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CURTIN MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

 

PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK

 

A reference for

 

Students and Their Parents

 

 

 

GREETINGS

 

 

This Parent/Student Handbook is prepared for students and their parents in the hope that it will help in the students' adjustment to Curtin Middle School.

 

In order to have an orderly and efficient school, it is necessary to have rules and regulations and to familiarize each student with the school and its traditions.  Please use this book, at home, as a resource to answer any school related questions you may have.

 

It is with this in mind that this booklet has been compiled.  Please read and sign the included orange form to signify the fact that you have read and understand the contents of this handbook.  Please have your child bring it with them the first day of school.

 

                                                         

Brandon Pardoe, Principal
Richard Poole, Assistant Principal


                                              

 

·          FY08


 

 

 

HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL

 

Our school was named after Andrew Gregg Curtin, a former Governor of Pennsylvania during the Civil War.  He was born in 1817, taught in a Pennsylvania university and was also a member of the legal profession.  As a senator he was a champion of National Unity.  When he became governor he was a friend and trusted advisor to President Abraham Lincoln.

 

In 1874 a lot was purchased, and a building erected at the point of Market and Packer Streets.  Time went on, and the building grew old.  In 1921 on St. Patrick's Day, Mr. A. L. Pepperman, principal of the school, watched as a parade of students, carrying their books and supplies, marched through Brandon Park to their new school at Packer and Eldred Streets.  Down through the years Curtin has grown and continued to meet the demand of a growing generation.

 

 Upon the retirement of Mr. Pepperman in 1942, the pattern of leadership and understanding was continued under the principalships of Dr. Leroy F. Derr, Mr. Robert D. Smink, Mr. William K. Miller, Mr. Willard C. Bardo, Mr. Jay A. Fetterman, Mr. John E. Herman, Mr. James R. Dougherty, Mr. Kevin J. Harris, and our current principal Mr. Brandon S. Pardoe.  During 1981‑82 Curtin Junior High School was changed to Curtin Middle School.

 

In May of 1985, a two‑year expansion and renovation project was begun which resulted in today's modern facility.

 

Curtin Motto

"Enter to learn, go forth to serve."

 

Curtin Colors

Cherry and White

 

Curtin Nickname

"Millionaires"

 

Curtin Alma Mater

To thee our Alma Mater

Dear Curtin ever fair

Our songs of praise and gladness

To Thee we'll ever bear

We love thy grand achievements

Where e're thy might's been tried

In proud allegiance here we praise

The Cherry and the White

 

 

 

 HANDBOOK TABLE OF CONTENTS

School Schedule ……(Page 4)

How you can get Involved…… (Page 5)

Alternative Bell Schedules……(Page 6)

Scholastic & Physical Education Regulations……(Page 7 & 8)

Discipline & Reward Issues……(Page 9-11)

Weapon Policy & Building Regulations……(Page 12-14)

Electronic Device Regulations……(Page 14)

Cafeteria Issues……(Page 15)

Attendance Issues……(Page 15 & 16)

Health and Medication Issues……(Page 16 & 17)

Special Services & Activities……(Page 17 & 18)

Miscellaneous……(Page 18)

Non-Discrimination Policy……(Page 18)

 

 

*** WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN THE CURTIN EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY ***

 

PARENTS/GUARDIANS

 

  1. Join PTO
  2. Attend Parent/Teacher Conferences
  3. Support Sports Teams
  4. Attend School Performances
  5. Attend PTO Open House
  6. Attend Family Fun Night
  7. Attend Book Bingo
  8. Volunteer in our Keystone Healthy Zone projects
  9. Get involved with a Curtin Clean-up Day
  10. Support fundraising efforts – Organization, collection, distribution of materials
  11. Share a skill
  12. Visit the school
  13. Have Lunch with your children

 STUDENTS

 

  1. Attend School Regularly
  2. Respect Staff and other students
  3. Keep parents/guardians informed about school related events.
  4. Get involved with athletics
  5. Get involved in clubs
  6. Get involved in the performing arts
  7. Help with Curtin Clean-up Days
  8. Attend School Related Activities (Book Bingo, Family fun night, Plays, Concerts, Sports, etc.)
  9. Be active in the Curtin Keystone Healthy Zone

  

“Everyone’s involvement is the key ingredient to a successful school community!”

 

“Please help us to positively contribute to the success of all students and ultimately to the success of our society.”

