• STUDENT HANDBOOK 2021-2022

    AGENDA

    Each student receives a school agenda at the beginning of the school year. The cost to replace the agenda is $10. The agenda is essential every day, and a tool for students to stay organized. When a student does not have his/her agenda, it is considered a violation, and students must obtain a temporary sheet. The student will use the agenda the following ways: 

    • CALENDAR: The agenda is a great place for the student to keep track of upcoming events in school and in our community.
    • COMMUNICATION TOOL: The agenda provides a space for the student to plan a “Buddy System” whereby the student has a friend in each class whom he/she can call for assignments when the student is absent or unsure of the assignment. Teachers and parents may also use the comment section in the daily assignment section of the agenda to communicate with one another.
    • DAILY ASSIGNMENTS, TESTS, AND QUIZZES: Students are to record daily and weekly assignments in the assigned areas for each subject.
    • HALL PASSES: If a student needs to leave the classroom for any reason, restroom, another teacher’s classroom, office, library, etc., the student is to use the Hall Pass section of the agenda.
    • SETTING GOALS: There are multiple areas in the agenda that the student can write down short-term and long-term goals as well as to-do lists.

    AWARDS AND CEREMONIES

    Trist will hold many ceremonies throughout the year recognizing students for accomplishments.

    • 8th GRADE CEREMONY: Eligible students must be present the entire school day on the date of the ceremony in order to participate.
    • HONOR ROLL CEREMONIES: Each nine weeks we will recognize students for their academic performance. The ceremony consists of parent/guardian, the principal, assistant principal, and teachers. Students can receive certificates for the following awards:
      • PRINCIPAL’S LIST is achieved by earning an “A” in all subjects and in conduct.
      • SCHOLAR’S LIST is achieved by earning a 3.5-3.99 GPA without a “C” in any class or in conduct.
      • MERIT LIST is achieved by earning a 3.0-3.49 without a “C” in any class or in conduct.
      • PERFECT ATTENDANCE is achieved by being present each day all day with no check-ins and no check-outs. There are additional criteria for Perfect Attendance all year as outlined in the Guide to Student Conduct.
    • PERFECT PIRATE PARTIES: The parties are held for students throughout the year for students who receive no behavior or dress code infractions each quarter.
    • STUDENT OF THE MONTH: This honor is earned through teacher nomination and voting. One student from each grade level will receive this title for academic excellence and model behavior.
    • STUDENT OF THE YEAR: 8th grade students may participate in this awards program if they meet the state qualifications from 5th -8 th grade. The qualifications are:
      • student grade point average no less than 3.1,
      • exemplary state test scores,
      • completion of the state application,
      • student conduct embodies the school culture and values,
      • teacher recommendation,
      • involvement in extra-curricular school activities,
      • involvement in the community as well as activities outside of school. The SOY process begins in early fall of the 8th grade year. Upon completion of the school level portfolio, students will take part in an interview process judged by a committee made up of community member(s), faculty members, and an administrator. If there is a dispute regarding the selection of a candidate, please contact your school principal directly. Additional state criteria is available on the Department of Education website: www:louisianabelieves.com/resources/library/awards
    • TERRIFIC TEENS: Twice a year, selected students are recognized for their efforts as a “Terrific Teen”. These students are chosen by their teachers and awarded certificates in recognition of their unique qualities. The ceremony consists of parent/guardian, the principal, assistant principal, instructional coach, sponsors of St. Bernard Safe and Drug Free Schools, St. Bernard/Arabi Kiwanis Club, and Chalmette Refining L.L.C.

