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Our Mission

The mission of the Richard City Special School District and Richard Hardy Memorial School is to provide an educational environment that inspires members of the school community to reach their highest potential by promoting a love of learning, a respect of others, and a sense of civic responsibility and self discipline.



Our Vision


In the early 1920's, Mr. Richard Hardy founded the Richard City Deptford Independent School District. The school was established based upon Mr. Hardy's Creed, which has remained as the cornerstone for all that has been accomplished here since those early days. The messages therein are timeless; a set of guiding principles which remain strong in today's time. Therefore, our vision is simply to create and maintain a learning environment for the Richard Hardy community which upholds the principles set in Mr. Hardy's creed and provides the necessary preparation for our students to achieve the kind of life well-lived that Richard Hardy envisioned.


Our Goals

Goal 1: Our learning programs will be designed so that all students are successful.

Goal 2: The learning environment for teaching and learning will be safe, disciplined and well maintained.

Goal 3: Family, school and community partnerships will be fostered to promote student learning.

Goal 4: The system, school and classrooms will be organized as communities of learning.

Goal 5: Resources will be allocated to further the mission, vision, and goals of the Richard City School District and Richard Hardy Memorial School.



Our Beliefs

We believe that the following are necessary for the optimal learning environment:


  • Safety and Security, both inside and outside the buildings
  • Clean, comfortable, attractive surroundings
  • The consistent use of a positive, proactive approach
  • High levels of expectation in all things
  • Productivity and effective use of time
  • Consistent emphasis upon motivating ALL students
  • Freedom from unnecessary distraction
  • Valuing of diversity
  • An air of professionalism and cooperation
  • High expectations of personal integrity for adults and students
  • Strategies and opportunities which engage and hold the attention of all learning styles
  • A realistic/holistic approach to instruction and accountability
  • Curriculum that is rigorous and relevant
  • Well trained faculty and staff who support the premise that all students can learn
  • A high level of involvement by parents and the community
  • A balance between maintaining strong traditions of the past and the changes necessary for the future
  • An atmosphere of energy, excitement, and positive regard for all
  • A clear understanding among all that STUDENTS COME FIRST and are the center of all we do; the reason for our existence as a school system


Richard City Special School District and Richard Hardy Memorial School do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age. Any instance of discrimination or sexual harassment should be reported to the principal or director of schools for immediate investigation.


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“Grant me the boon of a life that is useful and earnest; the privilege of honest toil and well-earned rest; large hearted courage to cheer each faithful soul that strongly strives and wins or fails; kindly word and act for those who grieve; eyes to see the beauties that nature paints on land and sky and sea; ears to hear each music voice of life; senses to comprehend the meaning of the eternal plan; the confidence and trust of friends, more dear than glittering wealth or laurels rare or soon forgotten praise. Grant me these my Father’s God and mine and when my summons sounds from out the sunset skies, I’ll go with hastening feet and joyous heart to tell Thee my gratitude for life.”Richard Hardy


“Caring enough to ensure that our students succeed.”

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  • Nestled in a peaceful valley
  • Columns rising high,
  • Stands our trusted Alma Mater
  • Shaping all our lives
  • With a dream and creed to guide us
  • Hawks will ever fly,
  • Pressing onward toward the future
  • Soaring to the sky!
  • In the halls of Richard Hardy
  • Memories we share,
  • Growing, learning, loving, laughing
  • Always will be there.
  • With a dream and creed to guide us
  • Hawks will ever fly,
  • Pressing onward toward the future
  • Soaring to the sky!


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  • Breakfast served in the cafeteria 7:00 AM
  • School opens 7:30 AM
  • Class begins 7:45 AM
  • Kindergarten Classes End 2:30 PM
  • School Ends 2:45 PM
  • Front Porch Supervision Begins 3:00 PM
  • After School Care Begins 3:00 PM

Passes. Any teacher or staff member may ask to see your pass. Please present it to them in a courteous manner. Human nature sometimes wants to be slow about getting back to class on time. Our goal in checking your pass is to help you get the most time-on-task in your studies. Teachers will have sign in and sign out sheets.

Library Information. Students have regular times to go to the library for skills instruction and opportunities to check out books. Books may be checked out/in from 8:00-8:30 A.M. and at other times as scheduled. Students in grades K-5 should have permission and a pass from their homeroom teacher to go to the library during the morning session.

Lost and Found. Lost and found items are to be turned in by the finder to the lost and found box located outside the bathroom in the middle school. Please label all supplies, jackets, lunchboxes, etc., so that if they are misplaced, we can return them to the owner. Once each month (on or before the last working day of the month), the lost and found articles may be sent to a local charity if not removed or may be put in the trash.

Lockers. Lockers must be used by students in grades 7-12 for a $5.00 locker fee. Locks not obtained from RHMS may not be put on our lockers. If these locks are found, they will be cut off. This policy has been implemented due the increased needs in the area of safety and security. Students should not share their locker combinations with each other as things have been stolen or vandalism has occurred. These lockers should be kept neat and free of protruding objects, stickers, etc. Nothing can be attached to the lockers but magnetic accessories. There will be periodic checks of locker cleanliness. The lockers belong to the school. The teachers and administrators have the right to search the locker and its contents at any time. Students who do not follow the rules for lockers or who abuse or damage their locker will have their locker taken from them with no refund of fees.

Immunization/Health Record. When students enroll at RHMS, they must have an up-to-date immunization (shot) record on file in the office on the appropriate Tennessee Form. Additional shots may be required according to the State Health Department’s directives. Students must also have had a complete health physical within the last three years in order to enroll at RHMS. All students coming from out-of-state are required by State law to have a new physical in order to enroll.

Student Insurance. All students participating in interscholastic sports (basketball, baseball, golf, volleyball, cheer-leading, etc.) must have proof of full coverage insurance before participating. Proof of insurance (copy of insurance form) must be provided to the Athletic Director prior to the first day of practice.

Medicine. Medicine should be dispensed at home whenever possible. According to state law, if your child must take medicine at school, he/she must be competent to self-administer the necessary prescription medication with assistance from the school nurse. For occasional medication, the student must have a note signed and dated by the parent giving permission, dosage, and time for the school nurse to assist with self-administration of medication. (The school nurse will assist students with self-administration primarily by providing storage of and timely distribution of medication.) Students who are on daily medication that must be taken during school hours will have a form to fill out for our files before medication can be administered. The student and the school nurse will then document the self-administration of medication.

Flower Deliveries. Flower arrangements and balloons will not be accepted for a student during the school day.

Inclement Weather. According to RHMS Board Policy, RHMS will make all decisions about school closings. The announcement will be made on all local news channels if the need arises to close school. We will no longer do what Marion County does on the first day.

Textbooks. Hardbound textbooks are not consumable. They are used for multiple years. Therefore students need to work hard at keeping books in their best condition as it will benefit all students.

  • Keep a cover on all textbooks all year long.
  • Do not mark in a textbook unless instructed to do so by a teacher.

The condition of each textbook will be assessed each semester. We try to use our textbooks for at least five years if not more. If a textbook was issued in serviceable condition but is lost, destroyed or rendered un-serviceable through damage, the cost of the textbook will be charged to the student on a pro rata basis of the semester of issue. For example, if a text book is rendered un-serviceable, the cost of replacement will be at the discretion of the librarian. Please note that a new textbook will not be issued until the old one is paid for.


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Out-of-District Tuition – Students living outside the Richard City Special School District boundaries, but still in the state of Tennessee pay $100.00 tuition per year as set by the Richard City Board of Education. Payment of tuition is expected on the first day of school. If you move out of state or out of district during the school year, you will be expected to pay tuition.

Out-of-State Tuition – Out-of-State tuition must be collected on every child that does not live in the State of Tennessee. By Tennessee State Law, the Richard City Special School District must collect an amount equal to the amount of money the State provides our system to educate children living in Tennessee. Out-of-State tuition for the school year is $4,455.00 per child. If a student moves out of state during the school year, Mrs. Tuders must be informed immediately.

Proof of Residency – RHMS will require you to show proof of residency in our district or in our state at any time . Examples of such proof would be a rent receipt or utility bill in the parents’/guardian’s name. Proof of residency must be of the Custodial parent/guardian/or individual with power of attorney.

