San Gabriel Unified School District
Jefferson Middle School
2016 – 2017
ENGAGE, EMPOWER, ENRICH
1372 E. Las Tunas Drive
San Gabriel, CA 91776
School Office: (626) 287-5260
Attendance Hotline: (626) 285-1680
Fax: (626) 285-5387
WELCOME TO JEFFERSON MIDDLE SCHOOL!
WE WISH YOU AN ENJOYABLE AND SUCCESSFUL YEAR!
The San Gabriel Unified School District is committed to providing a safe school environment where all individuals in education are afforded equal access and opportunities. The District’s academic and other educational support programs, services and activities shall be free from discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying of any individual based on the person’s actual race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Specifically, state law prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in enrollment, counseling, and the availability of physical education, athletic activities, and sports. Transgender students shall be permitted to participate in gender-segregated school programs and activities (e.g., athletic teams, sports competitions, and field trips) and to use facilities consistent with their gender identity. The District assures that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation in District programs. Complaints of unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying are investigated through the Uniform Complaint Process. Such complaints must be filed no later than six months after knowledge of the alleged discrimination was first obtained. For a complaint form or additional information, contact the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at (626) 451-5400. The address is: 408 Junipero Serra Drive, San Gabriel, CA, 91776.
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Counseling and Guidance
Jefferson Middle School
Jefferson Middle School will provide a balanced program that addresses the learning styles and social development needs of adolescents. Students will be encouraged to become independent and self-directed learners, whose academic success is second to none.
Engage! Enrich! Empower!
Jefferson Middle School
Colors: Navy and White
In the valley of San Gabriel,
Sparkling like a jewel,
Proudly stands our Alma Mater,
Jefferson Middle School
Forward ever be our progress,
Loyal and true are we,
Let us lift our hearts with joy,
To sing our love for thee.
Academic honesty is defined as students doing their own work; Assignments, projects, experiments, book reports, research papers, etc. must be completed by the students.
While students are strongly encouraged to seek assistance from parents, private tutors, teachers, friends, and other outside resources, students must turn in work as their own.
Students may be considered to be cheating if involved in any of the following:
Consequences for cheating can include grade of F on work involved, parent contact, lowering of citizenship grade, discipline referral to Assistant Principal’s office, restriction from co-curricular activities, and/or suspension.
All teachers will begin the year by sending a summary of the grading practice for each class. Quarter grades are issued at the end of each ten week grading period. Progress reports are sent home in the mail at the mid-point of each quarter.
A = 4 points D =1 points
B = 3 points F = 0 points
C = 2 points
Students will receive a letter grade for academic achievement and citizenship. Parents can sign up to have access to grades via web-based grade book, Aeries Parent Portal Access.
Exclusion from Activities
Students earning less than a passing grade in any of their classes will be excluded from co-curricular school activities including field trips, assemblies and dances during the next reporting quarter. Board Policy 5127
To recognize outstanding academic achievement, Jefferson Middle School has established a program that provides recognition for all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who have earned academic honors in all scheduled subjects. Events to recognize the Honor Students are held throughout the year.
Please call by 9:00a.m. when
your child is out for any reason.
Absence Reporting Procedure
When a student is absent, a call by the parent to the Attendance Hotline should be made by 9:00a.m. (Office opens at 7:45a.m.). Upon return, the student is required to bring a note or absence verification slip for ALL absences to obtain a readmit slip each time he/she misses all or part of a day. The note must contain the following:
An automated phone call will go out nightly, when a student misses one or more periods, to alert parents of attendance. Ed Code 48200
As it is very important for all students to be in classes regularly, we encourage students and parents to make personal appointments outside the school day. Understandably, this cannot always be accomplished. If a student needs to leave campus for a medical or dental appointment, parents should send a written note with the student. The note should be delivered to the Main Office the morning of the appointment. Parent/guardians need to come into the Main Office to sign their student out of school for that appointment.
