La Center Middle School Handbook2018-19
La Center Middle School Parent and Student Handbook
700 East Fourth Street • PO Box 1750
La Center, WA 98629
(360) 263-2136 • FAX (360) 263-5936
Principal – Lauri Landerholm
District Mission Statement:
The mission of the La Center School District is to create a supportive learning environment that empowers students to reach their fullest potential. We will do this in partnership with families, the community, staff, and students to develop confident and self-reliant life-long learners who can thrive in a rapidly changing, more technologically advanced, and diverse society.
Student Planner 2018 • 2019
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
La Center Middle School Mission Statement:
LCMS will provide for its family a safe place where nurturing, acceptance, understanding and respect go hand in hand with academic success and opportunities for personal growth.
Name: _____________________________________ Grade: _______
Class Schedule Teacher
Homeroom Teacher _______________________________
Unified Classroom Rules:
- Follow directions.
- Be ready to work when the tardy bell rings.
- Bring all required supplies.
- Respect yourself and others
Student Honor Code: I have a choice in everything I do, and I have a responsibility for the choices I make.
2018-2019 Student Supply Lists
All students are required to purchase a student planner for $3.00 through the school office.
All schoolwork must be done in pencil, blue or black ink, depending on the directions of the teacher for the type of assignment given. Please replenish paper and pencils throughout the school year.
- One (1) 2” view binder w/8 dividers
- One (1) 1” binder w/5 dividers for Homeroom
- Yearlong supply of white notebook paper, college-ruled
- Yearlong supply of #2 pencils w/erasers
- Two (2) 12-packs of colored pencils (1-Science/ 1-History)
- One (1) box of facial tissue for Homeroom
- Six (6) glue sticks, replenish throughout the year
- 2 Ultra Fine-metal tip permanent black markers (1-Science/1-History)
- Five (5) 100-page composition notebooks college ruled
- Two (2) Pee-chee folders (Lang. Arts/PE)
- Two (2) Hand-held pencil sharpeners
- (Math/general use)
- Pencil Pouch (Math/general use)
- Air dry clay (History)
- 2 pocket folder for graded work
6th Grade Electives and PE:
- Choir: 2-pocket (pee-chee type) folder
- PE: One (1) Folder
- Band: Sound Innovations, Book II
- PE Lock $8
- Exploratory Fee: $15
- 6th Grade Cispus Fee ……………………………………$125
- Planner ……………………………………………………………$3
- ASB Card ………………………………………………………… $15
- Athletic Fee (per sport) ……………………………………..$30
- PE Uniform ………………………………………………………$27
- Yearbook ……………………………………………………….. $25
- PE Lock———————————————————-$8
- Grades 6-8——————————————————-$3
- Reduced———————————————————$ .40
- Milk—————————————————————$ .40
- MS Students—————————————————–$2
Middle School students are admitted FREE to all home athletic events with the purchase of an ASB card
7th & 8th Grade
- Two (2) 2” binders (1-LA/History and one (1) 1” binder for Science.
- One (1) 1 ½” binder for Math
- Four (4) 5-tab dividers
- College ruled notebook paper
- Continual supply of #2 pencils
- Pencil pouch (fits in binder)
- Colored pencils
- Black or blue ballpoint pens
- Ruler–metric and standard (fits in binder)
- Two (2) boxes of facial tissue for Homeroom
- 1/4” graph paper
- Five (5) composition notebooks
- 3 – Science/1Math/1LA
- Continual supply of glue sticks
- Small calculator
- Continual supply of post it notes
- Lined 3”x 5” index cards
7th & 8th grade Electives:
- Band: Sound Innovations, Book III
- Band and Choir: black shoes, socks and pants or skirt for performances.
- Choir: $10.00 Robe cleaning fee
- Art Materials Fee $15.00
- Electronics/Maker Lab Fee $15.00
- Adv. EV3 Robotics Fee $15.00
- Drawing Class Fee $15.00
- PE Lock $8.00
- Drama: One (1) 2-pocket (pee-chee type)
- Ed Tutors: One (1) composition book
- Leaderhsip: One (1) binder w/dividers
- Health: Two (2) spiral notebooks
- PE: one (1) folder
School Closure Information
School closure and length of closure are to be determined by the superintendent. Every effort shall be made to keep school open. If necessary, due to inclement weather conditions, opening may be delayed for one or two hours. Closure or delayed starting time announcements apply to one day only. The latest information will also be posted online at www.flashalert.net.
The School Messenger system is used to notify parents of school delays, closures, and emergency situations, or simply to provide important information regarding school events or activities. Please contact the school office if you have any questions or want to sign up for additional phone numbers or email addresses beyond those provided at registration.
District Phone Numbers
- Middle School Office ……………………………..263-2136
- Middle School Fax …………………………………263-5936
- District Office ……………………………………….263-2331
- Information Line …………………………………..263-1172
- Elementary School Office ……………………….263-2134
- High School Office …………………………………263-1700
- KWRL (Bus Transportation)……………………….841-2023
- Community Education………………….……..……263-201
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri …………………….. 8:25 am start time
Wednesday …………………………………… 9:25 am start time
Monday – Friday …………………………….. 2:55 release time
Students may enter the building at 8:00 am on normal school days and at 9:00 am on Wednesdays. Students are to leave the school campus promptly at the end of the school day with the exception of staying for study hall, to work with an individual teacher, athletics or a school activity. Loitering in any area of the campus that is unsupervised is not allowed at any time.
La Center Middle School Staff
- Mr. Holmes Superintendent
- Mrs. Landerholm Principal
- Mrs. Richards Secretary
- Mrs. Galster Attendance/Athletic Sec.
