Lincoln Middle School
Middle School
510 S. 9th St | La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 | 608-789-7780 | Fax: 608-789-7181

Handbooks & Documents

2016-2017 HANDBOOK FOR STUDENTS & PARENTS

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STAFF CONTACT LISTING

 

SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS

7:00am-3:30pm   Phone:  789-7780

SCHOOL COUNSELORS

Guidance Counselors are available at school to discuss individual needs regarding students.  Counselors at Lincoln are Tanya Vaughn and Rick Blasing.

NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS

Non-custodial parents may request copies of report cards and mailings by contacting the school office at 789-7780.

CONCERNS

Occasionally a parent or a student will have a concern about curriculum, instruction, school building rules or policies, or a staff member.  The procedure for dealing with concerns and complaints is to deal with the person directly responsible first.  If the matter is not resolved at the first level, then the concern should be brought to the Principal. Every effort is made to resolve conflicts at the building level. If Principal intervention does not solve the problem, then the parent or concerned party may contact the appropriate curriculum supervisor or an associate superintendent at the Hogan Administrative Center.

 

2016-2017 SCHOOL SUPPLY LIST

 

FIRST DAY INFORMATION

On the first day of school, September 1, students are to report to the areas listed by 7:25am:

6th Grade: Lunchroom

7th Grade: Gymnasium

8th Grade: Auditorium

SOTA II:  Room 121/122

Coulee Montessori:  Room 308

SCHOOL DAY HOURS

Breakfast: 6:55am-7:25am

First Bell: 7:25am

Final Morning Bell (Class Starts):  7:35am

Dismissal Bell:  2:45pm

STUDENT SCHEDULES AND LOCKERS

Student schedules and locker combinations are given to students during Open House.  Additional copies will again be given to students on the first day of school if misplaced.  Only students new to the district must pre-register.  Students are not to give out locker combinations or share lockers.  Students are reminded to hang backpacks on the back hooks of lockers to avoid jamming. Valid requests for schedule changes may be made during the week of September 12-16. Requests are not guaranteed and will be based upon the individual request, class size, etc.  A Schedule Change Form  with all appropriate signatures should be turned in to the office.  Students are to remain with their current schedule until a Guidance Counselor gives them a new one.  Students will receive schedules and locker information at Open House.

SCHOOL FEES

Students will pay fees listed below if they are enrolled in the following classes.  Do not send the fee until instructed to do so by the classroom teacher.

7th Grade Technology Fee: $5.00/semester

8th Grade Small Business for Teens:  $2.00 (optional stock purchase)

8th Grade Foods & Family:  $3.00/semester

8th Grade Exploring Technology: $10.00/semester

8th Grade Construction & Manufacturing: $5.00/semester

8th Grade Teens & Clothing: $15.00/semester

Please issue separate checks for school fees and any other school payments (ie: field trips, school meals, etc).

STUDENT ATTENDANCE

The School District of La Crosse recognizes that students need to be well prepared if they are going to be successful, productive adults. Regular school attendance is the first step toward achieving this.

School Day:  7:35am-2:45pm (students should be in classrooms by 7:35am)

Absences:  If your student is ill and cannot attend school, please call 789-7780 to notify the school before 8:00am

Appointments: If your student has an appointment during school hours, please either:

• Send a note with your student to give to the office before school or call the school the morning of your student’s appointment.

• Students must check into the office before leaving and when returning to school from appointments.

Pre-Planned Absence Forms: If a student is to be absent due to travel or a planned family absence, a parent or guardian must complete a Family Absence Form in advance.  Students may then request assignments from their teachers prior to being gone.

Tardiness:  When reporting to school late, students are to report to the office.  The classroom teacher will handle tardiness between classes.  Chronic tardiness may result in school consequences and/or truancy tickets.

Please review the points below from the recently updated and approved Attendance Policy for the School District of La Crosse:

1. Attendance at the middle school level will be taken every period.

2. A parent may excuse a student for not more than 10 days in a school year if the parent notifies the school in writing before the absence.

3. After 10 days of excused absences, verification of absence (phone call or written) will not be automatically excused.  It is the sole responsibility of the building administrator to determine whether absences are excused or unexcused.

4. Students who are absent because of illness for five consecutive days must provide a doctor’s note verifying the length of absence.  At 10 days of accumulated absences per year, a building administrator will require a doctor’s note for all subsequent absences for the absence to be excused.  If a note is not received, the absence will be unexcused.

5. Tardiness is defined as coming late to class.  Students missing more than half, (20 minutes), of any class period will be marked unexcused absent for the entire period.  Habitual tardiness will be considered truancy and tickets may be issued.

6. An unexcused absence, as determined by the building administrator, for part or all of one or more days will be considered truancy and the La Crosse Police Department School Resource Officer may issue a truancy ticket.

Homework:  Parents may contact the Lincoln office at 789-7780 by 8:30am to request homework.  The homework assignments will be emailed to the student and/or available for pickup in the office between 3:00pm-3:30pm that day.

