MISSION STATEMENT

Our mission at Stonewall Jackson Middle School is to ignite and encourage success in everyone, some way, every day!

VISION STATEMENT

Our vision at Stonewall Jackson Middle School is to inspire today’s leaders

for tomorrow’s future.

CORE BELIEFS

  • We value connections and believe that consistency, encouragement, and trust foster a positive learning environment.
  • We value high expectations and believe staff, parents and students should be held accountable for student learning.
  • We value standards-based instruction and believe that consistency and purposeful implementation will lead to success.
  • We value engagement and believe that structure and student-driven lessons will increase student understanding.

WEBSITE/CONTACT INFORMATION

The website for Stonewall Jackson Middle School is www.sjgenerals.com

812 Park Avenue, Charleston, West Virginia 25302. (304) 348-6123.

PARENTLINK MESSAGES

We periodically phone your home with a recorded message of reminders of events at school. This message may last up to one minute, and we appreciate your patience in hearing all the news.

EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

We sincerely hope all students will participate in at least one activity this school year. When you participate in activities, you have a chance to learn more about the activity, others, and yourself. Some activities we are planning to have at Stonewall include the following: football, cheerleading, basketball, track, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, soccer, golf, cross country, baseball, softball, chorus, band, Student Council, Math Field Day, Golden Horseshoe, and others.

STONEWALL PRIDE

Stonewall Pride is a school-based program which celebrates and recognizes positive student behaviors on a monthly basis. Students will be recognized by SJMS staff members for behaviors that go above and beyond the daily expectations. Students will receive an award and school-wide recognition. It is our mission at SJMS to recognize ALL students.

ATTENDANCE POLICY

ABSENCES

Students in grade 6-8 shall be permitted 5 days of legitimate absences for each school year. Legitimate absences are defined as illness, professional appointments, and serious personal or family problems. It is to be clearly understood by students and parents that these are authorized days of absences to be used only for illness or emergency. Absences connected with legitimate school activities shall not be counted in the total number. Parents should notify the school by phone before 9:00 am on the day the student is absent. On the day the student returns he/she MUST have a written note signed by the parent indicating why the student was absent. Upon presenting this note to the MAIN OFFICE, an “admit to class” slip will be issued. Missed assignments class notes, and tests are the student’s responsibility. When the student is absent, he/she must make arrangements with the teachers to make up work as quickly as possible.

ILLNESS

If a student becomes ill at school, the following procedure is to be followed:

  1. Obtain a clinic sheet from your teacher to come to the clinic. DO NOT come between classes.
  2. DO NOT call or go home without permission.
  3. Before reporting to the clinic, the student must sign in with the secretary or clerk in the front office.
  4. Students must be signed out in the office by their parent/guardian unless other arrangements are made with the principal.

MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL

All medications must be turned in to the office along with a note from the parent stating the times the medicine should be taken. This also pertains to prescription drugs. Some medications require documentation from the doctor. Please see the school nurse if you have any questions. Student should come to the office whenever it is time to take their medication. Failure to follow the procedure is a violation of Kanawha County Drug Policy and will result in the appropriate private action in accordance with that policy.

TRANSFERS AND WITHDRAWALS FROM SCHOOL

Any student who is to withdraw from school will go to the counselor during home base period and get a withdrawal slip, which is to be signed by each one of his/her class teachers. Notification from a parent or guardian must be obtained before the student gets a withdrawal (transfer) slip. All books must be returned to the library or the subject area teachers and all fines and fees owed to the school must be paid.

ACADEMIC HONORS

Honor Rolls

  1. Principal’s Honor Roll (4.00 GPA or higher)
  2. “A” Honor Roll (3.50 GPA to 3.99)
  3. “B” Honor Roll (3.00 to 3.49 GPA)

HONOR SOCIETY

The criteria for induction into the Honor Society is as follows.

  1. Must be at least a second semester seventh grade student.
  2. Must have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for their time at Stonewall Jackson Middle School.
  3. Must exhibit leadership and service ability by participating in at least two extra-curricular activities such as clubs, athletics, academic contents, band, church and/or community service.
  4. Must exhibit good character by abiding by the Stonewall Jackson Middle School discipline code.
  5. Must exhibit good citizenship by showing respect for fellow students and teachers.
  6. Detailed qualifications are available upon request.

KANAWHA COUNTY GRADING/PROMOTION POLICY

Achievement marks for the purpose of reporting the student’s progress to parent are distributed every nine weeks and subsequently places on the permanent report cards by semester. Grading for achievement is based on point values being affixed to assignment and scaled according to percentage as follows:

93 – 100 A Mastery of subject matter

85 – 92 B Above Average

75 – 84 C Average

65 - 74 D Below Average

0 – 64 F Failing

If a student experiences academic or disciplinary difficulties, a conference may be scheduled by calling (304) 348-6123. In addition, all teachers can be contacted through Schoology. Please schedule ahead if you wish to talk with teachers, counselors, and/or administrators. Due to the large number of students and situations we deal with each day, “walk-in” conferences cannot always be handled immediately.

