Student Handbook
2016-2017
 
 
River Valley Middle School
Trudy McGrath                     Darrah Sawyer
Principal                                 Vice Principal
 
33 Epworth Park Road
Grand Bay – Westfield, NB
E5K 1W1
Telephone: 738-6500
Fax: 738-6506
 
New Brunswick Anglophone South School District
Office of the Superintendent: 658-5300
 
 
This Agenda Belongs to:
 
Name _______________________________________________
Address _____________________________________________
City/Town ______________________ Postal Code ___________
Phone _________________________
Grade _____ Homeroom Teacher __________________________
 
 
Mission Statement
Working Together, Learning Together, Growing Together
 
L’énoncé de mission
Travailler Ensemble, Apprendre Ensemble, Grandir Ensemble
 
Vision Statement
River Valley is a community of independent, well-balanced, and enlightened global citizens.
 
We will be:
 
§  Innovative
§  Critical thinkers
§  Caring contributors to society
§  A collaborative community
 
We want to ignite a passion for meaningful learning in all students.
 
L’énoncé de vision
École River Valley est une communauté de citoyens indépendants, équilibrés, éclairés, et globaux.
            Nous serons :
§  innovateurs
§  dotés d’un esprit critique
§  des contributeurs à la société
§  une communauté collaborative
Nous voudrons faire naître une passion d’apprentissage réfléchi à tous nos élèves.
 
 
 
Raider Code                           Le code des raiders
Respect                                   Respect
Achievement                         Accomplissement
Involvement                          Implication
Dedication                              Dévouement
Enthusiasm                            Enthousiasme
Responsibility                        Responsabilité
Success                                   Succès
 
 
 
EXPECTATIONS FOR WRITTEN WORK
1.     Write the title in the center of the top line of your page.
2.     Write your first and last name in full on the left side of the 2nd line of your page.
3.     Write the date on the right side of the 2nd line of the page.
4.     Always write on the lines and start at the left-side margin.
5.     Crumpled, torn, folded, or stained paper will not be accepted.
6.     Too many crossing out or liquid paper corrections on your final copy may require you to redo your work.
7.     Use a ruler when underlining and when creating charts or tables.
8.     When using a pen for final copies, use only blue or black ink (teachers may make exceptions depending on the assignment).
 

 
MESSAGE TO STUDENTS
Use of this student agenda will assist you in planning for success at River Valley Middle School.  A consistent effort, a positive attitude, and the willingness to participate as part of a team will help you in reaching your potential as a student.

 

MESSAGE TO PARENTS

The School Policy outlined in this Agenda is based on the New Brunswick Education Act (1997). Please see page 5, which lists the “Duties of Pupils” and “Roles of Parents” as stated in the Act. 
At any time, if you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the school administration at 738-6500.
 
This agenda is one of the main tools for communication between home and school and should be monitored by parents/guardians on a daily basis.
We also ask that you update your child’s contact information throughout the year as needed.
 
Please sign this portion of the Agenda
 
I have read this copy of the 2016-2017 River Valley Middle School Agenda.
Date _______________        
Signature of Parent or Guardian___________________________________
 
 
 
ANGLOPHONE SOUTH SCHOOL DISTRICT
2016-17 SCHOOL CALENDAR
 
2016
August                  29           Administration Day for Staff
                                30-31     Council Days for Staff
 
September         1              Administration Day for Staff
5              Labour Day – No Classes
6              For all middle school students, there will be a “transition day” with grades 6 and 9 only attending on Sept. 6. 
                                7              Classes for all students K-12 in the District
           
October               6-7          Professional Learning Days for Staff – No Classes
10           Thanksgiving Day – No Classes
                               
November          11           Remembrance Day – No Classes
                                25           Parent Teacher Student Conferences K-12 – No Classes
 
December           23           Last Day of First Term – half day of classes
 
2017
January                9              Professional Learning Day for Staff – No Classes
                                10           First Day for Students
                               
February              24           Professional Learning Day for Staff – No Classes               
 
