Students are expected to be at school on time each day. If a student is tardy, he/she should report to the office for a note in order to be admitted to homeroom. Extensive tardies will result in an office referral. Reasons for excused tardies are the same as excused absences, as outlined by Catawba County Board Policy.
Students will be given adequate time to travel from one class to the next during the school day. If a student takes too long and is tardy for the next class the student will first receive a warning for the first offense, second offense will result in silent lunch and the third offense the student will get an office referral. If it is an excused tardy, no disciplinary action will be taken. If it is an unexcused tardy, the classroom teacher will take the necessary disciplinary actions to correct the problem. To avoid unexcused tardies, students should: 1) Get a note from the previous teacher explaining the delay; 2) report to the next class before going anywhere that will create a tardy, such as the restroom, guidance office, main office or media center; 3) avoid unnecessary delays in the halls.
Students should not be on campus prior to 7:35 AM. Students arriving prior to the morning bell (7:50) should go directly to the gym unless eating breakfast until dismissed to homeroom. The tardy bells rings at 8:00. Any student who is tardy should report directly to the office to be counted present.
Car riders should disembark at the front of the building in the designated area outside the gym.
Any student leaving school prior to the dismissal bell must have a parent or guardian come into the school office and sign him/her out. No student will be allowed to leave with anyone except a parent or guardian unless the person signing the student out is on the emergency pick up list, or the office has acquired written permission from the parent or guardian. No early sign outs after 2:50 pm.
All staff members have authority over all students in activities occurring on school property. This includes ballgames, social events, and all other activities in which students are representing Maiden away from school. The staff members at other schools that host student functions have the same authority.
Medicine may only be taken at school under the conditions outlined by the Catawba County School Policy. The parent or guardian, along with the attending physician, must complete a medication form to accompany the dated prescription outlining proper dosage and times. Medication should not be transported on the bus. All medication must be brought to and stored in the school office and must bear the name of the student. Students must go to the office to take their medicine where a staff member will record the student’s name, the type of medicine taken and the time. This record will be kept in the office. Information regarding medicines and their distribution, along with medication forms, may be obtained at the school.
Any student who owes money to the school may be prohibited from representing the school in any way or participating in extra-curricular activities.
It is the responsibility of each student to keep up with his/her books and other school owned property. If the student loses or destroys an item at any time during the year, it will be his/her responsibility to pay for the item. This includes textbooks as well as materials from the media center.
When students are absent from school, they should take the following steps:
Parent or guardian writes a note that includes date of absence, reason for absence and his/her signature.
Parent’s note is presented to the homeroom teacher on the day of the student’s return.
Immediate plans are made to do all make-up work due to absences. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain and complete work missed due to absences.
The school calendar is designed for nine-week grading periods, after which report cards are issued. In order to communicate with parents and students, teachers will send home progress reports every four and half weeks. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher any time there is a question or concern regarding grades. Parents may also view their child’s grades through the online system. Parent IDs and passwords for the online system may be obtained in the school office.
Students will not be allowed to accrue large debts to the cafeteria. Parents may send money with their child to cover lunch expenses or may put funds directly into their child’s account online.
There are various clubs and activities open to students at Maiden Middle including but not limited too Jr. Beta Club, History Club, Student Council, Battle of the Books, FCA, International Club, Art Club, Spanish Club, Science Club and FOR Club. All students who are interested and who meet specific requirements may participate.
All students are eligible to try out and play a sport if they have passed 5 out 6 courses prior to the tryouts of the season based on the previous report card or have been promoted to the next grade.
Fall Sports-Based on end of year report card from previous grade (grade promotion)
Winter Sports-Based on first nine weeks report card (passed 5 out of 6 courses)
Spring Sports-Based on the second weeks report card (passed 5 out of 6 courses)
Students will be placed on probation if they are failing more than one course on progress reports during the season.
Probation includes removal from practice and games until the failing grade becomes passing in at least 5 out of 6 courses.
If a student fails more than one course on a report card issued during a season then the students is no longer eligible to participate in that sport
Each participant in interscholastic sport must be covered by sufficient insurance with a family accident policy or with the school accident policy. A physical examination is required prior to tryouts for all sports. Athletics available at Maiden include football, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, cross country, cheerleading, basketball, softball and baseball.
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.
Students must also meet the state and local promotion standards which include reaching proficiency levels on the state End-of-Grade Tests and attaining passing grades in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and at least one elective course.
At the end of the year, a school-based attendance review committee will advise the administration whether circumstances warrant waiver of the non-promotion policy for attendance.
