This planner is designed to inform students and parents of important school policies and procedures. Please read through this handbook carefully and refer to it throughout the school year.
Bus transportation will be provided to and from school for Magee students living 2.5 miles or more from the school. Bus transportation is a privilege and assistance for students. Students are expected to observe the proper safety procedures and school rules on the buses. Bus service can be revoked for inappropriate behavior on the bus, at a bus stop, or anywhere else that endangers the safe transportation of students between home and school. Students desiring to ride a different bus, should do so in writing and have the request approved by an administrator.
TUSD Transportation # 225-4800
TUSD policy requires a parent/guardian call the school office when a student is absent (731-5002 or 731-5014). If a telephone call is not possible, a written note explaining the reason for the absence should be brought to the office upon the student’s return to school. Each student is solely responsible for attending every class everyday. A good attendance record has a direct effect on academic endeavor.
STUDENT CHECK-IN AND
If a student will be arriving late a parent/guardian must personally escort and sign the student in at the front office.
If it is necessary for a student to leave school during the school day, the student should bring a note from his/her parent/guardian stating the time and purpose for leaving. This note should be presented to the office upon the student’s arrival at school. Policy directs that all students must remain on school grounds from the time they arrive until the end of the school day unless they have been granted special permission. No student may leave school without a parent or person(s) designated on the emergency card.
All students must sign out from the Main Office.
All office phones are reserved for business purposes. The classrooms have phones and students are allowed to use them on an emergency basis with teacher approval. There is a public pay phone available before or after school for student use. Every effort will be made to deliver messages to students; however, calls received after 2:00 p.m. may not reach the student.
Textbooks are issued to each student at no cost. If a book is lost or damaged it is the responsibility of the student and parents/guardians to pay for the book and notify the appropriate teacher or administrator.
VISITORS AND VOLUNTEERS
We enjoy our guests and encourage volunteers. All visitors and volunteers must come to the front office upon arrival. Arizona law requires that guests not go beyond the front office until they are signed in. If parents or guardians wish to sit in a class to observe, arrangements to observe MUST be made with the teacher at least 24 hours in advance.
To provide for a safe environment, students are not to have student visitors attend school with them at any time during school hours. This applies to after school activities, also. A school administrator must approve all exceptions.
School insurance will be available, at a cost, for all students. Applications are available at the front office.
Magee students are assigned guidance counselors who will help them during their middle school years. Counselors can offer advice and information on course selection, grades, student habits, tutoring, and other academic and personal issues related to school life.
A registered nurse or health aide is available to assist students during school hours. If you should become sick or injured during school hours or have any health concerns, it is important that you visit the health office. Students going home sick for the day should wait in the nurse’s office for a parent/guardian to arrive. Students requiring medical care for a serious illness or health emergency must be transported by their parent/guardian to the appropriate medical facility. An emergency card must be on file in the office for each student indicating all individuals authorized by the parent/guardian. It is the responsibility of the parent to keep all contact names and phone numbers up-to-date.
As required by law, an updated and complete immunization record must be kept on file for each student.
To ensure safety and continued compliance with state regulations, we are not able to administer prescription medications to students unless the proper form is filled out completely and signed by the parent or guardian. These forms may be obtained at the school nurse’s office. Only medication prescribed by a doctor and in the original container may be brought to school. All prescription drugs to be taken at school shall be kept and dispensed in the nurse’s office. It is against school board policy for any student to possess drugs of any kind at any time on school property.
Each student will be assigned a locker. Students are responsible for the security of their lockers, and no student should share his/her locker nor give their combination to other students. Students may go to their lockers only before school, before and after lunch, and after school. Backpacks, hats, and sunglasses are to remain in the lockers during the school day. Periodic locker clean-outs will be made to assure orderly and safe lockers are maintained.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION LOCKERS AND PROCEDURES
Physical Education lockers will be assigned in the appropriate locker room. Each physical education students should purchase a combination lock for use on the P.E. locker.
