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									                       Destin Middle School
                             Home of the Marlins


                         4608 Legendary Marina Drive
                              Destin, Florida 32541
                          Telephone: (850) 833-7655
                               Fax: (850) 833-7677
                        Website:    www.okaloosa.k12.fl.us/destinm/



  Dr. Diane Kelley            Mr. Dennis Samac                 Karen Davis-Combs
   Principal                  Assistant Principal                     Guidance




                      THIS STUDENT PLANNER BELONGS TO:

Name: ______________________________________________________________________

Address: ____________________________________________________________________

Phone: ______________________________ Grade: _______________________________

Homeroom Teacher: __________________________________________________________
                        Student Handbook
                      Acknowledgement Form
                              2010-2011



                         Complete this form
                                 and
                     Return to your AA Teacher



             _______________________________________
                     Student Name (please print)


________________                                  ____________________
    Grade                                             AA Teacher


       Our signatures indicate that we have received, read and
    understand the 2010-2011 Destin Middle School student handbook.


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Student Signature                                    Date


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Parent/Guardian Signature                             Date




                      DESTIN MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAM
Principal        ……………………………………………………………… Dr. Diane Kelley
Assistant Principal      ………………………………………………….. …. Dennis Samac
Guidance Counselor       ………………………………………………….. ….. Karen Davis
Resource Officer …………………………………………………………… Deputy Faegin Willis
Administrative Secretary      ……………………………………………… Judy Hall
Student Services Secretary    ………………………………………………Vikki Griffin
Bookkeeper      ………………………………………………………………..Dwana Neyendorf
School Nurse ………………………………………………………………..Stacey Cich
Head Custodian ………………………………………………………………..Tony Robertson
Food Service Manager ………………………………………………….. …..Christopher McArdle
Media Specialist         ………………………………………………….. …..Debby Hull
Athletic Director        ………………………………………………….. …..Ron Griffiths
Band Director ….…………………………………………………………….Perry Riddle
Sixth Grade Team Leader…………………………………………………..…Cheryl Noah
Seventh Grade Team Leader     …………………………………………. …..Paula Farland
Eighth Grade Team Leader      ………………………………………………Mary Lynn Bettinger
Coaches:        Football      ………………………………………………Ron Griffiths
                Cross Country ……………………………………………... Ben Kackley
                Volleyball    ………………………………………………Jared Gregory
                Basketball:   Boys …………………………………….. Ron Griffiths
                              Girls …………………………………….. Ben Kackley
                Basketball:   6th Grade Girls ……………………………. Tony Robertson/Faegin Willis
                              6th Grade Boys …………………………….. Mel Ponder
                Swim Team     ……………………………………………… Dana LeBeau
                Soccer:       Boys ……………………………………. .Carlos Goncalves
                              Girls …………………………………….. Carlos Goncalves
                Baseball      ……………………………………………… Scott Hemond
                Softball      ……………………………………………… Carrie Plaiser
                Boys Golf     ……………………………………………… Ron Griffiths
                Girls Golf    ……………………………………………… Patricia Malpass
                Track:        Boys …………………………………….. Ben Kackley
                              Girls ………………………………………Ben Kackley
                Tennis        ……………………………………………… Karl Tuthill
                Tumbling Team ……………………………………………… Ronda Pridgen
Cheer Sponsor………………………………………………………………… Kim Berry
Dance Sponsor ………………………………………………………………. Melody Gill
Student Council Sponsor ……………………………………………………. Dee Fisher
Beta Club Sponsor        ……………………………………………………….. Leah McGill
Builders Club            ……………………………………………………….. Pam Martin
Math Counts Sponsor ……………………………………………………….. Lynette Askew
Academic Team Sponsor ……………………………………………………… Sage Mallory/Brittany Swain
Yearbook Sponsor         ……………………………………………………….. Kathleen Armstrong
School Advisory Council Chairperson………………………………………... TBA
           DAILY BELL SCHEDULE

