Student Handbook

 MISSION

Our mission is to provide young men and women with a solid educational foundation in a context of care and concern.

Park View Middle School combines a challenging curriculum with clear moral direction. Instruction is marked by the seamless integration of technology and a dedication to the mental, physical and moral development of all students.

Students will receive a quality education, sensitive to their learning styles and designed to equip them with the skills and core knowledge upon which further learning must be based.  Park View’s curriculum is founded firmly on the fundamental tradition that values the refinement of thought and fortification of character that charges individuals with the responsibility to the common good and a global perspective of the world and their places in it.

POLICY STATEMENT

 Park View Middle School is committed to providing the best possible education for the students. This commitment requires not only top-quality courses, highly-qualified teachers, and well-equipped facilities, but also a safe, positive environment for our students, staff, parents, and community partners.

 Park View Middle School Board of Education expects all students to adhere to strict standards of acceptable behavior so that maximum learning can take place in our schools.

This Code of Student Conduct sets out the rules of student behavior that apply to all students and describes the procedures for imposing appropriate disciplinary measures on students who violate these rules. When punishment must be administered, this Code ensures that it is fair and that it serves the best interests of all the students.

In general, disciplinary action will be designed to correct misconduct and to encourage all students to adhere to their responsibilities as citizens of the school community. Disciplinary actions will be in proportion to the severity of the unacceptable behavior, its impact on the school environment, the student’s age and grade level, the student’s previous discipline history, and other relevant factors.

Where appropriate in light of the severity of the behavioral problem, the disciplinary process will include due consideration of student support services that may be available through the school, the school system, other public entities, or community organizations.

Parent notification and parental involvement are essential to any effort to modify a student’s inappropriate behavior. This Code of Student Conduct will only be effective if parents and guardians, teachers, and school administrators work together to improve student behavior and enhance academic performance. Parents, educators, and community members are urged to communicate their concerns about student behavior or the student discipline process to the school’s administrative staff. Parent notification and parental involvement are essential to any effort to modify a student’s inappropriate behavior. Parent notification may be in the form of a note written in the student’s agenda, an email, a phone call, regular mail, etc., but may not occur every time the student has their behavior redirected.

This Code of Student Conduct is implemented pursuant to Board Policy

 PURPOSE OF CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT

This Code of Student Conduct is intended to inform students in Grades 6-12 of the types of behaviors that are unacceptable as well as what is expected. It is impossible, however, to write a Code that addresses every conceivable variation of prohibited behavior. Consequently, students should understand that they may be disciplined for other misconduct that directly affects the orderly mission of the school or that is otherwise obviously inappropriate, whether or not it is specifically listed in this Code.

The School and its employees may impose campus or classroom rules in addition to those found in this Code of Student Conduct. Those rules may be posted in classrooms or handed out to students and may or may not constitute violations of the Code of Student Conduct.

 KNOWING AND COMPLYING WITH CODE OF STUDENT CONDUCT

The Code of Student Conduct is distributed to all students. It is reviewed with the faculty and staff during the summer to assure their understanding prior to the distribution of the Code to students.

The Code is distributed and discussed with students during the first week of school. A signature of receipt is required from each student and parent/guardian. Meetings are held during the first three weeks of school to discuss discipline and the application of discipline procedures.

 POLICIES AND PROCEDURES 

2013 – 2014

The following policies, rules and regulations set forth in this handbook are for the benefit of the student and all other members of the Park View Middle School Community.  A student’s sharing of his/her talents in athletic, artistic, academic, dramatic, and other aspects of Park View life will contribute to their own growth as well as to the welfare of their fellow students.

 Required Notices and Parent Information

Crisis/Emergency Plan

Our school has an emergency/crisis plan to respond to unforeseen events. The plans include responses to a variety of scenarios along with lockdown and evacuation procedures.  In addition, each plan is updated annually by the school emergency response team and followed up with training for staff members. School crisis plans are available for review upon request to the school administration.  The following information is requested for all parents and students to enhance communication in the event of an emergency or crisis situation: home, work and parent/student cell phone numbers, as well as home and work (when permissible) e-mail addresses.

 FERPA/PPRA

The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) amended the Protection of Pupil Rights (PPRA) to require that the local educational agencies notify annually every child’s family of their rights as they pertain to PPRA and Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) provides for a parent’s right to inspect, review and seek correction of a child’s educational records. Copies of this policy are on file in the school office.  If you wish to review your child’s record, you may request the school principal to set up a convenient time for such a review. If your child is enrolled in a special education program, you should contact Special Education to arrange such a review. The school will comply with your request as soon as possible.

If, when reviewing the records, you feel that the information on your child is inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the privacy rights of your child, you may request the modification of the records or enter into the records your own statements of clarification or explanation.  Upon reaching the age of18, astudent has all of the legal rights and responsibilities previously given to a parent or legal guardian.  Parents who claim a student 18 years or older as a dependent may still have access to all records.

Student records may be released to authorized school personnel or another school that the student wishes to attend.

 Rights Under Title IX

Park View does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its educational program or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, respectively.

 School Board Meetings

Board meeting notices are posted in the school’s office, located at 9030 East Florentine, Prescott Valley AZ 86314

 Title One Parent Involvement Policy

Park View will put into operation programs, activities, and procedures for the involvement of parents in all of its schools with Title I, Part A programs, consistent with Section 1118 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Those programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating students.

Program Services

Child Find Procedures

The intent of Child Find under both federal and state requirements is to ensure that all children ages birth – 21 with delays or disabilities are identified, located, and evaluated in order to receive needed early intervention support or special education services.  Please notify the office of any concerns.

 Chronic Health

This program is for those students with a chronic health condition, as certified by a physician, who are unable to attend regular classes for intermittent periods of time of one or more consecutive days because of illness or accident, but who are not able to qualify for homebound services. Forms to be filled out by the physician must be obtained through the principal’s office.

 Homebound

Students with a serious health condition that prevents them from attending school on a regular basis may continue their education through homebound services. A doctor’s statement that a student will not be able to attend school for at least 60 consecutive days is required. A Homebound instructor will see the student in his/her home to provide instruction. Not all courses offered at PVMS can be offered within homebound schooling. For more information, contact the principal for proper paperwork.

Homeless Policy

Park View enrolls homeless children and youth, without barriers such as transportation, immunization, residency, birth certificates, school records or other documentation and guardianship. This enrollment is contingent on space available within the school at the time of enrollment by the homeless child or youth. Faculty and staff are trained regarding removal of barriers and appropriate treatment of homeless children and youth (HY&C).  Homeless students are not stigmatized or segregated on the basis of their status of homelessness.  Transportation is provided via public transit at the request of the parent or guardian.

Park View has a dispute resolution process that contains all the required components.  HC&Y are enrolled in school of choice until dispute is settled.  Park View delivers a decision in writing and parents are notified of their right to appeal to the state level.

Park View provides Title One services to homeless students, referrals to local preschool programs for siblings, transportation cards for public transit, and referrals to medical, dental and mental health providers.

The liaison is the site administrator or staff member designated by the site administrator.  The liaison ensures that HC&Y are identified, enrolled and receive educational services.  The liaison informs parents of educational and related opportunities for their children and trains staff regarding homelessness

Park View Middle School

Education of Homeless Children and Youth

Dispute Resolution Process

If a dispute arises over school selection or enrollment in for a student eligible under the McKinney-Vento Act:

The child or youth shall be immediately admitted to the school in which enrollment is sought, pending resolution of the dispute. This enrollment is contingent upon space available within the school. Park View will provide its share of the transportation to the school selected for the duration of the dispute resolution process. 

The child, youth, parent, or guardian shall be referred to Park View. Local Educational Liaison, who shall carry out the dispute resolution process as expeditiously as possible after receiving notice of the dispute.  In the case of an unaccompanied youth, the Local Educational Liaison shall ensure that the youth is immediately enrolled in school pending the resolution of the dispute. This enrollment is contingent upon space available within the school.

The Local Educational Liaison shall work through the expedited dispute resolution process.  For Park View that process involves:

A)  Jeannette Bray and Betsy Bowers are the liaisons. 

B)  They will meet and investigate any dispute that is filed in writing.

C)  A decision will be made by the team and reported back to the parent within one week after receiving the dispute in writing

 Park View shall provide the parent, guardian, or homeless youth with:

1)       a written explanation of the school’s decision regarding school selection or enrollment; and

2)       written forms so that, if dissatisfied with the school’s decision, the parent, guardian or youth may appeal the decision to the state level. 

(http://www.ade.az.gov/asd/homeless/disputeresolution.asp)

 Special Education

Federal and state law requires school schools, charter schools, and other public education agencies to provide a free, appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities.

This free, appropriate public education refers to special education and related services, described in an Individualized Education Program and provided to the child in the least restrictive environment.

Children with disabilities, and their parents, are guaranteed certain educational rights, known as procedural safeguards, from birth to age 22. The law and its implementing regulations also provide methods to help you assure that your input is considered. If you want a copy of the procedural safeguards, please call the school.

If your child is having difficulty in school, please check with the teacher to determine what interventions have been tried to help your child succeed.

If the interventions are unsuccessful, a referral for special education evaluation may be necessary. You may contact the school administrator or school psychologist if you wish to personally make a referral.

If special education disabilities are suspected, we are required to evaluate your child to identify and document whether your child has a disability that affects his or her learning and, if so, to determine what special education and related services are required, if any.

The evaluation will be done only after a team has explained what they plan to do during the evaluation. The team will use tests and procedures selected specifically for your child.  The evaluation will not include basic tests or procedures used routinely for all students within a class, grade or school.

This evaluation will be conducted according to federal and state requirements and will include information you provide. Following the evaluation, we will provide you the complete results within 60 calendar days of your written consent.