Change of Address or Withdrawal:  It is important that the school be notified immediately upon change of address, phone number, and/or parent-guardian status.  Please contact the school office at 608-789-7780 as soon as possible with this information.  A parent must also notify the office in advance if they intend to withdraw their child.  The student who withdraws from school must go to the office prior to the last day of attendance so that necessary steps for withdrawal can take place.

STUDENT RECOGNITION

P.A.W.S. (POSITIVE ACHIEVEMENT WITHIN SCHOOL)

PAWS is a student recognition program. PAWS recognizes students who receive all A’s & B’s on report cards. PAWS also developed the program BUGS (Bringing Up Grades) for students who did not receive all A’s & B’s, but significantly brought up grades from the previous quarter (no D’s or F’s and improvement in at least two grades).  PAWS also recognizes students who have perfect attendance quarterly (no absences or tardies).  Assemblies for recognizing students are held at the end of the first three quarters of the school year.

Mission Statement: The mission of the Lincoln P.A.W.S. program is to acknowledge the educational achievements and outstanding contributions of the students through a process of reinforcement, recognition and reward.

Program Goals:

to increase student attendance

to improve overall academic performance

to increase a positive school environment

to make it “cool” to get good grades and attend school

to recognize students in a positive way

P.A.W.S. has worked hard to increase student awareness and recognize academic performance.  Activities include pep rallies, coupon books, academic achievement recognition, and student gifts.  This program is also an opportunity for local businesses to recognize students. If you or your business would like to donate items or funds toward student recognitions, please contact Tanya Vaughn at 789-6661 or via email at tvaughn@lacrossesd.org

STUDENT OF THE MONTH

Each month a sixth, seventh, and eighth grade student is selected by their teachers as Students of the Month. These students are recognized for demonstrating leadership qualities, showing compassion for others, displaying good work ethics, having good manners, being respectful, following school rules and being involved in activities outside of the school day.  The students selected are recognized during their lunch period with parent guests, in our display case and on the Lincoln website.  For additional information please contact Dean of Students Eric Check at 789-6601 or via email at echeck@lacrossesd.org

STUDENT BUSSING

RITEWAY BUS:   608-881-6370

Request Student Bussing

Over the summer, Riteway Bus mailed school bus information to parents (bus route number, stop location, stop time).   If you have any questions regarding bussing or need help with a bus behavior issue, parents are encouraged to contact Riteway Bus at 608-881-6370.

Student Rider Responsibility and Student Conduct on Buses and other transportation information is located on the District Website.

PARENT PICK UP – DROP OFF

Due to bus pick up and drop off on Ferry Street, parents are asked to pick up and drop off their student on either 9th Street or Division Street.  Please coordinate with your student on the location selected.  For student appointments during the school day, parents may use 9th Street for drop off and pick up.  For athletic events, it is recommended that parents park close to Ferry Street (as the gymnasium doors are on that side of the building).

IN THE INTEREST OF SAFETY:

·DO NOT drop your child off in such a way as to cause them to walk through traffic.

·DO NOT have your child exit your vehicle on the driver’s side into passing traffic.

·Pull up as far as possible on 9th Street, drop off your student(s) and then exit back onto 9th Street slowly, watching for children.

·DO NOT doublepark in order to drop off your student.  In doing so, you would force your child to walk between vehicles that are also dropping off and leaving the area.

·DO NOT block intersections.

·DO NOT PARK on 9th Street during these times for any reason.

·DO NOT BLOCK the crosswalks on either end of the building. Even though Lincoln doesn’t own the crosswalks or control these, we encourage our students who walk or bike to utilize the crosswalks.

Students are expected to arrive at school at 7:25am.  Classes begin at 7:35am.  Students are expected to leave school at 2:45pm.  They should go directly home or to another parent/guardian approved location.  Exceptions

include participation in scheduled, supervised activities that may include co-curricular events, detention, after-school programs, or Homework Assistance.  Students meeting with coaches or advisors will have instructions as to where they are to wait or meet after school.

PTO MEETINGS

The Lincoln PTO always needs your support. Becoming a member is a great way to get involved with the Lincoln school community. For this organization to succeed, we will need your financial support.  The PTO is instrumental in raising funds for a variety of building needs.   The goal of the PTO this year is to continue to support Lincoln classrooms and co-curricular needs.

The annual PTO membership is $10.  You may join the PTO at the Open House on August 25 or by sending an envelope marked “PTO” to the Lincoln office along with your tax deductible donation of $10.  Be sure to include your name and phone number on the envelope along with completing a .  Membership checks should be made out to the Lincoln PTO.  Any monetary donations are appreciated and will be used to support Lincoln classrooms, clubs, organizations, and/or activities.  If you have any questions please contact PTO President Tamra Liebsch at 385-5508.  PTO MEETING DATES

STUDENT MIXERS (DANCES)

Our general philosophy regarding mixers is that this is an opportunity for all of our students to interact with others students.  We do not encourage dating or pairing off for these events. We do, however, expect students to exhibit appropriate social behavior and we guide students toward that goal. It is important to have appropriate school dress for these occasions as well.  Students who have serious school discipline issues may not be allowed to attend mixers.  MIXER DATES

Admission Cost:    $3.00

Concessions: Available at varying prices

REQUIRED FORMS

Families are mailed a packet of information to be turned in at Open House on August 25.  The following required paper forms must be turned in to the Lincoln office:

Parent Authorization Form which includes a Consent to Treat Form (allows medical treatment of the student in an emergency) and a Walking Field Trip Form  (this form provides parental approval for the student to attend any walking field trip throughout the year.  Individual bussed field trips throughout the year will require a separate form with specific field trip information each time).

iPad Responsibility & Insurance Form (each student is issued an iPad for use throughout the school year.

