Middle School Handbook



C. 0. R. E. 
CODE OF RIGHTS FOR EDUCATION 




ALL STUDENTS HAVE A RIGHT TO COME TO A SAFE AND ORDERLY PLACE IN WHICH TO LEARN. 

ALL STUDENTS HAVE A RIGHT TO COME TO A PLACE WHERE LEARNING IS RESPECTED. 

ALL STUDENTS HAVE A RIGHT TO HAVE THEIR PERSONAL BELONGINGS PROTECTED. 

ALL STUDENTS HAVE A RIGHT TO HAVE THEIR IDEAS AND FEELINGS RESPECTED AND FEEL GOOD ABOUT THEMSELVES. 

ALL STUDENTS HAVE A RIGHT TO LEARN IN A CLEAN, ATTRACTIVE ENVIRONMENT. 

ALL TEACHERS HAVE A RIGHT TO BE RESPECTED AS PROFESSIONALS. 

ALL STAFF MEMBERS HAVE A RIGHT TO BE RESPECTED IN CARRYING OUT THE OBLIGATIONS OF THEIR EDUCATIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES. 

ALL PARENTS, SCHOOL COMMITTEE AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS HAVE A RIGHT TO EXPECT A HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION. 

CDS IS A SCENT FREE SCHOOL. WE ASK THAT ALL STAFF, STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS REFRAIN FROM USING SCENTED PRODUCTS OR SPRAYS WHILE AT OUR SCHOOL, DUE TO THE INCREASE IN ALLERGIES AND ASTHMA OF OUR STUDENTS AND STAFF. THANK YOU! 

THE SCHOOL AGENDA 


The rules, regulations, procedures, and articles described in this handbook have been established to create the best possible atmosphere for the education of all students. They are based on respect for the rights of others and the individual responsibility to perform his/her job in the best way possible. Your good use of the information provided herein will be to your own best advantage and will also help your school continue to maintain the standards we have all come to expect. This School Agenda will help students to be organized and will be used by students for a daily homework assignment book. 

RESPECT FOR PROPERTY & OTHERS 


Students are to refrain from marking desks, tables, walls, etc. Students, who mark, deface, or damage school property will be expected to pay for the damage, along with consequences for the act. Students are expected to respect the property and personal belongings of others. It should be noted that students who disrupt the right of others to learn, teach, feel safe and comfortable will have immediate consequences. 

SNACKS, CANDY, AND GUM 


Students are allowed to bring snacks from home, which may be consumed during the morning break. Snacks are also available for purchase before school and at break. There is no gum chewing allowed during the school day. Students may have water at any time. 

BEFORE SCHOOL 


Students should not arrive before 7:30, unless prior arrangements have been made. Students arriving before 8:15 are to report to the gym or cafeteria for breakfast. Students are not to be in the hallways unless prior permission has been granted by a staff member.

NOON LUNCH 


Every student has a right to dine in a cafeteria setting that is safe, orderly and pleasant. Everyone is responsible for creating and maintaining that environment. Consequences for inappropriate behavior in the cafeteria are described under the “Code of Conduct” later in the handbook. Each Monday (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday) before school and during break students will go to the cafeteria to pay for weekly hot lunch meals. 

AFTER SCHOOL 


Students will leave the building when dismissed unless they are participating in school activities. Parents will need to pick up students promptly after school activities, detention, or academic enhancement. 

