High School Student Handbook 2018-19

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High School Staff

Agriculture
Mrs. Cahan

Art
Ms. Luke
Mr. Winslow

Business
Mr. Burger

English
Mrs. Lofrumento
Mr. Marvin
Mrs. Wilday
Mr. Zielnicki

Health
Mr. Steinfort

Home & Careers
Mrs. Bartolucci

Foreign Language
Mrs. McKinley
Mr. Schmidt
Mrs. Willson

Library
Mrs. Berger

Mathematics
Mrs. Bottisti
Mr. DeGregory
Mr. Greene
Mr. Hayes
Mrs. Luzadis
Mr. O’Connor

Music
Mr. Craner
Mrs. Leight

Physical Education
Mrs. K. Miller
Mr. LaBombard

Science
Mr. Burleigh
Mr. Conneally
Mr. Emblidge
Mrs. Flores
Mr. Robinson
Mr. Varney

Social Studies
Mr. Bryson
Ms. Huber
Ms. Lewis
Mr. Morris
Mr. Reilly

Special Education
Mrs. DeLucia
Mrs. Dygert
Mr. Jorgensen
Ms. Peterson
Mrs. Roberts
Mrs. Tavares
Mr. Toomey

Technology
Mr. Gauci
Mr. Lefton

Main Office
Mr. Ducharme, Principal
Mrs. Johnson, Assistant Principal
Ms. LeBaron, Secretary
Mrs. McCarty, Secretary
Mrs. Murray, Attendance

Student Services Center
Ms. Bean, Career Education Coordinator
Mrs. Dooley, Secretary
Mrs. Driscoll, School Nurse
Mr. Haggerty, CSE Chair
Mrs. Maciariello, Psychologist
Mrs. Mastrianni, Director of Special Education, Federal Grants and Pupil Support
Mrs. O’Brien, School Counselor
Mrs. Rust, School Counselor
Mrs. Shirley, Secretary

Distance Learning Lab Aides
Mrs. Boghosian
Mrs. Mikkelson

Educational Aides
Ms. Alderman
Ms. Allen
Mrs. Carpenter
Mrs. Crouch
Mrs. Delaney
Ms. Hathaway
Mrs. Helwig
Mr. Kopp
Mrs. McShane
Mrs. Morris
Mrs. Murray
Ms. B Olmert
Mrs. Otto
Mrs. Polmateer
Mrs. Sarro
Mr. Steg

Library Aide
Mrs. Quinn

Monitors
Mr. Alheim
Mrs. Bayer
Ms. Otten

Custodial/Cleaning Staff
Mr. Stiassney, Head Custodian
Mr. Brackett
Mr. Cass
Ms. Dixson
Mr. Donisthorpe
Ms. Hoss
Mrs. Peregrim
Ms. Sargent
Mr. Wicks

Cafeteria Staff
Mrs. Bodnar
Mrs. Burdick
Mrs. Hastings
Mrs. Hulka
Mrs. Keen, Food Services Manager
Mrs. Lago
Mrs. MacMillan
Mrs. Taylor

Department of Computer Services
Mrs. Schambach

Athletic Department
Mr. Bowen, Athletic Director
Mrs. Lyon, Secretary

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Schedule – Daily & Lunch

Period 1 ……………………………………..8:00 a.m. – 8:42 a.m. (including homeroom)
Period 2………………………………………8:45 a.m. – 9:24 a.m.
Period 3………………………………………9:27 a.m. – 10:06 a.m.
Period 4…………………………………….10:09 a.m. – 10:48 a.m.
Period 5…………………………………….10:51 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Period 6…………………………………… 11:33 a.m. – 12:12 p.m.
Period 7…………………………………… 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Period 8…………………………………… 12:57 p.m. – 1:36 p.m.
Period 9……………………………………… 1:39 p.m. – 2:18 p.m.
Period 10……………………………………. 2:21 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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Rules, Regulations and Procedures

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The rules, regulations and procedures described in this section
have been established to create the best possible learning
environment for all students. They are based on respect for
the rights of others and on the individual student’s responsibility
for his/her actions. Proper use of this information will
be to everyone’s best advantage and will help maintain the
high standards we expect.

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After-School Programs

Tenth period is provided for students desiring additional
help or supervised study times. Teachers may also request
students to remain 10th period for additional instruction or
for disciplinary reasons. Any student requested to stay 10th
period for a teacher must do so. All students staying 10th period
must remain until 3 p.m., at which time they may board
the bus run, find other transportation home, or go to athletic
practice. Students should contact individual teachers to find out the
days they are offering special help.

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Assemblies

Students are given many opportunities to observe worthwhile
programs during assemblies. These programs are part
of the educational process. Such programs can only be properly
conducted in an atmosphere of cooperation. Courtesy
and attention to the program is required of all students.

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Attendance and Course Credit

The process of education requires a continuity of instruction, including classroom participation, student interaction and well-planned instructional activity. In order to gain the maximum benefit from their educational experience, students must attend classes regularly. Students are expected to be in school daily and attend all classes. Parents are encouraged to arrange all vacations, trips, etc. to coincide with school vacations.

It is the responsibility of the parents or persons in parental relation of the pupil to notify the office by telephone on the morning of the absence or tardiness or at the time of early departure as to the reason for such absence, tardiness or early departure. As a follow-up to any oral notification, parents or persons in parental relation to the pupil may be required to
provide a written excuse confirming the date of the absence,
tardiness or early departure and reason for such.

The Board of Education recognizes that regular attendance in classes is essential to the total learning process. Although some class absence may be unavoidable, each student is expected to make every effort to attend each assigned class. The underlying rationale for an attendance policy that denies course credit for non-attendance is based on recognition of the vital role classroom attendance and participation plays in academic achievement.

A student shall be regarded as being absent from class under Board policies if he/she misses more than one half of class due to tardiness or early departure. The student shall perform
the necessary make-up work within the allotted time for the purpose of determining the student eligibility for course credit under this policy.

In-school suspension for which the student is doing work related to his/her particular classes, and out-of-school suspension where the student takes advantage of alternative educational
services provided by the district, shall not count as absences from class under this section of the policy.

Any pupil absence that is both properly excused and for which the student has performed any assigned make-up work shall not be counted as an absence for the purpose of determining the student’s eligibility for course credit under this policy. It shall be the student’s responsibility to obtain all make-up work from his/her teacher(s) immediately upon returning to school. The student shall have the same or similar amount of time to make up the same or similar work they
missed as other students who were not absent. Failure to turn in the make-up work in a timely manner or not at all may lead to an incomplete or failure in the class. It is the teacher’s
responsibility to determine the amount of time and how the make-up work will be graded. For unexcused absences, the teacher shall determine how the missed work will be made
up, if at all, and how it will be graded. However, if a student or his/her parents feel that the teacher has not treated the student in a fair and equitable manner, they may appeal the
teacher’s decision to the building principal. The building principal’s determination shall be deemed final.

Please note:A full copy of our Board of Education attendance policy can be found by clicking here.

Signing out––Regardless of age, students need the permission of a parent/guardian or administrator and, in case of illness, permission from the school nurse, before leaving school
grounds. Failure to do so will result in the student being assigned an appropriate consequence.

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Automobiles

Due to the fact that the school district provides bus transportation for all students, the use of school property for parking and the driving of automobiles is considered a privilege.
This privilege is extended first to seniors with certain restrictions. Seniors who drive to school must apply for and obtain a parking permit from the main office. Due to the limited parking
spaces, not all seniors will be approved for on-campus parking. First priority will be given to seniors enrolled in the General Internship program. Secondary consideration will be
given to seniors who demonstrate a legitimate and verifiable need. If necessary, a lottery will be held to determine which seniors are given parking permits. If there are additional spaces left after the senior lottery, a second lottery will be held for juniors who meet the above mentioned criteria. Approved students are to park in designated spaces and exercise proper driving habits at all times or campus driving/parking privileges may be suspended or revoked. Cars are not to be
taken off campus during the school day without permission from the main offices.

