HAMPDEN, NEWBURGH, WINTERPORT & FRANKFORT
Reeds Brook Middle School Parent | Student Handbook
A supportive learning community challenging all students to achieve individual success
Accredited Member of the New England Association
of Schools and Colleges | 1997
28 A Main Road South
Hampden, Maine 04444
Regan Nickels, Principal
Reeds Brook Middle School Values
At Reeds Brook Middle School we work hard to maintain a school climate that is positive, and supportive of all students and their individual needs. Our beliefs which guide our academic and social expectations are fostered through the core values of respect, responsibility, compassion, and honesty. The staff and students of the Middle School have defined the school’s core values which guide our actions. Reeds Brook Middle School students and staff are committed to fostering these middle school values.
- Respect: A member of the RBMS community appreciates the worth of self, others, and property in ways which serve the entire community.
- Responsibility: A member of RBMS community is accountable for their actions. The member honors commitments to the community, self, and others and considers the consequences of their actions.
- Compassion: A member of the RBMS community shows kindness and caring for others. This is exemplified by accepting the worth and contributions of all members of the community.
- Honesty: A member of the RBMS community has a high regard for truth, sincerity in action, and genuine concern for honor and integrity.
August 28, 2015
Dear Reeds Brook Students and Parents,
Welcome to the 2015-16 school year! We are looking forward to an enriching and challenging school experience that prepares all of our students for a lifetime of learning. Our entire staff is committed to excellence and we look forward to serving you throughout the school year.
Reeds Brook Middle School will continue to prioritize the values by which we learn and live by. Our efforts will include educational experiences and holding of high expectations related to respect, responsibility, compassion and honesty. We believe this combination of academic and social expectations results in a fostering of pride and integrity amongst our school community.
Our handbook will provide you with the information, guidelines and policies that will enhance your experience as a student or parent at Reeds Brook Middle School. It is designed to set forth basic expectations and to answer questions you may have about day-to-day aspects of school life. Of course, there are times and situations where non-standard responses may apply or there may be revisions made during the school year as our faculty and community advises. We will work to keep you up-to-date and informed as those revisions may occur.
Thank you for taking the time to carefully review the information included in our handbook. Our goal is to foster the health, safety, social and emotional well-being of our students, while also offering the highest level of middle school academic programming. We look forward to partnering together to ensure that each student enjoys success at Reeds Brook Middle School.
RSU #22 is committed to excellence in the lifelong learning experiences of all citizens of Hampden, Winterport, Newburgh, and Frankfort.
The district will support and develop programs which respect staff and student diversity. It will create and sustain a stimulating learning environment where skills and knowledge are acquired and applied for the benefit of the individual and of the larger community.
RSU #22 advocates the most effective educational environment possible. To this end, the District will encourage the involvement of the citizenry and will strive to create a balance between necessary and available resources.
Statement of Purpose
We believe that the purpose of the middle schools of RSU #22 is to provide an environment which promotes optimum academic, social, emotional, and physical development in the adolescent learner, while respecting individual differences. The school environment should positively affect each student’s progress toward becoming an effective communicator, worker, and an informed thinker. We aspire to establish schools as community centers where individuals experience joy in learning and pride in their schools.
Reeds Brook Middle School:
A supportive learning community challenges all students to achieve individual success.
Our Mission, Beliefs and Expectations
- Teaching respect and fostering pride are important components of education
- Health and safety, both physical and emotional, are essential to learning.
- A partnership among home, school, and the community is vital.
- A dedicated staff, committed to professional development and lifelong learning, provides optimal educational experiences.
- A challenging curriculum coupled with appropriate accommodations ensures the success of all students.
- Integrated learning experiences and varied instructional approaches allow students to make connections between disciplines and their own lives.
- Read, write, speak, and listen effectively to interpret and share information.
- Use appropriate resources to seek access, apply, evaluate, and share knowledge.
- Use visual, artistic, and technological modes of expression.
- Question and think critically and creatively; identify and apply solutions to problems.
- Work independently and cooperatively.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in all disciplines across the curriculum.
- Demonstrate integrity and honesty and take responsibility for their actions.
- Show empathy, courtesy, and respect for others in our diverse global society.
- Practice self-discipline, manage time responsibly, and meet obligations.
- Demonstrate a willingness to work cooperatively with others; show teamwork and negotiation skills.
- Make positive choices, take healthy risks and develop a strong and positive sense of self.
- Recognize the importance of good health practices and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
- Develop citizenship and contribute to their community.
The staffing pattern at Reeds Brook is by teams. Team members work with students of each grade level in the areas of English, Reading, Science and Social Studies. Teachers meet regularly to plan curriculum projects, discuss instructional strategies, and plan supports and interventions for our students. The homeroom teacher serves as a contact point for parents in sharing information between home and school. In addition to this teaching team, each student works with a number of specialists and “mod” teachers. A math team provides a flexible math program designed to meet each student’s needs.
MODS are “modular courses” that provide important exploratory supplements to the core academic program. Courses such as Art, Computer Technology, Health, Guidance/Careers and Library Skills are offered in a “mod format” of approximately six weeks duration.
As part of our ongoing work to ensure that our students secure the skills and knowledge that they will need, we have adjusted our schedule to include a 25 minute “Academic Extensions” during some study hall periods. This provides the opportunity to deliver additional instruction as well as enrichment to students.
Independent Reading Emphasis
Independent Reading (IR) is an opportunity for students to spend quality silent reading time completing outside reading for their language arts program. Our goal will be to develop strong, capable readers who also enjoy books and reading. Quality independent selection of a variety of books will be a priority. Students will be expected to have an “IR” book from which they are reading daily and are expected to set a challenging goal to read approximately 40 self-selected books per school year.
Reading Skills Lab
This lab is designed for students who could benefit from additional reading instruction. In a small group setting, students are given intensive reading instruction and take part in activities designed to strengthen their reading skills. Students in Grades 6 & 7 are scheduled for these labs based upon achievement, an array of assessments, and teacher recommendation.
Study Skills Opportunities
These opportunities are designed for students who have organizational and homework completion challenges. Students are assisted in personal organization and a homework routine for each day is developed. Frequent parent communication is a central element of this program. Students may be referred to the principal by teachers or parents for inclusion in this program. Opportunities may be presented during the school day, during intervention periods or after school.
The Reeds Brook Middle School Physical Education program provides experiences that will hopefully lead to a lifetime of physical activity, good health and wellness. In this academic class, students will learn a variety of sports skills as well as lifetime physical activities. Our core focus is on personal fitness and development. The students will have a fitness folder to assist in their personal development. Students are graded on written assignments that pertain to each unit taught in class and NOT on their personal fitness level. Also contributing to their quarterly grades, students will have a Class Preparation (CP) grade and a Daily Work (DW) grade.
