Student Handbook


Hillside Junior High School



At Hillside Jr. High school you will receive a quality education at a school with proud traditions, high expectations, and programs that will support you as you reach your goals.  As a staff we dedicate ourselves to meeting your educational, social, and emotional needs.  We understand the developmental and social pressures placed upon you and are here to guide you on your path to a lifetime of success.  What we ask in return is your enthusiasm, and that you honor yourselves, your peers, your teachers and your school.

One way to ensure success in school is to set a goal of completing daily classroom and homework assignments.  This planner serves as a means for you to organize and record assignments, and then check them off when you have finished.  As your planner is also your hall pass, it is important you have it with you each day.  If a planner is lost, a new one can be purchased for $5.00.

Please remember your teachers, counselors, administrators and support staff is here to help you.  We look forward to supporting you in a year of fun, and academic personal success and growth.


Hillside Jr. High administration and staff


To be a high performing junior high school where students and staff are committed to academic achievement and character development. At Hillside, students from every corner of the world are treated with dignity and respect, and we actively promote an inclusive, safe environment where we can live, work, play, and celebrate learning.

Guiding Principles We Honor

We celebrate students who demonstrate and inspire others to practice the guiding principles of:

·         Courage – to be brave in everything we do

·         Honesty – to be true to yourself and others in life, and in academics

·         Respect – to give someone the leadership they have earned

·         Responsibility – to be accountable for yourself

Administration and Office Staff

Principal:  Nate Dennis                                

Assistant Principal:  Matt Krumm

Counselors:  Matt Rutte (A-L)

                 Paula Watkins (M-Z)

Resource Officer:  Det. Griffin

Counselors’ Secretary: Laurie Sargent

Nurse: Laura Baldwin

Librarian:  Gregory Taylor                      

Hillside Jr. High
will open the doors at 7:00am.  Students will remain in the lunchroom or in the gym until 7:40 a.m. when students will be admitted to their classrooms.  Students who need to study in the media center, or who have appointments with teachers or staff members, must arrange for a pass in advance. All students should be at Hillside by 7:45 a.m. to begin at 7:50 a.m. School is dismissed at 2:30 p.m.  Supervision is not provided after 2:50 p.m.  Only students involved in after school activities or tutoring will be allowed to be on campus after 2:50 pm.


Rules are necessary for the safety and welfare of all individuals at a school. We stress that each student is to be SAFE, RESPECTFUL, and RESPONSIBLE.  Violations of the following policies may result in a parent call, in-house detention, after school detention, restriction from activities, and/or possible suspension.

School Climate

At Hillside, we strive to maintain positive relationships.  Students and adults work to motivate and to inspire each other.  Put-downs, forms of harassment, bullying, and other negative behaviors are not tolerated.

   Fighting, hitting, pushing, kicking, tripping, spitting, and horseplay are NOT allowed.

2.    Students are courteous to and respect the rights and property of others.

3.    Students walk, not run, in the corridors, on pathways, and in the lunch area.

4.    Students throw trash in the cans provided, and everyone participates in helping to maintain a clean and safe campus.

5.    Profanity/vulgarity in writing, speech, or action is not tolerated.

6.    Students behave respectfully to all adults on campus, including substitute teachers.

Classroom Behavior

   Be in class prior to the bell, with homework, planner, and all necessary items.

2.    Follow teacher’s instructions, remain on task, use class time wisely, and give your best effort.

School Bus

Riding a district school bus is a privilege.  For the safety of all, students being transported by bus are under the authority of the bus driver and may be denied transportation privileges for disobeying the rules. Students may also face consequences at school for inappropriate bus behavior.


Attendance 854-5124

Children are required by State law and Board of Education Policy to be in attendance at school every day that school is in session, except in cases of illness, death in the immediate family, or excused religious holidays.  It is the responsibility of the students and their parents to assure that non-essential absences are avoided.

Excusing Absences

Research has shown that attendance may be the biggest factor influencing academic success. When a student, in grades 7 through 12, exceeds nine (9) absences in any class during a semester, excluding approved activity absences, credit may be denied for that particular class. Parents/guardians will be notified in writing of the 5th, 8th, and 10th absences from class during a semester. The notice of the 10th absence will inform the parent/guardian of the loss of credit, and include the appeal rights to challenge the loss of credit, as stated in Board Policy 3121.

it becomes necessary for a student to miss school, PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE for excusing their student’s absences.  This may be done by calling the attendance line at 854-5124 and speaking with one of the secretaries, or leaving a message. An answering machine is available for you to leave messages after hours and weekends.  Any unexcused tardy or absence becomes truancy after 48 hours.


