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Student Handbook

Message from the Principal

Keithley families,

We are Perry G. Keithley Middle School (PGK)! Perry G. Keithley Sr., was a principal in the Franklin Pierce school district, known for his dedication, high academic standards, and love for families in the community. We hope that you will join us in carrying on this legacy of academic excellence in an inclusive community.

PGK PRIDE is our student foundation! PRIDE stands for Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Dedication, and Empathy. As a student of PGK you will have the opportunity to act out PRIDE characteristic everyday. The more you act out PRIDE, the more PGK becomes a part of you!

In my eighth year as Principal, I am very proud of the systems of support we’ve established for both students and staff.  Students, staff, and parents/guardians report high levels of school pride and increasing feelings of safety and belonging.  Keithley’s innovations in the areas of restorative and trauma-informed practices are gaining momentum and attention from other schools looking for greater student behavior support.

Dr. Edwards

 

School Information and Schedule

School Information

School Hours

Office Hours                                       6:25am-2:25pm

Early Release Wed. Office Hours:      6:25am-12:55pm                                            

School Day                                          7:25am-1:55pm

Early Release (90 min)                   7:25am-12:25pm

 

General Expectations

General Information

Arrival and Departure

Assemblies:

Jaguar Assemblies are held regularly to celebrate students who exemplify Jaguar Pride and our monthly character trait. Parents are invited to Jaguar Assemblies by the classroom teacher or letter from the school. Balloons are not allowed because they are a distraction. Other assemblies are held for a variety of reasons, such as school-wide expectations, PTA assemblies, and Veteran’s Day. Due to the capacity of our gym, parents are not invited to all assemblies.

 

Attendance:

Regular attendance is a powerful predictor of school success. When absent, student’s miss important in- struction and can fall behind quickly. Missing just 1-2 days a month will result in chronic absenteeism, mak- ing school more difficult for your child. Our goal is to have every student at school on time every day. We are asking for your partnership in getting your student to school every day.

If a student has missed seven (7) days of school during a school year, our district requires third-party docu- mentation to excuse all future absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals. Qualified third-party documenta- tion includes a note from a doctor, dentist, therapist, psychologist, etc. which lists the specific dates of ab- sence to be excused.

If you cannot take your child to the doctor, you may bring your child to the school health room. If the school nurse determines that your student is too ill to stay at school, the absence will be excused. If a par- ent or guardian chooses to take a student home after the school nurse determines the student should stay, the absence will be considered unexcused.

Students who have 9 or fewer absences and/or tardies/early pick-ups for the year, will participate in an at- tendance celebration at the end of each trimester. Rewards will vary each year.

 

Conferences:

In elementary school, after five excused absences in any month, or ten or more unexcused absences in the school year, the school is required to schedule a conference. The purpose of the conference is to identify barriers and supports available to you and your student and to develop a plan for regular at- tendance.

 

Planned Absences: Extended vacations during the school year are highly discouraged because students miss essential instruction. The school principal (or designee) has the authority to determine if an absence meets the criteria for an excused absence. (FPSD Policy 3122 and 3122 P). Parents and students should understand that teachers cannot possibly pre-teach the lessons nor provide make-up assignments to cover all the mate- rial that will be missed. A parent or guardian must request prior approval for an excused planned absence – forms are available in the school office and on our district website.

We understand that sometimes students need to miss school. However, students should not miss more than 9 days in a school year unless there are extenuating circumstances. If your child must be absent, please call the office at 253-298-4200. Thank you for your partnership. We love having your child at school, and we miss him/her when they are gone.

 

Behavior Reward

Students who have zero behavior write-ups, will participate in a behavior reward celebration at the end of each trimester. Rewards will vary each year.

 

Birthday Treats

If you wish to bring treats for your child’s birthday, please notify the classroom teacher. All birthday treats must be store bought and will be served during lunch. Please deliver to the office before lunch. Due to safety on the bus and classroom distractions, balloons are not allowed at school.