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BOCES Policy for Automobiles

Students who attend BOCES either in the morning or afternoon sessions will not be allowed to use alternative transportation unless it is registered with the main office and approved by the WSWHE BOCES principal and the high school principal. Students who abuse this privilege will
be assigned the appropriate consequence as per the school’s discipline code.

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Attendance at BOCES

A student’s active participation in his/her own education is vital to ensuring success. Students enrolled in any BOCES program who have excessive absenteeism will be removed from the BOCES program. The decision to remove a student will be done on a case-by-case basis. Students attending BOCES also must be academically on-track to graduate.

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Book Bags/Knapsacks

Students are not permitted to use book bags during school. Students are permitted to bring book bags to school. Upon arrival, students’ book bags are to be placed in the students’ lockers and may not be removed until dismissal or until students leave for the day.

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Buses

The primary aim of our transportation department is to transport all of our students safely to and from school. Drivers have been asked not to permit any disorderly behavior on buses and send “disciplinary notices” to the building administrators. Disciplinary measures for bus misconduct are found in the section, Responsibility for Discipline.

While passengers on school buses, students should behave in an orderly manner and should obey the directives of the school bus drivers. The general rules for student behavior on buses are:

  1. Be at your assigned bus stop five minutes before the bus arrives in the morning.
  2. Board or leave the bus only when it is stopped.
  3. Remain seated while the bus is in motion.
  4. Loud, boisterous or other distracting noises should not be made.
  5. Articles should not be thrown on the bus.
  6. Neighbor quarreling, fighting or rough play will not be tolerated.
  7. Swearing or other vile language must not be used.
  8. The use of tobacco, , e-cigarettes drugs and/or alcohol is forbidden.
  9. Food and drinks should not be consumed on the bus.
  10. Obey the bus drivers gladly; they are doing their best for you.
  11. Head or arms must not be extended out windows.
  12. Students will be held responsible for any damage to the bus or its equipment.
  13. Articles of an injurious or objectionable nature are not to be brought on the bus.

Students remaining after school for assigned purposes must obtain a proper bus pass to be presented to the bus driver when boarding a later run bus. Students must turn in to the main office written permission from a parent or guardian to ride any bus other than their assigned bus.

The driveway directly in front of the High School must be kept clear of vehicles during the following hours of the school day to allow for the pick-up or drop-off of students:

  • 7:45-8 a.m.
  • 2:05 – 2:20 p.m.
  • 3-3:15 p.m.

REMEMBER: RIDING SCHOOL BUSES IS A PRIVILEGE THAT WILL BE SUSPENDED IF RULES ARE VIOLATED OR BEHAVIOR THREATENS THE SAFETY OR RIGHTS OF OTHERS.

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Care of Building & Equipment

All students should take pride in the appearance of the building. Considerable time and effort is spent in preparing this building for you. It is your building and represents monies spent by your parents and community. Any misuse of the building or equipment may result in prosecution by the Board of Education.

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Cell Phone or Other Electronic, Communication or Recreational Devices

Students are NOT allowed to display or use cell phones or other electronic devices during instructional time for non-academic purposes. When such items are used for non-academic purposes, they will be confiscated and returned to the student’s parent upon visitation to the building.

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Computer Room/Equipment Use Policies

We are extremely fortunate to offer our staff and students the opportunity to work with some of the most up-to-date computer equipment and technology available. Most of the
equipment is housed in the following locations:

  • Library
  • Room 112
  • Room 201

Our goal in establishing guidelines for use of the equipment
and rooms are as follows:

  • Keep interruptions of scheduled classes in the labs to a minimum.
  • Provide supervision of students using the equipment and rooms at all times.
  • Maintain an appropriate level of security of equipment and software.
  • The focus of all activities in the labs should be instructional in nature.

Within these guidelines, we hope to keep the facilities open for use as frequently as possible.

Acceptable Use Policy

All students will be required to sign and submit an Acceptable Use form, acknowledging and agreeing to the rules associated with the district’s computer network and equipment.

Students who fail to submit this form will have their network account and computer privileges suspended. Students who are caught using someone else’s network account will be subject to disciplinary consequences.

Computer Room Rules

  1. No student will be admitted to the computer room without a pass. This includes 10th period.
  2. Students will not be permitted into the computer room during periods with assigned classes.
  3. Students will be permitted to use computer equipment for specified instructional projects.
  4. Commercial use of the school’s computer equipment is strictly prohibited.
  5. There is to be no student “pass thru” to other servers without specific teacher authorization.
  6. No food, drink or gum will be permitted in the computer areas.
  7. Students should not share passwords under any circumstances.
  8. The copying of system files is prohibited.
  9. The copying of copyrighted materials, such as thirdparty software, without the express written permission of owner or the property license, is prohibited.
  10. Attempts to “crash” network systems or programs is prohibited.
  11. The willful introduction of computer viruses or other disruptive/destructive programs into the school’s computer system is prohibited.
  12. Students will not be permitted to bring their own software in for use on the Schuylerville system.
  13. Academic use of the computer will take precedent over non-academic use.
  14. Students will not be permitted to leave period 10 detention for access to a computer room.

Internet Access

Because of the global nature of the Internet, any student accessing the Internet will be expected to adhere to all computer room rules and the following:

  1. Use of the Internet will be for educational purposes only as assigned by an instructor.
  2. No student will be allowed to access the Internet without a staff member being present.
  3. It is the student’s responsibility to avoid accessing, posting or sending objectionable material/messages. Further, it is the student’s responsibility to terminate
    inadvertent access.
  4. Students are not to access any chat sites without the permission of the instructor in charge.
  5. E-mail is to be used for educational purposes only under the direct supervision of an instructor.

Direct consequences will occur for student actions that:

  • compromise the security of the system;
  • tamper in any way with other student or staff work space;
  • destroy equipment or software.

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Dances

Dances are scheduled at the High School as part of our comprehensive program to provide our students with opportunities for social and emotional development in an educational setting. In support of this goal, dances and other social functions are scheduled according to the following
policies:

  • All dances and social functions must receive prior approval from the High School administration.
  • The advisor of the club or school organization sponsoring the event will coordinate the details of the function in consultation with the High School administration.
    • All ticket sales will be presale only. NO tickets will be sold at the door.
    • Dances and social functions will be organized according to appropriate age brackets.
    • Functions organized for our Middle School students will be restricted to grades 6, 7 and
      8. Functions organized for our High School students will be restricted to grades 9 10, 11 and 12.
    • Students requesting to attend a function outside of the age brackets as defined above must receive written permission from the High School administration.
    • Guests from other schools attending our school functions MUST be secondary school students in good standing and receive written permission from the High School administration.
      Dances and other functions are scheduled for our student body, therefore the administration reserves the right to restrict guest (non-Schuylerville students) attendance at any school function.
    • Students leaving a school function will NOT be readmitted.
    • All other aspects of our school discipline code remain in effect at school functions.
    • The administration reserves the right to restrict attendance at school functions for excessive absenteeism, poor academic standing and/or for students placed on the disciplinary
      restricted list.
    • No dances, with the exception of the Junior Class Prom, will be scheduled after the spring break.

The Prom: The Junior Class Prom holds a special place in our calendar of school events and as such has special parameters in addition to those outlined above that govern its organization.

  • The prom is a High School function and as such, attendance at the prom is restricted to high school-age students 14 to 19 years of age.
  • At least one of the prom attendees from a couple must be a member of Schuylerville’s junior class.
  • Members of the junior class attending the prom may invite a guest who is beyond high school age (18 to 20). As guests, these individuals must receive written permission from administration as outlined in the policies above. People age 21 and older may not attend our prom.
  • Horses and carriages are prohibited from school grounds during prom-related events.

