Welcome toNorthsideMiddle School
Our goal atNorthsideMiddle Schoolis to insure that each child has the opportunity to grow and achieve in the best learning environment possible. To maximize learning potential, a child must come to school with a good attitude toward his/her teachers and peers, a positive self-image, and a willingness to learn. Your encouragement and guidance will provide a foundation for these traits.
Marlon Murray Bobby Beasley
Assistant Principal Principal
Positive Behavior Goals
ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE
Those students who do not ride a bus to school should not arrive before 7:45 a.m. SCHOOL PERSONNEL WILL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY STUDENT WHO ARRIVES BEFORE 7:30 AM OR WHO REMAINS AT SCHOOL AFTER 3:20 PM. SCHOOL PERSONNEL CANNOT ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR STUDENTS FOR MORE THAN THIRTY MINUTES (30) BEFORE AND THIRTY (30) MINUTES AFTER SPECIAL EVENTS SPONSORED BY THE SCHOOL.
Student who arrive before 7:50 a.m. and who do not plan to eat breakfast must report to the gym and remain in the gym until the bell rings at 7:50 a.m.
2010-2011 DAILY CLASS SCHEDULE
7:50 Bellrings to report to 1stperiod
7:55 – 9:00 1stperiod
9:04 – 10:04 2ndperiod
10:04 – 10:14 Break
10:18 – 11:18 3rdperiod
11:22 – 12:49 4thperiod
12:53 – 1:52 5thperiod
1:56 – 2:56 6thperiod
THERE WILL BE NO SCHEDULE CHANGES!
Students are not allowed to take backpacks to class with the exception of 6thperiod.
Before 1stperiod All students
Before 2ndperiod Girl
Before 3rdperiod Boy
Before 4thperiod Girl
Before 5thperiod Boy
Before 6thperiod All students
The guidance program atNorthsideMiddle Schoolhas been organized to help students help themselves solve educational, vocational and personal problems. Individual guidance is available to all students.
Mrs. McGillivray is our Guidance Counselor.
The school policy is to accept only those visitors who have legitimate business reasons for being on school grounds. Guests and visitors are required to obtain a visitor’s pass from the school office. This pass must be returned to the office upon leaving campus. Visitors must leave the school building as soon as their business is completed.
As a general rule, students on holiday or absent from another school system are not allowed to visit during school hours. Any student wishing to bring a guest or visitor to school must get clearance from the principal or assistant principal at least 24 hours in advance of the desired visit. Again, it will be rare for such requests to be approved.
PARENTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME—SIMPLY CHECK-IN WITH OUR
We operate on a “closed campus” policy. This means that STUDENTS must stay on the school campus from the time they arrive, even if the daily schedule has not begun, until dismissed. Students violating this policy will be subject to suspension from school.
DO NOT BRING NUISANCE ITEMS TO SCHOOL
Items not directly associated with the educational program, i.e., walkmans, radios, record players,tape recorders, cameras, cards, games, beepers, cellular phones, etc. are not to be brought to school. Students found with any such items will have them confiscated and turned in to the office. STUDENTS ARE NOT TO CHEW GUM AT SCHOOL!
1stoffense– item confiscated and returned to the parent/guardian thefollowingday
2ndoffense– item confiscated and returned to the parent/guardian afterfive (5)school days. The student will be assigned detention
3RDoffense– item confiscated and returned to the parent/guardian afterten (10)school days. The student will be suspended out of school for one day
Student who bring a note explaining the absences upon returning to school are to turn in their excuse to the school office after reporting to 1stperiod. Office personnel will then issue an absence slip. The student will be given the white copy to show each teacher during the day. After a total of ten absences in a school year, the parent/guardian will be required to provide medical or legal documentation for absences to be excused.
CHECK-INS AND CHECK-OUTS
Unexcused check-ins will be considered tardy and will be dealt with the same as tardies.
1/2 Tardy per term Teacher Warning
3thTardy per term Parent Contact - Teacher
4/6/8-Tardy per term After School Detention
7thTardy per term Campus Work Detail
9thTardy per term Break Detention
10thTardy per term 1 day Out-of-School Suspension
Each additional two tardies per term 1 day Out-of-School Suspension
School telephones are for business use only. Students are not to use these telephones. If a student is sick, a teacher may give written permission to use the phone in the main office. Office personnel will contact parents when a student is sick. Messages will be delivered to students from a parent/guardian only. Please limit messages to emergency situations only.
The Board of Education and Northside faculty strongly believe it is the responsibility of students and parents/guardians to use reason, good judgment, and common decency in the choice of dress and physical grooming atNorthsideMiddle School. The principal or his/her designee has the authority to determine inappropriate or unacceptable dress.
Therefore, the following dress and appearance standards will be enforced:
After students have been to the office ten (10) times for discipline in a school year, they are subject to a three (3) day suspension for each additional referral.
SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS- Students may be checked out by aparent/guardianduring any warnings issued by the National Weather Service. Emergency contacts will not be allowed to pick up students!
