Student Handbook/Code of Conduct
STUDENT HANDBOOK 2019-2020
MARCUS WHITMAN MIDDLE SCHOOL
Mission & Vision
Whitman Pride: Empowering, Learning, Growing
- To foster innovative and diverse life-long learners who positively impact the world community.
- We value compassion, global citizenship, service to others, relationships and our environment.
On behalf of the Board of Education, the faculty and the staff, I'd like to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year. Marcus Whitman Middle School is dedicated to providing excellent education opportunities to you. We are committed to developing responsible and respectful young people. We offer many opportunities for emotional, intellectual, physical and social growth. We believe that we can make the school experience a positive one for those who seek enrichment.
This handbook is provided for your benefit. We believe it can provide you with a general understanding of our school as well as a daily assignment booklet. We are hopeful that this year will be successful for all of our students. Our fondest wish is that the students will make the best
of these opportunities, seek knowledge and understanding, participate in the variety of school activities, make new friends and enjoy life. Think positive and have a wonderful year.
"Together We Can"
Dr. Clayton Cole, Principal
Middle School Office 554-6442
Mrs. Nelson, Secretary Ext. 2609
Counseling Office Mrs. Twomey Ext. 2612
School Psychologist Mrs. Navarre Ext. 1364
Athletic Director Mr. Lahue Ext.1442
School Nurse Mrs. Rohring Ext.1426
Attendance Office Mrs. Webster Ext. 1430
Bus Garage Mrs. Shipman 554-3500
Special Education Office Mrs. Johnson Ext. 1354
District Office 554-4848
Middle School 554-3414
District Office 554-4882
High School Office 554-5201
THE SCHOOL DAY
7:40 – 7:50 Breakfast available
7:50 First Class
3:00 End of School Day
2:19 First Dismissal
3:00 Late Dismissal
The school day runs from 7:50 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If a student has no responsibilities after 2:19 p.m. he/she
may go home on the 1st bus run. Students must be supervised by a staff or faculty member between
2:22 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Students with appointments during these hours should bring in excuses prior to
their appointment. NO STUDENT MAY STAY IN SCHOOLAFTER 3:00 WITHOUT SUPERVISION.
REPORT CARD DATES
Marking periods end on: November 8, January 24, April 17 and June 26
You should expect your child to bring home their report card within a week after the end of the marking period.
SCHOOL CLOSING PROCEDURE
In case of inclement weather or an emergency that forces us to close school, please listen to your local radio and TV stations to broadcast the news.
In case of any emergency closing during the school day, we give students access to phones to make arrangements to notify their parents.
THE BILL OF STUDENT RIGHTS”
EVERY STUDENT has the right to be treated as an exceptional human being. By being a student at Marcus Whitman Middle School you can expect these things:
A. The right to an education. (Teachers should be free to teach and students free to learn without being interrupted by inconsiderate or disruptive students.)
B. The right to be safe in school and to have personal and school property respected.
C. Freedom from physical abuse and/or mental abuse such as name calling,
intimidation, harassment, or vulgar language. Swearing and use of
inappropriate language are not acceptable. Discipline will be in
compliance with school and district policy.
D. Freedom from being segregated or mocked because of race, sex, religion,
physical strength, friendship groups, age, culture, handicap, clothing, etc.
E. The right to be respected and the right to privacy and freedom.
F. The right to develop ones own personality (as long as it does not
interfere with the rights of others) without disrespectful criticism or
pressure from peers and cliques.
Textbooks are loaned to you by the Board of Education. These books are often expensive (up to $50.00). You are responsible for these books. You
are expected to use book covers for each textbook. Papers should not be carried in the books as this may cause the bindings to break. Students who lose or mistreat their books will be responsible for the cost of repair or replacement.
Counseling Services are available to all students. If
you do not want your child to receive these
services, please contact the Pupil Personnel
Services Director in writing. Academic Counseling
Students are assigned individual lockers. Students are expected to be in the locker they are assigned. Lockers are school property and may be opened by school personnel without the consent of the student. The contents of a locker may be searched based upon reasonable suspicion. Students are not to share their lockers or their combination with other students. Lockers are
generally for storing school books and personal belongings. Do not store valuables in your locker.
SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEENS
Marcus Whitman is committed to helping student’s display their “Personal Best” at all times. To assist students with mental, physical, social and emotional growth, the staff and students at Marcus Whitman Middle School will incorporate Stephen R. Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens into our daily curriculum.
Habit 1: “BE PROACTIVE” – Take responsibility for our attitudes and actions.
Habit 2: “BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND” - Begin each day with a clear understanding of your desired direction and destination.
Habit 3: “PUT FIRST THINGS FIRST” – Organize and manage time and events
around the personal priorities identified in Habit 2.
Habit 4: “THINK WIN-WIN” - Seek mutual benefit in all interdependent relationships.
Habit 5: “SEEK FIRST TO UNDERSTAND AND THEN TO BE UNDERSTOOD” –
Communicate, listen, and seek to improve relationships among family, peers, and teachers.
