Handbook

Last Updated: 9/10/2020 4:57 PM

 

MADISON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL

STUDENT HANDBOOK

2021-2022

 

Mr. Wade Carlson

Principal

 

Mrs. Heather LaRue

Assistant Principal

 

Mr. Steve Gentile

Assistant Principal

 

134 Madison Ave

Rexburg, ID 83440

Telephone: (208) 359-3310

FAX: (208) 372-0105

E-mail address: CARLSONW@msd321.com



 

OFFICE STAFF

Mrs. Kellae Thompson …………………………..Principal’s Secretary/Registrar

Mrs. Nicole Stucki        ………………….............Accounts

Mrs. Tiffanie Clark …………………………..……Attendance / Greet

 

COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

Ms. Elisa Gee .………………………………………..……………………………Counselor

Mr. Nick Allison ….………………………………………………………………….Counselor

Mrs. Ellon Chase............................................................................................Counselor

Mrs. Tiffany Carey…………………………………………..………..…...Career Counselor

 

FACULTY

See district website for list of entire faculty with email contact information.




 

SCHOOL SONG

 

We are here for Madison, the school we love so dear.

Stand in pride, let glory rise, as we fight for victory!

(BEAT RIGBY!)

We will raise our spirit high, as we help our team to fight.

RED—WHITE will fight tonight as the Bobcats show their might.

M - A - D - I - S - O - N

Madison!    Madison!    Madison!

 

BELL SCHEDULE

 

Period

1

Announcements

2

3

1st Lunch

2nd Lunch

3

4

5

Time

8:40 – 9:50

9:50 - 9:55

10:00 – 11:10

11:15 – 12:25

11:10 – 11:40

12:25 – 12:55

11:45 – 12:55

1:00 – 2:10

2:15 – 3:25

BELL SCHEDULE (EARLY OUT FRIDAYS)

Period

1

Announcements

2

3

1st Lunch

2nd Lunch

3

4

5

Time

8:40 – 9:37

9:37 - 9:42

9:47 – 10:44

10:49 – 11:46

10:44 – 11:14

11:46 – 12:16

11:19 – 12:16

12:21 – 1:18

1:23 – 2:20


Mission Statement

We will ensure a quality education by focusing on academic success, instilling a love for learning and preparing all students as productive citizens.

 

Guiding Principles

Education is the foundation for success

Effective teaching is essential

All students are valued and deserve opportunities to learn

All students have a unique capacity to learn

We will instill personal responsibility in the students as a primary factor in academic success

We will provide a safe, respectful and caring learning environment

We believe education is a collaborative effort involving the school, home and community

We believe in nurturing the whole child

 

EQUAL EDUCATION, NONDISCRIMINATION

AND SEX EQUALITY

 

In compliance with federal regulations, Madison School District follows policy #3280 – Equal Education, Nondiscrimination and Sex Equality.  

 

RELEASED TIME PRIVILEGE

 

Students are under the jurisdiction of the school for the entire school day. The only exception to this is for students who participate in a “release time” program. Students, who have been granted release time and are not at their assigned “release time” program, will be dealt with as if truant from school and their privileges may be revoked.

 

DRUG TESTING POLICY

 

This district expects that students who are provided with the opportunity to engage in district-sponsored sporting and other extra-curricular activities as representatives of the district will be drug and alcohol free during their participation in these activities. By honoring this standard, students in this district that are engaged in interscholastic sporting and other extra-curricular events will decrease their chances of being injured as well as demonstrate to the rest of the student body their willingness to be drug and alcohol free and their desire to be worthy representatives of the student body.

 

Drug testing will be for the express purposes of:

The health and safety of all students participating in extra-curricular activities.

The prevention of student involvement with drugs and alcohol.

Undermining the effects of peer pressure by providing specific reasons for students to refuse involvement with drugs and alcohol.

Possible intervention with and help for students involved with drugs and alcohol by encouraging those involved to seek treatment or rehabilitation.

This district has implemented a drug testing policy to insure that those students who participate in sporting and other extra-curricular activities are free from the effects of illegal drugs and alcohol while engaging in such district sponsored activities.

