Student Handbook

Dear Students & Parents,
Middle School is a commitment to the education of the total student. At Cityside we strive to establish a positive, student-oriented approach to education, recognizing the uniqueness of individuals during a period of great physical, social, emotional, and intellectual change. Structured to gradually bridge the gap between the dependent elementary school environment and the self-directed high school years, Cityside Middle School promotes individual readiness for responsible decision-making needed in a democratic society.

Please note: Whenever “administrator” is named, it shall mean principal or assistant principal or designee.

PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
Each element of the Middle School program of instruction is designed to maximize the acquisition of knowledge, development of useful skills, and attainment of positive social values. With this in mind, the instructional program of CITYSIDE is structured and administered to reflect the following objectives:

Basic Exit Skills — to challenge students with sufficient cognitive experiences within the areas of math, language arts, practical arts, science, and social studies. This will allow the acquisition of basic subject knowledge necessary to build a solid educational foundation.
Exploration — to promote and encourage student interest in creative, developmental and participatory activities in an atmosphere that supports adolescents as they experience success and failure in learning situations.
Guidance — to help point the way for the emerging adolescent in their growth toward self-realization, independence, a good self- image, and responsible behavior.
Fine Arts Appreciation — to promote programs enabling students to participate in and enjoy art, music, and drama activities.
Physical — to provide challenges designed to help the emerging adolescent meet and accept his or her unique physical needs and development.
Socialization — to provide students with the opportunity to accept others for whom they are, to realize their role in society and their obligations to others, and to understand the value of individual differences.

DISCIPLINE PLAN
Our M.S. vision…
“Together, we value the experience of lifelong learning.”
We:
1) Work to be the best we can be.
2) Take responsibility for our own behavior.
3) Treat ourselves and others with dignity and respect.
4) Work to create a positive, safe, caring, and orderly school climate.
5) Focus on the prevention of discipline problems.
6) Work to develop a strong and supportive relationship between the parents, students, and staff.

The teachers, support personnel, and administrators being at CITYSIDE….
1) Take pride in being educators, knowing they have the single, most important job in the world.
2) Believe that all children are “winners” and help every student to be recognized as such.
3) Commit to making CITYSIDE the most effective school anywhere.
4) Set professional goals and work to attain them.
5) Treat everyone with dignity and respect.
6) Create a positive influence on students, parents, and colleagues by:
a) being “solution-oriented” when facing a problem rather than grumbling or complaining.
b) during a conflict, discovering the other person’s positive intention.
c) communicating concerns or disagreements directly to the proper recipient.
d) treating information about school in a confidential and professional manner.
7) Establish high standards and expectations for themselves and students in relation to behavior, work habits, and academic performance.
8) Communicate and consult with students and parents—frequently and in a variety of ways–about the student’s behavior and academic performance.
9) Make decisions based on what is best for the student.
10) Volunteer to assist and spend extra time in student/staff activities.
11) Work continually to improve their instruction, knowledge, and skill.
12) Make suggestions to the administrator on ways the school can be more effective.
An effective school is created by the attitudes and behaviors of the staff (teachers, support personnel, and administrator). We become like the people with whom we associate. If we expect our students to be positive, supportive, accepting, and respectful of others, it is essential that we model this behavior for them.

The students at CITYSIDE…
1) Take pride in themselves and have confidence that they can be successful.
2) Set goals and work persistently to attain them.
3) Take responsibility for themselves—the way they look, talk, and act.
4) Treat themselves and others with dignity and respect.
5) Attend school regularly.
6) Get to school and class on time.
7) Exercise good study skills and work habits.
8) Have good manners—say “please” and “thank you,” and are friendly and courteous to everyone in our school.
9) Are honest with themselves and respect the property of others.
10) Put forth their very best effort in whatever they do. If they make a mistake, correct it, and move ahead.
11) Follow classroom rules and policies.
12) Help to keep the school clean.
13) Volunteer to improve their class, school, and community.
Schools are places where students gain the knowledge and skills to be responsible, contributing, and independent members of our society. Success in life is dependent not only on knowledge and skill, but also on attitude and self-concept. All of these are molded and shaped in the educational process. Our goal is to develop life-long learners.

The parents we have at CITYSIDE….
1) Communicate to the child that he or she:
a) has a parent that loves him/her;
b) is a special and important person;
c) will be successful in school;
2) Make sure the child:
a) gets at least eight hours of sleep each night;
b) receives breakfast before coming to school;
c) arrives to school on time.
3) Help the child learn to take responsibility for his/her behavior.
4) Set realistic yet high goals for performance in school—both behaviorally and academically.
5) Continually encourage the child to stretch to be the best he/she can be.
6) Support the child when there are problems or when progress is not being made.
7) Read to, or encourage the child to read a book, magazine, or newspaper at least fifteen minutes a day.
8) Communicate and consult with the teacher, on a regular basis, about the child’s performance. This is done by phone, in writing, or in person.
9) Show interest in the child’s efforts in school by asking questions each day about what he/she:
a) learned in school.
b) enjoyed doing during the day.
c) was proud of during the day.
10) Notify the school of health or other problems which might interfere with the child’s performance.
“Winning Students” are created by a team effort by student, teacher, and most importantly, the parent. The attitude, expectations, and behavior of the parent play a crucial role in the child’s success in school.

All people at CITYSIDE…
1) Are present to start class or work on time.
2) Are prepared for class or whatever activity in which they are involved.
3) Always perform at their best.
4) Always act with safety and common sense in mind.
5) Stop and ask oneself before saying or doing something to another person, “Would I like this done to me?” If the answer is “yes,” then they proceed. If the answer is “no,” they stop immediately and find another way of handling the situation.
Each teacher has developed a Classroom Management Plan that establishes the expectations for the individual classrooms. “Winners” are self-disciplined and take responsibility for their behavior. “Winners” treat others with dignity and respect. “Everyone is a winner” at CITYSIDE.

Procedures followed by all teachers, teams, support personnel, and administrators at CITYSIDE….
Our ultimate goal is for all students to develop an internal source of control—to become an independent, responsible, and contributing member of our society. For this to occur, we must communicate to the students what we expect of them and reinforce that behavior when they demonstrate it. Eventually, they must learn to assess their own performance and reward themselves. All staff is encouraged to immediately reinforce acceptable behavior or performance. Following are some procedures which will help us to reach our goal:
1) Tell the child the specific behavior you observed and how it helps their citizenship.
2) Recognize positive behavior with positive notes given to the child telling him/her to feel proud.
3) Mail a note home on a postcard to the parent/guardian recognizing an effort made by the child.
4) Call or email the parents just to tell them the good news about their child and the good behavior at school.
Whenever behavior is being changed, there will be “peaks and valleys.” Behavior will improve, then slip back, then improve. Patience, persistence, and reinforcement all play a critical role in behavior change.
All staff is encouraged to immediately deal with inappropriate student behavior when it occurs. In the event a student acts in a manner which is inappropriate for the education setting, this procedure will be followed:
1) When a student breaks a rule, the adult at the scene will handle the problem.
2) Any staff member may also send the student to the Chix Building Character Room (“CBC Room”) where they will be able to work with an adult who will help them talk through their behavior and develop a plan for what they can do to make the situation better and what they might do differently in the future.
3) If the classroom teacher sees a pattern developing, the teacher will implement a plan to change the student’s behavior.
4) If the inappropriate behavior continues, the teacher will notify the parents by phone or in writing. This is where the parent and the teacher develop a strategy with the child to solve the problem.
5) If the child still chooses not to control himself/herself, the administrator becomes involved by re-examining the behavior and suggesting modification techniques.
6) If the first four steps are unsuccessful, the student will become a “focus of concern” for our Child Study Team (CST). Maybe there are other services available in the community or district to help with a problem of this severity. Exclusion, suspension, and/or expulsion may be considered throughout this process.

Record keeping and review…
The administrator maintains records of significant disciplinary action on Infinite Campus taken with a student. This Discipline Plan is reviewed by the administrator in cooperation with the School Improvement Team. If changes are recommended, they will be discussed with the entire faculty.

ATTENDANCE AT CITYSIDE

It is the responsibility of the parent, guardian or those having control and charge of a child to follow the established building procedures regarding notification of an absence or intended absence from a class or classes. When a student reaches an excessive (10% of days) amount of absences, excused or unexcused, a letter will be sent home and added to their CA60 file. If no improvement is made in the students attendance, the school may refer the student to the OAISD truant officer.

Excused Absences
With an excused absence the student has as many days as the number of absences to make up his/her work, which must be done to the satisfaction of the teacher to receive credit. The student is responsible for taking the initiative for make-up work.
When an absence occurs, the following procedures must be followed:
A) On the day of an absence, a parent/guardian should telephone the attendance office at 748-3205 before 9:00 a.m. and give the following information:
1) student’s name and grade;
2) reason for the absence;
3) the number of days the student will be absent. If the student will be absent for more than one day the parent/guardian should inform the office; otherwise, a call will be necessary each day the student is absent.
B) Between 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. each school day and anytime during the weekends, a voice mail system will be in operation. Please leave your message for the attendance secretary.
C) Students will be considered unexcused or truant if parents do not notify the attendance office by the end of the school day following the absence. The absence will remain unexcused until parent notification.
D) Only in special cases with prior office arrangements will notes be substituted for parental phone calls.

