Calvary Murrieta Christian School
Home of the Warriors
24275 Monroe Ave.
Murrieta, CA 92591
This student handbook has been designed as a tool to help familiarize you with our Junior High School and it’s specific policies. Both parent and student should read it carefully and be sure that you understand the guidelines and policies which we have established with the student’s best interest in mind. We want you to understand what Calvary Murrieta Christian School (CMCS) offers and what is expected in return. We pray that this relationship and partnership is a blessing to you and your family.
Partnering with families to educate, equip, and disciple students for a lifelong commitment of loving and serving Christ.
Mentor the Heart:
Mentor the heart of the student to make a life-long decision to follow Christ.
Nurture the Soul:
Nurture the soul of the student by instilling a Christian Worldview through Biblical integration in all areas of life
Instruct the Mind:
Instruct the mind of the student through the implementation of current and relevant Biblically-based academics.
Engage the Hands and Feet:
Engage the hands and feet of the student in God’s mission, here and around the world.
Prepare for Life:
Guide the student through diverse experiences that build responsibility and develop leadership.
“EQUIPPING FOR TODAY AND FOR TOMORROW”
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim. 3:16,17.
School colors are royal blue, black, and white.
As Warriors of the Lord, we must put on the whole armor of God. Each “Warrior” is fully equipped when wearing the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of preparation of the gospel of peace, holding the shield of faith, taking the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. When we are equipped, we can come against the difficulties of this world and know for sure that “The Lord is with you, Mighty Warrior.” (Judges 6:12)
Calvary Murrieta’s school seal was created in 2013 on our 20th anniversary.
The seal is comprised of a circle, representing God’s unbroken and unending love for the world He created. The shield in the middle is divided into four sections.
- The upper left section shows the Word of God and is our foundation as we mentor the hearts of our students to make a life-long decision to follow Christ. Hebrew 4:12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
- The upper right section shows the year of our inception at the foot of the cross. This illustrates our view of the school. We desire to sit at the foot of the cross filling our clay vessels with His Spirit so that our view of life is His. Isaiah 64:8 “But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.”
- The lower left section depicts the helmet of salvation that protects the mind as we integrate our faith and learning, predicated upon the scriptures. It enables our philosophy of Christian education – all truth is God’s truth. Ephesians 4:14-15 “we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—“
- The lower right section shows two swords in action. This reminds us that our lives should be action oriented and to do that we need to engage our hands and feet in God’s mission. James 1:23-25 “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.”
- The shield itself brings it all together and represents all the opportunities our students have for responsibility and leadership not only in the future, but for today. The manifestation of our motto of “Equipping for today and for tomorrow.” “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim. 3:16,17
During the school year, the CMCS office business hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Zero hour begins at 7:00 a.m. Junior high classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 2:45 p.m. Jr. High students are discouraged from being on the school grounds prior to 6:45 a.m. or lingering after 4:00 p.m., unless they are involved in school-related activities.
In today’s world of tumult and shifting values, it is imperative that our children be given the best opportunities to develop strong intellectual and moral character. CMCS is a Christ-centered, spiritual and academic environment that seeks the best education and the richest fulfillment of potential for each student. Our purpose and desire is to train the whole student so that he/she will develop according to the example of our Lord Jesus Christ; a godly influence in the world. Our goal is that each student will experience the full, regenerating power of Jesus Christ and the Word of God through the work of the Holy Spirit in their life. At the same time, we expect each student to strive for the highest development of each of his/her God-given gifts and talents. Functioning as an extension of the Christian home, CMCS supports parents who seek to obey biblical instruction which gives them ultimate responsibility for the education of their children (Deuteronomy 6:7-8). Because the Christian approach to learning differs significantly from the secular viewpoint, CMCS offers a curriculum rooted in a God-centered view of life. This view holds that God’s Word is the standard for all truth. The curriculum, taught by a highly qualified Christian faculty, allows parents to provide their children with academic instruction consistent with the Christ-centered teaching received at home and at church.
Our Statement of Faith
Calvary Murrieta holds to the following statements; these statements should serve as a guide to understanding what we believe. The topics here provide only a brief summary and should not be taken as our complete belief structure. The regular teachings of our senior pastor give a more complete understanding of these statements.
The Bible was written by men given by the Holy Spirit to human writers, and is God’s revelation of Himself to mankind. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, truth without any mixture of error in its original texts, and salvation for its end. All Scripture is totally true and trustworthy, and pertains to all things regarding life and godliness. Ps. 19:7-11 | 2 Tim. 3:15-17 | 2 Pt. 1:3
There is one and only one living and true God who is sovereign, and the creator of all things. He eternally exists as three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and each of these persons is fully God and are united as one. Gen. 1:26 | Dt. 6:4 | Mt. 28:19 | Ps. 45:6-7
God the Father
God is called Father because He is the Father over all creation. He is also Father by intimate relationship. He is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, and He is the Father of all who believe in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. Eph. 3:14,15 | Ps. 103:13 | Eph. 1:3 | Jn. 1:12
God the Son
Jesus Christ was fully God, and became fully man in one person, and will be so forever. He created all things with the Father and has existed always. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He perfectly upheld the divine law by His obedience to it, and in His substitutionary death on the cross, He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. Lk. 1:35 | Jn. 1:1 | Jn. 1:14 | Jn. 3:16 | Jn. 3:34,35 |Jn. 14:31
God the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He exalts Christ. He manifests the active presence of God in the world, and especially in the church. He convicts men of sin, of righteousness and of judgment. He leads all mankind in what is true and empowers the believer and the church in worship, discipleship, and service. Is. 59:21 | Jn. 14:17 | Jn. 14:26 | Jn. 16:8
God created human beings male and female as His unique and crowning work of creation. By mankind’s own choosing he rebelled against God and brought sin into the human race. The value, worth, and sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created man in His own image, and in that Christ died for man; therefore, we believe that every person possesses dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love. Gen. 1:26,27 | Rom. 5:12 | Jn. 3:16
We believe that the essence of the gospel is an understanding that we are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe; yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.
We also believe that the gospel of Jesus is demonstrated through His life, death, burial, resurrection, and teachings. He taught that He will redeem us, He will renew us, bring us into obedience, and ultimately He will restore us to His eternal dwelling place. And He chooses us to join Him in inviting all others to follow this same pattern that He set forth. Mk. 6:1,15 | Jn. 12:32 | Jn. 14:6 | Is. 66:2 | 1 Cor. 15:1-4
The resulting work of the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross brought salvation to the world, and is a gift of God redeeming us from our sin and reconciling us to our God. Jesus came to earth and accomplished salvation for all who would believe. All who turn from their sin and believe on Jesus receive this gift of salvation. As a result of this faith, all His followers will seek to be like Jesus, live like Jesus, and love like Jesus. Jn. 5:24 | Jn. 8:31 | Rom. 5:9,10 | Eph. 2:9,10
The church is both local and Universal. The Universal Church is the community of all true believers for all time. The local church is a faith filled community of worshipers who are united as an intentional community of disciples who are learning and living out the gospel together. Acts 2:42 | Heb. 10:25 | Eph. 5:25 | Rev. 5:9,10 | Heb. 12:23
Baptism & Communion
Baptism is the public declaration of a believer’s faith, pursuing obedience to the teachings of Jesus, and sharing in Christ’s burial and resurrection. We believe it symbolizes death to your old life and announces your new life in Christ, which celebrates your inclusion into God’s family. Mt. 28:19 | Acts 8:36-38 | Rom. 6:3,4
The bread and cup of Communion is remembered and celebrated when we look back to Jesus’ life, death, burial, and resurrection. We look inward by examining our own heart in light of the cross, and look forward to drinking the cup new with Him in His Father’s Kingdom. 1 Cor. 11:23-26 | Lk. 22:17-19 | Mt. 26:29
We believe all followers of Jesus will commit to His instructions, by living intentionally in their participation of the mission of Christ to make disciples who in turn make disciples of all nations. Our passion and ideal is to go to where the gospel is not being communicated by a local church. We pursue authentic relationships with sensitivity and awareness of all culture and customs. We believe the Bible instructs Jesus’ disciples to model Christ’s love, humility, and mercy, which demonstrate the gospel with our words and our lives. Rev. 5:9,10 | Mt. 28:19,20 | 2 Thess. 2:8 | Rom. 15:20
We believe the family is unique in its ability to communicate many of the attributes of God. The family was created by God for the benefit of man and communicates the intimacy, nurturing, obedience, and permanency of the relationship that we have with God. Man was given stewardship over it and is the essential building block of human society. Gen. 2:24 | Is. 54:5 | Eph. 1:5
Marriage is the union of one man and one woman who will live bound not by contract alone, but by a commitment in His love that should not be broken. We believe that men and women are opposite and equal to each other, and that marriage is before God, your family and all the main institutions of society, with a promise from each other to be loving, faithful, and true. The marriage union is a permanent promise that extends into the future. Gen. 1:18 | Gen. 1:24 | Mt. 19:8 | Eph. 5:31
The Return of Jesus
The second coming of Jesus is the hope and reminder that God is faithful, and that He has ultimate control over all things. Jesus Christ will return personally and visibly, and Christ will judge all men in righteousness. We believe that God will fulfill all future promises and prophecies regarding the second coming of Jesus. Rev. 19:11-16 | Jn. 14:3 | Zech. 14:4
God loves justice. He commands His children to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Additionally, He chooses to accomplish His justice through the awareness, advocacy and action of His children, who work for justice in actively loving all vulnerable, marginalized and afflicted people. Is. 61:8 | Prov. 31:8,9 | Prov. 24:11,12
The teaching staff at CMCS is highly qualified and thoroughly dedicated to helping each student strive toward positive spiritual, mental and physical growth. Since our school is a ministry of Calvary Chapel Murrieta, all of our teachers are born-again believers and hold to our statement of faith.
