Student - Parent Handbook



Welcome to Linus Pauling Middle School. The Pauling Pride are members of a proactive community of students, staff, parents, and community members.


The material covered within this student handbook is intended as a method of communicating to students and parents regarding general district information, rules, and procedures, and is not intended to either enlarge or diminish any Board policy, administrative regulation, or negotiated agreement.  Material contained may be superseded by Board policy, administrative regulation, or negotiated agreement.


Any information contained in this student/parent handbook is subject to unilateral revision or elimination from time to time without notice.  Copies of the district’s extensive Student/Parent Handbook are available at your school office or on the district web site at

Linus Carl Pauling was born in Portland, Oregon on February 28, 1901.  He attended public schools in Condon and Portland, Oregon and entered Oregon State College (now OSU) in 1917, receiving the degree of BS in chemical engineering in 1922.  While at OSC, he worked as a full-time teacher of quantitative analysis in 1919-1920.  He was appointed a Teaching Fellow in Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology and was a graduate student there from 1922-1925.  In 1925, at the age of 24, he was awarded the Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in chemistry, with minors in physics and mathematics. 


His interest lay in the field of molecular structure and the nature of chemical bond.  He was a member of numerous professional societies in the United States and abroad, the author of hundreds of papers and many books, and he was showered with awards in the US and Europe.  He is distinguished as the only person to have been awarded two unshared Nobel Prizes; the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962.


He married Ava Helen Miller of Beaver Creek, Oregon in 1923, and they had four children, Linus

Carl Jr. (1925), Peter Jeffress (1931), Linda Helen (1932), and Edward Crellin (1937) and many grand-children.  Linus C. Pauling died August 19, 1994.



Equal Opportunity


Corvallis School District 509j values the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups and is an equal opportunity educator and employer.  It is the policy of the district that there will be no discrimination or harassment of individuals or groups on the grounds of age, citizenship, color, disability, national origin, parent or marital status, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation in any educational programs, activities, or employment.


District Title II Contact – Amy Lesan, Student Services, 541-757-5863

District Title IX Contact - Jennifer Duvall, Human Resources, 541-757-5840

District 504 Contact – Student Services, 541-757-5752

The Linus Pauling Middle School Instructional Program


Curriculum and Instruction

·         Educational opportunities are provided free of charge to Linus Pauling students.  Optional items purchased/paid may include: student body card, handbook, planner, directory, mailed newsletters, health room and emergency supplies, incentives, yearbook, school t-shirt, field trip donation, etc. Scholarship donations are gladly accepted and provided to all students in need.


·         The LPMS curriculum includes full year programs in humanities (language arts and social studies), science, and math at all grade levels.


·         Students are placed in math courses based on their prior knowledge and the pace and challenge of the class.


·         Humanities classes in 7th and 8th grade consist of integrated curriculum in language arts and social studies.  Topics are connected so that both factual information and literature deepen the learning.  The curriculum, based on brain research, is tied together not only by content but also through themes that cross subject areas. The integration gives dimension to topics and time periods. 


·         6th grade students receive instruction in language arts and social studies.


·         At all grades writing skills are used and improved to further creative thought, analytical thinking and research.  Research shows that people of all ages learn best when the instruction is characterized by active, hands-on involvement.  Students learn written and oral expression skills and build a knowledge base that they will use in a variety of projects and across the curriculum.  Teachers design instruction to allow students to develop special interests, talents, and practice skills. 


·         PE and Health are taught at all grade levels. 


·         Elective opportunities are available at all grade levels.







·         Biology

·         Physical Science

·         Earth Science

Social Studies or


·         Geographic and Economic Concepts

·         Western Hemisphere unit studies

·         Ancient civilizations:


·         River Civilizations, Mesopotamia and Egypt

·         Greece/Rome

·         Medieval Times

·         Renaissance

·         U.S. History—Revolution to 1900

·         Government

·         Critical Issues

Language Arts

·         Literary studies through selected short stories and novels: comprehension, extending understanding, text analysis

·         Writing skills development:  writing process, organization, conventions,

·         Types of writing: expository, persuasive, narrative, descriptive writing

·         Conventions:  punctuation, spelling, grammar

·         Reading: fluency building and applications to content areas,

·         Vocabulary concepts and development


·         Math Concepts, Pre-Algebra, Foundations of Algebra & Geometry, Algebra 1, Geometry      


Extended Learning Opportunities


Fee-based Early Bird and After School Courses

Fee-based courses are offered before or after school to provide additional opportunities and enrichment.  These classes are taught outside of the school program with a signed agreement between the instructor and the student and parent.  Sign up begins during student “registration” days at the end of August or later with later starting classes.  Classes are typically offered in art, foreign language, music, drama, etc.  Some scholarships are available for all classes.


Other academic opportunities

Other academic opportunities offered outside of the school day are announced in our newsletter or in the daily announcements.  These offerings vary from year to year depending on student interest but may include Math Club, Lego Robotics, Chess Club, Recycling Club, Homework Club, and Oregon Battle of the Books (OBoB).


High Achieving and Talented and Gifted (TAG)

A combination of special classes and differentiated assignments provide challenge for high achieving students. 


Accelerated Learning Opportunities

in addition to Early Bird and After School






Extended learning through differentiated assignments, grouping and/or special projects.

Pre-Algebra and above

Extended learning through differentiated assignments, grouping and/or special projects.


Extended learning through differentiated assignments, grouping and/or special projects.

Foundations of Algebra and above

Extended learning through differentiated assignments, grouping and/or special projects.


Extended learning through differentiated assignments, grouping and/or special projects.

Algebra 1,  Geometry  and high school math courses

Extended learning through differentiated assignments, grouping and/or special projects.


Social Development


Consistency and caring

One of the main components of a middle school program is a supportive, consistent learning environment that encourages responsibility, trust, and the feeling of belonging for everyone.  Our teachers seek to teach the basic skills of success in terms of work completion and developing general positive work habits.


Teacher Teaming

Each group of students has a team of teachers who share in designing instruction for that group of students.  This team approach is a way to improve instruction and student support.  We take great pride in the training, capabilities, and dedication of each of our staff members.


Success and worth

An emphasis upon promoting student success is at the heart of the planning of our learning experiences.  Students are important at Linus Pauling Middle School, and they are contributing members of the Linus Pauling community.    


General Information


Office Hours

The office is open 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on school days.  Questions or concerns regarding buses arriving home late after 4:00 p.m. may be directed to First Student Bus Co. at 541-752-0174 or the 509j Facilities and Maintenance office at 541-757-5877. The LP office is closed on school holidays. 


School Hours

·         The school day is from 8:55 a.m. until 3:35 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

·         The school day is from 8:55 a.m. until 2:35 p.m. on Fridays.

·         Students on campus before 8:15 a.m. or after 3:45 p.m. (Monday – Thursday) and 2:45 p.m. (Fridays) must be part of a supervised activity.

·         The Commons (cafeteria) opens at 8:15 a.m. on school days so students may enter through the Commons doors and eat breakfast, study or visit quietly until the halls open with the morning passing bell.


Attendance 541-757-3980

Excusable absences and tardies are determined by state guidelines. Acceptable excuses may include  illness, medical appointments, family emergencies and trips and school field trips.  Repeated absences and tardies are reported to the LBL ESD attendance officer.  Any student absence longer than 10 school days requires that the school withdraw that student from school, and the information is reported to the state.


When a student is absent from school for a full or partial day:

·         Parents/guardians are asked to telephone LPMS at 541-757-3980 (attendance line) before 9:15 a.m. on the day of the absence.  Be sure to post the LPMS phone number in a location that will be handy for reference for calling the school.  If you missed getting a school magnet with our phone number, just stop by the LP office to pick one up.

·         Voicemail is available for attendance messages around the clock for parent convenience.

·         A parent/guardian note may also be sent to school prior to the date of the absence. 

·         When excusing a student’s absence, please include:

·         your name and relationship to the student

·         student’s full name

·         date and time of the absence

·         reason for the absence 

  • phone number where you can be reached



In order to protect the learning environment as much as possible, please plan ahead to avoid unannounced or last moment pick-up.   In addition, to assure you will leave the school on time during the school day, please be sure to always notify LPMS attendance ahead of time, and pre-arrange a time with your student to meet at the office for departure. 


Teachers are notified of the day’s attendance each morning.  Prearranging absences allows teachers to be aware of any student needs and allows students to leave for appointments during the school day without undue delay or disruption to the classroom.  Students are able to leave class early in order to meet parents at the office at a prearranged time.

·         Parents/guardians must notify the office if someone else will be picking the student up for an appointment. 

·         Whenever a student arrives late or departs early they are required to sign in or out on the student log sheet on the office counter.

·         Please keep your student information/emergency card up to date.  In the event of an emergency, we will refer to this card to contact parents/guardians or others that have been listed as emergency contacts in the event parents/guardians cannot be reached. 

·         In the event of an emergency, no student will be released to anyone other than individuals listed on the card without approval of the parent or guardian.


Closed Campus

Corvallis elementary and middle schools have closed campuses.  This means once students arrive, they are not to leave campus until the end of the school day unless they have parental permission and check out at the school office prior to leaving.

·         Any student with written permission to check out for lunch must have home as their destination.

