I invite our staff, students, parents, and community to work together as partners to help to achieve these goals, making them a true reality for our school.
Best wishes for a successful school year.
Respect for Yourself
We expect all students to behave in a positive and respectful manner at all times.
All students at Johnson are expected to have the following materials with them at school:
NOTE: White out, permanent markers, Sharpies, fabric markers, paint pens, scissors etc. are not permitted on campus.
ACADEMIC HONORS AND AWARDS
Academic achievement is the most important goal of Johnson Middle School. Outstanding work is recognized in all curricular areas. To qualify for an academic award, students must meet the following:
Trimester awards are presented to students at school in assemblies and the end of year awards are presented in June. The following awards are given:
END OF YEAR AWARDS
The goal of homework is to develop student self-discipline, responsibility, and the ability to study independently. Homework is designed to reinforce classroom learning and expand a student's school experiences. The amount of homework assigned and its complexity and grading are related to the needs and abilities of the individual student. The staff recommends that each child have a consistent daily study time at home. A quiet, well-lit place should be set aside to work on his/her assignments. Time spent on homework is difficult to define due to the wide variation of reading and work speeds of students. However, middle school students can expect to spend 1.5 – 2 hours on homework each night. Teachers communicate homework expectations and how it relates to their grade in their course and grading description. Assignments are communicated with families using one or more of the following methods:
DISMISSAL FOR APPOINTMENTS
If a student must be removed from school for any reason, a parent/guardian must come to the office, present ID, and sign the student out. Students are to be met in the front office only. This procedure protects students from leaving the campus with anyone other than the parent or guardian. Students will not be allowed to walk home to meet a parent for an appointment or walk to their scheduled appointment from school. Partial day absences from school will be recorded in the student’s attendance record. Appointment verification must be given to office for the absence to be excused.
HALL PASSES/LEAVING THE CLASSROOM
Students are expected to be in their assigned classes at all times during the day. As much as is possible, students are to use the restrooms during passing period and lunch, and not during class time. Students leaving the classroom during instructional times must have a hall pass in their possession. Students are not allowed to leave their classroom during the first and last 10 minutes of class.
Students are expected to LINE UP in two lines prior to entering any classroom.
Students are given the opportunity to make up school work missed because of an excused absence. Full credit may be given if the work is returned promptly to the teacher. As a general policy, a student is allowed one day to complete make-up work for each day absent. It is the responsibility of the STUDENT to ask for make-up work. Teachers ARE NOT required to give make-up work for unexcused absences.
DELIVERIES TO STUDENTS
It is the responsibility of each student to remember to bring to school their personal property, lunches, assignments, projects, etc. Please realize special deliveries to individual students interrupt classes and stops instruction. In order to minimize classroom disruptions, deliveries will not be taken to students during class time.
We ask that parents and friends not bring nor have deliveries of food items brought to school as part of a student’s birthday or other celebration. Parents may only drop of lunch/food for their own child. Lunch/Food drop-off for multiple students is not permitted under any circumstances, and will not be delivered.
USE OF TELEPHONE
Students are not permitted to use the phone in the office, except in an emergency. The following does NOT constitute an emergency: missing books/ assignments, lunches, clothes, equipment, homework, permission slips, or visiting friends. All pick-up arrangements need to be made BEFORE school.
Several parent organizations and committees provide valuable volunteer time, financial support, and advice for the overall improvement of our school. Parents are always welcome to visit the school but should make an appointment to see a teacher or visit their student's classroom in accordance with Board Policy. This policy states that formal visits shall be limited to no more than two times per trimester. Any visitor MUST first check in at the administrative office. As a courtesy, such visits are to be planned with the teacher or the office with at least 24 hours advanced notice. Remember no matter what your destination, please check-in with the administrative office.
Communication between home and school is not only welcomed at Johnson, but is essential in improving student learning and achievement. School administration, teachers, and staff communicate with parents in a variety of ways. These may include individual parent conferences, telephone calls, letters, notes in this Student Planner, progress reports, report cards, email, etc. There are times during the year when home-to-school conversations are needed to clarify issues that may arise. In order to facilitate constructive conversations we suggest the following:
A strong school/home partnership is vital to the success of all our students. The above process should help both parents and school to address each concern promptly, efficiently and with due process.
