It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to Denison Middle School. We
are extremely proud of the programs we offer our students and encourage you
to become involved in your student’s education.
Our commitment to excellence is our promise to you and our expectation of
every student. We look forward to this school year with great excitement and
hope that each of our students will have a rewarding and successful year.
- Prepare to learn
- Act responsibly
- Work cooperatively
- Show respect
Listed above are the behavioral expectations for all students attending
Denison Middle School. These expectations are an integral part our school
climate and culture. Throughout the school year, students and staff will
focus on each listed expectation.
PBS (positive behavior support) is a preventative and positive approach
to discipline. Students are educated and rewarded when they are able to
demonstrate the established school-wide expectations. As a result, students
achieve meaningful and durable behavior and lifestyle outcomes.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
For safety reasons, drop off and pick up of students must occur in
designated areas. Car riders and walkers must be dropped off in the morning
and picked up in the afternoon on the west end of campus (4th St.). Bus drop
off and pick up takes place on the east end of campus (by the stadium).
Students gather in the morning before school in the picnic areas at the
back of the school. Students are not to arrive at school before 8:20 am.
Students are to leave the school campus immediately following the afternoon
dismissal unless participating in a school activity.
For excused absences, parents are to call the Attendance Office at
and report the absence from 8:15 am-9:00am
on the day of the absence
and call daily on any subsequent absences.
Absences of a non-emergency nature must be prearranged through the office
and approved by the principal. A prearranged absence form must be picked up
from the Attendance Office and completed within a reasonable time prior to
State Law requires that all riders must wear a helmet to and from school.
Bicycles must be parked in the fenced in area provided on the west end of
the campus. No bicycles are to be left overnight.
BOOKBAGS AND BACKPACKS
Student materials are to be kept in a 3-ring binder or Trapper Keeper.
Book bags, backpacks, canvas totes, book satchels, briefcases, draw string
bags, athletic bags, etc. are not permitted
on campus and will be
Breakfast is served each morning from 8:20-8:45. Students who plan to eat
breakfast are expected to report to the cafeteria immediately upon arrival
to school. Having breakfast is not an acceptable tardy excuse. Students
lace money into their cafeteria account before school in the mornings. The
cafeteria cashier will not provide change back. Students who wait to place
money in their account during lunch will not be permitted to purchase from
the a la carte line.
Students who arrive to school after the tardy bell rings must report to
the Attendance Office. Parents of students who need to
check out of school during the day must present photo identification to the
attendance secretary. The person checking the student out of school must be
on the student’s emergency card and at least 18 years old. Please keep the
emergency card updated of phone number and/or address changes.
Students who become ill during the school day may obtain a clinic pass
from their teacher to report to the clinic. If the illness is of such a
nature that the student cannot return to class and should go home, the
parent will be called. Parents are requested to make certain that the school
has at least one emergency phone number on the student emergency card in
case there is no one at home. The purpose of the clinic is to assist
students who incur minor injuries. The clinic, by law, CANNOT give
medications to students unless a Medication Form for the student is on file
in the clinic.
The school will NOT accept balloons, flowers, gifts, etc. delivered to
the school for students. Buses will not allow these items to be transported
Teacher detentions can be served either in the morning or afternoon. Students will be given one day’s notice of any detention to be
Students are expected to be responsible for their actions, attitudes, and
behaviors. The Polk County School Board requires that each student adhere to
the rules and regulations established in the Student Code of Conduct
addition, students are expected to follow the rules and regulations set
forth by the administrators at the school. Compliance with the disciplinary
measures assigned for violating the rules and regulations is also expected.
Disciplinary measures for district and school rule violations are
outlined in the Polk County Student Code of Conduct and the School-wide
Discipline Plan and will be administered to students who are found to be in
violation of the rules.
DRESS CODE POLICY
Shirts: Denison Middle School T-shirt (no polo shirts)
6th Grade – Teal blue
7th Grade – Green
8th Grade – Black
**Under shirts may only be while**
Pants: All students must wear khaki pants; pants with belt loops shall be worn with a belt that is properly fastened. Pants must be worn at the appropriate height on students’ waist. Pants cannot be torn, frayed or un-hemmed. Shorts must be mid-thigh; no cut-off shorts will be allowed. Girls may wear khaki skirts – these must be mid-thigh length as well.
Jewelry that is distracting will not be permitted. This includes facial piercing with hoops and spikes, any large or dangling earrings, bright-colored beads, multiple bangles or bracelets, large necklaces and anything that may be offensive to any group or organization. This will include belt buckles and anything that promotes the use of tobacco, drugs, alcohol or violence.
