Message from the Principal
Dear Midland Students and Families,
Midland is a very special school with a rich history and tradition of excellence! Community and family are essential elements to Midland’s success, and our goal of high student achievement for all students continues as we strive to create a safe and positive school.
The purpose of this handbook is to familiarize you with our guidelines and procedures. These reflect the most current research on creating a school environment where academic achievement can flourish. We know that high level learning takes place in an environment where all adults in the school, regardless of role, appreciate that they are teachers to all the children and where all members of the school community feel safe, included, and respected. We know that safety and respect grow when expectations and procedures are clear and consistently reinforced. Fair and consistent guidelines and procedures encourage students to be responsible. We believe that all students can work to manage their behaviors at school and have a responsibility to behave in a manner which allows teachers to teach and students to learn. We also believe parents need to know the guidelines, so they can support the expected behaviors.
Creating and maintaining a quality learning environment involves everyone- parents, students, teachers, support staff, and community members. We are proud of the commitment to quality schooling and to the support shown by all those in our school family. You are the essential ingredient in our school’s success.
Please take some time to review this handbook with your child. If you have questions, please let us know. You may contact me by phone at 253-298-4501 or by email at
Midland staff are looking forward to another terrific year!
Paula Dawson, Principal
School Information and Schedule
Office Hours 8:20-4:00
School Day 8:55-3:25
Early Release (90 min) 1:55
Daily Schedule for Students
8:40 Breakfast begins at 8:40
8:50 Students should be in their classrooms
8:55 Tardy bell rings – Students considered tardy if not in class by 8:55
Kindergarten specialist: 1:50-2:35 1st grade specialist: 2:40-3:25 2nd grade specialist: 1:00-1:45
3rd grade specialist: 11:10-11:55 4th grade specialist: 10:20-11:05 5th grade specialist: 10:15
K, 1st, 2nd Grades: 10:00-10:15
3rd, 4th, 5th Grades: 2:20-2:35
We believe that all students are capable of success. To be successful, all students need to know what is expected. Therefore, expectations for all areas of the building are shared with students and practiced throughout the year. Positive behaviors are encouraged and reinforced. When students have difficulty following expectations, staff will help them resolve problems, review expectations and provide more opportunities to practice. Corrections and/or restitution are used to help students make better choices in the future.
At Midland, we have “4 BE’s” for Success:
1. Be Safe
2. Be Responsible
3. Be Respectful
4. Be Productive
All students follow our HFOME Expectations:
Keep HFOME to self and make sure that HFOME are ready to learn.
These are some brief statements that school staff use to remind students of Midland expectations:
“Leave no trace.” (Pick up items, garbage)
“Language, Keep it clean.”
“Check your behavior.”
“Walk with me.” (walk and talk if upset)
“No, thank you. At Midland, we (state the expectation)
“(name), that is not ok at Midland. We do not say things to each other that are hurtful or unkind."
“Off and Away” (electronics)
“Walk to the right.”
Red: Silent Voice. Quiet, no talking.
Yellow: Whisper Voice. Speak softly so only your neighbor can hear you.
Green: Conversation Voice. Speak loud enough for your group to hear you, but not the whole room.
Blue: Special Voice. Presenting in a loud voice that the whole room can hear.
Rules against Bullying:
- We will not bully others.
- We will get help for students who are bullied.
- We will include students who are left out.
- If I am bullied, I will tell an adult at school and at home.
- If I know someone who is being bullied, I will tell an adult at school and at home.
- Midland Pride Tickets
- Marvelous Mustang Club
- Monthly MOJO Winners
- Mustang Postcards
- On time
- All day
- Every day
- Ready to learn
Midland Schoolwide Expectations
Arrival and Departure
Our goal is for students to arrive and depart in a safe and orderly manner. Please notify the office by 2:50 if there is a change to how your student will go home that day.
1. Upon arrival, students will either go to the gym for breakfast or to their assigned grade-level area.
2. Students are expected to be at breakfast or in their designated area unless they have a pass from a staff member.
Parent Drop Off:
1. Students may be dropped off no earlier than 8:40.
2. For safety, please follow the directions of our staff. They will guide parent drop off so that traffic runs smoothly and safely.
