HENKLE MIDDLE SCHOOL
At Henkle Middle School all students are encouraged to dream and inspired to succeed. We create a culture of safety by valuing diversity, nurturing positive relationships and providing a clear focus on social, emotional and academic success. Students are challenged and equipped with tools to meet rigorous standards. Our students are empowered to become life-long learners and respectful,
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
No student shall be unlawfully denied an educational opportunity or be discriminated against because of national origin, race, religion, economic status, sex, pregnancy, marital status, previous arrest, previous incarceration, or a physical, mental or sensory handicap. All students have the constitutional right to freedom of speech and press, to peacefully assemble and to petition the government and its representatives regarding grievances, to exercise their religious beliefs and to have their school free from sectarian control or influence, all subject to reasonable limitations of time, place and manner of exercising such rights, as defined by Washington Administrative Codes (WACs).
All students have the constitutional right to be secure in their persons, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures.
All students have the right to be free from unlawful interference in their pursuit of an education while in the custody of the school district. No student shall be deprived of the right to an equal educational opportunity in whole or in part by a school district without due process of law. Restorative justice strategies valuing empathy, respect, honesty, acceptance, responsibility, and accountability may be used to provide ways to: effectively address behavior, support a safe learning environment, and offer alternatives to suspension and expulsion.
STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Respect the law and the rights of others. In school, students shall respect the rights of others so that he/she does not interfere with the education of others. Students who involve themselves in criminal acts on school property, or at school-related events, or who disrupt the educational process are liable to prosecution under the law and/or disciplinary action by the school.
Students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible members of the school community. This includes obeying all laws and complying with all policies, rules and regulations of the school and school district. In addition, students are expected to safeguard the property of the school. It is also the student’s responsibility to safeguard and care for their own property.
All students shall pursue the required course of studies, and shall submit to the authority of their teachers, and be subject to such disciplinary action as the local school officials shall determine. Students are to develop skills, competencies, and attitudes that are fundamental to an individual’s achievement as a responsible, contributing citizen.
SCHOOL RULES AND REGULATIONS
Academic dishonesty, which includes plagiarism and cheating, undermines the school’s mission and the student’s educational process. Plagiarism is willfully copying another’s work or ideas and taking credit as own (e.g., student papers, tests, published work, etc.). Cheating includes falsifying records or documents, providing one’s own work that may be copied by another, or disclosing exam questions and/or answers. Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty at HMS will receive the following consequences:
- First documented offense in the class may result in loss of credit for the assignment under work habits
- Second documented offense will result in progressive discipline as appropriate
All necessary documents, (ie.: physical forms, medical releases, emergency contacts, etc) must be filled out on Final Forms or on file in the office prior to participating in the first practice.
Any student participating in a sport must purchase an ASB card and pay the (per sport) Athletic User Fee. For all sports, these items must be taken care of prior to the athlete’s first scheduled game. Any athlete who has not taken care of these items will not be allowed to participate in the scheduled games.
Also, at the beginning of each sports season, all fines and fees must be paid prior to participation in the first game. This includes, but not limited to overdue books, club fees, art fees, shop fees, and uniforms.
Grades will be checked once during each season. In order to maintain athletic and activity eligibility the student will not have (an average of) a “1” in either Academic or Work Habits. This means students will not be able to participate in any competition. If a student receives a “1” at the progress grade check, they will meet with the coach and the Athletic Director and be placed on probation. While on probation, a student will not be allowed to participate in competition but will be allowed to practice. If at the end of the one-week probation period a “1” is still present, the student will be dismissed from the team.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES OR ILLICIT DRUGS
The manufacturing, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, consumption, use, storage, or distribution of drugs (including marijuana/cannabis), alcohol, and other similar chemical substances on school grounds, at school activities, or on district-provided transportation is prohibited. For purposes of student conduct expectations:
- This section applies to any controlled substance, medication, stimulant, depressant, or mood-altering compound, including simulated compounds intended to produce intoxication or euphoria, whether or not such compounds have been designated a controlled substance by state or federal law;
- This section applies to marijuana or substances containing marijuana;
- This section applies to legally-prescribed drugs which a student is nevertheless not lawfully authorized to possess or distribute on school grounds, at school activities, or on district-provided transportation;
- This section applies to students who enter school grounds, school activities, or district-provided transportation following the unlawful use or consumption of drugs, alcohol, and other similar chemical substances, including students who appear to be under the influence of such substances; and
- This section applies equally to the possession or use of paraphernalia or other items used to possess, consume, store, or distribute drugs, alcohol, and/or other illegal chemical substances, including marijuana or substances containing marijuana.
Any students found in the same area as students using alcoholic beverages and/or drugs may be subject to the same discipline as students in possession.
If any school employee suspects a student to be under the influence of intoxicants they should request administration to conduct an investigation. Law enforcement will be notified whenever there is an incident involving alcohol and/or drugs.
Assemblies are a valuable part of our educational program here at Henkle Middle School. A variety of assemblies are provided to complement our academic and activity programs.
The key to a successful assembly is student behavior. You are expected to be attentive and courteous during an assembly or presentation. Remember, your behavior not only reflects on you, but also on your school. All assemblies will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance. Student not reciting the pledge shall maintain a respectful silence. RCW28A.230.140
The White Salmon Valley School District will comply with the state law that requires all public schools to report the number of excused and unexcused absences each year. At five unexcused absences the student and parent must enter into a written plan with the school to improve attendance. The state law also requires school districts to file cases with the Klickitat County Juvenile Department of students who have reached seven unexcused absences in a month and/or ten unexcused absences during a school year.
Students are expected to have a note explaining their absence upon returning to school or within 3 school days of the absence. This note must have the first and last name of the student, date/s of absence, reason, and parent/guardian signature. Only absences which meet the state’s definition for excused absences shall be excused. (WAC 392-400-325)
The following are the only state approved excuses for absences from school:
(1) Illness, health condition or medical appointment (including, but not limited to, medical, counseling, dental, optometry, pregnancy, and in-patient or out-patient treatment for chemical dependency or mental health) for the student or person for whom the student is legally responsible;
(2) Family emergency including, but not limited to, a death or illness in the family;
(3) Religious or cultural purpose including observance of a religious or cultural holiday or participation in religious or cultural instruction;
(4) Court, judicial proceeding, court-ordered activity, or jury service;
(5) Post-secondary, technical school or apprenticeship program visitation, or scholarship interview;
(6) State-recognized search and rescue activities consistent with RCW 28A.225.055;
(7) Absence directly related to the student's homeless or foster care/dependency status;
(8) Absences related to deployment activities of a parent or legal guardian who is an active duty member consistent with RCW 28A.705.010;
(9) Absences due to suspensions, expulsions or emergency expulsions imposed pursuant to chapter WAC 392-400 if the student is not receiving educational services and is not enrolled in qualifying "course of study" activities as defined in WAC 392-121-107;
(10) Absences due to student safety concerns, including absences related to threats, assaults, or bullying;
(11) Absences due to a student's migrant status; and
(12) An approved activity that is consistent with district policy and is mutually agreed upon by the principal or designee and a parent, guardian, or emancipated youth.
