Policies and Procedures

WELCOME TO BOERNE MIDDLE SCHOOL NORTH

Students are required to bring their school-issued Planner to class each day for assignment organization purposes and as our school-wide hallway pass system.  The Boerne Middle School North school-issued, mandatory Student Planner ($5 for each replacement) provides a quick reference about rules, policies, academic requirements, and student & parent responsibilities. Failure to have a Planner each class prevents organizational skill development and counts as a “lack of materials” Documented Offense (DO) classroom consequence.  For more detailed information refer to the BMSN Student Handbook and the BISD Student Code of Conduct.

ABSENCES

When a student is absent, a parent or legal guardian must report the absence by calling the attendance secretary (357-3106) between 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. the day of the absence. A call is expected each day the student is absent.  A parental or doctor’s note must be brought to school the day the student returns.

 Assignments may be requested on the second day of an absence by calling no later than 10:00 a.m. Parents may pick up assignments in the office between 4:00-4:15 p.m. It is the student’s responsibility on the day they return to school to contact each teacher during class to obtain make-up work and to schedule a time and date to complete tests and/or missed assignments. A student who does not make up assigned work within the time allotted (1 day for each day absent) will receive a permanent grade of zero.

APPOINTMENTS

If a student has an appointment with a doctor/dentist during the school day or needs to be excused for any other valid reason, a parent or guardian must come into the front office, show their driver’s license, and sign the student out in the office. Failure to sign out is considered an unexcused absence and will result in discipline consequences.

 

ATTENDANCE

Credit

To receive credit in a class, a student must attend at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered.  Students are allowed by state law four absences per semester in each class. See BISD Student Handbook for district and state policy on excused and unexcused absences.

If a student exceeds four absences in any one class, the BMSN Attendance Committee will review the student’s grades and reasons for absence. The student will be required to attend Saturday School as part of the State Attendance Recovery process. Each absence over four requires mandatory attendance at Saturday School from 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. Students who exceed four absences per semester without Attendance Recovery Saturday School attendance are in danger of losing credit for that class.  Official warning letters will be issued once a student reaches an excessive absence limit and for additional absences in excess of state allowances.

 

Policy

A student, absent from school for more than two 90-minute class periods for any reason other than for a documented healthcare appointment, will not be allowed to participate in school-related activities on that day or evening. The student must bring a valid, original signed doctor’s note…not a copy.  A student will not be counted absent if he/she has a documented appointment with a health care professional during regular school hours if that student returns to school on the same day of the appointment. The appointment must be supported by a valid, original signed note, written on the physician’s stationary or clinic pad and not a copy.

Upon returning to school after an absence, students must bring a note to the Attendance Office before school begins. The note must be signed by the parent or doctor and describe the reason for the absence. An excused absence would be the result of student illness, need for medical attention, death in the immediate family, or severe weather conditions. A student who fails to bring a note must do so within 5 days.  Failure to bring a note will result in an un-excused absence. The doctor’s note must be valid, original signed, written on the physician’s stationary or clinic pad and not a copy.

Any absence approved by the parent for the convenience of the student (vacations/trips to San Antonio/sports/events/pageants/etc.), but not approved by the school, and any other absence not covered in excused absences will be un-excused.

AWARDS AND HONORS

AWARD NIGHTS

In the spring, students may receive award recognition during evening award ceremonies based on a combination of academics, behavior, and character, based on perfect attendance, or based on completion of full athletic seasons.

 

HONOR ROLL

BMSN emphasizes excellence in academic achievement and recognizes All “A” Honor Roll students each grading period.  A student must receive a grade of 90 or above in all courses taken for All "A" Honor Roll.

NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY

The purpose of the National Junior Honor Society is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate desire to render service, to promote leadership, to develop character, and to encourage citizenship.  Current 7th graders who have a cumulative grade point average of 93 or higher after the 3rd nine weeks are considered for membership through an application and committee review process.  *Applications submitted after due dates/times will not be accepted by the NJHS Review Committee.  Members are inducted in the spring semester and must maintain required service hours & requirements to maintain membership. *Failure to maintain membership requirements will result in a review and may result in a dismissal recommendation by the NJHS Review Committee.

