Uniform Policy and Dress Code

John Muir Middle School Uniform Policy and Dress Code

Please use this guide when shopping for your John Muir uniform. All uniform clothing must be clean and size appropriate. Size appropriate clothing is clothing that is within one size of the student’s actual fitted size. Students out of uniform will be required to wear loaner uniform clothing. Students are to wear their school uniforms to and from school and at all times during the school day.

The colors Red and Blue are prohibited. All variations of the two colors (baby blue, maroon, and teal) are also prohibited.

Students attending field trips or school sponsored off campus activities shall wear school uniforms, unless otherwise advised.

Shirts
• Polo Shirt
• Polo style, white, purple or forest green
• With or without school logo
• Long or short sleeve
• May be worn alone
• Polo shirt must be tucked in at the waist

T-Shirt
• T-Shirt must have school logo
• T-Shirts may be purchased at school or through PTSA
• T-Shirts must be tucked in at the waist

Turtleneck
• Must be tucked in at the waist
• Must be forest green, white, or purple
• May be worn alone
• May be worn under a uniform shirt

Undershirt (worn under school shirt)
• Must be white, forest green, black, purple, or a school T-Shirt
• Short sleeve or long sleeve
• Thermals may only be black, white, forest green, or purple.
• Girls may wear a white, forest green, or purple undershirt

Pants
• Black twill, cotton, or black denim (without designs)
• No stretch knit, sweat pants, cargo pants, or corduroy pants (no leggings)
• Must be belted and worn at the waist (waist is 1 inch below belly button)
• Extra wide, extra long, baggy or “sagger” pants are not allowed
• Pants must not bunch at the shoe or drag on the ground

Belts
• Buckles must be plain in design
• Solid colors; black, brown, tan, gray, white, purple, yellow or forest green
• Students must wear belts at all times

Shorts
• Black twill, cotton or denim
• No cutoffs or baggy shorts
• Must be belted and worn at the waist line
• Shorts must be no shorter than 2” above or below the knee

Sweatshirts
• Forest green, purple or white crew neck sweatshirts (only sweatshirts with the school logo may include other colors)
• Hooded Sweatshirts - black, white, gray, purple or forest green zip up or pullover sweatshirts
• All sweatshirts must be solid, no patterns or designs other than school logos
• Uniform shirt must be worn underneath
• Hoods may not be worn during class
• John Muir Logo Physical Education sweatshirts can be worn as part of the uniform only if name is not written on front

Jackets
• Uniform shirt must be worn underneath
• No heavy plaid and/or flannel style shirts
• Jackets may not have team names or designs (including youth organizations or large logos)
• Student must be able to remove the jacket
• Fleece outerwear falls under the jacket policy
• Jacket colors must fall under aforementioned color guidelines

Sweaters
• All sweaters must be solid colors, no patterns
• Cardigan - solid black, white or forest green
• Uniform shirt must be worn underneath

Skirts
• Pleated Columbia plaid/ twill or cotton
• Skirts must sit at natural waist
• No more than 2” above the knee
• Tights and leggings (white, black, gray or green) may be worn under skirts

Shoes, Shoelaces, Socks, and Accessories
• Shoes must be a solid color, and must not be red or blue
• All shoes must be slip on or lace up style
• No hats or ball caps
• Beanies must be John Muir beanies
• No flip flops or slippers
• Students may wear shoelaces and socks that represent school colors (purple and gold)
• Hair accessories and jewelry cannot be any shades of red or blue

Backpacks
• Must not be any shade of red or blue
• Must not have inscriptions or logos, except original manufacturer’s tags
• Characters, cartoons, and sports logos on backpacks are not allowed

Free Dress
• No dominant red or blue clothes, or accessories
• No midriff showing
• No spaghetti straps or strapless tops
• No short shorts or mini skirts
• No hats

Dance Dress
• No dominant red or blue clothes, or accessories
• No midriff showing
• No spaghetti straps, or strapless tops
• No short shorts or mini skirts
• No hats
• No backpacks

John Muir School uniform clothing can be purchased at:
Imagination Embroidery & Uniforms
5877 Winfield Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95123
408-578-8877

Physical Education clothing may be purchased at:
California Sport Design
2878 South Bascom Ave.
San Jose, CA 95124
408-559-1888

Library Media Center Info



Library Hours:
7:45 to 2:42 (including lunch time)
Homework Center Hours:  2:45 to 4:15
(Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays)

Location:
1260 Branham Ln.
San Jose, CA 95118
Phone Number:  (408) 535-6281 ext. 54230

Library Staff:
Mrs. Laxson
Library Media Center Technician
Email address:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

John Muir Library Media Center

Welcome


John Muir Media Center is your place for research, group study, homework, book reading/checkouts, taking tests, and working on computer related projects. Mrs. Laxson is available to assist in the access and use of the 32 Apple laptops, 40 Chromebooks and a media center printer. Three additional laptops are always available for browsing the library’s collection and checking your grades.

