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2014 / 2015 STUDENT HANDBOOK

 

Anthony L. Morris, Ph.D.

Principal

                                                                                                                                LTC Kim Staley, USA, Retired

Assistant Principal                                                                                       Assistant Principal


 


Table of Contents

Student/Parent Letters/Statement of Beliefs/Mission Statement …..……………….…..3-4

Prologue/ Preparatory School…………………...................................................................5

Advanced Math Seven (7) Program/School Website……...................................................7

Parent-Teacher Conferences/Attendance.............................................................................8

Absentees(Excused/Unexcused)/Tardies/LeavingCampus.……………………………….9

Medication/Meningococcal Disease..................................................................................10

Non Instructional Items/Schedule Changes/ Student Discipline-Classroom Rules.............................................................................................................................11-13

Video Cameras on Buses and in School/Textbooks……............................................13-14

Withdrawals/ Promotion of Students.................................................................................14

Grades/ Report Cards and Progress Reports......................................................................15

Testing & Other Significant Dates/ Honor roll/ Make-up Work..................................15-16

Suspensions SS/OCS/Saturday School/ Remediation/ P.E. Classes/ Library-Media Center……....................................................................................................................….17

 

School Store/Assemblies/ Student Behavior during School Activities/ Fundraising Activities/Extracurricular Activities……………………….…………………………….18

 

Fire/Tornado & Bomb Threat Drills/Vending Machines……...........................................19

Lunchroom Policies ………………………………………………………………….20-21

Hall Passes/ Dress Code Policy....................................................................................22-23

Parental Involvement Information……………………………………………………23-38

Bell Schedule……………..................................................................................................39

 

Dear Students,

Welcome to Escambia County Middle Preparatory School (ECMPS). It is indeed a great privilege for me to serve as your principal.

As a student of this school, you can expect to be educated by highly qualified and motivated teachers who have your best interest at heart in every conceivable manner. By the same token, we as administrators, teachers, and staff hold all of you to high standards and great expectations.

You are expected to follow rules and regulations that have been established for the welfare of the entire student body. You are also expected to conduct yourself properly at all times while on campus as well as during any school-related activity. Additionally, we expect you to do your part to help us accomplish our ultimate goal, which is to inspire you to develop good citizenship, improve your quality of life, and become lifelong learners.

As you can tell from the aesthetics and cleanliness of the school, lots of pride goes into how we feel about you, the greatest resource on campus. It is our desire that you will share in the pride and enthusiasm we hold by helping us keep the building clean.

Finally, our request is that you come to school every day ready to learn.  Feel free to make suggestions concerning your school.

I am looking forward to working with each of you, and please feel free to inform us of any problems or concerns you may have.

Sincerely,

Anthony L. Morris, Ph.D. Principal

 

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Dear Parents/Guardians:

I am excited about the upcoming school year, and wish to thank you for allowing us to serve  your children for another year here at Escambia County Middle Preparatory School (ECMPS). As instructional leader of this school, I will ensure that your child is educated by highly qualified teachers who have your child’s academic best interest at heart. The learning environment will be pleasant, aesthetically pleasing, and highly conducive to learning.

As parents, your voice needs to be heard concerning the welfare of your child. Therefore, we invite you to share in the decision making as well as the teaching and learning process that pertain to your child. This can be accomplished by making sure you provide your child with the necessary support that will encourage him or her to come to school daily with an attitude to learn. We also ask that you attend various meetings and serve on committees for which you will be invited throughout the year. Remember, your voice in the education of your child is one of importance.

Not every decision that is made regarding your child’s welfare will be pleasant, especially when rules are broken and pre-determined penalties are imposed. However, as educators, we have taken an oath to treat every child with respect and dignity as we enforce rules that will assist with the best education possible for all of our students. Therefore, we ask that you support us as we provide the supervision and guidance with the right motive that will steer your child in the proper direction. With your help, we will be able to maintain the quality of education your child deserves.

Respectfully,

Anthony L. Morris, Ph.D. Principal

 

 

Escambia County Middle School Statement of Beliefs

1.       Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs.

2.       A safe and physically comfortable environment promote student learning.

3.       A student’s self-esteem is enhanced by positive relationships and mutual respect among students and staff.

4.       Students learn best when they are actively engaged in the learning process.

5.       Students learn in different ways.

6.       Students learn best when they have appropriate opportunities for success.

 

Mission Statement

The mission of Escambia County Middle School is to serve the community by challenging and inspiring each student to develop his or her potential in heart, mind, and body. This will be accomplished through a quality, flexible curriculum rooted in development of character and pride and provided by a dedicated staff in a safe and caring environment.

 

PROLOGUE

MODEL MIDDLE SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY

Model Middle Schools begin with a philosophy and a vision that all children belong and can learn in the mainstream of school and community life. Middle Schools provide students with a transition from the intimacy of the elementary classroom to the anonymity of the comprehensive high school.

The Model Middle School is formed around the interdisciplinary teaching team.

Teachers of core subjects (language arts, science, math, social studies and/or reading) can be organized into teams. The teams serve the academic needs of the students by promoting collaboration among students and teachers. The team is important for the social development of students because it provides a sense of belonging to a smaller group within the entire school.

The keys to successful teaming are organization, identity, management, instruction, and evaluation. In this setting, teachers are encouraged to share resources and techniques. They are also free to give and receive support and are not isolated in their own classrooms.

The classrooms are arranged into pods and teams. The close proximity of these rooms allows team teachers to be in communication with each other without the inconvenience of time and distance. For example, adjustments to the daily schedule to accommodate an interdisciplinary unit are easily accomplished within the team. Orderly movement of students is also supported and more easily supervised in this arrangement.

This arrangement will provide all students with an equitable opportunity to excel in every conceivable manner, both socially and academically.

Preparatory School

Escambia County Middle embodies the operation of two schools within one – Escambia County Middle School and Escambia County Middle “Preparatory” School. The Escambia County Middle School is run like any typical middle school with the exception of predominant gender base classes where possible and pod and team teaching arrangements. The preparatory school operates on a different level, and students within the program are held to more rigorous standards. The purpose of the preparatory school is to provide an opportunity for learners to gain a deeper understanding of science and math by offering two extra classes in the eighth grade: Advanced 8th Grade Mathematics and Biology.

There are several opportunities provided to students enrolled in the preparatory school.

1.    Students will have an opportunity to pick up an extra credit hour in Biology I that will count toward their high school graduation.

2.    The two extra classes - Biology and Advanced 8th Grade Mathematics - that students take in the eighth grade will sufficiently prepare them for State tests that are administered in the fall of the year at the high school.

3.    Students who remain in the preparatory program throughout high school will have an opportunity to complete all required credit hours for graduation by the end of their junior year in high school. These students’ senior year can be used to take college courses, thus completing their first year of college by the end of their senior year. These students will be able to attend their senior prom and high school graduation with their senior class.

4.    Each year students are in the program, a field trip of their choice as a group consensus, is arranged during several days of spring break for them to take.  This is provided the superintendent gives approval.

5.    Students have the option of wearing uniform shirts that are uniquely different from the regular uniforms.

Again, students in the preparatory school are held to higher standards than students in the regular school program.

Preparatory Program: The following requirements must be met for admission:

1.    Students must have satisfactorily completed the pre-preparatory (pre-prep) class during the 7th grade.

2.    Students must take and pass a pre-test with a score of at least 75% if they were not in the 7th grade pre-prep (8th grade mathematics) math class.

In order to remain in the preparatory program, students must:

1.    Maintain quarterly grades of at least 70 on quarterly reviews in core subjects.

Students who are unable to maintain a 70 average on a quarterly report in any of his/her academic subjects will be placed on academic probation. Failure to pull averages up by the next quarterly review may result in reassignment to a less challenging math or science class or both if student is failing both. Removal from the advanced classes will automatically remove students from the preparatory program.

