Lexington, OH 44904-1219
Phone: 419-884-2112

Message from the Principal
Welcome to Lexington Junior High School. It is the purpose of our school to benefit the students of Lexington to the best of our ability. The school will try to meet the interests, vocations and abilities of our students, and prepare them for the future.
Good citizenship and scholarship are expected of all students in Lexington. We are here to assist in any way possible to make your experiences worthwhile and productive.
Students and parents have certain responsibilities to the school. We hope that this handbook will explain programs, policies, and what is expected of each student. Please read carefully, and feel free to ask me if there are any questions or concerns.
You are encouraged to participate in all aspects of our school. If we work together, we can assure quality education for the children of Lexington.
W. David Ferguson
Principal 3
Central Office
Mr. Michael Ziegelhofer Superintendent
Mr. David Roberts Assistant Superintendent
Mr. Dennis Bowman Technology Director
Board of Education
Mr. Robert Whitney President
Mr. Jeff Heck Vice President
Mr. Keith Stoner
Mrs. Karen Wilson
Mr. Loren Blackstone
Mrs. Judy Stahl Treasurer
Lexington Junior High School Philosophy
The Junior High School program will provide educational activities and experiences in which students can discover and develop their own abilities. The school will provide an intellectual basis for understanding, appreciating, and interpreting our society, its culture and its history. It will also promote curiosity and creativity and the mastery of the basic skills in science and math. Through a variety of curricular and extra-curricular activities, the Junior High School will provide the students with the skills of independent study and work, and the atmosphere that encourages self-discipline, respect for self and others, and growth of moral and ethical values.
Title IX Regulations Compliance
The Board of Education of the Lexington Local School District, in compliance with the rules and regulations pertaining to nondiscrimination on the basis of sex under federally assisted programs and activities, has established a grievance procedure whereby a complaint related to violation, interpretation or application of Title IX Rules and Regulations may be quickly and smoothly resolved.
Students are eligible to participate in this grievance procedure by addressing the complaint in writing to the Title IX Compliance Coordinator.
Time Schedule
7:30 a.m. Students to homeroom
7:37 Tardy Bell
7:40 - 7:45 Announcements
7:45 - 8:31 1st Period
8:35 - 9:21 2nd Period
9:25 - 10:11 3rd Period
10:15 - 11:01 4th Period
11:05 - 11:51 5th Period
11:55 - 12:41 6th Period
12:45 - 1:31 7th Period
1:35 - 2:21 8th Period

Seventh Grade Curriculum
Required courses:

1. English
2. Mathematics
3. Science
4. Social Studies
5. Reading - 1 semester
6. Art - 1 semester
7. Physical Education - 1 semester
8. Jr. High Life Skills - 1 semester
One of the following is required:
1. General Music - 1 semester
2. Band
3. Choir
4. Orchestra

Eighth Grade Curriculum
Required courses:

1. English
2. Mathematics
3. Science
4. History
5. Health/Physical Education - 1 semester each
6. Technology Lab - 1 semester
7. Reading - 1 semester
Electives - Full Year:
1. Band
2. Orchestra
3. Geometry
4. Algebra
5. Foreign Language - Spanish, French, German
Electives - Semester:
1. Art
2. News Writing
3. Choir
Homework Policy
LJH is committed to a good homework policy and supports the use of homework as an integral part of the learning process. It is also felt that homework, properly designed, carefully planned and geared to the development of the individual student, meets a real need and has a definite place in the educational program.
The purpose of homework should be to complete, to reinforce and to enhance the learning taking place in the classroom. The value in homework is the experience it gives a child for developing independent thinking, in accepting responsibility, and in giving parents the chance to become involved in the learning process.
1. Students can expect to do at least 1 hour of homework a night on the average.
2. Students will be given time to start homework in class and ask questions.
3. If unable to complete homework, a note from the parent is sufficient excuse to
Extend the due date of assignment. In the event of continual extensions, a Parent/Teacher conference may be set up.
4. Students will not be assigned busy work.
5. In most cases, homework will not be assigned over vacation periods.
6. Homework will not count for more than 50% of the six week grade.
Student Responsibility:
Students that decide not to do homework can expect several possible things to happen:
1. Lowering of the six week grades.
2. Possible noon detention, Friday school, or in-school detention.
3. Visit to the Guidance Counselor or Principal.
4. Parent notification that a problem exists.
Parent Responsibility:
1. Provide a quiet place for homework to be done.
2. Parents should discourage cheating or copying of another student.
3. Parents should monitor and take responsibility for homework assignments being completed on time.

A. Grading Policy
In 1966, Lexington Local Schools adopted a standard grading system. In general, the letter grades denote the following:
A - Excellent F - Failure
B - Good I - Incomplete
C - Average WP - Withdrawn passing
D - Poor, but passing WF - Withdrawn failing
Grades may be considered incomplete if a student is absent and has missed required assignments, assignments are incomplete, or unsatisfactory.
In cases of cheating, the student will receive a zero (0) on the test or project and the letter grade for the six weeks will be reduced accordingly. Repeated offenses of cheating may result in more severe action.
Specifically, the letter grades denote the following:
A: 93 - 100 D: 61 - 70
B: 83 - 92 F: Below 60
C: 71 - 82
Final grades shall be the average of all six weeks and semester examination grades, and are to be figured as follows:
A - 4 points 3.6 - 4.0 - A
B - 3 points 2.6 - 3.5 - B
C - 2 points 1.6 - 2.5 - C
D - 1 point 0.6 - 1.5 - D
When the final yearly average is 3.5, 2.5, 1.5 or .5, the final grade will be determined by the average of the second semester grades. At least a .5 must be attained the second semester to pass.
In addition, students are required to pass two or three grading periods to receive credit for, or to pass, a semester course.
B. Promotion
Every student is expected to achieve a passing average “D” or better in each of his/her classes in order to be promoted to the next grade. A student who fails two or more subjects will be considered for retention. The building Principal is responsible for determining the eligibility of each student for promotion.
C. Honor-Merit Roll
All students who receive a point average of 3.5 or above in all subjects for the grading period are placed on the Honor Roll. Any student who is on the Honor Roll each six week period will receive special recognition at the end of the year Awards Program.
Any student receiving Incomplete or Unsatisfactory marks on grade cards will not be placed on Honor or Merit Rolls.
D. Academic Awards
Toward the end of each school year, an Academic Awards Program is held to recognize deserving students. Students in all of the curriculum areas will be honored for their scholastic achievement. This is one way LJHS places emphasis and importance on academic excellence.
School Policies

