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  • Mission Statement

    Our mission is to prepare students for living, thinking, and working in the 21st century.  We are committed to having high expectations for all students by maintaining a safe and nurturing environment that promotes individual responsibility and academic success.

     

    Telephone Directory

     

    Main Office.................................................................................................................................................... 683-7500

    Principal......................................................................................................................................................... 683-7589

    Associate Administrator………...................................................................................................…………....683-7588

    Attendance Office.......................................................................................................................................... 683-7592

    Main Office Secretary.................................................................................................................................... 683-7591

    ASB Office...................................................................................................................................................... 683-7582

    Health Room................................................................................................................................................... 683-7593

    Library............................................................................................................................................................. 683-7550

    Registrar......................................................................................................................................................... 683-7584

    Counselor ...................................................................................................................................................... 683-7578

     

     

     

     

    School hours:  7:10am (5-minute warning bell) -1:45

     

     

    ABSENCES & TARDIES

    Absences

    NOTE:  The school may require the student and/or parent or guardian to adhere to a stricter attendance policy than is normally required (such as requiring doctor’s notes to excuse an absence or counting tardies/missed classes as full day absences) if there is an excessive amount of tardies and/or absences.

    Parents should call the attendance office at 253-683-7592 before 8:00 a.m. to notify us when their student will not be in school and state the reason for the absence. Parents need to call EVERY DAY of the student's absence.

    Messages may be left for the attendance office at 253-683-7592 24-hours-a-day. Please give the student's name and a brief reason for absence  (illness, dental appointment, etc…).

    If parents have NOT informed the school as to the reason for the absence, the student should bring a note to the Attendance Office BEFORE school upon their return.

    Students will be considered UNEXCUSED if no contact has been made between the parent and the school during the time of the absence and if the student fails to bring in a parent note within two school days upon their return.

     

    There are 4 basic reasons students will be excused:

    • Professional Appointment: doctor or dentist, counseling, court, etc…
    • Illness
    • Family Emergency:  An emergency that keeps you from coming to school such as a death in the   family, accident, fire, etc…
    • Special Circumstances:  An incident of a confidential nature that is approved by a school administrator. 

       

      Tardies to School

      Students are expected to arrive on time to school and to all of their classes. All students arriving on campus after the start of the school day must check in with the attendance office.

      Failure to arrive to school or to class on time will result in disciplinary consequences.  Three unexcused tardies to school or to class equal one truancy.  Multiple tardies/truancies may result in legal action under the Washington State Becca Bill.

      Students who arrive late to school are considered tardy and will need an excuse.  See the four basic reasons for excused absences listed under absences.

       

      Appointments

      When students have an appointment during the school day (doctor, dentist, etc…), they should bring a note to the attendance office BEFORE school. The student will be issued an early dismissal slip for the specified time.

      ASB (ACTIVITY) CARDS

      ASB cards are required for all students that participate in our athletic programs, concert and treble choirs, orchestra, band, newspaper class, and cheerleading.  ASB cards also enable students to receive discounts on school dances, the yearbook, and with various businesses in the community.  Cards may be purchased through the ASB Office.

       

      ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY

      Student athletes MUST comply with all WIAA and district athletic policies.

       

      ACADEMIC PROBATION:

      Student athletes who have one or more F’s in the previous grading term or who are not passing a class during the athletic season will be placed on academic probation.  If on probation, students will need to complete a weekly walk-around grade report for the duration of the season to remain on the team.

       

      MINIMUM STANDARD FOR CONTEST ELIGIBILITY:  To be eligible to play, students on probation shall be passing a minimum of 5 of 6 classes with a “C” or better on their grade checks.   Student athletes with more than one F cannot compete that week.  If a student athlete is not eligible for a period of three consecutive weeks they may be dismissed from the team.

       

      PAY TO PARTICIPATE FEE

      There will be a charge of $28 per sport to participate for the 2011-2012 school year. ($21 for reduced lunch; $14 for free lunch).

