We strive to keep this student handbook as accurate as possible. Please know that all policies are subject to change.
For more information, parents and students should refer to the St. Tammany Parish Handbook.
- Academic Awards
- Bullying / Harrassment
- Cheating / Academic Dishonesty
- Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Education Program
- Chromebook and Technology Use
- Credit - High School (Carnegie Unit)
- Discipline Procedures
- Drug Detection
- Education of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations
- Eighth Grade Send Off
- Electronic Equipment
- Emergency Cards
- Field Trips
- Health Services and Regulations
- ID Policy
- Internet Violations
- Lost and Found
- Lunch / Breakfast Procedures
- Messages to Students
- Parent Conferences
- Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS)
- Permanent Records
- School Fees
- Sexual Harrassment / Harrassment / Bullying
- Student Access to School Grounds and Buildings
- Student of the Year (8th Grade)
- Student Use of Telephones
- Tardies, Check-Ins and Check-Outs
- Transfer of Students
- Weapons Policy
The State of Louisiana requires that all children from their seventh to their eighteenth birthdays must attend a public school, private day school, or must participate in an approved home study program. Any student above the compulsory attendance age who has excessive absences may be dropped from school with principal recommendation. School attendance is imperative, not only to satisfy requirements of the law but to help ensure student achievement and success. Every missed day of school is a missed opportunity to learn.
As per State policy, St. Tammany Parish Public schools are responsible for enforcing the following requirements:
- Students are expected to be in attendance every student activity day scheduled by the St. Tammany Parish
- School Board.
- Schools must administer attendance regulations in accordance with State and locally adopted policies.
- In order to be eligible to receive credit for courses passed, students enrolled in classes for Carnegie Units may not miss more than five (5) days of non-exempted excused absences, unexcused absences, and/or suspensions PER SEMESTER days of non-exempted excused absences, unexcused absences, and/or suspensions per year.
- Students in grades K-8 who miss more than three (3) hours of instructional time during the school day will be considered absent for the entire day.
- Students participating in school sponsored activities/field trips that necessitate their being away from school shall be considered to be present and shall be given the opportunity to make up work.
The following policy reflects the current state law regarding attendance. Students are allowed ten absences. Absences are in four distinct categories:
Type One: Exempted, excused. Make-up work should be provided.
Example: doctor/dentist note
Type Two: Non-exempted, excused. Make-up work should be provided.
Example: parent note
Type Three: Non-exempted, unexcused. Make-up work should not be provided.
Examples: no note, note turned in after two days of return, or skipping
Type Four: Non-exempted, suspension. Make-up work should be provided.
Example: disciplinary consequence
For all absences with the exception of Type One, students must make up seat time for absences over the 10 day limit for grades (K-8). Students who exceed the attendance regulation at the end of the year/semester by virtue of noncompliance either by absences or failure to make up seat time should be denied credit/retained. Summer school can be used in K-8 to make up seat time.
Excessive absences of Types Two, Three, and Four count in Denial of Credit/Retention. Type Three constitutes truancy. Excused absences include, extended personal physical or emotion illness as verified by physician or nurse practitioner, extended hospital stay as verified by physician or dentist, extended recuperation from an accident as verified by a physician, dentist or nurse practitioner, extended contagious disease with the immediate family as verified by a physician or dentist, visitation with an Armed Forces parent who has been deployed to a combat zone, observance of special and recognized holidays of the student’s own faith, educational travel approved prior to trip, death in the immediate family, court mandated orders. Documentation is required for all excused absences. Extenuating circumstances will be considered but must be approved by the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.
- A parent note is to contain the following: The student’s full name, the date the excuse was written, the date(s) of absence, the reason for the absence, the parent’s signature.
- Students will not be excused for vacations or other family trips.
- Students who are participating in school-approved field trips and other instructional activities will be considered present at school.
- It is the student’s responsibility to check with his/her teachers to set up a schedule for completion of all work missed. Students should check Google Classroom and/or email their teachers for questions.
- Students enrolled in a class for Carnegie Units must make up seat time after 5 absences that are not Type One: Exempted, excused after 5 absences within the same semester.