Bus Regulations
Students residing more than one (1) mile from school are eligible to ride a school bus. The following regulations should be observed when riding the bus:
1. The bus driver is in charge at all times.
2. Pupils will be expected to respect private property and school property at designated bus stops and wait for the bus in an orderly manner.
3. Good citizenship and cooperation are essential at all times for the mutual safety and efficiency of our pupil transportation system.
4. No smoking or disorderly conduct will be permitted on the bus at any time.
5. Lack of cooperation will result in suspension of riding privileges.
6. Students are to enter the building immediately upon leaving the bus, or when the bell rings for students to enter the building. No students are permitted behind the Junior High School either before or after school. Students are not to leave the school grounds.
7. At the end of the school day bus students are to report directly to the bus
loading area.
Students will be permitted to ride late buses only in cases of extreme emergency. Generally, this includes teachers keeping students to help them (not a detention). Written permission of the Principal is needed to ride any bus other than your own.
A written request from the parent is required for a bus pass. Students are to bring this request to the office first (1st) period. If the Principal approves the request, a bus pass will be issued.

Messages and Deliveries from Home
Any messages or deliveries to be given to a student must be taken to the Principal’s office, from which they will be given to the student.

Students who must take medication at school are required by law to have a form completed by a doctor and on file with the school. These forms can be picked up at the Junior High office. School law does not permit school officials to give out medications to students, including aspirin, even with parent permission.

At the beginning of the year, students must write their name in ink on the inside front cover of their textbooks, workbooks, and notebooks.
In the event textbooks are lost and not found within one week, the student should report it to the teacher. A second book will be issued to the student until the lost book is found. If the lost book is not found, a replacement cost must be paid.
Every board-owned textbook must be covered by the student who is using it.

Before School
Bus students are to enter school in the morning by the south doors near the cafeteria. All students who arrive before 7:30 a.m. may visit in the cafeteria, but should not enter the main building until after the 7:30 a.m. bell. A warning bell will sound at 7:37 a.m. which is to remind students that it is almost time for homeroom.

After School
Students must be out of the school building and off school property by 2:45 p.m., unless under supervision of a teacher/coach, or having permission from the main office. Students staying after school for club meetings should make arrangements for transportation in advance of the meeting date. While waiting for transportation to arrive, students are to wait by the door or outside of the building.

Grooming and Dress
Although it is not the desire of the school to dictate the type of dress worn by students, we do want to enforce that the educational process is not interrupted by students who draw attention to themselves by the clothes they wear.
We require no uniform standard of dress, but we do insist that students not call undesirable attention to themselves by an immodest appearance, unkempt appearance, or by any form of exaggerated attire, or exaggerated style, or hair color.

Acceptable Clothing
Hats are not to be worn in the school building. Pants or jeans with holes are also not permitted. Shorts may be worn to school with permission of the principal. Biker shorts, short cut-offs, and gym shorts are not acceptable. Anyone who does not adhere to the rules will lose their privilege to wear shorts. Also not permitted are bare midriffs. Halter and tank tops may not be worn to school unless shirts with sleeves are worn over the halter tops.
The length of all skirts and dresses should be the top of the knee. Boys will not be allowed to sag their pants. Pants should be worn on the waistline.
Students are not allowed to wear clothing with profanity on it, or that promotes alcohol, tobacco or drugs. Students are not allowed to wear jackets/coats to class unless the teacher or principal has given approval, due to lack of heat in the building. The building principal will have final say in deciding what is or is not appropriate dress for school.

Gum Chewing
Students are permitted to chew gum provided they have permission from the classroom teacher. Students must respect the decision of individual teachers who do not allow gum chewing in their class. Students should not need permission to dispose of gum in waste baskets before going to classes where gum is not permitted. Students who forget to dispose of their gum where it is not permitted, will be reminded and will receive a warning the first and/or second time. Habitual offenders will be dealt with by appropriate punishment, which will not be unreasonable or embarrassing.

Selling Items/Posters
Students are not permitted to sell any items to the general public, school employees, or fellow students unless it is through an in-school student club or organization. School related groups can sell items to the students with the approval of the superintendent or building principal, and shall be responsible for all accounting procedures. No commercial enterprise can use the school as a source for advertising. Posters of any kind must be approved by the principal before being displayed on walls or bulletin boards.
Study Hall Guidelines
Students are to enter and leave the study hall rooms in a quiet and orderly manner, and take assigned seats as soon as they enter. Study halls are a place to study. They are not a place for visiting friends, talking, or disturbing others. Therefore, students must have work to do in all study halls. Locker, Clinic and Restroom passes are given only in case of emergency.

