Lancer Pride 2019

  • LANCER PRIDE 2019-2020



     It's hard to believe but it's that time of the year again - the beginning of a new school year. Welcome back! There's a lot of excitement ahead of us, including new teachers to meet, new classes to take, new friends to make, and new skills to master...and I look forward to you sharing in those exciting times. At Laurel Park, we strive to provide the best education to all students.   This includes increasing achievement as well as assisting all students in becoming college and career ready.  I look forward to continuing to serve the students, families, and teachers in this awesome community. As an instructional leader, my focus will be promoting the success and academic growth of all students. Through building strong relationships and a respectful learning environment, students will be provided the opportunity to connect, engage, and explore in their own learning. Enjoy your remaining summer days, and we look forward to seeing all of you on August 12th. Welcome to the Park.


    Mrs. Jo Ellen Hylton



    AUGUST 12, 2019

    The school building will be open at 7:30 a.m.  The first class will begin at 8:25 a.m. and the last class will end at 3:16 p.m. Students arriving after 8:25 a.m. are considered tardy.




    Student schedules will be sent electronically through email. Every effort has been made to provide schedules that match student’s requests that were made in the spring. Business day will provide you the opportunity to meet your child’s teachers and to set goals and expectations for the year.  Guidance counselors will also be available on Business Day to discuss the needs of your child.



    All sixth graders and their parents are invited to attend our INFORMATIVE Sixth Grade Orientation. The orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 6th at 6:00 p.m. From 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. students and parents will meet with their child’s team of teachers, tour the school, and pay the ipad insurance fee. The student/parent orientation will be held in the auditorium from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. During the student/parent orientation we will introduce you to the faculty and staff, review the school wide discipline plan and expectations for student behavior, and the curriculum of the middle school. Much of our time will be spent explaining the classes, touring our school and getting to know you and your child for the next year. Also, we will discuss expectations and strategies you can use as you plan for the 2019-20 school year.

    The orientation will provide students the opportunity to examine all that Laurel Park Middle School has to offer.


    Lancer Volunteers:

                We believe that parent participation in their child’s academic career is essential for student success. We have numerous ways parents can volunteer at Laurel Park Middle School. Parents are needed as chaperones for Band and Choir. We need parents to serve on our PTO. In addition, parents are needed to help volunteer during the school day in the office, cafeteria, hallways, and in the media center.

             Thank you for your interest in working with the students of Henry County Public Schools (HCPS).To help ensure the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff, HCPS requires that all employees and all volunteers undergo comprehensive background screenings. As a volunteer, your required background screens will include both a criminal background check ($16.95) and a Virginia Department of Social Services Central Registry Search ($10.00).Go to the Henry County Public Schools website and click on Volunteer. Follow the steps to becoming a school volunteer. Throughout HCPS, the first 100 volunteers to apply can get a free background check.



    If you have any questions concerning your child please contact the appropriate administrator:

    Marcelle Millner, Assistant Principal, Athletic Director

    6th Grade                   

    Amy Hairston, Assistant Principal

    7th Grade

    Jo Ellen Hylton, Principal

    8th Grade



    Tiffanie Hairston, 6thGrade

    Patric Anderson, 7thGrade

    Adrienne Bender, 8thGrade   

    Rebecca Brown, Guidance Secretary




    Laurel Park Middle School sets very high behavioral expectations for students. We believe students learn best in an environment that is both safe and respectful. We will not allow a student to interrupt the learning of others. Student behavior expectations and discipline infraction consequences are clearly stated in the Henry County Public School’s Code of Student Conduct Handbook and in the Lancer Code. Our middle school students will follow the Lancer Code, a school wide discipline plan. It is the responsibility of the student (and parent) to be familiar with the Code of Conduct and the Lancer Code. The teachers and administration at LPMS will apply disciplinary actions fairly and consistently. We ask parents to take time to review the Code of Conduct and the Lancer Code with their children. We further realize that parents are a crucial link in establishing appropriate behavior in students. We seek parental support.




    Bus route information will be provided by classroom teachers and staff on Business Day, Thursday, August 8thfrom 12:00-7:00 p.m.


    Bus route information is also available at:




    Interim Reports                                                          Report Cards

    September 12, 2019                                                       October 18, 2019

    November 15, 2019                                                        January 8, 2020           

    February 6, 2020                                                           March 16, 2020

    April 17, 2020                                                               TBD

    * These will be reported to you electronically by email.