Our desire is to see all students strengthen their relationship with Jesus Christ. We also desire that they have a sound mastery of basic learning skills, and acquire self-discipline, good work habits, and biblical social values. The Bible – God’s Word – is carefully and purposefully integrated into all curriculum and is also a dynamic course of study by itself.
The basis of our philosophy is belief in God the Father, Jesus Christ our Savior, the Holy Spirit, and God’s Word – the Bible. We believe in the authority, authenticity and reliability of the Bible as the complete and final revelation of God concerning all matters of faith, truth and practice. All our goals and objectives are based on the Bible. These goals and objectives include:
1. All that we do is to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
2. Our primary goal is to assure the salvation of all of our students. (Matthew 28:19, 20)
3. To promote the maturity of our students in doctrine and practice. (Ephesians 6:4 & Colossians 1:28, 29)
4. To train our students in Christian service and ministry. (II Timothy 2:2)
5. To teach our students a sound mastery of basic learning skills, self-discipline, and good work habits. (II Timothy 2:15)
We believe in the conviction that the knowledge of the Bible and of Jesus Christ is essential to the development and growth of the individual in spiritual, mental, physical, and social areas.
All staff and faculty have a personal commitment to Jesus Christ. They will allow the Lord to minister through them by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The school is an extension of the family and also an extension of the church. In this capacity, we will promote the relationship of family, church, school and members of the body of Christ.
We believe that our priorities and those we teach should be in the following order:
1. Commitment to Christ
2. Commitment to family
3. Commitment to school
Our belief is that God is sovereign now, in the past, and in the future. We believe we have been created in God’s image and the Bible gives us the moral principles by which to live. We strive to meet all the needs of the student – spiritual, mental and physical.
Calvary Murrieta Christian School (day school/grades 7-8) is fully accredited through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
1) The Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) is a Christian organization that provides national and international accreditation.
2) The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of the six nationally recognized accrediting associations across the nation. This organization manages the accreditation of universities, colleges and secondary schools in several western states.
CMCS seeks to bring to its campus, students who are committed to spiritual, personal and intellectual growth. To be considered for admission, the applicant must be a born-again Christian and exhibit evidence of this in their daily walk.
1. The applicant must submit the following items to the school office:
a. The Application for Admission completed and signed by parents. Please attach additional page, if needed.
b. Signed Statement of Faith
c. Parent Code of Conduct and Student Code of Conduct (7th – 8th)
d. A non-refundable Application Fee, due at the time of application.
2. After the application packet is submitted to admissions, we will schedule an appointment for the prospective student to be tested for curriculum readiness and placement.
3. After successfully completing the entrance exam/placement test and personally completing and signing the Student’s Personal Application, an administrative interview will be scheduled. Both parent and prospective student must participate in this interview.
4. Following the administrative interview, parents will complete the admissions process by signing a contract and paying any outstanding fees, (i.e., registration & tuition).
5. Once the student is officially enrolled, we will send for transcripts and academic records from the school previously attended.
As we have already stated, we believe the Bible mandates that the primary responsibility of each student’s education rests with the parents, and we view the school’s role as one of partnership with the parents in this endeavor. In order to establish and maintain a successful partnership, it is essential that parents are in agreement with the philosophies and intentions of the school.
If, at any point during the school year, you as the parent find that you are in disagreement with the philosophy standards or administration of the school, by practicing the Matthew 18 Principle (See “Conflict Resolution” section for more information), you should make every effort to work with the administration for a solution. If a harmonious solution cannot be reached, the student may be asked to leave the school.
Further, it is essential that the parents are living a lifestyle in keeping with the Christian faith. We recognize that parents alone have the single greatest impact on their children’s lives and must therefore manifest by precept and example, the highest Christian virtue serving as a role model to their children. This includes, but is not limited to, refraining from such activities as are in violation of scriptural principles of godly living.
Further, the parents must acknowledge that the Scriptures admonish us to abstain from every appearance of evil (I Thess. 5:22), i.e. an unmarried couple living together; and that such conduct violates scriptural principles and would thereby either disqualify the student from enrollment in our school or be grounds for dismissal. Similarly, deviation from the scriptural standards mentioned above is grounds for either non-acceptance into the school and/or dismissal of a student currently enrolled.
7th-8th grade students applying for admission to CMCS must:
- Have accepted Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
- Demonstrate the ability to succeed academically as evidenced by a Student Entrance Exam / Placement Test, transcripts, report cards and standardized test results;
- Must demonstrate a willingness and desire to be enrolled in our school.
- New students will automatically be placed on a six to twelve-week probation.
To assist in the development of Christian character and a Christian lifestyle, we require that at least one custodial parent is born again and in attendance at a Christian church on a regular basis. Regular church attendance by parents and students goes hand-in-hand with church and school goals. The teaching of the Bible is approached with the emphasis on the inerrancy of the original Scriptures, the need for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ as personal Savior, and the ministry of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit that enables the Christian to live a godly life.
Every family is given a tuition agreement to sign, which states the total amount of tuition due for the entire school year. Parents have the option of paying in full or electing a payment plan.
Tuition payments will be handled by the CMCS Accounting Department.
We offer several payment plans.
- One is through an automatic withdraw (ACH) system, processed through the CMCS Accounting Department. You will need to bring in a voided check to set up your account for the ACH process.
- We will continue to accept cash, checks, money orders, cashier’s checks and credit cards.
Calvary Murrieta strives to keep tuition rates as low as possible, yet high enough to secure quality teachers, staff and educational materials.
Payments: ACH is more cost effective and is collected on the 5th or the 20th. Please be reminded that if you choose an alternative method, the payments are due on the 1st or 15th of each month. Tuition payments are based on a 12-month payment plan.
If you are planning to pay in full, the full payment is due on or before July 1st .
All payments are considered late on the 5th day after your scheduled due date that you have chosen. On the 10th or the 25th day of the month a $25 late fee will be applied to your account.
Please note that if your ACH, check, or credit card payment goes NSF (non-sufficient funds), you will be charged a $25 NSF fee after bank notification to CMCS (within 2 days). This charge also pertains to any closed accounts or authorization revoked notices, and is neither reversible nor negotiable. We will then re-draw your ACH or credit card tuition payment plus the $25 NSF fee and a $25 late fee on CMCS’ next scheduled draw day (the 5th or 20th). If paying by check, your late payment plus a $25 NSF fee and a $25 late fee will be due on or before the next CMCS billing due date (5th or 20th).
Please contact the school accounting department if you have any questions or need more information regarding this service.
A student who is transferring from CMCS to another school should inform the Registrar’s office at least one week prior to withdrawal. This will help expedite the transfer of appropriate files to the next school. You will be responsible for 60 days of tuition once notice of leaving has been submitted. A CMCS Withdrawal Form along with an Exit Interview will be given to the student, officially completing the withdrawal process.
To encourage healthy relationships within our community, CMCS encourages all students, parents, and staff members to seek healthy resolution to all conflicts. CMCS desires to handle all concerns in a Biblical manner, through the principles of Matthew 18:15-17 and Philippians 2:14. Please help us handle concerns effectively and in a Christian manner by following these scriptural guidelines. We want to satisfactorily handle each problem, and we realize this can only happen through proper communication and support. When we follow these procedures, it effectively builds positive relationships and communication. In the event of a concern, problem or misunderstanding, here is the step-by-step procedure to follow:
1. After a concern or complaint has arisen, all concerns should go directly to the Teacher, Coach or Staff member involved. If the situation persists, approach that individual a second time; sometimes issues and concerns need clarification and time.