Health Policy
It is recommended that any student having a fever of 100 degrees or above, not remain in school. Any student with evidence of an acute communicable disease should be separated from others immediately. Skin eruptions or rashes are considered communicable until a professional medical opinion is expressed.
Pupils are provided with an opportunity to apply for school insurance as protection against injury expenses. Insurance is available for school activities only, or for 24 hour year-round coverage. Students participating on an athletic team are automatically covered by a school policy while engaged in practice, participation in, or travel to and from the athletic activity. All accidents should be reported to the school office or the Athletic Director (for athletes) within 48 hours of the accident. Students with 24 hour insurance should report it to the principal, or to the agency (in summer), if the accident occurs outside of school. Insurance to cover musical instruments can be purchased at school. Contact your music teacher for details.

Extracurricular Activities Attendance
Students may not attend extracurricular activities, such as athletic events or student organization meetings, if they have been suspended from school, expelled, or specifically instructed not to attend for disciplinary reasons. Any student not in attendance for at least half of the school day, shall not participate as a spectator or participant in any extra curricular activities the same day, unless they have been excused by the principal in advance of that day.


State law requires all schools in the State of Ohio to notify parents when children are absent from school. We are asking that parents of Junior High students call the school by 8:30 a.m. if their child will be absent or tardy that day. If we are not contacted by parents, we will make a call to the home. A written excuse from the parent/guardian must be presented to the office immediately upon return to school. The note must contain: 1) the student’s first and last name; 2) date (s) of absence; 3) reason for absence; 4) signature of the parent or guardian.

Parents will receive notification when students reach 5 days absence, and again at 10 days absence; from there the County Truant Officer will be involved when necessary. Attendance will be marked excused or unexcused, depending upon the reason for the absence. If a written excuse is not received at school within 24 hours after a student returns to school, the absence will be marked unexcused. Absences which are unexcused may carry disciplinary action, depending upon circumstances, and a grade of ‘F’, or no credit, may be given for the work due during the unexcused absence. State law provides for two types of absences:
Past - Examples of excused past absences are: 1) personal illness; 2) illness in the immediate family; 3) death of a relative; 4) observances of religious holidays; 5) an emergency, or set of circumstances which, in the judgment of the school authorities, constitutes a good and sufficient cause for a past absence from school.
Future or Anticipated - Examples of future absences that will be accepted as excused are: 1) family vacations or family trips, and 2) farm work on the farm of the parent/guardian. Future absences require presentation of a written parental request before the absence.

Make-up Work
Students who are absent from school must contact their teachers concerning make-up work. It is the student’s responsibility to take the initiative and get the work made up within the allotted time. When assignments are requested for illness or vacation, we expect the work to be turned in by the second (2nd) day after returning to school. The only exceptions on this would be if other arrangements are made with individual teachers.
After an excused absence, all make-up work must be completed within 2 days from the time the student gets the assignment, or the grade may become ‘F’. Assignments must be received the first class period after the student returns to school. Example: Child is absent Monday, child picks up assignments on Tuesday, all assignments must be turned in during class on Thursday.
Before students will be excused for a family vacation, they must bring a note from home stating that they will be with their parents/guardian. A student must apply at the office in advance of the vacation, for an assignment sheet to be signed by each of his/her teachers.
Failure to follow this procedure will result in the time missed being marked unexcused.
When the student returns, all homework and tests that were due during the absence must be turned in 2 school days after returning, unless designated otherwise by the teacher.
Class Absence
When students are absent from one or several classes to attend a special activity of another class or organization, they are expected to obtain the assignments from the missed class and keep up with their work. (Since students are not considered absent from school, the make-up policy does not apply.) If at all possible, students should not miss class tests for special activities.

Early Dismissal or Other Appointments
If it is necessary for a student to leave school during the day, he or she must obtain permission from the office before homeroom (1st period) before leaving the building. Permission will not be granted without written parental approval. If the student is to walk, please state this within the written request. Parents who are picking up students during the school day must call for them at the Principal’s office.
Students will be counted absent one-half day if they enter after second period (9:21 a.m.) or if they leave before seventh period (12:45 p.m.). Otherwise, they are tardy.
Permission will not be granted without written parental approval. If the student is to walk, please state this within the written request. Parents who are picking up students during the school day must call for them at the Principal’s office. Students will be counted absent on-half day if they enter after second period (9:21 a.m.) or if they leave before seventh period (12:45 p.m.). Otherwise, they are tardy.

Students who are late to school must report to the office immediately to receive a tardy slip. The only excusable reason for the tardiness is an emergency beyond the control of the student. Repeated tardiness may result in disciplinary action.
A record of each student’s tardiness to class is kept in the office. Three (3) unexcused tardies in a grading period may result in being assigned an In-School Detention or Friday school.

Student Services

You’ve got a friend at LJHS!
Whether you have just moved to Lexington, or have gone to Lexington Schools since kindergarten, the Guidance Counselor is interested in how you are getting along at the Junior High. The Junior High Counselor is available to help all students who need information or assistance in making decisions. Students talk with him concerning school, home, or personal matters. Conversations between the counselor and students are private and kept in confidence.
Some of the ways a counselor can assist you are: 1) Helping you better understand your interests and abilities (interpreting test results and school records), 2) Informing you of other specialists who can help you with problems of reading, poor grades, health, etc.,
3) Providing up-to-date information about the future regarding school, college, or career choices, 4) Meeting with small groups of students to discuss common problems or concerns of adolescents.
When you want to see the Guidance Counselor during a class, you must get a pass from the classroom or study hall teacher. A special time can be reserved just for you by seeing the guidance secretary during free time, before or after school, or during lunch.

Schedule Change
Although schedule changes are not encouraged, there are sometimes unusual circumstances when permission is given. Students desiring to make a change should see the Guidance Counselor. Changes will not be honored without parent permission.
Withdrawal from School
Students who plan to withdraw from school must report to the Guidance Counselor’s office, where they will be given instructions for withdrawal procedures. All textbooks must be turned in, and all fees paid, before leaving. No records will be sent to the student’s new school unless these obligations are fulfilled.