Gifted and Talented Program
GT opportunities are open to students who have been formally identified through RSU #22’s Gifted and Talented identification procedure. An accelerated math class is available at each grade level for those students identified in mathematics. Students who are identified in the areas of language arts, science, visual arts or social studies may elect to participate in Explorer opportunities at grades at which these are offered.
Homework is an important part of the middle school program. Homework completion is the responsibility of each student. Teachers assign homework as a review of skills taught in class or as a way of preparing students for new content introduced in upcoming classes. Completion of homework is essential for achieving good grades at school. Students should get into the habit of doing assignments well and on time. All teachers will explain what their homework policies are — when assignments are given, how much homework counts in your grade, etc. If you have questions about any assignment, students should ask the teacher. Students can get extra help by scheduling an after-school appointment or a study hall session with a teacher. All Reeds Brook teachers are available to offer students extra help.
Academic Intervention Plans
Students who are identified by our Student Assistance Team as needing additional support to make satisfactory academic progress are referred to develop The Academic Intervention Program (A.I.P.). This provides students an additional level of support that includes morning check-ins, supervised homework assistance after school, and regular progress monitoring. When students improve academic standing they are moved off of A.I.P.
Reeds Brook Middle School, like all schools in RSU #22, uses the Power School student information system. This is a web-based program that makes current homework, student grades, attendance records, and notes from teachers and the school available to our students and parents. We have found Power School to be very helpful in providing up-to-the minute information on academic progress including missing homework or test grades. In addition, the Daily Bulletin available through Power School provides current information on a variety of school activities.
Power School is password protected and can only be viewed by authorized users. We hold a number of informational sessions during the school year to inform our parents about Power School and to provide passwords. Please notify the front office if you need further assistance.
The Reeds Brook Middle School Honor Roll recognizes two categories of outstanding academic achievement:
|High Honors||all A’s in all subjects.|
|Honors||all A’s and B’s in all subjects|
Grades in all required subjects will be included in determining membership on the Honor Roll. The Honor Roll will be published at the end of each ranking period.
Students are expected to have the following items at all times:
- One sturdy hardcover 2 inch, 3 ring binder with paper
- 1 1/2 in” binder for math (GR. 6 and 7)
- Seven binder folders for specific color
- Reading – dark blue
- English – light blue
- Math – red
- Social Studies – purple
- Science – green
- Art – patterned
- Other classes – free choice
- -A zippered pouch for pens, pencils, and a ruler
SCHOOL REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES
School is in session from 7:40 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Early arrivals should arrive no earlier than 7:15 a.m. All students must report to the cafeteria and remain there until they are dismissed to go their homerooms at 7:35 a.m.
Any student who arrives at school after 7:40 a.m. is considered tardy and must report to the office. Excessive tardiness may result in an extended, Friday detention.
All students are dismissed at once at the end of the school day. It is the student’s responsibility to go directly home on the bus or walk to the area designated by the parent when school is over in the afternoon. Students will be allowed to stay after school only upon the request of a teacher or when participating in official school activities. While waiting for activities to begin, students must be supervised.
School attendance is extremely important. Maine law states that there are only five acceptable, reasons for absence from school:
- Personal illness
- Health appointments that can only be scheduled during the school day
- Observance of recognized religious holidays
- Family emergencies
- An approved planned absence for family or educational purposes*
- *Departure on a planned absence by which the student will miss more than three days of school requires pre-approval.
To be excused, a parent note, doctor’s note or phone call indicating the reason for the absence must be received. Absences create difficulties for both students and teachers. Students fall behind in their work and it is more difficult for teachers to work with classes and plan group activities when students are missing. Although teachers may be able to provide makeup assignments, it is impossible to replicate the quality of instruction, discussion and learning that results from regular attendance and active participation in class. If a student will be absent, parents should call the school before 8:30 a.m. Parents should also inform the school office in the morning if their child needs to be dismissed before the close of school. Parents must come into the school office to sign students out.
Students are responsible for making up all work missed during an absence. Make-up work must be completed within three school days after an absence. Students may be required to stay after school in order to complete their work.
A student who accompanies family on an approved, elective vacation taken while school is in session must make up work as soon as possible after returning to school.
The State of Maine considers a grade six student truant if the student has the equivalent of 7 full school days of unexcused absences or 5 consecutive school days unexcused in a single year. Grade seven and eight students are considered truant if they have the equivalent of 10 full school days of unexcused absences or 7 consecutive school days unexcused in a single school year. State law requires that students, parents, and school staff develop and implement a plan for any truant student. If a student continues to be truant, local law enforcement and the Department of Health and Human Services will be contacted.
Phone access at Reeds Brook is very limited. We have only two outgoing lines and there is no pay phone. Students will not be able to use the office phone for personal calls except in an emergency and with staff permission. In the event a student receives a call, he or she will be called out of class only in case of an emergency. Normally phone calls for students will be handled between classes, during lunch time, after school, or during study halls.
We ask your cooperation in delivering messages to students while they are in school. Please make every effort to make after school arrangements prior to the school day. When necessary, messages are delivered to students at 1:30 each afternoon, please contact the office before then.
Cell phones are allowed into the school but must be turned off upon entering the building and stored in the student’s locker during school hours. Cell phones may be used after students are dismissed at the end of the day. Failure to follow these rules will result in the confiscation of the phone, parental notification, detention or suspension depending on the severity of the infraction.
Cell phones are no longer allowed at school dances. Students who forget and bring their phones to dances will be asked to turn the phone in for the duration of the dance.
Inappropriate use of cell phones on school grounds or at school functions will lead to parental notification, disciplinary action and, if applicable, notification of law enforcement officials.
Reeds Brook Middle School administration recognizes that the primary responsibility for the dress and appearance of students rests with the individual students and their parent/guardians. Clothing choices should be appropriate for an academic work environment, and not create a disruptive influence on the educational setting or affect the health or safety of others. The determination of what is or is not disruptive is an administrative decision.
Students are encouraged to use sound judgment and reflect respect for themselves and others in dress and grooming. In keeping with the beliefs of RBMS that teaching respect and fostering pride are important components of education, the following restrictions on dress shall be enforced:
- Articles that promote or encourage the use of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco are prohibited. According to district policy, “Articles of clothing that are sexual, vulgar, lewd or indecent or include insulting words (e.g., racial/ethnic slurs), are prohibited.”
- Clothing may not be revealing (for example, tops that reveal the midriff or cleavage; clothing or sheer fabrics that exposes underwear or private body parts; revealing rips and tears; and skirts and any shorts worn that are less than mid-thigh length).
- Tank top straps are required to be one (1) inch wide. If they are less, a shirt will be required underneath.
- Visitors and students are expected to remove their hats when entering the school. Hoods, visors, and bandanas may not be worn.
- Clothing and hair styles must allow for full participation in all aspects of the school program.
- Apparel, jewelry, makeup or footwear that present a safety concern or affect the orderly operation of the school may be prohibited.