Teachers Arrive          8:10 a.m.                                  ACADEMIC PROGRESS AND
Warning Bell             8:55 a.m.                                    PROMOTION POLICIES
Advisory                 9:00 – 9:10     (10 minutes)
First Period             9:15 - 10:08    (53 minutes)
Second Period            10:13 – 11:06 (53 minutes)            1. GRADING POLICY
Third Period             11:11 – 12:04 (53 minutes)               A.      All nine-weeks’ grades will be
Fourth Period                    12:09 – 1:34                             determined by the following grading
         1st lunch               12:11 – 12:36                            system:
         2nd lunch               12:25 – 12:50                       Letter/Numerical Grade          Grade Point
         3rd lunch               12:39 – 1:04                             A- 90-100                     4.0
         4th lunch               12:53 – 1:18                             B - 80-89                     3.0
         5th lunch               1:09 – 1:34                              C - 70-79                     2.0
                                                                          D - 60-69                     1.0
Fifth Period             1:39 – 2:32    (53 minutes)                      F - 59 and below              0.0
Sixth Period             2:37 – 3:30    (53 minutes)                      I - Incomplete
                                                                  B.      Semester grades will be completed
                                                                          using the same numerical system as
OKALOOSA COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                                                          above. The semester grade will be the
    STUDENT’S CODE OF ETHICS                                              average of the preceding two nine-
                                                                          week’s numerical grades.
As a student in the Okaloosa County Schools, I will               C.      Semester exams are mandatory for all
strive:                                                                   High School credit classes.
*to take responsibility for my own actions                        D.      Yearly grades will be computed by
*to be truthful                                                           averaging the two semester numerical
*to be respectful and treat others as I would like to be                  grades.
treated                                                           E.      Promotion Policy: If a student fails
*to do what is right and not give in to peer pressure                     one or two core subjects these must be
*to work well with others                                                 repeated the next school year.
*to take pride in completing my work to the best of                       Students who fail three core subjects
my ability                                                                must repeat the grade. 8th grade
*to discipline myself so that I will not interfere with                   students who fail one or more core
the learning process                                                      subject will not be promoted. FCAT
                                                                          scores (Level 1 and 35% and below)
                                                                          can also determine promotion/
                                                                          detention.
                                                                  F.      Students scoring 2 or below on FCAT
                                                                          should attend and participate in
          QUALIFICATION FOR                                               summer remediation.
      INTERSCHOLASTIC ACTIVITIES                               2. REPORT CARDS
In order to participate in middle school activities, a            A. Report cards will be mailed home one
student must have earned a 2.0 GPA for last quarter                   week following the end of each nine-week
2009-2010 and maintain a GPA of 2.0 or better as                      period to students receiving F’s. All other
their first quarter grade and 2.0 thereafter each quarter             students will be given their report cards.
for the 2010-2011 school year. In all cases, the                  B. The nine-week grading periods are as
student must pass five courses. The limit of eligibility              follows:
for each student shall be six (6) consecutive semesters
from the time the student originally enters the sixth
grade. Three (3) years from the date the student
originally enters the sixth grade the student shall         1st nine-week ends
become ineligible for further interscholastic athletic      2nd nine-week ends
competition. Student will be eligible if student            3rd nine-week ends
becomes 15 years of age on or after September 1.            4th nine-week ends
Summer remediation opportunity will not change the
grade issued.
            GRADUATION REQUIREMENT                                      BUS AND TRANSPORTATION
A passing score (300+ Scale Score) must be earned on                          GUIDELINES
the Grade Ten Florida Comprehensive Assessment               1. Take-in time for Destin Middle School will be 9:00
Test (FCAT) and earn 18 high school credits as a                  a.m. and dismissal at 3:30 p.m.
requirement for a high school diploma. Students in           2. Drop off and pickup will be on the east end of the
grade 6, 7, 8 must pass either the FCAT or NRT in                building. Students who ride buses are expected to
Reading and Math to be promoted to the next grade                walk to and from the loading zones in a quiet and
level. Students must pass a total of 15 courses to be            orderly manner.         Buses will arrive between
promoted to the 9th grade: three math, three language            approximately 8:40 a.m. and depart at 3:35 p.m.
arts, three science, three social studies, and one year of       Parents are asked not to bring students to school
physical education (PE).                                         before 8:40 a.m. as professional supervision does not
                                                                 begin until that time. Students should be picked up
                                                                 no later than 3:45 p.m.
      SCHEDULE CHANGE REQUESTS
                                                             3. Good behavior is expected of all students on the
Students are encouraged to take the registration                 buses.
process seriously. Information is provided by teachers       4. Any student who persists in disorderly conduct on a
and the counselor in February and students sign up for            school bus shall be reported to the principal by the
classes based on needs and desires. In June the                   bus driver and may be suspended from being
registration process goes final. Teachers are hired,              transported to or from school on the bus. The
materials are ordered and textbooks are purchased                 student can also be suspended from school.
based on student course requests. Due to these                    Students are under the principal’s authority at the
factors, schedule changes after June adversely affect             time they arrive at the bus stop. Riding the bus is a
the master schedule and can not be considered until               privilege and may be revoked if safety rules are not
the first day of school. No schedule changes will be              observed.
made after August 12. In extreme situations students         5. The driver of the bus has complete responsibility for
