Oquirrh Hills Middle School provides computerized attendance information updated daily to assist parents and students. Students and parents may check class grades and attendance records by visiting our website http://www.oquirrhhillsmiddle.org/ and choosing the Skyward Family Access link to the online program. This system requires the use of confidential student or parent codes. These codes are mailed home at the beginning of the academic year. Due to the Federal Privacy Act, it is required that these codes be picked up in person at the Counseling Center if parents are requesting them after the mailing.
If a student arrives after 8:05 a.m. they must check-in with the attendance office. When a student must leave school during the day, it is their responsibility to obtain a check-out slip from the attendance office before school. The parent/guardian must sign the student out in the attendance office in person before the student will be released. Only a parent, guardian or other individuals listed on the registration card may check a student out from school. If a student is not to be released to a non-custodial parent/guardian listed on the card, it is the custodial parent’s responsibility to notify the Attendance Office. Proof of a protective order or court order must be provided. If a court order is lifted, the custodial parent must provide a copy of the court order to the Attendance Office.
CLOSED CAMPUS AND VISITORS
Oquirrh Hills Middle School has a closed campus policy which means students are not allowed to leave the campus without following the proper checkout procedures. Student visitors will not be allowed at school. Adult visitors must obtain a “visitor pass” from the Main Office before proceeding into the school building, or they may be charged with trespassing. Parents wishing to attend a class also must follow this procedure.
Students may apply for up to 10 days of educational leave per school year. A parent must call or send a note to the Attendance Office no less than two days before the scheduled absence in order for the student to receive an Educational Leave Form. Students will then present the form to each teacher throughout the day to make arrangements for pending work.
HOME AND HOSPITAL
When a doctor writes an order for a student to be out of school for over 10 days, a parent needs to contact the attendance office to arrange for Home and Hospital Teaching Services. The doctor order must be provided to the attendance office Home and Hospital Teaching Services can begin. The order must specify the length of time being requested for Home and Hospital Teaching Services.
REQUESTS FOR HOMEWORK
If a student misses three or more days of school because of illness, parents may request homework by contacting the counseling center at 412-2091. Please allow 24 hours between the time the request is made and the time the homework is picked up.
WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
When students move outside the school boundaries, they need to withdraw from Oquirrh Hills Middle School. This process includes obtaining a withdrawal form from the Attendance Office, obtaining a signature from each teacher, returning all textbooks, cleaning out lockers, and paying any fines. Failure to complete all of these steps may result in delay or denial of credit.
SCHOOL RESOURCES AND SERVICES
The counselors’ role at OHMS is to work with students, parents, and teachers to support student success. Counselors help students’ in their academic, social and emotional needs through the comprehensive counseling guidance program.
The OHMS guidance program consists of four areas:
• Responsive Services: assisting students in an individual or group setting
• Individual Planning: guiding students to create a plan for high school, college and career.
• Guidance Curriculum: exploring college and career opportunities in the classroom
• Systems Support: management of counseling program, planning and creating activities for students
One aspect of the guidance program is assisting students in becoming college and career ready. This is accomplished by students participating in the Plan for College and Career Readiness (PCCR). The PCCR helps students’ set goals, explore educational and occupational options and make plans for the future.
The PCCR process is as follows:
7th Grade: The PCCR process is in conjunction with the CCA (College and Career Awareness Program) Guidance and Career class. Students will participate in a variety of assessments and activities through the class. The experience culminates with a group PCCR meeting at the end of each quarter, which parents are invited to attend if interested. During this meeting we introduce the PCCR process, review the student’s assessments and answer questions.
8th Grade: Counselors schedule an individual PCCR meeting with every student and parent to discuss the student’s career exploration, goals, interests, test results, high-school graduation requirements and opportunities that are available to our students during their school years. Counselors work with parents to schedule a meeting that allows all to attend.
9th Grade: The PCCR process takes place throughout the year with all 9th grade students. Students have further opportunities to explore occupations and set goals for their future. Students participate in Reality Town, which is a program that helps students gain an understanding of the financial responsibilities of an adult, how to manage money and how their educational performance could impact their future success. Counselors also review high school graduation requirements during a one on one meeting in the spring prior to high school registration.
We look forward to working with you! Please visit www.ohmscounseling.weebly.com for more information about our program and your counselors.
