Department of Defense Education Activity

General Information

For safety reasons, all visitors and volunteers must report to the school’s front office immediately upon entering the school.

Due to COVID-19, schools are currently minimizing volunteers/visitors in the classroom.

A visitor/volunteer is someone who is not a school employee or enrolled student and enters the school during operating hours. The school administration has the final determination on visitors/volunteers authorized to be at the school. When visiting, visitors/volunteers may go only to the approved area indicated as their destination when signing in at the front office. All visitors will receive an appropriate visitor’s badge, which is to be displayed conspicuously at all times while on school grounds. Any change to the designated location must be approved by the school’s front office before the visitor/volunteer can access a different location within the school. Upon finishing their visit, visitors/volunteers must check out at the front office, return the visitor’s badge, and exit the school. Parents are welcome to visit the school and classrooms to observe the school’s programs for brief periods of time that do not interfere with instruction. Approval by school personnel is required for this type of visitation.

Learn more about volunteering at your school's Get Involved page.

DoDEA school administrators, in partnership with sponsors/family members, students, and military leaders, promote communication through the establishment of advisory committees to address issues (school initiatives, procedures and policies) locally. This is a system-wide way for parents to get involved in their child’s local school. Consult your child’s school to learn more about school advisory committees.

Learn more about SAC's at your school's Get Involved page.


Proof of Eligibility: The sponsor does not need to be present at registration, as long as the parent or other adult registering the child has all the necessary paperwork, in accordance with DoDEA Regulation 1342.13, “Eligibility Requirements for Education of Elementary and Secondary School-Age Dependents in Overseas Areas,” September 20, 2006, as amended, and DoD Instruction 1342.26, “Eligibility Requirements for Minor Dependents to Attend Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS),” March 4, 1997. 

The following documents are necessary to complete the registration process:

  1. Proof of age;
  2. Medical records, including information on medical conditions, medications, and all dates and types of immunizations;
  3. Official documents to support eligibility (e.g., letter of employment, contract, permanent change of station [PCS] orders, etc.); and
  4. Proof of on-base residence (applies to students enrolling in DoD domestic schools).

Contact the registrar at your child’s school to update your child’s information or visit your school's registration page for more information on enrollment. 

In accordance with the policy stated in DoDEA Regulation 2095.01, “School Attendance,” August 26, 2011, as amended, school attendance is mandatory. All students are required to attend school to ensure continuity of instruction and that they successfully meet academic standards and demonstrate continuous educational progress. School attendance is a joint responsibility between the parent or sponsor, student, classroom teacher, school personnel, and, in some cases, the Command. Students with excessive school absences (or tardiness) shall be monitored by the Student Support Team to assist in the completion of all required work and successful mastery of course objectives.

Daily student attendance is identified based upon a quarter of the school day formula. Students will be identified as present or absent, based on the following criteria:

  1. Absent up to 25% of the school day = absent one-quarter of the school day
  2. Absent between 26%–50% of the school day = absent one-half of the school day
  3. Absent 51%–75% of the school day = absent three-quarters of the school day
  4. Absent 76%–100% of the school day = full-day absence

DoDEA considers the following conditions to constitute reasonable cause for absence from school for reasons other than school-related activities:

  1. Personal illness;
  2. Medical, dental, or mental health appointment;
  3. Serious illness in the student’s immediate family;
  4. A death in the student’s immediate family or of a relative;
  5. Religious holiday;
  6. Emergency conditions such as fire, flood, or storm;
  7. Unique family circumstances warranting absence and coordinated with school administration;
  8. College visits that cannot be scheduled on non-school days; and
  9. A pandemic event.

Unexcused absences may result in school disciplinary actions. An absence from school or a class without written verification from a parent or sponsor will be unexcused. Student attendance is calculated based upon the date of enrollment in a DoDEA school, which may occur anytime during the school year. Student attendance monitoring is designed to provide a continuum of intervention and services to support families and children in keeping children in school and combating truancy and educational neglect. Parents should notify the school of their child’s absence 30 minutes after the start of the school day.  Too many unexcused absences may trigger the Student Support Team to convene.

More about DoDEA Attendance Policy (

The Principal may authorize an accelerated withdrawal of a student who must withdraw from school 20 or less instructional days prior to the end of a semester, in accordance with Section 3.1.d, of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1367.01, “High School Graduation Requirements and Policy,” [TBD]. Accelerated withdrawal will only be considered if the parent/sponsor presents PCS orders. The parent or sponsor must present verification of the date required for the student to depart from the school (e.g., PCS orders). All of the conditions of an accelerated study program outlined by the student’s teachers must be met prior to withdrawal in order for grades to be assigned and credit to be granted. Students who withdraw prior to the 20-day limitation of the accelerated withdrawal policy will receive “withdrawal” grades rather than final grades. In this case, the sponsor/parent should notify the school two weeks prior to the date of withdrawal.

High School Graduation

DoDEA accepts the official courses, grades and earned credits of middle school (grades 7–8) and high school (grades 9–12) students who transfer to a DoDEA school from other DoDEA schools or who earn course credits in an accredited non-DoD system (public or private), correspondence, online, and/or home-school program. The accreditation for the sending school or school system must be from one of the six U.S. regional accrediting associations, one of the U.S. state education agencies, or by a public- or state-supported system of accreditation for public or private education programs in a foreign nation, in accordance with Section 4.7, of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1367.01. Please contact your child’s school for questions regarding course credit transfer process and approval.

Report Card and Testing Information

At the beginning of each course or grade level, every DoDEA teacher shall make available information regarding grading policy and course requirements to parents and students. This information will be provided to parents and students by the end of the first month of the school year or by the end of the first month of the semester in the case of a semester course.

If any student demonstrates unsatisfactory progress or achievement, teachers must notify parents with enough time to correct the deficiency. Notification must occur as soon as unsatisfactory achievement is evident, and not later than the midpoint of the nine-week grading period.

