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Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School
2013-2014
Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School
Student Handbook
Table of Contents
FOREWORD .......................................................................................................................................5
WELCOME .........................................................................................................................................6
SECTION 1: PHILOSOPHY ....................................................................................................................7
Honor Code ................................................................................................................................. 8
SECTION 2: GENERAL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ..............................................................................9
Book Bags ................................................................................................................................... 9
Buildings and Grounds ............................................................................................................... 9
CD Players, MP3 Players, iPods, and Other Music Devices ...................................................... 9
Cell Phones ................................................................................................................................. 9
Computer Use Policy ................................................................................................................ 10
Laptops in the Classroom.......................................................................................................... 10
Computers and Boarding Students............................................................................................ 11
Band Hall Practice .................................................................................................................... 11
Dining Hall Procedures ............................................................................................................. 11
Emergencies .............................................................................................................................. 11
Fire Drill Procedure .................................................................................................................. 12
Lockdown Procedures ............................................................................................................... 12
Flag Salute ................................................................................................................................ 13
Hall Passes ................................................................................................................................ 13
Lockers ...................................................................................................................................... 13
Lost and Found ......................................................................................................................... 13
Telephones ................................................................................................................................ 14
Check in/out Procedures ........................................................................................................... 14
Visitors ...................................................................................................................................... 14
Upper School Visitation ............................................................................................................ 14
SECTION 3: ACADEMIC PROGRAM .................................................................................................... 16
Grade Level Course Lists.......................................................................................................... 16
Grading System ......................................................................................................................... 16
Grading Scale * ......................................................................................................................... 16
Academic Honor Roll ............................................................................................................... 17
Mentoring Period ...................................................................................................................... 17
Chapel ....................................................................................................................................... 17
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Academic Probation .................................................................................................................. 17
Tutorial Time ............................................................................................................................ 17
Study Improvement Plan (SIP) ................................................................................................. 18
Other Activities ......................................................................................................................... 18
Student Council......................................................................................................................... 18
Community Service .................................................................................................................. 19
Attendance Policy ..................................................................................................................... 19
SECTION 4: EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ....................................................................................... 20
Athletics .................................................................................................................................... 20
Intramurals ................................................................................................................................ 20
SECTION 5: UNIFORMS ..................................................................................................................... 21
SECTION 6: DISCIPLINE ..................................................................................................................... 23
Demerit List .............................................................................................................................. 23
Disciplinary Review Committee (DRC) ................................................................................... 24
Restriction ................................................................................................................................. 25
Dismissal Offenses.................................................................................................................... 25
Conduct Grade .......................................................................................................................... 25
Computer Use ........................................................................................................................... 26
Off Limits Areas ....................................................................................................................... 26
Prohibited Items ........................................................................................................................ 27
Positive Behaviors .................................................................................................................... 27
SECTION 7: DORMITORY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ....................................................................... 28
Life Skills .................................................................................................................................. 28
Personal Appearance and Hygiene ........................................................................................... 28
Illness and Medication .............................................................................................................. 28
Room and Roommate Assignments .......................................................................................... 28
Room Arrangements and Furnishings ...................................................................................... 29
Dormitory Discipline ................................................................................................................ 29
Room Inspection ....................................................................................................................... 30
ABC List ................................................................................................................................... 30
Responsibility for Possessions .................................................................................................. 30
Personal Property ...................................................................................................................... 31
Lost and Found ......................................................................................................................... 31
Allowance ................................................................................................................................. 32
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Laundry ..................................................................................................................................... 32
Snacks ....................................................................................................................................... 32
SECTION 8: CLASS SCHEDULE ............................................................................................................ 33
CONTACTS ....................................................................................................................................... 35
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Foreword
Dear R-MA Middle School Student:
Welcome to R-MA and school year 2013-2014! We are pleased to have you at Randolph-Macon
Academy and want this to be the best year ever for you. Your success this year will depend on two
factors: (1) your own efforts and dedication, and (2) the support and assistance you receive from the
faculty and staff. You can count on assistance from every adult at R-MA. The rest is up to you! I
encourage you to work hard and do your best.
This handbook is designed to help you be successful at R-MA. Thus, you need to read, understand and
follow the rules. The policies in this handbook were developed over time and are not matters that are
negotiable. There are no shortcuts and no exceptions.
I encourage you to make the right choices this year. Stay on the straight and narrow track. Spending
your time doing the “right thing” will insure your success. The “right things” are very simple – be on
time to every class or event, be prepared for the event, be well-groomed and well-dressed and conduct
yourself as a lady or gentleman at all times.
Please accept my best wishes for a great school year!
Most Sincerely,
Maury Forsyth, Major General, USAF (Ret)
President
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Welcome
Dear R-MA Family:
Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year at Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School. This handbook has
been designed to give Middle School students and their parents important information about our
academic program. Becoming familiar with school policies and procedures will help you have an
enjoyable and successful experience.
At Randolph-Macon Academy, we want to create an environment that promotes kindness and curiosity,
fosters creativity, and trains you to be self-disciplined and responsible citizens.
In our community we have four pillars that we live by:
I Take Pride In Myself
I Am Responsible For My Actions
Anything That Hurts Another Person Is Wrong
Leave It Better Than You Found It
The faculty and staff are here to ensure that you have the necessary support and guidance to grow into
a responsible, educated adult dedicated to success in life.
We ask that you always challenge yourself to do your best every day.
Most Sincerely,
Derrick Leasure
Principal
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Randolph-Macon Academy
Middle School
437 Chowning Hall Drive
Front Royal, Virginia 22630
Section 1: Philosophy
Mission
Randolph-Macon Academy develops students of academic achievement, integrity, leadership, and
responsible citizenship, prepared for success in life.
Vision
Randolph-Macon Academy is the college-preparatory, military school of choice in the world for families
seeking a values-based, academically challenging, structured environment.
Educational Philosophy
The R-MA community (students, faculty, staff, parents, trustees, and alumni/ae) believes that every
student at R-MA is curious and capable. Our positive interaction and personal attention inspires the
students’ curiosity and confidence to learn throughout their personal and professional lives. We believe
that the personal attention of the teacher makes the difference in the classroom. We believe parents,
teachers, and administrators help students succeed by working together on academic aspirations,
leadership, self-reliance, character development and service to others. We heartily believe students do
their very best when they are known, respected, and encouraged.
The Four Virtues
All Middle School students should conduct themselves with decorum at all times. They will abide by the
honor code and the four virtues. They will observe the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have
them do unto you.” They will adhere to the school rules and be active participants of the school’s
programs.
I Take Pride In Myself: Taking pride in your
appearance and in your uniform; behaving
with dignity; respecting yourself enough to
be honest and trustworthy.
I Am Responsible For My Actions: Being
accountable for what you do; taking
responsibility for your behavior, studies,
assignments, and other commitments; not
blaming others; being willing to serve the
consequences of your actions.
Anything That Hurts Another Person Is
Wrong: Not saying anything profane,
harmful, or hurtful; keeping your hands
and feet to yourself; respecting others
around you; not bringing harm or danger
to yourself or others because of your
words, actions, or deeds.
Leave It Better Than You Found It: Being a
good citizen of the school and world
community; always striving to do your best
and make an impact; serving others through
words and deeds.
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Honor Code
During the orientation at the beginning of school, students attend an assembly and then meet with their
mentors to discuss the importance of the Honor Code. Afterwards, students sign a copy of the Honor
Code:
On my honor as a student of Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School, I pledge not to lie, cheat, or
steal nor tolerate those who do. I will conduct myself in a manner that will bring credit to myself, my
family, and to Randolph-Macon Academy.
