Procedures & Forms

Assignments - Attendance - Class Schedules - Grades

“Infinite
Starting with the 2016-2017 school year, the Hawaii State Department of Education switched to a new Student Information System (SIS) known as Infinite Campus. It provides parents with the ability to view their school child's or children’s academic information through the Infinite Campus Portal.
Logging onto this web-based system will permit parents to view the following real-time information about their child:
• Assignments
• Attendance
• Class Schedules
• Grades

Infinite Campus Portal Help Guide:  --> Infinite Campus Portal for Parents and Students
 
Did you know that you can access Infinite Campus on your Smart Phone?
Mobile App Help Video: --> 
https://www.infinitecampus.com/video/infinite-campus-portal-mobile-app 

Infinite Campus Parent Portal information
(Only Wheeler Middle School parents who have returned their Census Survey forms will be given a login account)

Access via Apple iOS or Android device app—>
info here

Parents/Student log-in (click here)
Teacher/Staff log-in (click here)

Intranet for DOE Staff
(log-in req’d)
Infinite Campus Portal parent access:
1. Students will take home a Census Verification form, to be completed and signed by parent.

2. Signed/completed form will be returned to the school.

3. Parents complete the on-line request form: link to the form found here.
An eMail will be sent to the eMail listed on the on-line form from the link above with more details & information on setting up the account.

If you have any further questions, please call the registrar at (808) 305-9031 during normal school hours.

Note: portal accounts from previous year carries over to the current school year.

What is the address of the portal?
(Make sure to click on "sign in with your District ID" to access the portal)

Parents/Students log-in= https://hawaii.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/hawaii.jsp

Note: portal accounts from previous year carries over to the current school year.

After creating a User Name and Password, in addition to using a web browser, the portal can also be accessed via mobile app for any Apple iOS or Android device.

• Search for "Infinite Campus Mobile Portal" to download to your mobile device.
• Once you have downloaded and opened the mobile app, type in Hawaii in the District Name and select Hawaii in the Select a State drop down and click Search.
• Click on Hawaii Department of Education and then type in the username and password you just created and click Log In.

The Hawaii State DOE Schools all have the same District ID.  It is HIDOE

How do I complete the forced reset in Infinite Campus?
Some users may be forced to reset their passwords when accessing their account. To see how go here

To enroll at Wheeler Middle School

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To enroll student(s):
please call for appointment
(808) 305-9000


Hours:
8:00 a.m.
to
2:00 p.m.

Items needed to enroll:
Enrollment checklist (hold down 'alt' or 'option key' before clicking on the link to download the form)

• Birth Certificate/Passport/Military ID (For proof of Age)
• Release packet/records from previous school
• Immunization-Shot Form/Record
• Physical within the year
• TB clearance (must have date given & date read)
• Proof of residency (Lease/utilities form)
• Special Education Services form (if applicable)
• Geographic Exception (GE) if applicable
• Guardianship forms (POA /Custody) if applicable
• Military orders (copy)

Forms available at counter:
• Registration card (available at time of enrollment)
Elective & Wheel classes chosen
Contact information (Signed and dated)

• MVA form signed & dated
• Special Education Form
• Emergency Card (Front & Back filled out completely)
• Bus Application (signed & dated)
• Internet Acceptable use Permission Form
• Student Publication/Video Release Form
• Opt-Out Form

Records Release form
Used to request official school records from previous school.

Free/Reduced Lunch Application
Qualifying criteria: Income = BAS + Base Pay + COLA

List/description of courses
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on registrar's site

Note: The Department of Education shall assess and collect a service charge of $25.00 for any dishonored (bad) check in accordance with Chapter 40-35.5 H.R.S effective July 02, 2007.
School Level
Checks made payable to:
Wheeler Middle School


Mandatory Student Fees: $15.00
• Used to finance student government sponsored activities, grade level activities, and postage for quarterly parent newsletters, mid-quarter progress reports, and for the final report card in June.

PTSO: $10.00 (Subject to change)
Parent Teachers Student Association
Transportation (Bus Company: Roberts Hawaii)
Checks made payable to:
DOE Student Transportation


Bus Fees
Prices subject to change

One-way
Annually $136.00
Each quarter: $36.00

Two-way
Annually $270.00
Each quarter: $72.00
School Lunch
Checks made payable to:
Department of Education

Students
• Full price
Breakfast $1.10
Lunch $2.50

* Reduced price | Free & reduced lunch application here.
More info on the Hawaii DOE site
(Eligibility based on household income)
Breakfast $0.30
Lunch $0.40

School lunch balances will be automatically rolled over to the next school year.

