Welcome to Liberty Bell Middle School. Liberty Bell and the Johnson City Schools aspire to academic excellence. We offer comprehensive student activities and athletic programs. We encourage you to take full advantage of the programs and facilities available.
Our Mission: Learning, Believing, Mentoring, and Succeeding together each day
Our Vision: Empowering students with the courage and skills to enhance our world
SCHOOL ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS
- It is essential that each student be present every day school is in session. Research indicates there is a direct correlation between school attendance and success in school. We believe it is important to expect and to assist students in being in school and on time. Students who are present at school derive maximum benefit from the instructional program and develop habits of punctuality, self-discipline, and responsibility.
- Appointments should be scheduled outside of the school day, when possible, and vacations during the appointed breaks.
- The implementation of the progressive truancy intervention plan will begin after three (3) unexcused absences:
- Tier 1 - A student having five (5) or more unexcused absences will result in a parent and/or student meeting with a school official.
- Tier 2 will be implemented if unexcused absences continue - school officials will make a review of the student’s absences.
- Tier 3 will be implemented if unexcused absences continue - parents/guardians will be referred to Central Office for a meeting with the court’s Probation Officer, a DCS representative, a representative from the school, and the Attendance Supervisor for Johnson City Schools.
- If attendance does not improve after the above meetings, a truancy petition WILL BE filed in court and a report WILL BE made to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.
- A student must be in school for 3 hours and 31 minutes to be considered present for the day.
- If a student is not feeling well, they are allowed five (5) absences per year, without going to a doctor. A written parent note is required upon the student returning to school. After the allowed five (5) parent note days, a doctor/dentist note is required for additional absences.
- Parents should call the school by 9:00 a.m. when their child will be absent. After an absence, our policy requires that a written excuse from the parent or a doctor excuse be sent to the office the day the child returns to school.
- A student is allowed three (3) parent request days per year. The principal must approve parent request days.
- Johnson City School Board Policy 6.200 states “Upon recommendation of the principal, students in grades K-8 who are absent more than twenty (20) days may not be promoted to the next grade. All absences, excused or unexcused, are counted in the maximum number of days that may be missed during a session or school year.”
LBMS TARDY POLICY
- 1 UNEX tardy/early dismissal - Freebie
- 2 UNEX tardies/ED - warning given, meeting/consult signing off that policy is understood
- 3 UNEX tardies/ED - follow up with student consult/school consequence (LD)
- 4 UNEX tardies - parent contact/school consequence (LD)
- 5 UNEX tardies - Follow up parent contact/student contracting/school consequence (ASD)
- 6 UNEX tardies - admin referral/follow up parent contact/school consequence (ASD)
- 7 UNEX tardies - admin consequences/1-day ISS
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
It is important that the school be able to contact parents when their child is ill, missed the bus, or in other emergencies. To do this, parents/guardians must inform the office of changes in address or telephone number. In addition, any change in emergency contact numbers should also be reported to the office. Please let us know by calling 232-2192 or writing a note.
Students who live outside the city limits of Johnson City are required to pay tuition plus fees paid by other students. This charge is due on the first day of each semester. If tuition is not paid on that day, the student may not be eligible to attend classes.
ITEMS TO LEAVE AT HOME
All electronic devices, skateboards, laser lights, wallet chains, mouth grills, toys/fidget spinners, or other items, which may interfere with instruction, are not allowed. There will be school consequences for possession of these items. In addition, students are not to bring items to sell or trade (candy, gum, sports cards; etc.)
CELL PHONE POLICY
It should also be noted that use of student cellular phones/smartwatches on school property is not permitted during school hours. The use of cellular phones/smartwatches is strictly prohibited in any restroom or locker room whether on school grounds or while attending any school related event or activity. (Board Policy 6.312) If a cell phone/smartwatch is physically seen or heard, it will be confiscated. Disciplinary action will be taken for those students who continually violate this rule.
1st Offense: Confiscation and parent must pick it up.
2nd Offense: Confiscation, alternative placement, and parent must pick up
3rd Offence: Confiscation, alternative placement, and phone/smartwatch is held until the last day of school.
