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BMS Student Agenda

Brighton Middle School Student Agenda

WELCOME

Welcome to the home of the Brighton Middle School Cardinals! We are happy to have you with us, and we are eager to help you while you are here. Brighton Middle School has a great deal to offer you both academically and socially. We encourage you to take an active part in all of our programs.   This handbook is prepared for you, the Brighton Middle School student. Please make sure and share its contents with your parents as well, because it contains information about our rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. More specific information may be found in the Tipton County Student Handbook.  The faculty and administration wish you a great year and a positive learning experience here at Brighton Middle School.

BRIGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY

We, the faculty and staff, commit ourselves to the middle school ideal as an environment in which students are involved in transition from childhood to adolescence. We acknowledge the diverse components of a child’s development which embraces academic knowledge, social growth, physical change, and personal identity. We obligate ourselves to identify and develop child-centered instructional programs relevant to the student’s needs. We believe that a joint commitment among the school, the home, and the community is conducive to the educational success of our children.

VISITORS

All visitors must enter the building through the front main entrance, then report immediately to the main office. Each visitor must sign the visitor’s log and receive a pass. Conferences with teachers and/or administrators must be set up by phone ahead of time so as not to disrupt the educational process.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

In case of bad weather, school cancellations will be broadcast over the local radio and television stations.

SCHOOL DAY

Brighton Middle begins each day at 7:40 a.m. Monday through Friday. School will dismiss each day at 2:40 p.m.

SCHOOL DISMISSAL

Students riding a bus must load their bus promptly after school is dismissed; car riders should report to designated waiting areas. Car riders are to be picked up at the north end of the building where they are dropped off in the morning. Please refrain from picking up children at any parking area other than that of the Brighton Middle campus. It is imperative that car riders be picked up promptly, as there will be no staff available for supervision after 3:15 p.m. Students should not stay after school unless it is a teacher supervised activity. Written parental permission is needed.

TARDINESS

Students receiving more than three tardies (excused or unexcused) to school per semester will be in violation of the tardy policy.

Consequences for excessive tardies are as follows:

5th tardy—Detention

6th tardy—Saturday School

7th tardy—Saturday School

8th tardy—2 Days ISP

ATTENDANCE POLICY

School attendance constitutes one of the most important phases of a student’s school record. Not only does it indicate individual dependability, but it is also necessary for the smooth functioning of the school’s educational program. Inconsistent attendance is recognized as having a disruptive influence on the regular classroom activities. In order to meet the educational needs of the individual student and to best serve the overall school program, all available resources will be used to encourage students to attend regularly.

-Following an absence from school, students are required to present a parent/guardian signed note to the attendance clerk stating the reason for the day(s) absent. After 10 absences from school, only doctor’s notes will be accepted. It is the responsibility of the student to see that these notes are turned in to the office when they return to school.

-Absence is excused by the school attendance clerk. Make-up work is permitted for the following reasons: personal illness, death in family, doctor/dental appointment, legal court summons, and school related activities (see county student handbook). It is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher in order to make-up any work missed. Work should be completed as soon as possible (usually one day is allotted per each day of excused absence).

-Any out-of-town trips must be approved by the principal prior to leaving. Make up work will be given depending upon the validity of the absence.

-If a student is absent two or more days, a request may be called in to the office for make up work. It will be the parent’s responsibility to pick up work and books.

-Students with unexcused absences will be required to make up work at academic detention or Saturday School. Teacher “late work” grading guidelines will apply.

-Checking In and Out During School Hours. Students arriving to school after classes have started are tardy and are to report to the office for admittance to class. An accumulation of four (4) late check-ins to school or four (4) early check-outs from school will equal one unexcused day on the attendance record used for truancy purposes. Students leaving during the school hours must be checked out by their parents/guardians.

-Parents/guardians who are checking students in or out of school during the day are required to sign the check in/out sheet in the office. A note is required for those absences to be excused.

-Parents/guardians will be notified by the school after 3, 5, 10, and 19 days of unexcused absences. If your child is in possible violation of the compulsory attendance law, you may be required to appear before the Covington-Tipton County Truancy Board. The Board will then take whatever action they determine to be in the best interest of the student.

BUSES

Riding the school bus is a privilege. Improper conduct on the bus will result in that privilege being denied. The rules and regulations regarding behavior on school buses were formulated by the Tipton County Board of Education and are stated in the county handbook given to all students at the beginning of each school year.  Students riding the bus should walk to the bus when leaving school. To avoid overcrowding, students must ride their assigned bus.

