Lakeview Student Policies

Parent/Student Handbook

2017 - 2018

 Lakeview Middle School

“A Tradition of Excellence”

1200 West Bay Street
Winter Garden, Florida 34787
Phone: (407) 877-5010 - Fax: (407) 877-5019

Ms. Gracemarie Howland, Principal



Our staff welcomes you and we hope that you will respect traditions and become a part of our excellence. Let us always have the spirit to do the things that will make our school outstanding. Our school operates with the philosophy that we, the administration and staff, are here to provide for the development of your education, your self-reliance and your self-discipline. Every rule, every regulation, every effort exists in order to help you learn to help yourselves learn.


We, the faculty and staff of Lakeview Middle School, will prepare our students with the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes necessary to be successful in high school.


To lead our students to success with the support and involvement of families and the community


Principal Ms. Gracemarie Howland ext. 5122223

Assistant Principal Mr. Robert Ryner ext. 5122243

Assistant Principal Mrs. Arnetta Heidelberg ext. 5122236


6/7 Grade Office

Clerk Ms. Patrice Hope-Briscoe ext. 5122246

Dean Ms. La’Shosha Shavers ext. 5122297

7/8 Grade Office

Clerk Ms. Leonda Broderick ext. 5122248

Dean Mr. Gerald Scott ext. 5122238

Guidance Office

6th /7th Grade Ms. Katie Bergdahl ext. 5122257

7th/8th Grade Ms. Gail Chambers ext. 5122258

Registrar Ms. Senayda Pierre ext. 5122259

Staffing Specialist Ms. Tracy Harris ext. 5122239


Bookkeeper Ms. Debbie Ruchti ext. 5122225

Clinic Ms. Branton ext. 5122229

Front Office Ms. Leanne Adams ext. 5122221

Literacy Coach Ms. Brigitte Taylor ext. 5122264

LRS Ms. Ursula De Witte-Vogt ext. 5122267

Secretary Ms. Jenny Decker ext. 5122223

SRO Officer Torres ext. 5122266 

Lakeview Middle School Resolution Matrix


Level 1 – 1st contact

Level 2 – Issue unresolved

Level 3 – Still unresolved

Grade Level Issues


Grade Level Clerk

Mr. Ryner


Class assignments




Mr. Ryner – Science, Math, ESE, Technology  (CTE)

Mrs. Heidelberg –Math, World Language,Pyhisical Ed. 

Ms. Howland – Language Arts, Reading, Social Studies

Ms. Howland



Grade Level Dean

Field Trips

Mr. Scott

Mrs. Heidelberg



Mr. Ryner

ProgressBook Access

Grade Level Clerk

Grade Level Guidance Counselor

School-Wide Issues

Addition Volunteers

Ms. Shavers

Mrs. Heidelberg



Team Coach

Ms. Wright

Ms. Howland



Ms. Shavers

Clinic / Healthcare

Ms. Branton

Mr. Ryner

Conference Request

Grade Level Clerk

Mr. Ryner

ELL Issues/Needs

Ms. Harris

Mrs. Heidelberg

ESE Issues/Needs

Ms. Harris

Mr. Ryner

Facility Issues/Requests

Mr. Scott

Mrs. Heidleberg

Free & Reduced Lunch Forms

Registrar (Ms. Pierre)

Cafeteria Manager (Ms. Coon)

Lunch Accounts

Cafeteria Manager (Ms. Coon)

OCPS Food Services

Purchasing Issues / Fundraisers

Ms. Ruchti

Ms. Decker

Scheduling, course selection

Grade Level Guidance

Mr. Ryner

Testing Questions


Mr. Ryner

Textbooks/Library Books

Media Clerk (Ms. Fata)

Ms. Taylor


School Bus 

Grade Level Dean

Mrs. Heidelberg

Ms. Howland


We need you! Parents and community members can help in the instructional program as ADDitions volunteers. We welcome your services and encourage you to become involved. All volunteers must complete an application on-line at before volunteering in our school. An additional form needs to be completed and submitted to our ADDitions Coordinator, Ms. Shavers and Mr. Scott, for chaperoning field trips.


