Staff Handbook

Northstar Mission Statement
General Northstar/Eau Claire Area School District Information
Absences (Faculty)
Absence/Tardiness (Student)
Accident and Injury Reports
Book Information
Budget Procedures
Child Abuse Law/Procedures
Church Nights
Class Record Book
Copyright Policy
Controversial Issues
Cumulative Records
Curriculum Development
Divorced Parents Guidelines
Emergency Closing of School
Emergency Procedures
Field Trips
Fund Raising
Gifts to School Personnel
Grade Reports
Grading (Guidelines)
Health Services
Hours (Staff)
Lesson Plans
Locker Information
Lounge Areas
Nondiscrimination/Sexual Harassment Policy
Noon Hour
Pledge of Allegiance
Protection of Property
Respect Policy
Room Neatness
Security System
Student Teachers
Supervision--Hall and Assigned Areas

Supervision--Student Events

Supervision/Evaluation for Professional Staff
Teacher Attire
Teacher Planning and Curriculum Guides
Telephone Tree
Travel for Staff
Use of Building
Visiting Day

Mission Statement

The mission of the Eau Claire Area School District and Northstar Middle Schools to educate our children in partnership with the family and the community to live responsible, creative, and fulfilling lives in a rapidly changing world. 

In order to accomplish this mission, Northstar Middle School must:

  1. Emphasize educational excellence, creativity, and innovation for all students and staff.
  2. Develop life-long academic and interpersonal skills necessary for personal, community, and vocational success.
  3. Provide opportunities for exploration and discovery of individual aptitudes, interests, talents, and careers.
  4. Maintain a shared vision and encourage active participation in the educational process.
  5. Create a nurturing, friendly, and stimulating environment.
  6. Recognize and respect diversity.
  7. Commit to a holistic approach to learning.
  8. Recognize achievement of students and staff.
  9. Commit to self-evaluation and continuous improvement.
In order to accomplish this mission, the following goals have been established:
  1. Recognize and respect diversity.
  2. Value learning.
  3. Promote family and community involvement.
  4. Apply technology.
  5. Contribute to the development of morale character and ethical behavior.

General ECASD/Northstar Information


Eau Claire Area School Board


Central Office (852-3000)


Principal Responsibilities: Ms. Michelle Golden

Conducts staff meetings

Coordinates and directs administrative responsibilities

Determines staff needs

Directs the maintenance of the building/grounds, the general supervision of school discipline, and

     the school calendar of events

Interviews perspective new employees and makes recommendations of employment

Maintains communication with staff

Recommends staff for re-employment on annual basis

Serves on district curriculum council

Supervises/evaluates staff

Visits classrooms

Constructs master schedule and related tasks

Coordinates activities of departments, department coordinators, and team leaders

Coordinates with Parent Teacher Student Association

Maintains building usage calendar (school and non-school)

Receive and carry out other duties as assigned by the superintendent


Assistant Principal Responsibilities: Ms. Laura Nicolet

Administers the school activity fund

Oversees assignment of substitutes

Approves course offerings, textbook adoptions and other curricular decisions

Collects student fees and fines

Directs all purchase orders and submits school budget

Submit school budget to principal

Coordinates data processing

Coordinates all phases of student grading

Coordinates various testing programs

Coordinates school visitations

Directs student teachers

Supervises curriculum and instruction

Teacher visitation and conference attendance

Consult Coordinator, also prepares agenda and minutes

Public education and awareness - media contact

Coordinates health/nursing services

Supervision of general building control and related tasks

Coordinates/supervises all phases of school attendance and student management

Teacher evaluation/supervision

Coordinates student transportation

Works with welfare agencies

Represent school administration with student council

Oversees fund raising

Appropriate committee work as assigned

Coordinate/process free and reduced lunch applications


Guidance Counselors Responsibilities: Mr. Ken Abel and Ms. Lisa Sproul

Completes court reports

Coordinate building career education

Direct homebound services

Liaison with community agencies

Prepare budget

Receives and makes requests for psychological services and monitors same

Review and distribute test data with students/parents

Student orientation and scheduling

Work with outside agencies

Assist with testing and student health program

Counseling (group and individual)

