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San Rafael Middle School                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Principal: Doug Mecham
PO Box 790                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    School Phone: (435) 384-2335
390 W 500 S                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Fax Number:   (435) 384-3354
Ferron, UT 84523                                                                       

SRMS/District Calendar

SRMS Back to School Night - Thursday, August 15, 2019
First Day of School - Monday, August 19, 2019
Labor Day Recess - Monday-September 2, 2019
SRMS Picture Day - Thursday, September 12th 
Midterm Early Out - Monday Sept. 23 –- Staff PLC
Fall Break - Thursday-Friday, October 17-18, 2019
First Term Ends - No students. Staff PD Friday, October 25, 2019
Thanksgiving Recess - Wednesday, Nov. 27 Min. Day, Thurs-Fri Nov. 28-29
Midterm Early Out - Monday Dec. 2- Staff PLC
Christmas Recess - Friday Dec. 20 minimum Day Dec. 23, 2019-Jan. 1, 2020
School Reconvenes - Thursday, January 2, 2020
Second Term Ends - No Students, Staff PD. Friday, January 10, 2020
Martin Luther King Recess – No School. Monday Jan. 20, 2020
Midterm Early Out - Monday, Feb. 10 - Staff PLC
President’s Day - No School Monday, February 17, 2020
Third Term Ends - No Students, Staff PD. Friday, March 13, 2020
Spring Recess - Mon-Friday, April 6-10, 2020      
Midterm Early Out - Monday, April 20 - Staff PLC
Last Day of School - No Students, Staff PD, Friday, May 22, 2020
(Please refer to the website for updated calendar items)

Bell Schedule
First Bell   8:05
8:08      -          8:35
8:39      -          9:26 
9:30      -        10:17
10:21    -        11:08
11:12    -        11:59
11:59    -        12:29
12:33    -        1:20
1:24      -        2:10
2:14      -        3:00   
27 Min.
47 Min.
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30 Min.
47 Min.
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Faculty and Staff
San Rafael has a talented and dedicated staff, committed to promoting student achievement and excellence in education. 
Parents are encouraged to communicate closely with their student’s teachers concerning their student’s progress.  Teachers will typically be available for phone calls prior to and after school, as well as during their preparation time.  Electronic communication is also encouraged through email.  You can find each staff members email on the school’s website at
Here is a list of our Faculty and staff. 
Staff                           Assignments                                        Staff                             Assignments
Yory Allred               Science, Math                                                 Jill Anderson            Special Educator/Math
Lara Barnett             CCA, Business, PE                                       Autumn Behling      Instructional Asst.
Anjelina Behling      Media Center, Cheer                                          Ben Carroll               Chorus/Band
Creig Cox                    CCA, Shop, Health                                 Jennifer Fauver       Pianist
Jarett Gilbert            Language Arts, PE                                  Megan Gilbert         Language Arts
Layne Hales               Math                                                                Ky Horrocks             History, Ut Studies
Julie Housekeeper    Maintenance/Custodial                              Kate Howes             Instructional Asst.
Lane Justice              Maintenance/Custodial                       Scott Lofley                Science
Doug Mecham          Principal                                                 Liza Roberts               Special Educator/LA
Kirk Robinson            PE, Math                                                 Luci Robinson            Counselor
Julie Sitterud             Secretary                                                         Jolene Stevens           Food Service
Jackie Weihing           Art                                                                   Jodi Willson               Vocational, FACS, CCA
Antonella Funk          Instructional Asst.                               Jacque Wilde              Instructional Asst.

San Rafael Middle School
2019-2020 Policy Manual
Mission StatementTo Prepare Every Student with the Knowledge, Skills, Values and Vision for Lifelong Success in a Changing World.

The administration of each secondary school will develop administrative rules to create a safe, orderly, efficient and effective, school.
Bulldog B.A.R.K.
Student Behavior will be based on the San Rafael BARK system. BARK stands for:
Behavior – By following all school rules and expectations.
Attitude – Being a positive member of the SRMS community and treating staff, peers, and property with respect.
Responsibility – Participating in the education process and being prepared. Exhibiting integrity in all they do.
Kindness – Treating all with respect and being helpful and supportive to others.
BARK in the Classroom - Teachers will develop their individual classroom rules and communicate them to their students.
Behavior – Follow all classroom expectations.  These include those describe in the class syllabus and expected by the teacher and common sense.
Attitude – Treating others and property with respect. Being a positive influence in the room.
Responsibility – Coming to class on time and prepared with all needed materials. Following instructions and completing assignments well and on time.
Kindness – Being supportive and positive towards peers and staff. Helping others to learn.
Halls- Students are to avoid running, tripping and pushing in the halls or any other dangerous or inappropriate behavior.
BARK in the Halls and Outside Grounds –
Behavior – Keep hands and feet to yourself; No running in the building; keep voices to an appropriate volume. Outside only engage in appropriate activities and be good sports.
Attitude – Treat all SR community members and property with respect and courtesy.
Responsibility – Keep the school and grounds clean; get to class on time; return all equipment to its proper place.
Kindness – Stand up for those who need help. Include others in games and groups.  Practice good sportsmanship.
BARK in the Lunchroom –
Behavior – Follow lunchroom procedures. Make room after you finish eating.
Attitude – Treat all SR community members and property with respect and courtesy.
Responsibility – Keep the Lunchroom and tables clean; have fun responsibly; return all equipment to its proper place.
Kindness – Let others sit with you or sit with others who may be alone. Don’t push or crowd in line. 