Habit 6: “SYNERGIZE”- Practice creative cooperation and teamwork.
Habit 7: “SHARPEN THE SAW” – Develop a systematic program for self-renewal.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
We offer a wide variety of opportunities for our students. Below is a list of current activities. Listen to announcements for additional opportunities throughout the year.
Band - Chorus – Color Guard
Clubs – Art, Drama, Ski, Student Senate
Sports – Interscholastic (Grades 7 & 8 only)
Fall Sports Start Dates:
Modified Football August 26th
All other Modified September 3rd
Winter Sports Start Dates:
Boys Swimming October 28th
Mod Basketball/ Cheer November 4th
Modified Wrestling January 6th
Spring Sports Start Dates:
All Modified March 30th
Each Athlete is required to have a current physical in order to play sports. Please visit mwcsd.org to register to play a sport through the Athletics section of the site. You may contact Paul Lahue, Athletic Director, if you have questions regarding Sports.
PARENT TEACHER GROUP
This group has formed and is always looking for and welcomes parent participation.
MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT SENATE
The Middle School Student Senate is an elected body that organizes activities for the Middle School. They make recommendations to the Principal for dances, recreation nights, field days, new programs and various ways to improve services in the Middle School. It is important that you know whom to contact to make suggestions. The Senate Officers are elected in September. Be sure to get involved.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR INVOLVEMENT
Shared Decision Making is an integral part of the Middle School program. This committee meets during the summer to address issues that will improve student achievement. You are encouraged to contact your representatives to express your ideas and to be kept informed. For information about your representative, please call the Middle School Office.
If you need a work permit, pick up the required forms in the Nurse’s Office. A physical within the last year, student’s Social Security number and parent signature are required. The student is required to sign the work permit in the presence of school personnel.
Students are discouraged from bringing valuables to school, including jewelry, MP3 Players, computer games, cellular phones, etc. These items are often attractive to other students & generally have no value to the educational program. These items should not be brought to school.
If a student brings any of these valuables to school, the items may be secured and held until a parent or guardian comes for consultation. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. Also, we strongly discourage students from bringing more than $5 to school with them. Once again, there is generally no need to do so. It is very difficult to recover stolen money. If you have to bring money, please bring it to the office for safe keeping.
ACCESS TO COMPUTERS
All students will have access to the computers for educational purposes. This includes access to the Internet. Students and their parent or guardian will be required to sign an Acceptable Use Policy prior to getting computer access. For further details, see the Usage Policy on page 8 of this handbook.
1. Students who are absent on the day of the event cannot attend that event. Therefore, if there is a dance on Friday and your child does not attend school that day then he/she cannot attend the dance. This applies to all social activities including skating parties, basketball games, recreation nights, concerts, etc. If your child does not attend school on Friday and there
is a Saturday activity he/she may not attend that as well, unless prior approval is given.
2. Students who are suspended from school or go to In-School Suspension, cannot attend any after-school activities during the suspension period.
3. Please be sure to arrange for timely departure from our activities. If the activity ends at 10:00 P.M., please be there at 10:00 P.M. Chaperones are instructed to remain until all students have departed. It is not fair for the chaperones to have to wait an extended time for parents to arrive to
pick up children. .Once a student leaves the building during the activity he/she is not allowed to return. If a student does leave and the chaperone is informed, we will attempt to notify the parents. We will not send students outside. We contact the parents of anyone who is asked to leave to have them come to take the student home or we will isolate that student until the end of the activity.
5. Students will not be permitted to remain in the
school after 3:00 P.M. unsupervised.
CAFETERIA & FOOD/BEVERAGE EXPECTATIONS
Our cafeteria offers wholesome and nutritious meals for breakfast and lunch. The cost for Breakfast and Lunch will be determined over the summer. (Prices are subject to change and will be published in the District Newsletter in the event of such change.) Breakfast is available from 7:40 A.M. to 7:50 A.M.
Proper behavior and etiquette are expected at all times in the cafeteria. We expect students to be courteous and respectful to all. Food is not to leave the cafeteria unless you have a pre-signed pass with approval. As you leave the cafeteria make sure your table and the surrounding area is clean, push in the chairs and exit in an orderly fashion. During the school day, the New York State Health Department prohibits students from ingesting soda, fruit flavored beverages, and energy drinks because of the lack of nutritional value. However, products of 100% juice are allowed. Anyone finding difficulty with this because of dietary problems, please see the Principal. Failure to comply with these rules could result in losing your privilege to eat in the cafeteria. Students caught throwing food will be asked to assist the custodial staff with cleaning the cafeteria.
STUDENT DRESS FOR AN EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for personal cleanliness and appropriate dress for Middle school and school functions. If a student dresses inappropriately, they will be asked to change.
1. Marcus Whitman teachers/district personnel will exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and assist students to develop an understanding of
appropriate dress in the school setting.
2. Wearing hats in the classroom will not be allowed UNLESS permission is obtained from the teacher, or permission is obtained from the principal for
religious or medical reasons, including bandanas, hoods, etc.