If a student is not dressed appropriately for school, the student will be required to call home for a change of clothing or will be provided other clothes by the school.
The dress code is designed to create and maintain a learning environment. It is not a commentary on the taste, style, or parents’ style of dress. Many people may dress differently outside of the school; that is fine, but these are the RBMS’s expectations at school and school functions.
School Dress for PE Class
In PE classes students are expected to move and be prepared for movement. This preparation includes sneakers that are secured and will not fall off while participating, hair tied back and out of the eyes and face, and clothes that do not restrict movement. We feel strongly about the safety of your child, and it is important that each child is properly prepared to participate in PE class. A percentage of each student’s grade reflects his/her preparation for class. Students are given one grace day per quarter for the incidental times that they are unprepared for PE class.
AUDIO, VIDEO AND ELECTRONIC DEVICES
In addition to cell phones, other various electronic devices are not permitted to be used during the school day. Not only do they disturb classes, but they may be lost or stolen. Such devices and any other items that interfere with the classroom will be confiscated by the teacher and turned over to the office. Because they pose a considerable safety risk, students are not allowed to bring laser pointers into the building. Any student bringing a laser pointer into the building will be subject to disciplinary measures.
The entrance area in front of the school and the rear exit near the gym are not available for skate boarding. Students who bring skateboards to school should store them in the office during the day and not use them on school property. Helmets should be worn for skateboarding activities.
IPAD and COMPUTER USAGE
Acceptable Use Policy
Students are required to follow RSU #22’s policy in regards to appropriate use of technology and the Internet. Students are taught the components of the policy in computer mods. Failure to comply will result in the loss of device privileges. Students may not expect that any material on a school computer or stored on a school server will be private. We will inspect all school-assigned devices without notification and on a regular basis.
IPad and Computer Passwords and Internet Use
All iPads and computers at Reeds Brook are networked and students are able to access their information through the file server. Students select a confidential password to access their folders. Passwords are not to be shared; sharing passwords may result in loss of device privileges. All information in the folder should be assignments relating to school. Students will need training and parental permission to access the Internet through a school iPad or computer.
All of Reeds Brook’s seventh and eighth grade students are assigned Maine Learning Technology Initiative iPads. These devices offer our teachers and students many exciting learning opportunities. The iPads are the property of the State of Maine, with the school having custodial rights. The rules and regulations governing the use of iPads will be provided to both students and parents at mandatory information sessions scheduled early in the school year.
Reeds Brook Middle School would like to remind parents that when students bring the iPads home they are intended for school-related work only. Through the use of state and local network filters, we make every attempt to filter inappropriate internet content at school, but once the iPads leave the building, the sites your child visits are only as safe as what you allow in your own home. If your home network is unfiltered, it is possible for your child to use the school’s iPads to access inappropriate content. Even if your own network is secure, an unfiltered wireless network at a nearby neighbor’s house could provide your child unrestricted access as well.
In addition, all students (grades 6 – 8) will have laptops available. These laptops are the property of the school district and are subject to the same policies and practices governing the MLTI devices.
In the case of iPad damage, we will are aligned with Hampden Academy’s technology reimbursement policy. There will be no charge for the first incident of damage but upon the second, a $50 repair charge will be billed, and if a third event occurs, the full repair or replacement charge will be billed to the student and their family. With appropriate precautions we can minimize incidents of damage. Regarding routine use, our expectation is that iPad use is for educational purposes and not for entertainment value.
SCHOOL TECHNOLOGY REGULATIONS
The following actions are not permitted on the school’s iPads, computers or networks. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.
Any malicious use, disruption, or harm to the school’s computers, networks, and Internet services, including, but not limited to, hacking activities and creation of or uploading computer viruses constitutes malicious use. Destroying or trashing school programs so that they are not accessible to others will be considered vandalism of school equipment.
Accessing Inappropriate Materials:
Accessing, submitting, posting, publishing, forwarding, downloading, scanning, or displaying materials that are defamatory, abusive, obscene, vulgar, threatening, discriminatory, racist, hate-filled, harassing, and/or illegal is prohibited. Should you access an inappropriate site accidentally, you must inform your teacher at once.
Using the school’s computers, networks and Internet services for any activity that violates other school policies, procedures, and/or rules are illegal activities.
Copying or downloading copyrighted material, including music, without the owner’s permission is not allowed.
Representing as one’s own work any material obtained on the Internet (such as term papers, articles, etc.) is considered plagiarism. When Internet sources are used in student work, the author, publisher, and web site must be identified. Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic honesty, and is subject to substantial consequences.
Sharing passwords or login name, using other users’ passwords or login names without permission, and/or accessing other users’ accounts represents misuse/unauthorized access.
ALL MATERIALS OPEN TO INSPECTION
All materials on networks and school computers and iPads are open to inspection. Reeds Brook reserves the right to monitor all computer and Internet activity by students. We will randomly inspect computers regularly and without notification. Students will have no expectations of privacy in their use of school computers, including email and stored files. Teachers or other supervising staff have the right to review any materials stored in files or material that has been accessed on the Internet. They may edit or remove any content that they believe to be inappropriate.
Failure to follow these rules could result in the termination of computer privileges, detention, suspension or other disciplinary action deemed applicable by the administration. Law enforcement officials will be notified when public safety is compromised.
PERSONAL ITEMS OF VALUE
Students are advised to not bring large amounts of cash, valuable electronic devices, or cell phones, cameras, or games to school due to possible misuse, loss, theft, or damage. Valuable items, if brought to school, should be kept in the office for safe keeping, although the school will not be held responsible for their well-being. Any items brought to school that may be disruptive will not be allowed.
LOST AND FOUND
Articles found in and around the school should be turned in to the main office where the owners may claim their property by identifying it. A cart of unclaimed clothing will be maintained for reasonable amount of time and displayed for student review at lunch time once per week.
LOCKERS AND SEARCHES
To maintain a safe and orderly environment in the schools, administrators are authorized to search students, personal belongings, and property owned by the district. Students have no expectation of privacy while on school grounds or at school-sponsored activities.
Students shall not bring, possess or store on school grounds or at school-sponsored activities any items or substances which are prohibited by law, policies, regulations, and/or school rules, or which interfere with the operations, discipline or general welfare of the school.
With reasonable suspicion, administrators have the authority to search a student. Administrators have the authority to inspect and search district property and student personal property and their contents on a random basis, with or without reasonable suspicion, and without notice or consent.
In order to provide a functional and safe learning place the school provides lockers to store personal belongings. Accordingly, students are not permitted to use book bags or tote bags during school hours.
All such student facilities either located on the school property or those made available for school activities away from the school are at all times the property of the school. It should be understood that school personnel may, at any time and without prior notice, search, open, inventory or reassign any such storage facility. School officials may remove, or instruct students to remove, contents deemed inappropriate because of their nature or condition. All students who accept the use of a locker imply consent to the searching, opening, cleaning, or reassignment of the locker or its contents without prior notice.