General Administrative Information
To register you need a birth certificate and proof of immunizations. If coming from a school outside of the Emery District, information from that school will be very helpful and will be requested.

Each student must have in his / her permanent record a recent certificate of immunization. Students moving in to the Emery County School District from other districts must provide an up-to-date record before the students can register.
7th grade students need to have their immunizations updated.

A student may qualify for fee waiver by providing proof in one of the following areas:
1. State custody
2. Foster care
3. State Aid to Families with Dependent Children
4. Proper income verification – W2 or Work Pay Stubs
If you are applying for a fee waiver, please bring verification of wages to the school at registration. No fee waiver will be given without verification. Waivers may be applied for at the school office. A waiver cannot be granted without wage verification. If waiver is denied, it can be reviewed through the proper channels.

School lunch is $2.40; Breakfast is $1.60; Extra milk is 50¢. Students are not allowed to charge lunches or breakfast. Please keep lunch accounts current. Payments can be made online but, there may be a bit of a delay for those payments to show on the students account.  Payments may also be made at the office.
Applications for free and reduced lunch can be completed online.

PE lockers are very expensive to maintain. PE lockers are rented to students. Students are responsible for any damage to their PE locker. Students are responsible for personal items kept in lockers and are encouraged to keep PE lockers locked at all times, including during PE class time. An additional $5 clean out fee will be assessed if the locker has to be cleaned out by the coaches upon completion of the student’s use of the locker.

Parents are welcome at San Rafael and must first check in at the school office. Arrangements can be made to talk with necessary teachers during their prep periods. No students from other schools will be allowed to visit San Rafael without permission from the Principal. All visitors, vendors, repair and sales personnel, etc. are required to check in at the office and to present credentials and work orders.

Class interruptions are not permitted. Students are not permitted to interrupt a class to talk with another student or teacher without written permission from an administrator or teacher. Parents are not permitted to interrupt classes to hold a discussion with a teacher; an appointment must be made. Transfer of calls to students during class time will be made only in cases of family emergency.

Students (male and female) are expected to dress appropriately with no extremes in fashion. This includes properly fitting and properly worn clothing, and clothing that covers underwear. Unlawful or objectionable ads, sayings or artwork on clothing is not acceptable and will not be permitted to be worn at San Rafael. This includes, but is not limited to, anything related to objectionable language, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, weapons, and sexual innuendo. Immodest clothing, such as tank tops, mini-skirts and belly shirts, and low-cut tops that expose the chest are not acceptable school wear. All tops must have a sleeve that extends over the shoulder. Shorts and skirts may be worn, but the length should not be shorter than two (2) inches above the knee. Pants with holes located higher than 2 inches above the knee must have leggings, tights, or other clothing covering the skin under the holes. Hats are not allowed to be worn in the building. “Extremes in fashion” applies to such things as face painting, excessive piercings, tattoos, improper clothing such as pajamas and slippers, and dirty, tattered, torn or excessively worn clothing. The clause also refers to nose, face, lip, and tongue piercing’s. Any clothing or style that causes a distraction in school or at school related activities could be considered an extreme in fashion.

Students and parent(s) / guardian(s) must sign a computer-use agreement and pay necessary fees before being allowed access to school computers and computer programs. Students are then subject to the terms of the school computer agreement. The agreement is provided to parents at registration or is available on the school website.
Violation of the computer-use agreement could result in loss of computer privileges at school.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES: Parents, please do not call/text your students during class time.  If you need to contact them please call the office.
Students may be in possession of cell phones, I-pods, and other electronic devices. Electronic devices may be used before school, during class breaks, during lunch break, and after school hours. Electronic devices may not be activated during class time without the permission of the teacher or school administration.
Confiscated/impounded device procedure:
First offense – Device may be picked up by the Parent/Guardian after school.
Second Offense - $5 impound fee will be assessed and Parent/Guardian will need to pick up the phone at the school.
Subsequent Offenses - $10 Fee assessed and Parent/Guardian must pick up device.