Criteria for review will consist of the following information:
Comprehensive review of impact of attendance on student’s grades
Work missed submitted in timely manner
Prior grades promotion record
In accordance with G.S. 115C-378...every parent, guardian or other person in North Carolina having charge or control of a child between the ages of seven and sixteen shall cause such child to attend school continuously for a period equal to the time which the public school to which the child is assigned shall be in session.
Students may use their assigned lockers to store books, papers and other materials pertinent to their classes. Bookbags, totes and purses must also be stored in the lockers during the school day. School locks are provided to all students. If a lock is lost or damaged a replacement fee will be charged to the student. No personal locks will be allowed. The school is not responsible for personally owned valuables including electronic devices, cell phones, cameras or electronic games if lost or stolen. Students are advised not to have such items at school unless expressly needed for a school related project.
Students are reminded that lockers are school property and should be kept clean and organized. All lockers may be searched or cleaned out by school personnel. Students are not allowed to share lockers or to store items in other students’ lockers. Food and drink should not be stored in lockers with the exception of sealed lunch bags.
Students are allowed to carry bookbags or totes to and from school either on buses or in personal vehicles. All bookbags, tote bags and purses must be stored in student lockers during the school day and will not be allowed in classrooms. Students are advised not to have valuables at school.
Use of the electronic devices is for instructional purposes only. Do not use your device for entertainment and/or non-instructional purposes unless if given permission by an adult.
Protect yourself. Do not share personal, identifying information over the internet.
Do not use social networking sites or share photographs of other students during the school day. Students posting school events to social media may receive suspensions under CCS Code of Conduct.
MMS staff does not allow the use of social media outside of teacher discretion for assignments.
Be seated near a charging station and be careful when moving around them. Do not leave your device unattended.
Only access age and school-appropriate sites.
Comply immediately with all staff directives to close or put away any device.
No sending or receiving of personal emails outside of student Gmail account during class.
The use of authorized electronic devices is for the purpose of extending the scope of our learning community; there should be NO CYBER BULLYING OR HARASSMENT!
The Student Code of Conduct applies to all electronic interchanges.
Adhere to (follow) the CCS AUP and Chrome Book Agreement.
Consequences for Violation of above Policies:
Offenders will be disciplined according to the appropriate Catawba County School policy.
Cell Phones are to remain in lockers from 8:00 am to 3:07 pm each day.
Teacher takes phone and returns at end of day.
Parent picks phone up from office.
Parent picks up phone from office and student is written up for insubordination (CCS Policy)
Below is a partial list of the CCS Student Code of Conduct. Class III and Class IV violations and consequences can be viewed on the CCS website under the Board of Education.
While this policy attempts to address inappropriate student conduct, the Board of Education recognizes that all inappropriate behaviors cannot be defined within the context of these sections. Therefore, the Board of Education delegates to the school administrators the authority to determine the appropriate discipline and consequences for inappropriate behaviors not specifically addressed in this policy and for student violations of other CCBOE policies.
Any school administrator may impose discipline on any student if the student aides, abets or encourages another student to violate the code.
A. BUS/VEHICLE MISBEHAVIOR
Students shall obey all directives of any school bus driver, school employee or any driver of any vehicle owned, leased, operated or provided by the board while riding any school bus or any vehicle owned, leased, operated or provided by the board. School transportation is a privilege, not a right. The following conduct is specifically prohibited by any student riding any school bus or any vehicle owned, leased, operated or provided by the board:
1. delaying any bus or transportation schedule;
2. refusing to obey the driver's or school employee’s instructions or directives;
3. tampering with or willfully damaging any vehicle owned, leased, operated or provided by the board;
4. getting off at an unauthorized bus stop
5. distracting the driver's attention by participating in disruptive behavior while the vehicle is in operation;
6. failing to observe established safety rules and regulations;
7. willfully trespassing upon a school bus or any vehicle owned, leased, operated or provided by the board;
8. attempting to open an emergency door; or
9. violating any other rule of the Code of Student Conduct while on the any school bus or other vehicle owned, leased, operated or provided by the board.
Violation of this section may result in disciplinary action to the student as determined by the school administrator which shall include the following Recommended Discipline:
First Offense: Temporary or permanent suspension
from school transportation services; or ISD
Second Offense: ISD; or OSS </= 10 school days
Subsequent Offenses: ISD; or OSS </= 10 school days; or Assignment to Alternative Program; OSS > 10 school days or expulsion may be imposed upon a student if
(a) the student’s violation under this section is deemed by the principal to be a serious violation of this policy that either threatens the safety of students, school employees or school visitors or threatens to substantially disrupt the educational environment; and
(b) the provisions of Section IV.F. of this policy are satisfied.
