- Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS)
- Technology Guidelines
- Curriculum Information
- General Guidelines and Policies
- Student Activities
Rules and regulations are established for the safety and well being of all. Students will behave in a manner conducive to the best possible educational environment. They will avoid any behavior that is harmful to the educational environment of fellow students or themselves.
Staff members have a legal authority over students while traveling to and from school and during any school-sponsored activity off campus. Therefore, all school rules apply to students going to and from school.
Students and parents should remember the administration reserves the right to establish special discipline procedures to meet special circumstances.
Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) is an approach to supporting student success in school. PBIS was developed from research in the fields of behavior theory and effective instruction. PBIS supports all students through intervention, ranging from a school-wide system to a system for developing individualized plans for specific students. School-wide PBIS focuses on the development and implementation of proactive procedures and practices to prevent problem behavior for all students and improve school climate.
Three Simple Rules
Having a few simple, positively stated rules facilitates the teaching of behavioral expectations across school settings because students will be learning through the same language. By focusing on three simple rules (Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful), it is easier for students to remember. Instruction focusing on a few simple rules will improve teaching and consistency.
Positively stated rules are important. Research has shown that recognizing students for following the rules is even more important than catching them breaking the rules. By stating rules positively, the hope is that staff will be more likely to use the rules to catch students engaging in the appropriate behavior.
It is important that the simple rules are broad enough to talk about all potential problem behaviors. With the rules selected, the PBIS team believes that we can teach all specific behavioral expectations across all school settings according to these simple rules, for example:
Cleaning up your spills is an example of Be Safe because someone could slip on the spill and get hurt.
You exhibit Be Responsible when you arrive to class on time and prepared.
Thank your class by displaying Be Respectful by being a good audience and applauding appropriately during the assembly.
The Behavioral Expectations Matrix that follows uses our three simple rules to identify specific behavioral expectations across all school settings.
All staff and students are expected to know our three simple rules. Kennedy Middle School will be evaluated twice per year (Fall & Spring) to see if staff and students know the three simple rules. The goal is that 90% of staff and students know the rules. To be most effective, regular teaching using the three simple rules will become part of the school culture.
Students are reminded that the computers and iPads on campus are to be used for educational purposes only. All students must have a current and signed technology permission slip on file before being allowed to use any computer. The Internet is available for research only and not for personal email, chats or other messaging.
Tampering with computers/iPads is not acceptable; this includes any affected hardware, installing or deleting applications, changing system configurations and program settings (such as passwords), and modifying or moving files. Students will be subject to disciplinary action.
What to do during class: Stay on the apps your teacher has approved/assigned. During class discussion and/or instruction, close or flip over your iPad unless otherwise instructed. Be a responsible, safe digital citizen. If you see something, say something. The Kennedy Mobile Manager (MDM) must remain installed at all times
What to do outside of class: If you are not in a supervised classroom, your iPad needs to be in your backpack before school, after school and during brunch and lunch.
What NOT to do: Do NOT access your personal email or social networking sites including, but not limited to FaceTime, texting apps, iMessage, etc. You may not film or photograph others, unless they have given you permission. You may not use your iPad during brunch or lunch unless you are in the library.
Take extra steps to protect your iPad: When outside of a classroom, keep your iPad in your backpack; know where your backpack is at all times. Do not let anyone else use your iPad without your consent. Do not give your iPad to anyone.
Update apps regularly and save battery. Apps will work best when they are updated. You can manually update apps by clicking on the App Store > Updates. If your battery is running low you can opt to manually select apps to update. You can adjust your apps' background activity in Settings > General > Background App Refresh.
Understand sites’ privacy policies. Internet sites should spell out your rights to review and delete your information. Report unwelcome or malicious online threats. Report any online interactions that can be considered threatening to the proper authorities at school in a timely fashion.