Meets with outside agencies - referrals

Program planning

Provide information regarding students and public relations service

Record keeping and interpretation


Educational Technology Specialists Responsibilities: Chad Heidorn and Steve Olinger

The audio visual area of the IMC offers services to the staff and students in the following areas:

Distribution of equipment and materials to the classroom—Teachers are responsible for returning these items

Purchase of AV equipment, supplies and prepared materials—The AV area also provides a preview service for all staff members wishing to preview new materials

Production of AV materials that cannot be purchased

Maintenance of all AV equipment

Duplication services within the building are maintained by the AV staff

Coordinates and supervises building level computer use, repair and purchasing hard/software

Provides technical support for IMC automation

Oversee management of the IMC

Work with teachers/administrators in curriculum

Conduct inservice workshops

Order for loan/purchase print materials and supplies needed for operation of the IMC

Assist teachers with use of IMC materials, equipment and automation system

Issue periodic bulletins on new materials, equipment and technology

Provide instruction in library skills and use of materials and equipment

Prepare budget, keep records and inventories of IMC purchases and holdings

Maintain the balance of collection necessary to meet the needs of the curriculum

Attend various meetings and groups to keep informed of school activities and media field

Supervise students as required in IMC and adjacent hall areas

Attend department and/or team meetings to assist in planning


Department Leader Responsibilities:

Facilitate and provide leadership in curriculum, staff development and enrichment activities, teaching techniques/strategies, and program evaluation

Develop, implement, and evaluate department goals with assistance from department members

Monitor the department budget and approves all purchase requisitions

Schedule and conduct all department meetings along with providing agenda and minutes of the meetings to the building principal in a timely manner

Assist the principal in the selection of new staff

Serve as a liaison with other department chairs in the district in addition to central office staff responsible for curriculum and staff development

Responsible for the coordination or facilitation of meetings with other middle and senior high schools

Participate actively in district, regional, and state contest subject matter organizations/meetings

Assist the principal in the development of the building/department master schedule

Perform other duties as assigned


Communication Leader Responsibilities:

Communication teams are comprised of staff members within the building who are not on interdisciplinary teams.  The teams are developed by grouping departments that physically are near one another within the building.  The Communication Team Leader is responsible for attending the Coordinating Council.  The purpose of the Communication Team is to make sure that everyone within the building is represented at the Coordinating Council.  Communication Team Leaders need to foster two-way communication that will allow the staff members to have input on issues discussed at the Coordinating Council.  It is expected that Communication Team meetings be conducted and have pre-established agendas and develop meeting minutes.

Team Leader Responsibilities:

Call and conduct daily team meetings and provides written summary of meetings

Distribute summaries to administration, counselor, relates arts staff, and other team leaders

Coordinate team meetings relating to students, parents, and support persons including counselors

Plan and lead meetings relating to students, parents, support persons including counselors, administrators, social workers, psychologist, special staff, nurse, and community resource

Coordinate with any staff working with same students but not on team

Assist substitute teachers assigned to team

Assist in school orientation activities

Attend team leader meetings

Assist in building communication and dissemination of information

Assist in parent/teacher conference planning

Perform other duties as need by administration

Absence - Staff

When it is necessary to be absent from school, teachers/staff should contact AESOP by 6:00 a.m. on the day of absence or if possible, the evening before.  In addition, please call the Michelle Golden at Northstar, 852-5111to report the absence.

It is the teacher's/staff member's responsibility to see that the substitute folder is current at all times.  This means that the seating chart should be kept up to date, the current lesson plans readily available, and the duty assignments clearly stated.  Teachers/staff members need to keep their classrooms in order and planned for the next day so if a substitute is necessary, he/she can come into a room which is in complete order.