       

      BIKES & BIKE RACK

      For safety reasons, bicycles are not to be ridden on the school grounds or in parking areas. A bike rack is provided in front of the main door. Bicycles are to be put in the rack upon arrival at school and left there until school is out. Riders are expected to provide a lock for their bikes. The bike rack is off limits during school hours.

       

      BODY SPRAYS/PERFUME

      We ask students to not bring body sprays/perfumes to school.  People can be severely allergic to these and spraying them can even be fatal.

       

      SCHOOL BUS RULES:

      Available in the ASB office.

       

       

      Bus Passes

      Students must bring a written note from their parent or guardian to be issued a bus pass to ride a bus route other than their own.  This should be done BEFORE SCHOOL.

       

      CHANGE OF ADDRESS/PHONE

      Unless students have an approved waiver, they MUST attend the home school they are assigned to.

      Students will be provided with an annual update form to be taken home and filled out in order that we might keep our emergency information up-to-date.  Parents should call 253-683-7584 anytime there is a change in address or emergency contact information.

       

      COUNSELING CENTER

      Mr. Gilletti (school counselor) would like to welcome you to Cedarcrest Middle School.  We all realize that the middle school experience can be confusing and sometimes frustrating.  The goal of the counselor is to help you enjoy your middle school years.

      Mr. Gilletti is here to help students with social and emotional growth as well as academic progress.  He responds to student and parent concerns and is able to make referrals to community resources when needed.   To connect with Mr. Gilletti, students may come to the Counseling Center and leave an appointment request.  Parents who have concerns about their student’s progress may contact Mr. Gilletti by phone, email, or by visiting the school.

       

      CAMERAS

      There are 48 cameras installed inside and outside Cedarcrest’s campus. These cameras have been most valuable in creating a safe environment at CMS.  They are in place to assure security and as prevention to school vandalism and theft.

       

      CELL PHONES

      New! Cell phones may be carried inconspicuously on a student’s person.  If it is seen by a staff member out of a student’s pocket or heard, it will be confiscated and turned into the ASB office.  A parent will be required to come and release it.  This policy is in place to prevent disruption to the learning environment during the school day.   

       

      DISCIPLINE

      The philosophy at Cedarcrest is that students can and will act appropriately in and outside the classroom.  Each teacher reserves the right to establish behavior expectations within his/her classroom that students are required to adhere to.

       

      A variety of disciplinary actions for student misconduct will be used at Cedarcrest Middle School.  All staff members may impose disciplinary action when warranted, however, it will be the student's classroom teacher who will assign appropriate consequences in most incidents.  We expect that our students will comply with school rules when reminded of expected behavior.

       

      As a general rule the following procedures will be followed:

       

      The teacher will assign appropriate consequences that may include the following:

       

      ã     teacher/student conference

      ã     time out

      ã     detention

      ã     teacher/parent/student conference

      ã     staffing

      ã     counselor/social worker involved

      ã     case study team referral

      ã     administrative consultation

       

      Referral will be sent to appropriate disciplinarian on a referral report documenting actions taken.  (Immediate referral should be made for "prohibited" or more severe misconduct.)

      The administrator will do one or more of the following:

      ã     conference

      ã     school service/after school detention

      ã     parent/student conference

      ã     staffing

      ã     short-term suspension

      ã     behavior contract

      ã     long-term suspension

      ã     criminal charges

      ã     expulsion

       

      DRESS CODE (strict)

      Cedarcrest Middle School has adopted a dress code policy to provide a businesslike learning atmosphere and contribute to high standards of dress, conduct, and achievement.  Research has shown that, throughout the country, schools that implement a uniform policy see an increase in grades and test scores, a decrease in discipline problems, and a measurable difference in attitude.  Our school dress code is designed to be conservative in nature to enhance the learning environment of our students.  Our school dress code can be found on pages 13-14.  Clothing with the Cedarcrest logo can be purchased at The Line Up, 16219 Pacific Ave. S., Spanaway.

