Student Handbook

Section 1:  Mission Statement and Philosophy
CREEKSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
“Working together as partners in education, the Creekside community prepares each student for lifelong success through. . .
·        self-respect and social responsibility.
·        effective communication.
·        a sense of belonging.
·        a rigorous academic curriculum.
·        connections between schools and the world of work.
CREEKSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY
The middle school student is a unique person, neither a child nor an adult, caught in a transitional period of life.  We recognize the needs of the preadolescent student are special and their fulfillment is extremely difficult.  It is during this time of life that students should be allowed to explore and expand their potential and abilities within a safe environment.
We realize that the middle school years are only a part of a student’s education and must be a result and extension of elementary school and an introduction into the senior high program. As your child transitions from elementary to high school, they will be expected to take more responsibility for their own education. Activities in middle school should reflect our concern for a smooth transition.
The middle school program must be designed to meet the interest and needs of students: emotional, intellectual, physical, and social, and to facilitate the development of self-discipline and self-esteem.  It is important that the student participate in the learning experience with an open mind, a positive attitude, and a cooperative spirit.
Communication is a vital part of education and must be encouraged between students, staff, parents, and community.  A school-parent partnership is essential to the education of youth. Parents are strongly encouraged to support the district mission and to take an active roll in the education of their children.
Section 2 – STUDENT RIGHTS
Public Notice of Student Records Regulations
In compliance with Federal regulations, the following is a list of guidelines concerning student records:
·        Each student’s educational record will be in a confidential file located at school.
·        Parents have the right to inspect and review the educational records of their child.
·        A parent or guardian has the right to request a change or addition to a student’s records and to either obtain a hearing with district officials or file a complaint with the U.S. Office of Education if not satisfied with the accuracy of the records or with the district’s compliance with the Federal Rights and Privacy Act.
·        Each year the District will provide public notice to students and their parents of its intent to make available, upon request, certain information known as “directory information”.  The Board designates as student “directory information”: a student’s name; address; telephone number; date and place of birth; photograph; major field of study; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; height and weight if a member of an athletic team; dates of attendance; date of graduation; awards received; honor roll; scholarships; or any other information which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy, if disclosed.  Some examples of “directory information” uses would include, but not be limited to, yearbook, honor roll, etc.
·        Parents have the right to refuse to allow the District to disclose any or all of such “directory information” upon written notifications to the District within ten (10) days after receipt of the District’s public notice.
·        No liability shall attach to any member, officer, or employee of this District specifically as a consequence of permitting access or furnishing students records in accordance with the school district’s policy and regulations.
DUE PROCESS RIGHTS
The Board recognizes the importance of safeguarding a student’s constitutional rights, particularly when subject to the District’s disciplinary procedures.
To better ensure appropriate due process is provided a student, the Board has established the following guidelines:
Students subject to short-term suspension (10 days or less):
A student must be given both written notice of his/her suspension and the reasons therefore and the opportunity to respond to the charges against him/her prior to the suspension.
Students subject to long-term suspension (more than 10 days) and expulsion:
A student and his/her parent or guardian must be given written notice of the intention to suspend or expel and the reasons therefore, and an opportunity to appear with a representative before the Board or Superintendent to answer the charges.  The student and/or his/her guardian must also be provided a brief description of the student’s rights and of the hearing procedure, a list of the witnesses who will provide testimony to the Board or Superintendent, and a summary of the facts to which the witnesses will testify.  The hearing may be private, but the Board or Superintendent must act publicly.
Section 3 – GENERAL RULES/DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
GENERAL RULES FOLLOWED AT CREEKSIDE
Students are required to…
·        be present to start class on time.
·        be prepared for class and/or activities in which they are involved.
·        perform at their best.
·        act with safety and concern for themselves and others.
·        in no way be a distraction to to the schools educational process.
·        Help maintain a clean school environment.
·        Refrain from carrying book bags during the regular school day.
·        Are not to bring items to be bought or sold without the consent and approval of the principal’s office.  Items will be confiscated without consideration for monetary loss.
·        Remain on school grounds.  Once you arrive at school, you are to remain until you leave for home at the conclusion of the school day.
·        Are the responsibility of school personnel while at school or a school-sponsored event.  Any teacher or staff member may correct your behavior at any time.
·        Are to consume all food/drink (except water) in the cafeteria.
·        Adhere to individual expectations that may vary in each classroom.
·        Refrain from carrying on their person any electronic device that is not required by a classroom instructor. This includes (communication devices, devices that may be distracting, or devices that generate noise of any kind)
**Please refrain from having balloons or flowers delivered to the school for a child’s celebration. The student is not able to enjoy them as they must remain in the office until the end of the day. They also are not allowed to transport them home on the bus. If you would like to send a special gift a bag of candy or small gift is most appropriate.
DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
In order for any organization to function effeciently, there must be certain expectations for performance. Creekside Middle School has expectations of behavior that will provide for an orderly school atmosphere.
Our goal is to develop students that are self-disciplined and are able to make good judgments about acceptable behavior.  Our stardards were developed so that no student will be allowed to disrupt the learning of other students.
All staff members are encouraged to immediately deal with inappropriate student behavior when it occurs.  In the event the student acts in a manner that is inappropriate for the educational setting, this procedure will be followed:
·        When a student breaks a rule, the adult at the scene will handle the problem.
·        If the classroom teacher sees a pattern developing, the teacher or the team will implement a plan to change the student’s behavior.
·        If the inappropriate behavior continues, the teacher or team will contact the parents.  This is when the parent and the teacher or team develops a strategy with the child to solve the problem.
·         If the child continues to display inappropriate behavior, the administration becomes involved by re-examining the behavior and suggesting modification techniques.
·        If the first four steps are unsuccessful, the student will become a focus of concern for our Child Study Team.  Other services may be available in the district or community to help with a problem of this severity.
Section 4 – STUDENT CONDUCT
In the 2008-09 school year, Creekside began a new discipline process that has proven to be a benefit for all students. Before this, Creekside used a traditional approach to school discipline that utilized the “payment” of time (detentions/Saturday school) for student issues. This approach has proven to be ineffective, as approximately 80% of the students who broke the rules, continued down the same path.
Creekside’s new discipline approach utilizes the Responsible Thinking Process. The Responsible Thinking Process is a discipline process that teaches students how to think through what they are doing in relationship to the rules of wherever they are (i.e., classroom, cafeteria, gym, hallways, etc.). The key component of this process is the focus on teaching students how to achieve their goals without getting in the way of others that are trying to do the same thing. It teaches students how to take responsibility for their actions by developing their ability to think for themselves, while respecting the rights of others.
The Student Responsibility Center (SRC) is where students are referred when they continue to violate the rights of others. In the SRC, students work on a plan to learn how to achieve what they want without interfering with the rights of others. If a student chooses to disrupt the learning process in the classroom, the teacher will initiate a series of questions that are designed to allow students to think about what they want in relationship to the rules of the classroom. If the student continues to be disruptive, then he/she has made the choice to go to the SRC.
In the SRC, the student will create a written plan to deal with their disruptions. The plan must be negotiated and discussed with the teacher before returning to class. It is the student’s responsibility to make and keep an appointment with the teacher to negotiate a plan. Students, who choose to violate the rules of the SRC, choose to go home. Any student who chooses to go home must return to school with a parent and a completed plan of improvement.
 