The school principal (or designee) has the authority to determine if an absence meets the above criteria for an excused absence. Students are allowed to make up work or tests that take place during excused absences. Per state law, all other reasons for an absence from school will be considered unexcused.
The education and safety of children are our top priorities. We will continue our practice of attempting to contact parents/guardians when a child is absent from school. If you have concerns about your child’s attendance, please contact the attendance secretary or school principal.
EXCESSIVE ABSENCES, EXCUSED OR UNEXCUSED, CAN RESULT IN LOSS OF CREDIT FOR THE CLASS. See classroom procedures for individual teacher’s policy. For information on tardies which is connected to attendance, see tardy policy.
All students leaving school must check-out in the office unless they are leaving on an approved school function. Students signing out of school will be required to have a note excusing them from school prior to signing out. When students re-enter school they must also sign in at the office so that we know the student is on campus.
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT FOR EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
A student must be in each of his/her classes for the entire day in order to participate in an ASB or athletic activity that day. This includes advisory or any activity/assembly scheduled for that day. Students who are more than 15 minutes late for any class shall be considered absent for that period. The principal or their designee will make exceptions for medical related appointments (with note from provider) or activities pre-arranged with the principal or their designee. Other circumstances beyond the control of the student may be considered at the discretion of administration.
For the safety of students and staff, random drug searches will occur throughout the school year using specially trained drug sniffing dogs. These animals will be used to conduct periodic searches of student lockers and vehicle parking areas to include student vehicles.
COMPUTER, NETWORK AND INTERNET USE
- Students are required to have a signed Respectable Use Policy on file before using the school’s computer networks.
- Students are responsible for good behavior and communications apply. Students are expected to report incidents of abuse of the network.
- Students are expected and required to avoid illegal or unkind actions, including:
- Sending, displaying, downloading or using obscene languages or images;
- Harassing, insulting, or attacking others;
- Damaging computers, computer systems or computer networks;
- Violating copyright laws;
- Using another’s password;
- Trespassing in another’s folders, work or files;
- Employing the network for commercial purposes
These actions are explained in greater detail in the District Technology Plan, copies of which are available in school offices or the District Office.
- D) Students are expected to preserve copyright information and respect copyright laws.
- School access to the Internet is designed and intended for educational purposes. The following uses of the Internet and school computers are not allowed without the direct instruction of a supervising teacher.
- Downloading and/or playing of games;
- Using instant messaging services or chat rooms (e.g. MSN messenger)
- Downloading, copying, obtaining or streaming audio or video files
- Sending, receiving or checking personal e-mail, (i.e. e-mail that is not school assignment related) except before or after school.
- School access of the Internet is screened by filtering software, however students are the ones who specify the constraints of their searches. Students are encouraged to notify the District Technology Director or the Network Administrator is they access information that makes them uncomfortable, or that they find offensive. Similarly, they should notify the District Technology Director or the Network Administrator if they feel acceptable content has been denied.
- Because the school’s network resources are limited; policies are in place to preserve those resources. Each user is permitted reasonable space to store personal files. The school reserves the right to require the purging of files in order to regain disk space. The use of the network is governed by expectations of common courtesy and mutual respect. Students whose need for the resource is more pressing have priority. Generally, the following hierarchy will prevail:
- Class work
- Correspondence (e-mail – checking, composing, sending)
- Other permitted uses
- Students found in willful and/or persistent violation of these guidelines will have their network privileges revoked and may face further disciplinary or legal action. Personal computers should be registered in the office.
COOPERATION WITH SCHOOL PERSONNEL
As per state law students must comply with the reasonable request of any school district personnel. Failure to comply is considered insubordination and may result in corrective action.
DANCES AND DANCE CONDUCT
Students must be in attendance the entire day to attend the dance. See the section on attendance requirements for extracurricular activities for more information. Once a student enters the dance, they may not leave and re-enter. Exception will be made for students to step outside for a few moments in an established supervised area located right outside the door. Students from other schools are not allowed to attend.
DEFACING OR DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY
A student shall not intentionally or with gross carelessness damage school or private property. When school property is damaged or stolen, the superintendent shall withhold grades, transcript or diploma until restitution is made.
Standards for personal appearance and dress are the responsibility of the individual student, parents/guardians, and the school administration. It is to be understood that the school standard for appearance will likely be different from the standard outside of school time.
The following guidelines on clothing are examples and do not cover all situations:
- Students must be dressed in a manner that is not distracting or offensive to other students and/or staff. Please remember the following “5 B’s” cannot be revealed on campus: bellies, boxers, bras, breasts, or buttocks.
- Clothing identified with gangs will not be allowed
- No pajamas (spirit days only), slippers, or lingerie will be allowed
- No articles of clothing or accessories shall be worn depicting any tobacco, drug or alcohol message; also, no weapons may be displayed on garments
- No obscene representations and/or words of any kind
- No cropped tops or strapless garments allowed
The administration has the authority to make changes at any time to the dress code based on either safety or health reasons. A student wearing inappropriate clothing, as deemed by the administration and/or staff, will be asked to change their clothing or their will not be allowed to remain on campus. Parents/guardians may be contacted.
Per school board Policy No. 3245 Students, students shall not use personal telecommunication devices that pose a threat to the academic integrity, disrupts the learning environment or violates the privacy of others and therefore must be turned off and out of sight when they are in the building.
- Step 1 - Staff writes a referral and contacts parent/guardian. Admin reminds them of cell phone expectations.
- Step 2 - Staff writes a referral and contacts parent/guardian. Student calls home with administrator.
- Step 3 - Admin confiscates phone until parent/guardian picks up from office. Confiscated phones will not be returned to a student. Student will contact parent with administrator.
- Step 4 - check-in/check-out from the office
E-PENS/ ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES/VAPOR DEVICES
These devices are prohibited on school grounds and property including transportation. Discipline will fall under our tobacco and drug policy.
Extra-curricular activities are offered at Henkle Middle School to expose the student to sports and activities that will help them develop a feeling of teamwork and social skills.
FEES AND FINES
A student may be assigned course fees, books, materials, uniforms, etc. during the school year for which the student is responsible. A student shall be responsible for the cost of replacing materials or property which are lost or damaged due to negligence. If you notice property in need of repair, please notify your teacher or the office staff. ALSO: Any student participating in any extracurricular activity must have all fines and fees paid prior to participation in that activity. This includes, but is not limited to overdue books, club fees, course fees, and uniforms.
The act of quarreling involving bodily contact is prohibited. This includes instigating, promoting (including promotion by presence as a spectator), and escalating a fight, as well as the failure to disperse at the scene of a fight. Fighting involves mutual participation in an incident involving physical violence. A major injury is when one or more students, school personnel, or other persons on school grounds require professional medical attention.
