Fort Miller

 

Middle School

 

 

 

 

PARENT/STUDENT

HANDBOOK

 

 

www.fresnounified.org/schools/Fortmiller

 

Falcon Proud, Warrior Bound!

 

 

Fresno Unified School District Mission Statement

Provide an educational program with high expectations for all to learn academic, social, and emotional skills needed to become life-long learners.


 

 

 

THE FALCON WAY

SHOW RESPECT FOR EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING

We practice active listening, patience, and tolerance

We protect our right to feel safe and happy while at school

We protect and appreciate our resources

 

DEMONSTRATE WORKPLACE READINESS SKILLS

We are on time to class every day

We have our backpack and materials every day

We build our skills to work as a team

We know what is expected to be successful at work

 

SERVE OTHERS SO EVERYONE GETS BETTER EVERY DAY

Support to our school

Support to our students and families

Support to our community

 

PRACTICE EXCELLENCE EVERY DAY

In the classroom

On the Campus

In the community

 

 

 

 

 

 

FORT MILLER

BELL SCHEDULE

 

 

 REGULAR SCHEDULE 
StartEndPeriod
7:558:511
8:549:502
9:509:55Break
9:5810:543
10:5411:29Lunch (A)
10:5711:534 (B)
11:3212:284 (A)
11:5312:28Lunch (B)
12:311:275
1:302:266

 

 

 ADVISORY SCHEDULE 
StartEndPeriod
7:558:28Advisory
8:319:211
9:2410:142
10:1410:19Break
10:2211:123
11:1211:47Lunch (A)
11:1512:054 (B)
11:5012:404 (A)
12:0512:40Lunch (B)
12:431:335
1:362:266

 

 

 MINIMUM SCHEDULE 
StartEndPeriod
7:558:401
8:439:282
9:289:33Break
9:3610:213
10:2111:56Lunch (A)
10:2411:094 (B)
10:5911:444 (A)
11:0911:44Lunch (B)
11:4712:325
12:351:206

Message from Mr. Jones, Principal

Welcome to Fort Miller Middle School!  I want to assure you that it is our goal for Fort Miller to continue to be the center of activity for this diverse neighborhood.  I strongly encourage you to become an active partner.  In sharing your time and or expertise you will greatly enrich the school as well as the community!  The staff at Fort Miller is excited to partner with you to make the school experience a powerful one for your student.  It is our goal that every student will become proficient in the educational standards set forth by the state of California.  We are committed to providing an educational program that will meet not only state standards but will meet the social, emotional and physical needs of every student!  GO Falcons!

 

 

 

 

General Info

 

Acceptable Use of Technology

The use of technology is a privilege. A signed acceptable use of technology form must be turned in to be eligible to use technology on campus. Violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action.

Appropriate Student Relationships

Fort Miller Middle School does not condone public displays of affection. Holding hands, hugging, and kissing are not appropriate and will not be allowed on campus.

Cell Phones

Cell phones must be turned off and in the students backpack while on campus. If a student is using a cell phone, it will be confiscated and parents will be required to pick it up.  Fort Miller Middle School WILL NOT be responsible for lost or stolen phones.  It is recommended that students DO NOT bring their phones to school.

 

 

 

Cheating

Cheating or plagiarism of any form will not be tolerated. Students caught cheating will be subject to the following disciplinary consequences:

  • A zero on the assignment
  • Parent contact
  • Detention for the first offense
  • Suspension for subsequent offenses

     

    Closed Campus

     

    All middle schools in the Fresno Unified School District have closed campuses, which mean students may not leave school after they arrive

    Consequences of Misconduct

    Students showing no change in behavior, or those who do not meet the expectations stated in these pages may receive the following consequences:  o Lunch detention o After-school detention o Campus non-privileged list o Parent accompaniment o Transition class o Suspension or Expulsion

     

    Counseling Services

     

    Fort Miller Middle School offers a variety of counseling services for students. If you feel you need any help of any kind, contact any adult on campus for a referral.