Parents will be contacted with a phone call and/or a note home for every third visit to the SRC during a six week marking period.
Thank you for your support as we work together to help your child grow to be a responsible citizen.
Suspension  – Occasionally, there are situations that require more than the SRC process can provide. Suspension is used in some of those situations. Suspension from school is described as exclusion of a student from school for a specific period of not more than (10) days in succession and/or exclusion of a student from school in which the exclusion terminates upon the fulfillment of a specific set of conditions.
Expulsion – Under our school board guidelines, expulsion from school is deem as the exclusion of the student from the school system upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools and by action of the Board.  In some cases, this can be permanent. Expulsion from school is used in very severe circumstances that include, but do not exclude the following: possession and/or distribution of illegal substances, possession of a weapon, assault of a student or staff member, arson, and vandalism.
Electronic Devices (Not required for the classroom)
It is strongly recommended that students do not take electronic devices, such as I-pods, cell phones, game playing devices, or any other type of electronic devices to school. If a student does take one of these devices to school, they are asked to leave it in their locker during the school day. Students who are caught using their device during the school day will have their device taken and stored the front office. For a first time offense, the student will be able to pick up the device after school. For the second time (and there after), the student’s parent or guardian will need to come in for the device.
 
SECTION 5 – General Policies and Procedures
ABSENCES AND EXTRACURRICULAR PARTICIPATION
Students who are unable to attend school due to illness will not participate in athletics or extracurricular activities on the day of the absence.  Students must be in attendance the last 4 class periods of the day if they wish to participate in any after school activity.
ATTENDANCE – OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS AT CREEKSIDE
EXCUSED ABSENCES
It is the responsibility of the parent, guardian or any other person having control and charge of a child to follow the established building procedures regarding notification when their student(s) is to be absent or intends to be absent from a class or classes.
With an excused absence, the student has as many days (*) as the number of absences to make up his/her work (* see “student homework policy”).  Work must be done to the satisfaction of the teacher to receive credit.  The student is responsible for taking the initiative to collect make-up work. An instructor is not obligated to give the student extra time in class to make-up any missed work
When an absence occurs, the following procedures must be followed:
·        On the day of an absence, a parent/guardian should telephone the attendance office at 748-3310 before 9:00 a.m. and give the following information:
          1. The caller’s name
2. Student’s name and grade
3. Reason for the absence
4. The number of days the student will be absent.
·        If the student will be absent for more than one day the parent/guardian should inform the office; otherwise, a call will be necessary each day the student is absent.
·        Between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. each school day and 24 hours a day during the weekend, a telephone answering system will be in operation.  Please leave your message for the attendance secretary if you are unable to call during the school day.
·        Only in special cases, with prior office arrangements, will notes be substituted for parental phone calls.
UNEXCUSED ABSENCES
Students will be considered unexcused or truant if parents do not notify the attendance office by the end of the school day of absence.
Unexcused absences will be subject to the following disciplinary action: Administration Intervention to possible referral to the Ottawa County Juvenile Court Program.
With an unexcused absence, the student has as many days (*) as the number of absences to make up his/her work in order to keep up with classmates (*see “student homework policy”).  The student is responsible for taking the initiative to collect make-up work. Instructors are not obligated to give students credit for work or additional class time to make-up missed school work. Authorized school activities (athletic competition, field trips, band trips, etc.) that take students out of the normal school day will not be counted as days absent on student school records. For those activities, however, all classroom assignments are to be made up in advance. It is the student’s responsibility to see all teachers prior to such activity.
BACKPACKS
For safety reasons and to alleviate crowded hallways and classrooms, backpacks are to remain in the student’s locker upon arrival to school.
BICYCLES
Please remember that our city ordinance requires the registration of all bicycles.  In addition, we suggest that students record their bicycle serial numbers.  When traveling to and from school, students must obey all traffic regulations.
The school assumes no responsibility for bicycles.  However, provisions have been made to safeguard bikes by requiring them to be properly parked and locked in the school bike racks.  Bicycles are not to be ridden off school grounds during the school day except with prior approval.
For safety reasons, riding should be restricted to bike paths only immediately before or after school. Students are advised to lock their bikes at provided bicycle racks.
CAFETERIA BEHAVIOR
The same general rules for behavior apply in the cafeteria as in the classroom.  If a student disrupts the lunch program, he/she will be subject to administrative intervention.
Students should follow these simple rules:
·        Stand quietly in line until it is your turn to pick up your lunch.
·        Students will need to provide their ID number in order to access their account.
·        No cutting in line or saving places at tables.
·        Don’t throw anything in the cafeteria.
·        Clean up after yourself.
·        No food or beverage is to be taken out of the cafeteria without special permission.
If a student does not wish to purchase the lunch of the day, an a la carte line is available.  Occasionally, a student may forget his/her lunch money.  If this should ever happen, see one of the cooks in the cafeteria.  No money will be lent, but a sandwich will be provided and the student must repay their account the next day.
DRESS CODE
Your taste in clothing is not ruled by the school.  However, the school does require certain standards that are based upon factors of health, safety, and maintaining the orderly function of the school.  It is expected that students come to school clean and well groomed and in attire that is not distracting, potentially dangerous, or distasteful.  Clothes should not call attention to the body of the wearer because of design or cut.  Clothing must provide coverage with an adequate neckline.  Footwear must be worn at all times.
Examples of clothing not appropriate for school are:
·        Clothing that exposes the stomach or back (no bare midriff)
·        Tube tops, halter tops, tops with spaghetti straps (all shirts must have a three inch strap on each shoulder)
·        Clothing that reveals undergarments (bras/underwear) or are see-through
·        Undershirts or muscle shirts as primary attire
·        Sagging pants
·        Ripped or torn clothing
·        Clothing associated with gangs or gang activity
·        Shorts are permitted provided that they are fingertip length when the wearer is standing straight with arms at the side. (Inseam should be three inches or longer).  Skirts and dresses must meet the same requirements.
·        Coats and hats are not to be worn in school.  Bandanas are considered hats.
·        Clothing with slogans or symbols making reference to or promoting drugs (including tobacco and alcohol).
·        Clothing with words, symbols, pictures that are derogatory, racist, violent, obscene, or vulgar.
·        Recent trendy clothing which includes statements written on the clothing for the obvious purpose of drawing attention to certain body parts or areas of the body.
All dress code violations will be reported to our Student Responsibility Center (SRC). Students will visit the SRC and will call home to get a change of clothes, to use provided clothing, or to change their attire (i.e. turn a t-shirt inside out).
DROP OFF/PICK UP
Students being delivered to or picked up from School should use the east parking lot between Roosevelt Elementary and Creekside.  Do not use the bus drive for drop off or pickups between 7:00 – 7:30 a.m. and 2:15 – 2:40 p.m. Parents are strongly encouraged to not bring their child to school before 7:00am, as school doors may not be open. At the end of the day, students not participating in after school activities, will be asked to leave the building by 3:00pm.
EARLY DISMISSAL
Students are not allowed to leave the building or school grounds for any reason without the office receiving permission from their parent.  For safety reasons, students are not allowed to walk home during the school day.  The child’s parent must sign the student out on the checkout sheet located in the office.
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING
Your child’s safety is our first concern.  In case school is closed for bad weather or any emergency, listen to our local radio stations for school closing announcements.
During bad weather, turn to these stations:
RADIO:
WHTC     1450 AM                WGHN      92.1 FM
WWJQ      99.3 FM                WOOD    1300 AM
TV: Local Channels 3, 8, 13
District Policy regarding delay or cancellation of school during inclement weather:
Zeeland Schools considers these options for busing during bad weather: During the winter, school officials travel before dawn to see if roads are safe for bus travel.  If conditions appear hazardous, an announcement is called in to the radio stations listed above, normally no later that 6:00 a.m.  This procedure can also apply during the fall and spring when fog, ice storms or violent thunderstorms materialize.
School officials consider three busing options in bad weather:
·        Permit buses to run regular routes at the normal time or use the modified plan as published in the Spotlight.
·        Announce a 2-hour delay.
·        Announce the closing of school.
TORNADO WATCH
A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for the development of a tornado.  During a tornado watch, Zeeland Public Schools will keep children in the buildings.  If a watch is in effect during regular dismissal time, students will be kept in the building until the National Weather Service has canceled the tornado watch or until civil authorities or the superintendent announce dismissal on the radio stations above.  During a tornado watch, parents may choose to pick up their child from school.
TORNADO WARNING
A tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted by an official agency in the area.  Your child will be taken to a designated shelter in the school building during such a warning.  For safety reasons, parents will not be allowed to pick up their children during a tornado warning.
During any bad weather, please do not call the school.  Telephone lines need to be open for emergency communications.  If a school building is damaged during a tornado, children will be transported to an alternative shelter.  Please tune to the area radio stations listed above for school announcements.
FEES
The school charges a variety of fees for different services, activities and materials.  Some of the fees are optional activities and some are required of all students.  Fees should be paid promptly.  If a student or family has a financial problem that affects the payment of school fees, the situation should be brought to the attention of the administration where suitable arrangements can be made.
HEALTH PHYSICAL
