Handbook

MISSION STATEMENT:  West MIddle School strives to lead students to be creative, competent, courageous  builders of their future. Our focus is the whole student. We encourage all students to meet academic challenges with openness, enthusiasm,  and a willingness to exceed.

WMS Handbook

Academic Conduct

  1. Cheating:  Cheating comprises a student’s integrity.  If cheating or suspicious behavior is discovered, a zero may be given on the the test or assignment by the teacher.  A second offense will result in office referral.

  2. Conduct grades:  Conduct grades are based on behavior and may not be deducted from academic grades.  Teachers, teams, grade levels may choose to implement a merit system focused on behavior and responsibility.  Students who have not met the standard for behavior or responsibility may be denied such rewards (such as reward trips and activities).  In such cases, the teacher, team or grade level decisions will be considered final.

Arrival/Dismissal


School starts at 8:00 a.m. and students are dismissed at 3:00 p.m.  Students are supervised by faculty or staff member from 7:15 until 3:30 on a regular day and 1:30 p.m. on alternate school days.  Parents who need to drop off students earlier or later than these times should arrange for Kool Kids enrollment or seek alternative transportation.  The WMS administration reserves the right to place in Kool Kids program at a cost to parents if drop off and pick up times become problematic.

  • Drop off:  Main entrance/front of building.  Students are to be delivered at the designated areas only, never in the parking lot.  Student Morning  Locations:  
    • 6th-if eating breakfast go to  left side of cafeteria and after eating, go to main hallway and be seated by the wall.
    • 7th-If eating breakfast, go to left side to eat breakfast and after eating stay on left  side of cafeteria
    • 8th-if eating breakfast, go to left side to eat breakfast and after eating stay on right side of cafeteria
  • Pick Up:  Students are to be picked up at the designated areas only, never in the parking lot (See map on Website).    Dismissal Locations:    Students are to be picked up at the designated areas only, never in the parking lot. (See map on website).

    • 6th-Front of building (facing front from road-on the right side) sit on sidewalk closest to main entrance
    • 7th-Front of building (facing front from road-on the left side) sit on sidewalk closest to main entrance
    • 8th-Back of the building-stand on sidewalk/grass  going around the curve

 

Athletic Programs

Participation in athletics is a privilege that may be limited or withdrawn for disciplinary or other reasons by either the coach or administration.  Decisions on team membership, playing time, team rules, etc. are at the sole discretion of the coach of that sport. Coaches may choose to use an expert panel to assist with player/cheerleader evaluation.  Students may not participate in athletics (games, practice, tryouts, etc.) if they are suspended from school (in-school or out-of-school). Suspended students are not eligible to participate from the moment of suspension and until the first school day after the suspension is completed.  Students may not participate in athletic events unless they have attended at least one-half of the school day on the day of the event, not counting school-sponsored trips.

  • To be eligible for school-sponsored teams, a student must have been promoted the previous year, meet all school and conference eligibility criteria, and not be under any school sanctions limiting participation.  To be able to continue participation in athletics, students must adhere to all rules and regulations of the team and school.

  • Eligible students may try out for school-sponsored football, cheerleading, basketball, and track.  Football and cheerleading are for 7th and 8th grade students only.  Basketball and track are for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, wrestling,  volleyball and golf are non-school sponsored club sports that may be available from year to year.  These sports adhere to school board policy, but are not funded or administered by the school board or WMS.

  • Each student must have a complete physical examination each year prior to trying out or participating as a member of any athletic team or cheerleader squad.  An official TSSAA physical form completed by a physician after May 1 of year of participation and a “Consent for Athletic Participation and Medical Care” form (completed by a parent/guardian) must be on file with coach prior to student participation in a sport.  Cost of the examination shall be borne by the parent or guardian of the student. The parent/guardian is required to maintain personal insurance and be willing to accept all financial responsibilities related to participation and travel.

  • Cheerleader tryouts are held in the spring for football and basketball.  The football squad is composed of students from East Middle School and West Middle School.  Like all other school-sponsored sports, cheerleaders are expected to adhere to all school and athletics rules, meet all deadlines and requirements of the cheerleader coach, and meet all WMS and conference eligibility guidelines.