If your child is found to be eligible for special education services, we request that you serve as part of a team to help us develop an Individualized Education Plan and identify the special education and related services your child needs. You may ask others to be present at the IEP meeting if you wish.

 Title One Student Eligibility & Rank Order Procedure

Title I is a federally funded program designed to assist students who are struggling academically. Students are served through Park View’s tutoring program outside of school hours.

Targeted Title One students will be referred into the program using the following criteria:

  • Parent request
  • AIMS results
  • Stanford 10 results
  • Classroom academic performance
  • Teacher referral

Students are rank ordered as to how services will be provided by scores on the state mandated assessment. Students are rank ordered by AIMS scores.

Significant progress in academic achievement as shown through progress monitoring will allow students to move from frequent accommodations to less frequent and allow other students to receive additional help. Progress monitoring will be done throughout the support time period.

Student Expectations.

In keeping with the environment and culture of a college-prep experience, we ask the students to fulfill the following expectations, and we pledge to uphold the following expectations of the schools.

School Expectations Student Expectations
The school will offer honors, dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment and AP courses that will allow the student to earn college credits before leaving high school. Students will meet the pre-requisite testing and admittance requirements for the courses whether they be CVPA and PVMS requirements, or the universities requirements.
The school will provide tutoring, one-on-one help and academic testing that allows the maximum growth for its students above and beyond the regular classroom. The students will be responsible for attending the sessions and continuing communication with the teacher about their progress and academic growth and seek the help they need.
The school is tuition free and will provide a “private” experience. The students will understand that just because it is free does not mean that their enrollment is guaranteed. Meeting the expectations of the school is required for continue attendance.
The school will communicate with their parents regarding student’s progress on a consistent basis. The students understand that the parent, student, school team is crucial to their success and will remain a cooperative member of the team.
The school will hold students accountable for their behaviors and enforce all school rules including an intolerance of bullying and harassment. The students will understand that they are obligated to inform the office should school rules be broken and to trust the school to handle situations that arise.
The school will provide a culture of college preparatory and positive attitudes for its students to continue their education. The students will understand that the school rules and policies are set in place in order to provide this unique experience and they will follow them at all times.

 

GENERAL CAMPUS POLICIES

 School Schedules

Park View Middle School’s hours are from8:00 amto 2:30 pm Monday through Friday.  After-school clubs are scheduled from 2:35-3:30.  Sports schedules are according to the coach and Athletic Director.

 Attendance/Closed Campus/ Tardies

A strong correlation exists between academic success and regular school attendance. Attendance is the responsibility of the student and his/her family. Students should remain out of school only when necessary because much of the classroom activity cannot be replicated; the benefit of discussion and participation is lost forever to those who are absent. Regular attendance is the key to the success a student may gain from his/her school program.

State Truancy Law

Arizona State Law (15-802.A, 15-803.E) requires every person who has custody of a child between the ages of six and sixteen years shall make sure the child attends school for the full time school is in session unless unable to attend due to illness or another legitimate reason.  If a parent fails to ensure that the student attends school, the law states that he/she is guilty of Class 3 misdemeanors.   When the parent does not provide a valid excuse for the student’s absence, district truancy personnel may cite the student, parent, or custodian directly into court for violating the state truancy law. 

  1. Combination of 15 absences (Excused OR Unexcused), the minor student and the minor student’s parent or legal guardian is in violation of the statute and subject to prosecution.
  2. Prior to the state filing charges against the student and/or parent for the truancy violation, the parent is sent an advisory letter setting forth the allegation and the consequences.  If a subsequent truancy occurs after the advisory letter, truancy personnel may issue a citation to the parent and/or student for violation of the state truancy law.

Attendance Policy

NINETY PERCENT (90%) ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT BY LAW.

In order to receive credit for the term, 90% attendance is required in each assigned class (ARS.15-803B).  Classes missed due to school-approved activities, e.g., field trips, performing groups, student government, etc., are excluded.  Administrators are authorized to excuse additional absences for extended illness, injury or extenuating circumstances upon satisfactory verification including a licensed doctor’s certified note or letter.  In such cases, to receive credit, students are expected to make up missed work in a timely manner.  Credit may be withheld if work is not completed and submitted to the correct teacher.

 Absences: Defined

Absence is defined as a student’s non-attendance in his/her assigned classroom during an assigned period. Absences are a result of personal illness, doctor or dentist appointments, serious family illness, death in the family, suspensions, or prior notification by the parent to the administration.

 Excused Absences

Absences are excused if the parents/guardians excuse by phone or note (authorized school activities are not absences) within one day of the student’s return to school. Ten absences in a semester class could result in credit being withheld.  Should a student have 10 or more absences in a semester, the student and /or parent may receive a truancy citation and may lose the right to appeal for class credit.

 Unexcused Absences

Unexcused absences are those absences that the parent does not authorize within 24 hours of the student’s return to school OR absences that an administrator has confirmed as unexcused OR absences that are for other than illness or emergency.  Please see the discipline matrix to review the consequences of unexcused absences. Canyon View Prep retains the services of a truant officer to ensure enforcement of this law.

Consequences for truancy are outlined in the discipline matrix.

 Absences: Truancies and Extracurricular Events

If a student is truant for ANY part of a day, they will be ineligible to participate at the next event or practice. This does include sporting events. The student is expected to attend and dress out, but they may not be able to participate.

 Absences: Leaving Campus

Students who become ill during the school day must get permission from the teacher to go to the office and obtain parental permission before leaving campus. Any student needing to leave campus due to illness must sign out. Leaving campus without checking out through the office is considered truancy.

 If a student returns to campus that day, he/she must sign back in with their parent before returning to class.  If a parent or guardian is picking up a student, then he/she is required to show ID and sign the student out before the student is released from school.

Parents are not allowed to sign a student out after 2:05 pm.

 Absences: Religious

Recognized religious holidays are not subject to the 7 day-absent limit policy, but do require notification to the administrator by the student’s parents at least 24 hours in advance.

 Student Responsibilities

Students are obligated to attend classes for which they are scheduled.  Students are to:

  1. Be prompt to all classes.
  2. Check out with the attendance office prior to leaving campus.  Students must have prior permission to leave campus.  Absences from students leaving without permission from attendance or administration will remain unexcused.
  3. Report to class first and obtain permission from the teacher to leave class for any reason.
  4. Report directly and immediately to the attendance office upon arriving late to school.  Students are not to loiter in cars or around campus.
  5. Have all absences excused by parent no later than one day upon returning to school.
  6. Request and complete any work missed for excused absences
  7. Ninety percent (90%) attendance does not imply that a class will be automatically passed.  Students must attain a passing grade to receive credit.

 Parent Responsibilities

It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that students attend school regularly and to inform the school of any absence.  By law, students under the age of 16 are required to attend school.  Parents shall be responsible for:

  1.     Assuring that students under the age of 16 enroll in school and attend regularly.
  2.     Excusing student absences by:
  • Contacting the attendance office prior to an absence, or
  • Calling on the day of the absence before3:00,  or
  • Sending a note.
  1. Absences not excused within 24 hours will remain unexcused.
  2. Initiating conferences with:
  • Teachers to discuss excessive absences or loss of credit.
  • School administrators to discuss unexcused absences or to appeal teacher action.

 School Responsibilities

It is the school’s responsibility to:

  1. Maintain accurate attendance records.
  2. Make a reasonable effort to inform students and parents of the attendance policy and procedures
  3. Make a reasonable effort to communicate with parents regarding excessive absences
  4. Meet with parents upon request.
  5. Notify student and parent of loss of credit.
  6. Provide attendance summaries to parents upon request.
  7. Explain the attendance policy and procedures to students at the beginning of school.

 Teachers Responsibilities

  1. Take attendance daily and keep accurate records.
  1. Contact parent when absences interfere with academic performance.
  2. Consult with student regarding possible loss of credit, and provide make-up work for students with excused absences.

Attendance Loss of Credit Appeal

If a student loses credit due to excessive absences, tardies, or truancies, a letter will be mailed home explaining the reason for loss of credit as well as the procedure to appeal for credit.  Students and parents must sign and return the appeal form.  A parent conference will be required to develop a plan for a successful appeal.

Students should continue to attend class and complete assigned work.  Work must be completed during the course.  Attendance appeals will be turned in no sooner than 2 weeks prior to the end of the semester and no later than the last day of the semester. The result of the appeal will be sent home along with the student’s semester report card.

 Tardies

Tardies are viewed as a disruption to the classroom environment. Coming in late not only deprives the tardy student of full learning time, but it also disrupts the education of other students. If a student is to learn, he/she must be in his/her workstation prepared to work when class begins. The school reserves the right to determine whether a student is tardy.

 1st Period Tardy/Arriving on Campus for the first time.

All tardy students must report to the front office before attending class. In order for a tardy to be excused, a parent must escort the student into the office and sign him/her in. 

 Tardy to class during school day.

 Students who are tardy to other classes will have their tardies recorded by the office staff or the teacher. Consequences for habitual tardies are outlined in the discipline matrix.  Students with 8 or more tardies in a single class per semester may lose credit and should fill out an appeal form from the office. Students with 15 or more tardies per semester in a single class may lose the right to appeal for credit.

 Closed Campus Policy – Lunchtime

We maintain a closed campus during the lunch period. Middle school students may not leave campus for lunch unless they have their parent, legal guardian, or authorized emergency contact person sign them out of school in the attendance office for their assigned lunch period.  All students are to remain only in designated areas during lunch.

Park View does not allow parents to call in for students in order to leave campus for lunch. Parents or other students may not bring in food from outside vendors or have food delivered to students. This causes a disruption to the campus during lunch.  Students are required to remain in dress code during the lunch period.

 Leaving Campus During the School Day

Students may not leave the school grounds during the school day unless they have an approved shortened class schedule, attend classes at an approved educational institution, or are assigned to approved internship/work program.  Requests for release of students during the school day, for reasons not noted above, will be recognized from parent, legal guardian or authorized emergency contact person only. Student who are 18 years of age are allowed to sign themselves in and out of the school.