Money for supplies, lunch, etc. – Please send correct change if at all possible. For small children, enclose money in a labeled envelope or baggie so that the teacher will know exactly what it is for. If you have children in one or more classrooms, money for lunch, etc., must be sent separately.

Returned Checks – There will be $30.00 fee administered for all returned checks.

Debt to School – If parents or students owe a debt to the school at the end of each nine weeks, the following documents will be withheld until payments or arrangements are made with the Finance Office to clear the debt: diploma, final report cards and/or transcripts.

Fees/Fines for lost or damaged textbooks and Library Books – Fees/fines for lost or damaged textbooks and library books will be charged to the student to whom the book is assigned or checked out. Students are fined $0.05 (5 cents) a day for late library books, and will not be allowed to check out another book until the fine is paid. Grade cards are held until all outstanding fees are paid.

Activity Fees - An annual activity fee of $50.00 is charged to each student to provide for the value-added educational supplies not normally supplied by the State. Some examples of these purchases are: assignment books, special workbooks, additional copying paper, special student incentives, etc.


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Richard Hardy Memorial School provides breakfast and lunch to students in PreK-12th grades. The cafeteria staff keeps everything running smoothly. RHMS does not have a "working" kitchen, so meals are brought in from a neighboring school.cafeteria

Breakfast FREE for all students
Additional or Extra items must be paid for.
Adults - $1.00
Lunch FREE for all students
Additional or Extra items must be paid for.
Adults - $3.50
A La Carte Items are Cash Only - No Charges
Milk - $0.50 OJ - $0.50 Ice Cream - $0.50
General Serving Times
Everyone 7:00 AM - 7:40 AM
Kindergarten 10:30 AM - 10:55 AM
1st, 2nd, 3rd 10:35 AM - 11:00 AM
Pre-Kindergarten 11:05 AM - 11:30 AM
4th, 5th, 6th 11:10 AM - 11:35 AM
7th, 8th 11:45 AM - 12:10 PM
9th thru 12th 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

Parents Eating with Your Child. We would love to have you come and eat with your child. We simply need to know ahead of time in order to ensure that we have enough food as we contract for our lunches by the meal. If parents or grandparents wish to eat school lunch with their child the school must be notified before 8:30 A.M. Please call the cafeteria manager at 837-7282 x109.

Other Visitors. Time allotted for lunch is very brief. No other visitors besides parents and grandparents are allowed at lunch time. In the past, former graduates have been allowed, but this has become a distraction and safety issue. For this reason, students are not allowed to have visitors OR leave campus for lunch.

*Free and Reduced Priced Lunch & Breakfast. Free and Reduced priced lunches and breakfasts are available for ALL students. A family form must be completed for each student in the family each year. Please let us know if assistance is needed in any way. This information is kept confidential.

Bringing Personal Lunch. Students may only bring enough food for themselves. Bringing such things as 2-liter bottles of coke or large bags of chips does not follow the nutrition guidelines of the State Department of Education and is not authorized except for school approved parties/events.

Dessert/Snack Money. Ice cream money cannot be combined on one check with lunch and milk money. Parents are encouraged not to send ice cream money for students in grades preK-5 until Friday. Children who pay in advance for Friday’s ice cream will not be given a refund if they forget to get dessert on Friday. Make all checks payable to RHMS.

Ordering Lunch. Since our lunch is catered, our lunch count must be called into our caterer by 8:30 A.M. If your child is coming in after 8:15 it is possible that they could get in their order by going to the cafeteria when they sign in. However, if the time is close, it is suggested that you purchase a lunch and send it with your child as the count may have already been faxed over.

Charging Lunches. Lunches may only be charged twice before payment will be required.

Refunds. There will be no refunds for money turned into the school for things like field trips, supply fees, lunch or tuition. If you transfer schools you forfeit the money.


This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.



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It is the policy of the federal government, the state of Tennessee and this school district to seek out homeless students to ensure they get the opportunity for a free and appropriate education.

If you or your child fit into the descriptions of homelessness, we want to help.

Who needs to come?

  • If you are sharing a house with others due to loss of housing, financial problems.
  • If you are living in a motel, RV park or camping ground because you can't live in a regular house
  • If you are living in an homeless shelter
  • If you are awaiting foster care placement
  • If you are living in public or private places where people don't normally sleep
  • If you are living in a car, a park, abandoned building or bus station
  • If you are living in a temporary place because you parents are moving to another job (migratory work)

What can we do?

  • We will work to get you to and from school if you need it.
  • We will make sure you get breakfast and lunch every school day, if you need it.
  • We will make sure you have school supplies you need
  • We can provide help getting such things a health care, clothes, or any other reasonable things that will work to get you an education.



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As defined by the Tennessee State Department of Education:

“Intellectually Gifted” means a child whose intellectual abilities and potential for achievement are so outstanding the child’s educational performance is adversely affected. Adverse affect means the general curriculum alone is inadequate to appropriately meet the student’s educational needs."

The Referral Process:

  • Anyone, including the parent(s), guardian, or community professional may refer a student for screening and possible evaluation.
  • A screening team of educational professionals considers screening information, previous evaluation, and teacher/parent input to determine if a comprehensive evaluation is needed. The team’s decision is based on multiple data sources.
  • An assessment team will determine the types of assessment needed. All procedural safeguards are followed to ensure evaluation procedures are non-discriminatory.


  • Special services are often required to meet the unique needs of gifted children. A team of professionals and the child’s parent(s) plan the student’s educational program based on the assessment information obtained through the evaluation process.
  • Richard Hardy Memorial School offers various services for students who are eligible as meeting state criteria as Intellectually Gifted. Services include but are not limited to: acceleration of curriculum in the general education classroom, specific subject-area advancement, acceleration of curriculum in the general education classroom, and curriculum compacting.

If you would like to refer a student at Richard Hardy Memorial School for screening, please contact the Principal or Director of Special Education. (Information from TN Department of Education). For more information, read this.



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What makes a successful school?

One of the most important elements is involved families. Research has shown that students whose family is involved in the educational activities of the school have higher grades and test scores, better attendance and homework completion, fewer placements in special education, more positive attitudes and behavior, higher graduation rates and greater enrollment in post secondary education.

The School Board adopted a Family Involvement Policy and a committee of parents, teachers and students adopted a School/Student/Parent Compact in order to promote family involvement at Richard Hardy Memorial School. You may view a copy of the Family Involvement Policy in the policy notebook located in the library or in Mr. Mannon’s office. Listed below are the responsibilities of the parents, students, teachers and principal.

A compact specifies what each of the individuals entering into the agreement will do to honor their part in the compact. The goal of the School/Student/Parent Compact is to identify the major areas where cooperation is needed and what each person’s role is in getting the students a great education. Two copies of the School/Student/Parent Compact are included in this handbook. We would encourage you to sit down with your student and review each person’s responsibilities.

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School/Student/Parent Compact


Any person who is interested in helping this student may sign in place of the parent.

I want my child to achieve; therefore, I will encourage him/her by doing the following:

  • See that my child attends school regularly and arrives on time with all supplies
  • Provide the school with current and updated phone numbers and addresses
  • Establish a time for homework and review it regularly
  • Encourage my child’s efforts and be available for questions
  • Promptly read and return all notices from the school
  • Communicate frequently with my child’s teacher to find out how my child is doing in school and what my child is learning
  • Support the school in its efforts to maintain proper discipline
  • Volunteer in my child’s school and classroom if time or schedule permits
  • Attend parent-teacher conferences



Signature: ___________________________




It is important that I work to the best of my ability; therefore, I shall strive to do the following:

  • Come to school regularly
  • Report to class on time and be prepared with all my work and supplies
  • Complete and return homework assignments when due
  • Obey school rules
  • Show respect for myself, my school, my teachers, and other students



Signature: ___________________________





It is important that students achieve; therefore, I shall strive to do the following:

  • Provide high quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive, safe and effective learning environment that enables the student to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards
  • Display respect for each child and his/her family
  • Provide you with assistance in understanding academic achievement standards and assessments and how to monitor your child’s progress
  • Provide opportunities for ongoing communication between you and teachers through, at a minimum:
    • Semi-annual parent-teacher conferences,
    • Frequent reports regarding your child’s progress, and
    • Opportunities to talk with staff, volunteer in class, and observe classroom activities.



