6th, 7th, & 8th Grade Magnet Contract


Middle School

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Grades 6-8

Cesar Chavez Middle School

Richardson PREP HI

Rodriguez PREP Academy

 

GENERAL ACADEMIC CRITERIA

The SBCUSD middle school magnet programs stress a close, cooperative relationship between students, parents, and school personnel. The primary vision is to provide a positive, supportive, and secure environment in which to develop responsibility and self-discipline for academic and social excellence within a framework of a contractual agreement between staff, parents, and students. This contract specifies standards for student conduct, attendance and academics . Violations of the contract are investigated by administration and reviewed by the Intervention Team, composed of teachers, administrators, support staff and a counselor. Students violating the contract are placed on probation. Continued violations may result in termination of the student's contract and the student returning to his or her home school or having to exit a specific program.

CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS FOR ACADEMICS

Students are subject to Contract cancellation according to the following criteria:

1. All students must maintain a minimum of 15 grade points (2.0 GPA) during the

Designated Grading Periods of progress report 2, semester 1, progress report 6, and semester 2 or they will be placed on probation until the next Designated Grading Period. Grade points will be awarded on the following scale using the academic grade given for each course: A= 4 points, B = 3 points, C = 2 points, D = 1 point and F = zero points.

2. Students will be placed on academic probation if they have three or more F's in any core

academic subject area during the Designated Grading Periods. Students placed on probation for any reason (academic, attendance or behavioral) during the fourth quarter or are receiving a failing grade in any class at the time of the activity will be restricted from incentive (non-academic) field trips, end-of-year activities (examples include 8th grade trip, Disneyland, Fiesta Village, incentive events/activities, etc.) During the activities, the students will be given assignments to work toward grade-level promotion.

3. In order to allow students to focus on academics during the probationary period,

students are restricted from participating in ALL extracurricular activities (e.g. ASB dances, skating parties, field trips, sports, incentive activities, etc.), but are able to earn their way out of the probationary period.

4. Students on academic probation will be offered appropriate intervention.

HOMEWORK POLICY

Teachers will provide homework assignments in order to promote academic excellence and teach responsibility. Homework and projects allows parents to be directly involved in the educational process.

 

Daily homework is to be documented in the student's designated planner. Parents should check the planners and the required homework each evening. It is not uncommon for homework to be assigned five days a week. If no homework is assigned for a particular class, it will be noted in the planner. According to research, students who read 30 minutes each day will advance their reading level quickly.

The amount of homework given is in accordance with the SBCUSD board policy. As a general rule, students may have up to two hours of homework each night. The amount of time allocated to projects and long-term assignments is regulated so that students can work for short increments of time each day. Parent signature may be required on their student's long-term assignments so that they can monitor progress and help their child with time management.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR MATERIALS

It is very important for students to know that it is their responsibility to bring everything they need to school each day. This includes, but is not limited to:

Current Student ID

Bus Passes

Badges

Homework

Books (as appropriate)

Notebook, paper, pens, and other school supplies Sack lunch and/or lunch money

P.E. uniform (7th and 8th graders)

Musical instrument(s)

House keys

Permission slips (e.g., dances, school pictures, field trips, etc.)

Money for fund-raisers and/or school purchases

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL PROMOTION

California Laws, AB 1626 and AB 1639, and the District Promotion Policy 5123 require each middle school student to meet grade level standards in mathematics and language arts. Middle school students who achieve grade level standards will be promoted to the next grade level. Students who fail to meet grade level standards, as indicated by failing grades, or other board- adopted assessments criteria, may not be promoted. Parents/guardians of students at risk of being retained will be notified as early in the school year as possible. The decision to retain is made by grade level team teachers. The parent/guardian may appeal the decision of the teachers by writing a justification for overturning the decision to the principal within five days of final notification of retention.

Students, who are at risk of being retained due to low grades, should take advantage of the various intervention programs available.

CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS FOR BEHAVIOR

As members of the school community family, students are expected to maintain positive and appropriate behavior at all times. Students are responsible for knowing and meeting all Contract obligations. Staff will communicate and teach school wide and classroom expectations throughout the year. Parents/Guardians are an integral part in supporting good conduct and character. The following Contract requirements for behavior must be followed at all times, including to and from school.

