Code Of Conduct

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Code Of Conduct 2017-09-21T19:15:36+00:00

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Fairview Middle School
Home of the Falcons

2017-2018 STUDENT HANDBOOK

7200 Cumberland Drive | Fairview, TN 37062
Telephone: (615) 472-4430 | Fax: (615) 472-4441 | www.wcs.edu/fms

ATTENDANCE
(Refer to WCS Board Policy 6.200, Attendance (PDF))

Excused and Unexcused Absences
Attendance is a key factor in student academic growth and achievement; therefore, students are expected to be present each day that school is in session. If a student is not in school to receive instruction and participate in class activities it becomes very difficult for a student to master the grade level standards and objectives. The principal reserves the right to investigate questionable and/or prolonged absences. Conditions for which a student’s absence may be excused are:

Illness of a student. The principal may require a doctor’s note.

Illness in the immediate family that requires the absence of the student from school. The principal may require a doctor’s note.

Death in the immediate family.

Religious holidays – the principal may require a statement from the minister or another recognized by the given religious group.

Absences for other reasons may be excused, if in the judgment of the principal, circumstances warrant. (For complete language see Board Policies).

After a student’s 10th absence, the student must have a doctor’s note for all days that are missed. A parent note is not sufficient to excuse the absence. For every absence after 10, students may be required to attend homework club, after school detentions, and/or Saturday school in order to make up the missed work or to complete assignments that were missed due to the absences.

5 Unexcused Absences:
Students who have five unexcused absences during a school year will have violated the attendance law of the state of Tennessee. In these circumstances, truancy petitions will be filed with Juvenile Court by the building principal and reported to The Department of Children’s Services. Therefore, it is very important that your child’s absences are excused by either a parent or doctor note.

A regular pattern of morning tardies and/or early dismissals in the afternoon can become an attendance concern. Parents are strongly urged to schedule dental and medical appointments outside the school day. Undocumented tardies and early dismissals will be considered unexcused absences from school. After ten absences, excused or unexcused, a doctor’s excuse will be required for any additional absences.

Chronic Absenteeism
Students who miss 18 school days per year will be considered “chronically absent” according to the Tennessee Department of Education, and beginning with the 2017-18 school year, the State will use a new accountability measure called the Chronically Out-of-School indicator which will place a larger emphasis on attendance when the district and schools are given performance scores.

Chronic absenteeism is defined as a student missing 10 percent or more of the days the student is enrolled for any reason, including excused absences and out-of-school suspensions. Students who miss 18 days for any reason will be reported as chronically absent on his or her attendance record.

Returning From an Absence
A student who has been absent must present a note to the main office the day the student returns to school (please do not call). The note should include the student’s first and last name, the number of days the student has been absent (include dates), the explanation of the absence, and the signature of the parent or guardian. Please do not email teachers an excuse note; all correspondence must go through the main office. If you have visited a doctor for an absence, please bring a note from the doctor’s office to excuse specific dates of absence.

Making up missed work and tests:
All missed classwork and tests from absences are expected to be made up in a timely manner upon returning from school. All makeup work should be completed for the first day missed within three days after the student returns to school. Make up work for days missed in succession will be due in the succeeding days following the third day. Do not request work prior to a student’s absence or during their absence. You may request work if a student has missed 3 consecutive days. Students are expected to make-up all tests and quizzes once all of the work relating to the test or quiz has been completed.

Tardy Students
All students are required to be in their assigned classroom by 7:40 a.m. When students are tardy to school (not in their classroom by 7:40), a student is to report to the office, sign in, and then receive a tardy note to enter class. Excused tardies will need a parent or doctor note to be excused; however, a parent note does not guarantee a tardy will be excused.

Consequences for Unexcused Tardies to School:
**Tardies will reset each semester.

  • 3 tardies: lunch detention
  • 6 tardies: lunch detention
  • 9 tardies: Tuesday afternoon detention (2:55-3:55 p.m.)
  • 12 tardies: Saturday School (8:00-10:00 a.m.)

**The student will be assigned to one day of In-School Suspension for each additional tardy after 12 in one semester.

Early dismissal
Students should submit a note for early dismissal to the main office prior to the beginning of school. The student will be called from class when the parent or guardian arrives at school and signs them out in the front office. In order to have a safe and orderly dismissal, there will not be any early dismissals after 2:30 p.m.