3. If you would like to walk your child to class, please park in a designated parking spot and come to the office for a pass. Thank you for your cooperation so we can ensure safety and account for everyone who is in the building.
1. Students will walk with their teacher from the classroom to bus/pick up. They are expected to walk in a line, following their teacher.
2. All students exit the same door as their class. Students may not exit from the front door of the school or the side doors by the busses.
3. Teachers will “High 5” each student before getting on the bus or before meeting their family for pick up.
4. Once students are outside, they may not return to the building to use the bathroom, go back to the classroom, etc.
Parent Pick Up:
1. Please meet your child in front of the school. Their classroom teacher will walk them to the front of the building.
2. Follow the directions of our staff who will direct traffic. This helps make the process safe and efficient.
3. Be prepared to show ID. This is to ensure the safety of our students.
4. For the safety of our students, please do not pick up your child from the bus area.
HOPE Assemblies are held regularly to celebrate students who are upholding the HOPE attributes at Midland. Parents are invited to HOPE assemblies by the classroom teacher or letter from the school. Other assemblies are held for a variety of reasons, such as school-wide expectations, PTA assemblies, and Veteran’s Day. Due to the capacity of our gym, parents are not invited to all assemblies.
Regular attendance is a powerful predictor of school success. When absent, students miss important instruction and can fall behind quickly. Missing just 1-2 days a month will result in chronic absenteeism, making school more difficult for your child. Our goal is for students to arrive on time every day. We are asking for your partnership in getting your student to school every day.
If a student has missed seven (7) days of school during a school year, our district requires third-party documentation to excuse all future absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals. Qualified third-party documentation includes a note from a doctor, dentist, therapist, psychologist, etc. which lists the specific dates of absence to be excused.
If you cannot take your child to the doctor, you may bring your child to the school health room. If the school nurse determines that your student is too ill to stay at school, the absence will be excused. If a parent or guardian chooses to take a student home after the school nurse determines the student should stay, the absence will be considered unexcused.
Conferences: State law (RCW 28A.225.020) requires we schedule a conference with a parent/guardian when a student has 3 unexcused absences in a month. In elementary school, we are also required to schedule a conference after five excused absences in any month, or ten or more unexcused absences in the school year. The purpose of the conference is to identify barriers and supports available to you and your student and to develop a plan for regular attendance.
Late Arrival and Early Dismissal: Students are expected to arrive on time and stay all day. Teachers take attendance at the beginning of the day. If a student arrives after 8:50, the student is required to get a tardy pass from the office. Late arrivals will only be excused if third-party documentation is provided. For example, doctor note, tardy pass from school staff, etc. Parent notification is not acceptable as an excuse for tardiness. Remember, loss of class time = loss of learning.
Planned Absences: Extended vacations during the school year is highly discouraged because students miss essential instruction. The school principal (or designee) has the authority to determine if an absence meets the criteria for an excused absence. (FPSD Policy 3122 and 3122 P). Parents and students should understand that teachers cannot possibly pre-teach the lessons nor provide make-up assignments to cover all the material that will be missed. A parent or guardian must request prior approval for an excused planned absence – forms are available in the school office and on our district website.
We understand that sometimes students need to miss school. However, students should not miss more than 9 days in a school year unless there are extenuating circumstances. If your child must be absent, please call the office at 253-298-4500. Thank you for your partnership. We love having your child at school, and we miss him/her when they are gone.
If you wish to bring treats for your child’s birthday, please notify the classroom teacher. All birthday treats must be store bought and will be served during lunch. Please deliver to the office before lunch.
We provide free breakfast and lunch for all students attending Midland.
For lunch menus: http://fpschools.org/departments/nutrition_services/menus/
Change in Student Information:
It is critical that we can contact you in the case of an emergency. Please make sure that the office has an updated address, phone number, and emergency contact.
Dress & Appearance:
Appropriate clothing and shoes are required for all students to ensure a safe learning environment, free of distractions. Please follow the below guidelines:
1. Hats, hoods, headgear and gloves will be worn outside only (except for religious headwear).
2. Clothing cannot have profanity or promote/advertise drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products.
3. Appearance cannot imply gang membership or affiliation.
4. Shoulder straps are at least 2-finger widths wide.
5. Transparent clothing, strapless tops, bare mid-drift tops cannot be worn.
6. Skirts and shorts need to be longer than your fingertips or have leggings underneath.
7. Shoes should be appropriate for PE and recess. These must be closed-toe for safety. If you wear shoes that are not appropriate for PE and recess, you must bring shoes to wear for those activities.
