Survival Guide

Welcome to Sherburne-Earlville Middle School!

 This survival guide is probably the most important reference you will need this year. It tells about things such as the school rules, the schedule, and it even has a map of the school. We decided to write this guide to inform you of things you may want to know about middle school. Bookmark this page for future reference! You will be glad you did! If you would like a printed copy, a download will be available soon.

Morning Routine

In the morning, teachers usually open their doors anytime between 7:30 and 8 am. You can enter your homeroom as soon as it is open. Before you go to homeroom, you should put your bag, jacket, hat, etc. in your locker. Between 7:30 and 8:00 you can walk around the hallways, get breakfast, and visit with your friends. Just remember, you have to be out of the halls and in your homeroom by 8:00. If you arrive at school later than 8:00, you must sign in at the attendance office. A good start to your morning will make for a good day.

To and From Classes

You will have to travel on your own from one class to another during the school day. You will have four minutes to change classes and you should always be on time. You can go to your locker between classes if you need to. If you are late because a teacher asked you to stay after class, you must get a pass from that teacher to enter your next class. Three or more lates to class will get you a referral, so BE ON TIME!

Maroon Day/ White Day

The Middle School follows a two-day schedule, rotating back and forth from Maroon to White Day. This means that each of your core subjects will meet for two Mods (periods) every other day. The first day of school will be a Maroon Day, the second day will be a White, and so on. If there is a snow day, when you come back to school it will be the same day it would have been if you had not had the snow day. If you are not sure if you are on a Maroon Day or a White Day, you can check in the office or listen to the announcements. Don't worry, you will get used to it after a few days!

Student Passes

Anytime you have to leave a classroom, the teacher will put your name, the date, the time, and where you are going on the pass. When you are ready to go back to class, then the person you have been “visiting” will sign the return portion of your pass. Some teachers have wooden passes they will give you to go to places frequently visited, such as the bathroom.

Planners

Everyone will receive a planner at the beginning of the year. A planner is designed to help you remember what your homework is and when it is due. The planner has one block of space for each subject every day. When you get your planner your teachers will tell you what to put in them. From day to day your teachers will give you homework. When you receive a homework assignment, write it down under the correct subject. Your 6th grade science teacher will count your planner as part of your participation grade.

Also included in your planner there are many interesting things to learn, such as study skills, mathematics and social studies facts. There are also important things you should know about the school such as a school map and a handbook of rules.

Student Schedule Sample

ModTimeMaroon DayWhite Day
18:00-8:48English 6English 6
28:52-9:32English 6
English 6
39:36-10:36Math 6Math 6
410:20-11:00Physical EducationFast Lane English
511:04-11:44Lunch/ActivityLunch/Activity
611:48-12:28Science 6Science 6
712:32-1:12ArtFast Lane Math
81:16-1:56Social Studies 6Social Studies 6
92:00-2:40BandSocial Studies 6

Handling Teachers

Handling teachers is easy, if you know how to do it. You might have thought it was a cinch in the past, but this can be difficult because you have many more teachers to handle! You switch teachers for every subject, so you have to get used to different people. Also, teachers are stricter in middle school because you are becoming a young adult and you are expected to be on your best behavior in school.

To stay on your teachers' good side, follow the Five Be's:
  1. BE on time to class and be prepared by having all materials needed for class (including planner, book, notebook, homework or assignments, and pen or pencil.)
  2. BE polite and respectful to self and others(e.g. raise your hand to speak).
  3. BE responsible by respecting school and personal property.
  4. BE responsible by participating in class.
  5. BE your best.
Basically, you will survive by using your common sense. Rules are responsibilities. Figure out what your responsibilities are, act on them, and teachers will respect your rights.

Special Classes

There are several exploratory classes you may participate in during middle school. They are music, art, computer, health and technology. Every student has a schedule that is unique. If you are interested in Band or Chorus, please contact your school counselor to have it added to your schedule.

Homework Success Program

The S-E Middle School wants to create a school environment that encourages student success. One strategy to achieve this goal is to increase homework completion. In order to ensure that students complete homework on time, the following homework plan will be followed for students in grades 6-8.