    For safety reasons:

    • Photo identification is required of all persons picking up a student! This is the policy every time!
    • All visitors must sign in using the Ident-A-Kid System
    • Parents will not be able to park and pick up students between the times of 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.  Any parent wishing to pick up their child during this period of time must use the car rider line.
    • Changes in transportation should be made in writing and not by telephone.
    • LPMS must be made aware of any medical conditions of your student on the online registration form. Any prescribed medications to be dispensed at school must have the authorization of the physician and should be dropped off by the parent in the original prescription container.
    • Parents/Guardians should notify the school immediately when contact information changes.
    • Custody alerts and court documentation should be provided to the school office/guidance at the beginning of each school year.




    A 30-minute lunch period is built into each student’s schedule.  Students are expected to act responsibly and exhibit proper etiquette at all times while in the cafeteria. The Lancer Code should be followed in the cafeteria.

    All students must use their student ID number to access their lunch account.

    Breakfast and lunch are free for all students.




    Twitter: @LaurelParkMS

    Sports Schedules:




    Cell phones, if and when confiscated, will be turned over to the parent only.

    Cell phones must be off and out of sight during the school day.

    IPods, MP3 players, Headphones, and any other music devices/instruments are not allowed in school. Multiple violations of cell phone use will result in ISS or OSS. Students may be asked to house their device with an administrator. 



    IPads are the property of Henry County Public Schools. Students will be loaned iPads for school use only. Students owing for lost or damaged iPads, cords, or charges must pay fees before being allowed to use an iPad for the upcoming school year.  The iPad fee for the 2019-20 school year is $10.00.



    Each student who intends to tryout for a sports team is required to have a sports physical (VHSL form only) on file at the school. Physicals expire after one year and forms are available in the main office or on the school website.   All student-athletes and a parent must also read and sign signature page of the HCPS Athletic Handbook in order to participate in athletics.  The Galilean House of Worship will be conducting a free Health Fair from 9:00 to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 27th. This will include free sports physicals.


    Volleyball tryouts will be held July 31stand August 1st. Football tryouts will be held the first week of school. 



    On the first day of school, each student will be given a 2019-20 LPMS Student Handbook and Academic Planner.  Students will be encouraged to use the planners daily to record assignments and manage their schedules. A replacement cost of $5.00 will be charged for lost or misplaced planners. 



    The Lancer Pride’s intent is to be informative and to answer as many questions for students and

    Parents as possible.  If you have questions in regards to any of the information in this newsletter, or if you would like a copy of the newsletter in another language, please email the administrative staff or your child’s counselor.



    August 6                                   Sixth Grade Orientation (6:00 p.m.)

    August 8                                   Back to School Open House (12:00 pm-7:00 pm)                        

    August 12                                 First Day of School

    September 2                            Labor Day Holiday

    September 25                          Fall School Pictures

    September 12                          Interim Reports

    September 18                          Early Dismissal (3 Hours Early) 12:16 dismissal

    October 14                              End of 1st Nine Weeks

    October 18                              Report Cards

    November 5                             Student Holiday- Flex Day for Teachers/Election Day              

    November 15                            Interim Reports

    November 27-29                      Fall Break

    December 20                           Early Dismissal (3 Hours Early) 12:16 dismissal

    December 20                          End of 2nd Nine Weeks/Second Semester

    Dec 23-Jan 6                            Winter Break



    Business Day will be held for students on Thursday, August 8th from 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm.  This will

    be an opportunity for all students and parents to tour the school and meet the faculty and staff.  Computer labs will be open for parents of returning students to update their student’s information. We are excited to inform you that Henry County’s iPad initiative will continue to include all middle school students. If your child was not enrolled in Henry County Public Schools during the 2018-19 school year and/or a parent/guardian of the student has not participated in a required Henry County Public Schools iPad informational meeting, it will be required that the parent/guardian of the student participate in an iPad informational meeting for the 2019-20 school year. The meetings will be held on August 8th during Back to School Night in the auditorium at 1:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 6:00 p.m.  Henry County will continue to offer the Repair Service for parents who are interested in purchasing this insurance. Parents may pay the $10 Repair Service Fee for iPads on Back to School Night. Checks should be made to Laurel Park Middle School.



    Henry County Public School Attendance for Middle and High School Students

    Students are expected to arrive at school and all classes on time every day. It is the legal responsibility of parents or guardians to ensure that students are in regular daily attendance for the entire school day. Parents or guardians are encouraged to contact the school if their child is going to be absent from school.When a student is going to be absent for extended periods of illness, a parent or guardian must seek homebound instruction for a child.

    A student who is absent from school for an entire day, or for one or more class periods, must bring a note written and signed by a parent or guardian upon returning to school. The note shall contain the reason(s) for and the date(s) of the absence(s). The principal will be the judge of the validity of any excuses. Students are considered present when participating in field trips and other functions sanctioned by the school. Middle and high school students who are not physically present for at least fifty percent (50%) of a class period will be deemed absent and must provide an excuse for the absence.

