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NEWTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL2019-2020Student/Parent HandbookStudy Skills GuideAssignment Book1

TABLE OF CONTENTSA. GENERAL INFORMATIONWelcome/Telephone Directory .4Newtown Public Schools Mission Statement, Core Beliefs and Student's Personal Mission Statement .5Social and Emotional Learning . 6-7Newtown Middle School StaffCluster Teachers .8Additional Newtown Middle School Staff .9Educational Assistants, Interns, Building Subs, Etc. .10Newtown Middle School Staff Voice Mail Numbers.11Newtown Middle School SchedulesClass Time Schedule .12Cluster Grade Level Schedules .13Delay Opening – 2 Hour .14Early Release Day Schedule .15Emergency Closing Schedule .16B. STUDENT INFORMATIONArrival Procedures for Students and Parents .17Bicycles .17Bookbags .17Bus Information .17Bus Rider Safety Regulations .17Cafeteria .17Closed Campus . 18Dismissal.18Dismissal (Early) .18Dress CodeNewtown Middle School Clarification of Dress Code . 18-19District (Student Dress and Grooming) . 19Fire Drills .19Hall Passes .19Library Media Center .19Lockers . 20Lost & Found .20Physical Education .20Physical Education Dress Code .20Rollerblades .20School Counselors .20Scooters .20Selling of Merchandise .21Skateboards .21Student Visitors .21Telephones .21Textbooks .21C. DISCIPLINARY GUIDELINESNewtown Middle School Philosophy of Discipline .22School Behavioral Standards .22Disciplinary Guidelines . 22-23“No Tolerance” Practices .23D. ACADEMIC INFORMATIONAcademic Concern/Retention Procedure .24Achievement Ratings .24Algebra 1.27Algebra 1 (Eighth Grade Rubric) .27Effort Ratings (Citizenship) .25Grades (Changing of) .26Homework .26Honor Roll . 27Interscholastic Sports (Grades) .252

Progress Reporting .27Standards for Promotion/Summer School .25Study Skills Standards .27World Language (Audit Policy) .26E. ACTIVITIESBasketball & Baseball/Softball Games (After school) .29Eighth Grade Moving-Up Dinner Dance .29Eighth Grade Washington/Gettysburg Trip .29Field Trips .28Interscholastic Sports .28Intramurals/Activities .29Student Council .29F. PARENT INFORMATIONAttendance Procedures and Tardy Policy .29Accident Insurance .30Addressing Classroom Concerns .30Child Custody .30Emergency Procedures .30Health Services: Pre-Entrance Requirements for Entering Students, Screening Programs,Administration of Medication, Exclusion for Communicable Diseases, Physical Education Excuses,and General Suggestions . 31-33Health Education Program .33Health Office: Passes .33Inclement Weather .33News Releases .33P.P.T Schedules on Delayed Start Days .33PTA Roster .33School Breakfast and Lunch Program .34Student Obligations .34Student Records .34Tardy Policy .3Visitors and Volunteers .34G. STUDY SKILLS STANDARDSStudy Skills Standards .36Homework and Study .36Written Work Standards .36Special Procedures .36Guidelines for Productive Study .37Ready to Research Guidelines .37Self-Directed Learning (A Guide for Parents) .38What Parents Can Do to Help .39Shared Responsibilities .393

