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Student Handbook

 

A school dedicated to educating the community...

  • Established in 1951 at 6640 Speight School Road
  • Only school in the county offering high school classes to black students
  • Largest enrollment was 1,140 in 1970 in grades 1-12
  • This building was opened in 2001
  • Focused on educational excellence and opportunity

Belief Statement

At Speight Middle School, we believe each child can grow and improve socially and academically. We believe that the support of our teachers, parents and the community will bring a high level of success to our students. We believe that our students can maintain high standards of performance and can contribute to a safe environment by displaying mutual respect for each other. We believe that our school will continue to be more successful and will be a constant source of pride for our community.

Vision Statement

Speight Middle School will be a safe haven for students and staff and one, which is conducive to the academic success of all students. Our success will be fostered by the continuous support of our staff, parents and the school community. Through our efforts to practice and display mutual respect and to maintain high standards of performance. Speight Middle School will reach school-wide goals for student achievement. Our school will become a model of educational excellence and a source of pride for the community.


Grading Scale

English/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies

Tests..................................................50%
Class Work/Quizzes/Projects.......30%
Homework........................................20%

7-Point Grading Scale

A = 100-93
B = 92-85
C = 84-77
D = 76-70
F = 69 & Below

Grades represent the level of effort & understanding students earn as they pertain to their various assignments. Daily homework is viewed as the best vehicle for encouraging & extending learning beyond the school day. Teachers assign homework for the following reasons:

  • To provide extra practice on learned skills.
  • To provide further learning for standards covered in the classroom.
  • To provide opportunities for students to learn good work habits.
  • To provide opportunities for growth in responsibility.
  • To provide parents with opportunities to monitor their child's progress.

Daily homework assignments should never be regarded as punishment .

 

Cafeteria Guidelines

  • Breakfast begins at 8 AM on all days except 2-hour delays.
  • Regular-price lunches, "a la carte" food items, juices & snacks are available in the cafeteria each day during lunchtime.
  • Payment for lunches may be made daily, weekly or monthly. Checks must be payable to Speight Middle School Cafeteria.
  • Students will not be permitted to charge their lunches in accordance with Wilson County Schools Board Policy.
  • Food brought from home must be eaten in the cafeteria.
  • There is no provision for leaving campus for lunch.
  • Food should not be taken outside the cafeteria.
  • Cleanliness is the responsibility of those who use the cafeteria.
  • Trays should be returned and eating areas cleaned before leaving the cafeteria each day.

 

Parental Involvement

Parental involvement is very important at all grade levels. Parents are challenged to find multiple ways to become involved in their student's education and to support the activities of the Parent Teacher Organization.

Volunteers & Visitors

There is always so much to do & so little time. Volunteers are the answer to this dilemma. Parents & community members will have new resources for connecting their interests & abilities with needs of the school.

Scheduling Conferences

Conferences with teachers should be scheduled using the processes outlined in your child's syllabus for each class. Teachers will work to protect instructional time & schedule times during the school day that are least likely to be interrupted.

 

Athletic Concussion Safety

The Board recognizes that concussions and other head injuries may be serious and potentially life threatening and that such injuries may result in serious consequences later in life if managed improperly.  The board is committed to practices that reduce the potential for short-term or long-term effects from such injuries.  In support of this commitment, the board directs school employees to comply with the concussion safety requirements for interscholastic athletic competition established by G.S. 115C-12(23) as amended in the Gfeller-Waller Concussion Awareness Act of 2011, and to implement and follow all concussion safety requirements set forth in State Board of Education rules and policies for middle and high schools.  The superintendent or designee shall develop a plan consistent with state requirements and shall implement and monitor compliance with this policy.  The superintendent is authorized to investigate the use of baseline testing for student-athletes and may require that student-athletes undergo such testing prior to their participation in any interscholastic athletic competition.

Definition of Concussion

A concussion is a traumatic brain injury caused by a direct or indirect impact to the head that results in disruption of normal brain function, which may or may not result in a loss of consciousness.

School Head Injury Information Sheet

Each year, all coaches, school nurses, athletic directors, first responders, volunteers, student-athletes, and parents of student-athletes must be provided with a concussion and head injury information sheet that meets the requirements of the State Board.  Before any student, school employee, volunteer or first responder will be allowed to participate in interscholastic athletic activities, including tryouts, practices or competitions, he or she must sign the head injury information sheet and return it to the coach.  Parents also must sign the sheet and return it to the coach before their children may participate in any interscholastic athletic activity.  The principal of each school shall ensure that a complete and accurate record of the returned signed sheets is maintained in accordance with law and State Board policy.

