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District programs and activities shall be free from all unlawful discrimination. This means that discrimination and/or harassment based on ethnic group, gender, religion, sexual orientation, color, race, national origin or physical or mental disability (or the perception of one or more of these characteristics) shall not be tolerated. If a student or a parent has a concern or wishes to file a complaint, please contact the school principal or the Educational Services department at the district office. Full copies of the District's policy and complaint procedures may be obtained on the district website or by contacting the district's superintendent's office.

Student cell phones MUST be kept OFF and in their backpack during the school day. If there is an emergency, you can contact the office and we will reach your child. If a student's cell phone is heard or seen during the school day, it will be confiscated and sent to the office. The first time a cell phone is confiscated it will be returned to the student at the end of the day. Subsequent confiscations must be picked up in the office by a parent during school hours. Items will not be released with a parent phone call.

Communication is a key component of student success at Scotts Valley Middle School. It is imperative that when questions or concerns arise, that a parent contact their child's teacher directly. Always start with your child's teacher before contact the office.

Teachers can be contacted either through the main office, 438-0610 or via email. Email addresses can be found here: SVMS Staff Directory. Teachers and staff make every effort to return emails and phone calls in a timely manner. We appreciate constructive, collaborative communication.

The Scotts Valley Middle School Emergency Plan is updated yearly. The plan continues to be developed and revised to improve preparation, safety, and training in case of a disaster. School fire drills are practiced four times a year. School earthquake drills are practiced at least three times each year. "Lock-down/safety" drills are practiced as well. Parents and staff receive District Disaster procedures and guidelines each year in the student first day packet. In addition, a summary of procedures is posted in each classroom. **Radio Station KSCO (am 1080) will broadcast periodic announcements during an emergency.**

Please pick up and drop off your student in the back parking lot only. Do not stop on Bean Creek or Scotts Valley Drive. Please do not use the local business parking lots as your meeting place. 

The safety of our students is at risk.

Please notify the school office promptly if there are changes in your address, phone number, email, place of employment, doctor, names on the emergency list, etc. This gives us the opportunity to update your child's information card so we may contact you quickly if the need arises.

Parents are urged to label all coats, sweaters, and other clothing to ensure quick identification of lost items. All lost items are placed in the "Lost and Found." Remind your child to bring home all coats, sweaters, etc. each evening. At the end of each trimester, all unclaimed items are donated to charity.

The Scotts Valley Educational Foundation (SVEF) is an all volunteer 501C-3 non-profit that provides funding for programs and education materials to enhance the solid academic curriculum and maintain the high quality of education in the Scotts Valley Unified School District. In the past 7 years, SVEF has donated over $700,000 to support the needs of children from kindergarten through high school graduation and beyond.

The Scotts Valley Educational Foundation is a non-profit, all volunteer organization whose mission is to raise funds for direct donation and support efforts that positively impact the educational experience of all students in the Scotts Valley Unified School District.

www.svef.net

Scotts Valley Middle School is committed to the learning and success of our students.  We believe that homework is a crucial component of the learning process. Homework should be relevant, appropriate, and applicable to individual student progress and needs. It is the goal of Scotts Valley Middle School that students achieve autonomy to be strong self-advocates, self-reliant and problem solvers as they transition to high school.

Expected amount of time for completion:  Expected completion times will vary student by student.  Should a student or parent be concerned about the amount of time focused on homework, parents are encouraged to schedule a team meeting with your child’s teacher. The amount of time and how often homework is assigned will be agreed upon by both subject area and grade levels. No new assignments will be assigned the day before a weekend or holiday breaks, nor will these assignments have a due date upon the day of return from weekends or vacation breaks.  This does not apply to long-term projects with extended due dates. Grade level teams will make every effort to avoid overlap of major due dates and assessments.

Expected parent participation in the homework process:  It is the hope of Scotts Valley Middle School staff that parents will monitor student progress as it relates to completion, progress and comprehension. Please notify the teacher if your child is consistently having trouble completing their homework and/or spending an excessive amount of time.

Progress Information provided to families:  Teachers will regularly update grades using the Illuminate Information System.  Homework assignments and project due dates will be posted on the SVMS website. Students and families have access to both of these platforms at all times.  It is the expectation of the SVMS faculty that these platforms serve as notification of a student’s progress. Teachers will update grades weekly.

Make-up work: Assignments turned in after the due date, within that unit of study or within the trimester in which it was assigned (whichever happens first), will receive reduced credit as outlined in the grade level syllabus. When a student has an excused absence, he/she may turn in work, for full credit, based on a “one for one” basis (if the student is absent one day, he/she may have one extra day upon return to turn in school work). Students completing work via a pre-approved, Short-Term Independent Study contract must turn in all work on the first date of return.*

 

*this may not pertain to students with identified special needs education plans.

Visitors to our school and to individual classrooms are welcome. We appreciate your interest in our program and in your child's progress. Please set up an appointment, in advance, with your child's teacher so they will know you are coming. When you arrive, you must sign-in at the office and get a visitor badge to wear so that we are aware of who is on the school grounds at all times. This is for your safety as well as for the safety of the school. Visitors without a badge will be sent back to the office to sign-in.