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SOUTHERN HILLS MIDDLE SCHOOL

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS AND PARENTS SCHOOL POLICY and STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

Also see BVSD Students Rights and Responsibilities Guide

DISCIPLINE

Our main goal at SHMS is to keep students safe in a positive learning environment.  We have high expectations both academically and behaviorally.  However, we understand that sometimes students will test the boundaries.  Our job is to help change their behavior when they do and guide them to make better decisions.

The administration will assign consequences in accordance with district policy and state regulations.  Consequences will be determined on an individual basis, based on several issues related to the student behavior (i.e. the infractions, student discipline record, student’s willingness to accept responsibility, previous offenses of the same nature, etc…)

Possible Consequences:

1.      Warnings and Discussions:  The goal of the Southern Hills’ staff is to establish a positive rapport and relationship with all students.  We believe mistakes are an opportunity to learn and that trust is an integral part of a good relationship.  The first trip to the office on a minor offense may not result in parent contact.  However, repeated trips and offenses will most certainly result in parent contact!

2.      Parent Notification:  We believe parents are the first line of support when a student is struggling with behaviors and not making good choices at school.

3.      Before/After School Detention:  Students are assigned detention from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. or 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the main office.  Students are expected to work quietly on schoolwork during this time or may be asked to reflect on their behavior.  This may also be a chance for restorative justice to occur.  Prior notice will be given to parents so students can arrange for transportation.

4.      Community Service:  Students may be asked to complete an activity or service to support the community such as helping teachers after school, cleaning desks, assisting the custodians with trash, etc.

5.      In School Suspension:  Students are removed from classrooms from one half to a full day or days to work in an alternative setting in the main office.  Students are not allowed any student interaction.

6.      Out-of-School Suspension:  Students may be removed from the school environment from one half to 10 days.  An out-of-school suspension prohibits a student from participating in any extracurricular activities for the duration of the suspension.

7.      Parent Conference:  Sometimes it is necessary for us to meet face to face with the student so they can see that we are all working together.  This can also be an opportunity for us to be clear about expectations and possible next steps.

8.      Declaration of Habitually Disruptive:  A student can be placed on the Habitually Disruptive Process when behavior by the student is initiated, willful and overt.  The continuous behavior has to be a significant disruption to the educational environment.  Upon this declaration, students may be suspended or, as per Colorado State Law, expelled depending on the severity for the infraction.


Educational and Restorative practices will be infused at all the above steps.

 

BACKPACKS AND LOCKERS

We support and understand students’ needs to transport books and materials to and from school in a backpack.  We do ask that students make use of their locker at school.  This is the primary way that we ensure the safety of personal belongings.  Students should keep backpacks, books, materials, belongings etc. inside lockers and make every effort to go to lockers between classes as needed.  It is important to note that the lockers are big enough to house the items needed by students at school especially when organized and frequently cleaned out.  Students may hang things inside with magnets, but no stickers or tape should be used.  NO decorations or stickers of any kind are allowed for any reason on the outside of our brand new lockers.

  • For safety reasons, backpacks are not allowed in the following areas:

  • Cafeteria  -  Hallways  -  Library  -  Classrooms (except for 7th period PE)

  • If backpacks are left in unauthorized places, they will be put in lost and found.

  • For athletic equipment and larger items, we provide a community closet.  Students may place items in the closet for storage between 8:30 and 8:40. The closet is then locked.  It is unlocked at 3:30 at which time students may retrieve their articles.

LUNCH PERIOD

We strongly believe that all students should eat a well-balanced lunch each and every day.  Also, fresh air and exercise are important for overall health.

Students are to follow these lunchtime rules:

  • Sale of food or other items between students is not permitted at any time during the school day

  • Food may only be eaten in the cafeteria or courtyard.

  • Absolutely NO throwing of food.

  • Students must clean up after themselves.

  • The cafeteria is for quiet visiting and eating only. (Yelling and physical activity is not allowed in this area.)

  • Students must have a pass to see a teacher during lunch.

  • Most days the library is available for quiet work and reading only. A sign in the cafeteria will indicate if the library is open or closed.  Access will be closed the last 5 minutes of the lunch period.

  • Students may NOT go to their lockers during lunch. Lockers are accessible immediately before and after lunch. Students should come prepared with food, money, coats and school work.

  • No bullying, harassment, teasing, or foul language will be tolerated.

  • Physical contact and unsafe play are not allowed.

  • Students may NOT use electronic devices during lunch except students are allowed to read ebooks in the library, but must ask permission and show screen whenever asked by an adult.

 


ACCESS TO SCHOOL CAMPUS DURING NON-SCHOOL HOURS

Supervision of students begins 15 minutes before the first bell (at 8:15 a.m.) and ends 15 minutes after 7th period.  All students are required to be off campus by 3:45 p.m. unless under the direct supervision of an adult (such as a club or a sport).

HALL BEHAVIOR

Students are permitted in the halls during class periods only if they have a pass issued by the teacher who is responsible for them.

  • Students may leave the classroom only with his/her teacher’s permission AND a pass in hand.  At lunch time, students need a pass to leave the lunchroom as well, except to go to the library or health room.

  • Students must walk through the halls in a manner that allows others to pass quickly and safely.

  • Socializing with friends must not block the flow of traffic in the hallway (step to the side out of the way, and be sure not to be late for class)

  • Passing periods are 4 minutes.  Students need to plan accordingly.

  • No running, pushing or shoving.

 

CELL PHONES/ELECTRONICS/TECHNOLOGY TOOLS

Our goal is for students to be responsible digital citizens.  This means understanding and working within the parameters of the school and district expectations in regards to use and allowance of electronic devices while on school property.  Please also see District Board Policy.

