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Student Handbook 2018-2019

 

STUDENT & PARENT HANDBOOK

2018 - 2019

Dr. Jarmar Muhammad, Principal

Dwayne Berry, Assistant Principal

 

 

 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE                                                                                                                  5

NOTICE OF RECEIPT FORM                                                                                                           6

PURPOSE AND DIRECTION OF MPS                                                                                             7

MISSION STATEMENT                                                                                                                    7

VISION STATEMENT                                                                                                                      7

SCHOOL MOTTO                                                                                                                             7

GENERAL INFORMATION                                                                                                             8

SMS FACULTY AND STAFF                                                                                                           9

WELCOME TO SOUTHLAWN MIDDLE SCHOOL                                                                       10

THE HOME OF THE ROCKETS                                                                                                     10

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL                                                                                                         11

ASSEMBLIES/DANCES/ATHLETIC SPECTATOR EVENTS                                                         11

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES                                                                                                     12

BELL SCHEDULE                                                                                                                          13

BULLYING & HARASSMENT PROCEDURE                                                                               14

BUS CONDUCT                                                                                                                             14

CAFETERIA/LUNCH PROGRAM                                                                                                  14

CARE OF BUILDING AND GROUNDS                                                                                        14

CHRONIC ILLNESS or INJURY                                                                                                    15

COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL REGULATIONS                                                                        15

CONFERENCES                                                                                                                             15

DRESS CODE                                                                                                                                 15

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION                                                                                   17

EVALUATION POLICY                                                                                                                 17

FEES                                                                                                                                               17

FUNDRAISING PROJECTS                                                                                                            17

GRIEVANCE (COMPLAINTS) PROCEDURES                                                                              17

GUIDANCE OFFICE                                                                                                                      18

HOMEROOM                                                                                                                                  18

HOMEWORK                                                                                                                                 18

INCLEMENT WEATHER                                                                                                               18

INDEPENDENT STUDY SEMINAR (GIFTED)                                                                              19

MEDIA CENTER                                                                                                                            19

LOST AND FOUND                                                                                                                       19

MAKE UP WORK                                                                                                                           19

MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL                                                                                                        19

OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION                                                                                                  20

PARENT RIGHTS                                                                                                                           20

PARENT TEACHER STUDENT ASSOCIATION (PTSA)                                                               20

PHYSICAL EDUCATION DRESS                                                                                                  20

PERSONAL MATERIALS NOT RELATED TO SCHOOL                                                              20

REPORT CARDS                                                                                                                            21

SPECIAL OCCASIONS                                                                                                                   21

TEXTBOOKS                                                                                                                                  21

SCHOOL VISITORS (BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY)                                                           21

RESPONSE TO INSTRUCTION (RtI)                                                                                             23

HOW TO SURVIVE ON MAJOR TESTS                                                                                        26

PREPARING TO STUDY                                                                                                                26

MONTGOMERY PUBLIC SCHOOLS CALENDAR                                                                       27

MONTGOMERY PUBLIC SCHOOLS STUDENT ASSESSMENT CALENDAR                            28

REPORT CARDS/PROGRESS REPORTS/PARENT MEETING SCHEDULES                               29

 

SCHOOL-WIDE DISCIPLINE PLAN                                                                                          30

SCHOOL-WIDE DISCIPLINE PLAN NOTICE OF RECEIPT FORM                                              31

SCHOOL-WIDE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE                                                                                  32

BULLYING & HARASSMENT PROCEDURE                                                                               33

CARE OF BUILDING AND GROUNDS                                                                                        33

DRESS CODE                                                                                                                                 33

HALLWAY DISCIPLINE                                                                                                                34

HALL PASSES                                                                                                                                34

OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION                                                                                                  34

CELL PHONES or TELECOMMUNICATION (School Procedure)                                                 34

POSSESSION OF CELL PHONES OR TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICES                                 35

ROCKET BUCKS                                                                                                                           35

RESPONSE TO INSTRUCTION (RtI)                                                                                             36

DISCIPLINE STEPS                                                                                                                        39

 

 

 

 

 


 

IMPORTANT MESSAGE

 

Students and Parents:

This book outlines the procedures that parents and students should follow during their matriculation at Southlawn Middle School. Please read the book carefully and be sure to sign the NOTICE of RECEIPT form, and return it to your homeroom teacher. Your signature indicates that you have received and read this document.

 


 

NOTICE OF RECEIPT FORM

 

I____________________, a student enrolled in ____________________________ 

      (Student’s name)                                                             (Name of School)

and my parent/guardian hereby acknowledge by our signatures that we have received, read, and understand, and/or had read to us and understand, the 2018-2019  Southlawn Middle School Student Parent Handbook. 

We understand that these policies and laws apply to all parents and students enrolled in Montgomery Public Schools, and at all activities and events, including school buses, sponsored or supervised by MPS school officials.

_____________________________                                      ____________________________

Student Signature                                                                   Date

NOTE: If the student lives with both parents/guardians, both are to sign the statement. If the student only lives with one parent, only one signature is required. Failure to return this form does not absolve the student or parent from the requirements stated in this Code of Student Behavior.

_______________________________                                  _____________________________

Parent/Guardian                                                                      Date

_______________________________                                  _____________________________

Parent/Guardian                                                                      Date

 


 

PURPOSE AND DIRECTION OF MPS

The mission of MPS is to engage, educate, and inspire

 our students to succeed in college,

career, and beyond.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Southlawn Middle School is to educate students academically and socially to meet their highest potential in a safe and nurturing environment.  It is our belief that every child can and will learn when given the opportunity.

