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2011-12 Wilbur Middle School Student Handbook

340 N. Tyler Road, Wichita, KS 67212 Phone: 973-1100, Fax: 973-1090


Mark Jolliffe

Assistant Principals:

Chad Cushenbery &

The Wilbur Mission: In partnership with parents and community, The Wilbur Vision: Perform to Excellence by demonstrating Pride

and Respect!

we will equitably prepare each Wilbur student with the essential skills to continue his/her education for positive participation in society.

Daily Bell Schedule

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My Schedule

1st Semester


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8:00-8:46 8:50-9:34 9:38-10:22 10:26-11:10 11:14-11:57 12:01-12:44 12:48-1:31 1:35-2:19 2:23-3:10


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Activity Day Schedule

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8:00-8:38 8:42-9:20 9:24-10:02 10:06-10:44 10:48-11:26 11:30-12:08 12:12-12:50 12:54-1:32 1:36-2:14 2:15-3:10

My Schedule

2nd Semester


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Early Release Schedule

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8:00-8:25 8:29-8:54 8:58-9:23 9:27-9:52 9:56-10:21 10:25-10:50 10:54-11:23 11:27-11:56 12:00-12:30



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Table of Contents

School Services

Books and Breakfast Bus Services Cafeteria Program Counselors CrimeStoppers Health Room Late Bus Library Lockers

Pages 1-3

Lost and Found Non-Discrimination Parent Assistant Parent Link Phone Tree Student Assistant Student ID Cards Vending Machines Web Site

Involvement & Recognition Opportunities

After School Program Art Club Athletic Teams AVID Circle of Friends Intramurals Magic Club Pre-AP Courses

Pages 4-6

PTA Renaissance Program Student Council Success for Teens Science Olympiad Superstar Awards 25 Book Campaign

Student Guidelines for Success

CHAMPS Conversation Levels Bus CHAMPS Cafeteria CHAMPS Hallway CHAMPS Restroom CHAMPS After School Activities Attendance Policy o Absences o Make-up work o Leaving during the day o Tardy Policy

Pages 9-17

Bullying & Harassment Cell Phones & Electronics Demerit System Dress Code Homework Policy Plagiarism Misc. violation info Offenses & Consequences BOE Policy 1463 BOE Policy 1116 BOE Policy 1232

Resource Pages

Analytical Rating Guide The 4 Types of Text The Elements of Text

Pages 18-23

Works Cited Sample Entries AVID Cornell Notes Format

School Services

Books and Breakfast

The cafeteria opens daily at 7:00 am and is available to students who would like to read or study quietly. Breakfast is served daily at 7:307:50 am.

Bus Services

Busing is available to students who are not on a special transfer and meet one or more of the following criteria: Live 2.5 miles or more from the school (BOE P7300) Face hazardous conditions when walking to school (BOE P7330) IEP designated services (BOE P5406). Students who do not meet the above criteria may request to ride on a space available basis after September 20. Request forms must be approved by an administrator, additional info can be found in the Wilbur Main Office.

What to do if you wish to see a counselor: 1. Tell your teacher and ask to fill out a request. 2. Your teacher will then quickly send your request to the counselor. 3. You will be called to the counseling office as soon as it is possible. 4. If it is an emergency, indicate such on the request form. 5. Do NOT go directly to the counseling office and attempt to sit and wait to see the counselor.


Wilbur Middle School is a safe, successful, and enjoyable place to learn and work. By taking the time to report crimes or inappropriate behaviors, you can help our school become even safer! You can report your tips on the web by visiting or by texting SPEAKUP` plus your tip information to CRIMES (274637). All tips are completely anonymous and cannot be tracked.

Cafeteria Program

Health Room

The health room is located in room 202. Our school nurse is here every day. If for any reason she is not in her office and you are ill or injured, come to the main office where the staff will administer first aid if necessary and/or call your parents. Always get a pass from your teacher before going to the nurse`s office. If you are on a medical plan or have medicine you are required to take, bring all medicines, the plan, or directions to the nurse or to the office. NEVER leave the building during school hours without signing out in the attendance office. After someone has called your parents, your parents/guardians must personally check you out through the office.

Your student identification badge serves as your lunch card. Money can be added to your account either by bringing payment to the cafeteria before 8:00 a.m. or online at You will need to have your school ID number in order to register an account. Students will have 20 minutes for eating lunch and 20 minutes for lunch recess outside. All students will be required to be in the cafeteria or outside with their lunch group, whether eating lunch or not. Lunch may be purchased in the cafeteria or students may bring their own sack lunches. Students may also purchase items from the à la carte line. Students are not allowed to leave campus during lunch to go to a nearby fast food restaurant unless accompanied by an authorized adult. Students are not allowed to take food items from the cafeteria.

Late Bus


Guidance counselors are available to help with a wide range of topics, from class selections and college readiness to mediation and harassment training. 1

Late buses are available for students participating in school-related activities only. All late bus riders must remain in the building with a teacher or coach until the bus departs at 5:05 pm. Passes are required to ride the late bus and may be obtained from the supervising teacher or coach. Students without a signed pass will not be allowed to ride the late bus in accordance with BOE Policy 7325.


The library is open daily from 7:50 am-3:20 pm. Passes: All students who are not with a scheduled class must have a pass to use the library during class periods. Students sent to the library during class periods should have a need for library resources.


Student lockers are assigned during enrollment, your combination and locker number will appear on your class schedule. Do not share your locker combination with anyone! Students are reminded that lockers are the property of the Wichita Public School District. They are to be used to contain clothing and school-related materials. Lockers are not to be shared with other students due to theft and possession rules. Lockers have a low expectation of privacy due to maintenance and safety concerns. Lockers may be examined by an administrator when they believe that items dangerous to the well-being of the individual and/or student body may be located there. Locker combinations are changed on a yearly basis for the protection of students. With an ID, students can obtain their locker information from the Main Office. Locker Combination Instructions: 1) Turn Right two or more whole turns and stop st at 1 number. 2) Then turn Left one whole turn, going past the nd 1st number and then stop at the 2 number. 3) Now turn Right and stop at 3 number. 4) LIFT LOCKER HANDLE STRAIGHT UP (don`t pull towards you until handle releases.)


Resources: You are expected to treat computers and books with respect. Everyone at Wilbur has a right to resources that are in good condition. Printers are only to be used for class assignments.

Library Space: Please pick up all trash and your belongings when you leave.

Books: Book check-out is two weeks. Books may be renewed for an additional two weeks. The library may fine for overdue books; the fine is ten cents per day. The library will charge for lost and damaged books.

