QMS 2020-21 Student Handbook

Greetings QMS Students and Families,

We would like to welcome both students and parents to the 2020-2021 school year at Queensbury Middle School.

This handbook outlines the opportunities and responsibilities which exist for our student body.  We sincerely believe that a cooperative effort among students, parents, and school personnel ensures the best possible results for all our students.  Become a part of our middle school community.

QMS has earned a reputation for excellence.  The rigor inherent in our classes demands from students their best efforts.  We have established a variety of activities designed to allow students to develop their unique talents.

It is our belief that learning social skills is very much a part of our students’ education.  Simply stated, student responsibilities include the types of behavior necessary for individuals to achieve success in the middle school.  We do ask that our students begin to take the initiative in pursuing positive achievement and growth.

QMS has much to offer; you have much to give!  Let’s join together to make this year productive and rewarding.

Mr. Brannigan, Principal

It is our belief that all students can reach their greatest potential once they develop self-motivation, and are willing to accept responsibility for their own choices.  These student characteristics are essential for success in secondary and postsecondary education, as well as in life.  The middle school was developed to help foster these traits by providing a structured transitional environment.  The middle school works to develop our children academically, socially, and emotionally.

The Queensbury Union Free School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, military status or any other protected status in its educational programs, employment or any other activities. Further, it is unlawful for an employer to retaliate against any individual because that person filed a complaint, opposed any unlawful practice or testified or assisted in an investigation or proceeding. Any inquiries and complaints regarding non-discrimination in the district may be referred to building administration.

QMS Phone Numbers

Principal
Mr. Michael Brannigan
518-824-3611

Assistant Principal
Ms. Tiffany Montgomery
518-824-3608
Attendance Office

Middle School Main Office 
Mrs. Bonnie Ryle, 518-824-3602
Ms. Lorrie Fowler, 518-824-3606

School Psychologist
Mrs. Amy Pratt, 518-824-3618

School Nurse
Mrs. Michelle Roberts, 518-824-3603

Guidance Office
Mrs. Vicki Sweet, 518-824-3604

Guidance Counselor Grade 6
Ms. Colleen Sprague, 518-824-3616

Guidance Counselor Grade 7 
Mrs. Michelle Sullivan, 518-824-3615

Guidance Counselor Grade 8
Ms. Rebecca Carnevalla, 518-824-3614

QMS Fax Numbers

Middle School: 518-824-3682

Attendance Office: 518-824-3679

Nurse’s Office: 518-824-3683

Guidance Office: 518-824-3681
 

Table of Contents

  • Important Dates for the School Year
  • Grade Reporting Dates
  • Superintendent Days
  • Parent Conference Dates
  • 1 Hour Late Arrivals
  • Activities,  Extracurriculars, and Interscholastic Athletics
  • Activities and Clubs
  • Q-Nights
  • QMS Points Program
  • Intramurals and Interscholastic Athletics
  • Field Trips
  • Security of Personal Property
  • Lost and Found
  • Lockers
  • Electronic Device Usage
  • Cell Phones
  • Chromebooks
  • Internet Usage
  • Citizenship
  • Student Rights & Responsibilities
  • Bicycles, Skateboards, Rollerblades, Sneaker-skates
  • Book Bags / Backpacks
  • Lunch
  • Cafeteria Behavior Guidelines
  • Student Dress Guidelines
  • Study Halls
  • Academic Integrity
  • Student Management
  • Discipline Philosophy
  • Prohibited Conduct
  • Out-of-School Suspension
  • Public Display of Affection
  • Teacher Removal of a Student
  • Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
  • Reporting
  • Definitions
  • QMS C.A.R.E.S
  • QMS CARES about Algebra
  • Grade Level Advisors Program
  • Physical Education
  • Media Center
  • Guide Room
  • Band, Chorus & Orchestra
  • Parental Information
  • Responsibilities
  • Phone Calls
  • Parent Conferences
  • Parent-Teacher Association
  • Attendance
  • Arrival Time
  • Dismissal
  • Types of Absence
  • Attendance Awards
  • When your Child is Absent
  • Tardiness
  • Early Dismissal
  • Grading
  • Grades, Principal’s List, Honor Roll, Academic Standing
  • Progress Reports
  • Homework
  • Homework Requests
  • Homework Help Club
  • Promotion & Retention Policy
  • Summer Academy 
  • Extra Help
  • School Counseling Department
  • School Psychologist
  • Health Services
  • Medication in School
  • Emergency Information
  • Immunization
  • Accidents and Insurance
  • Physicals
  • Safety Information
  • Drills
  • Visitors
  • Alcohol, Smoking, Tobacco, or Illegal Substances
  • Dangerous Weapons in School 
  • Transportation & Busing
  • Behavior Guidelines
  • Activity Bus Run
  • Daily Class Schedules

ACTIVITIES, EXTRACURRICULARS, & INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS

Activities and clubs are temporarily suspended at this time.

Art Club: Advisor, Mrs. VanVranken
Drama Club: Advisor, Ms. Mosher, Ms. Stevens
Drama Club Set Design Club: Advisor, Mrs. VanVranken
FIddle Club: Advisor, Mrs. Verheyn
Global Community Advisors, Advisor, Mrs. Corcoran, Mrs. Chevalier
Help Desk Club: Advisors, Mr. Carey, Mrs. Vaugh
Jazz Club: Advisor, Mr. Cirillo
Marching Band: Advisor: Mrs. Cirillo
Moutain Bike Club: Advisors, Mr. Hicks, Mr. Paszko
PLUSS Club: Advisor, Ms. Sprague
Points Program: Advisor, Mrs. Potter
Odyssey of the Mind: Advisor, Mrs. Strait
Robotics Club: Advisor, Mr. Weigand
Science Club:
Select Show Choir: Advisor, Ms. DeLand
Set Design Club: Advisor, Mrs. VanVranken
Class Advisors: Ms. Cherry (6); Mrs. Duell (7); Mrs. Mosher (8)
Student Advisors: Advisors, Mrs. Seelye; Mrs. VanVranken
Talent Show: Advisor, Mrs. Brown
Year Book Club: Advisor, Mrs. Chevalier

Q-NIGHTS and 8th Grade Dress Up Dance – TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

Q-Nights provide entertainment for our QMS students.  To ensure the proper atmosphere for these Q-Nights, the following rules will be enforced:

  1. Regular school dress guidelines will be in effect.
  2. Students are expected to behave in a courteous manner.
  3. Regular rules on alcohol or tobacco use and possession of drug paraphernalia will be in effect.
  4. If a student is not in school the day of the Q-Night, he/she will not be allowed to attend.
  5. The Q-Night hours are 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  
  6. ID cards will be punched in school the week of the Q-Night.  ID cards will be checked at the door..  
  7. Q-Nights are open to Queensbury Middle School students only.  
  8. The 8th Grade Dress Up Dance is for 8th graders only.
  9. Violation of the Q-Night rules may result in the loss of Q-Night privileges for the remainder of the school year.
  10. Students who do not obey the rules will be asked to be picked up by their parents.
  11. Parents only may pick up students early.  Parents must come into the building to pick up children prior to 9:00 p.m.
  12. Public displays of affection are inappropriate in a middle school setting.

