Policies, Procedures, and Expectations
Students who cheat, plagiarize (to steal and pass off the ideas, work, or words of another as one’s own), or use forgery in connection with academics or school procedures are subject to disciplinary action.
ADVANCED CLASSES/HONORS PROJECT
Students at Lee Middle School who desire an additional challenge in their academic classes and who meet certain criteria are enrolled in advanced classes. Advanced classes are offered in Language Arts and Math. In addition, seventh and eighth grade students may participate in the Honors Project program where students are encouraged to explore learning on their own. Students who successfully complete Honors Projects will be recognized at the awards assembly.
BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, ROLLERBLADES, SCOOTERS, SKATES, ETC.
All wheeled forms of manual transportation may be ridden to and from school by students with the understanding they be operated in a safe manner. In general, a bike rider is to obey the laws that pertain to motor vehicles. This includes, but is not limited to, riding “with traffic,” stopping at stop signs, signal lights, and crossing roadways at designated intersections. Students must walk/carry all wheeled items while on the Lee campus, including the sidewalk in front of the school. Bikes must be stored in the locked bike racks and all other modes of transportation must be stored in a classroom for the entire school day. Skateboards and Scooters must be stored in the office or classroom during school hours. If you have an after school activity, leave your locked bike in the bike rack area until you are ready to leave school. Take your bike home each night. The school is not responsible for stolen or damaged bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, or skates. Riders must wear a helmet (State Law). Students that abuse this policy may have their wheels taken away for a period of time, up to the rest of the year.
CAMPUS ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE - California Education Code Requirement
Students must stay on campus once they arrive and stay in the MPR or snack area until the first period bell. Students may only leave campus with an off-campus permit approved by parents and the school. To ensure the safety of our students and drivers and to improve the flow of traffic when parents drive on campus, they must use the student drop-off/pick-up zone (near the bike rack). Campus opens at 7:30 am. Please arrive after this time. If students fail to follow the Wildcat Way before school, parents will be asked to drop off their child at 8:25 am. For your child’s safety, students may not walk home or to appointments during school hours. Please make arrangements for someone (who is on the emergency card) to pick up your student. All students should be off campus by 3:45 pm, unless they are attending a school sanctioned event (i.e. Homework Club, teacher appointment, sports, or clubs).
CHANGE OF ADDRESS/PHONE NUMBERS/EMERGENCY INFORMATION
It is important that the Attendance Office is notified if you change your address, phone number, or emergency contact information. This becomes especially important if we need to contact a parent or guardian during an emergency. Proof of residency (PG&E bill) must be brought into the office to change an address.
Parents are welcome to visit classes during the school day. They must check in at the office upon arrival and receive a visitor badge. However, teachers will not be available to discuss individual student progress during instructional time. If a parent interrupts instruction for any reason, he/she may be asked to leave the classroom. This is done to ensure uninterrupted instructional time, which is one of our school’s greatest resources and to make sure that we can give parents our undivided attention when discussing academic achievement. Notification or requests ahead of time are helpful and appreciated. Appointments are required in order to meet one-on-one with a teacher. Appointments can be made through the individual teacher by phone or email.
We are pleased to offer students access to the district technology equipment, network resources, electronic mail and the internet. Parents please review the document WJUSD Secondary Student Technology Use Agreement for more information.
Secondary Student Guidelines for Responsible Network and Internet Use
The activities listed below are not permitted:
Violation may result in a loss of access as well as other disciplinary or legal action (Board Policy 5000: Student Rights and Responsibilities).
DELIVERIES AND GIFTS AT SCHOOL
Any items dropped off at school will be held in the office and will be available to pick up at the Student Store or Attendance Office. If a child brings gifts (balloons, etc.) on campus or are given by a friend on campus, the items must be placed in the office until the end of the day.
The use of alcohol, tobacco, electronic cigarettes, or other drugs adversely affects a student’s ability to achieve academic success, is physically and emotionally harmful, and has serious legal and social consequences. Therefore, all schools and district facilities are alcohol, tobacco, and drug free sites at all times and for all ages.
All electronics are to be turned off/silent during the school day. Electronics may only be used after school (that includes text messaging, using the Internet, etc.). Cell phones may only be used during the school day to call 911 in an emergency, or if use is approved by a staff member. Head phones/ear buds can be used in the classroom for instructional purposes with approval from the instructor, head phones/ear buds should be put away, not visible, any other time. If any electronics are confiscated, they are to be picked up in the office after school. If a student habitually violates this policy, the electronics may be taken away for multiple days and will need to be picked up by a parent/guardian. Lee Middle School is not responsible for any electronic devices that are lost, stolen, or damaged.
All fees must be paid by the end of the year deadlines in order to participate in end of the year activities. These fees might include textbooks, library books, PE locks, pictures, planner, cafeteria, and transportation fees.
FOOD, DRINKS AND GUM
Gum is not allowed on the Lee campus. Food and drinks (except water) are only allowed in the cafeteria and the outer courtyard unless with special permission or for special events. Consequences will be assigned if a violation occurs. Outside food and drinks (Dutch Bros, Starbucks, fast food, etc.) must be consumed before entering class. These items may be confiscated and thrown away.
Student may not sell any items on campus that are not officially for school-sponsored activities or fundraisers. The Associated Student Body (ASB) and the principal or vice principal must approve all fundraisers.
Identification cards are required for all students. Students will be given an ID card with a personal ID number about 2-3 weeks after picture day. These cards provide a quick and positive method of entrance to dances and other school events, purchasing event tickets, and for identification. Only one card will be issued for free. Duplicate cards are available from the Student Store for $5 each. An ASB sticker ($12) may be purchased which includes free admission to all gym athletic games and all dances.