Students are expected to display good taste in matters of dress and grooming at all Liberty Bell Middle School activities. Attire and grooming should not disturb or distract other students from normal scholastic pursuits. Students should arrive at school attired in clothes they plan to wear the entire day. The list of unacceptable attire includes, but is not limited to, clothing with offensive messages, including advertisements for drugs, alcohol, sexual messages or messages with double meanings (sexual innuendoes); tank tops should be three finger length, no oversized or cut out armholes, no spaghetti straps, no racer backs, no halter tops, no low-cut tops, no midriffs, no holes above fingertip length, no pajamas or house shoes. Any visible cleavage is considered inappropriate for school. Jeans with holes above fingertip length are not allowed. Acceptable length for shorts, skorts, and skirts will be the length of a dollar bill (6 inches above the knee). All pants will be worn at the natural waist and “sagging” will not be allowed. NO HOODS ARE ALLOWED TO BE WORN ON THE HEAD WHILE IN THE SCHOOL BUILDING.
All piercings other than those in the ear must be removed during school hours; no clear spacers will be allowed. Accessories that pose a threat to the safety of students are not permissible (spiked jewelry, spiked collars, chains, and trench coats). Head coverings, bandanas (of any color), and sunglasses (whether worn on the face or on the head) are unacceptable inside the school buildings during the day. It is within the administration’s discretion to determine appropriate dress and grooming.
LBMS DRESS CODE – CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATIONS
1st Offense – Warning and immediate correction of dress. Student will call home for change of clothing.
2nd Offense – 3 days of lunch detention and immediate correction of dress. Parent is contacted by the teacher (via tracker, email or phone call). Teacher will email assistant principal requesting lunch detention for 2nd offense violation.
3rd Offense – After School Detention and immediate correction of dress. Assistant Principal will contact parent (phone call; ASD letter).
4th Offense – In-School Suspension and immediate correction of dress. AP will contact parent (phone call; ISS letter).
5th + Offenses – ISS and/or OSS (multiple days) and immediate correction of dress. AP will contact parent (phone call; ISS/OSS letter).
*DRESS CODE VIOLATIONS ARE RECORDED AND CARRY OVER EACH QUARTER. NO “CLEAN SLATE” EACH 9-WEEKS FOR DRESS CODE INFRACTIONS.
Parents are always welcome at Liberty Bell Middle School. You are encouraged to visit and work in partnership with our school community. To assure student safety, all visitors must report to the main office. Be prepared to show identification which will be scanned into our RAPTOR system, before visitors will be allowed to enter.as. You will only need to do this once for our system. As visitors leave the building, they must return to the office and sign out. Students from other school are not permitted without administrative approval.
PARENT TEACHER STUDENT ASSOCIATION (PTSA)
The National Congress of Parents and Teachers whose purpose is to promote the welfare of children and youth, carries on its work through local groups including Liberty Bell PTSA. This organization works with the school administration, teachers, and parents to promote learning and to encourage a better communication between parents and teachers.
USE OF SCHOOL PHONE
Parents and students must plan their day before coming to school. Classes will not be interrupted during instructional time. To use the telephone during the school day, students need teacher’s written permission. Teachers will not allow students to use the phone except for emergencies. Students who are involved in sports, clubs, or after school activities should have a prearranged ride home. This should not include using the school phone, except in the case of an emergency.
- Breakfast is available to students and staff from 7:00 until 7:25 a.m. each day.
- When arriving at school before 7:25, students MUST go to the gym or the cafeteria.
- Lunches dropped off for a student from a restaurant are not permitted in the cafeteria.
- Students may deposit money in their cafeteria account during lunch or parents may deposit money online by going to myschoolbucks.com.
- Free and reduced lunch rates are available for those who qualify.
- Students are to behave appropriately while in the cafeteria and use proper table manners.
- Carbonated beverages or drinks in glass containers are not permitted.
- Prices for the year: breakfast $1.75 and lunch $2.65.
The lunchroom management and your fellow students will appreciate your cooperation in:
- Finding a seat immediately and remaining seated.
- Depositing all lunch litter in waste cans.
- Leaving the table and floor around your place in a clean condition for others.
- Inappropriate behavior during breakfast or lunch will result in a student losing the privilege of eating
with their peers.
Students reporting to the clinic must have the clinic sheet signed by their teacher. IT IS ENCOURAGED THAT MEDICATION BE GIVEN AT HOME IF POSSIBLE. However, in some situations medication must be given at school. The following are criteria for administration of medication in the school setting:
- All medication must be turned in to the clinic by a parent/guardian. No student is to carry prescription or non-prescription medications with him or her.
- The student’s doctor must complete a medication administration form for any prescribed medication that needs to be given at school. Parents and guardians should complete the same form for over the counter medication. This form must be on file in the clinic. If there are any changes in medications, the form must be updated.
- Prescription medication must come in the original pharmacy labeled container and brought to school by parent/guardian. The container must display: student’s name, prescription number, medication name and dosage, administration route or other directions, date, licensed prescriber’s name, and pharmacy. The parent or guardian is responsible for informing the designated official of any change in the student’s health or change in medication.
