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Middle School Activities Program


Parent Sports Brochure


Parent Sports Brochure (pdf document)
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This brochure contains information for parents on appropriate topics to discuss with coaches, how to address concerns about their child, and parent/spectator guidelines when watching activities.

Parent Meeting

Parents of students who will be participating in extra-curricular activities during the 2016-2017 school year must attend an informational meeting for each activity that their student athlete is involved in. To see dates of these meetings, click on the individual activities listed on the left side of this page.

Parents are also asked to review the Student Athletes page so as to be informed of the requirements and expectations Simle has for their extra-curricular activities programs


ImPACT Testing

In the fall of 2012, all middle school football players were given the ImPACT test at the beginning of the football season. Players must take this test every other year. Simle will be administering the ImPact test to all 7th grade football players and any 8th grade football players new to Simle for the 2016-2017 school year on Friday, August 19, 2016 at (TIME TBA). Any 8th grader that has not taken the ImPact test before will also need to do it at this time. Click on the link below for more information about the ImPACT test.

ImPACT Test

Introduction

The Bismarck Public School District and Simle Middle School support activities as a positive and valuable means of education and as being a part of a student's total educational experience. The student activity programs are organized according to the following guidelines:
  • Participants will be given no special consideration concerning grades, assignments, or any other classroom activities.
  • The constitution and by-laws of the North Dakota High School Activities Association shall be followed at all times.
  • The activities program will be conducted for the benefit of the participants with full regard to their safety, health, and well-being.
  • Coaches shall promote the highest level of excellence in their program and will be evaluated on the basis of their ability to relate to students and teach proper technique that will further the skills of each participant. They will not be evaluated on the number of games/contests/performances their participants win or lose.
  • All participants must be mindful that participation in the activities program is a privilege, not a right.


Eligibility

1. Eligibility for all students will be determined every two weeks. Students that are declared ineligible must serve the entire two week ineligibility period before being allowed to regain eligible status.

2. Students in grades 6-8 that receive a total of 4 or more Needs Improvement scores in Responsibility + Respect Standards shall be ineligible for participation for two weeks. A 7th or 8th grade student participating on a high school team must meet middle school eligibility requirements to be eligible for high school participation. For eligibility purposes, reports will be run every two weeks. If the standard has been met at the conclusion of two calendar weeks, the student will regain eligibility. Period of ineligibility from the activity may be extended by the coach/advisor/administration. Students with unexcused absences or inappropriate behavior infractions maybe deemed ineligible based on administration discretion.

3. 7th grade or 8th grade student participating on a high school team must pass all subjects to be eligible for high school participation (NDHSSA rule).

4. Ineligible students will be notified in writing of their status.

5. Eligibility rules will affect all students involved in all co- curricular school activities. These activities include, but are not inclusive of:
Basketball, Cross Country, Sparteens, Track, Tennis, Cheerleaders,
Football, Golf, Soccer, Wrestling, Swimming, Jazz Band,
Volleyball, Gymnastics, Swing Choir, Drama, Hockey, Spanish Club,
French Club, Latin Club, German Club, Math Counts, S.A.D.D., Strolling Strings, Student Council, Figure Skating, Debate/Speech,
Academic Team, Science Olympiad

6. Any student who uses or has in possession, tobacco, alcohol or controlled substance is ineligible for six weeks on the first offense and eighteen weeks for any subsequent offenses. (NDHSAA rule)

7. Attendance: Participants must be in attendance for all academic and required activities designated by the school in order to be eligible to participate in competitions on any given day. Students must attend all classes on the day of the activity prior to the approved departure time for said activity. If the activity is on Saturday, students must be in full attendance on Friday. Exceptions can be made at the discretion of a building administrator.

8. Students may not participate on non-school teams or in non-school tournaments or meets during the school season of that sport. Violation of this regulation results in ineligibility in that sport for the remainder of the season. (NDHSAA RULE)

9. Out of season Penalty (includes summer): Penalty shall be 6 weeks for 1st offense and 18 weeks for 2nd offense (NDHSAA suspension). Suspension will start at the time the student is notified of the violation by the administration. In addition, there will be a 2 week suspension from the first authorized date of competition for the activity they will be participating in.


Objectives

  • To provide an opportunity for students to experience success in the activity they participate in.
  • To provide sufficient activities to respond to a wide variety of student interests and abilities.
  • To develop an understanding of the value of activities in a balanced educational process.
  • To practice self-discipline and emotional maturity in learning to make decisions under pressure.
  • To promote high standards of ethics, sportsmanship and personal conduct.
  • To provide a positive image of Bismarck Public Schools and Simle Middle School.



My Payments Plus


My Payments Plus User Guide (ocx document)
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IDFB-R (link)

This document offers some interpretations of the Code of Conduct document


Travel Waiver Permit


Travel Waiver Permit (pdf document)
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This form must be completed by any parent that wishes to provide an alternate means of transportation for their child to and/or from an out of town athletic event when bus transportation is provided by the school. This does not apply to travel conducted in the Bismarck-Mandan area. The form must be completed PRIOR to the trip and submitted to the coach/advisor in charge of the activity.