QMS POINTS AWARD PROGRAM

The Points Award Program is designed to reward students who dedicate time and effort to improve the quality of student life at QMS. These points are earned for donating time outside of a student’s normal school day.  There are many different areas in which students can earn points and the categories are listed in the table below.  Approximately the top 5% – 10% of 6th grade students will earn a Spartan pin.  Approximately the top 5% – 10% of 7th grade students will earn a Queensbury water bottle.  The top twenty 8th grade students will earn a reward (based on three years of points).  Approximately another 5% – 10% of 8th grade students may earn an award if one was not earned in 7th grade.  The number of points needed to earn an award fluctuates yearly, based on the top student point totals.

The process of the Points Award Program is:

  1. The number of points awarded to students should follow the “Points Award Schedule” below.  In order to earn any credit, 85% attendance is mandatory.  It is possible and quite common that some students will not receive the maximum number of points in a category.
  2. Points are only valid before the last Friday in May.

INTRAMURALS/INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETICS    

Please refer to the District’s Athletic Code of Conduct on the school website.

FIELD TRIPS

Field trips are a privilege.  Participation in field trips will be decided on an individual basis.   Inappropriate behavior throughout the year may exclude a student from a field trip at the discretion of the administration.

SECURITY OF PERSONAL PROPERTY

CARE OF PROPERTY

Students are responsible for proper care of all books, supplies and furniture supplied by the school.  Students who disfigure property or cause physical damage will be required to pay for that damage. Please see expectations for Chromebooks at: https://www.queensburyschool.org/departments-and-services/technology/tecknow-11-initiative/chromebook-user-and-procedure-guide/

LOST AND FOUND

Lost and found articles are kept in the lunchroom.  Each year we have an abundance of unclaimed clothing and articles (jackets, sweatshirts, shoes, sneakers, jewelry, watches, glasses, etc.).  Items unclaimed for an extended period of time will be donated to charity.

LOCKERS – TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

Hall lockers and a combination padlock are assigned at the opening of school for students in 6th, 7th and 8th grade and issued by the middle school.  If a student loses his/her combination lock, the student must purchase a new one for $5.00 from the middle school.  Personal locks may not be used.

Lockers should be closed and locked at all times.  If your lock is missing for several days, a red-faced combination lock will be put on it.  To have this removed, please report to the office.  Lockers and locks are the exclusive property of the Queensbury Middle School.  Lockers are subject to search.

 If students find a combination lock, they should return it to the office.

ELECTRONIC DEVICE USAGE

CELL PHONE & SCHOOL TELEPHONE USE

Students will be allowed to telephone home if necessary.  Student use of cell phones or other electronic devices is not to take place in the classroom or during instructional time. Devices that are brought to school are the responsibility of the owner. QMS is not responsible for the theft or damage of such items. Students who are observed improperly using electronic devices will be referred to an administrator and the device may be taken. Parents may be required to pick up confiscated devices.

The Spartan TecKnow 1:1 technology initiative aligns with the district’s culture and mission by providing students with regular, equitable access to digital learning tools in school and at home.  

Students are expected to bring their Chromebooks to school everyday (and charged!) to use for all computer-based school assignments.  

Chromebooks are to be used for academic purposes only during the school day and at home.  This technology allows students to communicate, create, collaborate, and think critically through innovative lessons and projects.

Each Chromebook is the responsibility of the student it is assigned to.  Any damages should be repaired as soon as possible at the Help Desk.  The cost of the repair should be paid immediately so the student gains access to the Chromebook as soon as repairs are complete.  Insurance is available for all students.  

More information can be found at: https://www.queensburyschool.org/departments-and-services/technology/tecknow-11-initiative/chromebook-user-and-procedure-guide/

INTERNET USAGE

Internet use is a privilege for all students.  Students must follow the district procedure to utilize the Internet and must have a permission slip signed by their parent on file at the school.  Students may be denied use of the Internet for using chat rooms, visiting inappropriate websites or accessing websites not pertaining to curriculum.

CITIZENSHIP

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The administration and staff of the Queensbury Middle School recognize that our purpose is to develop lifelong learners.  We also recognize that this goal can be achieved only when each individual member of the group practices self-discipline and demonstrates behavior which does not infringe or intrude on the basic rights and freedoms of others.

The administration and staff are committed to the task of school management in a manner consistent with the legal and moral rights of all, but will neither tolerate nor condone actions or conduct in violation of the “Middle School Code” or any penal statute.  In setting forth the following code, nothing contained herein is intended, nor shall be construed, to limit or restrict freedom of neither speech nor peaceful assembly nor any constitutional or legal individual right.  However, the code does prevent abuse of individuals and, therefore, maintains the academic environment appropriate for a public school. 

STUDENT RIGHTS

  • Students shall have the right to an education, the right to be treated with dignity and respect, and the right to be free of endangerment, harassment (including bullying and hazing), intimidation, fear, and discrimination.
  • Students shall have the right to express their opinions and beliefs as long as they do not interfere with school activities or the rights of others.
  • Students have the right to participate in any student organization, according to established criteria, and the right to contribute to the educational process.
  • Students have the right to due process.
  • Students have the right to reasonable cause before a search is conducted or personal property seized.
  • Students have the right to confidentiality of records and student information according to school policy and the Federal and Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • Students have the right to be free of physical force imposed for the purpose of punishment.
  • Students have the right to an appropriate educational program and access to all school support services based on individual needs.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Students shall be aware that all rules and regulations for student behavior are in full effect until waived, altered or repealed, and shall conduct themselves in accordance with the rules and regulations as established by the state, community and school district.
  • Students shall be respectful of staff, being mindful of their position and responsibilities as educators.
  • Students shall dress and groom themselves so as to meet the requirements set by our present dress policy, and in a manner that meets fair standards of safety, health, and decency.
  • Students shall support the maintenance of a safe environment by demonstrating sensitivity to the rights of others and by protecting and respecting school property.
  • Students shall comply with state and school attendance regulations for classes (both in person and virtual) and other school functions. 
  • Students shall take the initiative for making up work missed because of absence.
  • Students shall pursue and complete with their best efforts the courses of study prescribed by state and local school authorities.
  • Students shall use accurate information and appropriate language in written and verbal communications.