An honor code is a set of values that all students are expected to live by. These values are more than
just rules; they are a way of life at R-MA. For an honor code to function properly, its values must be
accepted by all students, whether or not a teacher or supervisor is present. The honor code is based
upon three basic values:
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Honesty is expected at all times from all persons. Trust comes as a result of honesty. When a
person has lost trust in the eyes of others, he/she can no longer live by an honor code and must
work to regain that trust.
A person cannot lie, cheat or steal nor tolerate others in the community that do.
Each person must treat others in community with respect at all times.
The following are considered to be honor code offenses. This means that in
addition to bringing about disciplinary action, suspension or dismissal, these
offenses will also cause the student to lose trust in the eyes of adults and peers.
Lying: Includes the intent to deceive, and covers all statements made to the
administration, faculty, staff, SLS and fellow students when the statement
pertains to academic work, discipline or other situations in which honor is involved.
Cheating: Includes the receiving of unauthorized aid on any written work that a student submits as
his/her own. Any student who gives unauthorized information to, or receives unauthorized information
from, another person concerning any assigned work, including class work, homework, tests, quizzes or
exams, is considered to be cheating. Cheating also includes plagiarism, which is submitting work that is
not one’s own without giving proper credit to the author. Plagiarism also includes handing in written
work printed from the Internet or other sources as one’s own.
Stealing: Includes the taking of personal, government, or institutional property without the consent of
the property owner. It also includes shoplifting, unauthorized use of credit cards or telephone codes. It
further includes extortion, by using one’s influence or coercion to borrow money or property.
Toleration: A failure to report violations of the above offenses to proper authorities, as well as failure to
report suspicious or irregular circumstances.
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Section 2: General Policies and Procedures
Book Bags
Because of the layout of our school and the ready accessibility of full-sized lockers, book bags are not
necessary for the school day. The following procedures apply regarding book bags in Mast Hall:
 All students will purchase an R-MA small book tote.
 Boarding students will not bring book bags into Mast Hall unless they report to
R-MA Upper School.
 Day students and students reporting to R-MA Upper School may use an R-MAsold book bag to transport books to and from home and class. However, these
book bags must be stored in the student’s locker immediately after arrival on
campus and until departure.
Buildings and Grounds
Every student is expected to feel a responsibility for keeping the appearance of buildings and grounds
clean. This calls for thoughtfulness on the part of everyone. Students must pick up after themselves!
 Avoid dropping papers or rubbish in corridors, in study hall, in classrooms, and on campus.
 Defacing or destroying school property is unacceptable. Students will be financially responsible
for the cost of repairs.
 The throwing of balls or other items is not permitted inside or outside the middle school campus
except in designated areas and when supervised by an adult. Do not bounce balls against the
buildings.
 Chewing gum is not permitted on the R-MA campus.
 Spitting on sidewalks, floors, stairs, or streets is not permitted.
 Athletic shoes must be worn on the gym floor. Hard-soled shoes damage the floor.
 Students should use the sidewalks at all times and avoid walking on the grass in the courtyard.
CD Players, MP3 Players, iPods, and Other Music Devices
During the academic day, the wearing of headphones to access any electronic device is prohibited unless
specifically directed by the teacher. These devices may be used during free time and on sporting
trips/field trips/weekend activities at the discretion of the coach or supervisor. Any device with internet
access (IPAD, Kindle, Nook, etc.) may be brought to school only with permission of the Principal.
Cell Phones
The possession and use of a cell phone at Randolph-Macon Academy is a privilege
and is intended to facilitate communication between students and family members.
The first incidence of unauthorized use will result in the phone being held by the
office for the remainder of the week. Subsequent confiscations will result in a loss of
cell phone privileges for the remainder of the year and other appropriate
consequences. Unauthorized use is defined as use at times other than those
designated.
The following policies apply:
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All cell phones will be registered with either the office (non-boarding students) or with the
Student Life Supervisors, noting make, model, color, and serial number. Non-registered phones
will be considered contraband and will result in a phone code violation.
Non-boarding students will turn their cell phones in to the office when they sign in and may only
check them out when they sign out for the day.
Boarding students will be allowed to use cell phones during free time. They will check the
phones out from the dormitory office and turn the phones back in before lights out.
Under certain circumstances and with parental permission, students may be allowed to carry
cell phones on school trips in order to facilitate communication with family members. This use
will be coordinated with the adult trip supervisor.
R-MA suggests that parents who allow their students to have cell phones have them programmed to
send and receive to limited phone numbers. The Academy is not responsible for unanticipated charges
accruing from cell phone use. Parents who allow their students to have cell phones should set family
limits and boundaries for their use.
Computer Use Policy
The use of computers at the Academy, whether on student-owned or Academy-owned equipment, is a
privilege. Computers should always be used in a manner that supports the mission and vision of our
school. If they are not used properly, the administration reserves the right to curtail their use.
Basic Guidelines
 Equipment should be used during authorized times.
 Unauthorized use of copyrighted material is prohibited.
 Threatening, harassing, or obscene material or communication is
prohibited.
 Tampering with any equipment is prohibited, to include downloading
unauthorized programs, or changing existing settings.
 Refrain from sending chain e-mails or downloading or printing large files.
 Abide by the generally accepted rules of Internet etiquette.
 Vandalism is strictly prohibited. It is defined as any intentional or careless attempt to damage,
harm, or destroy data, hardware, software, or peripheral equipment or to intentionally disrupt
the Internet or networks.
 No mature-rated games or music or R-rated movies may be downloaded on computers. The
Academy reserves the right to delete any offensive games, movies, or music.
 No devices that are intended for use to circumvent the school’s filters and controls are allowed,
including Broadband cards and wireless cards.
The Academy has the right to restrict or to terminate computer or Internet access at any time if misuse
occurs. The Academy also has the right to monitor any student files or Internet accounts in order to
maintain the safety and confidentiality of the school’s technology resources and to enforce the
provisions of this policy.
Laptops in the Classroom
While students may be encouraged to bring laptops to class to facilitate school work, misuse of the
laptop during class will warrant confiscation.
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Computers and Boarding Students
Only laptop or notebook computers will be allowed in the dormitory. All student computers will be
housed in the dorm office and checked out at times appropriate to their use. All students will register
their computers with the dorm office and will also keep on file any passwords or log-in information.
Band Hall Practice
Students who need practice hours in the band room can attend Monday through Thursday after classes
until 5:30pm and from 7:00pm – 8:00pm each evening. Students must make sure they check out with
the SLS on duty.
Dining Hall Procedures
The dining hall is more than just a place for food consumption. Table manners, proper etiquette, and
pleasant discussion should be practiced on a regular basis. All meals are mandatory and students are
expected to be on time.
Enter the dining hall quietly. Speak at a normal conversation level. Good
table manners mean that students need to sit up straight, keep their
elbows off the table, and chew with their mouths closed. Do not play with
food. Always wait for permission from the supervisor to leave the table or
the dining hall. Students may sit no more than five students to a table.
Food Policies
 Food or drink of any kind, including candy and gum, is not allowed in the academic building or
on the gymnasium floor.
 Students may store a modest amount of snack food in their dorm rooms, under the following
conditions and at the discretion of the SLS.
o No perishable items or items needing refrigeration.
o No soda.
o All snack foods must be kept in a small (shoe box sized) re-closable container (such as a
Tupperware container).
