Personal Safety Needs Assessment









Middle School


Dr.DeMarco Clark, Principal

Donnell Kent, Assistant Principal  


STUDENT SURVEY: How can we help you?





PROMISE of PGCPS states, “If we focus on Culture, Data & Performance with a lens on literacy then we will have Academic Achievement for All.”  We will accomplish this at Thurgood Marshall Middle School by setting high academic expectations for all scholars and provide supportive systems to assure they are met. By addressing school culture, setting high standards for teacher performance, increased academic expectations for all scholars and engaging the community, it is our goal at TMMS to ensure that each of our scholars are college and/or career ready.

Dr. Clark


Thurgood G. Marshall Middle School (Grades 6–8) is a middle school located in Temple Hills. The school was originally named after Supreme Court Justice and Maryland native Roger B. Taney. It was later renamed after Thurgood Marshall, the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.


Thurgood Marshall Middle School is a learning environment that promotes school pride and literacy across all content areas focusing on writing, speaking, listening and numeracy. Thurgood Marshall students, staff, parents and community collaboratively work together to ensure our future graduates are ready for college and careers in an ever changing global society


The mission of Thurgood Marshall Middle School is to equip our students with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to exert effective effort to make a difference in their lives and their world.

Arrival At School

The school’s responsibility for students begins when you board the bus and arrive on the school grounds.  Once you arrive at school, you may not leave school property without permission from an administrator.  All students should plan to arrive at school no earlier than 8:00 am, and will not be permitted into the building before 8:15. Upon arrival, all students should follow the directions of the adults on duty as to where they should report. Students are dismissed to their lockers and homeroom at 8:45am.  Students should go to their lockers then quickly arrive at homeroom.  The late bell rings at 9:00 am.


Maryland State Law requires students to attend school regularly everyday.  Regular attendance is a must if you want to succeed and do well in school.  The teachers, guidance counselor, and administrators monitor students’ attendance very closely.  Parents will be called when the students are absent from school.  Parents should call the school anytime a student is absent.  When the student is absent and returns to school the student must give the homeroom teacher a note from home.  The note should contain the reason for being absent, dates of absence, and parent’s signature.  If a student is absent for more than three days your parents/guardian should call the guidance office to request assignments from your teachers.   If the student is absent for more than five days the student must bring a note from the doctor explaining the absence.  If you do not bring in a signed note stating a legal reason for being absent, your absence is considered illegal and unexcused.  The student will receive an “E” in each class and assignments and homework cannot be made up.

Unexcused illegal absences are subject to additional disciplinary actions.  The State of Maryland considers the following lawful reasons for being absent:

  ∙  Death in immediate family        ∙  Violent Storm

  ∙  Illness of the student         ∙  Observance of religious holiday

  ∙  Court summons         ∙  Quarantine

  ∙  State Emergency

Students who are consistently absent will be referred to the Pupil Personnel Worker for action and may be considered for retention based on the number of days absent.


In order to insure the safety of all students, bicycles may NOT be ridden to school. The school cannot be responsible for bicycles.

Books and Backpacks

Students are responsible for the textbooks and educational materials that are issued to them throughout the school year.  Textbooks are a major expense for the school and must be cared for properly.  In the event that a book is lost or damaged, the cost of the book will be assessed to the student.  Replacement books, grades, and promotion will be withheld until payment for lost and/or damaged books has been made.  School rules do not permit backpacks, large bags or large purses to be carried during school hours.  All backpacks must fit in and be stored in students’ lockers upon arrival at school.  If a child refuses to place his/her bag into the locker it will be confiscated by an administrator or security and held until the end of the day.

Bus Transportation

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Bus transportation is provided to students who live more than two miles from school.  All bus riders are expected to follow the school bus rules and obey the bus driver.  Any student who fails to follow the bus rules may lose his/her privilege to ride the bus.  Riding the bus is a privilege NOT a right!  Students requesting permission to ride a different bus must bring a written request from parents and receive approval from an administrator.  (**Parent note with contact number: Students must obtain administrative permission to ride a different school bus route.)


The cafeteria is your dining room at school.  Lunch and breakfast is served in the cafeteria each day.  If lunch is not purchased at school, it is the student’s responsibility to bring one from home.  All food is to be eaten only in the cafeteria.  The students are responsible for cleaning up the table and surrounding areas.  Good manners and proper conduct will be expected at all times.  All students will be issued a Personal Identification Number for use in the cafeteria.  Keep your PIN number safe and memorize it by the first week of school.  Students will need their PIN number to purchase anything from the cafeteria. The PIN account may also be used like a personal debit card to purchase lunch.  Breakfast is served from 8:20am – 8:55am in the cafeteria.  (Late bus students may purchase breakfast as soon as they arrive.) There are several lunch periods scheduled throughout the day.  Students should plan to eat a good breakfast in case their lunch period is late each day.