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Drugs, Alcohol, Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, Chewing Tobacco

There is to be no smoking, drinking, using drugs, using chewing tobacco or e-cigarettes or the possession of such items by students enrolled in our school, in school buildings, on school buses, and on school property, whether school is in session or not. We emphasize the term “possession.” Students are not to bring drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, chewing tobacco or other objectionable items, such as drug paraphernalia, to school. Attendance at school or school activities while under the influence of alcoholic beverages or drugs is also prohibited.

This provision is being implemented in the interest of students’ health and welfare. By prohibiting all students from carrying and/or distributing drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, chewing
tobacco, drug paraphernalia and other harmful items, we hope to discourage use of these products. Violation of this provision will result in severe disciplinary action. The provision also will be in effect at extracurricular activities, on school-sponsored trips and on school property at all times.

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Field Trips

Students must have prior written approval from a parent or guardian for all school-sponsored field trips. A permission slip must be obtained from the teacher coordinating the trip, signed and returned to the school prior to the trip.

Students are representatives of the school when on field trips and should act accordingly. Students should follow all regular school rules. If students violate any rule, they will be subject to disciplinary procedures and may be prevented from attending field trips in the future.

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Field Trips––Overnight

Schuylerville Central School District wishes to encourage the widest range of educational activities for students. In developing programs that extend off campus, the district must take into account the responsibilities that the constituent groups must shoulder. The school district, parents and students must all take part in the task of making these experiences
worthwhile.

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Field Trips––Roles & Responsibilities

It is the administrative policy of Schuylerville High School that students must have good attendance in regular classes to participate in school activities that require them to be absent
from class. Students who are absent from class in excess of five days during any marking period will not be permitted to participate in school activities that result in an absence from that class. Participation may be granted if, after being reviewed by the building principal, it is determined that the absences in question were excused or unavoidable.

School District: The Board of Education, district and building administration, teachers and staff have a responsibility to structure activities that will provide a rich environment for the students. They are additionally responsible to make sure that the activities are well-planned, educationally sound and properly chaperoned. The district’s responsibilities include:

  • informing parents of the nature and design of the activity (permission forms, parent/staff meetings);
  • making sure that all students involved have an equal opportunity for participation;
  • planning for anticipated difficulties.

Parents: Parents must realize that this function adds to the culture and experience of the school and provide support for the staff and students. Parent responsibilities:

  • to make sure they are well-informed about the nature of the activity and to have had an opportunity for input;
  • to be responsible for the actions of their children.

Students: Students are responsible for their own actions. They must treat this activity as an extension of the school curriculum and environment. The rules that apply in school also apply at any school function. Students must:

• be responsible for their own actions;
• positively represent the school and the community through their behavior;
• be well-informed about the rules and expectations placed upon them.

All rules of the school are in force when school staff and their representatives take students off campus. Behavior and discipline will be treated exactly as it would be in the school
building. Students who choose to disregard school policy (smoking, inappropriate dress, bad language, etc.) will be disciplined in the same fashion that they are in the school building. The group chaperone will report the infraction to the building administration upon return. The same responses that would normally be in effect will be taken when the students return to the school.

If a student shows that he or she is a threat to the group’s safety and welfare, (substance abuse, disregarding directions, insubordination, leaving the group, fighting) the student must return home. The student will return home at the expense of his/her parents. A group chaperone will contact the building administration and the parent or guardian will make arrangements for the student’s return.

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Fire Alarms & Drills

The New York State Board of Regents Adopted New Guidelines beginning 7/1/2016. Districts are now required to conduct 12 safety drills, with four of those drills being lockdown drills and eight being fire drills. It is essential that every student:

  • follow the directions of staff;
  • be familiar with the exit route from each room he/she uses;
  • leave the building as promptly as possible after an alarm has sounded and report to the designated safety area;
  • stay clear of roadways once out of the building and remain at least 150 feet from the building;
  • return to the building only when the signal is given. At that time, students should return quickly and orderly.

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Graduation Ceremony

The district extends the privilege of participating in the graduation ceremony to students of Schuylerville Central School District who meet the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of requirements for the awarding of a high school diploma as put forth by the New York State Education Department and the Board of Education of Schuylerville Central School District.
    OR
  • Four years of seat time as an active participant in a recognized public school program or successful completion of a vocational program via our regional BOCES that culminates with the awarding of a certificate of completion, including a Career Development and Occupational Studies Commencement (CDOS) Credential or Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) high school equivalency diploma (formerly GED).

Moreover, to be eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony, students are expected to comply with all the regulations and rules put forth by the High School administration governing the ceremony. These rules and regulations include participation in mandatory rehearsals, dress codes and codes of conduct. These expectations will be communicated to students and parents of each graduating class in writing prior to the ceremony.

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Harassment/Hazing/Bullying

Our Board of Education recognizes the right of every student to attend classes in an atmosphere that is free from threatening behavior. Students who engage in threatening behavior (harassment, hazing, intimidation, bullying and defamation) will be subject to the provisions of the Board of Education’s Harassment Policy, which prohibits this conduct on our campus.

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Lockers

It is suggested, though not required, that students purchase a lock from the main office to ensure locker security. If a lock is used, it must be a school lock. Students are reminded that lockers remain the exclusive property of the school and that students have no expectation of privacy with respect to their lockers. To ensure student health and safety, the school reserves the right to inspect locker contents. This inspection may include, but is not limited to, locker clean-out days, the use of trained drug dogs and individual locker examination.

Students must be sure there are no valuables left in lockers and that where there are locks, they are locked securely. Students are to use only lockers assigned to them and are to keep lockers clean and undamaged. Stickers are not permitted on the outside of lockers and there should be no permanent decorations or defacing of the inside or outside of lockers. Failure to comply will result in a minimum fine of $3 at the end of the school year. The school district is not responsible for items reported missing from student lockers.

To maintain a quiet atmosphere and ensure promptness, students should visit lockers a minimum number of times daily.

Locks for gym lockers will be loaned to students for the year, since students might need to share a locker. Because the security of lockers cannot be guaranteed, nothing of value should be permanently stored in them. Failure to return these locks to the PE teacher at the end of the year will result in a $4 fine per student. (Students who share a locker will be assessed a $2 fine for failure to return a lock.)

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Lost & Found

Any student who has lost items, or believes his/her property has been stolen, is personally responsible to report this to the administration. At times, students will report articles lost or stolen when they cannot recall where they left them. Any misplaced articles will be taken to the main office by school personnel. Any student who finds another’s property is responsible to bring it to the main office. The administration will make every attempt to find lost or stolen property, but we are not responsible for its replacement.

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Lunch

The services of the cafeteria are available to all students. School children from families whose income is within the preset income scale, set by the state, are eligible for a free lunch and one half-pint of milk or a reduced-price lunch each school day. To apply for lunch assistance, parents should complete the free or reduced-price lunch application available in the main office.

Food may not be charged in the cafeteria except in case of emergency. All food is to be consumed in the cafeteria, not in the halls. Upon finishing lunches, students are expected to clean their places of debris and to properly return trays and dishes. Since the cafeteria is a dining area, students are to behave in an appropriate manner.

Cafeteria Guidelines

  1. Students must report to the cafeteria for the first 15 minutes of the lunch period. The lunch lines will close after 30 minutes. The seventh period lunch line will close at 12:45 p.m.
  2. Students will not be allowed to go to their lockers during lunch periods.
  3. Be courteous to the cafeteria staff and the hall monitors.
  4. Use appropriate language and behavior.
  5. Wait patiently for service at the end of lunch lines.
  6. Do not wander through the halls and the lobby.
  7. Do not throw food or other debris.
  8. Keep all food, beverages and snacks in the cafeteria at all times.
  9. After eating, pick up after yourself.
  10. Use safe judgment while engaging in outdoor activities.
  11. Have a pre-signed pass for the following: teachers, Student Services Center, weight room.
  12. When outside, stay within the boundaries set by the designated monitor.
  13. Stay in the designated area or in the cafeteria until the bell rings. Do not crowd the cafeteria exits and/or lobby.

Students who choose not to follow the guidelines will receive consequences from the lunch monitor and/or building administration.

