M a r s h a l l Cardinal Chronicle Fall 2018
MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL RECEIVES FUNDS FOR FUEL UP TO PLAY 60
Marshall Middle School in Janesville has been chosen to receive $500 to support its Fuel Up to Play 60 initiative. Marshall was selected from several schools that applied for funding across the state to help them jump-start and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Wisconsin schools are eligible to receive up to $1,000 to help them increase awareness of and access to nutrient-rich foods and physical activity opportunities for students. Funding for this competitive program is provided by the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board through Wisconsin’s dairy farmers.
Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program launched by the National Dairy Council (NDC) and the National Football League (NFL), with additional partnership support from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The program encourages youth to consume nutrient-rich foods (low-fat and fat-free dairy, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains) and achieve at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
Funds for Fuel Up to Play 60 provide support for a variety of activities and tools, such as foodservice materials and taste-testing supplies, nutrition and physical education equipment. More than 70,000 schools across the United States are participating in Fuel Up to Play 60. Fuel Up to Play 60 is designed to engage and empower youth to take action for their own health by implementing long-term, positive changes for themselves and their schools.
“Fuel Up to Play 60 has really taken off in Wisconsin. Wellness champions and students in more than 1,700 schools have embraced the program, and these funds will help many of the participating schools to do even more,” said Laura Wilford, Director, Wisconsin Dairy Council.
Schools, parents and students can learn more about Fuel Up to Play 60 at www.FuelUptoPlay60.com
From the Principal… FALL 2018
Greetings Marshall Cardinal Families!
As we begin another exciting school year, I want to mention a few things that are having a positive impact on our school community!
New This Year! I would also like to introduce our NEW STAFF members, who come to Marshall with a plethora of experiences.
Vjolca Asani-7th Grade
Marcus Martinez-7th Grade
Gabrielle Salamone-7th Grade
Kelly Miller-6th Grade
Trischia Burdt-Special Ed
Ashley Mui-Reading/Math Interventionist
Ashby Hibbs - Physical Ed.
Andrew Driscoll- Custodian
Jacky Evans - LMC
Being Safe, Respectful and Responsible
Picking Up and Drop Off- We are in this together.
Did you know that 90% of our student population lives < 2.0 miles from school? That means a large number of cars on campus in the AM and PM. At one point, a study was conducted that there were over 600 cars that come onto campus on a given morning. As a result, we need the drivers to and from school to be SAFE, RESPECTFUL and RESPONSIBLE! Please follow posted signs and be patient! Student Safety is our TOP priority! Please help us by playing and active role in obtaining that goal.
Attendance—We are in this together. The middle school experience is an exciting one. Your son or daughter will go through tremendous changes during their 6th, 7th, and 8th grade years. Therefore, their attendance is critical. Please make sure you inform your child that school begins at 8:00am. Students are expected to be in their seat and ready to learn at 8:00am. Students who are marked late or tardy can face serious consequences. Please help us reinforce this expectation. Students need to be at school at all costs for their own successful development. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Synthia Taylor, Principal
From the Assistant Principal’s Office
I would like to take a minute and welcome back all of our students and families to the 2018-19 school year. We have gotten off to a very positive start! I want to share with you some of the teaching that the staff at Marshall does in regards to social and behavioral expectations of our students.
One of the foundational pieces to the Janesville School District and to Marshall Middle School specifically is to utilize Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS involves teaching and supporting students in our three school-wide expectations:
Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible. Within the first full week of school, all students participated in a teaching/re-teaching of what Being Safe, Respectful, and Responsible looks like across all educational settings at Marshall. There are many activities and visuals present to remind us of those expectations while at school.
Families also ask about other positive ways to stay or become connected to Marshall Middle School. There are many different opportunities to become involved including participating in an after school sport (we are currently in season1 , there are 5 seasons total).
Joining a club such as Battle of the Books, Girls Who Code, Lego Robotics, BookLunch-Talk, Nicotine is Kids Enemy (NIKE), the Gay-Straight Alliance(GSA) and many more. We also have school sponsored events such as The Farmer’s Day Dance in October, Scoopie Nights, the Color Run, and many more. Any and all of these activities are great ways for students to broaden their experiences at Marshall.
