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1 An International Baccalaureate School Greer Middle School Welcome to the 7 th /8 th Grade Parent/Student Orientation!

2 Tonight’s event is to help the student and the parent understand the transition from elementary school to middle school.

3 I want to be clear and upfront with all parents and students so that we can work together to ensure the safety of the school and learning environment.

4 Administrative Team Scott Rhymer, Principal Lenny Kindall –Assistant Principal (6 th Grade) Tracy Cooper –Assistant Principal (7 th Grade) Matt Phillips –Assistant Principal (8 th Grade) Karen Clinkscale, Guidance –Grade 6 and Grade 7 (A-L) Cathy Cash, Guidance Counselor –Grade 7 (M-Z) and Grade 8 Carlton Green, Instructional Coach Doraine Lee, ICoach Chris Elliott (IB Coordinator)

5 GMS Vision and Goals (Goal #1) During the school year, GMS will implement a discipline policy in accordance with Greenville County Schools policy that ensures a quality learning environment for both students and staff. Evaluation of the program will be conducted with student, parent, and faculty surveys along with data derived from record keeping. (Goal #2) GMS will reduce failure rates in the core academic area to between 5% and 10% by the end of the school year. (Goal #3) During the school year, GMS will increase parental involvement opportunities by 10%. (Goal #4) During the school year, GMS will strengthen staff, student, and parental knowledge of the International Baccalaureate Program by conducting various communication events within the school and outside of the school.

6 (Goal #1) During the school year, GMS will implement a discipline policy in accordance with Greenville County Schools policy that ensures a quality learning environment for both students and staff. Evaluation of the program will be conducted with student, parent, and faculty surveys along with data derived from record keeping. Level I Behaviors Minor disruptions to classroom instruction or school order Level II Behaviors Disruptions to classroom instruction or school order that bring physical or mental harm Level III Behaviors Major disruptions to classroom instruction or school order that may result in criminal conduct Goal #1 Focuses on Safety…and Safety Is Our #1 Priority

7 Level I Behaviors Level I Behaviors Minor disruptions to classroom instruction or school order Verbal Warning Talking in class, excessive noise in hall, inappropriate language to other students, tardies, dress code violations Teacher Detention Principal Detention In School Suspension Out Of School Suspension Lunch Detention

8 Level I Behaviors Level I Behaviors Minor disruptions to classroom instruction or school order Talking in class, excessive noise in hall, inappropriate language to other students, tardies, dress code violations Lunch Detention During Lunch. A bag lunch is provided. Parent will be contacted. No maximum limit. Failure to attend will result in Teacher Detention. Teacher Detention 3:15-4:00. Grade level determines day of the week. Parent will be contacted with 24 hours notice. No maximum limit. Failure to attend will result in Principal Detention Principal Detention 3:15-5:00 Tuesday. Parent will be contacted by Assistant Principal and given 24 hours notice. Maximum limit of 5 Principal Detentions. Failure to attend will result in ISS. In School Suspension Entire school day. Parent will be contacted by Assistant Principal. Maximum limit of 5 days ISS.

9 Level II Behaviors Level II Behaviors Disruptions to classroom instruction or school order that bring harm or disrespect to someone Horseplay, public display of affection, verbal altercation, physical altercation, disrespect, refusal to obey. In School Suspension Entire school day. Parent will be contacted by Assistant Principal. Maximum limit of 5 days ISS. Out Of School Suspension Student will not be allowed on campus during the school day or at any after school functions scheduled for that day.

10 Level II Behaviors Level II Behaviors Disruptions to classroom instruction or school order that bring harm or disrespect to someone Horseplay, public display of affection, verbal altercation, physical altercation, disrespect, refusal to obey. Typical Consequences For 1 st Time Level II Offenses Possession of Tobacco1 Day OSS HorseplayISS Or OSS Verbal Altercation3 Days OSS Rude/Disrespect1-5 Days OSS Abusive Language To Staff/Teachers3-5 Days OSS Removal From ClassISS Or OSS Harassment/Bullying1-10 Days OSS Refusal To Obey1 Day OSS Physical Altercation5-10 Days OSS

11 Tardies Students that are late to school or late to a class cause major disruptions to the school day for office personnel and classroom instruction. Excuses for tardies to school will not be accepted unless they are accompanied by a doctor’s note. All students are given two warnings for tardies (without a consequence) that allow for unusual circumstances (wreck that slowed traffic, oversleeping, car breaks down, etc.). All other tardies will (unless accompanied by a medical excuse) be deemed “unexcused” and fall into the 3rd Offense category as listed on the next slide Tardies between class periods at GMS is unacceptable as students are given ample time to get from one class to another. Please work with your child to understand that they do not need to go to their locker after every class period.

