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HARVEST PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL


Student Handbook 2016-2017


4900 Valley Avenue

Pleasanton, CA  94566


Telephone (925)426-4444

Fax (925)426-9613

Absence Line (925)426-4465

Counseling (925)426-4457

Anonymous Tip Line (925)417-5199 (Call or Text)


Harvest Park Website:

Harvest.pleasantonusd.net

PUSD Website:

Pleasantonusd.net

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Harvest Park Middle School

Mission and Vision Statement

Mission Statement

Kids Come First at Harvest Park Middle School where teachers, students, staff and community collaborate to educate the whole child.

Vision Statement

Harvest Park Middle School will continue to build on its tradition of providing a smooth transitional link from elementary to high school.  Our supportive school community will guide students to become life-long, self-motivated learners and leaders who are productive, responsible members of society.  The unique needs of our students will be addressed by a wide variety of innovative programs and teaching styles.  As a learning community, we are committed to developing the whole child by providing a safe environment focusing on academics, arts, attitude, athletics, and activities.  The highest expectations for academic success, technological expertise and moral and civic responsibility will be required of our students as our standards-based curricula prepare them to compete and thrive in a diverse and changing global society.  

GENERAL INFORMATION:

STUDENT BODY CARDS

All students get a free student body card.  This card is to be used for general identification.  You must have this card  to charge lunch, check out sports equipment, library books, and purchase dance tickets.  If lost, cards may be replaced, in the library, for $3.00.

SCHOOL LUNCHES

Students may bring food from home or purchase food from the cafeteria.  Food is available a half hour before school and during lunch.  A large variety of food is available a la carte or students can buy a value meal for a discounted price.  All eating is to take place in designated areas only.  Food or drink is not permitted on the blacktop.

Child Nutrition Services has an online prepayment service to deposit money into your child’s school meal account.  An account can be set up at www.mySchoolBucks.com.  You can also make advance payments to your student’s account with cash or a check payable to Child Nutritional Services (CNS).  Please write your child’s full name and ID# on the check in the memo section.

Students sharing a table are responsible for cleaning up their area and making sure trash is put in the garbage cans.  Students are expected to cooperate with noon supervisors at all times and to treat them with courtesy and respect.  Disruptive behavior may result in disciplinary consequences.  Forgotten lunches will not be delivered to classrooms, but may be picked up on the cart in front of the main office.

BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, SCOOTERS, AND BIKE RACK

We encourage students to help reduce traffic, pollution and promote safe routes to school.  If a student brings a skateboard, scooter or a bike to school, it is the student’s responsibility to park it correctly in the bike rack and to keep it locked at all times.  Students are to have their own lock.  The bike rack is off-limits and locked during the school day.  There is a teacher assigned to the bike area 15 minutes before school and 15 minutes after school.  If a student is staying after school for any reason, they should pick up their bike, scooter, or skateboard first and then go to the after-school activity.  There is absolutely no riding or skating in the bike rack area or on school grounds.  School grounds include parking lots and sidewalks adjacent to school.

Students who fail to follow these rules may be subject to disciplinary consequences.  Student are expected to follow normal “rules of the road” and risk police citation for failure to obey traffic laws or to wear helmets.  All bicycles should be licensed with the city.  

MEDICATION

Under some circumstances, a student may require medication at school.  All medication MUST be kept in the health office, in its original container, labeled with the student’s name.  Students must sign in each time they take medicine in the health office.  Medical consent forms, available in the health office, must be completed and signed by a parent and the student’s physician.  The forms need to be returned to the office with the medication before medication can be administered.  Students may NOT carry any medications, including over the counter pharmaceuticals, such as Tylenol, Advil, cold medicines, etc.

Inhalers and EpiPens are permitted with Physician and parental permission.  Please contact the Health Office with any questions.  

HOMEWORK AND ABSENCES

Teachers follow the Pleasanton Unified School District’s middle school policy.  This policy outlines the responsibilities of students, teachers, and parents, and can be found on the PUSD website.

