Highlights from the Student Planner

School History
Floyd Light opened its school to students in 1966 for only 8th graders. 7th graders were added in 1970.
The school was named after Mr. Floyd Light, superintendent from 1953 until his retirement in 1968. The district, formerly Davis Douglas Union High School District, was unified on July 1, 1959 to David Douglas School District #40. In addition to Floyd Light, the district operates one high school, two other middle schools, nine elementary schools, a community swimming pool and community performing arts center.
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Floyd Light Booster Club
The FLMS Booster Club has a goal to create a better understanding among parents, teachers and students. Our booster club works very hard in assisting with our school activities, such as Fundraising, Student Rewards, Volunteer Program and many more activities. A group of parents and the principal make up the booster club.

Reporting to Parents
Parents receive a report card at the end of each nine week quarter. The following scale is used to report academic achievement.

  • A- Excellent (The student has completed all assignments in an outstanding way.)
  • B- Above Average (The student has completed all work in an above average fashion.)
  • C- Average (The required work has been completed satisfactory.)
  • D- Below Average (This is the lowest passing grade. Only minimum requirements have been fulfilled.)
  • F- Unsatisfactory
  • P/NP- Pass/No Pass
  • NG- No Grade
  • Midterm Progress Reports to Parents
    Academic progress reports for students will be mailed or made available to all parents a the mid-point of each nine-week quarter. This report will give parents the opportunity to review their student’s progress. Parents are urged to contact individual teachers if any questions concerns result from this communication. You are strongly encouraged to access ParentVue to check grades, assignments and attendance. Please contact the office to gain access.

    ATTENDANCE:


    Good attendance is essential to providing the greatest opportunity for the student to learn and develop habits that result in responsible behavior. It is vital that parents and the school communicate and work together to maintain good attendance for our students’ success. In accordance with Oregon School Law, the school must determine whether an absence may be prearranged or is to be excused. A note written by parents or guardian does not necessarily constitute an excused absence.

    Tardies–School, home room, classes
    A student is considered tardy when he/she is not in the classroom by the time the bell is finished ringing. An excused tardy requires a hall pass from a teacher, secretary or administer. Students who are tardy to homeroom or late arriving to school are to sign in at the office and get a hall pass. Parent notes stating any of the following reasons are also not considered excused and the student will need to sign up for detention.
    Examples of unexcused tardies (in addition to unexcused absences) are:

  • 1. Oversleeping
  • 2. Missing the bus
  • 3. Car trouble/problems
  • 4. Late to class
  • Unexcused Absences:

  • 1. Truancy (skipping)
  • 2. Failure to bring written excuse by parent/guardian within one school day following absence.
  • 3. Leaving school during the day without properly checking out in the office.
  • 4. Baby-sitting/home duties.
  • After 3 tardies in a quarter, students will be given a referral. Consequences for tardy referrals include lunch detention or loss of full privilege status. Students who continue to be tardy after receiving the above consequences may be suspended.

    School Awards/Rewards:

    SOAR
    (Student Outstanding Achievement Recognition-S.O.A.R.)

    Student are acknowledged for their outstanding achievement while attending Floyd Light Middle School in multiple ways. For achievement each Semester, we developed the Falcon SOAR Award. SOAR stands for Student Outstanding Achievement Recognition.

    Each semester the Advisory teacher will present the SOAR certificates in the classroom.

    Platinum Level- 4.0 Semester GPA, 100% attendance, Zero Discipline Incidents
    Gold Level- 3.75 Semester GPA, 97.5% attendance, Zero Discipline Incidents
    Silver Level- Above 3.5 Semester GPA, 95% attendance, Zero Discipline Incidents
    Bronze Level- 3.25 GPA, 92.5% attendance, One or less Discipline Incidents

    End of year activities
    End of year activities such as Oaks Park Trip, the Talent Show, the Awards Assembly, and 8th Grade Celebration, are intended to be a reward for students who have been successful throughout the school year. To be eligible for the year-end activities, students must have:

  • No more than 4 major disciplinary referrals
  • 85% attendance or better
  • No more than 7 disciplinary Time-Outs, and
  • All fines must be paid
  • Students not eligible based on the criteria above can appeal to the school administration. Upon approval, some or all activities may be made eligible.

