Guidance services are available for every student in the school. These services include assistance with educational planning, interpretation of test scores, development of study skills, help with home, school and/or social concerns, or any question the student may feel he/she would like to discuss with either of the counselors.
Students needing to visit a counselor should contact a counselor or sign a referral available in the office.
The media center is a vital part of the middle school curriculum. The center is a means of housing and distributing books and equipment that are not practical to keep in individual classrooms. The media center is an extension for every classroom and its use is encouraged. All books in the library are cataloged according to the Dewey Decimal System and are labeled according to the subjects.
The media center contains books chosen especially for middle school students. These books may be checked out for two weeks. Each student is personally responsible for the return, in good condition, of all books checked out to him/her. All books should be checked in to the library on time. A fine of five cents a day will be charged for all overdue books.
Computers that are housed in classrooms, in the library and in other computer labs are to be used by only those students that have been approved for usage. Students and their parent must sign a computer use and Internet use contract before granted approval for use. A librarian is on duty each period and before and after school to assist in any way possible. Library hours are 7:40 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Students are given fifty minutes for lunch. They may eat in the cafeteria, bring their lunch, or eat in the Raider's Den, commonly called the School Store.
Cafeteria - The cafeteria provides a well-balanced breakfast and lunch at a minimum cost. Prices for breakfast and lunch are based on current lunch applications. Extra milk -.30, milk shakes-.50. (subject to change). Students are encouraged to pay for meals by the week or month in advance. Payment may be made in the office or cafeteria during meal time. The meals a student eats will be deducted each day and students will be notified when they need to purchase additional meals. The cost of meals is subject to change.
School Store - The School Store is not owned by the school, but is included as part of the campus policy. Students going to the School Store are to go directly inside and stay until they are ready to return to the school ground. Standing on the porch or around outside the School Store area is not permitted and may result in a student not being allowed to go to the School Store for a period of time. The phone in the school store is off limits to students.
The telephone is mainly for business. Student use is limited to local calls. The student should plan ahead with parents concerning after-school activities, thereby reducing the number of necessary calls. Students are not to leave class or be tardy to make phone calls.
Students are assigned a locker with a combination lock. Only locks issued by the office are to be used. All personal items and books, when not in use, are to be kept in lockers. A student should use only the locker assigned to him/her. The locker is school property and may be inspected or searched by school personnel.
A spirit of cooperation is imperative in the locker area. Students are to make sure they have all the necessary books and supplies before going to class. Students needing to go to their lockers during class time must have a pass issued by the teacher. This pass may be a demerit slip.
All deliveries or contact with students should be made through the office. This is for the safety of our students. Parents are asked not to deliver food or supplies to students on the playground. The office staff will make deliveries or get a student for a parent.
Do not have Valentine’s Day gifts delivered to the school. These deliveries need to be made to the student’s home.
BUS RIDER RULES
The opportunity to ride a bus to and from school is a privilege provided by the District. If a student's behavior becomes such that it is disruptive to other students or the bus driver, the student may be denied bus-riding privileges.
Students are assigned a specific bus to ride. If a student needs to ride a bus other than the one assigned, a permission slip is to be obtained from the office and presented to the bus driver when entering the bus.
A. Previous to Loading (on the road and at school)
1. Be on time at the designated school bus stops - Keep the bus on schedule.
2. Stay off the road at all times while waiting for the bus.
3. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to enter.
4. Be careful in approaching bus stops.
5. Bus riders are not permitted to move toward the bus at the school loading zone until the bus has come to a complete stop.
6. Respect people and their property while waiting on the bus.
7. Receive proper school official authorization to be discharged at places other than the regular bus stop.
B. While on the Bus:
1. Keep hands and head inside the bus at all times after entering and until leaving the bus.
2. Assist in keeping the bus safe and sanitary at all times.
3. Remember that loud talking and laughing or unnecessary confusion diverts the driver's attention and may result in a serious accident.
4. Treat the bus equipment as you would valuable furniture in your own home. Damage to seats, etc., must be paid for by the offender.
5. Bus riders should never tamper with the bus or any of its equipment.
6. Leave no books, lunches, or other articles on the bus.
7. Keep books, packages, coats, and all other objects out of the aisles.
8. Help look after the safety and comfort of small children
9. Do not throw anything out of the bus window.
10. Bus riders are not permitted to leave their seats while the bus is in motion.
11. Horseplay is not permitted around or on the school bus.
12. Bus riders are expected to be courteous to fellow pupils, the bus driver, and the patrol officers or driver's assistants.
13. Keep absolute quiet when approaching a railroad crossing stop
C. After Leaving the Bus:
1. When crossing road, go at least ten feet in front of bus, stop, check traffic, watch for bus driver's signal then cross the road.
2. Students living on the right side of the road should immediately leave the bus and stay clear of traffic.
3. Help look after the safety and comfort of small children.
4. The driver will not discharge riders at places other than the regular bus stop, except by proper authorization from the parent or school official.
D. Extra-Curricular Trips:
1. The above rules and regulations will apply to any trip under school sponsorship.
2. Pupils shall respect the wishes of a competent chaperone appointed by the school officials.
A student's accident medical reimbursement insurance plan is available to all students at a nominal fee. This insurance covers injuries, not paid by other policies, resulting from accidents as specified in your policy. The school does not assume the responsibility for paying medical bills.
All students who participate in athletics should take school insurance unless the family has the necessary personal insurance coverage. The parent or guardian of each student who participates in athletics must sign a statement that they do or do not want their son or daughter to participate in the school athletic insurance program.
MEDICINE AT SCHOOL
All medication, prescription or non-prescription, must be checked into the office upon arrival at school, not kept in lockers or carried by the student. (Exception: Students may keep medicine if a doctor signs a written recommendation that the student carry medicine with him/her at all times.) Written authorization from the parent or guardian is required for students to take medicine at school. Only medicine that is in the original container and accompanied by a note from the parent stating the amount and time for medication will be administered and stored at PKMS.
The purpose of these drills is to safeguard students in case of an emergency. Each person should be familiar with the rules regarding these drills. Regulations for procedure are posted in each classroom and teachers are instructed as to the proper exits for each group.
At the instruction of the teacher, students should stand, follow the teacher, and move in a quiet, orderly manner out of the room or building. As there are no means to distinguish between the alarm for a real emergency and a practice drill, every precaution should be taken to follow regulations and a drill should be viewed as an important part of school life.
CAMERA SURVEILLANCE VIDEOS
PKMS utilizes video cameras to enhance its security operation. Video cameras may be placed in buses, hallways, classrooms, parking lots, common areas, cafeterias, stadiums, auditoriums, and any other area except locker rooms and bathrooms.