Students are expected to record their assignments in an organizer of some kind.  Teachers will set their own classroom policies for late work.  The teacher may decide to give little or no credit for assignments turned in after the deadline.  (In case of illness – please refer to Board Policy.)

If a student has been absent from school for at least three days due to illness, a parent may request homework from the office.  Homework should be requested by 9:00 am, and picked up on the same day but not until 3:30 pm.

Please use the Harvest Park’s e-mail or voicemail systems to get a message directly to a specific teacher.  Please review the attendance section of our organizer for more information for reporting student tardiness and absences.  

TEXTBOOKS

Students are loaned a set of textbooks to keep home during the school year.  Class sets are available in all classes for use at school.  Students are responsible for keeping textbooks secure, clean and covered.  Parents will be charged for book damage or loss.

FORGET SOMETHING AT HOME?

Forgotten homework, PE Clothes, etc., are not considered emergencies.  Any of these items brought to school by parents can be left in the front office and may be picked up between classes at the item pick-up window. Forgotten lunches can be dropped off on the cart located outside the main office.   All items must have the student’s name printed clearly on the item.  It is the student’s responsibility to come to the pick-up window to look for and retrieve dropped off items.  Harvest Park does not make deliveries to students as it disrupts the learning environment.  

CLOSED CAMPUS

Harvest Park is a closed campus; students are allowed to leave campus if a parent/guardian or adult listed on the emergency card signs the student out at the attendance office. As Harvest Park is a closed campus, students are not allowed to go off-grounds for lunch unless it is with their own parent.

Any student who is off campus without permission will be considered to be cutting class.  Loitering is prohibited in areas adjacent to the school including the park between Harvest Park and Walnut Grove.  School rules extend to all areas immediately surrounding the campus at times when school is in session and when students are arriving and leaving.  


COUNSELING SERVICES

Harvest Park Middle School’s counselors work within the framework of Pleasanton Unified School District’s K-12 Counseling Master Plan.  The plan outlines 3 tiers of focus:  college and career, academic, and personal/social.  Along with PUSD’s other elementary, middle and high schools, Harvest Park strives to fulfill the goals of our district’s vision.  As student advocates and as members of the educational team, school counselors are essential to the school effort to teach students in a school environment that is safe and respects the rights of every member of the school community.  We work closely with administrators, teachers, and parents in facilitating strategies and interventions to support the educational experience for all students.  

Students and parents/guardians are welcome to contact their child’s counselor when assistance is needed.  Please visit our website for more information and resources.  Counseling Office phone:  (925)426-4457.

VISITORS

The school policy is to accept only those visitors who have legitimate business at school.  Guests and visitors must register at the office.  High school students who wish to visit are not allowed on campus prior to 3:03 pm and must check in with the office.  Parents are always welcome, but should give us a 48-hour notice if planning to visit classes.  Friends or family members meeting with students after school should plan to meet in the parking lots or beyond the extreme outside fence.  Students not officially enrolled at Harvest Park may not attend class.  

LOST AND FOUND

Lost articles should be looked for in the Lost and Found containers located outside the front office.  Unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the end of each grading period.


ACADEMIC STANDARDS

ACADEMIC ACCOUNTABILITY

All students are expected to do their best work in all their classes.  Students are encouraged to ask their teachers for extra help.  Counselors can also provide suggestions for struggling students.  Schoolwork is every student’s primary responsibility at Harvest Park.  Therefore, students need to maintain at least a “C” average (2.0 GPA) with no “F” grades on their report cards in order to try out and participate in long-term activities in which they represent the school.  This includes such things as team sports, cheer, etc.  In certain cases, probation may be granted and students may continue in activities as long as grades are brought up to the mentioned standard.  Please contact an administrator with questions regarding academic probation.