2.    Maintain good discipline.  More than one suspension is reason for automatic dismissal from the program. Also, continued infractions of discipline listed in the Code of Conduct book will result in a committee review for program dismissal consideration.

3.    Continuous classroom disruptions will be closely monitored for dismissal considerations, as determined by the Progress Monitoring Team.

4.    Students who are found to be ineligible for the program will be dismissed and placed in other classes.

In order to ameliorate stress that can come as a result of academic overload, students are provided with additional opportunities to prepare for the program starting in the sixth grade. These opportunities are provided through enrollment in an advanced math class in the 6th grade; and a pre-preparatory (pre-prep) class in the 7th grade.

ADVANCED MATH SEVEN Program

At least four of the following requirements must be met for admission into the AMSN program:

1.    Must score at least 70% on the admission pre-test

2.    Must score above proficient on the State Test in Math and Reading

3.    Must be recommended by previous math teacher

4.    Must have at least an 80 yearly average in math during 6th grade

5.    Must have a good discipline record; must not have been suspended more than one time the previous year.

In order to remain in the program, the following requirements must be maintained:

1.    Must Maintain a quarterly average of at least 70 in all core subjects:

Falling below 70% will result in academic probation. Students who are unable to improve grades to the minimum 70% by the next quarterly review may be taken out of the class.

2.    Students must remain free of major disciplinary problems (more than one suspension will result in automatic dismissal from the program).

3.    Constant violation of offenses listed in the Code of Conduct book will result in a committee review for dismissal considerations.

4.    Continuous classroom disruptions may be cause for dismissal from the program, as determined by the Progress Monitoring Team.

SCHOOL WEB SITE

The school’s web site has been established to strengthen teacher-parent relationships. Pertinent information pertaining to each of your child’s classes, such as assignments, course syllabi, classroom rules, supply lists, etc., will be posted on the web site. The address for this site is: www.escambiak12.net .

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parents may arrange appointments with teachers, principals, and/or counselors by telephoning the school. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be set during the teacher’s planning period. These conferences cannot be arranged during a teaching period.

ATTENDANCE

Good attendance is important in order to keep up with schoolwork, develop good lifelong attendance habits, and allow the school to meet Adequate Yearly Progress as defined by The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Excused or unexcused absences or tardies will be dealt with in accordance with Escambia County School’s attendance policies.

 

Any student (grades K-6) with more than ten unexcused absences during a school year will not receive credit for any of his/her work and will repeat the entire grade unless student attends the Truancy Diversion Program.

Any student (grades 7-12) attaining more than ten unexcused absences in a course will fail that course for the year unless student attends the Truancy Diversion Program. Summer school will not purge a student’s absentee record for excessive unexcused absences. When courses failed are offered in summer school, the course may be repeated for credit; however, there is no provision for summer school to substitute for the time missed for unexcused absences. No student with an unexcused absence will be allowed to make up missed work assignments. If a test or graded class work is missed due to an unexcused absence, the student will receive a zero for the test or graded class work. If no tests are graded or class work is missed, no grades will be recorded for that day for the student.

Additional information regarding attendance may be found in Escambia County

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT.

ABSENTEES

Students who have been absent from school must bring a written excuse from parents/guardians to the office. The student will be given an absentee slip to be taken to each class teacher. The last teacher of the day will turn the slip into the office. Parents/guardians must provide an explanation for each absence to the office within three days after the student returns to school; otherwise, the absence will be recorded unexcused regardless of the reason.

Excused Absences: The excused absence will be in accordance with the code set up by the register of the State of Alabama. For example, personal illness and death in the family will be considered excused absences with no penalty to the student provided he/she makes up the missed assignments. The student should make arrangements to make up his/her work within three (3) days after he/she returns to school. When a student surpasses five (5) parent/guardian absences, a doctor’s excuse will be required for the absence. The absence will be recorded as unexcused if the student fails to get a doctor’s excuse.

Unexcused Absence: Any student who is absent from school for any reason other than those excused by the State will not be allowed to make up the work missed. Examples of unexcused absences are parental neglect and truancy. Not making up work carries the penalty of zero in the class missed.

Any absence for any reason other than personal illness or death in the family must be cleared through the office with both a personal visit or telephone call from the parent/guardian and a note in advance. Such absences not cleared through the office in advance will not be excused.

Any student who is suspended from school will automatically receive a zero in all classes missed. The administration will require a parent conference before the student is readmitted to school. Students who are suspended are not allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities while on suspension.

TARDIES

To Class: Students who are tardy to class will be reported/recorded as tardy. The administrator/teacher will assign penalties for tardies as follows:

1st Tardy – Warning

2nd Tardy – 2 Days Detention

3rd Tardy – 3 Days Detention (Parent Notification)

4th Tardy - 1 Day of OCS

5th Tardy – 2 Days of OCS

6th Tardy – 3 Days of OCS or Suspension

All Other tardies – 3 Days of OCS

To School: A student is considered tardy after 7:35 a.m. and must report to the office for a tardy pass. All tardies to school will be handled in accordance with the district’s Code of Student Conduct.

LEAVING CAMPUS/SIGNING OUT

Students are not allowed to leave the campus at any time during the school day without a parent/guardian or another adult on the student’s check-out list and signing the student out. Once students come inside the building, they may not leave without following proper protocol. Any student caught leaving the school without following proper protocol, will be suspended for three (3) days.

MEDICATION

Parents must bring medication to the school giving instructions on when and how the medication should be administered for any student taking medication. The medication must be in a clearly marked bottle. No medication will be administered to students without parental consent. Students found to abuse the medication policy will be in violation of the drug policy and will be punished according to the Code of Student Conduct.

Due to new State guidelines, over-the-counter medications will no longer be provided and/or given at school.

 

Important information on Meningococcal Disease and Vaccine

What is meningococcal disease?

Meningococcal disease is a serious illness, caused by bacteria. It is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in children 2-18 years old in the United States.

How do you catch the disease?

The bacteria that causes meningococcal disease is very common. The disease is most common in children and people with certain medical conditions that affect their immune system. College freshmen living in dormitories also have increased risk of getting the disease. The disease is spread through exchange of respiratory droplets or saliva with an infected person including kissing, coughing, sneezing, and sharing drinking glasses and eating utensils. In a few people, the bacteria overcome the body’s immune system and pass through the lining of the nose and throat into the blood stream where they cause meningitis. Meningitis is a term that describes inflammation of the tissues surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

What are the symptoms of the disease?

Fever • Headache • Stiff neck • Red Rash • Drowsiness • Nausea and vomiting

Meningococcal vaccine: Who should get the vaccine and when?

MCV4 or the meningococcal vaccine is recommended for all children, 11-12 years of age and for unvaccinated adolescents at high school entry (15 years of age). High school seniors should also consider obtaining the vaccine prior to entering college, especially if they are planning on living in a dormitory. Please consult your physician or local health department for more information.

For more information on this and other vaccine recommendations go to: www.adph.org/immunzations.

Non-instructional Items

Students are not allowed to bring non-instructional items to school for reasons other than academic purposes. This list includes radios, tape recorders, electronic games, yo-yos, skateboards, cell phones, etc. These items often encourage theft and when misused, disrupt the instructional program. These items will be confiscated and turned in to the office where they will not be available for parents to pick up until after one week from the confiscated date.

In the event a student refuses to turn over non-instructional items, teachers will write a referral for possession of the item and for defiance and send the student, as well as the referral, to the office. Failure to turn in an electronic device will result in automatic suspension for defiance.

Schedule Changes

The principal or his designee must approve all schedule changes. All changes will be made in the best interest of the students while maintaining the integrity of the entire school schedule. Schedule changes will be done the first two weeks of school only.

Student Discipline / Classroom Rules

In addition to the Student Code of Conduct, which is a county-issued document with rules that will be strictly enforced, the following specific rules will be implemented to the fullest:

1.     Fighting

Fighting is highly discouraged and a no-fight policy will be implemented as follows:

      5 days suspension and 5 days OCS. If it can be proven beyond any doubt which student actually started the fight, his or her penalty will be to the fullest extent.