may drop a course and receive no credit with a penalty            the bus and for the students. Students must obey the
“F” with the principal’s approval.                                driver promptly. Misconduct on any bus will be
                                                                  reported to the office and appropriate action taken
              SCHOOL PROPERTY                                     against all students responsible.
                                                             6. Outside of ordinary conversation, acceptable
The physical condition of the school building reflects            classroom conduct is to be observed on the bus.
the care and appreciation of those in whose care the         7. All students should ride the bus to which they have
building has been placed. A clean, well-preserved                been assigned. Students will be permitted to ride a
building indicates the presence of a responsible                 bus from school with another student if they have
student body. Students have the responsibility to pick           written permission from a parent, clearance through
up their trash and food wrappers. Any student who                the principal’s office and there is room for seating on
willfully cuts, defaces, destroys, dirties, writes on, or        the assigned bus. Students must sit three (3) to a seat
otherwise damages property belonging to the school is            on the bus according to district policy. Bus passes
subject to suspension or expulsion, and the                      will be issued by Mrs. Hall until 3:15 p.m.
student/parent or guardian shall be liable for all
                                                             8. Transportation issues are under the direction of Jay
damages to the school property. Paper towels, toilet
                                                                 McInnis. If you live in the Destin area, call 833-3554
tissue and soap are placed in the bathroom for your
                                                                 and in the Bluewater/Niceville area, call 833-4161.
use. Excessive waste should be reported to custodians
                                                             9. Bicycles are acceptable means of transportation for
or office staff.
                                                                 students. They will be parked in a designated area
                                                                 upon the student’s arrival at school on the east side of
                   TEXTBOOKS                                     the school. Cars will not be driven to school by
                                                                 students. (Skateboards are not considered a means of
When books are issued to students, it becomes their
                                                                 transportation.)
responsibility to take good care of that book. At the
time of withdrawal, or at the end of the school year,        10. Skateboards or gas powered scooter/golf carts are not
lost or damaged books will be assessed. Students that            allowed on buses or on campus at Destin Middle
have lost books will be required to pay for those books          School. Roller tennis shoes are not permitted.
at the time of withdrawal or promotion or in order to        11. Parent drop off and pick up will be on the west end of
be issued another book.                                          the building. Parents may not park and leave car
                                                                 unattended in the yellow loading and unloading zone
                                                                 in front of the school. Parents cannot park in the east
                                                                 parking lot.
                    LOCKERS                                                        TELEPHONE
                                                             Use of the office telephones is for emergency only.
  1. Lockers are issued at the beginning of the              Use of classroom phones for personal calls is not
     school year from your advisory teacher. (A              allowed. Tardies can not be excused for use of the
     $2.00 donation is requested.) DO NOT                    phone. Teachers must send students to the clinic if
     SHARE LOCKERS OR COMBINATIONS                           they are sick and need to use the phone.
     WITH ANYONE.
  2. Lockers should be cleaned out quarterly.                          GEMS (Global E-Mail System)
  3. Books clothing, and personal property left in
     the locker are the responsibility of the                The Global E-Mail System allows parents, volunteers and
     individual and not the school. It will be               other interested parties to register their emails for the school
     discarded after the last day of school.                 of their choice. One benefit of GEMS is that it provides a
  4. Any student who has a locker that does not              method for school emergency information, routine notices
     properly close and lock should report this to           and District information to be sent to the masses. To sign up
                                                             please email Mrs. Hall at hallj@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us
     administration.
  5. Anyone who abuses lockers will lose their
     locker privileges.                                             BACK PACKS AND BOOK BAGS
  6. Stickers and writing in or on lockers will
     result in forfeiture of locker privileges.              Back packs and book bags may be brought to and from
  7. Locker Decorations should be kept to a                  school, but must be stored in lockers. Big bags/purses with a
                                                             book in it is considered a book bag. They are not allowed in
     minimum and cleaned up at the end of the day.           classroom, P.E., assemblies, etc. Athletic bags may be
     No Balloons!                                            stored in dressing room cage before school and retrieved
  8. Upon reasonable suspicion, lockers or other             after school. The cage will be unlocked for athletic bags
     areas are subject to search for prohibited or           from 8:40 a.m.-9:00 a.m. The cage will not be open during
     illegally possessed substances or objects.              Advisory or during the school day for any reason (No
     (Florida Statute 232.356 (3)).                          exceptions).
  9. Open containers of drinks or food are not
     allowed in the locker, hallways or on Main                         ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT
     Street.
                                                             In accordance with School Board policy 4-39 students may
                   CAFETERIA                                 be in possession of wireless communication devices while
                                                             on school property. The student must insure the device
   1. A balanced lunch and milk program is provided in       not be visible and must be turned off while on campus,
the school cafeteria and available to students. Lunches      until 3:30 p.m. Text messaging is not permitted.
may be purchased in advance. Student’s full name and         Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action
pin number should be included with payment. If students      taken by the administration. Any student bringing a
bring a lunch from home, they are encouraged to bring        wireless communication device to school will do so at
healthy foods and fruit drinks. No food or drink is          his/her own risk. The School Board nor the school will be
