Student Handbook

The Jeffrey Trail Middle School Student Handbook is distributed to all students. Below are the sections for your reference.

our mission

Imagine a School… Focused on developing students who exhibit a true love of learning, who demonstrate the ability to think critically and creatively, and who appreciate the value of education and community beyond their classroom.

Imagine a School… Created with a foundation that provides an intellectually safe environment, with high expectations that encourage students to take academic risks, work collaboratively, and strive for high personal achievement.

Imagine a School… Continually evolving as a community while always considering the development of the well rounded student.

This is… Jeffrey Trail Middle School!


Willing to take risks
Willing to cheerfully attempt challenges outside academic and social comfort zones.

Integrity in actions
A steadfast adherence to a strict moral ethical code; honest.

Noble in thoughts
Shows high moral character and respect for others while demonstrating courage in actions

Generous in spirit
Kind and giving towards others

Takes initiative to independently get started and stay on task


Students will …

  • Give an honest effort
  • Be responsible and do their homework, bring it, and turn it in
  • Regularly check grades, Canvas, etc.
  • Come up with questions for the following day
  • Be organized and use time/resources wisely
  • Understand the purpose of homework
  • Self-evaluate their own learning
  • Know how to ask for help

Parents will …

  • Provide a quiet place to do homework with minimal distractions
  • Support an after school routine
  • Oversee organization and homework completion
  • Check Parent Portal and its comments
  • Encourage school as a priority
  • Partner with the school and staff
  • Allow students to work independently

Teachers will …

  • Provide clear expectations and purpose
  • Be available to students
  • Assign homework in advance
  • Honor academic breaks
  • Celebrate students and acknowledge their effort

Jeffrey Trail will …

  • Provide a safe environment
  • Educate parents on available resources
  • Keep parents informed
  • Provide a well-balanced student work load

academic honesty

Commitment to Academic Honesty
The Irvine Unified School District has from its inception placed an emphasis on ethical behavior and academic honesty. The Board adoption of core ethical values of Honesty, Responsibility, Compassion, Perseverance, Respectfulness, Cooperation, Civic Duty, and Courage reflect this emphasis. The Board further affirms its policy that honest behavior is a responsibility shared by the school and the home, and that academic dishonesty is to be abhorred in all its forms.

Students and parents cite several factors and perceptions that contribute to increased incidents of academic dishonesty:

  • academic environments that are increasingly rigorous and competitive
  • access to information on the Internet that can be easily copied into another document
  • parental expectations for high achievement
  • competing time demands of other legitimate activities
  • assignments that are too difficult or not helpful in learning
  • competition for good grades
  • everyone is doing it.

While these factors may help us understand certain behavior, none can serve as an excuse for academic dishonesty.

In the absence of academic honesty, it is impossible to assess student learning and assign accurate grades and to ensure that honest students are not at a competitive disadvantage. The Board expects that classroom practices will reward honest behavior, discourage dishonest behavior, reflect reasonable preventative measures, and protect the rights of the majority of students who are consistently honest.

To realize our goals for academic honesty will require collaboration and commitment among the school, the teachers, parents, and students. Each must do their part.

Parent Commitment
Dialogue with family members about academic honesty including cheating, plagiarism, etc. State clear expectations regarding conformance to the school’s academic honesty policy Monitor homework to be sure students are doing their own, and not copying from friends Help and encourage students with school work, but never do it for them Notify instructors regarding concerns about classroom honesty Read, understand and abide by your school’s academic honesty policy

Student Commitment

  • Do your own work unless otherwise directed by teacher
  • Complete each daily homework assignment with a focus on what is to be learned
  • Refrain from acts of academic dishonesty
  • Do not take credit for work done by anyone else
  • Refuse to aid any form of academic dishonesty
  • Read, understand, and abide by your school’s academic honesty policy

Teacher Commitment

  • Routinely, regularly reinforce the academic honesty expectations with students
  • Set clear (written) academic honesty expectations for various types of homework assignments
  • Establish an environment that promotes academic honesty during testing
  • Actively look for suspicious behavior
  • Enforce the district and school academic honesty policies
  • Promote and model core ethical values
  • Make assignments that provide necessary practice for valuable learning
  • Assign work that is intentionally focused on what is to be learned

Consequences for infractions may include a failing mark in the assignment, a failing mark in the course, forwarding the information to colleges, and/or refusal to write college recommendations.

Definition of Terms
Cheating: the use of notes, documents or answers during tests, or the copying of one student’s completed assignments or answers by another; allowing another to do the same; or having access to information such as formulas or calculations, notes, etc., except where expressly allowed. Giving or receiving limited help in trouble-shooting a part of an assignment is not normally considered cheating. However, allowing another student to write any part of an assignment, copying another’s file or assignment, and excessive collaboration on assignments are all considered cheating (unless specifically approved otherwise). The student providing such assistance is considered to be cheating as well. Never allow another student to look at your assignment nor to borrow your electronic file. It is also considered cheating for a student to have access to unauthorized information designed to assist during a test. Having access to an answer or related information in whatever form, whether or not it is used, is considered cheating.

