Bledsoe County Middle School Student-Parent Handbook
Mr. Chris Cagle, Principal
Welcome to Bledsoe County Middle School. We, the faculty and staff,
hope your years here will be the best of your educational career. This
student-parent handbook will provide you with an understanding of the
policies and expectations of your school. We ask that students and
parents become familiar with this information. If at any time you do not
understand the policies of your school, please contact the office for
assistance. The office phone number is 447-3212. The school website is
Mission Statement—The mission of Bledsoe County
Middle School is to engage all individuals – students, parents,
educators, and community members – in the lifelong learning necessary to
become responsible contributors to society.
Code of Conduct—Respect yourself and others.
Mascot—Bledsoe County Middle School was established
in August of 1999 to serve all Bledsoe County students in grades 6-8.
Our school colors are blue and gold, and our school mascot is a
Change of Address or Phone Number—Inform the school office if you change your address or phone number. This is very important.
Visitors—Parents, volunteers, or other community
members are welcome to visit our school. However, for the welfare of our
students, we must insist on the following:
BEFORE MAKING A VISIT, ALL VISITORS MUST GO TO THE SCHOOL
OFFICE AND IDENTIFY THEMSELVES AND THE REASON FOR THEIR VISIT. ALL
VISITORS MUST SIGN IN AND GET A VISITOR’S PASS TO GO INTO A SPECIFIC
AREA OF THE BUILDING.
Because of disruptions, students from other schools may not be
visitors in instructional areas of the building during the school day.
Parent-Teacher Conferences—Conferences between
teachers and parents are encouraged. They must be set up by appointment
to insure that teachers are not interrupted while they are teaching
students. Call the guidance counselor, Mrs. Kristie Merriman, at
447-3212 to set up an appointment or conference.
Clinic—BCMS has an infirmary in the school office.
Any student who is sick will be sent to the infirmary. If a student
needs to go home, our school personnel will contact a person listed on
the Student Emergency Contact Form.
Medication—If it becomes necessary for a student to
take any form of medication at school, a signed medication card from a
parent with directions must be presented to the school nurse. Students
taking prescribed medications are required to identify themselves to the
proper authorities in the school. All prescription medication must be
received by the nurse in the original pharmacy labeled container and
should be brought to the principal’s office by the parent/guardian. Any
non-prescription medication must be brought in the original container
and brought to the principal’s office. All medication will be kept and
dispensed by the nurse or designated office staff member. Use of a drug
authorized by a medical prescription from a registered physician and
administered by our nurse shall not be a violation of Bledsoe County
Middle School drug policies. Intoxication from abuse of prescribed drugs shall be considered in the same manner as intoxication from illegally obtained substances. All
medicine must be registered with the school nurse. Anyone who has any
kind of medicine that has not been registered with the school nurse will
be subject to strict disciplinary action.
School Closing—Knowing early dismissals may occur
due to emergency situations, please inform your child what he/she needs
to do about arrangements to get home. With our large student population,
it is impossible to call every parent to ask what a child needs to do. Please make sure your child knows what to do. In
the event of inclement weather or mechanical breakdown, school may be
closed or starting time delayed. The same conditions may also
necessitate early dismissal. School closing, delayed starting time, or
early dismissal will be announced by local media and the School
Messenger System. Please have a plan ready for your child to follow.
Telephone and Messages—Messages and deliveries from
home should be left in the office. Students will be called out of class
only in an emergency. Cell phones are allowed on school grounds. Cell
phones must be turned off and kept out of sight. Any violation of this
cell phone policy will result in disciplinary action. Students may use
the telephone in the school office with permission if it is absolutely
necessary. Students will be required to state their reason for needing
to use the phone. Only emergency messages should be phoned in.
Withdrawals—If a student is moving out of our
school, it is necessary for the parent to withdraw the child from
school. To obtain instructions for proper procedures, parents should
call the office at least two days before the child is to withdraw.
Student Emergency Form—A legal parent or guardian
must complete an Emergency Contact Form for each child. Please list
persons and their phone numbers who are allowed to pick your child up in
the event of an emergency and you cannot be reached. The student will not be permitted to check out with anyone whose name is not on the Emergency Contact Form.