Book Check Out

Students are able to check out up to three books at a time.  The books are due every two weeks with the option to renew as often as they desire, with the exception of requested books.  The library has over 16,700 books available to the students.  John Muir is continuously working to update and add books.

Online Destiny Catalog

Search address:  http://destiny.sjusd.org
The Media Center collection is searchable online through the Destiny library management system.  Every student and faculty member is provided a personal library account.  Students and staff may access their account to renew and place a hold on items.  Please ask Mrs. Laxson if you have questions about searching the online catalog or accessing the personal account.  Flyers are available in the library to access the Destiny Quest App available on iOS and Android. Check out Muir’s available E books when you log in.

Gale Student Resources

Gale Student Resources In Context reference database of magazines, journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and websites.
Gale PowerSearch advanced tool for searching content from Student Resources In Context.

Gale Student Resources is a reference database of magazines, journals, news articles, primary source documents, images, videos, audio files and websites.

San Jose Public Library

Visit the San Jose Public Library website to search their online catalog and learn about their available locations and free services. 

Donations

If you would like to donate used books or purchase a book for our Media Center, please contact Mrs. Laxson. Thank you for thinking of our students and helping to make the Media Center a valuable resource!

About John Muir

Vision Statement

John Muir Middle School students are inspired and prepared to succeed in a global society.

Mission Statement

John Muir Middle School’s mission is to eliminate the opportunity gap and provide every student with the finest 21st century education.

Our Community

John Muir Middle School is a caring learning community dedicated to preparing all of our students for success in High School and in their Post-Secondary endeavors.

Brief History

John Muir Middle School opened its doors in 1958 for students, grades 7 - 9. Over the years John Muir has serviced its surrounding community, providing education to students who have then sent their children to school here. John Muir continues to be an important part of the surrounding neighborhood.
John Muir

Our Name Sake

Our school is named for John Muir, the naturalist and conservationalist.
“In 1849, the year before California gained statehood, the family of 11-year-old John Muir emigrated from Scotland to the United States, settling in Wisconsin. In 1868, at the age of 30, Muir sailed up the West Coast and landed in San Francisco. He made his home in the Yosemite Valley, describing the Sierra Nevada Mountains as “the Range of Light… the most divinely beautiful of all the mountain chains I have seen.” He devoted the rest of his life to the conservation of natural beauty, publishing more than 300 articles and 10 books that expanded his naturalist philosophy.”  Watch a brief movie about John Muir - Conservationist

Science and Technology Magnet

John Muir Middle School has a Science and Technology Emphasis. We offer three years of laboratory science, yearly science fairs, and and excellent team of science teachers. Technology is another area in which we excel. We offer a fantastic industrial arts program that includes Junior Engineering with Computer Aided Drafting. Our computer applications strand of courses includes Business Applications and Advanced Multimedia Design. Technology is also infused into the curriculum of other courses. Three computer labs are regularly used by teachers for research, writing, the creation of Keynote Presentations, online learning projects and more.

How Are We Doing?

Current SARC Report

John Muir School Accountability Report Card
Public schools throughout California are required to provide information to the community in the form of an annual School Accountability Report Card (SARC). These report cards provide a variety of data about a school’s student achievement, environment, resources, and demographics.


School Climate Report

School climate surveys were given to the John Muir students, parents and staff in the spring of 2012. 

School Site Council

School Site Council
The School Site Council is a decision making group composed of parents, community people, and school staff members in schools receiving School Improvement Program Funding.

The purpose of School Site Council (SSC) is to bring the school staff, parents and school community together to make decisions that best improve the quality of education for the students within the school.

Muir is looking for some parents and students that would be interested in serving on SSC.  Notify Ms. Harding if you would like to be a part of SSC.

The responsibilities of SSC are:
• Develop and refine the school improvement plan
• Establish the school improvement budget
• Design and monitor a system to evaluate the success of the SIP plan
• Review with the principal, teachers and other school staff and pupils how effectively the school’s program is being implemented

The 2016-17 Schedule has not been posted.

Meetings are held normally on the last Thursday of the month.
(All SSC meetings are held at 7:15 am in the Media Center)

NOTE: The minutes from the SSC meetings are available at the school.

Important School Forms

forms
Here are links to several of the forms that you may need at Muir.  Click the link below to view, download, or print.