Faculty members should refer to their master contract with the Board of Education regarding the various types of leaves of absence available.  If you are considering a leave of absence, discuss the matter with your principal.  If you need further information, contact the Executive Director of Personnel.  As soon as you have made the decision to request a leave, put it in writing to the Principal on an "Authorized Leave Form." The principal will then forward the request to the Executive Director of Personnel.  Early knowledge of this information makes future staff planning easier.

More information on the Eau Claire Area School District's Policies regarding leaves of absences may be found here.

Absences and Tardiness - Students

Attendance is taken each day, each period electronically. Office personnel then follow-up with students/families according to the district's attendance policy.

Accident and Injury Reports

Any accident or other injury occurring in a school building, on school grounds, in/on school provided means of transportation, or in/on any facility or location leased, rented, or otherwise utilized by the district, and occurring to any student or employee of the district or any citizen, shall be immediately reported to the office of the Executive Director of Business Services on the district Accident Report Form.

In administrative regulations, please review 5142 for emergency nursing and medical services, 5143 for student medication policy procedures, and 5144 for immunization requirements and procedures. 

Procedures for reporting a student accident are:

  1. Send or take the student to the office.

  2. Complete an accident report, available in the office.

  3. Office personnel will notify parents, hospital, doctor, or take the student home for medical care.

  4. Staff should refrain from giving out statements or information regarding an accident without clearance from the principal.

Book Information

Books and Book Fines

Textbook Adoption Procedure

Budget Procedures

Requests for general supplies should be processed through the assistant principal.

Purchase requisitions will be completed for all budgeted items that are supplied from an outside vendor.  These shall be completed, signed by the department head or team leader, and given to the assistant principal for approval.  The form should include quantity, catalog number, description, accurate prices, and shipping and handling charges.

Remember that we must requisition within the confines of our budget.  This is for capital outlay items as well as supplies.  If you need any major expense items that have not been budgeted, you will have to delay purchase until they are placed in the budget and approved by the board of education.  The budget for the following calendar year is usually constructed and submitted in the winter of the year prior to the year it will be expended.  You will be requested to submit any needs that you can foresee to your department head or coordinator at this time.  Each department head will submit budget requests to the assistant principal.  This is your opportunity to have money placed in the budget for a specific item, so plan ahead and be ready with these when asked.

Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting Procedures

Church Nights

The school district has an agreement with the Ministerial Association that it will leave Wednesday after school free for church activity. However, if it is certain that a student does not have a church activity scheduled, they may stay after school. Teachers are not to schedule any activities on Wednesday unless approved by the principal.

Class Record Book

Each teacher will keep a class record book electronically (also hard copy if a staff member wants to). All grades, marks, and other helpful information in determining the student's growth and development should be included in the record. The class record book will become a part of the school's permanent records at the end of each year and for this reason it is asked that particular care be taken in being as neat and accurate as possible. Completed class record books will be submitted to the building principal at the end of the school year and are to be kept on file in the building. Daily absences and tardiness MUST be recorded.

Copyright Policy

Controversial Issues

Cumulative Records (Student Records)

Guidelines for Maintenance and Confidentiality of Student Records

Curriculum Development and Evaluation


Student Discipline

Student Discipline Guidelines

Corporal Punishment/Use of Physical Force by Staff

Divorced Parents Guidelines

Custodial/Non-Custodial Parent Rights

Children of Custodial/Non-Custodial Parents

Emergency School Closing Procedures

Emergency Procedures

Please refer to orange crisis cards and staff information handed out at the beginning of the school year.

Field Trip Policies

Please discuss possible field trips with team leader or department head.  Submit a field trip form (available in administrative office) to administration for approval.  For the Eau Claire Area School District Field Trip Policy, click here.