12 Tardies To School/Class Tardies are tabulated in each class (including the beginning of the school day). 1 st Offense 2 nd Offense 3 rd Offense 4 th Offense 5 th Offense (Plus) Warning Parent Contact Principal Detention Parent Contact Principal Detention Parent Contact In-School Suspension Parent Contact

13 Cell Phone/MP3 Players 1 st Offense 2 nd Offense 3 rd Offense 4 th Offense (Plus) Confiscation of device, returned to parent by appointment with AP Confiscation of device, 1 Day ISS, phone returned in 30 days to parent Confiscation of device, 1 Day OSS, phone returned in 60 days to parent Confiscation of device, 3 Days OSS, phone returned at end of school year

14 Dress Code The primary objective of Greenville County Schools is to provide a World-Class instructional program and learning opportunity for every student. The personal appearance of every student is an important component of establishing a safe environment for optimal learning and respect for one another. Students are expected to dress in an appropriate manner while on school district property or when representing the school. Personal appearance shall be such that it does not disrupt student work or school order, become distractive to other students or violate health and safety guidelines.

15 Primary Dress Code Violations Distracting, revealing, overly suggestive or otherwise disruptive attire. Chains, etc. that dangle from clothes. Hats, “hoodies”, and sunglasses Attire affiliated with a "gang" in any negative sense of the term. Clothing that contains language that is obscene, profane, lewd, vulgar, indecent or offensive. Shirts that are low cut and show cleavage. Spaghetti strap shirts and/or tank tops. Shirts that do not cover the midriff. Pants and slacks that drag the ground. Undergarments that are exposed. Facial jewelry located anywhere except the ears.

16 Dress Code 1 st Offense 2 nd Offense 3 rd Offense 4 th Offense Warning referral, placed in ISS until change of clothes Principal Detention, placed in ISS until change of clothes 1 Day ISS, placed in ISS until change of clothes 5 th Offense (Plus) 1 Day OSS, placed in ISS until change of clothes The administration will make the final judgment on the appropriateness of clothing and/or appearance and reserves the right to prohibit students from wearing any articles of clothing or other items which lead to or may foresee ably result in the disruption of or interference with the school environment.

17 Drop Off In Car Loading Car riders may be dropped off after 7:30 –Riders cannot be dropped off prior to 7:30 because there will not be any supervision of the students. Students will be considered tardy if they are not in their classroom by 8:15. Drop off can be made in the front of the building or in the back of the building. Students should report directly to their designated location after drop off (cafeteria for 7 th /8 th grade…gym for 6 th grade). Note: 6 th graders may eat in the cafeteria prior to reporting to the gym.

18 Drop Off In Car Loading Car riders may not be dropped off in the bus loading area. Please form a single line in the drop off areas. Do not “double park” in the drop off line if you need to come inside the building. Park in a designated space before coming inside. Please remember that safety is our #1 concern…be extremely cautious and attentive while you are in the parking lots.

19 Dismissal-Car Loading Rear pick up gate will be unlocked at 3:00 for parents to begin lining up. Front car loading area will remain open entire school day. Dismissal is at 3:15 –Note: Students will not be allowed to have early dismissal after 2:30 without permission from Mr. Rhymer. Students should be told by parent which parking lot that they will be picked up. Students should exit the building and immediately look for parents. Administrators will not call for students in the car loading area, nor will an “all call” be made inside of the building. It is the student’s responsibility to exit the building and look for their parent.

20 Dismissal-Car Loading Parents should form a single line on the right side of the driveway in both the front loading and rear loading area (this is different from last year). As your child loads the car, parents may enter the left lane to exit the parking lots. Car riders may not be picked up in the bus loading area. Cars in the front of the pick up lines will be asked to move to the back of the line if their child does not load the car in an appropriate amount of time. This is to ensure that the line moves quickly and makes dismissal as orderly as possible. Do not “double park” in the drop off line if you need to come inside the building. Park in a designated space before coming inside. Please remember that safety is our #1 concern…be extremely cautious and attentive while you are in the parking lots.