STUDENT BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE 


School is a place for learning and instruction to take place. Students are expected to help maintain an atmosphere conducive to study. Students and staff are entitled to learn and work in a school environment free of violence, threats, harassment and disruptive behavior. Students who have not demonstrated regard for school rules, or those who have flagrantly shown lack of behavioral judgment in the current school year, may have conditions placed upon class, field, and/or sport trips, or may be exempted from such trips. If there are significant concerns regarding liability, safety, behavior and/or cooperation, then such conditions may include the requirement that a parent, legal guardian or other designated person acceptable to the school must accompany the student on the trip. Any behavior that’s violent, threatening, harassing, illegal, disrespectful, uncooperative or disruptive is unacceptable and appropriate disciplinary consequences including, but not limited to detention, suspension, legal complaints and charges and/or expulsion can occur. Police involvement, searches and seizures can also take place if the situation is necessary. Students should practice common rules of behavior and respect that will be expected of them as adults. Students are expected to conduct themselves with respect for others and in accordance with School Committee policies, school rules, reasonable unwritten behavior expectations and applicable state and federal laws. Students are prohibited from engaging in prohibited conduct as outlined in School Committee policies relating to students while on school property, while in attendance at school, at any school-sponsored activity, or at any time or place that such conduct directly interferes with the operations, discipline or general welfare of the school. If anyone has questions about the above, please contact the building 

THREATS 

Threats of any kind will be taken very seriously. Students are reminded that threats or threatening behavior regardless of whether they are joking, just fooling around or in anger can result in very serious consequences. These consequences can include, but not be limited to detention, suspension, expulsion or immediate arrest by the police. 


BOMB THREATS 

School safety is our highest priority. At the same time ongoing review of all safety procedures and policies continue to take place. Specific evacuation procedures are practiced on a periodic basis. As soon as it is known that a bomb or lethal explosive device or threat exists or is reported to exist in our building, various procedures, according to school policy, are carried out. Included among such procedures is a decision by the Superintendent of Schools whether or not the school building may be reentered that day. Parents who do not wish their children to return to class after bomb threats must have an advance, written statement to that effect on file in the principal’s office. Transportation will be provided to home by the school for those pupils. If any parent has a question about bomb threat procedures, please contact the principal. 


CODE OF CONDUCT 


A. PREVENTATIVE STRATEGIES 


Preventative Strategies are often times utilized by faculty prior to detention being issued. 

B. GENERAL DETENTION 


1. General classroom problems will be handled by the teacher or educational technician. 

2. Other more serious problems will be referred to the Principal. 

C. OTHER

  • Serious or continuous classroom and school problems will be referred to the Principal. 
  • Fighting, cheating, plagiarism, vandalism, stealing, threats, harassment, truancy, and 
  • possession, use, selling, giving or distributing of any illegal or dangerous substances, 
  • weapons or items that can be used as a weapon shall be referred to the Principal. 
  • Other situations may be handled at the discretion of the teacher or Principal. 

D. CAFETERIA 


  • If a student is disruptive, involved in excessive mischief, playing with or throwing food, the student will receive disciplinary consequences that may include, but not be limited to assigned seating, detention, and/or removal from the cafeteria for a time period. 
  • Other situations may be handled at the discretion of the faculty member or Principal. 

E. DETENTION 


1. Students will be given twenty-four hours notice of detention. He/she may serve the detention that day, and if not, then he/she must serve the detention the next school day. 

2. If a student forgets or skips detention, the amount of time will be doubled. 

3. The faculty member or Principal will let the student know that detention has been given. For some routine detentions of one hour, the student will call the parent. Faculty members will call the parent about other detentions or disruption, disrespect, physical aggressiveness, 

4. A student must serve the detentions prior to attending or participating in any  extra-curricular activity. Any student receiving an academic and/or detention is ineligible for any activity (games, practices, etc.) for that day. 

5. The amount of time for detention may vary depending upon the circumstances; however, a student may only serve one hour of detention per night, ending by 4:00pm. 

6. Parents have the responsibility to provide transportation immediately after detention. 

7. It is the responsibility of the parent to notify the school and to communicate directly with the appropriate faculty member if any problem with detention exists, such as a previously scheduled doctor’s appointment. 

8. Alternative strategies may be utilized to correct behavior prior to detention being given. 

9. A detention/academic room will be available for a student’s use on Monday through Friday, from 3:00-4:00 PM. All students must report by 3:00 PM with written work, materials for study, or a book to read. No talking or sleeping will be allowed. Any student who cannot comply with these simple rules will be asked to report to the office; therefore not receiving credit for that day and the detention will be doubled. 

