IKM-Manning Middle School
The Mission of the IKM-Manning Community School District:“Leading and challenging our students to excel through rigorous and relevant instruction.”
The primary purpose of this handbook is to acquaint students with procedures at IKM-Manning Middle School and to serve as a guide to successful and enjoyable educational experiences. All problems or situations that arise are not covered in this publication. When this occurs, staff members will make decisions based on sound and reasonable educational practice. It is the responsibility of students to acquaint themselves with this handbook and to inform their parents of these policies. Our school welcomes you as you begin each school year and we hope that you will always be conscious of its expectations and requirements. The experience you gain from this school will be whatever you make it. Let us always have the courage and leadership to do those things, which will make it outstanding.
SCHOOL LOYALTY SONG
We the Wolves have come to fight, United we will win.
Green and black our colors true, we’ll battle to the end.
GO WOLVES GO!
Catch the Spirit, stand up and cheer.
Wolves are ready, this is our year.
We the Wolves will fight with might and bring us a victory.
Strong and ready.
It’s victory for us tonight.
We the Wolves have come to fight, United we will win.
Green and black our colors true, we’ll battle to the end.
GO WOLVES GO!
Catch the Spirit, stand up and cheer.
Wolves are ready, this is our year.
We the Wolves will fight with might and bring us a victory.
Children enrolled in the IKM-Manning Community School District shall have an equal opportunity for a quality public education without discrimination regardless of their race, creed, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or disability. Equal opportunity, in compliance with state and federal laws, shall apply to the programs and activities offered by the school district. Any question regarding compliance with equal education opportunity should be directed to the multicultural nonsexist director of the district, which is Dr. Thomas Ward, IKM-Manning Superintendent, 209 Tenth Street, Manning, IA 51455
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Absences 11 Hot Lunch 27
Academic Eligibility 29 Honor Roll 11
Activity Tickets 27 Incompletes 10
Appeals 15 Injuries & Illness 26
Application of Sanctions 15 Library 25
Assembly Programs 28 Lost & Found 26
Attendance Policy 11 Lunch Periods 21
Att./Extracurriculars 14 Misconduct Reports 21
Child Abuse Reporting 9 Mission Statements 1
Church Night 21 Multicultural/NonSexist 8
Class Failure Policy 28 No School Announcements 17
Conduct @ Extracurricular Activities 24 Parties & Dances 28
Conduct in School 23 Physical Restraint 10
Conferences w/ Teachers 17 Reporting Periods 11
Daily Announcements 20 School Insurance 28
Daily Time Schedule 26 School Loyalty Song 1
Damage to School Property 24 Search & Seizure 7
Dangerous Weapon Policy 7 Shuttle Busing Only 19
Detention 24 Staff Listing 3
Directory Information 5 Student Council 27
Discipline Policy 21 Student Exercise of Free Expression 8
Display of Affection 22 Student Passes 16
Dress Code 22 Student Planners 16
Electronic Devices 17 Student Records 5
Educational Philosophy & Goals 4 Student Responsibilities 9
Excessive Absences 14 Study Hall 24
Expulsions 23 Summer School 28
Extra Curricular & Social Activities 26 Suspensions 22
Fees – Tech./Textbook 27 Tardiness 13
Field Trip Policy 16 Telephones 17
Fire Drills 18 Tornado Drills 18
Food on the bus 18 Transportation & Bus Discipline 18
Gifts to Employees 8 Truancy 14
Good Conduct Policy 29 Unexcused Absences 13
Grading & Grading Scale 10 Unsatisfactory Progress 10
Guidance Services 26 Visitors 25
Harassment/Bullying Policy 6
The telephone number for the Middle School is (712)-655-3761. The mailing address is 209 Tenth Street, IA 51455. The school’s website is www.ikm-manning.k12.ia.us. Teachers may be contacted through e-mail using their first initial last name @ ikm-manning.k12.ia.us, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Thomas Ward Superintendent
Sharon Whitson Principal
Heather Kusal Secretary
Anna Schwarte Nurse
Larry Blake 6-8 Social Studies
Jim Blankman 6-8 Science
Elizabeth Book 4-8 Choir
Ben Booth 7/8 Agriculture
Robert Cast 4th Grade Classroom Teacher
Cindy Dalton 4-6 Special Education
Jenny Erb 7/8 Family Consumer Science
Kristin Dreyer 4th Grade Classroom Teacher
Jean Ferneding 7/8 Art
Becky Feser 4-6 Art
Joy Gross Physical Education
Luann Langel Technology Director
Kathy Lage 7/8 Language Arts
Jenny Linde 5th Grade Classroom Teacher
Shari Lohrmann 6-8 Special Education, 7/8 Co-Reading Teacher
Deb Musfeldt Guidance/7/8 Co-Reading Teacher
Kari Ranniger 7/8 Spanish
Melissa Salgado 6-8 Language Arts/HS Journalism
Dan Spooner 4-8 Informational Technology/Talented & Gifted
Erin Stohlmeyer Media
Rhonda Sievertsen 7/8 Reading/4-6 Title I Reading
Don Struve 5-8 Band
Keith Wagner Physical Education
Denise Wall 6-8 Math
Shelly Gruhn Sherri Steffes Janell Vollstedt
Mark Schmitz-Head Maintenance
The Board of Education believes the function of the educational process is to provide each student with opportunities for obtaining the knowledge, experiences, and skills, which will best prepare him/her to assume a position in a global society and to make the greatest positive contribution to society and to himself/herself.
The Board believes that each student should be treated as an individual with his/her particular capabilities, aptitudes and personalities. The student should be an active participant in the learning process. The Board believes that it is the responsibility of the school to provide maximum learning opportunities for all students regardless of their sex, race, religion, economic status or handicapping condition. The Board believes that the school should provide an orderly environment with high expectations for student achievement and an emphasis on academic learning. The Board believes that the IKM-Manning School Districts should provide excellent administrative, instructional, and support staffs, as well as providing physical facilities which meet the needs of a community of lifelong learners.
The IKM-Manning School Districts are looked upon as an ever-changing social community where young people live. Here they are provided opportunities to determine and to work toward goals that are purposeful and significant to them. They are given experiences, which are designed to develop their talents and characteristics, which are essential to a wholesome life.
The learner will:
- Achieve a mastery of the fundamental learning skills and establish standards of educational excellence.
- Understand and believe in him/her self, accept personal responsibility for his/her education and personal development, and build a system of moral standards and values, which contribute to a democratic society.
- Understand and respect ethnic and cultural differences and work effectively with other individuals and groups.
- Understand appreciate this country’s democratic heritage and acquire the skills, knowledge, understanding, values, and attitudes necessary to participate in democratic self-government.
- Develop understanding of the global nature of society and the interdependence of the world’s people.
- Develop a commitment to lifelong learning.
- Develop and maintain sound physical and mental health.
- Perceive, judge, and value cultural expressions of humankind and develop skills for personal expression and communication through the arts.
- Understand and use technology and its related developments.
- Develop the ability to use personal and public resources wisely.
- Develop worthy leisure-time interests and activities
- Develop positive attitudes toward skills for work and an appreciation of the social value and dignity of work.
The principal of each attendance center may release the following types of information to the public, where appropriate, keeping in mind the privacy of the student and the student’s family and the totality of the surrounding circumstances:
Name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous school or institution attended by the student and other similar information. To prevent the public release of such information, a parent must file a written objection with the middle school principal.
Students and parents may file with the Department of Education, complaints concerning alleged failures of the school district to comply with federal legislation dealing with student records. Correspondence, should be addressed to: The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act Office, Department of Education, Switzer Building, 330 C. Street S.W., Washington, D.C. 20020.
STUDENT RECORD INFORMATION
The IKM-Manning Schools maintain records on each student in order to facilitate the instruction and educational progress of the student. The records contain information about the student and his/her education and may include but are not limited to the following types of records: identification data, attendance data, record of achievement, family background data, aptitude tests, education and vocational plans, honors and activities, discipline data, objective counselor or teacher ratings and observations, and external agency reports. The records of each student are located in the school in which they are attending. Any exception will be noted in the student’s other records or by the person in charge of record maintenance for each school building.
