ASHWORTH MIDDLE SCHOOL

2013-2014

Telephone: 706- 625-9545

 

PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK

 

Student Name______________________________

 

Homeroom Teacher___________________________

 

Principal:

Mr. Scott McClanahan

Assistant Principal:

Mr. Gary Grubb

Instructional Coordinator:

Mrs. Marilark Murray

Counselor:

Ms. Kelly Hollowell

Secretary to Principal

Ms. Roxane Burns

Receptionist:

Ms. Phyllis Hufstetler

Secretary/Data Entry:

Terry Overlander

Cafeteria Manager:

Ms. Amelia Smith

Media Specialist

Mrs. Leigh-Ann Hunt

Family Advocate:

Ms. Connie VanHouten

 

Superintendent

Dr. Susan Remillard

 

Board of Education Members: Chairman- Mr. William Tyner, Mrs. Brenda Null, Ms. Nan Barnette, Mr. Chris Johnson, Mr. Scott Williams, Dewayne Bowen. and Jason Henson.

 

VISION STATEMENT

The vision of Ashworth Middle School is to provide quality academic opportunities, to promote career exploration, and to produce successful, responsible citizens.

 
MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Ashworth Middle School is to nurture life-long learning in a secure environment.

 

Dear Parent and Student,

Welcome to Ashworth Middle School. The purpose of this handbook is to establish guidelines for students, parents, and teachers in providing the safest, most nurturing environment possible.

 

Everyone benefits when these guidelines are clearly understood and followed. Any questions you have regarding any statements in this handbook may be addressed to the principal by calling 706-625-9545.

 

This student handbook serves as an outline and to provide some guidelines to reflect Ashworth Middle School rules and Gordon County Board of Education Policies. Although the rules and policies outlined in this booklet are current, they are subject to change at our discretion or as needed.

 

The AMS staff wishes for each student a productive, successful year.

 

BELIEF STATEMENTS

We believe that:

·         All people should be treated with dignity and respect.

·         The basic purpose of education is to prepare students to become productive, responsible citizens.

·         Education is a cooperative effort among the school, the family, and the community.

·         Schools must be staffed with personnel of the highest quality.

·         Everyone can learn—but at different rates and in different ways.

·         Outstanding achievement or performance, based on individual ability, should be encouraged, recognized, and praised.

·         Schools should prepare students to adapt to changes in the community, nation, and world.

·         A top priority of education should be to create an environment in which students can develop to their potential.

 

ADDRESS/PHONE NUMBERS

Newsletters are sent and parents are contacted frequently; therefore, it is very important that we always have a current phone number and address for all students. Please notify the school office and the homeroom teacher when there is a change in address or telephone number.

 

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Students who remain after school are required to be under the direct supervision of a teacher. Students cannot stay after school unless they are staying for a teacher, or for an extracurricular activity. Please make it a priority to pickup your child promptly. Students who violate this rule are subject to disciplinary measures.

 

ASSEMBLIES

Visitors judge the quality of our school and our students according to their conduct during assembly programs. Assemblies are a part of the curriculum and are designed to be educational as well as entertaining. Talking, whispering, whistling, stamping of feet, and booing is discourteous during an assembly. Students will proceed orderly and quietly to the gym or designated area. Parents are always welcome at scheduled assembly programs.

 

ATTENDANCE POLICY

ABSENCES AND EXCUSES. The Gordon County Board of Education considers regular school attendance to be essential for educational progress. Students age six (6) to sixteen (16) shall be in attendance in the Gordon County Schools in accordance with the requirements of the compulsory school attendance laws of Georgia for 180 full-length school days each school year unless there is a legitimate verifiable reason for their absence.

A record of attendance for each student enrolled in Gordon County Schools shall be kept in accordance with state regulations.

1.                   When the student is personally ill to the extent that school attendance would endanger their health or the health of others;

2.                   When there is a serious illness or death in the student’s family (limited to the student’s father, mother, sister, brother, child, spouse, grandparent, legal guardian, or other relative living in the residence of the student) which would reasonably necessitate absence from school (not to exceed three days);

3.                   When a special and recognized religious holiday is observed by the student’s faith, upon written verification by their church leader to the principal of the local school prior to the religious holiday;

4.                   When the student is mandated by order of governmental agencies; i.e., pre-induction physical examination for the armed forces, court order, detention by law enforcement officials;

5.                   When the student is prevented from attendance as a result of conditions rendering school attendance impossible or hazardous due to health or safety concerns;

6.                   When a student is at least 12 years of age and is serving as a page in the Georgia General Assembly (to be considered as present by the school in which he/she is enrolled for the days missed from school for this purpose).

