Graham Park Middle School
School-Wide Management Plan
At GPMS WE ROAR with Respect, Order, Attitude, and Responsibility!
Learning is my mission.
Respect yourself. Respect others.
Work hard. Be nice.
Every adult here is here for me
Tell an adult.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CODE OF EXPECTATIONS
As a caring and responsible student in Prince William County Schools, I pledge to:
- Be respectful and encouraging to others
- Set good examples for other students
- Communicate openly with parents, teachers, and school staff
- Encourage other students to make positive decisions
- Be a role model and promote safe decision-making
- Serve the community by conducting activities such as food drives, requesting donations when needed, etc.
- Follow the boundaries set by my family, school, and community
- Select friends and role models carefully
- Strive to do my best and not lower my expectations even if I sometimes fail
- Participate in school activities and athletic teams
- Find a distraction-free place to study
- Use my time wisely and not procrastinate when completing assignments
- Guide and encourage other students to do well in school
- Set a good example by ignoring negative influences
- Listen attentively in class and be a good role model
- Take responsibility for my actions
- Control my behavior and refuse to do what I know is wrong
- Believe in the equality of all regardless of race, sex, religion, socio-economic background, or disability
- Respect students who may have backgrounds different from mine
- Plan ahead to make the right decisions
- Avoid inappropriate situations
- Participate in many different activities and motivate others to do so
- Find adult role models to provide me with support when I need to talk with someone
- Believe in myself
GRAHAM PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL HIGH EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT
GP DISCIPLINARY Program
The GPMS faculty and administration reserve the right to make adjustments to this program, as needed, to better facilitate the school’s goals for student safety and achievement. Any changes will be announced to students on the morning announcements and on the school website.
In addition to the consequences outlined below, the administration may also utilize other corrective actions, including, but not limited to, written assignments, community service, counseling, anger management, and exclusion from classes/activities.
The administration and teachers at Graham Park Middle School are committed to building positive relationships with all students. It is our belief that certain offenses can be addressed by the classroom teacher, who will utilize established best practices to correct student misconduct. The offenses below will not be referred to the office unless a student fails to change a given behavior despite teacher interventions, as outlined below. Prior to a discipline referral being submitted at least three of the following interventions must be utilized:
1) Student conference and parental contact
2) Team conference with the student and parental contact
3) Referral to Counseling services and/or other support personnel
4) Per grade level, teacher assigned After-school detention with parental contact
5) Parent, student, and teacher conference
Offenses and CODE OF BEHAVIOR VIOLATIONS
- Unprepared for class
- Chewing gum; candy or food; drinks
- Dress code violations
- Improper Care of School Equipment
- Inappropriate language/profanity
- Mild horseplay (chasing, non-threatening contact, simulating contact, etc.)
- PDA (Public Display of Affection)
- Minor Class Disruptions (including, but not limited to the following behaviors)
- talking without permission
- calling out
- inappropriate remarks
- writing/reading/passing notes
- -out of seat/walking around room without permission
- throwing paper
- making inappropriate noises
- When an offense/violation is committed, the teacher will notify the student’s parent/guardian via a GP “Sign & Return Notice of Inappropriate Behavior” form, a documented phone call, e-mail, or a note in student’s agenda. This information will be documented a teacher shared computer drive.
- If a student receives two or more notices during a grading period, it may result in the lowering of his/her conduct grade/s.
- If a student has received 2 notices for the same type of offense (in the same or different classes) and continues to violate the same rule/offense, it will be referred to the office as a disciplinary referral beginning on the 3rd occurrence for the same type of offense. Corrective measures will then be assigned by administration according to the guidelines that follow.
CODE OF BEHAVIOR VIOLATIONS
The Code of Behavior violation listed below will automatically result in a disciplinary referral submitted to administration (with or without prior intervention by the classroom teacher).
- Accumulated Offenses (repeated violations of the “Code of Behavior.”
- Attending any extracurricular activity when ineligible.