1. First and foremost, all students must be responsible for respecting all adults and fellow students and must be cooperative with school authorities. Students are also responsible for respecting the property rights of others.
2. Any behavior disruptive to the educational environment or having the potential to create 
an unsafe or disorderly campus is prohibited as outlined in the school handbook.
3. Fighting will not be tolerated. Students who engage in a fight or a battery upon another student may be subject to a Citation by School Police (Penal Code 415).
4. Continued violations of the dress code will result in a parent notification. On the third letter, a student is referred to the Intervention Team and automatically placed on Level 1 Probation.
5. Students must follow all classroom rules specified by each teacher and must fulfill all 
Contract obligations as set forth by teacher regulations. Examples include: Classroom violations, forging parent signatures and students not returning the signed contract.
6. Any act of cheating, which includes copying without teacher approval or forgery, is 
considered a serious violation of the Contract and will result in strong disciplinary action.
7. Students must treat substitute teachers with respect and obey rules set forth by the 
substitute teacher.
8. Sexual harassment or any other form of harassing behavior will not be tolerated.
9. Students must follow all the provisions of Education Code 48900 and District Policy.

CONTRACT REQUIREMENTS FOR ATTENDANCE

GENERAL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL STUDENTS

California funds schools based on positive attendance. Under state guidelines, all absences (legally excused or otherwise) are deemed to be absences in computing average daily attendance and shall not provide state apportionment payments.

Students are expected to maintain regular attendance and to arrive at school on time (between 7:15 a.m. and 7:35 a.m. on Regular and Minimum Days; and between 9:15 a.m. and 9:40 a.m. on Modified Days). Times are subject to change based on any future calendar or school day modifications by the SBCUSD.

EXCUSED ABSENCES

1. Verbal communication is accepted for medical appointments, funerals, and illnesses. Doctors notes are preferred, but not required.
2. A written note or email is required for personal needs within five school days. Some 
examples of personal needs are: travel, participating in sporting events, observing religious events or holidays, and family vacations.
3. Absences not reported by the fifth school day will be unexcused.
4. When the student accumulates ten or more excused absences the first excessive absences letter will be sent home when the student accumulates ten or more excused absences. 5. When the student accumulates 15 or more excused absences, a 2nd excessive absences letter will be sent home with an appointment for a SART (Student Attendance Review Team) meeting at the school.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

1. Absences without a valid excuse for more than three (3) school days classify a student as being truant by state law (Education Code 48260).
2. Verbal calls for personal needs are considered unexcused until a written note or email is provided within five school days. Some examples of personal needs are: travel, participating in sporting events, observing religious events or holidays, and family vacations.
3. The first truancy letter is sent after a student accumulates three unexcused absences.
4. When the student accumulates six unexcused absences, a second truancy letter is sent home with an appointment for a SART (Student Attendance Review Team) meeting at the school.
5. Students who have missed 10% of the school year are referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) for a meeting.

LATE TO SCHOOL

1. All students who are late to school must obtain tardy permits from the attendance office before going to class.
2. When a parent brings a student to school after 7:35 a
.m., the parent should accompany the student into the office or send a written excuse. Lateness is an unexcused tardy unless there is a legal excuse, such as doctor's appointment.
3. On the fourth unexcused tardy, a student will be referred to the Intervention 
Team for disciplinary action.
4. Students must obtain an early dismissal slip from the attendance office to 
leave school before the end of the school day
5. Three unexcused tardies of 30 minutes or more (sleeping late, late arrival without a parent, etc.) are equivalent to a day of truancy according to state law.

MISSED ASSIGNMENT AND MAKE UP WORK

Students are expected to maintain regular attendance and to be at school on time. Chronic absences and/or tardies may result in a recommendation for cancellation of the student's Contract or an increase in probationary level status. Research shows that an absent student loses valuable instructional time. A majority of the classroom instruction and class work cannot be made up when a student misses school. Classroom instruction is usually sequential in nature-involving both written and oral student participation. It is an unfair expectation that a teacher re-teach a missed lesson to a student who has been absent. Therefore, it is not possible for the student to make up all classroom work or receive credit for it. However, should a student be absent for three consecutive days due to illness, homework assignments (upon request) will be provided to compensate as much as possible for missing classroom grade points due to the excused absence.

If a student is absent for any days, he/she is instructed to contact their "study buddy" or classroom teacher for required homework assignments. Email is often an effective way to contact a teacher for missed assignments. It is the student's responsibility to request make up assignments and to turn them in on time. Per Education Code, the student has the number of day's equivalent to the absence to make up the work. For example, if a student is absent for three days, he/she has three days to make up the missed work. If the student is not able to complete the work within the time allowed, the parent should contact the teacher to make arrangements for an extension.

