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A.S.B.

The leadership class (Associated Student Body) is comprised of elected or appointed seventh and eighth grade students. This class meets daily (the student’s yearlong elective choice) with a teacher advisor. Leadership class members assist the administration and teachers in carrying out special projects and improving the school climate. In addition to the leadership class, there is also a student council. The student council consists of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students elected by their sixth period classmates each trimester. Members of the student council attend meetings during lunch on alternate Tuesdays, inform their classmates about agenda items, and seek the suggestions and assistance of the student body in planning activities. Students elected to serve in student council and leadership are expected to attend weekend and after school activities as necessary.

Absences

See “Attendance

Activities

In addition to seventh/eighth grade dances and sixth grade celebrations, the Student Council plans school-wide activities such as special dress-up days and spirit week. Dress-up day themes may include sock day, tacky day, clone day, hair day, and hat day. During Red Ribbon Week, students learn about prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. Spirit Week, which includes a special activity each day, takes place during the month of October.

After School Activities Program (A.S.A.P.)

MBMS students may participate in an after-school sports league with several of the middle schools in the area. Participating districts may include Manhattan Beach Unified School District, Redondo Beach Unified School District, Wiseburn School District, Hermosa Beach School District, El Segundo Unified School District, Palos Verdes Unified School District, and Chadwick School. Sports vary from trimester to trimester and have included volleyball, basketball, softball, flag football, track and field, cross-country, water polo, soccer, paddle tennis, and table tennis.Half of the games are played “away” at the other middle schools, and half of the games are hosted on our school campus. Some sports may include tryouts as well as a suggested participation donation to cover various costs including transportation, equipment, instruction, and scholarships. Students currently placed on any type of probation may not participate.  For more information, click here.

Attendance

Parents should report a student’s absence to the attendance clerk as soon as possible either online, by phone or in writing in order to verify that the absence is excused and not truancy. To report an absence online go to www.mbmswaves.com and click on the link “Report an Absence.” To report an absence by phone, call the Attendance Office at (310) 545-4878. At the prompt, select option one. The school’s voice mail system is available to record calls at any hour. The parent reporting the absence should leave his/her name, the student’s full name, date of absence, reason for absence, and date of expected return to school. If writing a note, please include the same information stated above and sign the note. The student should present the note to the office the day he/she returns to school.

Parents have 3 school days to verify (report) an absence through the Attendance Office. All unverified (unreported) absences will be considered truant after 3 school days.

Examples of excused absences include but are not limited to illness, medical appointments, legal appointments, bereavement, or religious observation.

If an absence is verified (reported) by the parent but the reason for the absence is not categorized as excused per state policy, the absence will be considered unexcused and therefore truant. Examples of unexcused absences include but are not limited to vacation days, personal reasons, and sporting events. The state of California will excuse these types of absences if arrangements are made with the school for an independent study agreement. See section on Independent Study.

In the instance that a student’s attendance reflects 3 or more truancies, parents will be notified. Students with excessive absences will be referred to the Student Attendance Review Team (SART) or the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB). See section on Truancy.

Parents will be notified at 5:30 p.m. via our automatic notification system if a student has an unverified (unreported) absence for one or more periods in a school day.

Manhattan Beach Middle School loses $35 per day in state funds for each student who is absent (excused or unexcused). Parents are encouraged to make a voluntary donation to MBUSD to compensate for this loss in funding.

Parents may access their student’s attendance history on a daily basis via the PowerSchool parent portal.

 

Backpacks

Since lockers are not available, students will need to carry lunches, notebooks, jackets, and other personal items in their backpacks. A home set of textbooks is provided for each student to help alleviate the problem of heavy backpacks. Students are encouraged to carry only necessary items in their backpacks. Periodically cleaning out the backpack will keep it from becoming cumbersome. Students should carry no more than one 3-ring binder. Soft folders and spiral notebooks may be required in some classes. Valuables should not be kept in backpacks, but locked in the students’ P.E. locker.

Balloons and Flowers

MBMS wants each student to feel equally special on his/her birthday, so balloons and/or flowers are not allowed at school. In addition, balloons and/or flowers can be a distraction to the educational program and the learning environment. Balloons and flowers will be held in the main office until the end of the day.

Behavior to and from School

The school’s discipline standards and consequences apply not only when students are on campus, but also on the trip to and from school. This also includes during, going to, or coming from a school-sponsored activity such as a field trip, school dance, or celebration. It is important that students travel to and from school in a safe and courteous manner. Students are not to trespass on private property en route to school or home.

Bibliographical Format and Parenthetical Citations

Bibliographical Format PDF

Format:

Begin the works cited page or bibliography on a separate sheet following your paper, but continue the same pagination.

Double space the entire list

Center the title, Works Cited, an inch from the top of the page. Double space between the title and the first entry.

Entries are arranged alphabetically by the author's last name or when there is no author, by title.

New entries begin at the left margin with subsequent lines for the same entry indented one half inch or five typed spaces.

Books:

The basic work cited entry includes author, title, and publication information. Always take this information from the title page.

One author:

Fukuyama, Francis. Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution. New York: Farrar, 2002.

Two or three authors:

Eggins, Suzanne, and Diana Slade. Analyzing Casual Conversation. London: Cassell, 1997.

The lead author's name is reversed for alphabetizing but second and third authors' names are in normal order.

More than three authors:

Gilman, Sander, et al. Hysteria beyond Freud. Berkeley: U of California, 1993 or Gilman, Sander, Helen King, Roy Porter, George Rousseau, and Elaine Showalter. Hysteria beyond Freud. Berkeley: U. of California, 1993.

If there are more than three authors, you may name only the first and add et al. ("and others"), or you may give all the names in full in the order in which they appear on the title page.

No author:

Encyclopedia of Virginia. New York: Somerset, 1993.

If a book has no author's or editor's name on the title page, begin the entry with the title.

An Article in a reference book with an author:

Mohanty, Jitendra M. "Indian Philosophy" The New Encyclopedia Britannica: Macropaedia. 15th ed. 1987.

An Article in a reference book with no author:

"Noon." The Oxford English Dictionary. 2nd ed. 1989

Two or more books by the same author:

Durant, Will, and Ariel Durant. The Age of Voltaire. New York: Simon, 1965. ---. A Dual Autobiography. New York: Simon, 1977.

To cite two or more books by the same author(s), give the names in the first entry only. In the second entry, instead of the names, type three hyphens, followed by a period and the title.

Corporate author:

American Medical Association. The American Medical Association Encyclopedia of Medicine. Ed. Charles B. Clayman. New York: Random, 1989.

Work in an anthology:

Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun. Black Theater; A Twentieth-Century Collection of the Work of Its Best Playwrights. Ed. Lindsay Patterson. New York: Dodd, 1971. 221-76.

Allende, Isabel. "Toad's Mouth." Trans. Margaret Sayers Peden. A Hammock Beneath the Mangoes: Stories from Latin America. Ed. Thomas Colchie. New York: Plume, 1992. 83-88

If you are citing an essay, a short story, a poem, or another work that appears within an anthology or some other book collection, you need to add the author, title and (if relevant) translator of the part of the book being cited.

Periodical Literature:

A periodical is a publication that appears regularly at fixed intervals, such as a newspaper, a magazine, or a scholarly journal.

Magazine article with an author:

Weintraub, Arlene, and Laura Cohen. "A Thousand-Year Plan for Nuclear Waste." Business Week 6 May 2002: 94-96.

Magazine article with no author:

"It Barks! It Kicks! It Scores!" Newsweek 30 July 2001:12.

Newspaper article:

Jeromack, Paul. "This Once, a David of the Art World Does Goliath a Favor." New York Times 13 July 2002, late ed.: B7+.

Journal article with pages numbered continuously:

Mann, Susan. "Myths of Asian Womanhood." Journal of Asian Studies 59 (2001): 835-62

In a journal that numbers pages continuously, you need to include the volume number and the year of publication (in parentheses).

Journal article that does not number pages continuously:

Barthelme, Frederick. "Architecture." Kansas Quarterly 13.4 (1981): 77-80

In a journal that does not number pages continuously you need to include the volume number and issue number ( e.g. vol#.issue#) and the year of publication (in parentheses).

Electronic Resources World Wide Web:

A citation from the Internet could include the following elements. But if the information is not given, the minimum citation should include the title of the document, the date of access, and the URL.

Example:

  1. Author's name (if given)• Swallow, Robin.
  2. Title of document• "The World's Best Librarian."
  3. Title of original source document (if given) • Los Angeles Times
  4. Name of sponsoring organization & editor (if given) •
  5. Date of publication or last revision (if given) • Sept 15 2003
  6. Date of access• Oct 2004
  7. URL• http://www.latimes.com

Example:

  • Swallow, Robin. "The World's Best Librarian." Los Angeles Times. 15 Sept. 2004. 20 Oct 2004 .
  • If the site does not assign a specific URL but provides a sequence of links, follow the URL with the word Path: Path: sports.
  • If the URL is long and must be divided into two lines, make the division after a slash /jklm/nop>.
  • If the URL is too long, give the URL of the site's search page and add /Search .