LOCKERS

Students are assigned lockers in home base and are required to keep assigned locker for the school year. The lock combination is given only to the assigned student, and it is his/her responsibility to keep the combination private to prevent losing articles. As stated on the Locker Agreement Forms signed by each student upon receipt of the locker, lockers may be searched by the administration and authorities at any time.

LIBRARY

Students are encouraged to use the library for research or study. During class time you must have written permission from your classroom teacher to go to the library. Food and drink are not allowed in the library.

TECHNOLOGY GUIDELINES

  1. INTERNET – State requirement. Teachers must read Acceptable Use Guidelines to students. Parents, students, and teacher must sign the form.
  2. Students must complete an Acceptable Use Form at the beginning of each new school year.
  3. The Technology Committee will review any infractions and will assist in the determination of the specific penalty to be imposed. Loss of computer/ipad privileges is possible.
  4. If your ipad is lost or damaged, it must be reported IMMEDIATELY! Students may incur costs for damaged/lost ipads.

CELL PHONE POLICY

  • Cell phones are to be kept out of sight and on vibrate or silent at all times.
  • Students are not allowed to use their phones during school time unless granted permission by a staff member.
  • The first (3) offenses, phones will be confiscated and returned to the student at the end of the day.
  • On the 4th and each offense thereafter, the phone will be confiscated. An effort will be made to contact the parent/guardian and will be returned only when a parent/guardian comes to retrieve it from the office.
  • Stonewall Jackson Middle School is not responsible for any lost or stolen cell phones, iPads, ipods, MP3 players or gaming systems.

SAFE SCHOOL GUIDELINES

  1. Every student has the right to attend school daily without the fear of personal harm.
  2. Every student has the right to strive for excellence and academic success, free from disturbances or interruptions of the educational process.
  3. Teachers, students, and parents have the responsibility for contributing to the maintenance of an environment for teaching and learning.
  4. This code should assist in the development of the total growth of the student including the physical, mental, social, and emotional growth.
  5. These guidelines are in compliance with and will follow the Safe School Policy.

CODE OF CONDUCT

All students are expected to behave in a manner that is acceptable to everyone concerned – other students, teachers, administrators, and society in general. All students are under the authority of the principal and the teachers. In serious disciplinary cases, students may be suspended from school.

  1. Students are not to threaten, intimidate, or cause bodily harm to any school employee to any student. Fighting will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action.
  2. Students are not to throw objects.
  3. Students should obtain written teacher permission to leave classrooms.
  4. Students will not run in the halls or classrooms and noise will be kept to a minimum.
  5. Students will not use, possess, or distribute tobacco, alcohol, or drugs in the building and/or school property to include bus and bus stops. This also includes school activities at home or away.
  6. Students are not to have in their possession matches, lighters, knives, nuisance items (homemade sling shots, dart guns, etc.) or weapons. Squirt guns, water containers, water balloons, etc. will not be allowed.
  7. Students will not leave the school grounds without written permission.
  8. Students are expected to refrain from using foul language and gestures.
  9. Students are not to vandalize, damage, or steal school or private property.
  10. Students are to refrain from inappropriate displays of affection.
  11. Students are expected to attend and be on time for all classes unless officially excused.
  12. Students are to do their own work. Cheating will result in disciplinary action.
  13. Students are to be in compliance with the school dress code.
  14. No heavy jewelry (which could be used as a weapon) is allowed. Any jewelry considered dangerous by the administration is not allowed.
  15. Students are not permitted to carry backpacks, purses, or heavy coats to class. All items must be stored in their lockers.

All students shall be subject to the provisions of a code of conduct in the following circumstances:

  1. While on property owned by Kanawha County Schools
  2. During time periods when a student is scheduled to attend school of other activities conducted under the auspices of Kanawha County Schools, regardless of whether a student a student is in actual attendance
  3. During any extracurricular activity or trip conducted under the auspices of Kanawha County Schools in which a student elects to participate
  4. While a student is in transit to or from school or extracurricular activity, including transit on a school bus
  5. Offenses against employees of Kanawha County Schools, regardless of time or place
  6. Bomb threats involving the property of Kanawha County Schools regardless of time or place
  7. The consumption of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances, in any amount prior to any school related activity, regardless of time and place

Consequences of inappropriate behavior will be determined by Kanawha County and/or West Virginia State Policy and grade level administrators.