allowed in the classrooms. Students should eat in            responsible for the loss, damage or theft of said property.
cafeteria or at tables outside of cafeteria. Eating or       Students are also required to keep electronic equipment
drinking in commons area between halls, teacher rooms        such as CD players, IPOD’s and handheld games at home
or on Main Street is not allowed.                            as these are not allowed. Such items will be confiscated and
   2. Applications for free and reduced lunches will be      held by the administration for parents to pick up. The
given to all students during the first few days of school.   administration accepts NO Responsibility for items not
Additional lunch applications will be available from the     picked up within five days. Likewise the school assumes
secretary in the main office.                                NO Responsibility for the loss or theft of such items.
                                                             Personal laptop computers or PDI’s will be approved on an
   3. The Constitution of the State of Florida does not
                                                             individual student basis. Inappropriate use of these devices
allow school districts to extend credit using tax payers
                                                             will terminate privileges.
dollars. Meals shall not be sold to students on a credit
basis.
   4. Students who throw food, litter excessively, refuse                     LOST AND FOUND
to pick up disposable lunch material, or horseplay will be   All lost textbooks will be turned into the Student Services
assigned lunch detention.                                    office. Other items will be in the cafeteria and can be
   5. Students will adhere to the assigned seating           checked from 3:15-3:30 p.m. Items of value such as purses
arrangement as set forth at the beginning of the school      or wallets will be placed in the vault in the bookkeepers
year or they will be assigned lunch detention and/or sent    office. Unclaimed items are donated to charity every 30
to the office on a referral.                                 days.
                    ATTENDANCE                                      HOMEWORK POLICY FOR STUDENTS
                                                                         THAT ARE ABSENT
Attendance is directly correlated to student achievement.
We encourage daily attendance and punctuality. The school         Students who will be absent for three or more days
messenger automated software call system will be used to          may request homework from their teachers. Parents
notify parents of any absences reported by each student’s         may contact guidance. Teachers must be given a 24-
Advisory teacher. The system will call the home phone
                                                                  hour notice. Students will be provided review sheets
number and will deliver the message in real time or leave a
message on the answer machine.                                    two to three days prior to all major tests. If a review
1. EXCUSED ABSENCE – Personal sickness or death in                sheet is given, it will suffice as review for test in case
the family; the observance of established religious holidays      of student absence. Work pre-assigned that was due
(but they must be counted absent on all school records).          the day the student is absent will be due the day the
Students with excused absences should bring a note or             student returns to school. Students who must miss a
excuse to the Student Services office before 9:00 a.m. An         core class due to sports or extra-curricular activity
admit (pink slip) will be issued. It is the responsibility of     should attend that class earlier in the day and rotate
the student to take this pink slip to each class and have it      their schedule.
initialed by the teacher. The slip should be maintained by
the student, or returned to Student Services.
2. UNEXCUSED ABSENCE – Any absence not included
in the above definition. No work will be allowed to be
made up for unexcused absences, including suspension and
truancy.
3. MAKE-UP POLICY
 Any student with an excused absence will be allowed
     up to five (5) school days after the absence to complete      CHECKING STUDENTS IN OR OUT
     make-up work.         The teacher will determine the
     appropriate time needed to make up this work. It is the
     student’s responsibility to arrange a time and place with
                                                                  Students will not be released to anyone except parents
     the teacher to make up work.                                 or their authorized representatives (written
 Between the fifth (5th) and eighth (8th) absence (excused       certification required) during school hours.
     or unexcused) per semester in any class period, the
     parent will be notified of the absences.                     We will require written documentation of the custodial
 When a student accumulates a total of nine (9) excused          parent to (1) change a child's bus, or (2) allow
     or unexcused absences in any class period per semester,      someone else to pick up your child from school. If
     the student must have a note from a doctor or official       that request is not in writing, the request will not be
     agency (i.e., Dept. of Juvenile Justice, Dept. of            honored. There can be no exceptions to this policy.
     Children and Families, etc.) for each subsequent             All requests by phone will be denied. We must
     absence in order for the absence to be excused and           enforce this rule in order to safeguard all of our
     makeup work allowed. No make up work will be                 children. We encourage parents to send written notice
     allowed for students after the ninth absence without a
                                                                  to the Student Services office of all persons that may
     doctor’s excuse.
                                                                  pick up students during school hours. The list of
 After the ninth (9th) absence (excused or unexcused) per
     semester in any class period, a letter will be sent to the
                                                                  people who can check out students will be updated as
     parents notifying them of the necessity for a doctor’s       often as parents request. These people must have a
     excuse, an excuse from an official agency, or                picture I.D. to pick up your child.
     principal’s review form. In addition, this letter will       Children being checked out will not be called out of
     notify the parents of the consequences of any additional     class until the parent or authorized representative has
     absences.                                                    arrived at the Student Service office. If your child is
 After the fifteenth (15th) absence per semester in any          in an assembly, lunch, or other school function outside
     class period, no makeup work will be allowed. The            of the classroom, parents may be asked to locate their
     student can still pass the class, if at the end of the       child. Please restrict the use of cell phones to outside
     semester he/she has a passing grade.                         the office area. NO STUDENT WILL BE ABLE TO
 After the fifteenth (15th) absence per semester in any          BE CHECKED OUT DURING THE LAST TEN
     class period, the student’s parent or legal guardian can     MINUTES OF THE DAY.
     appeal for an administrative review for permission to
     make up missed work.
         WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURES                                                        DISCIPLINE