Unexcused Absences
With an unexcused absence, the student has as many days as the number of absences to make up work, but the student may or may not receive credit at the discretion of the teacher/team. The student is responsible for taking the initiative for make-up work.
A) The school will accept any absence from school as long as a parent or guardian calls in. Authorized

school activities (athletic competition, field trips, band trips, etc.) that take students out of the normal
school day will not be counted as days absent on student school records. For those activities,
however, all classroom assignments are to be made up in advance. It is the student’s responsibility to
see all teachers prior to such activity.
B) Unexcused/truant absences will be subject to the following disciplinary action up to and including suspension and court referral:
1) First offense — warning/grace;
2) Second offense — up to equal amount of time missed will be served in detention;
3) Third offense — possible referred to Intermediate School District Truant Officer;
4) Fourth offense – possible referral to Ottawa County Juvenile Court Choice Program for action and recommendations.

Tardies
Students are considered tardy to class when they are not in their assigned classroom when the class begins. An attendance mark of tardy is given to a student when he/she is up to 10 minutes late to class without a valid reason. After 10 minutes the student is considered absent and coded unexcused for the hour.
Consequences for Tardiness:
0 – 3 Tardies – No Consequences
4th Tardy – One lunch detention
5th Tardy – 3 lunch detentions
6th Tardy – 1 hour Tuesday after school detention, 2:45 – 3:45.
7th Tardy – 2 hour Wednesday after school detention, 2:45 – 4:45
8th Tardy – Meeting with student, parent, and administration

Tardy consequences will be reset at the start of the 4th term.

Trip Permits
At least one week prior to departure, it is requested that students clear through the attendance office any family trip, recreation trip, or necessary planned absence of three or more days.

In-School Absences
If a pupil is ill or for any other reason needs to leave class or school, he/she must report to the office. NO STUDENT SHOULD EVER LEAVE SCHOOL WITHOUT PERMISSION FROM THE OFFICE. A PARENT MUST SIGN THEIR CHILD OUT AT THE OFFICE. If he/she is too ill to come to the office, the teacher should make the necessary arrangements. IF THE PARENTS/GUARDIAN CANNOT BE REACHED, THE CHILD MUST REMAIN IN SCHOOL.

Absences & Extracurricular Participation
Students who are unable to attend school due to illness will not participate in athletics or extracurricular activities on the day of the absence. Students must be in attendance at least half of the day if they wish to participate in any after-school activity.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT CONDUCT
Students have the responsibility to follow all of the rules of conduct established by the school district. No student has the right to disobey rules established for responsible conduct and a safe and effective learning environment. School faculty have the responsibility to understand and enforce student rules of conduct, school regulations, and assist students in achieving responsible behaviors.

Rules of Conduct
The following specific rules of conduct shall apply to all students of CITYSIDE.
A) Public display of affection is not acceptable.
B) Students shall not possess, use, or display tobacco in any form including vapor/e cigarettes.
C) Students shall not sell, be under the influence of, or have in their possession alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, narcotics of any kind or any substance that looks like and/or is represented to be alcohol or a drug, regardless of its content.
D) Students shall not damage or destroy either public or private property.
E) Students shall not fight, engage in verbal abuse or threaten other students. It is the responsibility of students who are having difficulties, to seek the assistance of a teacher, counselor, or administrator to help resolve the problem.
F) Students shall not throw snowballs or any other objects which might in any way injure a person or property.
G) Students shall not trespass on private property
H) Food and beverages may be consumed only in designated areas.
I) CITYSIDE is a closed campus; students are not to leave the building or grounds without specific authorization.
J) Students shall not wear coats, hats, sunglasses, gloves, chains hanging out of the pants, or any other attire which would present a health hazard or attract undue attention to the wearer.
K) Students shall, upon request, identify themselves to school district personnel. Disrespectful language and/or attitude will not be tolerated. Students are expected to respond to and carry out all appropriate requests by school staff. Staff members have the authority to question misbehavior of any form.
L) Students shall not carry, possess or use any item which constitutes a “dangerous weapon” under state law or local ordinances.
M) Students shall not steal or be involved in an act of extortion against another student or school personnel.
N) Students shall not forge the signature of a parent/guardian, or school personnel.
O) Students shall not use profane, obscene or vulgar language, either in written or verbal form. The making of obscene gestures and gang signs is also prohibited.
P) Students shall not bring electronic or battery operated musical equipment and related items, electronic games, electronic communication devices, laser pointers or other electric devices to school unless they have permission from the administration.
Q) Students shall not have cell phones visible or on during the school day. If the cell phone is visible or in use, it will be confiscated for two school days and a parent must pick the cell phone up from the main office. Cell phones may be turned on and used after the school day. It is strongly recommended that students not bring cell phones to school, as these items are prime targets for theft.
R) Students shall not use or be in possession of any item which might disrupt the learning atmosphere or present a safety hazard at school or school related events. Some examples would include, but are not limited to, any item that looks or is represented to be knives, matches, lighters, firecrackers, smoke bombs, combustible materials, squirt guns, pea shooters, paper wads, rubber bands or propellant devices, any gang related sign or symbol.
S) Students shall not sell or trade any item at school unless authorized by the administrator. Students shall not harass each other in any way. This includes name calling, touching, following, etc.

Non-Discrimination Policy
Zeeland Public Schools does not discriminate on basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, height, weight, marital status, handicap, disability or limited English proficiency in any of its programs or activities

Code of Conduct, Suspension & Expulsion Policy
The following is the Code of Conduct which the Zeeland Public Schools’ Board of Education expects students of the Zeeland Public Schools to adhere to while enrolled in this school system. The code, as set forth herein, applies to the expected conduct of all pupils from kindergarten through grade twelve. It also identifies board categories of student misconduct, defines conditions under which students may be suspended or expelled, and specifies the procedural due process safeguards which will be utilized for the benefit of the student in its implementation. Contents of this shall become a part of general school board policy.

I. General Statement of Philosophy Concerning Pupil Discipline and Conduct:

The primary objective of student discipline and control is to provide a school environment which is conductive to learning. Every activity must be able to be justified educationally, and complete attention must be directed to the teaching-learning process. Discipline may be defined as the control of conduct by the individual himself or by external authority. It includes the entire program of adapting the individual child to life in society and involves two major emphasis:

A. To guide the pupil so that he/she enhances the immediate efforts of teachers and other pupils in the learning situation, and that, therefore, the pupil behavior does not have detrimental effect in the classroom, on the instruction which should be taking place, or on the school system.
B. To assist the pupil in becoming a responsible, productive, and self-disciplined citizen within the school, in preparation for assuming adult responsibilities. At least by the time the pupil reaches high school age, it is expected that the pupil will assume personal responsibility for his or her own behavior. The school system has a responsibility to assist each individual pupil to assume more responsibility for his/her own actions as the pupil matures and gains experience. While it is recognized that children and youth can be controlled through fear and actual physical restraint, the purpose of the school is to help students develop self-control and self-discipline. For this reason:
C. Discipline and control must be treated as an individual matter for each pupil. Each student must be dealt with as an individual according to his age and maturity, experience and interest, and values.
D. The best discipline is preventative in nature rather than regulatory and restrictive. A student’s behavior in school is directly related to many internal and external factors, including the student’s self-image, the student’s motivation to learn, and the understanding and support the student receives from parents, teachers and other adults.
E. Since boys and girls are basically motivated to learn and to meet standards of acceptable behavior, the role of teachers and other school employees should be of guiding pupils in understanding establishing and maintaining these acceptable behavioral standards.

II. Every effort shall be made by administrators and faculty members to resolve problem through effective utilization of school district resources in cooperation with the student and parent or guardian. When some form of punishment is to be imposed, school officials are encouraged to give consideration to various alternative forms of discipline before imposing suspension or recommending expulsion. Some alternatives are:
A. Permanent or temporary loss of the privilege to participate in extracurricular activities, including athletics.
B. CBC Room – students may be sent to the Chix Building Character room where they will be able to work with an adult who will help them talk through their behavior and develop a plan for what they can do to make the situation better and what they might do differently in the future.
C. In-school suspension: Removal from a particular class or classes and provision for tutorial and guidance services in a restricted environment.
D. School bus suspension: Denial of school bus riding privileges based on misconduct constituting an abuse of thatprivilege.
E. A student may be detained by a teacher during non-class time in order to reinforce classroom philosophy and specific goals and direction of the class. Students are given the option of staying that day or the following day in order to make transportation arrangements. For continued problems in the classroom, parents will be notified by the teachers by phone and/or mail regarding specific situations and necessary steps for needed improvement. Parents may be asked to come to school for a parent/ student/teacher/administrator conference.
F. Restitution: Repayment agreed to by the student for the cost or expense incurred by the school district or others arising out of the student’s misconduct.