The name and position of the person responsible for maintenance of student records for each school building is listed below.
Irwin School PreK-3---Sharon Whitson, Principal
Middle School PreK, 4-8---Sharon Whitson, Principal
High School---Brian Wall, Principal
The following persons, agencies and organizations may have restricted access to student records without prior written consent of the parent or student over the age of 18 years. Any other access to student records shall be only upon written consent or upon court order or legally issued subpoena.
- School officials, teachers and AEA personnel with legitimate education interest.
- Officials of other schools in which the student proposes to enroll.
- Representatives of state and local government when auditing and evaluating federal education programs.
- Officials connected with a student’s education financial aid application.
- Organizations that process and evaluate standardized tests.
- Accrediting organizations for accrediting purposes.
- Parents of dependent children, regardless of the child’s age.
- Appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency.
Student records are reviewed and inappropriate material removed periodically. Inappropriate material is removed whenever a student moves from the elementary level to middle school level to high school level, and when a student transfers out of the district. Those records not of permanent importance are destroyed within three years of graduation. The parents of handicapped students, or handicapped students over age 18, will be informed when personally identifiable information in the records is no longer needed to provide educational services, and before the information is destroyed. Parents of students under age 18 and students over age 18 may exercise the opportunity to review education records of the student, to obtain copies of the records, to write a response to material in the record, to challenge the content of the record on grounds of inappropriateness, inaccuracy or an invasion of privacy, and to have the records explained.
The procedure to be followed in exercising any of the rights under school policies or rules may be obtained from either of the aforementioned persons responsible for maintaining student records.
HARASSMENT AND BULLYING POLICY
It is the policy of the IKM-Manning Schools to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from harassment and bullying. Violations of this policy or procedure will be cause for disciplinary action up to and including expulsion. Students who believe they have suffered harassment shall report such matters in a timely manner to a teacher, counselor or principal.
Students who feel that they have been harassed or bullied should;
- Communicate to the harasser or bully that the student expects the behavior to stop, if the student is comfortable doing so. If the student needs assistance communicating with the harasser or bully, the student should ask a teacher, counselor or principal to help.
*If the harassment or bullying does not stop, or the student does not feel comfortable
confronting the harasser or bully, the student should:
Tell a teacher, counselor or principal, and write down exactly what happened, keep a copy and give another copy to the teacher, counselor or principal including:
-what, when and where it happened
-who was involved
-exactly what was said or what the harasser or bully did
-witnesses to the harassment or bullying
-what the student said or did, either at the time or later
-how the student felt, and how the harasser or bully responded.
Sexual harassment may include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Harassment or bullying on the basis of age, color, creed, national origin, race, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical attributes, physical or mental ability or disability, ancestry, political party preference, political belief, socioeconomics status or familial status includes conduct of a verbal or physical nature that is designed to embarrass, distress, agitate, disturb or trouble persons when the conduct:
*places the student in reasonable fear of harm to the student’s person or property;
* has a substantially detrimental effect on the student’s physical or mental health;
*has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s academic performance, or
*has the effect of substantially interfering with the student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by a school.
Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to:
*verbal, physical or written harassment or abuse
*pressure for sexual activity
*repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications, and
*suggesting or demanding sexual involvement, accompanies by implied or explicit threats.
Harassment or bullying based upon factors other that sex includes, but is not limited to:
*verbal, physical, or written harassment or abuse
*repeated remarks of a demeaning nature
*implied or explicit threats concerning one’s grades, job, etc; and
*demeaning jokes, stories or activities.
DANGEROUS WEAPONS POLICY
School district facilities are not an appropriate place for weapons or dangerous objects. Weapons and other dangerous objects shall be taken from students who bring them on the school district property or onto property within the jurisdiction of the school district or from students who are within the control of the school district. Students bringing a firearm to school shall be expelled from school for not less than twelve months. Students possessing other types of dangerous weapons will be disciplined which may include expulsion. All dangerous weapons will be turned over to law enforcement officials.
SEARCH AND SEIZURE
Board policy allows school officials, without a search warrant, to search a student, student lockers, cubbies, desks, work areas or student automobiles whenever there are reasonable grounds for suspicion that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating the law or the rules of the school.
Locker Inspections and Searches
- Inspections: Although school lockers and cubbies are temporarily assigned to individual students, they remain the property of the School District at all times. The School District has a reasonable and valid interest in insuring that the cubbies/lockers are properly maintained. For this reason, periodic inspections of cubbies/lockers is permissible to check for cleanliness and vandalism. Periodic inspection of all or a random selection of cubbies/lockers may be conducted by school officials at any time. Any contraband discovered during such searches shall be confiscated by school officials and may be turned over to law enforcement officials.
- Searches: The student’s locker/cubby and its contents may be searched when a school official has reasonable and articulate-able suspicion that the cubbies/locker contains illegal or contraband items. Such searches should be conducted in the presence of another adult witness when feasible.
Students are permitted to park on school premises as a matter of privilege, not of right. The School retains authority to conduct routine patrols of the student parking lots. The interior of a student’s automobile on the school premises may be searched if the school official has reasonable and articulate-able suspicion to believe that illegal, unauthorized or contraband items are contained inside.
The complete Search and Seizure Policy can be found in Manning School Board Policy Code No. 502-R1 and in IKM Manning School Board Policy Code No. 502.8.
MULTICULTURAL AND NONSEXIST EDUCATION
Children enrolled in the IKM-Manning School Districts shall have an equal opportunity for a quality public education without discrimination regardless of their race, creed, gender, marital status, national origin, ability or disability. Equal opportunity, in compliance with state and federal laws, shall apply to the programs and activities offered by the school district.
The educational program fosters knowledge of and respect for the historical and contemporary contributions of diverse cultural groups, as well as men and women, to society. It also reflects the wide variety of roles open to both men and women and provides equal opportunity to both sexes.
Any questions regarding compliance with equal educational opportunity should be directed to the multicultural nonsexist director of the district, which is the secondary school principal. The middle school principal’s phone number is 655-3761 and the address is 209 Tenth Street, Iowa 51455.
Any person wanting to file a grievance may secure a form from a school principal or submit the grievance in writing to the principal. Reporting in this manner is called Level I of the grievance procedure. The principal will make a disposition of the grievance and that is called Level II. If this actions\ is not satisfactory to the grieved party, Level III will be enacted. Level III is a disposition by the superintendent or his/her designee. Level IV would be enacted if the grieved party is not satisfied with the Level III decision. This disposition is conducted by the School Board.
GIFTS TO EMPLOYEES
The Board understands the desire of students, parents, or others to give gifts to show appreciation of a school district employee. Rather than giving gifts, the board encourages, as more welcome and more appropriate, the writing of letters to express gratitude and appreciation.
STUDENT EXERCISE OF FREE EXPRESSION
Under the US Constitution, all individuals have the right of freedom of expression. Since, however, student expression made on school premises or as part of a school-sponsored activity may be attributed to the school, such expression must be appropriate to the activity. Students will be allowed freedom of expression of their viewpoints and opinions as long as the expression is responsibly done. Student expression shall not, in the judgment of the administration, encourage the breaking of laws, cause defamation of persons or contain obscenity or indecency. The administration has the right to determine the time, place and manner in which the expression is to be allowed so as to not disrupt the educational program of the district. Students who violate this policy may be subject to disciplinary measures.
Students at IKM-Manning Middle School are expected to fulfill the following responsibilities:
- PARTICIPATION: Students have the responsibility of participating in the serious business of learning. Students must report to school and to all scheduled classes regularly and on time, remain in classes until excused, report to their assigned lunch on time, follow instructions, complete assignments to the best of their ability, and request help when needed.
- BEHAVIOR: Students have the responsibility of avoiding any behavior that negatively affects their learning or the learning of others. Students must cooperate in maintaining orderliness in the school and in the classroom. Disruptive or loud behavior will not be tolerated. Students are responsible for the care of textbooks and equipment that have been issued to them and for the materials and equipment they use. A fee may be charged for damaged textbooks.