Students are NOT to leave the school grounds after they have arrived at school for any reason. Students may not go to the ARCO Station after being dropped off by parents.
It is the responsibility of all students to be on time to school and to all of their classes. Students are tardy if they are not in their classroom ready to begin work when the bell rings.
Continued problems could result in student discipline, referral to the School Attendance Review Team (SART) and School Attendance Review Board (SARB).
Classroom teachers will handle students who are tardy to classes during the day. Students who have excessive tardiness in any of their classes will be referred to their counselor and/or to administration. At this point, interventions and/or discipline will be administered.
Students who are absent from school for more than thirty minutes of any school day without their parent/guardian’s knowledge and without a valid excuse are truant. Students who are truant more than three days will be reported to school authorities as habitually truant. If the truancy continues, the student may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) and other juvenile authorities. Disciplinary action will be taken. Ed Code 48260
Withdrawal from School
Any student who is moving out of the San Gabriel Unified School District should report the change of address to the Student Support Center. All textbooks and library books must be returned to the Media Center. Upon clearance from the Media Center, the student will receive an Official Transcript for the new school.
Bicycles, Scooter & Skateboards
Students who ride bicycles, scooters and skateboards to school must do so safely and observe all traffic rules related to them. The law requires all students who ride bicycles to wear a helmet.
Bike and skateboard racks are located on campus. All bikes, scooters and skateboards must be placed in the designated area. School rules are to be followed at all times.
Violations of these rules will result in confiscation of the scooter, skateboard, and/or bicycle and will only be released to parents.
Students are only allowed out of class with a pass for emergency reasons, a call slip from one of the offices, or a referral slip. When a pass is issued, students are to use it for its intended purpose, reporting directly to the specified destination. Students found out of class without a pass or in not in the designated area, will be considered truant from class and will be given a disciplinary consequence.
Excessive noise in the halls and classes is prohibited. Students are expected to behave in an orderly manner to and from classes.
A student should bring to school only those materials needed for learning. Valuables are not to be brought to school. The following items are prohibited at school:
Violations will result in confiscation of the item, disciplinary action as needed, and items will only be released to parents/guardians.
Use of Office Telephone
The Main Office telephones are to be used by students in emergency situations only, not for personal calls. Forgotten homework, books, P.E. clothes, lunch or lunch money does not constitute an emergency.
GET TO KNOW YOUR SUPOORT TEAM
Jefferson counselors engage all students in a system of support programs, services, activities, and opportunities to ensure their learning and academic success. Counselors do not discipline students. We are here to support you and your child by discussing any concerns that you might have to ensure academic achievement and good citizenship on and off campus. The JMS counseling’s philosophy is anchored to team approach. We encourage students and parents to meet with their respective counselor to develop a six year academic plan. At JMS, students are assigned to a counselor by their last name during their tenure at the middle school. Below is a
breakdown of the counselor’s responsibility and our email.
Mrs. Navarro A – Hsu
Mr. Phuong Hu – O
Mrs. Flowers P – Z
The following are some of the services we provide to our students and families:
ALL COUNSELORS ARE BOUND BY THE CODE OF CONFIDENTIALTIY. This means that when a student shares information with their counselor, counselors do not discuss the conversation with anyone else unless it falls under the following limitations such as:
Jefferson Middle School has expectations of behavior that will provide for an orderly school atmosphere. Our goal is to develop students that are self-disciplined and are able to make good judgments about acceptable behavior. No student should be allowed to disrupt the learning of other students. JMS utilizes a progressive discipline policy and has implemented a Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) program known as the Bulldog A’s Code of Conduct. The Bulldog A’s are used by the JMS staff to create a positive, cohesive, school behavior expectation.
Bullying and Cyber Bullying
Bullying, including cyber bullying, is intentional harmful behavior initiated by one or more students and directed toward another student. Bullying exists when a student with more social and/or physical power deliberately dominates and harasses another who has less power. Bullying is unjustified and typically is repeated.