 

VISION STATEMENT

The vision of Southlawn Middle School is to achieve a working relationship among students, faculty, parents, and the community at large in order to reach excellence. Our instructional techniques and strategies equip our students to be college and career ready.

 

SCHOOL MOTTO

We are the Rockets

Dedicated and Motivated to be Educated

We want today to be better than the one before

If I win, you win

And together like Rockets

We S.O.A.R.


GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Administrative Staff:     Jarmar Muhammad, Principal

                                      Dwayne Berry, Assistant Principal

                  

Counselor:                     Dr. Joan Williams

Mrs. Selena Young-Talley

                                     

Office Personnel:            Mrs. Stephanie Caver, Administrative Asst.

                                      Mrs. Gaybrielle Cobb Wright, Attendance Clerk

Mrs. Tunda Ray, Bookkeeper 

                                     

School Colors:               Green and Gold

School Mascot:              Rockets

 

Location:                        5333 Mobile Hwy

                                      Montgomery, AL  36108        

 

Contact Numbers:                   (334) 284-8086

                                      (334) 284-8094 Fax

 

Website:                         http://www.southlawnmid.mps-al.org/

Office Hours:                 7:15 a.m. until 2:45 p.m.

SMS FACULTY AND STAFF

 

Principal…………………...……...... Jarmar Muhammad

Assistant Principal………………..... Dwayne Berry

Guidance Counselor…….................. Dr. Joan Williams

                                                            Selena Young-Talley

Librarian………………………........  Thalia Gibson-Toles

Bookkeeper……………....…...........  Tunda Ray

Front Office Secretary……...……… Stephanie Caver

Secretary III..…………………….... Gaybrielle Wright

Secretary III……...……………....... Beverly Hipplewith

Security Officers………………....... Shelby Meadows

                                                            Shayla Payne

                                                            Mykell Flynn

Lunchroom Manager……………....   Cynthia Gant

Custodians………………...………. Alveile King, Deborah Washington,

                        Eddie Washington, Willie Powell

 

Sixth Grade                           Seventh Grade                                   Eighth Grade

Ellis, Eric                                 Harris, Yvonne                                    Gresham, Gwendolyn

Leverette, Jr., Allen                Hampton, Keisha                                Ashley, Joy

Dudley, KeUndra                   Portis, Ralph                                       Poole, Kenisha

Biggs Jr., Joe                           Warren, Telisa                                     Adams, Heather

Moore, Megan                         Bone, Jennifer

Anderson, Tamarry                

                                   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Special Education                  Paraprofessionals                              Physical Education

Provence, Celeste                    Cobb-Newton, Angela                        Reynolds, Jackie

Sanders, Kelvin                      Joyce, Linda                                        Ashley, Ronald

Toney, Betty                           Young, Sarah                                      Callahan, Jennifer

Parker, Tanisha                        Muse, Darius                                       Combs, Susanne                                                                                       Flynn, Quintorious                  Reese, Annie

Ware, April                             Boykin, Artesia

Brown, Roneshia                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                                               

Food Service                          Electives                                             In-School Suspension

Blair, Willie                             Arnold, Debra – Career Tech              Lee, Donya

Brown, Tericko                       Cooley, Adrienne- Technology          

Bodiford, Earl                         Pinkston, Isaiah – Technology

Hall, Aubrey                           Goodwin, Charles - Band

 

 

WELCOME TO SOUTHLAWN MIDDLE SCHOOL

THE HOME OF THE ROCKETS

The academic years of your child’s education provide valuable experiences for student learning.  As your child matriculates into adolescence, you will experience his/her desire for more independence. It is important that home and school provide the structure for each child to grow and develop the skills needed to function in society.

We strive to meet the needs of all students by providing opportunities for their social, emotional, academic, and physical growth. It is very important that students are involved in all aspects of middle school. These opportunities will help them grow in many ways and prepare them for the world of work. Our faculty and staff are eager to assist you in making your years at Southlawn Middle educationally sound.  We welcome you and are excited about your educational journey. 

 

Sincerely,

 

Jarmar Muhammad, Ed.D                                                               

Principal                                         


 

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL

Students transported by school buses arrive and depart school at the scheduled times.  Students who are not transported by school bus should not arrive on campus prior to 7:10 a.m. nor remain later than 2:50 p.m. For the safety of all students, it is imperative that you pick your child up by the designated time.  Supervision is not available before and after the indicated times.  Failure to comply with school procedures will result in administrators contacting the Montgomery Police Department. When students arrive, they will report inside the building. Sixth graders will report to the 6th grade wing. Seventh graders will report to the cafeteria. Eighth graders will report to the gymnasium and sit in designated areas. Only buses are allowed on the bus lane located in the front of the school. Visitor parking is available in the rear of the main building. Parking is not allowed within 10 feet of the fire hydrant. 

 

ASSEMBLIES/DANCES/ATHLETIC SPECTATOR EVENTS

A student’s conduct in assemblies, dances, and athletic events must meet the same standard as in the classroom. Behavior problems at assemblies, dances, and athletic events may result in the student being asked to leave and/or possible suspension from future assemblies, dances, or athletic events. Remember, when you are attending a school-sponsored activity, you are under school jurisdiction and are subject to all rules and regulations listed in the Montgomery County Board of Education Code of Conduct. At the end of school dances, athletic events, or any school event it is imperative that parents or guardians be on time to pick up their sons and daughters. It is the parent’s responsibility to pick up the student on time; therefore, failure to do so will result in the student being prohibited from school sponsored activities and athletic events in the future.

The following will apply during all assembly programs:

  • Seating arrangements will be under the supervision of the faculty, staff, and administration.
  • Students will sit in their assigned sections.
  • Each teacher will be responsible for monitoring the behavior of the students during the program.