- Non-prescription drugs must be brought to school by parent/guardian in the original container and the student’s name affixed to the container.
DISPLAY OF PRINTED MATERIALS
- Non-related information may be posted on the bulletin board in the cafeteria.
- Content and size must be cleared with Dr. Morgan prior to posting.
- Items may be removed from bulletin boards at the administration’s discretion.
- For security purposes, printed materials may not be displayed on windows or glass doors.
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION
The purpose of Liberty Bell’s SGA is to encourage student participation, promote school spirit, and foster Patriot pride. Each year the organization completes a minimum of two school service projects and two community service projects. SGA additionally sponsors two spirit weeks, collaborates on Fall and Winter Homecoming, and also plans and coordinates our major fundraiser, the Spring Prom. Students must meet three requirements for membership: good citizenship, dependability, and acceptable grades. Members volunteer to serve on the council and must regularly attend meetings and remain in good conduct and academic standing to remain SGA members.
JUNIOR BETA CLUB
Beta Club is the nation's largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. The stated purpose/mission of Liberty Bell's Junior Beta Club is to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, service and leadership among elementary and secondary school students. Beta Club is open for application to any 7th or 8th grade student that meets the requirements for membership; the selection process is competitive and an exceptional honor.
Beta Club members are expected to maintain grades of A’s and/or B’s, complete a minimum of 6 service hours organized by the club, and attend monthly meetings. Students and parents will be asked to confirm their understanding of all the specific requirements for Beta Club membership. If at any time a Beta Club student does not meet the expectations of the club, he/she will be dismissed from the program. There is no "probationary" period before dismissals are issued.
Liberty Bell offers a variety of school related sports such as: football, soccer, basketball, cheerleading, dance, cross-country, swimming, wrestling, volleyball, baseball, softball, golf and track. Physical forms may be picked up in the main office. In order to participate, a student must have an approved physical on file with Andrea Burgess. Physicals dated on or after April 15, 2019 are good for the entire 2019-2020 school year.
To be eligible to participate, students will not have more than 2 D’s, 2 N’s and no F’s or U’s on their current report card.
- Fall sports will be based on end of the year averages for the 2018-2019 school year.
- Winter sports will be based on quarter 1 grades and will be monitored throughout the season.
- Spring sports will be based on quarter 1 and quarter 2 averages and will be monitored throughout
Athletics and School Discipline: For every day of In-School Suspension that is assigned, a student will not participate in the next game, match; etc. (For example, 1 day of ISS will result in removal from 1 game/match; 2 days of ISS will result in the removal of 2 games/matches; etc.) If an out of school suspension occurs, the student may be removed from the team.
Student athletes at Liberty Bell must perform academically and display good citizenship. The major objective of the athletic program is to help develop well-rounded individuals physically, mentally, and socially. At all times we strive for good sportsmanship. Being a LBMS athlete is both an honor and a privilege. Individual team coaches will institute rules governing practice, attitude and conduct. Students and their parents will be asked to confirm their understanding of their sports’ specific requirements for participation in writing.
Liberty Bell applies the guidelines set forth by TMSAA to govern our athletic programs and participants. As a member of TMSAA, Liberty Bell will apply their guidelines to our athletic program and participants. A student MUST attend school the day of the sporting event to participate.
ATHLETICS IS A PRIVILEGE, NOT A RIGHT
- No one is guaranteed a place on the team.
- Students must be ready to meet the standards established by the school or face the possibility of not being a member of a team.
- Talent alone will not be the sole criterion for selection. Other factors such as attitude, desire, cooperation and self-discipline will play important parts.
- Playing time is solely at the discretion of the coach.
- The coach will address complaints only when the athletic director and/or another administrator are present.
- Parents/legal guardians must refrain from making derogatory remarks about other parents, coaches, players, or the program.
MORNINGS and AFTERNOONS
The school doors open at 7:00 in the morning. Seventh grade students who are car riders will be dropped off at the Auxiliary Gym at Freedom Hall -next to the Aquatic Center. Breakfast will be available to purchase from a Grab and Go cart. Eighth grade students are dropped off at the front of the White building. If they wish to eat breakfast, they will go to the cafeteria. If they do not wish to eat breakfast, they will report to the Little Theatre. Students will be dismissed to their homebase at 7:25. Students caught in any other area will be Out of Area and receive a consequence. Students may not stay after school unless they are participating in a school sponsored activity.
EXPECTATIONS & DISCIPLINE
Expectation of being Ready:
Arrival/Dismissal – Attend school daily and arrive on time. Know how you are getting home prior to arrival at school
Transitions – Have appropriate material during transitions. Be on time.
