Resources & Policies

** BACK TO SCHOOL ** FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

On Campus Registration Dates By Grade

Monday, August 6, 2018 (8:30am to 1:00pm)

On Campus registration for returning 7th and 8th grade students

and

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 (8:30am to 1:00pm)

On campus Registration for 6th grade students and new students

Policies & Procedures at Hewes

Visit the "Resources" page of the Hewes web site for school policies, procedures and more.


School Hours

8am to 2:38pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Campus opens at 7:40am

  • All Wednesdays are "late start" days when school hours are 9:05am to 2:38pm. This includes Wednesday, August 15.
  • On occasional minimum days, school hours are 8am to 12:20pm.

School Supplies

Each teacher has specific school supply preferences that they will discuss during the first week of school. We suggest students come prepared on their first day with a writing instrument, a binder or lined paper, and maybe a folder to capture handouts.

Student Schedules

What is Core?

Core for 6th graders is 3 periods: Reading, Language Arts and Social Science.

Core for 7th and 8th graders is 2 periods: Language Arts and Social Science.

What is the Exploratory Elective?

Sixth graders have the option to be in the exploratory wheel, band or try out for advanced chorus. In the exploratory wheel, students have a different elective every 9 weeks such as AVID exploratory, foreign language, research and technology, STEM, and woodshop.

If I want to request a schedule change, how do I do it?

Mrs. Motter will be available during on campus registration. If you have questions or want to change your schedule, please see her during registration as those in-person requests have the highest priority. Hewes registration is August 6th and 7th from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. If your change is able to be made, it will be available in your homeroom class on the first day of school. After the first day of school, only changes of a compelling nature will be considered.

What foreign language electives can I take as a 7th grader?

Hewes offers Spanish 1A for all 7th graders. After successfully completing Spanish 1A, you take Spanish 1B your 8th grade year.

You cannot begin a foreign language at Hewes your 8th grade year, you need to start in 7th grade. J

What is Technology PLTW and STEM?

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) provides the hands-on curriculum for the STEM program at Hewes. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. OUR year-long STEM elective classes are currently full in 7th and 8th grade but available in the 6th grade exploratory wheel.

Who can pick up my schedule at registration?

Schedules are handed out to the student and/or parent/guardian only.

The staff at Hewes Middle School considers your child’s course placement very seriously and teacher recommendations are made using a variety of multiple measures.

More information will be available at Back to School Night regarding course content and course progression.

What if we couldn't attend registration on August 6 or 7?

If you could not attend the August 6 or 7 registration dates, please visit the school office any day before August 14th with your completed Data Confirmation Sheet (print that last page of the online Data Confirmation process) to receive your class schedule.

If you cannot get to Hewes before school starts, students should go straight to their homeroom class on August 14 to turn in Data Confirmation Sheets and receive their class schedule. (Signs will be posted on August 14 indicating which homeroom students should report to, depending on grade and last name).

Makeup picture day is August 29th during PE class period. PE clothes can be purchased from the PE teacher.

Be sure to visit www.hewespta.org to support the PTA, sign the PTA Participation waiver for your student, and purchase spirit wear, yearbook etc.

SCHOOL YEAR RESOURCES

QUICK LINKS

  • Aeries Parent Portal - this is where parents and middle school students can find grades posted for each class, along with student contact and attendance data. Missing assignments are also identified on Aeries. Parents can access Aeries using their own login information and view each of their TUSD student's files in one place.
  • Google Classroom - Some teachers use Google Classroom to communicate with students to manage assignments. Parents can access Google Classroom using their student's login, on a desktop or smart phone.
  • Khan Academy - a great resource for math practice, and it is FREE!
  • PowerLearning (also known by its old name Haiku). Teachers use Haiku as their class web site. This may be used to post information students need, including assignments, textbooks and assignments. Parents may access Haiku using their student's login information.
  • Report an Absence
  • Tutorial Schedule Tutorial periods are built into the school day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each week the tutorial schedule changes, based on student needs. Tutorials are a great opportunity for students to get extra help!
  • Yearbook Purchase Yearbooks increase in price during the year, so make your purchase early!

POLICIES

Most of these Policies and Procedures are described in the Binder Reminder that students receive at the beginning of each school year. Changes may be made during the school year. Check with the school office for additional information.

HOW TO KEEP IN TOUCH WITH HEWES

Teachers will use Back-to-School Night, Haiku, posted assignments, Binder Reminders, assignment sheets, daily lectures, grade reports, emails, Aeries Parent Portal, Google Classroom and other means to keep parents and students notified of homework. If a parent or student has any questions or needs clarification, please contact the teacher immediately for help.

