Student Handbook 2016-2017-Printable
( NOTE:  Date Changes for School Dances to the Student Handbook are… October 28th, January 20th, March 17th, and June 2nd (Grade 8 only)

The purpose of this handbook is to provide the student/parent guidance and structure throughout the school year. Information regarding expectations for students, staff, administration, and parent(s)/guardian(s) is included in order to fulfill our mission. It is important to review the handbook periodically in order to remember and follow the rules and expectations held by the school.

 The information in this Toano Middle School Handbook is not exclusive.

Please be sure to also review the WJCC Student Code of Conduct Handbook.

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 WELCOME FROM THE PRINCIPAL

AND ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL

Dear Families and Students:

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Toano Middle School, we would like to welcome you to our school. The staff at TMS is honored to work with you and your child to achieve success academically, behaviorally, and socially. We wish you the best as you embark upon a new year at Toano. The success of each child is important to us. In partnership with parent(s) and guardian(s), we hope to work together in the best interest of the child to become a lifelong learner, independent thinker, and a responsible citizen.

Virginia law and Williamsburg-James City County School Board Policy require parents and guardians to review the student discipline section with their child. It also requires parents and the child to sign the Documentation of Student Discipline Rules. Please review this document throughout the year.

We believe in the power of communication between the school and home. We also welcome all parents and guardians to visit Toano Middle School. Please contact the main office for an appointment to visit. We invite parents, guardians, and students to become actively involved in the school. We encourage families to join the PTSA. Feel free to come and enjoy various concerts, stage productions, athletic events, dances, and much more.

The intention of the student handbook is to address your concerns, however, should you have any questions feel free to contact the school at 566-4251 or visit the school website for additional information at https://wjccschools.org/tms. We are looking forward to seeing you this year and making your student’s experience at Toano Middle School one which is both enriching and exciting.

Sincerely,

Tracey Jones, Principal
Tyson Traver, Assistant Principal
The Toano Middle School Administration

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TOANO MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Toano Middle School, in partnership with home and community, is to provide a safe learning environment that promotes the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development of our diverse student body while challenging them to become and to excel as lifelong learners, independent thinkers, respectful individuals, and responsible citizens.

WJCC MISSION STATEMENT

We are committed to providing an excellent education, in partnership with families and community, so that each and every student is prepared for lifelong learning, independent thinking, and responsible citizenship.

Tiger P.R.I.D.E

P.R.I.D.E. is the common language our school uses to promote positive behavior. Through on-going recognitions and celebrations, our P.R.I.D.E. program works to recognize all Tigers demonstrating actions building our school’s sense of community and achievement.

      • P – preparedness
      • R – respect
      • I  – integrity
      • D – determination
      • E – empowerment

MIDDLE SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY

Middle school students are unique. All experience various stages of physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development. Since growth in each area does not proceed at a uniform rate, our school seeks to provide stimulation within a secure and structured environment for this growth to occur.

We at Toano Middle School believe that our students develop into responsible individuals when they have the opportunity for…

      • Intellectual stimulation through a variety of experiences
      • The development and refinement of basic skills
      • Challenges to their curiosity and creativity
      • Constructive interaction with adults and peers
      • Genuine exploratory experiences that expand their horizons

The Toano faculty is committed to providing an environment that fosters success, happiness, and independence for all of our students through partnership with families and community members.

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STUDENT CONDUCT

  • Student Conduct Philosophy:  Good discipline is important in creating a school environment conducive to learning. Good discipline is also important in preparing students for responsible adult citizenship by helping them to develop self-respect, positive regard for others, and an understanding of how to develop and accomplish worthwhile goals in a democratic way. Our goal is to have a productive learning environment for all students. Expectations and consequences are established for students to practice self-discipline with responsible independence as the ultimate objective. Warmth, friendship, patience, kindness, and respect characterize the prevailing tone we wish to maintain. When we work in an environment of trust, integrity, and honesty -€“ true learning may occur.
  • Our Discipline/Conduct Policy has been established so that each student, parent, teacher, and staff member can understand his or her role in this cooperative endeavor. Parents have the right to expect that TMS does everything possible to ensure a safe learning environment. Students must understand that it is the staff’s responsibility, not the student’s responsibility, to discipline a student who displays physical aggression. To this end, any student who decides to settle a problem by hitting or fighting may be suspended from school. A student who hits others may be suspended, even if another student hits him or her first. We believe it is illogical to expect students to learn in an atmosphere that is not safe or in which students feel threatened.
  • Toano Middle School students are expected to be respectful and considerate of others. The student, and the student alone, is responsible for his/her behavior. You have control over how you apply yourself to your school work and the friends you make. Make those choices wisely.

Toano Middle School Discipline Rules

Students are expected to be familiar with the list of infractions in the WJCC Student Conduct booklet on Student Rights and Responsibilities.