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Medicine

No student shall bring, carry or use ANY medicines or similar matter in the school building, on school grounds or on a school bus without the material being labeled for the student’s use or prescribed by a medical doctor for his/her use. A note signed by the student’s parent is sufficient evidence of this fact. All medicine usage must be reported to the school nurse, who will administer it.

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Passes

Any student in the hall during classes must have the proper pass issued by a staff member. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain a pass from the staff member if passage in the hall during classes is required. If a staff member asks a student for a pass, the student must present the pass to the staff member. If a student fails to comply with the staff member’s request, the student will be directed to the office.

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Physical Education

All students are required to take physical education (PE) and to provide themselves with acceptable physical education clothing and sneakers. The PE teacher will specify the type of clothing required.

In the event of a student being classified medically exempt from physical education, the student will be placed in a study hall or an adaptive PE class. Exemptions must be reviewed and approved by the school physician.

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Prohibition of Corporal Punishment

The use of corporal punishment, defined as any act of physical force upon a student for the purpose of punishing that student, is not acceptable in this district and will not be tolerated as a disciplinary measure. The term shall not apply, however, to use of reasonable physical force in the following situations:

  • for the purpose of self-defense;
  • to protect other persons from physical injury;
  • to protect property of the school or others;
  • to remove a student if the student has refused to comply with requests to refrain from disruptive behavior.

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Protecting Valuables

The school is not responsible for valuables that are lost or stolen while a student is attending school. Students wishing to have valuables protected while they are in attendance should deposit them in the school office with a secretary at the beginning of school and collect them at the close of school.

Students who bring money or valuable items to school and leave them in their lockers risk having them stolen. The school is not responsible for valuables left in lockers.

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Salute to the Flag

The Commissioner of Education’s regulation requires that opening exercises each day school is in session shall be the salute to our flag. Individual students who choose not to participate may either stand or sit and remain respectfully silent or leave the classroom during the rendering of the salute and pledge.

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School Day

School is in session from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Regular classes are dismissed at 2:18 p.m. The time from 2:18 until 3 p.m. is reserved for academic assistance and curriculum-related clubs and activities. Students are required to be on time and present for all classes.

Students may not leave the building during the day without a proper excuse issued by the main office or the school nurse. Appointments with doctors, dentists, Department of Motor Vehicles, etc. should not be made during school time. When such appointments are unavoidable, the student should bring a note signed by a parent or guardian to the main office in the morning. This note must contain the following information:

  • full name of student;
  • date and time of appointment;
  • who the appointment is with.

Periodically, calls will be made to verify appointments and all excuses must have the approval of the building administration.

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Senior Lounge
  1. There will be a designated area for Senior Lounge.
  2. The purpose of the area is for relaxed study and socializing.
  3. The privilege is extended to those seniors who have study halls during the periods when a space is available. Seniors wishing to go to the Senior Lounge during those periods must first report to study hall for attendance and sign out according to our current study hall guidelines. Seniors signing out for this purpose must report directly to Senior Lounge. There will be no loitering in the halls or at lockers. Any violations of these requirements will result in the suspension of the privilege.
  4. Initially, the privilege will be extended to all members of the senior class. However, following the first marking period, any senior who is failing a course during the previous marking period will lose this privilege.
  5. The area will be supervised by members of the senior class. Any problems that occur in this area (i.e., vandalism, not picking up the area, or other violations of school policies) will result in the suspension of the privilege for all seniors.

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Study Hall Guidelines

Study hall is intended as a quiet, academic environment where students can complete homework and other course work, study, write and/or read independently, without distraction. Maintaining such an environment requires appropriate behavior and cooperation from all students and staff. The study hall teacher will:

  • Maintain a quiet, academic environment by establishing, communicating, and consistently enforcing clear expectations as well as the school-wide study hall guidelines. This will require active supervision of the study hall.
  • Maintain a daily sign-out sheet that documents the comings and goings of any student who leaves the study hall for any reason.
  • Not allow any student to leave the study hall without a pass.
  • Not allow students to go to the bathroom or lockers in groups.
  • Not allow students to go to another teacher’s classroom without a pre-signed pass.
  • Utilize the library pass system of no more than 5 students to the library per study hall. Study hall supervisors should allow students to rotate to the library. This will allow equal access for all students.
  • Routinely review the Academic Restricted List and keep students in study hall as appropriate.
  • Students on the Academic Restricted List may only leave study hall with a pre-signed pass from a teacher of a course they are failing.
  • Allow students to talk only when it is necessary for appropriate academic collaboration. In these cases, the study hall teacher will move students to a designated area of the classroom and monitor their conversations.

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Telephone

It is necessary that office phones be used only for school business. All personal calls must be made by utilizing the phone located outside of the Attendance Clerk’s Office.

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Textbooks, School Supplies & Materials

Textbooks and, in certain cases, other school supplies and materials are provided to students on a loan basis. Such property is generally intended for use by a number of students over a period of years and should not be abused. Textbooks are to be covered. Book covers are available in the main office and the Student Services Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are responsible for the return of all loaned property. In the event textbooks or materials are damaged or lost, students will be subject to a repair or replacement charge.

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Vandalism

All Schuylerville students are urged to take pride in their school. Students who are found vandalizing in any way will be assessed to pay for damage. In addition, students may be faced with other disciplinary measures, up to and including notification of police.

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Video/Audio Recording by Students

Students are not permitted to use any electronic device to record audio or video media or take pictures of any student or staff member without their permission. Taking photographs, recording, or videotaping without an individual’s consent can be considered an invasion of privacy. The distribution of any unauthorized photos, media, or recordings may result in discipline including, but not limited to, suspension, criminal charges, and expulsion. The District reserves the right to inspect a student’s personal device if there is a reason to believe that the student has violated District policies, school rules, or engaged in other misconduct while using his or her personal device. Students may not utilize any technology to harass, threaten, bully, demean, humiliate, intimidate, embarrass, or annoy their classmates or others in their community. This behavior is subject to disciplinary action and will be reported to the state as part of the Dignity for All Students Act.

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Visitors

All visitors (including parents) to Schuylerville High School are required to sign in and get a visitor’s pass, issued by the office. This regulation complies with state law. All visitors must have prior approval from administration.

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Weapons in School

No student shall have in his/her possession upon school premises any rifle, shotgun, pistol, revolver, other firearm, knives, dangerous chemicals, explosives, or any object that is not necessary for school activities and that could be used as a weapon. A weapon is defined as any instrument capable of firing a projectile, the frame or receiver of any such weapon, a firearm muffler or silencer, any explosive device, or any other instrument capable of inflicting bodily harm.

In accordance with the Gun Free Schools Act of 1994, a student found guilty of bringing a firearm (as defined in federal law) onto school property, after a hearing has been provided pursuant to section 3214 of the Education law, will be subject to at least one year suspension from school.* However, after this penalty has been determined, the Superintendent of Schools will review the penalty following an immediate five-day suspension and may modify the one-year suspension on a case-by-case basis. If the Superintendent believes a one-year suspension penalty to be excessive, he/she may modify the penalty based on criteria including but not limited to:

  • the age of the student and the student’s grade level;
  • the student’s prior disciplinary record;
  • the Superintendent’s belief that other forms of discipline may be more effective;
  • input from parents, teachers and/or others; and
  • other extenuating circumstances.

New York State peace officers and police officers are the only people permitted on school property to have a weapon in their possession.

*Federal law requires at least a one-year suspension from school for any student who is found to have brought a firearm to school. However, the law permits that the Superintendent of Schools review each such case to determine if the penalty should be modified. This determination must be made on a case-by-case basis.

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School Discipline Code

Preface

The Schuylerville educational community firmly believes in the importance of the involvement of students, parents, teachers, school service professionals and members of the community in contributing to the School Discipline Code.

Appropriate school conduct and discipline contributes to our mission of education and is in itself an aspect of learning. It is essential for everyone––students, parents, and educators–– to understand what students’ rights and responsibilities are, what is expected of students and what students can expect if they fall short of these expectations.