School Lunch System
Parents, please remind your children to have their ID in hand when going through the cafeteria line.They will be reminded of their account balance once their balance reaches $5.00, and at every subsequent transaction thereafter. They will be responsible for ensuring they deposit money in their school lunch account.

Reminder: if your child is on free or reduced lunch status, they still have to pay the 'Full price' listed above if they choose to eat a second meal in the same day.
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Adult Prices
Breakfast: $2.40
Lunch: $5.50

Vaccination Logo Graphic
New
All incoming seventh graders must complete a physical examination pursuant to state law.

More vaccinations info
It's important that families plan ahead and schedule appointments early to ensure their child's physical examination is completed in a timely manner, preferably before the new school year begins.
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Health Services Logo Graphic
If your child becomes ill or is injured in school, the Department of Education provides a School Health Aide (note: the School Health Aide is not a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse). Our Health Aide will administer rst aid for minor injuries. The Health Aide will also notify parents or the person designated on the student’s Emergency Card if the student needs to go home or to the doctor. The person picking up the child must sign a student release form. If an emergency occurs, and the school is unable to contact the child’s parent(s), 911 will be called.

Please be sure that all emergency information for your child is complete and up-to-date.

All medications that are to be taken during school need to be authorized by the student’s physician, and cleared through the School Health Aide and Public Health Nurse.

Important Message for Parents from the Hawaii StateDepartment of Health:
Protect your child’s health against serious, sometimes life-threatening diseases. The effectiveness of childhood vaccines can decrease over time. Preteens and teens are also at risk for different disease as they get older.
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Protect the health of your preteen or teen with four (4) important vaccines recommended by the Department Of Health, Disease Outbreak Control Division:

• Pertussis (whooping cough)
http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/disease_listing/pertussis/

• Meningococcal infection
http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/disease_listing/meningococcal/

• Human papillomavirus (HPV)
http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/disease_listing/human-papillomavirus-hpv/

• Influenza - flu
http://health.hawaii.gov/docd/disease_listing/influenza-flu/

Take your child to his/her primary care provider to receive these vaccines.
For more information, visit health.hawaii.com


Please be aware that beginning January 22, 2018 you will no longer have the capability to make meal balances electronically through schoolcafe. During this cut-over, we ask that you make all meal deposits to your child's account directly to the school that your child attends. If you currently make online deposits through schoolcafe, and have the reoccurring automatic deposit feature enabled, please login and be certain to tum this feature off.

We anticipate that once the first phase of this transition is complete, and all meal balances and student eligibility statuses are verified for accuracy, a new online payment system will be reintroduced. This system will allow families to make online deposits to meal accounts (for a nominal convenience fee) again, as well as view your child's deposits and purchases.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work towards giving families more accessibility and control over their child's meal accounts.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the School Food Services Branch at
(808) 733-8400.

Sincerely.
Dann Carlson
Assistant Superintendent


Letter with details from Assistant Superintendent here. (to download the letter, hold 'alt' then click on the link)

Policies - Procedures - Services

Authorized Absences:
• Illness, injury or quarantine (chicken pox, measles, etc.)
• Death in the family
• Court attendance
• Medical or dental appointment that cannot be scheduled before or after school
• Emergency situation with proper notification from parent/guardian
• Religious observances
• Special cases as approved by the principal

TRUANCY (skipping school)
The Honolulu Police Department may question students found out of school during school hours. The
police officer may take any of the following actions when a student is deemed truant:
• Return the truant to school
• Arrest the truant and require that the parent/guardian report to the police department
• Arrest the truant, require that the parent/guardian pick up the truant, with possible referral to
Family Court/Juvenile Services Division
• Once students arrive at school they MUST remain on campus until the end of the school day.
Students confirmed leaving campus without permission may be placed in Positive Alternative to
Suspension (PAS) for that day or the following school day.

Tardiness is usually not excused. Students are expected to be in class ready to begin working when
school begins. Parent notification and/or detention may be assigned to students with excessive (3+)
tardies.

Authorized Tardies
• All applicable cases listed under authorized absences
• Students detained by any member of the school staff
• Emergency situations as approved by school administrator
• School bus delay/problems

OFF CAMPUS PASS
Students leaving campus during the school day because of an emergency or for an appointment, must
present a note to the office from a parent/guardian in the morning before classes begin, or during first
recess. Students will receive a STUDENT EXCUSE SLIP, which must be presented to all teachers whose classes will be missed. The office will then issue an OFF CAMPUS PASS and the student must wait for his/her parent or guardian to sign him/her out from the front office. The school must be notified if the child is to be released without a parent or guardian present. As we cannot interrupt instructional time, parents arriving without prior notification may have to wait for up to twenty minutes for their student to be released from class.