3. Dress shall be safe, appropriate and not interfere with or distract from the educational process
4. Refrain from wearing vulgar, obscene, libelous, sexually suggestive attire
5. Endorsements as a promotion of alcohol, tobacco, drugs or violent/illegal activity will not be allowed
6. Saggy, ill fitting, ripped, ragged clothes will not be allowed for safety reasons
7. Shoes / footwear will be worn at all times and be appropriate and safe for the school setting
8. Clothing that denotes cliques/groups will not be allowed, including bandanas, trench coats or gang related insignias.
9. Off the shoulder clothing (such as halter/tube tops, spaghetti straps) or overly revealing see-through garments will not be permitted in the educational environment. This includes short-shorts, skirts above mid-thigh, plunging necklines (front / back) or exposure of midriff or other inappropriate body part(s)
10. Discriminating attire due to one(s) race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability will not be allowed
11. Ensure that personal / private under garments (such as bras, briefs, and other undergarments) are completely covered with outer clothing at all times.
12. Pajamas and slippers are not appropriate school attire.
SELLING ITEMS IN SCHOOL
Students may sell items only as a member of a school approved group such as Art Club, “Class of 2015”, etc. Selling items for individual profit or for organizations not related to school is not allowed.
There is a student phone in the Middle School Office. Requests to use this phone should not interfere with class time. Students misusing or abusing the phone will lose the opportunity to use it. Parents should not call school and request to speak with their child. The secretary will deliver phone messages. Please do not ask to have students pulled from classrooms for phone calls.
CELL PHONES & ELECTRONIC DEVICES
Unsupervised, unsolicited use of electronic devices (iPods, phones, cameras, etc.) does not currently hold value in our educational environment and should not interrupt instruction. If any of these devices are noticed by a staff member during the school day, they will be confiscated and turned in to
the Dean of Students. The school day runs from the moment you walk into the building in the morning until walking out of the building at the end of the day. Additionally, technology use is strictly prohibited in locker rooms, restrooms and other areas where a person would reasonably expect some degree of privacy.
The following are consequences set forth in the Code of Conduct for violations of this policy:
First offense – Warning issued and the device will be held in the Dean’s Office. The device will be returned to student at end of the day.
Second offense – This will be considered a Category 1 offense and 1 point assessed. The device will be secured in the Dean’s office. A parent will be required to come in and pick up the device.
Third Offense – This will be considered a Category 2 offense. 2 points will be assessed and the student will be required to stay for an extended detention (2:30PM-4:30PM). The device will be secured in the Dean’s office and a parent will be required to come in and pick up the device.
Fourth Offense – This will be considered Insubordination 1st degree, a category 3 offense. 3 points will be assessed and up to 3 days of In-School Suspension assigned. The device will be secured with the Principal. A parent will be required to come in and pick up the device and meet with the Principal.
Any subsequent offenses regarding electronic devices will be considered Gross Insubordination. Three points will be assessed and the student may be assigned up to 3 days In-School Suspension. Also, a Principal’s Hearing will take place.
Lastly, in addition to the MW student code of conduct, our current Acceptable Use Policy for technology use in the district may be taken into account when defining appropriate use of electronic devices.
Extra help is available 10th period from 2:19 P.M. – 3 P.M. It may be necessary for a teacher to keep a student for extra help during 10th period. If homework has not been completed or if a student needs extra help in understanding or completing assigned work they may be required to stay until 3 P.M. Tutors may also be available. Contact your counselor to discuss this.
We believe that communication between school and home is critical. We believe that our responsibility is to keep you informed of your child’s progress. Written reports are mailed to parents on an as needed basis. Report cards are distributed quarterly. At the sixth grade level, we have ½ day
Parent/Teacher conferences in the fall. If you ever wish to meet with your child’s teacher(s) please contact the School Counselor to schedule an appointment. You may also receive a request from your child’s teacher or team leader requesting an appointment. When we work together to make your child successful, our chances of positive results improve significantly.
The Marcus Whitman Board of Education, administration, faculty and staff welcome parents and other community members to visit our school. However, each principal is responsible for all individuals in the building(s) or on the school grounds. To ensure the safety of everyone and to
provide a safe learning environment, all visitors need to adhere to the following:
All visitors shall be required to report to the main office upon arrival and present photo ID. Visitations to classrooms for any purpose require permission in advance from the Building Principal.
Observe and abide by the rules of public conduct on school property contained in the MWCSD Code of Conduct
Do not interfere or distract from the educational process
Out of District Students may not visit during regular school hours may not visit without permission from the Principal.
Former students may not enter the building prior to 10th period unless they have an appointment with a staff member.
Proper behavior on the bus is essential for the safety of all who ride our buses. Students who do not conduct themselves accordingly risk losing the privilege of riding the school bus. Any misconduct on the bus is considered unacceptable. Misconduct endangers all passengers and drivers.
As students arrive at school, they are to enter the building directly from the bus. Students are not to loiter, visit the parking lot, or leave the school grounds.