Computer Use: Students are expected to adhere to BOE policies and posted requirements for computer use in the library. Students are not permitted to share log-ins. Anyone found sharing log-in information may be logged off the computers. During class periods, computers are only to be used for class assignments. Students may surf the web, watch appropriate videos, or play educational games at lunch and before/after school. No video games are allowed in the library. Email may only be used for school purposes. Computer use will be monitored as required by Federal mandate. Inappropriate use could result in disciplinary action and loss of privileges. 2

Lost and Found

All found items should be turned into the main office. Lost electronic devices & jewelry may be picked up in the office, other items such as clothing, lunch bags, etc. will be placed in the lost and found bin located at the intersection of the main and 300 halls.


Wichita USD 259 does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap/disability, religion or age. Persons who have inquiries may contact the school district`s ADA and Section 504 Coordinator at 201 N. Water, Wichita, KS 67202, (316) 9734650.

Parent Assistant

Parent Assistant gives parents online access to information about their child. Parents will be able to review General Information (Demographics and Emergency Contacts), Current Activity (Attendance), Academic Progress (Assignments from the current grading period and grades from previous grading periods) and Miscellaneous (Non-School Days and Student Schedules). Using their account, parents can log in using the Parent Assistant link on the home page of the Wilbur Web Site. This link may also be used to download a form to fill out to request an account. This form may be dropped off at the Wilbur office or faxed to 973-1110, Parents may also download a User`s Manual using the Parent Link menu on the Wilbur website.

Student Assistant Student assistant is a web-based tool that will allow you to review your attendance, assignments, grades, and more! You may log on to the site using your USD 259 username (first initial of your first name, last name, and 6 digit birthday). Your initial password is your date of birth (MMYY). For example, if your name is Wilbur Wrangler and you were born on August 9, 1998, then your username and password are as follows: Username: wwrangler080998 Password: 0898

Student ID Cards

Students will be issued picture ID badges during enrollment. Students are expected to have these with them at all times while at school or school activities. These will also function as lunch cards and library cards. If lost or destroyed, students must purchase a replacement card immediately. This will protect the student`s lunch and library accounts from being misused by anyone who finds the card. Card replacement cost will be $3.

Parent Link

Parent Link is a service that allows schools to connect with the parents and keep them informed. It is easy and it is automated. Parents will be contacted through phone calls and/or by e-mail with up-to-the-minute information including notification of unexcused absences, building-wide announcements and event reminders, and emergency announcements. There are no extra sign-ups. All parents have to do is make sure their contact information is updated in the school`s Student Information System. To do that, just check the demographic information using Parent Assistant.

Vending Machines

Drinks and snacks may be purchased before and after school. The school is not responsible for any refunds.

Phone Tree

When calling Wilbur Middle School (9731100), the following are the directory options. You may press the desired extension at any time during the recording. 1-Attendance 2-Main Office or Administration 3-School Nurse 4-Cafeteria 5-Counselor/Social Worker/Psychologist 6-Library 7-Registrar (Student records & transcripts) 8-Bookkeeper 9-Weather related school closing update

Wilbur Web Site

The Wilbur Web Site is an excellent resource to keep up to date with what is going on at Wilbur Middle School. Here you can find out about upcoming events, look up information about individual classes, participate in discussions, contact staff, read the daily student bulletin, see results from competitions, view pictures from performances, watch video slideshows, and find a variety of other information. The address for the Wilbur Web Site is Students and parents are encouraged to visit the website often. Students and parents can send website suggestions and comments to [email protected] 3

Involvement & Recognition Opportunities

After-School Program

The After School Program is a cooperative effort between the YMCA and USD 259. It is a free program which provides your child with adult supervision, a time to complete homework, with help when requested, and supervised recreational activities. Please see Ms. Dellinger for details, all students are welcome to attend! In order to maintain a safe and fun environment, the After -School Program must have enforceable rules & regulations which are as follows: All school rules are in effect throughout every After-School Program event. A student must have turned in a signed registration form to participate in any of the After -School activities that are offered. S tud ents sh ould be in th eir des igna ted check -in a rea b y 3:20. Students are released at 5:00 pm. Students may not l e a ve the program before 5:00pm unless a r r a n g e m e n t s h a ve b e e n made with the Site Facilitator or a parent or guardian picks the student up. If a student leaves before the program is over without permission from the Site Coordinator, that st udent is not allowed to come back to the program for a week (4 after school days). Once a student is in their club activity, s/he must stay in that activity for the remainder of the time. Disrespect, foul language, and intolerable behavior will not be allowed. If an off -campus behavior problem occurs, the student will not be allowed to go to that activity-the nd next time. If a 2 behavior problem occurs off-campus with the same student, this student will not be allowed to go on any of the remaining field trips for that semester. Parents are required to pick students up by 5:00 pm. 4

Art Club

The Art Club meets periodically after school and is open to students in grades 6-8. Students will get to work with a variety of different mediums. It is a great club for students looking to get an extra art experience! Please see Mrs. Remaly in Room 100 for more details.

Athletic Teams

(7th & 8th graders only): Cross Country: No tryouts, no cuts. Seventh graders run one mile, eighth graders run two. There are six meets each season. Volleyball: Preceded by intramurals and tryouts. The team plays approximately 10 matches each season. Boys' & Girls' Basketball: Preceded by intramurals and tryouts. The teams play approximately 15 games. Boys' & Girls' Track: No tryouts, everyone runs two meets, cuts are made after that and again two meets later. The teams run a total of six meets plus the All-City meet for those who qualify.


AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is an in-school academic support program that prepares students for college eligibility and success. AVID targets students in the academic middle range. Students are not only enrolled in their school`s most rigorous classes, such as honors and Pre-AP, but they are also enrolled in the AVID elective. In this class, they learn organizational and study skills, work on critical thinking and how to ask probing questions, get academic help from peers and college tutors, and participate in enrichment and motivational activities to make college attainable. Please see Mrs. Layman for more information and to obtain an application packet.

Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends establishes friendships between teens/young adults with disabilities and their non-disabled peers through inclusive meaningful participation in social activities both in and out of school. If you are interested in joining Circle of Friends, please contact your guidance counselor.


Intramural sports (volleyball and basketball) are open to all students at Wilbur. Teams may be formed and compete with one another, but competition with other schools or outside teams is not allowed. Intramurals generally last 1-2 weeks and do not overlap the competitive sports seasons. Details will be provided during the morning announcements.

Magic Club

The Magic Club meets periodically after school and is open to any student at Wilbur who is interested in card games. For more information regarding this club, please contact Mr. Johnson.

All students may be eligible for one or more of the following Renaissance Awards: Platinum Award ­ Achieve a 4.0 GPA (straight A`s) in any 9-week grading period. Gold Award ­ Achieve a 3.50-3.99 GPA in any 9-week grading period. Silver Award ­ Achieve a 3.00-3.49 GPA in any 9-week grading period. Titanium Award ­ Achieve a higher GPA than you did the previous 9-week period. Perfect Attendance ­ Attend every class, every day for a 9-week period.

