Mears

Mears
Section I
Mears Middle School Guidelines
2700 W. 100th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99515
Telephone: 742-6400 FAX: 742-6444
This handbook belongs to:_ ___________________________________________________ Grade____________
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Absence/Attendance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2
Assignment Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2
Authorized Release of Students. . . . . . . . . . . . I-2
Betting or Gambling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2
Bicycles/Skateboards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2
Blue Passes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2
Building Hours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2
Bus Passes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Cafeteria Rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Change of Student Information. . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Changing Schools. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Coats/jackets/backpacks/bags. . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Computer Use. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Counselors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Daily Announcements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Dances. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Dangerous Objects. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Detention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Dress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Drop off/pick up . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Electronic Devices/Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Fees. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Food/beverages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Free/Reduced-price meals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Hall Passes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Honor Roll. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Illness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-3
Junior Honor Society. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-4
Late Bus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-4
Library. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-4
Lockers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-4
Lost and Found. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-4
Dear Student:
The teachers, counselors, and administrators welcome you to Mears Middle
School. This is your school and we hope you will take a full and active part in all
the classes and activities. Our school is named for Jane Wainwright Mears who
held a position of leadership in the frontier days of Anchorage from 1915 to 1923.
She came to Anchorage with her husband and family in 1915 when it was a tent
city located on the muddy banks of Ship Creek. There was no local government
and the territorial government was too far away to provide local leadership. To
help fill this void, Jane Mears became the foremost organizer of the Anchorage
Woman’s Club. She was its first president and she was instrumental in steering
the club campaign to build the first school here. In April of 1965, nearly 50 years
to the day after Mrs. Mears began the organization of the Anchorage Women’s
Club, her successor as president of the organization, Mrs. Roy Stigum, appeared
before the Anchorage Borough School Board to recommend that the proposed
southwest junior high school be named in memory of Jane Wainwright Mears.
In the fall of 1986, Jane Mears Junior High School officially opened its doors.
And, in the spring of 1997, Mears was officially designated a middle school by the
Anchorage School Board.
A broad program of activities is offered to you at Mears. Your school day is
divided into seven periods with up to seven different teachers who have special
training in that particular subject. In addition, Mears also offers after school
programs including sports and other extra-curricular activities. These activities
will allow you to develop your body, mind, and ability to work with people. Also,
Lunch Pass. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-4
Progress Report Grades. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-4
Safety Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-4
School and the Law . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-4
School Property . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-4
School Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-4
Student Forum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-4
Tardies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-2
Telephones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I-4
Visitors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . III-17
Section II: Anchorage School District
Middle School Guidelines. . . . . . . . . . . . . II-1
Section III: Student Rights &
Responsibilities. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . III-1
School Map. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . III-18
they may allow you to develop your leadership abilities and to learn responsibility. All the courses and activities are designed to help you experience different
things learn about yourself and the skills and abilities you will need to prepare
you for the world in which you live. What you do here will get you ready for high
school and, at the same time; prepare you for your life after high school. The staff at Mears really cares about young people. We are here to help you to
learn and understand those things that will enable you to take the responsibility
for your actions and decisions. You will have more freedom at Mears and also
more responsibilities. You must learn to make good choices and decisions while
at the same time respecting the choices, decisions, and beliefs of other students. The middle school years are sometimes difficult for young people, but they
can also be exciting and happy years. We are all here to help you grow from an
elementary student to a high school student and to help you have the best experience possible at Mears. We ask that you keep this book, read it, ask questions
about those things you do not understand and follow its directions. Good luck to
you at Mears
Sincerely,
Michael Perkins, Principal
Mears’ school colors are gold and black.
Mears’ mascot is the panther.