The authority of the bus driver should not be questioned by any pupil. Students are to comply with any reasonable request of the driver. Failure to do so may also result in disciplinary action.
Students who are guilty of misconduct usually are assigned a specific seat by the driver. This goes without question as the driver has the authority to assign seats at any time. If this does not stop the misconduct, a written referral will go to the school disciplinarian. This will result in parental contact and possible suspension of, or loss of, riding privileges.
If you ride the bus to school, you must ride it home. Written parental permission is the only acceptable reason for not riding the bus. For those students who need to ride a different bus home, written permission from you parent is also required. Bring the note to the Middle School Office to receive a bus pass. Your note must indicate the date, destination, and parent/guardian signature. If you ever have a transportation concern, please contact Director of Transportation at 554-3500.
Study halls should provide an environment in which any student that needs to study may do so without unnecessary distractions. With this thought in mind, the following rules have been established for all study halls.
1. Students should get books, paper, pencils, etc. before study hall starts. They should also take care of all personal matters before coming to study hall.
2. The study hall should be quiet. This means no talking should be allowed except by permission and then supervised closely.
3. Study hall supervisors will not issue passes.
4. There should be no locker passes allowed.
5. Lavatory passes should be for emergencies only.
6. Attendance should be taken daily and absentees reported to the office promptly.
7. Study hall supervisors have the same rights as a teacher to discipline uncooperative students. 8. Games are not to be allowed.
9. Study hall supervisors shall not honor any permanent passes from anyone; a schedule change should be initiated.
10. These rules should be carefully explained the first day the study hall starts and no exceptions will be
made without prior approval of the principal.
Medication, including over the counter medications, can only be administered to students by the school nurse. Parents of students who need to take medication during the school day must bring the medication to school and pick it up at the appropriate time. We cannot allow students to transport medications on their own.
ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL
Your child’s educational performance often is directly related to attendance. New York State Education Law requires all students aged 6-16, to attending school on a daily basis. The only legal absences recognized are: sickness or need of medical treatment, sickness or death in family (up to 5 days), impassible roads or inclement weather, religious or required observances, educational activities pre-approved by the principal, or attendance in Court. Any other absences are illegal. Family vacations, shopping and babysitting are examples of illegal absence.
If your child does not attend school and does not have a legal excuse, that child is truant. Truancy is an inexcusable absence and subject to disciplinary action. Repeat offenders will be referred to Family Court.
If a student leaves school during the school day he/she must be signed out by the parent or guardian in the Middle School Office. If a student returns to school during the school day he/she must sign in at the Attendance Office.
Tardiness can affect your child’s grade. If a child arrives late for school he/she must report to the Attendance Office with an excuse. A student must have a written excuse for all times missed from school. Excuses should include child’s full name, grade, date of absence,
reason for absence and signature of parent or guardian.
We consider absenteeism excessive when it significantly interferes with a student’s academic performance. Excessive absences include excessive tardies. We become very concerned anytime a student misses 15% of class time during one term. The school may request a physician’s verification of illness for excessive absences if deemed necessary.
In an effort to improve and maintain academic achievement, the Middle School has an Academic Eligibility program in place. Students are to be passing in all subjects in order to participate in any extracurricular activity. These activities include but are not limited to the following:
* Sports * Color Guard * Marching Band/Jazz Band * Clubs * Musicals/Plays * Intramurals * Ski Club * Dances * Class Officers/Representatives * Recreation Nights * Weight Room (other than P. E)* Non Credit bearing Activities after 3pm
Weekly academic averages will be used to determine eligibility. A student who has a grade of 64 or below or is deficient in a course will be placed on the warning list. The student will be notified by the teacher(s) and will be given a letter to bring home to their parent/guardian. The student will be required to meet with the teacher(s) between 2:20 P.M. and 3:00 P.M. to the teacher’s satisfaction. After one week on the warning list, a student will be eligible, ineligible or continue on the warning list based on the student’s performance in that subject.
If a student who was on the warning list has not met with his/her teacher(s) to the teacher’s satisfaction and has a grade of 64 or below, (s)he will be placed on the ineligible list. The teachers will notify the student of his/her ineligible status and notify the Middle School Office of all ineligible students. The student will be given a letter to bring home to their parent/guardian. Ineligible means that a student will not be allowed to participate in any extra-curricular activity for one week. Students may attend practice only with permission from the teacher for which they are ineligible. After school remediation with the teacher of the failing subject is required to be removed from the ineligible list.
By 8:00 am on Thursday, teachers will be required to notify the Middle School Office of any students who will be placed on the warning or ineligible list. The Middle School Office will distribute a warning and ineligible list to the faculty by noon on Thursday. The office will also notify the parent or guardian
by phone of a student’s eligibility status. The week will be defined as Friday at 3:00 P.M. to the following Friday at 3:00 P.M.
Middle School students participating in High School activities will adhere to the Middle School Academic Eligibility guidelines.