Work Permits
All students under 18 years of age, working full or part time, are required to secure a work permit from the attendance office of Lexington High School. Students may secure proper forms from their building Principal’s office. The forms consist of four (4) parts and are to be completed by: 1) school, 2) physician, 3) employer, 4) issuing of the work permit at the Lexington High School. Student’s are reminded that their first responsibility is to the school. Work permits may be withdrawn by the school if it is felt that the job is interfering with the student’s school life.

School telephones are for business purposes. Permission must be granted by the secretary, principal, or a teacher before a student may use the telephone. Cell phones are not to be used during the school day.
Library Media Center
The library will be open as soon as the school opens in the morning, and will stay open until 3:15 p.m. The librarian will be available to help students learn how to find materials in the library, to suggest good books to read, and to help with classroom assignments.
Students using the library during their study hall time are expected to obey the study hall rules. [Refer to Study Hall Guidelines]
Students may come to the library: 1) anytime a classroom teacher writes them a pass, 2) before or after school, 3) during their lunch period with a special lunch pass signed by the librarian.
Students are expected to return materials on time. If an item is checked out for one night only, it is expected that the item will be returned before first (1st) period the next morning. The due date for regular materials is 2 full weeks from the next Friday. No overdue fine is charged, but lost materials must be paid for in full.

Speech and Hearing
Speech and hearing therapy is a service available at LJHS. If you feel you have a problem or a need, contact one of your teachers or the guidance counselor.
School Psychologist
The Lexington Schools are served by a full-time school psychologist from the office of the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center. Contact the guidance counselor or the principal, if you feel there is a need for this service.

Teacher’s Aides
Teacher’s aides work with and help students throughout the year. These range from student tutors to certified adult tutors, who especially work with students who have learning disabilities. The school works closely with parents if their child is being tutored at the school.

Volunteers in Education
This program is very helpful and beneficial to the schools. It involves concerned parents and citizens who donate their time to help the school. Many hours of voluntary work are given, helping both teachers and students do a better job in school.

Student Conduct Code

A very important aspect of life at LJHS is the good citizenship of the students. We are proud of the good behavior of our students, and we expect this tradition to continue.
To recognize and reward students who display good citizenship, four students are selected each month as Citizen of the Month. [Refer to Citizen of the Month section]
Students who misbehave will be disciplined accordingly. However, we want to emphasize the positive to students, and therefore, we encourage all students to become good citizens. Life will be happier and more enjoyable if we are all respectful, responsible, and considerate of others.
Hall Conduct and Passes
Halls are a traffic way. The following regulations will aid in effecting safety and building appearance:
1. Keep to the right.
2. To eliminate congestion, do not loiter or form groups.
3. Keep halls clean.
4. Boisterous conduct, running, calling, whistling, etc., will not be tolerated.
Violations of any of the above regulations will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
Students are required to have a hall pass whenever they are in the halls during class time. Helpers from the Principal’s office and Guidance office will carry identification with them. Students who wish to come to the office at any time during the day, other than their lunch period, must have a pass.

Smoking, or the possession of cigarettes or other tobacco products, is not permitted, and could result in In-School Detention (for the first offense), and up to a three day suspension. Further offenses will result in additional suspension and may result in expulsion.

Fighting by students on the school property will not be tolerated, and may result in a suspension.

Alcohol and Drugs
In the interest of the health and safety of all students, the purchase, possession, sale, distribution, or use of illegal drugs, alcohol, look-alike drugs, drug-related paraphernalia or narcotics is prohibited on the school grounds, buildings, or at school sponsored activities. Violations of these rules are grounds for suspension, and possible recommendation for expulsion. The following are also considered violations of the Drug and Alcohol Policy:
1. The odor of alcohol or other substances on a student’s breath or person, constitutes
being under the influence when verified by a school official.
2. Possession or control of drug-related paraphernalia.
3. Being in control of such items, whether on a person, or in a vehicle.
4. Counterfeit drugs, or look-alike drugs.

Illegal drugs/narcotics are defined as any narcotics, drug, medicine, or pill, chemical preparation, plant seed, or derivative thereof, of a hallucinogen, barbiturate or amphetamine nature.
Paraphernalia are instruments such as pipes, roach slips, syringes, hypodermic needles, a cocaine spoon or kits and any other items normally or actually used for packaging, conveyance, dispensation or use a of drugs/narcotics.
Look-alike or counterfeit drugs are specifically amended under Section 2925.01 (P) of the Ohio Revised Code, means any of the following:
A. Any drug that bears, or whose container or label bears, a trademark, trade name, or other identifying mark used without authorization of the owner or rights to such trademark, trade name, or identifying mark.
B. Any unmarked or unlabeled substance that is represented to be a controlled substance, manufactured, processed, packed or distributed.
C. Any substance that is represented to be a controlled substance or is a different controlled substance.
D. Any substance other than a controlled substance that a reasonable person would believe to be a controlled substance because of its similarity in shape, size, color, or its markings, labeling, packaging, distribution, or the price for which it is sold or offered for sale.
For example: If a student possesses or sells oregano, which he/she claims to be marijuana, a table which he/she falsely claims contains LSD, or a harmless pill which bears fake manufacturer’s markings so as to falsely indicate that it is a controlled substance, or sell crude tobacco cigarettes, while claiming it contains marijuana, it is now a criminal offense and subject to criminal prosecution.
Students who are legitimately using prescription drugs should have no more than prescribed dose in their possession during school hours. [Refer to Medication Policy]
Action to be taken:
A. Parent will be notified as soon as possible and student will be removed from school for the remainder of the day.
B. The police will be notified of the incident and they, at their discretion, may conduct an investigation.
C. Consultation set up with parent and student about the suspension procedure and the possibility of a reduced suspension if there is cooperation in dealing with the problem through a drug, alcohol evaluation and/or assessment conducted by a school approved agency or individual.