Bullying / Harrassment
As defined by Act 861 of 2012, bullying is a pattern of one or more of the following:
- Gestures, including but not limited to obscene gestures and making faces;
- Written, electronic, or verbal communications, including, but not limited to calling names, threatening harm, taunting, malicious teasing, or spreading untrue rumors;
- Electronic communication including but is not limited to a communication or image transmitted by email, instant message, text message, blog, or social networking website through the use of a telephone, mobile phone, pager, computer, or other electronic device;
- Physical acts including but not limited to hitting, kicking, pushing, tripping, choking, damaging personal property, or unauthorized use of personal property;
- Repeatedly and purposefully shunning or excluding from activities; where the pattern of behavior is exhibited toward a student, more than once, by another student or group of students and occurs, or is received by a student while on school property, at a school-sponsored or school related function or activity, in any school bus or van, at any designated school bus stop, in any other school or private vehicle used to transport students to and from schools, or any school sponsored activity or event.
The pattern of behavior must have the effect of physically harming a student, placing the student in reasonable fear of physical harm, damaging a student’s property, placing the student in reasonable fear of damage to the student’s property, or must be sufficiently severe, persistent, and pervasive enough to either create an intimidating or threatening educational environment, have the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s performance in school, or have the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school. Personnel at all levels are responsible for taking corrective action to prevent bullying at any school sites or activities.
Allegations of bullying will be promptly investigated, giving due regard to the need for confidentiality and the safety of the alleged victim and/or any individual(s) who report incident(s) of bullying. An individual has the right to report an incident(s) of bullying without fear of reprisal or retaliation at any time. Retaliation is defined as meaning "to pay back (an injury) in kind." When a person is accused of having behaved in an inappropriate fashion, especially bullying, the common reaction of that person is to be angry and want to pay the "alleged victim" back (retaliate). Retaliation must not occur and will not be tolerated.
Proven allegations of bullying can have serious consequences for the person deemed guilty, including verbal or written reprimand, in-school or out-of-school suspension, disciplinary reassignment, and/or expulsion. Victims of bullying have responsibilities. Victims should clearly tell the bullies to stop. If bullying persists, victims should not ignore the incident(s) but should report immediately the incident to someone at school. Students should tell their parent(s). If the bullying continues after having clearly told the bullies to stop, students should make a written record of the incident including dates, times, witness or witnesses, and parties involved in the incident.
The incident should be reported immediately to an adult who has authority over the bullies, for example, a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, or principal. Victims should avoid being alone with the person(s) who attempted to bully them in the past. Victims of bullying who feel uncomfortable reporting this fact to adult personnel at school should contact another appropriate adult or friend who will report on their behalf.
To minimize the risk of being accused of bullying, students should keep their hands to themselves, remember that no one has the right to harm another person in any way, think before speaking, immediately apologize for accidentally saying or doing anything that has made another person feel oppressed, and report all incidents of bullying behavior they have witnessed to appropriate school personnel. Students should not touch anyone without his or her permission. Students should not interact with a person after that person has perceived their behavior toward them as "inappropriate" and has clearly told them to "stop". Nor should they make remarks that may cause another person to feel "oppressed" (stressful, scared, and intimidated).
Cheating / Academic Dishonesty
Any student caught being academically dishonest will be handled by the individual teacher based on the teacher’s policy. Types of academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, borrowing/giving/ copying answers, plagiarism, falsifying work, incorrectly citing work, looking over someone’s shoulder, talking during tests, etc. The teacher will notify the parents/guardians and possibly administration. Consequences may include, but are not limited to receiving zero credit or a reduction in grade, reflective learning assignment, minor or major infraction report, etc. Individual teachers reserve the right to determine whether acts of academic dishonesty are to be considered minor or major infractions.
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Education Program
As mandated by the St. Tammany Parish School Board, students in grades K – 8 will receive instruction on the topic of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Education, and Reporting. All materials that will be used in the instruction may be previewed by contacting the school administration. We would also like to encourage you to talk with your child about this topic as well as other general safety issues. A student may approach the administration, counselor, or any faculty or staff member with any concern.
Chromebook and Technology Use
MJH is a 1:1 school. Chromebooks are issued at the beginning of each school year. They are school property and fines may be issued if they are lost or damaged. Computer accessibility gives students the opportunity to do technology-rich assignments that enhance classroom lessons and increase student engagement. If necessary, there are also desktop computers available for student use. The purpose of the computers is to provide instruction in curriculum and technology.
- District guidelines for Chromebooks will be updated after the printing of this handbook. So any District rules or guidelines that change will supersede this information.
- Students and parents will have a technology use agreement and permission form on file before using school technology.
- Insurance can be purchased at the beginning of the year to cover the cost of any accidental damages made to the Chromebook.
- The use of the Internet at MJH is for instructional purposes only. Students are not to change settings.