Signature: RHMS Teachers


I shall strive to provide a safe environment that encourages positive communication between teacher, parent, and student and to insist that homework assignments reinforce classroom instruction, ensuring that all teachers and parents have high expectations for student’s academic success.



Signature: Beth Webb


Parents, staff and students will share responsibility for improving student academic achievement by developing a partnership to help students achieve the State’s high standards. The staff of Richard Hardy Memorial School does not discriminate against anyone on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion or disability. Thank you for your assistance. Please read, discuss and sign this school-parent compact with your child. Return the signed copy to your child’s first period teacher.

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As a student of Richard Hardy Memorial School you have a right to a good educational environment and at the same time, you have a responsibility to do your part in providing it. If we all work together, interdependently, we make this a truly great school and you will get an excellent education. So let us look at both your rights and corresponding responsibilities. These rights and responsibilities apply to all students Pre-K-12.

Student to Teacher/Staff Relationships

  • Regular Faculty and Staff. You have a right to the best instruction that RHMS is capable of providing. For the teachers to be as successful as possible and for you to work and achieve to the best of your ability, you must take the responsibility upon yourself to cooperate with the teachers. Teachers are responsible to your parents for the activity of learning that goes on in the school. You may not always understand or feel that something is right or fair and they will not always have the time to explain or discuss their decisions. However, unless you believe that you are being told to do something immoral or illegal, you are to obey that faculty and staff member of RHMS. You must obey the employees of this school district regardless of whether they are your primary instructor or not.
  • Substitute Teachers. Our substitute teachers serve in very challenging circumstances because they will not be familiar with all the small details of a class. Your job as a student is to assist the substitute, treating them as a guest. If they change a class policy or procedure, do not insist upon doing things the way the normal teacher would do them. Rather, help the substitute give you a great day of education by cooperating fully.
  • Visitors. Official visitors, observers, speakers, etc. are considered to be honored guests and will be treated with courtesy and respect. “You may forget but the public never forgets that you are a RHMS Hawk!”

Student to Student Relationships

  • Each student has the right to expect that his classmates will respect his/her feelings, time needed for an education and material goods brought to school. Each student needs to respect others’ rights to freedom from such things as bullying, selling drugs and sexual harassment. There is an old saying that says, “You reap what you sow,” or more currently, “what goes around comes around.” For example if you are courteous to others, you will receive courtesy much of the time. If you are helpful, you will receive help. If you talk about others, then you will be talked about. The best way to create an environment of respect is to follow the old adage, “If you can’t say something nice to someone, don’t say anything at all.” Tolerance of each others’, differing beliefs, hobbies and appearances is essential to being treated with respect yourself.


  • Students must also recognize that every time you take up a teacher’s time by failing to hand in your work on time, being late, acting up in class, etc., you are stealing your friends’ time and thus education. Research shows that time spent on educational tasks in school (also known as “time-on-task”) is directly related to educational achievement.

Student to Self Relationships

  • You are responsible for your actions and your education. All that RHMS and your parents can do is present you with this golden opportunity. If you are a wise young man or woman, you will use your time carefully and your will focus on the goal of your education. If you are wise, you will also choose your friends carefully. A wise man once said that “bad company corrupts good morals.” Choose good company. Choose to emulate upper classman who are setting high level examples for you.


  • This school does not believe that a person can be made to do something wrong or to disobey. It is a choice that you must make. We will not look at your family background and give you a pass for bad behavior. We will not look at how much money you make and say, “It’s okay; he/she is deprived.” If you want to be successful, the keys are simple: Be honest. Be responsible. Be proactive.


  • Therefore, all decisions will be yours, and so will the consequences. Your first responsibility, then, is to decide how you should conduct yourself while you are at school. Your second responsibility is to be prepared to accept the consequence of your actions. Our hope and our goal is to be able to say to you often and particularly at the end of your time at RHMS, “Well done!”.


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The Principal or Director may suspend/expel any student from attendance at school or any school-related activity on or off campus or from attendance at a specific class or classes, or from riding a school bus, without suspending such student from attendance at school (in-school suspension), for good and sufficient reasons. Student offenses are in four categories. Most of these are listed below. Administrators responsible for discipline will classify any offense not listed below.


Offenses to be administered by the school that may result in detention, loss of privilege, corporal punishment -suspension due to severity of incident, or Saturday School.

  1. Refusing to do assigned work
  2. Tardiness (class or school)
  3. Refusing to participate in required school activities (wellness activities, reading, instruction, etc.)
  4. Minor violations of school or classroom rules
  5. Conduct which disrupts the peace or good order of the school or the learning environment (impudence, disorderly conduct, and no regard for authority, etc.)
  6. Inappropriate dress or appearance considered disruptive to the school.
  7. Unauthorized use of copying machined, computer, phones, or printers.
  8. Loitering (no student should remain at school beyond 3:15.
  9. Inappropriate public display of affection
  10. Open food or drink in school without permission.
  11. No chewing gum.




Offenses that may result in suspension or referral outside the school. *** If any student is placed in ISS, alternative school or is in OSS he/she will not be allowed to participate in any school function including field trips, athletic practices or contests. First Time Category II Offenses 3-5 days suspension(OSS or alternative school) Second Time Category II Offense: 10 days suspension Third Time Category II Offense: Referral to Board of Education for expulsion.

  1. Fighting (both parties, unless one was attacked for no apparent reason)
  2. Use of foul or abusive language
  3. Disrespect to teacher/staff/peer
  4. Harassment (verbal or physical)
  5. Assault (verbal or physical)
  6. Use or possession of tobacco in any form
  7. Use or possession of any incendiary device (i.e. lighter, matches)
  8. Insubordination (not allowing a directive from a teacher, administrator or other school system employee)
  9. Leaving school grounds or class without permission including lunch period
  10. Repeated refusal to do assigned work
  11. Chronic disruption
  12. Failure to provide correct identity/address
  13. Dishonesty (copying, cheating, forging signatures, etc.)
  14. Misuse/destruction of school property
  15. Extortion
  16. Sexual misconduct
  17. Participation in school disruption
  18. Receipt, sale, possession or distribution of stolen property (reported to legal authorities)
  19. Trespassing on school property
  20. Prescription drug policy violation
  21. Unauthorized possession or use of school keys
  22. Gambling (i.e. pitching pennies, dice or other activity)
  23. Computer hacking or tampering
  24. Stealing (may be reported to the police)
  25. Bullying, threatening, hazing or intimidating behavior
  26. Defiance
  27. Possession of laser pointer


Offenses in this category are not automatically considered zero tolerance but will be treated as such by the principal unless there are extenuating circumstances.

  1. Pulling a fire alarm or otherwise causing one to sound when no fire or smoke is visible
  2. Possession or detonation of an incendiary or explosive material (firecracker or greater as well as stink/smoke bombs, poppers, etc.
  3. Destruction of school property
  4. Sexual harassment
  5. Inciting disruption of school activities (i.e. stopping normal proceedings in school)
  6. Repeated violation of school rules.
  7. Verbal or physical assault of a student/employee


There shall be zero tolerance for the following offenses and these offenses shall be reported to the director of schools and the Board for expulsion and will also be reported to law enforcement officers.

  • Possession/use of alcohol and/or other drugs (shall be reported to law enforcement)
  • Possession/sale/distribution of drug paraphernalia (including rolling papers) (STATE MANDATED)
  • Arson
  • Bomb threat (STATE MANDATED)
  • Possession/sale/use or distribution of alcohol, illegal drugs or controlled substances
  • Possession and/or use of weapons or any instrument used as a weapon to injure someone intentionally or any instrument or toy intended to be a weapon. This includes handguns, rifles/shotguns (STATE MANDATED)
  • Aggravated assault of staff (STATE MANDATED)


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Students will be required to show proper attention to personal cleanliness plus suitable clothing and appearance for school activities. In every case, the dress and grooming of the student should be clean and shall not cause disruption or disturbance in any school activity or interfere with the participation of the student in a school related activity. Further, all clothes and shoes must be judged on their safety and suitability for school activities.

Examples of clothing that are unacceptable. The following are examples but are not the complete list.

