Student Handbook

Information and behavior expectations for Rose Hill Middle School Students.

Academic Information

Students and parents can access classroom information, including grades and assignments using our online systems
accessible through the student and families portal on the school website.

Appropriate Behavior/Affection

Inappropriate displays of affection on campus and at school functions, including dances, will not be tolerated. Parents will be contacted at the discretion of the administrators.


There are basically four types of assemblies: Spirit, entertainment, awards/recognition, and information. Students’ conduct at each of these assemblies is somewhat different, and the key is to fit actions to the type of the assembly that is being presented. Each student is responsible for appropriate behavior to fit the occasion and plays an important role in making our assemblies an enjoyable experience for everyone. Whistling, booing or yelling is not acceptable. Students may be removed if their behavior is inappropriate, and will not be allowed to attend the next assembly.


Absence from school

All absences must be verified by a parent or guardian. Parents should contact the Attendance Secretary or call the Attendance Hotline 425-936-2461 within 24 hours to verify an absence. The student may also bring a note to the Office upon return to school. Notes must include the student's full name, date(s) absent, reason for absence and the signature of a parent or guardian.

Excused Absences

The school will determine whether an absence or tardy is excused. Excused absences (based on Washington State Compulsory School Attendance and Admission Law, RCW 28A.225, also called the "Becca Bill" and LWSD Policy) include the following:

  • Illness
  • medical appointments
  • family emergency
  • religious holiday
  • school-related field trips
  • suspensions
  • pre-arranged absences

If sufficient reason for an absence is not provided, the absence will be considered unexcused.

Unexcused Absences / Becca Bill

Any absence that has not been deemed excused by the school will remain unexcused. Examples would include:

  • oversleeping
  • missed bus
  • traffic
  • homework
  • shopping
  • babysitting
  • planned trips not pre-arranged through the office
  • other absences that could be planned outside the school day

As mandated by the Washington State Law, the "Becca Bill" states that students who accumulate seven absences in 30 days or 10 absences in a school year may be referred to the King County Juvenile Court System. The Court may impose sanctions on the student and/or the parent or guardian.

Excessive Absences or Tardies (includes Excused Absences)

Because regular attendance is both an expectation and a critical component of school success, parents or guardians of students who exceed four (4) absences in a semester will be sent a letter of concern. Parents or guardians of students who exceed (10) absences will be required to meet with the Associate Principal or the Principal, and contact will be made with the LWSD Becca Coordinator for referral. Unexcused tardiness to school will result in the assignment of detention.

Early Dismissal

If you need to leave school early, you must bring a note that includes your full name, the date, time and reason for the early dismissal and the phone number and signature of a parent or guardian. Take this note to the Office before school. Your will be given an early dismissal slip. You must sign out in the Office before leaving the building. If you return to school, check in at the Office. You will be given a pass back to class. Students are not permitted to leave school grounds at any time without permission from the Office.

Late Arrival

If you arrive late to school, check in at the Office for an admit slip. You must bring a note with student's full name, date, reason for lateness, and the signature of a parent/guardian for the tardy to be excused. Reminder that: oversleeping, missing the bus, traffic, parent's fault, etc., are not considered excused.

Make-up Work

After being tardy or absent from a class, YOU must take responsibility to ask your teachers what work has been missed. We strongly encourage you to look for assignments in your classes' PowerSchool pages. If assignments are not available in PowerSchool, and if the student is absent more than three consecutive days, the parent or guardian can call the Office to request assignments and arrange pick-up. 24 hour notice is needed to fill homework requests.

Pre-arranged absences

In the event of a family need or emergency that will require a student to miss 3 days of more of school, you must complete the Extended Absence Form, that is available in the main office. To pre-arrange class work, please notify teachers at least one week in advance. Teachers will do what they can to provide work ahead of time, but please note that you may be required to complete missing work upon your return.


It is important that you are in class, ready to learn when class begins. Students who are late to class will receive a lunch detention. Chronic offenders will be referred to an administrator.

Students are required to remain on campus and attend each class daily unless properly excused. Students must be in attendance at least three periods on the day of a school activity/event, i.e.: athletic game, dance, school play, field trip, music concert, etc. in order to participate in or attend that event.

Behavior Expectations

In our Rose Hill Middle School community, there are about 1000 people who must get along and work together
so that all students are successful. This means that we need some rules and guidelines about behaviors that
are OK and NOT OK. Our rules and guidelines are put in place to align with RHMS CORE VALUES:

  • I HONOR myself, staff, other students and my school through my positive actions.
  • I VALUE LEARNING by being responsible, prepared and actively involved.
  • I FOLLOW DIRECTIONS to create a safe and fun school environment.