POLICIES & PROCEDURES:

BINDER REMINDER

ALL students are given a Binder Reminder at the beginning of the year. New students receive one at registration. It is essential and required that students have their Binder Reminders with them every day at all times. The purpose of the Binder Reminder is to help students organize time and effort in class and at home by providing a place to write down homework assignments, notes, and test or project due dates. The Binder Reminder also serves as a record of tutorial experiences. Students must never tear out pages, fold pages, deface, or manipulate the Binder Reminder in any way. Keep your Binder Reminder intact and treat it as school property. If the Binder Reminder is lost or missing, notify the office, so that the student may purchase a replacement.

ATTENDANCE

SCHOOL DAY

The school day at Hewes is from 8:00 am to 2:38 p.m., on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday, the school day is from 9:05 AM to 2:38 p.m. Students are requested to arrive no earlier than 7:40 a.m. (8:45 on Wednesdays) and stay no later than 2:45 p.m., unless participating in supervised activities.

Regular attendance is essential to school success. Students are not allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities if they have not been present 4 periods or more on the same day.

EXCUSED/UNEXCUSED ABSENCES & TARDIES

The only excused absences/tardies are for court dates, a doctor and/or medical appointment, death in the immediate family, family emergency, illness, and religious activities. Every unexcused absence may jeopardize a student’s grades. A phone call, email or written note from parent/guardian with date(s) and reason for absence needs to be presented to the office. Any absence not cleared will be marked “cut” and may result in a truancy letter.

A student is considered tardy when he/she is not in his/her seat when the bell rings. Students arriving late to school must report to the front office prior to reporting to class. A tardy slip will be issued. A pattern of unexcused tardies will result in progressive discipline, including after school detention. The first - third tardy in any class receives a BIR. Fourth Tardy in any class receives a major referral and automatic after school detention.

EARLY DISMISSAL/RELEASE PROCEDURES

If a student needs to be dismissed early, the office should be notified by a parent note before school, stating who will pick up the student and at what time. This is to ensure that teachers are notified and to avoid class interruptions. The parent/guardian must sign the student out before leaving campus. During the school day, students may only be released to people who are over the age of 18 and have been listed on the student’s emergency card. This is for the protection of all students. Students will not be called from class until the parent has arrived.

ACADEMICS & STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY

We believe that a sound educational program must insist upon academic honesty. In the classroom we strive to develop a respect for the dignity of the group and the individual. We believe the foundation for these values is self-respect based on self-confidence. We encourage self-confidence and personal integrity by insisting on the importance of doing one’s own work and establishing consequences for using another person’s ideas and words as one’s own.

Infractions of the Academic Honesty Policy:

Any intentional giving or use of external assistance relating to an examination, test or quiz without the permission of the teacher is considered to be cheating. Such as, copying from another student’s test paper or assisting/allowing someone to copy. Using ANY unauthorized notes or answers during a test.

Any intentional falsification or invention of data, citation, or other authority in an academic exercise, such as using an essay, research paper or assignment completed for one class for a different class. Creating false data for works cited or bibliography is cheating. Watching a film version of a literary work rather than reading the work is cheating. Using ANY printed or electronic “study guide” such as Cliff notes, instead of reading the literary work is considered cheating. It is cheating to use any electronic or digital media and/or internet to transmit via email, texting, instant messaging or any other method of transmitting information about an assignment for use by another student.

Collaboration on an essay or assignment with another person (e.g., another student, parent or tutor) without permission by the teacher is considered cheating. The sharing of Google Documents of any kind without specific teacher permission is cheating. The copying of another student’s work, no matter how small, is cheating. Borrowing a study sheet or calculator from another student, which has any answers for use on your work is cheating. Working with another student on an individual assignment and sharing the answers is cheating. Allowing a parent, tutor, or friend to revise or inject ideas into an essay or assignment is cheating

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is a very serious offense. Any use of another’s ideas, words, or work without appropriate credit is considered plagiarism. Plagiarism includes the misuse of published material, information from the Internet, and the work of other students. Copying word for word from a source without giving proper credit is plagiarism. Using a few of someone else’s words or phrases (patchwork plagiarism) without giving proper credit is plagiarism. Copying someone else’s paper or creative work in any way without appropriate and proper citation is plagiarism. Paraphrasing (rewording or restating) an author, parent, tutor, or student without giving proper credit is plagiarism.

Violations of Academic Honesty Policy will result in the following:

First Offense: The student will receive a “0” for the assignment, test or quiz. No make-up is offered. Parents are notified by the teacher via the Behavioral Intervention Referral. A copy of the BIR will be sent to the office and placed in the student’s file. This applies to the willing participant who allows the plagiarism.

Further Offenses: The student will receive a “0” for the assignment, test or quiz. No make-up is offered. Parents are notified via a Major Office Referral which will be sent to the office and placed in the student’s permanent file. The parent/guardian(s) and the student will attend a conference with an administrator and administrative action will be taken. This applies to the willing participant who allows the plagiarism.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

The primary goal of Hewes Middle School is to provide appropriate learning experiences for every student to achieve personal academic success. Students are expected to attend all classes promptly and to be well-prepared.

1. At least one hour each day at home should be reserved for study, review and reading. Some assignments will require longer hours for research and class participation.

2. All written work must have an appropriate heading (including full name, date, and class period); must be legible and on a standard size of notebook paper, and have correct grammar usage with correct punctuation and spelling.

3. Progress reports will be mailed home at mid-quarter when a student is having problems in class or is in danger of failing a course. Parents are encouraged to contact the appropriate teacher regarding these reports. Honors level students will receive a progress report for any mid-term progress at or below a “B-“

4. Grade reports will be mailed home at the close of each semester.

5. The guidance counselor is available to discuss particular concerns. Appointments may be scheduled in the office.

6. Achievement tests are administered to students at times and grade levels designated by the district and the state.

CORE CLASS PLACEMENT

Both College Prep and Honors Core are rigorous courses that meet and exceed California Standards. Both courses are designed to prepare students for success in high school and beyond. It is the goal of Hewes Middle School to place students in the course in which they will thrive and be most successful.

INELIGIBLE list

Any student who has a GPA at or below 2.0, who violates Hewes rules, TUSD policies, or the California Education Code may be placed on the INELIGIBLE LIST. Any student on the INELIGIBLE list is prohibited from participating in extra-curricular activities. Activities such as after school sports, or end-of-year activities, will be forfeited. Students who have received any Suspension or Truancy in a quarter may be placed on a Behavior Contract as well as the INELIGIBLE List. In addition, students who have below a 2.0 GPA and/or 3 or more needs improvement or unsatisfactory marks in Citizenship on their quarter report cards may be placed on the Ineligible list for the following quarter. Administration reserves the right to determine eligibility.

HEWES TUTORIAL PROGRAM

Tutorial will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays after 3rd period. Tutorial is a time for re-teaching, making up missing assignments/assessments, enrichment activities, tutoring, and for getting extra help from teachers. All students will be part of the tutorial program.

All students will have their Binder Reminders stamped to verify their attendance at a tutorial. However, if a student is required to attend a planned tutorial session, some teachers MAY stamp the Binder Reminders in advance. It is essential and required that students have their Binder Reminders with them every day at all times. If a student does not have their Binder Reminder at the start of tutorial, the student will remain in his/her 3rd period class and will be assigned an after-school detention. If the binder reminder is lost the student must notify the office, so a replacement may be purchased by the student. The Binder Reminder also serves as a record of tutorial experiences so students must never tear out pages, fold pages, deface, or manipulate the Binder Reminder in any way. The Binder Reminder will be kept intact.

If a student does not have a specific teacher stamp on a tutorial day in their Binder Reminder he/she may choose from a list of other tutorial offerings which may include using the computer lab and/or library to complete assignments. Students with quad pass stickers in their Binder Reminder may sit at outdoor tables, where they will be supervised.

HOMEWORK POLICY

Because classroom time is for instruction, discussion, and clarification, additional study time may be needed for maximum success. Home study is necessary for practicing and refining skills, completing assignments/projects, reading, writing, research, practice and review. Homework also provides opportunities for parents to monitor student understanding and quality of work.

INDEPENDENT STUDY FOR TRAVEL

A student must be out of school for a minimum of 5 days to qualify for independent study. The attendance office must be given AT LEAST a week's notice in order to prepare the independent study packet. The administration will review the student's academic record and make the decision to approve or deny the independent study. Upon return from vacation, the student must present all completed work to the front office prior to turning in the work to their teachers.

TEXTBOOKS and district issued technology

Students will be held accountable for textbooks, Binder Reminder and electronics issued through the teachers or the Hewes Library. In addition, ALL library books checked out to a student are to be handled with care and returned in excellent condition. Textbooks are to be kept clean, covered, and handled carefully. Tustin Unified Board Policy #5125.4 authorizes the principal to withhold records, transcripts, grades, certificates and diplomas of any student who willfully or purposely does not return district property loaned to him/her. Parents should be aware that they are responsible for textbooks and electronics given to their students and will be required to pay for lost or damaged materials. Debts for damaged or lost books must be cleared through the librarian before the end of the school year.

iPad USE

  • Come to school daily with a fully charged device. Bring the charging cord issued with your iPad.
  • When walking, your iPad is closed and secure. This is rule, not a suggestion
  • Only open and power up the iPad AFTER instructed to by the teacher.
  • Do NOT take photographs/videos outside of the classroom (unless directed to by a teacher).
  • For identification purposes, your home screen AND lock screen must say your first and last name and should have an identifiable photo of your face.
  • Your password must be your last 4 digits of your ID.
  • Remember your iPad is a school issued tool. You are responsible to maintain the iPad in working order. If any damage, such as a cracked screen, happens you are responsible to IMMEDIATELY report the damage to the proper authority and seek to have it repaired. DO NOT wait to report and correct damage.

SAFE SCHOOL

BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, SCOOTERS &
ROLLERBLADES/SKATES

Students may ride bicycles, scooters and skateboards to school as long as they do so in a responsible manner and wear a safety helmet. To prevent theft, bicycles, scooters and skateboards must be locked within the bike rack area. Every precaution is made to ensure the safety of bicycles, scooters and skateboards parked at Hewes during the school day; however, Hewes cannot be held financially liable should an item be stolen. Bicycles, scooters and skateboards are never to be ridden on sidewalks, in the Hewes parking lot or inside the school gates. In addition, bikes, scooters and skateboards are always to be walked on the sidewalk and across the crosswalks leading to the school. Safety law requires that all persons under 18 years of age wear a helmet. Students who do not wear a helmet will have their bikes, scooters or skateboards impounded until a parent can pick up the bike, scooter or skateboard, or provide the student with a helmet. Rollerblades or skates are not to be ridden on campus or to or from Hewes at any time.

BULLYING

Bullying of any level will not be tolerated at Hewes. Incidents should be reported to a staff member or administration immediately. The TUSD Bullying Policy 5131.2 is available HERE.

BUS TRANSPORTATION

Students are expected to observe proper safety procedures and school rules on the buses. Failure to do so may result in a citation, disciplinary action, or denial of transportation.

CAMPUS VISITORS

All visitors to Hewes must check in at the front office before entering the campus.

CELL PHONE POLICY

Students may have a cell phone on campus and may use phones before and after school. Cellphones are NOT to be on or in use at any time during the school day. Your cellphone will be taken by an adult if you have it out or it is on. A parent will need to pick up the phone at the end of the school day in the office. The school will not be responsible for lost or stolen cell phones or other electronics.

CELL PHONE POLICY VIOLATIONS

Students violating the Cell Phone Policy will have their phone taken and given to the office, where it will only be released to the parent or guardian of the student.

-First and second offense - Behavior Intervention Referral and staff action taken, phone released to parent.

-Further Offenses – Major Office Referral and administrative action taken. A parent/student conference with administration will be held.

CLEARING THE CAMPUS

All students must clear the campus by 2:45 PM each afternoon. Students doing make-up work or attending tutoring, staying after school for disciplinary reasons, or participating in extra-curricular activities should report to the appropriate class or area before 2:45 PM and leave campus immediately upon finishing the activity. Students may not remain on campus unsupervised beyond 3:00 p.m.

CLOSED CAMPUS POLICY

Hewes is a closed campus, and a student may not leave the campus for any reason without signed parent permission. Lunch passes are not issued.

EMERGENCY DRILLS

Hewes conducts regular disaster, emergency and lockdown drills. When students hear the emergency alarm, they are to follow planned evacuation routes and assemble in designated areas. Once assembled, students are to line up in alphabetical order for roll call. When the drill is over students will be dismissed by class.

ILLNESS OR INJURY

If an illness or injury occurs after a student arrives at school, he/she is to report to his/her instructor and then to the office. A nurse is on call and the school office staff is first aid trained. A parent will be notified as needed. Parents, please keep the office informed of address and phone number changes.

INSURANCE

A private insurance company offers an accident policy that gives coverage for regular school sessions and after school sports. They will furnish each student with a list of the benefits covered. Parents have the opportunity to buy this insurance.

TRANSPORTATION TO SCHOOL

Parents who transport students to and from school must obey all parking regulations and school regulations regarding the drop off and pick up of students. Taxi or ride sharing services of any kind should not be used to pick up or drop off students.

STUDENT LIFE

GUM CHEWING

Hewes is a gum free environment. Progressive discipline will be pursued for violating this expectation.

DRESS STANDARDS

Hewes students are expected to wear clothing that is comfortable, clean, safe and appropriate. Student clothing must not disrupt the purpose of being at Hewes. Our overall goal continues to be to provide the best educational environment possible. Hewes is a non-political school; students are not allowed to wear clothing or other items promoting a particular political agenda or ideology. The following is applicable to both boy and girl students.

Shirts/Tops

  • Sleeves are required and must cover shoulders (cap-sleeves)
  • No tight/revealing shirts (undergarments showing, midriff tops, see-through, low-cut, sleeve falling off shoulder, etc.)
  • Undergarments must be worn at all times, but not be visible

Pants/Shorts/Skirts

  • Skirts/ shorts must be longer than fingertips of extended arms and hands
  • No excessively tight pants/shorts/skirts (undergarments must not be visible)
  • Pants/shorts must be worn at the waistline
  • Pants with manufactured fraying or holes may not have open fraying or holes in the thigh area
  • Pants/shorts may not allow undergarments to be exposed
  • No excessively long, untied, or dangling belts

Prohibited Attire - Dangerous Jewelry/Objects

  • No oversized tan, gray, or black cotton work pants (pleats hand folded)
  • No metal belt buckles with engraving
  • No clothing with professional sports insignia/logo
  • No knit stocking caps except school spirit caps
  • No bandannas
  • No monikers or other gang markings
  • No combat-type or steel-toed boots
  • No combination deemed gang related by law enforcement agencies
  • No military uniforms
  • No trench coats
  • No chains
  • No dangerous objects displayed on clothing
  • No riveted/spiked dog collars, belts, or raised rings
  • No safety pins
  • No chains for wallets or jewelry
  • No laser light pens (Students shall be cited as per Penal Code Sections 417.25 & 417.27)

Clothing, apparel and jewelry shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignia that is crude, vulgar, profane, demeaning, sexually suggestive, and violent or which advocates or promotes racial, ethnic, religious, sexual prejudice or strife, or which pertains to the use of tobacco, drugs, or alcohol.

  • No depictions of weapons (i.e., bombs, brass knuckles, grenades, guns)
  • No sex/sexual comments/innuendoes
  • No drugs or references to drugs (blunt, 13, hemp, marijuana leaf, 4:20, etc.)
  • No tobacco products names or trademarks
  • No liquor products or bar names or trademarks/logos
  • No depicting a person engaged in illegal activities (tagging, weapons, etc.)
  • No sleep wear or slippers
  • No hats other than school authorized hats, including beanies
  • No visible tattoos

Parent support encourages students to dress appropriately. Items that are considered appropriate attire may change as fashion trends change. Parents may call the school at any time for clarification prior to purchase of clothing for school attire.

DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS

-First Offense: Behavior Intervention Referral (BIR) received. Student will change into PE clothes and must give teacher/office the clothing in violation so that a parent may pick up in office. Clothing may only be released to a parent.

-Further Offenses: Major Office Referral and administrative action will be taken.

FOOD SERVICES

At recess and lunch students may purchase snacks, and/or hot meals. Student accounts can be pre-loaded with money for use at the following webpage: http://tustin.healtheliving.net/. No money will be accepted in the office to load on to student accounts. Prices and menus are available. Conduct in food lines and while eating in designated areas is expected to reflect our PBIS rules and expectations. Students may not charge lunches or snacks. Asking or forcing others to give food or money is not acceptable.

IDENTIFICATION CARDS

Students will be provided with a Student ID card. Students will need to keep the card for use in the Hewes library, cafeteria and to check out blacktop equipment.

LIBRARY

The library is open from 7:35 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays for student use. Additional hours may be available. Students are responsible for materials checked out and are expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior in the library. Student lD cards will serve as identification to check out books.

LOCKERS

During registration, to safeguard personal property, each student is issued a locker and school lock. For security, all school locks must be school-issued. Any lock not issued by the school in use on school lockers will be removed. If a student loses a lock then a replacement lock will need to be purchased from the office. The school does NOT accept responsibility for items stored in lockers. Students should never share their lockers or lock combination. Money or valuables should not be brought to school; the school will not be responsible for safe keeping of student valuables. Locks remain the property of the school and will be turned in at the end of the year.

LOST & FOUND

Bins for found clothing or personal items are located in the library. Unclaimed items are donated to charities several times each year.

PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE

Under California law, when prescribed medication must be given during school hours, proper forms (available in the office) are to be completed by the parents and doctor. Students are not to have any medication (prescription or generic) in their possession at school.

PROHIBITED ITEMS at school

Students should only bring to school items needed to support learning. Prohibited items will be confiscated and turned in to the office (Toys and playthings, unauthorized sports equipment, ALL electronics not issued by the school, laser light pens, Sharpies and other permanent markers, inappropriate clothing and accessories, scooters, skateboards, etc.). The item will only be released to the parent or guardian of the student after the school day is over. Sharpie markers and laser pens are not returned.

SPECIAL DELIVERIES

It is the responsibility of each student to remember all books, lunches, and assignments. However, in an emergency, parents may leave items (other than iPads) in the designated area for students to pick up. It is the student’s responsibility to come up to the office, outside of class time, to pick up the item. In order to protect instructional time and avoid interruptions, Students will NOT be called up to the office to pick up the item.

STUDENT STORE

School supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils, paper, rulers, and calculators are available for purchase at the Student Store during lunch time Monday through Friday. The Student Store is operated by Hewes P.T.A. volunteers.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Hewes is your school! Get involved! There will be noon-time activities, assemblies, after-school sports and clubs planned for Highlanders.

CJSF

California Junior Scholarship Federation (CJSF) is open to Hewes students who maintain a 3.5 grade point average. The purpose of California Junior Scholarship Federation is to foster high standards of scholarship, service, and citizenship at the middle school level. Full membership is available to 7th graders and 8th graders who meet the academic and citizenship requirements and who actively seek membership. Members will be given further eligibility requirements from the sponsoring staff member. Membership is not automatic.

CLUBs/Activities

There are several clubs and groups available during and after-school which may include: Chess Club, CJSF, GG4G, FOR (Friends of Rachel), Speak Up, Jedi Tech Club and others.

SPORTS

If you like sports, there are a variety of after-school sports to challenge your competitive spirit to include: Cross-country, Basketball and Volleyball. Satisfactory grades are required for participation per TUSD Policy #6145; satisfactory behavior is required per the Hewes Behavior Contract. These are “no-cut” sports. This is a great chance to try something new and represent Hewes.

YEARBOOK

All students at Hewes will want to acquire their own copy of the yearbook, which is sold during registration and later in the year. It is distributed the last week of school.

TUSD STUDENT CONDUCT

The Tustin Unified School District is dedicated to providing an educational program for all students on school campuses that are a safe, secure environment and free from violence. Every student shall attend school punctually and regularly; conform to the regulations of the school; and obey promptly all the directions of teachers and others in authority.

Students shall be held strictly accountable for their conduct. Students who do not exercise the required self-control shall be subject to disciplinary action. The District encourages and solicits the cooperation of parents in regulating the conduct of students.

Students are subject to disciplinary action for misbehavior. Disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to: detention; counseling; conferences with teachers, counselors, or administrators; class suspension; suspension from school; involuntary transfer or expulsion. Students may also be subject to the alternative disciplinary action of community service on school grounds during school and non- school hours or Saturday school. Community service may include, but not be limited to: school beautification; campus betterment; teacher assistance programs.

DEFINITION OF TERMS

Suspension means the removal of a pupil from ongoing instruction for adjustment purposes. During the time a student is suspended from school, he/she is not allowed to be on any school campus or to participate in any school activities.

Expulsion means that a student may not attend any school in the Tustin Unified School District for up to one year, as determined by the Board of Education.

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIORS

Tustin Unified School District lists the following behaviors as unacceptable on school grounds, going to or coming from school, during lunch period on or off campus, or any school-related activities.

Students may be suspended and/or expelled for any or all of the following:

  • Causing, attempting to cause, or threatening to cause physical injury to another person [E.C. 48900(a)]
  • Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing any firearm, air soft gun, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object unless, in the case of possession of any object of this type, the pupil has obtained from a certificated school employee written permission to possess the item, which is concurred in writing by the principal/ designee [E.C. 48900(b)]
  • Unlawfully possessing, using, selling, or otherwise furnishing, or is under the influence of any controlled substance, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind [E.C. 48900(c)]
  • Unlawfully offering, arranging, or negotiating to sell any controlled substance, an alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind, and then either selling, delivering, or otherwise furnishing to any person another liquid, substance or material and representing the liquid, substance, or material as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant [E.C. 48900(d)]
  • Committing or attempting to commit robbery or extortion [E.C. 48900(e)]
  • Causing or attempting to cause damage to school property or private property [E.C. 48900(f)]
  • Stealing or attempting to steal school or private property [E.C. 48900(g)]
  • Possessing or using tobacco, or any products containing tobacco or nicotine products, including, but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, miniature cigars, clove cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, snuff, chew packets, and betel [E.C. 48900(h)]
  • Committing an obscene act or engaging in habitual profanity or vulgarity [E.G. 48900(i)]
  • Having unlawful possession of, or unlawfully offering, arranging, or negotiating to sell any drug paraphernalia [E.G. 48900(j)]
  • Disrupting school activities or otherwise willfully defying the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators, school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties, such as: [E.C. 48900(k)]
    • Violating the Dress Code
    • Being off-limits on school grounds
    • Leaving school without permission
    • Littering
    • Cheating/Plagiarism
    • Using skateboards, roller skates, roller blades, or bikes in off-limit areas
    • Failing to follow classroom and site rules
    • Being truant
    • Being involved in forgery
    • Making bomb threats/false fire alarms
    • Gambling
    • Driving unsafely on school grounds
    • Possession and/or use of laser light pens

  • Knowingly receiving stolen school property or private property [E.C. 48900(l)]
  • Possession of an imitation firearm [E.C. 48900(m)]
  • Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault or committing a sexual battery [E.C. 48900(n)]
  • Harassing, threatening, or intimidating a student who is a witness or complaining witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that student from being a witness or retaliating against that student for being a witness, or both [E.C. 48900(o)]
  • Unlawfully offered, arranged to sell, negotiated to sell, or sold the prescription drug, Soma.[E.C. 48900(p)]
  • Engaged in an act of bullying, including, but not limited to, bullying committed by means of an electronic act directed specifically toward a pupil or school personnel [E.C. 48900(r)]
  • Making sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature which has the purpose or effect of having a negative impact on the individual’s academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational environment. This section does not apply to students in grades K-3 [E.C. 48900.2]
  • Causing, attempting to cause, threatening to cause, or participating in hate violence (grades 4-12) [E.C. 48900.3]
  • Engaging in harassment, threats, or intimidation directed against a pupil or group of pupils, that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to have the actual and reasonable expected effect or materially disrupting class work, creating substantial disorder, and invading the rights of that pupil or group of pupils by creating an intimidating or hostile education environment (grades 4-12) [E.C. 48900.4]
  • Using radios or electronic devices inappropriately (including cellular phones and electronic pagers without prior permission of the principal/designee) [E.C. 489005]

DRUG & ALCOHOL VIOLATIONS

Students who possess, use, or are under the influence of any controlled substance (drug), alcoholic beverage, or an intoxicant of any kind, or who possess or sell any drug paraphernalia (equipment used for the taking of drugs) shall be suspended from school for 5 days and shall be involuntarily transferred; or suspended for 2 days and participate in a 3-day intervention program, “Project Today” and be involuntarily transferred; or recommended for expulsion depending upon the seriousness of the offense [E.C. 48900(c), 48915(a)]. Students who appear to be under the influence of alcohol are subject to a Breathalyzer test.

1. Students using, under the influence of, or possessing alcohol, drug paraphernalia, or less than 1 ounce of marijuana, and having no previous drug or alcohol violations, shall be reported to the police, suspended for 5 days, and referred to the Student Placement Review Committee (SPRC). If SPRC finds the student guilty, it shall transfer the student to another school within the District unless the Principal, after considering the disciplinary record of the student, recommends the student remain at the school and the SPRC agrees with that recommendation. SPRC may also place the student on probation, specifying required behavior, attendance, academic progress, counseling, and possible restriction of activities.

2. Students having a subsequent drug or alcohol violation after having been found guilty of their first or possessing more than one ounce of marijuana, or selling a controlled substance, shall be suspended for 5 days and shall be recommended for expulsion from TUSD.

MANDATORY EXPULSION

Students who commit any of the following acts at school, or at a school activity off school grounds, shall be recommended for expulsion from Tustin Unified School District: [E.C. 48915(c)]

Possessing, selling, or otherwise furnishing a firearm. This subdivision does not apply to an act of possessing a firearm if the pupil has obtained prior written permission to possess the firearm from a certificated school employee, which is concurred in by the principal or the designee of the principal. This subdivision applies to an act of possessing a firearm only if the possession is verified by an employee of a school district.

Brandishing a knife at another person.

Unlawfully selling a controlled substance listed in Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of division 10 of the Health and Safety Code

Committing or attempting to commit a sexual assault as defined in subdivision (n) of Section 48900 or committing a sexual battery as defined in subdivision (n) or Section 48900 of the Education Code

SUSPENSION FROM CLASS BY TEACHER

According to TUSD Policy # 5114.1 a teacher may suspend a student from his/her class for not more than the day of the suspension and the day following. Whenever a student is removed from a class because he/she committed an obscene act, engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity, disrupted school activities or otherwise defied valid staff authority. As soon as possible, the teacher shall ask the parent/guardian to attend a parent-teacher conference regarding the suspension.

STUDENT FEES

  • Click HERE to visit the TUSD web site for current information on student fees.

DROPPING OFF FORGOTTEN ITEMS FOR STUDENTS

There is a table located just outside the front office for parents to drop-off forgotten items such as jackets, lunches, homework, etc. This is not the Lost & Found. The school's Lost & Found is located in the library.

  • Fast Food lunches can be delivered to the office and the student will be paged the student at lunchtime.
  • iPads are too valuable to be left on the table. Parents should bring forgotten iPads to school only during recess or lunch break. The student will be paged to the office so the parent can hand the iPad directly to the student. Students will not be called from the classroom to pick up forgotten iPads during instructional time.

STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

Tustin Unified School District, Hewes Middle School

STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

(Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)

The Tustin Unified School District does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veteran or military status, medical condition, pregnancy and related conditions, retaliation, or political beliefs; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The District will take steps to assure that the lack of English will not be a barrier to admission and participation in District programs. A copy of the District’s nondiscrimination policy is available from the Tustin Unified School District Office.

The following position is designated Coordinator for Nondiscrimination at Hewes Middle School to handle complaints regarding discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, and to answer inquiries regarding the District’s nondiscrimination policies:

Katie Males
Assistant Principal

Hewes Office
714-730-7348


Any student who feels that he/she has been subjected to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying should immediately contact the Coordinator, the principal, or any other staff member. In addition, any student who observes any such incident should report the incident to the Coordinator or principal, whether or not the victim files a complaint.