·         Leaving the campus before the end of the school day without checking out is considered truancy.


Sports Events

Middle School Cross Country and Track Meets

Since the middle schools in Corvallis have closed campuses, only those students who are participants in the LPMS cross country and track programs are allowed to attend away track meets during school hours.


High School Game Attendance

The two high schools share supervision policies that govern admission to their athletic events.  It is strongly recommended that elementary and middle school students not attend an athletic event without an adult who is attending with them.  Skateboards and scooters will not be allowed at any high school events.


Middle School Sports

Sports other than cross country and track are organized and operated through other agencies/groups such as Parks and Recreation, Boys and Girls Club and AYSO (soccer).  For more information, contact those organizations.


Visitors and Volunteers

Adult Visitors and Volunteers

We are happy to welcome visitors and volunteers.  All visitors and volunteers who will be on campus when students are present or during regular office hours must enter the building at the main office entrance and immediately report to the office counter to sign in and receive a visitor’s badge.  It is important to know who is in the building at any particular time, so all visitors and volunteers must check in at the office.


All volunteers must complete a volunteer form and a criminal history verification check before beginning their volunteer time within the Corvallis School District.


Student Visitors

Students who wish to have a student visitor of their same age from out of town only as their guest for a day should make arrangements through the office at least two school days prior to the day of the visit. 


·         All teachers of the classes being visited and the principal must sign the visitor preapproval form from the office.

·         The guest will wear a visitor badge on the day of the visit.

·         Student visitors must be the same grade level as the student they are visiting and must follow their host/hostess’ schedule. 

·         The student host is responsible for his/her guest’s behavior.

NOTE:  Students from schools in the Corvallis and surrounding area are not eligible to be LP visitors.

 Student visitors are limited to one visit per school year. 

 No student visitors will be allowed during the first two or the last two weeks of school.


People who have no apparent reason for being on or near the school grounds should be reported to the office immediately.


Dress and Grooming

Linus Pauling Middle School recognizes the right to free expression and the value of diversity, including diversity in dress and general appearance.  The purpose of the dress and grooming guidelines is to ensure that students are not distracted and are able to focus on learning.  Students have the right to a non-disruptive, safe and healthy educational environment at school.


Gang-related Clothing, Property and Grooming

School board policy KGB discusses public conduct on district property, and includes guidelines related to gang affiliation and dress.  No person will wear gang clothing or possess gang related personal property while on school grounds, including during school sponsored activities and events.  This includes items used by or associated with gangs, such as gang insignias, color patterns, bandanas, hats, jewelry, clothing, belts, or any other clothing or personal property with any gang significance.  It also includes any body markings, including temporary or permanent tattoos, and other grooming patterns that are gang related.  Markings and writings that are gang related, such as references to streets, numbers or other gang signals and codes, are also not allowed.  The school administration understands that display of apparel or property, dress and grooming do not necessarily indicate gang membership, but the use or display of these can be distracting and disruptive to the educational environment and will not be tolerated.


Middle School Dress Code


The goal of the Middle School dress code is to balance the need for maintaining a learning-focused environment with an awareness that  adolescents are  unique individuals and that a one-size-fits-all approach may not be effective.  With that in mind, we will be following some guiding principles regarding dress this year.   These principles align with our building expectations around Safety, Responsibility and Respect and we will revisit them throughout the year.


· Clothing should not pose a safety hazard.

· Eyes should be visible at all times.

· Clothing advertising alcohol or tobacco is prohibited.


· Clothing should allow for a full range of motion and full participation in all school activities.

· Costume make-up, hair dyes, etc. should be saved for dress-up days or special events.


· Clothing should not portray inappropriate language or symbols nor show disrespect to others.  

· Clothing should be modest, with no visible under garments. Bare skin should be limited, with no cleavage (front or back).

· Hats, caps or hoods should not be worn inside/outside the building, during school hours or activities.


Students in violation of the guidelines listed above will not be allowed to attend class until one of the following has occurred:

  • Student changes clothing. Student may change into PE clothes, clothes from the office or call for clothing to be brought from home.
  • Student turns clothing inside out (to conceal inappropriate message/design).


The second time a student is in violation of the dress code, they will receive a behavioral referral, resulting in movement on the discipline ladder, and parents will be notified.


Refusal to adjust clothing to be in alignment with the dress code will be treated as defiance, and dealt with appropriately.


If you are experiencing financial difficulties and need assistance with clothing, please contact the school office for assistance.  



Messages and Deliveries for Students

·         Students who are expecting something to be dropped off at the office should be sure to check in the office during break or lunch time to see if it has arrived.  This will help students to receive items as quickly as possible without disturbing the learning environment of the classroom.

·         Messages and deliveries will only be accepted from students’ parents and guardians.

·         Items and messages left for students must be clearly labeled with the student’s full name. 

·         Every effort is made to avoid interruptions to the classroom except in the case of a true emergency.

·         Messages and other items are typically held in the office for student pick-up at breaks or between classes unless they are of an urgent nature.

·         To help avoid classroom disruptions, delivery of items such as balloons and flowers are discouraged.  These items can be picked up from the office at the end of the school day and must be taken home.

·         Please plan ahead to avoid end-of-the-day messages and deliveries.


Contacting LPMS Staff Members

Parents may contact teachers and other staff members by way of phone, notes and e-mail.  Calls will be forwarded to teachers’ voice mailboxes during the school day.    Contact for attendance information or any messages for teachers of an emergency or urgent nature should always be made by person or phone directly to the LPMS office. 



Student calls should be made by use of school phones rather than by using cell phones during the school day. Students may use the office and classroom phones with staff permission for local calls for school-related business and emergency calls to parents. Students should take care of personal calls such as for after-school social and recreation plans during other times which don’t require calls while at school.  As much as possible, non-emergency calls should be placed during times (before or after school and break or lunch times) when students are not required to be in class.  Appropriate phone etiquette is always required.



The LPMS website at can be accessed to locate the proper spellings of staff member names for sending e-mail.  Please do not send e-mail messages for anything of an urgent or emergency nature or for attendance issues.  At times e-mail is unreliable and may not be received as anticipated. Please allow a minimum of two days for a response.


PTO Listserv

Our parent-teacher organization group maintains a listserv of parent email addresses for the sharing of school-related information.  If you completed a parent volunteer form with your email address, your email address has been entered on this listserv.  If you would like your email address added or deleted from this listing, please contact the school office, and we will put you in touch with the LPMS PTO.


Parent Newsletter

The LPMS parent newsletter is an important communication tool for our school.  It is published bi-monthly (Aug./Sept., Oct./Nov., Dec./Jan., Feb./March, April/May, and June). Please be sure to read the newsletter thoroughly and keep it for future reference.  For those parents without an email address, the newsletter will be mailed and should arrive in parents’ mailboxes about the first of the month of the issue. For parents with email and internet access, the parent newsletter is posted on the school website: at and sent out by way of the Linus Pauling parent listserv.


Daily Announcements

Daily student announcements take place promptly at the beginning of each school day, and they advise students about upcoming events at LPMS and around the district.  Students are expected to be on time to class and listen carefully to all daily announcements.  The announcements are also posted on the LPMS website at


Change of Address/Phone

If you should move/change address, change phone numbers (home or employment) or email address sometime during the school year, please notify the school office right away so the school is still connected to you in these important ways.  It’s vital for the school to be able to reach you with phone calls, via email and for US mail deliveries for notifications and grade reporting.



Homework/Missed Assignment Information

Teachers use several methods to inform parents of student assignments and work completion. 

  • Parents should check their student’s planner regularly to see what work is being assigned and that their student is keeping track of assignments that are due.
  • Students and parents have access to Pinnacle, the school’s online grade book.  This is a great source for information such as missing and upcoming assignments, and attendance.  Each family will receive  login information.  If lost, replacement login information can be picked up at the office.


Students should check with their peers and online for any missed assignments.  For unexpected, longer term absences, parents may call the office after students have been out three days to obtain missed work.  The requested assignments should be ready for pick-up at the school office 24 hours following the request.   Upon return from any absence, students should check with their teachers for any additional assignments or missed tests.  Teachers will give students extra time to complete assignments due to excused absences. 


For prearranged excused absences (family trip, surgery, etc.), students and parents should check in with teachers to collect work to be completed before the first day of the absence.

Transportation To and From School

School rules apply when students are at bus stops or otherwise traveling to and from school. 


Bicycles, Skateboards and Other Conveyances

For safety reasons, skateboards, rollerblades, scooters and bikes are not to be ridden on school grounds at any time for recreational purposes except as part of a school organized activity.  Bikes and scooters must be locked inside of the bike cage on the north side of the building during the school day.  Do not leave bikes or scooters overnight in the bike cage.  Skateboards that do not fit in lockers can be left on the cart in the support room. The school does not take responsibility for items left on this cart.


Bus Transportation/Routes

Regular school-to-home bus transportation is available to middle school students who live outside of a 1-1/2 mile radius from the school.  Bus route information is available by checking online at the district website: (then go to Parents, Transportation Services, Home to School Transportation, Linus Pauling Bus Routes) or by calling First Student Bus Company at 541-752-0174. 

Students must be registered with First Student Bus to ride a school bus. Bus registration forms are available at: (then go to Parents, Transportation Services, Registration Form).

