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
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
More information on the
Eau Claire Area School District's Policies regarding leaves of
absences may be found here.
Attendance is taken each
day, each period electronically. Office personnel then follow-up with
students/families according to the district's attendance policy.
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
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:
Send or take the
student to the office.
Complete an accident
report, available in the office.
Office personnel will notify parents, hospital, doctor, or take the
student home for medical care.
Staff should refrain
from giving out statements or information regarding an accident
without clearance from the principal.
and Book Fines
Requests for general supplies should be processed through the
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.
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.
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
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.
for Maintenance and Confidentiality of Student Records
Punishment/Use of Physical Force by Staff
of Custodial/Non-Custodial Parents
Please refer to orange
crisis cards and staff information handed out at the beginning of
the school year.
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.
to School Personnel
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 . . ."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
length of an assignment should not exceed thirty minutes outside
of school hours. For sixth and seventh grade students a shorter
assignment is desirable.
time in class for students to be sure they understand how to do
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.
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.
teachers should coordinate the amount of homework assigned with
other team members.
that Wednesday has been designated as church night, and the
district has agreed to give less homework that day.
the students and parents on your team to use the Northstar Web
Page to gain assignment information.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
report to their startime and then proceed to their lockers,
open them, and clean them out.
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).
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.
on the locker check list if the locker was cleaned and checked.
Record which students were absent.
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.
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
lounge/dining area is provided for staff throughout the day. Please
confine eating and drinking to the lounge area.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 Board’s
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.
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.
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
parking lot at Northstar is the south parking lot. Staff should use
south driveway to access this parking lot.
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.
of Allegiance/Flag Salute
and Retention Guidelines
School Grade Advance Guidelines
Model for Grade 8-9 Advancement
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 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:
Making fun of
Pranks or unwanted
destruction of property
of a relationship
Northstar Middle School
will not tolerate disrespect or harassment of students or 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.
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.
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.
- Hall and Assigned Areas
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.
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.
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.
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.
supervision by all:
7:35 - 7:50 am
2:45 - 3:00 pm
- Student Events
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.
of Professional Staff
Planning and Curriculum Guides
is mandatory that all teachers use the developed curriculum guides
that are available to them.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
telephone tree is developed that will be used to inform staff of
Drugs, and Alcohol
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.
the day the building or room must be cleared with the administrative
office. This scheduling is done on a first come, first served basis.
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
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.
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.
make sure to turn off all lights and properly secure all areas
before leaving. Double check outside doors, and others that were