All students must have a physical after April 15, administered by a doctor, before they can participate in interscholastic athletics.  These physicals are good for one school year only.  The form to be filled out and signed is available at the Creekside Middle School office.
HOMEWORK POLICY
Students will be allowed to make up missed assignments or tests according to the following procedure:
·        For each day a student is absent, up to five days, they will be given one day for each day they are absent.  For example, 1 day to make up assignments for 1 days absent, 2 days to make up assignments for 2 days absent, etc.
·        After 5 days of absence, a student will be given a maximum of 5 days to make up their missed work.
·        Each student will be responsible for requesting homework or assignments that were missed.
·        Assignments or tests, which were announced prior to the students’ absence, will be due the day the students return.
·        Students who know in advance that they will be absent (for family vacations or school activities for example) may be required to complete assigned work before the absence.
·        Instances of serious or long-term illness will be considered on an individual basis.
·        Parents may request make-up homework for students after they are absent 2 days.  Parents should call the front office to request homework for their child.
MAKE-UP WORK FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE SUSPENDED
When a student is suspended out of school, that student will be eligible to receive credit for the classroom assignments and tests given during the time of the suspension, provided all work is completed within one day of returning to school.  Each student will be responsible for requesting homework/assignments that were missed.
HONOR ROLL
To recognize outstanding academic achievement, an Honor Roll has been established at the Creekside Middle School.  The Honor Roll will recognize all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students who have earned an overall average of 3.0 or higher with one C, and no grade lower than a C in all scheduled subjects.  Also, an All A Honor Roll has been established for students that have earned no grade lower than an A- in all scheduled subjects.  A list of students achieving either Honor Roll will be displayed at school at the end of each marking period.
ILLNESS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
If a pupil becomes ill or for any reason needs to leave class or school, he/she must report to the office.  Students should not use personal phone devices to call home sick. No student should ever leave school without permission from the office.  If the parent or guardian cannot be reached, the child must remain at school.
IMMUNIZATION REQUIREMENTS
Schools in Michigan are required to assess and report the immunization status of all 7th grade students and new school entrants, including kindergartners.
In order to start school, all 7th grade students must have documentation showing that they have had the following immunizations:
·        Two doses of MMR
·        Three doses of hepatitis B
·        Complete series of DtaP/Td with one dose in the last 10 years
·        Three doses of polio
.      One dose Meningococcal
·        Two doses of varicella (or history of the disease)
LATE ARRIVAL TO SCHOOL
Students who arrive late to school should report to the office to sign in before reporting to class.
LIBRARY – MEDIA CENTER
The library media center is open daily from 7:45 a.m.until 2:30 p.m.  Students may use the resources at any time provided a class or other group is not using the library.  In order to make ensure that all students have access to library materials in a timely fashion, it is important that all items are returned by their due date.  Students may be charged a fine for any overdue, lost, or damaged materials.
LOCKERS
Each student will be assigned a locker.  All books and personal items, when not in use, are to be kept in your locker.  Remember that you will have only limited time between classes, so plan your visits to your locker accordingly.  Students should not share lockers or combinations.  In order to promote a safe environment for all, the school administration has the right to search a student’s locker and/or personal belongings given probable cause.
The school cannot be responsible for valuables left in lockers. (Including money, electronics, jewelry, or other expensive personal items)  Sometimes there may be special circumstances that require a student to carry significant cash or valuables to school.  Registering them and leaving them in the main office can safeguard cash and/or valuables.
LOST AND FOUND
All books or other articles found should be taken to the lost and found area in the cafeteria.  Students who have lost items should check in the lost and found periodically for these items.  It is recommended that names to be placed on all personal items.  Students are discouraged from bringing valuable personal items to school.
TELEPHONE USE
When illness and/or emergencies arise, a student may use the Main Office telephone with the permission of the office staff.
Telephone messages to students during the school day should be of an emergency nature only. Students are not called out of class for phone calls. Important messages will be delivered to students in the classroom at an appropriate time.
EMERGENCY INFORMATION
In case of an emergency, each student is required to have on file at the school office the following information:
1. Parent(s) or guardian(s) name (s).
2. Complete and up-to-date address.
3. Home phone and parent(s) work and cell numbers.
4. Emergency phone number of friend or relative.
5. Physician’s name and phone.
6. Medical alert information.
LOITERING
Students should leave the school and school grounds promptly after classes or activities are dismissed. Students should not be in the building without the supervision of a teacher or coach. There is to be no unnecessary “hanging around” before school, between classes, or after school. Non-students are not permitted on campus at any time unless they have been registered as an official guest in the main office. Students from another district may not visit classes without prior permission form administration. This privilege will be used under rare circumstances.
PARENT PORTAL
Parents are able to track the progress of their son/daughter by signing up for the Parent Portal. The Parent Portal is a password-protected website that allows parents to view the following information in real time–teacher grade books, report cards, attendance records, discipline records and other student information. If parents have not yet signed up for the Parent Portal, check with the office for information about this simple process.
MEDICATION (USE OF)
Zeeland Board of Education Policy #5330 – Use of Medications
The Board of Education shall not be responsible for diagnosis of student illness. The administration of medication and/or medically prescribed
treatments to a student during school hours will be permitted only when failure to do so would jeopardize the health of the student, the student would not be
able to attend school if the mediation or treatment were not made available during school hours, or the child is disabled and requires medication to benefit
from his/her educational program.
For purpose of this policy, “medication” shall include all medicines, including those prescribed by a physician or any non prescribed over-thecounter)
drugs, preparations and/or remedies. “Treatment” refers to the manner in which a medication is administered.
Before any medication or treatment may be administered to any student during school hours, the Board will require the written prescription from
the child’s physician accompanied by the written authorization of the parent. This document shall be kept on file in the administrative offices. No student is
allowed to provide or sell any type of over-the-counter medication to another student. Violations of this rule will be considered violations of Policy 5530 –
Drug Prevention, and of Student Discipline Code/Code of Conduct.
Only medication in its original container, labeled with the date of the prescription, student’s name and exact dosage will be administered and only
in the presence of another adult. Parents and a physician may also administer medication but only in the presence of another adult.
Staff members are to administer medication or treatment only in the presence of another adult, except in the case of emergency that
threatens the life or health of the student.
The Board shall not permit the administration of any medication requiring intravenous or intra-muscular injection or the insertion of a
devise into the body. The building principal, in compliance with existing laws, must approve exceptions.
Students who may require administration of an emergency medication, may have such medication, identified as such, stored in the building
principal’s office and administered in accordance with this policy.
Students may possess and self-administer a metered dose or dry powder inhaler for relief of asthma, or before exercise
to prevent asthma symptoms, while at school, on school-sponsored transportation, or any school-sponsored activity in
accordance with the Superintendent’s guidelines, if the following conditions are met:
A. There is written approval from the student’s physician or other health care provider and the student’s parent/guardian to possess
and use the inhaler; and
B. The building administrator has received a copy of the written approval from the physician and the parent/guardian.
The Superintendent shall prepare administrative guidelines to ensure the proper implementation of this policy.
If a student must have medication administered during the school day, prescribed or other the counter, a physician’s signature is required on a student medication form that is available int he school office. All medication must be brought to the school in its original container by a parent/guardian and be stored in the front office for the safety of the student and others. For proper dispensation, storage and administration of medication, the following guidelines should be observed:
a) Parent or guardian of the pupil of the Zeeland Public Schools’ student shall provide the school administrator with written permission to store and dispense the medication by completing the consent and release form/medication form available in the main office.
b) Medication shall be dispensed only in accordance with the instructions of the pupil’s physician.
c) Medication shall be under the exclusive and secure control of the designated school employee(s).
d) Medication shall be dispensed only after a student medication form is completed and signed by the physician that has prescribed the medication(s). A parent’s signature is required on this form as well.
e) Except in the event of an emergency, the dispensation of the medication to a pupil shall take place in the presence of another adult.
f) All medication must be in the original container or prescription bottle (aspirin bottle, cough medicine bottle, etc.)
g)  All medication must be clearly identified as to the name, type of medication and dosage instructions.
h) All medication must be picked up by the parent of the student at the end of each school year.  All medications will be thrown out after July 1.
i)  We will not dispense any medication that has not been supplied by the parent or guardian of the student requesting medication.
PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
Parent-Teacher conferences are held in the fall each year.  However, parents should feel free to contact your child’s teacher at any time to set up a conference if there is a concern.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Every student, unless exempted by a written order from a doctor, is required to take Physical Education.  Instruction in swimming will be an integral part of the Physical Education Program.  Students will be excused from swimming only upon written request from a doctor or special permission from the building administrator.
POSITIVE RECOGNITION FOR GOOD BEHAVIOR
Individual teachers and teacher teams are encouraged to recognize students for commendable behavior.  This may be in the form of verbal praise, notes to parents, bulletin board recognition, special team activities, positive referral, or any other appropriate recognition.
 