March                   6-10       March Break – No Classes
                                31           Grades K-12 Parent Teacher Student Conferences – No Classes
 
April                      14           Good Friday – No Classes
17           Easter Monday – No Classes
28           Professional Learning Day for Staff – No Classes
 
May                       4              Saint John Education Centre only – AEFNB & NBTA Meetings - No Classes
5              Provincial Council Day – No Classes
                                22           Victoria Day – No Classes
 
June                      23           Last Day for Students
                                26-27     Administration Days for Staff
 

DUTIES OF PUPIL

 
The policies in the handout are based on River Valley Middle School and Anglophone South School District policies and the Education Act of the Province of New Brunswick. The following is a list of pupil duties as outlined in the Act.  It is the duty of a pupil to:
  • participate in learning opportunities to his or her potential
  • accept increasing responsibility for learning
  • attend to assigned homework
  • attend school regularly and punctually
  • contribute to a safe and positive learning environment
  • be responsible for conduct at school and while on the way to and from school
  • respect the rights of others
  • comply with all school policies
 
ROLES OF PARENTS
  • encourage his or her child to attend to assigned homework
  • communicate reasonably with school personnel employed at the school his or her child attends as required in the best interests of the child
  • cause his or her child to attend school as required by the Education Act
  • ensure the basic needs of his or her child are met
  • have due care for the conduct of his or her child at school and while on the way to and from school
 
The parent of a pupil has a right to reasonable consultation with the pupil’s teacher or the principal of the school the pupil attends with respect to the education of the pupil.
It is the responsibility of the parent and of school personnel to conduct themselves in a respectful manner and to follow established procedures when involved in communications concerning the pupil.
 
ATTENDANCE
In keeping with the Provincial School Law, students must attend each day that school is in session. Everyone is required to be prepared and on time for each class.
  • Excessive absence will result in a letter of concern being sent home (phone call – 5 absences, 1st letter – 10 absences, 2nd letter – 15 absences), a parent conference or a referral to the Department of Social Development if the problem persists.
  • School law requires that a written excuse for each absence be presented to the homeroom teacher upon the student’s return to school.
  • Students who are late for school must report to the school office for a Late Pass. Repeated tardiness (5 or more) will result in a lunch detention.
  • Parents are asked to make every attempt to schedule trips and appointments around times that school is closed.
 
BUS REGULATIONS
Issued by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
  • Be on time.
  • Never stand on the street or highway while waiting for the school bus.
  • Be absolutely quiet while the bus is approaching and crossing a railway.
  • Pupils shall be picked up and discharged only at bus stops approved by the School District.
  • Obey the driver promptly and avoid any unnecessary conversation with the driver while the bus is in motion.
  • Do not cross the road behind the bus. Crossings are made in front of the bus, not nearer than ten feet, and only after looking in both directions.
  • Occupy seats assigned by the driver or other official.
  • Obtain approval of the driver to open emergency doors or windows.
  • Do not throw anything out of the windows or extend hands, arms or legs through the opening.
  • To help keep the bus clean, do not throw refuse on the floor of the bus.
  • Smoking in any form, or use of tobacco in any form, is not permitted on the bus.
  • No food or drink is permitted.
  • Be courteous to the driver and fellow passengers. Rough or boisterous conduct will not be permitted on the bus.
  • In case of any road emergency, remain seated in the bus until ordered to vacate.
§  Damage to a bus must be paid for by the offender.
 
ANGLOPHONE SOUTH SCHOOL DISTRICT –STUDENT PLACEMENT & PROMOTION GUIDELINES
Anglophone South School District follows the protocols for grade placement and promotion in accordance with the New Brunswick Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s Inclusive Education Policy (Policy 322). Further information about the policy can be found on the Government of New Brunswick website under the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development policies (http://www.gnb.ca/0000/policies.asp).