If inappropriate clothing is worn to school, students will be sent to the health room to find a solution. A call home will be made so that clothes/shoes can be brought to school or alternative clothing/shoes will be provided by the health room.
Each student at Midland is expected to behave in a positive manner so that ALL students can remain engaged in learning. The school climate must be preserved so that students are free from distractions and learning can occur. We need your support in maintaining appropriate conduct in school.
Learning Opportunities: At Midland, students are expected to know and practice the “4 BE’s”- Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful and Be Productive. We understand that elementary school is a time to learn and practice appropriate school behaviors. Therefore, students need to be taught what is expected and have opportunities to practice. All Midland staff teach expected behaviors in all areas and positively reinforce positive behaviors. When students are not following expectations, Midland staff will use the following 3-tiered system to respond to misbehaviors.
Level 1- Mild Infractions: These are minor misbehaviors that can be adequately corrected at the time they occur by the classroom teacher or adult supervisor in a common area.
Examples of Level 1 Behaviors: minor disruptions, not completing assignments, not participating,
minor disrespect, running in the hallways, rule infractions in the classroom or common area.
Staff Response: On the Spot, Low Intensity Positive Strategies (examples: verbal reminder, proximity, ignoring, reassurance, use a timer, etc.)
Level 2- Chronic or Serious Infractions: These are misbehaviors that are chronic (occur with increased intensity and/or frequency) OR are serious. They do not require immediate administrator involvement but do require documentation and a consequence/correction.
Examples of Level 2 Behaviors: repeated disruptions, repeated refusal, physical or verbal aggression.
Staff Response: The adult who observes a Level 2 infraction corrects the student at the time and assigns the student a consequence/correction. Responding staff will contact the parent/guardian, and a copy of the write up will be sent home.
Level 3- Severe Infractions: These are severe misbehaviors that require administrative involvement because of their dangerous, destructive and/or illegal nature.
Examples of Level 3 Behaviors: significant disruption, significant unsafe behavior, fighting, assault, vandalism, bullying or harassing.
Staff Response: A staff member who observes a Level 3 infraction will first make sure that all students are safe and clear of harm. Staff member will immediately request administrative support.
We understand that sometimes electronic devices are necessary and that some students will have them at school. At Midland, we have an “Off and Away” policy. Cellphones and other electronics must be turned off and placed in a student’s backpack while at school. If you need to contact your child during the day, please contact the main office at 253-298-4500. If your child needs to call you, their teacher will find an appropriate time for them to call. Please note- we are not responsible for lost, stolen or broken electronics. If possible, please leave these items at home.
If a student does not follow the electronics expectations:
1st Time: The staff member will hold the device and return it to the student at the end of the day. 2nd Time: A parent/guardian will need to pick up the device from school.
Continued violations: Administration involvement will be necessary which may include staff securing the device during the day or the student may no longer be allowed to bring the device to school.
FPSD Policy 3245- Students and Telecommunication Devices:
While on school property or while attending school-sponsored or school-related activities, students shall not use personal telecommunication devices including, but not limited to, pagers, beepers, and cellular phones, in a manner that poses a threat to academic integrity, disrupts the learning environment, or violates the privacy rights of others.
Students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion; and losing the privilege of bringing the device onto school property. In addition, an administrator may confiscate or with reasonable cause search the device, which shall only be returned to the student’s parent/guardian. Content or images that violate criminal laws will be forwarded to law enforcement.
Students are responsible for devices they bring to school. The district shall not be responsible for loss, theft, or destruction of devices brought onto school property.
Students shall comply with any additional rules developed by the school concerning the appropriate use of telecommunication or other electronic devices.