Online database:

Use the same format as a print source. For example a magazine citation would include author's name (if given), title of work, name of publication, date of publication, page number(s). A scholarly journal would also include a volume number and may include an issue number. Complete the citation by adding the name of the database used underlined, the date of access, and URL.

Online magazine article:

Levy, Steven. "Great Minds, Great Ideas." Newsweek 27 May 2002: 26-27. InfoTrac 2 July 2002 .

Online journal article:

Leftwell, James. "A Very Smart Article." Journal of Communication 10 (2001): 5-8. 14 Jan 2003 Academic Abstracts.

CDROM:

Use the same format as a print source. Complete the citation by adding the medium type CDROM, place of publication (if available) name of the publisher (if available), and electronic publication date.

CDROM example: Walters, Gordon. "The Catcher in the Rye." MasterPlots. CDROM 2000.

Parenthetical Documentation

The purpose of a parenthetical note is to point to specific source in the Works Cited or Bibliography page. If you have authors and page numbers, include them. If you only have a title, use that has your "pointer." Use the full title (if brief) or a shortened version followed by a page number. Place a parenthetical reference at the end of the sentence, clause, or phrase containing the material quoted or referred to and before the punctuation.

Author examples: Format

If the author's name is included in the text, only include the page number

  • Example: Mrs. Swallow has stated that libraries rock (15). (15)

If the author's name is not included in the text, include the author's last name and page number.

  • Example: She said that libraries rock (Swallow 15). (Swallow 15)

Title examples:

If no author is listed, refer to the title and include the page number if available.

Example: Century of Flight pg. 32 (Century 32)

Title examples in periodicals:

Type the first significant word in the title("Significant" 25)

Internet:

  • If you have an author, include it in your cite. (Swallow)
  • If no author is listed, use the title of the document or if not available, the name of the web site. (Libraries Rule) (MCHSnewsletter)

 

Bicycles, Skateboards, In-Line Skates, Roller Skates, Scooters

For everyone’s safety, bicycles are to be walked on the school grounds, including the parking lot, at all times. Bikes are to be locked in the bike rack area only. California State law requires that every student riding a bicycle wears a safety helmet. Consequences for breaking this rule are serious. Bicycles will be confiscated until dismissal time the next school day. Repeated offenses require confiscation until a parent and student conference with the principal, assistant principal, or student advisor is held. Repeat offenders will be assigned Saturday school. Skateboards, in-line skates, roller skates, skate shoes, pop-out skates, and scooters (Razors and other brands) are not allowed to be ridden on the MBMS campus or parking lot at any time. This policy also includes evening events such as school dances, celebrations, concerts, etc., and weekends. Should skateboards or any of the above mentioned items be ridden on campus, they will be confiscated, and parents will be notified. Repeat offenders will be assigned Saturday school.

Bulletin

Homeroom, which takes place at the beginning of first period, meets from 8:10 - 8:15 a.m. each day. A news bulletin is read or broadcast in homeroom each day which informs students about school activities. Students are encouraged to listen attentively as the bulletin is read so they will not miss out on important information. A copy of the daily bulletin is placed in the office window each morning and here.

Bullying

A student is being bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more students. MBMS staff members have participated in staff development regarding bullying. Student Advisors and the School Resource Officer teach bullying awareness lessons in the classrooms as part of the district adopted advisory curriculum. 

Celebrations

Sixth grade students have the opportunity to participate in after-school “celebrations” throughout the school year. The purpose of these celebrations is to encourage communication among students in a social setting. All eligible students are invited to attend. In addition, one sixth grade dance will be held at the end of the school year. Guidelines for participation (eligibility, dress code, transportation, etc.) are the same as for school dances and are outlined in that section. Parents who are interested in helping with celebrations are encouraged to emailthe PTA volunteer coordinatoror contact the sixth grade student advisor at ext. 3006.

 

Cellular Telephones

Students may possess electronic signaling devices, including but not limited to pagers, beepers, and cellular/digital telephones, provided that such devices do not disrupt the educational program or school activity. Electronic signaling devices may not be usedin the classroom unless directed by the teacher. Cell phones or other expensive items should be stored in the student’s P.E. locker during the day. Laptop computers, iPads,and otherdeviceswith wireless internet connections may be used during the school day for legitimate educational purposes but shall not be used for other purposes which may disrupt the educational program or school activities. If disruption occurs due to any electronic signaling device, an employee may confiscate the device until the end of the school day or activity and hold until an adult comes to pick it up. Other consequences may apply for subsequent offenses.

Change of Address

Please notify the MBMS main office in writing immediately regarding a change in address or in the event any other pertinent information needs to be modified in the student's record.

Cheating/Academic Honesty Policy

Manhattan Beach Middle School students are expected to take pride in their achievements. Students must rely on their own talents and abilities to complete academic work at a level in which they take pride. Any attempt to shortcut this process undermines the learning process, destroys student integrity, and weakens the trust essential to a positive student/teacher relationship. Academic dishonesty usually involves an attempt by a student to show a level of knowledge or skill that he/she does not possess. Any student who seeks to gain a dishonest advantage over his/her fellow students is pursuing a course that is unacceptable to both peers and society.

In an effort to protect the rights of honest students and foster a sense of responsibility for personal conduct, Manhattan Beach Middle School has adopted this academic honesty policy. Promoting honest behavior is a responsibility shared by the school and parents. It is the responsibility of the students, parents, teachers, and administrators to prevent dishonesty. It is the responsibility of the teacher to determine whether or not a violation has occurred and to take the appropriate actions.

We at MBMS want to help students understand their responsibility for the integrity of their work at school. During the first two weeks of school, all students will take part in discussions about this important issue in their humanities or English classes, and the consequences of academic dishonesty will be reviewed.

We want to emphasize that all clarification of cheating centers on the important concept that students must be responsible for their own work. Students know that directly copying answers during a test, keeping a cheat sheet or visible notes, telling about questions on a test when they have already seen it, or plagiarizing are forms of cheating. The biggest concern is understanding when they can collaborate on an assignment and when they must do their own work.

There are times when students are assigned to groups, and they must be careful about the expectations for each assignment. Students are often encouraged to plan together, to divide topics, and to assist each other in understanding the assignment; however, most often each individual student is expected to do his/her own part in writing or illustrating a project. When in doubt, ask the teacher.

Students must be careful when working with tutors and parents that products are their own. While students may discuss a concept or idea with a peer or adult, students must write the assignments in their own words to demonstrate understanding. If assignments are typed, the students must do the typing. If adults help with ideas for projects, the students themselves must complete all of the written work and illustrations on the projects.

Students must accept responsibility for the integrity of their work. They should not let their own work leave their possession because they cannot then be responsible for what happens to it. When work is copied, both the person who copied and the person who gave the work will be held responsible.

We at MBMS want students to be proud of their accomplishments without turning to shortcuts that limit what they can learn.

Academic dishonesty is the act of participating in obtaining or attempting to obtain credit for work by the use of dishonest, deceptive, fraudulent, or unauthorized means. Collaborative studying is not academic dishonesty when specifically permitted or required by a teacher.

MBMS promotes academic honesty throughout its curriculum. At the beginning of each year, students are asked to take the following “quiz” in English class to clarify what is and isn’t considered cheating in our academic setting. Upon completion and discussion, students sign indicating that they are responsible for upholding MBMS’s Academic Honesty Policy in all of their classes.

MBMS Academic Honesty Policy

C indicates that this behavior is considered Cheating, and NC indicates that it is Not Cheating.

  1. C You copied one or more sentences from any professional source or paraphrased from a professional source without citing your source.
  2. NCYou are assigned a group in class. While in class, you and others in your group discussed the worksheet and wrote exactly the same answers.
  3. C You are assigned to a group in class. Later, for homework, you and another student from your group wrote exactly the same answers.
  4. C You copied a friend’s homework assignment.
  5. NCYou did not understand an idea in a homework assignment, and you called a friend to talk about it.
  6. C You loaned someone your homework, knowing he was going to copy it.
  7. C You asked someone about specific questions on a test because that person took the test before you were to take it.
  8. C You used Internet sources for your ideas, and you did not read the assignment.
  9. C You loaned someone an assignment or essay, and you let them take it; therefore, you can not guarantee that it was not being copied.
  10. NCYou let someone read part of your essay in your presence to get feedback on it for yourself or to clarify an idea for the student.
  11. C You were part of a group project, and each person was supposed to write a section. Because you were the best writer, you wrote up everyone’s part for him.
  12. C You or your friend forged your parent’s signature.
  13. C You told someone specifically about what is on a test that you have seen.
  14. C You are not good at drawing. You did the written part of the assignment but you asked someone, student or adult, to do the illustration for you.
  15. NCYou called a friend and compared answers on a worksheet after you had done the assignment. You both discussed and clarified ideas. You understood any changes you made in the answers.
  16. NCYou sat down with a parent, friend, or tutor and reviewed your essay to clarify ideas or get help with proofreading.
  17. C You and your friend did a homework assignment together that required short responses, and you wrote exactly the same answers.
  18. NCYou had a science project, and a parent/tutor helped you with ideas.
  19. C You had a science project, and a parent/tutor helped you by gluing the parts on the presentation board and printing parts of the text.
  20. C You wrote an essay assignment, but you gave it to a parent/tutor to type.
  21. C You wrote a draft of an essay, and your parent/tutor revised it. The essay was changed a lot from the draft, and many of the words and phrases were not yours.
  22. C You were found to have someone else’s homework in your possession.
  23. C A classmate asked for help with an assignment. You thought it might be cheating, but your classmate said it was OK, so you went ahead and did it.
  24. C You did not read the pages indicated on your reading log.