2. If attempts to resolve the issue with the appropriate personnel are unsuccessful, contact the next person in the chain of command to schedule a meeting with all parties involved.
3. The Principal bears responsibility for resolving conflicts that occur within his/her school. A letter may be sent to the Head of Schools and the School Board only after the Principal has been given an opportunity to address the concerns.
4. If the Superintendent is unable to resolve the situation, the concerns may be submitted to the School Board in a letter specifically stating the issues and the individuals involved. The Board, at the next regularly scheduled meeting, will consider the written correspondence and a response will be provided accordingly.
Sports activities are an integral part of character development at CMCS. Christians are commanded to be different from the normal world around them and this includes athletics (John 17:14, 17). The reason is that we have a different perspective from which to work. Jesus Christ is to be the center of all our attention, both on and off the athletic field. We are to have His attitude, actions and mind set (Philippians 2:5, Romans 8:29). We are to do everything as unto the Lord and not as unto men (Colossians 3:23). In other words, we are to perform as if Jesus were the only one watching. Jesus loved us so much that He gave Himself up for us (Philippians 2:8). It is only natural then that we should give all we have to Him in return. In order to be like Christ, we need to study Scripture and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide us. Remember, however, we are developing eternal values!! (Hebrews 12:2)
An athletic fee per sport will be charged to everyone who desires to play sports at CMCS. This fee will help defray the expenses (protective equipment, official fees, tournament entry fees, etc.) related to running an athletic program. The cost of the fees will be found on the school’s website under Athletics – Sports Fees
- The athletic fee will be due at the start of each sport’s season AND will cover a student’s participation for that season only.
- The athletic fee should be made payable to “CMCS.”
To be in good standing with the school, all junior high and high school students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in their academics (the average of all class grades). The student must also be of good character and not a discipline problem in the school.
Any junior high student whose cumulative G.P.A. falls below a 2.0 at the end of a 9-week progress or final semester grading period will be placed on academic probation and becomes ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities (athletics, fine arts performances, etc.) until the end of the next assessment period (semester final or 9-week progress report).
The Administration has the option of placing a student on probation for such problems as attitude, behavior, and homework. Final decisions concerning probation and eligibility will be made by the Administration.
CMCS makes no distinction concerning an individual’s race or ethnic background because we acknowledge that there is no preferential treatment with God (Romans 2:11).
Pursuant to the Education Code of California, Chapter 1.5, Article 3, Section 49063, you are hereby given notification of privacy rights of parents and students. Federal and state laws grant certain rights of privacy and rights of access to students and their parents. Full access to all personally identifiable written records maintained by CMCS must be granted to natural parents, adoptive parents, or legal guardians of students under the age of 18.
Parents may review individual records by making a request to the student’s teacher and/or the administration. The teacher and/or the administration will see that explanations and interpretations are provided if requested. Information which is alleged to be inaccurate or inappropriate may be removed upon written request by parents and reviewed by the administration. Parents may also receive a copy of any information in the records at a reasonable cost per page. Policies and procedures relating to types of records, kinds of information retained, persons responsible for records, directory information, access by other persons, review, and to the challenge of records are available through the administrative office. When a student moves to a new school, records will be forwarded upon the request of the new school. All unpaid balances must be paid in full prior to the transfer of records. At the time of transfer, the parent may review, receive a copy (at a reasonable fee), and/or challenge the records.
Worship Chapel is an important part of campus life at Calvary Murrieta Christian School. It is an opportunity for students to hear outstanding speakers. Students are required to attend Chapel and are expected to come desiring God to minister to them. Many of our students have come to a deeper commitment to Christ during Chapel. They should come expectantly – looking for God to use the time to help them grow. Allow God to speak to you and to those around you!
Junior High Chapel – Monday 8am
- Each student is to bring his/her Bible to Square One.
- Each student will demonstrate proper courtesy and Christian hospitality to all guest speakers by listening carefully and behaving properly. Their attitude toward the speaker should be respectful and attentive.
- At no time will studying or doing homework be allowed in the Square One.
- There is to be no unnecessary talking, distracting others, or disturbance.
- No food, or drinks are allowed.
We are a closed campus. All students are required to remain on campus until the end of their school day. Students (7th – 8th) are allowed to go off campus for lunch with their parent only. There are no exceptions!
In order to be certain that sick students are in care environments where their needs can be met, and in order to minimize the spread of illness, CMCS staff members will expect you to keep students home when certain conditions exist. Often sick students require one-to-one attention and we are unable to provide that kind of attention in our school office for long periods of time. Please read the following policy carefully.
- Normal temperatures are generally accepted to be 98.6 degrees orally and 97.6 auxiliary (under the arm). If a student registers a temperature higher than 100.6 orally or 99.7 auxiliary, we will consider this to be fever which is likely to be contagious. We will expect you to keep him/her home if this is the case.
- When there is vomiting, we will expect you to keep students home.
- If a student has an unexplained rash, we will expect you to keep him/her home. If a doctor or health department staff member can identify the rash as not being contagious, we will admit the student providing the rash is not making him/her sick and excessively uncomfortable. For re-admittance to school, a doctor’s note will be required stating that the student is not contagious.
- If a student has significant symptoms of respiratory illness (thick colored mucus from eyes or nose, serious cough, wheezing chest, red runny eyes or crusty eyes, sore throat or earache) we will expect you to keep him/her home.
- For infections requiring a doctor’s prescription, please keep students home 24 hours after beginning an antibiotic.
- For all other illnesses, students may return to school if free from symptoms for 12 hours providing that behavior indicates that he or she is feeling well.
You will be called to pick up students when they exhibit any of these symptoms as observed by the teacher and the office staff. Please be sure the student’s emergency information in FACTS is up-to-date at all times. Key material to provide is the health insurance information, names and phone numbers of persons who have agreed to pick your student if you cannot.
PLEASE NOTE: All students MUST have emergency information on file and because of laws in effect, we cannot allow students in class without this information.
Students must have their immunizations up to date and on file at the school office. The only exceptions are: Being otherwise advised by a physician, or if parents object to immunizations based on personal beliefs. Written statements by the physician or parent must then be on file in the school office. If a student contracts a communicable disease, please notify the school office so that we may let all parents know that others may have been exposed. A doctor’s release is required before the student may return to school. The school follows District Public Health regulations as to when students may return to school after a communicable disease.
All persons, including volunteers, who are in regular contact with the students shall be in good health and free from communicable disease. They must have an intradermal tuberculin skin test or a chest x-ray. Proof thereof shall be on file in the school office.
Our staff has been trained in Red Cross First Aid and CPR. When a student has been injured, we evaluate the situation on a case-by-case basis. When appropriate, we apply ice packs to bumps; topicals and adhesive bandages to cuts and scrapes, etc. If more serious, we will notify the parent and complete an Accident Report.
The Health Office offers immediate first-aid to all injured or ill students.
- If a student is injured on campus, he/she should report this injury to a teacher, administrator, support staff, or before/after school supervisor immediately.
- If a student becomes ill, he/she should request a hall pass from his/her teacher or support staff, and proceed directly to the school office.
- If a student is advised to leave campus, the parent will be contacted. When the parent, or other authorized adult, comes to pick up the student, they will be asked to sign out on the Sign-Out Sheet.
If a student is taking medication of any kind, the parent must bring the medication to the CMCS school office. The parent will then complete a brief Administration of Drug Form, which will be kept on file in the office. The parent should also write a note to the student’s teacher letting them know when the student should be sent to the office for his/her medicine.
No student is allowed to take medication of any kind without adult/staff supervision. No student may share any medication with any other students.
Calvary Murrieta Christian School, a ministry of Calvary Chapel Murrieta, in compliance with the California Education Code, is required to develop and distribute a policy regarding sexual harassment.
CMCS is committed to a work and educational environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each student has the right to learn in a professional, caring, atmosphere that promotes equal educational opportunity, and is free from discriminatory practices. Sexual harassment is a violation of Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and California Education Code Sections 210 through 214, inclusive. Therefore, CMCS strongly condemns, opposes and prohibits sexual harassment of individuals, whether verbal, physical or environmental, by anyone. Any student who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion.
CMCS has established a written policy regarding harassment. Parents who would like a copy of this policy may request one from the school office.
Staff members will model appropriate forms of addressing other students and teachers. Curriculum will include books, music and activities that demonstrate respect for others. Teachers will be alert to gender-biased comments and attitudes. Teachers will engage students in discussions that illustrate that both men and women are successful at a variety of occupations and pastimes. Classroom activities and lessons will be developmentally based so that students will not be presented with concepts that are beyond their capabilities.
