Middle School students
will be assigned an advisor, not necessarily the homeroom
teacher. The advisor will serve as a liaison between school
and home and will be the middle school teacher most closely
monitoring your child's progress in all school-related areas.
The advisor will also facilitate Student-Led conferences.
Of course, a student or parent is always free to speak with
any staff member. We hope this will allow us to have better
communication with you and better serve individual student
Absence Due to Illness
or Family Emergency:
Students who are out of
school due to illness, and who feel up to working on homework,
should contact the school office to request books, materials
and assignments. Teachers expect that missed work will
be made up.
Absence Due to Vacation,
Family Trips or other Non-Emergency /Illness Situations
(including activities planned by the school):
Students who are absent for non-illness/emergency
related reasons will be responsible for all work missed.
Homework represents only a very small part of a six
hour school day, and classwork instruction is the single
most important element of the day. Parents must notify
the office at least one week prior to these non-illness/emergency
after 8:15 am are considered tardy. Students who arrive
after 8:15 must report to the office before continuing
to the classroom. Tardiness caused by late school buses
is not recorded.
Changes in Transportation Arrangements
Changes in transportation
arrangements can be very confusing to children. They also
add another dimension to our already complex dismissal and
bus-loading procedures. Please try to provide private transportation
for afterschool visits and activities. If your child rides
a school bus, he or she will be expected to ride his/her
regular bus and get off at the regular stop unless we have
a signed note from a parent or guardian by 10 am. Please
make afterschool plans in advance and avoid calling school
with a message for your child.
Please provide a signed
note if your child must get off at a different bus stop,
if your child is to be picked up instead of riding the bus,
or if your child will walk to another's house after school
instead of riding the bus.
If a child is to be
picked up at school by someone other than the parent or
guardian, the child must give the staff a signed parental
note to that effect.
Without a signed note,
we have no choice but to send the child on the regular bus,
regardless of what the child may tell us. Our concern for
the safety of your child requires our strict adherence to
Dismissal During the School
Whenever possible, a
child's medical, dental, and other appointments should be
scheduled after school hours. Students requesting early
dismissal during the school day for appointments, travel,
etc., must have a signed note from a parent. If someone
other than the parent will come for the child, that should
be stated in the note. Students must check out through the
school office, where the parent should meet the student.
Parents should not take children from the playground or
classroom. Returning students must check in at the office.
The Lyme School has
adopted a set of behavioral standards, developed by the
students and faculty, to create a learning community that
is positive, ethical, and based on personal choice. The
purpose of the standards is to identify levels of behavior,
on a scale of one through four, that identifies the spectrum
from inappropriate to appropriate behavior. The levels are
described as follows: Level 1: Chaos; Level 2: Bossing/Bullying/Bothering;
Level 3: Communication/Cooperation; Level 4: Democracy.
Behavior at Level 4 occurs because students are motivated
to “do the right thing’ based on their understanding
of what makes an ethical, safe, peaceful learning community.
When a student does not adhere to the school standards,
he or she will be asked to “check your level”.
If the inappropriate behavior does not improve, the student
will be asked to write a reflection, and make a plan for
improving that behavior. This philosophy is designed to
empower students and give them an opportunity for self understanding
and growth within the parameters of an environment where
they feel safe and valued.
refer to the section on School
Expectations and Rules
on pages 7 and 8.
Changes in a students
schedule will only be made by the principal after consultation
with the Instructional Assistance Team.
Each Middle School teacher
will post his/her own classroom standards.
Students who do not
comply with classroom standards will be assigned a reflection.
A working lunch/recess will be assigned for missing work.
Reflections and working lunch/recess are held during lunch
and recess time everyday. Students bring their lunch directly
to the assigned room.
Students assigned a
reflection will fill out a form explaining why he/she was
assigned the reflection and what he/she can do to avoid
this situation in the future. The reflection needs to be
signed by a parent and returned to the working lunch teacher
the following day. If it is not returned by the next day,
the student will be assigned a working lunch.
If a student isn’t
in school on the day of an assigned working lunch or reflection,
it will be made up on the next day the student is in school.
If a student receives
three working lunches within one marking period, an advisor
will contact the parents and the student may be asked to
make a plan to avoid further working lunches. If a student
is assigned three reflections within one marking period
the principal will contact the parents and the student may
serve an in-school suspension.
It is expected that
students will be in good academic and social standing to
attend all day and overnight field trips. Students who have
had one or more out of school suspensions for illegal behavior
and/or have had three or more out of school suspensions
in the current school year will not be allowed to attend
all day or overnight field trips.
We feel that school
is the student's "workplace." Appropriate and
neat dress is expected in order to promote a respectful
and non-distracting school climate. Our dress code states:
Hats, pajamas, rollerblades, “roller sneakers”
and other distracting attire are not allowed to be worn
in school. The only exception is on a school spirit day
sponsored by the student council and approved by the principal.
Clothing that promotes alcohol, drugs, tobacco, sex, violence
or weapons is unacceptable. Clothing that reveals too much
skin or underwear is also unacceptable. Students not in
compliance with the dress code will be provided with a t-shirt
Students and guests
coming to school or school sponsored activities, inappropriately
dressed will be expected to change.
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94-97 = A
90-93 = A-
87-89 = B+
84-86 = B
80-83 = B-
77-79 = C+
74-76 = C
70-73 = C-
60-69 = D
Below 60 = F
Report Cards: Report
cards are issued quarterly. The report cards are sent
home with the students in the Thursday envelopes a week
after the marking period closes. Student-led conferences
will be held at the end of the first and third marking periods.