OHMS has created a collaborative culture. Teachers are collaborating as grade level teams and departments to enhance the educational experience of our students. Teachers meet regularly to coordinate curriculum, make connections between subjects, analyze testing data to guide curriculum, discuss student work and determine interventions for struggling students. They develop more challenging work for all students. The students benefit from these teachers being able to identify and meet the needs of each student in a collaborative setting.
The faculty and staff at OHMS are here to help students. There are many support systems in place to help students feel comfortable at school. The daily interaction the students receive allows faculty and staff to be supportive when they notice a student is upset, struggling or celebrating a great accomplishment. More formal support is available for students such as Teacher Advisory, Counseling (individual and group) and Administrative counseling/meetings. Also available to Jordan School District students and their families is the Jordan Family Education Center. This center provides additional support for students and families ranging from individual counseling to parenting classes. Please contact the school for further information.
OHMS faculty and staff offer many avenues of academic support for students. Support is available through structured weekly enrichment sessions. Students and parents are also able to make appointments with teachers, counselors and administrators as necessary to ensure academic support. Counselors monitor student progress and meet with students who are struggling or show a sudden change in academic performance. Teachers also identify students needing additional support and provide appropriate interventions.
Oquirrh Hills Middle School provides a weekly opportunity for helping students achieve additional help when needed. Enrichment is held two days a week, Tuesday and Thursday, from 3:00 to 4:00 P.M. Assistance is offered in core and some elective areas to provide students with a quiet place to do homework and tutoring from a teacher.
T.A. INTERVENTION / EAGLE HOUR
At Oquirrh Hills Middle School we provide a daily opportunity for students to receive extra help from their teachers during the T.A. period. Students that need extra help in a subject area are invited by their teacher to attend a scheduled intervention held during T.A., where they can receive one on one remediation.
Lunch School is a program designed for students who are missing assignments, quizzes or projects to complete during their lunch time. Students are given a lunch school ticket from their teacher to report to a classroom where they can work for 30 minutes and get help from a teacher if needed. It is held every day, Monday-Friday, during both lunches
FRIDAY MORNING MATH TUTORING
On Fridays from 9:00 to 9:45 students can meet with math tutors to help with any math needs. Students are also welcome to come and work on any other subject that they choose.
STUDENT LED CONFERENCES
This program offers an alternative to traditional conferences by placing the responsibility and focus of the conference on the student. The student compiles a portfolio of work samples from each class to present to the parent. The student also presents the parent with an evaluation form from each class that both the teacher and the student have filled out. The parent and student set short-term goals and create a plan on how to achieve the goals. After which, parents may visit their student’s teachers for the remainder of the conference. The Student Led Conference allows for open communication between the student and the parent with a focus on student success.
Students who do not feel well may obtain a note from their teacher to report to the clinic. The clinic is for short-term use only where students may remain up to 15 minutes. The Attendance Office will notify parents/guardians if the student requests to be checked out of school. It is extremely important for the Attendance Office to be able to contact parents in an emergency situation. Providing the school with your current place of employment and/or phone numbers can minimize delayed notification.
ADMINISTERING OF MEDICATION
The Jordan School District requires that any student who is required to take medication during school must have a medical release form completed, signed by their doctor and returned to the Counseling Center before the medication can be dispensed at school. School personnel cannot dispense any medications (not even aspirin) without the medical release form. Students are allowed to take their own medication. According to the Jordan School District Drug and Alcohol Policy, students may not have more than an eight-hour dosage of a prescribed or over-the-counter medication at school at any time. Students may not share any medications with their peers or they will be in violation of the Jordan School District Drug and Alcohol Policy and will be disciplined accordingly.
Our lunch manager and staff provide students at Oquirrh Hills with a variety of healthy food options. It is advised that students not share their lunch account numbers with friends. Vending machines contain a variety of beverages, snacks, and candy. Students may use these machines at their own risk. Oquirrh Hills is unable to reimburse students for money “lost” in the machines. Tampering or abusing the vending machines will result in reimbursement for damages, disciplinary action and/or court referral. In order for the cafeteria to remain a calm, safe, and enjoyable environment for everyone, we ask that students demonstrate responsible and respectful behavior. Parents will be notified if irresponsible, disrespectful or unsafe behaviors are observed and disciplinary action will be taken. School Lunch is a Federal program. It is now possible to add money to your child’s account through Skyward.