Reporting Absences
ABSENTEE VOICE MAIL SYSTEM
To report your child’s absence:
7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (808) 305-9000
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 a.m. (808) 543-8872

Please provide the following information:
• Child’s full name
• Grade
• Caller’s name and relationship to child
• Days and dates of absence and reason for absence

In the event that a parent or guardian does not notify the school of the absence, an automated calling system will call the student’s home in the evening to verify the absence. Upon returning to school, the student must present a note to the front office from a parent/guardian stating the date(s) and reason for the absence.

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Schofield Barracks telephone: (808) 655-9944
Wheeler Middle School: (808) 305-9061

• Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Service (ASACS)
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Adolescent Substance Abuse Counseling Services (ASACS)
Johnson, Justine
(808) 305-9020
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Confidential & Voluntary: ASACS (Adolescent Support and Counseling Services) is confidential and free for military dependents. 

Adolescents under the age of fourteen require parental consent for counseling services.  The program helps young people navigate the developmental years by addressing risk factors related to substance use concerns and factors that interrupt positive mental, emotional, and behavioral development. ASACS services are offered throughout the year at WMS and at the Schofield Barracks ASACS office.

- Licensed Providers:  ASACS Counselors are licensed and credentialed, and are privileged through the Medical Command.

-Levels of Care: ASACS provides 2 levels of care as seen below.
• Early Intervention – Services address risk factors that interrupt positive mental, emotional, and behavioral development, as well as early intervention for youth with an onset of substance use.  Youth do not have to be substance involved to benefit from preventive counseling services. Examples of risk factors include a pattern of disruptive behavior, academic failure/truancy/lack of commitment to school, impulse control, depression/anxiety, social or coping skills challenges, social media/gaming related problems, family management concerns, difficulty negotiating a key life transition such as the move from middle to high school, or adapting to a new location. 
 
• Outpatient Treatment – Tailored to each client’s level of severity, and designed to address concerns with youth assessed as having signs and symptoms consistent with a substance related disorder.

-Prevention: ASACS promotes healthy adolescent development through prevention education by focusing on protective factors identified by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) such as self-worth, social competence, positive support, school connectedness and parental support.  Prevention groups may occur in the classroom, after school or at the ASACS Schofield Barracks office.

Contraband items are those which are: vulnerable to theft, disruptive in or out of the classroom, and/or may cause disorderly situations on campus. Contraband items will be confiscated, labeled, and turned in to the office. A parent/guardian, or a student with a note from a parent/guardian, may retrieve contraband from the front office. The school will not be responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen personal property listed as contraband. Contraband items are vulnerable to theft and/or are disruptive; and include, but are not limited to:

• Sling shots, boomerangs, metal chains, rubber bands, poppers, and hornets
• Matches, lighters, firecrackers and other compounds that are easily ignited
• Magazines, pictures, photographs and other literature of an improper nature
• Silly string, balloons, tools, water guns, shaving cream, or any items that may create disorderly situations
• Food items such as sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, raw eggs, gum, and frosting

NOTE: Other items not listed above may be classified as contraband if they become a problem.
City Ordinance 95-46
It is unlawful for a minor to possess, have under his/her control, or use spray paint or wide-tipped markers (1/4” or greater width) while on public or private property, without the express permission of the owner, lessee, or manager of the property as these items are often used to tag or graffiti.

Electronic Cigarettes
Possession and use of electronic cigarettes are prohibited on school grounds. A student in violation of this Class “C” offense is subject to the disciplinary actions of Hawaii Administrative Rules (HAR) Title 8 Chapter 19.
City Ordinance 95-46

Gun Free Schools Act
The U.S. Congress enacted the Gun Free Schools Act of 1994 as an amendment to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. It requires that all states adopt a mandatory expulsion policy for public school students who are found in possession of a firearm, as defined by Chapter 19. Any student who is found to be in possession of a firearm while attending school, shall be excluded from attending school for not less than one year. Firearms include BB/pellet guns, air guns, air soft guns, starter guns, shot guns, paintball guns, crossbows, or any weapon, which may readily expel a projectile. If you find a gun or any type of weapon on campus, notify an adult and do not touch it.

Tobacco Free School System

Effective September 1, 1993, smoking and the use of tobacco products became prohibited on any public school campus and any off campus site that is used by Wheeler Middle School for school business. School employees, parents of students, school visitors, guests, and people using our school facility are not allowed to smoke, chew or dip any tobacco product. “Tobacco Product” means any substance that contains tobacco, including, but not limited to chewing tobacco, cigarettes, cigars, pipes, snuff, smoking tobacco and smokeless tobacco.

Skateboards/bicycles/rollerblades
Skateboards, bikes, and rollerblades may not be ridden on school grounds at any time.