 

Breakfast/Lunch

We provide free breakfast and lunch for all students attending James Sales. For lunch menus: http://fpschools.org/departments/nutrition_services/menus/ If your child brings a lunch from home and would like to purchase milk, he/she can purchase a milk for 55 cents. Please put money in your student’s account (http://fpschools.org/departments/nutrition_services/) or send the exact change.

 

Change in Student Information

It is critical that we can contact you in the case of an emergency. Please make sure that the office has an updated address, phone number, and emergency contact.

 

Dress & Appearance

Appropriate clothing and shoes are required for all students to ensure a safe learning environment, free of distractions. Please follow the below guidelines:

1.    Hats, hoods, headgear and gloves will be worn outside only. (except for religious headwear)

2.    Clothing cannot have profanity or promote/advertise drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products.

3.    Appearance cannot imply gang membership or affiliation.

4.    Shoulder straps are at least 2-finger widths wide.

5.    Transparent clothing, strapless tops, bare mid-drift tops cannot be worn.

6.    Skirts and shorts need to be longer than your fingertips or have leggings underneath.

7.    Shoes should be appropriate for PE and recess. These must be closed-toed for safety. If you wear shoes that are not appropriate for PE and recess, you must bring shoes to wear for those ac- tivities.

 

If inappropriate clothing is worn to school, students will be sent to the health room to find a solution. A solution may be a call home so that clothes/shoes can be brought to school or alternative clothing/shoes will be provided by the health room.

 

Discipline

Each student at James Sales is expected to behave in a positive manner so that ALL students can remain en- gaged in learning. The school climate must be preserved so that students are free from distractions and learning can occur. We need your support in maintaining appropriate conduct in school.

 

Learning Opportunities: At James Sales, students are expected to be Respectful, Responsible, and Safe.  We understand that elementary school is a time to learn and practice appropriate school behaviors. There- fore, students need to be taught what is expected and have opportunities to practice. All James Sales staff teach expected behaviors in all areas and positively reinforce positive behaviors. When students are not fol- lowing expectations, James Sales staff will use the following 3-tiered system to respond to misbehaviors.

 

Level 1- Mild Infractions: These are minor misbehaviors that can be adequately corrected at the time they occur by the classroom teacher or adult supervisor in a common area.

Examples of Level 1 behaviors: minor disruptions, not completing assignments, not participat ing, minor disrespect, running in the hallways, rule infractions in the classroom or common area.

Staff Response: On the Spot, Low Intensity Positive Strategies (examples: verbal reminder, proximity, ignoring, reassurance, use a timer, etc.)

 

Level 2- Chronic or Serious Infractions: These are misbehaviors that are chronic (occur with increased intensity and/or frequency) OR are serious. They do not require immediate administrator involvement but do require documentation and a consequence/correction.

Examples of Level 2 behaviors: repeated disruptions, repeated refusal, physical or verbal aggression.

Staff Response: The adult who observes a Level 2 infraction corrects the student at the time and assigns the student a consequence/correction. Responding staff will contact the parent/guardian, and the incident form is sent home for parent signature.

 

Level 3- Severe Infractions: These are serious misbehaviors that require administrative involvement because of their dangerous, destructive and/or illegal nature.

Examples of Level 3 behaviors: significant disruption, significant unsafe behavior, fighting, assault, vandalism, bullying or harassing.

Staff Response: A staff member who observes a Level 3 infraction will first make sure that all stu- dents are safe and clear of harm. Staff member will immediately request administrative support.

 

Electronics

We understand that sometimes electronic devices are necessary and that some students will have them at school. At James Sales, we have an “Off and Away” policy. Cellphones and other electronics must be turned off and placed in a student’s backpack while at school. If you need to contact your child during the day, please contact the main office at 253-298-4200. If your child needs to call you, their teacher will find an ap- propriate time for them to call. Please note- we are not responsible for lost, stolen or broken electronics. If possible, please leave these items at home.

If a student does not follow the electronics expectations:

1st Time: The staff member will hold the cell phone and return it to student at the end of the day. 2nd Time: A parent/guardian will need to pick up the device from school.