If a student plans to ride a bus that he/she does not usually ride, the parent/guardian must call the school office (837-5600) or send a note giving permission for their child to ride a different bus. Students will not be allowed to ride a different bus if this procedure is not followed.

STUDENT BEHAVIOR

Education cannot proceed without good discipline. It is imperative to the success of the entire school program. All students are expected to demonstrate respect for all teachers, staff, and administrators at all times. Equal respect should be shown for fellow classmates. The following guidelines will help to create a good learning climate at our school.

-School and classroom rules should always be followed.

-Students in the hallways during class time must have an agenda book signed by a teacher with destination and time clearly marked.

-Students tardy to class must obtain a pass from the teacher in whose class they have been detained; otherwise, these tardies are unexcused. The office will issue a tardy slip only if a student has been detained there.

-Radios, IPods/MP3 players, CD players, video cameras, cards (playing or trading), toys and electronic games must not be brought to school.

-Students may possess personal communication devices and personal electronic devices, including but not limited to cell phones, laptops, tablets, mp3 players, and cameras, on school property so long as such devices are turned off and stored in backpacks, purses, or personal carry-alls. However, a teacher may grant permission for the use of these devices to assist with instruction in his/her classroom, and teachers are encouraged to integrate the devices into their course work. The principal or his/her designee may also grant a student permission to use such a device at his/her discretion. Unauthorized use or improper storage of a device will result in confiscation until such time as it may be released to the student’s parents or guardian. A student in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the Tipton County Handbook.

-Students are not permitted to have skateboards on the Brighton Middle School campus at any time.

-Students must keep their hands to themselves at all times and respect the property of others.

-A student shall not possess, handle, transmit, use or attempt to use firearms, explosives, knives, razors, or any object that can be used as a weapon. Possession of such a weapon shall result in a hearing by the discipline committee.

-The rules for behavior are the same when a substitute teacher is present.

-Follow all rules and regulations listed in the Tipton County Student Handbook.

All students are under the supervision of all school personnel at all times during the school day and during any school-related activity.

SATURDAY SCHOOL

Saturday School is designed to help students with discipline, attendance, and academic problems. Parental support is very important. Students assigned to Saturday school will receive a notice explaining the procedures and the date he/she is scheduled to attend. The responsibility lies with the student to give parents the notice. Failure to report to Saturday School will result in more severe disciplinary action. Saturday School will be scheduled on Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Brighton Middle School.

IN-SCHOOL PLACEMENT

In-School placement (ISP) is a method of isolating disruptive students in school instead of suspending or expelling them to home. An ISP teacher is assigned to supervise these students in his/her room. The students are allowed to obtain their assignments for the day and are not penalized with an unexcused absence. These students spend the day completely isolated from other activities. Failure to complete work in ISP may result in the assignment of additional days in ISP, Saturday School, or Out-of-School Suspension.

OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

Suspension means a temporary refusal to allow a student to attend school. Suspensions may be used when violations of school or county policies have been committed. Any student who has been suspended from school is not allowed on any Tipton County School property during the period of suspension.  Suspension from school constitutes an unexcused absence. Students with unexcused absences will be required to make up work at academic detention or Saturday School. Teacher “late work” grading guidelines will apply.

GRADES AND REPORT CARDS

Grades are given to evaluate, motivate, and inform students and parents of academic progress. Report cards are issued every nine weeks. The grading scale is as follows:

A 93-100

B 85-92

C 75-84

D 70-74

F Below 70

Conduct grades are S (satisfactory), N (needs improvement), or U (unsatisfactory).

Grading periods are as follows:

1st Term 8/05-10/11 48 days

2nd Term 10/21-12/20 40 days

3rd Term 1/03-3/07 43 days

4th Term 3/10-5/23 49 days

Report cards will be sent home on the following dates: 11/04, 1/16, 3/20, 5/23.

ParentConnect

If you would like to view your child’s grades and attendance online, check our website http://bms.tipton-county.com for information about how to register for ParentConnect.

HONORS RECOGNITION

The Honors Recognition Program is designed to recognize students who excel in academics, related arts, conduct, and attendance. Students must have completed one semester at BMS to qualify.

HONOR ROLLS

Students with all A’s qualify for the Gold Honor Roll, students with A’s and B’s are placed on the Silver Honor Roll, and students with all B’s make the Bronze Honor Roll. Satisfactory conduct is required for all honor rolls.

