Switzerland Point Middle School
NEW STUDENT INFORMATION
From Ms. Carnall
Welcome to Switzerland Point Middle School!!! We are so excited you have as a part of the Raider family. We hope that you will find the information below helpful as you get settled in here at SPMS. More information about the start of school will be released in the next two weeks.
You can also check for updates on our school and district websites.
SPMS Website: http://www-raider.stjohns.k12.fl.us/
St. Johns County School District Website: http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us
We look forward to meeting you and your families soon!
- August 9: District Meet the Teacher 8-11-See Flier Below!
- August 10: First Day of School!
- August 17: Student Council Interest meeting 2:00 P7
- August 23: Picture Day
Any person that plans on entering the building needs to be cleared. The District asks EVERY parent/guardian to register for access. If you are volunteering or having a meeting you must be cleared through our system.
Please go to: http://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/volunteer/ to submit your application. Any questions, contact Stacey McEnerney, SPMS Volunteer Coordinator, at 904-547-8650.
Ms. Lynda Parks-8th Grade Counselor
Ms. Caryn Patterson-7th Grade Counselor
Ms. Jennifer Tippins-6th Grade Counselor
School Calendar and Hours
First Day of School for Students: August 10
Last Day of School for Students: May 24
Daily Bell Schedule:
- Warning Bell: 7:25 AM
- 1st Period Begins at 7:30 AM (A student is tardy if they arrive to class later than 7:30 AM)
- 8th grade lunch: 10:00-10:30 AM (9:33-10:03 AM on W)
- 7th grade lunch: 10:50-11:20 AM (10:14-10:44 AM on W)
- 6th grade lunch: 11:40-12:10 PM (10:55-11:20 AM on W)
- School ends at 1:50 PM M/T/TH/F, 12:50 PM on W
SPMS has a 7 period bell schedule that is 45 minutes long everyday except Wednesdays. On Wednesdays, classes are 35 minutes long.
Please see the SJCSD Master Calendar and Daily Bell Schedule attached.
Student Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct has information regarding SJCSD Guiding Principles, student rights and responsibilities, attendance, school health, and discipline.
The signature page at the back will be required to be printed out and signed. Please either send in your signed copy to the front office or scan and email it to Michelle Campbell at Michelle.Campbell@stjohns.k12.fl.us
Absences and Early Check Out
Reporting Student Absences
If your student is tardy, early check-out, or returns from being absent, a note is required. The note must contain the student’s full legal name and be returned withing 48 hours after the student returns to school from their absence. These notes can be turned in to Ms. Corte in the guidance office or by filling out the absence form on our school website.
If students accrue 15 unexcused daily absences they will be referred to the district as truant. Please refer to the student code conduct for information on truancy
Requesting Early Checkout Procedures:
Complete the form on our website to request early checkout. It is located on the bottom left (side bar) of the website. The form needs to be completed by 6 AM the day you are requesting early checkout. After the 6 AM cut off, please send your child in with a note to the front office like normal. Please do not request early checkout more than 2 days in advance.
As a safety precaution, students will only be released to the parent/guardian or the Emergency Contact listed on the Emergency Card. A current driver’s license must be presented to the front office to check a student out early. The following procedure will be strictly enforced: NO student may be signed out after 1:25 pm each day except Wednesday. The latest early checkout on Wednesday is 12:25 pm. Parents must arrive in the office no later than 1:20 p.m. (or 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday) in order to sign their child out early. Students who check out during the school day due to illness are not eligible to return to school that evening to participate in activities or be a member of the audience.
In accordance with statutory requirement F.S. 1006.07 (students are prohibited from wearing clothing that exposes underwear or that exposes body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner) enforcement will focus on positive guidance without embarrassment to the student and should not disrupt the educational process.
- Personal attire may be in the style of the day. Clothing, piercings and accessories displaying profanity, violence, discriminatory messages, sexually suggestive phrases, phrases or symbols of alcohol, tobacco or drugs is unacceptable.
- Gang graffiti will not be drawn or worn on backpacks, notebooks, folders, papers, clothing or any other object or on the body of any student or person on school property.
- Head gear, including but not limited to, caps, hats, bandanas and/or sunglasses shall not be worn indoors on campus unless permitted by school administration for religious or medical reasons. Students may wear sunglasses, hats, or other sun‐protective wear while outdoors during school hours.
- Clothing must cover areas from one armpit to the other armpit, down to the mid‐thigh. Tops must have shoulder straps and be long enough to adequately cover the waistline and not expose the midriff.
- See‐through or mesh garments must be worn with opaque clothing over it or underneath that meets the standard for clothing coverage.
- Rips or tears in clothing above the mid‐thigh must not expose skin.
When a student rides a bus, they must ride the bus the Transportation Department has assigned to them. Bus drivers are authorized to issue referrals for rule infractions which could result in disciplinary action including a bus suspension. Parent requests or complaints regarding bus service should be directed to Transportation at 904-547-7810. Bus information can also be found in your HAC account.