- Flash drives or external hard drives are not to be used.
- Failure to use equipment properly or breaking the technology use agreement, may result in disciplinary action and/or loss of use of technological equipment on campus.
- Additional Chromebook resources can be found on the Mandeville Junior High website under the Chromebook and Google Classroom Assistance icon.
Credit - High School (Carnegie Unit)
7th and 8th grade students have the option to be enrolled in a course that has the opportunity to earn a high school credit. The curriculum presented in these courses is equivalent to what is offered on the high school campus. Since the high school curriculum is taught, the student will be earning a Carnegie Unit for this course. Even though the student is enrolled at Mandeville Junior High, his/her course is a high school course and all rules and guidelines of high school classes must be followed.
- Grades - The grade earned from the first and second semester will be placed on the student’s high school transcript. In determining the grade for the high school transcript, the average of the 1st and 2nd nine weeks grading periods will be used to calculate the first semester grade. The average of the 3rd and 4th nine weeks grading periods will be used to calculate the second semester average. Each semester average will be placed on the high school transcript and will be calculated in your student’s high school GPA. At the eighth grade level, no weighted credit is given.
- Attendance - In order to be eligible to receive credit for courses passed, high school students may not miss more than five (5) days of non-exempted excused absences, unexcused absences, and/or suspensions per semester.
- Seat Time – Students in danger of failing due to excessive absences may be allowed to makeup missed seat time held outside of the regular school day. The makeup sessions must be completed before the end of the current semester.
- Students enrolled in Algebra I, Geometry or any high school level class that requires a LEAP 2025 test will take a different standardized test and that score will be their fourth nine week exam grade.
- Students enrolled in Carnegie Unit classes will have exams at the end of each semester (2nd and 4th nine weeks). The exam is 20% of the nine week grade.
We feel that all students must behave in such a manner that these two objectives – learning and teaching – may be met. Discipline should be fair, consistent, and reasonable. Students are responsible for their behavior. The school will provide Positive Behavior Support, guidance, and incentives.
School Wide Behavior Rules
Any student in violation of any of the following will be disciplined in accordance with the MJH policy and the St. Tammany Parish School Board’s policy:
- Recognize the authority of all teachers and school personnel. Students must follow directions of school personnel. Always be respectful to everyone on campus.
- Students are to be in correct uniform with current ID with picture visible above the waist at all times.
- Students are expected to arrive to school and all classes on time.
- Students must stay in designated areas before, during, and after school.
- Students must have permission and a pass to leave the classroom for any reason.
- Students are to sign out of classrooms before leaving and sign in upon re-entering.
- Students must keep the campus free of litter and graffiti.
- Students must obey all duty teachers before school, at lunch, and after school.
- Horseplay is an unacceptable school behavior.
- Appropriate language must be used at all times.
- Public display of affection in any form, including body contact, is not allowed on school premises.
- Students are expected to dress appropriately for school in the school’s designated complete uniform.
- Food and drink allowed only in designated areas.
- When speaking to any School System employee while on school property or at a school-sponsored event, address and respond to such employees by using respectful terms such as, "Yes, Ma'am", "No, Ma'am", etc. *As stated in RS 17:416.12.
- Comply with rules and regulations of the St. Tammany Parish School Board while attending any activities sponsored by the school.
The policies and administrative procedures apply to actions of students during school hours, before and after school, while on school property, while traveling in vehicles operated on behalf of the School Board, at all school-sponsored events and otherwise when the actions affect the goals or operations of the St. Tammany Parish Public School System. The principal is expected to report serious, disruptive, or criminal actions to law enforcement officials.
In-School Support Program
In-School Support Program (ISS) used as an intervention for major infractions prior to an out of school suspension. All work that is normally assigned in class, graded, or completed in class will be administered in the ISS classroom. Students receive grades and credit for classroom work completed. Each student’s assignment to ISS will be dealt with on an individual, case by case basis. The principal will determine whether the offense warrants an ISS. The principal will determine how many times a student will serve ISS.
Infractions in the Classroom and on Campus
Based on the FISH Philosophy, our PBIS discipline plan is a highly integrated part of our school improvement plan. Behavior lessons will be taught to students to help them make the best behavioral decisions, thus, allowing them to excel academically and socially. With expectations and rules in place, we strive to teach the whole child as well as maintaining an environment conducive to learning.
Teachers will set up classroom rules and consequences that will be posted in the classroom. Teachers will handle minor infractions individually.