Continued violations: Administrative involvement will be necessary which may include staff secur- ing the device during the day or the student may no longer be allowed to bring the device to school.

 

FPSD Policy 3245- Students and Telecommunication Devices:

While on school property or while attending school-sponsored or school-related activities, students shall not use personal telecommunication devices including, but not limited to, pagers, beepers, and cellular phones, in a manner that poses a threat to academic integrity, disrupts the learning environment, or vio- lates the privacy rights of others.

Students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion; and losing the privilege of bringing the device onto school property. In addition, an administrator may confis- cate or with reasonable cause search the device, which shall only be returned to the student’s par- ent/guardian. Content or images that violate criminal laws will be forwarded to law enforcement.

Students are responsible for devices they bring to school. The district shall not be responsible for loss, theft, or destruction of devices brought onto school property.

Students shall comply with any additional rules developed by the school concerning the appropriate use of telecommunication or other electronic devices.

 

Health Services

Healthy students are more successful learners, and our philosophy is to work cooperatively with parents to provide a healthy and safe environment for learning. If your child has a special health condition, please no- tify the teacher and the school health office (298-4223). Health conditions may include chronic asthma, food allergies, bee sting allergies, or any condition that will affect your child during school hours. Should your child take daily medication at home, please notify the health office so any side effects can be recog- nized and treated. It is also essential to notify the health office if there is a medical condition that impacts your child’s regular attendance.

 

In case a student has an accident or becomes ill at school, the following steps will be taken:

1.   First aid will be administered.

2.  If serious, the parents/guardian will be contacted. Please be aware, a school nurse may not be on site to make a diagnosis. In those cases, office personnel will exercise their best judgment in determining whether the situation is serious and if emergency personnel need to be contacted.

3.  If the parent cannot be reached, the emergency contact provided by the parent will be called. Please en- sure that the school has at least two emergency numbers to call in case you cannot be reached. Persons listed on the emergency card will be considered to have your approval for temporary care.

4.  Children leaving school during the day for health or other reasons, must have a parent or authorized guardian sign them out through the school office.

 

Medication: Parents have the primary responsibility for administering medication to their children. How- ever, if medication is needed during school hours, a medical permission form, signed by a parent and physi- cian, is required before any medication can be given at school. State law allows for students to be adminis- tered only oral medications at school (including inhalers).  The two exceptions are for insulin and epi pen use. Medication needs to be in the original container with the doctor’s instructions attached. These forms are available in the health room. Students are not to have any over-the-counter medication at school at any time. The health room staff cannot administer cough drops, aspirin, etc. without a doctor’s note.

 

Homework:

Homework provides practice on important skills and is valuable to student learning. It is important to prac- tice basic skills and concepts taught in class. Completing homework is also an important skill you will need in middle school and high school. At James Sales, we ask that you practice reading and math daily.

  • Read for 20 minutes
  • Practice math facts
  • Teachers may send home any work that was not completed during the day or any work that is independent practice.

 

Incident Reports - Bullying, Conflicts, Teasing, Mean

In elementary school, students are developing important social skills and learning to get along. Communi-

cating, making friends, empathizing, setting boundaries, handling conflicts and accepting each other’s differ- ences are important. Parents are student’s first teachers and, in partnership with you, we are continuously working to develop these skills. Restorative Practices (https://www.iirp.edu), Second Step (http://www.sec- ondstep.org), teaching and practicing expectations, and rewarding positive behaviors are a few strategies we use at school.

There are times when students have conflicts, tease, or say mean and rude comments to each other. And just like adults, sometimes students make a poor choice.  These situations are very common and normal.  We strive to teach students how to handle these situations appropriately and to ensure that all students and staff feel safe at James Sales. If you have any concerns about a potential bullying situation, conflict, teasing or mean behavior, please communicate with us. We cannot help your child if we are not aware, and it is most effective when we can intervene early. Please contact your child’s teacher, a school counselor or an administrator with any concerns. You are your child’s best advocate, and we want to partner with you.