Promoting proper conduct is a responsibility of every staff member. All play essential roles in a combined effort to achieve the best educational climate for all students. The code applies to conduct on school premises, school buses, field trips, and at any function where Schuylerville students represent the school. The code also applies to any action on or off school property when the action creates or would foreseeably create a risk of substantial disruption within the school environment or where it is foreseeable that the conduct might reach school property. For students who cannot function within these expectations, an alternative educational plan or suspension may be necessary. For detailed information on the district’s discipline code, please refer to the Code of Conduct publication, which is available in the main office.

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Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Plain Language Summary

In accordance with the Dignity for All Students Act, the Schuylerville Board of Education recognizes that a safe and supportive learning environment is essential for promoting student attendance and academic achievement. Incidents of discrimination, harassment and bullying, including but not limited to taunting, intimidation and cyberbullying (harassment or bullying that occurs through any form of electronic communication) can interfere with a student’s ability to learn and the district’s ability to educate its students. Therefore, the district is committed to creating an environment that is free of discrimination, harassment, bullying and cyberbullying and will promote civility throughout the school to prevent and prohibit conduct that is inconsistent with that goal.

The district prohibits any action on or off school property that creates or foreseeably creates a risk of substantial disruption within the school environment or where it is foreseeable that the conduct might reach school property. This includes all forms of discrimination, harassment, bullying and cyberbullying of students by school employees or other students. The district prohibits all forms of discrimination, harassment, bullying or cyberbullying based on actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion or religious practice, disability, sexual orientation or gender.

Students who fail to act in a respectful, dignified, and civil manner toward others while on school property or at a school sponsored function, may be subject to formal disciplinary action, including a referral, detention, in-school suspension, short term out-of-school suspension or long term out-of-school suspension. These consequences may also apply to students who engage in discrimination, harassment, bullying or cyberbullying off school property when the behavior creates or foreseeably creates a risk of substantial disruption within the school environment or where it is foreseeable that the conduct might reach school property.

The district will investigate and document every reported incident of discrimination, harassment, bullying or cyberbullying. Incidents may be reported to a building administrator or Dignity Act Coordinator by students, parents, school employees or concerned community members. The building administrator and/or the Dignity Act Coordinator will interview alleged victims, witnesses, and other relevant individuals. Disciplinary consequences will be assigned as appropriate according to the District Code of Conduct.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

  • Students have the right to take part in all district activities on an equal basis, regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion or religious practice, disability, sexual orientation or gender.
  • Students have the right to be protected from intimidation, harassment, discrimination, bullying or cyberbullying based on actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion or religious practice, disability, sexual orientation or gender by school employees or other students.
  • Students have the responsibility to respect one another and treat each other fairly, civilly and with dignity according to the Student Code of Conduct, other district policies and the Dignity for All Students Act. • Students have the responsibility to promote an environment that is free from intimidation, harassment, discrimination, bullying or cyberbullying.
  • Students have the responsibility to report incidents of discrimination, harassment, bullying or cyberbullying that are experienced, witnessed or otherwise brought to their attention. Incidents are to be reported in a timely manner to the building administrator and/or Dignity Act Coordinator.

Parent/Guardian Rights and Responsibilities

  • Parents/Guardians have the responsibility to teach their children respect and dignity toward themselves and others, regardless of actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion or religious practice, disability, sexual orientation or gender.
  • Parents have the responsibility to report incidents of discrimination, harassment, bullying and cyberbullying that are witnessed or otherwise brought to their attention. Incidents are to be reported in a timely manner to the building administrator and/or Dignity Act Coordinator.

School Employee Responsibilities

  • School employees have the responsibility to maintain a climate of mutual respect and dignity.
  • School employees have the responsibility to confront issues of discrimination, harassment, bullying or cyberbullying or any situation that threatens the emotional or physical health or safety of any student, school employee or any person who is lawfully on school grounds or at a school-sponsored event.
  • School employees have the responsibility to address personal biases that may prevent equal treatment of all students in the school or classroom setting.
  • School employees have the responsibility to report incidents of discrimination, harassment, bullying or cyberbullying that are witnessed or otherwise brought to their attention. School employees must orally report incidents to the principal or Dignity Act Coordinator within one school day after witnessing or receiving a report of such incident. School employees must also file a written report within two school days after making the oral report.

Dignity Act Coordinator

At least one staff member in each school will be thoroughly trained to handle human relations in the areas of race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion or religious practice, disability, sexual orientation or gender. The Dignity Act Coordinator will be accessible to students and staff members for consultation and advice regarding the expectations of the Dignity for All Students Act.

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Student Bill of Responsibilities & Rights

Preamble

In order to establish a unified code of responsibilities and rights, we, the students, acknowledge the following bill. We believe these responsibilities and rights are inherently human and not dependent on age, sex, creed, or any other method of categorizing mankind. We also acknowledge the primary responsibilities of the school to provide quality education and to safeguard the safety, health and moral well-being of all students.

Pledge of Allegiance

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Students have the responsibility to respect the rights and interests of others who wish to participate.
  2. Students have the responsibility not to belittle students acting out of conscience.

RIGHTS

  1. A student has the right to salute the flag and recite the pledge.
  2. Students may decline to recite the pledge and salute the flag without securing parental permission.
Rules and Regulations

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Students have the responsibility to adhere to rules and regulations that govern them and to follow specific directions of faculty and staff.

RIGHTS

  1. The school will define and document rules and disciplinary measures.
  2. Students have the right to work toward changing rules with which they disagree by cooperating with the student councils.
Student Records

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Students have the responsibility to follow administrative procedures when requesting information based on their student record file.

RIGHTS

  1. A student’s files are accessible only to authorized school personnel, his or her parents and the student. The student and/or parent/legal guardian are entitled to inspect the student’s permanent record file.
Student Organizations

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Students have the responsibility for proper maintenance of their set meeting place.
  2. Students have the responsibility to obtain supervision while within the building.
  3. Students have the responsibility to maintain accurate financial records of their organization.

RIGHTS

  1. Student organizations have the right to meet in a place approved by the school and abide by rules and regulations set forth by the district.
Counseling & Career Planning

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Students have the responsibility to consider the possibility of using district resources in career planning and to seek information as to where supplemental services can be obtained.

RIGHTS

  1. Students have the right to counseling services provided by the school and to be provided information as to where supplemental services can be obtained.
Diploma & Attendance

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. It is the responsibility of each student to work toward the completion of his or her program.
  2. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the requirements necessary for successful completion of the student’s program.

RIGHTS

  1. Students have the right to a free public education and the student has a right to a diploma or certificate upon the successful completion of the required academic program.
  2. Students have a right to an explanation of the education program alternatives available and the requirements for the successful completion of each program.
Student Dress Code and/or Grooming

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions. Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance provided such dress and grooming does not disrupt the educational process of the school or endanger the health or safety of the individual student or others. Teachers and all other district personnel should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting. A student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, make-up and nails shall:
  • Be safe and appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process.
  • Include footwear at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed.
  • Recognize that brief garments such as, but not limited to, tube tops, short shirts/shorts, net tops, halter tops, plunging necklines (front and/or back) and see-through garments, are not appropriate.
  • Not include wearing garments, jewelry or other forms of symbolism associated with gangs or gang membership.
  • Not include items that are vulgar, obscene and libelous or denigrate others on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
  • Not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities.
  • Not cause injury to themselves or others.

Each building principal shall be responsible for informing all students and their parents of the student dress code at the beginning of the school year and any revisions to the dress code made during the school year.

Students who violate the student dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item and, if necessary or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item. Parents shall be notified when their child refuses to do so. The student shall be subject to discipline, up to and including in-school suspension for the day. Any student who repeatedly fails to comply with the dress code shall be subject to further discipline, up to and including out-of-school suspension.

Student Government

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Student Government has the responsibility to represent the student body to the teachers, administrators and public.
  2. Students have the responsibility to shape the Student Government into a positive instrument of student involvement within the school and the community when pertaining to school activities.

