five days before the student reenrolls), regardless of whether an appeal or request for early reentry was made. The purpose of the reentry conference is to discuss a plan to reengage the student in a school program. The district will create a “reengagement plan tailored to the student’s individual circumstances.



  1. Expulsions and long-term suspensions

Expulsions and long-term suspensions are limited in duration to one year. The district will make “reasonable efforts” to assist the student and his or her parents in returning to an educational setting by the end of the expulsion. Building administrators may petition the superintendent to exceed the one-year limitation when “warranted based on public health or safety”.

  1. Exceptional Misconduct/Higher Level Infractions

  1. These are offenses that endanger staff or students on school grounds or during school sponsored events. Instances of exceptional misconduct will be referred directly to the principal, who may assign in or out of school suspension with no history of previous incidents of this type. Behaviors that are deemed serious enough to warrant immediate principal intervention include, but are not limited to:

  1. Physical Violence or the promotion of physical violence (includes fights, assaults, and the like)

  2. Aggressive or reckless behavior (dog piles, headlocks, random punches, and the like)

  3. Threats of any kind

  4. Profanity directed toward staff

  5. Harassment of any type (physical, sexual, verbal), intimidation, or bullying

  6. Theft

  7. Carrying or brandishing weapons or explosives of any kind

  8. Possession, use/sale of alcohol, tobacco products, or drugs

  9. Possession, use/sale of drug paraphernalia

  10. Vandalism

  11. Arson

  12. Interference with the civil rights of others (including racial or gender slurs)

  13. Indecent exposure

  14. Breaking and entering

  15. Pantsing (pulling down another child’s shorts or sweatpants)

  16. Taking pictures of students or staff room without permission

  17. Inappropriate display of anger,

  18. Spitting on another person, or food/drink/possessions of another, and

  19. Any other criminal behaviors.

  1. Exceptional misconduct can result in a short or long-term suspension (in accordance with WAC 180-40-245, WAC 180-40-260) or in extreme cases, expulsion (WAC 180-40-275). Generally, the progression for exceptional misconduct is as follows:

    1. Short-term suspension from school ranging from 1-9 days and parent conference with principal before re-entry to school,

    2. Long-term suspension from school ranging for 10 or more days and parent conference with principal before re-entry to school,

    3. Home-based service option for remainder of semester, or transfer to the Alternative Program,

    4. Expulsion with possible re-entry at the beginning of the next semester along with a parent conference before a re-entry.


Please note that the school has the right to emergency expel (immediately remove) any student from school for an indefinite period of time based on a clear and present danger to the student, the staff, to others, or to the educational process. (WAC 180-40-295).
Markishtum Middle School follows Due Process requirements as set forth in WAC 180-40 series. Grievances regarding short-term suspensions are outlined in WAC 180-40-255. Appeals regarding long-term suspensions and expulsions are outlined in WAC 180-40-310, which is printed on the back of the notice sent to parents.

  1. Grievance Procedures

All site administrators in the Cape Flattery School District shall use the following grievance procedures:

  1. Any student, parent or guardian who is aggrieved by the imposition of discipline shall have the right to an informal conference with the building principal or his or her designee for the purpose of resolving the grievance.

  2. Subsequent to the building level grievance meeting, the student, parent or guardian, upon two business day’s prior notice, shall have the right to present a written and or oral grievance to the superintendent of the district or his or her designee.

  3. If the grievance is not resolved, the student, parent, or guardian, upon two business days’ prior notice, shall have the right to present a written grievance to the school board directors during the next regular scheduled meeting, or a meeting held within 30 days, whichever is earlier. A closed meeting maybe held for the purpose of considering the grievance. The board shall notify the student, parent or guardian of its response to the grievance within ten school business days after the date of the meeting. The disciplinary action shall continue notwithstanding implementation of the grievance procedure unless the principal, superintendent or board elects to postpone such an action.