Cell Phone Usage
Cell phones must be turned off and secured in a student's backpack. A violation of this rule may result in the phone being confiscated from the student and kept in the office for the remainder of the school day. Subsequent violations may result in the phone being confiscated and kept for parent pickup. Multiple violations of this rule result in student disciplinary action.
During the school day, the office telephone is restricted to students for emergencies such as injury or illness. Students may use the office phone after school for non-emergencies. Parents are asked to use the main office phone to communicate with their student during the school day and wait until after school for cell phone use including text messaging.
The Board of Education believes that regular attendance is critical to student success in school and recognizes its responsibility under the law to ensure that students attend school regularly. Please review the district’s attendance policy in the Opening Day Packet.
By Education Code statute, excused absences are only those related to illness, injury, funerals, religious reasons or necessary visits to a physician, dentist or optometrist. All other absences are legally defined as unexcused.
Parents/Guardians are required to call the school office (not the teachers) before 9:00 a.m. each day the student will be late or absent. The Kennedy absence reporting line is 408-253-1525 ext. 6.
Absences due to family travel and vacations
The District does not support the practice of taking trips/vacations on school days. Absences due to family trips are unexcused.
When a student has had seven illness related absences during the course of the school year, a physician must verify any further absence for illness. Home teaching is available during prolonged illness or convalescence. Students who are excessively absent, delayed, tardy or truant may be referred to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB).
Students will receive a first warning of truancy when they accrue three unexcused same period absences or tardies of 30 minutes or more.
Students will receive a second warning of habitually truant when they accrue five unexcused absences or tardies of 30 minutes or more.
Students will be declared habitually truant when they accrue ten unexcused same period absences or tardies of 30 minutes or more and may be referred to SARB.
Students arriving late to school, for any reason, must report to the office for an admit to class slip. If a student arrives late due to a medical/dental appointment, a doctor’s note is required to be considered excused.
Delay (late less than 30 minutes): An interruption due to a delay represents a loss of teaching and learning time. All delays are unexcused unless accompanied by a note from the office or another teacher and are accumulated each trimester. Consequences for delays are as follows:
- Friday school for every six delays to any combination of classes.
Tardy (late 30 minutes or more): Interruptions due to tardy arrivals represent a loss of valuable teaching and learning time. All tardies are considered unexcused unless accompanied by a note from the office or another teacher excusing the tardy. Consequences for tardies are as follows:
Student will receive one courtesy warning for the first half of the year and one for the second half of the year.
Student may be assigned Friday school and/or a lunch detention for the second tardy.
Students with excessive tardies will be declared Truant (Education Code 48260). A truancy letter will be mailed home.
First day of school
Students are expected to be in attendance on the first day of school. If a student is absent on the first day of school, the parent/guardian must contact the school as soon as possible to report the reason for the absence. Extended family vacation/travel is considered an unexcused absence. Students who have an unexcused absence on the first day of school may need to re-enroll and the District cannot guarantee placement at the current school site.
Homework for absentees
Students are responsible to see their teachers when they return to school to review what they missed, work out a schedule to turn in missing work and take missed quizzes or tests.
Leaving school during the day
Parents checking their child out of school for any reason, must report to the office; the office will call the student out of class. Upon returning to school, students must report to the office, check-in with the secretary and sign-in to receive an admit to class slip. Written permission must be given to the office in advance to authorize someone other than a parent to sign-out a student.
Students are not permitted to leave school grounds at any time during the school day without the permission of the school office. Students who fail to follow the proper procedure will be considered truant.
Parents will be notified when a student has missed one or more classes or leaves campus without permission. When a student is declared truant, teachers are not obligated to assign make-up work. Friday School may be assigned and extra-curricular activities may be suspended. Additional steps will be taken if the problem persists.
Withdrawal - transfers from school
Families are requested to notify the attendance secretary at least one week before an expected withdrawal. Students will follow their regular schedule on the final day and have each teacher sign a Withdrawal Slip. At the same time, students will return all school books and iPad if applicable. Final clearance must be made with the attendance secretary during sixth period. A forwarding address must be left with the office.