Cafeteria – Have money and ID ready. Keep account current. Make choices quickly. Follow procedures.
Restroom – Get permission and return to class promptly. Make good use of available restroom breaks
Classroom – Follow the dress code at all times. Be on time for all classes. Be prepared with materials (including charged Chromebook)
Community Time Break – Report and dismiss in timely manner.
Emergency Drills – Students will know where to go. Walk calmly and silently. Remain with your teacher.
Expectation of being Respectful:
Arrival / Dismissal – Wait patiently in line. Be courteous and kind to everyone. Maintain your personal space. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself. No public displays of affection.
Transitions – Use appropriate voice level. Maintain your personal space. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself. No Personal Display of Affection.
Cafeteria – Wait patiently in line. Be courteous and kind to everyone.
Restroom – Keep restrooms clean. Keep soap and water in the sink. Clean up after self. Flush toilet. Respect others privacy. Any cell phone use is prohibited in the restroom.
Classroom – Clean up after yourself. Use appropriate voice level at all times. Use appropriate language. Be considerate of yourself and your peers at all times. Respect others personal belongings.
Community Time Break – Maintain your personal space. Avoid all physical contact including horseplay.
Use appropriate language.
Emergency Drills – Be patient and quiet while waiting for instructions. Maintain silence and respond to the roll call in a clear voice
Expectation of being Responsible:
Arrival / Dismissal – Bus riders walk to buses in an orderly manner. Non-bus riders stay with a teacher until the bell.
Transitions – Stay on the right side of the hall. Go directly to your destination. Be in the hall only with permission and school-issued hall pass. Treat shared school facilities and property with care.
Cafeteria – Find seat quickly and remain seated while eating. All food should be disposed of properly and prior to dismissal. Clean up after yourself.
Restroom – Use facilities quickly and quietly. Report problems or inappropriate situations to staff.
Classroom – Follow directions the first time asked. Complete all assignments. Use school property as intended. Notify adults of unsafe conditions.
Community Time Break – Treat shared school facilities and property with care
Emergency Drills – Get to the designated area in a quick and timely manner.
Classroom Behavior Scale and Consequences
Zero through three marks will be considered excellent conduct
Marks one and two teacher warning/conference with the teacher
Mark three the teacher will contact the parent and support teachers.
Four through Six marks will be considered satisfactory conduct
Six marks will assign lunch detention with parental contact
Seven through nine marks will be considered conduct that needs improvement
Marks seven and eight will schedule parent/teacher conference
Mark nine will refer for after school detention with administrator contacting parent
Ten or more marks will be considered unsatisfactory conduct
Mark twelve will refer for in school suspension with administrator contacting parent
Classroom Effort Scale
Zero through three marks will be considered Excellent Effort
The student’s attitude toward learning is excellent with involvement in class or group activities, and has a positive impact on the learning environment.
Always arrives promptly with all books and equipment.
Focuses quickly, shows initiative and gets actively involved in learning.
Demonstrates excellent behavior, sustained concentration, and perseverance.
Communicates clearly about areas of uncertainty and responds positively to feedback.
Always meets deadlines and produces work to her/his highest standard, increasingly taking responsibility for her/his own learning.
Four through six marks will be considered Satisfactory Effort
The student’s attitude toward learning is satisfactory with involvement in class or group activities, while often collaborating effectively with others.
Arrives promptly with all books and equipment.
Focuses quickly, can show initiative and gets actively involved in learning.
Demonstrates good behavior and concentration, and usually perseveres.
Seeks advice about areas of uncertainty and responds positively to feedback.
Meets deadlines the majority of the time and generally produces work to her/his highest standard, with some evidence of taking responsibility for her/his own learning.
Seven through nine marks will be considered effort that Needs Improvement.
The student’s attitude toward learning needs improvement.
May not arrive promptly or have all the books and equipment for each lesson.
Requires reminders to focus and may need further encouragement to become actively involved in learning.
Usually demonstrates acceptable behavior but may show little evidence of responding positively to feedback.
Sometimes finds concentration difficult, can give up easily and does not often ask when unsure.
Does not always meet deadlines or consistently produce work in line with her/his ability.
Shows little evidence of taking responsibility for her/his own learning.
Ten or more marks will be considered Unsatisfactory Effort
The student’s attitude toward learning is unsatisfactory.
Fails to meet most of the ‘Needs Improvement’ criteria on a regular basis.
