Student Handbook

Co-Curricular & Extra Curricular Programs

School Sports (School colours are black, grey with royal blue accent)

Extra Curricular Sports

May include Cross-Country Running, Volleyball, Basketball, Ski Club, Badminton, Soccer, and Track & Field. An extra fee may be charged for extracurricular sport activities.

Special Events

Students and staff participate in several masses and liturgical celebrations throughout the year. These include Thanksgiving, Advent, Epiphany, St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day, Confirmation, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and Grade 9 Farewell. Students, staff and parents play an important role in all these events.


STUDENT EVALUATION

Evaluation - Teachers will inform students of their evaluation procedures at the beginning of the school term. Final marks are based on achievement throughout the year. Each student will receive a computerized report card with a percentage grade for each subject. They are issued at intervals of approximately 12 weeks. Student marks can be accessed online through the Parent PowerSchool Portal found on the schools home page.

Honours - The criteria are as follows: an average of 80% or better in all 5 Core subjects with no mark in any class (core or other) lower than 70%.

Honours with Distinction - The criteria are as follows: an average of 90% or better in all of their 5 Core subjects with no mark in any class (core or other) lower than 70 %.

Achievement Testing / Final Exams - Final examinations in the core academic subjects are held in June. Grade six and nine students are required to write Provincial Achievement Tests in the four core subjects in May and June.

Course Recommendation Policy - Our policy for recommendations is as follows. Grade 7 and 8 students can be recommended for exemption from one final exam per year. Students can only be exempted from a particular subject area once in middle school. If the student qualifies for an exemption in both grade 7 and 8, it must be taken in different subject areas.


Exemption Policy (Division Policy)

A recommendation for exemption from one final exam is based on a minimum of 80% average in each term in the core subject being exempted.

Proper work habits must be demonstrated.

Each student’s exemption will be reviewed on an individual basis.

Exemptions are optional and must be approved by the principal, parent and student. There are no recommendations at the grade six or nine level.

Operational Procedures

St. Francis of Assisi Middle School runs on a six-day timetable with 7 class periods per day. Our first bell rings at 8:48 in the morning and students are dismissed at 3:30 p.m. Every Monday the students are dismissed at 2:20 p.m. for Teacher Professional Development.

Before and After School Hours
The school doors are opened at 8:00 a.m.  Students are expected to leave the school premises immediately after school, unless they are under the direct supervision of a teacher or watching a supervised activity.

Busing Information
In the case of secondary students, if the student resides greater than 2.4 km from the designated school, a subsidized City of Red Deer Transit Pass will be issued at no cost or the student must ride the charter bus (yellow) on an existing bus route. Students who do not qualify for transportation will be required to purchase a restricted pass for $47.00 per month from the school. An unrestricted transit pass is also available through the schools for a cost of $55.00 per month if families wish.

Busing inquiries can be made at through the transportation department (403-309-8801).

Learning Commons Objectives

To develop a collection of information media which:

  • Provides staff and students with research tools, materials and programs that support the Catholic Middle School Curriculum.
  • To provide interesting reading materials to students and to inspire them to be lifelong readers, and therefore lifelong learners.

Volunteers are always needed in the library. If you enjoy working with books, please phone Mrs. Chandra Turgeon at 403-314-1449 to inquire.

Overdue and Fine Policies
Lost or Damaged Books - In the case that books are lost, or damaged beyond repair, the librarian asks that the patron pay for the replacement cost of the book. Missing Barcode Labels - A $5.00 fine will be charged for materials returned with the barcode label missing. Students must use their Student Identification card to sign out books.

Absences & Lates
All parents must call the school, during school hours or leave a message on the attendance line 403-314-1449 ext #1 to report absences
. The school checks all unexcused absences by phone. If your child will be away for a long period of time, due to a prolonged illness or a family holiday, please contact the school principal to make special arrangements. Students who arrive late in the morning or the afternoon must report to the office to sign in and will receive a late slip. Students who are frequently late may receive detentions as per our school attendance policy.

Leaving School
Students leaving the school for appointments must report to the office and must be signed out by a parent or guardian before leaving, and then signed in upon their return. If a student is sick or injured, parents will be contacted by the office and arrangements will be made for pick up.

Noon Hour
St. Francis of Assisi Middle School is a Closed Campus
. All students are to remain at school over the lunch break. If you wish your child to go home daily for lunch, the school office must have written parental permission. Parents are asked not to provide permission for students to leave school grounds at lunch except to go home. The school provides a full cafeteria service and students do not need to go elsewhere at lunch. This policy will greatly assist the student’s prompt return to class after the lunch period. The cafeteria provides hot entrees as well as snacks and desserts on a daily basis. Vending machines will only be available to students before and after school and during the lunch period.

