As part of new legislation to create safer schools within our country, we are creating new hall pass procedures to provide a safer and more stable environment for our students. Students will be allowed to use the restroom four times per quarter during class time.
Students will still have time between classes to utilize the restroom as well as time during lunch, before school, and after school.
In order to use the restroom students will:
Obtain permission from the teacher first
Get their pass hole punched by the teacher
Wear the vest at all times while outside of the classroom
Be gone no more than 5 minutes
Students who have medical conditions that are documented with the school administration already have circumstantial passes and will still be allowed to utilize those passes.
Students who have passes remaining at the end of the quarter may turn those passes in for an incentive to the administration.
Passes will not roll over from quarter to quarter and lost passes will not be replaced.
If a student is running an errand for a teacher they will not be required to utilize their hole punch pass, but will be expected to wear their vest.
We urge parents and guardians to be aware of their children’s online and social media activity. While monitoring cell phone use is one option, we encourage you to talk with your children about social media and to set expectations regarding proper social media behavior and warn them about possible dangers. We are always willing to talk with students and their families about concerns related to social media. Please take a moment to talk to your student tonight and go through their social media with them to look for possible areas of concern. We must monitor our student's online world just as much as we do their physical one.
A Golden Bear is a student who has been nominated by an adult working in our school and is then voted on by the the staff to receive this award. The Golden Bear program has been going on at our school for over 35 years and the awards are given out three times during the year; at the end of the first three quarters. A Golden Bear is the embodiment of an all-around good student. This student doesn't necessarily receive straight A’s, but this student does complete work assigned, demonstrates good citizenship behavior and shows respect for others. A Golden Bear does not have any failing (F) grades or unacceptable (U) citizenship marks. The five students from each grade with the most votes are given the Golden Bear award. Once a student has become a Golden Bear, they are Golden Bears until they leave Mound Fort.
Our faculty and staff also can receive a Golden Bear award. Three of our faculty members who receive the Golden Bear award are nominated by the students and one is nominated by the staff. Our faculty can receive a Golden Bear as many times as they are nominated.
Golden Bear award winners are recognized at the Golden Bear assembly held at the end of the quarter. Parents receive letters informing them that their child will be receiving a Golden Bear award and inviting them to the assembly. They are asked to keep this a secret so the students are surprised when they receive the award. The Golden Bear assembly also showcases students in our school who wish to share talents, those who have received awards above and beyond the norm, and positive recognition for our students; for example, science fair and art contest winners, athletes who have set records or placed during state competitions and 4.0 students. This assembly also recognizes those who play school sports and who participate in other school activities such as choir, band, orchestra, art, robotics, etc. The ROTC presents the flag and a student sings the National Anthem. Our 9th grade student government presents the awards to the students and staff. The entire assembly is all about our students. All Golden Bear winners are invited to sit in the bear den during the assembly. This is an area at the front of the auditorium reserved for students who have received the award.
Golden bears receive a certificate, a "Golden Bear" ID card which allows them to be first in the lunch line every day, a golden bear shirt and other prizes.
Daniela Lopez Alonso