Hartland School has high expectations for all students in both academics and personal conduct. This is especially true for middle school students who are expected to show leadership by serving as models of Hartland School citizenship for younger students. The middle school encompasses grades six, seven and eight.
Personal Responsibility & Communication
Middle School students are expected to take greater personal responsibility for their learning and behavior choices. To that end, the class schedule includes time during homeroom and middle school block for students to seek out teachers.
It is a Middle School Student’s responsibility:
- to maintain a planner of upcoming assignments, projects and tests
- to monitor their academic record in Power School and set goals accordingly. (see pg. 8)
- to seek out teachers for extra help
- to make up missing work in a timely manner (see page 2)
- to inform teachers that they will be absent from class due to pre-scheduled events such as band lessons, doctor’s appointments, high school “shadowing” visits, etc. (Notification must be made at least the day prior to any anticipated absence to the teacher(s) of the class(es) impacted by the absence and work missed due to the absence must be completed.)
- to hand in work from an anticipated absence the day of return to school
- to manage transitions between classes in a timely, organized fashion.
Middle School students move through the building with much greater independence than PreK-5 students. They are expected to be courteous of other classes as they pass by and to be role models for safe and decorous behavior. Hurtful/disrespectful comments, roughhousing and public displays of affection are not permitted in any part of the building or at school sponsored events.
Conduct Reflection Forms
Should a student require time to work on behavior choices that negatively impact their progress or that of others, an office referral or lunch detention may be issued. This will include disrespectful/disruptive behavior and chronic failure to complete assignments. Students will then be required to meet with a teacher during the lunch block to make a plan to address the area of need and a copy of the Conduct Reflection Sheet will be sent home. Students who receive three or more Conduct Reflection Sheets will be required to attend a meeting with their parent(s), teacher(s) and the school principal, where additional support measures and disciplinary actions including detention and/or loss of school privileges will result. The goal of these measures is to teach appropriate conduct both academically and socially.
At Hartland School, students are expected to be safe, respectful, and ready to learn. Respectful behavior includes the practice of academic integrity. Students who practice academic integrity do not copy the work of others or allow others to copy their work. Examples of work include, but are not limited to, classwork, homework, electronic or printed text or images, as well as test answers. Consequences for students who fail to practice academic integrity will be imposed.
Middle school science students and parents/guardians sign lab safety agreements and students learn appropriate lab safety procedures as part of the middle school science program. It is critically important that students understand the seriousness of these safety measures. Disciplinary consequences will take place for violations of the lab safety agreement and/or unsafe behavior in the science classroom.
Middle School Block
The Middle School Block is a study hall and extra help period intended to support students with developing the executive skills, habits and dispositions of self-directed learners. There will be varying degrees of structure and assistance during that time. Students will schedule extra help with classroom teachers to support instruction and/or make up missed work. Hartland School also provides a supported study hall in which students may work on specific organizational and study skills.
Transition to High School
Students in grades seven and eight are strongly encouraged to attend the Night of High School Exploration in October when information is presented about the high school selection and transition process. Area high schools also share information about their various procedures. Families need to submit either the Waiver Agreement for Voucher High Schools or the Designated High School Agreement form by December 1st. Families are also responsible for registering their student(s) at the school of their choice.
In order to assist eighth grade students to make their decision regarding high school selection, we encourage shadowing visits to the schools under consideration. Care should be taken to try to arrange visits during those times when Hartland School is not in session, as students are responsible for making up school work missed. If missing school is unavoidable, visits should be scheduled on those days when missing class will have the smallest impact. As the deadline for this decision is December 1st, we recommend that students visit schools under consideration by late fall. Students and their parents are responsible for scheduling visits.
Hot Lunch/Bagged Lunch & Snack
Students in grades seven and eight may have the privilege to choose one of three identified classrooms for their lunch period. Selections are made the first day of every other school week, and students are required to report to lunch in that classroom each day of those weeks thereafter. Students may bring a small morning snack to school as well. Students will learn when the appropriate snack time is when they go over schedules. Due to health and safety considerations, food may only be consumed during the times indicated and in the classrooms identified. (Students in grade six are assigned to their homeroom for lunch and snack.)
Lockers / Backpacks & Phones
Each Hartland School student is assigned a locker to store books, supplies, backpacks, outerwear, etc. Students are not permitted to carry backpacks from class to class. Lockers are built to easily accommodate all necessary items, especially if they remain litter free. Once students enter the building all cell phones and personal devices, other than those issued by the school, must be turned off and stored in each student’s backpack and locker. They may not be used during lunch or in the hallway. Inappropriate use of devices may result in their being confiscated; they will be returned to parents/guardians only.