Students who are on time for school are more inclined to take school commitments seriously. They respect others’ time and needs.  As a result, they do better in school.

Students are tardy if they are not in their assigned classroom when the bell rings. Tardies that are caused by a late District or city bus will not be counted on the student’s record.

Students who are more than twenty (20)
minutes late, are considered absent instead of tardy.  Parents will be notified of the fourth, fifth, and sixth tardies during each semester. The notice of the sixth tardy will inform the parents that their child is required to attend Friday School. A 7th tardy may result in loss of credit for the course.

Permits to Leave

If a student must leave school during the day for an appointment, a request from the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) must be submitted to the attendance secretary or the Assistant Principal. A Permit to Leave will then be issued. Students should have the PTL signed by their doctor, dentist, or other appropriate person and give it to the attendance secretary upon returning to school.

Call slips

If a student needs to see a counselor, the nurse, an administrator, or any other school personnel, the student must fill out a call slip in the Counseling Corner. Students should not go anywhere during class time without a signed and timed hall pass or call slip from a teacher or other school personnel.

Make-up Work and Missing Assignments

Students will be allowed two (2) days for each day of an excused absence or temporary suspension to make up new material—not to exceed six (6) days from the date of the absence.

·         The student is responsible to make arrangements for make-up work, assignments, and tests upon his or her return to class.

·         It is the responsibility of the student to complete all class work within the allotted time.

·         It is the responsibility of the student to check with the teacher about any new assignments and/or tests that may have been announced during an absence from class.

A student that misses class for any school activity during a school day must.

1.    Turn in assigned class work, and take any assigned tests, prior to participating and leaving school unless specific arrangements have been made with the teacher.


Student Grooming/Dress Policy

There is a close relationship between high standards of dignity and pride, and proper grooming, which all contribute to an appropriate learning environment.  Student dress and grooming is primarily the responsibility of students and their parents; however, the schools responsibility is to maintain a proper atmosphere for learning at school. Personal appearance is an important factor in developing and maintaining such an atmosphere.

Students are expected to dress for school in a manner which supports the learning process and follows these guidelines:

    Appropriate shoes must be worn at all times.

2.    Clothing, jewelry, and personal items (hats, backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles, etc.) shall be free of writing, pictures or any insignia which are crude, vulgar, profane or sexually suggestive, which bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions, and likeness, or which advocate violence, racial, ethnic or gender bias, or religious prejudice.

3.    Students are allowed to wear sun protective hats while outdoors only.  Hoods may not be worn on campus while indoors at any time.

4.    Head coverings, except for religious purposes, for both males and females, are not permitted.

5.    Shorts and skirts cannot be any shorter than 5 inches above the knee.  Mini-skirts, cutoffs, or short-shorts may not be worn.

6.    Spaghetti straps, halter tops, and tube tops are not permitted.  Straps of shirts must cover all undergarments completely.

7.    Tops must extend to the waist and meet the waistband of pants, skirts, or shorts.

8.    Clothing, accessories, or jewelry that could cause damage to any student or school property is not to be worn (spiked bracelets or necklaces, rings, belts, wallet chains, etc.)

9.    Sunglasses may not be worn within the school building unless prescribed by a doctor.

10.  Any kind or color of bandana is not allowed.

The above dress code shall serve as a minimum code. The Principal may institute school rules and regulations deemed necessary and/or appropriate.

Students not dressing appropriately for school may be asked to wear another shirt, a jacket, long PE shorts, or contact a parent/guardian to obtain suitable attire.


Cheating of any kind is dishonest and prohibited.  Examples of cheating include copying another student’s work, allowing one's own work to be copied by another student, using secret notes during an exam, and plagiarism of any kind.  The consequences for cheating could include complete loss of credit on the assignment, loss of credit in the class, a Citation, or a Major Disciplinary Violation, at the discretion of the teacher(s) and/or administrator.

Discrimination and Sexual Harassment

Anyone who believes he/she has been sexually harassed or is the recipient of discrimination should immediately report the incident to a school official. For more information regarding this see District Policies and Procedures 3232.