    CAMPUS PROCEDURES

    • ACCIDENT\INJURY PROCEDURE: When a student at Trist is injured and the injury is deemed to be of a very serious nature, the following plan will go into effect: The principal, assistant principal, or nurse on site will examine the student’s injury. THE STUDENT IS NOT TO BE MOVED UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. Emergency first aid will be administered to offer temporary relief for the person injured. The student’s parents will be called. If deemed necessary, 9-1-1 will be called. If a student is badly injured, the paramedics will come to the site where the person was injured.
    • CAFETERIA: Students are to walk quickly and form single lines on either side of the cafeteria depending on if they eat a school lunch or bring a lunch from home. Students must have their ID on so that lines move faster. Students without a proper ID will be moved to the back of the line or receive a restricted lunch. The cafeteria provides wellbalanced breakfast and lunch choices each day. After receiving lunch, students will be directed to the next available seat by the teacher on duty. STUDENTS ARE NOT TO LINGER TO WAIT FOR FRIENDS OR SKIP SEATS. Using good table manners provides a pleasant atmosphere for everyone. Good table manners by students. INCLUDES cleaning the table and floor around them, eating food on the tray, pushing in chairs, stacking trays neatly in the designated area, and notifying a staff member for assistance when necessary.
    • BUS DISMISSAL: Students are to load their bus if their bus is in the bus circle. In the interest of safety, if the bus is not in the bus circle at dismissal, students are to sit/stand in the designated bus lines in the gym and stand behind the yellow lines while waiting to board the bus. Students are to wait until the bus has stopped completely and the driver has opened the door before stepping off the curb to board the bus. Students are to form a single-file line without pushing.
    • CAR RIDER DISMISSAL: Students who do not ride a bus should be picked up in front of the school on Pirates’ Cove. Students are to wait for their ride on the Student Plaza and are not to step into the street until their ride has arrived and the teacher on duty tells them to go to the car.
    • FIRE AND TORNADO DRILLS: Fire and/or tornado drills are conducted monthly so students will be prepared in the event of a disaster. During these drills, students must remain absolutely quiet and follow the instructions of the teacher.
    • GENERAL ASSEMBLIES: General assemblies are held throughout the school year and may include special presentations, awards ceremonies, pep rallies, and guest speakers. Conduct in the assembly area must be courteous and orderly. Strict attention should be given to all speakers. Appropriate audience response is expected.
    • HALL EXPECTATIONS: Keep to the right when walking the hallways. Avoid banging locker doors. This causes damage to the doors and disturbs nearby classes. Move promptly from one class to another and to and from lunch. Excessive noise should always be avoided. Running, horse playing, or other aggressive behavior in the courtyards, hallways, and bus loading area are not allowed at any time. Display good manners at all times. Public displays of affection are not allowed. Our #1 rule at N. P. Trist Middle School - KEEP YOUR HANDS AND FEET TO YOURSELF.
    • HALL LOCKERS: Each student MAY rent his/her own hall locker for $5.00. For safety reasons, the sharing of hall lockers is NOT permitted nor is the sharing of the combination with anyone. Money and valuables should never be placed in hall lockers. The school is not responsible for items lost or stolen from lockers. Students may go to their lockers ONLY at these times: o before homeroom o before lunch o after school
    • ILLNESS: If a student becomes ill while in class, students may ask for a pass to the office to call home or the teacher will notify the front office and a parent will be called.
    • RESTROOM: Students are to use the restroom before school, during PE, during lunch time, during change of classes, or after school. A student will use his/her agenda as a pass during class time. If a student has extreme cases, they should be documented by a doctor’s or parent’s note properly authorized by the office.
    • TRAFFIC FLOW: When dropping off and picking up students, as well as for school functions, the traffic procedure is to approach the school via Webster Street and depart via Olivia Street. This procedure provides for a safe and smooth flow of traffic during busy times.

    COMMUNICATION

    Our School recognizes that parent and family involvement is essential as we partner to educate our students and prepare them for life-long learning. Together we can support student learning and growth. It is our intention to cultivate and support active family involvement through a number of different ways:

    • Student Agenda - The student assignment agenda is an excellent mode of written communication between parents and teachers. A “comment” section is located at the bottom of each page of the agenda. The school encourages the use of this section. Parents should monitor the use of the student agenda, as this is a good indication of homework compliance.
    • Guide to Student Conduct – The district issues these books with detailed information regarding school and district policies on behavior, dress code, technology, etc.
    • Monthly Calendar - A school calendar of events, grade level curriculum information, tips for parents from the counselor, and the PTA newsletter are sent home with the student each month.
    • Parent Teacher Association - Parents are invited to join the PTA and to volunteer their time and talents by participating in school functions and programs throughout the year. Taking part in PTA and school activities is an excellent opportunity to show your interest in your child’s education.
    • Parent-Teacher/Administrative Conferences – Parents need not wait until a problem has developed before making an appointment to speak with their child’s teacher. They should get to know the teachers and feel free to ask questions about any phase of the curriculum which they would like to discuss. The home and the school are both interested in what is best for the students.
      • If students and parents have a concern regarding either academic or behavior issues, please contact the teacher, sponsor, or coach first. After speaking with the appropriate teacher, sponsor, or coach, if the issue continues, then contact one of the School Administrators, Counselor, or Instructional Coach for assistance. If the issue remains unresolved, parents may then contact the School Board Office.
    • PowerSchool Pages – Teachers will post important information regarding daily classroom assignments, testing information, class resources, important dates, homework, and other helpful reminders and announcements to their Teacher PowerSchool Pages. Your child can find your each teacher PowerSchool Page by logging into Clever and going to the dashboard.
    • Progress Reports - Progress Reports are issued to students mid-way through each nine-week period. Progress Reports must be signed by the parent and returned to the homeroom teacher within three days. Progress report dates are listed on page 5.
    • Report Cards – Report Cards are issued to students at the end of each nine-week period, with the exception of the 1st 9 weeks, which a Report Card Conference evening is held. Report Cards must be signed by the parent and returned to the homeroom teacher within three days.
    • Report Card Conference - The first nine-week report card is issued directly to the parent at Report Card Conference. This is an important opportunity for parents to meet with their child’s teachers and discuss his\her progress. Conference date is listed on page 5.
    • School and District Websites – Our school and district websites provide families the most up-to-date information regarding school operations, school and district policies, upcoming events, and announcements. You can find our school website by visiting: https://www.sbpsb.org/trist
    • SchoolStatus – SchoolStatus is a communication tool that all teachers, counselors, and administrators throughout our district use to connect with parents. Each SchoolStatus number is unique to the student and each teacher. Once a teacher reaches out to you, you can save this number to continue communication throughout the year. School Status will use phone and email information in the school’s computer system, which is why it is imperative this information is kept up to date. SchoolStatus does not use an app to communicate, instead, you will receive calls, texts, and emails using your phone number and/or email address just like a regular phone call, text message, or email. SchoolStatus messages can also be translated in multiple preferred languages.
    • Social Media Accounts – Trist utilizes Facebook to communicate with our families and community. Please be sure to “like” our school and district Facebook pages to get the latest information about what is happening within our schools.
      • Trist: https://www.facebook.com/tristmiddleschool/
      • District: https://www.facebook.com/St.BernardSchools/
    • Student Handbook - This handbook contains school policies and procedures, the yearly parish calendar, and other pertinent information for Trist Middle School. It will be distributed to all students at the beginning of the year.
    • Student Progress Center (SPC) – Beginning with the 2021-2022 school year, the Home Access Center will change to the Student Progress Center. The SPC will give parents access to current information regarding their child’s schedule, attendance, class work, progress report, report card grades, test scores, and other information.