    Falcon Pride Parties
    At the end of every quarter, students who have at least a 3.5 gpa, no referrals, no negative comments will be able to attend a party to celebrate their achievement. Students who do not qualify for the party will remain in classrooms to work on assignments or read.

    Athletics/Activities

    At Floyd Light we strive to educate the whole child. This year we received America’s Healthiest School bronze award, recognizing us as a leader in school wellness. Next year we will be striving to achieve the silver award. We aim to equip kids with the resources and skills to lead healthy lives and develop lifelong healthy habits. We recognize that health and academic success are inherently linked and because of this we are working to provide a healthy environment for our students at school. All students at Floyd Light are required to take PE and Health every year (grades 6-8). Every student will have PE every other day for 3 quarters of the year while Health fills the final quarter. In addition, to serving healthy food in our cafeteria, our school prohibits using food as a reward. We encourage healthy eating, by providing healthy snacks students can purchase in the student store, such as fresh fruit. We require that all foods served and offered during the school day meet or exceed the USDA’s Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards. This includes snacks that are not part of a federally reimbursed child nutrition program, birthday parties, holiday parties and school-wide celebrations. We recognize that we need to provide consistent messaging around healthy eating to avoid sending youth conflicting messages. While celebrations can include healthy foods, they can also provide opportunities for kids to play and enjoy music, dance, games, sports and other activities.”

    Additionally, At the conclusion of each sports season, students are recognized by their coaches at our “Sports Awards Evening”. At the end of the year, teachers recognize outstanding students in band, orchestra, choir, drama, art, academics, and athletics.

    Discipline:

    Cell Phone Use At FLMS
    While cells phones may be invaluable in the event of emergency, phone calls and text messaging can be an interruption to the learning process and negatively impact student achievement.
    Students are not allowed to have their cell phones out during the school day, including during passing times and lunch. If students have their phone out or if it rings/buzzes during the school day, it is confiscated and returned to the student at the end of the day. After the first offense, or if a student is caught texting or talking on the phone during the school day, they risk other disciplinary action. In addition, the phone will be confiscated and a parent may be asked to come and pick up the phone. Students may turn their cell phones on and use them after 2:40 pm.
    We appreciate the assistance of parents in helping the students comply with this policy.
    Please do not expect to communicate with your student during the school day by calling or texting their cell phone. If you need to communicate with your student during the school day, please call the school and we will deliver any messages you have. You may be required to come in to the school and pick up your students phone if they violate this policy.
    If you decide to allow your student to have a cell phone at school. Floyd Light Middle School does not have any responsibility if the phone is stolen, broken, lost or vandalized.

    General Information:


    Personal Property/Electronic devices/Toys
    Personal property, electronic devices and/or toys that interfere with the educational process or endanger the health and safety of students/staff will be confiscated. These include, but are not limited to portable iPods, CD/MP3 players, radios, laser pointers, pagers, cellular phones or any other personal items. If these items are discovered to be in the possession of a student while he/she is in school, they will be taken from the student and held until a parent comes to the school to claim the property. The school assumes no responsibility for loss of or damage to personal property that is not required as part of their responsibility as a student.