 

SCENT FREE & NUT FREE SCHOOLS

 
Anglophone South School District has both a scent free (banning the use of perfumes, colognes, body lotions and sprays) & nut free policy (food products must be nut free). The use of perfume and colognes must be avoided because of sensitivities and allergies, so we ask anyone who comes into our building to refrain from wearing scents that may cause discomfort to others. Students who wear or spray strong scents will be asked to wash it off or change their clothing. They may be sent home or removed from classes for the day. If a student persists in jeopardizing the health of others, disciplinary action will be taken. Food items that are not nut free cannot be consumed at school. If students have such items, they will not be permitted to eat them and will be asked to take them home.
 
 
USE OF ELECTRONICS
The use of cell phones or other electronics, texting or taking pictures while on school property will be closely monitored and limited to specific times. Students who fail to comply with expectations for use of electronics will lose the privilege of accessing those items while on school property.
At RVMS, we believe that it is important to model acceptable use of technology for our students. Students using electronics or other forms of technology on school property during the school day will adhere to the following guidelines:
§  Electronics may be used in the morning before the 8:30 bell, at lunch in the cafeteria, and during Activity Period.
§  Electronics may not be used between classrooms, in washrooms, in hallways or in any unsupervised areas.
§  Teachers may choose to allow use of electronics in their classrooms at specific times but these times will be clearly set and monitored by that teacher and will only apply to that teacher in that classroom for that time and not to other classrooms or time periods.
§  Electronics will not be used to send inappropriate, harassing or negative texts, messages or images.
§  Under no circumstances will students be allowed to take pictures and/or videos; nor will they be allowed to post any information, pictures and/or videos to public internet sites.
Students wishing to contact parents during the school day must do so in the school office. Parents wishing to contact their child during the school day must contact the school office directly. Students should not be receiving texts during instructional time.
If a student is found to be in violation of the standards above, the following consequences will apply:
§  First violation: cell phone/device confiscated and returned at the end of the day. Note sent home to parent/guardian.
§  Second violation: cell phone/device confiscated and held in the school office to be picked up by parent/guardian. Official warning of suspension from school.
§  Third violation: cell phone/device confiscated and held in the school office to be picked up by parent/guardian. Student suspended from school for defiance of school rules. Loss of use of electronics privileges, as per the above policy, for a time period up to and including the end of the school year may also apply.
If management of the above policy becomes excessive due to student abuse of the policy, RVMS reserves the right to return to usage of the more restrictive guidelines as suggested in the provincial policy.
 
STUDENT FEES
 
Our annual student fee is $25/ student. This includes the cost of this agenda. The remainder of the fee is used to support extra-curricular activities and events throughout the school year.
POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
River Valley Middle School has adopted a Raider Responsibility Code to provide a safe and orderly environment for learning.  Students are to behave in a responsible and respectful manner in school and during school organized trips or activities.
  • Students are to be on time with required material for all classes.
  • Assigned work is to be completed at home or during class time as directed by the teacher.
  • Students are to respect the school environment and assist in keeping it neat and tidy.
  • Students are required to respect the rights of others by not interfering with the positive learning environment.
 
The Raider Code should be used as a guide to a positive school environment.

 

 

SAFE MOVEMENT INSIDE THE BUILDING

 
  • Walk, do not run.
  • No sliding on the banisters.
  • The upper corridors are cleared at lunchtime and students are not permitted upstairs except for a teacher-supervised activity.
  • Quiet movement in hallways during class time is expected.
  • Students are to remain in team areas.
  • At the end of instructional time, students who are going home should leave school property quickly. Students staying for Activity Period should report to activities. Students should not loiter in the area of the River Valley Community Centre.
 

LEAVING SCHOOL DUE TO ILLNESS/EMERGENCY

 
§  Student informs teacher.
§  Student must then report to the school administrative assistant, who will permit them to contact home to make further arrangements. Students are not permitted to use their cell phone to call home. They must come to the office & can use their cell phone there.
§  Students must follow the above procedure before leaving the building.
 

LEAVING SCHOOL PROPERTY

 
After students arrive on school property, they must remain for the day unless the school is contacted by the parent/guardian by telephone or signed excuse. Again, students are not permitted to loiter in the area of the River Valley Community Arena. Students are not permitted to leave school property and then return to catch the bus.
 
