Friday, August 30, 2013

Dress Code

The district formed a committee last spring in order to review and revise the dress code for RRISD.  Here is the final 2013-2014 dress code as it appears in the student handbook.

We will begin enforcing dress code next week.


Unacceptable Clothing and Accessories
General Information:
• No clothing featuring pictures, emblems, writings, or slogans that are lewd, offensive risqué, vulgar, obscene, provocative, or that convey hate messages or racially, religiously, or ethnically demeaning message may be worn (including jewelry or accessories).

• No apparel or accessories shall depict tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, drugs or any other dangerous, prohibited, or controlled substance
• No attire or grooming that identifies, condones, depicts, or promotes a student as part of an unauthorized group, such as a gang.

No clothing or accessories that promote violence, weapons, bombs, illegal acts, or anything that could be construed as provocative or offensive or otherwise distract from the learning environment, as determined by the administrators.
• No bedroom attire (pajamas, slippers, etc.)
• No clothing that is too tight such as spandex/lycra unless worn with a dress, skirt, or tunic (using the standards that are applied to shorts, skirts, and skorts)
• No holes in apparel that expose any areas that are not allowed by this dress code

Pants, Jeans:
• Shorts, skirts, and skorts must be at finger-tip or mid-thigh length as measured with relaxed shoulders

• Pants, jeans, shorts, skirts, and skorts must be worn at the hip and cover undergarments

Shirts, Blouses, Sweatshirts, Sweaters, Vests, Jackets, Coats:
• No strapless tops, spaghetti-strap tops, backless, halters, large armholes, or off-the-shoulder tops

• No low necklines (which reveal cleavage)
• No see-through or mesh shirts, when shirt worn underneath does not meet this dress code
• Tops must meet the beltline, and must not reveal undergarments or skin
• No full-length jackets and coats such as those commonly referred to as “trench coats” or “dusters”

Eyewear and Accessories
• Sunglasses shall not be worn in the building

• No metal-studded collars, choker chains, armbands, wristbands, chains, or other metal-studded accessories are permitted

• Piercings/accessories that pose a safety concern or are distracting (i.e. chain from nose piercing to ear) are prohibited

• No wheeled footwear

• Hats, caps, sweatbands, scarves, bandanas, doo-rags, hoods, and other headgear shall not be worn inside campus buildings without administrative approval

The administrator in cooperation with the sponsor, coach, or other person in charge of extracurricular activity (or curricular activity such as a concert), may regulate the dress and grooming of students who participate in the activity.

If the principal determines that a student’s grooming or clothing violates the school’s dress code, the student will be given an opportunity to correct the problem at school. If not corrected, an appropriate consequence will be assigned, until the problem is corrected, or until a parent or designee brings an acceptable change of clothing to the school. Repeated offenses may result in more serious disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct.

Monday, August 26, 2013

First Day of School

GMS students had a unique, but fun, first day of school!  Students spent their day rotating between their core content teachers participating in fun team building activities.  Our year has been inspired by the quote below, and our first day of school focused on building family:

"We need to make Grisham feel like home.  Then, it's not like coming to school every day, it's like coming home."  -2013 WEB Leader

Each grade level also particpated in an assembly where we discussed our MYP school wide unit, expectations, and managed to have a few laughs.

I even created the rap video below for our students to enjoy.  Hope you enjoy it too!

Monday, August 12, 2013

GMS, "Twas the Night Before Middle School"

Grisham’s Night Before Middle School

‘Twas the night before middle school, and all thro’ the class
Teachers were stirring, completing their tasks
Their seat charts were hung by their front doors with care,
In hopes that eager students would soon be there
The desks were nestled all aligned in place
No marker was uncapped or even out of its case
Teachers stood ready to issue thinking caps
To awaken brains from a long summer’s nap-

When out in the hall there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my desk to see what was the matter.
Away to direct traffic I flew like a flash
Tore open the front doors and stood there aghast
The bright shining faces all brimming with know
Brought lustre to my heart and leaves the future aglow
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear
But last year’s most difficult student assisting a peer
With a smile on my lips and a nod of approval
My difficult student knew he’d be avoiding removal
More confident, more mature his apologies came
And then the class sat down, they were already tamed
Now!  This story may be hard to believe
But having faith in your students means they will achieve

On! Assessment, on!  I’ll check for understanding
These students will learn thanks to teacher’s planning
Now go forth and learn.  Learn one and learn all
Grisham staff can help you despite gaps that befall
When students meet an obstacle, mount to the sky;
So up to the challenge timid learners can fly

With a class full of lessons and young minds anew
Debate problems and solutions, creativity spews
For this is a school year where the future is bright

Happy 2013 to all, may you learn with rigorous might!

by: Paige Hadziselimovic