PLA @ Bellingrath Newsletter
Buccaneer Bulletin November 12, 2023
to ensure that each of our scholars meet high academic and social standards, and thrive as leaders at home, in their communities, and in the world.
Our ultimate goal is that our scholars master key academic skills, and demonstrate strong character as exhibited by: honesty, service to others, a superior work ethic, and a strong vision for and belief in their futures.
Character Trait of the Month
PLA Instructional Strategy of the Month
NEW FACULTY & STAFF
PLA @ Bellingrath Middle School's faculty and staff continue to welcome new family members. We are delighted to have each of them as valued members of Buc Nation. We look forward to working with them throughout the school year.
Honor Roll - Perfect Attendance - Scholar of the Month - Star Parents
On November 3, 2023, we recognized scholars who meet the requirements for Honor Roll and Perfect Attendance. Scholars of the Month were also recognized. This month we also started recognizing our Star Parents. Star Parents we appreciate you for making sure your scholar is at school everyday, because Attendance Matters. All of these honorees received a certificate. Other tokens of appreciation were also given to our scholars and parents. We would like to shout out our parents who took the time to join us in our celebration.
World Kindness Day - Monday , November 13, 2023
VETERANS' DAY OBSERVED - NOV. 10, 2023
Veterans day is a remembrance of all U.S. military veterans, past and present. It is celebrated every November 11th, and has been a federal holiday since 1926. Veterans are proud of their military service in defending our Nation. The theme for Veterans Day 2023 is “Service.” Veterans are proud of their military service in defending our Nation. Honor reflects the military value and tradition of answering the call to duty. There is distinct honor in serving to protect our way of life and the Constitution of the United States of America. On this day, many will participate in service projects to honor a veteran. If you and your scholar chose to do so, please take a picture and email it to your scholar's homeroom teacher with a brief description. You might see your picture in our next newsletter.
Staff and scholars will not have school on November 10th as we observe Veterans Day. Thank you to all who have served and we will see you back in class on Monday, November 13th!
El personal y los estudiantes no tendrán clases el 10 de noviembre porque celebramos el Día de los Veteranos. ¡Gracias a todos los que han servido y nos vemos de regreso en clase el lunes 13 de noviembre!
We Honor Our PLA @ Bellingrath Veterans
🗣 What's Happening in November ✍🏽
November 3 | 1st Nine Weeks Honors Assembly
November 8 | Parent Engagement Night
November 10 | Veterans Day Observed (All MPS SCHOOLS and OFFICES will be Closed.)
November 13 Attendance Matters Competition Continues - This week we will focus on team
attendance. We are looking for the team and the teacher with the highest average
daily attendance for this week.
November 14 -15 Classroom Guidance Sessions Healthy Relationships Value of Human Life
November 16 | Progress Reports and Title 1 Parent Meeting
November 17 | P.B.I.S Celebration (Positive Behavior reward & Student of the Month Celebration)
November 20-24 | Thanksgiving Break (Students and Teachers will NOT report the whole week.)
Be On The Lookout
Come out and support our 7th grade boys, girls and 8th grade boys basketball teams as they compete each week.
We normally operate on an eight period schedule. In certain circumstances, we adhere to a block schedule (White/Odd or Green/Even Day)
Regular Bell Schedule
Electronic Device Policy
Cell phones will be taken up at the checkpoints every morning and returned to scholars during their last class period. Cell phones will be collected by designated school personnel each morning. The designee will have yonder pouches and last period rosters to keep track of the cell phone he/she receives. Each day the designee will initial the roster showing whose cell phones were collected. Each student will place their cell phone in a yonder pouch. They will be labeled with the student’s and last period teacher’s name. The yonder pouches/phones will be placed in a storage bin labeled with their last period teacher’s name.
When the checkpoint closes, the storage bins will be delivered to the administrators for locked storage for the day (6th grade – Assistant Principal, 7th grade – Dean of Culture & Climate, 8th grade – Assistant Principal). Students who check in late will turn in their phones/yonder pouches to the front office. These phones will also be labeled. The label will include the student’s name, grade and last period teacher’s name. Each morning at 9:15 A M the aforementioned administrators will 2023-2024 Bell Schedule pick up any phones turned in by students who were checked in due to late arrival. These phones will then be locked in the designated areas with the phones collected from checkpoint. During the last class period, storage bins containing cell phones will be delivered to the students’ last period teachers. Any students who checked in after 9:15 A.M. will have to retrieve their phones from the front office after school. After school, all teachers will return storage bins to the designated area to be used the next school day. If a student checks out early they will retrieve their phone from their administrator or the front office.
Consequences: Pouch Damage / Lost Pouch / Using Phone During School
If a student damages their Pouch or is caught on their phone, the following consequences will be implemented.
