VMS Tiger Vinson Middle School

"Home of the Tigers"

 

 

 

3851 Piedmont Road

Huntington, WV 25704

Office 304.429.1641

Fax 304.429.6162

Student Handbook

Dear Vinson Middle School Students,

      Welcome to your 2012-2013 school year at Vinson Middle School.  Parents, guardians and students are encouraged to take responsibility for making this the best year possible.  Vinson’s history of academic and extracurricular achievements requires all of us to work together.  Your participation in the learning process and the programs offered at VMS will benefit our students and community.
Students are encouraged to review the information in this Handbook with their parents or guardians.  If you encounter problems or questions during the school year, please take time to consult this Handbook or talk with appropriate staff members.  Our goal is to help you make your year both successful and educationally challenging.

                              Sincerely,

Tammy Forbush, Principal

Mark Hayes, Counselor

Brenda Smith, Secretary


GENERAL INFORMATION
Includes Summary of Some Policies
Complete Copy Available in Office

Calendar:  A calendar is distributed to students each month with menus, and information. Online Calendar: my.calendars.net/vinsonmiddle

School instruction begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 2:40 p.m. 

NO STUDENT IS TO ARRIVE BEFORE 7:00.

ALL MORNING DROP OFF IS AT THE BACK CAFETERIA DOOR.

NO CARS IN THE BUS LOOP BEFORE 7:20 FOR ANY REASON.

ALL AFTERNOON PICK UP IN FOOTBALL PARKING LOT

OBEY POSTED PARKING LAWS.

NO CARS IN THE BUS LOOP IN THE AFTERNOON UNTIL AFTER 3:00.

Breakfast:         Full Price - $1.00                       Reduced Price - $.30
Lunch               Full Price - $1.25                       Reduced Price - $.40

All single milks or additional milks must be paid at the time of purchase.  We cannot charge single milks.  Lunches should be paid in advance when at all possible.  If a student pays at school, it must be paid in homeroom, not in the lunch line.  Bills are mailed at the end of each month from the board office and are due as indicated on the bill.  Please keep these bills current so that your family does not end up with a large bill at the end of the year. We are not a school-wide free breakfast/lunch site.  You will be billed for your child’s meals.

BELL SCHEDULE  Please see full page in the back of this handbook.

Fire Drills:  Fire drills will be conducted periodically throughout the school year.  Everyone will move in an orderly and silent manner to points directed by their teachers, where roll will be taken.  If the alarm rings when students are in the hallways, they should leave by way of the nearest exit.

Valuables at School:  Students, not the school, are responsible for their personal property.  Personal property should be taken home after school and when at school kept in the student’s personal locker with the lock locked.  School lock/agenda fee is $5.  Sharing lockers is not allowed.  Lockers will be assigned by homeroom teacher and are not to be changed without approval.  Students must take responsibility for keeping their combination confidential.  Take care of any valuable items by leaving them at home.  This includes cell phones, games, mp3 players, etc.

Parent/Teacher Conferences:  Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled twice a year.  Please make every effort to attend.  If you wish to meet with teachers at other times during the year, please call the office to arrange a meeting.

Extracurricular Activities:  Extracurricular activities at VMS include Cheerleading, Golf, Volleyball, Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball and Football. 

Telephone:  Student use of school telephones will be limited to emergency use.  Arrangements for after school transportation or activities are best made BEFORE your student leaves home.  We avoid making announcements or delivering messages during class due to the disruption it causes.  Student phone calls for illness, materials or other concerns should be made from the office—NOT personal cell phones. If it is necessary for a student to use his/her personal cell phone, then the call must be made from the office.  Cell phones are not to be in use during class time.  Please do not place your student in the position of disobeying school rules or your rules by texting, phoning their cell, asking them to text or phone from the cell during the school day.  Once again, if it is necessary that a student use a personal cell phone, that use must be in the office. If it is used in the office, it will not be a problem.

Students are discouraged from receiving calls except for emergency situations.  Please do not ask.  There are numerous phone extensions in the school that may show up on your caller ID.  Office personnel do not always know who calls someone’s home.  Please do not call to see who called your number.  If we need to contact you, we will try several times or leave a message.