Bullying is not acceptable in the Westminster School District. Students should seek immediate help from an adult if he/she feels that they are being bullied or harassed. Students are expected to immediately report incidents of bullying/harassment to school personnel. Each complaint of bullying/ harassment will be investigated.
Gum is not permitted at school. Students chewing gum at school may be given detention or school service assignments.
“Pantsing” is not a funny prank, it poses a cruel and humiliating experience for the other student and it is a serious infraction of school rules. Individuals choosing to “pants” another student will be given strong consequences that may include suspension. A conference with parents, teachers, administrator, and a Huntington Beach Police Officer may also occur.
PROHIBITED ITEMS AND
Students are to keep all personal property such as money, notebooks, purses, wallets, cell phones, jewelry or other school appropriate items in their immediate possession at all times.
The use of cameras, MP3 players, I-Pods, electronic games or electronic signaling devices by students on campus is prohibited during school hours, unless such use is part of the instructional program and is authorized by the teacher. If a student brings such a device to school, it must remain off. If such a device is observed or heard by school staff, it will be confiscated until redeemed by a parent or guardian. Repeated violations of this policy may result in disciplinary action.
Students may bring soccer balls, basketballs, handballs, or tennis balls for use before school, nutrition, and lunch. Sports balls are to be carried, not bounced between classes and in the quad area.
Note: The security of personal property is the sole responsibility of the student – the school is not responsible for personal property brought from home.
PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION
Kissing, hugging, and handholding are not acceptable school behaviors at Johnson.
Students are permitted to have cell phones on campus; however they must remain off during school hours. Cell phones causing a disruption will be taken.
Johnson is not responsible for lost or stolen phones or electronic devices.
BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER BLADES, AND SCOOTERS
Students may ride bicycles to school as long as they do so in a responsible manner. Bicycles must not be ridden inside the gates of school, or in the parking lot. In addition, they are to be walked across the crosswalks. State law requires all students to wear helmets securely fastened on the head. Students riding to school without a helmet may be asked to leave their bicycle at school until they come to school with a helmet or with their parents to retrieve their bicycle. To prevent theft, bicycles must be locked to the racks in the designated enclosures. Gates are locked at 9:00 A.M. and opened again at 2:30 P.M. Every precaution is made to ensure the safety of bicycles parked at Johnson during the school day. However, Johnson Middle School cannot be held financially liable should a bicycle be stolen. Gates are not locked after school hours so bicycles should not be left over night.
CLOSED CAMPUS/VISITOR POLICY
The school has a closed campus policy. Visits are not permitted by non-enrolled students. Visitors must check in at the office in accordance with Westminster School District Board Policy. Students must stay on campus from arrival in the morning, during lunch, and until dismissal. Students may not leave the campus for any reason unless signed out by a parent or guardian (indicated on the emergency card) in the front office.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Physical Education is an important part of each student’s education and required under the California Education Code. Education Code Section 51223 requires: “Instruction in physical education in an elementary school maintaining any of grades 1 to 8 shall be for a total period of time of not less than 200 minutes each 10 school days, exclusive of recesses and the lunch period.” PE is a required course, regardless of a student’s extra-curricular athletic commitments. All students are required dress in school-approved PE attire every time class meets. The PE uniform includes:
Lockers and combination locks are available to students to hold P.E. attire during the week and to lock up valuables during P.E. class. Students are responsible for paying for all lost locks and for keeping their P.E. uniforms clean and mended.
Students are to keep their P.E. lockers locked at all times. Students are not to give their combination to anyone or ask anyone for their combination. Any loss of property during P.E. is the sole responsibility of the student, not the school.
MEDICATION ADMINISTERED AT SCHOOL
Medication should be taken at home. If a student must take medication during school hours, our office staff must administer it. This includes non-prescriptive medication such as Tylenol or vitamins. Students may carry inhalers/Epi-pens IF a current Doctor/Parent Authorization form is on file in the health office. This includes inhalers, aspirin, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, cold remedies, cough drops, etc. Both the parent and the doctor need to fill out and sign this form before the medication can be administered. Medicine brought to school must be in the original bottle or container with the prescription label clearly visible.