- First Offense - Administration will collect the phone/Pouch and call home for a Parent Pickup. Phones will be held for 24 hours and released only to the parent/adult listed in PowerSchool. (Weekends do not count)
- Second Offense - Administration will assign the student to In-School Suspension and: Phones will be held for 24 hours and released only to the parent/adult listed in PowerSchool. (Weekends do not count) (Code 9 Defiance Disrespect and Opposition to Authority)
- Third and Subsequent Offense - Administration will assign an Out of School Suspension in compliance with the district policy. Phones will be held for 24 hours and released only to the parent/adult listed in PowerSchool. (Weekends do not count) (Code 10 Disobedience: Persistence/Willful)
DRESS CODE (UNIFORM) PROCEDURES
Attire that is considered disruptive or that seriously distracts from the learning environment or that could present a health or safety problem is not appropriate in an educational setting. With this in mind, the following rules concerning dress and grooming are mandatory for all students attending Montgomery Public Schools.
All PLA @ Bellingrath Middle School students are required to wear uniforms. Students are required to have their student ID badge worn on a lanyard. Colors of uniforms (top and bottom) will be determined by each school. Only one belt may be worn with attire. Standard belt buckles only (no over- sized belt buckles). Shorts, skirts and skorts must be no higher than knee length from the crease in the back of the knee. Slits in skirts and dresses must meet the knee length regulation. Skirts that zip down or button down the front will not be permitted.
Students must wear shoes that cover their feet. Athletic shoes in the colors of white, black, or a combination of white and black are preferred. Each school may permit other colors of shoes as deemed appropriate. No bedroom slippers, flip flops, crocs, stilettos, slides, boots with chains, steel toes or other metal reinforcement, thigh high boots or athletic slides will be allowed.
Hats, caps, sweatbands, bandanna, visors, sunglasses and hoodies must be removed and placed in the locker or designated area and remain there during the school day (except for health and/or religious reasons, which must be approved in advance by the administration). Students are not to wear jewelry, ornaments, or accessories which distract from the learning environment. Facial and or tongue jewelry is not allowed for males or females. For safety reasons, visual piercing jewelry is limited to ears only. Hoops larger than one inch will not be allowed. Jewelry which includes long necklaces, accessories with spikes or chains, heavy medallions, removable dental grills, heavy bracelets and large finger rings will not be allowed. Students must wear clothing that fits properly and is clean. Pants must be worn at the waist and may not be sagging. Oversized or undersized clothing, including pants, skirts, blouses, dresses, pants, or shirts, will not be allowed. Pant legs must be uniform length and may not drag on the floor. No pajamas or sleepwear are allowed. Clothing may not be shredded or with open holes. No clothing shall be worn inside out. Suspenders/braces shall be fastened, and belts buckled.
Students are not to wear clothing that reveals the body in an inappropriate manner. Examples include clothing, which is too tight, too short and bare at the midriff. Undergarments must be worn in an appropriate manner and not be visible.
All students are expected to be well groomed and always exhibit proper hygiene in efforts to promote and maintain a clean and sanitary learning environment.
Tattoos, insignias, and buttons which promote alcohol, tobacco, drugs, vulgarities, violence, illegal activity, or are demeaning to other persons may not be worn at school.
Students shall not be permitted to wear clothing, accessories or regalia that conveys membership or affiliation with a “gang” or other similarly oriented group or association prone to violence or criminal acts.
Backpacks/Bookbags are no longer permitted at PLA @ Bellingrath Middle School. If girls carry a purse, it must be clear.
The uniform guidelines of the school coincide with MPS dress code, but can be more detailed and specific for individual sites.
Scholars are to wear clothing that fit properly.
Pants must be worn at the waist (no sagging). Only one belt may be worn with attire. Shirts must be tucked in at all times.
Shorts, skorts, skirts should not be more than 2 inches above the knee.
6th Grade - Black collar shirt
7th Grade - Hunter Green collar shirt
8th Grade - White collar shirt
Plain pullover collar polo style shirt (without logos, emblems or markings preferred) Scholars may wear a plain sweatshirt (the same color as their grade level collared shirt) on top of their grade level uniform shirt.
All coats/jackets must be solid black. Coats/Jackets must zip or button down completely.
Shoes: Athletic shoes
Scholars must wear shoes that cover their feet. Athletic shoes are preferred. No bedroom slippers, flip flops, stilettos, slides, thongs, mules, clogs, crocs, etc.
CONSEQUENCES FOR DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS
First violation: Parent/guardian will be contacted and required to take corrective action. The parent will be asked to bring appropriate apparel/shoes or ID card to school.
Second violation: Student will receive one-day in school suspension. The parent/guardian will be asked to bring appropriate apparel/shoes or ID card to school.
Third or subsequent violations: will be upgraded to B10: Persistent/Willful Disobedience and consequences will be issued accordingly.
Join Our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
Please become a member of our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The PTO gives parents and teachers the opportunity to work together to supplement and enrich our scholars' educational experience. The mission is for teachers and parents to work together to enhance the quality of education to help make the students’ dreams a reality. This partnership will help create committees to work on several different projects to enhance each student's educational experience to assist with achievements in the future.
- Ensure all scholars increase by a minimum of 10% proficiency in ELA and Math on NWEA and ACAP.
- Ensure 95% staff attendance average during the 23-24 school year.
- Ensure 80% of scholars participating in intervention groups experience an average growth of 1.5 years or higher.