If parents or staff members become aware of comments and/or behavior on the part of staff or other students that could be sexual harassment, the parents or staff members are requested to bring their concerns to the school Principal. After talking with the administrator, a written complaint may be filed with the School Board. A confidential investigation of the matter will be conducted. The intent of the procedure is to insure prompt recourse, fairness and equity to the family alleging sexual harassment, to the student, and to the witness. The investigation will be conducted by one administrator and one board member: one male and one female. The family will be notified as to the determination of the investigation.
If it is found that unlawful harassment has occurred, effective remedial action commensurate with the severity of the offense will be taken. CMCS will not retaliate against the person or the student making the complaint, and will not knowingly permit retaliation by any CMCS employee or other student or family member.
Obligations of All Employees
Employees shall report to the Principal any conduct on the part of other employees or non-employees, such as representatives or service vendors, who sexually harass any student enrolled at CMCS.
If there is harassment of students within a classroom setting, teachers shall take the necessary steps in disciplining the students involved. Teachers shall notify administration of the incident in writing, giving detailed and specific account of the incident. This written statement may be used in the investigation and allegation.
No employee of CMCS shall take action to discourage a victim of harassment from reporting such an instance. Families of all students enrolled, and all staff members hired, will receive a written copy of this policy.
State-Mandated Harassment Policy
In order to be in full compliance of state law, CMCS must distribute the following Student Harassment policies to each family enrolled. CMCS is committed to providing an academic environment in which all individuals treat each other with dignity and respect and which is free from all forms of intimidation, exploitation, bullying, verbal and electronic harassment, and sexual harassment. This policy prohibits such acts. CMCS believes that students have the right to learn in an atmosphere, which is most conducive to the achievement of their fullest potential. As such, guidelines have been established to help students discern when the line between playful interaction and disrespectful behavior has been crossed.
A student who feels they have been harassed should immediately contact a school employee or administrator. Students who observe harassing conduct are encouraged to report the matter to a school employee or administrator promptly. All complaints will be investigated promptly and appropriate corrective action will be taken. Every effort will be made to protect the privacy of the parties involved in any complaint. However, the school reserves the right to fully and completely investigate every complaint, and to notify the student’s parent/guardian and appropriate law enforcement agencies as the circumstances warrant. It is against the school’s policy to discriminate or retaliate against any person who has filed a complaint.
It is required by law that schools conduct fire drills. In keeping with recommended civil defense procedure, disaster drills also may be conducted. Instructions for these drills will be read over the school intercom and reinforced by the instructor. Students are expected to become familiar with these instructions so that all drills can be conducted with a minimum of confusion. CMCS has a comprehensive disaster plan. This plan will provide for the safety and welfare of each child in the event of a major disaster, such as an earthquake, flooding or fire. An important area of our plan deals with providing food and water should students be required to remain at school for an extended period of time. Our school is equipped with some stored emergency items. Kits have a shelf life of 5 years and will be stored for use in the event of an emergency.
Students may bring their own lunches from home or buy lunch from the CMCS cafeteria. Our school strives to keep up with the State standards of healthy foods served in the public schools.
Students are not to be out of class without a hall pass. Students found on campus during school hours without a pass will be disciplined.
All personal belongings that have been turned in as lost will be kept in the Lost and Found. At the end of each month, unclaimed items will be given to the Mexico ministry, Colina de Luz, for distribution to the needy. It is important to claim lost items as soon as possible.
The students are issued a locker (and lock) that is property of the school. We reserve the right to check a locker, if we deem necessary for the safety of other students. There will be a fee of $5 to replace a lock.
Junior High Cell Phone Policy– It is our utmost desire that all student’s keep their minds focused on Jesus, held to the highest standard of what is good, acceptable and perfect. Always building up with positive speech, using words that are full of grace. (Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:29)
With advances in technology, cell phones, smart watches, and smart glasses, etc. offer students access to a wide variety of information. This information can be helpful but is many times harmful and inappropriate; thus this policy applies to devices of this type.
Junior High school students may only use their devices:
- Prior to the first bell and
- After school
Use of personal devices during school hours is strictly prohibited for Jr. High Students. Students must ensure that their devices are silenced and stored out of sight during non-use times.
Students who use their devices in a manner counter to Christ-like behavior, in accordance with the heart of the Student Code of Conduct, will have the privilege of possessing their device on campus revoked. Examples of inappropriate use of devices can include, but are not limited to: viewing or sharing pornographic material, sexting, misuse of camera and video functions, music with obscene or offensive lyrics, cyberbullying, or any form of academic dishonesty, etc.
Faculty/staff observing a violation of this policy will confiscate the respective device, turn it in to the front office where a discipline form will be generated. Only a parent will be allowed to retrieve the confiscated item.
The Administration reserves the right to evaluate and determine the appropriateness of all matters relevant to this policy. The rules regarding the possession and use of devices on school sponsored trips may vary from the normal school policy but will always be fully explained and presented in writing for both students and parents.
Student Technology Use Policy
Calvary Murrieta Christian Schools (CMCS) have an exciting opportunity to expand learning access through Internet for students and staff. With this opportunity comes the responsibility for appropriate use. Therefore, we request that you carefully read this document before signing the agreement form. All Calvary Murrieta Christian School personnel accessing the Internet will comply with the CIPA (Child Internet Protection Act). At CMCS, students will have the opportunity to use PC laptops, Chromebooks, and iPads.
With access to computers and people all over the world also comes the availability of material that may not be considered to be of educational value in the context of the school setting. There may be some material or individual communications, which are not suitable for school-aged children. CMCS views information gathered from the Internet in the same manner as reference materials. Specifically, the school supports resources that will enhance the learning environment with directed guidance from the faculty and staff. However, it is impossible to control all materials on a global network and inappropriate material may inadvertently be viewed.
At school, student access to and use of the Internet will be monitored and controlled by web filtering software as well as under teacher direction and will be monitored as any other classroom activity. CMCS, however, cannot prevent the possibility that some users may access material that is not consistent with the educational mission, goals, and policies of CMCS.
STUDENT OFFICE 365 ACCOUNTS
Students will be given a logon and password for their Microsoft 365 account. Students are not to share their network password with another person. This will protect students from others using their computer accounts in unacceptable ways. Passwords are always changed at the beginning of each school year and other times upon request. Within their 365 account, students are able to share their homework or documents with their teacher. Each teacher will share his/her classroom expectations regarding submitting online work with his/her students.
With the use of Sharing Files through Office 365 – bringing a flash drive is no longer a necessity. However, students may bring in USB Flash drives to transfer documents for use at home if they have limited internet access or connecting through 365 has problems. Flash drives brought to school with inappropriate content for school will be confiscated and a parent notified for pickup. Student may not run any programs from their flash drives. If students need to print out homework, there is a 5 cent per page, 15 page limit of school related material only.
You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of online etiquette.
- Be polite.
- Do not use vulgar or obscene language.
- Do not reveal your address or phone number or those of others.
- Do not delete or manipulate any work which is not your own (i.e. plagiarize materials, edit journalistic articles, change photos or artwork)
- Do not disrupt the network or the data of other users.
The following is a contract that must be signed by each student and their parent or guardian prior to Computer access. Failure to follow this contract will be considered a violation of the Acceptable Use Policy and will result in stated punishment.
As a computer user, I agree to the following rules of the Acceptable Use Policy for the Computer Network and the Internet at CMCS.
I recognize that all computer users have the same rights to use the equipment; therefore,
- I will not play non-academic games or use the computer resources for non-academic activities when others require the system for academic purposes.
I recognize that software is protected by copyright laws; therefore,
- I will not make unauthorized copies of software found on school computers by copying them onto my own media or onto other computers through electronic mail or bulletin boards.
- I will not give, lend, or sell copies of software to others unless I have the written permission of the copyright owner or the original software is clearly identified as shareware or in the public domain (freeware).
- I will not install any unauthorized software on any school computer system.
I recognize that the work of all users is valuable; therefore,
- I will protect the privacy of others’ areas by not trying to learn their passwords.
- I will not copy, change, read, or use files in another user’s area without that user’s permission.
- I will not attempt to gain unauthorized access to system programs or computer equipment.
- I will not create or introduce any virus, which may destroy files or disrupt service to other users.
- I will not download, store, or print any files or messages that are profane, obscene, or that use language that offends or tends to degrade others.
- I will not share my password with other users.
I recognize that security on any computer system is a high priority; therefore,
- I will not attempt to bypass the security built into the system, and I recognize that doing so will result in immediate cancellation of my privileges.
- I will not alter or manipulate grades, transcripts, report cards and/or schedules (whether for myself or others) within the Net Classroom website.
I recognize that vandalism is defined as any malicious attempt to alter, harm or destroy data or any computer hardware; therefore,
- I will not vandalize any machine or related materials.
- I will not vandalize any work belonging to any other person.
