Riverdale Middle School 2018 – 2019
The mission of Riverdale Middle is to establish intercultural learners who embrace critical thinking while inquiring about global context in a respectful learning environment as evidenced through IB expectations.
The established policies and procedures of Riverdale Middle reflects a dedicated commitment to help all students maintain high academic standards.
3900 Jefferson Hwy.
Jefferson, LA 70121
Telephone: (504) 828-2706
Fax: (504) 833-5125
Academic Dean/ IBO Coordinator
Debbie Jo Guillot
|Dean of Student Services||Zachary Slayton|
IBO Course Requirements
In order to receive recognition as being involved in the IBO program, the student must take the required IB courses. In addition, 8th grade students must complete the required number of community service hours.
|Sample Schedule of Courses|
In 8th grade, some students take English I and Algebra I for High School (Carnegie Unit) credit.
Students are scheduled into Honors classes primarily using their standardized test scores (Advanced and Mastery achievement levels), previous grades, and teacher recommendations. A student may be removed from an honors class and placed in a regular class at the end of the first nine weeks if they receive a failing grade.
As a requirement of the IBO curriculum, all 8th grade students will complete a Community Project.
8th Grade students will be assigned an advisor and must complete an IBO community project. The project will require the students to investigate a need in our community and address those needs through one of several types of service learning experiences. Students will work on the project throughout the school year with specific deadlines being set for each part of the project. Students will be required to present their completed project at the end of the school year. The project will count as a major grade in the students’ Social Studies class for the 4th nine weeks. Any questions regarding the Community Project can be directed towards our IBO Coordinator, Ms. Guillot.
District Information and Policies
Students must be present a minimum of 170 days to be eligible to receive credit for their courses. To be excused, a physician must verify an illness. To receive credit for a course, a student cannot miss more than ten (10) days. If a student misses eleven (11) or more days, he/she will not receive credit for the course. Any student who has six or more un-excused absences will be referred to Juvenile Court through Family in Needs of Services (FINS) program.
The latest news and information from the Jefferson Parish Public School System is available on smartphones through the JPPSS mobile App.
Radio Station WWL-870 AM is designated by the Jefferson Parish School Board as the “official” broadcaster of information on school closings during inclement weather. However, all news media outlets are notified about closings as soon as possible. Decisions to close are generally made before 6:00 a.m. Parents are advised to listen to their radios, watch television reports, or access the JPPSS App during these periods.
Students: Breakfast $1.00
Reduced Breakfast $0.30
Reduced Lunch $0.40
Extra Milk $0.50
Extra O.J. $0.50
Adults: Breakfast $2.00
Applications for free and reduced lunch must be completed at the beginning of each year. Applications may be obtained in the cafeteria, main office, or can be completed online. Cafeteria prices are subject to change after the printing of this agenda. It is the policy of Riverdale Middle that students are not allowed to charge any meals. However, no student is refused a lunch because they forgot their money. The student must inform a server and they will be given a bag lunch.
- A student’s grade in a course for a 9 week period is determined as follows:
|1st and 3rd Nine Weeks||2nd and 4th Nine Weeks|
|50% Summative/ Major Assessments
30% Formative/ Minor Assessments
20% Class Participation
|35% Summative/ Major Assessments
25% Formative/ Minor Assessments
Class participation is defined as class work, homework, involvement in discussion and activities, and preparation for class. Homework cannot count for more than half of the class participation grade.
- The numerical equivalents of letter grades are:
|A||100 – 93|
|B||92 – 85|
|C||84 – 75|
|D||74 – 67|
|F||66 – 0|
- To be promoted, a student must:
- have a passing final average in all four academic subjects: ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies
- earn four (4) quality points in each core subject
- earn at least one (1) quality point in the 4th marking period
All students must reside with parents, parent with legal custody, or legal guardian to establish residency in the Riverdale Middle School district. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to notify the school in writing of any change of home address or telephone number. Parents must notify the school by bringing to the school proof of residency (i.e. two utility bills).
School Information and Policies
Student Progress Center
All parents should register for a Student Progress Center account. This student information system allows parents to access their child’s attendance, grades, and receive teacher notices. See the school secretary for registration directions.
