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 HANDBOOK LANGUAGE:
NONDISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT
The White Salmon Valley School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employee(s) has been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Civil Rights Coordinator: Jerry Miller; firstname.lastname@example.org
Whitson Elementary; 450 N Main Street, WS, WA, 98672
Title IX Officer: Howard Kreps; email@example.com
Columbia HS; 1455 Bruin Country Road, WS, WA, 98672
504 Coordinator: Haley Ortega; firstname.lastname@example.org
Henkle Middle School; 480 NW Loop Road, WS, WA, 98672
You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint (see below). For a copy of your district’s nondiscrimination policy and procedure, contact your school or district office or view it online here:
Students and staff are protected against sexual harassment by anyone in any school program or activity, including on the school campus, on the school bus, or off-campus during a school-sponsored activity.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior or communication that is sexual in nature when:
- A student or employee is led to believe that he or she must submit to unwelcome sexual conduct or communications in order to gain something in return, such as a grade, a promotion, a place on a sports team, or any educational or employment decision, or
- The conduct substantially interferes with a student's educational performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile educational or employment environment.
Examples of Sexual Harassment:
- Pressuring a person for sexual favors
- Unwelcome touching of a sexual nature
- Writing graffiti of a sexual nature
- Distributing sexually explicit texts, e-mails, or pictures
- Making sexual jokes, rumors, or suggestive remarks
- Physical violence, including rape and sexual assault
You can report sexual harassment to any school staff member or to the district's Title IX Officer, who is listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint (see below). For a copy of your district’s sexual harassment policy and procedure, contact your school or district office, or view it online here: http://www.wsvsd.org/?DivisionID=11579&DepartmentID=11805&SubDepartmentID=5258&ToggleSideNav=ShowAll
COMPLAINT OPTIONS: DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT
If you believe that you or your child have experienced unlawful discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment at school, you have the right to file a complaint.
Before filing a complaint, you can discuss your concerns with your child’s principal or with the school district’s Section 504 Coordinator, Title IX Officer, or Civil Rights Coordinator, who are listed above. This is often the fastest way to revolve your concerns.
Complaint to the School District
Step 1. Write Our Your Complaint
In most cases, complaints must be filed within one year from the date of the incident or conduct that is the subject of the complaint. A complaint must be in writing. Be sure to describe the conduct or incident, explain why you believe discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment has taken place, and describe what actions you believe the district should take to resolve the problem. Send your written complaint—by mail, fax, email, or hand delivery—to the district superintendent or civil rights compliance coordinator.
Step 2: School District Investigates Your Complaint
Once the district receives your written complaint, the coordinator will give you a copy of the complaint procedure and make sure a prompt and thorough investigation takes place. The superintendent or designee will respond to you in writing within 30 calendar days—unless you agree on a different time period. If your complaint involves exceptional circumstances that demand a lengthier investigation, the district will notify you in writing to explain why staff need a time extension and the new date for their written response.
Step 3: School District Responds to Your Complaint
In its written response, the district will include a summary of the results of the investigation, a determination of whether or not the district failed to comply with civil rights laws, notification that you can appeal this determination, and any measures necessary to bring the district into compliance with civil rights laws. Corrective measures will be put into effect within 30 calendar days after this written response—unless you agree to a different time period.
Appeal to the School District
If you disagree with the school district’s decision, you may appeal to the school district’s board of directors. You must file a notice of appeal in writing to the secretary of the school board within 10 calendar days after you received the school district’s response to your complaint. The school board will schedule a hearing within 20 calendar days after they received your appeal, unless you agree on a different timeline. The school board will send you a written decision within 30 calendar days after the district received your notice of appeal. The school board’s decision will include information about how to file a complaint with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
Complaint to OSPI
If you do not agree with the school district’s appeal decision, state law provides the option to file a formal complaint with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). This is a separate complaint process that can take place if one of these two conditions has occurred: (1) you have completed the district’s complaint and appeal process, or (2) the district has not followed the complaint and appeal process correctly.
