Mill Creek Middle School Discipline Philosophy
The faculty and staff believe that every teacher has the right to teach and every student has the right to learn in a disruption-free environment. Therefore, Mill Creek’s rules and procedures focus on maintaining an orderly school climate. School-wide rules are posted in each room. Rewards and consequences for behavioral infractions are also posted. If a student chooses to break a rule, then he/she is choosing to accept the consequences.
General School Policy
Teachers, assistants, and staff members have authority over students whether on campus or representing Mill Creek elsewhere.
Students are to walk at all times in the hallways and classrooms.
Any student who owes money to the school will not be permitted to represent the school in any way or participate in extra-curricular activities.
It is the responsibility of each student to keep up with his/her books. If the student loses a book, calculator, or school-owned instrument at any time during the year, it will be his/her responsibility to pay for it.
The following rules are in effect throughout the Mill Creek campus:
Show respect for yourself, others and school property.
Be on time and prepared for class.
Listening is a sign of courtesy. Be courteous to teachers and students by listening to them when they are speaking.
Water bottles will be allowed in classes. The water must be in a store bought clear water bottle; no mugs, cups or thermoses are allowed. The bottle must contain water only. Water bottles will not be allowed in the art room, the media center, the gym, and computer labs.
The safety of students during transportation to and from school is a responsibility which they and their parents share with bus drivers and school officials. We believe all students can behave appropriately and safely while on a school bus. We will tolerate no student preventing drivers from doing their job or stopping other students from having safe transportation. The board wants each student to know what is expected of him/her when he/she waits for and rides on a school bus. Please see Catawba County Schools Code of Conduct.
THE CATAWBA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULATIONS RELATIVE TO CAMPUS ORDER ALSO APPLY TO STUDENT CONDUCT ON BUSES.
Your team will designate appropriate times for you to go to your lockers. You are responsible for the care and cleanliness of the locker. Posters, stickers, markings, etc. are not allowed on lockers.
Student lockers are school property and remain at all times under the control of the school. Inspections of lockers may be conducted by school authorities for any reason consistent with board policies, the code of student conduct, or school rules and regulations, at any time, without notice, without consent, and without a search warrant.
Students are required to have Mill Creek combination locks for their lockers. The school will rent combination locks at a cost of $3.00 per lock. They are more durable. All students’ personal effects must fit in the assigned locker space. Locker doors must close. Any student who loses a Mill Creek lock must pay $5.00 for loss of property.
Bookbags must be stored in lockers during the school day. Consequently, your bookbag must be of a size and shape that will fit in the locker. Only students with medical exemptions will be allowed to use bookbags on rollers.
Toys, Music Devices, Beepers
Students are not allowed to have electronic toys, GameBoys, Nintendo games, Pokemon cards, pinpoint laser lights, beepers, pagers, walkie-talkies, radios, headsets, CDs, CD players, or skateboards at Mill Creek. These items will be confiscated. Parents will be asked to pick up any confiscated item. Other items may be announced throughout the year that are unacceptable to the school environment.
Cellular phones are prohibited during the school day (8:00-3:00). They must be turned off and put away. If they are visible, they will be confiscated. Parents may be requested to pick the phone up at the end of the day.
Tardy to Class Policy
Students are expected to be in class on time. Adequate travel time from one class to another is provided. Unexcused tardies – late for class without a note from a staff member – will be addressed by the teacher and/or team. Three unexcused tardies will result in an office referral.
Attendance in school is central to educational achievement and school success. Attendance and participation in class is an integral part of the teaching-learning process, and thereby a part of the grade earned. The Catawba County Schools Board of Education has adopted the following Attendance Policy for middle school students: Students in Grades 7 and 8 must be in attendance 90% (any fraction thereof will be rounded down) of the days enrolled in a Catawba County middle school to be promoted. Additionally, regular attendance develops patterns of behavior essential to success in later life, both personal and business. While there are times when students must be absent from school, it must be understood that parents or legal guardians have the responsibility for ensuring that students attend and remain at school daily.
Although classroom activities are important, and difficult if not impossible to replace if missed, the activities outlined below will not be counted as absences from either class or school. Students, however, will complete assignments missed for these reasons.
Field trips sponsored by the school;
School-initiated and scheduled activities;
Governor or legislative pages; or In-school suspension.
Please call the school each day that your child will be out prior to 9:00 a.m. Students returning to school after being absent must bring a note signed by a parent or guardian providing (1) student's name, (2) dates absent, (3) specific reason for absence (include documentation when possible). Excused absences will be given only for the following:
(1) illness/injury/ death in the immediate family; (2) medical or dental appointments; (3) court proceedings; (4) religious observances; (5) educational opportunities (which must be approved by the principal in writing at least two days prior to missing a class). Forms requesting excused absences for educational experiences are available in the main office at Mill Creek. All other absences are coded as unexcused.
Students with chronic attendance problems will be referred to our school social worker and Student Assistance Team.
If you wish to request homework for your sick child, please do so by 9:00 a.m. Please do not attempt to pick work up before 2:30 p.m. Please do not call in requests for homework if your child will only miss one day of school. Thank you for your anticipated cooperation with this policy.
Only a parent, guardian, or a designee listed on the student’s information sheet will be allowed to sign a student out before the end of the day. No students will be called to the office until they have been signed out. Please do not call ahead and ask that your child be waiting in the office. Such a request poses a threat to our security measures. Anyone who signs a student out may be required to show picture identification.
Tardy to School
Students are expected to be at school on time each day. If a student is tardy, he/she needs to report to the office and get a note for admittance to class. Tardies will be coded excused or unexcused by the office using the same policy which governs absences. Disciplinary action will be taken for cumulative unexcused tardies. During the year, whole school and/or team rewards may be contingent upon no unexcused tardies. Excessive unexcused tardies will result in the following: 3rd Unexcused Tardy—Administrative warning; 5th Unexcused Tardy—1 week lunch detention, suspension of extra-curricular (athletics/dances/clubs, etc.) privilege for 1 week; 7th Unexcused Tardy—2 week lunch detention, suspension of extra-curricular privilege for 2 weeks; 9th Unexcused Tardy—Two days ISS and loss of extra-curricular privilege for 9 weeks; 10th Unexcused Tardy—3 days ISS, loss of extra-curricular privilege for remainder of school year, referral to school social worker, and possible referral to alternative school setting.