A Minor Infraction Report (MIR) is a letter to inform you that your student demonstrated inappropriate behavior. It is important for your student to follow the rules in order to ensure academic success. The MIR asks that parents stress the importance of good behavior to avoid additional consequences. This report must be signed and returned with the reflective assignment (if indicated) the next school day. If the letter is not signed or the assignment is not completed, the assignment will be doubled and another Minor Infraction report issued. Failure to return the second MIR results in an office referral.
After three MIRs the next minor infraction will result in administrative review, possibly resulting in Saturday Support, In School Support (ISS), or other consequences.
After the parent signs the MIR, the student will return the pink copy to the referring teacher. The parent will receive the Gold copy for record keeping.
Faculty and staff members are expected to use professional judgment in determining which behaviors are considered minor infractions and major infractions.
Students will be sent to the principal or assistant principal for MAJOR INFRACTIONS. Students with major infractions may be excluded from participating in school sponsored events as well as extra-curricular activities.
Students who make threats of violence to other students, faculty and/or staff, or make self-injurious threats will be sent directly to the principal. Parents will be contacted and may be required to have their student receive an outside assessment in order to return to school.
The severity of the infraction is at the discretion of the teacher. Faculty and staff members will use professional judgment in determining which behaviors are considered minor infractions and major infractions. Refer to the St. Tammany Parish District
A student may be searched when there is probable cause to believe that the student has in his/her possession any illegal substance (alcohol/drugs/tobacco products/weapons). Any evidence seized as a result of such search may be used in court prosecution.
Any search of a student’s person will be completed/witnessed by an administrator. At least one witness who is an administrator or teacher, of the same sex of the student, will be present throughout the search. Documentation will be made of all findings of illegal items. Consult the St. Tammany Parish System Handbook for more information.
Education of Children and Youth in Homeless Situations
The McKinney-Vento Act is a federal law passed in 1987 to help people experiencing homelessness. The Act requires states and school districts to make sure students in homeless situations can attend and succeed in school. The McKinney-Vento Act applies to all children and youth who do not have a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including all children who are living in the following situations:
- Doubled-up housing with other families or friends because they lost their home or their family is having temporary financial problems
- Living in a motel/hotel because of economic hardship or loss of housing
- Living in an emergency or transitional shelter, domestic violence shelter, or in a runaway/homeless youth shelter
- Living in a vehicle of any kind; campground without running water and/or electricity; abandoned building; substandard housing; bus/train station
- Abandoned in a hospital
Children and youth in homeless situations have the right to the following:
- Attend and succeed in school no matter where they live or how long they have lived there
- Enroll in a school despite the lack of a permanent address or lack of school and immunization records or birth certificates and other documents
- Receive services comparable to those offered to non-homeless children and youth
- Get transportation to school, if feasible
- Access educationally related support services
Should you or your child meet these qualifications; please contact your school’s main office or guidance office to complete a form for consideration.
Eighth Grade Send Off
In May, the school hosts an event for 8th grade students that includes games, music, and food. Information and details about pricing and payment will be sent home with students later in the school year. Students will be excluded from this event for certain major offenses or other reasons at the administration’s discretion.
Students shall be allowed to possess a telecommunication device (cell phone) on a school campus during the instructional day and/or on the bus to and from school provided the device is turned to the off position, completely stowed away, and not in use. Stowing of cell phones is defined as being placed in the student’s locker, school bag, purse, or pockets and shall not be displayed in view using any type of clip or other device.
If a student is found using a cell phone, displaying a cell phone, or in possession of a ringing cell phone during the instructional day or on the school bus, the disciplinary procedures as outlined in the District Handbook for Students and Parents shall be utilized as a consequence. The Superintendent or his/her designee may authorize exceptions to this policy on an individual, case by case basis. Nothing in this policy shall prohibit the emergency use of electronic telecommunication device by any student or person. Emergency shall mean an actual or imminent threat to public health or safety which may result in loss of life or injury.
Use or operation of an electronic telecommunication device shall mean the device is either visible or turned to the on position for receiving or transmitting signals. Possession and/or use of other electronic devices by students shall be prohibited unless authorized by the Superintendent or his/her designee. The School System will not be responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices.
Any student found using a cell phone, displaying a cell phone, or in possession of a ringing cell phone during the instructional day, may have the cell phone confiscated by the principal/designee and have disciplinary consequences. The parent/guardian will be required to retrieve the cell phone from the school principal/designee. Related disruption and/or refusal to hand over a cell phone when directed by a school system employee may result in more severe disciplinary action such as suspension and/or expulsion.
