MRSD serves breakfast and lunch each school day. The state of Massachusetts has permanently funded free school meals for all public school students! Every child who wants or needs a school breakfast or lunch will be able to receive those meals at no cost to their family. Students may also bring a lunch and drink from home, if desired.
It is still important for families to complete the Free and Reduced Meal application if applicable, as free and reduced benefits can offer additional support to families and can also include certain other fees being waived or reduced. The data also impacts overall school and district funding, in some cases.
If students wish to have more than one meal, or wish to buy additional a la carte items above the free meal offered, they may do so. Monomoy Regional School District utilizes a computerized Point of Sale payment system in all of the district’s cafeterias called Nutrikids. Every student has their own personal meal account based on their own PIN. Students can access their accounts on the PIN pads located at every register. This PIN will be the same PIN as the students’ progress through the school district and will be the same year after year.
We encourage families to deposit money into the student’s MySchoolBucks account, although they may still pay cash. Monies paid into a student account can be used for the purchase of additional meals and a la carte items. This system allows students to charge only if there is money in their account – we won’t allow any negative balances to occur.
MySchoolBucks provides a quick and easy way to add money to your school meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check.
- Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com and register for a free account.
- You will receive a confirmation email with a link to activate your account.
- Add yourself and your students using the school name and student/staff ID.
- Make a payment to your account with your credit/debit card or electronic check.
A program fee may apply. You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged. If your student has qualified for free or reduced price lunches or breakfasts, this information is securely contained within the system and the meal will be processed just as it is for all other students. There is no need to be concerned for a potentially uncomfortable situation for the student.
If you are concerned about a food allergy that your student has please notify the cafeteria and the school nurse with this information. A warning will appear on the cashier’s screen allowing for a review of the items on the student’s meal tray.
If you have any questions, contact Garth Petracca, Food Services Director, at 508-237-5016 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monomoy Regional Middle School is an “allergy aware” school and is not “nut-free.” However, we make specific accommodations to protect students with life-threatening food allergies including the designation of “nut-free” individual classrooms, as well as a section in the cafeteria. Field trips are “nut-free”. Caregivers are notified in advance if their child is in one of these designated situations. We appreciate your cooperation in creating a healthy and safe learning environment for all children.
We recommend that students with life-threatening allergies have an “Allergy Action Plan” formulated in consultation with their MD, the School Nurse and caregiver(s). Allergic students are to keep a dose of their prescribed epi-pen at school and are allowed to carry their own epi-pens with proper documentation and medical orders. A table is designated in the cafeteria for students in need of a nut-free eating area. Proper hand washing is essential to health and good hygiene.
Field Trip Procedures
All school rules and policies apply to all school activities and field trips. These include smoking, drug and alcohol policies. Students ride school-provided transportation to and from the field trip site unless other plans have been submitted prior to the field trip by the parent/guardian to the school office.
Lost and Found
Lost and Found items will be placed in a centralized area. Please help us to return items to their owners by labeling everything. Please check for lost items as soon as you know something is missing. Unclaimed clothing will be donated to an appropriate charity.
Birthdays and Other Celebrations
We realize that your child’s birthday is a very special day and birthdays will be recognized in classrooms. Each teacher has made a decision about how birthdays will be celebrated with their students. Do not send in food of any kind to celebrate your child’s birthday. If you wish to send invitations to a birthday party, please send invitations via post office. Birthday invitations may not be distributed in school unless everyone in the class is being invited.
We realize that your child’s birthday is a very special day and birthdays may be recognized in classrooms. Each teacher has made a decision about how birthdays will be celebrated with their students. We encourage non-food items and only nutritious foods in accordance with the Wellness Policy. Birthday party invitations may not be distributed in school unless everyone in the class is being invited.
All classroom events will be organized by the homeroom or other teacher. Caregiver volunteers may be asked to support. All events must adhere to the MRSD Wellness Policy (File ADF): Only staff members will plan and organize celebrations. The staff member responsible for the event must notify administration for approval and notify parents. School celebrations such as holidays and birthdays will emphasize physical activities, academic achievements or positive youth development. Examples include the writing of poems for Valentine's Day, telling scary stories for Halloween, etc. Schools should encourage celebrations that include nutritious foods or non-food items and will use only foods that meet the above nutrition and portion size standards for foods and beverages sold individually. Each party should include no more than one food or beverage that does not meet nutrition standards for foods and beverages sold individually.
After School Programs
Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of activites to extend and expand their school experience.
Students participate in a winter and a spring concert. Band students are made up of grades 5-7 and range in instrument acquisition. Instruments include, but are not limited to: snare drum, electric drum, trumpet, violin, clarinet, flute, baritone, French horn, sousaphone, tuba, bass drum, guitar, piano, keyboard, bugle, saxophone, and kazoo. Contact Gordon Napier for more information.
All students will have the opportunity to participate in a winter and a spring concert. Additionally, the opportunity to represent Monomoy as part of the Junior Southeast District Chorus is offered through auditioning. Contact Diana Toscano for more information.