      If it can be proven that the victim used every measure possible to avoid the fight, and fought only for the purpose of self-defense, his or her punishment will be much more lenient.

2.     Bullying - 5 days out-of-school suspension.

3.     Skipping Class – 1 Day suspension and 2 Days OCS.

4.     Cell Phone Possession

Cell phones are NOT to be brought in the school building during school hours. The office is usually open until after 5:00 p.m. daily, and students are welcome to use the office phones if they are SICK and/or to call home after school hours. In the event students are found to have cell phones in their possession, the following penalty will apply:

      1st offense - One day OCS and phone confiscated for one week

      2nd offense - Two days OCS and phone confiscated for two weeks

      3rd offense – Two days suspension and phone confiscated for remainder of school term

Cell Phone Use

The use of phone is described as any of the following: (1) looking at the time, (2) texting, (3) talking or (4) for games and/or other activities.

      1st offense – One day out-of-school suspension and phone confiscated for one week

      2nd offense – two days out-of-school suspension, two days OCS and phone confiscated for two weeks

      3rd offense - three days out-of-school suspension, three days OCS and phone confiscated for remainder of the school term

5.     Failure to Attend OCS or ISS

3 Days suspension will be assigned for every day student refuses to attend an assigned OCS or ISS day.

6.     Selling unapproved items on campus such as candy, etc.

5 Days OCS

7.     Use of Profanity – 2 Days OCS

8.     Gum and Candy

Up to 3 Days OCS or ISS (wherever space is available)

9.     Horse Playing is one of the greatest contributing factors toward a fight and is, therefore, not permitted at school. The penalty for this infraction will be:

2 Days OCS

10.  Leaving Campus without following proper protocol:

3 Days Suspension

11.  Bus Infractions

     1st  offense - Warning unless offense is severe enough for stiffer penalty

     2nd  offense - 3 Days bus suspension

     3rd  offense - 5 Days bus suspension

     4th  offense - 10 Days bus suspension  

     5th  offense – Suspension for remainder of the year

     The penalty for fighting will be the same as listed in number one (1) above regardless to the number of bus offenses

Students are considered to be in school from the time they get on the bus in the mornings until they get off the bus in the afternoons. Therefore, all rules and regulations that apply to students while on campus also apply on the buses. Any misconduct which distracts the attention of the bus driver or antagonizes other students is considered serious and will result in discipline from one of the school administrators. The following rules should be mindful when riding the bus:

     The driver has disciplinary power which students must respect, but he/she is required to report problems to the principal or a designee as they arise.

     The bus driver has a schedule to keep and cannot wait on tardy students. Therefore, students are to make every effort to be at the bus stop on time.

     There is to be no pushing or horse playing on the buses. This is dangerous when loading and unloading and often lead to fights.

     No profane, indecent language or misconduct will be permitted on the bus.

     Students are not permitted to leave the bus without the driver’s consent, except at home or school. Any exception requires written permission from a parent and the signature of the principal. The notes should be processed by the end of 3rd period.

     There will be no use of any form of tobacco, alcohol or drugs on the bus at any time.

     Students who miss their bus after school are to report to the office to call home.

     Violation of any of these rules will subject students to suspension from the bus.

VIDEO CAMERAS ON SCHOOL BUSES AND CLASSROOMS

The Escambia County Board of Education has authorized the use of video cameras on Escambia County Alabama School buses and within the school. The video cameras will be used to monitor student behavior in order to promote and maintain a safe environment for all students. Students and parents are notified that the content of the video tapes may be used in a student’s disciplinary proceeding. The content of the video tapes are also confidential, and due to the inclusion of other students, they are not viewed by parents. Video tapes will only be retained if necessary for use in a student’s disciplinary proceeding or matters deemed necessary by the administration.

Textbooks

Students should take care of any state-issued books. Any abuse or loss will result in a fine or charge for the value of the book. Also, in the event text books are available for issuance, records for students with book charges that have not been cleared will not be released for admittance to the next grade or school the following year.

If a student loses a book, he/she must pay for the book before being issued another one. If the lost book is found, the student will be refunded the cost of the book. The school is not responsible for books taken out of the classrooms.

Due to lack of funding, students are not issued textbooks as a rule. All books are maintained within the classroom for student usage. Under special requests, books may be checked out BY PARENTS, who will be held accountable for books.

Withdrawals

When a student is withdrawn from school it is necessary for the office personnel to gather all relative academic, conduct, and attendance information before students’ records are released to the next school. Records of students who owe fines for anything, such as books, etc., will not be released until all fines have been cleared through the office.

 

PROMOTION OF STUDENTS

Students in grades 5-8 who fail two or more subjects for the year will be retained. In case of questions concerning the promotion of students, it will be the policy of the Board of Education that the principal will make a final decision in such matters. The formula for averaging semester grades to determine pass or failure is:

1.     Student passes if the yearly average is 60 or more.

2.     Student fails if the yearly average is less than 60.

Students in the 7th and 8th grades must pass both English and mathematics in order to advance to the next grade. A student in the 7th or 8th grade who fails one of these courses may make up the course in the summer school by obtaining a passing grade in the course. However, those students who fail both English and mathematics in the 7th and 8th grades will be retained. Students who fail any other academic core subjects will be required to attend summer school for a fee. In the event student does not attend summer school for failing an academic subject, the student will have to take the class over during the next year, as well as pay the summer school fee.

Any student (grades K-6) attaining more than ten unexcused absences during a school year will not receive credit for any of his/her work and will repeat the entire grade unless student attends the Truancy Diversion Program.

Any student (grades 7-12) attaining more than ten unexcused absences in a course will fail that course for the year unless student attends the Truancy Diversion Program.

 

 GRADES

The following statements and policies of regulation have been prepared to aid faculty members to better understand and more uniformly interpret our grading system. The key to the present grading system is:

A

EXCELLENT

90-100

B

GOOD

80-89

C

AVERAGE

  70-79

D

PASSING

60-69

F

FAILING

0-59

 

Grades attempt to measure growth, aptitude, and effort that take place in the individual students in the various subject-matter fields and to evaluate their personal and social attitudes. Teachers are encouraged to give teacher-made and standardized tests as much as possible as an aid in determining competency in subject fields. Teachers are also encouraged to observe their students closely and have informal conferences with them.

REPORT CARDS AND PROGRESS REPORTS

Report cards will be issued at the end of the grading periods (9 weeks). Report cards will consist of a number grade for the first and second semesters plus a letter grade for the nine weeks, which will be located to the right of the semester average. Also, progress reports for all students will be sent home at 4 week intervals from each teacher. Report cards and progress reports will go out on the following dates providing technical difficulties do not occur:

Progress Reports

Report Cards

09/17/14

10/20/14

11/18/14

01/12/15

02/09/15

03/17/15

04/23/15

05/29/15

 

 

 

 

SIGNIFICANT TESTING DATES

09/8-12/14

4 Weeks Assessment

09/17/14

Data Meeting

10/15-17/14

EXPLORE – 8th Grade

11/10-14/14

4 Weeks Assessment

11/20/14

Data Meeting

01/26-30/15

4 Weeks Assessment

02/04/15

Data Meeting

03/18/15

Data Meeting

04/06-10/15

4 Weeks Assessment

04/15/15

Data Meeting

05/5-11/15

ACT Aspire

04/14 – 05/02/15

Alabama alternate Assessment (AAA)

 

OTHER SIGNIFICANT DATES

09/15-19/14

Student Goal-Setting Activities

09/15/14

Annual Title I Meeting at 5:30 pm

10/23/14

Statewide Parenting Day/Annual Fall Conferences from 3-6 pm

02/09-13/15

Student Goal-setting Activities                                  

03/19/15

05/22/15

Spring Conferences from 3-6 pm

8th Grade Graduation

 

HONOR ROLL

 

The honor roll will consist of students who make all “A’s” for the “A” honor roll or students who make “A’s” and “B’s” for the “A-B” honor roll during the reporting period.

