Pansy Kidd Middle School

STUDENTS

Welcome to Pansy Kidd Middle School. Whether this is your first year or you are a returning student, we hope to make this coming year productive and rewarding. To help us attain this goal, you need to begin this school year planning to do the best you can to succeed.

The middle school is the bridge between elementary and senior high school. While here, you will reinforce your basic knowledge, and skills; explore a variety of interest areas to broaden your education; expand your present knowledge base; and gain direction through a strong guidance program.

Education is a partnership between educators and students. As teachers and administrators, we agree to provide the opportunity for you to improve your abilities. It is your responsibility to become an active learner. The Pansy Kidd Middle School faculty and administrators challenge you to increase your knowledge, to improve your skills, and to become active in every phase of your education.

To help you better understand our school, this handbook of general information has been prepared. You should become familiar with this information to gain a better understanding of the expectations for all students. Each student will be issued a handbook at no charge. The students need to keep daily assignments and activities written in them each day. If the handbook is lost, the student will need to purchase a new one.

NOTE TO PARENTS:

We, as teachers and administrators, realize and accept the awesome responsibility entrusted to us daily by the parents and patrons of Poteau schools. Your input into the learning experiences of your child is an essential part of his/her total educational program. Together we share the hope that your child will realize his/her fullest potential. The degree of success we achieve in reaching that goal will be determined largely by the extent to which home and school can work together. With your cooperation and support we can maintain a productive, effective, orderly and safe environment for our students.

At no time should you be in doubt of your child's progress. Key information that you should gain from your child daily is:

1. The learning activities that he/she participated in today.

2. The homework assignment that he/she needs to prepare for tomorrow.

3. Does he/she have adequate supplies for each class?

This handbook is designed to provide general information about our school. It is our hope that you will become familiar with the information and discuss expectations with your child.

The PKMS Student Handbook and Parent’s Rights may be viewed at our website.

PHILOSOPHY OF POTEAU SCHOOLS

The purpose of the Poteau School System is to provide guidance and instruction so each student will become a contributing, self-supporting member of an ever-changing democratic society by attaining the following attributes: an awareness of potentialities, as well as limitations; an acceptance of self; confidence in his/her own feelings; an acceptance of society; the capability to adapt to both individual needs and the needs of associates; a self-sufficiency vocationally and as a consumer; literacy; and capability to advance academic, vocational, and cultural interests.

Ideally, the school climate will provide an environment in which faculty and students can experience mutual acceptance, respect, appreciation, and trust. Teachers and administrators should consider themselves co-workers, supporting each other as they strive to fulfill the educational objectives of the school in an atmosphere that recognizes the rights and dignity of each individual. Considering the maturity of the individual student and the nature of the educational process, the school will provide practice in democratic principles, emphasizing these rights, as well as individual responsibility. Such an atmosphere is possible when the student needs are central to every decision or activity in the school.

Keeping these individual needs in perspective and with the ultimate goal of student education, the school is flexible enough to utilize new ideas and traditional methods to promote the best learning situation possible for the subject matter and individuals being taught; recognizing that processes to develop the elements of rational thought should be used in every part of the curriculum. At the same time, the teacher is viewed as an organizer of learning activities, a motivator, a resource person who attempts to provide the opportunity for each student to develop his unique abilities and interests at his own rate, and a utilizer of the best available instructional methods meaningful to the student. The faculty believes that all children can learn and develops education programs based on that belief.


Because, in a world of change, the most important content is “learning to learn,”learning to think must

also be included as a vital part of the curriculum. The basic skills (thinking, reading, writing, listening, and arithmetic) are among the priorities as content in the school. Other important aspects of the school content include an exploration of the fine arts, socialization skills, understanding of self, responsible conduct, understanding and appreciating the world in which the student lives and will live, and other “survival" skills (vocational education, health and physical education, economic education, literacy). In addition, the curriculum should reflect the cultural values of the community and assist in the development of those values in each individual. It is understood, though, that any content selected is merely a vehicle for the achievement of educational goals. If the school is successful, the student will be able to use rational powers effectively and make appropriate choices. The student will have awareness and an acceptance of his/her potentialities and limitations as a functioning, adapting member of society who is literate and self-sufficient in a vocation and as a consumer.