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Jane Mears Middle School Staff
Support Personnel
Principal_ ________________________________________
Librarian_ ________________________________________
Assistant Principal_ _________________________________
Nurse____________________________________________
Assistant Principal_ _________________________________
Safety/Security_____________________________________
Counselors
School Bus Transportation
Safety/Security_____________________________________
Cafeteria Manager___________________________________
Building Plant Operator_______________________________
Auxiliary Building Plant Operator________________________
Clerical Staff
Administrative Assistant______________________________
First Student Transportation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 278-4287
Attendance Secretary_ _______________________________
ASD Pupil Transportation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 563-3022
Registrar_ ________________________________________
Fiscal Clerk________________________________________
My counselor is_ _______________________. I am on __________________ team. I have_______________________ lunch.
Attendance Procedures
Students who attend school every day perform better than those students who do not. It is difficult to learn when absent from class or a full
day of school. It is the student’s responsibility and the responsibility of
parents to make sure students attend school and class.
Absences
If a student is absent from school, the parent or guardian must
telephone the school at 566-3300, to let us know why they are out. We
request that attendance calls be made before 10:00 a.m. on the day the
student is absent. If the student is absent from school and the parent
telephones the school to report the absence, the student may go directly
to class when they return to school. However, when returning from an
absence, if the parent did not call, the student should bring a written
note to the office from the parent or guardian. It should list the day(s)
and reason for the absence. The student will receive an “admit slip” from
the office that must be shown to each teacher.
What kind of absences are there?
1. Excused: Those approved by a parent. If a student is absent from
school, the parent or guardian must telephone the school before
10:00 a.m. at 566-3300.
2. Unexcused: Those absences from school or class that the parent
did not approve. For further information see the District section
of this handbook.
3. Pre-arranged: Those absences the student knows about in
advance. Pre-arranged Absence Forms are available in the office
and should be filled out and turned in prior to the absence.
Authorized Release of Students
The student's parent/guardian or contacts listed in ZANGLE are the
only person authorized to pick up a student at school. The parent/guardian must notify the Mears office if they are giving another person permission to pick up their child.
Blue Passes
If a student is to leave the building during the school day, they must
bring a written note from their parent or guardian on the day that they
need to leave, or parents may call the attendance office at 742-6402
well in advance of the appointment. The secretary will give the student
a “Blue Pass” which is to be shown to the teacher at the time the student
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needs to leave class.
When a student returns to school, they must stop in the attendance
office so that the secretary may note the time of your return. Mears has a
"closed campus" which means students are not allowed to leave the building during the school day without parental permission and an administrator's approval.
Tardies
If a student is tardy to school, they are to report to the attendance
office immediately. Parents should send in a written note or call the
attendance office when their student arrives late.
Regular and prompt attendance affords students the opportunity
for a successful education. The following procedures will be enforced at
Mears:
1st Tardy-Teacher warns student.
2nd Tardy-Teacher assigns student one detention and notifies parent.
3rd Tardy-Teacher assigns student two detentions and notifies parent.
4th and Subsequent Tardies-Teacher refers student to Assistant
Principal for disciplinary action. Tardies are cumulative per quarter.
Assignment Calendar All students at Mears will be responsible for
maintaining a daily assignment calendar. This is a tool for students to
learn organizational skills and for parents to monitor their child’s progress. Replacement calendars may be purchased from the office.
Betting or Gambling Many times a bet is something that could
injure or harm yourself or another student. Students are not allowed to
bet students for money or on a dare in any situation at school. Gambling
of any type, cards, dice, quarters, etc. is not allowed on school grounds.
Bicycles/Skateboards/In-line Skates Bicycles must be parked in
the bike racks provided and secured with a reliable lock. Please keep a
record of your bicycle serial number at home. A report of theft of a bicycle or damage must be filed with the Assistant Principal. Skateboards
and in-line skates can be used for transportation to and from school.
Building Hours The Mears Office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday–Thursday, and 7:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The building
is secured after 3 p.m. Students are not permitted in the halls until 8:00
a.m. unless attending detention or in a teacher’s classroom with prior
permission. Students must wait in the east arctic entry area until 7:45
a.m. at which time they may enter the MPR. Students must be out of
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the building before 3 p.m. unless they are being supervised by a teacher.
Sports practices end at 4:30 p.m. and students must be picked up by 4:45
p.m. For student safety, only a parent/guardian may pick up students
from school. Parents/guardians may designate another person, but a
signed written note must be given to the Attendance Office prior to the
time of pick up.
