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D.C. Everest Junior High

2023-2024 Handbook

Welcome

Welcome to D.C. Everest Junior High School! Our goal is to provide a safe, healthy, and positive school climate that promotes school pride for all students. The Junior High is able to do this by involving students, staff, and parents in the process of constant school improvement. This is accomplished by teaching student expectations, observing behaviors, interacting positively with students, and correcting behavior. We look forward to working with you to make our school a great place. Our core school values of being respectful, responsible, and productive will be applied to all school settings. Please be an active participant in support of increasing school pride and improving our school climate.

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Academics

Academic Recognition

Ninth grade students may earn an academic letter by satisfying the following criteria:

  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 for the year.
  • Must have demonstrated scholarship beyond what is required in class. This may be done by participating on an academic team or by pursuing academic improvement, such as entering a contest or by participating in an academic project promoted by a department or teacher that was not part of the graded requirements for a course.

Further details regarding the requirements are available in the Student Services office. Letters are sent from the Senior High in August to those students with qualifying grade point averages.

Eighth and ninth grade students may participate in the National Junior Honor Society (NJHS). To be eligible for membership consideration, students must be in the first semester of eighth or ninth grade and receive and maintain an accumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher for the previous 2 semesters. Eligible students will be mailed an interest letter in September and must attend a meeting to receive an activity form. The Activity Form must be returned to the Student Services Office by the second Friday in October. The Faculty Council will evaluate these forms and consider leadership, service, citizenship, and character to determine membership. More information on the NJHS may be obtained in the Student Services Office.

Academic Resources

  • Extended Learning Time (ELT) 8th Period Daily
  • Before and after school
  • Classroom teachers
  • School counselors
  • IMC (Library)
  • SmartMusic – available in the music rooms

Add/Drop Policy

All course selections are considered final except in the case of inappropriate placement. Changes based on inappropriate placement will only be made with teacher and parent approval pending class availability during the first week of the semester.
 

Athletics

Athletics

Students will need to do the following prior to the first day of practice to be eligible to participate in athletics in grades eight and nine:

  • A student must meet school and DPI requirements defining a full-time student and have received no more than one failing grade (including incompletes) in the most recent grade reporting period.
  • Eighth grade students pay no fee for each sport. Ninth grade user fees will vary by sport. All students from financially challenged families may apply for a waiver from the fee.

Student athletes must:

  • Complete an insurance/pledge card.
  • Complete a completed emergency card.
  • Complete a completed W.I.A.A. physical card or alternate card.
  • Complete concussion test form each school year in which the student participates in a sport.

All athletic forms are to be completed online except for the physical and alternate-year cards. Parents must scan and upload the physical and alternate-year cards. The athletics registration page can be accessed at the following web address: https//dceeverest-ar.rschooltoday.com

W.I.A.A. Physical Examination Card

Physical examinations taken after April 1 are good for the following two school years. The Alternative Card is needed for the second school year. Physical examinations taken before April 1 are good for the remainder of the school year.
 

Attendance

Regular school attendance is required by law and is critical to success at school. Frequent absence is one of the main causes of poor academic performance in school. Work or classroom experiences missed in school can never truly be made up in a complete manner because the value of in-class activities and discussion is missed forever.

Attendance patterns are set when students are young.

Excused Absences

Whenever possible, doctor and dentist appointments should be scheduled outside of school hours. The only student absences considered excused are: illness, family emergencies, medical, dental, or other valid professional appointments, and pre-approved school activities. Students are excused for two hours for routine medical and dental appointments. Students may be asked to confirm a professional appointment with a verification slip from the office of professional service. Please report absences due to illness by telephoning the Attendance Office at 715-359- 0511, ext. 3404. This extension has voicemail twenty-four hours a day. If no message is left, students are required to report to the Attendance Office with a parent excuse note prior to 7:40 a.m. on the first day of their return to school. A doctor’s excuse may be requested if a student has repeated absences. Note: Administration reserves the right to make all final attendance decisions.

In cases where it is necessary to leave school early, the student must report to the office for a “Permission to Leave School” slip. Early dismissals will be granted only if:

  • A student has written or verbal permission from a parent.
  • The student has a valid reason for leaving which is acceptable to the school.
  • The student has requested a “Permit to Leave School” before 7:35 a.m.

Students may be excused for such activities as deer hunting, church retreats, college visits, and family vacations when the Permit to Leave School Anticipated Absence form has been signed by a parent, a student’s teachers, and returned to the attendance office prior to the absence. Parents may excuse their children for up to 10 days of school under the family leave regulations. Notification of such absence must be made 24 hours in advance of the requested absence.

Leaving School

Upon arrival to school, all students are to remain in the school building or on school grounds for the entire day. According to the closed campus policy, lunch hour releases are not authorized. Leaving school grounds or being outside of the building during unauthorized times is considered unexcused. All students leaving the building must sign out of the Main Office at the time they leave.

Illness at School

In the case of an illness at school, the student is to get a hallway pass from their teacher to go to the health office. A student should not go to the health aide between classes except in an emergency. The health aide will make every effort to contact the parents for instructions regarding procedures they wish the school to follow.

Remember that prior permission is needed for a student to leave the building. If a student becomes ill during school hours, they should report to the health aide. If necessary, the health aide will call the parent. Students are not to contact parents for pick up until authorization from the school health aide has been given.

Fieldtrip Attendance

All incentive and/or field trip attendance may not be allowed if all homework is not turned in within 1-2 weeks prior to the trip date. All students must be in good academic and behavioral standing. It is the discretion of the administration to make all final decisions.

Excused Absences

Unexcused absences include oversleeping, missing the bus, personal business, car problems, “skipping class”, or leaving school without a “Permit to Leave School” form from the school health aide or the office. Three or more unexcused absences within a semester may result in truancy counseling abatement and/or a municipal citation. The fifth unexcused absence may result in a Marathon County court referral.

  • Jason McFarlane — Principal
  • Scott Gremminger — Assistant Principal
  • Erin Lauersdorf  — Dean of Students
  • Cory Heckel — Athletic Director

1000 Machmueller Street
Schofield, WI 54476 
715-359-0511
Fax 715-359-9395