There are Incident Report Forms in the main office and on the FPSD website.

http://fpschools.org/cms/one.aspx?portalId=31320&pageId=27972584

 

Conflict vs. Bullying

Conflict

Equal Power

Two-way (both students are participating) Can be repeated or one-time

Can be a misunderstanding or on-purpose

Bullying

Imbalance of Power

One-way (the victim is not participating) Repeated

On-Purpose Severe, danger

 

 

Items from home

Toys (spinners, slime, etc.), games, sports equipment or other items that interfere with the learning environ- ment should not be brought to school unless special permission has been granted. Students are not allowed to sell or trade items of any kind at school, except for school-sponsored activities. We are not responsible if any of these items are lost or stolen on school property. If such items are brought to school, they may be taken and kept in the office until parents come to claim them or held until the end of the school year (re- peated offenses).

 

Lost and Found

Items of clothing marked with a child’s name are easily returned to their owner. Other items can be re- claimed at the Lost and Found (located in storage bin by the front doors). Eyeglasses, jewelry, money or other valuables are kept in the office and can be reclaimed following appropriate identification. For health, safety and storage reasons, unclaimed items from the Lost and Found are periodically donated to charity. Please check with your child frequently about any lost or misplaced items.

 

Parent Teacher Association (PTO)

President

Janelle Cowart

ptojamessales@gmail.com

Secretary

Alisa Clark

ptojamessales@gmail.com

Treasurer

Jennifer Cook

ptojamessales@gmail.com

 

Problem Solving

Throughout the school year, situations may arise which cause concern for parents, teachers, students, or community members. The process described below is structured to promote resolving situations quickly to the satisfaction of all parties involved. This process also encourages those people closest to the situation to examine and develop solutions to concerns. A positive resolution of these situations enhances communica- tion, builds trust between members of the school community, and benefits the educational program for stu- dents. These are the steps designed to resolve problem situations quickly and satisfactorily. Please use these steps if you have a concern:

Step 1 – Contact the appropriate staff member: The first step in resolving a concern is to discuss it with the staff member(s) involved, i.e. the teacher, counselor, assistant principal, dean, etc. More than 95 percent of all concerns are resolved at this level.

Step 2 – Contact the principal: If Step 1 does not resolve the concern, discuss it with Mrs. Nelson, Principal. She is the instructional leader and the person responsible for handling concerns regarding the school’s operation. She can share school information and explain policies, guidelines and proce- dures. She is open and willing to listen to your concerns.

Recess:

Recess is an important time when students get to expend physical energy, explore, express themselves crea- tively, have fun together, build and strengthen friendships, and independently experience life lessons which will help them develop and grow. We want to create a play environment where all kids feel safe and can find a place where they belong.

General Playground Expectations:

1.   For safety and to maintain order, it is essential to follow the directions of adults.

2.   Concerns at recess should be shared with an adult right away.

3.   Misconduct such as play fighting, kicking, pushing, karate, and grabbing of clothing is not tolerated.

4.   Objects such as rocks, gravel, twigs, mulch, etc. are to stay on the ground.

5.   Appropriate language for school is to be used. “Keep it clean.”

6.   Use the playground equipment appropriately, and follow the rules of all games.

7.   In cold weather, coats must be taken outside. After students have left the classrooms, they are not allowed to return unsupervised to get their coats.

8.  For dangerous or illegal behavior, such as fighting, students will be sent directly to the office. The parents will be notified of the infraction and the consequences.

9.   Invite other students to join in. It is not ok to exclude or tell others they cannot play.

10.   Play safely and have fun!

*See the Expectation Matrix on page 5.

 

Report Cards & Evaluation:

Report cards are sent home after each trimester (approximately every 12 weeks of instruction). Report cards are sent home with your child. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions regarding their progress. Franklin Pierce School District uses Standards Based Grading:

 
 

 

 

Request for Class Placement & Changes

Ensuring that each student is placed in the most appropriate class is a process that is made with careful con- sideration. To change even one student can upset the balance that was very carefully created by the teach- ers and the principal. Therefore, requests for a child’s placement change is only considered in emergency situations, or when the outcome of a conference with the teacher, parents, student, and principal deter- mines that a change is in the best interest of the student.