PARENT CONFERENCES

Open and direct lines of communication between parents and teachers are encouraged. Remember to use this agenda as a convenient communication tool with teachers. The BMS webpage http://bms.tipton-county.com is also a convenient tool for communication. A conference may be scheduled by a teacher or parent as needed. Please call the office to make an appointment.

HOMEWORK

Homework is assigned to give students extra practice in their studies. Our staff plans well designed homework assignments that relate directly to class work and extend student learning beyond the classroom. You are encouraged to help your child set a time and place for completion of homework assignments. You may also help by listening to your child read and taking an interest in the school day happenings.

LUNCH POLICY

Free/reduced lunch applications are issued to all students entering school for the first time during the school year. Applications must be filled out completely and signed before final approval is received. The regular price of lunch is $2.00 for all students. Charging lunch will not be permitted.  Students who bring lunch may buy milk, fruit juice, and/or dessert at school. Carbonated beverages and carry-out foods are not allowed in the cafeteria.

SCHOOL INSURANCE

School insurance is available to all students. A packet will be available for informing the students and parents about the insurance early in the fall. Only those involved in the athletic program must provide signed evidence that they are covered by adequate insurance if they choose not to purchase the school insurance.

LOCKERS AND LOCKS

Lockers are available to students for storage of books and personal belongings. Since the locker is school property, the school reserves the right to inspect it at any time. Only school issued locks are to be used on school lockers. The lock usage amount for the year is $5.00. After being issued, the lockers and locks become the responsibility of the student. Make sure your locks are locked on the lockers. Lockers left unlocked are an open opportunity for theft. For any lock not returned at the year’s end, there will be a $5.00 charge.

BOOKSTORE

Some school supplies are available from the BMS bookstore. These items may be purchased before homeroom in the lobby. A pencil dispenser is also available in the front office for student use.

TEXTBOOK COMPLIANCE FORMS

These forms are required to be signed by parents/guardians before textbooks are issued to students. Textbooks are furnished to students for use during the school year. The classroom teacher will issue the textbooks to the students. Each book should contain the student’s name, the teacher’s name, and an identifying book number. Books damaged beyond normal wear will be assessed a damage fee. Students will be required to pay for lost books.

MEDICINE

It is the policy of the Tipton County School System that no medications can be dispensed without signed parental consent. This includes over the counter medications such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen, cough drops/syrups, Pepto-Bismol, Tums, etc.  In order to meet the requirements of the policy, we request that parents obtain a special consent form from the school nurse. It is to be completed and returned along with any medications to be given. MEDICATIONS WILL NOT BE GIVEN WITHOUT THIS CONSENT.  Medications are stored in a locked cabinet and will be administered by the school nurse or one of the office staff who has been trained to dispense medication.

STUDENT PHONE

All phones are school business phones and are to be used only by school personnel. In an emergency, students may use the counter phone in the main office. Permission must be obtained before using any phone.  Students will not be called out of class to return calls. A message will be taken and given to the student at the end of the day. Barring any emergency, please call prior to 2:00 in order to give us plenty of time to get your child his or her message.

ACCIDENTAL INJURY

Students injured at school should report to a teacher or the school nurse for any needed assistance. As a matter of school record, all injuries occurring at school and requiring professional medical attention must have been properly reported to school officials before insurance claims can be verified by the school.

SALES IN SCHOOL

Students are not permitted to sell any items in school (candy, gum, etc.) except for approved school-wide fundraising activities.

STUDENT DELIVERIES

Flowers, balloons, etc. are not permitted on school buses as per Tipton County policy. Valentine’s Day deliveries from flower shops and the like must be coordinated through the administration.

LIBRARY

Library books may be checked out for two weeks. Reference books may be checked out for one period of classroom use. Fines may be charged for lost or damaged books.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

A variety of activities are offered to BMS students:

-Athletics-football, girls’ volleyball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, soccer, tennis and track, girls’ softball, and cheerleading.

-Band

-National Junior Honor Society

-Yearbook Staff

-Science Club

-Art Club

-Chorus

Other clubs may be added throughout the school year. Participation in student activities may be based on selected criteria.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Students at Brighton Middle are expected to fulfill the following responsibilities:

Participation: Students have the responsibility of participating fully in the serious business of learning. Students must report to school and to all scheduled classes regularly and on time, remain in classes until excused, pay attention to instructors, complete assignments to the best of their ability, and request help when needed.