INDEPENDENT STUDY Independent Study is available for students who know that they will be absent for five or more days. Independent Study cannot replace classroom assignments because of the loss of instruction and group activities. In situations where a student will have a non-illness related absence for five or more days, the school can provide an independent study plan if the parent informs the school about the absence several days in advance. This enables students to get credit for most schoolwork and for attendance in case of a family emergency or other unavoidable reason to be out of town. Students will be assigned one hour of work for each class and the regular homework. Independent Study work is due the day that the student returns, unless a medical excuse from a doctor is provided. Contact the school office for more details or to receive this serve

SCHOOL DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES In order to sustain excellence in academics and provide a safe, orderly, and positive learning environment, Contract expectations are regularly communicated, taught and reinforced through positive rewards and disciplinary consequences. Discipline is firm, fair, consistent, and caring. Parents are regularly communicated with as a key partner in maintaining student success.

IN CLASS DISCIPLINE Teachers encourage positive behavior and utilize corrective measures to remedy inappropriate behavior. Students are clearly and consistently taught classroom rules and procedures. Teachers are primary agents for communicating and enforcing school wide expectations. Depending on the nature of the offense and the level of severity, the following interventions may be administered by teachers and grade level teams.

Verbal correction or re-teaching of missed expectation

Private student conference with teacher

Parent/Guardian contact through Home Referral, which requires the return signature of the Parent/Guardian.

Parent contact by phone or email

Counseling

Loss of privileges from individual teacher or Grade Level Team

Assignment and documentation of violations on classroom contracts

Lowering of citizenship grades

Detentions

Assignments of special tasks

Parent/teacher conference

Team interventions, including Multi-Tier Student Support Team Conference (MTSS)

SCHOOLWIDE DISCIPLINE Any staff member or school official may refer a student to the office for a violation of the Contract. If an infraction is confirmed, administrative action is taken. For minor, non-recurring offenses, administrative action may include a review of Contract requirements, counseling, a letter home indicating a violation, Parent/Guardian contact by phone, school beautification, on campus detentions, or special assignments. A low-level referral may also be written and sent home to with students as a means of documenting the behavior. Serious violations of the Contract, including ongoing defiance will result in a referral to the Intervention Team.

INTERVENTION TEAM Any student may be referred to the Intervention Team for a violation of the Contract, Education Code, District Policy, or for continuing defiance of classroom and/or school wide rules.

This process begins when a student is sent to the office with or without a referral indicating a violation of the Contract. Initially, a student is given the opportunity to share their accounting of what occurred to prompt being sent to the office. Upon investigation of the incident, if the allegation against the student is confirmed, then disciplinary action is taken. If a decision is made to refer a student to the Intervention Team, the following has occurred or will occur prior to the Intervention Team meeting date:

Written Student Statement of the Incident

Investigation of Incident

Review of Facts and Discussion with Student

Review of Contract Violations and Requirements with Student

Student is placed on probation pending Intervention Team meeting

Parent/Guardian Notification

The Intervention Team is comprised of teachers, administrators, and support staff. The Intervention Team meets frequently to review referrals from students who have violated their Contract. By recommendation of the Intervention Team, students who have not met their Contract obligations may be placed on one of four probationary Levels, ranging from Level 1 to Level 4.

If a student is placed on a probationary Level, the following will occur:

Student Notification of Probationary Level Placement

Parent/Guardian Notification of Probationary Level Placement by mail, phone and/or home visit.

Restriction from all extra-curricular activities or functions for the duration of the Probation (including, but not limited to, dances, skating parties, sports team participation, going to view games, special after-school events, non-instructional time field trips, lunch activities, 8th grade activities, cheerleading, etc.)

In addition to a placement of Probation, any student who commits a major violation of Education Code 48900, may receive an at home suspension, on campus suspension, or a citation by School Police. For the most serious offenses, students may be recommended for Expulsion from the San Bernardino City Unified School District.

