Student Standards and Expectations
Students may not use language that is abusive or offensive to others, including swearing, put-downs, lewd and derogatory comments, and other foul language. Students who use this type of language will be warned about appropriate school language. Consequences for continued use may include administrative conference, in-school and out-of-school suspension.
Attendance affects what students learn in the classroom. It is essential for all students to attend school regularly and to be on time to every class.
- Students who are more than ten minutes late to school must check in at the Attendance Office before going to class.
- Whenever possible, students who need to check out during the day should notify the Attendance Office before school begins.
- Students can be excused only by a phone call or note from a parent to the Attendance Office. Notes must have a check-in time written on them by a parent. Absences must be excused by a parent within 5 school days.
- It is the responsibility of students to arrange for makeup work due to absences.
- If absent for more than ten days, a doctor’s note will be required to excuse an absence.
- Students will not be released from school without permission from a parent/guardian or a person listed as an emergency contact in Skyward.
- Once approved for leaving school by an authorized adult, students must then report to the Attendance Office to sign out. Any parent wishing checkout their child must show ID at the Attendance Office. All parent checkouts will be conducted through the Attendance Office.
- Students who leave school without following the above procedures will be considered truant.
- Students who arrive more than ten minutes late to school must check in at the Attendance Office, sign the check-in form, and provide a note from parents excusing the tardy. Parents may also call the attendance office at 412-2310 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (11:30 a.m. on Fridays) to excuse a late arrival.
- Students who check out of school and return during the same day must first report to the Attendance Office before returning to class. Students will sign in and will be provided a pass to return to class.
A excused absence indicates that both parent and school know the whereabouts of the student; it does not excuse a student from the work that was missed. These absences are, depending on the situation, recorded in Skyward using the codes ‘E’, ‘G’, ‘Q’, or ‘V’.
While these absences are listed as “excused”, the loss of instructional time in the classroom with a teacher is certain to have an impact on student learning. No amount of makeup work at home can re-create the classroom experience. Parents and students are strongly encouraged to make every effort to have students attend each class daily.
Unexcused Absence (Truancy)
An unexcused absence is any absence without a valid excuse provided. These are absences where no information has been provided to the school about the student’s whereabouts during the school day, or any portion of the school day. Students are also considered truant if they are somewhere other than their assigned classroom, assembly, or activity without permission.
Truant students may be referred to school administration for disciplinary action which could include detention, in- or out-of-school suspension and/or referral to Juvenile Court for action.
Unexcused absences are recorded in Skyward using the ‘A’ code. Any unexcused absence can be excused by the parent via handwritten note, e-mail, phone call, or a note from a health care provider within five (5) school days of the absence.
Students may also be absent from class during the school day for school-sponsored activities, field trips, testing, or conferences with counselors or administrators. These absences are marked with a ‘J’, ‘N’, ‘X’, or ‘Y’ in Skyward. These absences are considered excused, but students still have the responsibility to complete work or assignments missed.
When a student is frequently late to class or to school, they are they are missing out on important instruction and possibly interrupting the learning of their peers. A tardy is recorded whenever a student arrive in class after the bell rings. Tardies are recorded in Skyward using the ‘T’ code. A parent or legal guardian may, at their discretion, excuse a tardy to the 1st class of the day if the tardy was not within the student’s control by calling the attendance office before 10:30 a.m. (11:30 a.m. on Fridays).
When a student is repeatedly tardy to school or to class, the following interventions will be implemented:
|Number of Times Caught in a Tardy Sweep||Consequence|
|2||1 lunch detention|
|3||2 lunch detention|
|4||45 min after school detention|
|5||Two 45 min after school detentions|
|6||Two 60 min after school detentions, Mandatory parent conference, 3 lunch detentions|
|7||One week after school detention (60 min), one week lunch detention|
|8||1 day in-school suspension, one detentions|
|9||2 days in-school suspension, two detentions|
|10+||Consequence will be determined by School Administrator and will include one or more of the following: detentions, in school suspensions, out of school suspensions, personal escort to classes or parent conferences.|
- Students who have more than ten tardies in a quarter will have other consequences as outlined in the attendance plan created with their parents and school administration
- Tardy sweeps will be held every school day, every period.
