What happens if my son is absent?

If your son will be absent, please call the Middle School Office (256-6175) prior to 9:00 a.m. on each day of the absence.  When your son returns to school, he needs to bring a written note, signed by a parent or guardian, stating the reason for the absence as well as the dates of the absence.  The excuse note needs to be taken to the Middle School Office; your son will receive an 'Admit to Class' slip for admittance to homeroom.

What about planned absences?

Any planned absences or partial absences (doctor’s appointments, travel plans, etc.) require written notice to the Middle School Office.  In the case of family travel (including non-school sports teams), this is considered an unexcused absence, and we require written notice five days prior to the anticipated absence dates.  Your son is responsible for any assignments, tests, or quizzes that may be missed.  For an unexcused absence, teachers are not obligated to provide make-up-work.

What happens if my son is late to school?

If a student is late in the morning, he needs to present a note to the Middle School Office before he can be admitted to class, except if he is a riding the school bus.  For all other instances of tardiness (e.g. between classes) students are to report to the Middle School Office for a pass.  Students who are late more than three times in a given marking period, may receive JUG (unless the tardiness is excused).  Students late to class after recess, lunch, or Flex may be given JUG.

Where can I drop-off/pick-up my son?

All Middle School students should use the Fr. James Fischer, S.J. Hall entrance which is on the south side of the school.  This entrance is called the Middle School or Auditorium entrance.

Is there supervision after school?

There is no direct adult supervision of students who may remain on campus after hours and are not in extracurricular activities.

Early Dismissal 'ED Days'

Typically, every Wednesday is an ED Day.  Dismissal is at 2:05 p.m. on ED Days.

JUG (Detention)

The term JUG is derived from Latin, jugum, meaning yoke or burden. (Many students also refer to JUG as “Justice Under God.”) In the Middle School, if a student receives JUG, he can only serve it after school.  He would report to the Middle School Office directly following his last class and serve JUG for 40 minutes.  A student can postpone JUG one day in order to make transportation arrangements.  Any further postponements result in an additional day of JUG.

What is the dress code?

Student must wear a dress shirt, tie, dress pants, belt, socks, dress shoes, and a sport coat.

Messages

If you need to get an important message to your son, please call the Middle School Office at 256-6175.  Mrs. Wagner or Mrs. Thomas will tape the message to your son’s locker. Only emergency messages will be personally delivered to the boys during class.

Homework during Absence(s)

When a student is absent, he should check his Schoology account or call a classmate for assignments.  

Blue Sheets/Mandatory Study Hall

Each time a homework assignment is missing or incomplete on its due date, a student receives an accountability sheet or “blue sheet.”  After the third blue sheet in a particular subject, we inform parents.  (In Computers and Fine Arts, the accountability sheets are sent home after two missed assignments, since these classes are half credit.)  If a student’s progress declines substantially (as determined by the Dean of the Middle School or the faculty), or if a student compiles a third set of blue sheets (a fourth set of blue sheets, in other words) in a single marking period, he will be assigned to Mandatory Study Hall (MSH) during Flex.  The student will be placed in MSH for a minimum of two weeks, and he will sign a contract that stipulates the guidelines of MSH and underscores the student’s commitment to reverse the trend. Middle School homeroom teachers will oversee MSH.

Use of Electronic Devices

Cellular phones or similar devices are not to be used during class time or between classes during normal school hours (8:00 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.).  Because of the possibility of cell phone misuse, cell phones are to be turned off and concealed while students are in class or in the hallways changing classes.  Students may check voice mail and make calls only during their lunch hour in the cafeteria or after dismissal.  Students breaching this expectation are subject to JUG and will have their cell phones confiscated, held by the Dean and returned at his discretion.  McQuaid Jesuit makes a distinction between an accidental breech of the cell phone policy (e.g., failing to turn a phone off and having it ring in class) and active, willful misuse such as text messaging and taking pictures or videos when phones should be off and concealed.  The latter type of misuse is a cause for serious concern as it could be a source of academic dishonesty, defamation of a student or faculty member, or a major distraction from persons outside the school. Accordingly, the Dean reserves the right to confiscate a cell phone for the remainder of the year and/or ban a student from use during the school day in such cases.

MP3 players and CD players are ubiquitous in society. Such devices may be used in school only before 8:00 am or after 2:40 pm with the following exceptions: in art classes, when a classroom teacher permits student use of the wireless network, computer labs or the Academic Center with the permission of the supervising adult. They may not be used during the school day in the hallways, in class or during Flex. Audio should not be heard by others. A student’s electronic device should be permanently labeled with his name to avoid confusion. Many classes at McQuaid Jesuit require the use of a scientific or graphing calculator. Any calculator used for class should be the one specifically recommended for that class. Any device that can be used as a calculator but also transmits information to others via wireless connection (e.g., cell phone, Blackberry, iPhone) is unacceptable. Accordingly, students may not keep their cell phones or other such devices on to use as a calculator, and they are not to use the communication device to keep time in place of a watch. Though electronic gaming devices are ubiquitous in society as well, it is not appropriate to bring them to McQuaid Jesuit. We prefer that students spend their time at school engaged in academic pursuits or build community through healthy socializing rather than devote this time to electronic games.