Nelsen Handbook

Administration team

Administration Team

Nelsen Middle School
2018-2019
2403 Jones Avenue South
Renton, WA 98055
425-204-3000

School Administration
Principal………………......…..Mr. Stephen Rencher
Assistant Principal……..… Mrs. Natalie Riley
Assistant Principal ………...Ms. Kelly Jones

Counselors
6th grade …………………… Mrs. Emily Gray
7th grade …………….….…. Mrs. Andrea Lehwalder
8th grade ……………………. Mrs. Claudia Paul

Dean of Students
6th – 8th grade ………….…….Gary Aguilar

Vision and Mission Statements

Vision & Mission Statement

Vision Statement
Nelsen Middle School will cultivate positive relationships to provide the whole child with a supportive learning environment where EVERY student builds skills to become lifelong learners.


Mission Statement
Positive Relationships

Definition
Relationships in which each person promotes and works toward the overall well-being of others through kindness and collaboration.

Mission
-We provide opportunities to build relationships with one another as a staff.
-We celebrate staff work and accomplishments.
-We have positive interactions with students, staff, and guests.
-We replace judgement with curiosity and assume positive intent.
-We model our best self to our students, families, and colleagues.
-We address concerns directly with one another while assuming positive intent.
-We share our enthusiasm for learning with our students.
-We think about how our words and actions impact others.
-We collaborate with parents/guardians and community partners to promote student success.
-We embrace diversity by valuing each other’s culture, background, and experiences.

 

Whole Child
Definition

The whole child includes the social, emotional, academic, and physical needs of the child.Mission
-We provide opportunities for social emotional learning and personal growth for all students.
-We offer a variety of classes that meet the needs and interests of our students.
-We provide activities after school that meets the needs and interests of our students.
-We identify and address students’ social/emotional/physical needs.
-We provide social emotional curriculum and activities that addresses essential issues that face our students.

Supportive Learning Environment
Definition

A supportive learning environment is one in which a child feels safe, secure, challenged, and accepted in order to learn and grow academically, emotionally, and socially.

Mission
-We provide engaging, culturally relevant instruction bell-to-bell.
-We re-teach to support students.
-We seek out resources and collaborate to support student achievement.
-We communicate our expectations orally and in written language.
-We will establish, re-teach, and enforce the PBIS behavior matrix building-wide.
-We manage Tier 1/Discretionary behaviors in the classroom.
-We maintain a positive presence in the hallways.
-We maintain a safe, clean, and positive building.

Skills
Definition

Skills are the necessary strategies/tools needed to thrive socially, emotionally, and academically as a lifelong learner.

Mission
-We support all students and challenge them to take risks.
-We offer a variety of classes that meet the needs and interests of our students.
-We provide opportunities for students to collaborate in the classroom.
-We provide strategies for students to be successful socially, academically, emotionally, and physically.
-We encourage students to be advocates for themselves.

Nelsen Middle School Behavior Matrix—T.H.I.N.K: Is it True, Helpful, Inspiring, Necessary, Kind

Hawks SOAR
SUPPORTIVE: Build Each Other Up

OWNERSHIP: Responsible for Our Own Behavior

ACHIEVEMENT: Responsible for Our Own Learning

RELATIONSHIPS: Care for Each Other

Academic Spaces (Classrooms, Library, Gym)
-We support each other academically.
-We encourage each other to make safe, healthy, and responsible decisions.
-We T.H.I.N.K. before we speak.
-We appropriately support others to take ownership of their words and actions.
-We help maintain a safe, clean, and positive academic space.
-We challenge ourselves to be great.
-We appropriately advocate for ourselves.
-We use school appropriate language.
-We participate and take advantage of opportunities for learning both during the school day and after school.
-We are on time, prepared, and ready to learn.
-We keep track of assignments, deadlines, and activities.
-We have positive interactions with students, staff, and guests.
-We follow staff directions.
-We treat substitute teachers with kindness.
-We collaborate with our classmates.

