• Administration

    Principal Eric Filippi: 973-6630

    Assistant Principal Karen Waterman-Overgaard: 973-6611

    Assistant Principal Jacob Johnston: 973-6611

     

    Important Phone Numbers

    Sharon Alliband

    Secretary/E hall

    973-6630

    Tyrone Berry

    Truancy

     

    Beatriz Dominguez

    A-Hall

    973-6611

    Ciara Houston

    Attendance/Transportation

    973-6601

    Shannan Grilliot

    School Nurse

    973-6628

    Channon Hankins

    School Social Worker

    973-6666

    Monica Chandler-Potts

    Special Education Administrative Liaison

    973-6698

    Jennifer Erickson

    School Psychologist

    973-6746

    Laura Almquist-Parks

    Success Coach

    973-6658

    Cassandra Smith

    Counselor

    973-6615

    LaSharn Bell

    Counselor

    973-6642

    Kham Jinkins

    Cafeteria

    973-6608

     

    Daily Schedule

                  6th Grade                                                                7th - 8th Grade

    1st Hour

    8:00 - 8:46

     

    1st Hour

    8:00 - 8:46

    Pass

    4 minutes   Pass 4 minutes

    2nd Hour

    8:50 - 9:34

     

    2nd Hour

    8:50 - 9:34

    Pass

    4 minutes

     

    Pass

    4 minutes

    3rd Hour

    9:38 - 10:22

     

    3rd Hour

    9:38 - 10:22

    Pass

    4 minutes

     

    Pass

    4 minutes

    4th Hour

    10:26 - 11:10

     

    4th Hour

    10:26 - 11:10

    Pass

    4 minutes

     

    Pass

    4 minutes

    Lunch

    11:14 - 11:58

     

    5th Hour

    11:14 - 11:58

    Pass

    4 minutes

     

    Pass

    4 minutes

    5th Hour

    12:02 - 12:46

     

    Lunch

    12:02 - 12:46

    Pass

    4 minutes

     

    Pass

    4 minutes
    6th Hour

    12:50 - 1:34

     

    6th Hour

    12:50 - 1:34

    Pass

    4 minutes

     

    Pass

    4 minutes

    7th Hour

    1:38 - 2:22

     

    7th Hour

    1:38 - 2:22

    Pass

    4 minutes

     

    Pass

    4 minutes

    8th Hour

    2:26 - 3:10

     

    8th Hour

    2:26 - 3:10

    Dismissal

    3:10

     

    Dismissal

    3:10

     Buses leave at 3:18


    ACADEMICS FIRST

    At Coleman, academics are first! It is imperative that we prepare our students for their future which means teaching them to be responsible for completing their assignments. We continue to raise the bar on student achievement by continuing our Academics First student list, which continues to have a positive impact on our students. In order to help our students improve their current grades, we offer Cougar Time during the After School Program (ASP) for 45 minutes of homework completion and school-wide tutoring during the school day. This allows students to get assignments turned in before the teacher’s due date.

    ACTIVITIES/ATHLETICS

    After School Program

    The After School Program (ASP) is open to all Coleman students. Parents may enroll their student in ASP by obtaining an application during enrollment or in the E-hall office. A completed application must be on file for students to participate. Students involved in ASP are engaged in supervised activities Monday through Thursday from 3:15 p.m. -5:00 p.m. A snack is provided for participants. A late bus is available to certain locations. Parents must pick up their students by 5:00 p.m. Late pick-ups are not allowed. 

    Some activities include, but are not limited to:

    • Tutoring
    • Computers/technology
    • YMCA sponsored events
    • Intramurals
    • Recreation activities

     

    Athletics

    (7th and 8th graders only)

    Fall                   Cross Country (Boys and Girls)

                              Volleyball (Girls only)

    Winter              Basketball (Boys and Girls)

    Spring              Track and Field (Boys and Girls)

    • Academic eligibility is established by KSHSAA (Kansas State High School Activities Association).
    • A student must have passed five (5) classes of unit weight the previous semester in order to participate.
    • A current sports physical must be on file before a student is allowed to practice.
    • A new physical must be obtained for every school year.
    • Physicals must be done after May 1.
    • Spectators who display inappropriate behavior at games could be excluded from future athletic contests.
    • Spectators who are not picked up promptly at the end of the event could be excluded from future athletic contests.
    • USD 259 Wichita Public Schools and school events are tobacco free zones.
    • No pets allowed on school property or at school events.
    • Students with an excused or unexcused absence more than half of the school day are not permitted to participate in extracurricular activities scheduled for that date.