Violation of the Alcohol and Drug section will result in:
1st offense: 10 day out of school suspension (Possible reduction)
2nd offense: 10 day out of school suspension (Possible reduction)
3rd offense: Expulsion
Possession for sale or transmission - 1st offense - Expulsion
The principal may modify a 10 day suspension for the first offense (except for sale of drugs) if the student and parent agree to participate in an activity designed by the principal that is intended to modify drug and alcohol related behavior. The 10 day suspension may be reduced by a maximum of 5 days for participation in the designated activities. Procedures for reduction of first offense drug/alcohol 10 day suspension: If a student is suspended for a first violation of the Board of Education Drug/Alcohol Policy (except for sale or transmission), the parents may request a reduction of up to 5 days of the suspension in the following manner:
1. Parents will be advised of the reduction possibility by the administrator who notifies them of the suspension.
2. A combination of the following alternatives may be required by the administrator to effect reduction of suspension:
A. Parents take student to a certified person or agency for a dependency
assessment and authorize the release of the results of same to the school.
B. Student will attend Support Group meetings at school upon return from out of
school suspension.
C. Failure of the student or parent to complete the activities assigned by the administrator will result in the reduction of days being reinstated.

Anti-Hazing Policy
It is the policy of the Lexington Board of Education and School District that hazing activities of any type are inconsistent with the educational process and shall be prohibited at all times. No administrator, faculty member or other employee of the school district shall encourage, permit, condone or tolerate any hazing activities. No student, including leaders of student organizations, shall plan, encourage, or engage in any hazing.
Hazing is defined as doing any act or coercing another, including the victim, to do any act initiation into any student or other organization that causes or creates a substantial risk of causing mental or physical harm to any person. Permission, consent, or assumption of risk by an individual subjected to hazing does not lessen the prohibition contained in the policy.
Administrators, faculty members, and all other employees of the school district shall be particularly alert to possible situations, circumstances or events which might include hazing. If hazing or planned hazing is discovered, involved students shall be informed by the discovering school employee of the prohibition contained in this policy and shall be required to end all hazing activities immediately. All hazing incidents shall be reported immediately to the Superintendent.
Administrators, faculty members, students, and all other employees who fail to abide by this policy maybe subject to disciplinary action and may be liable for civil and criminal penalties in accordance with Ohio Law.
The contents of this policy shall be distributed in writing to all students and school district employees following its official adoption by the Board of Education. In addition, this policy shall be incorporated into building, staff, and student handbooks and shall be the subject of discussion at employee staff meetings or in-service programs.
Articles Prohibited at School
Difficulties arise frequently as a result of students bringing items which pose a hazard to the safety of others or interfere with the education process. Articles such as balloons, water pistols, matches, pocket chains, etc., when brought to school as playthings are undesirable and will be confiscated and returned to the parent/guardian upon personal request.
Students are not permitted to have computer games, I-Pods, cell phones or any other recreational items in class, unless under specific direction from a teacher. The item should be kept in that teacher’s room. Students may use I-Pods only at noontime.
Students having items such as fire crackers, smoke bombs, firearms, etc., which are illegal or represent an overt or imminent threat to the safety or comfort of others will face more severe penalties.

Leaving School Property
Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds without permission of the office. This means that from the time you arrive at school you are to remain on the school property.
First offense may result in up to a three (3) day suspension; second offense may result in up to a ten (10) day suspension; third offense may result in expulsion.
Students are considered to be at school from the time they enter the school grounds until the time they leave for good at the end of the school day.
Students are not to be at other schools unless it is for an approved activity or by permission of the principal.
Suspension/Expulsion/Removal from Class
The principal is permitted to suspend a student for a period not to exceed ten (10) school days at a time. Class work missed during the suspension cannot be made up and daily grades of ‘F’ are to be recorded.
The principal also has the option of assigning In-School Detention to students instead of out-of-school suspensions.
For the following reasons, students will be suspended from school:
1. Smoking - possession or use of cigarettes.
2. Possession or use of drugs, including alcohol, and possession or use of counterfeit drugs.
3. Disrespect for teachers or other staff members.
4. Threatening or assault on school employees or students, including hazing of others.
5. Use of profanity.
6. Destruction of property.
7. Theft of possession of stolen items.
The following reasons will result in some form of disciplinary action, including possible suspension from school:
1. Leaving school property without permission.
2. Disruption or causing a disturbance in class.
3. Possession of dangerous articles, which are prohibited at school.
4. Being in any school building after school hours without permission or supervision.
5. Cheating or dishonesty - an ‘F’ will be received and/or parent conference required.
6. Cutting or skipping classes.
7. Continued repetition of misconduct.
8. Inappropriate conduct on school bus.
9. Other just causes which cause a disruption in the educational process or similar types of conduct not specified in school rules.
In-school detention (Reasons students are sent)
1. Excessive tardiness to class.
2. Not doing assigned homework.
3. Severe discipline problems.
4. Repeated discipline problems.
5. Not cooperating with assigned discipline from staff.
Parents will be notified when son/daughter is assigned in-school detention. Students must be in the detention room and in their seats with all materials they need by 7:40 each morning, or they will be assigned an additional day of in-school detention. After 7:40 a.m. students assigned to the detention room will not be allowed to go to their lockers for any reasons.
Students must be working at all times while in the detention room. If work is completed, students should have reading materials with them to keep them busy. At no time will they be allowed to sleep. If a student does not follow this rule, his/her name will be reported to the principal, and he/she will either be assigned more days, or suspended from school.
Students are not allowed restroom breaks at 9:45 a.m., 11:05 a.m. (when they go to pick up lunch) and 1:15 p.m. These are the only times that students will be out of the room, unless they are sent to the office because of behavior problems or illness.
Both 7th and 8th grade students will pick up lunch at 11:05 a.m. and return to the detention room to eat. Students are not allowed to talk to each other while they eat. Students should return trays to the cafeteria at 11:40 a.m. They may use the restroom only when they go to lunch. They may not use the telephone for any reason, unless they have permission of the teacher assigned to detention. The teacher assigned to the detention room during this time will go with students to get lunch and to return lunch trays.
Students will not follow these rules will be sent to the principal and assigned additional days of in-school detention, or suspended from school.