A quarterly assembly program will be held in honor of these students. Therefore, the assistance of parents is solicited to help us get all of our students in a position of honor. It is our desire that every student receives recognition for demonstrating the ability to excel academically.  Students who are on the honor roll and have no discipline referrals will be allowed to participate in a field trip exclusively for these honorees.

MAKE-UP WORK

It is the students’ responsibility to make-up any work missed due to absences. Students should make arrangements to make up work within three (3) days after the excused absence. It is also the student’s responsibility to obtain assignments and turn them in on time when a class is missed due to club meetings, field trips, performances, etc.

 

 

SUSPENSION OF STUDENTS FROM SCHOOL

In cases of suspension, the student has the opportunity of taking books home and reading and working on assignments with NO credit given. Students are encouraged to keep up so that grades will not suffer when they return to school. Any tests or assignments missed while on suspensions will not be made up. A grade of “0” will be assigned to the student on the day of suspension. When a student returns to school after a suspension, no discussion of the misbehavior will be held.

DETENTION/ ISS / OCS: The purpose of detention hall is to provide punishment for minor offenses such as: excessive tardiness, minor classroom disruption, and chewing gum. Students must report to detention hall when assigned. Students who are assigned to detention hall and have to stay in for a teacher need to make arrangements to stay in for that teacher before or after school or after he/she has finished with detention hall. Anytime students are assigned to ISS/OCS, work from each teacher is required. In the event teachers are unable to provide the same work that is offered in the classroom while a student is in ISS/OCS, comparable work assignments must be provided.

Students are not to be given zeros for days they are in ISS/OCS.

 

SATURDAY SCHOOL: Saturday School will be used as an option for punishment for students who break the rules. Saturday School will be held as needed from 7:45 until 11:45 a.m. Students who miss a Saturday School assignment without an acceptable excuse will be assigned one day of OCS. When students report to Saturday school, parents will be required to sign them out during pick-up.

REMEDIATION: Remediation will be held three days per week, Tuesday through Thursday, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. for students in need of extra tutoring in Math and/or Language Arts.  This service is provided only when funding is available.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PE) CLASSES: Students in grades 5-8 are required to take at least 30 minutes of PE daily. The PE program at ECMPS is highly structured and consists of a series of exercises and other physical activities at the discretion of the PE instructors. Students must cooperate fully to avoid loss of daily grades as well as the assignment of extra activities for nonparticipation. Students are not required to “dress out” and will receive a daily participation grade.

LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER

The Media Center (Library) is a place to study, conduct research, or read for enjoyment. There are a variety of books, periodicals, pamphlets, filmstrips, tapes, records, and listening tables available to students. The librarian and/or assistant are available to assist students.

Books are checked out for seven (7) days and may be renewed as many times as requested unless the book is in demand. There is a fine of ten (10) cents per day for overdue books. Reference books, periodicals, and audiovisual materials are to be used in the Media Center.

SCHOOL STORE

The school store will operate out of the Media Center. Students may purchase pencils, pens, erasers, rulers, color crayons, notebook paper, spiral notebooks, folders and other items of interest each morning.

ASSEMBLIES

Assembly programs will be held periodically throughout the school year. These programs are vital to a well-balanced school program. Students are required to conduct themselves in a way that exhibit good manners and common courtesy during all assemblies. Disruptive behavior or bad manners will not be tolerated during assemblies. The Student Code of Conduct is enforced at all school-sponsored activities.

STUDENT BEHAVIOR DURING SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Students are held accountable for their behavior when attending activities at the school during or after school hours. Students caught misbehaving at a school-sponsored activity at any school will be punished. Examples of school activities are pep rallies, plays, ball games, field trips and concerts. Again, the Student Code of Conduct is enforced at all school-sponsored activities.

FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES

Schools shall make every effort to safeguard the instructional day from interruptions generated by fundraising activities. Fundraising should not involve instructional time, school personnel, and/or students during the school day. During the school day, students should not be involved in displaying, distributing, selling or collecting money for items of a fund-raising nature including, but not limited to, baked goods, cookies, tickets, magazines, etc.

The Superintendent must approve all fundraising projects in advance.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Students will have an opportunity to participate in the extracurricular activities that are listed below. Students who are members of our various clubs and teams are held to high expectations. These are the students who will be in the spotlight and will represent the entire student body. Therefore, their character, behavior, and academic performance are held in high esteem. The following activities/clubs are available for students’ participation:

 

Football  •Basketball  •Softball – at ECHS   •Baseball – at ECHS   •Track – at ECHS   •Volleyball   •National Junior Honor Society   •Technology Students Association (TSA)   •Student Government Association (SGA)   •Cheerleaders

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)   •Scholars Bowl/Science Olympiad

 

FIRE, TORNADO AND BOMB THREAT DRILLS:       Drills for the following disasters will periodically be administered. The following procedures will apply to each disaster.

FIRE DRILL: The signal for evacuation from the building is three (3) short bells.

       The signal to return to the buildings is the regular school bell.

  Students and teachers will follow the procedure posted in each    room, leaving the classroom in a quiet, orderly manner:

ü  Form a single line

ü  Leave books behind (girls should take their purses)

ü  Proceed as a class to the designated area at teacher’s direction

ü Remain with your teacher throughout the drill

TORNADO DRILL: The signal for a tornado drill will be a series of long intermittent ringing of the bell. In the event of an approaching tornado, students should:

ü Go into the halls and sit as close as possible to the walls.

ü Students are to remain quiet so as not to interfere with the hearing of any instructions that may be necessary for survival.

BOMB THREAT: The signal for a bomb threat is a long ringing of the bell. Students and teachers are to follow the procedure posted in each classroom relating to the fire drill.

 

VENDING MACHINES

All money is removed from the vending machines at the end of the day. The use of slugs, foreign coins and filed down pennies is a violation of the law. Students caught abusing the machines will be subject to disciplinary action. Vending machines are not to be used during or between classes. Beverages must be poured out before placing containers in the trash.  Please place your cans and trash in recycling bins where applicable and in the garbage cans.

 

LUNCHROOM POLICIES

Students may purchase lunches before school takes in, or during recess ONLY. Students who report to school late should report to the office for check in and then proceed to the lunchroom to purchase lunch. Remember, you may not pay for a meal during the lunch period. Money for meals will be collected before school starts during breakfast or during recess only.

Rates for Child Nutrition Meals for Students:

 

 

Full Priced Meals

Reduced Meals

Employees

Visitors

Breakfast

$1.75

0.50

$2.75

$3.75

Lunch

$2.50

0.75

$3.50

$4.50

A La Carte Items

 

Entrée

$2.50

$2.25

 

 

Slushy/Milk/Juice

0.50 each

0.50 each

 

 

 

Breakfast and lunch may be purchased on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. Paying for your child’s meals by the week or month would be greatly appreciated, as all monies received must be put into the lunchroom computer system. All money sent for meals will be deposited into your child’s account. Payments are to be made before school starts during breakfast or during recess. No purchases will be allowed during lunch. Students are given Free and Reduced Lunch Applications the first day of their attendance. Students who have not returned their completed application by the deadline must pay full price for meals. Only students who were on free or reduced status last year may eat free or reduced meals this year until the deadline date, which will be announced later. All other students must pay full price for each meal until their application has been approved. Students may not charge meals while waiting for lunch application approval. We are required to follow the above listed guidelines issued by the USDA and the Child Nutrition Department of the State Department of Education. 