Rules are necessary when a group as large as ours works together for a school year. You will have no trouble living by these rules if we are courteous to both students and teachers and respect the rights of others. At Liberty Bell Middle School an important part of education is learning to get along with others.
All Liberty Bell Middle School rules apply:
At all school-sponsored activities regardless of location;
Going to and from school, including the bus stop areas.
The staff, administration, and school board have developed and approved a “Student Code of Conduct” which emphasizes student responsibility for behavior and consistent consequences of rule violations. If a student violates classroom or school rules, that student may be isolated from other classmates until an acceptable plan is worked out and approved.
One or more violations will result in disciplinary action. Consideration will be made for the situation and degree of infraction. Disciplinary options may include a talk with the student, a letter or telephone call to parents, parent conferences, referral to the school counselor or outside agency, isolation, suspension, after school detention, behavior contracts, restitution, school service work, or other appropriate consequences. Disciplinary records are kept on file until the end of each school year.
Examples of violations are (but are not limited to):
Giving or receiving help on any tests.
Cheating is defined as engaging in deception or dishonest practices in an effort to earn grades or receive unmerited awards. The term cheating shall apply to all dishonest practices in connection with testing and other activities involving schoolwork. Cheating also includes allowing another student to copy one’s work or test. Any photo imaging, electronic transfer, or texting will not be tolerated. Students involved in cheating will receive the following consequences:
On the first offense, a grade of zero (0) will be assigned, and the parents will be notified by the teacher.
On the second offense a grade of zero will be assigned, the parents will be notified by the teacher, and the student will be assigned 1 day of ISS.
Cutting Class – any student caught cutting class will receive in-school suspension
Display of affection (such as embracing, kissing, hand holding, etc.)
Chewing of gum
Violation of dress policy
Use of vulgar or profane language
Visible body markings
Immoral or disreputable conduct
Possession and/or use of fireworks
Persistent violation of school rules
Stealing or possession of stolen property
Not attending assigned classes
Refusing to give identity when ask by faculty
Disrespect or disobedience to faculty, staff, or school authorities
Destruction of school property or property of others
Inciting, advising or counseling others to violate school rules
Abuse of other students (fighting, hazing, threatening, extortion, etc.) including while going to and from school as well as at school
Out of area violations before, during or at the end of the day
Inappropriate internet usage
Displaying or using gang symbols
AWOL (Absent without Leave)
Use or possession of intoxicants or illegal drugs on school property or in any vehicle used to transport students to school events, or attendance at school events while under the influence of intoxicants. Violators will be reported to police according to state law.
Violence or threatened violence against school personnel and/or assaulting school personnel with vulgar or obscene language.
Refusing to accept the consequences for one’s action or refusing to follow instructions of the school staff.
Possession and/or use of chains or weapons.
Sexual harassment or bullying
Any gang related actions including dress or signs.
ALCOHOL, DRUG, TOBACCO, WEAPONS, AND BATTERY POLICY
ALCOHOL and DRUG
Any student using, possessing, or furnishing to another student, alcohol, drugs, or drug paraphernalia at any school-related activity whether on or off campus will be suspended from regular school for a period of one year. The Director of Schools may modify the suspension on a case-by-case basis. During this time, the principal may permit a student to enter the system’s alternative school under specified terms and conditions. Any student found in violation of the above-described alcohol and drug policy for a second time shall be suspended from school attendance and is not eligible for enrollment in the alternative school. If a student receives any remuneration whatsoever, whether monetary or otherwise, for furnishing alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, or substances represented to be unlawful to another student at any school-related activity whether on or off campus, the said student will be suspended from school attendance and will not be eligible for enrollment in the alternative school.
For the purpose of this policy, the following definitions shall apply:
“Alcohol” means and includes alcohol, spirits, liquor, wine, and every liquid containing alcohol, spirits, and wine and capable of being consumed by a human being. It specifically includes patented medicine, unless written permission by the principal is received prior to bringing the medicine to any school-related activity. It further includes being irrespective of alcoholic content.
“Drugs” mean and include all substances defined as drugs or regulated or controlled by the Tennessee Drug Control Act of 1989 (Tenn. Code Ann. Chapter 53, parts 3 and 4, and Chapter 39, part 17) including any amendments effective at the time of the incident. Without limiting the above definition, “drugs” shall specifically include the possession of any glue, paint, gasoline, aerosol, chlorofluorocarbon gas, or other substance containing or having the property of releasing fumes which can cause a condition of intoxication, inebriation, elation, dizziness, excitement, stupefaction, paralysis, or the dulling of the brain or nervous system or disturbing or distorting of the audio or visual processes.
