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Montague Intermediate School is part of a caring family committed to sharing with parents and community the responsibility of developing students both academically and socially.

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Dear Parents and Guardians:

We would like to welcome returning and new parents and children to Montague Intermediate School for what will be a year of growth and achievement. Life at MIS is a 'mish mash' of high academic expectations, competitive athletics, and an abundance of social interactions all held together with fun.

The staff prides itself on promoting respect for others and the property. The custodial staff does an excellent job keeping our school community clean and in top notch working condition. We ask that you take ownership for this as well and help continue to make MIS a safe, clean, and comfortable place for learning. This school becomes your school and, therefore, it is imperative that you share in the responsibility to make it the best it can be!

As the year progresses, students will be given greater opportunity to be responsible for their own behaviours and actions. To this end, students will be allowed to leave the school for lunch either down into the town, or over to the high school cafeteria. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in various functions such as sporting events, social events, dances, and clubs. And, of course, there will be high expectations in regards to social and academic achievements.

Whether you are involved with the school for one year or three, you will come to realize that the connections made will last a lifetime. To ensure that it is the most productive and successful it can be, it is necessary for all share holders to get involved. That means students, teachers, and parents/guardians have to be positive and encouraging about school. Keep an open line of communication with your child(ren)'s teacher. Good news is always wonderful to hear, and if it is necessary to discuss an issue of concern it is always better to do so early, before it becomes a problem. Teachers welcome your interest and involvement and are always willing to take time to discuss your concerns. In an event, if you feel the need to come to the school and speak with staff or administration, MIS is a friendly, welcoming place where either the principal or the vice-principal will be happy to attend to your concern.

It is imperative that regular attendance be maintained. It is hard to be exposed to and acquire the information being discussed in the classroom if you are not there. The intermediate years of school can be the best times in a child's life -- they can also be the most taxing. If everyone keeps this in mind, and can be flexible and accepting of change, the year will be positive and successful. RESPECT is the theme of this school and with it comes a sense of pride for Montague Intermediate.

Once again, welcome to your school and we hope that you have a positive and productive year.

-Administration & Staff, Montague Intermediate School

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MIS Term Structure & Promotion Policy

For 2003-2004, the Montague Intermediate Schoolís academic year will consist of two terms. At the end of each term, students will receive a report card. The first term, from September to January, will be worth 50% of the yearís grade; and the second term, from February to June, will be worth 50% of the yearís grade. Parent-Teacher interviews wil1 be held in October and February.

Promotion Requirements: 1) Students must maintain an overall average of at least 60% for promotion to the next grade level; 2) Students must not fail more than two subjects; 3) Students must not fail both English and Math; and 4) 50% is considered a pass mark in any subject area.

Consideration will be given to placement of students who do not meet promotion requirements.

Students with an overall average of 85% and no mark in any subject below 75% will receive an Honours Certificate at the end f the school year.

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GENERAL SCHOOL INFORMATION

ACCIDENT PROCEDURES
If an accident occurs during school hours, the student will be taken to the office. For precautionary measures, the office personnel will have the student transported to the hospital or clinic. The home will then be contacted as to where the student has been taken. It is the parentís/ guardianís responsibility to ensure emergency information forms have been filled out properly and returned to the school via the students.

SCHOOL CANCELLATIONS AND CLOSURES
Parents are urged to listen to local radio stations for announcements pertaining to late buses, early dismissals, or school cancellations. All extra-curricular activities are suspended on days when school is cancelled.

STUDENT FEES
Each student is expected to pay a $15 student fee. Parents with one child or more in the school pay $15 for the first child and $10 for each child thereafter. Monies are used for student activities and to cover extra program expenses.

LOCKERS
Students are issued a locker and a lock at the beginning of the year. They are expected to keep their lockers locked at all times. Students must use the combination locks provided by the school. No other locks are permitted. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT INFORM OTHER STUDENTS OF THE COMBINATION. Students are expected to use their lockers before homeroom in the morning, at breaktime, and at lunch time. They should not use their lockers any other time during the day. Since there is only one bell between classes, students using their lockers are usually late for class.

READING PERIOD
Students will engage in an uninterrupted sustained silent reading period each morning from 8:40 - 9:00. Students are expected to read at this time. There is to be no movement in the hallways. This is not a time for doing homework. No pencil work is to be done. Students are expected to bring appropriate books/magazines from home or from the library. Novels may be read, but textbook reading is intended for home study.