**If a student’s unexcused absences, tardies, or early dismissals become a consistent problem (more than 10 throughout the school year), the student may be required to attend homework club, after school detention, and/or Saturday school in order to make up the missed work or to complete assignments that were missed due to the early dismissal.

Inclement Weather and Closing
The WCS central office will send out a phone call to notify all families that school will be dismissing early. Therefore, there is not a need to call the front office to inquire about school dismissing early. Please wait to receive the call from central office. Every family should have a plan in place in the event that school should close early due to inclement weather. The school’s phone system cannot handle the volume of last-minute phone calls to give students individual directions. Generally, it is best for the plan to be that the student will ride the bus home on any day school must close early. On such days, the buses are dismissed early enough to get the students home safely. All students should have a key or some other method of access to their homes in case of emergencies. All after school events are automatically cancelled if school closes early or there is no school.

POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONS AND SUPPORTS (PBIS)
(Refer to WCS Board Policy 6.3061, Student Conduct and Discipline(PDF))

School-Wide Student Expectations
FMS is a PBIS school that focuses on positively reinforcing students for making good choices and having good behavior. To keep FMS safe, orderly, and focused on all students making one year’s academic learning growth, we expect students to be respectful, responsible, and diligent in all endeavors.

RESPECT
     Respect all adults, students, and school property.

Avoid language or actions that are inappropriate or hurtful to others (profanity or negative conversations about others should not take place at FMS).

Use good manners everywhere that is related to school.

RESPONSIBILITY
     Students will arrive to school on time and stay all day.

If you make a mistake, admit it and accept responsibility for it.

Tell a teacher, a counselor, or an administrator about any concerns, fears, or complaints.

DO YOUR BEST
Students will be diligent in bringing all expected classroom materials and participating in all classroom activities.

Learn as much as you can by diligently completing all assignments and studying for all tests and quizzes.

Give your best effort every day!

**Please see the FMS Behavior Expectation Matrix on how you can be respectful, responsible, and diligent in every setting of the school.

Falcon Bucks
FMS believes in positively reinforcing students when they go above and beyond school expectations. Students can earn Falcon Bucks throughout the year when it comes to going above and beyond in the areas of being respectful, responsible, and doing your best. Students can use their Falcon Bucks during each of the four nine-week PBIS celebrations to enter drawings for giveaways, purchase concessions, and participate in activities. There will also be a PBIS store during lunch one time per nine-weeks for all students to purchase items with their Falcon Bucks. Our goal is for students to be respectful, responsible, and diligent, regardless of whether they earn Falcon Bucks. The Falcon Bucks simply serve as a fun way to celebrate making good, positive choices!

PBIS Reward Celebrations
As a reward for continually making good choices, students are invited to attend a reward celebration at the end of each grading period.  These reward celebrations are thrown at the end of each nine weeks in October, December, March, and May. These activities are designed to celebrate students for making good choices, as evidenced by NOT having to serve any negative consequences throughout the nine weeks such as, but not limited to, tardy detention, behavior detention, Saturday school, In-school suspension, Out-of-school suspension, etc. Each nine weeks, students start with a new opportunity to earn the reward celebration at the end of the nine weeks.

DRESS CODE
(Refer to WCS Board Policy 6.310, Student Dress Code (PDF))

In order for WCS to maintain a safe learning environment that minimizes distraction, the minimum standards for acceptable clothing during the school day are as follows:

  1. Tops of shoulders must have a minimum of a 1-inch strap unless otherwise covered by an opaque top garment;
  2. Skin and undergarments must be covered with opaque clothing from the underarm to mid- thigh. Mid-thigh is defined as the midpoint between the waist and mid-knee
  3. All pants, trousers, shorts and skirts must be held at the waist;
  4. Leggings and other compression-style garments may be worn so long as an opaque top garment covers the private body parts;
  5. Hats may be worn in buildings with the permission of building administration;
  6. Appropriate shoes are required;
  7. Any type of clothing, apparel or accessory, including that which denotes such students’ membership in or affiliation with any gang associated with criminal activities is not permitted (TCA 49-6-4215).

Any apparel or dress that is potentially disruptive to the learning environment or educational process is not permitted. Any apparel or dress that is dangerous to the health or safety of students or the lawful, peaceful operation of the school is not permitted.