Finally, I want to conclude by saying Thank You to our families for your help in getting this year off to a positive start!
Mike Matteson, Assistant Principal
(608) 743-6204 email@example.com
From the Desk of the Dean of Students
Dear Cardinal Families,
My name is Daniel Jackson and I’m the dean of students here at Marshall Middle School. I look forward to serving our student population over the course of the 2108-19 academic school year, and I hope to make a positive impact in regards to ensuring that all students uphold the fundamental Cardinal principles of being Safe, Respectful, and Responsible.
Currently, students are participating in our building wide Bullying & Harassment presentations facilitated by Mrs. Olin (student service specialist), Officer Olin (school resource officer), and myself. The overarching purpose of the presentations is to foster student awareness of the high prevalence of bullying and harassment situations that currently exist within our society and specifically within school districts nationwide. Furthermore, during the presentations students are taught the most relevant definitions for the various forms of bullying & harassment, as well as students are made aware of the significance of partaking in bullying/harassment type behavior. Lastly, students receive information regarding the consequences that may follow as a result of engaging in bullying/harassment type behavior, from both a school disciplinary standpoint and from a legal perspective.
In conclusion, keep the following key points in mind in order to promote a Safe, Respectful, and Responsible school environment:
Remember that the cafeteria opens at 7:30 AM for breakfast club each morning. Students are to wait outside until they are let in by staff members. This is important because it helps us ensure that there is proper supervision for students when they are in the building.
Please help to keep Marshall clean by putting trash in the proper places-especially in the lunchroom and the hallways. We have many staff members who work very hard to keep the building clean and when students do their part to be responsible for throwing trash away and keeping the building clean everyone in the building benefits.
Remember the rules about responsible technology use and cell phones. Cell phone use is not permitted in the building unless specific permission is given by a staff member.
Remember to travel safely through the hallways by walking and being mindful of others around you.
Make every effort to be on-time and prepared for your classes. Not only does it show respect to your teachers, staff, and other students by doing so, but it allows students to participate fully in instruction and gives them the best chance to be successful. These are behaviors that not only promote success in the school setting but promote success in life in general.
Thanks again for your help!
Mr. Daniel Jackson
Dean of Students
Marshall Middle School
Head Wrestling Coach
Parker High School 608-743-6221
From Officer Olin……
Parking, pick up and drop off are all hot topics at Marshall Middle School. I understand wanting to drop your child off and pick them up as close to the school as possible, but everyone needs to keep in mind there are 900+ others who also need to use the same lanes but not necessarily for drop off and pick up.
All the lanes except, the lane on the North side of the building are actual Janesville streets. Please do not sit in one spot and hold up traffic. Everyone needs to realize the pickup and drop off lanes are for continuous movement. When cars stop in the lane of traffic because it appears there is no room it creates an unsafe environment.
The stop sign at the southwest corner of the building is one area of concern. Many times I get complaints of cars sitting at this stop sign, waiting until the line moves and then moving into the line. Please keep in mind you cannot sit and block the flow of traffic at these stop signs. You have to remember not everyone is waiting to pick up someone and they need to turn to get back out to Pontiac Dr. I suggest pulling out and continuing in the left lane, so others can continue to leave if needed. Proceed to Pontiac Dr and then turn left and re-enter the drive between Marshall MS and Monroe Elementary. I can’t be everywhere at once and do try to get to that area to watch it. Some days are better than others but if we work together it is one area of concern that can be improved.
The road that comes off of Milwaukee Street and up along the tennis courts is also a place parents tend to park and wait. This road is called Marshall Place. This also creates a very dangerous situation. Some cars will move into the oncoming lane of traffic to get around these cars. That is illegal, but it is also illegal to park in the lane of traffic.
The pick up spot on the North side of the school is also designed to have continuous movement. Each car should enter the North side pickup area and proceed to an open spot. If there are no open spots then continue to Pontiac Dr and turn right. Go to Milwaukee St, turn right and go back to Marshall Place and proceed to do the same thing. Please yield to students crossing Pontiac St. in the crosswalk.