PROMOTION POLICY
Sixth Grade – The general policy is to promote pupils one grade each year when their educational progress is consistent with the student goals and objectives at this grade level.
Seventh and Eighth Grades — If a student fails 3 marking periods of any required course during the seventh or eighth grade year, then the student is eligible to be retained in that grade the following school year. It is up to the discretion of the school administration to promote the student at the end of the year. Progress of the student during the remaining school year may be used determine if the student should be promoted.  A minimum of 4 credits each year in specified subject areas are required for promotion to the ninth grade at Zeeland High School.  One credit is awarded for each marking period of work in which a student receives a passing grade.
PROGRESS/REPORT CARDS
Progress reports can be viewed via Parent Portal around the third week of each marking period.  Parents are requested to sign and return a progress report form per the classroom teacher’s instruction. Report cards can be viewed via the Parent Portal at the end of each marking period.  Progress report and report cards are not mailed home.
TARDINESS – DISCIPLINE POLICY
A tardy is defined as being late for the start of class by 5 minutes or less. Tardy records will be kept for all classes in the office. All tardies will accumulate into one total from all classes. The Student Responsibility Center will be notified for each tardy and students who accumulate a second tardy during a 6 week marking period will complete a plan during their lunch time.
TEXTBOOKS
Your classroom teacher will issue all the textbooks you need.  You are responsible for these books until they are returned.  Inside the cover of the books is a book number and a textbook sticker or stamp.  The sticker or stamp must be filled out accurately.  It is important that you write your name clearly in ink so that the book can be returned in case it is lost.
If the book is lost or returned damaged, you may have to pay a fine.  At the time of issue, please call any existing damage to the attention of the teacher.
VACATION REQUEST FORM
If family vacations are taken during the school year, parents must notify the office either by letter or phone call.  A vacation request form must be picked up in the office.  It is the child’s responsibility to have each teacher sign the form prior to the vacation and request work that will be missed. The completed form must be returned to the office prior to the vacation dates.
 