- Mrs. Austad Math 6/7/8
- Mr. Dan Bentson-Royal Director of Technology
- Mrs. Bocchi Paraeducator
- Mrs. Brightbill Lang Arts/History 6, Ac. Prep/PE 6
- Mrs. Broten Lang Arts 7/8, Leadership
- Mrs. Brothers LA 7/Science 8/Reading
- Mr. Brothers History 7/8
- Mrs. Brown Custodian
- Mr. Cameron Band/Technology
- Mrs. Calnan Library Technician
- Mrs. Bailey Aide
- Mrs. Clegg Psychologist
- Mrs. Cooke Librarian
- Mrs. Cripe Science 7
- Mrs. Denney Aide
- Mr. Ecklund PE /Health
- Mrs. Edwards Paraeducator/OT
- Mrs. Flatt ELL Instructor
- Mrs. Gedenberg Paraeducator
- Mr. Grotte Math, Math Assist
- Mrs. Hantho Cafeteria Cashier
- Mrs. Hendrix Custodian
- Mrs. Hollopeter Language Arts
- Mrs. Holmes Math/Technology
- Ms. Johnston Resource Room
- Ms. Knight Aide
- Mr. Manning Language Arts/Acd. Prep
- Ms. Mayfield Custodian
- Mr. Millay Resource Room
- Mrs.Munger Paraeducator
- Mr. Pritchett History 7/8
- Mrs. Schneider Sci.8, Electronics/Robotics
- Mr. Holmes Math 7/8
- Ms. Slinkard Choir/Drama
- Mrs. Talbott K-8 Lead Cook
- Mr. Thiessen Counselor
- Mr. Totten Science 6
- Mr. Westerberg SS 6 / Art
- Mrs. Whelchel Lang Arts 6/Drawing
La Center Middle School 2018-2019
Acknowledgement of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Expectations
All students who attend La Center School District schools shall comply with the written policies, rules, and regulations of the schools, shall pursue the required course of studies, and shall submit to the authority of staff of the schools, subject to such corrective action or punishment as the school officials shall determine.
Student responsibilities for achieving a positive learning environment at school or school-related activities shall include:
* Attend all classes, daily and on time
* Be prepared for each class with materials and assignments
* Exhibit respect toward others
* Follow all school rules, including safety rules
* Treat guests at LCMS with courtesy and respect
* Submit to the authority of Staff and discipline imposed
The way I dress reflects my attitude about school and myself: I realize a neat, clean appearance is primary and the dress code helps me create a sense of self-respect and contributes to the educational environment. I will abide by our school dress code policy.
I understand that personal electronic devices, including cell phones are to be turned off and put away during school hours. However, use at lunch time is permitted. Classroom use by teacher permission is a privilege, not a right, which requires me to be responsible. All school electronic devices will only be used for educational purposes.
I realize it is my obligation to create a tone of decency and respect within our community. Therefore, I will not harm or judge anyone else because of his/her race, color, age, sex, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, or national origin.
I understand that identified “exceptional misconduct” behaviors are considered to be so severe that immediate imposition of suspension or expulsion is warranted, and the offense will follow a student through each grade level. Exceptional misconduct offenses do not start over year to year; they carry over to each and every year including the transition from building to building. The following is a list of such exceptional misconduct violations:
*Possessing and/or using weapons or explosive devices (Expulsion)
*Sale or delivery of alcohol or illegal substances (Expulsion)
*Harassment, sexual harassment, hazing, intimidation, bullying, cyber-bullying, or intimidation
*Possessing and/or using alcohol, illegal chemical substances or look-alikes
*Threatening or verbal abuse, fighting or fighting words
*Setting fire or damaging school property
*Possession/using tobacco products
*Disrupting the educational process
*Refusing to follow reasonable directives of staff
My printed name and signature establish that this student handbook has been presented to me and that I understand the responsibilities, the obligations, and the expectations as a student at LCMS. I am aware that the full policy and procedures are available at www.lacenterschools.org
Please sign and give this form to your teacher or administrator.
Student name (Print)__________________________________________________________________________
Date____________ Student Signature____________________________________________________________
Internet and Electronic Device User Expectations
These expectations must be followed for any and all internet activity on school devices or while using school accounts. Not following any portion of this contract will result in consequences including the loss of privilege to utilize school devices or accounts, and possible discipline, including suspension.
- Only visit school approved websites and resources (including educational games)
- Chat features can be used only with teacher approval on group assignments
- Music and headphones in class can be used only with teacher approval
- Respecting Others
- Students will practice good online manners at all times by not posting anything rude, offensive, or threatening, not spamming others, not bullying, and not using inappropriate language.
- Students will not send or forward images, videos, screenshots, and information that might bully, embarrass, hurt, or harass someone or damage his or her reputation.
- Students will not take photo or video of people without their permission, including peers, staff members and guests.
- Whenever students use, reference, or share someone else’s creative work online, he/she will give proper credit to the author or artist.
- Protecting Yourself
- Students will not share passwords with anyone except parents or guardians.
- Students agree to not post information and images that could put them at risk, embarrass them, or damage their future, this includes phone numbers, home address, and inappropriate messages, pictures or videos.
- If someone or something makes a student feel uncomfortable or if someone is rude or offensive, he/she will not respond, will save the evidence, and tell a trusted adult.
- Student will never agree to get together with someone they meet online without first checking with parents or guardians.
- Personal Telecommunication Devices (LCSD Policy 3245)
- While on school property or while attending school-sponsored or school-related activities, students may possess and use personal telecommunication devices provided that such devices do not pose a threat to academic integrity, disrupt the learning environment, or violate the privacy rights of others.
My printed name and signature establish that the internet and user expectations have been presented to me and I understand the responsibilities and expectations as a student at LCMS. Please sign and give this form to your teacher or administrator.
Student name (print) __________________________________________________________
Date _______________________ Student Signature ________________________________
Welcome to La Center Middle School. I am looking forward to helping this school year be one of great success for you. It is my goal to have our school be a place of pride and achievement for you, as well as preparing you for the future.
Please be proud of your school and help take care of it. We value hearing your suggestions, as well as your concerns. Please feel welcome to communicate with me.
It is important that you become familiar with the student handbook sections that follow. You have certain rights and responsibilities here at LCMS, as well as policies that must be followed. Compliance with these expectations will help our school be one that we can all take pride in and enjoy our time here as well. HAVE A GREAT YEAR and GO HAWKS!
GOOD IN THE WORLD
Make Kindness Normal
BUS TRANSPORTATION HANDBOOK
La Center School District #101 School Board
Procedures: Student Conduct on Buses: Please refer to our district website for district policies, section 6605P.
A complete list of district policies and procedures can be found at www.lacenterschools.org. For those without internet access, paper copies may be requested from any school office.
(Place this information under Attendance before planned attendance)
STATEWIDE DEFINITION OF ABSENCE, EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED
WAC 392-401-1020 Excused absences. The following are valid excuses for absences from school:
1. Participation in a district or school approved activity, that is not instruction-related;
2. Illness, health condition or medical appointment
3. Family emergency
4. Religious or cultural purpose
5. Court or judicial proceeding
6. Post-secondary, technical school or apprenticeship program or scholarship interview
7. State-recognized search and rescue activities
8. Absence directly related to the student’s homeless status
9. Absence related to deployment activities of a parent or legal guardian
10. Absences due to suspensions or expulsions
11. Principal (or designee) and parent, guardian, or emancipated youth mutually agreed upon approved activity
WAC 392-401-030 Unexcused absences. Any absence from school is unexcused unless it meets one of the criteria provided in WA 392-401-015
STUDENT JOB DESCRIPTION
- Report to class on time and attend daily.