Students are expected and encouraged to be in school and on time for school except in cases of emergencies. Due to Orange County School Board Policy, we no longer excuse absences by phone, fax or email. When a student is absent from school, we must have a parent/guardian signature in order to excuse the absence. All tardies are considered unexcused by Orange County Schools Board’s Policy. Five tardies equates to one absence. Upon return to school from an absence, a written note stating the student’s name, the date(s) of the absence, the reason, the parent/guardian signature, and at least one working phone number must be submitted to the grade level office within 48 hours of absence. The determination as to whether the absence is excused or unexcused is based on criteria set by the Orange County School Board. On a daily basis, student’s absences will be recorded as unexcused until a note with a signature is received in the grade level office. If the absence is five consecutive days or more, a doctor’s note is required to excuse the absence. Please turn in all notes to your grade level office.


Students are to dismount and walk bicycles and skateboards on campus. Racks are provided for bike riders. All students will park their bikes at the bike racks. Bikes must be locked with their own lock (no sharing please.) Keep a copy of your bike’s serial number at home. Bikes will be registered with the School Resource Officer. Skate boards may be checked in to the front office. All riders are required to wear a helmet by law. Every effort will be made to keep your bike and skateboard safe. Lakeview Middle School is not responsible for any damages or loss.


Boys & Girls Club is FREE and available most of the year after school until 6:00 p.m. Applications may be filled out online at Please contact the coordinator, Ms. Tamesa Davis, at ext. 5122304 for more information. We request that ALL students register for Boys & Girls Club in case there is a time when your child needs to stay after school. Lakeview also offers a before school program called the Mega Morning Program from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. for a small fee of $72 monthly.  Please contact Ms. Shavers at ext. 5122297 for more information regarding the Mega Morning Program.


All behavior expectations for students at the bus stop and on the bus are the same as when they are on campus. Florida law states that students who abuse the privilege of riding a school bus by violating the Student Code of Conduct at the bus stop or on the bus may be denied the privilege of riding the bus. Only students who are eligible for bus service can ride on the school buses. Once the bus riders are dismissed from school, they are to go immediately to the buses. Parents may speak to representatives from OCPS Transportation Services by calling (407) 317-3800 and check a route by going to the OCPS Website and clicking on “Find-A-Bus.”


The cafeteria offers both breakfast and a hot lunch daily. Some of the items offered during lunch are: pizza, hamburgers, subs, Gatorade, and bottled water. Students on the Free/Reduced Lunch program must have an updated form turned in within the first 10 days of school in order to continue receiving this benefit. Students will be issued ID cards that they will need to have with them as they enter the cafeteria. Food and drink must remain in the cafeteria. In order to keep the cafeteria clean and orderly, the following expectations and procedures are in place:

  • Show your I.D. as you enter the cafeteria.
  • Walk in the cafeteria at all times.
  • Keep the cafeteria lines orderly and stay in single file.
  • When you arrive in the cafeteria go to the end of the line in order to get your lunch.(There are no saving spaces.)
  • All food must be eaten at the tables.
  • Place all trash in the proper containers.Remember to recycle!
  • No change will be given to students.Any leftover monies paid by the student will be credited to the student’s account

*Note: No outside food will be allowed in the cafeteria. Students may bring lunch from home, but the office will not accept deliveries or food drop -offs from parents, other than the lunch from home (Example: Please do not drop off Chick-fil-a, McDonalds, pizza, etc. for your child)


The faculty and staff of Lakeview Middle School recognize that various technologies are important tools in developing its students into 21st Century Learners. As such, and in an effort to ensure a learning environment that is focused on teaching and learning, we ask for your assistance as we implement the following guidelines that pertain to the acceptable use of cell phones:

  • Possession of a cell phone is a privilege.
  • A student may possess a cell phone on school property, at after school activities, and at school related functions provided that during school hours and on the school bus the cell phone remains off and is put away. 
  • Mobile devices may be used before school, during lunch in the cafeteria, and after school.
  • The use of mobile devices between classes is not authorized.
  • Mobile devices must be turned off unless authorized by a teacher.
  • Each teacher has the right to allow the use of mobile devices during instructional time for instructional purposes.
  • The use of communication features (i.e. voice calls, text messaging, etc.) on cellular devices during instructional time, or in a disruptive manner in the school atmosphere, is not authorized.
  • Capturing pictures and videos with a mobile device is strictly prohibited.