Any apparel or dress that advertises or promotes products or activity prohibited by law or by the Board of Education is prohibited (e.g., profanity, illustrations, or suggestive language, etc).

Student uniforms related to student extracurricular activities (band, cheerleading, dance, sports team, etc.) must be in compliance with this policy during the academic day.

Administrators and teachers shall enforce the dress code policy. The principal or his/her designee shall be the final judge as to compliance with the dress code.

Dress code will be checked daily. Students that wear inappropriate clothing will be given a demerit and asked to call home for a change of clothes to be brought to school. If a change of clothes cannot be brought to school, the student may be given clothes to wear that are within dress code.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE
(Refer to WCS Board Policy 6.3061, Student Conduct and Discipline (PDF))

Just as we have a positive behavior plan for when students make good choices, we also have a reactive discipline plan for when students make negative choices. We believe that every student has a right to learn, and every teacher has a right to teach. Students who choose not to meet these expectations by making the negative choices detailed below, should expect the corresponding negative consequences. Each teacher may have additional expectations for their individual classrooms, but this plan outlines the minimum expectations for all Fairview Middle School students.

Nonnegotiable rules for FMS:
In order to accomplish our mission of providing a safe and supportive environment focused on all students achieving high levels of learning, we expect students to abide by the following rules.

  1. All students must have their agendas with them at all times. A teacher must sign the agenda giving the student permission to be in the hallways or any other area outside of their assigned classroom.
  2. Students are not allowed to leave the school grounds during the day without permission from an administrator and his/her parents or legal guardian. Skipping school and leaving the school campus will result in a referral to juvenile court.
  3. Students are not allowed to be in the building after 3:05 p.m., unless they are under the direct supervision of a teacher, coach, or an administrator and in their designated area. Coaches and teachers must stay with students until they are picked up. Students who are not picked up on time may lose the privilege of participating in that sport or extracurricular activity.
  4. Students will engage in the appropriate use of technology. Please see the BYOT section for how these situations will be handled.

All disciplinary incidents are subject to the discretion of the FMS administration. Administration may deem to change the consequences for students who have repeatedly made poor choices.

LEVEL I CHOICES: All Grades
Tardy to class

Minor classroom/hallway disruption (class continues)

Not following school rules or teacher directions

Unprepared for class (not bringing books, notebooks, novel, calculator, etc.)

Horseplay

Dress code violation

Missing mandatory homework club

All students begin each SEMESTER demerit free. Demerits are handled as follows:

LEVEL I CONSEQUENCES: 6TH GRADE
*All level one consequences will result in student/teacher conversation and parent notification by phone or email.

  • 1-3 demerits per semester = student/teacher conversation, parent notification by phone or email
  • 4 demerits per semester = lunch detention
  • 5 demerits per semester = lunch detention
  • 6 demerits per semester = Tuesday after school detention (2:55–3:55 p.m.)
  • 7 demerits per semester = Tuesday after school detention (2:55–3:55 p.m.)
  • 8 demerits per semester = 1st day of Saturday school (8:00-10:00 a.m.)
  • 9 demerits per semester = 2nd day of Saturday school (8:00-10:00 a.m.)
  • 10 demerits per semester = 1 day of In-School Suspension in location determined by administration
  • 11 demerits per semester = 1 day of In-School Suspension in location determined by administration
  • More than 11 demerits per semester = Administrative Intervention

LEVEL I CONSEQUENCES: 7th and 8th GRADE
*All level one consequences will result in student/teacher conversation and parent notification by phone or email.

  • 1-2 demerits per semester = parent notification by phone or email
  • 3 demerits per semester = lunch detention
  • 4 demerits per semester = lunch detention
  • 5 demerits per semester = Tuesday after school detention (2:55–3:55 p.m.)
  • 6 demerits per semester = Tuesday after school detention (2:55–3:55 p.m.)
  • 7 demerits per semester = 1st day of Saturday school (8:00–10:00 a.m.)
  • 8 demerits per semester = 2nd day of Saturday school (8:00–10:00 a.m.)
  • 9 demerits per semester = 1 day of In-School Suspension in location determined by administration
  • 10 demerits per semester = 1 day of In-School Suspension in location determined by administration
  • More than 10 demerits per semester = Administrative Intervention

LEVEL II CHOICES: All Grades

  • Disrespect to anyone in the building (negative conversations about others, hitting, name calling, pushing, shoving, kicking, mistreatment of others and of others’ property, being dishonest with an adult, etc.)
  • Bullying – bullying is any form of disrespect that is repeated (looks, putdowns, jokes, physical contact, etc.). This could occur face-to-face or via on-campus cyberbullying.