     

    ATTENDANCE

    Attendance: It’s the Law

    The state attendance laws are explicit in the definition of valid excuses for absence from school.  A student is expected to be punctual and regular in attendance to school. The parent is charged with the duty of keeping the student’s attendance regular.

    Notification of an absence

    Parents of students absent from school are to call the attendance line, 973-6604, by 8:30am the day of the absence.  Please leave the following information on voicemail:

    • Identify yourself
    • Student’s name
    • Date(s) of absence
    • Reason for absence (please be specific i.e. dr. appt., illness, out of town, etc.)

    An absence may also be excused by sending a written excuse from the parent to the office upon the student’s return. Parents are required to contact the attendance office to request excused absences within 72 hours of the absence. Failure to contact the attendance office within 72 hours will result in the absence remaining unexcused. Reminder: Students arriving to class after half the class has been in session will be counted absent for that class. Ex: A student must be seated in class within the first 20 minutes of a 40 minute class period. Students MUST attend at least ½ school day minimum to attend or participate in

    ANY afterschool activity or event.

     

    Leaving During the School Day

    When a student needs to leave school during the day, the parent is to call or send a note with the student to be taken to the E-Hall office before school. The student will be issued an excuse slip, which indicates the time she/he is to check out of school. The student must present the excuse slip to the teacher and sign the checkout sheet in the E-hall office when leaving and again upon returning to school. Leaving for lunch is discouraged.

    Excused Absences

    Absences will only be excused for the following reasons:

    • illness
    • doctor’s or dentist’s appointments
    • a family death or serious illness
    • court/judicial duty
    • school sponsored activities

    Excessive absences will result in a doctor’s memo being required.

    Homebound Referral/Extended Illness

    A parent needs to call the attendance clerk (973-6604) if a student will be absent for an extended illness. When it is determined that, because of a physical or mental health problem, a student shall be absent for three weeks or more, the parent shall contact the counselor at 973-6600 to determine if a homebound referral is necessary.

    Request for Absence  

    All other absences (other than those absences listed above) are unexcused unless approved by a principal prior to the absence. A Request for Absence form should be completed, signed by the parent, and returned to school for approval for absences concerning out of town trips, weddings, family vacation, etc., one week in advance.  There are only five (5) days of prior/principal approved absences allowed for the school year for a student in good academic standing.

    Unexcused Absences

    Upon reaching 20 hours of unexcused absences, it will be required that the student and the parent meet with a school official to discuss the absenteeism. Upon reaching 35 hours of unexcused absences (three (3) consecutive days anytime during the school year, five (5) days in a semester, or seven (7) days in a school year), or 96 hours of excused absences, the student and parents will be referred to either Social Rehabilitation Services Truancy Unit or the District Attorney’s office.

    Make-Up Work Policy

    If a student is absent two or more days, the parent may call the office and request assignments. Teachers must

    have 24 hours notice to gather assignments. Assignments to be picked up are kept in the E-office. It is the responsibility of the student to make up assignments that were missed due to absences (BOE P1472). The student needs to ask the teacher for work missed upon returning to class. Students have the time they were absent, plus one additional day to turn in make-up work. 

    Late to School

    All Wichita middle school students are expected to arrive at school on time each day. Students who are not in class after the final bell has rung are considered late and expected to report to E-Hall Office to sign in and receive a class admit slip. Students will be given excused admit slips for late arrival for the following reasons: late buses, medical appointments, or required appearances in court. Documentation must be provided in order to receive and excused admit slip. Students who arrive late to school for any of the reasons not listed above will be given an unexcused admit slip. Unexcused lates include oversleeping, work issues, flat tires, traffic, stopped by train, car trouble, missed bus, etc.

