Park Middle School
Our role is to prepare Park students for success in the twenty-first century. We are committed to creative thinking, academic accomplishments and life long learning. Our students understand that what they learn in school applies to all aspects of their lives. Park promotes social awareness, involvement and compassion. Students discover the importance of their individual contribution to family, school, and community. Park students take an informed, active role in a global society.
Happy Halloween Spartans
The PARK Way
Park Middle School, Principal John Jimno
- We have a new club starting on campus – the Polynesian Club! All students are invited to join them on Tuesdays to learn about the culture, dances, and food of the Polynesian people. They meet in room 404 from 3:00 to 4:30 PM.
- Parent Engagement will be held at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, December 6 in the cafeteria. Learn about the new practices we are putting into place at the school. Meet Lydia Hernandez, our new mental health therapist. Hear more about our wellness room, and dynamic mindfulness. Please wear comfortable clothes, as we will be inviting you to participate in a demonstration of these practices.
- On Friday, December 9 from 5 – 7 PM the Colorguard will host the “Snowflake Dance.” All students with a clean discipline record and good GPA are encouraged to attend. This dance is “semi-formal,” meaning students can dress up if they like, however, there is no requirement to do so. Tickets will be on sale the week of the dance on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at all lunches. Tickets will cost $6 without an ASB sticker, or $5 with a sticker. Students are required to show their ID to purchase tickets and also to enter the dance. We are in need of volunteers, so if you’d like to help either during the week or at the dance please contact Ms. Sara in the office!
- The Kiwanis Club is once again sponsoring the Annual Holiday Run and Walk for Health at Contra Loma on Saturday, December 10. Last year the Run generated nearly $10,000 in grants for the community. Park Middle School students and staff have participated in the event for several years now, and earn money for the school every year for being one of the most represented middle schools at the event. Please join us again this year! Applications are available through the PE Department.
- The Boys’ Basketball game season will begin this week with our first game against Antioch Middle School at 3:30 PM. The team will be bussed from Park to AMS at 3:00 PM, and will ride the bus back to Park at 4:45. Our first home game will be on Thursday, December 15.
- We hope people will join us for our Winter Concerts this year. Our music program has swelled to amazing proportions this year, so we have changed the lineup a bit. All our Band classes will perform at 7:00 PM in the multi on Tuesday, December 13. The Orchestra this year will join our Choir class for a separate concert on Tuesday, December 20 at 7:00 PM. We are very pleased with the incredible growth our music department has seen, and can’t wait to show off for everyone!
- Saturday, December 3 the City of Antioch will be hosting its annual Holiday Delites event downtown. This year’s event includes a craft fair on G Street, parade at 3PM, ice skating, Santa, and the lighted boat parade. Park Middle School’s Color Guard will be marching and competing in the parade this year! If you have never seen them perform this is a perfect opportunity to bring the whole family and see what the Spartan Spirit brings to the Holiday Season. For more event details please check the City of Antioch’s website.
8th Graders – Applications Are DUE!
We hope every 8th grade parent had a chance to visit one of the middle schools for the Pathway Presentations. If you didn’t, you can still learn about all the different academies by going to the district website and clicking on the Linked Learning page on the left or by visiting http://www.antioch.k12.ca.us/LL. Please work with your student to select your top four choices and turn in an application as soon as possible. Extra applications are available in the front office. The cutoff for applications is Thursday, December 8. Students who do not turn in an application will be placed at their school of residence after the lottery.
Monday, 12/5 Boys’ B-Ball Practice 3:00-5:00 PM
Homework Club 2:45-4:15 PM
Gaming Club 2:45-3:30 PM
Art Club 3:00-4:00 PM
Tuesday, 12/6 Polynesian Club 3:00-4:30 PM
Boys’ B-Ball Practice 3:00-5:00 PM
Spirit Day – Wear College Shirts
Parent Night 6:30-7:30 PM
Wednesday, 12/7 Homework Club 7:00-8:20 AM
Thursday, 12/8 Ping Pong Club 3:00-4:30 PM
Boys’ B-Ball Game @ AMS 3:30 PM
Friday, 12/9 Snowflake Dance 5:00-7:00 PM
Saturday, 12/10 Holiday Fun Run 7:30 AM
Dates to Remember
12/3........................... Holiday Delites Parade-Downtown 3 PM
12/6................ Parent Night-Dynamic Mindfulness 6:30 PM in
12/9......................................................... Winter Dance 5 – 7 PM
12/10........................... Holiday Fun Run-Contra Loma 7:30 AM
12/13.............................................................. Band Concert 7 PM
12/15....................................... Coffee w/the Principal 8:30 AM
Basketball @ Park Gym 3:30 PM
12/20.............................................. Staff vs. 8th Grade Basketball
Choir and Strings Concert 7 PM
12/22.......................................... Minimum Day – 11:55 Release
Quarter 2 Report Cards
12/23 – 1/8.............................................................. Winter Break
1/9........................................................................... Return to Park
AB 224 notice pertaining to Foster Youth Education rights
Park Middle School Uniform and Dress Code Policy
UNIFORM DRESS CODE
School Uniforms (BP/AR 5132)
The District’s Board of Education voted at the February 26, 2010 meeting to approve mandatory use of school uniforms for all secondary schools including continuation high schools, and to extend the current school uniform policy to all schools serving kindergarten through grade eight. EC 35183 allows a governing board to adopt a uniform policy that authorizes schools to require students to wear a school uniform.
