T.W. Hunter Mission Statement
T.W. Hunter exists to empower the lives of students by inspiring them to…
LEARN throughout life as they embrace education to remedy social, economic, and environmental issues
GROW mentally, socially, and emotionally as they move toward an adulthood defined by integrity
SERVE locally, nationally, and globally as they seek to improve their world
LOVE without prejudice as they interact with family, friends, classmates, and humanity
COMPETE academically, athletically, and artistically as they win and lose with grace and humility
The following policies will serve as both a guide for student conduct and an outline of school-wide procedural considerations. Not all requirements for proper conduct have been included, as it is neither necessary nor practical to print all regulations that govern the behavior of ladies and gentlemen.
Purpose: The Sumner County Board of Education has set forth the following rationale for school attendance: “Recognizing that truancy is a hindrance to education and that the progress of a student at school depends on the regularity of attendance, the Board has adopted the following rules and regulations, based on the State Compulsory Attendance Law. It is the purpose of this policy to promote good school attendance in grades kindergarten through twelve.”
Definitions: For the purposes of clarification, attendance related words must be defined in order to establish common meaning. Efforts to do so should prevent miscommunication regarding this very important topic.
Present: when a student is in attendance at the school or class to which he or she is assigned. For truancy purposes, present shall mean attending for a full day of school.
Absent: when a student is not in attendance at the school or in the class to which he or she is assigned. Missing more than one half of a day or a class counts as an absence. Absences are considered either excused or unexcused.
Excused Absences: absences tolerated by the school system under the law because the cause and benefit of the absence to the student as verified by proof outweigh the benefits that would have been achieved by attending school. For absences of a full or partial day to be considered excused, a written note from the parent, guardian, or doctor must be provided. After an accumulation of five (5) days of excused absences and/or tardies, the parent/guardian must file more formal documentation with the principal to assure classification as an excused absence. Reasons for excused absences include:
Student’s personal illness, medical appointment, or hospitalization verified by a licensed physician, dentist, or health agency. If the illness or hospitalization is to exceed ten (10) consecutive days, the parent or guardian should apply for homebound instruction after the first five (5) days of consecutive absences.
Death of a family member. Death of a non-family member if approved by the principal.
Special recognized religious holidays regularly observed by a particular faith. A parent note must be submitted to the school principal prior to the student being absent for a religious holiday.
Required court appearances. Verification of court appearance times from appropriate authorities must be provided.
Approved school related activities. Prior approval is required.
Vacations/trips with prior approval by the principal. A note from the parent/guardian shall be submitted prior to any such trip. Principal will approve no more than one per year. Trips taken without prior approval will be considered unexcused.
Other extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student. For such absences to be excused, the building principal or his or her designee must approve them.
Unexcused Absences: absences which are not verified or which do not meet valid reasons for absences. All out of school suspensions are unexcused.
Tardy: when a student arrives to school after 7:40 a.m. In such cases, the parent/guardian must accompany the student into the front office and sign in the student. On the fifth tardy to school during a semester, a student will be issued a detention. Each first period tardy thereafter during the same semester will result in an additional detention. For 2nd through 6th period classes, students are considered tardy if they are not in their seats before the bell rings.
Early Dismissal: when a student leaves school before 2:40 dismissal. In such cases, the parent/guardian must sign out the student in the front office, at which point he or she will be called from class. Parents should try to schedule doctor and dental appointments after school. If the student becomes ill during the day or must go home for emergency purposes, the student must report to the office, where an adult will call home for the student. Unless approved by the administration, students who are absent for a full or partial day will be prohibited from participating in after-hour, school related activities on that same day.
Reporting Procedures: the process whereby an absence is considered excused or unexcused. Any student returning from a full or partial day absence must check in at the front office between 7:30 and 7:40, where he or she will receive either an Excused Slip or an Unexcused Slip. Within two days of any absence from school (full or partial day), the student should bring a note from his or her parent, guardian, or doctor in order to have the absence excused. Failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence. Parent notes should state the child’s name, date(s) of absence, and reason for the absence.