 Campus Pass Regulations

Students are expected to be in class when the last bell rings each and every period.  Students should rarely need to leave class until the dismissal bell rings.  For those rare occasions when teachers grant a student permission to leave class, a campus pass must be carried.  NO STUDENT SHOULD BE OUT OF CLASS WITHOUT A SIGNED CAMPUS PASS.  Only staff members or an administrator may excuse a student who is tardy from one activity on campus to another.

 Students On Campus Outside of Scheduled Class Time

Students are prohibited from loitering in or around the school campus. Students waiting for a class or an event to begin must wait in a designated area until their event begins or the school day ends. Students may not wait in the school office lobby.

Cell Phones/ Student Personal Electronic/Communication Devices (Ipods, Mp3 players, CD players, handheld game systems)

Unless authorized by staff for a specific school activity, students’ personal electronic/communication devices such as  radios, recorder/players, CD/DVD players, I Pods, MP3 players, laser pointers, pagers and cellular telephones are to remain off and concealed inside a purse or backpack during the school day. Student’s misuse of such devices, or if use of such devices disrupts the educational environment, will result in disciplinary action. See discipline matrix.

Please note that Park View  WILL NOT BE responsible for lost or missing devices nor will we investigate when the items are presumed stolen.  Park View’s recommendation regarding this policy is that students should keep ALL devices at home. Consequences for having these devices on campus are outlined in the discipline matrix.

Custody

In cases where custody/visitation affects the school, the school shall follow the most recent court order on file with the school. It is the responsibility of the custodial parent or parents having joint custody to provide the school with the most recent court order. Restraining orders, court orders and injunctions can only be modified or rescinded by a court.

 Dress Code

The school reserves the right to insist that the dress and grooming of students conforms to the expected appearance of a college preparatory high school. This means that they are neat, clean, appropriate, and conducive to learning in the classroom. The following specific criteria must be met IN ADDITION to the requirements stated above.

 -          Students may not have colored hair. Natural and subtle looking highlights in natural colors may be worn, but the student’s overall hair color must be natural in appearance and professional.

-          Students MAY wear clipped or placed tinsel strings, feathers, or other decorations in an appropriate manner and amount.

-          Students may not wear any piercing other than ear piercing. The exception is that Canyon View students MAY wear a small nose stud only. Park View students must wait to be a 9th grader in order to have a nose piercing.

-          Student’s earrings cannot be gauges of any more than #12 gauge or .08 inch in diameter.

-          Student’s tattoos must be covered at all times

-          Clothing must be neat, clean, and professional in appearance. Clothing that is not professional will include but is not limited to

  • Clothing that expresses sexually suggestive, racial or gender intolerant messages or that promote violence.
  • Tobacco, alcohol, or narcotic branding or messages.
  • Clothing that exposes any part of the student’s undergarments, even transparently.
  • Clothing that exposes a student’s midriff or cleavage.

-          Students must remove hats and sunglasses when in the building at all times.

-          Students must wear shoes at all times on campus.

-          Students may not wear spaghetti straps, either in dresses or tank tops.

-          Skirts, dresses, and shorts must reach the tip of the longest finger of the student wearing them.

-          Student’s pants may not sag below the waist line even if the student is wearing shorts underneath his or her pants,

*Consequences for dress code violation can be seen on the discipline matrix.

 Detention/Suspension

Detention is held before or after school, or during lunch.   The administration or teachers will assign students to detention according to the discipline matrix.  Failure to serve detention may result in additional consequences.

 Suspended Students

Students who are suspended during the school day are expected to leave campus upon parent or guardian permission or be picked up by a parent or guardian.  Students who are suspended are not allowed to attend or be near the school campus or school events.  If a parent or guardian cannot be reached, the student will remain in the office and serve their suspension the next day.  If a student is suspended, either in school or off campus, that student may not participate in any extracurricular events on the day they are suspended or anytime during the suspension. This does include, but is not limited to, sporting events, field trips, and school-sponsored dances.  In addition, no monies will be refunded if a student misses the event because of a suspension.

The student must request missing assignments upon his/her return to school. This includes suspensions.  If assignments were given while the student was absent, the assignment is due the day after the student returns to school after an absence.

For a student to receive credit for missed work, the assignments must be made up during the time period allowed.  If work is not made up during that time, the student may lose credit for the assignments.

Expulsion / Long Term Suspension

Expulsion is the exclusion of a student from school permanently.  Long-Term Suspension is the exclusion of a student from school for up to two years.  The principal will make any recommendations to expel or long-term suspend a student to the Board.  A student will be placed on suspension, pending a determination from the Board regarding expulsion. There is no administrative appeal for the Governing Board’s decision to impose discipline. The school reserves the right to determine which behaviors are severe enough to result in expulsion from Park View.  If a student who is involved in the Expulsion/long-term suspension process chooses to withdrawn, the process will be suspended.  Should the student re-enroll then the process will be reinstated and continue to a final hearing.

 Field Trips

Field trips are an integral part of PVMS’s curriculum. Offering students an opportunity to experience curriculum makes students more aware of the world around them. All PVMS rules plus any specific rules pertaining to the field trip/attraction will apply, ie, Catalina Island Marine Institute rules.

 Extra-curricular Field Trips

These include school-sponsored activities in which the students represent the school in competition or participation for which no credit is earned. Activities may include NJHS trips, VICA, MathCounts, Science Olympiad, Incentive trips, and others. Passing grades in all classes on the most recent report card/progress report and/or current grade eligibility are required.  Any student who has received behavior referrals  during the four weeks prior may be excluded from attending a  field trip. 

Students not allowed to attend field trips are expected to attend school on the day(s) of the field trip(s), should school be held on that/those days.

 Co-curricular Field Trips

These include trips that are directly related to the curriculum or class work. Activities may include but are not limited to the Renaissance Faire, Sunset Crater/Lowell Observatory, AZ Science Center, State Capitol/PHX Art Museum, Project Citizen.  All students are expected to participate, and generally students earn grades for participation. Any student who has received behavior referrals during the four weeks prior, or the week of the trip, may be excluded from attending a field trip.  Students whose current  grades are failing or are not achieving academic progress may be excluded from field trips.

Students who voluntarily opt out of attending a co-curricular field trip, due to financial, health, or any other reason, should expect to do an alternative academic assignment to make up for those points.  Excused absences does NOT mean excused from completing the assigned points/grade.  Excused absence rules are in place and include field trip alternative assignments.

Field Trip Lunches

Often students will be asked to bring a sack lunch on a field trip.  Be sure to pack a lunch that DOES NOT require refrigeration.  HIGH ENERGY DRINKS ARE PROHIBITED FROM THE PVMS CAMPUS, WHICH INCLUDES FIELD TRIPS.  UNOPENED DRINKS WILL BE CONFISCATED AND OPENED DRINKS WILL BE DISCARDED.  Due to some students having food allergies, students are NOT to share food/snacks/lunches drinks with other students!

 Field Trip Chaperones

Parents are allowed to attend almost all field trips; certain organizations may place limits (i.e. Catalina Island).  Parents are expected to pay the admission fee.   Parents are not allowed to take control of a small group of their student’s friends unless they are carrying a Fingerprint Clearance Card.  Parents without a Fingerprint Clearance Card may leave the group and travel on their own with their child ONLY, setting up a meeting time and place to rejoin the group for the ride home.  They may be required to provide their own transportation if there is no room on the charter bus.  Parents leaving the school group permanently for the day while on the trip must personally sign out their child by signing the sign-out form held by the lead teacher of the trip.

Parents who carry a Fingerprint Clearance Card on their person may be considered as an official chaperone and may have their entrance fee paid for by the fundraising funds.  A parent being used as an official chaperone by the school, with their entrance fee paid, may not bring younger siblings with them on the trip as they will be responsible for a group of PVMS students.  They will be expected to remain with the students at all times. Only Fingerprint Clearance Card carrying parents will be considered for field trips with chaperone limits (i.e. Catalina Island).  If the chaperone limit has already been met by fingerprinted staff and parents, and additional fingerprinted parents still wish to go, fundraising funds cannot be used for their costs. 

 Guardianship

Students attending Park View must reside with a parent or guardian.  Students who are not living with a parent or guardian and wish to attend Park View must petition to do so.  Considering factors are presentation of Power of Attorney, discipline and attendance records from this school or previous schools of attendance and other extenuating circumstances.  Determination is at the discretion of the school’s administration.

 Identification Cards

All students are given a school identification card.  If a student loses his/her identification card, he/she must purchase another one.  ID cards may be required for students to go on field trips and to off-campus activities, such as games.  Park View will give one identification card for free; lost or stolen id’s must be replaced by the student. 

 DRIVING

Students driving vehicles to school are expected to abide by state, county, city, and school district traffic laws and regulations.  Student vehicles, on school grounds, are subject to being searched.  All students who wish to park cars and/or motorcycles on campus must register each vehicle with the high school office.  Requirements for this permit include a valid Arizona driver’s license and proof of insurance.

THE SCHOOL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THE STUDENT’S VEHICLE OR CONTENTS.

 In-School Assemblies and Events

Assemblies or events which take place during the school day are considered instructional time. All students are required to attend and exhibit school-appropriate behavior. Attendance is defined as remaining inside the designated area. Non-attendance is considered truancy.

 Medications

Park View does not provide any over-the-counter (OTC) medication including aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). In order to protect all students, no medications of any kind are allowed in the student’s possession. Students may bring in OTC medications to be stored in the office for their personal use only.  The only exception to this policy will be students with asthma who require the use of an inhaler as prescribed by a physician.