Counseling and Guidance Service:  Guidance services are available to students during school hours-except on Thursdays. Students may visit the office during these hours with permission from their teacher or the principal.  Services include class scheduling, transfers, enrollment, personal matters, help with home/school or social concerns, as well as other matters a student may need to share with a counselor.  The guidance counselor will write an admit slip to the teacher when the student returns to class.

Library:  The school library offers a wide range of materials for study, research and pleasure reading.  Classes are often scheduled in the library to use the resources there.  Use of the library can improve and enhance academic studies. 

Dress Code:  Our school administration and teachers will continue to encourage all students to dress in a fashion that reflects good taste and style appropriate for a school day.  We should take pride in the appearance of our students.  Their dress reflects the quality of our school, of their conduct and of their school pride.  The following shall be considered inappropriate dress and appearance for Vinson Middle School:

Your cooperation and support of appropriate school dress is appreciated.  Many trendy, well-advertised clothing items are simply not appropriate for school wear.  Just as adults wear different types of clothing in different situations, students must learn that there are appropriate times and places for different articles of clothing.

A good general guideline is that the body and underwear are covered, stomachs and underwear do not show, waistlines are at the waist, and shorts/skirts are at least fingertip/mid thigh length.

Student Assistance Program SAP:  Our SAP emphasizes education, prevention, referral, intervention and support services to all students and staff.  Our procedures will utilize different interventions based upon the at-risk behavior.  Vinson Middle School recognizes a shared responsibility with its students and their families to address the issues of substance abuse, suicide, teen pregnancy, dropout, child abuse, violence, behavior and other serious problems.

Engrade: We do use the online gradebook and communication tool offered by Wayne County Schools.  If you have never had access or need your student’s information, contact the homeroom teacher if you have not received the login information by the end of the first full week of school.  Parent sign in: www.livegrades.com

Textbooks:  Vinson Middle School will supply all necessary textbooks.  Students are expected to give reasonable care and responsibility to these textbooks throughout the year.  Students will be charged for lost or unreasonably damaged books.

Parent Volunteer Program:  Our Volunteer Program has many interested parents who are involved with school activities.  Volunteers are one of the most positive aspects of school/community relations at Vinson Middle School.  Please consider becoming involved in this group. 

Local School Improvement Council LSIC:  Our LSIC is composed of the principal, three faculty members, two service employees, three parents, two community leaders and one student.  It is intended to establish processes which provide opportunities for involvement of the school/community in the operation of our school and to support local initiatives to improve school performance.

Lost and Found:  Lost and found items should be turned in to the office.  If you have lost something (clothes, books, etc.), please ask in the office. Generally, clothing is in a barrel in the gym and objects such as notebooks are in the office. Smaller items such as jewelry are kept in the office.  Abandoned clothing will periodically be set out for reclaiming, and if unclaimed will be donated to charity.

MP3 or other music storage devices, cell phones, game systems, etc.:  These items are not permitted to be used in class at any time and will be confiscated immediately for parent/guardian pick up.  If a student brings these items, the school assumes NO RESPONSIBILITY for their safety.  Students are personally responsible for the security of the items.  Any of these items used in class will be confiscated with no further warnings—even if the item is loaned to/from another student.  Any of these items stored in purses, pockets, etc. will be confiscated if they disrupt class in any manner.  Examples include, but are not limited to, cell phones that ring, text messages that are sent, or received, games played in class, musical devices playing in class, or objects that are the cause of arguments will be subject to confiscation and parent pick up  Students WILL NOT be allowed to reclaim these items.  Only a parent/guardian will be allowed to pick up the item from the office.  Academic dishonesty involving these technologies may result in a school wide ban on these articles.

*Wayne County Attendance Policy:  (summary) The Board of Education believes that regular attendance is a requirement for the delivery of formal education to the county’s public school students All students are expected to attend school regularly and be on time for class.

Making Up Work For Absences:  Upon return to school, a student will be granted a day of make-up work for each day student is absent.  It is the responsibility of the student to request make-up work.  Failure to complete the work will result in a zero.  In order to minimize disruption to the classroom, a teacher may require the work to be made up outside the class.

 *Wayne County Administration of Medications Policy:   (summary)
Medication shall not be administered unless the following requirements are met:

The parent/guardian is responsible for:

Medications shall be in the originally labeled container from the pharmacy.