Any school administrator may impose discipline on any student for any student misbehavior under this section in addition to any discipline that may be imposed for violation of any other provision of the Code of Student Conduct.
B. CLASS I VIOLATIONS
1. Recommended Discipline for Class I Violations
Violations of this section (Class I Violations) may result in disciplinary action to the student as determined by the school administrator which shall include the following Recommended Discipline:
First Offense: ISD
Second Offense: ISD; or, except for violations of VI.B.2.b. and c. of this policy, OSS </= 3 school days
Subsequent Offenses: ISD; or, except for violations of VI.B.2.b. and c. of this policy, OSS > 3 school days and </= 10 school days; or Assignment to Alternative Program; OSS > 10 school days or expulsion may be imposed upon a student if (a) the student’s violation under this section is deemed by the principal to be a serious violation of this policy that either threatens the safety of students, school employees or school visitors or threatens to substantially disrupt the educational environment; and (b) the provisions of Section IV.F. of this policy are satisfied.
2. Class I Violations
The following violations shall be classified as Class I Violations:
a. Insubordination / Compliance with Directions of School Personnel
Students shall comply with all directions of administrators, teachers, school employees and all other school personnel who are authorized to give such directions during any period of time in which students are subject to the authority of such school personnel.
b. Failure to Attend Assigned Classes or Activities No student shall fail or refuse to attend an assigned or scheduled class or activity or fail or refuse to attend the school to which he or she is assigned on any school day without permission from the school administrator or without good reason sufficient to constitute an excused absence.
c. Unauthorized Leaving of School
No student who attends school during any portion of any school day shall leave the school grounds prior to the end of the school day without permission from the school administrator.
d. Use of Tobacco Products and Tobacco Paraphernalia
Students are prohibited from possessing, using, smoking, chewing, dipping or otherwise consuming any tobacco product or tobacco paraphernalia. The term “tobacco paraphernalia” shall include, but is not limited to, rolling papers, matches and lighters.
e. Falsification / Providing False Information
No student shall falsify information that is in any way presented to any school employee. Falsification includes the electronic, verbal or written statement, communication or creation of any untruth or any act or electronic, verbal or written statement or communication intended to give a wrong impression or deceive, including, but not limited to, forgery of any person’s signature.
No student shall make or publish false statements on the Internet, electronically or by any other means of communications that defame the character or reputation of a school employee or student. While students have a constitutional right to criticize school personnel or students, that right does not include making false statements or making statements intended to injure, harass and/or harm an individual.
f. Dress and Appearance
Except as specifically authorized by the principal or his/her designee, no student shall wear (as defined herein) clothing or any other garment or item or cause him/her self to have an appearance that is not compatible with an effective learning environment or that is inappropriate to the learning process. For purposes of this policy, the term “wear” shall also mean adorn, don, carry, decorate and/or display.
The following is expressly prohibited:
The creation of an appearance or the wearing of clothing or any other garment or item that is provocative, obscene, vulgar, indecent, sexually suggestive, lewd, transparent, profane, or which displays, suggests, promotes or reveals nudity, violence or an immoral, harassing, bullying, provocative, obscene, profane, indecent, lewd, vulgar, slanderous, libelous, intimidating, insulting, degrading, disrespectful, abusive, disruptive, unsafe, violent, sexually suggestive or sexual message through language, images and/or symbols;
The wearing of hats, bandannas and headgear of any kind and any garment or item that covers the student’s face or conceals the student’s identity within any building except for established medical reasons;
The wearing or removal of clothing in a manner that reveals, exposes or allows the following to be seen: undergarments, cleavage, bare midriffs or any private body part that is inappropriate for display in a school setting;
The wearing of pants or shorts in such a manner that undergarments or private body parts are exposed, they drag on the floor, they sag below the waist or they are excessively baggy;
The wearing of clothing or any other garment or item containing, advertising, naming, or referencing any alcoholic product, tobacco product, controlled substance, firearms or weapons;
The wearing of chains, jewelry, including those that hang from wallets, studded collars or bracelets that may be used as a weapon, cause injury, hinder movement or are unsafe as declared by the principal;
The wearing of dark glasses within any building except for established medical reasons;
The failure to wear shoes or appropriate foot covering;
The wearing of any clothing or any other garment or item in any manner or style or containing any symbol reflecting, promoting or associated with gangs, intimidation, violence or violent groups;
The wearing of halters, spaghetti strapped tops, tank tops, tube tops, strapless tops, bras or undergarments outside of clothing, pajamas, lounge pants or bedroom shoes as well as shorts and skirts that the principal or his/her designee determines are too short;
The creation of an appearance or the wearing of clothing or any other garment or item that is reasonably foreseeable to cause or, in fact, causes, a material or substantial disruption or that is reasonably foreseeable to endanger or be detrimental or, in fact, is dangerous or detrimental to the health or safety of the student or others or that is reasonably foreseeable to cause a fight or, in fact, causes a fight or that creates or is likely to create a hostile learning environment.