Park View will provide a locked storage area for medication that is prescribed by a student’s physician. Office staff will make medication available at prescribed times. However, parents are encouraged to arrange with the physician to give medications either before or after school hours. All medication must be presented in the original prescription containers and the appropriate forms submitted.

 Messages and Gifts

In order to reduce disruptions to the educational environment, only emergency messages will be delivered.  An emergency is an accident, illness, or serious family problem.  We cannot accept deliveries for students.  Items such as flowers, balloons, stuffed animals, cookies, pizza, etc., should be sent to the student’s home, not the school.  School items left at home and delivered by parents will be kept until the student picks them up during a break or at the end of the day.

Movies in the Classroom

Occasionally, teachers will show educational movies or short clips from commercial movies.  It can be to enhance their curriculum or break the monotony of a long field trip. Any movie or clip of a movie with a rating other than G/PG must have administrative and written parental approval. The classroom teacher will then inform the parents before the movie or movie clip is shown when the rating is PG-13 or higher (i.e. Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy on the 8-hour-long 8th grade Catalina trip).  Parents need to notify the teacher immediately if they do not wish their child to view the movie.

 Public Display of Affection

Holding hands and brief embraces are the limit of affection to be displayed on campus.  Inappropriate public displays of affection or sexual misconduct are prohibited.

Parent or Student Complaint

If a student or a parent wishes to issue a complaint about a teacher or staff member, please see the school administration for an appropriate form. Once the complaint is in writing, the administration will meet with the student and/or parents to problem solve. Should a joint decision not be reached, the parent and student can follow the next steps under board policy and contact the district.

Parent Communication

PVMS makes every reasonable effort to see that parents/guardians are informed of educational matters, school activities, events, and programs.   A newsletter is sent via electronic transmission at the end of most school weeks.  To receive the newsletter, it is the parent’s responsibility to provide PVMS  with a working email address. It is the student’s responsibility to deliver communications to the parents and guardians. 

School Dances

Attending dances at Park View is a privilege. All currently enrolled Park View students may attend on-campus dances unless they are under suspension or have recent discipline issues.

 If a Park View student wishes to bring a guest who is not a Park View student, he/she must complete the Dance Guest Form for PVMS administrator approval no later than 4:00pm on the day prior to the dance. Guests must provide a current school or government ID and be under 21 years of age at the time of the dance. Forms may be obtained in the high school office. 

All discipline policies are applicable at dances and other extra-curricular activities. Dress code at these events follows the same length and condition restrictions as the extra-curricular dress code. If a student’s apparel is inappropriate or revealing enough to concern a staff member, that student may be denied entry to the event.

All Park View school dances operate under the “One Entry–One Exit” rule.  Because of liability issues, students and guests attending Park View dances will not be permitted to reenter upon leaving.  There will be no loitering on campus grounds once leaving the dance.

 Skateboards/Bikes

Skateboarding and bike riding are not permitted on campus or in the parking lot.  Skateboards and bikes must be locked on the bike rack.

 Snow Days/Delayed Start

For the safety of our students and staff, occasionally school must be canceled or delayed.  School Administration will make the determination regarding closure/delay.  Students may be informed by listening to local radio stations for our school name, calling the school answering machine, checking the school web site. 

A parent has the right to pick up their student(s) any time they determine weather conditions are unfavorable.  This absence will affect student attendance.

Please listen to one of the following radio stations to receive information. You may call the school and listen to a recorded message for special announcements

          KNOT 1450 AM                     KPPV 106.7

         KKLD 95.5  FM                     KGCB 90.9 FM

 Tutoring

PVMS  instructional staff is available after school to assist students.  Tutoring provides assistance to students on an as-needed basis. 

 Shuttle/Van Safety

All students are required to correctly wear seat belts while riding in school vans on school-sponsored trips and events. Students are required to conduct themselves in such a manner so as not to distract the driver.  Any student who defies this policy requirement will serve one day in after-school detention; an infraction may have an adverse effect on that student’s eligibility for future field trips. Seating on field trips is by gender.  PVMS staff will complete a safety check list prior to each van use.

 Visitors

Students are not to have visitors during school hours.  Parents are always welcome on our campus; but for the protection of our students, all visitors, including parents, must first check in at the office. This includes visitors for campus staff.  Failure to follow these procedures will be treated as trespassing.

 ILLEGAL INFRACTIONS

Arson

The malicious or fraudulent burning or damage of school property may result in recommendation for long-term suspension, up to two (2) years, and a police referral.

 Bullying/Harassment/Racial-Ethnic Insults/Intimidation

A healthy school environment must be free from racial/ethnic/gender insults and/or intimidation.  Under the heading of “Harassment and Verbal Abuse,” behavior that intentionally intimidates or demeans another person or group on the basis of sex, sexual connotations, race or ethnic background has a uniquely destructive effect on school climate, often eroding an entire group’s feeling of safety and well being and will not be tolerated in the school environment.  A student is being bullied when he or she is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more students.  It involves a real or perceived imbalance of power with the more powerful student or group attacking those who are less powerful.  Bullying can be in multiple forms:

  • Physical – pushing, hitting, kicking, spitting, stealing
  • Verbal – making threats, taunting, malicious teasing, name calling
  • Psychological – social exclusion, extortion, intimidation, spreading rumors manipulating social relationships

Students are encouraged to immediately report these types of incidents to a school official.  It is required that the school official follow procedures to investigate a student bullying claim and resolve incident(s) with appropriate sanctions.  Such behavior disrupts the education process and climate of the school and must be reported to school administration immediately.

It is extremely important that if a parent or student is aware of instances of bullying, that they report it immediately to PVMS administration. If we are not aware of the problem, we can not fix it.

Any parent who suspects their student is a victim of bullying or harassment shall notify school officials and make a report.  Forms to report these incidents are located in every school office (ARS 15-341, ARS 15-2301).

 Destruction or Theft of Property

The destruction, theft, or vandalism of any school or personal property, including textbooks or other classroom materials, is prohibited.  School personnel may use reasonable physical force to protect school and personal property.  Violations of this policy may result in a police referral and long-term suspension.

 Falsifying or Forging School Documents

Falsifying or forging school documents may result in up to 5 days off-campus suspension or recommendation for long-term suspension depending on the severity of the offense.

 Fireworks and Explosive Devices

Students are prohibited from possessing or using fireworks or explosive devices on campus. This includes poppers, stink bombs, or other paraphernalia that uses ignitable solutions or expanding gases. Violation of this policy may result in a police referral and long-term suspension.

 Gambling

Participating in games of chance of the purpose of gaining money is forbidden on campus.

 Gang Association or Activity

For the purposes of disciplinary action, a gang shall be defined as a group of three or more people, who have a name, claim a territory, have rivals/enemies, interact together to the exclusion of others and exhibit anti-social behavior often associated with crime or a threat to the community.  Behavior that initiates, advocates or promotes activities that threaten the safety or well being of students will not be tolerated. Students should be aware that the display of gang signs for the purpose of intimidation is now considered a felony in the State of Arizona.

 Hazing

Any solicitation to engage in hazing is strictly prohibited and may result in suspension and police referral.

 Harassment and Bullying

The school will not tolerate the bullying or harassment of other students. The beginning of the year each student will be involved in a training that helps them to recognize, deal with, and stop these behaviors. The following definitions will serve as the school’s classification of such behaviors:

Harassment is defined as any willful or intentional or persistent act that harms or annoys another individual. Harassment may take a variety of forms, from subtle to blatant, but any action that is carried out on a continuous or systematic basis with the express purpose of annoying, persecuting or otherwise disturbing any individual or group may be considered harassment.

Bullying is defined as an individual or group of people physically or verbally badgering, intimidating, or terrorizing another individual or group of people. It ranges from subtle behaviors to explicit behaviors and includes both verbal and non-verbal communication as well as physical and non-physical contact with another individual.

 Illegal Contraband

Possession or use of illegal contraband, such as tagging markers or other items related to vandalism, is prohibited on campus.  Students found in violation of this policy may be suspended. 

 Use/Possession of Tobacco Products on School Campuses

ARS.36-601.01 Tobacco Possession Prohibition

Possession of tobacco products on K-12 public, charter, or private school grounds, building, parking lots, playing fields and vehicles and at off-campus school-sponsored events is a petty criminal offense.  Tobacco products include smoking tobacco (e.g. cigarettes, cigars), smokeless tobacco (e.g. snuff, twist) and cigarette papers.  Smoking is not allowed in any area of campus by anyone. If a student violates the no-smoking rule, that student will be given appropriate disciplinary action, which may result in a suspension.

Possession, Sale, Use or Being Under The Influence of Drugs, Alcohol or Other Control Substances or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia/Illegal Contraband

Selling, possessing, using, or being under the influence of illegal drugs, alcohol or other controlled substances, or being in possession of paraphernalia associated with drug use on school property or at school-sponsored events, is prohibited.

Students are also prohibited from selling or possessing imitation controlled substances on school property or at school-sponsored events.

Possessing includes but is not limited to such situations as:

  • When a student who has been out of jurisdiction of the school returns to campus showing evidence of having been drinking or using drugs.
  • When a student’s car on campus has alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs in it.

Students found in violation of this policy may be suspended for up to two years and the police may be notified. 

Any student who remains in any situation or place for more than the amount of time to become aware of the situation where drugs, substances, or alcohol are present, will be considered to be in violation of Park View’s policies and subject to disciplinary action.

 Reasonable Suspicion Testing

Whenever there is reasonable suspicion to believe that a student is using drugs, substances, or alcohol, the student may be tested by law enforcement.  If a student refuses to consent to, or cooperate with any testing, he/she is subject to disciplinary action.

 Students Suspected of Substance Abuse

If a teacher or administrator suspects a student of being under the influence of abused medications or any other mood altering substance due to a suspicious aroma, the student’s appearance, and/or the student’s behavior, Park View has the right to suspend the student until documentation of a clean urine analysis signed by a doctor is provided.  The student may be long-term suspended and a police referral may be made.

