Academic success is a student’s primary responsibility.  At Gifford Middle School, students are expected to follow the GMS F.I.N.S Expectations:

Follow Directions, Interact Safely, Negotiate Conflict and Show Respect.

Students who follow GMS’s F.I.N.S Expectations earn privileges such as Positive Referrals, Lunch Speed Passes and Eating Lunch with a friend outside amongst other privileges.

SCHOOL HOURS

Gifford Middle School’s student day is from 7:57-2:45.  All transportation arrangements should be made before your child leaves home each day. Phones are located in the front office for your child’s use with permission from his/her teacher and office staff.  In the event of an emergency, please allow staff at least 15 minutes to get a message to your child before dismissal.  Student supervision is provided twenty five minutes before the start of school at 7:35 and after school until 3:00.

DRESS CODE

  • Dress code standards foster a safe, healthy, and positive climate that promotes constructive discipline, maintains order, and supports the teaching and learning process.
  • Elementary Students:
  • Elementary school students wear a unified dress code. Each school will provide a description of their unified dress code.
  • Dress and Grooming Expectations for All Students:
  • Pants are to be worn above the hip bone, with no visible undergarments, and present no safety hazards.
  • Dress and grooming practices will not interfere with school work, create disorder, disrupt the educational program, or prevent the student from achieving educational objectives.
  • Hair and clothing must not block vision or restrict movement.
  • Clothing will contain no inappropriate sayings, themes, or advertisements such as alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or gang-related symbols.
  • Clothing will fit appropriately and include no oversized, undersized, or tight garments.
  • Apparel will contain no sheer, net, mesh, or sleepwear items. Shirts will cover the person from the shoulders to the waist at all times, with no revealed midriff or cleavage.
  • Shorts, skorts, and skirts are to extend beyond finger-length or mid-thigh, whichever measurement is longer.
  • Apparel will not contain hoods, headphones*, ear buds*, hair picks, combs, ‘do rags, stocking caps, bandanas, scarves, towels, and other headgear.
  • Hats and sunglasses may be worn for P.E. activities, recess, or other specific circumstances when authorized by the Principal.  Jewelry, accessories, or extended fingernails that could be deemed unsafe are not permitted.
  • Dog-type collars, chains, and spikes are not allowed.
  • Trench coats are prohibited.  Dress practices must not be indecent, vulgar, or disruptive to an orderly learning environment.
  • Certain courses may require a specific dress code.

Note:  The Principal has the final authority to determine when personal appearance does not meet expectations.

 

In addition to our Gifford Guidelines Dress Code, students must wear shoes with back strap or backs. Students may wear a garment containing a hood, but no hoods are to be worn on heads while on campus.

*Unless otherwise approved for instructional purposes.

State statute authorizes the school board to establish dress code requirements. All elementary schools will adhere to a unified dress code established by the school board and superintendent. For middle and high schools, the school board requires the School Advisory Council (SAC) to decide whether a unified or restrictive dress code is necessary for the safety and welfare of the student body and school personnel. When the SAC determines that a unified or restrictive dress code is necessary, the proposition shall be submitted to a vote of the families of students at such school, pursuant to a procedure established by the superintendent. If the proposition is approved by persons eligible to vote, and passes with a written vote of at least fifty percent + 1 (majority vote) in favor of the proposition, then the requirement for a unified or restrictive dress code shall be established and enforced at that school. 

 

ELIGIBILITY FOR AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Participation in any after school activity is a privilege.  Participation includes being a spectator at an event.  Students earn their privileges by:

  1. Maintaining at least a 2.0 grade point average in the previous nine week grading period.
  2. Failing no more than one class in that grading period.
  3. Maintaining appropriate conduct.  Two or more office referrals resulting in Time-Out or Suspension would result in loss of privileges.
  4. Any student who has been determined responsible for unlawful acts will lose eligibility for 120 school days.

Petitions for reinstatement of privileges will be available in the office 45 school days after the incident.  Students are allowed only one (1) appeal per year.  Students who do not meet these criteria lose their privileges until such time as their grades and conduct improve.  The earliest that privileges will be returned is at the mid-term of the affected grading period. 

CELL PHONES & COMMUNICATION DEVICES (ELECTRONIC AND WIRELESS)

Student Use of Wireless Communication Devices

Student possession of a wireless communication device (WCD) is a privilege. To promote positive behavior and protection of students, all WCD users are expected to follow procedures and to sign a Network and Internet Responsible Use and Safety Agreement. The student is solely responsible for any equipment that she/he brings to school.

The principal has the authority to allow or discontinue WCD use; therefore, all procedures are subject to principal approval. Use/Misuse of Cell Phones/Electronic Devices: An electronic device or cell phone used during school hours, to include, but not limited to: placing a call, receiving a call, texting, taking pictures, or any other active use of the phone without authorization. Only the Principal may authorize the use of electronic devices as defined above during non-instructional time, before school and during lunch. Disciplinary actions include confiscation so that parents may retrieve phone or device after school.**Students may not use WCDs on school property or at a school-sponsored activity to access and/or view Internet web sites that are otherwise blocked to students at school. Students are personally and solely responsible for the care and security of their WCDs.  The Board assumes no responsibility for theft, loss, support, maintenance, damage, or vandalism to WCDs brought onto its property, or the unauthorized use of such devices.

Students may use their cellphones after the 2:45 dismissal bell, outside in the common areas. Cell phones and electronics are not allowed before school while students are waiting for the 7:50 bell to ring. **Students’ cell phones will be confiscated and logged into Student Services Secretary near the Assistant Principal’s office.  Parents will be asked to sign a log book to show that they received their child’s cell phone back at the end of the day.

BOOK BAGS

Students are allowed to use ONE regular sized book bag to transport all materials needed for school.  ONE Book bag per student is allowed in the classrooms, but must be stored in areas designated by the teacher.  No rolling book bags are allowed. All items including purses, string back packs or lunch sacks, must be put in backpack or locker.

GUM CHEWING/CANDY/CONTRABAND

Students are not allowed to chew gum, eat candy or have other contraband items.