The foregoing list is not intended to be exhaustive. The CCBOE hereby delegates to the school administrators the authority to determine the appropriateness or inappropriateness of any student’s dress or attire that is not specifically addressed in this section. In addition, the CCBOE hereby delegates to the school administrators the authority to make exceptions to this policy and/or reasonable accommodations as are appropriate for medical, religious or special observances.
MMS Additional Dress Code Guidelines
Students’ dress will be the responsibility of the individual and his/her parents…
-All private areas of the body must be covered
-Shorts and skirts must cover all private areas of the body.
-Holes in pants are allowed only if the holes do not reveal private areas
-Spandex pants, yoga pants and leggings are not allowed unless the outer garment covers all private areas.
*Parents will be called to bring a change of clothing if their child’s dress does not meet county and school guidelines.
MMS Staff reserves the right to determine if clothing is appropriate or causes a distraction to the learning environment.
No student shall participate in gambling, betting money, wagering anything on the outcome of a game, contest or other event or participate in any unauthorized event, action or statement that relies on chance for the monetary advantage of one participant at the expense of others. This includes exchanging items of value as well as currency and extends to keeping score for later settlement.
h. Inappropriate Speech, Signs, Gestures and Behavior/Disruptive Behavior
No student shall create or engage in any communication, whether by electronic, verbal, photographic or written means or by signs, gestures, displays or other acts, that is or conveys, suggests or promotes a message that is immoral, harassing, bullying, vulgar, indecent, provocative, sexually suggestive, lewd, slanderous, libelous, intimidating, insulting, degrading, disrespectful, abusive, profane, obscene, unsafe, violent, disruptive, interrupts or interferes with or prevents an orderly and peaceful learning environment, obstructs or disrupts any lawful function or mission or process of any school, causes or is reasonably foreseeable to cause a material or substantial disruption of the school environment, endangers or is detrimental to or is reasonably foreseeable to endanger or be detrimental to the health or safety of the student or others or that causes or is reasonably foreseeable to cause a fight or create a hostile learning environment.
No student shall engage in sexual conduct or in behavior that is of an overly romantic or sexual nature or in inappropriate displays of affection including, but not limited to, hugging, embracing, kissing, groping or petting.
i. Inappropriate Literature and Illustrations
Except as specifically authorized by the principal or his/her designee or for instructional purposes, no student shall possess, display, distribute, disseminate or transmit literature, words, photographs, recordings, or illustrations, whether in electronic, physical or documentary form, that are illegal or that convey, suggest or promote a message that is immoral, harassing, bullying, vulgar, indecent, provocative, sexually suggestive, lewd, slanderous, libelous, intimidating, insulting, degrading, disrespectful, abusive, profane, obscene, unsafe, violent, disruptive, interrupts or interferes with or prevents an orderly and peaceful learning environment, obstructs or disrupts any lawful function or mission or process of any school, causes or is reasonably foreseeable to cause a material or substantial disruption of the school environment, endangers or is detrimental to or is reasonably foreseeable to endanger or be detrimental to the health or safety of the student or others or that causes or is reasonably foreseeable to cause a fight or create a hostile learning environment.
j. Honor Code Violations
No student shall commit any act in violation of any school’s honor code. Cheating, plagiarism, dishonesty, falsification of assignments, falsification or forgery of signatures, violation of software regulations, violation of copyright laws, violation of the acceptable use policy and inappropriate computer access are prohibited and are considered honor code violations.
k. Conducting or Soliciting Business on Campus
Except for charitable solicitation approved by the principal or his/her designee and permitted by CCBOE policy, students shall neither engage in any corporate, business or financial enterprise, solicit any person or entity to purchase anything, nor sell anything to any person or entity.