 

Alternative Bell Schedules for FY08

 

1 Hour delay

 

2 Hour Delay

1st Bell

9:10 AM

 

1st Bell

10:10 AM

Warning Bell

9:15 AM

 

Warning Bell

10:15 AM

Late Bell

9:17 AM

 

Late Bell

10:17 AM

End Homeroom

9:26 AM

 

End Homeroom

10:26 AM

1

9:27 AM

         

1

10:27 AM

 

9:58 AM

 

 

10:49 AM

2

9:59 AM

 

2

10:50 AM

 

10:30 AM

 

 

11:12 AM

3

10:31 AM

 

3

11:13 AM

 

11:00 AM

 

 

11:33 AM

5

11:04 AM

 

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11:37 AM

 

11:39 AM

 

 

12:13 PM

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11:42 AM

 

6

12:16 PM

 

12:17 PM

 

 

12:52 PM

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12:20 PM

 

7

12:55 PM

 

12:55 PM

 

 

1:31 PM

4

12:58 PM

 

8

1:34 PM

 

1:29 PM

 

 

1:56 PM

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1:30 PM

 

4

1:57 PM

 

2:01 PM

 

 

2:19 PM

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2:02 PM

 

9

2:20 PM

 

2:33 PM

 

 

2:42 PM

10

2:34 PM

 

10

2:43 PM

 

3:05 PM

 

 

3:05 PM

Announcements 3:03 PM to 3:05? PM

 

Announcements 3:03 PM to 3:05? PM

 

1 HOUR aSSEMBLY

 

2 hOUR aSSEMBLY

1st Bell

8:10 AM

 

1st Bell

8:10 AM

Warning Bell

8:15 AM

 

Warning Bell

8:15 AM

Late Bell

8:17 AM

 

Late Bell

8:17 AM

End Homeroom

8:26 AM

 

End Homeroom

8:26 AM

1

8:27 AM

 

1

8:27 AM

 

8:58 AM

 

 

8:49 AM

2

8:59 AM

 

2

8:50 AM

 

9:30 AM

 

 

9:12 AM

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9:31 AM

 

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9:13 AM

 

10:02 AM

 

 

9:35 AM

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10:03 AM

 

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9:36 AM

 

10:34 AM

 

 

9:58 AM

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10:35 AM

 

9

9:59 AM

 

11:04 AM

 

 

10:21 AM

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11:08 AM

 

10

10:22 AM

 

11:43 PM

 

 

10:42 AM

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11:46 PM

 

5

10:46 AM

 

12:21 PM

 

 

11:21 AM

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12:24 PM

 

6

11:24 AM

 

12:59 PM

 

 

11:59 PM

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1:02 PM

 

7

12:02 PM

 

1:33 PM

 

 

12:37 PM

10

1:34 PM

 

8

12:40 PM

 

2:05 PM

 

 

1:05 PM

 

 

***  SCHOLASTIC REGULATIONS  ***

 

Agendas

Students are required to have their agenda books on them at all times.These agenda books are to be used for record keeping purposes.  Students will also use them for signing out privileges.  Students are required to have these agenda books in order to sign out for the lavatories or to get a drink.  If a student loses or destroys their agenda, they will not be permitted to sign out of the classroom to go to the lavatory, office, or locker unless the class teacher deems the reason to be an emergency. Lost agendas need to be replaced at a cost dictated by the school.

 

Grading

All that any school has to offer is the opportunity for people to learn. Students who refuse this opportunity are wasting the taxpayers' money and their time. You are advised to use your study time in school and to plan at least one hour of study at home daily. Some students will find it necessary and desirable to do more ‑ others need less. Here are the numerical grades that students can earn and the letter grade equivalent:

Percentages

Letter Grade Equivalent

100-95%

A

94-85%

B

84-75%

C

74-70%

D

69%-Below

F

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Homework ‑ The policy of the Williamsport Area School District is that relevant homework is a vital extension of regular classroom instruction.  It is also an area where parental interaction and efforts can have a significant effect on the student's education. Teachers are encouraged to provide reasonable amounts of homework for reinforcement and practice of subject matter concepts. It is expected that teachers evaluate assigned homework for both content accuracy and proper grammar and punctuation.  Teachers should include evaluated homework in their overall evaluation system.

 

It must be recognized that the Williamsport Area School District is attempting to develop well‑rounded individuals. Homework which is relevant, reasonable, and appropriate in length gives the students the opportunity to display or develop self‑discipline along with improvement in their subject areas. Parents are encouraged to supervise their children's assignments and to contact the school and appropriate teacher if they have questions regarding any assignment.

 

Consideration of these goals suggests the following guidelines for teachers and parents:

 

1.                Homework should not be punitive or unnecessarily repetitive in nature.

2.                Homework should be returned and reflected in the students' grades in a timely manner.

3.                Parents should encourage neatness and timely completion of the assigned work.

4.                Teachers should take into consideration student's age, school experiences, physical handicaps, and instructional levels.