BULLYING, HARASSMENT AND INTIMIDATION

Schools, school property, school bus stops and school sponsored activities in Kanawha County are to be free from all forms of bullying and harassment.

Bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation means any intentional gesture, or any intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act, communication, transmission or threat that:

  • A reasonable person under the circumstances should know would have the effect of harming a student, damaging a student’s property, place a student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person, and/or placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to his or her property;
  • Is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening or emotionally abusive educational environment for a student; or
  • Disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of the school.

Violators of this policy need to be reported immediately. BULLYING WILL NOT BE TOLERATED!!!

STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Rights and responsibilities go hand in hand. As students at Stonewall Jackson Middle School, you have the basic rights and responsibilities as other citizens; life, liberty, and property. Other rights, of which you should be aware, are your rights to the privileges and immunities of United States citizens. Your enjoyment of these rights is governed by due process of law. School officials have responsibility for your safety and welfare from home to school. To meet this responsibility, they have the right to adopt rules and regulations for purpose of maintaining order and discipline and for creating a positive learning environment. As students, it is your duty to obey these rules and regulations, not only while you are on school property, but also en-route to and from school.

RIGHT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION/DUE PROCESS

Each student, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, language, sex or handicap has the right to equal educational opportunity. Due Process of Law means in the due course of legal proceedings according to those rules and forms which have been established for the protection of private rights securing to every person a judicial trail before we can be deprived of life, liberty, or property.

VISITORS

After 8:25 am all outside doors will be locked. Visitors should enter through the front door and report directly to the office to sign in. All visitors will be issued a pass to wear while in the building.

BUS DISIPLINE POLICY

Board of Education guidelines are set up to secure safe transportation for all students who ride school buses. The following procedures will apply when dealing with a disciplinary problem:

  1. The driver will attempt to resolve the problem.
  2. The bus driver and principal will have an informal conference with the student and contact the parents.
  3. Should misbehavior continue, the driver will complete the “Driver’s Report of Student Misconduct Form.” Copies of the form will be sent home and suggestions for improvement will be applied.
  4. Failure of the student to correct his behavior will result in suspension pending a conference with the parents, student, driver, bus supervisor and principal. Parents will be notified of loss of his/her child’s privileges.
  5. Suspension from Bus; suspension from one bus includes all buses including those for extracurricular activities.
  6. All students will enter and exit the front door of the building at the beginning and end of the school day.
  7. All students are to remain on school property while waiting for the bus. They are not to go off campus.

CAMPUS RESTRICTIONS

All students are restricted to campus the entire day. On campus is limited to the areas between Park Avenue, Matthews Avenue, the fence at the rear of the outside play area, and the top level of the front campus, within the area of the benches. Exception to this policy must be approved by the principal. Stay out of the alley behind the school. When bus students exit the bus, they are to stay on campus. Students are not to loiter in the school parking areas at any time. Violations of all campus restrictions are considered major violations of school policy.

DRESS CODE

All students are to dress in a manner appropriate for school. The rule of thumb is: “If the clothing is appropriate in most work places, then it is O.K.” The teacher monitors and enforces what is APPROPRIATE for the classroom. The following information is to be used as a guide:

  1. All students will be fully clothed, clean, and well-groomed.
  2. All students are to wear shoes at all times.
  3. No students may wear a hat, winter scarves, or sunglasses in the building.
  4. No clothing with imprinting of poor taste or of an offensive nature is allowed. No alcohol, tobacco advertising, or suggestive connotations.
  5. There will be no bare backs, halter tops, midriffs and/or off the shoulder shirts. Sleeveless shirts must cover undergarments and entire shoulder.
  6. There will be no slits in skirts above the knee and higher than mid-thigh.
  7. Students will not wear see-through clothing or underclothing as an outer garment.
  8. No student may wear shorts or skirts shorter than mid-thigh.
  9. Outer wear, such as heavy jackets and coats, are not to be worn in the classroom.
  10. Students will not be permitted to wear pants below the waistline, sagging and dragging (students must have a belt on, and have pants above waist).
  11. No holes of any size in jeans are permitted above the knee (unless tights are worn under the jeans). No skin should be showing under the holes.
  12. Boxer style shorts and biker pants or any tight garments are not allowed as a singular item of clothing. Tights may be worn under a shirt or dress that covers the buttocks and meets all other dress code requirements.
  13. Book bags and/or purses must be stored in the student’s locker during the school day.
  14. No students may wear house shoes or bed clothing of any kind to school.
  15. No body piercing (except ears) is allowed.
  16. The county policy on tattoos will be followed.
  17. Clothing that is or could be considered a disruptive and/or distracting to the learning environment will not be permitted. This will be determined on a case by case basis by the administration.
  18. If a student’s clothing is not appropriate, they will be given something appropriate to wear or may call home for an acceptable article of clothing.