BREAKS
Students are permitted a ten minute break in the morning and afternoon. Students are not permitted to leave school property during this time. Students not travelling between buildings during the break may socialize within the building. The break provides the opportunity for students to use their lockers and change books for the remaining classes of the day and to have a snack.

TEXTBOOKS
Students are expected to maintain the condition of the textbooks for the year. If a textbook is lost, the student must pay for the lost book before a new one can be issued. Textbooks must be returned to the teacher in June. If a textbook is not returned or is damaged, the student will be charged for the book before he/she will receive a report card.

SNACK BREAK
Students are not permitted to consume food in the school at any time other than during the morning and at noon. Students are encouraged to bring a nutritious snack and are required to dispose of all wastes in a responsible manner. A Student Store will operate at the school with a selection of snacks available. Milk/Pop/Juice machines may be used before and after school, during morning and afternoon breaks, and during lunch time. Canteen items may also be consumed at these times. Juice and pop may not be purchased during class time as the machine is quite noisy while dispensing.

AWARDS
Student awards will be presented at the end of the school year. These include participating certificates for students involved in extra-curriculars and academic recognition for subject excellence.

JACKETS AND HATS
Students are required to remove jackets and hats upon arrival to school. Unless a student needs to make an outdoor trip to the the high school, jackets and hats should be left in the school lockers provided.

TYLENOL
Tylenol or other headache remedies will not be dispensed at the school. Students who suffer from repeated headaches should see a doctor and arrange, if necessary, with parents/doctors for their own supply of appropriate medication.

INDUSTRIAL ARTS / HOME EC. / TECHNOLOGY ARTS
Students at all grade levels will rotate through industrial arts, technology arts, and home economics.

Industrial arts classes are taught to give students some hands-on experience using various machines, tools, and materials. Safety is stressed at all times and proper safe use of all tools and machines, as demonstrated, is expected of students.

The technology arts program will continue again next year. The program will consist of 25 hour modules with hands on technology application. This has proven to be a very high interest and worthwhile program in the field of technology.

A program in food and clothing will continue in the fall of 2003. The program will consist of basic food and clothing applications with some high technology application in sewing.

MUSIC
We offer instrumental music to Grades 7, 8, and 9 students as an optional course. Students who wish to enroll in instrumental music must understand they are making a commitment to the program for the entire year and must pay a fee of $50 which is non-refundable.

HOMEWORK
Students are expected to complete their homework on a regular day-to-day basis. The only valid reason for coming to school without homework completed is illness. Students are expected to phone a classmate to learn of assignments. In the event of an extended illness, arrangements should be made through the office.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Physical education is an integral part of the schoolís program and is compulsory for all grades 7, 8 and 9 students. Students who are new to our physical education courses sometimes make the assumption that phys. ed. is a "free" class. The following guidelines have been established:

  • CLOTHING - Students must be properly attired (shorts or sweat pants, t-shirt or sweat shirt, sneakers) at all times to participate/use the gymnasium facility. A change of footwear or complete cleaning of outdoor sneakers is required. NO HATS ARE TO BE WORN IN THE GYMNASIUM.
  • NON-PARTICIPATION - Students who have a note regarding injury/illness preceding participation are to present the note to the physical education instructor at the beginning of the period.
  • LOCKS/LOCKERS - Students are encouraged to take responsibility for belongings. Students can use half or full lockers while in physical education. Belongings left in the locker room should be secured with a school approved lock in a foot lockers.
  • VALUABLES - Valuables should be secured in a locked locker or given to the physical education instructor at the beginning of the period.
  • FOOD & DRINK - Food and drink are not permitted in the gymnasium area.
  • SUPERVISION - Students/Athletes are not to use the facility unless under supervision of coach or instructor.

The first time a healthy student is unprepared for class, the student will sit out the class and be reminded of responsibility in this area. A second occurrence will result in parent notification by phone or letter with a third occurrence resulting in a one-day suspension from school.

LIBRARY
The library at Montague Intermediate School has a very good selection of books and materials for student and teacher use. All materials must be signed out and returned when due. Students who lose books will be required to pay for them. We ask that arents help us maintain this resource by urging their children to return material promptly and handle them carefully.

GRADE NINE CLOSING
There will be a recognition of achievement for our grade nine students in June during which certificates and awards will be presented.