 

Textbooks, Library Books & Math Supplies

Textbooks, library books and math supplies are the property of the school and are loaned to the students to use during their time at James Sales. It is expected that these items are handled with care and kept in good condition. If these books or supplies are lost or damaged, you will be required to pay the cost of replace- ment.

 

Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs & Weapons

Federal and State law requires public school campuses to be tobacco, alcohol, drug and weapon free. This includes e-cigarettes/vapes and is true for anyone on school property. Thank you for setting this example for our students.

Please remind your child that students cannot have any object at school that can reasonably be considered a weapon or instrument that can create a danger to self or others, or cause a disruption of the learning envi- ronment. Consequences can be short-term suspension, long-term suspension, or expulsion and may require a referral to the Pierce County Sheriff. We appreciate your partnership in keeping everyone safe. If your child sees or hears anything regarding weapons, drugs or alcohol at school, it is important that they immedi- ately report this to an adult at school.

 

Transportation

Our goal is for busses to be a safe environment for all students. The bus driver has a difficult task of driving a bus while managing the behavior and safety of students. There are certain standards of behavior that are necessary for the personal safety of all students.

1.   Students are expected to give the bus driver the same high level of respect they give their teachers. The bus is an extension of the classroom.

2.   Students must follow the directions given by the bus driver at all times.

3.   Heads or hands must not extend out the bus window.

4.   Students must stay in their seats until the bus stops at their stop or at school.

5.   Students should be quiet at railroad crossings.

6.  Materials are not thrown on the floor or out the windows.

7.  Students are expected to respect the rights and property of others.

8.   Due to safety concerns (such as choking), eating on the bus is prohibited. See Expectations Matrix on page 5

Changes to transportation: Students must have a note from a parent/guardian or a phone call must be made to the office (298-4500) to make any changes to a student’s regular transportation (pick up, bus, walk, etc.).

Consequences: Bus drivers, James Sales staff and parents/guardians will partner to provide support to our students riding the bus. Students will be taught bus expectations and proactive support strategies will be used. If a student has difficulty managing behaviors on the bus, the following steps will be used:

Step 1: Warning

The driver will speak to the student about the behavior and notify the school about the concern. Bus Riding expectations will be reviewed with the student.

Step 2: Parent Contact

The driver will speak to the student, complete a Bus Conduct Report and call the parent/guard- ian. School administration will speak with the student and a school consequence may be assigned.

Step 3: Parent Conference, Possible Suspension and/or Restitution

The driver will complete a Bus Conduct Report and call the parent/guardian. A conference and/or suspension or restitution is required before riding privileges are reinstated.

Step 4: Bus Suspension

The driver completes a Bus Conduct Report. Parent/guardian will be contacted regarding the bus suspension.

 

Visiting James Sales

A close working relationship between home and school is essential, and we welcome visitors to our class- rooms. If you would like to visit a classroom, prior arrangements must be made with the teacher and the volunteer process must be completed. https://franklinpiercevolunteers.hrmplus.net/ Administration may accompany the parent upon these requests.

Access Control: Maintaining the safety of our students and staff is a priority, and we are thankful to have recent security updates at James Sales. All exteriors doors are locked and visitors must be buzzed into the main office. Upon arrival, all visitors requesting to pick up a student or enter the school will need to have picture identification.

On occasion, parents stop by to drop off a lunch or other items for their student. We ask that you leave these items in the office, and we will make sure they receive it. If there is an emergency and you need to speak to your child, we will call your student down to the main office.

 

Volunteers:

Volunteers are an important part of the James Sales team, and we welcome a partnership with our families and community. We must ensure that any individual who will be working closely with our students has passed a Washington State Patrol background check based on specific qualifications, in addition to following the guidelines under the Criminal History Information Child/Adult Abuse Information Act, RCW 43.43.830 through 43.43.845.