10. Academic problems will be handled by the individual teacher. Detention will not be given for direct academic problems; however, academic enhancement will be automatically assigned for academic work not completed when it is due. The detention room may also be used as a location to do academic enhancement work after school. It should be noted that a detention will be given if a student does not cooperate in reporting for academic enhancement. 

11. Students must complete academic work in order to go on year-end, non-academic class 

CELL PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES 

Students are discouraged from bringing cell phones, IPads, IPods, and other electronic games to school because of their distracting influence and the possibility of being damaged or stolen. Students are not to use cell phones from 8:15-3:00. If brought to school, they need to be shut off and left in lockers. Students caught not following this rule will lose their cell phone until the end of the day. Students caught repeatedly for not following this rule will have a phone call home by the principal or designee. Under the direct supervision of a school staff member, students may use their cell phone to contact parents to inform them about changes in after school activities, in order to make transportation changes. 

HARASSMENT 


Center Drive School does not tolerate harassment of any kind. Harassment of students or staff because of race, color, sex, religion, ancestry or national origin, disability or any other reason is prohibited. Defined by federal and state law, harassment includes but is not limited to any unwelcome or unwanted physical, gestured, verbal or written activity that interferes with a student or person’s ability to do their work or come to school. If harassment occurs, then disciplinary consequences including, but not limited to detention, suspension, legal complaints and charges, and/or expulsion can occur. Students who are harassed should report the incident(s) to the teacher, the principal or the affirmative action officer. 

HARASSMENT, BULLYING. SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND/OR OTHER EDUCATIONALLY DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR: 

By definition (stopbullying.com) Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time 

Types of bullying include Physical, Verbal, Social/Emotional Bullying, and Sexual 

1 Physical aggression includes repeated threat to a student’s physical safety or an act of physical aggression such as hitting, tripping, shoving, pushing, grabbing, slapping, repeatedly taking other’s belongings, such as pencils or books, inappropriate gestures or other uninvited physical contact. 

2 Verbal bullying includes statements meant to be hurtful or intimidating, such as name calling, teasing, or inappropriate jokes, this includes statements made through electronic technology, including, but not limited to e-mails, texts, and social media sites. 

3 Social/Emotional bullying are actions meant to impact someone’s reputation or relationships. Examples include purposeful exclusion from a group, spreading rumors, or embarrassing a student publicly. 

4 Sexual Harassment includes inappropriate sexual remarks, gestures, touching, action and/or other unwanted behaviors. These behaviors are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. If a student is determined to be involved in and/or causing these behaviors on an ongoing basis, 

the following disciplinary consequences will take place for the student: 

Level 1: Meet with Guidance Counselor-referral to office- parents notified. 

Level 2: Meet with Assistant Principal- 1 hour detention- referral to Principal- parents 

Level 3: Meet with Principal- 2 hour detention- referral to Superintendent. 

Level 4: Meet with Principal and Superintendent- 1 day suspension- parents notified- referral 

Level 5: 5 day suspension and a formal complaint will be filed with police. The police will determine if charges will be filed against the student. There will be a required  meeting with the Superintendent of Schools for parents and student to outline behavioral expectations before the student is allowed to return to school. 

Please note: If there is a serious incident, then a student may bypass levels 1-3 and end up in levels 4 or 5. It is very important to emphasize that the intent of these steps is to address on- going, harassing, sexually harassing, bullying and/or other educationally disruptive behaviors that are unacceptable. Parental support and help is extremely important in the prevention of any further escalating problems. 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES 


Students need to be aware that all athletic, extra-curricular, and co-curricular activities are a privilege in which to participate. All participants will abide by the Extra-Curricular Activities Code of Conduct found on our school website under Sports. Only students of Center Drive School or students who are residents of Orrington and are home-schooled, are eligible for extra-curricular activities. 