Let’s all continue to work on this. I believe it won’t be as difficult as it seems and we will all be just fine. Remember it is about the safety of the students, of which one or more is yours and in the grand realm of things this is about a daily 15-minute problem.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
This year starts our 8th annual Cardinals for the Cure fundraiser. Over the past seven years we have raised over $10,000.00 that we donated to the UW Carbone Cancer Center. Some of our Special Education students have made paracord bracelets, magnets, coasters, necklaces, heating/cold packs, beaded bracelets, and many other items. Students also may purchase Cardinals for the Cure decals and backpacks during lunches in the month of October. Each year Marshall has a school wide Pink Out Day, the date this year is Friday, October 19 between 8 and 9AM. Staff and students will create a symbol of awareness on the field. The Special Education staff and students hand deliver a check to the UW Carbone Cancer Center at the end of October. Our goal is to raise $1,000.00 this year. We look forward to working together to support a cause that has touched so many lives.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
The first day of autumn is here & the mornings will be getting cooler when you are dropped off for school. Remember, since you have to wait outside until 7:30, please dress for the weather. Start out your school day right by having breakfast, to fuel your body & mind every morning, from 7:30-8:00 in the cafeteria.
WILD WEDNESDAY’S with Wild Mikes Pizza. Join use for lunch every day AND especially on WEDNESDAY’S for Wild Mikes Pizza. You will be glad you did!!!!!!!!
Just a few reminder’s about your deposits. Please have your money for your lunch account, in an envelope with your first & last name written on the envelope & how much money is inside. The money must be put in the deposit box, which is located in the cafeteria by 10:00 or in the main office, by 9:00 AM
Thank you Any questions? Please call Barb Cox- (608)743-6208
Important Dates from the Music Department
December 11 Choir Concert– 5:30,6:30,7:70- at Marshall
December 13 Orchestra Fundraising Concert-7PM-at Craig
December 18 Band, Choir, Orchestra-7-8PM-Craig
March 19 Choir Concert-5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm-at Marshall
April 30 POP/JAZZ– 7PM-at Marshall
May 14 Band Concert-7PM – at Craig
May 30 Choir Concert-5:30, 6:30, 7:30-at Marshall
Student Council will host a fun Farmers Dance on Friday October 5. A lot of our Student Council members hard work go into the production of the dance. There is a DJ, hay rides, games and plenty of food!
Stay tuned for more Student Council happenings!
Please remember to continue to save pop tabs for our annual drive benefiting the Ronald McDonald House.
MARSHALL MIDDLE SCHOOL GSA Introduction
“ When teachers are accepting of you, it means the world to you. You know that things will be OK and that they are there for you.” 11th Grade Student, North Carolina
What’s up with all the letters?
GSA = Gay-Straight Alliance
LGBTQ = Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning Ally = a trusted, safe adult with whom a student may talk about LGBTQ concerns
Why do we need/want a GSA?
Often times LGBTQ+ youth are marginalized and feel less connected to school, including not having trusted people they can talk to while there. These youths are at increased risk for having significant issues with ATODA, bullying, and poor school performance. We have students and families at MMS who are already working through LGBTQ related issues.
What exactly is a GSA and what does it do?
Our GSA is a student group that will most likely meet before or after school. It is open to ALL students at Marshall Middle School who want our school to be a safe place for everyone. Goals of the GSA include: working to enhance school climate so that all students feel safe, welcome and respected
celebrating differences and diversity
learning and talking together about issues relevant to group members
offer opportunities for students to meet and get to know a variety of people
help students examine their own biases and behaviors
The primary focus is health and well-being, not morality or sexuality
Calling All Box Tops!
Below is a partial list of products/brands participating in this program. Simply remove the Box Tops for Education symbol and have your child put them in the box in the Student Services office. Money raised will be used to provide quality programs for all students at Marshall. Thank you for your support.! GENERAL MILLS, Betty Crocker, Bisquick, Viva Kleenex, Scott, Cottonelle, Huggies, Old El Paso, Hefty, Ziploc, Saran, Nature Valley, Chex Mix, Fruit Rollups, Cascadian Farms, Pillsbury Ready-to-Bake cookies, Hamburger Helper and Chicken Helper
REC NITES 2018—2019
Although held at Marshall, Rec Nites are sponsored and operated by Janesville ‘s Leisure Services. They are in charge of supervision and policies related to Rec Nites. There are always several paid Leisure Services staff members at Rec Nite and parent volunteers are always encouraged to help out. Please contact Leisure Services if you would be able to help in the future. Questions? Please call 755-3030. The price to attend Rec Nite is now $6.00. Rec Nite goes from 7-9:00 PM. Please be sure to pick up your student at that time. NOTE THE ENDING TIME-9PM!!!
