West Wilkes Middle School
We HONOR diversity, take PRIDE in excellence, and seek
VICTORY through leadership. ACCEPT THE QUEST!
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Dear WWMS families,
Welcome to West Wilkes Middle School “The Castle” home of the “Knights!” Our staff is dedicated to providing you and your child with a quality educational experience. Please take a moment to read this handbook. This handbook contains state, local, and school policies that are put in place in order to maximize attendance, academic achievement, quality athletics, and celebrate student, staff, and community successes. Please make yourself familiar with the information in this handbook/agenda so that we can work as a community to support your child during their time at West Wilkes Middle School. Be aware these policies and procedures may have been updated due to state and local requirements. Behind the school policies and procedures, sign, tear out the signature page, and have your child return the form to their homeroom teacher stating you have read and reviewed the school handbook.
WWMS has had great success with our PBIS program. We set our expectations high and then reinforce those expectations with our students so their focus is on academics. Your support is crucial to our mission of providing a rigorous and high quality education. We will need you as part of our team to make this happen. Your support of our school is greatly appreciated. As you can tell, we truly believe our parents are the key to their child’s success.
West Wilkes Middle School is the first middle school to receive Lighthouse Status from Franklin Covey in North Carolina. Students and staff will continue the implementation phase of The 7 Habits. This year our focus will be on Family Involvement. If you would like to serve on the Parent LEAD Advisory Committee please email or call Mrs. Whitley. The Seven Habits incorporate life-long leadership skills through a process called the “LEAD.” This is an initiative based on 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey. Students utilize the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey. These habits include; Be Proactive; Begin with the End in Mind; Put First Things First; Think Win-Win; Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood; Synergize; and Sharpen the Saw. I am honored to serve as the principal of West Wilkes Middle School and look forward to serving you and your child.
At West Wilkes Middle School, we are committed to HONORING diversity, taking PRIDE in excellence, and seeking VICTORY through leadership. We hope you will join us and ACCEPT THIS QUEST!
With Knight Pride,
Mrs. Pamela Huffman, Principal
As a parent, you have a tremendous impact on your child’s quest. As a school, we can provide the tools for success, yet, without your help by reinforcing expectations and staying connected with your child’s teacher, we cannot help your child to reach their fullest potential. Staff members communicate through PowerSchools, Remind 101 Accounts, CANVAS, PBIS Rewards, email, phone calls, and conferences. If you are in need of a conference, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your child’s teacher. You may access the school website at the following link - http://wwms.wilkescountyschools.org.
You can support your child’s middle school experience by attending all required Student LEAD Parent Conferences. I encourage you to become involved at The Castle. You are advised to meet with WWMS’s PTO, WWMS’s Athletic Boosters, and school sponsored family nights or athletic events.
The campus will be open for students at 7:00 am each school day. Adult supervision of students is not provided until that time. Students must not be dropped off before 7:00 a.m.
Before students exit their car, the students will be asked 3 questions about their health and will have their temperature screened by a staff member and will need to present their CovidTag (CT) in the carline parents/guardians will not have to answer the questions. Upon arrival, students must put on a face mask.
arriving on school grounds.
Car riders are dismissed at 3:30 p.m. and should report directly to their specific car line. Students will continue to maintain social distancing while waiting to be picked up in the carline.
1) Sixth grade students will report to the area at the back of the school near the concession stand.
2) Seventh and eighth grade students should report to the front car line. Seventh graders will have the area from the front office entrance to the flagpole. Eighth grade car line students will wait in the area from the flagpole to the eighth grade entry door.
3) Students are not to have cell phones out on car line unless permission has been sought from an adult.
4) Students should be picked up prior to 4:00 p.m. unless they are participating in after-school activities. Students participating in after school activities should report directly to their designated area.
Neither the teachers nor staff at West Middle are responsible for providing childcare for your student after school hours. Parents who are late picking up students on a regular basis will have their students placed on a bus or required to enroll in their home district. Please be mindful that our staff also have families and after school responsibilities. Your help is greatly appreciated.