ELIGIBILITY- All participants are subject to Extra Curricular Guidelines which states: To be eligible for participation in an extracurricular activity, a student must first demonstrate a commitment to academics. Consequently, at the end of the ranking period, any student currently participating, or intending to participate, in extracurricular activities who has received one F or two D’s, will not be eligible to participate for ten school days. Ineligibility will begin on the first school day following the issuance of the report cards and will be lifted on the eleventh school day following the issuance of the report card. At the end of this period, the student is to check with his/her teachers to see if progress has reached the minimum standards requirement. If his/her grades then reflect a minimum of one D, he/she will report to his/her coach or advisor, who will validate the student’s academic standard with the appropriate teacher. If the academic standing is validated, the student may again participate in his/her activity(s). If at the end of the two week probationary period, his/her grades do not reflect minimum standards, the student will not be eligible to participate for the remainder of that In addition to the above conditions, the Athletic Director will check grades approximately every 20 school days. If a student, during these checks, has one F and/or two D’s, the Athletic Director will rule the student to be ineligible until the teacher(s) involved report appropriate success. All students participating in extracurricular activities must conform to the guidelines issued by each coach or advisor for dress, behavior and training rules. Any student receiving a detention or academic is ineligible for games or practices for that day. Any student receiving a total of 3 detentions/academics (4 for the winter sport season) during a sport/club season will be ruled ineligible for the remainder of the season. 

The following shall constitute extracurricular athletic activities: soccer, cross country, basketball, cheerleading, baseball, softball and track. Other extracurricular activities include such groups and activities as student council, yearbook, chorus, chess, math team, Lego robotics, art club, sci-fi club, activity nights, and other in school and after school activities and 

Incompletes - will not be given regarding grading, except due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, and with the approval of the principal. In the event that an incomplete grade is approved, the following procedure will be followed: Missing work, grades, etc., will be averaged as a zero for the purpose of establishing eligibility at the end of the ranking period. Teachers may allow students to make up the work later. 


EXTRA CURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

Art Club


Art Club: Art Club meets on Mondays from 3:00-4:00. It begins the first week in October and ends the last week in May. It meets in the art room. Art Club is for students from grades 3-8. Parents must notify the office that their child has permission to attend and must pick up their student at 4:00.

Sci-Fi Club

 Sci-Fi Club is held once weekly from the second week of school until the end of the school year. Each meeting is about 2 hours long, 3:00-5:00 and is open to students in grades 5-8. The goal is to allow students interested in Science Fiction an opportunity to experience as much of the genre as possible. Movies & Television episodes are watched, discussed and sometimes reviews are written. Presentations are given as to why a certain movie or television series has had influence in their love of the genre, and we create our own movies. Also, at different points throughout the year other things are celebrated or discussed, like student artwork or books that they may be interest in. We have an “open participation” policy, which means that as long as the permission slip has been returned signed, students can take part whenever possible. This is to make sure that athletes that have an interest can come whenever possible. A website has been created that allows parents to make informed decisions on whether they should allow their child to participate on a weekly basis, while also being able to view all things that we do. 

Student Council


 Student council is an extracurricular activity that is available to students in grades 5-8. It focuses on community involvement, leadership and school based activities. Members of the student council are expected to follow the school’s policies on grades, attendance and detentions, as with any other sport or club. There are one to two classroom representatives in each homeroom. The fifth grade may run for classroom representatives. Class officers are voted on by the student body. Sixth graders may run for secretary and treasurer, seventh graders may run for vice-president and eighth graders may run for president. Anyone running for president must give a brief speech to the student body. Student council meets once a week during lunch to discuss and plan upcoming events, including activity nights and assistance with PTG events. Members are expected to volunteer their time during these school events. During the school year we also have several different fundraisers, usually one per month. Student Council is a great opportunity for students to get involved. It allows them to interact with other students in different grade levels and allows them to feel more of a valuable part of their middle school experience. Being a part of something positive gives a sense of pride and ownership of their four years of middle school along with fostering new 