Makeup Work: work missed during absences and suspensions. All such work must be made up within three school days after the student’s return to school. Under extenuating circumstances, the due date for this work shall be adjusted at the discretion of the principal. If a suspension occurs during the last ten (10) days of any semester, the student may be permitted to take final examinations or submit such work as is necessary to complete the course of instruction for that semester.
Perfect Attendance: when a student has not been marked absent for any class, in part or in whole, during the entire school year. School approved activities are considered exceptions to this rule and do not jeopardize a student’s perfect attendance status.
- First offense – cell phone held until the end of the day
- Second offense – cell phone held for 24 hours
- Third offense – cell phone held for 48 hours
- Subsequent offenses – additional disciplinary measures
T.W. Hunter employs a dual-level discipline program. Both assertive discipline and Positive Behavior Support (PBS) will be used as needed in monitoring, regulating, and correcting student behavior. Assertive discipline is the strategy used to hold students accountable for their actions and choices, while PBS is intended to reward positive behavior using a ticket or token system. While not all-inclusive, the following rules have been set forth in order to maintain a school wide culture that is conducive to learning:
- Leave toys, games, playing/collector cards, and electronic devices at home. All such items will be confiscated and returned only to a parent. The school will not be responsible for lost, stolen, or confiscated items. Electronic devices, including games, cell phones, and MP3 players are not to be seen at school. If they are seen, they will be confiscated and a consequence will be issued. See Acceptable use policy for approved technology devices in specific classrooms.
- Follow the directions of faculty and staff members at all times. Rudeness and disrespect in any form will not be tolerated. Such actions include, but are not limited to, eye rolling, mumbling under one’s breath, and walking away from an adult while being reprimanded.
- Follow the directions of bus drivers and attendants. Bus drivers have the authority and responsibility to refer any student to the administration for discipline.
- Acknowledge and observe the hands-off policy at all times. For the safety and welfare of our students, this policy is strictly enforced.
- Refrain from bringing gum, candy, glass containers, and other prohibited items to school.
- Refuse to participate in actions such as loitering (inside or outside the building), profanity of any kind, and harassment (including bullying).
Detentions: Detentions are suitable consequences for many behavior related offenses and may be issued by any adult at T.W. Hunter. Detention will be held three times per week. Students may choose to serve after school on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 2:45-3:30 or on Wednesday mornings from 6:45-7:30. Detentions will be considered satisfied if and only if students arrive on time and are cooperative with the detention supervisor. Teachers (or other detention-issuing adults) are responsible for contacting the student’s parent or guardian before scheduling a time for the detention to be served. When contact has been made, the student will receive a pink copy of the detention to be taken home as a reminder of the agreed upon date.
Failure to serve a detention will result in a second chance to serve on a future date. Subsequent failure to serve will result in one day of in-school isolation (ISI). Students receiving their 3rd detention during a 9-week period will automatically be assigned ISI. Each additional detention during the same time period will warrant one additional day of ISI. Finally, excessive detentions may result in out-of-school suspension (OSS).
Gum: In order to keep T.W. Hunter clean gum is prohibited. Students caught with gum will receive an automatic detention.
Hands-off Policy: With regard to student interaction, T.W. Hunter Middle School enforces a strict, hands-off policy. This policy includes, but is not limited to, hugging, kissing, horse playing, fighting, or any other type of touching. Consequences will be assigned to students who violate this policy.
In-School Isolation (ISI): In-school isolation is a suitable consequence for offenses deemed detrimental to the good order of the school. ISI, unlike a detention, can only be assigned by an administrator. Rules for ISI are established by the administration and will be posted in the ISI room. The number of ISI days assigned is situation specific and is determined by an administrator. An ISI assignment is considered satisfied if and only if the student serves all days assigned and is cooperative with the ISI supervisor. Failure to serve ISI in a satisfactory manner may result in additional days in ISI or even out-of-school suspension (OSS). Students assigned ISI during a semester will not be allowed to participate in school dances, field trips, or other “outside of classroom” activities. The identification of such activities is at the discretion of the administration.