If you would like to volunteer at James Sales, spend time in your child’s classroom, eat lunch with your child’s class and/or attend a field trip, please complete the volunteer process at the following link: https://franklinpiercevolunteers.hrmplus.net/

 

Weather

The weather in the NW is ever changing! Therefore, we ask that each student come prepared for the weather (i.e. coats, gloves, hats, rain boots, sunscreen applied at home, etc.). Unless weather is extreme, students will be outside for all recesses, rain or shine!

Occasionally, weather conditions do not permit operation of the school schedule. A flyer will be sent home in November listing radio and TV stations that carry announcements about school closures, later starting times, etc. Updates can also be found at the Franklin Pierce School District website under transportation.

 

YMCA

Before school (6:30 am) and after school care (until 6:30 pm) is available at James Sales. The YMCA can be reached by calling 253-534-7830. The YMCA is utilizing the space at James Sales, but their child care services are not operated by James Sales staff.

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We are a Safe and Civil School

Safe School Helpline

Dial 1-800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359 (1-800-418-6423, ext. 359) and follow the prompts.

Internet Reporting: www.safeschoolhelpline.com

 

The Safe School Helpline allows students or parents to report incidents or situations that may present a risk or concern to students or faculty on the Keithley Middle School campus. The Safe School Helpline is anonymous.

ACTIVITY BUS

There is a Keithley activity bus for students attending after-school activities. Activity buses run Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday at 5:00pm. The activity buses may not stop at the student’s regular stop, and therefore may require students to walk a few blocks home.  Students are not allowed to leave campus and then return to take the activity bus home.

CHAMPS AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM

CHAMPS is an after-school program providing students with academic and enrichment opportunities.

First and foremost, CHAMPS provides an excellent opportunity for students to get extra help with homework and other academic challenges, they may be having. Qualified staff are assigned to your student, in order to provide the help they need.

CHAMPS also provides various enrichment activities, as well. Please contact Melanie Jones at mjones@fpschool.org for further information.

CHAMPS is funded through a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant, administered by Puget Sound Educational Service District and supported by Franklin Pierce District.

ASB CARDS (Activity Tickets)

All students receive an Identification (ID) Card when student pictures are taken.  In order to have an ASB card; students must purchase a sticker in the office that is then put on their ID card.  The price is announced at the start of each school year.  All students who participate in interscholastic sports, jazz band, and concert choir or are a member of any ASB sponsored club must purchase an ASB card. 

The ASB card entitles students to reduced prices at high school games, KMS dances, and yearbooks.  Students may purchase a Washington High School sticker for an additional cost that will allow them to attend Washington home games for free.

Note: A grade of F in any class will make you ineligible for participation in activities and sports.

ASB LEADERSHIP

The student leadership consists of students elected by their peers.  The ASB board meets bi-monthly to discuss and vote on school affairs and disbursement of ASB funds.  The meetings are conducted under the supervision of the staff ASB advisor. ASB officers and representatives must maintain high academic standards, good attendance and have a record free of disciplinary action.

ATHLETICS

After school athletics are open to 7th and 8th grade students who are passing all classes, have purchased an ASB card, and have a current physical on file at school.  Note: final spring grades determine fall sports eligibility.  Students planning to participate in sports should pay careful attention to the following requirements:

(a)  Physical Examination: Must be current and on file in the Health Center before you can participate in sports (physicals are valid for two years unless otherwise noted).

(b)  Medical and Dental Insurance: This is strongly recommended and can be purchased through the school if you do not have sufficient coverage.

(c)   Parent Consent form: Parents or guardians must consent to any participation.

Emergency Medical Treatment and Transportation Authorization form

(d)  Must be turned in before 1st day of practice.

(e)  Concussion Information Form:  Parent or guardians must read and sign this form showing they understand the information provided.

(f)    Acknowledgment by the student and his/her parent of Franklin Pierce School District eligibility and training requirements.

(g)  Students must be passing all classes in order to participate in interscholastic sports.

(h)  Students who do not meet the above grade requirement can still turn out for the sport, but will be placed on academic warning.  If grades do not improve within 2 weeks, students will be placed on academic probation where students may practice with the team, but will not be permitted to participate in games/matches. 