All other absence shall be considered unexcused. Teachers will carefully document excused and unexcused absences. Tardies and early dismissal from school will result in absences. Any student missing one third or more of a class period will be counted absent for the class period.

Any student who has been absent from school shall present a satisfactory written excuse to the principal or a designee within five days of returning to school. After five days, absences not accounted for with a legitimate excuse will be considered “unexcused.” At the discretion of the principal, assistant principal or attendance officer, a student who is absent for three or more consecutive days due to personal illness or serious illness in the immediate family may be required to present a physician’s statement, a statement from the Gordon County Health Department or a statement from the School Social Worker of the Gordon County Schools in order for the absences to be excused.

When a student has acquired as many as eight (8) absences total in a semester, the student may be required by the local school principal, assistant principal, or attendance officers to produce a physician’s statement from the Gordon County School Social Worker in order to have any subsequent absence excused.

Students who have excused absences will be allowed to make up all work missed during such absence. It is each student’s responsibility and obligation to obtain the assignments and complete the work as directed by each teacher. Completion of make up work must not exceed a reasonable time from the date of the missed work. Students who have been suspended from school will be allowed to make up only nine weeks or semester final exams.

 

NOTE: Students who have 5 or more unexcused absences over the course of a semester will forfeit their right to participate in field trips for that semester.

 

TARDIES/LEAVING EARLY. In order to be included in the daily count, students must be present at school for a portion of the school day equal to or greater than one-half of the school day as measured from the morning tardy time to the first dismissal time.

Legitimate reasons for tardies and early dismissals are the same as those for absences. Since tardies and early dismissals represent a loss of instructional time for students, ten tardies and/or early dismissals shall be considered one absence for the purposes of this policy and related procedures, including legal and academic sanctions and consideration for perfect attendance recognition. Chronic unexcused tardies will receive administrative attention in the form of disciplinary action to include detention and ISS.

When there is cause necessitating an individual student to be dismissed from school for a portion of the school day, the student shall be released from school only to the parent(s), legal guardian, or to other persons properly identified and authorized by the parents by letter or telephone.

Protocol for all students subject to the compulsory attendance laws of this state:

  • Step one:   After seven (5) absences within an academic year, exclusive of excused days, the school will notify the parent or guardian by mail.
  • Step 2:   After ten (7) absences within an academic year, exclusive of excused days, the school social worker or designee will consult with the parent or guardian via personal contact or phone call. Should attempts to make personal contact fail, a letter requesting a conference shall be sent to the parent or guardian.
  • Step 3:   After fifteen (12) absences the attendance officer, school social worker or designee shall develop an attendance improvement plan. Through school-based case management attendance shall be monitored.
  • Step 4:   After reaching Step Three, if school-based case management and monitoring are ineffective, the attendance officer or social worker will consider revision of the attendance improvement plan and/or referral to appropriate agencies. A student who misses 10 or more unexcused absences may lose his/her drivers permit

Please do not come into school and ask to dismiss your child early from any class unless it is a medical emergency. The entire class stops working when we call into a classroom. We need your help with this. PLEASE SEE THE GORDON COUNTY SCHOOLS CALENDAR FOR NEWLY APPROVED ATTENDANCE POLICY. The calendar is provided to students at the beginning of the school year for your information.

 

BALLOONS AND FLOWERS (AND OTHER DELIVERIES)

Deliveries of ítems to students such as flowers, balloons, ect. are not permitted.

 

BOOK BAGS/PURSES

Students who bring book bags, shoulder bags and/or pocketbooks to school must place them in their locker at the beginning of the day. Bookbags, shoulder bags, and purses will not be allowed in the classrooms. When the students go to lockers at the end of the day, they can retrieve the book bags to take home.   NOTE: STUDENTS ARE NOT REQUIRED TO CARRY BOOK BAGS. IT IS A STUDENT/PARENT CHOICE.

CAR RIDERS

No student should be dropped off at school prior to 7:15 a.m. ALL car riders should be off campus by 3:30. The car loop in front of the school is the ONLY area to drop off or pick up student car riders. Parents of athletes will pick up students in the gym area after practice. Students may go to their car ride if they walk around the outside of the pavement. Students are not to cross traffic at any time. If your child is not out front and other parents are waiting behind you, please go around the loop once more. In the morning and afternoon, all cars will enter and exit from New Town Road.