- Parents will be informed every time a student is given a consequence for tardy violation.
- West Hills Middle School administration reserves the right to change/adjust the tardy policy according to student/parent needs.
All middle schools in the Jordan School District operate under a “closed campus” policy. Students are to remain on campus throughout the school day, including lunch time, unless they have been properly checked out of school according to established procedures.
Awards and Recognition
Triple Crown: The Triple Crown Award recognizes students who have excelled in academics (4.0), citizenship (All H’s) and attendance (Perfect 100%). Recipients of the Triple Crown award receive a certificate and a special medallion. Students can earn this award each academic quarter.
Wildcat of the Quarter: Each quarter, faculty members nominate students for this honor. The boys and girls elected as Wildcat of the Quarter from each grade receive a certificate and a special trophy reflective of their achievements. A student can earn this award only once at West Hills.
Super 7 Citizen Club: Students who have demonstrated good citizenship and behavior, dependability, cooperativeness, class preparation, consideration for others, and personal excellence will be recognized by receiving H’s in citizenship on their report cards. Students receiving all H’s will be a member of the Super 7 Citizen Club.
Burgundy & Blue Club: To qualify for this award, students must have perfect attendance during the quarter. A student can earn this award each quarter of the year.
National Junior Honor Society: This national organization of high school students (including ninth graders) is extended to students who have exhibited outstanding academic scholarship and school leadership. This is a very select group of students who have a GPA of 3.7 or higher with no N’s or U’s in citizenship.
Honor Roll: Students receiving a 3.5 GPA or higher are honored with a certificate of special achievement.
Student of the Day: Each day a student is nominated by a teacher in recognition of classroom achievement and behavior.
CATS: This is a year-long goal setting and self-improvement program in the areas of character, academics, talents, and service. Students have the opportunity to earn recognition by completion of each of the levels with special awards presented to those who complete all categories.
No Tardies: Every quarter, students without any tardies will receive a special reward.
Backpacks / Bags and Purses / Jackets and Coats
Students are encouraged to use a backpack or other bag to transport their belongings each day, and to dress appropriately for seasonal weather conditions. However, backpacks, string bags, purses, jackets, and coats must be stored in lockers during the school day.
School begins at 7:50 Monday through Thursday and 9:50 on Friday. School dismisses each day at 2:50. The building opens 30 minutes before start time each day. Students who arrive before the scheduled start time (7:50 or 9:50) will be asked to wait in the 100 Hallway until the interior lights turn on. Unless staying for enrichment, additional help, or a school activity, students must leave by 3:00 PM.
Bullying and Harassment (JSD Policy AS98)
Every day, we may interact with people who are not nice in their words, behaviors, and actions. These types of people are not pleasant to be around and individuals can make choices to be in places and with people that are positive and uplifting. If someone is mean or unpleasant, students can work with friends, teachers, counselors, or administrators to resolve the situation.
A “mean” person becomes someone who exhibits bullying behaviors when their actions contain the following:
- Power over you with intent to hurt
- Causing harm, fear, abuse or property damage
- Can be physical, verbal, non-verbal or emotional
Actions towards others involving any of these behaviors are not acceptable at school. Students can get help to resolve bullying problems from any adult in the school, including hall monitors, teachers, counselors, and administrators.
Cyber-bullying / Texting / Social Media
When a behavior containing those behaviors mentioned above happens over the phone, computer, in text or instant message, or on social media or other types of electronic messaging, it’s still bullying! These types of cyber-bullying will be investigated and may be turned over to local law enforcement.
Students are responsible for cleaning up their own garbage and returning their trays to the kitchen area. Students should also refrain from running and playing while in the cafeteria. In order to keep our school clean, safe, attractive, and to comply with state and federal regulations, all food and drink must be consumed in the cafeteria. It is also important that students not bring coats, bags, and other personal items to the cafeteria. If the cafeteria is left unclean, students may lose some or all my lunchroom privileges, including outside lunch.
