School Policies

  Northridge Middle School

“Slay the Dragon of Ignorance”

STUDENT HANDBOOK

2017 - 2018

17960 Chase Street

Northridge, CA  91325

Telephone: (818) 678-5100   Fax: (818) 885-1461

www.northridgemiddleschool.org 

 

 

 

Main Office                 (818) 678-5110

6th Grade Office         (818) 678-5119

7th Grade Office         (818) 678-5123

8th Grade Office          (818) 678-5155

Attendance Office       (818) 678-5126

Health Office               (818) 678-5128

Student Store              (818) 678-5135

School Psychologist    (818) 678-5140

Title One &                 

English Learners Office           (818) 678-5157

Cafeteria                     (818) 678-5195

Special Ed. Office       (818) 678-5111

PSA Counselor           (818) 678-5120

 

People You Should Know:

Principal:  Richard S. Ramos

 

Asst.Principal: Dr. Lilia Postell

                    ____________________

Counselor______________________

 

Nurse     ______________________

 

Cafeteria Manager       _______________________

 

Student Store Manager______________________

 

VISION STATEMENT:

The Vision of Northridge Middle School is that the students, parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators of NMS believe in practices which promote self-esteem, equal worth, respect, and productivity of all stakeholders advocating high morals/standards and ethical values.  We are committed to provide, teach, and support all of our students socially and academically to not only succeed but to excel.

 

MISSION STATEMENT:

The Mission of Northridge Middle School is to provide a safe and rich environment filled with academic and social opportunities and resources to motivate students to become problem solvers, creative and critical thinkers who are lifelong learners, responsible and accountable for their actions.

 

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE:

At Northridge MS we are proud to assist you on your journey to empowerment and effective citizenship in our global society.  Our goal is to help you develop and accept the responsibilities and obligations of good citizenship.  To do this we ask you to be an active participant in your education.  Your academic, social, and cultural development depends heavily on the effort you put in.

 

We’re looking forward to a great year!

 

 

 

Character Counts!

 

The History of Northridge Middle School:

For most of you, Northridge Middle School will be your home away from home. With a population of approximately 1150, built on 30 acres of what is now very expensive land, and with more than 35 separate buildings, it is like a small town-a very friendly small town.

As in the case of any town or city, this school, and the surrounding community which has given Northridge Middle School its name, has an interesting history. Do you know that this school is built on land which was once part of the largest single land grant in the state of California? Do you know that the history of this area is closely linked to the 1797 founding of Mission San Fernando? It happened this way..

By the middle of the last century, Mission San Fernando was no longer a center of education for the Indians who inhabited the valley. Responsibility for the administration of the mission and its land passed from the church to the Mexican government. In 1845, the governor of California, Pio Pico, who was directly responsible for the mission and its lands, was a worried official because the Americans seemed bent on taking over California, and Governor Pico needed money to equip an army to withstand the Americans. He therefore sold the Rancho Ex-Mission de San Fernando to Eulogio de Celis, a citizen of Spain for the sum of $14,000.

The rancho remained in the hands of the de Celis family until 1847 when the northern half of the ranch (from about Roscoe Boulevard to the mountains) was sold to two northern Californians – Senators George Porter and Charles Maclay – for $53,000. From that time to the present, the development of the Northridge area has been steady-from wheat fields to orange groves to horse ranches. In fact, in the late 1940s through the 1950s, Northridge was known as the “horse capital of the West.”

So it was that the rapidly growing town of Northridge came to need its own middle school; and in 1953, amid the groves and ranches, Northridge Middle School began to be built.  To bring you up to date, this school officially opened on November 15, 1954, with 1,000 students who had been brought all the way from Fulton Junior High School in Van Nuys.

 

We are happy that you now belong to this proud school. Welcome!

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Communication

Northridge Middle School uses a variety of methods to communicate with parents, students, and staff.  Our website (northridgemiddleschool.org) provides information.   Once per week teachers read and post the weekly bulletin; it may be accessed on our website along with upcoming events.  Announcements are read over the P.A. and we use the Connect-Ed automated phone message system to inform parents of events and information weekly.  Flyers are sent home with students to inform parents of special events and meetings.  The student Agenda Planner is provided for parents, students and teachers to maintain daily communication regarding student behavior, academic performance and homework assignments.  The first one is free; additional are available in the Student Store and cost $5.

