Excused absences are defined in WCPSS
Include illness & injury; death in the family
Participation in a valid educational opportunity,
such as travel, with prior written approval, as
documented on the “Request for Excused
Absence for Educational Reasons” form
It is extremely important for parents and
students to closely monitor and document all
school absences. Excessive absences will have
serious academic consequences and may result
in grade-level retention.
Following an absence from school, students must present
a note from a parent/guardian to their homeroom
teacher. The note must include:
Student’s first and last name
Reason for absences
Home, work, and/or cell phone numbers of
Please excuse Jane E. Doe from school on Monday, Dec
10 and Tuesday, Dec 11. She was out with the flu.
Thank you, 555-1234 (H)
John Doe 555-1234 (cell)
Teachers record students’ tardies to each
class. Students who are tardy to school check
in at the main office to receive a pass.
Tardies to school are documented
Students who report to school after 8:30am
are considered tardy. Students who miss
more than half of the instructional day or
period will be counted absent for that day or
S - Self Control
P - Pride
L - Leadership
A - Attitude
S - Safety
H – Honesty
Code of Student Conduct
◦ All students shall comply with the Code of Student
Conduct of the Wake County Public School System,
state and federal laws, school board policies, and local
school rules and regulations governing student
behavior and conduct.
◦ This year WCPSS has separated behaviors into levels
(Level I - Level V)
The Board specifically prohibits bullying and
harassment under any circumstances. Any
offensive verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct
that is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive
to interfere with a student’s ability to participate
or benefit from an educational program or
activity. Prohibited conduct may include, but is
not limited to, abusive jokes, insults, slurs,
name-calling, threats, bullying, intimidation, or
cyber-bullying (using the internet, email or text
messaging to bully.)
Phones and other electronic devices may ONLY
be used before school, and after school.
If staff member asks for your phone/electronic
device and student refuses to give it up, the
student will receive consequences from
Confiscated phones must be picked up by
parent unless otherwise authorized
Students are responsible for their electronic
devices (have them on you at all times or locked
Dresses/skirts/shorts must be no shorter
than 6 inches above the knee.
Should never see a child’s undergarments (no
sagging pants, bra straps, spaghetti straps)
Boys cannot wear any type of tank top or
pants cannot sag.
Girls must have straps at least two fingers
Common Core & Language Arts
◦ English is taught as a world language
Greater emphasis on vocabulary and grammar
◦ Students directly taught to “read to learn”
Delve deeper into text, analyze text structure and
Students will “grapple” with text to gain greater
Students will be participating in the 40-book
challenge (based on the reading research in
the book, The Book Whisperer)
Students should be reading at least 15-30
minutes each day in their novels; pages to
count toward reading contract
Each quarter students will contract with me
for a reading grade (quiz grade)
Each quarter students will be given a project
or essay based on a novel, biography, etc.
they have read.
Core vs. Core +: Core + will have some 7th grade curriculum
intertwined within different units of the Core Curriculum. We also
do different levels of task cards and assignments/tests can be
Grades: Tests 50%, Quizzes 30%, Classwork 20% (includes in class
assignments, task cards)
Homework and Warm Ups are recorded, but DOES NOT count
toward the overall average. You will see the following A, C or F.
Community Service and Checking Accounts
This only works with your support. Prizes are needed at the end
of each quarter.
The Ancient Fertile Crescent Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt
Ancient Civilization- India (Hinduism and Buddhism)
Ancient Japan and Korea
The Byzantine Empire and Eastern Europe
The Middle East and Islamic Expansion
Ancient Civilizations –South America
The European Middle Ages
The Renaissance and Reformation
Grades will include many
types of assignments and
will be calculated according
to the following
1. Major Assessments 45%
2. Quizzes 30%
3. Class work 25%
Students will be:
The Units of Study for the year are:
Matter: Properties and Change
Forces and Motion
Energy: Conservation and Transfer
Earth in the Universe
Earth Systems, Structures, and Processes: Lithosphere
Structures and Functions of Living Organisms
Please Mrs. Hall if you have any questions.
You can access her email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can be found at the Durant Road Middle
Click –Team websites
Click- Track 1-6th Grade
Posts will be updated every Monday and will
be sent out as a newsletter every Friday.
Please email Mrs. Thomas if you have not
received the newsletter.
Go to DRMS Homepage
1. Click on Team Websites
2. Click on Track 1
Weekly Posts will be made.
Teachers will update their core page
Interims will be handed out that day and
conferences will be after school 3:30-5:00 p.m.
Available time slots:
◦ * Please send an email to your child’s homeroom teacher
to sign up.
You and your child should attend.
If you cannot attend, the student can have the
conference at home.
Awards Ceremony Dates
October 18th- 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.
January 17th 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.
April 4th 9:15 to 10:30 a.m.
◦ Academic Excellence
◦ Extra Effort
◦ Task Cards
◦ Reading Awards-for
students reading 1,000 or
◦ SPLASH Awards
◦ Dynamic Dolphin
◦ Honors - 3.5 -3.69 GPA
◦ High Honor 3.7-4.0 GPA
Media Center Volunteer
Please report to your child’s elective teacher
at 7:00 p.m.
Email your child’s teacher with additional