In the morning (drop off) when car riders are dropped off at Ashworth, it is necessary that the students exit the vehicle as soon as the vehicle reaches the sidewalk area so that several car riders can exit their vehicle simultaneously and safely. Traffic is held up when car riders wait to exit at the front door only. Please cooperate in this matter and follow the procedures. Teachers will be assigned morning duty to monitor and help the traffic flow and help to ensure the safety of the student car riders.

In the afternoon (pick up), car riders will be released from the lobby area of the front office. Please stop at the sidewalk to pick up your child and follow the instructions given by the teachers on duty. Do not park in the line and/or exit your vehicle. Use the parking lot to park in if you need to come inside. Please keep the lane clear. STUDENTS MAY NOT BE PICKED UP FROM THE PARKING LOT NEAR THE BUS LOADING AREA.

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

Community service is an integral part of any scholarship or college application. Therefore, we are providing a way for students to document any community service that they may choose to do. They might work in church activities outside of the regular services, visit nursing homes, assist shut-ins, mow lawns for the elderly, work in the school garden, assist with school projects outside of the school day, or any other unpaid activities. Forms are available in the counseling office for students to complete and have signed by the person receiving the service or the supervisor of the activity. We maintain these sheets in individual student folders. At the end of the 8th grade students who have accumulated more than 100 hours of community service receive a special certificate and seal on their Certificate of Completion. Students can use these certificates to list on applications for college or for scholarships.

 

CURRICULUM

All students will take a full year of mathematics, language arts/reading, science, and social studies. In addition, everyone will have the opportunity to participate in physical education, health, and connections classes such as art, music, band, chorus,Spanish, computers, agriculture and career exploration. Some students may choose to participate in band or chorus (full year courses.) Grading periods will be nine weeks in length. In order to be promoted, a student must pass five of six subjects.

Physical Education. Physical education is for all students. Daily participation and changing of clothes is a part of a student's grade. The instructor will provide guidelines on changing clothes for class. Students may be excused from participation only for medical reasons, and a doctor's note may be required.

 

DISCIPLINE

Although discipline is not a subject, it teaches self-control, character, order, and efficiency. It will be the key to proper consideration of other people and is also a vital life skill in being successful on the job.

Parent involvement and support is essential in making school a safe and happy environment for each child. Parents will be contacted whenever necessary concerning their child's behavior. This contact will inform the parent as well as solicit help with directing the behavior of the child. Different levels of discipline are used depending upon the offenses. These may include the following:

1.       Parent/student conferences.

2.       Moving students within the classroom.

3.       Formal detention.

4.       In-team detention

5.       Off-grade level suspension.

6.       In-School Suspension. Students are allowed to complete class work under the supervision of an assigned teacher at school. Work must be completed to receive credit. Students assigned to ISS are not allowed to participate nor attend any after-school function until released. This includes but is not limited to athletic events, practices or dances.

7.       Corporal punishment. Parents who wish for corporal punishment to be used as a form of discipline must provide a permission notice for this to be used.

8.       Suspension. Serious offenses or repeated offenses will result in suspension from school. Students may make up work missed at the teacher’s discretion. Students who are suspended are also banned from participation in or from being on school property for any school function.

9.       Referral to the alternative school/Juvenile Court

10.    Expulsion

Hallway behavior. Students are expected to walk quietly at all times in the hallway. They may get materials from lockers only during assigned locker breaks.

 

Displays of affection. Inappropriate displays of affection including handholding, hugging, or kissing are not acceptable behavior at school and/or school functions. This will result in disciplinary action being taken.

 

Discipline and field trips

Students who obtain 2 ISS assignments or 1 OSS assignment over the course of a semester will not be allowed to participate in any field trip for that semester. This will be looked at semester by semester.

Alcohol and drugs. Please refer to the Gordon County Board of Education Discipline Policies listed in the Gordon County Schools Calendar. Any incidence of alcohol or drug abuse at Ashworth will be referred to the police.

Electronic Devices. It shall be a disciplinary offense for any student to possess or use a pager (beeper) device on school property except for health or other unusual reasons approved by the Gordon County Board of Education. Students should not bring valuables to school such as radios, headsets, cameras, electronic games, toys, comic books, baseball cards, or other personal items.  If brought to school, the devices will be confiscated, parents will be notified, and parents must come to the school to obtain them. If items are brought a second time, they will be held until the end of the school year. Cell phones are allowed; however, they are to be used for emergency situations only and are to be turned off during school hours.