INJURIES AND ILLNESS
If a student becomes ill or injured at school, s/he is to request permission and a pass from the teacher to report to the office. If the student is too ill to remain at school, the office will call the parent/guardian to come for the student. Under no circumstances is the student to call or text his/her parents to come for him/her and leave the premises without the school’s knowledge.
Please list on the emergency card the names of two adults, other than the parent/guardian who can pick up your student in case parent/guardian cannot be reached. It is imperative that you notify the office immediately of any change of address or phone numbers.
School districts do not provide health and accident insurance; therefore information about low cost private insurance is given to each student in the first day packet.
ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION
The Westminster School District policy on drug abuse is outlined in detail in the handout given to students on the first week of attendance. The policy includes information about prevention, intervention, and control of illicit drugs.
In the interest of public health, it is a violation of Westminster School District Board Policy to use any tobacco product on district property. E-cigarettes, Hookah Pens are prohibited regardless of nicotine or tobacco content.
ASB includes all the students enrolled at Johnson. The student government consists of elected representatives that meet and work to develop a well-rounded activity program that encourages school spirit and pride, promotes academics and assures a positive environment. ASB oversees many school-wide activities and events including spirit days, morning announcements, orientation tours for new students and parents and advisement competitions during assemblies. All students are encouraged to take an active part in student government. Student body officers and representatives serve as positive role models for other students and positive representatives for Johnson.
In order for a student to be eligible and remain in office, students must meet the following criteria:
School-wide dances are scheduled regularly throughout the year. Our dances are open to Johnson students only, and students must have the prescribed permission slip signed by a parent or guardian in order to purchase a ticket. Dances begin at 2:00 P.M. and end at 3: P.M. Once a student enters the dance, he/she must stay until the end of the dance unless picked up by a parent or dismissal time.
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Numerous after-school activities are offered to Johnson students. In order to participate in after school and/or evening activities, students must attend school for the full day, except as excused by an administrator. If the event is immediately after school, students may not go home and return. Students are to stay for the entire event, unless excused by an administrator. Any student who leaves an event early will NOT be allowed to return under any circumstance. Students must be picked up promptly at the conclusion of a social event. Students on the Loss of Privilege List (LOP) are not eligible to attend extra-curricular activities (including sports) until being removed by an administrator.
LOST AND FOUND
Students are to assume responsibility for loss or damage of personal property. The school is not responsible for personal items. Please mark all clothing with your child's name. When the Lost and Found bin becomes full, all items will be donated to a worthy charity.
Enacted laws, AB 1626 and AB 1639, require school districts to retain, or hold back, students who are not meeting grade level standards. The purpose of retaining students is to provide additional opportunities for a student to learn grade level skills.
Prior to this legislation, non-proficient students could be socially promoted from one grade level to the next grade level. If a student is at risk of being retained, an assistance plan will be developed and parents will be notified in a timely manner. Notification may occur in the following ways:
Accordingly students may be retained based upon performance on the multiple assessments.
The library is open to students during lunch. When classes are in session, students must have a pass from a teacher to enter the library. Students are responsible for materials checked out. All lost material will be charged to the student. Students are expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior in the library. Inappropriate behavior may result in loss of library privileges.
All basic texts are issued to the students for their use during the school year. In accordance with Education Code 48904, the principal will withhold records, transcripts, grades, and diplomas of any student who willfully cuts, destroys, or otherwise does not return district property issued to him/her. The school may also remove the student from extra-curricular activities until their debts are paid.
Parents should be aware that they are responsible for textbooks given to their child, and will be required to pay for lost or damaged textbooks. In addition, library books checked out and not returned will result in consequences, which may include exclusion from end of the year activities.
The goals for our students when using the distributed Chromebooks are as follows:
For student to receive the Chromebook and its additional contents, both students and parents will have to sign the Chromebook User Agreements and submit them to the office prior to distribution. Students will receive a Chromebook, a charger, a mouse, and a protective case. The process that will take place prior to students receiving the equipment and after are as follows:
Adherence to the Acceptable Use Policy through the submission of the signed document is required. Goals relating to the Acceptable Use Policy are as follows:
Please follow the guidelines provided to ensure proper care for the Chromebook.
