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Student Handbook 2020-2021


837 No Name Street

Evanston, WY  82930

(307) 789-8096

(307) 789-3386 (fax)



Vision:  The Gold Standard for Wyoming Education in Collaboration, Instruction and Mentorship/Relationships!


Mission: Davis Middle School is the place where everyone is cared about, and where high levels of learning take place for all!


Davis Middle School Collective Commitments:

Collaboration:

  • I protect and value collaboration time.
  • I am a positive, actively prepared, contributing member of my collaborative team.
  • I am coachable, and challenging myself to learn and improve in my understanding of the work.
  • I am a professionally honest and trustworthy team member that communicates clearly.
  • I value clear and effective ongoing professional learning at the building and district level.

Instruction:

  • I work daily to ensure fidelity to a guaranteed and viable curriculum.
  • I teach the essential learnings of our agreed-upon curriculum.
  • I am frequently assessing to diagnose student learning.
  • I intervene with those students who have not yet learned the essential learnings and extend the learning of those students who have mastered the essentials.
  • I am continually implementing instructional best practices in my classroom.
  • I am committed to ensuring students read and write meaningfully every day.

Relationships:

  • I am building teacher/student relationships.
  • I value each student in their individuality.
  • I know that ALL students can learn at high levels. 
  • I actively practice strategies that are proven to build relationships with students.
  • I intervene with students needing additional emotional strength.
  • I look for opportunities to strengthen each other.
  • I see the value in having students keep their own data and set goals.
  • I will work to ensure that Davis Middle School is a safe and orderly school for every student.

Davis’s Goals for 2020-2021:

  • Reading and Writing in every subject every day
  • Mentoring-Building strong relationships with students and helping students remove barriers to learning
  • Students keeping their data and setting goals
  • Enrichment-Enhancing all students’ learning
  • Ensuring a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all students
  • Provide students with a safe, collaborative, and orderly culture
  • All students will receive a guaranteed & viable curriculum










Name ____________________________ Grade_____


DAVIS MIDDLE SCHOOL BELL SCHEDULE 

(2019-2020)


Starting Bell 7:50 a.m.      Ending Bell 2:54 p.m.



6th Grade Bell Schedule

Homeroom 7:50-8:02

1st period 8:05-8:46

2nd period 8:49-9:30

Enrichment 9:33-10:03

3rd period 10:06-10:47

4th period 10:50-11:31

5th period 11:34-12:15

Lunch 12:15-12:42 (2nd Lunch)

6th period 12:45-1:26

7th period 1:29-2:10

8th period 2:13-2:54


7th Grade Bell Schedule

        Homeroom 7:50-8:02

1st period 8:05-8:46

2nd period 8:49-9:30

Enrichment 9:33-10:03

3rd period 10:06-10:47

4th period 10:50-11:31

Lunch 11:31-11:57 (1st Lunch)

5th period 12:00-12:42

6th period 12:45-1:26

7th period 1:29-2:10

8th period 2:13-2:54


8th Grade Bell Schedule

          Homeroom 7:50-8:02

1st period 8:05-8:46

2nd period 8:49-9:30

Enrichment 9:33-10:03

3rd period 10:06-10:47

4th period 10:50-11:31

5th period 11:34-12:15

6th period 12:18-12:59

Lunch 12:59-1:26 (3rd Lunch)

7th period 1:29-2:10

8th period 2:13-2:54




LATE START MONDAY BELL SCHEDULE 

(2019-2020)


Starting Bell 8:50 a.m.      Ending Bell 2:54 p.m.



6th Grade Bell Schedule

Homeroom 8:50-8:58

1st period 9:01-9:35

2nd period 9:38-10:12

Enrichment 10:15-10:45

3rd period 10:48-11:22

4th period 11:25-11:59

5th period 12:02-12:33

Lunch 12:33-1:03 (2nd Lunch)

6th period 1:06-1:40

7th period 1:43-2:17

8th period 2:20-2:54


7th Grade Bell Schedule

        Homeroom 8:50-8:58

1st period 9:01-9:35

2nd period 9:38-10:12

Enrichment 10:15-10:45

3rd period 10:48-11:22

4th period 11:25-11:59

Lunch 11:59-12:26 (1st Lunch)

5th period 12:29-1:03

6th period 1:06-1:40

7th period 1:43-2:17

8th period 2:20-2:54


8th Grade Bell Schedule

          Homeroom 8:50-8:58

1st period 9:01-9:35

2nd period 9:38-10:12

Enrichment 10:15-10:45

3rd period 10:48-11:22

4th period 11:25-11:59

5th period 12:02-12:36

6th period 12:39-1:13

Lunch 1:13-1:40 (3rd Lunch)

7th period 1:43-2:17

8th period 2:20-2:54



DAVIS MIDDLE SCHOOL Half-Day BELL SCHEDULE


Starting Bell 7:50 a.m.      Ending Bell 11:35 a.m.