P.E. is planned to teach you about fitness and athletic activities. You must participate to succeed. P.E. uniforms should be purchased through Magee Middle School. The cost for the uniform is $17.00 ($10.00/pants + $7.00/shirt). There is no need to have extra athletic shoes. Showers are available and encouraged. You must; however, bring your own towel.
Anything brought to school is the responsibility of the student. Lost property is stored in a room in the cafeteria. If you feel your property has been stolen, contact an assistant principal; however, there is no guarantee your property will be recovered. The best rule to follow is: If you don’t want to lose it, don’t bring it to school!
Any type of electronic equipment is not allowed on campus. The school does not carry insurance to cover replacement of, or repair to, lost, stolen or damaged property belonging to individual students. Students should bring only necessary school supplies. If brought to school, these items must be turned off and stored away during instructional time. Non-instructional time is before 7:45 a.m., during lunch after exiting the cafeteria and going to the field area, and after 2:52 p.m, 1:55 p.m. on Wednesday. Students who are in violation of this rule will be required to have a parent/guardian pick up the item in the main office.
Parents are responsible for damage done to school property by their children.
State law requires bicyclists to wear helmets. Students caught not wearing a helmet may be ticketed by the School Resource Officer. Bicycles are to be parked in the bicycle compound and must be locked. The school is not responsible for stolen items. Bicycles are not allowed on walkways at any time. Bicycles must be walked while on campus. No motorized bikes or cycles are allowed on campus. Skateboarding is not allowed at any time.
Breakfast is available to students starting at 7:15 a.m. for a cost of $1:10.
Hot lunch/Express Lunch ($2.00) and the snack bar ($.50-$2.00) are available to all students. You may also bring your own lunch; however, all lunches must be eaten in the supervised area. Students are expected to dispose of all refuse in available garbage cans to help deep the area clean. Throwing of food will result in disciplinary actions.
Free or reduced lunch is available for students who qualify. Applications can be obtained in the office. Students using TUSD food service will be required to memorize their matriculation number until their identification card is ready. Once their identification card is ready they will use it as a swipe card to access their account. Parents are able to maintain an account at school to allow students to access any food service line without having to send money daily with the student.
Magee students feel a sense of pride in their school. Every year the student council sponsors “Spirit Week.” It gives students the chance to show their school spirit.
School colors are red and blue. Our school mascot is the roadrunner.
Mid-quarter progress reports and quarterly report cards are mailed directly to the home. These reports reflect the student’s academic performance and citizenship. The grading scale is: A, B, C, D and F (academics) and E,S,T and U (citizenship).
We encourage parents/guardians to contact their student’s teachers or counselor anytime you may have a concern. The teacher or parent may request individual conference times as problems arise throughout the year.
Early dismissal days for parent/teacher conferences are:
October 20, 2004
October 21, 2004
March 16, 2005
Parents/guardians wishing to set up a conference time need to call the office (731-5000) prior to the scheduled conference day to ensure an available time.
An interscholastic program is available for students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades. The program is designed to allow maximum participation by all students. Teams are selected from students who try out. As long as a student attends practice regularly, has no disciplinary restrictions and stays academically eligible, he or she will be allowed to compete.
To participate in interscholastic sports you must have:
- Written parent permission
- Physical examination (current within last 12 months dated after March 1
- Completed emergency information card
In addition, our academic eligibility policy requires weekly eligibility checks. If a student receives an “F: in the same subject for 2 consecutive weeks, he/she is ineligible to participate in games or events for the following two consecutive weeks. Ineligible students must; however, attend all practices. We encourage parental support of our “no pass – no play” policy.
Special recognition is given to students who distinguish themselves academically. Students who earn all A’s or a G.P.A. or 4.0 as well as students who earn a G.P.A. of 3.0 or better, without receiving a D, F, or U are recognized as Honor Roll Students with a certificate quarterly.
This is your school! Get involved in the clubs and extracurricular activities available at Magee. The choices include: Interscholastics, Chess club, Bible club, Odyssey of the Mind, Catalina Island Marine Institute.