Bus Loading & Arrival:
Buses will run with 1 student per seat. Siblings will be allowed to sit together. There will be seating charts for every route.
Whenever possible, we encourage parents/guardians to stay with their student(s) at the bus stop. Before students board a bus, they will have to provide their CovidTag (CT) with a parent signature answering 3 questions about their health. Cloth face coverings are required prior to boarding the school bus and should be properly worn the entire time. Students will board the bus from the back to the front. Students will exit the bus from the front to the back.
Students will follow social distancing protocols to board the bus. Students will proceed from back to front to their assigned seats. Cloth face coverings are required prior to boarding the school bus and should be properly worn the entire time.
Each student will incur a $15 student fee.
CHECKING STUDENTS OUT
Only the student’s parent, legal guardian, or designee may check a student out from school.
1) Early checkouts will be coded unexcused until documentation from the medical office is returned. Your help in protecting our final forty minutes of instruction is greatly appreciated.
2) Students must be checked out through the main office.
3) For our students’ safety, you will be required to show ID to check out a student.
TRAFFIC PATTERNS & PROCEDURES
When dropping off and picking up car riders, please respect the following:
1) Always keep the safety of students and staff in mind.
2) Cars will not be permitted in the bus parking lot.
3) Be respectful of the staff on duty and follow their directions. Students should exit the car as soon as it stops. This allows us to move traffic quickly.
4) Parents and visitors may not park or block the designated loading/unloading areas in the front of the school. Visitor parking is available in designated areas in the front of the school.
5) Observe all signs, arrows, and cones directing the flow of traffic. NO LEFT TURNS may be made when exiting the parking lot during drop off and pick up. Please respect others and follow this rule. Failure to do so may result in losing the privilege to drop your child off on campus. This is for the safety of all parties. NO LEFT TURNS should be made from the parking lot onto Hwy 16
6) If a parent is returning to Millers Creek, the recommended route is to make a right and take a left on McGlamery Road back to Millers Creek.
7) Please pull forward to the designated sign at the back of the school so that we can load and unload as many vehicles as possible in the mornings. We like to load 11 and move 11. If your child does not arrive at your vehicle when it stops, please pull forward to the mailbox and we will search for your child. This allows us to load the cars quickly and safely. Cars are not to pass on the left unless designated by a school official.
8) For safety reasons, children are not allowed to wander throughout the carline when parents are waiting on dismissal. Students must load their vehicle from the sidewalk. Parents should not park at the side of the school and pick up their child from the car line.
9) West Wilkes Middle School is a 100% tobacco-free campus; therefore smoking/vaping is prohibited in the carline.
10) If a student is called more than once during afternoon pickup, the parent will be made to pull out of line and reenter the traffic pattern.
BEHAVIOR AND DISCIPLINE
Students will be asked to follow the “Knight Code”. All students are required to follow the rules established for all common areas as well as in each classroom. WWMS will be utilizing PBIS Rewards. PBIS Rewards allows students to see their bank account at any time. PBIS tool is steered by our Knight’s CODE. PBIS is a tool to improve and reward student behavior. Students will receive virtual tickets through the PBIS app. Tickets can be redeemed for items and or privileges. PBIS Reward also communicates with parents. The tickets may be used as a means to earn rewards or prizes. Our goal at WWMS is to accentuate the positive and reinforce the expected behaviors.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION & SUPPORT (PBIS)
What is PBIS?
Positive behavior interventions and support is a system that is developed by a school for improving student behavior. It is used with all students and across all environments in the school to help the school create an effective learning environment.
Why does a school choose to use PBIS?
PBIS is a planned way to meet the behavioral needs of students in a school. Parents are important in the success of PBIS, and many parents choose to use a similar system at home. PBIS consists of the following three steps:
Step 1: Identify and Teach Expected Behaviors
Step 2: Positively Reinforce and Reward Expected Behaviors
Step 3: Enforce Meaningful Consequences for Violations
We have four quarterly rewards at WWMS. In order to participate in the quarterly reward, a student cannot have any office discipline referrals in the quarter, the student must be passing 3/4 core classes & 2/3 exploratory classes, and he/she must have no more than 3 unexcused absences or 3 unexcused tardies.