5.                Specific age/grade guidelines for homework assignments should be developed cooperatively by teachers, administrators, parents, and, where appropriate, students and promulgated by the Superintendent of Schools.

 
Examinations ‑ Unit tests or examinations are given at the discretion of the teachers.  Teachers may also give daily quizzes to check on students to see if they are preparing lessons and making progress in their work.

 

Report Cards

The school year is divided into four report card periods of nine weeks each. The first marking period report cards will be available, for pick up during parent teacher conferences.  Failure to attend the conferences will result in the need to come to the school to pick up a child’s report card. All other marking period report cards will be released to the student as long as they have no pending obligations.  

 

 

These reports should be taken home, and the proper section signed by the parent or guardian and returned to the Homeroom teacher as soon as possible.  Parents are encouraged to consult with subject teachers, guidance counselors, or principals concerning the grades on the report card.

 

Honor Roll

The honor roll for academic excellence is prepared at the end of each nine-week report card period.  A's and B's and satisfactory conduct/effort grades in all subjects are required for inclusion on the honor roll.

 
Make‑up Work ‑ Students who are frequently absent from school because of illness or truancy cannot expect to receive grades in the subjects missed without making up assignments. Students are responsible for making arrangements to complete their work. Work not made up by the end of the marking period will be considered incomplete. In some cases, tutoring or special examinations may be required. 

Extra Help

Students are encouraged to seek extra help from their teachers if they do not understand a lesson or an assignment, if the work is difficult or if the student has been absent and missed assignments and class discussions.  Arrange a conference with your teacher before or after school or at a time convenient to both the student and the teacher during the day.

 

Promotion Requirements

Promotion from Curtin Middle School to the high school shall be based on the satisfactory completion of three years of work in the sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.  On a yearly basis, a student will be promoted unless:

     a. the student fails more than two major subjects

     b. the student fails Math or English two years in succession

     c. the student fails to pass at least half of all subjects taken

 

Standardized Testing ‑ Every student, during the three years at Curtin Middle School, receives a battery of standardized tests which include: achievement and aptitude. These tests and school grades are used to help select the proper courses in accordance with the student's interests and ability.

 

Homebound Instruction ‑ Special instruction may be arranged for students who will be confined to their homes because of a serious accident or illness. Applications for this instruction should be made through guidance counselors and approved by the doctor‑in‑charge.

 

Request for Homework – Homework can be requested when a student is absent for two or more days.  You must call before 8:30 a.m. the day you are requesting homework. The homework will be in the office by 3:30 p.m. that day.  No homework will be requested for a single day absence.

 

*** PHYSICAL EDUCATION ISSUES ***

 

Excuses in Physical Education ‑ If a student is not physically able to participate in a physical education class, the parent should write an excuse to be presented to the physical education teacher.  This excuse is limited to one day only.  If the physical condition is going to prevent the student's participation in physical education class for more than one day, a statement from the attending physician is required. This statement should include the reason for the excuse and the length of time to be excused.

Physical Education Requirements ‑ All students are required to bring a change of clothes suitable for athletic activities for physical education classes. A comfortable shirt and shorts are suggested. Sneakers or athletic shoes are required.

  

*** DISCIPLINE & REWARD ISSUES ***

 

EXAMPLES OF CLASSROOM REWARDS:

Students respond well to positive reinforcement, therefore, each teacher will have rewards for the individual students and the entire class.  Rewards should escalate as certain behavioral goals are reached.

 

Possible rewards that will be used in the building are listed below. Some of the listed items may not have much meaning for parents and students until the teacher explains to the students how these incentives will be used in the classroom.

 

  1. 200 Club Ticket
  2. Marble jar
  3. Bonus points (tests, labs, homework)
  4. No homework nights

5.    Have students create their own rewards

  1. Cherry and White Award
  2. Student of the Week Award
  3. Positive home contact
  4. Time in the Gym
  5. Take a problem off a test
  6. Few minutes of free time to talk
  7. Extra computer time
  8. Restaurant coupons

Authority of Teachers ‑ School law gives the teacher the following authority over students: "Every teacher in the public schools of Pennsylvania shall have the right to exercise the same authority as to the conduct and behavior of students attending this school during the time they are in attendance, including the time going to and from their homes, as the parent, or person in parental relationship to such students may exercise over them."

