Behavior in the Community
Communication technology, specifically cellular telephones, has become an integral part of the daily lives of students, parents and teachers alike. Lincoln School fully understands and embraces the benefits that come from this technology and permits the use of such technology within certain parameters.
The goal of the Lincoln School policy on cellular phones is to allow students to use their cell phones in a responsible and appropriate way that does not interfere with our commitment to foster an environment for learning and community. Because we acknowledge and celebrate the developmental differences between middle and upper school girls, we have different guidelines for the different divisions.
MIDDLE SCHOOL CELL PHONE POLICY
1. MS students may have a cell phone with them at school, but that cell phone must be off (not on vibrate).
2. MS students are allowed to use their cell phones, on campus, anytime before 7:45 a.m. and after 3:00 p.m. MS Students may use their cell phones during the school day (7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) ONLY at the following times: Break (9:40 a.m. - 10:03 a.m.) and lunch (12:39 p.m. – 1:17 p.m.). During break, cell phones may only be used in the MS Meeting Room. During lunch, cell phones may ONLY be used in the MS Meeting Room or, weather permitting, outside.
3. Students participating in after-school athletic events/practices may use their cell phones with the permission from their coach.
4. Cell phones may not be visible at any other time during the day and must be turned off completely (not on vibrate) except during those times referenced in number 2.
5. Each teacher has the right to allow use of cell phones during instructional time for instructional purposes.
6. Students are welcome to use their cell phone cameras, or any other digital camera for instructional purposes only.
7. Any phone communication during the instructional day, except during break or lunch, will take place on school telephones with permission from office personnel with the exception of emergency situations as deemed by the Middle School Head. Parents should continue to call the school for any emergency situation.
8. Students are not permitted to bring cell phones into a classroom where standardized testing is taking place. Teachers will collect any student cell phones in classrooms where standardized testing is occurring.
9. Possession of a cell phone by a student is a privilege, which may be forfeited by any student not abiding by the terms of this policy. Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the security of their cell phones. Lincoln School does not assume any responsibility for theft, loss, or damage of a cell phone, or unauthorized calls made on a cell phone.
Any violations of the above policy will result in the following:
First violation: Student will be warned and the cell phone will be confiscated by an administrator/teacher for the remainder of that school day. The phone will be returned to the student at the end of that school day.
Second Violation – Cell phone will be confiscated by an administrator/teacher and will be returned to the student only after a conversation with the parent advising that parent of the violation by the student.
Third Violation – Cell phone will be confiscated by an administrator/teacher until a parent comes to the school to retrieve the cell phone. The student will lose their privilege to have a cell phone at school for a period of time as determined by the parent and the school.
Disrespect and Harassment
It is the policy of Lincoln School to provide an academic and extracurricular environment free from all forms of harassment. Harassment constitutes any unwelcome or uninvited violations (physical, verbal, written, electronic, or otherwise) of a person's right to safety and respect. Acts of harassment include, but are not limited to, the following behaviors:
- Violence and assault - physical invasions of personal space that make another person feel unsafe or uncomfortable. Examples include, but are not limited to, threatening physical advances such as pushing, hitting, or scratching, and unwelcome sexual advances.
- Intimidation - any action that involves forcing a member of the community to do something unwillingly, any derogatory or discriminatory remarks or gestures, any display of offensive or demeaning materials, any use of offensive slang terms or labels, and any offensive or threatening comments made through the Internet or electronic devices are all examples of intimidation.
- Bullying - habitual verbal, written, or emotional cruelty toward another individual with the intention of causing harm, obtaining personal gain/pleasure, or intimidating others. This includes, but is not limited to name-calling, criticizing another's appearance, condition, or mannerisms, gossiping, racial slurs, etc.
- Hazing - the initiation of students into a club, team, or organization on or off campus through violent, hostile, humiliating, intimidating, or demeaning acts. Hazing includes directing, aiding, or otherwise participating (actively or passively) in acts that intentionally threaten the physical or mental health of a student.
If a student feels harassed or if a parent or student witnesses an act of harassment, he/she should inform or consult a trusted adult such as a teacher, administrator, advisor.
In the Middle School, any of the acts described above will be addressed with children, classroom teachers, advisor, Division Director and their parents.