    COUNSELING SERVICES

    • BUG ME FORMS – All students have access to the school counseling program. Children needing support concerning individual issues can fill out a Bug Me Form to schedule a meeting with the school counselor. Students can request a paper copy of a Bug Me Form from teachers and staff members as well as find one outside of the library. Students are to complete the forms and place them in the mailbox outside the library. There is also an electronic Bug Me Form located on each teacher’s PowerSchool Page. Students can fill out the electronic form in school or at home.
    • COUNSELING - Students are offered individual, group, and peer counseling. Academic and developmental concerns may also be addressed through counseling. Students are always welcome to consult the counselor regarding individual concerns. Similarly, parent requests are welcome. Students may also be referred to outside agencies when deemed necessary. Outside counseling resources are available upon request with the school counselor.

    CURRICULUM

    The curriculum at Trist Middle School determines the plan for learning. The subjects offered are those required by the Louisiana BESE (Board of Elementary and Secondary Education) as well as those considered important for the total growth of our students. The content of required subjects follow the parish and state curriculum guidelines and are guided by State Standards.

    Required Subjects:

    • English Language Arts
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • Social Studies
    • Physical Education

    Elective Subjects:

    • Art
    • Music Appreciation
    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Quest for Success
    • Remediation 

     

    • CHROMEBOOKS - All content area subjects (ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies) use Chromebooks (mini-laptops) as part of the curriculum. Each child will be assigned a Chromebook for use during the school day. Chromebooks are closely monitored and should be used for academic purposes only. Students will receive a consequence and possible financial restitution if they:
      • navigate to unapproved sites.
      • damage the Chromebook in any way.
      • using another student’s Chromebook.
      • using another student’s log-in information.
      • misuse of any of the programs including communications with other students.
      • change settings.
      • Teachers will review all Chromebook guidelines and expectations and consequences with each class. Technology Guidelines are also outlined in the Guide to Student Conduct.
    • CLEVER - Clever is an easy way for children to log in and learn with all of the online programs used at school. Within their own personal portals, students can learn with resources selected by their teachers and district during school hours and at home. Trist Middle uses Clever so our students can have all of their digital resources in one place, and it also eliminates the need to remember multiple usernames and passwords.
      • The link for our Clever site can be found by visiting the Quick Links or Educational Links on our school website https://www.sbpsb.org/trist. Your student’s username and password can be found in his/her agenda.
    • GRADING - Benchmark assessments will be given at the end of each nine-week period and normally represent 25% of the nine-week grade. Typically, another 40% of a student’s grade is from tests and quizzes, 15% is from homework, and 20% is a daily class work or participation grade. Teachers will assess each student’s behavior during a given period and will assign an appropriate conduct grade.
    • HOMEWORK - A homework assignment relevant to the objectives taught will be assigned each night in all required and elective courses. Assignments should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Assignments will be checked and recorded in the teachers’ gradebook. Students are expected to complete all assignments.
      • If a student is absent, he/she is responsible for completing missed assignments, whether excused or unexcused. Missed assignments can be found on the teacher’s PowerSchool Page by logging into Clever. The teacher will determine a reasonable amount of time in which make-up work will be accepted. Parents are asked to supervise homework to see that it is completed. When circumstances require it, parents may be asked to sign homework and/or agendas before they are brought to class. The consequences for a pattern of not doing homework are serious and are addressed in the Guide to Student Conduct. A nine-week cumulative homework grade will represent 15% of the nine-week grade.
    • HONORS PROGRAM - The Honors Program offers qualified students a more intensive and challenging course of study. Honors student’s academic progress is reviewed each nine weeks to determine continued placement. Students may be placed in a full honors schedule or subject specific placement if state required standardized test scores show that a student has a strength in a particular area.
      • Criteria for placing 6th and 7th grade students in honors include multiple data points and include the following:
        • A final grade of “B” or better in the previous grade English Language Arts and teacher recommendation;
        • A final grade of “B” or better in the previous grade Math and teacher recommendation ;