    Late Admittance to Class

    A student is late to class if she/he has not entered the room (crossed the threshold) before the bell starts to ring. At CMS, all teachers help supervise the halls during the time between classes. When the bell rings, teachers having class close their doors and begin teaching immediately. Tardy students will be escorted to a commons area to write an explanation of why they were late, which will be entered into the records. Moreover, this explanation will be sent in the mail to parents/guardians so that families are kept informed and a call home will be made. The tardy student will be escorted back to his/her classroom. For students who are late, these procedures ensure that the family is kept informed and that records are kept to ensure that chronically tardy students receive additional consequences to help them learn the importance of punctuality. Lates present a significant disruption to the school day. We ask that the parent/guardian take serious steps at home in support of the student being on time to all classes. Hall sweeps are conducted hourly to ensure all students are in class on time.

     

    BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, ROLLERBLADES

    • Students need to lock their bicycles on the bike racks.
    • The school is not responsible for missing or damaged bicycles.
    • Students who ride skateboards or roller blades to school may keep them in their locker.
    • Skateboards, roller blades, and bicycles may NOT be ridden in school, in the parking lot, or on school grounds.

     

    BUSES/TRANSPORTATION TO SCHOOL

    Buses

    • Transportation to Coleman is available to students who live two and a half miles or more from school.
    • All students who ride the bus are provided with bus rules prior to the start of the school year.
    • Riding a school bus is a privilege that can be suspended or revoked.
    • Bus riders who aren’t on the bus run sheet must present a bus pass to the driver.
    • Failure to present a bus pass in the afternoon will result in the student having to call for a ride from parent or guardian.
    • Bus numbers are placed on the student IDs, and students are not allowed to ride any other bus. If a student needs a new ID containing his/her bus information, the cost is $2.50.
    • Request for a Temporary Ride on another student’s bus must be submitted no later than 10:00 am the day of the ride. Administrative approval is contingent upon a phone call or personal contact with parents of both the rider and the guest.

    Cars

    • Circle drive is for drop off and pick up only.
    • Do not block the bus loading/unloading zones.
    • Do not block the entrances to the circle drive and parking lots as this is a drop-off area for buses, mini-buses, and emergency vehicle parking.
    • Do not use the far north entrance by the fence as this is for buses only.

     

    CAFETERIA/RECESS EXPECTATIONS

    CHAMPS

    Conversation                          Use quiet, respectful voices

    Help?                                      Raise your hand and ask an adult

    Activity                                   Get your food, sit down in the assigned area, and eat. When instructed, clean up your area, throw away your trash, and stay in your seat until you are dismissed.

    Movement                              Raise your hand for permission to get up from the table for any reason

    Participation                           Be respectful of others, keep your eating area clean, and follow the instructions of the cafeteria supervisor

    Success                                   The cafeteria will be a safe environment where people exhibit courtesy and respect 

    Breakfast

    Breakfast is served in the cafeteria starting at 7:35 am. Students going to breakfast must enter through the main north entrance and go directly to the cafeteria. Students must remain in the cafeteria until the 7:50 am bell. Food must be eaten in the cafeteria. No food is sold after 7:50 am unless students arrive on a late bus. Students must be in class by 8:00 a.m. The cost of breakfast is $1.35.

    Lunch

    Lunch is closed. Students must eat lunch at school in the cafeteria unless they are attending a group or going to a teacher. Students are required to report to the cafeteria or recess before the late bell according to their assigned lunch/recess group. Ala Carte’ is served during lunch time most days. Students may use their I.D. to purchase Ala Carte’. The student’s I.D. is the student’s lunch card. Students that do not have their I.D. will report to the end of the line and will be given permission to join a lunch line by administration or lunch supervisor.

    Food and drink must be consumed during the allotted lunch time in the cafeteria, the detention room, or teacher supervised area. Students are to clean their lunch area. Students are to remain seated until a lunchroom supervisor dismisses them. All students are to follow the directions of the lunch supervisors. Students failing to report to their assigned lunch/recess group will face disciplinary action. The cost of each lunch is $2.30.