Deficiency notices are sent home at the midpoint of each trimester for students receiving a D, F or U. If a student falls into the F, D or U range after the deficiency notice is mailed home, the teacher may notify the parent. Parents are encouraged to contact individual teachers if a deficiency notice is received.
Kennedy teachers give homework on a daily basis for the purpose of practicing previously taught skills and concepts. Students should plan for a minimum of one to two hours for study and review nightly. Some assignments will require longer hours and students are encouraged to plan ahead for such assignments. Students should write down all their assignments in their student planner. Parents are encouraged to contact the teacher if their child is doing more than two hours of work per night or struggling to understand how to complete a homework assignment. Students are responsible for bringing their homework with them each day. The teachers and office will not accept homework delivered to the office or classrooms after the school day begins.
It is important for students to have respect for learning and pride in their own efforts and achievements. Dishonestly obtaining or giving information or material for the purpose of claiming credit or earning a grade is considered cheating. Cheating may result in a failing grade on the assignment and a U or N in Work Habit on the report card. The teacher will work with the student, parent and assistant principal to determine appropriate actions.
Uniforms are required for Physical Education (PE) class. If a student is unable to participate in PE due to an injury, a written explanation from her/his parent or guardian may be used for a three-day period.
If a modified program is required for a longer period of time, a signed medical excuse from a physician is required. Students should bring this excuse to the main office where copies will be made for the PE teacher as well as the school nurse and office file. Illness should not be an excuse - if a student is not well enough to participate in PE, he/she should not be attending school.
Report cards are posted to StudentVue/ParentVue three times a year. Incomplete grades must be corrected within ten school days from the end of the trimester or the incomplete grade becomes an F.
The use, possession, sale and purchase of drugs, alcohol, tobacco or paraphernalia is strictly forbidden. Students in violation of this rule will be suspended, referred to the sheriff’s department and subject to expulsion.
At the beginning of each school day announcements are televised. Copies of the announcements are available in the office and on the Kennedy website.
Arrival at school
Due to the lack of supervision, students enrolled in first period class may not arrive on campus until 7:50 a.m. Students starting second period are not allowed on campus earlier than 8:40 a.m. On Wednesdays, students should not arrive more than 15 minutes before school starts. Before school, students are to wait in the North or South courts or in the Pavilion and are not to leave campus.
Backpacks and the personal possessions placed in them are the student’s responsibility. They must not be left unattended.
Bicycles, skateboards and scooters
Bicycles ridden to school should be ridden according to those laws that govern bicycle operations. Students must wear an appropriate helmet when riding bicycles. The school assumes no responsibility for stolen or damaged bicycles. Questions of ownership, theft or damage will be referred to school administration and/or the sheriff's department. Bicycles, skateboards and scooters are not to be ridden on school grounds, before school, during or after school hours.
To ensure a proper and safe environment, all CUSD schools, including Kennedy Middle School, are closed campuses. Parents and other guests must check-in at the front office and wear a visitor badge at all times. Parents and other guests who have not properly checked-in at the front office will be escorted to the office and/or asked to leave campus. Students may not leave the campus during the day without checking out through the office. Any student who leaves campus without permission will be considered truant. Students from other schools are not allowed on campus.
Kennedy uses a wide variety of methods to communicate with parents:
The Kennedy website: kennedy.cusdk8.org
For information about your child’s progress, homework expectations, behavior or to set-up a conference, please email your teacher: email@example.com
For information about school-wide testing, scheduling, private school applications and social difficulties, please email your counselor: firstname.lastname@example.org
For general concerns or policy questions please contact the administration.
The Cougar Chronicles is a monthly school newsletter. The newsletter is emailed to parents as well as posted to the Kennedy website. You can find previous editions on the website as well.
Synergy is our student database. Synergy allows parents to check their child’s grades, attendance and assignments online. Passwords and information are sent home at the beginning of the school year.
