Mountain Creek Middle School
Home of the Moose
5325 W. Bingham Rim Rd.
South Jordan, UT 84009
Main office: (801) 412-1000
Attendance office: (801) 412-1010
Student services/counseling: (801) 412-1020
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School Colors: navy blue, ivory, and copper
Mike Glenn, Principal
Wendy Harmon, Asst. Principal (last names A-K)
Tim Brooks, Asst. Principal (last names L-Z)
The information in this student handbook has been prepared to answer questions you may have about your school.
We welcome you to Mountain Creek Middle School, proud home of the Moose. MCMS is a great school. We are excited to have you attend our school, and hope that you will get a great education here and make great friends.
We want you to like school and be successful here. We have outstanding teachers and staff who are committed to doing their best to help you to learn as much as you can. We hope you take advantage of the learning opportunities that your teachers will provide, and do all you can to make MCMS a safe, enjoyable place to be. We also hope that you have a fantastic school year!
Before everything else, we want you to know and memorize our mission statement, which is:
Our mission statement:
Preparing students to succeed
The TRACKS Traits
We expect you to live the TRACKS Traits. Each letter of the word “TRACKS” represents a trait. We hope that the tracks you make here at MCMS will lead you to a great education and a great life.
The TRACKS traits are:
- Teachable: You are open to learn from your teachers and others.
- Resilient: You can do hard things, and recover from failure.
- Ambitious: You are hungry to succeed, and willing to work hard for your dreams.
- Creative: You imagine new possibilities and solutions to things. You share your ideas with others.
- Kind: You are nice to others, include others, and consider their feelings and well-being.
- Safe: You show respect to other people’s feelings, bodies, and property.
We hope you memorize what each letter of TRACKS stands for, think about their meaning, and do your best to live each trait.
Student Recognition Programs
We recognize our students for great academic achievement, positive behavior, effort, and showing improvement. Here are some of the ways we recognize our students:
- TRACKS Tender. TRACKS Tender is our school “money,” which teachers give to students who are living the TRACKS Traits.
- Parent contact. When students do well in class, teachers will reach out to students with a positive phone call, a note home, or an email.
- Positive referrals. When they see the great things their students are doing in class, teachers often write a positive referral. Those students who receive a positive referral will get called down to the office for a prize.
- Quarterly TRACKS Tender drawings.
- Moose of the Day. Each day, a faculty member, counselor or administrator will recognize one boy and one girl for this award.
- Moose of the Month. Each month, students will nominate a peer to recognize based on a specific character trait. One girl and one boy from each grade will be recognized during a breakfast with administration.
- Moose of the Quarter. Three boys and three girls from each grade will be chosen by the faculty and honored in an assembly as the students best exemplifying positive student behavior.
- Honor roll awards. Students who have a 3.5 GPA will receive recognition for their efforts each quarter with a certificate.
- Perfect attendance. This means you have no absences or tardies for the quarter.
- Perfect citizenship. This means you have all Hs (Honorable) for the quarter.
- Team celebrations. Teams will schedule celebrations for their teams throughout the year.
- End-of-Year Awards Assembly. Grade-level awards assemblies are held to recognize students for their successes in multiple areas throughout the year.
We invite you to get involved in the numerous programs that MCMS has to offer, so that you can learn more, make friends, and feel connected:
- Art Fair
- Band concerts
- Book Club
- Choir concerts
- “Choose Kind”
- Dance performances
- Geography Bee
- Jazz band
- National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)
- Open gym
- Orchestra concerts
- PTSA / memory book
- School play
- Stage crew
- Student government
- Talent Show
- Other programs soon to be announced
General Information (in alphabetical order)
Behave respectfully and appropriately during assemblies:
- Follow your teacher in single file to the auditorium, and sit with your teacher.
- Behave respectfully:
- Participate appropriately
- Electronic devices in airplane mode
- Feet and hands to self
- You may be removed for disrespectful behavior and receive additional consequences.