    Recess

    • Students must have their student ID card to participate in recess.
    • Student recess is east of the cafeteria, or in cases of inclement weather, the girl’s gym.
    • First recess students will exit the southeast building door and re-enter the cafeteria door.

    Students that don’t stop playing with equipment after the outside bell rings or don’t stay in their lines face disciplinary action.

     

    CHAMPS

    Conversation                          Use respectful voices at a normal conversation level

    Help?                                      Go to the adult in charge

    Activity                                   Small groups, organized activities such as:

                                                    Indoor                                                             Outdoor

                                                    Basketball, sitting and visiting,                     Basketball, Soccer, Football,

                                                    walking & talking, etc.                                   walking & talking, etc.    

    Movement                              YES! Stay within the boundaries set by the supervisor

    Participation                           Be respectful of others and follow the instructions of the recess supervisor

    Success                                   Recess will be a safe environment where people exhibit courtesy and respect  

     

    Lunch/Recess Detention Procedures

    Students assigned a lunch/recess detention are to report directly to the detention room before the late bell. Students failing to report on their own are subject to additional detentions. The detention list will be displayed in designated areas. Students who have a detention will eat in the detention room. 

     

    CELL PHONES, ELECTRONICS, ETC.

    According to BOE Policy 1464, “The use of Personal Electronic Devices (PED’s) by pupils during the school day is prohibited. These devices must be kept out of sight and powered off during the school day. The school day is defined by each school site. Personal Electronic Devices (PED’s) include, but are not limited to, cellular phones, MP3 players, and other personal communication devices that have the potential to be disruptive to the educational process. Items intended to look like or simulate such devices are also prohibited during the school day.” Any PED will be confiscated by any school personnel who find them. The items will be given to the office for safekeeping. PED’s will only be released to the parent of the student who owns the device and/or brought the device to school. Coleman Middle School accepts no responsibility for these devices. Students are to relinquish their electronic equipment upon the request of any staff member should the electronic device be visible or in use at school without permission. Refusal to do so will constitute open defiance and result in more severe disciplinary consequences.

    • Students who violate this policy and the associated regulations shall be deemed to have created a disruption to the instructional environment and are subject to appropriate disciplinary actions.
    • Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the security of their cellular telephones and other PED’s. The Wichita Board of Education shall not assume responsibility or liability for the theft, loss, or damage to a cellular phone or other PED, nor does it assume responsibility for the unauthorized use of any device.
    • CMS Administration and staff may not investigate all reports of missing or stolen PED’s.

    Consequences for using/displaying electronic devices include:

         1st Offense - Confiscate and parent called/picks up

         2nd Offense - Confiscate, parent called/picks up, and student receives two lunch Detentions

         3rd Offense - Confiscate, parent called/picks up, and student receives ISS

         4th Offense - Confiscate, parent called/picks up, disciplinary action subject to administrative discretion

    COLEMAN PARENT COMMUNICATION

    Parent Newsletter – An electronic school newsletter will be emailed monthly. This newsletter will contain information related to school and a calendar of upcoming events. A copy will also be posted on the school website.

    Coleman Website/WebCalendar – Parents can check the district website regarding on- line calendars and other information. www.coleman.usd259.org.

    Parent Vue – Online access is available for parents to view students' current progress in classes. For more information call the office at 973-6600.

    Parentlink- Occasionally information regarding attendance and events will be delivered via automated voice message or email.

    Facebook – Be sure to “like” us on Facebook! Search “Coleman Middle School THE PRIDE OF THE EAST SIDE.

    Twitter – follow us @CMSPride for updates of what is going on!

     

    COUNSELOR

    Students who need to see the counselor need to sign the request log in the A-hall office during passing period or have a pass. The counselor will send for the student as soon as possible. The counselor helps students with personal problems, scheduling, conflicts, and career information. Sixth and Seventh graders will see Mr. Nance. All Eighth graders will see Ms. Hoffman.