TO BE COMPLETED ONLINE THROUGH FAMILY ACCESS:

Enrollment Form (provides family and student emergency contact information to school staff)

Medical Form (provides student medical information for health needs)

Co-Curricular (online registration for athletics)

STUDENT HEALTH & MEDICATIONS

Lincoln has a full-time Health Assistant. In addition, we also have in place an emergency response team consisting of eight staff members.  This team has been trained to respond to an emergency medical situation within the building.  The purpose of this medical response team is to provide a safe and organized method of providing emergency assistance until professional help arrives. Please refer to the District School Health webpage for detailed health information for parents.

On occasion, it may be necessary for your child to take medication in the school setting.  In order to do this, you need to follow the guidelines below:

Medication Forms:

If your child will be taking any medication at school (prescription or non-prescription), a Student Medication Form must be completed.  Fax orders from a physician to 608-789-7181.

Prescription Medication:

•Must have written consent signatures by both a parent and a physician on the Medication Form.

•Must be in a current, properly labeled prescription bottle.

•Students may not carry medications in school.  (Exception:  Asthma inhalers may be carried with appropriate written consent from a physician on the Medication Form).

Non-Prescription Medication:

•Must have written consent from parents on the Medication Form, indicating the exact instructions for administration;  such as name of drug, amount to be given, and how often it is to be given.

•Medication must be in its original container.

Changes in Order:

•When changes in the original medication order occur, they must be sent to school in its original container.

Any Questions:

Please contact Health Assistant Betsy Klingelhofer at 789-6605 with any questions.

SCHOOL SAFETY

The safety of our students and staff is a priority to us. As a result, our school participates in safety drills throughout the school year including:  fire drills, tornado & weather drills, lockdown drills and evacuation drills.  School Drill Dates

STUDENT MEALS

Meal Times & Cost:  Meal Menus

Breakfast  7:00am-7:25am & 7th Grade Brunch

Regular Priced      $1.55

Reduced Priced   $0.30

(Students who eat breakfast at Lincoln are to enter through the Ferry Street doors)

Brunch in the classroom will be offered to 7th grade students only. All other students may eat regular breakfast from 7:00am-7:25am daily. 7th grade students who eat early breakfast and choose to also eat brunch will be charged ala carte cost for brunch.

Lunch

8th Grade              11:05am

7th Grade              12:35pm

6th Grade              11:50am

Regular Priced      $2.75

Reduced Priced   $0.40

Ala Carte:  Ala Carte items are purchased separately (through the student PIN# or cash). Parents who do not wish for their student to participate in the ala carte program should contact the school kitchen.

District School Nutrition Website to access menus, free/reduced application, etc.  Students who qualify for free/reduced meals will be charged full price for ala carte items or second meals.

Families can make meal payments online through Family Access.  Payments are in real time and will immediately post to the student’s nutrition service account.

To Make Payments Online:

•              Visit our district website at www.lacrosseschools.org

•              Click on the Family/Student Access tab

•              Login to Skyward Family Access (you will need your Login and Password)

•              Use Discover, MasterCard, or VISA (debit or credit card) – card number and expiration date required

STUDENT IPADS

The School District of La Crosse is providing access to a world of information and digital activities for students along with a learning environment that provides guidance on ways that the devices and information access are best used. The partnership between home and school in a digital learning environment is effective in guiding students in their path to be a productive online learner and digital community member. An iPad will be issued to your child during school on:  September 12, 2016.

Your child has an Apple ID and a Google account for communication purposes that was created and used in previous years. These two accounts allow the student to have full use of the powerful collaboration, writing, problem-solving, and creativity apps that are installed. These accounts are issued through the school district’s Google domain under the agreement with the State of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction that provides for protections of your student’s data and through the account creation and management guidelines of Apple Inc. No system is fool proof, however, and so we continue to include learning online safety as part of the digital learning environment.

The Apple Store is not available to your child as all apps are installed through the district’s in-network Casper Self Service. When your school determines the time is right based on classroom learning activities, your child will be able to take the iPad home, connect to your home or community access wireless network, and continue his/her learning activities. Just as during school, the device will be filtered through our network systems to provide some level of content protection. Content filters are not foolproof so we ask that you monitor your child’s use of the iPad just as you would any other of your child’s activities.  As a parent, you do determine appropriate iPad usage in your home.

Parents have the opportunity to purchase voluntary iPad insurance ($20 for the 2016-2017 school year). This insurance carries a one-time repair/replacement for the iPad itself.  iPad insurance is highly recommended as the cost to repair a cracked iPad screen is approximately $100 and the cost to replace a missing iPad is $579.