        • Exemplary reading Level on the Star Assessment;
        • Performance history on the ELA section of the State standardized test;
        • Performance history on the mathematics section of the State standardized test;
        • Placement of students in Honors is probationary pending student performance during the first and second nine-week grading periods.
      • Criteria for placing 8th grade students in English I and/or Algebra I for high school credit include:
        • A final grade of “B” or better in 7th grade Reading/Language Arts for English I and teacher recommendation ;
        • A final grade of “B” or better in 7th grade pre-Algebra for Algebra I and teacher recommendation;
        • Performance history on the ELA section of the State standardized test for English I;
        • Performance history on the mathematics section of the State standardized test for Algebra I;
        • Qualifying score on Algebra pre-test given at end of 7th grade year.
        • Qualifying score on English I pre-test given at the end of 7th grade year.
        • Placement of students in English I and/or Algebra I is probationary pending student performance during the first and second nine-week grading periods.
    • LIBRARY - Students will be scheduled to visit the library through ELA classes. Students may check out two books at a time along with a novel (if required for their ELA class). Due dates for library books will be once every 9 weeks; however, students may return library books at any time in the Book Return outside of the library. Students' school IDs are also their Library cards, so it is mandatory that students MUST have their School ID in order to check out a book. This will ensure that any books listed under a student's account were in fact checked out by the student. If a student has on overdue library book, then he/she CANNOT check out another book, even if required by a teacher. This includes library books from other schools in the District. Overdue library books become a School DEBT. In order to clear the debt, the book must be returned or the cost of the book must be paid. Students MUST pay for any lost or damaged books.
    • GRADE PROMOTION - A student’s four nine-week grades are averaged for a final grade for the year. An “A” = 4 points, “B” = 3 points, “C” = 2 points, “D” = 1 point, “F” = 0 points. The student’s final average must be equivalent to at least one quality point in order to pass the subject. However, if a student receives an “F” for the fourth nine weeks and an “F” for any one of the other three grading periods, the final grade will be an “F”. This policy is designed to ensure a consistent effort by students throughout the school year.
      • Students who receive a final grade of an “F” in any one or two promotional subjects (English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) will be required to attend and pass summer remediation. Students who receive a final grade of an “F” in any three promotional subjects will be retained at their present grade level.
    • PROGRESS REPORTS AND REPORT CARDS - Progress Reports are issued midway through each nine-week period. They are designed to help parents monitor their child’s progress before report cards are issued. Report Cards are issued at the end of each nine weeks. Both progress reports and report cards include academic grades, conduct grades, comments, and attendance. Progress Reports and Report Cards must be signed and returned to the homeroom teacher within 3 days.
    • STATE STANDARDIZED TESTING - All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students must take standardized test required by the State of Louisiana. Performance on this test will determine whether a student will be scheduled for different classes available.
    • TEST VIEWING POLICY - All parents and students have the right to view tests. Since students will take content area (ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies) tests, quizzes, and benchmark exams online, teachers will review corrected tests with students during class time. Since the tests, quizzes, and exams are online, they will not be sent home; however, if parents would like to see corrected tests, they may set up a meeting with the teacher.
    • TEXTBOOKS - Students must pay for lost or damaged textbooks. ELA and Math books are consumable books where students are able to complete their work in the book. Students must have their own assigned textbook at all times. An inventory of textbooks will be conducted periodically.
      • TEXTBOOK PRICE LIST
        • ELA: Consumable (students will write in the books)
          • Grade 6,7,8 Spring Board $17.85
          • English I Spring Board $18.25
        • MATHEMATICS: Consumable (students will write in the books)
          • Grades 6,7,8 Spring Board $16.75
          • Algebra I Spring Board $17.95
        • SCIENCE: Books will remain in classroom
          • Grades 6,7,8 $75.97
        • SOCIAL STUDIES: Books will remain in classroom
          • 6th World History $58.50
          • 7th The American Journey $68.49
          • 8th Louisiana History $49.95
      • If a textbook is lost or damaged, a replacement price will be determined based on the condition of the textbook as established by the administration. If a student loses any workbook, he/she must purchase a replacement.