Emergency Comfort Kits:
Your child’s safety is our highest priority, and we continuously strive to be prepared for an emergency. Therefore, we have added an “Emergency Comfort Kit” to our school supply list for the 2018-2019 school year. Emergency Comfort Kits are your child’s personal property and are intended to make any extended stay at school a little easier. They are kept in your child’s classroom in the event there is an emergency at school. The kit includes non-perishable food items and an encouraging note from you. Items should be sent in a one-gallon Ziploc bag. Information & bags are provided in the fall.
Healthy students are more successful learners, and our philosophy is to work cooperatively with parents to provide a healthy and safe environment for learning. If your child has a special health condition, please notify the teacher and the school health office (298-4523). Health conditions may include chronic asthma, food allergies, bee sting allergies, or any condition that will affect your child during school hours. Should your child take daily medication at home, please notify the health office so any side effects can be recognized and treated. It is also essential to notify the health office if there is a medical condition that impacts your child’s regular attendance.
In the case of chronic or severe medical conditions, our nurse may work with the family to create an Individualized Health Plan (IHP). In some cases, a 504 may be considered if a health issue substantially impacts the student.
In case a student has an accident or becomes ill at school, the following steps will be taken:
1. First aid will be administered.
2. If serious, the parent/guardian will be contacted. Please be aware, a school nurse may not be on site to make a diagnosis. In those cases, office personnel will exercise their best judgment in determining whether the situation is serious and if emergency personnel need to be contacted.
3. If the parent cannot be reached, the emergency contact provided by the parent will be called. Please ensure that the school has at least two emergency numbers to call in case you cannot be reached. Persons listed on the emergency card will be considered to have your approval for temporary care.
4. Children leaving school during the day for health or other reasons, must have a parent or authorized guardian sign them out through the school office.
Parents have the primary responsibility for administering medication to their children. However, if medication is needed during school hours, a medical permission form, signed by a parent and physician, is required before any medication can be given at school. State law allows for students to be administered only oral medications at school (including inhalers). The two exceptions are for insulin and epi pen use. Medication needs to be in the original container with the doctor’s instructions attached. These forms are available in the health room. Students are not to have any over-the-counter medication at school at any time. The health room staff cannot administer cough drops, aspirin, etc. without a doctor’s note.
Homework provides practice on important skills and is valuable to student learning. It is important to practice basic skills and concepts taught in class. Completing homework is also an important skill students will need in middle school and high school. At Midland, we ask that students practice reading and math daily.
- Read for 20 minutes
- Practice math facts
- Teachers may send home any work that was not completed during the day or any work that is independent practice.
Incident Reports- Bullying, Conflicts, Teasing, Mean:
In elementary school, students are developing important social skills and learning to get along. Communicating, making friends, empathizing, setting boundaries, handling conflicts and accepting each other’s differences are important. Parents are a student’s first teacher and, in partnership with you, we are continuously working to develop these skills. Restorative Practices (https://www.iirp.edu), Kelso’s Choices for problem solving (https://kelsoschoice.com), Second Step (http://www.secondstep.org), teaching and practicing expectations and rewarding positive behaviors are a few strategies we use at school.
There are times when students have conflicts, tease, or say mean and rude comments to each other. Just like adults, sometimes students make a poor choice. These situations are very common and normal. We strive to teach students how to handle these situations appropriately and to ensure that all students and staff feel safe at Midland. If you have any concerns about a potential bullying situation, conflict, teasing or mean behavior, please communicate with us. We cannot help if we are not aware, and it is most effective when we can intervene early. Please contact your child’s teacher, a school counselor or an administrator with any concerns. You are your child’s best advocate, and we want to partner with you. There are Incident Report Forms in the main office and on the FPSD website.
Conflict vs. Bullying:
Two-way (both students are participating)
Can be ongoing or one-time
Can be a misunderstanding or on-purpose
Imbalance of Power
One-way (the victim is not participating)
Items from home:
Toys (spinners, slime, etc.), games, sports equipment or other items that interfere with the learning environment should not be brought to school unless special permission has been granted. Students are not allowed to sell or trade items of any kind at school, except for school-sponsored activities. We are not responsible if any of these items are lost or stolen on school property. If such items are brought to school, they may be kept in the office until a parent comes to claim them or held until the end of the school year (repeated offenses).