Care of School Property

Students are responsible for the proper care of all books, equipment, supplies, and furniture supplied by the school.  Students who deface or damage school property and equipment will be required to pay for the damage done.

Detention After School Hours

An administrator may find it necessary to assign a student to after school detention due to misbehavior, excessive tardiness, or other reasons.  The student will receive a detention notice to bring home to parents informing them of the date of the assigned detention prior to the detention date. Students must return the detention notice with a parent signature documenting parent communication of the detention.   It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to make appropriate arrangements for transportation home after detention.  Detention may be held Monday thru Thursday from 4:00 - 5:00 pm.

Early Departure

Parents/guardians requesting an early departure for their child need to:

  • Parent/guardian must enter the main office and sign out their student.  At that time, students will be called to the office for departure. Students can not sit in the front office.

Fire Drills

Fire drills are regularly scheduled and constitute one of our most important safety precautions.  All students are expected to obey the alarm, follow the directions, and exit the building prescribed by the assigned route in a quick and orderly manner.  Students may not bring items with them during a fire drill and may not return to the building until directed by their administrator and/or teacher.



Your professional school counselors are here to assist you in being successful in middle school.  You may make an appointment to see your guidance counselor with the guidance secretary.  The counselor will see you as soon as possible to help you develop good study habits, get along with others, and cope with personal issues and concerns.   Teachers are available on a weekly basis to conference with parents.  Please call the guidance department to schedule a conference for your student.

Hall Passes

All students must have a VALID GREEN HALL PASS to be out of class at any time.  No one may be out of class without a completed and signed hall pass!  Students may obtain a hall pass from their teacher.  Students should keep their hall pass in view and be prepared to show it when stopped by any adult in the building.  Passes will NOT be issued during the first or last 15 minutes of each mod.

Health Room


A full time nurse is on duty at all times in the health room day.  If you become ill, the teacher will issue you a hall pass to go to the health room where you will be given assistance or your parents will be contacted.  Students may not carry or use ANY pills, or over the counter medications or substances and/or medication in school unless administered by the nurse.  No medications can be administered by anyone at school without a physician’s orders.  Failure to adhere to this administrative policy will result in an expulsion request.  Parents need to notify the nurse if a student requires medication or special consideration during the school day!  

Inclement Weather

In case it becomes necessary to close school because of inclement weather, dangerous conditions, or other emergencies, school-closing announcements will be broadcasted over local radio and television stations.  Please do NOT call the school for information.  All students who are suspended from school will not count this day of inclement weather towards their suspension.  Students will not be permitted to call home in the event of early school closings. Families should develop a plan for emergencies.  


Every student will be assigned a locker for the school year.  All students are responsible for keeping their locker neat and orderly at all times.  Periodic inspections will be made by the administrators to see that they are clean and orderly.  Use only the locker assigned to you!  Be sure to keep your locker locked at all times.  It is your responsibility NOT to share your locker combination with anyone.  All personal items such as jackets, book bags, umbrellas, lunches, etc. are to be kept in your locker. Students may only use their locker at AM arrival, on the way to lunch, and dismissal.

How To Open Your Locker

Beginning at 0 turn right           Then turn left one whole Turn right and stop

Two whole turns and stop           turn past your first number at your last number.  At your first combination           and stop at your middle Lift the locker handle.

number .           number.

Make sure the locker is closed securely before leaving then spin the dial several times to clear the combination to prevent break-ins.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found items such as textbooks, keys, glasses, pieces of clothing, etc., will be located in the cafeteria on the stage.  It is your responsibility to report and/or return any lost items immediately.

Media Center

The media center is open for your use from 8:30 to 3:30 for use by students, parents, and staff.  You may go to the media center only with a pass from the media specialist, teacher, or an administrator.  Each student is responsible for any materials that are checked out of the media center.

Personal Property

 Cell phones MAY be brought to school, but CANNOT be on or used in school.  Cell phones should be TURNED OFF AND OUT OF VIEW AND SHOULD NOT INTERFER WITH INSTRUCTION!   The school is NOT responsible for ANY personal property brought to school.  Large sums of money and articles of value should NOT be brought to school.  The school will NOT replace missing or stolen items.  If an item is stolen or missing, you should report it to the security office and fill out a “Statement” form about the missing or lost item. We will do our best to try to recover the item. (Administrative Procedure 5132)

Selling Things in School

Students MAY NOT SELL ANYTHING in school or on school property without the permission of the school administration.  Violators are subject to suspension.