WELCOMEWelcome to Newtown Middle School. We are looking forward to a successful and exciting school year.The entire faculty is eager to offer you help and assistance, but remember you are responsible for your ownsuccess. You must be an active learner. You can guarantee your success by giving the maximum effort.Do not hesitate to seek advice or assistance. Please ask your teachers, your counselor, assistant principal,or principal. We encourage your best efforts and are confident you will have a great year.TELEPHONE DIRECTORYNewtown Middle School11 Queen StreetNewtown, CT 06470Fax: 203-270-6102Website: nms/ATTENDANCE – 203-270-6145 – IF YOUR CHILD WILL BE ABSENT OR LATEPrincipal – B-Wing OfficeMr. Thomas Einhorn 203-426-7642 Email:einhornt@newtown.k12.ct.usAssistant Principal – C-Wing OfficeMr. James Ross 203-426-7641 Email: rossj@newtown.k12.ct.usC-Wing Office – 203-426-7638 or 203-426-7639Guidance Counselors – 203-426-7644Mrs. Tina Broccolo, Ms. Susan Connelly, Mrs. Tanya Hague-Doehr, Ms. Marisa UnderbergerNurses 203-426-7636Mrs. Andrea Trager, RNMrs. Jocelyn Taweh, RNSchool PsychologistsMrs. Marci Rockwell 203-426-7642 ext. 8662School Resource Officer – 203-270-6103Officer William ChapmanSocial WorkersMrs. Christen Cowden 203-270-6188 - Mrs. Lauren Peyton 203-426-7631 – Mr. David CribbinsSpeech/Language Therapist – 203-270-6112Ms. FabrizioLibrary/Media Specialist – 203-426-7633Mr. Andrew San AngeloThe Newtown Public School District is committed to a policy of equal opportunity/affirmative action for all qualified persons and equal access toBoy Scouts of America and other designated youth groups. The Newtown Public School District does not discriminate in any employmentpractice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status,sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability (including, but not limited to, intellectual disability, past or present history of mentaldisorder, physical disability or learning disability), genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by Connecticut state and/or federalnondiscrimination laws. The Newtown Public School District does not unlawfully discriminate in employment and licensing against qualifiedpersons with a prior criminal conviction. Inquiries regarding the Newtown Public School District’s nondiscrimination policies and practicesshould be directed to:Title IX, Title VI, and Section 504 District Compliance OfficerJean Evans Davila, Assistant Superintendent3 Primrose Street, Newtown, CT 06470203-426-7617Title IX, Title VI CoordinatorSonia Raquel, Special Education Supervisor3 Primrose Street, Newtown, CT 06470203-270-61764504 CoordinatorDeborah Mailloux-PetersenDirector of Pupil Personnel3 Primrose Street, Newtown, CT 06470203-426-7629

NEWTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLSMISSION STATEMENTNEWTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLSCORE BELIEFSWE BELIEVE THAT:The mission of theNewtown Public Schools,a partnership of students, families,educators and community, is to Each individual is unique and has value. Everyone can and will learn well. It takes effort and persistence to achieve one’s full potential. High expectations inspire higher level of performance. Honesty, integrity, respect, and open communicationbuild trust.INSPIRE EACH STUDENTTO EXCEL Quality educationexpands theopportunities forindividuals and is vitalto the success of theentire community.In attaining and applying the knowledge,skills and attributes that lead to personalsuccess while becoming a contributingmember of a dynamic global community.We accomplish this by creating anunparalleled learning environmentcharacterized by: Educating children is a shared responsibility of the entirecommunity. Family is a critical influence in each individual’s development. Understanding all forms of diversity is essential in a globalsociety. All individuals are responsible for their behavior and choices. High expectations Quality instruction Continuous improvement Civic responsibility Educated and involved citizens are essential for sustaining ademocratic society. Everyone has the responsibility to contribute to the greatergood of the community. Continuous improvement requires the courage to 08/20/09STUDENT’S PERSONAL MISSION STATEMENT5



NEWTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOLCLUSTER TEACHERS 2019-20CLUSTERROOM ASSIGNMENTCLUSTER7 BLUEMrs. ConnollyMrs. MoraisMs. LeBlancMs. PereiraA-25A-24A-20A-22Lang Arts/CoordMathScience/CoordSSt8 GREENMs. LangMrs. ChaseMr. EspositoMs. NeffA-8 Lang ArtsA-9 MathA-10 SStA-4 Science7 ORANGEMrs. NuciforaMs. McKeeganMrs. CataneseMr. DeBenedettoA-16A-18A-21A-17Lang ArtsMathScienceSSt8 REDMrs. OlsenMrs. HanMr. ChivinskiMr. SchuppA-12 Lang ArtsA-13 MathA-14 SStA-3 ScienceLang ArtsMathScienceSSt.8 BLUEMr. WashburnMrs. HartMrs. IaciofanoMr. CruzC-4C-3C-1C-28 PURPLEMrs. TallutoMrs. PopeMs. HayduckyMrs. OliverC20 Lang ArtsC17 MathC19 Science/CoordC22 SSt/Coord7 GREENMrs. KontraMs. StevensMrs. MuscoMr. MillerC-11C-14C-7C97 REDMrs. LaferriereMrs. HallakMs. DyeMr. RyanC-18 Lang ArtsC-16 Math/CoordC13 ScienceC15 SStSchool CounselorsSue Connelly – 8 Red, 8 BlueTanya Hague-Doehr – 8 Green, 8 PurpleTina Broccolo – 7 Blue, 7 RedMarissa Underberger – 7 Orange, & GreenSpecial EducationIngrid McClay, Evelyn Bachar,Dacia Pace, Robert Gendreau,MaryAnn Bisson- Co-Coord8.15.198ROOM ASSIGNMENTLang ArtsMath/Cors.ScienceSSt

