Academics at Foothill
Homework is an integral part of the school program. Students have regular homework in Language Arts, Math, Social Science, and Science. Some elective classes have homework as well. Expect your child to have challenging homework on a daily basis!
Homework is designed to supplement class work and to give the student the opportunity to practice skills learned in class. A regular study period should be provided each day at home. Students should spend time reading at home. Parents may request homework through the office for absences of 3 days or more. Teachers will need 24 hours before parents may pick up in office. If out less than 3 days students may get work from “Homework Buddy” or upon return.
Report cards are issued every nine weeks. Report cards provide an opportunity for teachers to inform you and your parents of your school progress.
Progress Reports must be issued to students who are in danger of failing. Progress Reports to parents are issued the fifth week of each quarter. No student shall receive an “F” grade if he/she did not receive a progress report. Progress Reports are handed to the student and Report Cards are mailed home.
STUDENT ID CARDS
All students must have a student ID card to use in the cafeteria and the library. Library books can only be checked out with a student ID.
All students who receive free/reduced lunch or whose parents pre-pay lunches must have their ID cards to purchase their lunch every day. If they do not have their ID card, they must wait at the end of the line until those with cards are served.
Students MUST have their pictures taken on picture day or on make-up day in order to receive their free ID card.
PROMOTION/RETENTION POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
It is the District’s expectation that ALL students progress through the grades by demonstrating academic achievement required for satisfactory performance in subsequent grades.
According to District Board Policy, students will be identified as candidates for promotion or retention based on classroom performance and standardized testing in specific content areas. Our Retention Indicators are:
- GRADES 6-8 Language Arts and Math
- Standardized Testing (STAR) Program which includes the California Standards Test (CST)
- Classroom Performance - Grade Level Standards
Students are expected to wear PE uniforms and appropriate shoes. Students may purchase PE uniforms from school or purchase their own navy blue sweats or shorts and gray shirt. All students must use a lock. The school is not responsible for missing/stolen personal items stored in a locker without a lock.
Zero Tolerance Policy
In accordance with Board direction, Foothill Middle School supports a Zero Tolerance Policy in cases related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, as well as all weapons or objects used as a weapon.
EIGHTH GRADE END OF THE YEAR ACTIVITIES
In order to participate in all 8th grade end of the year activities, including the Promotion Ceremony, student’s must adhere to the Foothill Middle School extra-curricular/School Sponsored Activities Participation expectations.
In addition, 8th grade students must:
- Maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
- Exhibit positive behavior which includes no in or out of school suspensions within the last 45 days
- Not require multiple interventions for behavioral incidents which include support call, detentions, class suspensions