All Things MMS

ABSENCES 

In order for a student to make up and receive credit for work assigned during an unexcused absence, the student must submit a written notification of the planned absence to the principal one-week in advance.

If a student must be absent from school, the following procedure should be followed:

1. Parent should notify the school by phone (469-752-7000) before 10:00 A.M.

2. Parent should send a note to school the first day the student returns. A note must be sent even though the parent has called. The note must state the date of and reason for the absence along with the signature of the parent or guardian and a telephone number where the parent can be reached. If no note is received within 3 school days, the absence is automatically unexcused.

3. The student should deliver the note to the attendance office before going to first period.

Parents are urged to make students’ dental, medical, and other appointments after school hours. If it becomes necessary for students to leave during the school day, parents should sign students out at the office. Office personnel will call students from class. Students must have parent or guardian permission before early checkout will be granted. Students will not be allowed to check themselves out, walk home, or leave the school campus with a friend or relative without confirmed parental permission.

BACKPACKS

No large bags or backpacks are permitted in the classrooms. Any bag large enough to contain a textbook must be kept in the student’s locker. Bags that do not fit in lockers are not permitted in school.

CARPOOL

There are two entry lanes from Murphy Road: The right lane, a turn-only lane into the Murphy Middle School parking lot, is the one parents should use; the left lane continues straight through toward Kimbrough Stadium with access to McMillen High School.

Parents dropping off students should continue along the circle toward the front of the school, and students must remain in the vehicle until it reaches the sidewalk in front of the school building. Students are only to be dropped off next to the curb, not in the left hand lane.

Upon reaching the sidewalk, students must be prepared to exit the vehicle immediately--all materials should already be gathered and goodbyes should already have been made. Students must exit the vehicle as soon as it reaches a complete stop.

Under no circumstances should students be dropped off in the parking lot. The parking lot is reserved for parents who have business inside the school .

THE CLINIC AND MEDICATIONS

The Health Services Department of PISD offers routine vision and hearing screening of all seventh graders, all students new to the district, and those referred by teachers or parents. Seventh graders are also screened for acanthosis nigricans, a light brown to black area on the back of the neck which could indicate a risk for type 2 diabetes. Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) screening is offered to all students in the eighth grade. School nurses are responsible for keeping student immunization records and are required to notify parents/guardians when boosters are necessary. A school nurse staffs Murphy’s clinic five days per week. Medical emergencies at school, including illness, injuries, infection, and asthma are addressed and parents are contacted as necessary. Our nurse will be happy to assist students with medications according to our district policy.

Medical Request Form is available in our front office, and it must be completed and signed by the parent/guardian before any medication (including inhalers and over the counter products such as aspirin) can be administered. Prescription medication as well as the over the counter products must be in the original container and properly labeled. All medications must be turned in to the school nurse. Cough drops are considered medication and may not be carried by the student without permission of the school nurse. Students are not to have any medication in their possession. It is the student’s responsibility to come to the clinic to take the medicine. The nurse is not responsible for reminding students to take medication.

DRESS CODE

Students are expected to arrive at school dressed and groomed appropriately. Failure to follow the basic regulations listed below will result in appropriate clothing being provided to the student to be worn for the day.

1. Shoes must be worn at all times.

2. Students may wear shorts that meet the following standards:

a. Must be loose fitting; no spandex-type shorts, cut-offs, boxer shorts, running shorts, or any combination thereof.

b. Must be hemmed or cuffed.

c. Must be fingertip length or longer.

3. Dresses or skirts must be longer than fingertips.

4. Yoga pants or tights must by covered with a t-shirt, shorts, or dress that is fingertip length or longer.

5. Skinny jeans must be pulled all the way up with no boxers showing.

6. Tank tops, tube tops, halter-type blouses or sheer lace, mesh shirts, pajamas, or nightwear will not be permitted. Shirts must overlap the waistband of skirts, shorts, or pants so that no skin is visible at any time.

7. Items with provocative, offensive, violent, or drug-related pictures or slogans will not be permitted. Items with derogatory, terroristic, or insulting messages will not be permitted.

8. No hats, caps, bandanas, hoods, chains, or sunglasses will be allowed.

9. No type of clothing which has been torn, slashed, or has holes will be allowed.

10. No sagging pants or shorts will be permitted.

11. No gang paraphernalia will be permitted.

12. No pierced jewelry other than earrings will be permitted.

13. Only natural hair color (blonde, red, black, or brown) will be permitted. This includes strands of hair.

14. All students are expected to meet community standards and school policies with regard to health, cleanliness, and appearance.

FORGET SOMETHING?

Homework, musical instruments, lunches, and all other items that are dropped off at school for students will be delivered by the front office. So that the learning process may remain intact, gifts, balloons, flowers, etc., will not be permitted during school hours. Students are not to bring these items to school or have them delivered at school

GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING

Murphy has three trained counselors available to students before and after school and during lunch. Parents can call our counselors anytime from 8:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. to set up appointments.  

