RSU #22: HAMPDEN, NEWBURGH, WINTERPORT & FRANKFORT
Samuel L. Wagner
Student Handbook| 2016-2017
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Samuel L. Wagner Middle School is a supportive learning community challenges all students to achieve individual success.
- Teaching respect and fostering pride are important components of education
- Health and safety, both physical and emotional, are essential to learning
- A partnership among home, school, and the community is vital
- A dedicated staff, committed to professional development and lifelong learning, provides optimal educational experiences.
- A challenging curriculum coupled with appropriate accommodations ensures the success of all students.
- Integrated learning experiences and varied instructional approaches allow students to make connections between disciplines and their own lives.
- Read, write, speak, and listen effectively to interpret and share information.
- Use appropriate resources to seek access, apply, evaluate, and share knowledge.
- Use visual, artistic, and technological modes of expression.
- Question and think, critically and creatively; identify and apply solutions to problems.
- Work independently and cooperatively.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in all disciplines across the curriculum.
- Demonstrate integrity and honesty and take responsibility for their actions.
- Show empathy, courtesy, and respect for others in our diverse global society.
- Practice self-discipline, manage time responsibility, and meet obligations.
- Demonstrate a willingness to work cooperatively with others; show teamwork and negotiation skills.
- Make positive choices, take healthy risks, and develop a strong and positive sense of self.
- Recognize the importance of good health practices and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
- Develop citizenship and contribute to their community.
Parents/Guardians are urged to contact the school whenever the need arises. Teachers may be contacted through email, by sending a note, or calling the office. If you call during the school day, the teacher will be notified to return your call. If you wish to have a conference with a teacher please make an appointment, as our schedules do not allow time for drop-in conferences.
All visitors, guests, relatives, and others are asked to report to the office upon entering the school. While we encourage visitation from parents, arrangements should be made in advance with the appropriate staff member. If you need to give your son/daughter a message (medication, lunch money, supplies, etc.) you may leave them with the secretary in the office. Please try to make a call to the office in the morning if possible.
School doors open promptly at 7:23am. It is your responsibility to be in your homeroom by 7:33am. Important information will be missed by those students not able to hear the morning announcements during homeroom period.
Students needing to be dismissed early should bring a note to the office first thing in the morning (give to secretary). If a dismissed student is to be picked up by someone other than a parent the note must give the person’s full name. Parents/Guardians should come into the office to have their young adults excused.
Bus notes should contain the student’s full name, the name of the person who the student is accompanying, and the bus number of this person. Notes should be left in the basket in the office as you enter the building.
If you are absent from school, you need to bring a written note with you when you return. This note, from your parent(s), should explain the reason for your absence and should be left in the basket in the office as you enter the building. Please check with your teachers because you are responsible for the work that you miss. If it is anticipated that your absence will be more than two days, we encourage parents/guardians to call for books and assignments.
- student’s full name
- name of medication
- doctor’s name
- purpose of medication
- times to be administered
- possible side effects
- termination date for administering the medication
Medications such as aspirin will not be given to a student by school personnel except with the written permission of the parent or guardian. No medication permission can be given over the phone. It must be in writing. Students may not carry any medicine, other than cough drops, with them. A note is needed to show teachers if cough drops are to be used.
If, under exceptional circumstances, students are required to take medication during the day, only the school nurse or other appointed persons may administer the medication in compliance with the school board policy. Medications must be dropped off and picked up at school by a parent. The medicine must be in the original prescription container. Written instructions signed by a parent or guardian will be required and must include:
Parent Contact Information
In case of an emergency we need to be able to reach a parent or guardian. Therefore, please notify the office immediately of any change in address, telephone number, email, person to contact in case of emergency, or place of employment.
Partial loss of gum chewing privileges will be first step at resolution of problems. The staff will make all final decisions.Students are allowed to chew gum responsibly. The key word here is responsibly. Please chew quietly and refrain from blowing bubbles. When you are finished with your gum you should wrap it in paper and place it in the trash. Gum wrappers belong in the trash also, not on the floor or in the desks.
Drinks at School
Students are asked not to bring soda to school for lunch. A variety of juices, milk, and bottled water is available from our dining area. Students are permitted to have water in a clear container during class time.
Wagner Pride: Wagner Pride is our way of showing respect for self, others and our school. Showing Wagner Pride means walking quietly through the hallways and staying to the right, showing “Common Courtesy,” by using appropriate friendly gestures in the hallway, and keeping your locker clean. It means keeping the hallway area looking nice and making sure to use the ramp and railing to the music room as it was intended. Wagner students have a long tradition of respecting our school and showing their Wagner Pride!
Out of Bounds
We are sorry, but the staff room is out of bounds for students at all times.