III. If these or other alternatives are inadvisable, inappropriate, or unsuccessful, then expulsion from school, either through suspension or expulsion, may be necessary. These are defined as follows:
A. Suspension: Removal of a student from school for a specific period of time, terminating at the end of the specified period and/or upon the fulfillment of a specified set of conditions. Subject to the provisions of paragraph V: B following a suspension will be limited to no more than 10 school days.
B. Expulsion: The temporary or permanent removal of a student from school for a period of time extending beyond the limits provided by suspension (ex. in excess of 10 school days). Expulsion may be recommended by the administration but only the Board of Education has the authority to expel a student. The Board of Education does not have to take any formal action on a student who withdraws from school rather than face an expulsion procedure. Expulsion will be invoked when, on the sole discretion of the Board of Education, based on factors such as the seriousness of the offense alleged and the student’s record of prior offenses, the Board of Education concludes that lesser discipline will not serve the needs of the school district. Parents shall be informed and involved in any case of a student exhibiting a history of unacceptable conduct. Records of such involvement shall be maintained in the administrator’s office. The administrator shall be responsible for documenting evidence to support any action of suspension, expulsion, as well as any prior efforts to solve the problem in situations where the student has demonstrated a history of unacceptable conduct. Such documentation shall be in writing. This information shall be open to the student.

IV. The authority of the Board of Education to authorize suspension or expulsion and to make reasonable rules and regulations regarding discipline is granted in Sections 1261, 1300, and 1301 of the “School Code of Michigan” (MCLS 380,1261,1300 and .133). Section 1311 authorizes suspension or expulsion for the following reasons; gross misdemeanor, persistent disobedience.
Assuming the responsibility granted to it by law, the Zeeland Public School’s Board of Education established the following categories of misconduct(while a student is under jurisdiction of the school) as those which may result in suspension or expulsion from the Zeeland Public Schools. These categories are general in nature and are not deemed to the inclusive.
A) Matters relating to public and private property:
1) Theft
2) Misuse of books, materials and equipment
3) Defacing, littering, damaging or other destruction of property
4) Trespassing (unauthorized presence in a building)
5) Misuse of driving and parking privileges
6) Possession of stolen property
B) Matters pertaining to citizenship:
1) Violation of state laws, local ordinances, approved safety and fire codes
2) Violation of laws pertaining to civil disobedience, inciting or attempting to incite riots, or disruptive demonstrations
3) Personal verbal attacks on teachers, administrators, other school personnel, or the school system
4) Use of profane and/or obscene language, or possession of pornographic material.
5) Possession of weapons or explosives
6) Misconduct at school sporting activities, games, plays, etc.
7) Use and possession of tobacco on school property or at school-sponsored activities
8) Defiance of the lawful instruction of school district personnel
9) Cheating and lying in connection with scholastic activities
10) Refusal to furnish identification when requested to do so by school authorities while on school property or at school-sponsored events
C) Matters pertaining to attendance:
1) Violation of compulsory attendance laws and regulations
2) Persistent tardiness
3) Failure to attend school regularly
4) Continued failure to apply self to studies
5) Skipping school:
a) Leaving school without parents’ knowledge
b) Failure to report to classes after riding to school on a school bus
D) Matters pertaining to safety of others:
1) Physical attacks or threats to students, teachers, administrators or other school employees
2) Fighting
3) Extortion
4) Bullying, hazing, continual or persistent annoyance, disrespect or harassment of a fellow student or school employee
5) Conduct or behavior which jeopardizes the safety of himself and/or others.
E) Persistent disobedience and/or breaking of school rules and regulations.
F) Other misbehavior (conduct not described above which is detrimental to the normal functioning of the school, school activities or the education process).
G) The commission or participation in other activities defined as criminal under the laws of the State of Michigan or the violation of other state or local laws and ordinances while in a school building, on school property or at or en route to school-sponsored events is prohibited.*(refer to paragraph IV) Disciplinary action may be taken by school authorities regardless of whether or not criminal charges or proceedings before juvenile authorities result. When a student’s commission of or participation in a criminal activity occurs in a non-school contest, school officials may, nevertheless, impose an appropriate punishment including suspension or expulsion, when such punishment is reasonable necessary to protect the interests of the school district.
H) In situations involving use or possession of drugs or alcohol on school property or at school-sponsored activities the following guide lines will be used:
1) As in any disciplinary situation, students involved will get a chance to express their side of the story and they will be afforded all aspects of due process.
2) Parents will be notified regarding the incident before a final decision is made as administrators will be seeking input from parents.
3) In every situation the proper legal authorities will be notified with the potential of charges filed.
4) School action may include short-term suspension, long-term suspension or expulsion. Board of Education action is required for long-term suspension and expulsion.
5) If recommended by school administrators and counselors, outside counseling for the individual and family may be recommended prior to re-entry into school.
6) In order to re-enter school, the student must be able to demonstrate the ability to be a solid contributing member of the student body and must have demonstrated an effort to get back into good standing. Evaluation after re-entering school to validate the standing of the student will be made.

V. Extracurricular Activities
Participation in extracurricular activities, including interscholastic athletics, is a privilege, not a right, and students shall be bound by the school district’s policies, procedures and rules governing participation in such activities which may require of the student an even higher standard of conduct than that which is set forth herein.

School jurisdiction over off-campus events:
Students at or en route to school-sponsored or school connected off-campus events shall be governed by school district rules and regulations and are subject to the authority of school district officials. Failure to obey the rules and regulations and/or failure to obey the lawful instructions of school district official may result in loss of eligibility to attend school-sponsored, off-campus events, and may also result in other discipline, including suspension or expulsion.
Article I Procedures:
Pursuant to the authority granted by the school code, the Board of Education of the Zeeland Public School delegates to its superintendent and/or its building administrator, the authority to suspend a student from school for up to ten school days. Expulsion may only be imposed by the Board of Education.

Factors to be considered before suspending or expelling a student:

  • students age
  • students disciplinary history
  • whether the student has a disability
  • the seriousness of the violation or behavior
  • whether the violation or behavior committed by the student threatened the safety of a student or staff member.
  • whether restorative practices will be used to address the violation or behavior
  • whether a lessor intervention would properly address the violation or behavior

Suspension (10 days or less)
1) Except in situation of emergency where immediate suspension is necessary to protect the welfare of other students, faculty, or staff to prevent the destruction of school property and/or to prevent a serious disruption of the educational process, so suspension shall be imposed until the student shall have been:
a) Afforded the opportunity to meet with the administrator, who will impose the suspension.
b) Informed of the specific charges which would be the basis for disciplinary action which may be taken against him.
c) Given the right to tell the administrator any relevant information that would support his defense.
2) If in an appropriate situation a student has been suspended immediately pursuant to paragraph 1, he will be afforded the rights set forth in paragraph 1:1a-c, at the earliest practical opportunity.

3) If a student is suspended by the administrator, the administrator will:
a) Immediately notify (via telephone if possible and with a subsequent letter) the parents or guardian of the student as soon as possible of the suspension, the reasons for it, and the steps necessary to effectuate the student’s return.
b) Meet with the parents or guardian and the student, if necessary, at the earliest possible opportunity to plan the satisfactory return of the student to the school setting or, if expulsion may be recommended to the Board of Education, to discuss the matter further with the student and his parents or guardian for the purpose of obtaining their input as to whether there is a legitimate basis for an expulsion and, whether under all the circumstances, expulsion is an appropriate remedy.
4) If the parents or guardian are dissatisfied with the administrator’s action, they may appeal immediately to the superintendent to review the decision. Further appeal to the Board of Education may be arranged at the Board’s discretion. This appeal must take place within two school days of suspension.

Expulsion and Long-Term Suspension (more than 10 days)
The building administrator may recommend expulsion where, in his judgment, it is warranted by the circumstances. The superintendent shall review that recommendation and shall have the authority to reject a recommendation for expulsion and set some lesser degree of discipline. A student and his/her parent or guardian must be given written notice of the intention to expel and the reasons therefore, and an opportunity to appear with a representative before the Board or Superintendent to answer the charges. The student and/or his/her guardian must also be provided a brief description of the student’s rights and of the hearing procedure, a list of witnesses who will provide testimony to the Board or Superintendent, and a summary of the facts to which the witnesses will testify. The hearing may be private, but the Board or Superintendent must act publicly.

Expulsion of Special Students
1) The procedure set forth above for the expulsion of general education students shall be followed.
2) If the Board determines to expel (i.e. suspend for more than ten school days) the special education student, an Individualized Education Planning Committee (I.E.P.C.) meeting will be convened pursuant to the laws and regulations governing special education.
3) In accordance with the rules governing the I.E.P.C. process, the parent has a right to request a hearing.
4) If the parent requests a hearing through the I.E.P.C. process and the hearing officer rules against expulsion, the school district will either adhere to the decision to seek legal advice as to what procedure to follow.
5) Pending any hearing through the I.E.P.C. process, the student shall be enrolled. Even though the expulsion issue is pending, the student would be expected to follow school rules.