 

 

 

 

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURES

The state attendance law requires compulsory attendance until age 17. Students are required to attend classes after entering the school campus. If a student is to achieve, he/she should attend school regularly. Refer to Montgomery Public Schools (MPS) Code of Student Behavior for clarification.

 

Absences will be classified as excused or unexcused. Excused absences allow the student the privilege of making up work due to absenteeism. It is the student's responsibility to obtain and complete all the work assignments missed while absent.

 

Parents are required to send a note to the homeroom teacher explaining ALL absences and reasons for tardiness on the first day the student returns to school.  Extended absences will require a physician’s note. It is both a state and local requirement that these statements are kept on file. If the written statement is not received by the fourth day, the absence will be considered unexcused.

 

Out of town trips will be excused only in the case of an emergency or when it is for the purpose of education. The principal must approve absences of this nature before the trip is taken.

Unexcused Absences:

Absences without a valid cause will be regarded as unexcused. Students will not receive credit for missed assignments. For more information please refer to the current Montgomery Public School Code of Behavior.

Check-In Procedures:

Students are required to report to school no later than the official beginning of the school day and to be on time for all classes during the day. Only an individual whose name appears on the registration card can check-in the students unless the school verifies permission with the parent/guardian. Check-ins are excused for the same reasons as absences. Check-ins for any other reason are unexcused and may result in disciplinary action. No make-up work is allowed for unexcused check-ins.

Checkout Procedures:

If a student must check out during the school day, a parent or guardian must come in the office to sign the student out.  Persons wanting to check out a student must be prepared to show identification.  A student will NOT be released to anyone who is NOT listed on the registration card. Early dismissals are discouraged, but if it is necessary for a student to leave during the school day, arrangements should be made before leaving home and the aforementioned procedure should be followed. Students will not be called for checkout until the parent has arrived and identification has been checked.  

BELL SCHEDULE

7:25 AM

7:30 AM

Advisory

7:30 AM

8:20 AM

Period 1

8:25 AM

9:20 AM

Period 2

9:25 AM

10:20 AM

Period 3

10:25 AM

11:20 AM

Period 4

11:25 AM

12:45PM

Period 5

12:50 PM

1:45PM

Period 6

1:50 PM

2:45 PM

Period 7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BULLYING & HARASSMENT PROCEDURE

Bullying/harassment of students is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated in the school setting. Bullying includes a variety of both verbal and nonverbal activities. Students who become involved or encourage others in this type of activity are subject to disciplinary actions ranging from student conferences and counseling to suspension and possible expulsion.  Disciplinary actions will be progressive in accordance with the severity and/or repetitiveness of the offenses. Students should report any such harassment to their supervising teacher, counselor, or administrator immediately.

 

BUS CONDUCT

Students being transported are under the authority of the bus driver. The importance of proper conduct while waiting for, boarding, riding, or disembarking from a bus cannot be overemphasized. Any behavior that distracts the bus driver instantly endangers all students. In the interest of safety, parents are urged to impress upon their children the necessity for strict compliance with the rules. Those who refuse to obey the direction of the driver or abide by bus regulations may forfeit their right to ride on a bus. When behavior is out-of-control, we will invite the parents to find alternative transportation for their children. Parents having questions concerning bus transportation should call 334 284-2085.

 

CAFETERIA/LUNCH PROGRAM

The cafeteria is a dining room and students should conduct themselves accordingly.    A student "breaking the line," will be sent to the back of the line.  Students will sit at their assigned tables and will not be allowed to visit their friends at other tables. Trays and paper should be placed in the waste receptacle provided for that purpose after eating. Students may not bring food/beverages from outside restaurants to consume during breakfast/lunch or any meal serving hours.  Students who violate this procedure will have their food and/or beverage confiscated and disposed of.  Repeated violation of the school’s policy and procedure will result in disciplinary action.

 

CARE OF BUILDING AND GROUNDS

Every pupil should demonstrate an interest and pride in the cleanliness and appearance of our school and grounds. Our custodial staff and teachers work hard to keep our school clean, but they cannot do this work alone. By working together, we can keep our school clean. Consumption of food and beverages will be restricted to the lunchroom. Students will not be allowed to have food or beverages on the walkways, in the hallways, or in classrooms.

CHRONIC ILLNESS or INJURY

Teachers and office personnel should be made aware of chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, allergies, etc. Specific written instructions from a physician must be submitted to the office and kept on file should an emergency arise or the need for additional accommodations. 

                      

COMPLIANCE WITH FEDERAL REGULATIONS

Southlawn does not discriminate on the basis of disability, gender, race, national origin, religion, or age in its dealings with students, the general public, employees, and applicants for employment, educational programs, activities, or access to its facilities.  

 

CONFERENCES

If you have concerns about your child’s academic progress or behavior, you are invited to contact the school to arrange a conference with all or specific teachers.

 

DRESS CODE

Students are expected to comply with the Uniform Dress Code Procedure. In order to maintain consistency as well as a safe school environment, the following procedures have been implemented in regards to proper school attire.  The uniform guidelines of the school coincide with MPS dress code, but in a more detailed and school specific form. Consequences are listed in the MPS Code of Student Behavior.   

The following items, styles or manners of dress are prohibited:


  • overalls
  • hats
  • baseball caps
  • bandanas
  • wave caps
  • sunglasses
  • vests
  • headbands
  • hoodies
  • suspenders
  • low-cut shirts that expose a student’s breasts or torso

Any fashion (dress, accessory, or hairstyle) that disrupts the educational process or presents a safety risk will not be permitted. Personal expression is permitted within these general guidelines.

Uniforms must be worn appropriately i.e. shirts are to be tucked in and pants are not to be worn lower than a student’s hips.