The use of the Internet is not a right, but a privilege and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of that privilege. Each individual who will have access to the Internet will receive information pertaining to the proper use of the network. Any violation of the above rules will result in:
1st Offense Loss of all computer privileges for 9 weeks
2nd Offense Loss of all computer privileges for 18 weeks
3rd Offense Loss of all computer privileges for 36 weeks
In addition, the administration will have the right to add additional punishment as deemed appropriate. The administrator(s) shall cause the termination of individual student access if a student graduates, transfers from the school, drops out of school, or violates the acceptable use policy.
An agreement form is to be distributed to all Calvary Murrieta Christian School students. A signed agreement form must be on file for each student who wishes to use any computer at CMCS. In order for a student to be allowed access to the Internet, the student must also have the form signed by a parent//guardian. A list of students allowed to use the Internet will be distributed to all teachers.
No signed agreement form:
Student will not have access to the CMCS computer network or system.
Student signature only:
Student will have access to CMCS computer network and agrees to abide by the Acceptable Use Policy.
Student signature plus parent/guardian signature and sponsoring teacher signature:
The student will have access to the CMCS computer network and the Internet. The parent/guardian agrees to take responsibility for his/her child’s behavior regarding the use of the CMCS computer network and the Internet. The parent understands that any rule that his/her child breaks will result in loss of computer privileges and possible disciplinary action as stipulated above.
CMCS does not provide a bus system for the students. We will do our best to provide transportation for field trips and athletic events, but there is no scheduled bus transportation to and from school. Carpool information is available in the school office.
Adult visitors are welcome in our school classes if permission has been granted at least one day in advance by the administration as well as every teacher that he/she is to visit. A Visitor’s Pass will be issued by the school office. It should be carried with, or displayed by, the visitor for the entire campus visit. We do this for the safety of our students, as we feel that it is essential to identify all adults interacting with the students.
There will be no student visitors allowed during the school year, unless they are viewing the school for possible enrollment and it has been pre-approved by administration at least twenty-four hours in advance.
Parent Volunteers must sign the log book in the school office and pick up a pass to enter the campus on every visit. All volunteers must sign out when leaving the campus and turn in their volunteer pass.
Parent Volunteer requirements are as follows:
- All parents who come on campus, especially those who volunteer for us, must:
- Check in at the office
- Be in dress code
- Have a current TB test on file
- Have a Livescan fingerprint for Calvary Murrieta on file
2. Parent volunteers will agree not to discuss anything with other parents regarding teachers, students or classroom procedures.
3. Volunteers agree to follow the Matthew 18 Principle.
4. Parents must have a prearranged schedule set up through the teacher of the classroom for which they are volunteering.
All students are expected to follow the library rules and regulations. Please read them carefully.
CHECK-OUT LIMIT: Initially, all students in 7th – 8th may check out one book. A student may check out additional books after presently checked-out books have been returned. Students working on special projects may check out additional books with the librarian’s permission.
TIME: Two weeks for 7th – 8th. Books may be renewed once. Additional renewals may be available with the permission of the librarian. The due date is to be stamped on the book and students are responsible for knowing when their books are due and returning them on time.
FINES: Fines are 10 cents per day per book. Student absences due to illness are exempt from fines. A fine of $5.00 will be assessed for any item returned with a missing or damaged barcode label.
PAYMENT OF FINES: A student may not check out any additional books until all fines have been paid.
LOST BOOKS: Students are to notify the librarian of any lost materials immediately. Students will be advised in writing of the replacement fee. If the lost material is found, the student will still owe overdue fines, but these will not exceed the price of the material.
DAMAGED MATERIALS: The amount of damage will determine the fee. The librarian makes this determination. If a student notices damages to any materials before check-out, he/she must notify the librarian in order to avoid fees incurred under his/her name.
OUTSTANDING MATERIALS: Students who have materials that are not returned or paid for by the end of the school year will not receive diplomas until their accounts are clear.
CONDUCT: The behavior rules will be explained to each class at the beginning of the school year. Parents and students are expected to be considerate of both people and materials at all times. Access to the library may be limited or withheld at the librarian’s discretion to any student whose behavior is unacceptable while visiting the library.
All 7th – 8th grade school books will be handed out on Orientation day. The curriculum provide to the student is property of Calvary Murrieta Christian School and should be treated in the same manner that one would want their personal property treated.
All curriculum will be returned at the end of the school year.
Recommended Textbook Instructions:
- Take proper care of your textbook.
- Do not write in your book
- Cover and protect your books. Books with missing covers or pages and/or books damaged by liquid will need to be replaced by the family.
- Keep your books secure. Make sure your name is on the inside front cover of all your books. Keep your books locked in your locker or with you to avoid theft.
- Lost books are not the responsibility of CMCS. Families need to replace books if they are lost, stolen or damaged beyond repair.
All junior high school students are required to dress for Physical Education. P. E. clothes must be purchased from the Athletic Department. It is our desire that all P. E. clothes are uniform, and therefore, clothes sold through the CMCS Athletic Department will be the only acceptable clothing for Physical Education. Each student will be issued a P. E. locker in the locker room and a lock.
Students are not to switch locks with their hall locks. Students must use only the P. E. locker assigned to them. If there are problems with the lock or locker, students are to report to the teacher.
Each student is required to bring his/her own paper, notebooks, pencils, etc. to class each day. In addition, students are expected to bring their own Bibles to Square One (Chapel).
A detailed list of school supplies for each grade and class can be found on the school website during the summer months or in the front office anytime of the year.
- The student should check to make certain that courses are taken in the proper sequence and that the necessary prerequisites have been met. The following prerequisites for math are required in order to be enrolled into the class:
- Pre-Algebra – All incoming 7th grade students will take Pre-Algebra. Any student who does not pass with a “C-” or better will repeat Pre-Algebra in 8th grade.
- Algebra 1 – Student must have earned a “C-” or better for the second semester in Pre-Algebra. They must not have failed the first semester.
NOTE: Students failing the first semester may be taken out of the class at the semester break. This will be done at the recommendation of the teacher and/or administration.
B. Schedule Changes
- Requests for schedule changes (including adding and/or dropping classes) are honored for the following reasons only and must be completed within the first two weeks of each semester.
1. A required course was omitted from the schedule.
2. Failed prerequisite course.
3. Academic misplacement (approved by counselor and administration).
4. Rare or unusual circumstances.
- After the two week period, students may not change classes. Please select your electives carefully. We will work very hard to provide you with the support to be successful in every class. If there is an extreme or unusual circumstance past the two week period, a meeting with the student, teacher, parent, and counselor must take place prior to a change (no exceptions). The final decision will be made by school administration.
- The procedure for requesting a class schedule change is as follows:
i). The student must fill out a “Change of Schedule” form which is available in the front office.
ii) No program changes will be made without the written consent of the student’s parents, Academic Dean and the Administrator.
iii) The Administrator will review for approval:
a) If approved, the student can pick up the copy of the Change of Schedule form in the school office. This form must be initialed by all teachers involved in the change.
b) If declined, the Administrator will notify the student of the reason.
iv) The student must continue attending classes as scheduled until he/she receives a copy of the Change of Schedule form, approving the change.
v) A student dropping a class after two weeks will receive an “F” for the semester and “0” credits in that class.
vi) Any schedule change prompted or approved by administration for academic or social reasons may be made at any time.
The master schedule assigns a maximum number of students for each class. Class numbers are assigned to accommodate both facility and learning conditions. Class size is one factor in creating a positive, functional learning environment. Students may be switched from their existing class(es) in order to balance class size.
Students who can make the necessary change without altering their entire schedule will be selected first. We will also randomly select students for this process in the interest of fairness. Administration makes every effort to ensure class sizes are conducive to a productive learning environment.
- In order for a 7th grade student to be promoted into the 8th grade, they must not have received more than one “F” in a core/academic class during each semester.
- In order for an 8th grade student to be promoted into high school, they must not have received more than one “F” in a core/academic class during each semester.
- Students in grades 7th and 8th must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher for the entire year in order to be promoted to the next grade level.
NOTE: Any exceptions to the above criteria would be made by the school administration and Academic Advisor after meeting with the parents, student, and teacher(s). The number of times placed on academic probation as well as social behavior will be taken into consideration when making the decision.
Progress Reports are not sent out by the school; rather, parents and students may check student grades on FACTS at any time. Parents and students are encouraged to pay close attention to comments that teachers post for individual assignments. If students have below a “C-” in a class, the classroom teacher will contact parents at the end of each week to explain the situation.
At the conclusion of each semester (approximately 18-20 weeks), an evaluation of the student’s progress for an entire semester will be recorded on the student’s report card found in FACTS.