Fund Raising



Gifts to School Personnel


District Procedures

  1. Assigning academic grades is the responsibility of the professional teacher.  All grades should be based on specified criteria established by the teacher and should provide a fair and accurate assessment of the pupil's overall performance.  It is recognized that class participation (discussion, active listening, involvement in experiments, projects, and activities) is an important part of the learning process, particularly in some classes, and that the grade given for the course may reflect this participation.  In these classes, it is essential that the record book include a participation grade and that a uniform percentage of the quarter grade be based on participation.  This percentage should be uniform for ALL students, not just those where attendance is a problem.  Students should be informed at the beginning of a grading period of the content of this policy.

  2. The district shall not discriminate in the methods, practices, and materials used for evaluating students on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, color, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, physical, mental, emotional or learning disability or handicap.  This does not, however, prohibit the use of special testing or counseling materials or techniques to meet the individualized needs of students.  Discrimination complaints shall be processed in accordance with established procedures.

  3. All students will be graded on an A-B-C-D-F system according to their accomplishments when compared with ALL students in their grade.  Final grades will be an average of all quarter grades.  Use the value system of A=4, B=3, C=2, D-1, F=0, and an average of .5 or more should receive the next higher letter grade.  Each quarter is a fresh start for students.  Grades do not cumulate, but rather the final grade is an average of four discreet quarters.  A final exam may be counted as a fifth grade when averaging. 

  4. Grading and Grouping are naturally closely related.  In general, most of the "A" and "B" students will be found in the top ability groups and most of the "D" and "F" students in the lower ability groups.  This does not mean that a student in an average ability group cannot receive an "A" or an "F."  However, students in average classes receiving these grades should be exceptions.  In general, a student who is willing to try should not be failed even though he/she does not produce a high quality type of work.

  5. Absences shall not be used as the sole determination for lowering a grade or failing a student.  State Statute 118.16(4) states in part " . . . no public school may deny a pupil credit in a course or subject solely because of the pupil's unexcused absence from school."  Student must be provided a reasonable opportunity to make up work missed during an excused absence and 120.13(1)(b) provides that " . . . a pupil suspended under this paragraph shall not be denied the opportunity to take quarterly, semester, or grading period examinations missed during the suspension period . . ."

  6. Students with Modified Programming--Grades shall reflect a student's progress in meeting the objectives of a course/curriculum and/or an IEP through a variety of evaluative measures.  In the middle school, grades should be graded on the same report card used by regular education students in the same grade.  Students who are enrolled in a regular education subject but receive assistance from a special education teacher (supplementing) will be given a grade by the regular education teacher based on how that students does in comparison with the regular education students in that subject area or an "S" for satisfactory effort if the student cannot achieve a passing grade but has performed to his/her ability.  Students who receive instruction in a subject totally from a special education teacher (supplanting) will receive a grade from the special education teacher.  The special education teacher will take into consideration, if the student was capable of functioning at grade level, that he/she would not require special education services.  The grade will be based on how well the student is working up to his/her ability and achievement in that subject area compared with other regular education students at grade level.  To support and substantiate the grade given by the special education teacher and to be honest and realistic with the student and his/her parents, the short term objective, evaluation criterion, and  methods and materials used to specialize the educational program for the student will be documented on the IEP and discussed with the parents and student at the IEP Conference.

  7. Failures should be given only after considerable thought and deliberation.  The questions of whether or not the student will gain anything as a result of failing should be considered.  Failing grades should not be given as a threat.

  8. During the fourth to fifth week of each grading period, progress reports shall be sent to the parents of any student who is in danger of failing.  Although there occasionally may be exceptions, a student should not be failed for the reporting period unless a report has been sent to the parents.  A personal telephone call may be substituted for progress report.

  9. Official reporting of grades shall be on a nine-week basis.  Grades are not cumulative beyond the nine weeks; each quarter gives the student a  fresh start.

  10. Some quarter courses are offered on an every-other-day basis, resulting in the courses being taught over a full semester.  Final grades for these courses should not be given at the end of the first quarter of this semester since the requirements have not been completed.  Teachers of these courses will use the letters "S" (Satisfactory) and "U" (Unsatisfactory) during the first quarter grading period of these courses.  It is the prerogative of each instructor to determine how to further delineate a student's progress at this point in the course.  It is recommended that mid-quarter grades and performance records be established and presented in written form to the students/parents. 