Bus Boarding Rules

While students are waiting for the bus to take them home they are to:

1.         Remain in the Commons until they are called for their bus

a. then walk to the bus

b. and board the bus in an orderly fashion.

2.         School rules apply at all times.

3.         Remember:

a. G rated language

b. orderly boarding — no pushing or shoving

c. fairness in line — no cutting in line or saving places in line

4.         No bikes, skates, scooters or skateboards ridden in the bus drop-off/pick-up area.

5.         No pedestrians or private vehicles in front of, behind or between the buses.


Safety and respectful behavior is the expectation on our school buses.  Bus drivers must have full cooperation from students. Students who do not follow the bus rules may be issued a citation by the bus driver.  Repeated citations will result in the student losing the privilege of riding the bus for a period of time, and alternative transportation will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian. 


Riding the Bus

Students who board a bus at the end of the day should leave the building through the Commons (cafeteria) exit.  Any student who wishes to ride a bus other than their regular bus route must bring a note giving permission from a parent/guardian for the bus driver.  LP staff members cannot write a note to the bus drivers for students to ride on any bus route other than their own. If there is enough room on the bus, the driver will typically allow the request. 


Bus rules are posted on each bus.  The basic rules fall into the categories of:



·         Talk respectfully in a conversational tone and use G-rated language.



·         Follow the directions of the driver and obey the posted bus rules.

·         Leave your seat the way you found it, no litter or forgotten items.



·         Stay seated while on the bus.

·         Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself and out of the aisle.

·         Keep windows closed.

·         Do not block the aisle.


Bus Citations

If a student receives a bus citation, he or she must have it signed by a parent/guardian and by a Support Room staff member or the principal, in the case of higher level referrals.   Consequences established by the school and First Student Bus Company are as follows:


Step 1: First citation results in at least a warning depending on the seriousness of the behavior.

Step 2: Second citation in a school year results in not being able to ride any school bus for at least one week

Step 3: Third citation:

            Option 1 = One to two weeks off of the bus plus a parent conference with administrator and bus driver.


Option 2 = Bus privileges denied for at least one month.

Step 4:             More than three citations in any school year usually results in the bus privileges being suspended for the remainder of the school year.


            If Option 1 was selected in Step 3, off the bus for one month

Step 5: Fourth citation: Off the bus for the rest of the school year.


Care of School and Student Property



Students are issued individual lockers which are half-sized with confidential lock combinations.  Students should never share their locker combinations with anyone, not even their best friends. 


School lockers are the property of the school district and are provided for the storage of students’ personal belongings, books, and school supplies.  


Students are responsible for the care of their lockers and for the items stored inside them. Locker space is limited so lockers must be kept in an organized and tidy condition at all times. When lockers are closed, the dial must be spun and the latch checked to assure the locker is secured.  The school cannot insure the safety of valuables that are brought to school and stored in lockers. Lockers may not always be totally secure. 




Locker clean-outs will be held periodically to help students stay better organized.  Students are expected to report to their lockers promptly for locker clean-out and wait there until a staff member checks their lockers.  


At any time during the school year, students may be asked to take home questionable items or pictures that do not belong in a school locker. 


Locker Check

Lockers are the property of the school district and may be checked from time to time.



For any problems with a locker, seek help at the school office.



Removable “sticky tack” or magnets should be used to decorate lockers (never use glue or tape). Damage to lockers may be charged to students.


Book Bags/Backpacks

To fit into lockers, backpacks should not be overly large or bulky.  The rolling type of backpacks do not fit in LP lockers.  We have found that when students take full sized bags to class it promotes disorganization and develops into a safety hazard in the crowded classroom.  The only type of bag allowed to be taken to classes are drawstring bags.  Traditional zippered shoulder strap backpacks of any size are not allowed in class.  Exceptions must be written into a specific student support plan. 


Money and Valuables

Large sums of money and items of real or sentimental value should be left at home.  It is recommended that students should carry no more than $5.00 at any time.  When items of value must be brought to school, they should be taken to the office for safekeeping until they are needed.


Students are responsible for any loss or damage to their clothing, equipment, books, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, instruments, or other personal items.  Bikes and scooters must be locked in the outside bike cage at the north end of the gym wing.  The school endeavors to protect all personal property but student property is ultimately each student’s responsibility. 


Students should never leave their school and personal items unattended in the hallways.



Lost and Found

Students should be sure to attempt to locate lost items as soon as they are missing by checking in the lost and found room in the Commons before or after school, at break time and during lunch.  They should also ask their PE teacher regarding anything that might have been left in the PE area or on one of the fields. 


When library books or textbooks are found, they are returned to the LP library to be checked in.  Food and recyclable containers left behind in lunch bags or lunch boxes in the Commons are discarded and/or recycled at least once a week.


Please be sure to label coats, PE clothing, notebooks and other items so they may be returned when found.  Unclaimed found items will be turned over to charity at the end of each quarter.


Care of Books

Books and other school materials are checked out to students and are in their care.  Students are responsible for the books checked out to them as identified by the codes assigned to those specific books.  We must charge for any loss, theft or damage beyond ordinary expected wear.  Students should cover their books. Ordinary items such as grocery bags and paper ream covers may be used to cover books.  This not only provides protection but also helps students easily recognize and keep track of the books that are checked out to them.   Extra care should be given to keeping track of books.


·         The loss, theft or damage is computed on the basis of the listed price of books.  (Current cost for a hardbound textbook is up to $120.00 and for paperbacks the cost is up to $20.00). 

·         If a student loans a textbook or library book to another student and the book is lost, the student who checked out the book must assume the responsibility of paying the school for the lost book.

·         If a book is lost or stolen, the student should immediately notify the staff member who issued or checked out the book. 

·         Once the student has been charged for a missing book, another book can be issued. Should the book turn up, the payment will be refunded.

·         Students should make sure that they don’t get behind in their work because they do not have a book.


Note:   ÞAll fines or charges must be paid prior to receiving a yearbook at the end of the year. 

ÞIn addition, a student’s account must to be totally cleared of charges before picking up a schedule at the beginning of the new school year or having the school transfer records to a new school.


Special Activities


At LPMS, Pride events are held to celebrate positive student behavior and achievement through the Paws for Pride incentives program.


Linus Pauling Middle School wants to recognize students who have met positive academic progress and behavior expectations.  Periodically throughout the school year, LPMS holds event days when students are released a few minutes early for break and lunch or for an entire period at the end of the day for special activities. We feel it is important for us to recognize the positive work of students with something they enjoy.


Campus Pride, Recycling and Litter

The LPMS community cares about the environment. To do what each of us can for world resources, we need to make sure we recycle. Students should look for recycling boxes in classrooms before throwing paper or other recyclable items away. In the cafeteria, students should use the recycling containers for cans and other items. Students are expected to take a few moments to leave any area as good as or a little better than how they found it.


Parent Group

The LP Parent Group meets on a regular basis to help organize and to provide support for school fundraising, activities and events.  All parents and guardians are invited to participate by volunteering their time.  Meeting dates and times are published in the parent newsletter. 



Assemblies are held periodically during the school year. Students follow the classroom teacher into and out of an assembly in a quiet and orderly fashion. Students sit with their class group in the area designated for that class. Students do not leave an assembly until dismissed at the end of the assembly.  Students need to display the same kind of positive behavior in assemblies as in the classrooms.  Being attentive to and respectful of the presentation, as well as the rest of the audience is standard behavior at assemblies.  Applause is the appropriate sign of appreciation.


Field Trips

A completed field trip permission form with a parent’s/guardian’s signature is required in advance of all field trips.  School rules apply when participating in any school-related function. 



The “Make your Mark” donation drive is the primary fundraiser for the school year, and it benefits the entire student body. Other fundraisers must be preapproved by the principal and are generally discouraged. 


Selling and/or Trading of Items at School

In order to avoid undue disruptions to the educational environment, except for school fundraisers, the sale of items by students is not allowed on school grounds.  In addition, the trading of personal items at school such as collectible cards, clothing, etc. is not allowed.


Eighth Grade End-of-Year Activities

At the end of the school year, parents and LPMS staff members organize the eighth grade party and end of the year events that only current LPMS eighth grade students may attend.  School dress code applies at all school sponsored events. Attendance will be based on successful completion of our Fabulous Finish program, which encourages students to display positive behaviors and meet expectations at the end of the year.  More detailed information about Fabulous Finish will be published in the May newsletter and will be available at the office upon request.


Health Information



Each year the State of Oregon excludes students from school attendance due to missing or incomplete immunization records.  Please make sure student immunization records are up-to-date.  If you receive a letter requesting additional immunization information, please reply promptly.  Parents/guardians may need to obtain missing immunization information from their child’s doctor in order to update records. 


Student Accident Insurance

Student accident insurance forms are available during August registration days and in the school office.  A variety of accident coverage is offered including school time coverage, full time coverage, and tackle football coverage. Parents, who do not presently have other coverage and would like to obtain this insurance should complete an insurance enrollment form and send it along with payment directly to the insurance company indicated. 


Health Room Services


If someone is injured at school, the nearest staff member or the school office should be notified immediately.  A person who is not seriously injured may be accompanied to the school office.  Upon arrival, the office staff must be notified of the injury.   Anyone who is seriously injured should not be moved.  A staff member should be notified immediately, and the injured person will be treated at the scene.