Cellular Phones / Electronic Devices
Students are encouraged to leave electronic devices, including game systems, phones, and music players, at home. Students who choose to bring these devices do so at their own risk, as the administration cannot be responsible for damage, theft, or loss. These types of devices are only welcome at school in the following circumstances:
- During non-instructional periods, such as lunch and class changes
- During class when a specific use is directed by the teacher for an instructional activity
Any use of an electronic device that exploits personal privacy or comprises integrity of educational programs is strictly prohibited. The administration reserves the right to restrict a student’s use of electronic devices based on compliance with school rules.
Cheating is defined as representing the work of another as your own or allowing another person to represent your work as their own. Cheating is dishonest and has no place at school. It is left to the individual classroom teacher to impose a classroom-level grade consequence for cheating, which may include a zero on the assignment in question and a decrease in participation and/or citizenship points/grade. The classroom teacher may, at his/her discretion, give an alternate assignment or assessment. Classroom teachers will also submit incidents of cheating to administration as classroom referrals. Students who habitually cheat on assignments may face school-level consequences, including parent conferences and possible in- or out-of-school suspension.
Students who have a problem with a friend, a peer, or a grade in a class can speak with the staff in the Counseling Center. They will listen to concerns, suggest options, and help students get back on their feet. Counselors can also assist with schedule changes; however, these changes must be requested by a parent and approved by an administrator and the teachers involved. Students who need to see a counselor should check with their counselor or the counseling secretary to make an appointment.
Disruption and Insubordination
Students are expected to comply with the reasonable and safe requests of teachers and staff. Students who continually disrupt the classroom environment or engage in insubordinate behavior will be referred to administration for intervention. Consequences may include parent conference, in- or out-of-school suspension, or citation for habitual disruption.
Dress and Grooming (JSD Policy AA419)
Students shall dress in a manner that shows respect for the educational environment and is befitting the day’s activities. Students’ clothing and jewelry must not present a health or safety hazard and distraction, which would disrupt the educational mission. Disruption is defined as reactions by other individuals to the clothing or adornment, which causes the teacher/administrator to lose the attention of the students, to modify or cease instructional activities, or to deal with student confrontations or complaints.
- Items that disrupt the educational mission shall not be allowed. Personal items such as clothing, paraphernalia, jewelry, backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles, etc., shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignias which are crude, vulgar, profane, violent, or sexually suggestive.
- Items that bear advertising, promotions and likeness of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs or which are contrary to the educational mission, shall not be allowed.
- All students shall maintain their hair, mustaches, sideburns, and beards in a clean, well-groomed manner. Hair, which is so conspicuous, extreme, odd in color or style that it draws undue attention, disrupts, or tends to disrupt or interfere with the learning atmosphere at the school, shall not be allowed.
- Clothing, jewelry, accessories and piercings which are so conspicuous, extreme, or odd that they may draw undue attention, disrupt, or tend to disrupt, interfere with or pose a health or safety issue to the learning atmosphere at the school, shall not be allowed.
- All students shall wear clean clothing. Students shall not wear clothes that are mutilated, cut off, or immodest, e.g., short shorts, mini skirts, bare midriffs, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, tank shirts, or similar clothing. Clothing shall cover the midriff, underwear, backs, and cleavage at all times. Skirts, dresses and shorts must be at least mid-thigh length or longer when seated.
- Students shall comply with the laws that govern wearing military uniforms and insignias (Title 10, USC §771-772, and Army Regulation 670-1 §29-4)
- Hats of any kind are not allowed within the building except as a part of an approved activity, or for religious, or medical purposes.
- School officials may require students to wear certain types of clothing for health or safety reasons in connection with certain specialized activities.
- Gang-related clothing, colors, and paraphernalia shall not be allowed in schools or activities. School officials will determine what constitutes “gang” clothing, colors, and paraphernalia after consultation with law enforcement agencies as needed.
- Shoes shall be worn at all times that ensure personal safety and hygiene.
The administration reserves the right of interpretation of the West Hills Dress Code. Students in violation of the dress code will be given the opportunity to change into appropriate clothing. In-school suspension is available for those who are in violation and cannot reach a parent.