BICYCLES

Any student who rides a bicycle to school must provide a lock and chain and properly secure the bicycle in the bicycle racks immediately upon arrival in the morning.  Students must wear helmets on campus. Dangerous behavior around the buses or on the sidewalk with a bicycle could result in the student not being allowed to ride his/her bicycle to school.

SKATEBOARDS, ROLLERBLADES, SNEAKER-SKATES

Skateboards, roller skates, sneaker-skates, and rollerblades are not allowed on school property including the school buses.  If a student brings these items to school, they may be confiscated and held until a parent comes to school and picks them up.

 LUNCH

Parents may pre-pay for lunch/breakfast for their children online via myschoolbucks or checks (made out to Queensbury Middle School) to the Cafeteria Office at the middle school.  Each student has his or her own PIN (Personal Identification Number) that should be noted on the envelope or check when it is sent in.  This will assure that the money is credited to the proper account.  All students, regardless of payment method, are required to use their PIN when buying lunch/breakfast.  Students may obtain a lunch in one of the following ways:

  • Purchase lunch with cash or prepaid online through the school website
  • Pre-payment into a student account in the cafeteria.  Call 824-3687
  • Participate in the free and reduced lunch program (if qualified)
  • Bring lunch from home
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Students will be limited to obtaining up to five lunches if their account lacks funds.  Students who reach this limit may only obtain an alternative lunch.  It is expected that the student will pay for any meal that is charged in the cafeteria.

CAFETERIA BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS

  • No food is to be brought outside or into classrooms, halls, or gyms without authorization.
  • Students are not to leave the cafeteria during lunch unless they have received permission from the cafeteria supervisor.
  • Students are not allowed to bring glass bottles into the cafeteria.
  • Students are not allowed to have take-out food (pizza, McDonald’s, etc.) delivered for their lunches.  
  • Lunch money or lunches brought in by parents to the attendance office will be given to students at the beginning of their lunch period.
  • Students are not permitted to purchase meals for other students.

In order for the cafeteria to be well managed, students are asked to cooperate in maintaining good order and cleanliness.  The cafeteria area is one in which students are permitted the most freedom in the building.  However, proper behavior is expected. The following rules apply to all students:

  • No sitting on tables or standing on chairs or tables.
  • No throwing food or any type of refuse.  Students are responsible for cleaning the table and immediate area at which they are eating.
  • No behaviors which the person(s) on duty find either disruptive or unsafe.
  • Students are required to follow all directives issued by any staff member while in the cafeteria.  Students not cooperating will be subject to charges of insubordination and will be disciplined accordingly.

DRESS GUIDELINES

All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions. Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance.  Teachers and all other district personnel should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in school settings.

A student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, make-up, and nails shall include but is not limited to:  

  1. be safe, appropriate, and not disruptive to the educational process.  
  2. not include brief garments such as tube tops, backless tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps or straps narrower than one inch, plunging necklines and/or arm openings, midriff-baring tops or outfits, shorts shorter than the length of the fingertips of the wearer’s downward-extended arms, and see-through garments. 
  3. ensure that underwear/undergarments are completely covered with outer clothing.  
  4. include footwear at all times.  Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed.
  5. not include items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous, denigrate others, or promote illegal activities.   
  6. not include jewelry or accessories with sharp edges or points or that are otherwise dangerous to the wearer or others. 
  7. not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities. 
  8. include face coverings at all times throughout the school day.  Teachers may allow for mask breaks when physical distancing of 6 feet can be sustained.  Face coverings should cover the student’s mouth and nose.

Nothing in this policy shall be construed to limit the ability of students to wear clothing that allows them to express their gender identity, or to discipline students for doing so. 

Each building principal or his/her designee shall be responsible for informing all students and their parents of the dress code at the beginning of the school year and any revisions to the dress code made during the school year. 

Students who violate the student dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item, and if necessary or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item.  Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to discipline, up to and including in-school suspension for the day.  Any student who repeatedly fails to comply with the dress code shall be subject to further discipline, up to and including out of school suspension.

STUDY HALLS

Each student must bring enough work to occupy him/her for study purposes for the whole period.  

Study Hall Regulations

  1. Remote Students must log in for attendance purposes.
  2. All students must be in their seats and quiet when the bell rings.
  3. Attendance will be taken immediately after the bell rings and checked against the absentee list on the daily bulletin.  No one may leave the study hall until attendance is checked.
  4. Students must sign out when permission is granted to leave the study hall.  
  5. Industrious activity on the part of the students will be enforced by the study hall teacher.  Study hall teachers will see that an atmosphere promoting good study habits is maintained throughout the period.  All students are expected to bring work or reading materials to study hall.  

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Plagiarism involves submitting or presenting work in a course as if it were the student’s own work done expressly for that particular course when, in fact, it is not.  Most commonly plagiarism exists when:

  • The work submitted or presented was done, in whole or in part, by an individual other than the one submitting or presenting the work,
  • Parts of the work were taken from another source without reference to the original author,
  • The whole work (e.g. an essay) is copied or downloaded from another source, and/or,
  • A student submits or presents work in one course which has also been submitted in another course (although it may be completely original with that student) without the knowledge or prior agreement of the instructor involved.

While it is recognized that scholarly work often involves reference to the ideas, data and conclusions of others, intellectual honesty requires that such references be explicitly and clearly noted.  Plagiarism is an extremely serious offense.

STUDENT MANAGEMENT

Disciplinary Philosophy 

The teacher assumes basic responsibility for student management in the classroom.  All staff members including custodians, food service workers, student teachers, aides, secretaries, non-teaching certified staff, teachers, substitute teachers, and administrators are jointly responsible for student management in the building or on school grounds.

Student Management Philosophy – Restorative Practices 

All students will feel safe, respected, and will take responsibility for their actions to maintain a positive culture of learning.

In support of our student management philosophy, we subscribe to using Restorative Practices. This philosophy emphasizes building relationships and repairing harm caused by conflict and maltreatment. Restorative Practices defines harm as any action that has a negative impact on the physical or emotional well being of those within the school community. 

The underlying values of the restorative approach are based on respect for the dignity of everyone affected by harm that has been caused. Priority is given to addressing the human needs of participants and empowering them to communicate their thoughts and feelings in an open and honest way. The goal is to build understanding, to encourage accountability and to provide an opportunity for healing. 