Semester grades are an evaluation of the student’s work for an entire eighteen to twenty week period, which includes final exams. These grades are recorded on the report card that becomes part of the permanent record. It is on the basis of semester grades that a student earns credit and grade points.
Exams are a regular part of academic measurement. An unexcused absence will result in one-half credit on the finals. Make-up tests are set by the teachers at their discretion.
Letter grades are defined as follows (grade points are based on a 4.0 scale):
A = Excellent
B = Above Average
C = Average
D = Below Average
F = Failure
|The school’s grading scale is as follows:|
Academic probation is invoked when a student has a serious academic problem. It is intended to give notice to the parent and student so that a mutual effort on the part of both the school and home may be made to correct the academic deficiency. Hopefully the deficiency will be improved to a satisfactory or passing level. If not, Administration will decide if the student will be able to continue at CMCS.
Academic probation will be invoked in the following manner:
1. A student whose cumulative G.P.A. falls below 2.0 at the 9 week progress or final semester grading period will be placed on academic probation. The student will not be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities during this time.
2. A letter of notification will be sent to the parents.
3. A conference will be held with the student and the Guidance Counselor to give an explanation of the probation and suggestions for remediation. The parent will be given an opportunity to be part of this conference.
4. The academic status of the student will be reviewed by the administration at the end of the next assessment period (semester final or 9 week progress report). If the student has raised their G.P.A. to a 2.0 or higher, they will be removed from probation. Extracurricular activities may be resumed. However, if the student’s G.P.A. is still below a 2.0, the Administration will then decide if they will be allowed to remain in school.
Following removal or withdrawal from the school for academic reasons, a student may apply to be re-enrolled on academic probation if the following conditions are fulfilled:
- The student has attended another school for one full year.
- The student has completed a full academic load for the year.
- The student has received no grade lower than a “C” in any subject.
- The student can satisfactorily pass the Entrance Exam/Placement Test.
Achievement tests (Terra Nova) are administered to students (grades 7-8) each year in order to help parents and teachers evaluate their progress. These tests are mandatory.
The National Junior Honor Society is an organization established “to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service, to promote leadership, and to develop character in the students of secondary schools. NJHS challenges the members to continue their development through involvement in school activities and providing service to the community. It is both a privilege and honor to be a member of this prestigious organization. The initial qualification to receive an invitation into our school’s chapter is to distinguish themselves by attaining at least a 3.5 GPA in the second semester as a 7th grader and continually as an 8th grader. The application process reviews the student’s volunteer services, exhibited leadership qualities, and principles of morality and ethics. Members inducted into NJHS must then maintain at least a 3.5 GPA in order to retain an active member status.
The objective of Calvary Murrieta Christian School is to develop the student in areas of Christianity, academics, social skills, and responsibility. Therefore, it is important that those students that represent this school be in “good standing” with the school.
To be in good standing with the school, all junior high students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average in their studies (the average of all class grades). The student must also be of good character and not a discipline problem in the school.
Any junior high school student whose cumulative G.P.A. falls below a 2.0 at the end of a 12 week progress or final semester grading period will be placed on academic probation and becomes ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities (athletics, fine arts performances, etc.) until the end of the following next assessment period (semester final or 9 week progress report). The Administration has the option of placing a student on probation for such problems as attitude, behavior, and homework. Final decisions concerning probation and eligibility will be made by the administration.
Homework is considered to be a valuable tool in properly teaching and preparing our students within the subject matter. Therefore, it is expected of each student to complete all of their assignments and turn them in on the day and time they are collected.
Late Work Policy
Assignments must be submitted in class on the due date. If students do not submit the work it will result in zero credit. Teachers may allow students to turn in the assignments by the following calendar day for partial credit.
Absent Work Policy
- All assignments which are due or collected on the day of the student’s absence must be turned in by the end of the next attended school day; anything submitted after that will result in zero credit.
- Students must turn in all work assigned during their absence within two calendar days of returning to school. (Based on the nature of the work, teachers may extend due dates.) Anything submitted after that will result in zero credit.
At the completion of each semester, a list of the students who have achieved academic distinction will be published. Students who have an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher in all classes will be listed on the Honor Roll. Individual Honor Roll awards will be distributed as follows:
Principal’s Award~ 4.0 (all grades are an “A”)
High Honors ~ 3.7 – 3.9
Honor Roll ~ 3.0 – 3.6
NOTE: GPA’s will be rounded to the nearest tenth to determine awards.
Students with “Ds” or “Fs” in any class will not be eligible for an award.
Attendance at school provides a student with classroom experience. This experience is composed of participation in class activities and direct instruction conducted by the classroom teacher. The instructional program designed by each teacher is a progressive and sequential experience. It is generally impossible for that experience to be “made up”.
Attendance at CMCS is broken down into three categories: absences, extended absences, and truancy
There is no distinction between excused and unexcused absences. A student’s failure to attend class will be considered an absence for that class. The maximum number of allowable absences in any one semester is eight (8) days. Attendance is recorded on a class-by-class basis; this applies to all junior high classes. As we are aware that there are unavoidable situations such as medical and dental appointments, personal illnesses, and funerals, we are allotting 8 absences per semester.
|Absences 1-8||No academic consequences if classwork is turned in according to homework policy.|
|Absences 1-7||Parent/guardian alert via email or phone call.|
|Absence 8||Last absence without consequence, parent/guardian alert via email or phone call.|
|Absence 9||1st consequence – Student meeting with administration, student’s class grade will be lowered by 10% (one letter grade). Email to parent/guardian.|
|Absences 10 &11||Parent/guardian alert via email or phone call, no academic consequences.|
|Absence 12||2nd consequence – Student meeting with administration, student’s class grade will be lowered by an additional 10% (totaling two letter grades). Email to parent/guardian.|
|Absences 13 &14||Parent/guardian alert via email or phone call, no academic consequences.|
|Absence 15||Letter from the guidance department informing parents that their student will be withdrawn from the class in question with no credit given. Student will be assigned to a no-credit study hall in the Library.|
*School Sanctioned Events: The following CMCS events will be authorized for absence from school with no negative attendance consequences:
- Calvary Athletics
- Calvary Fine Arts
- School Sanctioned Field Trips
- Calvary ASB Events
- Calvary Outreach Trips
*Students who are involved in any of the above activities must meet with their teachers prior to leaving for these events to obtain homework and/or set up times to make up class work, activities, or tests. Failure to comply will result in application of the late work policy as outlined below.
When a student will be out of school for an extended period (a planned absence of 4 days or longer), it is important that our partnering relationship continues. Parents will need to inform administration in writing at least 14 days in advance of the absence.
With chronic illnesses, documentation is vital. A letter from the student’s physician will need to be submitted to administration upon the returning to school. This letter needs to include the days that the student missed school, prescribed limitations, and an explanation for the extended absence. These absences will be recorded, yet no disciplinary measures will be taken.
After parents obtain notification from the principal, the student must then contact the teachers and obtain all assignments for the period of absence. All work must be completed and turned in to the teachers prior to the student’s absence or, with teachers’ permission, turned in after returning to school. If the teachers are not contacted beforehand, the late homework policy will then be put into effect.
“Truancy” is an absence without the knowledge and consent of parents and /or school staff. This includes leaving school without permission before the end of the school day, or staying out of a scheduled class or activity without permission. Such action will not be tolerated. Possible consequences of being truant will include:
1st time – 1-day suspension. Parents are notified.
2nd time – Meet with administration and parent. 1 to 3-day suspension.
3rd time – School Board review for possible expulsion.
Tardies affect not only the tardy student, but disrupt students in the class. It is the parent and student’s responsibility to be at school and in class on time. The bell schedule allows sufficient passing period between classes. All students are expected to be in class at the time the bell rings at the start of the class. If a student arrives after the bell has rung, they should assume they have been marked tardy.
- Students are considered absent if they are more than fifteen (15) minutes late.
- Each teacher keeps a daily record of tardies.
- Students are permitted four (4) tardies each semester without discipline.
- The fifth (5) tardy, and each additional tardy, will result in a demerit.
- From that point on the schools policy on demerits will fall into play. (i.e. four (4) demerits equals a Saturday school and $25 fee)
Spiritual Life and Conduct
One of the unique purposes of CMCS is to prepare Christian young people for effective service for Christ wherever He leads them. Since effective Christian service can be performed only by those who are truly Christian, CMCS expects the following traits and behaviors for each student:
- A vital, personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.
- Demonstration by attitude and behavior, of a life committed to following Christ. “Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (I Timothy 4:12)
- A sincere desire to mature intellectually, socially, and spiritually.
- A growing concern for the welfare of others.
- Responsibility for his/her own behavior and its effect on others.