Attendance—Regular attendance is very important for
academic success. A student cannot receive full benefit from his/her
classes if his/her attendance is irregular. Students are given a perfect
attendance certificate at the end of each year if they have not missed
any days. The law allows five unexcused absences per year. A student
will have as many days to turn in classwork as the number of days he/she
missed. It is the student’s responsibility to get this work from
his/her teacher. Excused and unexcused absences will not be a factor in
making up work. Students who are suspended will be allowed to make up
their class work with a reduction in the grade. The maximum grade given
on any assignment shall be a seventy (70). For example if the assignment
is correct, the grade is seventy (70). If any points need to be
deducted for incorrect work, those points shall be deducted from seventy
All absences will be counted as unexcused unless one of the following conditions exists: 1. Personal illness
2. Illness in the family requiring temporary help from the student (Physician’s statement required)
3. Death in the family 4. Special, recognized religious holiday regularly observed by persons
of the student’s faith 5. School sponsored activities 6. Court
appearances (Documentation required) 7. Three parent notes will be
accepted each semester to a maximum of
5 days total. Any excuse must be turned into the office within 5 school days to be accepted.
The purpose of excusing days or not excusing days is to determine the
necessity of taking action against students who are excessively absent.
Excessive absences and five (5) or more unexcused absences will
be considered as a truancy violation and may be referred to the
Make-Up Work—Students are expected to do make-up
work for absences in a timely manner. BCMS has a “time for time” policy
for make-up work. For example, if the student was absent one day, he/she
must complete all make-up work within one day of returning to school.
If the student was absent three days, he/she must complete all make-up
work within three days of returning, etc. It is the student’s responsibility to see his/her teacher to get make-up assignments and to complete all make-up work. Teacher’s websites are accessible from http://bledsoecounty.schoolinsites.com/bcms.
Tardiness and Early Dismissals—Because of school’s
full schedule, tardiness is discouraged. Coming to school on time is
part of learning a sense of responsibility. Those students who arrive
after 8:00 a.m. must report to the office for a pass to enter class. If
possible, medical and dental appointments should be made outside school
hours. When this is impossible, a student may be checked out by his/her
legal parent, legal guardian, or designee as long as this adult is
listed on the child’s Student Emergency Form. A total of three early
dismissals and/or morning tardies in one semester shall count as one
day’s absence. Excessive tardiness and/or check-outs will be considered as a truancy
violation and may be referred to the appropriate authorities.
Truancy—Skipping school, skipping class, or leaving
the school grounds without permission is strictly prohibited and will be
dealt with as truancy. Truancy can lead to the student being
taken to Juvenile Court. Excessive absences, tardies, and/or check- outs
will be considered as a truancy violation and may be referred to the
Before School—(7:15 a.m. – 7:50 a.m.)—All students
who are eating breakfast are to go directly to the cafeteria in the
morning. Having finished breakfast, students will go to the gym. All
students who are not eating breakfast are to go to the gym until
dismissed. At 7:50 a.m. all students should proceed to their classrooms.
Arrival—Students riding buses will unload in the
front of the school in the designated bus lane. They will then proceed
to the cafeteria or to the gym. No student should be dropped off
prior to 7:15 a.m., and all students must be unloaded only in the
designated area in front of the school where adult supervision is
After School—(2:55 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
Bus Riders—All buses will load in the front of the
building in the designated bus lane. Buses will begin loading at 2:55
p.m. Any student wishing to ride a bus other than his/her designated bus
must have written parental permission and the approval of the principal
or her designee. Students will turn in the written note to the office
upon arrival to school and the note will be verified before the student
is allowed to ride a different bus. If the student fails to turn in the
note or if the office cannot reach the person who wrote the note, the
student will not be allowed to change buses for that day and will be put
on their regularly assigned bus.
Car Riders—Car riders will load in the designated
car lane in front of the school. Car riders will begin loading after
buses have been dismissed.