Chess Club & Chess Team

Chess club begins either the second or third week of the school year. It is held 1 day each week from 7:15-8:00 and runs through the end of the chess team season. The goal is to help students learn the basics of the chess and to have fun playing the game. Chess team happens during the scheduled Basketball season. It is more competitive. Practices are held twice a week while competitive meets are held according to the schedule. Depending on performance during practice, team members earn the right to be a “board” or “alternate”. Depending on the team’s win/loss record, there may be a tournament at the end of the season to decide the top four chess teams in the league. Both chess club and chess team have high sportsmanship expectations, which, if not met, will result in a member not being allowed to participate in future club meetings or team competitive meets. There is a permission slip/contract that must be signed for students to participate in either experience. 

Yearbook Committee

The yearbook committee is open to students in grades 5-8. Students meet every other week from October thru March. The meetings are held during lunch, giving students that do sports a chance to participate. The club averages 10-16 students. The students vote on the theme, design, pages and dedication of the yearbook. They also label photos with students’ names and sports. 


Concert Band

 Concert Band is a group made up of primarily students in grades 5-8. The group meets every Thursday at 7:20 in the morning. They also have sectionals during the school day once a week. 

Beginner Band

 Beginner Band is a group made up of primarily 4th grade students but is open to any student in grades 5-8 that would like to join the band program. It meets every Monday morning at 7:20. They, like the concert band students have a like instrument sectional once a week during lunch or lunch recess. 

Chorus


Chorus is a vocal group that is made up of students in grades 5-8. They meet once a week on Tuesday mornings at 7:20. 

Jazz Band


Jazz Band is a competitive group that plays music at a higher difficulty level than the concert band. The instrumentation is saxes, trumpets, trombones, guitars, piano, and drums. The commitment is every Friday afterschool from 3:00-5:00 and one 7:20 Friday morning rehearsal a month. 

Drama

Drama is a theater/tech group that rehearses from 3:00-5:00, Monday thru Thursday, from the first week of February to the last week in March. It is open to any student in grades 5- 8. On the theater side, some students act and sing, some students just act, some students are on stage with no speaking parts. On the tech side, students run lights, sound, organize wardrobe, organize props, take care of publicity, make programs, and organize concessions. The groups works toward two evening performances for the public. 

Math Team


Math team is open to all students in grades 5-8, regardless of their mathematical ability. The team meets on Wednesday mornings from 7:30-8:15 starting in October and running thru the Spring Math Meet. Arrangements can be made for students that cannot make the regular weekly practices. The Eastern Maine Math League holds three meets per year. The Math Competition Teams consist of 2 four person teams per grade level (6-9) and two alternates per grade level and team members can also compete at a higher grade level than they are currently in. 


Lego Robotics 


Lego Robotics is open to all students in grades 5-8. The team meets twice weekly in the fall and once per week in the spring. Lego Robotics is an extension of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) learning. Robotics applies technology to problem-solving in a group setting. Coaches/mentors guide students to solve challenges, learn programming, and practice teamwork and critical thinking skills in order to solve challenges in a game-like setting. The CDS Lego Robotics Team(s) competes in the First Lego League Maine Championship, held in December. Each competition team has up to 10 members. Participation in additional Maine Robotics events depends on student interest.

ATTENDANCE IN SCHOOL 


No student will be allowed to participate in any extracurricular/co-curricular activity on the day he/she is absent for school, unless the absence is approved by the principal due to extenuating circumstances. If a student comes to school late, the arrival time must be on or before 11:30am in order to participate in an after school activity on that day. Detentions and/or Unexcused Absences - that equal three absences will result in dismissal from the team in the following sports: Soccer, Cross Country, Baseball, Track and Softball. Detentions and/or Unexcused Absences - that equal four absences will result in dismissal from the team in the following sports: Basketball and Cheering. Academic Enhancement: Students will be required to go to Academic Enhancement to makeup academic work before participating in extracurricular activities. 