Removal From and Return to Play

Any student-athlete who is exhibiting signs or symptoms consistent with a concussion must be removed from athletic activity immediately.  Further, the student-athlete must not be allowed to return to play or practice that day or on any subsequent day until he or she has been evaluated and has received written clearance for participation that complies with the requirements of G.S. 115C-12(23) and any other applicable law or State Board policy.  The written clearance must be signed by a licensed physician with training in concussion management, a licensed neuropsychologist with training in concussion management and working in consultation with a licensed physician, or a nurse practitioner.

Emergency Action Plans

Each principal or designee shall develop a venue-specific emergency action plan to respond to serious medical injuries and acute medical conditions in which the condition of the injured student may deteriorate rapidly.  All such plans must include a delineation of roles, methods of communication, available emergency equipment and a plan for emergency transport.  The plans must be (1) in writing, (2) reviewed by an athletic trainer who is licensed in North Carolina, (3) approved by the principal if developed by a designee, (4) distributed, posted, reviewed and rehearsed in accordance with G.S. 115C-12(23), and (5) compliant with any other requirements of state law and State Board policy.

Record Keeping

The superintendent shall require each principal to maintain complete and accurate records of actions taken in his or her school to comply with this policy and applicable legal authority.  Records shall include accounts of any education or training as may be required by law or State Board of Education policy.

The superintendent's annual report to the board on compliance with laws and policies related to student wellness shall include a report on the system's compliance with laws and policies related to concussions and head injuries. (See Policy 6760, Student Wellness.)

 

Student Code of Conduct

Infractions of the Student Code of Conduct are grouped by classes of offense.  Class of offense relates to the degree to which the behavior disrupts the orderly educational process in the school in terms of their effect on the behavior of others and the degree to which the behavior presents a potential for harm to others.  For each rule, a range of consequences is provided as appropriate responses depending upon the judgment as to:

  • the degree to which the behavior disrupts the orderly educational process in the school;
  • the degree to which the behavior presents a potential for harm to others or property;
  • the degree to which the behavior harms others or property;
  • the student's unresponsiveness to reasonable available discipline alternatives and preventive measures prior to the referral to the principal or his/her designee; and
  • previous violations of the same code of conduct provisions.

These factors may be deemed aggravating factors which elevate a minor offense to a serious offense.  In addition, any student who has violated one or more sections of the Code may be subject to more severe disciplinary action than is recommended in the Code for violations of a single Code section.

Long-term suspension and expulsion should be restricted to serious violations of the Student Code of Conduct that either threaten the safety of students, staff, or school visitors, or threaten to substantially disrupt the educational environment.  Principals may, however, in their discretion, determine that aggravating circumstances justify treating a minor violation as a serious violation. The superintendent and principals shall have authority to consider the student's intent, disciplinary and academic history, potential benefits to the student of alternative student suspension, and other mitigating and aggravating factors, when deciding to recommend or impose long-term suspension.6400-1-03 Unauthorized Use of Electronic Device - Unauthorized use of any personal electronic device that a student is in possession of which electronically communicates, sends, receives, stores, reproduces or displays voice and/or text communication or data.  This includes but is not limited to cellular phones, pagers, smart phones, music and media players, gaming devices, tablets, laptop computers, and personal digital assistants.

6400-1-02 Classroom Misconduct - Exhibiting behavior that violates classroom and/or school rules resulting in the distraction and obstruction of the education process or that is discourteous, impolite, bad mannered and/or rude.

6400-1-01 Inappropriate  Dress - Presenting a bodily appearance or the wearing of clothing which is deemed disruptive, provocative, indecent, vulgar, or obscene, or that endangers the health or safety of the student or others.

Level One Violations - The following conduct is prohibited as outlined below:
6400-1-04 Inappropriate Peer Relations - Engaging in behavior which is immoral, indecent, overly affectionate, or of a sexual nature while in the school setting, or engaging in sexually harassing behavior toward another student. Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment by a student when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with another student's educational performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment.

In the event that a student believes that he/she has been sexually harassed by another student, he/she should bring the matter to the attention of the principal. The principal or the principal's designee will investigate the matter and may impose disciplinary sanctions on the harassing student in accordance with disciplinary policies.  The principal shall maintain separate, appropriate documentation of such events.  Any student reporting sexual harassment who is not satisfied with the principal's response or who continues to be sexually harassed may follow the student grievance procedures found in Policy 6902.  However, student discipline records remain confidential and may not be revealed by the principal or other school personnel to the student reporting sexual harassment.

 

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