Discipline Policy


Bikes, Skateboards, Scooters, etc.

You may ride your bike to and from school. Upon arriving at school, bikes must be parked in the bike rack and locked. The school is not responsible for stolen or damaged bikes. For the safety of yourself and others, do not ride your bike on school grounds.


It is important that you eat breakfast each day. If you are unable to eat breakfast at home, you can purchase breakfast before school. You must eat the breakfast in the cafeteria and be finished by 7:55 am.


Food purchased in the cafeteria must be consumed in the cafeteria. Students are responsible for clearing their garbage after eating/drinking in the cafeteria. Please help us keep the school clean. During lunches, students must remain in the cafeteria, commons area or outside courtyard. Students are not allowed to be in the hallways, behind the school or in any of the restricted areas outlined in this document.

Cell Phones

To ensure privacy and focus on learning in classrooms, cell phone use is not permitted during the school day, including lunch time and passing periods. A phone for student use is located in the Office. Calls from this phone are to be made to parents/guardians for school related issues only. You may use this phone before and after school, during passing
periods and at lunch. Cell phone violations will result in confiscation and for multiple offenses, parent pick up.

Closed Campus

RHMS is a closed campus, which means you cannot leave the school grounds without parent permission once you have arrived at school (even before first period) or before school dismissal. You may not enter campus grounds when absent or suspended from school. Closed campus also means that student guests/visitors from other schools or
communities are not permitted to be on campus during the school day or at extracurricular school events with the exception of athletic events.

Clubs and Activities

The following clubs and activities may be a part of our program: Yearbook staff, Washington Teen Institute (W.T.I.), Science Club, Lego/Robotics Club, National Junior Honor Society, Math Club, Bridge Club, Band, Choir and Student WEB Leaders. Every participant of an activity or club that receives financial support from ASB funds will be required to purchase an ASB card.

Laptop Use/Computer Use

Computer use is permitted within individual classrooms or in the library with teacher supervision. Misuse, illegal use and/or hacking of technology, computer equipment and/or software is prohibited. Parent permission is required for Internet access and access to Lake Washington Online, which provides email for students. If parents do not wish their student to use the Internet at school, they need to sign a letter limiting their student’s access to these resources.


Counselors will help you plan your school program during registration and will help you make wise decisions concerning any personal or social problems which may develop.

Dress Code

In order to facilitate learning for all students, RHMS requires that student dress and appearance follow health and safety standards and not cause disruption to the learning environment. Students who do not follow these guidelines will be asked to change, cover up, or go home, if necessary.

The clothing portions on the figure represent both the front and back areas of the body which must be covered in all positions (sitting, standing, bending, reaching) while attending school.

HEAD: No hoods, sunglasses, sweatbands or bandanas are to be worn on campus.
Upper TORSO: Clothing must cover stomach, back,
shoulders, chest and undergarments.
Lower TORSO: Shorts, skirts and dresses must be longer than mid-thigh. Undergarments must be
covered at all times.
FEET: Footwear must be worn at all times and must be safe for the activity.
Additional Guidelines: Clothing that promotes drugs, alcohol, tobacco, violence, is sexually suggestive, or displays inappropriate pictures, writing or innuendo is
prohibited. Any clothing worn in a manner identified as gang-related is prohibited. Jewelry that may pose a safety hazard is prohibited.

Dress Code Illustration


Fines and Fees

  • ASB Membership - All students participating in athletics, clubs and/or activities (choir, band, etc.) need to purchase an ASB card.
  • Class Fees - Students may be charged a class or materials usage fee for personal projects and class equipment. Fines are given for equipment that is broken or damaged due to negligence.
  • Textbooks and PE Padlocks - All basic texts and padlocks are loaned to you for your use during the school year. Textbooks are to be kept clean and covered at all times. Be sure your name, grade and school are written in
    your books in case they are misplaced. You will be assessed a fine for abused, misused or lost books and padlocks.

Food and Drink

To help keep our school clean, NO GUM is allowed at RHMS! In addition, no food or drink is allowed in classrooms or hallways, with the exception of water.

Health Room

The school provides a health room in the counseling office for emergencies and illness. Students must get permission from their classroom teacher to go to the Health Room. The maximum stay is 15 minutes. If you are too ill to return to class after the 15 minutes, a parent or guardian will be notified to arrange for transportation home. There is no
nurse on duty.