Before a class change is permitted, the student will be required to obtain a signature from his / her parent or guardian, and the teachers involved in the change. Student and/or parent initiated class changes will result in a fee of $10. Fee must be paid before the class change will take place. Please understand that the SRMS class schedule is very tight and requests may not be accommodated.

Academic Education
 Academic Expectations:  At San Rafael Middle School we believe each student can succeed, and we expect that each student will take their educational opportunity seriously by participating fully.  The staff of SRMS are committed to assist students in achieving and expanding their potential as they prepare for success in school and beyond.  It is expected that each student will participate in their education by being attentive, asking questions, completing assignments/projects thoroughly and well, while maintaining a high level of integrity.
It is important that parents and students take every opportunity to communicate with their teachers concerning assignments and progress.
Outstanding student awards may be awarded in classes at the end of the school year. 
8th grade students who have achieved Academic Excellence while at SRMS are recognized at the Closing Program.
4.0 GPA through 6, 7 and 8th grade: These students have maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout their SRMS years. The grades must be posted at the end of each grading period and not a result of remediation.
4.0 GPA during 8th Grade: Students who have maintained a 4.0 GPA through their 8th grade year. The grades must be posted at the end of each grading period and not a result of remediation.
Academic Probation:
Any student with a failing grade at midterm will not be eligible to participate in school activities/sports or be taken out of class for such activities until the following requirements are met:  Grades have come up to passing in all classes.

Any student who receives an “F” grade at the end of a term will be placed on Academic Probation and not be eligible to participate in school activities/sports or, be taken out of class for such activities until the following requirements are met: (If a student receives an Incomplete (I) grade, the probation policy will take effect should the student fail to complete and achieve a passing grade in the teacher designated time frame.)

    1. Student has completed a minimum of ten (10) school days suspension from activities;
    2. Failing grades have been remediated (end of term). It is recommended that students utilize after school homework classes and Lunch Detention to work on grades.
    3. The student must be passing all classes and have satisfactory Citizenship in all classes.
    4. or, Be passing all classes at the next midterm.

 Remediation Policy: When a student fails one or more classes at the end of a term, the following goes into effect:  (Students with a class average below 45 percent may only be allowed to remediate at teacher discretion.) It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with the teacher regarding remediation work.
 A. The student has a one-week grace period to complete remediation work provided by the teacher.  If the student successfully completes the requirements, the teacher will make the grade change, and credit will be awarded. No Fees will be charged for completion during the grace period of one week.
B. If the student does not complete the remediation work during the grace period, the following will go into effect.
1. The student will have two weeks to complete remediation although the teacher has the option of giving the student more time if deemed appropriate.
2. The student will be assessed the following remediation fees: $15 per class remediated. Fees will need to be paid before the grade is changed and remediation is complete. These funds go toward remediation program administration.   Academic probation will go into effect at the end of the grading period regardless of how quick the remediation is done
3. Students who do not meet remediation requirements may be subject to any or all of the following consequences as determined by the school Principal.
a. Repetition of the course(s) failed
b. Grade level retention (repeating an entire grade)

Citizenship Education
Administrative Regulations- The administration of each secondary school will develop administrative regulations to clearly guide the implementation of this policy in the school and insure that it is administered consistently. The administration of each secondary school will be responsible to annually communicate this policy to parents and students.
The board of education believes that quality education is the first order of business in the Emery District and that quality education results from adherence to principles, objectives, and expectations. The primary goal of education is the development of individuals who possess the knowledge, skills, and human characteristics necessary to enable them to live meaningful lives and to be positive contributors to society.
The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that society has the right to compel children to attend school for two reasons: 1) To prepare them to be good citizens; and 2) to teach them to be self-reliant and self-sufficient. The first of these reasons is evident. The relationship with the second has been made clear by research showing that people are rarely fired from their jobs because of a lack of skills. Firing almost always results from poor citizenship as evidenced by unreliability, excessive absence from work, and failure to get along with other people.
In requiring compulsory education, Utah law also requires that careful attention be placed upon citizenship education: “Honesty, temperance, morality, courtesy, obedience to the law, respect for and an understanding of the constitutions of the United States and the State of Utah, the essentials and benefits of the free enterprise system, respect for parents and home, and the dignity and necessity of honest labor and other skills, habits, and qualities of character which will promote an upright and desirable citizenry and better prepare students for a richer, happier life shall be taught in connection with regular school work.” (Utah Code)
To stress academic grades without placing at least equal emphasis upon citizenship performance fails then to recognize one of the major purposes for public education. The laws of the State of Utah and the basis of public education as set by the Supreme Court of the United States determine the standard for citizenship education.
2017 Utah House Bill 239: Juvenile Justice Amendments
All criminal offenses committed by students enrolled in Emery District schools that occur on school property, or at school-sponsored activities off campus, that are not referable to juvenile court will be dealt with by the school administration in accordance with state law. Such criminal actions may result in fees, suspension, expulsion, participation sanctions, probation, restitution, school service hours, behavior modification programs/placement, and other consequences as deemed appropriate and necessary. Failure to comply with a school administrator’s judgement on such criminal offenses will result in a referral to the appropriate intervention agency.