Lockers should be kept locked at all times. Students should not tell their combinations to each other or they cannot expect their property to be safe. Students are responsible for keeping their assigned lockers clean both inside and outside. Damages to lockers will be charged to the student responsible. Any locker malfunction should be reported to the homeroom teacher or to the office. Students are cautioned not to keep money or other valuables in their lockers. Turn in such items to the office for safe keeping.
All visitors to our school are required to check in with the office. Visitors will be assigned a badge to wear while in the building.
FIRE DRILLS – LOCK DOWNS – SHELTER IN PLACE
Safety drills are held regularly throughout the school year. A lockdown is a safety procedure used when there may be a potential threat to the school population. School staff and students are secured in classrooms and no one is allowed to leave until everyone’s safety is ensured. A lockdown may be called by school officials or law enforcement. For example, the procedure would be initiated for an intruder in the school, a nearby hazardous material incident, police activity near the school, or a weather emergency. Like our regular fire evacuation drills, lockdown practices are an important part of Reeds Brook Middle School’s safety preparedness. Shelter in Place is used in situations when outside contaminants pose a threat to our school’s population. Nearby chemical spills would be an example of this. Remember these basic rules:
- Check the instructions in each classroom (they are posted).
- Follow teacher instruction.
The RSU #22 Board of Directors advises the public that the proper channeling of complaints involving instruction, discipline, or learning materials is as follows:
- Board of Directors
The library is open to students at any time during the day when supervision is available, except when there is a regularly scheduled class, or when the library has been reserved by a class for research or special library instruction. Students may come to the library to check out materials, to read magazines and newspapers, to do research papers, and to use audiovisual materials. This year the library will be open from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm.
The school counseling program seeks to help students achieve their greatest potential mentally, emotionally, and socially, by providing the following:
- Helps new students transition to Reeds Brook Middle School
- Meets individually whenever a student, a parent, a teacher, or the counselor deems it necessary.
- Consults with parents, teachers, and administration to meet the needs of students.
- Welcomes students, parents, teachers to “talk things over” as needed.
Students or parents requiring help or information on substance abuse should contact the guidance counselor.
The RBMS Counseling Program supports the academic, social and personal development of each student. This is done through a comprehensive program that includes classroom lessons, individual meetings, and small groups to assist students’ to find academic, emotional, and social success. The counseling program helps promote a positive school climate where all students’ can feel safe and successful. The school counselor collaborates with students, parents, teachers and the community to assist RBMS students in achieving individual excellence.
Students, parents, and teachers are urged to consult with the counselor regarding any academic, social or emotional concerns. Appointments with the counselor can be made by directly emailing, calling, or contacting the front office.
The school counselor recognizes and honors the importance of confidentiality. Counselors are obligated not to disclose information shared within the context of the counseling relationship unless such disclosures are necessary for protection of the individual. These would include serious threats to their safety, or posing a serious threat to the safety of self or others.
The school nurse will be available in the Health Office at Reeds Brook Middle School 2 3/4 days a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursday afternoons) for students who wish to seek health advice. On the other 2 days, students who are ill, injured or require medication will be seen in the main office by the school secretarial staff. The parent or guardian will be contacted immediately concerning any serious injury or health problem on a student.
No medication of any kind can be dispensed by the office staff unless the student has a form signed from parents/guardians. The medicine, in its prescription bottle, is stored in the Health Office. Students are not to carry medicine with them in school.
All inhalers must be registered with the nurse and kept in that office unless permission is given to do otherwise by the nurse.
The administering of medicines in the school should be avoided whenever possible. However, when a pupil’s health and attendance is contingent upon the receipt of medication during school hours, the school board permits administering medicine in accordance with district policy. This is part of an overall effort to protect the health and safety of the student.
Before any medicine may be administered in school, the board requires the written request of the parent/guardian which shall give informed consent for such administration (including that unlicensed personnel may administer the medicine). This request shall be accompanied by the written order for the medication required greater than three (3) weeks, or in the case of a less than three (3) week prescription, the original labeled prescription bottle will suffice.
The written order of a prescribing licensed health care provider for a prescribed medication longer than three (3) weeks shall include (a) the diagnosis; (b) the dosage; (c) the time at which or the special circumstances under which the medicine is to be administered; (d) the length of time for which the medicine is prescribed — no longer than for the current school year; and (e) any possible side effects of the medication.
Parent/guardian must be responsible for delivery of the medication in the original or prescription container to the school. Only a limited, necessary supply can be kept in the school. Medicine no longer required must be removed by the parent/guardian.
All medicine will be appropriately maintained and secured by the school nurse. Teaching staff members may be provided with such information about the medication and its administration as may be in the pupil’s best interests.
Students shall not be permitted to carry and self-administer prescription medicine in school except under very special circumstances — as requested and described by the student’s licensed health care provider and approved by the school nurse (such as in the case of a responsible, adequately instructed asthmatic/allergic student given special permission to carry an inhaler and self-medicate). Students are allowed to have cough drops.
The school is equipped with first-aid medical supplies, and the nurse is sometimes available to administer treatment for minor injuries. If the child is not in immediate danger, but school personnel feel the injury should be checked by a physician, a parent or contact person is called and asked to come for the child.
If the injury is such that the child should not be moved, the local ambulance will be called to take the child to the hospital. Parents will be notified as soon as possible.
Because of health regulations concerning the spread of communicable diseases, students
Who get blood or other body fluids on their clothing will be required to have a change of clothing to continue in school for the remainder of the day. Parents will be notified by the office.
Behavior in the dining room should be based on courtesy and cleanliness. Students who steal from the Food Service Program will face disciplinary action. Tables must be cleaned by the students before dismissal. Students are to remain in the cafeteria until they have finished eating and are dismissed by the duty teacher.
Breakfast is offered every day. The price is $1.45 and free to all free and reduced price students.
“MEAL DEAL” is the same as “HOT LUNCH”. At Reeds Brook students get lots of choices for “hot lunch”. Every day there are burgers, sandwiches, and pizza. Some days there’s a hot “entrée” or menu special. The type of burger or sandwich varies from day to day. Your “menu” and the menu board in the kitchen give the menu specials and selections each day.
A “MEAL DEAL” costs $2.50. It’s a bargain!! You can choose a menu special, or the daily sandwich or burger choice, or pizza, plus your choice of milk, and everything you want from the wonderful salad/food bar – lots of good food. Students must have a serving of fruit or vegetable with their Meal Deal.
If you choose, instead of the MEAL DEAL, you can buy any food item on the line at A La Carte prices and pay for each item separately. It’s up to you. Don’t forget, the MEAL DEAL is the best deal. You must buy all dessert and snack items A La Carte unless they are listed as part of the “meal specials” on your menu. Beverages other than milk are A La Carte only. The cashiers will help you figure out what is A La Carte and what is part of the MEAL DEAL. We now offer a breakfast menu for students before school begins. Breakfast is $1.45; students who are approved for free or reduced lunch rates are eligible for a free breakfast.