Chromebook Frequently Asked Questions
Students who expect to miss five consecutive days or more of school should contact the office 2 weeks in advance for an independent study contract.
Johnson regularly conducts fire, lock-down and evacuation drills. In the event of an actual disaster such as fire, earthquake, etc., teachers and school administration will make student safety their top priority. We will evacuate the buildings when safe and hold the students in an open area until we can verify the presence of all students. Students may then be released directly to parents/guardians listed on their emergency card. ID will be required.
The school has a plan to assure the safety of students during any kind of emergency. This plan is available in each classroom and the school office. This includes regular safety drills, emergency equipment and supplies and emergency communication equipment. Parents must ensure that their child's emergency card is current at all times.
The school conducts many emergency drills to ensure that students and staff are familiar with emergency procedures. It is against the law to falsely pull a fire alarm (Penal Code Section 148.4). Students who pull the fire alarm will be charged with the appropriate offense.
Regular attendance is important to each student's education and a vital factor in academic success. Thus, students are expected to come to school on time on all days they are able. If a student is simply not feeling well, and is not sick from a strong cold or fever, we expect him/her to come to school. Student supervision begins at 8:00 a.m. daily; therefore, students are to be on campus no earlier than 8:00 .
Excused Absences, per the State of California, are absences due to illness, medical, dental, or court appointments, death in the immediate family, a quarantine; or immunization exclusion; and religious holidays.
Unexcused Absences, per the State of California, include personal reasons, vacation trips, shopping, working, transportation breakdown, family celebrations, missing the bus, negligence, and oversleeping.
Please note that missing 30 minutes or more of class time at any point during the school day is considered to be an absence and needs to be verified.
All absences require verification from the parent or guardian. PLEASE CALL THE ABSENCE LINE (714-372-8814) BY 9:00 AM THE MORNING OF THE ABSENCE. All students returning from an absence which has not been verified must bring a note to school upon their return. This note must state the following: Absence date(s), Reason for absence, Name of student and parent signature.
Students who have been to a doctor or dentist MUST provide a note from the doctor in order for the absence to be excused.
Students with excessive absences may also be placed on the LOP list until the attendance concern is resolved.
Students may not participate in after school activities on the day of an absence. These activities include but are not limited to dances, sporting events, extracurricular activities, and field trips. Students are held accountable for all assignments and lessons given during absences.
Students who are not in line in front of the class by the time the bell is finished ringing are considered tardy. Students who are tardy must go to the Office Window and complete a tardy form. The white portion of the form should be shown to the student’s teacher prior to being admitted to class.
According to the Education Code of the State of California any student who is absent from school without valid excuse, or tardy in excess of 30 minutes, is TRUANT. The following are truancies:
Truancy will result in disciplinary action.
The attendance intervention program is used with families of students with excessive absences/tardies. The school will first use its own resources to correct student attendance problems. These may include parent-student-administrator conferences, detentions, other disciplinary action. The school will notify families of an attendance concern through a letter beginning with the third unexcused and/or fifth excused absence. Students with patterns of poor attendance that the school cannot correct will be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) with the Westminster Police Department, along with District representatives, to create a final contract. The final action may result in removal from the school, placement in an alternative school, or criminal consequences.
A student placed on Social Probation is ineligible to attend fieldtrips, sports, dances, special assemblies, end of the year activities, or other events that occur during the trimester. Students will remain on Social Probation until removed by the administration.
Social Probation lists will be created following every grade reporting period. Students may be placed on Social Probation for the following reasons:
EIGHTH GRADE PROMOTION ACTIVITES
Special activities are planned for eighth grade students at the end of the year. These activities may include an eighth grade field trip, dance, and yearbook signing time. Participation is not automatic, it is a privilege. Students on Behavior Contracts or the Loss of Privilege List may not participate in these activities. Eighth grade retained students will not participate in Promotion activities.
EIGHTH GRADE PROMOTION CEREMONY
Students must maintain a board approved grade point average, proper conduct and proper attendance standards to be able to attend. Eighth grade retained students will not participate in promotion activities. An administrator will exclude students from participating in any or all of the events for one or more of the following reasons:
Academics: Below required GPA.