    CRIME STOPPERS/SPEAK UP

    Crime Stoppers is a program designed to allow individuals to exercise good citizenship by reporting information regarding crimes or for those who have been the victim of a possible crime. At Coleman, any student or staff member may anonymously report information leading to the apprehension of parties responsible for criminal activities by coming to the E-hall office and filling out a Crime Stoppers report. Tips may also be given by texting ‘SPEAKUP’ plus your tip information to CRIMES (274637) or go to the Coleman website. Rewards are given for information that proves to be helpful. No one ever learns your name when you make a Crime Stopper Report or Speak Up tip.

    CONFERENCES/REPORT CARDS/PROGRESS REPORTS

    The easiest and best way for parents to monitor their students’ academic performance/progress is to utilize the Parent Assist Program. Report cards are issued each nine-week period. Parent-Teacher-Student conferences will be held twice a school year, once each semester. See your school calendar for dates. Parents may also schedule to meet with teachers during team time. Progress reports will be sent home with students at the mid-point of each nine-week grading period. This will give an approximate grade and indicate student strengths and areas to work on for the students.

    DISASTER DRILLS

    Students and staff must be prepared to meet an emergency at all times. School staff and substitute personnel will be familiar with emergency drill procedures (fire, severe weather, and shelter-in-place). Emergency drills must be taken seriously. Instruction for the students’ safety may be given at any time during the drill.

    DRINK/VENDING MACHINES

    Drink and vending machines will be available before 8:00a.m. and after school, 3:40 p.m.  Any abuse of these machines or any cans or bottles littering the property will result in the machines being pulled from student use.  The office will not give change or refunds for any reason (drinks, bus, field trips, etc.). Students purchasing items from the machines in violation of this policy will have their items confiscated and be subject to further disciplinary action. Use all vending machines at your own risk.

     

    DISCIPLINE

    Discipline Policy

    The goal of disciplining students is to modify student behavior so they can be successful in school. All in-school suspensions (ISS), out-of-school suspensions (OSS), and/or expulsions will be initiated by an administrator.

    The teacher is in charge of the classroom and is responsible for normal classroom discipline. Students will comply with the established classroom behavioral expectations. The teacher may contact the parent, assign a classroom detention, rotate a student to another classroom, and/or refer the student to the team in order to change the disruptive behavior. Teachers can assign their own classroom detentions and students are expected to serve those detentions in the teacher’s room or in the team detention room. Behavior identified as extreme and disruptive will be referred to the administration.  An administrator will resolve the problem with a conference with the student, team action, lunch detention, parent conference, student behavior logs or contracts, ISS, OSS, and/or expulsion. Some students may have behavior plans that guide their discipline procedures. A copy of our Behavior Expectations can be found on our web site.

    Expectations for Behavior at School

    The types of behavior that occur in the halls establish the climate of the school. Passing period is the time to go from one room to the next, to use the restroom, and go to the student’s locker.

    Team Conference Concerning Student Behavior

    Teams may conduct team-student-parent conferences as one of the steps to correct inappropriate chronic behavior or excessive rotations from classes. In an effort to correct student behavior teams may:

    • restrict student passing periods
    • self-contain the student for one or more days
    • restrict the student from team activities

    The team leader is responsible for informing the assistant principal and contacting the parent about the conference.

    Detentions/Detention Room

    The detention room is for office assigned detentions, dress code violations, and hall sweeps/lates. Students are issued a pink copy of the detention slip and are expected to share the slip with their parents. When a student is assigned a detention, she/he will report to the detention room before he/she goes to the cafeteria for lunch or the recess area. Students in the detention room will eat lunch in the detention room. In the detention room, there is no talking. Students must follow the detention room rules or more serious consequences will be assigned. Students accruing 5 lunch detentions will serve one day of In School Suspension (ISS).

    In School Suspension (ISS)

    ISS will be used as a consequence after other intervention strategies have been tried and the student has failed to correct the behavior and for serious infractions. Students assigned to ISS are to report to the cafeteria and wait for the ISS supervisor to pick them up. They will need to follow ISS rules and serve respectfully. Failure to serve successfully will result in more serious consequences, including Out of School Suspension (OSS).

