Student Expectations

  • This information can also be found in the Hidden River Family Handbook.

    Locker Expectations

    In an effort to create more structure throughout Hidden River, and to increase safety and security, all Hidden River students are expected to place all personal belongings in their lockers and only carry the necessities for class.  These items are allowable in student lockers: backpacks, purses, hand bags, drawstring bags, jackets, winter wear (gloves, hats, scarves, etc.) textbooks, school supplies and personal needs.  Students are expected to learn their locker combination and not share their locker combination with others.

    Backpack Expectations

    Backpacks can be used to carry belongings to and from school. During the school day backpacks, bags, draw string bags, belt packs (fanny packs) and/or purses should be stored in student lockers and are not be allowed in classrooms, gym, hallways or cafeteria during the school day. 

    Student Dress Code

    Student clothing should not present a danger to student’s health or safety, interfere with learning or create classroom distractions. Students should wear school appropriate, properly fitting clothing to school. 

    The following items may not be worn to school:

    • Clothing with profanity and/or inappropriate slogans/images

    • Revealing clothing 

    • Coats, jackets, gloves and blankets (should be stored in lockers during the school day)

    Students who fail to comply with the school’s dress code policy will be given an opportunity to correct the matter. Refusals and repeat occurrences may result in parent contact and/or other consequences.

    Personal Electronics Expectations

    At Hidden River Middle School, we support our students in using technology for real-world application and often, as learning tools. Academic success for our students is most important while they are in school. 

    Our expectations around cell phone/personal electronics use: 

    • Student use of personal electronics should be limited to before or after school, lunch, and passing time.

    • Adults are in charge of the teaching and of the safety in the spaces they lead. Therefore, after teaching their learning community expectations, if a student’s use of their cell phone becomes a barrier to teaching, learning or safety, adults have the responsibility to make decisions such as:

      • request the student put their electronic device away. 

      • confiscate/store the electronic device and return at the end the class.

      • confiscate/store the electronic device and return at the end of the school day. 

      • confiscate/store the electronic device and return to a guardian. 

      • request a family conference.

    Our expectations are grounded in our beliefs that:

    1. As an International Baccalaureate middle school, we foster the development of skills for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement—essential qualities for young people who are becoming global leaders. Much of this learning and collaboration requires real, human interaction.

    2. Electronics can become disruptive to learning, and a health concern. Cell phone notifications can interrupt students’ thinking, communication, and collaboration and therefore interrupt learning. Cell phone notifications can become addictive and detract from the big thinking work of middle school that we want students to be fully present for as they develop their thinking, communication, social, and self management skills. 

    3. Electronics can go missing. Hidden River Middle School students are learning to be reflective, open-minded, caring communicators, and knowledgeable. Unfortunately, as reflective as our students are, phones can be stolen for a variety of reasons. While we teach and model responsible personal electronic use and try to help students problem solve, the school is not responsible for lost or stolen electronics. Students who choose to bring cell phones and/or other electronics to school do so at their own risk. Hidden River and the St. Paul School District will not be liable for any damage, loss, or theft of electronic devices (SPPS Policy 520.00: Information Technology Usage & Safety Policy). 

    4. Students have access to personal school electronics. Every student at Hidden River Middle School is given an iPad for academic use. Middle School students are learning to become independent learners; should you need to contact your student during the school day, please call the main office, 651-293-8860 and we will get a message to your student as soon as possible. If a student needs to contact a family member, they can ask the teacher to help make a plan to contact.  

    Tardy Expectations

    It is important that students arrive on time to each of their classes daily.  When students are on time to class they are demonstrating that they are ready to learn in community.  Teachers will work with students around  arrival time class norms.  When students have excessive tardies the counselors and grade level intervention specialists will work together to devise a plan to help the student get to class on time (e.g., check in check out, monitor slip, etc.).