The Restorative Practice process encourages students to take responsibility for their  behavior in a meaningful way, to gain insight into the causes and effects of that behavior on others, to change that behavior, and to transition back into the school community. Additionally, the process gives those impacted by the behaviors an opportunity to ask questions, to receive answers, to gain understanding, to explain the impact of the harm on them, and to contribute to the outcome of the process. 

Student Discipline 

While it is the intent of the district that satisfactory behavior be fostered by positive measures, it must be recognized that some student behavior will require the imposition of appropriate disciplinary measures or penalties.

A record will be kept of a student’s infractions and the disciplinary consequences. 

A parental conference may be required at any step in the disciplinary process.  This is a meeting of a person in parental relationship with appropriate school personnel to discuss student behavior and expected conduct for the future.

Acts within the school which constitute a crime in the community will be reported to the proper legal jurisdiction.

Progressive discipline is used to assure appropriate student behavior.

PROHIBITED STUDENT CONDUCT

The Board of Education expects all students to conduct themselves in an appropriate and civil manner, with proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, district personnel and other members of the school community, and for the care of school facilities and equipment.

The best discipline is self-imposed, and students must learn to assume and accept responsibility for their own behavior, as well as the consequences of their misbehavior. District personnel who interact with students are expected to use disciplinary action only when necessary and to place emphasis on educating students so that they may grow in self-discipline.

The Board recognizes the need to make its expectations for student conduct while on school property or engaged in a school function specific and clear. The rules of conduct listed below are intended to do that and focus on safety and respect for the 

rights and property of others. Students who will not accept responsibility for their own behavior and who violate these school rules will be required to accept the consequences for their conduct.

Students may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school, when they:

  1. Engage in conduct that is disorderly. Examples of disorderly conduct include, but are not limited to:
    1. Running in hallways. Making unreasonable noise.
    2. Using language or gestures that are profane, lewd, vulgar or abusive.
    3. Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
    4. Engaging in any willful act which disrupts the normal operation of the school community.
    5. Trespassing. Except for school sanctioned events, students are not permitted in any school building, other than the one they regularly attend, without permission from the administrator in charge of the building.
    6. Computer/electronic communications misuse, including any unauthorized use of computers, software, or internet/intranet account; accessing inappropriate websites; or any other violation of the district’s acceptable use policy.
    7. Selling, using or possessing obscene material.
  2. Engage in conduct that is insubordinate. Examples of insubordinate conduct include, but are not limited to:
    1. Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school employees in charge of students or otherwise demonstrating disrespect.
    2. Lateness for, missing or leaving school without permission.
    3. Skipping detention.
    4. Engage in behavior contrary to internet policy.
    5. Engage in dishonest behavior.
    6. Refusal to wear a mask.
  3. Engage in conduct that is disruptive. Examples of disruptive conduct include, but are not limited to:
    1. Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school personnel in charge of students.
    2. Inappropriate public sexual contact.
    3. Display or use of personal electronic devices, such as, but not limited to, cell phones, I-pods, digital cameras, in a manner that is in violation of district policy.
  4. Engage in conduct that is violent. Examples of violent conduct include, but are not limited to:
  5. Committing an act of violence (such as hitting, kicking, punching, pushing and scratching) upon a student, teacher, administrator or other school employee or attempting to do so.
  6. Possessing a weapon. Authorized law enforcement officials are the only persons permitted to have a weapon in their possession while on school property or at a school function.
  7. Displaying what appears to be a weapon.
  8. Threatening to use any weapon.
  9. Intentionally damaging or destroying the personal property of a student, teacher, administrator, other district employee or any person lawfully on school property, including vandalism, graffiti or arson.
  10. Intentionally damaging or destroying school district property.
  11. Engage in any conduct that endangers the safety, physical or mental health or welfare of others. Examples of such conduct include, but are not limited to:
    1. Subjecting other students, school personnel or any other person lawfully on school property or attending a school function to danger by recklessly engaging in conduct which creates a substantial risk of physical injury.
    2. Stealing or attempting to steal the property of other students, school personnel or any other person lawfully on school property or attending a school function.
    3. Defamation, which includes making false or unprivileged statements or representations about an individual or identifiable group of individuals that harm the reputation of the person or the identifiable group by demeaning them.
    4. Discrimination, which includes using race, color, creed, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, sex, gender (identity and expression), sexual orientation, weight or disability to deny rights, equitable treatment or access to facilities available to others.
    5. Engage in conduct that is vandalism; intentionally damaging or destroying the personal property of a teacher, administrator, other district employee or any person lawfully on school property, including graffiti or arson.
    6. Harassment, (or Bullying), is the creation of a hostile environment by conduct or threats, intimidation or abuse. (See policy, 0115.1, Student Harassment and Bullying Prevention and Intervention for a more complete definition.)
    7. Intimidation, which includes engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm.
    8. Hazing, which includes an induction, initiation or membership process involving harassment. (See policy 0115.1 for a more complete definition). The term hazing includes but is not limited to:
      1. Any humiliating, degrading or dangerous activity demanded of a student to join a group, regardless of the student’s willingness to participate.
      2. Any hurtful, aggressive, destructive or disruptive behavior such as striking, whipping, restraining, or confining, calisthenics or other activities that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student.
      3. Any activity that causes or requires the student to perform a task or act that involves violation of state or federal law, school policies/regulations or the Athletic Code of Conduct.
        1. Selling, using, distributing or possessing obscene material.
        2. Using vulgar or abusive language, cursing or swearing.
        3. Smoking a cigarette, cigar, pipe, electronic cigarette, or using chewing or smokeless tobacco.
        4. Possessing, consuming, selling, offering, manufacturing, distributing or exchanging alcoholic beverages or illegal substances, or being under the influence of either. “Illegal substances” include, but are not limited to, inhalants, marijuana, synthetic marijuana, cocaine, LSD, PCP, amphetamines, heroin, steroids, look-alike drugs, and any synthetic version thereof, whether specifically illegal or not , substances commonly referred to as “designer drugs” which are substances designed and synthesized to mimic the intended effects and usages of, which are chemically substantially similar to, illegal drugs, which may or may not be labeled for human consumption. Use of breathalyzer or alco-sensor equipment is authorized for the purposes of enforcing this policy. Inappropriately using or sharing prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
        5. Gambling.
        6. Indecent exposure, that is, exposure to sight of the private parts of the body in a lewd or indecent manner.
        7. Initiating a report warning of fire or other catastrophe without valid cause, misuse of 911, or discharging a fire extinguisher.
  12. Engage in misconduct while on a school bus. It is crucial for students to behave appropriately while riding on district buses, to ensure their safety and that of other passengers and to avoid distracting the bus driver. Students are required to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior. Excessive noise, pushing, shoving and fighting or vandalism will not be tolerated.
  13. Engage in any form of academic misconduct.Examples of academic misconduct include, but are not limited to:
    1. Plagiarism.
    2. Cheating.
    3. Copying.
    4. Altering records.
    5. Assisting another student in any of the above actions.
  14. Engage in off-campus misconduct that interferes with, or can reasonably be expected to substantially disrupt the educational process in the school or at a school function. Examples of such misconduct include, but are not limited to:
    1. Cyberbullying (i.e., inflicting willful and repeated harm through the use of electronic text).
    2. Threatening or harassing students or school personnel over the phone or other electronic medium.

OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION

Suspension from school is a severe penalty, which may be imposed upon students who are insubordinate, disorderly, violent or disruptive, or whose conduct otherwise endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of others.

The following procedures will be employed whenever a student is suspended from school for a period of five days or less:

  1. Students will be personally notified of suspension, length of suspension, and the reason for their suspension.
  2. The  parents or guardians of a suspended student will be notified by either telephone or letter within 24 hours of the student’s suspension.  Parents will be notified in their native language.
  3. Students suspended out-of-school may not be readmitted to the school until a parental-administrative conference has been held.
  4. Periods of suspension will commence as of the close of a school day and terminate as of the opening of a school day, unless the offense is of such a nature that immediate removal is necessary.
  5. Suspended students are responsible for completing all assignments for teachers.
  6. Suspended students will not be permitted to attend any school function – i.e., Q-Nights, athletic contests, etc., during the period of their suspension.
  7. Administration will notify faculty of students who are suspended.
  8. Parents are entitled to a hearing with an administrator concerning the suspension.

PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION

Public displays of affection such as kissing, hugging, and hand-holding are not allowed in the middle school and are subject to disciplinary action.  

TEACHER REMOVAL (PROJECT “SAVE”)

A disruptive student is a student who is substantially disruptive of the educational process or substantially interferes with the teacher’s authority over the classroom.  A disruptive student can affect a teacher’s ability to teach and can make it difficult for other students in the classroom to learn.  Occasionally, it may be necessary for a teacher to remove a disruptive student from the classroom to ensure that the other students continue to learn.

Nothing in this section of the code of conduct abridges the customary right or responsibility of a principal to suspend a student.  Further, nothing in this code abridges the customary right and responsibility of a teacher to manage student behavior in the classroom.  A classroom teacher may remove a student from class for up to three days if the teacher determines that the student is disruptive.  The removal from class applies to the class of the removing teacher only. 

The principal or the principal’s designee may overturn the removal of the student from class if the principal finds any one of the following:

  1. The charges against the student are not supported by substantial evidence.
  2. The student’s removal is otherwise in violation of law.
  3. The conduct warrants suspension from school pursuant to Education Law section 3214 and a suspension will be imposed.  This process is discussed in detail in the district code of conduct.

No student removed from the class by the classroom teacher will be permitted to return to the classroom until the principal makes a final determination, or the period of removal expires, whichever is less.  

Any disruptive student removed from the classroom by the classroom teacher shall be provided continued educational programming and activities until he or she is permitted to return to the classroom.  

Any student, other than a student with a disability, who engages in conduct which results in the student being removed from the classroom by teacher on four or more occasions during a semester, will be suspended from school for up to five days.

SEE SOMETHING SAY SOMETHING

Any person observing a student possessing a weapon, alcohol or an illegal substance on school property or at a school function shall report this information immediately to school personnel.  Any weapons, alcohol or illegal substances found shall be confiscated immediately, followed by notification of the parent of the student involved and the appropriate disciplinary or corrective action taken, up to and including permanent suspension and referral for prosecution.  Contact will be made with police for weapons and illegal substances.

DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT (DASA)

DEFINITIONS

In compliance with the Dignity for all Students Act, students and adults are not to harass, bully, annoy, bother, tease or discriminate against another student; nor will they treat a person differently because of how they look or act. This includes, but is not limited to someone’s race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex or what anyone perceives these to be in another person. At QMS hurting another student or leaving someone out because of any of the named reasons above is considered unacceptable behavior. This includes hurting someone by physical contact or by hurting a person’s feelings because of any of the above reasons.Any student who feels unsafe or feels they have been treated unfairly or any student who witnesses another student being treated this way because of what is or appears to be their race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practices, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex should immediately tell an adult in the school and when possible help the student who is being hurt.

 “Bullying” (or harassment) is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength.  Typically it is repeated over time.  It is a way to try to gain power over another person, with the intent to harm them.  It is the creation of a hostile environment that impacts a student’s educational performance, well-being, and causes one to fear for their personal safety.   The behaviors may include but are not limited to:

These offenses may also occur off school grounds but end up impacting one’s ability to learn in school (for instance, Facebook comments about classmates, email rumor spreading, or texting a threat to harm someone at school).  

Discrimination occurs anytime someone denies another person of their rights, or opportunities to pursue their goals based on characteristics of that person. 

Those characteristics could be (but are not limited to) someone’s;

  • Race-seven categories: (1) Hispanic/Latino; (2) American Indian or Alaskan Native; (3) Asian; (4) Black or African American; (5) Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; (6) White; or (7) Two or more races.
  • Color- the color of a person’s skin
  • Weight- the size of a person
  • National origin- where you or your relatives were born
  • Ethnic group- being a part of a group of people who are connected by a shared language, culture and /or common religion
  • Religion- religious or spiritual beliefs
  • Religious Practices- the expression of your religious or spiritual beliefs
  • Disability- a person’s body or mind that does not look or work the same as others
  • Sexual Orientation- a person liking a girl or a boy
  • Gender Identity- How a person feels about being a male or female
  • Sex- the differences between how boys and girls bodies work

QMS C.A.R.E.S.

QMS CARES  (Commitment and Academic Responsibility Equals Success)

The Queensbury Middle School staff  is committed to an academic support program called QMS CARES.  This program has been designed to help students be more successful in school by encouraging and assisting them to make more positive, effective academic choices.  Students in this program will be required to have both the parent(s)/guardian(s) and themselves sign a pledge of commitment to the program.  The students will be required to meet twice weekly. 

QMS CARES ABOUT ALGEBRA

This program is offered from 2:50-3:40 pm Monday-Thursday. This program is designed to provide students additional math support. Students should seek extra help with their math teacher first, then report to QMS Cares about Algebra. 

GRADE LEVEL ADVISORS PROGRAM

The grade level advisor program is an opportunity for students to express their opinions, report to the administration of the school, and participate in the management of school enterprises.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM

All students are required by law to take physical education classes.  Permanent excuses or extended excuses from class must be in writing from a doctor and submitted to our school nurse using appropriate school required documentation. 