In order to be considered bullying, the behavior must be aggressive and include, but not limited to:
Acts of bullying and/or cyber bullying against any person for any reason will not be tolerated and disciplinary action will be taken.
Ethnic and Racial Slurs
Students should treat all persons equally and respectfully. Use of slurs against any person for any reason will not be tolerated and disciplinary action will be taken.
The Jefferson staff utilizes progressive discipline to correct inappropriate behavior. Discipline will be assigned depending on its severity. The following is an example, but not limited to, of progressive discipline:
- Warning/reminder of expected behavior
- Teacher administered type of PBIS and/or Other Mean of Correction (OMC)
- Teacher administered classroom discipline
- Teacher contacts parent
- Office referral - teacher refers student to
Counselor and/or Assistant Principal
- Office lunch detention
- After school detention
- Teacher, student and parent conference
- Teacher, counselor, Assistant Principal,
student and parent conference
- Alternative to Suspension – PBIS and/or
Suspension, Expulsion, and referral to Jefferson’s School Resource Offices (SG Police) will be determined according to SGUSD Board Policy and Educational Code. Additional information can be found on page 11-12. (See last page for additional information)
Students who engage in sexual harassment of other students will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension and/or expulsion from school.
Goal: To create a safe positive learning environment for all students.
CCR Title 5 302
Student Dress Code
Jefferson Middle School has an established dress policy that sets standards conducive to a positive learning environment and well-disciplined campus. While on campus or at any school sponsored event, students and guests shall present themselves in a manner which reflects good taste and decency and which does not distract from the educational environment, general morale, or image of the school. Parents have the responsibility to see that students are properly attired. The goal of this Dress Code is to promote SAFETY, NEATNESS, CLEANLINESS, GOOD JUDGEMENT, and RESPECT.
Jefferson desires to keep the school and students free from threats from harmful influences of any group, which advocate substance abuse, violence or disruptive behavior. In recognition of this, the district has adopted the following regulations relative to the dress and appearance of students:
Hats are allowed at Jefferson School under the following conditions:
Lockers and Locks
Each student will be provided a P.E. locker and a lock for the entire school year. Students are expected to respect and maintain cleanliness and condition of their lockers and locks and will be responsible for repair and/or replacement of any damaged or defaced property. For safety reasons, NO locks purchased outside of Jefferson Middle School will be allowed. PERSONAL LOCK COMBINATIONS ARE NOT TO BE REVEALED TO ANYONE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. This will greatly reduce theft and/or misplaced items in the students’ lockers.
PE Dress Code Recommendations
It is very important to the success of the Jefferson Middle School Physical Education program that all students dress in appropriate clothing for daily physical activity. It is also important to the students because it promotes safety, positive daily routine habits, and class/student unity. Even those students who are unable to participate in class activities due to injury or sickness are required to dress for class unless physically unable to do so.
JMS issued P.E. clothes are available through the Jefferson PTA or at
Jeff’s Sporting Goods
865 E. Las Tunas Drive
Excuse from Physical Activity
If a student is to be excused from physical activity, a parent’s note is required. It will be honored for the one or two days requested.
This may be renewed for additional days; however, a current doctor’s note is needed after one week and will be honored as long as requested. P.E. excuses are issued before school in the Health Office.
Assemblies and Parties
We have educational, cultural and entertaining assembly programs that enrich our academic program.
Students may NOT bring balloons to campus, as they disrupt school activities.
Student parties/dances are held periodically after school during the school year, usually by grade level or by specific teacher.
Breakfast is served each morning in the cafeteria from 7:45 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. Students should not arrive on campus before 7:45 a.m.
Hot lunches are provided at minimum cost in the cafeteria during lunch. Monthly menus are posted around the school. Information regarding free and reduced lunch prices will be provided at the beginning of the school year. If you have any questions regarding the Breakfast/Lunch Program, call Food Services at (626) 285-4610.
Lunch money must be brought from home and not borrowed at school. You may either pay for your lunch each day or pay in advance.
Students are required to enter their Student ID when receiving their breakfast and lunch regardless of their payment status (free, reduced, purchase).
