July 27th, 2014
1)  Study Skills Information
2)  Honor Level Discipline System
3)  Criteria for Success
1)  Q Study Skills Information

Expectations and Guidelines for Success at Skyview


General Guidelines

Courtesy and Safety Guidelines

Classroom/Learning Guidelines

Cafeteria/Commons Guidelines

Clothing Guidelines

Behavior Expectations

Campus Guidelines

Textbook Guidelines




You are a member of Skyview's community and an active participant in your own learning. In order to make the most of your junior high experience and expand your personal success, take responsibility for your learning and behavior. Skyview is an exciting place to be. Be a part of it!


• Follow the guidelines of your grade level community.
• Listen carefully for instructions and information.
• Ask questions!
•Turn in assignments on time
Write in your school planner every day.


• Do your part in cooperative groups.
• Treat classmates, staff, and bus drivers with respect and consideration.
• Go out of your way to help others when you see a need.
• Participate fully!

" Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world. Indeed, that is the only thing that ever has."
Margaret Mead


In order to keep Skyview a safe place where ALL participants can learn, we must all show common courtesy and caring toward each other. Any act of harassment, hostility, defamation, lewdness, obscenity, or profanity in any form does not reflect the care and respect each member of the Skyview community deserves. Those involved will be severely disciplined. If any Skyview community member becomes aware of a potentially harmful situation, it is important to report that information to a staff member immediately.

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*Obey all reasonable requests of school staff members, including bus drivers, secretaries, custodians, cooks, nurse, instructional assistants, and campus supervisors.

*Behave in a manner that is considerate and safe. Disciplinary action will be taken if students act irresponsibly or without regard to safety. Examples of such actions include: running, pushing, and play fighting.

*No food, candy, or beverages should be consumed in the classrooms, hallways, gym, or on outside grounds unless pre-arranged by staff members.

*Gum chewing is absolutely not allowed at SKYVIEW. Honor Level discipline will be assigned. Gum at school often causes unsightly stains and is a health risk when stuck on floors, seats and lunch trays.

*Discipline will result for other types of activities including: Bullying, play fighting, running or pushing, spitting, selling items on campus without permission, participation in gambling, and intimidation or harassment of other students, either verbal or physical, and inappropriate public displays of affection.

*Distracting or inappropriate items brought to school will be confiscated and further discipline will result. Examples of items that will be confiscated include: water bottles, toys, squirt guns, matches, lighters, animals, fireworks, tobacco products, drug paraphernalia.

*It is strongly recommended that students not bring any electronic devices to school, as Skyview Junior High will not be held responsible for any loss due to damage and/or theft. However IF brought to school all items must be kept in your locker during school hours. Students must sign and turn in a school technology agreement.

*Skateboards are not allowed on campus for any reason at any time. Bikes should not be ridden while on campus, but parked in the racks provided.

Due to their disruptive effect on the operation of the school, specified behaviors may warrant immediate suspension. These inappropriate, potentially dangerous, or illegal acts are identified in the Northshore School District Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.

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* Skyview has a CLOSED CAMPUS, which means that once students arrive on campus they may not leave for any reason. Students are not to be out of class without a hall pass from the teacher. Visitors are not allowed on campus except for scheduled tours. All visitors need to check into the main office with our office manager, Mrs. Garrett. Visiting friends and relations of Skyview students may not attend school. If there are special circumstances, students will need to speak with Ms. Mark, Skyview principal, BEFORE bringing someone to school.

*While at school, students are expected to remain within the established campus boundaries. Off-limits areas include faculty areas, fields, parking lots, and garden areas.

*In consideration of those students and teachers who are in class during lunchtime, the hallways are off-limits to lunch students. In order to go to the library or computer lab at lunch, students should get a hall pass before lunch from the librarian or the computer lab aide. Loitering in the hallways or in the bathrooms is not permitted. If attending an after-school function, students are expected to stay in the activity area. Activities such as dances are for Skyview students only.