Utah law requires that students attend school every day, every period, except when a parent excuses an absence for a legitimate reason. MCMS will begin truancy tracking procedures once a student has missed 10 school days or 80 class periods. A legitimate excuse from school must be in the form of a note from a doctor, dentist, orthodontist, or other medical professional. Parents are encouraged to send a note or email, or to call the school in order to acknowledge that they are aware of the student’s absence. The student must make up all missed work according to the school’s make-up policy.
Checking in/out: If a student arrives less than 10 minutes late to school, they must go directly to class and will be marked tardy. If a student arrives more than 10 minutes late to school, they must check in at the attendance office. If it becomes necessary for a student to leave school for any reason during the school day, they must sign out through the attendance office. A parent or person listed as an emergency contact on Skyward must come into the attendance office and show picture ID in order to check the student out. Students are not allowed to check out solely with a note from a parent.
Educational Leave: Students may apply for up to 10 days of educational leave per school year. The parent should contact the attendance office at least three school days before taking leave, pick up an Educational Leave Form, and return the form to the attendance office before leaving on vacation. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain and make up work missed during educational leave.
Home and Hospital: If a doctor writes an order for the student to be out of school for over 10 school days, the parent needs to contact the attendance office to arrange for home-and-hospital teaching services. The doctor’s note must contain a diagnosis, a treatment plan, and return-to-school date. The note must be provided to the attendance office before home-and-hospital instruction can begin.
Tardiness: MCMS follows a school-wide tardy policy. All teachers use the same definition for tardy: You are tardy if you are not in class and ready to work when the bell rings. If a student is excessively tardy, they will receive school consequences.
Truancy: Truancy (“sluffing”) is not being in class when you should be. We expect students to be in class every period. If a student is truant, they will receive consequences. Truancy can mean any of the following:
- Leave school without checking out through the attendance office
- Leave school without parent permission
- Arrive at school but do not attend one or more classes
- Obtain permission to go to a certain place but do not report there
- Stay home without parents’ knowledge
- Leave class without permission
- Arrive to class more than 10 minutes late or leave class early without teacher permission
Withdrawal from School: When students move outside the school boundaries, they need to withdraw from MCMS. This process includes obtaining a withdrawal sheet from the attendance office, receiving clearance from each teacher, returning all textbooks, cleaning out lockers, and paying any fines. Failure to complete all of these steps may result in delay or denial of credit.
You have a right to come to school and feel safe from any form of bullying. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. It can be physical, verbal, emotional, or cyber. It can involve: telling offensive jokes; derogatory statements about a person’s ethnicity, race, gender, beliefs, etc.; inappropriate touching; lewd gestures or actions; threatening language or behavior; sexual comments; and unwelcome taunting.
If you feel bullied, tell the individual to stop. If that doesn’t work, tell your counselor, tell your assistant principal, or use the Safe UT app. If you remain in silence, nobody will know and you will continue to suffer at the hands of the bully. Consequences for those who bully include in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, and police involvement.
You qualify for bus transportation if you live two miles or more from the school and within our school boundaries. The district has identified what areas qualify for busing. Students eligible for busing will receive a bus pass. This pass must be shown to board the bus. Students who do not qualify to ride the bus may be allowed to do so if there is space available and the district approves a bus request for that student. Follow the bus driver’s directions. Misbehavior on the bus or at a bus stop may lead to school consequences, including loss of riding privileges.
Nutritional, low-cost lunches cost $2.00. If you buy a second lunch on the same day, you will be charged $3.30. You are assigned a lunch number that you will use each time you go through a line. Keep this number confidential. If you need to make a deposit to your lunch account, you may do so in the main office before school (drop-off box) or with the lunch cashier as you are buying your lunch. If you bring a check, it needs to be written to Mountain Creek Middle School. Vending machines are also available, but you use them at your own risk. There will be no refunds.
Follow school rules and adult directions, namely:
- If the food line has more than five (5) students in it, wait at the tan tiles. When there are fewer than five students, proceed to the counter.
- Treat the lunch ladies respectfully. Remember to say “thank you” after they have served you.
- Wait your turn. No cutting in line.
- All food must be consumed in the cafeteria.
- Clean up after yourself.
- Take your tray to the return area.
- Stay in designated areas. We need to be able to see you at all times.