  Pornography

Possessing, looking at, wearing, writing, describing, or drawing any material such as, but not limited to, pictures from magazines, the internet, condoms, etc., which shows nudity or sexual acts, or which refers to sexual behaviors, is prohibited.

 Physical Abuse of Staff

Students must not intimidate or physically abuse school staff. Personnel may use reasonable physical force to protect themselves, other personnel, students, school and personal property. Violations of this rule may result in a police referral and long-term suspension from Park View.

 Search and Seizure

Our Number One concern is maintaining a safe, positive learning environment for our students and staff.  There are occasions when the staff receives information that this may be jeopardized in some fashion and a search must be conducted.  School officials need only reasonable suspicion to initiate a search.  Reasonable Suspicion is based on information received from students or teachers that is considered reliable.  Reasonable suspicion may also be prompted by the behavior or affect of the student.  Consequently, certified school officials may search if reasonable suspicion is established as the primary basis for the search.  Searches may include, and are not limited to, the student’s person, desks, locker, backpacks, automobiles, purses, cell phones, wallets, etc.

 Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment of or by any student is prohibited. Prohibited harassment includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Violation of this policy may result in a police referral and long-term suspension.

 Threat to Educational Institution and Employees’ Safety of the School

Any persons engaging in behavior or actions that threaten the safety or security of the campus will be disciplined accordingly.  This includes any verbal/written statements or gestures that may be construed as threatening to the safety of the school.  Threatening Park View employees or the Park View  Institution by word or conduct is prohibited. Violation of this policy may result in a police referral and long-term suspension

Weapons / Instruments of Offensive or Defensive Combat / Something to Fight With

Students shall not possess or use firearms, weapons, or any other instruments capable of harming a person or property, but are not limited to guns, chains, knives, clubs, brass knuckles,0 or any other items that, when used as a weapon, can result in bodily harm or property damage. Possession of a weapon on campus is grounds for immediate dismissal or long-term suspension of up to two years

 Verbal Abuse of Staff

Students shall not insult, threaten, or verbally abuse staff members.  Violations of this policy may result in long-term suspension.

 Off Campus Policies

All policies regarding student conduct are in effect from the time a student leaves home in the morning until the student arrives home after school.  Students participating in, or attending any school function any time during the day, on or off campus, will be held accountable for all policies and procedures regarding student conduct. Violations will be treated the same as on-campus violations.

 Classroom Policies

 Academic Honesty Policy

Student tests/assignments may be disqualified without the right of make-up when plagiarism is evident or the teacher’s test-taking procedures have been violated. Academic Honesty is vital to the success of a student.   When the students have engaged in academic dishonesty, their work and their evidence of true ability is compromised; therefore, the student will be disciplined.

The following is the academic policy used by the International Baccalaureate Programme. Park View has adopted this policy as its own and uses it for all students regardless of their involvement in the IB program.

 “Academic honesty must be seen as a set of values and skills that promote personal integrity and good practice in teaching, learning, and assessment. It is influenced and shaped by a variety of factors including peer pressure, culture, parental expectations, role modeling and taught skills”. IBO Academic Honesty Policy – PDF (2007).International Baccalaureate Organization. AccessedJune 28, 2009from http://www.ibo.org

“An authentic piece of work is one that is based on the student’s individual and original ideas with the ideas and work of others fully acknowledged. Therefore all assignments, written or oral… must wholly and authentically use that student’s own language and expression. Where sources are used or referred to, whether in the form of direct quotation or paraphrase, such sources must be fully and appropriately acknowledged”. IBO Academic Honesty Policy – PDF (2007).International Baccalaureate Organization. AccessedJune 28, 2009from http://www.ibo.org

 Academic Dishonesty can be described as:

  • Cheating – Copying another’s work, either paper or electronic, such as homework, class work, or answers to a test. Cheating is also using the same work for more than one assignment without both of the involved teachers’ permission.
  • Collusion – Allowing someone else to copy or cheat off of your work. Passing information related to a test.
  • Duplicating – Copying someone else’s file or assignment in part or in whole.
    • Paraphrasing – using an author’s ideas by rewording or rearranging the author’s original words.  Paraphrased materials still require the student to acknowledge the source.  Students will address documentation concerns to their teacher.
    • Plagiarism

 Plagiarism occurs when…

  • You copy or look at someone’s answers to a test.
  • You have someone take a test for you.
  • You copy someone’s homework.
  • You have your parents, friends, or siblings do your homework for you.
  • You ask your friends simply for the answers to an assignment.
  • You ask others what questions were on a test that you missed.
  • You have someone write an essay for you.
  • You copy and paste information from an Internet site onto your essay without citing it as a source.

Plagiarism will not be tolerated.  A referral may be given for any act of Academic Dishonesty.

Students who are found to be in violation of the Academic Honesty Policy may be subject to academic and/or administrative disciplinary action.  All students will sign the academic honesty policy in each class in their syllabus.  All documentation will be kept in the student’s file.

Students found to have engaged in academic dishonesty may face grade penalties on assignments and tests and disciplinary penalties in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Academic dishonesty includes cheating or copying the work of another student, plagiarism, and unauthorized communication between students during an examination. The determination that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty shall be based on the judgment of the classroom teacher or another supervising professional employee, taking into consideration written materials, observation, or information of students.

 Acceptable Use of School Computers

Acceptable use of technology on the Park View Campus requires that the use of these resources be in accordance with the following guidelines and support the educational goals of Park View. The user must:

  • Use the technology for educational purposes only.
  • Agree not to submit, publish, display or retrieve/ download any inappropriate material, including material that is defamatory, abusive, obscene, profane, gang-related, sexually threatening, racially offensive or illegal.
  • Not transmit any data/material in violation of any Federal orArizonaStateregulation.  This includes, but is not limited to, copyrighted material, threatening or obscene materials, and anarchist or terrorist information.
  • Not attempt to harm or modify the network.
  • Not attempt to gain unauthorized access to systems or data, destroy software, or interfere with system security.
  • Not use the network in a way that would disrupt the use of the network by others. 
  • Not commit vandalism in any form.  This includes both physical and logical damage.  Physical vandalism is defined as any act performed with the intention of destroying, defacing, or damaging school hardware.  Logical vandalism is defined as any attempt to harm or destroy the school’s network system, other users’ data, or any other agency or network that is connected via the Internet.  This form of vandalism includes, but is not limited to, the uploading, downloading, or creation of computer viruses worms, logic bombs, mail bombs, Trojan horse programs, or software utilized to scan the network for passwords or confidential information.
  • Personal e-mail such as Yahoo Mail and Hotmail are forbidden.  Instant messaging and chat rooms are forbidden.  Never reveal/exchange personal information over the Internet.
  • Do not reveal home addresses or personal telephone numbers.
  • Notify a system administrator if a password is lost or stolen, or if there is a reason to believe that someone has obtained unauthorized access to  the system.  You must not share your account information with anyone else, nor use anyone else’s account information. You will be responsible for any misuse done under your login.
  • Do not use the EIS to make any unauthorized purchases or to conduct any non-approved business.  Use of the Internet for commercial use, financial gain, personal business, product advertisement, or political lobbying, is not permitted.
  • Abide by all copyright regulations, thereby refraining from illegally copying copyrighted software or documents.  This includes, but is not limited to, downloading music.
  • Do not print unauthorized pages or unauthorized numbers of pages, wasting school resources such as print cartridges and paper.
  • The use of computing resources at Park View is a privilege, not a right. Any action by a user specifically delineated in this document or determined by a system administrator to constitute an inappropriate use of a computer system or network system is subject to consequences. Downloading is prohibited and may result in the loss of computer privileges.  Violation of any of this policy can result in restricted access, loss of computer and/or Internet privileges, and disciplinary action, including legal or criminal prosecution under appropriate state and federal laws.  Serious violation or repeated violations of the acceptable use policy may result  suspension or dismissal.

Saving Student Computer Work

All schoolwork is to be saved in the student’s file on the school’s server. Students are not to log in to another student’s profile, as this is a violation of privacy. Doing so may result in both students being disciplined for cheating and/or plagiarism, among other violations.

Transferring Homework

CDs and jump drives are the only devices acceptable for downloading work from home to the school computer.  Students may also email assignments to their teacher. Students must get teacher permission prior to downloading or printing their work.

 Food and Drinks

NO food or drinks are allowed outside the cafeteria area except plain, unflavored water.  Chewing gum and energy drinks are forbidden on all parts of campus.  See the discipline matrix for consequences.

 Fighting vs. Rough or Inappropriate Play

Fighting, defined as physical contact with another person intended to cause harm, is never appropriate on the school campus.  This is distinguished from the type of play – especially that of younger students – in which participants may exceed the bounds of good judgment without intending to injure one another.  Response to inappropriate play must be measured by the age of students and type of endangerment that results. Excessive horseplay is also forbidden.  Examples include, but are not limited to, throwing rocks, throwing food, shooting spit wads, pins or staples, pretend fighting, playing dead arm/leg, stuffing humans in trash cans, purposefully spilling food on campus or on others, etc.

Fighting / Mutual Combat / Intimidation

Students shall not fight, push, intimidate or otherwise abuse other students. For the purpose of reprimand, suspension and expulsion, fighting / mutual combat / intimidation shall include, but not be limited to, the following types of conduct: 

  • Exhibiting behavior that intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes any physical injury to another person.
  • Exhibiting behavior that intentionally places another person in reasonable apprehension of immediate physical injury.
  • Intending to injure, insult, or provoke another person by knowingly touching him/her.
  • Acting together (two or more students) in a way that recklessly uses force or violence or threatens to use force or violence that disturbs the normal operation of the school, any school-sponsored activity; or to threaten to create a disruption or injury to students, guests, or employees of the school.
  • Engaging in fighting, violent, or seriously disruptive behavior.
  • Making unreasonable noises, use of abusive or offensive language or gestures to another student in any manner likely to provoke physical retaliation.
  • Making protracted commotion, utterances, or displays with the effect of preventing the orderly administration of the school.
  • Refusing to obey a reasonable order of an employee of Park View.
  • Threatening to use or using physical forces against another in response to a verbal statement.
  • Threatening by word or conduct to cause physical injury to another person or serious damage to the property.