Damage to school property/vandalism
Damage to school property and theft are grounds for suspension from school and potentially a referral to the sheriff’s department. In addition, damage to school property will result in restitution to the school district.
Online social networking sites, blogs and chats are popular ways for students to interact, but some of the interactions can be inappropriate and hurtful. We are all familiar with schoolyard bullies and cyber bullying is the online equivalent. Cyberbullying is any kind of harassment, insult or humiliation that uses Internet-connected technology in some way to hurt or intimidate another student. Cyberbullying can result in emotional harm that can disrupt a student’s time at school, causing the victim emotional harm and distracting students who are naturally curious about rumors spread about a classmate. The administration reserves the right to discipline any student for online activity (whether on campus or off) that results in a disruption at school.
Displays of affection
Kissing, hugging, hand holding and other displays of affection are not allowed.
Dress and personal appearance
Students are to attend school and school events dressed in a manner that is clean and not disruptive to the normal routine of school. The staff and administration reserve the right to determine whether clothing and appearance is appropriate for the school setting. If a student is inappropriately dressed, he/she will be referred to the office to correct the situation.
Shoes are required at all times. Shirts must cover undergarments, including bra straps. Clothing must cover midriffs. Pants must be worn so they fully cover buttocks and undergarments. Shorts, skirts and dresses should be longer than your fingertips by your side in a standing position and remain there while seated.
Clothing and accessories, such as backpacks, may not promote or in any way advertise cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, gangs or any illegal activity. Clothing may not have any written or pictorial representation that is deemed offensive, derogatory or otherwise inappropriate.
Hoods shall not be worn indoors at any time.
Fire and other emergency drills are held monthly. The drills are designed to acquaint students with emergency procedures. Classroom teachers will review all emergency procedures with their classes.
Fighting, threatening or harassing another student is not allowed. Violent or threatening actions will also be referred to the sheriff. If a student is having a problem and it appears that a fight is imminent, he/she should see the principal, assistant principal or a counselor for help in resolving the problem in an appropriate manner.
Harassment is any act that is severe enough to create an intimidating educational environment or a negative effect on a student. Such behavior includes verbal and visual harassment, such as offensive posters, cards, cartoons, graffiti drawings, obscene gestures, profane or other foul language and religious, racial, ethnic and sexual slurs or innuendos. This includes any online harassment. Physical harassment includes unwelcome or offensive touching and impeding or blocking movement.
The cafeteria features a variety of food and beverages are available during brunch and lunch. Students must use the automated system. No Cash is accepted. The lunch account number is the student’s six-digit student ID. The lunch account can be funded by placing cash or check in a blue envelope found in the front office or on our website using the “meals” icon at the top right. Parents are encouraged to monitor their student’s account. Food, including candy, should not be eaten during class time. Gum is not allowed on campus.
Kennedy has a no drop off policy. If a student forgets an item at home, please do not bring the item to school or the school office. Due to our size and disruption to classes, we are not able to offer this service; therefore, the office staff and teachers will not accept drop-off items. We will not let a student go hungry if her/his account balance is low. Students can use their account to purchase food even if it results in a negative balance. However, he/she will be expected to add money back into the account the following day. Students are reminded of this during announcements throughout the year.
Each student must have a completed Health/Enrollment card on file in the office. If there are any changes during the year, please alert the office. These include changes of address, telephone numbers, email addresses, parental employment, emergency contacts and serious medical problems. Students will only be released to authorized persons on the Heath/Enrollment card.
California state law requires every child to be properly immunized and directs the school district to monitor the immunizations status of every pupil. Students who are not properly immunized will be excluded from school. Check with the Cupertino Union School District for further information about immunizations.
Injury and illness
An injured or ill student must report to a teacher or the office right away. First aid will be administered if necessary. If the injury or illness is serious, office personnel will call for emergency medical assistance and notify parents immediately. If a student vomits, has diarrhea, an undiagnosed rash, pink eye and/or has a temperature of 101.4 or higher, he/she will be sent home. He/she cannot return to school until symptom free and fever free (without the use of fever reducer such as Tylenol) for 24 hours.