Students may ride bicycles. All bicycles must be parked and locked in the racks provided. Students may never ride bicycles through the bus loading area or on campus. Everyone is required by law to wear a bike helmet when riding bicycles.
Parent Drop-off & Pick-up
Students can be dropped off starting at 6:50 AM. The doors will open at 7:10. At 7:10 students will go to their lockers and then either to breakfast or their first period class.
Students are permitted to go to the cafeteria from 7:10-7:25 if they are purchasing food from our cafeteria. They must eat and then go directly to first period. Anyone arriving to first period after 7:30 will be marked tardy.
Staying after school
Students that are staying after school for any reason, such as make-up work, review session, club meeting or sports, are under the sponsoring teacher’s supervision until the parent arrives. Students are NOT allowed to sit outside or in the main office unsupervised waiting for their ride. Please be in the parking lot at the time of dismissal from after school activities.
Home Access Center-HAC
You can use HAC to look at your student's updated grades (weekly), attendance, discipline, class schedule (once released), and test scores.
Each student and parent will be issued a username and password to access HAC at the beginning of the year. Current St. Johns County students will continue their same password and login each year.
New students will receive their HAC passwords shortly after registration.
For more information about HAC please visit the SJCSD website: https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/hac/
Schoology is used by teachers to post assignments and due dates for students. Each student and parent will be issued a username and password to access Schoology. This forum creates a calendar for students to access assignments, see when they are due, and sometimes, submit assignments. If you are a returning SJCSD student or parent your login information does not change. New families to SJCSD will receive this information the first week of school.
You can learn more about Schoology here: https://www.stjohns.k12.fl.us/media/edtech/schoology/schoology-for-parents/
Students will take ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies and PE every year. Passing these classes with a 60% and above is required to be promoted to the next grade level. Grading scale is as follows:
Students will also take 2 elective classes each year which will be selected by students upon registration.
8th Grade students receive a career and education planning component in their social studies class.
If students do not pass a class they will have the option of retaking that class during the summer through a virtual learning provider.
Hello from the Dean's office!
Meet our SPMS Deans Ms. Kelly Gibian and Ms. Kiersten SaenzWhat do our Deans do?
- Set and teach behavior expectations.
- Enforce positive behaviors.
- Issue consequences for violations against the Code of Conduct.
- Communicate with parents if concerns arise.
- Collaborate with school counselors and teachers to assist with personal or academic concerns.
- Work with the Resource Officer to ensure student safety.
- Advocate for students.
- Use restorative discipline strategies to encourage reflection on behaviors and learning from mistakes.
You can reach our deans at the contact information below:
PBIS-Positive Behavior Intervention System
SPMS uses PBIS to reward students for their positive behavior. Students can earn “RAIDER BUCKS” to use at the Raider Store to purchase prizes or purchase ice cream on Fridays. They can also buy raffle tickets to win prizes at our drawings done twice a year.
Students will be given a QR code for teachers to issue raider bucks and for students to use their raider bucks. QR codes will be issued by the Deans at the beginning of the year.
Demerits may be issued for any behavior that does not follow our school rules or code of conduct. The use of demerits is a way to give students opportunities to learn appropriate behavior. At the beginning of every year, students are informed of school expectations. If a behavior does not meet these expectations or follow the student code of conduct, they will be issued a demerit. Multiple demerits can warrant lunch detention, ISS, or OSS (out of school suspension). Demerits are a way to show grace to students as we teach the behavior expectations. They are formal warnings that do not initially result in consequences until a student accumulates 3 demerits throughout the semester. Demerits will reset at the end of first semester. Demerits do not get logged into the official online records system (HAC) until the 5th demerit and each demerit that follows each semester.
***Students will be given a letter to bring home to parents at the beginning of the year. This letter will explain how to log into PBIS so you can check your student's Raider Buck rewards and demerits.
1st Demerit: Warning (teacher contact parent via email)
2nd Demerit: Warning (teacher contact parent via email)
3rd Demerit: 1 day Lunch Detention (Deans contact parent)
4th Demerit: 2 days Lunch Detention (Deans contact parent)
5th Demerit: Wednesday After School Detention (Deans contact parent)
6th Demerit: 1 day ISS (Deans Contact parent)
7th Demerit: 2 days ISS (Deans contact parent)
8th Demerit or more: May result in ISS or OSS (Deans contact parent)
One expectation is that students are on time to class and to school. We will be using the Swipe360 program for tardies this year. That means if a student is tardy to class they must go to the machine and enter their student ID. The machine will provide them a pass with their consequence printed out on it and log the tardy directly into HAC. This process will be explained and modeled during the first few weeks of school.
You can view daily attendance, including tardies, on HAC. Log on, click the attendance tab, and a color-coded calendar appears. Hover over a date to see the attendance codes. Light purple is Tardy to Class (TC). Tardies reset each quarter.