 

PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND

Cell phone violation 1- Phone taken up and given back to student at end of school day.

Cell phone violation 2- Phone taken up and held by administration until parent can come in for conference and to retrieve phone.

Cell phone violation 3- ISS 3 days and parent must come in. Also-loss of privilege to bring cell pone in for remainder of school year.

Cell phone violation 4 – ISS 5 days. Parent must come in.

Cell phone violation 5- OSS 3 days. Parent must come in.

Consequenses increase as violations increase.

 

Bullying. Bullying is defined as any willful attempt or threat to inflict injury on another person, when accompanied by an apparent present ability to do so or any intentional display of force that causes the victim to fear or expect immediate bodily harm. Georgia law mandates that upon a finding that a student in any grade has committed the offense of bullying for the third time in a school year, the student will be assigned to an alternative school.

Bus Conduct. When a student rides a bus, he/she is still considered to be on school time. Safety on a bus is of utmost importance for every child; therefore, proper conduct will be expected. Please refer to the Gordon County Board of Education Policy on bus conduct (Gordon County Schools Calendar). In the afternoon, students will be allowed to ride a different bus from school only if these conditions apply:

a.       A request must be made in writing from parents to the principal at the beginning of the day.

b.       The principal or designee approves in writing.

c.        There is adequate space on the bus.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT RIDING THE BUS IS A PRIVILEGE AND NOT A RIGHT.

Destruction of property. Any student who destroys the property of another student, of any faculty or staff member, is responsible for any damages to the property. Failure to cover these damages may result in referral to juvenile court.

Fighting. Fighting will be defined as any violent physical contact against another. Fighting will not be tolerated at school or at a school function. Suspension out of school will result, The number of days of suspension will depend on the severity of the fight as well as the number of fights the student has been involved in during the year. Student fighting may also result in the student and parent attending a session on nonviolence.

Gangs There is a no tolerance policy for any discussion or solicitation of gang membership. No student shall display or wear gang-related symbols, clothing, articles, or paraphernalia. No student shall recruit or solicit membership in any gang or gang-related activities. No student shall proclaim membership in a gang or gang-related organization. Violation of the above policy will result in ISS, OSS, alternative school, or a referral to a tribunal hearing with a request for expulsion. Law enforcement will be notified.

Suspensions.

1.     In-school suspension (ISS) means that a student is isolated under the direct supervision of school designated employee with eighteen or fewer students. Regular classroom work is sent to in-school suspension or standardized testing review work is completed. Students will receive credit for their work. Students will receive a bag lunch that will be eaten in the ISS classroom.

2.     Out-of-school suspension means that a student is denied the privilege of attending school or school functions. He/she may not be on school property during the suspension time. Students who have been suspended from school will be allowed to make up nine-weeks or semester exams only.

 

Sexual Harassment. Students who make sexual remarks (written, or verbal), sexual gestures or inappropriately touch a student or teacher are guilty of sexual harassment. The severity of the offense will determine the punishment at the discretion of the administrator.

Truancy. Any student who misses school without his/her parents' knowledge is considered to be truant. If a truancy problem persists, a court referral is possible. In-school suspension will also be received. Referrals may also be made to the juvenile court for excessive unexcused absences.

Weapons. Any knife (regardless of size), guns, or any object that could be used to injure another person is considered to be a weapon. Students with weapons will lose the right to ownership, as well as face the possibility of suspension, expulsion, or referral to law enforcement agencies. Any object used in a plan to harm or threaten another is considered to be a weapon. Weapon charges may result in referral to a tribunal hearing and dismissal from school for the person who receives the weapon, or the person who has physical possession. PLEASE SEE THE GORDON COUNTY CALENDAR FOR THE APPROVED CODE OF CONDUCT. The calendar is given to students at the beginning of the school year.

DRESS CODE

The Gordon County Board of Education believes there is a direct relationship between dress, grooming, conduct, and success in school. In order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to learning and to prepare students for the working environment, all students are expected to exercise good taste with regard to their appearance. Personal hygiene and cleanliness are of utmost importance. Attire considered disruptive or risky to health or safety is not appropriate. Students who do not comply with the dress code will be required to change clothes or sit in ISS for the day. On the third and each successive time a student does not comply with the dress code, that student will also be cited for “willful disobedience”, a level two offense. This will result in a longer ISS assignment or OSS.