Bullying and Cyber Bullying

Bullying is harassment and will be treated according to the district guidelines for harassment (Board Policy 3231). Bullying is prohibited on school grounds, at school-sponsored or school-related activities, at school bus stops, on school buses, or through the use of technology or an electronic device.

Notice to students and parents:  Our school, both inside and outside, is monitored by a 24-hour imaging system.

Closed campus policy

Students must stay on the school grounds from the time they arrive until dismissed or until picked up by the bus. Students must bring written parental request to the office to leave the campus for any reason. The ditch bank and roads surrounding Hillside are not part of the school's campus. Any requests to leave the school must be accompanied by a Permit to leave slip.

Bicycles and motor vehicles

Students are not to ride their bicycles after they arrive in the morning until they leave at the end of the day. Bicycles should be locked to the bike racks. Automobiles are discouraged. A student needing to drive a car to school must have written permission from the Assistant Principal as well as a parent or guardian.  Additional information is available from the Assistant Principal.

Hot lunch and lunch cards

The hot lunch program will begin the first full day of school. Prices will be posted in the cafeteria. To purchase or add money to a lunch card, students should see the kitchen staff either before school or after all students have been served lunch. Replacement cards cost $5.00.


The school furnishes books to all students with the hope that this major investment will be properly safeguarded. Reasonable damage is expected as a result of daily use; damage to textbooks, including the barcodes, will result in fines. Lost textbooks must be paid for and replaced immediately. The fines for these must be paid to the office at the time of damage or loss.


Each student is assigned a locker for the storage of books, supplies, and equipment. (Note: all drugs — even non-prescription ones such as pain reliever or allergy relief — are to be stored with the nurse, NOT in lockers.) It is the student's responsibility to see that the locker is kept locked and in order at all times. Students are strongly discouraged from bringing valuables to school or storing them in lockers, and do so at their own risk.

Students will be assigned a locker by the Assistant Principal's office, and no locker changes are to be made without the Assistant Principal's approval. Students are not to share lockers with other students or tell their combinations to anyone. Jamming, vandalizing, kicking, or otherwise damaging lockers will not be tolerated and may be cause for a Citation.

Public displays of affection

In an effort to preserve the wholesome atmosphere of Hillside, and because the school is a workplace, students are expected to avoid public displays of affection. Students will not kiss, walk hand-in-hand or arm-in-arm while on campus.

Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

Hillside Jr. High follows the district guidelines regarding drugs, alcohol and tobacco. A student is in violation of District policy if he/she is involved with drug paraphernalia, controlled substances, or drugs, on any school premises or at any school sponsored activity.  If school officials suspect a student is involved, he/she may be searched. For more information about this see District Policies and Procedures (3233).

In the interest of maintaining a safe, healthy, drug-free environment, the administration at Hillside Junior High School reserves the right to utilize police dogs to search the premises.

Medication at School

All medication taken at school must be dispensed out of the School Nurse office.  Authorization forms are required for any daily medication. All medication must arrive in school in the original bottle with current directions for administration.  Inhalers for students with asthma may be carried by the student only when a completed authorization form is on file.  A small supply of acetaminophen and ibuprofen is kept in the nurse’s office.  This will only be dispensed with permission over the phone on a one-time basis.  Any further doses require written authorization and the student will be asked to supply his own medication for more frequent needs.

Personal Electronic Devices

All personal electronic devices (including headphones) must be put away and turned off during school hours unless authorized by the classroom teacher.  They may not be used during school hours in the library at any time. Violation of this policy may result in disciplinary procedures, including suspension:

   First Offense: Cell phone/electronic device is taken by the staff member and must be picked up by the student at the end of the day.

2.    Second Offense: Cell phone/electronic device is taken by the staff member and must be picked up by a parent/guardian.

3.    Third Offense: Cell phone/electronic device is taken by the staff member. A parent/guardian conference will be scheduled to address the situation. School consequences will be assigned to the student.

**Please note: Making phone calls, texting, gaming, and taking pictures is not permissible during class time. Under no circumstance, inside or outside of school, should cell phones be used to photograph other students or used in a way that constitutes cyber-bullying behavior. Students are discouraged from bring their phones or electronic devices to school and do so at their own risk.  

Activity /ID cards

Each student will receive an ID card, which also serves as an activity card, if an activity sticker is purchased during preregistration days. The student will receive discounts to dances, high school sporting events, and other activities with their activity sticker.  This card also serves as lunch card and library card.  Replacement cards: $5.00.