21 Buses If you have not received a call from the district regarding transportation services, your child may not be registered to ride the bus. A transportation representative is here tonight to answer questions that you may have. Bus drop-off and pick-up will be in the picnic area beside cafeteria Please review bus safety and discipline policy. Students not abiding by policy can be removed temporarily or permanently from bus service.

22 Medication Policy A student who needs to go to the health room must obtain a pass from his classroom teacher. Students reporting to the nurse for illness must remain in the health room until released by the nurse to return to class or go home. If the health room is not open, the office staff will call the parent or send the student back to class. Students may not take any type of medication unless under the direct supervision of the school nurse (this includes Tylenol, Advil, etc.). Failure to follow this procedure will lead to suspension.

23 (Goal #2) GMS will reduce failure rates in the core academic area to between 5% and 10% by the end of the school year. Goal #2 focuses on the academic achievement of all GMS students

24 Transition Programs Flex Time Tutoring Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Mandatory make-up for homework and tests Mentoring by advisor Study Skills Advisement Character Education Clusters and Majors Career Inventories IB Activities

25 Guidance Department The Greer Middle School Guidance Program addresses the needs of students as they encounter and deal directly with learning and life issues. This program does so by stressing student academic achievement, career and educational decision-making, and personal and social development. –Karen ClinkscaleGrade 6 and Grade 7 (A-L) –Cathy CashGrade 7 (M-Z) and Grade

26 Related Arts Classes Very important to be successful in Related Arts classes. 12 Related Arts classes last year. 9 Related Arts classes this year. Related Arts is an opportunity to be exposed to practices that students would possibly never be exposed to.

27 Attendance In order to be successful, students must attend school every day. Instruction at GMS is intense, and missing any day is a detriment to a child’s academic progress. Students are counted present only when they are actually in school, on homebound instruction, or are present at an activity authorized by the school principal. The school year consists of 180 days. To receive credit, students must attend at least 85 days of each 90-day semester course and at least 170 days of each 180-day year course, as well as meet all minimum requirements for each course. Accrued students absences may not exceed ten (10) days during the school year. Any absence in excess of ten (10) may cause the student to lose credit for the year. Because 170 days are the minimum required by the state, the first ten (10) absences may be lawful, unlawful, or a combination. All absences beginning with the eleventh (11th) day must be lawful and will be excused if they fall within the following guidelines:

28 Attendance Lawful Absences –Personal illness of a child verified by a statement from a physician within two (2) days of the students' return to school. Absences for CHRONIC or EXTENDED illness will be approved only when verified by a physician's statement. (This includes doctor's appointments.) –Serious illness or death of an immediate family member verified by a statement from the parent within two (2) days of the student's return to school. –Absences for religious holidays when approved in advance. Requests must be made to the Principal in writing. –Absences for extreme hardships must be approved by the Principal. Such approval should be prearranged when possible.

29 Attendance Unlawful Absences –Any student absence, with or without the knowledge of the parent, which does not meet the conditions for a lawful absence, shall be counted as unlawful and will not be excused. When a student returns to school from being absent he/she should bring a note explaining why he/she was absent. The note should be signed by a parent/guardian and dated. –Students should present parent excuses to the Attendance Clerk on the day they return to school. This should be done before the 8:15 a.m. bell.

30 Textbooks –Textbooks are issued to all students in all subject areas. Students are expected to care for textbooks as if they were their own. Books have to be used a minimum of 6 years. ALL LOST OR DAMAGED TEXTBOOKS MUST BE PAID FOR. Students are asked to do the following to protect textbooks: –Put a non-adhesive cover on all books –Do not force books into lockers –Do not leave books outside –Do not loan books to classmates –Do not put books in a friend’s locker –Do not drop books on the floor –Write you name in your book as directed by teacher

31 Book Bags Students may use book bags to transport books to and from school. Book bags must be locked in the student's locker from 8:15 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. Rolling book bags are not permitted.