 
LOCKERS
Lockers are provided for each student and must be locked with a combination lock. The combination must be given to the homeroom teacher. Students are required to keep personal belongings in their lockers and the school will not be held responsible for lost or stolen personal items. We ask that students do not use a key lock.
 
CAFETERIA
We are very pleased to have Chef Frank Horvat to provide our cafeteria services.  Chef Horvat makes all items from scratch here at school.  All selections are nutritious and follow the guidelines as outlined by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Lunches may be purchased daily and do not require pre-ordering.
 

DRESS CODE

 
As a general rule, clothing should be appropriate to the positive learning environment we strive for in our school.
  • Low cut tops, sheer or very tight clothes are not appropriate for school.
  • Tops must meet bottom clothing (abdomen should not be showing). Tops should have straps that are at least two fingers wide.
  • Undergarments should not be visible.
  • Extremely short skirts or shorts are not appropriate for school. As a rule, these should be longer than the longest fingers on your hands when your arms are straight by your side.
  • Hats should be removed upon entering the building.
  • Outdoor clothing such as jackets and boots should be stored in lockers.
  • Inappropriate messages or labels on clothing are not permitted.
  • Flip flops, pajama pants, muscle shirts, and beach wear are not appropriate for school.
  • Students must change for Physical Education class and have proper clothing and footwear.
 
TEXTBOOKS
Students will be assigned textbooks which they are required to keep in good repair. Students are responsible for returning each book in the condition in which it was received. Students will be required to pay the replacement costs of books that are lost or defaced.
 

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 
River Valley strives to accommodate all of our students’ abilities through participation in both sports and a variety of other activities.  Students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities must maintain a positive academic attitude and demonstrate acceptable behaviour. It is very important to note that students who are absent from school or leave sick are not permitted to return for after school activities (sports, dances, drama, etc).
SCHOOL DANCES
River Valley offers many social activities throughout the year, including dances. This is an extra-curricular activity which may be withdrawn from a student who is not in good standing (not behaving, disrespectful, not attending, etc.).
 
§  If a student is absent from school on the day of a dance, or leaves sick, they are not permitted to return for school dances.
§  School dances usually occur on Thursday evenings from 6 PM to 8 PM.
§  The school dress code applies.
§  Students are not permitted to leave the school building during the hours of the dance other than to go home.
§  During a dance, if a student goes outside without permission, the parent/guardian will be called to come and pick their child up. The student will not be allowed to re-enter the dance.
 
 
HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
§  Physical Education is a required subject in the school curriculum in the Province of New Brunswick.
§  Students with serious medical problems require a doctor’s note for exemption and will be required to complete tasks assigned by the teacher.
Students are responsible for having a change of clothing for each Physical Education class. Proper dress includes: a pair of sneakers with a non-marking sole, a t-shirt or sweatshirt (not the same one worn all day), and a pair of shorts or sweatpants.
 
 

SCHOOL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

 
The school has an emergency plan containing detailed logistics for each of the following situations: intruder response (lock-downs), fire drills, school evacuations, tragic event response, bomb threat, and hold & secure. In the event on an emergency, instructions for parents can be found on the school website (www.rvms.nbed.nb.ca) and will be sent to families each fall.
 
 
HOW CAN FAMILIES HELP STUDENTS SUCCEED?
Look for everyday opportunities for teaching and learning
§  Read to them. Read with them. Model reading for them.
§  Ask critical questions “Why do you think that happened?” “What do you think will happen next?”
§  Look for opportunities to use Math daily (price of gas/gallon, % off sale items, making change for  purchases, estimating cost of take-out orders, etc.).
§  Discuss age appropriate current events.  Try to see things from different points of view.
§  Discourage making excuses and instead look for ways to solve problems.
§  Ask them to reflect on past choices. Ask them to consider what they would change or improve if they could go back and “do it over”.
§  Help them think about how they learn (verbal, auditory, hands-on etc.).
§  Help them focus more on what skills they have learned and less on what grade they might receive.
READING YOUR CHILD’S REPORT CARD
The Report Card mark reflects all of the teaching and learning activities that take place in the classroom. Teachers use tests and assignments but also observations, conferencing and conversations to determine a grade.
Traditional Grades
-rank ordered students from highest to lowest
-often marked by comparing students
-only considered traditional tests and assignments when calculating grades
-did not consider growth and improvement
-did not provide opportunities to relearn, retest and adjust grade
 