     GUIDE TO STUDENT CONDUCT

    The St. Bernard Parish School Board issues the “Guide to Student Conduct”. This guide describes the discipline policies and dress code mandated by the school board. Included in the guide is information on proper school bus behavior, policies on non-discrimination, bullying, cyberbullying, intimidation, harassment, and hazing and student sexual harassment. Parents must sign the first two pages of this guide indicating that the parent has read the guide, and giving permission for disclosure of directory information, and permission for their child to access the Internet. Below is only a few of the policies located in the Guide to Student Conduct.

    • TRIST BEHAVIOR CODE -The N. P. Trist Middle School Behavior Code is as follows:
      • I will be in my class, seated and ready to work, when the before tardy bell rings.
      • I will respect the following: o Opinions and responses of others o Personal property of others o School property
      • I will listen quietly and respond when given permission.
      • I will learn by remaining in my seat, staying on task, and following directions.
      • I will bring learning supplies\materials home and return to school with them.
    • BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS - N. P. Trist Middle School follows the district behavioral expectations located in the Guide to Student Conduct. We adhere to the Response to Intervention (RTI) process which consists of a tiered process that provides high-quality, research-based interventions that are correlated with student’s behavioral needs.
      • Our school participates in the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Program (PBIS). This program is designed to reward students who consistently demonstrate RESPONSIBLE, RESPECTFUL and POSITIVE behavior. Students can earn rewards throughout the school year by exhibiting appropriate behavior.
      • Inappropriate behaviors are grouped into three classes according to the severity and/or frequency: Class I, Class II, and Class III. The Guide to Student Conduct lists possible interventions for each tiered Class. Class I behaviors are most often handled by the teachers based on classroom expectations including rewards and consequences. This is to ensure behavioral expectations are met within the classroom so learning can take place. If the Class I intervention is not successful, students may be referred principal/designee. Class II and Class III behaviors are referred to the principal/designee for appropriate intervention. Please refer to the Guide to Student Conduct for a listing of infractions and suggested interventions.
    • DETENTION PROCEDURES - After-School Detentions can be issued by either a teacher or the school depending on the tiered-class infraction. Detentions are required to be served on the assigned date. If there is a conflict, please call and reschedule the detention. Students are given at least 24-hours’ notice and should arrange for transportation home. Failure to serve the detention on the assigned date will result in a Class II referral. If the student is absent on the day of the detention, it must be served on the first detention date of his\her return. School-issued detentions are held on Tuesday and Thursday. Teacher-issued detentions may be held any day of the week.
    • DRESS CODE GUIDELINES - The St. Bernard Parish School Board requires that students appear at school in the officially adopted school uniform and groomed in an appropriate manner consistent with the standards of the community. Clothing must be neat, clean, modest, properly worn, and be the correct size for the student.
      • Uniform
        • Pants and skirts are to be dress, non-denim, uniform type, navy-colored or khaki colored. Pants and skirts must fit on the waist and not too tight or too baggy. Skirt length must not be shorter than to the top of the knee.
        • Shirts or blouses are to be white uniform type with or without the school insignia or a school colored (black) shirt with the school insignia on the right side of the shirt. Shirts MUST be tucked in at all times.
      • Socks of the same solid color (white, black, navy or brown) must be worn.
      • Belts are required for pants and solid color (black, white, navy, khaki, or brown).
      • Identification Cards (school IDs)
        • Students are required to wear their official student ID card at all times to insure the safety of all students on campus.
        • IDs are to be worn appropriately, facing forward.
        • IDs must not be altered or damaged (no stickers, writing, coloring, etc.).
        • If an ID picture fades or is damaged, a new ID must be purchased.
      • Jackets and Sweatshirts (must be school approved to wear in class)
        • Hoods are NOT allowed on any sweatshirt or jacket inside of the building.
        • On extremely cold days, non-uniform jackets and coats may be worn outside but not in the building; however, a school approved jacket must be worn before the non-uniform jacket can be worn anywhere on campus.
        • Sweatshirts can be solid black or white - NO HOOD.
        • N.P. Trist pullovers are available in the office. Older Trist “hoodies” are no longer allowed on campus.
        • Student names may be embroidered on the school sweatshirt or jacket.
      • Shoes
        • Closed-toed tennis, casual, or dress shoes of any color are allowed. Sandals, backless shoes, platform shoes, slippers/house shoes, Heelys, light-up shoes, crocs, and boots (above the ankle) are not allowed.
      • Hair
        • Moderate hair styles only are permitted.
        • Boys’ natural hair length may NOT extend lower than the top of the collar.
        • Shaved/designed cuts are not allowed in eyebrows or hair.
        • Un-natural hair colorings or multiple hair colorings are not allowed.
        • Hair style CANNOT cover one or both eyes so as to impair vision and/or learning process.
      • Any articles of clothing, accessories (earrings, necklaces, headbands, etc.), hairstyles, or makeup determined by the principal or teachers to be disruptive, directly or indirectly, to the learning process will not be allowed.
      • It is important to remember that a modest appearance is the determining factor of appropriateness of middle school dress. Please refer to the St. Bernard Parish Public Schools’ “Guide to Student Conduct” for specific uniform requirements.
    • GUM, CANDY, SNACKS, AND DRINKS – Eating snacks or candy is permitted only during lunch while in the courtyard. Eating snacks or candy in the school building without permission is considered a disciplinary infraction. GUM is not permitted anywhere on the school premises and is considered a disciplinary infraction. Careless disposal of gum is unsightly and unsanitary, causes cleaning problems, and necessitates costly repairs.
    • TITLE IX WOMEN’S EQUITY IN EDUCATION ACT - It is the policy of the St. Bernard Parish School Board to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all activities, programs, and/or employment practices of the school district. A copy of the complaint process or any questions or complaints concerning sex discrimination should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator, Tommie Powell, St. Bernard Parish School Board, 200 E. St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, Louisiana or call 504-301- 2000.
    • CELL PHONES – Students are allowed to bring cell phones to school; however, they must remain in the off position at all times not Do Not Disturb, Silent, etc. If a student needs to contact a parent/guardian during the day, he or she may use the office phone at any time. Failure to follow the phone guidelines, will result in a consequence. Students are reminded of this expectation every day.

