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Switzerland Point Middle School Home of the Raiders!
Introductions Principal Assistant Principal Curriculum Coordinator Counselor, 6 th and 7 th A-J Counselor, 7 th K-Z and 8 th Lisa Kunze Allyson Breger Melissa Lime Barbara Seaton Tanya Moseley
Schedule • SP students take 7 courses on a hybrid alternating day schedule. Silver Day – 3 classes plus a “skinny” class Black Day – 3 different classes plus the “skinny” class Wed – 1 pm dismissal
Arrival to School Students are released from the buses and media center at 7: 30 am Students have 10 minutes to visit locker. Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri – students report to homeroom for 10 minutes. Wed – directly to Silver 2 or Black 2 at 7: 40
Parent Drop-off & Pick-up For school parent drop-off & pick-up is in the front bus loop. Drop-off starts at 7: 10 am Please pull all the way up the car in front. Students need to have materials in hand exit quickly. Afternoon pick-up – students have to look for your vehicle. Drop-off & Pick-up for dances or large events is in the back in the bus loop.
Bus Behavior Students are expected to remain seated and to follow the bus driver’s instructions. Safety of all is the number one concern. Students can receive a bus referral and can be suspended from the bus. NO bus passes are allowed to ride a different bus home.
Attendance You do not need to call or email us when your child is absent. The student has 2 days to bring in a note and deliver it to the guidance office. Reasons for excused absences are illness, serious illness or death in immediate family, health related appointments, and religious holidays. Pre-Approved absence form on home page of website. Must be submitted 2 weeks in advance.
In accordance with Florida law the St. Johns County School District will enforce the following attendance policy: Ø When a student has a total of 10 total absences (excused or unexcused) and when a student has a total of 15 total absences (excused or unexcused) the parent will receive written notice by mail regarding the absences. Ø After 15 total days of absences(excused or unexcused), a student must have a doctor’s verification for all subsequent absences due to illness for the absences to be excused. If a parent writes a note after 15 total days of absences it will be recorded as “unexcused with note”. Ø A student is deemed truant after five (5) unexcused absences within a calendar month, or ten (10) unexcused absences within a 90 -calendarday period. The parent will receive written notice by mail regarding the unexcused absences and the consequences if the truancy continues.
Expectation Assemblies We conduct Expectation Assemblies 4 times a year. Student expectations and consequences are reviewed with all students. Biggest lesson in middle school – take responsibility for your actions. Ø Accept the consequence Ø Learn from the experience Ø Change behavior and move on
Behavior Expectations Be Respectful Keep your hands to yourself Don’t touch/take other’s belongings Words do hurt – be considerate of other’s feelings. Be Responsible Tell an adult if something is going on that we need to know Don’t make excuses – accept the consequences for your actions Be Safe Walk Horse playing should not occur in school
Demerit System Demerits are recorded and are cumulative by all teachers Consequences of Demerits 1 st – warning 2 nd – warning 3 rd – warning 4 th – referral to dean 5 th – referral to dean – In-school detention (loss of reward activity) 6 th – referral to dean – Out-of-school suspension
Raider Bucks character, Raider Bucks are earned by showing good being motivated, answering questions in class, etc. Ways to spend Raider Bucks • 1 RB to eat outside on the patio at lunch • 2 RB to purchase ice cream on Friday during lunch • Two for Tuesdays – buy a friend out • Holiday Store to purchase gifts for parents and siblings • Dodgeball – students vs. teachers • Guitar Hero tournaments • Just Dance tournaments • Snow cones at Spring Fling
Gum is NOT allowed at Switzerland Point MS! Anyone caught chewing gum goes to In-school Detention.
Tardies Tardy to Class It is important that students report to each class on time. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action. On the third (3 rd) tardy to class, a lunch detention will be issued by the Dean. Two lunch detentions will be issued by the Dean for the fourth (4 th) tardy. In school detention will be issued by the Dean for each subsequent tardy. Be responsible. Tardy to School Students must be at school by 7: 40 a. m. If students arrive late to school, they must check in through the front office. Failure to bring notes with an acceptable excuse will result in an unexcused tardy. An acceptable excused tardy includes illness or illness of a member of the immediate family. Oversleeping, excessive traffic, or missing the bus
Back packsfrom school. Upon Large backpacks can be carried to and arrival they must be placed in the locker. ONLY a drawstring bag can be carried from class to class. The drawstring should carry loose items, such as, pencils, calculator, post-it notes, index cards, etc. Binders and books should not be carried in the drawstring bags. Before & After school Yes No Vera Bradley
Cell Phones Must be OFF and kept in locker. Students may not use the cell phone during the day. Please do not call your student during the school day. A phone is available in the main office for emergencies.
Deliveries Only a lunch money or a lunch will be delivered to your child. We do not interrupt class to deliver textbooks, homework, projects, etc. Help your child create a checklist that can be used in the morning or night before to ensure they are ready for school.