You have 20 calendar days to file a complaint to OSPI from the day you received the decision on your appeal. You can send your written complaint to the Equity and Civil Rights Office at OSPI:
Email: Equity@k12.wa.us ǀ Fax: 360-664-2967
Mail or hand deliver: PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Other Discrimination Complaint Options
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
Washington State Human Rights Commission
1-800-233-3247 ǀ TTY: 1-800-300-7525 ǀ www.hum.wa.gov
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
All substantiated dangerous behaviors will be reported to law enforcement-juvenile authorities immediately upon determination that the dangerous behavior poses an imminent danger to the student or other person(s). Reasonable attempts to notify parents will occur in conjunction with notifying authorities. If a parent does not leave sufficient information on student records to contact them, or if the phone has been disconnected, the responsibility falls upon the law enforcement agency to notify parents after successive attempts to contact parents have failed.
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 or providing one’s own work that may be copied by another. Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty at HMS will receive the following consequences:
- First documented offense in the class will result in a documented conversation between the student and teacher. The student will have to redo the assignment.
- Second documented offense will result in the loss of credit for the assignment.
- Third documented offense in the class will result in loss of credit for the course.
ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY FOR SPORTS AND ACTIVITIES
Grades will be monitored every 3 weeks, in addition to scheduled grading periods. In order to maintain athletic and activity eligibility, the student must be passing Academic and Work Habits grades, which is equivalent to a 3 or 4. This means students will not be able to participate in any competition or activity with a 2 or below, however, exceptions may be made at the discretion of the teachers and principal. If a student receives a 2 or 1 at the progress grading period, they will meet with the coach and the Athletic Director and be placed on probation. If at the end of the probationary period a 1 or 2 is still present, the student may be placed on a weekly grade monitoring system for the duration of the sport season or dismissed from the team. (See Athletic Handbook for more information.)
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES OR ILLICIT DRUGS
The 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 may request the student to submit to a breath test for the purpose of estimation of blood alcohol levels. If the student refuses to comply he/she will be subject to disciplinary action. The sheriff’s department will be notified whenever there is an incident involving alcohol and/or drugs.
Intentional or reckless setting of a fire or other burning of personal or public property is prohibited.
The actual or attempted hitting, striking or other wrongful physical contact inflicted on another either directly or indirectly through an object is prohibited.
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. The state law also requires school districts to file cases with the Klickitat County Juvenile Department of students who have reached five 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) Participation in a district or school approved activity or instructional program;
(2) Illness, health condition or medical appointment (including, but not limited to, medical, counseling, dental or optometry) for the student or person for who the student is legally responsible;
(3) Family emergency including, but not limited to, a death or illness in the family;
(4) Religious or cultural purpose including observance of a religious or cultural holiday or participation in religious or cultural instruction;
(5) Court, judicial proceeding, or serving on a jury;
(6) Post-secondary, technical school or apprenticeship program visitation, or scholarship interview;
(7) State-recognized search and rescue activities consistent with RCW 28A.225.055;
(8) Absence directly related to the student's homeless status;
(9) Absences related to deployment activities of a parent or legal guardian who is an active duty member consistent with RCW 28A.705.010;
(10) Absence resulting from a disciplinary/corrective action (e.g., short-term or long-term suspension, emergency expulsion); and
(11) Principal (or designee) and parent, guardian, or emancipated youth mutually agreed upon approved activity.
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, school principal or assistant 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 sign 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 ACTVIITES
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 prearranged with the principal or their designee. Other circumstances beyond the control of the student may be considered at discretion of administration.
Making a bomb threat shall subject a student to state and federal laws, as well as disciplinary action.
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.
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
Students must obey the reasonable instruction of all school district personnel.
DANCES AND DANCE CONDUCT
Students must be in attendance at least one-half day to attend the dance. 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 door. Students from other schools are not allowed.