Athletic Activities and Rules

Physical Education Classes
1. Clothes - The following clothing will be required of all students for physical education classes: [Specific instruction will be given by the teachers.]
Girls - Shirt, shorts, gym shoes, socks.
Boys - Shirt, shorts, gym shoes, socks.
**Student’s name should be on all gym clothing.
2. Dressing - Every student is required to dress appropriately for physical education each day they have class. Only a doctor’s excuse will eliminate children from the physical activity. Exceptions will be granted only with the permission of the instructor.
3. NO electric curlers or curling irons are permitted.

An intramural athletic program for all students is provided during the student’s lunch period. Many and varied activities will be provided throughout the year and it will be on a voluntary basis for students. Some of the activities that will be available are: basketball, hockey, hocker ball, muscle ball, volleyball, team handball, badminton, and others.


LJHS provides opportunities for both boys and girls to participate in interscholastic sports. The following sports are offered:
Football (7th and 8th grade)
Basketball (7th and 8th grade teams separate) A and B teams
Wrestling (one team for 7th and 8th grade)
Track (one team for 7th and 8th grade)
Cross Country (7th and 8th grade)
Swimming (7th and 8th grade)
Volleyball - fall - 7th and 8th grade teams separate/ A and B teams
Basketball - winter - 7th and 8th grade teams separate/ A and B teams
Track - spring
Cross Country - 7th and 8th grade
Swimming - 7th and 8th grade
Students who desire to participate should listen for announcements concerning meetings and practices. All participants must meet the scholastic eligibility requirements.

Organizations, Clubs and Activities
The following organizations, clubs and activities are available at the Junior High School. Announcements concerning how to join are made shortly after school begins. All students are encouraged to participate, and thus take an active part in the life of Lexington Junior High School.
Student Council
The student council serves as a voice of the students in affairs concerning our school. Its purposes are to promote good citizenship, provide orderly direction of school activities, charter school clubs and organizations, and promote the general welfare of the school. An election is held shortly after school begins each year. Student Council members must meet eligibility requirements to participate in Student Council. Meetings are held each moth. Activities of the Student Council, in the past, have included: sponsoring of school dances, improving school grounds, acting as guides at Open House, raising of funds and welcoming new students to our school.
Student Aides
Each year students are selected to assist the principal’s office, guidance office, or other areas in the building. These students will only help during study hall periods. Those who are interested should sign up at the beginning of the year.
The Pacesetter
The Pacesetter is the Junior High School newspaper. It is written and published by students in the Pacesetter Club which meets after school. The paper is posted on our web page about five (5) times a year. It contains information on sports, organizations, and special activities.
Destination Imagination
Students interested in creative problem solving and/or training for the Odyssey of the
Mind program will be interested in this club.
Power of the Pen
A team of our best writers is chosen each year to compete in writing competition with schools from all over the state.
Academic Challenge
A team is chosen each year to compete with other county schools in an academic competition.
Art Club
This club is open to all students who have an interest in art and related subjects. The club meets on a weekly basis.

Special Days
Throughout the year, special events and activities will be held for Junior High students. Some of those that have been held in the past include: a spring talent show, hat and shades day, backwards day, fifties day, and dress-up days. These, and/or new activities, may be held during the year in cooperation with the student council.

School Dances
During the year, several dances for Lexington Junior High students are sponsored by student council. Dances will beheld after school on selected days throughout the year. To make the dances orderly and enjoyable, the following guidelines will be used:
1. All students must stay for the entire dance unless they bring a written note from their parents.
2. No one leaves the building after the dance begins.
3. Parents are to pick up students when the dance is over. The building will be locked 30 minutes after the end of the dance.
4. Students are not permitted to ride the elementary bus to go home.
5. At least 5 teacher chaperones must be present at the dance. Parents are welcome to attend.
6. Students will be expected to conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen. The same policies as during the regular school day will apply.
7. Dances after school begin at 2:30p.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.

Seventh and eighth grade cheerleaders will be chosen in the spring. Junior High cheerleading is a year long commitment.
Co-Curricular Academic Eligibility Requirements
Junior High Eligibility Rules
A student enrolling in the seventh grade for the first time will be eligible for the first grading period regardless of previous academic achievement. A student must achieve a grade point average (G.P.A.) of 1.0 or higher each grading period in order to be eligible to compete during the next grading period. A student must pass a majority of his/her classes each six weeks in order to be eligible to compete during the next grading period.
Any student receiving an incomplete (I) in a subject will have the ‘I’ averaged as an ‘F’ figuring the G.P.A. until all work is completed.
Junior High Intervention
Students involved in interscholastic co-curricular activities at the Junior High will be subject to mandatory academic intervention if they fall into any of the following categories:
1. Those students who are ineligible according to their G.P.A. (below 1.0).
2. Those students who are ineligible according to the F policy (not passing a majority of their classes).
3. Those students who have one or more F’s but are still eligible according to their G.P.A.
4. Those whose G.P.A. is at or above 1.0 but below 1.5.
The intervention will start with a staffing to be held including the principal, the student, the student’s coach/advisor and teachers, and the parents if they wish to participate in the process. At this staffing a plan for intervention will be established which will be subject - and/or need - specific for the student. The intervention process continues for an entire grading period.