Spiritual growth is never the result of superimposed rules; therefore, CMCS expects each student to adhere to conduct in accordance with the highest standards of honesty, integrity, responsibility, and love as set forth in Scripture.
Each student should understand that attending CMCS is a privilege granted to those who will demonstrate a spirit of harmony with the philosophy and goals of the school. By applying for admission to CMCS, the student agrees to obey the rules both of an academic and non-academic nature and to observe the standards of conduct set forth by the school board.
As Christians we seek to live our lives out of the positive law of love in obedience to God’s commandments. It is further recognized, however, that our love is imperfect, fragmentary, and deficient. It is in recognition of this fact that this conduct code seeks to assist the students and parents by prohibiting certain actions or behaviors that are in conflict with a Christian code of conduct. Negative behavior lessens academic performance, causes difficulty in managing emotions, affects personal relationships, heightens the potential for damage to property, injury, or illness, and infringes on the rights of others. Therefore, students must at all times (365 days of the year, both on and off campus), while enrolled at CMCS refrain from the following):
- The use of illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or any form of tobacco, smoking, or vaping.
- Involvement in immoral activities.
- Swearing, telling dirty stories or using language unbecoming to a Christian.
- Disorderly conduct (on and off campus).
- Acts of plagiarism or dishonesty, such as cheating, lying or stealing.
Statement on Plagiarism
Plagiarizing encompasses, but is not limited to, the following:
- Presenting as one’s own, the works or the opinions of someone else without proper acknowledgement.
- Borrowing of the sequence of ideas, the arrangement of materials, or the pattern of thought of someone else without proper acknowledgment.
Some examples are: having a parent or another person write an essay or do a project which is then submitted as one’s own work; failing to use proper documentation and bibliography.
Plagiarism is scholarly theft, and it is defined as the unacknowledged use of secondary sources. More specifically, any written presentation in which the writer does not distinguish clearly between original and borrowed material constitutes plagiarism.
Because students, as scholars, must make continuous use of the concepts and the facts developed by other scholars, plagiarism is not mere use of another’s facts and ideas. However, it is plagiarism when students present the work of other scholars as if it were their own work.
Statement on Cheating
A core value of an institution that seeks to maintain high moral and ethical standards is the intolerance of cheating in any form. Cheating undermines both the integrity of the perpetrator as well as that of the school. The following will be considered cheating:
- The willful giving or receiving of an unauthorized, unfair, dishonest, or unscrupulous advantage in academic work over other students.
- The above may be accomplished by any means whatsoever, including, but not limited to, the following: fraud, duress, deception, theft, talking, signs, gestures, copying from another student, unauthorized collaboration, and the unauthorized use of study aids, memoranda, books, electronic programs, data or other information. •
- Some examples are: deception; the use of talking, signs, or gestures during a quiz; copying from another student or allowing the copying of an individual assignment; passing test or quiz information during a class period or from one class period to members of another class period with the same teacher; submission of pre-written writing assignment at times when such assignments are supposed to be written in class; illegally exceeding time limits on timed tests, quizzes, or assignments; unauthorized use of study aids, notes, books, data, or other information; computer fraud; sabotaging the projects or experiments of other students.
If a student cheats or plagiarizes, she/he may receive a zero for the entire assignment and may not qualify for make-up of the assignment subject to the teacher’s discretion. The school reserved the right to assign additional penalties based on the severity of the offense up to and including suspension or expulsion.
General School Rules
The following School Rules have been established to maintain and promote the safest and most effective environment for learning. These school rules will be enforced at all times and are in addition to individual classroom rules, which may vary.
- All students are to be respectful and obedient to staff and faculty members at all times.
- Students are to be good examples of Christian young people both on and off campus. Students are to show respect for the rights and feelings of others.
- Students are not allowed to display on their clothing or personal property such items as pictures or emblems that exalt groups or movements which are contrary to biblical standards.
- Students are not allowed to bring or possess on campus fireworks, firecrackers, matches or other flammable materials.
- Weapons of any kind are not allowed on campus.
- Alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco or vaping instruments are not allowed on campus.
- No Cell Phones (See Cell Phone Policy)
- No gum is allowed on campus at any time.
- Students are not allowed to leave the campus during school hours except with written parent permission and office approval. Students are not allowed to leave campus without a parent coming into the school office and signing them out.
- Tampering with or taking items from another student is not allowed.
- Demonstration of personal affection (i.e., familiar touch, holding hands, full frontal embraces, kissing, etc.) is not allowed.
In order to maintain a classroom environment which allows for maximum learning, teachers establish those standards they deem necessary and will inform each students of their classroom standards of behavior at the beginning of the school year.
How Misconduct is Handled
When a student’s behavior or attitude is in conflict with the standards of the school, every effort will be made to encourage the student to demonstrate the change and improvement necessary to comply with these standards. As much as possible, misbehavior in the classroom will be handled by the teacher.
Methods of maintaining student discipline at CMCS include the following:
- The teacher and student will have a meeting regarding the misbehavior.
- The teacher will make telephone contact with the parents.
- The teacher may assign a consequence/demerit(s) to the student.
- The teacher may request a conference to include the parent, teacher, student and administration.
If, after a reasonable amount of time, the teacher feels that there is a continuing problem in behavior or attitude, he will refer the student to the administration for further disciplinary action. In certain serious misbehaviors, such as disrespect to teachers, student fighting or violations of the Christian lifestyle standards, students will be referred immediately to the administration.
Probation or suspension may be used as part of the discipline procedure. Students may be expelled (withdrawn from enrollment in the school) for continued violations of school standards or if a single offense is particularly serious.
A demerit is a “point” on the student’s record. In the event that multiple demerits are given or accumulated, certain consequences will be handed out by administration (see student conduct form below for demerit levels and correlating consequences below). In the event that a demerit is given to a student, that demerit will remain on the student’s record for the school year.
Student’s are given the opportunity to “work off” any demerit they receive. Also. if they do not receive another discipline report and/or demerit within 1 calendar month or 30 days (including weekends and holidays), 1 demerit will be removed from the student’s record. Misconduct has been classified and divided into three categories, depending on the severity of the violation.
Saturday School Policy
Students that reach demerits 4, 8, and 12 will receive Saturday School(s). There is a $25 fee for Saturday School. Students will be required to come to school on a predetermined Saturday for the hours of 8:00-11:00 AM. They will be required to work on campus; picking up trash, scraping gum, cleaning classrooms, bathrooms, etc.
A student who is placed on Social Probation will have a designated period of time to demonstrate the ability to perform satisfactorily at CMCS.
During the period of probation, a student is expected to improve his conduct to the extent necessary to satisfy the faculty and administration that he will benefit from continued enrollment at CMCS. During the probation, the student will meet with the administration on a regular basis to discuss progress. Definite, individualized goals will be established for each student in the following areas:
- Spiritual Growth
- Academic Progress
Social Probation should be viewed as a time when the school and the family can work closely together to encourage growth and improvement in the life of the student. It should be a positive experience for everyone involved. However, if the student fails to respond positively to these efforts, and adequate progress is not shown, the student may be asked to withdraw from the school.
Suspension: A student may be suspended from school for any serious offense such as those listed on the Discipline Report Form. Very specific changes in attitudes and actions will be expected prior to re-admission. Work missed during any suspension will be treated as a non-school sanctioned absence and a grade no higher than a 60% will be given on any assignment, quiz, or test conducted on that day. Any additional suspensions will result in a zero for all classes and a required meeting with the Administration.
The administrator has the authority to suspend a student. The length of suspension will be 1-3 days, as determined by the administrator.
Expulsion will be recommended if it becomes apparent that the student will not be able to meet the requirements of the school, or the student has reached the maximum number of demerits. Expulsion may also be recommended for violation of Category III rules, unresolved academic or disciplinary probation, or failure to correct the deficiencies specified in probationary admissions. When expulsion is recommended, a date of withdrawal from the school will be set and the withdrawal procedure followed. The expulsion date may be immediate. Recommendations for expulsion will require the approval of the School Board. A student may be expelled from school for a serious breach of conduct, and/or repeated problems with behavior or academic performance.
- In the case of such an offense, the matter will be referred to the Calvary Murrieta Christian School’s School Board.
- The Board will review the matter and advise the administrator concerning expulsion.
- The School Board has the authority to expel any student for non-compliance with the rules and regulations of the school.
