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Welcome to Birchwood Intermediate School
You are beginning a new stage in your educational
career. Your time at Birchwood will offer you many opportunities to grow
emotionally, socially and academically.
To achieve the most rewarding experience, you are encouraged to become involved
and participate in the life of the school. By doing so, it will add the
enthusiasm which is essential in developing good feelings, mutual respect, and
pride in yourself and your school.
Students and parents probably have many questions about
intermediate school. In the following information, we have tried to answer some
of your concerns. If you have other questions, please feel free to ask any staff
Students will be assigned a homeroom teacher who will
assist students with becoming familiar with the facility and activities. Do not
forget that all students were new to the school at one time and probably felt
the same as you do now.
Code of Conduct and Information
The Birchwood Intermediate School Information
subject to change. Please read the information provided throughout our school
site to provide further insight as to what our school has to offer. Should you require further information or have
questions or concerns, please contact the school or email us:
The Birchwood Intermediate School "Code of Conduct"
was developed by teachers, parents and students in April 2003:
I will respect myself, and other people’s
rights, personal space and feelings.
I will respect Birchwood School, student and
I will participate in school activities and come to
school prepared to take advantage of my opportunity to learn by: respecting the
staff & fellow students and the learning process.
I will do my best to create a drug free, safe and
If I choose not to follow the code, I will accept
the consequences of my actions.
In order to create a caring learning environment for
Birchwood students, it is necessary to establish consequences to address
students’ actions & behavior. The consequences of student actions & behavior
will be predictable and consistent. CONSISTENCY, IS THE KEY.
When a situation arises, the response and consequence will be determined by
comparison to a similar level of incident and a similar consequence will be
Scent-free and Peanut-Free School Environment
Birchwood is a peanut-free and scent-free
environment. Several students are extremely allergic to nuts. Many people
are sensitive to perfumes; aftershaves, hair-care products and other scented products are not to
be worn in the School.
First Day Procedure
The first day in September when you come to Birchwood, you will report to the
cafeteria. The principal will welcome you. Shortly after that, your NAME will be
called to meet your homeroom teacher. You will then go to your homeroom class.
The remainder of your day will be explained by your teacher. Your homeroom teacher will be your major contact between home
and school. He/she will be interested in your school life -- both academically
and socially. Your teacher will be there to assist you in handling any problems
you may have, no matter how small.
Your teacher will be the main contact with your home regarding your reports and
attendance. Your homeroom teacher will play a very important role in helping you
enjoy success while at Birchwood.
ON YOUR FIRST DAY YOU WILL RECEIVE
- class timetable
- your student handbook
- your personal locker & lock
- your textbooks
MINIMUM SUPPLIES YOU TAKE TO SCHOOL ON THE FIRST DAY
- a pen and/or pencil
- two duotangs with loose leaf
- student fee ($ 20per student, $30 per family)
REQUIRED SCHOOL SUPPLIES
For a complete list of school supplies, please go to the "Supplies"
The following expectations are based on the idea that every right carries with
it a responsibility. We believe that responsible students have the right to to
expect a pleasant, happy, and safe school environment, good teaching, respect,
and fair treatment. In return, teachers have the right to expect from their
students regular attendance, punctuality, and preparedness for class work,
reasonable effort, and good manners.
At Birchwood Intermediate School, we combine positive interactions with
consistency, fairness, and clear expectations. We try to keep our students
informed of the expectations and the logical consequences for not following
Student Rights and Responsibilities
- I have the RIGHT to learn in this school. It is my RESPONSIBILITY to
listen to instructions, work quietly at my desk and to follow general
classroom guidelines set by my teachers.
- I have the RIGHT to hear and be heard. It is my RESPONSIBILITY not to
talk, shout, or make loud noises when others are speaking.
I have the RIGHT to be respected in this school.