32 Lunch Lunch: $1.75 Breakfast is $0.85 Accounts can be updated in the mornings before school Last six numbers of Student ID is code for student lunch meal plan. Bar code on Student ID can also be used Three separate lunches Three unique lunch lines

33 Lockers –At the beginning of the school year each student will be assigned a locker in the hallways and in their Physical Education class. Students will be responsible for the locker assigned to them. –Since lockers are school property, the school retains the right to inspect lockers from time to time. A replacement fee of $5.00 must be paid for a damaged/lost P.E. lock. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT GIVE THEIR COMBINATIONS TO OTHER STUDENTS. –Since lockers are school property, the school retains the right to inspect lockers from time to time. A replacement fee of $5.00 must be paid for a damaged/lost P.E. lock. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT GIVE THEIR COMBINATIONS TO OTHER STUDENTS. –Teachers and/or administrators have the right to suspend the use of a locker if it is not properly used. –Teachers and/or administrators have the right to suspend the use of a locker if it is not properly used. –Locker breaks are held at various times during the day. Students only have time to use their lockers before school, after school, and at locker breaks.

34 (Goal #3) During the school year, GMS will increase parental involvement opportunities by 10%. Goal #3 depends on GMS communicating to parents and for parents to respond by being active in our school.

35 Parent Communication –Parent/Teacher/Administrator Conferences –Teacher Web Sites –InTouch Online – –Phone Messenger –http://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/greerms/. –PTSO (Parent/Teacher/Student Organization) –School Improvement Council

36 Parental Visits/Conferences Parents and other members of the community are always welcome at Greer Middle School. For the security of all students and to avoid disturbing the learning environment of students, visitors must enter by way of the office and secure permission and a visitor's pass before going to any other part of the building. Parents and other visitors may observe classes by making arrangements in advance with the Principal. Conferences with teachers may be arranged by making an appointment through the office by calling to arrange a team conference. Please contact the teacher directly if you would like to have a conference.

37 Teacher Web Sites All teachers keep an up to date we page to keep parents informed of happenings within the classroom as well as to update assessment, homework, and project due dates. You may access a teacher’s web site by going to Greer Middle IB School’s main web page at Click on Faculty and then Directory to locate a particular teacher and their web site. Mr. Rhymer’s Principal Message will also be updated every two weeks. Please take time to read this message as it many times will include valuable information regarding the progress and updates at GMS. InTouch Online Pick up login to InTouch Online. This is a secure site that will give you information regarding your child. Grades, discipline, and attendance will be updated daily and can be tracked online from your home computer.

38 PTSA Greer Middle School’s goal is to have strong parental involvement in school activities. The PTSA will have active members and be involved in a number of events designed to support our school (See PTSA calendar of events on the last page of student handbook). Parents may obtain information about the PTSA today, at Open House, or by contacting the school. School Improvement Council The School Improvement Council is an organization composed of teachers, parents, administrators and other citizens elected and/or appointed by the Principal. These council members work as a team to assist the administration in determining present and future needs of our schools.

39 (Goal #4) During the school year, GMS will strengthen staff, student, and parental knowledge of the International Baccalaureate Program by conducting various communication events within the school and outside of the school. Goal #4 focuses on moving forward with our IB program within the school as well as the communication about IB outside of the school.

40 The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program prepares students for an increasing global society through an emphasis on communication skills, learning styles, social awareness and self- reflection. By working together Greer Middle IB Teachers developed our MYP curriculum focusing on active learning, interdisciplinary connections, and intercultural awareness while continuing to meet South Carolina state standards. Our Middle Years Program is designed to prepare students to successfully meet the challenges they face both in school and beyond. International Baccalaureate Program

41 The Middle Years Programme (MYP) is a great way to grow and learn at Greer Middle International Baccalaureate School: You will find out more about yourself and how you learn best. You will study from a broad range of different subjects. You will learn to make connections between your subjects. You will make connections with the real world. You will be assessed using a wide range of methods, not just tests! You will grow into a global citizen – someone who cares more for the world around you. You will be prepared for a successful future in the world beyond school.

42 Tables And Representatives PTSA Spirit Shop Parent Volunteers Sign Up Miss GMS After School Program Greer Christian Learning Center Release Time Yearbooks PE Uniforms Career Development Facilitator-Parent Volunteers Transportation (Busses) School Lunch Schedules

43 Conclusion Important Dates –First day of school is August 19th Students should bring schedule the first day of school! –PTSO Open House is September 16 at 5:15 Thank you for your patience and understanding during both orientations. We were pleasantly surprised at the turnout of both orientations, and we will prepare a more efficient system next school year This community showed this week why it is special!


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