PHYSICAL EXAMINATIONS 


If a student has not participated in extracurricular activities previously at Center Drive School, a physical examination must have been passed within 2 years before trying out and participating in extracurricular sports. Thereafter, a physical exam must have been passed every other year, unless the student has had a significant injury. In such cases, a doctor’s permission will be necessary before participating again. The school will give free physicals at periodic intervals during the school year. Students must also present a permission slip, signed by their parent/guardian indicating that they are covered against injury by acceptable insurance. The insurance policies offered by an independent insurance company and distributed by the school cover the sports available at Center Drive School. The philosophy that athletics is important to the emotional and physical growth of students is recognized. It is also to be recognized that the program of athletics is secondary to the academic program, and in the event of conflict, the academic program takes precedence. It is desired that the athletic program develop as a part of the overall school program, taking its proper place in the development of each student in the school. 

GRADE REPORT TO PARENTS 

 Parents with students in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 will have access to their child's report card on-line, through our Web2School program. You will be given a user name and password by your child's teacher. With this access, you will be able to see assignments, grades and attendance reports, which will be updated weekly. Report cards will be given out one week after the end of the grading period. Parents will also be notified of any special events, difficulties, or circumstances concerning their child. The ranking system will be fully explained by teachers during parent-teacher conferences. If parents have any questions, they should feel free to call the school (825-3697). 

GRADING SYSTEM 


The grading system is by number grades. Report card grades will be recorded as number grades. 

A = Excellent work = 93-100 
B = Very Good work = 92-85 
C = Average work = 84-75
D = Below average work = 74-70 
F = Failing work = 69-0 

With regard to grades, the following classifications apply: High Honors-Average of 93, with no grade lower than an 88. Honors-Average of 88, with no grade lower than an 83. Honorable Mention- Average of 85, with no grade lower than an 80. The following classes are included in regards to making the Honor Roll: Math, Science, ELA, Social Studies, Music, Physical Education, and World Language. 

HOMEWORK 


Students will have homework to do in the various subject areas. Parents are encouraged to involve themselves with home assignments and ask questions as they arise. The primary objective of Center Drive School is to educate the students entrusted to its care according to the traditional high standards the school has always maintained. The attainment of these high educational goals requires both in-class and out-of-class work. The most effective use of the total learning time involved should be based on two perspectives: the professional judgment of the teacher as the director of the process, and the individual needs of the student and class as a Following is a list of guidelines, according to policy, that clarifies the role of homework in our school program, and best serves all parties involved. 

1. Homework should be kept to a maximum of 120 minutes per day. This number refers to the total study time required for all subjects and does not include designated school work time. 

2. Teachers recognize homework as a necessary part of the leaning process. Therefore, homework assignments are an integral part of a student’s grade, and students will be held accountable for homework assignments. 

3. In the event of planned extracurricular activities, teachers will make every attempt to give advance notice of homework assignments, so that students may plan their time accordingly. 

4. Weekend assignments will be made at the discretion of the teacher, based upon class and individual needs. However, efforts will be made to minimize the length of these assignments. Every effort will be made to coordinate with other teachers. Assignments will be made over vacations only in extenuating circumstances. 

5. Any student found to have cheated or plagiarized any work will receive a zero for the assignment, and be issued a 1 hour detention. 

BICYCLES/WALKERS


Students riding bicycles or walkers are to be dismissed after the buses have departed from the school grounds. Students are required to have written permission notes, dated and signed by parent. Students who ride bikes unsafely or without regard for other vehicles and buses will not be allowed to ride their bikes to and from school. State law requires all riders under the age of 16 to wear a helmet. 