Timely and accurate reporting of student progress shall be accomplished for students in grades 4–12, using the approved DoDEA Electronic Gradebook (EGB) System. All assignments (e.g., quizzes, tests, examinations, homework, speeches, etc.) that are used to assess and report student progress shall be promptly evaluated and/or graded, posted in the EGB, and returned to the student. The normal period of evaluation and posting should be no longer than ten calendar days from the day the assignment is collected, with reasonable exceptions for large projects. At a minimum, one assignment or grade should be recorded per week in the EGB System. To create an account and access the EGB System, please visit Gradespeed ( for instructions.

A traditional letter grading system will be used for grades 4–12 report marks.

Grade Numerical Range Description


90 – 100

Excellent: Outstanding level of performance


80 – 89

Good: High level of performance


70 – 79

Average: Acceptable level of performance


60 – 69

Poor: Minimal level of performance

F (failing)

0 – 59

Failing (No credit awarded)

For purposes of calculating a student’s high school GPA, the following scales shall be used:

Unweighted Standard Scale Weighted Advanced Placement (with AP exam)











Homework is one means of developing the necessary skills of independent study and learning for present and future use. Homework promotes organizational skills and a sense of responsibility. It is also an opportunity for parents to become actively involved in their child's learning and for each child to reach his/her full potential. Through homework, students are given the opportunity to complete additional practice and application to strengthen skills; to expand and/or enrich regular class work; to complete work started in class; to make up work due to absence.

Teachers may assign homework as determined necessary to enhance student learning that is taking place in the classroom. Each child works at his/her own pace, so the amount of time needed to complete specific assignments may vary. The types of homework may vary to enable the student to have experience/practice in reading, writing, computational skills, and other subject areas during a given week. Frequency and length of assignments will be grade appropriate. At a very minimum, a child should read or be read to 15-20 minutes nightly

Students are responsible for ensuring that they:

  • Understand the homework assignment.
  • Take home all books and materials needed to do the assignment.
  • Complete the homework in the assigned format and turn it in when it is due.
  • Participate actively and cooperatively in the evaluation of their homework when appropriate.

Parents are encouraged to provide an environment which fosters the development of life-long learning skills.

This includes:

  • A quiet place to work.
  • Necessary materials.
  • A regular study time.
  • Review the student planner.
  • Encouragement and praise.

School Health Services

Your Community School Meals Program

The DoDEA School Meals Program is dedicated to building student health and academic achievement in our communities. Daily access to nutritious foods is the foundation for students to reach their full potential.

  • Our program provides parents convenience and reduces stress by providing budget friendly meals that are nutritious, too!
  • School meals served during SY21-22 are free to all students in accordance with USDA guidance.
  • Our program is a participant of the USDA National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program ensuring the high standards of nutrition of served to your student.

Visit your school's School Meals Program page for more information and the latest school menus.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Students are expected to actively participate in the educational process, including school-sponsored activities in and outside of the classroom, as deemed appropriate. Students should bring to the attention of a school employee behavior or activities that may endanger the safety and well-being of themselves or others.

Students shall:

  1. Comply with policies, procedures and standards for student behavior;
  2. Refrain from conduct or behavior that is disruptive;
  3. Respect the rights and human dignity of other students and all school employees;
  4. Attend school and classes regularly, and punctually and make a conscious effort in all classes;
  5. Participate in and take advantage of educational opportunities provided by DoDEA schools;
  6. Assist school employees in operating a safe school by abiding by the laws of the United States, the local military installation, the host nation, and DoDEA policies, regulations, and procedures;
  7. Properly maintain school property and use school property and equipment for educationally authorized purposes;
  8. Promptly bring to the attention of a DoDEA school employee behavior or activities that may endanger the safety and well-being of themselves or others and to cooperate with school threat assessment procedures; and
  9. Promptly report to the DoDEA School Principal, or another DoDEA school employee, incidents or complaints, including, but not limited to, discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual assault, or non-sexual harassment, based on race, sex, color, national origin, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation or status as a sponsor, parent or legal guardian; intimidation, hazing, bullying (including cyberbullying), or retaliation against persons who report or participate in the investigation of such incidents herein.

Students are expected to dress in a manner that complies with the school’s dress code policy as directed in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1353.01, “Students Rights and Responsibilities,” April 6, 2021. Please refer to your school’s Web site or school handbook for specific dress code policy.

Student Conduct and Discipline

Management of student behavior is a responsibility shared by students, sponsors/parents/guardians, teachers, and the military command and school communities in general, in accordance with DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1353.01, “Student Rights and Responsibilities,” April 6, 2021. Student behavioral management consists of teaching and reinforcing positive student attitudes and behaviors. Students shall treat teachers, administrators, and other school staff with courtesy, fairness, and respect; and teachers, administrators, and other school staff shall treat students with courtesy, fairness, and respect. All students will be disciplined in a fair and appropriate manner. School administrators shall operate and maintain a safe school environment that is conducive to learning. School administration will ensure prompt investigation and response to incidents or complaints involving students made by students, parents, teachers, or DoDEA staff members.

In accordance with the policy stated in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1347.01, “Student Disciplinary Rules and Procedures,” April 7, 2021, discipline shall be progressively and fairly administered. Disciplinary actions include, but are not limited to, verbal reprimands, conferences, detention, time-out, alternative in-school placements, school service programs, community service and counseling programs. Other behavior management techniques will be considered prior to resorting to more formal disciplinary actions that remove a student from school for a suspension (short or long term). Long-term suspension or expulsion following a first offense may be considered when a student poses an immediate threat to his or her safety or the safety of others (e.g., offenses involving firearms or other weapons, fighting or violence, or the possession, use, or sale of drugs). Additional rules and procedures can be reviewed in DoDEA Administrative Instruction 1347.01.

In the wake of school violence throughout the world, it is important to analyze the causes of violence and implement preventive measures to assure that every student and adult will feel secure in the school environment. DoDEA implemented a system-wide Bully Prevention program as a part of the Safe Schools and Character Education program.