Grade Reports

Grade reports will be issued after the completion of each nine-week grading period, four times per year. Report cards will be issued to the students for quarters one, two, and three and the last one will be mailed.  Teachers will enter grades electronically using student information system software shortly before the time report cards are issued.  All grades will be placed on report cards by the data processing center.  A new card can only be issued by the office--teachers should not issue new cards or alter cards already issued.  Please use the numbered comments provided on the report card.  An incomplete must be made up and the grade changed when a students has been in school two weeks after receiving the incomplete.  The grade for work not made up will become an "F" after two weeks of in-school time and the grade on the report card determined after considering all grades.  Additional time may be allowed when a student has been absent for a long period of time.

Health Services

We provide first aid services in the attendance office including a cot for sick students. We have a visiting nurse available on a scheduled basis. The schedule is available in the attendance and counseling offices.


It is impossible to expect that all students will attain success in mastering all the skills that are taught in school. Therefore, it is appropriate and necessary that students will be expected to have homework.  Homework should provide practice and reinforcement for skills taught in school and should offer challenging enrichment for the student. "Busy" work is not appropriate homework. In general, the amount of homework will increase as a student advances in school.  It is expected that all sixth, seventh, and eighth graders will have some homework each day. The amount will vary both from assignment and the individual's capacity for work.  However, teachers should keep in mind the middle school is a transitional school for students in a transitional age. Homework should never be assigned just for the sake of giving homework but should be given with a definite purpose in mind.

Many factors should be considered when assigning homework. Remember that students have six to eight teachers that may be assigning work. Most of our students are rather deeply involved with church/outside activities and other responsibilities. Although this is not a school activity it cannot be ignored when assignments are given to students. It is recommended that all of these things be kept in mind and that teachers follow these recommendations when assigning homework.

  1. The length of an assignment should not exceed thirty minutes outside of school hours. For sixth and seventh grade students a shorter assignment is desirable.

  2. Allow time in class for students to be sure they understand how to do the work.

  3. Be sure that a homework assignment is one that is possible for the student to do. For instance, the assignment of a project that requires the use of library facilities may not be practical for a student who does not live within a short distance of the library. Confine your assignments at Northstar to the library facilities at this school.

  4. Consider the possibility of making an assignment due a couple of days after it was assigned rather than the next day. This is not always desirable but often may ease the burden on a student who happened to get a large quantity of homework at one time.

  5. Academic teachers should coordinate the amount of homework assigned with other team members.

  6. Remember that Wednesday has been designated as church night, and the district has agreed to give less homework that day.

  7. Encourage the students and parents on your team to use the Northstar Web Page to gain assignment information.

Hours for Staff


Staff members will be issued the key(s) needed for access to the areas of the building in which they work. Staff members need to care for keys to insure they are not misplaced, lost, or stolen. Any lost key should be reported immediately to the principal.

Lesson Plans

Each teacher is expected to have well developed lesson plans to ensure the curriculum is being delivered in an effective and timely fashion. At times, staff members may be asked to share their plans. Staff members who have probationary or emergency contracts are required to submit lesson plans. The form and structure used for submitting plans will be shared with these teachers by the principal.

Locker Information

Each student will be assigned a locker. Staff members will participate in periodic inspections to see that lockers are kept neat and orderly. Materials such as pictures, decals, or note pads must held up by magnets.  The school district retains ownership of all lockers and Northstar Middle School administration retains the right to inspect the contents of each student’s locker for any reason at any time without a search warrant and without notifying the pupil or obtaining his/her consent.

Locker Clean-out Procedures

Locker check dates will be announced to the staff by administration. Locker checks will take place during startime.  Staff will be given a checklist of the lockers they are responsible for checking.  It is suggested that staff locate the lockers for which they are responsible ahead of the locker check date.