COMPUTER RESOURCE/PERSONAL DEVICE USAGE POLICY #7315
Every student and parent/guardian is expected to sign the Student Use of Computerized Information Resources (Acceptable Use Policy). Students will not be allowed to use any district computing resources without the signed Acceptable Use Policy. Use of the District Computing System (DCS) or personal electronic devices during school activities is for educational and/or research use only, and must be consistent with the goals and purposes of the Marcus Whitman Central School District. Students are held to the same Acceptable Use requirements when using personal technology, personal Internet service providers or other electronic devices while on school grounds or at school events. The standards of acceptable use as well as prohibited conduct, as outlined in the District Acceptable Use policy, regulations, and the Student Code of Conduct, are not intended to be all-inclusive.
In addition, students need to pay special attention to the following:
In addition to the District’s general requirements governing student behavior, specific activities shall be prohibited by students on school property or at school events, with either personal or District resources including, but not limited to the following:
1. Using the DCS or personal devices/services to obtain, view, download, send, print, display or otherwise gain access to or to transmit materials that are unlawful, obscene, pornographic or abusive;
2. Using or attempting to use account details and passwords belonging to other users;
3. The loading and printing of data files, either text or graphics, with any level of inappropriate material content (defined as explicit sexual, violent, drug related or containing indecent language) is explicitly forbidden and may lead to suspension of user accounts;
4. Tampering or attempting to tamper with computer hardware or cabling;
5. Removing or attempting to remove any pre-installed software without prior permission from an authorized person (Computer Services Coordinator, Building Principal, School Superintendent);
6. Modifying or attempting to modify any system or network settings without prior permission from an authorized person (Computer Services Coordinator, Building Principal, School Superintendent);
7. Accessing, or attempting to access, data stored on servers with an administrative function, including but not limited to, school administration and faculty email;
8. Modifying, or attempting to modify, data outside student’s personal account, including but not limited to other student and administrative data.
9. Using, attempting to use, or installing hacking tools, including but not limited to, remote control programs, password loggers, etc.
10. Use of obscene or vulgar language.
11. Harassing, insulting, bullying, threatening or attacking others.
12. Damaging, disabling or otherwise interfering with the operation of computers, computer systems, software or related equipment through physical action or by electronic means.
13. Using unauthorized software on the DCS.
14. Changing, copying, renaming, deleting, reading or otherwise accessing files or software not created by the student without express permission from the computer coordinator.
15. Violating copyright law, including the illegal file sharing of music, videos and software.
16. Employing the DCS for non-educational, commercial purposes, product advertisement or political lobbying.
17. Disclosing an individual password to others or using others’ passwords.
18. Transmitting material, information or software in violation of any District policy or regulation, the District Code of Conduct, and/or federal, state and local law or regulation.
19. Revealing personal information about oneself or of other students including, but not limited to, disclosure of home address and/or telephone number.
20. Accessing personal, interactive sites (such as Snap Chat, Instagram, etc.) unless under the direct supervision of a staff member. This includes the use of a student’s personal cell phone or digital device to access such social networking sites.
21. Creating or using a website or b log which may cause a substantial disruption in the school environment or interfere with the rights of others.
22. Using digital device (such as cell or camera phones), electronic technology and/or media to facilitate cheating, plagiarism, etc.
It is the intention of MWCSD to provide as open an access to the Internet for student research as possible; however, we will deny access to sites containing any or all of the following material: Sex, Violence, Nudity, Obscene Language, Incitement to Racism, Incitement to Religious Persecution, Incitement to Drug or Alcohol Abuse, Chat Rooms and Role Playing Games. These types of sites and others will be filtered in compliance with the Children’s Internet Protection Act and the District’s Internet Safety Policy. In addition, these types of sites are not to be accessed by personal technology devices or services during school activities.
Any student found bypassing or attempting to bypass the security and filtering we have in place or violating any of the computer usage regulations listed will be subject to penalties based upon the severity of the infraction. This may include loss of non-essential privileges for a length of time or complete loss of all privileges related to district computer resources.
In addition, students may be limited to use of one single computer terminal located in direct view of a staff member. Applicable consequences listed in the Offenses section of the Code of Conduct may also
DRUG, ALCOHOL, TOBACCO ABUSE POLICY
Students who are caught buying, selling, using, under the influence of or in possession of drugs or purported drugs, alcohol, tobacco, imitation tobacco products or any related materials such as matches, lighters, etc., will be immediately suspended pending a parent/guardian meeting. In addition, an evaluation by a drug referral agent is required where applicable.
Students suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be subject to an assessment by DITEP (Drug Impairment Training for Educational Professionals) trained staff members. The principal
or his/her designee will notify parent(s)/guardian(s) immediately of the results, either positive or negative. Appropriate referrals/recommendations will be provided to parent(s)/guardian(s) as needed.
Refusal: If a student refuses to participate in the assessment process, that student will be considered
insubordinate and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken as provided for in the Code of Conduct under Category 3, number 23 (Insubordination 1st degree). Parents/Guardians will also be contacted and required to take their child home.
Subsequent offenses will be dealt with by the administrators with possible in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension and/or a Superintendent’s hearing. All offenses will be considered cumulative.