Four dances are held each year. All Hillside students in good standing* are welcome to attend. No students from other schools are permitted. The dances are held on Fridays, times TBA. Students must be picked up 15 minutes after the dance end or they will not be allowed to attend the next dance.

Tickets for the dances are sold in advance. Students with activity cards may purchase tickets for $3.00. Students without activity cards must pay $5.00. Tickets are sold Thursday and Friday the week of the dance, before and after school and at lunch.

The dress code for dances is school appropriate clothing. Students wearing clothing items not allowed at school may be asked to leave.  Students who break school rules during a dance may have their parents contacted and may be removed from the dance.


In an effort to minimize instructional interruptions and provide a safe school environment, visitors should always enter the building from the main entrance of the school.  Additional procedures are as follows:

1.    Items requiring delivery to a student must be left in the Main Office for student pick up at a time convenient to the student and class schedule.

2.    You must wear a visitor’s badge at all times while on school property.

3.    Please return promptly to the Main Office at the end of your visit and sign out.


Classroom Accommodation

At this level, students and teachers work one-on-one to solve potential problems in the classroom by trying different strategies. These strategies might include changing seats, informal conversations during or after class, a quick conference during class time or break. A teacher might also call home to ask for support, or assign Time-In (lunchtime study sessions).

Referral to Main Office

If the student does not respond to the interventions attempted by the classroom teacher the teacher may refer the student to the main office.  This could include a visit with the counselor or administration.


Teachers or administrators may assign detention for students who do not follow classroom or school rules.  Students may be assigned detention for tardiness as well.  Teachers may also keep students after school for other reasons, such as to complete assignments or make up missed tests. Failure to serve detention will result in escalated consequences.


Students who commit a serious offense may be suspended from school by the principal or the assistant principal.  Parent will be notified and the following conditions will apply:

1.    The student is not to be on the school grounds at any time during the suspension.

2.    The student shall not attend or participate in any school activities.

Major Disciplinary Violations Board Policy 3000. Students

For more information about MDVs, Suspensions and Expulsions, see the District Policies and Procedures.


Counseling Office

Our school counselors are available in the counseling office to assist students. Information and advice regarding programs, graduation, and courses of study may be obtained from the counselor.  The counseling office is open all day, and students are welcome to make appointments for any reason.  Passes to visit the counselor during class time are available from the counselor or students’ teachers.

Schedule changes are a counseling office matter and must be initiated by a parent or staff member.  A change will be made only when there is no alternate solution, and all parties to the move have been consulted.

Lost and Found

Students must assume sole responsibility for loss or damage to property belonging to them.  The school is not responsible for them.  Found articles should be turned in to the main office.  

Health Services

Hillside’s nurse, Mrs. Harvey, is available for administering basic first aid, maintaining health records, and assisting students as needed.

When an illness or injury occurs at school, students should request a pass to the health office from a teacher.  The nurse may administer basic first aid.  If the student needs further treatment or care, and requires transportation home or to a doctor, contact with the parent or other designated person will be made.

Students must always check IN and OUT of school with office personnel when leaving for an appointment or for illness.  Resting in the nurse’s office is not permitted except in an emergency.

Parent Conferences

Conferences are encouraged and welcomed by the faculty.  Parents may arrange conferences with teachers, counselors, or the principal/assistant principal at any time by calling the school. Conferences may be scheduled at a mutually agreeable time.

School Volunteers

Parents who are interested in becoming school volunteers should call the school and ask for the assistant principal, or leave your name and telephone number for the PTO to contact you concerning your area of interest.  Parental involvement is always welcomed and appreciated.


Boise School District

Student Calendar

2016-17 School Year

Approved by Board of Trustees on 11/09/15

Revised 3/30/16 (updates in italics)

(Subject to change for updates)

August 24

First Day of School - Early Release K-12

September 5

Labor Day - No School K-12

October 6 - 7

State In-service Days - No School K-12

October 28

End of First Quarter - Elementary K-6 No School

November 2

No Kindergarten classes - Parent Conferences

November 3

No K-6 Elementary classes - Parent Conferences

- Elementary Evening conferences will be held Wednesday, Nov. 2 and Thursday, Nov. 3.

