• Text Box: Calhoun Middle School
Attendance Office – Lisa Smerdon Attendance Clerk 940-369-2455

Attendance Email Address: cmsnotes@dentonisd.org

School begins promptly at 8:15 AM (Warning Bell at 8:10 AM) and ends at 3:35 PM.

Ensuring our students are given every opportunity to be successful is a key component of Calhoun Middle School thus attendance and timeliness are of utmost importance. Students should make every effort to be prompt and present, so each one of our students can reach his/her fullest potential.

Absent from School:
1.  You can email cmsnotes@dentonisd.org the morning of the absence or send a note to school within 72 hours of the student returning.

2.  Provide name, grade, ID number, relationship to student, date/time, and reason for absence.
3.  If student will be or was absent for more than one day, please include all days in the email or note. 
4.  A phone call advising the school of the absence is not necessary as it is NOT an acceptable form of reporting an absence. 

Late to School:
1.  Students arriving late to school must report directly to the attendance office

2.  An excused tardy is given for illness with a note from a parent/guardian, a medical/dental appointment or a late school bus

3.  An unexcused tardy is given for a missed bus, heavy traffic, oversleeping or a reason which is unconfirmed by parent/guardian.

4.  A phone call is NOT an acceptable form of reporting late. 
5.  Students are to be in their classrooms/seats (dependent upon classroom policy) when the bell rings to begin the class period. Excessive tardiness may result in a detention with the teacher. Habitual tardiness may result in other disciplinary action.
Early Release from School:
1.  Parents must come into the office to sign out their child.  Students must check back in at the office upon their return. 
2. Students will not be called down early for an appointment. They will not be released from class until the parent/guardian has arrived.

3.  Students who leave school without checking out properly will be marked “unexcused” and may face disciplinary action. 
4. If a student leaves and returns the same day they must have a Doctor’s note or letter from court in order for the absence to be excused.
Attendance Policy:

1.  A warning letter will be sent home after 3 unexcused absences in a 4-week period or 5 unexcused within the school year.  Any further unexcused absences require intervention. Ten unexcused absences will result in filing truancy.
2.  A letter will be sent home if a student is absent 10 or more days whether excused or unexcused.  Medical documentation may be required for future absences.
Please let the attendance office know if you have any questions. Thank you