Athletic Transportation


Student membership/participation on a school-sponsored team shall constitute parental/guardian permission for approved team-related travel to and from contests.  For school-sponsored sports, students are expected to be transported to and from approved activities by school or chartered bus unless parent/guardian makes arrangements with the coach in charge ahead of time to transport his/her own child after a contest

Attendance


PLEASE CALL 454-2605 FOR ALL ABSENCES

Attendance:  Attendance is a key factor in student achievement.  Students are expected to be present and on time each day school's in session.  Persistent absenteeism creates a genuine hardship for a student and is a serious problem.  Students are tardy if they are not in their assigned seat at the bell or start of class. Absences are classified as excused or unexcused.  

Excused absences recognized by the TCS Board of Education include:

  • Personal illness
  • Illness of immediate family member
  • Death in the family
  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Religious observances
  • Circumstances which create emergencies beyond student control.

Students returning after an absence must present a note to the office from 7:45-7:55 with a note containing the following information:  Student’s name, date of absence(s), reason for absence, & parent signature. It is each student’s responsibility to be present on time.  

Checkouts:  Only parents or legal guardians may authorize a student to leave school during the school day for valid reasons.  If there is a question of legal custody, the school reserves the right to require proof of identification (photo I.D.) and custody before releasing a student.  Students are not permitted to checkout for lunch.

Tardiness:   A student is tardy for school if not in the classroom with all materials and prepared to work when the bell sounds at 8:00 a.m.  Any students not in class by 8:00 a.m. will report to office to check in and secure an admit slip to class. Disciplinary measures will be applied for chronic tardiness, regardless of who is at fault for the tardiness.

Backpacks


Backpacks are not allowed in classroom and are put in lockers at the beginning of the day.  No rolling backpacks. Students may retrieve books and materials throughout the day from lockers.  Teachers may apply same rule to purses if they are a distraction.

Bullying

Cafeteria


Cafeteria-To encourage good nutrition, a well-balanced meal is offered at a reasonable price.   Breakfast is free to all students at WMS for the 2018-2019 school year.

Meal 6th - 8th 6th - 8th Reduced Staff Child Visitor Adult
Breakfast Free Free $2.25 $1.50 $2.25
Lunch $2.25 $4.00 $2.75 $2.75 $4.00

*Please see the website for A La Carte Prices

Free or reduced lunches are available to those who qualify. Students and staff are allowed to charge for lunch or breakfast in an emergency. Students who owe five (5) lunch charges or two (2) breakfast charges may not charge an additional meal. Only basic meals may be charged. If special circumstances or hardships arise, please contact the office. Students may pay daily or in advance to their account. Parents are encouraged to pay by check. Students are not allowed to have commercial food from outside sources. If you have any questions or problems, please contact Angela Cardwell, School Nutrition Director, at 454-2600.

CATS Class


Students are assigned to CATS (Creating A Team Spirit) Class with a teacher who serves as their advisor.  CATS classes are designed to address team building, character education, adolescence, and other topics appropriate for middle school students.  Students are expected to participate fully.

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices

CELL PHONES:  
Students are permitted the possession of cell phones during the hours school is in session with the following restrictions:  Cell phones or other authorized or unauthorized electronic devices shall be in the “off” mode at all times while in a classroom or at a scheduled activity during the hours school is in session, unless the teacher of record or time period allows for educational purposes.   Cell phones or authorized electronic devices may be in the “on” mode and used during class changes and in authorized areas on school grounds before and after school and at lunch.  DO NOT use cell phones to call or text parents, USE classroom or office phones. Note: The WMS cell phone policy is a privilege designed to teach students proper cell phone etiquette. If the presence of cell phones becomes a distraction to the educational process, WMS reserves the right to modify this policy as necessary and with proper notice. The privilege to use cell phones must be earned by the student body as a whole.

Consequences for violations:

  • 1st offense: Student must pick up and sign notice of future consequences.
  • 2nd offense: Phone will be confiscated for a minimum of overnight (as long as a week) and will be picked up by Parent/Guardian after this time has elapsed.
  • 3rd offense: Phone will be confiscated for an extended period of time (usually at least a quarter) and will be picked up by Student/Parent/Guardian.

VIDEOS:

  • Cameras, camera phones and other electronic recording devices are prohibited in locker rooms at all times.
  • Cameras, camera phones and other electronic recording devices owned or operated by individuals may not be used to photograph, video, or record any student or staff without permission from the individual(s) being photographed, videoed, or recorded. School security cameras are not included in this restriction.
  • Any student who violates the restrictions of this policy may have the device confiscated and may be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the principal.
  • Any student who disseminates in any manner an unauthorized or misrepresented photograph, video, or recording for the purpose of embarrassing, demeaning, or discrediting the reputation of any student or staff, or that results in the embarrassment, demeaning, or discrediting of any student or staff, or results in any action or activity disruptive to the educational process shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion at the discretion of the principal.

