Student Handbook
Student Handbook
Posted on 03/31/2017

 

2016-2017

 

 

 

[Buncombe County Middle College handbook]

 

 


 

                       

TABLE of CONTENTS

        Middle College Philosophy     ……………………………………………………      3

How to Contact Middle College      …………………………………………      3

Middle College Staff            ……………………………………………………      3

Enrolling in Middle College            …………………………………………      4

Getting To Middle College            …………………………………………      4       

Attendance   ………………………………………………………………………………      4

Rules & Regulations    ………………………………….……………………………        5-6

Drivers License   ………………………………………………………………………         7

Middle College Academic Program ………………………………………        7

College/University Prep Requirements      …………………………         7

Bad Weather          …………………………………………………………………        7

Students Records              ……………………………………………………        8

Sensitive Issues                ……………………………………………………        8

Books, etc.              …………………………………………………………………        8

Parent/Guardian Involvement       …………………………………………      8

Advice and Improvement    ………………………………………………………      8

Middle College Calendar     .…………………………………………………         ……      8

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”)………….      9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PHILOSOPHY

Buncombe County has some of the highest achieving public schools and the best community college in North Carolina. Buncombe County Schools is dedicated to meeting the needs of all students, especially those whose needs are not met adequately in a traditional high school setting. Middle College is one more option for students seeking an alternative in Buncombe County’s already excellent system of schools.

 

For 2015-2016, Middle College will serve high school juniors and seniors who are capable of graduating but who find the conventional high school does not meet their needs.

 

Some differences between Middle College and traditional high schools are:

  • Middle College classes are held between 12-4:30p.m. 
  • Middle College classes take place on the AB Tech college campus;
  • Middle College students can earn tuition-free college credit while also earning elective high school credit (also available via other high schools);
  • Middle College classes are small (typically 18 students maximum);
  • Middle College does not offer many of the comprehensive services found in traditional high schools such as sports, art and music, clubs, and many social events.;
  • Middle College diplomas ARE equal to all other NC high school diplomas.

 

HOW TO CONTACT MIDDLE COLLEGE

Mailing Address:

          Buncombe County Middle College

          Birch Building 215                 NOTE: Middle College offices are open

340 Victoria Road                 generally from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

          Asheville, NC  28801                   Monday through Friday.

Telephone:  (828) 254-1921 ex.5212                          

Fax;  (828) 232-4165                           

Office Location:

 Birch Building room 215 on the Asheville campus of A-B Tech Community College

 


STAFF

Teachers:   Kristle Riddle, English                     Tom Copeland, Science

                 Lindsey Prather Social Studies         Matt Snyder, Math              

Assistant Principal: Cindy Little  

School Counselor: Megan Coeplan

                                                                            

Principal:      Dr. Donna Lanahan                  Superintendent:  Dr. Tony Baldwin,

 


ENROLLING IN MIDDLE COLLEGE

Students can be enrolled only with approval from the Middle College principal. Before a student is enrolled, he/she and his/her parent or guardian must meet with the principal or designee to review a current transcript that lists all previous courses taken and grades earned for high school credit.  Middle College is limited to currently enrolled Buncombe County students.

 


GETTING THERE

Students are expected to provide their own transportation to and from AB Tech. They can call Asheville Transit System at 253-5692 for information on public bus transportation.

 

Students and staff who drive and park on the AB Tech campus are expected to follow all college and law enforcement regulations including vehicle registration, parking and driving violation costs, requirements, and fees. See AB Tech catalog. Middle College will not pay parking citations.

 

ATTENDANCE

To get credit, high school students must attend at least 85 days each class each semester, per Buncombe Board of Education Policy #401.  By the same policy, to be counted present for a class, a student must be present at least 75 minutes. Excessive and unexcused absences can jeopardize a student’s continued standing in the Middle College program. Middle College staff will provide morning school attendance makeup.