 

Visitors:

Visitors coming to school on official business must check in at the Main Gate or Main Office.  A staff member will determine the purpose of the visit and issue a Visitors Pass for approved visits after the visitor has signed in.  Students may not bring guests to visit.  Students who formerly attended NMS are not allowed on campus during school hours.

 

Library/Media Center

Our school Library/Media Center is available daily to all students when accompanied by their teacher.  There are books and other materials for recreational reading as well as academic assignments.  Students may use computers to access the Library’s collection.  To use any computer belonging to LAUSD, students must have a signed Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) form on file at the school.

 

Students may check out up to three items for a two-week period.  Overdue books may not be renewed.  For every school day an item is overdue, there is a 10¢ fine.

 

Due to the fiscal situation, we no longer have a Librarian.  If possible, the Library will sponsor reading activities and contests for students this year.   If possible, the Library may also have student volunteers to assist before school, at break, at lunch, or after school.

 

Student Store

The NMS Student Store is the place to purchase school supplies, including notebooks, book covers, paper, pens, pencils, folders, erasers, and other items.  Gym clothes and healthy snacks are also available.  The store is open for business before and after school as well as during break and lunch.

 

Health Office

The Health Office is located next to the Attendance Office.  The school nurse is on campus every day from 7:50 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.  The nurse will provide first aid and help with minor health problems.  Any on-campus injury should be reported to the Nurse immediately. 

 

All students must have an up-to-date emergency card on file in the Attendance Office.  We can release students from school only to individuals listed on the card by the student’s parent or legal guardian.  If a student is hurt at school, the emergency card is required for the student to receive emergency medical care.  At least three different phone numbers are requested so that we can reach someone immediately. 

 

Keep the nurse informed of any special health needs the student has and always keep the emergency card updated with accurate phone numbers and addresses.

 

Other than providing first aid, the school nurse is unable to offer any treatment or to provide medication unless there is a doctor’s written order on file.  Any medication to be taken at school, even over-the-counter medicines such as Tylenol, aspirin, etc. must be kept in the Health Office with a doctor’s note.  Students are not allowed to have any medications (other than asthma inhalers) in their possession at school. 

 

A doctor’s note is required for all of the following:

-to take medicine at school

-to be in school with a cast

-to be in school with crutches or wheelchair

-to carry an inhaler

-to be excused from P.E. for 3 or more days

-to explain any medical conditions and special needs of the student pertaining to school

-to be readmitted to school following hospitalization and after prolonged absences of more than four days

 

Attendance / Tardiness

A signed note from a parent/guardian or doctor must be taken to the Attendance Office when returning from an absence.  The office opens at 7:30 a.m; students are encouraged to turn in notes early so they will not be tardy to class.  Students who return from an absence without a note are required to call home to be readmitted that day, however a note is required the following day. Students tardy to class may receive consequences.

 

Students may never leave campus without being signed out by Attendance Office.  Students may only be released to an adult listed on the Emergency Card.

 

Tardy lockouts are conducted periodically at random to encourage promptness. Excessive tardies (3 or more unexcused)  may result in a “U” in Work Habits. Students who have three unexcused tardies in a class may work off one tardy over a two-week tardy-free period at the teacher’s discretion.  Tardies are cumulative for the entire semester.

 

Messages to Students

The school cannot assume the responsibility to deliver messages, forgotten lunches, textbooks, class projects, etc. to students during the school day.  Students should inquire in the Attendance Office to see if parents have delivered any materials for them if they have forgotten to bring something to school.

 

PARENTS ARE REMINDED THAT WE WILL NOT DELIVER ITEMS TO STUDENTS DURING SCHOOL HOURS.

 

STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO BRING BALLOONS, GIFTS, CAKE ITEMS OR ANYTHING THAT MAY BE A DISRUPTION TO SCHOOL.

 

Counseling

Each student is assigned a counselor who will provide academic guidance, make program changes, assist them and handle disciplinary concerns.  Counselors are available to help with personal and school problems.  Parents/guardians are always encouraged to contact teachers and/or the counselor when questions or concerns arise.