Remember, when thinking about academic honesty, that you are responsible for your work. Any act which compromises that responsibility needs serious consideration. If there is a situation where doubt arises, ask your teacher! Because academic honesty is an important issue, there are serious consequences for breaches of this honesty. You may earn a zero grade academically, an N or U in citizenship for the trimester, and/or Saturday School.

Consequences for Violation(s) of the Academic Honesty Policy at MBMS:

Category One

Cheating Offenses:

  1. Stealing a test or other related material
  2. Altering a teacher’s grade book or other records
  3. Repeated offenses in category two will be considered a category one offense

Consequences for Category One may include any or all of the following:

  1. Zero credit on any stolen test
  2. Unsatisfactory mark (U) in citizenship
  3. Offense recorded in the student’s discipline file
  4. Suspension for up to five days
  5. Appropriate legal action

Category Two

Cheating offenses may include but will not be limited to the following:

  1. Copying someone else’s work
  2. Allowing someone else to copy your work
  3. Submitting work on which the student has received substantial assistance from another person (including parents, tutors, siblings, or other students)
  4. Cheating on a quiz, test, exam, or assignment
  5. Plagiarizing
  6. Giving or receiving information regarding a test, quiz, or exam
  7. Forgery

Consequences for Category Two may include any or all of the following:

  1. A zero recorded for the assignment
  2. Needs improvement (N) or Unsatisfactory (U) mark in citizenship for that trimester at the discretion of the teacher based on the severity of the incident
  3. Offense recorded in student’s discipline file
  4. Saturday school (see “Saturday School Program”)

 

Civility Policy

Members of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District staff will treat parents and other members of the public with respect and expect the same in return. The district is committed to maintaining orderly educational and administrative processes in keeping schools and administrative offices free from disruptions and preventing unauthorized persons from entering school/district grounds. This policy promotes mutual respect, civility, and orderly conduct among district employees, parents, and the public. This policy is not intended to deprive any person of his/her right to freedom of expression, but only to maintain, to the extent possible and reasonable, a safe, harassment-free workplace for our students and staff. In the interest of presenting district employees as positive role models to the children of this district, as well as the community, the Manhattan Beach Unified School District encourages positive communication and discourages volatile, hostile, or aggressive actions. The district seeks public cooperation with this endeavor.

Disruptions

  1. Any individual who disrupts or threatens to disrupt school/office operations; threatens the health and safety of students or staff; willfully causes property damage; uses loud and/or offensive language which could provoke a violent reaction; or who has otherwise established a continued pattern of unauthorized entry on school district property, will be directed to leave school or school district property promptly by the superintendent, principal, or designee.
  2. If any member of the public uses obscenities or speaks in a demanding, loud, insulting, and/or demeaning manner, the administrator or employee to whom the remarks are directed will calmly and politely admonish the speaker to communicate civilly. This includes e-mail and voicemail messages. If corrective action is not taken by the abusing party, the district employee will verbally notify the abusing party that his/her participation in the meeting, conference, or telephone conversation is terminated and, if the meeting or conference is on district premises, the offending person will be directed to leave promptly.
  3. When an individual is directed to leave under such paragraph one or two circumstances, the superintendent, principal, or designee shall inform the person that he/she will be guilty of a misdemeanor in accordance with California Education Code 44811 and Penal Codes 415.5 and 626.7 if he/she reenters any district facility within thirty days after being directed to leave, or within seven days if the person is a parent/guardian of a student attending that school. If an individual refuses to leave upon request or returns before the applicable period of time, the superintendent, principal, or designee may notify law enforcement officials. (cf. 5131.4 Campus Disturbance) (cf. 9323 Meeting Conduct)

Safety and Security

  1. The superintendent or designee will ensure that a safety and/or crisis intervention techniques program is provided in order to raise awareness on how to deal with these situations if and when they occur.
  2. When violence is directed against an employee or theft against property, employees shall promptly report the occurrence to their principal or supervisor and complete an incident report.
  3. An employee whose person or property is injured or damaged by willful misconduct of a student may ask the district to pursue legal action against the student or the student’s parent/guardian.

Documentation

  1. When staff determines that a member of the public is in the process of violating the provisions of this policy, an effort should be made by staff to provide a written copy of this policy, including applicable code provisions, at the time of occurrence.
  2. Following any violation of the provisions of this policy, the employee will immediately notify his/her supervisor and provide a report of the incident on the attached form.

 

Clubs

Most clubs meet one day a week from 3:10 - 4:10 p.m. on the MBMS campus. Some clubs may be offered before school or during lunch, but most take place after school. Clubs are open to all students. Clubs may vary from trimester to trimester and have included homework club (where students can have a quiet place to study and/or receive help with assignments from a teacher), art club, applied technology club, computer club, ambassador club, and gamers’ enthusiast league (GEL). Topics for clubs change throughout the school year. Information regarding specific clubs is announced in the daily bulletin and is occasionally included in the Wednesday packet. The ambassador club is comprised of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students who donate their time, talent, and creativity to the school and community. Members of this club design, plan, and implement school activities such as lunch activities and the weekly student lottery.

Code of Conduct

The following standards are expected of all students and adults:

  • Show respect and consideration for others and their property.
  • Be on time, prepared, and actively involved in teaching and learning.
  • Be responsible and practice self-discipline.
  • Take initiative to solve problems in a positive way.
  • Maintain school standards and follow adult directions at all times.

 

Conferences

Parents and teachers may arrange conferences at any time during the school year. MBMS teachers have a planning period during the school day during which they can meet with parents to discuss a student’s academic, behavioral, and/or social progress. Parents may contact a teacher via voice mail, a written note, or e-mail to arrange a conference. Parents are strongly encouraged to arrange a conference with a teacher of any class in which their child receives a progress report in order to develop an improvement plan. Please stop by the main office to pick up a visitor’s badge before your scheduled appointment.

See "Visitors on Campus" for more details.

 

Dances

Dances are for seventh and eighth grade students only and are scheduled throughout the school year. Combined seventh and eighth grade dances are held on the MBMS campus from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. A sixth grade dance will be held at the end of the school year. Dances are fun events with friends, good food, disc jockeys, and decorations. The following guidelines are important to remember:

  • Students who are eligible may attend these dances.
  • Students must arrive on time.
  • Students must carry their student I.D. cards and present them to the adult at the entrance of the dance.
  • Students must comply with school regulations and rules.
  • The daily school dress code must be followed. No clothing with spaghetti straps, backless shoes, visible underwear, or hats are allowed at the dances.
  • Students from other schools may not attend the dances.
  • Once a student arrives, he/she may only leave the dance early with a parent. The parent must report to an adult supervisor at the entrance to the multipurpose room.
  • Students who behave inappropriately will be picked up by parents and sent home early. Attendance at the next dance will be prohibited.
  • Parents are strongly encouraged to pick up students promptly at the end of each celebration or dance.

 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

Manhattan Beach Middle School has been selected by the Los Angeles County Office of Education to house the deaf and hard of hearing program for middle school students. Students are mainstreamed into many general education classes and are provided with the services of an adult interpreter. One of the interpreters teaches a sign language club which is available to all MBMS students. Details about the club will be communicated via the school’s daily bulletin.

Detention

Teachers monitor student behavior and assign consequences such as warnings, phone calls, detention, referrals, etc. Any staff members (teachers, administrators, student advisors, campus supervisors, and office personnel) may assign detention. Detention may be assigned for, but not limited to, excessive tardiness (see “Tardiness” section), littering, chewing gum, disrupting class, not following school rules, engaging in horseplay, not returning a signed form or paper for class in a timely fashion, and using inappropriate language. Detention must be served the next school day after it is assigned. With the exclusion of zero period students, all detentions are served before school.

For students enrolled in zero period only, detention will be served after school on Tuesday or Thursday in a designated classroom beginning at 3:05 p.m. Detentions issued on Thursday, Friday, and Monday must be served on Tuesday after school. Detentions issued on Tuesday and Wednesday will be served on Thursday after school. Students with a regular seven period day and students enrolled in Surf P.E. may not use the after school option for serving detention.

Detention is held in a classroom under adult supervision. Students are expected to arrive on time, enter the room quietly, and sit silently during the detention. Students arriving late to detention are not admitted and receive no credit for serving.