Students will not be allowed to charge more than 5 Meal Deals. There is no charging of A La Carte Items. All students have a Nutrikids prepayment account with a Personal Identification Number (PIN). Money must be on accounts to purchase items. It must be deposited before school or online at Mynutrikids.com. You may prepay as much as you like, for the week, month, or year. The Nutrikids Program is a debit system.
During the school year there is an afternoon snack cart for students staying after school for Sports or Academics. Students may purchase a snack only if they have money in their Nutrikids account. The cost of the snack will be deducted from accounts on the morning of the next school day.
EAT SMART: It’s a Healthy Start
The health of children is of utmost importance to our future. RSU #22 recognizes the importance of establishing healthy eating habits early in life in order to reduce the risks of developing diet-related diseases. RSU #22 has adopted a Local School Wellness Policy that addresses the nutritional needs of children as well as other components of a healthy lifestyle for everyone in our school community. Everyone can help to meet our Wellness Goals. All foods or beverages in our schools must meet policy requirements. This means that healthy foods must be included in all activities where food is offered, including school or classroom parties and events. Because of food safety and the commitment to healthy nutrition as written in the RSU #22 School Wellness Policy. We require that food from home is not sent to classrooms without meeting Policy guidelines. ( Please do not send in non-nutritious foods like chips, donuts, candy, or soda. )
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (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.”
- 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; RSU #22 will provide copies at 5¢ per page.
- 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.
- 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):
- School officials with legitimate educational interest;
- Other schools to which a student is transferring;
- Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
- Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
- Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
- Accrediting organizations;
- To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
- Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
- 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. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.
For additional information, you may call 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call 1-800-437-0833.
Or you may contact us at the following address:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-8520
RSU #22 Hampden/Winterport/Newburgh/Frankfort
RSU #22 has a duty to locate, evaluate and identify any child residing in the district who qualifies for Special Education services or Section 504 accommodations or services.
Children eligible for special education include those children with disabilities who have autism, deaf-blindness, deafness, developmental delay, emotional disturbance, hearing impairment, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairment, specific learning disability, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury or visual impairment and who, because of such an impairment, need special education services.
Children eligible for Section 504 accommodations or services include those children who have a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.
If you suspect your child has a disability and may need special education services or 504 accommodations, or if you would like additional information, please contact your child’s teacher of call the District’s Special Education Director, Lynne Wells at 862-2774.
A student shall be referred to the IEP Team if:
- A pre-referral team determines that the gap between the student’s educational performance and the goal set for his or her grade level has not decreased satisfactorily, or provided response to intervention techniques.
- The interventions are demonstrated to be effective at decreasing the gap but require continued and substantial effort that may include the provision of special education and related services.
A parent may refer at any time. The parent of a student receiving general education interventions may request that RSU #22 conduct a full and individual evaluation for possible eligibility determination at any time during the implementation of these general education interventions.
All school-age students suspected of having a disability that requires special education will be referred to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team for an evaluation in all suspected areas of disability.
Referrals of students to the IEP Team may be made by parents/guardians at any time, and by professional school staff and by other persons knowledgeable about the student’s educational needs. Any such referral should be made in accordance with procedures approved by the district.
Individuals or agency representatives (including representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services) with knowledge of the student may refer by contacting the school principal or special education director.
If the childfind process indicates that a student may require special education and related services in order to benefit from regular education, the student shall be referred to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team to determine the child’s eligibility for special education services.
Professional employees of RSU #22 may make such a referral regardless of the results of the initial childfind activities, after completion of the pre-referral intervention process unless RSU #22 and the parent agree that one is not needed. Referral information to be given to the IEP Team will include the specific concerns of the staff member and/or parent, the alternatives attempted prior to referral, and the documentation of the parent notification of concerns by the referring party.
If any referral is made to the IEP Team, including a referral requesting evaluation of existing data on the child, the parents of the child shall be sent prior written notice of the referral.
All referrals to the IEP Team must be acted upon fifteen (15) school days. The IEP Team shall review existing evaluation data and determine the need for additional evaluations. If additional evaluations are needed, RSU #22 will send consent to evaluate form to the parents within 15 school days of the receipt of referral.
Receipt of referral is defined as the day that the special education central office or special education case manager receives it orally or in writing. An oral referral shall be put in writing by the special education case manager or special education director. The IEP Team must make the decision about evaluations within a team meeting.
Once the school receives the signed consent for testing form back from the parent, RSU #22 must complete those evaluations within 45 school days of receiving parental consent for the evaluation. The same timeline also applies to reevaluations. The parents must receive the evaluation at least 3 days prior to the IEP Team meeting at which the evaluation will be discussed. The IEP Team needs to make a decision on eligibility within the 45 day time period.
An exception to the 45 school day time frame is made:
- When the parent of a student repeatedly fails or refuses to produce the student for the evaluation.
- When a child transfers from one school unit to another after the evaluation time frame has begun but before it is completed. RSU #22 will consult with the parent to agree upon a specific time when the evaluation will be completed. This exception does not apply to transfers within RSU #22.
- This exception would not apply in those situations when the child is absent on the day the evaluation is scheduled because the child is ill.
Determinations for special education eligibility and/or program management are made with the collective input from IEP team members.
Provision for special education evaluations and services may only be accessed upon signed parental consent.
References: Maine Dept. of Education Reg. ch. 101 SS II (36), III, IV (2) (D), (E), V (4) (A)
Adopted: July 19, 2013
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICE FOR CIVIL RIGHTS
Our new Address is:
US. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights
33 Arch Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02110-1491
Phone (617) 289-0111
The Office of Civil Rights enforces several Federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance from the Department of Education. Discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin is prohibited by Title VI of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964; sex discrimination is prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; discrimination on the basis of disability is prohibited Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and age discrimination is prohibited by the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. OCR enforces the Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act (Section 9525 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001). [http://www.ed.gov/OCR]
Please email any questions to: OCR.Boston@ed.gov
REEDS BROOK STUDENT ATHLETICS
- RSU #22 Sports Physical Form – (every year)
- Signed Parent And Student Consent And Acknowledgment Form*
- *found on the athletics page of the Reeds Brook website
- All required subjects will be used to determine eligibility for athletics
- Eligibility is determined by Quarterly Report Cards and interim grades posted on the PowerSchool system. Coaches and administration will routinely review grades.
- Any athlete who falls below a 75 average in any class when eligibility is checked will be placed on academic probation for a 10 day period. It is the athlete’s responsibility to seek out extra help in the subjects in question. Any student athlete who remains below the 75 average in any class at the end of the 10 day period will be directed to The Academic Intervention Program (AIP), our after-school and supervised study program. For the next 5 school days the student will not be allowed to practice or play: The goal is to regain academic eligibility. Following this study period, students earning eligibility will be able to return to practices and games. If however, the athlete does not achieve the necessary 75 average in all classes, the student will be ineligible for the sport and removed from the team.