Parent or guardian must notify the Student Services office if      1. During the course of the school year, it may be
a student will be withdrawing from Destin Middle School               necessary to discipline students so that the on-
two days (48 hours) before the date of withdrawal. A parent           going process of education for all children can
or guardian must come to the school to sign the withdrawal            occur.       Parent involvement to encourage
form. On their last day of school the student will report to
                                                                      appropriate behavior is crucial to student success.
Student Services in the morning to pick up the signed
withdrawal form. The student must be prepared to stay the             Parents will be notified each time students are
full day in order to attend each class to complete the                referred for discipline. Parental contact numbers
withdrawal process and receive attendance credit for that             and intervention are required in maintaining
day. Each teacher will indicate on the withdrawal form, the           school discipline.
grades to date of withdrawal and assess all lost or damaged        2. Discipline is handled primarily by the individual
books. To be officially withdrawn, the student must be                teacher. Parents will be contacted when they
cleared through the main office, media center and the                 assign teacher-monitored detention. Teachers
cafeteria; remove all personal belongings from the locker             may, at their discretion, assign detention outside
and pay all lost or damaged book fees and all past due fees.
                                                                      instructional hours and monitor that detention.
During the last period of the day the student will bring the
withdrawal form to Student Services. The withdrawal form
                                                                      Detentions will be assigned on Tuesday,
will be reviewed and signed by a school official. A copy              Wednesday, and Thursday of each week from 7:30
will be prepared for the parent/guardian.                             – 8:15 a.m. Student/parent will be given a 24-hour
                                                                      notice of assigned detention. This discipline step
                                                                      will not appear on the student’s discipline file.
                        TRUANCY                                       More serious and/or persistent offenders are
                                                                      handled by the administration. When a student is
1.   Once students arrive on school property (which                   referred for behavior to the administration for
     includes buses), they may not leave the campus.                  discipline, an entry will be placed in the student’s
2.   Principals will report habitually truant students to the         discipline record. Our discipline plan includes a
     District Attendance Officer.                                     variety of corrective measures.
3.   After three (3) and before fifteen (15) unexcused
                                                                   3. In all cases, school administrators will follow
     absences within a 90 calendar day period, the school
     administration is responsible for documenting a series           Okaloosa County School District Policy and
     of intervention activities to resolve the truancy,               comply with due process. Parents will be notified
     s.232.19 (b), F.S. A student who, because of irregular           by phone or letter of any student who is referred.
     attendance, habitual truancy or persistent misconduct,           A Code of Student Conduct Handbook is provided
     has been defined by school authorities as incorrigible           to all students and will be reviewed the first few
     and a menace to the school he attends, shall be referred         days of school.
     to the appropriate court for disposition or referred to the   4. Detention as a result of referral to the
     Okaloosa Academy.                                                administration will be held Tuesday-Thursday
                                                                      7:30 – 8:15 a.m. No talking, sleeping or eating.
                 STUDENT TARDIES                                   5. Our goal is to provide a quality education for all
                                                                      students. This is unattainable with frequent
Advisory and Class Tardies:                                           classroom disruptions. The referral process is a
Students who are not in class at the sound of the tardy bell          loss of instructional time for students, teachers and
are tardy. Teachers will mark these students tardy.                   administrators. Behavioral expectations are
Students arriving at school after the 9:00 a.m. bell should           clarified to students the first week of school.
report to the student services office to sign in. Students            Student discipline will be dealt with consistently
must be accompanied by parent/guardian or have a signed               in an effort to modify behavior. Students referred
note from parent/guardian. Students arriving late will be
                                                                      to the office will progress through a series of
marked tardy by their teacher. Unexcused tardies will be
handled on a nine week basis by teachers in the following             steps. When this series of steps is exhausted, a
manner:                                                               student will be suspended each time with each
After two (2) tardies the following rules apply:                      behavior referral following due process. After ten
 3 – 5 tardies – action taken – detention assigned by                (10) cumulative days of out-of-school suspension,
    teacher.                                                          a student will be referred to the ECCI (Emerald
 More than 5 tardies – action taken – send referral to               Coast Career Institute).
    administration.
 If a student does not show up for detention he/she may
    be assigned an in-school suspension for a day.
       FIELD TRIPS/SCHOOL DANCES                                              ZERO TOLERANCE