 

 

 

Shirts:

  • Standard solid gold (6th grade), solid hunter green (7th), solid white (8th) short or long sleeve golf / polo style shirt with a collar and must be long enough to stay tucked in throughout the day.
  • Short or long sleeve solid

    Pants/Skirts:

  • Khaki pants/skirts ONLY, long or short pants. Pants must fit (no oversized, sagging pants).
  • Shorts, uniform dresses, skirts, and skorts must be no higher than 1 inch from the bend in the back of the knee

    Belts:

    • Only one belt may be worn with pants.

      Shoes:

  • Dark shoes are preferred. Tennis shoes with matching shoelaces are allowed.

    Winter Attire:

  • Jackets/coats may be worn to school. Hoodless jackets, sweaters, and coats must be able to zip or button from top to bottom. All of the jackets must remain unzipped in the building so the faculty, staff, and administrators can see the uniform shirt.

    Hairstyles:

  • Hair should not disrupt classes, interfere with learning, prevent instruction, and should comply with state health and safety standards.

    Jewelry

  • Please refer to the MPS Code of Student Behavior (No large or excessive jewelry.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Emergency contact information must be maintained on each student’s registration card. If the information changes throughout the school year, parents should notify the office immediately. Students will not be released from school to persons other than those indicated on the student’s registration card. 

 

EVALUATION POLICY

Teachers are responsible for determining the basis of evaluation in their subject areas. Tests are administered as one means of determining student progress. Since teachers administer small, regularly spaced tests throughout the year, students should maintain a consistent effort all year. They should remember that effort counts a great deal in promotion decisions and that performance on assignments is just as important as performance on tests.  The following scale is to be used to compute classroom grades.

  • Classroom Assessments:  65% (This is to include major classroom tests, reports, and projects.)

     

  • Classroom Assignments:  25-35% (This is to include short quizzes, daily grades, classroom work.)

     

  • Homework Assignments:  0-5% (Homework may not exceed 5%)

 

FEES

Elective courses and physical education classes require specific fees. Individual course teachers will submit specific fee amounts to students. Cash, cashier’s check, or money order may be used to pay fees.

 

FUNDRAISING PROJECTS

The building principal must sanction all fundraising activities.  Classes and organizations may submit requests for approval of such projects to the principal on the designated form.

 

GRIEVANCE (COMPLAINTS) PROCEDURES

If students or parents feel they have been wronged or are upset over some aspect of their experiences at Southlawn, they are expected to express themselves in an appropriate manner. A student or parent with a grievance should first discuss the matter with the teacher in private consultations/conferences regarding such complaints to resolve differences. If this does not resolve the issue, the matter should be directed to the principal or principal’s designee.

 

 

GUIDANCE OFFICE

The school counselors are available to provide assistance to students who request help in solving personal problems. Students should obtain a pass from a supervising adult to enter the office. Counseling services include providing assistance to students who would like to discuss:  (1) the personal, social and school life problems (2) the selection of school programs and classroom achievement, (3) the direction and the development of study habits necessary for successful learning, and (4) the exploration of their vocational interests, aptitudes, and abilities for the purpose of selecting appropriate programs. The school counselor is always ready to listen and will keep your conversation confidential. Parents may confer with the counselor by calling or requesting that a conference be scheduled through the school’s office. 

 

 

HOMEROOM

All students are assigned to a homeroom. A homeroom period will be held each day before classes begin. This time will be used for attendance, registration activities, review of school procedures, and other school organizational matters. This time will also allow the homeroom teacher an opportunity to build rapport with your child and/or advise the student of school activities.

 

 

HOMEWORK

Homework assignments are a very important part of the total school program. While homework assignments are the major responsibility of the student, it is very important for the parent to check to see that homework is done. Homework should supplement, complement, and reinforce classroom teaching and learning. Homework may be graded for accuracy and/or participation. Students should attempt all homework.

 

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER

In case of inclement weather, please listen to local radio and television stations for school information for the Montgomery Public Schools System. If school must be dismissed due to bad weather, regular bus routes will be followed unless the media and/or phone messaging give other information. 

 

 

INDEPENDENT STUDY SEMINAR (GIFTED)

Gifted students are those who perform at high levels in academic and/or creative fields when compared to others of their age, experience, or environment.  These students require services not ordinarily provided by the regular school program.  Students possessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata and in all areas of human endeavor.  Teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or other individuals with knowledge of the student’s abilities may refer a student for the gifted program.  Additionally, all secondary students at traditional schools will be observed as potential gifted referrals.

 

MEDIA CENTER

The media center is specialized to support the units of instruction in grades 6-8. Books, periodicals, software and Internet services, including several subscription sites are available for research on curriculum topics.

 

LOST AND FOUND

The Lost and Found is located in the office. Items are kept for approximately one week. Unclaimed items are donated to a charitable organization. Southlawn is not responsible for lost or stolen items at school or school-sponsored events. 

 

MAKE UP WORK

When absent, the student must arrange with his/her teacher(s) on the day the student returns to make up work missed. All missed work should be made up within three days after returning to school unless your absence has been unusually long or there are other unusual circumstances. Work may be requested and picked up by parent(s) or guardian(s) for extended illnesses of three or more days.

MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL

No school employee is permitted to administer medications of any kind.  The parent/guardian must fill out a medication form and have it filed in the office. No medications are to be sent to school without prior approval by the principal.  Medications will be kept in the school nurse’s office and the student will need to see the school nurse to get the medicine when approval has been granted.

 

OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

Students will be assigned out-of-school suspension for severe infractions of school rules, continual and repeated violations of school rules or failure to successfully complete their IN-SCHOOL-SUSPENSION assignment.  In addition, they may not trespass on school property or attend any school function or activity during the period of their suspension and will be allowed to make up any of the school assignments.