CAFETERIA

Students desiring to eat in the cafeteria will enter either serving line, pick up their food and give their student number. All students are permitted to eat – free of charge! Each student is responsible for cleaning up his/her own eating area and placing trash in the containers provided.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Family Nights
  • Fundraisers
  • Dance Chaperones
  • In Class
  • Outdoor Projects
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • Reward Events for Students
  • Office Help
  • PTO Table
  • Book Fair
  • Athletic Boosters

TITLE I Information:

Title I is a federal program that provides funds to schools and districts serving high numbers of economically disadvantaged children. As a Title I School, we receive the following benefits:

  • Additional staff
    • Curriculum Specialist
    • Math/English Interventionists
  • Opportunities for Professional Development for staff
  • Opportunities for tutoring for students
  • Individualized instruction directed toward student needs
  • Small group settings
  • Additional teaching materials and funding
  • Computer programs to target intensive intervention to meet student needs

STRATEGIC PLAN:

  • Available in the office upon request. Please sign upon review.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • August 10, 2017 – Title I Open House
  • August 14, 2017 – First Day of School for Students
  • August 18, 2017 – Early Dismissal
  • September 4, 2017 – Labor Day – Schools Closed
  • September 8, 2017 – Early Dismissal
  • October 13, 2017 – Early Dismissal
  • October 16, 2017 – Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • November 10, 2017 – Veteran’s Day – Schools Closed
  • November 17, 2017 – Early Dismissal
  • November 20 – 24, 2017 – Thanksgiving Break
  • December 22, 2017 – Early Dismissal
  • December 25 – January 1, 2018 – Christmas Break
  • January 12, 2018 – Early Out
  • January 15, 2018 – Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday – Schools Closed
  • February 2, 2018 – Early Out
  • March 2, 2018 – Early Out
  • March 29 – April 6, 2018 – Spring Break – Schools Closed
  • April 13, 2018 – Early Out
  • May 8, 2018 – Election Day – Schools Closed
  • May 11, 2018 – Early Out
  • May 23, 2018 – Last Day of School for Students

*All dates subject to change in accordance with the KCS Calendar

SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT

Stonewall Jackson Middle and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) (participating children), agree that this compact outlines how the parents, the entire school staff, and the students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.

This school-parent compact is in effect during school year 2017-2018 .

REQUIRED SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT PROVISIONS

School Responsibilities

Stonewall Jackson will:

  1. Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards as follows:

We will follow the standards established by the State to provide a comprehensive curriculum. Parents and teachers will be partners in supporting student success.

  1. Hold parent-teacher conferences (at least annually in elementary schools) during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement. Specifically, those conferences will be held:

Held October 16, 2017 and upon parent request.

  1. Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress. Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:

We will provide and send home midterms and progress reports every nine weeks. Parents will have unrestricted access to grades through Schoology at all times.

  1. Provide parents reasonable access to staff. Specifically, staff will be available for consultation with parents as follows:

Any time upon request during teacher planning times and we will make every effort to address needs outside of the school hours as well.

  1. Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities, as follows:

Open door policy for visitation. Parents should make their requests known in the office.

Parent Responsibilities

We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:

  • Monitoring attendance and ensuring that students arrive promptly to school.
  • Making sure that homework is completed.
  • Volunteering in my child’s classroom.
  • Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my children’s education.
  • Promoting positive use of my child’s extracurricular time.
  • Staying informed about my child’s education and communicating with the school by promptly reading all notices from the school or the school district either received by my child or by mail and responding, as appropriate.
  • Serving, to the extent possible, on policy advisory groups, such as being the Title I, Part A parent representative on the school’s School Improvement Team, the Title I Policy Advisory Committee, the District wide Policy Advisory Council, the State’s Committee of Practitioners, the School Support Team or other school advisory or policy groups.
  • Utilize Schoology to monitor grades and communicate with teachers electronically.

Student Responsibilities

We, as students, will share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the State’s high standards. Specifically, we will:

  • Do my homework every day and ask for help when I need to.
  • Read at least 30 minutes every day outside of school time.
  • Give to my parents or the adult who is responsible for my welfare all notices and information received by me from my school.
  • Maintain appropriate care of my iPad and display good digital citizenship.
  • Participate and work hard in class every day.
  • Respect adults and my peers.
  • Have a positive impact on my school by attending school events and becoming a member of a group or club.

School Representative: Jessica Austin, Principal Date: August 14, 2017

Parent: _________________________________ Date: ____________________

Student: ________________________________ Date: ____________________