 

With written advance approval, students may have two college visit days for colleges that are more than 1 hour away. Close-by colleges (Buncombe, Madison, Jackson, and Transylvania) may be visited on teacher workdays. A form must be completed before visits take place. Talk to Ms. Little for more information.

 

It is each student’s responsibility to meet attendance guidelines for college classes.

 

In the event attendance becomes a problem students will be subject to the following steps of intervention:

 

At 4 absences the student’s parents will be contacted

At 5 absences the guidance counselor will make contact with the student

At 10 absences the student will appear before the attendance board to discuss the reasons for his or her absences and work towards finding a solution.  The student will be put on an attendance contract at this time.

 

 


RULES AND REGULATIONS       

As long as it is a benefit to the community and does not impede other AB Tech programs, the Middle College program will thrive on the community’s college campus. Mutual respect is integral to our relationships with the staff and students of AB Tech, to Middle College staff, and to each other.

 

Every Middle College student and staff member has the right to feel safe at school. Concerns about safety or anything that might place Middle College at risk should be reported immediately to the principal (254-1921x5212), to a staff member, or the superintendent’s office. (255-5877).

 

Students who seriously or repeatedly violate rules, or who commit violations, could be subject to the following disciplinary actions:

  • Student Conference
  • Parent/Guardian Conference
  • Detention and/or Loss of Privileges
  • Out-of-School Suspension
  • Long-Term Suspension
  • Permanent Removal from Middle College
  • Filing of Legal Charges

 

 

Be On Time: There are no class period bells at AB Tech. Teachers will begin class on time every day. Coming to class tardy is a disruption of the learning process. Habitual or excessive tardiness will result in discipline.

 

Dress:  Students are expected to dress in a manner that is neat, clean, and safe and are expected to practice good hygiene and grooming. Shoes are required.  Students are expected to follow AB Tech’s guidelines as stated in the AB Tech student handbook.

 

Do What You Are Supposed To Do: The actions of just one student could endanger the program for many. Middle College students are expected to act maturely and responsibly. Students who violate rules will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined above.

 

Drugs, Alcohol and Simulated Controlled Substances:  Students may not bring, possess, buy, sell, or come to the AB Tech campus or any school activity under the influence of any illegal drug, alcohol, or any substance that simulates a controlled substance. Students violating this policy may be suspended up to 10 days and/or recommended for long term suspension as stated in Buncombe County School Board Policy # 460.

 

Cheating/Plagiarism: Students who cheat or plagiarize will receive an F for the related assignment and will be subject to further discipline.

 

Internet and Facility Use:  Through the kindness of our community’s college, Middle College students may use computer labs, the library, and other facilities available to AB Tech students. Students must have a signed Internet Use Agreement form on file before using the Internet. Students must follow AB Tech guidelines for internet use.  Violations can result in suspension from media facilities.

 

Search and Seizure:  By law, principals, with reasonable suspicion, may search students and/or items they bring on campus and/or their vehicles.

 

Some violations (including but not limited to the following) can result in immediate removal from Middle College and/or Buncombe County Schools (as per Board policy 460).

  • Coming to school under the influence, or involvement in distribution, possession, or use of unlawful drugs or alcohol.
  • Possession of a weapon (including pocket knives) at school.
  • Sexual harassment or any form of sexual activity.
  • Bullying, fighting, hazing, harassment.
  • Disruption of school including bomb, personal, or other threats.
  • Refusing to follow instructions of Middle College or AB Tech staff members, including refusal or inability to work on classroom assignments.
  • Providing false information, especially for college dual enrollment classes.
  • Other violations of NC criminal statutes.

 

Cell Phones: Cell phones are allowed on the AB Tech campus. However, cell phones should be turned off before going to class and may not be used during class time.

 

Tobacco: AB Tech is a tobacco-free campus; therefore any kind of tobacco or electronic cigarettes is prohibited on the AB Tech campus.

