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2008-2009 Teacher Handbook

2008-2009 Teacher Handbook

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DECATUR MIDDLE SCHOOL HISTORY
 Looking To The Past 
The first school taught anywhere near the present town of Decatur was in 1856 in a log houselocated on “Beck or Brady Branch”, near the point of the Boyd and Decatur road crossing,which is about half a mile southeast of the Baptist College in Decatur, Texas, according toCliff D. Cates in his “Pioneer History of Wise County”. The first instruction inside the citylimits began in the fall and winter of 1857 in a log cabin constructed as a residence on thesite of the present post office. The lone teacher was Frank Pettit from Tennessee.School was held at various places in town from 1857 to 1882, when the first school for theDecatur Independent School District was erected north of the football stadium. It was a two-story rock building and housed all grades. There were four rooms on the first floor and threerooms and an office on the second floor and was built for $15,800. This building wasremodeled and added onto several times through the next 49 years when in 1931 the firstgym built in Decatur was constructed on the northwest corner of the campus. It was still inuse as the Decatur Intermediate School gym through the 2005-2006 academic year.In 1939, a separate structure was built to the south of the gym and became the first HighSchool. It is now part of the Intermediate School and houses classrooms, auditorium, and isdistinguished by its red tile roof. The original two-story building still housed 1-8 at this time.In 1961, the two-story building was demolished after the construction of a 1-4 elementaryschool (demolished in 1992) and a 5-8 junior high (still used as the Decatur IntermediateSchool through the 2005-2006 academic year).In 1973, a new high school was built on West Thompson Street and the old high school became the junior high. It was at this point that it was named Decatur Middle School and itsfirst principal was J. E. Carson. In 1983, a facility was built on Eagle Drive and opened to250 students with sixth grade being included with the 7
th
and 8
th
grades. Mr. Carson servedas principal for 17 years until 1990 when he retired.The 2006-2007 academic school year brought yet another change as the previous HighSchool facility on West Thompson Street became Decatur Middle School.Decatur Middle School now is the academic home to over four hundred students in grades 7and 8. It is known for its great students and its strong unified teaching staff that is committedto all students succeeding.1
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS 
Decatur Middle School HistorySchool Board1School Directories1-2Decatur Middle School Personnel2-3Absence From Duty 3-4Activity Schedules4Alternative Staff Development Activities4Arrival & Departures4Asbestos Management Plan4Assemblies & Pep Rallies5Attendance Procedures 5Bad Weather5Budget5-6Cell Phones & Telecommunication Devices 6Cheating, Academic Dishonesty & Plagiarism6Class Celebrations6Classroom Care and Maintenance6-7Classroom Discipline7Conference Periods8Confidentiality 8-9Campus Improvement Plan 9District Policy Documents 9-10Duties11-14Eduphoria15Ethics15Emergency Procedures16Faculty Meetings16-17Field and Co-Curricular Trips18504 Students18Fund Raisers 18-19Grade Documentation System 19-20Late Academic Work 20Lesson Plans20-21Mentor Program21Modifications21Parent Conferences 21-22Parent Teacher Organization22Parking22Pest Control22Planners22-23Progress Reports23Purchasing Procedures 23-24Report Cards25Re-Teaching25-26School Board Meetings26Semester Exam Exemptions26
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TABLE OF CONTENTS 
Site Based Decision Making Committee27Suggestion/Information Concerning Discipline27-31Substitutes31-32Supplies32Tardiness32-33TAKS Testing Dates33Teacher Dress Code33Teacher Lounge33Teachers Mailboxes34Technology34Telephone34Text Books34Work Requests34-35Videos35Visitors on Campus35
 Appendices
A-1 Aesop Phone System Instructions36-37A-2 Campus Days Reservation Application38A-3 District Paid Leave Form39A-4 Out of District Workshop40B- DMS Classroom Guidance & Development Plan 41C- Texas Public School Nutrition Policy 42-44D- Field Trips & Student Co-Curricular Permission Form45E- Teacher Conference/Daily Schedule46
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