III. STUDENT BEHAVIOR
All students are expected to display consideration for others and
their feelings. Treat others with the respect you would like directed
toward yourself, respect the property of others, and practice
self-restraint (both verbal and physical). Your conduct reflects on the
school. We want and expect you to reflect a positive image for Bledsoe
County Middle School. This includes good student behavior at athletic
games, trips, and all school-sponsored activities.
Field Trips— Students may be excluded from field
trips for an out-of-school suspension or excessive behavior issues. The
principal will have discretion in this matter. If the field trip is a
reward trip, then the student must have passing grades in all classes
and have no more than five unexcused absences. In addition, the student
cannot have been suspended out of school or served more than three days
of in-school suspension.
Daily Behavior—Violating class rules, horseplay,
shoving, pushing, hitting, excessive talking, playing with toys, etc.
could result in disciplinary action by the teacher or principal.
Students are expected to show respect for and obey all teachers and
other school personnel at all times.
Horseplay, fighting, bullying, threatening, harassing,
stealing, vandalism, vulgarity (written or spoken), possession and/or
use of tobacco products, drugs, alcohol, pornography, extortion, and
willful defiance of the authority of teachers and other school staff
members have no place in school and will not be tolerated. Students who
engage in such activities will be subject to swift and strong
Bus Behavior—From the time a student boards a bus
until he/she is dropped off in the afternoon, he/she will comply with
the bus driver’s wishes. The following rules should be observed
regarding transportation by bus to and from school:
• Obey the driver. He/she may assign seats if needed. • Observe the same good conduct as in the classroom.
Any student riding on a bus other than his/her designated bus must
have written parental permission and approval of the principal or
his/her designee. If a discipline problem calls for loss of bus
privileges, the penalties will be:
Once a student is let off the school bus or let out of his/her
parents’ car, the student must go to the gym or cafeteria, and he/she
may not leave school grounds without permission from the office.
Personal Relationships—Students will refrain from
public displays of affection (holding hands, hugging, kissing, etc.)
during school hours or at school-sponsored activities.
Cafeteria and Dining Information—The school
cafeteria provides a nutritious lunch. Our school participates in the
National School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program.
These programs provide free or reduced price meals for students whose
families are eligible for the program. If you think you are eligible and
want to participate, contact the school office for more information and
for an application.
All students shall eat lunch in the dining area of the school
cafeteria. If a student brings lunch from home, he/she must eat lunch in
the cafeteria. Noise, loud talking, disturbances, throwing food, and
unseemly behavior are not permitted in the cafeteria. Cutting line,
shoving, horseplay, and continuously being out of one’s seat are not
allowed. Trays, utensils, food, and drinks may not be taken from the
cafeteria. Students should pick up after themselves, discard trash, and
return trays to the designated area. Any student who is causing a
disturbance will be subject to disciplinary action.
For the 2014-15 school year, there will be NO CHARGE for breakfast or
lunch for any student. NO extra food purchased may be charged. Since
this is a Pilot Program, all parents/ guardians will be required to fill
out a FOOD SERVICE SURVEY FORM and return the form to school in order
for your child to receive these benefits.
Internet and Computer Use Policy—Before using the
computer network, you must read the Bledsoe County Schools Acceptable
Use Policy (AUP) and consent to the Bledsoe County Middle School
Acceptable Use Contract. It is very important for you to use the
Internet safely and responsibly. If you do not abide by the Acceptable
Use Policy, your use of computers at school may be restricted or
Food and Drink Policy—Students will be allowed to
have water in the classrooms, as long as it does not disrupt from the
educational process. Students may not eat in any classrooms throughout
the regular academic day. If the classroom teacher schedules a class
party, food and beverages may be consumed in the classroom during the
party. Trash should be deposited in the proper trash receptacles. No
open or unsealed containers are to brought in the building.
Library Policies—Noise, loud talking, disturbances,
and unseemly behavior are not permitted in the library. Any person who
is causing a disturbance will be asked to leave and will be subject to
disciplinary action. Eating and drinking are not permitted in the
library reading room or adjacent rooms. Computers and other forms of
technology are provided for research, study, and instructional purposes.