FIREARMS ON SCHOOL PREMISES
A student who is determined to have carried a firearm onto, or to have possessed a firearm on, public elementary or secondary school premises, public school-provided transportation, or areas of facilities while being used for school events, shall be expelled from school for not less than one year under RCW 28A.600.010. The superintendent of the school district may modify the expulsion of a student on a case-by-case basis. “Firearm” means a firearm as defined in 18 U.S.C. sec. 921, and a “firearm” as defined in RCW9.41.010. A school district may suspend or expel a student for up to one year if the student acts with malice under RCW9A.04.110 and displays an instrument that appeared (appears) to be a firearm. School officials shall notify the student’s parents or guardians and the appropriate law enforcement agency of known or suspected violations of this policy.
Fraudulently using in writing the name of another person, or falsifying times, dates, grades, addresses or other information on school forms of any kind is prohibited.
Organizations, groups, or individuals, which initiate or advocate activities which threaten the safety and well-being of persons or property on school facilities or at school sponsored events are detrimental to the educational purpose of the White Salmon Valley School District and will not be tolerated. Students involved in such activities are subject to corrective action.
The use of hand signals, and the presence of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, book, graffiti, manner of dress, or manner of grooming which by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol or any other attribute denotes membership in such a group creates a clear and present danger on school premises or at school sponsored events, and/or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the schools. Symbols of gang affiliation are prohibited and students involved are subject to suspension or expulsion.
The White Salmon Valley School District further prohibits activities that promote recruiting, initiation, hazing, intimidation, assaulting, and/or related activities to gang affiliation. Students who sponsor or participate in such activities shall be subject to corrective action.
Henkle Middle School does Standards Based Grading. See Appendix A for more detail.
Each student will be given 3 passes per trimester per class. All students in the halls during class time must have an appropriate, visible pass. Passes may be obtained from any staff member. Multiple students may be allowed on one pass if working on a project. Students without a hall pass or students refusing to present a hall pass may be sent to the office resulting in disciplinary action. Any student in any area of the school building or property without permission, who is determined to have engaged in wrongful activity may be considered trespassing and subject to law enforcement, as well as school discipline. (RCW28A.635.020 and 28A.635.030).
HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION, AND BULLYING
The White Salmon Valley School District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, parents/legal guardians, employees, volunteers and patrons, that is free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any intentional written message or image--including those that are electronically transmitted-- verbal, or physical act, including, but not limited to one shown to be motivated by any characteristic in RCW9A.36.080 (3), (race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, including gender expression or identity, or mental or physical disability), or other distinguishing characteristics, when the intentional written, verbal, physical and electronic (cyber-communication) act:
- Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or
- Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or
- Is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
- Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.
Bullying--Unwanted, aggressive behavior that (1) involves a real or perceived power imbalance, and (2) is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time
Discriminatory Harassment--conduct or communication that (1) is intended to be harmful, humiliating, or physically threatening, and (2) shows hostility toward a person or persons based on their real or perceived sex, race, creed
Nothing in this section requires the affected student to actually possess a characteristic that is a basis for the harassment, intimidation, bullying. “Other distinguishing characteristics” can include but are not limited to: physical appearance, clothing or other apparel, socioeconomic status, gender identity, marital status, and weight. Harassment, intimidation, or bullying can take many different forms including: slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats, or other written, oral, physical actions or electronically transmitted messages or images actions. “Intentional acts” refers to the individual’s choice to engage in the act rather than the ultimate impact of the action(s).
This policy is not intended to prohibit expression of religious, philosophical, or political views, provided that the expression does not substantially disrupt the education environment. Many behaviors that do not rise to the level of harassment, intimidation, or bullying may still be prohibited by other district policies or building, classroom, or program rules.
This policy is a component of the district’s responsibility to create and maintain a safe, civil, respectful and inclusive learning community and is to be implemented in conjunction with comprehensive training of staff and volunteers, including the education of students in partnership with families and the community. The policy is to be implemented in conjunction with Comprehensive Safe Schools Plan that includes prevention, intervention, crisis response, recovery and annual review. Employees in particular, are expected to support the dignity and safety of all members of the school community.
Depending upon the frequency and severity of the conduct, intervention, counseling, correction, discipline, and/or referral to law enforcement will be used to remediate the impact on the victim and the climate and change the behavior of the perpetrator. This includes appropriate intervention, restoration of a positive climate, and support for the victims and others impacted by the violation. False reports or retaliation for harassment, intimidation or bullying also constitute violations of the policy. Retaliation is prohibited and will result in appropriate discipline. It is a violation of this policy to threaten or harm someone for reporting HIB. Students and employees will not be disciplined for making a report in good faith.
Incident reporting forms may be used by students, families, or staff to report incidents of harassment, intimidation, or bullying. These forms are available in the office, on the Henkle and District website, and through staff contacts. Safety plan forms are also available.
Horseplay includes roughhousing, pushing, shouting, throwing food, or mock fighting is prohibited and may lead to disciplinary action.
INAPPROPRIATE DISPLAY OF AFFECTION
Public displays of affection have no place at school. Students observed inappropriately hugging, kissing, or displaying other forms of affection before, during or after school on school grounds will be subject to disciplinary action.
INSULTING OR ABUSING TEACHERS AND/OR STAFF
Insulting or verbally abusing a teacher and/or staff member on school premises will result in disciplinary action.
Lasers (laser pointers) are prohibited on school property.
Lewd, indecent, or obscene acts or expressions shall be grounds for disciplinary action.
The act of throwing, dropping or depositing of litter is prohibited on public property. RCW7.93.060
Combinations will be issued for locker use. If your locker is defaced, you are responsible for the consequences.
Loitering in bathrooms, parking lots and designated off-limit areas is prohibited.
Use of a prescribed or over the counter drug must be authorized by a medical prescription accompanied by a note from the registered physician and filed with the office by the parent/guardian of the child. Students may not possess medication unless authorization forms have been completed and on file in the main office.
NEED TO IDENTIFY SELF
All students must identify themselves to any school personnel when requested to do so.
OFF CAMPUS EVENTS
School district rules and regulations shall govern students at school-sponsored off campus events. Failure to comply may result in loss of eligibility to attend school sponsored off campus events and may lead to other disciplinary actions.
PAMPHLETS, POSTERS AND PUBLISHED MATERIALS
Administration must approve any pamphlets, posters and other published materials brought to school or posted on the school bulletin board or school property. The ASB Advisor will approve posters for student related events.
Vulgar, obscene or profane language, whether spoken, written, or gestured, is prohibited.
RULES FOR RIDING THE BUS
The following rules and regulations were prepared by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction with the advice of the chief of the Washington State Patrol and the Director of Highways of the State of Washington. 392-145-035.
- The driver is in full charge of the bus and pupils. The pupils must obey them promptly and willingly.
- Pupils shall ride their regularly assigned bus as all times, unless permission has been granted by the school authorities. School authorities should verify with the transportation department the availability of extra seating space before issuing bus passes for non-regular riders.