Non-prescription medications (Over-the-Counter) should be administered at home.  In the rare event that it is necessary for over-the-counter medications to be given at school the medication MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE SAME DOCUMENTATION AND SIGNATURES AS PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION.

Dosage or schedule changes must have new doctor’s orders and a new prescription bottle.  Doctor’s orders can be faxed. (304-429-6162) The school will notify the school nurse of the change.  VERBAL EXPLANATIONS of changes are NOT LEGALLY ACCEPTABLE.

Field trips sometimes require medication to be taken away from school.  The school nurse will make arrangements for trained school personnel to administer the medicine.  The original container and documentation must be taken and kept with the school personnel.

*Asbestos Notice:  On file at each school site and the board office are the most recent inspection, operations and maintenance plan for the control of asbestos in accordance with the Asbestos Hazards Emergency Response Act of 1986.  The documents for each school may be found in what is known as the “red book” located in the principal’s office.  For more information contact Don Davis, Wayne County Schools.

Middle School Pupil Promotion/Retention Statement:  In all questions of promotion/retention, the benefit to the student must be considered.  In the middle grades, a student may not move to the next level if he/she has more than one final failing grade.  WESTest scores and other factors will be considered and parents will be notified; however, the final decision regarding promotion/retention will remain at the school level.

Solicitation:  Students and groups must have permission from the office before ANY items can be sold at school.

*Nondiscrimination Policy:  It is the policy of Wayne County Schools not to discriminate on the basis of sex, marital status, race, color, national origin, religion, age or disabling condition against its students and employees in its schools educational programs and activities and in employment as required by these laws:  Title IX, Federal Policy Interpretations, Rehabilitation Act, and other State and Federal statutes that deal with equity to students and employees.  If you believe that you have been discriminated against, you may make a claim that your rights have been denied.  This claim or grievance may be filed formally with Mary Lou Perry, Director of Federal Programs and Coordinator Title IX, Wayne County Schools, P. O. Box 70, Wayne, WV  25570 (272-5116).

*Wayne County Bullying, Harassment and Intimidation Policy:  Bullying, harassment and intimidation is an intentional and repeated gesture, or any written, verbal or physical act or threat that a reasonable person under the circumstances should know will have the effect of:  harming a student, damaging a student’s property, placing a student in reasonable fear or harm to his/her person or property.  It must be sufficiently inappropriate, severe, persistent or pervasive to the extent that it creates an intimidating, threatening or abusive educational environment which causes embarrassment, discomfort, or a reluctance to participate in school activities and in such a manner that causes disruption or obstruction to the educational process.
Any student or staff member who believes he or she is a victim or has knowledge of such incidents, shall report immediately to the principal and file a written complaint.  An investigation will take place which must consist of personal interviews with the complainant, accused and witnesses.  The result of the investigation will be reported in writing to both parties and their parents or legal guardians.
In determining if disciplinary action is necessary, the investigator will consider the surrounding circumstances, nature of behavior, past incidents, behavior patterns, relationships between involved parties and the context in which the alleged incidents occurred.  Disciplinary actions may include warning, written reprimand, exclusion, suspension or expulsion.
Intervention strategies and/or disciplinary measures will be taken against any person who retaliates against another person for reporting, testifying or assisting in an investigation.

*Sexual Harassment:  Sexual harassment will not be tolerated in Wayne County Public Schools.  Incidents should be reported immediately to administrators, guidance counselors or teachers.  Sexual harassment includes rumors, name calling, touching, graffiti, threats and obscene notes or electronic messages.

*Summarized Policy—Complete copy available if necessary.

MIDDLE AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS GRADING POLICY

Grades will be issued every six weeks.  Those six-week percentage grades will be averaged at the end of the class to determine the final grade for the class. 

GRADE SCALE

A=93-100%  B=85-92%  C=75-84%  D=65-74%  F=0-64%  Inc.=Incomplete

VINSON MIDDLE SCHOOL CALENDAR:

my.calendars.net/vinsonmiddle

WAYNE COUNTY SCHOOLS:

http://boe.wayn.k12.wv.us/
IMPORTANT DATES


8/8/12 First Student Day

9/3/12 Labor Day Holiday

9/14/12 Early Release Day 12:30 Dismissal ATTENDANCE COUNTS!