Hallway / Hawks Hangout
-We keep each other safe.
-We walk in the hallways, even if we may be late for class.
-We walk on the right.
-We honor the personal space of others.
-We T.H.I.N.K. before we speak.
-We use voice level 2 or below.
-We pick up and throw away our garbage.
-We use school appropriate language.
-We T.H.I.N.K. before we speak.
-We follow directions of all staff members.
-We will not eat or have open food containers in the hallway.
-We have our supplies from our locker, including our free read book, before we go to class.
-We walk from one call to another while talking with our friends.
-We enter the classroom quietly and calmly.
-We acknowledge and greet others with kindness.
-We are role models for our peers and younger students.
-We honor the personal space of others.
-We will not tolerate bullying and harassing behavior.
-We will report bullying and harassing behavior.

Cafeteria
-We help keep our table clean.
-We T.H.I.N.K. before we speak.
-We advocate appropriately for others.
-We pick up and throw away our garbage.
-We use voice level 2 or below.
-We use school appropriate language.
-We keep all cafeteria food in the cafeteria.
-We keep our hands on our own food.
-We stay seated until we are dismissed.
-We do the right thing, even when nobody is watching.
-We acknowledge and greet others with kindness.
-We will have positive interactions with students, staff, and guests.
-We will not tolerate bullying and harassing behavior.
-We will report bullying and harassing behavior.
-We maintain our place in line.


Courtyard / Field
-We T.H.I.N.K. before we speak.
-We advocate appropriately for others.
-We will report bullying and harassing behavior.
-We use school appropriate language.
-We demonstrate good sportsmanship.
-We play by the rules.
-We leave when the bell rings/whistle blows.
-We play by the rules.
-We advocate appropriately for others.
-We acknowledge and greet others with kindness.
-We will have positive interactions with students, staff, and guests.
-We let everyone play.
-We will not tolerate bullying and harassing behavior.

Bus Zone / Front of the School
-We help other students find their bus.
-We keep each other safe.
-We honor the personal space of others.
-We walk our bikes, skateboards, and scooters on the sidewalk.
-We walk at all times.
-We T.H.I.N.K. before we speak.
-We use school appropriate language.
-We wait patiently when loading the bus behind the white line.
-We use the crosswalks in the parking lot.
- We wait patiently when loading the bus behind the white line.

We T.H.I.N.K. before we speak
• T: Is it True

• H: is it Helpful?

• I: is it Inspiring?

• N: is it Necessary?

• K: is it Kind?

SOAR Matrix

SOAR

SUPPORTIVE: 

Build Each Other Up

OWNERSHIP: 

Responsible for Our Own Behavior

ACHIEVEMENT: 

Responsible for Our Own Learning

RELATIONSHIPS:

Care for Each Other

Academic

Spaces

(Classrooms, Library, Gym)

 

 

• We keep each other safe.

• We walk in the hallways, even if we may be late for class.

• We walk on the right.

• We honor the personal space of others.

• We T.H.I.N.K. before we speak.

 

• We use voice level 2 or below.

• We pick up and throw away our garbage.

• We use school appropriate language.

• We T.H.I.N.K. before we speak.

• We follow directions of all staff members.

• We will not eat or have open food containers in the hallway.

 

• We have our supplies from our locker, including our free read book, before we go to class.

• We walk from one call to another while talking with our friends.

• We enter the classroom quietly and calmly.

 

 

• We acknowledge and greet others with kindness.

• We are role models for our peers and younger students.

• We honor the personal space of others.

• We will not tolerate bullying and harassing behavior.

• We will report bullying and harassing behavior.

Cafeteria

 

 

• We help keep our table clean.

• We T.H.I.N.K. before we speak.

• We advocate appropriately for others.

 

• We pick up and throw away our garbage.

• We use voice level 2 or below.

• We use school appropriate language.

• We keep all cafeteria food in the cafeteria.

• We keep our hands on our own food.

• We stay seated until we are dismissed.

 

• We do the right thing, even when nobody is watching.

 

 

• We acknowledge and greet others with kindness.

• We will have positive interactions with students, staff, and guests.

• We will not tolerate bullying and harassing behavior.

• We will report bullying and harassing behavior.

• We maintain our place in line.

Courtyard /

Field

 

 

• We T.H.I.N.K. before we speak.

• We advocate appropriately for others.

• We will report bullying and harassing behavior.

 

• We use school appropriate language.

• We demonstrate good sportsmanship.

• We play by the rules.

• We leave when the bell rings/whistle blows.

