STUDENT HANDBOOK 2023-2024
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 wonderful 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 on the agenda so 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 day of rehearsal and in time for the ceremony to participate.
- HONOR ROLL CEREMONIES: Each nine weeks we will recognize students for their academic performance. The ceremony consists of parents/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 (Grade Point Average) 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-8th 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.
- ACCIDENT\INJURY PROCEDURE: When a student at Trist is injured and the injury is deemed to be of a 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 well-balanced breakfast and lunch choices each day. After receiving lunch, students will be directed to the next available seat by the teacher on duty or they may go outside. 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 as they are dismissed. In the interest of safety, students are to sit/stand/remain in the designated areas in the gym or classroom until dismissed to the bus circle. Teachers will direct them to the bus after the bus stops completely and the driver has opened the door. Students are to form a single-file line without pushing. Students can ride the bus they are assigned.
- CAR RIDER DISMISSAL: Car riders should be picked up in front of the school on Pirates’ Cove. Students are to wait until they are dismissed and report to the designated areas of the school building or Student Plaza. They 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, TORNADO, and CRISS DRILLS: Drills are conducted so students will be prepared in the event of a disaster or crisis. 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. An appropriate audience response is expected.
- HALL EXPECTATIONS: Keep to the right when walking through 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:
- before homeroom
- before lunch
- 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.
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 several different ways:
- Student Agenda - The student 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 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 from the counselor, and a 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 – During the course of the school year, situations may arise that require the parents/guardians of our students to contact the proper employee(s) in order to resolve an issue. To assure a prompt response and encourage proactive communication between the schools and parents/guardians, the following protocol has been established to provide guidance as to whom parents/guardians should address their questions and/or concerns. We respectfully ask that you follow the steps as outlined below. You need not contact every person listed below; however, it is our wish that the issue is resolved early in the step-by-step process outlined below.
Questions or Concerns Involving a Student
- Step 1: Contact the student’s teacher
- Step 2: Contact the school counselor
- Step 3: Contact the school assistant principal
- Step 4: Contact the school principal
Questions or Concerns Involving a Teacher
- Step 1: Contact the school principal
- Step 2: Contact the Supervisor of Elementary Education or Supervisor of Secondary Education
Questions or Concerns Involving a Principal
- Step 1: Contact the school principal
- Step 2: Contact the Supervisor of Elementary Education or Supervisor of Secondary Education
- Canvas Courses – Teachers will post valuable information regarding class expectations, daily classroom assignments, testing information, class resources, important dates, homework, and other helpful reminders and announcements to their Canvas Courses. Your child can find each Canvas Course by logging into Clever.
- Progress Reports - Progress Reports are issued to students midway 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, except for the 1st 9 weeks, in 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 dates are listed on page 5.
- 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. The conference date is listed on page 5.
- School and District Websites – Our school and district websites provide families with 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.
- 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. Parents/Guardians will receive log-in information the first week of school.
- 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.
- Paper Bug Me Forms - Students can get a paper copy of a Bug Me Form from teachers, staff members, and the library. Students are to complete the paper forms and place them in the mailbox outside the library.
- There is also an electronic Bug Me Form located on each teacher’s Canvas 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 and parents are always welcome to consult the counselor regarding individual student concerns. Students may also be referred to outside agencies when deemed necessary. Outside counseling resources are available upon request with the school counselor.
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 and are guided by State Standards.
- English Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- Music Appreciation
- Quest for Success
- 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(s) 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. Missed assignments can be found on the teacher’s Canvas 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 or additional assessments 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 6th and 7th grade students in honors include multiple data points and include the following:
- 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 an 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. 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 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.
- POTENTIAL FAILURE LETTERS – Content area teachers will distribute Potential Failure letters after the 2nd and 3rd 9 weeks to any student who is in jeopardy of failing the subject for the year. This is given to students who receive a D on their 1st, 2nd, and/or 3rd 9-weeks report card. Students will also receive this letter if they receive an F any 9 weeks regardless of the quality points earned for the other 9 weeks. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) are to sign the letter and return it to the content area teacher.
- 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 can complete their work in the book. Students must always have their own assigned textbook. 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 Math Volume 1 & 2 $26
Grades 6, 7, 8 Fluency $5
Algebra I Spring Board $17.95
Grades 6,7,8 $5 unit (8 units for each grade)
SOCIAL STUDIES: Books will remain in the 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:
- Opinions and responses of others
- Personal property of others
- 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 - 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 to 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
In accordance with the St. Bernard Parish Public School District’s Guide to Student Conduct, Trist Middle School students are expected to follow the dress code guidelines as outlined below:
- Shirt - Students must wear white or black collared shirts. School color collared shirts must have been approved by the school and have a school-designated logo. Students may wear official school spirit shirts on Fridays or designated days.