- RESPECT FOR STAFF: Students have the responsibility of showing respect for the knowledge and authority of the school staff. Any administrator, teacher, para educator, secretary, custodian, cook or bus driver has the authority to correct students when necessary. Students should not defy authority but positively respond to the staff member’s instructions. Students must also use only acceptable and courteous language.
- RESPECT FOR OTHER STUDENTS: Students have the responsibility of recognizing the rights and human dignity of fellow students. For example, students must refrain from name-calling, fighting, harassment, belittling or engaging in deliberate attempts to embarrass or harm another person.
- THE EATING OF FOOD AND CANDY: is not permitted in the classroom or hallways, with exception of course-related activities. Food and beverages for after school activities are to be store in lockers and should not be consumed during the school day. Milk or juice for lunch stored within a cold lunch container and treats to be shared during Wolf Pack are the exception. Gum chewing is not allowed; after one warning, an after school detention will be assigned.
CHILD ABUSE REPORTING
If a school district employee or other member of the IKM-Manning School District believes a child has suffered abuse, which shall include sexual and physical abuse, by a school district employee in the course of their employment, it shall be reported to the superintendent or the school principal. The superintendent’s phone number is 655-3781 the high school principal’s phone number is 655-3771, the middle school principal’s phone number is 655-3761 and the elementary principal’s phone number in Irwin 782-3126. Reporting in this manner is called level-one reporting.
State law forbids school employees from using corporal punishment against any student. Certain actions by school employees are not considered corporal punishment. Additionally, school employees may use “reasonable and necessary force, not designed or intended to cause pain” to do certain things, such as prevent harm to persons or property.
State law also places limits on school employees’ abilities to restrain or confine and detain any student. The law limits why, how, where and for how long a school employee may restrain or confine and detain a child. If a child is restrained or confined and detained, the school must maintain documentation and must provide certain types of notice to the child’s parent.
If you have any questions about this state law, please contact your school. The complete text of the law and additional information is available on the Iowa Department of Education’s website: http://www.iowa.gov/educate/
All classes that assign grades by percentages will use the following grade cutoffs:
A 94% A- 92%
B+ 91% B 84% B- 82%
C+ 81% C 74% C-72%
D+ 71% D 64% D- 62%
UNSATISFACTORY PROGRESS REPORTS AND MIDTERM GRADES
Grades are calculated weekly. Notices are made available to parents when the quality of student work is at the failing point or when the work is considerably below the level of expectation. All students will be given a mid-quarter and mid semester report card. Parents may also access student grades online.
If a student fails to complete assigned work for a class an incomplete grade will be assigned for the semester. A teacher may give the student up to 10 days after the close of the semester to complete the work. Failure to make up the work in the required time will cause the grade for the quarter to become an “F”. If assigned work is not made up within two weeks after the semester, the incomplete grade given for the semester will become an “F”.
The same procedure will be followed 2nd semester except the student must begin to work at school immediately after they are dismissed from school for the year to make up the work. Failure to comply indicates that they are not going to make up the work and an “F” will be recorded when the teacher checks out for the summer.
The honor roll will be published at the end of each semester. In order to be listed on the gold honor roll a student must have a 3.75 grade average or better in academic subjects. The silver honor roll will include students with grade point averages between 3.00 and 3.74. If the student has an incomplete recorded on their report card, their name will not be included in the published honor roll.
There are two reporting periods of nine weeks in each semester. There are two semesters and the school year.
GENERAL SCHOOL INFORMATION AND REGULATIONS
- General Attendance Policy
Daily, punctual attendance is an integral part of the learning experience and is required of all students to receive the maximum benefit of the educational program. The habit of good attendance established early is one, which helps a person be successful throughout their lifetime. More and more, employers, colleges and vocational schools expect good attendance and are checking attendance records for absences and tardies. They are aware that good and prompt attendance indicates dependability in a student.
The education that goes on in the classroom builds from day to day and as a result, absences always cause some disruption in the education progress of the absent student. Students who are absent may not understand what the teacher is currently presenting, and may also become discouraged with the double burden of keeping current and making up missed work. In order to maintain interest and understanding in a program of instruction, students should not expect to be absent any more than is absolutely necessary. Irregular attendance or tardiness by students not only restricts their own studies but also interferes with the progress of those students who are regular and prompt in attendance. Attendance is a shared responsibility that requires cooperation and communication among student, parents and school.
- We want to help you feel assured that when you send your child to school that the student arrives. Therefore, if your child is absent for any reason notify the principal’s office by phone between 8:00-8:30 a.m. If your child is not in school and you have not called us, we will attempt to contact you by phone before 9:00 a.m. All absences must be reported by a parent/guardian within one day of the absence to be considered excused. Students who anticipate to be absent, especially when the absence must have the principal’s prior approval, shall give at least one week’s notice to the school office in advance of the anticipated absence. When time permits, such notification shall be in writing and signed by the student and the parent or guardian of the student. Students absent from school for any reason may be required by the school to submit a written explanation or specific reason for their absence, the specific day for times they were absent, verification by the doctor or dentist where appropriate, and a signature of the parent/guardian. Failure to do so may result in the absence being considered unexcused or truancy. The determination of whether an absence is considered excused will be made by the school administrator.
- Acceptable reasons for a student’s absence from school/class include but are not limited to
- Religious observances
- Personal illness, hospitalization or doctor’s care
- Medical or dental appointments which cannot be made other than during school time
- Death in the family or family emergency
- Court appearance or other legal situation beyond the control of the family
- Work at home for parent/guardian (critical time)
- Family event with parent/guardian (prior notice required, 5 days per year)
- Other reasons which can be justified from an educational standpoint (3 days written prior notice to the principal is required)
- Classes missed because of attendance at a school-sponsored trip or activity will be considered an excused absence. The student will be required to make up work missed.
- Suspensions from class (either in-school suspensions or out-of-school suspensions) will be treated as school-initiated student absences and will not count toward the days absent. However, the student will be required to make up work missed.
- Schoolwork missed due to any absence must be completed to the satisfaction of each teacher whose class or classes were missed. Making up the work is the responsibility of the student. Teachers of 4th, 5th,6th graders will assign a peer to record make up work in each missed class. Parents may pick up the work at the end of the school day, arrange to have a peer take it home, or the student will receive it upon their return.
- When students can anticipate absences, every effort should be made to see that the schoolwork is made up in advance of the absence. Student should obtain a prior dismissal slip from the office with a note or a phone call from a parent. The principal may determine that the completion of schoolwork in advance be prerequisite to allowing the absence being excused.
- When an absence was not anticipated, the student should check with the teachers about any make-up work that might be due. Any assignments due, tests, or quizzes that fall during a single day’s absence are to be made up by the close of the day the student returns, unless arrangements have been made with individual teachers. Students who miss two or more days consecutively will be given one day for each day absent to make up their work. For example, if a student were absent three days the work must be made up by the conclusion of the third school day following the student’s return to school. Absences of more than 5 days must be made up as arranged with each teacher. Students shall receive full credit for schoolwork made up due to excused absences. Schoolwork made up for an unexcused absence or truancy may be considered ‘late’ and receive less than full credit.
- A student is tardy when the student initially appears in the assigned area any time after the designated starting time. If a student arrives more than 20 minutes after the beginning of a period they will be considered absent for that period.
- Students tardy to school should report to the office and sign in first to get a tardy pass to class.
- After 2 tardies to the same class a student will not be admitted to that class when tardy. If a student arrives tardy to that class he/she will be sent to the office, assigned a 30-minute detention, and will receive an unexcused absence for that class period.
- Students may be tardy for classes 4 times per semester. The consequences accumulated and an occurrence in a series of 4 tardies during a semester will be an hour of detention for each tardy. The hour will be served on the day given or within 24 hours the detention is reported. Failure to serve detentions will result in a “misconduct report,” and the student will have to serve the detention the next day. The student and staff will contact the parent.
- After a total of 10 tardies in the semester a student will no longer be admitted to any class to which they arrive tardy to a class he/she will be sent to the office and will receive an unexcused absence for that class period.