MEDIA CENTER – TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

The Media Center serves many purposes.  It is a place for reference, research, and recreational reading. Students come to the Media Center from study hall or from classrooms with a Media Center pass.  Passes should be left at the desk.  Before the students leave, the passes should be time-stamped by the media specialist.  Period passes may be issued by teachers.  

Almost all materials in the Media Center may be signed out.  Reference books go out overnight only.  Books from the general collection may be signed out for two weeks.  Overdue notices will be sent, but fines will not be collected.  If materials are lost, replacement costs are charged.  Students who have overdue materials may not borrow Media Center materials until they have returned or paid for their overdue materials.

Media Center Guidelines:

  1. Talking is allowed…in moderation and in whispers.
  2. If the Media Center is busy, the student may be asked to sign out materials and return to study hall.
  3. Students will come to the library prepared with their materials.  Passes to lockers, bathrooms, etc. are discouraged.
  4. When a student is sent to the Media Center for a make-up test, he/she should check in with the librarian.

GUIDEROOMS – TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

Guideroom is a small group environment providing an adult advocate to foster student well-being.  We will embrace and enhance the school’s learning environment through the familiarity of one adult advocate who monitors student development throughout their middle school experience.   

The Guideroom mentor/student association can provide a welcomed balance in the life of a middle school student.  It opens the door to communication, problem solving, and individual attention in a non-evaluative relationship.

BAND, CHORUS, & ORCHESTRA

The middle school music program includes required general music classes and the following optional performance groups: band, chorus, or orchestra.  Students may also audition for Select Show Choir, Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Ensemble.  Performance groups will have evening concerts and performances throughout the school year. 

PARENTAL INFORMATION

PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES

The administration believes that the ultimate responsibility for a student’s behavior rests with his/her parents. The administration and staff of Queensbury Middle School enjoy a relationship with parents who are concerned and cooperative in dealing with any concerns which may arise.  One of the most significant objectives of the parent-teacher relationship must be to develop within the individual student the desire to exercise his/her rights and responsibilities judiciously.

Students are to obey constituted authority, which includes the understanding, acceptance and adherence to school rules, regulations and procedures.  We expect every student to do the very best he/she is able to do in the middle school.

PHONE CALLS & MESSAGES

Messages for students should be called in to the school attendance office for emergency reasons only.  We attempt to eliminate as many classroom interruptions as possible.  Books, P.E. clothes, instruments and lunch money can be left for the student in the attendance office.

PARENT CONFERENCES

Parents may make appointments for conferences with teachers by contacting the student’s school counselor (824-3604) or by requesting a teacher’s voice mail (824-3606). Conferences may be held virtually or in person.

PTA

The Parent Teacher Association  is active in the middle school.  All interested parents should contact the assistant principal’s office for further information.  Please check the district calendar for PTA dates and officer/chairperson information. A monthly meeting will be held in the middle school to foster positive communication among the PTA, parents, teachers and administrators. Parents/members will participate in the creation of agendas for each meeting.

ATTENDANCE

ARRIVAL TIME

 Buses unload in the back of the building at 8:00 a.m.  The building is open to students at 7:50 a.m.

Walkers and other students arriving by means other than buses are to enter the building by the front doors.  When entering early, students are to proceed to the cafeteria to be supervised by staff from 7:30-8:00 a.m. 

Students will be allowed to go to their lockers between 8-8:10 a.m. All students need to be in GUIDEROOM  by 8:10 a.m.

DISMISSAL 

Students are dismissed at 2:48 p.m.

Students are not permitted to loiter in the school after dismissal.  

If a student misses his/her bus, he/she should report to the office.

TYPES OF ABSENCE

Punctual and regular attendance is very important. When absent or tardy, the following procedure is in order:

Absent – A parent must call in to the attendance office each morning when their child is absent.  A written excuse must be presented to the attendance office upon returning to school.

Tardy – Students will report to the attendance office to sign in. Any student participating in activities scheduled for evening hours, such as sports, music, dramatic or social events, must be in school by his/her lunch period on the day of the activity if they are to be participants.  When the activity falls on a Saturday or Sunday, attendance is expected on Friday.  Special circumstances should be discussed with the principal or assistant principal prior to the event.

A written excuse is necessary to explain the tardiness. The Attendance Office phone number is 824-3602 and the Attendance Office fax number is 824-3679.

Legal Excuses – The following excuses are considered legally acceptable by the New York State Board of Regents:

  • Personal illness
  • Court obligation
  • Sickness or death in the family
  • Music instruciton
  • Religious observance
  • Doctor’s appointment
  • Quarantine due to a contagious disease
  • Approved cooperative work program
  • Severe storm or impassable roads 

Vacations

School success depends, among other things, on good attendance.  Please do everything possible to avoid taking a student out of school for family vacations.  A note explaining this absence should be given to the attendance office one week prior to the absence.  Please pick up a vacation form from the guidance office.  Administration and teachers must be notified about this unexcused absence.

Please note for high school credit bearing courses vacations are an unexcused absence.

Excused During the School Day

Any student who has to be excused during the school day for any reason must bring a note to the attendance office. The student will be given a dismissal slip which must be initialed by the teacher (s) whose classes he/she will be missing prior to the time of dismissal.  When the student returns to school he/she must report to the attendance office to be readmitted to school.

Students leaving school before dismissal must be signed out in the main office, or with the nurse if ill.

Truancy

A student who is absent from school for unlawful reasons is considered truant.  Students leaving school grounds without expressed permission of school authorities will be considered truant.  Parents are asked to please contact the school by telephone (824-3602) or in person regarding matters of attendance.

WHEN YOUR CHILD IS ABSENT

A parent must call in to the attendance office each morning when their child is absent.  A written excuse must be presented to the attendance office upon returning to school.

Tardy Excuses

Students who are tardy must report to the attendance office when they return to school.  The office will issue an attendance slip.  Students are required to bring in written excuses for absences and tardiness.  These are kept on file for a period of three years.

EARLY DISMISSAL

Students must bring in a written request from a parent for early dismissal.  Students should bring requests to the attendance office, where a dismissal slip will be issued.  Requests will be filed in the office. All students must be signed out by a parent in the main office or nurses office.

GRADING

Grades are an evaluation of what students have learned.  They become part of a permanent record for each student. The minimum passing grade in Queensbury Middle School is 65.  Report cards are issued every ten weeks.  At the half-way point of each ten-week period, progress reports will be made available online via your SchoolTool account (Parent Portal) and sent home with each student.

Principal’s List – Average of 90+ for all subjects; no failures or incomplete marks.  