If students become ill during the school day, they should notify the teacher or the supervising adult.  Students will be given a hall pass so that they may come to the office to check in and to be admitted to the health room.  Students will normally be in the health room for no more than 10 minutes at which time they may return to class if they are feeling better, or it is determined that the they need to go home.  If parents or guardians are not available by phone, we will call those listed as emergency contacts on the students’ emergency/information cards so that they may be taken home.


Medication at School

Law mandates the administration of medication to any student, and forbids school staff from giving any medication to a student unless there is a completed Medication Permission and Administration Form on file in the school office. 


Any medication at school, including over-the-counter medication, must be:


1.    Accompanied by a Medication Permission and Administration Form completed by a parent or guardian.  Forms are available in the school office. (The completed form provides the needed authorization to school staff members so that they may administer to a student.) Any changes in dosages or times shown on a prescription label must be verified by a written prescription from the doctor, addressed to the school.


2.     In its original container


·         Prescription medication brought to school must be in its original container labeled with the student’s name, the medication name, dosage instruction, doctor’s name, and prescription date with a completed Medication Permission form

·         Non-prescription (over-the-counter) medication must also be in its original container, clearly labeled with the student’s name with a completed Medication Permission form.  We are limited to the weight/age adjusted recommended dosage on the medication label.  Should a higher or more frequent dose be requested by a parent or guardian, a doctor’s note is required.


3.    Stored in a locked cabinet in the office.  All medications to be taken by a student while at school must be kept in the school office. No medications may be stored in school lockers.


4.    Medication is to be taken during non-class time unless it would conflict with the requirements of taking the medication.


5.    It should be established with the office staff when the student is to come to the office to take the medication.


6.    Medications which may be taken at home and all daily dosing requirements can be met in this way, should not be sent to school for administration during the school day. (Example: medications to be given two or three times each 24 hour period – every 12 or 8 hours.)


Remember:  It is dangerous to a person’s health and against school rules and district policy to take someone else’s medication.  In addition, it is illegal to take someone else’s prescription medication.  Appropriate disciplinary action up to and including expulsion and/or police involvement may be taken should a student violate this policy. 

Emergency and Safety Procedures

The primary consideration is everyone’s safety.


School Closure/Delayed Start

When snow, ice, or water makes the roads too hazardous in the morning for the buses to make their runs and school is canceled or the start is delayed (delayed starts are always 2 hours later than usual start time), local radio and television stations will make that announcement by 6:30 a.m. Those stations include: on radio 99.9FM KRKT, 99.9FM KRKT, 106.3AM KLOO, 1240AM KFLY/KEJO, 1340AM KLOO/KFAT, 1580AM KGAL, and on television 6 KOIN, 8 KGW, 9 KEZI, 13 KVAL, 16 KMTR.  School bus snow routes and other information may be found on the district website at , as well as Flash Alert.


Fire Alarms and Drills

Any sounding of the fire alarm means that all building occupants are to evacuate the building.  This means total evacuationEVERYONE MUST BE OUT AND AWAY FROM THE BUILDING.


·         Immediately proceed safely, quickly and quietly to the nearest outside exit.  

·         Vacate the building beyond the fire zone.  This means move entirely away from the building.

·         Report to the track on the west side of the building.

·         Students line up with their 1st period class.  (Room numbers are located on the track.)

·         Teachers take roll.

·         Visitors and volunteers report to the area designated “office”.

·         Everyone waits patiently and quietly.

·         Return to building only when clearly instructed to do so.


One fire drill per month is required by law.  The planned dates and times of drills cannot be shared with participants.


Earthquakes and Drills

When indoors, stay there. 

·         DUCK, COVER, and HOLD.   Get under a desk, a table, or stand in a doorway and hold on.

·         Stay clear of windows, bookcases, mirrors, light fixtures, and any suspended objects.

·         In an area that has natural gas, the gas must be turned off at the first sign of shaking.

·         When instructed to do so, evacuate the building, and move entirely away from the building.

·         Report to the track on the west side of the building.

·         Students line up with their 1st period class. (Room numbers are located on the track.)

·         Visitors and volunteers report to the area designated “office”.

·         In the event of a real earthquake, return to the building will not be immediate due to possible hazardous conditions.

·         Return to the building only when clearly instructed to do so.


When outside, get into the open away from buildings, trees, walls, or power lines.


After an actual earthquake, prepare for possible after shocks.    Students and staff will need to wait for further instructions. 


Two earthquake drills per year are required by law.  The planned dates and times of drills cannot be shared with students and staff.


Lock-Downs and Drills

A lock down begins by announcement, other instruction or when gunfire is heard.

·         Staff will immediately check the hallway and quickly pull any students and staff members into the classrooms. 

·         Next, the doors are locked with a key on the inside of the doors. 

·         Everyone moves away from doors and windows. 

·         Then, blinds are closed or windows are otherwise covered.

·         Doors are not opened to let anyone else into the room. 

·         Everyone stays low and quiet, and listens for instructions. 

·         Staff account for anyone missing from their class and anyone extra that has been pulled into their group.  Following a lock down drill, this information is sent to the office.

Other important requirements:

·         Do NOT evacuate should you hear a fire alarm unless you see fire or smoke.

·         Do NOT take cover in a room that does not have a lockable door.  If the room doesn’t have a door that can be locked, you must find another location to take cover.


A lock down will end by an announcement by a school official or when a known school or law enforcement official notifies you in person.


One lock down drill is held each school year, and the planned date and time is not shared with students and staff.


Lunch and Break Time Information


Nutritional Foods Program

The Corvallis School District and Linus Pauling Middle School promote nutritious foods.  LP has a strong commitment to keeping candy and soda out of the school.  Our  cafeteria and vending machines do not offer these items.  Numerous studies show strong relationships between nutritional eating habits and educational focus, both academic and behavioral.  We look forward to a nutritionally balanced menu with positive results.  In addition, it would be helpful if parents would encourage their students not to  bring these items to school.

Morning Breakfast and Break Time

Breakfast items are available in the Commons before school and at student break time.  Students may also bring items from home to eat.  All hallways are open so students may touch base with teachers.  However, all food and drink must be consumed while seated in the Commons.


Lunch Time 

Lunch break appears after 4th period on students’ schedules on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and following Pride Period on Wednesday. The lunch break is divided into sessions A and B. Following their schedule, students rotate through one of several activity areas and into the Commons during the lunch time break.  Half of our students eat lunch during session A and half during session B.  At the end of each twelve weeks, students switch their lunch time rotation. The classroom hallways are closed during the lunch break except for students entering/leaving the Commons and entering/leaving the activity areas.  All staff and additional volunteers provide lunch time supervision.


Food Allergies

To protect the health and safety of our students, LPMS has set up a designated table in the Commons that is only used for nut-free meals. 


Closed Campus                   

Corvallis middle schools have closed campuses.  This means once students have arrived, they are not to leave campus until 3:35 p.m. (Monday – Thursday) or 2:35 p.m. (Fridays) unless they have parental permission and check out at the office prior to leaving. Leaving the campus without checking out is considered truancy.


Students Leaving for Lunch

Students who have written permission from a parent to go home for lunch may check out at the office and receive a lunch pass before leaving campus.  Students must have home as their destination if leaving campus for lunch. Students leaving for lunch may leave immediately at the beginning of the lunch period and must return to be to class on time at the end of the lunch period.


Meal Purchases

Students attending Corvallis 509J schools have meal accounts through a central computerized accounting system. 

·         This allows students or parents to deposit money in advance into the computerized system whereby students can then debit a meal or milk from their account. 

·         The system provides for confidentiality for students on the free/reduced meal program by way of variable account balances which appear on the computer screen.

·         Deposits must be received in the school kitchen by break time in order to be available for that day’s lunch time.

·         Students who find themselves without a lunch should seek help in the LP office. Students will be helped to call home for money or a sack lunch if needed. The office staff can also provide the student with an emergency lunch item from the office for that day. 

·         Parents should periodically check with their students to find out the account balance or to obtain this information they may go online at (Parents, Food Service, Meal Account Balance Inquiry, Corvallis School District, then select the school and enter the student ID #) or you may contact the LPMS Kitchen or the Corvallis School District Food Service Department.


Account payments:

·         Payments to meal accounts should be sealed in an envelope that is clearly marked with the name of the student and the amount enclosed.  The exact amount to be deposited should be enclosed since it is not possible to return change.

·         Students should drop off payments in the meal payment box in the LPMS Kitchen located on the west end of the Commons.

·         Parents may drop off meal payments in the LP front office. 

·         Payments received before break time will appear in the meal account for that day’s lunch.


Free/Reduced Meal Program:

Important:  A new Free and Reduced-Price Meal application may be required each school year. If you think you may qualify, please fill out a form even if you do not plan on using the lunch program.  The school can qualify for federal funds when a sufficient number are submitted.  Additional copies of the application form are available in the school office.


For safety reasons, drinks in glass bottles are not allowed at school.


Where Can We Eat?

Food and drink are to be consumed only in the Commons; students may not have food or drink in the halls, lobby area or classrooms. 


Cafeteria Behavior Expectations

See LPMS Expectation Matrix, Appendix B.