6th/7th/8th Grade Half-Day Bell Schedule

Homeroom 7:50-7:59

1st period 8:02-8:23

2nd period 8:26-8:47

Enrichment 8:50-9:11

3rd period 9:14-9:35

4th period 9:38-9:59

5th period 10:02-10:23

6th period 10:26-10:47

7th period 10:50-11:11

8th period 11:14-11:35






TGI FRIDAY SCHEDULE


6th Grade Bell Schedule 7th Grade Bell Schedule   8th Grade Bell Schedule

1st period 7:50-8:25 1st period 7:50-8:25   1st period 7:50-8:25

2nd period       8:28-9:03       2nd period       8:28-9:03   2nd period 8:28-9:03

Enrichment    9:06-9:36       Enrichment    9:06-9:36   Enrichment 9:06-9:36

3rd period        9:39-10:14       3rd period        9:39-10:14   3rd period 9:39-10:14

4th period       10:17-10:52       4th period       10:17-10:52   4th period 10:17-10:52

5th period       10:55-11:30                1st Lunch       10:52-11:19   5th period 10:55-11:30

2nd Lunch     11:30-11:57                5th period        11:22-11:57   6th period 11:33-12:08

6th period       12:00-12:35                6th period        12:00-12:35   3rd Lunch 12:08-12:35

7th period       12:38-1:13       7th period        12:38-1:13   7th period 12:38-1:13

8th period        1:16-1:51                   8th period         1:16-1:51   8th period 1:16-1:51

Homeroom     1:54-2:01                   Homeroom      1:54-2:01   Homeroom 1:54-2:01

TGIF                2:01-2:54                   TGIF                 2:01-2:54   TGIF 2:01-2:54








Davis Middle School Staff



6th Grade Team 7th Grade Team


Andra Bennett       Brenda Berger Bren Payne       Cheryl Lowham

Brian Barker          Donna Carroll Emily Bennett Mindee Mitchell

Charlene Godding Rose Stark David Minton        Lisa Ovard

Sara Caldwell        Jocelyn Anderson             Charlene Godding Mejah Cobb

Sami Moore


8th Grade Team PE, Related Arts & Music Team


Barb Jefferis          Elle Porter Karen Bowns          Jason Mitchell

Devon Parks         Tim Herold Doug Quillinan        Mandy Lonsway

Bren Payne           Annette Swayze Courtnie Link          Randy Barker

Alicia Burton          Shannon Vetos Ramona Pace        Crystal Roskelley-Delgado

Jonathan Cantrell-Stiff


Office Staff:

Principal:  Chris Brown School Counselor:   Kate McMahan

Principal’s Secretary:  Mary Bown School Nurse:   Jessica Espinoza

Building Secretary:  Lindsay Welling Refocus Room:   Mindi Tollefson

Instruction Specialist:   Rick O’Driscoll



Media Specialist:   Wendy Daniels Media Aide:   Hailey Barker

Building Technology:   Kyle Lamb Instructional Aide:   Shianne Day



Consulting Teacher:   Jeanna Martin SPED Secretary:   Jowell Deru

SPED Counselor:   Bev Fackrell Speech Therapist:   MarinHarris


Life Skills Team:


Karly Viklund         Lori Firth 

Delia Hansen        Katie Heckert

                            



Custodial Team: Food Service Team:

Clorice Walton       Luis Tautimer Linda Purcell Staci Stewart

Travis Bitsue         Manuela Bustillos Cindy Wasson


DAVIS MIDDLE SCHOOL

POLICIES AND GUIDELINES

2020-2021



UCSD#1 Nondiscrimination Statement



Uinta County School District Number One does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a parent, marital status, or political affiliation in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in its educational programs or activities.  Inquiries concerning Title VI, Title IX, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act may be referred to the Uinta County School District Number One Human Resources Office, 537 Tenth Street, Evanston, Wyoming 82930, (307) 789-7571; or the Wyoming State Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights Coordinator, 2nd Floor, Hathaway Building, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002-0050, (307) 777-6189.



Davis Middle School Expectations



Be Here:

  • Come on time and be prepared for class: bring chromebooks, paper, pencil, homework, books and be ready to learn!

Be Safe:

  • KYHFOOTY - Keep your hands, feet & other objects to yourself!
  • Be aware & report dangerous situations immediately.
  • Always walk between classes, and watch where you are going.
  • Any activity that may harm self or others will not be allowed at school.
  • Students who break the law will be referred to law enforcement.

Be Respectful:

  • Be kind, courteous, and honest with others.
  • Follow staff directions the first time.
  • Speak kindly to and about others.
  • Treat everyone as you would like to be treated.
  • Students will show respect for others and their possessions.