It is my RESPONSIBILITY not to tease or annoy other people or to hurt their
I have the RIGHT to be safe in this school. It
is my RESPONSIBILITY not to threaten, kick, punch or physically harm anyone
- I have the RIGHT to privacy and to my own personal space. It is my
RESPONSIBILITY to respect the personal property of others and to accept
their right to privacy.
Student Responsibilities (School Act 1993, Section
Students have the following responsibilities:
To observe the code of conduct and other rules
and policies of the school board and the school;
To attend classes regularly and punctually and
participate in the educational programs in which the student is enrolled;
To be diligent in pursuing the student's
The respect the rights of others.
Students who demonstrate a pattern of non-cooperation regarding the Code will
risk losing dance, extra-curricular team and band privileges and may be excluded
from student council activities such as winter carnival.
Everyone is expected to dress in a clean, neat and appropriate
manner. Your appearance reflects your level of respect for yourself and others.
Coats and jackets are inappropriate for the classroom and are to be stored in
lockers. Some other examples of clothing that is inappropriate would be: cut-off
shorts, low-cut or bare-shoulder tops, spaghetti straps, muscle shirts, short
shorts, bare midriffs, and clothing with messages that are profane, demeaning or
in poor taste. The administration has the right to determine the appropriateness
Each student in the school will be assigned one complete set of
textbooks per year. If a textbook is lost or destroyed through negligence on the
part of the student, the student will be required to pay for its replacement.
Final marks in June will not be issued until the student returns all books
assigned to him/her or reimburses the school for books lost or destroyed through
negligence. Students should take care of all books. The use of a book bag is
Busses are considered part of the school at Birchwood. The
staff work closely with the bus drivers to maintain a safe and orderly means of
transportation. The bus drivers are in total charge of the bus and may assign
seats. Students who misbehave will be reported to the principal for disciplinary
Students who walk to school are reminded that they are to observe all the
traffic laws. Please be careful in the parking lots when the busses are
traveling to and from school. Walkers are also reminded that they are not to
cross private property on their way to and from school. Students are reminded to
observe all the traffic laws expected of pedestrians.
In inclement weather, students may come into the cafeteria at 8:00 a.m. to
sit quietly or participate in the breakfast program. Students must have a School
Bus Transportation Permit to travel on a bus other than his/her regular bus.
This permission slip will be issued by the office only after receiving
written permission from a parent/guardian.
Detentions, often at lunch time and at times after school, are designed to be a logical
consequence and deterrent for students for less serious behaviours.
Notice will be provided when the detention is to be served. Students are
required to bring their lunch from home the day of their detention and will not
be permitted to go to the cafeteria. If a student misses a detention without
making prior arrangements with the assigning teacher to change the time or
bringing a written note the next day, then the student will be given a double
detention. If a student then misses the double detention, a suspension will
Student Fees and Forms
A student fee of $20 per student or $30 per family is payable by September
15th. The student fee covers a variety of services and student activities
and includes the annual lock rental, examination paper, athletic fees, etc.
A number of forms are sent home at the onset of a school year for your
information and so that we may have accurate information regarding your child's
needs, circumstances, and contact information. Please return these to the
homeroom teacher promptly.
The homeroom teacher will assign a locker and a school lock to each student.
Only locks issued by the school will be used on the lockers.
The administration and/or homeroom teacher will carry out periodic checks of
students' lockers during the year.
Please keep the lockers clean and tidy. Please keep the lock combination
secret and the locker locked.
Lockers are intended for safe storage of clothing and books. The lock rental
is included in the student fee. An additional $6 charge will be made, if the
lock is lost or not returned.
Students are encouraged to take books home each night for study.
Students who have missed classes due to illness or for a number of other
reasons are responsible for getting any school work
that was missed and to catch up. Students are asked to obtain their homework
from someone in the class and not by calling the office when at all possible.
Students typically have homework each night at the intermediate level. When
homeroom is not assigned, student are expected to study and to review their
subject material, work, and notes covered each day during class. Extra help will
be provided for students who need it in subject areas. Please contact homeroom
teachers should this be needed.