NO Rec Nites in November & February
Visit the Marshall Home Page!
Marshall has something for everyone including a variety of athletic opportunities and other activities. Visit the Marshall home page for calendars, menus, schedules, activities, student services, and academic information. This is a great place for students and parents to gather information. Please note that the Cardinal Updates are now being directed through the MMS website. Please see the school website for any information/updates that you need.
Please remember there are no cash purchases; all money must be deposited into lunch accounts by 10:00 a.m. Lunch money must be placed in the lunch deposit box in the main office or in the cafeteria. Students may bring money in an envelope from home, which should include the student’s full name, amount enclosed and grade. Helpful Hint: If your student brings money to school in an envelope from home, they do not have to wait in line to put it in the box.
SEASON 2 SPORTS - Oct 19—December 7
Season 2 sports will begin on October 19 for 8th grade Girls Volleyball and 6th, 7th and 8th grade Boys Swim. All athletes need to have a yellow athletic card and a concussion agreement form signed before they are allowed to participate in any sport. If you have any questions, you may contact Mr. Tollefsrud building A.D. a t 743 - 6245 , o r e m a i l at firstname.lastname@example.org
We continue to work together to make our middle school a place where learning is accomplished with as few distractions as possible. Students who are appropriately dressed for the school day assist in maintaining this kind of environment.
Parents, in advance, we thank you for understanding our teachers and staff members are attempting to create a positive learning atmosphere. Please share with your students if they are approached by staff about their dress, the staff member is not “harassing” them. Rather, they are working hard to ensure your school is as free from distractions as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.
When calling your student out of school for an illness, giving permission to leave school for an appointment or for a tardiness, please speak SLOWLY and SPELL the students last LAST NAME FIRST, then the FIRST NAME, followed by the grade, and reason for absence.
When writing notes for student absences or for a student to leave the school for an appointment, please include the student’s first and last name, their grade, and reason for leaving school. Remember, if the last name is different from the parents please include the student’s last name.
No student will be allowed to leave the school to walk home or ride his/her bike home for an appointment. ALL STUDENTS MUST BE SIGNED OUT BY A PARENT OR GUARDIAN. Arrangements for others to pick up must be made prior to the time when the student is leaving THIS IS A SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICY.
We DO NOT stock any over-the-counter medicines. If you wish to send cough medicine, ibuprofen, Tylenol, or any over the counter medicine, the medicine must be in its original bottle and the Attendance Office must have a signed parent consent form on file. If we do not have the consent form, we will call home and the parent will need to come to school and administer the medicine to his/her student. All prescription medicines must be accompanied by a signed doctor's form AND a parent consent form. These forms can be obtained in the attendance office. We are not permitted to accept any other form. The school district policy requires all medicine whether over-thecounter or prescription to be only given out with a signed permission form.
Finally, if your child is sick please tell them to come to the Attendance Office and call home. They are not to call home from classroom phones or using their cell phones.
COMING IN TO SCHOOL?
When you come to Marshall to bring something for your child, sign your child out of school, want to speak to a staff member or for any other reason the procedure remains as follows:
Ring the doorbell by door #23. Please face the camera. Expect to be greeted and asked “How we can help you?” Please state your name, your students name and the reason for your visit. You will either be directed to the Attendance Office to sign out your student or to the Main Office to sign in and receive a visitor’s pass. All visitors must stop in the Main Office to sign in and receive a visitor’s pass.
PICKING YOUR CHILD UP BEFORE 3:23?
If you are taking your child out of school before 3:23pm please either call ahead or send a note of excused absence with your child in the morning to the Attendance Office. When you ring the bell to pick up your student you will be asked if you notified us ahead of time. If you do not follow this procedure there may be a wait while we locate your child and they get their things to leave the building All students must be signed out in the Attendance Office. Thank you so much for following this procedure.