    MISCELLANEOUS

    • EMERGENCY CLOSING OF SCHOOLS - In the event that school will be closed, the Superintendent will announce the closure and information will be shared on our school and district websites, social media accounts, and with local news outlets. If schools are closed during the school day, buses will transport all bus riders to their usual stops. Students who are normally picked up by parents will be able to contact someone to pick up the child.
      • In the event of an emergency school closure, parents/guardians will be contacted using our Emergency Call System. In order for families to be contacted, they must have a current and accurate telephone number in our system. It is critical that parents notify our front office of any changes to phone numbers.
    • FEES – N. P. Trist Middle may impose certain student fees or charges to help offset special costs incurred in the operation of specific classrooms or subjects. Generally, students should not be denied or delayed admission nor denied access to any curricular instructional activity due to failure or inability of their parent or guardian to pay a fee. Report cards and other academic records cannot be withheld for failure to pay a fee pursuant to state law. A full copy of our Student Fees, Fines, and Charges policy can be found on the school and district website by visiting www.sbpsb.org/fees.
      • A student or his/her parent or legal guardian may request and receive a waiver of payment of a fee due to economic hardship. Completed waivers and the corresponding documentation must be submitted to your student’s school principal. For families with students in multiple schools, separate waivers, and documentation must be provided at each school. Families with multiple students at the same school can complete one waiver. The form must be completed yearly during enrollment, registration, or orientation. Please note that the waiver will be applied to fees associated with curricular activities only. Fees associated with extracurricular activities are not covered by the waiver. 
    • STUDENT DEBTS and FINES - Students owing debts to N. P. Trist Middle will not be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities until those debts are paid. These debts include lunch debts, ID debts, instructional fees, insurance payments, lost/damaged library and textbooks, lost/damaged athletic and band equipment and uniforms, etc. A Non-Sufficient Funds Charge from the bank will result in any future school fees paid with cash or money order. Trist will no longer accept checks from that person. Students will receive debt notices throughout the school year.
    • FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM - Our school participates in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program. This program provides one breakfast and one lunch each school day to all students present in school. Adults and employees will be charged for meals. Please note that there is a cost for “extra milk and/or juice”. These items CAN NOT be charged to an account. Important Notes:
      • Canned and/or bottled beverages are not allowed in the cafeteria.
      • Commercially prepared food is not allowed (McDonald’s, Burger King, etc.)
    • TEACHER QUALIFICATION - As a parent of a public school student, you have the right to know the qualifications of your child’s teachers. To obtain information regarding the professional qualifications of your child’s teachers, please contact the principal at 872-9402.