Any student who is injured at school must report the injury to his/her teacher immediately. The teacher will send the student to the office to complete an Accident/Incident Report. It is imperative that we have emergency numbers on file to reach parents in an emergency. This should include home, work, cell phone, and relatives’ numbers.
All students are required to pay a one-time fee of $25.00 at the beginning of the school year. If this fee is not paid, it may result in your child not attending field trips and or participating in school related activities. This fee covers one school agenda, one school ID, and other miscellaneous school related costs.
Throughout the year there will be various field trips and activities. When a field trip or activity is planned, all students are expected to behave appropriately. A teacher may prohibit a student from attending a field trip if they are failing the class. Students must obtain a signed permission slip from teachers in order to attend any field trip. Inappropriate behavior, in or out of class, may result in a student being denied the opportunity to attend. Inappropriate behavior on a field trip or activity will result in disciplinary consequences and may result in the student being prohibited from attending future activities.
Any student suspended, In-School or Out-of-School, will not be allowed to attend/participate in activities including but not limited to: dances, athletic events, pep rallies, Test Fest, field trips, etc. Refunds will not be provided for students who are absent on the day of a field trip or if they receive a suspension.
Activities (e.g. athletic events, practices, tutoring, clubs) start at 2:30. STUDENTS ARE NOT TO LEAVE CAMPUS AND RETURN. Students who do not report immediately to the activity will not be allowed to participate.
After school activities such as: dances, clubs, athletic events, parades, rehearsals, etc. demand full cooperation of parents. We ask that parents pick up their children when the particular activity in which they are involved is scheduled to end. Any student who is picked up more than 30 minutes after an activity is scheduled to end will receive disciplinary consequences.
Book Bag Policy
No cloth or fabric book bags, tote bags, or backpacks are permitted. Student book bags must be ONLY clear, see-through or mesh. Small purses or lunch bags are allowed.
Students are allowed to carry electronic communication devices and accessories (ear buds and headphones) on school grounds. However, THESE DEVICES AND ACCESSORIES MUST BE TURNED COMPLETELY OFF AND MUST NOT BE VISIBLE OR AUDIBLE WHILE STUDENTS ARE ON SCHOOL GROUNDS OR ON SCHOOL BUSES. Students are personally and solely responsible for their device and its’ use. The school assumes no responsibility for theft or damage of telecommunication devices or for the unauthorized use of such devices.
Check – In
Students arriving after 7:30 am but before 7:40 am are tardy to school and must report directly to homeroom. Students arriving after 7:40 am must report to the main office to check-in and receive a tardy slip.
Check – Out
In case of illnes, students requesting to checkout are to obtain a “sick- slip” from the teacher. Students must fill out the form completely. The student must be sent to the discipline office with the sick slip so his/her parent/guardian can be called. TEACHERS CANNOT SEND A STUDENT TO THE HEALTH CENTER. The student will return to class and wait. When someone arrives to sign him/her out, he/she will be called to the main office.
ONLY PERSONS LISTED ON THE STUDENT’S EMERGENCY CARD MAY SIGN THE STUDENT OUT OF SCHOOL. ADDITIONALLY, THE ADULT CHECKING THE STUDENT OUT OF SCHOOL MUST PRESENT A PICTURE ID. PARENTS SHOULD MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO AVOID THE TIME PERIOD BETWEEN LUNCH (10:40 – 11:40) AND THE HALF HOUR BEFORE DISMISSAL (1:50 – 2:20). NO STUDENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO BE CHECKED OUT AFTER 2PM.
We have two dances for the school year. Dances are held in the school gym, they are from 7:00 PM TO 9:00 PM and tickets are sold the week before the dance or students can pay at the door. In order to insure that the student behavior is appropriate and that their safety is a priority we have established and maintain the following policies:
- We will not admit students who do not follow the specified dress code guidelines.
- Any student suspended (in-school or out of school) at the time of the dance will not be admitted.
- Only RMS students in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade may attend.
Any student failing to comply with the above guidelines will not be admitted to the dance.