Fee Waivers (JSD Policy AA408)
Adequate fee waivers have been provided to ensure that no student is denied the opportunity to participate in class or school sponsored or supported activities because of an inability to pay the fee. Information and application forms can be obtained at the school office.
Fighting that involves any physical contact is against school rules and will not be tolerated. All fights are grounds for suspension and referral to law enforcement. Students who participate in a fight may also be referred to self-discipline or anger management courses taught by the Jordan Family Education Center. Provoking or encouraging a fight may also lead to disciplinary action.
Gangs and Hate Groups
Everyone who comes to school must feel absolutely safe. Behavior, clothing, hand signs, or symbolism relating to gang/hate group involvement will not be tolerated on school property or at school-sponsored events on or off campus.
Hallway Conduct and Hall Passes
Students will do their best to show Wildcat PRIDE while in the hallways by respecting others and their space. This includes using language and behavior that is appropriate for school. Because food wrappers, containers, and spills can be a health and safety hazard in hallways and classrooms, food and drink is not allowed in the hallways.
Students who need to leave class must first get permission from their teacher. Teachers will issue students who leave class a hall pass vest. Students who are in the hallways or come to the Main, Attendance, or Counseling Offices without wearing a hall pass vest will be asked to return to class.
Homework Requests for Illnesses
Parents of students who have been sick for three or more consecutive days may call the Attendance Office to request homework. Homework will be gathered and available for pickup the following afternoon. Students absent for less than three days have the responsibility to speak with their teachers to arrange makeup work and assignments.
Illegal Substances / Tobacco / Drugs (JSD Policy AS90)
State law and district policy prohibits the use or possession of cigarettes, e-cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, narcotics, intoxicants, inhalants, and drug or tobacco paraphernalia on school grounds. Students in possession of these items will be referred to juvenile court and may face additional consequences, including out-of-school suspension. Students also have the responsibility to report any knowledge of drug use or possession on school property or during school sponsored activities to an adult. Having any amount of a prescription medication that does not belong to you is considered a violation of this policy.
Internet Use (JSD Policy AA445)
When properly used, the Internet is a valuable educational resource, but can also be harmful when misused. Students must abide by district policy when using the Internet or computer resources. Students must submit an Acceptable Use Form in Skyward each year when enrolling for school. The submission of this form in Skyward (or by a signed hard copy) indicates that students and parents have read, understand, and are willing to follow the district policy governing the use of the Internet.
Library Media Center
The Library Media Center (LMC) is a great place to read, do research, and get information. While in the LMC, students will follow the rules that are posted and behave in a way that will allow scholarly study or they will not be allowed to remain in the library. The LMC is available to students between 7:30 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, and Thursdays. Fridays it is available from 9:50 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Students who want to visit the LMC during class time must ask for a pink LMC Pass from a teacher. Students who want to visit the LMC during lunch must get a pass before lunch begins. A student ID card is required to check out all materials. Students must pay a fine for returning books after the due date. Computers with Internet access are available for use in the LMC, but prior to use, students and parent must Acceptable Use Agreement in the enrollment materials distributed before the start of school.
Every student enrolled at West Hills Middle School will be assigned a locker and combination. The locker is the property of the school and may be inspected by school authorities at any time. Students should use only their assigned locker, and must not share their locker or combination with anyone or allow anyone else to store items in their locker. The school is not responsible for personal property that is lost, stolen, or vandalized. Students who vandalize or damage their own locker or other lockers will be fined to cover the cost of cleaning and repair.
Students can add money to lunch accounts by making a cash or check deposit in the main office or via credit card through Skyward. Money needs to be turned in by 10:00 a.m. for same-day crediting. Students can always use cash to pay for a lunch in the line. Students and parents can check the balance in a lunch account by calling 801-412-2326 between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Middle school students cannot have more than an 8 hour dose of any type of medication. “Medication” is defined as any over-the-counter pill or personal prescription and must be stored in the original container or package. Students possessing more than an 8-hour dose are in violation of district drug and alcohol policy. Students sharing prescription or over-the-counter medications with others will also be in violation of district drug and alcohol policy.