Fall, winter, spring morning and afternoon clubs will be offered. To see the current club offerings, click here. Students are encouraged to explore the creation of new clubs/extracurricular activities, including the location of potential advisors, and then propose such ideas to the school administration.
Play productions require a large time commitment, but they offer a very rewarding opportunity for students. Plays take place in the winter and the spring and are open to all grade levels.
There are three seasons of opportunities to participate in playing a sport at Monomoy Middle School. Each season is open to students in 5th, 6th, and 7th grade. To see more information on MRMS athletics, click here.
Eligibility to Participate in an Extracurricular Activity/Sport
Participation in an extracurricular activity/sport is a privilege. Students must maintain acceptable grades and behavior in order to be eligible.
Grades – Students must pass Mathematics and English in order to be eligible. Any student with more than one F in any other subject will also be deemed ineligible. Academic eligibility is determined by most recent posted grades in Aspen. When progress reports are issued, a student who is ineligible to participate in an extracurricular activity / sport may ask the administration to restore their eligibility. Coaches will review the progress reports for their student-athletes, and will ensure that struggling students place academic responsibilities ahead of athletic participation.
Behavior – Students will not be permitted to participate in extracurricular activities / sports if they repeatedly violate school rules. If a student receives a detention, the detention must be served before a student reports to an after school activity. If a student receives a suspension, they are not allowed to attend any after school events (including athletics) on the day(s) of the suspension.
Chemical Health Regulations for Athletics and Extracurricular Activities
Throughout the school year, beginning with the first day of school (the first day of fall sports practice for Fall athletes), a student shall not, regardless of the quantity, use or consume, possess, buy/sell or give away:
- Any beverage containing alcohol
- Marijuana, steroids or any controlled substance as defined in Chapter 94C MGL.
- Prescription drugs*used inappropriately
- Aerosol products used as inhalants
- Any other chemical substance deemed inappropriate by the school administration
- Use or possession of tobacco products including clove products, smokeless tobacco and vaping products.
*It is not a violation for a student to use a legally defined drug specifically prescribed for the student’s own use by his/her doctor. If such a medication must be taken during school hours, it must be done in the Nurse’s office under her supervision. Such medication must be kept in the Nurse’s Office and not in a student’s car, locker, among his/her possessions or on his/her person.
- First Violation
When the principal or his/her designee confirms, following an opportunity for the student to be heard, that a violation occurred the student shall be removed from all extracurricular, club, and team participation, for the next twelve (12) consecutive weeks. The athlete may not practice, dress, or travel with the team. In the case of a club or activity, the student shall be removed from all club meetings and functions for twelve weeks. A student may elect to reduce the above penalty from twelve to six weeks if they successfully complete a six-week Monomoy Regional Middle School approved “Healthy Choices” Program or another similar six-week program pre-approved by Monomoy Regional Middle School administration. The MIAA rule of non-participation in 25% of all interscholastic contests will be enforced. If the 25% restriction has not been completed in the current season, the remainder will carry over and be in effect in the next interscholastic season in which the student participates. An athlete who participates in the Healthy Choices option may practice with the team but may not participate in games, scrimmages and team travel; athletic eligibility would be restored upon completion of the MIAA sanctioned 25% non-participation.
- Second Violation and subsequent violations over the three years of middle school.
When the principal or his/her designee confirms, following an opportunity for the student to be heard, that a second violation occurred, the student shall be removed from all teams, clubs and extracurricular activities for a period of one calendar year from the date of the hearing for the second offense. Athletes cannot practice, dress, or travel with any team.
Valid reporters of an offense under these two sections are:
- School personnel, parents or any other reliable, verifiable source
- An arrest, summons or report by the police department
After the second or subsequent violation, if the student of his/her own volition becomes a participant in a pre-approved chemical dependency program or treatment program*, the student may be certified for reinstatement to extracurricular, club and athletic activities after a minimum period of six calendar months from the date of the second hearing. Regarding athletes with a 2nd violation, the MIAA rule of non-participation in 60% of all interscholastic contests will be enforced.
* Participation in such a program independent of a policy violation is not an admission of guilt.
Regarding 1st, 2nd and/or subsequent violations:
Any reports will be confirmed and used in conformance with due process. If disciplinary action is taken, a student may appeal the action and have the case reviewed. An appeal is to be made to the next level of administration. Appeal notification must be made within 2 school days of issuance of the penalty. The Superintendent will only consider appeals regarding suspensions of 10 school days or more. Appeals will not be accepted if a student admits to the violation and states that (s)he is only appealing due to displeasure with the consequences.
The penalty periods for athletics and extracurricular clubs and activities will only extend into the next academic year if the penalty is not completed prior to the start of the fall season or prior to the start of the extracurricular clubs and activities.
In addition to the clubs, athletics and activities listed in this handbook, the following activities covered by this policy include, but are not limited to the following list: theatrical performances, the Prom, Senior Banquet, talent shows, Class Officer positions (Band, Chorus and Theatre class performances are not included because these are requirements for credit-earning courses).