       

       

       

       

      ELECTRONIC DEVICES

      Electronic devices should not be brought to school.   If they are found on the student during the school day, they will be confiscated.  First time offense: return to student at the end of the day.  Second offense:  Parent will have to come pick the item up.  Third offense:  Device will be held until the last day of school.  NOTE: SINCE THESE ITEMS SHOULD NOT BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL ANYWAY, IF THEY ARE STOLEN WE WILL MINIMALLY INVESTIGATE THE THEFT!

       

      EMERGENCY DRILLS

      Every precaution is taken to insure the safety of our students during normal school hours. Periodic fire, earthquake, and lock down drills are executed to make certain students learn proper safety procedures and adhere to all safety guidelines.  Teachers will cover the procedures for each drill with all their classes.

       

      EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSURES

      The following information is provided for your reference should it become necessary to close district schools or to operate them on a delayed start basis.  Radio stations participating in this program have requested that all school districts use the following phrases to simplify procedures:                                                                           

      SCHOOL CLOSED

      All schools will be closed for one day only.  All meetings, field trips, after school activities, etc… will be canceled for the day unless specific exceptions are mentioned.

       

      SCHOOL OPEN, LIMITED BUS TRANSPORTATION

      Limited transportation will be provided.  Main roads may be the only roads traveled by school buses that may leave on time, but may run late toward the end of the route.

       

      SCHOOL OPEN, NO TRANSPORTATION

      Schools will be open, but no district transportation is provided because the bus fleet is not in operation.

       

      SCHOOLS OPEN, ONE HOUR LATE

      (Could be two hours on occasion.)  School will be one hour late and students will be dismissed at the regular time unless otherwise announced.

       

      NO OUT-OF-DISTRICT SPECIAL EDUCATION CLASSES

      This means there will be no classes for special education students who travel from our school to other districts for part or all of their instruction.

       

      FAMILY ACCESS

      Parents and guardians CAN find out their child’s current grades and attendance history at any given time!  Parents no longer have to wait for report card time to know their child’s progress.  With the Family Access web portal through the Bethel School District website, parents and guardians can review their child’s progress with just a “point and click” from home or office.  Parents and guardians have access to a variety of student information such as attendance, schedules, grades, missing assignments, discipline, and student and family demographics. Parents and guardians should bring identification to the ASB office to pick up family access instructions and passwords.

       

      FINES

      Students shall be responsible for the cost of replacement materials or property that is lost or damaged due to negligence or vandalism. A student’s

      diploma, withdrawal or transfer may be withheld until restitution is made by payment, payment arrangements or the equivalency through voluntary work. The student or parent/guardian may appeal the imposition of a charge for damage to the principal. Consistent with Bethel School District procedures, a student may not participate in extracurricular activities until financial obligations are cleared or arrangements for payment made.  NOTE:  A payment plan can be arranged with the ASB office to gradually pay on a fine(s) if requested.

       

      GYMNASIUM

      Students may use the gym only if supervised by a teacher, campus safety, coach or administration.  Absolutely no food and/or drink in the gym.

       

      HALLS & common areas

      The halls and common areas will be a safe environment where people interact with courtesy and respect.

       

      Rules and Expectations--Halls

       

      1. When moving from one room to the next, students will walk safely through the hallways.

      2. Going to and from lunch, voices are OFF and going to lockers is prohibited as other students are still in classes and the noise is a disruption of the educational process.

      3.  DO NOT stop or block the hallway.

      4. Because we now have two-way halls and stairs, students are requested to stay to the right when passing.

       

       

       

      HARASSMENT, ASSAULT, EXTORTION

      Cedarcrest Middle School maintains ZERO TOLERANCE for harassment of any kind.