Honor Roll – Average of 85+ for all subjects; no failures or incomplete marks. 

Students who achieve Honor Roll or Principal’s List each quarter will appear on the QMS website.

Certificates are awarded to Principal’s List students that maintain that status for Quarters 1 -3 each year.

PROGRESS REPORTS

Monitoring and evaluating student progress occurs on a regular basis and takes many forms as we adjust to the diverse needs of our students.  Progress reporting is accomplished by:

  • Report Cards – issued each ten-week period.
  • Incomplete Reports – if a student has an incomplete on his/her report card, these incompletes must be made up on or before the five-week progress report.
  • Progress Reports – issued at the five-week point of each quarter to students.
  • Weekly Progress Reports – are used only on a short term basis (2 – 3 weeks), to assist parents to closely monitor their student’s efforts on an as needed basis.  After 2 – 3 weeks, a parent-teacher conference should be arranged if there is still a concern about the student’s progress.  Weekly progress reports are not meant to be continued throughout the year.  Building student responsibility is an important area of growth for middle level students.
  • Conferences – occur as needed and requested by anyone working with the student.
  • Parent Portal– access to your student’s grades. 

HOMEWORK

Homework serves the purpose of reinforcing concepts, strengthening writing and reading skills, learning to do research, and organizing information. Students are assigned homework on a regular basis.  These assignments are  considered a required and important part of all subjects.  To support this, students will:

  1. Keep a written record of the assignment and due dates in their student agendas.
  2. Plan for adequate time to complete the assignments.
  3. Not expect parents to do the assignments.
  4. Always do their own work.
  5. Strive for neat, accurate and completed homework.
  6. Ask questions in class, immediately after class, or after school if an assignment is not understood.

How to Help with Homework:

So where do you, as a parent, fit in?  Your role is mostly a supportive one.  You can set the stage for a good homework environment with a little time and thought. Please encourage your child to use the homework assignment planbook in the back of this handbook.

Provide a comfortable work area.  A desk in his/her room or a corner of the dining room or kitchen table will do.

  • Make sure the lighting is appropriate.

Have some basic supplies on hand:  a dictionary, a thesaurus and an atlas or almanac.  Stock up on pencils, markers and paper.

  •  TV and homework do not mix.  Please keep the set off until the homework is done. 
  • Routine is important.  It’s best to let your child have a breather when he/she first gets home from school:  a little time to have a snack, see friends or go outside.  But he/she must know that the time before or after supper, or whatever time you agree on, means study time.
  • Please check the teacher’s Google Classroom /or website. 
HOMEWORK REQUESTS

Parents should contact the attendance office (824-3602) to request homework for students who will be out for two or more days.  You should call by 10:00 a.m. to allow teachers time to respond to your request.  Twenty four hour’s notice is needed to obtain homework from all teachers.  Attendance Fax # is 824-3679.

PROMOTION & RETENTION POLICY

The middle school academically prepares the student to achieve success.  Promotion/retention should be considered from the point of view of what is in the best interest of the child.  Middle school promotion/retention should encourage a personal responsibility and accountability factor within the student, family, and school community.  Every course that the middle school child is exposed to is important to the social, emotional, and academic development of that child.  

The full-year subjects include:  English, mathematics, social studies, science, and foreign language.  A child must meet the following minimum requirements for promotion to the next grade level. The passing grade for a course is 65 percent.

All final grade placement decisions rest with the administration.

COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

The school counselors provide encouragement and support to students for healthy growth and development.  Meeting with individuals and groups, they share knowledge related to self-understanding, problem-solving, decision-making, academic adjustment and personal planning.  Academic concerns, scheduling and personal problems also bring students into the offices.  Counseling is provided on a crisis or short-term basis and referrals are made often to community resources. QMS is divided into teams and a counselor is assigned to each grade.  Parents who want to conference with the team or other teachers should begin by calling the counseling center.

PSYCHOLOGIST

The school psychologist in Queensbury Middle School helps to identify, interpret and meet the needs of students.   A student may be referred by teachers, guidance personnel, administrators, parents or the student him/herself.  Services provided by the school psychologist include assessment of intellectual and academic skills.  Short-term counseling may be provided for students upon request.  The school psychologist is also concerned with the effects school has on each child’s psychological growth.  The school psychologist focuses on the child and family, the warning process, child development, and the emotional adjustment within the school.

The school psychologist functions as a diagnostician in the identification and evaluation of children with specific emotional, social, behavioral and learning disorders so that interventions and programs designed to alleviate these problems can be developed.   The school psychologist also provides consultation to classroom teachers, administrators, and parents to help implement programs, making referrals to outside agencies when appropriate.  In addition, the school psychologist provides individual and group counseling as needed.  The school psychologist is a valuable resource to our students, parents and faculty.  

HEALTH SERVICES

Good health is a prerequisite to learning and is essential to successful participation in school activities.  The middle school nurse is responsible for health records, annual vision and hearing screening, and color perception checks.  Students injured or ill during the school day should report to the nurse for assessment and documentation.  Should the nurse determine that the student should go home or need further medical attention, the parent, guardian or specified individual will be contacted.   

MEDICATION IN SCHOOL

Regulations of the New York State Educational Law prevent the possession, administration and taking of any medication in school, including aspirin, vitamins and cough medications.  Cough drops will not be dispensed by the nurse.  The only exception to the above requirements is medications ordered by a physician to be given at specific hours during the school day.  The school nurse must have on file a written request from the parent and from the physician stating the medication name, the dosage and the specific time it is to be given.  Authorization forms are available from the nurse.  Medication must be in the original bottle from the pharmacy druggist.  The medicine must be kept in the health office and given only under the supervision of the school nurse.  Students are permitted to carry medication and self-administer only with written permission which has been given to the nurse.  Any students observed with any medication in their possession without proper documentation will be referred to the school nurse and/or assistant principal for evaluation of the situation.

EMERGENCY INFORMATION CARDS

These cards are sent home with each student early in the fall for parent completion.  Information includes parents’ names, phone numbers and persons to be contacted if the parents cannot be reached in the event of illness, injury or a medical emergency.

IMMUNIZATION

Requirements are mandated by the NYS Education Department.  All students entering school at any level must provide written documentation of three doses of diphtheria toxoid (DPT or TD); three doses of oral polio vaccine; and one dose of rubella (German Measles); one dose of rubeola (measles) for grades 1 – 12; two doses of rubeola for kindergarten; and one dose of mumps vaccine administered after one year of age.

