In fostering a positive and conducive learning environment, John Glenn places a strong emphasis on student behavior guidelines.These guidelines serve as the foundation for promoting respect, responsibility, and a sense of community among our students. By adhering to these standards, we not only ensure a safe and harmonious atmosphere for everyone but also encourage personal growth and academic success. These documents outline the fundamental principles and expectations that students are expected to uphold during school, emphasizing the importance of mutual respect, integrity, and a commitment to excellence in both conduct and academics.
- Attendance Guidelines
- Cell Phone Guidelines
- Student Expectations 2023-24
- Student Expectations (Behavior)
Attendance at school is critical to the success of students. When students frequently miss school, they fall behind academically and struggle to connect with the school community. While caused by a variety of factors, poor attendance makes it difficult for students to succeed in school, limiting their options for future success. Below are the four legal reasons for students to miss school:
Extreme family emergencies
If a student is missing school for any of these reasons, parents/guardians need to call our attendance line (651-748-6341) to inform us of the reason for the absence. If no call is received or the reason does not align with the above criteria, the absence is marked as "unexcused." Once a student accumulates three or more unexcused absences in the school year, the following truancy process is started:
At 3 unexcused absences - an attendance letter is sent to the family
At 5 unexcused absences - a county referral to the SAM (Student Attendance Matters) program is processed and families need to provide a doctor's note for future absences
At 7 unexcused absences - the school meets with family to develop an attendance contract and the county meets with the family to determine next steps
At 10 + unexcused absences - the county continues to intervene and the situation moves to a court hearing
ARRIVING TO CLASS ON TIME:
Students getting to class on time is a priority at John Glenn. Students have 5 minutes in between classes to travel throughout the building. There are countdown clocks, bells and staff out in the hallways reminding students how much time they have before class starts. It is our goal to have every student on time to every class during the school day. Students not getting to class on time will be marked tardy. Once a student accumulates 3 tardies in a class their next tardy and subsequent tardies thereafter will result in next steps.
We're here to support families in ensuring students are in school (and on time) daily. If you have any questions, concerns, or need support, please reach out to your student's administrator and/or counselor.
At John Glenn Middle School, we are committed to the success of all students! It has become clear that our students are struggling with the responsibilities that come with having a cell phone at school and navigating social media, messaging apps, gaming, TikTok, etc… Many times these factors distract students from focusing on academics and building positive relationships with peers and adults. We are implementing these guidelines because we want to minimize distractions, give students a break from the pressures of social media, and most importantly, improve their social-emotional well-being and academic achievement.
Expectations: Students may bring cell phones to school at their own risk. John Glenn Middle School is not responsible for any damaged, lost, or stolen phones/devices. Cell phones/electronic devices, including airpods, MUST be put away during the school day and are turned off/silenced from 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM.
If students choose to bring a cell phone to school, expectations are as follows:
- All cell phones/airpods must be put away and turned off or placed on silent by 7:30AM.
- Cell phones/airpods are not allowed to be out anywhere in school.
- Students who use cell phones/airpods during the school day will have their device confiscated.
- Using a cell phone to record to take photos of staff and/or students is not allowed without permission in advance given by the individual being recorded or photographed.
- Recording or taking photos of peers with the intent to bully or harass is not permitted.
- Using social media or messaging apps, or using a cell phone to spread rumors, bully, tease, exclude or create a hostile/unsafe environment will result in disciplinary action.
- Sharing or asking other students for inappropriate content is not permitted.
- Inappropriate use of social media or messaging apps outside of school hours and/or off school property may result in disciplinary action at school.
Next Steps for phone use during the school day or for inappropriate use that affects school climate:
As a parent or guardian it is critical that you are familiar with school guidelines so you can support your student for a successful education at John Glenn Middle School. Working together, we can be a strong influence on students by modeling adult working relationships based upon honesty and respect to one another.
Below we have highlighted some of our school guidelines:
AFTER SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS
- All students will be out of the hallways and out by the main entrance by 2:15 everyday. The exceptions are if students are being supervised by staff for the following: participating in athletics, working with staff, TOPS classes, or EPIC.
- Students must be supervised by their parent/guardian in order to watch a sporting event.
- Students who are picked up from school must wait at the main entrance.
DRESS CODE EXPECTATIONS
- Clothing must be suitable for and not distract from all scheduled classroom activities.
- Clothing may not use or depict hate speech targeting groups based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation or any other protected groups.
- Clothing may not depict, advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other controlled substances.
- Shoes must be worn during the school day.
- Sunglasses will remain in backpacks during the school day.
- Blankets should be kept at home.
- Face coverings will be limited to masks only (covering nose and mouth).
- If these guidelines are not being followed, a student may be asked to make changes before resuming the school day.
As your student travels through their middle school years vast amounts of learning and discovery takes place. It is our responsibility as a John Glenn Staff to create and hold students to high expectations both academically and behaviorally. Our goal is to create a partnership with all of our families and keep you in the loop through the celebrations and struggles. We encourage families to come into John Glenn and experience first hand how we are building and maintaining a positive middle school community.
- All students have the right to an education and the right to learn.
- All students will come to school prepared with the required materials for class: laptop, charger, binder.
- Students will check their student portal accounts on a regular basis and maintain a weekly planner with upcoming assignments, projects, tests/quizzes.
- Students have the opportunity to re-learn classroom material until mastery is achieved.
- Students will connect with their teachers when they are absent from school and make arrangements to make up missed assignments.
- Teachers will differentiate learning to meet the needs of ALL learners.
- Teachers will update grades on a weekly basis.
- Teachers will communicate with families when celebrations and/or struggles arise.
- Students will assist school staff in maintaining a safe school community for all students.
- Students will treat one another with respect and dignity.
- Students will conduct themselves in an appropriate physical and/or verbal manner.
- Students will recognize and respect the rights of others.
- Students will respect and maintain the school’s property and the property of others.
- Students are encouraged to reach out to trusted adults when concerns arise.
- Administration and staff are here to teach appropriate behaviors.
- When behavior concerns surface, contact will be made with families and together we will create a success plan.
- For more detailed information please refer to our district Student Discipline Policy #506