Students are not eligible to participate in a field trip or   A student who commits any of the following offenses while
school dance if:                                              on school property, on school sponsored transportation, or
                                                              while attending a school sponsored activity shall warrant
     Student has been in ISS two (2) days or more
                                                              him/her up to a ten (10) day suspension and/or expulsion or
        per semester.                                         placement in the ECCI (Emerald Coast Career Institute).
     Student has been suspended once or more per
        semester.                                             1.   Violence/fighting.
     Student has two (2) or more referrals per               2.   Possession or use of tobacco products.
        semester.                                             3.   Possession, use or being under the influence of
Money paid in advance for field trips or dances will be            alcoholic beverages.
refunded.                                                     4.   Possession of, or under the influence of, or using any
                                                                   controlled substance.
                                                              5.   Possession, distribution, or sale of any controlled
                                                                   substance or counterfeit substance (including
                     CHEATING                                      prescription medication).
                                                              6.   Use, possession, or sale of weapons, firearms or any
Whenever a student is guilty of cheating, the teacher              explosive device.
shall collect the students’ paper. The teacher will
notify the parent and assign a zero (0) on the                         Steps of the Discipline Procedure
assignment, quiz or test. All subsequent offenses may
result in office referrals with ISS (in-school                Steps 1-3 Parents Notified
suspension) or OSS (out-of-school suspension)                 Detention assigned 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. Detention will be
assigned to student.                                          faculty monitor on Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or
                                                              Thursday. The time will be 7:30 – 8:15 a.m.
           COMPUTER TAMPERING
                                                              Steps 4-6 Parents Notified
Playing on-line games and/or accessing chat rooms is          In school suspension (ISS)
prohibited. Students that test the system by tampering,           a) Teachers will be notified by Administration.
altering (changing background) and/or deleting items                  The administrator will provide the teacher
from the computers hardware or software will be dealt                 with an ISS assignment form to complete the
with in the following manner.                                         day before ISS.
1st Offense Minor: up to two (2) days ISS (in-school              b) All work will be accepted by the teacher at
suspension), parents contacted and restitution made                   100% face value.
1st Offense Major: one-five (1-5) days OSS (out-of
school suspension), parents contacted and restitution         Step7 Parents Notified
made. Student’s privilege to use school computers             Out-of- school suspension for 1 day
may be lost.                                                  Step 8 Parents Notified
2nd Offense Minor: one-five (1-5) days OSS (out-of            Out-of-school suspension for 1 day
school suspension), parents contacted and restitution
made                                                          Step 9 Parents Notified
2nd Offense Major: five-ten (5-10) days OSS (out-of           Out-of- school suspension for 2 days
school suspension), parents contacted and restitution
made. Student will lose the privilege to use school           Step 10 Parents Notified
computers.                                                    Out-of-school suspension for 3 days