  • Anything with offensive, INSULTING or off-colored language or pictures.
  • Any band shirts with questionable or scary symbols (e.g., blood, skulls, murder, torture, etc.) or leads to morbid or threatening thoughts about death or suicide are banned.
  • Tobacco, drugs and alcohol can not be advertised by students on clothing or accessories.
  • Sleeveless shirts (t-shirts must have a seam to indicate shoulder of shirt and material must come down the arm from a seam beneath the arm.
  • Tank top and muscle shirts are not acceptable.
  • Low cut shirts that expose or show cleavage, either standing or bending, or shirts that show stomach when arms are raised.
  • Shirts that reveal under garments or clothing made of see-thru material. including mesh or extremely thin cloth.
  • Jeans, pants or shirts with holes are not allowed.
  • Shorts/skirts/skorts that are not well below the fingertips including the slits in shorts/skirts/skorts also. (This includes the Nike Tempo short.)
  • Items made of spandex, including shirts and shorts. Pants or shorts with writing across the student’s bottom.
  • Pants shall be properly fitting – to maintain the appropriate length and fit, belts will be provided if necessary to correct any problems.
  • No baggy pants or shorts, no exposure of undergarments.
  • Dark gothic all-black attire and makeup (such as black clothes, nails, dyed black hair and excessive eyeliner)
  • Bondage straps on pants or shorts Un-natural hair colors (blue, green, pink, etc.)
  • Piercings other than in the ear.
  • Sweat shirts with hoods on head.
  • Sunglasses, head rags, hats and bandanas in the building.
  • Heavy chains, studded bracelets, or any jewelry which can be used as a weapon.
  • No Heelys (shoes with wheels in them)
  • Blankets are not articles of clothing and should not be brought to school.
  • Pajamas and house shoes.
  • Hair must be clean, neat, and cannot obstruct vision.
  • Heavy coats in obviously hot weather.
  • Shirts and pants worn backwards.
  • All students bring tennis shoes in PE days, cannot wear flip flops on those days.
  • No student will wear ear gauges (or ear stretching) devices

Dress Code Violation Procedures

  • First offense: Call home for change of clothes. If clothes cannot be provided student will spend the day in ISS.
  • Second offense: Call home for change of clothes. Student will receive Saturday School.
  • Third offense: Out-of-School Suspension with parent conference.


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The following shall be accepted as an excuse for absences, tardiness and early dismissal.

  • Medical or religious reasons
  • Death in the immediate family (parent, guardian, step-parent, brother, sister, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or any other family member that resides in the student’s house.)
  • Legal (court, attorney, truancy board, etc.)
  • A one day excused absence will be granted for students whose parent or guardian is leaving for active military duty or returning from active military duty.
  • School sponsored activities (field trip, club trips etc.)
  • Head Lice is excused the day student is sent home by the nurse, if other days are missed a parent or doctor’s note is required.
  • Seniors may use up to 3 days to visit college campuses or career related trips (military, Chatt. State, ACT, etc.)

Absolutely no absences will be excused without a parent or doctor’s note. Notes shall consist of:

  • Parent notes will include: name of student, the current date, date of student’s absence, reason for absence, and parent/guardian signature. Please remember we will accept only six (6) parent notes per year and then a doctor’s note is required.
  • A written excuse from a doctor, dentist or other medical professional must have the following. The date and time of the appointment must be specified. Only dates specified on the note will be excused as a medical. Students who have office visits not involving an illness (ex: tests, physicals, visits to the dentist or health department) are expected to return to school and will be excused for reasonable travel time.
  • A student has a maximum of three (3) days to turn in his/her written excuse upon returning to school. Excuses turned in after three (3) days are unexcused.
  • Because there are scheduled breaks throughout the year, i.e. fall break, spring break, and Christmas break, family vacations will not be excused.
  • According to the State of Tennessee Attendance manual, if a student is not a player on a team and they leave to go to the game the absence is unexcused.

A tardy occurs when a student is out of the class room after the beginning of the official school day or when a student is late reporting to a class. An early dismissal occurs when a student leaves school before the end of the official school day. Notes for early dismissal must have a contact number for parent/guardian verification or the note will not be honored. Unless a student is leaving for a doctor or dentist appointment the early dismissal will be unexcused, including midterm or final exam days. If a parent calls to have a student dismissed early it will be unexcused unless it is an emergency. Parent notes brought in for tardies or early dismissals will count as one of the 5 parent notes that a student can use. Students that get three (3) tardies to class or school will be sent to Saturday School.
The student shall be required to make up missed work as specified by the classroom teacher. It is the student’s responsibility to collect and return missed work within two (2) days of his/her return. Failure to complete missed assignments shall constitute a zero for the assignment. Students who have unexcused absences forfeit the right to receive make-up work.

Driver’s License Revocation:

More than 10 consecutive or fifteen (15) reported unexcused absences by a student during any semester renders a student ineligible to retain a driver’s license or permit or to obtain such if of age. A student must also make “satisfactory academic progress” by making a passing grade in 50% of their subjects at the end of each semester.

Attendance Review Board:

There shall be a Truancy Board established to determine the disposition of cases involving five (5) unexcused absences or five (5) tardies or unexcused checkouts. The Truancy Board shall consist of at least three (3) and not more than five (5) individuals as appointed by the attendance supervisor. The attendance supervisor shall serve on the Truancy Board. The Truancy Board shall request the parent or guardian, along with the student, to come before it in order to resolve the problem of unexcused absences prior to the student being referred to juvenile court.

The Truancy Board shall have the authority to cite the parent and\or refer the parent and student to juvenile court for disposition, which may result in a fine of up to fifty dollars ($50) and\or imprisonment of up to thirty (30) days for each offense. The decision of the Truancy Board shall be final.

Other Attendance Policies

Make-Up Work. All students with absences of any kind will receive a zero for any work missed during the absence.

Students with excused absences. After returning to school, a student will have two days for every three days of consecutive absences to make up work. The zero will be removed upon the completion of the work. The student has the responsibility to obtain the work and any classroom notes that were missed. For example, if a student is absent one whole week, they will be allowed four days to make up the work (two days for the first three absences and two days for the other two absences).

Students with unexcused absences. Zeros from tests or work missed during an unexcused absence cannot be made up.

Perfect Attendance. For the purposes of attendance awards, a student must be in school every day, on time, all day. Field trips do count for being in school, but family trips will be at the discretion of the principal.

Educational Trip. Requests for trips to be educational must be submitted to the principal’s office two weeks prior to trip. The student will be required to submit a report on the trip. The principal will provide instruction as to what the report requirements will be, to be considered an excused absence.

Extra-Curricular Activities. Unless otherwise permitted by the principal, students may not attend extra-curricular activities (e.g. dances, sporting events, etc.) if they have been absent all day.

Sports Participation. Students who are absent all day will not be allowed to play in any sporting event on that day. If a student misses part of the school day for a doctor visit, the coach and the principal may approve playing on that day with a written doctor’s excuse.

Out of School and In-School Suspension. Students who receive in-school or out of school suspension as the result of misbehavior will not participate in any school functions for those days.

Returning to School after an Absence or Being Tardy. Students in grades 7-12 will report to the attendance officer (Mrs. Jerry Lynn Tuders in Room 105) when returning to school after an absence. Students in grades K-6 will give their notes to their classroom teachers and those notes will be forwarded on to Mrs. Tuders. The attendance officer will give the student a form to take to his/her teachers stating whether the absence is excused or unexcused. Parents will be notified by mail if this occurs.


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Students who do not drive may be dropped off on Marion Street or 17th Street at the crossing guard stations or the walk-in areas in the fence. The intersection of Hamilton Avenue and 17th Street at the marquis will be blocked off to thru traffic from 7:15 – 7:45 AM. and from 2:30 – 3:00 PM. Please also note that 17th Street is one-way running northwest from Marion Street until it curves into Wayne Avenue.

In the morning, students should exit the vehicle:

  • on the side of the car closest to the building
    (if it is necessary for a student to exit the car on the opposite side, please cross in front of the vehicle in which you are riding),
  • at or near one of the four areas where a crossing guard is posted,
  • and, if before 7:30 AM, walk to the cafeteria on the sidewalk or
  • after 7:30 AM proceed to your classroom/1st period class.
  • students are not to use the front door to the historical building in the morning.