We are experiencing increasing problems related to students sharing lockers. Individual lockers are assigned to each student. Sharing lockers and combinations is strictly prohibited. Students are responsible for the security of items brought to school and stored in their assigned locker, including P.E. and shop lockers. Privacy of individual locker combinations is the responsibility of the student. Students are advised that it is a violation of the locker contract to share their locker or combination with other students. Students are not allowed to write on, scratch, carve, dent or in any way deface or mutilate their lockers or anyone else’s lockers. Students and parents are required to sign a locker use contract. Students who violate the terms of this contract may lose their locker privileges, or be subject to other consequences as determined by the administration.
School lockers are the property of Jordan School District and may be searched by school officials at any time. Illegal items found in lockers may be confiscated and students may be prosecuted for illegal items.
The school furnishes textbooks to students. These textbooks are a major school investment. It is the responsibility of the student to properly safeguard the books assigned to them. Reasonable wear and tear is expected as result of daily use. Fines will be charged for unreasonable damage or loss.
INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA CENTER
The IMC (library) is open from 7:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. daily. Students will be allowed into the IMC before and after school, between classes and during lunch. The IMC is well supplied with materials and equipment that may be checked out. Fines are assessed for overdue materials. The following general rules will be in effect:
- The IMC is a place for study, research, reading and scheduled activities. The staff will insist that a proper, quiet atmosphere be maintained.
- No food or drink will be allowed in the IMC.
- Passes to the IMC are required during class periods and at lunch. They must be filled out accurately including the student’s names, their purpose in coming and the time they left the classroom. Students who arrive without a pass will be returned to class. Media passes are not allowed during T.A.
Oquirrh Hills Middle School has a variety of opportunities for students to expand their connection to the school. These opportunities are provided before or after school. The list includes:
- Jazz Band
- Debate Team
- Science Olympiad
- Math Counts
- Geography Bee
- Talent Show
- Reality Town
- Orchestra Concerts
- Arts Fair
- Band Concerts
- Drama Performances
- Choir Concerts
- Dance Performances
- STEM Academy
STUDENT BODY OFFICERS
Four students from each grade are elected by their peers to represent the students and work under the supervision of the student body advisor. These students must apply each year. They are selected on the basis of GPA, an interview, student votes and teacher recommendations. A 3.0 GPA is required to maintain good standing.
PTSA STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES
The PTSA leaders select four students from each grade to represent the students on the PTSA Council. The students must apply each year and go through an interview process. A 3.0 GPA is required to maintain good standing.
Twelve students (four from each grade) are selected to work with a team of teachers, administrators and parents on the accreditation/school improvement plan. These students continue in this team for the three years they attend OHMS. A 3.5 GPA is required to maintain good standing.
Twelve students are part of this team. Four students are selected from each of the three grades. These students are responsible for producing morning announcements and providing lighting and sound for auditorium productions. These students continue on the team for three years. A 3.5 GPA is required to maintain good standing.
Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement. This is an academic enrichment to bolster the academic skills needed for students who want to pursue coursework and careers in math, science, technology, and engineering fields.
This team is comprised of the NJHS members. The team is responsible for collecting recycled paper throughout the building each week.
STUDENT RECOGNITION PROGRAMS
At OHMS, we strive to recognize students for their effort, achievement, demonstrated improvement, and positive contributions. The following programs are in place to recognize students for these accomplishments.
EAGLE OF THE QUARTER:
This award is presented to twenty-four students each quarter for their outstanding citizenship. These students are honored at an assembly and are presented with an award. Parents are invited to the assembly and to a reception afterwards.
EAGLE OF THE MONTH:
Students may be nominated by peers, faculty, staff or the administration to receive this recognition. Those students nominated are chosen on a quarterly basis by the Student of the Month Committee for making a positive contribution to OHMS.
EAGLE OF THE DAY:
Students are nominated by teachers and administrators to receive individual recognition. These students are recognized on the morning announcements and receive a certificate, pen and fast pass.
NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY:
Students who exhibit outstanding qualities of scholarship, character, leadership, service, and citizenship are invited to join the National Junior Honor Society. Invitations are issued each fall, and membership is renewed automatically by maintaining the necessary GPA. Student members conduct various service projects throughout the year. It is the responsibility of the individual student to make application to the NJHS.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS ASSEMBLY:
During the spring, the faculty selects the top 7th, 8th and 9th grade achievers in each of the curriculum areas. These students are honored at an assembly where they receive peer and faculty recognition.
All honor roll students are listed on the official school honor roll on display in the main hall. They receive a certificate of recognition.
NO TARDY PARTY:
Students who have no tardies at the end of each quarter (1-3) are recognized with a food reward for their outstanding efforts.