 
 
Current Grades
-compare students to a provincial standard or outcome not to other students
-considers many forms and methods of assessment
-provides opportunities to relearn, reassess and adjust grade to show current level of achievement
-focus on skills learned not grade achieved
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

No Mark or Unable to Assess means that the student has not produced enough work to make an appropriate assessment. This could be due to missed time or missing assignments or because a student has only had a few classes in that subject (Guidance, Art etc.) so far this school year.
Below 60% is considered to be Experiencing Difficulty. The student has not met the standard or outcome. They are struggling with the learning process.
60% means the teacher is acknowledging that the student is trying or making progress but has not met or barely meets the standard.
65% indicates the student has just met the outcome but may have struggled during the teaching and learning.
70%-85% indicates that the student has shown Appropriate Achievement. They have met the standard or outcome and have shown growth during the learning process.
90%-100% indicates that the student has shown Strong Performance. They have met all of the possible expectations and may have exceeded the expectations of the outcome. They showed significant growth during the learning process.
 
 
 
 
 
WHAT DOES MY MARK MEAN?
Remember your mark doesn’t reflect how popular you are, how quickly you finish your work or how you did compared to the other students in your class. Your mark simply tells you one of two things!
You got it! You understood the outcomes and you demonstrated that to your teacher.
Or
You didn’t get it yet. You need to continue to work on this outcome or give your teacher better evidence that you understood the outcome.
We ask that you talk with your parent or guardian about what went well this term and about what you think you can do better next term. Think honestly about the behaviour and expectations below. Where do you fit?
Do I.....
§  Attend school regularly?
§  Make good use of class time? 
§  Bring what I need to class?
§  Complete and hand in assignments?
§  Participate in class discussions?
§  Go for extra-help?
§  Pay attention and ask questions when I don’t understand?
§  Use teacher feedback to redo and improve my work?
§  Always do my best work?
§  Prepare for tests?
§  Put my name, date and title on all my work?
 
I am meeting expectations
 
 
 
Do I....
§  Miss time? 
§  Goof around and waste class time?
§  Lose or forget school supplies, notes and books?
§  Have missing assignments?
§  Rarely ask questions or participate?
§  Leave early and rarely or never go to Homework Help?
§  Fail to redo or improve my work when given the chance?
§  Hand in messy, incomplete, rushed work?
§  Study at the last minute?
§  Forget my name, date and title on my work?
 
I am not meeting expectations
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

RESEARCH – HOW TO DO A REFERENCE PAGE
MLA (Modern Language Association) 2009 format
Book:
 
Last name, First name. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Type of Publication.
 
Gillespie, Paula, and Neal Lerner. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Peer Tutoring. Boston: Allyn, 2000. Print.
Book (multiple authors):
 
Last name, First name of main author et al. Title of Book. City of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication. Type of Publication.
 
Thomas, Henry et al. The Best Way to Teach Writing. Toronto: Wilson, 2015. Print.
Article:
 
Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. Type of publication.
 
Buchman, Dana. "A Special Education." Good Housekeeping Mar. 2006: 143-48. Print.
Website:
Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Type of publication. Date of access.  *Remember to use n.p. if no publisher name is available and n.d. if no publishing date is given.
"How to Make Vegetarian Chili." eHow. Demand Media, n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2009.
Image:
Artist/Author/Username. Title of the work/piece, Type of work, Name of Site. Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Type of publication. Date of access.
brandychloe. "Great Horned Owl Family." Photograph. Webshots. American Greetings, 22 May 2006. Web. 5 Nov. 2009.
YouTube video:
Author. “Title of Image or Video.” Media Type Text. Name of Website. Name of Website’s Publisher, date of posting. Type. Date retrieved.
Colwright, T. "Music Magic by Claire Black." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 22 Apr. 2012. Web. 9 Sept. 2014.
 
