Cluster F Rules and Routines 2017-2018

Cluster F Rules and Routines 2017-2018

1. Before Homeroom:

Students should take advantage of the time between 7:40 and 7:50 to attend to their personal needs, be they physical or social. During this time, students should prepare for their morning classes by going to their lockers and getting any needed materials, including binders, planner, pencils, etc.  This is also the time to get breakfast from the cafeteria. Students must be in homeroom by 7:50 for the start of advisory.

2.  Phones: It is a school rule that all phones must be off and in lockers all day.  Students are not allowed to check their phones in their locker during or between classes. If a teacher sees a student carrying or using a phone, the phone will be brought down to the office where it can be picked up at the end of the day.  If a student needs to contact their parent, they can ask to use a classroom phone or to go to the office to use the phone.

3. Homeroom: Homeroom starts promptly at 7:50.  Cluster F teachers will provide a two minute warning in the pod. If students are late to homeroom, they will lose a  space off their daily pass. It is a KMS rule that students are silent during the morning announcements.  Attendance will be taken immediately following announcements.  If a student chooses not to participate in the Pledge, he or she must be silent during this time.  Homeroom/advisory is not free time.  Students should not plan to use homeroom as a time to do homework.  It is a KMS rule that homerooms participate in our school-wide advisory program.  Cluster F students are expected to participate in whatever is planned for advisory.

4. Cluster F Daily Pass System: If a student needs to leave class to go to a locker, get a drink or use the bathroom, the student must get teacher permission, must sign out on classroom on clipboard,and must use their daily pass.  Daily individual passes are handed out in homeroom and contain two opportunities to leave a core class during the day.  When students go to the office, nurse, guidance or IMC, a brown corridor pass will be given by the teacher.  These visits do not count towards the Cluster F daily pass. If a student comes to school tardy and misses homeroom, he or she needs to see their homeroom teacher to receive their daily pass.

Students should not ask to leave class during direction time or when the teacher is giving whole-class instruction (unless it is an emergency).

5. Between classes:Students have 2 minutes to go to lockers, get drinks, and/or use the bathroom.  STUDENTS MAY NOT SIT AT POD TABLES and STUDENTS MAY NOT GO INTO THE CLUSTER E POD AREA.

6. Hallways:  It is a KMS rule that all people must walk in the hallways. Remember to walk on the right-hand side of the hallway. Also, remember that there are certain hallways to use going to lunch, coming back from lunch and going to the office.

7. Show 5: Students will periodically be asked to Show 5, which means to raise your hand, become silent, and focus on the speaker. Every student is required to participate. When an adult is speaking, students are expected to be quiet and listening.

8. To and From Lunch: Students must use the designated stairway and report immediately to class. There is no visiting in the hallway/pod after lunch. Students are also required to attend lunch.  Students may not choose to skip lunch to sit in the pod, classrooms or the bathrooms.

9. Using Computers: Students are expected to respect the computers by putting them back into the chromebook cart, plugging them in, and returning them if borrowed to go to another classroom. Additionally, students must follow the rules of the Acceptable Use Policy: Only websites approved by the teacher are allowed. THERE IS NO STREAMING OF MUSIC, VIDEOS OR GAME PLAYING ON SCHOOL COMPUTERS.  If students break rules concerning computers, they will lose the privilege of using them.****** Students are expected to treat the computers with care and should report any damage that they discover to an adult immediately.

10. Pod Area: There is no pod use during class unless you are working with a teacher or you have special teacher permission.  The pod is not a regular place for students to do work.

11. Homework: It is a school rule that students record homework in a planner.  The homework website can assist with this.  8th graders should expect 90 minutes of homework per night.  Homework is graded.  Students can use Period 9 as a place to complete homework after school.  Students ARE NOT ALLOWED to do homework during classes unless given teacher permission.  All homework is to be done individually unless specified by the teacher.  If a student loses his or her planner, they must replace it by purchasing a new one for $5 (school rule).

12. Cluster Meeting: Cluster F holds an all-cluster morning meeting with all students and teachers usually during advisory on Friday mornings.  Students are expected to sit on the floor in the pod and listen to whoever is speaking.  During this weekly meeting, we will celebrate birthdays and Cardinal Awards as well as share special announcements and reminders.

13. Assemblies: Cluster F students are expected to get drinks and use the restrooms before attending all assemblies to prevent students from having to leave the auditorium during a presentation or concert.  Students will sit by homerooms and will be silent and respectful.  There is no sleeping during assemblies.  