At no time shall Orange County Public Schools be responsible for theft, loss or damage to cell phones or other electronic devices brought onto its property. Parents are asked to support the district's policy on the use of cell phones during school hours. Please do not call, leave a voice mail, or text your child during school hours as this only increases the temptation of our students to use their cell phones during school hours, which will result in consequences. If you need to contact your child, please call the main office at (407) 877-5010.


Please keep all cologne at home and use lightly. We have many students and staff members who are allergic to colognes and ask that you keep cologne at home to help everyone be healthy. Cologne on campus will be treated as contraband and will be confiscated.


Lakeview Middle School is a place where the job of the students is to learn. Learning is hard work, but with the right tools and a safe environment we believe that every student can learn and achieve. You should be prepared and ready to work hard every day and follow all expectations and procedures. This involves having all of the necessary books, papers and supplies as well as a positive and cooperative attitude. Please let us know if you ever need any of the tools necessary for you to learn as we are here to help support you in your learning.


Each student is expected to behave so that he or she will not interfere with or interrupt the educational opportunities of themselves or fellow students. The Orange County Public Schools Code of Student Conduct is followed at Lakeview Middle School and all school related activities. The Code of Student Conduct describes the rights and responsibilities and also tells about the rules each student must follow. The code also describes the consequences for not following the school rules. It emphasizes parental involvement and student responsibility for behavior. A copy of the Code of Student Conduct can be found on the Lakeview Website at Discipline is the training that develops self-control, character, orderliness and efficiency. It is the key to your academic success. As we developed our school regulations it was with the belief that every student desires to control his/her emotions and behavior in order to maximize academic achievement. Rules and regulations are based on the laws of Florida, district policies and the administration of our school. They are designed to ensure the orderly and efficient functioning of the school. Please take the time to review the Code of Student Conduct document with your parent. Both the student and parent or legal guardian are asked to sign that they have reviewed this document and will abide by its contents. You are held to the expectation of knowing the information provided in the Code of Student Conduct at all times.


Lakeview Middle School’s primary purpose is to provide an appropriate education for our students in a clean, safe and educationally friendly environment. We take pride in the appearance and demeanor of our students. All students are expected to dress and groom themselves neatly and in clothes that are appropriate for school. Our administration has the discretion to determine appropriate school clothing.

General Guidelines for Appropriate Dress

  • Clothes shall be worn as they are designed – suspenders over the shoulders, pants secured at the waist, belts buckled, no underwear as outerwear, no underwear exposed.
  • Clothing with holes, tears or inappropriate patches above the knee level are not allowed. Tears must be below appropriate length of dress code for shorts, slacks and dresses.
  • Bare midriffs, sides or backs should not show even when arms are extended above the head.
  • Clothing normally worn when participating in a school sponsored extracurricular activity may be worn to school when approved by the sponsors, coach or principal. 
  • Clothing that is too tight or revealing is unacceptable.
  • Garments and/or jewelry, which display or suggest firearms/weapons, sexual, vulgar, drug, alcohol or tobacco related wording / graphics or may tend to provoke violence or disruption in school, shall not be worn.
  • Gang paraphernalia, jewelry, tattoos, or other insignias, which display, suggest, or may provoke violence or a disruption, are not allowed.
  • The following items have a potential to cause disruption or threat to a safe and positive school environment and are prohibited:
    • Hats, caps, visors, sunglasses or bandanas while on campus during the school day
    • Chains hanging from the neck, belt, pocket or attached to a wallet
    • Jewelry that contains any type of sharp object
  • Hemlines for dresses, skirts, and shorts shall be no shorter than mid-thigh with or without leggings (below finger tips when arms are extended on thigh). (Tears in pants must be under this length.)
  • Fashion clothing with cutouts, slits or holes held together with laces or safety pins is unacceptable.
  • Shirts / blouses must have sleeves, cover the shoulders without falling off the shoulder and have a modest neckline.
  • Shoes shall be worn. The following are not acceptable: Flip-flops, cleated shoes, backless shoes or lace up sandals without a heel/back.
  • No pajamas, bedroom slippers or blankets allowed.