In the afternoon,

  • Kindergarten students will leave at 2:30 PM by the back door of the Historical Building and be taken to the crossing at 17th and Hamilton Avenue. From there they may proceed to their rides (which are parked in a safe area or designated parking spot). Parents are no longer allowed to wait in the center of the road for their children to enter the vehicle once school is out (this practice is unsafe, causes traffic jam, and further incites bad tempers).
  • Students in Grades 1-6 are to exit to the rear of the Historical Building. If they are not picked up by 3:00 PM, they are to walk to the front porch on the sidewalk to wait for a ride if the ride is not visible.
  • Students in Grades 7-12 should exit by the SE exit of the MS Building or by the SW exit (three-door exit) of the HS and proceed to your cars immediately unless participating in school sponsored extra-curricular activities.
  • All Students walking home are to wait patiently to cross the road at the crosswalks manned by one of the Safety Patrollers with a STOP sign in hand.

Porch Guidelines for After School

  • Students sit on the steps to watch for parents (if bad weather - students will move to the top of the porch or inside the lobby to wait)
  • Students will use quiet voices.
  • Students will walk (not run) to their rides when they see their ride arrive.
  • Students will refrain from eating and drinking on the porch.
  • All school rules apply on the porch.


  • Please be patient! If you see someone trying to back out of a parking spot – please take the extra 5 seconds to let the other driver out.
  • Please observe the speed limit (15 MPH or lower?).
  • Please be courteous to the Safety Patrollers and obey their instructions.
  • Please observe good driving habits – remember…little ones are watching.
  • Please remember that parallel parking along 17th Street or in an intersection, is not allowed, again, this obstructs traffic and causes safety problems.
  • Reserved Parking- During school hours do not park in the reserved parking inside the fence.

After School ALL students including 7-12 must report to bus porch if ride is not here by 3:00. Students cannot buy icees after school and bring to bus porch.

After School Care Program – Will be available.

Before School Care – A teacher assistant is on duty in the cafeteria beginning at 7:00 AM each school day. This service is to accommodate families that must drop students off before 7:30 AM. These children must go to the cafeteria in the HS Building. Ideally, children should be dropped off between 7:30 and 7:45 when they may go straight to their own classrooms after entering through their assigned door.

Safety Patrol – Selected students in the middle school grades will be available to supervise the safety of students walking in and out of the building. These students are to be shown respect as they insure our students’ safe arrival and departure of school.

Reserved Parking – Please do not park in reserved parking spaces inside the fence next to the Middle School building nor around back near the High School building. Please be courteous enough to our staff to avoid parking in their spaces.

Student Driving/Parking – All students’ cars must be parked in the designated parking areas on Seventh Street. THERE WILL BE NO STUDENT PARKING ON HAMILTON AVENUE IN FRONT OF THE HISTORIC BUILDING. No students should be in or near cars during the school day. Driving and parking at school is a privilege, not a right. Students who choose not to abide by school parking procedures will lose this privilege. If a student needs to go to their car during the day, they need to come by the office for permission.

Driver’s Permit Form – Students attempting to obtain a driver’s permit must request a form from the office at least three (3) days before going to take the test. Students must arrange for this by checking with each teacher to insure that no tests are being missed. The driver’s permit form will not be issued to students with:

  • Failing semester grades in two or more subjects at the time of the request.
  • Five or more unexcused absences for ONE semester OR TEN FOR THE YEAR.
  • Patterns of behavior that clearly demonstrated that a student is subtracting from the school by causing teachers extra work or distracting fellow classmates.

Leaving school for a driver’s test is an unexcused absence unless the student comes back to school and shows us the receipt for taking the test. We will give one excused absence for driver’s permit and one for driver’s license.



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Richard Hardy Memorial School is concerned with a safe environment in which your student will study and learn as well as the physical well-being of each student, including those who participate in athletics. The misuse of drugs and alcohol is a potential problem for all students. The seriousness of this is underlined by the Board of Education policy which considers violation of alcohol or drug abuse/possession a "zero tolerance" offense.

Due to the seriousness of this issue, the school board has adopted the Student Alcohol and Drug Testing Policy. A copy of this policy can be secured upon request from the Director's office, or the policy can viewed on the web at

The key elements of the policy are that testing will be based on observations that give the appearance of abuse or possession of alcohol or drugs. Measures will be taken to assure that the student's rights will not be violated. We will also take appropriate measures to assure that the integrity of the test is not violated. The testing results will be done and certified through the Tennessee Department of Health and Environment. If your child is to be tested, you will be notified upon that determination. Of course, test results will be forwarded to you immediately as they are available to the school.

Your signature below only signifies that you have been made aware of this policy. You are not waiving any rights granted by the state of Tennessee in regard to this type of testing. This paper must be signed and placed in your child's permanent record in order for he/she to attend RHMS.



















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We are pleased to offer students of the Richard City Independent School System access to the district computer network for electronic mail and the Internet. To gain access to e-mail and the Internet, all students under the age of 10 must obtain parental permission and must sign and return this form to the designated school Technology Coordinator. Students 18 and over may sign their own forms.

Access to e-mail and the Internet will enable students to explore thousands of libraries, databases, and bulletin boards while exchanging messages with Internet users throughout the world. Families should be warned that some material accessible via the Internet may contain items that are illegal, defamatory, inaccurate, or potentially offensive to some people. While our intent is to make Internet access available to further educational goals and objectives, students may find ways to access other materials as well. We believe that the benefits to students from access to the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, exceed any disadvantages. Ultimately, parents and guardians of minors are responsible for setting and conveying the standards that their children should follow when using media and Information sources. To that end, the Richard City Independent School System supports and respects each family's right to decide whether or not to apply for independent access.

District Internet and E-Mail Terms and Conditions
  • Acceptable Use - The use of your account must be in support of education and research and consistent with the educational objectives of the school district Use of other organization's network or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for that network. Transmission of any material In violation of any U.S. or state regulation is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: copyrighted material, threatening or obscene material, or material protected by a trade secret. Use for commercial activities is not acceptable. Use for product advertising lobbying is also prohibited.
  • Privileges - The use of Internet is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in cancellation of these privileges. (Each student who receives an account will be part of a discussion group with a faculty member pertaining to the proper use of the network.) The system administrators will deem what is inappropriate use and their decision is final. Also, the administration may close an account at any time as required. The administration, faculty, and staff may request the technology director to deny, revoke or suspend specific UBsr accounts.
  • Net Etiquette - You are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:
    • Avoid offensive or inflammatory speech. Be courteous and polite.
    • Use appropriate language. Profanity or obscenity are not permitted at any time.
    • Do not reveal your personal address or phone numbers of students or colleagues.
    • Note that electronic mail (e-mail) is not guaranteed to be private. People who operate the system do have access to mail. Messages relating to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to the authorities.

(Return this portion to the school principal)



As a user of the Richard City Independent School System computer network, I hereby agree to comply with the above stated rules-communicating over the network in a reliable fashion while honoring all relevant laws and restrictions.


Student Signature ____________________________________


As a parent or legal guardian of the minor student signing above, I grant permission for my son or daughter to access networked computer services such as electronic mall and the Internet. I understand that individuals and families may be held liable for violations. I understand that some materials on the Internet may be objectionable, but I accept responsibility for guidance of Internet use, setting and conveying standards for my daughter or son to follow when selecting, sharing, or exploring information and media on an independent basis.


Parent Signature _______________________________________


Date: ________________


Name of Student: ________________________________________________




Student's Soc. Sec. #: _________________________


Birth Date: ________________


Street Address: __________________________________________________________



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The board of education recognizes that in our current fast-paced and sometimes unfriendly environments, cell phones and other communication devices are considered an essential tool for the safety. The board also recognizes that this communication technology can be abused to create distraction from the educational process during school activities. Therefore in consideration of these facts, the following policy is adopted.

Cell phones, iPods, digital cameras or other wireless communication devices may not be used during class hours (7:50 am - 2:45 pm). Students may bring them to school and store them in their locker in the off mode. Further the devices are not to be used during after-school activities or field trips without the express consent of the supervising faculty or staff.

Cell phones and other devices found on students must be in the off mode, or they will be confiscated by school officials and returned per procedures established below. Devices not picked up within 30 days of confiscation will be donated to local government or charity. Prior to the donation, written notification will be made with a 10 day waiting period for owner action. Such donations will be documented by the principal's office.

The RCSSD or its authorized representatives shall not assume responsibility for these items if they are damaged, lost or stolen at any time.