Along with the iPad, each student was originally issued a cover (which includes cover, plastic case/screen, rubber backing), charger and cord.  Any missing or broken items must be replaced.  The cost for replacement items are:  Cover ($15), Plastic Case/Screen ($15), Rubber Backing ($15), Charger ($10), Cord ($10).  A reminder that replacement accessories must be purchased from the school.  NOTE:  A letter indicating any missing or broken items that needed to be replaced was mailed with your end-of-the-year report card for your reference.   It is highly recommended that cases and cables be in good working order to protect the iPad itself from damage that may be very costly.

STUDENT PHOTOS

School pictures will be taken this year on Thursday, August 25 between 2:00pm-6:00pm.  All students should have photos taken for the yearbook (whether they purchase a photo package or not).  Order forms were sent to families in the August mailing. Or you may order photo packages online through mylifetouch.com using the Picture ID #MI426096Y0.   Students requesting retakes are reminded that they must bring in their original packet of photographs and there will be no charge for retake photos.  Retake photos are scheduled for Wednesday, October 5 from approximately 7:30am-9:30am.  Any questions please contact Lifetouch at 866-955-8342.

PARENT/ADULT VOLUNTEERS

Any adult volunteering at school or chaperoning a field trip must have an annual approved district Criminal Background Check on file with the school district.  Click HERE to apply.  Please allow two weeks for processing volunteer forms.  Call the school office at 789-7780 if you are unsure whether you are on the approved volunteer list.

ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE

ELL (English Language Learner):  The Lincoln ELL Department provides services for students who are currently English language learners.  Each year the services vary according to the population.  Support includes the following:  classroom support, resource and supervised study coverage, bilingual transition assistance, and homework assistance.  Native language support is also provided to the parents as well to facilitate communication between the school and families.

HPL (High Performance Learning): HPL needs are addressed in several ways at Lincoln. HPL students at Lincoln have the chance to participate in many special events such as, Battle of the Books, National History Day Competition, Math/Science Expo, Junior Great Books and Math League Contests.  In addition, special interest forums are coordinated once a quarter on topics of interest to HPL students. Some of those topics are leadership, chemistry, and technology.  HPL students may also take advanced courses at our high schools or online when appropriate.

SPECIAL EDUCATION:  Lincoln/SOTA II/Coulee Montessori offers a comprehensive Special Education program.

SLD (Specific Learning Disability):  To qualify for services in the SLD program, a student must have been provided a series of interventions and not made substantial growth.  At that point a SPED referral may be made and testing for SLD can begin.

EBD (Emotional Behavior Disability):  Special education services are also provided for students who have disabilities in the area of emotional or behavior disturbance.  The Special Education team at Lincoln strives to attend to the individual needs of all students identified for special education.  This is accomplished through the development of the student’s IEP or individual educational plan. The IEP is developed at a meeting of concerned participants which includes parents, regular and special education staff, an administrator and when appropriate, representatives of other outside agencies.  Programming at Lincoln is primarily inclusive, as students generally spend their day in regular education classroom with “pull out” instruction on as needed basis. Therefore, the planning that goes into curriculum modifications, supplemental instruction, and often behavior management is essential to the success of our special education students.  It is our philosophy that by working together with regular education staff and families to identify students’ needs and to develop reasonable objectives for learning, students will experience success in school.

ID (Intellectual Disability):  Intellectual Disability (ID) services are currently available at Lincoln.

SPEECH & LANGUAGE:  The Speech and Language program at Lincoln is a Special Education service provided for any student in grades 6-8 who has been referred, evaluated, and found to have a need in one or more of the many facets of speech and language development.

PUPIL SERVICES:   Lincoln has student service staff consisting of two school counselors, a school psychologist, and a school nurse.  They work as a team with teachers, administrators, and parents to help students get the most out of school.  Some of the duties of this team are to:

• Evaluate students referred for suspected educational disabilities

• Help problem-solve regular education concerns about students

• Confer with teachers about the learning, social development and needs of individual students.

• Establish communication between the home and school to benefit the student

• Interpret test findings and behavioral data for parents, teachers and students

• Provide individual assistance to students designed to help the student successfully cope with his/her own needs and demands of life situations

• Collaborate with agencies outside of school to meet individual student needs

·   Provide information at SMT meetings for intervention strategies

LITERACY SPECIALIST:   The Literacy Specialist at Lincoln has many responsibilities. This person works collaboratively with administration, teachers, students, and parents to coordinate a comprehensive reading/language arts and mathematics programs. In addition, the literacy specialist is involved in team teaching with other teachers, is available to provide learning opportunities in all classrooms in regard to reading/language arts and mathematics, and interacts with students on a regular basis to improve learning. Other responsibilities include developing, implementing and maintaining an appropriate reading/language arts curriculum, and supporting the mathematics curriculum, gathering data for all middle school students, and assisting and mentoring new teachers. The Literacy Specialist is an integral member of SMT teams and assists in providing interventions and training for staff.