       Any student in grades six through twelve participating in interscholastic athletic programs sponsored by the district and the Idaho High School Activities Association and/or any student whose participation in an extra-curricular activity requires that student to leave school grounds as a representative of the district may be required to be tested.

       Students can be tested during the Fall, Winter, Spring or year-round sport or activity from the first allowable day of practice or activity as determined by the IHSAA or the official school sponsor of the activity to the last day designated for that activity.

       Parents who would like a complete copy of the district policy may obtain one from the District Office.


DRESS POLICY

 

Dress Policy

Madison High School provides a general dress code for our students. It is not the intent of this school to single out, harass or discriminate against any student regardless of their race, color, age, gender, or religion. This school has the obligation to provide a safe, friendly, and positive learning environment for each and every student, as well as, the teachers. This dress code is intended to help promote a positive learning environment during the school year and items listed below may not be worn or possessed by students attending Madison High School. This list is not to be considered all-inclusive and may be revised as needed.  This policy includes participation during PE and weights classes.

 

●         Halter-tops, tube-tops, tank-tops, backless-tops, tops with thin or no straps

●         Shirts or tops that are sleeveless or “muscle” shirts, see through or fish net, low cut, or half shirts

●         Clothing or accessories with any offensive or obscene symbols, slogans, or words. This will include any clothing that advertises alcoholic beverages, tobacco, illegal drugs or clothing that suggest or depict any negative, disruptive, obscene, explicit, racial, gang, violence, or sexist by sign, word, slogan, picture, advertisement etc. Clothing that allows underwear to be exposed or where underwear is typically worn

●         No sagging pants will be allowed. All pants are to be worn at the waist

●         Sunglasses may not be worn inside the building

●         Any clothing that has excessive holes or rips above mid-thigh

●         Shorts, cutoffs or skirts cannot be higher than mid-thigh

●         Students must have shoes on at all times in the building

●         Clothing or accessories that are deemed to be unsafe

●         No full-faced masks (including Halloween or extracurricular events) or face paint covering more than               ¼ of the face

 

A student whose dress disrupts the educational process will be subject to appropriate discipline. The administration has the option to send the student home to change or give them a temporary replacement until school ends.



 

PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION

 

The expression of feelings of affection between two individuals should not interfere with others around them.  Therefore, let good taste and respect for others be a guideline for public displays of feelings in relationships.  Being overly affectionate in schools is not good taste and may lead to disciplinary action.

 

TRANSCRIPT/GRADING POLICY

 

Once a grade is on a transcript (class is completed) the grade cannot be dropped. The only way to change a grade on a transcript is to retake the exact same class.  An “F” grade is given when a student exceeds the 8 allowable absences in a trimester or loses credit because of unverified or unexcused absences. (For the 2020 school year, in contending with Covid-19, attendance will be evaluated on an individual basis.

 

CLASS CHANGE POLICY

With the start of the new ClassChoice program, students have the opportunity and power to change their schedule during the spring registration and up to the beginning of the school year.  Once the school year begins, there should be no class changes needed.  Any exceptions for extenuating circumstances and/or errors in the schedule, will be changed on a case-by-case basis and with approval from an administrator.


 COUNSELING

 

All students have access to a Counselor: ie: career, personal and academic.


GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

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Credits Toward Graduation

         

 

CREDIT CRITERIA for ENROLLING at MADISON HIGH

 

Ninth Grade

To continue on in the third trimester at Madison Jr. High, a student must successfully complete 6 credits from the previous two trimesters. Students who fail to meet the six credit requirement will be required to enroll at Central High School.  For a student to be enrolled at Madison High School, a student must successfully complete 11 credits from their 9th grade year. Students who don’t have 11 credits by August 1 will be required to enroll at Central High School for at least the first trimester to get caught up and earn sufficient credit to qualify for enrollment at Madison High School.

 

Options:

Students who do not have the required credits each year have the following options:

 
  1. Complete classes through an accredited online service (Madison Online/ Accelerate Education or other online option)

  2. Complete classes while attending Central High School.

  3. Take summer school classes (limited to 2 credits)

  4. Covid-19 exceptions

 

TEACHER AIDE CREDITS

Only two credits of T.A. (office, library or teacher aide) are allowed for graduation.

