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Our mission 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 for others, and a sense of civic responsibility and self-discipline.



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.

The Richard City Special School District and Richard Hardy Memorial School does 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.


In the early 1920's Mr. Richard Hardy founded the Richard City and 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 forth 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.


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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 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.”


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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Passes -There is now a school pass that has such information as your name, the location you are going to and the time you are to return. 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 1:00-3:00 P.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, cheerleading, 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. Please watch your local TV channels, our Facebook page and text messaging system (Class Messenger) for school closings….

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.

  1. Do not mark in a textbook unless instructed to do so by a teacher. Theconditionofeachtextbookwillbeassessedeachsemester.Wetrytouseour textbooksforatleastfiveyearsifnotmore.Ifatextbookwasissuedinserviceable conditionbutislost,destroyedorrenderedunserviceablethroughdamage,thecostof thetextbookwillbechargedtothestudentonaproratabasisofthesemesterofissue. Forexample,ifatextbookisrenderedunserviceable,thecostofreplacementwillbeat thediscretionofthelibrarian.

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. The custodial parent/legal guardian/individual with power of attorney must reside within Richard City SSD in order to qualify as a student within district.

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. Tuder's must be informed immediately. The custodial parent/legal guardian/individual with power of attorney must reside in the State of Tennessee in order to qualify as a student within state line.

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 custodial parents'/legal guardian's/power of attorney of the individual that resides within Richard City SSD.

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 $10.00 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- Mrs. Olton) to clear the debt: diploma, final report cards and/or transcripts. This includes lunch charges.

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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 PLEASE make checks payable to--- RHMS

Cafeteria Prices:

Breakfast & Lunch

Student Breakfast Free
Student Lunch Free
Extra Milk $0.50
Extra Food Varies
Adult Lunch $3.50
Extra Lunch $3.00


Breakfast will be served from 7:00 to 7:40 in the mornings.

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 8:10 AM. Please call Ms. Layne 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.

(Exception: Seniors may be given permission to leave as a group occasionally by the Principal)

Free Lunch & Breakfast - although breakfast and lunch are free, a form must be filled out and returned to the school. All 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. Time for heating food is limited.

Dessert/Snack Money Students have accounts that snack/ice cream & extra food money can be deposited into. If you have more than one child the check can be split up into their accounts. PLEASE make checks payable to-- RHMS

Ordering Lunch Since our lunch is catered, our lunch count must be called into our caterer by 8:10 AM. If your child is coming in after 8:10 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 extra food purchases - No items that are purchased extra can be charged to the students account.

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.

Community Eligibility Provision

Please complete the survey on page two below, and return it to the school. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Layne or Teresa Lakey @ 423-837-7282

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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.

423-837-7282 ext 301

(Information from Gifted Child Find Brochure by TN Department of Education)

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.

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. RHMS school, student, parent compact in our registration packet.


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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.

  1. 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.
  1. 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 other 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”) are directly related to educational achievement.

  1. Student toSelf 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 you 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 upperclassmen whoaresettinghighlevelexamples foryou.
  • 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 backgroundandgiveyouapassforbadbehavior.We willnotlookathowmuchmoney 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. Beproactive.
  • 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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Student Code of Conduct

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  ISS (In School Suspension)

  1. Refusingtodoassignedwork
    1. Tardiness (class or school)
  2. Refusing to participate in required school activities (wellness activities,reading, instruction,etc.)
  3. Minor violations of school or classroom rules
    1. Conduct which disrupts the peace or good order of the school or the learning environment (impudence,disorderly conduct, and no regard for authority, etc.)
  4. Inappropriate dress or appearance considered disruptive to the school.
  5. Unauthorized use of copying machine,computer,phones,or printers or school/teacher personal property.
  6. Loitering (no student should remain at school beyond 3:15).
  7. Inappropriate public display of affection
    1. Nofood,drinkinschooland"NOCHEWINGGUM"!!