(i)    No high school students or students from other schools are allowed at KMS games unless accompanied by a parent/guardian.

AVID

Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) is a college and career readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college and career.  The program places special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization, and reading skills to increase the number of students who enroll and succeed in higher education and their lives beyond high school.  Students may apply for the 7th and 8th grade AVID elective class each spring.  PGK also implements a number of AVID strategies school-wide: Binder organization, Cornell Notes, and a number of other AVID strategies.

BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS (SCHOOL-WIDE FOUNDATIONS PLAN)

http://keithley.fpschools.org/UserFiles/Servers/Server_32819/File/Website%20Folder/PGK%20Foundations%20Plan.pdf

BACKPACKS & BINDERS

Backpacks and binders are required organizational tools for all students.  Students may purchase the binder package from the cashier window.

BUS RULES

Student safety is the primary concern of the transportation department.  Student whose conduct is not acceptable will be subject to disciplinary action by the bus driver, transportation, and/or the school.  The bus driver has full authority at all times and may remove disruptive students from the bus. If parents have any questions regarding transportation, including discipline issues on the bus please call 253-298-3865.

INVEST ED

Funds are available for students who find that they are unable to participate in either the curricular or co-curricular program at Keithley Middle School.  Students who need more information about these funds are encouraged to see their counselor.

MEALS

Due to the Community Eligibility Program, all PGK students qualify for free breakfast and lunch.  Breakfast is available from 7:00-7:20.

MEDICATION

Medication will be administered in the health center when necessary.  Written requests from a student’s physician or dentist and parent/guardian must be submitted to the health technician.  

Medication must be:

·         in the original pharmacy container;

·         labeled with student’s name and name of the medication, dosage, and frequency of administration.

This includes all prescription and non-prescription medication with the exception of pre-approved inhalers or EpiPens.

All medications must be checked into the health center by parent/guardian.  Students in possession of medication (in any form) will be subject to school discipline.

PACIFIC LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY (PLU):

PLU is a great community partner with PGK.  We have a large number of PLU student mentors, tutors, and after school program staff.  Students may walk through the PLU campus to and from school.  However, students who violate any established state law or school policy while on PLU’s campus may be referred to the Pierce County Sheriff for disciplinary action and/or be No-Trespassed permanently from the campus.

PE UNIFORMS

Students are no longer required to wear a PGK uniform for PE class. Students are required to dress down but not required to buy the PGK PE outfit. If a PE uniform is desired, please see Ms. Finnegan.

SCENT/AIR QUALITY POLICY

Keithley Middle School values the health of students and staff and is committed to providing a healthy learning/working environment. While recognizing that complete elimination of scents is virtually impossible, the expectation is to minimize the risk of exposure by information, awareness and avoidance. The more that is learned about the effects of the environment on individual physical and emotional well-being, the more important it becomes to provide an environment that is healthy for all students and staff. Many people are sensitive or allergic to simple scents from deodorant, hairspray, cologne, soap, perfume and aftershave. Symptoms of this sensitivity or allergy range from headaches, red eyes, itching, coughing and sneezing, to severe asthma attacks. Nearly one-quarter of the population is subject to respiratory and allergic reactions that may be inflamed by scented and chemical substances. This policy applies to all persons in schools and district vehicles, including students, staff, visitors and volunteers.

1.    We request that staff and students avoid the use of fragrances and perfumed personal care products while in our school and district vehicles.

2.    Students purposefully discharging scent devices without regard to this policy will be subject to school discipline.

VISITORS ON CAMPUS

PG Keithley Middle School is a closed campus.  Parents/guardians may visit classrooms and eat lunch with their students with prior notification/approval and must first check in at the main office.  All visitors must sign in and receive a visitor’s badge in the main office to be displayed while on campus.  Under no circumstance are students allowed to invite non-students or former students on campus. 

WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS

PG Keithley Middle School students are not to be on the Washington High School Campus unless they have permission from Washington administration. Please see a Washington school administrator in the Washington school office.