This is your planner with school rules. Read it to learn more about Hairston and how we operate. Students will also be given a copy of the Guilford County Schools Student Code of Conduct Handbook. Following the guidelines of both publications will result in a successful and worthwhile school year. Please share this information with your parents. They are interested in YOUR Education. At Hairston, the teachers, support staff, and administrators challenge and care about you. We are here to help you learn and become all that you are capable of becoming. You are why we are here! Anytime we can help just let it be known. Hairston Middle School is a Title I school. Title I is a federally funded program designed to provide additional educational funding to schools enrolling a high percentage of students qualifying for free and reduced meals.
Hairston Middle School Colors & Mascot
School colors: Black and Gold
School mascot: Jaguar
Our school day is from
8:30 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Students will report to their homerooms at 8:30 a.m.The tardy bell will ring at 8:45 a.m.
**Students will not be allowed to enter the building before 8:30 a.m. There will be no one to supervise students that arrive prior to 8:25 a.m. Dismissal is at 3:45 p.m. Students not riding a bus are to be picked up at this time Students that remain on campus after 3:45 p.m.will not be supervised. Students remaining after school for scheduled activities will be supervised.
Late Arrivals/Early Dismissals
If a student is tardy to school (this includes walkers and car riders) after 8:45, the student must sign in as they enter the building. Tardies are unexcused until a note is received from a parent or guardian explaining the reason. When it is necessary to leave school during the day, the student must bring a note from the parent or guardian stating the exact reason, the time to leave, who will be coming to the main office to pick the student up, and a phone number of the parent or guardian who has written the note. All notes for early dismissal will be handled through the SIMS attendance secretary. If a student leaves before 12:00 pm, or arrives after 12:00 p.m., the student will be counted absent for the entire school day.
Late Bus Arrivals
When students arrive on a late bus, they will receive a late bus pass from the staff member on duty in the foyer. This pass allows them five minutes to go to their locker and then report to homeroom. If they arrive after 9:00 a.m., they will report to the office and receive a pass to class.
Definition of Terms
Unlawful Absence: The absence of a student without cause or without the knowledge or consent of a parent or guardian; unlawful absence is unexcused.
Absence Due to Suspension: Absences resulting from suspension are excused and the student will be permitted to make up work and missed tests/exams according to the policy in the GCS Student Handbook.
Middle School Attendance Policy:
Students are limited to six (6) absences per semester or twelve (12) absences per school year.Any absences beyond six (6) and twelve (12) would require make-up time. When an absence qualifies for make-up time, it must be made up immediately following that absence.If the absence occurs at the end of the first, second or third marking periods, the absence must be made up within ten (10) days. During the last marking period, all absences must be made up within that marking period.Four hours of make-up time will constitute one day of absence. Students will have two days per each day's absence to make up assignments, with exceptions considered by the principal. Students can make up their time on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:45-5:15 p.m. beginning on October 4, 2004. Parents will be notified of required make-up time on the following schedule:
-After 6 absences
-After 12 absences
Excessive absences will be a factor in consideration for retention.
Whenever a student returns to school after an absence, he/she must bring the homeroom teacher a written excuse from a parent or guardian to explain why he/she was not in school. Acceptable reasons for being absent are illness, medical or dental appointment, death in the immediate family, court or administrative proceedings, religious observances, immediate demands of the home, and educational opportunity. Absences from school can only be excused with a written note from a parent or guardian explaining why the student was not in school. This note must include the student name, the dates missed, the specific reason for the absence, a parent or guardian signature, a phone number to verify the absence and the current date. If a student does not bring a note within 3 days explaining why he/she was absent, the absence will be unexcused. It is the student's responsibility to ask the teacher about any missed work.
Report Cards and Requirements
Report cards are distributed after each nine-weeks. When a student returns the signed copy to his/her homeroom teacher, he/she will receive a copy of the report card to keep.
Students will receive a conduct grade, which is a matter for parent/student awareness.
Each student will receive a list of the requirements for each course to take home for review and parental signature. In addition to particular course requirements, all students must bring paper, pencils, textbooks, assignments, and any other requested materials. A student who does not participate in physical education class activities because of doctor's orders must provide a letter from the doctor.
In order to be promoted from grade 6 to 7, 7 to 8, and 8 to 9, a student must meet local and state requirements. Local standards require that a student pass 5 of 7 classes. A student can fail one core class only.
Each teacher and/or team will develop a set of rules for the classroom. Each student will also receive a copy of the Guilford County Schools Code of Conduct book the first week of school. The teacher will review the Code of Conduct and each student will sign a form stating that he/she has received a copy of the Code of Conduct. It is the students' responsibility to read and understand the consequence for misconduct outlined in this document. These rules will be sent home for parental signature at the beginning of the year.
Appropriate behaviour will be rewarded and recognized regularly with positive consequences. Misbehavior results in: after school detention, in-school suspension, out of school suspension, or long-term suspension. Parents or guardians will be asked to come to school for a conference, depending on the seriousness of the problem.