Out-of-School Suspension (OSS): Out-of school suspension is a suitable consequence for offenses of a more serious nature, resulting in conduct detrimental to good order or willful and persistent violation of school rules. OSS is for a period of time determined by the principal not to exceed ten (10) consecutive days. Depending upon the circumstances, a parent may be required to confer with the school for the student to be readmitted to classes. The following non-inclusive list of offenses may result in OSS:
- Fighting among students
- Tobacco possession/use
- Violence or threatened violence
- Willful/persistent misconduct
Students assigned OSS during a semester will not be allowed to participate in school dances, field trips, or other “outside of classroom” activities. The identification of such activities is at the discretion of the administration.
Please refer to the 2013-2014 Important Policies for Parents and Students, along with the Sumner County Board Policy Manual for detailed information regarding code of behavior, discipline, and discipline procedures.
The appearance of our students reflects the quality of the school and influences student conduct and performance. Students shall observe modesty, appropriateness, and neatness in clothing and personal appearance. The following is the Standardized Dress Code adopted by the Sumer County Board of Education and applies to ALL school-related activities, both during and after school hours. Consequences for dress code violations include changing clothes, going home, ISI, or other penalties authorized by the administration. Continual dress code violations warrant more severe consequences.
The following shall not be worn to school:
- Sagging pants or bottoms with writing on the backside
- Spandex (including jeggings)
- Clothes with holes in them (with or without strings covering)
- Clothing with suggestive slogans, vulgar captions, pictures of or advertisements for tobacco or alcoholic products, or gang references
- Form fitting or body conforming clothes
- Halters, fishnet shirts, tank tops, or shirts that result in bare midriffs
- Tops with revealing necklines (measure hand’s breadth with thumb just below Adam’s apple, all fingers together, and straight across the chest)
- Caps, hats, scarves, or bandanas
- Black nail polish
- Extreme hair or feather color (any color that is not natural)
- Cleated shoes or Heelies
In addition, the following shall be enforced:
- Shorts (front and back) must be no higher than 3 inches from the bend of the back of the knee, as measured from solid material; cut-off shorts are prohibited
- Skirt length or slits in skirts (front and back) must not be higher than 3 inches from the bend of the back of the knee, as measured from solid material
- Leggings must only be worn with skirts/dresses that are the standard length of 3 inches from the bend of the back of the knee
- Pants length must not drag the floor
- No house shoes, pajamas, or pajama separates may be worn
- Shirts longer than finger tip length must be tucked into bottoms
- Shirts, when hands raised above head, must not reveal the stomach
- Shirts must have sleeves (fabric beyond the shoulder seam)
- No tinted glasses/sunglasses unless doctor prescribed
- No body piercing jewelry except for earrings may be worn during school and school events
- Jewelry must not be distracting, disrupting, or unsafe
- Valuable clothes and jewelry are discouraged
- Flip flops and other minimally covering footwear are discouraged for safety reasons
Report cards are issued every nine (9) weeks and are sent home with students at the end of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd quarters. End of year report cards are mailed to the student’s address of record. Parents will also receive a progress report four times per year, at the end of every 4 ½ week grading period. This progress report is not a final, quarterly grade but provides an opportunity for both parent and student to receive grade information at the midpoint of the quarterly grading period. Parents are also encouraged to stay informed of student grades continually, using teachers’ online grade books and Parent Portal. For purposes of reporting, the grading scale is as follows:
F Below 70
Quarter, semester, and exam grades are weighted and averaged to determine the final grade in core courses, including English, Literature, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Calculation of a student’s final grade is outlined below: Final Grade is an average of Semester 1 and Semester 2 grades
Semester 1 Grade is comprised of three weighted components: Q1 grade (45%), Q2 grade (45%) and Mid-term Exam (10%)
Semester 2 Grade is comprised of four weighted components: Q3 grade (35%), Q4 grade (35%), Final Exam (10%), TCAP scores (20%)
*Algebra 1 student Semester 2 math grades are averaged differently: Q3 grade (32.5%), Q4 grade (32.5%), Final Exam (10%), End of Course Test (25%)