 

PARENT RIGHTS

Each parent or guardian is granted the following rights:

  1. To inspect their child's school record.
  2. A conference with faculty or other personnel.
  3. Visiting school and/or classrooms (without causing a distraction to the instruction)
  4. To offer suggestions or constructive criticism regarding the educational system.
  5. To have questions or concerns regarding the educational program answered in accordance with the accepted Board procedure.

 

 

PARENT TEACHER STUDENT ASSOCIATION (PTSA)

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month during the school year. Active participation is encouraged.

 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION DRESS

Green, gold, white, gray, or black mesh or cotton shorts, (no tights) along with Southlawn t-shirts that display a Southlawn logo, socks, and tennis shoes are to be worn during P.E. Failure to dress out, or the failure to comply with the uniform decor will result in points being deducted from the student’s physical education grade.

 

PERSONAL MATERIALS NOT RELATED TO SCHOOL

Any materials or articles not directly related to class work are not permitted at school. All items must be picked up within 48 hours from the school office where the items will be logged and stored. The school is not responsible for its security.  Students should not bring large amounts of money to school, leave their cell phone unsecured, or expensive personal items to school. 

 

REPORT CARDS

Student progress is reported to students and to parents, four times during the school year. Consult the Montgomery Public School Code of Behavior for specific dates. If you have concerns about your child’s academic progress, you are invited to contact the school to arrange for a conference with specific teachers.

 

SPECIAL OCCASIONS

No deliveries for any celebratory or special occasion will be accepted.  This includes flowers, balloons, singing telegrams, cakes, cookie cakes, bouquets, and etc.

 

TEXTBOOKS

Students are responsible for the books assigned to them by their teachers.  A charge will be made for lost books or excessively damaged books. The school assumes no responsibility for lost or stolen books.

SCHOOL VISITORS (BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICY)

Parents/guardians and community members are invited and encouraged to visit the school.  To ensure the safety of students, staff and visitors, ALL PERSONS (PARENTS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS, VOLUNTEERS, BOARD EMPLOYEES, ETC.) VISITING THE SCHOOL ARE REQUIRED TO ENTER THROUGH THE DESIGNATED MAIN ENTRANCE TO SIGN IN AT THE SCHOOL OFFICE AND PRESENT PROPER IDENTIFICATION, INCLUDING AT LEAST ONE PHOTO

ID.  A visitor’s pass will then be issued by office personnel. All school visitors must comply at all times with Board of Education policies, administrative rules, and school regulations.  Any person entering a Montgomery Public School building is subject to a routine hand-held search or walk through a metal detector.  This is to include any school sponsored activity on or off school property, and non-school sponsored activities on school property.

  1. Parents/guardians are asked to plan any visit so that they arrive at the beginning of classes.  The purpose of the visit is to observe. Therefore, parents/guardians should not interact with their child, other students, and/or attempt to have a conference with the teacher. 
  2. Principal and school administration will reserve the right to limit the number of visitors to a classroom.  More than one visitor or a parent with other children could distract students and hinder the learning process.
  3. Students on suspension from any schools are not allowed on campus and will be considered trespassing.
  4. Students from other schools will be allowed on campus only with the permission of school administration. 
  5. Parent/guardian conferences with the teacher and/or principal must be scheduled in advance and concluded in a timely manner set by building principal
  1. Mutual courtesy and respect should be shown during the conference. Visits may be prohibited at certain times such as: the first and last weeks of school, immediately before or after vacations and other breaks and while standardized testing or other assessments are being conducted
  2. Conferences can only be held with a parent/guardian.  Parents/guardians must notify the principal in advance if they are requesting that additional persons attend.  The principal will have the final decision whether or not additional persons may attend the conferences. If special accommodations are needed for a conference, call the school to make arrangements prior to visit.

 

  1. Disruptive Visitors ─ Montgomery Public Schools expects mutual respect, civility and orderly conduct from all individuals on school property or at school sponsored activities, no matter his or her status or the purpose of his or her presence. Any person who becomes physically or verbally disruptive on school property may be subject to criminal prosecution as well as termination of visiting privileges. Disruptive conduct includes, but is not limited to, using a raised voice, using profanity, uttering verbal or written threats or employing threatening gestures or otherwise engaging in an action deemed inappropriate by the building administrator. In the event a person visiting school property is deemed to be disruptive, the person will be instructed to leave school property and law enforcement may be called for assistance, if necessary. The building administrator may, with the approval of the Superintendent or designee, issue a no-trespass notice against any person who is deemed to have created a disruption while on school property or at a school-sponsored event. The no-trespass notice shall be in force until such time as the Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee deems appropriate to lift that order.
  2. All visitors’ cell phone calls should be completed prior to entering the building. All electronic devices should be turned off.

Visitors should follow all school rules regarding telecommunication devices for students.


 

RESPONSE TO INSTRUCTION (RtI)  

Based on the Response to Instruction (RtI) framework as outlined by the Alabama State Department of Education, a multi-tiered system of support will be implemented to address the behavioral needs of students.  Three tiers of supports are provided to students:

TIER I - All students receive universal support (successful with approximately 80%)

The first step in the RtI process for Tier I is to establish a comprehensive school-wide Positive Behavior Intervention Support Plan that includes rewards and consequences for all students.  Consistent enforcement of consequences and rewards are essential to a positive learning culture.