 No food or drink should be stored in the lockers in Mast Hall, with the exception of a clear
water bottle.
 No food is to be taken out of or into the dining hall. This is a health code issue.
Emergencies
A continuous series of bells is an emergency procedure indication. All
students and adults will immediately and silently proceed to the designated
emergency procedure area and await further instruction. There is no
distinction between a real emergency and a drill; emergency signals are
always treated as real emergencies.
Sounding a fire alarm as a prank is a serious offense, which is subject to
severe disciplinary action by R-MA. This offense is also illegal and violators
are subject to prosecution by local law enforcement agencies. As well,
making a prank 911 call is an illegal serious offense and punishable by outside
authorities and the school.
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Fire Drill Procedure
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Routine fire drills will be conducted at different times during the day periodically while school is
in session.
Drills will be timed to track their duration and comments will be made about the effectiveness
of the procedure.
Accountability will be taken for students by class during the academic time, by mentor group
during meals and by hallway during residential time.
Evacuation maps with primary routes and alternate routes are posted in the classrooms and on
bulletin boards in the buildings/dorms.
The administration will account for faculty and staff during academic time and the Dorm
Designate will do so during residential time.
The administrative assistant is responsible for providing rosters at all drill activities.
Lockdown Procedures
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Mast Hall
As soon as the horn sounds to signal a lockdown students in the hallway will take cover in the
closest classroom if they can be seen by a teacher; otherwise they should take cover in a
restroom.
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Students are to remain silent and wait for further instruction.
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All students should move to the corner of the room that is not in a direct line of sight from the
door window
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Resume normal activities when all clear is given from horn (All Clear 99).
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Middle School Gym and Cafeteria
As soon as the horn sounds to signal a lockdown all students will move to a locker room and lock
the deadbolt from inside.
Students are to remain silent and wait for further instruction .
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Resume normal activities when all clear is given from horn (All Clear 99).
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Middle School Dormitory
As soon as the horn sounds to signal a lockdown all students are to proceed quickly to their
dorm rooms and secure doors.
Resume normal activities when all clear is given from horn (All Clear 99).
General Information
 When the fire alarm sounds, all students and staff should exit the building quietly in single file
lines. Staff members should be last to leave the room and should ensure that all students are
safely out of the room. Classroom doors and other doors should be closed as time permits.
 In the case of a real emergency, the administrative assistant or one of the SLSs will call 911 to
report the fire. If this is not possible, a runner will be sent to the Upper School to place the call.
 During class time students will line up at the flagpole in a single file line so that teachers can
take a visual/verbal roll call. When all students are accounted for, the students may be
instructed to move to the pavilion and sit in groups by class.
 During residential time students will line up by hallway at the flagpole for accountability.
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Flag Salute
Each morning students participate in a flag ceremony, either in the courtyard or the
community hall. Students should stand quietly while waiting for everyone to
gather. This is not a time for playing around. While the flag is raised or saluted,
everyone will stand at attention (which means standing still, with arms by side and
mouth closed). After the salute the students recite the Pledge of Allegiance. While
saying the Pledge, students will remain at attention and place their right hands over
their hearts. The Pledge should be recited slowly and confidently, in unison with
everyone else. This time is also used for announcements and attendance is very important.
International students are not required to recite the pledge, but they are required to stand quietly.
Hall Passes
Students are required to have a signed hall pass whenever they are not in class or in another assigned
place. Hall passes can be found in the student’s Premier® Agenda, which students are required to have
during all classes and study halls.
Lockers
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Students will be issued a lock and combination and assigned a hallway locker in which to store
books and materials.
Once boarding students depart the dorm after breakfast, they may not return to the dorm
during the class day. BE PREPARED!
Students may not use locker space in addition to what is assigned.
Any student who loses his or her lock must obtain another from the office. There will be a $5
charge to replace the lock after the second issue.
Students’ lockers MUST remain locked at all times.
Students must NOT share their locker combinations with anyone.
No food or drinks may be stored in student lockers. Students who have a special need to store
any such items should see the Administrative Assistant in the office.
A maximum of two locker shelves can be used to organize locker space.
Lockers will be inspected on a regular basis and should be maintained in a neat and orderly
fashion.
The administration reserves the right to inspect any locker at any time.
Students who have problems with their lockers must not beat on or kick them. Instead, they are
encouraged to find an adult to help. Often the problem is that there is something in the way of
the door latches.
Only R-MA book totes may be stored in lockers for boarding students; day students will be
administered two lockers: one for books and another for book bags and coats.
Lost and Found
Ultimately, belongings are the student’s responsibility; however, it is understandable that students will
occasionally misplace something. Lost and Found locations are the Main Office and the Dorm Office.
Managing their belongings will be much easier if students consistently take the following steps:
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Permanently mark all belongings.
Keep locker locked at all times.
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Stay organized.
R-MA IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LOSS OR DAMAGE OF PERSONAL ITEMS
Telephones
To call home, day students may report to the office to use the office phone. Students should NOT be
allowed to use classroom phones. Students MUST seek permission from an adult in charge to use the
office or the dormitory desk phones.
Check in/out Procedures
All students must be officially checked in whenever they arrive on campus and officially
checked out whenever they leave campus. Parents may check their students out at the Middle
School Office at lunchtime and at the Dormitory at dinner time. Checking other students out at
meal times requires express written permission from the parents of other students 24 hours in
advance.
Day Students: To check in or out, all day students are required to record their name and the time on
the daily attendance log. Day students will be expected to wait for their ride home at the front entrance
of Mast Hall and must be picked up no later than 5:00 p.m. If their ride is late they must stay under the
supervision of the staff. Day students will join the boarding students for dinner if they are on campus
past 5:15 p.m. when the main office closes. Parents may then pick up their students at Turner Dining
Hall or the dormitory after 6:00 p.m.
Boarding Students: To check in or out, all boarding students are required to record their name and time
on the weekend attendance log and the student’s parent or guardian must sign the log. The signature of
an adult, other than a parent or legal guardian, must be previously arranged and approved by written
letter, email or fax to the Middle School office from the parent or guardian. Boarding students will
check out from the dormitory desk.
Visitors
Visitors are welcome at R-MA, but students should be aware of certain
restrictions applied to visitors while they are here. Anyone visiting the
school must first register at the Middle School office.
Visitors are not allowed in the dormitory rooms/hallways except on
registration and on the last day of school. Parents of the same sex as the student may visit their child's
dormitory room after receiving permission from the Dormitory staff. Any unescorted stranger on the
Academy grounds or in the buildings will be approached by R-MA personnel to determine their identity
and reason for being on campus. Should this occur, the visitor would be treated with utmost courtesy
and escorted to the appropriate adult authority on duty.
Upper School Visitation
Middle school students may be on the upper school campus and grounds without taking any extra steps
under the following conditions:
 Attending a class held on the upper school campus.
 Participating on an upper school sports team contest or practice.
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Participating in a regularly scheduled music practice or lesson.
For all other occasions middle school students will need to check out either with the dorm or the office
to obtain permission. Once they arrive at their upper school destination, they need to report in to the
appropriate office. When students return to the middle school campus, they will officially check back in
by reporting their presence to the office or the dormitory staff.
Reasons for middle school students to be on the upper school campus include, but are not limited to:
 Visiting the barber, library, or bookstore.
 Visiting with an older sibling or relative.
 Tutoring with an upper school faculty or staff member.
 Seeing the nurse.
While on the upper school campus, middle school students should observe all rules and regulations
contained within this handbook.