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES – BRIDGE
Parents are encouraged to become involved in their child’s education by volunteering in the classroom, building, or district. Your choice of taking the time to be involved sends the message to your child that education is important.
BRIDGE is the district’s volunteer program.    Completing the volunteer online form will assist the staff when help is needed. You can access the volunteer information by clicking on the Bridge Icon on the ZPS web page. When you are needed you will be called.
Safety is a primary concern of the district.  The “Volunteer Opportunity” sign up provides a means of identification, as well as a way of knowing how you want to be involved. Another safety measure is to have all volunteers check in the office.  This way we know who you are and can find you if needed. Also, please wear a name tag. This shows our staff and students that you are a “safe” person, and should be in the building. ALL volunteers or visitors to the building are required to go through a background check before they can volunteer or visit. Your first finger scan in the school office will automatically start the background check process.
WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
Any student who is moving out of the Creekside District should report to the Secretary prior to moving. All books, iPads, and other school owned supplies must be turned in. The student’s records will be sent once we receive the official form from the attending school.
SECTION 6 – TRANSPORTATION
BUS RULES (Posted in all buses)
Please read and discuss these rules with your child:
1. Observe same conduct as in the classroom.
2. Be courteous, use no profane language.
3. Do not eat or drink on the bus.
4. Keep the bus clean.
5. Cooperate with the driver.
6. Do not smoke.
7. Do not be destructive.
8. Stay in your seat.
9. Keep head, hands, and feet inside the bus.
10. Bus driver is authorized to assign seats.
The Board of Education has approved a policy of suspension for violators of bus rules. The first violation slip requires a parental signature to ride the bus the following day. The second slip issued is accompanied by up to a 5-day suspension after a conference with student and parent. A third slip issued may result in an indefinite suspension.  Serious misbehavior may result in an immediate suspension.
Please also note that no animals are allowed on the bus.  Items that are sharp or breakable should be carried in a box. Large items (boxes, sleds, skateboards, etc.) are not allowed on the bus.  Laser pointers are prohibited and will be confiscated.  Loose hanging items attached to backpacks or bags are prohibited due to safety concerns.
BUS STOP POLICY
The Zeeland Public Schools Board of Education in the 2001-2002 school year adopted the following policy.  The policy reads as follows:  Bus routes shall be established so that any authorized bus stop is available within reasonable walking distance of the home of every resident student entitled to transportation services.  Each student will be allowed to have one pick-up location and one drop-off location, be it home or a caregiver, and shall not be permitted to use any other bus without prior written permission from the Director of Transportation.
The school office will no longer be able to give out bus passes to students to ride home with friends.  If you have any questions, please contact the transportation director.
SECTION 7 – ATHLETIC CODE OF CONDUCT
CREEKSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL ATHLETICS
“Sportsmanship is that quality of honor that desires always to be courteous, fair, and respectful, and it is interpreted in the conduct of players, spectators, coaches, and school.”        –Field H. Yost
 