 

SCHOOL‑WIDE RULES

BE SAFE

BE PRESENT

BE RESPONSIBLE

BE RESPECTFUL


 

POTENTIAL CLASSROOM CONSEQUENCES:

·           Time after class/school

·           Writing assignments

·           Extra work

·           Sending a student to timeout

·           Sending of student to the office (For severe/serious discipline issues)

 

POSSIBLE ADMINISTRATIVE CONSEQUENCES:

1.      Timeout

A student may be sent to timeout when the student fails to follow school rules. Timeout is designed to give the child a chance to re-group and serve an immediate consequence for their actions.  Getting sent to timeout also earns the student a detention.(See next page) If a student fails to go directly to timeout, when sent, then they will earn additional consequences that may include an additional detention, silent lunch, Saturday school and possibly even ISS.

 

2.      30-minute detention and minimum of 3 demerits (may involve contract).

    

        Detention ‑ Any staff member may detain any student after school for the purpose of remediation, making‑up missed work, extra help, or as a consequence for misbehavior.  The student will be given the opportunity to notify their residence about the detention. ALL STUDENTS are given 24 HOURS NOTICE in order to make any needed arrangements including transportation.

 

3.      In-School Suspension (ISS) or Out-of School Suspension (OSS) as deemed necessary by administration. Suspension will result in six (6) demerits added to a child’s discipline record.  You will receive a phone call and a letter will be sent home when a child is suspended.

 

CURTIN DETENTION POLICY

STUDENTS:

 

*All detentions must be served (After School within 24 hours of getting one.)

*It is your responsibility to notify your parents that you are staying and that you may need transportation home when you earn a detention.

*The only way out of a detention for that day, is if you have a parent/guardian write an excuse or call, and in either case, you must serve the detention on the next available school day.

 

If a detention is missed without proper notification and an acceptable excuse, there are additional consequences that come into play:

 

1.             The student earns an additional detention

2.      &n, bsp;      Silent lunch

3.             If the student fails to make the next detention day after skipping the first assigned, then SATURDAY school will be assigned as the next consequence earned

4.             ISS

5.             OSS

 

If the student fails to attend Saturday school and complete the assigned detention, then it is up to the discretion of the principal to what level the next consequence goes. (Example: suspension, take away privileges)

 

EXAMPLES OF MISBEHAVIOR:

1.      Lateness (to school, to class, etc.)

2.      Misconduct/disruptive behavior

3.      Misuse of pass

4.      Failure to have necessary materials 

5.      Failure to bring in excuses, library fines, charges for lost or damaged materials

6.      Failure to report to the office when late for school

7.      Inappropriate dress (may be sent home to change)

8.      Inappropriate objects (radio, cell phones, pagers, walkman, water pistol, lighter, etc.)

9.      Misuse of equipment

10.  Chewing gum, eating, drinking, etc. unless there would be special arrangements made with the administration

11.  Littering on school property

 

EXAMPLES OF SERIOUS MISBEHAVIOR:

1.      Passive disobedience of a staff order (i.e., failure to report after school)

2.      Inappropriate, obscene, abusive, threatening, demeaning, disrespectful or undignified language, drawings, gestures, etc

3.      Cutting class

4.      Leaving class without permission

5, .      Failure to identify yourself to a staff member

6.      Defacing school property

7.      Cheating/lying

8.      Misconduct on bus or during school-sponsored activities

9.      Second time to silent lunch (students removed from cafeteria)

10.     Dangerous conduct ‑ depending on the degree (e.g., throwing snowballs, rocks, and etc.)

11.     Forgery (excuses, passes, etc.)

 

EXAMPLES OF SEVERE MISBEHAVIOR:

(ISS/OSS as deemed necessary by administration)

1.         Active disobedience (e.g., direct defiance, refusal to obey a staff order)

2.         Assault/fighting

3.         Stealing/extortion

4.         Vandalism‑destroying school property

5.         Dangerous conduct ‑ depending on the degree (actions resulting in injury)

6.         Possession and/or use of unauthorized substance (tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc.)

7.         Smoking on school property

8.         Carrying a dangerous or lethal weapon

9.         Inciting violence

10.     Tampering with fire alarm boxes

11.     Conviction of a felony committed against the school

12.     Ejection from class ‑ sent to "time‑out"

13.     Skipping school

14.     Misconduct on supervised school trip

 

Assaults

All forms of criminal assault and similar misconduct are proscribed as improper behavior for all students and employees of the Williamsport Area School District.  This includes all forms of assault and other crimes defined in the Pennsylvania Criminal Statutes. Students found in violation of any of these misconducts may be subject to disciplinary action and/or arrest.

 

Spray Paint/Markers

City Ordinance No. 5687 shall apply to all students regarding the possession of spray paint containers and liquid markers:

 

No student shall possess a spray paint container, liquid paint, indelible marker, or etching equipment or materials on any public right-of-way (including, without limitation, any street or sidewalk) with intent to use the same to deface any building, structure or property.