Escambia County Child Nutrition Program will be utilizing web-based Free and Reduced Lunch Application forms for SY 2014-2015.  The application link (http://EscambiaCoCNP.heartlandapps.com) is located on the Escambia County School website (www.escambiak12.net) under Departments, Child Nutrition.  School Year 2014-2015 applications will be ready August 1, 2014.  Parents or Guardians will be able to apply on line before school starts. Students that are active SNAP participants as of July 1, 2014 will be Directly Certified with information obtained from the State Department. If paper application is needed or you have any questions concerning your student’s eligibility, please contact one of the following:  Local School Lunchroom Manager, Mrs. Rebecca Boutwell at (251) 368-9105 or CNP Director, Mrs. Cynthia Rodgers at (251) 368-1920.

Lunch Schedules:

Fifth and Sixth Graders:    11:26 a.m. – 11:56 a.m.

1.    Fifth graders will sit on the east side of the lunchroom.

2.    Sixth graders will sit on the west side of the lunchroom.

Seventh and Eighth graders: 12:20 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

 

1.    Seventh graders will sit on the west side of the lunchroom.

2.    Eighth graders will sit on the east side of the lunchroom.

OCS/ISS Students: 12:35 – 12:50 (clean cafeteria immediately following lunch)

 

The following will not be allowed in the lunchroom:

1.        Lunches from local vendors (McDonalds, Hardees, etc.)

2.        Chips during lunch except in a lunch brought from home or served by the cafeteria

3.        Glass containers

4.        Soft drinks

5.        Gum

6.        Rubber Bands

7.        Loitering during recess

Lunch Free/Reduced Information:

1.      A parent must submit a free/reduced meal application during the allowable time frame. Parents will be notified by letter if students qualify.

2.      Students purchasing meals are encouraged to purchase them weekly.

3.      Students are not allowed to charge any meals.

4.      Students who qualify for free/reduced lunches also qualify for the breakfast program.

Lunchroom Guidelines:

1.      Absolutely no talking or playing in the serving line.

2.      No running allowed.

3.      Students will sit in the order determined by classroom teachers.

4.      All tables and areas around the tables must be cleaned before students are allowed to leave.

5.      Breakfast will be served from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. each morning.

6.      Breakfast menus will be posted in the gym and other key areas of the school. Therefore, students are not to report to the cafeteria unless they are eating. Students in violation of this policy will be disciplined and placed in OCS or assigned to Saturday School for one (1) day.

7.      Students will not be allowed access to the ice machine for any reason.

Hall Passes

Students are discouraged from going into the hallway during class time. Students in the hallway cannot learn. Any student who must go into the hall during classes must have his/her hall pass/planner signed by the teacher he/she is assigned to and must be filled out completely. The following information is to be included on all passes: 1) Student’s name, 2) Destination, 3) Departure time, 4) and Signature of teacher issuing the pass.

When students are issued passes to another teacher’s room, they must have notated on the pass/planner the signature of the teacher for whom the pass was issued along with the time of departure from that teacher. Walking the hall without a valid pass will result in disciplinary action.

MANDATORY DRESS CODE POLICY

PANTS/SKIRTS

1.  Khaki (tan) uniform style pants with no more than four (4) pockets

2.  NO jersey, denim, corduroy, or jean material allowed

3.  NO clothing items tied at the waist, neck, or body

4.  NO cargo, painter, carpenter pants, hip huggers, or low riders

    Uniform style pants with no more than four (4) pockets)

5. NO bell bottom pants and no pants with splits. NO un-hemmed        pants                                                    

6.  NO white or light colored pants

7.  All Pants should fit properly with belt showing (no sagging shirts)

8.  NO logos on clothing

9.  Kilts are knee length and shorts must be no more than 2 inches above the knee

10.  Khaki (tan) pants/skirts only

 

 

SHOES

11.  ALL shoes must be closed toe and closed heel.

12.  NO boots (cowboy, combat, and etc.) that go between the ankle and the knee.

13.  Grades 5 – 12 have the option of wearing brown or black shoes, or predominately white tennis shoes. Loud colored tennis and/or tennis shoe strings are a distraction.

SHIRTS/BLOUSES

18.    Turtlenecks may be worn in school uniform color ONLY.

19.    NO HOOD on sweatshirts.

20.    If applicable, maternity tops (school colors) must be worn.

21.    Shirts must be tucked in when on campus.

22.    Undershirts must be solid white or hunter green with no print.

23.    Long sleeve shirts may be worn under short sleeve shirts.

24.    Preparatory students will be allowed to wear the approved gold golf shirts.

 

MISCELLEANEOUS/ACCESSORIES

25.    NO excessive jewelry to create distractions; including tongue rings, nose rings, eyebrow rings, lip studs, unusually large necklaces, etc.

26.    NO heavy chains, etc.

27.    Earrings must not be larger than a quarter in size.

28.    No hats, caps, scarfs, or head rags.

29.    No unusually large head accessories

30.    Only natural hair colors are allowed (black, brown, auburn, blonde, etc.)

31.    Boys cannot wear earrings.

32.    Students must wear matching socks that are not loud in color and cause a disruption to the school environment.

 

Strategies to Increase Parental Involvement

(Part 6 Continuous Improvement Plan)

 

How were parents involved in the design of the school-wide plan?

 

Escambia County Middle School held meetings to involve parents in the evaluation of the School Parental Involvement Plan and the School-Parent Compact and allowed parents the opportunity to participate in decision-making, planning, and improvement of the Parental Involvement program and activities. Three parent representatives participated on our Instructional Leadership team as well as the Parental Advisory Committee. These meetings were held in conjunction with other school meetings.

Meetings were held with parents in order to receive suggestions, explain planned activities, and allow parents the opportunity to participate in decision-making and planning of parental involvement activities and programs. These meeting were held in conjunction with other school meetings. Additionally, parents will be given the opportunity to review the plan and offer input prior to approval.

Meetings can be scheduled with teachers, administrators, or the Parent Advisory Committee at any time during the school year, at which time suggestions can be made. All suggestions and/or comments will be responded to in a timely manner. There is a suggestion box in the parent resource center that will be checked periodically and all suggestions will be considered and responded to in a timely manner.

Surveys were sent home in April seeking input about activities, training, and materials that the school should offer to parents the next school year. The surveys also give parents the opportunity to identify strengths and weaknesses of our school.

 

How were parents involved in the implementation of the school-wide plan?

 

Escambia County Middle School sends out a welcome letter at the beginning of each school year explaining to parents how they can be involved in the revision of the school-wide plan and the School-Parent Compact. Meetings are held to involve parents in the evaluation of the School Parental Involvement Plan and the School Compact that allow parents the opportunity to participate in the decision-making, planning, and improvement of the Parental Involvement program and activities. Three parent representatives will participate on our School Leadership Team and there will also be a Parent Advisory Committee consisting of three parent representatives as well.

 

How were parents involved in the evaluation of the school-wide plan?

After the plan was reviewed, revised by the Instructional Leadership Team, the Parental Advisory Committee invited the parents to be members and help to develop and approve the plan and provide feedback and suggestions for the improvement of parental involvement. However, if the plan had been deemed not satisfactory, the parents were to provide the Parental Involvement Coordinator with a letter to inform him/her of the problems with the plan and possible solutions. The parents could download the dissatisfaction from the school and county websites and send it to Beth Drew, EL and Federal Programs Supervisor, who in turn would forward the problem to the Alabama State Department of Education if she could not resolve the problem, once any problems were rectified and the policy approved, it was to be sent home to parents of all students.

 

Does the school have a Title I Parent Involvement policy that addresses how the school carries out the required activities of ESEA Section 1118 (c) through (f)?