If ridden to school, skateboards are to be taken to the front office before class begins and can be picked up after school with identification. Skateboards are not allowed on school buses at anytime.

If a student rides a bike to school, he/she needs to walk it to the bike racks installed on campus. The school cannot guarantee the safety of bikes at the bike racks. Students are encouraged to lock their bikes securely at the bike racks located between C and D buildings.

Military policy mandates that helmets are required to be worn on post when skateboarding, biking, or
rollerblading.

Zero Tolerance Policy
Act 90 was passed by the 1996 Hawaii State Legislature, and states: “Any child (student) who is found to be in possession of a dangerous weapon, switchblade knife, intoxicating liquor, or illicit drugs while attending school, may be excluded from attending school for up to ninety-two (92) school days, as determined by the principal and approved by the superintendent.”

Wheeler Middle School offers a rich and challenging standards-based curriculum, which addresses the developmental needs of young adolescents in a caring environment. Wheeler's curricula are aligned with the Common Core State Standards, and each grade level has designed specific standards for emphasis and study. Upon request, teachers will share their course syllabi with students and parents at the beginning of each new term.

Students and teachers are organized into grade level interdisciplinary teams. These teams use a variety of instructional strategies, flexible blocks of time, as well as varied instructional and organizational arrangements, to ensure success for all students. When students and teachers are assigned to academic (core) teams, smaller communities of learners are formed, and teachers are able to monitor students' progress more closely.

The exploratory and co-curricular components of the middle school address the students' need to explore a variety of recreational and academic interests, as well as opportunities to form positive foundations for life-long learning.

The advisory component ensures that the students have at least one significant adult on campus that knows, cares about and supports his/her academic and personal development. Teachers use advisory to develop the 'whole child' and enhance each students' social & emotional well being.

Please consult the Wheeler Middle School Registration Information Booklet for descriptions of the courses offered.

DISCIPLINE CONCERNS
Wheeler Middle School strives for open communication with our community partners. Parents are welcome to discuss discipline/safety issues with a Vice Principal. Due to student privacy and confidentiality, specific incidents involving individual students may not be shared in any type of open forum arena. Please feel free to call the office at 305-9000 to set up an appointment with a Vice Principal to discuss concerns as they arise.
Disciplinary rules are adopted in order to create a positive and safe atmosphere in which learning can occur. Wheeler Middle School’s policy is not intended to place undue restriction on the student body, but rather to protect the welfare of all. The school will work closely with the home to guide students in developing high expectations for themselves as well as others. It is the responsibility of every student to demonstrate respectful, responsible, safe and ethical behaviors.

The following is a list of specific offenses, which are prohibited by law (Title 8, Chapter 19, “Student Misconduct, Discipline, and Report Offenses”). These apply to all students in the public school system during school hours, on school premises, or during school-supervised activities.

Class “A” Offenses (Unlawful conduct)
• Assault
• Burglary
• Dangerous weapons, possession or use of
• Dangerous instrument, or substance; possession or use of
• Drug paraphernalia; possession, use or sale of
• Extortion
• Fighting
• Firearms, possession or use of
• Homicide
• Illicit drugs, possession, use, or sale of
• Intoxicating substances, alcohol; possession, use or sale of
• Property damage or vandalism
• Robbery
• Sexual offense
• Terrorist threatening

Class “B” Offenses (Unlawful Conduct)
• Bullying
• Cyberbullying
• Disorderly conduct
• False alarm, rendering of
• Forgery
• Gambling
• Harassment
• Hazing
• Inappropriate or questionable uses, or both of internet materials or equipment, or both
• Theft
• Trespassing

Disciplinary action(s) may include: dismissal, disciplinary transfer, arrest by police, suspension,
Positive Alternatives to Suspension (PAS) class, and/or forfeiture of school activity.

Class “C” Offenses (Department of Education prohibited)
• Abusive language
• Class cutting
• E-cigarette, possession or use of
• Insubordination
• Laser pen/laser pointer; possession or use of
• Leaving campus without consent
• Smoking, possession of, or use of, tobacco substances
• Truancy

Consequences may include: counseling, detention, parent notification, Positive Alternatives to Suspension (PAS) class, after-school detention, forfeiture of school activity, suspension, and/or serious discipline for repeated offenses.


Class “D” Offenses (Wheeler Middle School prohibited)

Proper behavior is expected in all settings. The following behaviors are not allowed:

• Profanity (foul language, swearing)
• Forgery/altering information on a pass, note, or progress report
• Unexcused tardies
• Obstruction of walkways
• Rowdy, prankish play
• Spitting
• Throwing objects which may injure others
• Littering
• Gum chewing
• Climbing trees and buildings
• Leaving lunch trays and trash on the cafeteria table
• Disrespect to another
• Running in hallways
• Sale of any item to others

Consequences may include: verbal reprimand, parent notification, Positive Alternatives to Suspension (PAS) class, detention, forfeiture of school activity, and/or suspension from school.