DRESS AND APPEARANCE 


It is expected that Center Drive School students will use good common sense in the choice of wearing clothes, hairstyles and jewelry to school. Students need to look neat and presentable during school and at school functions. Clothing or jewelry that display vulgar, obscene, or violent pictures or images or those of illegal activities are not acceptable. Clothing that displays, portrays, depicts, promotes and/or symbolizes tobacco, alcohol, drugs, gangs, Satanism, cults, or degrades and/or humiliates others or other groups or is disruptive to the educational process is unacceptable. Facial, eyebrow, tongue and other body piercing that is dangerous, unsafe or a health hazard to the student or others will not be allowed. Jewelry, such as spiked collars, bracelets, long or heavy chains, etc. will not be allowed. Revealing clothing, such as, low cut shirts and blouses, mesh or see-through, clothes with spaghetti straps, tank tops, belly shirts, halter-tops, beach attire, short shorts and skirts are not appropriate for school. All shirts and blouses need to cover the midriff and avoid exposing undergarments or skin. Clothes that expose the back, sides or midriff of a student when standing, sitting or bending are not acceptable for the school setting. Length of skirts or shorts should not be shorter than the mid thigh. Students may be asked to change clothes, given clothes to wear, asked to call home to have other clothes brought to school, sent home to change into appropriate clothes for school or receive other consequences for violations of these rules and expectations. Students wearing inappropriate clothing that are unable to acquire a change of clothes will not be able to go to class and /or be able to participate in extracurricular activities in that day. An appropriate supervised space will be found for the student to spend the day at school but not in class. 

TEXTBOOKS 


Each teacher will record the number of books issued to students, as well as their condition. At the close of the school year, a fine schedule will be used and students will be asked to pay for any damage beyond normal wear of the book. Should a student lose a book, the fine will be equal to replacement cost according to company price lists. 

LAPTOPS 


Students in grades 7 and 8 will be issued state-owned laptops. Before these laptops are allowed to go home, parents and students will be required to attend a meeting on the responsibilities required to have this privilege, as well as pay a small insurance premium, as we self-insure our laptops. This fee varies year to year, based on the amount of damage claims the previous year. Students who abuse the privilege of using their laptop will have restrictions placed upon them. 

NEWSLETTER 


Monthly newsletters will be emailed home by the first of each month. They will contain items of interest to the home from the students, faculty, and administration of Center Drive School. 

LOCKERS 


Lockers are the property of the school and can be looked at or searched at any time for any 

ATTENDANCE 


Absence - Maine Law states that children between seven and seventeen years of age attend school. Excusable absences are for one of the following reasons: Personal illness; appointments with health professionals that cannot be made outside of the regular school day; observance of recognized religious holidays when the observance is required during a regular day; emergency family situation; or planned absences for personal or educational purposes which have been approved. Parents are expected to call the school when their child is absent. The school may call home if no call has been received. 

Tardy - Students are expected to be at school by 8:15, when they are dismissed from the gym. Students arriving after 8:20 A.M. are considered tardy, and must report to the office for an admit slip. Students must have a note if tardiness is due to an excusable reason. 

Early Dismissal - Professional appointments should be made after regular school hours. If conflict is unavoidable, parents should send a note to school explaining the need for early dismissal. Students must check with the office before leaving school early. 

MAKE UP WORK


It is the student’s responsibility to find out from the teacher what work is due and to make arrangements to finish it. Make-up work can be completed within the guidelines below: 

1. If a student is absent for 1-2 days, the student has up to two school days to make up the 

2. If a student is absent for 3-5 days, the student has up to 5 school days to make up the work. 

3. If a student is absent for more than five days, the student must make up the work within ten 

4. For long-term illnesses, family emergencies or other extenuating circumstances the Principal will be consulted to develop a plan of making up the required work 

Failure to make up the work will result in a zero grade unless approval by the principal is granted for extenuating circumstances. 