• We play by the rules.

• We advocate appropriately for others.

 

• We acknowledge and greet others with kindness.

• We will have positive interactions with students, staff, and guests.

• We let everyone play.

• We will not tolerate bullying and harassing behavior.

Courtyard / Field

Bus Zone / Front

of the School

 

• We help other students find their bus.

• We keep each other safe.

• We honor the personal space of others.

• We walk our bikes, skateboards, and scooters on the sidewalk.

• We walk at all times.

• We T.H.I.N.K. before we speak.

 

• We use school appropriate language.

• We wait patiently when loading the bus behind the white line.

• We use the crosswalks in the parking lot.

 

 

• We wait patiently when loading the bus behind the white line.

 

 

We T.H.I.N.K. before we speak

• T: Is it True

• H: is it Helpful?

• I: is it Inspiring?

• N: is it Necessary?

• K: is it Kind?

 

School Hours and Schedule

School Hours & Schedule

STUDENTS' SCHOOL HOURS
The building opens for your use at 7:35 a.m. You must leave promptly at 2:35 p.m. unless you are taking part in school-sponsored and supervised activities.


SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS
The office is open for public business from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on school days.

Bell Schedule

Student Fees

School Fees

NELSEN PLANNER $5.00**

PE T-SHIRT $ 7.00
PE SHORTS $12.00
PE SET $17.00
PE LOCK $ 7.00
ART FEE $10.00
* Prices are subject to change
**A replacement planner will cost $5.00

Activities and Athletics

Activities and Athletics

ACTIVITIES
Nelsen Middle School is proud of the wide variety of athletic programs & after school activities offered to students. Students are highly encouraged to participate and tend to excel in their studies as well as have an enjoyable middle school experience. Students must be in school for at least three full periods in order to participate in a game, meet, practice, or activity.

In order to participate, students must have an ASB sticker* on their ID card. Activities are offered Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 2:45 - 4:00 p.m. An activity bus will be available for transportation home. Come and try out the activities!

*ASB STICKER - $25.00
Students who have after school detention or served in-school suspension OR out of school suspension, may not participate in an after school activity or sport that day.

If you’re not participating in an after school club or sport, you need to be off campus by 2:45 p.m.

We offer a wide range of after school activities for students to enhance their middle school experience. The following are some of the activities we offer.

APT/SEA/Filipino Club
LGBTQ Club
Drama Club
Friends at Nelsen (FANs)
Fitness Club
D&D Club
National Junior Honor Society
Yearbook
Chess Club
Pottery Club
Computer Club
Pokémon Club
Harry Potter Club
Book Club
Latina and Latino Club

ACTIVITY BUS
An activity bus will be scheduled at approximately 4:05 P.M on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to allow students to participate in supervised after school activities or to make up classroom work. This bus is not for students who missed their regular bus. Only those students engaged in after school activities or authorized after school detention are allowed to ride the activity bus.

ATHLETICS
At Nelsen Middle School, we pride ourselves on developing student athletes. We expect our student athletes to excel in the following three areas; Academics, Attitude, and Athletic Ability (The Three A’s). Team members will be selected based on all three of these principles. In order to remain on the team and participate fully, coaches expect athletes to display The Three A’s at all times; on the field and in the classroom.

Eligibility and Requirements
Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible to participate in athletics in the middle school in the Renton School District.

The student must receive an academic grade higher than one (1) in a minimum of five (5) out of six (6) classes.
The student must accumulate a minimum of 15 effort skills point (2.5 GPA in effort).
An ASB card is required
Students must be in school for at least three full periods in order to participate in a game, meet, or practice.
Students may register for athletics at familyid.com or at the Renton School District website (Middle School Online
Athletic Registration)

Sports by Quarter
1st quarter: Girls and boys soccer
2nd quarter: Girls and boys basketball
3rd quarter: Girls volleyball, co-ed wrestling
4th quarter: Boys flag football, co-ed track

ASB/Core Council and Representatives

ASB / CORE COUNCIL / and REPRESENTATIVES
The ASB (Associated Student Body) is an organization through which all students have an opportunity to express their opinions and to participate in the management of certain school enterprises. Each spring a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and representatives from each grade level are elected for the following year.