Baseline Expectations: Electronics will not be permitted to disrupt the school environment.  All devices should be kept silent and out of sight from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

With teacher permission, we ask all students to adhere to the following expectations:

  • Use is only allowed during the time that the student is with the staff member granting permission.

  • Technology is for academic use only.

  • Students must share their device screen with the teacher/adult when asked.

Technology tools are not permitted for the following:

  • Disruption to the school/learning environment (distraction, photos, bullying, sexting)

  • Personal/recreational purpose during instructional time (texting/phone calls)

  • Students not feeling well should report to the nurse’s office and call parents from there – not from their cell phone.

  • Walking through halls with headphones on.

  • Taking pictures, video, etc. without explicit permission

Violating these expectations will result in the following:

  • For the 1st and 2nd infraction, the student’s phone will be taken and turned in to the front office.  The student can reclaim the phone at the end of the school day.

  • For the 3rd infraction, parents will be notified and a parent must pick up the phone.

  • Continued infractions equals insubordination and students will be subject to longer length of lost privilege and possible suspension.

We expect all students to be respectful and responsible with all expensive items. SHMS is not responsible for items that go missing.

 

DRESS CODE

Students are expected to dress appropriately, modestly, and tastefully for the classroom and school activities.  Clothing should be conducive to learning at school and should not be distracting.  The dress code is as follows:

  • Clothing shall not disrupt the learning environment or SHMS Cougar Values.

  • Don’t show too much skin-if you have a doubt, ask an administrator or a counselor.

  • Outerwear must cover underwear.

  • Shoes must be worn at all times (unless directed by the teacher).

  • No PJ’s.

  • Clothing with obscene or questionable language or that advertises violence, drugs,  alcohol, and/or tobacco must not be worn to school.

  • Students will be provided the opportunity to change into appropriate clothing, contact home, or borrow clothing from the school.


Teacher/administration interpretation of rules may vary.  Administration reserves the right to ask any student to change clothing or send any student home to change if deemed necessary.  Repeated dress code violations will be considered insubordination and may result in further discipline.


WHEELS IN THE COURTYARD AREA

Due to the high risk of injury to self and others from skateboard, scooter and bike riding,  students are asked to remain off their wheels when entering and exiting the courtyard area.  This includes the area from the drop off loop to the doors.


ACADEMIC HONESTY AND INTEGRITY

Supported by District Policy JFA, JFA-R, 4/10/07

The Boulder Valley School District recognizes the importance of promoting a learning environment that values academic honesty. In order to foster ethical behavior in our students, thus meet the goals outlined in both the BVSD Mission Statement and the graduation requirements prescribed in the New Century Graduate, we are committed to teaching integrity to successfully prepare students for their future endeavors.

Policy: Boulder Valley School District students are expected to respond to academic challenges with the highest degree of integrity and honesty that support the culture of the community and the characteristics of the New Century Graduate.

Definitions

  • Academic Integrity: Compliance to accepted ethical standards.

  • Academic Dishonesty: Deliberate, unacceptable behaviors that include but are not limited to: misrepresentation, obtaining unauthorized information, and tendering of information.

  • Misrepresentation:  Students misrepresent their work by handing in the work of someone else.

    • Plagiarism:  (The unacknowledged use of information, ideas, or phrasing of others.  This includes copying exact words of another writer without proper documentation of source, stealing or passing off words, graphics, and artwork that is not one’s own)

    • Purchasing a paper from a service of other sources

    • Reproducing another person’s paper and submitting it as one’s own

    • Having someone else take an exam

    • Inventing of information or citation in an academic exercise and misquoting out of context

    • Signing of another’s name to an official document and/or submission of information known to be false

  • Obtaining unauthorized information: information that is obtained dishonestly

    • Copying homework

    • Working with another student on work that is intended to be done independently

    • Downloading and submitting term papers from online resources

    • Sharing answers through data storage devices

    • Using cell phones or PDA devices to take electronic pictures of exams

    • Text-messaging answers of academic work

    • Stealing materials from teachers or classmates

  • Tendering of information: Students giving or selling their work to another person who plans to submit it as his or her own

    • Giving work to another student to be copied

    • Giving someone answers to an exam during an exam

    • Discussing an assignment with students who have not yet been assessed on the material

    • Giving or selling a written assignment to another student

INFRACTIONS AND CONSEQUENCES

Suspected incidents of academic dishonesty will always be shared with school administration and a record is kept.  The general magnitude of an infraction and the level of premeditation involved will be considered before consequences are determined.

First Offense

Teacher’s discretion and parent notified


Second Offense or Repeated Offenses

Teacher notifies parent and student is referred to the office for discipline.

Other Possible Consequences to Infractions May Include

  • Parent/Guardian conference with teacher(s) and administration

  • A failing grade for the assignment

  • Redo the assignment within a given amount of time

  • Possible credit reduction

  • Ineligibility for groups/activities

  • Community Service

  • Restorative Justice

THE NO PLACE FOR HATE- COUGAR CARE CLUB
RESOLUTION OF RESPECT - 2016-17


In order to make our school a friendly and welcoming place, we the students of Southern Hills agree to the following:


  • To be an ally by recognizing bullying and trying to stop it, and by reporting incidents of bullying

  • To only use positive words with students and adults

  • To respect and include not just peers, but all students

  • To respect everyone’s personal space

  • To follow Cougar Community values: Respect, Responsibility, Kindness and Safety

  • To stop the spreading of rumors.


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