(Refer to WCS Board Policy 6.3032)Skipping class on campus (including lunch) or not in assigned location

  • Profanity/Cursing/Inappropriate Language
  • Minor vandalism of school property (writing on desks, bathroom stalls, etc.)
  • Major class disruption (Teacher has to stop class in order to deal with the situation.)
  • Public displays of affection

LEVEL II CONSEQUENCES: All Grades

  • Step One – Saturday school or Administrative Intervention
  • Step Two – ISS or Administrative Intervention
  • Step Three – Out of school suspension or Administrative Intervention

LEVEL III CHOICES: All Grades (Refer to WCS Board Policy 6.316)

  • Sexual harassment (touching body parts, or using inappropriate gestures, jokes, or drawings) (Refer to WCS Board Policy 6.304)
  • Possession or distribution of pornography
  • Fighting
  • Skipping class off campus
  • Theft (including the cafeteria)
  • Threats of personal injury
  • Major vandalism of school property
  • Selling, delivering, or distributing a counterfeit controlled substance

LEVEL III CONSEQUENCES: All Grades

  • Out of school suspension and/or referral to juvenile court

LEVEL IV CHOICES (ZERO TOLERANCE AND REASONED JUDGEMENT OFFENSES):
All Grades    (Refer to WCS Board Policy 6.309)

  • Possession of firearms or other weapons/alcohol/drugs/drug paraphernalia
  • Assault of another person
  • In addition, making or circulating a false report of bomb, fire, or other emergency will also carry with it discipline up to a year’s suspension and a report to law enforcement.

LEVEL IV CONSEQUENCES: All grades

  • Out of school suspension/referral to Juvenile Court/ALC referral/suspension to ALC

(Please refer to the WCS Board Policy 6.309 for further information about the process and appeals.)

BRING YOUR OWN TECHNOLOGY (BYOT)
(Refer to WCS Board Policy 4.406)
For purposes of BYOT, “technology” is defined as personally owned wireless, portable electronic equipment used FOR INSTRUCTIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. Students are allowed to have their devices at teacher request for educational purposes. There are certain areas where there is no use for technology as an educational device such as the hallways, cafeteria, gymnasium, restrooms, and theater. These areas will be considered cell phone free zones. All approved devices should be used for classroom learning purposes only. Students are not allowed to use their cellphones to text or make phone calls between 7:20 am and 2:47 pm. The device may ONLY be used to access files or internet sites which are relevant to the classroom curriculum. Non-instructional games, sites, or texting are not permitted. WCS approved devices for the 2017-2018 school year include: smartphones, iPads, iPods, laptops, netbooks, tablet computers and eReaders that meet the definition of technology. All approved devices must allow access to the Internet through a fully functional web browser and be capable of accessing the WCS guest network.

Electronic Media Access (Refer to WCS Board Policy 4.406)
An annual parental request is required prior to students being granted independent access to the school’s technological resources. The required permission/agreement form will specify acceptable uses, rules of online behavior, access privileges, and penalties for misuse.

When BYOT privileges are abused, FMS will enforce the following policies:
BYOT – LEVEL I CHOICE
**Students will receive demerits for the following choices:

Using electronic device for a non-academic purpose (i.e. texting, playing games, etc.)

Using electronic device without accessing WCS guest network

Using device without teacher permission

Class disruption with electronic devices (alarms, ringtones, etc. going off at inappropriate times)

BYOT – LEVEL I CONSEQUENCES
As students earn demerits for BYOT infractions, students will serve consequences as outlined in Level I Consequences in the FMS Code of Conduct. In addition:

3rd BYOT Infraction – Loss of use of electronic device for 3 days

4th BYOT Infraction – Loss of use of electronic device for 5 days

5th BYOT Infraction – Loss of use of electronic device for 9 weeks

6th BYOT Infraction – Loss of use of electronic device for 18 weeks

7th BYOT Infraction – Loss of use of electronic device for the remainder of the year

BYOT – LEVEL II CHOICES
**Follow code of conduct procedures for immediate administrative referral to the grade level principal.