Girls’ Pants/Shorts/Skirts/ Dresses/Tops and Shirts

1.     SKIRTS and DRESSES must reach the top of the knee. Backless or strapless dresses or shirts are not permitted.

2.     TOPS may have sleeves or be sleeveless. Regardless of the type of top, the area from the neck to the shoulder must be covered. No tank tops or low cut necklines are permitted. Collared shirts and blouses or t-shirts with appropriate writing my be worn. See-through clothing that exposes undergarments is not permitted. Midriffs must be covered while standing, walking, or sitting.

3.       PANTS, jeans, slacks, or capris are appropriate. No sleepwear, loungewear type garments are permitted.

4.       Shorts must reach the top of the knee.

5.       SHOES must be worn. Athletic jerseys, cheerleading uniforms with warm-up pants are appropriate, when designated.

6.       Garments with holes or tears are not permitted.

BOYS’ PANTS/SHIRTS

1.     SHORTS and PANTS must reach the top of the knee and must always be on the natural waistline with no sagging. Some type of belt must be worn.

2.     SHIRTS must have sleeves. No tank tops.

3.     Garments with holes and tears are not permitted.

4.     Sleepwear or pajama bottoms are not permitted.

ALL STUDENTS

1.     HEADGEAR: No coverings, hats, caps, sweatband, skull caps, or bandannas are permitted.

2.     BODY PIERCING AND TATTOOS should be covered in compliance with the dress code Earrings are allowed; however, for safety reasons facial or tongue piercings are not allowed. NOTE: the school will not provide coverings (band aids) for any facial piercing.

3.     JEWELRY such as heavy chains and spikes are not a allowed.

4.     Apparel with any reference to alcohol, drugs, tobacco, sexual or vulgar remarks, racist or any kind of gang affiliation is not permitted.

CONSEQUENCES OR VIOLATING THE DRESS CODE WILL BE UNIFORM AMONG THE MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS AND ARE EXPLAINED IN THIS HANDBOOK AND IN THE GCBE SCHOOLS CALENDAR.

 

DRUG FREE SCHOOL NEEDS ASSESSMENT

PARENTAL NOTIFICATION

In order to provide the best drug and violence prevention activities for your child and in accordance with the guidelines of the No Child Left Behind Legislation, your child may be asked to complete surveys that pertain to student involvement in and attitudes toward substance abuse and violent situations (i.e., PRIDE, JRBS, etc. or locally developed surveys). These surveys are completely anonymous and may be administered throughout the school year. The data collected will be used to identify critical areas of need, and help us:

·         Maintain a school environment that is free of drugs and violence;

·         Promote a class atmosphere that allows teachers to teach and students to learn;

·         Develop and offer experiences that involve students in applying the concepts of making healthy decisions, accepting responsibility for their behavior, and understanding consequences.

If you do not wish your child to participate or if you have questions, please contact the AMS Counseling office at 706-625-9545.

 

EMERGENCY DRILLS

Tornado and fire drills will be held periodically during the year. These drills must be done orderly and taken seriously. Each teacher will review the designated routes with students as well as the procedure for obtaining a safe area. Groups should always stay together as a class. Safety drills will also be held which will include lockdowns, evacuations, and drug dog searches. Although we have not had these problems at Ashworth, we will be proactive and prepared to keep your children as safe as possible.

ENROLLMENT

A student who enrolls in a Gordon County School for the first time should bring a withdrawal sheet from the previous school and copies of his/her school records. A parent or legally authorized person must register you for school. Due tof crowded conditions, proof of residence will be required.

 

OUT OF DISTRICT POLICY

The GCBE has divided the district into two middle school districts, grades 6-8. Each school has been designed to house a specific number of students. District lines have been drawn to ensure that the proper number of students reside in each district.

I. A student may be allowed to enter a school other than the one in his/her district under the following conditions:

A.    The student has satisfactory behavior record and is in good standing at his/her home school.

B.    The student has satisfactory academic achievement (C average or better and on grade level) at previous school.

C.   The student’s attendance is in compliance with the GCBE Attendance Policy, JDB.

D.    The student’s parents/guardians are willing to furnish transportation to and from school in a punctual manner.

E.    Parents/Guardians will be required to enter into a yearly contractual agreement.

F.     The administration will have the discretion to enroll out-of-district students as long as the enrollment does not violate state standards and/or the provision of this policy.

G.      The administration will have the authority to require written documentation of residency.

II. Any out-of-district student may move back to their original school at any time. None of the restrictions of this policy apply to a move back home school.