    Out of School Suspensions (OSS)

    Certain actions by students are subject to out-of-school suspension. Students who are suspended from school are not allowed on Coleman school grounds or adjoining property, or on any other Wichita school property, nor may they attend any school function.

    Expulsions

    Expellable offenses include, but are not limited to:

    • A student who brings to school, or has been in possession of a weapon, including any firearm or replica firearm at school, on school property, or at a school supervised activity shall receive a mandatory expulsion from the school district for 186 school days (BOE Policy #1466).
    • Possession of a dangerous weapon including a firearm or realistic replica firearm at school, on school property, or at a school supervised activity.
    • Any student who is found to have committed assault and/or battery upon any school district staff member at school, on school property, or at a school supervised activity shall receive a mandatory expulsion from the school district for 186 school days (BOE Policy #1462).
    • Any student who is selling or trafficking drugs, drug paraphernalia and/or other controlled substances at school, on school property, or at a school supervised activity shall receive a mandatory expulsion for 186 school days (BOE Policy #1465).
    • Possession or use of alcoholic beverages, drugs, drug paraphernalia, and/or other controlled substances at school, on school property, or at a school supervised activity.
    • Chronic misbehavior at school.
    • Those events that lead to a suspension could result in an expulsion.
    • Sexual Harassment of Pupils states that “USD 259 will not tolerate sexual harassment of a pupil by another pupil, employee, or others. Violation of this policy shall result in disciplinary action against any pupil or employee involved, including possible expulsion of the pupil and termination of the employee” (BOE Policy #1116).
    • Bullying (BOE Policy #1464, AIP#2)

    HALLWAY BEHAVIOR

    Hallway Expectations

    We are committed to providing all students with safe and orderly passing periods. Therefore, any student failing to meet hallway expectations will be firmly addressed.

    CHAMPS

                           Passing Periods                                 During class time                      When Adult is walking you

    Conversation    Use Quiet, respectful                           Silent                                         Silent

                            Voices

     

    Help?               Ask an adult                                        Ask an adult                              Ask an Adult

     

    Activity           Walking to next class                            Walking to the                            Adult taking a group

                          among many other students                 specified location                         students to a

                                                                                    on your pass                               specific location

      

    Movement        Remain in motion, walk at                     Walk at a respectful                    Walk at a respectful

                           a respectful pace on the                        pace on the right                         pace on the right side                     

                           right side, keep hands and                    side, keep hands                          keep hands and

                           feet to self                                           and feet to self                            feet to self

               

    Participation      be productive and                                Use your pass for                         Follow adult instruction

                            professional in getting                          its purpose with                           with respect and

                            to class on time                                   professionalism                           and professionalism

     

    Success                        The hallways of Coleman Middle School will be a safe environment where people exhibit courtesy and respect

    Hall Passes

    A student should NEVER be in the hall without a properly displayed ID badge and his/her student planner opened to the signed pass page. If students are released late from a class, they MUST obtain a pass from that teacher in order to avoid being counted late to the next class. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain a pass if he/she leaves a classroom.

    Hall Sweeps

    Hall sweeps will be conducted by the administration and support staff to reinforce the importance of students being in class on time. Hall sweeps begin again with each new quarter. The consequences are follows: 

    First – Warning, post card home, and parent contact

    Second – Detention, post card home, and parent contact

    Third – Detention, post card home, and parent contact

    Fourth – ISS, conference with administration, post card home, and parent contact

    Fifth – ISS, conference with administration, post card home, and parent contact

    Students may be placed on an alternate passing period and lose privileges if the hall sweeps become excessive.

     

    HEALTH SERVICES

    If a student becomes ill in school, he/she should request a pass from the teacher to see the nurse. Students who are ill MUST call home from the nurse’s office. Students should not leave the building without authorization from the nurse. If the nurse is not in, students are to report to the A-hall office. Policy restricts school personnel from giving students any medication, including aspirin. Prescribed medication is given at school only upon a written request from both the parent/guardian and the student’s attending physician. These written requests are required before administration of either short term or maintenance medication is allowed. Students must have received one dose of medication without an adverse reaction prior to any doses given at school. We also ask that parents notify the school nurse if there are health conditions that may require attention, such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, etc. Immunizations must be current. The nurse can be reached at 973-6628.