Users are responsible for all library materials used, whether borrowed
for use outside the library or not, and will be held liable for any
loss, mutilation, or other damage. The full cost of either repair or
replacement shall be paid by the student.
Users are responsible for ensuring that computers, technology
equipment and library facilities are used in an appropriate manner. Upon
leaving the library, all books and the contents of book bags and cases
must be presented for inspection on request by the staff member on duty.
Users must also comply with the provisions of the Copyright Act
currently in force.
All materials borrowed from the library must be returned to the
library by the due date recorded in the library circulation system.
Users requested to return an item must return the item immediately.
Overdue notices will be printed and passed out every three weeks.
Regular circulating library materials are checked out for a two-week
period. Students may check out one book at a time. Students will not be
permitted to check out another book if they have an overdue book.
Reference materials may be checked out at the end of the school day and
must be returned by the start of 1st period class the next school day. A $1.00 per day fine will be charged for late reference materials.
Instructional Materials—Textbooks, library books,
and other school materials assigned or charged out to a student are the
responsibility of that student and must be returned in good condition or
replaced if lost or damaged. Students will not receive grade cards at
the end of grading periods and at the end of the school year if they owe
fines or replacement fees for textbooks, library books, and other
Outstanding Fines and Financial Obligations—Students
and/or their parents are responsible for settling all financial
obligations with the school in a timely manner. Students will not
receive grade cards at the end of the school year if they have any
unpaid fines or
Vandalism and Property Damage—Parents or guardians
will be held responsible for any damage the student might do to the
furniture, books, and other property of the school system. This includes
financial responsibility. If a student willfully destroys school
property, suspension and subsequent expulsion may be necessary. If a
student should happen to damage something by accident, it should be
reported to a teacher or the school office immediately. Students are
expected to take care of all school property, building, and grounds.
Students should help protect the school by discouraging or reporting
vandalism or property damage by others.
Posters—No posters or notices are to be posted
anywhere in the building without approval of the administration. Any
item posted on a painted surface (walls) must be attached without using
Illegal or Non-Allowed Items—Students may not have
drugs, tobacco products, alcohol, matches, lighters, razor blades,
knives, guns, sticks, or any item judged capable of inflicting harm to
others. These items will be taken from the student and will not be
returned. Radios, CD players, rubber bands, laser lights, toys,
permanent markers, and cards of any type (baseball, football, wrestling,
trading, playing, etc.) are not permitted at school. These will be
taken from the student and turned in to the school office. Disciplinary
measures could result.
Cell Phone and Personal Electronic Devices Policy (School
Board Policy)—Students may possess personal communication devices, such
as cell phones, while on school property. However, the personal
communication device must be in the off mode and must be kept in a
backpack, purse or similar personal carry-all and may not be used during
school hours. The principal or his/her designee may grant a student
permission to use a personal communication device at his/her discretion.
A device used outside these parameters shall result in confiscation of
the device until such time as it may be released to the student’s parent
or guardian. A student in violation of this policy is subject to
disciplinary action. Use of cameras on personal communication devices is
strictly prohibited on school property or at school functions. A
student in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action.
Personal electronic devices such as CD players, iPods or MP3 players
may be stored in backpacks, purses or personal carry-alls. However, the
use of the devices during school hours is strictly forbidden. Use or
improper storage of the personal electronic device will result in
confiscation of the device until such time as it may be released to the
student’s parents or guardian. A student in violation of this policy is
subject to disciplinary action.
School Policy: If a cell phone or personal communication device is
taken from a student because of use during school hours or interruption
of class time, the phone/device will only be released to a
1st offense: 2nd offense: 3rd offense:
Can be returned the same day Returned after one calendar week Returned after one calendar month
IV. DRESS CODE FOR STUDENTS
Students should dress appropriately at all times. Dress should never
distract from school activities or prove a hazard to the student’s
safety or the safety of others. In the judgment of the administration, a
student not appropriately attired or whose grooming constitutes a
distraction or disturbance to the school environment will be sent home
and not be readmitted until he/she is properly attired and groomed.