A.    A student who moves back to his/her home school district will not be allowed another transfer prior to completion of all grade levels at the home school.

III. A request for transfer application must be completed for all students desiring a transfer. Applications will be dated as received for those students who meet the requirements and will be considered in the order received.

IV. Parents/Guardians enrolling a student under false pretenses would be sufficient reason to void a contract.

V. When a minor or repeated infractions of the contracts occur, the administration will notify the parent and/or the student. Subsequent non-compliance with the contract or any major infraction will be sufficient cause to render null and void and/or will be reason for non-renewal of the contract.

 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

The following sports/activities will be offered: football, softball, baseball, basketball, wrestling, soccer, track, cross country, golf, and cheerleading. Some of the club activities offered include Academic Bowl, Yearbook, National Junior Honor Society, Jr. Beta Club, FFA, Chorus, 4-H, Band, Science Club, and Fellowship of Christian Athletics. Others may be organized depending upon request and needs of students. Any inter-school activity means that a student must be academically eligible. Eligibility means that a student must have passed five (5) subjects during the previous semester. Connection classes are averaged together for one grade. If a particular activity has no inter-school competition, specific eligibility rules are stated in the by-laws of the organization. A student who is assigned ISS/OSS on the date of a practice or competition is not allowed to participate in the practice or competition.

A further requirement for athletic participation is a physical examination. This is done on a yearly basis and forms may be obtained from the Athletic Director. Athletic participation requires a $30 fee for the year and must be paid by the 5th practice when the student learns he or she has made the team. Failure to meet this obligation can be used as a reason for dismissal from the team. Also, each student athlete must be cleared from the previous sport played in order to participate in another sport (paying fees, turning in equipment/uniforms, etc). This money is used to help pay for program maintenance such as supplies, portions of the uniforms, and for referees/umpires/ judges for the entire year. Activities may require more than these minimums. Each coach will send a letter including all requirements.

 

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING

A counselor is available to assist with making adjustments to school, to understand self-direction, to plan a career, or to deal with everyday problems. If you wish to see a counselor, please obtain a pass from your teacher or make an appointment before school starts. The counselor will call you to the office as soon as she has available time. The counselor will also provide assistance when a student is entering or withdrawing from school. The counselor's office, however, is not a "sick bay" area nor is it a place to go daily to avoid class.

 

 

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

If a teacher and a student are having difficulty, the student and/or parent can request a conference with the student's team of teachers just as a teacher can request a conference with parents. A conference is scheduled with the principal only if conflicts between teachers and parents cannot be resolved. If a parent is still not satisfied, he/she may refer the situation to the Superintendent of Gordon County Schools.

HOMEWORK

Teachers in each team will work together to provide students with the appropriate amount of homework. Parents are encouraged to provide a quiet place to complete assignments. Homework is considered to be an integral part of student learning and will become a portion of each student's grade. Parental support is vital. Parents, please ask students to show you their homework daily. If you have questions, please contact your child's teacher. You may look at the AMS website (www.gcbe.org/ams) to check homework assignments for your child.

 

 

LOCKERS

Lockers will be rented for $10 per year. Lockers are school property and are subject to inspection or searches at any time. Therefore, the person renting the locker is responsible for any damage or locker contents.Tampering with or entering another student’s locker is not allowed. Stickers and taped items cannot be placed on the outside or inside of lockers. Pictures or notes can be placed on the inside if magnetic holders are used. Shelves can be placed inside the lockers if they are not permanently attached. All hallway lockers have built-in locks with combinations that will be assigned at the beginning of the year. No additional locks can be placed on the lockers. Students should not share lockers or combinations with other students under any circumstances. Students will be assessed fees for damaged lockers during the year. Abuse of locker equipment privileges may result in a loss of the use of lockers.

Physical Education lockers may be rented for $5 for each nine-week period. Combination locks will be issued, but only school locks may be used. Lost locks must be replaced at the cost of $5.00.