Each student must return a completed and signed emergency card during the first week of school. This card will be filed in the office. All cards must include a current local phone number to call in case of an emergency. There must be a phone number on this card where someone can be reached at any given time. Please notify the front office (985) 626-4428 of any changes that need to be made on the emergency card. Please include a working e-mail address. Students will only be allowed to be checked out by people listed on the emergency card.
MJH teachers may offer opportunities for class field trips. If a student has paid for a field trip and is absent on the day of the trip, a refund will only be given if the student has a doctor’s excuse due to the fact that tickets, transportation, etc. for the trips are often prepaid to the vendor prior to the trip.
The MJH cafeteria will make bag lunches for those students who are interested in taking a bag lunch on field trips. The student should let the coordinating teacher know at least two days before the field trip to order a bag lunch. Bag lunches are the same cost that the student pays for a regular school lunch.
Parents should make every effort to ensure that their student participates in teacher-arranged, approved field trips. Students who are excluded from field trips for any reason are expected to attend school the day of the field trip. Instruction will be provided for those students who remain at school. After parent notification, students may be excluded from a field trip due to previously documented disciplinary infraction, or a parent/guardian may be required to attend in order for the student to attend the field trip. Students with excessive or serious disciplinary issues may be excluded from field trips, or may require parent/guardian to chaperone.
The St. Tammany Parish grading scale is as follows:
A = 93-100
B = 85-92
C = 75-84
D = 67-74
F = 0-66
- Exams are only given to students enrolled in Carnegie Unit classes and will occur at the end of each semester (2nd nine weeks and 4th nine weeks). Exams will count for 20% of the nine week’s grade.
- Interim Assessments will be given to students enrolled in ELA, math, science, social studies. Interim Assessments will count for 10% of the nine week grade in the quarter assessed.
- Number grades (using the grading scale above) are recorded throughout each grading period and are averaged for the grading period grade. The numerical grade and corresponding letter grade will be recorded on the report card. The numerical grades for each grading period will be averaged for the yearly grade and recorded on the report card along with the corresponding letter grade.
- Grades can be accessed online by visiting https://jpams.stpsb.org/progress. Parents can obtain login information by contacting the school office.
- Student conduct grades will be given on the report card as follows:
E = Excellence in conduct
S = Satisfactory in conduct
N = Needs Improvement in conduct
U = Unsatisfactory in conduct
- Report cards are sent home four times during the school year following the completion of each grading period. All report cards are sent home with the student with the exception of the fourth nine weeks. The final report card is mailed home at the end of the year by the school board.
The MJH counselor may be reached by calling the front office at (985) 626-4428.
- The guidance counselor is available to help students with school, home, or peer problems.
- Additionally, the counselor interprets test scores and should be contacted regarding special education concerns and gifted and talented screenings.
- The guidance counselor leads the School Building Level Committee (SBLC).
- Parents and/or students may e-mail, call or leave a note at the front desk for an appointment.
Health Services and Regulations
When a student is injured at school, the classroom teacher and the front office should be notified immediately. The extent of the injury will be determined by the office, and the parent is notified, if deemed necessary. Parents must fill out emergency forms which are kept on file in the office. Please keep all emergency phone numbers current. There should be a phone number on the emergency card where someone can be reached at any given time.
- Parents and guardians ONLY may administer any medication.
- Students with prescription medication must keep medicine in the front office with forms (St. Tammany Parish Medication Form) completed by the parent and doctor. This form is available in the office.
ALL MEDICATION MUST REMAIN IN THE OFFICE AT ALL TIMES. This includes over the counter medications such as aspirin, cough drops, Midol, any sinus or allergy medications, etc. A student MAY carry his/her inhaler if the proper St. Tammany Parish Medication forms are on file in the front office.
Students are required to wear their own current student ID with the picture visible above the waist during regular school hours. This ID is very important because it is used as Door Access to certain areas on campus. Student ID photos will be taken at the beginning of the school year or upon registration. Each student will receive one ID at no charge. Students can purchase a temporary, one-day ID for $1.00. A second, permanent, ID can be purchased from the library for $5. IDs that have been lost or damaged or are in poor shape must be replaced.
Students are responsible for their ID at all times. They are not to write or mark on the front or back of the ID. If wearing the ID in a case, the case must be clear where both sides of the ID are visible. Students are not to cut, chew or deface their ID. Students are responsible for replacement fees regardless of reason for replacement. Lanyards must be school appropriate and free of any adornments, trinkets or buttons. IDs are part of the dress code policy and students out of compliance will be issued a Minor Infraction Form.