Regular attendance usually results in great success. It is therefore, very
important that all students attend school on a regular and consistent basis.
Students Who Arrive Late for School. Attendance is taken at 8:50 a.m. and at
1:00 p.m. by the homeroom teacher. Students who are not in class at this time
are late and therefore have to report to the office. Students will be held
accountable for being late. The student will make up for the time missed at
lunch or after school.
Two pay telephones for outgoing calls only are available to students. These
phones may be used only when students do not have a scheduled class or have
permission from a teacher. Students are only permitted to use the phone in the
office for emergencies only.
Grade 7 students are not permitted off school grounds during lunch.
Students who bring a lunch to school from home or purchase their lunch from
the cafeteria will eat in the cafeteria.
Students will not wear jackets and/or caps in the cafeteria.
Students will not take kit bags or games into the cafeteria. Such items may
be left in the lobby while the students are having lunch at the owner's
Students will not take food of any kind out of the cafeteria.
Students are not to throw any object, no matter how small, for however short
a distance in the cafeteria.
Students should get in line for food as soon as possible after the lunch
Conversation at the lunch table is desirable and encouraged. We also expect
the same good manners at our tables as is practiced at home.
Students are asked to remove all trays and garbage from the eating area.
Items that can be recycled should be put in the recycle bin by the pop
machine, and garbage should be put in garbage containers.
Students will be seated and remain seated until they have finished eating.
Students are expected to be out of the cafeteria and to be in one of the
following designated areas by 12:35pm. 1) the library, 2) the intra-mural
program, 3) outside for a walk in the fresh air, weather permitting, 4) the
movie room as designated by the daily announcements, or 5) remain in the
cafeteria on inclement days - the decision whether students may remain in
the cafeteria or not due to inclement weather will be made by the
administrator on duty and will be announced, or Students are expected to
remain in the designated area until the student bell, and they are reminded
to respect people and property and to behave in an orderly fashion.
Students who leave the school during lunch may not return to the
locker/classroom area until 12:55pm. Students must return by the gym doors
only. Weather permitting, students are to remain outside until the student
bell rings at 12:55pm. When the weather is inclement, students may be let
into the gym corridor area where they will be supervised by the rover and
the Phase I supervisor.
Students are not allowed to use the front doors at noon. The Parkdale exit
doors are not to be used except in emergency. Students are not to enter by
those doors at any other time nor are students permitted to open these doors
for other students. Students are not allowed to enter by the band room
Students who bring their lunch from home will eat in the cafeteria. They may
supplement their lunch with item(s) from the cafeteria.
Students are not permitted to loiter in the classrooms, washrooms, or
Gym change rooms are out of bounds to students except during their own gym
classes. During any physical education activity, items such as money,
watches, and jewellery should be left with the physical education teacher,
not in the locker room.
"Hands Off" Policy
Birchwood Intermediate School has a "Hands Off" policy. That is, there will
be no pushing, grabbing hats, yanking at clothing, etc. permitted in our
school. Although some students will defend these actions by "I was only
teasing" the fact is, that in most cases, these actions are an invasion of
privacy and a source of embarrassment and/or frustration to others.
Regardless of the intend, this so-called "teasing" disrupts our school day
and sets up adversarial relationships between students.
Students who continue to engage in such provoking interactions can expect
consequences ranging from detentions to suspensions.
Bullying, Racism, and Inappropriate Behaviors
Bullying in any form (physical, verbal, emotional) is wrong. Incidents
will be dealt with and consequences will be imposed for those who engage in this
behavior. Harassment, name calling, discriminatory slurs, taunting, threats,
physical aggression, and fighting are inappropriate behaviors and are not
Disruption, rudeness, swearing, disrespectful conduct in class, uncooperative
with a teacher or a substitute teacher, talking during instruction, talking
causing other student to be off task, etc. are inappropriate behaviors and will
Plagiarism, copying of other people's writing or assignments without
acknowledging the source, is breaking copyright law and is not acceptable
academic behavior. A student will receive zero credit for submitted work that is
proven plagiarized. Every effort will be made to teach students how to
reference and to acknowledge sources properly.
Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
Cell phones are not to be used on school property, and music and other
electronic devices will not be used in the classroom or during the instructional
day. Students are asked and encouraged to keep their phones and other devices
turned off and in their lockers during the school day. Devices will be taken to
the office and will be returned to the parent or guardian after school.
Dangerous items or weapons including laser pointers, lighters, toy replica
guns or knives are absolutely not permitted on school property.
For safety reasons, skateboards and scooters are not to be used on school
property during the school day. If students bring skateboards or scooters to
school, they are to be put immediately in their locker.
School dances shall be considered a school function and rules that apply to
students during classes shall apply to students during dances. Any dances
will be for Birchwood Intermediate School students only and if dances are
considered detrimental to the image of the school, they will be
Inclement Weather - Notice to Parents
If all schools are to be cancelled, parents will be notified by radio
announcements on local radio stations that all schools in the Eastern School District are
The first notice will be broadcasted by 7:00am. In some instances, it may
only be necessary to close individual families of schools. Birchwood
Intermediate is a part of the Colonel Gray Family of schools.
In cases where a decision cannot be made by 7:00am, a one hour delay will be
announced. This means that all schools and buses may operate one hour later
than the usual time.
A further announcement regarding delays and/or cancellations will take place
Late Bus Runs:
In some instances, even in good weather, buses may be delayed. In these
cases, parents will be notified by radio that a bus or buses will be delayed
by a specific amount of time.
For example, if a bus is delayed 30 minutes, students can expect to meet the
bus 30 minutes later than would normally be the case.
School Closure During the Day:
Sometimes, it may be necessary to close individual families of schools
during the day in order to get children home before weather conditions
become too severe. In such cases, announcements will be made on all radio
Parents or guardians who will not be in the home when children arrive should
make alternative arrangements for the care of their children on such days.
Please notify the school of these changes before winter.
Suggestions for Parents:
Please listen to the radio between 6:30am and 8:00am to determine if schools
Please do not call the school board office or the radio stations for
information, as this jams the telephone lines which are often in emergency
Do not drop children off at school unless you are certain that school is
operating that day.
Make arrangements for your children in case of midday school closures.
If school are operating, the final decision to attend rests with you the
Parents have the right and, indeed, the obligation to keep their children
home from school on a day that the weather conditions may jeopardize their
If school is cancelled in the afternoon due to inclement weather, any
programs scheduled for that afternoon and evening would also be cancelled.
Hopefully, we can work together to ensure a safe winter for all our
Lost and Found
Birchwood Intermediate School cannot be held responsible for money or other
items of value that a student may bring to school. It is the student's
responsibility to safeguard valuables.
The "Lost and Found"
cupboard is located in the main office. Anything found should be
brought to the office. Students are warned not to bring large sums of money
or valuables to school. During gym classes, items such as watches and jewellery should be left with the physical education teacher.
Electronic devices should be kept in book bags or lockers upon entering school
Some General Guidelines
In order to help make Birchwood a safe and enjoyable place to learn and
socialize, there are some basic guidelines. Some of the basic rules are:
- ALL ABSENCES ARE TO BE EXPLAINED, please call the school first thing in
the morning to inform us of your child's absence
- class attendance is compulsory and mandatory
- a student has to receive permission from a parent/guardian to leave the
school during the school day
- all accident or injuries are to be reported
- smoking is not allowed in or on the school grounds
- illegal substances will be reported to the authorities
- students are encouraged not to carry valuables or money to school
- each student will be assigned a locker and a school lock
(no personal locks on the lockers) lockers are intended for safe storage of
clothing and books and are to be kept clean
- in the gymnasium items such as money, watches and or jewelery should be
left with the physical education teacher - NOT IN THE LOCKEROOM
Remember, Birchwood Intermediate School is your school! Have a great year!