- Sit for the last five minutes of lunch in order to make sure the cafeteria is clean and orderly. An assistant principal or hall monitor will then dismiss you.
Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
We know that technology is a marvelous tool to help you learn, which is why we offer Chromebooks and other technology for our students to use. However, we know that technology also has the potential to distract your focus away from learning. We want technology to enhance your education, not distract from it. Distractions can include (but are not limited to) texting, social media, off-topic searches, and listening to music when you need to be listening to teacher instruction.
As a result, the use of cell phones, headphones, and other personal electronic devices is not allowed during the school day, except during hall breaks and lunchtime (your own lunch). There may be times when an individual teacher allows you to use a device in his or her classroom for educational purposes, but that is the exception -- not the rule. Also, please note: electronic device use is never allowed in locker rooms.
If students use electronic devices at inappropriate times or for inappropriate reasons, the device may be confiscated and turned over to the administration, as follows:
- 1st confiscation:
- Parent is contacted
- Student may pick up the device at the end of day in the main office
- 2nd (or more) confiscation:
- Parent is contacted
- Parent may be required to pick up the device in the main office
- Possibly more consequences
Parents, please do not call or text your child during school time. If you need to contact your child, call the attendance office (801-412-1010).
Cheating and Plagiarism
Cheating in any form is unacceptable. If a student cheats on an assignment/assessment, the teacher will contact the parent to notify them that their student will be receiving a zero until the student works out an alternate assessment with the teacher. In addition, the student will receive a deduction in their citizenship grade. Individual teachers will determine how the student is able to redo the work.
Plagiarism is taking someone else's work or ideas and claiming them as your own. Instead, complete your own work and properly cite any works used in your assignments or assessments. Students who plagiarize will receive a deduction in citizenship. Individual teachers will determine how the student is able to redo the work.
Good citizenship is acting with respectful, responsible behavior toward others. Getting a good citizenship grade is just as important as getting good grades. Your citizenship grade will be determined by a rubric.
Closed Campus and Visitors
MCMS is a closed campus, meaning you may not leave the campus during the school day without following the proper checkout procedures. Student visitors are not allowed at school. Adult visitors must obtain a visitor pass 6 from the main office. Parents wishing to attend a class must obtain the permission of the principal and the teacher prior to their visit.
Collaboration Fridays (teachers only)
Teachers meet every Friday morning to collaborate on planning lessons and units, create goals, develop common assessments, analyze test data, and numerous other activities -- all with the goal to help student learning improve. Thus, classes start at 9:50 am on Fridays.
Consequences for Misbehavior
Consequences for misbehavior include:
- Lunch detention: The student sits in isolation to eat his/her lunch.
- After-school cleaning: The student will help the custodial staff with cleaning responsibilities.
- In-school suspension: The student sits in a timeout area to work quietly on homework.
- Out-of-school suspension: The student is sent home for one or more days.
- District-level hearing: The student is sent to Jordan School District authorities to determine if he/she will be allowed to continue attending MCMS, attend a different school, and/or receive additional interventions.
- Police involvement: The police will determine consequences for the student.
Dangerous Items Are not Allowed
It is against the law to bring dangerous items to school. Consequences for doing so include suspension and police involvement. Dangerous items include but are not limited to anything that physically harms people, such as:
- Things that stab, cut, or puncture, like a knife, pin, etc.
- Things that shoot objects, like a gun, firearm, slingshot, airsoft gun, etc.
- Things that explode, like fireworks, poppers, snaps, etc.
- Things that burn, like a cigarette lighter, matches, candles, sparklers, pepper spray, etc.
Even if you bring a facsimile (fake, look-alike, or replica) of a dangerous item, you face the same consequences. If you suspect another student has brought to or plans to bring a dangerous item to school, tell an adult immediately. You can report it anonymously through the Safe UT app. If you bring a weapon to school on accident (for instance, you had a knife in your backpack from a camping trip), bring it to an administrator immediately, and do not show it to anyone.
Be careful with what you do on electronic devices. Anything you text or post online -- words, pictures, or videos -- might be viewed by anybody. Only post or send comments/pictures that you would be comfortable showing your parent. Cyber bullying is illegal and may result in school and police consequences.