    SCHOOL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

    • ATTENDANCE POLICY - School attendance plays an important role in the educational success of our students. According to the St. Bernard Parish School Board attendance policy, a student who misses more than 14 days, excused or unexcused, in a school year will not be promoted to the next grade. Incentive programs are in place at the school level to encourage students to achieve 100% attendance rate. Please make every effort to have students present each day.
      • Students who are absent are required to make up work missed in each class. If a student is out for only one or two days, he/she is responsible to obtain and complete missed assignments. We advise the use of the “Buddy System” whereby the student has a friend in each class whom he/she can call for assignments or refer to the teachers’ PowerSchool Pages. This agenda provides a space for that purpose. It is the responsibility of the student and the parents to see that the work is completed. When a student is going to be absent from school, even for just a day, parents must notify the school office at 872-9402 before 9:00 A.M. on the day the child is absent. A student’s absence may be excused only within five days of his/her return to school. It is state law that personal illness (as verified by a doctor), verified death in the family, or extenuating circumstances (as agreed to by the principal) are the only basis for excusing an absence.
      • Upon the student’s return to school, a written excuse MUST be presented to the home room teacher. The note should be DATED and SIGNED by the parent/guardian and include the child’s full name, dates of absences, and the nature of illness or reason for the absence.
      • The school strongly discourages family vacations/trips during the school year. If the parent chooses to remove a child for this reason, assignments will not be given ahead of time. No tests or nine-week exams will be rescheduled unless there is a documented medical reason or an emergency. Please refer to the St. Bernard Parish School Board supplement for any further clarification regarding student attendance.
    • BELL SCHEDULE - Faculty members are on duty beginning at 7:35 A.M. Students are allowed on campus no earlier than 7:35 A.M... The first school bell will sound at 7:53 a.m. for students to go to their lockers. o All students must be in their homeroom class by the 8:00 A.M. bell. If a student arrives after the home room bell, he/she must report with a parent to the front office to sign in.
    • BUS TRANSPORTATION - Riding a school bus is a privilege. Students who refuse to obey bus safety rules and regulations may be suspended and\or lose transportation privileges. Please refer to the St. Bernard Parish Public Schools’ “Guide to Student Conduct” for transportation policies.
    • CARE OF PROPERTY - Students are expected to care for school property as if it were their own. This includes Chromebooks, physical education equipment, books, lavatories, buildings, etc. School property that is lost or damaged must be paid for by the student who is responsible. Keep school grounds litter-free. Trash cans are never far away.
    • CHANGE OF ADDRESS and PHONE - The school must be notified immediately of any address or phone number change. All new information should be submitted in writing to the front office. It is extremely important to keep this information up to date since we have a communications tool (School Status) that works only with updated information. If an address needs to be changed, updated proof of residency information will need to be brought to the office.
    • DISPENSING OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS - Prescription drugs are only administered in a controlled environment by a nurse or trained aide. If a child requires medication of any kind during school hours, parents must contact the Health Services Office located at Central Office at (504)301-2000 or (200 E. St. Bernard Hwy. between 8:30 A.M. and 3:00 P.M.) and complete the necessary documents. In addition to unauthorized prescription drugs, all over the counter medication is prohibited on campus.
    • FIELD TRIPS - Field trips are offered to students throughout the year. These field trips may have an academic focus or may be incentive based, such as homework compliance, perfect attendance, etc. Students must also meet certain academic, attendance and conduct guidelines in order to attend. Students must return a signed permission note before attending any field trip. Students must dress appropriately and should represent themselves, and the school, in a very positive manner.
    • LOST ARTICLES - All personal articles should be labeled with the student’s first and last name. Students may look for lost articles in the “Lost and Found” area located in the main lobby near the cafeteria. Periodically, unclaimed items will be donated to Goodwill. Embroidered names may be on school pullovers or jackets.
    • STUDENT INSURANCE - Insurance is offered by a reliable company to each student. A reasonable premium is charged which covers the cost of the policy for the school year. The School Board REQUIRES students who are involved in extra-curricular activities to carry this insurance.
    • TARDINESS - If a student arrives on campus after the homeroom bell, he/she must report WITH A PARENT to the front office to sign in. The student will be given a tardy slip stating the time of arrival. The student must present the signed slip first to his/her homeroom teacher before reporting to his/her currently scheduled class. Habitual, unexcused tardiness will result in disciplinary action. Students need to be in class and seated in their desks BEFORE the tardy bell rings. Students who arrive after the tardy bell during the change of classes will receive an infraction and consequence from the teacher. Students should report to class and be seated in their desk before the tardy bell rings.
    • VISITORS - Parents or visitors must secure permission from the office before entering any classroom or contacting a teacher on the school grounds. Please enter the building through the office located on Pirates’ Cove to secure a visitor pass. No other person will be permitted on the school grounds or in the building without permission from the School Board.
    • WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL - If it becomes necessary to withdraw a student from school, the office should be notified several days prior to the actual day of withdrawal. When requested by the principal of the new school, report cards, health records, and grade sheets (if the student has been present ten days of the grading period) will be sent.

    STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

    There are many Student Organizations and Athletic Teams for students to be a part of at Trist. If a student stays after school for meetings, practices, activities, etc., he/she must have made prior arrangements for pickup. Failure to do so may result in a student’s elimination from future participation in after school activities. Students in middle school are expected to be more responsible for communicating their schedules with their parents. If a student is absent from school, he/she is not allowed to participate in school sponsored activities after school for that day. Students that check-in on the day of a school-sponsored activity must have a doctor’s note in order to participate after school that day. Students are not to be checked out early to prepare for any after-school function or activity. Below is a list of the many organizations available to Trist Students.

    • ACADEMIC GAMES - Players compete in four education-based games: “Onsets and Equations” based on mathematics, “Presidents” history-based, and “Propaganda” analysis of language. These games enrich academic studies and teach higher-level thinking skills. Local and national competition is available for dedicated players.
    • ART CLUB - Students meet to participate in lessons in visual art on a more individualized basis than is possible in the classroom. However, the Art Club is open to all students. High standards of conduct and at least a “C” average are expected and must be maintained.
    • ATHLETICS - Activities are offered to both boys and girls. Organized competitive sports for girls include volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, swimming, and cross country. Organized competitive sports for boys include football, basketball, baseball, soccer, swimming, and cross country.
    • BAND - Membership is open to all students through band class. Students must start in Beginner Band and may progress to Advanced Band. Performance opportunities include the Christmas and spring concerts, parades, and football games. Band members are required to attend all after-school practices and performances.
    • BUILDER’S CLUB - The Builder’s Club is a service club related to the international Kiwanis Club and is sponsored by the Chalmette Kiwanis Club. The club performs service tasks around the school and the community.
    • CHEERLEADERS - The cheerleaders are a group that promotes school spirit. Cheerleaders perform at sports events, parades, and other school functions. Tryouts are held each year. High standards of conduct and at least a “C” average are expected and must be maintained.
    • CHORUS – The Chorus meets after school and participates in the Christmas and spring concerts with the band.
    • DANCE TEAM - The Trist Treasures Dance Team is open to all students who meet audition requirements. Dancers must maintain at least a “C” average and a high standard of conduct. Try-outs are held each year. The Treasures promote school spirit by performing at pep rallies, football games, and special events. The dance team also participates in at least one competitive event each year.
    • DRAMA - The Pirate Players drama club is open to all students by audition. Members of the Pirate Players present one production each spring. They may also have opportunities for public speaking or other presentations. Members must maintain high academic standards and positive behavior.
    • FLAG TEAM - The Trist Golden Guard promotes school spirit by performing at various school functions. The team participates in one competition each year. High standards of conduct and at least a “C” average are expected and must be maintained.
    • 4-H (Head, Heart, Hands, and Health) - This is a service organization. The club provides help to others when needed. Members of the club participate in projects sponsored by Louisiana Cooperative Extension, such as the Bicycle Rodeo, the Pet Show, and the FCLT camp.
    • JR. BETA CLUB - Its purpose is to encourage effort and reward merit among students and to promote those qualities of character that represent good citizenship in the school community. Ours was the first chapter established in St. Bernard Parish. Membership consists of students in all grades who maintain a 3.2 or higher grade point average. They are selected based on worthy character, academic standing, credible achievement, and commendable attitude.
    • LIBRARY CLUB - Members learn about the functions of the library and assist in carrying out those functions. High standards of conduct and at least a “C” average are expected and must be maintained. 
    • MAJORETTES - The Trist Twirlers promote school spirit by performing at various school functions. During performances, this group may be seen twirling one or two batons or ribbons. This team also competes in at least one state competition each year. High standards of conduct and at least a “C” average are expected and must be maintained.
    • MATH CLUB - The Math Club is open to all students who are interested in learning and experimenting with different math concepts. Students will participate in competitions, projects, games, and computer activities. Opportunities to tutor other students are given to club members. Field trips designed to enhance math exploration and community service are planned each year. Students must maintain at least a “C” average and have no disciplinary problems.
    • SCIENCE CLUB - This club is open to all students who are interested in learning and experimenting with different science concepts. Students generate ideas and test their hypotheses with various experiments. Field trips may be taken and various weekend activities required. Students must maintain a “C” average and have no disciplinary problems.
    • STUDENT COUNCIL - Its purpose is to promote leadership qualities within the student body through elected homeroom representatives, grade level senators, and officers. Officers and representatives provide information to the student body, participate in extra-curricular activities, and raise funds to benefit the school. The Student Council is a decision-making body, having opportunities to express views on positive changes within a voice in school improvements. High standards of conduct and at least a “C” average are expected and must be maintained.