Eligibility checks will take place according to the schedule below. Eligibility checks will be supervised by the Athletic Director, Principal and Dean of Students.
|2015-2016 Athletic Eligibility Calendar|
|09/23/16 Grade check||10/07/16 Grades rechecked**||10/14/16 AIP recheck|
|12/16/16 Grades rechecked**||1/6/17 AIP recheck|
|4/28/17 Grades checked||
05/12/17 Grades rechecked**
|5/19/17 AIP recheck|
|**Note: Probation period ends.|
|***Note: Fall sports eligibility will be determined by grades recorded on the 4th Quarter Report Card of the previous June.|
Eligibility for Co-curricular Groups that Represent Our School to the Public
Reeds Brook’s Show Choir, Jazz Band, and Math Team represent our school at competitions and meets throughout the state.
Students involved in Show Choir and Jazz Band will have all grades checked at mid-term (see Athletic Eligibility Calendar) and again at the end of the quarter to determine eligibility. Any student with a grade below 75 in any class has 10 days to bring all class grades up to 75 or above; if a student does not then achieve the necessary 75 average in all classes the student will no longer be eligible to participate in either Show Choir or Jazz Band.
Members of the RBMS Math Team will have grades checked 10 school days before each math meet. Any student with a grade below 75 then has the 10 school days to improve all class grades to 75 or above. Any student who does not sufficiently improve all grades will miss the upcoming meet.
Additionally, every spring hundreds of community members come into Reeds Brook Middle School to enjoy the annual school play. Students involved in the play must have a 75 average or above in all classes to audition. An additional grade check at 10 school days from the beginning of rehearsals will also be used to determine eligibility. Any student not earning a 75 in all classes will have 10 days to bring all grades up to 75 or above. Any student not successfully improving all grades to the 75 or above standard will no longer be eligible to take part in the play.
Interscholastic sports are offered in basketball, field hockey, baseball, and softball, cross-country, cheer leading, football, track and soccer. Players and spectators are ambassadors for the school and are expected to act in a sportsmanlike manner both on and off the field. Student athletes who receive a detention on a game or practice day, depending on the severity of the infraction, may not participate in that game or practice until after the detention is served the following day in accordance with school policy.
Participation Following a School Absence
Students who are absent from school on the day they are scheduled to participate in an afternoon or evening event (athletics, dances, music, etc.) are ineligible to take part in that particular event, unless specific arrangements have been made with the principal prior to the afternoon or evening activity.
Clubs and Activities
There are many activities available so that every student can find some worthwhile and interesting extracurricular activity. Participation in activities is a valuable part of the total school program. The following activities and others are offered:
- Math Team
- Technology Club
- Art Club
- Jazz Band
- Chess Club
- Talent Show
- Science Club
- Civil Rights Team
- DDR and Wii Club
- Student Council
- Show Choir
- Anime and Manga Club
The Student Council provides activities, serves as a leadership training experience,
Promotes the common good, give students a share in management of the school, develops high ideals of personal conduct, seeks to interest students in school affairs, and helps solve problems that may arise. Members of the Council represent the student body and have direct access to the school administration.
Dances are limited to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Anyone who wishes to bring a guest from another middle school must present a permission slip to the Assistant Principal no later than the Thursday morning before the dance. Guests are not permitted for the final dance of the year.
Cell phones and/or camera/video device use is not permissible at school dances. Students should leave cell phones at home. Students who do arrive with a cell phone or other such device will be asked to turn in the device for the duration of the dance. Cell phones may be picked up by the student at the conclusion of the activity.
Tickets will be sold at the door from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. Entrance after 7:30 p.m. is authorized only if special arrangements are made in advance. Admission for dances will depend on costs involved in producing the dance. Once admitted to the dance, students may not leave and return again. Students may leave early only if parent/guardian makes arrangements with the chaperone.
When the dance is over, students should go directly home. Students should have transportation arranged so they can leave promptly at 9:00 p.m.
Students who have a school detention that has not been served are not eligible to attend school dances.
BUS RULES AND LATE BUS
Students have the privilege of utilizing contracted bus transportation services. They must behave at all times as they would in the classroom. A student, who fails to maintain appropriate conduct while riding, waiting for, and entering or exiting the bus, may be suspended from riding the bus. No food or drink is allowed on the bus.
If students intend to ride a bus other than their assigned bus, they must bring a note from a parent to the office and have it signed by the AM duty teacher or the Office Secretary or Principal. Students are only allowed to ride the bus designated on the bus note.
We are able to offer a late bus for students who use this service properly. Students can remain after school at Reeds Brook with permission and ride a later elementary bus home. Behavioral issues that occur will result in loss of these late bus privileges.
Students may not walk to Weatherbee School to ride the late bus.
REQUESTS FOR PLACEMENT
District teachers make recommendations for student placements for the following school year during the spring. Our teachers, making decisions based upon their experiences working with students, spend considerable time and energy composing balanced sections that will serve the intellectual and social needs of individuals and of the groups. This practice has proven to be very successful over the years. Any parent wishing to make a placement request must do so in writing no later than May 15. We do not guarantee a specific placement in response to a request, but we will take all requests into consideration.
RSU #22 Code of Conduct
The RSU #22 School Board is committed to maintaining a supportive and orderly school environment in which students may receive and staff may deliver quality education without disruption or interference and in which students may grow as ethical, responsible, and involved citizens.
To achieve this goal, RSU #22 has established a set of expectations for student conduct. These expectations are based on the values identified by the educational and public communities as essential to ethical and responsible behavior.
The board believes that each member of the school community should take responsibility for his/her own behavior. To that end, the board recognizes the need to define unacceptable student conduct, identify the possible consequences for unacceptable conduct, and ensure that discipline is administered fairly, promptly, and appropriately.
Having considered the input of administrators, parents, students and the community, the school board adopts this Student Code of Conduct (“Code”), consistent with the requirements of 20-A MRSA § 1001 (15) (adoption of Student Code of Conduct).
The Code applies to students who are on school property, who are in attendance at school or at any school-sponsored activity, or whose conduct at any time or place directly interferes with the operations, discipline, or general welfare of the school. RSU #22
In order to produce direction for the mission of RSU #22, staff and students are expected to demonstrate behavior consistent with the school community’s values. The melding of our mission and this district code of conduct is fundamental to a supportive, safe, and orderly school environment in which students can learn and grow.