Cell phones and other devices found on students in the on mode, are to be confiscated by school officials and returned as follows:

Cell Phone Offense/Consequence
OffenseStudentCell Phone
1st Parent/Student Conference Parent given cell phone (after 1 day) if taken up on Friday may be picked up on Monday
2nd Saturday School Phone will remain in the office for 5 school days.
Parent must pick up phone.
3rd Student receives five days OSS Phone will remain in the office for 10 school days.
Parent must pick up phone.

Confiscation of the devices covered in these procedures will be tagged with the following information and given to the school principal.

  1. Name of Student with phone
  2. Name of owner if different from user.
  3. Description of device including serial number
  4. Date and time of confiscation
  5. Location of confiscation
  6. Name of person confiscating the device

Major Offenses Procedure:

Cell phones and other electronic devices used during school hours for the purpose of texting/emailing/viewing: obscenity, cyber bullying, elicit pictures, threatening to harm school property or students/faculty/staff are considered Major Offenses. The administration/school discipline committee will view the infraction and present punishment as deemed fit for the incident.



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HOMEWORK POLICY. The faculty of RHMS recognizes that student's lives after school are a made up of important activities such as quality family time, recreation, rest and relaxation, and extra-curricular activities both associated with school and not so associated. The purpose of this policy is to provide some measurable guidelines on how RHMS will support the above recognition.

Grading Scale
A 93 - 100
B 85 - 92
C 75 - 84
D 70 - 74
F 69 & Below

PURPOSES OF HOMEWORK. The faculty recognizes that homework is beneficial when it:

  • Reinforces previously learned materials and processes,
  • Prepares students for the next days activities (e.g. reading a chapter from book in preparation for discussion the next day),
  • Is necessary for the memorization of certain basic concepts (e.g., vocabulary, math facts, etc.),
  • Prepares student to organize and complete complex, long-term assignments (e.g., history, research papers, complex art creations, science fair projects, etc.),
  • Develops independent study skills and thus prepares students for higher education as well life and/or,
  • Gives parents the opportunity to understand the level at which a student is working.

INAPPROPRIATE USE OF HOMEWORK. The faculty believes that homework is not appropriate method to:

  • Introduce new concepts
  • Punish with busy work
  • Assign long-term projects without properly instructing in both the process and content of said assignment.

PLANNING TIMES FOR HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS. The faculty recognizes that students work at different rates and directs that teachers aim their homework assignments to require no more than the below stated times on an average basis.

If homework is assigned, the planning times by grade are as follows:

Grades Planning Times
GradeStudy Time
K-1 20 Minutes/night
2-3 30 Minutes/night
4-6 50 Minutes/night
*7-8 90 Minutes/night
*9-12 120 Minutes/night

* Cluster leaders are responsible for the coordination of homework given among their group of teachers. For example, if the English teacher gives an unusually long homework reading assignment, the other teachers in the group must be notified so as to be able to adjust their assignments.


  • For the elementary school (K-6), if homework is given, it is not be assigned on holidays or breaks, nor on weekends unless it is makeup work or supplemental work (work assigned at the parent's request).
  • For the middle school/high school (7-12), if homework is given, it is not to be assigned on holidays, breaks or weekends except for long-term assignments and then only if the students are given an alternative time to do it on regular homework nights and/or choose to do a long- term assignment themselves during the holidays, breaks or weekends.
  • Projects (those taking longer than two weeks to complete) are not to be assigned at a rate of no more than one per quarter. For students having multiple teachers (cluster groups), cluster leaders need to organize a scheduling meeting to ensure no overlap. These instructions do not, of course, cover voluntary projects or activities (e.g., Clover Bowl) taken on by a student.
  • Projects that might require significant parent contribution in terms of time, money or other resources are to be agreed upon with the parents. For example, if a student decides to attempt an elaborate science fair project costing, in the teachers estimate, hundreds of dollars, the teacher needs to get parent approval for the student to attempt that project. Projects should be age appropriate and tied to the Tennessee State Curriculum Standards. Teachers may offer more challenging projects for advanced students but only with the consent of the parents.
  • Any student who completes homework will receive a grade or credit for the homework completed on a pro rata basis. For example, if a student completes 95% of the work on a project correctly, then only 5% should be deducted from the grade. No student should receive a "zero" because 5% of the work was not completed.
  • No student is ever to be addressed in public if a parent sends a note explaining why work has not been completed. That should always be taken up in private. Our goal must always be to encourage student respect for the position of parent and for the team of parent and teacher.
  • Supplemental Homework. Supplemental homework is defined as additional homework given that is optional. This homework will receive credit just as regular homework. For example, if the regular assignment for a certain math class is to do 20 problems (odd-numbered problems on page 381) for homework, the teacher may also suggest a supplementary assignment of another 20 problems (even-numbered problems on page 381). If the parent elects for the child to do the additional work, the teacher will give credit for the extra problems completed. The purpose of this is to provide the parent an opportunity to give their child extra practice when the parent recognizes the need.

For help on homework, try this link.

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The faculty and staff of Richard Hardy Memorial School believe that field trips are an essential part of the learning experience. Students can learn so much by visiting off campus sites such as museums, businesses, historical sites, etc. We like to offer these educational trips to enhance what we are teaching in the classrooms. We want to thank you ahead of time for assisting us in these exciting and educational trips.

We have developed the following guidelines that apply to all field trips at RHMS:

  • All drivers are to have valid driver’s licenses and liability insurance on their car when traveling on the field trip.
  • Student safety is very important to us. All drivers should obey the posted speed limits, and should be buckled into a seat at all times.
  • Please respect the health of the children and do not smoke around them, especially in the car.
  • Children who are not students in the class or students at RHMS may not be brought on the trip as they create both educational and safety distractions to the chaperons.
  • Please plan to feed your child and yourself before you get to school to leave on a field trip. It may hurt other children’s feelings if you bring “breakfast” for one child and not for the whole group.
  • Do not make any side trip on the way to or from the field trip.
  • Please, know that if you sign up to drive on a field trip, we are counting on you. If you cancel at the last minute, we may not have enough drivers and will have to cancel the trip completely. If something comes up, please contact the teacher as soon as you possibly can, so that we can make other arrangements.
  • Please arrive at the school at least 15 minutes before time to leave on the trip. This will give you time to go over travel routes, student assignments and other little details.
  • There will be no refunds for children/adults who do not show up for, or who decide not to go on a field trip. We have to turn in the money and the number of students attending well in advance of the date of the trip. Once the money is sent to the destination site, we cannot get money back from them.


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TCAP LAW State mandates that all 3rd grade students must be proficient (TCAP) in reading before being promoted to 4th grade.

Dropping or adding courses. If the need to drop or add a course arises, the student, parent, principal and counselor will meet to discuss the reason. The final decision will be made by the principal.

Honors: Each year a student will be awarded academic certificates of achievement for high levels of academic performance. Students must have taken at least four core subjects in high school for the entire school year.

  • Principal’s List 93 or above in all subjects/classes
  • A Honor Roll 93 or above as an average of all subjects/classes with no C’s or below
  • A-B Honor Roll 87-92 or above as an average of all subjects/classes with no C’s or below.

State Mandated Testing (Gateway and End-of-Course (EOC)). The State of Tennessee has mandated that two types of tests be given after the completion of certain high school courses.

  • Gateway Tests. The student is required to score “Proficient” on each test if they are to graduate from high school. The tests include the subjects of English 2, Algebra 1 and Biology 1. These are required subjects and the tests are taken at the end of each course. The score made on the test is worth 20% of the final grade in that course for the year. Students may retake the test a semester later if they score below proficient.
  • End-of-Course Tests. These tests are required to be taken by a student at the end of the year in which the course is taken. For instance, in the year a student takes US History, he/she is required to take the US History end of course test. The score made on the test is worth 20% of the final grade in that course for the year. Currently the courses requiring these tests are US History and English 1. The class of 2013 and thereafter will be required to take 10 EOC that will count as 25 % of the final grade and they will not take any Gateways.

Retention of Students: Students can be retained for excessive absences, tardies, or for failing grades. While we do not want to retain students, it is sometimes necessary to keep a student back a grade to insure that they will be successful later. Students in K-5 will be retained based on attendance, grades and on teacher or parent’s recommendation. Students in grades 6-8 may be retained if they fail 2 or more of their academic subjects.

