Saugerties Jr High School

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Junior High School Information


Philosophy

The Saugerties Junior High School is dedicated to the development of potential growth in the individual: let each become all he or she is capable of becoming. Our purpose also is to broaden thinking and expand horizons. At the same time, we strive to meet the needs and concerns of the students living in a rapidly changing, pluralistic society. We believe the school and the community share in this educational responsibility. Furthermore, the school must create an atmosphere where people are accepted as individuals in an environment that fosters self-discipline, mutual respect, cooperation and excellence.

Where to Call

This list is provided for your reference when calling the school. You may obtain information efficiently by directing your questions to the appropriate office.

For Information Regarding Please Call this Office
Absenteeism Attendance Office 247-6569
Academic Issues Guidance Office 247-6563
Accidents/Illness Nurse's Office 247-6566
Confidential Matters (Family, Personal, etc.) Principal 247-6561
or Guidance 247-6563
Discipline Referrals JH Dean's Office 247-6569
Homework during Absence Guidance Office 247-6563
Lockers JH Office 247-6561
Lost & Found JH Office 247-6561
Report Cards Guidance Office 247-6563
Student Activities JH Office 247-6561
Student Schedules Guidance Office 247-6563
Tardiness Attendance Office 247-6569
Working Papers SR Office 247-6651
Interscholastic Athletics AD's Office 247-6675

Disciplinary Measures

The following shall constitute appropriate disciplinary measures authorized by this Student Code of Conduct:

Reference Number Discipline
1 Warnings (oral OR written)
2 Detention
3 In-school Suspension
4 Suspension from school for up to five (5) school days
5 Suspension from school in excess of five (5) school days
6 Suspension from school for at least one (1) year for possession of a weapon pursuant to the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994 (subject to the right of the Superintendent to modify such penalty) or, in the case of a student with a disability whose possession of a weapon is determined not to be related to his/her disability, placement in an interim alternative educational setting for a period of forty-five (45) days
7 Placement in an interim alternative educational setting for a period of up to forty-five (45) days, in the case of a student with a disability whose knowing possession or use of illegal drugs, or sale or solicitation of the sale of a controlled substance at a school or a school function is determined not to be related to his/her disability
8 Permanent suspension (expulsion)

Student Code Of Conduct Infractions With Penalty References

Infraction Number Description Of Infraction Measure
1 Disturbances which disrupt instruction 1, 2, 3 or 4
2 Abusive language directed at staff or peers on school grounds or at school activities 1, 2, 3 or 4
3 Carelessness in failing to follow school rules and staff directions 1 or 2
4 Dress or grooming which is disruptive to the educational process or which creates a danger to the student and/or others 1 or 2
5 Possession of obscene materials 1, 2, 3 or 4
6 Smoking on campus 2, 3 or 4
7 Cheating in any academic or extra-curricular or co-curricular activity 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5
8 Abusive and/or insubordinate gestures directed at school employees, or peers which provoke a fight 2, 3 or 4
9 Willful failure to obey the reasonable directives of school staff (insubordination), including directives not to engage in conduct otherwise referenced as an infraction herein and for failing to notify a parent of assignment to detention 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5
10 Fighting between students where no dangerous instruments are involved and no person is injured in the altercation. 2, 3 or 4
11 Fighting between students where harm is caused to one or more of the combatants. 3, 4, 5 or 8
12 Possession of an item which may be used as a weapon (e.g. pocket knife, box knife, razor blade, laser pen, etc.) 2, 3, 4 or 5
13 A fight involving the use or threatened use of a dangerous or deadly weapon 4, 5, 6 or 8
14 An unprovoked assault against another student or person in the schools. 4, 5, or 8
15 An unprovoked assault against another student or person in the schools which causes bodily harm 4, 5, or 8
16 Possession of dangerous or deadly weapons on school property 6 or 8
17 Possession of illegal drugs, dangerous drugs, counterfeit drugs or alcohol in school or at school events 4, 5, 7 or 8
18 Use of illegal drugs, dangerous drugs, counterfeit drugs or alcohol at school or while attending school events 4, 5, 7 or 8
19 Sale of illegal drugs, alcohol or counterfeit drugs at school or while at school events 5, 7, or 8
20 Possession of fireworks on school property or at school events 4 or 5
21 Use of fireworks while on school property or at school events 4, 5, 6 or 8
22 Commission of conduct which constitutes a misdemeanor while on school property or at a school event 4 or 5
23 Commission of conduct which constitutes a felony while on school property or at a school event 4, 5 or 8
24 Gambling 3 or 4
25 Hazing 4 or 5
26 Lewd behavior 3, 4 or 5
27 Extortion 4, 5, 8
28 Plagiarism 1, 2, 3 or 4
29 Arson 4, 5 or 8
30 Intentional destruction of school property 3, 4, 5 or 8
31 Theft of school property 2, 3, 4, 5 or 8
32 Mental or physical condition which endangers the health, safety and/or welfare of the student or others 3, 4, 5 or 8