RIGHTS

  1. Students have the right to an organized Student Government elected by the students.
  2. Students have the right to openly and publicly question the actions of the Student Government.
School Communication & Facilities

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Students have the responsibility to present the appropriate application to the proper school officials before using school facilities.
  2. Students have the responsibility to use discretion while designing materials for school facilities.
  3. Students have the responsibility to remove dated material.
  4. Students have the responsibility not to interrupt classes while using school communication facilities.

RIGHTS

  1. Students have the right to use the school’s public address system to communicate approved announcements of interest to students.
  2. Students have the right to post approved material in areas that the school will provide.
Speaking

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Students have the responsibility to politely listen to speakers.
  2. Students have the responsibility to consider public opinion when developing programs.

RIGHTS

  1. Students groups have the right to invite or hear speakers of their choice with administrative approval.
  2. The school will not require students to hear all sides of an issue as condition for use of school facilities.
Student Press

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Students have the responsibility to present authorized material to the proper officials for approval before distribution.
  2. Students have the responsibility not to distribute materials that would materially and substantially interrupt the educational process or intrude on the rights of others.
  3. Students have the responsibility to make the student press a valuable learning device and an important educational resource.
  4. Student editors have the responsibility to present both sides of issues in the authorized press.
  5. Student editors have the responsibility to consider public opinion in developing policy.

RIGHTS

  1. Students have the right to a school authorized newspaper or free student press.
  2. Students do not have a right to use school facilities or materials to publish unauthorized material.
  3. Student editors have the right to express their opinions in the student press.
Student Property

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Students have the responsibility to respect the property of others, as well as school property.
  2. Students have the responsibility to maintain their lockers.
  3. Students have the responsibility to cooperate in any school investigation involving stolen or vandalized property.
  4. Students have the responsibility of keeping their locker combination secure.

RIGHTS

  1. Students have the right to an inquiry of stolen or vandalized property.
Student/Staff Relationships

RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Students have the responsibility to listen to faculty and administration opinion.
  2. Students have the responsibility to obey reasonable requests by staff members if staff members believe any infractions of school rules or regulations have taken place.

RIGHTS

  1. Students have the right to discuss with the faculty and/ or administration controversial matters.
  2. Students have the right to personal privacy until or unless they are under suspicion of violating school rules or regulations.

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Student Due Process Rights

The building principal has the right to suspend a student for a period of up to five days. If the student is suspended for a period of time in excess of five days, the student will be given a notice of the rights and procedures afforded by the education law.

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Student Rights and Responsibilities

The primary goal of public education is to give students equal opportunities to become worthwhile contributing members of society. Included in this goal are:

  • To educate students to know their rights of citizenship granted by the Constitution of the United States and by the State of New York;
  • To live within the rules and limits of society; and
  • To develop good habits of self discipline.

Student Rights

In addition, to promote a safe, healthy, orderly and civil school environment, all district students have the right to:

  • Take part in all district activities on an equal basis, regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
  • Present their version of the relevant events to school personnel authorized to impose a disciplinary penalty in connection with the imposition of the penalty.
  • Access school rules and, when necessary, receive an explanation of those rules from school personnel.
  • Freedom of expression:
    • Students are entitled to express their opinions verbally. The expression of such opinions, however, should not interfere with the freedom of others to express themselves or to impede the educational process. The use of obscenities and personal attacks is prohibited.
    • All student meetings in the school buildings or on school grounds must function only as part of the formal educational process or as authorized by the school principal.
    • Students are entitled to express, in writing, their personal opinions. Such written opinions must be signed by the author(s). Libel, racism, sexism, obscenity and personal attacks are prohibited in all publications.
    • Student participation and opinions are encouraged through the publication of student newspapers, yearbooks and literary magazines. These publications have qualified faculty advisors.
  • Privacy: It is the responsibility of the school to protect a student’s privacy. The school will not disclose any information from the student’s permanent records except when such disclosures are authorized by a parent, guardian, or when directed by legal authorities. Parents will be contacted in the event that they find themselves subject to school discipline or for other valid reasons subject to administrative approval.

Student Responsibilities

It shall be the responsibility of students to:

  • Contribute to maintaining a safe and orderly school environment that is conducive to learning and to show respect to other persons and to property.
  • Be familiar with and abide by all district policies, rules and regulations dealing with student conduct.
  • Attend school every day unless they are legally excused and be in class, on time and prepared to learn.
  • Work to the best of their ability in all academic and extracurricular pursuits and strive toward their highest level of achievement possible.
  • React to direction given by teachers, administrators and other school personnel in a respectful, positive manner.
  • Work to the develop mechanisms to control their anger.
  • Ask questions when they do not understand.
  • Accept responsibility for their actions.
  • Seek help in solving problems that might lead to discipline.
  • Dress appropriately for school functions.
  • Conduct themselves as representatives of the district when participating in or attending school sponsored extracurricular events and to hold themselves to the highest standards of conduct, demeanor and sportsmanship.
  • To secure all personal belongings. The school district will not be held responsible for the loss and/or theft of any personal property, including, but not limited to, electronic devices.
  • All students are expected to promptly report violations of the District’s Code of Conduct to a teacher, school personnel, building principal or his or her designee.

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Essential Community Partners

Guardians

To achieve a cooperative, wholesome relationship between home and school that is essential to each student’s successful development and achievement, parents/guardians are encouraged to:

  • Recognize that the education of their child(ren) is a joint responsibility of the parents and the school community.
  • Promote prompt and regular school attendance and make certain that all absences and tardiness are properly excused in writing or by phone.
  • Promote in their child a desire to learn and encourage good study habits.
  • Help their child to give proper attention to health, safety, personal cleanliness, acceptable dress and grooming in a manner consistent with the student dress code.
  • Support their child’s participation in school activities.
  • Convey to their child a supportive attitude toward education and the district.
  • Know and understand the rules their child is expected to observe at school, be aware of the consequences for any violation of these rules and accept legal responsibility for their child’s actions.
  • Recognize that school personnel deserve the same consideration and respect that parents expect from their child in order to build good relationships.
  • Help their child deal effectively with peer pressure.
  • Inform school officials of changes in the home situation that may affect student conduct or performance.
  • Help their children understand that in a democratic society appropriate rules are required to maintain a safe, orderly environment.
  • Obey school rules and procedures when visiting school or attending school functions.

Teachers and Support Personnel

In recognition of their charge in educating children, it shall be the responsibility of the teachers and support personnel to:

  • Reflect a personal enthusiasm for teaching, learning and a genuine concern for each student and colleague.
  • Maintain a climate of mutual respect and dignity, which will strengthen students’ self-concept and promote confidence to learn.
  • Know school policies and rules and enforce them in a fair and consistent manner.
  • Enable students to discuss their problems by listening, remaining open-minded, consulting and acting on student recommendations in the decision-making process.
  • Establish and maintain positive, effective and consistent classroom management techniques that result in involving and motivating students.
  • Demonstrate, by work and personal example, respectful, responsible and caring behaviors.
  • Refer to a parent, counselor or administrator any student whose behavior requires special attention.
  • Be prepared to carry out their professional responsibilities.
  • Communicate to students and parents:
    • Class objectives and requirements;
    • Marking/grading procedures;
    • Assignment deadlines;
    • Expectations for students;
    • Classroom discipline plan.
  • Communicate regularly with students, parents and other teachers concerning growth and achievement.
  • Assist students in coping with peer pressure and emerging personal, social and emotional problems.
  • Encourage students to benefit from the curriculum and extracurricular programs.
  • Initiate and participate in teacher/student counselor conferences and parent/teacher/student counselor conferences, as necessary.