SUSPENDABLE OFFENSES
The following violations of school district and Middle School Policies or rules may be cause for suspension from CITYSIDE for up to ten (10) days:
The length of the suspension will be determined by school authorities. The parent/guardian will be notified of the action taken and will have complete custody of their child during the suspension. In every situation the proper legal authorities will be notified with the potential of charges filed. Students are banned from school property and from participating in any school-sponsored activities during the length of the suspension. If recommended by school administrators and counselors, outside counseling for the individual and family may be recommended prior to re-entry into the school. In order to re-enter school, the student must be able to demonstrate the ability to be a solid, contributing member of the student body and must have demonstrated an effort to get back into good standing. Evaluation after re-entering school to validate the standing of the student will be made. The student will be re-admitted to school after the suspension is served and a meeting is held with the student, parent and appropriate administrator.
** Drugs shall mean:
a) All dangerous controlled substances as so designated and prohibited by Michigan statute.
b) All look-alike material reported to be a controlled substance will be treated as an illegal drug.
c) All chemicals which release toxic vapors.
d) All alcoholic beverages.
e) Any other illegal substances so designated and prohibited by law.
A. Habitual truancy,
B. Violation of smoking, drugs, or drinking regulations, (students will be informed of legal consequences & information about any drug/alcohol counseling & rehabilitation , and re-entry programs that are available to students.
C. Fighting in school jurisdiction,
D. Using profane, obscene, vulgar language and gestures, or possession of pornographic materials, or gang related issues,
E. Verbal abuse or physical assault of school personnel, direct disobedience or gross disrespect toward school personnel, or students.
F. Propelling of dangerous objects,
G. Willful destruction of school/private property,
H. Theft of school or private property,
I. Habitual class misconduct or failure to adhere to school or class rules and regulations,
J. Throwing food,
K. Misconduct in alternative learning center,
L. Other such student violations so gross in nature that the health or safety of students or staff would warrant suspension.
M. Sexual Harassment — Board policy clearly states that sexual harassment includes all unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and verbal or physical contacts of a sexual nature.

COMPUTER AND INTERNET CODE OF ETHICS ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY

Statement on Student Technology:

Zeeland Public Schools encourages the use of student technology when that use enhances the educational experiences of our students. Zeeland Public Schools discourages the use of student technology when that use distracts the user from the classroom experience, disrupts the educational experience of others, or compromises the integrity of the classroom. Students and parents should also be aware that electronic items are often targeted for theft.

 

  1. Electronic devices such as, but not limited to, Cell Phones/Radios/Recorders CD/DVD/ and MP-3 players, are allowed to be used by students in common areas of the school buildings and grounds; before or after school. Students may not use electronic devices in restrooms or locker rooms for any reason. Electronic devices may be used in the classroom with permission of the class instructor. Prior approval from the instructor must be given for a student to use any electronic device during class time and is at the sole discretion of the instructor.

 

  1. iPads – Please consult your iPad policies and procedures manual for questions concerning the use and care of the iPad. Students are responsible for the care and all information acquired and stored on the iPad, while in their possession. While games, music, videos, and sound use are allowed in school; students are not allowed to play music or videos out loud anywhere on campus without permission from a teacher or administrator. Please refer to our ZPS Parent and Student iPad Handbook for more information.

Discipline
Users will be subject to disciplinary action considered appropriate through the established discipline procedures of Cityside Middle School including loss of all computer privileges during a specific period of time, for a violation of any of the above mentioned responsibilities.

POLICE INTERROGATION
Any student in the Zeeland Public School District may be interrogated by law enforcement officers on school property during school hours in the presence of a school official or his/her designated representative. Law enforcement officers are permitted to arrest a person without a warrant in the case of a felony where the officer has a probable cause to believe that the person, including a minor child, has committed a felony, or a misdemeanor. Every attempt to contact parents will be made.

AT-RISK STUDENTS
These students represent a wide range of issues: chronic absenteeism, chronic academic failure, behavior issues, social and/or emotional difficulties, and students in life crisis situations. The problems experienced not only impact their own academic and social-emotional development, but their behavior impacts the school system as a whole. Some students are best served by a smaller environment as they attempt to deal with their frustrations. The Redpoint Intervention Program may be alternative placements to help students find success.

RETENTION/PROMOTION
Although retention is practiced to maintain educational standards and to prevent future school failure, research clearly demonstrates that retention is not an effective method to achieve this goal. There may, however, be unique circumstances when retention may be used.

Retention will not even be considered unless a student receives an F in three or more classes, over three or more marking periods. If this occurs, retention is far from automatic. The decision to retain will be reviewed by the child study team (CST) and appropriate treatment targeted to the student’s needs will be provided in addition to retention. Parents can assume their child will be promoted unless the alternative of retention has been discussed during the school year. Parents will be involved in any retention decision. In some cases, alternative arrangements may be made (in writing and with an administrators signature) to meet the course requirements through other means.
HOMEWORK
The purpose of a homework policy is to emphasize the importance of homework, not to insist on a preset number of hours. Homework can vary according to the type of class and the speed at which a student works and learns.

Homework is important. It is an extension of the learning that takes place in school. Homework can provide practice and drill that reinforces classroom learning and can provide opportunities for independent study, research, and creative thinking. Parents can help their children by arranging a quiet, comfortable place for the students to work and by seeing that assignments are completed. Contact your student’s teaching team regarding questions about homework or homework policies.

The Board of Education acknowledges the educational validity of out-of-school assignments as adjuncts to and extensions of the instructional program of the schools in grade K to 12.
“Homework” shall refer to those assignments to be prepared outside of the school by the student or independently while in attendance at school.

The Superintendent shall develop rules for the assignment of homework according to these guidelines:
1. Homework should be a properly planned part of the curriculum to extend and reinforce the learning experience of the school.
2. Homework should help students learn by providing practice in the mastery of skills, experience in data gathering, and integration for knowledge, and an opportunity to remediate learning problems.
3. Homework should help develop the student’s sense of responsibility by providing an opportunity for the exercise of independent work and judgment.
4. The number, frequency, and degree of difficulty of homework assignments should be based on the ability and needs of the student and take into account other activities which make a legitimate claim on the student’s time.
5. As a valid educational tool, homework should be assigned with clear direction and its product carefully evaluated.
6. The school should recognize the role of parents by suggesting ways in which parents can assist the school in helping a student carry out assigned responsibilities.
7. Homework should always serve a valid learning purpose; it should never be used as a punitive measure.

Guidelines for Homework
The following will be considered when making homework assignments:
1. If students are spending more than 2 hours an evening doing homework, check with the counselor or team leader to see if more assistance with study skills is needed.
2. Materials necessary to complete a homework assignment will be considered when making the assignment.
3. Allowance for different assignments is necessary as homework assignments are sometimes short term, sometimes long term; sometimes product orientated, sometimes routine memorization, etc.
4. Reviewing notes, recopying notes and studying for tests are a type of homework. Multiple tests occurring on the same day will require time management on the part of the student.
5. Teachers will notify students, in advance, what constitutes a late homework assignment and how the last assignment will be handled.
6. Students will be held accountable for their homework whenever it is given. It will be returned to them, fully corrected, in a reasonable amount of time. If it is important enough to give, it is important to the student to have it returned within a short period.

DRESS AND GROOMING RULES
Following are the Middle School rules for proper attire and grooming:
A. Dress is expected to be neat and modest.
B. Shoes are to be worn at all times.
C. Shorts and skirts must be of appropriate length. (Must be fingertip length when the wearer is standing straight with arms at the side)
D. The following types of clothing are prohibited:
1. excessively short or tight clothing;
2. cut-off jeans or ripped jeans above the knee;
3. tank tops, undershirts, muscle shirts as primary attire;
4. “sagging” pants worn low
5. pajama pants or slippers
6. garments with offensive or crude slogans, put downs, gang symbols, mottos, advertising alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, etc.
7. see-through shirts, blouses or shorts, or bare shoulders;
8. coats, hats, headbands, gloves and bandannas;
9. jewelry and other attire which could cause injury to others.
E. Dress disruptive to the educational process is prohibited. When the dress code is violated, the student will be provided with a clean, appropriate garment to wear. The student’s article of clothing will be kept in the office until the replacement garment is returned.

LOITERING
Students should leave the school and school grounds promptly after classes or activities are dismissed. Students should not be in the building without the supervision of a teacher or coach. There is to be no unnecessary “hanging around” before school, between classes, or after school. Non-students are not permitted on campus at any time unless they have been registered as an official guest in the main office. Students from another district may not visit classes without prior permission from administration. This privilege will be used under rare circumstances.

CAFETERIA: RULES/PROCEDURE/COSTS
The same general rules for behavior apply in the cafeteria as in the classroom. If a student disrupts the lunch program, he/she will be assigned to the lunch detention until signs of improved behavior become apparent.

Follow these simple rules:
1. Stand quietly in line until it is your turn to pick up your lunch. Students will need to know their ID# in order to access their account.
2. No cutting in line or saving places at tables.
3. Don’t throw anything in the cafeteria.
4. Clean up after yourself.
5. No food or beverage is taken out of the cafeteria, unless special permission is granted.

If a student does not wish to purchase the lunch for the day, an a la carte line is available. Occasionally, a student will forget his/her lunch money. If this should ever happen, see one of the cooks in the cafeteria. No money will be lent, but a sandwich will be provided for the student.