Stop Bullying now

Bullying is defined as a means to have power over another and it takes many forms: physical, verbal, and indirect such as gossip and isolation. Bullying leaves long-lasting scars for its victims. Bullies have a higher incidence of antisocial behavior, domestic violence and crime as adults. Society pays a heavy toll for tolerating bullying behavior and bullies.

In DoDEA schools and community, bullying will not go unchallenged and will not be tolerated. All students, staff members, parents and the community play vital roles to ensure our children are not bullied, do not act as bullies, and will not allow others to bully. Our schools have a moral obligation to provide our students and the school community with the proper information, prevention strategies, and defenses to create a safe, accepting and caring environment for all.


Each student, together with the student’s parent or guardian (if applicable), shall acknowledge and sign Form 700, “Use of DoDEA Internet and Use of Information Technology Resources,” before he or she is assigned a user account. In accordance with Enclosure 4 of DoDEA Administrative Instruction 6600.01, “Computer Access and Internet Policy,” February 16, 2010, the following are required of all students:

  1. Students shall use DoDEA information technology (IT) resources, including computers, electronic mail, and internet access, only in support of education and for research consistent with the educational objectives of DoDEA; 
  2. Students shall respect and adhere to all of the rules governing access to, and use of, DoDEA’s IT resources; 
  3. Students shall be polite in all electronic communication;
  4. Students shall use courteous and respectful language and/or images in their messages to others;
  5. Students shall not swear, use vulgarities, or use harsh, abusive, sexual, or disrespectful language and/or images;
  6. Students who misuse DoDEA IT resources are subject to disciplinary measures; and
  7. Students’ accounts will be deactivated upon transition out of a DoDEA school.

The signed agreement (Form 700) is to be retained in the administrative office at the student’s school for the duration of the student’s enrollment. A copy will be provided to the student and, if applicable, the student’s parent or guardian.

Use of personal social media between parents/teachers/students is discouraged.  The only acceptable form of social media communication between parents/teachers/students is through official school social media.

Student Transportation

Student transportation is defined as the transportation of students from their assigned bus stop to school at the beginning of their school day, during the mid-day and for return to their assigned bus stop at the end of the normal scheduled school day.  DoDEA principals are responsible for monitoring student loading/unloading zones when students are coming and going from school sites, including administering discipline.  A school bus or any device operating to provide student transportation will function as an extension of the school.  The walking distance for students in grade 6 and below should not exceed one mile from the student’s primary residence to the school or designated bus stop.  Students in grades 7–12 may walk up to 1.5 miles from their primary residence to the school or designated bus stop.  These distances may be slightly expanded or contracted to conform to natural boundaries such as housing areas or neighborhoods.  In locations having middle schools, which include grade 6 (i.e., grades 6–8), the walking distance criteria shall be the same as the criteria for grades 7–12.  

Transportation is not authorized to take students to their homes or to eating facilities for their mid-day meal.  No other transportation between the assigned bus stop and the school will be charged to commuting transportation unless stated in a special education student’s IEP and/or required by Section 504 guidelines.  “Curb-to-curb” only applies to students with disabilities who require such service as documented in the student’s IEP.  DoDEA District Superintendents, in coordination with the District Logistics Chief and the supporting military installation commanders, will establish a commuting area to determine eligibility for transportation of dependent students.

School Procedures

Eligibility Rules for Interscholastic Athletic Competitions

School administrators, athletic directors, and coaches shall ensure that the eligibility rules are observed in all DoDDS interscholastic athletic competitions in accordance with in DoDEA Manual 2740.1 and the Far East Programs Procedural Guide (FEPPG) - 15 Oct 2021

Student Travel Eligibility

DoDEA Manual 2740.1 and the Pacific Area Interscholastic Athletics Program Manual provide a uniform interscholastic athletic program and guidance on student travel eligibility. This policy extends to both academic and athletic events.

Athletic Contests: Students must participate in ten days of practice prior to competing in any athletic contest. Athletes participating in consecutive athletic seasons are exempt from the 10-practice rule as long as 10 days have not passed between active participation in the preceding sports season. Students transferring from another school may begin participating in contests immediately if the 10-day practice requirement has been met.

Far East Tournaments: Students may participate in the Far East Tournament if they have been a member of the team/activity for at least one-half of the season. Before departure for any Far East event another parent/player meeting will occur to review the Code-of- Conduct and to discuss expectations while attending the event. Players whose parents do not attend this meeting will not travel to the Far East event and/or participate in any games at the event.

Attendance Prior to Events: Students who do not attend school will not be permitted to participate in or attend any school- sponsored event that same school day, which includes a practice or game. Principals are authorized to make exceptions to this policy. (DoDEA Administrators’ Manual – 1005.1).

What is plagiarism?
“According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to plagiarize means:
• to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one’s own
• to use (another’s production) without crediting the source”
In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterwards.
There are several ways to plagiarize:
• Representing someone else’s ideas or work as your own
• Allowing someone else to copy your work
• Handing in the same work for more than one assignment
To avoid being accused of plagiarism, be sure to keep copies of your notes, keep track of your sources and include a bibliography. Do not share your homework with others, and do not turn in the same paper twice.

The Lester Information Center (IC) provides students with access to a variety of resources, print, non-print, and electronic. The mission of the Information Center is to encourage students and staff to become more effective users of information and to promote a love of reading.

Students may check out a maximum of three items at a time for a two week period. Items may be renewed if necessary. If an item is lost or damaged the borrower is responsible for replacing it, please contact the Information Specialist.

The IC is open to students from 0705 until 1400. LMS encourages students to come to the IC on a regular basis. Students coming to the IC from another class are required to have a signed pass.
Students may use the IC during lunch and sign in on arrival.

Lester Middle School is fortunate to have access to computer technology that plays an important role in the education of our students and provides our staff with the latest tools with which to teach.
Computer technology is defined as all hardware, software, and resources made available anywhere on campus through the services provided. We expect that all students will treat all computer software, hardware, and resources in a responsible manner. Further, it is each student’s responsibility to abide by the rules set forth in this policy.