 

LUNCH PROGRAM

(Prices are subject to change)

Ashworth uses a computer system in the cafeteria. Parents may pay for meals by the week, month, or year in advance. The money is recorded in each child's account according to the last four digits of his/her social security number. As purchases are made, the cost is deducted from the account. At any time the cafeteria manager can print for parents a listing of each meal your child has purchased. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 until 7:45 at a cost of 90 cents. Adult breakfast will cost $1.25. Breakfast choices include biscuits with some selection of meat, muffins, cereal, juice or milk. Lunches are provided at a cost of $1.85. (Free and reduced meals are provided based on family income.) Adult lunches will be $2.50. If you write a check for meals, please write the child's name on the check with the length of time it covers. Students who owe money to the cafeteria may not be allowed to purchase drinks, cookies, ice cream, etc. Free/reduced lunch forms will be sent home by every child and should be completed and returned within the first week of school. Failure to promptly return free/reduced forms may result in accumulated lunch charges. If a family does not wish to participate in the free/reduced meals program, parents must write NO across the form, sign it and return it to the school. Applications are available in the office at all times.

Students will usually have three choices for lunch each day. There will always be a hot lunch line as well as a sandwich line and a salad bar. Please encourage your child to participate in the school lunch program. Special dietary needs can be met if we are contacted prior to meeting needs and directions are provided from a doctor. Each student will be allowed three charges for the year to accommodate days when a student forgets lunch money. HOWEVER, THE STUDENT MUST TALK TO THE CAFETERIA MANAGER AND SIGN A CHARGE LOG. After three charges, parents will be contacted about the money charged. Previous debts must be cleared before additional money is loaned.

 

MEDIA CENTER

The media center will be open from 7:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day. The media center is a place for quiet reading and study. Please be considerate of others by moving quietly and speaking softly. Students must present a pass between 7:45 a.m. and release of walkers in the afternoon, showing time and date from a teacher or administrator, in order to use the Media Center when not with a class or accompanied by a teacher. The Media Center computers are not available for surfing the Internet except for conducting research assigned by a teacher or administrator. Internet games are strictly prohibited. Passes must indicate that the student has permission to use the Internet and should include the subject that is to be researched. If more time is needed for research, a teacher can request extended Media Center hours

Books may be checked out for one week at a time and renewed once. A student may have three items checked out at once, provided he/she has no overdue materials or excessive fines. Magazines must be returned by the following school day. The fine for overdue books is five cents a school day. Magazine fines are twenty-five cents a day. Students must pay for lost or damaged books. Students are cautioned not to check out for, or loan library books to other students since the student who checks out the item is responsible for fines and losses.

The media center staff is always available and happy to help you locate the materials you need or help you with a project. Please follow library rules by not using the Media Center as a short cut, bringing book bags into the media center, or talking above a whisper when not participating in a class activity.

MEDICATION

We strongly encourage parents to administer student medications outside of the school environment except when deemed essential by a physician. Remember that many medicines including antibiotics can be administered prior to and following school hours; thereby, alleviating the time your child misses from his/her class. Most physicians will be willing to assist you with an alternate schedule for administering medicines. ALL medications MUST be turned in to the office prior to homeroom each day! ALL MEDICATIONS MUST BE IN ORIGINAL CONTAINERS. This includes over the counter medication such as aspirin, Tylenol, etc. ATTENTION PARENTS: YOU MUST BRING MEDICINE TO SCHOOL AND PICK IT UP. STUDENTS MAY NOT TRANSPORT MEDICATION ON A BUS TO AND FROM SCHOOL.

Prescription medicines must be in their original containers with the student's name printed on the prescription label. These medicines will be given ONLY according to the prescription label.

Over the counter medications will be administered ONLY with the appropriate paper work attached including the following: student's name, medicine to be given, amount to be given, time to be given, and with a parent's signature---NO EXCEPTIONS (This is for the safety of your child).

To access the clinic services for your child, the clinic permission slip must be returned to the school. *Verbal permission will not be accepted for administering medication.

Clinic services are available to both students and community members. Please call for an appointment.

Services available: Immunizations- Tetanus, flu, pneumonia, MMR, childhood series, Hepatitis B, BP checks, wound care, hearing/vision/dental screening, iron checks, blood sugar checks, headlice checks, rush assessment, education, diet recall and assessment urinalysis, and more.

The clinic is operated by a Licensed Practical Nurse.

 

OBLIGATIONS

Any student who has any obligation (i.e. lost textbook, cafeteria charges, or any other monetary obligation) will not be allowed to participate in end-of-year school activities. Failure to meet financial obligation may result in students not participating in the honors program.

 

 

 

PARENT CONFERENCES

A close working relationship with parents is important so that we can help our students be successful. Your working hours are important, so we will try to be flexible in setting up meeting times with you. Our students can achieve more if we as parents and teachers work as a team.

 

PARENT SHADOWING

In lieu of out-of-school suspension for some offenses, the administration may offer parents an opportunity to come to school to shadow his/her child. Both the parent and student will attend all classes, arrive on time, and follow all school rules including dress code.