Marshall Red Wings
This program is a leadership opportunity for our 8th Grade students. The purpose of this program is to help the 6th grade students’ transition into middle school and help the building feel more connected together. Also, it allows for the group of 8th grade students to have a voice in building wide initiatives and events. The 35 8th grade students are divided into groups of three and then they are linked up with every 6th grade Advisory in the building. They will continue to work with the 6th graders throughout the school year and also be helping out with other important building and community
MMS BYOD Initiative Update (Bring Your Own Device)
Marshall Middle School is committed to creating a 21t century learning environment to provide equitable access to technology that will aide our students in becoming self-directed learners, collaborative team players, and information producers as well as information consumers.
A few reminders…the student is responsible for keeping his or her device in their possession or properly securing it, at all times. Marshall Personnel are not responsible for the security or condition of student’s personal devices.
Electronic devices are to be powered off or silenced during class time unless the teacher gives specific approval for use. The student must comply with the teacher’s request to refrain from using a device or to power down (turn off) the device. Failure to comply could lead to disciplinary action and/or temporary confiscation of the device.
The student may not use any device to record, transmit or post photos/videos for personal use. Images, video, and audio files recorded at school may not be created/transmitted or posted at any time, without the expressed permission of a Marshall Middle School staff member.
All users are required to utilize the District’s secured wireless network to access the Internet.
All students must have a BYOD parent/guardian approval (signature) page on file to use a personal device at Marhsall Middle School. This includes students without permission as well. If the parent does not give permission for their student to have a device at school they need to fill in the line of approved devices as none or no permission. Please call the Assistant Principal’s office at 608-743-6204.
REMEMBER….. NO CELL…BELL TO BELL… PERMISSION ONLY PHONE ZONE………..
Welcome to Marshall’s Human Relations Mrs. Hanna-Downey-Club Coordinator
Club’s Goals: The primary goal of the Human Relations Club is to make students and people aware of social injustices, and prejudices in our school and community. We also want to help every student develop to their fullest potential and realize their dreams. The Human Relations Club is dedicated to promoting student leader- ship to build intercultural relations within our local and global communities as well as promoting students interests.
WE ASK YOU TO: Show respect Make good decisions Solve problems Accept and respect all club members and yourself. Have fun!!!!!!!
HAT DAY FUNDRAISER DATES; Thurs -10/18, Friday- 12/14, Friday- 2/15, Wed.-4/3
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Assistant Principal Office-743-6204
Student Services Office-743-6226
9 Scoopie Nite-Milton Ave-4-8PM
11 Great Apple Crunch Day
12 Rec Nite-7-9:00PM
24 Picture Retake Day 11AM-1:30PM
24 Parent Teacher Conferences-4-7PM
25 Scholastic Book Fair-Parent Teacher Conference Hours
25 Parent Teacher Conferences-8AM-7PM-NO SCHOOL-Lunch Break 1PM-2PM
26 NO SCHOOL
30 Season 2 Sports Begins
NO REC NITE
21 NO SCHOOL- Thanksgiving Break
7 Rec Nite 7-7-9:00PM
11 Choir Concert-5:30,6:30, 7:30
13 Orchestra Fundraising Concert-7PM-Craig
22-1/2/2019 NO SCHOOL-WINTER BREAK
3 SCHOOL RESUMES 3 Season 3 Sports Begins
Public School Open Enrollment Timelines
The State of Wisconsin has announced the application period for open enrollment (also known as public school choice) begins in February for the following school year. Open Enrollment laws permit children to attend a public school in a school district other than the one in which they live.
The open enrollment application period for the 2019-2020 school year is from February 4, 2019 April 30, 2019. Parents are encouraged to apply on-line at dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment. Although on-line application is recommended, paper applications may be obtained from the Department of Public Instruction or any school district after February 4, 2019 and must be delivered (hand-delivery is recommended) to the nonresident school district during the application period. Paper applications to attend Janesville must be submitted to the Open Enrollment Specialist in the New Student Enrollment Office no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 30th (a postmark does not constitute timely submission). Applications turned in prior to February 4th will be returned as not valid and must be resubmitted after February 4th but before April 30th at 4:00 p.m.
Enrollment in a requested school or program is subject to space and other limitations and is not guaranteed. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent. Habitual truancy may result in recommendation for the student to return to their home district.