Honor Rolls: The middle
school supports two honor rolls to recognize the many accomplishments
of our students. Requirements for the two honor rolls are:
High Honors - A's
in all subjects.
Honors - A's and B's in all subjects.
Awards Evening: The middle school
will host an awards evening at the end of the year to celebrate
students who were on the honor roll at any time during the
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It is not our practice
to exempt students from the French program. Students who
enter French as new students in the Lyme School in the seventh
or eighth grade may choose to take French for Pass/Fail
grade. Parents and students should be aware that this would
impact the likeliness of their future High School to accept
their work as replacement for a first year of French. Students
may opt to receive a Letter grade at the beginning of each
Please refer to the section on Homework in the main part
of the Handbook.
We believe that homework
is an integral part of the school curriculum. The purposes
of homework are to enhance learning, aid in skill mastery,
stimulate student interest, exploration, problem solving
and promote successful, independent study habits. It is
a way to assess their understanding and ability. We feel
strongly that students should do the work themselves.
Each student will be
provided with an assignment book (agenda) to keep track
of their daily assignments. Students are responsible for
entering their assignments. Teachers will check the assignment
books periodically. We encourage parents to communicate
with teachers with a note in the assignment book. Students
will be charged for any lost assignment books. Middle School
homework assignments are also posted on our web site at:
Developing good study
habits may be one of the most important skills a student
can learn in his/her middle school years. Parents can help
children set up a realistic study schedule by coordinating
family activities. Sports, meals, chores, lessons, T.V.,
daydreaming and play all have to be considered and the schedule
may have to be changed seasonally!
Try to schedule half
hour blocks of study time with a five minute break every
half hour. Please remember that, in addition to any other
homework, students are encouraged to devote at least one
half hour to independent reading every school night.
Teachers try to coordinate
homework assignments so that no one is swamped. A calendar
with tests and long term assignments is posted in the Middle
School hallway. If your child is not clear about what is
expected, is feeling overwhelmed or is spending an inordinate
amount of time on assignments, please contact a teacher
or your child's advisor.
Notes about Homework:
- Both the type and length of
the assignment and the student's rate of work vary from
student to student. Some students may need more time
for homework on certain nights. More than the suggested
time spent on homework per night is not intended. A
note from home will excuse the child for that evening,
but the student will still need to complete the assignment.
Work habits, planning, use of class and study hall time
and school absences can have a dramatic effect on the
amount of time a student spends on homework.
- Students who do not complete
in-school assignments will be expected to complete these
who find that homework directions are unclear should feel
free to contact the teacher or another student.
The following are guidelines
for homework and class work. As always, the clearer we can
be with all our expectations the smoother the total program
and Late Assignments
- Work should be neat and on time.
- Each paper should have the appropriate
- Work should be folded only once,
either vertically or horizontally.
- Paper from spiral notebooks
should have the loose edges removed before work is turned
- If pen is used it should be
blue or black ink and the work should not show scribbled
cross outs. If a mistake is made, draw one straight
line through the error and rewrite neatly. If pencil
is used, cross outs should be avoided and mistakes should
be erased and then corrected.
- Students are expected to document
all sources of information, including CD ROM encyclopedias
and web sites.
If a student comes
to class without his/her homework or an excused note from
a parent or guardian, the student will be assigned to a
working lunch/recess for that day. If this happens after
lunch and recess the student will be assigned to a working
lunch/recess for the following day unless the homework is
turned in to the teacher before lunch on the following day.
Short overnight assignments
which are not completed by the the next time the class meets
will not be accepted and will receive a "0".
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consequences for cheating or plagiarism in the Middle School
- Automatic "O"
on test, paper etc. in question
- A loss of one
full grade for term
- Parent notification
- Automatic "0"
and 1 day of in-school suspension
- Parent notification
- Automatic "F"
for marking period
- Parent notification
After School Help
The Lyme Education Association
offers an afterschool study hour once a week, on Tuesdays
from 3:00-4:00 pm, for students in grades 4-8. Pick up time
is 4:00 pm. Teachers may be available for extra help upon
request. If students stay after school for study hall or
extra help, transportation will be the responsibility of
Double Activity Period
Students in grades 6-8
are offered Friday afternoon electives throughout the year.
These electives cover areas from music and art offerings
to carpentry, community service, drama, aerobics, photography,
and much, much more. Students pick electives with the eighth
graders getting first choice. We usually are successful
at getting all students one of their top three choices.
eighth grade conducts dances during the school year to raise
money for its class trip. These dances are chaperoned by
a minimum of two adults with at least one being a school
staff member. These dances may be attended by 6th-8th grade
students who reside in Lyme, with 5th graders being allowed
to attend the last dance of the year. 8th grade students
who attend the Lyme School may bring one guest per dance.
A list of guests must be presented to the principal for
approval at least 3 days before the dance. All guests must
sign in when they arrive at the dance. Guests should be
informed of and abide by all school rules.
are expected to conduct themselves properly. All school
rules will apply, ie. dress code, language, peer interactions,
including public displays of affection. Dances are scheduled
from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. Once a person enters the school dance
he or she may not leave until picked up by a parent or guardian.
If a student leaves during a dance, he/she may not return.
Parents should pick students up promptly after the dance.
Refreshments are available at the dances for a nominal cost.
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