Lost and Found:
Items of clothing marked with a child’s name are easily returned to their owner. Other items can be reclaimed at the Lost and Found. Eyeglasses, jewelry, money or other valuables are kept in the office and can be reclaimed following appropriate identification. For health, safety and storage reasons, unclaimed items from the Lost and Found are periodically donated to charity. Please check with your child frequently about any lost or misplaced items.
Parent Teacher Association (PTA):
Midland PTA is a group of parents, teachers, staff, administrators and community members who work hard for our school and community. What our PTA does: family fun nights, classroom experiences, playground equipment, Midland Munchies, Teacher & Staff appreciation, 5th grade promotion, Field Day, Spirit Wear, Book Fair, Fundraising, Box Tops and Reflections.
PTA is always looking for people to work together as a team for the benefit of our students and community. Meetings are scheduled the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Please contact a PTA Board Member for more information.
Midland PTA Board Members for 2021-22
Pledge of Allegiance:
The Pledge of Allegiance must be said at the beginning of each school day and at assemblies, as per state law. The right of a student to refrain from participating during the Pledge is part of Washington’s law governing school districts. RCW 28A.230.140 says that school boards “shall cause appropriate flag exercises to be held.” It also explains that an “appropriate” flag exercise is one where student participation is voluntary. Students not reciting the Pledge shall maintain a respectful silence.
Throughout the school year, situations may arise which cause concern for parents, teachers, students, or community members. The process described below is structured to promote resolving situations quickly to the satisfaction of all parties involved. This process also encourages those people closest to the situation to examine and develop solutions to concerns. A positive resolution of these situations enhances communication, builds trust between members of the school community, and benefits the educational program for students. These are the steps designed to resolve problem situations quickly and satisfactorily. Please use these steps if you have a concern:
Step 1 – Contact the appropriate staff member: The first step in resolving a concern is to discuss it with the staff member(s) involved, i.e. the teacher, counselor, assistant principal, dean, etc. Most concerns are resolved at this level.
Step 2 – Contact the principal: If Step 1 does not resolve the concern, discuss it with Mrs. Dawson, Principal. She is the instructional leader and the person responsible for handling concerns regarding the school’s operation. She can share school information and explain policies, guidelines and procedures. She is open and willing to listen to your concerns. Mrs. Dawson can be reached at 253-298-4501 or email@example.com
Recess is an important time when students get to expend physical energy, explore, express themselves creatively, have fun together, build and strengthen friendships, and independently experience life lessons which will help them develop and grow. We want to create a play environment where all kids feel safe and can find a place where they belong. This year, we are partnering with Playworks, an organization who specializes in improving recess programs. Playworks includes the use of 4th and 5th grade Junior Coaches who help lead games. www.playworks.org
General Playground Expectations:
1. For safety and to maintain order, it is essential to follow the directions of adults.
2. Concerns at recess should be shared with an adult right away.
3. Misconduct such as play fighting, kicking, pushing, karate, and grabbing of clothing is not tolerated.
4. Objects such as rocks, gravel, twigs, mulch, etc. are to stay on the ground.
5. Appropriate language for school is to be used. “Keep it clean.”
6. Use the playground equipment appropriately, and follow the rules of all games.
7. In cold weather, coats must be taken outside. After students have left the classrooms, they are not
allowed to return unsupervised to get their coats.
8. For dangerous or illegal behavior, such as fighting, students will be sent directly to the office. The parents
will be notified of the infraction and the consequences.
9. Invite other students to join in. It is not ok to exclude or tell others they cannot play.
10. Play safely and have fun!
Report Cards & Evaluation:
Report cards are sent home after each trimester (approximately every 12 weeks of instruction). Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions regarding their progress. Franklin Pierce School District uses Standards Based Grading:
4- Exceeding End of Year Standards
3- Meeting End of Year Standards
2- Approaching End of Year Standards
1- Performing significantly Below End of Year Standards
/ - Introduced - Insufficient evidence at this time
X - Not addressed in this grading period
Request for Class Placement & Changes:
Ensuring that each student is placed in the most appropriate class is a process that is made with careful consideration. To change even one student can upset the balance that was very carefully created by the teachers and the principal. Therefore, requests for a child’s placement change is only considered in emergency situations, or when the outcome of a conference with the teacher, parents, student, and principal determines that a change is in the best interest of the student.