All homework must be completed, good quality (as determined by the teacher) and turned in to the teacher during class on the date it is due. Teachers will check homework at the beginning of class. If a studentës homework is incomplete or of poor quality, the teacher will send the student to the office to call a parent and notify him or her that the student needs to make up the assignment at homework center that day. For mods 1-4, if a student does not complete the homework with good quality, he or she will be required to attend homework center during lunch (period 5) where he or she will eat lunch and then complete the assignment. If the assignment is not completed during period 5 the student will be required to stay after school at homework center to finish the assignment. For classes during mods 6-9, homework center will be held from 3-4 p.m. The student may leave the after school homework center at 3:15 p.m. once the assignment is completed, if he or she lives in town, will be attending a club or sport practice, or has a ride home. If the student lives out of town and does not have a ride he or she will be required to stay at homework center and take the 4 p.m. late bus home.

Helpful Homework Tips:

You can access daily assignments on the MS Homework Hotline online or by phone at (607) 674-8444. This is helpful for students who forget assignments or who are absent.

If you are absent for more than one day please call the MS office to request any work you will miss. Teachers will provide work for someone from home to pick up.

Marking Periods

There are 40 weeks in the school year. You will receive a report card every 10 weeks. You will receive progress reports that keep you up to date on how you are doing every five weeks in between each report card. Parent/Teacher conferences are also held throughout the year so that your parents can check on your grades. Your parents can also schedule their own meeting with your teachers at any point during the school year. If you ever have specific questions about your grades, your teachers are more than willing to answer them - donít be afraid to ask!!! Remember, progress reports and report cards are sent home so that you can see how you are doing in school - use this information to make any improvements you need to.

Power School

All Middle School grades are saved in a computer program called Powerschool. One feature of Powerschool is that it allows students and parents to check grades online by signing in with a password. This can be a helpful way to monitor progress in all subject areas.

Physical Education

All Middle School students will take a Physical Education class. Students are required to wear sneakers and change into PE clothes such as a tee shirt and shorts or sweat pants.

Lockers

Every Middle School Student is assigned a locker. This locker is to be used for your coat, book bag, books, and any other items that you do not need while you are in class. Your coat and book bag should be left in your locker from the time you arrive in school until the time you leave. To keep your belongings and other materials safe, your locker has a combination lock. You will be given this combination on the first day of school, DO NOT give this combination out to anyone! If you forget or lose your combination, you can ask for it in the middle school office. You will also be assigned a locker in the locker room when you take your first physical education class. Your teacher will assign you a combination lock to be used on your locker. Only these school locks should be used on the P.E. lockers. This locker will have a different combination than your hallway locker. This locker is to be used for gym clothes only. The only time that there should be anything other than gym clothes in this locker is when you are in P.E. class. At this time, the clothes that you wore to school will be left in your P.E. locker. Please remember that your locker is school property, and therefore does not belong to you. Do not deface or damage your locker in any way. If you have any trouble opening or closing your locker, please notify the middle school office.

DO NOT LEAVE MONEY OR OTHER VALUABLES IN EITHER OF YOUR LOCKERS!
*Please note backpacks with wheels do not fit in lockers.

Bus Line-Up & Parent Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Bus Line Up
 
In the afternoon, the buses line up in a specific place and order so you know where to find them. Remember, each bus has a number and a picture to help you find it. If you have to walk to get to your bus, you may want to consider going out a door that is closer to your particular bus. If you are unsure about where your bus is, there are monitors outside to help you.
 
Parent Pick-Up/Drop-Off

Many students have their parents pick them up or drop them off at the school. Your parents should drop you off at the flagpole entrance.


Late Arrivals/Leaving Early

Homeroom begins promptly at 8:00 am. You are officially tardy when the second bell rings, indicating that homeroom is starting. If you are late to school for any reason, you must sign in at the attendance office. The office is located at the flagpole entrance. When you sign in the attendance clerk will give you a pass to class. You can also get a pass from the attendance office to leave early for any appointments you may have during school hours.

The Lunchroom Rules

  1. Keep your table clean.
  2. Place all garbage in trashcans.
  3. Return all trays.
  4. No running or horseplay.
  5. Middle school students must stay on the middle school side of the cafeteria.
You will receive a number that you must punch into a keypad every time you purchase lunch (this will be the same as your library number). If you do not receive a free or reduced lunch, you will put money on your food account or you may pay on a daily basis.

There are many things to buy in the cafeteria. Below is a list of all the things you can buy and their prices. Please note that prices may change.