     

    Detention

    School administrators may assign detention during lunch or after school, Teachers may also    hold detention in their classrooms before school, at lunch or after school.  Students who fail to serve classroom detention will be referred to the office for appropriate consequences up to suspension.

    Dismissal Time:

    Students are expected to leave campus immediately after school is dismissed unless part of the after school program or an athletic team.  Students   refusing to leave campus are subject to disciplinary actions. All students not picked up after 15 minutes will be assigned to an after school program   classroom until they are picked up.

    Drug Free Zone

    Fort Miller Middle School is a drug free campus.  Students found to have drugs in their possession and/or drugs for sale will be dealt with severely, including suspension, arrest and/or expulsion.    FUSD contracts with agencies providing drug sniffing canines.  These agencies do monthly        visits and visit classrooms randomly.  If your student's belongings are alerted to by canines, they will be searched for contraband.  Parents will be notified that day.

     

     

    Electronic Devices

    Electronic devices including, but not limited to, PDAs, gaming devices, musical and recording devices and digital cameras are not allowed on campus.  Items will be confiscated and parent/guardian will be required to pick up the device.  2nd offenses may result in further consequences.

     

     

    Extra-Curricular/Activities Eligibility

    In order to participate in Fort Miller, quarterly school incentive events, field trips, extracurricular activities, and end of year activities, students must meet the following criteria:

     

    Grade point average of 2.0 or better

    No formal suspensions from school

     

    For year-end activities, all monies must be paid, and all school materials checked in.

     

    Harassment Policy

    The Fresno Unified School Board mandates all schools should be a safe place to attend. The California Education Code prohibits any forms of harassment.  If you feel that you are being harassed in any fashion by a student or adult on campus, please contact an administrator.

     

    Homework Expectations

    Students are expected to complete all teacher assigned homework in the time frame assigned.   Homework or classwork turned in late may be subject to reduced points/lower grade.

     

    I.D. Card/School Lanyard

    Students must wear their I.D. cards on a Fort Miller lanyard at all times. If students lose their I.D. card, they must purchase a replacement for $2 in the library for the first 3 ID's made. Replacement cost after the first three is $5.  Fort Miller lanyards only are allowed; with replacements for $3.

    NO SPORTS TEAM LANYARDS WILL BE ALLOWED.

     

    Personal Property

    All personal property is the responsibility of the student.  The school is not responsible for the loss of personal property including, but not limited to such items as, sports equipment, purses, shoes, wallets, money or any electronic devices such as phones or iPods.

     

     

    Restrooms

    No students are allowed to use the restrooms during the first and last10 minutes of a class period.

    Students may not loiter in or around restrooms, hallways, or disrupt other classrooms while going to and from restrooms.

     

    Search and Seizure

    Fort Miller school officials may search individual students and their property when there is a reasonable suspicion that the search will uncover evidence that  the student is violating the law or the rules of the  district or the school. FUSD contracts with agencies providing drug sniffing canines.  These agencies do monthly visits to and visit classrooms randomly.

    If your student's belongings are alerted to by canines, they will be searched for contraband.  Parents will be notified that day of the investigation and results.

     

     

    Student Supplies

    Students need to have paper, pencils and pens at all times.  NO PERMANENT MARKERS ARE ALLOWED AND WILL BE CONFISCATED BY ANY SITE STAFF!

     

    Tardy Policy

    Passing periods are only 3minutes, so move to class quickly.  Every passing period is a tardy sweep and students not in their seat inside the classroom when the late bell rings will be assigned detention.

     

    Telephone

    Students may use the telephone located in the front office only in emergencies and after 3:00 p.m. The phone is provided as a convenience and use may be prohibited.

     

    Textbooks

    Students are responsible for the condition of books assigned to them. Textbooks must be returned at the end of the year or when withdrawing from school. Students must pay for lost or damaged books. Including     library books.  Any student with an unpaid book bill will be restricted from participation in many school activities.