 

NO ZEROES NO LATE WORK CELEBRATION

Every student who turns their work in and on time for each and every assignment in a nine weeks is invited to participate in this prize and fun-filled celebration during Study Hall. 

OUTSTANDING STUDENT RECEPTION

Faculty members may nominate one student during each grading period who exemplifies outstanding characteristics in grades, citizenship, or improvement.  Students and parents are invited to attend a breakfast ceremony held in the library before school.  *Limited to one nomination per year.

TOP DOG AWARDS

Students who demonstrate above and beyond 100% Purple Pride Greyhound character through words, deeds, or actions are recognized by staff during the year with the Top Dog special purple paw print dog tag award.  All Top Dogs are invited to a special Top Dog lunch in the spring.

BAD WEATHER DAYS

 

During bad weather, information will be posted on the BISD web page: www.boerne-isd.net. If school is cancelled for the day, the A Day or B Day schedule will continue per the BISD calendar.

CAFETERIA

All students will eat in the cafeteria. This is a closed campus, and students are not allowed to leave school grounds to purchase lunch.  All food/drinks during breakfast or lunch must be consumed inside the

cafeteria.  No food/drinks are to be taken outside to the blacktop or the courtyard/gazebo. Students who fail to comply will face lunch detention or additional discipline consequences.  Students may bring lunch or purchase lunch each day.  Students have access to three microwave ovens to heat food brought from home. *No popcorn permitted.  Parents may pay in advance and students may use this credit for breakfast, hot lunch, or snack bar. Charging without advance payment is not allowed.  Tables must be left clean and trash disposed in containers. After being dismissed from the cafeteria, 6th & 7th graders report to the blacktop area and 8th graders to the patio area until signaled to return to class. Students, per state nutrition laws, are not permitted to share fast food items, whole pizzas, birthday cakes, etc. brought to school by parents/family members with other students during breakfast or lunch.

CONDUCT

3 B’s Code of Conduct 

Be SAFE    Be RESPECTFUL     Be RESPONSIBLE

Each individual of Boerne Middle School North has a right to a safe environment that is free from disruptions and supports academic excellence.  BMSN is a bully-free zone supported students and parents signing and supporting a “No Bullying” contract.   *Refer to BISD Student Handbook on Board Adopted Bullying Policy.

Each individual has the potential for choosing appropriate behavior and for becoming a responsible citizen of the school community, regardless of background or current level of functioning.  Each individual's choice of action(s) has a positive or negative consequence and we at BMSN certainly work hard to recognize positive behavior in and around campus.  *Our Positive Behavior Support (PBS) system includes Boerne Bucks rewards for positive behavior in the classroom and around campus. All students and staff are expected to uphold the Boerne Middle School North Code of Conduct and to demonstrate Purple Pride daily as they interact with others on campus. 

Consequences

Students are assigned consequences according to the frequency and/or severity of the offense.  Documented Offenses are proactive discipline slips issued by teachers in the classroom for basic discipline offenses. Office discipline referrals are issued when persistent or serious misbehavior occurs.  In addition to intervention strategies such as student and/or parent conferences, consequences may include After-school Detention, campus clean-up, lunch detention, Saturday School, In-School Suspension (ISS), Out of School Suspension (OSS) or placement in the Boerne Discipline Alternative Placement (DAEP/AC) at administrators’ discretion. 

Tardy Policy

In each class, including Study Hall period, the 3rd & 4th tardies in a nine weeks period will result in an office referral and the assignment of one and three days of after school detention respectively.  The 5th tardy in a nine weeks period in each class will result in an office referral and a Saturday School assignment.  The 6th tardy in a nine weeks period in each class will result in an office referral and placement in In-School Suspension (ISS). *Morning tardies to school apply even with parent note/parent sign-in.  Students driven to school must be present inside the classroom each morning before 8:50 a.m. or they are tardy.  *Tardies are “reset to zero” per class each new, nine weeks.