STUDENT SUPPORT PROGRAMS

SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER: The School Resource Liaison Officer is a member of the Lincoln staff whose role is to assist in supervision of the students, ensure the safety of students and staff, inform students about the juvenile justice code, foster conflict resolution and peer mediation, be available to manage law enforcement issues and lead classroom presentations and discussions.  The officer interacts in a positive way with the students and serves as a mentor to several students.

SMT (Student Management Team): SMT is a committee made up of staff representation from each grade and charter school at Lincoln.   The goal of SMT is to provide ideas and support for teachers, to allow for monitoring of student needs, to access other interventions, and to act as a pre-screening for special education referrals.  The SMT committee meets twice monthly throughout the school year.  Any staff member or parent can refer a child to SMT.

CULTURAL & FAMILY CONNECTIONS PROGRAM:  Program Goals are to:

1. Facilitate communication between minority families and the schools

2. Advocate for minority students/families/schools

3. Decrease at-risk behaviors in our minority population

4. Support/collaborate with community agencies which benefit minority populations

5. Cooperate/collaborate with all other district staff to support and assist minority students

6. Improve attendance of minority students

7. Assist with staff development on diversity related issues

Emphasis is placed on students who are most at-risk.

HOMEWORK ASSISTANCE: This “drop in” homework assistance for all students meets after school in the LMC, beginning on September 12.  Homework Club Meeting Dates

The goals are to:

• Give students a quiet, structured study area after the school day.

• Give students more access to teachers for homework assistance.

• Personalize the middle school environment

• Develop and reinforce positive relationships between students and teachers.

• Foster the development of study skills and consistent, appropriate study habits in middle school students.

• Increase student productivity and decrease student and parent frustration associated with homework.

• Provide students with the opportunity to experience success through preparation.

• Provide direct instruction in study skills.

ART GALLERY

The purpose of the Lincoln Art Gallery is to understand and appreciate original works of art and to transfer these experiences into other aspects of the visitors’ lives.  The gallery gives students a chance to view their own work and other original art works and makes these primary resources accessible to broad audiences in and out of the school building.  This setting engages the learner’s own interests, ideas, and experiences in a less structured environment.  It is used as an extension of the classroom.  Lincoln will exhibit art shows from students in grades 6-8 annually during the school year.  Exhibits will range from objects in the visual arts and sculptural installations, to private collections and cultural displays. Students have the opportunity to hang exhibits, mail gallery information, use computer skills for graphic work, give tours of the work displayed, and work with professional artists. This gives students a sense of ownership and optimism important to the overall attitude of the school environment.

AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Athletics, music and club opportunities are available to students in grades 6-8.   Information, schedules, news and photos are published on our Activities website at www.lacrosseschools.org/lincoln-middle.  A Sports Physical Form is required every other year for athletics only.  Sports physicals dated after April 1, 2015 are good for the 201-2017 school year.

ATHLETIC ONLINE REGISTRATION:  Parents must complete registration for sports ONLINE.   You need to register only once for athletics for your child for the school year.  A sports physical form is required to participate.
Sports Offered:

Fall Sports

Boys Football (grade 7-8)

Boys & Girls Cross Country (grade 6-8)

Girls Volleyball (grade 7-8)

Girls Tennis (grade 6-8)

Winter Sports

Boys Basketball (grade 7-8)

Girls Basketball (grade 7-8)

Spring Sports

Boys Tennis (grade 6-8)

Boys & Girls Track (grade 6-8)

Clubs Offered:

Drama Production (grade 6-8)

FBLA

German Club (grade 7-8)

Student Council

World Cultures Club

Yearbook Club (grade 6-8)

Music Offered:

Show Choir (grade 7-8)

Jazz Band (grade 7-8)

Holiday Brass (grade 6-8)

Symphonic Band (grade 6-8)

Chamber Orchestra (grade 6-8)

Drama Musical Production (grade 6-8)

*Other clubs may be added if there is enough student interest and an advisor is secured*

RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

Lincoln has developed a fund entitled Random Acts of Kindness, through generous donations by the LaCrosse Public Education Foundation and others.  This fund is used for items students cannot afford and are needed for success in school.   If you would like to donate toward this fund, or if you know of an individual student need, please contact the school office.

LINCOLN “COUGAR CABINET”

Lincoln’s “Cougar Cabinet” will be open again in the fall. Items available for students/families include food, clothing, and school supplies.  The Cougar Cabinet is open on Fridays from 2:45pm-3:15pm.

STUDENT REPORT CARDS

Parents need Skyward Family Access to monitor student progress on a daily basis.   Contact the school office if you have misplaced your Skyward username/password.

QUARTERLY REPORT CARDS

Report cards are posted quarterly in Family Access for online view by parents/guardians.  Families who would like paper report cards mailed home should contact the school office at 789-7780.

GRADING POLICY

Academic Grade:  This grade is based on academic performance of the student on traditional teacher generated assignments, quizzes, tests, projects, presentations, etc.

A = 90% B = 80%  C = 70%  D = 60%

Responsibility Grades:  The skills of being prepared for class, actively participating, and having good behavior will be graded using a rubric.