ATTIRE/DRESS CODE
Rather than giving you a laundry list of clothing items that are prohibited, we’d like to simply encourage you to dress in a way that helps keep the focus on
learning in your classrooms. Clothing that disrupts from teaching and learning could result in you sporting some “loaner” clothes, or waiting in the front office
for someone to bring you an entirely new set of clothes—neither situation is a good use of your time.

For example, clothing or graphics that promote inappropriate products/topics (i.e. alcohol, drugs, or weapons), or which depict sexually suggestive graphics simply have no place in school. If it’s possible that someone is going to be made to feel uncomfortable (a fellow student, staff member, or your teachers), then let’s agree to keep that clothing item out of the rotation when it comes to school clothes.

In a nutshell, wearing clothing that distracts from teaching and learning is ultimately going to result in you missing out on some valuable class time. Don’t risk it—be yourself, but wear clothing that is comfortable, and appropriate for school.

Students who are not in dress code will be referred to the counselor’s office to call home for a change of clothing. After the first referral to a counselor for dress code violation, an office referral may be sent to administration.

If you are picking up your child for a doctor’s appointment, special event, etc., during the school day, you will need to provide a valid picture ID and sign them out at the office.  Only legal guardians or authorized emergency contacts listed are allowed to sign students out of school.

If your child becomes ill or is injured in school, the Department of Education provides a School Health
Aide (note: the School Health Aide is not a Registered Nurse or a Licensed Practical Nurse). Our Health Aide will administer first aid for minor injuries. The Health Aide will also notify parents or the person
designated on the student’s Emergency Card if the student needs to go home or to the doctor. The
person picking up the child must sign a student release form. If an emergency occurs, and the school is
unable to contact the child’s parent(s), 911 will be called.
Please be sure that all emergency information for your child is complete and up-to-date

All medications that are to be taken during school need to be authorized by the student’s physician, and
cleared through the School Health Aide and Public Health Nurse.

If your child is absent for two or more days, you may call the school and request homework assignments and books. However, please allow the teachers 24 hours to assign the homework and have it in the office for you. With three days advance notice, homework can be provided for up to ten days. Once you have requested homework, please be sure to pick it up

Students are encouraged to visit the Information Resource Center, which is open before school, recess and lunch. The IRC is a place where students can study and read, and use technology. With a school ID card, books, computers, and iPads are available for student use for educational purposes.

Students are allowed to borrow two books (non-reference) for up to two weeks. To borrow a book, students must write their name on the book’s check out card and in the book’s sign out slip. When returning a book, please be sure to place the book in the book return located in the IRC.

Lost textbook and library book policy: Students are issued textbooks and are allowed to borrow books as part of the curriculum. If a student damages or loses a book, he/she is responsible for payment. The
amount recorded on the bill is the replacement cost of the item that is lost or unusable.

Hawaii Revised Statutes 298-5 Public Schools Special Fees and Charges states:
Any pupil found to be responsible for loss, destruction, breakage, or damage of school
books, which shall include library and textbooks, or equipment, or supplies, shall make
restitution to the school in any manner, including payment by the pupil or the pupil’s
parents of the actual replacement costs.

If paying by check, mail the bill and check payable to Wheeler Middle School for the exact amount.
Please be aware that the charge for a returned check is $25.00. Our school address is:
Wheeler Middle School
2 Wheeler Army Air Field
Wahiawa, HI 96786

When payment has been made, and if another textbook is required, it will be issued by the student’s
teacher. If the lost material is found and payment has been made, a refund can be issued up to a year
from the date of receipt. Refunds may take six to eight weeks to process. If obligations are NOT cleared,
notification will be made to parents via mail. Obligations NOT cleared remain part of the student’s record
and are passed on to the student’s next school. Borrowing privileges will resume once payment has been
made and obligations have been cleared.

If you have any questions, please stop by the IRC.

Items that are found on campus should be turned in to the health room so they can be returned to their rightful owner. At the end of each quarter, items not claimed will be donated to charities

Please mark sweaters, jackets, raincoats, slippers, etc., with child’s name.

Students are strongly advised not to leave textbooks, library books, purses, book bags, wallets, money and favorite items unattended at any time. Items are rarely recovered and lost keys, identification, and money cause students and parents much anxiety. Damaged or lost textbooks and library books are very costly for students and parents to replace.

Students are responsible for each textbook assigned by their teachers whether it is lost, stolen, or misplaced. Items believe to have been stolen should be reported to school security.