Key Components

  • Establish 3-5 school-wide expectations
  • Explicitly teach and model expectations
  • Provide incentives and reinforcement for those who meet expectations
  • Provide consistent consequences for those who are not meeting expectations
  • Re-teach as necessary·

Suggested Strategies

  • Incentives and reinforcement for teachers who are implementing PBIS
  • PBIS Events as incentives
  • Classroom level incentives and reinforcement systems
  • Classroom level modeling and re-teaching

Corrective Action

  • See Tier I interventions strategies for examples in the Corrective Strategies Guide
  • This may include Class A and B offenses

Tier I Progress Monitoring

PBIS team will review discipline data related to their PBIS goals monthly.

TIER II - Some students receive Targeted Support (approximately 15%)

The second step in the RtI process is to refer students, who need additional behavioral support, to Tier II.  This is in addition to Tier I.  The school-based Problem Solving Team (PST) may be convened and a notice of meeting invite provided to the parent/ guardian.

 

Evidence:

  • Teacher Behavior Log
  • Daily Behavior/parent contact log
  • Office Referrals
  • FBA/BIP
  • Other available data

   

  

 

 Suggested Strategies

  • Develop a Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • Develop a Behavior Intervention Plan
  • Refer to Behavior Intervention Center
  • Consider referral to Behavior Interventionist or Social Worker
  • Provide advisory/mentoring services
  • Loss of participation in PBIS activities
  • Small group counseling

Corrective Action

  • This may include Class A and B offenses
  • See Tier II interventions list for examples in the Corrective Strategies Guide

Referral to PST: The building administrator may refer students to the Problem Solving Team for Tier II supports if the student has consistently demonstrated disruptive behaviors that impede the learning environment not limited to Out of School Suspensions.

Tier II Progress Monitoring

The teacher will monitor the behavior and modify interventions as necessary.  The Problem Solving Team (PST) team may intervene and/or reconvene within four to eight weeks to determine next steps.  

TIER III - Few students receive Intensive Support (approximately 5%)

 

The RtI-PST facilitator refers to the PST to analyze multiple sources of data to determine Tier II or Tier III interventions Evidence:

  • PST referral form
  • Behavior Log
  • Daily Behavior Data
  • Office Discipline Referrals
  • Documentation of interventions

 Suggested Strategies

  • Refer to Behavior Intervention Center
  • Revise the Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • Revise the Behavior Intervention Plan
  • Refer to school or Community Based Mental Health Services
  • Refer for Special Education Services
  • Revise  IEP/EL intervention plans, if applicable
  • Refer to Behavioral Interventionist and/or Social Worker
  • Refer to Student Support Service Corrective Action
  • See Tier III interventions list for examples in the Corrective Strategies Guide

 

 

Referral PST: The building administrator will refer students to the Problem Solving Team (if not referred previously) for Tier III supports if the student has consistently demonstrated disruptive behaviors that impede the learning environment not limited to Out of School Suspensions and has not responded to Tier II interventions.

 

Tier III Progress Monitoring

The PST team will reconvene within four weeks (elementary schools) or eight weeks (secondary schools)  to determine next steps.  However, if the behavior continues to increase or new behaviors occur, the team may reconvene earlier. 

 

Note:  A student who is referred to the Office of Student Support Services for Due Process and/or receives an alternative placement will automatically be referred for Tier III supports.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW TO SURVIVE ON MAJOR TESTS

Where do you begin with so much to study and so little time to do it? The key is to

develop a plan of attack that works for you. It is usually helpful to break the process down into manageable pieces.

 

PREPARING TO STUDY

Here are some tips on getting ready to study:

  1. Find out what will be tested on the exam either by looking at the course outline or syllabus. Asking your teacher always helps.
  2. Find out what type of exam will be given. The teacher has several choices: objective (multiple choice, true/false), essay, problem solving, etc...
  3. Find out where your study efforts should focus. The teacher may provide a study guide that will assist in focusing study time when study time is limited and there is so much material to cover.
  4. Determine how the exam will affect your overall grade. Every final exam counts 20% of the grade. Discuss the possible outcomes with your teacher in a private setting if you are worried.
  5. Keep a positive attitude while studying. A “can do” attitude and hard work result in success.

TAKING THE EXAM

The following tips will help:

  1.   Get a good night’s rest.
  2.   Eat a good breakfast and lunch.
  3.   Avoid conflict and confrontations.
  4.   Arrive on time to the correct room for your exam.
  5.   Bring the appropriate supplies to take the test such as a pencil/pen/paper.
  6.   Make sure your name is on the test.
  7.   Read the directions carefully and follow them exactly.
  8.   Write down formulas or facts that might be forgotten.
  9.   Write legibly.
  10.   Answer the easier questions first.
  11.   Answer each question.
  12.   Check your answers.

DO NOT CHEAT - Cheating may result in a “0” and be subject to further disciplinary  

                                  action as described in the Code of Conduct.

 

 

MONTGOMERY PUBLIC SCHOOLS CALENDAR

 

August 2-3 …………………………………….………  Professional Development (PD)

August 06........................................................................      First Day for Students

September 3 ..................................................................      Labor Day Holiday

October 12 .....................................................................      First Grading Period Ends

October 08…………………...................   Staff PD/Student Holiday (Columbus Day)

October 18.......................................................................Report Cards

November 12 .................................................................Veterans’ Day Holiday

November 19-23............................................................     Thanksgiving Holidays

December 20...................................................................      Second Grading Period Ends

December 21…………………………………………...  Staff PD

Dec. 24 -Jan. 04…….....................................................     Winter Holidays

January 07.......................................................................      Students Return

January 10.......................................................................      Report Cards

January 21 .........................................................     ……... King/Lee Birthdays

March 15.........................................................................      Third Grading Period Ends

March 18-22...................................................................Spring Holidays

March 25……………………………………………....  Staff PD

March 28 ........................................................................      Report Cards

