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Disclosure

Union Middle School Disclosure 2022 - 23

Academic Grades:

The primary goal of grading is to provide high quality feedback to the parent/guardian and students, enabling them to clearly understand a student’s progress, appropriately support the learning process, and encourage student success.

Weighted Grading:

Grades at Union Middle School will be determined by assessments and assignments weighted as follows:

    • Assessments (test, labs, projects, essays, etc.) will be weighted as 80% of the grade 
    • Assignments (practice) will be weighted as 20% of the grade

Grading Scale:

A: Exceeding Standards

90%-100%

B: Meeting Standard

80%-89%

C: Approaching Standards

70%-79%

D: Just Starting 60%-69%

NP: Not Proficient 59% and below

Late Work and Retake Process:

Assignments and assessments help teachers guide students’ learning by seeing what they can and cannot do. They are critical measures of student understanding; therefore, we provide students with multiple opportunities to demonstrate their understanding. Prior to retaking an assessment, you will be required to participate in a review process.

Due Dates:

You should make up missing assignments and retake assessments throughout the quarter rather than just before the following due dates. This allows teachers to give you feedback, gauge your understanding and provide further instruction, as needed. However, teachers will accept late assignments up to the final dates/times below.

Late work and retakes will be accepted for each term until the following dates by 3:00 pm:

  • Quarter 1: Wednesday, Oct 12th
  • Quarter 2: Wednesday, Jan 6th
  • Quarter 3: Thursday, March 10th 
  • Quarter 4: Friday, May 19th

Citizenship Grades:

Citizenship Grades will be based on student’s behavior and tardies.

Citizenship Grade

Behavior

Tardies

H: Exceeding Standards

Your behavior serves as a model for peers, is consistent with UMS CATS Code and no Think-Times

2 or less per term

S: Meeting Standards

Your behavior is consistent with UMS CATS Code and no more than 1 Think-Time

3-4 per term

N: Needs Improvement

Your behavior is inconsistent with UMS CATS Code no more than 2 Think-Times, and no more than 2 Office

Referrals

5 per term

U: Not Meeting Standards

Your behavior showed little to no efforts towards the UMS CATS Code, 3 Think-Times, and more than 2 Office Referrals

6 or more per term

Attendance:

Attendance is essential component to your academic success.  When you are absent, it is your responsibility to get the work you missed from your teachers and turn in the missing work.  If you are more than 10 minutes late to a class, you will be considered absent.  Your parents/guardians are responsible for contacting the attendance office to excuse an absence. 

Tardies: 

You are considered on time to class if you are in your assigned seat with your learning materials before the bell stops ringing.  If you are not in your assigned seats and/or do not have their learning materials ready, you will be marked tardy.  If students exceed 5 tardies in a quarter, they will participate in a learning lunch to recoup the lost learning time.  For tardies above 6, students will meet with an administrator and additional interventions will be implemented.  

Food and Drink:

Please consume outside foood or drink (other than water) in the cafeteria.  If there is a medical need for food (e.g. diabetes), then we will provide an accommodation through a medical plan.  

Technology:

Personal Technology Devices: 

Personal technology devices (i.e. cell phone, tablet, ear phones, etc.) should not be used during instructional time without permission from the teacher.  If you are having difficulty following this rule, the teacher will take your personal device to the Main Office for safe keeping.  After the first offense, a student can pick up the device from the Main Office at the end of the day.  After the second offense a parent/guardian will need to pick up the device from the Main Office.  

School Computer Use:

Each student will be issued a Chromebook to use for the entire school year.  Any student who shows the proper respect to this equipment can enjoy this privilege.  

    • When you are using a school Chromebook, you are financially responsible for the computer.  The district has a fine schedule to replace/repair equipment in the event of broken Chromebooks, cracked screens, broken keyboards, or lost charging cords. 
    • Appropriate behavior is expected if all students using computers.  Inappropriate behavior will result in the loss of all computer privileges.  
    • Please do not put any personal stickers on your Chromebook.
    • Any problems with the computers, the software or the printers should be reported to your teacher.  Please do not attempt to fix any machine or program yourself.  If a problem arises, please notify your teacher for assistance.  
    • Log-ins and passwords should be kept confidential at all times.  

