SMS Policies


Parents are requested to call the school when a student is absent or will be tardy. When this is not possible, a note from the parent or guardian must be turned in giving the dates of the absence and reason for the absence upon the students return. Please call the Main Office at 565-5700 to report absences. Absences may also be reported by email, but a written and signed excuse will still be required when the student returns to school.

The attendance laws require these written excuses from home and we must insist they be provided. Written excuses must be kept on file by the school for three years.

When a student is absent from school or a class, it is the responsibility of the student to make up all work missed. Parents are asked to contact the Counseling Office at (518) 565-5648 by 9:00 a.m. if they wish to request work sent home.


***Grades will be pulled from SchoolTool every Monday morning at 8:30 a.m.***

**Parent Notification E-Mails and Letters will be sent out on Tuesday morning** 

  1. Any Student failing (below 65) two or more classes will be placed on the Ineligible List for one week (Tuesday to the following Monday).

Students on the Ineligible List:

  • Must attend Ineligible Study Hall if they are failing two or more subjects during the last 20 minutes of their lunch period
  • Must attend Sports, Drama practices, Builders Club, or Student Council meetings, Etc. (if participating)
  • Must attend home games
    • in street clothes
    • Sit on the bench with the team but not participate in the game
  • Will have the opportunity to initiate, follow and complete an individual academic contract with a guidance counselor and teacher(s). However, lack of individual effort resulting in failure is not solid ground for initiating a contract.
    • This contract may allow students to participate in building activities and extra-curricular activities including sports
    • Contracts must be initiated by the student no later than 2:00pm on the day in which the ineligible list goes into effect.
    • Violation of agreed upon contract will result in immediate restriction from all building activities.
    • Administrator may override the terms of any contract at any time. **If discipline becomes chronic for students on this list, the administrator has the right to take students out of practice.
  • Cannot attend away games
  • Cannot attend extra-curricular activities (school dances, athletic events)
  1. Any student failing only one class:
  • Must remain in the cafeteria during lunch periods
  • Cannot participate in intramurals
  • Can participate in all school and extra-curricular activities
  • May be administratively placed on the Ineligible List if recommended by teachers
  • May not leave school early for athletic contests.

Approved by the Middle School Shared Decision Making Committee, Spring 2021