- Unless by written permission of school authorities, no pupil shall be permitted to leave the bus except at his/her stop.
- Each pupil may be assigned a seat in which he/she will be seated at all times, unless permission to change is given by the school principal and/or driver. No radio/headphones/tape recorders/cell phones will be used on the bus.
- Outside of ordinary conversation, classroom conduct must be observed. Classroom conduct is a rather loose term, but in its broadest sense it may be interpreted to mean that students:
* Will sit properly in their seats
* Will refrain from throwing objects
* Will keep their hands to themselves
* Will be courteous to their fellow passenger
* Will share seats willingly
* Pupils are to assist in keeping the bus clean by keeping their waste paper off the floor.
* It is against the law to have laser a pointer on the bus.
* No pupil shall open a window on the school bus without first getting permission from the school bus driver. If permission is given, windows will not be lower than the red mark indicator.
* No pupil shall at any time extend his head, hands or arms out the window whether the bus is in motion or standing still.
* Pupils must see that they have nothing in their possession that may cause injury to another; such as sticks, breakable containers, any type of firearms, straps or pins extending from their clothing. Also, no animal is permitted on the bus, except “seeing eye” dogs.
* Each pupil must see that his/her belongings are kept out of the aisle. Special permission must be granted by the school authorities to transport large items.
* No pupil will be allowed to talk to the driver more than necessary.
* No pupil shall sit in the driver’s seat, nor shall any pupil be to the immediate left or right of the driver.
* Pupils are to remain seated while the bus is in motion and are not to get on or off until the bus has come to a full stop.
* Pupils must leave the bus in an orderly manner. They must not cross the highway until given consent by the driver. When boarding or leaving the bus, students should be in full view of the driver at all times.
* Pupils must cross the highway only in front of the bus and never behind it.
* Pupils must not stand or play in the roadway while waiting for the bus. Pupils should leave home early enough to arrive at the bus stop before the bus is due.
* Self-discipline should be exercised at the bus loading area. Pupils shall not abuse or cause damage to private or public property or fellow pupils.
* Pupils who have to walk some distance along the highway to the bus loading zone, must walk, where practical, on the left hand side facing the oncoming traffic. This will also apply to pupils leaving the bus zones in the evening.
* In the event of an actual emergency, pupils must follow emergency procedures as established by the Emergency Exit Drills.
* School districts will be reimbursed for damage to school buses by pupils. Parents of students damaging school buses will be held responsible.
Bus infractions may result in disciplinary consequences.
SELLING ITEMS AT SCHOOL
No advertising or displaying items sold in direct competition of school clubs, groups or classes. Any and all advertising must be pre-approved by the principal of Henkle Middle School and the approval is the sole discretion of the Henkle Middle School administration. No in-school displays of items being sold other than flyers. Sellers are not allowed to set up booths or merchandise displays in any area of the school. (examples: A and C courts, gym, classrooms). Only organizations authorized by the ASB may sell on school property or at school events.
It is the policy of the White Salmon Valley School District to protect the rights of individuals concerning all types of discrimination; racial, ethnic, sexual or any other identified form of discrimination will not be tolerated.
- Definition – Sexual Harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances for sexual favor and other unwelcome verbal or physical sexual-oriented advances or conduct received by one student from another student in the course of a student’s education in school, on the school bus, or at a school sponsored or related activity. Conduct is viewed as sexual harassment when it has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with a student’s school performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.
- Corrective Action – If a student believes he/she is the victim of sexual harassment, he/she should tell the offender to stop the activity. This is the first step toward resolution. If the victim is uncomfortable or cannot initiate this action or the offender persists, a student should immediately report the violation to a teacher, counselor or administrator. An investigation must be conducted within 48 hours of the reported incident and a report rendered shortly after.
- Reporting forms are on the HMS website, District website, and in the HMS office
Skateboards, roller blades, scooters or razors are not allowed to be ridden on school property. Any student bringing one of these items to school may drop them off in the office until the end of the school day.
SMOKING OR POSSESSION OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS
Students are not allowed to smoke, chew, nor possess tobacco products on school property, school buses, at school-sponsored activities or within 1,000 feet of school property. Any students found in the same area as students smoking may be subject to the same discipline as students in possession. This includes vapor devices, e-pens and electronic cigarettes and any other device which is capable of being used to consume tobacco or nicotine, regardless of whether the student is using the device for this purpose.
Throwing snow and/or snowballs is prohibited.
A student shall enjoy freedom of speech, press, and assembly according to school regulations and providing such expression is not libelous, obscene or disruptive.
TAMPERING WITH FIRE APPARATUS OR FALSE ALARMS
Setting off stick bombs, or firecrackers or setting off fire alarms, discharging or stealing fire extinguishers, or damaging alarm systems is not permitted and will result in suspension.
Students are expected to arrive on time for each regularly scheduled class. Tardiness is defined as an unauthorized late arrival to class after the bell has rung. A student who enters a classroom more than fifteen minutes late is considered absent unless there is an excused note.
When arriving to school, students must have a note from their parent and/or guardian excusing the tardiness. Excessive tardies may result in the student serving detention.
THEFT - Definition
To wrongfully obtain or exert unauthorized control over the property or services of another with the intent to deprive him/her of such property or services and/or appropriate lost or misdelivered property of another with the intent to deprive him/her of such property is prohibited. (RCW 9A.56.020) Henkle Middle School is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Being present in an unauthorized place or refusing to leave when ordered to do so. RCW 9A.52.080, RCW 9A.52.100
UNEXCUSED ABSENCES/FAILURE TO ATTEND ASSIGNED CLASS
When a student is absent from school or any assigned class they must have a signed note from their parent and/or guardian upon returning to school. If the school is not notified by this time, the absence will be automatically unexcused. Repeated violations will result in disciplinary sanctions.
VIDEO EQUIPMENT MONITORING
Video equipment shall be used for safety and security purposes to monitor student behavior on buses and in common areas on District controlled property.
Parents and interested citizens of the community are welcome to visit the schools by following the appropriate check-in procedure. Any person not enrolled in the middle school who has appropriate, pre-arranged business on the campus must register in the office, be approved by the administrator, and wear the visitor’s pass issued. Parents who wish to visit a classroom must receive permission from the appropriate administrator. The parent cannot interfere with classroom instruction.
All visitors must report to the office upon entering and exiting the building. Visitors are to sign in and wear a visitor’s badge while on campus. Students are not allowed to bring out-of-town guests or any other unauthorized visitor to school. While parents and alumni are always welcome, we request that appointments are made to see staff members or visit classrooms during school hours. If there is a special circumstance, please contact an administrator.
SUSPENSIONS/LONG-TERM SUSPENSIONS/EXPULSIONS (Chapter 392-400 WAC)
Any student receiving in-school, out-of-school suspension or expulsion will be suspended from all extracurricular activities, club, sport, or school organizations. Students who have been suspended or expelled may not return to school property during the duration of the suspension either during or after school.