 

(1) convene an annual meeting, at a convenient time, to which all parents of participating children shall be invited and encouraged to attend, to inform parents of the school's participation in Title I and explain Title I requirements, including the 1% set-aside, and the right of parents to be involved;

 

During September of each school year, Escambia County Middle School holds its required Annual Meeting of Title I Parents for all parents of participating children. Parents are notified of the meeting through (1) notices sent home by students, (2) school messenger system (phone system) and (3) newspaper announcements and public postings. Notices will be sent home to parents of English Learner (EL) students, in their native language, if needed. The Annual Meeting is scheduled during evening hours; however, to assist in providing the opportunity for all parents to gain knowledge of the topics discussed at the meeting, parents who are unable to attend at the scheduled time will be offered an opportunity during parent visitation day. The PowerPoint presented at the Annual meeting will be available for parents in the parent resource center. Topics to be discussed at this year's meeting are:

-       What it means to be a Title I School

-       Requesting Qualifications of your Child's Teacher

-       Introduction of Parent Leaders/Contacts

-       The 1% Set-Aside

-       Notifications of teachers who are not Highly Qualified

-       Timeline for this year's Parent Involvement Opportunities (including opportunities to share in decision making)

-       The LEA Title I Plan

-       The Annual Evaluation of the Parental Involvement Plan

-       The LEA Parental Involvement Plan

-       The process for how all Title I parents may have involvement in the 1% Set-Aside, the LEA Title I Plan, The CIP, the revisions of compacts, the LEA and School Parental Involvement Plans, and the Annual Evaluation of the LEA Parental Involvement Plan.

-       The CIP

-       The School Parental Involvement Plan

-       School-Parent Compacts

-       State content and achievement standards

-       State and local academic assessments

-       How to monitor your child's progress

 

(2) offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide, with funds provided under this part, transportation, childcare, or home visits, as such services related to parental involvement;

 

Escambia County Middle School has a strong belief in the importance of parental involvement and therefore has put measures in place to offer parent meetings on a flexible schedule. Meetings will be scheduled at various times between the hours of 7:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. to allow parents the opportunity to attend meetings according to their schedule. These meetings will be announced in the local newspaper, through an activities calendar, invitations, flyers, school cast system, and the school's website. Refreshments and door prizes will be used on some occasions as incentives for parental attendance. The Parent Resource Center is open from 8:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, for parents to have access to the materials that are available to help their children. The Parent Resource Center will also be open during Open House, Parent Meetings, Parent Workshops, and Parent Visitation Day for after school hours and activities

 

(3) if requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their child(ren), and to respond to any such suggestions as soon as practicably possible:

 

Meetings can be scheduled with teachers before or after school and during their planning periods, with administrators and/or the parental advisory committee at any time during the school year at which time suggestions can be made and responded to in a timely manner. Meetings can be scheduled by calling the office for an appointment or sending a request for a meeting in writing. There is also a suggestion box in the parent resource center that is checked periodically where in which all suggestions are considered and responded to in a timely manner.

 

(4) Provide parents of participating children:

 

(A) timely information about programs under this part;

An informational newsletter is sent home each month with pertinent information on how parents can have a positive effect of their child's education. At the beginning of the school year, parents are given information on how to schedule parent-teacher conferences and how they can take an active role in their child's education. Parents are given a copy of the parent handbook, as well as the Escambia County Code of Conduct. Parents are also given descriptions of the curriculums used and assessments given each year.

The school will provide parents with information about programs and activities through the use of an activities calendar, local newspaper, school casts, press releases, posts on the school's website. Parents will be informed of meetings, workshops, and activities in sufficient enough time to make arrangements to attend. Parent recommendations will be accepted, reviewed, and responded to in a timely manner.

 

(B) a description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessments used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet;

 

Descriptions and explanations of the curriculums and forms of assessment in use are:

1. Science – McGraw Hill

 

McGraw-Hill Science was developed to enable teachers to implement national science standards within the context of their own state and local science criteria by focusing on three major aspects:

·         The tools and processes of inquiry in every lesson

·         Grade – level sequenced content with life, earth, and physical sciences taught at each grade

·         Assessment in a variety of contexts

 

This series provides resource materials that teachers use to implement this program into their classroom.  Other resource materials include Weekly Readers, Science DVDs, science projects, and teacher made activities.  These activities help the students to achieve an expected proficiency level of 70% or higher on tested material in science.

 

        2. Reading/Language – Scott-Foresman

                         

Scott-Foresman is a comprehensive reading; writing, language, and learning program that:

·         Develops confident and fluent readers through print and phonemic awareness activities and explicit, systematic phonics instruction.

·         Engages students in constructing meaning through the teaching and application of comprehension skills and strategies and meaningful discussions.

·         Incorporates writing as a form of learning and personal communication.

·         Creates a classroom environment in which students explore, discuss, and research ideas.

·         Develops research and study skills that give students the tools to become independent, self-directed learners.

 

This company has provided a number of resources to use to implement this series into the classroom.  Materials include leveled readers, reading workbooks, inquiry journals, writing folders, Teacher’s edition, re-teach workbooks, challenge workbooks, intervention guide, differentiated instruction guide, fluency reads, baseline assessment, comprehension and writing assessment, fluency assessments, assessment guide, ESL supplement, overhead transparencies, and home connection materials.  Sound / spelling cards, phonics activity sheets, high-frequency word flash cards and visual glossary are also provided by Scott-Foresman.

 

Other resources that are used include Accelerated Reader (AR) and STAR. These programs help the teacher to monitor the progress or weak areas that students may have so that the teacher can redirect his or her teaching to accommodate all learners.  This program helps students to achieve the expected proficiency level of 70% or higher on tested materials.

 

          3.  Houghton Mifflin – Supplemental English/Language Instruction

 

            Provides instruction in the following areas:

 

·         Listening, Speaking, and Viewing

·         The Writing Process

·         Grammar

·         Writing Units

This company has provided practice workbooks, challenge copying masters, re-teach copying masters, writer’s notebook, tests, home activities, writing process posters, writing portfolio sampler, composition transparencies, grammar transparencies, story starters and even a internet web-site for additional information.  With the help of these resources, teachers are able to help their students achieve an expected proficiency level of 70% or higher on tested materials.

 

Other resources that are used include Accelerated Reader and Star. These programs help the teacher to monitor the progress or weak areas that students may have so that the teacher can redirect her teaching to accommodate all learners.  This program helps students to achieve an expected proficiency level of 70% or higher on tested materials.

 

EMC Publishing

 

EMC Publishing is proud to present its exciting new literature program, Mirrors & Windows. This seven-level program is built on a collection of rich, diverse, and timeless writings by renowned, award-winning authors.  Mirrors & Windows challenges students to reach their maximum potential while differentiating instruction for individual learners. Using a gradual release approach to reading, students will achieve a deep comprehension of the material and a greater appreciation of the literary genres. They will learn to recognize and make connections between the selections, the world, and themselves. Along the way, they will discover a love of literature that will grow throughout their lives. Truly, literature will turn mirrors into windows for your students.

 

4. Math

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Go Math

 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Go Math helps to build success in students.  It is specifically written to support the Common Core State Standards Initiative that was adopted by the state of Alabama. The program is organized around the critical areas identified in the Common Core State Standards. The development and grade placement of standards considered research-based learning progressions with respect to how students’ mathematical knowledge develops over time. The design permits instruction in each grade level to focus on fewer concepts and skills in greater depth, while simultaneously building a foundation for the next grade.

Go Math helps students make sense of problems and persevere in solving them, reason abstractly and quantitatively, construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others, model with mathematics, use appropriate tools strategically, attend to precision, look for and make use of structure, and looking for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Through data-driven instruction, activities, assessment, and intervention, the students are expected to achieve 70% proficiency or higher in math.

 

McGraw Hill Glencoe Math

 

Built around the Common Core State Standards, Glencoe Math is a robust toolkit designed to support the needs of the students. Online prepared lesson plans can be differentiated to meet your students needs. Glencoe Math lets your students learn their way. Traditional and digital tools engage students in a variety of formats. New flexible digital platform allows students to work anywhere on any device

Glencoe Math Course 1 focuses on four critical areas: (1) using concepts of ratios and rate to solve problems; (2) understanding division of fractions; (3) using expressions and equations; and (4) understanding of statistical reasoning.