The repeating of an infraction may lead to the imposition of the next measure of discipline. Chronic repeating of infractions may lead to long-term suspension or permanent suspension.

Assignments And Excuses When Absent

Students absent one to three days should contact classmates for assignments. When absent more than three days, students should call the Guidance Office. Students are required to bring written excuses for absence to the Attendance Office. Academic success is best attained with good attendance and missed work made up immediately.

Academic Eligibility

To participate in interscholastic sports, student must maintain a satisfactory academic average. Students failing two subjects or receiving two failing warning letters must attend extra-help Monday through Thursday during ninth period. Students failing three or more subjects or receiving three or more failing letters will be declared ineligible to participate. Eligibility status will be reviewed every five weeks.

Academic Referrals

Subject teachers may forward academic referrals to guidance counselors on students who do not fulfill teacher expectations or meet specific subject teacher goals. Counselors will meet with the student and the teacher(s) and, if necessary, notify parents for a conference.

Alternate School

Alternate school operates daily from 3:15 to 5:15 PM for students suspended from school. The District will provide transportation and school assignments will be collected. Students attending Alternate School while suspended will be credited with a day of attendance but may not enter school property before 3:00 PM.

Cafeteria Behavior

Students are expected to follow the directions of the lunchroom monitors, teachers, deans, and administrators. Disruptive behavior such as running and shouting is prohibited. While eating, students must remain seated. During the last ten minutes of the period, students are not permitted outside of the cafeteria. Students throwing food may be suspended. Cafeteria privileges may be revoked for students who disregard these rules.

Care Of And Responsibility For School Property

Students are financially responsible for books, lockers, lock and other school property issued to them.

Class Materials

It is the student' responsibility to come prepared to class. This includes books, pencils, pens, notebooks, planners, and any other materials required by the teacher.

Dean Of Students

One function of the Dean of Students is to aid students and teachers in resolving discipline problems. This will be achieved by: counseling students on behavior management, conferencing with teachers on student problems, consulting with guidance counselors, school psychologists, nurses, and administrators.

Another function of the Dean is to help students with personal problems relating to the school. Students with such problems are encouraged to consult the Dean with confidence that privacy will be maintained.

The Dean will also assign disciplinary penalties for infraction of school rules. These penalties may include writing assignments, general detention, in-school suspension, out of school suspension, and revocation of specific privileges. The Principal will authorize each suspension.

General Detention

After-school detention is held daily in Room 517 from 2:15 to 3:00 PM, unless otherwise announced. If you must meet with a teacher when assigned detention, request a detention slip from the Dean's office and have the teacher sign/verify your presence with them. Return this signed slip to the Dean's office prior to leaving the building.

Displaying Of Posters

The Principal must approve all posters or display. Posters are to be removed immediately upon completion of the activity.

Early Dismissal

Only parents can excuse their children from school early. The following procedures have been established:

  1. Hand in written note signed by parent to the Attendance Office before homeroom.
  2. If a student becomes ill, the nurse & a parent must be notified.
  3. Sign out in the JH Office before leaving.