ADDITIONAL NEWTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL STAFFUnified Arts TeachersArt – Miss ColesArt – Mrs. LadueComputer Integration– Mrs. SmithFrench – Ms. MalkinSpanish – Ms. JaureguiSpanish – Mrs. SteevesSpanish – Mr. ZetoffHealth Education – Mr. TammeroFamily & Consumer Science – Ms. VolpacchioTechnology Education – Mr. EppleyMusic – Mr. HedinMusic – Mr. MahoneyMusic – Mr. PopePhysical Education – Ms. FontainePhysical Education – Mr. KantorPhysical Education – Mr. LaRosaReading/Writing – Mrs.ColwellReading/Writing – Mrs. BowlesReading/Writing – Ms. PapaliaSpecial Education TeachersSpecial Education Supervisor – Mrs. HallSpecial Education – Ms. BacharSpecial Education – Mrs. BissonSpecial Education – Mr. GendreauSpecial Education – Mrs. McClaySpecial Education – Ms. PaceSpecial Education – Ms. RyanGATESMrs.HepburnSchool CounselorsMrs. BroccoloMs. ConnellyMs. UnderbergerMrs. Hague-DoehrSchool PsychologistMrs. Erica FinkleaMrs. RockwellLibrarian/Media SpecialistMr. SanAngeloSocial WorkerMrs. CowdenMr. CribbinsMrs. PeytonSpeech PathologistMs. FabrizioNursesMrs.Taweh, RNMrs.Trager, RNSchool Resource OfficerOfficer Will ChapmanAdministratorsMr. Thomas Einhorn – PrincipalMr. James Ross – Assistant C8A5C6Counseling OfficeCounseling OfficeCounseling OfficeCounseling OfficeC-Wing OfficeC-Wing OfficeLibrary Media CenterC-Wing OfficeE5A-AnnexC-Wing OfficeHealth OfficeHealth OfficeC-Wing OfficeB-Wing OfficeC-Wing Office

ADDITIONAL NEWTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL STAFF2019-2020EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANTS, INTERNS, & BUILDING SUBSMs. BacharElisabeth DeanArminda EstevezKristin JarvisMrs. BissonJill TinoDonna WilsonMs. PaceSusan BurbankDenise ShullMs. McClayHolly CaspersonLiz GalloWendy HoldenMr. GendreauKaren BambinoBetsey LeetyKaren MartinRowley, JudyMrs. SmithBuilding SubsBrooke HadgraftThomas LovellFrancis SaraceniChris TurecheckAcademic Resource CenterMs. Megan QuinnADDITIONAL ASSISTANTSOffice AideCarmen RiddleLunch Room AideBeth NannaOFFICE STAFFTerri GreenfieldSue DaPraLisa PetrovichStacy PremusCheryl ArendtMary Pat FrobeyExecutive SecretaryData ClerkSecretaryData ClerkSecretaryData Clerk10