After school detentions are held for no more than one hour. The student and parent must sign the detention notice and return it to school. Transportation must be arranged in advance. Detentions are not usually canceled on rainy days unless mandated by the District.
Detentions issued by administrators are held Tuesday’s and Thursday’s each week from 2:25 pm to 3:05 pm.
Lunch detentions issued by administrators are held for the duration of lunch. The student must arrive to lunch detention within four (4) minutes of the bell. The student may eat their home brought lunch or receive a delivered lunch from the cafeteria.
Failure to serve an administrative detention on the day it is scheduled will result in a disciplinary consequence. After school detentions can only be rescheduled by receiving a written request or phone call from a parent.
Detentions issued by teachers may be held any day of the week and can be a:
- morning detention, which is held from 7:05 am to 7:25 am
- lunch detention, which is held for the first 15 minutes of lunch
- after school detention, which may start at 2:25 but may not extend beyond 3:25
Fire and Evacuation Drills and Emergency Warnings
The purpose of a fire drill is to ensure the safety of all students in the event of an actual fire. The procedures to be followed during the fire drills are posted in every classroom. The students will practice the emergency procedures once a month.
A fire or tornado drill is signaled with the sounding of an alarm. When a drill is signaled the students are to leave classrooms in an orderly manner, with the instructor at the head of the group. The students will move quickly and quietly while transitioning. Students will follow their teachers to the assigned areas; stand or sit quietly. Once the “ALL CLEAR” is given, students will return to their classroom.
A lockdown drill is signaled with the announcement that states “LOCK DOWN”. When a drill is signaled the teacher will lock the classroom door and cover the door window. The students will move quickly and quietly out of sight from anyone in the hallway or outside. The students will remain hidden until the “ALL CLEAR” is given.
In the case of a true LOCKDOWN, no entry into or exit from the school will be allowed until an “ALL CLEAR” is announced. Students will NOT be released from school during a lockdown.
The JPPSS Communications Department will publish emergency notification alerts. In addition, the message from the Student Progress Center notification will be sent via text, email, and voice message to the contact information that is filed with the school.
A guidance counselor is available to assist students, teachers, and parents. Students may request to see the counselor by completing a Counselor Request Form and submitting it to the counselor’s office before the morning bell, during lunch, or at dismissal. No student is to be issued a pass to the counselor’s office unless the teacher feels it is an emergency.
Guidance services include working with students/parents/teachers on educational problems, personal/social problems, family-related issues, Academic Contracts, educational/career planning, and testing. The counselor can assist in providing referrals to outside agencies. The counselor can refer students to the Health Center if they are registered. The counselor’s number is 831–0876.
Homework is an important tool in helping students learn and must be included as an integral part of the instructional program. Meaningful and productive homework assignments can be a positive experience and a reinforcement tool.
Homework will be assigned a minimum of two (2) times per week in each academic subject. Assignments completed in class are not considered homework. All homework assignments are reviewed and/or graded by the teacher on the day the assignment is due.
Students will be required to wear school issued ID’s showing their name and picture at all times on campus. Students will be responsible for maintaining the ID’s original condition. If a student loses their ID they may purchase a new one at a cost of $4.00. If a student leaves their ID at home, they may purchase a temporary one (1) day ID for $1 or receive a lunch detention. ID’s that are defaced in any way are not allowed and students will be responsible for purchasing a new ID. ID’s are used in the school library to check out books and to receive a breakfast or lunch in the cafeteria.
Locks and Lockers
Hall lockers do not exist at Riverdale Middle School. Students are issued lockers for P.E. and should bring a lock from home to secure personal belongings while dressed out for P.E. Locks cannot be left on the locker and must be removed at the end of each P.E. class.
Lost and Found
Students are responsible for the proper care of all books, supplies and instruments that are issued by the school. Any lost, stolen, or misplaced material is the responsibility of the student.
The lost and found is located in the Discipline Office of the school. A student having lost a purse, gym suit, jewelry, or any other article must obtain permission from their teacher to look for the lost article(s) in the lost and found.
Students must report to the cafeteria immediately when the bell rings at the start of lunch. The restrooms in the C Building will be open during lunch.