Opportunity Room
St. Francis of Assisi Middle School aspires to enable each student to achieve their potential in their school studies. We expect all students to follow the school’s behavior policies. The in-school Opportunity Room is used for those students who are disrupting the work of others, or who need to work in isolation as a disciplinary procedure.

Dress Code

Clothing is to be modest and respectful for the classroom. The following guidelines apply:

  • Shirts must be long enough that they can be tucked in (no midriff showing).
  • Students can not wear clothing with slogans that are deemed inappropriate for a Catholic school.
  • Caps and hats are not allowed in school or at school functions.
  • Shirts or tops must completely cover the shoulders and the back is not to be exposed. They must have a modest neckline.
  • Shorts and skirts must have enough length to have the bottom hem or skirt slit reached by the student’s fingers.
  • Students should not have any undergarments visible at any time; top or bottom.

**This code applies to all school functions.

Gym StripAll students are required to change for Physical Education and to wear indoor runners while in the gymnasium. Students are also encouraged to purchase a St. Francis of Assisi Middle School T-shirt. Gym shorts and shirts will be available for purchase for students in September.

School Telephone- There is a student phone located between the library and gym area in the school for student use before and after school. Emergency calls must be made in the office. Students' safety is very important. Students are not allowed out of class to answer calls except in emergency situations. Cell phones are to be turned off in the school and stored in student’s lockers during class time.

Smoking- Red Deer Catholic Schools’ policy prohibits smoking in the school, on the school grounds, on a school bus, or while at a school function.

Medical Concerns - Please inform the school of any medical concerns. Many of our staff are qualified in First Aid and can give treatment as needed. Medical concerns and accidents of serious nature will be reported to parents immediately. Medication will not be administered to students. A confidential medical concern booklet is available to all staff.

Ambulance- Should a student experience a serious injury, the ambulance will be summoned and the parents of the child will bear the cost. However, there are times when other options can be considered. To assist us in the decision-making, please let the office know if you do or do not have a health plan that covers ambulance service.

School Visitors - All school visitors are to report to the school office and sign in. Students requesting to have out-of-town visitors stay at the school for the day must receive approval from school administration. Visitors from the City of Red Deer and surrounding communities are not allowed.

Lockers-Middle school students are assigned a locker and a good quality lock. If a lock is lost, damaged, or stolen, students are required to purchase a second lock at a cost of $7.50. Any student using a personal lock without permission will have it removed. Students are asked to leave valuables at home and the school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

In accordance with Administrative Procedure No. 314 St. Francis of Assisi Middle School has adopted the following policy with respect to searching lockers on school property. All students utilizing a locker on school property must have clear understanding that they can have NO EXPECTATION OF PRIVACY in this locker at any time. The principal or designate may search the locker at any time and without notice. Any illegal substances or contraband will be turned over the R.C.M.P. for criminal investigation.

Property Damage/ Theft- Any student involved in the damaging of school property or theft will be expected to pay for the damage or theft incurred. Other school consequences may be applied that are appropriate to the offence.

Bicycles/Rollerblades/Skateboards/Longboards - Students may ride bicycles to school provided they are locked up throughout the day in the bicycle racks provided. Students must wear helmets when riding bicycles and scooters. Students may rollerblade/ skateboard/Longboard to school; however, rollerblades, skateboards and longboards are to be removed at the school entrance area and carried into the school. Students must remove the wheels from roller shoes before entering the school. We also strongly encourage the use of protective gear when rollerblading, skateboarding and longboarding.


PARENTS

School Council Committee- The Council consists of parents, staff members and the school administration. The purpose of this committee is to enhance the opportunities available to the staff, students and parents of the school. The School Council meets once a month. All parents are welcome to attend the meetings. This council gives parents a chance to become more actively involved in their child’s education.

Parent Involvement – Parent involvement is supported and encouraged. We believe that such involvement in the education process assists in increased student achievement and success. There are many opportunities for parents to play a significant role in their child’s education. We would like to hear from you if you are interested in volunteering.

Administrative Procedure No. 343 requires all volunteers to have a criminal record check on file with the school.

Parent /Community/Parish Bulletin Board – In the school we have our Parent Bulletin Board where various community events, school events and parish information is posted. Please stop by and check the board when you are in the school.