West Hills Middle School and Jordan School District are committed to providing an educational environment that is free from illegal harassment and other forms of discrimination based upon sex, race, color, ethnic background, national origin, religion, gender, creed, age, citizenship, or disability.
Public Displays of Affection
Appropriate behavior in classrooms and hallways is important to the school environment. As such, public displays of affection are not allowed on school campus and such display may result in a referral to administration.
School ID Card
ID cards are given to all students, free of charge, soon after school pictures are taken. Student ID cards are used to check out materials in the LMC. Students who lose their ID card may be charged a replacement fee.
The Skyward system allows students and parents to access grades, attendance, and assignment information on the web. To access Skyward, use the link at westhills.jordandistrict.org. Passwords are mailed home with student schedules at the beginning of the year. Only a parent can request the parent password, which can be mailed home or picked up in the office. For security reasons, it cannot be given over the phone. Students may check their own student password in the main office with a photo ID.
Thrown objects can cause serious accidents and injuries. West Hills students exhibit Wildcat PRIDE by not throwing objects in classes, hallways, common areas like the cafeteria, or outside – including snowballs. Throwing objects may result in a referral to administration.
Many teachers may offer after school enrichment/tutoring in their classrooms after school to provide an additional opportunity for students to receive help and instruction from teachers. Students have the responsibility to schedule extra help with teachers and to arrange for their own transportation home from school.
Vending machines are provided for student use before school, after school, and during lunches. The administration is unable to provide a refund for money “lost” in machines or for products that are not dispensed correctly. Students who tamper with or abuse the machines may face fines, suspension, or a law enforcement referral.
Parents and other adults are welcome to visit the school. All visitors need to report to the Main Office upon arrival. It is helpful for parents to make an appointment prior to their visit. Students are not allowed to bring friends or relatives to school. Only currently registered students will be allowed to attend classes and activities or be on school property.
To maintain school safety, students are prohibited from bringing weapons or facsimiles of weapons to school. Students who use, possess, sell, or attempt to possess any firearm (gun), weapon, knife, explosive device, noxious or flammable material, including lighters, fireworks, chemical weapon, martial arts weapon, or other harmful instruments or any replica or facsimile of any of the above, whether functional or nonfunctional, whether designed for use as a weapon or for some other use may be suspended to a district level hearing. Students who are aware of a weapon on school grounds have the responsibility to report this information to an adult in the building.
West Hills Website and Social Media
Information on school activities, lunch menus, and calendars are posted on our school web page at http://westhills.jordandistrict.org and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/westhillsms. Parents and students can also communicate with teachers using the email links found on the school web site. Morning announcements are available online at http://www.youtube.com/westhillsms. School updates and information are also available online at http://www.facebook.com/westhillsmiddle.
Jordan School District Student Discipline Policy (Policy AS 67)
Jordan School District recognizes that student discipline is essential to further the educational process and provide an environment conducive to learning. The Board authorizes the Administration to take appropriate action to preserve order among the students and staff to protect school property. Acts of violence, use or possession of a weapon or facsimile, criminal behavior, and gang activity in or about District schools, property, or activities shall be dealt with in accordance with District policy and the law. (Board Policy AS67)
Dangerous Disruptive Conduct
The following conduct is defined as “dangerous or disruptive conduct” and is prohibited on school property, at school-sponsored activities, or while traveling in school-funded or school-dispatched vehicles.
- Possessing (regardless of intent), using, selling or attempting to possess, use or sell any firearm, weapon, knife, explosive device, noxious or flammable material, firework, chemical weapon (i.e. mace, pepper spray), martial arts weapon or other instrument including those which eject a projectile or substance of any kind, or any replica or facsimile of any of the above, whether functional or nonfunctional, whether designed for use as a weapon or for some other use.
- Causing, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause damage to personal or real property, or causing or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause harm to a person through:
- Possession or distribution of drugs or alcoholic beverages. (See Policy AS90 – Drugs and Alcohol)
- Harassment – repeatedly communicating to another individual, in a demeaning or disparaging manner, statements that contribute to a hostile learning environment of the student.