    When a student in grades K-8 accumulates the equivalent of twenty (20) absences not attributable to a death in the immediate family, a subpoenaed court appearance, a verified chronic medical condition, school sponsored activities, or prearranged absences with the principal or designee, the principal or designee shall convene the attendance review panel. The student may not be eligible for credit or promotion if the equivalent of twenty unexcused (20) absences accumulate. When a student in grades 9-12 accumulates the equivalent of ten (10) absences not attributable to a death in the immediate family, a subpoenaed court appearance, a verified chronic medical condition, school sponsored activities, or prearranged absences with the principal or designee, the principal or designee shall convene the attendance review panel. The student may not be eligible for credit or promotion if the equivalent of ten unexcused (10) absences accumulate. In addition to Policy JED, Henry County Public Schools expectation for secondary students is that cumulative individual class absences in excess of two (2) days every thirty (30) days of instruction / six (6) weeks grading period shall also result in loss of credit. An appeal may be made in writing to the building principal if the absences in excess of two days were for extenuating circumstances.

    Responsibility for make-up work lies with the student. Arrangements for make-up work must be completed within three (3) days after returning to school. Students who skip a class may be required to makeup work; however, the student may not receive full credit for the completion of such work. This will not apply to assignments such as unit tests, term papers, or other long-term projects which extend beyond the day(s) the student skipped class.

    Students are expected to attend all assigned classes every day. Students are not to leave the building without permission. Students who leave the school grounds during the school day before their usual dismissal time must first have parental permission and approval from the administration. Students who are ill or injured must report to the office before leaving the building unless the nature of the illness or injury prohibits this.

    Complete attendance guidelines can be found in the Henry County Code of Conduct.



    Henry County Public School Dress Standard for Middle and High School Students

    It is the desire of Henry County Public Schools to establish a learning environment free from unnecessary risks and distractions where all students are able to achieve at their highest potential. The personal appearance of every student is an important component of establishing an environment for optimal learning and respect for one another. Students are expected to adhere to standards of dress and appearance that are compatible with an effective learning environment. In support of these expectations, the following dress standard will be enforced:

    • All shirts/tops must be of sufficient length to cover skin exposed at the waistline at all times. Tank tops are not allowed nor are those that reveal undergarments or inappropriate body parts. If worn, all sleeveless tops must come to the edge of the shoulder.
    • Shirts and dresses should not have a low-cut neckline or expose the back.
    • Clothing with logos that express obscenities, convey messages of a sexual nature, or advertise or condone drugs, alcohol, or cigarette products will not be permitted.
    • Clothing that is racially offensive or deemed a distraction to the educational process will not be permitted.
    • Mesh or see-through shirts are not permitted (males and females) unless a solid fabric shirt is worn underneath.

    *All pants, shorts, and skirts must be worn over the hips. Waistlines that sag and expose one’s undergarments or under layer of clothing is not acceptable.

    • No pants with holes or rips/tears are permitted unless another layer of clothing is worn under them.
    • Shorts, skirts, and dresses must be no higher than 5” above the knee.
    • Slits on skirts or dresses must be no higher than 5” above the knee.
    • Tight fittings pants, including but not limited to: leggings, jeggings, tights, biker shorts, spandex, etc… are not stand alone garments. They must be covered with a shirt or garment that is no shorter than 5” above the knee.
    • The outer garment of clothing worn must always be in compliance with the dress code.
    • No pajama-type pants/pajama pants are to be worn to school.
    • No wearing of bedroom shoes will be permitted.
    • Shoes should be appropriate for travel within the building; “heely” shoes (shoes with built-in wheels) are not permitted.
    • Hats, bandanas, headscarves, hoods, and/or any other head coverings may not be worn in school. (Exceptions are made for religious observances.) Combs and picks may not be worn in hair.
    • Wallet chains/chains hanging from clothing or spiked jewelry are not permitted.
    • Items not previously mentioned, but deemed inappropriate by the administration, will not be permitted.
    • If an extenuating circumstance arises, modifications to the dress standard may be granted by the administration.

    Consequences for violation of dress standards:

    First offense: Students who come to school dressed inappropriately as deemed by a faculty member or the administration will be asked to change or call home. Students will not be permitted to go to class until a correction in the attire has been made.

    Second offense: Students who come to school for the second time dressed inappropriately as deemed by a faculty member or administration will be asked to serve internal suspension or after-school detention.

    Third offense: Students who come to school for the third time dressed inappropriately as deemed by a faculty member or administration will receive an out of school suspension.





    The Laurel Park Middle School culture is based on collaboration between the teachers, staff, administration, students, and the school community. We strive to create a safe learning environment that is conducive to student learning along with creating positive relationships between staff and students. The Lancer Code, which is based on reinforcing positive student behaviors and correcting inappropriate student behaviors, is the primary tool to accomplish our goal.