Extra Help And Activity Period

Students are encouraged to stay after school from 2:15 to 3:00 PM for academic help from teachers, to participate in club and intramural activities or to study and use the computer lab or library. Transportation is provided.

Honor Roll

To make an honor roll, a student must pass all subjects and earn these grades when all classes which meet five time per week are averaged.

Students who show an incomplete grade (INC.) or who do not have a grade in a subject cannot be considered for an honor roll. NOTE: An academic achievement card, listing discounts from many local merchants will be issued each quarter to students who make an honor roll.

Homeroom

Students are expected to be in their homeroom by 7:50 AM. Homeroom, while not an academic class, is still important. It is where the Pledge of Allegiance is recited, announcements are heard, attendance is taken and notices are distributed.

In School Suspension Program (ISS)

The ISS program will function as a self-contained classroom to isolate students exhibiting negative behavioral characteristics. This will be an alternative to out-of-school suspension providing students with the opportunity to remain current in their daily academic subject requirements while receiving the needed support services necessary to reduce inappropriate behaviors exhibited in the regular school program. ISS will operate daily in Room 408.

Late Bus Passes

Bus students who remain after school will be issued a late bus pass by his or her ninth period teacher.

Lockers

Students are responsible for keeping their lockers secure. Saugerties Junior High School does not assume responsibility for lost or stolen property. While a student is assigned exclusive use of a locker, vis a vis other students, school authorities may open lockers at any time. Lockers remain the exclusive property of the school and students have no expectation of privacy with respect to their lockers.

Lost And Found

Lost and found items should be brought to the office. Students losing items should inquire in the office after making a reasonable search.

Lunchroom Detention

Lunchroom detention has been established for students who lose cafeteria privileges. Assignments to lunchroom detention will be made through the Dean. Students must report, remain seated and quiet, and eat lunch in lunchroom detention, and follow the directions of the supervising teacher. Further disciplinary action will result if the above guidelines are not followed.

Off Limit Areas

For the sake of student safety and protection of personal property, only students with a pass may enter school parking lots during the school day.

Referrals

Referral cards are used to notify the Dean of specific student misbehavior. Copies of student referrals will be sent home to parents.

Signing In

All 7th and 8th grade students must sign in at the Junior High Office each time he or she enters school as an absent student, or as a student re-entering after being released early. All students must have a late admittance pass signed by each teacher of all classes or study halls attended by the student. Late admittance passes must be turned in at the end of the day at the Junior High Dean's Office.

Sports Study Hall

Sports Study Hall is held daily from 2:15 to 3:00 PM in the Senior High Cafeteria. Students involved in interscholastic sports are to report to this open study hall if they have no other obligations/extras-help prior to their sports activity.

Sound Systems

Students are not to bring sound systems to school for use during the school day. If these items are brought to school for athletic trips, they should be left in the main office.

Student Dress

Students are expected to keep themselves well groomed and neatly dressed. Dress that is distracting and disrupts the education process will not be allowed. Clothing displaying vulgar or offensive messages may not be worn.

Telephones

A pay telephone is across from the Junior High Office for 7th and 8th grade students. Students will not be excused from classes to use the telephone. Office phones are available only in emergencies.

Working Papers

Students under the age of 18 are required by NYS to obtain working papers. Applications & instructions can be obtained in either the Jr. or Sr. High Office.

School Rules

  1. Always be in class on time
  2. Enter classrooms promptly
  3. No Walkmans during school hours
  4. No food or drink in classrooms or hallways
  5. Follow directions
  6. Complete all assignments
  7. Respect everyone
  8. Hurt no one
  9. Always have a dated and signed pass
  10. No writing on desks, chairs, etc.
  11. Extend common courtesy to all
  12. Use appropriate language
  13. Exit building when fire alarm is activated
  14. Be prepared - bring books, pens, pencils to class

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Last Modified on March 7, 2003
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