    1. Safety is the first priority of TMS. Appropriate bus conduct is necessary to ensure the safety of students and the driver. Inappropriate behavior will result in suspension and/or expulsion from the bus. Riding the bus is a privilege.
    2. Students are expected to respond to adults in an appropriate manner. Students are expected to comply with all directions in a respectful manner and tone.
    3. Every student has a right to a safe school environment. Each student is expected to behave in a safe manner. If you should ever feel unsafe at any time, please tell any adult in your school or at home.
    4. Students are expected to walk on the right of all hallways without running, pushing, or making loud or excessive noise. The school is to be respected as a scholarly setting.
    5. Students are expected to respect the individual space of others and to keep their words positive toward other students. Students are not allowed to push, shove or demonstrate any type of horseplay.
    6. Students are NOT allowed to use any personal electronic devices in the building without direct permission from a staff member. Electronic devices may not be used during instructional time. Electronic devices will be confiscated if they are not turned off and put away in backpack and stored in locker.
    7. Bullying is not tolerated. Respect for all is expected at all times.
    8. Students are to maintain an appropriate voice level in the hallways during times of transition.
    9. Students are not permitted to leave school grounds during the school day unless signed out by a parent/guardian.
    10. Students are to be out of the school building and off school grounds immediately after the 2:20 pm dismissal unless attending a school-sponsored activity under the supervision of a teacher/sponsor and/or an administrator.
    11. Students are required to bring an independent reading book to all classes and to carry their planner with them at all times. Planner pages are not allowed to be torn out as they are documentation of previous notes home and assignments.
    12. Students are expected to learn and obey rules established by individual teachers as they apply to their classrooms. It is the responsibility of the teacher to communicate and enforce the rules of the classroom and the responsibility of the student to comply with them.
    13. The student is responsible for his/her actions. All of our actions have consequences. Part of becoming a responsible citizen is to understand the impact of what we do. The student is expected to fulfill his/her obligations.
    14. Planners must be used to travel hallways during class and to enter the library. Students must have planners signed when traveling through the building.
    15. During attendance at school dances, students are to remain in the dance area until its completion unless they are leaving the dance with their parent/guardian.
    16. Students are required to dress each day for physical education class unless they have a written statement from a doctor excluding them from participation.

Teacher Interventions

One of our primary goals is to ensure that our classrooms are safe and engaging learning environments. In most cases, teachers will use a hierarchy in addressing any student management situations that might arise with a specific student. The Toano Faculty and Staff will:

    1. Give a verbal warning or redirection at the first sign of a student being off-task.
    2. Move or change the seating arrangement for that child or group.
    3. Call home and offer communication and contact with the home to help reinforce positive behavior for the student.
    4. Refer the student to Guidance or the Extended Teaching Room (ETR) for reflection, redirection, and completion of a behavior essay to assist with the reflective process. Students in ETR will have the option of returning to the classroom if they successfully redirect with the ETR monitor. Students will have up to five (5) referrals to ETR before automatically being referred to administration. Six ETR referrals automatically results in a two-day OSS (out of school suspension) with the understanding that communication with the home and interventions have been tried leading to this consequence. The ETR monitor will communicate these visits to the ETR room with the home through a written communication note that must be signed by the parent and returned for verification.
    5. Complete an electronic referral to the administration if the student continues to disrupt the learning environment and once all of these steps have been attempted.

Note:  In determining the appropriate consequence for misconduct, the frequency and severity of the misbehavior will be considered. Furthermore, there is an understanding that there are situations that will result in a direct referral to administration.

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STUDENT PLANNERS

Student Planner Guidelines

The student planner is designed to help each student become better organized for class, complete assignments with quality and timeliness, and be ready to learn each day at school. The faculty feels that parents need to enforce and support the use of the planners. Develop the habit of writing down all assignments and reviewing and checking when assignments are due; then, get set to reap the positive rewards of being a successful and excellent student.

 Each Student is expected to

      • Carry the planner to class and record all assignments in the planner.
      • Show the planner to a parent or guardian for signature each night.
      • Complete assignments and bring them to class.
      • Keep all pages in the planner without tearing, folding or defacing the entries or pages.

Each Teacher is expected to

      • Orient students to the planner during the first week of school or upon enrolling.
      • Check individual students’ planners regularly to ensure proper use by students.
      • Contact parents when a student fails to complete homework and assignments.

 Each Parent/Guardian is expected to

      • Review the student planner each night and, if necessary, sign the planner.
      • Monitor completion of the student’s homework.
      • Contact the appropriate teacher with any concerns that may arise.
      • Develop home incentives to motivate students to use the planner properly.

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ACADEMICS

Supplies

It is each student’s responsibility to have all of the school supplies required for each class daily. Teachers will inform all students in advance of all needed supplies. A general list of school supplies is posted on the school website.

Textbooks

It is the student’s responsibility to keep all books in good condition and covered. Students will be charged for all lost or damaged textbooks before a replacement is issued during the year. If a lost book is found, a refund will be given.

Reading

Students are to carry an independent reading book at all times. The more a student reads the better reader he/she will become.

Organization

Students must be responsible for completing assignments, filling out the planner, and maintaining an organized binder.