It is against the law for you to bring, possess, participate in, share, or show sexting or pornography while at school -- whether in printed matter, on an electronic device, on social media, or on the cloud. Consequences for doing so include parent contact, suspension, confiscation and wiping of phone, change of school, and police involvement.
You will receive department disclosure statements regarding classwork expectations, grading requirements, homework policies, citizenship responsibilities, etc. This should be signed by your parent and returned.
Disrespect and Insubordination
Make it a habit to show respect to your teachers. Refusing to follow a reasonable directive by a teacher, administrator, or other school personnel is considered insubordination and not allowed. Such behavior is grounds for consequences including suspension.
Distracting Items Are Not Allowed
Any items that distract or disrupt (like toys, games, etc.) are not allowed at school and may be confiscated to a parent pick-up.
We expect you to follow the dress code. Jordan School District policy #AA419 states: “Students shall dress in a manner that shows respect for the educational environment and is befitting the day’s activities. Students’ clothing and jewelry must not present a health or safety hazard or distraction, which would disrupt the educational mission. Disruption is defined as reactions by other individuals to the clothing or adornment, which causes the teacher/ administrator to lose the attention of the students, to modify or cease instructional activities, or to deal with student confrontations or complaints.”
- Clothing shall cover the midriff, underwear, back, and cleavage at all times.
- Skirts, dresses, and shorts must be at least mid-thigh length or longer, both front and back, when seated.
- Students shall not wear clothes that are mutilated, cut off, or immodest e.g., short shorts, mini skirts, bare midriffs, halter-tops, spaghetti straps, tank shirts, or similar clothing. Sleeves must come to the shoulder.
- Pants that are shredded, threadbare, or have holes above mid thigh are not allowed.
- Leggings are permitted as long as the front and back of the top provide modest coverage.
- Hair, which is so conspicuous, extreme, odd in color or style that it draws undue attention, disrupts, or tends to disrupt or interfere with the learning atmosphere at the school, shall not be allowed.
- Clothing or items that have anything about weapons, tobacco, alcohol, or drugs are not allowed.
- Hats are not allowed within the building except as part of an approved activity, or for religious, or medical purposes.
- Shoes shall be worn at all times to ensure personal safety and hygiene.
The dress code is not comprehensive, as styles and fashion trends change over time. Therefore, the administration reserves the right to determine what is a hazard and/or distraction. If you are not in compliance with the dress code, you will need to change into appropriate clothes before returning to class. Your parents may be contacted, and you may receive additional consequences.
Emergency Drills and Actual Emergencies
Emergency drills are required at regular intervals. Whenever the school is evacuated, whether for a drill or an actual emergency, students and teachers will follow incident command procedures.
Threats of violence or disruption, telephone bomb threats, telephone 911 calls, pushing emergency call buttons in classrooms, etc. are considered false emergencies and not allowed. These types of actions may involve school consequences and police involvement.
Fee waiver forms may be picked up in the main office, or printed from online registration materials. Whether on fee waivers or not, everyone has the opportunity to participate in class- and school-sponsored activities.
Fighting is not allowed at school. If you throw a punch, first or second, you will be suspended. You may also face police involvement. If you are in a situation that you fear will become a fight, tell an assistant principal or counselor. They are here to help you peacefully resolve the conflict so that you don’t feel like you have to fight. Injuries, damages, and medical costs associated with fighting are the responsibility of the involved students and their parents.
Food and Drink
Food and drink are not allowed in the classrooms, halls, gym, or locker rooms. Make sure you put away or discard food and drink as school begins, and as you leave the cafeteria after lunch. Gum is never allowed in the gym or computer labs.
Gang-related activity or the promotion of gang-related behavior at school, or at school-related activities, is not allowed. The administration works with the school resource officer to determine what constitutes gang activity.
Hall passes should be used minimally so that you can focus on your learning. During class time, you are permitted to use a hall pass (one student per hall pass) when you have teacher permission, when you are wearing the orange vest, and only after the first 10 minutes of each class period. In addition, you may not use hall passes the last 10 minutes of class.