“Drug paraphernalia” means all equipment products and materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body, a drug as defined in this policy.
WEAPONS and DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTS
Students shall not possess, handle, transmit, or attempt to use any dangerous weapons, when at any school-related activity on or off campus. Students are further forbidden to use any other instrument or substance in a manner, which renders the item dangerous, or with the intent to do harm to another person or property.
Violators of this policy will be suspended from regular school attendance for one year. The Director of Schools may modify this suspension on a case-by-case basis. Threats (verbal or written) are considered under this policy and are subject to the same disciplinary actions.
BATTERY on STAFF
A student threatening or committing battery upon any teacher, principal, administrator, or any other employee of the school system shall be suspended for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year and not be eligible for enrollment in the Alternative School. The Director of Schools may modify this suspension on a case-by-case basis.
TOBACCO and E-CIGS
Students of any age are forbidden to use or possess tobacco or any tobacco-like substitute, in any form, while at school or while participating in any school-sponsored activity, at school or away. E-Cigs are also prohibited. Offenders may receive in school or out of school suspensions and will be charged for violation of Tennessee Law. Repeated offenses and consequences will be at the discretion of the principal.
ENROLLING and WITHDRAWING from SCHOOL
The following is required for enrolling a student in any Johnson City School:
- A withdrawal from the previous school
- A record of immunizations. Out-of-state students must have a Tennessee Certificate of Immunization which can be obtained from the Washington County Health Department before entering school. In-state students have thirty (30) days to provide the school with proof of immunization.
- A grade card for the present school year and/or a transcript of all work from the previous school that includes recent achievement test scores.
- Proof of residence inside city limits.
Any student who is planning to withdraw from school for any reason should report to the office for correct withdrawal procedures prior to the day of withdrawal. Students are expected to meet all obligations (return of books, uniforms, materials, and payment of fees and/or fines) before withdrawing.
If an in-district student moves out of the district, he/she will be immediately withdrawn from our rolls and student must re-apply for admittance.
A student’s evaluation (grade) is the teacher’s estimate of the student’s progress made as an individual and cannot appropriately be compared with the evaluation of another student. Inquiries about the educational program of the school are welcome.
A student will receive an academic grade in each subject area each nine weeks.
EXPLANATION of MARKS (Effort and Conduct Charts)
A Superior 93-100
B Above Average 85-92
C Average 75-84
D Below Average 70-74
F Failure 50-69
N Needs Improvement
Liberty Bell Middle School will publish an Honor Roll list at the end of each grading period.
1st Honor Roll:
- All A’s
- All A’s and B’s
- E or S on effort and conduct
Student scores on the TCAP in grades three through eight (3-8) shall comprise fifteen percent (15%) of the student’s final grade for the spring semester in the subject areas of mathematics, reading /language arts, science and social studies beginning with the 2011/2012 school year. (As cited in TN Senate Bill No. 3427 and JCS Board Policy 4.700)
WITHHOLDING GRADE CARDS
Grade cards may be withheld at the end of each grading period for students who fail to pay library fines or pay for lost and damaged textbooks and other school property.
1st 9 weeks – Ends on October 4
2nd 9 weeks – Ends on December 20
3rd 9 weeks – Ends on March 13
4th 9 weeks – Ends on May 22
It is Liberty Bell Middle School’s primary concern to challenge each student so that he/she will continue to experience academic growth. Students at each grade level vary in their background of skills and academic potential. A student’s grouping is based on achievement, tests of academic performance, race, gender, and teacher recommendations.
It is the policy of the Johnson City School System not to discriminate on the basis of sex, race, national origin, creed, age, or disability in its educational programs, activities or employment policies as required by federal law. Any student of Liberty Bell Middle School who believes that he or she has been discriminated against, sexually harassed, denied a benefit, or excluded from participation in any educational programs or activities may file a written complaint with a school counselor. The counselors will consult with the administration if they feel further action on the grievance is necessary.
School Counseling Program
Counseling services are provided to support each student in the areas of academic, social/emotional, and college and career readiness. LBMS school counselors are available daily. Conferences with students receive the counselor’s first consideration and are scheduled whenever needed.
The counselors may assist the students:
In recommending materials to improve study habits;
In planning the school program;
In making plans for the future;
In offering aid in adjustment situations;
In offering peer mediation for conflict resolution;
In helping students and families in contacting appropriate outside agencies.
Students may have the opportunity to participate in a small group learning experience with the counselors. Small groups provide lessons and discussions that focus on supporting the students’ academic, career, and social and emotional development. Students are chosen at counselor discretion. Participation is not required, though is encouraged if a student is chosen.
