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2021-2022 STUDENT HANDBOOK
AUBURN MIDDLE SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
Auburn Middle School is committed to creating a positive learning environment where students and staff are empowered and supported in the pursuit of their education and development of their interests in and out of the classroom by creating a culture of trust, respect, and inclusion.
AUBURN MIDDLE SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY
Auburn Middle School is committed to providing students with a variety of learning experiences that are academically challenging, developmentally appropriate, and personally relevant in order for students to make informed educational and personal decisions. We also believe in developing an environment that fosters student growth and character development, which promotes creativity, exploration, and independence. In addition, Auburn Middle School aims to achieve partnerships with students and families to engage in, and involve themselves with, student success through effective lines of communication.
- BE COURTEOUS TOWARDS OTHERS
- TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WANT TO BE TREATED
- MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS
- STAY WITHIN YOUR OWN PERSONAL SPACE
- SHOW RESPECT FOR ALL STAFF AND CLASSROOMS
- COME PREPARED
- WEAR APPROPRIATE CLOTHING
- BE ACCOUNTABLE FOR YOUR ACTIONS
- BE DEPENDABLE
- BE HONEST
- DO THE RIGHT THING, EVEN WHEN OTHERS AREN’T LOOKING
- BE RESPECTFUL OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
- WALK IN THE HALLS
- USE CLASS FOR LEARNING, NOT SOCIALIZING
ADMINISTRATION / SUPPORT STAFF
Principal Josh Miller
Assistant Principal Helen Oriend
Secretary/Bookkeeper Catherine Lescalleet
Office Associate (Main Office) Rose Panto
Office Associate (Attendance) Kelly Smith
School Counselor Amanda Shenk
School Counselor Michelle Britton
School Counseling Secretary/Registrar Ashley Stukey
School Nurse Christina Suhrie
Instructional Technology Resource Teacher Sean Fenner
Athletic Director Jeff Anderson
Head Custodian Gary Kwolek
Cafeteria Manager Michele James
PTO President Liz Anderson
School Resource Officer Deputy Cackowski
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE / MOMENT OF SILENCE: In accordance with FCPS Policy and the Code of Virginia, staff and students will observe a moment of silence at the beginning of each day. Students are to remain seated and silent, and not disrupt or distract others during the moment of silence. Students and staff are prohibited from influencing in any way students to pray or meditate, or not to pray or meditate, during the moment of silence.
Students and staff are prohibited from praying aloud during the moment of silence.
The Pledge of Allegiance, as established in 4 D.S.C., Section 4, shall be recited daily in each classroom. No student shall be compelled to recite the pledge, and those who are exempt due to religious, philosophical, or other grounds may stand or sit quietly at their desk.
BIKING AND WALKING TO AND FROM SCHOOL: To ensure student safety, we encourage students to use the transportation provided by FCPS. Auburn Middle School students may be granted permission to walk/bike to and from school, with written parent permission, on an as needed or daily basis. Written notes/email must be presented to the main office by/before 12:00 PM. Phone calls will not be accepted.
HOMEWORK POLICY: Instructional expectation in Fauquier County places value on collaboration, rigor, variety of instructional practice, and measurable student performance not associated with multiple choice testing and/or the memorization of facts. Fauquier County Public Schools endeavors to insure that homework assigned to students is meaningful, engaging, relevant, and matches best instructional practices. Empirical research regarding the value of homework is mixed and divergent. Likewise, recent parent survey results indicated that nearly one-third of those surveyed found no value in homework. In summary, our graduates must be well-rounded, highly skilled young men and women who possess skills favored by employers, colleges and universities, the military, etc. The homework that we assign to students should match these principles.
CHEATING/COPYING/PLAGIARISM: Students are expected to do their own work. Any student who participates in cheating or copying (including allowing another student to copy) will be given a failing grade, and their parents will be contacted by either the teacher or an administrator. Downloading work from the Internet or cutting and pasting from a Website or computer program is plagiarism and violates copyright law. Continued violations may result in further discipline.
CLINIC/MEDICATION: Students may receive over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medication at school. All medications should be brought to school by parent/guardian. OTC medications should be in new, unopened containers and prescriptions should be in the original pharmacy packaging. A form is required for all medications with a doctor signature required for all prescriptions or OTC medications not given per manufacturer label. Each school year, doctor orders are needed for all inhalers and Epi-pens at school. Students are prohibited from carrying/using medication on their own except for lip balm, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, and contact solution.
STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Student discipline is reviewed/considered on a case-by-case basis. Consequences will be determined based on investigative results and student history, and will be communicated to both student and parent(s) in a timely manner.
FOCUS AND RECOVERY (FAR): Students may be assigned to FAR for certain class periods due to incidents of disrespect, defiance, and disruption (FCPS Level 1 Offenses). After the third time a student is sent to FAR, he/she will receive a formal discipline referral which may result in additional interventions/consequences (FCPS Level 2/Level 3).
