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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Fukuyama, Francis. Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution. New York: Farrar, 2002.
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Eggins, Suzanne, and Diana Slade. Analyzing Casual Conversation. London: Cassell, 1997.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The following standards are expected of all students and adults:
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 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:
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.
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:
- 180 minutes of detention: Saturday school is assigned.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Students are required to have teacher permission to be out of the classroom during instructional periods.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.