Student Council

Pre-AP Courses

Wilbur Middle School is proud to offer PreAP Courses in Language Arts and Mathematics. These courses utilize AP Strategies and project based learning in order to increase rigor and prepare students for AP classes in high school. Placement in Pre-AP requires successful completion of an application process. Requirements for application include a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, reading at or above grade level, proficiency on the Kansas State Assessments, and teacher recommendations. For more information please contact your guidance counselor.

The student council helps share students` ideas, interests, and concerns with teachers and school principals. They often help organize social events and community projects, as well as raise funds for school-wide activities. For information about how to run for a position on Student Council, please contact Mrs. Stauffer or Mrs. Stehm.

Success for Teens

Success for Teens is a program that helps keep students focused on their academics and develop their social skills. Students enrolled in the program are assigned a mentor who will help them stay organized and monitor their progress on a regular basis. In addition, students in Success for Teens have the opportunity to meet on a weekly basis with other kids in the program on a weekly basis for focused discussions.


The Wilbur PTA is an excellent way for parents to get involved and support our school. Members of the PTA help organize events such as skating parties, dances, conferences, promotion ceremonies, book fairs, renaissance, and teacher recognition. For more information please visit the Parents tab on the Wilbur Website or contact Nancy Estep at [email protected]

Science Olympiad

Renaissance Program

The Renaissance Program celebrates the academic success of students at Wilbur by providing recognition and awards during academic pep assemblies.

Science Olympiad is intended for students that have an interest in science and engineering who may or may not choose a career in one of those fields. The point of Science Olympiad is to learn some science and have some fun in the process. Students compete events at the local, state, and national levels in events covering biology, physics, chemistry, earth science, engineering and inquiry. They range from pencil and paper tests, to performing lab experiments, to building a structure or robot.

Superstar Awards

If a teacher catches you doing the right thing at school (random acts of kindness, going above and beyond expectations, etc.), you could receive a superstar award! When you receive your award, make sure your name is on it and place it in the box on the front desk in the main office for a chance to win a weekly prize! 5

25 book campaign reading log

Title/Author/Date 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37. 38. 39. 40. 41. 42. 43. 44. 45. 46. 47. 48. 49. 50. Title/Author/Date

The goal of the 25 book campaign is for every student to read 25 grade-level appropriate books or approximately 1,000,000 words per year from a variety of subjects and disciplines, both informational and fictional. Rewards are offered on a regular basis for meeting quarterly goals. Use the table above to track your progress. Happy reading! 6

Student Guidelines for Success

Perform to Excellence by Demonstrating Pride and Respect! CHAMPS

CHAMPS is a quick and easy way for you to determine the appropriate behaviors for various school settings such as the classroom, hallways, cafeteria, etc. Each letter in CHAMPS stands for a different behavior expectation:

Conversation Help Activity Movement Participation Success

Be sure to check these expectations regularly, they can change from class to class, and for different activities. School-wide CHAMPS expectations can be found in the table below.

Conversation Levels

In addition to CHAMPS, please be aware of the following conversation levels. These levels will help you determine appropriate volume levels while talking. 4=Outside Recess Voice Example: Cheering at a Basketball game 3=Classroom Voice Examples: Giving a report, teaching a class 2=Team/Small Group Voice Examples: 2-3 students walking down the hall, four students working in a cooperative group. 1=Partner Voice Example: Asking your partner a question during an work time in which conversation is allowed. 0= Silent and Listening Examples: Taking a test, listening to a concert



Polite and respectful level 2 conversations with persons within 2 seats/rows of you; appropriate school topics; no cussing, no yelling, and use of good manners. Contact bus driver or bus supervisor for assistance; if no one is present report to the office for assistance.




Polite and respectful level 2 conversations with persons within 3 feet of you; appropriate school topics; no cussing, no yelling, and use of good manners. Raise I.D. in order to line up for a la carte. Raise hand to contact the nearest staff member or to receive a hallway pass. When entering the cafeteria, go directly to your assigned table and wait to enter the lunch line. Once you have received your lunch go back to your assigned table and eat your breakfast/lunch. When finished wait for your table to be dismissed. Then, clean up your area and dump your tray into the trash container and exit the cafeteria. Face forward keeping both knees under your assigned table. Remain seated unless you have been acknowledged by a staff member. All students participate; lunch lines flowing smoothly, students eating breakfast/lunch at their assigned table. Cafeteria is a pleasant area where anyone can enjoy their breakfast/lunch. No horseplay. Tables and floor are left clean upon the exiting of students.

When loading/unloading the bus, keep moving, hands to yourself; and be aware of personal space. None. Face forward keeping both knees out of the aisle. Remain seated until bus has arrived at your stop. No horseplay. All students arrive safely to their destination; Breakfast Bunch enters through Door 18 and goes directly to the cafeteria. Locker or restroom pass is available from Breakfast Supervisor. Students arrive safely and on time.


Polite and respectful level 1 or 2 conversations with persons within 3 ft of you; appropriate school topics; inside voice; no cussing, no yelling, and use of good manners. Contact nearest teacher or staff member for assistance and if no one is present report to the office for assistance. Transitioning from class to class or traveling to assigned destination (restroom, lockers, drink, etc.), hands to yourself; keep moving and be aware of personal space. Walking at a steady pace on the right side of the hallway; hands to oneself; keep moving and be aware of personal space. No running or horseplay. All students. Traffic flowing smoothly, students arriving on time to class. Students arrive on time, with materials and ready to learn. Hallways are orderly, calm, and with students walking on the right side of the hallway. Congestion is limited and students are quickly taking care of personal needs prior to class.


Polite and respectful level 1 or 2 conversations with persons within 3 ft of you; appropriate school topics; inside voice; no cussing, no yelling, and use of good manners. Contact nearest teacher or staff member for assistance and if no one is present report to the office for assistance. After using the restroom leave it clean for the next person ­ flush toilet, no toilet paper on floor, wash hands with soap, throw paper towels in trash. Restroom should be used during passing periods. Passes required during class times. No running or horseplay; be aware of personal space. All students. Traffic flowing smoothly, students in and out within 2-3 minutes.

Students take care of their needs and leave the restroom clean for the next person. Little to no loss of instructional time.

General Policies & Expectations

After-School Activities

Wilbur offers students many after-school opportunities to get involved on school teams and in school activities. To stay after school, students must be enrolled in an activity or have an obligation (detention, community service etc.). Students without after school activities or obligations are expected to leave the campus by the 3:20 bell. A student who is serving a study hall with a teacher should have an agenda pass and be in that classroom by the 3:20 bell.