Summer Bridge Program

2016 Summer Bridge Program Registration Form

School Emergency Form

Emergency Form English

Emergency Form Spanish


Technology Forms

Muir Computer Use Agreement (English)

Muir Computer Use Agreement (Spanish)

SJUSD Internet Agreement (English)

SJUSD Internet Agreement (Spanish)


Free or Reduced Lunch Application

NOTE:  This application can now be completed online from the SJUSD website. Click the link to access the application.
Free or Reduced Lunch Application

School Policies

John Muir Middle School 2017-18 Uniform Policy and Dress Code

Please use this guide when shopping for your John Muir uniform. All uniform clothing must be clean and size appropriate. Size appropriate clothing is clothing that is within one size of the student’s actual fitted size. Students out of uniform will be required to wear loaner uniform clothing. Students are to wear their school uniforms to and from school and at all times during the school day.

The colors Red and Blue are prohibited. All variations of the two colors (baby blue, maroon, and teal) are also prohibited.

Students attending field trips or school sponsored off campus activities shall wear school uniforms, unless otherwise advised.

Shirts
• Polo Shirt (white, purple or forest green)
• Long or short sleeve
• May be worn alone
• Appropriately sized
• T-Shirt must have school logo
• T-Shirts may be purchased at school or through PTSA

Undershirt (worn under school shirt)
• Must be white, forest green, black, purple, or a school T-Shirt
• Short sleeve or long sleeve
• Thermals and turtlenecks are undershirts and may only be white, white, forest green, or purple

Sweatshirts / Jackets / Fleece / Sweater
• Forest green, purple, black, grey, or white sweatshirts (only sweatshirts with the school logo may include other colors)
• No designs or labels other than school logos
• Uniform shirt must be worn underneath
• Unless it is raining, hoods may not be worn on campus, and never in classrooms/buildings.
• Must not have team names or designs (including youth organizations, professional sports teams, or large logos.

Pants
• Black (without designs)
• Must be worn at the waist, appropriately sized, no see-thru materials. Waist is 1 inch below belly button.
• Extra wide, extra-long, baggy, or pants that are sagging are not allowed
• Pants must not have rips, tears, or holes; and must not bunch at the shoe or drag on the ground

Belts
• Buckles must be plain in design
• Solid colors; black, brown, tan, gray, white, purple, yellow or forest green

Shorts
• Black
• Appropriately sized, no cutoffs, baggy/oversized shorts, or athletic shorts
• Must be worn at the waist line
• Short length must be appropriate. No shorter than 2” above the knee or 2” below the knee

Skirts
• Pleated Columbia plaid/ twill or cotton
• Skirts must sit at natural waist
• No more than 2” above the knee, and skirts cannot be rolled
• Tights and leggings (white, black, gray or green) may be worn under skirts

Free Dress / Dance Dress
• No dominant red or blue clothes, or accessories
• No midriff showing
• No spaghetti straps or strapless tops
• No short shorts or mini skirts
• No hats
• No backpacks at Dances

Backpacks
• Must not be any shade of red or blue
• Must not have inscriptions or logos, except original manufacturer’s tags
• No writing, symbols, tagging, sharpies period.

Shoes, Shoelaces, Socks, and Accessories
• Shoes must be a solid color, and must not be red or blue
• All shoes must be slip on or lace up style
• No hats or ball caps
• Beanies must be John Muir beanies
• No flip flops or slippers
• Students may wear shoelaces and socks that represent school colors (purple and gold)
• Hair accessories and jewelry cannot be any shades of red or blue

The Resource Center has gently used clothes available that meet the uniform policy expectations. Opting out of the school uniform policy is a year by year request and must be made in writing to Principal Jeannette Harding and verified by Administration before being recognized.

John Muir School uniform clothing can be purchased at:
Imagination Embroidery & Uniforms
5877 Winfield Blvd.
San Jose, CA 95123
408-578-8877

Physical Education clothing may be purchased at:
California Sport Design
2878 South Bascom Ave.
San Jose, CA 95124
408-559-1888


Dance Eligibility

In order for John Muir students to attend the school dances, certain eligibility requirements must be met.  If they do not meet the requirements, they are placed on the “No Dance List” the week of the dance.

No Dance List:
Students may be placed on the No Dance List for any of the following reasons:
• A suspension any time within the Semester,
• Non attendance to Friday/Saturday School, or
• 3 or more RC referrals with in the Semester

The No Dance List is published the day before and the day of the dance. It is posted on the Attendance Office window. Students may view the list before school, during lunch, and after school.


Attendance

The regular and punctual attendance of students is expected, encouraged and as necessary, enforced.  The California Education Code and the Welfare and Institution Code provide that legal action may be taken against a student and /or parent when a student is truant.  California Education Code 48200 requires compulsory, full-time education for all children ages 6-18.

California Education Code 48260: “Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education who is absent from school without valid excuse three full days in one school year or tardy or absent for more than any 30 minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or to the superintendent of the school district.”  As a result of the violation of Ed Code 48620, San Jose Unified School District may declare your student legally truant.  Further steps may include a referral to the San Jose Unified School Attendance Review Board (SARB) or to a District Attorney (DA) Mediation session.