Bus Passes Students who ride a school bus must ride the bus that
comes closest to their home. To ride another bus, a student must have a
BUS PASS from the Attendance Office. Bring a note from your parent/
guardian to the Attendance Office before school and a bus pass will be
issued to you for that day only. Phone calls will not be accepted. Longterm changes must be approved by the Assistant Principal.
Cafeteria Rules
• Report to lunch on time.
• Stand in orderly lines, in single file, and do not cut.
• Remain seated facing forward feet under the table unless throwing
away trash, using the bathroom, office, nurse, library or classroom.
• All food and trash around you must be picked up and thrown
away.
• Students may not return to their lockers during lunch.
• Students must have a coat/jacket to go outside.
• Tables will be dismissed by an adult.
• No panhandling or taking another student’s lunch or grabbing food
off their tray.
• Students have no access to a microwave.
• Infraction of rules will result in disciplinary action.
Cell Phones See page III-2.
Change of Student Information It is important that we have current information in the event of an emergency. Give the registrar (7426404) any new information on your address or telephone/cell numbers,
both at home and at your parent/guardian’s work place.
Changing Schools If a student has to transfer to another school, the
parent or guardian must contact the school Registrar two days before
planning to leave. On the last full day of school, get a transfer/withdrawal form from the Registrar. Return all books and materials to each teacher
during your regular class time. Have the teacher sign the form and return
it to the Registrar at the end of the day.
Coats/Jackets/Backpacks/Bags/Hats* These items are not
allowed in classrooms. Coats/jackets may be taken to lunch to go outside
or to classes in the portables.
* Individuals may request exceptions to policies related to the wearing
of hats for religious reasons.
Computer Use All computer use at Mears is under the supervision
of a staff member. Students are expected to act responsibly and ethically when using computers at Mears. Students who use the Internet are
required to have an Internet Use Agreement, with parent signature, on
file at the school. Students who fail to comply may lose their computer
use privilege.
Counselors At Mears every student has a counselor who is here to
help them. If a student has a problem with their classes, other students,
home-related issues, or anything else, they should see their counselor. In
order to see a counselor, go to the Counseling Office, fill out a “Request to
See a Counselor” form and you will be called down at a convenient time.
Daily Announcements Every morning announcements are read
over the intercom. Students are responsible for knowing all items that
are announced.
Dances Mears dances are for Mears students only. They are held
from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room. Students must present
their Mears ID card to be admitted to the dance. Once a student leaves
the dance they may not return. Students must make advance arrangements to be picked up by 4:45 p.m.
Dangerous Objects Dangerous or potentially dangerous items are
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not permitted at school (this includes laser pointers). Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken when students bring such items to school. If
you have a question or concern or would like to check if an item is acceptable at school, please bring it to an administrator.
Detention Students who violate school and/or class rules may
receive detention. Detentions will be assigned by teachers/staff.
Detention is held before school (7:30 – 8 a.m.) Parents should be notified
when a detention is assigned. Students late to detention will not be given
credit. There is no talking or communicating or sleeping during detention. Students who fail to serve assigned detentions are subject to further
disciplinary sanctions.
Dress We take pride in the appearance of our students and have
developed a specific dress code. Students and parents sign a copy of the
dress code that is kept on file in the office. All students are expected to
dress and groom themselves appropriately, safely, and in a manner not
disruptive to the learning environment. Outer garments, including coats,
jackets, hats and hoods are to be left in student lockers. Shorts, skorts,
skirts and dresses will be no shorter than a hand-width from the top of
the kneecap. No pajamas or pajama bottoms or lounge pants (or anything that resembles such). Undergarments (bra or bra strap, underwear,
boxers, etc) are not to show at any time. Low-cut blouses, T-shirts with
sleeves cut-off, sheer, mesh or see-through shirts are not to be worn. No
tank tops, halter tops, crop tops, or any other top that leaves the shoulders or midriff exposed (including when student is seated). No clothing
with profanity/vulgarities or clothing advertising alcohol, tobacco or
drugs, violence, sex or pictures/logos related to such items or organizations/groups may be worn. No bandannas, rags, gloves, chains, scarves
or gang-related decorative articles. No sunglasses or non-prescription
glasses will be worn in the building. No flip-flops, soccer slides and slippers. Shoes must be weather appropriate and not pose a safety hazard.