Be Responsible:

  • Show DMS Pride by keeping our school clean.
  • Students will make-up lost time due to inappropriate classroom behavior.
  • Be accountable for your actions, choices and accept consequences
  • Be focused in the classroom, leave cell phones home or in your locker during instruction. 





Before and After School


In the morning before the bell …

  • School starts at 7:50am. It is recommended that students be in the building no later than 7:40am.
  • On Mondays, school starts at 8:50 a.m.  Students should be in the building no later than 8:40 a.m.  Late start Mondays are for teacher professional development. 
  • Students may come to the office to pay fees or deposit money in their lunch accounts.
  • Teachers are available to students around 7:30 a.m. 
  • Once students arrive on school grounds, they may not leave without signing out through the Office.

After school ... 

  • School ends at 2:54 p.m.
  • After school, students are expected to leave school grounds by 3:10 p.m. unless they are participating in a supervised activity. Students may stay after school for Study Tables on designated days.
  • If you are not passing a class, you are expected to attend after school Study Tables - available Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 3-4 p.m.
  • If you are in a supervised activity, your parents should be aware of the daily ending time so that they can be here 5 minutes early to pick you up.


Dress and Appearance


  1. Students are expected to dress appropriately for school. Clothing should not be distracting in the classroom, nor hinder movement. Pajamas, slippers, and costumes may only be worn on special dress-up days approved by the administration.
  2. Face paint, writing on the body, or anything that distracts the learning environment will not be allowed.  
  3. Shoes must be worn at all times.
  4. Clothing, material, articles or objects promoting drugs, alcohol, tobacco, hate groups, and/or gangs, are unacceptable (which would include wearing an article such as bandanas, gang related apparel, offensive language, or other inappropriate items).
  5. Trench coats and/or dusters may not be worn during school.
  6. Crop tops, half-shirts, and spaghetti straps are not allowed.  All shirts must have a minimum of a 2” strap over the shoulder.  No revealing clothing (low-cut, see-through/sheer, backless, strapless, etc.) is allowed.
  7. Clothing that is torn, ripped, slashed or full of holes is not appropriate school attire if the pant holes are above the fingertip length when arms are hanging loosely at the side.
  8. Underclothes should not be visible at any time.
  9. Shorts and skirts should not be distracting and be of a reasonable length to permit movement, without being revealing. A general rule of thumb is that they should come to the mid-thigh or longer.
  10. No hats, hoods or bandanas may be worn over the head.
  11. Eyes must be visible in order for learning and communication to take place. Students will not be permitted to wear sunglasses in the building unless there is a medical reason.  
  12. The school/Administration has the discretion to determine appropriate school dress.






Items Not Permitted at School


Electronic devices:  It is recommended that personal electronics such as cell phones, be left at home. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen articles. If students are found using ANY personal electronics during class, they will be taken and the privilege of having it at school could be revoked. Davis Middle School is NOT responsible for items left unattended and/or unsecured. Students are provided lockers to secure their valuables. When students insist upon leaving their possessions unattended and unlocked, they do it at their own risk.


When Cell Phones or any other electronics are taken away from you at school:  

First Warning:  The first time your electronic device is taken, you may retrieve it in the office after the school day has ended. 

Second Warning: The next time this happens, your parent/guardian will be required to pick up the device from the office personally.  Students will be warned NOT to bring the device to school anymore.

Third Warning: The electronic device will be kept in a secure location at the school until parents can pick it up personally from the principal. 


Bicycles, Skateboards, Roller Blades: Students may ride bicycles, scooters, skateboards to school, but they must walk them on campus. Riding on campus is a safety hazard. Bicycles must be stored in the bicycle rack located at the front entrance. UCSD#1 is NOT responsible for items left unattended or unlocked. Roller shoes and roller blades are not allowed on campus.



Lockers/Locks


  • You will be assigned a locker the first day of school. You will receive instruction on its use. We expect you to keep your locker clean.
  • Students are to use only the assigned school locks on their hall lockers.  PERSONAL LOCKS ARE NOT TO BE USED on hall lockers. (Personal combination locks are required for P.E. lockers.)  
  • Students are to keep their locker combinations confidential. They should never share their combination with friends.
  • Students are to only use the locker that has been assigned to them.  LOCKERS ARE NOT TO BE SHARED.
  • Students are responsible for all of their personal belongings.  The school is not responsible for personal belongings left in lockers.  Again, valuable items should not be brought to school, but if you decide to bring them to school, your locker is a much safer place to leave valuable items. Please do not ask to store your personal belongings in the office. Students who leave their belongings unsecured in the hall, gym or commons area do so at their own risk. 
  • Defective lockers or difficulties with lockers must be reported to the office. 
  • Lockers are the property of the district and are subject to inspection by the administration or their designee at any time without notice or cause. A school official may conduct a search of a student’s person, locker, belongings or other materials in their possession, if the official has a reason/suspicion that a crime has been or is in the process of being committed, or reasonable cause to believe that the search is necessary to maintain a safe school environment or enforce school rules and policy.