What is the role of the family in PBIS?
Teaching student expected behaviors at school works best when there is consistency across home and school settings. PBIS is a school-wide approach to helping all students learn to self-manage behaviors by being proactive, planning ahead, and being mindful of priorities. Parental involvement is important in all aspects of PBIS, because when parents and schools collaborate, children benefit!
Levels of School-Wide Support
Schools that use PBIS create and maintain supports to meet the needs of all students. These supports are based on the understanding that specific behaviors need to be taught, not just expected. However, even with PBIS in place, about 5-10% of students will need additional support to be successful. A continuum of support is described below.
1) Universal systems of support: Behavioral support is provided for ALL students throughout the school. These supports might include social skills instruction, positive discipline that is proactive, behavior expectations that are taught, positive reinforcement, fair and corrective discipline and parent collaboration.
2) Small group systems of support: This level of support provides additional help for 10-15% of students who need more support. Interventions are more intensive and are for a smaller number of students. They are often provided in small groups, and include social skills groups, conflict resolution self- management programs, adult mentors and small group instruction.
3) Targeted systems of support (focused on the individual child): Intensive, individual supports will be provided for a few students with problem behaviors. These supports are used when universal and group or classroom supports are not effective in teaching behavioral skills in all settings. About 5% of students need this more intensive level of support. It might include individual academic support, intensive social skills instruction, functional behavior assessments, behavior intervention plans, supervision and monitoring, interagency collaboration, intensive collaboration and intervention with family when appropriate.
As always, we must address those behaviors that are not appropriate as well. Students who fail to follow the CODE will be given points on a matrix. This matrix is a school wide discipline system and for each point earned the student will face a consequence. There are multiple points of contact from our staff. As more points accrue the student will lose more privileges and eventually be given an office referral. Students who have 3 or fewer points on the matrix will earn a reward time each quarter. Students with 0 points for the entire year will be given an additional recognition at the end of the school year.
Discipline Action Plan Guide
Offense 1: Re-teach the code (Verbal Warning) - The student will be informed of what they did wrong and the appropriate behavior according to the Knight Code is modeled. A point is placed on the matrix.
Offense 2: Student Conference and Parent Contact-Parents will be notified by phone or email of the second offense. In addition the teacher will meet with the student individually. A second point will be added to the matrix.
Offense 3: Silent lunch in the ISS room- This will be done right after the student receives their third point.
Offense 4: Student will receive one day in ISS. Student may begin Tier 2 Interventions. Student will lose the privilege to attend special events, rewards, and field trips. The School Counselor will be notified. Parents/guardians will also be notified that this is the fourth offense and that the next offense will result in after school detention. Students may also be placed on a daily behavior card that must be signed by each classroom teacher. Students will be given disciplinary action for failure to follow through.
Offense 5: Silent lunch in the ISS room.
Offense 6: The student will be required to stay at one of the next after school detention make-up sessions for one hour. During this time the student will complete a lesson that reinforces the principles of the Knight CODE. Students must be picked up promptly at 4:45 from detention. The parent will be contacted.
Offense 7: Team Parent Conference-a face-to-face conference will be scheduled. The student’s discipline matrix will be reviewed.
Offense 8: The student will receive 2 days of ISS. The parent will be contacted and a point will be given on the matrix. The student will begin Tier 2 intervention. The assistant principal and counselor will be notified to assist with the Tier 2 implementation.
Offense 9: The student will receive one week of ISS. The parent will be contacted and the student will continue interventions on Tier 2.
Offense 10 - 12: After this point, any additional offense will result in consequences at the administrations discretion. This could result in but limited to, ISS for the remainder of the quarter or OSS.