Fire, earthquake, or lockdown drills are held as part of Jefferson’s Safety Emergency Management System (SEMS). In the event of a natural disaster or other emergency, students will be released to parents/guardians who show proper identification and are listed on the student’s Emergency Card. Parents/guardians will pick up their student at the Main Gate off Las Tunas.
End-of-Year Activities and
To be eligible to participate in End-of-Year activities, including the Promotion Ceremony, students must meet the following standards:
All students not meeting the above eligibility criteria will have the opportunity to re-establish eligibility by fulfilling a set plan determined by each student’s needs. All plans need to be complete 3 weeks prior to the end-of-year. A deadline to satisfy these requirements for promotion will be announced. Board Policy 5127
Student health records are maintained at Jefferson. All eighth grade students receive hearing and vision tests. Parents should inform the health aide of any special health conditions that may require special attention. Students who must take prescribed medication during school MAY NOT KEEP it with them; all medicines must given to the health aide for storing and taking when prescribed. A special form must be completed and signed by the student’s doctor and parent before any medication (including Tylenol, aspirin, cough syrup, etc.) can be dispensed at school. Please request this form from the school Health Office before visiting the doctor.
San Gabriel Unified provides additional health services to students as available. The students may participate in the following:
The Lost and Found is kept in the Assistant Principal’s Office. Students are responsible for loss or damage to any property belonging to them such as cell phones, clothing, equipment, books, or instruments. Personal property should be clearly marked with the student’s name. All articles that are found should be taken to the Assistant Principal’s Office immediately after finding them. Unclaimed lost and found items not will be donated to various charities, once a month.
Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)
All parents and teachers are cordially invited and encouraged to join the Jefferson Middle School PTA. Membership in the PTA is open all year. There is an organized drive at the beginning of the school year and all are urged to join. The PTA Board meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Jefferson Media Center. The Jefferson PTA spends a great deal of time fund-raising and determining how to allocate funds to best support Jefferson Middle School.
Chinese: Mandy Ng
Student Drop-Off and Pick-up
Student drop-off and pick-up may cause traffic congestion. To ease these difficulties, please pull forward to the end of the drop-off area. The school entrance is a “One Way” thoroughfare. Parents must not drop their students off before the school driveway, at the Arco Gas Station, or in the red zones due to safety concerns. When dropping off students before and/or after school, parents must not leave their cars and/or double park.
All visitors must sign in the Main Office and obtain a badge before coming on campus. Parents who wish to visit a teacher may make an appointment to meet before or after school or during the teacher’s conference period. Parents are most welcome to visit our school, but are asked to contact the Main Office before all visitations. Jefferson students are not allowed to bring guests during the school day.
Parents/guardians can assist our students greatly by consistently reinforcing with their children that obedience to rules and respect for authority are essential for responsible citizenship; accepting and respecting the right of schools to require acceptable standards of behavior; reviewing school rules and procedures; participating in conferences and otherwise cooperating with school officials as needed.
Various means are used by staff members in working with students to help correct inappropriate behavior. Among those used are counseling, parent contacts and conferences, schedule changes, detention, parent attending school with a student, clean-up detention, referral to other agencies, suspension and expulsion. Progressive consequences are applied consistently and fairly.
A student may be suspended or expelled from school or school related activities which occur, but are not limited to: (1) while on school grounds; (2) while going to and from school; (3) during the lunch hour, or (4) during or going to and from school sponsored activities.
A student may be suspended or expelled from school as defined by the California Education Code (48900), if a student has:
It is understood that administrative action will be taken for any action that is deemed unacceptable behavior not covered in the section above.
Based on the law, the San Gabriel Unified School District Board of Education shall expel students from the District for the following reasons:
The Principal must recommend expulsion for the following:
Note: When a student is expelled from the San Gabriel Unified School District, the expulsion is generally for the semester in which the incident occurred and for the following semester; however, the District has the responsibility to place the student in an alternative educational setting.