Lost & Found


Each year we have truckloads of items that we end up donating to charity.  Please check the lost and found regularly for any missing items.  It is located between the custodian’s office and the Refocus Room.  Small items, (i.e., glasses, cell phones, keys, purses, wallets, I.D.’s, and jewelry, etc.) will be turned in to the office and displayed in the office window. The Lost and Found will be cleaned out and donated quarterly throughout the school year. 



Parent/Visitor Policy


Davis Middle School welcomes parents to visit.  For the security of our students and staff, all visitors to Davis Middle School must check in at the office upon arrival. All visitors to Davis Middle School must present a government issued ID and must wear a visitor badge when visiting other parts of the building. Visitors without a badge will be referred back to the office to check in. 


Parents needing to meet with teachers should schedule an appointment.  We do not encourage students to be called out of class unnecessarily, however, if a parent must talk to their student, they must wait in the office for their student to be called out of class. Parents and all other visitors are not allowed to interrupt classes to talk to or “check on” their student. Parents/visitors must be on a student’s Emergency Contact in order to speak with them at school or check students out of school.  If a crisis situation develops, students will be released only to people listed on the student’s emergency contact information.  Identification may be required.  Davis does not allow students from other schools to attend classes.  Davis is a closed campus.



Substitutes


Substitutes are critical to the success of our school.  The expectation at Davis is that substitutes will be treated with dignity and respect by all students, at all times. 



Telephone


Cell phones are permitted for student use before and after school and at lunchtime only.  PARENTS: If you have a telephone number that requires long distance service, your student will NOT be able to contact you using ANY of the school telephones.  Parents and students should make arrangements for transportation, going home with friends, etc., prior to coming to school.



Student Success


Honor Roll: Davis Middle School Honor Roll is a quarterly Honor Roll.  Students earning a 3.75 – 4.00 GPA make the GOLD HONOR ROLL. Students earning a 3.5 – 3.74 make the SILVER HONOR ROLL. Students earning a 3.0 – 3.49 make the BRONZE HONOR ROLL. We celebrate with our students who have earned all A’s after 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarter with a special activity. 


Demon 200 Club: Students are recognized for good behavior daily by teachers.  Students’ names are drawn weekly and rewarded for their positive behaviors.  


Progress Reports/Report Cards: Progress Reports will be sent home with the student at 3 weeks and at 6 weeks into each quarter.  Please sign and return to school the bottom portion of each progress report as soon as possible. Report cards will be sent home with students following each grading period.  End of quarter dates are as follows: October 28, January 20, and March 24.  The final 4th quarter report card will be mailed home during the first week of June. 

Student Planners: Students will be given a planner at the beginning of the school year. If the planner is lost, your student will need to pay $3 to replace it.

Promotion of Middle School Students (also available in Spanish)

A middle school student who finishes a year of grade 6, 7, 8 and who has obtained the required amount of credits shall be promoted to the next higher grade. 


Each year, middle school students will be offered a total of 60 credits. Students must pass at a C level or above 70% of these credits or 42 credits total to be promoted to the next grade. Students who earn less than the required 42 credits will need to attend summer school.  Courses have been assigned varying amounts of credits as indicated below:


 

Quarter 1

Quarter 2

Quarter 3

Quarter 4

Credits Per Year

3 Year Credit Total

Math

3

3

3

3

12

36

English

5

5

5

5

20

60

Science

2

2

2

2

8

24

Social Studies

2

2

2

2

8

24

PE

1

1

1

1

4

12

Music

1

1

1

1

4

12

Spanish

1

     

1

3

Technology

   

1

 

1

3

Art

 

1

   

1

3

FCS

     

1

1

3

Credits Per Quarter

15

15

15

15

60

180


Students will be offered opportunities to make up credits in two ways:


1) Summer school will be worth a total of 12 credits that can be applied to the previous year’s total in order to be promoted to the next grade.


2) Standardized test scores will also be worth a total of 1-4 credits maximum that can be applied to the previous year’s total in order to be promoted to the next grade. 

  1. Credits for district required standardized testing will be awarded at 2 full credits for advanced scores in the 70th percentile in both reading, and math.
  2. Credits for district required standardized testing will be awarded at 1 full credit for scores in the 50th – 69th percentile and above in reading and math.

3) Additional credits earned upon completion of educational subject matter mutually 

    agreed upon by school administration and students/parents. All course work is to be 

    completed on a contractual basis, outside the regular or summer school day. 