Disrespect (i.e. using technology to be mean to or degrade another student, teacher, or staff member)

Cyber bullying (Using one’s online presence to repeatedly disrespect or intimidate another student or staff member)

Using the device to record, transmit or take photographic images or video of a person or persons on campus during school hours and/or on campus activities (unless assigned by the teacher)

Visiting inappropriate or blocked sites as defined by WCS AUP (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, etc.)

Using electronic devices to cheat on assignments and/or assessments

Profanity/Cursing

BYOT – LEVEL II CONSEQUENCES:  All Grades

Step 1 – Saturday School or Administrative Intervention (Loss of Device for 5 days)

Step 2 – ISS or Administrative Intervention (Loss of device for 9 weeks)

Step 3 – OSS or Administrative Intervention (Loss of BYOT privileges for the remainder of the year)

BYOT – LEVEL III CHOICES
**Follow code of conduct procedures for immediate administrative referral to the grade level principal.

Threats of personal injury

Communication that would be in violation of the law (i.e. theft, major vandalism of school property, selling, delivering, or distributing counterfeit controlled  substances, etc.)

Sexual harassment (i.e. inappropriate sexual advances, making sexually inappropriate comments, jokes, etc.) (Refer to WCS Board Policy 6.304)

Sexting – Texting or sending inappropriate sexual pictures of oneself or others

Possession or distribution of pornography

BYOT – LEVEL III CONSEQUENCES: All Grades

Out of school suspension and/or referral to Williamson County Juvenile Court

Academic Integrity Policy
Philosophy:  At Fairview Middle School, we believe the development of character is a key aspect of good citizenship. We are charged with the responsibility of helping students grow academically, socially, and ethically, to become effective citizens who will act with integrity. The FMS faculty and staff are dedicated to these purposes. Behavior such as cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated at FMS, not only because it is self-defeating for the student, but because it is a reality of life. Plagiarism is illegal. Individual students are solely responsible for their own work; they will be held accountable for any deceitful actions which undermine this premise.
Definitions:  Academic dishonesty falls under two basic categories – Cheating and Plagiarism.
Cheating is defined as, but not limited to, the following:

Copying from another student’s work as well as allowing your work to be copied.

Giving or receiving answers during a test, quiz, or any other assignments without your teacher’s approval.  This includes working on assignments together when the teacher has not given explicit permission.

Using electronic means (such as text messaging, email, pictures, etc.) to copy homework assignments, projects, or communicate test answers.

Referring to a book, person, or any other resource while you are taking a test or quiz.

Obtaining, possessing, using, or distributing tests, quizzes, answer keys, teacher manuals or teacher textbooks, etc.

Plagiarism is defined as, but not limited to, the following:

Representing the work of others as one’s own work. Copying another author’s work from any source and turning it in as your own ideas and writing.

Not using quotation marks, and/or proper citation to denote material that has been directly quoted from another source.

Paraphrasing an author without giving proper citation.

Violating copyright laws by not following fair use guidelines.

Consequences for violating academic integrity:
Offenses will be recorded by grade level. By violating the academic integrity policy, student offenders will not be considered for the Beta Club, the student of the month, or any other honor with character as a consideration.
First Offense:

Parent contact

Administration will be informed

Student must complete an alternative assignment, paper, or test to replace the grade of a zero.

Saturday school assigned by administration

Second Offense:

Parent Contact

Zero for assignment, paper, or test

Student must complete assignment, paper or test for no credit

ISS assigned by administration provided all of first offense consequences were applied.

Third Offense:

The administration will impose appropriate consequences

Homework Club Policy
It is the expectation of FMS that all students diligently complete all academic assignments on time. FMS provides Homework Club in order to support students in completing all assignments. However, students may also be assigned to Homework Club for either of the following two reasons:

  1. The student is missing 2 or more assignments per class.
  2. The student is failing a class due to missing 2 or more assignments.

Students will be receive a Homework Club form from their teacher that includes all missing assignments. The school counselor will contact parents to schedule Homework Club. Homework club is from 2:50 – 4:50 pm on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. After a student attends homework club, the assignment(s) is expected to be submitted to the teacher by the end of that week. If a student fails to turn in the assignment(s), does not attend an mandatory Homework Club, or fails to follow FMS Code of Conduct at Homework Club, a demerit will be issued.