- Be prepared for learning by bringing student planner and learning materials to class (Examples: paper, pencils, notebook and textbooks.)
- Participate in the learning activities as directed by the teacher. (Examples: ask questions, respond to questions, read and think about the content, involve self in group activities).
- Complete and turn work in on time.
- Treat all others with respect and dignity. Expect to be treated with respect.
- Follow the classroom, school, and district rules and policies. Ask any adult if you are uncertain.
- Follow adult direction from school district employees, parent, and community volunteers.
- Be responsible for your behaviors and consequences for unacceptable behaviors.
- Exhibit pride in self, others, school, and community with appropriate attitude, behavior, vocabulary, and dress
STUDENT PLAN FOR SUCCESS (Retention/Promotion Procedure)
To assure promotion to the next grade level after entering grade six, students are expected to pass all of their courses. Understanding that some students may fall short of this expectation, the principal may approve promotion to the next grade as long as the student meets the following minimum requirements:
- Pass at least four (4) of six (6) courses with a minimum of a 60% score, or a letter grade of “D”, and
- Three (3) of the courses with passing grades are within the core subject areas (math, social studies, language arts, or science)
Students who are at risk of not meeting the above minimum criteria for promotion shall be required to develop a Student Plan for Success in partnership with parent(s)/guardian, counselor, and/or the principal. This Student Plan for Success will identify appropriate goals for achievement to meet the above minimum expectations, detail possible interventions that can be used as well as the responsibilities of the student, their parent(s)/guardian and school personnel. Failure to develop this plan and/or make adequate progress toward improvement may result in retention. The principal’s decision regarding promotion will be final.
When an accident occurs, it must be reported at once to the staff member in charge, who will then report it to the office. An accident form will be filled out and filed in the office.
Students may purchase an ASB card, which supports various student activities. The cost of the ASB card is $15. Students who have purchased ASB cards are admitted to home athletic events without charge and are eligible for discounts to other school activities. All students who participate in athletics or leadership class are required to purchase an ASB card.
The primary objective of the athletic program at La Center Middle School is to promote the physical, mental, social, emotional, and moral well-being of our students. Good sportsmanship and team play are key elements of our program.
All athletes shall be required to purchase an ASB card. Athletes shall also pay a $30 user fee for each sport. Prior to participation in any practices or contests, athletes must have a valid physical exam that meets WIAA standards. It is required that student athletes have medical and dental insurance. The school does not cover participants in cases of injury.
The following sports are offered to seventh and eighth grade students:
- Cross Country
- Girls Volleyball
Athletes must be in attendance at school all day to participate in practice or a game. Students who are removed from class for disciplinary reasons are not eligible to participate in after school practices or contests on that day.
Students who do not return an athletic uniform or fail to pay for a missing uniform will not be eligible to participate in future extracurricular activities.
Regular attendance and punctuality in school is vital for the academic success of students. All of our classes stress student participation on a regular basis. No single factor may interfere with a student’s progress more quickly than frequent absences or tardiness to class.
If a student is ill or must be absent from school, parents are asked to call the school before 9 a.m. The middle school phone number is: (360) 263-2136. If the office has not been notified of a student being absent, the school messenger will call home and/or send an email message if the school has an email address on file.
Students who have an unexcused absence must bring a note to the office upon their return. The note must state the date of the absence and be signed by a parent. Failure to provide the office with an approved excuse within two school days will result in an unexcused absence. Unexcused absences will be treated as truancy. Any missed school work for an unexcused absence may not be submitted for academic credit.
Based on state attendance laws, students with multiple absences due to illness may be required to obtain medical excuses.
State law mandates that schools file petitions with courts when a student accumulates (7) unexcused absences in 1 month, or (10) unexcused absences in a school year. If La Center Middle School does not hear from a parent via a phone call or signed note with the date of the absence, an absence is determined to be unexcused. To ensure our attendance records are accurate before filing a petition, a letter will be sent after the first, second and seventh unexcused absence in a month and after the tenth unexcused absence in a school year. If you receive such a letter, please send a note of explanation or phone the school to change the status of the unexcused to an excused absence.
Students who know in advance of absences should pick up a pre-arranged absence form in the office at least one day in advance of the absence. This form must be signed by the student’s parent/guardian and initialed by teachers and then returned to the office for the absence to be excused.
For each day of an excused absence, a student will be allowed two school days to make up assigned work. Special circumstances, such as extended illness, may require modification. The two-day make-up policy does not apply when due dates or testing dates are known in advance. The same concept applies to exams. Students are expected to make arrangements with the teacher immediately upon return to school to make up the missed exam.
Early dismissal/Late arrival
Students leaving school prior to the end of the day are required to check out through the office. Students will not be given permission to leave campus during the school day without parent permission. If a student arrives to school after classes have begun, they must report to the office prior to going to class.
Mon, Tues., Thurs., Fri…………………………….8:25am Start
Wednesday …………………………………………… 9:25am Start
Monday-Friday ……………………………………… 2:55 Release
Students may enter the building at 8:00am on normal school days and at 9:00am on Wednesdays. Students are to leave the school campus promptly at the end of the school day with the exception of staying for study hall, to work with an individual teacher, athletics or a school activity. Loitering in any area of the campus that is unsupervised is not allowed at any time.
Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and on the job.
Did You Know?
- Students should miss no more than 9 days of school each year to stay engaged, successful and on track to graduation.
- Absences can be a sign that a student is losing interest in school, struggling with school work, dealing with a bully or facing some other potentially serious difficulty.
- By 6th grade, absenteeism is one of three signs that a student may drop out of high school.
- By 9th grade, regular and high attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than 8th grade test scores.
- Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can drastically affect a student’s academic success.
- Students can be chronically absent even if they only miss a day or two every few weeks.
- Attendance is an important life skill that will help your child graduate from college and keep a job.
What You Can Do
- Make school attendance a priority
- Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation.
- Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
- Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
- Don’t let your child stay home from school unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.
- Help your teen stay engaged
- Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe from bullies and other threats. Make sure he/she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
- Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
- Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
- Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.
- Communicate with the school
- Know the school’s attendance policy-incentives and penalties
- Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
- Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.
- Ask for help from school officials, after school programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school.