Purpose and General Guidelines
Calvary Murrieta Christian School has been established as a discipleship based learning environment. We partner with you, our parents, to care for the adornment and decorum of each student as we teach and enforce godly dress. It is important that our school standards for clothing and general appearance are understood and supported by all of our parents so we can provide a clear and united teaching for our youth. The fashion world is developing new styles all the time, and the styles are not always right or wrong; however, in a day of constantly deteriorating cultural styles, we feel we must set a minimum standard which will bring honor and glory to Jesus Christ. If there is any question in your mind regarding what your students want to wear, the best thing to do is either not let them wear it, or have them get permission ahead of time. It is our prayer that you will have godly discernment as you and your child select clothes in line with the school’s guidelines. We do expect a willing spirit of cooperation from students and parents, and the Administration reserves the right to make the final decision in matters of judgment.
In the BEGINNING……
Since each of us are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27) we need to see ourselves as He sees us. Our outward appearance is a reflection of the way we view ourselves and how we think God sees us. We want our students to understand that they are valuable because God created them, not because they are physically attractive to the opposite sex. It all starts with our self-image. Do we see ourselves as God sees us?
What is modest?
Clothes were given by God to cover the body (Genesis 3:21), particularly so that our thoughts would remain pure. Adam and Eve thought they knew what was best to wear, but God showed them a better way. People who dress in a seductive manner are doing what they think is best according to their own standard. Asking for attention from the opposite sex through your dress is neither holy nor godly. Dannah Gresh, author of Secret Keeper: The Delicate Power of Modesty, describes the reason we desire to instill modesty in our students, whether male or female. “Both (male and female) need to understand that our beauty comes from within, not from our outward appearance. Lack of modesty is rampant in churches. I believe churches need to explain “why” modesty is so important, and “why” immodesty is so dangerous. Dressing modestly is a heart issue. The Christian faith does not condemn beauty. Fashion is okay, but God wants us to be more concerned with our inner beauty than our external beauty.”
Importance of Purity
Everywhere our students look, even walking past popular clothing stores, something is teaching them to grow up as quickly as possible. True purity is freedom: freedom from anything that debases, corrupts or pollutes. This can relate to many areas of our students’ lives but in terms of their dress, we want them to realize how crucial that freedom of purity is. We are to glorify Him in all we do, including the way we choose to dress. It is our deep desire that each student who graduates from Calvary Murrieta Christian School leaves with their purity intact.
Dress Code Standards
Modesty is our hope, and our desire is to encourage students to make choices based on that hope. If you are in need of specific details on how the school views modesty, please see the guidelines, below.
1) Tops (i.e. shirts)
a) Standard Tops
Tops should be of a fabric (not a sheer fabric) and a fit that does not reveal undergarments. Extra tight fitting tops that cling to the body (like Lycra or Spandex) are not permitted. If any part of the midriff shows when the arms are raised fully above the head or the student is leaning over, then the top is too short. If any cleavage shows, the top is too low.
b) Sleeveless Tops
This is very difficult to manage here at school. Although some sleeveless shirts are modest, others are not. In order to avoid the uncomfortable situation in which a judgment call (which may be perceived as unfair) regarding a shirt must be made by the teacher and/or administrator, sleeveless shirts or tank tops cannot show any part of a student’s undergarment. The top also must not be designed as an undergarment. Please understand our heart is to encourage modesty, and tank tops or sleeveless tops are very difficult to keep in this realm. Here are some key parameters: Two inch straps, Small arm holes, Loose fitting around the chest.
While many articles of clothing advertise messages that are not contrary to the mission and purpose of Calvary Murrieta Christian School, in order to avoid the making of value judgments by school personnel regarding messages conveyed on clothing: Any article of clothing (including Christian apparel) that initially seems to advertise a message contrary to the mission and purpose of CMCS may not be worn (example-“B-Wiser” t-shirt with the Budweiser look). In addition, clothing with slogans written on a student’s bottom is not permissible.
2) Pants, Shorts, Skirts, or Dresses
No oversized, baggy, or extra long pants or jeans that drag on the floor will be permitted. Extremely tight-fitting (skin-tight) pants or jeans are also not permitted. (Avoid materials like Lycra or Spandex.) We want to promote a learning environment. Proper fitting clothing must be worn so that students are not distracted by their own clothing (pulling up or down on a garment) or another students clothing.
The length of clothing is also a very intricate subject within the school modesty regulations. We would like to allow students the freedom to enjoy fashion, but help them understand when it is compromising their purity and modesty. Together we (school and parents) must make teachable moments. We need to help students make a good clothing choice while shopping, always keeping in mind that they are followers of Christ. When we start saying, “These are good school clothes, and these are ok to wear outside of school” we are encouraging two lives, or as we would say Biblically, “two masters”. Here are some key parameters to go by if you struggle in this area: No undergarments should be visible; Length: 50% from hip to knee must be covered; Shreds, rips, or holes are not allowed above the knee. None of our parameters are all inclusive but they are in place to help encourage modesty so that we stop drawing attention to our skin and start drawing others to The Spirit.
Appropriate shoes are important for various activities. Flip flops are not appropriate for P.E. or breaks for safety reasons. Students will be expected to bring tennis shoes for those activities. If the student’s flip flops become a distraction in the classroom (sometimes it’s hard to have or “wear them” and not play with them), the teacher may ask the student to change them. This, as are all of our dress code parameters, is a responsibility, and as such, if we as a school feel you are not able to handle that responsibility, it will be taken away.
Girls may wear light, modest make-up.
Hair is to be neat, clean, combed; natural in color and not covering the face.
Students may wear modest jewelry, including rings, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings (girls only). Students will be asked to remove inappropriate jewelry.
7) Tattoos and Body Piercing
Tattoos and body piercings (other than earrings) are not permitted. Because of the permanence of piercings or other bodily alterations, we will ask you to wait until you have turned 18 to make that choice. Please don’t cause us to enforce this section of the dress code. Because it is a permanent alteration to your body, the consequences, unfortunately, will be equally permanent.
If swimsuits are worn for any school function they need to be modest. Boys must wear knee-length shorts, and girls must wear a modest one-piece suit. Or if two pieces,the suit must be completely covered by a dark colored t-shirt and shorts that follow the standard dress code. Again,we are focusing on modesty and doing our best not to draw attention to our skin but to our spirit.
9) Practice Apparel for Sporting Events
Athletic apparel for a sporting event will be unique to each team. Teams will determine (with Athletic Director approval) their own needs for practice and game apparel. They will, however, need to stay within our school dress code with the following exception: Shorts (these cannot be lycra or spandex) may be slightly shorter than stated in our dress code as long as they are no shorter than the length of their team uniform.
Some of our dress code is a result of concern for our students’ safety during school and school activities.
Please remember, we want our students to understand that they are valuable because God created them, not because they are physically attractive to the opposite sex. It all starts with our self-image. Do we see ourselves as God sees us? If we do, then we should dress with Him in mind.
Dress Code Violations
Once a student has received two dress code violations, parents will be notified through a Discipline Report with a warning or possible demerit.
Our motto here at Calvary Murrieta Christian School is “Equipping for Today and for Tomorrow.” Part of that preparation is in fulfilling the great commission of Jesus, “… you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” These were Jesus’ last words to His disciples; His first words to His disciples were similar, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
The outreach trips at CMCS are designed to allow our students an opportunity to practice those lessons taught each day in class and at home. James exhorts us, “But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (James 1:22). He then goes on to remind us, “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.”
We encourage all students to pray about being involved in one of these trips offered throughout the course of the year. If interested in serving, they can contact the school office for an application and more information on each trip.
CMCS ASB hosts four events throughout the year for our students
- Fall Off Campus Event
- Winter On Campus Event
- Spring Off Campus Event
- End of year party On Campus Event
The costs for these events differ from year to year. Once a ticket is purchased a full refund for personal “change of plan” cannot be given.
Students who invite a guest from outside of CMCS to these events must have a visitor’s pass filled out completely and approved by administration. The visitor’s pass can be obtained through the ASB teacher.
PLEASE NOTE, students may not participate in any of the above events if:
- They have a failing grade in any subject.
- They are on academic probation.
- They are on social probation.
Parent/Student Handbook Agreement
Calvary Murrieta Christian Schools believes the Bible is the infallible, divine Word of God. For this reason, we rely on scripture as the basis of the Standards of Conduct adopted at our school (Matt. 22:37-39; Rom. 13:8-10; Gal. 5:14; I Peter 2:17; I Cor. 9:27).
Our responsibility as a school is to provide an environment that affords all young people the spiritual awareness, growth and development necessary to become mature Christians. The standards in this handbook are seen as a necessary part of achieving and maintaining this goal and therefore must be adhered to by each member of our student body.
In order to best promote the scholastic and spiritual development of all our students, the principles set forth are required by each student. Each year, every student enrolled at Calvary Murrieta Christian Junior High as well as their parent(s) is required to read the Parent/Student Handbook. This handbook outlines the standards and policies of the school. This Handbook pledge is signed by both student and parent via each teacher’s syllabi which is handed out on the first or second day of school.