9/18/12 End Grading Period

9/25/12 Grade Cards Home

9/27/12 4:00p -6:30p Parent Conference Night

10/19/12 ISE Day 9:30 Dismissal

10/31/12 End Grading Period

11/7/12 Grade Cards Home

11/4/12 End Daylight Saving Time

11/6/12 Election-No School

11/12/12 Veterans' Day-No School

11/16/12 Early Release Day 12:30 Dismissal ATTENDANCE COUNTS!

11/19/12-11/23/12 Thanksgiving Break

12/21/12  ISE Day-9:30 Dismissal…End Grading Period

12/24/12-1/1/13 Christmas Break

1/4/13 Grade Cards Home

1/18/13 Early Release Day 12:30 Dismissal ATTENDANCE COUNTS!

1/21/13 MLK HOLIDAY - No School

2/13/13 End Grading Period

2/18/13 ISE Day 9:30 Dismissal

2/22/13 Grade Cards Home

2/26/13 4:00p -6:30p Parent Conference Night

3/3/13 Start Daylight Saving Time

3/15/13 Start Daylight Saving Time

3/18/13 Early Release Day 12:30 Dismissal ATTENDANCE COUNTS!

4/1/13-4/5/13 Spring Break

4/8/13 ISE Day 9:30 Dismissal…End Grading Period

4/15/13 Grade Cards Home

5/6/13-5/10-13 WESTEST Week

5/22/13 LAST FULL STUDENT DAY…End Grading Period

5/23/13 ISE Day 9:30 Dismissal

Final Grade Cards Mailed from Board Office

 

GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS

            Discipline at Vinson Middle School is based upon several assumptions.   Our students are pre-adolescent human beings who require an orderly environment for learning to take place.  High expectations for academics, behavior and acceptance of responsibility have been in place for many years at VMS.  Discipline should be handled by the classroom teacher in most cases, and should always be a learning process, rather than an end in itself.  Most discipline should be preventive rather than punitive.   Respect is emphasized both for the student and adult.
Creating a safe and orderly environment is the top priority for the discipline program.  Other objectives include protecting the safety of each student, the teacher’s right to teach without disruption, the student’s right to learn, and increasing the involvement of parents in the school.  If these objectives are met, then the remaining objectives of increasing student achievement and improving student and teacher morale will be attained.
The staff of Vinson Middle School is committed to having students leave with the knowledge and skills to succeed in high school and the wider community.  Our students will leave competent in life-long learning skills relating to reading, math and writing.  Identification and intervention will be provided to at-risk students.  Character education, including environmental awareness, and appropriate decision making will be stressed at all levels.  Technology literacy will be integrated into all subjects to allow the mastery of the West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives.
There is often confusion about the difference between Classroom/School Rules and Standards of Expected Behavior.  The classroom and school rules are established to ensure the orderly operation of the business of school.  These rules are enforced by all faculty and staff, and are based upon the West Virginia Student Code of Conduct.  The Class Rules at VMS are meant to define more specifically the behavior required by the Code of Conduct.  The Standards of Expected Behavior were established as a part of the Character Education Program, formerly the Responsible Students Program.  These expected behaviors support the rules and allow students and staff to operate from a common frame of reference.  Standards are often seen as the “unwritten” rules of a group or society.  When the schools were required to begin formally teaching responsibility and character, we also began formalizing and directly teaching these unwritten rules.  Many children have trouble picking up on these unwritten rules, so it helped to agree on a common set for the school and directly teach our expectations.   Most infractions of rules will have formal consequences such as ISS or detention.  Serious or repeated infractions of standards may result in formal consequences.

WVDE Policy:   EXPECTED BEHAVIOR IN SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE SCHOOLS (4373)

Full text available at: http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies/p4373-new.pdf

CLASS RULES FOR VINSON MIDDLE SCHOOL

STANDARDS OF EXPECTED BEHAVIOR

WHEN SHOULD YOU KEEP YOUR SICK CHILD HOME?

-IF YOUR CHILD HAS A FEVER (a temperature of 100 and above can be considered a fever).

-WHEN YOUR CHILD HAS VOMITING AND/OR DIARRHEA.

-IF YOUR  CHILD HAS ITCHY, RED EYES THAT ARE COVERED WITH YELLOWISH DRAINAGE PARTICULARLY IN THE MORNING WHEN THEY GET UP (This could be pinkeye.)