     

    LOCKERS

    Sharing lockers or locker combinations is not permitted. Students should never have belongings of another student in his/her locker. Students caught sharing lockers or locker combinations will be subject to administrative disciplinary action. Lockers must be locked at all times. Students may use their lockers only during locker allowance times.

    LOST AND FOUND

    Items that have been found are kept in and in front of the A-Hall office for a short time. If students have lost an item, they should come to the A-hall office to retrieve that item. Items not claimed are donated to charity at the end of the school year.

    PUPIL INFORMATION

    It is the parent’s responsibility to inform the school immediately if there is a change in address, telephone number, place of employment, or emergency telephone number. This information is critical in times of emergency.  We will only release a student to a person listed on the Pupil Information Form.

    STUDENT BULLETIN

    The bulletin is read each morning via the intercom. Students are expected to listen to the morning bulletin to gain information about the day, important information, and activities. The bulletin is posted outside of each office.

     

    STUDENT LEADERSHIP

    A number of opportunities exist for students to become involved in leadership responsibilities at Coleman Middle School. Below is a list of some of the leadership activities in which students can participate. For more information, call the school. The following are student leadership possibilities:

    • Student Council (STUCO)
    • AVID Ambassadors
    • Principal Cogen
    • Student Coaches
    • Cougar Delegates

    TELEPHONE USE

    The office telephone is a business phone and should not be used by students except for important matters during the school day. Students who become ill may ask permission to see the nurse and may use the phone in the nurse’s office if necessary. Students are not allowed to use cellular phones at school.

    TEXTBOOKS

    Textbooks are furnished by the school district and are rented at the beginning of the year. A student who loses or damages a book while it is checked out to him/her will be expected to pay for it within one week of the loss. A replacement will be issued after payment has been made. It is the responsibility of the student to identify upon issuance any damage to the textbook; otherwise, the student assumes responsibility for that damage at the end of the year when books are returned. The student’s name and the teacher’s name who issued the textbook MUST be inside the front of the book in the designated area. This will facilitate return of lost or misplaced books.

    VISITORS and Red Chair

    Parents, guests, and visitors are to report to the E-hall office when they enter the building. If they sign in to visit a classroom, they will be given a visitor’s badge. Former students will not be allowed to visit school during the school day. Students may not have a sibling or a student from another school visit or attend school with them.

    WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL

    If a student is withdrawing from school, a parent should notify the office prior to the student’s last day of attendance. The student will carry a withdrawal (exit) card and check out with each teacher, the bookkeeper, and the librarian. The student will need to return books to the appropriate teachers or to the office.

    SUMMARIES OF A FEW BOARD OF EDUCATION POLICIES

    FOR FULL BOE POLICIES PLEASE VISIT THE DISTRICT WEB SITE

    www.usd259.org

    P1116 SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF PUPILS

    USD 259 will not tolerate sexual harassment of a pupil by another pupil, employee, or others. Violation of this policy shall result in disciplinary action against any pupil or employee involved, including possible expulsion of the pupil and termination of the employee. Unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when (1)submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term of the pupil’s academic opportunities, (2)submission to or rejection of such conduct by a pupil is used as a basis for academic decisions affecting such pupil, or (3)such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the pupil’s school performance or it creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment whether or not the person engaging in the conduct intends to create that effect.

    P1119 HARASSMENT OF PUPILS BASED ON RACE, COLOR, RELIGION, GENDER, NATIONAL ORIGIN, OR DISABILITY

    USD 259 will not tolerate harassment or intimidation of a pupil based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, or disability by another pupil, employee or others. Pupils and employees who violate this policy shall, after proper investigation, be subject to sanctions including possible suspension and/or expulsion of the pupil and termination of the employee.