It is necessary to have all students in their classrooms ready to work and learn on time.  If you are late, you take away instructional time from your teacher.  Being on time is a good skill to develop for the rest of your life.  Students must be in their homeroom class by 8:55 a.m.  If you arrive at school after 8:55, you must stop at the main office to receive a late slip in order to enter your class.  If you do not have a note signed by your parent/guardian giving a lawful reason for being late, it is an unexcused tardy.  Students who are consistently late to school will receive various disciplinary actions including after school detention and/or suspension.  


Our school telephone number is 301-702-7540.  The office phone is to be used only for school business or in case of an emergency.  Students will NOT be able to use the office phone except in cases of an emergency.  Students will not receive calls or messages UNLESS in an EMERGENCY.  Emergency messages will be given at dismissal.  


Thurgood Marshall Middle School is a mandatory uniform school.  See the “Dress Code” section for details.

Violations to the Student Code of Conduct

Students may be excluded from various activities through- out the year due to poor academics, truancy, and violations to the Code of Conduct.  Possible examples of consequences are: being placed on the No Activity” list, which means exclusion from activities such as dances, athletic events, recognition assemblies, extracurricular activities, and other events.


We encourage parents and guardians to visit our school and your student’s classes.  All visitors must first report to the Main Office to receive a Visitor’s Pass that must be visible during your visit.  Students who do not attend TMMS  may NOT visit the school or classes.  This includes friends and relatives.  The administration and security has the right to ask ANY visitor to leave the school property at any time.



Thurgood Marshall Middle School is a comprehensive middle school focused on academic excellence and character development.  Our academic program is designed to best meet the needs of each of our students.  Students are involved in an academic program that encourages higher order thinking skills in all content areas.  Students will experience literacy across all content areas in support and extension of instruction in all subject areas.  Student will be assessed through homework, tests, projects, and classroom performance.  We believe all students can learn and we will do our best to insure the success of each TMMS student.  

Character Development

Thurgood Marshall Middle School is committed to academic excellence and the development of strong character through a focus of being READY, RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE.   We do this daily.  


Grades are a reflection of student progress and success in class.  Grades are reported to students and parents on a regular basis and we encourage students and parents to confer with the teacher regarding student grades and progress.  Parents may access their student’s grades daily via the parent portal of SchoolMax.  If you need assistance please call the Guidance Office.

Progress Reports

During the fifth week of each grading period, students will be issued a printed progress report to take home.  This report is done to alert and inform parents of student academic progress.  

Report Cards

Four times per school year, report cards are issued to students.  These quarterly reports indicate the student’s performance in each course or class.  Students are graded in the areas of mastery of content, testing, completion of assignments, classroom performance, work habits and attendance.  Letter grades are given for each course and defined as:

 A - Student has achieved success in all course goals.

 B-  Student achieved success in most of the course goals.

 C-  Student achieved success in basic course goals.

 D-  Student achieved success in few of course goals.

 E-  Student has not achieved any success in course goals.

All students will receive, during the first week of enrollment, an explanation of teacher grading policies and classroom expectation.


Homework is an important part of the school program and should always be completed and turned into your teacher.  Missing assignments can dramatically impact your grade.  Students and parents should expect about 30 minutes of homework each night in every subject.  Homework can be in many forms and is designed to supplement classwork, reinforce current learning, and provide practice of specific skills and concepts.  Parentscan be supportive of homework by providing a quiet work environment, having needed supplies, and monitoring assignments and projects.  We encourage all students to select a “Study Buddy” for each class who will be a support when students may be absent from class.  Students may contact their “study buddy” to get assignments, notes, or assistance as needed.

Honor Roll

The Honor Roll recognizes student excellence and encourages more effort on the part of all students to reach excellence.  Students with an “A” (4.0 or better) average are recognized on the Principal’s Honor Roll.  Students earning grades of all “A’s and B’s” will become members of the Eagles Honor Roll.  A 3.0 or better is recognized as County Honor Roll.  Various activities are used to recognize and celebrate honor roll success.