Plagiarism: the use of another’s words, ideas, or creative productions without assigning credit to the original source To plagiarize is to take ideas or words of another person and pass them off as one’s own. In short, it is stealing something intangible rather than an object. Obviously, it is not necessary to state the source of well known or easily verifiable facts. But student are expected to acknowledge the sources of ideas and expressions they use in their written work, whether those expressions are quoted directly or paraphrased. To provide adequate documentation is not only an indication of academic honesty, but also a courtesy which enables the reader to consult your sources with ease. Failure to do so constitutes plagiarism. It is also considered plagiarism and/or cheating if a student submits a paper written in whole or in part by someone other than himself or herself, or copies the answer or answers of another student in any test, examination or take-home assignment.

Reducing Unnecessary Academic Pressure
There is no question that the pressure students face with regard to academic success continues to escalate. More and more students are attempting to balance multiple, high-commitment experiences than ever before. It is common to see young people juggling the challenges of several Advance Placement courses along with the demands of family, high school activities and athletics. Frequently other valuable experiences like community service, church and even part-time employment also contribute to the time crunch.

Colleges, from the public college and university system to the most competitive of the private universities, contribute to this pressure by admitting those students who outshined their peers the year before. While many students attempt to meet these spiraling demands, more and more are being confronted with the harsh reality that successful performance diminishes when the balance between school, extra-curricular activity, and family is not maintained.

For many families and students, the fear at the source of this stress may be more imagined than real. In point of fact, it is not uncommon for students who display a balanced high school experience that might include three AP courses, consistent commitment to one team sport or performing group, and a community-based activity, to be admitted to highly competitive universities.

While it is natural to gauge one’s competitiveness by a look at the schedules and successes of one’s peers, it is vital to regularly reflect upon the appropriateness of the level of challenge being undertaken. The goal is to adopt a workload that is personally and academically challenging, balanced with respect to classroom and other school and community activities, and manageable relative to the time demands. Students and their families are encouraged to set aside time for planning, monitoring, and modifying a high school program at regular intervals. Questions relating to course workload must be examined in the context of a student’s overall day or week. The advice and counsel of school counselors, school psychologists, administrators, teachers, and advisors can be invaluable.

Acknowledgements: Modern Language Association Citation Example. Schrock, Kathleen, Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators, 1995, Nov. 1997) Northwestern University/TA Handbook Technology PathFinder, June 1998 Golden West College Catalog – General Information Northern Virginia Community College


The following links below are an effort to make communication between school and home effective and efficient.

  • JTMS Website for updated information and events
  • Staff Directory
  • – This is a parent portal that contains information of your student’s attendance, grades, assignments, and other important information.
  • Canvas – This is a school-wide program for students to access material such as PowerPoints, lecture notes, worksheets, assignment, and other resource materials.
  • Principal’s Newsletter – The Jetstream

policies & practices

  • ARRIVAL / DEPARTURE TO SCHOOL- Supervision is provided 15 minutes prior to the beginning of school and 15 minutes after school concludes.  Students are expected to leave campus immediately after concluding any school business.


  • ATTENDANCE - Attendance will be taken and reported to the office each class period. When a student is going to be absent, his/her parent or guardian must phone the Attendance Clerk at 936-8701 by 9:00 AM each day of the absence. To report an absence, the call must identify themselves give the student's full legal name, the date, and reason for absence.


If a student has an excused absence, they will be able to make up any missed work upon their return.  Please inform the office in advance of any expected absence.

Excused Absences are granted for:

    • Personal illness
    • Doctor or dentist appointment
    • Death of immediate family member
    • IUSD recognized religious holiday


**Requests may be made in advance for a planned absence to be excused by completing a “Justifiable Personal Reason” form prior to the absence. Requests will be reviewed by an administrator for approval.


Leaving School Early: If a student needs to leave before the end of the school day, a parent or guardian must come to the Front Office to show identification and sign a student out of school.


  • TARDY POLICY - Students are responsible for being in their assigned classroom prior to the bell for each class period.  Students must follow each teacher’s specific Tardy Policy.


Late to School:  When you are late to Advisement or the first class of the day, you must go directly

to the Main Office to obtain a written pass before going to class.


**Students who choose to come late to school multiple times will be subject to the following:

                3+ Tardies – Student Conference with the Assistant Principal and parent contact

                5+ Tardies – After School Detention

                10+ Tardies – Parent Conference and SARB Letter


Classroom Period Tardy:  A student late to a class period is subject to the teacher’s progressive discipline policy.  If period tardies become excessive, a teacher may refer the student to the Assistant Principal where the above consequences will apply.