Saturday School  (Refer to WCS Board Policy 6.315)
Saturday School is held each Saturday from 8:00-10:00 AM.  Rules for Saturday school are as follows:

  1. Students must be on time. Students may not be allowed to attend Saturday school if they arrive after 8:00 a.m. or extra time will be added on for students who arrive after the designated time. If a student is not allowed in after 8:00 a.m., FMS administration will determine whether the student is able to reschedule or be assigned to In-School Suspension.
  2. Saturday school can be rescheduled only one time with parent’s written or verbal communication with the FMS administration.
  3. Students who do not attend Saturday school without communication between parents and FMS administration will result in one day of In-School Suspension.

Saturday School Expectations:

  • Students should bring a writing utensil
  • All school rules and dress code apply
  • Be respectful to the Saturday School staff
  • All students must be active and engaged
  • Students should be on time

In-School Suspension (Refer to WCS Board Policy 6.316)
In-School Suspension (ISS) is another discipline alternative which the administration may assign. Students who are assigned ISS are required to comply with all instructions of the ISS teacher. Students will be required to complete class work and make-up tests and quizzes. Students in ISS should report to the office upon arriving at school.

  • ISS students will walk with an adult to the ISS classroom. Students may bring a lunch or may order a school lunch.  Students must work on their class work the entire day.
  • Each classroom teacher will assign the student work that needs to be completed while in ISS. Students will turn in all ISS work to the classroom teacher when the student returns to class.

In-School Suspension Expectations:

  • Students will work diligently while in ISS.
  • Students should bring work to ISS.
  • Students will turn in any BYOT to supervising staff.
  • Students should bring a writing utensil.
  • All school rules and dress code apply.
  • Be active and engaged.
  • Students should be on time to school.

Lunchroom Behavior
FMS wants students to be able to talk and interact during lunch. However, students are expected to maintain the same level of control and noise level as they do in the classroom.
Lunch Expectations:

  • All school rules apply.
  • Pay attention while standing in the line.
  • Be courteous and polite to the cafeteria workers and supervisors.
  • Ask for permission to leave the cafeteria.
  • Dispose of all trash.
  • The cafeteria is a BYOT free zone.

If students do not follow these expectations as well as the FMS Code of Conduct then demerits will be given, silent lunches may be assigned, and students may be given a temporary seat in the cafeteria away from peers.

GRADING AND PROGRESS REPORTING
(Refer to WCS Board Policy 4.600, Report Cards and Grading Systems (PDF))

The assessment and reporting of student progress to parents is an important component in establishing effective home/school relations. It is our goal that students, teachers, parents, and administrators work together to help students reach their maximum potential.

Family Access / Skyward
Parents are expected to set up a Family Access account and monitor their child’s academic performance weekly. Parents can keep up to date with their child’s grades as they are entered in the teacher’s grade book. Through Family Access you can set triggers to be sent via email when your child’s grade drops below a designated numerical average. To set up a Family Access account, please visit www.wcs.edu. Choose the Parents and Students tab and click WCS Family Access. You will need a WCS-issued username and password to activate your account. Please bring a photo ID to pick up this information at FMS during school hours.

Progress Reports
Grades are updated in Family Access for progress reports at the halfway mark (4.5 weeks) of the 9 week reporting period. Parents are able to access these grades electronically through the Family Access account.  If you desire a hard copy of your progress report, please contact the main office at FMS.

Report Cards
Report Cards are generated at the end of each nine-week grading period into a PDF file in your Family Access account.

WCS Grading Scale
A     91-100

B     81-90

C     72-80

D     70-71

F      0-69

I      Incomplete (must be removed during the next grading period)

Promotion/Retention (Refer to WCS Board Policy 4.603)
In grades 6-8, students must pass with an average of 70% in language arts, math, science, and social studies. Principals may require students who are failing coursework to attend remediation after school, during study hall, or summer school as a condition for promotion. The final decision for promotion/retention rests with school personnel.

GENERAL INFORMATION


School Day Hours
School Hours: 7:40 a.m. – 2:47 p.m.                                      Two Hour Late Hours: 9:40 a.m. – 2:47 p.m.
Power Monday Hours: 8:20 a.m. – 2:47 p.m.                         Half Day Hours: 7:40 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Visitors (Refer to WCS Board Policy 1.501, Visitors To The Schools (PDF))
All visitors are required to sign in at the FMS main office and receive a Visitor’s badge. Student visitors from other schools are not allowed at FMS.