                                                              Step 11 Parents Notified
                                                              Out-of-school suspension for 5 days
                                                              Student and parents must meet with Jerry Sansom,
                                                              Program Director, School Safety, Health, Student
                                                              Activities (833-3160) before returning to DMS.

                                                              Step 12 Parents Notified
                                                              Out-of-school suspension for 10 days
                                                              After the end of the ten (10) days suspension the student will
                                                              be referred to alternative placement in Emerald Coast
                                                              Career Institute (ECCI)
                  Saturday School                              Low-cut tops, boxer shorts worn as outer
                                                                garments, bedroom slippers, pajamas, head
Saturday detention will be in place for violation of the        garments/bandanas are not allowed.
school’s tardy policy and/or failure to attend teacher         Inappropriate advertising or slogans, hats and
assigned detention. Detention will be faculty monitor on        garments with gang symbols are not allowed.
Tuesday, Wednesday, and/or Thursday. The time will be          After the student has been issued one shirt
7:30 – 8:15 a.m.                                                provided by the office the discipline process will
                                                                be put into effect.
                   DRESS CODE
                                                                Steps for violation of uniform dress code or
Student dress that does not conform to the uniform                           inappropriate shirt
dress code will be referred to the administration.               Step 1 Warning
                                                                              Change into shirt provided by the office.
Students inappropriately dressed or groomed will
contact parents to bring them appropriate dress                     Step 2         Parents Notified
                                                                               Parent to bring proper shirt
immediately. We discourage loss of instructional time
                                                            Students with inappropriate pants, skirt, skort, or
resulting from inappropriate dress.
                                                            shorts will call parent to bring proper clothing
In adopting a uniform dress code, it is the intent of                           MEDIA CENTER
Destin Middle School to insure student appearance in
                                                            1. Hours of operation for the media center are 7:30
uniform shirts. Our staff and parents believe uniform
                                                               a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
student dress is important in promoting the safety and
                                                            2. Students will be admitted to the media center
well being of all students and promoting the
                                                               during a class period with a pass signed by their
instructional process.
                                                               teacher.
 Shirts: Uniform T-shirts or polo shirts (see order        3. Books may be checked out for a two-week period
     forms)                                                    and may be renewed. The limit is five (5) books
     Monday-Thursday: Uniform T-shirts or polo                 per student.
     shirts, DMS spirit shirts, school club, sport shirts   4. Overnight check out of reference books will take
     Friday: Free choice day (according to Okaloosa            place during 6th period and must be returned
     County School Board Dress Code)                           before the first period of the following day.
 No modification of uniform dress shirts: cutting          5. All debts to the media center must be cleared by
     out logo, inappropriate writing on shirt, knots tied      students who are withdrawing before any records
     in front, back or side, homemade shirts, taped or         can be forwarded to the next school.
     velcro logo.                                           6. STUDENTS          ARE       RESPONSIBLE       FOR
 Students with an inappropriate shirt or sweatshirt           DAMAGED OR LOST BOOKS.
     over a dress code shirt must surrender the over        7. Access your Media Center 24 hours per day
     shirt.                                                    through Sunlink at www.sunlink.ucf.edu
 Slacks/pants, shorts, skirts etc., must be worn at
     waist level. No midriff showing. Students with                                 SPLASH TV
     bare midriffs will remain in the office until a        Announcements made on 'Splash TV' or the on the intercom
     parent brings replacement clothing.                    are important and must be heard. Students should be
                                                            attentive during announcements. Disruption during 'Splash
 No spaghetti straps. Tops must have a 2” strap
                                                            TV' will result in a referral to the office. Announcements
     and may not be low cut or excessively tight. Tank      for 'Splash TV' need to be given to Mrs. Hull in the media
     tops worn without another top are not permitted.       center by 8:15 a.m. the day before the announcements are to
     No undergarments may show.                             be aired.
 Dresses/skirts, shorts, and skorts: Must be to the
     tip of the middle finger when the arms are                       BEFORE SCHOOL ARRIVAL
     extended straight by the side.                         Students that arrive at school before 8:40 a.m. must report
 Extremely baggy, oversized pants that drag on             to the media center. Students in media center are expected
     floor are not allowed, student will remain in the      to work quietly on specific projects or items. Under no
     office until a parent brings replacement clothing.     circumstances will students be allowed to congregate or
                                                            loiter on Main Street, the corridor adjacent to the band
 Facial Hair: Not allowed. Medical waiver must             room, the academic wing or the computer labs.
     be approved by the District Office.                    Students will not be allowed to enter the art or band hallway
                                                            before 8:45 a.m.
                 AGENDA BOOKS                                                  Prescription
                                                                      And Non-Prescription Medication
Agenda books are required for all students. Student
agenda books will be used to assist students in the
organization of their school activities and assignments.
The agenda book contains calendars by subject so
students can maintain a record of achievement and
weekly progress can be seen by parents. Agenda
books should be brought to parent/teacher conferences
so progress and record keeping can be discussed. It is            All medication must be brought to the
the student’s responsibility to take the agenda book              office/clinic by the parent or legal
home for parents to review daily.                                 guardian. Students are not allowed to bring
                                                                  medication to school under any circumstances.
     ITEMS DELIVERED TO STUDENTS                                  This includes cough drops and non-prescription
                                                                  medication. Before any medication may be left at the
Balloons or flowers should not be delivered to students           school for administration, parent permission and
at school. Students can only come to the office and               instructions must be obtained. The parent or legal
view items. Balloons and flowers are not permitted in             guardian shall file with the school principal or
class and are not allowed to be transported on the bus.           designee, a dated, signed permission form (MIS 5183).
Arrangements will have to be made to transport items              This authorizes the school to assist in the administration
home.                                                             of medication. All medication MUST come in the
                                                                  ORIGINAL         container.        Phone      calls    are
    MEDICATION / HEALTH POLICIES                                  INSUFFICIENT to change the dosage or the time
                                                                  medication is administered. Parents must fill out
The clinical staff will assist students who become ill            another medication permission form.                  Each
during the school day. A school health professional               administration of medication will be properly recorded
will be on site for school related injuries and illnesses.        on the Medication Administration Record. When it is
If your child is ill or running a fever, please do not            necessary for students to keep medication with them at
send them to school or the clinic for a diagnosis. Our            all times (inhalers, enzymes, etc.) a physician’s written
facilities will only allow us to care temporarily for a           order stating such must be turned in with the
                                                                  medication permission form. Unused medication left
student who is ill and cannot return to class. In the             after the end of the school year will be discarded the
event a student becomes ill and cannot attend classes,            last day of school.
parents or guardians or emergency contacts will be
called and asked to pick the student up in the Student            Prescription medication: When a student needs to
Services Office. By Florida State law, parents must               take prescription medication, the first dosage must be
have an adult that can be reached during the day                  administered at home under the supervision of parents
recorded on their child's health information card.                so they may observe any adverse reactions to the
Emergency contact numbers are REQUIRED.                           medication. The medication may then be administered
                                                                  at the school if permission forms are signed. The
    Injury: If the school is unable to contact parents, the       medication prescribed for the student MUST come in
    student will be transported to a hospital by ambulance        the ORIGINAL container and shall be labeled with the
    for emergency aid. Neither the school nor Okaloosa            following information:
    County School Board assumes financial responsibility         Name of student
    for this transportation or medical care provided.            Name of medication
    Accident insurance is available to all students at a         Directions concerning dosage and storage
    nominal cost. Insurance applications are sent home at        Time of day to be administered
    the beginning of each school year.                           Physician’s name
                                                                 Date of prescription