STUDENT RULES & CONSEQUENCES

PBIS (Positive Behavior Intention Supports)

Our classroom, hallway, and general school discipline procedures are based on our staff modeling and enforcing positive behavior procedures.  These procedures encourage staff to remind students of appropriate school and classroom behaviors before possible referral to the office.  Office consequences for continued inappropriate student behavior range from meetings with the Principal or Dean of Students to referral to our School Resource Officer thus police involvement.  Students also earn positive acknowledgement of their behavior and accomplishments through school-wide assemblies.

At Lincoln/SOTA II/Coulee Montessori it is important that every student feels safe.  In order to insure this, there are some important rules and guidelines that all students are expected to follow.  All students are expected to follow the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities, adopted by the School District of La Crosse.  More detailed information is listed below.

A.   CO-CURRICULAR:  All students involved in or attending co-curricular functions are expected to behave appropriately at Lincoln and events at all other schools.

B.   COMPUTERS & IPADS:  The use of computers and iPads are a privilege at Lincoln.  Students are expected to follow established guidelines in relation to the use of these devices.  Any type of hacking, spamming or tampering with the technology and its physical components will result in disciplinary action. Students are not to use any staff computers or iPads.  The Acceptable Use Policy is available upon request from Lincoln.  (See Item O for Student Personal Equipment).

C.  DRESS: Students are expected to come to school in clean, appropriate clothing. Some examples of inappropriate clothing include but are not limited to; clothing that has bandana inserts, excessively baggy pants, pants that fall below and/or are worn below the waistline, pants with holes, clothing with beer, liquor, drugs, cigarettes, vulgar or sexual comments, shirts that are tight, reveal a bare midriff, low-cut, revealing, or have spaghetti straps.  Jackets, sport starter jackets, and hats/caps will not be worn or taken to class.  During the winter months, students may become chilled. It is advisable to keep a long-sleeved shirt, sweater, or sweatshirt in their locker.  All hats/caps are to be taken off as students enter the building and not worn until they leave the building.  Students choosing to wear inappropriate clothing will be asked to change or call parents/guardians to bring different clothing if necessary. Continued violation of the dress code may result in disciplinary action.

D.  FIGHTING: Fighting is an inappropriate behavior that will not be tolerated at Lincoln.  Unnecessary roughness, pushing, shoving, kicking, using fists, or any other physical or verbal conflicts are considered types of fighting. The police may be contacted in relation to any type of fight.  The police have the authority to talk to students without parent permission. Students may be charged with disorderly conduct, assault, and/or battery, a referral to Human Services, and/or school consequences.

E. CELL PHONES:  With the implementation of student assigned iPads for school use, no other personal electronic devices will be allowed.  Students may store personal cell phones in their locker (turned off) for use after school.

F.  FOOD:  Due to the nature of food to attract pests, we do not advise the bringing of soda, candy or other sugary food items. No items may be brought from home to sell to other students.  Unopened snacks may be kept in lockers until after school.  Students having a mid-morning brunch may bring a nutritious snack (sandwich, fruit, crackers, etc.). Breakfast and lunch are the students’ time to eat and socialize.  It is expected to be a pleasant, enjoyable time. Students are expected to be respectful of the rights of others in the lunchroom and be responsible for their eating area.

G.  HARASSMENT/INTIMIDATION/BULLYING: Our students have the right to attend school without fear of physical threat, harm, verbal or racial abuse.  Students are expected to refrain from threatening, using inappropriate language, intimidating, teasing, intentionally excluding someone from a group, or inappropriately touching students or staff.

H.  ILLEGAL ACTIONS: Illegal actions are considered very serious.  In-School Suspension and /or Out-of-School Suspension will be implemented for one to five days.  In addition, the police may be called and charges may be pressed and/or a referral to Human Services will be made.  Illegal actions include, but are not limited to:

ARSON:  Any intentional destruction due to burning.

BOMB THREAT: Suggesting a bomb is present.

EXTORTION:  To obtain money, information, or other goods through threat or intimidation.

FIRE ALARMS: Pulling or touching any part of a fire alarm that is not warranted.

FIRECRACKERS:  Any type of explosive that may produce noise.

GAMBLING:  To bet money or other stakes on the outcome of an event.

GANG ACTIVITY: Any gang symbols or actions alluding to gang activity.

LASER POINTERS: Any intentional direction of a beam of light from a laser pointer.

RECORDING DEVICES: Using cell phone and/or electronic devices to take pictures or record school events is prohibited without administrative permission. This includes restrooms, locker rooms, and other dressing areas.

SEXUAL ASSAULT:  Any unwanted sexual advance

THEFT:  Taking something that does not rightfully belong to a person.

VANDALISM:  Willfully causing damage to property.

WEAPONS: It is illegal to bring weapons to school.  Any student with a weapon, simulated weapon, knives, bombs, firecrackers, or materials that could be constituted as a weapon will be referred to the police and may be expelled from Lincoln.  These threatening items will be confiscated from students or their lockers.  Parents/ guardians will be notified.