- listen to others
- act politely and treat others the way one would like to be treated
- honor others/self and their property
- act in a kind manner and accept others’ differences
- use positive language/tone of voice
- ignore others’ needs
- hurt others through language or action
- A person who is honest/ethical:
- tell the truth
- take responsibility for their actions
- obey the law and follow the rules
- keep secrets/promises
- lie/deceive others by omission
- blame others for one’s actions
- A person who is responsible:
- exhibit dependability/reliability
- take charge of own actions
- follow through on promises
- meet professional and personal obligations
- take care of own property
- display a strong work ethic
- blame others
- abandon obligations
- make excuses or need constant reminders
- A person who is compassionate/empathic:
- Care for others
- Demonstrate concern for others
- Help others/act generously
- Show sensitivity to others convictions and needs
- Judge others
- Ignore/make fun of others
- Take advantage of others
- Tease/call names
The following range of consequences should apply in most circumstances. In unusual or extreme cases, this range may not be appropriate. For cases involving absence, truancy, class cutting, tardiness to school or to class and the intention is not to remove the student from the school or the classroom setting except in extreme circumstances. All attendance-related offenses must be addressed in accordance with the Board’s attendance policy.
Reallocation of Student’s Time
Exclusion from Normal School Activities
Time-out or out of classroom
Loss of privileges
Teacher/administrator conference with student
Develop a plan
Contact a parent
Friday night detention
Conference with parent/guardian
Parent/guardian notification required
Disciplinary review by Board of Directors
Conference with parent/guardian
Removal of extra-curricular privileges
Long term suspension
Recommended for Adult Education
Parent/guardian notification required
Disciplinary review by Board of Directors
(parent/guardian notification required)
Board of Directors notification
Loss of credit for assignment or course may be appropriate in addition to any of the above consequences.
Restitution for loss or damage may be requested in addition to any of the above consequences.
Where appropriate, law enforcement will be involved.
|(Note: See previous page for consequences associated with each range.)|
An absence for a day or any portion of a day, for any reason other than those cited as excused and/or failure to bring a note written by a parent/guardian to verify an excused absence
Attempting to, aiding in, or setting fire to a building or other property
Written, oral or electronic expression or physical act or gesture directed at a student(s) that has the effect of physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property; placing a student in fear; interfering with the rights of a student; interfering with a student’s academic performance or ability to participate; or is based on a student’s actual or perceived characteristics as identified in 5 MRSA § 4602 or 4694-A
Written, oral or electronic expression or physical act or gesture directed at a student(s) that has the effect of physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property; placing a student in fear; interfering with the rights of a student; interfering with a student’s academic performance or ability to participate; or is based on a student’s actual or perceived characteristics as identified in 5 MRSA § 4602 or 4694-A
Any violation of school system policy or bus driver rules or bus company policy occurring on a school bus
Copying, plagiarizing, altering records, or assisting another in such actions
Any unauthorized use of computers, software, or internet/intranet account to access the district internet/intranet, accessing inappropriate websites, misuse of a website, internet/ intranet account or internet/intranet resource
Damage, destruction, or defacement of property belonging to the school or others
Behavior that interferes with the safe and orderly environment of the school, learning or school activity
Possession or use of (including possession with the intent to sell, give, deliver or distribute) any inhalants or other intoxicants, controlled dangerous substances including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medicines, look-alikes, and substances represented as controlled dangerous substances, or drug paraphernalia
The process of coercing or obtaining property from another, with or without that person’s consent, by wrongful use of force, fear, or threat
Failure to serve detention, suspension, or other assigned consequences
Initiating a report warning of fire or other catastrophe without valid cause, misuse of 911, or discharging a fire extinguisher
A hostile confrontation with physical contact involving two or more students
Possession, use, and/or threat to use firecrackers, smoke bombs, flares, combustible or explosive substances, or a combination of substances or articles
To use, make, or reproduce another’s signature for deceptive purposes
Wagering money or property without proper authorization
Intentional or reckless act directed against another for the purpose of initiation into, affiliating with, or maintaining membership in any school-sponsored activity, organization, club, or team
Inappropriate clothing worn by a student as defined by Board policy.
Exposure to sight of the private parts of the body in a lewd or indecent manner
Refusing to follow reasonable directions of teachers, staff, and/or administration, including failure to identify self
Leaving school grounds during regular school hours without written or verbal permission from parent/guardian or someone listed on the emergency procedure card which is on file at the school
Aggressive action, with physical contact, directed at any other person on school grounds or at a school-sponsored event, including a situation where a staff member is intervening in a fight or other disruptive activity
Possession of sexually explicit material on school grounds or school sponsored events
Using vulgar or abusive language, cursing, or swearing
Failure to comply with school rules, regulations, policies, and/or procedures
Behavior of a sexual nature, including consensual sexual activity
Lateness to school or class
Taking or obtaining property of another without permission or knowledge of the owner
Expression, conveyed by word or action, of intent to do physical harm to a staff member at school, or school sponsored events
Possession or use of any tobacco or tobacco products, including possession with the intent to sell, give, deliver, or distribute
Unauthorized presence on school property including while on a restrictive trespass, suspension, or expulsion
Ten full days of non-excused absences or seven consecutive school days of non-excused absences during a school year
Possession of an object or implement capable of causing harm or used in such a way as to cause harm to another. This includes all guns, including pellet and BB guns, knives, and any implement, visible or concealed, possessed under a circumstance which would reasonably lead a person to believe it was a weapon.
- Board Policies Supporting Code of Conduct
- ACA, Harassment
- ADC/JICG, Tobacco Use and Possession
- EBCC, Bomb Threats
- IJNDB, Student Electronic Devices and Internet Use and Internet Safety
- IJNDC, Acceptable Internet Use
- JEA, Compulsory Attendance Ages
- JHB, Truancy
- JH, Student Absences and Excuses
- JICA, Student Dress
- JICC, Student Conduct on School Buses
- JICH, Tobacco, Drug and Alcohol Use by Students
- JICFA, Hazing
- JICIA, Weapons, Violence and School Safety
- JICK, Bullying
- JKB, Detention of Students
- JQ, Student Fees, Fines and Charges
Behavior in the dining room should be based on courtesy and cleanliness. Upon entering the cafeteria for lunch, students will be seated at a table. Students should not overcrowd a table and must ensure that the table and surrounding floor area are clean prior to dismissal. No food is permitted outside the cafeteria. Stealing food is a serious matter and will not be tolerated. Students at the last lunch of the day will be asked to stack their chairs.
Food and drinks, excepting bottled water, are not allowed in our classrooms. Teachers may on occasion sponsor special events in their room when students will be permitted to bring snacks or beverages.
Students are expected to participate fully and cooperate with all classroom activities. Students are expected to conform to these requirements and not disrupt the education of others. Teachers may keep students after school for misbehavior or for failing to complete required homework assignments. Students who are required to leave the classroom due to inappropriate behavior may receive an office detention for each occurrence.