Students are accountable for maintaining satisfactory academic progress in all classes.  Students who are struggling and receive more than two semester “F” grades in a given school year, may be assigned one or more of the following alternatives for making up the failing grades:

  1. Mandatory after-school Academic Academy
  2. Skills class in reading or math to replace elective classes
  3. Administrative modifications of the schedule
  4. Summer school remediation classes
  5. Retention at the current grade level as per District Policy #5124

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY POLICY

Harvest Park students sign an Academic Integrity contract each school year.  To help students achieve their maximum academic potential, Harvest Park promotes an environment that fosters integrity and honorable conduct.  Administrators, faculty, students and parents share the responsibility for maintaining an atmosphere in which personal accountability is valued.  To achieve the goal of academic integrity, expectations must be clearly articulated.  The purpose of all academic integrity procedures is to cultivate an academically honest environment.  Administrators will be fair and consistent when dealing with academic dishonesty.

GRADE REPORTING

Four to five weeks into a quarter, Progress Reports are sent to parents of students earning a D or F.  Quarter grades are mailed home after the ninth week of the semester for all students.  These reports are not part of the permanent school record, but act as a progress report at the halfway point of the semester.

Semester grades are mailed twice a year at the end of eighteen weeks for the first semester, and at the end of the school year in June.  These are the official grades that become part of the permanent school record.  

OUTSTANDING STUDENTS

Students earning at least a 3.5 GPA on their semester report cards will be placed on the Honor Roll.  Students earning a 4.0 GPA (all A grades for all subjects) will be placed on the Principal’s List.  These students will be invited to attend a special school reception to receive a certificate.  Awards assemblies are scheduled each semester.

Students who are outstanding citizens who show care and concern to others are recognized at a special “Citizenship Awards Night” in the spring.  Teachers may nominate one student each year for the award.

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Harvest Park is committed to helping all students succeed.  Our after-school programs offer a variety of approaches and meet a wide range of needs.

ACADEMIC TUTORING

Based on funding, the library may be open after school on designated days.  A certificated staff member is on duty to monitor students who wish to do independent research, homework, and computer work.  This program is designed for the self-motivated student who can work independently in a studious atmosphere.  

ACADEMIC ACADEMY PROGRAM

Students in danger of failing multiple classes may be assigned to the Academic Academy (Study Hall) program.  This program’s availability is offered based on funding of donations.  Placement will be recommended by teachers, counselors, or administration.  

Academic Academy (study hall) is held Monday through Thursday from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm.

Students earning detention or requiring extra time to complete work will be assigned a maximum of 60 additional minutes.  Homework and grades are monitored and assistance will be provided by teachers managing the study hall classrooms.  Students are expected to write all homework in their organizers, complete all homework during each session, and provide a weekly grade form to their core teachers each Friday; parents will review and sign the grade form prior to their student’s return to school on Monday.  This program is for the student with organizational problems who requires close supervision to complete his or her work.  

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Harvest Park offers a variety of activity programs for students.

  1. The sports program involves competition with other middle schools.
  2. The school instrumental band and choir are very successful in competition.
  3. Concerts and a talent assembly showcase the performing arts of HP students.
  4. The Leadership class promotes fun activities on and around campus including special “Spirit Weeks” organized to build student participation and school spirit.
  5. The Student Council is our student body government and includes officers and representatives who report back to their classmates on activities and budgetary items.
  6. Teachers sponsor clubs and “open classroom” activities during lunch and after school.
  7. The school spirit squad works very hard to add excitement to school events.

DANCES

Evening dances for 7th and 8th graders are held several times per year in the school’s multi-purpose room.  6th grade dances/activities are held right after school on campus.

A student will not be admitted to the dance if he or she is more than 15 minutes late without a parent.  All school rules, including the dress code, apply to dances.  Students are expected to dress appropriately.

There are no in-out privileges at dances.  Students are expected to arrange for their own transportation home and leave campus within 15 minutes of the completion of the dance.  Appropriate behavior must be maintained and rules followed.  Parents/Guardians will be called to pick up students who are not following the rules.  These students risk losing dance privileges for the remainder of the year.  

STUDENT STORE

Harvest Park PTSA runs the Harvest Park student store.  The store is open Monday through Friday right after school.  District approved drinks and snack foods, school supplies and spirit wear is sold.

END-OF-YEAR ACTIVITIES

Students who have a good citizenship record earn certain end-of-the-year activities.  In order to participate, students must have no more than seven (7) discipline points accumulated throughout the school year.  Therefore, to participate in these activities, students should  follow the school rules and expectations.  End-of-year activity days are regarded as official school days.   