CHEATING
Cheating is a serious compromise of a student’s integrity and will not be tolerated. If cheating is discovered, the student’s work will be confiscated. A failing grade will automatically be recorded for the work; parents will be notified by the teacher, and possible disciplinary actions taken. A second offense will result in possible suspension from school.

LEAVING CAMPUS
Students are not allowed to leave the school campus before or during school hours for any reason without the knowledge and consent of the administrator’s office. Permission to leave the school grounds will only be granted upon written or verbal request from the student’s parent or guardian. Once students have been delivered to the school property they may not leave without a parent signing them out through the school office.

PARENT PORTAL
Parents are able to track the progress of their son/daughter by signing up for the Parent Portal. The Parent Portal is a password-protected website that allows parents to view the following information in real time—teacher grade books, report cards, attendance records, discipline records and other student information. If parents have not yet signed up for the Parent Portal, check with the office for information about this simple process.

TEXTBOOKS
Your classroom teacher will issue all the textbooks you need. You are responsible for these books until they are returned. Inside the cover of the book is a book number and a textbook sticker or stamp. The sticker or stamp must be filled out accurately. It is important that you write your name clearly in ink so that the book can be returned in case it is lost.

Each book is given a rating according to its condition. If the book is returned damaged, torn pages, writing in book, etc., you may pay a fine, based on the rating condition of the book when it was issued to you. At the time of the issue, please call any existing damage to the attention of the teacher. Questions on condition of textbooks should be directed to the teacher.

PARENT ADVISORY
Throughout the year, parents are invited to join the administrators and other school personnel in an informal setting to learn about upcoming events, discuss the development of middle school aged students and share thoughts, comments and concerns about Cityside Middle School and Zeeland Public Schools. These meeting dates will be announced well in advance. The agenda and the minutes will be mailed to the City Team before and after each meeting.

VOLUNTEERS – BRIDGE
Parents are encouraged to become involved in their child’s education by volunteering in the classroom, building, or district. Your choice of taking the time to be involved sends the message to your child that education is important. BRIDGE is the district’s volunteer program. You can become connected by filling out a “Volunteer Opportunity” sheet that lists the volunteer needs of your child’s building. Please fill out the sheet and return it to the classroom teacher or secretary’s office. When you are needed you will be called.

Safety is a primary concern of the district. The “Volunteer Opportunity sheet provides a means of identification, as well as a way of knowing how you want to be involved. Another safety measure is to have all volunteers sign in at the office, providing name, address and location in building. This way we know who you are and can find you if needed. Also, please wear a name tag. This shows our staff and students that you are a “safe” person, and should be in the building.

CONFERENCES & TEACHER CONTACT
Parent/teacher conferences can and should be scheduled throughout the year when questions arise or concerns surface. Parents are asked to make an appointment with a specific teacher or team, or to call them during their conference period if a phone call is the only conference time available or needed. Student involved conferences are held at the 9 weeks point to comply with district wide services. The student is the central focus of that conference. To contact a teacher please call 748-4777 for a directory.

COUNSELORS
A professional counselor is a full-time staff member at our school. He/She is available to assist students with questions regarding class scheduling, career choices, social problems, and crisis situations. Students are encouraged to make use of this professional.

HONOR ROLL
We believe in recognizing students who achieve academically during each six-week grading period. There are two ways students will be recognized each term. First, students can make the Honor Roll. The Honor Roll is for any student with a 3.0 grade point average or above, with no single grade lower than a C-. Students will also be recognized by making the Principal’s Honor Roll. This list represents students who have earned nothing lower than an A- in all of their classes in a given term. These lists will be on display both in the school and on the Cityside website.

CHAMPION CHIX
We believe in objectively recognizing students who meet all the requirements we have for them at school. At the end of each marking period, we will publish a list of “Champion Chix”, which are the students who have no tardies, no late assignments, no missing assignments and no discipline referrals.

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
Students being delivered to or picked up from Cityside should only use the south side of the Main Avenue entrance. Do not use the bus drive (back driveway) for drop off or pick up between 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The doors to Cityside will not open until 7:00 am each morning or when the first bus arrives. Parents are strongly encouraged to not bring their child to school before 7:00 am., as they may well be locked out of the building. At the end of the day, students no participating in after school activities, will be asked to leave the building by 2:55 pm.

LOCKERS
A locker with a combination lock is issued to each student at the beginning of the school year. As student numbers increase students may be asked to share a locker. Students are expected to keep their lockers clean and not to abuse them in any way. Lockers are the property of the school and may be searched at anytime.

The school cannot be responsible for valuables left in lockers. Sometimes there may be special circumstances which require a student to carry significant cash or valuables to school. Cash or valuables can be safeguarded by registering them and leaving them in the main office.

BICYCLES
Please remember that Zeeland city ordinance requires the registration of all bicycles. In addition, it is suggested that students record their bicycle serial numbers. When traveling to and from school, students must obey all traffic regulations.
The school assumes no responsibility for bicycles. However, provisions have been made to safeguard bikes by requiring them to be properly parked and locked in the school bike racks. Bicycles are not to be ridden off school grounds during the school day except with prior approval.

ADDRESS & TELEPHONE CHANGES
It is very important that every student maintain an up-to-date address and telephone number record at the school office. Notify the school immediately if you have a change of address or telephone number during the school year.

TELEPHONE USE
All staff members have a phone in their classroom for appropriate use. In emergency situations a telephone is available for student use in their classroom or the front office before school, during lunch and after school.
When illness and/or emergencies arise, a student may use the Main Office telephone with the permission of the office staff. We will not permit calls during the day unless it is an emergency situation.

Telephone messages to students during the school day should be of an emergency nature only. Students are not called out of class for phone calls. Important messages will be delivered to students in the classroom at an appropriate time.

EMERGENCY INFORMATION
In case of emergency, each student is required to have on file at the school office the following information:
1. Parent(s) or guardian(s) name(s).
2. Complete and up-to-date address.
3. Home phone and parent(s) work phone.
4. Emergency phone number of friend or relative.
5. Physician’s name and phone.
6. Medical alert information.

FEES
The school charges a variety of fees for different services and materials. Some of these fees are for optional activities and some are required of all students. Fees should be paid promptly. If a student or his family has a financial problem which affects the payment of school fees, the situation should be brought to the attention of the administration where suitable arrangements can be made.

BLOOD-BORNE PATHOGENS
ZPS is subject to federal and state regulations to restrict the spread of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and human immune deficiency virus (HIV) in the workplace. These regulations are designed to protect employees of the District who are, or could be, exposed to blood or other contaminated bodily fluids while performing their job duties.

Because of the very serious consequences of contracting HBV or HIV, the district is committed to taking the necessary precautions to protect both students and staff from its spread in the school environment.

Part of the mandated procedures includes a requirement that the District request consent from a person who is bleeding to be tested for HBV and HIV. The law does not require parents or guardians to grant permission for the examination of their child’s blood, but it does require the District to request that consent. Although we expect that incidents of exposure would be rare, the District wishes to notify parents of these requirements ahead of time. That way, if a situation does develop; all parties will understand the reason for the District’s request and will have had an opportunity to consider it in advance. These are serious diseases, and the Zeeland School District sincerely hopes that through proper precautions and cooperation they can be prevented from spreading. For any questions or concerns, please contact Mary Colton at 748-3014.

MEDICATIONS
If a student must have medication administered during the school day, a physician’s signature is required on a student medication form that is available in the school office. All medication must be brought to the school in its original container by a parent/guardian and be stored in the front office for the safety of the student and others. For proper dispensation, storage and administration of medication, the following guidelines should be observed:

1. The building administration shall designate, in writing, employees to administer medication to pupils only when following points 2 through 5 below.
2. Parent or guardian of the pupil of the Zeeland Public Schools’ student shall provide the school administrator with written permission to store and dispense the medication by completing the consent and release form that available in the main office.
3. Medication shall be under the exclusive and secure control of the designated school employee(s).
4. Medication shall be dispensed only after a student medication form is completed and signed by the physician that has prescribed the medication(s). A parent’s signature is required on this form as well. The student medication form is available in the school office.
5. Except in the event of an emergency, the dispensation of the medication to a pupil shall take place in the presence of another adult.
6. All medications will be properly destroyed after July 1st of each school year.

CANCELLATION OF SCHOOL
Cancellation of school takes place only during circumstances such as extreme weather, equipment failure, or public crisis. The school board and administrators are aware of the hardship which can be caused by an abrupt cancellation. Therefore, school will not be canceled unless a significant safety risk has been created by unusual circumstances. Every practical means is used to notify parents of a cancellation, including radio, website, TV, and newspapers. In the unusual circumstance where school must be canceled during the school day, you should establish a procedure with your son or daughter to follow in case of an emergency.
Questions like: How do I get home? How do I get in the house? Who do I call when I get home? Can friends come over? Am I responsible for anyone else besides myself? and many others that apply to your own circumstances should be answered before these emergencies occur.