 

STUDENT ATTENDANCE POLICY

Purpose

The intent of an attendance policy is to encourage students in their attendance at school. Students should be absent only for legitimate, verifiable reasons.

 

Verifiable Absences

It is the responsibility of the student and parent/guardian to verify all absences when the student is gone. Students at Madison Junior High School will be allowed no more than eight verifiable absences in each class period in each trimester. (*Changed for the 2020 school year) All absences must be appropriately cleared with the school office within two days of the actual absence. Contacting the school does not change the fact that a student was absent, only that it was for a legitimate reason. If a student misses more than 10 minutes of a class, the tardy will be marked as an absence. Unverified absences not appropriately cleared may be treated as a sluff and in-school suspension or suspension could result.

 

Exception to the Eight Day Rule

  1. Major or chronic illness verified in writing by a physician.

  2. School sponsored activities.

  3. Work release permits as part of the annual harvest.

 

Consequences of Excessive Absences

Excessive absences (8 or more) (*Changed for the 2020 school year) could also prohibit a student from participating in activities that take place during the day in which it would not be in their best interest to be absent from class instruction.

 

Truancies

A truancy is defined as follows:

  1. The student is in the school building but is not in attendance at a regularly scheduled class without permission of the teacher or the school office. Parental permission is not valid when a student misses a class and remains on school grounds. It is mandatory to receive permission from the teacher of the class you are leaving or permission from the office.

  2. The student leaves the school building without prior approval by the parent or guardian (given by phone or written note) and without checking out through the office.

 

Makeup Privileges

Students are required to make up all work missed for all absences. Students will be allowed two days make-up time for each absence to complete the missed work on the days they were absent. Additional time may be granted at the teacher’s discretion for extenuating circumstances.

 

Attendance Final Day

For the 2021-2022 school year Attendance Final Day will be a day at the end of the trimester for students to come to school and makeup work or retake tests to improve their grades. 

At the conclusion of every trimester, students who have good grades are rewarded by not having to come to school on the last day of the trimester. On Attendance Final Day, students with low grades need to come to the courses in which their grades are lower than 60%.  Students need to come to the class at the assigned class time.  Busses will run as normal; school lunch will not be served.

Attendance Finals:

In order to give incentives for students to improve their grades and attendance in school the following procedures have been implemented:

Students who meet all of the following criteria have the option of taking or skipping the attendance final day: 

* 5 or fewer absences per class

* 3 or less tardies per class

* No grades below 60%

There will be no restriction on days students miss for school excused activities. If a student elects not to take the final, he or she does not have to attend class on the day the final has been scheduled. Students may elect to take the final to raise their grades. If a student is caught sluffing/skipping in one or more classes, they will take finals for all classes. Attendance finals will be given on the last day of the first and second trimester and a date to be determined in the third trimester. Teachers have the ability to determine what the attendance final includes, and may allow this to be worth up to 5% of the trimester grade.

 

Absence / Tardy Limits

 

1 Truancy                All attendance finals must be taken.

4 Tardies                 Attendance final must be taken in that class.

6 Absences             Attendance finals must be taken in that class.

9 Absences             Credit will be lost.


Notification Responsibility of the School

  1. The school will make this policy available to all students and parents at the beginning of each school year and/or upon enrollment of the student for the first time.

  2. Upon the occurrence of the fifth absence, the student’s parent or guardian will be notified. Upon the eighth absence, the parent or guardian will be notified and a copy of the attendance policy will be provided.

 

Right of Appeal

The secondary attendance policy will be administered by the administration of Madison Junior High School. Any appeal from the decisions of the school administration will go first to the assistant superintendent of schools. Any appeal from the decision of the assistant superintendent of schools will go to the Board of Trustees.