Definition of Terms
Entire School Year -The start of fall athletics/activities through the last day of classes and/or the completion of all spring athletics/activities.
Look-a-Like - Any substance that is represented to be a controlled substance but is not a controlled substance. Any substance other than a controlled substance that a reasonable person would believe to be a controlled substance because of its similarity in shape, size, color or markings, labeling, packaging, distribution or price. Any unmarked or unlabeled substance represented to be a controlled substance.
Prescribed Assessment Program(s) - The counseling program(s) the school deems necessary to complete as a result of a code of conduct violation.
Drugs - This includes but is not limited to any drug, illegal drug, marijuana, inhalants, steroids, legal prescription and over-the-counter drugs used or possessed or distributed for unauthorized purposes as look-a-like substances.
Mood-Altering Chemicals - This includes but is not limited to narcotics, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, and look-a-likes.
Public Performance - Any scheduled contest and/or activity in which the student would represent Lexington Junior High School as a participant in any capacity.
School Days - Days school is in session.
Co-Curricular Activities
All Athletic Teams Cheerleading Pacesetter
Academic Challenge Power of the Pen Art Club
Destination Imagination Student Council Cheerleading
Math Counts Spelling Bee Team CASY
Note: On occasion groups/or activities which are part of the graded curriculum schedule public performances, trips, activities, etc. which are not directly part of that activity’s graded curriculum. A student involved in a violation of this code of conduct would be denied participation in these types of performances and/or activities.
The following code of conduct is to be in effect for each entire school year and is to be followed by all students (grades 7 and 8) participating in any co-curricular activity, in any capacity. Additional team/activity rules may be developed by each individual coach/advisor with the approval of the building principal or his designee.
I. Possession, use, or purchase of, and/or conspiring to possess, use or purchase any alcoholic beverage, tobacco, drugs, mood altering substances (other than those prescribed by a physician) or look-a-like drugs or mood altering substances or any paraphernalia related to the above mentioned is strictly and absolutely prohibited.
Note: A violation of the co-curricular code of conduct may be substantiated by a school employee, law enforcement official or parent/guardian.
Note: Violations are cumulative from offense to offense through both years of Junior High School.
First Offense
The student will be denied participation in the next 20% of public performances, or two weeks, whichever is greater. There will be a conference regarding the offense within two school days after the principal has gained knowledge of the offense, or at the principal’s discretion. This conference is to include the student his/her parent/guardians, the coach/advisor, the principal, and any other school personnel selected by the principal. The student and parents/guardians must agree to complete the prescribed assessment program a time period established by the principal and agree to participate in and complete the prescribed follow-up counseling program. Failure to participate in and complete the prescribed assessment and counseling programs will result in denied participation in any and all co-curricular public performances until the programs are completed. Extenuating circumstances which may inhibit the student’s ability to complete all prescribed follow-up activities may be appealed to the building principal for alternative options to complete the prescribed program.
Note: If an offense occurs at the end of a season or activity, the remaining percentage of public performances in which the athlete/student has to sit out will be carried over into the next sport season or activity.
Note: If a student should be a participant in more than one activity in the same season he/she will be denied participation in 20% of the public performances for each activity in which they are a participant.
Note: If the second offense occurs before the first offense penalty has been served or completed, then the second offense penalty takes the place of the first offense penalty.
Second Offense
The student will be denied participation in any and all co-curricular activities for one calendar year from the time of the offense. The student will forfeit the right to all awards and/or recognition which may have been earned during the activity prior to the second offense. There will be a conference within two school days after the principal has gained knowledge of the offense. This conference will include the student, his/her parents/guardians, the coach/advisor, the principal, and any other school personnel selected by the principal.
The one year denial of participation defined above may be reduced to one school semester (90 school days) if the student and his/her parents/guardians agree to participate in and complete the prescribed assessment and follow-up counseling sessions within the first six month period of time.
All awards and/or recognition earned prior to the denial of participation will remain forfeited.
Third Offense
A conference will be held with the student, his/her parents/guardians, the coach/advisor, and the principal within two school days after the principal has gained knowledge of the offense. The student will be denied participation in any and all co-curricular activities in any capacity for the remainder of his/her 7th and 8th grade career.
II. The sale or distribution of any alcoholic beverage, drug, any other mood altering substances or look-a-like drugs and mood altering substances or paraphernalia related to
the above mentioned is strictly and absolutely prohibited.
First Offense
The appropriate law enforcement agencies will be notified. A conference will held within two school days after the principal has gained knowledge of the offense. The conference will include the student, his/her parents/guardians, the coach/advisor, the principal, and any other school personnel selected by the principal. The student will be denied participation in any and all co-curricular activities for on calendar year from the date of the offense. The student will forfeit the right to all awards and/or recognition which may have been earned during the activity prior to the offense.
At the end of the one year denial the student may be reinstated provided the student and his/her parents have participated in and completed the prescribed assessment and counseling programs.
Second Offense
The appropriate law enforcement agencies will be notified. A conference will be held within two days after the principal has gained knowledge of the offense. The conference will include the student, his/her parents/guardians, the coach/advisor, and the principal. The student will be denied participation in any and all co-curricular activities in any capacity for the remainder of his/her 7th and 8th grade career.
Referral for Help
A student or his/her parents/guardians may make a referral for help to a school official, if there is no prior knowledge of an offense involving a law enforcement officer or school personnel, without the code of conduct being placed in effect for the first offense only, provided the student and his/her parents/guardians agree to participate in and complete the prescribed assessment and counseling programs.
Appeal Process
Appeals may be made to the assistant superintendent regarding decisions made with regard to the co-curricular code of conduct. The request for an appeal is to be made to the assistant superintendent within two school days of the original decision.
General Information
Several assemblies are scheduled throughout the year, including professional programs, pep assemblies, and an awards program. Students will be assigned seating by homeroom groups, and are to sit in that section for each assembly. Appropriate behavior will be expected. Inappropriate behavior may result in the loss of the student’s assembly privileges.