  • To pass from 9th to 10th ---------5 credits total
  • To pass from 10th to 11th -------11 credits total
  • To pass from 11th to 12th--------16 credits total

***Please note that TSSAA has grade standards that are required for students to participate in high school sports. These standards differ from the RHMS promotion to the next grade standards. TSSAA requires that students earn the five (5) credits the previous year in order to qualify for playing sports.


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To meet the requirements for graduation, a student shall have attained an approved attendance and conduct record, and a subject matter which covers a planned program of education. More specifically to receive a regular diploma:

The courses required for graduation are:
22 Total Credits Needed for Graduation
Subject MatterCreditsRequirements
English 4  
Mathematics 4 Alg. 1, Geometry, Alg. 2, other math
Science 3 Biology, Chemistry, 1 other science lab
PE/Wellness 1.5  
Foreign Language 2 2 years of the same language
Social Studies 3 U.S. History and Geography, World History and Geography, U.S. Government and Civics, and Economics
Fine Arts 1 Theater/Music/Art
Personal Finance 1 .5 credit
Electives 3  
  • Each student must serve 100 hours of community service for the school. These hours may not be earned by serving immediate family (e.g., cutting the grass in your own yard, babysitting, etc.). Written verification from organization, etc., is required to be in the hands of the guidance counselor two weeks prior to graduation. It is recommended that each student attempt to put in 25 hours per year. Volunteer hours earned during the school day at school are given only 1/3 of an hour credit. For example, a student who is a teacher assistant during school for 180 days will receive 60 hours of community service.
  • Each student should work with the school guidance counselor to identify colleges they may wish to attend. Some colleges have special requirements for their enrolling freshmen or for certain majors. All students will meet with the guidance counselor once a year to make sure they are getting the credits they need to enter the college of their choice. This is of particular importance at the beginning of one’s junior year.

Requirements for Valedictorian/Salutatorian/Top Ten

    • Currently, many scholarships and the amount of money for those scholarships (including Hope Scholarships) are awarded based on a student’s rank among their peers in their senior year. A class ranking as Valedictorian (highest grades in the senior class) are usually given the highest amounts for scholarships. A class ranking of Salutatorian (second highest grades in the class) usually receives less than a Valedictorian, but more than the rest of the Top Ten scholars. Top Ten scholars (rankings in class third to tenth) usually receive higher awards than those with a ranking below tenth place. Thus, one can see that class ranking is important to your financial future when headed for college or higher levels of training.
    • Therefore, the following policy is followed to provide equity regarding the rankings of the graduates from RHMS:
      • Students passing dual enrollment courses will receive an automatic three (3) points to their final average.
    • Students must be enrolled full-time in RHMS for their Junior and Senior years in order to be eligible for the title of Valedictorian or Salutatorian, even if they have the highest or second highest grades in the class.
    • The official recognition for rank in class will be declared after the completion of the first semester during the senior year. All calculations regarding the standings are to be computer generated by the SSMS system, so as to minimize error. The calculations are to be performed by the School Counselor and reviewed by the Principal. Announcements of class rankings will be made by the Principal or the Class Sponsor at the first Senior Class meeting of the second semester. Top ten will be ranked on 100 point scale not quality point.


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Extra-curricular activities and organizations are permitted at RHMS for the express purpose of enhancing the core curriculum in the areas of athletics, special interests, service and leadership. In order to participate in these activities and organizations, students must maintain a “C” average or better and not be on suspension for behavior problems.

Club Meeting Times. Clubs and other activities besides sports will meet during the Activity Period at least once each month of school. Organizations are expected to take on worthwhile projects and represent the school in an outstanding manner to the community. Clubs and activities may be added to the school sponsored list by making application to the office, ensuring that the organization has one faculty sponsor.

Minimum Requirements to Participate in TSSAA Sanctioned Interscholastic Sports Athletics and Cheer-leading during any school year are:

  • The student must earn five credits the preceding school year if less than 24 credits are required for graduation or six credits the preceding school year if 24 or more credits are required for graduation. All credits must be earned by the first day of the beginning of the school year. Academic eligibility for a student is based on the requirements of the school the student was attending at the conclusion of the previous school year. Students who are ineligible the first semester may gain eligibility the second semester by passing five subjects (1/2 credit) or three blocks (one credit per block) or the equivalent. (TSSAA Handbook).
  • Students must be passing all subjects with a 70 or above at the beginning of the season and must maintain those grades throughout the season in accordance with TSSAA standards.
  • Students must not be on suspension (in-school or out-of-school) to be eligible to play or practice.
  • Students must be in the school four hours on the day of the game or the practice unless there are circumstances beyond a student’s control (e.g., doctor’s appointment). The AD is responsible to review these situations case by case.

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  • Arrive no later than 8:00 A.M. in the library.
  • Doors will open at 8:00 A.M.



  • Dismissal time is 12:00 Noon.
  • Prearrange your ride.
  • Supervision ends at 12:00 noon.
  • Students are expected to stay the entire time unless the assigning teacher has made a prior arrangement


Student Rules:

  • All school rules apply - no cell phones, iPods, or other electronic devices.

Student Materials:

  • Students need to bring all supplies- pens, pencils, colored pencils/pens, paper, assignments, textbooks, etc.
  • Bring snack if desired.
  • Students will not be allowed to go to their locker at any time during Saturday School.
  • Computers are not available for use.

Student Responsibilities:

  • Return completed work to the assigning teacher on the first day of the week following Saturday School. Your Saturday School teacher will not be turning your work in or collecting it.

Demonstrate good behavior during Saturday School including:

  • No talking out or other disruptions.
  • Bring enough work to keep you busy for four hours.
  • Follow all Saturday School guidelines above.
  • No one is allowed to stay with the student.


  • Students who choose not to follow the Saturday School rules will be dismissed from Saturday School.
  • A referral will follow to the principal



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Parent-Teacher Conferences. At anytime you have a concern regarding your child, it is our desire that you set up a parent-teacher conference. You may ask that an administrator be present also. If you wish to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher or an administrator, please contact the teacher or call the office (837-7282) to make an appointment so that the teacher or administrator can arrange a time to meet with you. Unless you have a pre-arranged appointment, please do not drop in for a conference.

To insure the safety and security of the students and a smoothly run school, we must insist that our teachers and administrators be seen by appointment only. School-wide Parent/Teacher conferences for all students will be set at the end of the semester in January to discuss student progress.

Complaint resolution. Should a time arise when there is a disagreement between parents and a teacher, first make every attempt to resolve the issue with the teacher. If this is unsuccessful, arrange a principal, teacher and parent meeting. If this meeting does not resolve the issue, parents have the right to request to be on the board agenda.

Adult Behavior at Sporting Events. Your help is needed at sporting events. While we understand that it is always exciting to watch the Hawks play, we also know it can be very frustrating. Your attitude affects the way we play as a team, the way the referees call our games and the way the community respects us. If we have differences of opinion, let’s take care of them the next day by seeing the Athletic Director or the Principal. Nobody wins on the court when we don’t show good sportsmanship.

Divorce, Custody and Visitation Problems. It is our personal and professional belief that school needs to be a safe, non-threatening place where students learn skills they will need throughout life. We ask families to please keep our environment as stress free as possible by not involving the school in any custody or divorce matters. The ability to learn can be drastically affected when children are under stress and conflicts, which revolve around family problems being brought to school. We will do all we can to create an atmosphere where children feel safe, loved and relaxed. Help us help our children by keeping our school a place of peace, cooperation and understanding where family issues are involved. We all want what is best for the child. In cases of divorce, custodial issues, visitation rights and other parental issues, all court instructions need to be spelled out specifically in a court document, written with the knowledge of both parents. All court orders must be on file in the school office before they are enforceable by the school.

Messages. Please make your child aware of plans for the day. Emergencies do not include forgetting homework, materials, or lunch money. If your child forgets his/her lunch money, lunch will be charged until the following day. Social arrangements and rides to and from school should be settled before the students arrive at school.

The office personnel at RHMS are extremely busy; however, emergency messages will be delivered if at all possible. After 1:00 PM many students are in special classes, on the playground, or otherwise out-of-pocket. Please make sure your child knows how he/she is getting home, etc., before they leave home.

Internet Usage. You may restrict your student’s opportunity to use the internet by informing the school office in writing.

