Our Mission

The mission of Kathleen Middle School a community of diverse learners is to ensure rigorous and relevant learning experiences that result in  high achievement for our students.

Vision

As Kathleen Middle School extends its mission into the 21st century, the use of research-based instructional strategies will prepare its students for high school and various types of post secondary education as well as for military and vocational and technical careers.  With focus on the Sunshine State Standards and Core Curriculum, mastery learning, the SCANS Competencies, interdisciplinary curriculum, and career information, Kathleen Middle School’s students will be equipped to meet academic and personal challenges at all levels.

Home of the TigersAn encouraging, healthy, safe and orderly environment and a clearly defined curriculum will foster personal and academic growth.  Technology will be used as an instructional strategy to support the learning process.  Students will gain knowledge through real-world applications that promote higher order thinking skills.  Continuous student assessment will be varied and relevant to the learning process.

With Title One assistance, the staff at Kathleen Middle School will promote a strong parent-school relationship.  Parent and community involvement will be fostered through various partnerships and commitment to developing open lines of communication and a school-parent compact that will lead to in creased student performance.

 

Code of Conduct and Other School Policy

School Sponsored Events

In an effort to reduce the circulation of counterfeit U.S. monies, the school district will no longer accept any $50 or $100 bills at any school-sponsored events. We apologize for any inconvenience, but ask that you support this initiative. Please plan accordingly when you attend our events. Thank you.

Kathleen Middle School Dress Code 2020-2021

  • Attire that disrupts the educational process, threatens the learning environment, endangers the health and safety of students or any others will not be tolerated.

 General Appearance

  • Masks must be worn correctly at all times – no bandanas or offensive/inappropriate messages or designs.
  • ID’s must be worn around neck at all times.
  • NO BACKPACKS (large or small) OR LARGE PURSES for security purposes.
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    Students must wear a KMS school t-shirt. NO POLO/BUTTON SHIRTS. SHIRTS MUST BE TUCKED IN.

    • 6th grade will be required to wear the NAVY BLUE KMS T-shirt.
    • 7th grade will be required to wear the BLACK KMS T-shirt.
    • 8th grade will be required to wear the RED KMS T-shirt.
  • Undershirts MUST be in school colors (navy blue, red or black) and worn under school approved T-shirt.
  • Facial piercings must be a stud, no hoops.
  • No leggings, yoga pants, jeggings, sweat pants, or athletic shorts. They may wear pants, skirts, skorts or shorts made of denim or twill.
  • No sweat pants or athletic shorts will be allowed outside PE.
  • Shorts must be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.
  • Pants/shorts must be worn around the waist with a belt (shoelaces are unacceptable belts).
  • Pants must not have any holes, frays or writing on them.
  • Pants/shorts must be worn around the waist with a belt (shoelaces are unacceptable belts).
  • Hats are not to be worn or brought onto campus.
  • Blankets are not allowed.
  • Shoes: only closed toe shoes allowed (no Crocs, sandals, or open toe shoes)
  • No bedroom slippers or pajamas will be allowed.
  • Jackets: button up or zip front are permissible.
  • Hooded Sweatshirts: must be: SOLID red, black, white, grey, or navy blue. 

     

Students in violation of the dress code will not be allowed to attend classes or participate in after school activities until they meet the policies set forth by the KMS SAC committee.

Attendance

Students returning from an absence MUST bring in a note signed by the parent or guardian. The note needs to include the dates of the absence and the reason why the absence occurred. This note MUST be in the office within five (5) days of the absence for the absence to be excused. Students are responsible for requesting and making up missed work. Appropriate reasons for excused absences are: personal illness, death in the family, or doctor’s appointments. Students missing more than three (3) consecutive days are required to have a note from a doctor. Sick, Death in family, Dr Appt.

Immunizations

Florida law requires all 7th grade students to show proof of the following immunizations before they may attend 7th grade classes: a second MMR, a tetanus-diphtheria booster, and the hepatitis B series (3 doses). Proof of the above listed immunizations must be provided to the school on a blue immunization card, provided by a physician or the health department.

Nondiscrimination Policy

The School Board of Polk County, FL prohibits any and all forms of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, age, gender, marital status, disability, genetic information, or other basis prohibited by law in any of its programs, services, activities or employment practices. The Board is committed to taking immediate action to eliminate harassment, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects. Students, parents, and district staff are encouraged to work together to prevent harassment. Any student who believes that he or she has been subjected to harassment on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, age, gender, marital status, disability, genetic information, or other basis prohibited by law is encouraged to report the harassment to the district. Students or employees found to have engaged in acts of such harassment will be promptly disciplined including, if circumstances warrant, suspension or expulsion for students, or suspension or termination for employees.

The Board will provide equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other identified Title 36 patriotic youth groups as required within 34 C.F.R. 108.9.

To file concerns, you may contact the Equity & Compliance Analyst in Human Resource Services at 863-534-0513 or P.O. Box 391 Bartow, FL 33831.

The School Board of Polk County, Florida, Policies 1122, 2260, 3122 and 4122, Florida Educational Equity Act, Section 1000.05, F.S., Rule 6A‐19.000 through 6A‐19.010, FAC, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 as amended, Vocational Guidelines, Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Title IX and Boy Scouts of America Equal Access Act 34 C.F.R. 108.9.

NOTICE TO BUILDING OCCUPANTS AND PARENTS

NOTIFICATION OF INSPECTION FOR ASBESTOS CONTAINING MATERIALS IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a final rule, 40 CFR Part 763, Asbestos Containing Material in schools, commonly referred to as AHERA. This rule requires all Local Education Agencies (LEA’s) to identify asbestos containing materials (ACM) in their school buildings and to take appropriate actions to control release of asbestos fibers.

All inspections for Kathleen Middle have been completed and a Management Plan describing the results of the inspection and the action plan to control any asbestos found during the inspection, where applicable, has been submitted to the Governor for approval. A copy of this plan is located in the administrative office of this school and at the District School Board of Polk County Environmental and Safety Department and is available for review upon request.