Attendance Policy Absences

Regular attendance is important so that you get all the information that your teachers have to give and you don`t get behind. If, however, you are absent, a parent is to call the office at 973-1100 by 8:00 am to report the absence. If a parent is unable to phone, you must bring a note to the attendance office when you return, explaining your absence. Voice mail is available to receive calls between 4:00 pm and 7:30 am. If you don`t provide the school an excuse for an absence within 72 hours, the absence automatically becomes unexcused. If you are absent without excuse for three days in a row, five days in a semester, or seven days in a year, a referral is made to the District Attorney`s office or SRS. Please understand that truancy (unexcused absences) may result in arrest.

Attending an School Activity


1. Be Prompt - In general, activities begin

right after school. If you are planning on attending be on time. Lines form quickly so it`s a good idea to get to the activity as soon as possible. 2. Be Polite - You are not the only one in attendance. Others around you would appreciate it if you would be on your best behavior. 3. No food or drinks in the gym/track area - If concessions are sold, consume them in the appropriate area and throw your trash away. 4. Spectators don`t wander - Once you enter and find your seat, stay there. The school building is off limits. Understand that you need to have all of your belongings with you as you will not be allowed into the building after 3:20. There are restrooms in the 500 hall, so no exceptions will be made. 5. Practice Positivity - Cheering is encouraged; negative behaviors will not be tolerated. Failure to abide by any of these rules will result in disciplinary action. Students who cannot follow the rules will not be allowed to attend future events.

Make-up work

Students need to make up class assignments when they are absent for any reason. When absent for just one day, upon returning, s/he should request make-up work from each teacher. If a student is absent more than one day, the parent may call in to request the make-up work every two days. The request should be made to the office before 9:00 am and the assignments may be picked up between 3:10 and 4:00 pm that day.

Leaving during the Day

If a student needs to leave school during the day, s/he must bring a written note from a parent/guardian to the office giving the reason and time the student needs to leave. For safety and security reasons, parent/guardian must come into the office to sign the student out, showing proper ID. If you return to school the same day, you must sign back in. Students may leave at lunch only if they live within two blocks of the school and the parent has a letter stating permission for such in the school files. A parent/guardian may personally come to the office to get his/her own child from school for lunch. A student can leave ONLY with his or her OWN parent/guardian. Lateness back from lunch will result in a tardy. 9

Wilbur Tardy Policy

It is important for students to be in class on time. Entering class late disrupts the classroom routine, costing all students valuable learning time. Therefore, reducing the number of tardies is a priority at Wilbur. The table below will be used to keep track of the number of tardies a student accumulates and provide consequences. Any student arriving late to class without an agenda will automatically receive a lunch detention. Consequences are subject to administrative discretion.

Wilbur Tardy Log

Wilbur Middle School has set high but achievable standards for students. Included in those standards is the expectation that students will arrive on time to each class period. If this expectation is not met, the following consequences will result:

1st Semester

Date 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 In-School Suspension* Lunch Detention & Teacher Phone Call Conference Warning (Teacher`s Discretion) Period Staff 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20

2nd Semester

Date Period Staff

*Habitual tardiness may result in out-of-school suspension


Bullying & Harassment

Bullying or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated at Wilbur Middle School. This includes physical assaults and threats as well as electronic, social networking, blogging, texting, or hazing threats. Any act that threatens or endangers a student or staff member will be dealt with swiftly and severely. We strongly encourage all students who are victims or witnesses to any of this behavior to report these incidents to school authorities immediately. It is vital to report all such incidents to maintain the safe, positive, learning environment expected at Wilbur. Consequences to students who violate the safety of others range from individual conferencing to expulsion.

Demerit System

Staff members will issue demerit slips to students for minor offenses, usually occurring outside of the classroom. These offenses are: Horseplay, running, littering or safety issues in the hallways; profanity; rudeness; dress code violations; being in the hall without a pass; and other violations at the discretion of an administrator. When a student is issued a demerit s/he must serve a detention after school.

Dress Code

Students` clothing, accessories or items in their possession should not disrupt the school environment. Administrative discretion may be used in any and all instances. What's Hot School appropriate clothing & accessories Shirts/tops with sleeves and appropriate coverage of the Stomach/abdomen/cleavage Shorts/skirts no shorter than finger-tip length when arm is relaxed. (Finger-tip rule also applies to holes in clothing) Pierced ears What's Not Clothing and/or accessories that disrupt the learning environment (sloppy, vulgar, frightening, sexually suggestive, drug or alcohol related) Shirts that do not cover the shoulders, stomach, abdomen, or cleavage. Short shorts/skirts (even if tights are worn underneath.) Piercings other than ears Sagging pants (underwear showing or crotch is at/ below knees) Group ­identification clothing/accessories Chains, hanging straps, dog collars, studded clothing/accessories, safety pins, exaggerated contact lenses Pajamas and/or house slippers (soft soled shoes). Hats, coats, gloves, sunglasses, head coverings, backpacks and purses large enough to hold a book. 11

Cell Phones & Electronics

Students should turn off all cell phones and electronic devices and store them out of sight before 8:00 am. Cell phones or electronic devices (including iPods, mp3 players, games, etc.) may only be used while the student is at lunch or recess. All devices must be turned off and stored out of sight by the time the student reaches their next class after lunch. Cell phones and electronic devices may not be used in classrooms or gyms, or for photos/videos unless permission is granted by the teacher. All electronic devices are strictly prohibited in locker rooms or restrooms. On the first offense, the device will be confiscated and turned over to an administrator. The student will be able to pick up the device in the office after school. On the second and subsequent violations, after being confiscated and turned over to an administrator, the device may only be picked up by the student`s parent/guardian. If a student refuses to surrender the device when requested, the student will also be disciplined for defiance. Due to this school policy, parents should not communicate with their students through text messages or personal calls during the school day. In emergencies, all messages should be communicated through the main office number (973-1100). Administrative discretion may be used in any and all cases.

Homework Policy


Homework contributes toward building responsibility, self-discipline and lifelong learning habits. It is the intention of the Wilbur Middle School staff to assign relevant, challenging and meaningful homework assignments that reinforce classroom learning objectives. The main purposes generally associated with homework are as follows: To prepare for, reinforce, and extend concepts introduced in class To allow students to experience success through independent practice To activate prior knowledge and assess student understanding To establish study habits and self-reliance To allow parents/guardians and teachers to monitor student progress

monitor student learning through Parent Assistant on-line grade program and regularly checking the student agenda.


Actual time required to complete assignments will vary with each student`s study habits, academic skills, and selected course load. If your child is spending an inordinate amount of time on homework, you should contact your child`s teachers. Generally, students in middle school should spend between one to two hours of homework per night. This time should include twenty to thirty minutes of independent reading. Each student is expected to read 25 books per year or 1,000,000 words. With the time provided at school and home this is a realistic goal. Band and orchestra may require additional time beyond the two hours.