Locker Check Guidelines:

  1. Students report to their startime and then proceed to their lockers, open them, and clean them out. 

  2. The locker should be checked for too many jackets or coats, old lunch bags, dirty gym clothes, loose papers, unnecessary books, school property, and illegal substances.   Make sure there is no tape used--just magnets, no inappropriate pictures, and no open beverage containers--confiscate if any.  If there is shelving in locker, please make sure the shelving will not cause the locker to jam. Coats do not have to be examined during a locker check unless you see/hear something that would cause you to be suspicious (probable cause).

  3. All school property should be stamped or engraved with school and department identification. Items from other schools and the public library may be identified in a similar manner. Collect only those items that are overdue or not properly checked out.

  4. Record on the locker check list if the locker was cleaned and checked.  Record which students were absent. 

  5. After the locker is checked and cleaned, students report back to their startime. Return the list with information and confiscated items to the Administrative Office, as soon as possible.


Students who are in violation of any school rule will discuss the situation with an administrator. Lockers not checked for whatever reason should be noted on the list. These lockers will be checked by official personnel.

Lounge Area

A lounge/dining area is provided for staff throughout the day. Please confine eating and drinking to the lounge area.

News Release



Nondiscrimination/Sexual Harassment Policy

If any person believes that the Eau Claire Area School District or any part of the school organization has failed to follow the law and rules of §118.13, Wis. Statutes, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX, Title VI, or Section 504 or in some way discriminates against students on the basis of sex, race, religion, national origin, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, or physical, mental, emotional, or learning disability, he/she may bring or send a complaint to Ann Franke, Director of Curriculum, 500 Main Street, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54701. You may contact Ms. Franke at 715-852-3034.

Complaints relating to the identification, evaluation, placement or provision of a free appropriate education of a child with a disability shall be resolved by procedures authorized in state and federal law. Also, complaints under federal law commonly referred to as EDGAR complaints (i.e., that the state or a subgrantee is violating a federal statute or regulation that applies to a program) shall be referred directly to the State Superintendent of Schools.

Other complaints will follow the steps identified below:

Step 1  A written statement of the complaint shall be prepared by the complainant and signed.  This complaint shall be presented to the building administrator (Principal). The building administrator shall forward a copy of the complaint to Ann Franke, Director of Curriculum, who is the district-level individual designated to receive formal complaints.  The building administrator shall also send a written acknowledgment of receipt of the complaint to the complainant within 15 working days.

Step 2  The Director of Curriculum, along with the building administrator and other staff where appropriate, shall be responsible for the investigation of all formal complaints. Following the completion of the investigation, a written report shall be prepared. Unless the parties agree to an extension of time, the findings from the investigation shall be delivered, in writing, to the complainant within 45 days of the receipt of the complaint.

Step 3  If a complainant wishes to appeal a determination by the Director of Curriculum, he/she may appeal, in writing, to the Board of Education within 30 days of receipt of the written findings. Within 15 days, the Board shall send a written acknowledgment of receipt of the appeal to the complainant. The Board shall consider all appeals and render a written decision within 45 days of receipt of the appeal. 

Step 4  If a complainant wishes to appeal a negative determination by the Board, he/she has the right to appeal the decision to the State Superintendent within 30 days of the Boards decision. In addition, the complainant may appeal directly to the State Superintendent if the Board has not provided written acknowledgment within 15 days of receipt of the complaint or made a determination within 45 days of receipt of the written complaint. Appeals should be addressed to: State Superintendent, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, 125 South Webster Street, P. O. Box 7841, Madison, WI 53707. 

Step 5  Discrimination complaints on some of the above bases may also be filed with the federal government at the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 111 North Canal Street, Room 1053, Chicago, Illinois 60606.

Noon Hour

All teachers will be entitled to a duty-free lunch hour of not less than thirty minutes. This is a period of time that is generally free time for the teacher. The supervision is under the control of permanently assigned people. If a teacher must change their eating time, clear this with one of the lunchroom supervisors first. Teachers leaving the building during their lunch hour, should sign-out in Administrative Office.