The process for serving detention is as follows:

  • A 30 minute detention must be served at one time (not 15 minutes one day and 15 minutes the next).
  • A 45-minute detention must be served 30 minutes the first day and 15 minutes the next day.
  • Two separate 15-minute detention assignments must be served as one 30-minute assignment on the same day.
  • There is no detention on Late Start days. You must serve the detention the following day.

The student is responsible for completing a detention report form, obtaining a parent signature on the form, and returning the form to the detention supervisor as a “ticket” into the detention room. After serving the detention, the student is to return the form (signed by both the parent and the detention supervisor) to the staff member who assigned the detention.

Consequences for Accumulating Detentions:

Consequences for Not Completing Detentions:

Detention must be served the next school day after it is assigned.

  • If detention is not served on the first day, an additional fifteen minutes is assigned. The total time is to be served the following day.
  • If detention is not served on the second day, the student will be given an office referral by the assigning staff member.
  • If a student accumulates 60 minutes of unserved detention, they may be assigned a Saturday school.

 

Dress Code Policy

There appears to be a definite relationship among good dress habits, good work habits, and proper school behavior. Recognizing the relationship between personal dress and personal attitude, MBMS staff members encourage students to dress in a manner that demonstrates pride both in themselves and in their school. The following guidelines apply to all regular school activities:

  1. Shoes appropriate for school activities must be worn at all times. Footwear standards are maintained for the prevention of accidents and injury. Shoes with high heels, backless shoes, open toe shoes, skate shoes, and roller shoes are not permitted on campus.
  2. Clothing and jewelry shall be safe and free of writing, pictures, or any other insignia which are crude, vugar, profane, or sexually suggestive or which advocate racial, ethnic, or religious prejudice or the use of drugs or alcohol.
  3. Hats, bandannas, or head coverings of any type may not be worn indoors on the MBMS campus. Students are allowed to wear a hat for sun protection during nutrition, lunch and P.E.
  4. No clothing, article of clothing, or manner of wearing clothes which is inappropriately revealing, distracting, or disruptive to the educational program shall be worn on campus or at school activities. At MBMS, shoulder straps on all shirts must be at least 1/2 inch wide. Shirts worn beneath overalls must also cover the stomach and have straps that are 1/2 inch wide. Shirts need to be long enough to cover the midriff when a student raises his/her arms. Bare midriffs and low-cut tops are not allowed. Underwear and bra straps may not be visible. Skirts and shorts need to be longer than the tip of the thumb as arms hang straight down at the side. Clothing needs to be free of holes in areas that need to be covered as defined by the dress code.
  5. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed and not disruptive to the educational process. Students may not spray their hair with any coloring that would drip when wet.
  6. No student shall wear any article of clothing, jewelry, or accessory which, in the opinion of the school administration, poses a threat to the physical well being and safety of the student or others (for example spiked collars, chains on wallets, unsafe shoes, or bare feet).
  7. No clothing or any article of clothing (including, but not limited to gloves, bandannas, hats, shoes, shoestrings, wristbands, jewelry, or manner of wearing clothing) related to a group or gang that may provoke others to act violently or to be intimidated by fear of violence, shall be worn on campus or at any school activity. Gang-related clothing may vary and may change from year to year. Consequently, the principal, or his/her designee, shall have the authority to identify and disallow such gang attire.

The principal, staff, students, and parents/ guardians at each school may establish reasonable dress and grooming regulations for times when students are engaged in extra-curricular or other special school activities. Students who violate the dress code will receive one warning and may be asked to change into appropriate clothing. Further infractions of the dress code policy will receive the following consequences:

  1. The student will change into the P.E. uniform for the remainder of the day.
  2. The student’s inappropriate attire will be confiscated.
  3. The studentmay serve detention.
  4. Repeated infractions will result in a Saturday school.

 

Dropping Off and Picking Up Students

In the interest of student safety, students should be dropped off and picked up in the school parking lot or on a nearby residential street with access to the school crossing guards. Because of traffic and safety concerns, students who are dropped off or picked up on Redondo Avenue or Manhattan Beach Boulevard must use the crosswalk when crossing the street. Students walking and riding bicycles to and from school will be assisted by a crossing guard at the following intersections: Manhattan Beach Boulevard at Meadows Avenue, Manhattan Beach Boulevard at Peck Avenue, Redondo Avenue at 15th Street, and Manhattan Beach Boulevard at Redondo Avenue. Adult supervisors assist with the flow of traffic in and out of the drop off lane each morning. There are two lanes in the drop off area. The right is for dropping off; the left is for driving through. Please obey the requests of the campus supervisors and treat them with courtesy and respect. Parents dropping off students may not drive through or park in the staff parking lot.

Electives

Yearlong music electives for all students include cadet band, concert band, and symphonic band; cadet strings, string orchestra, and chamber orchestra; Neptune chorus, mermaid chorus, seaside chorale, and senior wave chorus. Music students take part in scheduled performances that are held throughout the school year and also participate in musical festivals throughout the area. Seventh and eighth grade students may also choose to run for a leadership position as a member of the leadership class. For further information regarding leadership class, please see the “ASB” section of this handbook. Seventh and eighth grade students may apply for special yearlong options such as journalism, drama, art, science, yearbook, teacher's assistant, and others.

Electronic Devices

Students are not allowed to listen or use computers, tablets,radios, cameras, video cameras, CD or DVD players, tape recorders, video games, laser pointers, iPods, or TVs during class at any time unless directed by a teacher. Such items will be confiscated. Confiscated items will be returned only to the parents. If students bring such items to school the items should be locked in the student’s P.E. locker during the day.

Elevator Use

Elevators are available to students who are unable to access the stairs. If a student requires the use of an elevator, he/she should report to the health office before school. The health assistant will help the student make arrangements to meet an adult who will assist him/her in using the elevator. Keys to the elevator will not be given to individual.

Emergency Information

Parents must notify the school office in writing immediately of any change in address, phone number, employment, or emergency information. It is critical that more than one adult be listed on the emergency card at separate daytime phone numbers. Students will be released only to adults who are listed on the emergency card.

Expulsion

Expulsion is an action taken by the Board of Trustees for severe or prolonged breaches of discipline by a student. Except for single acts of a grave nature, expulsion is usually used only when there is a history of misconduct, when other forms of discipline, including suspension, have failed to bring about proper conduct, or when a student’s presence causes a danger to him/herself or others. (Education Code 48915)

If the Board of Trustees is considering the expulsion of a suspended student from any school or the suspension of a student for the balance of the semester from continuation school, the superintendent or designee may, in writing, extend the suspension until such time as the Board of Trustees has made a decision. (Education Code 48911 (g))

Whether the expulsion hearing is conducted in closed or public session by the Board of Trustees, a hearing officer, or administrative panel, the action to expel must be taken by the Board of Trustees at a public meeting. If the Board of Trustees conducts the hearing and reaches a decision not to expel, this decision shall be final, and the student shall be reinstated immediately.

Upon ordering the expulsion, the Board of Trustees shall set a date when the student shall be reviewed for readmission to a school within the district. For a student expelled for an act listed under the mandatory provisions of Education Code 48915, this date shall be one year from the date the expulsion occurred, except that the Board of Trustees may set an earlier date on a case-by-case basis. For a student expelled for other acts, this date shall not be later than the last day of the semester following the date in which the expulsion occurred. (Education Code 48916)

Fighting

Fighting, even in self-defense, or promoting fighting either on or off campus (including the park, on the way home, or on the way to school) is not tolerated. Rough horseplay or play fighting will be treated as seriously as “real” fights. Consequences may include parent/student/student advisor conference, Saturday Schoolsuspension, and/or expulsion for repeated offenses.

 

Fire & Disaster Drills

As required by law, fire/disaster drills are practiced on a regular basis. In the event of a fire drill or an actual fire, students are to line up in a single-file line and exit the classroom/building in a quiet and orderly manner by following the exit routes posted in each classroom.

Each teacher will lead his/her class and walk to a designated place away from the building. Once they have arrived at the designated area, students will line up by classroom, and the classroom teacher will take roll.

In the event of a disaster, all personnel and students will be evacuated to the P.E. field. For safety reasons, students are not to leave school grounds without the proper release procedures. Emergency card information is particularly important in an emergency situation. Families are encouraged to develop an emergency plan to assist in communication in times of disaster.

Food and Candy

Eating any type of food or candy during class or in the hallways, restrooms, library, or locker rooms is prohibited. Nutrition and lunch times are provided for students to eat nutritious meals and snacks. Students are not allowed to eat upstairs during either nutrition or lunch. Students who violate this rule will be given detention.

Food Deliveries/Forgotten Lunches

Food/beverage deliveries by local eateries and delivery services are not permitted for students. If a student persists in violating this request, detention may be issued.

If a parent wishes to deliver a meal for a special event, this is allowed on an occasional basis only. Parent/s must wait outside the locked front gate to personally deliver food to their student.

If a lunch is forgotten at home, a parent may deliver it to the school clearly marked with the student’s name. The lunch will be placed in an unmonitored hallway near the front office. Please try to remember to bring your nutrition snacks and lunch.