Cafeteria Use and Manners
Students should practice courtesy, good manners, and cleanliness while using the cafeteria.
1. Always clean up your table and leave your area clean and neat.
2. Never leave wrappers, napkins or trash on the floor.
3. Be considerate of others and refrain from loud talking.
4. Students areNOT TO TAKE FOOD OR DRINKfrom the cafeteria.
5. Students are not allowed to bring food items purchased at fast food businesses or have such food brought to them at school.
6. Breaking lunch lines is not permitted.
7. Food or drink spilled on the floor should be cleaned up immediately.
8. Students are not to bring soft drinks into the cafeteria.
9. StudentsMUSTattend lunch in the lunchroom and may not leave the lunchroom without permission.
Students may purchase a snack from the snack machine or they may bring a snack from home. NO CARBONATED DRINKS AREALLOWED.
Parents or legal guardians who wish to confer with a teacher or teachers must make an appointment through the school office for a conference with the teacher or teachers during their planning period. The parent or legal guardians or teacher may request the presence of the principal or assistant principal in the conference.
STUDENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Parent-Teacher-Student-Organization (PTSO) Every student is encouraged to join this organization dedicated to school improvement.
PTSO OFFICERS TBA
FCCLA M Hardin
Scholar Bowl TBA
Math Bowl D Kuykendall
Student Council RLogan
Chess Club D Kuykendall
ATHLETIC AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Football R Hughes
Boys’ Basketball R Hughes
Girls’ Basketball L Wheelus
Volleyball L Wheelus
Baseball B Swiney
Cheerleading Sponsor Smith
Band M. Powell
SCHOOL SUPPLY STORE
School supplies may be purchased in the library. The school store operates from 7:40 – 7:55 each school morning.
ATTENDANCE AT ATHLETIC EVENTS
Student attendance is encouraged at all athletic events. TheNorthsideMiddle Schoolathletic program is designed to promote sportsmanship and school spirit within participating athletes and spectators. Good sportsmanship includes:
1. cheering for your team, not against the opponent
2. recognizing outstanding plays by either team
3. accepting without comment game officials’ decision
4. being gracious in both victory and in defeat
5. refraining from any action or word that might be offensive to opponents
Attendance at athletic events is a privilege which may be denied. Students paying to see an event in the stadium, gymnasium, or other athletic facility will remain in that facility until the completion of the event. If the student leaves the facility, he or she will not be admitted again to that event.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Any change of name, address or telephone number must be reported immediately to the school office. The Tuscaloosa County School System has a definitive school zone established by the federal courts. Students must live with a parent/legal guardian within the zone to be eligible to attendNorthsideMiddle School.
Students who move out of the zone but fail to notify the principal are subject to immediate removal from the school. Students who give false information about their residence are not only subject to immediate removal but also lose credit for school work and possible legal repercussion from the federal agencies involved in the court order.
STUDENT/PARENT INFORMATION GUIDE
“The Student/Parent Information Guide” has been published to assist students and parents by providing information regarding our school system. Within this guide, general school information, certain system policies, and curriculum requirements are provided. Please take time to review the Table of Contents and become familiar with specific policies and procedures of the Tuscaloosa County School System. You are encouraged to read this publication andNorthsideMiddle Schoolcommunications to understand the requirements and opportunities for students at our school. A copy of the 2009-2010 “Parent/Student Information Guide” has been given to each student.
Tuscaloosa County Schools
Institute Friday, August 5, 2011
Professional Development Day Monday, August 8, 2011
Teachers’ Work Day Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Schools Open Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Labor Day Holiday Monday, September 5, 2011
Parent Conference/Professional Development Day
Students Out Friday, October 7, 2011
Fall Break Monday, October 10, 2011
Veterans’ Day Holiday Friday, November 11, 2011
Thanksgiving Holidays November 23-25, 2011
Winter Holidays begin at the end of the day
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
(Schools close at the end of the day Wednesday, 12/21/11-reopen
Teachers Return – Professional Dev. Day Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Teachers’ Work Day Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Students Return Thursday, January 5, 2012
Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Holiday Monday, January 16, 2012
**Presidents’ Day/Weather Day Monday, February 20, 2012
Spring Holidays March 12-16, 2012
***Weather Day Friday, April 9, 2012
Last Day of School for Students Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Last Day of School for Teachers Thursday, May 24, 2012
**If inclement weather prior to October 11, 2011 requires school to be closed for at least one day, October 11, 2011 will be a regular school day for teachers and students.
***If inclement weather prior to April 9, 2012 requires school to be closed for at least one day, April 9, 2012 will be a regular school day for teachers and students.
Nine Week Grading Periods for Middle Schools
1stEnds October 14, 2011 (44)
2ndEnds December 21, 2011 (44)
3rdEnds March 9, 2012 (45)
4thEnds May 23, 2012 (47)
Students enrolled in 6, 7, and 8thgrades must pass four (4) core subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies) and at least one elective each year to be promoted to the next highest grade level.