The library is to be used for quiet activities, doing homework, reading and research. Food and drink are not permitted in the library.
Lost and found
Lost clothing or items should be taken to the Lost and Found area in front of the office. If items are labeled, we will do our best to return them. Lost articles that are not claimed by the end of each month will be given to a charitable organization. It is important to label all clothing and property.
Medication at school
In order for any medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, short-term or long-term, to be administered at school a medication authorization form must be completed and signed by a parent and a physician. Forms are available in the school office. Until the school has a signed form, medication will not be administered. Self medication forms are also available in the office for students who need to carry an inhaler.
Messages to students
Please make arrangements with your child before he/she leaves for school regarding appointments, errands and any changes in time or place for after school pick-ups. Please do not text or email your student during the school day. Students will not be taken out of class to receive messages nor will classes be interrupted to take a message to students. The office will only take emergency messages for students.
Students should not carry cash. Students are not allowed to ask others for money or food. Repetition of this behavior is considered harassment and is subject to disciplinary action.
Vulgar and obscene actions or language, even in writing, will not be tolerated. Students are expected to interact and speak with each other and adults in an appropriate manner.
Stealing will result in disciplinary action and if appropriate may be referred to the sheriff’s department.
Student Body Cards
All students are members of the Kennedy Student Body Association. The Student Body Card serves as identification and is required for school dances and library use. Replacement cards can be purchased in the office for $5.00.
Toys, games and nuisance items
Because of the potential for theft and classroom disruption, personal items such as electronic games, water pistols, water balloons/toys, laser pointers, etc. will be confiscated. Students who bring special card sets to school cannot engage in any sales of these cards. The school is not responsible for lost, damaged or stolen personal items.
CUSD does not offer home-to-school transportation.
When driving to school, use the southern Bubb road and Hyannisport parking lots. To ensure the safety of our students, there are two traffic lanes: the right is for student-drop off and pick-up, and the left is used to exit the parking lot. Please do not exceed 5 miles per hour. Please continue to move forward and do not block driveways or bus parking. No left turn onto Hyannisport between the hours of 7:00-9:00 a.m. and 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Students may not sell candy, cards, pencils or any other merchandise, for fundraisers or otherwise, on campus.
Weapons and fireworks
The possession or use of any weapon or fireworks is strictly forbidden. Students violating this rule will be suspended, referred to the sheriff’s department and may be subject to expulsion from the school. Matches and lighters are considered to be weapons and are forbidden at school.
State law and district policy require the immediate suspension and recommendation for expulsion of any student who possesses, sells or furnishes a firearm; brandishes a knife; sells a controlled substance; commits or attempts to commit a sexual assault; and/or possesses an explosive, on school grounds or at a school activity. Kennedy Middle School and the Cupertino Union School District strictly enforce this law/policy.
After school sports
Kennedy offers a variety of after school sports for all students. For more information, please visit the KMS homepage under For Students.
Every year students have the opportunity to create clubs. Clubs must be approved by the administration and the student council. Club requests are submitted at the beginning of each school year. For more information, please visit the KMS homepage under For Students.
Dances and sixth grade socials
The Kennedy Middle School dances are for seventh and eighth grade students. Sixth grade students participate in afternoon socials. School dances and socials are for Kennedy students only. Absolutely no visitors are allowed. Behavior expectations and the dress code are the same as a regular school day. Cell phones must be kept off during dances and socials. Taking photos and videos is prohibited during dances and socials and may result in disciplinary action. Snacks are available to purchase. Students are expected to arrive on time and stay for the duration of the dance.
End of the year activities
End of the year activities are considered to be privileges. The administration reserves the right to remove students from any event for disciplinary reasons.
The eighth grade promotion ceremony and dance are also considered to be privileges. The administration reserves the right to remove students from any event for disciplinary reasons.