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Grades are based on written work and participation in class. Grades will suffer with absences. If you have to miss school:
• Check with a responsible classmate about make-up work and lesson notes, then check with the teacher about the date that it is due.
• Schedule missed tests and quizzes with the teacher.
• Major projects must be turned in on the date due regardless of absence.

In classes where participation is the primary mode of learning, credit toward a grade is dependent on regular attendance. Examples of these types of classes are PE, science labs, and music performance.

Students will be marked tardy if they are not seated and ready to work at the start of class.

Homework is to be completed before class and is due when the class begins. Long term projects should be started the night they are assigned.

Take clear and concise notes on each lesson. Your notes should be reviewed on a regular basis, optimally within 24 hours of taking them, to increase memory retention of information.

Students are expected to come to class prepared with the necessary materials and supplies as outlined by my teacher. All other personal and school belongings should be stored in each student's locker. Keeping lockers clean and neat is reflective of an organized student.

5. CHEATING: ( Rights and Responsibilities Handbook II.B.4.h )
Cheating is in direct conflict with the Skyview educational philosophy. Cheating may take many forms, but the most common forms at school include: Using unauthorized materials before or during a test, and plagiarism. Plagiarism is the act of using another person's ideas or words as your own. If caught cheating, students may lose credit for the assignment/test as well as be subject to additional consequences at the discretion of the teacher. Do your own work with pride.

Official progress reports come out mid-semester . It is the student's responsibility to give these reports to a parent or guardian. Teachers also may display grades on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Progress reports can be sent home upon request.
To support your child's academic efforts, please contact the teacher to discuss your child's progress.

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The cafeteria/commons can provide a pleasant place to enjoy lunch and other activities, if you cooperate by:

* Forming quiet, orderly lines during lunch and respecting others by not allowing people to cut in the line. Do not ask people for money.
* Staying seated until you are finished with your lunch. Standing while eating is a safety and health hazard.
* Helping maintain the cleanliness and pleasant appearance of the cafeteria by recycling aluminum cans and putting items left from lunch in the appropriate areas or containers.

Students can prepay for lunches by turning in money or checks to the kitchen cashier at breakfast or during lunch.

Free and Reduced Lunches & Breakfast:

Your counselor, the kitchen staff, or the district's Food Service Office (489-6351) can help you with the Free and Reduced Program application. This program entitles you to lunches and breakfast at a reduced or no cost.

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Students are responsible for the care of schoolbooks and are expected to keep textbooks covered at all times. Students will be expected to pay any fines or replacement costs resulting from lost or damaged books.

CLOTHING GUIDELINES ( N.S.D. Rights and Responsibilities Handbook, Sec. II.B.4.b )

Regardless of current fashions, Skyview students are expected to wear clothing, which is appropriate for a formal school setting. Your clothing cannot be disruptive to the educational process as determined by school staff.

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2)  Q Honor Level Discipline System




Skyview uses the Honor Level discipline system, which recognizes and encourages positive student behavior. Honor Level sets very clear limits for behaviors to ensure that all students can learn in the best environment possible.

Infraction slips are a means of giving students feedback about their behavior. They can be issued by any staff member when school or classroom expectations are not being met. As it is important that Skyview students are supportive of substitute teachers, an infraction's penalty, when written by a substitute teacher, is automatically doubled.

THE HONOR LEVEL SYSTEM (for a two-week period)

Honor Level
One 0 Infractions Praise and occasional
Two 1st Infraction Lunch Room Duty
Two 2nd Infraction Two Lunch Room Duties
Three 3rd Infraction After-school Detention:
On probation for sports;
No extra -curricular activities
Four 4th and any additional infractions Saturday School, exclusion from all sports & extra-curricular

Exceptional Misconduct: Automatic Honor Level Three or Four with potential for more serious consequences such as in-school suspension, (Operation Success), at-home suspension, behavior contracts, etc. Examples of behaviors prompting these consequences include removal from classroom, disrespect, insubordination, and health or safety violations.
Many types of infractions are progressive during any two-week cycle. For example, after completing a lunch room duty, a student will receive an after-school detention if a third infraction is incurred during the same two-week period. On the other hand, a student has the opportunity to return to Honor Level One at the end of the two-week period, if no additional infractions are received.