Substitute teachers and volunteers are guests in our school. Students are expected to make our guests feel welcome and comfortable here. We want our guests to let others know that Reeds Brook Middle School students are the greatest! Students sent out of a substitute’s room for misbehavior will be assigned a detention.
We are grateful to the many community members who volunteer at Reeds Brook. School volunteers are required to fill out district forms and meet with the principal. Anyone significantly involved in volunteering at Reeds Brook will be subject to a public criminal history records check.
Students are not permitted to leave the building without permission any time that school is in session or while under the supervision of staff after school. Leaving the school or grounds is a serious infraction and could result in a suspension from school.
Our schools and equipment are paid for by district taxpayers to support student learning. Students, who mark, lose, or break school property including books will be required to pay for losses or damages. Any student who willfully destroys or steals school property will be subject to disciplinary procedures, possibly including suspension or expulsion, and will pay for damages. Willful misuse of the school’s computer equipment or system will be considered vandalism. If a student damages something accidentally, a teacher or the main office should be notified immediately.
Many factors, including availability of information on the Internet and other electronics sources, academic pressure, and lack of understanding about academic ethics have resulted in the fact that students, with more frequency, are committing plagiarism. Plagiarism is representing someone else’s work or ideas as one’s own. If a student uses a source and does not credit ideas, the student is plagiarizing. If a student directly quotes a source without crediting the source, the student is plagiarizing. Downloading materials from the computer or the Internet without citing sources, is plagiarizing.
Reeds Brook’s goal is to teach students the definitions of and implications of plagiarism. Students who submit work which shows evidence of plagiarism shall participate in a conference with the teacher involved and also with parents, guidance counselors, and administrators as necessary.
Plagiarism at the middle school level usually involves loss of credit for the assignment involved. Students should be aware that plagiarism on the collegiate level is grounds for expulsion.
There is mounting evidence that documents the harm to an individual who is subject to harassment from peers. Reeds Brook takes a strong stand against such behavior. We provide considerable instruction to students about what constitutes harassment. We have an active student organization, The Reeds Brook Civil Rights Team, which assists with this education and helps identify disrespectful experiences that students might encounter. Bullying is any physical act, gesture or communication that harms another person or property that causes a student to be fearful of harm, or that disrupts the operations of the school. Together we work to develop skills to eliminate the ill effects of these behaviors. Willful harassment and bullying are infractions of our Code of Conduct and are treated seriously. A copy of the anti-bullying rubric used by the Reeds Brook staff is on the following page.
Students shall have a safe and healthy learning environment which is free of detrimental effects of tobacco, drugs and alcohol. Accomplishing this goal requires a cooperative effort among school staff, students, families, community members, law enforcement and organizations concerned with the use of tobacco, drugs and alcohol by school-aged youth.
In order to promote the safety, health, and well-being of students, there will be a three-pronged approach to address the issue of tobacco, drug and alcohol use: prevention/education, intervention, and discipline.
As part of the prevention education program, coaches and advisors will review the policies and regulations with the students/athletes. In order to participate in interscholastic activities, public performances events, and student government and leadership positions students must review and discuss the policy and regulations and sign a form. Their parents/guardians must also review the policies and regulations and sign the form. This form acknowledges parent and student awareness of an agreement to abide by the tobacco products, drug and alcohol policy and regulations.
Reeds Brook students who are required to sign an acknowledgement include all interscholastic sports, Math Team, Show Choir, Jazz Band and other student groups perceived to represent RSU #22.
All students are subject to the district’s tobacco, drug and alcohol use policies and regulations.
Teachers may assign detention for inappropriate behavior in the classroom or hallways. Teachers will complete a Behavioral Incident Report for the student indicating the behavior and the date that the student will report to the teacher’s room. Students must return the form signed by the parent the next day. Failure to stay for a personal detention will result in a doubling of the time. Students may also be detained after school for failure to complete required assignments.
The day the student receives detention, depending on the severity of the infraction, he or she must go home immediately after school and may not participate in any extracurricular activities until that detention has been served. If a student receives five personal detentions in a quarter, a disciplinary review may be held with the teaching team members and the principal to determine if further action is required.
Office detentions are assigned for major infractions of school rules and for students who are removed from class for disruptive and inappropriate behavior in the classroom. These detentions are assigned by the principal or assistant principal and will be served from 2:00 to 3:00 on the following day in the assigned detention room. Students assigned to office detention are to report on time with homework or reading material to complete while on detention. Students who misbehave during an assigned detention will have their time doubled. Failure to serve an office detention will also result in the doubling of the detention. A repeat of this behavior may result in a suspension from school.
Behavioral Incident Reports leading to detentions are to be returned to the office or the assistant principal the next day signed by the parent. All other requirements and regulations pertaining to other detentions apply as well to Office Detentions.
The following procedures for office detention will be administered by the teacher assigned to that responsibility each day:
- Students will bring work with them.
- Students will not be allowed to talk or cause any disruptions in the detention room.
- If a student, after being warned once, continues the misconduct, the teacher will dismiss them from the detention hall. No credit will be given for this detention and an additional office detention will be assigned.
For severe behavioral issues, including but not limited to excessive tardiness, a Friday afternoon detention lasting from 2:00 to 3:30 may be issued by the administration. Families will be responsible for providing transportation.
Behavioral contracts for repeated behavioral infractions will be developed by teachers and the school administration to provide special regulations beyond the disciplinary code for students with excessive behavioral infractions. These contracts will be signed by parents and school officials and will be in effect until such time that the team feels it is no longer necessary.
Rules for suspension have been developed by the RSU #22 School Committee for serious infractions of school regulations with regard to fighting, substance use, disrespectful behavior and vandalism. Students may be suspended by the school principal for a period of up to ten days for each infraction. While on suspension, students may not participate in any school activities or be present on school property. All school work missed due to a suspension may be made up for full credit.
The principal shall have the authority to suspend students for ten days or less, in accordance with this and other pertinent Board policy, i.e. JFCI and GBN. The principal shall notify the superintendent whenever any suspension occurs. The superintendent must report the suspension to the Board of Directors at its next regular meeting.
According to our Code of Conduct, students may be suspended for any of the following reasons:
- Repeated instances of disturbing and disrupting classes
- Use of oral/written language or gestures considered vulgar, obscene or offensive
- Defacing or destruction of school property
- Repeated unexcused absences or tardies
- Bringing prohibited articles to school
- Use possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages and/or use, possession or distribution of scheduled (or counterfeit) drugs or drug paraphernalia on the school grounds during the school day or at any school sponsored trip or function
- Use of tobacco on or about all school premises
- Impertinent or disrespectful language or conduct toward staff members
- Criminal offenses committed away from school which may affect the school climate
- For other due and sufficient reasons as determined by the administration
Weapons of any nature, including firearms and knives of any kind, are not permitted on school property. The possession of a weapon of any kind will result in suspension and possible expulsion from school. All incidences of weapon possession will be reported to the legal authorities for further action.