Normal Bell Schedule
|1st Lunch||2nd Lunch|
|Period||8:20 AM||8:20 AM||Period|
|Homeroom||8:25 – 8:40||8:25 – 8:40||Homeroom|
|1||8:45 – 9:37||8:45 – 9:37||1|
|2||9:42 – 10:34||9:42 – 10:34||2|
|3||10:39 – 11:31||10:39 – 11:31||3|
|Lunch||11:31 – 12:01||11:36 – 12:28||4a|
|4b||12:06 – 12:58||12:28 – 12:58||Lunch|
|5||1:03 – 1:55||1:03 – 1:55||5|
|6||2:00 – 2:55||2:00 – 2:55||6|
Wednesday Bell Schedule (No Homeroom)
|1st Lunch||2nd Lunch|
|Period||9:20 AM||9:20 AM||Period|
|1||9:25 – 10:15||9:25 – 10:15||1|
|2||10:20 – 11:05||10:20 – 11:05||2|
|3||11:10 – 11:55||11:10 – 11:55||3|
|Lunch||11:55 – 12:25||12:00 – 12:45||4a|
|4b||12:30 – 1:15||12:45 – 1:15||Lunch|
|5||1:20 – 2:05||1:20 – 2:05||5|
|6||2:10 – 2:55||2:10 – 2:55||6|
Late Work Policy
Schoolwork is expected to be completed and turned in when due. Teachers differ on whether or not they accept late work from students. Some activities/assignments done in class cannot be made up. Teacher policies differ from class to class so refer to each class syllabus for more information.
Teachers will have the option of not accepting late work from students who have demonstrated a chronic or repeated pattern of turning in assignments late. Some activities/assignments done in class cannot be made up. Some teacher policies may differ, see teacher syllabus.
For the purpose of student security and safety, La Center Middle School is a closed campus. Students are not permitted to leave campus during the school day without permission from the office. Once students arrive on school grounds, they are expected to remain on campus until school is dismissed for the day, or permission from the office has been given. Students riding busses to school are not permitted to leave school grounds after exiting their bus. Student visitors are not permitted during the school day.
Middle School dances will generally be scheduled from 3-5 p.m. To attend a middle school dance, students must submit a dance permission slip, signed by a parent or guardian. In order for the office to have time to compile the dance attendance roster, verify permission slips, and prepare for refreshments, all forms must be turned in by the designated time on the permission slip. Phone calls, notes, or faxes will not be accepted. As a safety precaution, students attending a dance are required to remain at the dance until its conclusion unless picked up by parents or guardians or other prior arrangements have been made with the office.
Note: Students on suspension, including in-school suspension, or those removed from class for disciplinary reasons on the day of the dance are not permitted to attend.
Parents, and students 18 years or older, have the right to refuse to permit the designation of any or all of the categories of personally identifiable information with respect to that student as directory information. This includes addresses, birth date, birthplace, telephone number, dates of attendance, activities and sports participation, weight and height (if members of a sports team), awards received, and major fields of study. Notify the district in writing within ten (10) days of the publication of this notice.
Such written notice shall be addressed to the school in which the named student is registered. THIS IS WHAT GIVES THE RIGHT TO VARIOUS ORGANIZATIONS (COLLEGE RECRUITERS, MILITARY RECRUITERS, ETC.) TO RECEIVE CONTACT INFORMATION ON A STUDENT.
Personal listening devices, cell phones, and personal electronics devices may be used before the 8:20 a.m. bell, during lunch time, and after 2:55 p.m. They must be turned off and not visible during school hours. During school hours, ear buds may be worn at lunch time only. On occasion, teachers may allow the use of electronic devices in specific classes. Students who bring them do so at their own risk. Our staff cannot be held responsible for their loss or theft and will not pursue their recovery if they are missing or stolen due the extensive amount of time typically involved.
Classroom phones may be used only with the teacher’s permission and are not to be used for social calls. Students who need to contact a parent during the day are welcome to use a phone in the office. Parents who need to contact students should call the office, and a message will be passed along to the student. A basket on the teachers desk is to leave phones with the teacher if a student needs to leave class; (i.e. Restroom etc.)
Disruptive devices or any phone that rings or is out during the school day will be confiscated and appropriate disciplinary action taken.
|1st Offense:||Student may pick up the phone from office at the end of the day|
|2nd Offense:||Student calls parent after school and lunch detention, and phone is returned at the end of the day.|
|3rd Offense:||Student calls parent after school and lunch detention and parent must pick up the phone.|
4th or more
|May lead to suspension|
Each day, except on Wednesdays, students begin the day in homeroom. With their homeroom teacher, students will have an opportunity to check-in daily, look at grades, hold planner checks, complete assignments, play games against other homerooms, and have other meaningful activities. This class will be graded as a “pass” or “no pass” class.
La Center Middle School follows the State of Washington student immunization law, which requires all students to be adequately immunized according to their age and grade level. Proof of immunization status must be presented to the school on or before the first day of school attendance. This information must be recorded on a State of Washington form signed by the parent/guardian. Exemptions are available for medical, personal, or religious reasons. Please keep in mind that if an outbreak of vaccine-preventable disease for which that student is exempted should occur, the student will be excluded from school for the duration of the outbreak.
Student insurance is available through the school. Plan forms are available in the office. Premium charges are always subject to change.
INTERNET USE AT SCHOOL
All students in grades K-12 may at times be accessing the Internet for academic purposes. If you do not want your student (s) to have access to the Internet at school, please notify (in writing) the school office.
Misuse of school devices will result in: 1. Parent notification; 2. Restricted access; 3. Loss of use, and 4. Disciplinary action, like suspension.
Student lockers are the property of the school district. Students are responsible for keeping them neat and orderly. The school district retains the right to inspect student lockers at any time. The school district assumes no responsibility for items of value that are stored in lockers. Misuse of lockers will result in loss of privilege to use.
Students should follow these guidelines for locker use:
- Use only the locker assigned to you, Students are not allowed to share lockers.
- All books and backpacks must be kept in lockers, not in the classes. Please do not leave them in the hallways.
- Do not tamper with another person’s locker.
- Locker exchanges with other students are not allowed.
- Gym lockers require a padlock. Only school issued padlocks are to be used. Keep your lockers locked at all times.
- Students who fail to follow the rules regarding lockers will lose the privilege of having a locker.
- Do not open or pull on lockers.
LOST AND FOUND
Items remaining in lost and found will be donated to charity twice a year, once in December and once in June.
MEDICATIONS AT SCHOOL
Prescription and over-the-counter medications which must be given during school hours require a written signed authorization form completed by a parent and physician. Authorization forms can be obtained from the school office.