     

     

     

     

    Transportation

    School Bus – Riding the school bus is a privilege.  Buses are provided for students who live within the school board authorized range.   All school rules are in effect while riding the school bus.   Students with 3 or more bus referrals are subject to loss of bus privileges.

     

    Bicycles – Fort Miller provides a bicycle area located in the quad area. Be sure to lock your bike to the racks provided. If you ride a bicycle to school, you must wear a helmet.  Fort Miller takes no responsibility for the theft or vandalism of any bike brought to school.

     

    Skateboards/Rollerblades/Motorized Scooter -

    Skateboards, Rollerblades, and motorized scooters are not to be ridden on campus.

     

    Trespassing On Private Property

    Students walking to and from school use public walkways and sidewalks. Walking on or across private property (yards) is considered trespassing.  This includes other schools' grounds.

     

    Truancy

    During the school day the Fresno Police Department will pick up students who are off campus without proper permission forms. Students ditching class will be sent to transition class or assigned detention.

     

     

    Visitors

     

    All visitors on the Fort Miller campus will sign in at the front counter and receive a visitor's badge. Visitors are expected to maintain respectful behaviors on campus.

     

    Report Cards – End of Report Periods

     

    October 7, 2016                                  December 16, 2016

    March 17, 2017                                   June 8, 2017


 

 

 

 

 

Fort Miller Dress and Grooming Code

Revised November 2015

 

"The Fresno Unified School District Governing Board believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment.  The Board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate.  Students clothing must not present a health or safety hazard or a distraction, which would interfere with the educational process.  A student who violates the minimum dress code shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action"

B.P. 5132 A.R. 5132

 

  1. NO PREDOMINANTLY RED on clothing, footwear, belts, socks, shoelaces, backpacks, hair accessories, etc.  No solid red shirts/shorts/socks etc. under other clothing, this includes various shades of red.
  2. Sagging or baggy pants/shorts that do not fit the waist or that are drastically altered, are not acceptable.
  3. Dresses, skirts, must be at least the length of walking shorts.   We will use the fingertip rule to measure the length of dresses, skirts, shorts and shirts.  If the hem of the clothing is shorter that the full extension of your fingers while hanging to your side, the article of clothing is unacceptable.  If the hem of shirts that are longer than the full extension of your fingers while hanging to your side, the article of clothing is unacceptable.
  4. Underwear-type sleeveless shirts, tank tops, tube tops, halter tops, spaghetti strap tops, or any top which exposes the midriff OR chest are not acceptable.
  5. See through apparel is not acceptable.
  6. Thongs, flip flops, athletic slides, backless sandals/house shoes/slippers are not acceptable.
  7. Head coverings with college/sports logos are not acceptable.  All hats/caps/hoods must be removed in school buildings and worn in the appropriate manner.
  8. Attire which may be used as a weapon, including but not limited to steel-toed boots, chains, items with spikes or studs are not acceptable.
  9. Sports or college logos are not acceptable.  (Other than our school)
  10. Fashions that draw undue attention to the wearer detract from the educational environment are not permitted.  This includes exotic clothing, extreme make-up, body piercing, military camouflage attire, etc.
  11. Clothing or accessories that include gang related symbols, profanity, weapons, libel or slander to any gender, race, religion, or ethnicity, vandalism and graffiti, tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, commission of unlawful acts, violation of school regulations, or injury to students, staff or community; or any other topic that disrupts the educational process are not permitted.
  12. Hair styles which draw undue attention, detract from the educational environment are not permitted; i.e. unusual designs, unnatural colors, mo-hawks, tails, or unusual razor cuts.
  13. Body piercings (eyebrow, nose, lips) are not permitted.
  14. Sunglasses cannot be worn at school unless prescribed by a physician
  15. Tattoos must be covered.