It is the responsibility of the student to initiate and complete make up work. Students and parents can also access the school wikis to find assignments.
A student who is suspended for ten days or fewer shall be assigned school work to receive either partial or full credit. All work must be completed satisfactorily and in a timely manner.
If possible, parents are advised to give medication to their children at home and on a schedule other than during school hours. Students are not permitted to have in their possession any medication (prescription or non-prescription) while under school supervision. A consultation must occur between the parent and the school nurse if a student must take medication during the school day.
It is the policy of the Jefferson Parish Public School System that all medication, prescription or non-prescription, which is brought to school, must be kept in the office and will be dispensed by trained school personnel only.
Off Limit Areas
If a student does not have a class or a pass to be in a given area, then the student is in an “Off Limits” area. Students changing classes or having a pass should use the most direct route to their assigned classes. Students may not be on the high school campus at any time except breakfast or lunch.
Students roaming the halls or campus without an official pass will be subject to disciplinary action.
The field is “Off Limits” at all times except for designated activities. During lunch the A Building and the Main buildings are “Off Limits.” A student must have a pass to enter those buildings during lunch time.
Riverdale Middle School uses “Wolf Bucks” that are given to students, by faculty and staff, for displaying any positive behavior. Students can use “Wolf Bucks’ to gain rewards. Students place their “Wolf Bucks” in boxes located around the school. Every Friday, Riverdale’s Administration draws out winners. Prizes vary every week. Students can also use “Wolf Bucks” to purchase a snack at the Sugar Shack.
Restroom Use during Class
Students are required to have their ID to go to the restroom. All ID’s will have an adhesive bathroom pass attached to the back. Teachers must sign and indicate the time and day on the ID to indicate to other teachers when the student utilized his or her bathroom pass. Restrooms are open before school and during the lunch period. Restrooms are not open during the change of class. Restrooms will also be closed during the first fifteen minutes and the last fifteen minutes of the class period.
Teachers may refuse a pass to any student who appears to be abusing restroom privileges. If a child has a medical problem that necessitates frequent restroom use, the parent should submit a doctor’s note and to the school nurse.
School-Based Health Center
Riverdale Middle School students have access to a school based health center located between the Middle School and High School Campuses. The Health Center’s staff consists of a registered nurse, a medical doctor, a nurse practitioner, and a psychologist. The registered nurse is available five days a week. The health center will be able to provide medical services such as physicals, immunizations and lab work. Students must have a consent form completed and on file in order to take advantage of the services offered by the clinic.
STUDENTS MUST CHECK IN WITH THE DISCIPLINE OFFICE IN ORDER TO GO TO THE HEALTH CENTER. A TEACHER MAY NOT DISMISS A STUDENT TO THE HEALTH CENTER.
Riverdale middle school will operate on an A/B block schedule. The students will alternate between A days and B days. On A days students will attend periods 1 – 4 and on B days students will attend periods 5 – 8.
School Wide Supply List
- Pencil Pouch
- 3 Glue Sticks
- 3 Rolls of Scotch Tape
- Pens (blue, black, red, and green)
- 2 Packs of Index Cards
- Pencil Sharpener
- Four 1” Binders
- Multi-Colored Highlighters (pink, yellow, green, and blue)
- 3 Folders with Pockets and Prongs (red, orange, and yellow)
- Colored Pencils
- 2 packs of tab dividers with pockets
- 1 Pack of Graph Paper
- 4 Boxes of Kleenex
- 3 Packs of Loose Leaf Paper
- 4 Containers of Hand Sanitizer
- 1 Pack of Post it Notes
- 2 container of Clorox Wipes
- 2 Packs of Copy Paper
- 1 Composition Notebook (Spanish Only)
- 2 Boxes of Quart Ziploc Bags with a Zipper
- 1 Composition Notebook (6th Grade Only)
- 1 roll of paper towels
ð 1 master combination lock (no key locks)
ð PE uniform and RMS Sweatshirt (Purchased from School)
To insure the safety of the students at Riverdale Middle School random classroom searches are performed weekly.