- UNEXCUSED ABSENCE
- Student absences from school or class without reasonable excuse shall be considered unexcused. Reasonable excuses are those, which are acceptable reasons provided in Section B.2 of these rules. All other absences from school may be considered unexcused absences.
- School work missed because of an unexcused absence may be considered “late” and/or receive no credit at the discretion of administration and teaching staff.
- TRUANCY (Skipping School)
1. A student is truant when the student is absent from school or an assigned class or classes without school and/or parent/guardian permission.
2. School work missed because of a truancy may be considered “late” and/or receive no credit at the discretion of administration and teaching staff.
3. A detention equal to or greater than the amount of school time missed is the consequence for being truant. Truancies may also be reported to the County Sheriff’s Department.
4. Truancy may result in the issuance of a Misconduct Report.
5. A truancy counts as an unexcused absence.
F. ATTENDANCE AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
A student must be in attendance for the entire day to practice or participate in a school-sponsored activity. The parents can discuss the reason for the student’s absence with the building administrator as exceptions for a student’s absence may be made due to the difficulty of scheduling appointments.
II. EXCESSIVE ABSENTEEISM
Excessive absenteeism is any unexcused absence beyond 5 days or individual class meetings per semester.
- The classroom teacher, school nurse, liaison, or office staff will notify the principal when a student has 3 absences from school or a class during a given semester. The student’s parent/guardian will be sent a notice from the principal with the information of absence dates and reasons given, whether the absence is excused or unexcused. The classroom teacher will notify the principal who will initiate the 7-day notification process.
- When a student has 5 or more unexcused absences from school or a class during a semester, the classroom teacher, school nurse, liaison, or office staff will inform the principal of the student’s status. The student will also be referred to the Student Assistance Team, where future meetings with parents/student will be scheduled to address the student’s absenteeism and initiate appropriate sanctions.
- Eight (8) absences from any class or classes or 64 total class period absences will result in a personal contact with the student, parent, liaison, and principal. Students will be required to complete the work assigned while absent.
- Ten (10) absences from any class or classes or 96 total class period absences will result the student meeting with the board of education.
III. APPLICATION OF SANCTIONS
Excessive unexcused absences will result in the following:
- If a student has 10 unexcused absences from any given class, the student will be dropped from that class. The student will receive no credit for the class.
- The student may be allowed to audit the class on a no-credit status for the remainder of the semester or be placed in an alternate setting.
- First level of appeal
- When notified that the student has 5 unexcused absences, the parent/guardian should contact the teacher and principal to discuss the student’s attendance and prevent any further absences.
- When notified that the student has 11 or more unexcused absences and that the student will be dropped from a class or school, the student and parent/guardian may file a written appeal with the principal within 5 school days of the notification. Sanctions imposed under this policy will be final unless a written appeal is submitted to the principal.
- Written appeals will be referred to the faculty attendance committee.
- The student will remain in the class or in school pending completion of the appeals process.
- The informal appeals hearing will be scheduled within 10 school days after the appeal is filed. The faculty attendance committee will consider the following in reaching a decision:
- absences caused by religious holidays, documented chronic or extended illness, hospitalization, family death or emergency, emergency medical or dental care, court appearances or other legal situations beyond the control of the family, school-related class or program activities
- attendance history of the student
- extenuating circumstances particular to the student
- educational alternatives to removal from class or school, or
- the total education program for the individual student.
- The decision of the faculty attendance committee will be reached within one day of the hearing. The parent/guardian will be notified of the decision in writing.
- Second level of Appeal
Student and parents/guardians seeking a review of the faculty attendance committee’s decision regarding sanctions rendered under this attendance policy may do so by filing a written request for review with the superintendent within five days after the committee’s decision. The superintendent will determine an agreeable time, place and date for the review and notify the student and parent/guardian. At the conclusion of the review, the superintendent will affirm, reverse or modify the faculty attendance committee’s decision.
- Appeal to Board of Directors
Students and parent/guardians may appeal the superintendent’s decision by filing a written request for review by the board within five days with the board secretary. It is within the discretion of the board to determine whether to hear the appeal. If the appeal is accepted, the board secretary will then determine an agreeable time, place, and date for the review. A notification will be sent to the interested persons. Involved in the appeal. At the conclusion of the review, the board may affirm, reverse or modify the superintendent’s decision.
FIELD TRIP POLICY
- Students must complete and hand in the Permission to Travel Form before they leave. Failure to do so will cause the student to be unexcused. Travel forms are not needed during the weekend or holidays.
- Students may not leave the activity site without permission.
- Students on the down list for failing one or more classes or having been dropped from one or more classes for attendance reasons will not be allowed to go on the trip.
Students are issued planners for their use in organizing assignments, reviewing student handbook information, and recording hall passes. Planner rules are as follows:
· Passes should be written and signed in ink – no pencil.
- Students should have planners with them at all times
- Planners are school property and should not be used as a scrapbook, coloring book, photo album or autograph book.
- Students are not allowed to use each other’s planners.
- Students will be assessed a replacement cost for lost or damaged planners.
- Students are not allowed to draw or color on their pass pages, failure to comply with this expectation may result in a student losing all of their passes for a quarter or longer.
Students are not permitted in the halls during class periods unless they are accompanied by a staff member or have an agenda pass signed by a staff member. Students will be given passes out of class to use the rest rooms or drinking fountains on a limited basis.
When a large number of students are to passing through the corridor and must be accompanied by a teacher to their destination. In most instances, passes will be written in the student planner will be issued to each student at the beginning of the year. If a student does not have their planner, they may not be allowed to leave a classroom or study hall. Except in the case of an emergency, students are NOT to go directly to the nurse. A student should report to class and request a pass to the nurse from their teacher.
PASSES TO THE RESTROOM
Only one girl and one boy should be able to pass from the study hall to the restroom.
CONFERENCE WITH A TEACHER
A student wishing to confer with a teacher will request from that teacher a pass signed by the teacher. This pass should not be given if the teacher has a class or will be unable to confer with the student at the appointed time or if the student has a scheduled class. Study hall teachers will not allow students to go to teachers who have signed a pass for the student in advance. Before departing from the teacher with whom the student has conferred, the student will present the pass for the teacher’s signature and notation of the time of departure. The pass will then be presented to the teacher from where the student left to go on the pass.
NO SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Whenever school cannot be held due to bad weather or other reasons, this announcement will be made over radio stations 93.7 FM KKRL-CARROLL, 107.1 FM KDSN-Denison and 105.3 FM KNOD-Harlan. IKM-Manning Schools utilize an electronic service to contact parents by email or text message. Parents may sign up for the School Alert service at any time on the school’s webpage. Please don’t call school personnel concerning school cancellations.
TELEPHONES In case of an illness or emergency students may request from the principal or secretary to use the office phone. Except in emergency, pupils will not be called to the telephone during class periods. Students should provide their parents with a copy of their class schedule so that parents know when to make calls to the school. Cellular phones, pagers, etc. can be turned on during school hours and are not to be seen or heard in the classrooms. When student leaves the classroom or study hall for any reason the cell phone will be left in the classroom with the teacher. If a cell phone rings or a teacher sees the phone, they will confiscate it and turn the phone into the principal. First offense, phone will be returned at the end of the school day. Second offense, a parent must come to the office in person to get the phone. Third offense, one day of in-school suspension, the phone will be confiscated until parent(s) meet with the principal. If a staff member confiscates the phone while the student is on a field trip and/or attending a school related activity the phone will be turned in to the nearest school center until a date where the principal and parent can meet to discuss the misuse of the phone. The phone will be returned to the parent during the meeting with the principal.
Subsequent offenses will result in after school detention. No device shall be used to send or receive personal messages that would contribute to cheating, access the Internet or take pictures. Inappropriate use of a device or a prohibited item will result in the device being confiscated. Students found in violation of the cell phone policy may be subject to discipline and, in cases where a law may be violated, law enforcement may be contacted. Students need to remember that whatever they put on a personal electronic device could end up anywhere so they need to ensure the devices are use appropriately.