Library/Media Center

Our Media Center is open most days at break, during lunchtime (during the student’s Activity rotation), and after school.  Library books can be checked out during those times.  Computers are available in the library on a limited basis. Food and drinks are not allowed in the library




Student Responsibilities Regarding Academics

Academic Expectations


Know when assignments are due.

·         Use your student planner/ assignment calendars

·         Copy the assignment carefully

·         Tests, projects, book reports, homework, etc.



Be Organized.

·         Use student planner/assign-

ment calendar everyday

·         Remember to take homework home and bringing it back

·         Keep notebook, locker and home study area organized

·         Keep your notebook with a place for each subject

·         Keep a file at home (e.g. a cardboard box) with a place for each subject to file old assignments

Share schoolwork with parents.

·         Discuss what is being learned in school

·         This will reinforce the things learned that day, and may give some different ideas about the topic

·         Show parents homework; they may have suggestions for improvement that could help

Know what is expected.

·         Ask the teacher for help if confused

·         Ask questions when you do not understand

·         Read the directions before leaving class

·         Start the assignment before leaving class—mentally or physically

·         Request make up work from the teacher

·         Attend to announcements and information

Be prepared.

·         Be prepared for class by having the necessary materials.

·         Charged iPad,

·         Assignments,

·         Notebook,

·         Student Planner

·         textbook,

·         notes,

·         paper,

·         pencils, etc.


Care for materials

·         Cover books and return them in good condition

·         Keep track of and take good care of school equipment and books


Be an Active, Engaged Learner

Use resources.

·         school or public library

·         use dictionary or other references

·         ask parents or other family members for information, ideas

·         Avoid plagiarism

Select a proper study area.

·         a relatively quiet place with a table or desk for writing is needed

·         TV’s, stereos, etc. only distract and make for the wasting of time

Plan study time.

·         Set aside at least 1 hour a day for study and homework

·         For long-term assignments, do some work every night

·         If you do not have specific homework, spend time studying notes, reading the textbook or give yourself practice quizzes

Concentrate on the task at hand.

·         spend the entire time concentrating on homework

·         remember number one “Know what is expected.”

·         don’t get sidetracked by magazines, games, the phone, friends, or brothers or sisters.

Write neatly.

·         Your work is the way you show your teacher and yourself what you know.  You and your teacher need to be able to read what you’ve written.  Less time is spent recopying or trying to figure out what was meant.

·         Always place the proper heading at the top of the paper.  It’s hard to get credit if there is no name.


The standard heading is:


Upper Right Corner:


Class  Period



Upper Left Corner or Center Top of Page:

Title of assignment

(E.g. Textbook and page #’s, or Title of the assignment the teacher has indicated.)

Guest Teachers

At the beginning of the year, administrators, teachers and support team staff will explain to students what is expected when a guest (substitute) teacher is in the classroom.  Students should understand that a guest teacher has all the rights, privileges and responsibilities that are given to our regular teachers.  In addition, they are guests in the classroom and the expectation is that students extend additional support and consideration to guests.  Behavior consequences are tripled for issues with guest teachers, and Paws for Pride Rewards are tripled for good behavior.



Being prepared for class means arriving ready to learn.  A school supply list is sent home in the August/September newsletter, it’s available at local stores and additional copies are available in the office.  Limited school supplies are available for students in need by scholarship (contact the LP office).


Arriving to Class on Time

Time for socializing is provided for students before school, during morning break, and at lunchtime. Students are expected to plan ahead so that they can arrive promptly in assigned classes with the supplies and materials needed to do the assigned class work. Passing time between classes is the time to go to lockers and get the items needed for class and/or make a quick trip to the restroom. Passing time does not allow for extended socializing. Make sure to arrive on time with everything needed for class.  Coming to class unprepared will also count as a tardy. Students arriving late to class must have a pass from the office.


Each student will be provided with three LPMS: Tardy Trackers at the beginning of each quarter.  These cards can be used in two ways.  First, students that consistently arrive to class on-time and prepared can turn in unused cards for incentives at the end of each quarter.  Second, a student that arrives late or unprepared for class will be asked for a tardy card.  If the student can provide a card, it will excuse the tardy.  If not, the student will be assigned a lunch detention.  After two tardy lunch detentions, the student will then be assigned after-school detentions.


Hall Passes

Students are expected to be in class during class time. When students are in the hall during class time, they must have a specific destination and have a hall pass in their possession that is signed, dated and the time marked by a staff member. Students should always be sure to take care of business such as getting items from lockers, using the restroom, etc. during breaks or passing time.  Students need to plan ahead so that they arrive on time and are ready to work for the entire class period.



Plagiarism is not allowed and should be avoided by students.  Consequences will be given to students who commit plagiarism. 


According to Webster’ New International Dictionary of the English Language, to plagiarize is:

“To steal or purloin and pass off as one’s own the ideas, words, artistic productions of another; to use without due credit the ideas, expressions or productions of another.”


The range of consequences for committing plagiarism:

Depending on the case, penalties for academic dishonesty at Linus Pauling Middle School can range from reprimand to failure in an assignment.

  • A grade reduction on the assignment in question.
  • A grade of zero (0) for the assignment in question with no opportunity to make up that work in any way, including extra credit work.
  • Assignment to detention.
  • Suspension.


How can plagiarism be avoided?


Practice is essential to learning.  Each time you choose your words, order your thoughts, and convey your ideas, you can improve your writing.



If you repeat another’s exact words, you MUST use quotation marks and cite the source.  If you adapt a chart or paraphrase a sentence, you must still cite.  Paraphrase means that you restate the author’s ideas, meaning, and information in your own words (see examples).



Examples: using “less” for “fewer,” reversing the order of a sentence, changing terms in a computer code, or altering a spread sheet layout.  If the work is essentially the same, give credit.



ALWAYS cite words, information and ideas you use if they are new to you (learned in your research).  No matter where you find it – even in an encyclopedia or on the Internet – you cite it!



You don’t have to cite “common knowledge,” BUT the fact must really be commonly known.  That Abraham Lincoln was the U.S. President during the Civil War is common knowledge; that over 51,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died in the Battle of Gettysburg is not.



Better to be safe than not give credit when you should!



Students may have one or two hours of daily homework for school. Homework provides the opportunity for independent work that helps to master skills.  Homework is an opportunity to:

·         practice what has been learned—research indicates that practice helps keep skills in long-term memory

·         learn more—extend what has been learned by investigating further

·         determine what questions need to be asked so that there is a better understanding 


If students have a problem getting homework turned in, their teachers will work with them to solve the problem. 


Make-up Work

Student Responsibility: 

·         When a student is absent from school, he or she is responsible to check with their peers regarding missed work, and talking to teachers upon return to school.

·         Make-up work should be completed in a timely fashion.  Work is often part of learning building blocks.  Assignments are given to help prepare students for the next learning segment.

Parent Responsibility:

·         Parents can support their child by asking them to get make-up work from their peers.  They can also ask them to check with the teacher for work on the first day back to school.

·         When a student is out of school for more than three days, schoolwork may be requested by a parent/guardian calling the school office to make arrangements to get the assignments from teachers.  The requested homework should be ready for pick-up within 24 hours. 

·         Make sure work is completed and returned.  (Teachers make an extra effort to prepare make-up work so that every student is well served.  Please be sure to get the most out of this opportunity.)

Teacher Responsibility:

·         Schoolwork will be made available to the student either through posting on the classroom board, by identifying another student who will help relay the information, or giving the work directly to the student.

·         For students gone more than three days:  If the parent requests the work for pick-up, the schoolwork should be ready in the office for pick up within 24 hours unless the other arrangements have been made by the teacher.


Schedule Changes

Class schedules are developed carefully to provide for a balance of numbers of students and to best promote learning in the classrooms. 


If a student would like a schedule change, he or she should:

·         begin by talking to parent/guardian

·         if there is parent agreement, make an appointment with the Registrar



Student Records

Confidential student records are maintained in the school office.  Unless otherwise indicated by a court document, access is available to parents and guardians with prior written request.  Copies are available for the actual cost which is currently five cents per copy.


Information on transfer of student records, release of personally identifiable information, and the annual notification to parents may be found in the district Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.  The entire student Records Policy (section 5500) is contained in the District Policy handbook.  Both of these are available on the district website  This policy may also be obtained through the school principal or the district office.


Grade Reports

Grades are completed quarterly.  If your child’s grade falls below a C, you can set up the Student Reporting System (Pinnacle) to notify you.  These grade reports are sent home with students about a week following the end of each quarter except for the 4th quarter when grade reports are mailed home.

Academic Grades



In every course offered, the teacher has established basic competence or standards for grading purposes.  Most classes reflect student progress by using grades A through F.  However, students have the opportunity to take classes on a Pass/No Pass. (See the requirements that follow.)




A          Excels                                                             P          Pass

B          Exceeds average expectations                      NP       No Pass

C         Meets average expectations                          I           Incomplete

D         Below average expectations                          G         No Grade

F          Failed to meet minimum requirement



Citizenship Grades

Citizenship reflects the degree to which the student demonstrates respect, responsibility, and safety. These grades are to inform students and parents about citizenship in class.