Offenses that may result in suspension or referral outside the school ***If any student is placed in ISS, 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 day's suspension (ISS)

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)

  1. Useoffoulorabusivelanguage
    1. Disrespect  toteacher/staff member
    2. Harassment(verbalorphysical)-includingusingelectronicdevices(ex,I- pads/phones/computers etc.)
  2. Assault(verbalorphysical)
  3. Useorpossessionoftobaccoinanyform
  4. Useorpossessionofanyincendiarydevice(i.e.lighter,matches)
  5. Insubordination(notfollowingadirectivefromateacher,administratororotherschool systememployee)
  6. Repeated refusal to do assigned work
  7. Chronic disruption

11.      Failure to provide correct identity/address

12        Dishonesty (copying, cheating, forging signatures, etc.)

13.       Misuse/destruction of school property

14.       Extortion

15.       Sexual misconduct

16.       Participation in school disruption

17.       Receipt, sale, possession or distribution of stolen property (reported to legal authorities)

18.       Trespassing on school property

19.       Prescription drug policy violation

20.       Unauthorized possession or use of school keys

21.       Gambling (i.e. pitching pennies, dice or other activity)

22.       Computer hacking or tampering

23.       Stealing (may be reported to the police)

24.       Bullying, threatening, hazing or intimidating behavior(including cyber bullying)

25        Defiance

26.       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-including cyber
  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


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. Pullingafirealarmorotherwisecausingonetosoundwhennofireorsmokeisvisible
  2. Possessionordetonationofanincendiaryorexplosivematerial(firecrackerorgreateras wellasstink/smokebombs,poppers,etc.
  3. Destructionofschoolproperty
    1. Sexual  harassment-including cyber
  4. Incitingdisruptionofschoolactivities(i.e.stoppingnormalproceedingsinschool)
  5. Repeatedviolationofschoolrules.
    1. Verbalorphysicalassaultofastudent/employee


There shall be ZERO TOLLERANCE 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.

  1. Possession/useofalcoholand/orotherdrugs(shallbereportedtolaw
  2. Possession/sale/distributionofdrugparaphernalia(includingrollingpapers)


  2. Bomb  threat/explosives  (STATEMANDATED)
  3. Possession/sale/useordistributionofalcohol,illegaldrugsorcontrolledsubstances
  4. Possessionand/oruseofweaponsoranyinstrumentusedasaweapontoinjuresomeone intentionally or any instrument or toy intended to be a weapon. This includes handguns,  rifle/shotgun  (STATEMANDATED)
  5. Aggravated Assault to a 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.

  • Anythingwithoffensive,INSULTINGoroff-coloredlanguageorpictures.
  • 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 arebanned.
    • Tobacco, drugs and alcohol cannot be advertised by students on clothing or accessories.
  • Sleeveless shirts (t-shirts must have a seam to indicate shoulder of shirt and materialmustcomedownthearmfromaseambeneaththearm.
    • Tanktopandmuscleshirtsarenotacceptable.
  • Low cut shirts that expose or show cleavage, either standing or bending, or shirts that show stomach when arms are raised.
  • Shirtsthatrevealundergarmentsorclothingmadeofsee-thrumaterial including meshorextremelythincloth.
    • Jeans,pantsorshirtswithholesarenotallowed.
  • Shorts/skirts/skorts that are not well below the fingertips including the slits in shorts/skirts/skortsalso.
    • Itemsmadeofspandex,including pants, shirtsandshorts. (Including leggings)
      • Pantsorshortswithwritingacrossthestudent'sbottom.
  • 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 hairandexcessiveeyeliner)
    • Bondagestrapsonpantsorshorts
  • Un-naturalhaircolors(blue,green,pink,etc.)
  • Piercingsotherthanintheear.
  • Sweatshirtswithhoodsonhead.
  • Sunglasses,headrags,hatsandbandanasinthebuilding.
    • Heavychains,studdedbracelets,oranyjewelrywhichcanbeusedasaweapon.
  • NoHeelys(shoeswithwheelsinthem)
    • Blanketsarenotarticlesofclothingandshouldnotbebroughttoschool.
  • Pajamas andhouse shoes.
    • Hairmustbeclean,neat,andcannotobstructvision.
      • Heavycoatsinobviouslyhotweather.
  • Shirtsandpantswornbackwards.
    • AllstudentsmustbringtennisshoesonPEdays

Dress Code Violation Procedures

  1. 1st First offense: Call home for change of clothes. If clothes cannot be provided student will spend the day inISS.
  2. 2nd Second offense: Call home for change of clothes. Student will receive Saturday School.
  3. 3rd Thirdoffense:Out-of-SchoolSuspensionwith parentconference.