 

Gang and Gang Related Activities:  The BCS does not support or condone gang membership or gang activity.  The Superintendent/designee shall regularly consult with law enforcement officials to identify gang-related items, symbols and behaviors, and provide each principal with this information.

 

 

 

 


DRIVERS LICENSE

Students who fail classes or drop out can lose their driver’s license or permit. For more information, contact the Principal.

 

 


MIDDLE COLLEGE ACADEMIC PROGRAM

Middle College students are expected to keep at least a 2.5 grade-point-averages for high school classes. Students will take and pass all required assessments, including both standardized and teacher-made tests.

 

High school classes in English, math, science, social studies, plus a few electives, will be offered each school day, generally between 12 and 4:30 p.m. 

 

When deemed appropriate by Middle College and AB Tech staff, students may register for, attend, and earn credit for approved dual enrollment courses through AB Tech. High school credit for dual enrollment courses will not be granted unless the Middle College assistant principal/principal approve the course in writing in advance of registration. To receive high school credit, students are responsible for providing the Middle College with a copy of documentation of successfully completed dual enrollment courses. Only college courses of 3 credits or more earn students one high school credit.

 

Because student needs vary and because of limited class offerings, not every class needed for graduation can be offered each semester. Class offerings will be selected and offered to maximize the program’s potential to serve the needs of as many students as possible. Middle College staff will be as flexible as possible to help meet the individual needs of as many students as possible.

 

Students will be granted credit for courses successfully completed in accordance with Buncombe County Board of Education and AB Tech policies. Students will be granted high school diplomas in accordance with state and Board of Education guidelines.

 

 

BAD WEATHER

The school calendar is subject to change. When inclement weather occurs students are urged to consider safety first. Classes missed due to weather can be made up. When Buncombe County Schools are closed due to bad weather, Middle College high school classes will not meet. On days with delays of school opening, students should report to class at their regular time unless otherwise notified.

 

Students taking AB Tech classes must meet college guidelines and follow AB Tech weather announcements including delays and closings.

 

 


STUDENT RECORDS

Buncombe County Schools recognizes the rights of parents, guardians, and eligible students to have access to a student’s education records and to have limited control over distribution of such records. Per federal law, student directory information must be released to military recruiters. Please refer to Board policy #441.

 


SENSITIVE ISSUES

Before any student may attend or participate in any portion of a Middle College course dealing with sex education or abstinence until marriage, parents should be notified in advance. Be advised that AB Tech college classes are designed for adults.

 


BOOKS, Etc.

Students will be held responsible for all borrowed textbooks, calculators, library books, and other materials belonging to AB Tech or Buncombe County Schools.  Students will also be responsible for the acquisition of any course materials needed and relating to their AB Tech courses.

 


PARENT/GUARDIAN INVOLVEMEN T

Clearly, when home and school work together, students benefit. Involvement of parents or guardians is an expectation for Middle College students. Staff will contact parents/guardians when issues arise. Also, parents/guardians may contact staff for feedback on how their child is performing. Communication can occur via email, phone, mail, or meeting.

 


ADVICE and IMPROVEMENT

Student and parent/guardian representatives will serve on the Advisory Council. Meetings will be held at times most convenient to most members. All students, parents, guardians, and community members are welcome to attend meetings.

 


MIDDLE COLLEGE CALENDAR

Buncombe County Middle College follows the approved Buncombe County Schools schedule (see www.buncombe.k12.nc.us). Note: this calendar is subject to change.  Buncombe County Middle College has a website located at the top left of the main page under the heading, “select school.”

 

Students taking AB Tech classes will follow the college schedule for those courses See AB Tech catalog and registration information. If Buncombe County School classes are not meeting but AB Tech classes are meeting, or vice versa, students are expected to use best judgment in attending required classes.

 


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”) is available for viewing on our school website at http://buncombe.k12.nc.us/bcmc.


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