Rules of Eligibility
In order to be eligible to represent Creekside Middle School in athletic contests a student—
·        Must be enrolled by Monday of the fourth week of the semester.
·        Must be under 15 years of age.
·        Shall not be enrolled more than 6 semesters.
·        Shall not compete for more than 2 seasons.
·        Shall not have been a member of any other team during the season.
·        Shall not have played under an assumed name, or with players who were playing for money.
·        Must be passing twenty hours of work seven days prior to contest.
·        Must have passed twenty hours of work the previous semester.
·        Must not accept any award exceeding $15.00 in value.
·        Must pass a physical examination and have approval of parents for participation in athletic contests.
Article I – ATHLETIC CODE
A Creekside Middle School Athlete is expected…
·        To welcome the privileges of an athlete but sincerely assume the responsibilities and obligations that go with it.
·        To agree that studies come first—athletics, important as they may be, are secondary.
·        To apply the philosophy that nothing worthwhile is accomplished without hard work, application and the  “desire to succeed.”
·        To realize that you must work “out of season” as well as during the time you participate.
·        To sacrifice your own personal “whims” or desires for the good of the group or team.
·        To value that you and the school are judged by the “company you keep.”
·        To strive always to go first class in appearance, conduct, and performance.
·        To respect and encourage excellence of the performance and conduct regardless of who accomplished it– or where.
·        To recognize that a “true” athlete is one who, despite unjustified criticism, a losing season, or being up against an opponent that is better than he/she–still has the will to go beyond his/her apparent ability.
Article II – GENERAL RULES
It is understood that the principal or his designee may suspend a student at any time (12 month policy) when a student’s conduct may have a detrimental effect upon the image of Zeeland Public Schools.
·        Conduct of all student athletes, both in and out of school shall be above reproach, and shall not bring discredit to the athlete, the team, school, parents and community.
·        Students may not threaten or attack the safety of persons or property (school or personal) physically or verbally. This includes theft or destruction of school or personal property.
·        Student athletes may not have in their possession and/or use any form of tobacco, alcoholic beverages, illegal drug or other non-prescribed drugs.
Attendance Regulations:
A)  An athlete must be present in school for a half day in order to participate in practice.  Exceptions granted by the principal or designee.
B)  An athlete must be present in school for a half day on the day of interscholastic competition in order to compete in that competition.  Exception granted by the principal or designee.
C)  An athlete who is on suspension from regular school attendance may not practice or take part in interscholastic competition during said suspension.
·  All rules are in effect from date of first signing until leaving Creekside Middle School.
·  Does not limit a coach to establishing team.
 
