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Student Behavior Expectations

We believe that every student has a right to learn, and every teacher has a right to teach. Toward that end these expectations must be met by all students. Inappropriate behavior detracts from a positive learning atmosphere. Listed below are examples of student behavioral issues and their consequences. In these and other cases, privileges of participation (e.g., concerts, dances, field trips) may be denied a student for rule infractions. The Bethlehem Central Middle School’s Discipline Policy is based on three basic expectations:

  • Respect yourself and others in what you say and do
  • Respect school property and the property of others
  • Give your best effort in all that you do

Please familiarize yourself with our district’s Code of Conduct (link in the right sidebar of this page.) Students who choose not to meet these expectations by making inappropriate choices should expect the corresponding consequences.

Level 1 Choices

  • tardiness, talking in class that interrupts teaching or learning; cafeteria/bus misbehaviors

Level 1 Consequences

  • teacher detention; hallway time-out; parent contact; lunch detention; suspension of bus riding privilege

Level 2 Choices

  • behaving in class in a way that interrupts teaching or learning; disrespect to others; repeated Level I behaviors

Level 2 Consequences

  • administrative/house leader detention; suspension from school activities

Level 3 Choices

  • harassment; abusive language; refusal to follow a reasonable request made by an adult responsible for your supervision; damage to others property; fighting

Level 3 Consequences

  • in-school suspension; administrator/parent conferences; Saturday detention; out of school suspension; payment for damage

Level 4 Choices

  • threats or planned attack on another person; possession, use or sale of guns, alcohol, other drugs or tobacco; vandalism

Level 4 Consequences

  • out of school suspension (up to 5 days); Superintendent’s Hearing and referral to police; payment for damage

Student Dress Code

A copy of the Student Dress Code can be found in the Code of Conduct. 

All students are expected to dress appropriately for school and school functions. Students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance.

Teachers and all other District personnel should exemplify professional and appropriate attire, and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting. School staff shall enforce the dress code consistently and in a manner that does not reinforce marginalization or oppression of any group based on race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, cultural observance, household income, or body type/size. 

All students should be able to dress comfortably for school and engage in the educational environment without fear of or actual unnecessary discipline or body shaming. All students and staff should understand that they are responsible for managing their own personal “distractions” without regulating individual students’ clothing/self-expression.

Student attire shall not interfere with health or safety, contribute to a hostile or intimidating atmosphere for any student, or disrupt or interfere with the educational process.

A student’s attire shall:

  • Fully cover genitals, buttocks, breasts, and nipples with opaque fabric.
  • Include a shirt (with fabric in the front, back, and on the sides under the arms) and pants/jeans or the equivalent (e.g., a skirt, sweatpants, leggings, shorts, dress).
  • Include footwear at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed.

A student’s attire shall not include:

  • Hats/headgear inside the school during the school day, except for a medical or religious purpose, or for approved activities.
  • Swimsuits (except as required in class or athletic practice).
  • Accessories that could be considered dangerous or could be used as a weapon. 
  • Items that are vulgar, obscene, or libelous or that denigrate others on account of real or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, economic status, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sex in an expressed or implied manner.
  • Images or language that promote or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs or encourage other illegal or violent activities. 
  • Items that denote or represent gang affiliation such as bandanas, beads, jewelry, or other indicators and/or symbols intended expressly so.

Students who violate the student dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item and, if necessary or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item.

Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to discipline, up to and including in-school suspension for the day.

Any student who repeatedly fails to comply with the dress code shall be subject to further discipline, up to and including suspension.

Each building principal or designee shall be responsible for informing all teachers, staff, students, and their parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student dress code at the beginning of the school year and any revisions to the dress code made during the school year.


Supplies for School

In general, the school furnishes the major materials necessary for the student’s education. Parents are asked, however, to provide certain personal items needed for completion of daily work. Middle school is a perfect time to assist students in developing their organizational patterns which facilitate the learning process. Supplies requested often support this aspect of middle school education.

  1. Each student will receive a school agenda book on the first day of classes. This may be one of the most important tools that students use each year. Agendas are purchased by the PTO, supplied to students on the first day of school. PTO requests that $10.00 be paid to them after the opening of school.
  2. Each student is also required to have two combination locks; one for their hall locker and one for their Physical Education locker. Combinations will be recorded by their homeroom and PE teachers for our records. Note: Key locks are not acceptable.
  3. Supply lists are posted by grade level in the right sidebar of this page. There are a number of items which may be re-used over the course of the middle school experience and, in some case, throughout high school such as locks, locker stockers, and calculators. These should be one-time expenditures. Other items, such as soft sided ring binders, and 3 ring binders, can also be used from year to year depending on the wear and tear that they incur.

The supply lists are divided into sections:

  • Supplies which every student in the grade needs
  • Optional supplies
  • Team level supplies – supplies required for a specific team

Teams often use different approaches to organization such as color coding and using either binders or, in some cases, pocket folders. We have taken great care to ask for only items which will be used in school throughout the year. Frequently requested items are available for purchase during the summer months at greatly reduced prices. Incoming 6th graders will receive their house and team assignments in mid to late August. Items not team specific can be purchased prior to this time.


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