Under School District of Janesville board policy, students who attended the district under open enrollment the previous year are not required to reapply for the following school year.
An application is required for each sibling in the family. For example, if a family has one child in elementary school that has been approved for open enrollment and a new student entering kindergarten next year, the student entering kindergarten must apply for open enrollment in order to attend the School District of Janesville.
Parents will be informed in June whether their open enrollment applications have been approved or denied. The student’s school or program placement will be provided in June
Kindergarten Enrollment 2019-2020 School Year
School District Residents If you have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2019 and they are not currently enrolled in a School District of Janesville Pre-school for Janesville (P4J) or Early Childhood (EC) program it is time to enroll in the Janesville Public School District. Enrollment will take place at the Educational Services Center located at 527 S. Franklin St. (administration building) in the New Student Enrollment office. You may enroll anytime during the two week period.
Weeks of December 3–7 and December 10-14
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. M/W/F both weeks
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m Tuesday, December 4, 2018
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m Thursday, December 13, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 6, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2018
If you cannot attend the enrollment period please come in as soon as possible to enroll after December 14, 2018. Enrollment in the district is required for participation in orientation. When you enroll, you will need your child’s birth certificate for proof of age, proof of residency (top portion of a utility bill, or current lease) to determine school assignment, immunization records and photo identification. If you have questions on general enrollment, please contact the New Student Enrollment office at 743-5072 or 743-5153 during regular office hours, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Requests for School Transfer/Placement within the School District (yellow forms) for incoming kindergarten students should be submitted through the enrollment process. Forms are available at all schools, as well as at the Educational Services Center. If you have questions regarding this process contact Deen Hartley at 743-5152. The status of requests will be determined by January 15, 2019 if they are turned in by December 14th. If you have a student currently attending a school under a School Transfer/Placement within the School District, it does not automatically qualify your kindergarten student for attendance at the same school; however, siblings are generally assigned to the same school. In order for your kindergarten student to attend the same school as a sibling, you must submit a request during the Kindergarten Enrollment time frame.
If you know of a child in your neighborhood or from community activities that would be entering kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year, please pass this enrollment information on.
If you are a non-resident of the School District of Janesville and have a child turning 5 (five) years old prior to September 1, 2019 and would like your child to attend the School District of Janesville you must also apply for OPEN ENROLLMENT. The timeline for Open Enrollment is February 4 to April 30, 2019. Currently open enrolled non-residents in a P4J or EC program do not need to re-apply. If you have questions regarding the Open Enrollment process, please contact Deen Hartley at 743-5152.
WEATHER - INCLEMENT WEATHER/SCHOOL CLOSING INFORMATION
Decisions about whether to cancel school are made in coordination with both the Janesville Transit System and the Van Galder Bus Company as well as the passage of city streets, safety of rural students and information from the county highway department and city street department. The final decision to delay or close rests with the Superintendent. If school is not cancelled and families do not feel it is safe for their child to come to school, then they should keep their children home. Families should remember to call in the absence to the school.
The Superintendent will continue to have the option of delaying the start of school by an hour. If this occurs, the School District will continue to have special education, early childhood, and kindergarten classes. Elementary School class will begin at 9:20 a.m. and middle and high school classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. Universal Free Breakfast will be served on delayed start days.
Infinite Campus will serve as our primary means of notification. We urge you to supply your student's school with your contact information and updates as changes occur. WCLO and additional radio and TV stations will be contacted regarding school closings or delays. Closing and delay information will be posted no later than 6:00 a.m. In order to keep district lines open for general operations we suggest parents not call the district for closing information.
Our schools do not close early in an attempt to avoid incoming snow or ice storms. This decision is to protect children who may get home before their families and have no access or supervision at home. There also will be no athletic contests and no practices on days school is called off for weather reasons. The gyms will also be closed.
On days when school is in session but weather has progressively gotten worse, cancellations for after school or evening athletics or extracurricular activities will be announced by 2:00 p.m. on WCLO radio that day. Infinite Campus will serve as our primary means of notification. WEATHER - SEVERE
Every precaution has been taken to protect students and staff members during periods of severe weather. Students and staff are made aware of predetermined areas of shelter to which they move during severe weather warnings. During times of weather warnings, students will be kept in their shelter areas beyond normal dismissal times and staff will remain with them. For safety reasons students will not be released until either the National Weather Service or local police or fire officials issue an “all clear” signal. Children will not be released to families during the time of a weather warning. Infinite Campus will serve as our primary means of notification to let parents know when students will be released.