Activity Fees

Each student that participates in an extra-curricular activity is required to pay an activity fee for each activity season they participate in. The following guidelines shall be applied:
  • The cost for each individual activity season for 7th and 8th graders is $40.
  • The cost for each individual activity season for 6th graders is $20.
  • The cost for each individual activity season at the high school level is $50.
  • Middle school students participating in activities at the middle school level shall not be required to pay more than $100 in activity fees.
  • Middle school students that participate in any high school sport shall not pay more than $125 in activity fees.
  • No family shall be required to pay more than $200 in activity fees, regardless of the number of children they have participating.
  • Activity seasons are divided into fall, winter and spring. A student may participate in more than one activity during a particular season at no additional cost.


Platinum Photography

Platinum Photography will take all team pictures for activities at Simle Middle School. Below is an order form that can be printed and mailed with payment for photos.

Platinum Photography (pdf document)
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Physical Exams

At the North Dakota High School Activities General Membership meeting January 28, 2010 in Bismarck, representative school administrators passed an amendment to the NDHSAA Constitution and By-Laws concerning student physical examinations.

Starting with the 2010-11 school year, student athletes participating in NDHSAA sanctioned sports programs will be required to file a pre-participation health history screening and physical examination with their school office prior to their participation on a yearly basis. The Athletic Pre-Participation Health History Screening and Physical Examination is valid for one school year. A physical examination must be completed on or after April 15 to be valid for participation the following school year.

Previously, student athletes participating in NDHSAA sanctioned sports were required to have a physical examination every 2 years. The purpose of changing from every 2 years to every year is to protect athletes from any undiscovered health concerns. School administrators passed the amendment 68/7.

Click the link below to view a .pdf file of the physical form and instructions approved by the NDHSAA.


NDHSAA Physical Form and Instructions (pdf document)
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Injury/Medical Insurance

The Bismarck Public School District and Simle Middle School DOES NOT provide medical insurance for student athletes. Parents are responsible for any medical costs incurred as the result of their child participating in an activity. The North Dakota High School Activities Association provides Catastrophic Injury Insurance for all students in grades 7-12 participating in NDHSAA-sponsored activities.

Family/Church Night

Bismarck Public Schools has designated Wednesday evening as Family/Church night in an effort to cooperate with family activities and the parochial community. In an effort to meet this goal, no contests, meets, or performances shall be scheduled on Wednesdays. Practices may be held after school on Wednesdays, but must be completed no later than 5:30 p.m.

Title IX Policy

The Bismarck Public School District and Simle Middle School does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, handicap, or age in the educational programs or activities it operates, and that it is required by Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 not to discriminate in such manner. This requirement not to discriminate extends to educational programs and activities, as well as to employment therein. Inquiries concerning the application of Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 may be referred to the school superintendent at the Hughes Educational Center, 806 N. Washington Street, Bismarck, ND, 58501. Telephone 701-323-4000.

Anti-Hazing and Harassment Policy

It is the policy of the Bismarck Public Schools and Simle Middle School to provide an environment that is free from hazing and harassment.

Hazing
Hazing occurs when an act of humiliation, intimidation, or victimization is committed against a student. It may also include any actions by a student that is coerced into committing an act that violates rules or puts themselves or a third party at risk of injury or dismissal from an activity. Most common are situations where a student is forced to perform a certain act in order to be "initiated" into a club or athletic team. Examples of hazing are:
  • Any activity involving an unreasonable risk of physical harm, such as paddling, beating, whipping, and participation in any other dangerous physical activity.
  • Any activity involving the consumption of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, or any other substance that puts the student at risk of physical harm or dismissal from an activity.
  • Any activity that involves actions of a sexual nature.
  • Any activity that subjects a student to an unreasonable amount of embarrassment, shame, or humiliation or which creates a hostile, abusive, and intimidating environment for the student.
  • Any activity involving a violation of local, state, or federal laws or any violation of school district policies.
The building principal and/or activities director shall review all complaints concerning hazing. When reviewing a complaint, the building principal and/or activities director will consider the following:
  • Was the action voluntary?
  • Was the action offensive to others?
Any student found to be in violation of the guidelines listed shall meet with their coach/advisor, the building activities director, and school principal to determine appropriate consequences. Consequences may include but are not limited to a warning, temporary or permanent suspension from an activity, building level discipline, suspension, or expulsion, notification of parents/law enforcement officials, or prosecution under the law.

Harassment
Harassment occurs when a series of intentionally cruel verbal or physical incidents that are deliberately hostile and aggressive are directed toward a student. This can create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Any student who believes they have been the victim of harassment should make a prompt oral complaint to their coach/advisor. If the complaint is not resolved, the incident should be submitted to the building principal and/or activities director. When reviewing a complaint, the principal and/or activities director will consider the following:
  • Was the action intentionally cruel, deliberately hostile and/or aggressive?
  • Was it unwanted?
  • Was it repeated?
Any student found to be in violation of the guidelines listed shall meet with their coach/advisor, the building activities director, and school principal to determine appropriate consequences. Consequences may include but are not limited to a warning, temporary or permanent suspension from an activity, building level discipline, suspension, or expulsion, notification of parents/law enforcement officials, or prosecution under the law.



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