Students who are assigned lunch/after school detention will be required to arrive at detention 5 minutes after detention begins. Students who fail to comply with school expectations during this time may be required to serve additional detention. Loss of hall privileges and the loss of passing periods are also used in conjunction with lunch detention. Students may also be assigned community service with the custodial staff after school.
DISCIPLINE OR SHORT-TERM SUSPENSION
Any student, parent, or guardian who is aggrieved by the imposition of discipline or a short-term suspension, will have the right to an informal conference with the building principal for the purpose of resolving the grievance. The employee whose action is being grieved will be notified of the initiation of a grievance as soon as reasonably possible. During such conference the student, parent or guardian, will be subject to questioning by the building principal.
Electronic devices are permitted during school hours during passing period and lunch time. If students are wearing headphones, they are allowed “one or none” in regards to the number of earbuds for safety purposes. During class time, it is up to the discretion of the teacher.
EXPULSION AND LONG-TERM SUSPENSION NOTICE OF HEARING-WAIVER OF HEARING
- Prior to the expulsion or long-term suspension of a student, written notice of an opportunity for a hearing shall be delivered in person or by certified mail to the student and to his or her parents/guardians. The notice shall:
- Be provided in the predominant language of a student and/or a parent(s)/guardian(s) who predominantly speak a language other than English, to the extent feasible.
- Specify the alleged misconduct and the school district rule(s) or policy violated
- Set forth the proposed corrective action proposed
- Set for the right of the student and/or parent(s) or guardian(s) to a hearing for the purpose of contesting the allegation(s) and
- Set for the facts that:
- A written or oral request for a hearing must be received by the school district employee designated or by his or her office on or before the expiration of the third school business day after receipt of the notice of opportunity fora hearing and
- If such a request is not received with the prescribed period of time, then the right to a hearing may be waived and the proposed expulsion or long-term suspension may be imposed without any further opportunity for the student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) to contest the matter.
- The student and/or his parent(s) or guardian(s) shall reply to the notice of opportunity for a hearing within three school business days after the date of receipt of the notice. A request for a hearing shall be provided to the school district employee specified in the notice of opportunity for a hearing or to his or her office. A request for a hearing shall be accepted if in writing and may be accepted orally.
- If a request for a hearing is not received within the required three school business days, the parent(s) and/or guardian(s) will have waived the right to a hearing and the proposed expulsion or long-term suspension may be imposed. Hearings must be scheduled to commence no later than the second school business day.
Additional information regarding the appeal process is available in the district policy and procedures manual.
- Expulsions and long-term suspensions must be for a definite period and are limited in duration to one year. Building administrators may petition the superintendent to exceed the one-year limitation when “warranted based on public health or safety.” These requirements also apply to long-term suspensions.
- Emergency expulsions will be converted to a different form of discipline within ten days and CHS will provide a separate notice and afford due process rights for the conversion actions. A re-entry conference and reengagement plan tailored to the student’s circumstances will be required for re-entry from a long-term suspension, emergency expulsion or expulsion within 20 days of the discipline. For more information: see the District Policy 3241P
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 or transcript until restitution is made.
DISCLOSURE OF EXAM QUESTIONS AND/OR ANSWERS
Students may not disclose exam questions and/or give answers to tests that may be given in any classroom. This may be considered cheating.