The office phone is available for student use. Students may call home for ID cards, meal concerns, and transportation needs (missed bus or no bus pass).

Students who become ill during the school day are to report to the health room. The health aide will call parents when necessary

If allowed by a teacher, students may call from the classroom for forgotten homework.

Board members: TBA

Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) & School Community Council (SCC)

PTSO eMail: ptso.wheeler.middle.hi@gmail.com
You can also sign up to receive text or eMail messages.
We urge all parents to become involved in the education of their children. It helps the school to better understand you and your child. How can you help? Here are a few ways:

• Indicate interest in, and support your child’s class work and school activities.

• Join the PTSO and participate in the various activities.

• Volunteer to help as a tutor, in the library, office, lunchroom, or other needed areas.

Any help that you can offer is much appreciated.

In accordance with Act 51, the Wheeler Middle School Community Council (SCC) was created to support school improvement and the academic achievement of students through increased community involvement in the school.

Note:
We welcome parents to attend and participate in our SCC and PTSO meetings.
SCC meetings - 3rd Monday of each month at 3:00 p.m. in the office conference room.

Meeting times and location are subject to change.

For further information, please call the school at (808) 305-9000.

Occasionally, we will publish photos and videos of our students participating in school activities. We publish these photos and videos, and sometimes student work, on our website and in our newsletter, as well as in other school and district publications.

• If you do not wish us to publish these images please submit a signed and dated written request to the school.

• Opt out forms and consent forms approved by HIDOE and related policies and instructions are available on the Student Privacy page at
FERPA

Note: The following information is also found on the back of the bus application that all parents sign prior to student receiving transportation.
Passenger Safety Code: All students riding school buses shall abide by the following requirements.
Students shall ride designated buses at specified times and locations as assigned (286-181, 296-12).
Each student must show his or her bus pass to the bus driver prior to boarding the bus.

At the designated school bus stops and while boarding, students shall:
• Not bring children who will not be passengers on the bus, or animals, to the bus stop
• Be on time at the designated school bus stop to help keep the bus on schedule
• Stay off the road while waiting for the bus and conduct themselves in a safe manner while waiting
• Refrain from loud talking, which may disturb nearby residents, at bus stops
• Refrain from littering or defacing property at bus stops
• Line up in an orderly, single file line and wait until the bus comes to a complete stop before attempting to board the bus
• Walk on the side of the road facing traffic to get to the bus stop (if there are no sidewalks)
• Not bring articles on the bus that may cause injury to passengers or carry articles which cannot be stored safely (including skateboards)
• Use the handrail and watch their step when boarding the bus

At school, students who are waiting for the second round bus to pick them up shall:
• Be seated while waiting (no roaming around campus)

While on the bus, students shall:
• Keep hands and head inside the bus at all times
• Refrain from loud talking and laughing, which may divert the driver’s attention and result in a serious accident
• Treat bus equipment as valuable furniture. Damage to seats, windows, and other equipment shall be paid for by the offender or the offender’s parent
• Not eat or drink any beverages, unless necessary for medical reasons
• Refrain from tampering with the bus or any of its equipment
• Keep books, packages, coats, and all other objects out of the aisle
• Remain in the bus in case of a road emergency, unless directed to do otherwise by the bus driver
• Refrain from throwing anything out of the bus window
• Remain in their seat while the bus is in motion
• Refrain from smoking, drinking, gambling, fighting, or any other behavior that may endanger health or well-being
• Obey the driver

When leaving the bus and crossing streets, students shall observe the following procedures:
• Students shall not leave the bus at other than their regular bus stops, unless proper authorization has been given in advance by the school principal
• Use the handrail and watch their step when getting off the bus

Students who violate bus rules will be suspended from riding the school bus—riding the bus is a privilege!

BUS TRANSPORTATION
Information on bus routes is posted in the office. Bus fares may be paid on a yearly or quarterly basis.
Students who ride the school bus should conduct themselves in an orderly manner and should follow the directions of the bus driver. Students who refuse to cooperate and endanger the safety of themselves or others will be referred to the security officer or Vice Principal. A possible consequence for such behavior is suspension of bus-riding privileges. Roberts Bus has been contracted by the Department of Education Student Transportation Services (586-0170). Please call Roberts Bus Company at 832-4886 if you have any concerns.

If a student does not have a bus pass (student I. D.) they will not be allowed to ride the bus. In addition, students will not be allowed to ride the bus in either direction if payment is not made within 3 days of the quarterly bus payment deadline. Fourth quarter bus payments must be paid in cash, money order or cashier’s check.