Drugs, Illegal Substances and Alcohol
The use or possession of alcohol, illegal substances or drugs on campus, at school functions, or outside of Lincoln School is prohibited. Such use or possession may result in immediate suspension or expulsion.
Lincoln is committed to helping students involved with drugs or alcohol and has a network of intervention and referral sources through the nurse and psychologist. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from these individuals.
Possession of Threatening Objects
All weapons, tools, etc. (such as firearms or knives) that may potentially harm members of the community are strictly prohibited from school grounds.
Eating and Drinking
Students must eat only in the designated dining area. Eating is prohibited in all areas other than the dining room (including the student lounge). Students may bring food to a classroom only with approval of their teacher. There is no food or drink (including water) permitted in the Hart Music Center/auditorium.
Students are encouraged and even required to use the internet for study and research. Certain sites are restricted from use in the school building. The Acceptable Use Policy must be signed by families and students before the student has permission to use the internet.
Internet use is regularly monitored for content and violations of this policy.
Members of the Lincoln community are asked to respect the honor, dignity, and privacy of others and the intellectual property of others and the school at all times. They may not publish: a) identifiable names of other students or community members, b) any personal information about other students or community members, or c) any proprietary school information, including photos of the school on any public media (including, but not limited to IM, blogs, YouTube, My Space, Facebook, etc.) without first obtaining the written permission of the school and all those involved.
Students are responsible for checking their email and mailbox several times during the day to receive messages from students, teachers, or administrative offices. The privacy of mail placed in mailboxes must be respected.
All school and class messages may be placed on the class bulletin boards in the lounge or included in class conference on the FirstClass email system. It is important that students check all of these on a daily basis for school information.
Students should place all books and belongings in a locked locker. They are strongly encouraged to leave items of value at home.
Students are expected to inform an adult member of the faculty, staff, or administration if they believe that their safety or the safety of another student is in question or at risk. If a student seeks help for herself or someone else, confidentiality will be maintained.
All of the rooms and common areas at Lincoln School are shared spaces. It is each individual's responsibility to use these areas respectfully. Therefore, students are expected to:
- pick up after themselves when they leave any room or common area;
- be mindful of the volume of their voices;
- eat ONLY in the designated dining area;
- not leave their personal belongings in the lounge. Lockers are provided to store student books and valuables.
The student lounges are public spaces. Students must be conscious of the people who pass through that space every day (students and faculty from all divisions, prospective students and families, visitors to the school). Many students use the lounge area as a quiet space for studying. Music must be played only with headphones and all conversations should be done quietly. The lounges must not be used for sleeping or viewing movies.
Unauthorized taking or "borrowing" of personal or school property will not be tolerated. Lincoln reserves the right to conduct searches of backpacks or lockers in the rare situation when strong suspicion of possession of stolen articles, drugs, alcohol, or other material exists.
You are required to come to school in uniform daily. (See section on Uniform and Dress for specific details on the uniform.)
Visitors are allowed outside on school grounds, and on the first floor of Faxon Hall but they MUST sign in at the front desk. Any other location must be approved by the Division Director.
Each student is assigned an advisor - a teacher in the Middle School. Advisors review grades and academic work with their advisees and help with any problem, whether it be trouble with a course, a teacher, or a classmate. If a student or her parents need teacher assistance for any reason, the advisor is the person to be contacted. Group advisor meetings are scheduled regularly and if needed, at anytime, one-on-one. Students check in with their advisor every morning.
After school study hall is available to all students, Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. After 4:30 p.m., students may wait until 6:00 p.m. in the Upper School library. Students must have written permission from a parent or guardian in order to leave campus. A full program of sports is also available.
Students meet in the Middle School Meeting Room at 7:50 a.m. for morning meeting and attendance.
If a student is late to school, she must check in with the Middle School Administrative Assistant. In case of absence, parents need to call the Morning Receptionist by 8:30 a.m.
A student is expected to be in school all day, every day, unless she is ill or has a doctor's appointment.
Middle School students work on community service projects throughout the year during school time.
All students and their teachers take part in working to keep their school areas litter free and clean. Parents are often involved in Community Service projects with their daughters.