14. Grades:

Academic work is an opportunity to acquire knowledge, develop skills, to express ideas, and to argue points of view.  Cluster F teachers believe students should have the chance to risk making mistakes without penalty.  The greatest opportunity for learning often occurs when mistakes are made.  Therefore, Cluster F’s grading policies support an instructional model that includes practice work, teacher feedback, student reflection, student revision, and assessment.  Grades in Cluster F reflect a student’s mastery of skills and content.

Practice Work:

Academic practice assignments (homework/classwork) give students the opportunity to work on skills learned in class, and are very crucial to the learning process.  Although these types of assignments are not graded for accuracy, or “right answers,” students who do not complete these assignments will not be fully prepared to participate in class discussions and activities, which may lead to difficulty on graded assignments, quizzes, tests and large projects.  If a particular practice assignment proves to be a challenge, students need to show that they attempted to complete the assignment to the best of their abilities. In these situations students need to show evidence of their efforts.  For a student to be an active and engaged member of the class, it is essential for the student to have these assignments completed by the assigned due date and ready to be used/discussed in class. As a general rule, Cluster F teachers weigh practice assignments as 10% of the overall grade in a class.  Assignments are often differentiated based on individual student needs, so assignments should be doable for all students.


Assessments are an opportunity for students to demonstrate their level of mastery over particular skills that have been practiced through a variety of methods, all falling under the category of “Practice Work.” Assessments will be given after students have had time to practice their skills. A variety of assessments will be offered throughout the year to allow all students to best show their knowledge: assignments graded for accuracy, binder evaluations, projects, essays, quizzes, tests, and presentations are examples of assessments. After an assessment, students will receive feedback on their level of mastery which will help them prepare for future assessments.  *Cluster F teachers weigh assessment assignments as 90% of the overall class grade.

15. Retakes:

When teachers offer retakes, they will happen only after a reflective conference.  Once a student gets their quiz, book review, essay, lab reports, test handed back, students will have one week to schedule a reflective conference with their teacher.  During the reflective conference, the student and teacher will reflect on what contributed to the low grade and what work needs to be completed prior to the retake. After this conference, students will have one week to make up the agreed upon work and retake and/or turn in the assessment. This protocol will also be followed if a student does not turn in a book review, lab report, essay, project, etc. The only exception allowed will be for grades of INC as determined by the individual class teacher in conjunction with the administrators.  If a student does not complete this protocol and doesn’t turn in the work, that grade will become a zero and will be posted as such in PowerSchool.

Retake Protocol:

1.  Receive assessment

2.  Student schedules reflective conference with their teacher within one week.  Student and teacher meet to review work needed to be completed and schedule retake

4.  Student has one week from the reflective conference to complete the work.

16. Missing Work: Students may make-up or redo academic practice work/homework assignments up until the related unit test or concluding graded assignment has been given.  However, it is important to remember that the learning embedded in homework is always more effective when done on time and used/discussed in class on the original due date.

17. Period 9/ After School: Students must get teacher permission to use devices (phones and ipods) during after school appointments. Students are expected to use their after-school time to their advantage and behave in such a manner that allows all other students to do their work and receive help if needed. Students staying after school must be in a classroom with a teacher; no students are allowed to be unsupervised in the pod. Students who are required to stay for Period 9 will report to 2410.  Students who are choosing to “drop in” should report the teacher that is hosting Period 9 that day-see the schedule posted in the pod and classrooms.

18. When you're absent: When students are absent (whole day or even one class), they are expected to contact their teachers to collect any missed work/handouts and to schedule a time to meet to go over missed information. The best time to see a teacher about missing work is after school.

19. Taking a break: When asked by a teacher or when they feel the need themselves, students will “Take a Break” in the designated space in each classroom. In some circumstances, a teacher may ask a student to take a break in another Cluster F classroom.

20. Snack: Snack will be sold between periods 4 and 5. Snack costs 50 cents per item. Snack money is used to pay for various cluster activities, including field trips. IT IS A KMS RULE THAT STUDENTS NOT BRING OR EAT CANDY, GUM, SODA/CAFFEINE DRINKS AT SCHOOL.

21. FSG: Cluster F FSGs, as part of the KMS Curriculum, are for extra support or extension. Cluster F will organize Focused Study Groups on a quarterly basis.  Some students will receive extra support in writing, reading or math.  Some students will have the opportunity to participate in an FSG which is an extension of our curriculum.  FSG is not a time for doing homework or for free time.  Students are expected to participate in FSG as though it is a core class.

22. Late to class: Cluster F provides a friendly audio cue to remind students when classes are about to start. Students are expected to be in class shortly after the cue sounds.  If getting to class on time becomes an ongoing problem, students will lose a space off their daily pass for arriving late to class