 Homework Policy

The teacher will set the homework guidelines in each class with regards to amount and due dates depending on their course.  Each student should plan on spending at least an hour or more on homework each evening especially when enrolled in honors or IB coursework.

Students who are receiving a D or an F in their classes will be directed to attend after-school study halls until the grade improves.

 Inappropriate Language / Gestures

Students are prohibited at all times from using vulgar, profane, and/or racist language or gestures, and/or displaying obscene or inappropriate material.

No sexual references

No obscenities

No violent killings

No reference to gangs

No reference to drugs or alcohol

 Inciting to Riot or Demonstration

Students are not to incite or demonstrate in a disorderly or unauthorized manner on or adjacent to school property.

Insubordination

Students are expected to comply with reasonable requests of a staff member the first time they are asked.  Failure to do so will be considered an act of insubordination.  This may result in disciplinary action.  Repeated offenses may result in long-term suspension with recommendation for expulsion.

 Student Disruption of the Education Process / Violation of Classroom Procedures

Students at Park View have the right to a quality education, free from unnecessary disruptions and distractions. Park View’s administration and staff have the responsibility to determine when a student’s behavior is inappropriate, in violation of policy and/or disruptive.

Examples of behavior considered classroom disruptions are: students not performing assigned tasks; students exhibiting any behavior that interferes with the teacher’s right to teach or student’s right to learn; students speaking out at inappropriate times; students moving around the classroom inappropriately. Consequences of disruption are outlined in the Park View Discipline Matrix.

 Due Process

Students involved in disciplinary action are afforded the following rights associated with due process.

  1. Notice of the charges, nature of the evidence supporting the charges, and the consequences if the charges are proven true.
  2. Notice of a right to a hearing at which time he or she may respond to the charges.
  3. A fair hearing, including the right to present witnesses and evidence.
  1. A fair and impartial decision.

Students involved in any type of disciplinary problem must enter the discipline process at the beginning of the investigation regardless of guilt or innocence of charges.

The discipline matrix and other documentation discuss the consequences for inappropriate behavior.  In order to better define what exactly inappropriate behavior is, we have included some behaviors that are included in this description. However, they are not limited to these behaviors.  

  • Being disrespectful or insubordinate to adults on campus.
  • Using profanity, vulgar terms, or sarcastic and disrespectful remarks to communicate with.
  • Harassment of another student with comments, jokes, or actions that mock an individual’s sex, ethnicity, age, religion, appearance, home situation, or other legally protected characteristics.
  • Destruction or misuse of school property.
  • Displaying behaviors that interfere with the student’s learning, or the learning of others; including but not limited to tardiness, unprepared for class, and class disruption.

 Course/ Grading Information 2013 – 2014

Middle School Grading and Assessment General Guidelines

Full credit will be awarded at the end of a course.

Note: Full-year A/B courses will be an exception to the rule.  In a full-year A/B course, ½ credit grades in progress will be awarded at the end of the first semester and ½ credit grades in progress awarded at the end of the second semester.

Grades will be reported in letter form (i.e., 84% B.)  Individual, school-wide, department grading and assessment guidelines have been developed.

The Principal will request the grading guidelines that teachers develop for each of their courses.  These guidelines must be approved by the principal and may be expanded as far as types of assignments and number of aligned tasks.  Individual guidelines must be developed that adhere to the minimal parameters of the H.S. Grading & Assessment Guidelines for each department.

 Assessment Philosophy

Assessments are given to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders to determine where individual students are in terms of achieving the course objectives and state standards.  The goal is to have teachers use the results of each assessment when designing their lesson plans.

 Assessment Guidelines

  1. In a standard one-credit class, there will be a report of academic progress every 3 weeks and one final report of academic achievement indicating a cumulative coursework grade, a course assessment grade, and a final grade earned at the end of each semester.
  2. A summative district course assessment that measures each student’s knowledge of the approved curriculum and course objectives must be administered.  The district course assessment may be worth 20% of each student’s final grade.  These are final exams that will be given at the end of each semester.
  3. Documentation of student progress toward mastery of course outcomes should occur regularly and frequently.  A minimum number of aligned tasks (i.e., benchmark assessments, tests, projects, and portfolio) must be given during the course.  The minimum number of tasks required will follow course guidelines.  All current grades are available for these assignments on PASS.  Parents and students should check this regularly.

 Grading Philosophy

The purpose of grading is to inform students, parents, and others of the student’s progress toward the achievements of educational objectives.  Grades are to reflect learning, i.e., student achievement toward mastery of standard-aligned course outcomes.

 Grading Guidelines

  1. The 80% of the student’s grade determined by coursework will be divided into task categories of appropriate type and weight for each course and be consistent within departments.
  2. All grades must represent learning (student academic achievement).
  3. No individual task (i.e., benchmark assessment, test, project, and portfolio) will be worth more than 20% of a student’s final grade.  Extra credit (additional points) may be made available if it is offered equally to all students only as a demonstration of academic achievement above and beyond the expected level of performance in a lesson or unit. (Example: an additional challenge problem on a math test worth points above and beyond the regular points possible.)
  4. Documentation of student progress toward mastery of course outcomes will occur regularly and frequently.  A minimum number of aligned tasks (i.e., benchmark assessments, tests, projects, and portfolio) must be given during the course.  The expectation is that all students complete and turn in work on time.  Any work that is turned in past a prescribed deadline will be awarded partial credit only.  The amount of partial credit awarded to assignments will be consistent.
  5. Beginning with the “grade in progress” report, and continuing until the end of the course, each student’s current grade will be available by directly requesting the grade from the teacher, or through electronic means.

 Students Who Fail a Course or Who Do Not Meet Competency Requirement Two Times

Students may retake a required course they have failed one time.  If a student fails (or does not meet competency in) a required course a second time, a review team will determine the best method for a student to follow to recover credit for that course.

 Grade Point Average (GPA)

Grade Point Average is calculated for each student for the purpose of reflecting a student’s academic achievement over his/her middle school experience.

Grade points are provided for each grade as follows:

Grade

Grade Points

A

4

B

3

C

2

D

1

F

0

 To calculate the GPA, you add the sum of the grade points and divide by the number of credits taken.   The calculation is as follows:

GPA   = Sum of grade points___

Number of credits taken

Honors courses are offered at Park View Middle School.  Honors credits are earned for successful completion of these courses.  Honors credits are weighted 1.333 as compared to 1.0 for regular classes.

 Pre-Registration

During pre-registration, typically held in the early spring, students have considerable choices in selecting their courses for the following year.  Parents and students need to   understand, however, that there remain some limitations.

  • Some classes may not be offered as a result of insufficient enrollment.
  • Some classes may be cancelled due to programmatic needs.
  • Some classes offer limited enrollment because of the facility (for example, use of the weight room, computer room, art room).
  • There will always be schedule conflicts where classes will be offered only once or twice in the six-period day. In order for PVMS to offer a wide variety of classes, many will be offered only once during the day. It is impossible to prevent course conflicts.

When students do not receive their requested courses, their alternate choices will be used as a guide.  PVMS staff reserve the right to use the alternate choices when necessary.  The counselor will make selections based on availability when students fail to note their alternative courses.

 After Pre-Registration

After student schedules have been created, there are limitations for schedule changes because most classes will be full.  Students will not be added to classes that are considered full.  Students new to PVMS will be added to required classes, but elective classes will be limited.

 Registration

During registration in late July and early August, the focus of the Counseling Office is to assist students new to PVMS. Times for returning students to change their schedules will be based on a submitted request.  Students should check with the counselor on the availability of classes.

Fees

All fee amounts are based on what has been currently approved by the Governing Board.  Fees could change between now and when they are paid during registration. Please check the fee that will be included in registration packets for any possible changes. 

Fees are charged for classes that require additional materials.  Fees that are not paid by the first day of class will result in the student being dropped from the class.  Reinstatement will occur if the fee is paid within 48 hours of the class being dropped; after 48 hours, the student will be place in study hall or another core class.  Waiving of fees is based on financial need and is decided on an individual basis.

 Right to Re-Enroll

Students who have previously attended Westwind Community Schools, but were dropped or withdrawn, may be declined re- enrollment at the discretion of administration.  If the administration allows the student to re-enroll, that student may be placed on an academic or behavioral contract. If the conditions of the contract are not met, the student may lose the privilege of attending Park View Middle School.

 Rights to Student Records

Park View respects the privacy of student records and recognizes that only pertinent and factual information should be contained in the permanent records of students. The Board of Education has adopted policy to ensure the rights of parents and students over 18 years of age to review student records and to limit the amount of student record information that can be made available to people or agencies outside the school.

If the student is under 18 years of age, his/her parents have the right to review and challenge the content of the student’s academic record and/or discipline record. If the student is 18 years old or older, he/she has the right to review and challenge the content of their own academic record and/or discipline record.  Copies of these records are held in the front office.

Information from a students file is available to other state agencies by law.  This information could be other schools, universities, states agencies, or military depending on request.

 Grades and Credits for Late-Enrolling Students

Students entering after the second week of a semester and have transfer grades will start from that point in the semester and may earn full credit for that class.

Students entering during the first (1st) or third (3rd) quarter without transfer grades will be excused from work missed, but must pass the content post-test with a 70% or higher to receive credit for that class.