E          CONSISTENTLY exceeds behavioral expectations

Demonstrates respect, responsibility and safety, caring/support for others, works well with others, exhibits positive attitude, comes to class prepared, arrives on time.

S          USUALLY meets classroom and school expectations of respect, responsibility and safety.

Works well with others, exhibits positive attitude, comes to class prepared, arrives on time

N         OCCASIONALLY takes away from the class learning experience

Observed violating class expectations, uncooperative with others, exhibits negative attitude, comes unprepared to class, tardy to class

U         REPEATEDLY takes away from the class learning experience

Disrupts the learning environment, observed violating expectations, uncooperative with others, comes unprepared to class, tardy to class





Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973


The following is a description of the rights granted by federal law to students with handicaps according to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.   The intent of the law is to keep you fully informed concerning decisions about your child and to inform you of your rights if you disagree with any of these decisions.


You have the right to:

  1. Have your child take part in, and receive benefits from public education programs without discrimination because of his or her handicapping condition.
  2. Have the school district advise you of your rights under federal law.
  3. Receive notice with respect to identification, evaluation, or placement of your child.
  4. Have your child receive a free appropriate public education. This includes the right to be educated with non-disabled students to the maximum extent appropriate. It also includes the right to have the school district make accommodations to allow your child an equal opportunity to participate in school and school-related activities.
  5. Have your child educated in facilities and receive services comparable to those provided to non-disabled students.
  6. Have your child receive special education and related services if he or she is found to be eligible under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
  7. Have evaluation, educational, and placement decisions made based upon a variety of information sources and by a group of persons who know the student, the evaluation data, and placement options.
  8. Have transportation provided to and from an alternative placement setting at no greater cost to you than would be incurred if the student were placed in a program operated by the district.
  9. Have your child be given an equal opportunity to participate in nonacademic and extracurricular activities offered by the district.
  10. Examine all relevant records relating to decisions regarding your child's identification, evaluation, educational program and placement.
  11. Obtain copies of education records at a reasonable cost unless the fee would effectively deny you access to the records.
  12. A response from the school district to reasonable requests for explanations and interpretations of your child's records.
  13. Request amendment of your child's educational records if there is reasonable cause to believe that they are inaccurate or misleading. If the school district refuses this request for amendment, you shall be notified in a reasonable time, and advise you of the right to a hearing.
  14. Request mediation and/or an impartial due process hearing related to decisions or actions regarding your child's identification, evaluation, educational program or placement. You and the student may take part in the hearing and have an attorney represent you. Hearing requests must be made to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Oregon Department of Education, Public Service Building, 255 Capitol NE, Salem, Oregon 97310-0203, pursuant to OAR 581-15-109.
  15. Ask for payment of reasonable attorney fees if you are successful on your claim.
  16. File a local grievance.


In the Corvallis School District, the Director of Student Services is responsible for compliance of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act prohibits school districts to discriminate against persons with disabilities- including students, district patrons and staff members. Section 504 protects all qualified students with disabilities; defined as those having any physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. Life activities include; walking, breathing, hearing, speaking, self-care, manual tasks, seeing, learning, working. Section 504 requires that qualified persons with disabilities be provided access to educational opportunity as commensurate with non-disabled persons.


A student, district patron, or school staff with an American with Disabilities Act- Section 504- concern should contact the school’s counselor or Principal. Please see the attached Parent/Student Rights in Identification, Evaluation and Placement form.

Middle Schools: Preparing for High School

High school may seem like a long way off still, but in reality, it’s not. Middle school is an important training ground for success in high school.

The State of Oregon has adopted new, tougher graduation requirements to help students better prepare for college or the workplace. Beginning with the Class of 2014, students must take additional, more rigorous math and science classes. They also must take extra world language, fine arts or career and technical education classes.  In addition, they will have to demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and math and complete a set of personalized learning requirements that will help them prepare for life after high school.

The state also has expanded the type of diplomas high schools may offer. Most students will earn a standard diploma after completing all graduation requirements, but some students may choose a different path:

  • A modified diploma is available for students who have demonstrated an inability to meet the full set of academic standards, even with reasonable modifications and accommodations. To be eligible, a student must have a documented history of being unable to maintain grade level achievement due to significant learning and instructional barriers, or a documented history of a medical condition that creates a barrier to achievement. School staff and the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) should make the decision together about whether to pursue a modified diploma. A decision may be made no earlier than the end of sixth grade and not later than two years before the student’s exit from high school. The decision is reviewed annually after eighth grade and may be changed if appropriate.
  • An extended diploma is available for qualifying students who have individualized education plans (IEPs). Like the modified diploma, a student is eligible for an extended diploma only if he or she has a documented history of being unable to maintain grade level achievement due to significant learning and instructional barriers, or a documented history of a medical condition that creates a barrier to achievement. The student must participate in extended assessments no later than sixth grade, or have a serious illness or injury that occurs after eighth grade that requires them to participate in extended assessments.
  • The alternative certificate is an option only for students who have shown an inability to satisfy the requirements for a standard, modified or extended diploma. Students who earn an alternative certificate must demonstrate they have worked according to their potential on an individual plan of achievement and attendance. A decision to pursue an alternative certificate must be made at least one year prior to graduation, unless a serious illness or injury occurs after one’s junior year to change the student’s goals.

Detailed information about the new graduation requirements and diploma options is available through your school office or on the district Web site at 

Student Responsibilities Regarding Behavior


Our school community and behavior support systems are based on the belief that students need to grow toward independence and need to be supported to that end.  We believe that primary in the process are respect, responsibility and safety.


School Expectations/Rules

A good school community depends on everyone working together, people respecting and trusting one another, and everyone knowing that they belong. 


The school expectations outline clear, fair, and reasonable expectations for behavior.   They are there so that Linus Pauling Middle School has a positive school community where everyone is able to be comfortable and successful.


The LPMS expectations are:           Be Responsible         Be Respectful            Be Safe


Remember:  “G” rated language only.  Profanity is not permitted.


Each teacher also has classroom expectations that outline more specifically how the school rules apply in that particular classroom.


Support Room

The Support Room is a place where students can problem-solve when they do not meet expectations of respect, responsibility or safety. 


A visit to the Support Room for misbehavior usually means a step on the discipline ladder.



Students may be assigned detention as a consequence for not being safe, responsible or respectful.

·         Students are expected to report to detention at the assigned time on the detention notice.

·         Students may eat lunch in detention and are expected to have work to do during this time.

·         If a detention is missed without a student making prior arrangements by talking with the Support Room supervisor, two detentions will be assigned. 

·         A second no-show for detention may result in an in-school suspension.


Behaviors that May Result in Suspension or Expulsion

Any actions that clearly have a serious negative impact upon the learning environment of the school and/or are forbidden by state law will be considered serious issues on the behavior ladder.


All the following behaviors are forbidden by state law and/or district policy.


Students are sent to the principal or assistant principal immediately with a discipline referral form who:

·         blatantly or continually exhibit disruptive behavior despite warnings and/or SR/detention referrals.

·         openly defy any school adult’s authority/direction or are otherwise willfully disobedient.

·         use profane or obscene language or gestures.

·         threaten, intimidate, or take any action, which could result in the bodily harm of another. This includes fighting on school grounds, off school grounds, on the way to or from school, at any school activity, function or event.

·         vandalize, steal, or damage  the property of others.

·         possess or use any objects which could be used as a weapon.

·         possess tobacco products, alcohol, a controlled substance or provide any controlled substance or look-alike substances or drug paraphernalia to others.

·         otherwise behave in a way that has a serious negative impact on the school.


The designated administrator will follow through with each referral based upon state law as well as district and school policies and procedures for disciplinary action. 


Law enforcement officers will be involved if the student actions are in violation of the law.  In such a case the legal system may become the primary agency involved.


Discipline Ladder

The discipline ladder is a way of communicating clear expectations and consequences to students.

Usually a visit to the Support Room means that a student will be given a step on the discipline ladder.  The discipline ladder is a system that gives greater consequences to those who continue to disrupt learning or impact the safety of others.


Students who follow school rules and cooperate with staff requests are not placed on the discipline ladder. 



Discipline Ladder Levels

Levels I, II, and III constitute the basic discipline ladder.  Students move a step on the ladder for each discipline referral to the Support Room or to the office.  There are three steps at each level.

Level  I

Level I of the discipline ladder is the level a student is on when she or he is first referred for a discipline issue.  When a student is on level I the interventions may include: 1) problem solving, 2) the completion of a learning packet or worksheet assignment for the referred behavior, and 3) one or two 30 minute noon detentions.


Level  II

On level II of the discipline ladder the interventions may include:  1) problem solving, 2) the completion of a learning packet or worksheet for the referred behavior, 3) two or three 30 minute assigned detentions, 4) parent and counselor notification either by phone or a copy of the discipline referral  mailed to the parent. 


Students who engage in serious issues may begin on the discipline ladder at Level II.


The designated administrator becomes involved after Step 3 of this level if she or he is not already involved.  A copy of the referral is sent home for parent signature and return.  The development of an intervention plan is considered at this point if it has not been developed before.  (Examples:  Written referral to Team, staffing, special contracts, referral to Student Support Team, referral to counselor.)


Level  III

Level III of the discipline ladder includes: 1) problem solving, 2) the completion of a learning packet or assignment for the referred behavior, 3) two or three 30 minute assigned detentions, and 4) parent and counselor notification either by phone or a copy of the discipline referral mailed to the parent.