  4. Appeal Process

Short Term suspension (1-9 days)

  1. Follow due process for notification and informal meeting

  2. Student/parent has right to an informal meeting-suspension shall stand during appeal.

  3. Principal may waive suspension during informal meeting.

Long Term Suspension (10+ days) and Expulsion



  1. Follow due process rights

  2. Student has 3 days to appeal no suspension during those 3 days.

  3. If student appeals – no suspension during those 3 days.

Emergency Expulsion



  1. Immediate-plus appeal right

  2. Follow due process rights

  3. Student has three days to appeal.




  1. Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying

Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) is illegal and not allowed on the campus of the Neah Bay Schools under any circumstances. Instances of HIB must be reported to a Neah Bay School staff member, who will initiate the HIB investigation process with an administrator. HIB is a serious infraction that may result in suspension or expulsion if the behaviors cannot be adjusted. The Discipline Summary provides the progressive discipline sequence for HIB behaviors.

  1. PDA’s (Public Display of Affection)

Public Displays of Affection are not permitted at Markishtum Middle School.

Proper Behavior during Breakfast and Lunch in the Multi-Purpose Room (Cafeteria)



Safety is of paramount importance on the Neah Bay School campus. Students and staff also deserve to enjoy meals in a comfortable environment that makes eating and socializing enjoyable, but electronics are not to be seen or used in the cafeteria. Any actions deemed inappropriate during school hours are inappropriate during meals in the cafeteria. Any actions deemed exceptional misconduct during classes or on campus is also exceptional misconduct during meals in the cafeteria. Throwing food will result in a suspension of meal privileges for a first offense. Duration will increase with repeated offenses. Engaging in an active food fight or spitting in another’s food will be considered exceptional misconduct, as will taking food from another student.
Proper Behavior in the Library, Shop and the Gymnasium

The library, both gymnasiums and the shop are classrooms that encourage student learning. Any actions deemed inappropriate in classrooms or on campus are deemed inappropriate in the library and both gymnasiums. Any actions deemed exceptional misconduct during classes or on campus are also exceptional misconduct in the library and both gymnasiums.
Proper Bus Behavior

Safety is of paramount importance on our buses. Markishtum Middle School students who ride the bus are expected to follow all directions issued by the bus driver and any school personnel who ride the bus. Any actions deemed to be inappropriate on campus are deemed to be inappropriate on the bus; actions deemed to be exceptional misconduct on campus are deemed to be exceptional misconduct on the bus. Students who engage in unsafe and/or inappropriate behaviors on the bus face disciplinary consequences that include being banned from the bus for time periods ranging from one day to the entire year, detention, suspension, and expulsion.
Respect for School Neighbors

Markishtum Middle School is located in a neighborhood that is surrounded by private property. Students must show respect for the surrounding property and the neighbors by not trespassing for any reason on, in, or through their yards. We will encourage private landowners with complaints to call the Makah Tribal Police.
Unlawful Discrimination and Harassment

Harassment in the form of slurs or other verbal or physical actions based on gender, race, religion, ethnic origin, or disability (physical, mental, or sensory) is prohibited. Harassment may be considered a hate crime; federal law requires the reporting of hate crimes. RCW 98.36.080. Malicious harassment is a Class C Felony; the local law enforcement will be notified. “I was just kidding” does not provide a viable excuse. HIB is defined by the impact of the action, not the intention of the harasser.

  1. A Slur is a type of Harassment and is defined as any derogatory action such as: remark, joke, picture, or gesture referencing or directed to any individual or group(s) which is of a racial, ethnic, religious, sexual, or physical, mental, or sensory disability nature.

  2. Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment is prohibited and creates an intimidating, hostile, offensive school environment, and is a threat to the safety of students and employees.

  3. Cyber-bullying is defined as the use of electronic media (texts, cell phones, social networking sites) to harass another person.

  4. Pantsing- Pantsing, the pulling down of another child’s shorts or sweatpants, will be considered a sexual assault and treated as exceptional misconduct. Police will be called.

  5. Hazing- Any individual or group activities that “haze” or seek to initiate younger or new students with violence or any type of harassment will be considered exceptional misconduct and treated as such. Law enforcement will be contacted.

  6. Students shall report any HIB to a staff member, who will then inform the principal. She will initiate an investigation, determine consequences and ensure proper documentation. In some cases, police may be notified.