Conferences, Reports, and Grades
Students receive comments and letter grades at the end of each teaching term (three terms per year). Evaluation of work is based on preparation for class, participation in class, test papers, projects, and other assignments as determined by faculty standards, described in the section titled Grading System. Parent conferences are held in the fall and in early March. On these conference days, there are no classes for students in Middle School. Parent conferences for students in all grades may be held in addition to these regularly scheduled meetings at the request of either the parents or the School.
Middle School students are expected to understand and uphold the Basic Tenets of Lincoln School as well as adhere to all expectations made of Upper Schoolers. Detention is scheduled for students who consistently fail to observe the community rules. Parents will be notified of a student's detention. Detention takes place after school on the Friday following the offense.
The Basic Tenets of Lincoln School
Integrity of the Individual
Our philosophy begins with the basic assumption that each student operates from that which is good within her. Each student is provided an opportunity for independence appropriate to her age and developmental level. Hand in hand with independence go responsibility and loyalty to the basic tenets of the community. If a student's behavior exceeds these tenets, review of the situation by the Head of School in consultation with her advisor, her parents, Division Principal, and Honor Council will include the consideration of separating her from the School.
A Lincoln Student is expected to:
- be honest in her work, actions, speech, and ownership.
- respect the privacy of others' feelings and property.
- extend courtesy and concern for every individual.
- respect and protect the School's facilities and reputation.
- attend with punctuality every class, appointment, or assigned commitment.
- uphold and abide by the laws of the land, and not possess, use, or transfer any controlled chemical substances.
- respect and abide by the rules of any school which she visits, and expect the same of her visitors.
The faculty considers homework to be an integral part of the curriculum in every class. Homework is a way for students to extend what has been taught and to prepare them for the next sequential part of the course. Homework teaches thinking skills and independence in learning and must be completed in a required time. The average working time varies from student to student, class to class, and differs on certain days according to our rotating schedule. As a general time frame:
- Grade 6 - up to 20 minutes per subject
- Grade 7 - up to 30 minutes per subject
- Grade 8 - up to 40 minutes per subject
The following rules are in place to help monitor homework.
- Homework that is due must be handed in at the beginning of each class.
- Homework is an integral part of the grade in every class. It is expected to be completed on the assigned day.
- Individual teachers will establish specific guidelines regarding homework in their classes.
- If a student is absent, homework will be posted on the bulletin board outside of the Middle School Administrative Assistant's office by 3:00 p.m. A student may call in to ask for it or have a parent or neighbor pick it up for her. Students may prefer to call a classmate to get an assignment. If the student is too ill to do the homework over a period of days, teachers will be notified and will arrange to help the student when she returns to school; otherwise, homework is due the day the student comes back.
Everyone has lunch in the Dining Room. Food and beverages are not to be carried out of the Dining Room. Our all-school lunch program is provided to all students grades one through twelve. Breakfast and snacks are available to upper and middle school students for purchase.
Parents night is an opportunity for parents to meet their daughter's teachers, advisors, and the Middle School Director, as well as gain insight into the daily schedule and routine. This is a time to acquire a general impression of the philosophy, tone and activities of the school. If parents wish to arrange individual conferences, they may do so at another time.
It is important to note that there is only a brief time between classes. Students should plan to arrive at school a few minutes before 7:50 a.m. Middle School is open by 7:15 a.m. and is closed at 4:30 p.m. Those students who stay beyond 4:30 p.m. will go to the Upper School library to be picked up by 6:00 p.m. They may not wait outside.
The after-school sports program is voluntary.
Members are elected by classmates and help to plan activities, both service and social.
Students are expected to bring sufficient study materials to all study halls. They will be able to ask to go to the library, computer room, or to a meeting with a teacher, if needed.
Any emergency or urgent calls to parents should be made through the Middle School Administrative Assistant. Personal calls are not to be made at school. Cell phone and iPod use is not permitted during school hours (7:50 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) There is a Middle School student phone available during the day for emergencies.
As part of our outdoor education program, there are a number of trips which the faculty consider to be an integral part of the curriculum. The goals of these trips are both social and academic. Parents receive detailed information prior to each trip. Field trips are held throughout the year as well. The beginning of the year camping trip is mandatory for all students.