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    Welcome toNorthsideMiddle School

    2015-2016

     
    Northside Middle School will provide a safe environment that nurtures self-esteem, personal growth, and responsible decision-making.  We endeavor to prepare students to become productive citizens in society by providing a full spectrum of learning opportunities that take into account individual needs, culture, thinking skills, and interests  In addition, Northside Middle School hopes to prepare each student to become a productive citizen by providing a high quality education and an equal opportunity to learn, develop, and grow. 

     

     

    Larry Ash                                                                                                                                                                             Bobby Beasley

    Assistant Principal                                                                                                                                                                Principal

     

    Northside  Middle School

    Positive Behavior Goals

    Be Respectful

     Be Responsible

     Be Resourceful

     


    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.

     

    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

     

     LOCKER SCHEDULE

     

    Students are not allowed to take backpacks to class with the exception of 6thperiod.

     

    Before 1stperiod                   All students

    Before 2ndperiod                  Top Locker

    Before 3rdperiod                   Bottom Locker

    Before 4thperiod                   Top Locker

    Before 5thperiod                   Bottom Locker

    Before 6thperiod                   All students

     

    GUIDANCE PROGRAM

     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.

     

     

    VISITORS

     

    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.  Photo identification must be presented for all adult visitors.

     

    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 OFFICE STAFF

     

    CLOSED CAMPUS

     

    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, 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!

     ABSENCES

     

    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

     

    Parents must accompany students to check-in after 7:55 a.m. 

     

    Unexcused check-ins will be considered tardy and will be dealt with the same as tardies.

     


    Tardy Procedures

    1st tardy – teacher warning

    2nd tardy – teacher warning

    3rd tardy – Parent Contact – teacher

    4th tardy -  ISI – administrative call

    6th,   8th,  10th  tardy – ISI – administrative call

     Each additional tardy will result in ISI

     

    Cell Phone – usage not authorized

    1st  offense -  phone taken up for remainder of day and given to office.  Parent signs cell phone note.

    Each offense after this – cell phone taken up for remainder of day and ISI given.  Repeat offenders may be subject to additional consequences.



     

     

    TELEPHONE

    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.

     

    DRESS CODE

     

    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:

     

    1. Students must wear shoes. Shoes that mark or damage floors will not be permitted.
    2. Hats, caps, toboggans, sock caps, bandannas and headbands are not to be visible at school.
    3. Dark glasses may be worn only with a doctor’s prescription.
    4. Shorts, skirts and dresses that are extremely tight fitting and/or unreasonable in length may not be worn. A reasonable length of the garment will be determined by asking the students to stand with arms extended straight down. As long as the garment extends to the end of the fingertips or longer the garment will be considered acceptable.
    5. Belts and pants must be fastened at the waist. Overalls must be properly fastened and buttoned. Undergarments may not be exposed.
    6. Clothing, personal items, slogans, symbols, patches, and obscene writings, which are disruptive or suggestive, are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, anything associated with gangs, Confederate flags, and racial or sexual implications.
    7. Clothing should be in good taste for the age, maturity, and size of the student. Apparel which renders one’s appearance as suggestive or indecent is prohibited. This pertains to garments that have halter tops, spaghetti straps, one shoulder straps,strapless, bareback tops, or tops that expose the midriff or undergarments.

     

    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 are NOT TO TAKE FOOD OR DRINK from 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.

     

    Meal Prices

    Breakfast                       $ 1.25

    Lunch                             $ 2.55   

    Visitors lunch                $ 3.25
     

     

    SNACK

     

    Students may purchase a snack from the snack machine or they may bring a snack from home. NO CARBONATED DRINKS AREALLOWED.

     

    PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES

    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

    President                              

    Vice President                      

    Secretary                                               

    Treasurer                               

     

    Organization                                        Sponsor                        

    Student Council                                                  Blaich
     
    Readers Club                                                       McGuff

     

    ATHLETIC AND EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

     

    Football                                                                R Hughes

    Boys’ Basketball                                                 R Hughes

    Girls’ Basketball                                                  L Wheelus

    Volleyball                                                              L Wheelus

    Baseball                                                               D Miles

    Softball                                                                 M McQuire

    Cheerleading Sponsor                                         K During     

    Archery                                                                  R Logan

    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

    2015-2016

    School Calendar

     SCHOOL CALENDAR/IMPORTANT DATES

    Teacher Work Day ...................................................................................................................................... August 7, 2015

    Institute/Convocation ................................................................................................................................ August 10, 2015

    Professional Development Days .......................................................................................................... August 11-12, 2015

    Schools Open-First Day Students ............................................................................................................. August 13, 2015

    Labor Day Holiday ................................................................................................................................ September 7, 2015

    Professional Development Day ................................................................................................................ October 12, 2015

    PSAT-Qualifying Test for National Merit Scholarships (Grades 9-11) ..................................................... October 14, 2015

    Veterans’ Day Holiday ......................................................................................................................... November 11, 2015

    Thanksgiving Holidays .................................................................................................................... November 23-27, 2015

    Half Day for Students (Winter holidays begin at the end of the half day) ............................................ December 18, 2015

    Winter Holidays ...................................................................................................... December 21, 2015 – January 1, 2016

    Teachers Return – Professional Development Day ................................................................................... January 4, 2016

    Teacher Work Day ..................................................................................................................................... January 5, 2016

    Students Return ......................................................................................................................................... January 6, 2016

    Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Holiday ................................................................................................... January 18, 2016

    ACCESS for English Language Learners .................................................................................. February 1 – April 1, 2016

    ACT WorkKeys (Grade 12) .................................................................................................................... February 11, 2016

    President’s Day (*Weather Day) ............................................................................................................ February 15, 2016

    Spring Break ........................................................................................................................................ March 14-18, 2016

    ACT Aspire Summative Assessments (Grades 3-8; 10) ..................................................................April 4 – May 13, 2016

    Professional Development Day (*Break for Students) .................................................................................. April 15, 2016

    ACT plus Writing (Grade 11) ......................................................................................................................... April 19, 2016

    Last Day for Seniors ...................................................................................................................................... May 13, 2016

    Half Day for Students ..................................................................................................................................... May 25, 2016

    Half Day for Students/Last Day for Students ................................................................................................. May 26, 2016

    Teacher Work Day/Last Day for Teachers ..................................................................................................... May 27, 2016

    Memorial Day Holiday .................................................................................................................................... May 30, 2016

     

    Grade Reporting Periods

    Nine Week Periods

     

     

    Total Days

     

     

    Progress Reports

     

     

    Report Cards

     

     

    August 13-October 9

     

    41

     

    September 11

     

    October 16

     

    October 13-December 18

     

    43

     

    November 18

     

    January 8

     

    January 6-March 11

     

    46

     

    February 5

     

    March 25

     

    March 21-May 26

     

    48

     

    April 22

     

    by June 3

     

    PROMOTION POLICY

     

    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.