Photos for student ID cards will be taken during the first week of school. ID cards are used for school identification, library book borrowing, boarding the bus and meal purchases. Cards should not be defaced in any way. Defacing a card includes marking the cards with pens, putting decorative stickers on the card, scratching it with an abrasive or sharp object, biting or bending/cracking the card. Defaced cards may be taken away, resulting in the student purchasing another card. Do not clean the card with strong solutions such as paint thinners or strong cleaning solvents. To do so will remove the protective coating and fade information on the card, including the barcode, which renders the card unusable. Replacement cards are available during school hours in the office conference room. Students who need replacement cards should:

• Bring $5.00 for replacement of cards that have been lost, stolen, or defaced.
• Go to the office before school starts, during homeroom or at break.
• A new barcode number will be assigned and a new card issued. Any money remaining on your “closed” account will be moved to your new account.
• Where necessary, cards will be punched indicating payment for student dues, etc.

How do I put money in my School Lunch System Account?

All students with regular and reduced-price lunch status will need to deposit money into their School Lunch System account in order to purchase meals. Cash or check (made out to Department of Education) deposits may be made in the front office before school, during breaks, or after school. Please make sure that deposits are made by the end of morning recess or by the end of homeroom on Wednesday. No money or deposits will be accepted in the cafeteria lines during breakfast or lunchtime.

Students who do not have money in their account will not be allowed to purchase a meal. The school is not allowed to issue loans or maintain negative balances with the School Lunch System. The maximum deposit amount is $100 at any one time. Checks will only accepted until the end of the third quarter; after that, students may only deposit cash to their meal tracker account.

Each time an account registers $5.00 or less remaining in the account, the account balance is displayed on the cashier’s monitor. The student is then reminded of his/her new balance at every meal
transaction. It is the student’s responsibility to make the deposit to their account.

How can I get a meal if I don’t have my ID card or there is no money in my account?

Students without an ID card may still purchase a meal. They must stand in the ‘No ID’ line.
Students with no money remaining in their meal tracker account may not purchase a meal. The Meal
Tracker System cannot issue loans or maintain negative balances. Students will be allowed to call home from the office to ask a parent to bring a home lunch or to deposit money to the account.

Students who are on free meal status are entitled to one free breakfast and one free lunch per day.

Students who are on reduced-price meal status are entitled to one reduced price breakfast at a cost of $0.30 and one reduced price lunch at a cost of $0.40 per day.

Students who are on regular meal status will pay $1.10 for breakfast and $2.50 for lunch.

Regardless of lunch status, a second breakfast can be purchased for $2.40, and a second lunch for
$5.50. Students may also purchase entrées (the main course of the meal minus the milk and the fruit/
vegetable) for $2.00.

Students who bring a home lunch may purchase milk for $0.60.

Students without a home lunch and who do not buy a school meal are not allowed in the cafeteria dining room.

PROCEDURES FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS TO ACCESS VARIOUS SERVICES AT WHEELER MIDDLE SCHOOL
Students seeking academic help (this also applies to parents who have academic concerns):
• First point of contact should be the subject teacher.
• If this does not result in satisfactory resolution of the problem, the student should make an
appointment to see his/her counselor.
• The counselor will determine what further action should be taken to reach a satisfactory
resolution.
• If this still does not produce satisfactory results, student or parent should make an appointment
with the vice principal.
• If the problem is not resolved, an appointment should be made with the principal.

Students seeking help with personal/social problems:
• First point of contact can be either the counselor or teacher.
• The adult will take appropriate action.

Special Education Services: this is the process to aid in determining special education eligibility
• Parents confer with child’s teachers to discuss concerns and develop an action plan for the student.
• Parents confer with child’s teachers to modify the action plan.
• If the action plan that had been developed and modified does not work, the teacher or parent may bring the matter to the Student Services Coordinator for a more comprehensive evaluation.
• The Student Services Coordinator will convene a meeting of the Student Focus Team (SFT), which is made up of a teacher, parent, administrator, and special education representative.
• This SFT will determine if a comprehensive evaluation is needed.
• If needed, comprehensive testing will take place.
• After testing, a meeting is held to discuss the results of the test and determine if special education criteria have been met.
• If criteria have been met, the special education Individual Education Plan (IEP) team (made up of teacher, special education representative, parent, and administrator) will develop an IEP for the student.
• If criteria are not met, parent may meet with the child’s teachers to consider other options:
• 504
• Additional modifications to student’s action plan (this is an informal way of helping the
student—no special education or 504 designation).

Teacher and parents should continue to maintain open communication.

Services available from Tripler Army Medical Center:
Currently, Tripler Army Medical Center has a team that provides consultation, assessment, and therapy
on campus. If you would like to access these services, please call your child’s counselor.