The library is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Students may use the library before, during or after school. At lunch time, students must acquire a pass from the monitors, administrators, or librarian. Teachers will issue passes during class time.
The library is fully automated with computerized catalog and checkout system. Students must use their card to check out materials. Lost cards may be replaced for a small fee. Students are responsible for materials they check out. The computerized system does not permit books to be checked out to students having overdue books, and students will be charged for lost or damaged materials. Cooperation, common sense and responsibility are greatly appreciated.
Homework for students at Magee is designed to be an appropriate practice of the skills taught in the classroom. Homework reinforces the skills and information presented in the classes. All assignments are expected to be completed in a timely fashion and turned in on the day that they are due. Parents/Guardians: Please refer to the agenda planner on a daily basis as a communication tool between home and school.
If a student is absent 1 or 2 days, it is the student’s responsibility to request make-up assignments upon his/her return to class. If a student is absent 3 or more consecutive days, a parent/guardian may call the school and request homework. Please allow 24 hours for homework requests to be processed.
The philosophy of Magee Middle School, along with the Tucson Unified School District, is to provide an educational environment designed to motivate, teach and encourage students to attain the highest level of proficiency in all areas. Dress guidelines are intended to promote the awareness of social, cultural and aesthetic forces that affect the school environment. Students are expected to dress appropriately, and in a way that reflects personal and school pride. Clothing should be neat, clean, modest and in good taste. Shoes must be worn at all times; therefore, the following will NOT be permitted:
- Clothing that are inappropriate in a teaching and learning environment: swimsuits, halters, strapless tops, spaghetti straps, spandex, exposed undergarments, sheer or see-through clothing, shirts that bare midriff, short-shorts that do not cover the buttocks while sitting or standing, garments with plunging necklines that expose the chest and “muscle shirts” or basketball shirts without an accompanying T-shirt. Shorts should be longer than your thumbs when arms are extended to your sides
- Clothing, accessories and/or head coverings which identify or have been altered to identify with illegal organizations
- Clothing that portrays racial statements, profane language or inflammatory language, and/or sexual depiction/innuendo
- Accessories that can be used as a weapon, such as chains, spiked rings, bracelets, collars, etc.
- Clothing that advertises or advocates the use of alcohol, illegal substances, sex or tobacco may not be worn
- Clothing that is too tight, ripped or torn, thigh-high slits or lacing in long dresses, skirts and pants as well as underwear slips, pajamas worn as outerwear
- Sagging pants
- Slippers, bandanas (of any type), shirts carried or draped over the shoulder
- Sunglasses and hats in the building; however, these items may be worn during P.E.
- Extreme haircolors are prohibited
- Non-standard or multiple body piercings
Students wearing inappropriate clothing to school are given an opportunity to change clothing or they will be released from school in the company of the parent/guardian. Repeat occurrences may result in General Misconduct (a failure to adhere to school rules), thus leading to a short-term suspension. See Page 9 in the new TUSD Guidelines For Student Rights and Responsibilities. Decisions will be left to the discretion of the administration.
Individuals are responsible for the choices that they make. A student grows in a positive way by making appropriate choices and by accepting responsibility for inappropriate ones. At Magee Middle School guidelines for conduct are simple and specific, with clearly defined consequences.
GUIDELINES FOR CONDUCT
- Be in class on time
- Be prepared
- Respect the rights and property of others
- Take responsibility for what you say and do
- Avoid unsafe and irresponsible behavior
It is a fundamental belief at Magee Middle School that everyone deserves to be treated equally and with respect. All students and staff need to feel safe and accepted regardless of race, gender, abilities, religion or nationality. To accomplish this, bullying must be eliminated at our school. Magee Middle School has adopted a zero-tolerance policy on bullying.