Dress Code above the knee Shorts & Skirts can’t be shorter than 4” No tank tops or sleeveless shirts No shirts that reveal midriffs No lace or shear shirts with tanks underneath No shirts off the shoulder that show straps No holes in jeans that show skins 4” above the knee Sandals are allowed, but no backless shoes
Lost and Found Located in the main office Items are donated to charity a few times a year. If there is a name on the item, we find the student and return the item.
Lunch 30 minutes for lunch – students can talk, but not walk around There are 3 lines – 2 ala carte and 1 traditional. We do NOT monitor what your child eats. You can monitor, if you use Pay. Pams. Can pay with cash daily or use account. Account transfers from previous school. Students were given an account number the first day of school. Weekly traditional lunch menu is posted in Raider Rap Sit outside for free on Friday, if you wear Spirit wear
Nurse Clinic – Beccard All Rx medications must have a medication form signed by both the parent and physician ordering the medication. Medication must be kept in the clinic and dispensed by the nurse. All Rx medications must be received in the original container with the current prescription label, including student’s name, dosage, frequency, physician’s name and expiration of medication. Rx medication can not be transported between home and school on a daily basis. Separate containers should be kept at home and at school. Expired medications will be disposed of on the expiration date. Over the counter medications must be in the original unopened container and have an over the counter med sheet with the medication and be approved by the nurse. The form can be found on the Swiss Point website on the parent page. As long as student has form completed and on them, the medication can be carried No medication should ever be sent to school in a plastic bag. Under no circumstances should a student ever give medication to another student.
Conferences If you are wanting to meet with an individual teacher, please contact them directly for an appointment either before school at 7 am or on Tue or Thu after school at 2 pm. If you would like a group meeting, please contact the appropriate guidance counselor to schedule the meeting on Tue or Thu at 2 pm.
Lockers are in the hallway and assigned alphabetically by grade level. Lockers are magnetic, so students can tape or use magnetic white board in locker. Backpacks MUST be in locker. Can only carry a small drawstring backpack to class with supplies. Locker visits – 7: 30 am to 7: 40 am (before HR), after each class, and at 2 pm dismissal.
Organization = Success Write assignments in planner Check Edmodo site Put homework in the correct class folder/notebook Study Buddy Do homework for today’s classes THAT night. “Chunk” projects in planner Schedule on inside of locker – “A” & “B” day classes Color code Silver & Black day materials A “study area” at home with limited distractions – TV, cell phone, video games, etc. Plenty of sleep and a good breakfast
Grades Year is divided into 2 semesters 1 st semester = 1 st & 2 nd quarters 2 nd semester = 3 rd & 4 th quarters Semester Grade Calculation • 1 st Qtr (40%) + 2 nd Qtr (40%) + Semester Exam (20%) If a semester is failed, the final semester grades are AVERAGED together numerically. If the average is 60% or higher, then the student will pass the class. Ex: 1 st Sem-66 D, 2 nd Sem-58 F – 66+58=124/2=62 D
Quarter & Semester Exams District exams are administered every quarter in ALL core courses Semester Exams are administered…. . 1 st Semester: December 17 -20 th Make-ups – Jan 8 th & 9 th 2 nd Semester: May 29 -June 3 rd Make-ups – June 4 th & 5 th
2 categories: 80% is summative 20% general OR 10% general, 10% Classroom Grades Summatives are tests that measure what a student knows or can do with the standards. If less than a 75 is made, students can retest. Highest grade earned is 75% General will contain classwork, participation, homework, etc Formatives – may be recorded, but do not count toward the grade – they provide information
Home Access Center (HAC) Grades are updated at scheduled intervals throughout the quarter. Please check frequently. Have your child speak to the teacher if there is an error.
Standardized Testing Progress Monitoring – Discovery Education testing in Reading and Math (except for Algebra & Geometry students) FAIR testing – Reading – all level 1 s and 2 s FCAT 2. 0 – Spring Reading & Math will be online this year for 6 th grade 7 th & 8 th only Reading online with Math paper/pencil 8 th grade Science paper/pencil End of Course Exams (EOC) Algebra, Geometry & Civics all EOCs are online
Communication Weekly electronic newsletter – Raider Rap Website Alert Now messages Daily news show Afternoon announcements Home Access Center Contact with teachers – email & phone calls first, then if necessary, conferences
Students have all been registered for an Edmodo account. Teacher websites will disappear. All teacher assignments will be posted through Edmodo. Best feature – combined calendar Best feature for teachers – unlimited storage
We DO need you!!!! Venues for volunteering have changed……… Homeroom mom – 6 th grade only FCAT proctoring PTSO – organizing events for students (dances, carnival, fundraising) Cafeteria supervision Work in the library or office School Advisory Council (SAC) Activities – Band, Drama, Athletics