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State Requirement:

Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, chronic absenteeism will be a part of district and school accountability.

The measure will be called the Chronically Out-of-School Indicator. This indicator will be based on what research calls chronic absenteeism, which is defined as a student missing 10% ( percent) or more of the days the student is enrolled-for any reason, including excused absences and out-of-school suspensions (Enrolled 180 days = 18 days absent will be considered Chronically ABSENT). Excessive absences from school represent lost instructional time for a student. The department of education encourages districts and schools to carefully review attendance data throughout the school year to ensure supports are in place to maximize learning time for all students.

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

  1. Medical note (with a handwritten Doctor’s signature) orreligiousreasons
  2. Deathintheimmediatefamily(parent,guardian,step-parent,brother,sister, grandparent, aunt, uncle, or any other family member that resides in the student'shouse.)
  3. Legal(court,attorney,etc.)
  4. Absences will be granted for students whose parent or guardianisleavingforactivemilitarydutyorreturningfromactivemilitaryduty.
    1. School sponsored activities (field trip, club tripsetc.)
  5. HeadLiceisexcusedthedaystudentissenthomebythenurse,ifotherdays aremissedaparentordoctor'snoteisrequired.
  6. Seniorsmayuseupto3daystovisitcollegecampusesorcareerrelatedtrips (military,ChattanoogaState,ACT,etc.) College visits must be scheduled with college advisors.

Absolutely no absences will be excused without a parent or handwritten doctor's signature note.

Notes shall consist of:

  1. Parent notes will include: name of student, the current date, date of student's absence,reasonforabsence,andparent/guardiansignature.Pleaseremember wewillacceptonlyfive(5)parentnotesperyearandthenadoctor's signature noteis required.
  2. Awrittenexcusefromadoctor,dentistorothermedicalprofessionalmusthave 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 traveltime.
  3. Astudenthasamaximumofthree (daystoturninhis/herwrittenexcuse upon returning to school. Excuses turned in after three (3) days are unexcused.
  4. Becausetherearescheduledbreaksthroughouttheyear,i.e.fallbreak,spring break,andChristmasbreak,familyvacationswillnotbeexcused.

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 a tardy to class or school will be required to stay after school for each tardy. (Grades 4-12)        ·

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.

Other Attendance Policies

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

Students with excused absences  After returning to school, a student will have (2) two days for every three (3) 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 (4) four days to make up the work (2) two days for the first three absences and (2) 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 against attendance.

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 the day of or before the event.

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 hand 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. Tuder's in Room 127) 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. Tuder's. Mrs. Tuder’s 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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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 (7:50-2:45). Students may bring them to school and store them in their locker in the off mode or they can be carried 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


Parent/Student Conference

Parent given cell phone (after 1 day) If taken up on Friday may be picked up on Monday



Phone will remain in the office for 5 school days. Parent must pick up phone.


Student five days OSS

Phone will remain in 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. NameofStudentwithphone
  2. Nameofownerifdifferentfromuser.
  3. Description of device including serialnumber
  4. Dateandtimeofconfiscation
  5. Location  ofconfiscation
  6. Nameofpersonconfiscatingthedevice

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.

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



Grade scale:

Letter Grade

Numerical Grade












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.

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

  1. Reinforces previously learned materials and processes,
  2. Preparesstudentsforthenextday'sactivities(e.g.readingachapterfrombookin preparationfordiscussionthenextday),
  3. Isnecessaryforthememorizationofcertainbasicconcepts(e.g.,vocabulary,math facts,etc.),
  4. Preparesstudenttoorganizeandcompletecomplex,long-termassignments(e.g., history,researchpapers,complexartcreations,sciencefairprojects,etc.),
  5. Developsindependentstudyskillsandthuspreparesstudentsforhighereducationas well lifeand/or,
    1. Givesparentstheopportunitytounderstandthelevelatwhichastudentisworking.

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

  1. Introduce  newconcepts
    1. Punishwithbusywork
    2. Assignlong-termprojectswithoutproperlyinstructinginboththeprocessandcontentof said assignment.