Educational Materials

Textbooks are one tool used in the TMMS instructional program.  Some classes may utilize a variety of texts and materials in the delivery of the instructional program.  It is the student’s responsibility to cover and take care of the materials.  Remember, students are responsible for returning all textbooks or payment for lost or damaged books.  Student’s recognition assembly, grades, and records will be denied and withheld until payment has been made in full.  It is expected that all students will come to class prepared to learn with the tools necessary for learning.  Each teacher team will supply a list of materials and supplies each student needs for the instructional program.  Teachers may also request special materials for some projects or activities.  TMMS sponsors a student run School Store where students can purchase basic school supplies.  We appreciate your assistance in making sure your student has his/her needed school supplies.  

Student Supply List

Here is a list of the basic supplies that you should have at school each day.  Your team of teachers will also tell you any other supplies that you might need.  BE SURE to have your supplies in EVERY CLASS EVERYDAY!

Student Supply List

Student planner (to be purchased at school for $5) 1 Bottle of Antibacterial Soap
Three inch 3 –ring binder 1 box of Kleenex & paper towels 
 5 - 10 #2 pencils (per month)  3 Highlighters
Ruler with both English and Metric 1 Clear Protractor and compass
¼” Graph paper 2 boxes of colored pencils
(2) Composition books Sticky notes
(4) 1-subject plastic-covered notebooks (at least 100 pages) Transparent tape
Packages of subject dividers Construction paper
Pencil pouch (to attach to 3 Ring Binder) Hand Sanitizer
Transparent tape/Glue stick Cleaning (Clorox) wipes
2 Pocket Folders  


Do NOT bring magic markers or “white out” unless directed by

your  teacher.


Physical Education

Students who are taking physical education classes MUST wear a uniform.  The compliance of this uniform is included in the student’s daily P.E. grade.  Students are required to wear an athletic t-shirt and shorts or pants. You may also call the school for more information.

Peer Mediation

Avoiding conflict and resolving problems are learned skills.  In order to assist students in this area we provide a Peer Mediation Program.  Students will be referred to peer mediators to help them in resolving conflicts before they lead to larger behavioral issues in school.  Peer mediation assists students in learning how to deal with concerns in a positive appropriate manner.

Positive Language

In order to maintain a positive environment, it is essential that ALL persons play an active role by speaking to and with one another in a polite positive manner.  We are dedicated to the elimination of abusive, negative, profane or course language.  Everyone at TMMS have the right to expect RESPECT..  Any student whose conduct is in violation of our rules and procedures can expect any member of the school staff to call attention to that violation and give the necessary consequence.  Every student is expected to respond positively to ANY adult request.  Failure to respond will be treated as a serious infraction.

Thurgood Marshall Middle School

Mandatory Uniform Policy

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The sole purpose of our dress code policy is to maintain a safe environment for all students who attend Thurgood Marshall Middle School.


Things listed here are in compliance with the mandatory uniform policy.  The policy is for boys and girls.


Things listed here are violations of the uniform policy.  The policy is for boys and girls.

  • Tops

    6th grade - Grey      7th grade – Red                  8th grade  - Black

  • Long or short sleeved  polo-style shirt with two or three clear, black or appropriate colored buttons at the neck.

  • Tops must be tucked in securely.

  • TMMS club/organization shirts are acceptable on designated days.

  • Tops

    • May not have any colored piping, embroidery, designs, logos, characters, names or numbers of any size.

    • Sleeveless tops, fish net, crop tops, v-necks, halters.

    • Undershirts and tee-shirts should not be visible out of sleeves of shirt.

  • Other tops

    • All sweaters, cardigans, sweatshirts, and fleece are acceptable but must be worn over the uniform shirt, but must be color specific to the grade level.  

    • Other tops

      • Jackets and coats may not be worn in class and must be kept in your locker.

      • Sweaters, cardigans, and fleece should not be worn around the waist when not in use on the shoulder.

  • Belts

    • Students are encouraged to wear a belt that goes through the

                            loops and are buckled securely at the waist.

    • Belts

      • Belts should only be worn when there are belt loops.

  • Shoes

    • Tennis shoes may be worn

    • Must be fully enclosed

    • Shoes

      • No sandals or slippers of any type… All feet must be covered.

    • Pants

      • Tan or  khaki in color

      • Uniform pants should be secure around waist and are encouraged to be secured with a belt.

      • Shorts should be of appropriate length. (Use finger-tip rule)

      • Shorts and pants must have a finished bottom (no cut-offs).

  • Pants

    • May not fall below the waist, sag, contain characters, names, or numbers of any size.

    • Skirts

      • Tan or khaki in color

      • Must be fingertip length or more when hand is placed at your side and standing at attention.              

  • Skirts

    • Mini skirts and high splits are not allowed.