GATE

Students who were identified as GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) students in Manhattan Beach elementary schools are automatically qualified to participate in GATE at the middle school. Students entering MBUSD for the first time need to meet the district's criteria for qualification. One criterion of the qualification process involves taking a test, offered once per school year. Parents interested in having their children take the GATE test should contact the office.

Gender Equity

MBMS students, parents, and staff are treated equally regardless of gender. Staff members have been trained to assure that male and female students have equal access to educational and extracurricular opportunities at Manhattan Beach Middle School.

Grading Scale

The following grading scale applies to all assignments, quizzes, and tests at MBMS:

Gum

Gum is strictly forbidden anywhere on the MBMS campus. If a student is found chewing gum, he/she will be assigned a minimum of fifteen minutes of detention and a maximum of Saturday School, depending on the frequency of the infraction.

Hall Passes

Students are required to have teacher permission to be out of the classroom during instructional periods.

Hallways

To ensure a safe and secure campus, students should not be in any hallway during nutrition or lunch. “See Food and Candy.”

Headings

All students at MBMS will use a common heading on the top right-hand corner of all written assignments:

Suzy Wave
September 9, 2007
Science, Period 5

Health Services

No type of medication, prescription or non-prescription, can be administered by school personnel without the appropriate form signed by both the physician and the parent. This form will be kept on file in the health office. The physician must include the name of the medication, strength, scheduled dosage, and expiration date. Medication must be in the original container and brought by the parent to the health office where it will be kept in a locked cabinet. This guideline applies to both short-term and long-term medications.

If your child requires medication to sustain life, (e.g., seizure medication) even if it is not normally taken at school, please pick up a form in the health office to be completed and signed by your child's physician. Bring the completed form along with a three-day supply of the medication to the health office to be used in case of emergency.

If a student sustains an injury that requires wearing a brace or cast, crutches or other orthopedicappliances, or a wheelchairmust provide the health office with a physician's note indicating any restrictions and/or instructionsfor care that may apply while at school (e.g., physical education excuse).

It is often difficult to know whether children are too sick to attend school. For his/her well being as well as that of his/her classmates, a student should stay home if he/she displays one or more of the following symptoms:

  • vomiting or diarrhea
  • fever measured at 100°F or above
  • severe cold symptoms that include constant cough and/or excessive nasal drainage
  • flu symptoms accompanied by fever, body aches, headache or sore throat

A child diagnosed with strep throat or conjunctivitis (pinkeye) may return to school after twenty-four hours of physician prescribed medication. Please keep in mind that the purpose of these guidelines is to protect students and staff. If a student displays symptoms such as those mentioned above, parents will be contacted, and the student may be sent home from school.

The following health screenings are conducted during the school year at no cost to parents: vision and hearing (eighth grade) and Scoliosis (seventh grade girls and eighth grade boys). The vision and hearing screenings will be held in the fall. All screenings are mandatory by law unless they violate the religious beliefs of the family. Parents may submit a written statement to the school health assistant requesting to excuse a student from a health screening.

Parents of students must submit evidence of immunizations against polio, rubeola (measles), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), mumps, and rubella (German measles). Students who have had measles are exempt from measles immunization requirements. In order to attend classes on the first day of school, seventh grade students must have proof that a second MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) has been administered and the hepatitis B series has been initiated. All students enrolling in the school from outside California are required to have evidence of a tuberculosis skin test (Mantoux test) at the time of enrollment.

Homework/Classwork Make-Up

Homework is an important reinforcement and extension of the curriculum taught in the classroom. The guideline for homework at MBMS is an average of twenty minutes per subject each evening. Parents of students who consistently exceed this guideline are encouraged to contact the teacher(s) and develop an appropriate plan.

It is the student’s responsibility to find out and make up class work and homework missed during his/her absence from class. Students are expected to have homework partners “study buddies” who should be called to find out about missed class work and assignments. Some teachers use a web site to publish homework assignments; therefore, students are also encouraged to check individual teacher web sites for additional homework information.Students are encouraged to use apps such as Notability, Evernote, or the standard Notes app on their iPad as a resource for this information. Students should have at least two study buddies in each class. Students with an excused absence for three days or more may contact the school secretary at (310) 545-4878 extension 3020 for a homework request. Assignments may be picked up after 3:30 p.m. on the day after the request. Teachers are not able to e-mail, phone, or fax homework assignments to absent students.

Honor Roll

MBMS recognizes the achievements of students who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher (see Report Cards) on the first and/or second trimester report card of the school year.

A ceremony for all academic honor roll members and their parents will be held in the spring after the second trimester concludes. Students who have earned a place on the first and/or second trimester academic honor roll will be sent an invitation with the details. Students who are honored will receive an honor roll certificate during the ceremony.

Identification Card

Students are required to carry their MBMS I.D. card at school. Students take their picture for and receive their I.D. cards during summer registration. The first card is free of charge, but replacement cards cost $10.00 each. I.D. cards are required to enter social events such as dances and to check out library materials. They may also be used as a debit card to purchase breakfast, nutrition, and/or lunch. Students are not allowed to deface or write on their I.D. cards. Students are responsible for the $10.00 cost of replacing cards that are broken or defaced. For more information, see "Lunch and Nutrition."

Independent Study

Parents may request an independent study contract for a planned absence of five days or more. Independent study is not provided for absences less than five days. Parents must first contact the MBMS Attendance Clerk (310-545-4878 select option #1) at least one week in advance for official approval and collection of assignments. Students will have three school days after their return to turn in all assignments. If a student will be absent five days or more and a request for an independent study was not submitted, teachers are not required to provide the student's assignments before the absence. If a student on independent study does not fulfill the contract, his/her grade will be affected. Students must be prepared to make-up all missed exams when they return. As it is important to attend school on a daily basis, parents are encouraged to make travel plans on school holidays and weekends only. Tests will not be given early to accommodate vacations.

Inhalers

If your child has a diagnosis of asthma, it is strongly recommended that an inhaler be kept at school for your child in the event of an emergency. Students in the sixth grade and above may carry their own inhalers with the approved paperwork. During physical education class, students with asthma are encouraged to wear a waist pack and carry their inhaler at all times. It is recommended that these students also keep a backup inhaler in the health office. Please encourage your child to communicate with the teacher or any adult when he/she is experiencing asthma symptoms so that the medication may be administered in a timely manner.

Library

The MBMS library is an excellent resource for research and leisure reading. Students are encouraged to use the library regularly. Students may check library materials out for a period of two weeks. Magazines may be checked out for a two-day period. The library is usually open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The MBMS library has an extensive reference section for use in the library only. Fines are not charged for overdue items, but students may not check out additional materials until overdue materials are returned. Students will receive overdue notices in their homerooms. No books will be checked out during Reading period.

A special area within the library is equipped with computers available for student use between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. for school purposes (no e-mail, chat-rooms, games, etc.).

library pass must be filled out and initialed by a teacher before a student is allowed to visit the library during a class period. Click here for a library pass. MBMS classroom behavior rules apply in the library. Food, beverages, candy, and gum are not allowed in the library.

MBMSDigital Library http://www.mbms.lib.overdrive.com

Lost & Found

Items left in classrooms or on the school grounds may be turned in to the main office where they will be available for a day before being moved to the lost and found closet. The lost and found closet is located in a corridor near the main office. Students and parents may claim lost articles before or after school. Valuable items such as wallets, glasses, jewelry, and keys will be kept in the main office. Unclaimed items will be donated to a charity every two weeks.

Lottery Tickets

Lottery tickets are incentives that students may earn from their teachers. Information on the lottery ticket must be completed, and then the student should place the ticket in a special lottery ticket box. Lottery drawings are held at lunch every Thursday. Students may win prizes such as sports gear, movie passes, food coupons, etc. Lottery tickets are not transferable to other students.

Lunch Activities

Students may check out sports equipment (such as soccer balls, basketballs, paddle tennis racquets and tennis balls, etc.) at lunch to use individually or with friends. Balls and other equipment may be used on the blacktop or field; balls are not allowed on the main plaza, near classrooms, or in hallways. Equipment may be checked out by using the MBMS I.D. card. Students are responsible for replacing lost or damaged equipment.

Lunch and Nutrition

Lunch is a thirty-five minute period of time. A variety of healthy and nutritious items are sold daily. Prices and vendors are subject to change. After students have finished their lunches, they may have access to the basketball courts, volleyball courts, and athletic fields. With the exception of water, no food or drinks are allowed on the blacktop or athletic fields.

Nutrition is a fifteen-minute period designed to allow students a chance to take a break and eat a snack. Students may either bring a snack from home or purchase one during nutrition. No students are allowed in the P.E. area during nutrition.

Cash or student identification cards can be used with the food services (debit card) system to purchase food. Students participating in the food services debit card program will give their identification card to a cafeteria staff member to be scanned. A machine will automatically debit the student’s account. It is important that students not share their cards and/or student I.D. number with any other students. Students are warned when their accounts are running low. To add money to a student’s account, students and/or parents must report to the food services office near the Beach Café to make deposits. Deposits must be made in the form of a check payable to MBUSD Food Services. Please make sure to note the student’s first and last name and four-digit student identification number (found on his/her I.D. card) on the memo portion of the check. For questions regarding student accounts, please call (310) 545-4878 extension 3129. Information on eligibility for free or reduced lunch is available on the district website.

