To be considered for promotion to the next grade level, each middle school student (grades 6 - 8) must obtain sufficient academic credit in required courses during that school year in accord with Green Dot’s grading scale (see Green Dot Policy, “Grading Scale” in the student handbook). Middle school students are required to receive academic instruction and participate in the subject areas of English, Reading, Mathematics, Social Science, and Science.
Any student who misses a certain number of days in a semester in a class period may not earn credit in that course (see Green Dot Policy C. 1.0, “Attendance, Absenteeism, Truancy and SART” in the student handbook). Students who fail more than two courses per school year may not be promoted to the next grade level (i.e., that student may be retained in the same grade level for the following school year).
Students who fail one or two courses in a school year may be required to pass summer school to be promoted to the next grade level.
Green Dot administration reserves the right to review special circumstances and allow consideration to be given.
When high academic achievement is evident, the Executive Director or designee may recommend a student for acceleration into a higher grade level. The student's maturity level shall be taken into consideration.
Middle School Commencement Ceremony Participation Recommendations
Each Green Dot middle school may require its students to complete any or all of the following to be eligible to participate in the school’s commencement ceremony:
- Community service hours (Green Dot recommends ten hours per school year)
- Adherence to all disciplinary contracts/agreements.
A student may be prohibited from participating in the commencement ceremony for academic, behavioral, or other reasons at the school Principal’s discretion and with the Executive Director’s approval.
Green Dot Public Schools Tennessee Plan for Hiring ESL (English as a Second Language) Teachers for ELLs (English Language Learners):
It is our goal to create a safe, orderly, and academically focused environment. Research shows that when combined with other appropriate measures, dress code policies have a positive impact on school climate, student behavior and academic success. Students are to focus on cleanliness, neatness, good taste, and safety. The regulations listed below are to be observed by all students at all times. SHIRTS: Only plain collared, polo-style shirts are to be worn in the color that the school designates. The only approved logo or name is the name of the school. Plain shirts are acceptable, but no logos are permitted. All shirts must be tucked in at all times during school hours. When both hands are raised, the shirt must be long enough to remain tucked. All undershirts must be black, white, or gray and must be worn under not over the shirt.
SWEATERS/SWEATSHIRTS: V-neck pullover, crew-neck pullover or cardigan in solid dark navy blue may be worn. All sweaters must be worn with a uniform shirt underneath. Sweaters must be all dark navy blue with no writing, emblems, or logos of any kind of except the name of the school. Plain dark navy blue sweatshirts (without hoods) may be worn. HOODIES ARE NOT ALLOWED.
PANTS/SHORTS: Only trouser-style khaki pants/shorts/ are to be worn. Trousers are to be worn at least ankle length but not touching the ground. No cargo shorts are permitted. The hem must not be frayed or ripped and sweat pants are not allowed. It is not permissible to cut the leg seam. Shorts/skirts must reach the top of the knee in length. Pants and shorts must be worn at the waist, not at the hip.
SKIRTS/SHORTS: Khaki skirts/skorts must be the appropriate size and must fall just above the student’s kneecaps.
TIGHTS/LEGGINGS: Only solid black, white, or gray may be worn under skirts of the appropriate length.
BELTS: Belts it must be a black, white, or gray, standard width belt, and it must be properly worn at waist level. Belts may be webbed, braided or leather. Belts and belt buckles may not have logos, studs, chains or initials.
FOOTWEAR: Dress shoes or tennis shoes. All footwear must have closed toes and closed heels. No house shoes, slippers, or sandals of any kind are allowed. Shoes must be plain white, black brown, blue or grey. Shoes can be a combination of the approved colors.
HAIR: Neat, clean, and fixed in such a way that it does not hang in the face. Beards and mustaches that are neatly trimmed.
HEAD WEAR: No hats, bandanas, wave caps, or visors are allowed on campus. Students may not wear their hoods in class. Girls may wear ribbons, rubber bands, barrettes, or headbands. No sweatbands are allowed on your wrists or your head. SCHOOL GEAR: School T-Shirts, Spirit Shirts, and sweatshirts may be worn on designated days.
SOCKS: Plain black, white or gray must be worn.
COATS/OUTERWEAR: Coats and outwear may be worn but must be taken off and stored in lockers during the school day.
SYMBOLS: Symbols, either sewn or pinned onto clothes, backpacks or jewelry, may not display any messages of intolerance, gang, drug or sexual references. Such symbols will not be tolerated on any school materials or supplies.
We must establish the integrity of our dress code. Student who are not in uniform will be given opportunities to correct their attire, including using “loaner clothing” if it is available. Students who fail to return the loaner clothing at the end of the day may have their student accounts charged the cost of the clothing. The student should expect disciplinary action consistent with our progressive discipline policy. A phone call home may be made on the first offense for any student who fails to comply with the dress code. A family member may be asked to come to school with a change of clothes, and student may receive detention and/or in-school suspension.