Short term independent study is offered to students who will be out of school for a minimum of five days and a yearly maximum of twenty days. Parents are required to contact the Registrar to schedule an appointment with an administrator two weeks prior to the student leaving to sign an independent study contract. Since this is a legal document, the dates listed must be exact and the student must return on the due date or lose all attendance credit. The Registrar will contact the teachers and collect the work for the student. It will be ready for pick up after school on the student’s last day before leaving on independent study. Please remember, that it is very important to have your student in school as much as possible since no amount or type of independent work can replace classroom instruction.
The library is open before school and during lunch most days of the week. Students may use the library during class time with a pass from their teacher, if space is available. Most books may be checked out for a two-week period. Reference materials may be used in the library only. Overdue notices will be issued when library materials have not been returned on time. Repair fees will be charged for books returned with damage or graffiti. Students will be charged the replacement cost of any time lost or damaged beyond repair. The computer lab is for school assignments and research only during class time. Any work must be saved onto the G drive under the student’s name. Only school-owned software may be used in the lab. The Internet may only be used under direct adult supervision and in accordance with the district acceptable use policy. Students must have their planner pass when sent to the library. While in the library, students are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible manner or they will lose the privilege of going to the library.
Textbooks and Chromebooks are issued in the library. Students are responsible for the materials issued to them. Materials are to be returned in the condition in which they were received. Repair fees will be charged for materials returned with damage or graffiti. Replacement fees will be charged for materials lost or damaged beyond repair. At the end of the year, text books and Chromebooks are to be returned to the library, not to the teacher.
LOCKER ROOM AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
All students will be issued a combination lock and a locker. The student will be responsible for the lock as well as the contents of the locker for the entire school year. A replacement lock may be purchased. Following are some important guidelines:
The school is not responsible for stolen items. Enter the locker room only with permission.
Regular gym uniforms ($25.00) must be worn at all times by Lee students during PE classes. Students may only wear uniforms and no street clothing may be worn under PE clothes. Uniforms must be neat, clean, and marked properly with the student’s name (this will be done by the teacher and no other writing is allowed on the PE clothes). If students write on clothes, they will be required to purchase a new set within one week. Uniforms will be sold through the PE Department. Students must provide their own tennis shoes with laces. When the weather turns cold, students may wear navy, gray, or white sweatpants or sweatshirts (no zippers allowed). All students will participate in class unless physically unable to do so. Any student who is excused from physical activity must bring a note from parent/guardian or doctor, and the student must still dress in PE clothes. If a student needs to be excused for more than three days, a verification note from a medical doctor is necessary. If a student is excused form PE, he/she may not participate in after school sports (tryouts or practice).
Lee is a closed campus during lunch. Students must eat in the cafeteria and snack bar areas. After eating, they may stay in the cafeteria/snack bar areas or go to the blacktop or athletic fields. To visit a classroom, a hall pass is required. The school cafeteria provides a wide variety of food. A full hot lunch ($3.00) is available, as well as snack and lunch items at the snack bar. Lunches may be paid for on a weekly or monthly basis by contacting the cafeteria staff at 406-7365. The Food Services Department is now offering parents ability to access their student’s school meal account through EZSchoolPay. This is an online service that allows parents the ability to make credit/debit card prepayment funds on their student’s account (there is a $3.00 charge per transaction), view student’s activity for the last 30 days, view account balances, and receive low balance notifications. The online payment webpage link is: www.ezschoolpay.com.
It is important to remember to show courtesy and consideration for our school neighbors. Each student will be held accountable for his or her actions (littering, loitering, or vandalism) in the school neighborhood.
PASSES FOR THE RESTROOM, LIBRARY, OFFICE, ETC.
The hall pass pages are located in this planner/handbook. All students are expected to have a signed planner/handbook in hand, open to the appropriate signed pass, while in the following situations:
Students may be asked to show hall pass pages at any time at the request of a school employee
PROMOTION CEREMONY CRITERIA
Pupils who satisfactorily complete the course of study, as required by the governing School Board, and whose work is satisfactory in relation to the pupil’s ability, shall be promoted. Please see the WJUSD Parent Handbook for information about retention. A student may be promoted to the ninth grade, but due to certain circumstances, may not be allowed to participate in the Promotion Ceremony. The 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony is a privilege, not a right.
*The ceremony could be reinstated by fulfilling the Academic Agreement.
REPORT CARDS/PROGRESS REPORTS
In an effort to provide additional feedback to students, Lee has a six- week grading sequence at all grade levels. All students will receive a progress report every six weeks throughout the year. These progress reports are given to the students to take home. It is your child’s responsibility to bring progress reports home. Only semester grades are a part of the student’s permanent record. The progress reports are NOT averaged together to arrive at a semester grade, but are merely indications of student progress. Semester grades will be the ones that appear on the official transcript. Permanent semester grades are given in January and June. If parents would like an extra copy of their child’s progress/report card, please contact Nicole Vega in the office.
The Student Store is open and available at lunch and after school for the following services:
TELEPHONE AND MESSAGES
Students will not be called out of class to receive phone messages. If parents need to speak to their children during the day, they must come to school. Students are expected to keep their cell phones off/silent during school hours. Only emergency phone messages will be accepted and delivered to a student.
Work permits are issued by the counselor. Students must be 14 years or older to obtain an application. Students can be denied a work permit for excessive absences, behavioral problems, and/or a 2.0 GPA is not maintained. Students requesting a work permit must be enrolled at Lee Middle School. Work permits can be revoked if student’s GPA falls below a 2.0 or behavior or attendance issues arise. Work permits are issued at the school’s discretion. The permit will be issued after the student has received an offer of employment.