Formal attire and the use of limousines are not appropriate due to the age of students being promoted. Girls' dresses may not have exposed shoulders or spaghetti straps. Prom-type dresses are also not appropriate. Girls heels may not be more than 2 inches high on the outside. Boys’ clothes must fit at the waist and legs; tuxedos are not appropriate. Students not following the dress code may be held out of the promotion ceremony.
While society reflects a wide range of personal expression in clothing, grooming, and accessories, the quality of student work and student behavior is affected by personal appearance. It is expected that all students wear clothing that is comfortable, clean, safe, and appropriate. What a student wears to school must not disrupt the educational program. Since it is not possible to include every style, trend, or haircut in the dress code, those items that are not specifically mentioned will be dealt with on an individual basis. Please remember that the rules of dress apply to and from school, as well as school activities wherever they may be held.
Students not adhering to the dress code will be asked to either call home for appropriate clothing or wear PE clothing for the remainder of the day. Repeated violations will result in disciplinary action. Parent support in encouraging students to dress appropriately for school is important. The dress code is enforced through the last day of school.
JOHNSON’s Behavioral Expectations
Respect for Yourself
We expect all students to behave in a positive and respectful manner. The staff at Johnson is dedicated to guiding students by:
The philosophy of the discipline program as follows:
PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE POLICY
The Progressive Discipline Policy is a cumulative process extending over the entire school year. Through our Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support structures, students expectations are clearly communicated in and out of the classroom. The normal progression of intervention is:
School rules are intended to guide students into becoming responsible and productive members of the school and society. Violations of behavior standards are handled through one or more of these interventions:
Students are considered to be under the jurisdiction of the school from the time they leave their home in the morning until they return home that afternoon.
A student’s teacher or a school administrator assigns detentions. It is the responsibility of the student and teacher/administrator to inform parents of the detention. Parent notification may be done via a phone call or office discipline referral form. Repeated missed detentions will result in additional and more severe consequences. Parents are required to sign the discipline form that their child brings home for each offense.
After various interventions for inappropriate behavior have failed, a conference with the student and his/her parents will be held. The student and parents must sign a behavior contract, which outlines appropriate behavior as well as consequences for non-compliance with the contract. Failure to fulfill the requirements of the behavior contract may result in referral to the District where placement at another school may be considered.
In accordance with Education Code 48910, teachers may suspend a student from their classroom for two days. The suspending teacher is responsible to contact the parent/guardian and ask for a parent-teacher conference regarding the classroom suspension. The teacher may also request that the parent/guardian attend the class from which that student was suspended.
All public schools in California are governed by the California Education Code. Section 48900 of the Education Code states that pupils are subject to the jurisdiction of school rules:
A pupil shall not be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion unless the superintendent or the principal of the school in which the student is enrolled determines that the pupil has:
(2) Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense.
[EC 48900 (a)];
A student who aids or abets the infliction of physical injury on another person, as defined in Penal Code 31, may be suspended but not expelled. However, a student may be suspended or expelled pursuant to Education Code 48900(a) once he/she has been adjudged by a juvenile court to have committed, as an abider or abettor, a crime of physical violence in which the victim suffered great or serious bodily injury. (Education Code 48900(q))
(e) Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion [EC 48900 (e)];
Students in violation or Ed Code 48900 Section (a), (b), (c), (d), or (e), may be suspended upon the first offense. The pupil may also be suspended for any act if the pupil's presence causes a danger to persons or property or threatens to disrupt the educational process.
Except as provided in subdivisions (c) and (e), the Principal or Superintendent shall immediately suspend any student from a school for not more than five consecutive school days and recommend expulsion for the following acts:
(A) Causing serious physical injury to another person, except in self-defense.
(B) Possession of any knife or other dangerous object of no reasonable use to the pupil.
(C) Unlawful possession of any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, except for either of the following:
(i) The first offense for the possession of not more than one avoirdupois ounce of marijuana, other than concentrated cannabis.
(ii) The possession of over-the-counter medication for use by the pupil for medical purposes or medication prescribed for the pupil by a physician.
(D) Robbery or extortion.
(E) Assault or battery, as defined in Sections 240 and 242 of the Penal Code, upon any school employee.