Homework is most beneficial when teacher expectations are well communicated, students take responsibility for their homework, and parents support these efforts. As such, the responsibilities of teachers, students and parents with regard to homework are listed below: Teachers will: clearly communicate expectations of homework assignments. assign relevant, meaningful, and appropriate amounts of homework that is designed to be successfully completed by their students. provide quality timely feedback for assigned tasks. regularly update Parent Assistant computerized grade program. Students will: be aware of the homework policy. Write their homework assignments in the agenda. complete their homework with minimal assistance. seek assistance from teachers and parents if difficulties arise. ensure that homework is of high quality and completed on time. Parents will: understand and support the homework policy. communicate with the teaching staff if homework is overly challenging/time consuming for their child. 12

Late Work and Absences

Students are expected to turn in homework on time. Students who turn in late assignments will receive a consequence based upon individual teacher discretion or grade level policy. Students with absences for illness or family emergency will have a minimum of two days for each day of absence to complete missed work. Absences of five or more consecutive days will result in a teacher/student conference to determine essential assignments and agree upon due dates. In the event of a one-day absence, for which the work was assigned more than five days in advance, the original due date will be maintained.

Test/Assessment Make-ups

If first day of the absence occurs on the day of the test, the student should be ready to take the test upon his/her return to school. If the absence(s) is prior to and inclusive of the actual test date, the student will have an equivalent amount of time as allowed in the homework policy to prepare for and take the test. This should not exceed one week after his/her return.

Student Responsibility

Homework is meant to reinforce learning objectives and the ultimate responsibility lies with the student to complete and turn in their homework. Students that follow through with this responsibility will develop self-discipline and the confidence to achieve assigned tasks, which in the end will better prepare them for high school.


Plagiarism is using someone else`s writing as your own without proper documentation. Whether the words come from a friend`s paper or a school textbook, the author must be properly acknowledged in your paper. Otherwise, this serious offense can be considered copying, cheating, even stealing. Reading other people`s work helps you become a better writer. You should never be afraid to build upon the information you read to show your teacher what you`ve learned. Give credit to the authors you use. When in doubt, cite the work -- it`s better safe than sorry!

Misc. violation info

Administrative discretion may be used in any and all instances. Bus riders may be suspended from the bus for any rule infractions if occurring in transit or at a bus stop. BOE Search & Seizure Policies state When a suspicion arises that a pupil is involved in illegal, illicit, or disruptive behavior, the principal has the authority to conduct a search and confiscate items considered illegal, illicit, disruptive, or a general nuisance to the educational process. When reasonable suspicion arises that use or possession of a pupil`s property is illegal, illicit, disruptive, or a danger to the general welfare of pupils and staff, a search may be made of the pupil`s person or personal property. Drug dogs or metal detectors may be used at administrative discretion Parents` presence questioning if the younger and is (witnesses may parent presence). is required at all police student is 13 years or considered a suspect be questioned without

Consequences for relevant offenses are in effect at all times, not just while school is in session. Proctors who are suspended will lose their proctorship.


Big time consequences for big time offenses

When everyone treats others with courtesy and respect, there are only positive consequences from positive behavior.

However, when we don`t, there are negative consequences: 1. Fighting; acting to incite a disturbance; assault (unlawful, intentional threat or attempt to do bodily harm to another person coupled with the apparent ability to do bodily harm and resulting in the immediate placement of a person in fear of bodily harm. No bodily contact is necessary); battery (unlawful, intentional touching or application of force to a person when done in a rude, insolent, or angry manner) · suspension · expulsion/police arrest (up to 186 days if directed toward adult) 2. Sexual or racial assault or harassment (physical, verbal, non-verbal); bullying · counseling (parent involvement required) · detention · suspension/expulsion · police arrest 3. Theft or possession of stolen property; extortion; vandalism; destruction of property; gambling; possession of or use of lasers, firecrackers, noise makers, or any device that produces explosions, smoke, odors, itching, burning, etc.; forgery; graffiti; intimidation; telephone prank calls; violation of academic ethics (cheating, hacking, trafficking, etc.) · suspension/expulsion · police arrest (186 days expulsion if committed upon adult) 4. Weapons on property (real or replica, miniature or actual size, hidden or exposed). Weapons are defined at Wilbur Middle School as any objects carried, stored, or used that could cause real or imagined harm (including explosive devices) · suspension/expulsion (up to 186 days) · police arrest 5. Possession/use of tobacco, matches or lighter · suspension 14 · police arrest (under age 13) or citation (over age 13; ticket/fine) 6. Alcohol/drugs/paraphernalia/toxic substances like certain markers, white-out, aerosols, etc.; buying selling, using, possessing, sniffing, huffing, under the influence · suspension · expulsion - mandatory expulsion of 186 days, for trafficking: selling or delivering controlled or illegal substances (anything that can alter consciousness or physical state) or drug paraphernalia · police arrest 7. Defiance toward school official (includes not giving your name to a faculty member who asks); vulgarity or profanity directed toward adult · after-school detention · suspension/expulsion 8. Inappropriate display of affection or lewd behavior; · consequences vary from warning to expulsion 9. Fire, smoke, tampering with alarm or extinguisher · suspension/expulsion · required visit to Fire Marshall 10. Skipping class and/or truancy. · detention · suspension pending parent conference · arrest for truancy 11. Assuming another`s identity; accessing, uploading, downloading, distributing or communicating in any other way pornographic, obscene, sexually explicit, threatening, or alarming material; violation of academic ethics · removal from Internet access · suspension 12. Threats against others or the school · suspension/ expulsion (up to 186 days) · police arrest · threat assessment 13. Suspected or known gang affiliation · suspension/expulsion (up to 186 days) · police arrest


Each pupil is held responsible for his/her personal actions. The right to attend a Wichita Public School carries with it the obligation to maintain acceptable behavior.

