FAQ

What are the hours of the school day?
School begins at 8:00 am and dismisses at 3:25 pm.  Students arriving at school between 7:20 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. need to go to the cafeteria.  At 7:50 a.m. students are dismissed from the cafeteria to go to their lockers.  Students are expected to be in homeroom by 8:00 a.m.  Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. will be marked tardy.  Half days are dismissed at 11:30 except for the last day of school which dismisses at 10:30 am.

When are liturgies celebrated?
Liturgies are generally celebrated on Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. in the Xavier Middle School Auditorium.  The newsletter will keep you up to date with the occasional change in dates and times that occur during the year.  Parents and family members are welcome to join us.

What is the After Care program?
If students are at school after 3:30 p.m. they are required to wait in the After Care program in the LMC (Library Media Center).  This program is available until 5:30 p.m.  This is a prepaid program.  The current cost is $5 per day. Please purchase the prepaid punch cards in the Xavier Middle School office. 

How do we call in absences?
If your child will be absent or late, please call us at 730-8849 before 8:00 am that day. 

What if I have to pick my child up for an appointment?
Parents or guardians have to come into the school office to sign their child out.  Parents do not have to sign their child back into school.  Upon returning to school, students must stop in the office to sign in and pick up an “Admit to Class” slip.

What about homework for sick days?
When a student is absent, you may check their homework on their teachers’ web pages. A listing of web pages can be found here

What are teachers’ e-mail addresses?
You can contact a teacher via e-mail using their first initial and last name @xaviercatholicschools.org (Example Joe Smith – jsmith@xaviercatholicschools.org).

How do I access my child’s PowerSchool account?
Go to the PowerSchool login page here. You will click “create an account” and enter the required information.  You will need to know the Access ID and Password for each student.  If you do not know your student’s ID and Password, please call the school office at 730-8849.

What is the appropriate drop off/pick up procedure?
Students should be dropped off/picked up in the north parking lot. Drop off/pick up should not be done on Oneida Street, in the parking lot west of Oneida street, or in the circle drive in front of the school.  The circle drive is reserved for buses. Students should be dropped off between 7:15 and 7:50 am.

What if my child needs medication?
Both prescription and non-prescription medication require a signed form to be kept in the school office. These forms are available in the school office and on the website on the forms page.  Medication must be in the original container and must be kept in the office (with the exception of inhalers).

How do we pay for lunch?
Students are issued an ID card at the beginning of the school year that is used like a debit card and scanned whenever your child eats school lunch. The amount is then debited from their account. Payments on your child’s lunch account can be made in the school office or in Central Office. Checks should be made out to Xavier Catholic Schools with “lunch” and the student’s name in the memo line. Students may not buy lunches for other students.  You can check your child’s lunch account balance anytime through PowerSchool.

What clubs can my child join?
Xavier Middle School offers many co-curricular activities.  These include: cross-country, volleyball, flag football, tackle football (8th grade only), basketball, cheerleading, wrestling, tennis, softball, Art Club, First LEGO League, Robotics, Forensics, Liturgy Choir, Scrabble Club, Ski Club, Student Council, Tech Team, Year Book, Chess Club, and Inside/Out Magazine.  Information on how to join will be distributed as the co-curricular activities become available during the year. For detailed descriptions of the co-curricular activities, click here

Are there homerooms?
Each student is part of a homeroom called KIDS group.  Students begin each day with 15 minutes in KIDS group and spend the last 5 minutes of each day in KIDS group.  Your child’s homeroom teacher/advisor is your key contact person here at school.  Please feel free to call or send them an e-mail with any questions or concerns that you have. 

What resources are available for kids with special needs?
Xavier Middle School has a Learning Services department that supports classroom instruction and helps students meet expectations.  The Learning Services department works with students one-on-one and in small groups.  They also work with teachers to make adaptations and accommodations in the regular classroom.  To inquire about services for your child, talk to your child’s advisor, the principal or a school counselor. 

What kind of regular communication will we receive?
Each Wednesday, a home communication folder will be sent home with important items and the weekly newsletter is emailed out to parents. 

What information do we receive over the summer?
A mailing with 6th grade camp information is sent out by early August. A welcome letter is also sent out with important information about upcoming events such as Locker Night, 6th grade orientation, and the Xavier Middle School Open House.  It will also let you know when the family folders will be ready to pick up. Family folders contain important information and forms to fill out. Students’ schedules can be printed from PowerSchool online when they are ready.

What is Locker Night?
Locker Night is an open house right before school starts.  It is a time for you and your child to come to school, drop off school supplies, meet your child’s advisor, organize their locker, and connect with other students and their families.  School pictures are usually taken on Locker Night as well.  Info on this will be mailed to you in the early part of August.

Do sixth graders have a study period?
Yes, most students have one or two per week.  The amount of study time depends on what electives the student is taking.  Teachers also provide study time in class.

What is “The Agenda”?
Xavier Middle School has developed a special assignment notebook called “The Agenda”.  This is used as an academic and personal planner as well as an assignment notebook.  It is given to students at the beginning of the school year.  Students will need to keep it in good working order throughout the year. Students are required to carry their Agenda with them during the day except for lunch.

Are there opportunities for parents to volunteer?
Yes – many. In the family folders in the beginning of the school year, there will be a form to sign up for ongoing volunteer opportunities during the year.  Volunteers are also needed occasionally for special activities during the school year.  Information is sent to families in the newsletters and weekly family envelopes when these opportunities come up.