Charles F. Blackstock Junior High School 701 East Bard Road, Oxnard, CA 93033 Elena Coronado, Principal Andrés Durán, Assistant Principal Dave Wilcox, Assistant Principal Charles F. Blackstock Junior High School was named after a man who was a teacher, principal, lawyer and judge. Judge Blackstock served as a teacher and a principal of the Hueneme Grammar School. He remained in education until 1907, when he became a full-time lawyer. In 1946 Charles F. Blackstock became a judge. Judge Blackstock believed that men, like himself, should share their experience and knowledge towards the betterment of our society. On September 9, 1966, Judge Blackstock passed away. He was a man that used his mind to help his fellow man and was respected and loved by all who knew him. Dear students and Parents: Welcome to Blackstock, an AVID DemonstrationSchool! We are excited to begin another outstanding year of learning and active student involvement. Blackstock School has a clear, academic focus and we strive to provide a safe and orderly environment where students have every opportunity for learning. This presentation contains important information to make your experience at Blackstock productive and enjoyable. Parents are invited to become involved at Blackstock through PTA, School Site Council (SSC) English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC), and through a variety of parent school events and meetings. I encourage parents to visit during the day to see our teachers and students in action and to be sure to get to know their child’s teachers and the entire Blackstock staff. Sincerely, Ms. Elena Coronado Signature Required Please pay attention to the following orientation information. You may be asked to sign a form stating that you have been given this information and are aware of the rules and policies shown in this presentation. ATTENDANCE We believe that if students arrive at school on time every day, prepared with supplies and dressed appropriately, that chances for success are greatly increased. Please support us in our effort to help your child have a successful and productive year. Pupils are required by law to attend school punctually and regularly. Tardies count against perfect attendance Excused absence: Absence for proper causes are listed in the California State Education Code for illness, medical, dental or doctor appointments, and bereavement. Unexcused absence: Absence for any reason other than the above is unexcused. Truancy is a violation of State attendance laws. ATTENDANCE Parents must write an absence note for students who have been absent from school. Absences must be cleared within three days or they will count as unexcused. Please be sure to include the date the note is written, the date of absence, the name of the student, his/her teacher and homeroom number, the reason for the absence and signature of parent or guardian, and relationship to the student *Notes must be brought back on the first day after an absence. SARB (School Attendance and Review Board) The principal or designee is required by law to notify parents when a child accumulates 3 unexcused absences and/or tardies in excess of 30 minutes or a combination thereof (EC 48260). The school principal or designee is responsible for the referral to SARB, which requires prior written notification to the parent following a “Three Letter” process. Referral to the District Attorney: What charges may be filed against the parent(s) guardians? An infraction (EC 48293) may be filed against parent/guardian 1st time = up to $330 plus court costs. 2nd time= up to $810 plus court costs. 3rd time= up to $1610 plus court costs. Possible additional penalties to parents: Up to $2500 fine and or 1 year jail Parent may be ordered to attend parenting classes. Parent may be ordered to deliver student to school everyday for the rest of the school term. Students What charges may be filed against the student? Any or all of the following penalties $100 fine or 20 hours of community service DAILY SCHEDULE Students are expected to attend school every day. Students enter Blackstock at 7:50 a.m. and begin classes promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students who are not in their seat at 8:00 are marked tardy (all tardies count against perfect attendance.) 7th and 8th Grade 8:00- 2:30 Monday – Friday 6th Grade 8:00- 2:30 except Wednesday * 6th Grade 8:00- 1:00 Wednesday Blackstock Daily Bell Schedule, Monday Period Start Finish 1 8:00 8:53 2 8:56 9:49 Nutrition 6th 9:00 9:15 Nutrition 7th, 8th 9:49 10:01 3 10:04 10:57 4 11:00 11:53 Lunch 6th 10:55 11:40 Lunch 7th,8th 11:53 12:38 5 12:41 1:34 6 1:37 2:30 Blackstock Daily Bell Schedule T-F On Tues and Thurs we will be having a special intervention period. All students will be assigned to a group and the schedule changes for theses days. Period Start Finish 1 8:00 8:49 2 8:52 9:41 Nutrition 6th 9:00 9:15 Nutrition 7th, 8th 9:41 9:53 3 9:56 10:45 4 10:48 11:37 Lunch 6th 10:55 11:40 CARE/RtI 11:40 12:00 Lunch 7th ,8th 12:00 12:45 5 12:48 1:37 6 1:40 2:30 ENTERING AND EXITING BLACKSTOCK All students will enter/exit campus through the following doors: •The gate near rooms 4 and 5. or… ENTERING AND EXITING BLACKSTOCK •Double gate near 6th grade area BLACKSTOCK SCHOOL AGENDA Contains school rules, policies, and guidelines regarding behavior, student activities, and promotion. A section is also provided for students to record daily assignments given in class. Do not remove the handbook pages from the agenda. Parents are asked to read the school agenda, and discuss the contents with students. Lost or damaged agendas must be replaced for $5 each SCHOOL SUPPLIES Students are required to have at least the following materials at school each day: Three ringed notebook, a Blackstock agenda, subject dividers, filler paper, pencils and pens. Please, no markers of any kind! Forbidden Items The following Items are forbidden on school grounds at any