ChromeBook


See TCS system policy online at www.tullahomacityschools.net. Chromebooks will remain at school this year

Counseling


The WMS counselor is available to all students. Problems concerning both a student’s school and personal life often appear overwhelming. In many situations these problems can be helped by talking with the school counselor. Students may request to see the school counselor by letting any staff member know that a need exists; however, students must have an appointment rather than waiting at the counselor's office.   If you need assistance, please contact Stacey Smith at 454-2605.

Discipline


The majority of discipline will take place in the classroom for rule violations.
Classroom discipline can result in the following consequences:

  • Call to parents
  • Extra work (ex. Write offs)
  • Teacher Detention
  • Lunch Isolation
  • Office Referral

If a student receives a referral to the office, then each situation will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
Office referrals can result in the following consequences:

  • Calls to parents
  • Before or After School Detention
  • Lunch or Related Arts Isolation
  • Office Isolation
  • In School Suspension
  • Out of School Suspension

Dress Code

 

The majority of our students need no advice on appearance because they use good common sense. Decency, good taste, and respect for self and the standards of the community are to be maintained in dress and grooming by all students. Any student attire that is considered contrary to good hygiene, disruptive in appearance, or detrimental to the educational environment or the public image of the school will not be permitted. Also, student attire should not be a hazard to the student’s safety or to the safety of others. The administration and teachers will determine the appropriateness of dress. Students not in compliance will be sent to the main office.  The following policy is being utilized by Tullahoma Middle Schools-East and West, and also at Tullahoma High School:

  • Shorts should be no shorter than mid-thigh.
  • Skirts and dresses should be no shorter than the top of the knee.
  • Leggings, jeggings, and other compression/athletic-style pants may be worn so long as worn with an opaque top garment with a front and back length completely covering the buttocks area. (*Opaque – solid, not see-through)
  • Shirts must be opaque and cover the stomach and chest – and – have an over-the-shoulder area at least 2 inches wide. (roughly the width of a business card)
  • Any items worn underneath sheer or lace clothing must adhere to the dress code.
  • Holes in pants may not be above the knee. Holes or fray above the knee caused by normal wear must not reveal skin.
  • “Sagging” pants may not be worn. Pants must be belted and properly fit at the waist.
  • Students may not wear clothing that mentions drugs, tobacco, alcohol, has vulgar/obscene/profane captions, etc, or is related to a gang or gang colors.
  • Pajamas/pajama pants are not appropriate for regular school day attire.
  • Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. No house shoes are allowed.
  • Spiked accessories, oversized jewelry or belt buckles and inappropriate head coverings such as bandanas or do-rags are prohibited during school time or school functions.  Hats are also not worn inside WMS.

Parents will be notified if students are inappropriately dressed. Students will be required to change into proper clothing and will not be allowed to attend class if in violation of the dress code. Students who violate the dress code will be subject to disciplinary measures.   If a parent is unable to be contacted or unable to bring clothing in a timely manner that meets the dress code, the student will wait in the In Office until contact is made or clothing is delivered. The student must check out with parent permission to leave school to change clothing.

Emergency Drills

 

Fire, tornado, and earthquake drills are conducted at regularly scheduled intervals.  Detailed escape plans are posted inside each classroom.  

Lockdown Procedures:  In the unlikely event that WMS goes on Lockdown, students will remain in classrooms or other supervised areas until first responder emergency personnel or school officials release them.  In an emergency situation there is no substitute for common sense. Students are encouraged to always be aware of their surroundings, have a plan for personal safety that accounts for time and place, and report any suspicious activity to school personnel.

Parents:  Remember that no one will be allowed to enter the WMS campus during a Lockdown.  WMS will make every effort to maintain the safety and well-being of every student in the event of an emergency.  Parents are reminded to allow safety procedures to be implemented. Please do not attempt to pick up students or call with checkout requests until first responders have declared the emergency situation to be under control.  WMS will disseminate information via phone, website, and media as it comes available.

Extracurricular Activities


These will be listed on WMS website once the school year starts.

Fees


The requested room fee for each student is $35.00.  There may be other fees for special activities, products, services, and materials related to a school function.  If a family has difficulty in paying school fees, the situation should be shared with the administration so that suitable arrangements can be made.  Students on free/reduced lunch are eligible to have fees waived according to Tennessee state law. Application for Fee Waiver must be made at the beginning of the school year or upon enrollment.

