It is with great pleasure that we take this opportunity to welcome you to Norwood Junior High School! We are extremely proud of the programs we offer our students, and we encourage you to make the most of your time with us. This agenda has been developed by our staff and administration to help you learn as much as possible about school policies and procedures, and the services we offer. We also hope that you will learn to use this day planner effectively. Time management is critical for success as a student and eventually as a professional in the workplace. Organize your days and weeks to stay on course, take advantage of all the school and community have to offer, and enjoy the experience.
The mission of Norwood Junior High School is to create opportunities for learning that are unique, interactive, and enhanced by state-of-the-art technology so as to foster an environment that promotes excellence in critical thinking for a diverse student population. The mission of the Twin Rivers Unified School District is “To inspire each student to extraordinary achievement every day.”
We pledge to:
build on students’ individual talents;
nurture the creative potential and natural curiosity of adolescents through delivery of a curriculum which is student-centered, relevant, and is reflective of a multicultural society;
provide learning experiences which promote a firm mathematical foundation;
foster effective communication, reading, and writing skills;
recognize that learning is multi-dimensional;
cultivate a commitment to lifelong learning;
develop students with good character, self-respect, self-worth and good citizenship.
This is accomplished by excellence in teaching and learning in a spirit of cooperation through a partnership of students, staff, parents, and community.
The website for Norwood Junior High School may be accessed at http://nwjhs.twinriversusd.org. On this webpage you will find important information about our school, and news and events which will keep you connected and informed. Please register for School Loop, our online system which allows you to access your grades and information regarding your assignments. You can also use this system to contact your teachers and other school personnel.
Student success in school is directly tied to attendance. Responsibility for attending class lies with the student and his/her family. If a student is absent from class, he or she should do one of the following within two days of returning to school:
1. Bring a note to the attendance office from a parent or guardian stating the date(s) of the absence and the reason(s) for the absence.
2. Have his or her parent or guardian call the attendance office and give the date(s) of the absence and the reason(s) for the absence. Call 566-2710 and dial 2 when you hear the automated greeting.
The following guidelines are intended to define appropriate student attire and personal grooming expectations. We believe that students should “dress for success” and that a dress code policy is important in three main areas:
Campus Safety and Security: A uniform helps make the campus safer and more secure by eliminating the wearing of gang-related clothing, which can also be used to intimidate or conceal contraband. Moreover, outsiders or non-students are easily recognized on campus.
Climate for Learning: A uniform helps students’ focus on learning. It sets the tone for a proper “work” attitude in the classroom, improving performance and reducing behavior problems.
School Unity and Pride: An attractive uniform for students promotes school spirit, good self-image, and school unity. Just as an athletic team uniform promotes unity and spirit, so can a school uniform.
The Norwood Junior High School dress code policy is as follows:
Pants/Shorts/Skirts: Pants, skirts, and shorts must be solid black, gray, tan, or blue and in good condition. This means no rips, holes or tears. Pants shall be fitted so they stay on the waist without a belt – NO SAGGING. Shorts and skirts must be at least fingertip length. Undergarments should not be visible at any time. No sweatpants, yoga pants, leggings, joggers, or athletic shorts of any color are allowed.
Shirts: Collared shirts must be worn at all times. Shirts must have sleeves and cover the abdominal area. All shirts must be solid in color - only the following colors are allowed: white, blue, black, gray, or tan. No other color shirts are allowed. Shirts cannot have any symbols, stripes, lettering or logos. T-shirts may not be worn over collared shirts.
Shoes: Shoes must be worn at all times. For safety reasons, covered shoes (meaning all parts of the foot are to be covered), should be worn at all times. Sandals, shoes with a raised heel, flip flops, and slippers are not allowed. Shoes may not be mostly red and no red shoelaces are allowed.
Hats/Caps/Makeup/Accessories: Hats/beanies/sunglasses may not be worn inside any school buildings or classrooms. If worn outside during
passing period/lunch, hats/caps must be worn facing forward. No bandanas are allowed on campus at any time. Face paint, stickers, excessive use of makeup, markers, or pens for body art is not allowed.
PE Uniforms: PE uniforms may not be worn under regular school clothes. PE uniforms are only to be worn during PE class.
No Red on Campus: NO RED CLOTHING, including jackets, tee shirts, sweatshirts, coats, sweaters, socks, hats, beanies, shoelaces, belts, accessories, etc is allowed. This includes varieties of shades of red. NO RED BACKPACKS OR BAGS ARE ALLOWED ON CAMPUS.
Students not wearing the proper uniform will need to call for clothing or will be sent home to change into the proper uniform (with parent permission). If a student continues to violate the dress code policy, progressive discipline will take place, including but not limited to suspension. It is against our school dress code to advertise any illegal drugs, alcohol or tobacco products or advocate use of such substances. The administration reserves the right to decide the appropriateness of a student’s attire.