Mandatory Planner Policy      

In each class, including Study Hall, the 3rd & 4th time Mandatory Planners are not brought to class in a nine weeks period the result will be an Office Referral and the assignment of one and then three days of after school detention respectively.  The 5th forgotten Planner in a nine weeks period in each class will result in an office referral and a Saturday School assignment.  The 6th forgotten Planner in a nine weeks period in each class will result in an office referral and placement in In-School Suspension (ISS). *Planners are used as our school-wide pass system and our student organization tool for success.  *Forgotten Planner marks are wiped clean per class each new, nine weeks.  Planners are $5 paid for and received during Orientation.  *$5 for each replacement

Planner Forgiveness”

If a student forgets to bring a planner to class, he/she may take the initiative to return with permission to that class with Planner in hand that same day to write down all assignments for that class.  This action erases the Planner mark. *Planners left off-campus are excluded from this option.

 

COUNSELING

 

Academic

Students and their parents are encouraged to talk with a school counselor, teacher, or principal to learn about course offerings, the graduation requirements of various programs, and early graduation procedures.  Each spring, students in 6th, 7th, & 8th grades will be provided information on anticipated course offerings for the next year and other information that will help to make the most of academic and vocational opportunities.

 

Personal

The school counselor is available to assist students with a wide range of personal concerns, including such areas as social, family, or emotional issues, or substance abuse.    A student who wishes to meet with the counselor should make the request in the front office.  Counselors will also set up conferences with parents of failing students.

 

CYBER BULLYING

BMSN does not condone off-campus actions of students involving Cyber Bullying (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram Text Messaging, Photo Transfers, etc.)  We believe strongly based on research data that Cyber Bullying issues can be decreased if parents do the following: 

1.) Refrain from permanently allowing computers OR devices with internet access in a child’s bedroom.

2.) Require cell phones/electronic devices to be handed over to parents at bedtime and for parents to monitor messaging.

3.) Prevent the use of “social networking” sites of children under the age of 18 or, at a minimum, parents have access to check and monitor such sites regularly.

Should a BMSN student encounter off-campus Cyber Bullying, the best response is not to reply at all & BLOCK. Next, immediately report Cyber Bullying to parents.  Parents should then make direct contact with parents of involved students, or report serious incidents to your local police or sheriff department. School discipline penalties cannot be assessed for off-campus Cyber Bullying, although the BMSN counselor may be requested for guidance and administrators will be informed for potential spillover on campus.  *Cyber Bullying during non-school hours must be handled by parents or reported to the police.  Only if administrators determine that this action is a disruption of the educational process during the school day will they become involved.

 

LEVELS OF NEGATIVE BEHAVIOR ENGAGEMENT BEFORE IT’S CALLED BULLYING

  1. Teasing:  Everyone is having fun; no one is getting hurt; everyone is participating equally.
  2. Conflict:  No one is having fun; there is a possible solution to the disagreement; equal balance of power.
  3. Mean Moment:  Someone is being hurt on purpose; reaction to a strong feeling or emotion; an isolated event.
  4. Bullying:  Someone is being hurt on purpose; the action is repetitive; happens regularly; imbalance of power.

 

DRESS AND GROOMING

 

All Students:   Students shall come to school clean and wearing clothing that will not be a health or safety hazard to the student or others.  BISD prohibits pictures, emblems, or writings on clothing or accessories that are lewd, offensive, vulgar or obscene or advertise alcohol, tobacco, or other prohibited substances.  The District prohibits any clothing or grooming that, in the administrator’s judgment, may reasonably be expected to cause interference with normal school operations.   If, in the judgment of the administrator, any mode of dress or appearance detracts from the learning climate, it is the administrator's responsibility to take corrective action. 

 