      Malicious harassment is prohibited.  Harassment may be defined as any derogatory action or intimidation of another person in a way that is related to a person’s race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, physical, mental, or sensory disability condition AND/OR that places that person in reasonable fear of harm to his/her person or property, including professional standing, or disrupts the learning environment. Such harassment may include slurs, remarks, words, jokes, pictures, or gestures either spoken or written.

      Harassment is a crime.

       

      WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE HARASSED

      1.    Tell the individual(s) doing the harassment to stop.

      2.   If the harassment continues, report the incident to a Cedarcrest staff member.  Fill out a harassment report (available in the campus safety office).

      3.    If the harassment is repeated, report to administration or campus safety; disciplinary action will take place against the harasser(s) that may include involving  police.          

      4.  Bullying/harassment can be reported anonymously on the school website.

       

      HEALTH SERVICES

      Health room, Illness, Medication

      A student who becomes ill or is injured at school MUST have a pass from his/her teacher to report to the health room, unless severe circumstances prevent this.

       

      The school will contact a parent/guardian to pick the student up if (s)he needs to go home. The school MUST make the arrangements with the parents/guardians for a student to be excused.

       

      If a student is injured or becomes ill at school, emergency first aid treatment will be administered. Parents will be called immediately.  If they are not home, the contact on the emergency card will be called. Please keep emergency contact information current. If no one is available, we will use our best judgment.

       

      Medication

      To take any type of medicine at school, a student MUST have a form completed and signed by the doctor or dentist AND parent or guardian.  Students are NOT allowed to self-medicate; this includes aspirin and cough drops as well.  Parents/Guardians and physicians are urged to plan a schedule for giving medication outside school hours.

      INTERNET ACCESS

      Bethel School District offers student access to the District Electronic Information System. To gain access to E-mail and the internet, students under the age of 18 must obtain a signed parent/guardian permission and return the form to their sponsoring teacher.

      Failure to follow school district internet use policies and regulations will result in the immediate revocation of computer/internet access.

       

      LASER POINTERS

      Laser pointers are considered a weapon.  Having a laser pointer at school will result in suspension.

       

      LIBRARY

      The library is open each day 30 minutes before school and during lunch time. Except during lunch, students must sign in at the circulation desk.  While in the library, students may study, check out library materials, and use the computers.  They can also play cards, chess, checkers, and other games.  In order to use library services, students must present identification. The library also hosts book fairs, writing contests, and a reading competition called Battle of the Books.  If a book is lost and paid for, refunds for lost books will not be given if it is found and returned more than 6 months later.

       

      LIGHTERS

      Lighters are considered drug paraphernalia.  Any student in possession of a lighter will be suspended.

       

      LOCKERS

      At the beginning of the school year, students will be assigned their own lockers. They are not to share lockers nor their combinations with other students.  All coats, book bags, and purses need to be stored in lockers during the day. Students are expected to go to their locker before or after all lunches but NOT DURING LUNCHES.  Students should memorize their combination and not share it with anyone.  Students are asked not to change lockers without permission from Ms. Mackey, Campus Safety.

      Most thefts of lockers occur because student do not lock their lockers. To securely lock them, spin the dial AFTER closing the locker to prevent others from accessing your locker. Lockers do not get “broken into” if students lock them after usage.  According to RCW 28A.600.210240, the school has the right to search student lockers.

       

      LOITERING

      Students who are not under the DIRECT SUPERVISION of a staff member after school must leave the CMS campus as there is not adequate supervision.  This is for the safety of the students.  If students wish to watch a sporting event, they must leave campus until the beginning of the event unless they are being supervised by an adult. 

       

      LOST AND FOUND

      The lost and found is located outside of the Campus Safety office. Smaller personal items are kept in the office.  Unclaimed clothes are donated to charitable organizations in December and June. Students missing belongings should check the lost and found and then fill out a lost item report with Ms. Mackey.  To avoid theft, students should not bring more than $5.00 cash to school.