Discipline Policy/Plan


Davis Middle School is striving to provide an educational environment of the highest quality, an environment that is safe & orderly, and one in which all students can learn and grow.  To accomplish this we must maintain proper discipline.  Our plan is to reward positive behavior and to modify negative behavior.  An essential element of this plan is that behavioral expectations are established and clearly understood by all students. The focus of student discipline is to have students accept the responsibility and the consequences of their actions.  

 

In order to assist students in the pursuit of a quality education, we have established some general expectations for student behavior. We operate under the guiding principle that all students are responsible for their choices, actions and behavior. If a student’s choices, actions, or behavior are in violation of these established rules, there will be a consequence for such.


Classroom Expectations:  The following are general policies for appropriate behavior in the classroom and throughout the school.  All students at Davis will be trained on these expectations the first week of school and as needed.

  

  

Violation of Classroom Rules:  


  • First Offense: Informal Student/Teacher Conference (Inappropriate behavior discussed and future consequences identified if behavior continues).
  • Second Offense: Parent Contact (Inappropriate behavior discussed with student and parent, future consequences identified if behavior continues).
  • Third Offense:  Administrative/Behavior Intervention – Office or Refocus Room referral.
  • Severe Clause:  Administrative Intervention 
    • When a student commits any Category II or III offense

Discipline Infractions: Offenses will be categorized either as minor, major, or violation of law.


Category I - Minor Offense:  Violation of classroom rules, rules of common courtesy, and violation of another’s rights.

  • Defiance, disrespect, noncompliance
  • Inappropriate physical contact
  • Tardies
  • Property misuse
  • Dress code violation
  • Inappropriate use of technology (Cell Phones)
  • Rowdiness in the halls
  • Inappropriate displays of affection (PDA)
  • Profanity/swearing
  • Being in a restricted area 
  • Use/Possession of nuisance items: toys, laser pointers, etc. 
  • Throwing objects
  • Disruptive behavior


Category II—Major Offense: Actions which have a high potential for personal injury, defiance of school authority and violation of ethics.

  • Insubordination/defiance of authority
  • Paraphernalia- lighters, laser pointers, etc…
  • Cheating/dishonesty/forgery/plagiarism
  • Verbal abuse/profanity or obscene disrespectful remarks or gestures
  • Being in an unauthorized area or off school campus
  • Harassment/hazing/intimidation/bullying of another student
  • Misuse of technology. Downloading inappropriate games/programs, inappropriate e-mail, pornographic material, visiting pornographic sites and unauthorized chat rooms
  • Sexual harassment: Includes derogatory or offensive comments, jokes, gestures, slurs, sexual remarks about one’s own or another’s body, sexually suggestive pictures, cartoons, photographs, objects, vulgar language, and sex texting.
  • Provoking a fight
  • Destruction of property
  • Threatening others 

 

Category III—Violation of Law: Violation of public law.

  • Computer hacking
  • Extortion
  • Gambling
  • Graffiti/Tagging/Vandalism
  • Use/possession/distribution of tobacco/alcohol/electronic cigarettes, paraphernalia, or illegal drugs in any form
  • Arson, false fire alarm, bomb threat, fireworks of any kind
  • Possession, threats or use of a weapon
  • Fighting/assault
  • Theft/accepting stolen property
  • Trespassing
  • Threatening others (determined by law enforcement)
  • Truancy

Consequences for Discipline Policy Violations

Category 1 Category 2 Category 3 Consequences

(Attention)

1st Offense 1 day ASD/LD/WR

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2nd Offense 2 days ASD/LD/WR

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3rd Offense 1st Offense 1-3 days ASD/LD/WR or 1 day ISS

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4th Offense 2nd Offense 2-4 days ASD/LD/WR or 2 days ISS

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5th Offense 3rd Offense 3-5 ASD/LD/WR, 2-4 days ISS or 1 day OSS

____________________________________________________________________________

Chronic 4th Offense 1st Offense 1-3 days ISS/OSS - Meeting with SRO and

Category II                                               mandatory re-entry meeting with parents

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5th Offense 2nd Offense 3 - 5 days ISS/OSS - Meeting with SRO, mandatory

                                    re-entry meeting with parents and behavior plan

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6th Offense 3rd Offense 5-10 days ISSOSS and/or possible expulsion

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ASD = After School Detention

OSS = Out of School Suspension

ISS = In School Suspension                                   

WR = Work Restitution 

LD = Lunch Detention 

                       

When behavior is determined to be problematic or chronic, a student behavior intervention plan (BIP) will be put into place by the school behavior intervention team.  Student discipline may be determined on a case by case basis. 