WILL YOU BE MOVING?
If you will be moving from your current home address, please contact the Marshall Student Servies Office at743-6226, as soon as possible, to determine what paperwork you will need to fill out for your child to continue attending his/her current school. Please note: if you are moving to an address outside the School District of Janesville in most cases your child is eligible to continue attending the School District of Janesville, as long as you complete the appropriate paperwork within the required timeline.
If you have any questions about school placement for a particular address, please contact Open Enrollment Specialist, Deen Hartley @743-5152.
If you are the parent of an elementary student and will be moving over the summer months when the elementary schools are closed, please contact Open Enrollment Specialist, Deen Hartley,743-5152 or the New Student Enrollment Office at 743-5072 or 743-5153 to complete the appropriate paperwork.
School District of Janesville CONFIDENTIALITY OF PERSONALLY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION OBTAINED THROUGH CHILD FIND ACTIVITIES
The School District of Janesville is required to locate, identify, and evaluate all children, with disabilities, including children with disabilities attending private schools in the school district, and homeless children. The process of locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities is known as child find. This agency conducts the following child find activities each year in the form of Early Childhood and Speech and Language Developmental Screenings. This notice informs parents of the records the school district will develop and maintain as part of its child find activities. This notice also informs parents of their rights regarding any records developed. The school district gathers personally identifiable information on any child who participates in child find activities. Parents, teachers, and other professionals provide information to the school related to the child’s academic performance, behavior, and health. This information is used to determine whether the child needs special education services. Personally identifiable information directly related to a child and maintained by the school is a pupil record. Pupil records include records maintained in any way including, but not limited to, computer storage media, video and audiotape, film, microfilm, and microfiche. Records maintained for personal use by a teacher and not available to others and records available only to persons involved in the psychological treatment of a child are not pupil records. The school district maintains several classes of pupil records.
"Progress records" include grades, courses the child has taken, the child's attendance record, immunization records, required lead screening records, and records of school extra-curricular activities. Progress records must be maintained for at least five years after the child ceases to be enrolled.
"Behavioral records" include such records as psychological tests, personality evaluations, records of conversations, written statements relating specifically to the pupil's behavior, tests relating specifically to achievement or measurement of ability, physical health records other than immunization and lead screening records, law enforcement officers' records, and other pupil records that are not "progress records." Law enforcement officers' records are maintained separately from other pupil records. Behavioral records may be maintained for no longer than one year after the child graduates or otherwise ceases to be enrolled, unless the parent specifies in writing that the records may be maintained for a longer period of time. The school district informs parents when pupil records are no longer needed to provide special education. At the request of the child's parents, the school district destroys the information that is no longer needed.
"Directory data" includes the student's name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, photographs, degrees and awards received, and the name of the school most recently previously attended by the student. "Pupil physical health records" include basic health information about a pupil, including the pupil's immunization records, an emergency medical card, a log of first aid and medicine administered to the pupil, an athletic permit card, a record concerning the pupil's ability to participate in an education program, any required lead screening records, the results of any routine screening test, such as for hearing, vision or scoliosis, and any follow-up to the test, and any other basic health information, as determined by the state superintendent. Any pupil record relating to a pupil's physical health that is not a pupil physical health record is treated as a patient health care record under sections 146.81 to 146.84, Wisconsin Statutes. Any pupil record concerning HIV testing is treated as provided under section 252.15, Wisconsin Statutes.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and section 118.125, Wisconsin Statutes, afford parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") the following rights with respect to education records:
The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of receipt of the request. Parents or eligible students should submit to the school principal [or appropriate school official] a written request that identifies the records(s) they wish to inspect. The principal will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. The school district will comply with the request without unnecessary delay and before any meeting about an individualized education program, or any due process hearing, and in no case more than 45 days after the request has been made. If any record includes information on more than one child, the parents of those children have the right to inspect and review only the information about their child or to be informed of that specific information. Upon request, the school district will give a parent or eligible student a copy of the progress records and a copy of the behavioral records. Upon request, the school district will give the parent or eligible student a list of the types and locations of education records collected, maintained, or used by the district for special education. The school district will respond to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of the records. A representative of the parent may inspect and review the records.