Report Cards and Interims

The schools operate on a nine-week reporting system. Interim reports are distributed the fifth week. Report cards are issued at the end of each grading period. Parent conferences are held upon request of a teacher or parent when necessary.

Grades

The grading scale for Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools is as follows for grades 6-8:

       100  –  90 = A

        89   –  80 = B

        79   –  70 = C

        69   –  60 = D

        59  –   0  = F

Record your grades as you receive them. This is a great way of keeping track of your grades so that your interim and report card marks aren’t a surprise!

Promotion and Retention

In order to be promoted from one grade to the next, a student must meet the academic requirements. Required courses include English or language arts/reading, mathematics, science, history, and health/physical education. Performance in related arts courses and on standardized tests, as well as student maturity, may be considered in recommending a student for promotion or retention. Students who do not meet the requirements for promotion may be required to attend summer school or participate in some other form of remediation approved by the principal and superintendent. Refer to School Board Policy IKE.

Student Laptops

Each student will be issued a WJCC laptop for instructional use at home and at school. Students are to refrain from using the school laptop both at home and at school for non-school activities or assignments. Each student will have a signed Student Laptop Loan and Expectations for Responsible Use Agreement on file at school.

 How to be a Successful Student

      • Attend school every day and be on time to class.
      • Treat others with courtesy and respect.
      • Stay organized; write down all assignments using your planner.
      • Complete all homework, AND turn the homework in on time.
      • Listen carefully, follow directions, and come to class with all the needed materials. Be an active listener.
      • Pay attention and take detailed notes in class.
      • Schedule time each evening to prepare for the next school day. Get organized before you go to bed. Find a place where you are able to complete your homework without distractions. Have a study plan by reviewing your homework and giving yourself enough time to complete it.
      • Choose your friends wisely.
      • Seek help from your teachers and counselors as soon as you need it, and don’t wait until you are overwhelmed.
      • Involve your parents/guardians in your schoolwork and school activities. Tell them what you learned each day.
      • Participate in extracurricular activities.
      • Make an appointment to talk with your counselor about school, friends, careers, study skills, or any other topics or concerns.
      • Strive to do your personal best!  Believe in yourself!  Success is a state of mind. If you want success, start thinking of yourself as a success.
      • SLANT = Sit in the front; Lean forward; Ask questions; Nod your head; Talk to the Teacher.
      • Read with a purpose. READ, READ, READ

 “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.”€
– Aristotle

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UNIFORM DRESS CODE

A student uniform dress code was implemented at Toano Middle School in the fall of 2001 after several years of visits to schools with school uniform dress codes plus numerous meetings and discussions with parents, staff, PTA officers, and students. Students and families are expected to comply with the requirements as they are outlined below. If students or guardians have questions about the guidelines, they may ask an administrator. The Toano PTA has a clothes shop (PTA Toano Claws-et) with a variety of sizes of gently used clothing for both boys and girls. Not all clothing purchased at retail shops will meet the requirements of the TMS dress code. Always purchase items with the understanding that you may return items if the clothing does not comply. Students who are not dressed in compliance will be requested to change and return to class or they may call parents for a change of clothes. Compliance is a shared responsibility. If a particular clothing item or style is not described, consider it not allowed under the following guidelines.

All Clothing

Clothing should fit the child; however, one size increase for growth is permissible. Clothing must be worn as the manufacturer intended. Clothing purchases may be made from any retailer. The only logos that may be worn on uniform clothing are those approved by the principal. (For example: Choir logo, Band logo, etc.).  Students are required to take off and keep in their lockers all outer wear, jackets, hats, and non-compliant sweaters before coming to homeroom at the beginning of the day.

Pants/Trousers: Navy or Khaki Twill

      • Full length, straight leg only; trousers must be worn at natural waistline.
      • Unacceptable — logos; sagging pants; hip huggers/low riders, etc.; pant legs tucked into socks; rolled up pant legs; cut-offs; cargo pockets; carpenter loops; pajamas; corduroy fabrics or pants with holes of any kind.
      • Belts: Plain black, brown, navy or khaki with plain buckles and no embellishments or decorations of any kind — if there are belt loops on the clothing, then belts must be worn.

Walking Shorts/Skorts/Capris: Navy or Khaki Twill

      • No shorter than fingertips
      • Belts: Plain black, brown, navy or khaki with plain buckles and no embellishments or decorations of any kind — if there are belt loops on the clothing, then belts must be worn.
      • Same style and conditions as listed for pants.

Skirts/Jumpers: Navy or Khaki Twill

      • No shorter than fingertips
      • Belts: Plain, black, brown, navy or khaki with plain buckles and no embellishments or decorations of any kind — if there are belt loops on the clothing, then belts must be worn.
      • Same style and conditions as listed for pants.

