School funding is based on average daily attendance (ADA). The school will only receive money when the child is actually at the school site. Montera loses around $30 for each day that a child misses school for any reason. Attendance is taken daily and monitored by both the District and the State of California.
If your child is absent, please call the Attendance Clerk, or fill out an absence verification form in the office, or send a note to the office explaining the absence. You will receive a phone call each time your child is absent, and you have only 24 hours from the time you receive a message to confirm your child’s absence, or your child will be marked unexcused. Plans for getting missed homework can be arranged with your child’s teachers.
Absences due to illness that lasts longer than three days will require a doctor’s note.
1. Excused absences include: illness, religious observances, funerals.
2. Unexcused absences include: family trips, extra-long weekends, etc.
If a student arrives to school tardy, parents must notify the school office by either sending a written note with the student or by calling the school office. “On–time” means in your seat when the tardy bell rings. All students are required to be punctual for each class. Coming to class tardy causes you to miss important material and the class to be disrupted. To make sure that you are on–time, walk with purpose between classes. Passing period is not a time to go to your locker, socialize, or wander. Walk quickly and directly to your next class. Locker time is before school, before lunch, or after school. If a student is more than 30 minutes late for any class period, it will be considered an absence for that class period.
If your child needs to leave early, he or she must have a “Permit to Leave School.” This form needs to be obtained from the office by the parent/guardian prior to the student leaving campus.
Pick-up by Someone Other than a Parent or Guardian
If someone other than the parent/guardian is picking up the student, the office needs written permission (unless the person has been listed on the emergency card). Anyone picking up the student should have a photo ID for proper identification.
BICYCLES AND SKATEBOARDS
Students are NOT to bring bicycles, skateboards or any other type of vehicle to school. If brought to school they will be confiscated and not returned until a parent comes to pick it up.
Proper bus behavior is explained to students at the beginning of the school year. AC Transit reserves the right to deny bus transportation to any student who continually disrupts or is disrespectful. Administration will work with AC Transit to discipline repeat offenders. If inappropriate behavior continues after intervention, the student may be removed from riding the bus for a period of time up to and including the rest of the school year.
CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONICS
In accordance with state law and district policy, students may not have their electronic devices and cell phones on (or out) during school hours. They should be silenced or turned off until the end of the school day. These items will be confiscated and must be picked up by a parent or guardian. If an electronic item is taken once, it will be returned to an adult, if taken more than once the administration reserves the right to keep the item until the end of the semester the item is taken. Any loss of an electronic device is the sole responsibility of the user or owner. The school is not responsible for the cost of lost electronic items.
The dress code at Montera is modeled on professional dress expectations.
● All Clothing: No obscene words or pictures, weapons, drug, alcohol, or tobacco-related items on clothing. No see-through clothing. No undergarments should be visible (ex. bras, underwear, under-shorts, etc). No tight clothing or clothing that reveals your underwear.
● Shirts: No low-cut shirts or blouses. Midriffs must be covered (bottom of shirt must cover lower garment with arms raised). All shirts and blouses must have sleeves. No extra large arm holes on shirts.
● Pants/Shorts/Skirts: No sagging pants (pants must be worn above the hip bone). Short skirts or shorts must be longer than the longest finger on your hands when down to your side. No tears or holes in pants, shorts or skirts above the longest finger on your hand when down to your side.
● Headgear (i.e. hats, bandanas, hoods, etc.): Hats, visors and hoods may be worn outside and in hallways, but are to be removed at all times when entering school buildings and classrooms. No bandanas of any color.
● Footwear: All footwear must be secured to foot (no flip-flops or slides).
Per state law, all students must be up-to-date on their immunizations before being able to register and attend school. Before starting 7th grade, every student should have had their Tdap booster shot.