Lost or stolen I.D. cards will be replaced for $10.00 each. A balance in the student account at the end of the school year may be used in the next school year. Remaining balances for eighth grade students will automatically be transferred to the high school at the end of the school year. No funds are available for borrowing lunch money.

Food and drinks are to be consumed in the lower level plaza and lunch shelter areas only. All garbage and trash must be placed in the cans provided. No food is allowed in hallways, anywhere upstairs, on the volleyball or basketball courts, or in the P. E. area.

Parents may want to have students pack a non-perishable snack or have a $3.00 emergency fund in their backpacks just in case a lunch is forgotten at home or the student’s debit account runs low.

Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF)

The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation (MBEF) is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 to bridge gaps in public funding for Manhattan Beach schools. The MBEF provides a means for schools, individuals and businesses to work together to help children achieve their potential in an increasingly complex, interesting and challenging world by providing the resources for a broad, engaging curriculum beyond what can be offered through public school funding.

The Foundation’s mission has expanded dramatically along with its fundraising goals and strategies to prevent core program cuts, provide safety and security, and meet other basic needs that emerged as state funding continues to decline. In 2011-12, the Foundation raised more than $4.7 million through the Annual Appeal. Working on behalf of all families with school-age children, the MBEF provides financial resources to fund programs that would not otherwise be available for our kids. MBEF has a strong, committed volunteer board with an ambitious vision: to go beyond its role as a stop-gap funder of “good schools” and begin to create “dream schools.”

If you would like more information about this organization, please visit their website at www.mbef.org. If you have questions or would like to volunteer or attend a general board meeting, you can call MBEF at (310) 303-3342.

Off-Grounds Request

Students who must leave school during school hours are to bring a note signed by a parent with the following information: the full name of the student, the reason for the off-grounds request, the time the student needs to leave campus, the name of the person picking up the student, and whether or not the student intends to return to school that same day. This note must be given to the period one (homeroom) teacher at the beginning of class. The student is responsible for leaving class at the appropriate time and meeting the authorized adult in the office to sign out before leaving campus. The adult picking up the student may be required to show identification and must sign the off-grounds request.

For safety reasons, students may not be released by telephone or fax communication. Students may only leave campus with one of the specific adults listed on the emergency card unless the note states that another person is authorized to pick up the student.

If an emergency arises and the student must be taken out of school early, the parent should call the office as early as possible before coming to pick up the student. An off-grounds request will be completed, and a call slip will be sent to the student. Parents who have not sent in a note or called before coming to the office will have to wait for the student to be called out of class.

Organizational Skills

Learning to be a responsible and well-organized student is an important part of middle school. Because organizational skills are so critical, having the supplies necessary for each class is part of each student’s work habits grade. Student names should be on all belongings, including backpacks. The following materials are expected to be in the notebook/binder:

  • notebook dividers or folders for each class period
  • lined notebook paper
  • sharpened pencils
  • pens
  • erasers
  • calculator
  • plastic zipper pouch
  • highlighter

Additional supplies may be required for certain classes. Teachers will notify parents of necessary supplies at the beginning of the school year.

Parking

Parents are allowed to park in visitor parking spaces only. Handicapped parking is available and clearly designated. When parking on the street, please note the street sweeping times posted by the city.

Permit Agreements

Students who do not live in Manhattan Beach are required to obtain an interdistrict permit and maintain acceptable standards of behavior and academic performance. Students living in cities outside of Manhattan Beach may be granted permits to attend MBUSD schools if space is available and the students meet the district's permit requirements. A student's interdistrict attendance permit may be revoked at any time if academic performance, attendance, and/or behavior are unsatisfactory as determined by the District. An interdistrict attendance permit may also be revoked at any time for the student's failure to comply with any additional requirements/conditions set forth in the Interdistrict Attendance Agreement. A student's interdistrict attendance permit may be nonrenewed or revoked by the District at any time if material information provided on the application form, or provided in support of an application, is discovered to be false or misleading. These interdistrict permits must be renewed every year.

Physical Education

Boys and girls are expected to dress for and participate in physical education class each day. The MBMS Physical Education department requires each student to wear a gray T-shirt and navy blue shorts. A uniform with the MBMS logo on both the T-shirt and shorts is available. Supportive tennis shoes and socks must also be worn; platform tennis shoes may not be worn. Students may wear sweatpants and a sweatshirt in cold weather as long as the attire was not worn to school. Clothing may become dirty during physical education class and therefore is not appropriate for a student to wear throughout the rest of the day. During the swim unit, a one-piece bathing suit and towel are required. The student’s name must be written with permanent marker on the outside of all pieces of P.E. clothing. Showers are optional.

The optional MBMS T-shirt ($10.00), navy blue shorts ($13.00), and sweatshirt ($20.00) may be purchased in the main office (checks only, made payable to the MBMS PTA), or online by clicking here.

Students are issued a locker and a combination lock to store street clothes and personal belongings during the P.E. period. Students must replace any lost locks at a cost of $10.00. Personal locks are not allowed. Each student is responsible for maintaining his/her assigned lock. Because of the amount of time needed to investigate a locker room theft, failure to keep the lock in place and locked will result in a warning the first time and detention for any occurrence thereafter.

Any student who misses P.E. because of an absence or written excuse is still responsible for the work missed. A student with a note excusing him/her from P.E. must present the note to his/her P.E. teacher before the class begins. A parent may write a P.E. excuse note for no more than three consecutive days. To request an extension of this excuse, a doctor’s note must be submitted to the health office.

President’s Education Awards program

The President’s Education Awards program, established by the U.S. Department of Education, recognizes and honors outstanding academic achievement. This award was established to encourage students to achieve high academic standards by recognizing and rewarding them for educational excellence maintained throughout their middle school careers. Eighth grade students earning this honor receive a special certificate signed by the President. To be eligible for the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Grade Point Average - Students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 through the second trimester of the eighth grade year (a total of eight trimesters - three in sixth grade, three in seventh grade, and two in eighth grade).
  2. Standardized Achievement Test - Students must score in the 85th percentile or higher on their total math or total reading score on the statewide standardized achievement tests.

Probation

The number of detention minutes served by each student is tracked. Any student who earns 180 minutes of detention will be assigned Saturday school. Students who receive Saturday school or who are suspended for one or more days will lose the privilege to participate in the next dance or celebration. Students with continual or severe behavioral problems will be required to attend a student study team meeting (SST) to create a plan for improvement. If the disruptive behavior continues, the student may be referred to the School Attendance and Review Board (SARB). SARB is a community and school-based program that provides intensive guidance and coordinates community service delivery to students with school attendance and/or behavioral problems.

Progress Reports

In order to inform parents of potential academic and/or citizenship and work habits concerns, progress reports are mailed home after the first six weeks of each trimester. Students who are earning a C- grade or lower, and/or an N (Needs Improvement) or U (Unsatisfactory) in citizenship and/or work habits at the mid-trimester marking period (six weeks into the new trimester) may receive this warning. Parents are encouraged to contact the teacher(s) who sent home a progress report in order to discuss methods of improvement and support for the student.

Promotion Requirements

Eighth grade students must meet the following eligibility requirements during the final trimester in order to participate in the promotion activities at the end of the year:

  1. Participation in the promotion ceremony is based on adherence to academic achievement. In order to participate in the promotion ceremony, students must be promoting to the high school. If a student is to be retained in the eighth grade, he/she is ineligible to participate in the promotion ceremony. Students who are ineligible to participate in the promotion ceremony are also ineligible to participate in the promotion celebration.
  2. Participation in the promotion celebration is based on behavior standards during the third trimester. In order to attend the promotion celebration, students may not earn:
  • more than one U (Unsatisfactory) mark in work habits
  • more than one U (Unsatisfactory) mark in citizenship
  • more than one day of suspension
  • more than one day of Saturday school
  • one suspension and one Saturday school

Reading Log

Check your teacher's website or ebackpack page for more information. Reading Log PDF

Reading Time

Students will be involved in a fifteen-minute silent reading program every day. This time provides students the opportunity to apply reading skills and encourages reading for pleasure. It is not a time to do schoolwork. Students are required to have a book (not a magazine or comic book) for reading each day. Books are available in the library for students to check out; some teachers have a collection of books in their classrooms. The school’s goal is for each student to read at least six books over the course of the year during this sustained silent reading time.

Report Cards

All MBMS students receive report cards three times per year - once every trimester. Students receive academic grades as well as citizenship and work habits grades. Grade point averages are computed on a four-point scale:

All classes (including P. E., exploratory, and the optional zero period) count toward the total grade point average. Report cards will either be mailed or hand carried home at the end of each trimester.