  • CLOSED CAMPUS - Only pupils and visitors with school business are permitted on campus during the school day.  ANY visitor must sign in with the Front Office.  Students must remain on campus during the school day unless an adult on their Contact List, with proper identification documentation, comes to school to check them out.   Students may not receive food deliveries from  private businesses.


  • EXPECTED APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR – Students are expected to act in a manner that is appropriate, safe, and respectable to everyone and everything on campus in order to ensure a positive and productive learning experience for all students.  Beyond demonstrating the W.I.N.G.S. characteristics, students are asked to:
    • keep your hands to yourself and avoid physical contact.  Pushing, tackling, wrestling, hitting and other horseplay is not acceptable, regardless of intent
    • maintain a clean campus by throwing trash in trash cans
    • walk at all times in the hallways, quad, and lunch areas
    • refrain from chewing gum
    • use school appropriate language
    • address staff and fellow students in a respectful manner whether on or off campus


**Students who choose not to follow these expectations may be subject to the following discipline:  privileges revoked, parent contact, detention. 


  • CELL PHONE USAGE - All cell phones are to be turned off from the start of school until the end of the school day unless a student is explicitly told by a teacher that cell phone use is permitted.  Jeffrey Trail is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged cell phones.


** Students who choose to use their cell phone without teacher permission may have the following  consequences:  phone confiscated and returned at the end of the day, parent contact, detention, phone confiscated and returned to parent/guardian by the Assistant Principal.


  • TECHNOLOGY EXPECTATIONS (SCHOOL ISSUED OR PERSONAL DEVICES) - Students must abide by the JTMS Responsible Use Policy (see JTMS website).  Moreover, students are expected to come to school with their 1:1 device each day with a full charge for academic use. 


**Students who choose not to follow these expectations may be subject to the following discipline:  privileges revoked, parent contact, detention, suspension, expulsion.  Students who intentionally damage school hardware (i.e. Chromebook, computer, mouse, etc.) are responsible for restitution.

  • DRESS CODE – All students are required to attend school and school activities dressed in a manner that is conducive to a positive and safe learning environment. The following guidelines must be observed:
  • Shirts
    • Must cover student’s midriff, upper chest, side, and back when student is standing.
    • Shoulders must be covered by sleeves or straps that are more than 1 inch thick.
    • Undergarments must be completely concealed.
    • Clothing must be positive (i.e. no racially or sexually degrading slogans/images, inappropriate language, references to gangs, illegal activity, weapons or violence).
  • Pants
    • Shorts and skirts should cover a student from the waist through the upper thigh
  • Shoes:  Must be close toed, suitable for outdoors, and worn at all times (no flip flops or slippers).  
  • Headwear: Hats may be worn outside.  Hoodies should be down at all times unless it is being used in response to the weather.


**Students who choose to wear clothing contrary to these guidelines will be asked to change

into alternative attire; parents may need to pick up clothes and detention may be issued.


  • BIKES - Students must park and lock bicycles on the bike racks. It is recommended to register your bike with the police department.  JTMS is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged bicycles.


  • SKATEBOARDS - Skateboards must be held on campus at all times and stored in the main office upon arrival, and picked up after school.  JTMS is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged skateboards.


**Skateboards that are ridden on campus may be confiscated.  Skateboards that are confiscated multiple times will need to be picked up by a parent.


  • ILLNESS / MEDICATIONS - Students needing medical attention may go to the Health Office.  Students are not to have any medication in their possession, including Advil, Tylenol, etc.  All medication must be given and distributed through the Health Office.


  • SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY - The Board of Education is committed to maintaining a learning environment free from harassment, intimidation or insult, student-to-student or adult-to-student, on the basis of an individual’s sex. Positive action will be taken when necessary to eliminate such practices or remedy their effects. Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

The Irvine Unified School District enforces a ZERO TOLERANCE policy. This means that students found to be in possession of any firearm (including replicas), brandishing a knife, or involved in the sale of a controlled substance will be immediately suspended and recommended for expulsion from the district. The following acts occurring to or from school, at school, or at a school activity may lead to suspension and/or expulsion:

  • Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
  • Possessed, sold or furnished a knife, explosive, or dangerous weapon and/or imitations.
  • Possessed, used, sold, furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant.
  • Possessed, offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell drug paraphernalia.
  • Committed or attempted to commit robbery or extortion.
  • Caused or attempted to cause damage to school or private property.
  • Stolen or attempted to steal school or private property.
  • Knowingly received stolen school or private property.
  • Possessed or used tobacco or tobacco products.
  • Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.
  • Disrupted school activities or otherwise willfully defied the authority of school personnel.
  • Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a student who is a complaining witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding.
  • Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault, or committed a sexual battery.
  • Misuse of an electronic signaling device (beeper, pager, cell phone).
  • Under no circumstances are alcohol, drugs, drug paraphernalia, knives, guns, replica guns, or other weapons permitted on campus. Students in possession of the above items will be suspended and/or expelled from the school.