ACCIDENTS AND INSURANCE

The school is responsible for immediate first aid.  In addition, the school provides a student accident insurance policy.  This policy provides partial insurance coverage against school related injuries.  A family must first submit claims to their own insurance carrier, and the excess costs not covered should be submitted to the school nurse.  All school-related injuries must be reported to the nurse so that she can file an accident report, report the incident to Pupil Benefits, Inc., and process the claim form(s) as necessary.

PHYSICALS

Students entering the district for the first time are required by Education Law and Regulations of the Commissioner of Education to have a physical.  The school physician will do physicals for new students as early in the school year as possible.  If you would like your personal physician to perform the physical, please obtain the physical form from the school nurse or guidance office.  Students in grade 7 are required to have physicals.  Physicals for 7/8 sports participation are required.  The school physician will do sports physicals.  Clearance cards will be issued for that sport.

SAFETY INFORMATION

SAFETY DRILLS

The Board of Education requires each school building to conduct Safety Lockdown and Evacuation Drills.  When the announcement is made over the public address system, students are to follow their teacher’s instructions.  Students are expected to conduct themselves in a quiet and orderly manner.

FIRE DRILLS

Fire drills are required by law at regular intervals and are an important safety precaution.  It is essential that when the first signal is given everyone obey orders promptly and clear the building by the prescribed route as quickly as possible.  The teacher in each classroom will give the students instructions.  There should be no talking during fire drills.

VISITORS

The only students who will be allowed to visit QMS are students who are planning to attend the middle school on a permanent basis.  This request must be in writing to the Principal’s Office.  Visitors must sign in at the main office..

ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, SMOKING, & ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES

Being under the influence of, or the use of, alcohol or tobacco on middle school property is strictly forbidden.  As of July 1, 1990, Queensbury School Board policy prohibits smoking anywhere on the school grounds – buildings, parking lots, athletic fields, etc.  Therefore, it is positively forbidden for students to smoke or use chewing tobacco or display such items in the school building, on any school bus, school grounds, or during any school activity taking place off school premises. This includes, but is not limited to, products that contain nicotine, or replicate actions related to smoking; ie, vapes, joules, etc.

Any student caught drinking or smoking, or in the possession of any illegal substance or a substance passed off as an illegal substance, will face disciplinary consequences.

DANGEROUS WEAPONS AT SCHOOL

GUN FREE SCHOOL

In accordance with the Gun-Free School Act of 1994 (20 U.S.C. 8001 et seq.), the punishment for violation of Section 2 subsection (7) shall be a suspension from attendance upon instruction for a period of not less than one year, unless the superintendent shall determine to modify such punishment.  The superintendent’s determination shall be on a case-by-case basis.

The term “firearm” as used in Section 2 Subsection (7) shall mean any weapon, including a starter gun or paint ball gun, which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; the frame or receiver of such weapon; any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or any destructive device.  The term “destructive device” means any explosive or incendiary, or poison gas, gas bomb, bomb, grenade, rocket, firecracker, ash can or cherry bomb, having propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one-quarter ounce, mine or any device similar to any of those devices already described in this paragraph.  Except that “destructive device” shall not mean any device not designed or designed for use as a weapon.

WEAPONS IN SCHOOL

Any student, other than a student with a disability, found guilty of bringing a weapon onto school property will be subject to suspension from school for at least one calendar year.  Before being suspended, the student will have an opportunity for a hearing pursuant to Education Law 3214.  The superintendent has the authority to modify the one-year suspension on a case- by-case basis.   Students with an IEP are subject to the appropriate educational laws pertaining to disabled students. 

The superintendent is required to refer the following students to the county attorney (or the county presentment agency if not the county attorney) for a juvenile delinquency proceeding before the Family Court:

  1. Any student under the age of 16 who is found to have brought a weapon to school, or
  2. Any student 14 or 15 years old who qualifies for juvenile offender status under the Criminal Procedure Law.

The superintendent is required to refer students over the age of 16 or any student 14 or 15 years old who qualifies for juvenile offender status to the appropriate law enforcement authorities.  A student 14 or 15 years old who possesses a firearm, machine-gun or loaded firearm (as defined in section 265.00 of the Penal Law) on school grounds (as defined in section 220.00 (14) of the Penal Law) qualifies for juvenile offender status under section 1.20 of the Criminal Procedure Law.

TRANSPORTATION & BUSING

BUS TRANSPORTATION BEHAVIOR GUIDELINES

Bus transportation is a privilege extended to students and may be suspended at any time for disruptive behavior.  Students are under the authority of the bus driver and must obey his/her directions, including:

  1. Observe classroom conduct.
  2. Masks must be worn.
  3. Students are permitted to converse quietly with persons sitting near them.
  4. Students must be seated and can’t change seats when the bus is moving.  Stay in your seat at all times.  
  5. Students must not under any circumstance put their heads or arms out of the windows and windows must not be lowered below the mark indicated on the bus.
  6. Students are to treat bus equipment as they would valuable furniture in their homes.  Damage to seats, etc., must be paid for by the offender.
  7. In the case of a road emergency, students are to remain in the bus until instructions are given by the driver.
  8. The use of profane or abusive language will not be tolerated.  Please be courteous.
  9. Students may not smoke, vape, strike matches, or light cigarette lighters on the bus.
  10. Drivers are not permitted to stop at places other than the regular bus stops.
  11. Students are not to push or crowd when loading or unloading.  They are to be courteous to fellow passengers, allowing front-row students to disembark first.
  12. Keep the bus clean.
  13. Cooperate with the driver.
  14. Do not fight, push or shove. 
  15. Do not eat or drink on the bus.
  16. Do not tamper with bus equipment.
  17. Do not bring pets on the bus.
  18. Do not bring flammable material on the bus.

Bus Disciplinary Action – An administrator will review the conduct report with the student and bus privileges may be taken away from the student.  All bus conduct reports will be dealt with on an individual basis by the administrator.  

Queensbury Middle School Activity Bus Runs

Middle school students have the option of taking an activity bus home if they are staying after for activities, sports, or detention. There are only 2-3 buses that cover these runs each day resulting in three routes: east, west and overflow. Students board the bus at the back door of the cafeteria.

NOTE: Riding the activity bus is a privilege. Students can be denied this privilege for inappropriate behavior.

Bus Route Information (subject to change each year)

These buses cover all of Queensbury and its major roadways. Below is a list of the areas each of these buses cover. Activity buses do not enter neighborhoods; students are dropped on the main road that is closest to their home.

Students must be aware of their drop off point when they ride the bus. If you have any questions regarding exact drop off locations, please call our transportation department at (518) 824-5660.

We are unable to give parents/guardians exact drop off times due to the fact that we are unable to predict how many students will be riding the bus on any given day.