Please refer to the LMS Campus Wide Management Discipline Guide for information regarding repeated violations of this policy. (page10.)

Florida Education Standards

The Florida State Board of Education approved both the Mathematics Florida Standards (MAFS) and Language Arts Florida Standards (LAFS) in the spring of 2014. The Mathematics Florida Standards include the K-8 grade level standards and the K-12 standards for mathematical practice. The Language Arts Florida Standards include the English Language Arts standards in grades K-12 as well as the content-area literacy standards for both middle school and high school instruction in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) 2.0 was replaced with a new assessment designed by the American Institutes for Research (AIR). The FCAT assessment tool is only available for 8th grade science. 


Letter Grade Numerical System

A 100-90 1 = Satisfactory

B 89-80 2 = Needs Improvement

C 79-70 3 = Very Unsatisfactory

D 69-60

F Below 60

Grades are a reflection of mastery of grade level benchmarks. Please check ProgressBook weekly for updates.


The purpose of the guidance program is to help each individual student achieve academically, emotionally, and socially. We do this in several ways:

  • We welcome the opportunity to discuss challenges.
  • We help new students feel at home in our school with new teachers and friends in a new setting.
  • We conduct classroom lessons to assist with career planning and other academic curriculum.

We share data with students to help them learn as much as possible about their strengths and weaknesses and to develop short and long-term S.M.A.R.T. goals accordingly.


Students may be in the halls after the first morning bell, transitions between classes and at the close of the school day. Students in the halls during class must have a written pass in their planner from a teacher. These passes must be intact in the planner pages. Students are expected to be courteous at all times and keep to the right when moving in the halls and up and down staircases.


Students should expect homework and review material on a regular basis. Homework is meant to be practice of skills and should be completed neatly as well as turned in on time. Parents should emphasize the value of homework assignments and of developing good study habits. Make sure there is a quiet place and time to work and study. Each student should study from 30 to 60 minutes per night whether they have assigned homework or not.


If a student is to be confined to the home or to the hospital by a licensed physician for a minimum of fifteen (15) school days due to illness or injury, the student may be eligible for the Hospital/Homebound program. The Hospital/Homebound teacher provides instruction in the home, the hospital or through a teleconference class via the telephone system. Homebound application forms may be obtained from the counselor or the homebound office. Applications must be signed by the parent/guardian and the doctor, and returned to the Hospital/Homebound office for processing.


The Media Center is for student use and we encourage all students to utilize this important resource facility. The Media Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on all school days. Students may come in to complete assignments on the computer, work on homework or projects or check out a book.


Periodically, parents and physicians request that students take medication during school. All prescription and non-prescription medication that is to be taken during school hours must be dispensed through our school health assistant. Students are not allowed to have medication in their possession at school. Written permission forms must be obtained from the school health assistant for all medications. Parents should bring the medication to the school health assistant in the original container. The complete Medication Policy will be sent home with students during the first week of school. Please call our health assistant at ext. 5122229 if you need further information.


Students should not bring money to school other than for lunch and/or school sponsored activities.


To schedule a conference with your student’s teachers, please contact your child’s grade-level office. Conferences are normally scheduled for 8:40 a.m. and must be completed by 9:20 a.m. Conferences will not be scheduled on Wednesday afternoons or Thursday mornings.


Report cards are given at the end of each nine-week grading period. In addition, progress reports are also given approximately halfway through each nine-week period. You can check your child’s progress anytime by using your assigned password and logging into ProgressBook. Please contact the grade level office if you need to get a copy of these procedures and your login.