Marcus Whitman Middle School Discipline Program
1. Excessive Tardiness to Class and/or School
2. Violation of Attendance Procedures: Failure to bring in absent-from-school excuse notes within four days. (Phone call home by attendance office.)
3. Chronic Lack of Preparation for Class
4. Violation of Procedures or School Policy: Not following the expectations of a class (as defined in the individual staff member’s discipline policy) or school policy.
5. Cutting extra help 10th period: First Offense or during the school day when a teacher/student meeting was planned: Intentionally not going to this assigned time without a written parental excuse or phone call from a parent.
6. Minor Cafeteria Violation: Failure to use common courtesy or follow cafeteria rules.
7. Minor Transportation Violations: Failure to comply with the regulations posted on each bus.
8. Minor violation of Student Driving/Parking regulations.
9. Violation of Dress Code.
10. Minor Computer/Internet Violation.
1. Excessive Tardiness to Class and/or School
2. Classroom Disruption: Interfering with a staff member’s lesson.
4. Disrespectful Behavior: Language or actions that show a lack of personal concern for others.
5. Insubordination 2nd degree: Refusal to follow a reasonable request made by a staff member.
6. Disruptive Behavior: Causing problems for others in the hallways, cafeteria, library, gym or other areas during the student’s time on school grounds.
7. Harassment 3rd degree: Verbally annoying others.
8. Bullying 2nd degree: Intentionally attempting to intimidate others by means of verbal or physical actions.
9. Aggravated Harassment 3rd degree: Communicating with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, telegraph, mail, e-mail, or instant messaging or any other form of written communication, in a manner likely to cause annoyance.
10. Obscene Materials/Language: Anything that is vulgar, sexually explicit, or offensive to accepted standards of decency including notes, literature, language, writing, drawing, or clothing at school.
11. Aggressive Horseplay: Pushing and/or shoving by two or more people.
12. Destruction of Property: Accidental damage to school or another person’s property resulting from careless behavior.
13. Disruptive Transportation Violations: Any action by a student that interferes with the bus driver’s ability to maneuver the bus; e.g., language or disruptive behavior.
14. Truancy (A): Skipping or cutting one or more classes.
15. Cheating: To obtain or use another’s work as one’s own; includes plagiarism.
16. Not following school procedures—repeated offenses.
17. Not following ISP procedures: Failure to cooperate with expected guidelines.
18. Computer/Internet Violation.
19. Violation of Student Driving/Parking Regulations.
20. Cafeteria Violation: Repeated offenses, disruptive behavior, failure to clean up.
21. Cutting extra help 10th period: Multiple Offenses or during the school day when a teacher/student meeting was planned: Intentionally not going to this assigned time without a written parental excuse or phone call from a parent.
THESE VIOLATIONS MAY INCLUDE AN AUTOMATIC SHORT TERM SUSPENSION (1-3 DAYS). VIOLATIONS OF PUBLIC LAW ON SCHOOL PROPERTY OR AT SCHOOL RELATED EVENTS WOULD RESULT IN SCHOOL ACTION REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT CRIMINAL CHARGES ARE PURSUED.
1. Cheating on Tests, Final or Regents Exams: Student will receive a zero on the test or exam Cheating (also considered fraud) includes the use of unfair means to pass an exam, such as giving aid to or obtaining aid from another person during an exam. Section 225 of the Education Law makes fraud in
examinations a misdemeanor. In the case of a Regents Exam, the student should be excluded from any subsequent exam until such time as the student has demonstrated by exemplary conduct and citizenship, to the satisfaction of the Principal, that the student is entitled to restoration of this privilege.
2. Minor Altercation/ Assault: Any intentional physical violence against another student including, but not limited to, punching, slapping, kicking, pushing, choking, or spitting which causes annoyance or alarm.
3. Lewd or Illicit Behavior: Any act that is vulgar, sexually explicit, or offensive to accepted standards of decency.
4. Disorderly Conduct: Use of abusive or obscene language or gestures in a public place; obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic; OR engaging in a repeated course of conduct which causes annoyance or alarm.
5. Harassment 2nd degree: Verbal threats of physical violence which alarm or annoy another person, / OR intentionally following another person around in a public place for the purpose of causing them annoyance or alarm / OR any verbal comments, causing annoyance or alarm which may or may not
be based upon a belief or perception regarding a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct /OR Sexual Harassment 2nd degree which is defined as: Intentional and unwelcome behavior, other than physical, which is of a sexual nature, as perceived by the victim, which may interfere with the individual’s welfare or academic performance or which may create an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment. This behavior includes, but is not limited to comments about an individual’s body, sexually degrading words, offensive comments, off-color language, jokes, display of sexually suggestive objects, photos, cartoons or pictures.