ATTENDANCE

ABSENCES

Computerized attendance is taken every period.  If a student is going to be absent, the parent/guardian must call the attendance line before 9:00 am.  The attendance number is:  (925)426-4465 and messages can be left anytime. Every absence or tardy of any kind must be cleared by a parent or legal guardian within 24 hours or absences are considered “cuts” and are subject to disciplinary action.


PRE-PLANNED ABSENCES

Since student attendance is vital to student success, it is strongly encouraged that parents/guardians keep their students in class during the school year.  In the unlikely event that a student must be out of town when school is in session for 1-4 days, a Pre-Approved Absence Form should be completed.  This form can be picked up in the attendance office or downloaded from the Harvest Park website.  Completed forms signed by both the parent/guardian and the student will be forwarded to the Principal for approval.  Approval is granted based on student attendance history.  

INDEPENDENT STUDY

In the unlikely event that a student must be out of town for 5 or more days when school is in session, the student should obtain an independent study form from the office at least 10 days prior to the scheduled absences.  All independent study forms must be signed by each classroom teacher.  Independent study work is due on the day the student returns to school.

TARDY POLICY

Students must be in their assigned classroom when the bell rings to begin each period.  If a student arrives within the first 10 minutes of the school day, for reasons other than medical, s/he should go directly to class and receive a tardy.  If a student arrives after the first 10 minutes of the day, s/he MUST COME to the attendance office for an admit slip.


TARDY CONSEQUENCES

1st:  Teacher issues a warning

2nd: Teacher uses own classroom for consequences

3rd:  Parent letter informing parent of tardy situation and review of policy – from the teacher

4th:  Second parent letter with conference request – from the office

5th:  Detention assigned

6th:  Saturday School (9am -12:00 Noon)

7th:  Discipline referral each time; loss of activities and can be subject to truancy actions.

CLASS CUTS

Absences from class that are not excused by a parent call or an official school pass are considered cuts.  A cut from one class will result in a 1-1/2 Saturday School and parent contact.  A full-day cut will result in a 3-hour Saturday School and loss of the next two school activities.  Repeated cutting of class will result in a student being referred to the SARB (School Attendance Review Board) Committee at the Police Department.



CHARACTER EDUCATION & DISCIPLINE

Community of Character and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)

The Pleasanton Unified School District (PUSD) has partnered with the City of Pleasanton to be a Community of Character.  Members from the PUSD, the City of Pleasanton, the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce and volunteers from other organizations have been actively participating in the Community of Character Collaborative committee.  Committees work together to create a community culture that is built on values, good will and community accepted character traits of compassion, honesty, respect, responsibility, integrity and self-discipline.  These six character traits are taught and emphasized throughout Harvest Park Middle School and are often referred to as the Patriot Path.

During the 2014-15 school year, the Pleasanton Unified School District received a School Climate Transformation Grant (SCTG) from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students. The grant allows us to continue to focus on taking a proactive approach to student behavior and discipline. Over the course of the next five years, PUSD will implement Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) across all school sites.

The goal of PBIS is to help teach students character and help them internalize the expected behaviors of Pleasanton’s Community of Character.  Through daily conversations, lesson plans, behavioral expectations and student discipline, these character traits are emphasized and reflected upon throughout student time at HPMS.

DETENTIONS

Individual teachers can schedule their own detentions with a student.  If the behavior continues to be a problem, or if the student refuses to attend the detention assigned by the teacher, the student will be assigned Administrative Detention held before school on Thursdays at 7:45 am.    

Failure to attend Administrative Detention will result in assignment to Saturday School or a double detention.  Administrative Detention can be rescheduled to the following week, for just cause, if the student brings a parent note to the attendance window the day of the assigned detention.  

DISCIPLINE POINTS

At Harvest Park Middle School, every student has the right to an education.  Our school has developed consequences for students who choose to violate this right.  Should a student misbehave, he or she will receive a discipline referral and point.  Referrals are given for repeated or serious misbehavior.  Parents/Guardians will be contacted by telephone and/or in writing when their child receives a referral.  Students receiving a discipline referral will be seen by an administrator and given a consequence.  