The district authorizes staff to enter into behavior agreements with students and parents in response to behavioral violations, including agreements to reduce the length of a suspension conditioned on the participation in treatment services, agreements in lieu of suspension or expulsion, or agreements holding a suspension or expulsion in abeyance. Behavior agreements will also describe district actions planned to support behavior changes by the students. The district will provide any behavior agreement in a language and form the student and parents understand. A behavior agreement does not preclude the district from administering discipline for behavioral violations that occur after the district enters into an agreement with the student and parents.
In-school suspension and short-term suspension
In accordance with policy 3241 and WAC 392-400, student behaviors that could lead to the imposition of an in-school suspension or a short-term suspension may include but are not limited to:
- Being intoxicated or under the influence of controlled substance, alcohol or marijuana at school or while present at school activities;
- Bomb scares or false fire alarms that cause a disruption to the school program;
- Cheating or disclosure of exams;
- Commission of any crime on school grounds or during school activities;
- Dress code violations that the student refuses to correct (see school student handbook)
- Fighting: Fighting and instigating, promoting, or escalating a fight, as well as failure to disperse. Engaging in any form of fighting where physical blows are exchanged, regardless of who initiated the fight. This prohibition includes hitting, slapping, pulling hair, biting, kicking, choking, and scratching or any other acts in which a student intentionally inflicts or attempts to inflict injury on another;
- Gang-related activity;
- Intentional deprivation of student and staff use of school facilities;
- Intentional endangerment to self, other students, or staff, including endangering on a school bus;
- Intentional injury to another;
- Intentionally defacing or destroying the property of another;
- Intentionally obstructing the entrance or exit of any school building or room in order to deprive others of passing through;
- Possession, use, sale, or delivery of illegal or controlled chemical substances;
- Preventing students from attending class or school activities;
- Refusal to cease prohibited behavior;
- Refusal to leave an area when repeatedly instructed to do so by school personnel;
- Sexual misconduct that could constitute sexual assault or harassment on school grounds, at school activities, or on school provided transportation;
- Substantially and intentionally interfering with any class or activity;
- Threats of violence to other students or staff;
- Use or possession of weapons prohibited by state law, or other items with the intent to harm
Long-term suspensions and expulsions
In accordance with policy 3241 and WAC 392-400, student behaviors that could lead to the imposition of a long-term suspension or and expulsion include:
- Having a firearm on school property or school transportation in violation of RCW 28A.600.420;
- Any of the following offenses listed in RCW 13.04.155, including:
- any violent offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030, including
- any felony that Washington law defines as a class A felony or an attempt, criminal conspiracy, or solicitation to commit a class A felony;
- indecent liberties committed by forcible compulsion;
- assault in the second degree;
- assault of a child in the second degree;
- drive-by shooting; and
- vehicular homicide or vehicular assault caused by driving a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or by operating a vehicle in a reckless manner.
- any sex offense as defined in RCW 9.94A.030, which includes any felony violation of chapter 9A.44 RCW (other than failure to registered as a sex offender in violation of 9A.44.132), including rape, rape of a child, child molestation, sexual misconduct with a minor, indecent liberties, voyeurism, and any felony conviction or adjudication with a sexual motivation finding;
- inhaling toxic fumes in violation of chapter 9.47A RCW;
- any controlled substance violation of chapter 69.50 RCW;
- any liquor violation of RCW 66.44.270;
- any weapons violation of chapter 9.41 RCW, including having a dangerous weapon at school in violation of RCW 9.41.280;
- any violation of chapter 9A.36 RCW, including assault, malicious harassment, drive-by shooting, reckless endangerment, promoting a suicide attempt, coercion, assault of a child, custodial assault, and failing to summon assistance for an injured victim of a crime in need of assistance;
- any violation of chapter 9A.40 RCW, including kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, custodial interference, luring, and human trafficking;
- any violation of chapter 9A.46 RCW, including harassment, stalking, and criminal gang intimidation; and
- any violation of chapter 9A.48 RCW, including arson, reckless burning, malicious mischief, and criminal street gang tagging and graffiti.
- Two or more violations of the following within a three-year period
- criminal gang intimidation in violation of RCW 9A.46.120:
- gang activity on school grounds in violation of RCW 28A.600.455;
- willfully disobeying school administrative personnel in violation of RCW 28A.635.020; and
- defacing or injuring school property in violation of RCW 28A.635.060; and
- Any student behavior that adversely affects the health or safety of other students or educational staff.
Before administering any in-school, short-term, long-term suspension or expulsion, the district will attempt to notify the student’s parent(s) as soon as reasonably possible regarding the behavioral violation. Additionally, the principal or designee must conduct an informal initial hearing with the student to hear the student’s perspective. The principal or designee must provide the student an opportunity to contact his or her parent(s) regarding the initial hearing. The district must hold the initial hearing in a language the parent and student understand.
At the initial hearing, the principal or designee will provide the student:
- Notice of the student’s violation of this policy;
- An explanation of the evidence regarding the behavioral violation;
- An explanation of the discipline that may be administered; and
- An opportunity for the student to share his or her perspective and provide explanation regarding the behavioral violation.
Divergence between long-term suspension and expulsion
A long-term suspension may not exceed the length of an academic term. The district may not administer a long-term suspension beyond the school year in which the behavioral violation occurred.
An expulsion may not exceed the length of an academic term, unless the Superintendent grants a petition to extend the expulsion under WAC 392-400-480. The district is not prohibited from administrating an expulsion beyond the school year in which the behavioral violation occurred.
The district may immediately remove a student from the student’s current school placement, subject to the following requirements:
The district must have sufficient cause to believe that the student’s presence poses:
- An immediate and continuing danger to other students or school personnel; or
- An immediate and continuing threat of material and substantial disruption of the educational process.
For purposes of determining sufficient cause for an emergency expulsion, the phrase “immediate and continuing threat of material and substantial disruption of the educational process” means:
- The student’s behavior results in an extreme disruption of the educational process that creates a substantial barrier to learning for other students across the school day; and
- School personnel have exhausted reasonable attempts at administering other forms of discipline to support the student in meeting behavioral expectations.
An emergency expulsion may not exceed ten consecutive school days. An emergency expulsion must end or be converted to another form of discipline within ten (10) school days from its start.
After an emergency expulsion, the district must attempt to notify the student’s parents, as soon as reasonably possible, regarding the reason the district believes the student’s presence poses an immediate and continuing danger to other students or school personnel, or an immediate and continuing threat of material and substantial disruption of the education process.
Within twenty-four (24) hours after an emergency expulsion, the district will provide written notice to the student and parents in person, by mail, or by email.
Appeal, Reconsideration, and Petition
Optional conference with principal
If a student or the parent(s) disagree with the district’s decision to suspend, expel, or emergency expel the student, the student or parent(s) may request an informal conference with the principal or designee to resolve the disagreement. The parent or student may request an informal conference orally or in writing.