       

      MAKE-UP WORK

      Students should check with each teacher for homework assignments when they have been absent from class.  Call teachers directly on their school number.  Missing assignments are also posted on line through Family Access.  Students have two days for every one-day of excused absence or suspension to make up work.

       

      PEER MEDIATION

      Students are selected and trained to become peer mediators.  Mediators help solve disputes with students. You can request peer mediation with Ms. Mackey, Campus Safety Officer.

       

      REPORT CARDs & GRADES

      Progress reports will be mailed home at the middle and end of each trimester.  Trimester grades become part of the students’ permanent record. These will be recorded on the students’ transcripts and will follow them through high school and beyond.  Check Family Access for the most  current grades.

       

      RESTRICTED MOVEMENT POLICY

      Restricted Movement is a monitoring policy instituted for those students whose absences and tardies are excessive. That means that a student must receive permission through the administration, or campus security to leave class for any reason.  It does not mean a student cannot go to the restroom or nurse or any other place of necessity.  Teachers are instructed to let us know if a student is late or absent immediately after taking roll.

       

      Students may be placed on the Restricted Movement list if they have done one or more of the following:

      1.      Are truant; skip class(es)

      2.     Are frequently tardy

      3.      Are out of class excessively with or without a pass

      4.     Have a habit of returning to class later than expected or specified

      5.      Are requested to be placed on the list by a teacher or security based on any of the reasons above

      Students are given a specific period of time (usually about 2 weeks) during that the restricted movement is in effect.  During that time students have the opportunity to show they can make a change in their behavior.

       

      SKATEBOARDS, ETC.

      Students should not bring boards/blades/skates to school.  Skateboarding and roller blading/skating are not allowed on school district property.  This also includes shoes with retractable wheels.  No riding scooters in the halls.

       

      STUDENT MEAL PROGRAM

      Applications for free and reduced price school meals are distributed at the beginning of the school year.  To apply for free or reduced price meals, applications need to be filled out, signed, and returned to the school.

      The Child Nutrition Department has implemented an automated meal accounting system.  This system allows you to establish a prepaid account by bringing in cash or check to the school or by logging onto the web at www.pamslunchroom.com and paying with Visa, MasterCard, or debit card.  Call the Child Nutrition Office at 253-683-6912 if you have questions.

      Breakfast is served daily in the cafeteria approximately 20 minutes before school starts.  Lunch is served daily in the cafeteria. Prices are subject to review and change each year.

       

      TEXTBOOKS

      Textbooks are supplied by the school. All books are to be covered.  At the end of the trimester and/or school year, students will be charged fines for excessive wear or damage to their textbooks and for lost textbooks.  Consistent with Bethel School District procedures, a fee for the replacement of a textbook must be paid before another textbook can be issued to your student.  In addition, students may not participate in extracurricular activities until financial obligations are cleared or payment arrangements made.  During the school year, students who have lost textbooks should check in the library to see if their textbooks have been turned in. Students are expected  to bring their textbooks to class with them unless otherwise directed by their teacher.

       

      VENDING MACHINES

      Cedarcrest does not own the vending machines.  Use of vending machines is at your own risk.  There are no refunds for money lost in the vending machines.

       

       

      VISITORS

      Parents or guardians are always welcome to visit the school.  PLEASE SIGN-IN AT THE MAIN OFFICE.  In order to maintain safety and order in the classroom, parents/guardians wishing to visit a child's classroom should make arrangements with the teacher at least a day in advance. CMS policy is that a teacher will be given a 24-hour notice to respond to the request.  It is imperative to ensure that the positive learning environment is maintained and free of disruption (except for emergencies).  The principal must be consulted for approval prior to any class visitations.  See School Board policy 4200. 

       

      The closed campus regulations of the Bethel School District do not permit visitors (other than parents or guardians) on or about the campus. Students should not bring visitors to school and expect them to be able to remain at school.