Each referral counts as at least one discipline point.  Every two discipline points result in the loss of the next school dance or activity.  A total of 6 discipline points results in the student being excluded from all remaining school activities, including end-of-year activities.  A discipline point may be removed from a student’s record if the student receives no referrals for a period of 20 school days and completes 2 hours of community service approved in advance by an administrator.  

ARTICLES PROHIBITED AT SCHOOL

Items which may interfere with school activities or are hazardous to the safety of others are prohibited at school.  These items include gang-related apparel when there is evidence of a gang presence that disrupts or threatens activities, knives, guns, toy guns, water guns, computer games, sling shots, paint-balls, permanent markers, glass bottles, laser pointers, lighters, fireworks of any kind, chains, radios, cameras, and electronic game devices.  Any item considered undesirable to the learning environment will be taken away.  All items will be returned with parent/guardian consent.  At the end of the school year, all unclaimed items will be donated to charity.  Please note that carrying laser pointers is illegal on school premises at all times.    

Gum chewing is not allowed on school property.  Cell phones, laptops, Kindles, iPods, and MP3 players must be turned off and in backpacks during school hours, unless a teacher or other adult provides permission to use the device during class (for music to listen to while running the mile, as a math calculator, etc.).  Devices may be used before and after school, but NOT during passing periods or lunch.

SUSPENSIONS

A school suspension returns the child to the authority of the parent/guardian for corrective action.  Suspended students need to be disciplined and counseled by their parents/guardians.  The student should remain at home until the suspension is completed.  Suspensions are used for the following specific offenses:


  1. Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person;
  2. Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished a firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object;
  3. Possessed, used, sold or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of a controlled substance or intoxicant;
  4. Arranged, offered or negotiated to sell look-alike controlled substances, alcohol, intoxicants, or liquid substances or material represented as a controlled substance or intoxicant;
  5. Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion;
  6. Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property;
  7. Stole or attempted to steal school property or private property;
  8. Possessed or used tobacco or any product containing tobacco or nicotine.  District policy states that on the first incident of use or possession of tobacco, a student may be assigned to a nicotine informational class in lieu of suspension;
  9. Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual use of profanity or vulgarity;
  10. Possessed, unlawfully offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia;
  11. Disrupted school activities or defied school personnel;
  12. Knowingly received stolen school or private property;
  13. Committed sexual harassment to another pupil or employee;
  14. Acted, or attempted to act, to cause physical, emotional, or property damage based on race, religion, gender, age disability, political affiliation, immigrant status, or sexual orientation;
  15. Engaged in harassment, threats, or intimidation that created an intimidating or hostile environment.

NOTE:  Fighting or threatening to fight will result in suspension.  Anyone choosing to be a participant in a fight will face serious consequences.  If, at any time, a student feels he or she is being physically threatened, the situation should be reported to a staff member immediately.

DRESS & GROOMING (BP 5132)

The Board of Education believes that appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment.  The Board expects students to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate.  Students’ clothing must not present a health or safety hazard or be a distraction that would interfere with the educational process.  

In cooperation with teachers, students, and parents/guardians, the Principal or designee shall establish school rules governing student dress and grooming which are consistent with the law, Board of Education policy, and administrative regulations.

The following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities:

The middle schools in our district have adopted a uniform dress code policy.


PUSD Middle School Dress Code


STUDENT ATTIRE

The appearance of any student is primarily the responsibility of the individual and his/her parent(s)/guardian(s). Students and parents need to be aware of the importance of appropriate dress and its effect upon the learning environment. Appearance and dress must be within the limits of safety, cleanliness, and appropriateness for school and shall not interfere with any aspect of the total school program. At Harvest Park we dress as scholarly students. This means that our focus is on academics, not fashion. This does not mean that students should not dress fashionably; they can do that as long as it is appropriate. It is expected that each student be cooperative by maintaining an appearance that is not distracting to other students or teachers and is not detrimental to the educational process of the school.