Late Transfer Credit Earned

Students who transfer into Park View with transfer grades at any point during the second (2nd) or fourth (4th) quarter and:

  • have received a grade of C or better thus far in a class they are currently enrolled in, AND
  • enrolls in the same class at Park View to finish the semester, AND
  • transferred from a school that awards .5 credits PER SEMESTER will be awarded .5 credits on the successful completion of that class. Successful completion is defined as:
  • Continuing to do passing work in the class, AND passing the content post test with a 70% or higher.

 Outside Credit

Students must obtain permission prior to enrolling for courses that will be used towards graduation requirements. Transcripts, in this case, must be received by the registrar by April 1st of senior year.  Students should first contact the counselor.  The student may not be allowed to participate in commencement if this is not done.

 Good reason for taking coursework outside of PVMS:

  • PVMS does not offer the course.
  • The student’s schedule contains a conflict.
  • The course will further develop the student’s career or college opportunities.
  • The student needs or wants to take more than 8 courses a year.
  • Students will not be given permission to substitute a course offered with one taken off campus if prior approval has not been obtained.

 Transcripts

To be OFFICIAL, all transcripts must be mailed directly from the Records Office of the school where the credit was earned.  The first three official transcripts are free.  Any transcript requested after the first three is a $5.00 fee. 

 Grade Reports / PASS and PASS PIN Letters

All report cards are mailed home.  All grades are considered grades in progress until the final course grades are given.  Parents are encouraged to communicate directly with their student’s teachers about grades. The PASS system provides parents with access to an assortment of data for their student.  PASS is located on Park View’s website at www. parkviewschool.org.  Parents will receive a letter during orientation which provides the student’s identification number and PASS PIN number for access.

This letter is to inform you about our Parental Access Support System (PASS).  PASS enables you to view academic information on-line, via our school web site, using the student id and secret pin number.  For security and privacy reasons, the student name and pin are not displayed on any of the PASS web pages.  The following is a list of the student items that may available through the PASS System:

                        * Attendance                * Schedule

                        * Progress                    * Mark History

                        * Current Marks           * Test History

                        * GPA History              * School Calendar

                        * Immunizations

To access the PASS System, please visit our web site at www.canyonviewprep.org, and click on the PASS link.  This is a wonderful tool for you and your student to use to keep track of their academics.

If you have any further questions, please contact our office at 928/775-5115.

 Schedule Changes

Parents and students should be aware that PVMS has policies and practices that limit opportunities for making changes to a student’s schedule, and at times, eliminates opportunities for changes.

Pre-registration enrollment numbers are used to create the master schedule. As a result, students must carefully consider their choices when submitting pre-registration information or when enrolling.

The PVMS administration reserves the right to change student schedules without parent permission in order to better balance class size, create a safer environment, or other reasons to improve the education of the student and educational climate of the school.

 Consideration Pertaining to Schedule Changes

PVMS does not make schedule changes for the following reasons:

  • The student would prefer a different teacher.
  • The student would prefer a class with a friend.
  • The student would prefer their classes in a different order.

Good reasons for schedule changes include:

  • A course requested is canceled due to low enrollments.
  • The student has already received credit for the same course.
  • The student has completed an Independent Study, correspondence course, or Summer School course.
  • The student has failed a class required for graduation.
  • The student did not complete appropriate prerequisite class(es).
  • Balance the difficulty of the class schedule over the school year or to balance class sizes.
  • Adding a course needed to graduate on time or adding a course required for college admission.

 Level Changes

PVMS considers courses in the Honors Program to differ significantly in their curriculum and topic sequencing.  As a result, no schedule changes will be made after the first full week of the school year to move a student to or from Honors Program classes and regular classes of the same subject, until the semester end.  Therefore, it is imperative that students and parents choose courses carefully, using the Honors Program self assessment as well as the student’s past academic-related behaviors and work habits.

  • Student schedules will not be changed simply because the student’s grade is lower than desired.
  • Students who are experiencing problems are expected to work with the teacher to monitor and adjust the work habits necessary for the desired improvements and that the student will regularly attend conference period.
  • Teacher-initiated level changes may be allowed, provided the “problem-solving process” has been followed, but level changes not supported by the teacher will not be permitted.

 Drop/Add

Students who wish to change their schedule must do so during times determined by the Park View Counseling Department.  Students may not drop a class after the designated drop/add periods.  PVMS’s courses are a full-year class within one semester; therefore, any changes done after the drop/add period make success in the new course difficult.  Students who drop a class during or after the first full week of school may affect theirAIA eligibility.  Students wishing to drop a class during this time should consult the Park View Athletic Director prior to completing the process.

The times are as follows:

  • For the following school year, changes can be made as late as the end of July.
  • No schedule changes will be made on the first and second day of the school year.
  • During the first full week of the school year, classes may be changed upon availability.
  • Second semester course changes must be made in December.
  • The first five days of second semester, class changes can be made based upon grades received from first semester provided there is a semester-long class to add during the same period or the student is permitted to take less than a full schedule.

All schedule changes require parent permission and teacher input. When registering, students are STRONGLY reminded to remember the commitment they are making to those classes. A student must continue to attend their scheduled classes until their new schedule has been processed by the counselor.

 Problem-Solving Process

It is expected that students and parents will work with the teacher and counselor when encountering difficulties.  It is not an acceptable practice for students and/or parents to request a schedule change first. It is a rare occasion when a schedule change is completed after the first full week of school and is only done when it is determined that:

  • The student is making a sincere effort to do the work in the class.
  • The student is regularly making contact with the teacher in the classroom in order to ask questions.
  • The student and parents have worked with the teacher to understand the scope and nature of the problems causing difficulties.
  • The student and parents have consulted with the counselor, so that the counselor can offer general support and can talk to the teacher with the student.

If it is agreed upon that there has been consistent effort by and communication between the student, parents, teacher, and counselor, and there has not been improvement, then it may be necessary for the administrator to approve a schedule change

 Honors Program

All Honors Program classes receive weighted grades.  Students and their parents who are considering entering the Honors Program should consider their decision carefully. At each level, the honors option is a fundamentally different course than its general counterpart. From the textbook (college level in some cases), to the experience, to the expectations of student capabilities, honors courses are considerably more demanding.  In addition, students opting to register for two or more Honors Program classes in any given year should carefully consider the demands placed on their time and energy both in and out of school.

Honors Program courses in all disciplines have rigorous academic demands such as extensive reading, analytical writing, long-term projects, and/or challenging lab experiences as well as high expectations.  These courses are designed for the self-motivated student who is an independent learner and requires little teacher direction or repetition to master difficult material. These students are often intuitive, curious, and eager to explore beyond the knowledge level, although need not be in the Gifted Program. Likewise, previous success in a Gifted Program may not predict success in the Honors Program. Most of these classes have prerequisites or require teacher recommendation, so please check each course description carefully before registration.

Every core class a student takes can be made in to an Honors class with prior permission.  Additional assignments and requirements will be incorporated into the Honors coursework.  Prior approval of the teacher and counselor is necessary.

 Entry into Honors Program classes is determined by prerequisites listed in the Course Description Book. Those include but are not limited to:

  • Placement test scores
  • Teacher recommendations
  • Success in previous courses

It is not the intent of Honors Program teachers to award students with A’s or B’s.  Students will need to meet the rigorous demands of the courses and earn their grades.  Student schedules will not be changed simply because their grades are lower than desired.  Additionally, students should understand that enrollment in Honors Program courses is a commitment after the FIRST FULL WEEK OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

 National Honor Society (NHS)

Sophomores, juniors and seniors with a 3.5 cumulative GPA are eligible for membership in the National Honor Society (NHS) as juniors and seniors.  To be a member in good standing, all eligible students must maintain a 3.8 GPA, attend required number of NHS yearly meetings, perform 15 hours of community service, and uphold standards in character and leadership during the school year.

 English Language Development (ELD)

The English Language Development Program is a developmental program which assists students in the acquisition of the English language. In addition, its goals are to support the limited English proficient students as they become independent learners using the Discrete Skills Inventory and the ELD state standards. Students focus on oral, reading and writing skills in ELD classes for 4 hours a day as well as through accommodations made by classroom teachers for ELD students enrolled in regular classes. The ELD program is designed to meet students’ academic, cognitive, and affective needs as they move toward full participation into mainstream classrooms with eventual exiting of the ELD program.

Placement is determined by the AZELLA test. Students are monitored for progress and advancement throughout the year.  Testing is done when a student registers and mid-semester if the ELD teacher has seen documented growth in the student.  Students will be tested within the first 30 days of school and again at the end of school to document the academic growth obtained.  Students will be placed in an ELD class taught by an English teacher each semester until they have attained proficiency within the AZELLA test.  Placement of students will be determined by the number of students testing in to each language category.  Additional help will be available by the ELD teacher when needed.

 Report Cards and Progress Reports

Park View mails paper copies of report cards at the end of each semester.  Progress report grades are sent home every 3 week and are available through the PASS system.   Any parent who would like a paper copy of the progress report may request one through the front office.

 TESTING-OUT POLICY

  • A student presently enrolled in a course may not challenge the course until after the following semester begins.
  • For year-long courses, a student must pass the first semester of a course either by challenge or by enrollment before challenging the second semester.
  • A student who has passed a higher-level course may challenge a lower-level course in that department.
  • The letter grade scored on the exam (A,B,C,D,F) will be placed on the student’s transcript or the student may opt for a Pass/Fail before the test begins.
  • If the student fails the challenge exam, the student may recover the credit by retaking the course, but the failing grade will remain on his or her transcript.
  • A course may only be challenged once.

  Athletics

Athletes must be constantly aware of their success and struggles academically.  Academics and grades are prerequisites to play at the middle school level.

School requirements should be used to guide parents and students in selecting courses. Students with excessive absences or disciplinary infractions defined by the school will be ineligible.  See the Athletic Director if you have questions or concerns.  These rules are explicitly stated in the Athletic handbook.