Classroom Citizenship Grades- Each teacher will establish citizenship expectations and a grading system within their classroom which will be explained in their class syllabus/outline. A student with a failing grade will not receive an “H” Citizenship grade in the class they failed.  Citizenship grades in classes will be awarded with the following designations at the end of each grading period:
 H= Honor
 S= Satisfactory
 N= Needs Improvement (2 (two) “N”s equal a “U” and will be subject to the same consequences.)
 U= Unsatisfactory citizenship are usually related to tardies, negative behaviors or truancy.
When 1 or more U’s are received in a class, the teacher will inform the student, parent and Principal.  The student will be placed on Citizenship Probation for a minimum of 3 Days for each “U”, during which time they will complete 3 Lunch Detentions and/or Probation Class and /or after school Homework classes. Upon completion of those requirements and, acceptable in class behavior, the grade will be returned to an “S” upon Teacher/Principal review.   Should the Citizenship grade again fall to a “U” in that class, the same sanctions will be enforced as well as a parent/student, teacher meeting with the Principal held before the student is removed from Probation.  Should the negative behavior continue a third time referral to the School Social Worker, JJS or other assistance will result.

Administrative Citizenship Grades
Not all negative behaviors occur in the classroom.  The Principal may place a student on Citizenship Probation by assigning them an “Administrative U”.  This grade is not recorded on the student’s transcript but the student will be under the same obligation to fulfill any requirements and any other sanctions determined by the Principal, to get off probation.  An Administrative U goes into effect immediately and may entail specific requirements and time frames. 
Citizenship Probation:
1.  If a student receives one (1) or more U’s or two (2) or more N’s at the end of a term, the student will be placed on citizenship probation for a minimum of 10 school days.  Parents will be notified.
2.  A student who receives a “U” in any class or administratively for discipline/behavioral issues at any point may be placed on probation for a designated period of time. Parents will be notified. (see above “Classroom Citizenship”)
3.  A student who receives his/her fourth tardy in any single class may immediately be placed on Citizenship Probation.  Individual Classroom Policies will be followed concerning tardies as well. Parents will be notified by mail/phone/email call when their student has three tardies in a class. 

Consequences of Academic and/or Citizenship Probation at the end of Term:
1. While other students are allowed to attend assemblies, athletic events, dances or other special functions, either during or after school hours, the probationary students will be denied these privileges until they have met the requirements to get off probation.  In addition students are not eligible to participate in school sponsored athletic events.
2. However, with teacher/advisor and Principal permission, students in band/chorus (performing groups) and PE (County Days) who are on probation may be allowed to attend performances/meets when such are part of the students’ grade.  In addition class field trips where assignments are given as part of the curriculum the teacher has the discretion to allow probationary students to attend or to remain at school and complete an alternate assignment.
3. While on citizenship probation, the student must attend three (3) lunch detention classes and show good behavior.
4. Citizenship grades may be increased to an “S” only. 
5. The Academic and Citizenship probationary period runs from one grading period to the next. End of term to mid-term.  If Academic grades and Citizenship grades are satisfactory at Midterm, and the student has met all other requirements, the student may be removed from Probation. If requirements are not met, the probation status will continue until the end of the term.


Students are expected to comply with all requests of teachers, substitutes, or school personnel regarding classroom control and discipline as well as academic work. Cheating will result in academic, citizenship, and disciplinary penalties. Students are expected to follow rules of conduct in the classrooms, hallways, cafeteria, physical education areas, library, and school grounds.
Students will not be allowed in the building without adult supervision. All students are expected to be out of the building by 3:15 p.m. unless supervised by a teacher or authorized adult. Students should arrange for transportation when it is apparent that they will be staying after school when an activity bus is unavailable.