- Secondary Evening conferences will be held during the week of Oct. 31 - Nov. 3

November 4

No School K-12

November 21 - 25

Thanksgiving Holiday Break - No School K-12

December 21

Early Release K-12

December 22 - January 3

Winter Holiday Break - No School K-12

January 4

School Resumes

January 16

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No School K-12

January 18, 19, 20

Secondary End of Semester Testing - Early Release *7-12

January 20

End of First Semester - Early Release K-6

February 17

District In-service Day - No School K-12

February 20

Presidents' Day - No School K-12

March 9

Kindergarten Registration 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

March 24

End of Third Quarter - Early Release K-6

March 27 - 31

Spring Break - No School K-12

May 19

Last Day of School for Seniors

May 26

Early Release K-6

May 29

Memorial Day - No School K-12

May 31 & June 1 - 2

Secondary End of Semester Testing - Early Release *7-12

June 2

Last Day of School - Early Release K-12

June 5 - 30

Secondary Summer School - Semester 1

July 4

Independence Day Holiday - No Summer School

July 5 - 28

Secondary Summer School - Semester 2

Grading Periods

August 24 - October 28 45 days

October 31 - January 20 44 days

January 23 - March 24 43 days

April 3 - June 2 44 days

Total Instructional Days 176 days

Early Release Times:

Elementary 1:15 (lunch served) or **1:45 (lunch served), Senior High 12:30 (no lunch served), Junior High 12:00 (no lunch served). Kindergarten AM: 10:30 or **11:00; Kindergarten PM: 1:15 or **1:45. (**Late Start Schools: Amity, Hawthorne, Hillcrest, Lowell, Madison, Morley Nelson, Riverside, Shadow Hills and Whittier)

*End of Semester Testing Days: Junior High releases 1:15 on days 1 & 2 (lunch served - January 18-19, May 31 & June 1), and 12:00 on day 3 (no lunch served - January 20 & June 2).


Athletic programs

Late August:

Football, Cross Country, Golf

(7th, 8th, 9th)

Volleyball (8th, 9th)

Tennis (8th)

Late September:

Tennis (7th)

Late October:

Wrestling (7th, 8th, 9th)

Basketball (9th)

Late January:

Basketball (7th, 8th)

Late March:

Track (7th, 8th, 9th)

Early April:

Tennis (9th)

Early May:

Volleyball (7th)


Students are expected to be in school the day of an extracurricular event in order to participate; i.e., sports activity, music performance, etc.  In certain circumstances, (Dr. appt., funeral, etc.) parents may make prior arrangements and the school may allow this rule to be waived.


The athletic code is founded upon the belief that any student who seeks or achieves the honor of representing schools as an athlete must maintain high standards in every area.  In the interest of benefiting students, the School District sponsors and operates a program of competitive sports for girls and boys.  The athletic program is an integral part of the total educational program of the District.  Any student, whose health permits, is eligible to participate in athletic programs if he or she is willing and able to meet and maintain the high standards of behavior, scholastic performance, and all-around citizenship of the young men and women who aspire to become athletes.  Excellence in the sports world is a product of HARD WORK, DESIRE, and ABILITY.  Of the three components, DESIRE is the most important.  Therefore, students who may not possess a great deal of ability are still encouraged to participate.

School Bell Schedules:

Regular Bell Schedule

1:15 Release Bell Schedule

First Bell                    7:40

First Bell        7:40          

Warning                    7:45

Period 1        7:50 - 8:30

Period 1                    7:50 – 8:35

Period 2        8:34 - 9:09

Period 2                    8:38 – 9:27

Break            9:09 - 9:21


Period 3        9:25 - 10:00

Break                        9:27 – 9:39

Period 4        10:04 - 10:39

Reading Time             9:42 – 9:57

Period 5        10:43 - 11:18

Period 3                     9:57 –10:42

(7th lunch)

Period 4                  10:45 – 11:30

Period 6        11:22 - 11:57

First Lunch 7th         11:30 – 12:06

(8th/9th lunch)

Period 5                  11:33 – 12:18

Period 7        12:01 - 12:36

Second Lunch 8th & 9th 
                              12:18 – 12:54

Period 8        12:40  -  1:15

Period 6                  12:09 – 12:54

Period 7                  12:57 – 1:42

Period 8                   1:45 – 2:30


Noon Release Bell Schedule

First Bells         7:40       7:45

Period 1           7:50   -    8:21

Period 2           8:24   -    8:58

Break               8:58   -    9:10

Period 3           9:13   -    9:44

Period 4           9:47   -  10:18

Period 5/6      10:21   -  10:52

Period 7         10:55   -  11:26

Period 8         11:29   -  12:00

(no school lunch served)