A student will not intentionally cause substantial and/or material disruption of any school operations. The following illustrate the kinds of offenses that are prohibited:
- Intentionally obstructing normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic on campus
- Intentionally obstructing the entrance or exit of any school building or room in order to deprive others of passing through
- Causing a disturbance or disruption on school grounds or at school activities, or on school-provided transportation, including substantially interfering with any class or activity;
- Cheating or disclosure of exams;
- Defiance of school personnel by:
- Disobedience of reasonable requests, instruction, and directives of school staff
- Refusal to leave an area when instructed to do so by school staff
- Refusing a reasonable request to identify oneself to district personnel (including law enforcement officers) while under the supervision of the school; and
- Refusal to cease prohibited behavior;
- Disruptive and/or dangerous use of motor vehicles or conduct on a school bus that endangers students;
- Extortion, theft, forgery;
- Fighting: Fighting and instigating, promoting, or escalating a fight, as well as failure to disperse. Engaging in any form of fighting where blows are exchanged is prohibited, regardless of who initiated the fight. This prohibition includes hitting, slapping, pulling hair, biting, kicking, and scratching or any other acts in which a student intentionally inflicts or attempts to inflict injury on another;
- Gambling or encouraging other students to gamble;
- Gang-related behavior, association, and/or affiliation;
- Harassment of others;
- Inappropriate dress or appearance (See Policy 3224)
- Trespassing on school property or school transportation at a time or place the student’s presence is not permitted;
- Occupying a school building or school grounds in order to deprive others of its use;
- Preventing students from attending class or school activities;
- Use or possession of tobacco
- Using any object in a dangerous manner
Standards for personal appearance and dress are a responsibility of the individual student, parents, 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. School is preparation for the job market. Dress as you would be required to dress in an informal job setting.
The following guidelines on clothing are examples and do not cover all situations:
- Students must be dressed in a manner that is not unhealthy, distracting or offensive to other student and/or staff. For this reason no article of clothing, which may reveal the undergarments or that is tight or short-short, is appropriate for school. 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
- In certain situations, dress will be prescribed for safety
- Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times
- No pajamas, slippers, lingerie or undergarments (white muscle tees) will be allowed
- In keeping with our “no use” message, no articles of clothing or accessories shall be worn depicting any tobacco, drug or alcohol message; also, no weapons may be displayed on garments
- Obscene representations and/or words of any kind are not acceptable dress
- For security purposes students will not be allowed to wear sunglasses or hooded garments in a manner that places the hood up over the student’s head inside the building
- No hats allowed inside the building
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 his/her clothing or he/she will not be allowed to remain on campus. Parents/guardians may be contacted.
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.
EXPLOSIVES AND/OR FIREWORKS
Explosives and/or fireworks are prohibited on school property.
EXTORTION, BLACKMAIL OR COERCION
Obtaining money or property by violence or forcing someone to do something by force or threat of force. A student shall not extort anything of value, threaten injury or attempt to cause physical injury or intentionally behave in such a way as could reasonably be expected to cause physical injury to any person:
- On the school grounds during and immediately before or after school hours
- On the school grounds at any time when a school group is using the school
- Off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event
- Off the school grounds when the prohibited behavior is a consequence of or directly related to causes or events, which occurred or originated on the school grounds
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. A student’s grades or transcripts may be withheld until restitution is made by payment. If you notice property in need of repair, please notify your teacher or the office staff. (NOTE: Official student records shall not be released to another school where the student has enrolled or intends to enroll if a student has an outstanding fee or fine. The official transcript shall be withheld until the fee or fine is discharged. The enrolling school district shall be notified that the transcript is being withheld due to an outstanding fee or fine.) 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.
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.
The White Salmon Valley School District is committed to maintaining a school environment that is safe for students, personnel, and patrons, and to ensure an optimum learning environment. Gangs and gang-related activities disrupt the orderly operation of the schools and inhibits/detracts from a school setting that is conducive to learning.
Organization, 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 suspension or expulsion.
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 suspended or expelled.
Henkle Middle School is in year three of standards based grading policy implementation. This year, two grades will be reflected for each subject area – Academic Grade and Work Ethic Grade. 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 free from harassment, intimidation or bullying for all students, parents/legal guardians, employees, volunteers and patrons. “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.
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 the 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 the 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 in the form of running, pushing, shouting, and hitting has no place at school. Throwing of food is not allowed. Disciplinary action will be taken if students leave a mess.
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.
INSUBORDINATION, INSULTING OR ABUSING TEACHERS AND/OR STAFF
Insubordination (refusing to follow direction), insulting or abusing a teacher and/or staff member on school premises will result in disciplinary action.