There are many different types of bullying. Physical bullying can take the form of hitting, pushing, kicking or tripping. Non-physical bullying can include threatening, intimidating, harassing, conveying a threat on behalf of someone else, forming a group in order to intimidate someone, name-calling, gossiping, making fun of or excluding someone. Whatever the type, bullying causes pain and stress to victims. Bullying is never justified or excusable as “just teasing” or “kids being kids”. The victim is never responsible for being a target of bullying. Please do your part to make Magee Middle School a safe and welcoming place for all students.
Violence in any form is strictly prohibited on school property at all times. Fights or other violent acts committed by students are grounds for immediate suspension, possible expulsion, and referral to the Tucson Police Department.
A violation of the preceding guidelines/policies ** will result in progressive disciplinary action taken by a teacher or administrator.
STEPS TO PROGRESSIVE DISCIPLINE:
- Teacher confers and counsels student
- Teacher makes parent contact-written, phone, and/or email
- Referral to Counselor
- Lunch Duty/Detention assigned
- Teacher assigns after-school detention
- In-House Alternative Program assigned
** NOTE: Steps can be eliminated or accelerated if necessary depending on offense.
Major offenses and infractions may result in automatic suspension. In cases of an at-home suspension, the teacher will provide classroom work. The purpose of consequences is to teach students to make positive choices, to be responsible for their own behavior, and to alleviate further classroom disruption. Parent contact and/or conferences are held immediately. Please refer to the TUSD’s Students Rights and Responsibilities for the list of infractions and their related consequences.
Magee teachers have the right to maintain a safe, orderly, academically-focused environment. Students who openly defy the teacher’s instructions, or disrupt the educational environment of another student will be removed from the classroom to the office immediately. Some examples can include:
- Challenging teacher’s authority
- Refusal to cooperate or perform task after three requests
- Refusal to do an assignment
- Inappropriate language
- Non-compliant or disgruntled attitude
FOR GUEST TEACHERS
During the course of the school year, it may occur that your student’s regular teacher is absent and a guest teacher is called in for the absence. These guest teachers have the very difficult job of being called to substitute teach, and never know what subject they may be called to cover. Our students are Magee ambassadors, and at all times, will follow our guidelines for conduct.
Students are expected to show respectful behavior during all assemblies and concerts. Students are to enter and exit the assembly quietly and in single file. Students are to be seated quietly. While viewing the program students are to show appreciation by clapping appropriately. There is to be no shouting/yelling/hollering, whistling, hooting, booing, hissing, loud conversation, throwing of any objects, eating or drinking, rocking the chairs, invading another student’s space, or distracting others by touching, talking or making noises.
Students engaging in any of the above behaviors will receive a warning from the teacher. If the behavior continues, the student will be removed and a referral will be made to an administrator. Depending on the behavior, the student may be banned from attending future assemblies and concerts.
PERIODS 1 THROUGH 6
- Three unexcused classroom tardies per period = one afterschool detention assigned by the teacher
- Fourth unexcused tardy = one afterschool detention and “T” on report card
- Fifth unexcused tardy = Referral to administrator and “U” on report card
- If student arrives more than five minutes late without an excused admittance slip = referral to administrator
NOTE: Serving detentions are a priority over extra-curricular activities.
In-House Alternative to Suspension Program
The In-House Alternative to Suspension Program has been designed as a disciplinary alternative to the more severe out-of-school suspension. Students assigned to in-house are supervised by a certified teacher and are given daily work assignments by their regular teachers. In-house students are assigned to a study carrel and must abide by strict study hall rules. They are to not talk without permission, raise hands for permission to get up from their desk, stay on task to finish assigned work, be courteous to others around them, and not nap. Students not following these guidelines are expelled from the in-house program and given an out-of-school suspension. The in-house room itself is austere but conducive to quality learning. The room has twelve individual study carrels, no distracting windows, very little noise distraction due to the heavy brick construction, and a bathroom and drinking fountain connected to the room. Lunch is brought to the students who eat at their desks. If students have difficulties with one of their assignments, the supervising teacher is available to tutor them.
Computers, Internet access, and other technology will be available for approved educational uses. Inappropriate use or abuse of equipment will result in suspension of privileges and/or disciplinary action.