Lockers are issued at the beginning of the year. Students are responsible for keeping their lockers clean to help keep them from jamming. Students may go to their lockers anytime between classes; however, they must arrive to class on time using the allotted time between classes. Students are responsible for the contents of their assigned locker. These lockers are subject to school inspection at any time. Students are to keep their locker combinations private to avoid theft or vandalism. Student lockers are for individual use without sharing with other students. Students who jam their lockers may face disciplinary action.
Lost and Found
Lost articles should be placed in the wooden lost and found container in the main hall. Students should also check with their classroom teachers for lost items. Parents and students are strongly urged to clearly label everything a student brings to school. Books, book bags, and purses SHOULD NEVER BE LEFT UNATTENDED. Items such as large amounts of money, expensive jewelry, electronics, or any other valuable items are to be left at home. The school will not be responsible for any items lost or stolen at school.
Lunch / Breakfast Procedures
- Breakfast is available each morning from 7:00 a.m. until 7:25 a.m.
- Students must have their student ID to purchase any meal.
- Students may utilize the envelopes to pay for meals at lunch or may choose to purchase online through MyPaymentsPlus. Go to http://www.stpsb.org to enroll.
- Two lunch choices are offered: hot lunch and sandwich line.
- Students are to remain in the designated areas during lunch time. Entry into the hallway or library is only permitted with a pass from a teacher. Students may only be in a classroom with a teacher present.
- Free or reduced lunch forms are available from the school secretary throughout the year. New forms must be submitted each school year.
- Students are expected to assist in keeping the cafeteria and yard clean by emptying their plates in the appropriate manner and throwing garbage away.
Messages to Students
Instructional minutes are to be preserved, therefore distractions such as messages or items delivered from home are discouraged. Items for students will be held in the office. Announcements for students to pick up those items will be made at the beginning of the day, before lunch, and before the afternoon bell rings. Any after school arrangements, including doctor’s appointments, should be made prior to the start of the school day.
We value the partnerships that we establish with parents. We know that parents are a key part of the educational process, and we want parents to feel welcome to talk to us and meet with us. Parents may make appointments for conferences with teachers, the principal, or both by telephoning the school office at (985) 626-4428 or by e-mailing the teacher. Conferences can be scheduled before school, after school, or possibly during the teacher’s planning period. Contact information for teachers can be found on the Student Progress Center.
Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS)
PBIS is a program that is based upon positive expectations for student behavior. The model being used at
MJH is based on the expectations stated in the FISH philosophy.
BE THERE * CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE * MAKE SOMEONE’S DAY * PLAY
PBIS Student Incentive Programs
MJH promotes random acts of kindness and goodwill throughout the campus. Students are given Patriot Bucks by teachers and staff who witness students exhibiting aspects of the FISH Philosophy. We at MJH believe that kindness blossoms into even more kindness and that learning to put others before self is an invaluable virtue. When a student has collected “bucks,” he/she can exchange them for a well-deserved rewards. Rewards include turning in five bucks for ice cream at lunch, discount on smoothies from the PTA or admittance into home football and basketball games. Other redemption methods may be added later in the year.
PATRIOTS OF THE MONTH
Each month students are chosen based on attendance, citizenship, academics and other standards.
Students may place Patriot Bucks in the Patriot Prize Box (main hall near the school library) for a chance to win a gift certificate. The drawing is held at the end of each quarter. One buck equals one chance.
POSITIVE BEHAVIOR REFERRAL FORMS
The PBIS committee at MJH developed the Positive Behavior Referral Form to encourage students to display, on a daily basis, all facets of the FISH Philosophy. Academic excellence, continuous improvement, and citizenship are behaviors that are valued and promoted at MJH. Classroom teachers will use the forms to notify the administration of an outstanding deed by a student. The administration, in turn, will place a celebratory phone call to the student’s parent/guardian and mail home a copy of the Positive Behavior Referral Form. Students will also receive special treats from the office.
The Teens On Time Reward Program (TOT), will be earned if a student has zero tardies to school for the entire nine week period. This means the student must arrive at school on time for every day he/she comes to school. Absent days will not count against the student. TOT students are rewarded with ten minutes early to lunch on a given day, are allowed to eat lunch outside and are eligible for door prizes.
The Excel Reward Program is designed to honor students who have zero to school tardies, have zero absences any day, AND have zero check-outs of school per quarter. Excel students are rewarded with ten minutes early to lunch on a given day, are allowed to eat lunch outside, get a special treat, and are eligible for door prizes.