Students will not be allowed to wear heavy coats or jackets during the
school day inside the building. All coats, jackets, backpacks, and
purses must be stored in the students’ locker during the school day.
The following attire is inappropriate: • Hats or other head coverings • Tank tops, sleeveless shirts, or any shirts or dresses that are inappropriately
revealing. • Pants/shorts with holes or patches • Leggings, yoga-type pants, sweat pants, or any tight, stretchy materials • Bagging, or sagging of pants • Clothing which allows undergarments to be visible when standing or sitting • Any clothing that has obscene or profane language, depiction of alcoholic
beverages or unlawful substances, and/or gang related • Clothing which exposes the midriff (Tops must extend below the beltline and/or
be tucked in at all times) • Tattoos, either permanent or temporary, including writing on yourself • Body piercing jewelry (except of the ears) • Hair that disrupts the instructional process or impairs vision. No un-natural
colors. • Skirts, dresses, capri pants, and shorts that are not at or below the knee • Pajamas • No boots such as military, work, or muck boots.
The above listing is a minimum standard. Principal may modify only to
the extent that is a higher standard. The principal also reserves the
right to add restrictions to the dress code as the need arises.
The principal will notify the student’s parent or guardian and have
the student remedy the problem by changing clothes or
removing/covering/reversing objectionable clothing, jewelry, or head
covering. The student may be sent home to change clothes or have clothes
brought to him/her. When the problem has been corrected, the student
will return to class after the principal has determined the disciplinary
option to be administered.
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Smoking and Tobacco Policy—Students shall not use
any tobacco product, including smoking, dipping, or chewing, while on
school property, while participating in a school- sponsored event, or
while on school busses to and from school or to and from school-
Drug Policy—No student shall possess, use, or be
under the influence of any narcotic, amphetamine, barbiturate,
hallucinogen, marijuana, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind.
On school grounds during and immediately before or immediately after
school hours; On the school grounds at any other time when the school is
being used by any school group;
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Any student who violates this policy will be subject to state law,
which requires zero tolerance. Zero tolerance is expulsion from school
for one calendar year. According to Bledsoe County Board of Education
policy, the director of schools shall have the authority to modify the
expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.
Additionally, the Bledsoe County School District has entered into an
agreement with Interquest Detection Canines, Inc. to provide trained
detection canines to conduct random unannounced inspections of all
campus locations in the county. The canines are trained to detect the
presence of illicit drugs, prescription pills, alcohol, and firearms.
Campus buildings, parking lots, and grounds will be randomly inspected
for prohibited items. If detected and found, the county will initiate
the appropriate disciplinary action. The canines are non-aggressive and
they are trained to discriminate specific “scents” of contraband items.
With the recent publicity concerning the dramatic increase in teenage
drug use and shootings, the county is taking every reasonable precaution
to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment.
VI. ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND SERVICES Awards—Awards Days are held at the end of the school year to give special recognition
Grading System and Report Cards—Grade cards will be
sent out four times a year at approximately forty-five day intervals.
Parent conferences with your child’s teachers are welcome. If you have
questions or concerns about your child’s work, please call the guidance
counselor for an appointment. The grading scale is as follows:
Off the school grounds at a school activity, function, or event.
A B C
93-100 D 70-74 85-92 F 69 and below 75-84
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**Percent of Course Grade: Student scores on the Tennessee
Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP Achievement) grades three through
eight (3-8) shall comprise fifteen (15%) percent of the student’s final
grade in the spring semester in the subject areas of mathematics,
reading/language arts, science, and social studies.
**Student Absences: If a student does not have a Tennessee
Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP Achievement) exam score,
regardless of why the student misses the assessment, there is no
subsequent administration in which the student can make-up the
assessment. For an excused absence, the school shall not incorporate a 0
score into the student’s final second semester grade. For an unexcused
absence, the school should incorporate a 0 score into the student’s
final second semester grade.
Physical Education—All students must take physical education unless excused in writing by a licensed physician.