Leaving School

Students who need to leave school for any reason need to check out through the office. Failure to check out could result in truancy. Students should come to the office before class to get a “Permit to leave” slip which they can show to their teachers to allow them to get out of class early. It is not a reasonable request to call and ask that a student meet the parents out front in 10 minutes. In addition, during lunchtime students may leave with their parent/guardian. Madison Junior High is a closed campus. 

 

DISCIPLINE POLICY

 

School personnel will strive to secure individual and group discipline, but should not tolerate insubordination, lack of proper respect, or improper conduct on the part of a student or students. Such conduct will result in disciplinary action and may lead to suspension or expulsion. School personnel should, in turn, extend to students the same respect and courtesy which they, as employees, have the right to demand. Supervisory personnel must afford students due process prior to taking disciplinary action. Cutting or reducing grades is not acceptable disciplinary action. Students are charged with the responsibility of abiding by accepted standards of good conduct and discipline while on school property, while participating in any school function or activity, private conveyance or walking. All teachers and/or supervisory personnel are charged with the responsibility of knowing district policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the school district, regulations of the State Board of Education, and the state and city laws.

MINOR OFFENSES – CLASS I

Class I Offenses should be dealt with, where possible, at the level of occurrence. Referral of student misconduct to higher school authority should occur only if the misconduct persists after appropriate intervention of school personnel, including the following:

  1. ASSAULT OR HARASSMENT OF STUDENT. Defined as the intentional threat by word or act to do violence to another student, combined with an apparent ability to do so, and creating a well-founded fear that such violence is imminent.

  2. INTENTIONALLY PROVIDING FALSE INFORMATION TO A SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEE. Defined as giving false information relating to student informational data and school related data.

  3. USING PROFANE OR OBSCENE LANGUAGE, CONDUCT AND/OR GESTURES.

  4. ILLEGAL ORGANIZATION. Defined as participation in fraternities, sororities and secret societies.

  5. NONCONFORMITY TO DRESS CODE. Defined as rules and regulations of dress standards set forth by each building. Found on page 7.

  6. UNAUTHORIZED ABSENCE FROM CLASS OR SCHOOL. Truancy/Sluffing School. (Refer to Page 11)

  7. EXCESSIVE TARDINESS.

  8. MINOR DISRUPTION ON A SCHOOL BUS.

  9. INAPPROPRIATE PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION.

  10. EXCESSIVE DISTRACTION OF OTHER STUDENTS. Defined as any behavior which disrupts the orderly educational process in the classroom or other school functions.

  11. Lighters are also prohibited at Madison Jr. High. Any lighters found at the school become the property of the school.

  12. ANY OTHER VIOLATION WHICH THE ADMINISTRATOR REASONABLY DEEMS TO FALL WITHIN THIS CATEGORY.

CLASS I DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS:

First Offense:       Conference and parental contact when warranted. Specific circumstances may warrant disciplinary action outlined under subsequent offenses.

Subsequent Offense: In-school disciplinary action, such as probation, detention, requiring work for restitution, requiring extra school work not related to the academic subjects, or in-school suspension, at the discretion of the administrator. Special circumstances may warrant referral to the superintendent or designee.

(Note: Circumstances make consequences flexible)

 

INTERMEDIATE OFFENSE – CLASS II

Some Class II offenses may be dealt with at the level of occurrence by appropriate school personnel under the same guidelines set forth in Class I Offenses.

  1. BATTERY UPON STUDENTS. Intentionally using physical force or striking another student against the will of the other, or intentionally causing bodily harm to an individual.

  2. DEFIANCE OF SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEE AUTHORITY. Any verbal or nonverbal refusal to comply with a lawful direction of a school district employee or volunteer worker.

  3. USE OF OBSCENE MANIFESTATIONS (VERBAL, WRITTEN OR GESTURES) TOWARD ANOTHER PERSON.

  4. POSSESSION AND/OR USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS OR PARAPHENALIA. Possession on the person, in the locker or desk, or in other effects of the student.

  5. SIMPLE ASSAULT ON SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEE. The act of threatening by word or deed to do violence to the person of an employee, coupled with the apparent ability to do so and the commission of some act which creates a well-formed fear that violence is imminent.