District policy does not allow the wearing of any apparel which advocates or advertises the use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs. Along with that we request that the clothing you wear to school be appropriate for an academic environment. Therefore all pants with excessive or ill placed holes, muscle shirts, shirts or blouses which show your midriff, and short shorts or skirts are all inappropriate attire for school. We also request that all people remove their hats as they enter the building. Students found to be in violation of the dress code will be asked to change. If students do not have a change of clothes parents will be contacted. T-shirts will also be available at school for students.
In general we discourage use of personal electronic devices at school. These items include iPods, cell phones, and gaming devices. Such items should remain in back pack or locker through-out the school day. Electronic items are allowed on the bus to and from school. In some cases, with special permission from a teacher, limited use may be allowed at school. Students, not the school staff, are responsible for all electronic items they bring to school. Teachers may take, and return at the end of the school day, any electronic gadgets found out of the locker or backpack without permission.
eBooks & eReaders
These devices are becoming more and more essential as educational reading tools. Students are permitted to use eReaders including: iPads, Kindles, Nooks etc., with teacher permission, for reading books.
Students are encouraged to remember all of their materials, uniforms, and instruments, and make all social plans before leaving the house each morning. CELL PHONES (A cell phone is an electronic gadget) ARE TO BE IN YOUR LOCKER AND TURNED OFF WHEN IN SCHOOL. In an emergency, students may ask for permission to use the phone in the office. In some cases, with special teacher permission, students may be allowed to use their cell phones to make a phone call home.
Our lunch room is a great place to meet your friends, sit, and chat while enjoying your lunch. We expect students to use it, enjoy it, and take care of it. Students may be in the classroom wing during lunchtime with permission from a teacher. Please note: In order to keep the lunch line moving you should not update your account during lunch time. Instead, money for hot lunch is accepted in the morning before school. If absent, bring your lunch money to the office in an envelope with your full name and homeroom teacher’s name written on the outside.
Preparing for School
It is important that students come to school prepared to work each day. To be prepared you should have pens and/or pencils and a notebook with paper. Textbooks should be covered at all times and laptops or iPad must come to school in their case, with charger and fully charged.
Wagner school offers each student a chance to be involved in some very interesting and worthwhile activities. Participation in any of these is a valuable part of the total school program. Check them out: Band, Chorus, Student Council, Math Team, After School Program, Drama, Art Club, Yearbook, Chess, and Sports.
Interscholastic sports are offered in soccer, football, field hockey, cross country, basketball, cheerleading, chess, track, baseball, and softball. Players are ambassadors for the school and are expected to act in a sportsmanlike manner, both on and off the field. Physicals are required on an RSU 22 form in order to participate in tryouts or the actual sport. (Obtain forms on our school website: wagner.rsu22.us)
Locker Room–not living room. Use the locker rooms to change into gym clothes and/or sports uniform. LOCKER ROOMS ARE NOT A PLACE TO HANG OUT AND SOCIALIZE. The bathrooms in the locker rooms are to be used only when you are in the gym area, otherwise use the bathrooms in the classroom wing. There are lost and found baskets located near the locker room area, so please do not leave clothing on the floors. During gym class bags should be stored in an orderly fashion (lined up); clothing can be left in your bag, on a peg, or on the shelf…during gym class only!
Our goal is to encourage student participation in school athletics. However, academics are our first priority.
Grades for eligibility are based on the last progress report or rank card issued. If a sport season is not in session, the probation period will consist of the first ten days of the next sport season. Eligibility penalties do not carry over from one school year to the next school year.
Any athlete who receives below a C- will be placed on Academic Probation. The probation period will remain in effect for ten (10) academic days. At the end of ten (10) academic days, if the athlete has an “F” in any subject, the athlete will be removed from the team. Any borderline passing grades (above an F, but below a C-) will result in a continuation of the probationary period for 10 more days. Following the 2nd probation period, if any grade remains below a C-, the athlete will be removed from the team.
Grades and School Progress
Students are encouraged to keep a record of their grades so that they will have an idea of how well they are doing at all times. Progress reports will be issued at the mid-point of each quarter, allowing each student ample time to improve any grade he/she wishes to improve. Student grades and assignments may be viewed on PowerSchool at https://sad22.powerschool.com
All required subjects are used in the determining of our honor rolls. Wagner School recognizes three categories of outstanding achievement in grades 6-8:
Achievement – A’s and B’s with the exception of one C in all subjects
Honors – A’s and B’s in all subjects
High Honors – A’s in all subjects
A—100-93….. Outstanding, achievement and exceptional effort
B = 92-85….. above average
C = 84-77….. Satisfactory
D = 76-70….. below average, needs improvement
F = Below 70….. Unsatisfactory
Grade 5: All 3’s = Achievement; All 3’s + one or more 4 = Honor Roll
The School Board advises the public that the proper channeling of complaints involving instruction, discipline, or learning materials is as follows: 1. Teacher; 2. Principal; 3. Superintendent; 4. Board of Directors