Staff parking lot at Northstar is the south parking lot. Staff should use south driveway to access this parking lot.


Classroom parties are permissible during school hours. If an occasion seems to indicate a necessity for a party, clear it with the building administrator before the event.

Pledge of Allegiance/Flag Salute

Promotion and Retention Guidelines

Middle School Grade Advance Guidelines

Decision Model for Grade 8-9 Advancement

Protection of Personal Property

It is the responsibility of the teacher to care for their personal property. We suggest that valuable items and money not be brought to school or left in areas accessible to students.


Respect Policy

Respect is the foundation of all relationships. Respect means valuing the feelings and personal worth of each individual.  At Northstar Middle School, we believe that everyone has the right to feel respected.

Disrespect is often displayed through harassment.  Harassment opposes Northstar Middle School’s commitment to respect for all. It is also prohibited by Eau Claire Area School District policy, state, and federal law. 

Harassment is behavior towards anyone that is based on their gender; race; religion; national origin; ancestry; creed (a person’s guiding beliefs); pregnancy; marital or parental status; sexual orientation; or mental, emotional, physical, or learning disability which creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive school environment that may interfere with school performance.

The list below provides examples of harassment:

·         Name calling

·         Making threats

·         Spreading rumors

·         Telling inappropriate jokes

·         Making fun of someone

·         Gestures

·         Physical intimidation

·         Hitting

·         Touching

·         Pranks or unwanted teasing

·         Vandalism or destruction of property

·         Unwanted pursuit of a relationship

Northstar Middle School will not tolerate disrespect or harassment of students or staff.

Room Neatness

Staff members are expected to maintain their equipment and classroom in a neat and orderly manner. Any item needing repair should be reported immediately to the head custodian. By providing appropriate attention to things as they need repair will prevent a small item from becoming a larger problem within a classroom. Please monitor your area and take responsibility for its condition.

Security System

Northstar is equipped with an off-hours security system. Staff members must enter the south entrance (Door 5) and deactivate the system if entering the building during off hours. A sign in/out sheet (located inside Door 5) must be signed and times recorded when entering and leaving the building. It is extremely important that the sheet be signed with accurate times so that a staff member knows if they are the only person in the building and whether the system should be reactivated when they are leaving. If the security system alarm goes off, staff members should use the predetermined procedure to deactivate the system and inform the security service.



Startime is a daily 15-minute period in which students meet with their Startime advisor. Startime is meant to allow the student to have regular and meaningful involvement with an adult within the building. There are multiple activities that can occur during Startime. Those activities are: monitoring of honor level discipline plan, organization and participation in school sponsored activities, affective education, etc. Startime assignments will be made so that students have the same Startime advisor throughout their middle school experience. Students are randomly placed in to Startime groups with a balance of students from each grade.

Student Teachers Guidelines

Supervision - Hall and Assigned Areas

Hall supervision outside of the classroom is every teacher's responsibility throughout the time students are in the building and moving about. There are some areas that need to be assigned, and other areas which should be covered by those available. This does not imply that these areas not assigned are of lesser importance and need not be covered.

By assigning people to various locations for a specified period of time, it saves relief to all at various times during the year. If it is impossible for you to be at location, please work it out with a co-worker to have the area covered.

Attempts to balance assigned times are made; therefore, every teacher should make an effort to assist and carry their share of responsibility in the unassigned areas such as halls before school, between special education classes, and after school.

If a specific supervisory assignment or an emergency takes a teacher away from direct supervision of their classroom, make sure that students have been instructed ahead of time of expectations regarding their conduct/behavior. These instructions should be as specific as possible.

General supervision by all:

  • AM= 7:35 - 7:50 am

  • Between classes

  • PM= 2:45 - 3:00 pm

Supervision - Student Events

Supervisors are needed for after school supervision on occasion (basketball games, track, swim meets, evening events, fun nights, volleyball, wresting, etc.). Payment for supervision is approximately $13.00 per event. The assignment of workers for events is at the discretion of the principal.