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ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES

  • STUDENTS LEAVING SCHOOL DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
    Students leaving school for any reason during the school day must present a note to their homeroom teacher between 8:40 and 8:50 a.m. stating the reason for leaving. Any student leaving during the school day must sign out through the school office.
  • FULL DAY ABSENCES
    Upon a studentís return to school, he/she must present a note to the homeroom teacher stating the reason for the absence. If the student does not have a note, the home room teacher will contact the home.
  • LATE STUDENTS
    Students arriving late for school in the morning are expected to present a note to the home room teacher to explain the lateness. Students are expected to be on time for all classes and school related activities. Individual subject teachers will track tardiness and report to the homeroom teacher. Homeroom teachers will notify parent(s)/guardian(s) if students are consistently late. If the problem persists, referral will be made to administration or guidance for follow-up action. Parents/guardians should be aware that repeated lateness may result in suspension and may jeopardize a studentís academic success.
  • ILLNESS (During School Hours)
    A student who becomes ill during the school day is required to report to the office. The office staff will attempt to contact the home or a neighbour/relative to make arrangements to have the student transported home. A student who becomes sick over the lunch hour should have a parent/guardian contact the school at lunch time.
  • NOON AND AFTER SCHOOL DETENTIONS
    Students who have misbehaved may be assigned noontime (20 minute) detention(s) by the teachers or by the administration. Repeated failure to report to assigned detentions will result in a suspension and possible loss of extra-curricular privileges, including dances.
  • PHYSICAL ALTERCATIONS
    Physical altercations at school or resulting from at school activities will be dealt with by the administration. In most cases, physical altercation will result in students receiving a suspension from school activities including classes.
  • TRUANCY POLICY
    Students are expected to attend school on a regular basis. The only valid reasons for absences are illness, medical appointments, or family needs. Students who are absent from school for any of the above reasons should return with a note from home. If this does not happen, the home room teacher will contact the parents by phone. If, after consultation with parents, it is determined that the absence was without approval of parents, an appropriate consequence will be determined by home room teacher and parents. For a first time offence, students will be excluded from the next school dance. If there is a repeat offence of absence without permission, it will be dealt with by the administration in consultation with parents . Organized truancies, which could greatly detract from the overall operation of the school, may result in the automatic loss of a subsequent school dance, junior or senior high, and the loss of year end "Fun Day" activities.
  • EXAMINATIONS
    All grade nine students are expected to write formal examinations, worth up to 30% of their first term mark, when scheduled. If a student is absent, the parent/guardian must phone the school before the examination is scheduled to be written. The day the student returns to school, he/she must make arrangements with the office to write the examination. Failure to do so could result in the student receiving a failure in that subject. Grade 7 and 8 students do not write formal examinations. Grade 9 students will write examinations in January only.
  • TELEPHONE
    Students must use the office phones to make arrangements for permission to leave school. In such cases, a staff person must give permission to the student to use the phone, and verification by a staff member must be heard by a parent/guardian. Otherwise, students should use the pay phone in the downstairs hallway. Parents/guardians phoning the school to get in contact with a student may leave a message which will be relayed to the student. If there is an emergency, students will be called from class.
  • ASSIGNMENT POLICY
    All students will be required to complete all major assignments. Failure to do so will result in a "0" in that particular assignment. Lateness of an assignment will result in an automatic mark penalty determined by the subject teacher.
  • SCHOOL OPENING
    School doors will not open until 8:00 in the morning and will remain open until 4:30 in the afternoon.
  • DANCE REGULATIONS
    Montague Intermediate dances are for grades 7-9 only. These dances will take place on Thursday evenings (yet to be determined) from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. and will be held in the gym. The doors will be open from 7:00 until 7:30. Nobody will be admitted after 7:30 unless prior arrangements are made with the administration. Only Montague Intermediate School students who have paid applicable student fees and who have a full day attendance on the day of the dance are eligible to attend, unless otherwise approved. Once students enter the dance, they cannot leave until the dance is over and/or a parent/ guardian comes to the door to pick them up. While at the dance, students will be responsible for following the same code of behaviour that is demanded during the school day. Students guilty of gross misconduct (e.g. using or possessing alcohol or illegal drugs; willful damage to property; fighting; etc.) may find that they lose all extra-curricular privileges for up to one calendar year. (The Grade Eight School trip and end of year trips for grades 7 and 9 are viewed as an extra-curricular event.) Students who receive a school suspension for any reason will also be suspended from the next school dance.

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STUDENT CONDUCT - MONTAGUE INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL BEHAVIOUR CODE

A pupil shall.....

a) exercise self discipline; b) accept such discipline as would be exercised by a kind, firm, and judicious parent; c) attend classes punctually and regularly; d) be courteous to fellow pupils and obedient and courteous to teachers; e) be clean in person and habits; f) show respect for school property. Physical altercations between students is very strongly discouraged and will normally result in school suspensions.

  • CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY
    Students are expected to respect school facilities and equipment. Any student who damages school property will be held responsible for replacement costs and disciplinary action may also be taken.
  • DRESS
    Students at Montague Intermediate come to school well dressed. This indicates a sense of pride that the students and parents have in the school. Rapidly changing styles and fashions make it impossible to suggest a definite standard of dress. School is a place distinctly different from a beach, for example, and we request discretion in the choice of t-shirts (especially wording and suggestive pictures.)

    Generally speaking, all students should continue to dress in a manner appropriate to the educational goals and activities at our school. At times, special days will be announced and specific dress will be requested, i.e., Hat Day, Summer Day, etc.
  • BUS BEHAVIOUR
    Students are expected to be on their best behaviour while travelling on the school bus to and from school. It is important that students adhere to all rules and regulations as posted on the school bus. Failure to act in an appropriate manner may result in a suspension from bus travel for varying amounts of time.
  • BUSES (TRAVELLING ON ANOTHER BUS)
    Students who wish to travel on a bus other than their regular bus in order to visit a friend after school, must have a note from home and must bring the note to the office before travelling on that bus.
  • SMOKING
    Students are not permitted to smoke in the school or on school proeprty. Students who are caught smoking in the school or on school property will be suspended for one day for a first offence. Subsequent offenses will result in additional suspensions and the loss of extra-curricular privileges, including dances.
  • ALCOHOL AND NON-MEDICAL DRUGS
    The use of and/or possession of alcohol or non-medical drugs on school property or sanctioned school functions off school property is strictly prohibited. Violation of this rule may result in a suspension from extra-curricular activities and will result in a suspension from school. Violators may be required to undergo an addiction assessment and may be charged under the law.

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COUNSELLING SERVICES

The School Counsellor offers personal counselling, peer support and counselling, career counselling, and referrals to outside agencies.

Students and parents are encouraged to consult the counsellor about academic, social, and personal problems by making an appointment at the Guidance Office or by phoning Linda Thistle-McKenna at 838-0862.

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EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Extra-curricular coaching is done on a voluntary basis. Regular attendance and a sustained effort in academics is a prerequisite for being on a school team. The staff, in conjunction with the principal and the athletic director, may remove a student from a team at any time and for any length of time. In most cases, this is very detrimental to a team so students/athletes must make every effort to avoid this situation. Students receiving the privilege of playing on an extra-curricular or scholastic team are expected to be respectful and courteous toward their coach(es), fellow players, and opponents. They will be expected to have the necessary uniforms and equipment at all times and to ensure that Montague Intermediate School is well regarded in both the community and in school circles. The coach or team designate will travel with the team. Players will make an agreement with the Athletic Department re extra-curriculars. This specifically includes regular attendance and team conduct as outlined by the coaching staff. This would include practice/game attendance, dress code, conduct on and off the floor, quitting teams, etc. Ony those students who are in attendance the day of a sporting event may participate unless otherwise approved. Parents should be aware that students travelling to interscholastic sporting events must use the transportation provided by the school.

INTER-SCHOLASTIC SPORTS

BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER
BOYS AND GIRLS VOLLEYBALL
BOYS AND GIRLS BASKETBALL
BOYS AND GIRLS BADMINTON
BOYS AND GIRLS SOFTBALL
BOYS AND GIRLS TRACK & FIELD
BOYS AND GIRLS CURLING
BOYS AND GIRLS WRESTLING
GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY
OTHER EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
STUDENT COUNCIL WINTER CARNIVAL
YEARBOOK LEADERSHIP
ALLIED YOUTH CHESS
SCIENCE FAIR STUDENT STORE
RADIO CLUB BAND
COMPUTER CLUB DRAMA CLUB
INTRAMURALS SPORTS LEADERSHIP

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TIME SCHEDULE

8:30- 8:35 Report to Homeroom
8:35 - 8:40 Morning Announcements
8:40 - 9:00 Reading Period
9:00 - 9:40 A Block
9:40 -10:25 B Block
10:25 - 10:35 Break
10:35 - 11:15 C Block
11:15 - 11:55 D Block
11:55 - 12:40 Lunch
12:40 - 12:50 Home Room Announcements
12:50 - 1:30 F Block
1:30 - 2:15 G Block
2:15 - 3:00 H Block
FOR STUDENTS MOVING BETWEEN BUILDINGS THERE IS NO BREAK. STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO USE THIS TIME FOR TRAVELLING.