6. Aggravated Harassment 2nd degree: Communicating with a person, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, telegraph, mail, email or instant messaging or any other form of written communication, in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm which may or may not be based upon a
belief or perception regarding a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct/ or sexual harassment. In addition, students are not permitted to use any form of information technology, including their own personal electronic devices, to intimidate, harass or threaten others. This type of harassment is
generally referred to as cyberbullying. Any student who violates this prohibition is subject to discipline under this provision and/or any other provision in the Code of Conduct that may be applicable to the circumstances involved. Additionally, school districts in New York State may take action when students engage in off-campus conduct that would foreseeably interfere with or disrupt the work and discipline of the school as part of a comprehensive approach to intervening to prevent harassment and cyberbullying.
7. Hazing 2nd degree: When, in the course of another person’s initiation into or affiliation with any organization (ie: extra-curricular), he intentionally or recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury to such person or a third person.
8. Forgery: Signing another person’s name to a document with the intent to deceive or defraud.
9. Gambling: Playing games of chance on school grounds.
10. Petit Larceny: The wrongful taking, obtaining or withholding of another’s property.
11. Possession of Stolen Property: Possessing property of another without the owner’s permission.
13. Extortion: Obtaining anything from a person by threats of force or undue illegal power or ingenuity.
14. Trespassing: Wrongful entry into a restricted area on school property.
15. Threatening Behavior: Any notes or actions that lead staff or students to believe that harm will be caused to others or property.
16. Major Cafeteria Violation: Throwing food/ food fight.
17. Criminal Mischief: Intentional or reckless destruction of property.
18. Bullying: Intentionally and repeatedly attempting to intimidate others by means of verbal or physical actions.
19. Violation of NYS Fire Code: The lighting of any combustible material within the school building or causing a false alarm.
20. Tobacco Use: Use or possession of tobacco or tobacco related products including, but not limited to: matches, lighters or imitation tobacco products, on school grounds or at a school sponsored function.
21. Major Computer/Internet Violation.
22. Insubordination 1st degree: Refusal to follow a reasonable request made by an Administrator, Dean of Students or School Resource Officer.
23. Leaving school grounds without permission from a parent/guardian or the Principal or Dean of Students.
24. Truancy (B): Absent from school without permission.
25. Reckless Endangerment 2nd degree: Recklessly engaging in conduct that creates a substantial risk of physical injury to him/herself or others, ex: use of potentially dangerous objects, intentional discharge of noxious substances such as spray cologne, perfume, hair spray or other similar
materials that could trigger an asthmatic or allergic reaction or other unsafe acts on school grounds or school vehicles.
CATEGORY 4 SEE CATEGORY 4 ON PAGE 14 FOR CONSEQUENCES
1. Reckless Endangerment 1st degree: Recklessly engaging in conduct that creates a substantial risk of physical injury to him/herself or others, and which results in (a) physical injury or (b) serious physical injury; eg: potentially dangerous objects or other unsafe acts on school grounds.
2. Grand Larceny: The wrongful taking, obtaining or withholding of another’s property with a value exceeding one thousand dollars, including a credit card or debit card.
3. Assault 1st degree: (a) Subjecting another person to intentional physical violence (including, but not limited to punching, slapping, pushing, choking) resulting in physical injury, OR (b) serious physical injury OR (c) any intentional physical violence against another person which are based upon a
belief or perception regarding a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct, OR (d) ANY physical violence directed at a staff member.
5. Aggravated Harassment 1st degree: Communicating threats of violence with a person or persons, anonymously or otherwise, by telephone, telegraph, mail, email or instant messaging or any other form of written communication, in a manner likely to cause annoyance or alarm which may or may not be based upon a belief or perception regarding a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation, regardless of whether the belief or perception is correct OR any threat or violence directed at the school or personnel, regardless of the means of communication, including bomb threats.
6. Chemical Substance: In possession of or under the influence of alcohol, drugs or drug paraphernalia (including substances controlled by law, such as marijuana, prescribed medications, over the counter drugs, synthetic drugs or other drugs OR substances that simulate or are purported by a student
to be any of the aforementioned). This applies to both seller (giver) and possessor (taker).
7. Hazing 1st Degree: When in the course of another person’s initiation into or affiliation with any formal or informal organization (ie; extra-curricular) he intentionally or recklessly engages in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury to such person or a third person and thereby causes (a)
physical injury OR (b) serious physical injury.
8. Weapon Possession: Possession on their person, in an assigned locker, in a vehicle, or any other property of any weapon, defined as a firearm as defined in 18 USC 921 for purposes of the Gun-Free Schools Act. It also means any other gun, BB gun, pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifle, machine gun,
disguised gun, imitation gun, loaded or blank cartridges, B-B’s, pellets or any other type of ammunition, dagger, jackknife, dirk, razor, stiletto, switchblade knife, gravity knife, brass knuckles, sling shot, metal knuckle knife, box cutter, cane sword, electronic dart gun, Kung Fu star, electronic stun gun, pepper spray or other noxious spray, explosive or incendiary bomb, or other device, instrument, material or substance that can cause physical injury or death.
9. Sexual Harassment 1st degree: Intentional and unwelcome physical behavior, which is of a sexual nature, as perceived by the victim, which may interfere with the individual’s welfare or academic performance or which may create an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment.