The principal or designee must hold the conference within three (3) school business days after receiving the request, unless otherwise agreed to by the student and parent(s).
During the informal conference, the student and parent(s) will have the opportunity to share the student’s perspective and explanation regarding the events that led to the behavioral violation. The student and parent will also have the opportunity to confer with the principal or designee and school personnel involved in the incident that led to the suspension or expulsion. Further, the student and parent will have the opportunity to discuss other forms of discipline that the district could administer.
The appeal provisions for in-school and short-term suspension differ from those for long-term suspension and expulsion. The appeal provisions for long-term suspension or expulsion and emergency expulsion have similarities but the timelines differ.
A student or the parent(s) may appeal a suspension, expulsion, or emergency expulsion to the Superintendent or designee orally or in writing. For suspension or expulsion, the request to appeal must be within five (5) school business days from when the district provided the student and parent with written notice. For emergency expulsion, the request to appeal must be within three (3) school business days from when the district provided the student and parent with written notice.
When an appeal for long-term suspension or expulsion is pending, the district may continue to administer the long-term suspension or expulsion during the appeal process, subject to the following requirements:
- The suspension or expulsion is for no more than ten (10) consecutive school days from the initial hearing or until the appeal is decided, whichever is earlier;
- The district will apply any days of suspension or expulsion occurring before the appeal is decided to the term of the student’s suspension or expulsion and may not extend the term of the student’s suspension or expulsion; and
- If the student returns to school before the appeal is decided, the district will provide the student an opportunity to make up assignments and tests missed during the suspension or expulsion upon the student’s return.
In-school and short-term suspension appeal
For short-term and in-school suspensions, the Superintendent or designee will provide the student and parents the opportunity to share the student’s perspective and explanation regarding the behavioral violation orally or in writing. The Superintendent or designee must deliver a written appeal decision to the student and parent(s) in person, by mail, or by email within two (2) school business days after receiving the appeal. The written decision must include:
- The decision to affirm, reverse, or modify the suspension;
- The duration and conditions of the suspension, including the beginning and ending dates;
- The educational services the district will offer to the student during the suspension; and
- Notice of the student and parent(s)’ right to request review and reconsideration of the appeal decision, including where and to whom to make such a request.
Long-term suspension or expulsion and emergency expulsion appeal
For long-term suspension or expulsion and emergency expulsions, the Superintendent or designee will provide the student and parent(s) written notice in person, by mail, or by email, within one (1) school business day after receiving the appeal request, unless the parties agree to a different timeline. Written notice will include:
- The time, date, and location of the appeal hearing;
- The name(s) of the official(s) presiding over the appeal;
- The right of the student and parent(s) to inspect the student’s education records;
- The right of the student and parent(s) to inspect any documentary or physical evidence and a list of any witnesses that will be introduced at the hearing;
- The rights of the student and parent(s) to be represented by legal counsel; question witnesses; share the student’s perspective and explanation; and introduce relevant documentary, physical, or testimonial evidence; and
- Whether the district will offer a reengagement meeting before the appeal hearing.
For long-term suspension or expulsion, the student, parent(s) and district may agree to hold a reengagement meeting and develop a reengagement plan before the appeal hearing. The student, parent(s), and district may mutually agree to postpone the appeal hearing while participating in the reengagement process.
A hearing to appeal a long-term suspension or expulsion or emergency expulsion is a quasi-judicial process exempt from the Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA). To protect the privacy of student(s) and others involved, the district will hold hearing without public notice and without public access unless the student(s) and/or the parent(s) or their counsel requests an open hearing. Regardless of whether the hearing is open or closed, the district will make reasonable efforts to comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) concerning confidentiality of student education records.
When students are charged with violating the same rule and have acted in concert and the facts are essentially the same for all students, a single hearing may be conducted for them if the hearing officer believes that the following conditions exist:
- A single hearing will not likely result in confusion; and
- No student will have his/her interest substantially prejudiced by a group hearing.
If the official presiding over the hearing finds that a student’s interests will be substantially prejudiced by a group hearing, the presiding official may order a separate hearing for that student. The parent and student have the right to petition for an individual hearing.
For long-term suspension or expulsion, the district will hold an appeal hearing within three (3) school business days after the Superintendent or designee received the appeal request, unless otherwise agreed to by the student and parent(s).
For emergency expulsion, the district will hold an appeal hearing within two (2) school business days after the Superintendent or designee received the appeal request, unless the student and parent(s) agree to another time.
Upon request, the student and parent(s) or their legal representative may inspect any documentary or physical evidence and list of any witnesses that the district will introduce at the appeal hearing. The district must make the information available as soon as reasonably possible, but no later than the end of the school business day before the appeal hearing. The district may also request to inspect any documentary or physical evidence and list of any witnesses that the student and parent(s) intend to introduce at the appeal hearing. The student and parent(s) must make this information available as soon as reasonably possible, but no later than the end of the school business day before the appeal hearing.
Upon request, the student and parent(s) may review the student’s education records. The district will make the records available as soon as reasonably possible, but no later than the end of the school business day before the appeal hearing.
If a witness for the district cannot or does not appear at the appeal hearing, the presiding official(s) may excuse the witness’ nonappearance if the district establishes that:
- The district made a reasonable effort to produce the witness; and
- The witness’ failure to appear is excused by fear of reprisal or another compelling reason.
The district will record the appeal hearing by manual, electronic, or other type of recording device and upon request of the student or parent(s) provide them a copy of the recording.
For long-term suspension or expulsion, the presiding official(s) must base the decision solely on the evidence presented at the hearing. The presiding official(s) will provide a written decision to the student and parent(s) in person, by mail, or by email within three (3) school business days after the appeal hearing. The written decision must include:
- The findings of fact;
- A determination whether (i) the student’s behavior violated this policy; (ii) the behavioral violation reasonably warrants the suspension or expulsion and the length of the suspension or expulsion; and (iii) the suspension or expulsion is affirmed, reversed, or modified;
- The duration and conditions of suspension or expulsion, including the beginning and ending dates;
- Notice of the right of the student and parent(s) to request a review and reconsideration of the appeal decision. The notice will include where and to whom to make such a request; and
- Notice of the opportunity for a reengagement meeting and contact information for the person who will schedule it.
For emergency expulsion, the district will provide a written decision to the student and parent(s) in person, by mail, or by email within one (1) school business day after the appeal hearing. The written decision must include:
- The findings of fact;
- A determination whether the student’s presence continues to pose (i) an immediate and continuing danger to students or school personnel; or (ii) an immediate and continuing threat of material and substantial disruption of the educational process;
- Whether the district will end the emergency expulsion or convert the emergency expulsion to a suspension or expulsion. If the district converts the emergency expulsion to a suspension or expulsion, the district will provide the student and parent(s) notice and due process consistent with the disciplinary action to which the emergency expulsion was converted; and
- Notice of the right of the student and parent(s) to request a review and reconsideration of the appeal decision. The notice will include where and to whom to make such a request.
