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Classroom Handbook/Classroom Rules/SMS 2018-2019 Calendar

2018-2019 School Calendar  

2018-19 DeSoto County Schools Calendar

August 1 Teachers’ First Day
August 6
Students’ First Day
September 3
Labor Day Holiday
October 8
Columbus Day Holiday
October 9 End of the 1st Nine Weeks
November 19-23 
Thanksgiving Break
December 18 End of the 2nd Nine Weeks
December 19 – January 2
Christmas Break
January 2
Teachers Return
January 3
Students Return
January 21 Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
February 15 Professional Development Day (Student Holiday)
February 18 President's Day Holiday
March 11 – 15
Spring Break
March 18 End of the 3rd Nine Weeks
April 19
Good Friday Holiday
April 22 Easter Holiday
May 22
Students’ Last Day
May 24 Teachers' Last Day


Classroom Handbook  

Classroom Handbook



Southaven Middle School

Mrs. Martin/8th Grade SCIENCE

2018 – 2019


Welcome!  I hope everyone is looking forward to an exciting, challenging, and successful school year.  I am here to help you develop responsibility, independence, and organization in addition to mastering the required academic objectives for all Desoto County 8th grade students.  Classrooms are a place for learning.  In order for them to run smoothly, efficiently, and fairly, there must be classroom rules and procedures set in place and these must be followed by EVERYONE at ALL times.  Please take time to review my classroom rules, conduct, and procedures so that we can all work together to make your 8th grade experience the best it can possibly be!



The rules established in this classroom are needed to insure that unwanted behaviors and activities are avoided and that everyone has a pleasant, friendly, and safe place to learn and grow academically.  My classroom rules are as follows:











**Cheating or forgery will not be tolerated in my classroom at any time.  Both the student who shares his/her work on an independent assignment AND the person who copies it will suffer the same consequences by receiving a zero.  I expect you to do your own work and not let anyone copy your assignment.  This not only includes tests, quizzes, and class work completed during class time, but also any homework assignments, signed papers, worksheets, projects, etc. done at home and/or completed outside this classrooms.  Please show respect and integrity to yourself and your teachers by never cheating!



     Beginning the class period:  Students are to enter the classroom in a quiet and orderly manner and go directly to their desk.  Upon taking their seats, students should immediately note the day’s class work and homework assignments on the board and copy these down in their agenda.  When this is completed, students are to begin on the journal prompt without being told to do so.  Journal prompts will be collected/checked at any time unannounced throughout the 9-week period.


     Homework:  Homework is given on an as needed basis.  It counts 15% of the nine-week grade.  Homework assignments are collected at the beginning of the class period and are due the day after it was assigned (unless the teacher instructs otherwise).  NO HOMEWORK IS ACCEPTED LATE UNLESS THE STUDENT WAS ABSENT OR IF PRIOR APPROVAL FROM THE TEACHER WAS GRANTED.  If a student is absent the day a homework assignment is due, it will be collected the day the student returns.


     Make-Up Work:  It is THE STUDENT’S responsibility to make up any work missed due to absences.  When a student returns to class, he/she will need to ask the teacher what classwork or homework was missed.  A student has 1 day to make up any work for every 1 day missed.


     Tests/Quizzes:  Tests are announced at least 3 days in advance.  Dates of upcoming test/quizzes are posted on the board along with any other important dates to remember.  If a student is present the day of the test and at least 1 of the 3 days prior to the test, he/she will be expected to take the test.  Tests may be rescheduled only with the teacher’s permission.


     Graded Papers:  Graded papers will be filed and kept in the classroom.  Students will be shown unit tests for review and correction purposes.  PowerSchool will be kept updated and can be checked for student's grades and averages.  Parents may request to see graded papers by sheduling a conference to do so.  


     Restroom Breaks:  Restrooms are to be used between classes.  If a student needs to use the restroom during class time, they may do so but ONLY IN AN EMERGENCY using a hall pass in the back of their agenda.  If a student has a medical reason for using the restroom more frequently, a doctor's note will be need to be brought to the teacher and school nurse to be kept on file.


     Dismissal of Class:  In this classroom, the teacher dismisses you-not the bell.  Students should never gather their belongings before the bell rings (unless otherwise told to do so).  When students get up from their seat, they are to look around their desk for any papers, trash, etc and throw it away as they leave the classroom.  Students are also to make sure their desks are straight so the rows are cleared for safe and easy dismissal.


**Please keep in mind that these procedures may change somewhat as the year progresses.  We may feel the need to add, change, or eliminate a procedure to help make the classroom function to its fullest potential.         




Classroom Rules  

Classroom Rules:

1.  Treat your teacher, your peers, and yourself with  

     respect at all times.

2.  Listen and follow directions the first time every time.

3.  Always come to class prepared.

4.  No talking or disrupting the class during instructional


5.  No personal grooming in class at any time.

6.  ABSOLUTELY NO eating, drinking, or chewing gum in

     the classroom (unless given permission by the teacher).

Parent Resources  
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DeSoto County Parent

Last summer I discovered this magazine.  It's specifically written for parents in our community!  The best part of this magazine is that it's FREE!  I love it!!  Read it online at or you can pick up your own copy in the Kroger lobby.


Parents Magazine

This is another awesome magazine, but the website has wonderful information too.  There is so much more on this site for parents of babies all the way to parents of high school students.  Go to to go directly to the "Big Kids Education" page.


Family Education

This website is geared more for children's educational development.  It has information for children of all ages.  Go to to find information on what to expect developmentally this year as well as academically.

Assignments and grades may be monitored the following ways:

  1. Use of Agenda
  2. PowerSchool
  3. Progress Reports/Report Cards
  4. Parent-Teacher Conference
  5. Reviewing Graded Papers





Ways to Increase Student Performance and Achievement

 Parental Involvement


Students Turn In Homework/Class Work On Time


Good Organization and Study Habits




Parent/Teacher Communication


Student/Parent Communication


Specific Study Time


Write Down Test Questions


Review Text Books


Peer Tutoring


Lesson Line


Check Agenda Regularly


Read with Student


Positive Reinforcements/Consequences


Use Study Aids/Guides Provided by the Teacher


Check Daily Work/Tests/Quizzes/Projects/Graded Assignments


Check Homework


Discuss the Importance of Education


Provide Structure at Home (Schedule)


Limit Computer, Television, and Telephone Time


Obtain Interesting Literature/Books for Student to Read


Share Student’s Interest


Useful Websites  
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The math section of this site includes flashcards, math games and drills. Also includes sections which deal with time and money.

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