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:

Planning Times





20 Minutes/night

1st Grade

20 Minutes/night

2nd Grade

30 Minutes/night

3rd Grade

30 Minutes/night

4th Grade

50 Minutes/night

5th Grade

50 Minutes/night

6th Grade

50 Minutes/night

7th – 8th Grades

90 Minutes/night

9th – 12th Grades

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.·


  1. Fortheelementaryschool(K-6),ifhomeworkisgiven,Itisnotbeassignedon holidaysorbreaks,noronweekendsunlessitismakeupworkorsupplemental work(workassignedattheparent'srequest).
    1. Forthemiddleschool/highschool(7-12),if homeworkisgiven,itisnottobeassigned studentsaregivenanalternativetimetodoitonregularhomework nightsand/or chooseto do along-termassignment themselvesduringtheholidays,breaksor weekends.
  2. Projects(thosetakinglongerthantwoweekstocomplete)arenottobeassignedata rateofnomorethanoneperquarter.Forstudentshavingmultipleteachers(cluster takenonbyastudent.
  3. Projectsthatmightrequiresignificantparentcontributionintermsof time,moneyor    otherresourcesaretobeagreeduponwiththeparents.Forexample,ifastudentdecidestoattemptanelaboratesciencefairprojectcosting,intheteachersestimate, hundredsof dollars,theteacher needstogetparentapprovalforthestudenttoattempt thatproject.ProjectsshouldbeageappropriateandtiedtotheTennessee State CurriculumStandards.Teachersmayoffer morechallengingprojectsforadvanced studentsbutonlywiththeconsentoftheparents.
  4. Anystudent whocompleteshomeworkwillreceiveagradeorcreditfor thehomework completedonaproratabasis.Forexample,ifastudentcompletes95%oftheworkon aprojectcorrectly,thenonly5%shouldbedeductedfromthegrade.Nostudentshould receivea"zero"because5%oftheworkwasnotcompleted.
  5. Nostudentisevertobeaddressedinpublicifaparentsendsanoteexplainingwhy workhasnotbeencompleted.Thatshouldalwaysbetakenupinprivate.Ourgoal mustalwaysbetoencouragestudentrespectforthepositionofparentandforthe teamofparentandteacher.
  6. SupplementalHomework.Supplementalhomeworkisdefinedasadditionalhomework giventhatisoptional.Thishomeworkwillreceivecreditjustasregularhomework.For example,if theregularassignmentforacertainmathclassistodo20problems(odd­ numberedproblemsonpage381)forhomework,theteachermayalsosuggesta supplementaryassignmentofanother20problems(even-numberedproblemsonpage creditfortheextraproblemscompleted.Thepurposeofthisistoprovidetheparentan opportunitytogivetheirchildextrapracticewhentheparentrecognizestheneed.

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 A Honor Roll

A-8 Honor Roll

93  or above in all subjects/classes

93 or above as an average of all subjects/classes with no  C's  or below

87-92 or above as an average of all subjects/classes with no C's or below.

State Mandated Testing (End-of-Course (EOC)).

The State of Tennessee has mandated that one type of test be given after the completion of certain high school courses.

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. Currently the courses requiring these tests are US History, English I, English II, Algebra I, Algebra II, Biology I, and Chemistry. EOC that will count as 15% of the final grade if those scores are returned from the state before final reports cards are printed.

Retention of Students

Students can be retained for excessive absences (18+ days excused or unexcused), 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-12 will be retained based on attendance, grades and on teacher or parent's recommendation.

*Committee (Principal/Teacher/Attendance Supervisor) may retain a student in grades K-12 for attendance if they miss (18+ days excused or unexcused) or if they fail 2 or more of their academic subjects.*

Requirements for grade promotion/placement:

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

A student must have a total of 22 academic credits that are listed on the following page in order to graduate.