Adolescent Support and Counseling Services (ASACS)
• ASACS provides prevention groups such as deployment support, life skills, and other
education and prevention services.
• The ASACS program provides licensed counseling services and support for adolescents at risk and outpatient services.
*The objective for counseling services is to develop decision making and coping skills to reduce risk and/or intervene on alcohol or drug related issues.
• Teachers, school counselors, peers, and parents may refer students to the ASACS counselor.
• Parental approval is required to participate in the program.
• If approval is given, the student may participate in individual or group sessions once a week and family sessions as needed.

Military & Family Life Counseling (MFLC)
Military families face many challenges, particularly during this time of war. To support the needs of military families and schools, the Department of Defense is providing professional licensed consulting staff to offer confidential counseling services, at no cost, to service members and their families.

Such services include support for issues such as school adjustment, deployment and reunion adjustment, parent-child communication, bullying, anger management, conflict resolution, and self-esteem/self confidence. If you would like your child to receive support from our school’s MFLC personnel, parental consent is needed. Please call the school for more information.

WHEELER MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENT/FAMILY INVOLVEMENT POLICY
Research has shown that family involvement in the education of their children increases student achievement and success in the following ways:

• Students exhibit more positive attitudes and behavior.
• Students get better grades and test scores.
• Attendance improves.
• Graduation rates rise.
• Students’ enrollment in post-secondary education programs rise.

To support students’ academic achievement and personal success, the school and parents should work together as knowledgeable partners. The Wheeler Middle School Parent/Family Involvement Policy establishes programs and practices that enhance parent involvement and addresses the six National Standards for Parent/Family Involvement Programs.

PARENT COMMUNITY NETWORKING CENTER
Wheeler Middle School has a Parent Community Networking Center (PCNC) facilitator who is available to work with parents in building a strong and supportive network between home and school. The PCNC facilitator coordinates parent workshops to help parents guide their child to success in middle school and beyond. Our facilitator is also available to share information about our school from a parent’s point of view. Parents who would like to volunteer at the school may contact the PCNC facilitator at 808-305-9032 or email:
pcnc@wheelermiddle.k12.hi.us

Wheeler Middle School is proud to have an extracurricular sports program.
The LOA Program (Learning Opportunities Academy) may include the following sports: cheerleading, volleyball, basketball, soccer and track. Usually there is one team for cheerleading and track, two teams for soccer, and four teams for volleyball and basketball – 6th/7th grade girls, 6th/7th grade boys, 8th grade girls, and 8th grade boys.

Typically, the seasons are as follows:
• Cheerleading (throughout the year)
• Volleyball (1st & 2nd Quarter)
• Basketball (2nd & 3rd Quarter)
• Soccer (3rd & 4th Quarter)
• Track (4th Quarter)

Announcements for tryouts are placed in the school’s morning bulletin. Games are scheduled among middle school teams in Central District.

Any student may try out for a team; those selected must pay their student dues and maintain a 2.0 (or higher) grade point average, with passing grades in all classes and an “S” in exploratory wheel. Grade checks are to be done on a regular basis during the sports season.

It is a privilege for students to represent the school; consequences for academic and behavioral infractions, including suspension, range from game ineligibility to dismissal from the team.

TRANSFER PROCEDURES
Students exiting Wheeler Middle School: A parent or legal guardian must submit a completed Temporary/Permanent Release Form at least a week before the child’s last day in the school. This will enable the office staff to secure the necessary information and prepare a release packet for the child.
The release packet will be given to the student to hand carry to his/her next school on the day of release.

Early release at the end of the school year: If a student moves from the school attendance area toward the end of the school year, releases are processed as follows, according to the State School Code:
• During the last four weeks (final week may be a partial one): Final grade given; promotion/ retention indicated; enrollment at new school optional.
• During the fifth and sixth week before the end of the school year: Release (quarter) grade given, promotion-retention recommended, based on a stated estimate of anticipated final grades at new school.

LEILEHUA COMPLEX DEPLOYMENT POLICY
Any student who will be out of school for fifteen or more days must do one of the following:
• Be enrolled at a school of their new geographic area; or
• Fill out Form 4140, Exception to Compulsory Education (Home Schooling)

Upon return to Hawaii, students must re-enroll at their home school. However, there will be no guarantee of previous classroom/course assignment.

* Please note that this attendance policy does not only apply to families of deployed service members; any student who will be absent for fifteen or more days must also abide by this attendance policy.
Notice of Nondiscrimination: Wheeler Middle School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies:
Principal of Wheeler Middle School, 2 Wheeler Army Air Field, Wahiawa, HI 96786

Wheeler Middle School

2 Wheeler Army Air Field

Wahiawa, HI 96786

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