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Section 3: Academic Program
Grade Level Course Lists
Middle school students can expect to take the courses listed below in the appropriate grade level.
Students may have the proper prerequisites to take math or foreign language classes that are ahead of
the grade-specific level. High school credit is assigned to middle school students taking Algebra 1 or
higher in math and the first level of college preparatory foreign language. For high school transfer
credits, curriculum evaluation may be necessary.
Grade 6
English 6 Composition and Grammar
English 6 Literature
United States History
Science 6
General Math (or higher)
Physical Education/Health
Elective
Grade 7
English 7 Composition and Grammar
English 7 Literature
Civics
Life Science
Math Plus (or higher)
Physical Education/Health
Elective
Grade 8
English 8 Composition and Grammar
English 8 Literature
World History I (ancient history)
Physical Science/Investigative Lab Science
Pre-Algebra (or higher)
Physical Education /Health
Elective or Foreign Language
Grading System
Grade Semester One
Grade Semester Two
Quarter 1
9 weeks
40% of grade
Quarter 2
9 weeks
40% of grade
Final Exam
2 hours
20% of grade
Quarter 1
9 weeks
40% of grade
Quarter 2
9 weeks
40% of grade
Final Exam
2 hours
20% of grade
Grading Scale *
Marking System
Point Scale
98-100
=
A+
4.3
92-97
=
A
4.0
90-91
=
A-
3.7
88-89
=
B+
3.3
82-87
=
B
3.0
80-81
=
B-
2.7
78-79
=
C+
2.3
72-77
=
C
2.0
70-71
=
C-
1.7
68-69
=
D+
1.3
62-67
=
D
1.0
60-61
=
D-
0.7
0-59
=
F
0.0
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* For high school level honors courses as signified by an “H” an additional .5 point is calculated into the
grade point average.
Academic Honor Roll
Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School has a two-division Honor Roll that is published at the end of
each quarter. The President’s List requires a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.00 or higher and a conduct
grade of Outstanding or Satisfactory. The Principal’s List requires a GPA between 3.50 and 3.99 and a
conduct grade of Outstanding or Satisfactory.
Mentoring Period
One of the assets to our school is the mentoring program. Each student is assigned a faculty mentor and
participates in a variety of programs and activities during mentoring period. These activities will often
center on character development and responsibility, but will include a variety of experiences for
students. Students are expected to participate fully in all activities and to give the programs, speakers,
and our guests the respect they are due.
Chapel
Randolph-Macon Academy is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is listed by
the Methodist Church Senate. Each Thursday there is a chapel gathering in the Middle
School Community hall. The purpose of the chapel period is to gather and reflect on what
it means to have good character. The academy chaplain administers the service, which
includes readings from the Bible, Christian and other character-based messages, and
prayer and individual reflection. Students are to remain respectful and attentive during chapel time.
Although the services are not held in a church building, the same quality of behavior will be expected as
if they were occurring in church.
Academic Probation
Any student whose GPA falls below a 2.50 or is failing two or more core courses will be on academic
probation, typically until the following grading period. Students on academic probation:
 May not participate in extracurricular activities that would cause them to miss academic or
study time.
 Will be remanded to tutorial, homework lab, and night study hall on a regular basis.
 May be required to attend extra study sessions.
Tutorial Time
Monday through Friday, there is time set aside for students to seek assistance from their teachers.
Teachers may require students to come to their room during this time, especially if they are behind in
assignments, have to complete a test, or are struggling with class material. This time can also be used
for students to sit in a teachers’ room for quiet reading or study. If a student is having difficulty in a
subject, he or she is strongly encouraged to seek help! Students on the SIP site as owing homework for
a particular teacher will be directed to attend that that tutorial session. The library is open during
tutorial. Students may use the library during tutorial and need their mentor’s permission to use it.
Students who have not been assigned to a tutorial will go to their mentors’ rooms for quiet study.
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Study Improvement Plan (SIP)
Students are assigned to SIP to help improve academic performance and to complete overdue
assignments. Teachers will inform students of their placement on SIP. Students may also be assigned to
SIP because of poor performance in a subject, test preparation, consistently incomplete homework, or
adult request. SIP placement will be evaluated by the Principal every interim. SIP takes place MondayThursday during intramurals and/or sport and on Friday beginning at 3:30 p.m.. The SIP coordinator will
make note in student agendas any assignments that still need to be completed at the end of each
session. SIP also includes a homework tracking program that allows teachers to post missing homework.
The SIP online site (www.sip.rma.edu ) is managed by teachers and the middle school office.
Other Activities
There are many other extracurricular activities in which R-MA participates in periodically, including
drama, yearbook, National Geographic Bee , Mathathon, Science Fair, Speech Contest, Essay Contest
and school dances and get-togethers. R-MA Middle School also goes on many field trips and weekend
activity trips. Participation in any extracurricular activity or on any school trip is based on the student’s
academic and disciplinary standing. The final decision as to who may participate in any of these
activities rests with the Middle School Principal.
Student Council
Purpose
The Student Council Association (SCA) of Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School (R-MA) is a student
driven body with the purpose of being a voice of the students in matters that affect the
welfare of the school community. The Council operates primarily by a representative
group of students that have the ability to make suggestions to the school
administration through an organized and democratic process. This is a leadership
opportunity for students to express concerns and to suggest changes that will make the
school community a better educational experience for all involved.
Organization of the SCA
The SCA is made up of four officers consisting of the following offices: President, Vice President,
Secretary and Sergeant-at-Arms. All students are members of the SCA and may have their voices heard
through the elected representatives on the Council. A representative and alternate will be elected from
each mentoring group.
Activities
 Participate in intramurals, athletics, dances and other extracurricular activities.
 Support athletic teams at events.
 Support with planning and implementing student activities.
 Participate in community service projects and fundraisers.
 Support the Student Honor Code and R-MA Student Handbook.
 Democratically present issues to the school administration.
Meeting
The SCA will meet at least twice a quarter with its Advisors to review any old or new business and
prepare for any planned activities. There will be called meetings as the need arises.
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Community Service
The Randolph-Macon Academy Interact Club-Community Service Program is a one-hundred percent
volunteer program, created and designed to reinforce our ideals of Character, Knowledge & Leadership.
It is sponsored by a local Rotary Club with the mission of creating awareness of the needs of our own
community as well as abroad. Students meet on a regular basis during lunch time to plan, develop, and
participate in various community projects and activities.
Attendance Policy
Students with unexcused absences will not be permitted to make up work for a grade on the day of that
absence. Students with an excused absence will have one day to turn in their work.
1. Personal illness or injury or a death in the immediate family will be recognized as the only
excused absences. Other absences will be unexcused and result in a zero for the day(s) missed.
2. In the event of illness, students will be directed to the Whitworth Clinic for evaluation. Only the
R-MA nurses have the authority to confine a student to the Clinic ward.
3. Excuses for day students must be in writing via school’s e-mail by the parent or guardian and
should include a telephone number where a parent or guardian may be reached.
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Section 4: Extracurricular Activities
While attending Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School, students will have the opportunity to
participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. As part of the school day, students will
participate either on an interscholastic sports team or in an intramural activity unless a physician, nurse,
or the Middle School administration has officially excused a student.
Athletics
There are three sports seasons—fall, winter, and spring. Students have the opportunity to
try out for a sport each season. Try-out dates, cut dates, and practice schedules will be
coordinated through the Athletic Office and coaching staff. Students may, with the
permission of the principal, try out for selected Upper School sports, which will fall under
the coordination of the Upper School Athletic Director.