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Poteau Public Schools, in cooperation with other institutions of society, is to ensure the opportunity for all students to acquire and use within their ability the knowledge, skills and behaviors necessary for today and tomorrow. This mission is carried out within the philosophy of the district.

EXIT OUTCOMES

To assure our graduates have acquired appropriate knowledge, skills and understanding from the instructional program of Poteau ISD #29, Exit Outcomes have been developed. These Exit Outcomes are considered essential learning that must be demonstrated at a minimum level within each student's ability by all who graduate from this school district.

A GRADUATE OF POTEAU ISD #29 WILL BE EXPECTED TO DEMONSTRATE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS:

1. LEARN TO LEARN

2. READING, WRITING, SPEAKING AND LISTENING

3. MATHEMATICS, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

4. GOOD CITIZENSHIP

5. GOOD USE OF LEISURE TIME AND APPRECIATION OF CULTURE AND BEAUTY

6. PHYSICAL FITNESS, HEALTH AND SAFETY

7. ECONOMIC PRINCIPLES AND GOOD MANAGEMENT OF MONEY, PROPERTY AND NATURAL RESOURCES

8. SELF-UNDERSTANDING, A FEELING OF POSITIVE SELF-WORTH AND PRIDE IN  ACCOMPLISHMENTS

9. CAREER DECISIONS AND SUCCESS

10. SKILLS FOR FAMILY LIVING

Weather Makeup Possibilities

April 6 and the week beginning May 21, would be possible make up days for bad weather.

The school calendar is set by the Board of Education and can be changed if the need arises. Parents are encouraged to consider this when planning vacations or trips. Should it become necessary to close school due to inclement weather, only the local radio station will be notified. Listen to 92.5 FM or call 647-7790.


STUDENT'S CREED

"I believe in Pansy Kidd Middle School and in the things for which she stands, health in body, honest work, generous comradeship, and reverence for the spiritual. I believe in achievement and I pray for forcefulness to accomplish what I set out to do. I believe in loyalty to our school and her traditions. I pledge upon my honor to help in all her undertakings and in all that will make her a stronger and nobler school."

SCHOOL SPIRIT

School spirit is reflected by each student wanting to be a part of Pansy Kidd Middle School. It is the desire to belong and also to make school life productive and exciting. School spirit is the willingness to participate positively and to influence others to do the same. It can be experienced by those who excel or lead, or by those who simply want to contribute their best effort. Every student is encouraged to actively support each and every phase of the school program. From the classroom to the playground, from the athletic competition to the fine arts and academic contest, enthusiasm is what creates school spirit.

CITIZENSHIP

Citizenship is encouraged on every hand in our school every hour of the day.

A GOOD CITIZEN OF OUR MIDDLE SCHOOL IS:

1. Quiet and orderly in the classroom, hall and library.

2. Honest, loyal, trustworthy, cooperative and dependable.

3. Thoughtful and respectful of the rights of others.

4. Respectful of authority.

5. Punctual in doing his/her best with homework and other responsibilities.

6. Neat in appearance and work.

7. Careful of school property.

8. Regular and punctual in school attendance.

9. Orderly on school buses.

ADMISSION

Any student who is a legal resident of Independent District #29, Poteau Public School, or has a legal transfer and who meets Oklahoma immunization requirements may attend.

Pansy Kidd Middle School strives to place students in classes where they can succeed. Academic performance, potential ability, rate of learning, and student's interest are all factors when scheduling students.

ATTENDANCE

Regular attendance and good daily work are essential to pupil and school success. Absence from school is one of the chief reasons students make low or failing grades. The first and one of the most important efforts a student has to make is to be present for every class.


In accordance with Board of Education policy #5115, a student in grades six through twelve who misses a class more than eight times unexcused in any quarterly grading period shall not receive a passing grade. Any exception to this policy will be made by the principal and then only when special circumstances exist which made the absences unavoidable or when the student’s level of knowledge and skills of the course content is so high it would be of minimal benefit to the student to repeat the class.

