July 12, 2012

High School Preparing for Start of 2012-13 School Year

While summer vacation is in full swing, preparations are already underway for the start of the 2012-13 school year at the Scotland County R-I High School.

Principal Ryan Bergeson announced the high school gym refinishing project will begin July 17th, effectively closing the facility until the start of school.

The high school hallways will be waxed beginning July 23rd, so they will be closed to all traffic through Friday, July 27th. The high school building will be closed on July 23rd and will not reopen until Monday, July 30th.

Junior high and high school orientation will be held Tuesday, August 7th. Seventh grade orientation will start at 6 p.m. with freshmen orientation at 7:30 p.m.

New junior high students will learn about the transition to the high school with a meet and greet with the staff, classroom tours and locker assignments.

Freshmen orientation will discuss the transition from middle school, including information regarding A+ requirements.

New faces in the High School this year will be Shaina Dochterman - Physical Education; Dana Frederick - Art; Michael Fulk - Band & Chorus; and Ginni Monroe - School Nurse.

High school enrollment and picture dates are set for August 6th, 7th and 8th from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student pictures and senior composites will be taken in Ms. Olakowski's room.

Bergeson noted that professional development days are set for Tuesday, August 14th and Wednesday, August 15th with the students' first day of school to be Thursday, August 16th.

The new school year will also feature a number of adjustments to the board-approved student handbook.

Sports drinks, energy drinks, sodas, coffee, cappuccino, etc. will be prohibited in the hallways and in the classrooms at the SCR-I High School. Bergeson noted that the change was made in an effort to take pride in the school and to prevent distractions to the learning process.

Food items purchased at area businesses must be eaten in the commons area before school begins at 8:15 a.m. Any student bringing unapproved food or drink items into the school will be asked to throw it away immediately. The allowing of individual water bottles in the classroom is left up to the discretion of the teacher in the individual classroom.

No food or drink will be allowed in the library, ITV room or carpeted hallways.

The only time food or drink other than water would be allowed in the hallway or classroom would be a student celebration based on teacher prior approval.

The handbook also adjusted locker policies at the high school. Each student is assigned a locker at the beginning of each school year. Trading lockers is prohibited. Bergeson stated that the lockers were completely refurbished in the summer of 2012.

Students will be prohibited from taping/sticking/gluing anything on the outside of the locker. Students may only use magnets on the outside of the lockers. All personal items such as bags, books, coats, etc. are to be placed inside the lockers to prevent hallway clutter.

Book bags are to be placed in the lockers during the school day and should not be taken into the classrooms. Book bags are not allowed in classrooms for safety reasons.

Hand held devices such as I-Pods, I-Pads, Netbooks, Laptops, etc. will be allowed at each teacher's discretion for academic reasons only. These items should not be used in the hallway nor should they distract the educational environment for any reason. Any student breaking this policy will be under the following discipline guidelines:

1st Offense: The device will be taken and the student may pick up the device after school. 2nd Offense: The device will be taken and the parent may pick up the device after school. 3rd Offense: The student will lose all electronic device privileges for the remainder of the school year.

The handbook also addresses proper dress code at the facility.

"Students, staff, and visitors should be completely dressed, including shoes, at all times," the code states.

Examples of apparel viewed as inappropriate for school included: Any clothing exposing underwear, under garments, or private body parts; Clothing illustrated with words, symbols, or statements advertising or promoting alcohol, tobacco or drug abuse; Clothing illustrated with views or innuendos involving sexual issues and/or depictions of violence or profanity; Accessories or clothing that could be used as a weapon (chains).

The dress code prohibits the wearing of hats, head coverings, or hoods in the building, except for spirit days.

Shirts with excessive cutting or tearing that exposes the body are prohibited as are shirts with straps less than 2 inches or 3 fingers in width.

In all cases of questionable dress, the administration will have the final decision.

"It is our hope that all students, staff, and visitors appear clean, neat, and dressed respectfully at all times while at school and school activities," Bergeson stated. "If the dress code is continually abused, disciplinary action will be taken."

The handbook also addresses homework policies, noting that the Board of Education recognizes that homework which is properly designed, carefully planned, and geared to the development of the individual student has a definite place in the educational program.

The board agrees that teachers should make meaningful homework assignments. The purpose should always be clearly understood by both the teacher and the students. These assignments should be consistent in terms of the amount given each day and the time required for each assignment so that a pattern of meaningful homework can be established by the teacher and/or the students.

Every student is expected to turn in all homework. Late homework will be accepted with the following grade deductions: 1 Day Late - 80% of graded score; 2 Days Late - 60% of graded score.

Assignments not turned in by the end of the class period on the second day late will result in an automatic Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) and the student will be assigned to make up the missing assignment after school, with the opportunity to receive 50% of the graded score. If the assignment is not turned in by the end of the ELO, the student will receive ZERO credit for the assignment.

In the case of excused absences, missed work must be completed within the timeframe of one day for every one day missed.

For more information, contact the high school at 660-465-8901.

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