Medications must be supplied in the original container and have a pharmacy label with instructions that match the physician’s written authorization. This applies to over-the-counter and prescription medications and includes such items as aspirin, ibuprofen, cough drops, inhalers, etc. Schools may only accept a 20-day supply of a given medication. The medication must be transported to school by a parent, where it will be counted and signed for by the parent and school staff member.
Each school principal shall authorize two staff members to administer prescribed or non- prescribed oral medication, topical medication, eye drops and ear drops. Oral medications are administered by mouth either by swallowing or inhaling and may include administration by mask if the mask covers the mouth or mouth and nose. These designated staff members will participate in an in-service training session conducted by a physician or registered nurse prior to the opening of the school each year.
We understand that some students may need to carry and self-administer insulin, asthma inhalers, and/or epinephrine. A middle school student who carries and self-administers these medications must have an EXCEPTION FORM completed in addition to the standard Authorization for Administration of Medication at School form. A backup supply of the same medication provided by the parent/guardian must be kept in the office.
Students are expressly prohibited from delivering to other students, or accepting from other students, any prescription or non-prescription medications, dietary supplements, vitamins or other prohibited substances. To do so is considered a serious rule violation and grounds for suspension from school.
The above is in accordance with State of Washington Law and La Center School District policy.
Student report cards will be mailed home at the end of each semester. Students will generally earn a letter grade from “A” to “F” (a pass/no pass grade is used for homeroom. Parents and students are encouraged to use Skyward for the most up-to-date grades. Contact the middle school office if you do not have your SKYWARD password.
End of 1st Semester – January 24th
2nd semester begins January 28 and ends June 13
Hard copy progress reports are available throughout the year for those who do not have internet access. Please contact the middle school office at 263-2136 to request this service.
Parents can access grades and attendance through the web-based SKYWARD program at www.lacenterschools.org Contact the middle school office if you have not received your password.
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GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points earned in a grading period by the number of graded classes.
16.4 grade point
Total grade points 16.4 2.74 GPA
In order to meet promotion standards a student must pass at least four (4) of six (6) courses with a minimum of a 60% score, or a letter grade “D”. Three (3) of the courses with a passing grade must be within the core subject areas of math, history, language arts, and science.
There will be two conferences in the 2018-19 school year. In October, we will have a traditional parent teacher conference where parents meet teachers and discuss early progress to date. In March, we have a Student Led conference in which each student will give a presentation on their year so far, goals, and their academic career plan. Students must complete their conference in order to gain points in each class. Please contact Mrs. Landerholm if you would like to know more about the conference.
Information about school events, procedures, important dates, and individual teacher’s web pages can be accessed at the school website: www.lacenterschools.org
Parents can access grades, attendance and other information through the web-based Skyward system. Usernames and passwords are available in the Middle School office.
Water is the only beverage allowed in the hallways and the classrooms. Juice or sport drinks are allowed in the cafeteria only. Caffeinated drinks, including coffee, hot chocolate, tea or soda pop.
Energy drinks are also not allowed.
Healthy snacks can be consumed between classes, or within a classroom with teacher permission. At times, nuts may not be allowed in certain classes to accommodate allergies.
You are a member of the La Center Middle School Associated Student Body (ASB). The governing body of the ASB is the Executive Council, which is made up of the Executive Officers and representatives from each homeroom and club. The Executive Officers are responsible for approval of ASB expenditures, activities, and fundraisers. The elected Executive Council shall consist of three eighth graders, three seventh graders, and three sixth graders. The Executive Council members who will serve in the positions of President, Secretary, and Treasurer will be determined by the Executive Council at the first regular meeting of the Executive Council.
Elections are held in the spring for these offices. All sixth and seventh grade students who have maintained a 3.0 GPA are eligible to run. Officers must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout their time in office and purchase an ASB card.
Purpose of Student Council
- To teach and develop citizenship through democratic practices.
- To provide an opportunity for active participation in the organization and management of school activities.
- To further interest in all school activities.
- To cooperate in promoting the general welfare of the school.
- To solve problems at school.
Responsibilities of Homeroom and Club Representatives
- Represent their homeroom or club at Student Council meetings.
- Report back to their homeroom or club the topics covered during Student Council meetings for discussion.
- Homeroom and Club Representatives are elected each semester.
SUPERVISED STUDY HALL
Supervised study hall is available to all students who must be signed in by 3:05. The following hours are when study hall is available.
Monday – Thursday, 3-4PM
A math tutor will be available every Wednesday and Thursday in study hall from 3-4PM.
Students who do not behave in study hall or do not work will not be allowed to attend future study halls. Students who leave early must contact their parents prior to leaving.
There will be no study hall on early dismissal days or the day prior to a holiday. All students must come prepared with materials to work on.
Reasons to attend:
- To get additional help with homework.
- To retake a quiz or test.
- Supervised study hall provides a good environment to study and work.
- Academic probation
- For supervised study hall, students should report to the supervising teacher by 3:05p.m. They should use the restroom before reporting.
- All students will sign in on the roster, including their reason for attendance and what they will accomplish in that hour.
- If a student is working in a different teacher’s classroom, a signed slip must be given to the study hall supervisor first.
- Students coming solely to take quizzes or tests, or attending of their own choice, may leave as soon as they are finished and have signed out of study hall.
- Students are expected to work quietly and diligently the entire time they are in attendance.
- Students may work together only with the permission of the attending study hall teacher.
- Students are expected to ask the study hall teacher for help with work they find difficult or may not understand.
TEXTBOOKS AND LIBRARY BOOKS
Classroom textbooks and library books are the responsibility of the student. Students will be charged the replacement cost plus 25% for books or other materials that are lost or damaged. Students may be excluded from special activities if overdue library books are not returned or paid for.
Students are asked to leave items of great value at home. Large amounts of money are at risk of being lost or stolen. The school assumes no responsibility for valuable items that are lost or stolen.
Items not allowed:
The following items are not permitted and may be confiscated and held for parents to pick up:
- Skateboards, scooters, or roller skates
- Toys, card collections, etc…
- Laser pointers
- Any item which causes disruption in classroom or common areas
Possession of lighters or matches is grounds for disciplinary action.
Unlawful discharge of a laser toward a school bus driver while performing his or her official duties is a 1st Degree Class “C” felony.
SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY PROHIBITS SKATEBOARDING OR RIDING A SCOOTER ON SCHOOL GROUNDS AT ANY TIME.
Access to the machines will follow the times permitted by school board policy. The vending machine is turned off between 11:15-1:15 every day, following district and state regulations. Open containers are not allowed in lockers and machines may be removed if litter around the campus becomes a problem.
“It is never the wrong time to do the right thing.”