C. CLASS II VIOLATIONS
1. Recommended Discipline for Class II Violations
Violations of this section (Class II Violations) may result in disciplinary action to the students as determined by the school administrator which shall include the following Recommended Discipline:
First Offense: ISD; or OSS </= 10 school days
Second Offense: OSS </= 10 school days
Subsequent Offenses: OSS </= 10 school days; or Assignment to Alternative Program; OSS > 10 school days or expulsion may be imposed upon a student if (a) the student’s violation under this section is deemed by the principal to be a serious violation of this policy that either threatens the safety of students, school employees or school visitors or threatens to substantially disrupt the educational environment; and (b) the provisions of Section IV.F. of this policy are satisfied.
Any school administrator may impose discipline on any student for any student behavior that violates this section in addition to any discipline that may be imposed for violation of any other provision of the Code of Student Conduct.
2. Class II Violations
The following violations shall be classified as Class II Violations:
a. Aggressive Behavior
No student shall create or engage in any communication, whether by electronic, verbal, photographic or written means or by signs, gestures, displays or other acts, that is or conveys, suggests or promotes a message that is aggressive or threatening.
No student shall engage in any behavior or conduct or commit any act that could reasonably result in or cause physical injury to any student or other person.
It shall be considered a Class III Violation if a student engages in behavior, conduct or actions that could reasonably result in or cause physical injury to a school employee.
b. Assault / Fighting
No student shall assault another student or other person.
An assault is defined as an overt or deliberate act or attempt or appearance of attempt to commit an overt or deliberate act with force and violence in order to immediately physically injure another person and with the show of force or menace of violence being sufficient to put a reasonable person in fear of immediate physical injury. An assault shall include, but is not limited to, fighting, intentionally hitting, striking, kicking, shoving, scratching, biting, blocking, emitting bodily fluids upon, using force upon, or passing or throwing objects, items or fluids at a student or other person who is not a school employee.
A student who is assaulted may use reasonable force in self-defense but only to the extent necessary to free himself/herself from the assault and notify proper school authorities. A student who exceeds this reasonable force may be disciplined even though he/she may not have provoked the assault or fight.
It shall be a Class III Violation if a student commits an assault upon a school employee.
It shall be a Class III Violation if a student commits a sexual assault upon a student or other person or school employee.
It shall be a Class IV Violation if a student commits an assault upon any person that causes serious injury to another person.
It shall be a Class IV Violation if a student commits an assault upon any person involving the use of a weapon or other object that could reasonably be considered a weapon.
c. Theft or Damage to Property
No student shall steal or attempt to steal school property or the private property of any individual, organization or entity or knowingly be in possession of stolen property.
No student shall damage or attempt to damage any school property or the private property of any individual, organization or entity.
It shall be a Class III Violation if any student robs any person.
d. Incendiary Devices / Combustible Materials / Devices Causing a Noise or Disturbance
Unless specifically authorized by school personnel, no student shall possess any material, item or substance or use any material, item or substance in a manner that causes or is capable of or reasonably like to cause a noise or disturbance, is or is reasonable likely to be combustible, is capable of or is reasonably likely to start or result in a fire or explosion, or in fact, starts a fire or causes an explosion.
e. Discrimination, Bullying, Harassment and Hazing
All forms of discrimination, harassment, bullying, sexual harassment, gender-based harassment or hazing are prohibited.
All complaints of discrimination, harassment or bullying against students will be investigated promptly and thoroughly. Violations will be deemed to be serious disciplinary infractions.
It shall be a Class II Violation if discrimination, sexual harassment, harassment, bullying or hazing is committed verbally, symbolically, electronically, in writing or by gesture.
It shall be a Class III Violation if discrimination, sexual harassment, harassment, bullying or hazing is committed by any means that result in physical contact or sexual harm to any person.
f. Communicating Threats
No student shall communicate any threat of force or violence in any form to or about any student or other person.
It shall be considered a Class III Violation if a student communicates any threat of force or violence in any form to or about a school employee.
g. Use of Counterfeit Items
No student shall use any counterfeit item to obtain or attempt to obtain money, property or services.
It shall be a Class III Violation if the counterfeit item is a counterfeit drug, medication or illegal substance.
No student shall engage in extortion. Extortion is defined as the use of one’s position or power to obtain property, funds or patronage.
i. Unauthorized Use or Possession of Medication or Foreign Substances
No student shall possess or administer any medication to his/her own person except as provided in policy 4.4340/6.1250.
No student shall administer any medication to any other person.
No student shall insert a foreign substance into the food or drink of another person with the intent to injure or harm or that, in fact, injures or harms the other person or causes an adverse reaction including, but not limited to, alteration of the mind, hallucinations, sleep or euphoria.