Lakeview has a student assistant program called SAFE which stands for Student Assistance and Family Empowerment. The program consists of teachers and counselors all working together to help students solve their problems. The SAFE team at Lakeview is available to give support and direction to students who are dealing with concerns. Organized with the intention to aid troubled students, the program has expanded far beyond this, providing information to students and parents about issues such as substance abuse, peer pressure, and self-image.


Classes begin at 9:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:50 p.m. (Wednesday schedule is 9:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.) Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. The school phone number is 407.877.5010. There is no adult supervision before 9:00 a.m. All students must be picked up by 4:15 p.m. (3:15 p.m. on Wednesdays) unless they are participating in a school-sponsored activity that is supervised by a Lakeview Middle School staff member. We value the safety of our students at all times and ask that you help us to keep them safe by following these time frames.


Common courtesy and good sportsmanship are very important.


  • Consider the visiting team and officials as guests and treat them as such.
  • Respect the rights of all spectators.
  • Accept the officials’ decisions as final.
  • Be modest in victory and gracious in defeat.
  • Booing and jeering are inappropriate.


Parents are asked to report to the front office if you must pick up your student before the end of the school day. Arrangements must be made before 3:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. (2:30 p.m. on Wednesday) if you are picking up your child early. For the protection of our students, phone requests for a student to leave will not be honored. For the safety of all students, OCPS policy states proper identification is required for a parent/guardian or others to check a student out of school. If the student is leaving with someone other than a parent/guardian, the adult’s name must be included on the student emergency form listing those who are authorized to remove the student from school. This form will be sent home the first day of class. Please complete and return it by Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Students will not be signed out after 3:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.) Thank you for your assistance.


To ensure safe arrival and departure for our car riders, please use the north entrance on West Bay Street to drop off and pick up students. Do not drop off or pick up students in front of our bus-loading entrance or on adjoining neighborhood streets. Please be aware of the direction of the flow of traffic as you enter our parking lot by observing the signs. There is only one line for student pick up behind the parking lot across the street. For the safety of all, do not pick up students on Tildenville Road or behind the school. Only use the loop in front of the school for pick up and drop off during school hours. Please help us keep our children safe.


All Lakeview Middle School students will be issued a Lakeview Identification Card at the beginning of the school year. The students are required to bring their ID card with them every day. The ID card will be used in the lunchroom, in the Media Center, anytime a student uses a computer here at Lakeview, and to identify a student in the hallways or classroom. Parents, we need your help in making sure the card is brought to school each day. If a student loses or destroys the ID card, a replacement must be purchased for $3.


We welcome visitors to our campus. However, all visitors must stop by the main office as soon as they arrive on campus to sign in and receive a visitor’s pass. The main office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


The Lakeview Middle School Website is accessible at We encourage you to visit the Website to view current calendars, lunch menus, activities and general information to view

Lakeview Middle School Student Daily Dozen

  1. Ask for a pass after the first and before the last 10 minutes of class only.
  2. Have PR²IDE at all times:
    1. Perseverance
    2. Respect
    3. Responsibility
    4. Initiative
    5. Determination
    6. Enthusiasm
  3. Complete all assignments in a timely manner.
  4. Be on time and prepared for class.
  5. Attend school every day.
  6. Adhere to the LMS Dress Code.
  7. Stay academically focused from bell to bell.
  8. Use appropriate hallway behavior: walk, stay to the right, single file line to get into the classroom.
  9. Write your class assignments and homework in your planner daily.
  10. Set and complete daily academic goals.
  11. Read independently for 30 minutes each day.
  12. Share a positive attitude with everyone.


Campus Management Discipline Guide

Tardy Policy: (per grading period)

1st Offense: Teacher warning

2nd Offense: Teacher contacts parent

3rd Offense: Teacher detention and parent contact

4th Offense: Administrator assigns Wednesday detention

5th Offense: Teacher initiates a referral and an Administrator assigns In-school suspension (PASS) due to

repeated misconduct.

Dress Code Policy: (for year)

1st Offense: Teacher warning, change clothes or Alternative classroom assigned for the remainder of the day. 

Grade Level Office will contact parent to bring appropriate clothing.