Saturday School Program

Saturday school is a program designed as an alternative form of discipline. Under the supervision of a teacher, students participate in a program that is both beneficial to themselves and their school. Saturday school may be used as an alternative to suspension. Students are assigned Saturday school for committing offenses including, but not limited to suspendable offenses, fighting, truancy, or accumulating an excessive amount of detention time. The student may not attend the next dance or celebration. Saturday school begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 12:00 p.m. Students who are late will not be admitted. Students who are absent from an assigned Saturday school will be assigned an in-school suspension the following Monday in addition to the original Saturday school, which will be made up at the next scheduled Saturday schools. The schedule may include the following:

  • Two hours of silent study. Students must bring books to study, assignments to complete, and/or books to read. Magazines are not accepted as schoolwork.
  • Two hours of school service. School service will consist of tasks such as cleaning, gardening, removing gum, removing litter from campus, helping a teacher in a classroom, etc.

 

Schedule of Classes

Click here to view the bell schedule. Updated as of 9/22/15)

Science School

All sixth grade students have the opportunity to attend a weeklong (five days and four nights) outdoor science school in the spring. The curriculum consists of approximately twenty-five hours of outdoor study in the areas of life, earth, and physical science. A general parent orientation meeting will be held to inform parents about the curriculum and cost of science school. Scholarships (partial or full) will be provided to students on an as-needed basis.

Scooters

See “Bicycles

Sexual Harassment

The MBMS staff is committed to keeping the school free from sexual harassment. Sexual harassment can consist of unwelcome sexual advances; request for sexual behaviors; verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature made by a student or adult in the educational setting. Students who violate the school’s policy on sexual harassment will be disciplined appropriately (see “Suspension” or “Expulsion”). Any employee who permits or engages in sexual harassment may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

Students or adults should report any sexual harassment to the school principal, assistant principal, a student advisor, or a teacher. When at all possible it is beneficial to resolve a sexual harassment issue at the school site; however, if further action is needed to resolve the harassment, adults/students may contact the superintendent at the district office.

The district prohibits retaliation against any participant in the complaint process. Each complaint shall be investigated promptly and in a way that respects the privacy of all parties concerned. For additional information, please refer to the district Board policies (BP 0410, BP 4119.11, and BP 5145.7) pertaining to sexual harassment or "Uniform Complaint Policy" in this handbook.

 

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Special Education

Special education services offered at Manhattan Beach Middle School include the Resource Specialist Program (RSP), academic skills and Basic Skillls. The Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) team is responsible for recommending appropriate placement in the least restrictive environment. The IEP team also recommends appropriate accommodations and modifications for students. All students with disabilities have access to the standards based curriculum via accommodations, goals/objectives, and/or modifications.

Student Advisors

Adolescence is an important time when students require social and emotional guidance. In order to provide for these affective needs, a student advisor (counselor) is assigned to each grade level of students. The student advisor will remain with the same group of students throughout their three years at MBMS in order to facilitate a strong bond between student and advisor. Parents will also have the opportunity to know this advisor well during the three years he/she serves the students. The student advisor will provide individual, small group, and classroom guidance sessions. Student advisors will assist the students in successfully managing home, school, and social issues. Click here to see the contact information for the student advisors.

Student Attendance Review Team (SART)

The Student Attendance Review Team (SART) is a program recommended by the California Department of Education to stem excessive absences and/or tardies that lead to academic difficulties. The SART program provides parents with a method for communicating their child’s attendance issues with school officials before those issues require more severe interventions. The SART process includes parent conferences that are conducted in person or by phone. If SART interventions are not fulfilled and absences and/or tardies continue, a referral to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB) will be necessary.

Student Study Team

Students who are experiencing significant difficulty in their schoolwork and/or behavior may be referred to the school’s Student Study Team. This group maybe comprised of various school personnel, the student’s parent(s), and the student. The Student Study Team develops a plan that includes recommendations and directives to enable the student to become successful. Student Study Team referrals may be initiated by teachers, student advisors, or parents.

Suspension

A pupil may not be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion unless the superintendent, the principal of the school, or his/her designee determines that the pupil has committed an act as defined pursuant to one or more of subdivisions Education Code 48900 (a) to (u), inclusive:

  1. (1) Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person. (2) Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense.
  2. Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object, unless, in the case of possession of any object of this type, the pupil had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certificated school employee, which is concurred in by the principal or the designee of the principal.
  3. Unlawfully possessed, used, sold, or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of, any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind.
  4. Unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind, and then either sold, delivered, or otherwise furnished to any person another liquid, substance, or material and represented the liquid, substance, or material as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant.
  5. Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
  6. Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.
  7. Stolen or attempted to steal school property or private property.
  8. Possessed or used tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including, but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel. However, this section does not prohibit use or possession by a pupil of his or her own prescription products.
  9. Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
  10. Unlawfully possessed or unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia, as defined in Section 11014.5 of the Health and Safety Code.
  11. Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties.
  12. Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.
  13. Possessed an imitation firearm. As used in this section, "imitation firearm" means a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm.
  14. Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault as defined in Section 261, 266c, 286, 288, 288a, or 289 of the Penal Code or committed a sexual battery as defined in Section 243.4 of the Penal Code.
  15. Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness, or both.
  16. Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug Soma.
  17. A pupil may not be suspended or expelled for any of the acts enumerated unless that act is related to school activity or school attendance occurring within a school under the jurisdiction of the superintendent or principal or occurring within any other school district. A pupil may be suspended or expelled for acts that are enumerated in this section and related to school activity or attendance that occur at any time, including, but not limited to, any of the following: (1) While on school grounds. (2) While going to or coming from school. (3) During the lunch period whether on or off the campus. (4) During, or while going to or coming from, a school sponsored activity.
  18. A pupil who aids or abets, as defined in Section 31 of the Penal Code, the infliction or attempted infliction of physical injury to another person may suffer suspension, but not expulsion, pursuant to the provisions of this section, except that a pupil who has been adjudged by a juvenile court to have committed, as an aider and abettor, a crime of physical violence in which the victim suffered great bodily injury or serious bodily injury shall be subject to discipline pursuant to subdivision (a).
  19. As used in this section, "school property" includes, but is not limited to, electronic files and databases.
  20. A superintendent or principal may use their discretion to provide alternatives to suspension or expulsion, including, but not limited to, counseling and an anger management program, for a pupil subject to discipline under this section.
  21. It is the intent of the Legislature that alternatives to suspensions or expulsion be imposed against any pupil who is truant, tardy, or otherwise absent from school activities.

Education Code 48900.1.

  1. The governing board of each school district shall adopt a policy authorizing teachers to provide that the parent or guardian of a pupil who has been suspended by a teacher pursuant to Section 48910 for reasons specified in subdivision (i) or (k) of Section 48900, attend a portion of a school day in his or her child's or ward's classroom. The policy shall take into account reasonable factors that may prevent compliance with a notice to attend. The attendance of the parent or guardian shall be limited to the class from which the pupil was suspended.
  2. The policy shall be adopted pursuant to the procedures set forth in Sections 35291 and 35291.5. Parents and guardians shall be notified of this policy prior to its implementation. A teacher shall apply any policy adopted pursuant to this section uniformly to all pupils within the classroom. The adopted policy shall include the procedures that the district will follow to accomplish the following: (1) Ensure that parents or guardians who attend school for the purposes of this section meet with the school administrator or his or her designee after completing the classroom visitation and before leaving the school site. (2) Contact parents or guardians who do not respond to the request to attend school pursuant to this section.
  3. If a teacher imposes the procedure pursuant to subdivision (a), the principal shall send a written notice to the parent or guardian stating that attendance by the parent or guardian is pursuant to law. This section shall apply only to a parent or guardian who is actually living with the pupil.
  4. A parent or guardian who has received a written notice pursuant to subdivision (c) shall attend class as specified in the written notice. The notice may specify that the parent's or guardian's attendance be on the day in which the pupil is scheduled to return to class, or within a reasonable period of time thereafter, as established by the policy of the board adopted pursuant to subdivision (a).

Education Code 48900.2.

In addition to the reasons specified in Section 48900, a pupil may be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion if the superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has committed sexual harassment as defined in Section 212.5. For the purposes of this chapter, the conduct described in Section 212.5 must be considered by a reasonable person of the same gender as the victim to be sufficiently severe or pervasive to have a negative impact upon the individual's academic performance or to create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. This section shall not apply to pupils enrolled in kindergarten and grades 1 to 3, inclusive.

Education Code 48900.3.

In addition to the reasons set forth in Sections 48900 and 48900.2, a pupil in any of grades 4 to 12, inclusive, may be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion if the superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of, hate violence, as defined in subdivision (e) of Section 233.

Education Code 48900.4.

In addition to the grounds specified in Sections 48900 and 48900.2, a pupil enrolled in any of grades 4 to 12, inclusive, may be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion if the superintendent or the principal of the school in which the pupil is enrolled determines that the pupil has intentionally engaged in harassment, threats, or intimidation, directed against school district personnel or pupils, that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to have the actual and reasonably expected effect of materially disrupting class work, creating substantial disorder, and invading the rights of either school personnel or pupils by creating an intimidating or hostile educational environment.