In addition, a Student Support Team staffing usually takes place after Step 3 of this level. An individual intervention plan is developed at this point. The student support team consists of teachers, administrators, and other knowledgeable members.  The student must satisfactorily complete the specially developed plan that is part of the student’s alternative special plan.

Alternative Ladder

Level IV: Further Intervention

Additional intervention is considered.  (Examples: referral for special education support services, referral to behavior management consultant, referral to other appropriate district or ESD specialists.)


Level V: Alternative or Specialized Program

Special modifications may include but are not limited to: referral to District Intervention Team, EBS, outside counseling, referral for medical evaluation, an offer of alternative education options.  The student may be referred to determine eligibility for special services through IDEA, Section 504, Alternative Education, DEBS.  At this level there is maximum involvement of district and community services.



Suspension and expulsion are serious consequences.  A student who has been disruptive to the educational process by breaking a rule in a major way or who has broken rules so often that it is entirely outside the realm of what can continue at school, may be suspended or expelled.

In-School Suspension

In-school suspension is a consequence resulting from more serious or repeated disruptive behavior. A student who is assigned to in-school suspension is placed for a period of time on a “time out” in the Support Room or another suitable place in the school.  Students are expected to complete schoolwork during suspension.  They are responsible for any work missed during the suspension.  The student eats lunch in the detention room and is not allowed into the hall areas without being accompanied by an adult.

Out-of-School Suspension

A student who is suspended out-of-school may not return to school grounds during the period of suspension. That means that student may not be on district school grounds at any time during the suspension for any activity or other reason without specific permission from one of the administrators.

Students who are suspended are expected to make up schoolwork missed during the suspension.


Expulsion is used in only the most serious of circumstances.  When a student is expelled, he or she may not be on district school grounds at any time during the term of expulsion.  If special circumstances exist for an exception, parents may request permission from the administrator for the student to be on school grounds.  Expelled students are offered alternative educational opportunities away from the school building.


Intimidation or Harassment

Intimidation or harassment are serious misbehaviors. 

  • Harassment is when a person disturbs someone persistently or torments him or her. 
  • Intimidation is when a person tries to make another person afraid that something is going to happen to them. 


Harassment and intimidation can be verbal, physical, or may involve a person’s property. 

·         verbal: abusive statements, statements of a sexual or obscene nature, put-downs, or threats

·         physical: inflicting physical discomfort, injury, or unwanted touching, pushing, tripping

·         property: taking, hiding, damaging, disturbing other people’s belongings


Verbal or physical harassment of a student based upon personal characteristics, race, ethnic origin, gender, or religion interferes with the victim’s ability to benefit from the educational program.  Such harassment will not be tolerated.  All incidents should be reported directly to the school office.  The principal will investigate and assign consequences.  Parents of all involved students will be notified, and if appropriate, a report will be filed with the district Equal Educational Opportunity officer.

Student Code of Conduct

The district has authority and control over a student at school during the regular school day, including during any school-related activity regardless of time or location and while being transported in district-provided transportation.  Students will be subject to discipline including detention, suspension, expulsion, denial, and/or loss of awards and privileges and/or referral to law enforcement officials for the following (including but not limited to):

·         Assault

·         Hazing, harassment, intimidation, cyber bullying, bullying, or menacing

·         Coercion

·         Violent behavior or threats of violence or harm

·         Disorderly conduct, false threats, and other activity causing disruption of the school environment

·         Bringing, possessing, concealing, or using a weapon

·         Vandalism/malicious mischief/theft, including willful damage or injury to district property; or to private property on district premises or at school-sponsored activities

·         Sexual Harassment

·         Possession, use, distribution of tobacco, alcohol, or unlawful drugs, including drug paraphernalia, on or near district grounds or while participating in school-related activities

·         Use or display of profane of obscene language

·         Open defiance of a teacher’s authority, including persistent failure to comply with the lawful directions of teachers or school officials

·         Violation of district transportation rules

Violation of law, Board policy, administrative regulation, school, or classroom rules


Tobacco Use/Smoking

No person is permitted to smoke or use tobacco of any kind on school grounds.  In addition, student possession of any form of tobacco is against the law. 


Policy Regarding Use of Tobacco, Alcohol or Drugs

(Entire policy may be viewed on the district website.) Corvallis School District 509J Policy JFCH states in part:


Student possession, use, distribution, or sale of tobacco, alcohol, unlawful drugs including drug paraphernalia on or near district grounds or while participating in school-related activities is prohibited and will result in disciplinary action and, if appropriate, referral to law enforcement officials. 


Students who use, possess, sell, supply or are under the influence of alcohol, and other dangerous drugs or an imitation substance, or are in possession of drug paraphernalia on or near district property during school hours or at any school-related activity, are subject to an immediate suspension of 10 school days and/or expulsion up to one calendar year.  The student is also subject to additional education programs and obligations established by the district.


Use or possession of tobacco, in any form, on or near campus may lead to immediate suspension.


Unlawful delivery of dangerous drugs to a student or minor within 1,000 feet of school property is illegal and will be reported to law enforcement officials.


In addition, students will be subject to removal from any or all extracurricular activities.  Parents shall be notified of all violations involving their student and action taken by the school.  Violation of this policy by staff will lead to appropriate disciplinary actions up to and may include dismissal.  Parents, visitors, and volunteers will be asked to adhere to the policy while on school premises. 


Dangerous Items

Students should not bring to school any weapon (or look-alike), instrument, toy or apparel that is or may be a potential safety threat to others.  This also includes matches, lighters or other fire starting material.  Students who bring these items to school will be subject to disciplinary action.


Weapons in the Schools

Corvallis School District 509J Policy JFCJ states in part:


Students shall not bring, possess, conceal or use a weapon on or near district property or at any school-related activity.


For purposes of this policy, and as defined by state and federal law, weapon includes:


A firearm is as defined in 18 USC (United States Code) 921


A dangerous weapon is any weapon, device, instrument, material or substance which under the circumstances in which it is used, attempted to be used or threatened to be used, is readily capable of causing death or serious physical injury.


A deadly weapon is any instrument, article or substance specifically designed for and presently capable of causing death or serious physical injury.  Examples include brass knuckles, switchblade/butterfly knives, clubs, stars, live ammunition, explosive or incendiary devices, lethal or disabling gases and poisonous substances.


Replicas of weapons are also prohibited by Board policy.  Exceptions to the district’s replicas prohibition may be granted only with prior building principal approval for certain curriculum or school-related activities.  Violations will result in discipline up to and including expulsion.


Possession of any pocketknife at a school or school-related function is prohibited, whether or not the knife is a weapon and violators will be subject to suspension or expulsion.


Incidents of students possessing weapons or realistic replicas will be reported to the student’s parents and a referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency shall be made.  Appropriate disciplinary and/or legal action will be taken against any unauthorized person who possesses weapons or assist possession in any way.  Students bringing weapons to school will be expelled for a period of not less than one year.  The superintendent may, on a case-by-case basis, modify this expulsion requirement.  The district may also request suspension of a student’s driving privileges or the right to apply for driving privileges with the Oregon Department of Transportation.


Personal Electronic Devices and Social Media

A “personal electronic device” is a device that emits an audible signal, vibrates, displays a message, or otherwise summons or delivers a communication to the possessor of the device.  At no time will any device be allowed which provides for a wireless, unfiltered connection to the Internet.


Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to loss of privileges and disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion for using a personal electronic device in any manner that is academically dishonest, illegal, or violates the terms of school board policy or rules as established by the building principal.  A referral to law enforcement official also may be made.


Personal electronic devices used in violation of law, Board policy, administrative regulation, or approved school rules will be confiscated, turned in to the school office, and/or transferred to law enforcement officials as appropriate.  If law enforcement does not retain the device as evidence, the device will be returned to the student or parent following parent notification, conference, detention, suspension, and/or expulsion.


Cell Phones

Cell phones are not permitted to be turned on or visible on campus.  We understand that some parents want their children to have cell phones available for use before and after school in order to facilitate communication and increase safety.  Therefore, we have used the standard that if cell phones are turned off and kept in lockers, that they do not constitute a disruption to the learning environment.  In addition, when they are locked securely in lockers, they are not likely to be stolen or lost.  If students have cell phones out and visible during the school day the phones will be confiscated and kept in the office until a parent or guardian can come in to pick them up.  Parents who need to contact students during the school day should call the school office at 541-757-5961.


Electronic Entertainment Devices

Corvallis Middle Schools do not allow electronic entertainment devices on school grounds because they cause distractions to student education.  In the past, many students brought very expensive electronic equipment to school.  These devices included Mp3 players such as IPODs, Nanos video players, handheld video games such as PS2, and cell phones.  Many of these devices cost hundreds of dollars.  These electronic devices have no added value to student achievement or safety.  In fact, they can serve as distractions and become the target of theft.  We have always asked that students not bring valuables to school, it is suggested for instance, that students carry no more than five dollars cash therefore, we will not be allowing these devices on school grounds.  Electronics which can only be used for educational purposes such as spell checkers and calculators are permitted.  