TEACHING STAFF

Principal - Kevin Stonefield
Vice-Principal - Luanne Inman
School Counsellor - Linda Thistle-McKenna

Alexis Clements
Cherie Clements

Greer Coe
Peggy Coffin
Krista Connolly
Michelle Dodds
Karen Duffy
Carl Evans
Brenda Honkoop
Jonathan MacInnis
Megan Morrison
Melinda Morrison
Joan Murchison
Brian Power
Marie Stevens
Bobbi VanDyke

Teacher Assistants
Pauline Kelly
Carolyn Vandaele

Secretary
Laurel Martin

Custodians
Eileen Bishop
Carol Burke
Sharon Gordon

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Department of Education Internet Access and Use Guidelines

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

The purpose of this memorandum is to provide you with information concerning your childís access to the Internet at school. Please discuss the information provided in this memorandum with your child and return the Internet Use Agreement to your childís teacher.

The Internet - The Internet is an electronic highway which connects computers all over the world. The PEI Department of Education promotes access to and use of computers by students, educators and other users. Access to the Internet will provide students with additional learning materials and research opportunities.

While access to the Internet offers many benefits, some material is objectionable. Software and services have been purchased and installed to assist in restricting access to objectionable material. However, a determined user can always discover undesirable material.

Student Responsibilities - Students are required to adhere to the rules established for Internet access and use.

  • Students will be provided with access to the Internet provided that the signed Internet Use Agreement has been received by the designated school personnel and school rules are followed.
  • Students may view, quote from and copy published web pages for their personal use and for research purposes provided that the source of information is acknowledged and that copyrights and school rules are respected.
  • Students may not give their passwords to other persons or use passwords of others.
  • Students may download software programs only with the approval of the supervising teacher and provided that copyrights are respected.
  • Students may access discussion groups and news groups only in accordance with school rules.
  • Students who receive obscene information or threatening messages will immediately report the event to the supervising teacher.
  • Students will not use the Internet for illegal activities, to harass others or to conduct commercial transactions through their school Internet account.

The use of the Internet is a privilege, and inappropriate use may result in the cancellation of the privilege and/or other disciplinary measures. Inappropriate use will be determined at the discretion of the supervising teacher. In addition, law enforcement agencies may be contacted.

Liability - The Department of Education and the School Board make no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, for the service being provided and are not responsible for any damages a student or other user may suffer. This includes, but is not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays, nondeliveries, or service interruptions for any reasons or caused by a userís own errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at a userís own risk. The Department of Education and the School Board specifically deny any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information obtained through these services. The Department of Education and the School Board disclaim liability for errors, omissions, damages or actions of any kind resulting from student use of the Internet.

Conclusion - Thank you for reviewing the information contained in this memorandum. Please discuss the contents with your child. Also, please sign the attached Internet Use Agreement, have your child sign the Agreement, and return to your childís teacher.

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Province of PEI Department of Education Internet Use Agreement

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

Prior to receiving access to the Internet through the school, the parent/guardian of the student is required to sign the Internet Use Agreement, and each student in grades 4 through 12 is required to sign the Internet Use Agreement and the signed Agreement is to be returned to your childís teacher.

Studentís Name__________________________________

School _________________________________________

STUDENT AGREEMENT (Students in grades 4 through 12)

I understand and will abide by the attached Internet Access and Use Guidelines. Should I commit any violation, my access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action may be taken, and/or appropriate legal action may be initiated including release of information to the police or other investigators.

Studentís Full Name ______________________________

Studentís Signature _______________________________

Date _____________________________________

PARENT/GUARDIAN AGREEMENT

I have read the attached Internet Access and Use Guidelines. I understand that access to the Internet is intended for educational purposes. The Department of Education along with the School Board and School have taken reasonable precautions to eliminate controversial material. I recognize that it is impossible to restrict access to all controversial materials, and I will not hold any school staff person, the School Board or Department of Education responsible for materials acquired through the Internet. I acknowledge and agree that should my child commit any violation, my childís access privileges may be revoked, school disciplinary action may be taken, and/or appropriate legal action may be initiated including release of information to the police or other investigators. I hereby given permission to school personnel to grant Internet access to my child.

Parent or Guardianís Name_________________________

Parent or Guardianís Signature_________________________

Date _______________________________________

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