The following are conditions affecting a student under suspension from school:

  • The student is in complete custody and jurisdiction of his/her parents or legal guardian during the entire period of suspension.
  • The student is not to loiter on or about any school grounds at any time, or attend any school activities no matter where such activities may be taking place.

Tardiness

A student is considered tardy if not in his/her assigned seat and ready to perform the tasks of the class by the time the tardy bell rings. The only excused tardies are for illness and medical appointments. Adult emergencies are not legally excused tardies. Excessive tardies may affect a student’s citizenship grade.

Late to Class

  • If a student is tardy to school (later than 8:10 a.m.), he/she is to report directly to the office.
  • In all classes, the third tardy in any given trimester results in a fifteen-minute detention assignment given by the classroom teacher.
  • For each additional tardy in any one class in the same trimester, a fifteen minute detention is assigned.
  • Students who are tardy in excess of thirty minutes more than three school days in one school year are considered truant. See "Truancy" in this handbook for more information.
  • An excessive number of tardies may result in a referral to the Student Attendance Review Team (SART) or School Attendance Review Board (SARB).

 

Teacher & Office Assistants

Eighth grade students, serving as teacher assistants (TAs), aid teachers during one class period daily as their elective class for the entire school year. These students must be responsible, organized, and dependable and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. Seventh grade students applying to be teacher assistants in their eighth grade year may not have an unsatisfactory (U) in citizenship or work habits during the entire seventh grade year. Teacher assistants are selected through an application process in the spring for the following school year. When out of the classroom, all TAs are required to wear ID badges.

Technology Use

Technological tools and computer networks are to be used in a responsible, efficient, ethical, and legal manner by students in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District classrooms. Failure to adhere to the district’s policy and guidelines as outlined in the “technology use agreement” will result in revocation of the user’s access privileges and may result in disciplinary/legal action. A signed “technology use agreement” must be on file before technology privileges are granted.

Prohibited Use:

  • Unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material
  • Use of threatening or obscene material
  • Use for commercial activities
  • Use for product advertisement or political lobbying
  • Use of home computer products at school
  • Vandalism, which is defined as using any malicious attempt to harm or destroy technological hardware, networks, Internet access, documents, or programs, is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, creating or uploading/downloading inappropriate programs, viruses, or information.
  • Harassment, which is defined as annoying other users or interfering in other users’ work, is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, the sending of unwanted mail, improper telephone usage, and inappropriate electronic materials.

Appropriate Use:

  • Minimum competency must be demonstrated to use technologies.
  • Be polite and do not use vulgar or other offensive language.
  • Use caution when revealing personal information. Electronic communications are not guaranteed private.
  • Do not intentionally disrupt the network of other users.
  • Abide by accepted rules of network etiquette.

Security Precautions: If a student/user identifies a security problem, notify an instructor immediately.

  • Using another user’s ID, log-in, account, e-mail, web address, or phone code is prohibited.
  • Tampering with settings, moving, reconfiguring, or deliberately damaging/ defacing any technology equipment is prohibited.
  • Creating, demonstrating, or identifying a security problem to other students is prohibited.
  • Revealing your account/password or allowing another person to use your account is prohibited.

Any user violating these provisions, applicable state and federal laws, or classroom, school, and district rules is subject to loss of privileges and disciplinary options, including criminal prosecution. School and district administrators will make the final determinations on any computer violations and their decisions will be final.

Telephone Use

The office telephone may be used by students in case of an emergency only. Forgotten homework, school supplies, gym clothes, and arrangements for after school activities are not considered emergencies.

See also "Cellular Telephones."

Textbooks

Students will receive one set of textbooks to be kept at home for completing homework and for studying. A separate classroom set of textbooks will be stored in each classroom and handed out to students for class use. This system will alleviate the need for students to carry textbooks in their backpacks to and from school as well as during the school day. Since lockers are not available, students will need to carry lunches, notebooks, jackets and other personal items in their backpacks. Students will be charged for any lost or damaged textbooks.

Because of the prohibitive cost of textbooks, the school is unable to provide a second set of textbooks to students who split time between two homes. Parents interested in purchasing a second set of textbooks are encouraged to contact the publisher of each book directly. The homework club and MBMS library maintain a set of classroom texts from all subjects for student use.

Toys

Toys are not appropriate at school. Toys that disrupt classroom activities will be confiscated and returned at the teacher’s discretion. Students may check out balls and other equipment from the physical education equipment room in order to play games on the blacktop or field during lunch.

Truancy

When a student’s absence is unverified (unreported) or unexcused per state policy, the absence in one or more periods is considered truant. When a student accumulates 3 truancies, the parent will be notified by letter. When a student accumulates 6 truancies, the parent will receive a letter

requesting a meeting with the Student Attendance Review Team (SART). The SART, which includes the student and parent, will develop an attendance contract for the student and may issue consequences for noncompliance of the school attendance policy. If the SART contract is broken or if a student reaches 9 truancies, the student will receive a referral to the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) with possible loss of extracurricular activity participation.

Uniform Complaint Policy

Complaints

The following guidelines shall prescribe the manner in which complaints are handled:

  1. A "complaint" shall be defined as an alleged misapplication of the district's policies, regulations, rules, or procedures. Procedures for the resolution of employee complaints provide a route of appeal through administrative channels and to the Board, if necessary. If the complaint is related to discrimination, the district's procedure for complaints concerning discrimination should be used.
  2. If a complaint involves sexual harassment, the initial complaint should be made directly to the offending employee's immediate supervisor. An employee is not required to resolve sexual harassment complaints with the offending person. If the offending employee is the complainant's immediate supervisor, the complaint should then be directed to the director of human resources.
  3. So as not to interfere with school schedules, meetings related to a complaint shall be held before or after the complainant's regular working hours.
  4. All matters related to a complaint shall be kept confidential. Only those individuals directly involved in resolving the complaint shall be informed of the complaint.
  5. All documents, communications, and records dealing with the complaint shall be placed in a district complaint file. No such material shall be placed in an employee's personnel file.
  6. No reprisals shall be taken against any participant in a complaint procedure by reason of such participation.
  7. Time limits specified in these procedures may be reduced or extended in any specific instance by written mutual agreement of the parties involved. If specified or adjusted time limits expire, the complaint may proceed to the next step.
  8. Any complaint not taken to the next step within prescribed time limits shall be considered settled on the basis of the answer given at the preceding step.

Informal Complaints

Employees are encouraged to resolve complaints informally. Formal complaint procedures shall not be initiated unless informal efforts to resolve the complaint have been exhausted, and the complainant has provided a written description of such efforts.

Formal Complaint Procedure - Step One

If a complaint has not been satisfactorily resolved by informal procedures, the complainant may file a written complaint with the immediate supervisor or principal within sixty days of the act or event which is the subject of the complaint. Within five working days of receiving the complaint, the immediate supervisor or principal shall conduct any necessary investigation and meet with the complainant in an effort to resolve the complaint. The immediate supervisor or principal shall present all concerned parties with a written answer to the complaint within ten working days after the meeting.

Formal Complaint Procedure - Step Two

If a complaint has not been satisfactorily resolved at step one, the complainant may file the written complaint with the superintendent or designee within five working days of receiving the answer at step one. All information presented at step one shall be included with the complaint, and the immediate supervisor or principal shall submit to the superintendent or designee a report describing attempts to resolve the complaint at step one. Within five working days of receiving the complaint, the superintendent or designee shall conduct any necessary investigation and meet with the complainant in an effort to resolve the complaint. The superintendent or designee shall present all concerned parties with a written answer to the complaint within ten working days after the meeting.

Formal Complaint Procedure - Step Three

If a complaint has not been satisfactorily resolved at step two, the complainant may file a written appeal to the Governing Board within five working days of receiving the answer at step two. All information presented at steps one and two shall be included with the appeal, and the superintendent or designee shall submit to the Board a report describing attempts to resolve the complaint at step two. An appeal hearing shall be held at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting that falls at least twelve days after the appeal is filed. This hearing shall be held in closed session if the complaint relates to matters properly addressed in closed session.

Visitors on Campus

Visitors/volunteers are welcome on the MBMS campus. In order to guarantee the safety of all adults and students on campus, all visitors (including parents) must report to the office via the main entrance near the flagpoles to sign in, present a photo ID, and obtain a visitor’s badge. This badge must be worn at all times while on campus. Before leaving, visitors must report to the MBMS office to sign out, return the badge, and exit using the same route as described above.

 

Voice Mail

Parents may communicate with teachers via voice mail. To access this system, parents may dial the school phone number at (310) 545-4878 and then enter the extension number for the specific teacher. Calls from outside the school building will automatically go to the teacher's voice mail; the phone will not ring in the classroom.

Wave e-Newsletter

Once a month, on the first or second Wednesday, important notices and announcements about school events are posted on the PTA website. Parents are urged to review the information on the website so they are up-to-date regarding school activities and events.

MBMS Planner 2013-14 PDF

Websites

The MBMS website is excellent means of obtaining information regarding school events and announcements. The MBMS web address is www.mbmswaves.com. The district's web address is www.mbusd.org.

Our educational websites include: