1240 West Corbett Avenue
Swansboro, NC 28584
Office Hours: 6:45 a.m. - 3:30
Student and Parent/Guardian
2016 - 2017
Dr. Helen Gross
Safe and Orderly
Safe Schools Statement
All students have a right to learn in a safe and orderly
environment. It is the belief of the school staff that
Swansboro Middle School should be a place for learning where
students may pursue an education in an atmosphere free from fear,
indignities, danger, and disruptions. Students should develop
not only their academic talents, but also a respect for one
another. Furthermore, all teachers have the right to teach
without the disruptions caused by students making inappropriate
choices. School staff expects that students practice fair
play, that they respect the property rights of others and the
school, that they conduct themselves in such a way as to not
interfere with the safety or educational opportunities of others,
and that they abide by rules established by their teachers, the
school, and the Onslow County Board of Education.
Before and After School Supervision
Supervision is provided for students at 6:55 a.m. when teachers
arrive at school. No student supervision is provided prior to
that time. Students may enter the building at 6:55 a.m.
Students are to enter the building and immediately go to class
unless eating breakfast. They must complete breakfast and be
in class by 7:20 a.m. to begin instruction.
Other than for after-school detention, teacher-initiated
tutoring or sanctioned school events, after school supervision is
not available. Unless engaged in one of the aforementioned
activities with the permission of parents/guardians, students are
expected to leave the school campus at the end of the school
day. Students are not permitted to
leave campus at anytime during the school day unless accompanied by
a parent/guardian who has signed the student out of school or if
the student is travelling with teachers/coaches to a
school-sanctioned off-campus activity. Students should not be
on campus after school or on the weekends and are strictly
prohibited from being on other campuses after school hours.
Students must remain at the after-school sanctioned event and are
not permitted to wander the campus or leave the campus until picked
up. Any student wishing to walk home must have a parent
letter on file stating this is permissible.
Supervising teachers for sanctioned school events will be
present until the student is picked up. The administration and
school staff will provide supervision during athletic events,
school sanctioned activities, and performances. Coaches and
advisors will provide supervision during after school practices and
during athletic events. Parents/guardians are expected
to promptly pick up the students at the conclusion of the
event. Students who are not picked up in a timely manner may
forfeit the opportunity to attend future after-school or evening
Emergency Student Information
The office maintains a record for each student with
parents'/guardians' home, mobile, and work phone numbers in order
to insure that the parent/guardian can be reached in case of an
emergency. This record also contains the names and telephone
numbers of emergency contacts in case the parent cannot be
located. Every effort is made to notify the parent in an
emergency situation; therefore, it is extremely important that
these names and numbers be kept current and accurate. Any
changes in address, phone numbers or other information needed for
these emergency information records must be provided to the school
as soon as possible.
Parents/Guardians of Swansboro Middle School students are
welcome to visit the school any time. However, a parent/guardian must
receive prior permission from the principal to enter a classroom
during instructional time. This permission must be obtained
no less than 24 hours prior to the intended classroom visit.
No student visitors are allowed. All visitors must report
to the office for a visitor's pass.
are expected to be in school and to be on time every
day. Attendance in school and
participation in class are an integral part of academic achievement
and the teaching-learning process. Regular attendance develops
patterns of behavior essential to professional and personal success
in life. Regular attendance by every student is mandatory: the
State of North Carolina (G.S. 115C-378) requires that
every child in the State between the ages of seven (or younger if
enrolled) and 16 years attend school. Parents or legal guardians
have the responsibility for ensuring that students attend and
remain at school daily. Any parent, guardian, or other person
violating the provisions of the Compulsory Attendance Law is guilty
of a class 1 misdemeanor. (G.S. 115C-380).
When a student must miss school, a written note of
explanation for the absence signed by a parent or guardian must be
turned in to the office on the day a student returns after an
absence. The Onslow County Board of Education states
that an absence may be excused for the following reasons:
personal illness or injury which makes the student physically
unable to attend school, isolation ordered by the State Board of
Health, death in the immediate family, a medical or dental
appointment, participation under subpoena as a witness in a court
or administrative proceeding, observance of an event required or
suggested by the religion of the student or the student's parent(s)
with prior approval by the principal, participation in a valid
educational opportunity, such as travel, with prior approval by the
principal The parent or legal guardian must present to
the school principal a written statement requesting the absences be
lawful at least five days before the absences.
In addition, a student whose parent or legal guardian (a) is an
active duty member of the uniformed services as defined by policy
4050, Children of Military Families, and (b) has been called to
duty for, is on leave from, or has immediately returned from
deployment to a combat zone or combat support posting will be
granted additional absences at the discretion of the Superintendent
or designee to visit with his or her parent or legal guardian.
The parent or legal guardian must present to the school
principal a written statement requesting the absences be lawful at
least five days before the absences.
A note is required from each student upon returning
to school after an absence. The note must be
signed by the parent/guardian and contain the reason for the
absence and the date the absence occurred. The returning
student should take the note to the office prior to the first bell
in the morning to receive an absentee slip noting whether the
absence is excused or unexcused.
In the case of lawful absences and out of school suspensions,
the student will be permitted to make up his or her work. The
teacher will determine when work is to be made up. The student is
responsible for finding out what assignments are due and completing
them within the specified time period.
Attendance in Grades K-8: Board Policy 4400
1. Students with more than 20 absences (10 within the first
ninety days and 10 within the last ninety days) in a school year
shall not be promoted to the next grade except by determination of
the principal/designee upon careful review of the student's
2. When total absences (lawful and unlawful) exceed 10 days per
semester, further documentation will be required (doctor's
statement, court documentation, etc.).
3. Make up work shall be assigned by the student's teacher as
deemed appropriate. All make up work shall be completed within a
reasonable amount of time as determined by the child's teacher.
4. Schools shall offer incentives to provide recognition of
5. Students are expected to be in attendance to participate in
instruction throughout the school day. Excessive tardies and early
checkouts will be referred to the appropriate authorities and may
also be considered by the principal when making a promotion
Late Arrival to School, Check-Out and Withdrawal
All students who enter school after 7:20 a.m. must sign in at
the office and are considered tardy. There will be no
checkouts after 2:00pm daily.
Students must be checked out from the office, not from the
child's classroom. All visitors and parents must
report directly to the office upon entering the
building. To check a student out for part of
a day, parents must give an excusable reason for the absence so
that they remain in compliance with the compulsory attendance law
(NCGS115C-376). Only custodial parents/guardians may remove a
student from school. A student cannot be released to
relatives or friends without personal notification by the custodial
parent/guardian in person, by phone, or in writing.
Identification may be asked at the time a student is requested to
be released with the adult. Parents/guardians should make
sure any adult with permission to check out their child is properly
documented in office records.
Both custodial and non-custodial parents are entitled to visit
the child at school and to inspect the child's educational records
unless a court order clearly limits the non-custodial parent's
rights of access to the child and/or the child's educational
Students may not permanently withdraw from school except by a
personal telephone call or written notification from the custodial
parent/guardian to the Counseling staff. The withdrawing
student will be given a withdrawal form on the last day of
enrollment to be completed by the student's teachers indicating the
status of school fees, library books, returned textbooks, and
withdrawal grades in each course. A copy of this form will be
given to the student to take to the next school for enrollment
purposes. Upon the written request from the student's new
school, a copy of the cumulative folder with all of the student's
records will be mailed to the receiving school.
Books and School Provided Materials
Students are expected to take proper care of all books issued to
them in the classroom or library. The student shall pay for
the loss, destruction or defacement of issued books. Students
will be charged full replacement cost for books. A minimum
damage fee of $1.00 will be charged for each book. All
students are issued a personal laptop. Annually, students
will pay $25 for laptop insurance. If the laptop is lost or
destroyed beyond repair, the replacement fee is $633 and a lost
charger fee is $67; insurance does not cover these things.
Students are afforded opportunities during the school year to
participate in various incentive programs, which promote academic
achievement and excellence. Students that have been assigned
ISS twice within a 9 week grading period will have their privilege
of attending afterschool events revoked, all OSS consequences
result in no afterschool event participation for the grading
The media center is open throughout the day for check out,
independent study, or for teachers to schedule class periods
for research and other needs. Students may check out two
books at a time for a period of two weeks. Students must
renew or return books by the due date in order to keep their
accounts in good standing. If a student has an overdue
book or owes a fine, he or she may not check out another book until
that book has been renewed or returned. The charge for
a lost book is the purchase price of the book. If
a book is relocated and returned within 60 days of
payment, a refund will be issued. If a book
is found after the 60 day period, no refund will be issued.
Damaged books should be returned to the media center for
repair. If the books cannot be repaired, the student will be
charged the replacement cost.
Replacement charger $67.00
Replacement laptop $633.00
Students are not issued lockers at SBMS. They are
available for students to use during PE. Students are
encouraged to give their Physical Education teacher any valuables
to hold during PE. Students should not place
jewelry, money, watches, electronic devices or other valuables in
their lockers. Students should give these items to their
teacher to hold. School employees are not
responsible for items left unsecured in the locker
room. Students are assigned lockers in the
locker rooms to hold books and clothes during physical
education. Students are expected to use their assigned
lockers. Students are strongly
encouraged to bring their own lock to use on locker room
Student use of office phones should be for emergency purposes
only. Phone calls will not be permitted for forgotten
assignments, supplies or money.
The cafeteria opens for breakfast at 6:55 a.m. Students
who eat breakfast are to check in with their classroom teacher and
then go to the cafeteria. After eating and by the sound of
the final morning bell at 7:15 a.m., breakfast students must report
to their classrooms. All students are expected to eat lunch
in the cafeteria. All students must go to the cafeteria with
their assigned class, regardless of whether or not they bring or
buy lunch. Classes are assigned tables and are supervised by
teachers. Students are to sit as assigned by their
teacher. Students are expected to clean up behind
themselves and aid in the cleanliness of the cafeteria. Students
are expected to pay for all items they wish to purchase at the
register prior to sitting down with the class. Items
cannot be taken past the register without paying for or properly
obtaining the item. The cafeteria will accept checks, cash, or
payment online for meals. A student's account should not have
more than 2 charges. On a periodic basis, students who
have charges on their account will receive a notice indicating the
amount owed to the cafeteria. This amount must be paid before
future charges on the account can be accepted. Parents/Guardians who need to
contact the cafeteria may do so by calling the school at 326-3601
and asking to be transferred to the cafeteria's
Clear water bottles with screw-type lids will be allowed
within the school building, but must be stored in the student's
Child Nutrition offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast
costs $1.25; lunch costs $2.25.
Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price
meals. Reduced price is available at no charge for
breakfast and $.40 for lunch.
If your child was free or reduced last year, it is not
an automatic approval this year. Your child's application
is only good for that school year and for the first few days of
this school year. You must send in a new application unless
the Child Nutrition office notified you in writing that your child
is eligible for the new school year. Use one Free and
Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your
household. We cannot approve an application that is not
complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return
the completed application to: Child Nutrition Department,
P. O. Box 99, Jacksonville, NC 28541 or bring it into our
office at 200 Broadhurst Rd, Jacksonville, NC 28541. Our telephone
number is (910) 478-3480.
Parents are responsible for all charges accrued until
the date the application is approved.
Students approved for free or reduced priced meals must choose a
FULL meal. Individual items and milk selections result in a
la carte pricing. A la carte items are not available for
Students and parents are encouraged to read the pamphlet on bus
safety which every child receives on the first day of school.
Contained in this pamphlet are the rules and regulations
established by the NC Department of Motor Vehicles, Division of
Highway Safety and the NC State Board of Education. The safe
transportation of students to and from school is of utmost
importance. Students are expected to maintain appropriate
conduct when riding the school bus. Riding the school bus is a
privilege, not a right. When a student's
behavior is such that it jeopardizes the safety and well-being of
students on the bus, that student may be temporarily or permanently
suspended from school transportation services and/or from school.
The school's jurisdiction extends to student bus stops.
All school rules
apply during this time. The Swansboro Area Bus
Coordinator, Mrs. Judy O'Donnell, can be reached at 326-1436.
In order for a
student to ride a bus to which he/she has not been assigned, the
student must give a note signed by the parent to the front office
for approval. Notes should include a valid parent contact number
and signature and should be turned in at the office upon arrival at
school. The note should include the bus
number of the alternate bus and the child's destination.
Once the note has been verified by the office, the student
will receive a blue pass to board the bus in the PM. It is
important to keep in mind that this request will only be granted
under these conditions and providing there is room on the alternate
According to North Carolina General Statute 115C-245: The
driver of a school bus...shall have complete authority over and
responsibility for the operation of the bus and the maintaining of
good order and conduct upon such bus, and shall report promptly to
the principal any misconduct upon such bus or disregard or
violation of the driver's instructions by any person riding upon
such bus. The principal may take such action with reference to any
such misconduct upon a school bus, or any violation of the
instructions of the driver, as he might take if such misconduct or
violation had occurred upon the grounds of the school.
Private Cars and Walkers
Parents/guardians must pick up their child before 2:00 p.m. in
the main office. There are no check outs after 2:00pm.
Parents/guardians are expected to pick up their children after
school at the appropriate location and time. Students will be
assigned to a school bus in the afternoon if the parents/guardians
are habitually late in picking up the child from school.
Students will not be
permitted to walk across Highway 24 to one of the businesses or
other local establishments without a written note signed by the
custodial parent. There is no supervision for students
before school or sporting events, unless they are an athlete
playing that afternoon/evening.
and Academic Expectations
County School Fees
*All fees will be paid to the
All students are required to pay Instructional Supply
Fees. These fees are to be paid to the homeroom
fees are not optional. However, a fee waiver request
can be obtained from the office.
Students are not required to participate in school-wide sales or
fund-raising, but are responsible for the money or articles if they
choose to participate.
Promotion Policy #3420
Students in grades 6 - 8 shall meet state and local promotion
requirements to include demonstrating at grade level as identified
by the state end-of-grade tests, observations, grades,
teacher-generated, locally-generated, and state-generated
assessments; work samples, portfolios, and/or other factors in all
areas of the curriculum.
It is recognized that the final authority to grade and classify
is the responsibility of the principal, in accordance with G. S.
115C-288(a). The principal shall consider the pupil's
classroom work and grades, the student's scores on standardized
tests, and the best educational interests of the student.
Students in grades six through eight must earn a passing grade
in a minimum of five yearlong or equivalent yearlong combination
curricular classes, two of which should be language arts and
Grades on report cards will be numerical:
Principal's List: List of
students who make all A's on their report card.
Honor Roll: List of students
who make only A's and B's on their report card.
Progress Reports and Report Cards
In order to keep parents aware of their child's progress, each
teacher will send a progress report every three weeks to each
student's parent for their signature. Parents are
encouraged to call their child's teacher when a question
arises. Teachers are available for conferences during their
team planning period or after school. Report Cards will be
issued according to the school calendar. Please see school
calendar for dates. Report card envelopes should be signed
and returned the following day.
Newsletters and Mailings
Throughout the year, the school staff will email weekly updates
by team and send home with the student important information for
parents/guardians if no email is available. Ask your child on
a weekly basis about any information sent home.
Parent/teacher conferences may be scheduled by calling the
school and speaking with Mrs. Flowers. Appointments should be
made through the front office or directly with the teacher.
All parents are encouraged to visit the school and the
teachers. The first step to answering questions or resolving
problems or concerns is to contact the teacher.
School Counselors, School Social Worker and School
We have a fully staffed counseling department, a school social
worker and a school nurse. The school social worker and nurse
are assigned to several schools, but are on-site and on-call for
assistance. Students and parents are encouraged to seek the
help of these individuals when necessary.
Student Behavior and
All students have a right to learn in a safe and orderly
environment. All teachers have the right to teach without the
disruptions caused by students making inappropriate choices.
To strengthen the educational program at Swansboro Middle School,
it is expected that students practice self-discipline at all times
and remember that they are always expected to follow the directives
given by any faculty, staff, or administrative person unless the
directive imposes immediate danger to the student.
Disturbances or distractions that interfere with the
teaching-learning process will not be tolerated.
All teachers will establish, communicate, and post classroom
rules and consequences so students and parents understand the
expectations for that class. Those expectations will be
shared orally and in written form to students. Parents will
also receive this information in writing during the first week of
school. Teachers will handle disciplinary matters with
students involving their parent(s) when appropriate unless the
offense is serious enough to warrant administrative
intervention. If a student is referred to the office, the
administration will be responsible for the disciplinary action
pursuant to state and local Board policies and will communicate
decisions made to the student, his/her parent, and the referring
The General Statutes of the State of North Carolina state that
the principal shall have the authority to exercise discipline over
the pupils of the school. In accordance with those statutes,
the principal shall exercise that authority and take necessary
action to ensure a safe and orderly school. Any student found
in violation of student behavior guidelines (at school, at school
sponsored events on or off campus, on a school bus/activity bus
traveling to or from school, or to or from any school function or
activity) is subject to assignment to after-school detention,
in-school suspension, the Onslow County Alternative Learning
Center, or suspension out of school on a short-term (10 days or
less), long-term (longer than 10 days), or permanent basis.
Action will be taken in accordance with the policies described
below. The school administration will involve law enforcement
officials when necessary and report such incidents to the
superintendent. The school administration will notify parents
of disciplinary actions.
Please be advised that neither this handbook nor the Onslow
County Discipline Handbook is all-inclusive. Incidents cited
will be dealt with according to federal, state, and local policies
Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
In the age of technology, we respect the desire for parents to
provide students with cell phones and other handheld electronic
devices for obvious safety and communication purposes.
Students may use cell phones after 2:25 and outside of the school
building. During the school day, however, cell phones and
electronic devices should not be used, seen or heard, unless the
teacher has given permission. This includes the use of text
messaging. They should be kept in the student's bookbag at
all times. There are to be no headphones used. Consequences
for disobeying this rule will be as follows:
- 1st offense: warning and parent notified
- 2nd offense: item confiscated, parent notified, and
item returned to student at the end of the period.
- 3rd offense: item confiscated, parent notified, and
item returned to student at the end of the period.
- 4th offense: Office referral and the item is not
allowed to be brought back on campus.
The school will not be responsible for lost, stolen or damaged
equipment of this kind.
The way you dress reflects the kind of person you are. It
is generally accepted that cleanliness, good grooming and
appropriate dress help to reduce distraction, promote health and
provide a productive learning environment. Extremes in dress
and personal appearance, which tend to cause distraction or pose
health problems, are not acceptable at school. Clothing that
is not permissible based on the preceding statement includes, but
is not limited to:
1. Any clothing that
advertises drugs, alcohol or inappropriate/suggestive/vulgar
2. Garments such as halter
tops, bathing suit tops, low-cut blouses or tops, spaghetti straps,
tops supported by one or no straps, tight fitting tops, tight
fitting shorts or pants (to include yoga pants, tights, leggings),
clothing that exposes the midriff or undergarments.
3. Headgear including caps,
hoods, sweatbands, sunglasses, scarves and bandanas.
4. Any clothing or accessory
that is associated with gang affiliation.
5. Footwear not designed for
public use including slippers and house shoes.
6. Pants/shorts must be
secured ABOVE THE WAIST so that any articles of clothing underneath
the student's outerwear are not exposed.
7. Chains and Spiked jewelry
- metal, plastic or rubber.
8. Clothing designed to draw
undue attention or make the wearer conspicuous.
9. Pajamas are no
appropriate clothing for school and should not be worn.
10. Skirts and shorts are
permitted but must be no shorter than three inches above the
student's knee. Skirts with a slit or laces must meet this
same stipulation. Tights or leggings are not appropriate unless the
outer garment (shorts/skirts) meet dress code requirements.
PE clothes, including shorts, must follow the dress
Pants/shorts/skirts must not contain rips, tears, or
frays more three inches above the student's knee.
It is not the intention of these guidelines to interfere with
the rights of students or parents, but in the learning environment
it is felt that modesty, health, comfort, and the avoidance of
distracting influences are vital. Students not dressed
appropriately will be required to call home for a change of
clothes. If the waiting period for a change of clothes
exceeds 10 minutes, students will be sent to ISS until a change of
clothes arrives. Continual violations may result in in-school
suspension or suspension from school. The dress code
is to be followed at all school events (i.e. dances, games,
concerts, etc.) and field trips. Final decisions regarding
whether a student's dress is inappropriate rests with the
From time to time we will have events days such as "Hat
Day." On those days everyone is invited to participate in the
mode of the day. Students must adhere to the dress code on
After School Detention
Detention will be held at the end of the school day, Monday
through Thursday from the end of the school day until 3:15
p.m. The teacher who assigns the detention will provide an
assignment for the student. It is the responsibility of the
student to notify his or her parents when he/she has to remain
after school. Parents will receive a minimum of one day (24
hour) written notice in advance. Parents will provide
transportation for any student remaining after school for
detention. By signing the detention form, the parent
signifies that the child will be picked up on time.
One of the primary purposes of detention is to get the
parent/guardian involved in disciplining their own child. The
first time the student fails to stay for detention, the teacher
will notify the parent/guardian and establish an alternate day for
detention. The second time a student fails to stay for
detention; the matter will be referred to the administration.
When students are mildly disruptive in class and teachers feel
that a short time-out would benefit the student and the rest of the
class, the student may be sent to Chill-Out. The student will
spend the remainder of that class period with another teacher,
completing assignments that would have been done in class.
The student may return to his/her class at the end of the
period. If a student is sent to Chill-Out, the teacher will
notify the parent as soon as possible. Use of chill-out will be
documented as an intervention on subsequent discipline referrals to
The purpose of ISS is to improve student behavior and curtail
Out-of-School Suspension. Students who receive ISS will
be informed of the expectations and sent to a supervised small
group setting in which to complete work provided to them by their
classroom teachers. Teachers will check on the students
during their ISS time to ensure that they understand the work and
students can expect 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
Expectations in ISS: Students assigned ISS are not allowed to
participate in extracurricular activities. Examples of
extracurricular activities: school dances, athletic events
(spectator or participant), concerts, etc. Students assigned
ISS are permitted
to attend after-school tutoring and absence make-ups session unless
restricted by the administration.
Students will not be permitted to attend afterschool activities
after two ISS incident within a 9 week grading period.
However, any band or orchestra student who receives ISS will be
required to attend their concert.
While the administration does not like to suspend students,
certain acts and behavior leave little choice. Some of the
more common offenses which may result in suspension are fighting,
involvement with drugs or alcohol, disrespect to teachers,
possession of weapons, vandalism, disruption, refusal to obey
reasonable requests from staff members, theft, and vulgarity.
In cases where suspension is deemed appropriate, students may be
suspended up to ten (10) days. The severity of the offense,
the past record of the student's behavior, and the age of the
student will be taken into consideration when making such
decisions. In cases of repeated violations or in cases where
the health and/or safety of other students might be affected,
expulsion or alternative placement may result.
Students who receive OSS are not allowed on school property
during the suspension, nor may he/she attend any school function
within the 9 week grading period. However, any band or orchestra
student who receives OSS will be required to attend their
Students who are suspended from school are expected to make up
all work missed. The teacher will determine a reasonable
amount of time for students to submit missed work. The
student is responsible for finding out what assignments are due and
completing them within the specified time period. Assignments
will be made available and can be picked up in the
Lose Control, Lose Your License
The "Lose Control, Lose Your License" Law became effective July
1, 2000. Students who are at least 14
years old or who are rising 8th graders on or after July
1, 2000 are subject to this law. The legislation
directs public schools, community colleges, and nonpublic schools
to notify the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (through
the State Automated Driver License System) whenever a student is
given an expulsion/suspension for more than 10 consecutive days or
an assignment to an alternative educational setting for more than
10 consecutive days for one of the following reasons:
- The possession or sale of an alcoholic beverage or an illegal
controlled substance on school property.
- The possession or use on school property of a weapon or firearm
that resulted in disciplinary action under G.S. 115C-391 (d1) or
that could have resulted in that disciplinary action if the conduct
had occurred in a public school.
- The physical assault on a teacher or other school personnel on
school property. This includes the premises of the school, school
buses, or other vehicles under the school's control or contract and
that are used to transport students, and school-sponsored or
school-related activities that occur on or off the physical
premises of the school.
TIERED LEVELS OF
LEVEL 1 OFFENSES
Touching other's property
Inappropriate computer use
Gaming during instruction
Displays of affection
Using non-directed profanity
Talking or making noises
Littering on campus
Having unauthorized food or drink
Sitting on desktops, tables, etc.
Wearing/having prohibited items
Running or horseplay
Breaking in lunch line
Throwing/tossing any items
Minor class disturbances
Leaving trash on tables
Being out of your seat
In wrong area at lunch
Out of class without a pass
Sleeping or having head down
Violation of posted class rules
Cell phone policy violations*
In unassigned area between classes
Dress Code Violations*
Other Level 1 offenses
LEVEL 1 PENALTY
Teacher warning and conference with the student. Time, date,
and other information will be documented by
teacher, for the teacher's records.
Team decided consequence, documentation, and parental contact
regarding the issue. Teacher will inform the parent of the
Team decided consequence, document, and parental contact.
Office referral, up to 3 days in ISS for the offense. An
administrator will make parent contact.
*Dress code violations must
be corrected immediately.
*See attached cell phone
No device use during the school day, unless the teacher
has given the directive. Devices are to stay in
No headphones/ear buds during the school
1st offense: Teacher warning, document,
contact parent. Student told to put device away.
2nd offense: Teacher confiscates device for
remainder of period, documents, contacts parent.
3rd offense: Teacher confiscates device for
remainder of period, documents, and contacts parent. Teacher
directed consequence such as lunch detention or after school
4th offense: Teacher confiscates the
device for remainder of period, submit office referral.
* If outside devices become a problem in the classroom please
see office for assistance.
See dress code policy, send student to office for check
and call. Homeroom teachers will check students every morning
LEVEL 2 OFFENSES
Possessing or using tobacco, e-cigarettes, lighters, and
Major class disruption
Skipping class or school
Falsifying an excuse note/progress report
Acting as a lookout for a student
Harassment of another person
Unacceptable use of internet
Not moving from halls as directed
Not dispersing when a fight occurs- gathering and clustering
Off campus without permission
Disrespect to another person
Minor defacing/damaging property
Inappropriate language towards others
Other Level 2 offenses
LEVEL 2 PENALTY
Student will receive an office referral for up to 3 full days of
ISS. If immediate removal is necessary, administration will
be contacted. Teacher will make parental contact regarding
Student will receive an office referral and ISS/OSS time for a
number of days depending on the severity of the offense.
Student will again receive an office referral and ISS/OSS time for
a number of days greater than previously assigned.
LEVEL 3 OFFENSES
Vulgarity or profanity to staff member
Aggressive Behavior without serious injury
Acting as a third-party messenger for threats or
Threats/Intimidation with violence or aggression
Failure to report a crime of which the student has knowledge
Horseplay that results in injury
Other Level 3 Offenses
LEVEL 3 PENALTY
Up to 3 to 5 days of out-of-school suspension.
Minimum of 5 days of out-of-school suspension.
OSS time for a number of days greater than previously assigned
LEVEL 4 OFFENSES
Extortion of money, services, or property
On campus/at school events under the influence of
Impeding a school investigation/ uncooperative with
Gang-related activities without serious disruption/incident
Distributing lewd, disruptive, or pornographic materials
Implied or direct threat of violence regarding a staff
Other Level 4 offenses
LEVEL 4 PENALTY
5 days of out-of-school suspension.
5 to 10 days of out-of-school suspension.
10 days with recommendation for long-term.
LEVEL 5 OFFENSES
Any level of aggression with serious injury
Possession of drugs, medications and/or alcohol
Pulling an alarm without justification
Possession of drug paraphernalia
Selling or attempted selling of drugs, medications, or
Threat on the life of a student or staff member
Possession or use of alcohol
Possession of a weapon
Assault on a staff member
Possession of a weapon-like item or a facsimile
Sexual harassment or assault
Gang-related activity with serious disruption or injury
Other Level 5 offenses
LEVEL 5 PENALTY
10 days of out-of-school suspension with consideration for
long-term suspension or reassignment to the Onslow County Learning
EXPECTATIONS AND GUIDELINES FOR
All students have a right to learn in a safe and orderly
environment. All teachers have the right to teach without the
disruptions caused by students making inappropriate choices.
To strengthen the educational program at SBMS, it is expected
that students practice self-discipline at all times and remember
that they are always expected to follow the directives given by any
faculty, staff, or administrative person unless the directive
imposes immediate danger to the student. Disturbances or
distractions that interfere with the teaching-learning process will
not be tolerated.
Teachers will handle disciplinary matters with students
involving their parent(s) when appropriate unless the offense is
serious enough to warrant an immediate referral to the office.
If a student is referred to the office, the administration
will be responsible for the disciplinary action pursuit to state
and local Board policies and will communicate decisions made to the
student, his/her parent, and the referring teacher(s).
In the event a child has a communicable disease, it is expected
that the child remain at home until no longer contagious.
Children with head lice are not allowed to return to school until
cleared by the appropriate school personnel or health
department. Students with a fever shall not return to school
until 24 hours have passed since fever was last detected.
Each student is given the opportunity to purchase school
accident insurance at the beginning of the school year. This
covers the student from the time he/she leaves home in the morning
until he/she returns home at the end of the school day. If an
accident occurs, it is the responsibility of the parent to obtain a
claim form from the office, have it properly filled out and return
it to the school for processing. Failure to do so may result
in the insurance company refusing to pay the claim. Please be
aware that school insurance does not cover the entire doctor's
bill. It is intended to supplement the student's existing
1. All students
participating in athletics are required to either purchase
insurance or sign an insurance waiver.
2. We strongly recommend
that students enrolled in physical education consider purchasing
Medication/Student Health Needs
The school will administer only those medications, which are in
their original container with the pharmacist's label intact.
Other than the above situation, the school staff will not give
medications of any type. Non-prescription drugs, such as
aspirin, Tylenol, cough medicine (including cough drops, eye and
ear drops, etc.) are included in this policy.
The parent must complete medication permission slips for each
medication administered by the school and must be updated with each
change in prescription. Medication permission slips may be
obtained from the office. Only those students who have a
medication permission slip on file will be allowed to leave class
to take medication.
possession of prescription or non-prescription drugs who have not
followed the guidelines of this policy will be subject to the
provisions of the Onslow County Discipline Policy involving
possession of drugs.
Should a student's medical condition necessitate frequent
restroom visits, a note will be required from a doctor, which
should be provided to the student's teacher in order to allow
frequent use of the restroom. If a student is in need of
water as directed by his/her physician, a note signed by the doctor
Extra and Co-Curricular
There are many opportunities for students to be involved at
Swansboro Middle School. All students can participate in such
activities as SMS Relay for Life team, Books Clubs, Foreign
Language Club, or try-out for Battle of the Books, Math Counts,
Academic Derby or school plays. All 7th and
8th Grade students who are eligible in terms of academic
progress and attendance may try-out for school sports. Sports
eligibility is governed by the guidelines established by the Onslow
County Athletic Association in accordance with those established by
the State Athletic Association. There are also opportunities
for students to be eligible for National Junior Honor
Society. Participation is an earned opportunity and full
commitment to group or organization is expected.
Our athletic program consists of the following interscholastic
sports: football, girls' softball, boys'/girls' basketball,
baseball, boys'/girls' soccer, volleyball, boys'/girls' track,
wrestling and cheerleading.
In order to be eligible for athletics, the student must have
passed three of four core subjects and one of two encores in the
previous semester, meet local and state promotion requirements, and
have a current physical on file. All students participating
in athletics are required to either purchase school insurance or
sign an insurance waiver.
Title IX Statement
Onslow County Schools does not discriminate on the basis of
race, color, national origin, sex or disability in its programs or
activities. The following person has been designated to
handle inquiries regarding Title IX: Title IX Coordinator,
Onslow County Schools, 200 Broadhurst Road, Jacksonville, NC
Physical Activity and Physical Education
All students are required to participate in daily physical
activity and in a physical education course each school year.
Our state legislators enacted the Healthy Child Law requiring
students to participate in 225 minutes per week of physical
activity. This requirement is separate from the state
requirement that students participate in a physical education
course. Swansboro Middle School staff will provide the
students with a walking program each week in order to meet this
Physical Education courses are also provided to our
students. This is a graded course and has specific
participation and dress code requirements. In order to
participate fully in the physical education program, students must
dress out for each class. Acceptable physical education
attire includes the following choices:
- Plain gray, white, black or blue (any shade) t-shirt or
- Plain gray, black or blue (any shade) analeptic style shorts,
wind pants or sweatpants
- Properly laced tennis/athletic shoes with socks
- No logo or writing on clothing
- No denim, sleeveless/tank tops, sagging or rolled up
- All clothing must follow dress code.
Jackets/hooded sweatshirts may be worn during cold weather over
proper gym attire.
Swansboro Middle School
1240 West Corbett Avenue, Swansboro,
* Dr. Helen Gross, Principal *
Dr. Crystal Howard, Asst. Principal *
Jacob Mabry, Asst. Principal
As parent/guardian of a Swansboro Middle School student, I have
read the 2016-2017 student handbook. I understand the expectations
set forth in the handbook and both my responsibility and my child's
responsibility in following its guidelines. I understand that
concerns about my student throughout the year can be addressed to
my child's teachers, school counselors or the administration. I
understand the behavior expectations and consequences; including a
new and revised dress code, cell phone and electronic device