The Irvine Unified School District and Jeffrey Trail Middle School place an emphasis on ethical behavior and academic honesty. Core ethical values of Honesty, Responsibility, Compassion, Perseverance, Respectfulness, Cooperation, Civic Duty, and Courage reflect this emphasis. We expect that all students will complete their own work and complete all assignments and assessments based on their own research, knowledge base and efforts in a manner that fully complies with their teacher’s norms, directives and policies.

Students demonstrate Academic Honesty by NOT practicing in the following two actions:


  • The use of notes, documents or answers during assessments.
  • The copying of one student’s completed assignments or answers by another.
  • Allowing another to copy your answers or work.
  • Having access to information during an assessment or assignment without teacher permission.


  • The use of another’s words, ideas, or creative productions without assigning credit to the original source (i.e. copying from the Internet or “cutting and pasting” without a citation).
    • To plagiarize is to take ideas or words of another person and pass them off as one’s own.
  • Submission of an assignment written in whole or in part by someone other than oneself.

To demonstrate Academic Honesty, students must:

  • Do their own work as directed by a teacher.
  • Not take credit for work done by anyone else.
  • Refuse to aid any form of academic dishonesty.
  • Understand the difference between collaboration and cheating (if you don’t, ask your teacher!) and collaborate with others in a way that is permissible.

**Students who choose to act Academically Dishonest may have the following consequences:

  • Zero on the assignment, or a make-up for partial credit (teacher discretion).
  • Parent notification by the teacher and referral to the Assistant Principal.
  • Reflective assignment to be turned into the Assistant Principal.
  • Violations may affect honors recommendation for the next grade level.
  • An “F” in the course for multiple violations in the same course during the same trimester.


The Jeffrey Trail staff is committed to providing a wide variety of activities for students throughout their daily schedules.

Advantage- Time has been built into the schedule on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for students to take advantage of extra time for help, extend coursework and to introduce new and interesting activities. Examples: Robotics, Speech and Debate, Yoga, Sports, or Learn a new Instrument.

Lunchtime- These are high interest activities which provide a great opportunity for students to socialize and bring friends with like-minded interests together Clubs, are a drop in program held at lunch with two clubs per day. Examples: Jet Gazette, Gardening, Games, Games, Games, Creative Crafts, and Lunch and a Movie.

Intramurals- Voluntary sports leagues for students who are interested in playing in a competitive setting. Activities will include: 3 on 3 Basketball, Flag Football, Pickleball, 5 on 5 Basketball, and Volleyball.

Afterschool- The City of Irvine will be running a variety of activities for the students at JTMS. Sports will be two days of week that encourages all levels of players to get involved. Some of the sports may include Volleyball, Flag Football, Basketball and more. Youth Action Team (YAT) is a community service based group where students will be introduced and involved in activities that will help the local community. ACE Classes, through IPSF, are available after school. Class offerings may include Homework Club, Extra subject area help, and Study Skills.

Special Events- Throughout the school year the Jeffrey Trail staff will hold special activities for students during the school day. A few of these events are: Iron Chef Cookie Contest, Superbowl Chili Cook Off, Special Lunch Events, and Advisement Challenges.












student help manual

Where do I go if…

I have a question about attendance…………………………see attendance clerk in the front office

I am going to be absent……………………………..………parent calls attendance line (949) 936-8701

I was tardy………………………………………………………………see attendance clerk in the front office

I was absent…………………………………………………………….see attendance clerk in the front office

I don’t feel well…………………………………………………………………see the nurse in the health office

I need to change my contact information……………………………………………..see front office staff

I lost my ID card……………………………………………………………………................see front office staff

I am having trouble with my locker………………………………….see custodian or campus security

I forgot my combination……………………………………………………………………….see front office staff

I lost an item..........................................................................check lost and found in the quad

I need to make a phone call…………………………………………….see front office staff for assistance

I forgot student ID number……………………………………………………………………see front office staff

I am having a problem with a friend……………………………………………..see grade level counselor

My parents are bringing to school an assignment or lunch……………………see front office staff

I see someone breaking a rule………………………………………………………………….see any JTMS staff

I have an idea for an school event or activity………………………….………….see ASB Representative

Dropping Off Forgotten Items

As we continue to help students transition to secondary school expectations, please help us with this transition by only dropping off necessary items. As we do not delivery items to the classroom or call students out of class to pick up their items, please place your student’s name on the item and leave it on the file cabinet behind reception in the front office for your student to pick up during snack or lunch.