 

Students violating the City Ordinance while in school or on school district property will be subject to both municipal and school penalties.

 

Gangs

The following are strictly prohibited on or about school property or at any school activity:

 

Wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying, or selling any  clothing, jewelry, emblems, badges, symbols, signs, graffiti, or other items that are evidence of membership in or affiliation with a gang.

 

Committing any act or using any speech, verbal or non-verbal (gestures, handshakes, etc.), showing membership in o, r affiliation with a gang.

 

Using any speech or committing any act to further the interest of any gang or gang-related activity, including but not limited to:

 

Soliciting and/or initiating others for membership in any gang. Requesting any person to pay for protection or otherwise intimidating or threatening any person. Committing any illegal act or violation of School District policies.

Inciting other students to act with physical violence upon any other person.  Engaging in concert with others in intimidating, fighting, assaulting, or threatening to assault others.

 

*** SCHOOL DISTRICTPOLICY - WEAPONS AT SCHOOL ***

 

 

1.  Pennsylvania legislation and the Pennsylvania School Code require that specific actions be taken if a student brings a weapon to school, to a school-sponsored activity, or onto any vehicle transporting students to school or a school-sponsored activity.  Possession or use of a weapon in these settings requires that the student be suspended and then expelled unless the Superintendent recommends to the Board a modification of the expulsion requirement. Toy and look-alike weapons are considered weapons under these rules.

 

2.     The term "weapon" shall include, but not be limited to, any knife, cutting instrument, cutting tool, nunchaku, firearm, shotgun, rifle and any tool, instrument or implement capable of inflicting serious bodily injury.

 

3. The discovery of any weapon prohibited under this section shall be reported to local law enforcement officials.

 

4. All incidents relating to expulsions for possession of a weapon on school grounds shall be reported to the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

 

5. Whenever a pupil transfers to another school, a certified copy of the student's disciplinary record shall be transmitted to the new school within 10 days.

 

Any student who brings any kind of weapon to school, whether intentionally or by accident, may be: expelled for one year, charged by the police, and may have a permanent file regarding weapons, drugs, alcohol, or violence issues created, which will be forwarded to every school in the state that the student ever attends.  School principals have no discretion in these situations and we must comply with the law and policy as written.  Please make every effort to ensure that you understand the seriousness of the law and the severe consequences of violating the prohibition against weapons in schools.

 

We do not want to "LOSE" students because of the actions specified in the State Law and School Policy.  Parents are asked to help their children to understand these regulations.

 

*** BUILDING REGULATIONS ***

 

Visitors ALL visitors to school are required to register in the principal's office and pick up a Visitor's Pass.  It is the policy of the school not to allow students of neighboring schools to visit.

 

Entering the Building - No student is allowed to enter the building until 8:10a.m. unless the student has a special pass provided by the teacher to whom he/she is to report. The other exception is weather related.  If the temperature is below 20 degrees or if it is raining, then students may find shelter in the cafeteria.

 

Report to Homeroom ‑ Upon entering the building, after the first bell has rung, the student should report to his/her locker, get books for the morning classes and proceed immediately to his/her assigned homeroom.

 

Passing Classes ‑ Students are to leave the rooms in decent order and proceed directly to their next class. There will only be allotted 1 minute between classes. (The exception is if a student is going to a UA/Health, or PE.  Then they have 3 minutes.)  Locker breaks will stay as a 4 minute interval.

 

Dismissal ‑ At the end of the last class period each day the afternoon announcements will be made.  All students are dismissed from classes and should go directly to their lockers and then exit the building.

 

Leaving Classes ‑ Students are not permitted out of their classrooms unless they have their agenda book signed and have signed out of the class with the teacher's permission.

 

Fighting ‑ Fighting of any kind is prohibited at all times. This major      infraction will result in suspension.

 

Snowballs ‑ Throwing snowballs on school grounds or on the way to and from   school is prohibited.

 

Use of Sidewalks ‑ Wide sidewalks have been placed around the building for     everyone's convenience.  Students are expected to keep off the grass at all       times, except on the athletic field when directed by a teacher.

 

Bicycles ‑ Bicycles are to be placed on the rack on the east side of the building. All bicycles should be secured with a lock while in the bicycle rack. Riding on the sidewalks and grounds is prohibited.

 

Telephone UseThe school phones are for business purposes.  Students may be permitted to use the phone in an emergency.  Students will not be permitted to make personal calls.

 

Lost and Found ‑ Lost and found articles are kept in the hallway on the ground floor where the owner can claim them.