Electronic Devices

The San Jose Unified School District Board has determined that students may possess or use personal electronic signaling devices including but not limited to pagers, beepers, and cellular/digital phones, except those devices with the capability to capture digital images and/or take photographs of any kind shall be prohibited. (BP 5131) Cellular phones and pagers must be turned off during class (prohibition on text messaging, ringing or vibrating). Check your SJUSD student’s school policies for their specific rules and regulations concerning cell phone and IPod use while on campus. Students may have the cellular phone and pager turned on is when a licensed physician or surgeon has determined it is essential for the pupil’s health to have immediate use of the cellular phone for a medical emergency. Electronic devices are portable music devices (i.e. IPod, MP3, CD, tape players, and external speakers); laser pointers, Game Boys or other electronic game devices should be left at home. If a disruption occurs, the school district employee shall direct the student to turn off the device and/or confiscate it. If a school district employee finds it necessary to confiscate a device, he/she may either return it at the end of the class period or school day or keep it until the principal or designee has consulted with the student’s parent/guardian. A student who violates this policy may be prohibited from possessing a personal electronic device at school or school- related events Schools are not responsible for lost or stolen IPOD’s or cell phones. The videoing or picture taking of any fight or inappropriate behavior may result in suspension, expulsion or other disciplinary action.

Contact Us

Address:
1260 Branham Lane
San Jose, CA 95118
Find us on Mapquest

Phone Number:
(408) 535-6281

Attendance Hotline:
(408) 267-7309

FAX Number:
(408) 535-2319

Infinite Campus Parent Portal:
https://ic.sjusd.org/campus/portal/sanjose.jsp

Dropout Prevention Counselor

Ana Fierro-Estrada

Dropout Prevention Counselor
535-6281 Ext. 404

Dear John Muir Community,

This is my 3rd year at John Muir Middle School and my 15th year as a Dropout Prevention Counselor with San Jose Unified School District.  These are three of the main services I provide to John Muir’s students and families: Counseling, Attendance Improvement, and Coordination Of Services Team (COST).  Click the Learn More link below to view more details about each function.

Counseling:

1.  Students requesting or referred for counseling can participate in the counseling program at school with the DOP counselor, the academic counselor, the YWCA counselor intern, or counselor interns from graduate programs form San Jose State University and/or other universities.

2.  Students participate in individual and/or small group counseling.  We meet once a week.  Students miss one class period a week. Groups are 6-8 weeks long. 

3.  Small counseling groups that I will be offering this year are: 

  • Anger Management - learning how to calm down, communicate your needs and solve problems more effectively
  • How to deal with the divorce of your parents
  • How to deal with anxiety and stress
  • Healing Heart program - Grief and loss (offered by The Center for Living with Dying)

If you would like your child to participate in any these services, please call me at 408- 535-6281 Ext. 404.

Attendance:

1.  Why does regular school attendance matter? 
- “Reform efforts will not amount to much if students aren’t in school; attendance and achievement are linked.” (Attending to Attendance, Education Week, May 2001).
- Truancy, according to the US department of Education, is the first sign of trouble; the first indicator that a young person is giving up and losing his or her way.

2.  Prevention and intervention services at John Muir include:
- Monthly recognition for students with perfect attendance.
- Inform students and parents about attendance laws.
- Send congratulation cards home to students and parents with perfect attendance and improved attendance.
- End of year recognition and rewards for students with perfect attendance during the entire school year.
- Homevisits and phone calls to parents
- Meetings with students
- Meetings with parents
- Mediations meetings at school and at the district office
- Truancy letters sent by the district office to parents of truant students
- Referrals to District Attorney’s office for truancy

3.  Please make sure your child attends school on a daily basis and is punctual.  School starts at 7:30 a.m.

Coordination Of Services Team (COST):

Purpose of COST: to identify services needed to address academic, attendance or behavior concerns of at risk students, and connect the student and his/her family to appropriate services.

COST members at John Muir include:  the principal, assistant principals, classroom teacher for each grade level, school nurse, academic counselor, program specialist, health aide, child welfare and attendance counselor, ORC teacher and DOP counselor.

Academic Counselor

Helpful Handouts

Tips for Helping with Homework
This publication offers several tips for helping students complete their homework.  Also included are links to websites that assist with homework in various subjects.

Preparing for High School

High School Planner
This is a handy checklist to make sure you meet High School graduation requirements.

Education Guide
This Education Guide covers Middle School expectations and High School Graduation Requirements

Thinking of Financial Aid?
This covers things to know when you are considering applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Timeline
This document covers the timeline when considering financial aid for education.

Career Interest

College and Career Activities

 

Activities Calendar