Welcome to Gifford Middle School! The information below will provide you with important information about school services, procedures, rules, regulations, and activities.
You can guarantee your success by giving the maximum effort in the classroom. We also encourage each one of you to participate in at least one school activity.
The entire faculty is willing to offer you help and assistance, but remember that you are responsible for your own success. You must be an active learner.
Do not hesitate to seek advice or assistance. Please ask your teachers, counselor, assistant principals, or principal. We encourage your best efforts and are confident you will have a great year.
Bell Schedule: Start: 7:55, Tardy: 8:00, Dismissal: 2:46
School hours are from 7:55am to 2:46pm. Please arrive by 7:50 a.m. and pick-up by 3:10 p.m. The Tardy bell rings at 8:00 am. Our staff is on duty from 7:25 a.m. to 3:10 p.m. First period will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. If students are late for school, he/she will miss a lot of instruction and could result in missed work that cannot be made up. Tardiness is not excused unless medical or illness.
Assistant Principal: Felice Heppern
Students who arrive at school after the start of the school are considered tardy and must report to the attendance office for proper admission to class. The reasons for excusing tardiness to school are limited to illness, medical, or family emergencies. A student who has to leave school early must bring a note from a parent/guardian on the day he is to leave and present it to the attendance secretary. If a student is absent from school, please call attendance at 564-3551. Excused absences will be limited to illness, medical, family emergencies, or established religious holidays. Absences other than those listed or not called in will be considered unexcused. Our attendance officer will follow-up on excessive absences, excused or unexcused.
CODE OF CONDUCT (School)
- Respect all staff members, fellow students, and school property.
- Be an honorable citizen.
- Be on time to all classes and observe all safety rules.
- Bring 3-ring notebooks, writing instruments, and all other necessary materials to class.
- Be properly attired by following the dress code.
- Be kind and courteous and have a positive attitude toward learning.
- Follow all school rules.
CODE OF CONDUCT (County Code, Brief)
Students will also receive a copy of our county Code of Conduct. The following infractions must be reported to police:
- Battery on staff members
- Sale/Purchase or Use of illegal substance or alcohol
- Use of weapons
- Sexual Harassment
- Unjustified pulling of fire alarm or fire extinguisher
In order to most effectively utilize class time, it is necessary for students to be IN CLASS and READY TO WORK by the time the tardy bell rings. Teams will guide students so no student should ever be tardy. Tardies will result in detention on the 4th tardy each semester.
Students are NOT to be on campus before 7:25 a.m. If you are tardy between classes, go directly to class. DO NOT go to the front office. Tardies are handled by individual teachers.
WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
During the morning of the student's last day of attendance, a note from a parent must be presented to the secretary located in the attendance office. The student will be issued a withdrawal form to be completed by his teachers during his regular day. All financial obligations to the school must be taken care before the student withdrawals. At the end of the day, the student will receive a copy of the form to take to his/her new school. This form is required to enroll in another Indian River County School.
CARE OF SCHOOL
You should take pride in and care of your school building, both inside and outside. Respect and pride mean keeping the building neat and clean. You can show your pride by:
- Throwing all papers and trash in wastebaskets.
- Helping teachers pick up papers from the floor at the end of each period.
- Picking up anything left in the halls, even, if you did not put it there.
- Not writing on the desk and walls.
Gifford Middle School has two Guidance Counselors. Students meet with the counselors as the result of the self-referral or teacher or parent request. Counselors are available to meet with students individually and in groups. The counselors are available to discuss personal, academic, and social problems.