Getting Help at School


Nurses Office & Medications: Our school nurse is in our building part-time. Davis Middle School and Evanston Middle School share a school nurse. Ms. Espinoza, RN is at Davis Middle School on Tuesday’s, Thursday’s, and Friday mornings. Ms. Espinoza will be at Evanston Middle School on Monday’s, Wednesday’s, and Friday afternoons. In an emergency, Ms. Espinoza can be called to come from one building to go to another. Students may ask their teacher for a pass to see the nurse for health-related reasons.  Please make sure you inform the school of any identified medical/health concerns so that we are aware and can help.  Also, parents should notify us of any changes that occur during the school year.  Health concerns are kept confidential.


All prescription, or over-the-counter medications must be kept locked in the nurse’s medicine cabinet.  They must be in the ORIGINAL or pharmacy-labeled container (pharmacists will provide a second labeled container upon request) with the correct student name, drug name, dosage, and administration instructions, accompanied by a medical permission form signed by the parent.


WE DO NOT PROVIDE TYLENOL, IBUPROFEN, OR ANY OTHER PAIN MEDICATION.  If a parent desires his/her student to take these medications, the medications must be brought to the nurse’s office in an original container marked with the student’s name.  The medication will then be kept locked in the medicine cabinet and given to the student as needed.  We must have a signed parent permission form on file for this medication as well. Any medication left in the nurse’s office at the end of the school year will be discarded as required by the Uinta County School District #1 Medication Policy.


CounselingDavis Middle School has a full time Guidance Counselor to help students with their schedule and personal concerns.  Ms. McMahan is our School Counselor and is happy to help students remove barriers to their learning.  Mrs. Fackrell is our Special Services Counselor and meets with students individually and with groups of students.  Our counselors conduct classroom and other small group activities, manage system assessments and consult with teachers and parents.  Counselors can assist students in making educational plans, and understanding themselves and others.  If a student wishes to see a counselor, he/she should check in with their teacher first, and then bring a pass to the counselor’s office.  Parents may call 789-8096 to make an appointment if they would like to meet with a counselor or have their child see one of our counselors.


School Resource Officer (SRO): The purpose of the SRO is to help provide the school with a safer learning environment. The SRO works to accomplish this by:

  • helping to establish positive working relationships in a cooperative effort and assist in positive student growth and development.
  • helping to maintain a safe and secure environment on campus, which will be conducive to learning.
  • identifying school crime, misbehavior and/or attendance issues.
  • preventing and/or intervening when necessary in school crime misbehavior, and/or attendance issues.
  • providing vigorous criminal law enforcement against school crime.

Homework Request/Make-up Work: Students are asked to email their teachers to request assignments they have missed when they are absent. It is the student’s responsibility to request make-up work from their teachers.  Students are allowed two days to make-up work for every one day absent. It is suggested that if a student knows they’re going to be absent, that student should gather homework ahead of time from teachers, prior to being absent.


Study Tables: Our school offers one hour after school for homework help. This is available Monday thru Wednesday from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm. Students may utilize this time to receive assistance with their schoolwork. Students who choose to or who are required to attend study tables should be prepared to stay the entire time. Students attending are provided a small snack. Students who are not working productively during study tables will be asked to leave.  Parents should pick up students promptly at 4:00.


TGIF:  TIGF will change this year due to the recent efforts of students, teachers and parents.  We have ended the last six quarters with less than 10 students on the D&F List.  Our attendance has greatly improved and we are more concerned about students learning all the essential grade level skills than the letter grade they receive.  These new changes are designed to be a win/win for all students and staff at Davis Middle School.  The last 50 minutes of most Fridays (TGIF)  is an opportunity for students to gain the skills and knowledge that have been determined as essential, this is also a time to make up any work that is missing due to attendance or lack of effort.  Any grades below an “A” indicate that work needs to be completed or knowledge needs to be gained.  Students needing to learn skills, retake assessments or make up work will be invited to check in with their assigned teachers to complete this work.  Students deemed proficient in all subjects will choose a break out session that may include swimming, quiet time in the media center, dodgeball in the gym, geography club, social time in the commons or a movie in the media center.  Students who missed a day of school during the week will have the opportunity to make up that missed work during TGIF.  If teachers determine students who missed a day are proficient, the teacher can qualify them to go to a TGIF activity.  Students must have a wristband to be involved in an area outside of the classroom.  Students in a break out session must stay in that assigned area for the entire time.  Students struggling with attendance or who received a behavior referral that week will have the opportunity for training and counseling to support them in overcoming these obstacles.  Parents are encouraged to keep their students at school during TGIF.



Cafeteria/Meals


Payment for Meals: Parents are required to prepay their lunch account.  They should prepay BEFORE school starts each day. Principal Brown asks parents to stay caught up on lunch accounts, this takes significant stress off the office staff, students and parents. Automated alerts are sent out throughout the district twice per week.  If a student does not have money to deposit into their lunch account, they are encouraged to pack a lunch from home. 