Board of Education

A primary task of the Board of Education is to establish district policy. It shall be the responsibility of the Board of Education to:

  • Collaborate with student, teacher, administrator and parent organizations, school safety personnel and other school personnel to develop a code of conduct that clearly defines expectations for the conduct of students, district personnel and visitors on school property and at school functions.
  • Adopt and review, at least annually, the district’s Code of Conduct to evaluate the code’s effectiveness and the fairness and consistency of its implementation.
  • Employ and retain high-quality, qualified personnel.
  • Support high quality in-service programs for all school employees.
  • Lead by example by conducting Board of Education meetings in a professional, respectful and courteous manner.

Building Administrators

As the schools’ educational leaders who set the educational climate, principals are responsible to:

  • Promote a sound and healthy atmosphere of mutual trust and respect within their schools.
  • Promote a safe, orderly and stimulating school environment, supporting active teaching.
  • Evaluate the staff and program of instruction to achieve a meaningful educational program.
  • Assist the staff in evaluating their own procedures in relation to the interactions within their classrooms.
  • Attend to referrals of students.
  • Promote communication with students, staff and parents.
  • Maintain a wholesome relationship between home and school.
  • Ensure fairness, reasonableness and consistency in all decisions affecting students, parents and staff.
  • Utilize all appropriate auxiliary staff and outside agencies when necessary.
  • Coordinate staff and/or other agencies and services on behalf of the student.
  • Assume responsibility for the dissemination and enforcement of the District’s Code of Conduct and ensuring that all cases are resolved promptly and fairly.
  • Comply with pertinent state laws governing hearings, suspension and student rights.
  • Assist in developing in-service programs for staff members.
  • Ensure that students and staff have the opportunity to communicate regularly with the principal.
  • Support the development of and student participation in appropriate extracurricular activities.

Superintendent

As the Chief Executive Officer, the Superintendent has the responsibility to:

  • Promote a safe, orderly and stimulating school environment, supporting active teaching and learning.
  • Encourage and provide for the development of innovative, educational programs.
  • Review with the administrators the policies of the Board of Education and state and federal laws relating to school operations, management and discipline.
  • Work to create instructional programs that minimize problems of misconduct and are sensitive to student and teacher needs.
  • Work with district administrators in enforcing the Code of Conduct and ensure that all cases are resolved promptly and fairly.

Guidance Counselors and School Psychologists

As members of the Student Services team charged with promoting the academic, social and emotional needs of a student, counselors and psychologists will:

  • Assist students in coping with peer pressure and emerging personal, social and emotional concerns.
  • Initiate teacher/student/counselor-psychologist conferences and parents/teacher/student/counselor-psychologist conferences, as necessary, as a way to resolve problems.
  • Regularly review with students their educational progress and career plans.
  • Provide information to assist students with career planning.
  • Encourage students to benefit from the curriculum and extracurricular programs.
  • Be aware of current educational practices, laws and responsibilities they need to follow as they relate to Committee on Special Education (CSE).
  • Willingly promote and support teachers that refer students to the Instructional Support Team (IST) and effectively track and define interventions as appropriate.

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Examples of Inappropriate Behavior
  1. Truancy – All Day
  2. Unexcused Tardiness to School/Class
  3. Skipping a Class (full or partial class period)/Leaving class without permission
  4. Violation of Pass Privileges
  5. Off Campus Without Permission of Main Office
  6. Inappropriate Use of 10th Period
  7. Disruptive at Extracurricular Activities (dances, club meetings, athletic contests, etc.)
  8. Bus Misconduct
  9. Parking/Driving Infractions
  10. Attire that is Disruptive, Excessively Revealing, Represents a Safety Hazard or Promotes Engagement in Illegal Activities (for more detailed information, refer to the Code of Conduct publication, which is available in the main office)
  11. Public Displays of Affection
  12. Disruptive Behavior
  13. Disruptive Behavior During Assigned Lunch Period
  14. Inappropriate Library Behavior
  15. Unauthorized Use of Electronic Devices
  16. Cheating/Plagiarism
  17. Student Violations of Computer Room Use Policies
  18. Horseplay
  19. Making unwanted aggressive physical contact with another student (pushing, punching, slapping, spitting, etc.)
  20. Fighting (physically)
  21. Harassment/Intimidation/Defamation
  22. Bullying/Hazing
  23. Lying and other Disrespectful Behavior
  24. Profanity, Vulgarity and Offensive Language or Materials
  25. Insubordination (challenge of authority)
  26. Vulgarity Directed at a Staff Member
  27. Impeding/Interfering with an Administrative Investigation
  28. Possession or Use of Tobacco Products and/or Electronic Cigarettes
  29. Possession or Use of Drugs, Alcohol, Synthetic/Designer Drugs and/or Drug Paraphernalia
  30. Possession of a Weapon on School Premises
  31. Pulling of Fire Alarm (Falsely)/Threat Against the School
  32. Forgery
  33. Vandalism: Deliberately damaging or defacing school property
  34. Theft
  35. Gambling

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Summary of Disciplinary Responses

The list of offenses is by no means all-inclusive. For those situations that arise and are not listed, the administration will have the complete authority to deal with the problem as deemed necessary. Violations beyond the number of instances stated will result in further, more severe disciplinary action.

The administration also reserves the right to amend the penalties for any of the offenses based on a review of the circumstances. The code/schedule of responses outlined here are advisory only.

  1. 10th Period Detention
    1. Detention will take place from 2:18 to 3 p.m. Students are allowed to receive remedial help from teachers during 10th period detention. They must present a pre-signed pass from the teacher who is providing remedial services in order to be released from detention.
    2. Failure to report to 10th-period detention will result in two assignments of detention for every one detention missed.
    3. In 10th-period detention, students will not:
      1. Talk to other students;
      2. Put his/her head on desk;
      3. Draw or scribble;
      4. Pass notes to other students;
      5. Make unnecessary noises;
      6. Use electronic devices;
      7. Use the bathroom (bathroom will be used prior to serving detention).
    4. Students who fail to meet the expectations of the detention aide and/or building administration may be required to extend their 10th-period detention through extended detention (until 5 p.m.).
  2. Extended Detention: The purpose of extended detention is to provide students a place to serve out a disciplinary action without disturbing others. Extended detention is a serious step. Guidelines are as follows:
    1. Extended detention will take place from 2:18 to 5 p.m.
    2. Failure to attend extended detention will result in two assignments for every one missed.
    3. Students who fail to meet the expectations of the detention aide and/or building administration for extended detention will be given additional days of extended detention.
  3. Alternative Learning Environment: The purpose of Alternative Learning Environment is to provide students who fail to meet the expectations for all students a place for supervised academic work. Assignment to Alternative Learning Environment is a serious step. Parents and students should realize that students who fail to meet the following expectations will face severe disciplinary action.
    1. Assignment will be scheduled by the administration.
    2. It is the responsibility of the student to:
      1. Get enough work from teachers to keep busy the entire day;
      2. Report to the main office with all his/her work by 8 a.m.
    3. If absent, assignment will be advanced to the next school day.
    4. While in the Alternative Learning Environment room, the student will follow all directives of the building administration and the Alternative Learning Environment aide.
    5. Students who fail to meet expectations for Alternative Learning Environment will be treated as follows:
      1. Failure to cooperate with ALE aide––10th-period detention or extended detention
      2. Insubordinate or disruptive behavior––Out-of-school suspension as determined by administration.
    6. The Alternative Learning Environment day is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  4. Out-of-School Suspension (OSS): Students who are suspended out of school:
    1. Will not be readmitted without a conference between a parent and an administrator, either in person or via the telephone.
    2. Students who are suspended from school will be given access to tutoring during the period of suspension.Administration reserves the right to restrict students who are assigned out-of-school suspension from participation in or attendance at any school activities and the student may be placed on the disciplinary restricted list.
  5. Students Who Are on the Disciplinary Restricted List: 
    1. Cannot leave study hall for any reason unless the student has a pre-signed pass from a teacher he/she is doing work for.
    2. Assignment to the restricted list will begin immediately after the offense.
    3. Administration reserves the right to restrict attendance at school dances, interscholastic sporting events or any other school activity for students placed on the restricted list.
  6. Referral to student services for counseling support, including peer mediation.