Shirts: Shirts With Collars May Be Long Or Short Sleeved

      • Traditional polo shirts: Button-placket, flat knit fabric (no snaps). If short sleeved, length should cover one-half of the upper arm. Any solid colors without trim. No logos.
      • Turtleneck or mock turtleneck shirts: may be worn in the same solid colors and flat knit fabrics as polo shirts.
      • Oxford cloth dress shirts: button-down collar, white or light blue. Denim is not an approved fabric.
      • All shirts must be long enough to remain tucked in.

 Note: If layered shirts are worn, both shirts must follow this dress code policy.

**Unacceptable — logos; monograms; tied up shirtsleeves; tee shirts; ribbed or denim fabrics; Johnny collars.
***Solid Navy or White only, without trim.

 ****Approved uniform shirts must be worn with these items with the collars out.

Sweatshirts/ Cardigans/Pullover Sweaters

Crewneck sweatshirts and plain hooded sweatshirts that have zippers or are pullovers are allowed in the same colors as polo shirts: Must be solid, plain colors; no tie-dye, no logos, (no fleece lining). Also allowed are TMS-approved spirit hooded sweatshirts in navy/orange/royal blue. Sweatshirts should fit the child, however, one size increase for growth is permissible.

      • Approved uniform shirts must be worn with these items with the collars out. No logos are allowed.
      • Any solid color may be worn. (No logos).

ShoesIf Shoes Have Laces, They Must Be Laced Up and Tied

      • Shoes with heels higher than two inches are not allowed.
      • Sandals and clogs must have a strap.
      • Flip-flops, bedroom shoes, fuzzy boots or beach sandals are not allowed.

Accessories:  Jewelry, Hair, etc.

Should be modest and not present a potential safety hazard to any student. Heavy chains with or without medallions, spikes, or any jewelry with inappropriate wording are not allowed. No bandanas or scarves.

Uniform Compliance Procedures

Homeroom teachers will check students for uniform compliance. Any student who is not dressed appropriately will be sent to ETR. When the student arrives in ETR, the student will have the option to call home for a change of clothing, provided that there are not too many students needing to change. If students are changed into school provided items, the students’ non-compliance items will be held until the student returns the school items. If the student does not have a non-compliant item for trade, than another item may be held until the school item is returned.

On Student Jeans Day, students will only be allowed to wear BLUE blue jeans with an acceptable shirt, unless otherwise stated by school administration.

Consequences for non-compliance of the dress code will be as follows:

 1st Offense… Student will be required to have the white copy of the Dress Code Compliance Form signed by a parent and returned the next school day.

2nd Offense…€“ Student will receive a verbal warning and will need to return the white copy of the Dress Code Compliance Form signed by the parent.

3rd Offense… Student will receive a final warning and there will be a call home.

4th Offense… Student will receive a lunch detention on the day of the offense.

5th Offense… Student will be referred to Mrs. O’Connor for ASD and parent notification.

6th Offense…€“ Student will receive a referral that will be submitted to administration for further consequences.

Student Spirit Fridays

This privilege is granted to students the first Friday in October.

      • On Casual Spirit Fridays, all students are allowed to wear jeans that are a shade of BLUE denim.
      • Jeans should fit appropriately (not too baggy or too tight) and should be worn appropriately on the hips and at the waist. Jeans cannot have cargo pockets, embellishments, sparkles or glitter. Jeans with holes, rips, or tears are not permitted. Cutoffs are not permitted. If jeans have belt loops, then a compliant belt must be worn.
      • Students are allowed to wear TMS spirit wear and polo shirts, as well as the school uniform compliant hoodies. The T-shirts and polo shirts must be worn tucked in.

Spirit wear may only be worn on Spirit Fridays beginning the first Friday in October.

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Regular School Schedule

Homeroom starts at 7:20 a.m. The school building and classrooms will not be open before 7:10 a.m. and proper supervision of children is not available until then. Students are dismissed at 2:20 p.m.

Attendance Information and Student Tardiness

Students are expected to attend school daily and on time. A student is considered tardy at 7:25 a.m. and must report to the office before going to class. In order to be excused, the student must have a note or parent with him/her. Excused absences include:  illness, death in one’s family, quarantine, pre-arranged family trips, natural disasters, school-sanctioned field trips, and court appearances. Car problems, oversleeping, and missing the bus are not acceptable excuses for tardiness. Four unexcused tardies  may result with a call to the parent(s), six unexcused tardies may result in a day of after school detention. Repeated tardiness will be regarded as a serious problem requiring action involving the school administration, school social worker, and parents.

Absences

Parents/guardians should call the attendance associate on the morning of the absence. Excused absences include illness, death in one’s family, quarantine, pre-arranged family trips, natural disasters, school-sanctioned field trips and court appearances. A note for pre-approved family trips must be sent to the principal one week prior to the planned trip. In the case of family trips exceeding more than five days, only five days will be excused. It is the responsibility of the student to present evidence of an excused absence on the day the student returns to school. Your student must bring in a note about the reason for the absence in order for the absence to be excused. Notes must be received within two (2) days of the student’s return or the absence remains unexcused. No exceptions will be made. Doctor notes are required for four (4) or more consecutive days. Attendance is an important part of being a successful student. When you miss instruction, it is difficult to make up the work. Remember to get the work from your teacher and complete the work the following day.