-WHEN YOUR CHILD HAS A PAINFUL SORE THROAT (especially if they also have a fever, rash, complain of headache or nausea, or you can see white patches on the tonsils or the back of the throat).

-IF YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH STREP THROAT HE/SHE SHOULD STAY HOME UNTIL THEY HAVE BEEN TAKING ANTIBIOTICS FOR 24-48 HOURS AND DO NOT HAVE A FEVER.

-IF YOUR CHILD HAS OPEN SKIN SORES OFTEN KNOWN AS FALL SORES OR IMPETIGO.

-THE FIRST 24 HOURS YOUR CHILD IS ON AN ANTIBIOTIC.  (Most antibiotics will be ordered to be given 3 times a day.  These medications can and should be spaced out so that they can be administered while at home.)

Nose, mouth and eye secretions are the most common source of respiratory infections.  The secretions are usually spread by contaminated hands, but coughing and sneezing can also spread infectious droplets through the air.  GOOD HAND WASHING HABITS can prevent the spread of many illnesses.

IF YOUR CHILD HAS LICE, YOU WILL BE CALLED TO COME AND PICK UP YOUR CHILD FROM SCHOOL.  YOU MUST GET A RELEASE FROM THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT, NURSE OR DOCTOR STATING THAT YOUR CHILD HAS BEEN TREATED BEFORE RETURNING THEM TO SCHOOL.  LICE ARE VERY EASILY SPREAD.  PLEASE DO NOT USE OTHER STUDENTS’ COMBS, BRUSHES OR ARTICLES WORN ON THE HEAD.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL THE SCHOOL NURSES OFFICE AT 272-5116, EXT 339.

VINSON MIDDLE SCHOOL

EDUCATING EVERYONE TAKES EVERYONE

 

2012-2013
STUDENT HANDBOOK
PRINCIPAL
TAMMY FORBUSH

3851 PIEDMONT ROAD
HUNTINGTON, WV  25704
(304)429-1641 OFFICE
(304)429-6162 FAX

PLEASE READ AND DISCUSS THE MATERIAL
IN THIS HANDBOOK WITH YOUR CHILD
PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN BACK PAGE TO INDICATE THAT YOUR STUDENT BROUGHT THE HANDBOOK HOME AND YOU HAVE DISCUSSED THIS INFORMATION.

 

_________________________________ STUDENT

 

_______________________________HOMEROOM

 

_______________________PARENT SIGNATURE

REGULAR BELL SCHEDULE
1st Period            7:20 – 8:17 AM 
2nd Period           8:21 – 9:10 AM 
3rd Period            9:16 – 10:05 AM    
4th Period            10:09 – 10:58 AM 
5A Period           11:00 – 11:30 AM 
5B Period           11:31 – 12:01 PM 
6th Period            12:05 – 12:54 PM 
7th Period            12:58 – 1:47 PM 
8th Period            1:51 – 2:40 PM 

EARLY RELEASE DAY

1st Period        7:20-8:06
2nd Period       8:09-8:40
3rd Period        8:43-9:14
4th Period        9:17-9:48
6th Period        9:51-10:22
7th Period        10:24-10:55
5A                    10:58-11:28
5B                    11:28-11:58
8th Period        12:03-12:35

2 HOUR DELAY SCHEDULE

1st Period       9:20 – 10:04
2nd Period      10:08 – 10:39
3rd Period      10:43 – 11:14 
5A Period      11:18 – 11:48
5B Period      11:48 – 12:18
4th Period       12:23 – 12:54
6th Period       12:58 – 1:29
7th Period       1:33 – 2:04
8th Period       2:08 – 2:39

**There is to be NO ARRIVAL before 7:00am.  All drop off 7:00-7:20 is to be at cafeteria doors by Football Field.  AFTER 7:20 drop off is allowed in front bus loop. NEVER drop off in the street.**
**Afternoon pick up is to be in Football Field parking lot.  There is no parking on Piedmont Road across from the school or in the back on Hughes Street along the fence. **
**Students who walk must use crosswalks and obey traffic safety rules.  PLEASE talk to and practice street safety with your student! This may sound silly, but it is an ongoing issue.  Yes, pedestrians have the right of way in most cases, but cars are much bigger! Always look for yourself—be sure cars are completely stopped before crossing—EVERY TIME, even in crosswalks.**