2019-2020STAFF VOICE MAIL DIRECTORY203-426-7600Last NameEinhornRossFirstThomasJamesRolePrincipalAsst. PrincipalMailbox lEvelynMaryannPatriciaTinaJudithRonChristinaLeigh aulKaylaErikaMichelleNancyMary hC-Wing SecretarySpecial EducationSpecial EducationReading/WritingSchool CounselorScienceSocial StudiesMathArtReading/WritingSchool CounselorLanguage ArtsSocial WorkerSocial StudiesData ClerkSocial StudiesScienceTechnology EdSocial StudiesSpeech PathologistSchool PsychologistPhysical EducationLibrary TechC-Wing OfficeSpecial EducationB-Wing SecretarySchool CounselorSpecial SpanishPhysical EducationLanguage ArtsArtLanguage ArtsSocial StudiesPhysical EducationFirstRoleMailbox peRockwellRoseRyanRyanSan ceMusicSpecial EducationMathFrenchSocial StudiesMathTechScienceScienceLanguage ArtsSchool PsychologistSocial StudiesLanguage ArtsSPEDReading/WritingSocial StudiesCounseling officeSecretarySocial WorkerScienceMusicSchool PsychologistSpecial EducationSpecial EducationSocial StudiesLMC lthNurseCounseling officeFamily & ConsumerScienceProject AdventureSpanishLast 2986558652865311As of 610763486918692864176366146868286958696

2019-2020NEWTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASS TIME SCHEDULEPeriodTimeMinutesDepart Cafeteria & B GymHomeroom/AnnouncementsPeriod 17:508:00 - 8:0448:08 - 9:0052Period 29:03 - 9:5552Period 39:58 - 10:5052Period 410:53 -11:4552Period 511:48 -12:4052Period 612:43 - 1:3653Period 71:39 - 2:3253SCHOOL HOURSHomeroom begins at 8:00 a.m. at which time all students must be in cluster classrooms.At 8:00 a.m. opening exercises will begin. These exercises will include the Pledge of Allegianceand an opportunity for silent meditation and morning announcements. School will be dismissed at2:32 p.m.12

2019-2020NEWTOWN MIDDLE SCHOOL GRADE LEVEL SCHEDULES7 GREEN / REDPeriods Homeroom8:00-8:041Core Academics8:08- 9:002Core Academics9:03-9:553Unified Arts9:58-10:504Learning Lab then Lunch10:53-11:455Core Academics11:48-12:406Core Academics12:43-1:367Unified Arts1:39-2:327 BLUE / ORANGEPeriods Homeroom8:00-8:041Core Academics8:08- 9:002Core Academics9:03-9:553Core Academics9:58-10:504Learning lab then Lunch10:53-11:455Core Academics11:48-12:406Unified Arts12:43-1:367Unified Arts1:39-2:328 GREEN / REDPeriods Homeroom8:00-8:041Unified Arts8:08- 9:002Unified Arts9:03-9:553Core Academics9:58-10:504Core Academics10:53-11:455Learning Lab then Lunch11:48-12:406Core Academics12:43-1:367Core Academics1:39-2:328 BLUE / PURPLEPeriods Homeroom8:00-8:041Unified Arts8:08- 9:002Core Academics9:03-9:553Core Academics9:58-10:504Unified Arts10:53-11:455Lunch then Learning Lab11:48-12:406Core Academics12:43-1:367Core Academics1:39-2:3213

2019-2020 2-Hour Delay SchedulePeriodTimes7-Blue & 7-Orange7-Green & 7-Red8-Blue & 8-Purple8-Green & 8-Red210:08 - 10:43(35 minutes)Academics (35)Academics (35)Academics (35)Unified Arts (35)310:46 – 11:21 10:46 – 11:13 Academics (27)(35 minutes)Unified Arts (35)Academics (35)Academics (35)11:24 - 11:40 LL (16)Unified Arts (36)11:24 - 11:51 Academics (27)11:16 – 11:41 Lunch (25)411:24 – 11:59(35 minutes)11:44 – 11:59 LL (15)11:43 - 12:18 Academics (35)512:02 – 12:38(36 minutes)Academics (35)12:21 - 12:46 Lunch (25)11:54 - 12:19 Lunch (25)12:02 – 12:18 LL (16)12:22 - 12:38 LL (16)12:21 – 12:48 Academics (27)612:41 – 1:16(35 minutes)Unified Arts (35)12:49 - 1:16 Academics (27)12:51 – 1:16 Lunch (25)71:19 – 1:54(35 minutes)Unified Arts (35)Unified Arts (35)Academics (34)11:57 – 2:32(35 minutes)Academics (35)Academics (35)Unified Arts (35)Lunch11:16 – 11:4111:54 – 12:1912:21 – 12:4612:51 – 1:16Academics (35)Academics (35)Unified Arts (35)Lessons7-Blue & 7-Orange8-Green & 8-Red7-Green & 7-Red8-Blue & 8-Purple11:24 - 11:40 7-Green & 7-Red11:44 - 11:59 7-Blue & 7-Orange12:02 - 12:18 8-Blue & 8-Purple12:22 - 12:38 8-Green & 8-Red14updated 11/16/2017