  • Grade checks will occur every third week.  Students who cannot maintain a passing grade in any class will not be eligible to continue playing on a PVMS- sponsored team.  Academic success is vital to the success of the student.  Mandatory tutoring for all athletes may occur after school.  Each student will be required to obtain a student accountability sheet to be signed by every teacher.

 Sportsmanship

Honor First – Win or Lose

Sportsmanship refers not only to the athletes who participate against other schools but to all spectators as well.  The following code is a good summary of a true sportsman.  He/she will:

  • Consider all opponents as guests and treat them with courtesy.
  • Accept all decisions of officials without questions.
  • Never hiss or boo a player or official.
  • Never utter abusive or irritating remarks from the sidelines.
  • Applaud opponents who make a good play or show good sportsmanship.
  • Seek to win by fair means, according to the rules of the game.
  • Love the game for its own sake and not for what winning may bring.
  • Remember: Honor First – Win or Lose.

 Athletic Schedules

Athletic Schedules are posted on the web page; click on Athletics, and Middle School Athletic Schedule. 

Grade Checks

Grade checks will be conducted by the Athletic Director every 3 weeks during each season.  Any student failing has the opportunity to bring up their grade and may participate if their grade is passing at the time of their event.  If a student-athlete has a 64% or below after the grade check is done, at the time of an athletic event they will not be permitted to participate.

 The Arizona Interscholastic Code of Conduct for Student Athletes

We believe that interscholastic athletic competition should demonstrate high standards of ethics and sportsmanship and promote the development of good character and other important life skills.  We also believe that the highest potential of sports is achieved when participants are committed to pursuing victory with honor according the six core principles:  trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship (the “Six Pillars of Character”).  This Code applies to all student-athletes involved in interscholastic sports.

 Trustworthiness – be worthy of trust in all you do.

  • Integrity – live up to high ideals of ethics and sportsmanship and always pursue victory with honor; do what is right even when it us unpopular or personally costly.
  • Honesty – live in complete honorably; do not lie, cheat, steal, or engage in any other dishonest or un-sportsmanlike conduct.
  • Reliability – fulfill commitments; do what you say you will do; be on time to practices and games.
  • Loyalty – be loyal to your school and team; put the team above personal glory.

Respect – Treat all people with respect all the time and require the same of student-athletes.

  • Class – live and play with class, be a good sport, be gracious in victory and accept defeat with dignity, help up fallen opponents, compliment extraordinary performance, and show sincere respect in pre- and post-game rituals.
  • Disrespectful Conduct – do not engage in disrespectful conduct of any sort including profanity, obscene gestures, offensive remarks of a sexual nature, trash-talking, taunting, boastful celebrations, or other actions that demean individuals of the sport.
  • Respect Officials – treat contest officials with respect; do not complain about or argue with the official’s calls or decisions during or after an athletic event.

 Responsibility

  • Importance of Education – be a student first and commit to earning your degree and getting the best education you can.  Be honest with yourself about the likelihood of getting an athletic scholarship or playing on a professional level and remember that many universities will not recruit student-athletes who do not have a serious commitment to their education, the ability to succeed academically, or the character to represent their institution honorably.
  • Role-Modeling – Remember, participation in sports is a privilege, not a right, and that you are expected to represent you school, coach, and teammates with honor, on and off the field.  Consistently exhibit good character and conduct yourself as a positive role model.
  • Self-Control – Exercise self-control; do not fight or show excessive displays of anger or frustration.  Have the strength to overcome the temptation to retaliate.
  • Healthy Lifestyle – Safeguard your health; do not use any illegal or unhealthy substances including alcohol, tobacco, and drugs or engage in any unhealthy techniques to gain, lose, or maintain weight.
  • Integrity of the Game – Protect the integrity of the game; do not gamble or associate with or deal with professional gamblers.
  • Sexual Conduct – Sexual or romantic contact of any sort between students and coaches is improper and strictly forbidden.  Report misconduct to proper authorities.

 Fairness

  • Be Fair – live up to high standards of fair play; be open-minded; always be willing to listen and learn.

 Caring

  • Concern for Others – Demonstrate concern for others; never intentionally injure any player or engage in reckless behavior that might cause injury to yourself or others.
  • Teammates – Help promote the well-being of teammates by positive counseling and encouragement or by reporting any unhealthy or dangerous conduct to coaches.

 Citizenship

  • Play by the Rules – Maintain a thorough knowledge of and abide by all applicable game and competition rules.
  • Spirit of Rules – Honor the spirit and the letter of rules; avoid temptations to gain competitive advantage through improper gamesmanship techniques that violate the highest traditions of sportsmanship.

 Know the Rules for NCAA

NCAA Division I requires 16 core courses as ofAugust 1, 2008. This rule applies to any student first entering any Division I college or university on or afterAugust 1, 2008. See the chart below for the breakdown of this 16-core course requirement.

NCAA Division II requires 14 core courses. See the breakdown of core course requirements below.  Please note, Division II will require 16 core courses beginningAugust 1, 2013.

 Test Scores

  • Division I has a sliding scale for test score and grade point average. The sliding scale for those requirements is included in the back of the book.
  • Division II has a minimum SAT score requirement of 820 or an ACT sum score of 68.
  • The SAT score used for NCAApurposes includes only the critical reading and math sections. The writing section is not used.
  • The ACT score used for NCAApurposes is a sum of the four sections on the ACT: English, mathematics, reading and science.
  • All SAT and ACT scores must be reported directly to theNCAAEligibilityCenterby the testing agency.  Use theEligibilityCentercode of 9999 to make sure the score is reported to theEligibilityCenter.

 Grade Point Average

  • Only core courses are used in the calculation of the grade point average.
  • Be sure to look at your high school’s list of NCAA approved core courses on the EligibilityCenter’s Web site to make certain that courses being taken have been approved as core courses. The Web site is www.ncaaclearinghouse.net.
  • Division I grade point average requirements are listed on the following page.  The Division II grade point average requirement is a minimum of 2.000.

Other important information

In Division II, there is no sliding scale. The minimum core grade point average is 2.000; the minimum SAT score is 820 (verbal and math sections only); and the minimum ACT sum score is 68.

  • 14 core courses are currently required for Division II, beginning 2013; students will be required to complete 16 core courses.
  • 16 core courses are required for Division I.
  • The SAT combined score is based on the verbal and math sections only. The writing section will not be used.
  • SAT and ACT scores must be reported directly to theEligibilityCenterfrom the testing agency.
    • Scores on transcripts will not be used
Tier 1 Offenses Consequence
Public Displays of Affection 1stOffense: Detention from the teacher accompanied by a verbal or written warning2ndOffense: Additional detention accompanied by a phone call home regarding the continued behavior 3rd Offense: Referral to the office
General campus disruption
Food/ Gum/ Candy in the Classroom
Inappropriate Language/Gestures
Minor Disruption of the Classroom
Unprepared for class.
Cell Phone /Electronic Use 1st and 2ndOffense the phone is taken from the student and returned at the end of the day by the office3rdoffense parent is called by the office and parent must pick the phone up before it can be returned. 4th offense. Office referral.
Tardies 1stOffense Verbal or written warning by the teacher2ndoffense. Teacher detention 3rdoffense, phone call home and possible office referral with additional detention*see handbook about loss of credit in the class due to excessive tardies.
Dress Code Violation 1stoffense. The student will be asked to go to the office and either change into alternative clothing available or call home and have a parent bring them appropriate clothing*note. Alternative shirts may cost the student $1 to purchase and wear. 2ndoffense., The student will have the same consequences as the first offense but may receive a detention or Friday school detention3rd offense. Office referral and parent conference.

 

Tier 2 Offenses: Consequence
3rd Tier 1 Offense -Depending on the severity and frequency of the offense the consequences can range fromFriday School Detention- up to 5 days of out of school suspension. - The administration reserves the right to administer consequences at their discretion according to the severity and frequency of the offences. If you have questions regarding the consequences do not hesitate to contact administration.-Continued violations of Tier 2 offenses may lead to long term suspension or expulsion.

- Each time a tier 2 offense occurs the office will notify parents either by phone, email or mail.

Major Classroom Disruption
Insubordination 
Misuse of Computers
Off campus violations
Truancy
Plagiarism
Indecent Exposure (i.e. mooning/streaking)
Sexual misconduct

 

Tier 3 Offenses Consequence  
Fighting 3-9 dayOSSdepending on severity with possible police referral -All Tier 3 offenses that are a violation of state, county or city laws are a “reportable offense” and will result in police referral.-Any incidents that require police referral are also subject to a superintendent referral for long term suspension or expulsion. Due process will be followed should this be the case. -The administration reserves the right to administer consequences at their discretion according to the severity and frequency of the offenses. If you have questions regarding the consequences do not hesitate to contact administration.
Use of Drugs/paraphernalia, Alcohol/unauthorized OTC or prescription Medications 9 dayOSSwith police referral
Weapons (other than firearms) 3-9 dayOSSwith possible police referral
Arson 9 day suspension with police and superintendent referral
Bullying 3-9 day suspension with possible police referral
Sexual Harassment 3-9 day suspension with possible police referral
Destruction/ Theft of property 3-9 day suspension with possible police referral
Explosives 9 Day suspension with police and superintendent referral
Forgery 3-9 day suspension with possible police referral
Inciting Riot 3-9 day suspension with possible police referral
Physical/Verbal Confrontation with Staff 3-9 day suspension with possible police referral
Possession of a Firearm 9 day suspension, police and superintendent referral
Distribution of Drugs/paraphernalia, Alcohol/unauthorized OTC or prescription Medications 9 day suspension police and superintendent referral
Bomb Threat 9 day suspension with police and superintendent referral.

 

 

 

 

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