Negative Behavior and Consequences:
Negative Behaviors in class will be dealt with through the respective teacher’s classroom expectations along with administrative support.
Negative behaviors in general, will be dealt with around the following guidelines.
• 1st offense – Student warned and parent notified.
• 2nd offense – Student placed on Citizenship Probation.
• 3rd and Subsequent offenses – possible three (3) days out of school or in In School Suspension. Parent/Administrator/Teacher meeting.
• Habitually disruptive students may be referred to Juvenile Justice Services (JJS).

Tier 1: If a student commits an offense such as, but not limited to, the following: disrespect, affection (PDA) at school, insubordination, profanity, failure to follow a teacher’s or staff member’s request, etc., the following steps will be taken:
               “In School” or “Out of School” Suspensions may be utilized along with School Probation as needed at any level.
First Offense: A written referral is completed. A warning is issued, and parents are notified.
Second Offense: A written referral is completed. The student may be suspended for one full day.
Third Offense: A written referral is completed. The student may be suspended for three full days. The student may be suspended for three full days. A referral may be made to the Juvenile Justice System, School Social Worker or other resources. A parent, student, administration meeting will be held. Further offenses may result in a referral to the school board for expulsion.

Tier 2: If a student commits an offense such as Harassment/Bullying, theft, fighting, possession of tobacco, possession of alcohol, possession of drugs, vandalism, disobedience, profanity, etc., the following steps will be taken: Immediate School Probation will result.
First Offense: A written referral is completed. The student may be suspended for up to three days and referred to the Juvenile Justice System, School Social Worker or other resources if appropriate. Parents must accompany the student to school in order to gain reinstatement privileges. The student will be responsible for all costs associated with repairs or replacement of vandalized or destroyed property. A student will remain on probationary status until all fines and fees have been paid. The Emery School District Alcohol and Tobacco policies will be followed in addition to the above steps.
Second Offense: A written referral is completed. If appropriate, further offenses will result in referral to the school board for expulsion.
Students who are suspended or placed on Citizenship Probation will not be eligible to participate in school sponsored activities while on probation.

Tier 3:  Immediate school Probation will result.
Continued offenses from Tiers 1 or 2 will rise to Tier 3. Referral to School Social Worker, JJS, Four Corners and Juvenile Court will be considered. Any offense that involves possession of firearms, knives, explosives or other weapons (real or imitation) will result in a minimum ten (10) day suspension and referral to the school board for expulsion. Knives, lighters, matches, explosive devices or any item that could be considered a weapon, whether real or imitation, are not allowed on school property. State law allows for a one-year expulsion for any kind of weapon brought to school. Real or look-a-like items are subject to expulsion.

The Principal documents all discipline infractions.

Public Displays of Affection (PDA):
Holding hands is acceptable, but any physical contact beyond that is not allowed at San Rafael. This would include, but is not limited to hugging, kissing, stroking, petting, fondling, and groping.

Students are expected to use language appropriate for a public place. Senate Bill 33, passed in 1996, states, “A student may be suspended or expelled from a public school for any of the following reasons: frequent or flagrant willful disobedience; defiance of proper authority, or disruptive behavior including the use of foul, profane, or abusive language.” While involved in group activities, cheers or chants that use profanity or make direct reference to profanity will not be tolerated.

At San Rafael, we encourage and expect Academic Integrity and Honesty. We expect students to take advantage of learning opportunities that are offered and take advantage of opportunities to receive tutoring help and remediation. Cheating is acting dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage. Cheating is not allowed or encouraged at San Rafael. Students that cheat, as well as students that facilitate the cheating will be held responsible. We encourage students to ask teachers for help, set and achieve goals early in the quarter, stay to the after school homework class, or attend homework lunch to receive help.

Harassment/Bullying:  Every student has the right to attend school and not be harassed in any way, be it physical, mental, emotional, or social. If harassment of any type does occur, please make a teacher or the principal aware of the problem.
Bullying and Harassment is any unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. 
While we make every effort to be present and aware of situations in the school, there are times when school personnel are not everywhere. As a school, we can only address problems we are aware of.
Four main types of Harassment/Bullying:
1. Physical: hitting, kicking, taking another’s possessions, theft, fighting, spitting, etc.
(Invasion of a person’s physical space)
2. Verbal: name-calling, insults, racial remarks, teasing, taunting, threatening, roasting, etc.
3. Indirect: emotional harassment, spreading rumors, slander, exclusion from social activities, gossiping, improper gestures, improper comments in notes, letters, email, texts, etc.
4. Cyber: The use of technology/social media to harass and /or bully another student.