  1. Shoes must be worn at all times. Sandals must have heel straps.  No slippers are allowed. No high heels or stiletto heels should be worn if over 2 inches in height.  
  1.  Any apparel, jewelry, grooming or accessory which creates a safety or health concern or threatens to cause a disruption to the education process is prohibited, even if not specifically mentioned below and regardless of current fashion trends.
  2.  Students must dress appropriately for educational activities in which they will participate so as not to endanger their health, safety, or welfare, or that of others.  
  3.  Dresses, skirts, and shorts MUST BE TO MID-THIGH (“fingertip” length), regardless of leggings and nylons
  4.  No pajamas or pajama pants may be worn at school (unless authorized for Spirit Day event).  Clothing, grooming, accessories, and jewelry shall be free of writing, pictures, symbols or any other insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane, obscene, libelous, slanderous or sexually suggestive.
  5.  Clothing, grooming, accessories, and jewelry that degrade any cultural, religious, or ethnic values or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice or discrimination, or which promote sex, the use of tobacco, drugs or alcohol or any unlawful act are prohibited.  
  6.  Hats, caps and other head covering shall NOT be worn in classrooms, except for valid medical or religious reasons, authorized in writing by a parent.  Hats may be worn outside, during lunch, or PE.
  7.  Dark glasses may not be worn indoors, except for valid medical reasons, authorized in writing by a physician.  
  8.  Blankets may not be worn or wrapped around students. During inclement weather, coats, jackets, sweatshirts and/or sweaters should be worn.  
  9.  Clothes, apparel, or attire must be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. Clothing, apparel or attire that fails to provide adequate coverage of the body, including but not limited to see-through or fishnet fabrics, bare midriffs, tank tops (less than 2 inches in width), tube tops, halter tops, spaghetti strap tops, racer-back tops, off-the-shoulder or low-cut tops, or tattered or torn clothing are prohibited. Excessively torn jeans are not appropriate for school.  Students are permitted to wear camisoles under loose fitting shirts as to not expose skin or undergarments.

For complete District Policy on the dress code go to: www.pleasantonusd.net/?BoardofTrustees/BoardPolicies.cfm.

Exceptions for Special Activities

The Principal may make exceptions to the dress code, particularly for special days, special events, or student activities outside the school day.  Students will be expected to uphold the standards of safety and decency at all school events.  

Enforcement of the District Dress Code

  1. Any violation of the district or school dress code(s) will be considered a violation of Education Code section 48900 (k) – disruption of school activities and/or willful defiance of valid school personnel authority.
  2. Administrators will notify all students of the dress code regulation expectations at the start of every school year.
  3. The following possible consequences will follow any infraction of the district dress code regulation

  1. Change of clothing
  2. Change of clothing with parent notification
  3. Change of clothing with detention assigned & parent notification
  4. Change of clothing with Saturday school assigned and parent notification
  5. Student suspension

  1. Final determination of what constitutes as appropriate dress will be made by school administration.

COMMUNICATION

Please visit and become familiar with the Harvest Park Website at harvest.pleasantonusd.net.  You can access general school information, get e-mails for teachers/staff, download forms, view the daily bulletin and learn more about Harvest Park.  While not required, most teachers do have their grades and homework posted on the website.  Please check with your student to confirm the password needed to access his/her grades.  

To subscribe to the PUSD E-Connection newsletter, go to the District Website at www.pleasantonusd.net and click on E-Connection under the Communication tab.  

Q PARENT CONNECTION

The District’s Q Parent Connect is where you will find information on your child’s progress.  You can view your child’s attendance, schedule, assignments, grades, transcripts, and testing information.  Parent Connect is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from any computer with internet access.  The address for Q Parent Connection is linked on our homepage but can be found at https://sis.pleasantonusd.net/ParentPortal/.

You will receive a password to access your student’s information.  Please keep your password confidential to protect your student’s personal information.  You may change your password if you think others may have access to it at qhelp@pleasantonusd.net.  Allow 5-10 days to receive a new password.


Q STUDENT CONNECTION

PUSD offers access to the Q Student Connection for students in grades 6 through 12.  Students will be able to use their own logins to access information including school news, attendance, transcripts, history, and schedules.  