  6. STEALING, LARCENY, PETTY THEFT. The intentional unlawful taking, concealing, and/or removal of property valued at less than $100.00 belonging to, or in the lawful possession or custody of another.

  7. POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY. Defined as person in possession of property has knowledge that it is stolen.

  8. TRESPASSING. Willfully entering or remaining in any structure, conveyance, or property without being authorized, licensed, or invited; or having been warned by an authorized person to depart, refusing to do so.

  9. VANDALISM. Intentional action resulting in injury or damages of less than $100.00 to public property or the real personal property of another.

  10. FIGHTING. Any physical conflict between two or more individuals or observing and/or encouraging the physical conflict without the attempt to break it up or inform authorities.

  11. POSSESSION AND/OR IGNITING OF FIREWORKS.

  12. THREATS, EXTORTION. Malicious written or verbal threat of injury to the person, property or reputation of another, with the intent to extort money or any pecuniary advantage whatsoever; or with intent to compel the person threatened, or any other person, to do any act or refrain from doing any act against his/her will.

  13. OFFENSIVE TOUCHING OF ANOTHER PERSON.

  14. WRITTEN OR VERBAL REFERENCE TO OR PROPOSITIONS TO ENGAGE IN SEXUAL ACTS.

  15. INCITING TO RIOT OR UNAPPROVED ASSEMBLY.

  16. ANY OTHER VIOLATION WHICH THE ADMINISTRATOR REASONABLY DEEMS TO FALL WITHIN THIS CATEGORY.

CLASS II DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS:

First: Parental contact and in-school suspension and/or extended work assignments before or after school and/or suspension for 1-3 days. Any school properties damaged or destroyed by the student will be reimbursed to the school by the student.

Subsequent Offenses: Suspension for 3-5 school days. Special circumstances may warrant a recommendation for expulsion. If so recommended, the expulsion procedures listed will be followed. Any monetary loss to the school incurred by the actions of the student will be reimbursed to the school by the student.

Note: Circumstances make consequences flexible.

MAJOR OFFENSES – CLASS III

All Class III Offenses should be immediately referred to higher school authority after appropriate action has been taken at the level of occurrence to improve conditions if such action is necessary.

  1. AGGRAVATED BATTERY. Intentionally causing great bodily harm, disability or permanent disfigurement; use of a deadly weapon.

  2. DISCHARGING ANY PISTOL, RIFLE, SHOTGUN, AIR GUN OR ANY SUCH DEVICE. THERE WILL BE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR GUNS OR WEAPONS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY.

  3. POSSESSION OF WEAPONS. Any instrument, article, or substance which under the circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used, or threatened to be used, is readily capable of causing serious physical injury or death.

  4. FAKE OR TOY WEAPONS. Under certain circumstances, trying to judge the authenticity of a weapon could be a serious matter and could result in a dangerous situation.

  5. DRUGS. Unauthorized possession, transfer, use or sale of drugs, drug paraphernalia, or alcoholic beverages.

  6. BATTERY UPON SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEE. The actual unlawful, intentional use of physical force or striking of an employee or volunteer worker against his/her will, or the intentional causing of bodily harm to an employee or volunteer worker.

  7. ARSON. The willful and malicious burning of any part of a building or its contents.

  8. STEALING, LARCENY, GRAND THEFT. The intentional, unlawful taking, concealing and/or carrying away of property valued at $100.00 or more belonging to, or in the lawful possession or custody of another.

  9. ROBBERY. The taking of money or property from the person or custody of another by force, violence or assault.

  10. BURGLARY OF SCHOOL PROPERTY. Entering or remaining in a structure or conveyance with the intent to remove property, money or other valuables from the premises.

  11. CRIMIANL MISCHIEF. Willful and malicious injury or damages at or in excess of $100.00 to public property, or to real or personal property belonging to another.

  12. INCITING OR PARTICIPATING IN MAJOR STUDENT DISORDER. Leading, encouraging, or assisting in major disruptions which result in destruction or damage of private or public property or personal injury to participants or others.

  13. EXPLOSIVES. Preparing, possessing or igniting on school district property explosives likely to cause serious bodily injury or property damage.