Sexual Harassment:
Sexual Harassment is not mentioned specifically in the San Rafael Middle School Handbook. Sexual
Harassment is dealt with through Section G of the Emery School District Policy, which can be found at

Attendance Policy
Regular school attendance greatly increases student success in school. While it is possible for students to make up most work missed due to an absence, the teacher instruction and learning opportunities that occur during class are not repeated.
It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify the school when your student is going to be absent. You can call the office or leave a message on the answering machine. Notification must be made the day of or, prior to an absence.
Attendance Incentives: Students who exhibit Exemplary Attendance throughout the year will be acknowledged and rewarded at the end of the School Year and the end of each term.
Excused AbsenceAn absence approved by both parent/guardian and school personnel. Students are allowed up to six (6) excused absences per term. School approval can be given only if parents/guardian contact the school prior to, or the day of, the absence.  Parents can contact the Principal and request Vacation Days for students participating in extended family vacations. The request must be made prior to the absence.
Doctor Excused– Excuse documents from medical personnel or medical facilities will be accepted as a Doctor Excuse and absences will be excused and not counted toward the total number of absences allowed each quarter.
Student Checking Out of School- If a student is leaving the school for any reason, he/she must be checked out at the office by a parent/guardian. Under no circumstances may a student leave the school without permission from the office. Approval may not be granted after the fact. Such an incident will be considered truancy and an unexcused absence.
Parent PermissionParents may excuse their students from school by informing the office prior to the absence. This will be an excused absence, and teachers will give the students a reasonable opportunity to make up work. It is the student’s responsibility to get the work form the teacher. When parents exceed the number of days they can excuse absences (6 each quarter, per district policy), the absences will be considered unexcused and could lead to eventual court action.
Work Missed Due to Absence - Though make-up work is not an adequate replacement for attending class, the school will cooperate with students in completing work missed during a legitimate absence and will accept it in accordance to individual teacher policies. In the case of absence without school approval, teachers are not obligated to provide make-up assignments for work missed. Participation points may be lost due to absence in class. This make-up may vary from class to class but will follow the make-up policy listed in the individual teacher’s syllabus. All students who miss class because of a school activity will be allowed to make up work for full credit within established time frames.
Closed Campus - Students are to remain on campus throughout the school day, including lunchtime. Students checking out during the school day must sign out at the office and have parental approval. Parents may not excuse students that are not their own. Students will not be permitted to leave with a parent other than their own, unless their own parent has contacted the office previously. If parents take their child for lunch they are encouraged not to take other students. Also, delivery of pizzas and other food items to the school is highly discouraged if they return from lunch late, any  tardy/absence will not be excused.   These actions often cause issues among peers and can also be a security issue for the school.

Tardy Policy: Students are expected to be in class by the time the tardy bell rings. Each teacher will outline their tardy policy in the class outline. Parents may not excuse tardies at any time.  On the fourth tardy, the student will receive a “U” in citizenship in that class. Once a student has accumulated three (3) tardies, in any class or combination of classes, they will be required to attend homework lunch and complete a behavior packet. Failure to attend the Lunch Detention class will result in the student being placed on Administrative Probation for a minimum of 3 Days during which time they will complete 3 Lunch Detentions and/or Probation Class and /or after school Homework classes.  Once a student has accumulated four (4) tardies in one class, they will earn a U for citizenship in that class. Parents may not excuse tardies at any time. On the 6th Tardy in a single class it will be considered an Unexcused Absence.

Truancy/Sluffing- Truancy is defined as being absent from class without knowledge of the school and parents and/or reasons unacceptable to the school. Truancy, as required by law, will result in parent notification, and if necessary suspension or referral to juvenile court and/or other agencies. Parents may not excuse a student’s leaving class or campus without permission after the fact. It is imperative that students who arrive late to school check in through the office with a parent excuse.
 A student will be considered Truant/Sluffing from class if they are not in the class which they are assigned to during that time period without proper permission. 
1st Offense: The student will be given an Unexcused Absence and the parent will be notified.  They will also receive one (1) day Lunch Detention and any classroom penalty.
2nd offense: The student will receive an unexcused absence, 3 days Lunch Detention, Class sanctions and Administrative U. 
Unexcused absences & truancy will be considered as the same thing.  Parents may not excuse a student from a class and have that student remain at school whether in the library, an activity, in another class or anywhere on school property unless the parent is with the student.

Excessive Absences:
Parents can excuse their student from school six (6) days or portions of days per quarter. After the sixth
Parental Excuse, the school Excessive Absence Policy will be enacted.
When a student is absent from school for six (6) or more days, or portions of a school day (excused or unexcused) during one term, not including doctor excused, or school-excused absences, he/she will be subject to the following procedures / conditions:

1. On the third absence in any one class, the student’s parents will be notified by mail or administrative phone call that their child has reached three of the six parent excused absences allowed each quarter.
2. On the sixth absence in any one class, the student’s parents will be notified by mail, email or administrative phone call, and a meeting will be scheduled to discuss the problem. In the meeting, an attendance review will take place to determine whether there are extenuating circumstances that have contributed to the student’s absences. If not, all future absences will be excused only by doctor’s excuse, a school administrator, or preapproved parent written request. Further absences will be “Unexcused” Absences.