Glencoe Math Course 2 focuses on four critical areas: (1) developing an understanding of and applying proportional relationships;
(2) operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) solving problems involving scale drawing, geometric constructions, and surface area, and volume; and (4) drawing inferences about populations.

Glencoe Math Course 3 focuses on three critical areas: (1) using applying equations in one and two variables; (2) understanding the concepts of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) applying the Pythagorean Theorem and the concepts of similarity and congruence.

5.    Social Studies –

Harcourt Brace

 

Harcourt Brace Social Studies builds consistent and cumulative learning from Kindergarten through sixth grade.  The program allows students at each level to build on major understandings and skills already acquired and to prepare for learning yet to come.  The powerful ideas in Harcourt Brace Social Studies provide the principle contexts within which students can integrate major understandings, skills, and their own experiences.  These powerful ideas have been selected to help students organize their thinking and develop the competencies they will need as citizens in a diverse, changing, and interdependent world.  Students are expected to achieve a 70% proficiency level or higher on tested materials.

 

McGraw Hill Glencoe

 

The World and Its People: Eastern Hemisphereis a middle school program co-authored by National Geographic. This program introduces students to an enriched view of the interrelationships of geography, history, economics, government, citizenship, and current events—in one compelling package. A strong geographic thread is interwoven with history, government, and current events to analyze different regions of the world and the issues they face.

 

Civics Today: Citizenship, Economics, and You meets the content standards for civics and government as outlined by the National Standards for Civics and Government. Many young citizens are completing their education with little or no sense of civic responsibility. This program teaches the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective, active citizen. It also encourages an appreciation for the American political system and fosters a willingness to take part in American democracy.

 

Journey Across Time: The Early Ages is a middle school world history program organized chronologically from the first humans and ancient civilizations to the present. Co-authored by National Geographic and Jackson Spielvogel, Journey Across Times: The Early Ages'engaging narrative and outstanding visuals transport students back in time. As co-author, National Geographic ensures that students understand the influence of geography on historical events. The result is a standards-based program with important geography skills embedded in every lesson.

 

Academic Assessments include:

 

1.  STAR

The STAR is a computerized test of mathematics and reading comprehension that is given to students in fifth grade through eighth grade to help determine appropriate functional mathematics and reading levels.  Computer-adaptive, multiple-choice assessments with questions that automatically adjust to each student’s instructional level independent of his/her enrolled grade. Assessments adjust based on student responses to questions, which allows educators to quickly determine a student’s instructional level independent of the student’s enrolled grade-level, and to track student progress within and across school years. This test is given three times throughout the school year.

 

3.  ACT Aspire

ACT AspireTM is a computer-based, longitudinal assessment system that connects growth and progress from elementary grades through high school in the context of college and career readiness. Assessing students’ knowledge and skills is critical to ensuring all students receive the support and services necessary to help them succeed in school and life. The essential, actionable information and insights gained from ACT Aspire help educators understand a student’s past, capture the present, and impact the future.

The assessment system developed for and focused on the student.

·         Identifies a student’s predicted path toward readiness through individualized reporting

·         Highlights gaps between what students have learned and what they need to learn

·         Leverages technology familiar to students to foster achievement

·         Uses robust online reporting that enables timely modifications to student learning and intervention strategies

 

4.     Alabama  Science Assessment  -

The Alabama Science Assessment is given to students in fifth and seventh grades.  This test assesses students’ knowledge of science objectives set forth in the Alabama Course of Study. This test is given in May of each year.

 

5.    ACT Explore

ACT Explore is designed to help 8th graders explore a broad range of options for their future. It prepares students not only for their high school coursework but for their post–high school choices as well. ACT Explore can serve as an independent program or as the entry point into ACT's College and Career Readiness System. 

6.    Global Scholar

The Global Scholar Math Formative Assessment is intended to measure student performance on math standards deemed crucial by the state department of education at each grade level. This test is given three times throughout the school year.

Forms of assessment and curriculum descriptions and explanations will be included in the student handbook.  Copies of the Parental Involvement Plan will be kept in the Parent Resource Room and will be available for parents to review at any time.  Meetings can be arranged with the student’s teacher and/or school administrators to provide assistance in working with students to improve student achievement.

 

Each year the results of the statewide testing program will be publicized in order to solicit parent suggestions and comments.  The publication will include a breakdown of system scores as well as local school scores for each grade level tested.  A workshop will be provided for parents by the Guidance Counselors on how to interpret individual test scores. Other methods for disseminating school and student performance information will include sending individual written and computer generated student reports to parents, and with individual parents during Parent/Teacher Conference nights or other scheduled meetings.

 

(5) Address the importance of communication between teachers and parents on an ongoing basis through, as a minimum--

 

(a) parent-teacher conferences, at the middle school, twice per year, during which the compact shall be discussed as the compact relates to his/her child's achievement.

Each compact will be individualized for each student. During the parent-teacher conferences, the teacher will discuss the compact with parents. A copy of each student's compact will be kept in their teacher's classroom in an individual folder. Compacts will be kept for three years from the date in which they were signed.

 

(b) Frequent reports to parents on their child's progress:

Progress reports to parents will be sent home every four weeks into each grading period. Report cards are issued every nine weeks to keep parents informed of their child's progress. Conferences will be arranged on an as-needed basis in an effort to keep parents informed of their child's progress.

 

(c) Reasonable access to staff, opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child's class, and observation of classroom activities: Volunteers are actively encouraged to participate in areas in which they are needed. Teachers are available for scheduled meetings before and after school and his/her planning time, if needed.

 

(6) Information from Parental Information and Resource Centers

In a state where a parental information and resource center is established for training, information, and support to parents and individuals who work with local parents, local educational agencies, and schools receiving assistance under this part, each local educational agency or school that receives assistance under this part is located in the state shall assist parents and parental organizations by informing such parents and organization of the existence and purpose of such centers.

Parents will be informed of any and all local resource centers that have been established for the purpose of providing them with materials to use in assisting with their child's education.

 

How is the school carrying out the activities outlined in ESEA Section 1118 (e) 1-5, 14 and (f)?

 

(E) Building Capacity for Involvement

 

To ensure involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents, and the community to improve student academic achievement, each school and local educational agency assisted under this part-

 

(1) Shall provide training for parents of participating children in understanding such topics as the State's academic content standards and State student academic achievement standards, State and local academic assessments, the requirements of Title I, and how to monitor their child's progress and work with teachers to improve the achievement of their children.

 Escambia County Middle School will provide information for Title I parents of all students at the Annual Meeting in September of the school year. At that time, parents will receive an overview of the state academic content standards, academic achievement standards, and assessments. In addition, an explanation will be given regarding Title I, what services will be offered, and how parents have the right to become involved in their child's education. ECMPS teachers will be invited to attend the Annual Meeting. Parents can monitor students' progress through INOW Parent Portal. During Open House parents will have the opportunity to meet their child's teachers, learn about individual class assessments, and what their role will be in helping their child succeed.

 

(2) Shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children's achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement.

Instructional Leadership Team, teachers, and administration work diligently to ensure that all parent materials and trainings are closely aligned with our schools identified goals. ECMPS has its own Parent Resource Center located outside the main office. Parent volunteers are welcome to work in the Parent Resource Center throughout the year. The resource center has material to assist parents to help their children succeed academically. Throughout the year, parenting classes will be offered on topics that address identified school goals (reading and math). Parenting classes are scheduled at a time that is agreed upon by the participating parents. At the beginning of the year, at the Annual Meeting, parents are given a brief synopsis of test data from the previous year. In addition, parents are sent copies of their child's ARMT, ACT Aspire, and EXPLORE reports and invited to attend a classroom guidance session providing an explanation of state testing and setting goals for the upcoming year's tests.

 

(3) Shall educate teachers, office personnel, and other school staff, with the assistance of parents, in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school.