Lincoln is a safe school whose students are kept safe and supervised at all times.  The outside doors to the school are locked during the school day.  There is a video monitor and door buzzer security at this entrance.  Persons entering the school are required to check in and out at the office.  In the unlikely event of an armed intruder or other dangerous event, Lincoln does have a security plan in place.  This plan encompasses and involves the safety of each member of the school.

I.  ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES:

ALCOHOL:  Any students caught with alcohol or under the influence of alcohol will be suspended from school AND a referral may be made to Human Services.  The police will be contacted and a citation may also be issued.

DRUGS:  Any students caught with any type of drug, drug paraphernalia, or related product will be suspended from school AND the police will be called.  Students should be aware they are responsible for any illegal substance on their person or in their locker even if it is not theirs. Please keep student locker combinations private. Do not share lockers.

TOBACCO OR NICOTINE: Any students caught with cigarettes, e-cigs, smoking, chewing tobacco, or having in their possession any related substances will be suspended and a police referral will be made.  Students observed smoking on or near the school would be reported to the police as well.

Please refer to the Middle School Co-curricular Activities Code for other consequences for participants in those activities.

J.  LOCKERS:  Lockers are school property.  They are for students to store their personal belongings and school supplies during the school day.  The lockers may be searched at any time if reasonable suspicion exists.  Students are NOT to give their locker combinations to other students.  Students are not to share lockers.  Lockers are not to be drawn on, kicked, or filled so they cannot be opened or closed easily.  Students are to keep lockers neat and orderly.    Any damage will be charged to the student assigned to the locker.  Inappropriate pictures or decorations are not allowed in or on the lockers.  Do not “preset” your locker for easy entry.  Be sure to “spin it” (spin your combination) after use to keep belongings safe.

K.  PASSES:  Students must have a pass to be in the hallway except during passing time.  Only ONE person’s name is allowed on a pass.  Students who share a pass, do not have a pass, or forge a pass may have a disciplinary action.

L.  PROFANITY:  Students are expected to use appropriate language at all times.  Students swearing or using inappropriate language will be disciplined accordingly.  Any swearing, disrespectful language, or threat directed at any staff member will result in disciplinary action.  Parents/guardians must return with their child for a conference with the Dean of Students and/or Principal before the child can return to school.  Repeated offenses or prolonged verbal assault may be reported to the police as disorderly conduct.

M.  RESPECT:  Students are expected to be respectful of others as well as the school building itself.  This means following directives given by adult staff in the halls, classrooms, gym, playground, office, and lunchroom area

N.  SNOWBALLS:  Snowballs are not to be thrown anywhere on the school grounds.  This includes the sidewalks around the school.  Students throwing snowballs will face disciplinary action, which could result in suspension from school.  In addition, depending on the circumstances, students may also be charged with disorderly conduct.  This rule is to prevent accidents involving students, staff, pedestrians, and drivers.

O.  STUDENT ITEMS:

PERSONAL CELL PHONES & ELECTRONIC DEVICES:  With the implementation of student assigned iPads for school use, no other personal electronic devices will be allowed during the school day.  Students may store personal cell phones in their locker (turned off) for use after school.

BICYCLES:  Bike racks are available on Division Street for students to store their bikes during the school day.  Bikes should be walked by students once they reach school property to keep walking students safe.  It is recommended that bicycles be LOCKED UP at the bike racks.  See Mr. Bahr if your child is in need of a bike lock.  Lincoln is a participant of the Safe Routes to School program.

BOOK BAGS/ATHLETIC BAGS: Book bags and athletic bags must remain in hall lockers until 2:45pm per safety concerns.  Trapper Keepers and zipper binders are popular with middle school students and will hold most items needed for classes.  Special arrangements will be made for students in casts, on crutches, or with other special circumstances.

MONEY AND OTHER VALUABLES: It is not advisable to bring large amounts of money or expensive jewelry to school. Do not keep jewelry, money, or expensive items in the hall or gym lockers.  Keep your hall locker combination confidential.  Always lock your gym locker and your hall locker.  Do not leave your clothes and school items out on the bench or on the floor.  Report any missing items to the teacher or office immediately.

SKATEBOARDS, ROLLERBLADES, SCOOTERS:  Skateboards, rollerblades, and scooters may be kept in the lockers.  There is a storage closet by the Division Street door where these items can be kept during the school day.  Please put names on these items.  Skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, and bikes are to be used off school grounds during school hours from 7:00am- 3:30pm.  School grounds include the playground, ramps, steps around the school building, and the sidewalks.  The school will not be responsible for the loss of items from your locker or the storage closet. Valuable items should be left at home.

P. SUBSTITUTES:  Substitute teachers, student teachers, and interns are considered guests in our building.  Students who are disrespectful or not cooperative with substitutes will face disciplinary action.