11. Any violation which requires police action.
Category 1 = 1 point
Each infraction = (2:25 – 3:00) detention and point accumulation towards conferences, suspensions, etc.
Every 5th infraction = (2:25 - 4:30) detention and point accumulation towards conferences, suspensions, etc.
Example: (4) Truant = 4 detentions and accumulation of 4 points.
Category 2 = 2 points
Each infraction = (2:25 – 4:30) detention and point accumulation towards conferences, suspensions, etc.
Every 3rd infraction =Saturday detention and point accumulation towards conferences, suspensions, etc.
Category 3 = 3 points
Each Infraction will result in a Saturday Detention and/or In-School Suspension (up to 3 days) and/ or
Suspension from school (up to 3 days).
Category 4 = 4 points
Automatic Suspension not to exceed 5 days pending either a Principal’s hearing or a Superintendent’s hearing AND Criminal Prosecution where applicable.
**Not attending a (2:25 – 3:00) detention will result in a (2:25 – 4:30) detention, not attending a (2:25 –4:30) detention or a Saturday detention will result in a day of ISS.
Accumulation of Points
8 points accumulated = conference with Dean and parents.
12 points accumulated = conference with Dean, guidance, student, staff, and parent.
16 points accumulated = conference with Principal, Dean, student, and parent.
20 points accumulated = conference with Principal, Dean, student, and parent.
25 points accumulated = May include a long term Suspension and a Principal’s or Superintendent’s
Point Reduction Projects
To reduce one point, the student may choose one of the following projects. All options must be preapproved by the Dean of Students.
1. Two (2) hours of community service for senior citizens or persons with disabilities. For example, a student could help an elderly person with their lawn or any other outdoor task. The intent of community service is to allow students the opportunity to reduce their disciplinary point total by being of service to the community.
2. Five consecutive days staying after school (2:25-3:00) with one of the student’s teachers and completion of a project relative to that class. The teacher will determine whether the final project is acceptable. This is not considered extra credit for class.
3. Working through their school counselor to provide five (5) periods of tutoring assistance to another student. This must be supervised, approved, and verified by the guidance counselor.
4. Three (3) hours of assistance with the beautification and care of the Marcus Whitman High School or Middle School building. The student must receive approval from the building principal who will be responsible for approving and verifying the student’s efforts.
5. The student may submit a proposal to be used in place of any of the proposed projects. The principal and Dean of Students must pre-approve the plan and verify the completion and quality of the project.
When a project has been approved, the student must have the adult with whom they are working fill out the attached paper and return it to the Dean of Students.
THE CHOICES ABOVE MAY BE USED ONLY FOR POINT REDUCTION. THEY MAY NOT BE USED TOWARD CREDIT IN ANY OTHER SCHOOL CLASS OR FUNCTION.
*Students may reduce a maximum of 5 points per year.
Additional Point Reduction
If a student does not have a referral for three weeks, the student will have (1) point removed from their record. A student cannot “stock pile” points. For example, if a student that has zero points goes a month without a referral, their record would stay at zero points and not negative one point. Vacation
days will not count toward the three week period.
The Dignity for All Students Act
New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act (The Dignity Act) seeks to provide the State’s public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function. The Dignity Act was signed into law on September 13, 2010 and took effect on July 1, 2012.
The Dignity for All Students Act states:
“No student shall be subjected to harassment by employees or students on school property or at a school function; nor shall any student be subjected to discrimination based on a person's actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity or expression), or sex by school employees or students on school property or at a school function.”
The intent of the Dignity for All Students Act (Dignity Act) is to provide all public school students with an environment free from discrimination and harassment, as well as to foster civility in public schools. The Dignity Act also focuses on prevention of harassment and discriminatory behaviors through the promotion of educational measures meant to positively impact school culture and climate. Among the Dignity Act’s provisions, is the requirement that all public school districts (districts) and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) include provisions in their Codes of Conduct prohibiting the discrimination and harassment against students by students and/or school employees on school property or at a school function, as well as provisions for responding to acts of discrimination and harassment against students by students and/or school employees. The Dignity Act upholds New York State’s commitment to provide safe and orderly schools for its students.
The Dignity Act emphasizes the importance of tolerance and respect for others by students and staff alike. Therefore, all members of the school community, including essential partners such as superintendents, school board members, parents, students, teachers, principals/administrators, counselors, support staff and other school personnel have particularly important roles to play in its implementation.
In the Marcus Whitman Central School District, we aspire to maintain a climate of mutual respect and dignity for all students regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex, which will strengthen students’ confidence and promote learning.
The Code of Conduct for each building clearly outlines measured, balanced, and age appropriate responses to the discrimination and harassment of students on school property, including school functions, with remedies and procedures focusing on intervention and education. The response to any infraction would have the goals of correcting the problem behavior, preventing another occurrence of the behavior, and protecting the target of the act. Additionally, school districts in New York State may
take action when students engage in off-campus conduct that would foreseeably
interfere with or disrupt the work and discipline of the school as part of a comprehensive approach to intervening to prevent harassment and cyber bullying.