 

Grade Reports to Parents

Progress reports/report cards are mailed home every five weeks.  Parents should review these reports and communicate with teachers and/or counselors when questions or concerns arise.  To monitor student progress on a daily, weekly, or periodic basis, parents and teachers may use the daily planner for communication between home and the classroom.

 

All progress reports and report cards must be signed by a parent and returned to the Homeroom teacher.

 

Textbooks

In California, a set of textbooks is provided free of charge to each student.  Each book costs approximately $70 or more.  Books issued to students are to be covered and protected at all times.  They are on loan.

 

If a book is not returned when the teacher requests or when the student checks out of NMS, the student’s name will go on a textbook delinquency list until the book is paid for or returned.   The debts carry forward from year to year and also to the next school a student attends.  Students on delinquency lists are ineligible for special activities, including participation in the Culmination ceremony.

 

Students who damage texts by writing in them, mutilating them in any way or neglecting to provide basic care will be fined for the damages and their name will be on the delinquency list until the fine is paid.

 

Culmination Requirements

Participation in the Culmination ceremony is a privilege, not a right.  Any violation of school or District policy warrants the possible removal from eighth grade activities and/or the Culmination ceremony.  In addition, students must meet LAUSD

academic requirements including passing all classes with a mark of D or better and maintain satisfactory Work Habits and Cooperation.  Students become ineligible to participate if they receive two or more U’s in cooperation or a total of three or more U’s in works habits and cooperation for the year (combined).  Students must also clear all financial debts and other obligations to the school before being allowed to participate in the Culmination ceremony.

 

New district culmination requirements require students to earn credits in 8th grade as well as the following:  parents must attend at least two parent meetings each year, students may not have more than three discipline referrals each year and no more than 10 absences and 10 tardies each year.

 

Student Leadership Activities

The NMS Leadership class is comprised of elected and selected students.  The class is responsible for planning and organizing student-sponsored events.  Leadership activities include noontime activities, school fundraisers, campus recycling programs, dances and much more.

 

Photographs

School photos are taken in the Fall. The Fall photo session requires parents to pay in advance if a picture packet is ordered; all students will receive an ID card at no charge.  If the ID card is lost, it will be replaced with a charge of $6. 

 

Hall Passes

Students are required to have an authorized pass any time they are out of class.  There are no exceptions.  Teachers will issue passes for valid reasons only.

 

Restrooms

Students may use the restrooms before and after school, at break, between classes, and during lunch.  No student should be in the restrooms during class without an authorized pass signed by the teacher.

 

Students are expected to keep the restrooms clean.  Dirty or damaged restrooms will be locked until repairs are made and anyone who vandalizes a restroom will be held financially responsible and face strong disciplinary consequences.

 

Lockers (P.E.)

The safety of your combination is your responsibility!  Do not give out your combination.  Lockers are a privilege so follow these rules in order to keep your locker privileges:

  • Be sure your locker is closed and locked when not in use.
  • Use only the locker assigned to you.
  • Do not share your locker with anyone.
  • Never leave anything of value in your locker.
  • If you have trouble with your P.E. locker, report it to your P.E. teacher. 

 

Safety

To help ensure the safety of all students at NMS, the following safety rules should be kept in mind:

  • We have a “hands off” policy:  Acts of violence, even when “just playing” are unacceptable.
  • Avoid accidents by following pedestrian and bicycle safety rules
  • Making threats is no joke—do not threaten with words or actions
  • Notify an adult immediately if you have a problem or a concern.

 

Bicycles, Skateboards, Rollerblades

  • Bike riders must wear a helmet (CA State Law)
  • Bikes may not be ridden on campus
  • Bikes, skateboards, and scooters must be locked in the bike racks
  • Skateboards, scooters, rollerblades, etc. are not allowed to be ridden at or near the school premises at any time.

