Knighthawk Family News
PLEASANT KNOLL MIDDLE SCHOOL
Message from Mr. Young
As the days are counting down to August 17th, the excitement of opening Pleasant Knoll Middle School is building. I will be honest and tell you that I am having trouble sleeping because I am so excited. The opportunity in front of us is going to be challenging, but at the same time, very rewarding. We are bringing students from seven existing schools, teachers and staff from six existing schools, and other new students and staff to the district. We will work extremely hard to build a culture of acceptance, high expectations, academic achievement, safety, and positivity. I know that I am looking forward to sharing this journey with our staff, students, and parents. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have questions and concerns moving forward.
The building is winding down the construction phase and it will be ready for students on August 17th. Our hope was to offer tours to our families but with construction still ongoing, we are unable to offer those at this time. We plan to see all of our Knighthawk families on August 15th and 16th at Open Houses.
Again, I appreciate your patience and understanding as we work together to build a wonderful school culture at Pleasant Knoll Middle School. We hope you enjoy your last two weeks of summer!
Grey Young, Principal
6TH GRADE MEET THE TEACHER/OPEN HOUSE
Tuesday, Aug. 15th, 6-8pm
Pleasant Knoll Middle School
7th/8th GRADE MEET THE TEACHER/OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, Aug. 16th, 5:30-7:30pm
Pleasant Knoll Middle School
Student Morning Procedures
- Students should be dropped off in the car rider line no earlier than 7:40AM.
- We will allow students to enter the building at that time.
- Students will enter through the main doors on the right side facing the building.
- Bus riders will enter at the back of the school from the bus lot.
- All students will go to their respective grade level hallways until 8:05AM, when they will enter their homeroom classes.
- Teachers will direct students where to go on their respective grade level hallways.
Procedures for Car Riders
- All cars dropping off will need to stay in the far right lane the entire loop. The left lane will be used for staff parking and visitors that will be entering the building.
- We ask all cars to pull forward as far as possible to allow more students to exit their cars (shown in the picture as the yellow circle). This will also keep the drop-off and pick-up line moving as fast as possible.
- Please do not pass cars in the left lane.
- Please do not use cell phones while in the car rider line.
- Do not drop off any students until the car is at a sidewalk area (near the beginning of the covered walkway).
- Please follow the directions of the staff member(s) on duty at the time.
- Please follow the directions of the crossing guard at the entrance.
Cell Phone Policy
The FMSD Middle School Principals developed the following cell phone policy for middle school students across the district.
Cell phones must be turned off and not be visible in the building/school grounds from 7:40 A.M. – 3:20 P.M. Cell phones should be placed in each student’s secure locker when the homeroom bell rings. A cell phone may not be used during the school day unless an employee at PKMS gives permission. Cell phones are not permitted for use in the hall while students wait for the homeroom bell to ring. In addition, students may NOT use a cell phone to contact parents during the school day without an employee’s permission. There is a phone in the office for student phone calls.
Devices may only be used in the classroom for educational purposes while under the supervision and permission of a teacher.
Any visible sign of a cell phone is a violation of the cell phone rules.
- 1st violation – warning and confiscation of phone until the end of the day
- 2nd violation – ISS lunch detention and confiscation of phone until the end of the day
- 3rd violation – 1 day of ISS and confiscation of phone until the end of the day
- 4th violation – 1 day of ISS and confiscation of phone until the end of the day
- 5th violation and beyond - 1 day of ISS for each offense and conference with parent to develop a plan for future cell phone use at school
Violation and refusal to give school employee the electronic device will result in additional punishment and will result in no less than one day of in-school suspension.
Please review the dress code with your son/daughter so that students are dressed appropriately and successfully on the first day and throughout the school year.
The following regulations will be followed:
The Fort Mill School District’s Student Policy JICA Student Dress/Uniforms states “Although the responsibility for the dress and appearance of students rests with each student and his/her parent/guardian, students are expected to show pride in themselves and their schools by having their dress and appearance in accordance with good acceptable standards. The school administration and board discourage extreme styles of dress and grooming. Students will dress in appropriate attire. Students are expected to dress in clothing that abides by the district dress code policy. Logos or clothing that promotes alcohol, drugs, tobacco, racism, hate, gang affiliation, nudity, or profanity is not allowed. No clothing or accessories are allowed to disrupt the educational process. The administration reserves the right to determine what is appropriate for school.
Pleasant Knoll Middle School students are expected to adhere to these administrative dress guidelines:
- Proper shoes must be worn at all times for safety reasons. Shoes with cleats may not be worn. Bedroom shoes/slippers are not appropriate for school. Flip flops are permitted.
- Students may wear shorts, dresses, skirts, etc. whose length is no shorter than four inches above the knee.
- All tops/shirts must have sleeves that cover/conceal the underarm area.
- Tops/shirts must be long enough that they can be tucked into pants or shorts and shall cover the belt line when the arms are raised above the head.
- Tank tops, halter tops, crop tops, strapless tops, and see through garments are not appropriate/permitted for school.
- Sports jerseys must be worn with a sleeved shirt underneath that covers/conceals the underarm area.
- Underwear must not be visible.
- Pants or jeans with holes, tears or tattered to the extent that skin or underwear is visible above the knee are not appropriate for school.
- Pants are to be worn around the natural waist line (no sagging).
- No headwear (hats, bandanas, caps, hoods, etc.) or sunglasses may be worn in the building by students upon arrival until dismissal.
- Long chains and jewelry which could be deemed a safety hazard or a distraction to the learning environment should not be worn.
- Accessories that distract from the learning environment will not be allowed.
If there is a disagreement between students and/or parents/legal guardians and the staff regarding the appropriateness of clothing, the administration will use his/her discretion to make the final decision. Disciplinary action regarding the enforcement of this policy is listed below.
Violations will result in the following:
- First offense – change clothes/in-school suspension (ISS) until clothes are brought
- Second offense – parent conference/ISS remainder of day, regardless; change clothes
- Third offense – ISS and/or detention, regardless; change clothes
- Subsequent offenses – suspension
Lockers and Bookbags
- Each student will receive a locker with a combination lock within the first week of school. We apologize for the inconvenience as we were unaware of the locks coming with the lockers. Any student that paid the locker fee has a credit on their account on Acorn.
- The size of the lockers are 12 x 12 x 60.
- Students will not be allowed to take book bags into their classes. Students will have opportunities to go to their lockers between their core classes.
- Rolling book bags are NOT allowed.
Acceptable Food Policy
Effective with the 2014-2015 school year, homemade or home baked foods are no longer allowed to be distributed to students within the classroom or applicable classroom setting. Acceptable foods for distribution are those items that were prepared in a commercial and/or licensed kitchen, and most importantly, are packaged with a label clearly listing the contents and ingredients of the food item. With the continued rise in severe and often life-threating food allergies, this policy is designed to provide consistency and minimize allergy risks in all classrooms district-wide, while maintaining a safe and positive learning environment for all students. It is important to note that the policy does not apply to a student’s personal lunch.
The policy is part of a larger, comprehensive Food Allergy Guideline approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2014, which can be found on the district’s website at http://www.fortmillschools.org/ under “Board Policies.” Further questions can also be directed to the principal, school nurse, or by contacting the district office at 803-548-2527. You may also visit the Student Nutrition website by clicking here.