Following is the District Policy regarding delay or cancellation of school during inclement weather.
District considers these options for busing during bad weather:
During the winter, school officials travel before dawn to see if roads are safe for bus travel. If conditions appear hazardous, an announcement is called into the radio stations listed below, normally no later than 6 a.m. This procedure can also apply during the fall and spring when fog, ice storms or violent thunderstorms materialize.

School officials consider three busing options in bad weather:
1. Permit buses to run regular routes at the normal time or use the modified plan as published in the Zeeland Spotlight
2. Announce a two-hour delay.
3. Announce the closing of schools.

Your Child’s Safety is Our First Concern
Your school has made plans to safeguard your child when severe weather strikes West Michigan.

WEATHER
Tornado Watches
A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for development of a tornado. During a tornado watch, Zeeland Public Schools will keep children in the buildings. If a watch is in effect during regular dismissal time, students will be kept in the building until the tornado watch has been called off by the National Weather Service or until civil authorities or the superintendent announce dismissal on the radio stations listed below. During a tornado watch, parents may choose to pick up their youngsters from school.

Tornado Warnings
A tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted by an official agency in the area. Your child will be taken to a designated shelter in the school building during such a warning. For safety reasons, parents will not be allowed to pick up their children during a tornado warning. All persons should take immediate cover.
Listen to the radio. During any bad weather, please do not call the school. Telephone lines need to be open for emergency communications. If a school building is damaged during a tornado, children will be transported to an alternative shelter. Please tune to the area radio stations listed below for school announcements.
During bad weather, tune to these stations:
RADIO:
WHTC 1450 AM WWJQ 99.3 FM
WOOD 1300 AM WGHN 92.1 FM

LOCAL TV:
WWMT 3 ~ WOOD-TV 8 ~ WZZM-TV 13

INTERNET WEATHER BOX:
www.zps.org

Sign up for the Z For Me and receive up-to-the-minute messages about school closings or delays via email. For details on how to join, call 748-3003

FIELD TRIPS
Field trips within Zeeland and to nearby points of interest are scheduled by various classroom teachers throughout the school year. These trips are designed to supplement different aspects of the classroom curriculum and to introduce students to the resources of the community. Parents will receive notices of field trips well in advance of the scheduled trip date. Parents sign a general field trip permission form at the beginning of each school year. Sometimes a small amount of money may be requested from each student to help defray transportation or facility use costs. Parents are encouraged to volunteer as chaperones for field trips. Special events may require special field trip forms.

Transportation Board Policy

It is the policy of the Board of Education to provide transportation for those District students whose distance from their school makes this service necessary within the limitations established by State law and the regulations of the State Superintendent of Instruction. Such laws and rules shall govern any question not covered by this policy.

Bus routes shall be established so that an authorized bus stop is available within reasonable walking distance of the home of every resident student entitled to transportation services. Each student will be allowed to have one (1) pick-up location and one (1) drop-off location, be it home or a caregiver, and shall not be permitted to use any other bus without prior written permission from the Director of Transportation or designee.

Transportation Responsibilities

Riding a school bus is a privilege and convenience for students and their parents; as such, everyone accepts certain responsibilities to ensure student safety while utilizing this service. Students and parents are advised that the Zeeland Public Schools student code of conduct will be enforced relevant to student behavior on the school bus. The school will cooperate with parents and law enforcement agencies relevant to behavior to and from school.

Students and parents are advised of the following responsibilities as per the Michigan Regulations for School buses, Bulletin #431 and local policy:

District Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of Zeeland Public Schools to:

  1. Develop bus routes and schedules.
  2. Determine the mile computation as required by the Board of Education and State requirements.
  3. Provide appropriate student information to bus drivers.
  4. Provide vehicles that meet or exceed the requirements of state law pertaining to vehicles utilized to transport school students.
  5. Provide appropriate insurance coverage.
  6. Hire certified and qualified staff.
  7. Provide ongoing training for the transportation staff.
  8. Recommend to the Superintendent when schools should be closed due to inclement weather.
  9. In conjunction with Building Principals, develop and administer disciplinary procedures for students who exhibit inappropriate bus riding behaviors.

Parents Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of each parent to:

  1. Provide for your students’ safety to, from, and while at the bus stop.
  2. Have the student at the bus stop at least five (5) minutes ahead of the scheduled stop time.
  3. Always stress SAFETY at stop locations and on the bus.  STUDENTS ARE TO STAY OFF THE ROAD AT ALL TIMES WHILE WAITING FOR THE BUS.
  4. Make sure each child has a backpack for lunch, school books, etc.
  5. No pets or large items such as large boxes, sleds, skateboards, bats, etc. are allowed on the bus.  Items which are sharp or breakable should be carried in a box.  Laser pointers are prohibited and will be confiscated.  Loose hanging items attached to the backpacks such as key chains are prohibited due to safety concerns.
  6. Make arrangements to have an appropriate person at home at the designated drop-off time after school.
  7. Sign the blue School Bus Misconduct Notice slip, if your child receives one for an infraction of the bus rules. The child must return the signed slip to the bus driver before allowed back on the bus.
  8. Check Parent Portal for up to date Bus stop and times.

Students Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of each student to:

  1. Observe classroom conduct while riding the bus. The same rules apply to the bus as in the classroom.
  2. Ride the assigned bus and use a specific bus stop; only assigned students may ride school-bound or homebound buses. In addition, students may ride only their assigned bus, getting on and getting off at their designated stop.  The Director of Transportation may grant permission for students to ride a different bus or use a different stop. Such permission may be granted only after receiving appropriate written request form from the parent/guardian for a specified period of time subject to the following conditions and limitations:
    1. The requested change must not result in overcrowding of any bus, alteration of any regular bus route, bus stop, or time schedule, or in any way interfere with the regular operation of the transportation system.
    2. Emergency and/or unusual reasons may be approved by the Director of Transportation.
    3. To assure no overloads, we do not allow students to bring home friends (either from another bus run or from a non-busing area) for parties, scouts, homework, etc.). It is the parents’ responsibility for this type of transportation.
  3. Obey the driver at all times and report promptly to school officials when instructed to do so.
  4. Stay in their seat facing forward while the bus is in motion.
  5. Keep hands and feet to themselves.
  6. Place all carry-on items on ones lap.
  7. State law mandates that no animals or glass containers be allowed on buses. No pets or large items such as large boxes, sleds, skateboards, bats, etc. are allowed on the bus.  Items which are sharp or breakable should be carried in a box.  Laser pointers are prohibited and will be confiscated.  Loose hanging items attached to the backpacks such as key chains are prohibited due to safety concerns.
  8. Refrain from eating or drinking on the bus.
  9. Leave the bus only with the consent of the driver.
  10. Enter or leave the bus only at the front door after the bus has come to a stop, except in case of emergency.
  11. Stay off the roadway while waiting for the bus.
  12. Wait until the bus comes to a complete stop and then board or leave the bus promptly.
  13. Talk in a normal tone of voice while on the bus and use appropriate language.
  14. Do not destroy property and report any damage observed to the driver.
  15. Help keep the bus clean, sanitary, orderly and safe.

Bus Rules

Follow these bus rules – same as all class rooms

  1. Be polite to everyone on the bus.
    The bus driver may assign seats
    3.  For everyone’s safety, do not distract the driver.
    4.  Do not swear or use inappropriate words.
    5.  Electronic devices including; iPod’s, iPad’s and cell phones are to be kept to yourself
    and not shared with others.
    6.  No photographs or videos to be taken on the bus.
    7.  Remain seated at all times.  Do not change seats.
    8.  Keep head, hands and feet inside the bus.
    9.  Keep hands to yourself.
    10.  No smoking or lighting matches/lighters.
    11.  Do not deface or destroy anything on the bus.
    12.  Keep aisle clear of feet, backpacks and bodies.
    13.  Schools buses are a NO-BULLYING ZONE!
    14.  Do not eat or drink on the bus; keep the bus clean
    15.  All sports gear is to be enclosed in a sport bag.
  1. Misbehavior on Bus: Penalty at discretion of principal depending on circumstances (may include removal from bus for 1 to 10 days or permanent removal from bus by a formal hearing). Serious misbehavior on the bus may also be cause for punishment up to and including suspension or expulsion from school.

Student Crossing Procedure:

To Board the Bus:

  1. Students wait in a group at the designated bus stop at least 10 feet away from the edge of the roadway and watch the bus driver for the signal to cross.
  2. Bus drivers will display a sign (see below) to indicate when it is safe to cross the street.
  3. Students proceed directly across the road always staying well in front of the bus and board the bus.
  4. Do not stop in the middle of the street or cross behind the bus.
  5. Bus stops will be placed at legal locations consistent with Board policy or if required by law.

When Exiting the Bus:

  1. Students exit the bus and take 10 giant steps in front of the bus staying on the side of the street.
  2. Students stand in a group and look to the bus driver for the signal to cross.
  3. Bus drivers will display a sign to indicate when it is safe to cross the street.
    Red stop sign means “STOP”
    Yellow smile face means “CROSS SAFELY”
  4. Students proceed to a point even with the left side of the bus and stop.
  5. Students look left and right for passing cars.
  6. Students look to the driver for instruction to complete the crossing.
  7. Do not cross behind the bus.
  8. If a paper or article goes under the school bus, always ask the bus driver for help.
  9. Do not get mail from roadside mailboxes until after the bus leaves the stop

The Zeeland Public Schools Transportation Department’s mission is to provide the safest and most efficient means of transporting your students to and from school.