Messages and Deliveries
Messages and deliveries to students from parents need to be handled by the main office rather than texting your child, or calling or e-mailing the classroom and interrupting learning. Parents should not text their child while at school as this disrupts the learning environment. If you absolutely must get something to your child, bring it to the FMS front office by 10:15 so that it can be delivered to the student at lunch. Please put your child’s name on the item or lunch. Each child is responsible for checking the grade level basket for items to be picked up during lunch. Parents are not allowed to bring their child a lunch from an outside restaurant. For messages received after lunch, we will call the student to the main office at dismissal to receive the message.

Car Riders
Students must be picked up no later than 3:05 p.m. Parents of students left after 3:05 p.m. will be notified that they are in violation of school policy and their child may be required to ride the bus home for the remainder of the school year.

Bus Rules (Refer to WCS Board Policy 3.400, School Bus Safety/Student Conduct (PDF))
Failure to obey the school bus driver may result in denial of school transportation rights. The decision regarding the disciplinary action is to be made by the school administrator. The bus is an extension of the school. All school rules apply. No student should behave in a way that interferes with the driver’s ability to focus on the road and keep student safety the main priority.

Riding Home with a Friend
A student should only ride the bus to which he or she has been assigned by the WCS Transportation Department. Any student who needs to ride home with another student must have a note written and signed by the parent or guardian. This note must be brought to the office each day the student plans on riding another bus and the office will issue a FMS bus pass, which must be given to the bus driver upon getting on the bus. A bus driver is not allowed to accept a bus pass that is not issued by the FMS front office. A bus pass is only good for the day it is issued by the FMS office. Phone calls and emails are not sufficient for receiving a bus pass, because it would be a violation of the state law concerning this issue.

Textbooks (Refer to WCS Board Policy 6.709, Student Fees and Fines (PDF))
Students must pay for lost or damaged textbooks and library books issued by FMS. School records will be withheld if books are not returned or the fine is not cleared.

Lockers (Refer to WCS Board Policy 6.303, Interrogations and Searches (PDF))
Hall lockers are assigned to students at the beginning of the school year. Lockers should be locked at all times. Students should not give their locker combinations to anyone, and they should not set their locker so that the locker opens automatically or by just turning the dial slightly. This is for student protection and safety since students are responsible for whatever is found in their lockers. Any problems with locks or lockers should be reported to the FMS administration. Lockers can be searched by school officials. Lockers can be taken away from a student for not following the rules or being tardy to class because of their locker.

Water Bottles
Students may bring water bottles to class. Water must be in a clear, untinted, non-disposable, and spill-proof plastic container. Only WATER is allowed in these containers.

Counseling (Refer to WCS Board Policy 6.400, Counseling Program (PDF))
Two school counselors are available to help and support students through their daily life at Fairview Middle School. The school counselors meet regularly with the teachers and administration as a part of the team effort in planning for the positive progress of all students.
The school counselor’s services include:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Classroom Guidance/Anti-Bullying Programs
  • Student Support
  • Parent Support
  • Academic Support
  • Testing Consultation

Students Taking A Right Stand (S.T.A.R.S.)
S.T.A.R.S. is an organization that provides individual and group support for students in need at FMS. The S.T.A.R.S. counselor assigned to our school works with the FMS counselors and faculty members to facilitate and co-facilitate the counseling program. Some of the issues discussed in counseling groups are alcohol and other drug abuse, tobacco, families in transition, grief, eating disorders, and bullying.

Mercy Counseling
In addition to the school and S.T.A.R.S. counseling provided at Fairview Middle School, we are fortunate to have additional therapy services provided through Mercy Community Healthcare for students needing more specific and intensive counseling. There is a referral process for these services. For more information, please contact a school counselor.

Breakfast and Lunch at the FMS Café (Refer to WCS Board Policy 3.500, Food Service Management (PDF))
For the 2017-2018 school year, the price for breakfast is $1.75 and the price for lunch is $2.75. Ala Carte items are sold as well. Parents please create an account at https://family.titank12.com/ . This account will allow you to deposit money in your child’s lunch account at any time and track your child’s daily purchase history. Students may add money to their personal account before school starts each day. To speed up lines in the cafeteria, money cannot be deposited in student accounts during lunchtime.