       

      VOLUNTEERS

      There is always a need for additional help in the education process.  Tutorial and clerical help, in classrooms and the library, as well as field trip supervision, allows parents to become more closely involved in the school life of their children.   Contact our volunteer coordinator, Mrs. Jorgensen, at 683-7615, if you would like to help.

       

       

      VOTER REGISTRATION

      Parents/guardians who are not registered to vote in the precinct in that they live may pick up voter registration cards in the school office between the hours of 7:00 and 3:30 any school day.

       

      WALKING TO SCHOOL

       

      CMS Advisory teachers will review with their students safe walking habits while walking to and from school.

       

      WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL

      When moving from the attendance area, please provide written notice to the school registrar. A transfer request may be needed if the ‘to’ school is in the Bethel School District.

       

       

       

       

       

      SCHOOL RULES AT A GLANCE

       

      The following are school-wide policies that students are expected to follow in order to provide a safe, productive, respectful environment.

       

      ã     Our overall motto is one of respect: student to student, student to staff, and staff to student. 

      ã     BIG POLICY CHANGE! Cell phones MAY BE ON the student’s PERSON during the school day however, THEY SHOULD NOT BE VISIBLE OR HEARD. If this occurs, THEY WILL BE CONFISCATED. Parents/Guardians are then required to come to school to sign for the release of the item(s) from the ASB office.

      ã     All other electronic equipment MUST BE KEPT IN LOCKERS AND NOT ON THE STUDENT.

      ã     Gum chewing is not allowed.  This includes before and after school as well as during school hours. 

      ã     Please be on time to class or school (tardy).

      ã     Horseplaying (pushing, shoving, poking, etc…) can easily escalate to fighting.  You are to keep your hands to yourself.  “We were just messing around” or “we were just playing” is not an acceptable excuse. 

      ã     We have very few fights at CMS due to staff supervision before and after school and teachers by their doors during passing periods. Also students have been introduced to non-violent options to settle their differences. They include peer mediation (lowest form); mediation of students by campus safety or the administration.  Students must show every attempt to avoid a fight. However, if both students are actively engaged in a fight, both will be suspended. While students may feel that they have the right to hit somebody who hits them first, this is not how we do it at CMS.  They must find a non-violent way to react.

      ã     Running in the halls or cafeteria is not permitted for safety reasons.

      ã     The student agenda or a pass signed by  staff member with the current date and time needs to be with you to be out of class.

      ã     No going to your lockers during lunch/4th period.  Be out of the hallways at lunch unless you have a pass.

      ã     Go the correct way through the halls and up /down the stairs (one way hallways).

      ã     Dress code needs to be followed (see dress code for details).

      ã     Food/drink are allowed in the cafeteria only.  Water in clear water bottles is ok to have.

      ã     Profanity/vulgar language is prohibited.

      ã     Public displays of affection (PDA) are not allowed.

      ã     Perfumes/body sprays are NOT to be sprayed for health/safety sake.

       

      Discipline for the above infractions will be progressive.  That means that each time an infraction happens, the consequences will grow. 

      Here is what will happen:

      First offense:  Verbal warning.

      Second offense:  Phone call home.

      Third offense:  After school detention.  If the infraction(s) continue after detentions are served, suspension will be issued.

      The following are extreme violations for which students will be suspended and/or expelled:

      ã     Weapons

      ã     Drugs/alcohol/tobacco (possession and/or usage)

      ã     Fighting/Assault

      ã     Vandalism

      ã     Arson

      ã     False alarms

      ã     Theft

      ã     Bullying/Harassment

      ã     Anything that is considered gang-related

      I,___________________________________,

      have read this page along with my parent/guardian and understand the rules of CMS, the benefits if I choose to abide by them and the consequences if I choose to violate a policy.

      Parent/Guardian signature:

       

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