Students have many opportunities to speak with a counselor. Students, when in class need to ask a teacher to email a request to the counselor. Students have opportunities during the day to request directly to speak with the counselor, and each hallway is provided a locked box for students to place written requests directly to their counselor.
* Parents have the option to limit or deny their student's participation in guidance programs. Should the choice to limit or opt-out be desired, written notification must be provided to the student’s school counselor.
Students are required to have a hall pass when they are out of class unless accompanied by a teacher.
Students will be assigned homework from individual teachers. It will be the student’s responsibility to check on missed assignments as soon as he/she returns to school. Missed assignments that are not made up or work failed to be turned in will affect the student’s final grade.
Students are not permitted to leave school grounds at any time during the school day without permission from the principal, assistant principal or other persons left in charge during their absence. Arrangements must be made by the parent prior to the student’s departure. Students should bring a note to the office by 7:40 a.m. to receive an early dismissal slip. When parents come to pick up their student, they must come in to the office and sign out their son or daughter. Please allow 5-10 minutes for students to get from their classroom to the office.
Students will not be excused to attend activities at another school unless permission is received in advance from the principal.
The media center will be open at 7:25am every day and will close at 3:30 each day. It is open for teacher, student, and parent use anytime within these hours. The media center has books, magazines, calculators, Chromebooks, and various other resources to help with class assignments and for recreational reading. Occasionally the media center is open for extended hours for events, and any time the media specialist is in the library it is open for check out.
Library Media Center expectations
Respectful words and actions are expected in the LMC at all times. Students struggling with this will be asked to leave and allowed to return the following day to try again.
Be responsible and take excellent care of books, Chromebooks, and other resources
Be kind to others
Take responsibility for your actions
Respect the environment
ID cards are issued through the library. Your first one is free, but additional or replacement cards are $3.00 each. Overdue book fines are $0.25 per day (maximum fine is $5.00). Students must pay the replacement cost of any books that are lost and not recovered. Students are responsible for all materials checked out in their name as well as payment of fines on overdue materials and payment for loss items. Chromebook repair and defacement charges are also recorded in Destiny, the library management system used by LBMS and SHHS. Any fines or Chromebook infractions follow students to SHHS and remain on their account until graduation. All fines must be resolved in order to graduate.
The makerspace is a collaborative work space inside our library for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses both high tech and no tech tools. The makerspace lab is a place where students can create, invent, and engineer independent or group projects. Teachers may reserve time to work in the lab or students my visit the lab as needed with teacher permission. Items available in the lab include (but not limited to) 3D printers, sewing machines, electronic cutting machine, green screen area, and various other items for use in constructive creation.
Each student is issued a Chromebook (CB) for use in all classes. Chromebooks are property of the Johnson City School system and are loaned (checked out) to you for the year. Each student pays a $20 insurance fee per year to help with CB maintenance and repairs as needed. Students also sign a contract explaining what insurance will and will not cover. Damaging, defacing, or destroying your assigned CB will result in fines in the same manner as damage to library books.
There are two options for CB users. One option is to check out a CB to use at school and to also carry home for use with homework projects. The second option is to be a Day User. Day Users only use the CB at school and have made arrangements with homeroom teachers to charge the CB overnight.
Each student will receive training on how to use and care for a Chromebook. You will sign a CB guideline contract that will outline expectations for use and care of CBs at Liberty Bell MS.
As a LBMS student trusted with a CB device, you are expected to:
Be prepared with the Chromebook, it is a school resource, and must be treated as such. That means you will:
Come to class with your Chromebook. It is as essential as pen and paper.
Bring the Chromebook to school fully charged so that it is prepared for a full day of use without need of interruption to charge.
Be responsible as to safeguard the Chromebook. This means you should always do your best to know where the device is, and that it is being handled properly. You are expected to wear your device cross-body.
Do not share your Chromebook with anyone. This includes siblings, parents or guardians, or friends. The Chromebook is a school issued device for educational use. Allowing a friend or a family member to use your Chromebook could be a risk to the safety of your Chromebook. The Chromebook contract explicitly states that you are responsible for your own Chromebook. Any damage that occurs, regardless of who was using it, is still the responsibility
Lost or stolen Chromebooks
It is your responsibility to actively looks for your CB if misplaced. Check the cafeteria, gym, lost & found in the office, each of your teachers’ classrooms, the tech team office, and any clubs or sports teams to which you belong. Chromebooks found carelessly laying around the school will be returned to the library. Students may pick up their CB for a $1.00 handling fee. This is to encourage students to be more responsible with this expensive device. Failure to report lost/stolen Chromebooks will result in disciplinary action.