INTERFERING WITH TEACHERS AND/OR STUDENTS
It is a crime to interfere by force or violence with any administrator, teacher or student who is in the peaceful discharge or conduct of his/her duties or studies.
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. No interior or exterior writing is allowed on lockers. 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 drug authorized by a medical prescription accompanied by a note from the registered physician must be brought to the office by the parent/guardian of the child. The student may not possess medication unless authorization forms have been completed and on file in the main office.
NEED TO IDENTIFY SELF
All students must, upon request, identify themselves to any school personnel when requested to do so.
PAMPHLETS, POSTERS AND PUBLISHED MATERIALS
The principal must approve any pamphlets, posters and other published materials brought to school or posted on the school bulletin board or school property.
Vulgar, obscene or profane language, whether spoken, written, or gestured, is forbidden.
To unlawfully take personal property from the person of another or in his presence against his will by the use of threatened use of immediate force, violence, or fear of injury to that person or his property or the person or property of anyone. RCW 9A.56.190
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, and scooters are not allowed to be ridden on school property. Any student bringing a skateboard, roller blades, or scooter 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 will 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 discouraged.
A student shall enjoy freedom of speech, press, and assembly according to school regulations and providing such expression is not libelous, obscene or disruptive.
SUSPENSIONS/LONG-TERM SUSPENSIONS/EXPULSIONS (Chapter 392-400 WAC) – See Appendix B
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.
Information about corrective action and due process rights can be found in Procedure 3241, available on the District website.
Emergency Expulsion: The school designee must have good and sufficient reason to believe the student poses an immediate and continuing danger to other students or school staff or an immediate and continuing threat of substantial disruption of the educational process. Emergency expulsions must be converted to another form of corrective action within 10 school days of the date of the emergency removal from school. If the emergency expulsion is converted to another form of corrective action, notice and due process rights appropriate to the new corrective action must be provided.
Contents of the notice of hearing rights:
- Principal to receive hearing requests
- Hearing requests must be received by the principal or assistant principal on or before the third day after noticed was received
- Hearings must be scheduled to commence no later than the second school business day after the receipt of the hearing request
- Notice of the decision must be sent to the student and parents/guardian and legal counsel
- Appeal hearings or an appeal to the school regarding a long-term suspension, expulsion, or emergency expulsion will be accepted either orally or in writing
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. DO NOT BRING VALUABLES/LARGE AMOUNT OF CASH TO SCHOOL.
THREATS OF VIOLENCE
Threats of violence against students, staff or property are prohibited. Students and school employees who are subjects of threats of violence or harm shall be notified of the threat in a timely manner. Timing and details of the notice will be as extensive as permitted by the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, other legal limitations, and the circumstances.
Individual-directed threats of violence or harm are direct or indirect communications by any means with the intent to cause damage to a school building or school property (e.g., bomb threats), or to harm students, employees, volunteers, patrons, or visitors.
The district will address threats of violence or harm in a manner consistent with the district’s safety policies and comprehensive safe school plans.
Persons who have made threats of violence or harm against school property, students, employees, or others will be subject to relevant district discipline policies and will be referred to appropriate community agencies including law enforcement and mental health services. District staff shall work with in-district and community-based professionals and services in all relevant disciplines to address threats of violence or harm, to those threatened and to those making threats. The principal or teachers and staff, including security personnel, shall communicate necessary information about the person making the threat.
State law provides the district, school district directors and district staff with immunity from liability for providing notice of threats in good faith. Persons who make a knowingly false notification of a threat are subject to appropriate district discipline policies and may be referred.
Staff, students, volunteers, and others involved in school activities have the responsibility to report any threats of violence or harm to designated school officials. Based on the significance and credibility of the threat, it shall be reported to law enforcement. Staff shall involve in-district multi-disciplinary professionals in evaluating the threat and the needs of the person making the threat. Consultation with or referrals to community-based professionals and services is encouraged where appropriate.