Notification of Rights under FERPA for Elementary and Secondary Schools

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords parents and students over 18 years of age ("eligible students") certain rights with respect to the student's education records. These rights are:

  • The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the School receives a request for access.
    • Parents or eligible students should submit to the School principal [or appropriate school official] a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The School official will make arrangements for access and notify the parent or eligible student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the parent or eligible student believes are inaccurate.
    • Parents or eligible students may ask the School to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the School principal [or appropriate school official], clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the School decides not to amend the record as requested by the parent or eligible student, the School will notify the parent or eligible student of the decision and advise them of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the parent or eligible student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
    • One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the School as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a person serving on the School Board; a person or company with whom the School has contracted to perform a special task (such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
    • A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
    • [Optional] Upon request, the School discloses education records without consent to officials of another school district in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. [NOTE: FERPA requires a school district to make a reasonable attempt to notify the parent or student of the records request unless it states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request.]
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the School District to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202

[NOTE: In addition, a school may want to include its directory information public notice, as required by § 99.37 of the regulations, with its annual notification of rights under FERPA.]


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2016-2017 School Suppliesschool supplies350

Ensure your child has the supplies for a joyous learning experience!

All students who plan to use headphones in the computer lab must purchase their own headphones or earbuds for sanitary reasons.

The lists below are subject to change. Lists will be available at the Kimball Walmart soon.

K | 1st | 2nd | 3rd | 4th | 5-6th Language Arts | 5-6th Math | 7th | 8th | HS Language Arts | HS Math | HS Science | Spanish




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  • Tutor individual students
  • Assist in the classroom
  • Library (check out, mend & shelve books)
  • Interpret
  • Storytelling
  • Call families about upcoming events
  • Host a field trip to your business
  • Sharing hobbies, interests, special skills
  • Monitor small groups
  • Advisory committees
  • Prepare instructional materials
  • Repair
  • Read to children and listen to children read
  • Share travel experiences
  • Attend board meetings
  • Encourage other parents
  • Collect supplies, books, materials
  • Clerical chores (filing, typing, data entry)
  • Cooking
  • Carpentry
  • Assist with school newsletter
  • Provide resources
  • Beautify the physical facility (cleaning, landscaping, etc)
  • Attend PTA meetings
  • Safety patrol supervision
  • Be a class speaker
  • Sewing - Costumes
  • Chaperone and/or drive for school events & trips
  • Assist in the cafeteria
  • Make Suggestions


    Goal Statement: To encourage and maintain effective relationships between school, parents/guardians and community.

    Objective 1: Provide timely communications concrning school curriculum, assessments, and events.

    Action Plan:

    • A system-wide calendar is distributed at the beginning of each school year within the parent handbook.
    • A website for the school system is regularly maintained with postings of the school calendar and links to the school website.
    • A school-wide monthly newspaper is sent home to all parents to provide information about upcoming events and an overview of school activities.
    • A student/parent handbook is provided to outline school procedures, discipline policies, dress code, and other pertinent information.
    • Parent/teacher conferences convene to inform and present parents an opportunity to have input in academic progress.
    • The school sign outside will provide announcements of events.
    • Notes will be sent home, or phone calls made to address specific student's needs or school actvities.
    • Teachers will initiate ongoing communications with parents.

    Objective 2: Promote family and community participation in school activities.

    Action Plan:

    • Volunteers will be solicited for school needs.
    • An orientation will be held to educate volunteers about policies and procedures of the school.
    • Notes and phone calls to solicit help will be made.
    • Volunteers are given an application to fill out and guidelines to follow.
    • Volunteers sign-in upon arriveal to the school so their participation can be monitored.
    • Parents/Guardians are invited to assist in school activities such as field trips, in-class projects, at-home projects, etc.

    Objective 3: Provide curriculum-based activities to be utilized at home to enable and encourage parents to participate in their child’s education.

    Action Plan:

    • Distribute information that provides parents advice on educating children.
    • Encourage home reading by sending books for parents and students to read together.
    • Family Reading Nights will be held twice a year.
    • Teachers may provide projects and activities to be shared and/or instructed at home.
    • Parent workshops are offered to give parents tools for helping the child.

    Objective 4: Provide parents opportunities to give input concerning school needs and goals.

    Action Plan:

    • A committee of faculty, parents, and students will be appointed to review the school compact.
    • The compact will serve as an agreement between school, parents, and students to take certain responsiblities.
    • Yearly surveys will be completed by parents.
    • Parents are encouraged to contact the school at any time to schedule a conference with a staff member.
    • Encourage parents to observe in their child’s classroom.

    Objective 5: Coordinate community services with student needs.

    Action Plan:

    • The school counselor will work with students according to their needs.
    • The Lion’s Club will perform a vision screening each year.
    • The Lion’s Club will coordinate with the school on a community food drive.

    Evaluation: Evaluation will be based on completion of activities listed in the Action Plan. Parent surveys will be used to determine the effectiveness of the Parent Involvement Plan.


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    Parents, Did You Know...

    • Richard Hardy Memorial School is “asbestos free”.
      • Contact Information:
      • David Hill, School Asbestos Coordinator
        p. 423-837-7282
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      • Location of School Management Plan:
      • Richard Hardy Memorial School
        Asbestos Coordinator and Management Plan
        Superintendent’s Office
        1620 Hamilton Avenue
        South Pittsburg, TN 37380
      • The Management Plan is available for review during normal school hours. Cost for a Copy of the Management Plan: 25¢ per copy
    • Parents are to be informed of their child’s eligibility for service in specific programs including: Title I-A, Migrant, Title I-C, Title I-D, and Title-III.
    • Parents may request information about the qualification of teachers and paraprofessionals who instruct their child.
    • Parents are to receive notification if a district employs a teacher for four or more consecutive weeks who does not meet the highly qualified requirement.
    • Parents have the right to request that their child’s name, address, and telephone number not be released to a military recruiter without prior written consent.
    • Parents of students in schools identified as unsafe are to be notified in writing of their rights.
      • Under the Tennessee State Board of Education’s Unsafe School Choice Policy, any public school student who is the victim of a violent crime as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 40-38-111(g), or the attempt to commit one of these offenses as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 39-12-101, shall be provided an opportunity to transfer to another grade-level appropriate school within the district. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Mrs. Tami Brook at 423-837-7282 ext. 114.
    • All students and parents have received a copy of the code of conduct and disciplinary policies designed to create and maintain safe, disciplined, and drug-free environments.
    • Low Cost Legal Assistance to Parents:
      • Tennessee Protection and Advocacy Agency 800-821-4575
      • Southeast Tennessee Legal Services
        • 737 Market Street
        • Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402
        • 423-756-4013
    Statement of Non-Discrimination

    This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly. In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call 202-720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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    Ways to keep your child in school.

    A child does not decide to drop out of school overnight. Usually, it’s something he or she has been thinking about for years. As a parent, you can take steps to prevent your child from dropping out, but it’s important to start early. Your child is never too young to be encouraged, listened to, and, of course, loved.

    Infants and Toddlers

    • Be a good role model. Your child learns by watching you.
    • Hold and hug your children often – it’s good for both of you.
    • A healthy baby has a head start on learning. Eat well, make sure your child visits the doctor regularly, and that they have all the right shots and vaccinations.


    • Teach your child about the world around you – go to the grocery store, park and library together.
    • Don’t be in a hurry – give your child time to learn and grow.
    • Turn off the TV, or give your child a picture book, or try coloring and drawing.
    • Let your child help with simple tasks like putting up toys and clothes.

    Grades K-3

    • Be active in your child’s school. Make sure your child goes every day. Get to know the teachers and talk to them about your child regularly.
    • Read to your child and ask him or her to read to you.
    • Make sure your child has plenty of playtime with other children and learns to share.
    • Always make time to listen; it’s one of the most important things you can do.

    Grades 4-8

    • Ask about your child’s day at school and homework. Be ready with praise for a job well done.
    • Make sure that homework gets done.
    • Meet your child’s friends and watch them as carefully as you do your own children.
    • Visit the school often, and if you think there’s a problem at school, talk to the teachers and principal immediately.

    Grades 9-12

    • Make sure that school comes first with your child.
    • Listen when your child talks about the school day.
    • Help your teenager balance school and social life.
    • Ask about dreams and goals. Show the connection between school and reaching those goals.
    • Teenagers need space, but make sure they know that you’re always there for them.


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