Some elective classes have additional fees. Parents may choose to create an account for MyPaymentsPlus at http://www.stpsb.org to pay various school fees online. Money is paid directly to the school using this method.
Sexual Harrassment / Harrassment / Bullying
Sexual harassment/Harassment/Bullying are violations of the law and St. Tammany Parish School Board policy. Such behaviors will be fully investigated and addressed by the administration. Students who believe they are victims of such behavior are encouraged to complete a Patriot Safety Report (see page 23). Forms and collection boxes are found outside of the library, the main hallway near the 300 wing, and the 400 wing. Students also have the option to speak to the principal, assistant principal, counselor, TRT, or any faculty member for assistance. All incidents will be documented.
Student Access to School Grounds and Buildings
Students are to remain in student designated areas that are supervised by adults during the school day. Students are to enter campus after the 7:00 am bell rings. At the end of the day, students who do not have specific supervised business with a school sponsored group on campus are to leave. Students are not to loiter or be unsupervised after the bell rings at the end of the school day.
Student of the Year (8th Grade)
The Student of the Year Award Program is designed to recognize outstanding elementary, middle/junior, and high school students in the areas of academic excellence, leadership, and citizenship. The program is sponsored by the Louisiana State Department of Education and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The student that is selected as the MJH Student of the Year will go to the parish competition and possibly the state level.
Student Use of Telephones
- Students may use the office phone, and ONLY the office phone for emergencies ONLY (illness or injury).
- Students may use the office phone for personal calls only before school, during lunch, or after school.
- Telephone messages will be given students only in the case an emergency. Please communicate with your child before school about after school activities and transportation arrangements.
- Students must have a pass from a teacher to use the telephone during class time.
- Lost or stolen cell phones are the responsibility of the students.
- Any parent needing to contact a student during school hours should utilize the school secretary. Calling or texting your student is unacceptable and the student may face disciplinary action.
Tardies, Check-Ins and Check-Outs
Promptness and dependability are two of the most important qualities that employers look for in potential employees. Students who are tardy to school disrupt teaching and learning.
In an effort to reduce tardiness, MJH PBS provides fun activities to reward promptness.
A student will receive an excused late to school tardy (for personal illness, death in the family, or doctor’s appointment) providing that the parent writes a note that includes the date, student’s name, reason for tardiness, and parental signature. This note must be presented to the school office at the window when checking in.
- Students must check in and receive a pass before going to class.
- Students are considered tardy if they check in anytime between 7:30 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
- Excessive to school tardies will be reported to the St. Tammany Parish School Board Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.
- he Teens on Time (TOT) Program is designed to recognize those students who have zero tardies in a 9 week period.
B. Late To School Tardy Consequences
- 1st – 4th tardy – documentation by administration and student warning. Letters are mailed home to parents on the 3rd and 4th tardy.
- 5th tardy and for each tardy thereafter – Saturday Support
- Saturday Support for to school tardies is limited to two (2) per nine week period. After that, tardy violators will be suspended from school.
- Tardy documentation begins anew each nine weeks.
- Tardies between classes are considered a minor infraction and will be documented in accordance with the Minor Infraction policy.
Unless a student is seriously ill they should remain in school. Every effort should be made to schedule appointments outside of school hours. In the event that a student is checked out the following procedures must be followed:
- Any student who needs to leave school due to illness or any other reason MUST check out through the office.
- After securing a pass from his/her teacher, the student should come to the office if too ill to remain in class.
- In order to check out a student, a parent or guardian must come to the front office to sign out the student and will be required to present a driver’s license in order to verify identification.
- The person checking out the student MUST be listed on the student’s emergency card and show picture ID.
- Students must bring a written excuse to the office for any class missed due to checking out.
- We ask that students be checked out BEFORE 2:00 p.m. when possible.
All textbooks at MJH are the property of the St. Tammany Parish School System. Textbooks are checked in and out through the library. Any loss or damage will result in a monetary fine. If a textbook is lost, the student must pay the original price for it before he/she will be issued a new textbook. Writing in a textbook constitutes damage to it. Many new textbooks cost in excess of $50.00, so extra care should be taken upon issue. The student should check the textbook for damage and notify the teacher of any damage found upon issuance. Most textbooks have an online version for all students to access through Moodle.