Library Media Center
The library media center is devoted to the learning enrichment of the FMS students and faculty. Books, magazines, newspapers, and computer stations are available during the school day. There are workstations from which students have access to online resources, Google Apps for Education, Microsoft Office, and additional software programs. The library media center will be open at 7:20 a.m. for students to study or read quietly before school starts at 7:40 a.m.

Fees and Fines (Refer to WCS Board Policy 6.709, Student Fees and Fines (PDF))
Fees approved by WCSB may be charged by schools for activities that occur during regular school hours, supplies required for participation in all courses offered for grades, equipment, and supplies required to participate in interscholastic athletics and band, and fees or tuition for summer school. The payment of school fees is voluntary. No fee will be charged to any student as a condition of attending school, but students shall be responsible for normal school supplies, such as pencils and paper. School fees are waived for students who are eligible to receive free or reduced-priced school lunches. Applications are available in the school office. Fines may be charged for overdue library books, lost, damaged or destroyed textbooks, library books, workbooks, or other school property.

Health and Medicine (Refer to WCS Board Policy 6.405, Student Medication (PDF))
A written request must be made by parents for any medicines to be administered to their child during the school day. All such medicine will be stored and dispensed by the school nurse in the clinic. This procedure encompasses all medication: prescription, non-prescription, and emergency drugs. For the safety of all students, DO NOT send medicine with your child to school. It must be brought and picked up by the parent/guardian to and from the nurse’s office. Medication will not be sent home with a student for any reason.

Co-Curricular Organizations (Refer to WCS Board Policy 4.300, Co-Curricular Activities (PDF))
There are a variety of afterschool clubs and organizations offered to our students. Please visit http://www.wcs.edu/fms/extracurricular for a complete listing of co-curricular organizations.

ATHLETICS
(Refer to WCS Board Policy 4.301, Interscholastic Athletics (PDF))

FMS sponsors a number of interscholastic sports for both girls and boys. Below is a list of sports offered at Fairview Middle School.

Athletic Seasons

Fall Season (August – October)

Football (JV, Varsity)

Football Cheer (6th,7th, 8th one team)

Volleyball (6th, JV, Varsity)

Girls/Boys Golf (6th, 7th, 8th one team)

Girls/Boys Tennis (6th, 7th, 8th one team)

Girls/Boys Cross Country (6th, 7th, 8th one team)

Girls Soccer (JV, Varsity)

Winter Season (December – February)

Girls/Boys Basketball (6th, JV, Varsity)

Basketball Cheer (6th,7th, 8th one team)

Dance Team (6th, 7th, 8th one team)

Wrestling (6th, 7th, 8th one team)

Spring Season (March – May)

Baseball (JV, Varsity)

Softball (JV, Varsity)

Boys Soccer (JV, Varsity)

Girls/Boys Track (6th, 7th, 8th one team)

Participation Requirements

Valid Physical-A current physical must be on file with the athletic department before your student can participate in tryouts, practices, or games.

Cardiac Arrest/Concussion Forms- All student athletes and parents are required to complete both the cardiac arrest and concussion forms before participation in interscholastic athletics. Currently these forms can be completed through the Final Forms athletic management program. For more information about Final Forms please contact Athletic Director Preston Brooks. prestonb@wcs.edu

Athletic Eligibility
For any athlete to play a game he or she must have attended school for at least one-half of the school day on game day (7:40-11:15 a.m.). To be eligible to participate on an athletic team, students must pass (70% or above) all four academic subjects: Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies in the previous nine-week grading period. The previous nine-week grading period is the last nine-week grading period school was in session. Once a student makes a team, academic eligibility must be maintained.
To ensure this the following will occur during the sports season:

  • Coaches will provide FMS administration with team rosters once teams are formed. Administration will share with subject area teachers.
  • FMS administration and subject area teachers will certify those students with a passing grade (70% or above) at the end of each established nine-week grading period.
  • Students whose grades in any of the four academic subjects listed above falls below 70% for the nine-week grading period will be placed on probation.
  • Students on probation may practice, but not dress out or play in a game. Grades of students on probation will be checked each week. Students shall not dress out or play for at least one week after being placed on probation. Following that time, as soon as the grade has improved to an average of 70% or above, the student will be allowed to participate on the team.
  • For any student whose grade does not improve to an average of 70% or above in each of the four academic subjects by the mid-term progress report, that student will be suspended from participation until the next nine-week grading period.
  • Principals are responsible for enforcing “probation and ineligibility status.”