 

Consequences of Dress and Grooming Code Violations

 

A student violation of this policy is deemed willful defiance of the valid authority of the school Principal.  Accordingly, violations of this policy will generally result in the following disciplinary actions:

First Violation – Home contact and the violator will be requested to change clothing, hairstyle or cosmetic.

Second Violation – Home contact or suspension if student refuses alternatives.

Third Violation – Home contact and suspension.

 

Zero Tolerance Policy

This policy applies to students in grades 4-12.  Any student who possesses and/or commits the actions listed under the Zero Tolerance Policy will be immediately suspended and recommended for expulsion, unless the particular circumstances show that expulsion is inappropriate.  All acts of violence and possession of weapons will be recorded for every pupil on their record.

 

The Board of Education declares that Fresno Unified School District have a Zero Tolerance Policy on:

  • Possession of loaded or unloaded firearms.
  • Possession of other dangerous objects.
  • Possession of laser and explosive devices.
  • Possession of knives.
  • Possession and/or sale of controlled substances.
  • Caused, attempted to cause or threatened to cause serious physical injury to another person, willfully used force or violence upon person of another, except in self-defense.
  • Commission of or attempt arson.
  • Commits or attempts to commit sexual assault or battery.
  • Terrorist threats.


 

 

FALCON ATHLETICS

Paul Guerra, Athletic Director

 

"Students will be provided opportunities to develop socially, emotionally, and physically through participation in athletics.  Students will be encouraged to become involved, to help strengthen personal values and character; and understand the importance of teamwork, and the relationship of athletics to academic achievement."

The following sports are available for eligible students:

QUARTER ONE SPORTS                         QUARTER TWO SPORTS

Girl's Volleyball                                               Boy's Basketball

     Cross Country                                                        Wrestling

         Football                                                    Boy's & Girl's Soccer

 

 

 

QUARTER THREE SPORTS                                 QUARTER FOUR SPORTS

Girls Basketball                                                            Boys Volleyball

          Boy's Baseball                                                              Girl's Softball

                                                                                     Tennis

                                                                                    Track

 

 

 

ATHLETICS PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS

  1. All student athletes must meet CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) eligibility 2.0 or higher GPA
  2. All student athletes must attend daily  tutorial before practice

     

     

    Student athletes with the following are at the risk of losing game or practice opportunities at any time during the quarter:

     
  • More than one "F" on progress report or report card
  • Formal suspension

     



     

    Falcon Awards

     

    Monthly:

     

    Attendance Raffles

     

    Quarterly:

     

    Attendance:

    Requirements:              No absences

    No tardies

     

     

    Honor Roll/Merit List:

    Requirements:                        Honor Roll:  GPA 3.5-4.0

    Merit List:  GPA 3.0-3.49

     

     

    End of Year Awards

     

    Female & Male 7th and 8th grade students in the following academic disciplines:

     
  • Math
  • English Language Arts
  • History
  • Science
  • PE

 

Female & Male 8th grade student:

  1. Athlete of The Year

 

Principal's Award Recipient


 

College and Career Readiness Student Profile (use Career Cruising results!)

Dear Student:

Middle School is a great time to plan for a successful future. Exploring your interests, skills and career goals will help you make the best choices, as your prepare for high school and college. Never forget that you are creating your future every day.  Follow your dreams. Work hard. Be what you choose to become.

 

My Commitment is to Graduate From High School in   2020  / 2021(circle one)

Top (3) Careers That I Am Interested In:

 

1.__________________________2.______________________3.___________________________

 

For each career above, I researched the type of college education I will need (circle one for each career)

Career Choice 1.  4-year college   2 year college    Technical college   No college

Career Choice 2.  4-year college   2 year college    Technical college   No college

Career Choice 3.  4-year college   2 year college    Technical college   No college

 

A - through - G Requirements

 

High school credit classes I am taking or plan to take:

 

 


 

My 6 – Year Plan

Planning the classes I will take, grades 7 – 12, is important because:

 