Transfer of Students
Students who are leaving MJH to attend another school during the school year must go through the proper clearance procedure in the front office. This begins with the parent/guardian notifying the office that a transfer will occur. One of our school secretaries will give the student the necessary forms to be completed. Please give a minimum of three days to complete the process. All fines and fees must be paid and all textbooks must be checked in before a student can be properly cleared.
- Students are allowed on campus at 7:00 am. Duty teachers will be at their post for 7:00 am.
- Any student waiting for car or bus rides before and after school is to refrain from running, pushing, or playing ball in waiting areas.
It is strongly urged that students take advantage of bus transportation to avoid being tardy to school.
- Students should ride a bus to school if a bus route is available. This will reduce the number of students tardy in the morning and reduce traffic before and after school. Bus information may be found on the St. Tammany Parish website at http://www.stpsb.org . Bus assignments are also posted outside in the hall by the Library. Students must remember that the bus driver is responsible for their safety and well-being while they are on the bus. The driver must be respected and obeyed.
- Students must obey the school rules on a bus as well as at school since it is an extension of school.
- Students who violate bus regulations or who in any way endanger themselves or others by misconduct on the bus will be reported by the bus driver to the principal who can suspend them from the bus or take other action.
- Students waiting for buses after school should remain on the Villere side of the school (by the bus ramp). Students must refrain from walking between buses as it is dangerous.
- A student who must ride a bus other than his/her own must have a written request addressed to the principal from his/her parents. The note, which must include the requested bus number and a parent signature, is to be brought to the front office before school and picked up at lunch. Bus drivers will only allow visitor students to board the bus if they have a note that the principal approves and signs. The guest rider must present the signed/approved note to the bus driver upon boarding the bus.
- Bike riders are asked to ride their bikes responsibly. This includes refraining from riding in the street unnecessarily, avoiding cars, and securing their bikes in the designated areas with a lock. Remember, bicycles riders are responsible for obeying all traffic regulations, including stop signs.
- Students who ride bicycles to school must park them in the available bike rack located by the old bus ramp (door nearest to the library). Bikes should be chained and locked.
- The student is responsible for lost or stolen bikes.
- For safety reasons, bicycle riders are to remain on campus until released by a duty teacher. Bike riders and walkers will be dismissed only after all buses have departed for the safety of the students.
- Students are to be dropped off in the Carondelet, back parking lot by the cafeteria and report directly to the picnic area. During inclement weather, students will be directed to the gym until the 7:25 bell rings.
- Dropping students off in other areas, such as side streets, parking spots, bus ramp, Villere, or the flagpole is not only unsafe, but it causes traffic delays. Doing so may result in disciplinary action.
- Please allow time for traffic, especially during inclement weather.
- Carondelet is ONE WAY – toward the lake – from 7:00 am until 9:00 am and from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
- Students waiting for car rides after school must be picked up in the Carondelet, back parking lot.
- For safety reasons, walkers are to remain on campus until dismissed by a duty teacher after the buses have departed.
- Any student walking to and from school is considered at school until he/she reaches home.
- Walkers should refrain from walking between school buses.
- In the mornings, walkers should enter using the Villere entrance of the school near the library.
The willful or malicious destruction or defacing of school property will have serious consequences. To reduce incidences of vandalism, the following items are banned from school:
PERMANENT MARKERS, WHITE OUT, AEROSOL SPRAY ITEMS (HAIR SPRAY, DEODORANT, ETC) or any other items that may be used to deface school property.
All parents/guardians coming to school to check out a student must present a driver’s license to the front office to verify identification.
All visitors on school property for ANY reason are required to present a driver’s license for identification verification. The license will be swiped into the Badge Pass System. At that time a visitor sticker will be issued. The sticker is to be worn visibly while on campus. When the school visit/business is completed, the visitor will bring the sticker back to the front office for the bar code on the sticker to be scanned. This will officially check the visitor off campus. ALL VISITORS must check in at the front office upon arrival regardless of purpose on campus.
Students found using, possessing, and/or concealing a knife, a firearm, a weapon which may discharge a projectile or other dangerous instruments which may cause bodily harm shall be immediately suspended and recommended for expulsion. Police notification will be made immediately. Students using, possessing, and/or concealing any look-alike object that may have the appearance of a weapon or dangerous instrument will be immediately suspended from school and recommended for expulsion.
Upon the recommendation for the expulsion, a hearing will be conducted by the Superintendent or designee. Students in grade six or higher in the hearing process of using, possessing, and/or concealing a weapon or look-alike weapon will be expelled from the school system for a period of not less than twelve calendar months.