Reconsideration of appeal
The student or parents may request the school board review and reconsider the district’s appeal decision for long-term suspensions or expulsions and emergency expulsions. This request may be either oral or in writing.
For long-term suspension or expulsion, the student or parent(s) may request a review within ten (10) school business days from when the district provided the student and parent(s) with the written appeal decision.
For emergency expulsion, the student or parent(s) may request a review within five (5) school business days from when the district provided the student and parent(s) with the written appeal decision.
- In reviewing the district’s decision, the school board must consider (i) all documentary and physical evidence from the appeal hearing related to the behavioral violation; (ii) any records from the appeal hearing; (iii) relevant state law; and (iv) this policy adopted.
- The school board may request to meet with the student and parent(s), the principal, witnesses, and/or school personnel to hear further arguments and gather additional information.
- The decision of the school board will be made only by board members who were not involved in (i) the behavioral violation; (ii) the decision to suspend or expel the student; or (iii) the appeal decision.
For long-term suspension or expulsion, the school board will provide a written decision to the student and parent(s) in person, by mail, or by email within ten (10) school business days after receiving the request for review and reconsideration. The written decision must identify:
- Whether the school board affirms, reverses, or modifies the suspension or expulsion;
- The duration and conditions of the suspension or expulsion, including the beginning and ending dates of the suspension or expulsion; and
- For long-term suspensions or expulsions, notice of the opportunity to participate in a reengagement meeting.
For emergency expulsion, the school board will provide a written decision to the student and parent(s) in person, by mail, or by email within five (5) school business days after receiving the request for review and reconsideration. The written decision must identify:
- Whether the school board affirms or reverses the school district’s decision that the student’s presence posed (i) an immediate and continuing danger to students or school personnel; or (ii) an immediate and continuing threat of material and substantial disruption of the educational process.
- If the emergency expulsion has not yet ended or been converted, whether the district will end the emergency expulsion or convert the emergency expulsion to a suspension or expulsion. If the district converts the emergency expulsion to a suspension or expulsion, the district will provide the student and parent(s) notice and due process under WAC 392-400-455 through 392-400-480 consistent with the disciplinary action to which the emergency expulsion was converted
Petition to extend an expulsion
When risk to public health or safety warrants extending a student’s expulsion, the principal or designee may petition the Superintendent or designee for authorization to exceed the academic term limitation on an expulsion. The petition must inform the Superintendent or designee of:
- The behavioral violation that resulted in the expulsion and the public health or safety concerns;
- The student’s academic, attendance, and discipline history;
- Any nonacademic supports and behavioral services the student was offered or received during the expulsion;
- The student’s academic progress during the expulsion and the educational services available to the student during the expulsion;
- The proposed extended length of the expulsion; and
- The student’s reengagement plan.
The principal or designee may petition to extend an expulsion only after the development of a reengagement plan under WAC 392-400-710 and before the end of the expulsion. For violations of WAC 392-400-820 involving a firearm on school premises, school-provided transportation, or areas of facilities while being used exclusively by public schools, the principal or designee may petition to extend an expulsion at any time.
The district will provide written notice of a petition to the student and parent(s) in person, by mail, or by email within one (1) school business day from the date the Superintendent or designee received the petition. The written notice must include:
- A copy of the petition;
- The right of the student and parent(s) to an informal conference with the Superintendent or designee to be held within five (5) school business days from the date the district provided written notice to the student and parent(s); and
- The right of the student and parent(s) to respond to the petition orally or in writing to the Superintendent or designee within five (5) school business days from the date the district provided the written notice.
The Superintendent or designee may grant the petition only if there is substantial evidence that, if the student were to return to the student’s previous school of placement after the length of an academic term, the student would pose a risk to public health or safety. The Superintendent or designee must deliver a written decision to the principal, the student, and the student’s parent(s) in person, by mail, or by email within ten (10) school business days after receiving the petition.
If the Superintendent or designee does not grant the petition, the written decision must identify the date when the expulsion will end.
If the Superintendent or designee grants the petition, the written decision must include:
- The date on which the extended expulsion will end;
- The reason that, if the student were to return before the initial expulsion end date, the student would pose a risk to public health or safety; and
- Notice of the right of the student and parent(s) to request a review and reconsideration. The notice will include where and to whom to make such a request;
Review and Reconsideration of extension of expulsion
The student or parent(s) may request that the school board review and reconsider the decision to extend the student’s expulsion. The student or parents may request the review orally or in writing within ten (10) school business days from the date the Superintendent or designee provides the written decision.
The school board may request to meet with the student or parent(s) or the principal to hear further arguments and gather additional information.
The decision of the school board may be made only by board members who were not involved in the behavioral violation, the decision to expel the student, or the appeal decision.
The school board will provide a written decision to the student and parent(s) in person, by mail, or by email within ten (10) school business days after receiving the request for review and reconsideration. The written decision must identify:
- Whether the school board affirms, reverses, or modifies the decision to extend the student’s expulsion; and
- The date when the extended expulsion will end.
Any extension of an expulsion may not exceed the length of an academic term.
The district will annually report the number of petitions approved and denied to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
WHITE SALMON VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
RULES FOR PASSENGERS RIDING SCHOOL BUS
As White Salmon Valley School Bus Drivers, our primary goal is to transport students safely to and from school. The following school board approved rules and regulations are prepared in accordance with WAC 392-145-016 and are in place to ensure safety for all passengers. Riding the school bus is a privilege. Misconduct on a bus will be sufficient reason to discontinue providing bus transportation to students involved.
1. The driver is in full charge of the bus and passengers. Passengers must obey the driver promptly and willingly.
2. Students shall ride their regularly assigned bus to their assigned bus stop unless permission has been granted by the school authorities.
3. Outside of ordinary conversation, classroom conduct must be observed. All passengers will:
a. Sit properly in their seats.
b. Refrain from throwing objects.
c. Keep their hands to themselves.
d. Be courteous and not use profane/vulgar language/gestures.
e. Share seat willingly.
4. The bus driver is authorized to assign seats.
5. No passenger shall sit in the driver’s seat.
6. Students must not damage, deface, or vandalize school buses. Parents of students damaging school buses will be held responsible and will reimburse the district for the cost of the damage.
7. No headphones or external speakers are to be played.
8. Passengers shall not light matches/lighters, use tobacco, nicotine products, or delivery devices (ie: vape pens, e-cigarettes, etc.). No alcohol and/or drugs are allowed.
9. No passengers shall open a window on the school bus without first getting permission from the school bus driver. Windows will not be lower than mark indicated.
10. No student shall at any time extend any object or part of their body out the window. Students must not throw objects/trash out the windows.
11. Students should arrive at the bus stop 5 minutes before the buses scheduled arrival time.
12. Students shall not abuse or cause damage to private or public property or fellow students while at school bus stops.
13. While loading, students are to remain in a safe location, 10 feet back of road edge in full view of the driver, until signaled by the driver to approach the bus.