Article III – DISCIPLINARY ACTION
The Athletic Director in consultation with the Coach involved shall handle discipline for infractions of the General Rules. Reports of the infractions shall be reported in writing to the Athletic Director immediately. The athlete has the right of appeal. A review board made up of the Creekside Principal, Dean of Students, a student and citizen appointed by the Creekside Middle School Principal, shall handle appeals. Action of this board may be appealed to the Superintendent and then the Board of Education.
·    First offense of the General Rules– suspension from 25% of the scheduled games in that sport.  Presentation of the award will be as the discretion of the Coach and Athletic Director.  The student shall be suspended from the prescribed number of games immediately and successively after the rules infraction has occurred.
·   Second offense of the General Rules shall be suspension in the sport for 50% of the scheduled games with loss of award.  The student shall be suspended from the prescribed number of games immediately and successively after the rules infraction has occurred.
·   Subsequent offenses shall be a suspension for one (1) calendar year from the date of offense.
·   All suspensions will be carried over and fulfilled in their next full season of athletic participation.
·   This athletic code begins with your entry in interscholastic competition of Zeeland Public Schools and finishes with your graduation.
·   The athlete may practice with the team throughout the suspension unless otherwise decided by the Athletic Director, Principal and Coach.
HEALTH PHYSICAL
All students must have a physical after April 15, administered by a doctor, before they can participate in interscholastic athletics.  These physicals are good for one school year only. The form to be filled out and signed is available at the Creekside Middle School Office
SECTION 8 – COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY
Use of District technology is a privilege extended to all users accessing the network, the Internet, and equipment at Creekside Middle School.  The use of these resources is intended to facilitate teaming and enhance educational information exchange that is consistent with the purposes of this school.  Along with this privilege comes the responsibility for the preservation and care of this hardware and software.
It is the user’s responsibility to:
·        Make sure no hardware or software is destroyed, modified, or abused in any way.
·        Use the computer and computing system only for education or research and in a manner consistent with the purposes of Creekside Middle School.
·        Do not bring food or drinks into any classroom containing computers or other electronic equipment.
·        Refrain from using the computer or computing system and/or to damage the software components of a computer or computing system.
·        Computer software will only be installed by a teacher with permission from the technology coordinator.
·        Print no more that three copies of any document using a printer.  If more copies are needed, use a copier.
·        Prevent pornographic and sexually offensive material, inappropriate text files, or files dangerous to the integrity of the school’s network, equipment or software from entering the school network.
·        Maintain the privacy of passwords.  Students are prohibited from publishing or discussing passwords or using another person’s password.
·        Obtain permission from the teacher before bringing in their own software and using it on school equipment.
·        Use email only for education or research and in a manner consistent with the purposes of Creekside Middle School.
·        Do not maliciously attempt to harm or destroy data of another user or any other agencies or networks that are connected to the system.  This includes, but is not limited to, the uploading or creation of computer viruses.
·        Refrain from using District technology to harass or bully other students or staff. (Cyber Bullying)
Discipline:
Users will be subject to disciplinary action considered appropriate through the established discipline procedures of Creekside Middle School including loss of all computer privileges during a specific period of time for a violation of any of the above-mentioned responsibilities.
Special Technology Note: With developing technology, students may have access now or in the future to handheld devices that allow them to access the internet at school, but through their own private accounts. Due to safety concerns and no ability of school personnel to monitor content being exchanged, Creekside currently prohibits the use of any private devices to access the internet, while at school. Students that use devices to privately access the internet at school are considered in violation of the acceptable use policy and subject to disciplinary action.

iPad Handbook

Overview

The following policies refer to the use of an individual student computing device, an Apple iPad. Students are also required to follow all the guidelines outlined in the Zeeland Public School’s current “Technology Acceptable Use Policy”. As Zeeland’s technology initiative centers on new devices, software, and educational methodologies, additional policies will continually be reviewed and this set of policies updated. Please refer to the Zeeland Public School’s website for the most up-to-date information.

Care and Maintenance of the iPad

1- Do not attempt to gain access to the internal electronics or repair your iPad. If your iPad fails to work or is damaged, report the problem to your school’s main office as soon as possible. iPad repair/replacement options will be determined by school’s administration. You may be issued a temporary iPad or other materials until your iPad is working properly or replaced.

2- Never leave an iPad unattended. When not in your personal possession, the iPad should be in asecure, locked environment. Unattended iPads will be collected and stored in the school’s main office.

3 -Never expose an iPad to long term extremes in temperature or direct sun light. An automobile is not a good place to store an iPad.

4- iPads do not respond well to liquids. Avoid applying liquids to the iPad. The iPad can be cleaned with a soft, dry, lint-free cloth. Do not use window cleaners, household cleaners, aerosol sprays, solvents, alcohol, ammonia, or abrasives to clean the ipad. Use of unapproved cleaners may remove the protective film covering the face of the iPad.

5- While the iPad is scratch resistant, the iPad will scratch. Avoid using any sharp object(s) on the iPad.

6 -Your iPad comes with a case. The role of the case is to protect the iPad, especially while the iPad is being transported. You must leave the iPad in the case at all times.

7 -Avoid placing weight on the iPad.

8 -Never throw or slide an iPad.

9 -Your iPad comes with ports for charging and other accessories. Care must be exercised when plugging and unplugging accessories. School-issued iPad accessories are the responsibility of the student.

10- Each iPad has the ability to be remotely located. Modifying, disabling or attempting to disable the locator is a violation of the acceptable use policy and grounds for disciplinary action.

11- Each iPad has a unique identification number and at no time should the numbers or labels be modified or removed.

12- Do not lend your iPad to another person. Each iPad is assigned to an individual and the responsibility for the care of the iPad solely rests with that individual.