- Blatantly offensive/disruptive language/racial slurs
- Bus violations
- Cheating and Plagiarism
- Disobedience (disregard or disobey any reasonable request made by a staff member)
- Disrespect to peers
- Disrespect to teacher/staff member (arguing, refusal to cooperate, walking away, mumbling under breath, etc.)
- Disruption (behaving in a disorderly manner or in any other way interrupt or disrupt the orderly operations of the school)
- Excessive horseplay (involving excessive physical contact)
- Failure to Report Violations (lying or withholding information from administration or security during the course of an investigation.)
- Indecent Materials
- Instigating a fight/threatening to fight (whether a fight occurs or not)
- Student Attendance (cutting class/skipping class and/accumulation of unexcused absences)
- Violations of Sport, club, and activity rules
-Please see the PWCS “Code of Behavior” for definitions of each violation -
1st Referral: After-School Detention
2nd Referral: 2 days After-School Detention
3rd Referral: 1 week of After-School Detention
4th Referral: Extended Day
5th Referral: Evening School
6th Referral: Out-of-School Suspension (1–2 days) and Parent and Student meet with an Administrator for signing of a Behavior Contract (see alternatives to OSS)
7th Referral: Out-of-School Suspension (3 – 5 days)
8th +Referral/s: Out-of-School Suspension (3–5 days) with possible Principal’s Informal Conference and/or consideration for referral to OSMAP (or alternative school)
Discipline procedures for bus violations include the following corrective measures:
1st Referral: Placed on bus probation for a four-week period
2nd Referral: Bus suspension for one week
3rd Referral: Bus suspension for two weeks
4th + Referral: Extended bus suspension or loss of bus privileges
Riding an activity buses is a privilege for students participating in sports and clubs. One disciplinary referral received while riding the activity bus will result in a loss of activity bus privileges.
*The administrator may assign further consequences, as well.
The “Code of Behavior” violations below are the most serious and will result in an automatic disciplinary referral submitted to administration which will result in 1 – 5 days of Out-of-School Suspension (and up to 10 days, if approved by the Associate Superintendent.
Additionally, parents may be required to conference with administration and/or teachers prior to a student’s return to classes.
CODE OF BEHAVIOR VIOLATIONS
- Assault, Assault and Battery
- Assault and/or Battery of a Teacher (blatant disrespect toward teacher/staff , profanity, written or spoken derogatory comments, *threats, yelling, *physical contact)
- Bullying (physical contact, written or spoken threats, intimidation, ongoing teasing, etc., this includes Cyber bullying)
- Destruction of Property
- Fighting (Physical Altercation)
- * Group/mob assault
- *Sexual harassment (lewd comments, inappropriate touching, etc.)
- * Substance Abuse or Possession (tobacco, alcohol, drugs, etc., including associated paraphernalia and/or placebos)
- * Possession of Weapon or Look-alike
- * Threat (to bomb, burn, kill…)
-Please see the PWCS “Code of Behavior” for definitions of each violation -
In addition to 1 – 5 days of Out-of-School Suspension (and up to 10 days, if approved by the Area IV Associate Superintendent, the following corrective measures may be required:
- Theft and destruction of property will also require full restitution and may be reported to the police.
- Certain offenses may also result in a referral to a corresponding PWCS program.
- The most serious violations (denoted with a *) will also result in a Principal’s Informal Conference and/or Referral to OSMAP (for consideration of long-term suspension, alternative school placement or expulsion)
A student’s failure to comply with school rules and regulations may result in the school taking one or more of the following actions, in whatever order or manner the school deems appropriate:
___Warnings in the form of contracts, verbal or written understandings or agreements, and probation may be appropriate for some students.
Student Behavior Contracts
___ Students placed on a behavior contract by administration will become ineligible for certain privileges and extracurricular activities such as, but not limited to, assemblies, dances, and participation in athletic events. Once placed on a behavior contract, future misconduct may result in a referral to OSMAP or recommendation to alternative school, long-term suspension or expulsion.