 

Dress ‑ Your dress reflects the quality of the school, of your conduct, and of your work.  All students are expected to dress and groom themselves neatly in clothes that are suitable for school activities. NO outdoor clothing worn in school. NO clothing with slogans or statements that could be considered offensive is permitted.  Shorts are permitted for wear by students provided they are appropriate for school.  Examples of dress not permitted:  flip flops, slippers, tank tops, spaghetti strap tops, midriff shirts, muscle shirts, clothing with inappropriate wording and scanty shorts that do not extend beyond the student’s fingertips when the hands are held at his/her side. The principal will resolve questions of the appropriateness of clothing.

 

School Activity Dress Code- If a student is representing Curtin in any type of school related activity (sports, concerts, etc) they must be dressed in at least *“Business Casual” attire on the day of the event.  The advisors and coaches have the right to alter this code with administrative approval.

 

*“Business Casual”- Collared shirt, sweater, button down shirt, casual dress pants, and dress shoes (no sneakers or flip-flops).  Female students should wear dresses or slacks, collard shirt or sweater, and dress shoes.

 

Backpacks – Backpacks are permitted to and from school.  They are NOT permitted to be carried during the school day.  Girls may carry SMALL purses.

 

Lockers ‑ Each student is assigned a locker by his/her homeroom advisor and the locker should be used to store the student's books and personal belongings. Students and parents should be aware that the lockers are the property of the Williamsport Area School District and that school personnel do have access to all student lockers.

 

Auditorium ‑ The auditorium is the meeting place for the entire school. Every class is assigned a special section.  Each student is to be responsible for seeing that there is no loud talking, boisterous laughing, unnecessary coughing, or discourteous applause.

 

Smoking ‑ Neither smoking nor possession of cigarettes or smoking materials is permitted on school grounds or in the building. Smoking in public schools is a violation of Pennsylvania State Law and may result in suspension.

 

Drugs ‑ Students are not to carry or ingest any medicines or drugs in school without getting the approval of the principal or the nurse.  Any student possessing or using any type of narcotics or dangerous drugs on school property will be subject to disciplinary action by the school and the police.

 

Skateboards ‑ Skateboards are not permitted on school property at any time. Any skateboard brought into the building may be confiscated.
 

*** ELECTRONIC DEVICE REGULATIONS ***

 

The Board prohibits possession of laser pointers and attachments and telephone paging devices/beepers by students on school property, on buses and other vehicles provided by the district, and at school-sponsored activities.

 

In order to prevent interference with the educational process the Board prohibits use of personal communication devices, including but not limited to cell phones, laptop computers, personal data assistants, and walkie-talkies by students during the school day in district buildings and on district property. Use includes cell phone rings and other electronic alerts, and the transmission or receipt of written or text messages.  If these devices are brought to school they must be stored in the student’s locker or other secure location during the school day.  For the purpose of this policy, the school day runs from the time the student enters the building through the bell or notification of dismissal. 

The district shall not be liable for the loss, damage or misuse of any electronic device brought to school by a student.

 

The Superintendent or designee shall annually notify students, parents/guardians and staff about the district’s electronic device policy by publishing such policy in the student handbooks, district Rights and Responsibilities mailing, newsletters, posted notices, and other efficient methods.

 

Violations of this policy by a student shall result in disciplinary action and may result in confiscation of the electronic device.

 

The confiscated item shall not be returned until a conference has been held with a parent/guardian.  Repeated violations may result in escalating student consequences, including but not limited to in-school suspensions and out-of-school suspensions.

 

Telephone Pagers/Beepers

 

With prior administrative approval, the telephone paging device/beeper prohibition shall not apply in the following cases:

 

1.    A student who has a need for such a device due to the medical condition of an immediate family member.

 

2. Other reasons determined appropriate by the building principal.

 

Exceptions to the prohibitions set forth in this policy may be made for health, safety, educational or emergency reasons with prior approval of the building principal or designee, or when use is provided for in a student’s individualized education program (IEP).

 

PSBA Revision 07/04

 
*** CAFETERIA ISSUES ***

 

Cafeteria ‑ The cafeteria is maintained as a vital part of the health program of the school. To encourage good nutrition, a well‑balanced lunch is offered at a reasonable price.  The cafeteria is not just a place to eat, but also a place where students can learn to live and eat together in a polite and acceptable manner.  There should be no loud talking or shouting while waiting in line or while sitting at the tables. Students will be directed to their seats by a cafeteria supervisor.  Students will be directed to return their trays by a cafeteria supervisor. All students will use the up stairs to return to their classes unless otherwise instructed. 

 

NO student will be excused from the cafeteria without the permission of a teacher. Students should get everything they need on the first trip through the serving line.  They will not be permitted to return to the serving line for forgotten items or seconds.