Students who violate the dress code will be required to dress appropriately before returning to class and parents will be contacted.
Drop Off/Pick Up Please observe all traffic signs in the school parking lots. Students must be dropped off and picked up in the east parking
lot, south entrance. The fire department requires the front parking lot be
clear of vehicles blocking the drive from 7:45–8:30 a.m. and from 2:15–3
p.m. to allow emergency access. Limousines and party buses are not
allowed on the Mears campus to pick up students at anytime.
Electronic Devices/Equipment iPods, MP3 players, CD/DVD players, cameras, radios, tape decks, electronic games, “walkman” type players,
pagers and other related items may not be used in school and are subject
to confiscation. Items confiscated from students will be turned into the
office, and held there until a parent/guardian picks them up. School is not
responsible for items left in lockers.
Fees There is a materials fee for labs, some sports/activities and special classes.
Food/Beverages Food and beverage items are not to be open or
consumed in the hallways.
Free/Reduced-price Meals Free or reduced price meals may be
furnished to a student whose parents/guardian qualify under Federal
Family Income and Size Regulations. Applications may be made at anytime during the school year. Contact school office personnel and cafeteria managers for application forms. All information is confidential.
Hall Passes Students must have a pass assigned by a teacher to be
in the halls during class time. Only school issued color-coded passes will
be accepted. Student must remain in the multi-purpose room (MPR)
during lunch and may not leave without a pass from a teacher or staff
member in the lunch room.
Honor Roll At Mears, Honor Roll includes all 7th and 8th grade students who attain a 3.0 grade point average or above with no D’s or F’s.
Illness If a student cannot attend school for 3 or more days, but are
able to study at home, parents may call your counselor and ask for your
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class work. Parents may pick it up in 24 hours at the Attendance Office
counter.
Junior Honor Society The Andromeda Chapter of the National
Junior Honor Society is open for membership to students in grades 7 and
8 who have spent at least one semester at Mears Middle School and have
a grade point average of 3.5 or above and who demonstrate commendable qualities of citizenship, service, leadership, and character.
Late Bus If a bus is late an announcement will be made to all teachers
go directly to class, a pass is not necessary.
Library Mears’ library is called the “IMC” which stands for
Instructional Materials Center. The library is open from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15
p.m. The library is designed and equipped to make learning easier. It is
also a place where students may study, do research, or read for fun. It is
the student’s responsibility to return books and magazines to the library
when they are due so others may use them. Take care of books and equipment as they are costly to replace. If there are questions, ask the library
staff and they will be happy to help you.
Library Rules:
1. Students may have 3 books checked out at a time (no more than 3
books on one subject).
2. Books are checked out for two-week periods.
3. Fines are charged for lost books.
4. No eating or drinking in the library.
5. Passes to use the IMC at lunch are checked out in the morning
when students arrive at school. Students may come to the library and
sign out a pass and return it when they sign in at lunch.
Lockers are subject to random searches by administrators and/
or their designee for the purpose of uncovering items prohibited
in school to ensure a safe school environment. Locker rules must be
followed or students may lose their locker privilege or other disciplinary
action.
1. Do not give your locker combination to anyone.
2. Only materials used directly in current school programs are to be
kept in the locker.
3. Locker changes may not be made unless approved by the Assistant
Principal.
4. Do not keep money and valuables in the locker. Bringing expensive items to school is an invitation for the theft of those items.
5. No Perfumes, colognes, body sprays, or any other scented sprays
may be kept in the locker or used at school.
6. Do not use anyone else’s locker.
7. All lockers may be checked by school officials. Any forbidden
items found during a locker search will be held in the office to be
picked up by a parent/guardian. Lockers must be kept clean.
