When a student will not be present at school, a parent must phone the Health Coordinator at 847-657-2194 by 8:30 a.m. on EACH day of the absence or give a range of dates. When leaving a message on the answering machine, the student’s parents should leave the student’s name, team, and reason for absence. If a parent notifies the student’s teachers about an upcoming absence, the parent must also call the health office with the same information. If there is no report of a child’s absence, the health office will contact home.
Best efforts should be made to make student’s appointments (medical, dental, etc.) and family vacations when school is not in session.
Homework requests for 2 day or more absences should be submitted to the Health Office by 10:00 a.m. on the day it will be picked up. Teachers will determine appropriate due dates for these assignments, and will offer students an opportunity to seek extra help before and after school when they return. The homework may be picked up from the Main Office between 3:15 and 4:30 p.m. Since many teachers send assignments electronically for students to access on their IPads, parents are advised to call the office before coming in to see if any paperwork or textbooks has been brought down to the office.
For a week or more planned absence: a request must be submitted at least a week before the homework is needed. Parents should be aware that not all schoolwork may be made up independently; students may need to meet with teachers before or after school for additional “catch-up,” to take missed tests/quizzes, or to do project work.
For any long-term absence due to illness (at least 10 days), homebound instruction may be arranged through the Student Services Administrator.
District 34 Handbook
Overture Period (7:10am-8:15am)
The District may provide and charge a fee for transportation for other students residing within one and one-half miles from their assigned school. A student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) may file a petition with the School Board requesting the District to submit a serious safety hazard finding to IDOT requesting transportation due to the existence of a serious safety hazard.
Free transportation services and vehicle adaptation for special education students shall be provided if included in the students’ individualized educational program.
Students are only allowed to ride the bus or buses they have been assigned to ride and will only be assigned to one morning route and one afternoon route. Additionally, they may only be picked up from and dropped off at their assigned stop or stops and these stops are to remain consistent. Parents are responsible for transportation if a short-term change is needed.
Please note that the there are fewer buses providing transportation for the Morning Activity bus run than for the Regular Morning bus run. This means that students will walk a little further to their assigned Morning Activity bus stop than to their Regular Morning bus stop.
There are fewer buses for the 4:10pm Activity Bus Run than for the Regular Afternoon Bus Run so students will have a longer walk from the bus stops to their residences.
Early Dismissal & Late Arrival
Parents should call the Health Office at 847-657-2194 if their student will be arriving to school after 8:20am to report the tardiness. If a parent calls in, they do not need to accompany their child inside. Parents who do not call are asked to sign in their child in the Main Office or send them in with a signed note. Students enter through the Main Office and must sign in at the Health Office upon arrival. After signing in, the student will then be issued a pass to class.Because punctuality is such an important habit for their adult lives, students who are late without a parental call or note, doctor's note or on frequent occasions regardless of notes may be issued a detention at the administration's discretion.
If a parent needs to pick up their child before the end of the school day, please send them to school with an explanatory note. Be sure to include the time of pick up from school. Instruct the student to bring the note to the Main Office or Health Office upon arrival at school. A staff member will issue an Early Dismissal Pass which they in turn will present to the teacher whose class they will be leaving. The child will then pack up their belongings and wait for pick up in the Main Office. A parent or authorized person must come into the office to sign out the student. Children are not permitted to wait outside.
Students are required to have a note even if they will be leaving during passing period or lunch. They should present the Early Dismissal Pass to their next teacher so their whereabouts will be known.
On rare occasions, if a student needs to leave early for an issue that has come up after the child has left for school, parents may call the Main Office or Health Office to request an Early Dismissal Pass be sent to their student in class. These requests should be made as early as possible and will be only taken until 2:30pm. As a matter of course, office staff do not call into rooms to give students messages.
Adhering to this policy allows for a quicker exit from building as students are waiting in the office and limits the amount of interruptions to classes.
In the 2009-10 school year, our middle school teachers spent a great deal of time discussing issues related to grading. We also reviewed best practices and research that identifies how grading can best support and represent the learning process. From this dialogue and study, the middle school staffs have adopted grading practices that will provide more consistent, accurate and meaningful information about student learning. This document helps explain these guidelines to parents and, most importantly, to help parents connect the guidelines to their children’s learning experiences and progress reports. Click here to read the Parent Guide to Middle School Grading Guidelines.
In order to be promoted to the next grade level, a students must earn an overall average of at least a “C” (2.0 Grade Point Average) and maintain at least a “D” average in every subject. Failure to attain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 will require remediation before promotion to the next grade. If a student earns a 2.0 GPA but earns less than a “D” average in one class, remediation will be recommended. Remediation will be required for a student who earns a 2.0 GPA but earns less than a “D” average in two or more classes.
Grading System: The following grades are used to report a student’s academic progress:
A grade of “A” is given to an active learner who achieves above and beyond grade level expectations. This student has exemplary work habits and a firm grasp of concepts and skills. It is valued at 4.00 points in the Grade Point Average.
A grade of “B” means achievement is beyond average expectations. This student has a good grasp of concepts and skills and has demonstrated a maturing thinking process. It is valued at 3.00 points in the Grade Point Average.
A grade of “C” indicates satisfactory progress, achievement at an average level, and meeting grade level expectations. It is valued at 2.00 points in the Grade Point Average.
There is cause for concern if a student receives a grade of “D” or “U.” These grades often reflect poor work habits and/or insufficient effort. An average lower than a D would indicate that a student may not possess all of the skills necessary to be successful in the next year’s academic program. In this case, the student and the parent will address this deficiency with the teachers. A “D” is valued at 1.00 point in the Grade Point Average and a “U” has a value of 0 points in the Grade Point Average.
A grade of “I” (Incomplete) indicates missing assignments that must be made up soon (usually within two weeks). Incomplete grades are counted in the Grade Point Average and have a value of 0 points.
The academic year is divided into three equal trimesters. Grades are reported at each mid-term and at the end of the trimester in a report card. The mid-term of each trimester is indicated on our school's calendar. As a reminder to parents, an e-mail will be sent the day prior to the mid-term of a trimester to remind you of the marking period and to encourage you to access your child's grade via the online portal. Parents and students can access grades via Powerschool’s on-line portal. The link for parent access to grades is accessed using the same log-in and user id you use to access lunch account information. Parents and students simply need to click on the “Grades and Attendance” icon to view student grades, teacher comments regarding grades, and assignment marks. Grades will be routinely entered and a “last updated” date will show on the grade access screen so parents and students can see when grades were last entered and calculated. We encourage parents and students to check their grades on a regular basis and to discuss learning and academic progress together. At the end of each trimester, a hardcopy report card will be sent home in a special report card envelope with your child. Your child is expected to share his/her report card with you and parents are asked to sign the report card envelope as evidence you have reviewed the report card. Your child will then bring the empty report card envelope with your signature back to his/her teachers.
Lost & Found, Personal Technology, Forgotten Items
More expensive lost items (cell phones, glasses, etc) will be given directly to the Asst. to the Principal.