Respect the Law and the Rights of Others: The student is responsible as a citizen to observe the laws of the United States, the state of Washington, and local ordinances.
Compliance with Rules: All students shall comply with all rules and regulations established for the orderly operations of the district and the reasonable requests, instructions, and directives of district personnel.
It is the goal of La Center Middle School to have 100% of our students described by these three words: courteous, respectful, and responsible. The manner in which we present ourselves and represent our school and community will always be a priority.
There are times, unfortunately, when students choose to conduct themselves in a manner disruptive to the educational environment of our school. The following guidelines and procedures were developed to help students make positive choices and to resolve situations when wrong choices are made.
GUIDELINES FOR SUCCESS
Four guidelines for success have been established that focus on your role here at school and our student honor code, “I have a choice in everything I do, and I have a responsibility for the choices I make”:
- Be responsible.
- Strive for excellence.
- Cooperate with others.
- Treat everyone with respect.
STUDENT ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
As La Center Middle School students, you have a considerable responsibility for your education. The school personnel are willing and able to help you succeed, but you must determine the level of effort you will give. By state law, as a student in the public school, you are responsible for three important things:
- To pursue your required course of study (hopefully with vigor).
- To comply with the school rules.
- To submit to the authority of school personnel.
In the classroom, students must follow the classroom rules. Teachers’ practices may differ, so each teacher will communicate how students are expected to conduct themselves in class and the consequences for not doing so.
In the halls, cafeteria, commons, outside, and on busses, students must behave in ways that respect the physical safety and feelings of themselves and others. Running in the halls or to the cafeteria, harassing other people, and using vulgar language are examples of behaviors that will not be tolerated.
Teachers will determine whether or not gum chewing will be permitted in their classrooms. Gum will not be allowed in science labs using chemicals, while working with computers, in the library, or in physical education classes. Gum must be discarded in trash containers, not on the ground.
Cheating/Plagiarism and Forgery
Cheating or forgery in any form is a violation of school rules. Cheating/plagiarism includes copying another person’s work or answers, with or without their permission, and submitting it as your own. Providing answers or work for another student to copy is also considered cheating and subject to the same consequences. Consequences for cheating, at a minimum, will be a zero on the assignment, test, or quiz. Repeated incidents will be referred to the principal for other disciplinary action. Submitting any document with a forged parent or guardian signature is a violation of school rules, which will result in disciplinary actions.
The following are examples of inappropriate attire or accessories at LCMS:
- Muscle shirts, cut-off sleeves, inappropriately torn clothing
- Holes in jeans/pants shorter than extended reach of the student.
- Pajama bottoms
- Metal-spiked wristbands or other jewelry
- Sunglasses should not be worn inside except for a medical reason
- Writing on skin or clothing with markers or pens is not permitted
- Sagging and long-crotch clothing are not acceptable
This is not an inclusive list. Any clothing, makeup, or accessory which detracts from instruction is not appropriate. We request our parents and students to use their best judgement, and if questions arise, please ask our staff. The principal or her designee will have the final decision as to the potential for disruption at school and the requirement that the attire be changed. Students wearing inappropriate attire who do not have appropriate attire available at school may be sent home to change. Repeated incidents of wearing inappropriate attire will result in disciplinary action.
Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for determining student attire within the guidelines established. Dress or appearance that has the potential for causing disruption is not permitted. Clothing or accessories that advertise, promote or depict alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs, or violence are prohibited. Display of profanity, vulgarity, or sexual innuendo is prohibited.
Clothing which is excessively revealing is not appropriate for school. Any attire, which exposes a student’s midriff or cleavage at any time, is not permitted. “Tube” tops, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, tank tops with straps narrower than two (2”) inches or clothing with excessive holes or holes in revealing locations are not permitted. Shorts/skirts are permitted, but may be no shorter the extended reach of the student, regardless if leggings are being worn. Underwear should not be exposed. For safety and health reasons, students must wear appropriate footwear at all times while at school. Slippers are not appropriate footwear at school.
With the exception of theme-related items on spirit days, hats and other head coverings are not to be worn inside school buildings at any time. Exceptions will be made if the head coverage pertains to a student’s religious beliefs.
We offer a number of learning experiences off campus each year in the form of field trips. It is crucial that students conduct themselves in a proper manner at these events; therefore students receiving disciplinary action at any time one week prior to a field trip can be excluded. Refunds cannot be made for students excluded for disciplinary reasons.
Fuel to the Fire Policy
Students are required to immediately leave the area where a fight or other altercation is taking place. Students who watch or encourage a fight may be subject to suspension or expulsion.
There will be occasions when, in the absence of the regular teacher, class will be taught by a guest teacher (sometimes referred to as a substitute teacher). La Center Middle School students are expected to cooperate fully with guest teachers and provide any help they can to make the class period go smoothly. our goal is that when guest teachers finish their assignment, they will be able to report the outstanding experience they had working with our students. Any student removed from class by a guest teacher may receive a double detention. Continuous poor behavior with guest teachers can result in suspension.
In accordance with La Center School District Board Policy No. P 3207, La Center Middle School is committed to providing a safe and civil educational environment. Students, employees, volunteers, and patrons are entitled to be free of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
These actions are defined as any written, verbal, or physical act which:
- physically harms a student or damages the student’s property, or
- substantially interferes with a student’s education, or creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment, or
- Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school
These actions are considered severe misconduct. False reports or retaliation for harassment, intimidation or bullying are also considered violations of this policy. It is important that students who believe they have been subject to harassment, bullying, or intimidation immediately report it to a staff member. Any student or community member may report incidents verbally or in writing to any staff member. Written forms are found on the district website or are available in the office or from the counselor. All complaints will be thoroughly investigated:
Step 1: Filing an incident report form
Step 2: Receiving an incident report form
Step 3: Investigation of unresolved, severe or persistent harassment, intimidation and bullying.
Step 4: Corrective measures for the aggressor
Step 5: Targeted student’s right to appeal.
Step 6: Discipline/Corrective action.
Step 7: Support for the targeted student.
Students who bully or harass another student will have disciplinary consequences. Depending on the frequency and severity of the conduct, suspension and referral to law enforcement can be the result.
Bullying that occurs outside of school and or on social media is subject to discipline at school as it impacts a child’s safety at school. Threats on the internet will be reported to the police.
Students are required to follow reasonable directives of school personnel. Failure to comply or willful defiance is considered exceptional misconduct. Insubordination could result in suspension for a first offense. This includes refusing to work in class after being directed by a staff member to do so.