Lost or stolen Chromebooks must be reported immediately to the library.
Lost Chromebooks will have a mandatory three (3) day wait period before district intervention is put in place. At this time all services will be removed from the device.
Stolen Chromebooks must have an accompanying police report.
Lost Chromebooks without a police report are treated in the same manner as a lost library book; the student is responsible for the replacement cost.
Damaged or technical problems with Chromebooks
Any damage or operating difficulties that arise with your CB will be handled by the Technology Team lead by our school Technology Assistant. No student is should ever attempt to fix a CB or allow an outside person or company to work on a JC Schools/LBMS Chromebook. Students must bring their CB to the Tech Team Office, complete a form outlining the problem, and leave their CB for repairs. If the repair will take longer than one day, you will be directed to library to check-out a CB day loaner that must be returned at the end of the day. When repairs are completed you will be asked to check your CB and sign that it is good operating condition before it is released back to you for school use.
At the beginning of the school year students will be assigned a locker. This is a safe place to keep their supplies and personal items. Personal locks may not be used on lockers. It is the student’s responsibility to keep their locker in good order and locked. Leaving backpacks in classroom aisles is not permitted. (Fire Code Requirement). Therefore, due to space limitations, backpacks must be kept in lockers throughout the school day.
Lockers should be closed and locked after each use.
Lockers are school property and are subject to search by school staff. School authorities may also search personal belongings such as book bags, backpacks, coats, etc. when necessary.
Please be sure to lock your locker after using it. Check each time to make sure it is locked. Do not share your lock combination with anyone.
Students need to make sure backpacks are small enough to fit into their lockers. We have found that backpacks on wheels do not fit in lockers easily and may trip other students causing a safety concern. Therefore they ARE NOT allowed at Liberty Bell without a doctor’s’ consent. Students are advised to go to their lockers before leaving and to take home only books and materials needed for homework that night.
Lost and Found
Students should check in the Main Office for lost items. Any items found should be given to the Main Office secretaries. Those items not claimed by the end of each term will be given to a non-profit organization or discarded.
Liberty Bell Middle School encourages parents and teachers to meet and discuss a child’s progress. We encourage parents of a student with a problem to call the school office to schedule a conference with the classroom teacher. The school counselors and principals are also available to help resolve difficulties.
Technology Acceptable Use Policy
Liberty Bell Middle School is proud to provide students access to many different forms of technology. In order to provide a safe and effective learning environment, it is necessary to define the acceptable uses of this technology for students and parents. Before any student is allowed use of the school system’s internet or intranet access, a written parental consent shall be signed by parents and student. Any student who accesses the district’s computer system for any purpose agrees to be bound by the terms of that agreement, even if no signed written agreement is on file. The permission/agreement form will be sent home at the beginning of the school year. To avoid software virus, students may not take computer programs, CD’s or disks back and forth between school and outside of school computers.
Textbooks are furnished by the school and are issued at the beginning of the school year. Teachers conduct book checks each nine weeks to assure that students have their materials. At the end of the school year, books should reflect normal use.
School Closing and Early Dismissal
In the event of bad weather or mechanical breakdown, school may be delayed, closed or dismissed early. Delayed openings, school closings, or early dismissals will be announced over the local television and radio stations. If no report is heard, school will be in session. We may have a delayed opening, which means school would begin two hours later (9:40 a.m.). If school is delayed by two hours due to inclement weather, the buses are also delayed by the same amount of time. Every family should have a plan that will go into effect if school is dismissed early. It is impossible for every student to use the phones to make arrangements when this situation arises.
Johnson City Transit
Phone Number – 929-7119
Bus Transportation is provided for the students by the Johnson City Transit System. This is provided as a privilege, no as a right. Students are expected to behave in a proper manner at all times. Misbehavior on a bus may result in suspension from riding on the bus and may also result in discipline from the school.
- In the morning, students will board their assigned bus only at the proper loading stop and get off only at appropriate stop at Liberty Bell Middle School. In the afternoon, students will board their assigned bus only at Liberty Bell Middle School and get off only at their appropriate stops.
- Appropriate conduct will be expected in the bus loading areas.
- Only small items may be taken on buses. Students need to make arrangements with parents to transport medium or large items to and from school.
- Students will not be permitted to carry food or drink items home from school on the bus.
- Students will be directed to call from the main office or their classroom if they miss the bus at the end of the school day.
- Students must bring a note that has been signed by their parents if they ride any bus other than their normal bus.
- All school conduct rules apply to students riding the bus.
- Bus privileges may be suspended for violations of the rules.