Field Trips


Field trips are scheduled throughout the year for educational opportunities. There is usually a bus fee and, at times, students must pay admission to certain events. Sack lunches may be purchased through the cafeteria. A required permission slip containing information about the trip will be sent home in advance. Students must return on the bus unless they ride home with their own parents, in which case teachers should be notified in writing in advance of the trip. Students who qualify for fee waivers will be exempt from the required cost of field trips. Students are expected to be on their best behavior at all times, and the school reserves the right to deny a student's field trip privileges if the student's behavior warrants such action. Students must meet the required criteria to be eligible to attend some field trips.  In rare instances, improper field trip behavior from the previous school term may impact a student's right to participate in a field trip during the following term.

Food and Drinks


Bottled water brought from home in original bottle or purchased from school vending machine. Teachers will use their own discretion in allowing students to drink water during class. Food and drinks, other than water, are not permitted anywhere in the building except the cafeteria during lunch unless given explicit permission by a teacher or administrator.  Drinks brought to school with a sack lunch must be in a can, box, pouch, or other non-resealable container. NO BOTTLED DRINKS OTHER THAN WATER ARE PERMITTED, EVEN WITH A LUNCH BROUGHT FROM HOME. Carbonated drinks, gum, and food from outside vendors are not allowed in school during the regular school day.

Grades and Grade Reporting


Grade Policy:  Grades serve to promote continuous evaluation of student performance, to inform the student and parents of progress, and to provide a basis for bringing about needed improvement in student performance.  Grades for subject-area grades are expressed as a numerical value. The numerical values are equivalent to the following letter grades:

  • A = 93-100 Excellent/outstanding in quality/quantity            
  • B = 85-92 Good work, definitely above average
  • C = 75-84 Average work
  • D = 70-74 Below average work
  • F = Below 70 Unacceptable quality/failure to do assigned work

* Special note:  TCAP scores will be used as part of the final grade calculations as required by State and Local School Board Policy

Grades recorded at the end of each quarter are determined from daily work, oral and written assignments, homework, tests, etc.  When a student has failed to complete required work or meet other class obligations, his/her grade may be recorded as incomplete (I).  If the incomplete is not removed within one grading period, it will become an F. It is the student’s responsibility to clear incompletes.

Honor Roll/Principal’s List
The Honor Roll is a special recognition  for academic success:

  • Principal’s List:  All A’s
  • Honor Roll:  All A’s and 1 B

Mid-Term Progress Reports
Near the midpoint of the nine weeks grading period, students receive a Progress Report-this could be a digital copy.   Parents are encouraged to contact and maintain communication with the teacher with any concerns or questions about their child’s progress.

Report cards:  Report Cards are issued following the completion of each nine-week grading period.  The report card is to be signed by the parent and returned to the CATS teacher. Non-custodial parents who wish to receive a report card by mail should make written request each year to the attendance secretary.  Typically, report cards will be sent home on the Friday following a quarter break.

Health Items

Immunizations:  The state laws and the Department of Public Health’s guidelines require that all students be properly immunized, or exempted as allowed by medical or religious reasons, before entering school.  The schools are required to collect this immunization record from the parent on the form required by the Department of Health (green card) and to keep this information on file in the school. Failure to properly immunize or to provide the required documentation may result in a student’s dismissal from school.

Medications:  Parents are required to fill out a form when medicine is sent to the school to be taken during the school day.  Schools are not allowed to give out any prescription medication without doctor’s verification. Students coming to school with medicine must leave it in the office, and parents must fill out the information for the medicine being taken.  The school will keep a log as to time/types of medicine being taken at school. If medication is brought to school, the following requirements must be met:

Prescription medication:

  1. Clearly identified as to name, type of medication, in original container.
  2. Must have prescription label with student name, drug identity, dose, doctor, & prescription date.
  3. Must be left in school office.
  4. Only dosage for that day, if possible.

Nonprescription medication:

  1. Must be in original container.
  2. Must clearly identify name, type of medication, and dosage.

Homework


Homework is a valuable and important tool for academic success.  Students are to daily complete their homework to the best of their ability.  Students who consistently choose not to complete homework/classwork will have an intervention by the team and or administration.  

Library


Our library opens at 7:45 a.m. each morning and remains open until 3:15.   The library is designed to make supplementary resources available to students. Use of the library is encouraged within the guidelines and rules established by the librarian.  In order to encourage students to return books without fear of a penalty, no fines will be charged for overdue books. If a book is lost or damaged, it must be paid for by the student.