    Procedures for:

    1st Ticket:                 Parent / guardian will be contacted by the teacher/student to review the Lancer Code offense. The student will write a Lancer statement. This will serve as a warning.

    2nd Ticket:                Parent / guardian will be contacted by the teacher/student. The student will receive 2 days of silent lunch and automatic loss of Small Reward. The student will write a Lancer Statement.

    3rd Ticket:                Parent/guardian will be contacted by the teacher/student. The student will receive silent lunch (three days), internal school suspension (one day) and automatic loss of the Big Reward. A Behavior Action Plan meeting will be held with school counselor/administration, teachers, parent, and student.

    4th Ticket:                 Parent / guardian will be contacted by the teacher/student. Student will receive silent lunch (one week), meeting with administration for additional discipline, internal school suspension ( two days) , and meeting with parent / guardian and school personnel to review Behavior Action Plan if deemed necessary.

    5th Ticket:                 Parent / guardian will be contacted by the teacher/student. Student will receive silent lunch (two weeks), meeting with administration for additional discipline (ISS/OSS- three or more days), and meeting with parent / guardian and school personnel to review Behavior Action Plan if deemed necessary.

    *At the beginning of each 9 weeks, student’s tickets are erased and student will start with a clean slate.

    *In-school suspension and Out-of-School Suspension dictates an automatic loss of rewards.


    Teacher discipline (USE TICKET):

    1. Inappropriate name calling- (Respectful)
    2. Minor student insubordination- (Productive, Respectful, Responsible)
    3. Repeated failure to follow directions
    4. Excessive (and/or loud) talking in class or elsewhere
    5. Late to class (2 tardies equate to one ticket)-(Productive)
    6. Shooting/throwing objects at each other(unless physical harm occurred or potential of harm is present)- (Respectful)
    7. Disrespect (rudeness, making noises, disrupting class, inappropriate gestures, etc.)-(Respectful)
    8. Towards teacher
    9. Towards other students
    10. Towards other adults
    11. Engaging in horseplay (classroom or hallways)-(Productive)
    12. a. Pushing/pulling/poking other students
    13. Running in the halls, chasing around class
    14. Playing with inappropriate toys (mini skateboards, fidget spinners/cubes, rubber bands, etc.)
    15. Minor student vandalism- (Responsible, Respectful)
    16. Misuse of electronic devices (not teacher directed activity)- (Productive, Responsible)
    17. Cell phones
    18. iPods/iPads
    19. Headphones/Earbuds
    20. Computers/Internet/Other
    21. Displaying inappropriate signs of affection including, but not limited to, hand-holding, cuddling, and others- (Respectful)
    22. Not following rules of the cafeteria-(Responsible and Respectful, Productive)
    23. Throwing food in the cafeteria
    24. Leaving the cafeteria with food and/or drink
    25. Not following school dress code- (Respectful)

    (Respectful, Responsible, and Productive are our values. All offenses can be connected a student value.)


    Administrator Discipline (USE REFERRAL):

    1. Fighting, pushing, punching, or other acts of physical violence with the intent/potential to hurt- (Respect)
    2. Use of profanity
    3. Bus violations
    4. Bullying (by definition)
    5. Possession or use of tobacco, electronic cigarettes, vapes, alcohol, or other drugs
    6. Skipping class or skipping school
    7. Excessive (upon receiving 3rdticket behavioral action plan will be implemented by administration) (Respect, Responsibility)
    8. Disrespect
    9. Defiance
    10. Insubordination
    11. Horseplay
    12. Inappropriate Gestures (1st offenseTowards Teachers/ School Personnel)
    13. Attendance & truancy issues – (Productive)
    14. Misrepresentation (but still in accordance with school policy)-Responsible, Productive
    15. Cheating
    16. Forgery
    17. Plagiarism
    18. Sexual harassment- Respect
    19. Vandalism or destruction of school/private property-Responsible
    20. Electronic Usage: Sexual Nature- Responsible


    Big Rewards

    This will be a reward (i.e. field day, dance, guest speaker, clubs, etc.), once every nine weeks, given to any student who has achieved the goal of not receiving any more than one (1) ticket during the 9 weeks. Our goal will be to minimize the amount of instructional time impacted by the reward activity.


    Small Rewards

    This will be a reward (i.e. extra recess time, homework pass, drawings during announcements, ipad/free time, coupons for incentive store) given to students who have earned zero (0) tickets during a set period of time, such as monthly, the interim and/or end of nine weeks.


    Incentive Pride Store

    Students will have the opportunity to earn positive points in order to purchase items from the “Pride Store”.