 

Unauthorized Items

Games, sports equipment (including footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, etc.), toys, cameras, iPods/MP3s, electronics, and dangerous objects are not permitted. No spray items (cologne, deodorant, hair color, etc.) are permitted.   No permanent markers are permitted.  Picture taking is not permitted.  Cell phones may only be used before and after the school day.  These items will be confiscated from the student if improperly used on campus. They may only be claimed by a parent/guardian within 30 days.  School is not responsible for loss.

 

Discipline

At the beginning of each semester, the counselors and administrators meet with students in Physical Education classes.  During this meeting, students are made aware of their responsibility for knowing and following school rules.

 

Serious infractions will result in a suspension, arrest and/or transfer to another school and/or expulsion.  These also include classroom disruptions that affect the learning environment.

 

The following behaviors are prohibited and will result in discipline:

  • Defiance of school personnel
  • Assault and/or battery upon a student or school personnel
  • Profanity or vulgarity
  • Smoking or having tobacco or smoking paraphernalia including electronic cigarettes or hookah pipes
  • Use, possession, or sale of narcotics or drugs, or any alcoholic beverages
  • Stealing or being in possession of stolen items
  • Fighting or facilitating a fight
  • Harassment/sexual harassment or hazing or students or school personnel
  • Bullying (of any kind)
  • Possession or use of explosives and fireworks including caps, poppers, and firecrackers
  • Forgery of notes, signatures, excuses, passes, or other school documents

 

DRESS/UNIFORM CODE:

In order to maintain an appropriate educational atmosphere and ensure safety and security in our school and the community, we have implemented a uniform dress code.  

 

PANTS/SHORTS/SKORTS/SKIRTS:

Colors:  Navy, black or tan only (No Jeans, No Sweats, Jeggings, or Jogging Suits)

Style:  Must be fitted at the waist and remain at the waist when the belt is removed. Must have zipper and button. NO sagging or baggy pants.  Pants and shorts may not be more than one size too large, or too tight.  Pants that are frayed or slit at the bottom may not be worn.  Shorts, skirts and skorts may not be more than 3 inches above the knee or shorter than the length of your middle finger when you put your arms down by your side.  When wearing shorts, socks may not be pulled up to the knees.

 

Belts should be worn with pants.  They may not extend more than three inches past the appropriate belt loop and may not contain any initial or insignia on the buckle or belt.

 

SHIRTS:

Colors:  Navy or white (solid color)

     Green, pink, red, royal and sapphire blue with   school logo are also permitted and will be sold on campus..

Style:  Polo-type Shirt with a collar

Shirts may not be oversized or too form fitting, and must have short or long sleeves but may not be sleevelessNo other shirt may be worn over the uniform shirt and only a plain white shirt may be worn under the polo shirt.  NO tank tops, transparent clothing, spaghetti straps, tube tops, strapless tops, or sleeveless undershirts may be worn.  A solid red shirt may be worn on Tuesdays but it must be solid, with no writing, stripes, etc.

 

SHOES: 

Style:  No open toed or open-backed shoes may be worn.  No flip flops, slippers, sandals, or high-heeled shoes are allowed.  Tennis shoes are allowed; they must be laced properly and securely.

 

OUTERWEAR:

Colors:  Solid Color

Style:  Jackets, coats and sweatshirts should be solid without any professional or college sports team, nor any commercial logos on them.  They may not be oversized; hoods are not allowed to be worn on campus at any time unless it is raining or colder than 60 degrees.  A uniform shirt must be worn at all times under the sweatshirt.

 

HATS:

Due to the passage of California Bill SB310 students are permitted to wear school approved hats when in the sun.  Northridge Middle School has chosen a green baseball hat that is available for purchase at the Student Store.  No hoods, bandanas, or other head covering is allowed unless for religious reasons.

 

OTHER ITEMS:

Jewelry:  Only small earrings are permitted; hoops should be no larger than the size of a quarter. Pointed or round gauges and spike earrings as well as wallet chains are not permitted.

 

The administration reserves the right, if necessary, to add other items to this list, especially any and all items which affect the safety and security of our students and staff.

 

Physical Education Department

While you are a student at Northridge MS you will participate in Physical Education every day.  You will have the opportunity to improve your physical fitness, learn new skills, and participate in games and sport activities.