 

The cafeteria rules are:

1.       Follow instructions the first time they are given

2.       Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself

3.       Stay in your seat

4.       Speak in a conversational tone. Do not yell or shout

 

Cafe Card ‑ A cafe card will be issued to students. Every student is to present his/her cafe card to the cashier in the cafeteria. A $3.00 replacement fee will be charged to the student if his/her cafe card is lost or destroyed.

 

Free or Reduced Lunch ‑ Free or reduced lunch forms are given to each student the first day of school. If the student is eligible, please complete the form and return it to school as soon as possible for processing.

 

***  ATTENDANCE ISSUES  ***

 

Absence ‑ Upon return to school from one or more day's absence, the student must present a written note from a parent or guardian. If no excuse is presented; the student will be marked truant for the absent day. The student must present this note to the homeroom between 8:17 a.m. and 8:24 a.m. before the student can be readmitted to school. In the case of sickness or accident which has caused a prolonged absence, the student may be required to present a doctor's excuse.  The parent or guardian must call the school to report a student absent between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. at the following number: 323‑4785. Excused absence refers to absence for any one of a number of legal reasons: sickness, impassable roads, quarantine, death in the family, doctor appointment, court, family emergency, weather so inclement as to endanger welfare of child, school bus delay or buses not operating, major religious holidays, and planned family vacations (School Board Policy #4723.70). A planned family vacation or excursion requiring the absence of children from school shall be conducted only under the direct supervision of and in the company of the head of household, the parent, or the guardian, or a person designated by the parent or guardian as one standing in loco parentis to the child. Students WILL NOT be excused for hobbies, i.e.: hunting, fishing, gymnastics, dance, recitals, etc.

 

The following steps should be taken with a planned family vacation:

1.       Obtain an application for Excused Absence for Educational Trip from the office.

2.       Complete the Application for Excused Absence for an Educational Trip and return it to the school office two weeks before the absence.

3.       The pupil is required to notify teachers of pending vacation; the student should contact teachers to make up missed work upon returning to school following vacation.  

4.       (Unexcused and unlawful absence of a student is primarily due to parental neglect, illegal employment, truancy, running away from home, walking out of school, and trips without approval from the office).

 

Tardiness ‑ If a student is late to school he/she must present a note of explanation in the principal's office upon arrival at school. Excessive or unexcused tardiness will result in disciplinary action. Unexcused Tardiness will result in an administrative detention.

 

Excused from School(Appointments) ‑ A student may be excused from school for a medical or dental appointment, only if the student presents an excuse with the time and date of the appointment.  The excuse must be written by a parent or guardian and submitted to the principal's office first thing in the morning on the day of the appointment.

 

Students will not be dismissed early by phone request without written permission from the parent/guardian. Students will not be excused for hobbies, i.e.: hunting, fishing, gymnastics, dance, etc.

 

Excused While School is in Session ‑ If a student becomes ill at school he/she should present their agenda book to the classroom teacher to see the nurse.  The teacher may also write a pass if necessary. If the nurse is not in, the student must check with the main office.  Students may not leave the building because of illness without authorization from the nurse or the office.

 

Change of Address ‑ When a student moves from one address to another or their phone number has been changed, the student should immediately report the information to the principal's office.

 

Transfer to Another School ‑ When a student transfers to another school, the student must notify the homeroom teacher and the office of a change of address at least two days before leaving.  A copy of the student's school record will be forwarded to the Student Personnel Office.  Before withdrawal, the student must return all textbooks, library books, and other school property to teachers and settle any debts with the office.  The student must present a check‑out sheet signed by each teacher releasing the student from any further responsibility. The required withdrawal form must be obtained from the principal's office.

 

*** HEALTH & MEDICATION ISSSUES ***

 

Health Services

The functions of the health services include: Health appraisal, counseling with parents and students, follow‑up for correction of defects, assisting with the prevention and control of disease, and providing first aid.  The school district strongly recommends that medication be given at home.  The district does recognize that the health of some students sometimes demands that medication be given in school.  Parents should confer with the child's physician to arrange medication time intervals to avoid school hours whenever possible. When medication absolutely must be given during school hours, these procedures must be followed:

 

FOR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS:

1.                The physician must complete the prescription medication form (Side A) and the parent must sign the consent form (Side B).

 

2.                Any medication given during school hours must be delivered to the nurse or principal's designee in the original pharmaceutically dispensed and labeled container.

 

3.                Students are responsible for reporting to the nurses’ office at the proper time for medication.

 

FOR NON‑PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS:

1.                Students are not permitted to bring over-the-counter non-prescription medications to school unless accompanied by a doctor's order.