The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the parent or eligible student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Parents or eligible students may ask [Name of] School District to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the school principal, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the district decides not to amend the record, the district will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information in the student's education records, except to the extent that federal and state law authorize disclosure without consent. The exceptions are stated in 34 CFR 99.31, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations; Sec. 9528, PL107-110, No Child Left Behind Act of 2001; and section 118.125(2)(a) to (m) and sub. (2m), Wisconsin Statutes. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosures to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the district as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the school board; a person or company with whom the district has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the district discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. Also the district discloses "directory data" without consent, unless the parent notifies the district that it may not be released without prior parental consent. The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4605.
Important Pick Up and Drop information for all Marshall Parents:
When driving your car, always be alert and aware of students coming to or leaving school. Students are told to make themselves visible, Whether picking up or dropping off, any picking up or dropping off needs to be done with your vehicle pulled over to the right. No vehicle is to stop in the left lane for the purposes of dropping their student off or picking their student up. If there is not space to pull off to the right, vehicles in the left lane need to keep moving and if necessary pull back into the loop again. The area between the parking lot and the middle school, basically in front of the handicap stalls, is not an area to drop off and pick up. It is for pedestrian traffic. Traffic needs to keep moving. Do not sit at the stop sign and wait until a spot opens in the line. The flow of traffic needs to keep moving as there is staff and parents trying to leave and not pick up anyone.
Please pull into an open spot if your picking up on the North side of the building (this is the football field side). Many times there are several open spots open and people choose to wait in line causing a significant backup If students are standing in the approach of the crosswalk on Pontiac Dr by state law you must yield. Please error on the side of safety and stop to make sure they are not going to cross. Be patient. On average the traffic issues last about 15 min after school and roughly the same in the morning. If you find yourself not having enough time in the morning, please consider adjusting your arrival time to Marshall.
ELEMENTARY, MIDDLE and HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER Request for School Transfer/Placement (Intra District Transfers) within the School District of Janesville Attendance Areas
Due to Move:
If you move within the School District of Janesville during the school year and wish to remain at your current school, please ask the school office for a Request to Remain in Current School Following Move to New Attendance Area Form (blue). Complete the form and return it to the school office.
Due to Parent Choice:
If you wish to apply to have your student transferred/placed in another school within the district next school year (2019-2020), please ask the school office for a School Transfer/Placement Within the School District Form (yellow). Completed forms will be accepted from December 1 through December 15, 2018 only. Submit your Request for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District Form (yellow) to your home school attendance area office. Parents applying for a Request for School Transfer/ Placement Within the School District will be notified of approval or disapproval by January 15, 2019. Parents applying for a Request for School Transfer/Placement Within the School District for incoming Kindergarten students will be notified of approval or non-approval after they have enrolled their child during the Kindergarten Enrollment period with the New Student Enrollment Office. If you have questions, please contact the school office of your home school attendance area.
Open Enrollment or Public School Choice
If during the school year, you move outside the School District of Janesville and you wish to remain at your current school please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152 and request a tuition waiver form within two weeks of your move. This will allow you to be eligible to attend your current school for the remainder of the current year tuition free. To continue attending the School District of Janesville after the 2018-2019 school year, you will also need to complete an open enrollment application. Application instructions are provided to the School District of Janesville by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and should be available by late January 2019. This year applications will be accepted February 4 – April 30, 2019.
If you have questions regarding Open Enrollment or Public School Choice, please contact the Open Enrollment Specialist at 743-5152.
SCHOOL DISTRICT OF JANESVILLE ANNUAL NOTICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION REFERRAL AND EVALUATION PROCEDURES
Upon request, the School District of Janesville is required to evaluate a child for eligibility for special education services. A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint an Individualized Education Program (IEP) team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services. The district locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in private (including religious) schools, elementary schools and secondary schools located in the school district.
A physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker, or administrator of a social agency who reasonably believes a child brought to him or her for services is a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child's parent that the referral will be made.
Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child resides.