I-Pods will only be used for academic purposes during the regular school day when in good academic standing. The same rules and offences as the cell phones, pager, etc. apply if a student violates using the electronic device.
FIRE DRILL (Emergency Exit)
Posted in each room is an exit procedure to follow. Follow these procedures and the instructions of your teacher when the fire alarm sounds. Students who have checked out of class or study hall should immediately exit the building and report directly to the teacher who was in charge of that class or study hall. If students are in lunch, exit the building and report to your lunchroom supervisor on the southwest side of the parking lot.
Posted in each room is a procedure to follow to take shelter. Follow these procedures and the instructions of your teacher when the signal sounds. The signal is a continuous sounding of the alarm and a voice announcement over the intercom, if possible. If electricity is not available, a voice announcement in the hall will be the signal.
Students utilizing school transportation shall conduct themselves in an orderly manner fitting to their age level and maturity with mutual respect and consideration for the rights of the school vehicle driver and other passengers. Students who fail to behave in an orderly manner will be subject to disciplinary measures.
The driver shall have the authority to maintain order on the school vehicle; it shall be the responsibility of the driver to report misconduct to the building administrator. The board supports the use of video cameras on school buses used for transportation to and from school as well as for field trips, curricular or extracurricular events. The video cameras will be used to monitor student behavior and may be used as evidence in a student disciplinary proceeding. The videotapes are student records subject to school district confidentiality, board policy and administrative regulations.
The building principal shall have the authority to suspend transportation privileges of the students or apply other appropriate discipline.
Permission must be obtained from the principal to ride another bus or to be the guest of another student on a bus the guest in not scheduled to ride. Have one of your parents telephone the principal’s office or send a note to the principal or superintendent. If permission is granted, a pass slip will be issued to the student. Bus drivers have been instructed not to allow any unauthorized students on a bus without a pass signed by the principal.
FOOD ON THE BUS
Food eaten on the bus during fieldtrips will not be allowed on the bus unless pre-approval is made with the principal.
BUS DISCIPLINE POLICY
The students are responsible for their behavior on the bus, and their behavior could affect the safe operation of the bus. Misbehavior could result in the bus driver being distracted. Such distractions could endanger the lives of all students being transported. Therefore, behavioral infractions must be reported and disciplinary action will be taken in accordance with these guidelines. Parents are requested to explain the importance of proper behavior on the bus. They are also expected to support disciplinary actions that are necessary to help their child change his/her behavior. The primary responsibility of the driver is to safely transport the students to and from school. While transporting students, the driver and para educator also has the responsibility of maintaining discipline on the bus. Therefore, the driver and para educator will report behavior infractions to the proper authority on the forms provided.
BUS BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES AND CONSEQUENCES
The following behaviors will not be permitted on the bus. The behaviors are grouped according to the seriousness of the offense. More serious misbehavior will result in harsher consequences. The consequences of misbehavior will escalate if the child insists on repeating the unacceptable behavior.
*If the infraction is a violation of the law, the proper authorities will be notified. If the infraction results in property damage, restitution must be paid or a plan for restitution must be agreed upon before riding privileges are reinstated.
SHUTTLE BUSING ONLY
Students will be assigned a bus seat. Students who have had a positive behavior report will have the opportunity to sit with a peer of his/her choice on Friday. The bus driver/para-educator will be responsible for recording data on the student bus behavioral form. The form will be turned into the administrator after each incidence has occurred on the bus.
Minor Infractions Major Infractions
___Hitting, Pinching, Poking ___Assault
___Profanity ___Possession of a weapon
___ Vandalism ___Insubordination
___Out of Seat ___Possession or Use of Tobacco
___Throwing Objects ___Possession or Use of Alcohol
___Obstructing Aisles ___Possession or Use of Drugs
___Making Loud Noises ___Other conduct hazardous to safety
___Arms/Heads Out of Windows ___Other
MINIMUM CONSEQUENCES FOR MINOR INFRACTIONS
Minor First Offense: Driver conferences with the student, to identify the infraction, and writes the behavior referral with copies to the parent(s) and appropriate administrator.
Minor Second Offense: Driver conferences with the student, to identify the infraction, and writes the behavior referral with copies to the parent(s) and the appropriate administrator. The appropriate administrator contacts the parent(s), reviews the child's behavior record, and suspends the riding privileges from three to five days. All succeeding offenses in the minor category will be treated as a major infraction - first offense, second offense, and then third offense.
MINIMUM CONSEQUENCES FOR MAJOR INFRACTIONS
Major First Offense: Driver conferences with the student, to identify the infraction, and writes the behavior referral with copies to the parent(s) and the appropriate administrator. The appropriate administrator contacts the parent(s), reviews the behavior incident, and suspends the student's riding privileges for five days. The parent(s) and student must attend a conference with the appropriate administrator and driver before the riding privileges are reinstated.
Major Second Offense: The same procedure will be followed as outlined in the first offense. However, the riding privileges will be suspended from ten to fifteen days.
Major Third Offense: The same procedure as outlined in the first offense. However, the riding privileges will be suspended for fifteen days. Any succeeding offenses will result in immediate suspension of riding privileges and the case will be presented to the school board with a request for action by the school board.
DANGEROUS BUS BEHAVIOR CLAUSE
If a student performs an act that obviously jeopardizes the safe operation of the bus or endangers the safety of others on the bus, the driver may immediately suspend the student from riding the bus. The driver must notify the parent(s) and the appropriate administrator of this action. A written report detailing the incident will be filled out and delivered to the appropriate administrator. Riding privileges cannot be reinstated until a conference is held with the driver, parent(s), student, and appropriate administrator. The Administrator will determine the length of suspension.
From time to time during the school year, school buses transporting student to school arrive after the start of school because of inclement weather or breakdown; these students will not be marked tardy on the office attendance record since the tardiness was not their own choice. The office will inform teachers via intercom if a bus is late.
School authorities, mindful of the fact that a well-rounded education is based on experiences that take place not only in school, but in church, and home also, have set aside Wednesday night of each week for church activities. There shall be no scheduling after 6:00 p.m.
Daily announcements will be emailed to teachers by the principal’s office each day. These announcements are important to the students and each student is held responsible for knowing what is announced. Announcements are read at the beginning of each day over the intercom. Anyone who wishes an announcement made must turn in the written copy of the announcement to the office by 3:30 p.m. so that it can appear in the following day’s announcements. Announcements are posted on the IKM-Manning web page under Middle School.
All students must report to the lunch room during their designated lunch period. Staff may make a request from the principal to eat in a different location. Students are encouraged to bring a healthy lunch from home. The lunchroom supervisor(s) will be responsible for permitting lunches other than school lunches or individual cold lunches. Refrigerator space is provided for students bringing lunch from home.
The school is responsible for the conduct of its students both in school and at activities where the IKM-Manning School is represented. Individual behavior during the school day affects the learning of all students. Students should learn and demonstrate good behavior at school activities so that everyone involved will have a positive experience. Also behavior at these functions is one of the main methods people for opinions about the IKM-Manning Community Schools. With this in mind the following guidelines have been established:
A Misconduct Report can be issued to a student when it is determined by the principal or by the principal and a teacher that student’s behavior is unacceptable. If a student accumulates three Misconduct Reports during the school year he/she may be suspended from school for three days. At the issuance of each misconduct report, the parent will be notified through a written letter stating the nature of the misconduct. Parents are encouraged to confer with school personnel concerning the misconduct. Teachers will receive a record of the misconducts. A student who has been suspended for the first three-day period may be suspended a second time upon receiving a fourth Misconduct Report. A student who receives a fifth Misconduct Report will be suspended from school and referred to the Board of Education for an expulsion hearing. Teachers will receive a record of misconducts.
Conduct in School
Students are expected to follow the rules and regulations, which are necessary to carry on an orderly classroom and a safe school environment. The following areas are mentioned s they are the most serious of offenses and will lead to immediate disciplinary action, the minimum action being the issuance of a Misconduct Report. The very serious offenses could result in an in-school or out-of-school suspension. They include but are not limited to:
- Destruction or defacing or theft of personal or school property. Consequence ISS
- Disruptive influence (insubordination, disrupting class/school, fighting, etc.).
