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Behavior Guidelines

Guest Teachers and Volunteers

Students are expected to follow all reasonable instructions given by adults at Kennedy Middle School. Guest teachers, other substitute staff, and volunteers are to be treated with respect at all times.

Student Relationships

Sometimes middle school students develop very close relationships with other students. Planned social activities such as afternoon socials and activity nights provide opportunities for appropriate socializing among students. While on school grounds, students are expected to limit expressions of affection to holding hands.

Computer Use

All students will be encouraged to use technology available to them at Kennedy. Appropriate use of computer equipment is essential. Any misuse of equipment may result in a student being restricted from further access to equipment. Rules to live by:

  • Always use appropriate (approved) sites.
  • No gum, candy, or liquids when using computers.
  • Carry computers with both hands.
  • Place computers on desktop – never set portable computers on floor or on your lap.
  • Use only your identification and password when using computer.
  • Report any problems immediately.

Work Expectations

  • All school papers must be headed with the student’s name, date and class in the upper right hand corner.
  • Work must be handed in on time. Late work will not usually be accepted unless arrangements are made with the teacher.
  • Students are responsible for contacting the teacher for work missed whenever he/she is absent from class.

Gang Activity

The presence of members of gangs and gang activities on campus or at off-campus, school-sponsored activities is likely to cause a substantial disruption or material interference with school and school activities. A “gang” is defined as a group that identifies itself through the use of a name, unique appearance, or language, including hand signs, the claiming of geographical territory, or the espousing of a distinctive belief system that frequently results in criminal activity. (ORS 336.109 (2))

The following activities are prohibited at school or at school-related activities:

1. No student shall wear or display clothing or other objects that are commonly considered evidence of membership or affiliation with any gang if it disrupts or is likely to cause a substantial disruption or material interference with school and school activities.

2. No student shall commit any act, or use any speech, verbal or nonverbal, showing membership in, or affiliation with, a gang if it disrupts or is likely to cause a substantial disruption or material interference with school and school activities.

3. No student shall commit any act that furthers gangs or gang activity including, but not limited to, wearing garb or displaying symbols directly associated with affiliation of a known local gang, soliciting others for membership in any gangs or inciting other students to act with physical violence upon any other person. Such acts are presumed to undermine the school’s basic mission, and will create an immediate danger to the orderly operation of the school.

Rules for Specific Locations

1. In all areas, appropriate voice and language are expected and appreciated.

2. Be safe – walk, don’t run.

3. Respect others.


  • Keep restrooms clean
  • Use during breaks if possible
  • Wash your hands!


  • Sit while eating or visiting
  • Wait to be dismissed
  • Clean up and recycle
  • Walk around the tables- never over!
  • Must stay out once you leave
  • Food stays in cafeteria unless given permission
  • No glass containers


  • Sit or walk
  • Keep area clean
  • Use sidewalks and stairs
  • Don’t cut through the railings!
  • Hillsides are off limits
  • Stay off planted areas
  • Leave cones and sticks on the ground!
  • Enjoy the benches, but stay off the rocks

Field Area

  • Stay safe – no rough play!
  • Stay within the boundaries
  • Use equipment properly
  • Return checked out equipment
  • All hillsides are off limits


  • Walk to and from the site as a group
  • Sit together in your assigned spot
  • Applaud to show appreciation
  • Wait until directions have been given for dismissal

Locker Bay/Breezeway

  • Walk at all times
  • Keep the buildings clean
  • Be on time to class
  • Stay off lockers
  • Keep your area clean
  • No food or drink in locker bay
  • No glass containers at school
  • Use only locker assigned to you


Students are expected to follow Kennedy’s Behavior Guidelines at all times. This includes the time while at school, at school-sponsored events such as field trips and athletic events, and while coming to school and returning home.

Students who fail to follow these guidelines will be in violation of the School District 4J student conduct rules found in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. Consequences will result from violations of these expectations. These range from a conference in order to re-teach expectations, to suspension or expulsion. Consequences will be progressively more serious if the student continues to violate the rules.

The following behaviors are prohibited (partial list):

  • Substantial disruption
  • Willful disobedience
  • Truancy
  • Excessive unexcused tardies
  • Theft
  • Property damage
  • Profane/obscene language or inappropriate gestures
  • Use of physical violence or aggression
  • Possession of a weapon
  • Any form of harassment
  • Possession and/or use of fireworks, matches or lighters
  • Threat
  • Bullying/Teasing/Taunting
  • Spreading rumors
  • Failure to follow rule(s)
  • Failure to follow directions
  • Disrespect
  • Disrespect towards a Guest Teacher
  • Cheating/Forgery/Lying
  • Possession of tobacco, drugs or alcohol
  • Misbehavior during an Emergency Drill
  • Noncompliance
  • Unsafe behavior

See 4J Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook for information about suspension and expulsion guidelines. Copies of the student handbook are also available in the office.