Greetings and welcome to Independence Middle Magnet School. We are happy and excited to have you as a part of our school’s family. It is our goal that this will be the greatest year of educational growth, and exposure that your child has ever experienced.
We are implementing the Communications Magnet Theme at IMMS. Our curriculum is filled with many innovative, creative, motivating, and exciting classroom lessons, activities and projects. We believe and put into practice the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” It is essential and critical that you invest in your child’s education by assisting us in attaining the goals that we have set for your child’s success.
This calendar/handbook has been prepared to give you important information that you will need this school year. Please
review this information and remember to check the dates so that you will know what is going on in our school. We will also send other important information to you throughout the school year.
The faculty and staff at Independence Middle Magnet School are committed and dedicated to working with your child. We look forward to working with you in the best interest of your child.
Alexa M. Hookfin, Principal
Regular attendance at school is essential to learning. While we recognize that children get sick and family emergencies arise, we encourage our students to be present at school each day. The attendance policy is explained in detail in the parish handbook. You should read it carefully. However, a few key points are as follows:
· These items cannot be worn: Capri pants, cargo pants, cropped pants, or indoor jackets in colors other than white, navy, or purple. Hooded jackets may not be worn in the classroom or main building. Check policy.
· Pants must be no lighter than the lightest color on the color chart.
· Belts must be worn with pants that have belt loops.
· Shorts must reach the top of the knee. Only 5th and 6th can wear shorts.
· Earrings can only be worn (by girls) in the lobe of the ear. Earrings can not dangle.
· Shoes must have a closed toe and no heel. No sandals, wedges, platforms, or heels can be worn.
· There are no restrictions on outdoor jackets. However, they will not be worn in the building or in the classroom.
· Turtlenecks or T-shirts must be appropriate in color, (white, navy, or purple) and can only be worn underneath the uniform shirt.
· P.E uniforms must be worn in physical education classes.
The Student will:
· Bring books, paper, pencil, pens, and other materials to PAC.
· Not use electronic devices while assigned to PAC.
· Not eat candy, chew gum, eat food, or have any beverages (including water) while in PAC. EXCEPTIONS: Students will be permitted to eat lunch in PAC.
· Complete all work assigned by the PAC teacher.
· Adhere to the TPSS dress code while assigned to PAC.
· Not deface school property : Such acts will be considered vandalism.
· Follow all the school and PAC rules.
Textbooks are furnished to students by the school system on a loan basis and should be treated as borrowed property.
v Any damage to textbook will result in a fine. If a book has extensive damage, the full cost of a replacement will be assessed. When there is a minimal damage to a textbook that is still in adoption, and the book is usable, the teacher will note the damage in the front of the book and initial it. Damage assessment will be determined at school level by the librarian. When a student damages a book and pays the full price for it, the book still belongs to the school.
v Students who lose a textbook will be required to pay the full cost of the book before a replacement textbook is issued. If the original book is found and is in good condition, a refund will be given.
v If a student owes for lost or damaged textbooks, additional textbooks will not be issued until the debt(s) have been paid.
v Price lists may be picked up in the school’s office.
A $15.00 supply fee will be assessed on all students. The fee is used to purchase materials that enhance learning. It is preferable that the fee is paid during the first six weeks of school. If needed, arrangements may be made to pay installments. Speak to your child’s teacher concerning a plan. Students who have not paid fees will not be allowed to participate in field trips or other school activities that require money.
Federal law forbids the sale of these items before the last 15 minutes of the lunch period. Concessions are sold daily. Students are not allowed to sell candy or snacks unless it is participation of a fundraising activity for a school sponsored club or organization.
Students must have state required shot records that are current and up to date, or they will be excluded from school.
Fees Owed from Previous Years
Students who have outstanding fees from last year will not be issued textbooks until their fees are paid in full. Cumulative records and report cards will be held until the fees have been paid. Students who have outstanding fees will not be allowed to participate in field trips or take part in other activities that require money.
It is a student’s responsibility to take notes home. If a student refuses to take a note home, it is the parent’s responsibility to correct the situation. Due to the limited amount of planning time and accessibility to telephones, it is not always possible for your child’s teacher to call you in reference to notes sent home. Please do not request that we give notes to siblings, neighbors, etc. It deters your child from becoming responsible.
Classroom/ Campus Visitation
All visitors must sign in with the secretary in the main Office and receive a visitor’s pass using “school check in.” Visitors are not allowed in classrooms without approval from the principal. To further protect instructional time, we ask that items that need to be delivered to a student after class has begun, be brought to the office, and we will deliver the item(s) to the student. Classes will not be interrupted to deliver items not related to instruction.
Homework is an intricate part of the educational process. The purpose of homework is to provide practice of skills taught in the classroom. Homework can also serve as informational tools for parents. When parents take the time to look at their child’s homework, they will be aware of the skill(s) that their child is working on at school as well as allowing them to see which skill(s) their child is having difficulty with. The high demands of the standardized LEAP and iLEAP tests have made homework more important than ever. Students are required to do more homework in order to master a more difficult curriculum.
Emergency Early Dismissal/ School Closures
At the beginning of each school year, packets of forms are given to all students to take home for their parents to fill out. An Early Dismissal Form is included in the packet for transportation purposes. Homeroom teachers and the secretary keep copies of these forms. They give information telling how parents want their child to return home if there is an emergency early dismissal. The times of emergency early dismissals and school closures are determined by the Tangipahoa Parish School System. Please listen to local radio, television channels, IMMS school messenger and check TPSS website for all school closing announcements due to inclement weather or other emergency situations.
Students are expected to report to school with only the appropriate materials needed for learning. Students will be directed not to bring any personal property to school. This includes toys, jewelry, electronics, or other items. IMMS teachers and/or administrators will not be expected to locate or replace lost or stolen items. Teachers may confiscate inappropriate items and send them to the office. Parents will be required to collect confiscated items. They will not be sent home with students. Students should have no more than $2.00 with them at school unless they are participating in school activities that require funds.