All Students

  • BACKPACK/BAG SIZE LIMITATIONS: Due to safety and space limitations in the building and especially the classrooms, students may carry either one purse or one book bag/back sack only (book bag carried by handle or worn with a single shoulder strap or a back sack with strings) from class to class size 15”X15”x15” or smaller when filled with booksA 15”X15”x15” bag expandable beyond those measurements is not permitted.  This is a classroom space and safety issue.  Correctly sized bags must be stored out of all aisles under the desks inside the classroom and inside cubbies at lunch for safety.  All bags larger than 15”X15”X15” when filled must be stored inside school lockers from 8:50 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
  • Must not wear or display advertisements, emblems, patches, pictures, slogans, and writing on skin or clothing, accessories, and other personal items that:
    • sAre lewd, obscene, offensive, suggestive, vulgar, or promote violence.
    • sAdvertise or depict alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, drugs, or other prohibited substances.
  • Must wear appropriate footwear at all times. House slippers, beach flip-flops, house shoes, and steel-toed shoes are not allowed.
  • Must not wear spiked-type jewelry, clothing chains, or wallet chains.
  • Must not wear jeans or pants with excessive holes anywhere as determined by administrators and no holes permitted above fingertip level, or pants that are baggy, excessively long or wide, or worn below the hip level as determined by the administrator.  Students wearing excessively tight pants, shirts, or revealing outfits in general as determined by the administrator are not permitted. 
  • Must not wear pajama-type clothing during the year, no matter if it’s STAAR testing or Finals Week.
  • Must not wear “cut-off” or ragged/frayed skirts, shorts, jeans, or pants.  Ends must be stitched.
  • Must not have unnatural extremes, unnatural highlights, or unnatural streaks in hair color or style such as hair dyed green, red, blue, orange, etc. as determined by administrators. Must not have Mohawks, fauxhawks, wigs, or insignias or extremes shaved into the scalp including excessively shaved lines or extremely shaved side, front, back, or parts.
  • Must not wear hats, bandannas, caps, knit caps or other headgear during the school day and never inside the building.  Bills must be worn to the front during allowed times.  All headgear must be in lockers from 8:50 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Skin must not have visible tattoos (real or fake) or marker/pen/paint writing.
  • Must not wear trench coats inside during school.

 

BOYS

  • Must be clean-shaven daily without being reminded; no facial hair/soft fuzz on upper lip-cheeks-chin; no mustaches soft or brisk, beards, sideburns below the earlobe, or sideburns that are excessively wide.
  • Must have hair that is clean, well-groomed, does not bring undue attention or distraction in the administrator’s opinion, and does not extend beyond the base of the neck. *Hair below the eyebrows covering the eyes or face would be considered not well-groomed and a distraction and would need to be cut.  Failure to comply with a haircut request per dress code is considered insubordination & non-compliance and will result in an In School Suspension if not corrected immediately or in a time directed by administrators.
  • Must not wear pierced-typed jewelry of any kind nor cover pierced ear lobes or any piercing with band-aids before, during, or after school while on campus.
  • Must not wear muscle shirts or undershirts as the only outer garment, and shirts must be buttoned at all times.  *Sleeveless shirts, tops, & sleeveless jerseys are not permitted.
  • Must not wear make-up or fingernail polish.

 

GIRLS

Must not wear dresses, blouses, or tops that are low cut in the front or back, or that are of sheer material in the front or back, or excessively tight.  Spaghetti straps, camisoles, tanks, etc. are not permitted underneath a shear blouse or top; the undergarment or undershirt must extend from the neck across to the edge of the shoulder.

  • Must wear clothing that extends beyond the waistband of pants, shorts, or skirts so that the midsection and the back are covered at all times.
  • Must not wear shirts with spaghetti straps, tube tops, halter tops, or camisoles alone, underneath a sheer blouse or top, or hidden under a sweater, jacket, hoodie, shawl, or outer wear.  Violations must be corrected and may not be temporarily covered with outerwear.
  • Dresses, skirts, and shorts must fingertip length or longer in the front, sides, and back when the student is standing or walking.  Biker shorts/tights, Jeggings, Yoga pants, or leggings may be worn underneath shorts/skirts only with shorts/skirts that meet the “past the fingertips” length guideline.  *Yoga pants and all similar stretch style pants can only be worn with a top, shirt, or sweater that complies with the fingertip length rule.
  • Must wear pierced-type (small post & back clasp) jewelry only on ears.

DRESS CODE VIOLATION POLICY

1st Violation............... Warning

2nd Violation.............. One day After School Detention

3rd Violation.............. 3 days After School Detention

4th Violation.............. Office Referral & Saturday School 8:30-11:30 a.m.

5th Violation & beyond................................ Office Referral & In School Suspension (ISS) 

Please note:  Students unable to arrange for a change of clothes delivery in a timely fashion (15 minutes), who refuse to borrow from BMSN clean stock, or who fail to immediately correct the dress code violation will be placed in ISS.  Students asked to correct hair or dress code violations who refuse or fail to do so will be placed in ISS.