Students are permitted to ride bicycles to school. Bicycles should be parked in the rack provided at the front of the building. Under no circumstances are bicycles to be parked on the sidewalk. Bicycles may be ridden only to and from school.

Cars and Motorcycles
Junior High students are not permitted to drive motor vehicles to school.

Citizen of the Month
The Citizen of the Month award was started to promote good citizenship, and to recognize students who display good citizenship. A boy and girl in each grade are
selected each month for this award. It is based, in part, on scholarship, character, respect for others, willingness to work, and service. Students are nominated and selected by the teaching staff and appropriate awards are given.

Detention - After School
After school detention will be given for disciplinary purposes. Students must make arrangements for transportation home. Detentions will be assigned on day in advance, so that transportation can be arranged. Failure to serve detentions may result in the student serving in-school detention.

Emergency Closing
In the event that school must be closed because of weather conditions, or other reasons, announcements will be made on local radio stations (WMAN, WRGN, WYYHT and WVNO). Please do not call the school.

Fees and Fines
Students are required to pay school fees which cover supplementary workbooks and laboratory fees. An itemized list of these fees with the total cost is printed on the student’s schedule. Schedules may be picked up in August (date to be announced later) but fees must be paid at that time. No schedule will be given out early unless school fees are paid. A student may wait until the first day of school to get his/her schedule, and then school fees will be collected a few days after school starts. Grade cards will e held at the end of each marking period if school fees, library fines, book fines or miscellaneous fees are not paid. All obligations must be met by the last day of school or grades will be withheld.

Fire Drills/Tornado Drills/Safety Drills
Occasionally, throughout the year, there will be fire drills. When the fire signals sounds, students should leave the building in a quiet, orderly manner. Specific instructions for leaving any area of the building will be given by the teachers. These instructions are also posted in the rooms. Students must remain with their class in the designated area until instructions are given to return to the building. Students are reminded that pulling a false alarm is punishable by law and will result in referral to the proper authorities. Fire drills are a serious matter and should be taken as such.
Tornado drill instructions are also posted within each classroom, and drills will be held periodically throughout the year.
The homeroom period is during the student’s first (1st) period class. At this time, announcements will be made, attendance taken, and other duties carried out.

Lockers and Locks
Students will be assigned lockers by their eighth (8th) period teacher. Each student will have their own hall locker with a built-in combination lock.

Lost and Found
The Lost and Found is located in the office. Books, clothes, pens, etc. will be found there. Money, watches, rings and other valuables will be kept with the secretary or the principal.
Lunch Period
Junior High students who buy their meals, as well as those who pack their lunch, will eat in the school cafeteria. Students are not permitted to leave the school grounds during lunch hours, unless a written excuse is presented to the office, and permission is granted.
Students that live in town may obtain this permission for the entire year. Permission may be extended for your own home only.
Students are expected to conduct themselves properly in the cafeteria. You are to be orderly while obtaining your meal. Each student shall be responsible for disposing of trash from lunch. Once students have eaten they should clear the cafeteria area. Every student is responsible to the supervising teacher in the cafeteria. Generally, the Junior High School gym will be available to students after lunch for intramurals and/or during inclement weather. In good weather students will go outside. Students may stay in the cafeteria and use it as a study hall after lunch.

Room Assignments
Rooms numbered in the 100’s will be found on the first floor.
Rooms numbered in the 200’s will be found on the second floor.
Rooms numbered in the 300’s will be found in the upper floor of the Red Brick. [Refer to school map and room numbering.]

School Map
Refer to the school map on pages
School Property Care
School property is public, paid for by the tax payers of the school district and students should take pride in the appearance of their school. Each student shares the responsibility for the appearance of the classroom, building, lawn, and walks. Textbooks and furniture should not be damaged in any way. Waste baskets are found in each room for refuse. Students will be charged for damaged textbooks and furniture, as well as damage caused through vandalism or carelessness. Disciplinary action may also be taken.

Paper and pencil/pen dispensing machines are provided by the Student Council. These are located on the first floor by the main office.

Teacher’s Lounge
This room is off limits to all students unless they have permission from a staff member.
Valuable Items
Students should never leave money, pocketbooks, or other valuable items unattended. Do not bring any more money to school than is needed for daily expenses at school. The school cannot be held responsible for your careless handling of valuables. Check them in with your teacher if you must bring them. Textbooks are the responsibility of the student to who they are issued. Lost or damaged books must be paid for by the student.

1. Visitors must report to the office for a pass.
2. Parent visitors are welcome at school. Visits should be scheduled a day in advance.
3. Parents are to call the school and make an appointment for a conference.
4. There will be no student visitors during school unless given permission by the principal one day in advance.
5. In general, students who attend an area school will not be permitted to visit during the school day.
Identifying Children with Disabilities
The Lexington Local School district is participating in an effort to identify, locate, evaluate and appropriately serve all individuals with disabilities, birth through age twenty-one. A variety of services are available for preschool and school age children age twenty-one who have one or more handicapping and/or learning disabilities. If you know of a diagnosed handicapped child who is not receiving services, please contact Dave Roberts, Assistant Superintendent at 419-884-2132.
Americans with Disabilities Act:
The Lexington Local Schools district shall make reasonable accommodations for a disabled person to be able to participate in and benefit from school services and programs. For Assistance, contact David Roberts, Assistant Superintendent, 103 Clever Lane, Lexington, Ohio 44904, 419-884-2132.
The Lexington Local Schools District provides equal opportunities for all children to achieve their potential through the district curriculum and associated programs and activities regardless of race, color, creed, handicap, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, or social/economic background.