All students who have no more than one infraction on their record or, better yet, are infraction- and discipline- free all year are eligible for fun treats throughout the school year! Skyview's goal is for all students to remain on Honor Level One all year!

1. LUNCH ROOM DUTY: Eat lunch at the reserved lunch duty table and participate in clean-up duty during the last 15 minutes of lunch.

2. AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION: two hours from 2:30-4:30. Work or reading should be accomplished during this time. There is a form that a parent/guardian signs or is called about to ensure communication of this consequence.

3. SATURDAY SCHOOL: 2 or 4 hour
assignment will be made based on infractions. Saturday school must be done at the designated school. There is a form that a parent/guardian signs or is called about to ensure communication of this consequence.
3)  Q Criteria for Success



Quality work meets high standards based upon predetermined and measurable criteria. The criteria for quality mathematical problem solving and quality written communication are outlined below.


• Makes sense
• Narrow, manageable topic
• Sounds like writer knows topic well
• Fresh spin
• Important details


• Inviting lead
• Purposeful sequencing
• Elaboration remains "centered"
• Fun to predict, but...some surprises, too!
• Doesn't just STOP
• No "dream" endings
• No redundant summaries



• Sounds like a person wrote it
• Sounds like this writer- no one else
• Brings topic to life
• Punch, flair, style, courage
• Makes you feel something
• Sense of involvement


• Memorable moments
• Strong verbs
• Vivid images
• "Just right" words and phrases
• Simple language used well
• Minimal redundancy
• Minimal slang, jargon, inflated language
• Not just correct--precise


• Easy to read aloud
• Varied sentence length
• Varied, purposeful sentence beginnings
• Rhythm, cadence


• Looks clean, edited and polished
• Most things done correctly
• Reading for basic meaning is simple
• No BIG, GLARING errors
• Easy to focus on ideas, voice, organization



A majority of points awarded for solving a math problem is based on effort and communication. Students are expected to show the process of problem solving, not just the solution. It's okay to ask someone (classmate, parent, family member, neighbor, etc.) for assistance or to work with another person, as long as both participants are making an effort to solve the problem. All wording must be the responsibility of each individual student; someone cannot just give you the answer. Depending on thoroughness, students can get full or partial credit in each area of the grading rubric.

1. Introduction: (PLAN/EXPLORE)
• Give a statement of the problem in your own words, describing the given information and what information is needed
• Describe your plan of attack or how you will solve the problem
• Give a preliminary guess as to what the solution will be, if applicable

2. Problem Solving Strategy (SOLVE)
• Use at least one problem solving strategy (guess and check, determine a pattern, make a chart or table, draw a picture, use a model, act it out, work it backwards, show examples or counterexamples, etc.)
• Recognize the need to change or abandon a strategy that isn't working.
• Put significant effort into the problem, sticking with worthwhile approaches long enough for them to play out and switching attacks when necessary.

3. Communication (EXPLAIN)
Make sure your work is organized and easy to read so that the reader can see what your "mind's eye" saw and can follow your steps.
• Communicate your feelings, for example, what was frustrating or interesting about the problem. (Sounds silly, but research shows that sometimes our feelings get in the way of our thinking.)
• Write a brief summary describing the processes involvedand the result. Make sure that you answer the question in the manner that it was asked.

4. Accuracy: EXAMINE
• Double check the solution to ensure it is correct and the conclusion is properly supported with explanations, calculations, graphs, etc.
• If the solution is not correct, it appears adequately supported and has been checked for reasonableness.

5. Extra Credit
• Your answer and explanation are "works to behold." It will make your instructor's heart soar!