2nd Offense: Administrator assigns Wednesday detention. Grade Level Office will contact parent to bring

appropriate clothing or Alternative classroom assigned for the remainder of the day.

3rd Offense: Administrator assigns In-school suspension. Grade Level Office will contact parent to bring

appropriate clothing or Alternative classroom assigned for the remainder of the day.

4th Offense: Grade Level Office will contact parent to bring appropriate clothing or Alternative

classroom assigned for the remainder of the day. This will now be considered repeated misconduct

Level 3 and addressed according to the Code of Student Conduct.

Contraband Policy: (for year) Inappropriate use of following items: iPods, Game Boys, cameras, laser pointers, and other electronic items to be determined by the school. These things may be taken and returned to parents.

1st Offense: Teacher warning and/or confiscate item to be returned to student at the end of the day.

2nd Offense: Teacher confiscates item and turns into grade level office for parent to pick up.

3rd Offense: Administrator confiscates item, assigns Wednesday detention, parent must pick up item.

4th Offense: Administrator confiscates item, assigns In-school suspension (1 day), parent must pick up item.

5th Offense: Administrator confiscates item, parent may pick up item and sign behavior plan for cell phone.


The overall goal of the CHAMPs classroom management system is to develop an instructional structure in which students are responsible, motivated, and highly engaged in the specific task at hand. At Lakeview Middle School, there are structures, routines, and procedures in place to help students be successful whether they are in the classroom, in the cafeteria, hallways, or other common on our campus areas.

Conversation - Can students converse during this activity? About what? With whom? For how long? 

Level 0 – No talking
Level 1 – Whispering
Level 2 – Conversation

Help - How do students get your attention for help? How do students get questions answered? 

Example: Raise hand quietly and wait for an adult to call on you.

Activity - What is the expected end product of this activity? What is the task or objective? 

Example: Cafeteria procedures, working in small groups, completing a project or assignment

Movement- For what reasons can students get out of their seats during this activity? Do they need permission to do so? 

Example: Permission to go to the restroom, collect or retrieve materials, circulate the classroom.

Participation- What behavior shows that students are participating or not participating?

Example: Meeting expectations, engaged in learning, using the correct voice levels, using the signal for help.

Signal / Success- How do you re-engage students?

Example: High-five signal

Lakeview Middle School
School-wide Behavior Support System

Students learn appropriate behaviors through instruction, practice, feedback and encouragement. With consistency in behavior expectations, students learn that there are both consequences and rewards for their choices. To this end, Lakeview Middle School has created the positive reward system below, utilizing “Brag Bucks”, to reinforce our expectations and recognize students for doing their part to ensure a positive school environment.

  • If a student is recognized by a teacher or staff member for going above and beyond the expectations, then the student will receive one (1) Brag Buck.
  • Once the student has accumulated ten (10) Brag Bucks, they will exchange them for one (1) Lakeview “L” sticker.
  • The Lakeview “L” sticker should then be placed in their student planner on the current month’s calendar for redemption.
  • Finally, students will present their student identification card and redeem their Lakeview “L” stickers in the cafeteria for a snack of their choice, based on the number of stickers in their planner.

Brag Buck Redemption Values

Lakeview students are encouraged to continuously promote and demonstrate positive behavior characteristics and attributes. We believe in the philosophy that recognizing and accentuating the positive is an essential component of building a positive behavior system that teaches students life-long skills. As such, students who demonstrate positive behavior traits have the opportunity to earn a brag buck. Brag bucks may be redeemed for various items during lunch, along with other items from our snack bar.

Other prizes may be available for limited times. Announcements are made to advertise them.

Positive Referrals

Positive referrals are given for the positive actions taking place here at Lakeview. Positive actions include being kind, displaying good behavior, creating a positive climate, academic success etc.

Student Responsibilities

  • Keep track of Brag Bucks
  • Place name on the back of each Brag Buck
  • Redeem Brag Bucks for stickers with their LMS teacher (lost Brag Bucks will not be replaced)
  • Keep track of stickers in their planner (lost stickers will not be replaced)
  • Produce Lakeview ID card in order to redeem Brag Bucks and stickers