What to do/What not to do:
§  Do not always use Wikipedia or the first website that pops up when using a search engine like Google or Bing. These do not always give the best information.
§  If you are using a page such as Wikipedia, you must put the entire address for the entry that you used. Don’t just put www.wikipedia.org  or www.google.ca.
§  Make sure that you put the information in your own words. If you copy and paste, that is plagiarism (using someone else’s words or work as yours).
 
 
DAILY SCHEDULE

Time

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
8:40 Homeroom & Announcements
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Block 5 for 1st
Lunch for 2nd
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lunch for 2nd
Block 5 for 1st
 
 
 
 
 
 
Raider Time
 
 
 
 
 
Block 6
 
 
 
 
 
Block 7
 
 
 
 
 
2:25 Home Room
 
 
 
 
 
 
2:30 Early Run
 
 
 
 
 
 
2:35 ASAP Dismissal
 
 
 
 
 
 
2:40-3:10 ASAP
 
 
 
 
 
 
3:20 Late Run
 
 
 
 
 
 
Department of Education Policy 311 Appendix C
Acceptable Computer Use Agreement
 
I understand that use of the school’s computer equipment, network, e-mail and World Wide Web services is a privilege, not a right. I agree to respect the following:
 
a) I will comply with the Department of Education’s Policy 311 – Information and Communication Technologies Use (http://www.gnb.ca/0000/pol/e/311A.pdf).
b) I will not spread computer viruses intentionally or access or make changes to systems or files that are not mine (i.e. hacking). This is illegal.
c) I will not create, access, store, print or send threatening or obscene messages or any other material that is likely to humiliate or offend.
d) I will not use free/anonymous e-mail accounts (such as Hotmail) using the school’s network or equipment.
e) I will not download games, large files or pictures or use chat rooms without permission.
f) I will not send unsolicited bulk information (SPAM).
g) I will not give out information about myself or other people, such as password, name, address, telephone number, age, sex or photo.
h) I understand that if I do not respect these rules I may lose my computer privileges and/or face other disciplinary actions.
Student's Name (print): ______________________________
Student's Signature Date:  _________________________________________________
 
I have read and understand the above.
I accept responsibility for the actions of my child while he/she uses the school’s computer network and equipment. I understand that my child's access to the school’s computer network and equipment may be denied/revoked if he/she fails to comply with this agreement.
 
I will not hold the school district or the Province of New Brunswick responsible for my child’s access of materials acquired through the school’s network/Internet connection or other use of ICT, given reasonable precautions by school personnel to supervise student ICT use.
 
Parent/Guardian's Signature Date: ___________________________________________________

Department of Education Policy 311 Appendix B
Posting and Release of Student Information
 
River Valley Middle School may publish the following information on the school’s website, in the school’s newsletter which is distributed by e-mail, or to the local newspaper, in order to publicize events and highlight student achievements,
Please note:
Information posted on websites or e-mailed has the potential to be viewed/accessed by any user of the Internet, worldwide. Given this, the possibility of receiving unsolicited material or other contact exists. River Valley will ensure that no private information, other than student name is included when photos or videos are used.
Please sign and return this form by September 15th, 2014 to indicate whether you wish your child’s picture or information to be used for this purpose.
 
I agree that my child’s information be used for the above-described purpose.
I do not want my child’s information be used for the above-described purpose.
 
I have read and understand the above regarding the release of information about my child.
 
Date: _________________________
Parent/Guardian signature: ________________________________________________________
 
If you have questions about this request, please feel free to call the school at 738-6500.
 
For further information regarding the Department of Education’s policy on internet usage, please refer to the Information and Communication Technologies Use Policy (Policy 311 - http://www.gnb.ca/0000/pol/e/311A.pdf). The policy is posted on the Department of Education’s website at http://www.gnb.ca/0000/policies.asp.   
2004-09-07