 

For your health and safety while you are participating in P.E., you must wear a complete uniform.  The NMS P.E. uniform is:

  • Tennis shoes
  • White socks
  • Kelly green shorts
  • Gold tee shirt

 

On cold weather days you may wear a sweatshirt and sweat pants (grey or kelly green only) worn appropriately.  Your name must be written on all P.E. clothes.  Uniforms may be purchased at the Student Store.  Tennis shoes must be tied.  Students may be asked, for safety reasons, to remove body piercing jewelry and extra socks stuffed in shoes.

 

You will have a P.E. locker in which to place your P.E. clothes.  Students may not keep books, notebooks or backpacks in their P.E. locker except when they are in their P.E. class. DO NOT share your locker combination with anyone.  Your locker is safe if you keep your combination secret.  Lock all possessions inside your locker. Never leave your backpack or any clothing outside of your locker.

 

Your grade is based on participation and performance.  If you are absent or tardy, you will not be able to do your best.  Absences, truancies, and suspensions are non-suits and must be made up.  You are always expected to follow directions, obey rules, respect others, show good sportsmanship, use appropriate language, and to perform to the best of your ability.  Non participation days need to be made up by completing activities as assigned. 

 

If you forget your P.E. clothes you can borrow “loaner” clothes.  If you want to improve your grade, see your teacher.  You will be given a choice of extra activities or make up work to complete. 

If you have an injury and cannot participate in P.E., see your teacher before class begins with a note from your parents and/or the nurse (a phone call is not acceptable), you will be given an assignment.  If you are injured during class, report the injury immediately to your teacher.

2017-2018  SCHEDULE OF SHORTENED, MINIMUM AND SPECIAL EVENT DATES

 

School is dismissed every Tuesday at 1:31 pm.  Tuesday is our Professional Development and Common Planning day.  Faculty/staff participate in training and/or meetings on Tuesdays.

 

 

SPECIAL DATES TO REMEMBER AND CALENDAR

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017– School Begins

Thursday, Aug. 31-- Back To School Night 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 1 – No School

Monday, Sept. 4 – No School

Thursday, Sept. 7 – ELAC Orientation & Election

Wednesday, Sept. 21 – No School

Thursday, Oct. 19 – Parent Conferences 4-7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 10 – Veteran’s Day – No School

November 20-24-Thanksgiving – No School

Friday, Dec. 15 – Fall Semester ends

Dec. 18 to Jan.  5, 2018 – Winter Break – No School

Monday, Jan. 15– M. L. King Jr. Holiday – No School

Thursday, Feb. 15 – Parent Conf.  4-7 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 19 – Presidents’ Day– No School

March 26-30 – Spring Break—No School

Monday, April 2 –Cesar Chavez Day – No School

Thursday, April 26 – Open House 5:30 p.m.            

Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day – No School

Wednesday, June 6 – Culmination  8:30 a.m.      

Thursday, June 7 – last day for 6th & 7th graders                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINIMUM/SHORTENED DAYS

12:17PM / 1:54 PM DISMISSAL:

 

1. Friday, October 20, 2017             12:25 dismissal           

2. Friday, February 16, 2018            12:25 dismissal

3. Friday, April 27, 2018                    12:25 dismissal         

4. Friday, May 4, 2018                   12:25 dismissal

5. Friday, May 11, 2018                  12:25 dismissal

6. Friday, May 18, 2018                    1:54 dismissal

7. Friday, May 25, 2018                  12:25 dismissal

8. Friday, June 1, 2018                     1:54 dismissal

9. Monday, June 4, 2018                 12:25 dismissal

10. Wednesday, June 6, 2018           12:25 dismissal

11. Thursday, June 7, 2018             12:25 dismissal

 

 

Dates subject to change

 

2017 - 2018 ASSESSMENT CALENDAR (TENTATIVE):

Please avoid these dates when making plans that may impact student attendance.

 

ASSESSMENT:                        DATE:              GRADE:

CA Physical Fitness Test Feb. 1 – March 16    7th

SBAC Testing                   March 5 –June 7        6th-8th

CAST (CA Science Test)    March 5 - June 7      8th

ELPAC (English Learners)  Feb. 1 – May 31        6th-8th

STS                                  April 12 – May 16      6th-8th