You cannot bring medication to school, unless it is an emergency medication pre-approved by the school nurse. School personnel cannot dispense any medication unless the school has a Medication Authorization form on file. This includes both prescription and over-the-counter medication.


The library is open most days from 7:30 AM to 2:45 PM and during lunches on Monday-Friday, and from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM on Wednesdays to read, use laptops, work on homework or play board games. You may come to the library during class with a pass or at Pride Time to check out books. You will need your student ID card to check out a maximum of 3 books or magazines for 3 weeks at a time. Come see all that we have to offer in your library!


Students scheduled in PE classes will be assigned a locker in the locker room. Do not share your locker combination with anyone. Doing so puts you at risk for having items taken out of your locker and you will be held responsible. If you leave valuables in your locker, you do so at your own risk. Don’t bring them to school unless absolutely necessary. Students are reminded that lockers are school district property and can be searched or individual use terminated at
any time.

Lost and Found

Students are reminded to check the “Lost and Found” when an article is missing. All unclaimed items will be donated to charity at regular intervals throughout the school year.  Rose Hill Middle School is not responsible for the loss of personal items brought to school.

Lunch Program

Lunches may be purchased in the cafeteria. A standard lunch, sandwich bar, and a la carte lunches are available. Students may use cash or funds that have been deposited into student accounts. The bar code on your ID card will be scanned and the correct amount will be deducted from your lunch account. Do NOT share your student ID number with
anyone. Federal free or reduced meals are available for those in need of assistance. Forms are located in the Office.

NSF Check Policy

A reasonable fee of $10.00 shall be charged for all dishonored checks returned to the Lake Washington School District per RWC 62S.3-104


Each teacher will have a pass for students to use when out of class. Keep the pass visible for any staff member to see. You should never be wandering around the building or wasting time getting from one area to another.

Pride Time

Every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, you have the opportunity to get help in core academic areas from a teacher. You must get a pass to attend Pride Time tutoring from your teacher before school starts.

Recycling and Litter Control

The custodians at Rose Hill work hard to keep your school clean. It is important that we all make every effort to dispose of trash or recyclable items in the proper containers around campus.

Redmond After Hours Program

Every Wednesday afternoon, the City of Redmond hosts after school activities both on and off campus from 1:00-3:00 pm.

Restricted Areas

Students must stay in designated areas. The following areas are considered to be out of bounds or restricted from student use: parking lots, except for coming to and leaving from school, all athletic fields, wooded areas on school property, faculty lounges, and all instructional areas without staff supervision. Students found in a restricted area are subject to disciplinary action.

School Hours

The building will be open to students at 7:25 am. Students must leave the building by 2:45 pm (M, T, TH, and F) and 1:15 pm (W). If you wish to meet with a teacher before or after school, please make arrangements to meet them in their classroom. Any student on campus after school hours must be under the direct supervision of a coach, staff member, or activity director. Any student found on campus without supervision after 2:45 pm is subject to disciplinary action.

Seeing or Hearing Something Dangerous

If you see something or someone doing something that is dangerous or illegal, you need to get an adult’s help immediately. If you hear a rumor or gossip about a weapon or anything else dangerous at school or on the bus, you need to report the rumor to an adult right away. Your identity will be kept confidential.

School Sports/Intramurals

There are two types of sports programs offered at RHMS. For information regarding our competitive interscholastic sports and our intramural program, including eligibility requirements, please see our Athletic Director, Mr. O’Brien, or look on our website. All those participating must meet eligibility requirements before the first practice date. All outstanding fines and fees must be paid before a student can participate in sports or intramurals.

Student Government

The Associated Student Body (ASB) is the governing body for Rose Hill Middle School students and activities. Its purpose is to propose, discuss and vote for legislation which is for the good of the student body and the school. In the spring, a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and historian are elected. The Activities Coordinator is the advisor for the ASB.


The staff at Rose Hill Middle School is responsible for the safety and welfare of students when they are at school. This is more easily accomplished when we have control over who is present on campus. Therefore, persons who are not Rose Hill Middle School students or district personnel are not allowed on campus during school hours without permission. Visitors to Rose Hill Middle School are required to report to the Main Office upon arrival. After check-in, visitors are issued a visitors pass. Adult guests are permitted in the building only after checking-in. Student guests/visitors from other schools, organizations or communities are not permitted to attend lunches, classes, dances or other closed school functions.