Dear Middle School Parents & Guardians:

 The final full day for students is Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Our half-day final exam schedule will begin on Thursday, June 15, 2017. We will be holding our annual Awards Assembly on the morning of Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 8:00 AM, and the last day of student attendance is Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

 Parents are reminded that Middle School students take two-hour cumulative final exams in all of their academic classes. It is imperative that students begin to prepare for these assessments well before hand. 

 As we enter the final weeks of school, we are committed to maintaining a distraction free environment. Very shortly, we will be limiting student travel during class time.

 Cellular phone use during class time has become a major distraction. I would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and students that “Cellular phones and other electronic devices are NOT permitted in our school during the school day and that the use of them during school hours is strictly prohibited.” At this point in the year, students are aware of this. 

 If students are caught using cellular phones or if there is evidence of them using them during school hours, they are subject to disciplinary procedures including suspension. We appreciate your support in dealing with this major educational distraction.

 As the weather gets warmer, I would also like to remind parents that the Middle School is air-conditioned and that our dress code is very clear regarding appropriate attire. The following is an excerpt from the dress code:

 Students are expected to dress in a manner that is neat, clean and appropriate. Inappropriate dress is defined as anything bizarre, dangerous, or disruptive to the learning environment.

 Clothing specifically banned by school policy:

·         Hats, bandanas or other head covering

·         Clothing with alcohol advertisements, tobacco advertisements, or attachments such as chains.

·         Clothing which demeans the race, religion or gender of other persons.

·         Clothing which interferes with the school’s mission.

 Other items that are not appropriate for school include: short skirts, short shorts, tube tops, halter-tops, boy’s sleeveless shirts, spaghetti straps, plunging necklines, (front or back) and see through garments. Additionally, underwear and midriffs must be completely covered.

 Since many of the dress code issues in the past have related to the length of skirts, dresses and shorts, we will be using the “fingertip” rule as a guideline. If a student’s fingertips touch the fabric of the clothing (and not the skin) with a natural extension of the student’s arms, the garment is acceptable. If not, the article will be deemed too short.

 Once again, we appreciate your support as we work to end the year on a positive note and we hope that you have an enjoyable summer.

 

Erich Reidell


 

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