Unexcused Absences:  Unexcused Absences accumulate throughout the school year and will be dealt with as follows:
Tier 1
First Unexcused Absence – Parent notified by phone, letter or email.
Second Unexcused Absence- Parent notified by phone, letter or email.
Third Unexcused Absence – Parent notified by phone, letter or email.
Tier 2
Fourth Unexcused Absence – Administrative meeting with Principal, Parent/Guardian and Student.
Fifth Unexcused Absence – School Attendance Contract initiated.
Tier 3
Sixth Unexcused Absence – Parents notified. School Social Worker Referral, JJs and/or other resources involved.
Seven to Nine Unexcused Absences – May result in Juvenile Court Referral. Juvenile Court Mediator involved.
Tenth Unexcused Absence – A Juvenile Court Referral will be made.


Emergency Preparedness:
Student Safety is a priority at SRMS. Emergency drills are held each year and throughout the year. Teachers will discuss evacuation routes in their classroom and work areas, and explain emergency preparedness procedures to students. Emergency alarms should be pulled only in the event of an emergency. False alarms are handled according to state law and school policy. Reunification Plans are in place and will be given/explained to parents and students. Reunification Plans will be shared with parents and practiced early in the school year.

After School Homework Class:
One day a week during the school year SRMS will offer a homework class where students can come and receive additional help with homework and instruction.  GEAR UP will also available. The activity bus will be available and leave at 5:20 PM

Juvenile Justice System (JJS) ADAPT:
This class is offered through the Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) and is facilitated by the agency’s staff. The ADAPT class is a great opportunity for students to gain skills that promote success in life and provide coping skills to employ when stressful situations arise. Decision-making skills are also a focus. This class is an important part of the SRMS Attendance and Behavior components.

Aspire SIS – Online School Gradebook Program
Parents can check and print student grades, citizenship, and attendance at any time. Each student has a Username and Password that will allow students and parents, access to their individual student academic and citizenship progress. Students are made aware of their Username and Password at school. Parents can call the school or ask their student what the Username and Password is and how to access their account. Parents can also access their student’s information by creating their own login information. The school office can help you with this. San Rafael strongly encourages parents to get the District APP on their phone that allows instant and timely access to grades, citizenship, attendance, assignments, etc.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES: San Rafael Middle School provides many opportunities for students to participate in extra-curricular activities. Many of these teams and organizations are part of the Castle Valley Activities Association (CVAA).
Students must have and maintain passing grades in all classes and have no “U” (2”N”) citizenship grades to compete or be excused from school for athletic competitions or extracurricular activities. At the discretion of the Coach/Advisor, students may tryout and practice while on probation but will not be eligible to play or travel until eligibility requirements are met.
Athletic coaches and club advisors have the option of establishing additional, more rigorous, participation standards for their teams and groups. Team members and parents will be notified of such standards.
Any student accused of, or arrested by law enforcement for a misdemeanor and/or felony, will be immediately excluded from participation in all extracurricular activities. Any student found guilty by a court of law of any misdemeanor or felony will be ineligible for participation in all extracurricular activities and from holding leadership positions in the school until all judgments and orders of the court, and any additional discipline imposed by the school, are met and satisfied. The use of tobacco, drugs or alcohol at school or not, will result in the removal of the student involved from the team and placement on Citizenship Probation.
All participants in Sports are required to have a current physical on file with the school

Fall Sports:
Cheer: Coach Anjelena Behling - Ongoing through the year.
Football: Coach Jarett Gilbert - Practices will begin Aug. 12, 7:30 AM. Participation fee $25. 
Volleyball: Coach Kirk Robinson - Tryouts will be held Aug. 15-16. With Open Gyms scheduled for Aug.1,8,13,14 (see SRMS calendar). Participation Fee $25 other costs as needed for uniform/Spirit Pack and Gym poster (8th grade only).
Cross Country: Coach Jodi Willson – X-Country Kick-Off Aug. 12-14 @ 7 AM. Participation Fee $25
Winter Sports:
Wrestling: Coach Yory Allred. Participation Fee $25
Boys Basketball: Coach James Huggard. Participation Fee $25
Girls Basketball: Coach Kirk Robinson. Participation Fee $25
Spring Sports:
Track: Coach Kirk Robinson and Coach Jarett Gilbert. Participation Fee $25
Other CVAA Activities
Music: Director Ben Carroll - Solo/Ensemble, Honor Band, Honor Choir, Large Group Festivals