Good Behavior: Students have the responsibility of avoiding any behavior that detrimentally affects their learning. Students must cooperate in maintaining reasonable orderliness in the school and in the classroom, as well as taking care of books and other instructional materials. Students must refrain from degrading, threatening or fighting with other students.

Respect for teachers: Students have the responsibility of showing respect for the knowledge and authority of their teachers. Remember, any teacher has the authority to correct any student. Students should use respectful and courteous language at all times.

Respect for other students: Students have the responsibility of recognizing the rights and dignity of fellow students. For example, students should refrain from name calling, fighting, harassment, belittling or engaging in deliberate attempts to embarrass or harm other students.

COMPLIANCE WITH THE DRESS CODE

In addition to the student dress code as set forth in the Tipton County Student Handbook (6.310 page 5) the following dress code applies to students at BMS.

Neat dress is desirable at all times. When in the opinion of the administration, teachers, or staff, dress or appearance is detrimental to the school environment or causes a distraction to the learning process; the appropriate discipline steps will be taken.

The following will NOT be acceptable school attire (but not limited to just the following)

1. Caps, hats, or head gear of any type.

2. Sunglasses.

3. Shorts.

4. Flip-flops (any sandal with the three connectors seen from the bottom of the shoe).

5. Any apparel made from spandex material.

6. “Mesh” shirts, tank tops, “spaghetti straps”, or “cut off” tops.

7. Shirts and apparel that promotes the use or consumption of alcohol and/or apparel that displays a suggestive or inappropriate message.

8. Articles of clothing that are ripped, cut off, torn, shredded or contain holes.

9. Shirts that are excessively tight, short, or low cut.

10. Shirts that are un-tucked or tucked-in without the visibility of the belt or waist band.

11. Body piercing with the exception of ear piercing (earrings distracting to the good order)

12. Pants (that have belt loops) without a belt.

13. Capri pants worn by girls: unless they fall midway between the knee and ankle.

14. Capri pants for boys.

15. Chains, spiked collars or bracelets.

16. Clothing which denotes possible gang affiliation.

17. Sagging pants, hipsters, oversized pants, and inappropriate belt buckles.

18. Pajama pants.

19. Writing across the “seat” of pants.

The previous list is not all inclusive. For the orderly and efficient operation of the school, the school administration may determine other attire to be inappropriate or prejudicial to good order as situations arise. If there is a question as to whether an article of clothing is appropriate for school wear, contact the school administration prior to wearing.  Students who are considered to be in violation of the dress code will be required to be in compliance immediately. In extreme cases of dress, make-up, jewelry and/or hair, etc… the student may be sent home to correct the infraction. Hair that hangs in the face may not cover one or both eyes.

BRIGHTON MIDDLE SCHOOL/SCHOOL-WIDE FAMILY INVOLVEMENT PLAN

Working collaboratively, parents and staff can make a difference in the life of every child. Brighton Middle School wants to strengthen partnerships with families and the community. With input from parents/guardians, teachers, and administrators, Brighton Middle School has developed a family involvement plan. The following is in compliance with legal requirements for our children and in accordance with our philosophy of collaboration between school and home.  All parents will be invited to an annual public meeting held at the beginning of each school year. At this meeting, this policy, legal requirements, and the rights of parents/guardians to be involved will be explained. Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) will be discussed as well as the Annual Measureable Objectives (AMOs) of the school based on its performance. Parents will be provided a handout regarding the school’s performance. Brighton Middle School will continue to involve parents, guardians, teachers, and the community in the development, review, and improvement of our school program.

-Informational meetings will be offered at times that are convenient for families and teachers. Also, meetings can be offered on an individual basis.

-Families will be provided with timely, on-going information via our website, newsletters, calendars, conferences and meetings.

-Progress reports will be sent home approximately every 4 ½ weeks.

-Scheduled parent-teacher conferences will be provided twice a year.

-Brighton Middle School will provide information that helps families work with their children to improve academic achievement and to provide literacy training as necessary. This will be done through programs such as the Tipton County Family Learning Center and the Adult Basic Education Program.

-The leadership team of Brighton Middle School will include parents, staff, and community members. They will review the family involvement plan. The plan can be found on the website and in the student agendas.

-A Needs Assessment will be administered at the end of the school year.

-Each year the Brighton Middle School Compact will be reviewed and revised according to parent and staff input gathered by the School Improvement Planning (SIP) Team and staff.