___ To avoid writing a referral, any staff member may assign a student to lunch detention for minor disciplinary infractions. Lunch detention students are to report to the adult lunchroom supervisor to be assigned a seat. After eating lunch, lunch detention students assist in cafeteria clean-up or similar school-service duties, and are responsible for getting a signed cafeteria pass to verify the lunch detention was completed and was an excused tardy.
After School Detention
___ Students assigned detention will report to the designated staff member/assigned classroom from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. Students must bring books and other materials and work without talking or disturbing others. Specific detention work relating to the misbehavior may also be assigned. Parents are responsible for transportation.
___ Students who are assigned an Extended Day will be required to attend school during the regular school day and then report to Evening School afterwards, which ends at 6 p.m.
___ A student may be placed in Evening School as a consequence for inappropriate behavior. Evening School will begin at 3 p.m. and end at 6 p.m. The parent/guardian is responsible for transportation to and from school. Disruptive behavior in Evening School will result in immediate removal and OSS.
Out of School Suspension
___ A student may be denied the right to attend school for up to five (5) days for serious offenses or for repeated incidents of misbehavior. A five-day suspension can be extended to ten (10) days when the violation is part of the Code of Behavior. Students may also receive long-term suspensions which exceed ten days with approval from the Middle School Associate Superintendent.
___ A student may be permanently denied the right to attend any Prince William County School when the individual is a potential danger to others or when the conduct of the individual disrupts learning. An accumulation of referrals for which the student has been suspended may be grounds for expulsion. Such
expulsions may be imposed or rescinded only by the School Board. Violation of the substance abuse and/or weapon section of the Code of Behavior bring automatic recommendation for expulsion.
___ Assignment of students to complete special tasks at school may be beneficial to the student and the school.
Local School Probation
___ Probation may be considered for minor and infrequent offenses. Participation/attendance in extracurricular activities may be withdrawn. Copies of all discipline referrals resulting in probation shall be sent to the parent. The principal shall specify on the Discipline Referral Form the reason(s) for and the length of the probationary period.
___ This procedure is available to provide intervention and peaceful settlement of problems.
Non-Participation in School-Sponsored Activities
___ Restriction will be set for a fixed period of time or until certain specified requirements have been met. This corrective measure applies to all school-sponsored activities.
___Consideration shall be given to other obligations of the student when detention is applied, and the parent shall be notified in advance of the extension of the student’s schedule. Parents are responsible for providing transportation for Saturday Suspension.
School Community Service Projects
___ Projects in and out of school may be assigned in lieu of other disciplinary action.
- Confiscation of disruptive communication and entertainment devices ___ Administration may take communication and entertainment devices that are disruptive to the learning environment. Confiscated devices must be picked up by parents unless other arrangements have been established by the administrator and parent. No Trespassing Order ___ In extreme cases, when directions of school personnel have been disregarded, a no trespassing order may be issued by the appropriate authorities.
Alternatives to Suspension
The GPMS administrative team is committed to meeting the unique needs of individual students throughout the disciplinary process. In an effort to promote non exclusionary disciplinary practices, on a case by case basis, for non-violent, non-verbally abusive behavior the following alternatives to suspension may be considered:
___ Parent required to attend class (es) with his/her child for the duration of the day(s) equivalent to the number of days assigned for Out-of-School Suspension.
___Completion of a curriculum-based program focused on skill-building targeted toward the undesirable behavior. Successful completion of the program is required as an alternative to Out-of-School Suspension. Parents/guardians are responsible for providing transportation for Saturday Suspension.
___Restorative Practices build community and promote integrity within the school. Restorative practices will only be utilized with written consent of the parent/guardian of the child(ren) involved. A specific description of the restorative practice will be shared with all involved individuals prior to implementation.
___ Student may be placed in an alternative setting within the school to complete assignments.