Participation on an athletic team is a privilege, not a right. To earn and keep that privilege, students will
need to be in good academic and disciplinary standing. The Principal ultimately determines academic
eligibility, but generally speaking, if a student is on academic probation or has disciplinary
consequences, he or she may not be allowed to participate.
Intramurals
Students not on an athletic team will participate in the intramural program. Intramural groups are
formed based on the interest of the students and sponsoring teachers and on availability of space and
facilities.
Procedures for Athletic Contests
Besides good sportsmanship, the following procedures are to be followed when attending athletic
contests:
 Sit in the designated area in the stands.
 Follow the leadership and direction of the cheerleaders in an effort to support the team.
 Do not engage in horseplay in the stands.
Sportsmanship
Sportsmanship is a character trait actively encouraged at R-MA. Students must adhere to the following
Sportsmanship Guidelines whenever they attend an athletic contest, either as a spectator or a
participant.
 Do not use abusive, profane, or vulgar language or gestures to anyone, but especially in
reference to the other team, its fans, or the officials.
 Show proper courtesies to the opposing teams and fans. Never boo, taunt, or ridicule
opponents or their supporters. They are guests at R-MA.
 Never show open disapproval of an official’s decision.
 Cheer good play on both sides.
 Cheer for the Yellow Jackets until the end of the contest, whether in defeat or victory.
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Section 5: Uniforms
Generally, students wear the polo uniform every weekday. Blazer uniform will also be worn on various
special occasions, including cultural trips, ceremonies, and other activities as designated by the Principal.
General Uniform Guidelines
 Boarding students will wear a key chain/lanyard with their dorm room key attached.
This can either take the form of hanging the key on an R-MA lanyard and wearing it
around the neck, or securing the key with a D-Ring to pants’ belt loop.
 The only place in which “civilian” clothes may be worn is in the dormitory and it is at
the discretion of the Student Life Supervisors.
 If a T-shirt is worn under the uniform shirt, it must be a white V-neck style that is not visible
under the collar of the uniform shirt.
 Shirttails must be tucked in at all times. Rolling the shirt under is not a viable substitute!
 Pants will be worn AT THE WAIST and pant hems should reach the top of the shoe.
 Skirt lengths may be no more than 1” above the knee.
 NO FOOTIE-STYLE or anklet socks with school shoes. Crew socks or higher.
 Clothing should be clean and pressed.
Daily Polo Uniform
 Green R-MA polo shirt.
 Optional V-neck blue sweater during cold weather.
 R-MA store-bought khaki trousers or shorts (time of year for wearing shorts will be determined
by the office) with a brown leather belt.
 R-MA store-bought athletic shoes with white crew socks.
Blazer Uniform
 White button down oxford shirt.
 School tie or tab.
 V-neck blue sweater (optional).
 Navy blue blazer with R-MA patch permanently attached.
 Gray trousers with a black leather belt.
 Navy blue or black calf-length cotton socks (tights with the skirt).
 R-MA store-bought black school shoes with dark socks.
P.E. Uniform
 The P.E. uniform consists of R-MA yellow or gray P.E. shirt, R-MA P.E. shorts, white socks and RMA store-bought athletic shoes. In cold weather, students wear the sweat suit. On some days
students will be asked to bring a bathing suit and towel for swimming. Girls must wear onepiece or tankini bathing suits.
Winter R-MA Uniform
 Students are required to wear the blue winter coat when the weather turns cold.
 Hats may be worn outdoors only.
 During the class day, the coat must be stored in the locker. It cannot be worn in the classroom.
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If extra warmth is needed in the classroom building, the uniform pullover sweater should be
worn.
Mittens or gloves are optional for outdoor activities. If there is snow on the ground, students
may wear boots.
Long-sleeve polo shirts are recommended for the winter months. No long sleeve shirts or
undergarments may be worn under short sleeve polo shirts.
With the exception of to-and-from outside classes, sweatshirts and other outer wear, even
with the R-MA logo, are not part of the class-day uniform. R-MA items may be worn during
free time, activity time, intramurals, and sports.
Haircuts, Jewelry and Personal Hygiene
R-MA promotes a clean, healthy and well-groomed appearance in the community.
 Boys must keep their hair trimmed above the ears in a conventional style and may have no facial
hair. The hair should not touch the back of the collar.
 Spiked, mohawked, or shaved-head haircuts are not permitted.
 Dyed hair (including high-lights)is not permitted.
 Barrettes or headbands or “scrunchies” may be worn by girls, although they need to be as
“uniform” as possible and as close to matching natural hair as practical.
 Jewelry should be kept to a minimum.
o Necklaces may be worn, but cannot show outside the shirt.
o Students may wear one simple bracelet.
o Rings are limited to one per finger and should not exceed two per hand.
o Girls may wear one small post earring in the lower lobe of each ear. Boys may not wear
earrings.
o No other body piercings are allowed.
 Make-up is not appropriate except for natural shades of lip-gloss. Nail color, if worn at all, is
limited to clear nail polish.
 No body art graffiti (permanent or temporary).
 Good hygiene must be practiced, to include daily tooth brushing, showering, shampooing hair,
and undergarment changing.
The “rule of thumb” is that anything that calls special attention to a student is no longer
“uniform” and is therefore not appropriate. It is within the discretion of the Principal or designee
to ask a student to refrain from wearing anything that would be a disruption to the program or
the school day.
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Section 6: Discipline
In addition to the specific rules and expectation discussed throughout this handbook, each student
should follow the guidelines established by the Four Virtues and the Honor Code, and the established
standards of behavior outlined below. All students are expected to:
 Be on time and prepared for school functions.
 Be well-groomed and in the proper school uniform at all times.
 Exhibit courteous and respectful behavior toward faculty and staff at all times.
 Show respect toward other students and themselves at all times.
 Respect the property of the school and others.
 Obey the instructions of faculty and adult supervisors at all times.
Established standards of behavior are essential in a community like R-MA. They help to ensure fair
treatment and equality for all students. Those who follow the standards do not have problems in
school. However, those who choose not to follow these standards create problems for themselves and
others. Not meeting these standards may be grounds for a student to be disciplined, suspended, or
dismissed from Randolph-Macon Academy Middle School.
Examples of conduct violations: disrespect, profanity, physical altercations, public show of affection
(kissing/embracing, holding hands), being in an off limits area, and anything listed as a dismissal
offense.
Discipline Referrals
Adults issue demerits for various infractions in the Middle School. The general categories of
infractions are listed in the table below. Students spend one half hour of their free time or
other designated time performing physical training or extra duty to work off one demerit.
Gross neglect of the rules will result in convening the Discipline Review Committee (DRC)
which may lead to restriction or dismissal. The DRC, Restriction Program and the Dismissal
Offenses are listed below.
Demerit List
Infraction
Demerits
PT/Duty
Academic neglect
1
½ hr.
Late to class or function
1
½ hr.
Failed inspection (room/locker)
1
½ hr.
Failure to follow instruction
1
½ hr.
Uniform violation
1
½ hr.
Possession of gum
1
½ hr.
Failure to sign in
1
½ hr.
Absent class or function
2
1 hr.
Disrespectful behavior
2
1 hr.
Disruptive behavior
2
1 hr.
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Improper conduct
2
1 hr.
Profanity
2
1 hr.
Off Limits Area
3
1.5 hrs.