13- The iPad is an electronic device and care must be exercised when handling the iPad. Never throw or kick a book bag that contains an iPad. Never place an iPad in a book bag if it is filled with heavy books. Also make sure to not put the iPad in a book bag that contains food, liquids, heavy, or sharp objects.

14- The iPad is designed for daily use; therefore, each iPad must be charged and ready for use each school day. iPads should be charged at home. It is best practice to let the iPad battery fully discharge once a month.

15- The iPad must remain free of stickers, writing, painting, or any other forms of adornment.

16 -The iPad cover may be personalized. Inappropriate or provocative images including but not limited to pornographic images, guns, weapons, inappropriate language, threatening language, drug, alcohol, or gang related images are not permitted and such actions are subject to disciplinary action.

Cost of iPad, Apps, and Accessories

1- Contact ZPS technology department for a replacement cost of the iPad which includes: the iPad, iPad case, iPad charger, software applications (apps) including assorted programs/accessories specific to individual classes.

2- In the event of theft, loss or damage due to intentional or unintentional abuse or misuse, it is the parent/guardian responsibility to cover the costs to repair or replace the iPad.

3 -The district provides optional insurance for $60 per student.

4- It is the parent/guardian responsibility to cover the cost of district issued accessories in the event of theft, loss or damage due to intentional or unintentional abuse or misuse. Contact ZPS technology on accessory costs which include:

a Power Charger and Cable

b Case

5 -District issued software applications (apps) are needed for student learning and should not be deleted.

6 -Modifying the settings of the district issued iPad or deleting district issued software applications apps(s) may result in student discipline and/or the need for reformatting at a cost to the student.

7- Resetting the iPad will result in a cost in order to recover the cost of lost applications (grades 6-9).

Damaged, Lost, or Stolen iPads

1-In the event that a district issued iPad is damaged, lost, or stolen the student and parent/guardian should immediately notify the school administrator. The filing of a police report by the parent/ guardian may be advised at that time.

2- In the event that an iPad is damaged, lost, or stolen the parent/guardian will be assessed a fee for the repair or replacement of the iPad unless the parent/guardian has purchased insurance.

3- In the event that a police report is filed for a lost or stolen iPad, Zeeland Public Schools, in conjunction and only in conjunction with police, may deploy location software which may aid the police in recovering the iPad.

4 -Students who unenroll from Zeeland Public Schools during the school year must return the iPad, along with any issued accessories, at the time they leave the district. The iPad and all accessories should be returned to the school’s main office. Failure to return an iPad in a timely fashion may result in legal action.

Distribution of iPads

1- Each student will receive an iPad formatted by Zeeland Public Schools.

2 -A unique, individual iPad will follow the student throughout the student’s career at Zeeland Public Schools.

3- A parent/guardian may choose not to have their child participate in the iPad take-home program by sending written notification to the Building Principal. In this event, students will be issued an iPad, but will not be able to take the device home. Students who do not participate in the iPad take-home program will pick up and return their iPad to an area designated by the Building Principal on a daily basis. Zeeland Public Schools cannot guarantee equal access to materials and/or quality of materials to students opting out of the iPad take-home program.

4- iPads will be distributed at the beginning of the school year and collected at the end of the school year. iPads not turned in by the last day of school will be treated as lost or stolen iPads, which may include additional fees and possible legal action.

5- Students who leave Zeeland Schools during the school year must return their iPad, along with any other accessories when they leave the district. Failure to return an iPad in a timely fashion may result in legal action.

Student Use of the iPad

1- The iPad is the property of Zeeland Public Schools and, as a result, may be seized and reviewed at anytime. The student should have NO expectation of privacy of materials found on an iPad or a school supplied or supported email service.

2- The iPad comes equipped with both a front and rear-facing camera and video capacities. As with all recording devices, students must ask permission before recording an individual or group. Students must obtain school permission to publish a photograph or video of any school related activity.

3- Students are responsible for bringing their iPad to school every day unless otherwise directed by a staff member. Failure to bring an iPad or any other class material(s) does not release the student from their responsibility for class work. If a student repeatedly fails to bring materials to class, including an iPad, the student will be subject to disciplinary action.

4- It is the student’s responsibility to bring their iPad to school fully charged. A student’s repeated failure to bring their iPad charged may result in disciplinary action.

5- While personalized screens or backgrounds are permitted, inappropriate or provocative images including but not limited to pornographic images, guns, weapons, inappropriate language, threatening language, drug, alcohol, or gang related images are not permitted and such actions are subject to disciplinary action.

6- A student may download non-explicit music and apps.

7- Games, music, videos, and sound use, while at school, will be at the discretion of the classroom teacher and building administrator.

8- The iPad affords limited electronic storage space. As with all electronic files, it is good practice to back up, duplicate, or archive files to an independent storage space.

9- The district issued iPad is designed as a tool for learning; misuse of the iPad may result in disciplinary action.

10- All students should recognize and guard their personal and private information. While on the Internet, students shall not reveal personal information, including a home address or phone number, or the address or phone numbers of other students.

11- Zeeland Public Schools encourages students to take their iPad home at night for class work and recharging. All care, handling and appropriate use that is in effect during the school day shall extend to the use of the iPad at home.

12- Zeeland Public Schools makes no guarantee, written or implied, that materials on the iPad, including student work, will be safe from deletion or corruption, accidental or otherwise.

CREEKSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT HANDBOOK REVIEW FORM
Our goal is to make each child successful.  This can be achieved better with the home and school working together.  Please take the time to review the items in this handbook with your child.
Craig Greshaw
Principal
Creekside Middle School