    Student Health Services:


    Contagious Conditions
    To decrease the spread of contagious conditions in schools:

  • Tell the school if your child has a contagious disease such as chicken pix, pertussis (whooping cough).
  • DO NOT send your child to school with a rash, fever, diarrhea or vomiting and keep home 24 hours after fever subsides.
  • To protect the health of students or other person, certain diseases are reported to the health department per law (OAR 333-18-000.) At such times, records and information may be disclosed to public health officials.
  • Immunizations and Oregon Law

  • To protect all children, every student must have a current school immunization record or a medical or religious exemption at school. Students not in compliance with immunization requirements may not attend school and will be excluded on state mandated exclusion day (3rd Wednesday in February).
  • It is important to keep your child’s school immunization record up-to-date. Check with your school’s office if you need forms.
  • Upon written request from parents/guardians for release of information (form available HERE), the MESD Immunization Program will provide vaccination dates to clinics as needed to access immunization histories of their clients. These efforts increase protection of children against vaccine-preventable diseases and promote efforts by parents and schools to comply with school mandated immunization requirements.
  • Dress Code:


    It is an established fact that attire is students has an important influence in the attitude toward learning within any school. Although matters of taste should appropriately be left be left up to the students and their parents, we feel a strong responsibility as a District to provide guidelines for parents and students to use in determining what is and is not appropriate. The key guideline is that dress should never relate to intimidating behavior, or interfere with anyone’s right to learn or teach, or endanger health or safety.

  • An adequate coverage of the body is required
  • Bare midriff, halter tops, strapless tops, spaghetti straps, low necklines, backless tops, or otherwise revealing tops, exposed underwear or skin, excessive sagging, hoes or tears above the knee in pants or shorts are not allowed.
  • Dresses, skirts and shorts must fall mid-thigh or longer (worn with or without leggings). Tops worn with leggings must cover to mid-thigh. Leggings worn without mid-thigh coverage are not allowed.
  • Shorts are allowed for classroom wear provided they are mid-thigh length and not excessively tight.
  • Pajama tops or bottoms are not allowed.
  • Hats, hoods, do-rags and bandannas are prohibited.
  • Footwear must be worn at all times and must be appropriate for grade level requirements. (No flip flops in Grades K-5)
  • Clothing decorated or marked with illustrations, words or phrases that have sexual innuendos, are vulgar, obscene, ridicule a particular person or group, or promote behavior violating school conduct standards are not allowed
  • Certain clothing and other adornments worn for the purpose of identifying gang membership or gang support are not allowed.
  • Clothing and any other adornments (i.e. buttons, necklaces, etc.) displaying drug, alcohol or tobacco symbols or paraphernalia, weapons or bullets, etc. are not allowed.
  • Sleeveless shirts and tank tops are allowed provided they cover undergarments and the midriff is not exposed.
  • Chains cannot be longer that the students knee when fully extended.
  • Clothing, jewelry, words/graphics on clothing, which interferes with the learning process or school climate, or unclean clothing, grooming, which may threaten the health or safety of students or others is not allowed.
  • Due to changing fads and fashions, there may be changes during the year.
  • Dress and Grooming:

  • In the event that a school staff member prescribes modification in dress or appearance in the interest of health, sanitation, and/or safety practices, the student will not be allowed to attend school until these requirements are met (i.e., shoes must be worn in school at all times).
  • In classrooms where, because of the nature of the class activity, certain grooming or dress may be hazardous to the student and/or to other students, that student will be required to make modification if he/she wishes to remain in the class.
  • In the school activities program or work experience program in which students represent the school, the adviser may require dress and grooming standards. If the student does not meet the dress or grooming requirements of the activity, he/she will be removed from the program.
  • If a students appearance disrupts or distracts from the teaching/learning process, that student will be required to make modifications in order that disruption or distraction will cease.
  • Parents may be requested to bring school clothing for the student that will conform to the dress code.
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS):


    Several recent studies have shown that punishment alone does not change student behavior. Just like academic subjects, behavior must be taught, practiced, and reinforce students who are demonstrating the expectations.

    Students still have consequences, but they are coupled with education and the re-teaching of expected behaviors.

    We expect all students to display these three traits for both their school environment and the people around them.

    BE RESPECTFUL

  • Self
  • Others
  • Property
  • BE RESPONSIBLE

  • Accountability
  • Maturity
  • BE SAFE

  • Physical
  • Emotional