Any school employee who observes an incident of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying or to whom such an incident is reported shall report the incident to the Coordinator or principal, whether or not the victim files a complaint.

PE & SCHOOL SUPPLIES

All Middle School students are highly encouraged to have the following items with them each school day:

Textbooks - loaned to students for their use during the school year

District loaned iPad or other electronic device. This must be charged to at least 75% at the beginning of the day. It is the student’s responsibility to see that an adequate charge is maintained throughout the school day.

Some kind of note taking device such as:

  • Binder – three ring binder with dividers or spiral notebooks
  • Notebook paper – supply of three-hole, college-ruled paper
  • Spiral bound notebooks for subjects

Binder Reminder – (First copy provided to each student by PTA. Replacement cost determined by office) Must be with student at all times.

Zippered Pencil Pouch – filled with #2 pencils, pens, colored pencils, eraser, calculator (Sharpies and other permanent markers are not allowed on campus)

Backpack/Book Bag – for carrying all student books and materials

*Specific class supplies will be discussed in each class.*


Physical Education (PE) - CLOTHES & LOCKS

All students are encouraged to purchase, label, and wear Hewes Physical Education outfits or plain royal blue shorts and a grey shirt. Students may also wear plain or Hewes related blue, black, grey or white sweat pants or long sleeve tshirts.

PE Clothes may be purchased during registration day just before the start of the school year. After the school year has started, P.E. clothes (shorts, tshirts, long sleeve shirts and sweat pants) may be purchased from the PE teacher during the student's PE period.

  • Tshirts and shorts are available for $12 each. (recommended)
  • Long sleeve shirts and sweatpants are available for $15 each.
  • We only accept cash or check made payable to "Hewes PE".
  • All clothes are offered in adult sizes XS-XL. We have larger sizes available upon request.

Lockers and school issued locks are issued to students to keep PE attire in during the week (inside the locker room) and to lock up valuables during PE class. If a student loses their lock they will be required to purchase a new one. Students may not use their own locks as replacement. If a student's lock is lost or damaged, the cost is $7 to replace.

Aerosol deodorant cans are not permitted at school. Participation is the key to success in Physical Education and PBIS Behavior Expectations will be displayed by all students.

TECHNOLOGY

TUSD Community Haiku Page

Parent/Student Tech Support Help

Most of your technology questions can be answered at the TUSD Community Haiku page http://bit.ly/28MFgsr

This site includes tips on:

  • how to connect your school iPad to your home Wi-Fi
  • device repairs and insurance information
  • logging in to Haiku / PowerSchool Learning

After you have gone through the material on these pages and are unable find what you need please email Tustin Unified at the following address tusdconnecthelp@tustin.k12.ca.us


Technology Tips and Tricks

  1. Treat your device as if it’s your own.
  2. Always store your iPad in the middle of your backpack or inside a protective bag to reduce the risk of damage/loss.
  3. Any time an app or the iPad in general is not responding, TURN OFF the device and then TURN ON the device. This will typically fix most glitches.
  4. If you misplace your device, contact the librarian who will ask Information Technology to try and track it.
  5. Report any damage to your device immediately to the librarian to ensure minimal cost to fix.
  6. Be a respectful and responsible Digital Citizen


Backup Pictures/Videos to Google Drive

  1. Create a Picture/Video folder in GDrive
    1. Click on “+” > Choose “Folder” > Name Folder
  2. Open Folder
  3. Click on + button and choose UPLOAD
  4. Choose photos and/or videos from your camera roll (look for blue checkmark) and click UPLOAD
  5. Once uploaded, delete photos/videos from your camera roll

**It is recommended that you backup your pictures and videos to Google Drive 1-2 times per month.


Connect to Wi-Fi at School

  1. Click on “Settings”
  2. Turn Wi-Fi on (green)
  3. Choose tusd-students network
  4. Enter your mytusd username and password (do not include @mytsud.org)
  5. Click Join


Aeries Parent/Student Portal

Go to https://parentnet.tustin.k12.ca.us and log in.

If you are having trouble logging in, review the Portal FAQ Document linked at the above website. If you are still having trouble, email our IT department at portalhelp@tustin.k12.ca.us.


Login to your Student mytusd Google Email

  1. Click on “Settings”
  2. Click on Mail, Contacts, Calendar
  3. Choose “Add Account”
  4. Click on “Google”
  5. Enter in your mytusd.org email > click NEXT
  6. Enter your password
  7. Ensure that mail, contacts, calendars, & notes are GREEN > click Save
  8. On iPad home screen, click on Mail icon to check your mytusd.org email and see notifications from Haiku/Google Classroom