Busses will begin to drop students off around school at 7:50 a.m. On
the first day, we will direct students to specific areas of the
building. Teachers will be posted at the busses and in the halls to
direct your child to these areas.
Sixth Graders will assemble in the Sixth Grade Hall
Seventh Graders will assemble in the Seventh Grade Hall
Eighth Graders will assemble in the Encore Hallway
Breakfast will be served starting the first day of school, and each day
after that. Students eating breakfast may enter the cafeteria at 7:45
a.m. where teachers will supervise them until the 7:55 a.m. bell rings.
The cafeteria is a quiet place in the morning, reserved for students who
Lunch: Lunch will be served on the
first day. Students are also welcome to bring their lunch if they
prefer. While there is no recess, students enjoy socializing during all
lunches. We have a cafeteria aide to assist the students. (Parents may
check the balance of their student’s account at any time through the
Dismissal: School dismisses at
2:50 p.m. each day. Busses will board on the cafeteria side of the
building. Sixth and seventh graders will exit from the front doors, and
eighth graders will exit from the cafeteria doors. Please ensure your child knows their bus route number before the first day of school.
Students who are picked up will wait on the north side of the building.
Once all the students have boarded the busses, we will temporarily stop
cars in the front of the school until the busses have left. This
generally takes about 2 minutes, and then cars will resume their pick-up
route. Students who walk home will wait at the flagpole to be released
after the busses leave. A teacher will then see the walkers from the
flagpole across the parking lot. Walkers must have a parent permission note on file in the office before they may walk home.
The Mehlville School District provides a safe and timely bus system. We
encourage all students to ride the bus in order to promote safety and
punctuality. Please note that at no time are students allowed to ride another student’s bus.
will be assigned on the second day of school by the student’s advisory
teacher. Students will each have their own locker and lock. A $5 lock
deposit is required for the hallway lockers. The deposit will be
returned at the end of the school year if the lock is working properly
and returned to the office. Students may take their lock home to
practice using the combination. Wooden locker shelves are available for
purchase for $5 from the office. Please remind your child that
school lockers are property of the Mehlville School District and may be
subject to inspection at any time.
P.E. Lockers: provided by student
Student Behavior: Principals
will discuss with students appropriate school behavior during the first
week of school. We will be reviewing the Mehlville School District
Discipline Policies with the students during these discussions. Students
will bring the discipline policies home. Please review these policies
with your child and sign the confirmation form on the last page. Please
return the form to school with your child. We consistently refer to
these policies for disciplinary infractions and consequences.
Electronic Equipment: Electronic
equipment including cell phones, I-pods, hand-held games, and cameras
should not be brought to school. Items such as these are expensive and
easily lost or stolen. If a student is using electronic equipment at
school, the item will be confiscated and held in the office until the
end of the day. Further infractions will result in detention and the
phone will be held in the office for a parent to pick up. Depending upon
the severity of the infraction, students may be assigned a detention up
to an out-of –school suspension. If items are at school, they must be
powered off and in the student’s locker during the school day. The
Mehlville School District is not responsible for lost or stolen items
brought to school.
Dress Code: Please support the
Mehlville School District Policy based student dress code at Bernard
Middle School. Our building is fully air conditioned, so appropriate
attire will always be comfortable. Clothing that reveals underwear,
including boxers and bras, stomachs, shoulders, buttocks, cleavage or
backs are not acceptable. Shorts and skirts need an appropriate length
and must cover what needs to be covered. Skirts should be long enough to
reach the bottom of the student’s fingertips, when arms are at their
sides. Tank tops, see-through, strapless, spaghetti straps or muscle
shirts are not acceptable. Students should not wear pajama pants or
slippers to school. Shirts with inappropriate messages are not allowed.
The school nurse will provide appropriate clothing for the students
whose clothing is deemed inappropriate by the administration.
is important for all students to arrive to school and to each class on
time. Tardies for class are counted and a consequence is assigned to
students as determined by the team/teacher. Any student who arrives to
school past 8:05 a.m. must sign in at the office. Unless the student has
a doctor’s appointment with a doctor’s note, he/she will be counted
tardy for class. If a student must leave school early for an
appointment, he/she must bring written permission to the office in the
morning or parents can call the attendance hotline and leave a message
regarding time of early pick up. Students with early dismissals are
posted on the daily teacher bulletin. If you have to pick up your child
early, you must come into the building to sign him/her out in the
office. Identification may be requested.
General Bernard Information:
keep the meal lines moving quickly, there are no cash transactions in
the café. The computerized café accounting system allows each student to
have his/her own personal account. Each student is assigned a
confidential PIN. It is absolutely critical that the students keep this
number confidential and not share it with anyone else. Students using
someone else’s PIN are subject to disciplinary action. There are deposit
boxes conveniently located near the café and main office, and checks
should be deposited upon arrival to school. Cash may not be deposited in
this manner. If you wish to pay by cash, deposit between 7:45 and 8:00
a.m. with the cafeteria manager. Please make sure that your student’s
account is adequately funded, as no credits will be issued. The cashiers
will inform students of their balance upon every transaction. You may also view student café accounts via the parent portal on the district’s website. Parents can now place funds into a student account on a charge card. This can be done through the parent portal as well.
Mrs. Shelton – Last Names beginning with A-L
Mrs. Reed – Last Names beginning with M-Z
Bernard Website/Announcements: The website can be located at www.mehlvilleschooldistrict.com, click on the Schools Heading, and select Bernard Middle. Faculty email addresses and phone numbers can be found here. Announcements are posted daily under the Announcements heading. Homework assignments can also be viewed online under the Homework Hotline heading. Community events are often posted there as well.
Bus Info: Students are not allowed to ride any bus other than their own. Bus routes are available on the district website under the Parents heading and then by clicking on Transportation.
Walkers/Drop Off/Pick Up: Students
should not be dropped off at school prior to 7:50 a.m. and should be
promptly picked up at 2:50 after school. Most after school activities
end at 3:50 p.m. Rides should be at school no later than 4:00 p.m. Walkers must have a parent permission note on file in the office before they may walk home. Walkers must cross Forder Road at the crosswalk and with the light.
The portal is a secure website that is password protected for parents
to keep updated about many facets of school. Parents are able to check
attendance, grades, lunch account balances, as well as visits to the
office. Forms to utilize this valuable resource are available in the
office or on the district website. Announcements and the Homework
Hotline are also able to be viewed under the Announcement tab. Please
notify the office of any email address changes.
We have a very active PTO that meets regularly and organizes special
events, as well as fundraisers. Our PTO has provided support to Bernard
through monetary donations to assist with costs for field trips,
assemblies, and other resources needed to enhance the educational
experience for our students. Within that organization is a group called
Patriot Partners, who volunteer at school in the library and assist
teachers. We hope you will be able to support these groups in some way
by purchasing logo clothes, participating in fundraisers, and/or by
volunteering at school. Emails regarding upcoming events are sent to
parents on a regular basis. Let the office know if you would like to be
included on their mailing list. PTO information is also located on the
Bernard Middle website under the PTO heading.
Mehlville School District Media Exclusion Notification: The
Mehlville School District frequently uses the names and photos of its
students throughout the year to highlight student accomplishments and
communicate the many worthwhile programs taking place in its schools.
If you would like to EXCLUDE your
child’s name and photo from being published in school and district
materials, please contact the office to obtain a media exclusion form.