Administrative Implemental Procedures: 1. Behaviors other than those described in this policy may constitute unlawful or prohibited acts. The common standard against which behavior is measured is that which is conducive to learning and a contributor to the general purpose and welfare of the school. 2. Bullying occurs in all forms including, but not limited to, appearance, status with a peer group (social power), intellectual, socio-economic, gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc. Bullying in any form is prohibited on school property, in a school vehicle, or at a school-sponsored activity or event. In addition, bullying is prohibited while utilizing school property. Bullying includes Cyberbullying. In compliance with K.S.A. 72-8256 and amendments thereto, the Board heretofore developed and adopted a plan that addresses bullying. In addition to disciplinary action described in BOE Policy P5113 - Suspension and/or Expulsion of Students, students who violate the bullying prohibition may be reported to local law enforcement, if appropriate. This AIP 2 of this policy and the Bullying Plan shall be reviewed by the Board on a yearly basis. 3. Fighting will not be permitted at school, on school buses, or at school sponsored activities. 4. Possession and/or use of tobacco or tobacco paraphernalia are not permitted in school buildings or on school campuses. The prohibition against smoking and the use of tobacco should be supported by programs emphasizing the hazards of smoking and tobacco use. 5. Any show of disrespect by word or action toward any staff member is prohibited. 6. Profanity and vulgarity are prohibited. 7. Defiance that may threaten the general discipline of the school or classroom is prohibited. 8. It is within the discretion of the administration and the site council at each school to determine what type of dress code is most suitable to implement. Furthermore, the administration at each school will include in any dress code policy the underlying purpose of enacting the stricter dress code. Such dress code may include, but is not limited to, a standard uniform, restrictions relating to jewelry, and restrictions on colorful hair and extreme hairstyles. Reasonable criteria for determining appropriate appearance are based on health, safety, and public decency considerations. The relationship of dress and appearance to the safety of the individual pupil varies depending upon the nature of the activity or class. Any wearing apparel which, in the opinion of the principal, is associated with gangs and/or drugs and/or becomes disruptive to the educational process may be banned. The wearer of such apparel shall be subject to administrative disciplinary action. Refer to BOE policy P1473 - Standardized Dress Code - Regulations. 9. A pupil who steals, maliciously destroys, or defaces school property will be expected to make restitution as part of the penalty for such action. Malicious destruction cases may also be referred to the police under the Kansas School Law. 10. Loitering in school buildings or upon school grounds is prohibited. Any person loitering is subject to administrative and legal action. Wichita Police Department policy provides for the arrest and removal of violators. School district personnel are to report violations of the loitering ordinance to the police only when such personnel intend to assist in the prosecution of the violator. 11. The use of Personal Electronic Devices (PEDs) by pupils during the school day is prohibited. These devices must be kept out of sight and powered off during the school day. The school day is defined by each school site. PEDs include, but are not limited to, pagers, cellular phones, MP3 players, and other personal communication devices that have the potential to be disruptive to the educational process. Items intended to look like or simulate such devices are also prohibited during the school day. Students who violate this policy and the associated regulations shall be deemed to have created a disruption to the instructional environment and are subject to appropriate disciplinary actions. Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the security of their cellular telephones and other PEDs. The Wichita Board of Education shall not assume responsibility or liability for the theft, loss, or damage to a cellular phone or other PED, nor does it assume responsibility for the unauthorized use of any device. 12. The use of explosive devices, starting fires, causing a false fire alarm, or causing a false bomb threat is considered conduct which substantially disrupts the operation of school and is subject to administrative and/or legal action. 13. The act of extortion is defined as obtaining something of value from an unwilling person by either physical force or intimidation. This act substantially invades the rights of others and is subject to both administrative and legal action. 14. Rules and regulations concerning school-sponsored activities apply to all pupils attending school functions held on school grounds, in school buildings, or at other facilities. 15. Pupils may not hold membership or participate in an unauthorized organization on school property or at school sponsored activities. 16. Pupil walkouts, boycotts, and any other unauthorized holidays will not be permitted or recognized. Once a pupil arrives at school, it is the pupil's responsibility to remain so long as he/she has classes scheduled or is required to do so. Any violations of this nature will be dealt with promptly and firmly. 17. Plagiarism, cheating, and lying are prohibited. 18. Pupils shall be informed of the provisions of this policy through the Student Rights and Responsibility Handbook.



BOARD POLICY: USD 259 will not tolerate sexual harassment of a pupil by another pupil, employee, or others. Violation of this policy shall result in disciplinary action against any pupil or employee involved, including possible expulsion of the pupil and termination of the employee. Others who violate this policy shall be reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action and may be prohibited from being on school property and/or attending school activities. Administrators who fail to follow the policy or fail to investigate complaints shall also be disciplined.

Administrative Implemental Procedures: 1. The Board of Education adopts the following definition of sexual harassment for the purpose of this policy: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when: (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term of the pupil's academic opportunities, (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by a pupil is used as a basis for academic decisions affecting such pupil, or (3) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with the pupil's school performance or it creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment. Please note that conduct which has the effect of unreasonably interfering with a pupil's school performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational environment may be "sexual harassment" whether or not the person engaging in the conduct intends to create that effect. By way of example, but not as an exhaustive illustration, the following conduct by pupils, district employees or others can constitute sexual harassment: threatening or insinuating that a pupil's submission to or rejection of sexual advances will in any way influence any decision regarding that student's grades, class assignments, advancement or assigned duties; flirtation, joking, or teasing, advances, propositions; continual or repeated verbal abuse of a sexual nature; graphic words of a sexual nature used to describe an individual; lewd, risqué or obscene language; ribald or gender-targeted jokes or cartoons; the display on the school grounds of sexually suggestive objects or pictures; and, intentional, nonconsensual touching of a sexual nature. 2. Pupils who believe they have been subjected to sexual harassment should discuss the problem with their assigned classroom or homeroom teacher. 3. If a pupil's classroom teacher or homeroom teacher is the object of the sexual harassment complaint or for some other reason the pupil is uncomfortable about discussing the problem with his/her classroom teacher or homeroom teacher, the pupil may bypass the classroom teacher or homeroom teacher and report directly to the building principal or assistant principal or the principal's designee. Complaints against the Superintendent shall be directed to the Board of Education President or another member of the Board. Board of Education members receiving such complaints may determine to consult Board of Education Legal Counsel and/or report such complaints to appropriate law enforcement agencies. 4. All employees have a duty to report sexual harassment regardless of whether they are apprised of it by a pupil, a parent, another employee or are a witness. 5. Regardless of the means selected for resolving the problem, the initiation of a complaint of sexual harassment will not cause any reflection on the complainant nor will it affect the accused person's employment, compensation, or work assignment, except as reasonably necessary to prevent similar complaints, until an investigation has been conducted and a determination made that it is more probable than not that improper conduct occurred. The initiation of a complaint shall not adversely affect the status of a pupil complained against, except as reasonable necessary to prevent similar complaints, until an investigation has been conducted and a determination made that is more probable than not that improper conduct occurred. 6. All complaints will be promptly and thoroughly investigated. 7. If a determination is made that the accused employee, pupil, or other person complained against acted improperly, appropriate action shall be taken which is reasonably calculated to end the harassment, up to and including termination of the offending employee or expulsion of the offending pupil. 8. Every reasonable effort will be made to keep the specifics of the complaint confidential consistent with a thorough investigation and appropriate remedial action. 9. False complaints will result in discipline, up to and including termination or expulsion, or other discipline of the person making the false accusation. 10. This policy shall apply to protect the pupil while the pupil is engaged in any school activity under the control or operation of USD259.