Make-up Work

Parents may request homework for their child by calling the office at 566-4251. Requests for homework will be processed within 24 hours. Make-up work for missed classes will be assigned according to the teachers’ expectations. Generally speaking, students are allowed one day for each day absent to make up work missed during an excused absence. In cases of extended absences, teachers will work with students and parents to make appropriate arrangements. It is the responsibility of the student to contact each teacher and arrange to make up missed work.

Early Release Time (Which is any time before 2:00 p.m.)

Parents must sign students out in the main office, at which time the student will be called from class. Parents are to remain in the front office or foyer until the student arrives. Students may NOT be picked up from school by individuals who have not been approved by the parent in writing.  Students will not be called from class after 2:00 p.m. Parents must then wait for regular dismissal.

Regular Release Time (2:20)

Parents must arrive no later than 2:10 p.m. for their child to be placed on the end-of-day announcements. Students will be called during the end-of-day announcements for dismissal. Parents must remain in the front foyer until student arrives.

Parent Pick-Up

Parents must sign students out in the main office, at which time the student will be called from class. If someone other than the parent or guardian wants to pick up a student, a note from the parent or guardian must be presented when the student is picked up. The note may be confirmed by phone before the student is permitted to leave.

School Visitors and Volunteers

Visitors and volunteers are welcome at school. Visitors and volunteers must report to the main office to sign in and receive a pass. Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit the school and are requested to make prior arrangement before entering a classroom. The principal reserves the right to deny any visitor.

Permission to Walk/Parent Picking Up Student Daily Form

Parents are to complete and sign a permission form each year. This form is for students that walk to and from school, ride a bike to and from school, or students picked up every day from school.

After School

There are many after school opportunities for our students at Toano Middle School. Students who stay after school for an activity are the responsibility of the coach/sponsor of that activity until they are picked up or depart on the appropriate activity bus. Under no circumstance can a student stay after school unsupervised. In the event that a student stays after school without supervision, his or her parent will be called and be required to pick up their child in a timely manner. If a student wants to attend a sports event, he or she must go home and return to the school for the sports event at the event’s scheduled time.

 Student Withdrawal

Parent/guardian must complete a withdrawal form prior to student’s last day. The form may be obtained from either the attendance associate or the guidance registrar.

Bus Transportation

All riders should be at their assigned stop on time and prepared to board the bus. All discipline rules and policies govern student behavior on the school buses, at school bus stops, and while walking home. Indeed, the level of expectation for student behavior rises when students are riding a school bus because of safety issues. All riders should be at their assigned stops prepared to board the bus 10 minutes before the scheduled pick up time. Bus drivers are not required to wait for habitually tardy students.

Bus Changes

If a student needs to ride a different bus home after school, the student must bring written permission from a parent or guardian. The student must bring a note to the main office in the morning and a secretary will issue a bus note for the bus driver. All bus changes must be in writing and approved prior to dismissal. The note must include a parent contact number so that the note may be verified, if necessary. At the end of the day the student must pick up the pass from the main office to ride home on an alternate bus.

Student Planners

One planner will be provided to each student at no charge. The replacement cost of a planner is $5.00. The student planner is designed to help each student become better organized for class, complete assignments with quality and timeliness, and be ready to learn each day of school.  Please take the time to read and review the planner with your child, as your child needs to be aware of the many policies and procedures in the student planner.

Hall Passes

The purpose of hall passes is to help ensure the safety and supervision of all students in the school. Students are required to have a hall pass anytime they leave the classroom or team area. Middle school students use the Hall Pass sheets in their planners. A teacher or staff member must sign a hall pass. Passage within the building must be the shortest route possible or along designated hallways without stopovers at other points and without disturbing classes or other individuals. The level of expectations for behavior is elevated when students are visiting sites away from school and representing our school to the community.

Book Bags/Backpacks and Large Purses

Are to be stored in the students’ lockers during the school day.

School Uniforms

All students are expected to dress according to the dress code policy. Please make certain that all uniform items meet the requirements of this policy. If you have any questions prior to a final purchase, please contact a member of our front office. Students will be advised of appropriate articles of clothing throughout the first week of school. It is vitally important that parents send students to school dressed in accordance with the policy and that parents work with the staff and faculty. Compliance begins at home and is everyone’s responsibility. So that we may keep the focus on the academic achievement of all students, please help us at home by sending your child to school in compliance. The Toano uniform policy can be found on pages 8-10 of the printed Student Handbook document, is available online at https://wjccschools.org/tms, and copies are available in the Toano office.

Bathroom

Use the bathroom during assigned bathroom breaks. Respect your teacher and the class by asking to go to the bathroom when direct instruction is not being given. Refrain from using the bathroom routinely during class as bathroom breaks are provided throughout the day.