The ASB Officers form the core for the student council, whose task is to promote leadership, initiative, and self-control among the members of the entire student body. Representative members are elected each fall. In this way, student ideas and suggestions are brought before the student council and information is carried back to the student body.

ASB 2019 - 20 OFFICERS
ASB President: 
ASB Vice-President: 
ASB Treasurer: 
ASB Secretary: 

Attendance

ATTENDANCE POLICY/PROCEDURES


Regular attendance is important to every student's success at Nelsen. Excessive absences, truancy and repeated tardiness will not be tolerated, and may lead to Becca Law procedures (explained in a later section).

A parent or guardian needs to call the attendance office at (425) 204-3010 to report that you are absent that day. Or upon returning to school, you have to bring a note from your parent/guardian explaining your absences and get an admit slip from the attendance office. Failure to bring a note within 48 hours will result in Five (5) Lunch Detentions. School work may be made up if an absence is excused.

EXCUSED ABSENCES
Medical Illness – after 5 absences in a row or 10 in a year a doctor’s note is required.
Medical Appointment
Legal Appointment or Court Appearance
Funeral in the Family
Religious Observance

PRE-ARRANGED ABSENCES
Pre-arranged family related commitments, such as trips or vacations require contact from parent at least one (1) week in advance as well as the completion of a pre-arranged absence form. Pre-arranged absences may or may not be excused.

EARLY DISMISSALS
Students should submit parent requests for early dismissal to the attendance office. Excused early dismissals will be issued for pre-arranged dental or doctor appointments. Other requests by parents for students to leave school early will be granted but may be considered unexcused. Students who fail to properly clear with the attendance office before leaving the campus will be considered unexcused.

ID is required to pick up any student. Only people listed on the student’s personal information will be allowed to pick him/her up for early dismissals.

HOMEWORK REQUESTS
It is the student's responsibility to contact his/her teachers upon return from an absence for missing assignments and due dates. If you are ill and out of school three or more days, your parent/guardian may call (425) 204-3010 to request homework for you. It may be picked up the following day. Be ready to tell the secretary:

First day of absence.
Anticipated day of return.
You may also call/email your student's teachers for homework requests.

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES/TRUANCY
Absences for reasons other than outlined previously as excused are considered unexcused, including, but are not limited to: failed alarm clocks, missing the bus, oversleeping, car problems, babysitting, etc. Missing more than 10 minutes of a class period without permission is considered an unexcused absence/truancy. School work missed from an unexcused absence/truancy may not be accepted. Consequences for unexcused absences/truancies are as follows:

Students missing less than three periods will receive a lunch detention for each period missed.
Students who miss three or more periods will earn a Friday School.
Students who are truant during a period after arriving on campus will earn a Friday School.
Repeated unexcused absences/truancies may result in assignment of In-School Suspension.

BECCA LAW
Washington State’s Becca Law requires children to attend school between the ages of 7 and 17. If your student has unexcused absences, the following Becca Law steps will take place in addition to school consequences.

Conference: Will take place after the second (2) unexcused absence.
Attendance Night: Will be required after the fifth (5) unexcused absence. An attendance contract will also be completed.
Becca petition: Will be filed with the courts after seven (7) unexcused absences in a month or ten (10) unexcused absences in a school year.

LATE ARRIVALS & TARDIES
Students who arrive late to school shall report to the attendance office for admittance to school.

It will be considered a tardy if the student arrives less than 10 minutes late to school/class.
It will be considered an unexcused absence/truancy if the student arrives more than 10 minutes late to school/class.
Late arrivals for reasons other than outlined previously as excused are considered unexcused tardies, including, but are not limited to: failed alarm clocks, missing the bus, oversleeping, car problems, babysitting, etc. The consequences for being tardy are as follows:

3 tardies: After-School Detention
6 tardies: Five (5) Lunch Detentions
9 tardies: Friday School
12 or more: Administrator’s discretion

School Info

School Information


ACADEMIC DISHONESTY
Cheating, copying, and plagiarism are not tolerated at Nelsen. Consequences will be as follows:

1st offense: Friday School
2nd offense: In-School Suspension for two (2) days
3rd offense: Administrative Discretion

AUTOMOBILE TRAFFIC
Student drop off is in the front of the school. Follow the signs at Renton Academy. Please do not park in the drop-off zone. Drop-off and pick-up on the west side of the building is not allowed. The east side of the school is for bus traffic only. There is no school pick-up or drop-off at Renton Academy for Nelsen students.