Bullying
DRC
Possible restriction
Vandalism
DRC
Possible restriction
Fighting
DRC
Possible restriction
Honor Code violation
DRC
Possible restriction
Gross disrespect
DRC
Possible restriction
Disciplinary Review Committee (DRC)
When serious disciplinary offenses occur or when a student is not complying with the Academy’s rules
and regulations chronically there will be an inquiry by the DRC. The DRC is a committee whose goals are
to discover truth and provide a fair resolution based on facts and to assist the administration in
enforcing the rules of the school community.
There are two levels of DRC action:
Level 1 involves cases that could lead to restriction. In those cases the DRC will be comprised of a
minimum of the Principal and the Director of Residential Life or designee. No staff or faculty member
who is directly involved in the incident that is being investigated may serve as a voting member of the
committee. Parents, lawyers, or other non-school persons may not be in attendance.
Level 2 involves cases that could potentially lead to dismissal, including (but not limited to) any cases
dealing with suspected theft, drug, tobacco, or alcohol use, sexual activity, or possession of weapons. In
Level 2 cases, the DRC will be comprised of the Principal, the Director of Residential Life or designee, and
one other adult. No staff or faculty member who is directly involved in the incident that is being
investigated may serve as a voting member of the committee. Parents, lawyers, or other non-school
persons may not be in attendance. In Level 2 cases, the student being investigated may ask for his/her
mentor or another adult school employee (teacher, coach, Dorm staff) to attend the DRC with him/her.
That person will not participate or vote, but will be there for emotional and moral support.
DRC Responsibilities:
 With Level 2 cases, parents/guardians should be notified before the DRC has begun and will be
informed of the timetable.
 Investigate the incident by interviewing those involved and by obtaining the necessary written
statements.
 After evidence is assembled, adjudicate the matter based on the strictures in the Student
Handbook and/or other official documents of the school.
 In cases of restriction, contact parents/guardians and implement the restriction process.
 In cases where dismissal is imminent, the Principal will contact parents/guardians and will
submit the recommendation to the President of the Academy.
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Restriction
In some cases, serious discipline issues may be dealt with by using the restriction program. Students are
assigned to restriction for one to ten days. It includes a loss of free time through morning and afternoon
physical training sessions, extra duty, solitary meals, and detention. Students do not participate in
sports practice or games. Boarding students’ privileges are curtailed and they may be moved to another
room.
Restriction is typically used as a consequence for some of the following behaviors (although this list is
not inclusive):
 Excessive demerits.
 Horseplay or any incident involving physical contact between students.
 Gross disrespect to staff or faculty.
 Honor code violations.
 Being in an off-limits area.
 Repeated room inspection failures.
 Dismissal offenses in which dismissal is suspended.
Dismissal Offenses
Potential dismissal offenses and major disciplinary infractions include, but are not limited to, the
following:
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Bullying
Possession, distribution, or use of illegal drugs or narcotics or possession of paraphernalia for
their use, including ingestion of inhalants or “huffing” or the misuse of prescription drugs or
over-the-counter medication.
Possession, distribution, or use of tobacco or alcohol.
Willful destruction of property.
False fire alarm or 911 call.
Sexual activity.
Fighting with the intent to harm.
Theft or shoplifting.
Possession of firearms, knives, or weapons of any description.
Violation of Honor Code.
Repeated sexual or racial harassment.
Being in an unsupervised area with a person of the opposite sex.
Transmitting, receiving, or possessing pornographic material.
Making or communicating threats of harm to the Middle School community.
Chronic non-compliance with the Academy’s program and mission.
Violations may result in immediate dismissal. If a student is dismissed, no academic credit will be given,
and no refund will be made.
Conduct Grade
Each quarter students will earn a conduct grade which will appear on the Report card. Conduct marks of
Outstanding, Satisfactory, and Unsatisfactory will be assigned in the following way:
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Outstanding (O):
Satisfactory (S):
Unsatisfactory (U):
0 demerits for the quarter
1 to 9 demerits for the quarter
10 + demerits or 1 or more days of restriction for the quarter
Computer Use
Our Honor Code states “I will conduct myself in a manner that will bring credit to myself, my family, and
to Randolph-Macon Academy.” This handbook also states that “the use of computers at the Academy,
whether on student-owned or Academy-owned equipment, is a privilege. Computers should always be
used in a manner that supports the mission and vision of our school.”
R-MA defines the following as prohibited activities:
 Sexually suggestive, foul language or behavior, racial or ethnic slurs, or slanderous content on
MySpace®, YouTube®, Facebook®, or any other internet or printed medium.
 Creation or posting of such materials on any web-based format while on school property.
 Basic rule: “If you wouldn’t want your mother, grandmother, or minister to view the material, it
is inappropriate.”
R-MA response:
 Student will be asked immediately take the materials down from the Internet.
 Consequences may be served depending on circumstances.
 Repeat behavior during the school year will subject the student to possible dismissal
proceedings.
 Standard punishment for first offense will be a 5-day restriction, or as deemed appropriate by
the administration.
Off Limits Areas
Students must remain within the boundaries set for various activities. In general, students would never
leave the middle school campus without express permission from the staff or by signing out with a
parent or guardian. The middle school campus comprises of the courtyard, the pavilion and outdoor
recreation pad, and the three buildings: Mast Hall, the gymnasium, and the dormitory.
Students should never be in a classroom or building unless a member of the faculty or staff is present as
a supervisor. During academic classes students must remain in Mast Hall where all the classrooms and
office are located. During free time, students may normally be in the dorm, courtyard, fields, pavilion,
and gym. The staff as needed gives specific instructions. It is the student’s responsibility to listen
carefully and follow those instructions exactly. Being in an off-limits area is a serious infraction of the
rules.
Students are not allowed in the following areas:
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In any room of the academic building or in the gymnasium when an adult is not present.
On the Upper School campus or athletic fields, unless with express permission or under direct
supervision. Students who have a class or other commitment at the Upper School should report
directly back to campus as soon as that is over.
Behind any building (on the side away from the courtyard).
In the bathroom of a member of the opposite sex.
Behind the dorm desk or the main office counter without permission.
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In the staff/faculty workroom or lounge and faculty bathrooms.
In the gymnasium when not supervised by an adult.
In the dorm lounge designated for members of the opposite sex.
Students may not use the back entrance to any dorm hallway.
In addition, boarding students are not allowed on a hallway other than the one where his or her room is
located. Boarding students must have permission to enter another students’ room. Day students are
not allowed on any of the hallways in the dorm without express permission from a supervisor.
Rule of Thumb: Students should not be anywhere in which there is not adult supervision. It is that
simple!
Prohibited Items
For the student’s safety and the safety of others, the following is a list of prohibited items. This list is
not intended to be exhaustive. If in doubt, students should ask. If prohibited items are found in a
student’s possession, they will be confiscated and consequences may be applied.
 Boom boxes or any stereo equipment with outside speakers.
 CDs, DVDs, or computer games that are rated for mature or violent content or contain other
parental advisories.
 TVs, game stations, walkie-talkies or any other appliance.
 Laser pointers, pens, or beam-emitting devices.
 Aerosol products.
 Lighters.
 Candles or incense.
 Live pets.
 Any medications, to include over-the counter medications, vitamins, supplements, or prescribed
medicines. Asthma inhalers are allowed with permission by the nursing department.
 Any mature-rated program or movie downloaded onto an electronic device.
 Anything that could be considered a weapon, to include (but not limited to), knives or swords
(even toy ones), darts, guns of any kind (including air guns, paintball guns, or BB guns),
slingshots, throwing stars or fighting sticks, pepper spray or mace.