Sports—Basketball, football, softball, baseball,
volleyball, archery, cross country, soccer, and cheerleading are the
sports programs offered at Bledsoe County Middle School. Tryouts are
held for these teams and interested students should contact the
appropriate coach. Tryouts for cheerleaders are held in the spring for
the following school year. Cheerleaders serve for one year. Athletes and
cheerleaders must be passing all of their academic classes to be
eligible to participate.
Sale of School Items—Items such as pencils, paper, etc. will be available for sale in the library each day.
Sale of Non-School Related Items—Students are not allowed to sell items for outside organizations.
Lost and Found Items—Found items are placed in the
school office. They will be held for a two-week period. Any items left
over two weeks will be removed. Students who have lost items are to
check in the school office.
Lockers and Locks—Students will be assigned lockers
and combination locks by their homeroom teacher. Students must rent
combination locks from the school at a cost of $4.00. Students must use
the locker assigned to them exclusively. Backpacks and personal
belongings should remain in lockers during class times. Lockers and other storage areas are school property and are subject to search.
Student Clubs and Organizations—The following
student clubs are available for student participation: Beta Club and
Health Council. These groups have official guidelines and policies for
selection and membership.
VII. SERVICES Skyward—Skyward is the Bledsoe County School System’s new Student Information
System. It gives our teachers, students, caregivers and administrators better tools to
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communicate. Through Skyward, caregivers will be able to see their
student’s grades, attendance, student class schedules, calendar of
assignments and an online school directory. Through Skyward, you will be
able to choose the level and frequency of notifications (“Skylert”) and
communicate with our student’s teachers.
NOTE: Grades 4-12 students have been provided with their own login
and password. Some of the options available to them (portfolio) are not
available to parents. Similarly, there are some functions (editing
contact information) that are not available to students. We recommend
you do not share your login information or password with your children.
NEED A LOGIN? If you do not have a login and password to access
Skyward, go to www. bledsoecountyschools.org to complete the form
requesting access. You can also use this form to add another caregiver
for your family. If you have further questions, the same website will
provide a contact person for your school.
Special Education and 504 Policies—It is the policy
of the Bledsoe County Board of Education to provide a free and
appropriate public education to each handicapped student within its
jurisdiction, regardless of the nature or severity of the handicap. It
is the intent of the district to ensure that students who are
handicapped within the definition of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973 are identified, evaluated, and provided with appropriate
educational services. Students may be handicapped under this policy even
though they do not require services pursuant to the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Due process rights of handicapped
students and their parents under Section 504 will be enforced. Questions
should be referred to the Special Education Supervisor (P.O. Box 369,
Pikeville, Tennessee 37367; 447-2914).
Discrimination and Grievance Procedure—The Bledsoe
County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex,
color, religion, national origin, handicap, age or veteran status in
provision of educational opportunities, programs, activities or
employment opportunities and benefits. Questions should be referred to
Bledsoe County Board of Education (P.O. Box 369, Pikeville, Tennessee
Curriculum and Testing Information—Parents may
receive information about their child’s curriculum and test information
from the individual school or district office.
AYP—Bledsoe County Middle School has met its Adequate Yearly Progress as required by the NCLB program.
Title I School Status—Bledsoe County Middle School is currently participating in the Title I School Wide Program.
Right to Request Teacher Qualifications—Bledsoe
County Middle School receives federal funds for Title I programs that
are part of the NCLB Act of 2001. You have the right to request
information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s
classroom teacher(s). If you would like to request this information,
please contact the school.
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If you have any questions about the policies in this handbook or any
item not covered in the previous information, please feel free to call
the school office at 447-3212.
THE ADMINISTRATION HAS THE RIGHT TO CHANGE BY ADDING OR
DELETING ANY RULE OR REGULATION. STUDENTS MAY BE NOTIFIED OF CHANGES BY
WRITTEN OR ORAL COMMUNICATIONS.
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Sign and Return
Please read, sign and return this page to inform us that you have received the handbook.
_______________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Signature Date
_______________________________________________ Student Signature
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