BACKPACKS
Backpacks/bags of any kind are not allowed in the classroom. Students may bring backpacks to school; however, they must be kept in their locker.

BIKES AND SKATEBOARDS
Bicycles ridden to school are to be locked up at the bike rack in front of the school. Skateboards and hover boards are kept in lockers.

CLOSED CAMPUS
Nelsen is a "closed campus." This means that students are not to leave once they have arrived. This applies even before classes start at 7:55 a.m. If, for example, your bus arrived at 7:50 a.m., you are not to leave campus. Students who do will be considered truant.

CONSEQUENCE DEFINTIONS
Cafeteria Intervention Assignment (CIA): Students spend the entire lunch period in the cafeteria sitting at one table.
Lunch Detention (LD): Students spend their lunch period in room 212.
After-School Detention (ASD): Students stay after school until 3:55 in room 212.
Friday School (FS): Students stay after school until 5:00 in room 212. Students are responsible for transportation home.
In-School Suspension (ISS): Students spend the entire school day in room 212.
Referral Process: The minimum consequence for earning a referral will be a Friday School. Additional referrals will result in more severe consequences.

CONTACT INFORMATION
In order for us to keep an open line of communication between you and the school, please make sure the school has your most recent and working phone numbers, mailing, address, email address, and emergency contacts.

DANCES: SCHOOL WIDE
All school rules and policies apply to dances. Students are expected to dance appropriately at all times. Any student removed from a dance will be sent home and may lose further activity privileges. If you leave early, you may not re-enter.

A student may not attend a dance IF:

-- A student is in school or out of school suspended in the past nine (9) weeks;

-- A student has fines;

-- A student has been absent 3 or more periods on the day of the dance.

DRESS CODE
Student dress code is a reflection of educational, behavioral, and professional expectations. Students' behavior is often a reflection of what they wear.

Hats and hoods must be removed when entering the building.
No paisley print bandanas.
Pants must sit at the same level as underwear or shorts. Must be at waist level.
Pajamas and house slippers are not allowed.
Logos advertising sex, drugs, tobacco, guns, or gangs are not allowed.
Tank tops and sleeveless shirts must be as wide as the shortest side of an ID card.
Shorts and skirts may be worn throughout the year, but they must not be cut-offs and must be longer than the students’ fingertips when extended at the side, even with leggings underneath.
For jeans with cutouts, the cutouts/rips must be below fingertips, unless leggings are worn underneath.
Leggings and spandex need to be fabric appropriate for school; not sheer/hosiery (see through)
Shirts must cover the abdomen, cleavage, back and bra straps.
Other clothing that may be deemed a disruption to the learning environment may be included.

Consequences for dress code violations:
Student will correct the violation or spend the day in ISS.
Additional offenses will be at administrator’s discretion.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES
All cell phones and other electronic devices, including headphones, must be put away during class and passing time. All devices are here at the user’s own risk. The school is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Electronic devices should not be used in a way that disrupts the learning environment. Any electronic device out during class time or passing time will be taken away and locked in the attendance office.

1st offense: The student may pick it up at the end of the day.
2nd offense: A parent must pick it up or the student serves a lunch detention.
3rd offense: Student serves an after school detention.
Additional offenses will be at administrator’s discretion.

End of the Year 8th Grade Activities
The end of 8th grade marks an important transition to high school. Part of Nelsen’s transition includes a series of activities such as a celebration, field trip, and awards ceremony.

If a student has any fines or is out of school suspended or in-school suspended during 4th quarter, they are not allowed to attend the 8th grade celebration and 8th grade field trip.

FINE POLICY
If students lose or damage school equipment or materials, they will be fined a fair repair or replacement value. Even if an item is stolen the student is still responsible. Fines must be paid in order for students to receive their final report card or memory book. Fines will follow the student to other schools. Students will be excluded from school activities if they have a fine.

FORGERY
Forgery including signatures on attendance notes, progress reports, discipline paperwork, etc. is not tolerated at Nelsen.