Students who receive ISS and OSS or 4 or more points at any time during the year may be placed on a check-in/check-out (CICO) behavior card and will not be eligible to participate in rewards, dances, social events, field trips, or other special events as deemed appropriate by the school administration. Proper behavior is expected on a consistent basis in order to earn this type of privilege.
Once a student reaches 4 (depending on their minor infractions) or 8 points they will carry a CICO behavior card with them to all of their classes and have a mentor staff member assigned to them as well. Each teacher will rate their behavior. After 2 weeks of good behavior, the student will be removed from their card if there is significant improvement. Please note that students can receive points on the matrix while carrying the CICO behavior card. It is the student’s responsibility to have the teacher sign their behavior plan daily. Failure to comply may be deemed insubordination and result in ISS/OSS.
All actions taken are in an attempt to help correct behavior so that your child can be academically successful. Students with consistent behavior issues not only prevent themselves from learning but those around them. Our goal is to provide an environment that is safe and conducive to learning at all times.
Severe behavior resulting in an office referral will be dealt with immediately by the administration.
As always, we will work to make this a team effort. Your help at home in reinforcing expectations for behavior in and out of the classroom is very important. Students are expected to follow WCS Policies as well as all school and classroom policies and procedures.
Students will not begin the year with lockers, therefore if a student brings their cell phone to school it must be turned off upon arrival and stored in their bookbag.
Failure to comply results in:
1st offense: Student warning/ 1 matrix point
2nd offense: 1 matrix point/ Teacher confiscates phone until the end of the day/ Parent contact
3rd offense: 1 matrix point/ ISS lunch/ Teacher confiscates phone until the end of the day/ Parent contact with final warning
4th offense: 1 matrix point/ 1 day of ISS/ Teacher confiscates phone until the end of the day and parent must retrieve/ Student is no longer allowed to bring their phone to school
Students will be seated in every other desk to provide social distancing. Student desks, and all high-touch surfaces, will be cleaned and sanitized between transitions and at other times periodically throughout the day.
Each room will have hand sanitizer. Frequent hand washing/sanitizing is highly recommended and will be encouraged by school staff.
Student Communication: Teachers will use Remind 101, email, PBIS Rewards, and Canvas to communicate with their students. Teachers will have office hours posted.
Parent Communication: Teachers will use Remind 101, phone calls, PBIS Rewards, and email to communicate with parents/guardians. Parents will need to download the Remind 101 app. If you need assistance downloading the app, please contact your child’s teacher.
Good character must start at home, must be taught, must be modeled, must be a united effort, and will lead to success. It is our goal to encourage students to make good choices, use good manners, show respect for everyone, come prepared to work and learn, and take pride in themselves and their school. Your child will be exposed to The 7 Highly Effective Habits of a Teen by Sean Covey. Parents are welcome to check out the adult version offered by Stephen Covey, Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.
GAINING EARLY AWARENESS AND READINESS FOR UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS
GEAR UP is a federally funded college access program designed to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education immediately after high school. ASU partners with Wilkes County and 10 other school districts to provide college preparation activities to 15,000 middle and high school students and parents.
LOCKER, AGENDAS, LEAD Notebook
We provide students with a lock for their rented locker and an agenda to keep up with important dates. They will also be provided a LEAD notebook. This notebook will follow them all three years and they will be allowed to take this with them on to high school after the eighth grade.
We prefer students to purchase clear or mesh bookbags.
These can be purchased at the following locations or links below just to name a few:
All homework assigned will be used to supplement and strengthen the student’s regular class work. Students will be held responsible for turning in completed homework on the date it is due. If there is a special circumstance that a student is late for an assignment, homework will not be accepted beyond 3 days after the due date. Example: If a student was given an assignment on Tuesday, the due date is Wednesday. The last day the assignment will be accepted will be on the following Monday. A teacher may impose a penalty for late assignments. Students are responsible for any work that they miss while they are absent.
MASKS(Cloth Face Coverings): TO BE DETERMINED!