DISCIPLINARY LEVEL SYSTEM

Purpose and Definition The Lottery Magnet Schools have a system of probation aimed at correcting inappropriate behavior by restricting students from preferred activities for a period of time. While this system does not impact the permanent record of our students, it does offer strong enough accountability to motivate most students to fulfill the obligations of their Contract following their probationary period. Because disciplinary levels are progressive, this approach does not allow for continuous defiance or disruptions. The four disciplinary levels are defined as follows:

Level 1 - Ten (10) instructional days of restriction from extra-curricular activities         

Level 2 - Thirty (30) instructional days of restriction from extra-curricular activities        

Level 3 - Forty-five (45) instructional days of restriction from extra-curricular activities     

Level 4 - Recommendation student to return to their home school.      

Any student given a disciplinary level keeps the designation of that level until they exit the probationary period. Further level placements are added to previous ones. For example, if a student receives Level 1 Probation for excessive tardies and later in the year is given Level 2 Probation for a cheating violation, the student would then be placed on Level 3 of the discipline system, with a 45-day probation. A Level 2 violation plus a Level 2 violation would result in a recommendation for a student to return to his/her home school or exit a specific program within the school.

Any student receiving a Level 4 Placement has a right to request an Appeals Hearing. This hearing consists of the student, Parent/Guardian, and Intervention Team members. The student who has been given a recommendation to return to their home school may address the team with an appeal to remain at the school. If a student is allowed to stay, their probationary period will be a minimum of 90 days, with any future Contract infraction resulting in a return to the home school at the end of the academic year. The granting of a Level 4 Probation is at the discretion of the school, is not a right, and must be approved by Secondary Education.

EXAMPLES OF BEHAVIOR RESULTING IN DISCIPLINARY LEVELS

Level 1 A student is placed on Level 1 of the discipline system and is put on probation for 10 instructional days when referred to the Intervention Team because of repeated or less serious offenses (e.g. excessive violations for disruptive behavior, defiance, plagiarism or forgery, stealing, cyber bullying, not being picked up from school and/or extra-curricular activities at the designated pick up time, loitering after school, "out of bounds" or not under the direct supervision of a teacher without permission, unacceptable language, lying, first offense cheating, inappropriate behavior with a substitute teacher, 10 unexcused tardies, or an HLR clothing violation). A letter is sent to the Parent/Guardian.

Level 2 A student is placed directly on Level 2 of the discipline system and is put on probation for 30 instructional days for serious offenses (fighting, repetitive cheating or forgery, truancy, excessive defiance, excessive cyber bullying, damaging property, tagging, stealing, drugs, physical harm or endangerment of others, sexual harassment, egregious behavior with a substitute teacher, continuous unacceptable behavior) or an at home suspension. This action necessitates a conference with the Parent/Guardian, student, and an administrator. A letter is sent to the Parent/Guardian.

Level 3 A student is placed on Level 3 and is put on probation for 45 instructional days for egregious continued misbehavior. This action necessitates a conference with the Parent/Guardian, student, and an administrator. A letter is sent to the Parent/Guardian. Students who reach level three or higher will be exempted from end-of-the-year events.

Level 4 A student is placed on Level 4 for continued misbehavior or for a further serious offense. This results in cancellation of the student's Contract and the student returns to the home school or exits a specific school program. Parents have the right at this point to have a conference with a panel consisting of the Intervention Team and the grade level team to appeal the Contract cancellation. The Parent/Guardian and student may present the student's case to continue attending the school. If the appeal is granted, the student is placed on 90 instructional days of probation. Once the probationary days are served, the student may participate in all activities again. However, another violation would immediately cancel the student's Contract.

Level Progression The Level system is progressive, at the Intervention Team's discretion, for a school year (i.e. for a student who has been placed on Level 1, a further offense would place him on Level 2, 3, or 4 depending upon the seriousness of the offense.) Levels can be reduced during the school year in which they occur if warranted.

Levels Carryover A student who is on Level 3 at the closing of school will be reevaluated and may be recommended either to return to his/her home school (or exit a specific program) or to remain at the school. If the student remains at the school (or specific program), he/she must complete any part of his/her probation that remained at the end of the previous school year. Upon completion of probation, he/she will be reset at the end of the year.

Level 4 Carryover

A student who is on Level 4 at the closing of school will be reevaluated and may be recommended either to return to his/her home school (exit a specific program) or remain at the school/program. A student on Level 4 at the closing of school, who has made significant progress may be allowed to return to the school for the next year. Upon completion of probation, the student’s status will be reset for the following academic year. If Level 4 is reached a second time, the student is returned to his/her home school (or program exit) at the end of the academic year. Students are allowed only one Level 4 probationary period while enrolled at the school.

 

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