Lunch Prices: Breakfast is $2.00 and will be served from 7:20 am until 7:40 am.  A lunch, including milk, is $3.10. For accurate account balance information, please call the office at 789-8096.


Free and Reduced Lunch Forms: Each school year a new application is required for the Free and Reduced Price Meal Program unless the family receives a letter in the mail during the summer stating that a student was pre-approved through the Food Stamp Direct Certification Program.  If a student was on the Free and Reduced Meal Program on the last day of the 2020-2021 school year, that status (free or reduced) will NOT be carried over into the new school year.  Please re-apply early to insure those students will not be dropped from the program.  If you are eligible for free or reduced lunch, PLEASE FILL OUT the forms and return to the school as soon as possible. You will be responsible for any lunch charges incurred during the approval process.



Attendance


Communicate With Us – Please! Your student’s success and well-being are very important to us. If you move, change your phone number or place of employment – please contact the Office (789-8096) with the new information as soon as possible.


Wyoming State Law 21-4-102 “Every parent, guardian or other person having control or charge of any child who is a resident of this state and whose seventh birthday falls on or before September 15 of any year and who has not yet attained his sixteenth birthday or completed the tenth grade shall be required to send such child to, and such child shall be required to attend, a public or private school each year, during the entire time that the public school shall be in session in the district in which the pupil resides…” 

Absence Procedure(s)

  • We request that parents/guardians contact the school on the day of their child’s absence or send a note to the office on the day she/he returns to excuse the absence.
  • If your student visits the doctor, please bring a note from the doctor to the Office to have the absence excused.
  • A doctor’s note is required to excuse students who miss five or more days of school due to illness.
  • Students who are absent 10 consecutive school days will be dropped from the school’s enrollment and will have to be re-enrolled by the parent/guardian.

Regular Attendance: Students will be recognized for regular (90%) attendance.

Excessive Absence Notification: In an effort to maintain the ninety percent (90%) attendance that is required to successfully complete all classes at middle school and address the problem of chronic absenteeism, Davis Middle School will adhere to the following attendance guidelines:


  • Students with 1-5 absences during the school year will receive automated phone calls from the attendance office. On the fifth absence, parents/guardians will receive a 5-day attendance letter from the school. The absence will then be reported to the appropriate grade level team for them to record and to keep them informed in case further action is required.
  • Students with 6-10 absences during the school year will receive automated phone calls with each absence. Parents/guardians will also receive phone calls, emails and/or texts from a teacher, counselor and/or administrator in order to discuss the absences and to explain how and if the absences are affecting the student’s academics. On the tenth absence, parents/guardians will receive a 10-day attendance letter from the school. The school team will ask the family and student to problem solve any barriers to school attendance, develop a plan of action and follow through until attendance has improved. This plan will be designed according to individual needs of the student and family.
  • Students with Eleven (11) or more absences during the school year will be contacted to set up a meeting with the parents/guardians and their student. It is believed that students who continue to miss school after a previous attendance plan was unsuccessful may need intensive support in this area. Teachers, counselors, administrators and other personnel will attend this meeting where attendance will be discussed and appropriate supports decided upon. Community partners and services, (Department of Family Services, Uinta County Attorney, etc.), may also be part of a family’s plan at this level of intervention and information gathered from these meetings will then be shared by the school with these organizations. 
  • We understand that students become ill, have family emergencies or opportunities to have enriching experiences outside of school during the school year. These excused and well-planned events will not require intervention. Our efforts are to address chronic, problematic school refusal and truancy. Thank you in advance for working with our school to improve their educational opportunities.

Activities, Clubs, Contests


We encourage all students at Davis Middle School to be involved in the extra activities we make available.  Being involved enriches your learning experience.   It is easy to get involved, you will be on a team and you will help make Davis “The Place To Be.” Don’t be afraid to participate.  We have many activities, clubs, and special opportunities to please every taste. Listen to daily announcements to learn about these activities as they happen.

  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Boys Swimming
  • Girls Swimming
  • Boys Basketball
  • Girls Basketball
  • Wrestling
  • Track
  • Girls Cross Country
  • Intramural Soccer
  • Student Council
  • Robotics
  • Math Counts
  • Academic Bowl
  • Spelling Bee
  • Geography Bee
  • Handbell Choir
  • Select Choir
  • Jazz Band
  • Theater

A physical and registration on Family ID (www.familyid.com) is REQUIRED BEFORE your students are allowed to try-out or participate in any sports related activity. Physicals for the current year need to be dated AFTER May 1, 2020. You are welcome to pick up a physical form in the DMS Office or the physician’s office should also have them. Your student athlete must be registered on FamilyID . You will upload your physical form to that site.  Please follow the instructions on the website to complete the registration.  If you need help you can call either DMS office staff anytime after August 10th.  Paper physicals will NOT be accepted by the office or coaching staff. 