Laser Pointers, Water Devices and Other Items

Laser pointers and/or any toy, instrument or apparel that may be construed to be a safely threat to others should be left at home.  Water devices of any kind are not conducive to the school setting and may be confiscated at any time.  Students who bring to school or use these items on school grounds are subject to discipline.


Fragrances and Personal Grooming Products

Students should leave at home containers of perfumes, colognes, hair gel, and hair spray, etc.  Students should use these items at the start of their day and then leave the containers at home.   Please remember that fragrances should be applied at home before school and that they should be used sparingly.  Fragrance containers should never be brought to school.  We have many students who are allergic to these fragrances and if they are sprayed in their presence, there can be serious consequences.  If students choose to bring combs, brushes and make-up to school, they should not be shared with other students.



Chewing Gum

Chewing gum is discouraged at school because of the damage it has caused to floors, furnishings and other surfaces as well as being distracting in the classroom.  Students who chew gum at school may be asked to throw it away. 



Public Displays of Affection                                                                          

Appropriate displays of affection are hand holding and brief friendship hugs.  Students may not kiss, put arms around or embrace one another while on school grounds or at any school related activity.  Students in violation of this school policy will be sent to the principal’s office, and parents may be notified.


Computer Labs

The computer labs are open to teachers with their classroom students on a regular basis for students to receive computer instruction and to work on projects. It is also open during the lunch periods.


Before students are allowed to use computers at LPMS, they must sign a form that acknowledges their understanding of the rules regarding use. 


Violations that may result in the loss of computer privileges (but not  limited to):

  • Downloading of programs, games or files from the internet
  • Checking and or sending personal e-mail (Hotmail, AOL mail, etc.)
  • Going onto “Chat Rooms”
  • Playing online games
  • Using Internet for non-school related activities (unapproved surfing the ‘net’ is NOT allowed)
  • Excessive printing from the Internet (must use copy/paste into Word)
  • Changing desktops, screen-savers, adjusting monitors, malicious computer activity, etc.


When using the computer lab, students should also follow these rules:

·         The lab is subject to all school rules.

·         No food or drink.

·         No outside games or programs are allowed.

·         Use the technology only as it was designed.

·         Do not move lab equipment, including cabling.

·         Free printing of school related assignments only.  Otherwise, there is a dime per sheet charge. Colored printing is $1.00 per page.  The wasting of paper has been a problem.  Please remember to do a PRINT PREVIEW before you print!

Student Grievances

A grievance is defined as a complaint in writing presented by a student to the school administration alleging one or more of the following:

1.  That a rule is unfair.

2.  That a rule in practice discriminates against or between students.

3.  That school personnel used an unfair procedure in assessing a form of punishment against a student.



Student Complaints

If a student is violating school policy, especially if the person is being unsafe in any way, other students are asked to come forward and report the problem.  Any such concerns or complaints should be reported to the support room or school office.





Student Recognition and Awards


Linus Pauling Middle School students set goals and achieve them.  To acknowledge student efforts, the following types of recognition are given.


Academic Recognition

Honor Roll

Students who have a 3.5 or above grade point average, are full day students, have no “I” or “NG” grades and have no more than two “P/NP” grades.

Presidential Achievement Awards

8th graders who meet or exceed academic requirements may be awarded Presidential Achievement Awards.


Service Learning Awards

Students with the appropriate number of Service Learning hours may earn Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards.



Recognition for Good Citizenship




In addition to teaching our students in the academic areas, we have a strong belief that middle school students need to be a part of a school culture that celebrates being respectful, responsible, and safe.  Many middle school students are at a behavioral, social and academic crossroads during their middle school career.  In order to help influence students to make good decisions we offer encouragement by way of positive incentives and awards.


Paws for Pride – Respectful, Responsible, Safe

Staff members recognize and reward students for positive behavior in the school community.  Students who earn Paws for Pride cards can spend them on rewards/privileges at school and will be eligible for prize drawings throughout the year.


School-wide Pride rewards are earned on a periodic basis so that students are given extra time for breaks, lunches or a day with an activity period with locations throughout the school campus for students to enjoy some structured free time with friends. Staff and students work together to determine the various activities offered, and they have included playing basketball, playing chess, watching a movie, playing guitar, singing karaoke, learning calligraphy, making greeting cards, etc.



Awards Given at the Awards Assembly

Awards are given at the end of the school year for students who were particularly responsible, conscientious, creative, and cooperative.


Linus Pauling Middle School

Expectations Matrix

Safe, Respectful, Responsible






General Social

Report all dangerous situations to an adult immediately

Keep hands and feet to yourself.

Speak to others with respect.

Use quiet voices.

G-Rated language in school.

Carry your student ID card.

Come prepared for all classes.

Be on time.

Appropriate affection – handholding, friendship hug.



Walk at all times.

Use unbreakable drink containers.

Report spills.

Use good manners.

Clean up your area.

Wait in line patiently.

Only eat your own food.

All food and drinks must stay in approved eating areas.

Dispense trash and recyclables in proper containers.

Have ID card with you.

Order ID card if necessary.

Hallways, Stairs

and Outside


Walk at all times.

Stay to the right.

Keep hands and feet to yourself.

Arrive at class on time.

Halls are G-Rated.

Use kind words and actions.

Respect property, yours and others.

Use quiet voices.

Whisper when classes are in sessions

Food and open drinks in the hall are prohibited.

Use drinking fountains appropriately.

Use a hall pass when out of class during class time. 

Use wastebaskets for trash.


Keep water inside the sink.

Wash hands.

Put paper towels in the wastebaskets.

Give people privacy.

Respect property.

Inform adults of concerns or problems.

Conserve paper products.



Open and close quietly and carefully.

Keep lockers clean.

Open and close quietly.

Use only your locker.

Use temporary and appropriate decorations only.

Keep lockers organized.

Keep clutter under control.

Keep combination confidential.

Lockers are the property of the school and provided for storage of items during the day.


Gym Areas

Food, drinks and gum in the gym areas are prohibited.

Bleachers are only used with permission.

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Gym areas are used only with supervision.



Be a team player.

Include everyone.

Encourage others.

Wait for directions.

Show good sportsmanship.

Play safe, play fair.

Use equipment appropriately and return equipment to appropriate area.





Support Room

Keep hands and feet to yourself.

Use chairs and tables appropriately.

Listen responsibly.

Use appropriate words and actions.

Wait patiently.

Sit quietly.

Bring referral.

Sign in when you arrive. 

Complete forms and/or assigned work.

Follow directions of the staff.


Check in at the front counter.

Sign in/out at the office when arriving late or leaving early.

Use appropriate words and actions.

Use quiet voices.

Wait your turn in line.

Ask for teacher permission before coming to the office during class time.

Ask before using the student phone.

Health Room & Medication

Medications may only be used by the designated student.

Follow the health assistant’s directions.

Avoid blood spills.

Report all accidents/injuries to an adult.

Respect others in the health room.

Use quiet voices.

Rest quietly.

Report to your teacher before coming to the health room.

Check in at the office before entering the health room. 

Sign in on the health room sign-in sheet.

Come to the health room on time to take needed medications.

Parent permission forms are required for any medication taken at school. 

Medications must be in their original containers and brought to the office.

Library/Media Center

Walk at all times.

Keep all of the chair legs on the floor at all times.

Leave backpacks and lunch bags outside.

Handle materials with care.





Work individually.

Use a quiet voice.

Clean up the area and push chairs under the tables.

Return books to their correct place.

Wait in line patiently and quietly.

Ask for assistance from the library staff if needed.

Return books on time.

Keep gum, food and drinks out of the library.



Computer Labs














Keep hands and feet to yourself.

Use chairs and tables appropriately.











Use quiet voices.

Respect equipment and supplies.












Follow computer lab guidelines.

Lab used with staff permission only.

Print only what is needed for schoolwork.

Food, gum and drinks are prohibited.

Log out/shut down after use.










Bus Area & Commons

Stay behind yellow line.

Keep hands and feet to yourself.

Use kind words and actions.

Remain in Commons when halls are closed.  Use a quiet voice.  Dispose of litter in wastebaskets.


Board the bus in a single file line.

Stay seated on bus.

Follow the directions of the driver and posted bus rules.

Board the bus appropriately.

Use polite words and actions.

Use quiet voice.

Help make sure the bus driver can focus on driving rather than student behavior.

Bicycles, Skateboards & Other Wheeled Devices

Wear a helmet.

Carry skateboards and portable wheeled devices on school grounds.

Walk bikes on school grounds.

Treat other people’s property with care.

Obey school signs.

Ride on campus only if part of a staff approved activity.

Lock and store your bike or wheeled device in the bike cage.

Keep lock key safe.

Don’t leave bikes overnight.

Assemblies & Special Events

Maintain clear aisles.

Wait for dismissal instructions.

Leave in an orderly fashion.

Keep hands and feet to yourself.

Listen responsibly.

Show appreciation appropriately.

Face forward and sit quietly during presentations.

Focus on presentation.

Sit with your class.

Listen for and follow directions.

Fire Drills

Walk safely and quietly.

Proceed to nearest outside exit immediately.

Stay on the correct route.

Keep hands and feet to yourself.

Stay on walkways when possible.

Walk around the bushes.

Find line and place as quickly as possible, and stay there.

Stand quietly.

Listen for and follow directions.