Consequences for Forgery:

1st offense: Friday School
2nd offense: In-School Suspension for two (2) days
3rd offense: Administrative Discretion

HARASSMENT/INTIMIATION/ BULLYING
Harassment, intimidation, or bullying is an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act that:

Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or
Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or
Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school

Consequences will be determined by administrator based on the severity of the act.

HONOR ROLL
Students must meet the following criterion to be eligible to make honor roll in middle school in the Renton School District.

The student must accumulate a minimum of eighteen (18) academic grade points (3.0 GPA).

HONOR SOCIETY
Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for Honor Society in middle school in the Renton District.

Honor Society eligibility will be determined by 2nd quarter grades.
Students must earn a minimum of 3.0 for each academic grade.
In classes giving a letter academic grade, Students must earn a minimum of a “B.”
Students must earn a minimum of 3.0 for each community skills grade.

IDENTIFICATION
Students must identify themselves when asked by a staff member at any time. Failure to identify yourself will result in after school detention. Consequences for additional offenses will be at administrator’s discretion.

IMMUNIZATION
In order to be in compliance with Washington State Law, students without proper immunization or verification thereof will not be allowed to enter school.

INSURANCE
A brochure explaining the full time or school time insurance coverage and fees will be made available to students from the main office.

LOCKERS & PERSONAL ITEMS
Students are to use only their assigned locker. We will not open lockers for students if they leave their belongings in another student’s locker. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged goods belonging to students. It is unwise to have valuable items in your locker. If you give your combination away, you have done a foolish thing. This is what causes most of the personal loss from lockers. The lockers are school property and may be opened by school authorities at any time when it is necessary. If you are having locker problems, check with the attendance office. If you request to have your locker combination changed or a new locker, you will be charged a $10 fee.

INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE AND GESTURES
Appropriate language and gestures are expected at all times. Minor infractions will result in CIA.

MEDICATION
If you are required to take medication at school, you must register ALL medications with the school nurse. The nurse can arrange a medication schedule in the clinic. No medication will be given without a signed consent form from your doctor and parent on file in the clinic, including nonprescription over the counter medicines. The medication must be properly labeled and in the original container. Medication CANNOT be dispersed if this procedure is not followed.

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY
The Renton School District does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, domicile, marital status or political activity, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Title IX Coordinator, Sheryl Moore, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, 425.204.2370, Sheryl.Moore@rentonschools.us.

Section 504/ ADA Coordinator and Compliance Coordinator, Dr. Shannon Harvey, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching, 425.204.2318, Shannon.Harvey@rentonschools.us. The ADA Compliance Officer is responsible for providing information about the existence and location of accessible services, activities, and facilities at Renton Public Schools, responds to accessibility requests, and addresses accessibility complaints from students and/or their families.

The Renton School District will take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services for vital communications or transitional bilingual education programs, contact Linda Hoste, Director of Categorical Programs, at 425.204.2410 or Linda.Hoste@rentonschools.us. See also, Renton School District Policies and Procedures No. 3207, 3210, 5003, 5005 and 5006 for complaint procedures.

NURSE - ILLNESS
Nelsen's school nurse will be in our building 3½ days a week. If you become ill while at school, ask your teacher's permission to report to the attendance office. Do not report directly to the nurse between classes. Instead, go to your next class, get a pass and check in with an adult in the office. Do not go directly home. If you need to go home, your parent/guardian will be called. The school cannot send you home without parent permission. If you are sent home, you must check out through the attendance office before you leave school.

PBIS FOCUS
PBIS Schools emphasize a school-wide system of supports that include strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate behavior. The goal is to design the most effective learning community possible with the best outcomes for all students. Attention is focused on creating and sustaining school-wide, classroom, and individual systems of support.

PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION
Being overly affectionate in school creates an environment that is not conducive to concentration and learning, therefore students should refrain from inappropriate, intimate behaviors on campus or at school related events and activities. Students must show good taste and conduct themselves respectfully at all times. Repeated overt displays of affection will result in parent contact and/or consequences.

SCHOOL SAFETY
Fighting, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, theft, vandalism, weapons or flammable materials are not allowed at Nelsen. There is a no tolerance policy and consequences will ensue based on the discipline matrix on pages 19-25. *Additional languages beyond English available online.