    • Skirts must have a finished hem, no cut offs

  • Jewelry and accessories

    • Neck jewelry must be worn inside your shirt.

    • Earrings Diameter of a quarter or smaller) and extending no further than one 1 inch below the earlobe.

    • Jewelry and accessories

      • Jewelry should not pose safety hazards.  No pinned buttons.

      • Bracelets, charms, may not be replicas of weapons or contraband.  No chains may be worn.

      • Any accessories and/or jewelry deemed unsafe will be asked to be removed or confiscated.

    • Hair accessories

      • Ribbons, barrettes, headbands, pony tail holders are acceptable.

  • Hair accessories

    • No bandanas, hats, scarves, do-rags, skull caps.


    Student academic success can only be achieved in a safe an orderly environment. In order to meet these  expectations, all members of the school community-parents, students, and educators must accept responsibility for sustaining a high level of positive personal performance.  All schools have a certain set of rules and regulations that govern student behavior.  Students and parents must realize that we will not allow one student’s negative behavior to hinder another student from learning or stop a teacher from teaching.  The Student Code of Conduct has been updated to serve as the policy and procedure related to student behavior.  It is the purpose of the code to provide the guidelines and procedures governing student conduct and discipline in the Prince George’s County Public Schools.  


    LEVEL 1

    Violation of Classroom and Bus Rules

    Minor Offenses

    Disciplinary Options

    • Academic dishonesty

    • Classroom disruption

    • Failure to wear ID badge

    • Internet/computer misuse

    • Lack of class preparation

    • Tardy to class

    • Public display of affection

    • Bullying (Minor Harassment)

    • Physical Aggression with another student (Pushing, Shoving, Play Fighting)

    • Verbal correction

    • Teacher-student conference

    • Student-counselor conference

    • Parent conference/shadowing

    • Detention

    • Administrative intervention

    NOTE: Serious or repeated Level I misbehavior may be treated as Level II, III, or IV infractions.


    Conduct Requiring Administrative Intervention


    Disciplinary Options

    • Repeated Level I Offenses

    • Defamation

    • Insubordination

    • Unauthorized use of electronic devices.

    • Unauthorized sale or distribution

    • Dress Code violation

    • Bullying (Minor Harassment)

    • Class cutting/Truancy

    • Theft/Below $500

    • Threat

    • Unauthorized departure from school

    • Loitering

    • Forgery

    • Vandalism/Below $500

    • Parent contact

    • Administrator/teacher/student conference

    • Detention (teacher/administrator)

    • Parent shadowing

    • Exclusion from extracurricular activities

    • Loss of bus privileges

    • Mediation

    • Behavior contract

    • Restitution for damages

    • Other appropriate administrator action.

    • Parent contact

    • Administrator/teacher/student conference

    • Detention (teacher/administrator)

    • Parent shadowing

    • Exclusion from extracurricular activities

    • Loss of bus privileges

    • Mediation

    • Behavior contract

    • Restitution for damages

    • Other appropriate administrator action

    Serious or repeated Level II misbehavior may be treated as Level III, or IV infractions.


    Suspension and/or Removal to a Disciplinary Alternative Educational Program

    Offenses that significantly disrupt the educational process, school environment, and/or school related activity


    Disciplinary Options

    • Repeated Level I or Level II Offenses

    • Vandalism/Destruction of Property

    • Disrespect

    • Fighting

    • Assault

    • Gambling

    • Bullying

    • Hazing

    • Theft/$500 or more

    • Trespassing

    • Inciting others to violence or   disruption

    • Threat to a PGCPS Employee

    • Reckless endangerment

    • Repeatedly disruptive conduct

    • Vandalism/destruction of property $500 or more

    • Group fight

    Repeated Level III Misbehavior may result in a more serious consequence, such as a request for a long-term suspension, or as a Level IV Offense.

    Repeated Level III Misbehavior may result in a more serious

    consequence, such as a request for a long-term suspension, or as a Level IV Offense.

    Expulsion and/or Removal to a Disciplinary Alternative Education Program

    Suspension Conduct

    Disciplinary Options

    • Bomb threat

    • False alarm

    • Possession / Distribution and/or use of controlled dangerous substance/Alcohol.

    • Shakedown/Strong Arm

    • Extortion/arson

    • Assault.

    • Biohazard/or threat of

    • Possession or use of a weapon.

    • Possession or use of fireworks or explosives.

    • Physical attack on PGCPS employee.

    • Vandalism/Destruction of property above $500.

  • Student will be placed on suspension while the Principal submits a request for expulsion.  

    • Referral to alternative placement as available and appropriate.


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