Period2019-2020 ERD SchedulePeriodTimes7-Blue & 7-Orange7-Green & 7-Red8-Blue & 8-Purple8-Green & 8-Red18:08 - 8:43(35 minutes)Academics (35)Academics (35)Unified Arts (35)Unified Arts (35)28:46 – 9:21(35 minutes)Academics (35)Academics (35)Academics (35)Unified Arts (35)39:24 – 9:59(35 minutes)9:24 – 9:51 Academics (27)Unified Arts (35)Academics (35)Academics (35)10:02 - 10:18 LL (16)Unified Arts (36)10:02-10:29 Academics (27)9:54 –10:19 Lunch (25)410:02 – 10:38(36 minutes)10:22 – 10:38 LL (16)10:21-10:56 Academics (35)510:41 – 11:16(35 minutes)Academics (35)10:59 - 11:24 Lunch (25)10:32 - 10:57 Lunch (25)10:41 – 10:57 LL (16)11:00 - 11:16 LL (16)11:00–11:27 Academics (27)6711:19 – 11:54(35 minutes)Unified Arts (35)11:27-11:54 Academics (27)11:30 – 11:55 Lunch (25)11:57 – 12:32(35 minutes)Unified Arts (35)Unified Arts (35)Academics (34)Lunch9:54 – 10:1910:32 – 10:5710:59 – 11:2411:30 – 11:55Academics (35)Academics (35)Lessons7-Blue & 7-Orange8-Green & 8-Red7-Green & 7-Red8-Blue & 8-Purple10:02 - 10:1810:22 - 10:3810:41 - 10:5711:00 - 11:16157-Green & 7-Red7-Blue & 7-Orange8-Blue & 8-Purple8-Green & 8-Redupdated 10/23/2017

2019-2020 Emergency Closing ScheduleTimes8:08 - 8:34(26 minutes)8:37 – 9:03(26 minutes)7-Blue & 7-Orange7-Green & 7-Red8-Blue & 8-Purple8-Green & 8-RedAcademicsAcademicsUnified ArtsUnified ArtsAcademicsAcademicsAcademicsUnified Arts39:06 – 9:32(26 minutes)AcademicsUnified ArtsAcademicsAcademics49:35 – 10:03(28 minutes)Cafe LunchCafé LunchUnified ArtsAcademics510:06 – 10:34(28 minutes)AcademicsAcademicsCafe LunchCafe Lunch610:37 – 11:03(26 minutes)Unified ArtsAcademicsAcademicsAcademics711:06 – 11:32(26 minutes)Unified ArtsUnified ArtsAcademicsAcademicsPeriod1216

SECTION BSTUDENT INFORMATIONARRIVAL PROCEDURES FOR BOTH PARENTS AND STUDENTSStudents should not arrive at school before 7:30 a.m., unless they have made prior arrangements with theirteachers to receive extra help. If they arrive between 7:30 a.m. and 7:50 a.m., they will report to the cafeteria or theB-gym. The Library Media Center is open at 7:50 a.m. for students’ use.Parents who drive children to school between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., should enter the horseshoe area in front ofthe school, NOT THE MAIN PARKING LOT, INCLUDING THE C-WING ENTRANCE. REMINDER - THEHORSESHOE IS A “NO PARKING” ZONE. Also, please note the sign in the h

Special Education Teachers Special Education Supervisor – Mrs. Hall Special Education – Ms. Bachar A19 Special Education – Mrs. Bisson A-Annex Special Education – Mr. Gendreau C10 Special E

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