• Electronic mail communication, possibly with people all over the world.
• The Internet and all of the resources available through this medium such as: commercial databases, university and college databases, government agencies, on-line periodicals, public domain shareware and software, and other resources.
• Internal resources such as CD/DVD, data produced by staff and students, commercial databases, commercial software, printers, etc.
• Electronic reading material (E-readers). Obtain a permission form in the front office to use this at school. Sign and return.

• Acceptable Use - Computer technology is made available at Lester Middle School to facilitate learning and to provide learning experiences consistent with, and in support of, the curriculum. Federal regulations mandate that users protect and conserve Government property and not use such property for other than authorized purposes.
• Privileges - The use of computer technology and its associated resources is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in a cancellation of those privileges. Each student who is provided with access to computer technology will be part of a discussion with a Lester Middle School faculty member pertaining to the proper use of computer technology resources. The system administrator will deem what is inappropriate use, and her/his decision is final. Also, the system administrator may deny access and/or close an account at any time as required. The Lester Middle School Staff may request the system administrator to deny, revoke, or suspend access to computer technology for individual users.
• Network Etiquette - Students are expected to abide by the generally accepted rules of network etiquette. These include (but are not limited to) the following:
a. Users who send inappropriate messages, visit inappropriate sites, or download inappropriate files will be denied access for a period of time determined by the classroom teacher and/or administrator.
b. Transmission or access of material in violation of US, Japanese, or SOFA regulation is prohibited. This includes copyrighted, threatening, or obscene material.
c. Users are to be polite and not get abusive in their messages to others. Users are to use appropriate language. The use of vulgarities or any inappropriate language is not permitted.
d. Users will not reveal their personal address or phone numbers to other users.
e. Note that electronic communication is not guaranteed to be private. The system administrator has access to all mail and may, at her/his discretion provide access to administration and/or faculty.

All assignments (e.g., quizzes, tests, examinations, homework, speeches, etc.) that are used to assess and report student progress shall be promptly evaluated and/or graded, posted in Gradespeed, and returned to the student. The normal period of evaluation and posting should be no longer than ten (10) calendar days from the day the assignment is collected, with reasonable exceptions for large projects. At a minimum, one assignment or grade should be recorded per week in the Gradespeed System.

Official reports of academic grades are issued at the end of each marking period. Parents and students should keep these reports. Letter grades are based on a great deal more than marks received on tests, quizzes, and semester exams. They include class discussion, laboratory or hands-on experiences, homework, projects, etc. Parents should expect report cards to arrive electronically via email to the primary email address registered with the school.

The Incomplete (I) grade may be given when the student has not been able to complete the required assignments due to late entry, prolonged illness, or excessive excused absence from school. This temporary grade is not given to students who attended class regularly and could have completed the assignments on time. When a grade of “I” is given, the counselor and the teacher will determine the length of time needed to complete the work, but this should not extend beyond a two-week period.

Once the deadline has been established if the required work is not completed, the “I” will become and “F.” In preliminary computations of the student’s grade point average, the grade of “I” is equivalent to zero grade points. Please contact our Registrar for information about transcripts, registration, revalidation, enrollment eligibility, and review school records.

It is Lester Middle School’s expectation that all students will attend school regularly and punctually. Regular school attendance is vitally important! In order to receive the best education, students need to Be Here! Academic penalties will not be imposed for excused absences. Parents can team up with teachers to make sure students are in school and ready to learn.

How parents can help:

  • Schedule medical and dental appointments outside of school hours.
  • Schedule vacations during school breaks.
  • Schedule Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves to coincide with breaks or other scheduled school breaks. (We understand, not always possible)
  • When moving, check school calendars to be aware of important school dates (i.e., beginning/ending of school year; testing dates, breaks).

Make it a habit to contact their child's teachers/principals to arrange to pick up missed school work, either in advance if the absence is known, or the same day their child is absent.

Students who arrive to school after the first bell must be signed in by a parent/sponsor in the front office. Tardiness due to an appointment or illness will be excused. Likewise, students who leave school during the school day must also be signed out by a parent/sponsor and signed back in upon return that day. Students will not be allowed to leave campus without a parent to sign them out, or without prior arrangements made with the administration.
Lester Middle School is a closed campus. Students are not permitted to leave the campus for any reason unless they have permission to leave school with the proper school permission form. Once students come on to campus, either by car, bus, or foot, they are to remain on campus until the end of the school day. Those students who leave campus during the day without authorization will face appropriate disciplinary action.

Parents or sponsors must inform the attendance office by phone, 645-7787/098-970-7787, before 0720 hours on the day a student will be absent from school if the absence is due to illness, appointment, or other short-term reasons. If an emergency prevents you from informing the school of short-term absences before 0720, please do so as early in the school day as possible.

Students who are late to class miss the teacher’s introduction of the lesson, initial instruction, and/or expectations for that day. They also disrupt instruction for the other students in the class. Unexcused tardiness during the school day is recorded as a violation of the school rules. Examples of unexcused absence or tardiness are oversleeping, missing the bus, walking the dog, baby-sitting, going home for forgotten homework or school materials, having to take the late shuttle because of suspension, or not having a parent call the school when a student will be absent. Any student who is absent from school, and is not under the supervision of a parent or guardian is considered truant.
Students who choose not to attend class will be suspended from school or other disciplinary action as deemed appropriate Unexcused absences may result in disciplinary action (i.e., detention, in- school suspension, and expulsion), along with loss of credit. The school will work with the Command if there are excessive absences.

After an absence, it is the student’s responsibility to check with all of their teachers to make sure work missed is complete. It is the student’s responsibility to take care of all make-up work. Failure to do so may result in a failing grade. Each individual teacher will determine make-up procedures in his/her class. Seminar period is a class period setup for students to make up work and meet with teachers if further help is required. The rule for time allowed for making up class work due to an absence will be the number of consecutive days the student was absent plus one. For example, if a student is absent Monday and Tuesday, the student will have Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to make up the missed assignments.