Technology

Students have the opportunity to use electronic media for purposes of research and learning. Before using the computers, the Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) must be read, signed, and returned. The use of the computer resources and the Internet is a privilege, not a right. Inappropriate use or vandalism will result in a loss of these privileges.

Lost and Found

All lost and found items can be claimed in the cafeteria. After two announcements to check lost and found, unclaimed items are donated to charity by the end of each semester.

Field Trips

Field trips are a privilege and must be earned. If a student’s grades or behavior do not warrant the participation in the field trip, the student will not be permitted to go on the trip. All discipline rules and policies govern student behavior on field trips. The level of expectation for student behavior is elevated when students are visiting sites away from school and representing our school to the community.

 Nylon/Mesh Drawstrings Bags

Nylon/mesh and drawstring bags can be used to carry physical education uniforms to and from P.E. class only. The material of the bag should be such that the contents are visible. The P.E. Department will have some of these bags available for purchase. A drawstring bag is optional for students.

Lockers

Each student is issued a locker for the purpose of storing coats, backpacks, notebooks, books, and other personal items. Lockers are checked periodically to ensure that they are in good condition. Students must pay for any damage to their locker and may lose locker privileges for abuse of lockers. In order to maintain locker in good working order, students MUST NOT:

      • Slam or kick locker.
      • Fill the locker with items that press against the door.
      • Give his/her combination to any other student for any reason.
      • Share his/her locker with anyone else, unless assigned by a teacher.
      • Write in, mark upon, or otherwise deface the inside or outside of his/her locker.
      • Hang, affix, or mount any items in his/her locker with glue or adhesives.
      • Put a student laptop in your locker.

The use of a locker is a privilege. Misuse of a locker can result in a loss of that privilege. Locker breaks are kept to a minimum to ensure continuity of instruction. The more the student is in class, the more he/she will learn.

Valuables

The school strongly encourages students to leave any valuable belongings at home. This includes cellular phones and all other electronic devices. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Also, bringing large sums of money or other valuables to school is strongly discouraged. Should it be necessary to bring a large amount of cash or expensive property to school, you may leave it in the main office for safekeeping until the end of the school day.

Telephones/Cellular Phones/Electronic Devices:  Cellular phones are not allowed at school during regular school hours but may be kept in lockers during the day for after school use. Cell phones that are confiscated from students will be kept in the main office and must be picked up by a parent. Refer to School Board Policy JFC, 21.

Additionally, any other electronic devices that students choose to bring to school must be turned off and stored in the child’s locker at all times during the school day. These electronic devices will be confiscated by any staff member if they are not properly stored in the child’s backpack and stored in the locker.

1st  Offense- Cell phone or electronic device is confiscated and returned to the parent.

2nd Offense-  Cell phone or electronic device is confiscated and returned to the parent. Student will be assigned an after school detention (ASD).

3rd Offense-  Cell phone or electronic device is confiscated and returned to the parent. Parent and student conference with an administrator. Student is assigned up to two (2) days of in-school suspension (ISS).

4th Offense-  Cell phone or electronic device is confiscated and returned to the parent. Student is assigned a day of out of school suspension.

School Telephones

Telephones in the school are for official business only. Students must have the permission of a teacher or staff member before using a phone.

Nooks, Kindles and Electronic Readers

Nooks, Kindles, and electronic readers are allowed at school for Independent Instructional Reading purposes only. The school and its staff will not assume responsibility for the damage, theft, or loss of any of these items. Our staff is not responsible for providing any technological support or servicing of such devices for students. Students that choose to bring these valuable items to schools are solely responsible for them.

Any Items That Might Cause Disruption To The Educational Process Should Not Be Brought To School. Such items will be confiscated from the student and returned to the student or parent as deemed appropriate.

Physical Education Uniforms/Securing Items in the Locker Room

A HPE uniform is required; these can be purchased from the school. For additional uniform options, please contact your HPE teacher. Students who do not dress out and participate in P.E. will receive consequences and their non-participation will affect their grade. If a uniform is forgotten, the HPE department will loan one to the student.

Students are to use a personal lock to secure their clothing and personal items during P.E. class and during their participation in athletic activities. Students should not share the combination to the lock with any other students. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. The school strongly encourages students not to bring valuables to PE.

Parent Teacher Conferences

A parent may request a conference with their child’s teachers at any point in the school year to discuss academic and/or behavioral progress. Parents may contact the teacher by email, note or phone in order to set up a meeting time.  Guidance can also serve as a liaison in helping to set up a conference.

Middle School Academic Requirements For Athletes

Athletic eligibility is determined by quarter grades. Students earning more than one failing grade are ineligible. Summer school grades and courses do not replace fourth quarter grades for fall athletic eligibility purposes.

Student Information Changes

Promptly report any changes in student address or contact information to the guidance registrar.

Clear Containers For Water (Only) May Be Carried And Used Throughout The School Day

No other drinks are allowed in the classroom. Students are discouraged from bringing sodas, “Monster”€ drinks, or energy drinks to school for consumption during lunch.