Jackets may be worn on campus when the weather is cool. NO HOODIES MAY BE WORN – this is a sweat shirt without a zipper that has a hood. Please refer to the Polk County Schools Winter Wear Policy
In keeping with Florida law, monthly emergency drills will be conducted
throughout the school year. Students are expected to remain with their
teacher at all times and to follow their teacher’s instructions without
On occasion, it is necessary for the campus to initiate high alert safety
measures (i.e. lockdown). These are coordinated with local law enforcement.
In the event of a lockdown, no one off campus is allowed to gain entrance to
In order to participate in any field trip, students must have a 2.0 GPA
and no OSS referrals for the semester.
Guidance services are provided for and available to all students. The
focus is on academic planning, career guidance, and social and emotional
growth. Students who wish to see a counselor must complete a Request for
Conference form that is available in the guidance office. The student will
then be called to guidance at an appropriate time. The guidance and
administrative staff will handle emergencies immediately. Please contact
your student’s guidance counselor at 291-5353 to schedule an appointment.
INTERNET VIEWER ACCESS
Parents who sign an Internet Access form for their student are provided
Internet access to their student’s grades. Parents must sign a notarized
form to access the Parent Internet Viewer.
Lockers will be assigned in PE for physical education use only. Locks for
be rented from the school.
MAKE UP WORK
Upon returning to school, students may make up work missed because of an absence.
It is the student’s responsibility to request this work from their teachers.
Make up assignments will only be provided when the student returns to
school. Homework assignments for extended absences may be requested through
the Guidance Office.
The Media Center is open 8:30 – 3:40. Students may check out two books at
a time for a two-week period. Books may be renewed once. Magazines and
reference materials may be checked out overnight.
Accelerated Reader books are shelved with the rest of the Media Center
collection. An AR label on the spine identifies Accelerated Reader books.
Students may take tests on books within their reading level as determined by
STAR placement testing. If a student tests at the top end of his reading
level and achieves 100% on three tests, the reading level will be adjusted.
Students are not
allowed personal possession of medicine while at school.
All medicines (prescriptive and non-prescriptive) require a doctor signed
Medication form and must be in an appropriately identified container. Parents MUST bring all medication to
school and pick it up to take home at the end of the school year.
Medications left at the end of the year will be destroyed. Medication forms are available in the
Clinic and the Main
The Guidance Office will assist parents wishing to schedule a meeting to
speak with their student’s teachers. Parent conferences are held during the
day when the teachers have designated planning and conference time.
Students may not possess the following items on school property or at
school events without the explicit written permission of the administration:
- MP3 players, cell phones, beepers, cameras, electronic toys, or any
other electronic devices of distraction
- Gambling devices such as dice, playing cards
- Tobacco products, cigarette lighters, matches, drugs, alcoholic
beverages, inhalants, or any such look-a-like
- Firecrackers, fireballs, cherry bombs, stink bombs, etc.
- Gang paraphernalia such as rags, bandannas, jewelry, etc.
- Weapons, look-a-like weapons, knives, screwdrivers, or other items
designed or easily used to cause physical harm
- Medications or pills
- Animals, pets
- Book bags/Backpacks
SCHOOL BUS TRANSPORTATION
Bus transportation is provided for students residing more than two miles
from school. Students whose behavior jeopardizes the safety of the driver of
the students will face consequences in accordance with the Polk District
Code of Conduct. Alternative transportation arrangements (getting off at a
different stop, riding home on the bus with a friend, etc.) must be approved
by transportation office at 534-7307. Bus delay information is also
available on the Polk County Schools website at
in the Parents
Denison Middle School is a closed campus. After students arrive on
campus, students may NOT leave the campus without checking out through the
The Attendance Office will contact parents in case of illness or injury.
Students will not be called out of class to accept phone calls. All afternoon arrangements must be made every morning before your student leaves
Student cell phones must be OFF and not seen or heard during the time that the student is on campus.
Students are responsible for assigned books. If the book is lost or damaged, the student will be fined for the cost of the book.
Denison Middle School welcomes visitors to our campus. All visitors must
report to the Main Office and are entered in the FAST-PASS identification
system. A valid Florida driver’s license or Florida identification card is
required. Once entered and approved a visitor’s badge will be provided.
All parents, community members, and business partners are encouraged to
become involved in our students’ education through our county volunteer
program. To become an approved volunteer, the county requires that you
complete an application. For safety reasons, the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement screens all volunteers.
POLK COUNTY EQUITY STATEMENT
The School Board of Polk County shall maintain a learning environment
free from harassment based on race, color, national origin or language
spoken, religion, sex, marital status, age, handicap, or homelessness.
Students shall not be excluded from participating in any educational program
or activity provided in the schools in Polk County based on race, color,
national origin or language spoken, religion, sex, marital status, age,
handicap, or homelessness.