Did you know the yellow bus is 27 times safer than an automobile when comparing modes of transportation to and from school?

We have a staff of 59 professionally trained and certified school bus drivers who use the utmost care bringing your students to and from school each day.  Our staff of 3 full time certified professional mechanics maintains our fleet with a commitment to safety and reliability.  Our administrative and office staff, consisting of the Transportation Director, 2 full time and 1 part time secretaries, strives to provide prompt and courteous services to all students with integrity and efficiency.

The Zeeland School District consists of approximately 94 square miles, which are serviced by 52 school buses on 167 regular bus runs, transporting approximately 9,000 students daily.  The vehicles travel more than 600,000 miles annually for regular education.

The average ride on a school bus is approximately 10 miles/35 minutes long.  This means that your student, over a 13-year period, may travel up to 47,320 miles (twice around the world) or 2,839 hours (354 eight hour work days) on a school bus

CONTACT US!

To contact the ZPS Transportation Center, please call 616.748.3425 or email our transportation office staff:

Director of Transportation:

Secretaries:

District Map:

 

CITYSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

The list below includes all of the activities that have been offered to the students of Cityside in recent years. There is no guarantee that all of these activities will be offered in a given school year. We will strive to have as many extra-curricular activities for our students, but the final list of sports, clubs and activities is dependent on finances and the availability of coaches and instructors.

Student Club Guidelines

  1. All student clubs must have a teacher supervisor present at all times.
  2. There are only 6 Schedule B payments allotted for clubs.  Once these have been assigned, the teacher must run the club voluntarily without compensation.
  3. Students must meet with the principal for club approval before the club may be publicized or have the first meeting.
  4. If possible, the club meetings will be held in the teacher supervisor’s room.  If this is not an option due to size of the club or type of club, an alternate location will be assigned based on room availability.
  5. Any club expenses will be the responsibility of the members of the club unless the club is a schedule B club and the funds have been allocated in the budget before the school year begins.
  6. Any outside volunteers that work with the club must go through the district background check.

The following pages include:
• Parent Information/Parent Involvement
• Extracurricular Activities
• Classroom Events Information
Athletic Handbook

Adopt-a-Family
In order to help our students understand the importance of giving back to their community, we will plan a fund-raiser each holiday season, and use the money raised to adopt local families for the holidays. The method of fund-raising will change from year to year.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students
Located At: Cityside
When: November & December
Cost: Donations from students
Contact Person: Chix in Action Leader

Art Club
Students who are interested in drawing, building, designing and/or creating are welcomed. The Art Club goes to the Art Institute of Chicago usually every year.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students
Located At: Cityside
When: Afternoons 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Funded by fundraiser, small cost may be incurred. All students will be charged for bus and travel to the Chicago Art Institute.
Contact Person: Art Teacher

Basketball (Interscholastic)
Separate 7th & 8th grade teams. Teams are cut to approximately 15-18 players. The athletes compete with other area teams, and develop basketball skills.

For: 7th & 8th grade students
Located At: Cityside
When: Jan. – March (girls) Nov. – Dec. (boys)
Cost: No cost
Contact Person: Athletic Director

Blender
An evening spent with classmates enjoying a variety of high activity games planned by volunteer parents and Assistant Principal. Lots of food will be provided.

For: 7th & 8th grade students
Located At: Cityside
When: A Friday evening
Cost: Not available at this time.
Contact: Assistant Principal

Book Club
There is a group of 8th graders who agree to read certain books and then meet periodical to discuss what they have read

For: 8th grade students
Located At: Cityside
When: Periodic meetings throughout the year (schedule varies yearly)
Cost: Most books are checked out from the teacher collection or library. There can be costs associated if students want to purchase books
Contact Person: Language Arts Teacher

Celebr8
Instead of having a graduation or an honor’s night, we end the year celebrating with the entire 8th grade class. There will be some objective recognition of achievement by our students, but the focus is to celebrate ALL 8th graders and the three-year journey they are about to complete

For: 8th grade students
Located At: Cityside Middle School
When: End of the school year, in the evening
Cost: None
Contact Person: Principal’s Secretary

Champion Chix
This is recognition given each marking period for students who have no tardies, no late assignments, no missing assignments and no discipline referrals for a six week term.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students
Located At: Cityside
When: At the end of each marking period
Cost: none
Contact Person: Counseling Secretary

Chess Club
This is an after school activity for students to compete in chess matches on a local and regional level. (May not be available every year.)

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students
Located At: Cityside
Cost: None at the present time
Contact: Chess Coach

Chix Coop
This is a facility available to students before school 7:10am to 7:35am and during lunch times with staff supervision to participate in various games and activities.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students
Located at: Cityside
Cost: None
Contact: Assistant Principal

Chix in Action
The Chix In Action (CIA) are students who meet to plan various events that impact Cityside Middle School. It is the closest thing to a Student Council we have. Students must apply and be recommended by teachers as well.

For: 7th and 8th grade students
Located At: Site TBA
When: Periodic meetings throughout the year (schedule varies yearly)
Cost: None
Contact Person: CIA Leader

Cityside Players – Play/Musical
Each fall, the Cityside Players put on a musical. We strive to have as many students involved as possible as actors, signers, dancers and crew members. Each spring, there is a more traditional play that features students from both Cityside and Creekside.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students
Located At: Cityside Lokers Auditorium
When: Everyday after school beginning after tryouts
Cost: Optional make-up kits, t-shirts etc.
Contact Person: Play Director

Cross Country (Interscholastic)
There is one team for 7th and 8th grade boys and girls from both Cityside and Creekside. We hope to add more teams as the program grows.

For: 7th and 8th grade students
Located At: Practice starts at Cityside after school daily during the season
When: Fall season
Cost: varies
Contact Person: Athletic Director

Football (Interscholastic)
We have separate teams for both 7th & 8th grade that are mad up exclusively for Cityside students. They play other area schools

For: 7th and 8th grade boys
Located At: Practice site TBA
When: Practice every day after school in fall (Football is the one sport where practices start before school starts)
Cost: varies
Contact Person: Athletic Director

Golf Club
We may offer an afternoon time for students to participate in a golf outing weekly during the Spring to various golf courses within the area.

For: 8th grade students
Located At: Cityside
When: After school one day a week in season
Cost: Varies depending on sight

1st Robotics
This is the middle school division of the ZHS F.I.R.S.T. team. Students will build robots to perform multiple tasks and also compete with other teams within the state.  Try-outs may be necessary.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students who are not in a fall sport.
Located At: Cityside
When: Late September through December
Cost: None
Contact Person: Coach

M-Step
The M-Step Program is designed to test student’s state wide. It is a testing instrument that is being constantly updated and re-designed to measure minimum standards for select grades. Assessments in reading and math for 7th graders; science, social studies, and writing for 8th graders.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students
Located at: Cityside
When: End of January – During exam week.
Cost: No charge
Contact Person: Assistant Principal

Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
These are open agenda meetings. Discussion will focus on school happenings and how they can be improved and communicated to others. Qualifications: Regular attendance and a positive attitude.

For: Cityside parents
Located at: Cityside
When: 4 – 5 meetings per school year
Contact: Principal & Assistant Principal

 

Secret Agents
A club for student’s who perform anonymous acts of kindness for teachers, staff, and other students. The club’s goal is to make the world a kinder place in which to live.

For: 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students
Located At: Cityside
When: Second Semester
Cost: Little or none
Contact Person: Counselor

Ski Club
The Middle School Ski Club gives students the opportunity to alpine ski. By being in a group, students receive reduced lift and rental rates. The club begins before Christmas and takes trips through February, usually every other Monday.

Who: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students
Located At: Bittersweet in Allegan
When: Usually every other week depending on weather
Cost: Varies each year—fees for ski pass, lift ticket, rental and transportation.
Contact Person: Ski Club Coach

Soccer (Interscholastic)
We have separate 7th & 8th grade teams. Cuts are made and teams are composed of approximately 20 to 24 players. Athletes compete against other area schools and develop skills.

For: 7th & 8th grade students
Located At: Cityside & competing schools
When: Fall– Boys; Spring – Girls – Practice after school
Cost: Varies
Contact Person: Athletic Director

 

Softball (Interscholastic)
There is one combined 7th & 8th grade team. Cuts are made and the team consists of 16 to 22 players. Athletes compete against other area schools and develop skills.

For: 7th & 8th grade girls
Located At: Cityside and competing schools.
When: Spring sport, practice after school
Cost: Varies
Contact Person: Athletic Director

Homework Party
This is an after-school study session during which students can receive help with all subject areas.

For: 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students
Located At: Cityside
When: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 2:35 – 3:20
Cost: None
Contact Person: Assistant Principal

Swimming (Interscholastic)
Swimming involves learning strokes and how to become part of a team. Swim meets are twice a week and one invitational on a Saturday. On the diving team, cuts are made due to high numbers and availability of boards.