Tardiness to class has the following consequences:
- Tardies #1-4: Warnings
- Tardy #5: 1 lunch detention
- Tardy #6: 2 lunch detention
- Tardy #7: Wednesday After School detention
- Tardy #8: 1 day ISS
- Tardy #9 delayed transitions until the end of the Quarter.
Please note that Tardies will be cumulative regarding consequences and include unexcused tardies to school.
End of Year Reward Trips
Attention 8th graders: These behavior and attendance expectations apply to Gradventure as well as the 8th Grade Formal!!!
Wireless Devices (Cell Phones, Earbuds and Smart Watches)
Students are not allowed to make phone calls, send texts or emails, or take or share photographs or videos during the school day. If a student needs to contact home there is a phone they can use in the front office. If you need to get a message to your student please call the front office and we will ensure the message gets to them.
The first violation will result in the phone being confiscated until the end of the day. The second violation will result in the phone being confiscated and it must be picked up by a parent at the end of the day. The third violation and each time after that will be considered defiance and the phone will only be released to the parent. Additionally, the student will be required to turn their cell phone in to the dean at the beginning of the day and picked up from the dean at the end of the day for a period of time as determined by the dean.
Students taking PE are required to wear either a purchased PE uniform or approved shorts/shirt. Students will need to wear sneakers with laces to participate in daily activities in PE. Not dressing out or wearing appropriate sneakers will affect students’ grade in PE. Here is the link to purchase PE uniforms.
Do you want to make a change at Swiss Point? Do you want to be a voice for your fellow students? Apply for student council!
· 6th and 7th grade students can run to be class representatives
· 8th grade students can run for officer positions
· Meetings will be once a month after school for all members and once a week during lunch for 8th grade students.
There will be an interest meeting on Thursday, August 17th from 2:00-2:30 in Ms. Clausen’s room (Portable 7). For more information reach out to Ms. Clausen (Catherine.email@example.com)
SPMS athletics consists of both boys and girls volleyball and basketball and Winterguard. All other middle school sports are operated by SJMSAA.
The St. Johns Middle School Athletic Association (”SJMSAA”) middle school sports program is not operated or sponsored by the St. Johns County School District. SJMSAA is an independent, private non-profit corporation, which uses District middle school names and facilities under a license agreement with the District, and which is solely responsible for the operation of the SJMSAA middle school sports program and its individual teams.
Students need to register through the SJMSAA website prior to tryouts. Once a student(s) makes a team, he/she will be provided with more information on paying and filling out the required forms
Special Message on the Marquee
SPMS National Junior Honor Society is sponsoring an opportunity to send a special birthday or congratulations message to your student via the marquee in the front of the school. Cost is $25. Complete the form here to submit your request (there's a separate link in the form to pay via Schoolpay upon submitting your request). Requests are due the Friday prior to the event and will display the following week (Tuesday through Monday). Example: if you turn in the request on Friday, September 17 then your message will be displayed on Tuesday, September 21. We will start displaying messages for the 23-24 school year starting August 8.
The SPMS PTSO is a non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the learning and work experience of the students and staff at SPMS.
Our membership includes teachers, administrators, parents and students.
What do we do?
- Neon Bash-Fall Dance for students
- Raider Store-Rewards for students who earn Raider Bucks for academic and behavioral performance
- Grade Level Support
- Character Counts! Rewards
- Classroom grants-teacher members are eligible for up to $100 in a classroom grant to purchase items to enhance their classroom
- Staff luncheons and breakfast
- Staff Appreciation
- Annual Donation to the school for technology and other needs
How do we pay for these initiatives?
- MEMBERSHIP-this is our biggest fundraiser. By simply joining PTSO, families help us reach our goals
- Spirit Wear-PTSO sells spirit wear each fall
- Fall/Spring Fundraisers-examples include Nothing Bundt Cakes and Poppin' Box
- Business Partners-our area business help SPMS through our Partners in Education program
- Corporate Donation Matches, Amazon Smile, Box Tops and private donations
How do you join?
- A family membership is $25 for the school year. The membership includes parents and any sibling at SPMS.
- Membership form can be found at https://switzerland-point-middle-school-ptso.square.site/
We are excited about a wonderful and busy 2023-2024 school year and making a difference at Swiss!
If you are interested in finding out how you can help contact Dawn Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT PTSO
There will be various fundraisers throughout the school year to participate in to help fund the PTSO 223-2024 initiatives.
Box Tops – Download the Box Tops app and scan your receipts for SMPS PTSO to get Box Top credits.
Keep an eye on the PTSO website, Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on what is coming up throughout the year!
For up to date happenings LIKE us on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/SwissPointPTSO/
SPMS PTSO is on INSTAGRAM! Follow us at https://www.instagram.com/spmsptso/
Check the PTSO website for all the latest news! http://www.swisspointptso.com/