Student Led Conferences:
Student-led conferences are an opportunity to celebrate your child’s progress and participate in goal setting with your child. Students prepare and present information at their conference, so it is important that they attend. Fall conferences are held October 1-4 and Spring conferences are scheduled for May 20-23. Please schedule a time with your child’s teacher.
Textbooks, Library Books & Math Supplies:
Textbooks, library books and math supplies are the property of the school and are loaned to the students to use during their time at Midland. It is expected that these items are handled with care and kept in good condition. If these books or supplies are lost or damaged, you will be required to pay the cost of replacement.
Tobacco, Alcohol, Drugs & Weapons:
Federal and State law requires public school campuses to be tobacco, alcohol, drug and weapon free. This includes e-cigarettes/vapes and is true for anyone on school property. Thank you for setting this example for our students.
Please remind your child that students cannot have any object at school that can reasonably be considered a weapon or instrument that can create a danger to self or others or cause a disruption of the learning environment. Consequences can be short-term suspension, long-term suspension, or expulsion and may require a referral to the Pierce County Sheriff. We appreciate your partnership in keeping everyone safe. If your child sees or hears anything regarding weapons, drugs or alcohol at school, it is important that they immediately report this to an adult at school.
Our goal is for busses to be a safe environment for all students. The bus driver has a difficult task of driving a bus while managing the behavior and safety of students. There are certain standards of behavior that are necessary for the personal safety of all students.
1. Students are expected to give the bus driver the same high level of respect they give their teachers.
The bus is an extension of the classroom.
2. Students must follow the directions given by the bus driver at all times.
3. Heads or hands must not extend out the bus window.
4. Students must stay in their seats until the bus stops at their stop or at school.
5. Students should be quiet at railroad crossings.
6. Materials are not to be thrown on the floor or out the windows.
7. Students are expected to respect the rights and property of others.
8. Due to safety concerns (such as choking), eating on the bus is prohibited.
(See Expectations Matrix on page 5)
Changes to transportation: Students must have a note from a parent/guardian or a phone call must be made to the office (298-4500) to make any changes to a student’s regular transportation (pick up, bus, walk, etc.).
Consequences: Bus drivers, Midland staff and parents/guardians will partner to provide support to our students riding the bus. Students will be taught bus expectations and proactive support strategies will be used. If a student has difficulty managing behaviors on the bus, the following steps will be used:
Step 1: Warning
The driver will speak to the student about the behavior and notify the school about the concern. Bus expectations will be reviewed with the student.
Step 2: Parent Contact
The driver will speak to the student, complete a Bus Conduct Report and call the parent/guardian. School administration will speak with the student and a school consequence may be assigned.
Step 3: Parent Conference, Possible Suspension and/or Restitution
The driver will complete a Bus Conduct Report and call the parent/guardian. A conference and/or suspension or restitution is required before riding privileges are reinstated.
Step 4: Bus Suspension
The driver completes a Bus Conduct Report. Parent/guardian will be contacted regarding the suspension.
A close working relationship between home and school is essential, and we welcome visitors to our classrooms. If you would like to visit a classroom, prior arrangements must be made with the teacher and the volunteer process must be completed. https://franklinpiercevolunteers.hrmplus.net/ Administration may accompany the parent upon these requests.
Access Control: Maintaining the safety of our students and staff is a priority, and we are thankful to have recent security updates at Midland. All exterior doors are locked and visitors must be buzzed into the main office. Upon arrival, all visitors requesting to pick up a student or enter the school will need to have picture identification.
On occasion, parents stop by to drop off a lunch or other items for their student. We ask that you leave these items in the office, and we will make sure they receive it. If there is an emergency and you need to speak to your child, we will call your student down to the main office.
Volunteers are an important part of the Midland team, and we welcome a partnership with our families and community. We must ensure that any individual who will be working closely with our students has passed a Washington State Patrol background check based on specific qualifications, in addition to following the guidelines under the Criminal History Information Child/Adult Abuse Information Act, RCW 43.43.830 through 43.43.845.
If you would like to volunteer at Midland, spend time in your child’s classroom, eat lunch with your child’s class and/or attend a field trip, please complete the volunteer process at the following link:
Transportation is available to and from the YMCA before and after school care.