_____________________________________________________________________________

 

 

Keeping Track of My Progress

 

  • Progress Report # 1 GPA ________________; My GPA Goal  for Quarter1_______________

 

  • Progress Report # 2 GPA ________________; My GPA Goal  for Quarter 2_______________

     
  • Progress Report # 3 GPA ________________; My GPA Goal  for Quarter 3_______________

     
  • Progress Report # 4 GPA ________________; My GPA Goal  for Quarter 4_______________

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Class Schedule (write in PENCIL)

 

 

PERIOD

 

CLASS

 

TEACHER

 

 

ROOM

 

TEXTBOOK #

 

PE LOCK #

1

 

 

 

     

2

 

 

 

     

3

 

 

 

     

4

 

 

 

     

5

 

 

 

     

6

 

 

 

     

7

 

 

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

PLUS

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

            

 

6-Yr Educational Plan

 

 

 

 

 


 

Student Name: __________­­­­____________________ ID # _________________ School__________________________________________Grade____________

Post-High School Plan:      _______Military   _______CC _______CSU _______UC________

Other__________________________

 

6-YR General Educational Plan:  Middle School, High School, & CSU/UC (A-G) Requirements

 

A

SOCIAL SCIENCE:

UC/CSU requires 2 yrs.

B

ENGLISH:

UC/CSU requires 4 yrs.

C

MATH:

UC/CSU requires 3 yrs. *recommends 4 yrs.

D

LAB SCIENCE:

UC/CSU requires 2 yrs. *recommends 3 yrs.

E

WORLD LANGUAGE:

UC/CSU requires 2yrs.*recommends 3 yrs.( same language)

F

VISUAL/PERF

ARTS:  UC/CSU requires  1 yr. long course (Same VAPA)

G

COLLEGE PREP ELECTIVE: UC/CSU requires 1 yr.

 

STANDARD

EXAMS

TO TAKE

 

Grade 7

 

 

 

World History

Honors, Gate

English 7

Honors, Gate

 

Math 7 or Math 7 Accel

 

Science 7

Honors, Gate

 

Span I or Higher 

Pre-AP

 

 

 

Grade 8

 

 

 

US History

Honors, Gate

English 8

Honors, Gate

 

Math 8 or

Algebra I

 

2015 – 16 Math sequence

 

Algebra I

 

 

Geometry

 

 

Algebra II

 

 

Trig/Pre-Cal

 

 

Calculus or

Math of Choice

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science 8

Honors, Gate

Span I, II or Higher Pre-AP

 

 

 

Grade 9

 

 

Human

Geography AP

(Optional)

 

 

English 9 P or

Honors, Gate

 

General Science

Biology P or

Honors, Gate

 

Begin Lang

Here

(recomm)

Complete One Year of VAPA (visual and performing arts) by end of 11th Grade, can include 11th Grade Summer School (strongly recomm)

 

Eg.  Art, Music, Theatre, Ceramics, etc.

 

(Remember: One Year of the Same VAPA is required)

Complete One Year of College Prep Elective by end of 11th Grade, can include 11th Grade Summer School

(strongly recomm)

 

PSAT
Grade  10

 

World

History P or

Honors, AP

 

English 10 P or

Honors, Gate

Biology P or

Honors, Gate

Chemistry P or

Honors, AP

 

 

Must Begin

Lang Here

 

PSAT

CAHSEE

Grade  11

US History P or

Honors, AP

 

English 11 P or

Honors, AP

 

 

 

Advanced

Science

Honors, AP

 

 

Cont. Lang

Here

SAT

or/and  ACT

Grade  12

 

US Gov P or

Honors, AP

 

Economics P or

-Honors, AP

 

English 12 P or

Honor, AP

 

 

 

Advanced

Science

Honors, AP

 

 

 

Advanced Lang Cont.