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast is served from 7:10-€“7:25 a.m. each day beginning the second week of school .Parents may deposit money into their child’s cafeteria account. Rising sixth graders should use the same lunch code that they used as a fifth grader. Students who cannot remember their code or new students who have questions should speak with the cafeteria manager.

Cafeteria

Students go to the cafeteria with assigned classes. A half-hour is given for lunch. Students are required to abide by the following cafeteria rules:

    1. Enter the cafeteria quickly and quietly. Follow staff direction to stand in line or to go directly to a seat and sit down.
    2. All food is to be eaten in the cafeteria. Open beverage containers may not be taken out of the cafeteria.
    3. Students are expected to use proper table manners.
    4. Students are to secure a seat and remain in their seat during the course of the lunch period.
    5. Students are to follow the directions of the cafeteria monitors, servers, and other cafeteria assistants.
    6. Students are not to tamper with or bother the lunches of other students.
    7. Students must obtain permission and a pass before leaving the cafeteria for any reason.
    8. Students must have a pass from a teacher in order to leave the cafeteria for lunch detention or study hall.
    9. Students are to refrain from making or causing loud noises or disruptions.
    10. Students must return trays to the clean-up window and throw away trash when directed by cafeteria monitor.
    11. Students have an individual and collective responsibility to keep their table and floor area in the cafeteria clean.

Emergency Procedures

The safety of the school community is an absolute priority, and emergency procedures are in place to address a number of possible crises. Two fire drills and two lock down drills are conducted the first month of school and then periodically during the 2016-2017 school year. Severe weather drills are also practiced with students, as are Bus Evacuation and other building safety drills. The school has a crisis plan in place to address a bomb threat, intruder, or other potentially dangerous situations. Our expectations for student conduct during drills or implementation of emergency procedures are very high.

VUE

ParentVUE and StudentVUE are websites that offer secure, private access to school and student information, including assignments, grades, attendance, school calendar, and teacher contact details. In ParentVUE, you can see the information for all of your students with one convenient login. This account will follow your students through all their years at WJCC schools. You will receive an activation code from one of your student’s teachers at the beginning

Dances

Middle school dances are a privilege that all students must earn! Dances are reserved for middle school students only. The Guest Policy permits a student to invite one Williamsburg area middle-school aged guest to attend the dance as his or her guest. The completed dance guest permission form completed by the parent/guardian is required by noon on the day of the dance and must be approved by the administration. Guest slips may be picked up in the main office.

Since dances are a privilege, a student loses his or her privilege of attending the next dance if he or she is not a student in good standing. This includes but is not limited to students who have two or more in school suspensions or one or more out of school suspensions. Students who are absent on the day of a dance or any other celebration or extracurricular activity may not attend the event. The administration reserves the right to deny admittance to the dance to any student or guest. All dances begin at 6:30 pm and end promptly at 9:00 pm. If students are not picked up on time, they may be denied the privilege of attending the next dance. Please make all possible efforts to pick up your child by 9:00 pm. Parents are encouraged to chaperone dances.

Toano Middle School students are expected to obey all school and dance rules and to conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen at all times. The dance rules are as follows:

    1. Students are not to arrive before 6:30 p.m.
    2. Students are to walk -€“ not run -€“ during the dance.
    3. The uniform dress code is not in effect for the dances. See the following page for the Dance Dress Code Policy.
    4. Students are to remain in the gym/cafeteria area or in the gym hall during the dance.
    5. No food or drink will be allowed in the gym. All trash must be placed in the proper receptacles.
    6. Bathrooms are to be used for their intended purposes. Students are not to spend the evening in them.
    7. Students are to treat all teacher and parent chaperons courteously and follow the instructions they are given.
    8. Students are to stay in the building until they are ready to leave the dance. They may not leave and re-enter the building. Students are to remain in the dance area until its completion unless they are leaving the dance with their parent/guardian.
    9. If a TMS student brings an approved guest to the dance, that student is to see that the guest knows about and obeys all TMS school and dance rules. The student must complete a dance guest permission form (available in the office) and  obtain approval by noon on the day of the dance. Normally, any guests must be Williamsburg area middle school student. Any exceptions must be approved by administration.
    10. The dance ends at 9:00 p.m. Any student not picked up by 9:30 p.m. will not be allowed to attend the next dance.

RULES FOR DANCING

      • Students are expected to dance upright. Students are not to dance down on the floor.
      • Students are not to crowd together. When standing or dancing as a group, students must leave enough space in between them to allow for a person to walk through easily and for an adult to see into the center of the circle.
      • Students are not permitted to perform dances/moves that may endanger themselves or others.
      • Students are to dance face-to-face or side-to-side. Students are not to dance front to back.
      • During slow dances, there is to be visible space between dancers.

Students who are in violation of these rules will receive one warning from a chaperon, teacher, or administrator. Students who continue to misbehave will be taken to a teacher or an administrator and may be instructed to sit for a short time, asked to call a parent/guardian to pick them up, or told they are not allowed to attend the next dance. Some inappropriate behaviors may result in a referral to administration.