If you miss three or more days of school because of illness, parents may request homework by contacting the attendance office at 801-412-1010. Please allow 24 hours between the time the request is made and the time the homework is picked up.
Illegal Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco
It is against the law for you to possess, use, share, sell, or distribute illegal drugs, alcohol, or tobacco (this includes e-cigarettes) and related paraphernalia. Consequences include parent contact, police involvement, suspension, removal from school, and a required drug offenders class. Suspension for illegal drugs and alcohol can be up to 180 days (an entire school year).
Knowledge of an Illegal Activity
If you know that some dangerous or illegal activity is going to happen or did happen, you are responsible to tell the police, administration, or Safe UT app. This includes fighting, drugs, weapons, pornography, etc. If you do not report it, you face school consequences and police involvement. If you film or attend an illegal activity -- even if you don’t participate -- you also face school consequences and police involvement. This policy applies to activities that occur during school hours, on the way to/from school, or at a district-sponsored activity (like a field trip, an evening performance, etc.).
Library Media Center (LMC)
The LMC is open for student use daily from 7:20 am to 3:20 pm. The LMC has a variety of books, reference materials, and magazines. Students may visit the LMC before and after school and during passing periods. During class periods, if a student is to visit the library, the teacher must issue the student a pass. Students are also encouraged to come in during their lunch period, but must obtain a library lunch pass from the librarian. Food and drinks are not allowed in the LMC. Books may be checked out for a period of 15 school days, and two renewals are allowed. A fine of 10¢ per school day is charged on all overdue books. You will be required to pay for lost books. See the school’s library home page for more information.
How to open your locker:
- Turn the dial to the RIGHT several times to clear the tumblers. Stop on the 1st number.
- Turn the dial to the LEFT. Go past the 2nd number once and then stop on it the second time around.
- Turn the dial to the RIGHT. Go directly to the 3 rd number and stop on it. You will feel the dial stop. Pull the dial to open.
- Use your own locker -- not somebody else’s.
- Keep your combination to yourself. Don’t run the risk of getting something stolen or damaged, or having somebody put something in there that could get you in trouble.
- Design a strategy where you have to go to your locker only a few times a day.
- Keep your locker clean and free of damage.
- Leave valuable items at home, such as large sums of money, expensive electronic devices, etc.
- Please note: Lockers (including lockers in the locker rooms) are school property and can be searched at any time, even without your knowledge.
Loss of Personal Property
MCMS is not responsible for the loss of personal items. You bring them to school at your own risk. If you choose to bring personal items to school, it is a good idea to put your name on them. If you lose an item, other than those that are discouraged at school,
- Retrace your steps.
- Check the lost and found in the attendance office.
- Fill out an incident report in the attendance office, and the administration will assist you.
Medication at School
You may have in school up to an 8-hour dosage of prescription (must be your own) or over-the-counter medication. Make sure your medication is clearly labeled with what kind of medication it is. Do not share your medication (even over-the-counter medication, such as aspirin) with anybody at school. If you have more than an 8-hour dosage on your person, or share the medication to other students, you will receive consequences (including up to a 180-day suspension).
If you need to store your prescription medication at school, get a form from the attendance office (it will require a doctor-signed note indicating dosage, method, and schedule, and a note from a parent/guardian requesting that the medication be administered during school hours). These medications will be stored in a secure location for you. You may have an asthma inhaler or epipen with you.
MCMS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, beliefs, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity in any educational program or activity.
Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA)
The PTSA contributes to student success by providing and supporting enrichment activities and school improvement projects. PTSA membership dues are $7.00 a person per year. That money is used to help fund PTSA-supported school activities, counseling programs, teacher appreciation activities, and school/teacher needs. The PTSA encourages each parent and student to be a member of the organization. Parents and grandparents are encouraged to become actively involved in volunteer programs available at MCMS.
A student memory book is compiled and provided as the PTSA fundraiser each year. Student ID pictures and school event photographs are included in the book. The cost of the memory book is $28 and includes a PTSA membership. After March, the cost will no longer include a PTSA membership. Pre-ordering is the only way to guarantee that you will receive a memory book.