For: 7th & 8th grade students
Located At: Cityside Pool
When: Practice daily after school. Girls’ session is November through January; Boys’ February through March
Cost: Varies
Contact Person: Athletic Director

Talent Show – Chix Mix
The “Chix Mix” is the most recent name of the annual Cityside Talent Show. This show is open to any 6th, 7th or 8th grader with an act they want to share with their classmates. Students must tryout in order to participate. The Chix Mix is currently run my the Cityside Dance Teacher, but it could be lead by any adult in the building.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students
Located At: Cityside
When: Varies
Cost: None
Contact Person: Cityside Dance Teacher

Tennis (Interscholastic)
There is one combined 7th & 8th grade team. Learning basic skills, competition in singles and doubles with other area schools is what these athletes will be exposed to weekly.

For: Creekside/Cityside Combined 7th & 8th grade students
Located At: Creekside & competing schools
When: Practice every day, matches twice a week, Fall sport (girls); Spring sport (boys)
Cost: Racquet, shorts & shirt
Contact Person: Athletic Director

Thanksgiving Drive
Free-will offerings of canned and dry goods are donated by students and faculty in homeroom to be delivered to area distribution centers.

For: 6th, 7th & 8th grade students
Located At: Cityside
When: Week before Thanksgiving.
Cost: Donated items
Contact Person: CIA Leader

The Shack
This is our school store. It is open most days after school and is run by Cityside students. They sell primary school supplies and treats.

For: 6th, 7th, & 8th grade students
Located At: Cityside – Main Hallway
When: Open before school for school supplies only. Open after school for candy bars.
Cost: Whatever you purchase
Contact Person: Special Education Instructor

Track (Co-Ed Interscholastic)
7th and 8th grade combined into one team. No cuts are made. Track includes co-ed running events and field events. The athletes compete with area schools.

For: Creekside/Cityside 7th & 8th grade boys & girls
Located At: Creekside & competing schools
When: Practice after school, in the Spring. Usually 2 meets per week.
Cost: Varies
Contact Person: Athletic Director

Volleyball (Interscholastic)
Separate 7th & 8th grade teams. Teams are cut to approximately 15 players. Volleyball skills are taught, and competition is between league schools.

For: 7th & 8th grade girls
Located At: Cityside, and competing schools
When: Everyday after school, matches are twice a week – September and October
Cost: Varies
Contact Person: Athletic Director

Volunteers – BRIDGE
Show support for your students & staff. Volunteers fill a void by providing extras staff cannot. Some examples of volunteer efforts include: tutoring, baking, phone calls, chaperones, etc. Please sign in at the office each time you volunteer.

For: Parents, senior citizens…anyone interested in sharing their time & talents
Located At: Cityside, home or curricular places
When: Please fill out your Volunteer Opportunity Sheet to tell us how you would like to get involved
Cost: Time you want to give
Contact Person: Building Coordinator

Wrestling (Interscholastic)
We have combined 7th & 8th grades into one team. No cuts are made. Athletes learn skills, cooperation, and discipline. Competition is between area schools.

For: Creekside/Cityside 7th & 8th grade boys
Located At: Creekside & competing schools
When: Late Winter at the end of January; practice every day with matches twice a week
Cost: Varies
Contact Person: Athletic Director

ATHLETIC HANDBOOK

Dear Parents,
We sincerely hope all parents will encourage their children to take part in some athletic activity. We
believe that athletic participation will help each student to adjust to the Cityside and Creekside environment quicker and will aid in the development of new and positive attitudes. In addition, physical fitness and health should show marked improvement while self-confidence rises. As educators we have the welfare of our students uppermost in our minds. A well organized athletic program will meet your student’s needs for self-expression, improved mental alertness, and positive physical and emotional growth. It is our hope and goal to maintain a program that is sound in purpose and will further each student’s education
and social maturity.

A student who elects to participate in athletics is voluntarily making a choice of self-discipline and dedication. These are the reasons we place such emphasis on good training habits. We are striving for excellence and do not want our athletes to settle for mediocrity.

ATHLETIC CODE
Purpose of the athletic code: The athletic code establishes uniform standards for all student athletics and
details the penalties for violations of these standards. This code is threefold. It will include expected behavior for academics, practice, and games.

ACADEMICS
• Athletes must be passing five out of six classes to participate. An eligibility list will be given to all teachers. If an athlete is deemed ineligible, you will not be able to compete until grades and/or work ethic improves.
• You must be in school at least half the day to compete in that day’s contest. Special consideration may be granted from the principal or athletic director.

PRACTICE
• Be on time and prepared to listen and learn.
• Lock all belongings in the locker room.
• Respect your teammates andcoaches. No put downs!
• Communicate to your parents when practices will be completed.
• Communicate with your coach if you cannot attend or will be late to practice.
• An emergency contact form must be completed and turned into the office before an athlete may participate in practices.

GAMES
• A physical exam is needed from a doctor prior to the first game or contest.
• Stay with your team and coach at all times.
• Show respect to both your opponent and their facilities, win or lose.
• If you wish to not ride the bus home from an away contest, you MUST give your coach a note from your
parents for permission.
• Remember that bus rules are the same for athletic contests as they are for school.

ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS
• PROPER SUPERVISION – Athletes are NOT TO BE IN THE LOCKER ROOMS, GYMNASIUM, OR ATHLETIC FACILITY, unless properly supervised by their coach. Once a practice or contest has been completed, the athletes are to leave the building as soon as possible.

• TEAM MEMBERSHIP (CUT SPORTS) – In some sports at Cityside and Creekside, limiting team size is necessary. When this occurs, the coach will explain to the athletes the criteria for making the team before
practices begin. Students not making the team are welcome to discuss the reasons with the coach. However, a coach’s decision is final.

• COACHES REGULATIONS – Individual coaches may institute other regulations for their particular sport not contained in this handbook. These regulations are to be written and distributed to all athletes at the beginning of each season.

ATHLETE RESPONSIBILITY
1. Responsibility to Yourself As an athlete, you will be challenged to maintain high academic, emotional, mental, and physical standards. Self-discipline, full effort, positive attitude, and a strong respect for self and authority will help you achieve your goals.

2. Responsibility to Your Team As an athlete and a member of a team, your teammates will look to you for leadership, requiring you to put forth your best effort and attitude at all times. You are to put the team goals before any personal
goals and awards that you may seek to gain.

3. Responsibility to Family & Friends
As an athlete, expectations will increase even among family members. Your family will look to you for strength of character and as a role model for siblings and friends. Athletic participation will be difficult without the encouragement of your family and friends. It is the responsibility of every athlete to show appreciation for those who attend your
games, meets, contests, etc.

4. Responsibility to your School
As an athlete, you are a representative of your school at all times. As a school leader, your conduct and attitudes are viewed as that of Cityside and Creekside. This position should always be viewed as an honor and privilege.

5. Responsibility to your Community
As an athlete, your community takes pride in you and your team and will view you as a role model. It is your responsibility to set a good example for upcoming athletes and to contribute positively to the community.

BUILDING GREAT PARENT – COACH RELATIONSHIPS
There are situations that may require a conference between the coach and the parent. These are to be encouraged. It is important that both parities involved have a clear understanding of the other’s concerns. When these conferences are necessary, the following procedure should be followed to help promote a resolution to the issue of concern. Remember, communication equals success! Both parenting and coaching are extremely difficult vocations. By establishing an understanding of each position, we are better able to accept the actions of others and provide greater benefits to the student. As parents, when your son or daughter becomes involved in our programs,you have a right to understand what
expectations are placed on your student-athlete. This begins with clear communication from the coach of your student athlete’s program.

COMMUNICATION YOU SHOULD EXPECT FROM YOUR SON/DAUGHTERS COACH
1. Philosophy of the coach.
2. Expectations the coach has for your child as well as the players.
3. Locations and times of all practices and contests.
4. Team requirements, i.e., fees, special equipment, off-season conditioning, etc.
5. Procedure should your child be injured during participation.
6. Team rules and guidelines.

COMMUNICATION COACHES EXPECT FROM PARENTS
1. Concerns expressed directly to the coach.
2. Notification of any scheduled conflicts well in advance if possible.

APPROPRIATE CONCERNS TO DISCUSS WITH COACHES
As your child becomes involved in athletic programs at Cityside and Creekside, he or she will experience some of the most rewarding moments of his or her life. It is important to understandthat there also may be a time when things do not
go the way you or your child wishes. At these times, discussion with the coach is encouraged.

ISSUES NOT APPROPRIATE TO DISCUSS WITH COACHES
Coaches are professionals. They make judgment decisions based on what they believe to be the best for all athletes
involved. For continued success of the team, please let the following be left to the discretion of the coach.
1. Playing time
2. Play calling
3. Team strategy
4. Other athletes
Cityside and Creekside Athletes will:
• Develop emotional control, honesty, and a sense of real teamwork;
• Learn that an individual’s contribution to the team is more important than personal goalsor desires;
• See that the success of a program is not determined by a team’s win/loss record;
• Learn the value of cooperation, discipline, and hard work’
• Practice good sportsmanship;
• Represent their team,school, and community with PRIDE!