14. Students must not have anything in their possession which may cause injury or distraction to others including but not limited to:
d. Animals (except service animals)
e. Skate boards/scooters unless fully enclosed in a bag.
15. Each student must see that his/her belongings are kept under their personal control and out of the aisle and/or off of the back shelf.
16. Students will keep the bus clean. No eating or drinking allowed except water. Students will throw trash in the garbage.
17. Students must leave the bus in an orderly manner. Students must cross in front of the bus, never behind the bus, and must not cross the roadway until given consent by the driver. Students are to remain in full view of the driver at all times.
18. Students are not to run errands between the bus stop and home.
19. Passengers are to remain completely silent while approaching, during, and while departing rail road crossings.
20. In the event of an actual emergency, passengers must follow emergency exit procedure as established by the Emergency Exit Drills.
Standards Based Grading
Section One Why Standards-Based Grading and Reporting?
Section Two The Purpose of the Report Card
Section Three Principles of Grading
Section Four Grades Defined
Section Five Homework
Section One: Why Standards-Based Grading and Reporting?
The research and experts in the field have asserted that standards-based grading and reporting allows us to align our grading and reporting practices to our standards-based instructional practices. When implemented, standards-based grading and reporting (SBGR) allows us to more accurately and consistently report student achievement to students and parents/guardians as it relates to state and local standards.
Grades are the ultimate form of feedback to a student about their progress toward mastery of standards. Grades need to be accurate and meaningful. Students and parents/guardians need a precise picture of what has been learned and what still needs to be learned. Grading and reporting around specific standards, while using the accompanying strategy of formative assessment with feedback related to progress toward mastery of standards, has been shown to significantly boost achievement and motivation for students. Research by Black and Wiliam (1998) and Hattie (2009) demonstrates that high quality formative assessment and feedback have a powerful impact on student learning. The effect size (the impact on student learning see Glossary page 16) of formative assessment and feedback on standardized tests is between 0.4 and 0.7, which is larger than most known educational interventions. As students’ progress in their mastery of standards, they feel motivated and more successful because enhancing perceived competence is motivating in and of itself. Students begin to think about grades and other assessments that teachers use to provide informational feedback as helpful toward their success.
Black, P. & Wiliam, D. (1998). Inside the black box: Raising standards through classroom assessment. Phi Delta Kappa, 80(2), 139-149. Hattie, J. (2009). Visible learning. New York: Routledge
Section Two: The Purpose of the Report Card
The Purpose of Grading
The purpose of grading is to communicate, to all stakeholders, student achievement toward specific standards at a certain point in time to inspire future achievement and impact change.
The Purpose of the Report Card
The Henkle report card provides parents/guardians with information about progress toward district identified learning standards, efforts, and community skills. It indicates the student’s learning strengths and where additional practice is needed.
Henkle Middle School would like to acknowledge the Renton School District for creating this document. We have used their handbook as a baseline and have made changes as necessary to align with our three-year implementation plan.
Section Three: Principles of Grading
Consistently meets most requirements for exceptional work related to course standards and demonstrates a deep level of knowledge and skill for this point in the school year
Consistently meets most requirements for proficient work related to course standards and demonstrates grade level
knowledge and skills for this point in the school year
Consistently meets some requirements for proficient work related to course standards and demonstrates some grade level knowledge and skills for this point in school year
Consistently meets few requirements for proficient work related to course standards and demonstrates little grade level knowledge and skill for this point in the school year
Sufficient evidence has not been demonstrated to indicate an accurate grade
* This component was not assessed during this marking period
Work Habits - (not calculated into the academic grade)
Productivity Finishes assignments on time, quality/growth, uses time well
Social Responsibility Cooperative with staff and peers, engaged, sportsmanship, treats
school property with respect
Independent Responsibility Prepared and ready to work on time, organized, seeks help when
needed, follows directions
Section Four: Academic Grades Defined
Exceeding Standard 4 - represents a student who is able to independently extend their knowledge through transference of learning to more complex content and thinking (not new content), including deeper conceptual understanding and application. For example, students can:
- Create analogies and/or find connections, integrating areas of study
- Apply concepts or procedures in a complex situation
- Plan, devise, construct or create new situations that illustrate or use the concept
- Transfer concepts or procedures to unfamiliar settings
Meeting Standard 3 - represents those students who understand the standards and are able to independently use the content, details, concepts, vocabulary, processes, procedures and skills that relate to the standard. These students understand not just the "what," but can correctly explain and/or demonstrate the "how" and "why." For example, students can:
- Justify/explain a process or procedure
- Solve problems in familiar contexts
- Analyze situations and decide whether a concept/procedure applies
- Compare, contrast, and distinguish a concept from related concepts
- Summarize, conclude, predict and infer
Approaching Standard 2 - represents a student who has foundational understanding of the content and concepts explicitly taught in class. At Level 2, a student understands or can use the more simple concepts, vocabulary, skills, procedures, and/or details. Students approaching standard may require support as they are trying to make connections among ideas. For example, students can:
- Identify or recall important information or processes
- List parts of a concept, process or procedure
- Complete simple procedures or algorithms
Attempting Standard 1 - represents a student who consistently requires help and support to understand foundational content and concepts explicitly taught in class. At Level 1, students are beginning to understand simple concepts, vocabulary, skills, procedures, and/or details. Students attempting the standard, require support as they are trying to make connections about ideas. For example, students can:
- Identify or recall some information or processes
- Identify parts of a concept, process or procedure
- With support, may be able to complete simple procedures or algorithms
Teachers will be using scores from multiple assessments to measure the learning of a student. This practice provides multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate achievement toward learning targets. Assigning zeroes to missing work gives a value where in fact there is no data to grade.
Section Five: Homework
The purpose of homework is to provide meaningful independent practice opportunities, background information, or enrich classroom experiences. Homework is used for practice, to prepare students for upcoming learning, and to reinforce and extend learning, but never to learn material for the first time.
Homework – although a useful tool for learning – should not have an impact on a student’s academic grade within a standards‐based grading and reporting system because it is practice aimed at increasing the student’s capacity to meet standard. Additionally, it is not possible to verify that the student who is assigned the homework completed the homework. As a result, homework will be used for formative feedback only and will not be included in the formulation of the academic grade.
Examples of Types of Homework (from “How to Grade for Learning” by Ken O’Connor):
- Must be related to instructional objectives
- Reviews and reinforces newly acquired skills of knowledge
- Gives independent practice for a new concept/skill
- Should have an allowance for mistakes as part of the learning process
- Should be commented on or spot-checked but not counted as part of the academic grade
- Demonstrates effort, not mastery of concept
- Provides background information for upcoming lessons
- Indicate with completion effort, not outcome mastery
- Are frequently long-term continuing projects that parallel class work
- Enrich classroom experiences and deepen the student’s understanding
- Provide opportunities for problem solving and critical thinking
- Integrate skills applying many different skills and knowledge sets to a task
- Require students to apply previous learning to complete these assignments
- Require project expectations and grading procedures for the assignment to be clear to students and parent