 

ELECTRONIC DEVICES AND PROHIBITED ITEMS

 

Cell phones must be kept in school lockers throughout the school day (8:50 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) without exception. Failure to comply violates the BISD Possession Policy and will result in discipline consequences.      Students are not permitted to use cell phones for any reason (text, call, games, or camera) nor use other electronic equipment including internet watches, phone watches, Smart Watches, radios, IPod’s, MP-3 players, CD players, tape recorders, camcorders, DVD players, cameras, and electronic game devices during the school hours of 8:50 a.m.–4:00 p.m. (unless prior permission is obtained from the principal’s office). Failure to comply violates the BISD electronics Usage Policy and will result in discipline consequences.  Students are discouraged from bringing electronic items to school.  *Use of cameras/video is prohibited (especially classrooms, dressing rooms, & restrooms) unless for a teacher-approved project. 

 

POSSESSION of any electronic device from 8:50 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. will result in the following: 

  • 1st Offense:  Warning & parent pick-up (after 4:00 p.m. on the day of the offense) of item
  • 2nd Offense:  $10.00 fine, a 10-day (calendar) hold of the item, & parent pick-up (after 4:00 p.m. on the day of the offense) of item
  • 3rd Offense:  $10.00 fine,  a 30-day (calendar) hold of the item, & parent pick-up (after 4:00 p.m. on the day of the offense) of item
  • 4th Offense:  Hold of the item until the end of the school year & parent pick-up of item.

     

    USE of any electronic device on campus from 8:50 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. will result in the following PLUS POSSESSION consequences:

  • 1st Offense:  Office referral & Saturday School
  • 2nd Offense & beyond:  Office referral & In School Suspension

*Students bring these items at their own risk. *Items such as laser pointers, Whiteout, permanent markers, Tech Decks, etc. are also prohibited & will be held for parent pick-up.

 

Electronic Readers

 

Students may carry electronic readers with them from classroom to classroom although use of electronic readers IS NOT PERMITTED in the lunchroom, athletic/PE dressing rooms, or in either of the BMSN gymsWith prior permission ONLY from each teacher obtained each and every time from one day to the next, a student may use their reader specifically and only for reading.  

 

Internet Watches

 

Student use of an (email, texts, messaging, apps, etc.) electronic internet watch during the school day will result in consequences under the electronic usage policy.          17

 

Bring Your Own Device Days (BYOD)

 

Additionally, teachers have authority to allow students to bring in notebooks/iPads/tablets for specific class projects on specific dates throughout the year.  Other than on these special, pre-arranged dates, students are required to store these items in school-issued lockers from 8:50 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Web browsing is only permitted under direct teacher supervision and all web browsing must be conducted through the BISD secure wireless network.  Students in violation of these policies are subject to discipline consequences previously listed. *BMSN is not responsible for the theft of any student’s electronic item.

 

GRADING

 

Report cards are issued to parents once every nine weeks.  The semester grade given at the end of the second and fourth nine weeks is the grade that will be recorded on the student's academic achievement record.  Progress reports are issued for all students at the end of the third and sixth week of the grading period.  Parents have online access to student grades throughout each

grading period with alert notification setting capabilities

if a student earns zeros, low grades, or averages. Newly added or updated grades process 24 hours later.  *See the district website for Parent Connection access through txConnect.  https://itccsgb.esc20.net/PABO/Login.aspx

 

Academic Grading Scale    Citizenship

A=90-100 Superior              S=Satisfactory

B=80-89   Above Average     N=Needs Improvement

C=75-79   Average              U=Unsatisfactory

D=70-74    Borderline 

F=0-69  Failure    

 

Exams Dates

Exam Dates: *Lunch times change during exam week.

December 20:  Periods 1, 3, and 2

December 21:  Periods 5, 7, and 6

December 22:  Periods 4 & 8 *Early Release 1:30 p.m.

June 5:                     Periods 1, 3, and 2

June 6:             Periods 5, 7, and 6

June 7:                     Periods 4 & 8 *Early Release 1:30 p.m.

 

*Attendance is mandatory for final exams to prevent a zero exam grade from being entered into the gradebook.  Plan vacations accordingly.