- Pants/Shorts/Skirts - Students must wear navy blue or khaki pants or skirts.
- Shoes- Shoes shall be slide-resistant. Closed toed tennis, casual, or dress shoes of any color are considered uniform appropriate.
- ID Cards - Middle and high school students must wear appropriately, as designed.
Good to Go
- Dress, uniform type, navy or khaki color.
- Must be appropriate size for the student - properly fitting at the waist and neither too tight nor too baggy
- Pants must be hemmed (shoe-top length) with no split seams or frayed edges
- If pants have belt loops, a belt must be worn
- Skirts must touch the top of the knee
- No denim
- No bell-bottom, cargo, corduroy, leggings, joggers or jean type pants
- White collared shirt
- Black collared shirt with school logo - must have been approved by the school
- Shirts must be tucked in
- Shirt collars must be visible when wearing a sweater or sweatshirt
- Only white, black, or PE undershirts may be worn beneath uniform shirts
- School sanctioned uniform sweaters, sweatshirts, and jackets may be worn in school at any time (black, navy blue or white v-neck, vest, crew or cardigan styles)
- Jackets must be black, white, or navy blue, and authorized by principal/designee
- No hoods are allowed on students’ heads while on school grounds and/or on school buses.
- Non-uniform jackets are not to be worn in the building
- Belts are required for any pants that have belt loops
- Only solid-colored belts are acceptable (black, white, navy, khaki, or brown)
- Belt buckles may only be slightly larger than the width of the belt.
- Metal stud eyelets, etc. and/or designs are not allowed on any belt.
- Oversized or large belt buckles are not allowed.
- Must be worn
- Socks, stockings, knee-highs, and tights must be a solid color (white, neutral, black, navy or brown)
- Closed-toed tennis, casual, or dress shoes of any color
- Sandals, backless shoes, platform shoes, slippers/house shoes, Heelys, light up shoes, crocs, and boots (above ankles)
- Moderate hair styles
- Boys’ hair that extends below the shirt collar must be pulled back so as to not extend below the shirt collar.
- No shaved or design cut into eyebrows or cut/braided into hair
- No unnatural hair coloring
- No extreme hair styles
- No hair styles that cover one or both eyes
- Earrings that are moderate in length (studs, small hoops, and short dangling earrings) are permitted for girls.
- One stud per ear is permitted for boys
- No hats, caps, bandanas, visors, hair curlers, gloves, and sunglasses (unless prescribed by a physician)
- Aside from earrings in the earlobe, body piercings are not allowed.
- No excessively large earrings that may place a student in danger of injury are allowed (hoops and/or those that hang very long)
- No tattoos
- Clean, neat, free from holes, tears and stains.
- School official monogramming, emblems, or insignia may be worn
- No extreme and distracting make-up
- No graffiti, writing or symbols perceived as vulgar, profane, satanic, gang-related, violent, tobacco, drug or alcohol-related are not to be worn on any accessories, jackets, book bags, book covers, or any other item brought to school.
In all circumstances, the principal will make the final decision as to whether a student’s dress or appearance is acceptable. 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 in the courtyard. Eating snacks or candy in the school building without permission is 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.
- TITLE IX: SEXUAL HARRASMENT POLICY - The St. Bernard Parish School Board desires to provide a safe school environment that allows all students equal access and opportunities in the School District's academic, extracurricular, and other educational support programs, services, and activities. The School Board does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates. The School Board is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX) and Part 106 of Title 34 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations not to discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, including admission and employment. The School Board recognizes that sexual harassment is a form of discrimination on the basis of sex and the School Board prohibits sexual harassment as defined by Title IX and Part 106 of Title 34 of the United States Code of Federal Regulations.
Any person may report discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment, in person, by mail, by telephone, or by electronic mail to the School Board’s Title IX Coordinator at any time, including during non-business hours. Title IX Coordinator, St. Bernard Parish Public Schools, 504-301-2000 | TitleIX@sbpsb.org 200 East St. Bernard Hwy., Chalmette, LA 70043
Any School Board employee who has actual knowledge of sexual harassment must report the conduct to the Title IX Coordinator.
Reports of and inquiries regarding unlawful sex discrimination may also be made to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, DC 20202-1100, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-800-421-3481. The School Board’s Title IX Coordinator shall be authorized to coordinate the School Board’s Title IX obligations.
Further information regarding the definition of sexual harassment and all processes and procedures can be found in the district’s Student and Family Handbook/Guide to Student Conduct which is available on our website.
