Dear Students, Parents, and Community Members,
We are officially in the second half of the 2014-2015 school year. The second semester began this week, and the second half of every school year seems to go by so quickly. The combination of state testing, scheduling, and eventually, field trips, makes the middle school a very busy place. I want to remind everyone of several important items as we enter the second semester.
First up are the new state tests. Everyone is very familiar with the Ohio Achievement Assessments, however, this year, we will be switching over to the PARCC assessments. These new assessments mean new challenges for our students and staff. Even though these tests will be very rigorous, I am confident that our staff members have done their very best to prepare our students. Listed below are the testing dates for the middle school. Please do your best to have your students here and ready to perform. I recommend a good night’s sleep prior to the test and a nutritious breakfast the morning of testing. If you know that your child will be absent any of these days, please contact Mr. Dana Fox at the middle school so that he can make the necessary arrangements.
During the second semester we also look forward to our annual field trips. The 7th grade students will visit Columbus/Cincinnati, while our 8th grade students travel to Washington D.C./Gettysburg. These trips are optional for our students, however, they are highly recommended. The 7th and 8th grade trips are not fundraising opportunities for the middle school. We use an outside company that provides us with a safe and affordable trip for the students. I have been very impressed with the company’s professionalism and first class accommodations for our students. We do offer a pizza card fundraiser to help students earn money for their trips. Even though these trips are recommended, we still have a Code of Conduct that must be met in order for students to attend the trip. Please see the attached copy for all the details. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact the middle school office at 330-823-7566 or myself personally at: email@example.com
Marlington Middle School
Marlington Middle School Field Trip Policy
Failure to comply with the following pre-trip requirements may result in denial of participation for the Columbus/Cincinnati or Washington, D.C. field trips. Those students who fall under any of the following categories for the REMAINDER OF THE SCHOOL YEAR will be denied participation on the field trip. Some of the money may be refundable as per Traveling Classroom policy. This will start January 26, 2015.
1. Unpaid fees, fines, lunch charge slips, and fundraiser monies. Or
2. 5 Unsatisfactory Conduct Cards received. Or
5 Bus Discipline Referrals received.
a combination of Unsatisfactory Conduct cards and Bus Referrals totaling 6 received. **Lunch misconduct may not be considered**.
3. Suspensions/Alternate School Placement
If two separate out-of-school suspensions have been assigned or one ten day suspension/expulsion.
Any violent offense, or threat that results in an out-of-school suspension.
If five separate alternate school placements have been assigned. Academic Placements may or may not count per Mr. McKenzie
Any behavior outside of school that may result in a criminal offense.
4. Behavior Communication Slips - 12 BC’s received. (These do not include
BC ’s from academic notifications).
5. If a student is absent from school a total of 15 days or more, then he/she may be denied field trip privileges. (unless excused by a doctor referral).
6. Any two classes that the letter grade “F” is received during the Third or Fourth nine weeks, you will be denied field trip privileges.
Remember it is a privilege to attend the field trip! Any questions or concerns please contact Mr. McKenzie at Marlington Middle School.