There are many positive reasons for a school uniform code, including:
- A uniform policy encourages students to express their individuality through personality and academic achievements, not outward appearances.
- A uniform policy puts the focus on academics.
- Uniform clothing items can be less expensive.
- Uniform dress codes eliminate pressure to wear brand name clothing, “gang attire,” etc.
- Uniform clothing creates a sense of school pride and belonging. Parents must be advised of their right to opt out of the school’s uniform policy.
The expectations for our students are as follows: Please review the following clearly!
- Black, green, white or gold solid colored polo or t-shirts
- Spirit wear t-shirts
- Black, blue, or khaki (tan) denim, dress or all season long pants
- Black, blue or khaki (tan) denim or all season uniform shorts that are mid-thigh length or longer
- Black, blue, or khaki (tan) capris, skirts or skorts
- All types and styles of outerwear are acceptable but must follow district guidelines on appropriate attire.
- Wearing a sweater or jacket does not eliminate the need to wear a solid colored polo or t-shirt.
- Shoes must protect a student’s feet at all times while on campus
- Shoes must have closed heel and toe and should fit securely to the foot.
Students whose parents choose not to participate in a uniform program may not be disciplined, discriminated against, or otherwise denied rights and privileges available to other students.
DISTRICT DRESS/APPEARANCE STANDARDS (BP/AR 5132)
There are certain rules pertaining to dress that every district student must adhere to throughout the school year. Overall, a student’s dress, grooming and appearance including hairstyle, jewelry, makeup, and nails, must be safe, appropriate, and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process. If special circumstances in adhering to this policy should arise, please contact the individual school’s principal for assistance.
Examples of inappropriate clothing include:
- Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. Examples of prohibited items include tank tops, see-through or fish-net fabrics, halter tops, off-the shoulder or low-cut tops, bare midriffs skirts or shorts shorter than mid-thigh or saggy pants.
- Undergarments including, but not limited to, underwear, such as boxer and underpants, should be covered at all times.
- Clothing should not be provocative and/or revealing.
- Hats, caps, and other head coverings shall not be worn indoors.
- Clothing, jewelry, exposed skin, and personal items (backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles, etc.) shall be free of writing, pictures, or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane, or sexually suggestive, which bear drug, alcohol, or tobacco company advertising, promotions, and likenesses, or with advocate racial, ethnic, or religious prejudice.
- Gang-related clothing or accessories including, but not limited to, bandannas; other symbols, emblems, or insignia; and gang-related web belts with or without punched-out metal buckles. School officials shall consider student history and information obtained from community agencies and resources when making these judgments. Dangerous clothing accessories are prohibited (i.e., spiked jewelry, studded collars, studded belts). School administrators have the right to restrict the color of clothing worn by any student involved in a documented gang offense.
- Appropriate shoes must be worn at all times. Unacceptable shoes include but are not limited to: slippers, flip-flops, open-toe or strappy sandals, clogs, mules or slides.
- Gym shorts may not be worn in classes other than Physical Education.
- Pajamas or other types of sleepwear.
Students who persist in violation of the above infractions may be suspended.
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Parents and Students (mensaje en español),
AUSD is pleased to offer two complementary web-based services to enhance communication between home and school. Information about both may be found on the school and District webpage . SchoolLoop provides webpages to teachers that make available current information from the classroom including course syllabus, handouts and classroom activities. Self-registry for SchoolLoop is available on the school homepage. Home Access Center (HAC), which is separate and part of the Student Information System, allows parents and students to view schedules, attendance, assignments, report cards and other data related to school records. Currently this service is available to middle and high school only. Elementary will be available soon. You may have received user name and password information at registration time for the Home Access Center. If not, please contact your child’s school for assistance. We look forward to working together as a team to advance student achievement. Thank you.