- 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 extracurricular 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.
- 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.
- TYPES OF ABSENCES (School Board Policy JBD)
The days absent for elementary and secondary school students shall include non-exempted excused absences, exempted excused absences, unexcused absences, and suspensions.
- Non-exempted excused absences are absences incurred due to personal illness or serious illness in the family (documented by acceptable excuses, including a parental note) which are not considered for purposes of truancy, but which are considered when determining whether or not a student is eligible to make up work and tests, receive credit for work completed, and receive credit for a course and/or school year completed.
- Exempted excused absences are absences which are not considered for purposes of truancy and which are not considered when determining whether or not a student is eligible to make up work and tests, receive credit for work completed, and receive credit for a course and/or school year completed.
- Unexcused absences are any absences not meeting the requirements set forth in the excused absences and extenuating circumstances definitions, including but not limited to absences due to any job unless it is a part of an approved instructional program. Students shall be given failing grades for those days missed and shall not be given an opportunity to make up work.
- Suspensions are non-exempt absences for which a student is allowed to make up his/her work and is eligible for consideration for credit provided it is completed satisfactorily and in a timely manner. The absence shall be considered when determining whether a student may or may not be promoted but shall not be considered for purposes of truancy.
Students who are absent are required to make up work missed. If a student is out for only one or two days, he/she is responsible for obtaining and completing 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’ online Canvas Pages. It is the students’ and the parents’ responsibility to complete the work. Parents must notify the school office at 872-9402 before 9:00 A.M. on a day a student is absent. A student’s absence may be excused only within five days of his/her return to school. Students should present to the home room teacher note(s) DATED and SIGNED by the parent/guardian and includes the child’s name, dates of absences, and the 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 policy above.
- BELL SCHEDULE - Faculty begin morning duty at 7:35 a.m. Students are not allowed on campus before 7:35 a.m. The school bell will sound at 7:53 a.m. for students to go to their lockers. All students must be in their homeroom class by the 8:00 a.m. bell. Students arriving after the homeroom bell must report with a parent to the front office to sign in.
- BUS TRANSPORTATION - 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. When an address is changed, updated proof of residency must 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 prescription 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. Students must also meet certain academic, attendance, and conduct guidelines 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 positive manner.
- LOST ARTICLES - All personal articles should be labelled with the student’s first and last name. Names may be embroidered on school pullovers or jackets. Students may look for lost articles in the “Lost and Found” area located in the main lobby near the cafeteria. Unclaimed items will be donated to Goodwill.
- 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 extracurricular 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 to present to his/her scheduled teacher. Habitual, unexcused tardiness will result in disciplinary action. Students need to be in class and seated 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.
- 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 is allowed on the school grounds or 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.
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 at the designated time. Failure to do so may result in a student’s elimination from future participation activities. Students in middle school are expected to be responsible for communicating their schedules with parents. If a student is absent from school, he/she is not allowed to participate in school-sponsored activities after school that day. Students who 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 cannot check out early to prepare for any after-school function/activity. High standards of conduct and specific academic and school attendance expectations are expected and must be maintained. In addition, a “C” average are expected and must be maintained. Below is a list of the many organizations available to Trist Students:
- ACADEMIC GAMES - Players compete in four games based on mathematics, history, and analysis of language: “Onsets and Equations”, “Presidents”, and “Propaganda”. The games enrich academic studies and higher-level thinking skills. 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. The Art Club is open to all students.
- ATHLETICS - Activities are offered to both boys and girls. Organized competitive sports for girls include volleyball, basketball, softball, soccer, and swimming. Organized competitive sports for boys include football, basketball, baseball, soccer, and swimming.
- BAND - Membership is open to all students through band class. Students must start in Beginner Band and may progress to Advanced. Members are required to attend all after-school practices and performances such as Christmas and spring concerts, parades, and football games.
- BUILDER’S CLUB - The Builder’s Club is a service club sponsored by the Chalmette Kiwanis Club. The club performs tasks around school and the community.
- CHEERLEADERS - The cheerleaders are a group that promotes school spirit. Cheerleaders perform at sports events, parades, and other functions. Tryouts are held in the spring each year.
- CHORUS – The Chorus meets after school and participates in the Christmas and spring concerts with the band. Chorus members are accepted through auditions.
- DANCE TEAM - The Trist Treasures Dance Team is open to students who meet audition requirements in the spring. The Treasures promote school spirit by performing at pep rallies, games, and special events. Treasures also participate in at least one competition 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- MAJORETTES AND TWIRLERS FLAG TEAM - 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. This is open to all students through auditions in the spring.
- 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.
- SCIENCE and STEM 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 extracurricular 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.