8. Open food and beverage containers are not allowed in lockers and
will be confiscated and disposed of.
9. Only free-standing locker shelving available in stores may be used.
Permanently attached shelving is not acceptable.
10. Students may decorate their lockers. However, do not use contact
paper, breakable items such as mirrors, inappropriate pictures or
items referring to drugs, alcohol, or lewd/violent references.
11. The area in front of a student’s locker is their responsibility to keep
clean.
12. Graffiti in and around a locker is the responsibility of the student
assigned to the locker to clean up.
Lost and found items are placed in the lost and found bin located
in the MPR. If you lose something, please check in the MPR, check all of
your classrooms, talk with your teachers, check the PE locker room and
your PE locker. If the item is still not found, go to the Attendance Office
and check with the secretary. You may need to fill out a Lost Item Report.
The school assumes no responsibility for items that you bring from
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home. Cell phones, electronic devices, expensive jewelry, large amounts
of cash, skateboards and other related items may not be used in school
and are subject to confiscation. Items confiscated from students will be
turned into the office. Items confiscated from students will be turned in
to the office and held there until a parent/guardian picks them up.
Lunch Pass Passes will not be issued any student to leave campus
for lunch with other than their parent or guardian. Parents are to notify
the school in writing before the student is to be picked up at school by a
person other than their parent/guardian. To leave the cafeteria to work
with a teacher, a student must bring a signed pass to the cafeteria and
be excused by an adult supervisor. Failure to obtain a pass will result in
disciplinary action. No food or drinks are allowed in the halls during lunch.
Progress report grades are mailed to all parents during the fifth
week of each quarter. Progress report grades are an indication of how
students are doing after the fourth week of the quarter; it is not a final
grade. Grades are always available on Zangle, please contact the registrar
for Zangle Connect passwords.
Safety Issues Students’ safety is extremely important. In many learning areas, such as laboratory areas, physical education, music areas, and
hallways, specific safety rules are necessary, and strictly enforced. Any
activities such as running in the hallways, pushing, roughhousing, or
throwing items can cause injuries and is subject to disciplinary action.
Gum is not allowed in the school unless approved by a specific teacher
for a specific classroom. Repeat offenders are referred to the office for
further disciplinary action.
School and the Law
1. School rules apply not only at school but also on school buses, at
bus stops, on school-related activities off campus, and en route to
and from the bus stops or home and school.
2. If a student commits an unlawful act, they are subject to school
discipline and action from the Juvenile Court System.
3. Inappropriate activities such as fights that begin at school and
continue off campus are considered school related and disciplinary action will follow.
4. If a student commits a criminal act not covered in the handbook,
they may still face disciplinary action at school.
School Property Students are expected to treat facilities, equipment,
and materials provided responsibly. Deliberate or accidental damage
caused by a student will result in a fine for restitution and, if warranted,
disciplinary action for vandalism.
School Store The Mears school store is located in the multi-purpose
room. School supplies as well as healthy snacks and school apparel are
sold in the store. School store rules will be followed.
Student Forum Students from each core academic team will be
selected to represent their team members on a school-wide group. The
student forum will meet approximately once a month to talk about
issues important to our school community. These students will also
receive training that will assist with harassment reduction and multicultural communication. Students will be responsible for actively participating in and reporting back to their teams on issues discussed.
Telephones Students are to take care of personal matters before or
after school, not during class time. Do not ask a teacher for a pass to use
the telephone. Office phones may be used by students in an emergency.
A pay telephone is available near the main office for use before and after
school only. Only emergency phone messages received from parents will
be delivered to a student.
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Visitors Parents are welcome and encouraged to visit Mears at any
time. We ask that all visitors stop in the main office to sign in and wear
a visitor pass. Students who attend some other school are not permitted to visit Mears during school hours. Parents who wish to observe a
teacher must provide 24 hours notice. If your parents would like to meet
with a teacher, they may call your teacher during his/her conference
period, have the teacher call when it is convenient, or set up a conference
through the team counselor.
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