Canvas:

Students will use a platform called Canvas to access materials and assignments for each class. Students will often complete assignments in the Canvas platform and teachers will grade the work and offer feedback on the platform.  However, to check the status of your grades, please refer to the Skyward grading system, not Canvas. 

When you are ill or have to miss school, you can find your missed assignments on Canvas.

Online Grades:

Student grades for all classes will be available at: http://www.skyward.canyonsdistrict.org

Individuals with Exceptionalities: If you have a disability and need accommodations in connection with your learning, please speak with your counselor and/or administrator.  We are here to help. 

Multimedia:

Throughout the year, students will be shown clips for educational instruction purposes that are rated G and PG.  If students are going to view a full length PG movie, the teacher will send home notification and a permission slip.  Movies with higher ratings than PG are not allowed in middle school. 

Plagiarism/Cheating: 

Union Middle School will be working conscientiously on citation this year; therefore, under no circumstance will plagiarism/cheating be tolerated in any classes. For plagiarim/cheating, students will redo the assignment and parent/guardian will be notified.  

Student Expectations 2022-23

Following is a list of Union Middle School (UMS) School Expectations critical for all students to understand and observe.

Auditorium Expectations:

  • I applaud appropriately, turn off electronics, use appropriate language (tone, volume and words) and follow other expectations as outlined in the CATS Code.

Attendance Policies:

  • I understand school attendance is vital to my success. I attend school, be on time to classes and have my parent/guardian notify the school of an absence.

Dress Code:

  • I follow Union’s dress code by not wearing hats that hide my face or eyes, not having underwear showing, having my skirts or shorts reaching mid-thigh when seated , having no gang-related clothing and having no advertisements of tobacco, alcohol, weapons, drugs, vulgar or sexually suggestive material.

Cafeteria Expectations:

  • I wait my turn in line, always walk, clean up after myself, keep my hands/feet/objects to myself and follow other expectations as outlined in the CATS Code when in the cafeteria.

Classroom Expectations:

  • I follow classroom expectations as outlined in the CATS Code and any additional guidelines established by the classroom teacher.

Hallway Behavior:

  • I walk in the hallways, use appropriate language (tone, volume and words) and follow other expectations as outlined in the CATS.

Individuals with Exceptionalities

  • If you have a disability and need accommodations in connection with your learning, please speak with your counselor and/or administrator.

Library Expectations:

  • I follow expectations outlined in the CATS Code for the library. Additionally, I know to return all library books on time or be assigned a late-fee.

Lockers:

  • Lockers are the property of the school and are to be used for storage of school-related materials only.  The school isnot responsible for lost or stolen items.  Students are requested to leave all valuable items at home.  Locker combinations should not be shared with anyone.

Online Behavior:

  • When online I am careful about what I share, I do not engage or encourage cyberbullying, I do not request or send inappropriate content, and I communicate with adults about inappropriate online.

Reasons for Getting in Trouble:

  • I understand I can get in trouble for bullying, classroom disruption, defiance, drugs/alcohol*, fighting*, harassment, gang related activity, inappropriate language, intimidation, physical contact, plagiarism, tardies, truancy, theft, and property damage. *Subject to Canyons School District Fines.

Safety:

  • Safety is everyone’s Students should report anything that is unsafe or can become unsafe to an adult.

Search and Seizure:

  • I understand administrators have the right to conduct searches ifthey have good reason to believe a student has an item that presents or could present a safety concern or disruption to the school.

Technology Expectations:

  • I understand the technology is to be used only when and as directed by the faculty and if personal technology is confiscated twice, a parent/guardian will have to pick it up from the main office
  • I understand bringing personal technology comes with risks (i.e. being stolen, broken, ) and UMS will not be held responsible for finding or replacing technology.