SEARCHES: School administration may conduct a search with reasonable suspicion. The scope of the search will depend upon the information received, and may include searches of clothing (pockets, shoes, socks, jackets), binders, book bags etc., and lockers.
Drug dogs may be brought in at any time for the purpose of conducting random, school-wide searches. During a visit from the drug dog, Auburn will be under the direction of the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office and will be on modified lock-down status; students and staff will remain in classrooms, instruction will continue during modified lockdown.
DRESS CODE: A student’s dress and appearance shall not cause disruption, distract others from the educational process, nor create a health or safety problem. All students are expected to dress appropriately. Items of clothing with language that is vulgar, obscene, discriminating, or that promotes or depicts weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, drug paraphernalia, violence, or gang symbols are prohibited. These standards are in effect for the school day as well as all after-school functions and all other activities.
When it is determined that a student’s dress is inappropriate for the educational setting, the student will be sent to the main office and given an option of changing into school related clothing/spirit wear or to contact their parent/guardian in order to have alternate clothing brought to the school. Students will remain in the main office until alternate clothing is brought to the school building.
- More specific/additional information is included in the FCPS Code of Student Conduct. Which can be accessed by going to fcps1.org (Departments/Student Services/Student Discipline/Code of Conduct)
BUS BEHAVIOR: School transportation is provided to students as a privilege. Students are to conduct themselves on school busses in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior. This applies to all bus transportation—including field trips. Students who do not comply with the established rules of the bus may have their riding privileges suspended. In such cases, the parents of the student become responsible for seeing that students get to and from school safely. Drivers have the authority to assign seats on an individual or group basis. A student suspended from one bus is suspended from all busses.
If a student needs to ride a bus other than his/her own, both students must bring notes from their parents giving them permission. All notes will need to be submitted to the main office by/before 12:00 PM. Both students will be given a bus pass by main office personnel which will need to be presented to the bus driver.
BULLYING, CYBER BULLYING, SEXUAL HARASSMENT, OR DERAGOTORY COMMENTS OF A RACIAL
OR ETHNIC NATURE: Bullying, harassment, or making racial or ethnic slurs of any kind is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Students being bullied or harassed in any way should report incidents to a member of the Auburn staff immediately. A Report of Concern (ROC) form may also be accessed/completed online. All such reports are taken seriously and are thoroughly investigated. Students found to be bullying or harassing others will face disciplinary action and a parent will be contacted.
(For additional information regarding bullying please refer to FCPS Code of Student Conduct).
COMPUTER USE: All students are expected to follow the guidelines for Acceptable Computer System and Internet Use, as outlined in the Fauquier County Code of Conduct. Students violating the acceptable use policy may have their computer privileges suspended or revoked.
BYOD: In 2012-2013 Fauquier County Public Schools established an acceptable use policy for allowing electronic devices in school. The basis behind the change in policy was that the devices could be used to enhance classroom instruction, however, if not being used for instructional purposes all electronic devices are to remain off. Teacher permission is required in order for students use electronic devices in order to take photos and/or videos. At no time may students possess their devices in Physical Education classes, gymnasium, or locker rooms. In cases where students do not adhere to these expectations the following consequences will be enacted:
1st violation – The electronic device will be confiscated and turned in to main office until end of
the school day and in some cases, involving PE violations, parents will be contacted and required to come to school in order to pick the device up from main office.
2nd violation – The electronic device will be confiscated and turned in to main office, parent will be contacted and will need to come to school in order to pick the device up from main office.
3rd violation – The electronic device will be confiscated and turned in to main office, parent will be contacted and will need to come to school in order to pick the device up from main office. Limitations will be place on student bringing the device to school per parent/administration agreement.
YOU OR A FRIEND NEED HELP?
How Can You Help a Friend Who is Depressed or Suicidal?
ACT! Don’t keep secrets about life and death
- Acknowledge what you see – if someone seems depressed or is thinking about suicide, encourage them to get professional help
- Care – listen to the person, let them know you care, and give them hope that they can feel better with help
- Tell a trusted adult (parent, teacher, school counselor, etc…)
Where to turn for help:
- Rappahannock Rapidan Behavioral Health Clinic - Access line open 7 days/week, 24 hours/day 540- 347-7620
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800- 273-TALK
- Mental Health Resource Link on Fauquier County Public Schools website: org
- Go to Student Services Tab
- Click on Behavior and Counseling
- Mental Health Association of Fauquier County – information on mental health issues and symptoms, and listing of local counselors fauquier-mha.com
- Facebook crisis chat line – if you spot a suicidal thought on a friend’s page, click a link next to the comment.
Facebook will send the person a link to begin a confidential chat.
This information provided by the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County and the Fauquier County School Health Advisory Board