 

BMSN ACADEMIC HONOR CODE

 

Boerne Middle School North Greyhounds will sustain an atmosphere of academic excellence through respect, honesty and integrity.  The Academic Honor Code includes educating and empowering students to have strong character and to equip them to be lifelong learners.  In support of our mission, we uphold the expectation of ethical behavior to support authentic learning.  The core values underlying and reflected in the policy:

Respect of all members of the community. Having the esteem or sense of excellence in all areas of life. 

Honesty is demonstrated by giving academic credit to others where credit is due and developing original thought.  Being truthful to yourself and others as to how learning was accomplished.

Integrity of all members of the school community. Having the character to know what is ethical and stand as an example for others.

Responsibility in completing academic work to the best of your ability.

Diligence to persevere in the face of adversity.  Being consistent & deliberate in academic pursuits.

Courage to stand up for values reflected in this statement. Being willing to uphold these values and others that define us as Greyhounds.

HONOR CODE VIOLATIONS CONSEQUENCES

1ST OFFENSE: 

  • Zero on the assignment
  • Teacher contacts parent to report violation
  • Assistant Principal follow-up with parent
  • Saturday School
  • Membership Hearing NJHS Review Committee

 

2nd OFFENSE*:  *Additional offenses will result in additional consequences

  • Zero on the assignment
  • Teacher contacts parent to report violation
  • Assistant Principal follow-up with parent
  • In School Suspensions (I.S.S.) *Removal from all extracurricular events during I.S.S. assignment
  • Membership Hearing NJHS Review Committee

 

HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL COURSE EXAMS

BMSN students taking a high school level course will take an exam in every course at the end of the first and second semester. The exam will count 20% of the semester grade. *Subject to changes in BISD policy.

 

RETEACH AND RETEST

A student who scores below a 70 on any examination, other than a nine weeks test, may request to be retested for a maximum new grade of 70.  The teacher will determine student eligibility for a retest. If the student qualifies for a retest, he/she shall work with the teacher to schedule tutoring and a retest within a one-week period.  *A student who has a passing average for the first and second nine-weeks of the semester but fails the semester due to the exam grade is eligible for a retest.

 

GUM

BMSN has a NO GUM policy on campus before, during, or after school while on school grounds.  Leave all gum at home.  Consequences are determined as follows:  GUM IN CLASS:  Students chewing gum in class will receive Documented Offenses.  The 3rd Documented Offense in one class or the 5th school-wide will result in an Office Referral and a Support Team meeting with administration. GUM IN COMMON AREAS:  Students chewing gum in any BMSN Common Area will immediately be sent to the office with consequences as follows:

 

1st & 2nd violations:   1 day After School Detention

2nd violation:     1 day After School Detention

3rd violation:     3 days After School Detention

4th violation:     Saturday School

5th violation & up:     In School Suspension

 

HOMEWORK

 

Students should plan to do homework each school day & parents are needed to help support BMSN staff in checking for nightly completion. Planners should be used by students daily to document homework assignments expected to be completed by the due date. Late work may be accepted the very next class period ONLY with a maximum grade of 70 with all answers correct. Missing assignments will result in zeroes.  *Students without zeros or late work in all classes during the nine weeks will be rewarded and invited to attend a No Zeros-No Late Work Celebration.

 

HALL PASSES

 

Any time a student is in the hall during class time, she/he must have in hand their school-issued Planner with the hall pass in back completely filled out including teacher signature, student name, date, time, and destination.  Passes are printed in the back of each student’s school-issued Planner.  Students in the hall without a pass will be sent back and may receive discipline consequences for truancy.  This policy applies to classes, lunch, and Study Hall period.  *Replacement Planners can be purchased in the office for $5.

 

ILLNESS or ACCIDENT

 

*All calls home to parents for health or medical issues must be made from the nurse’s office under adult supervision and not from a classroom.  If you child calls you complaining of a health issue, direct them to visit the nurse immediately. Do not come up to school before speaking to the nurse. Students who are ill or hurt are to obtain a pass from the teacher and report to the nurse for care. The nurse will contact the parent and determine if the student will be sent home. (Use of phones/texting/electronic devices by students to contact parents to be picked up for illness will result in discipline consequences whether legitimately ill or not.)  All medications brought on campus must be checked into the nurse and kept in the clinic. For any student who must take a prescription or non-prescription medication during the school day, the parent must bring a written request signed by both the physician and the parent. Prescription medication must be in its original container and given to school nurse directly from the parent. Each over the counter medication must be in its original sealed container. Herbals, home remedies, vitamins, dietary supplements, etc. will not be administered.