Wearing a mask/cloth face covering is required by all students, staff, and other persons that enter the school building. Masks are to be worn properly at all times, no matter the distance apart. Exceptions would include strenuous physical activity, eating, and drinking. Whether persons are 8 feet or 6 feet apart does not change this requirement. Brief mask breaks following the proper protocols will be scheduled periodically throughout the day. Students engaging in outside activities will follow the mask protocol that has been established for athletics.
Exceptions are as follows:
We encourage all parents to join our PTO and Athletic Boosters, attend the meetings that are scheduled throughout the year, and become involved in their various activities. We have a very active PTO/Athletic Booster program which helps provide valuable resources and support to our students and teachers. All parents must complete a background check when transitioning to the 6th grade or when joining the WWMS community.
When snow or other severe weather conditions occur, it will sometimes be necessary to cancel school, delay the opening of school, or dismiss classes early. The Wilkes County Schools Central Office will make an announcement of cancellations, delays, or dismissals as soon as a decision is made. Announcements will be made through the School Messenger System. In addition you may listen to a local radio or television station or check Wilkes County School’s website at http://www.wilkescountyschools.org for information. If no announcement is made, school will open or dismiss as usual. Please assist the school by keeping phone lines open for emergencies. It is important for you and your child to have a plan prior to the onset of inclement weather. Please make sure your child knows how they are getting home.
To avoid disruptions in your schedule, please remember to make plans early in the year for your child care arrangements in case snow, ice, or other severe weather closes school. Also have plans developed in case there is early dismissal due to inclement weather.
Thank you for taking time to review the policy and procedures for West Wilkes Middle School.
The next page includes our Code of Conduct as part of our Positive Behavior/Intervention Support Program. Please take a moment to review the guidelines that all students and staff will follow for the common areas of West Wilkes Middle School. Individual decisions regarding classroom policies will be made by classroom teachers.
PLEASE CONTINUE READING
Parents and Students should sign and return the HANDBOOK SIGNATURE PAGE.
Students should return this to their homeroom teacher.
LEADER IN ME©
The Leader in Me process was designed to help teachers develop leadership skills in their students. Helping students discover their own unique strengths allows teachers to find opportunities for every child to shine—to be a leader. Incorporating the common language of the 7 Habits into all curriculum areas deepens student understanding and acknowledges what the school and teacher believe to be important. Discussing which habits a historical figure or a character in a story use are just a few of the simple ways to incorporate the 7 Habits into what teachers are already doing. “Leadership” is the umbrella term to encompass the many character traits and basic life competencies that parents, business leaders, and educators are voicing as the desired skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century:
- Creativity and Innovation
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
- Communication and Collaboration
- Flexibility and Adaptability
- Initiative and Self-Direction
- Social and Cross-Cultural Skills
- Productivity and Accountability
- Leadership and Responsibility
**Leadership is a concept we don’t normally consider when thinking of children. However, children are very capable of learning leadership skills and using them at home and at school. By developing well-rounded children who know their strengths, we help them unleash their potential to lead their own lives and to influence others.
**A crucial part of this process is that it be schoolwide—everywhere, all the time (ubiquitous). In this way, students get the leadership message from everyone throughout the school day. As the children understand and use the 7 Habits, they become more motivated, organized, engaged, and will take ownership of their learning.
The 7 Habits will be part of our school with PBIS and the classroom. Here is a brief overview of the 7 Habits. For more information, please talk with your teacher, administration or visit www.TheLeaderinMe.org.
Habit 1: Be Proactive®
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind®
I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.
Habit 3: Put First Things First®
I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win®
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. When conflicts arise, I look for a win-win solution.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood®
I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoint (paradigm). I listen to others without interrupting. I listen with my ears, my eyes, and my heart. I am confident in voicing my ideas.
Habit 6: Synergize®
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than what any one of us could alone. I look for Third alternatives.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw®
I eat right, exercise, and get enough sleep (body). I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school (brain). I spend time with family and friends (heart). I take time to find meaningful ways to help people (soul). I balance all four parts of myself.