If a student/sponsor desires to request that class work be provided during the prolonged absence, the request must be submitted through the administration at least 3 days prior to departure. When class work has been provided, it must be turned in to each teacher within the first two days after the student returns to school. If not turned in as required, all assignments may be recorded as a failing grade in the grade book. Students will be required to sign a memorandum of understanding to this effect with the office staff prior to departure. Please note, if family requests Advanced Notification and Request for Excused Absence after the established authorized departure date for PCS’ing families, and/or will not be returning until after the last day of school, no class work will be provided and students will receive a grade to date for the quarter. If this is the case, students will be expected to turn in all textbooks and materials, clear their locker, and clear the Information Center before leaving.

All students are entitled to an educational program comparable to those offered in public schools in the United States. Students are entitled to enjoy the opportunity to participate fully in school unabridged and unimpaired because of race, religion, sex, creed, national origin, disability or intellectual ability, or marital status. All students will be extended equal opportunities to participate in educational and school-sponsored activities. Additionally, students shall be free from verbal, physical, visual, and psychological sexual harassment, including uninvited sexual advances, from other students and adults.


Student involvement in the educational process is a basic right. Active involvement of students in their education, including planning and evaluation, fosters a spirit of inquiry in which students may freely express their own views and listen to and evaluate opinions of others. Basic to this belief is the concept of mutual respect between faculty and students. The school staff, parents or sponsors, installation commanders, and students have the responsibility of working together so that all students have the opportunity to develop to their full potential under a democratic system.

The role of parent participation in the education of our children is an important one. In order to prepare our students for success in a dynamic global environment we need to form a strong bond between home and school. To this end, Lester Middle School has several organizations and activities that encourage parental involvement including School Advisory Council, PTO, and community events.
Lester Middle School would like to extend an invitation for Parents and Guardians to take advantage of our open door policy. A 24-hour notice to administration and teachers is required if you wish to shadow your student for any part of the school day. Lester Middle School would like to extend an invitation for Parents and Guardians to take advantage of our open door policy. A 24-hour notice to administration and teachers is required if you wish to shadow your student for any part of the school day. All visitors must sign in at the office before they proceed to shadow their student.

There are a variety of avenues that LMS uses to communicate with students and parents which include newsletters, Facebook, the school web page, AT HOC, LED sign at the front of school, and speaker system. School information, articles, news and special events will be announced using one of these options. Parents are encouraged to call the school if you have any questions or concerns.

The Honor Roll will be recognized for Quarters 1, 2, 3 (nine-week marking period). If a student makes the honor roll, an invitation will be e-mailed or sent home with your child. The Honor Roll is divided into two levels.
Grade Point Average
Principal’s Honor Roll
A and B Honor Roll (No C’s or below)

Lester Middle School celebrates our academically outstanding students with an honor roll assembly at the end of each of the first three quarters. Students earning all A's and B's receive Honor Roll recognition. Students earning all A's receive Principal's Honor Roll recognition. Parents of honor roll students will receive invitations prior to the seminar ceremony. (Since grades are not completed until students have been dismissed for the year, we do not have a 4th quarter honor roll assembly.)

For the 4th quarter, each grade level has an award ceremony celebrating outstanding student achievement in a variety of areas. Teacher awards for excellence in specific subject areas are given to a predetermined number of students per teacher. These awards for excellence are for those students with exceptional performance and positive contributions in the classroom. Each teacher is also able to nominate one student to receive the Assistant Principal's award for citizenship, leadership, and service in the classroom, school, and/or community. Grade levels may also present overall Students of the Year awards and/or special program awards such as Science Fairs, Geography Fairs, etc. Finally, the 8th grade presentation will also include Presidential Awards honoring extraordinary achievement in both GPA and Standardized Tests scores. These June ceremonies are during seminar for the 6th and 7th grade and in the evening for the 8th grade.

Invitations are sent to those students receiving awards.

The National Junior Honor Society is similar to the National Honor Society found in most high schools. NJHS originated in 1929 and is designed for students in eighth grade. NJHS strives to create enthusiasm for scholarship, leadership, character development, and citizenship. Students are selected based on GPA. To apply, a student must fill out a packet and return it to the NJHS sponsor. Then, a panel of teachers reads over each packet to determine selection.

A spiral success planner calendar will be issued to each student at LMS, purchased by the LMS PTO. All students are required to write down their daily homework assignments in all classes and share this information with their parents. When no homework is given, students should briefly state what was studied during class. Success planners should be maintained in the front of the student’s three ring binder. It should be treated like any textbook and maintained in good condition.

Periodically, teachers will review the planner. Therefore, pages are not be torn out or folded. If for any reason a student loses their assignment calendar, she/he may obtain a replacement in the front office.

The hot lunch program is provided by AAFES. School lunch menus are prepared using available commodities and available kitchen equipment. All lunches served meet the USDA pattern meal requirements to provide approximately one third of a student’s daily nutritional needs. Free and reduced price lunches are available. Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in the School Meal Program.

Students who intend to eat lunch will enter the cafeteria through the entrance door only. They will (1) get in line to buy lunch, milk, or juice, or (2) find a seat to eat their sack lunch. Students must get in line immediately if they are buying a lunch, ala-carte, or drink. This ensures that all students will be served a lunch before anyone is allowed to buy a second lunch. The lunch serving line will close ten minutes before the bell rings each lunch shift. Students will treat the cafeteria personnel with respect at all times.
No cutting in line is allowed. Anyone caught cutting or allowing other students to cut will be sent to the end of the line. Once seated, students will remain seated until they finish their lunch. There will be no table-hopping, standing to eat, food throwing, or eating off of other student’s plates. It is also understood that inappropriate behaviors such as shouting, yelling, screaming, running, play fighting or other such activities are prohibited. Once finished, students will be responsible for cleaning their area and placing all trash and lunch trays in the proper receptacles. When returning trays to the designated window, students will be expected to stack the trays correctly, fitting them one on top of the other. Students who elect an outdoor break option will be expected to depart the cafeteria through the exit door with all their possessions. Once students have exited the cafeteria, they will not be allowed to re-enter. No food or drinks may be consumed outside of the cafeteria.
Outdoor lunch break options include: the courtyard where students may visit with friends, the basketball court, tennis court, tetherball courts, and four-square blocks. Students may also remain in the cafeteria, if they choose. With adult permission, students may go to the library, to a teacher’s classroom, nurse’s office or to the counseling center. Students must have a pass to enter the building during lunch. During rainy day lunch, students remain in the cafeteria for the scheduled lunch period. On rainy days, crowded conditions require that students remain seated and visit with their friends once they have finished their lunch and cleared their table. If the rain ceases, the courtyard will be the only break option due to puddled courts and muddy fields.