Escambia County Middle School will continue to work with its teachers through faculty and grade-level meetings in understanding the importance of parental involvement and recognizing parents as our partners. This year, our Instructional Leadership Team placed special emphasis on the need to ensure that grade-level meetings and faculty meetings include a parent involvement focus. School staff will be given a list of materials and their location provided by the LEA Parental Involvement Supervisor to assist them with effective parent involvement.

 

(4) Shall to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent involvement programs and activities with other federal programs, and conduct other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children.

Escambia County Middle School coordinates its parent involvement program with various agencies such as: Hope Place Family Resource Center, The Escambia County Department of Human Resources, Poarch Creek Indians, Concerned Citizens of Atmore, and 21st Century Smart Links to provide parents with training and resources that will enable them to work more effectively with their children.

 

(5) Shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.

 

EL Parents will be provided information on all school meetings, parent notices, etc., in their native language using TRANSAct and ECPACO Any Language Translator. If needed, the EL teacher will be utilized as an interpreter.

 

(6) Shall provide such other reasonable support for parental involvement activities as parents may request.

ECMPS makes every effort to work with parents in meeting their requests as related to their involvement in their children's education. Parentsurveys are conducted in April of every school year. Parent meetings shall be held at a time that is more convenient for parents before,during, and after school.

 

(F) Accessibility

 

Escambia County Middle School, to the extent practicable, provides opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency and parents with disabilities. Parent notices, etc., will be sent to the parents in their native language using the TransAct and ECPACOAny Language Translator. In addition, we have a bilingual teacher who is available to assist in verbal communications with parents.

Escambia County Middle School, to the extent practicable, provides opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency and parents with disabilities. At this time, Escambia County Middle School has no migrant students.

Every effort is made to accommodate parents with disabilities. Escambia County Middle School is a handicapped-accessible building. We also make other special accommodations as needed such as communicating with parents by phone and through home visits if necessary. Any questions and comments regarding EL students/parents or parents with disabilities should be directed to Beth Drew, Director of Federal Programs and Suzanne Barnett, Special Education Supervisor.

 

How will the parent involvement component of the school-wide plan be evaluated?

 

Surveys are available online in the Spring of each school year seeking input about activities, training, and materials that the school should offer to parents the next school year.  Parents are encouraged the utilize the computers in the Parent Resource Center to complete the c\surveys. The State educational agency shall review the local educational agency's parental involvement policies to determine if the policies and practices meet the requirements of this section.

 

How will the results of the evaluation be used to improve the school-wide program?

 

Results from parent surveys will be used to develop priority goals for the Parental Involvement Program for the upcoming school year.

 

 

How was the school-parent compact developed?

 

Escambia County Middle School revised its School-Parent Compact in September, 2013. The purpose of the School-Parent Compact is to build and foster the development of a parent-school partnership. This partnership, designed to help students achieve Alabama's high standards of learning, will be between parents, staff, administrators, and the student. We feel that communication between teachers and parents is of vital importance in the education of every child. It is the responsibility of the school to provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective environment that enables students to meet the State's student performance standards. It is the parents' responsibility to support their child's learning and support the school's efforts to provide their child with the best quality education possible to ensure that each child becomes a well-rounded, productive citizen. In recognition of parents as their children's first teachers, we are committed to developing a partnership between home and school, which will enhance student achievement and success.

 

The School-Parent Compact is a contract between parents, students, teachers, and administrators. Each student will have a compact that outlines the responsibilities that all parties will carry out to enable each student to achieve Alabama's high student performance standards. Each compact will be individualized for each student.

 

How is the parent compact used at elementary-level parent teacher conferences?

 

Escambia County Middle School is a 5th - 8th grades school and is considered to be a middle school.

 

How is the school- parent compact shared with middle school or high school parents (depending on the grade span of the school)?

 

During the first regularly scheduled Parent/Teacher Conference night on Statewide Parenting Day in October, all teachers will relate to parents of participating students, the school/parent compact and have parents sign indicating that the compact was discussed. Teachers will also inform parents of classroom rules, homework and class work requirements, grading systems and methods, and the levels of proficiency that students will be required to maintain. Midterm progress reports will be issued which will keep parents informed of their child's progress. Compacts will be used for all parent/teacher conferences throughout the remainder of the school year. School-wide parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled once each semester during which the compact will be discussed as it related to the individual child's achievement.

Each compact will be individualized to the student. Compacts will be kept for three years from the date in which they were signed.

 

How does the school provide individual student academic assessment results in a language the parents can understand?

 

The school will provide information to parents in an effort to assist parents in understanding how the various performance/assessments standards impact their children's education. State-wide assessments will be discussed and instruction will provided to assist parents in interpreting standardized test scores, especially in the areas of reading and math. Suggestions and tutoring materials will be available upon parent request and will be located in the parent resource center. Conferences will be available at any time for parents to obtain more information. The school will ensure that information that is sent home is written in a language that is appropriate for the parent to have a full understanding of the content of the information. The TransAct and ECPACO AnyLanguage Translator will be used to provide parents information in their native language. The TransAct Compliance and Communication Center is available online for the LEA to access any parent information needed in various languages. Interpreters will be provided when necessary.

Escambia County Middle School, to the extent practicable, provides opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency and parents with disabilities. Parent notices, etc., will be sent to the parents in their native language using the TransAct and ECPACOAny Language Translator. In addition, we have a bilingual teacher who is available to assist in verbal communications with parents.

At this time, ECMPS has no migrant students. Every effort is made to accommodate parents with disabilities. Escambia County Middle School is a handicapped-accessible building. We also make other special accommodations as needed such as communicating with parents by phone and through home visits if necessary. Questions and concerns about students and parents with limited English proficiency and/or migratory children and parents will be directed to Beth Drew, Director of Federal Programs. Children and parents with disabilities will be directed to Suzanne Barnett, Special Education Supervisor.


 

Bell Schedule

 

7th/8th grade

5th/6th grade

BREAKFAST

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

7:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.

Transition

7:30 a.m. – 7:35 a.m.

7:30 a.m. – 7:35 a.m.

HOMEROOM

7:35 a.m. -  7:45 a.m.

7:35 a.m. -  7:45 a.m.

Transition

 

 

1ST

7:45 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.

7:45 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.

Transition

8:40 a.m.  - 8:44 a.m.

8:40 a.m.  - 8:44 a.m.

2ND

8:44 a.m. – 9:34 a.m.

8:44 a.m. – 9:34 a.m.

Transition

9:34 a.m. – 9:38 a.m.

9:34 a.m. – 9:38 a.m.

3RD

9:38 a.m. – 10:28 a.m.

9:38 a.m. – 10:28 a.m.

Transition

10:28 a.m. – 10:32 a.m.

10:28 a.m. – 10:32 a.m.

4TH

10:32 a.m. – 11:22 a.m.

10:32 a.m. – 11:22 a.m.

Transition

11:22 a.m. – 11:26 a.m.

11:22 a.m. – 11:26 a.m.

LUNCH 5TH/6TH

 

11:26 a.m. – 11:56 a.m.

Transition

 

11:56 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

5TH

11:26 a.m. – 12:16 p.m.

12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

transition

12:16 p.m. -12:20 p.m.

 

LUNCH 7TH/8TH

12:20 p.m. – 12:50 p.m.

 

OCS LUNCH

12:35 p.m.

 

Transition

12:50 p.m. – 12:54 p.m.

12:50 p.m. – 12:54 p.m.

BREAK 5TH/6TH

 

12:54 p.m. – 1:04 p.m.

Transition

 

1:04 p.m. – 1:08 p.m.

6TH

12:54 p.m. – 1:44 p.m.

1:08 p.m. – 1:58 p.m.

Transition

1:44 p.m. – 1:48 p.m.

1:58 p.m. – 2:02 p.m.

BREAK 7TH/8TH

1:48 p.m. – 1:58 p.m.

 

Transition

1:58 p.m. – 2:02 p.m.

 

7th

2:02 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

2:02 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.