USD 259 is committed to making advanced technology and increased access to learning opportunities available to all students. The goal of the district in providing access to students is to promote educational excellence in schools by facilitating resource sharing, innovations, and communications. The use of computers, networks, the Internet, or other online services shall be in support of education and research consistent with the district's educational objectives. Administrative Implemental Procedures: 1. Student Responsibilities. Regardless of any "technology protection measure" implemented by the District as may be required by the Children's Internet Protection Act, students are responsible for good behavior on computers, networks, the Internet, or other online services just as they are in a classroom or a school hallway. General school rules for behavior and communications apply. Network storage areas will be treated like school lockers. Network administrators, teachers, and other appropriate district staff may review student files and student communications from time to time to prevent misuse and to ensure students are using the system responsibly and in compliance with laws and district policies. Communications on the network are often public in nature; students should not expect that files stored on district servers will be private. 2. Permission. Students must have permission from and be under the supervision of school district professional staff before utilizing district-provided computers, networks, the Internet, or other online services. Permission is not transferable form one student to another and may not be shared. Students shall not be allowed to utilize electronic communications unless a signed Student Access Contract is on file. To remain eligible as users, students' use must be consistent with the educational objectives of the district. Access is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in, among other disciplinary measures, the cancellation of those privileges. Students will display school-appropriate conduct when using the computer equipment or network and shall maintain an environment conducive to learning. 3. Violations. Administrators, teaches, and other appropriate district employees will decide what is inappropriate use. Violating this policy may result in: (a) Restriction or loss of network access; and/or (b) Disciplinary or legal action including, but not limited to, suspension or expulsion from school and/or criminal prosecution under appropriate local, state, and federal laws; and (c) Assessment of the cost of damages to hardware/software. 4. Inappropriate Use. The following uses of school-provided computers, networks, the Internet, or other online services are not permitted on the part of USD259 students: (a) Accessing, uploading, downloading, or distributing pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit material; (b) Transmitting obscene, abusive, sexually explicit, or threatening language; (c) Violating any local, state, or federal statute; (d) Accessing another individual's materials, information, or files without permission; (e) Violating copyright or otherwise using the intellectual property of another individual or organization without permission; (f) Using others' passwords; (g) Vandalizing, defined as any unauthorized access and/or malicious attempt to damage computer hardware/software or networks or destroying the data of another user, including creating, uploading, or intentionally introducing viruses; (h) Intentionally wasting limited resources; (i) Using the network for commercial purposes; (j) Harassing, insulting, or attaching others; (k) Using, disclosing, or disseminating personal information online such as full name, home address, phone number, etc., except with approval by certified or administrative district staff; (l) Using e-mail lists from the district's Internet site, network, or servers to create mailing lists for non-school purposes; (m) Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities; (n) Invading the privacy of individuals; (o) Improperly altering the set up of computers (e.g., desktops, icons, wallpapers, screensavers, installed software) as determined by the network administrator; (p) Using software that has not been assigned or approved by staff; (q) Failing to follow district policy while using computers or failing to follow any other policies or guidelines established by district administrations, teachers, or other appropriate district staff; and (r) Seeking to gain or gaining unauthorized access to information resources or other computing devices. 5. Security Risk. Any student identified as a security risk or having a history or problems with other computer systems may be denied access. 6. Disclaimer. The district makes no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, for the access it is providing. The district will not be responsible for any damages suffered. This includes loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, mis-deliveries, or service interruptions caused by its own negligence or user errors or omissions. Use of any information obtained via the Internet is at the user's risk. The district denies any responsibility for the accuracy or quality of information, or for any commercial transactions conducted through its system. 7. Statements of Personal Belief. Any statement of personal belief found on computers, networks, the Internet, other online services, or other telecommunication system is implicitly understood to be representative of the author's individual point of view, and not that of USD 259, its employees, or the participating school. No representations to the contrary shall be published without written approval from the district. Principals or district administrators may review all content in any internet or online accounts paid for, in whole or in part, by the district or any school, without notice of any kind. 8. Student Access Contract. Prior to use of school computers or networks, (e.g. the Internet or other online services), each student shall submit a signed Student Access Contract for filing in the school office. Prior to use of computers at any other district facility, each student shall also submit a signed Student Access Contract for filing with the main office of the facility at which these computers are located. If a student is under the age of 18, a parent/guardian shall also sign the contract(s). New Student Access Contracts must be signed and submitted each school year. BOE Policy 1232 applies to all students regardless of whether they have submitted a signed Student Access Contract. If a student does not have a current Student Access Contract on file as required above, access to computer services is prohibited.


Student Friendly Analytical Rating Guide

Ideas & Content

5 (Strong) It's clear, focused, & jampacked with details. You can tell I have mastered this topic. My writing is bursting with interesting tidbits. My topic is small enough to handle. Every point is clear. The paper shows--it doesn`t tell. Sources are acknowledged. (Expository) 3 (Developing) It has intriguing moments, but it could use some details. I know just enough to write. Some of my details are too general. My topic might be a little too big to handle. Now and then it grabs your attention. Not all of my sources are acknowledged. (Expository) 1 (Beginning) I'm just figuring out what I want to say. I just don`t know enough about this topic yet. It`s hard to picture anything. I`m still thinking on paper- looking for an idea. Details are missing or repeated. Sources are not acknowledged. (Expository)


5 (Strong) Clear & compelling direction makes reading a breeze. My beginning gets you hooked. Every detail is in the right place. You won`t feel lost. My paper ends at just the right spot-- & it leaves you thinking.


5 (Strong) I've put my personal stamp on this paper! My paper shines with personality. The writing is lively and engaging. I speak right to my readers. The writing rings with confidence. The language is appropriate to the topic, purpose, and audience. (Formal language: Expository) 3 (Developing) What I truly think/feel shows up sometimes. You might not laugh, cry, or pound the table. Right on the edge of finding its own voice. My personality pokes through here & there. Pleasant & friendlycautious though! Formal language is occasionally used. (Expository) 1 (Beginning) I am not very comfortable letting the real me show. It could be hard to tell who wrote this. I kept my feelings in check. Safe & carefulthat`s my paper. Audience? What audience? Lacking formal language. (Expository)

Word Choice

5 (Strong) I picked just the right words to express my ideas/feelings. Every word seems exactly right. Colorful, fresh, & snappy-yet nothing`s overdone. Vivid, energetic verbs enliven every paragraph. Figurative language is effective. Vocabulary is accurate & precise. (Slang, if present, is used sparinglyExpository) 3 (Developing) It might not tweak your imagination, but hey- it gets the message across. It`s functional, but it`s not a stretch for me. O.K., so there`s a cliché here and there. You`ll find some originality too! I might have over utilized my thesaurus.

Sentence Fluency

5 (Strong) My sentences are clear, varied, and a treat to read aloud! Go ahead- read it aloud. No rehearsal necessary! Sentence variety is my middle name. Polished rhythm and flow.


5 (Strong) I made so few errors, it would be a snap getting this ready to publish! Caps are in the right places. Great punctuationgrammar, too. Spelling to knock your socks off. Paragraphs are indented- you gotta love it.

3 (Developing) You can follow it pretty well. I have an introduction, body, and conclusion. Most details fit where I put them. The paper has an ending, but it needs some work.