  14. BOMB THREATS. Any such communication to a school district employee which has the effect of interrupting the educational environment.

  15. SEXUAL ACTS. Acts of a sexual nature, including but not limited to battery, intercourse, attempted rape, or rape.

  16. EXTORTION. The carrying out of a threat against an employee which causes the victim either to comply with demands or to suffer the results of the threat for noncompliance to demands made with the intent to extort money or any financial advantage whatsoever.

  17. ANY OTHER OFFENSE WHICH THE ADMINISTRATOR MAY REASONABLY DEEM TO FALL WITHIN THIS CATEGORY.

CLASS III DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS:                       Suspension and recommendation for expulsion by the school administrator, as authorized in the procedures outline. Pending final determination of the matter by the school board and in compliance with state and federal law where applicable, the school may request extensions of the allowed five (5) day suspension in accordance with state law. (Idaho Code 33-205)

The student will be responsible for any property loss to the school through his/her action.

Note: Circumstances make consequences flexible. Because all schools are different, each school is to set its own standards on discipline procedures. The foregoing are recommendations of the board of trustees, and should serve each school as a guide to parameters that are acceptable in the disciplining of students.

PROCEDURE FOR DUE PROCESS                                               

   All students will be accorded rights as guaranteed under the Constitution. When an incident of misconduct occurs, a student shall be given written or verbal notice of charges and an opportunity to present their version of the incident. Supervisors must give each student the opportunity to defend the charges of misconduct prior to disciplinary action. Such procedures must be reasonable, fair, and lead to reliable determination of the factual issues involved. Students will be advised of their right of appeal. This appeal should be handled through the proper line of authority which is building principal first, the district administrator second and then to the local Board of Trustees as the final appeal.

 

COMPUTER USE

Computers within the school that are available for student use should be used for enhancing or completing classroom assignments. These computers should not be used for leisure or entertainment. Students are allowed to use the central computer network following the same rules listed above. Any unauthorized use of the computers (abuse of passwords, tampering with, hacking, etc.) will be dealt with as a Class III disciplinary issue by the administration.


OFF CAMPUS EVENTS

 

Students at school sponsored off-campus events shall be subject to all rules and regulations. For activities requiring bus transportation, students must ride the bus to the activity, unless there are extenuating circumstances and the coach/advisor gives permission. Students who ride the school bus to off-campus events must return on that bus unless the PARENT is there at events and personally contacts the person in charge and takes their son/daughter with them.


PHONE CALLS/MESSAGES/DELIVERIES

 

The office telephones are business phones and should be used by students for emergencies only. Parents should not call students except in cases of real emergency. Messages of emergency will be taken to the classroom. Student to student messages are not delivered by the office. Prior to bringing a delivery to the office, it is asked that the delivery be prepared with the first and last name of the student clearly labeled and adhered to the delivery. While every effort is made to place deliveries and messages, circumstances may prohibit delivery. For Valentine's Day, no presents will be left in the office, nor will presents be delivered to students. Gifts and presents should be given to children at your home. 

 

FEES

Registration fees should be paid the day of registration. Classroom fees should be paid within two weeks after each trimester begins. Fees should be paid in the office to Mrs. Crane. Receipts should be kept the whole year. 

 

CELL PHONES

 

It shall be the policy of Madison Junior High School that students may not utilize cellular phones for calls or text messaging, paging devices or any other personal communication devices in classrooms unless otherwise permitted by the classroom teacher. Students may use their cell phones before school, during lunch, and after school. Each individual teacher has their own policy regarding the use of cell phones in their class. If the teacher deems the use of a cell phone inappropriate or against their classroom policy, the cell phone will be confiscated and given to the front office. 


PLAGIARISM/CHEATING IN SCHOOL POLICY

 

Plagiarism includes any incident in which students claim to have done original work when in fact, they have not. Plagiarism of any type will not be tolerated. Penalties for this offense or any other form of cheating could include a decrease in grade and/or failure for the class. Any student who encourages plagiarism by showing his/her work on an assignment to another student will be subject to the same penalties.