Public Display of Affection (PDA)
Public displays of affection that are inappropriate for a middle school environment are not allowed.
Report Cards, Midterm Progress Reports, and Failing Notices
Report cards are given to students after each quarter, fourth quarter report cards will be mailed home.. Midterm progress reports are given to students at the middle of each quarter and taken home to parents. Failing notices are mailed home before the end of each quarter to parents of students who have any Ds or Fs. If you would like an official transcript/report card at the end of a quarter, you may request one from the student services center.
MCMS recognizes that under some circumstances a schedule change may be required, but these are rare. After the second week in the quarter, an administrator must approve all student-requested class changes.
School hours are as follows:
- Monday - Thursday: 7:50 am - 2:50 pm
- Friday: 9:50 am - 2:50 pm
Teachers will be available starting at 7:30 am (9:30 am on Fridays). Prior to that time, students must remain either in the cafeteria or library. After that time, students may enter the classroom areas. Unless you are working with a teacher, you must leave the building and be off campus by 3:00 pm. MCMS cannot provide adult supervision after these times.
If you are sick enough to leave class, you must get teacher permission and go to the attendance office. You may lie down in the sick room for up to 15 minutes, after which you will be sent back to class. If you are too ill to remain in school, your parent or guardian will be contacted. If you are sick and need to go home, you must call home from the attendance office. Only a parent or family/emergency contact listed on Skyward may check you out according to the attendance policy in this handbook.
Skateboard, Bikes, and Scooters
Once you are on school property, walk or carry your skateboard, bike, scooter, etc. Otherwise, it may be confiscated and your parent contacted.
Both you and your parents will receive a Skyward log-in ID and password in order to view current grades, missing assignments, attendance information, lunch money balance, and much more. Your ID and password will be mailed to you at the beginning of the school year. The website for Skyward is is.jordan.k12.ut.us.
In order to ensure that we can reach parents in an emergency, make sure you update any changes of address or phone numbers on Skyward or at the attendance office.
Student officers are elected each year to serve and represent the entire student body in student activity decisions. Freshman and eighth grade officers are elected in the spring (for the following school year), and seventh grade officers are elected in the fall. To be eligible for office, students must have a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA and maintain a 3.0 GPA for the entire school year. They must meet citizenship requirements, with no N’s or U’s during the quarter preceding the election or while in office. They must also show exemplary behavior at all times. Any student who does not meet these requirements may be subject to probation or removal from student government office. More information concerning elections will be available at election time.
Student Services Center
The student services center is located near the main office. The student services center can help you with educational or personal needs. Students, parents, and staff members are encouraged to seek assistance by contacting the registrar for appointments. A school psychologist is also available. Students are assigned to a school counselor according to the first letter of their last name. Our counselors are:
- Mr. Flores (last names A-G)
- Ms. Hunsaker (last names H-N)
- Mr. Parker (last names O-Z)
- Ms. Dusch (Psychologist)
A student who is suspended from school may not be penalized academically for non-attendance during days of suspension. Make-up work will be provided for suspended students upon their return to school, and must be completed within the time requirements of the individual teacher. If you are suspended, you are not allowed on any Jordan District school grounds, nor are you allowed to participate in any activities during the period of the suspension, such as field trips and evening performances.
Using school-owned technology is a privilege. Use all technology responsibly and respectfully, and only for classwork. If you damage your Chromebook (or somebody else’s), you may be responsible for the cost of repair or replacement. Any inappropriate use of technology may result in school consequences and police involvement. Each student will be responsible to sign a technology user agreement.
If you take anything that doesn’t belong to you, that is considered theft (or stealing). Stealing any school or personal property is against the law and will result in school consequences and police involvement.
Vandalism is the destruction or defacement of school or personal property. If you commit an act of vandalism, you will receive school consequences and possible police involvement.
Vulgar or Profane Language, Pictures, Videos, and Gestures
Any vulgar or profane language, pictures, videos, gestures, or associated actions are inappropriate for any school environment and are not allowed. This includes sexting and pornography, whether stored on an electronic device or in the cloud. If you do any of this, you will receive school consequences and possible police involvement.