Our policy at Lester Middle School is to strive to maintain a school environment that is safe and free from intimidation, threats, or violent acts. This includes, but is not limited to fighting, play fighting, pushing, shoving, slapping, shouting, scuffling, horseplay, running, intimidating, threatening, bullying, vandalism, arson, sabotage, possession or use of weapons, or any other act, which, in the administration's opinion, is inappropriate to the school environment. In addition, offensive comments regarding violent events and/or aggressive behaviors will not be tolerated.
Any student who instigates, cheerleads, promotes, or displays behavior that encourages peers to participate in any unsafe and/or negative practices will be held accountable for their actions. Incident reports will be filed and disciplinary steps will follow.
At all times, appropriate social behaviors will be expected. Lester Middle School believes in and promotes mutual respect among staff, students, and parents. No verbal or written put-downs (slam books), cyber-bullying, sexting, inappropriate Facebook or other social media entries, teasing, name calling, vulgar language, harassment; racial or ethnic slurs will be tolerated.
Students are expected to mediate any conflict with a peer only in the counselor’s office or administrative office. Any student who fails to comply with this expectation will be held accountable for their actions.
Disciplinary steps will follow when the behaviors negatively affect the educational environment. Students who feel subjected to any of the behaviors listed above should immediately report this to a counselor, teacher, or administrator. All complaints will receive attention and the situation will be investigated. Based on the results of the inquiry, disciplinary action deemed appropriate by school administration will be taken.
During assemblies, students will listen attentively, respect the feelings of others, behave courteously toward speakers, performers, and guests, and applaud at appropriate times. Booing is not permitted. School policies and procedures for student conduct apply in the school, on school grounds, and at school sponsored activities. This includes any time students are on campus before and after school, while students are participating in or observing school-sponsored activities, and on all school- sponsored trips.
Management of student behavior is a responsibility shared by students, parents, the school, and the community, and consists principally of teaching and reinforcing positive student attitudes and behaviors.
Discipline is handled first by the classroom teachers/specialist/paraprofessional. For repeated offenses or more serious infractions, the student is referred to the administration. At times, the counselor(s) may be called upon to suggest intervention strategies and conflict resolution/peer mediation.
Inappropriate behaviors are categorized into four levels. (Please see the Pacific South Discipline Matrix on page 31). Consequences for inappropriate behavior can range from counseling, detention, and suspension. The previous mentioned consequences are exhausted prior to expulsion, that remove a child from the school, except when a child poses an immediate threat to his or her safety or the safety of others in the school.
For instances where the consequences of a student’s inappropriate behavior will result in a student being suspended or expelled from school in excess of 10 days (consecutive or cumulative), a Discipline Committee Hearing will be held in accordance with existing DoDDS regulations.
In all cases, parental cooperation and support are essential in eliminating inappropriate behaviors and creating a positive learning experience for the student.
Students will abide by rules the administration or faculty deem necessary and proper in order to maintain a safe and respectful educational environment.

Except for short suspensions and minor discipline, the schools must give proper notice required under DoD Instruction 1342.12 and convene a Case Study Committee meeting prior to beginning any disciplinary processes that would change the student’s placement on a long-term basis (such as by removing the student from school, or the school bus for a period in excess of 10 days, consecutively or cumulatively.)

The LMS Discipline Committee may be comprised of school personnel, and command representatives, and meets to decide disciplinary matters in which an expulsion has been recommended. The principal appoints members to the committee. Additionally, this committee convenes to consider the principal’s recommendation that a student be suspended for more than 10 days (cumulative) in the school year and add input to the school discipline policy. The disciplinary committee will hear the evidence and shall forward their findings and recommendations to the school principal and District Superintendent.

In enforcing attendance and discipline policies, it is essential that due process be followed. DoDEA 2051.1, “Disciplinary Rules and Procedures”, created April 4, 2008, and modified on 23 March 2012, defines the DoDDS policies on student discipline and due process. In essence, due process affords students the right to protection from arbitrary, capricious, and unreasonable decisions. Four important elements in due process procedures are
• Students have the right to be informed in writing of the rules which regulate behavior as well as situations that will result in disciplinary measures.
• Students have the right to an informal hearing in all disciplinary actions, including the suspension process.
• Students have the right to a formal hearing in the expulsion process.
• Students have the right to appeal all decisions and be informed of all appeal procedures available to them

In addition to the specific grounds for imposing discipline, students who have knowledge of, or who participate in, the misconduct of others may also be disciplined as deemed appropriate. Students must promptly report to their teacher or principal knowledge of offenses that violate law or regulation, or that threaten the safety or personal security of any student or other person on school grounds or engaged in school activities. Failure to do so will be grounds for discipline.

Incidental to suspending any student, the principal of the school, or his/her designee, shall notify the installation commander, or his/her designee for law enforcement or legal affairs, of any acts that may violate local laws. Students, teachers, and other staff members have the right to a safe and orderly school environment. It is expected that students will be courteous to other students, staff members, and visitors to the school. Students will exhibit cooperation and respect for the judgment of their teachers and other school staff members. The responsibilities and privileges of students are fully explained in DoDEA Manual 2051.2.5, “Student Responsibilities and Privileges”. Students, regardless of age, are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner that does not disrupt the educational opportunities of others or disturb the orderly operation of the school. Students are responsible for regular attendance, conscientious effort in classroom work, properly maintaining textbooks and other school equipment, and conformance to school rules and regulations. Students have a responsibility to notify school staff of behavior that may endanger the safety and wellbeing of others. 