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the district may only release student records, including those involving threats of violence or harm, with parent or adult student permission, or under limited conditions. For that reason, the district will not identify students who have made threats of violence or harm when notifying the subjects of the threats, except under the following conditions:
- The parent or adult student has given permission to disclose the student’s identity or other information to the subject of the student’s threat.
- The identity of the student and the details of the threat are being disclosed to relevant district staff who have been determined to have legitimate educational interest in the information.
- The identity of the student or the details of the threat are being released because the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals. This exemption is to be strictly construed pursuant to federal regulations.
- The district is responding to a court order or subpoena. Generally the district must make a reasonable effort to notify the parents of the student or adult student of the subpoena in advance of complying, so that the family can seek protective action.
Relevant information about the threat that does not improperly identify a student shall be provided to the subject of the threat, and the subject shall be advised that if law enforcement has been involved in the matter, that agency may have more information that can be shared with the subject.
To ensure the safety of all concerned, the principal shall determine if classroom teachers, school staff and school security and others working with the students(s) involved in the threat circumstance, should be notified. Subject to the confidentiality provisions cited above, principals shall consider all available information when determining the types of information to be shared, including prior disciplinary records, official juvenile court records, and documented history of violence of the person who made the threat.
When considering the appropriate discipline for a student who has made a threat of violence or harm, the student’s prior disciplinary records shall be taken into account. Emergency expulsion shall be considered, based on the credibility and significance of the threat. Discipline shall only be imposed on students with disabilities consistent with policy and the legal requirements for special education.
Discipline against district staff for making threats of violence or harm shall be consistent with district policy and procedure regarding staff discipline, and any relevant collective bargaining requirements.
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. Electronic images may be reviewed on a routine basis by authorized personnel, and evidence of student misconduct may be obtained. A student who violates the district Code of Conduct shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary and/or criminal consequences. Evidence of misconduct by students or non-students may be used in civil and criminal proceedings.
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.
A device that can be used to harm another person or property. WAC 72-120-100 (16) Weapons and dangerous chemicals. Unauthorized use, possession or storage of any weapon, explosive, dangerous chemicals, substances or instruments, which may be used to inflict bodily harm to another or damage school property or personal property.
A weapon may be defined as an instrument that:
- Has a sharpened edge for the purpose of cutting
- Has a pointed end to stab
- Has a weighted flat or rounded surface for the purpose of bludgeoning another person
- Has sharp or protruding spikes or points for the purpose of piercing the body
Types of instruments commonly identified as weapons:
- Knives (includes pocket, spring loaded, hunting, all forms of knives)
- Battle Ax or hatchet
- Brass knuckle
- Sharp protruding spikes on rings, collars or bracelets
- Any instrument created for the purpose of shooting a sharp object (arrow, dart, spear)
- Any instrument commonly associated with martial arts
- Any instrument which discharges a projectile at high speed by spring, compressed air, or by the use of exploding gunpowder
“Dangerous Weapons” as defined in RCW 9.41.280 include, but are not limited to any: firearm; knife; sand club, metal knuckles; nun-chu-ka sticks; throwing stars; air gun; or other dangerous weapon. Other dangerous weapons would include, but are not limited to: look alike weapons, explosives, knives of any size, or any weapon or device considered unsafe and dangerous according to federal and state law. Students who handle or carry unsafe and dangerous weapons will likely be expelled with no chance or return per Washington State law (RCW 28A.600.420)
Any elementary or secondary school 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 exclusively by public schools, 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. Parents and law enforcement will be notified.
Board Policy 3220
Freedom of Expression
Board Policy 3224
Board Policy 3240 – Board Procedures 3241P
Government of schools, pupils, and employees
Pupils to comply with rules and regulations
School district rules defining misconduct Distribution of rules
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
IE Insufficient Evidence Sufficient evidence has not been demonstrated to indicate an
* 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