SUBSTITUES
At Nelsen, students will treat all substitute teachers with kindness. Substitutes are to be treated as if they were the regular classroom teacher.

Consequences for misbehavior with a substitute:

Referral = Friday School
Removed from Class = ISS

TELEPHONE
Students should make arrangements for transportation, etc., with their parents in advance. There is a phone in the Attendance Office available for student use.

TECHNOLOGY RESPONSIBLE USE POLICY
Renton School District teachers and students use technology and internet-based tools in their classrooms on a regular basis to support student learning and prepare students to engage in the rapidly changing world. These technologies improve student communication and collaboration skills, provide an authentic audience, and extend learning beyond the classroom walls while building digital citizenship skills. Student access to technology requires responsible, courteous, efficient, and legal use. Our goal in providing access to these resources is to enhance learning experiences and to educate students in responsible and appropriate use. It is important that students and parents recognize that information posted on the internet is public, permanent, and needs to be appropriate.

I understand that my use of any district technology (computer, network, internet, resources, etc.) will be monitored and is neither private nor confidential to district/authorized personnel. I understand that if I violate this agreement or the district’s policies and procedures, I may not be allowed to continue to use technology or I may receive other consequences based on the severity of the violation.

VISITORS
All visitors to Nelsen must register in the main office. This is to protect students on our campus. Students are not permitted to bring visitors or guests to school. If you would like to come and observe or visit classrooms with your child, please give us 24 hour notice.

WATCH DOGS
Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year. During the day, Watch D.O.G.S. may read and work on flash cards with students, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with students. If you are interested in becoming a Watch D.O.G.S. at Nelsen, please contact the main/attendance office to sign up!

Student's Guide to Standards-Based Grading

Your teachers will use standards-based grading in your classes to provide you with feedback on your progress towards meeting the district-identified learning standards. In order to do this, you will be graded in three categories: Academic Standards, Effort, and Community Skills.

Academic standards
These learning standards represent the important knowledge and skills you will develop in each course. You will get specific feedback in 4-6 areas per class, to identify your strengths and where you need to continue to focus your efforts.

Why is this important? Measuring your learning against a set of standards will show what you know and are able to do at each grade level, to make sure you are prepared to move forward.

Effort
This will show how well you are prepared and follow class routines, homework completion, and your focus during class time.

Why is this important? Working hard and putting forth effort will not only help you perform well on your assessments, but will also help you establish valuable work habits that will pay off for the rest of your lives.

Community Skills
This will show how well you are able to accept responsibility, show active listening skills, respect personal/public property and the voice of others, and how you value instructional time.

Why is this important? Getting along with others, promoting a positive learning environment, and learning to work in diverse groups is critical to academic success and success in life.

What Do All These Numbers Mean?
Grade Marks

Effort/Community Skills
4

Exceeding Standards
4

Consistently
3

Meeting Standards
3

Often
2

Approaching Standards
2

Sometimes
1

Attempting Standards
1

Rarely
IE

Insufficient Evidence

NA
Not Assessed

M
Modified Standard

Your goal should always be to earn a 3 and then push yourself to continue to grow as a learner. You will have multiple chances to work towards earning a 3. Learning is process.

If you have met the middle school standards, you can be confident you will be prepared for high school.

Renton School District Discipline Matrix

The Renton School District practices progressive discipline except in cases deemed as exceptional misconduct. Exceptional misconduct is defined as misconduct other than absenteeism that is frequent in occurrence, or is serious in nature, and/or is disruptive to the operation of the school. Notification of law enforcement will be considered in exceptional misconduct cases. In some circumstances, a student will be emergency expelled as a first response pending review. All discipline applies to misconduct during the school day, at school sponsored activities, while on school grounds, or on school buses or vehicles provided by the district.

Offense


School Discipline Warning
Short-Term Suspension (STS)
Long Term Suspension (LTS)
Expulsion/ Emergency Expulsion
Notification of Non-School Agency

Arson/Setting Fire
Includes pulling a fire alarm. Consequence determined by administrator based on severity. Restitution will be paid for damages. Fire Marshall may be contacted. 1st Violation - 5 day STS 2nd Violation - 7 day STS to LTS. Subsequent Violations - LTS to Emergency Expulsion/Expulsion

Bomb Threat
Emergency Expulsion pending investigation. Police will be contacted.