Supervision/Evaluation of Professional Staff

Teacher Attire

Teacher Planning and Curriculum Guides

It is mandatory that all teachers use the developed curriculum guides that are available to them.

Use the curriculum guide. Each department and/or staff member shall be responsible for the development of a curriculum guide which provides an accurate reflection of the objectives, activities, resources and evaluation used in courses for which they are responsible. The content utilized to develop the objectives may be provided and should also be included where appropriate. It is expected that course guides will be utilized as a teaching document and will be continually updated to assure that they are current. As these guides are updated, they should be retyped by the respective aide and copies given to the assistant principal in charge of curriculum.

Responsibility for monitoring classroom instruction to assure that the instruction that is provided in the classroom is an accurate reflection of the course guide is shared by individual staff members, departments and ultimately the building administrators.

Planning is thinking through and getting ready for teaching. The basic planning has been done by representative teachers in preparing curriculum guides. From this the teacher works out the teaching units for shorter periods and daily lessons.

For most planning, the teacher is free to use whatever technique or method best suited for his/her particular personality as long as the end results are satisfactory and attain the objectives in the curriculum guide. There are certain activities, however, that should be cleared with the administration before finalizing your plans. A few illustrations of this type of activity include field trips, bringing in an outside resource person, scheduling a special film or the use of television or radio for programs of student interest outside the immediate subject area, (e.g., World Series, inaugurations, scientific events, etc.) These events may be worthwhile, but approval should be requested before becoming involved.

Telephone Usage/Messages

Telephones exist in all classrooms, instructional areas, and offices. Telephones are programmed to allow varying access with the most restrictive access being district only and the least restrictive being long distance. Unrestricted phones exist in the Administration area. Phones restricted to local calls only exist in classrooms/office areas. 

Staff needing to make school-related, long distance calls can do so by using a telephone in the administrative office. Documentation of such calls must occur. Personal long distance calls or faxes must be credit card or collect calls.

Each staff will have a voice mailbox. Staff will be asked to set up and check regularly their mailbox for messages. The opening message for each mailbox can be updated regularly. Instructions for staff on how to utilize voice mail will occur.

Staff members are asked to use good judgment when considering telephone use. Personal calls should be held to a minimum. Receiving or making telephone calls during instructional time should not occur.

As a general policy, we will not transfer telephone calls to teachers during a class period. Voice mail messages will be taken. This procedure will be followed except in an indicated case of emergency or extreme importance. It is the teacher's responsibility to check their voice mailbox at least twice daily, before school and during the noon period.

The policy stated in the first paragraph will apply to student messages as well, however, the messages will have to be sent through you, the teacher. Be sure that the student receives the message when you receive it.

Telephone Tree

A telephone tree is developed that will be used to inform staff of important information.

Tobacco, Drugs, and Alcohol

In keeping with Eau Claire Area School District Policy and State of Wisconsin law, there will be no smoking in the school or on the school grounds. 

Travel - Staff

Use of Building

Procedures for Use

During the day the building or room must be cleared with the administrative office. This scheduling is done on a first come, first served basis.

All activities involving students must be cleared and scheduled with the assistant principal in respect to transportation and building use. It is the teacher's responsibility to reserve the room they wish to use.

There should always be teacher supervision when students are in the Commons, gym, or any other room for preparation of or the giving of a performance.

Any staff wishing to use the school building on weekends or other than regular school hours must have prior approval from the administration. This would include using the PE area and swimming pool. Staff will be allowed to use the pool IF AND ONLY IF a certified lifeguard is on duty and prior approval has been obtained. There is no charge for a group of teachers to use the facilities, but a contract must be signed and one teacher must agree to assume responsibility for unlocking and locking the facility as well as turning off lights, etc. This is necessary for liability reasons. Please coordinate through administration.

Please make sure to turn off all lights and properly secure all areas before leaving. Double check outside doors, and others that were opened.