- Retaliation – means an act or communication intended as retribution against a person for reporting bullying or hazing, or to improperly influence the investigation of, or the response to, a report of bullying or hazing.
- Sexual harassment or fabrication of sexual harassment charges with malicious intent to defame character.
- Arson—the willful and malicious destruction of any part of a building or its contents or occupants by use of fire or explosive.
- Burglary—breaking, entering or remaining in a structure without authorization during the hours when the premises are closed to students.
- Theft/Larceny/Stealing—the intentional unlawful taking and/or carrying away of property belonging to or in the lawful possession or custody of another.
- Criminal Mischief—willful or malicious injury or damage in excess of $300 to public property or to real or personal property belonging to another.
- Battery—the unlawful and intentional touching or striking of another person against his or her will.
- Assault—placing another person in fear or apprehension of a harmful or offensive touching, whether or not a touching is actually intended.
- Hazing—(See Policy AS95 – Conduct Related to School Activities)
- Vandalism—willfully defacing, cutting, marring, injuring, damaging, or losing school or staff property. Student(s) may not participate in graduation exercises until the student or the student’s parent(s)/guardian has paid for the damage or made appropriate restitution.
- Gang-related Activity—dangerous or disruptive activity, which may include but is not necessarily limited to the following:
(1) wearing, possessing, using, distributing, displaying or selling any clothing, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign or other things which evidence membership in a gang;
(2) using a name which is associated with or attributable to a gang; or
(3) designating turf or an area for gang activities, occupation, or ownership.
- Bullying—aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. A student is being bullied or victimized when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more students. Student assessment of the prevalence of bullying in schools shall take place. In addition, schools must provide bullying training to new participants in school-sponsored athletic programs, both curricular and extracurricular, and training every three (3) years for ALL participants. “Participants” means students, employees, and coaches. Training curriculum outlines, schedules, and participant lists must be maintained by each school and provided to the Administrator of Schools upon request.
(1) physical bullying: hitting and/or punching
(2) verbal bullying: teasing or name calling
(3) non-verbal or emotional bullying: intimidation through gestures, social exclusion and relational aggression
(4) cyber-bullying: sending insulting, threatening or harassing messages by phone or computer, or electronic messaging
- Involvement in any activity which violates federal, state or local law or regulation, disrupting normal school proceedings, or causing, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to cause other students to violate federal, state or local law or regulation or to disrupt school proceedings, or attempting, threatening or conspiring to do any of these. These activities include, but are not limited to: extortion, forgery, lewdness, and distributing obscene materials.
- Students with prior knowledge of dangerous or disruptive behavior have the duty to report such behavior to school administration. Students that fail to report such behavior are subject to appropriate disciplinary sanctions. False reports of bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, hazing, or retaliation are prohibited.
Drug and Alcohol Policy
The Administration recognizes that the possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or other prohibited substances constitutes a hazard to students and is disruptive to the educational process. The following substances are prohibited at school: illegal drugs, illegal psychotoxic chemicals (inhalants), alcoholic beverages, medications in excess of an 8-hour dosage. The possession, use, or distribution, by students of any substance listed above is prohibited on school district property during school hours and at any school-sponsored extracurricular program or activity including those held off school property. Violations will result in the strict application of Jordan School District’s Drug and Alcohol Policy AS90. The consequences of violating Policy AS90 can be found below.
Drug and Alcohol Use/Possession/Distribution Consequences
1st Possession or Use
2nd Possession or Use
3rd Possession or Use
|Illegal Drugs, Alcohol, and Prescription Medications (containing controlled substances)||10-day suspension
participation in First Offender’s Class
|45-day suspension and referral for assessment||180-day suspension and referral for assessment||45-day suspension and referral for assessment||180-day suspension and referral for assessment|
|Prescription Medications (without Controlled Substances)||Suspension to parent conference||10-day suspension
participation in First Offender’s Class
|45-day suspension and referral for assessment||45-day suspension and referral for assessment||180-day suspension and referral for assessment|
|Over-the-Counter Medications||Suspension to parent conference||10-day suspension
participation in First Offender’s Class
|45-day suspension and referral for assessment||Suspension to parent conference||45-day suspension and referral for assessment|