School Information

  • ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

    Cheating, copying, and plagiarism are not tolerated at Nelsen. Consequences will be as follows:

    1st offense: Friday School
    2nd offense: In-School Suspension for two (2) days
    3rd offense: Administrative Discretion

    AUTOMOBILE TRAFFIC

    Student drop off is in the front of the school. Follow the signs at Renton Academy. Please do not park in the drop-off zone. Drop-off and pick-up on the west side of the building is not allowed. The east side of the school is for bus traffic only. There is no school pick-up or drop-off at Renton Academy for Nelsen students.

    BACKPACKS

    Backpacks/bags of any kind are not allowed in the classroom. Students may bring backpacks to school; however, they must be kept in their locker.

    BIKES AND SKATEBOARDS

    Bicycles ridden to school are to be locked up at the bike rack in front of the school. Skateboards and hover boards are kept in lockers.

    CLOSED CAMPUS

    Nelsen is a "closed campus." This means that students are not to leave once they have arrived. This applies even before classes start at 7:55 a.m. If, for example, your bus arrived at 7:50 a.m., you are not to leave campus. Students who do will be considered truant.

    CONSEQUENCE DEFINTIONS

    Cafeteria Intervention Assignment (CIA): Students spend the entire lunch period in the cafeteria sitting at one table.
    Lunch Detention (LD): Students spend their lunch period in room 212.
    After-School Detention (ASD): Students stay after school until 3:55 in room 212.
    Friday School (FS): Students stay after school until 5:00 in room 212. Students are responsible for transportation home.
    In-School Suspension (ISS): Students spend the entire school day in room 212.
    Referral Process: The minimum consequence for earning a referral will be a Friday School. Additional referrals will result in more severe consequences.

    CONTACT INFORMATION

    In order for us to keep an open line of communication between you and the school, please make sure the school has your most recent and working phone numbers, mailing, address, email address, and emergency contacts.

    DANCES: SCHOOL WIDE

    All school rules and policies apply to dances. Students are expected to dance appropriately at all times. Any student removed from a dance will be sent home and may lose further activity privileges. If you leave early, you may not re-enter.

    A student may not attend a dance IF:

    -- A student is in school or out of school suspended in the past nine (9) weeks;

    -- A student has fines;

    -- A student has been absent 3 or more periods on the day of the dance.

    DRESS CODE

    Student dress code is a reflection of educational, behavioral, and professional expectations. Students' behavior is often a reflection of what they wear.

    Hats and hoods must be removed when entering the building.
    No paisley print bandanas.
    Pants must sit at the same level as underwear or shorts. Must be at waist level.
    Pajamas and house slippers are not allowed.
    Logos advertising sex, drugs, tobacco, guns, or gangs are not allowed.
    Tank tops and sleeveless shirts must be as wide as the shortest side of an ID card.
    Shorts and skirts may be worn throughout the year, but they must not be cut-offs and must be longer than the students’ fingertips when extended at the side, even with leggings underneath.
    For jeans with cutouts, the cutouts/rips must be below fingertips, unless leggings are worn underneath.
    Leggings and spandex need to be fabric appropriate for school; not sheer/hosiery (see through)
    Shirts must cover the abdomen, cleavage, back and bra straps.
    Other clothing that may be deemed a disruption to the learning environment may be included.

    Consequences for dress code violations:

    Student will correct the violation or spend the day in ISS.
    Additional offenses will be at administrator’s discretion.

    ELECTRONIC DEVICES

    All cell phones and other electronic devices, including headphones, must be put away during class and passing time. All devices are here at the user’s own risk. The school is not responsible for any lost or stolen items. Electronic devices should not be used in a way that disrupts the learning environment. Any electronic device out during class time or passing time will be taken away and locked in the attendance office.

    1st offense: The student may pick it up at the end of the day.
    2nd offense: A parent must pick it up or the student serves a lunch detention.
    3rd offense: Student serves an after school detention.
    Additional offenses will be at administrator’s discretion.

    End of the Year 8th Grade Activities

    The end of 8th grade marks an important transition to high school. Part of Nelsen’s transition includes a series of activities such as a celebration, field trip, and awards ceremony.

    If a student has any fines or is out of school suspended or in-school suspended during 4th quarter, they are not allowed to attend the 8th grade celebration and 8th grade field trip.

    FINE POLICY

    If students lose or damage school equipment or materials, they will be fined a fair repair or replacement value. Even if an item is stolen the student is still responsible. Fines must be paid in order for students to receive their final report card or memory book. Fines will follow the student to other schools. Students will be excluded from school activities if they have a fine.

    FORGERY

    Forgery including signatures on attendance notes, progress reports, discipline paperwork, etc. is not tolerated at Nelsen. Consequences will be as follows:

    1st offense: Friday School
    2nd offense: In-School Suspension for two (2) days
    3rd offense: Administrative Discretion

    HARASSMENT/INTIMIATION/ BULLYING

    Harassment, intimidation, or bullying is an intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act that:

    Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or
    Has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or
    Is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or
    Has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school

    Consequences will be determined by administrator based on the severity of the act.

    HONOR ROLL

    Students must meet the following criterion to be eligible to make honor roll in middle school in the Renton School District.

    The student must accumulate a minimum of eighteen (18) academic grade points (3.0 GPA).

    HONOR SOCIETY

    Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for Honor Society in middle school in the Renton District.