Positive Behaviors
Students who live up to school standards and follow the rules have the privilege of participating in all
activities. Moreover, students who make an outstanding academic effort or act in a commendable way
that serves the community will be recognized for their positive achievements. Students whose conduct
brings pride to self and school will receive community service points.
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Section 7: Dormitory Policies and Procedures
The Middle School Dormitory serves as an extension of the classroom. Students have personal space
and may relax and be themselves in the dormitory, but community living requires education and
practice. Student Life Supervisors (SLS) live in the dorm with the students and are responsible for the
living requirements of the students during the week and on weekends.
Life Skills
Most evening time includes hall meetings and dorm meetings. During these meetings, we will engage in
many activities and discussions. Topics will include:
Roommates
Team Building
Organization
Community Service
Stress Management
Communication
Etiquette
Personal Hygiene
Personal Appearance and Hygiene
R-MA promotes a clean, neat and well-groomed appearance in our community. Along with the rules in
this handbook, students should adhere to the following guidelines:
 Always wear shoes when in the dorm common areas,
including hallways and in all other buildings.
 Always be in the assigned uniform when leaving the dorm. Students must
make sure their shirts are tucked in.
 No tank tops can be worn outside of the dorm room.
 Shower daily according to the schedule assigned by the SLS.
 Wear clean wrinkle free and unstained clothing daily. (This includes clean socks and underwear!)
 Students should brush their teeth at least twice a day.
 Use deodorant. Aerosol or spray-on deodorant is not allowed.
Illness and Medication
Students who require medical attention should report to the office after breakfast to be seen one of the
nursing staff. Medications will be dispensed by the Dorm staff during breakfast, by the Middle School
Office at lunch and by the nursing staff at dinner. Please remember the following:
 All medications, including prescription, non-prescription, vitamins, or herbal remedies must be
turned into the nurse. Students may not keep any medications in their room
without written permission from the nurse.
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No student is permitted to take any medication without the permission of the
nurse or her designee.
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Any time that a student is not feeling well, he or she must tell their dorm
supervisor or administration! Assistance cannot be provided if the staff is not
notified a student is sick.
Room and Roommate Assignments
All room and roommate assignments will be made by the SLS team. Changes will be considered only
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after the first full week of school. Written requests for changes of rooms and/or roommates should be
submitted to the SLS, with the signature of the students involved in the proposed change. If the SLS
approves the change, he/she will seek final approval the Head SLS. Each request will be considered on a
case-by-case basis. Students are not to change rooms until the Head SLS has given permission.
Students are ONLY allowed on the hallway where their room is located and are NOT allowed in
another student’s room without proper permission. This will be considered an off-limits violation.
Students found in other’s rooms after lights out will be considered off-limits. Off-limits is an
automatic restriction violation. Students who wish to socialize or visit each other may do so in the
lounges or the courtyard.
Room Arrangements and Furnishings
1. Students are responsible for their rooms and the property in their rooms. Any need for
repairs is to be reported in writing to the SLS.
2. The dorm furniture may not be rearranged in any way or switched with furniture in another
room.
3. No additional furniture or furnishings may be added to the room with the following
exceptions: a laptop computer, a throw rug (not to exceed 3' x 5'), a few personal
mementos such as photographs and stuffed animals which easily fit into the space above
the desk.
4. Extension cords are not permitted and students are not permitted to place paper shades or
other flammable material such as blankets, towels, bedspreads, etc. over electrical bulbs,
electric outlets, or in contact with electrical wiring. However, female students are permitted
to have and use hair dryers and curling irons.
5. Each student may decorate the walls with one poster (no less than 24 inches from the
ceiling) using two-sided tape or sticky tack so long as the posters are of appropriate subject
matter. Inappropriate material includes posters with sexual overtones or posters that
promote alcohol or other addictive drugs or substances or that may be derogatory toward
persons of any ethnic and/or religious groups. The Principal will make the final
determination if there is any doubt as to the appropriateness of a poster. There will be no
decorations on the doors or ceilings. You may decorate your corkboard on your desk and
the first two blocks above your desk.
6. Students may not cover the window glass in their door at any time.
7. Student names must be displayed on the inside of the door glass at all times on a label
approved by the SLS.
8. No aerosol cans, medications, or prescriptions of any kind are permitted in dorm rooms.
These must be in the possession of the nurse or SLS who will dispense them as appropriate.
9. Foodstuff and water are to be stored in a plastic, airtight container.
Dormitory Discipline
The dormitory operates on an “A, B, C” grading system for tracking dormitory behavior. Students who
exhibit exemplary behavior and excellent citizenship will be placed on the A list and will receive extra
privileges, such as extra time before lights out. B list students receive the normal privileges. Students
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who have a pattern of misbehavior, poor citizenship, failed room inspections, or other negatives will be
placed on the C list. Students on the C list will have some of their privileges taken away. A new list is
published at the beginning of each week.
Room Inspection
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Student Life Supervisors inspect students’ rooms every morning. The criteria for passing room
inspection are listed below:
The bed is made without wrinkles using two sheets and one blanket. The pillow is centered at
the head of the bed and enclosed in a pillowcase.
All clothing is hung neatly in the closet or folded in the drawers. Shoes are placed neatly on the
floor of the closet.
The floor is swept clean.
The trash basket is empty.
The desk and desk drawers are neat and orderly. When students leave for classes and activities,
lights/radios must be off and the door locked.
ABC List
Student Life Supervisors assign students an A, B, or C according to how the rooms meet the five
requirements listed above and what their behavior is like during the week. Rewards and
consequences are assigned through the following list:
A List:
 Additional time with personal phones at discretion of SLS.
B List:
 No special privileges or consequences.
C List:
 No Friday town trip and remanded to room.
 Confiscation of electronic devices for five days or at the discretion of the SLS.
Students who achieve “A List” are students who demonstrate excellence in the dorm above and
beyond what is expected. “B List” students have met expectations. “C List” students are those who
have demonstrated consistently poor choices. If a student acquires a loss of free time more than
two times per week, the student will immediately be placed on “C List.”
Hall Leaders
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leaders have the following responsibilities:
Remind students of line-up times.
Assist in the management of the shower schedule.
Assist with phone collection.
Remind students of quiet time and lights out.
The SLS team will arrange for a reward each month for the best performing hall leader.
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Responsibility for Possessions
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Students are strongly discouraged from keeping valuables or expensive items in their rooms.
Neither the school nor its employees will be responsible for any lost or stolen items.
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Any valuables, to include large amounts of money, passports, etc., will be stored in the safe in
the Dorm Office.
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Students are responsible for their room and property. R-MA will not be responsible for items
that students choose to borrow or lend. Students are not allowed to sell to or trade items with
other students.
The room key is part of the uniform and must be with the student at all times.
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Students must LABEL ALL ITEMS!! This includes items bought during the course of the school
year.
Personal Property
R-MA does not accept responsibility for loss or damage to personal property. Students must follow the
simple rule: do not borrow, do not lend, do not sell and do not trade. Following this rule will keep
students from putting personal property at risk. Students should secure their property in their rooms by
closing the doors each time they leave and/or locking property in their footlockers.
Students are not allowed to keep more than $20 in their dorm rooms at any time. All excess cash will
be securely locked up in the Dorm Office. R-MA will not replace lost or stolen funds.