 

LOCKERS

 

Lockers remain under the jurisdiction of the school even when assigned to an individual student.  The student has full responsibility for the security of the assigned locker, for contents inside the locker, for making certain that the locker is locked, and to make certain that the combination is not made available to others. 

 

Students abusing this responsibility will face disciplinary consequences. Students are not to change lockers without permission from the office. Only school-issued locks are allowed on hallway lockers. *Replacement locks cost $8.  Any problems with lockers, combinations, or other related concerns should be reported to the office.  Searches of lockers may be conducted at any time there is reasonable cause to believe that they contain articles or materials prohibited by District policy, whether or not a student is present.

*ATHLETIC BAGS, GYM BAGS, & BACKPACKS MUST NOT BE STORED IN CLASSROOMS. *See size policy.

 

LOST AND FOUND

 

Articles that are found are to be taken to the office or placed in the lost and found containers around campus.  Certain lost items, such as textbooks, jewelry, and purses may be claimed in the office.  Other articles are housed in the Lost & Found boxes located in the cafeteria and gym.  Unclaimed clothing & shoes are donated to a local charity. 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION & ATHLETICS

 

Students assigned to Physical Education or Athletic classes are required to dress-out and participate daily. Failure to meet Athletic class objectives or requirements as determined by BMSN coaches may result in a coach completing a schedule change placing a student from Athletics into a regular P.E. class.  *A student in 7th grade Athletics who did not play 7th grade football, volleyball, or basketball must register for 8th grade P.E.  Uniforms can be purchased from the P.E. teacher for $20 per shirt/shorts set. PE students must bring their own Master lock for PE/Athletic lockers and must keep personal items inside locked lockers at all times…no exceptions.  *In severe cold or inclement weather, students will not be required to go outside, but they will be required to dress-out. *Part of a student’s grade is dressing out each day.

PROMOTION AND RETENTION

 

A student will be promoted only on the basis of academic achievement or demonstrated proficiency in the subject matter of the course or grade level.  To earn credit in a course, a student must receive a grade of at least 70 based on course-level or grade-level standards.

  • 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students must pass three of the four core courses and have an overall average of 70 in order to be promoted.  *Failure to do so will result in a student automatically being retained in the same grade the following year.
  • State Attendance Policy Requirements must be met.
  • Student Success Initiative (SSI):  Texas requires that every 8th grader pass the Math & Reading STAAR to be promoted to 9th grade giving every student 3 attempts to pass each test.  Failure to pass the Math or Reading STAAR results in automatic 8th grade retention.  A Grade Placement Committee (GPC) will convene with parents of all students with STAAR failures to review the state’s placement.  *The state requires a unanimous decision from the GPC to override the mandatory retention in order to place a student into 9th grade.

 

PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION (PDA)

 

Student Public Displays of Affection (PDA) are prohibited and may result in discipline consequences as determined by BMSN administrators.  Kissing, holding hands, embraces/hugs are just some examples where the result is an Office Referral, with a placement that may result in In School Suspension (ISS) room. 

 

VISITORS

Parents and guardians are welcome to visit BMSN.  All visitors must first report through the security entrance to ensure student and staff safety...no exceptions.  The safety, security, and well-being of all students and staff are very important to us.  A driver’s license must be presented when checking in at the front office.  Visitor passes must be obtained and worn after driver’s license check-in.  Parent visits to individual classrooms before, during, or after school must be arranged by appointment only with the individual teacher. Parental visits to individual classrooms during instructional time are permitted only with approval of the principal and teacher and so long as their duration or frequency does not interfere with the delivery of instruction or disrupt the normal school environment.  *Approval must be arranged one week in advance.  Students/siblings from other schools in BISD or outside of BISD will not be allowed to visit the lunchroom or classrooms during the instructional day…especially high school student visitors during finals.

 


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