TMS SCHOOL-RELATED (DANCE) DRESS CODE

The responsibility for the appearance of the students in WJC Schools rests with parents and students themselves. Attire cannot be disruptive to the school environment, must comply with the health code of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and may not interfere with the educational process or pose a threat to the safety of the student or those about him or her. Student dress will reflect positively on the students, school, and learning environment, and should ultimately reflect standards of dress in the workplace at large.

All undergarments must remain properly under the appropriate cover or clothing. Torn, ripped, or slashed clothing may not be worn. Clothing or clothing accessories which are form-fitting, suggestive, provocative, disruptive, defamatory, distracting, or revealing are not permitted. School administrators reserve the right to make decisions concerning questionable and inappropriate school attire. If contacted by school administration, parents may be summoned to school to provide acceptable clothing or pick the student up from the dance. Students unable to correct their dress may be placed in an alternative setting for the remainder of the dance. Repeat violations of the dress code will result in further consequences.

 The Following Dress Code Will Be In Effect For School-Related Activities During The School Year

    1. Students are responsible for keeping themselves, their hair, and their clothing clean.
    2. Clothing/accessories bearing obscene, offensive, profane, suggestive or abusive statements or images will not be permitted.
    3. Clothing must not advertise/advocate/promote activities illegal to minors.
    4.  Shoes must be worn at all times.
    5. Pants must be worn at the waistline. Sagging is not permitted.
    6. Shorts/skorts/dresses/skirts shorter than 3 inches€ above the knee are not acceptable. All articles of clothing worn from the waist must not be shorter than 3 inches above the knee.
    7. Muscle T’s, spaghetti straps, strapless tops, mesh weave, fishnet, sheer and see-through clothing, crop tops, and the like are not allowed.
    8. Bandannas may not be worn or adorned in any fashion.
    9. Head wear, including headbands, do-rags, and sunglasses will be removed prior to entering the building.
    10. Hats may be worn at dances.
    11. Skin-tight clothing, such as biking shorts or spandex apparel, is not allowed.
    12. Very loose or baggy clothing or high heels may be prohibited if it presents a safety hazard (i.e. tripping).
    13. Clothing that shows midriff, cleavage, buttocks, or bare shoulders is not allowed.
    14. Heelies/wheelies type shoes are not allowed in school.
    15. Coats are not to be worn inside the building during the dance. Coats must be stored in designated areas upon arrival at the dance.   Sweaters and light jackets may be worn during the dance.
    16. Students may not wear the hoods of hooded sweatshirts on their heads. Students may be asked to remove the sweatshirt if this occurs in the school building.
    17. No backpacks or book bags of any size are to be carried during the dance.
    18. Any clothing, make-up, hairstyle, or manner of appearance that disrupts the educational/school-related environment will not be allowed. Sleepwear/pajamas/slippers are not allowed.

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STUDENT SERVICES AT TOANO MIDDLE SCHOOL

Guidance

Counselors provide individual and small group counseling, conduct classroom guidance activities, work with teachers, assist parents, and coordinate community services. Parents/Guardians may exercise their right to have students not participate (OPT OUT) in guidance and counseling activities by writing a letter to the school’s principal. Parents have the option, when writing the letter, to exempt students from all facets of the program or to allow participation in some parts of it. This opt out€ policy is applicable to the current year only and parents must request that their child not participate on an annual basis.

Child Study Team

Our school has a Child Study Team composed of administrators, teachers, and resource personnel. The group reviews recommendations from teachers, parents, or administrators concerning students who experience academic, behavioral, or adjustment problems. These teams explore resources to help solve problems that a student is facing.

Itinerants

The School Social Worker serves as a liaison between school and home, addressing issues such as attendance, family life, and community resources.

The School Psychologist works with our students, their families, and teachers to assist in a wide variety of support. Services range from skill streaming and team building activities; to behavioral and academic interventions.

 School Clinic

A full-time registered nurse staffs the school clinic. Except for emergency cases, students must have a pass to visit the clinic. Should a student require prescribed medications during school hours, the parent must sign a medication consent form. Medications must be brought in the original container with the appropriate label. Middle school students may bring prescribed medication to school, provided that they give the medicine directly to the nurse upon arrival. All over-the-counter medications require a written order by a doctor in order for the medicine to be administered in school. Medication cannot be sent home with students at the end of the school year. The parent must come to the clinic to retrieve any unused medication. Any medication not picked up by the parent at the end of the school year will be destroyed. Students are not allowed to possess or administer medicine of any type while in school. The nurse will attend to cuts, bruises, or other minor injuries. In cases of serious injury, parents are contacted and the student may be sent to the family doctor or emergency room.

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BE SURE TO SIGN THE ATTACHED RECEIPT

OF THE STUDENT HANDBOOK.

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 –CONTACT INFORMATION–

 TOANO MIDDLE SCHOOL

7817 Richmond Road

Toano, VA  23168

Phone:  757-566-4251