LIBRARY

Library hours are 7:50 A.M. – 4:15 P.M. Monday through Thursday. Friday hours are 7:50 A.M. – 3:45 P.M. Passes are necessary to use the library before and during the school day if the student is not with his/her class. Magazines and reference books may be checked out for overnight use only with the library staff permission. Library books are checked out for a two-week period and may be renewed once. Fines are charged for overdue materials. ID cards are necessary to check out library materials. Replacement IDs may be purchased for $2.00. Students are expected to use the library computers responsibly and in accordance with the Acceptable Use Guidelines. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary measures and loss of access.

On-line reference sources can be accessed at the Murphy Middle School web page to assist in school projects. At home you may access the library catalog at the following address: http://k-12.pisd.edu

Computer printing for classroom assignments is available to students. Each student is allowed 5 free pages per day. A 5-cent charge for each page over that daily limit will be applied.

Food, beverages, and gum are not allowed in the library.

LOCKERS

Student lockers and combinations will be issued at the beginning of each school year. Students will be held responsible for the locker issued to them, including being held financially responsible for damage to lockers. Improperly jamming or rigging lockers is likely to result in theft. Theft should be reported to the administration. Lockers are the property of the school and may be inspected at any time by a school official. Students may not share, leave unlocked, jam and/or rig lockers..

Periodic inspections are made to see that lockers are kept neat and clean for the health and safety of our entire school.   

LOST AND FOUND

Articles of clothing and other personal items found in and around school should be turned in to the front office. It is helpful for students to write their names on jackets and coats. Items that have been turned in are displayed inside the cafeteria in order for students to identify and claim any lost property. Articles not claimed at the end of each 6 week grading period will be donated to charity.

LUNCH

Lunch Room Expectations

1. Students are to walk, not run, to lunch.

2. Students shall not cut in the lunch line.

3. Students are to remain seated while eating.

4. Students are assigned a lunch table and will move about the cafeteria only with permission.

5. All aluminum cans and plastic bottles should be recycled. Students are expected to clear tables before leaving the cafeteria.

6. No food or drinks are allowed outside the lunchroom. 

7. Students must have permission to leave the cafeteria.

8. Students may not go to their lockers or be in the hallways during lunchtime.

Students who do not follow lunchroom rules will be given lunch detentions, asked to assist in cleaning the cafeteria, and in some cases, will be removed from the general group.

Parents may eat lunch with their child at the table where their student has chosen to sit. Parents may bring lunch or treats for their child only.

Please check with our school cafeteria personnel for lunch prices. Students and staff may pay for meals by the day or in advance for any quantity of days. Checks for lunch tickets should be made payable to Murphy Middle School FANS. Students will not be allowed to have more than one outstanding charge at any time.

PERSONAL PROPERTY RESTRICTIONS AT SCHOOL

Any personal property causing a disruption in school or on the bus may be taken up and will not be returned until the end of the school day. If the item is taken up a second time, a parent or guardian must collect the item from the front office. Further offenses will result in consequences or disciplinary action. The school will not be responsible for personal property. This includes property brought to school for instructional projects as well as all other personal property of students. This includes leased or rented musical instruments. Instrument insurance information is available from the music directors.

TEXTBOOKS AND WORKBOOKS

Each student may be issued one textbook and/or workbook as assigned by the individual teacher for his/her class. It is the student's responsibility to take care of these books and have them in his/her custody as required. If a textbook or workbook is lost or damaged, the student will pay for the replacement of that book. This can be done at any time throughout the school year. Not all classes assign textbooks. Home copies of textbooks for classes that do not assign books are available for use during the school year. The Dean of Students can help with this request.

TARDIES

If students will arrive on campus after 8:30 A.M., they need to check in at the front office with a note from their parent explaining the tardy. Consequences for unexcused tardiness, up to the fifth tardy, will be determined by the teacher or academic team. Students will be assigned to Friday Night Academy after the fifth, seventh, and tenth tardies. Students will also be assigned a Friday Night Academy for each tardy after the tenth. Truancy may be filed on the tenth tardy. Parent contact regarding tardies should include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Signed detention form or other teacher notification

2. Contact with the parent after the fifth, seventh, and tenth tardy per semester If a student is absent for at least three days, a parent/guardian may call the office and request that the student's class assignments be collected from his/her teachers for pick-up in the office. For absences less than three days, students should get their make-up work from the teachers upon return to school or notify the teacher directly before their return

TUTORIALS/ONLINE HELP

Each academic team will hold tutorials at regularly scheduled times. Each team will send this schedule home, and the team schedule is posted in the classrooms. Passes to tutorials may be provided by a teacher or a parent in the agenda planner. Students seeking to attend tutorials must have a pass to be admitted to hallways or classrooms prior to 8:05 A.M.

A teacher or a parent MAY assign mandatory tutorials if a student is failing. The tutorial will be scheduled as designated by the teacher. Failure to attend may result in disciplinary action or truancy charges being filed.

VISITORS

All visitors are required to report directly to the main office to sign in with the receptionist and show a valid driver’s license which will be scanned through our Raptor system for security purposes. A visitor’s badge will be issued and must be worn while the visitor is on campus. Parents are welcome to visit the school, be involved in school activities, and join their student for lunch. The cost for an adult lunch is different from a student lunch. Please check with cafeteria personnel for current lunch prices. Students from other schools will not be allowed to visit during instructional time or lunchtime. This includes former students who wish to visit teachers or friends. All visitors are asked to comply with school dress code and campus rules while on the Murphy Middle School campus.