Q. TELEPHONE USE: During the school day students are only to use the phone in the case of an emergency.  Permission must be granted before the phone can be used.  There will be a phone in the office and Commons for necessary calls between 2:45pm and 3:00pm.  The phone is to be used for rides home or making arrangements with parents/guardians.  It is suggested that students make plans with parents/guardians before arriving to school. The phone in the Commons is not to be used during the school day.  It is available for students to use to call for rides home after practices or events. Students are allowed to use personal cell phones before or after school hours.  Violation of cell phone use may result in confiscation and pick up by a parent.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION:

Most student discipline incidents referred to the office are made to Mr. Check, Dean of Students.  Mrs. Murray, Principal, will be involved in more serious discipline incidents.  Punishment itself cannot and does not change behavior. However, under certain conditions, appropriate consequences along with teaching and modeling of appropriate behavior are the most effective means to help change those behaviors. Action(s) that may be utilized in addressing student discipline issues include but are not limited to the following:

TEACHER DETENTION: A classroom teacher may ask students to remain after school for a brief period of time for such infractions as tardiness, disruptive behavior, or a non-productive class period.  If students fail to show up for this detention and do not make a suitable arrangement with the teacher, then the teacher will ask the Dean of Students to assign an After-School Detention.

OFFICE DETENTION: During class time a disruptive student may be sent to the office so the teacher may continue teaching the class without disruption.  The students are assigned to the office for the rest of the class hour.  In addition, the student may also be assigned an After-School Detention.

IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION (ISS): In-School Suspension is arranged for students who refuse to honor the lighter consequence of detention or for students who are involved in a serious behavior incident.  During In-School Suspension students are assigned to a Detention Room for the school day.  Assignments are brought to the students, bathroom breaks are given; and lunch is brought to the students.

OUT-OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION (OSS): Out-of-School Suspension is one of the most serious consequences at Lincoln and is implemented when students have committed a very serious infraction of the rules or have chronically misbehaved.  OSS can be from 1-5 days with a parent/guardian conference at the end of the time in order to admit the student back into school.  Parents/guardians or a designated person will be called to come and pick up the child.

EXPULSION:  Students will be recommended for expulsion from Lincoln for serious, chronic misbehavior, or possession of weapons, as well as other severe issues.

The prescribed action(s) will be based on the facts of each particular situation, student attitudes and behavior patterns, and the teacher/administrator’s professional judgment.

SCHOOL CALENDAR

All school events are located on the school website calendar.

DAY CYCLE SCHEDULE 2016-2017

August 22, 23, 24, 26………………………………….. New Student Registration (only students new to district)

* By Appointment Only (Call 789-7780)

NOTE:  Families new to the district must first contact the Welcome Center at 608-789-7756

August 25 from 12:00pm-4:00pm………………… 6th grade AKA Summer Orientation

August 25 from 4:00pm-6:00pm………………….. 6th Grade Open House/Registration

August 25 from 5:00pm-7:00pm………………….. 7th & 8th Grade Open House/Registration

August 25 from 2:00pm-7:00pm………………….. Student Photos

September 1……………………………………………… FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

September 5……………………………………………… No School

October 11 from 4:00pm-8:00pm………………… Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 14 @ 12:45pm………………………………. Early Release Day

October 17………………………………………………… No School

October 17 from 12:00pm-8:00pm………………. Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 31………………………………………………… No School

November 1………………………………………………. No  School

November 8………………………………………………. END OF QUARTER 1

November 11 @ 12:45pm…………………………… Early Release Day

November 23-25………………………………………… No School

December 16 @ 12:45pm…………………………… Early Release Day

December 26-30………………………………………… No School

January 13 @ 12:45pm……………………………….. Early Release Day

January 13…………………………………………………. END OF QUARTER 2

January 16…………………………………………………. No School

February 10 @ 12:45pm……………………………… Early Release Day

February 17……………………………………………….. No School

March 10 @ 12:45pm…………………………………. Early Release Day

March 13 ………………………………………………….. No School

March 7 from 4:00pm-8:00pm…………………….. Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 13 from 12:00pm-8:00pm…………………. Parent-Teacher Conferences

March 24…………………………………………………… END OF QUARTER 3

March 27 ………………………………………………….. No School

April 7 @ 12:45pm…………………………………….. Early Release Day

April 13-17………………………………………………… No School

May 12 @ 12:45pm……………………………………. Early Release Day

May 29……………………………………………………… No School

June 1……………………………………………………….. LAST DAY OF SCHOOL

Emergency School Closings

Should more than one school day be lost due to an emergency closing, students and teachers will attend on the following date(s):

1st day missed:  Waived

2nd day missed: June 2

Note: After 2 snow days minutes will be added to schedule to lengthen each school day

NON-SCHOOL DAYS

September 5, October 17, October 31, November 1, November 23, November 24, November 25, December 26, December 27, December 28, December 29, December 30, January 16, February 17, March 13, March 27, April 13, April 14, April 17, May 29.

EARLY RELEASE DAYS (STUDENT DISMISSAL AT 12:45PM)

October 14, November 11, December 16, January 13, February 10, March 10, April 7, May 12

EARLY RELEASE BROCHURE

PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

October 11 from 4:00pm-8:00pm, October 17 from 12:00pm-8:00pm, March 7 from 4:00pm-8:00pm, March 13 from 12:00pm-8:00pm

END OF QUARTER

November 8, January 13, March 24, June 1