Norwood Nobles follow four simple rules: Be Safe.
Norwood Junior High School students are expected to show respect for staff members, the rights of other students, and for the properties furnished for their use. To ensure high standards of conduct, certain rules have been established. Some of these rules are mandated by the State of California, others have been developed for general safety and welfare and to create an atmosphere in which all students can be proud of their school and fellow students.
Every student shall:
Regard school as their place of work. Students' clothing and behavior should reflect this fact.
Take responsibility for creating and maintaining a kind, safe, productive, and clean campus.
Have the right to learn. No student shall interfere with or interrupt the educational process.
Follow the direction of school personnel the first time given.
Show up to class and school events on time. Attend on a regular and consistent basis unless illness or a family emergency prevents attendance.
A program for behavior and citizenship has been established to help students in their positive efforts. The discipline program is a consistent guide to consequences, which includes detention, suspension, reports to authorities, and/or expulsion. Our discipline policy will be in effect for students while on school grounds, while going to and from school, and during all school functions on and off campus. All students have the right to learn. Behavior that interferes or interrupts the educational process is not acceptable.
Respect for other people's feelings, rights, property, health, and safety is expected of everyone.
Fighting, play fighting, racial slurs, teasing, bullying, hazing, threatening, or verbal/physical abuse of another person will not be tolerated. Horse playing will be perceived by staff as fighting and will not be tolerated.
Students are expected to move through the school campus in a safe and orderly manner.
Students are expected to respond to adults in a courteous manner. Disrespect or defiance towards school personnel (teachers, substitutes, adult aides, secretaries, custodians, bus drivers, or volunteers) will not be tolerated.
Obscene/profane/vulgar language/ behavior/ hand gestures will not be permitted.
Students are not allowed to leave the school grounds unless authorized by the office. Only adults designated on the emergency card may sign students in OR out through the office.
We ask that students refrain from any public display of affection (PDA) during school hours and at school sponsored events. A public display of affection (PDA) is
defined as any action which implies an exclusive or romantic relationship between two individuals.
No gambling of any kind is permitted.
A pass (in AGENDA) is required for students out of class.
Only items from school-sponsored activities are allowed to be sold on campus.
Gum and sunflower seeds are not allowed on campus.
Students may not use the following items on school property or at school events without the explicit permission of a teacher or administrator. If these items are seen, they will be confiscated and kept in the front office for pick up by a parent/guardian or turned over to authorities. Possession or use of these items may also result in disciplinary action. PARENT/GUARDIAN INITIALS:_______________
iPod, MP3, earbuds, headphones, CD players, cell phones, beepers, cameras, television sets, laser pointers, or any other electronic items of distraction. If taken the first time, the student will receive the item(s) back. If taken a second time, a parent/guardian will need to pick up items in front office.
Each teacher will establish and review disciplinary policies and procedures with students at the beginning of the school year and with parents at back-to-school night. Parents are likewise responsible for understanding the policies and procedures herein, as well as those in the District Handbook.
Routine classroom discipline will be handled by teachers. Students violating classroom rules will be subject to warnings, detention, call to parents/guardians, conferences, as well as progressive discipline. The Parental Compact is incorporated herein by reference, as though fully set forth herein. Again, cellphones are not allowed during instructional and/or non-instructional time, unless given permission.
Warning - Teachers have established a warning discipline procedure to be taken prior to issuing a behavior/detention slip. Teachers will work with students on behavior which enhances student success.
Referral - Referrals to the Administration for continual behavior problems are those that are not resolved in class. Students who are referred to the office are subject to detention, suspension, or expulsion from school.
Students involved in any act of misconduct listed as grounds for disciplinary action may be assigned detention, in-school suspension, suspension, independent study, or can be expelled from school. These penalties are imposed only when other means of correction fail to bring about proper conduct. However, a student may be suspended or expelled upon a first offense for violations of Education Code, Section 48900, or whenever it is determined that the student's presence in school causes danger to persons or property or threatens to disrupt the instructional process. See the District Handbook which is incorporated by reference.
IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION
This is a program into which students are placed when their behavior would otherwise result in suspension from school. This self-contained area provides tutorials in core subjects. Students are not allowed to be on or near campus except for the time class is in session. While serving an in-school suspension, students will not participate in extracurricular activities. Students are placed in the class for up to five days. Instructional materials and assignments are provided by the classroom teachers.