Consequence: In school suspension ISS
- Improper Language or disrespect to the dignity of other student or school personnel. Consequence: In school suspension ISS
- Harassment. The consequence for harassment is as follows: first offense—a Misconduct Report and a three-day suspension. Any second offense which occurs any time while enrolled in grades 5-8 will be a Misconduct Report and referral to the Board for expulsion.
- Improper use of school equipment or facilities
- The use or possession of tobacco, alcohol or drugs by students on the school premises, during any school sponsored, activity, on the bus, or during a school trip. The minimum action for violation is suspension from school.
It is the policy of the IKM-Manning Community School to maintain learning and working environment that is free from harassment. It shall be a violation of this policy for student to harass other students or staff through conduct of a sexual nature. This includes various forms such as verbal, physical, and/or written harassment. It is illegal and against school policy for students to use or possess tobacco, alcohol, and/or illegal substances on school premises. Shirts that display illegal substances for teenagers do not belong in school.
IKM-Manning Community School Dress Code
Articles of clothing not in good taste or appropriate for promoting a healthy environment include but are not limited to:
- Clothing having vulgar or suggestive language, pictures, and/or gestures.
- Clothing that advertises or symbolizes alcohol, tobacco, or any other illegal substance.
- Clothing that exposes a student’s midsection or does not cover undergarments, or is otherwise too revealing.
- Shirts that do not have two straps and cover one’s back (i.e. tank tops, halter tops, etc.)
- Short/skirts that do not extend below the fingertips when the student’s arms are held normally at their sides.
- Students are not to wear hats, caps, lids, hoods, etc. or sunglasses in the school building during school hours unless there is a special class activity or special school activity planned.
Book bags and coats are to be kept in cubbies/lockers at all times. Students having inappropriate clothing will be required to change. Repeat offenders will be disciplined.
Displays of Affection
A hug for a job well done is certainly appropriate as is a hug for consoling someone. However, kissing, prolonged and/or habitual embracing is not school appropriate behavior nor is it conducive to learning.
Class Suspensions Grades 7-8
Any student who is removed from a class or study hall for disciplinary reasons may be kept out of that class or study hall for three days and will be ineligible for extracurricular participation and may not attend school activities during this suspension (see also Good Conduct Policy). They will report to the principal at the time they are removed from class. The student removed from class or study hall may receive a Misconduct Report and is responsible for making arrangements with the teacher for schoolwork to be completed during the class suspension. The parents will be notified by a letter concerning the nature of the student’s misconduct. A second suspension from the class in the same semester may result in a behavior modification plan and/or discipline.
A school suspension is a period of time that a student is removed from all classes. The suspension will be for a period of time not to exceed three days, and it will be either “in school” or “out of school” depending on the suspending officials’ evaluation of the case. Students serving “in school” suspensions are to arrive at 8:00 a.m. and they will be dismissed at 3:30 p.m. Students serving school suspensions are ineligible for extracurricular participation and may not attend school activities during the suspension (see also Good Conduct Policy) and are responsible for making arrangements with their teachers for school work to be completed during the suspension.
Due Process for School Suspensions
- Prior to suspension, a hearing shall be held with the student at which time the student is given oral or written notice of what he/she is accused of doing.
- The student shall be given the opportunity during the hearing to present his/her side of the incident.
- Parents/guardians will be notified of the considered suspension.
- The considered suspension will be delayed for 36 hours if requested. The parent/guardian will be afforded an opportunity to a hearing with the teacher, student and/or administrator concerning the suspension.
- A student may be immediately removed from school when the student’s presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an on-going threat of disrupting the academic process. In case of immediate removal from school, the necessary notice and hearing shall be followed as soon as practical.
- A written account of the incident will be sent to the parent/guardian..
When a student is to be considered for expulsion, parents and the student will be notified of such consideration and will be given opportunity for a fair hearing before the Board of Education. The following procedures will be followed:
- The hearing will be a closed hearing to be held within the time period of three to ten days following the decision for expulsion. Parents will be notified in writing as to the time and place of the hearing.
- The student may remain silent.
- There will be a record of the hearing.
- The principal shall have the duty to present all statements, notices and records.
- Parents or legal guardians and their counsel maybe present at the hearing and will be afforded the opportunity to be heard.
- Witnesses may testify for the student.
- Witnesses may testify for the school.
- Witnesses may be confronted and cross-examined.
- A decision in the case will be reached by majority vote by the Board of Education.
- If the student is expelled for a year, the expulsion must be reviewed before the second semester begins. (Expulsions three weeks before the second semester need not be reviewed.)
Conduct at Extracurricular Activities
- Practice good sportsmanship and be courteous to those performing. Improper behavior of any kind may cause a student to have an assigned seat, or it may cause removal from the activity. A Misconduct Report may also be issued.
- If a student leaves a game, play, concert, etc., without permission, he/she may be given permission to reenter, but he/she must pay the admission price. Students who leave an activity should not remain on school property. If a student leaves a school dance without permission he/she may not reenter.
- Students should not sit in the aisles of the bleachers at basketball or volleyball games.
Discipline referrals are designed to serve those students who have difficulty following school rules and regulations. Parents will be sent a Discipline Notice of the infraction and action taken. Detention is a time when a student is assigned to stay before school or after school, or assigned to attend school on a non-teaching day for unacceptable student behavior. Students should fully understand that any teacher or school employee in the building has the authority to correct misconduct at any time. Therefore, it is conceivable that a teacher or other school employee might assign a detention to a student who is not in any of his/her classes. The staff member assigning the detention will determine the date; time and location the student will serve the detention. All students will serve their detention time after school the day of the infraction in the middle school building. Failure to report for assigned detention will result in additional disciplinary action through the discretion of the principal. It is the responsibility of the student serving the detention to arrange for his/her own transportation. All detentions assigned must be served before a student will be allowed to enroll in the next class the following school year.
STEP 1: 1ST Discipline Referral-30 minute detention-student/principal conference
STEP 2: 2nd Discipline Referral-45 minute detention-student/principal review
STEP 3: 3rd Discipline Referral-60 minute detention and removal from all activities for 2 days
STEP 4: 4th Discipline Referral-Saturday Detention (8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.) and removal from all activities for 5 days
DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY
The building, furniture and equipment of the school represent the expenditure of considerable tax money. It is everyone’s responsibility to use these items in a proper manner. Any damage, loss or theft of said property should be reported to the principal. Any student who damages any school property through a careless or mischievous act will be expected to pay repair or replacement costs.
- All students will take their assigned seats as soon as they enter the study hall.
- The expectation is that study hall is to be used for academic, not recreational purposes. Students are required to bring their planner and enough schoolwork and/or a free reading book to keep them busy the entire period.
- The first 15 minutes of study hall should be spent reading core subject materials and/or book silently. No one may speak or check out during this time. Students with a pass from a teacher may leave earlier if the pass indicates a time.
- Students may only use their personal electronic devices to listen to music, if in good academic standing.
- Students must ask to go to the restroom. One person will be allowed to go at a time to each restroom.
- Students may check out to see the principal, nurse, or guidance counselor. A pass should be signed and returned to the study hall teacher. If the person they sign out to see is not available, they should return immediately to study hall.
- No more than two students can be checked out to the library. A student must have a pass from a teacher in order to sign out to the library.
- Students need a pass from the teacher they are going to see BEFORE they may leave study hall.
- Students will not talk during study hall unless the teacher gives them permission to do so.
- Only magazines that have been properly checked out of the library may be brought to study hall. Magazines not from the school library generally will not be allowed in study hall unless they are necessary for a school assignment.
- The study hall supervisors may add rules they deem necessary, provided they comply with the general school policy.
The library is reserved for study and research. Any problems concerning the use of the library or library books should be cleared through the librarian, who will develop and administer library policy. Use and behavior guidelines are posted in the library. Abuse of the library or failure to abide by the rules may result in suspension of privileges.