PARENT VOLUNTEERS

The Pleasanton Unified School District has implemented a screening process for all who wish to volunteer their services.  All parent volunteers for field trips, dance chaperones, classroom helpers, parent drivers, etc., will need to complete the PUSD volunteer form annually.  This form is available in the attendance office or can be downloaded from our website.  Please note that it can sometimes take up to 3 weeks to process this form.  If you plan on volunteering, please complete this form as soon as possible.  

PARENT DRIVERS

All parent drivers must complete the volunteer clearance (see above) and a PUSD Transportation of Students in Privately Owned Vehicles form annually.  Vehicle insurance must be current and meet PUSD minimum insurance requirements.  This form is also available in the Attendance Office or can be downloaded from our website.  

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

Harvest Park, in coordination with PUSD, has a complete safety plan which is updated yearly.  We hold a variety of drills (fire, earthquake, intruder, shelter in place, etc.) approximately once a month.  Our students and staff are continually instructed on safety procedures.  In the event of an emergency, our main evacuation site is the grass field and blacktop area behind the gym.  Each teacher has an assigned space, organized by classroom, in the evacuation area.  When instructed, student will evacuate with their teacher and follow all directions and procedures.  Teachers carry an emergency backpack, which contains first aid packs, class rosters and a variety of necessary emergency items.  

WHEELS BUS RULES

WHEELS provides bus service to the general public.  Students are to conduct themselves in a manner that is not disruptive to others who are riding the bus on routes that serve Harvest Park.  Violation of rules will result in denial of riding privileges.  

Drivers who have previously warned a passenger of misconduct will remove that passenger if he/she does not follow the driver’s directions.

WHEELS transportation supervisors may respond to a driver who is having problems with a student.  The transportation supervisors may give direction to a passenger as well.  Supervisors and operators are official representatives of WHEELS and must be treated with respect and consideration at all times.  

The following is a list of consequences for misbehavior while riding WHEELS:

1st offense:  Warning – Call made home to parents by school

2nd offense:  Loss of bus privileges for 2 weeks

3rd offense:  Loss of bus privileges for one semester

If misconduct is serious (fighting, vandalism, major interference to the bus driver, causing an extreme safety risk), the student may lose all bus privileges, even on the first offense.  Students involved in serious offenses may also face a suspension from school and possible police action.


2016 – 2017 School Year

Monday, August 15

First Day of School for students

Monday, September 5

Labor Day HOLIDAY

Friday, October 28

Staff Development Day (Students DO NOT attend school)

Monday, October 31

Minimum Day Schedule (grades 1-12 ONLY)

Friday, Nov. 11

Veteran’s Day HOLIDAY

November 15-17 

Minimum Day Schedule (TK-5 ONLY) 

Friday, Nov. 18

TK - 5 Parent/Teacher Conferences (TK-5 students DO NOT attend school

November 21-25

Thanksgiving Break–NO SCHOOL

Thursday, Dec. 22

Minimum Day Schedule (K-8 ONLY)

Dec. 23 - January 6

Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

Monday, Jan. 9

Teacher Work Day (6-12 students DO NOT attend school)

Monday, Jan. 16

Martin Luther King Jr Day HOLIDAY

Monday, February 13

Abraham Lincoln's Day HOLIDAY

Friday, February 17

Grades 1-12 Minimum Day Schedule 

Monday, February 20

Presidents' Day HOLIDAY

April 3-7

Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

Monday, April 17

HOLIDAY

Friday, May 19

Grades 1-5 Minimum Day Schedule

Monday, May 29

Memorial Day HOLIDAY

Friday, June 2

Last Day of School (TK-8 Minimum Day Schedule)



PUSD Equity Resolution:


WHEREAS Equity and equality are not interchangeable terms.  The concept of educational equity goes beyond formal equality -- where all students are treated the same -- to fostering a barrier-free environment where all students, regardless of background, have the opportunity to benefit equally.  We believe that equity must be measured by access and outcomes.