3 (Developing) My sentences are clear and readable. Pretty smooth & natural- with just a bump or two. Some sentences could merge; some need to be cut in two. Yeah, I got into a rut with those sentence beginnings.

3 (Developing) Some mistakes show up when I read carefully. Spelling`s correct on simple words. Caps and periods are mostly there. Grammar`s O.K., though not award-winning. Yeah, you might stumble over my innovative punctuation. Reads like a first draft. 1 (Beginning) Read it once to decode, then again for meaning. Mistakes make the going rough. I`ve forgotten some capsothers aren`t needed. Look out for spelling mistakes. Want the truth? I didn`t spend much time editing.

1 (Beginning) Where are we headed? You could get dizzy trying to follow this. Beginning? Oops... My ideas seem scrambled, jumbled, confusing-- even to me. It doesn`t have a real ending.

1 (Beginning) My reader is likely to ask, "Huh?" I`m a victim of vague wording and fuzzy phrasing. It`s hard to picture what I`m talking about. Maybe I misused a word or two. Some redundant phrases might be redundant.

1 (Beginning) I have to admit, it's a challenge to read aloud. You might have to stop or reread to make sense of this. It`s hard to tell where one sentence stops and the next begins. Choppy, rambling, or incomplete.


The Elements of Text




Narrative/Fictional : Text which has characters, setting, problem and solution. Expository/ Informational: Text which seeks to explain or inform. Technical: Text which is read in order to complete a specific technical task: readers need to apply the information they read from sources such as bus or train schedule, directions for games, repairs, maps, recipes, etc. Persuasive: Fiction or information text intended toconvince the reader to adopt a particular opinion or to perform a certain action.

The various patterns of ideas that are embedded in the organization of the text. Common patterns: Cause and Effect Compare/contrast Sequence Problem-Solution Description Beginning-MiddleEnd

Text features are designed to assist the reader`s understanding of the text. They also help to enhance comprehension.


Graphic Maps Graphs Charts Drawings or pictures

Functional Table of Contents Glossary Index Headings SubHeadings


The 4 Types of Text

Narrative/ Fiction Expository/ Informational

Tells a story

Article to Inform



Topic Main Idea



Supporting Details



To Tell How Directions or Procedures

To Convince Graphic Features Map ss Charts and Graphs


Ads Elections Editorials

Diagrams Schedule s

Works Cited Sample Entries

Note: These are examples of entries for the various kinds of sources you may use. The entries should not be separated according to categories but should all be combined together and arranged alphabetically. Double space and use a hanging indent (described after Works Cited information below).Please notice the location of punctuation. The period goes AFTER the citation. Single Author: Baines, John. Protecting the Oceans. Austin, TX: Steck-Vaughn Library, 1991. In-Text: (Baines 23-25).

Two Authors: Cohen, Barbara and Bahija Lovejoy. Seven Daughters and Seven Sons. New York: Atheneum, 1983. In-Text: (Cohen and Lovejoy 48).

Three or More Authors: Waid, Mark, et al. Superman: Birthright. New York: DC Comics, 2004. In-Text: (Waid et al. 22-28).

Book with Editor: Aretha, David, ed. The Holocaust Chronicles. Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International Ltd., 2003. In-Text: (Aretha 115-126). Encyclopedia Article: Pioneer Life in America. The World Book Encyclopedia. 2004 ed. In-Text: (Pioneer). Magazine Article: Ward, Andrew. Scotland. National Geographic. Sept. 1996: 2-27. In-Text: (Ward 11). Movie: th Titanic. Dir. James Cameron. 20 Century Fox, 1997. In-Text: (Titanic).


This is how your works cited page would look using the samples on the previous page: Works Cited Aretha, David, ed. The Holocaust Chronicles. Lincolnwood, IL: Publications International Ltd., 2003. Ayer, Eleanor H. Holocaust: A Firestorm Unleashed. Woodbridge, CT: Blackbirch Press, Inc., 1998. Baines, John. Protecting the Oceans. Austin, TX: Steck-Vaughn Library, 1991. Cohen, Barbara and Bahija Lovejoy. Seven Daughters and Seven Sons. New York: Atheneum, 1983. Esterer, Arnulf K and Louise A. Esterer. Simon and Schuster, 1980. Pioneer Life in America. The World Book Encyclopedia. 2004 ed. Titanic. Dir. James Cameron. 20 Century Fox, 1997. Waid, Mark, et al. Superman: Birthright. New York: DC Comics, 2004. Ward, Andrew. Scotland. National Geographic. Sept. 1996: 2-27.


Saying it Without Words: Signs and Symbols. New York:

How to Cite Internet Sources

First off, a couple of basic rules. 1. If there is an author--ALWAYS cite the author`s name first. This rule applies to internet sources, magazine articles, books, etc. They did the work; they get the credit. 2. Unless your teacher tells you otherwise, no information from Wikipedia is allowed. Citing a source WITHOUT an author:

Title of Article--in quote marks Name of Site Date article was written (usually located at end of article, if at all)

Auschwitz. United States Memorial Holocaust Museum. May 1997.

COMPLETE web address Date you found the article


(1 May 2007).

In-Text: (Auschwitz 3) If your information appears on the third printed page--or (Auschwitz) If you have not printed out the article NOTE: The citation is in quote marks because the title of the article (Auschwitz) appears in quote marks. Auschwitz is not a person`s last name.

Date article was written

Citing a source WITH an author:

Author--Last, First Title of Article Name of Site

(usually located at end of article, if at all)

Masters, Kim. Will Spiderman 3 Underachieve? Slate Magazine. 26 April 2007.

COMPLETE web address Date you found the article

<> (7 May 2007). In-Text: (Masters 2) If your information appears on the second printed page--or (Masters) If you have not printed out the article NOTE: The citation is NOT in quote marks because it is a person`s last name.


Essential Question:

Name _________________________________ Class _________________________________ Period ________________________________ Date __________________________________

How do I set up the paper?

Fold or draw a line one-third of the way from the left side of the paper.

What goes in the heading?

My name, the class I am taking notes for, and the date.

What`s the title and where do I write it?

Title your notes the same as the reading, the main ideas of the lecture, the topic of the notes the teacher presents, or the topic of the class or group discussion. Write it at the top center of the paper under the heading.

What do I write on the right side of the paper?

Write the main ideas and important details, definitions, formulas, processes, diagrams, or other information the teacher or reading gives to you.

What do I write on the left side of the paper?

Write a question that is answered by the information on the right side or write a summary statement such as a word or phrase that is connected to the information on the right side of the paper.

Summary: Write a short summary here of the information in the notes you took above. This will help you put the information in your own words which will help you remember the information or to help you discover what you don`t really understand. You should then ask questions about what you don`t understand either in class or in a tutorial in AVID class.



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