***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.                                                                                                   ·

On-Line Classes

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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:

  1. All drivers are to have valid driver's licenses and liability insurance on their car whentravelingonthefieldtrip.
  2. Student safety is very important to us. All drivers should obey the posted speed limits,andshouldbebuckledintoaseatatalltimes.
  3. Please respect the health of the children and do not smoke around them, especially in thecar.
  4. Childrenwhoarenotstudentsin-theclass (siblings)orstudentsatRHMSmaynotbe brought on the trip as they create both educational and safety distractions to thechaperones.
  5. Pleaseplantofeedyourchildandyourselfbefore yougettoschoolto leave ona field trip. It may hurt other children's feelings if you bring "breakfast" for one child andnotforthewholegroup.
  6. Donotmakeany sidetriponthewaytoorfromthefieldtrip.
  7. 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 soonasyoupossiblycan,sothatwecanmakeotherarrangements.
  8. 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 littledetails.
  9. 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 (Business Office),we cannot get money back from them.


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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:

Graduation requirements:

Subject Matter





English I, II, III, IV or SAILS English



Alg. 1, Geometry, Alg. 2, SAILS Math



Biology, Chemistry, 1 other Lab Science




Foreign Language


2 years of the same

Social Studies


US History/.5 Economics/.5 Government

Fine Arts



Personal Finance/PE


.5 PE/.5 Personal Finance



Credits for Graduation




  1. 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). 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 hoursearnedduringtheschooldayatschoolaregivenonly1/3ofanhourcredit. For example, a student who is a teacher assistant during school for 180 days will receive 60 hours ofcommunity service.

  1. Eachstudentshouldworkwiththeschoolguidancecounselortoidentifycolleges 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 counseloronceayeartomakesuretheyaregettingthecreditstheyneedto 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.      ·

  1. Therefore, thefollowingpolicyisfollowedtoprovideequityregardingtherankings of the graduates fromRHMS:
    1. Students passing dual enrollment courses will receive an automatic Three (3) pointstotheirfinalaverage.
  2. 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 highestorsecondhighestgradesintheclass.
  3. 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 qualitypoint.


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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.

Organization or Activity


Leo Club

Ms. Smith

Sr. Beta Club

Ms. Fox/Mrs. Chappelear

Jr. Beta Club

Ms. Fox/Mrs. Chappelear


Mr. Jones


Ms. Stephenson

4-H Club (Middle School)

Mr. Wells

4-H  Club (Senior)

Mr. Blevins

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Mr. Ferrell


Ms. Hall/Ms. Allison

Safety Patrol

Mrs. Chappelear/Mrs. McAfee


Mrs. Shankles/Mrs. Swafford/Mrs. Smith

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 Cheerleading. To be eligible to participate in athletic contests during any school year,

  1. 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 ormorecreditsarerequiredforgraduation.Allcreditsmustbeearnedbythefirst 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).
  2. 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 TSSAAstandards.
  3. Students must not be on suspension (in-school or nut-of-school) to be eligible to play orpractice.
    1. 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).TheADisresponsibletoreviewthesesituationscasebycase.


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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.  Two (2) School-wide Parent/Teacher conferences for all students will be set each year to discuss student progress. (Please check the school calendar)

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 bothparents.
  • Allcourtordersmustbeonfileintheschoolofficebeforethey areenforceableby theschool.


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. Internet usage is a privilege at RHMS and if abused can be terminated at any time.


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2018-2019 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 | 5th | 6th  | MS | HS Language Arts | HS Math HS Science | HS Spanish


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Richard Hardy Memorial School is "asbestos free".

Contact Information : Asbestos Coordinator and Management Plan Name of School Asbestos Coordinator:   David Hill

Telephone Number of Asbestos Coordinator: 1-423-837-7282 Location of School Management Plan:                                                 

Maintenance Office

Richard Hardy Memorial School

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-Ill.

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 consecutiveweekswhodoesnotmeetthehighlyqualifiedrequirement.
  • Parents have the right to request that their child's name, address, and telephone numbernotbereleasedtoamilitaryrecruiterwithoutpriorwrittenconsent.
  • Parents of students in schools identified as unsafe are to be notified in writing of theirrights.
  • 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. Webb at 423-837-7282 ext. 108.
  • All  students   and  parents   have  received   a  copy  of  the   code  of  conductand

Disciplinary policies designed to create and maintain safe, disciplined, and drug-free environments.

  • LowCostLegalAssistancetoParents:

Tennessee Protection and Advocacy Agency                          800-821-4575

Southeast Tennessee Legal Services           423-756-4013

737 Market Street

Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402


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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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