WHEREAS Pleasanton Unified School District Board Policy 0410 outlines our commitment to nondiscrimination based on “gender, sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation or the perception of one or more of such characteristics.”  While this policy addresses intentional inequities, we will not ignore the unintentional creation of inequity.  Our District Strategic Plan states: “All students regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or gender will be proficient/advanced and college/career ready upon graduation.”  We recognize there are historical and ongoing societal causes of inequity, and we are firmly committed to the success and well-being of all Pleasanton children.  


WHEREAS Our District disaggregated achievement data results show that not all students are achieving at their full potential.  We assert that addressing disparities in educational access and opportunity are the responsibility of every adult in the Pleasanton Unified School District, and not the responsibility of our children.  Inequality in outcomes will be addressed through the implementation of systemic structures to support all students within our school system.  


NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED with these commitments in mind, the Pleasanton Unified School District Board of Trustees expects that:

 

  • Every student will be provided with equitable access to high quality and culturally relevant instruction, curriculum, support, facilities, and other educational resources, even when this means differentiating resources to accomplish this goal.
  • Multiple pathways to success will be created, in order to meet the needs of each of our students and shall actively encourage, support, and expect high academic achievement from all students uniformly.
  • Practices and policies that lead to both the over-representation of students from some ethnic groups and students of low socioeconomic status in areas such as special education and the under-representation in programs such as Gifted and Talented Education, Honors, and Advanced Placement will be critically examined and modified.
  • All staff and students will be provided with the opportunity and education needed to understand identity with regards to gender, ethnicity, parental status, ability, religion, or sexual orientation and the connection between identity and the disparate impact of both contemporary and historical practices in education, and society as a whole, on our students.

PASSED AND ADOPTED this 12 th day of January, 2016, by the Governing Board of the Pleasanton Unified School District, of Alameda County, California.


THE HARVEST PARK PATRIOT PATH:

COMPASSION

HONESTY

RESPECT

RESPONSIBILITY

INTEGRITY

SELF-DISCIPLINE

 

HARVEST PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL

BELL SCHEDULES

DAILY BELL SCHEDULE

(Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday)

A-Period 7:35 a.m. - 8:31 a.m.

Period 1 8:35 a.m. - 9:31 a.m.

Period 2 9:35 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.

Period 3 10:24 a.m. - 11:09 a.m.

Period 4 11:13 a.m. - 11:59 a.m.

Lunch 4 11:13 a.m. - 11:46 a.m.

Period 5 11:50 a.m. - 12:36 p.m.

Lunch 5 12:03 p.m. - 12:36 p.m.

Period 6 12:40 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.

Period 7 1:29 p.m. - 2:14 p.m.

Period 8 2:18 p.m. - 3:03 p.m.

B-Period 3:07 p.m. - 3:53 p.m.


COLLABORATION SCHEDULE

Every Wednesday

Collaboration Period 8:35 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. (for teachers only)

Period 1 9:27 a.m. - 10:08 a.m.

Period 2 10:12 a.m. - 10:51 a.m.

Period 3 10:55 a.m. - 11:34 a.m.

Period 4 11:38 a.m. - 12:17 p.m.

Lunch 4 11:38 a.m. - 12:11 p.m.

Period 5 12:15 p.m. - 12:54 p.m.

Lunch 5 12:21 p.m. - 12:54 p.m.

Period 6 12:58 p.m. - 1:37 p.m.

Period 7 1:41 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

Period 8 2:24 p.m. - 3:03 p.m.

B-Period 3:07 p.m. - 3:46 p.m.


MINIMUM DAY SCHEDULE

A/B Period 8:00 a.m. - 8:31 a.m.

Period 1 8:35 a.m. - 9:06 a.m.

Period 2 9:10 a.m. - 9:41 a.m.

Period 3 9:45 a.m. - 10:16 a.m.

Period 4/5 10:20 a.m. - 10:51 a.m.

Period 6 10:55 a.m. - 11:26 a.m.

Period 7 11:30 a.m. - 12:01 p.m.

Period 8 12:05 p.m. - 12:36 p.m.

Lunch 12:36 p.m. - 1:06 p.m.