OFF CAMPUS SUSPENSION
Students may be suspended for violation of school or district rules. A suspension can last from 1 to 5 days. During suspension, a student may not participate in regular school classes or activities, including promotion, but may be assigned to an alternative program. A teacher may require the parent or guardian of a suspended student to attend part of the school day and meet with the principal. A suspended student or his or her parent or guardian has a right to appeal a suspension. To appeal, first contact the school principal. A return from suspension conference or behavior SART must take place with parents, students and school staff. A student who accumulates a number of suspension days (up to 12 days for grades K-6, up to 15 days for grades 7-12), may be referred to a district-level review meeting to discuss alternative school placement. (Ed. Code 48925)
If a student is suspended during the grading quarter of a school event or athletic season, that student will not be allowed to participate in any activities or after school events, and faces dismissal from any teams/clubs.
Misconduct on the school bus will be dealt with by the bus driver. A "Bus Conduct" report or verbal notification will be given to the student indicating that the student will receive a CITATION FOR MISCONDUCT. A citation will be mailed to the student's parent(s)/guardians indicating the misconduct and the action taken by the Transportation Department. Copies of the citation will be sent to the school. Denial of transportation includes ALL school bus transportation (including field trips, sporting events, etc.).
GENERAL SCHOOL INFO
The Library is open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm for the students to use and enjoy. Books are available to check out for a two week period. Students may use the library during lunch if they have a signed library pass from a school staff member. Students are responsible for returning the books on time and in the condition they received them.
Textbooks and library books not returned will incur fines. Students who do not return books or pay library fines on time may be prevented from participating in year-end activities and the 8th grade promotion ceremony and dance.
To ensure the safety and welfare of our students,
Twin Rivers has closed campuses. Students are not allowed to leave the school grounds once they arrive on campus. During school hours, students must have an early dismissal from the office in order to leave campus early. Early dismissals can be arranged with the attendance office by the parent or guardian. No student is allowed to leave school for lunch. Students are not allowed to pick up lunch at the street curb. Parents should come into the front office to drop off the lunch when necessary.
Bicycles must be parked in the rack on the southwest side of the school. All bicycles must have locks. The school is not responsible for any theft or damage to bicycles on the school campus. No bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or hover-boards shall be ridden on campus.
Breakfast and lunch are served in the cafeteria each day. Breakfast is served a half hour before school. All food must be eaten in the cafeteria and students are expected to take care of their own trash.
Norwood Junior High School offers an instructional program consisting of English, math, science, social studies, reading, physical education, Spanish, leadership, art, band, Hmong, AVID and technology.
Homework is defined as school-related assignments that require time and effort outside of the regular classroom. Students should expect 1½ - 2 hours of homework daily. Students are expected to record homework assignments in their Student Handbook/Agenda Planner. Homework is an important part of the instructional program that will affect the student's overall grade. It is used to supplement work completed in class and to enrich and reinforce daily lessons. Allowable make-up work is decided by your teacher. Each individual teacher determines policies on acceptance of late work, so please check with them. Failure to complete and turn in homework is a major cause of low and failing grades.
Every 4 ½ weeks, parents receive written notice of students' grades and academic progress. Parents and students may also access grade information online at any time through the School Loop website (http://nwjhs.twinriversusd.org). Teachers will update grades and academic information at regular intervals.
8th Grade Promotion Activities
All 8th grade students must comply with the district criteria set forth by the TRUSD Board. The Board desires that each middle school with 8th grade students provide age-appropriate promotion exercises to recognize students who have completed the school’s course of study, and who demonstrate proper citizenship and habits of mind like good attendance.
In order to participate in the 8th grade promotion exercises, students must follow this contract:
• 2.0 grade point average or higher for the second semester
• No more than one failing grade in classes for the second semester
• Maintain at least a 90% attendance rate for the school year
• No violations of California Education code 48900 that result in a suspension for the 4th quarter
To be eligible to participate in athletics, each student must maintain the following standards:
No suspensions during the quarter of any athletic season
No more than one F grade
2.0 grade point average
Less than 10 late/tardies during the quarter of any athletic season.
All eligibility is based upon current grade checks at the time of tryouts, and weekly throughout the season. Students must have all required forms signed and turned in to the coach. Additionally, students must attend school for at least four periods to be eligible to participate in practices or games on any given day. If any student’s grades fall below grade requirements during the season, they will have two weeks to remove the deficiency. Students will be allowed to practice but will not participate in games until the grade requirements are met. If the deficiency is not removed within two weeks, students will be removed from the team. Any player who has been suspended for possession or use of weapons or drugs (e.g., tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, etc.) at school or school functions will be ineligible for all sports for the remainder of the school year.
Inappropriate behavior on bus trips or away games will not be tolerated. Students may be subject to removal from team participation if this occurs.
A player's personal appearance, when in uniform, must conform to what the coach/administrator determines is important to the success, safety, and sportsmanship of the player in the sport.