time. A student who has any of these items in his/her possession has immunity only if they turn the item in to a teacher or administrator immediately. Once a forbidden item has been discovered, immunity will no longer apply and serious consequences may result. •Alcohol or any product containing alcohol •Drugs (prescription, over the counter, or illegal) – Prescription drugs must be given to the nurse for dispensing. •Guns, knifes, or any dangerous object •Explosives (including cherry bombs, poppers, stink bombs, etc.) •Permanent markers or any type of tagging supplies •Tobacco or tobacco products •Caffeinated products (Jolt, Red Bull, Energy or similar drinks) •Aerosol cans (deodorant, perfume or cologne must be roll-on or pump spray) •Electronic devices (see next 2 slides) •Gum, candy or seeds are not allowed and should not even be brought to school ELECTRONIC DEVICES Radios, cameras, MP3 players, CD players, Gameboy-type portable games, laser pointers, or any other type of electronic devices are NOT allowed on campus. An exception shall be made only when the principal or designee has determined that the device is essential for the students health and then shall be used only for health purposes. (Education Code 48901.5) The Superintendent or school administrator shall confiscate these devices from the students. They will be returned to parents only. Cell Phone Policy Board Policy 5131(c) “Students may carry a cellular phone for emergency purposes only. Cell phones are to remain off during school hours unless an emergency occurs. The school is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen phones. If a student’s phone disrupts the educational process, he/she will lose the privilege to carry it to school…” If school personnel see a cell phone out or hear it ring/buzz/vibrate the phone will be confiscated and a parent must pick it up. A 2nd infraction will result in no phone returned until June. Calls to parents (during the school day) because a student feels ill or has a question must be made on a school phone not a student’s cell phone. BICYCLE STANDARDS •Students who ride bicycles must wear a helmet. Bicycles may be confiscated until a helmet is produced. •Students with bicycles must use the bike rack and each bicycle must have its own lock. Bicycles are not to be locked together or on the fence. Students who do not have a lock will not be allowed to leave their bikes at school. •Bicycles are always to be walked on the school grounds. •The school is not responsible for theft or damage to bicycles parked in the bike rack. •Blackstock students are expected to observe all legal ordinances concerning bicycle safety while riding to and from school. P.E. UNIFORMS P.E. Uniforms for 7th and 8th grades will be sold through the P.E. Department. Shorts = $8.00 Tee shirt = $8.00 Sweatpants (optional) = $12.00. No personal checks will be accepted. Payments should be in cash or money order made out to Blackstock P.T.S.A. STUDENT NUTRITION & LUNCH During the 2010-11 school year, under the Federal Provision 2 Program, students at Blackstock JHS will NOT have to pay for an approved breakfast during the nutrition break, or approved school lunch. Please eat what you take and do not waste food. Help keep our campus beautiful by throwing away your own trash. UNIFORM DRESS STANDARDS The dress code for Blackstock requires clothes to be clean, neat and appropriate for school and/or any school activity. Clothing which is distracting or disruptive in appearance and detrimental to the purpose or conduct of the school will not be permitted. The principal or principal’s designee will determine whether a student’s appearance is appropriate for school. BOYS and GIRLS UNIFORM Pants: •Must be navy blue color only, and fit properly at the crotch and waist. They may not be baggy or oversized. •Pants must be slack/trouser style and fit properly. •Pants must be hemmed neatly and properly - not cut, torn or frayed. •Seams may not be cut, slit or torn. •Athletic bottoms (pants, shorts, etc) made of fleece or nylon windbreaker material are NOT allowed. •Stripes (of any color) down the side of pants are not permitted. •Only factory designed capris are allowed, not rolled–up pants. No rubber bands on pant legs. Shirts/Blouses: •Must be solid white, light blue or navy blue (no stripes or prints)-No other shades of blue (i.e. teal, aqua) are allowed •Only polo shirts or regular button down shirts with sleeves and collars will be allowed. •Shirts/blouses must be tucked in and appropriately buttoned except the top button. •Absolutely no tank tops. •Any tops worn under polo's, blouses or button down shirts must be white (including undershirts). Shorts: •Must be solid navy blue and NOT be longer than 1” past the bottom of the knee or shorter than the length of fingertips when arms are held directly straight at the side and can only be worn as part of the uniform. (No athletic shorts) Belts: •Must be worn with pants that are designed for belts (have belt loops). No initial or ornamental buckles unless initial is for first or last name only. Jackets and outerwear: •Must be solid white, light blue, navy blue or gray. Jackets must fit appropriately. •Windbreakers, pullover or button down sweaters, and vests are appropriate. Any logo must be able to be covered by one hand. •Hoods and sweatshirts may not be worn in class during school hours except during inclement weather. Shoes: •Must be worn at all times. •All shoes must have closed toes. •Heels and platforms may not exceed 11/2 inches. Socks: •Must be worn at all times. GIRLS UNIFORM Skirts, Skorts, and/or Jumpers: •Must be solid navy blue and may not be longer than the bottom of the knee or shorter than the length of fingertips when arms are held directly straight at the side. •Tights or stockings: Must be white or navy blue and may be worn with skirts, skorts or jumpers. Proper Wear of the Uniform Improper Wear of the Uniform Shirt too