All studen are required to wear uniforms for their physical education class. The prices are as follows:
PE Package (2 shirts & 2 shorts) $27
Hoodie (optional) $13
Sweat pants (optional) $11
Extra pair of shorts (optional) $ 8
Extra T-Shirt (optional) $ 6
Add $3.00 for XXL sizes
PE lock is a required purchase $8
Items are available in the office with the exception of the hoodies and sweatpants. These items we order as needed.
Public Display of Affection
We understand that some of our students will reach the point in their lives that parents allow dating. However, there must be acceptable limits on public display of affection while at school or school events. The only appropriate public display of affection at LCMS is holding hands. Students who continue to publicly display affection will face disciplinary action and parents will be notified.
Tardiness to class is not only disruptive to the educational process but may also be an indication of a lack of responsibility and self-discipline. Students are expected to report to their assigned class and be at their workstation with all learning materials before the tardy bell rings. Students who are habitually tardy will be subject to disciplinary action of a progressive nature.
Students who arrive late to school must check in with the office prior to going to class.
According to state law, students at school are expected to follow rules and regulations, submit to the authority of school personnel, and pursue their required course of studies. Disciplinary action for misconduct has a two-fold purpose. It is intended to both give students an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and also to protect the educational environment. Attempts will be made to work with students to correct misconduct in the least restrictive manner, but those who engage in severe or chronic misconduct may be subject to suspension or expulsion.
Following are examples of violations warranting immediate referral to the principal:
- Abusive language or gestures/Flagrant disrespect
- Violent conduct
- Bullying, intimidation
- Drugs/Tobacco or look-a-likes
- Assault/Battery/Threat of physical harm or abuse
- Sexual/Malicious harassment
- Disrupting assembly
- Unsafe behavior/Horseplay
- Immoral/Obscene conduct
- Vulgar or profane language
- Discharge of fire extinguisher or alarm
- Trespass upon or refusal to leave school property when asked by school authority
Progressive discipline refers to a process of determining appropriate disciplinary action based on the seriousness of the misconduct, the number of previous incidents, and the time frame within which the incidents occurred. Listed below are examples of the disciplinary steps most commonly used.
Progressive steps commonly used by staff: Warning; student-teacher conference; student-teacher-principal conference; parent contact or conference; detention; classroom removal; referral to principal.
Progressive steps used by the principal:
Warning, detention and restorative service; short-term suspension; long-term suspension; expulsion. Exceptional Misconduct (WAC 180-40-260)
School Board Policy and Procedures 3241P identifies behavior which is considered “exceptional misconduct.” This type of violation of school rules is considered to be so severe that immediate imposition of suspension or expulsion is warranted, and the offense will follow a student through each grade level. Exceptional misconduct offenses do not start over year to year. They carry over to each and every year, including the transition from building to building. Following is a list of “exceptional misconduct” violations and the consequence range for each.
Possessing and/or using alcohol, illegal chemical substances or look-alike of the above: *First Offense: Automatic 30 day suspension *Second Offense: Expulsion
- Sale or delivery of alcohol or illegal substances *First Offense: Expulsion
- Threatening or verbal abuse, fighting or fighting words: *Minimum: Short term suspension *Maximum: Long term suspension
- Setting fire or damaging school property devices: *Minimum: Short term suspension *Maximum: Long term suspension, notification to law enforcement
- Possession and/or using firearms, weapons or explosive devices *Minimum: Expulsion , notification to law enforcement *Maximum: Indefinite expulsion, notification to law enforcement
- Possession/using tobacco products: *Minimum:Tobacco education required *Maximum: Short Term or Long term suspension
- Disrupting the educational process;*Minimum: Short term suspension *Maximum: Long term suspension
- Refusing to follow reasonable directives of staff: *Minimum: Short term suspension*Maximum: Long term suspension
- Harassment / Bullying: *Minimum: Short term suspension *Maximum: Long term suspension and referral to law enforcement.
Repeated misconduct can go above maximum consequences listed above.
STUDENT GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES
What should a student do if they feel a directive or disciplinary action by school personnel is unfair or unwarranted?
- Comply with the directive. Do not actively or passively contest, challenge, or argue with the staff member.
To defy or not comply will result in disciplinary action of a more serious nature. If this be the case, it is necessary to report it. It is not in the best interest of the student to openly defy reasonable directives from staff members or to argue with the staff person, especially in the presence of other students. (If the directive or action would require the student to do something illegal or immoral, it must be reported.)
- Request an appointment with that staff member to discuss the issue. This request should be made respectfully and demonstrate a willingness to work together to resolve the issue. Both student and staff must be willing to acknowledge their responsibility in the issue and also their obligation to see it resolved. This meeting should not take place during class time. The staff member will arrange a time when the two can meet to resolve the issue.
- If the issue is not resolved by meeting with the staff member, the student may then request a meeting with the principal, realizing that the initial action taken by the principal will most likely be a joint conference with both parties involved. It must be understood that the principal will not be supportive of a grievance made by a student who acted inappropriately with respect to numbers 1 and 2 above.
If necessary, other individuals may be called to participate in the resolution process, (e.g., parents, neutral staff members, student representatives). This will only happen if it is deemed essential for reaching agreement. Resolving conflict is directly connected to three of our four Guidelines for Success: be responsible; cooperate with others; treat everyone with respect. Again, both parties have a responsibility to work in good faith toward resolution of the conflict.
CharacterStrong’s goal is to teach students the importance of strengthening one’s own character in order to improve relationships, increase academic achievement and overall improve the climate and culture of their schools. Research has shown over and over again that by teaching character, not only will students improve academically, but they will also possess traits that will help them succeed post-high school in the workplace, and more importantly, in relationships that are important to them.
CharacterStrong focuses on intentionally teaching eight character traits and goes in-depth into what these traits look like and then follows up with practical ways to improve them in their own lives and with those around them. CharacterStrong gives practical tools on how to build that positive climate that both students and staff desire to be a part of. The small acts of compassion and kindness permeate the school each day because students understand the value of relationships and developing their character.
CharacterStrong and SEL Connections
CharacterStrong’s curriculum braids the core components of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into both the advisory curriculum and the leadership curriculum. The five components below are the components of Social Emotional Learning which CharacterStrong implements.
- Self-Awareness – The ability to accurately recognize one’s own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior. The ability to accurately assess one’s strengths and limitations, with a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism, and a “growth mindset.”
- Self-Management – The ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations – effectively managing stress, controlling impulses, and motivating oneself.
- Social-Awareness – The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others, including those from diverse backgrounds and cultures. The ability to understand social and ethical norms for behavior and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.