    Honor Society eligibility will be determined by 2nd quarter grades.
    Students must earn a minimum of 3.0 for each academic grade.
    In classes giving a letter academic grade, Students must earn a minimum of a “B.”
    Students must earn a minimum of 3.0 for each community skills grade.

    IDENTIFICATION

    Students must identify themselves when asked by a staff member at any time. Failure to identify yourself will result in after school detention. Consequences for additional offenses will be at administrator’s discretion.

    IMMUNIZATION

    In order to be in compliance with Washington State Law, students without proper immunization or verification thereof will not be allowed to enter school.

    INSURANCE

    A brochure explaining the full time or school time insurance coverage and fees will be made available to students from the main office.

    LOCKERS & PERSONAL ITEMS

    Students are to use only their assigned locker. We will not open lockers for students if they leave their belongings in another student’s locker. The school is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged goods belonging to students. It is unwise to have valuable items in your locker. If you give your combination away, you have done a foolish thing. This is what causes most of the personal loss from lockers. The lockers are school property and may be opened by school authorities at any time when it is necessary. If you are having locker problems, check with the attendance office. If you request to have your locker combination changed or a new locker, you will be charged a $10 fee.

    INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE AND GESTURES

    Appropriate language and gestures are expected at all times. Minor infractions will result in CIA.

    MEDICATION

    If you are required to take medication at school, you must register ALL medications with the school nurse. The nurse can arrange a medication schedule in the clinic. No medication will be given without a signed consent form from your doctor and parent on file in the clinic, including nonprescription over the counter medicines. The medication must be properly labeled and in the original container. Medication CANNOT be dispersed if this procedure is not followed.

    NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY

    The Renton School District does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, domicile, marital status or political activity, and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Title IX Coordinator, Sheryl Moore, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, 425.204.2370, Sheryl.Moore@rentonschools.us.

    Section 504/ ADA Coordinator and Compliance Coordinator, Dr. Shannon Harvey, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching, 425.204.2318, Shannon.Harvey@rentonschools.us. The ADA Compliance Officer is responsible for providing information about the existence and location of accessible services, activities, and facilities at Renton Public Schools, responds to accessibility requests, and addresses accessibility complaints from students and/or their families.

    The Renton School District will take steps to assure that national origin persons who lack English language skills can participate in all education programs, services and activities. For information regarding translation services for vital communications or transitional bilingual education programs, contact Linda Hoste, Director of Categorical Programs, at 425.204.2410 or Linda.Hoste@rentonschools.us. See also, Renton School District Policies and Procedures No. 3207, 3210, 5003, 5005 and 5006 for complaint procedures.

    NURSE - ILLNESS

    Nelsen's school nurse will be in our building 3½ days a week. If you become ill while at school, ask your teacher's permission to report to the attendance office. Do not report directly to the nurse between classes. Instead, go to your next class, get a pass and check in with an adult in the office. Do not go directly home. If you need to go home, your parent/guardian will be called. The school cannot send you home without parent permission. If you are sent home, you must check out through the attendance office before you leave school.

    PBIS FOCUS

    PBIS Schools emphasize a school-wide system of supports that include strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate behavior. The goal is to design the most effective learning community possible with the best outcomes for all students. Attention is focused on creating and sustaining school-wide, classroom, and individual systems of support.

    PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION

    Being overly affectionate in school creates an environment that is not conducive to concentration and learning, therefore students should refrain from inappropriate, intimate behaviors on campus or at school related events and activities. Students must show good taste and conduct themselves respectfully at all times. Repeated overt displays of affection will result in parent contact and/or consequences.

    SCHOOL SAFETY

    Fighting, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, theft, vandalism, weapons or flammable materials are not allowed at Nelsen. There is a no tolerance policy and consequences will ensue based on the discipline matrix on pages 19-25. *Additional languages beyond English available online.

    SUBSTITUES

    At Nelsen, students will treat all substitute teachers with kindness. Substitutes are to be treated as if they were the regular classroom teacher. Misbehavior for a substitute will result in the following consequences:

    Referral = Friday School
    Removed from Class = ISS

    TELEPHONE

    Students should make arrangements for transportation, etc., with their parents in advance. There is a phone in the Attendance Office available for student use.

    TECHNOLOGY RESPONSIBLE USE POLICY

    Renton School District teachers and students use technology and internet-based tools in their classrooms on a regular basis to support student learning and prepare students to engage in the rapidly changing world. These technologies improve student communication and collaboration skills, provide an authentic audience, and extend learning beyond the classroom walls while building digital citizenship skills. Student access to technology requires responsible, courteous, efficient, and legal use. Our goal in providing access to these resources is to enhance learning experiences and to educate students in responsible and appropriate use. It is important that students and parents recognize that information posted on the internet is public, permanent, and needs to be appropriate.

    I understand that my use of any district technology (computer, network, internet, resources, etc.) will be monitored and is neither private nor confidential to district/authorized personnel. I understand that if I violate this agreement or the district’s policies and procedures, I may not be allowed to continue to use technology or I may receive other consequences based on the severity of the violation.

    VISITORS

    All visitors to Nelsen must register in the main office. This is to protect students on our campus. Students are not permitted to bring visitors or guests to school. If you would like to come and observe or visit classrooms with your child, please give us 24 hour notice.

    WATCH DOGS

    Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) are fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year. During the day, Watch D.O.G.S. may read and work on flash cards with students, eat lunch with students, watch the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities where they actively engage with students. If you are interested in becoming a Watch D.O.G.S. at Nelsen, please contact the main/attendance office to sign up!