Referenced WAC’s

WAC 180-40 180-40-227 180-40-260

WAC 180-40-200 180-40-230 180-40-265

WAC 180-40-205 180-40-235 180-40-270

WAC 180-40-210 180-40-240 180-40-275

WAC 180-40-215 180-40-245 180-40-280

WAC 180-40-220 180-40-250 180-40-285

WAC 180-40-225 180-40-255 180-40-290

WAC 180-40-295 180-40-315

WAC 180-40-300 180-40-317

WAC 180-40-305 180-40-320

WAC 180-40-310

RCW 9.41.80 Possessing dangerous weapons on school facilities

RCW 9.41.250 Dangerous Weapons


Technology

The MMS Responsible Use Policy applies to all technology devices students’ use on school grounds either school owned or personal devices. This includes, but is not limited to: laptops, desktops, tablets, cellular phones, mp3 players, etc. Markishtum Middle School integrates technology in their curriculum to enhance students’ development of the 21st Century Skills. Our school’s vision is to develop responsible global citizens equipped with the critical thinking skills, and the technological literacy (including appropriate ethical use) necessary to participate in the worldwide community of learners. We seek to engage students in their media rich, mobile lifestyles to produce, create, collaborate, share, publish and distribute content (not just consume content). We wish to become an innovative leader, empowering students and teachers through progressive access to technology. The use of digital devices and access to the school’s infrastructure at school is considered a privilege and requires responsible use.



Computer Labs

Campus is equipped with state of the art computer equipment in a student computer lab and in the Library. Students have access to technology in their regular classes and during breaks, lunches, and after school. Students also have access to a variety of professional software applications. We acknowledge that we are privileged here at MMS with regards to technology and students will be accountable for the proper and respectful use of these facilities.


Digital Citizenship

Responsible use of the Internet includes:

  1. Research

  2. Communication

  3. Web-based Learning Applications

  4. Educational Learning Networks

  5. Publishing content online

Responsible use of the Internet if permitted by the teacher:



  1. Listening to music

  2. Watching Videos

  3. Educational use of online games

Unacceptable Use:



  1. Online gaming

  2. Downloading music/videos/software

  3. Access to inappropriate content (e.g. pornographic material, vulgarity, gambling, militant/extremist material, hate speech, etc.) is unacceptable and cannot be stored, shared, or displayed on student devices.

  4. Malicious attempts to harm or destroy equipment or the data of other users on the school network is prohibited

  5. Accessing other user accounts is strictly forbidden

  6. Circumventing MMS filters

  7. Photographing or Videotaping staff, students, or classrooms.


Digital Etiquette

  1. Maintain a professional digital footprint that represents you well as a learner

  2. Communication online should only be something you could say in person.

  3. Information posted on the internet is permanent

  4. Cyber-bullying and inappropriate communication is prohibited


Responsible Use

MMS is moving forward with technology use in the school by asking teachers to utilize technology in the classroom, allowing students to bring in electronic devices, and providing WiFi gathering spots/access points for students. Electronic devices (mobile phones, portable music devices, laptops, etc.) are allowed on campus and students are free to use them in appropriate ways before school, during break and lunch, and after school. Therefore, the teacher will determine the appropriate educational purpose for students to use any electronic device during class time, inside or outside of the classroom. Mobile phones specifically have been linked to distraction of instructional time, cheating, and cyber bullying; therefore without teacher approval for educational purposes, student use of any electronic device during designated class time inside or outside of the classroom is prohibited.



FIRST OFFENSE

    • Item confiscated and secured by teacher until the end of the period.

    • Detention may be given.

SECOND OFFENSE

    • Item confiscated and secured by teacher until the end of the day (locked in classroom or brought to office).

    • Office informed, detention assigned by office.

    • Item given back at the end of the day, instance logged in team file.

THIRD OFFENSE

    • Device not allowed on campus for one week.



The following are guidelines to help students be responsible users of technology in their lives. Breach of the Responsible Use Policy will result in disciplinary action by the school.

  1. All students using the Internet are required to have a parental permission form on file with the school.

  2. Students may send or receive e-mail as related to school business only.

  3. Students may not download music to school computers for any reason. New laws make the school district liable and culpable if this action happens, so it is strictly prohibited.

  4. Computers may be used for games only at the discretion of a teacher and with direct supervision.

  5. No chat lines/rooms.

  6. No ordering merchandise on line.

  7. No mistreatment of any computer and/or equipment.

  8. Any other behavior deemed inappropriate by the staff.

Students who refuse to surrender a device to any staff member upon request will lose technology privileges for one week per incident.




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