Lockers


School authorized combination locks may be purchased for $6.00 (our cost) from the school

A locker is assigned to each student.  Students are to use only the locker assigned.  Students who deface lockers may have their locker privileges revoked.  Students are expected to keep their lockers clean and not abuse them in any way.  Do not affix anything to the inside or outside of lockers with tape, glue, etc. Do not write on or make any marks on lockers. The school is not responsible for valuables left in lockers, bags, or other areas on campus.  Lockers are school property and are subject to search at any time on a random basis or in cases of reasonable suspicion.  

News Publications, Websites, Television, etc.


Student pictures, written quotes, artwork, honor roll status, etc. may periodically appear in school and public news publications, television, or on the WMS or TCS Websites.  Any parent/guardian who does not wish for their student’s name to appear on the website or in news media should notify school officials following the same guidelines as those for Directory Information.

TULLAHOMA BOARD OF EDUCATION -- POLICIES AND NOTICES
Annual Notification of Rights

Within the first three weeks of each school year, the school system will notify parent(s) of students and eligible students of each student’s privacy rights.  For students enrolling after the above period, this information will be given to the student’s parent(s) or the eligible student at the time of enrollment. The notice will include the right of the student’s parent(s) or the eligible student to:

  1. Inspect and review the student’s education records;
  2. Seek correction of items in the record which are believed to be inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the student’s rights, including the right to a hearing upon request;
  3. File a complaint with the appropriate state or federal officials when the school system violates laws and regulations relative to student records;
  4. Obtain a copy of this policy and a copy of such educational records;
  5. Exercise control over other people’s access to the records, except when prior written consent is given, or under circumstances as provided by law or regulations, or where the school system has designated certain information as “directory information.”  Parent (s) of students or eligible students have two weeks after notification to advise the school system in writing of items they designate not to be used as directory information. The records custodian will make the appropriate student records for which directory information is to be limited, and this designation will remain in effect until it is modified by the written direction of the student’s parent (s) of the eligible student.

Parents


Conferences:  Parent-teacher conference evenings occur periodically during the school year.  Conferences can also be arranged during teacher planning time by appointment. Email and phone calls are also encouraged.

Parent Volunteers:   A Parent Volunteer Organization) is a positive way that teachers, parents, and students can all work together to help WMS be a better school.  This organization participates in many events in addition to providing workers for book fairs, sight and hearing screenings, concession stand, and chaperones for school events.  Parents interested in actively participating in the organization are encouraged to contact the school office.

Schoology:  Parents will be given access to Schoology so that they may see their grades, assignments, and projects.  If you need help, please contact the main office or email Ms. Herrera at cindy.herrera@tcsedu.net.

Scheduling


Class changes:  Students/Parents may request class changes (to or from band, chorus, or enrichment) within 5 school days after school starts.  No Related Arts class changes will be considered after this timeline.

Skateboarding/Skating/Rollerblading/Wheeled Shoes


Skateboards, skating of any kind, and rollerblading are not allowed on the WMS campus at any time.

Solicitation


Students are not to be solicited for money unless the principal has approved a project.  No sale of items allowed at the school by students other than properly approved school related functions.

Student Media Access Opt-Out/Student Privacy Information


STUDENT MEDIA ACCESS OPT-OUT INFORMATION

All student records are stored in the office.  Access to any student’s record is limited to persons directly responsible for the child’s educational needs.

The United States Department of Education provides protection of student records under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).  

Click Here to view these rights and access the opt-out form.  

Click Here to view student privacy information including COPPA laws, HIPPA laws and TCS Board Policy - Media Access to Students.  

Valuables


WMS is not responsible for personal valuables such as phones, iPods, iPads, Kindles, other electronics, money, personal belongings, etc.  A lock on your locker is recommended.

Visitors


All visitors, including parents and volunteers, with school business must report to the office to sign in upon entering the school.  Because of privacy concerns and the possibility of school disruptions, students are not allowed to have visitors during the school day.  Visiting is a privilege that can be revoked should problems, distractions, or disturbances arise. Visitors may not bring commercially prepared food to students for lunch.  Additionally, visitors should not bring birthday cake, candy, or other similar items to lunch

Withdrawals


Students withdrawing from school for any reason must complete a withdrawal form obtained from the office.  All fees must be paid and library books and textbooks returned. All obligations must be met before student records will be released.