SAT

or/and ACT

 

 

High School Graduation Requirements:

  • Pass all required High School Graduation Requirements (may be different for each high school)
  • Pass both sections of the High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE): Language Arts and Mathematics (a score of 350 or higher required)

4-Yr College Eligibility (including Private College):

  • Must have graduated from a High School
  • Must have completed all the A-G Requirement Lists above (15 Yearlong College Preparatory-Minimum Requirement), with a grade of "C" or better
  • Must have taken either the SAT or ACT (by December of your 12th Grade Year)

 

Basic Course and Credit Requirements for a Fresno Unified High School Diploma:

 

 

 

Course:                                                       Credits/Units Needed:

English Language Arts                                 40   four years grades 9- 12

American Government                                    5   one semester, grade 12

U.S. History                                                 10   one year, grade 11

Modern World History                                 10   one year, grade 10

Biological Science (3rd yr. sci. rec.)     10   one year, grade 10 

Physical Science (3rd yr. sci.rec.)         10   one year, grade 9 

*Algebra (3rd year math rec.)              10   one year, grade7,8 or 9

*Geometry (3rd year math needed)     10   one year, grade 8,9, or 10

Physical Education                               20   two years @ high school

*Foreign Language/Arts                     10   one year

Economics                                                      5   one semester, grade 12

Electives                                              70  grades 10 - 12

          

                   Total Credits Needed for Diploma: 230

   

 

* These high school course requirements can be taken at                                                            _______________ Middle School, earning 40 high school credits.

 

 

 

 

Important Note:

Whether you are in the Graduating Class of 2020 or 2021…

No matter what high school you attend…

You MUST stay on-track to graduate with at least 230 Credits!

 

 

 

Student Goal-Setting

 

What is a GOAL?

• Whatever your goal is, it has to be important to YOU.

• Your goal has to be reasonable, and within your power to achieve

• Your goal has to have a reasonable timeline ( "by second quarter I will…")

• Your goal must be clearly defined and have a specific plan of action

How to Set Goals:

1. Define what your goal is (for example, academic, personal, or social)

2. List the steps you need to take to achieve this goal

3. Think about possible challenges you may face: do you have a plan to overcome them?

4. Set realistic deadlines for achieving your goal.

Some Goals are No-Brainers!

I'm going to come to school on time, prepared to learn, every day!

I'm going to enter my class assignments in my Academic Planner every day!

I'm going to go check my grades on the Student Portal at least every two weeks.

Every reporting period (Progress or Quarter) I'm going to earn a 2.0 GPA or better.

 

My (3) main goals this year are:
1
2
3
WHY each goal above is important to my future:
1
2
3
Things I can do to stay focused and motivated:
1
2
3
Adults I can go to when I need help:
1
2
3
4

Important Reminder:  Friends ARE important, but if you are in trouble or in danger…or if someone close to you is…tell a trusted adult at school right away!

 

My Grade and GPA Worksheets 2015-2016

  • Check your grades on the ATLAS Student Portal at least every two weeks.
  • Give your best effort every day, in all classes
  • Set realistic achievement goals after entering grades each reporting period
  • Ask for HELP when you NEED it. Never, ever give up!

Academic Achievement Chart

SubjectP1Q1P2Q2P3Q3P4Q4Notes

ELA

 

         

Math

 

         

Science

 

         

History

 

         

PE

 

         

Elective(s)

 

         

PLUS

 

         

G.P.A.

 

         

How to Calculate Your Grade Point Average (G.P.A.)

Your grade point average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the total amount of grade points you have earned by the total number of classes you have completed. Your grade point average may range from 0.0 to a 4.0.

 

For example:

 

Letter Grade              Point Value of Grade

A                                             =4 grade points

B                                              =3 grade points

C                                             =2 grade points

D                                             =1 grade point

F                                              =0 grade points

___________________________________________

 

 

Calculation steps:  first, add up points earned for each grade you receive; 

next,  divide this point total by the number of classes you have (6 or 7).

 

G.P.A.   =   Earned Points    ÷     Number of Classes