Possession of drug, alcohol or tobacco, by students at school is not permitted. Violation will result in appropriate disciplinary action. This policy extends to the school, and school grounds. This policy will be enforced for all school-sponsored programs, activities, and trips during the school day and after school. Adults as well as students are prohibited from smoking on school grounds at any time.

Students must refrain from such behavior when at school or at school functions (examples include, but are not limited to, hugging, kissing, hand-holding). Parents will be notified. Continual disregard of this rule will result in a disciplinary action.

Because of concerns for safety and the educational environment, students who have altercations should expect to be sent home. This type of behavior is not conducive to an educational environment and has a pervasive negative effect upon other students. If students are unhappy with their peers, they should seek positive alternatives for resolution rather than to confront others publicly. One alternative would be to go to the counselors so that the situation can be resolved peacefully through such means as mediation.

Students should bring to school only those items that are needed in order to do their schoolwork. Non-educational items are distracting to their owners and to other students, may be a safety hazard, and/or may present an unnecessary temptation to other students to take or misuse them. The following are examples of, but not limited to, items that are not allowed at school, on school buses, on study or incentive trips, or on any school-sponsored activity: Collectible cards, paintballs, skates (roller blades), video games, radios, stereos, IPods, mp3 players, electronic games, music players, speakers, electrical equipment (hot rollers, irons, etc.), aerosol products (shaving cream, breath & air freshener, cheese, etc.), medications, (except those kept for students by the nurse), household cleaners and chemicals, aerosol toilet items (deodorant, body sprays, after shave, hair items), personal sports items or equipment (except for balls used at break), toys, slam books, and clothing or book bags which advertise drugs or display logos with inappropriate language, alcohol, tobacco products or offensive messages. These items will be retained in the office for sponsor pick up.

Cellular phones that are "in use" are permitted on campus at the decretion of each individual teacher. A cell phone powered on or in view is considered "in use". Cell phones will be retained in the office for pick up if they are in use outside of the classroom. Repeated disregard of the above will result in disciplinary action.

Any potentially illegal or stolen items will be turned over to the Military Police. If the item is considered high value, students will be sent to the office to phone their parents to come and claim it. Bringing non-educational items to school is a violation of school rules and the school will not be responsible for loss or theft. It will be the student’s responsibility, in concert with his/her parents, to search for it and to file the necessary police reports.

While cameras are a non-educational item, we recognize that our student body is transient. Additionally, many students live far away from their friends, and school is the only place that they see each other. Cameras will not be confiscated unless they threaten the educational environment and/or safety. Students who choose to bring cameras to school will bear responsibility for loss or theft. Lester Middle School (LMS) staff, parents, students, and community are constantly reviewing the use of educationally relevant electronic devices in keeping with 21st century school standards and practices. LMS has adopted a Bring Your Own Reader Program.

The following rules apply to all students at all times, including before school, at dismissal, and all school sponsored activities and trips. The student will:

Be Present and On Time
• Good attendance is important to succeed in school.
• If a student is absent it is his/her responsibility to ask for and complete the assignments.
• The tardy policy will be enforced by the classroom teacher. The student is to remain in his/her seat until dismissed by the teacher.

 Bring Learning Materials
• Students are expected to come to every class with the required materials including the school planner in the front section of a 3 inch three ring binder.
• Passes to lockers for materials will not be issued.

Respect Other People and Their Property
• Students should act and speak with courtesy toward adults and other students at all times.
• Students should keep all school property in good condition.
• Students will exhibit proper classroom behavior.

Be Prepared to Participate

Comply With School Guidelines
• Students will read and demonstrate knowledge of the LMS Handbook.
• Gum is NOT allowed at school.
• Students will comply with the LMS dress code.
• Students will store their book bags in their lockers.
• No glass bottles are to be brought to schoolTeacher

Teachers and administrators will use judgment, discretion, circumstances of the incident(s), and their knowledge of individual student’s needs in their application of consequences for negative classroom and/or school behavior. Each classroom teacher has an approved behavior plan that addresses teacher expectations in the classroom. Team approved behavior plans may also be used in lieu of individual plans.

Teachers handle minor cases of disruptive behavior using their own in-class behavior management plans, which include such actions as warnings, conferences, detentions, parental contact, and reassignment of seats. It is understood that when a teacher refers a student to administration, previous disciplinary steps have been taken and the referral is due to the fact there has been no improvement in the student’s behavior. It is also understood that teachers may refer serious disciplinary issues (immediate referrals) directly to the administration.
Referral Procedures
1. Staff maintains a classroom behavior management plan.
2. When the classroom behavior management plan is no longer effective, the staff member will:
• Submit the Discipline Referral Form.
• Send student(s) to administration.
3. Upon arrival at the front office Students will complete the Student Incident Report.
4. The administration will:
• Review the completed referral form from staff and make further inquiries when appropriate.
• Determine the number of discipline referrals for the student.
• Determine action using the PAC South Secondary School Discipline Matrix and collected information.
• Complete the Discipline Referral Form
• Notify referring teacher, counselor, and parent

Teachers or administration may hold detention sessions during lunch or after school. Parents will be notified by the teacher and/or school when a detention is assigned. In addition, if a student is causing a disruption to the classroom learning, the teacher may send the student to the office for in- school detention. In-school detention (removing from the class block) allows students a chance to regroup in an area outside the class, before going onto their next class. While outside the class, students will work on their assignment(s).

Out-of-school suspension, is where students are suspended from attending school. Students who are suspended are permitted to make-up all class work. The expectation is for students to complete the classwork while suspended. The timeframe for homework or work that needs clarification, is the total number of days suspended. Our objective in removing a child from the classroom and/or school is to modify the inappropriate behavior; it is not our goal to jeopardize academic growth.

School telephones are for official school business only. Students may be granted permission to use the phone by the front office staff. Please help us avoid unnecessary classroom interruptions by planning your day prior to sending your children to school.