BUS REGULATIONS 


In order to safely transport Orrington students over 400 miles of road daily, we must have the active assistance of every student. Students riding the bus or waiting to meet the bus should keep in mind the consequences of misbehavior and strictly adhere to the bus rules as determined by First Student Transportation. Teachers will provide a list of the rules and procedures for bus travel at the first of the school year. Transporting of animals on school buses is in violation of state laws. Students will be picked up and delivered to the home unless prior arrangements have been made with the school office. Please refer all bus notes and /or questions to the office. 

MEDICATION

Whenever possible, the schedule for giving necessary medicine should be arranged so that the student can take all doses at home. When medicine is necessary during the school day, it may be given if the terms of the medication policy are met. Students should be taught to take their medicine themselves, if possible. They will be supervised by the school nurse, secretary or another designee of the Principal. 

Every effort will be made to assist in administering the approved medication. However, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the office in order to receive the medication in a timely manner as prescribed. A daily set time prior to lunch will be established to distribute medication for all students.


ORRINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY 


Students will have use of the library during school hours. Behavior in the library is expected to be the same as in other areas of the school. Students are expected to show respect for library materials and furniture. Students are urged to follow library rules after school hours, as well. Bathroom facilities in the foyer area are for the public and not for general student use. 

ORRINGTON PUBLIC LIBRARY RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR STUDENTS 

1. Students are expected to show respect and consideration for the facility, its personnel, and others using the library. 
2. Students should come to the library for a specific purpose. For example: 
 a. To check a book in or out 

 b. To do research 

 c. To use the public computers 

 3. Students may be issued 10 minute passes or longer research passes with no more than three students per pass. Students with research passes are expected to spend the whole period in the library. 
4. The detention system applies to the library during school hours, although in most cases students sent out of the library may return after one week. 
5. Situations not specifically covered by the above will be handled at the discretion of the librarian.

STUDENT/PARENT INFORMATION & FINES, OVERDUE, ETC. 

1. All students need library cards in order to check out materials. 
2. Students must return the cards to the library filled out and with parent (guardian) signature before checking out books. 
3. If the parent wants to give the student permission to take out adult books, he or she must write a note giving that permission.
4. Students will be permitted to have 5 items checked out at any one time. 
5. Students who owe fines and/or have suspended cards will not be allowed to borrow books until these matters are settled. 
6. Students with parental permission may use the library Internet computer after school hours. They will need to read the library policy and sign the Internet Acceptable Use Agreement. Parents wishing to give their student permission for such access must also read the library policy and sign the Agreement in person at the library. This form, with both signatures, will then be kept on file in the library. 
7. Any student using the library computer in a manner deemed inappropriate will have all library privileges revoked. 

FERPA 


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age certain rights with respect to the student’s education records. These include the right to inspect and review the student’s records; the right to request amendments of what may be inaccurate or misleading; the right to consent to disclosure of information; and the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning an alleged failure of compliance. A detailed description of these rights and exceptions to these rights is available through the Special Education Director’s Office in Orrington, Me. 

Further inquiries about FERPA may be made to: Family Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4605. 

COMPLAINT PROCEDURE 


All parents, students, or other citizens initiating complaints or concerns regarding any aspect of the school department or an employee thereof, shall be encouraged to seek a resolution at the lowest possible level. If the complaint cannot be resolved at the lowest level, the person initiating the complaint may appeal the decision to the next level, (i.e., Athletic Director, Principal.) If the complaint cannot be resolved at any lower level, it may be appealed to the Superintendent of Schools. Should the complaint be unresolved at the Superintendent’s level, it may be appealed to the School Committee. At all levels of the procedure, school employees are required to inform the person making the complaint of his/her right to appeal the decision to the next level. In the event of any conflict between school policy and this student handbook, then school policy supersedes the student handbook. 

PRINCIPAL’S DISCRETION 


Procedures will be adopted by the Principal to enforce and carry out the rules, regulations, and provisions out-lined in this student handbook.