- Relationship Skills – The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. The ability to communicate clearly, listen well, cooperate with others, resist inappropriate social pressure, negotiate conflict constructively, and seek and offer help when needed.
- Responsible Decision-Making – The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.
We will not bully others.
We will try to help students who are bullied.
We will try to include students who are left out.
If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult at home.
Policy 3240P Student Conduct
In addition to individual rights established by law and district policies, students served by or on behalf of the district will have the right to:
- High educational standards in a safe and sanitary building;
- Education consistent with stated district goals;
- Equal educational opportunity and in all aspects of the educational process, freedom from discrimination based on economic status, pregnancy, marital status, sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability;
- Access to their own education records at reasonable school times upon request;
- Fair and just treatment from school authorities and freedom from mistreatment and physical abuse;
- Freedom from unlawful interference in their pursuit of an education while in the custody of the district;
- Security against unreasonable searches and seizures;
- The substantive constitutional rights listed in WAC 392-400-215, subject to reasonable limitations upon the time, place, and manner of exercising such rights consistent with the maintenance of an orderly and efficient educational process within limitations set by law, including the right to:
O Freedom of speech and press,
O Peaceably assemble
O Petition the government and its representatives for a redress of grievances,
O The free exercise of religion and to have their schools free from sectarian control or influence, and
O Participate in the development of rules and regulations to which they are subject and to be instructed on rules and regulations that affect them, including the periodic review and update of discipline rules, policies, and procedures;
- Establish appropriate channels to voice their opinions in the development of curriculum;
- Representation on advisory committees affecting students and student rights;
- Present petitions, complaints, or grievances to school authorities and the right to prompt replies;
- Consult with teachers, counselors, administrators and other school personnel at reasonable times;
- Be involved in school activities, provided they meet the reasonable qualifications of the sponsoring organization;
- Free election of their peers in student government and the right to hold office;
- Know the requirements of the course of study, be informed about and know upon what basis grades will be determined;
- Citizenship privileges as determined by the United States and Washington State Constitution and its amendments; and
- Annual information pertaining to the district’s rules and regulations regarding students, discipline and rights
NONDISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT
La Center School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Dave Holmes, Civil Rights Coordinator, 725 Highland Road, La Center, 360-263-2131
Matt Cooke, Title IX Officer, 725 Highland Road, La Center, 360-263-1700
Peter Rosenkranz, Section 504 Coordinator, 725 Highland Road, La Center, 360-263-5931
You can report discrimination and discriminatory harassment to any school staff member or to the district’s Civil Rights Coordinator, listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint (see below). For a copy of your district’s nondiscrimination policy and procedure, contact your school or district office or view it online: www.lacenterschools.org, policy 3210 and procedure 3210P.
Students and staff are protected against sexual harassment by anyone in any school program or activity, including on the school campus, on the school bus, or off-campus during a school-sponsored activity.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome behavior or communication that is sexual in nature when:
- A student or employee is led to believe that he or she must submit to unwelcome sexual conduct or communications in order to gain something in return, such as a grade, a promotion, a place on a sports team, or any educational or employment decision, or
- The conduct substantially interferes with a student’s educational performance, or creates an intimidating or hostile educational or employment environment.
Examples of Sexual Harassment:
- Pressuring a person for sexual favors
- Unwelcome touching of a sexual nature
- Writing graffiti of a sexual nature
- Distributing sexually explicit texts, emails, or pictures
- Making sexual jokes, rumors, or suggestive remarks
- Physical violence, including rape and sexual assault
You can report sexual harassment to any school staff member or to the district’s Title IX Officer, who is listed above. You also have the right to file a complaint (see below). For a copy of your district’s sexual harassment policy and procedure, contact your school or district office, or view it on our website: www.lacenterschools.org, students- policy 3205 and procedure 3205P and staff- policy 5011 and procedure 5011P.
COMPLAINT OPTIONS: DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT
If you believe that you or your child have experienced unlawful discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment at school, you have the right to file a complaint.
Before filing a complaint, you can discuss your concerns with your child’s principal or with the school district’s Section 504 Coordinator, Title IX Officer, or Civil Rights Coordinator, who are listed above. This is often the fastest way to revolve your concerns.
Complaint to the School District
Step 1. Write Out Your Complaint
In most cases, complaints must be filed within one year from the date of the incident or conduct that is the subject of the complaint. A complaint must be in writing. Be sure to describe the conduct or incident, explain why you believe discrimination, discriminatory harassment, or sexual harassment has taken place, and describe what actions you believe the district should take to resolve the problem. Send your written complaint—by mail, fax, email, or hand delivery—to the district superintendent or civil rights compliance coordinator.
Step 2: School District Investigates Your Complaint
Once the district receives your written complaint, the coordinator will give you a copy of the complaint procedure and make sure a prompt and thorough investigation takes place. The superintendent or designee will respond to you in writing within 30 calendar days—unless you agree on a different time period. If your complaint involves exceptional circumstances that demand a lengthier investigation, the district will notify you in writing to explain why staff need a time extension and the new date for their written response.
Step 3: School District Responds to Your Complaint
In its written response, the district will include a summary of the results of the investigation, a determination of whether or not the district failed to comply with civil rights laws, notification that you can appeal this determination, and any measures necessary to bring the district into compliance with civil rights laws. Corrective measures will be put into effect within 30 calendar days after this written response—unless you agree to a different time period.
Appeal to the School District
If you disagree with the school district’s decision, you may appeal to the school district’s board of directors. You must file a notice of appeal in writing to the secretary of the school board within 10 calendar days after you received the school district’s response to your complaint. The school board will schedule a hearing within 20 calendar days after they receive your appeal, unless you agree on a different timeline. The school board will send you a written decision within 30 calendar days after the district received your notice of appeal. The school board’s decision will include information about how to file a complaint with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
Complaint to OSPI
If you do not agree with the school district’s appeal decision, state law provides the option to file a formal complaint with the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). This is a separate complaint process that can take place if one of these two conditions has occurred: (1) you have completed the district’s complaint and appeal process, or (2) the district has not followed the complaint and appeal process correctly.
You have 20 calendar days to file a complaint to OSPI from the day you received the decision on your appeal. You can send your written complaint to the Equity and Civil Rights Office at OSPI:
Email: Equity@k12.wa.us ǀ Fax: 360-664-2967
Mail or hand deliver: PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-7200
Other Discrimination Complaint Options
Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
Washington State Human Rights Commission
1-800-233-3247 ǀ TTY: 1-800-300-7525 ǀ www.hum.wa.gov