The school will furnish each student one school agenda. Students are required to have their agenda every day and must pay $7.00 for a replacement.
Students must pay $1.00 for each replacement copy of a report card or schedule. Copies of documents from students’ permanent records cost $1.00 per page.
Parents are to drop off and pick up middle school students outside the fence on Riverdale Drive. PARENTS ARE NOT TO DROP OFF STUDENTS IN THE HORSESHOE AREA NEAR THE FRONT OFFICE OR IN THE DRIVEWAY BETWEEN THE SCHOOL AND RIVERDALE DRIVE. These areas are bus loading zones.
Students are not to be on campus before 7:00 am and must leave campus no later than 2:45 pm unless they participating in a supervised activity. Walkers must leave campus at the dismissal bell and will not be allowed to return.
Bus students are to ride assigned buses. Changing buses without authorization is not permitted. Students are to report to the assigned loading area immediately at dismissal and remain there until they board their bus. Buses are considered extensions of the classroom, therefore, consequences for violating bus rules and procedures will result in school disciplinary action. Drivers have the authority to assign seats and establish rules to ensure the safety of all passengers. Bus students will be dismissed in two phases. It is the responsibility of the student to arrive for his/ her bus on time.
Our school business hours are from 7:00 am until 2:30 pm daily. Parents and members of the business community are welcome to visit Riverdale Middle. However, the safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority, we require all visitors to “check-in” at the Main Office and receive a Visitor’s Pass.
At Riverdale Middle School, uniforms are mandatory.
The uniform can be purchased from designated uniform suppliers. No variation to the school uniform dress code is acceptable.
PE uniforms are only available for purchase through the PE department at school. All students are required to purchase a PE uniform to participate in PE activities. PE uniforms are available for purchase at a cost of $30.
Short sleeve polo-type knit shirts in either solid red or solid white with the school name and Paw Print or IB logo. Shirts must be worn tucked in at the waist so the belt or waistband of the pants/skirt is visible at all times. Only solid white, black, or red shirts are allowed to be worn under the uniform shirt.
Pants must be khaki uniform pants. Pants must be worn at the waist, belted, and must fit the waist snugly. Pants should fit appropriately; No tight fitting pants, No loose fitting pants, No leggings.
Plaid skirts for girls:
Skirts must be purchased from one of the uniform suppliers. Skirts must be worn at approximately the knee length.
Skirts must be hemmed at knee length. A skirt’s waistband must be visible at all times around the entire waist and cannot be rolled.
Belts must be solid khaki, brown, black, white or red. The length of the belt must be tucked into the belt loops and must be visible at all times.
Belt Buckles: Belt buckles must be plain. There can be no ornamentation, logos, initials, names, words, etchings or engraving, pictures, buckles that light up, etc.
SOCKS MUST BE WORN WITH ALL SHOES. Socks may not have stripes, emblems, or pictures.
ONLY TENNIS SHOES MUST BE WORN. Shoes with laces must be entirely laced and properly tied.
Riverdale IBO cardigan sweaters are available for purchase from Kajan Uniforms.
Riverdale sweatshirts are only available for purchase at school for a cost of $20.
Students not wearing a RMS sweatshirt will be permitted to wear any SOLID black, red, white, or grey HOODLESS, sweatshirt or jacket over their uniform. No other colored pullover, zip-up, or sweatshirt is acceptable. Sweatshirts cannot be substituted for the polo shirt.
STUDENTS MAY NOT WEAR ANY NON- RMS ITEM UNDER THE SCHOOL SHIRT OR SWEATSHIRT (FOR EXAMPLE BUT NOT LIMITED TO A BLUE OR ANY OUTER COLORED HOODIE).
Students are sent to the gym when the temperature gets below 50 degrees
Wearing an article that does not comply with our uniform policy may result in a student being sent to the Intervention room until someone can bring the correct uniform.
Additional School Rules
- Hoods, hats, caps, bandanas, sweatbands, rags, wash cloths, towels, wrist bands, etc. are not allowed at any time. If brought on campus these items will be confiscated and a parent will have to retrieve the item(s).