Eligibility for Extracurricular Activities: 

  • A student must be passing all subjects by Thursday at the end of the regular school day. Ineligibility lists are emailed to coaches on Monday and Thursday.
  • Students failing to meet requirements will lose their ability to participate in performances, games, competitions or recitals immediately from the next day (Friday) through the following Thursday. 
  • Students will be required to attend practice during the ineligible period. 
  • Students may be required to attend Study Tables and practice, if time permits. 
  • Students may not travel with the team during the ineligible period. 
  • Students cannot regain eligibility during the ineligible period. 
  • A student must be on the Monday and Thursday list in the same course to be deemed academically ineligible. 

Students absent from school on the day of the activity will not be eligible to participate in the event. Missing four classes or more constitutes a full day absence. In addition, students who are absent due to a school related activity are still responsible for requesting and making up any work missed. 



Other Important Information


Fees/Fines: UCSD#1 allows middle schools to require a $25 Student Body Fee. The $25 Student Body Fee entails the following: $12.50 to the student’s specific grade level, $7.50 to Student Activities and $5 to the online service charge for fee payment. This fee benefits all students. In addition, all students are required to pay a $20 Technology User Fee every year for the use of their Chromebook. 


End of Year Check Out: At the end of the year all students will be required to check out of school to ensure that they have:

  1. Turned in all books and equipment.
  2. Paid any fines or class fees – including negative lunch balances.
  3. Cleaned their locker.

This check out process will need to be completed prior to the last day of school.  Students who have not taken care of fees/fines will be notified via notices attached to 3-week and 6-week progress reports, and report cards throughout the school year. Students who owe fees/fines may not participate in end of the year activities and yearbooks will be held until all fees/fines are paid in full.  Fees/fines not paid by the last day of school will be carried over and added to the next school year’s registration fees. Students going to the High School will not receive credit until fines/fees are paid at all previous schools. 








 


 



 

 


 


 


Davis Student Calendar


First Day of School August 24, 2020

Labor Day Holiday       September 7, 2020

Parent/Teacher Conferences October 7, 2020

Autumn Break         October 15 & 16, 2020

End of Quarter 1 (½ Day)         October 21, 2020

Thanksgiving Holiday November 25-27, 2020

Parent/Teacher Conferences December 9, 2020

Christmas Holiday         December 21-January 1

School Resumes         January 4, 2021

End of Quarter 2 (½ Day) January 15, 2021

No School-Work Day January 18, 2021

President’s Day Vacation         February 15, 2021

Parent/Teacher Conferences March 3, 2021

No School March 12, 2021

End of Quarter 3 (½ Day) March 19, 2021

Spring Break         April 5-9, 2021

WY-TOPP Assessment April 20, 26 & 29, 2021

Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8, 2021

Parent/Teacher Conferences May 12, 2021

Last Day of School (½ Day) May 27, 2021

Memorial Day Holiday May 31, 2021

Inclement Weather Days June 1-2, 2021













Davis Middle School PTSA 

(Parent/Teacher/Student Association)


This year we are beginning our third year of having a PTSA at Davis Middle School.  We currently have the largest middle school PTA in the State of Wyoming and second largest PTA in Wyoming!  Having the support of our Principal, staff, and parents make all the difference in the impact we are able to make.  Together we make Davis Middle School “The Place to Be!”


One of our goals is to help parents navigate the middle school arena with confidence.  Together, with school staff, we want parents to know that they are always welcome at DMS.  Being involved in the PTSA is a great way to be involved in your child’s middle school education.  We meet monthly with Mr. Brown to discuss activities, events, and ways to partner for success.  Being a member of PTSA is a great way for parents to have a united voice and work towards goals for our students’ success.  It is a little known fact that you can be a PTSA member without volunteering!  The DMS PTSA appreciates everyone’s membership, whether or not a member volunteers, because each member increases PTA’s ability to advocate for children.  Our PTSA is an organization that makes a difference in the lives of our students, staff, and families.  We strive to provide activities that are educational and beneficial to the community, and provide opportunities to have fun.


Decades of research shows when parents are involved, students perform better in school. They receive higher grades and test scores, have better school attendance and lower rates of suspension, are more likely to graduate high school, and are more likely to pursue post-secondary education. Children of involved parents also exhibit increased motivation, better self-esteem, less drug and alcohol use, and fewer instances of violent behavior. Those great benefits come from parent involvement, a major focus of PTA. 


This year we have some fun events planned including our annual Zombie Stomp, Reflections, the Demon Challenge Fundraiser, Teacher Appreciation Week, and Get the Scoop on DMS Night for incoming 6th graders.  We are planning to have a lot of fun and would love to have you volunteer if you are interested.


You can find us on Facebook by searching for Davis Middle School PTSA.  Join our page for updates, communication, and ways to become involved!