The maximum number of absences for activities, whether sponsored by the school or an outside organization, which removes a student from the classroom shall be ten (10) for any one class period of each school year.

In the event that a school activity is cancelled but school is not, all students need to attend school. Homework and book problems will be worked out due to the cancelled event. If a student does not attend school that day, he/she will receive an unexcused absence and the teachers do not have to allow the students to make up the work.

ABSENCES

A student is considered absent from school when he/she is not in class, unless he/she is participating in a school­-sponsored activity. Only those students who are cleared through the office are excused from class to participate in school-­sponsored activities.

When a student is absent from school for any reason, the student's parent or guardian is asked to phone the Principal's office (647-7741) by 9:00 am. If a phone call is not possible, the student should bring a note from a parent or guardian stating the specific reason for the absence and the date thereof. Parents will be contacted whenever unexplained absences occur.

Teachers are notified of student absences through the office. If the school has not been notified the day of a student's absence, an admit slip must be secured through the office and presented to the teacher of each class in which the absence occurred. Students who have been absent will not be permitted to attend class without clearance from the office. Admits are to be obtained from the office between 7:45-8:05 a.m. According to Poteau School Board Policy and Oklahoma state law, the truancy officer will be contacted if a student has 4 unexcused absences in a 4 week period.

EXCUSED ABSENCES

Excused absences are absences which occur with the knowledge and approval of the parent or guardian and for reasons deemed unavoidable by the principal. Examples of excused absences are: illness of the student, illness or death in the student's family, observance of holy days, and absences of an emergency nature.

A student shall be excused from attending school for the purpose of observing religious holy days if before the absence the parent or guardian of the student submits a written request for the excused absence. The student will be excused for the days on which the holy days are observed and for the days on which the student will travel to and from the site where the student will observe the holy days.

PARENT-APPROVED ABSENCES

A parent-approved absence is an absence which occurs with the knowledge and approval of a parent or guardian, but the absence cannot be categorized as an excused absence. If this type of absence occurs too often, proper steps will be taken to correct the problem. If the problem persists, the absence will be unexcused.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES

A student is considered truant when he/she is absent from school without the knowledge and consent of his/her parent or guardian or who leaves school without permission from the principal's office. An absence because of truancy is an unexcused absence.

TARDIES

If a student is not in his/her classroom when the bell rings at the beginning of each period, he/she is tardy and must obtain a 'Tardy Slip" from the teacher of the class from which they are tardy. Tardies are recorded in the office. Those students with excessive tardies will not be admitted to incentive programs and will be assigned detention. The guidelines for determining an excused and an unexcused tardy are the same as stated above for absences. Excessive tardies will not be tolerated and may result in a student being assigned after school detention. Students who are tardy to class due to being checked out for lunch by a parent or approved person will receive an unexcused tardy.


MAKE-UP WORK DUE TO ABSENCES

If a student is absent from class for any reason, it is the student's responsibility to contact the teacher and make up all work missed if possible. Arrangements for making up class work missed during absence or tardiness must be made with the individual class teacher within three days of returning to school, otherwise teachers are not required to accept make-up work.

Parents may request homework for a student who has been absent two or more days. This request should be made early in the day (before 9:00 a.m.). Homework assignments may be picked up in the office from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

LEAVING SCHOOL

Pansy Kidd Middle School has a closed campus for all grades. Students leaving school for any reason during the school day must secure an office permit before leaving. Students are to be picked up by the parent, guardian, or adult that the parent places on the permission card in the office. High School students are not allowed to sign out and take PKMS students.

WITHDRAWALS

Students who withdraw during the school year should bring a note from their parents on the last full day they expect to be in attendance. A withdrawal sheet will be issued for the student to take to each of his/her teachers, cafeteria, office, and the librarian for signatures. When all books are checked in and all fees are paid, return the withdrawal sheet to the office. A copy of the sheet is given to the student to assist in enrolling him/her in a new school.