long, blue undershirt Shirt unbuttoned/ too short & ornamental belt SPECIFIC CLOTHING AND ITEMS NOT ALLOWED Clothing, jewelry, hair or materials which: …are made of denim or jeans materials (jackets, skirts, pants, shorts, etc.) …have large labels or with sports team’s insignias (including lanyards) …show evidence of membership in or affiliation with a gang. …are obscene, sexually explicit, suggest or promote racism, violence, the use/abuse of drugs and or alcohol products. Hair must be a natural color with no distracting designs or cut outs. ABSOLUTELY NO … …BLACK jackets, sweatshirts, undershirts or slacks allowed. …low cut tops or apparel that is tight fitting. Halter tops, midriff tops, cutoff tops. …hairnets, bandanas, do-rags, or hats (except Blackstock), etc. of any kind. …slippers, sandals, clogs, steel toed or open toed shoes. …glasses/sunglasses unless they are prescription …Visible undergarments such as tops worn under uniform and boxer shorts. …body piercing jewelry (except earrings). …grooming in class (makeup, styling, brushing, etc.). NOTE: Blackstock’s dress code is strictly enforced. The administration has the right to declare if attire is appropriate for school or any school activity. Student Pledge As a student at Blackstock, I need to realize that my education is important, and that I am responsible for my own success. Therefore, I agree to carry out the following responsibilities to the best of my ability: •I will be in class, on time, every day. •I will take part in all class activities, be a cooperative learner and ask for help when needed. •I will follow all school rules, follow the dress code, respect all students and teachers and be responsible for my own behavior. •I will write down all my assignments, check the School Agenda every night, and return completed homework on time. 8th Grade Promotion Ceremonies Administrative regulations designate the following criteria for student participation in the promotion ceremony and related activities: 1. Completion of a required course of study. A. Pass five of six classes for a minimum of two of three trimesters. B. Individualized Education Plans (IEP) may differentiate a student’s required course of study. C. Identified English Learner students may have a differentiated course of study. D. A Section 504 Accommodation Plan may differentiate a student’s required course of study. 2. Meet minimum academic achievement of a 2.0 grade point average or above for two of three trimesters. 3. Meet positive citizenship requirements. A. Have good attendance. B. Display appropriate student behavior. 4 Student performance will be evaluated at the end of each trimester. Students who fail to meet the academic and/or citizenship requirements at the end of each trimester will be placed on the trimester Restriction List. Placement on the Restriction List may impact the student’s ability to participate in the promotion ceremony and related activities. 5. Students will be placed on the school Restriction List for one or more of the following reasons: A. Receiving a GPA of 1.99 or below on a mid-trimester or end of trimester progress report B. Having four or more days of unexcused absences or unexcused tardies per trimester C. Being truant for one or more periods of a school day D. Parent or guardian has agreed to a shortened day or Independent Study due to behavior E. Being suspended for one or more days F. Receiving two or more office conduct referrals in one trimester Promotion Ceremony Probation 1. Any eighth grade student placed on the restriction list during the first or second trimester will be placed on “promotion ceremony probation” status during the remainder of the school year. These students will be evaluated on their third trimester performance in academics and citizenship two weeks prior to the end of the year. If performance is above restriction list requirements, they may be eligible for participation in the promotion ceremony and related activities. If their performance is below restriction list requirements, they may not be eligible to participate in the promotion ceremony and related activities. 2. Any student placed on the restriction list during the first and second trimesters may lose their privilege to participate in the promotion ceremony and related activities. 3. Any student who has lost the privilege to participate in the promotion ceremony and related activities may regain the privilege by meeting the following criteria: • Is passing 5 of 6 classes two weeks prior to the end of the third trimester • Has a 2.0 grade point average at the third trimester mid-term reporting period • Has good attendance as noted in AR 5127 • Has good citizenship as noted in AR 5127 4. Any student added to the restriction list for the first time during the third trimester will be placed on “promotion ceremony probation” status and will be evaluated two weeks prior to the end of the year. Promotion Ceremony Ineligibility Students on the restriction list three or more times during their grade eight year are denied participation in the promotion ceremony and related activities. There is no “promotion ceremony probation” for these students. PROMOTION CEREMONIES AND RELATED ACTIVITIES The school administration will have the final decision in whether a student will be allowed to participate in the promotion ceremony and related activities. Certificate of Promotion 1. Students who participate in the promotion ceremony shall receive a Certificate of Promotion if they have cleared all financial obligations. See AR 5125.2. 2. Students who have maintained a 2.0 grade point average, but have failed to meet the other requirements of the Promotion Ceremonies and Related Activities policy, will receive their Certificate of Promotion if they have cleared all financial obligations. See AR 5125.2. Let’s have a great 2010-2011 School year! Go Blackstock! Go Panthers!
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