                                                              3. The State of Florida Public Health Department requires
                    EPILOGUE                                  all children entering or attending 7th grade will be required
                                                              to have completed the following immunizations: Hepatitis B
This handbook has been prepared to provide each student       Series, Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis Booster and a second
and parent with a source of information about Destin          dose of Measles vaccine (preferably MMR vaccine)
Middle School. We believe that learning and total student
development can be maximized in a safe and orderly
environment. It is intended as a reference source for some
of the more frequently asked questions.
                                 DESTIN MIDDLE SCHOOL



                                     MISSION STATEMENT

Destin Middle School is committed to providing individual students opportunities to enrich the three parts
of the total person: the mind through problem-solving and critical thinking activities; the body through a
wellness program (combining health, physical fitness, and nutrition); and character, through programs
designed to build citizenship and promote the spirit of the community.




                                                 VISION

Destin Middle School is a center for cooperative learning where the school, staff, parents, and community
are committed to preparing students for an evolving global society.




                                        BELIEF STATEMENT

In order to accomplish the mission and vision of Destin Middle School these belief statements are essential:

    We believe that computer literacy is necessary for high school and college readiness.
    We believe in developing mutual respect between students and staff through character building
       activities, team sports, and various clubs.
    We believe in motivating students by challenging them to become well-rounded citizens of an ever
       changing global world.
    We strive to challenge students with a relevant and rigorous curriculum.

								
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