March 30  …………………………………….………..  Weather Day

April 19…………………………..……..  Day of  Service for Students and Staff

May 23 ...........................................................................       Fourth Grading Period Ends

May 23.…………….......................................................     Last Day for Students/Report Cards

May 24 ………………………………………………...Teachers Work Day

 

                       

    Total ........................ 180 Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


REPORT CARDS

 

Grading Period                     Ending Dates                         Report Cards

1st Nine Weeks                    October 12                            October 18

2nd Nine Weeks                   December 20                         January 10

3rd Nine Weeks                    March 15                               March 28

4th Nine Weeks                    May 23                                   May 23

 

PROGRESS REPORTS

 

Grading Period                                                         Ending Dates              

1st Nine Weeks                                                        September 11           

2nd Nine Weeks                                                       November 16           

3rd Nine Weeks                                                        February 15  

4th Nine Weeks                                                        April 30        

 

MONTHLY PARENT MEETING DATES

 

  • August 7, 2018

     

  • September 11, 2018

     

  • October 9, 2018

     

  • November 13, 2018

     

  • December 11, 2018

     

  • January  8, 2019

     

  • February 12, 2019

     

  • March 12, 2019

     

  • April 9, 2019

 

SCHOOL-WIDE DISCIPLINE PLAN

SCHOOL-WIDE DISCIPLINE PLAN NOTICE OF RECEIPT FORM

 

I_________________________________ 

      (Parent’s name)      

                                       

hereby acknowledge by my signatures that I have received, read, and understand, and/or had read to us and understand, the 2018-2019  Southlawn Middle School-Wide Discipline Plan. 

 

We understand that these policies and laws apply to all parents and students enrolled in Montgomery Public Schools, and at all activities and events, including school buses, sponsored or supervised by MPS school officials.

 

 

 

 

NOTE: Failure to return this form does not absolve the student or parent from the requirements stated in this Code of Student Behavior.

_______________________________         _______________________

Parent/Guardian                                                            Date

______________________________                ________________________

Parent/Guardian                                                            Date

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCHOOL-WIDE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE

 

Jarmar Muhammad - Principal

 

Dwayne Berry - Assistant Principal

 

Debra Arnold - Career Technology Teacher/Technology Coordinator

 

Joe Biggs - Science Teacher

 

Adrienne Cooley - Technology Teacher/Technology Coordinator

 

Quintorious Flynn - Special Education Teacher


 

BULLYING & HARASSMENT PROCEDURE

Bullying/harassment of students is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated in the school setting. Bullying includes a variety of both verbal and nonverbal activities.. Students who become involved or encourage others in this type of activity are subject to disciplinary actions ranging from student conferences and counseling to suspension and possible expulsion.  Disciplinary actions will be progressive in accordance with the severity and/or repetitiveness of the offenses. Students should report any such harassment to their supervising teacher, counselor, or administrator immediately.

 

CARE OF BUILDING AND GROUNDS

Every pupil should demonstrate an interest and pride in the cleanliness and appearance of our school and grounds. Our custodial staff and teachers work hard to keep our school clean, but they cannot do this work alone. By working together, we can keep our school clean. Consumption of food and beverages will be restricted to the lunchroom. Students will not be allowed to have food or beverages on the walkways, in the hallways, or in classrooms.

 

DRESS CODE

Students are expected to comply with the Uniform Dress Code Procedure. In order to maintain consistency as well as a safe school environment, the following procedures have been implemented in regards to proper school attire.  The uniform guidelines of the school coincide with MPS dress code, but in a more detailed and school specific form. Consequences are listed in the MPS Code of Student Behavior.   

The following items, styles or manners of dress are prohibited:


  • hats
  • overalls
  • baseball caps
  • bandanas
  • wave caps
  • sunglasses
  • vests
  • headbands
  • hoodies
  • suspenders
  • low-cut shirts that expose a

          student’s chest or torso


 

Any fashion (dress, accessory, or hairstyle) that disrupts the educational process or presents a safety risk will not be permitted.

HALLWAY DISCIPLINE

Students are expected to walk to the RIGHT side of the hallway and transition silently in the hallway. Walking to the right side ensures the hallway is not cluttered and students are not purposefully or intentionally bumping into one another. Silent transitions are helpful for classes who may be still in session. Also, it reduces the negative conversations that take place during class change; in turn, it limits the opportunity for verbal and physical altercations.

 

HALL PASSES

Students are not permitted in the halls during class periods unless they are accompanied by a teacher or have a hall pass signed by an authorized staff member. Students who are found in locations other than those stated on the pass will be subject to the truancy/unauthorized absence violation and its consequences.

 

 

OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

Students will be assigned out-of-school suspension for severe infractions of school rules, continual and repeated violations of school rules or failure to successfully complete their IN-SCHOOL-SUSPENSION assignment.  In addition, they may not trespass on school property or attend any school function or activity during the period of their suspension and will be allowed to make up any of the school assignments.

CELL PHONES or TELECOMMUNICATION (School Procedure)

The cell phone/telecommunication device guidelines of the school coincide with MPS policy, but in a more detailed and school specific form. School faculty can confiscate cell phone or telecommunication device.  Inappropriate usage during school hours or school functions is prohibited.  If a cell phone is confiscated it may only be retrieved by the parent or legal guardian between the hours of 7:30am-9:00am and 2:00pm-3:30pm. Refusal to provide phone will result in disciplinary action in accordance with the school-wide discipline plan. 

 

 

 

POSSESSION OF CELL PHONES OR TELECOMMUNICATION DEVICES

Students are not permitted to use a cell phone or any electronic device in school.  This includes, but is not limited to an iPhone, Blackberry, Smartphone, Apple Watch or other adapted tablets/PDAs or electronic devices.