Parents are encouraged to visit the school. The following guidelines will help to make school visitation more meaningful to both parent and students. We ask your cooperation on the following points:
- Parents are invited to visit school to become acquainted with the education setting in which your child is involved. Please contact the teacher or office prior to any visitations. Walk-ins can interrupt the educational process.
- Visitation during the first and last week of school will not be allowed.
- Visitors other than parents may be guests during lunch with your child. Generally speaking, students will not be allowed to bring visitors to class or school. If special circumstances warrant it, students may be allowed to bring visitors to class or school if permission is granted IN ADVANCE by the principal. A permit will be issued which must be shown to the teachers in charge. Visitors will not be allowed on test days.
- School visitors are required to stop in the middle school office to sign in and obtain a visitor’s pass before going with their child to class or lunch.
- Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are to report to the middle school office when picking a student up from school.
INJURIES & ILLNESS
Any injury or illness that occurs at school or in a school sponsored activity should be reported to a teacher, coach, or the principal immediately regardless of whether or not the student has school insurance. A school nurse will be on duty during the year.
LOST & FOUND DEPARTMENT
The principal’s office will operate a lost and found department. Items not claimed at the end of the quarter will be donated.
DAILY TIME SCHEDULE
Students are not to be in the classroom hallways before 8:00 a.m. In the morning a warning bell rings 5 minutes before homeroom convenes. All students should be in their assigned room and quiet when the final bell rings at 8:15 a.m.
NOTE: The middle school schedule for the 2015-16 school year is TBA prior to the start of the school year.
The IKM-Manning Guidance Department is designed to help students make healthy choices in regard to their academic, career, social and personal development. The student might see the counselor:
In the counselor’s office, classroom, hallway, lunchroom, and on the playground
Talks with students about getting along with others, schoolwork, joys and
problems, conducts classroom guidance lessons, listens when a child is happy,
sad, worried, angry or upset, observe students to gain understanding, talks with
parents about their concerns, provides parents with information about concerns,
works with small groups of children, helps students learn ways of dealing with
conflict without fighting, and consults with outside professional agencies.
TALENTED & GIFTED PROGRAM
Students are admitted to the district’s talented and gifted program on the basis of the following: grades, Iowa Assessment scores, FAST & aReading, NWEA, teacher recommendation, and parent or self-nomination. Students may also qualify for content-specific TAG services in the areas of language arts and mathematics. Students who have been identified for TAG services will have an Individual Education Plan developed/reviewed annually. Attention is given to the student’s social and emotional needs as well as his/her specific strengths, interests and need for academic differentiation.
Middle School TAG programming includes math acceleration, activities, and competitions. Students who have qualified for an accelerated program must continue to meet criteria in order to remain in the accelerated program.
EXTRACURRICULAR AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
In addition to the academic program, the school provides opportunities for participation in student activities and organizations. These activities assist in developing talents, qualities of leadership, character, initiative and responsibility. These activities should provide worthy use of leisure time and develop into lifelong hobbies. Although participation in student activities is voluntary, each student in encouraged participating in at least one extracurricular activity during the school year. Once a student has enrolled in an activity he/she is expected to attend all practices and meetings for the duration of that activity. Activities for grades 7 and 8—volleyball, football, cross country, basketball, and track. Activities for grades 5-8—band, choir, student council.
The student council is an elected body of students chosen by the students of IKM-Manning Middle School. Membership consists of 8th grade students who attended leadership camp, and 4 students each from 5th, 6th, and 7th grade. The Student Council members are elected annually by their grade level peers. The purpose of the student council is to represent the ideals of good citizenship and the best interests of the student body. The council attempts to foster a spirit of cooperation among students and between students and faculty members, to encourage interest and participation in all the classroom and extracurricular activities of the school, to help stimulate loyalty and school spirit, to provide actual experience in a democratic organization that will train students for future participation in active community service, and to promote the general welfare of the student body. Student Council is responsible for variety of activities: Wolf Pack, social events like fun nights, dances, holiday observances, homecoming, plus others.
Assembly programs may be provided throughout the school year. The programs evolve around student talent, paid outside talent, and speakers from the community. Students are to enter the gym in an orderly manner and take their seats immediately. Prompt attention should be given when the person in charge appears. Do nothing to disturb others or mar their enjoyment of the program. Applaud properly. Stamping, whistling or shouting is never good applause. It is not a compliment to the entertainer, and it reflects discredit upon the school.
An activity ticket costs $30.00, which allows students admission into games and music concerts at a reduced cost. Activity tickets are optional for grades 5-8. Duplicate activity tickets cost $1.00. The activity ticket is not valid for the school play, the musical, or state or conference activities when IKM-Manning does not keep all gate receipts. The activity fee helps finance extracurricular activities and helps with the purchase of awards granted at the awards program in the spring. In addition, the ticket is also an ID card to allow you to be admitted to out-of-town games at student prices.
Students should deposit money into their account in the office before 8:15 a.m. on any school day. The cost of school lunches may be changed at any time by the Board of Education when deemed necessary. Daily lunch is K-4th $2.60, 20 days for $52, 5th-12th $2.70, 20 days $54. Extra milk is $.35. Breakfast is $1.55 daily and $45.00 for 20 days.
- When an account reaches $0 the student is informed.
- When the account reaches negative $5, a call may be made to the parent/guardian or a letter sent home.
- If the account reaches negative $10, the students will not be able to purchase a hot meal but will be provided something to eat, i.e. peanut butter sandwich.
- Cash will be accepted daily on a meal-by-meal basis until charges are paid.
School insurance is made available through a local insurance agency. Every athlete, student manager and cheerleader is required to have some form of adequate insurance protection.
TEXTBOOK/SUPPLEMENTARY INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGY FEE $45.00 per student and/or $75.00 per family school year. Technology financial obligations and information will be discussed with parents/students annually.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASS FAILURE POLICY/SUMMER SCHOOL
- If a student fails three or more academic classes for the year, he/she will repeat the grade.
- If a student fails one semester of a core class during the school year he/she will have the opportunity to learn the material and pass the class(es) during summer school. Students will attend summer school during the month of June to complete the coursework. Students successfully attending and passing the summer class(es) will be promoted to the next grade. Students not passing the required class(es) will not be promoted to the next grade.
- When computing the year-end grade, the two semester percentages will be averaged. However, if any one of the two semester grades is an “F” because of incomplete work, the year’s grade will be an “F”. See Incomplete Work policy, page 11.
SEVENTH AND EIGHTH GRADE PARTIES AND DANCES
Parties and dances for seventh and eighth grade students are limited to IKM-Manning Middle School 7th and 8th grade students. These activities must be sponsored by at least two class sponsors and students are expected to conduct themselves as follows:
- Activities must be approved by the principal in advance. Approval must be requested at least two weeks in advance.
- Activities will last from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Friday evenings. If any other school day is the last day of the school week the above time applies.
- No admission to the activity will be allowed after 30 minutes from the scheduled starting time.
- No student will be allowed to leave the site until the scheduled time for dismissal. Exception—parent picking up child.
- Everyone in attendance is expected to abide by all state laws, local ordinances and the IKM-Manning School rules and any special rules established for this particular activity.
IKM-Manning Middle School students are subject to the following academic eligibility provision:
Current quarter grades are checked weekly in all classes on the first student attendance day of each week. If a student is failing two or more classes, or has been dropped for attendance reasons from two or more academic classes for the quarter, they may not participate in performances, games, contests, or activities that week beginning the day after grades are checked and running through the day of the next grade check.
IKM-Manning Community Schools Good Conduct Policy
Student Eligibility for Extracurricular Activities
The Boards of Directors of the IKM-Manning Community School District offers a variety of voluntary activities designed to enhance the classroom education of its students. Students who participate in extracurricular or co-curricular activities serve as ambassadors of the school throughout the calendar year, whether away from or at school. Students who wish to exercise the privilege of participating in extracurricular or co-curricular activities must conduct themselves in accordance with board policy and must refrain from activities that are illegal, immoral, unhealthy, or highly inappropriate. Participation in school activities is a privilege, conditioned upon meeting the eligibility criteria established by the board, administration, and individual activity coaches and sponsors. The Principal shall keep records of violations of the Good Conduct Rule. A student may be legal under the law but in violation of Board policy.