Honor Society: Advisors Lara Barnett and Liza Roberts; Eligible: 8th Graders
3.75 Cumulative GPA--looking at their 6th and 7th Grade years. If a student falls below the 3.75--they will be placed on probation from Honor Society.  They have one quarter to bring their GPA back up or they will be dropped from the Society.
3 H's on average on their report cards per quarter. If a student receives a Citizenship Grade of N or U on a report card--they are placed on probation until it is made up.  They are expected to make these up as quickly as possible.
$5 membership fee to join
Induction Ceremony—Held in September of the school year.
Annual Trip/Cultural Event – Held in the Spring Semester. Typically involving a visit to a University and a Cultural Experience. Cost $20 approx.
Service Project--Helping run Castle Dale Elementary Field Day--End of May. Others to be determined.

Eligible: Coaches- Lara Barnett and Liza Roberts;  Eligible- 7th and 8th Graders
Tryouts will be held to determine a team of approximately 8-10 students from each grade.
Season is determined by the South East Service Center but, is typically in the spring.
There is no fee to join the team. But we will purchase a Quiz Bowl T-Shirt--$10 approx. if wanted.

Math Club: Advisors – Layne Hales and Kirk Robinson Participate in State and National competitions both online and at local colleges.

DAWG Pound: Advisor – Luci Robinson, Held following each term.  Qualify through Academics and Citizenship Achievement.

Reader’sClub: Advisor: Anjelena Behling, Determined through Accelerated Reader Points earned at the end of each term

Reading Olympics: Organized through the Language Arts Department and Media Center.

Culture Club: Advisors Antonella Funk and Doug Mecham

Student Council – Autumn Behling and Ky Horrocks

Yearbook – Megan Gilbert

Geography Bee: Advisor – Ky Horrocks

Spelling Bee: Language Arts Dept.

Veteran’s Day Program: Ky Horrocks

Honor Roll:
The purpose of the Honor Roll at San Rafael Middle School is to recognize students that excel academically.
The honor roll is divided into four (4) categories:
 Straight A: 4.0 GPA
 Highest Honor: 3.99-3.84 GPA
 High Honors: 3.83-3.69 GPA
 Honors: 3.68-3.5 GPA

Dances- Only enrolled SRMS students in good standing may attend SRMS Dances. CVMS by invitation only.
Bus Transportation- Bus drivers have a tremendous responsibility for the safe transportation of students. While on a school bus, students must obey the rules of the district as well as those of the driver. Failure to cooperate may result in suspension or complete removal from the school bus. Students involved in school activities must ride on the bus provided. Under no circumstances is a student allowed to drive a private car to such an activity or ride with another student. All buses will load and unload in the designated areas. Proper Behavior is expected and negative behaviors may result in consequences through both the transportation department and SRMS.
District administrators recognize that each student has the right to present, through accepted channels of communication, any grievance that he / she may have. The grievance may be presented, reviewed and equitably resolved through due process. Each student is entitled to due process by having his / her grievance heard in accordance with the following steps:
1. The grievance should be presented to the Principal in writing which clearly outlines the grievance and the desired outcome.
2. If the grievance is not satisfied by the decision of the Principal, the student may appeal the decision to the appeals committee for arbitration. The appeal must be in writing, clearly outlining the grievance and the desired outcome. Serving on the appeals committee will be a parent, a member of the student
council, and two teachers. The appeals committee will give a written decision or direction within ten
(10) school days from the filed grievance.
3. If the grievance is not satisfied by the decision of the appeals committee, the student may appeal the
decision to the Principal for arbitration. The Principal will give a written decision or direction within
five (5) school days from the filed grievance.
4. If the grievance is not satisfied by the Principal’s decision, the student may then submit the grievance in writing to the Emery County School District Board of Education within fifteen (15) school days from receiving the Principal’s written decision.

The following information relating to students has been declared “directory information” and may be made public: a) name, address and telephone listing; b) birth date; c) major field of study; d) participation in officially recognized activities and sports; e) weight, height, and grade level of members of athletic teams; and f) degrees and awards received. Parents or students (18 years of age or older) who do not want the information to be made public must make a formal request in writing to the school Principal within 30 days after the student enters school each year.

Non-Discrimination Statement:
It is the policy of the Emery County School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap in any educational program or activity. Any person with special handicap needs desiring to visit San Rafael Middle School will be accommodated by giving the school three days notice.
(Information regarding this policy and / or grievance procedures may be obtained from: Jed Jensen, OCR Compliance Officer, 120 North Main, Huntington, Utah 84528, 435-687-9846.)