 

PROMOTION/RETENTION

At the end of the school year, promotion is based on a student passing five out of six subjects and meeting attendance requirements. Excessive tardies or excessive early checkouts can also keep a student from meeting promotion requirements.

 

SCHOOL TRIPS

When trips are planned as a part of the school function, written permission, release from responsibility, and a medical release form must be signed by the parent or guardian in order for the student to participate. All school personnel understand that this means that they are exercising every safety precaution possible Students are expected to follow all school policies and regulations. Teachers/teams should set up parameters at the beginning of the school year to determine student eligibility to participate in a field trip.

 

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS

Senate Bill 507 requires that all students be enrolled according to their social security numbers. If parents object to giving the school the social security number, they may come to the school and have a letter of objection notarized. The student will then be assigned a number.

 

STUDENT AUTOMOBILES

Middle school students will not be permitted to drive on campus, nor may they drive to the high school campus and walk.

 

SUPPLIES

Pens, pencils, and paper are available from a vending machine in the office area and in the cafeteria area. (Pens and pencils are twenty-five cents; paper and mechanical lead pencils are fifty cents.) Each team of teachers will send home a suggested list of supplies.

 

TELEPHONE CALLS

Messages from parents will be delivered only in case of medical emergencies. Arrangements for transportation should be made before a student comes to school. Students may NOT use phones in the offices or teacher's workrooms. Students may have cell phones; however, cell phones may only be turned on after school in the event that a student needs to contact someone for transportation. Cell phones should never be visible during the school day. Students who violate this policy will have cell phones confiscated and parents must come to school to pick them up. Beepers, pagers, or any other electronic devices are strictly prohibited.

 

VISITORS

Parents are always welcome at Ashworth. However, we ask that you call ahead of time to make an appointment to meet with teachers so that they may plan adequate time to speak with you. A "drop in" during class becomes disruptive. Also, please feel free to come and have lunch with your child. This is your school, and we want you to be involved. Students may not bring friends or relatives to school during the day to visit because of the disruption to the classroom. Visitors must check in at the front office for a "visitor's badge." No student may leave school at any time without first reporting to the office. If anyone other than a parent or guardian is to pick up a student, a signed note with a phone number for verification must be sent. The office must also be able to verify permission for a student to go home with someone else prior to their leaving.

 

WITHDRAWAL

A student will be withdrawn only upon written request from the parent or legal guardian. All books must be returned to respective teachers to obtain clearance from them, the media center, the cafeteria, office, or any other indebtedness.

 

WORKROOMS

No students are allowed in teachers' workrooms or mailroom at any time. If students are sick, they are to be sent to the office or to the school nurse.

The disciplinary guidelines should be considered a means of maintaining a safe and orderly environment. Consequences are progressive in nature. Repeat violations will yield stricter penalties. Any staff member has the right to discipline a student, regardless of grade, who is exhibiting improper behavior.

The appropriate school officials reserve the right to punish any behavior, which is subversive to good order and discipline in the school, even though such behavior is not specified in the preceding written plan.

 

TEST PREPARATION/SCHEDULE

Testing has become extremely important to students and to the school. Individual student test results are used to help determine class placement for students for upcoming year. This is especially true for eighth graders when they go to high school. The school scores are the measuring tool for the success of our school.   Although these are not the only indicators of student success, they are the measurement used by the state and the local community. Please mark your calendars for the testing dates listed below. Also, please follow some simple guidelines when your child is going to be tested.

 

GUIDELINES:

·         Make sure your child gets plenty of rest.

·         Assure that your child gets healthy, balanced meals.

·         Encourage your child to do his/her best on the exam without undue pressure.

·         Insist that your child do his/her best throughout the year in all classes.

·         Provide a place and time each day for your child to complete homework assignments.

·         Check with teachers if your child always states that he/she does not have work to do.

·         Have your child read at least three hours a week at home—preferably with an Accelerated Reader book from the media center.

·         Make sure that your student is on time for school

·         Do not make any appointments during the test times listed below.

 

TESTING SCHEDULE

Benchmarks – Grades 6 – 8. Will occur at the end of each nine week grading period in each subject area. Will count 10% of the nine week grade.

 

8th Grade Writing Exam – January 2014

 

CRCT – April 2014

 

Tutorials will be provided for students as needed.

 

Remediation - Students will be provided remediation in reading and math as needed.