It is important that classes not be interrupted when instruction is in progress. Messages from home can be accepted. Students will be called out of class to answer for emergencies. Non-emergency messages will be passed on to the student at the end of the school day. Parents should ensure that students know how they are getting home before they leave home in the morning and what their after-school options are.

Any student who must is in the halls, other than at passing times, must have a pass or other approved authorization in the student’s possession that states student’s name, date, time, destination, and teacher’s signature or a designated hall pass. This includes before school, during classes, during lunchtime, and after school. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain an appropriate pass.

Books, keys, coats, etc., which are found in the building or on the campus should be turned in to the office. Larger lost items are placed in the supply room. Smaller lost items, such as keys or glasses, can be claimed in the office. Unclaimed lost and found items will be given to charity organizations at the end of each quarter. Parents and students are strongly encouraged to mark clothing, especially hats and jackets, and school supplies with the student’s name. Loss of personal property due to thefts by other students is a serious matter. Students should take all possible precautions to safeguard their property. At all times, lockers (book and PE) must be secured. Students should not share their lock combinations with peers. Additionally, they should not leave personal items unattended. If a theft does occur, it should be reported immediately to the main office. Standard procedure is to attempt to resolve issues of this nature at the school level. In our experience, the majority of items lost or stolen are located within twenty-four hours. The military police will only be called when the administration deems it appropriate. However, parents may wish to file an official report with the military police on their own. The school will cooperate fully in investigations involving theft of personal property.

Each student is assigned an individual locker that may not be shared at any time for any reason. Use of the locker is both a privilege and a requirement. Proper locker use minimizes the possibility that property and books are misplaced or stolen. Students should not share their lock combinations. The school is not responsible for personal property kept in lockers. Students are not allowed to paint, attach stickers, mount permanent pictures, or deface the locker in any manner (inside or outside).
Students who violate this rule will be held responsible for the destruction of government property and face disciplinary action. Lockers must be maintained properly and must be locked at all times. A locker may be opened by a school official or the Military Police, to search for stolen or prohibited items, may also be opened by the sponsor, or in the case of reasonable suspicion. Locker checks may be randomly conducted throughout the school year.

Book bags must be of reasonable size and easily able to fit in a student’s locker. Once students arrive at school book bags, tote bags, or any other carrier, must be left in the student’s assigned locker until they leave campus. This procedure provides personal and property safety. Students will be expected to organize their daily routines to best meet their schedule needs.

Textbooks are furnished free of charge. However, students are held financially responsible for loss or damage of these books. For any missing textbook or library book lost, a loss of government property letter will be issued to the sponsor with DD Form 1131. Payment for missing books will be due within three weeks at the Disbursing Office of Accounting and Finance (Bldg. 721, Kadena Air Base) with the DD Form 1131 for lost or damaged books. If the book is found, parents must bring the book and paid receipt to the school supply office for paperwork that must be taken back to the Finance Office on Kadena for reimbursement. Students are required to sign for books and must return the same numbered books when withdrawing or at the end of the school year. Sponsors are also responsible for payment in case of loss or damage to laboratory equipment, audiovisual equipment, computer materials, musical instruments, and any other school property or equipment that may be lost or damaged.

Students may ride bicycles/scooters/skateboards to school but not on school grounds during the school day, before school, or at dismissal. Students are to get off their bicycles at the curb by the street and walk them to the bike racks. Bicycles must be locked. The school is not responsible for bicycles ridden to school or parked on school grounds. Any student who chooses not to follow these rules will lose the privilege of riding a bicycle to school. Skateboards and scooters are not allowed on school grounds. Athletic equipment, such as basketballs, soccer balls, tennis balls, etc., are considered non-educational items. Balls may be brought to school and stored in students’ lockers for use at break in designated areas. They are not to be used in the courtyard and/or hallways. Students violating this policy will have their equipment taken to the front office for pick up by parent/guardian. Skateboards can be stored in the front office.

Students are to exercise prudence and NOT walk between the busses when coming to school in the morning or departing in the afternoon. Students who walk or ride bikes to school should arrive no earlier than 0705. Additionally, they are to depart from school grounds before 1355 and must use the crosswalks only. Students are not allowed to loiter for any reason and should maintain movement via the crosswalk nearest the front of the school, toward their final destination, until reaching that final destination. Students must not play or ride skateboards/scooters/rollerblades/roller shoes/bicycles/etc. in any area near the school grounds, even if off school grounds, as busses are departing. This is a school safety issue for students even if they are off campus. Repeated offenses will result in disciplinary action.

The school is inspected regularly for compliance with fire and safety regulations. Evacuation drills for storm, fire, and/or bomb threats, which are required by military and DoDDS regulations, are held by month through the year. In case of fire drill, fire, or other emergency evacuation procedure, a loud continuous ringing bell will be sounded. Each office and instructional area has a posted evacuation plan. Students will follow the evacuation plan posted in the room and leave the room in an expeditious, orderly and quiet manner. Students are not to return to classrooms during or after emergency evacuation procedures until given permission by an appropriate authority. Emergency evacuation procedures will be practiced every week during the first month of school and every other month thereafter. The school is provided security protection at the level currently in force or the military community.

Schools shall allow equal access to school facilities being used for student sponsored non- curriculum related activities, if a school allows any such group access to its facilities.

Parents and/or guardians must supply the school with a copy of any type of court order that may affect the student (e.g., who is allowed to visit the child, who has legal custody, etc.). These orders will be maintained in the student’s cumulative file. If any changes take place during the school year with the court order, the school must be notified immediately. Teachers will be notified of any restrictions that affect students in their classes.


Some events such as induction ceremonies, band and choir concerts, AVID events, drama performances, and dances will occur after school hours. The dissemination of this information will vary depending upon the intended audience. Activities for all students will be announced by teachers and over the intercom at the end of the school day.

Office of DoDEA Policy

The Policy Team of OPLP administers and operates the DoDEA Issuance Program, the Issuance Focal Point Working Group, and facilitates DoD-level issuance coordination for DoDEA.

Policy and Legislation