$ 1.05 Complete Breakfast
$ 2.05 Complete Lunch
$ .50 - $2.00 Snacks, Milk, Bottled Water

Library Rules

The library is available to students during classes, study halls, before homeroom and after school. The teachers will give you a hall/library pass on which they write the class, your name, the time you leave and their own signature. When you enter the library there is a “pass rack” marked A-Z. After you have stamped the time on your pass, you will place it under the first letter of your last name. If you need help, Mrs. Todd or one of the library aides would be happy to assist you.
There is one route that you are allowed to take to get to the library. To get to the library, go down the hall past the cafeteria. Take the stairs at the end of the hallway closest to the lunch line entrance. At the bottom of the stairs you will see the high school office directly in front of you. Turn left and you will walk straight into the library.

Remember your library number. It is also the number you use when you buy lunch. You must memorize this number!

Remember go to the Library to:
  • Study, find a book, research, read or use the computers.
  • You do NOT go to the library to:
  • Hang out, fool around, run around, or talk loudly.
  • Be on your best behavior in the library!!

Discipline

  1. Office Call: If you receive a discipline referral, you may be called to see the Assistant Principal. From there, you may receive one of many consequences. Consequences can range from being sent out of class for a Mod, Lunch Detention, After School Detention, In School Suspension, or Out of School Suspension.
  2. Classroom: If you misbehave in class, your teacher can send you to the In School Suspension Room. Teachers will send schoolwork to you if you will be spending an extended amount of time out of class.

When you are in the In School Suspension Room:
  1. Students are not allowed to sleep.
  2. Students are not allowed to get out of their seats without permission.
  3. Students are not allowed to eat, except during lunchtime.
  4. Students are not allowed to talk or communicate with others.
  5. Students must work on assignments given to them by their teachers.
  6. Students are not allowed to participate in any special school activities during the hours of detention, and possibly some after school activities as well.
  7. Violation of any of these rules will lead to further disciplinary action.

The Do's and Don'ts of Chewing Gum....

Chewing Gum “Do's”
  • DO dispose of your gum properly
  • DO chew gum only in areas and classrooms that gum chewing is allowed
  • DO comply when a teacher asks you to dispose of your gum
Chewing Gum “Don'ts”
  • DON'T chew gum in the gym
  • DON'T chew gum in the band and chorus rooms
  • DON'T chew gum in the computer labs
  • DON'T take the gum out of your mouth unless you are disposing of it
  • DON'T snap the gum
  • DON'T blow bubbles
When in doubt, don't chew it!

Cell Phones

Students are not allowed to use cell phones during the school day. Cell phones need to be turned off and put away between 8:00-2:40. If they are not turned off and put away, your phone will be taken away and kept in the office till the end of the day. If this happens twice a parent will have to come and pick the phone up.

Computer Lab Information

There are a lot of things to learn about the Middle School Computer Labs. To survive in the computer labs, be on time, be prepared, be attentive and be a friend to other people and to the computers. Also, DO NOT chew gum in the computer labs! There are many software programs that you can use in the computer labs to create documents and PowerPoint presentations. You may also take a computer class. You will make a card, work on keyboarding and learn other interesting and fun things. Your other teachers may take you to the computer lab as a class to work on projects. In the beginning of the year, you will be issued a password for your computer. You are to use this password in order to access your student file on the computer. You should NEVER tell anyone your password.

Student Council

Student Council in the middle school is made up of student volunteers who wish to participate in planning school activities throughout the year. These students are responsible for bringing in ideas from classmates on upcoming activities such as dances and spirit week. The officers are elected within Student Council and are responsible for organizing and running all Student Council activities. In return, the students are able to enter the dances for free. Students that take part in Student Council are required to maintain good grades with no discipline problems.
Clubs
  • Art Club
  • Chainmaille
  • Chess Club
  • French Club (7th & 8th only)
  • Magazine Mania
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Odyssey of the Mind
  • Running Club
  • Ski Club
  • Spanish Club (7th & 8th only)
  • Student Council
  • Techno logy Club
  • Writing Club
 
Sports
  • Modified Girls Basketball
  • Modified Boys Basketball
  • Modified Girls Volleyball
  • Modified Football
  • Modified Girls Field Hockey
  • Modified Girls Soccer
  • Modified Boys Soccer
  • Modified Girls Softball
  • Modified Boys Baseball
  • Modified Girls and Boys Track
  • Cross Country
  • Swimming
  • Wrestling

Good Luck!

We hope that this page helps to guide you. Remember, if you ever have problems or questions donít hesitate to stop in at the Middle School Office and find out what you need to know. Good luck in your new Middle School adventure!
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