- The headbands cannot have any type of animal ears on them.
- Student’s hair must be cleaned and combed.
- No stripes or other outrageous styles that bring attention or cause disruption such as MOHAWKS AND SCULPTED DESIGNS. NO CUTS IN EYEBROWS ALLOWED.
- All hair coloring must be naturally occurring (colors not allowed but not limited to burgundy, maroon, blue, grey, green, pink, etc.)
- No nose rings, or any body piercing jewelry except earrings worn in the ears
- No sunglasses
- No open drinking containers are allowed on school grounds. Unopened drinks may be brought for lunch, but they must be consumed during lunch
- No holes, rips or cuts in clothing.
- No hair rollers, combs, picks, or chop sticks are to be worn in the hair.
- No rat-tail combs or metal picks on campus
- No camouflage apparel or accessories
- No unpatriotic words or pictures on clothing.
- Students are not allowed to write or draw on any article of clothing
- No PE uniforms worn except during PE classes
- No clothing, jewelry, or written material depicting any type of off campus fraternities, sororities, or any other group designs, insignia, or symbols not approved by the school
- No clothing, jewelry, or written material depicting any alcohol, drug, or cigarette related items or symbols, or violence (such as but not limited to skulls, guns, etc.)
- No clothing, jewelry, etc. with suggestive words or pictures or anything else that can be considered disruptive to the learning process as determined by the administration
- No politically related clothing (this includes items for past politicians, buttons, etc.)
- No chains are allowed, except those which are specifically designed and sold as jewelry to be worn around the writs or neck.
- No type of jewelry/apparel with studs/spikes
- No excessively large earrings or finger rings or rings covering more than one finger.
- Earrings which are round in shape may not be larger than a quarter ($0.25). Earrings which hang or dangle may not hang or dangle lower than a quarter ($0.25) below the earlobe
Note: The administration may prohibit any item or activity deemed disruptive to the school environment or dangerous to any student or staff member. The item or activity may subject the student to disciplinary action.
Consequences for Discipline Infractions:
Development of good discipline is one of the most important goals of education. Discipline is the development of self-control, character, and proper consideration for other people. Understanding the purpose of discipline in school facilitates the formation of a positive attitude and assists all students in doing their part to make themselves better people and the school a better place.
Students’ behavior shall be subject to the Jefferson Parish School System’s “procedures and Policies for Parents and Students” and the policies of Riverdale Middle School stated herein.
Students may be suspended for violating any rules adopted by the Jefferson Parish School Board in addition to the specific disciplinary measure authorized in La. R.S. 14: 4 – 16. section 4-16 provides that “in addition to the specific disciplinary measures authorized in Section 4 – 16, teachers, principals, and administrators may, subject to any rule as may be adopted by the parish school board, employ other reasonable disciplinary corrective measures to maintain order in schools.”
2018 – 2019 School Calendar:
|August 9||First day of school|
|August 29||Early release for students (2.5 hours)|
|September 3||Labor Day (No School)|
|September 19||Early release for Students (2.5 hours)
Interim Reports Issued
|October 8||Fall break|
|October 12||End of 1st Nine Weeks|
|October 17||Report Cards Issued|
|October 31||Early release for Students (2.5 hours)|
|November 1||Staff Development/Parent Conference (Student Holiday)|
|November 6||Election Day (No School)|
|November 19-23||Thanksgiving Break|
|November 28||Interim Reports Issued|
|December 20-21||Semester Exams|
|December 21||End of the 2nd Nine Weeks|
|Dec.24 – Jan 4||Winter Break|
|January 7||Staff Development/Records Day
|January 10||Report Cards Issued|
|January 21||MLK Holiday (No School)|
|February 13||Early release for Students (2.5 hours)
Interim Reports Issued
|March 4-8||Mardi Gras Break (No School)|
|March 21||Staff Development/Parent Conference (Student Holiday)|
|March 22||End of the 3rd Nine weeks|
|March 27||Report Cards Issued|
|April 19-23||Spring Break (No School)|
|April 30||Interim Reports Issued|
|May 22-23||Semester Exams|
|May 24||Records Day (No School)|