    P1232 ACCEPTABLE USE OF COMPUTERS, NETWORKS, INTERNET, ELECTRONIC MAIL, AND OTHER ONLINE SERVICES-STUDENTS

    Students are responsible for good behavior on computers, networks, the Internet, or other online services just as they are in a classroom or a school hallway. General school rules for behavior and communications apply. Administrators, teachers, and other appropriate district employees will decide what inappropriate use is. Violations of this policy may result in disciplinary or legal action including, but not limited to, restrictions or loss of network access and/or suspension or expulsion from school and/or criminal prosecution under appropriate local, state, and federal laws.

    P1462 PUPIL BEHAVIOR-ASSAULT AND/OR BATTERY OF STAFF MEMBER

    Any pupil who is found to have committed battery upon any school district staff member at school, on school property, or at a school supervised activity, shall receive a mandatory expulsion from the school district for 186 days. Any pupil who is found to have committed assault upon any school district staff member at school, on school property, or at a school supervised activity, shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the school district for 186 days.

    P1464 PUPIL BEHAVIOR-REGULATIONS

    Each pupil is held responsible for his/her personal actions. The right to attend a Wichita Public School carries with it the obligation to maintain acceptable behavior. The use of Personal Electronic Devices (PED’s) by pupils during the school day is prohibited. These devices must be powered off and kept out of sight during the school day. Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the security of their cellular telephones and other PED’s. The Wichita Board of Education shall not assume responsibility or liability for the theft, loss, or damage to a cellular phone or other PED, nor does it assume responsibility for the unauthorized use of any device. A pupil who steals, maliciously destroys, or defaces school property will be expected to make restitution as part of the penalty for such action. Malicious destruction cases may also be referred to the police under the Kansas School Law. Students who violate this policy and the associated regulations shall be deemed to have created a disruption to the instructional environment and are subject to appropriate disciplinary actions.

    P1465 ALCOLHOL, DRUGS, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, AND OTHER CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES

    Any pupil who intends to or is selling, manufacturing or trafficking (as defined in AIP #1) alcoholic beverages, drugs, drug paraphernalia, inhalants and/or other controlled or uncontrolled substances, such as, but not limited to, over the counter medications or unauthorized prescription drugs, or any pupil who possesses such substances in an amount that exceeds the reasonable personal need of the average user of the substance possessed (as determined in accordance with AIP #2), at school, on school property, or at a school supervised activity shall receive a mandatory expulsion from the Wichita Public Schools for 186 school days. Students that appear to be under the influence of a controlled substance or are in possession of a controlled substance or any drug paraphernalia may receive a short term 10 day suspension and given the option to meet with a community source to discuss the pupil’s problem with drugs/alcohol.  Upon receipt of written documentation that the pupil is complying with such agency’s recommended action, a suspension imposed under AIP #1 shall immediately be revoked and the pupil allowed back in school.

    P1466 POSSESSION OR USE OF WEAPONS

    Any pupil who is found to have brought or to have been in possession of a weapon, as defined in K.S.A. 72-89a01, including any firearm or replica firearm at school, on school property, or at a school-supervised activity shall receive a mandatory expulsion from the school district for 186 school days. Any pupil who is found to have brought or to have been in possession of any article (as defined in AIP 1c) or who uses any article (as defined in AIP 1d) to inflict bodily harm or to place a person(s) in fear of bodily harm at school, on school property, or at a school sponsored activity shall be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the school district for 186 school days.

    P1469 SEARCH AND SEIZURE-SCHOOL FACILITIES

    The pupil has exclusive control over his/her locker, desk, workstation, and other similar assigned areas of school property as against other pupils; but such possession is not exclusive as against the school and its official. When a suspicion arises that a pupil is involved in illegal, illicit, or disruptive behavior, the Principal has the authority to conduct a search and confiscate items considered illegal, illicit, disruptive, or a general nuisance to the educational process. 

    P1470 SEARCH AND SEIZURE-PUPILS AND THEIR PERSONAL POSSESSIONS

    The pupil has exclusive control over his/her locker, desk, workstation, and other similar assigned areas of school property as against other pupils; but such possession is not exclusive as against the school and its official. When a reasonable suspicion arises that use or possession of a pupil’s property is illegal, illicit, disruptive, or a danger to the general welfare of pupils and staff, a search may be made of the pupil’s person or personal property.