Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions


Q-1 What time does school usually start and end?

    School begins at 7:45am and ends at 2:35pm. On early release days, school begins at 7:45am and ends at 12:15pm.  See the early

 release dates for mor information.


Q-2 How many classes are there each day?

  Every student has 7 classes at Winslow Junior High.


Q-3 How much time does my student have between classes?

Each student has three minutes between classes.  This allows students to use the restroom, get a drink, and get to class.  If there is an emergency the teachers are very understanding and will allow your child to use the restroom during class time as long as this privilege is not abused.


Q-4 What is Foundations?

All of Winslow Junior High School students go through the Foundation rotation, usually in their seventh grade year.  These classes rotate every nine weeks.  The classes are: Industrial Arts, Life Skills, Computers, and Art.


Q-5 What elective classes are offered?

  The following elective classes are offered: P.E., Band, Orchestra, and Choir.


Q-6   Does the Junior High offer breakfast?

Breakfast is served at 7:15 every morning and is currently free for all students. We encourage all our students to eat breakfast.


Q-7 What is the lunch schedule?

At Winslow Junior High School we have a split lunch, divided by a silent reading time.  Students have approximately 24 minutes to eat each day.


Q-8 What does lunch cost as WJHS?

Lunch is currently free for all students, if students desire a second lunch it will be $2.50. Students are able to purchase extra items such as water, juice, fruit roll-ups, cereal bars, crackers, etc., for an additional cost (separate from the school lunch).


Q-9 Is there a health center?

We have a nurse’s assistant on duty at Winslow Junior High School from 7:45-2:35pm daily.


Q-10 Where do students store their things?

At Winslow Junior High School, we do have lockers, however most students do not use them and simply carry a backpack. Lockers are available by request only.


Q-11 How do we know how our student is doing in his/her classes?

  There are several ways to know how your student is doing in his/her classes:

1. Log on to POWERSCHOOL frequently to check grades, assignments and attendance

2. Your student should be filling out their handbook daily and this will let you know if they have homework or a test.

3. You will be notified by mail if your student is in UTURN, which tells you that homework is not being turned in.

4. If your student is receiving a “D” of “F” at the middle of the nine weeks, you will receive a notice in the mail.

5. Report cards come out every nine weeks and will be sent home with your student.

6. If your student has an I.E.P., a progress report will be sent home with your student’s report card to report to you how much progress has been made toward their I.E.P. goals.

7. You are more than welcome to call or visit to find out how your student is doing at anytime.


Q-12 How can I find out about daily assignments?

Our staff posts daily assignments on the WJHS website. Select Assignment Calendar found on the left side of our website, then select the appropriate day. You will be able to select the assignment needed, then view it and print it if necessary. Your student should also be filling his/her handbook daily.


Q-13 How much homework should I expect my student to do on a daily basis?

It varies. Most teachers rarely assign pure homework. Most assignments are meant to be done in class. Slower workers or students who are not using their time wisely may end up finishing assignments at home. If your student has a strong work ethic in class, homework should be limited. WJHS does ask that every student read at least 30 minutes a night. All reading, both in class and at home, need to be logged in the back of the handbook.


Q-14 What types of sports are available for my student to participate in?  What is the cost and necessary paperwork needed?













In order to participate, every student needs:

· A current sports physical

· Proof of health insurance

· The $25.00 fee paid for each sport played



Q-15 Do students have to be eligible to participate in sports? How does eligibility work?

Students must not be failing any of their classes in order to participate in sports.

Any student who has been declared pending ineligible will become ineligible if they are earning an “F” in the same subject the subsequent week.  Once declared ineligible, that status lasts from Monday through Saturday and cannot be upgraded mid-week.  Any student who is academically ineligible three times in any sport’s season will be immediately dismissed from the team.  A student may be pending ineligible for several weeks in a row and not be declared ineligible as long as the grade in question remains a “D” or higher.


Q-16 What is “Assigned After School Study Hall”?

Assigned After School Study Hall” is considered detention.  This takes place after school from 2:35-3:35 P.M.  If your student receives a discipline slip for violating a school rule or policy, they may be assigned to After School Study Hall.  The assignment will be for the next school day to allow the student to notify the parent(s) that they have “After School Study Hall”.  A copy of the discipline slip will be mailed home.  Teachers or the administration can assign After School Study Hall.  Other types of discipline will be rendered by the administration.


Q-17 What is “TLC”?

“TLC” stands for The Learning Center. This is where students can go to receive extra academic help during the school day. Students can request a TLC pass from their 4th period teacher. This pass allows students to go to the front of the lunch line, get the lunch of their choice, and go to the TLC room for help in any subject. The TLC room is for all students who wish to improve their grades. Unlike U-Turn, TLC is a privilege, not a consequence. Students must want to attend.


Q-18 How many dances are there in a school year?

There are approximately four school sponsored dances throughout the school year.  The dances are from 6:00-8:30 P.M. in the school multi-purpose room.  Students earn the right to attend the dances by being placed on the Dance Eligibility List.  All students are eligible unless they have excessive disciplinary referrals.


Q-19 What will my student need to bring on the first day of school?

Your student(s) will need to bring the following supplies for the first day of school:

·   Paper

·   Pencil/pen

·   Notebook or three ring binder (organizational tool)

·   Backpack (if so desired)

·   A desire to DREAM along with a willingness to work


Q-21 What should we do if we feel our student is being bullied?

WJHS prohibits acts of harassment, intimidation and bullying. A safe and civil environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. Harassment, intimidation or bullying, like other disruptive or violent behaviors, is conduct that disrupts both a student’s ability to learn and a school’s ability to educate its students in a safe environment; and since students learn by example, school administrators, faculty, staff and volunteers should be commended for demonstrating appropriate behavior, treating others with civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment, intimidation or bullying.


Open communication and honesty is the key to stopping bullies. Please encourage your student to let an adult, preferably the school administrators, know about any bullying-type behaviors as soon as possible. WJHS prefers to be proactive and to try to prevent problems from happening.


Please encourage your student to report any conflicts and not allow bullies to intimidate others. The staff at WJHS needs to know about these incidents. At this time, most of the campus is video-taped by cameras. These cameras allow the administration to playback any incidences that may occur. If we are to stop bullying completely at WJHS, it will take all of us working together as a team.


Q-22 If I have questions whom do I call?  

If you have questions or concerns please feel free to call the Winslow Junior High office at (928) 288-8300.