The following activities are covered by the board's policy and these rules:
Athletics, instrumental and vocal music performances and contests, drama productions, speech contests, FFA, National Honor Society, all co-curricular clubs and activities, all honorary and elected offices (e.g., Homecoming, Winter Dance Royalty, class officer, student government officer or representative), state contests and performances for cheerleading and drill team, or any other activity where the student represents the school outside the classroom. Students will be under the jurisdiction of these rules starting the first school day of their 7th grade year and will remain under them during the school year and summer months until they have completed their grades 7-12 school eligibility.
Good Conduct Rule
To retain eligibility for participation in IKM-Manning extracurricular or co-curricular activities students must conduct themselves as good citizens both in and out of school at all times. Students who represent the school in an activity are expected to serve as good role models to other students and to the members of the community.
A student will be found to be in violation of the District’s Good Conduct Rule if the violation is observed by a staff member or a law enforcement official, the student admits the violation, or the violation is supported by substantial evidence as presented in a judicial or administrative proceeding. Any student who, after a hearing at which the student shall be confronted with the allegation, the basis of the allegation, and given an opportunity to tell the student’s side, is found to have violated the school’s Good Conduct Rule will be deemed ineligible for a period of time, as described below. Each case will be decided on its merits by the school administration but in no case will the punishment exceed the competition/performance withholding as written in the Penalties portion of this policy.
A student may lose eligibility under the Good Conduct Rule for any of the following behaviors:
A. possession, consumption, or purchase of tobacco products, regardless of the student's age;
B. possession, consumption, or purchase of alcoholic beverages, including beer and wine;
C. possession, use, purchase, or attempted sale/purchase of illegal drugs, or the unauthorized possession, use, purchase, or attempted sale/purchase of otherwise lawful drugs;
D. engaging in any act that would be grounds for arrest or citation in the criminal or juvenile court system (excluding minor offenses such as traffic or hunting/fishing, violations), regardless of whether the student was cited, arrested, convicted, or adjudicated for the act(s);
E. exceedingly inappropriate or offensive conduct such as assaulting staff or students, gross insubordination (talking back or refusing to cooperate with authorities), serious hazing or harassment of others. NOTE: This could include group conduct;
F. Students suspended from school, class, or study hall for disciplinary reasons are automatically ineligible during the time of suspension. If the suspension carries through a weekend, the student will be ineligible during that weekend.
If a student transfers in from another Iowa school or school district and the student had not yet completed a period of ineligibility for a violation of a Good Conduct Rule in the previous school, the student shall be ineligible if the administration determines that there is general knowledge in our school district of the fact of the student's misconduct or violation in the previous district.
Any student who, after a hearing before the administration, is found to have violated the Good Conduct Rule, during the school year or summer, is subject to a loss of eligibility as follows:
First Offense: - The student will be ineligible from competition or performance in any extracurricular or co-curricular activity for a period of four (4) weeks.
Second Offense: - The student will be ineligible from competition or performance in any extracurricular or co-curricular activity for a period of eight (8) weeks.
Third or More Offense: - The student will be ineligible from competition or performance in any extracurricular or co-curricular activity for a period of twelve (12) calendar months.
The period of ineligibility attaches immediately upon a finding of a violation and runs without interruption until completed .(Exception: see Violations Occurring During Ineligibility) An ineligible student may attend all practices or rehearsals at the activity director’s discretion but may not "suit up" nor perform/participate.
Any student in violation of the Good Conduct Rule who is not involved in extracurricular activities as a participant or ceases to be a participant during the period of ineligibility will fall under the Spectator Behavior Rule. The student will not be allowed to attend school sponsored competitions or performances held in the district for the length of time stated above.
1. An ineligible student may not be elected to activities including but not limited to student council, class officers, royalty, etc. Students who are already class officers or student council members are subject to removal from those positions at the discretion of the activity director or student members.
2. A student may return to the “first offense” status by not being in violation, for 12 months, of paragraphs A through E of the Behavior section. A student may only invoke this provision once during their grades 7-12 school career.
3. Students who participate in the student activities program are subject to the policies of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, the Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union, the Iowa High School Music Association, the FFA State Organization, and the Iowa High School Speech Association.
4. The guidelines stated in this policy are the penalties that must be enforced by all activity directors/coaches/sponsors. Each activity director/coach/sponsor has the discretion to create their own activity rules, which may be in addition to the Good Conduct Rule, but may not be inconsistent with the Good Conduct Rule. These rules must be on file with the principal and participants must be given these rules at the onset of the activity. An activity director/coach/sponsor retains the authority to dismiss a student from their program for being disruptive, uncooperative or for being a negative influence to the success of the activity.
Violations Occurring During Ineligibility:
If a student is ineligible at the time of a violation of the Good Conduct Rule, the penalty for the violation will not begin until the student regains eligibility. Example: A student academically ineligible for a semester is found to have been in possession of tobacco, a Good Conduct Rule violation. When the student is again academically eligible, the penalty attaches. Example: A student violates the Good Conduct Rule and is ruled ineligible for four weeks. While ineligible, the student again violates the Rule. The second penalty attaches when the first penalty is completed.
There will be no academic consequences for the violation (e.g., detention, suspension, expulsion from school, or grade reduction/withholding) unless the violation of the Good Conduct Rule occurred (a) on school grounds, (b) at a school event regardless of location, or (c) the violation has a direct and immediate negative impact on the efficient operation of the school despite occurring off school grounds/time.
Determination and Appeal Process:
A student who has allegedly violated the Good Conduct Rule will be notified of the alleged violation of the Good Conduct Rule, the information that supports the allegations and will be given an opportunity to respond. Upon a review of all the evidence and circumstances, the Principal will make a decision regarding the alleged violation of the Good Conduct Rule. If the Principal determines that the student has violated the Good Conduct Rule the Principal will then determine a period of ineligibility.
Whenever a student is declared ineligible under the Good Conduct Rule, the following procedures shall apply:
1. A conference, scheduled by the Principal, will be held with the Principal and the student. The student has the option to have parents or guardians present during any eligibility procedures, providing it is done within 24 hours of the initial student/administrator discussion. At that time, the length of the period of ineligibility and a specific explanation of the reasons for the ineligibility will be discussed. The offense and the consequences will thereafter be put in writing and sent to the student and parent(s)/guardian(s). If the student or parent(s)/guardian(s) do not wish to appeal the ineligibility decision, the Principal’s decision will be in effect and considered final.
2. If the student or his/her parent(s)/guardian(s) wish to appeal the decision of the principal, they may appeal the Principal’s decision to the Superintendent. The request for the appeal must be received by the Superintendent, in writing, within three (3) business days of the date on which the student was declared ineligible by the Principal. The Superintendent shall consider the circumstances and evidence of the case and shall make a decision which will be communicated in writing to the student, parent(s)/guardian(s) and Principal. The decision of the Superintendent shall be made within seven (7) business days following the date on which the appeal was received.
3. If the student or parent(s)/guardian(s) wish to appeal the Superintendent’s decision, they must do so in writing to the Board of Education within three (3) business days of the receipt of the Superintendent’s decision. The appeal shall be heard by the Board at the earliest feasible opportunity, but no later than seven (7) business days following the date on which the appeal was received by the Board Secretary.
4. The Board shall schedule a special meeting for the purpose of conducting a formal hearing with all individuals involved. At the hearing, both the student and his/her parent(s) and the administration will have an opportunity to meet and present evidence and information in support of their position. The appeal will be conducted in closed session unless the student or parent(s)/guardian(s) request that it be conducted in open session. However, any formal action by the Board of Directors must be taken at an open meeting. The Board shall issue a written decision after the hearing, which includes findings of fact and conclusions. If the Board of Directors reverses the decision of the administration, the student shall be immediately eligible and shall have any record of ineligibility period and violation deleted from the student’s record.
5.During the appeal procedure the student will be ineligible from participating in any extracurricular or co-curricular activities.