  • Principals/Teachers have the authority to allow the use of cell phones and electronic devices for instructional purposes during class, however that permission must be granted before students are allowed to openly display cell phones or other electronic devices in class/school.
  • Unless otherwise stated, cell phones and other electronic devices are to be out of view and not in use while students are in the school building, in classes that may be held outside of the building, and on school sponsored field trips.
  • If a cell phone rings or beeps in class/school, it is considered being in use. Therefore, it is advised that student phones remain off while in the school building.
  • Cell phones and/or headphones should NEVER be in use in the hallways, lunchrooms, restrooms or at bus stops.
  • Procedures for confiscating, securing and returning devices will be developed on a school by school basis. School officials accept no responsibility for safeguarding confiscated items or for loss or damage to confiscated property.
  • Cell phone should not be used for cheating on school assignments and/or tests; taking pictures or video recording school employees or other students.

 

 

ROCKET BUCKS

The aim of this plan is to intervene prior to disruptions. In doing so, we provide Rocket Bucks to assist in encouraging the correct behavior. Student receives Rocket Bucks when he or she does something positive to uplift themselves, the school, or their classmates. The bucks can be redeemed at the Rocket Store for supplies, treats, and/or school paraphernalia. 

 

 

 

 

RESPONSE TO INSTRUCTION (RtI)  

Based on the Response to Instruction (RtI) framework as outlined by the Alabama State Department of Education, a multi-tiered system of support will be implemented to address the behavioral needs of students.  Three tiers of supports are provided to students:

TIER I - All students receive universal support (successful with approximately 80%)

The first step in the RtI process for Tier I is to establish a comprehensive school-wide Positive Behavior Intervention Support Plan that includes rewards and consequences for all students.  Consistent enforcement of consequences and rewards are essential to a positive learning culture.

Key Components

  • Establish 3-5 school-wide expectations
  • Explicitly teach and model expectations
  • Provide incentives and reinforcement for those who meet expectations
  • Provide consistent consequences for those who are not meeting expectations
  • Re-teach as necessary·

Suggested Strategies

  • Incentives and reinforcement for teachers who are implementing PBIS
  • PBIS Events as incentives
  • Classroom level incentives and reinforcement systems
  • Classroom level modeling and re-teaching

Corrective Action

  • See Tier I interventions strategies for examples in the Corrective Strategies Guide
  • This may include Class A and B offenses

Tier I Progress Monitoring

PBIS team will review discipline data related to their PBIS goals monthly.

TIER II - Some students receive Targeted Support (approximately 15%)

The second step in the RtI process is to refer students, who need additional behavioral support, to Tier II.  This is in addition to Tier I.  The school-based Problem Solving Team (PST) may be convened and a notice of meeting invite provided to the parent/ guardian.

 

Evidence:

  • Teacher Behavior Log
  • Daily Behavior/parent contact log
  • Office Referrals
  • FBA/BIP
  • Other available data

   

  

 

  Suggested Strategies

  • Develop a Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • Develop a Behavior Intervention Plan
  • Refer to Behavior Intervention Center
  • Consider referral to Behavior Interventionist or Social Worker
  • Provide advisory/mentoring services
  • Loss of participation in PBIS activities
  • Small group counseling

Corrective Action

  • This may include Class A and B offenses
  • See Tier II interventions list for examples in the Corrective Strategies Guide

Referral to PST: The building administrator may refer students to the Problem Solving Team for Tier II supports if the student has consistently demonstrated disruptive behaviors that impede the learning environment not limited to Out of School Suspensions.

Tier II Progress Monitoring

The teacher will monitor the behavior and modify interventions as necessary.  The Problem Solving Team (PST) team may intervene and/or reconvene within four to eight weeks to determine next steps.  

TIER III - Few students receive Intensive Support (approximately 5%)

 

The RtI-PST facilitator refers to the PST to analyze multiple sources of data to determine Tier II or Tier III interventions Evidence:

  • PST referral form
  • Behavior Log
  • Daily Behavior Data
  • Office Discipline Referrals
  • Documentation of interventions

 Suggested Strategies

  • Refer to Behavior Intervention Center
  • Revise the Functional Behavioral Assessment
  • Revise the Behavior Intervention Plan
  • Refer to school or Community Based Mental Health Services
  • Refer for Special Education Services
  • Revise  IEP/EL intervention plans, if applicable
  • Refer to Behavioral Interventionist and/or Social Worker
  • Refer to Student Support Service Corrective Action
  • See Tier III interventions list for examples in the Corrective Strategies Guide

 

 

Referral PST: The building administrator will refer students to the Problem Solving Team (if not referred previously) for Tier III supports if the student has consistently demonstrated disruptive behaviors that impede the learning environment not limited to Out of School Suspensions and has not responded to Tier II interventions.

 

Tier III Progress Monitoring

The PST team will reconvene within four weeks (elementary schools) or eight weeks (secondary schools)  to determine next steps.  However, if the behavior continues to increase or new behaviors occur, the team may reconvene earlier. 

 

Note:  A student who is referred to the Office of Student Support Services for Due Process and/or receives an alternative placement will automatically be referred for Tier III supports.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISCIPLINE STEPS

Students are expected to model orderly behavior at all times. Students who do not exhibit this behavior are subject to the following corrective actions that are in accordance with Montgomery Public Schools’ Code of Conduct and Behavior:

 

1st offense                                          Warning

 

2nd offense                                         Teacher-Student Conference

 

3rd offense                                         Phone call to parent

 

4th offense                                          Mandatory Parental Conference

 

5th offense                                          Counseling

 

6th offense                                          In-School Suspension

 

7th offense                                          Office Referral

 

 

 

 

 

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