Dangerous/Unsafe Behavior
Behavior that may reasonably result in injury to self or others.
Consequences determined by administrator based on severity of incident.

Defiance
Refusing to follow reasonable directions of staff.
Consequence will be determined by the administrator based on the severity of incident.

Disrupting the Educational Process
Consequence will be determined by the administrator based on the severity of incident.

Drugs - Possessing/Using
Possessing/using/under the influence of illegal chemical substances, paraphernalia, mood-altering substances, alcohol, or imitations. 1st Violation - 45 day LTS, reduced to 5 days if student agrees to a D&A Assessment and follows recommendations. 2nd Violation - 90 day/remainder of semester LTS. May be reduced to 20 days if student agrees to complete a D&A assessment & follows the recommendations. Subsequent Violations - Emergency Expulsion/Expulsion

Drugs: Distribution/Selling
Distribution and/or selling of alcohol/illegal chemical substances, mood altering substances, weapons, paraphernalia, or imitations of the aforementioned items.

Fighting/Assault
Instigating or setting up a fight results in same consequences as fighting. Depending on circumstances, steps may be skipped; (i.e. fight/assault with gang implications) Subsequent violations within 36 months considered cumulative. 1st Violation - 3-5 day STS 2nd Violation – 7 - 10 day STS. Subsequent

Violations - LTS to Emergency Expulsion/Expulsion
Gang Affiliation/Display (i.e. bandanas, flags, gang graffiti and #'s, belt buckles)Warning toEmergency Expulsion. Items will be confiscated. 1st Violation - warning to 3 day STS. 2nd Violation – 5 - 10 day STS. Subsequent Violations - LTS to Emergency Expulsion/Expulsion.

Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying (including incidents involving technology)
Retaliation is a separate offense and will lead to disciplinary action taken against offender. Consequences determined by administrator based on severity. 1st Violation - warning to 3 day STS. 2nd Violation – 5 – 10 day STS. Subsequent Violations - LTS to Emergency Expulsion/Expulsion

Inappropriate Use of Technology
1st Violation - loss of computer privileges for 30 days; 2nd Violation - loss of computer privileges for remainder of semester (60 days minimum); Subsequent Violations - loss of computer privileges for remainder of school year (90 days minimum) to Emergency Expulsion/Expulsion.

Retaliation
Consequences determined by administrator based on severity. 1st Violation -warning to 3 day STS. 2nd Violation – 5 – 10 day STS. Subsequent Violations - LTS to Emergency Expulsion/Expulsion.

Sexting
Sending, sharing, viewing or possessing pictures, text messages, emails or other material depicting sexually explicit conduct, in electronic or any other form on a cell phone or other electronic device. 1st Violation - warning to 3 day STS. 2nd Violation – 5 - 10 day STS. Subsequent Violations - LTS to Emergency Expulsion/Expulsion.

Theft/Stealing
Depending on circumstances, steps may be skipped & police contacted. Subsequent violations within 36 months considered cumulative. 1st Violation – 2 day STS. 2nd Violation – 3 – 5 day STS. Subsequent Violations – 7 – 10 day STS. Consequences may be reduced if restitution is paid or item returned intact.

Tobacco - Possessing/using tobacco products
1st Violation – Complete the Tobacco Intervention Packet in ISS. 2nd Violation - Complete the Tobacco Intervention Packet in ISS and attend Friday School. Subsequent Violations – see previous consequences. Refusing to complete packet will result in STS.

Vandalism/Damaging School Property 
1st Violation 3-5 day STS. 2nd Violation 7 day STS to LTS. Subsequent Violations LTS to Emergency Expulsion/Expulsion. Depending on circumstances, steps may be skipped and police contacted.

Verbal Abuse
Profanity and/or abusive language directed towards or in response to a student, staff member or other individual. 1st Violation – 1 day STS. 2nd Violation - 3 day STS. 3rd Violation – 5 day STS. Subsequent Violations - 10 day STS.

Weapons (including laser pens)
Possessing, brandishing and/or using weapons or explosive devices, including look-alikes. Consequences determined by administrator based on severity. (Weapons violation involving a firearm will result in a minimum 1-year expulsion.)

Student Handbook