2.                Acetaminophen, Tums and calamine lotion will only be given in accordance with the treatment protocol established by the school physician.  Unless certain conditions are met for administering these items and parents have signed the PARENTAL AUTHORIZATION AND INDEMNIFICATION FOR THE GIVING OF MEDICINE card, acetaminophen, Tums and calamine lotion will not be offered to students.

 

3.                Students will be responsible for reporting to the office at the proper time for medication.

 

***  SPECIAL SERVICES AND ACTIVITIES  ***

 

Guidance

Counseling service is available to students.  Many problems, concerning both school and one's personal life, can be helped by counseling with a competent person. The school counselors or teachers will be happy to try to help students with these problems. Appointments can be made by requesting a pass from a teacher or counselor.

 

Library

Students are welcome in the library from 8:10 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. unless a class is using the library.  Permission may be granted by a teacher to visit the library during the day. Ask the librarian for information regarding materials available and procedures and regulations for their use.


 

Student Council

The Curtin Student Council is composed of representatives from each homeroom. The council operates under a constitution and is an experiment in democratic action. The objectives of the organization are to support and promote the school program, to support community projects, and to sponsor special programs for the student body.

 

Parent‑Teacher Organization

The purpose of this program is to foster a positive relationship between, the school, the community, and the child’s home. Curtin is moving in a direction to bring the community into the building, and we need all of our parents/guardians help to accomplish this.  Many new activities and different fund‑raising events are already scheduled for this upcoming year.  These events are created to benefit the welfare of the students and school community.  The success of these events depends on the strength of our educational community.  Please get involved. The membership dues are $3.00 per person and $5.00 for a family per year.

 

Student Council and Athletics

1.                Student Council ‑ elections are held in the fall; representatives are elected within each homeroom to the Council along with alternates to represent the entire body of students.

2.                Intramurals ‑ boy's and girl's intramural activities are held in the morning before the start of regular school time.  Involvement is totally voluntary; some activities are for individual involvement, while others are team sports.

3.                Interscholastic Athletics ‑ begin at the 7th grade level, a $40.00 participation fee per school year is charged for all interscholastic sports.  This fee will include all sports for a school year.

        Boys            Girl

        Football        Softball

        Basketball      Basketball

        Wrestling       Track

        Track           Soccer

        Soccer         


Cherry and White Awards

This award is intended to recognize students who demonstrate those qualities of responsibility which are too often taken for granted in the "all around student". These students are the backbone of any school because they require a minimum of attention yet produce at maximum levels. In a word, they are effective.

 

Students nominated for the award should display the following qualities:

1.       Promptness ‑ arrives at class on time.

2.       Preparation ‑ all materials and class assignments ready and completed when due.

3.       Reliability ‑ fulfills expectations on a regular basis.

4.       Courtesy ‑ is polite and respectful.

5.       Consideration ‑ is sensitive to and shows concern for others.

 

 

 

Each staff member may nominate one or more student each month to receive this award. When a student has been nominated, then the principal and the faculty will determine whether or not the student receives the award.

 

***  MISCELLANEOUS  ***

 

Pupil‑Teacher Relationships

Because a student spends so much of his/her time in school, it is important that the student maintain pleasant, friendly relationships with teachers at the Curtin Middle School. If a student tries, he/she can learn to understand the teachers and what reactions to expect from them. Teachers are people with feelings and emotions.  Too often a student judges certain teachers before meeting them. Students should not form opinions on the basis of what they are told by other students. Students should be fair to themselves and to the teachers by drawing their own conclusions after having had the opportunity to work with the teacher. Teachers and students reflect each other's moods. Each should try to maintain a cordial and respectful relationship in the classroom.   

 

Medical Insurance ‑ The school district does not carry medical insurance for injuries on school property.  Each parent is responsible for their own child's accident and medical insurance. This does not include children who participate in interscholastic sports.

 

Closing of School ‑In case of the school closings due to ice, snow, or other emergency, an announcement will be made over:

 

LOCAL RADIO STATIONS and WNEP, WYOU and WBRE TV Stations.

 

*** Non‑Discrimination Policy ***

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       The Williamsport Area School District is an equal opportunity education institution and will not disc, riminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, and handicap, in its activities, programs, or employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX Ed. Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.  For information regarding civil rights or grievance procedures, services, activities, and facilities that are accessible to and usable by handicapped individuals contact:

 

Debbra J. Savage, Esq., Director of Human Resources

Williamsport Area School District

201 W. Third Street

Williamsport, PA  17701

Phone (570) 327-5500, ext. 3541

 

Last Modified on February 2, 2011
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