After School Activities
Five minutes after school dismisses, the buses will leave the school grounds. Students who walk should leave the grounds immediately after the dismissal bell. Students should not stay after school unless they are under the direct supervision of a staff member. The school will not assume the responsibility or liability for students who remain on campus after the buses leave. Supervision will be provided for intramurals, athletics, and other school-sponsored events.
Each student is urged to get to know his/her counselor. Two counselors serve Hairston students.
If a student needs to see a counselor he/she must complete a "Concern-a-gram."These forms may be obtained from any teacher/staff member.Return the form to any teacher. The counselor will send for the student as soon as possible. Hairston counselors help students with personal and academic problems. If a student moves or transfers to another school, the counselor will assist the student. A form is to be taken to all teachers for their signatures. Books, materials, etc. are to be returned to all teachers and the media center. A student must fulfill all responsibilities ( lost books, lost locks, money owed, etc.) prior to completing withdrawal. When a completed form is returned to guidance, a copy will be given to the student to take to the new school.
According to the State Board of Health regulations, Hairston may not dispense aspirin or any other type of medicine without permission from a physician. Physician forms are available in the front office.
School insurance is available to all students at a nominal cost that will cover any school-connected accident or injury. All interscholastic athletic participants are required to carry some form of accident insurance. Twenty-four hour insurance is also available. The administration strongly recommends this insurance or similar insurance coverage for all students. The school will not be responsible for medical bills for students who have insufficient or no insurance coverage.
The following varsity sports will be offered for 7th and 8th graders: football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, track and cheerleading.
Clubs and Organizations
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Jaguar Diamonds Dance Team
Participation in activities at Hairston will benefit all students and the school. A variety of extracurricular activities are offered to all students. These activities are to provide the opportunity to not only use and develop special skills and talents, but also to help each pupil become a well-rounded student and citizen.
Students are not allowed to wear hats, bandanas, or headbands in the school building during the school day or at school sponsored activities after school.
Students in the hall during class periods for any reason must have their GOLD BOOK signed and their destination noted. Students will be given a new GOLD BOOK every quarter.
Telephones are not for personal calls. The phones are to be used for emergencies and then only with permission.Cell phones are not to be used during school hours.
Hairston is not responsible for the loss of an article or for an article stolen from a locker. In order to reduce the chances of your possessions being taken follow these simple rules:
Label all articles of clothing.
Do not leave personal possessions on cafeteria tables or desks.
Lock up all possessions during physical education classes.
Bring only lunch money to school.
Do not leave your locker combination "set" on the last number. Anyone can open it!
Do not give any other student your combination.
Do not share a locker with anyone without administrative permission.
Make sure your lock is completely closed.
Students will be issued state-adopted textbooks during the first week of school. Students will also have access to media books and other resources. Students are responsible for all textbooks, locks, media materials/books, etc. and must pay the cost for replacement if lost or stolen. Damage fees will be accessed depending on the amount of damage. Students who do not pay or make arrangements for payment will not receive their report cards. Students need to keep receipts showing payment for lost articles. A student must show a receipt in order to receive a refund if the lost article is found or returned.
PTSA (Parent Teacher Student Association)
PTSA is an important part of Hairston Middle School and provides the money for many worthwhile projects. Students and parents will be hearing from the PTSA early in the school year about the scheduled activities.
The teacher will accompany his/her class to the cafeteria during the scheduled lunch period and remain there. Each student is expected to remain in the lunch line quietly (no breaking in line) and sit as a class with his/her teacher. The trays are to be returned to the recycling bin and the tables and eating area are to be left clean. Due to the school system's federally assisted lunch program, no candy, food items, etc. may be sold by any student during the school day. Such items will be confiscated.
School pictures are scheduled each fall. At this time all students have their pictures taken for the yearbook. If a student wants to buy school pictures, he/she must pay at the time the picture is taken. If the pictures are unsatisfactory, the student may have a retake. Further information will be given early in the school year. School pictures also will be taken in the spring.
Visitors on Campus
All visitors must check in at the main office upon arrival. You will be given a pass that clearly identifies you as a visitor.
Bus transportation is available to all students. Each student will be assigned a bus number. No student can ride an unassigned bus without written permission from the parent or guardian - verified by phone during the school day and signed by the principal or designee. All students are to be seated and to conduct themselves in an orderly manner on the bus. Remember riding a bus is a privilege, which can be lost due to misconduct.
Fire and Tornado Drills
Fire drills are held regularly to practice evacuating the building. Each teacher will explain the route and procedure to take from the classroom. When teachers and students hear the fire drill signal, they are to immediately leave the classroom silently in single file.
At the tornado drill signal, all students and teachers leave the classroom silently in single file. When students and teachers arrive at the assigned area, they are to assume a kneeling position, placing forehead on knees and hands on back of head, keeping the entire body as close to the floor as possible.
Pride, You and Hairston Middle School
Our school facilities and equipment are provided for all students. Students are to help keep all areas clean and attractive. We need everyone's help to keep our campus looking its best. We are proud of Hairston. If any student has an idea that will improve Hairston, then share it with a teacher or principal. Make Hairston an important part of your life. Get the most out of your middle school years. Remember, wherever you go, you always represent Hairston. People judge your school by your behavior, by how you handle yourself, and by how you act. You are the school; you are the reason we are here.