All students are issued lockers at the beginning of the school year so that school and personal property may be safeguarded. Lockers may only be accessed before or after school and during the passing periods before and after lunchtime. Use at any other time may result in the loss of that locker. Keep your locker locked at all times, keep your belongings in your locker, and do not give your combination to other students. Any student who allows another to share his/her locker will no longer be allowed to have locker privileges. We recommend that your child have a combination lock to avoid lost/misplaced keys. We also strongly recommend that students not bring expensive or valuable items to school or place them in their lockers.
The lockers remain the property of the school, not the student, and as such, the lockers remain under the authority of the school. However, the school accepts no responsibility for articles lost or stolen.
According to the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, citizens are protected from unreasonable searches and seizures. Middle school students do not lose this right. However, school officials have the right to conduct a search of a student’s locker and/or students belongings if the administration has reasonable cause (which remains school property), as long as this right has been previously announced or published within the school. (This paragraph is the announcement.)
If it becomes necessary for a student to take any form of medication at school (either prescription and over-the-counter medications), a completed Authorization for Medication form must be presented to the office staff. All medication will be kept and dispensed through the nurse’s office. Students may not carry medicine at school or store it in lockers.
MONTCLAIR VILLAGE ACCESS AFTER SCHOOL
Businesses in Montclair look to the school to be responsible for students after school. If the school receives a complaint about a student, the school will ask the parents/guardians to pick up the student(s) after school at 3:15. Students may be given one warning before this takes place or may ask that the student be picked up from school after one incident. The administration reserves the right to make the decision.
Students are required to have a pass any time they are out of class. Passes will be written in student binder reminders. There are no exceptions. Anyone in the hall without one will be sent back to class. Students will not be given passes during the first and last 15 minutes of any period except in case of emergencies.
PE DRESS CODE
The Montera PE uniform consists of black PE shorts (or sweat pants), white T-shirt, tennis shoes (must be laced securely or have Velcro across the top), and white socks. The only logo that may be visible is the Montera logo. No other logo or design should be on any PE clothing. Students not in complete uniform will be deducted points each day they are not fully dressed. School clothes may not be worn underneath PE uniforms. Shorts and t-shirts with Montera logo may be purchased at Montclair Sports, 1970 Mountain Blvd, Oakland, CA. (510-339-9313).
Parents are urged not to telephone or send messages to students except in case of an emergency. Students are encouraged not to use the phone in the office unless it is a medical emergency. Parents should not call their child’s cell phone under any circumstances during the school day. Urgent messages may be called into the school office (510-531-6070) to be delivered to the student.
Students must have a minimum average cumulative 2.0 GPA for both semesters of the 8th grade to walk across the stage. This means that if you have a 1.5 GPA the first semester, you have must have at least a 2.5 GPA the second semester. A 2.0 GPA is equivalent to having all C’s in each of the six classes.
Progress reports will be issued six (6) times during the year approximately one week after the end of the marking period. MP1: August 24 – October 9 (sent home with students), MP2: October 12 – November 20 (sent home with students), MP3: November 30 – January 22 (mailed home), MP4: January 25 – March 4 (sent home with students), MP5: March 7 – April 22 (sent home with students) and MP6: April 25 – June 9 (mailed home). If you do not see your student’s report card, please contact the school and we can provide a copy for you directly. Weekly progress reports are available through the main office upon the parent’s request.
TEXTBOOKS/LIBRARY BOOKS/PE LOCK
All textbooks and PE locks lent to students during the school year are to be kept clean and handled carefully. If a student’s book or PE lock is lost or damaged, the student will be required to pay the replacement cost. If a student does not pay his/her debt, he/she may not be given his/her middle school promotion certificate.
Visitors are welcome to Montera Middle School. However, to maintain a continuous, safe and effective learning environment, certain guidelines are required.
All visitors to Montera must report to the main office to state their business and sign-in. Photo ID required upon request. Signs to this effect are posted at the front and rear entrances to the school.
Visitors who wish to observe classrooms should make prior contact with the teacher a minimum of 48 hours in advance of the planned visit.
Visitor passes will be issued in the main office.
Student visitors are NOT allowed to visit the school or classroom at any time.