Lost and Found
Keeping track of belongings is important. Students must label all personal belongings, especially newly
purchased items. In the event that something has been misplaced, the dorm lost
and found is located in room B-1.

Doors must be closed and locked when occupants are not present. It is the
occupant’s responsibility to ensure that the door locks properly. Students
must see their SLS if there are problems.

Students may not enter another student’s room unless invited by an occupant of the room who
is also present. Violating this rule will be considered being in an off-limits area.

Only five students are allowed in a room at any one time (including the occupants).

Boarding students MUST take school supplies, this includes proper attire, with them in the
morning for all classes. Students must take all school supplies needed for study hall to the dorm
when they return to prepare for intramurals/athletics.

Students are not allowed to return to the dorm at any time during the class day or a scheduled
activity without the permission of the office.

It is a major rule violation to tamper with or disable the automatic locking device of any door.

The nature of dorm rooms make them shared environments for roommates. Roommates are
responsible to protect one another’s property and belongings when entertaining visitors. The
occupant or roommate who is present becomes accountable for loss or damage to property
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when entertaining visitors.
Allowance
Allowance is given out every Friday. Requests for extra money should be received by the Finance Office in the
form of an e-mail or phone call (540-636-5207) from the parent financially responsible no later than Tuesday at
noon. Weekend activity fees and allowances are charged to the student account.
Laundry
Boarding students may send out laundry Monday through Wednesday. To send laundry out for
cleaning, a student needs to follow these steps:
1. Complete a laundry slip, available from the SLS, being certain to include name,
student number, and an accurate count of articles being sent out.
2. The laundry slip must be placed in the bag with the student’s own laundry and tied tightly.
3. The bag is placed in the hallway for pick up by the laundry service as designated by SLS.
4. Students must always be sure that they are sending out only their own laundry, that it is
correctly labeled, and that they retain the laundry slip until the cleaned items are returned. The
laundry slip must be presented in order to make a claim for lost laundry.
5. Students pick up their laundry in the dorm after dinner as directed by the SLS.
Snacks
Students may store a modest amount of healthy snack food in their rooms, under the following conditions and at
the discretion of the SLS:
 No perishable items or items needing refrigeration.

NO SODA-only water may be stored in the room.

All food must be kept in a small (shoe box-sized) re-closable container (such as a Tupperware® container).
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Section 8: Class Schedule
MONDAY
MENTORING
8:00-8:45 AM
PERIOD 1
8:50-9:35 AM
PERIOD 2
9:40-10:25 AM
PERIOD 3
10:30-11:15 AM
PERIOD 4
11:20-12:05 PM
LUNCH
12:10-12:45 PM
TUTORIAL
12:50-1:25 PM
PERIOD 5
1:30-2:15 PM
PERIOD 6
2:20-3:05 PM
PERIOD 7
3:10-3:55 PM
SPORTS
4:00-5:00 PM
SIP/FREE TIME
4:15-5:15 PM
DINNER
5:30-6:00 PM
NIGHT STUDY HALL
6:15-7:45 PM
FREE TIME
7:45-9:00 PM
LIGHTS OUT
9:30 PM
TUESDAY
PERIOD 1
8:00-8:45 AM
PERIOD 2
8:50-9:35 AM
PERIOD 3
9:40-10:25 AM
PERIOD 4
10:30-11:15 AM
PERIOD 5
11:20-12:05 PM
LUNCH
12:10-12:45 PM
TUTORIAL
12:50-1:25 PM
PERIOD 6
1:30-2:15 PM
PERIOD 7
2:20-3:05 PM
INTRAMURALS
3:10-4:10 PM
SPORTS
3:10-5:00 PM
SIP
3:10-5:15 PM
DINNER
5:30-6:00 PM
NIGHT STUDY HALL
6:15-7:45 PM
FREE TIME
7:45-9:00 PM
LIGHTS OUT
9:30 PM
THURSDAY
PERIOD 2
8:00-9:30 AM
PERIOD 4
9:35-11:05 AM
PERIOD 6
11:10-12:40 PM
LUNCH
12:45-1:20 PM
TUTORIAL
1:25-2:00 PM
CHAPEL
2:05-2:35 PM
MENTORING
2:40-3:25 PM
INTRAMURALS
3:40-4:10 PM
SPORTS
3:40 5:00 PM
SIP
3:40-5:15 PM
DINNER
5:30-6:00 PM
NIGHT STUDY HALL
6:15-7:45 PM
FREE TIME
7:45-9:00 PM
LIGHTS OUT
9:30 PM
PERIOD 1
PERIOD 2
PERIOD 3
PERIOD 4
PERIOD 5
LUNCH
PERIOD 6
PERIOD 7
SIP/FREE TIME
DINNER
LIGHTS OUT
WEDNESDAY
PERIOD 1
8:00-9:30 AM
PERIOD 3
9:35-11:05 AM
PERIOD 5
11:10-12:40 PM
LUNCH
12:45-1:20 PM
TUTORIAL
1:25-2:00 PM
PERIOD 7
2:05-3:35 PM
INTRAMURALS
3:40-4:10 PM
SPORTS
3:40-5:00 PM
SIP
3:40-5:15 PM
DINNER
5:30-6:00 PM
NIGHT STUDY HALL
6:15-7:45 PM
FREE TIME
7:45-9:00 PM
LIGHTS OUT
9:30 PM
FRIDAY
8:30-9:15 AM
9:20-10:05 AM
10:10-10:55 AM
11:00-11:45 AM
11:50-12:35 PM
12:40-1:25 PM
1:30-2:15 PM
2:20-3:05 PM
3:30-5:00 PM
5:30-6:00 PM
10:30 PM
The schedule above includes all academic events that are mandatory for all students.
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All students will have an intramural or sport that they will choose each sports season. Intramurals will run until
4:10 p.m. and sports until 5:00 p.m. This will be announced each season.
Day students may check out for the day upon completing any intramurals, sports, or homework lab assignments.
If a day student needs to stay for dinner, the office must be notified in a timely manner and there will be a fee for
the meal.
Boarders have dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. followed by study hall from 6:15 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
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Contacts
Middle School Faculty/Staff
Derrick Leasure, Principal
Mariola Doran, Assistant Principal
Melissa Grove, Administrative Assistant
Tobias Allanson, Science Teacher
Barbara Bishop, Student Life Supervisor
Brian Brinkley, Student Life Supervisor
Bill Curl, English Teacher
Michael DeMato, Music Teacher
Sal Gallaro, Head Student Life Supervisor
Brandy Hudson, Asst. Athletic Director
Joshua Ilnicki, P.E./Health Teacher
Stephen Latham, German Teacher
Kara Lewallen, Science Teacher
Karen McManus, Math Teacher
Stephanie Portillo, Spanish Teacher
Ed Richards, Band Director
Mary Anna Stokes, English Teacher
Frank Sullivan, Athletic Director
Room
E-mail
MS Office
Room 7
MS Office
Room 11
Dorm Hall A
Dorm Hall D
Room 6
Room 9
Dorm Hall C
MS Athletic Office
Room 3
Stan Fulton 210
Room 5
Room 10
Stan Fulton 219
Band Room
Room 4
Melton Gym
DORMITORY DESK: (540)636-5465
HEALTH CLINIC: (540)636-5210 – DAY
(540)671-3781 – EVENING
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Phone
(540) 636-5417
(540) 636-3817
(540) 636-5480
(540) 636-5480
(540) 636-5465
(540) 636-5465
(540) 636-5480
(540) 636-5480
(540) 622-3096
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