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Academic Restricted List

Any student in grades 9 through 12 who has a failing grade during the progress report interval or at the end of the marking period will be placed on the academic restricted list. Students who are on the list:

  1. Cannot leave study hall for any reason unless the student has a pre-signed pass from a teacher he/she is doing work for. If the student is not utilizing their time in the library to complete academic work they can be restricted from receiving passes to the library.
  2. Will remain on the restricted list for the five-week period following the grading period in which they received the failing grade. If the student is no longer failing at the next grading period they can be removed from the Academic Restricted List.
  3. Students will be removed from the Academic Restricted List based on grades reported by the teacher at grade reporting times only.

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Annual Review

Students and parents are encouraged to provide input to the Administration, Student Services Office or Student Government if they have recommendations for improving the School Conduct and Discipline Code.

The annual review of the School Conduct and Discipline Code and all suggestions for improving it are presented to the Board of Education before August 1 of each year.

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Annual Implementation Procedure

Prior to the beginning of school each year, the principal will provide every teacher with an up-to-date copy of the School Discipline Code. The code will be reviewed giving particular attention to its implementation.

A summary of the code will be included in the parent/ student handbook. This summary will be reviewed in class during the first week of school. Detailed copies of the code will be available in the main office, Student Services Center and the library. If a student does not understand any portion of the plan, the individual should seek answers from teachers and principals.

Parents will receive information concerning the School Discipline Code at the beginning of the school year. Parents are encouraged to discuss the code with their children. Extra copies of the plan are available.

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STUDENT SERVICES

Students,
You will meet with a Student Services staff members several times during the year. Questions concerning class scheduling, test scores, college admission and employment may be discussed with these staff members. Appointments may be made through the Student Services Center secretary. The Student Services Center has a wealth of special material for student use—college catalogs, vocational files, career and college databases, etc.

The Student Services staff members care about you as a total person. They are available should you need someone to talk with about such issues as peer relations, loneliness, family difficulties, drug and alcohol decisions or any other personal concerns.

Change of Address or Telephone Number

Any change of address or telephone number must be reported to both the Health Office and the Student Services Center. The school must also have a phone number where parents can be reached during the day for emergencies.

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Course Challenge Procedures

In 2014, the Schuylerville Board of Education adopted a Course Enrollment Criteria based off of historical student data that represents achievement marks of student success in upper-level classes. To continue to provide students with opportunities to challenge themselves and excel academically students are able to challenge a course that they did not meet the enrollment criteria for. Students will receive a Course Challenge Letter at the conclusions of the school year identifying classes they have the ability to challenge with the following criteria outlined;

  • At completion of the 1st Quarter the student needs to obtain a 100% homework average
  • A test/quiz average of 86% or higher
  • No behavioral/discipline incidents in the specific class

These requirements need to be met at the end of the 1st quarter. If they are not met, the student will be switched to the appropriate level class.

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Course Selection & Load

Yearly course selections will be made by each student with the assistance of staff members from the Student Services Center. Beginning with the Class of 2018, students must meet specific academic criteria to be eligible for honors and upperlevel courses. The Student Services staff members will inform students of all requirements and parent conferences will be held at appropriate times. It is important to plan your courses carefully, as dropping courses after school begins is discouraged and can only be done with school approval.

All students are required to take a minimum of five credits plus physical education each semester. We believe student time is better spent in classes than study halls. As a result, students are encouraged to select as many courses over the requirements as their abilities allow.

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Determination of Grade Point Averages for Grades 9-12

The determination of grade point averages for all students in grades 9-12 is described below. The system of grade point averages will be used for the following purposes:

  1. Graduation rank and class rank.
  2. National Honor Society candidacy.
  3. Merit, Honor and High Honor Roll each marking period.
  4. Other scholastic awards.
  5. College admission.
Grade Point Averages
  1. All course work except PE and Driver Education taken at the High School will be averaged, including band and chorus.
  2. As of the 2017-18 school year, all college credit courses that receive only an Alpha grade (A, B, C, etc.) will not count in a student’s GPA or class rank. The course and Alpha grade will still appear on the student’s high school transcript, and the student will still receive .5 high school credits for each college course taken. In addition, any 12th grader taking nine or more alpha-grade-only college credits per semester will be ineligible for distinction as Valedictorian or Salutatorian.
  3. Religious education credit will not be computed in grade point averages. Any courses graded Pass/Fail will not be computer in grade point averages.
  4. Any high school course work completed in eighth grade will be in the first computed GPA for ninth grade.
  5. BOCES full-year credit will be weighted at 4.0 credits.
  6. Courses that receive 1/2 credit, such as home & careers, health and chorus will be weighted half also.
  7. One-credit courses will be averaged with a weighting of one.
  8. In the event of a course carrying Regents grades and a final grade, the highest one will be used in the GPA.
  9. It is the administrative policy of Schuylerville High School that students taking courses having Regents examinations, must fulfill the requirements of the course Teachers in subjects with Regents exams will clearly outline these minimum requirements at the start of each school year. Students who fail to fulfill the course requirements will receive a grade of “Incomplete” until the requirements of the course as put forth by the teacher are met. A grade of “Incomplete” posted in this situation will remain on the student’s transcript until the required course work is submitted.
  10. All course work will be averaged by dividing total credit points by total number of credits taken. (Courses failed will be included in GPA). If a course is retaken or failed previously, the student’s GPA will include the highest grade.
  11. In the event a student chooses to retake a Regents exam, the higher grade Regents will be used if higher than the final average.
  12. GPA will be computed to four decimal places (.5 or better rounds up to one).
  13. Final senior rank for eight semesters will be computed and forwarded to colleges and/or employers.
  14. Grade nine through 11 class ranks will be computed in June. Senior class rank will be computed for 15 quarters at the conclusion of the third quarter of the senior year. These grades will be used to determine valedictorian, salutatorian and graduation awards.

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Dropping or Adding Courses

Students who plan to drop or add a course to their schedule should follow this procedure:

  1. Discuss the change with your parents.
  2. Discuss the change with your guidance counselor. A valid reason is needed to drop any course.
  3. You are expected to follow your present schedule, including the subjects you wish to change, until you are officially notified the change has been approved.
  4. No drops/adds will be permitted after First Progress Report without the approval of the building principal.

A drop after First Quarter Progress Report will require the following:

  1. Conference with student, parent, teacher and counselor.
  2. Approval of the building principal.

A drop occurring after First Quarter may result in a final grade of W/F (withdrawn/failing) being recorded on report cards and transcripts.

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Final Course Grades

The final grades for one-semester and full-year courses will be calculated according to the following formulas:

quarter number one = 20%
quarter number two = 20%
quarter number three = 20%
quarter number four = 20%
final exam/project (June) = 20%

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Graduation Requirements

Local Diploma                                     24 credits
Regents Diploma                                24 credits
Advanced Regents Diploma           24 credits

Minimum Graduation Requirements––Core Subjects

English                                                       4 credits
Social Studies                                          4 credits
Math                                                            3 credits
Science                                                        3 credits
Foreign Language                                   1 credit
3 credits (Advanced Regents Diploma Option)
Art or Music                                                1 credit
Physical Education                                  2 credits
Health                                                          1/2 credit
Electives                                                   5 1/2 credits

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Regents Requirements

Multiple Pathways to Graduation

  • All students must take Regents exams in Algebra I, Global History & Geography or U.S. History & Government, ELA, and Science, plus at least one of the following;
    • (Humanities Pathway) Either an additional Regents assessment, or a NYSED approved alternative, in a different course in Social Studies (Global History & Geography or U.S. History & Government) or in English; or
    • (STEM Pathway) One additional Regents Examination in a different course in mathematics or science or a NYSED-approved alternative; or
    • (LOTE Pathway) A pathway assessment approved by the Commissioner in a Language Other Than English (LOTE), which could include a Biliteracy Pathway; or
    • (CTE Pathway) A CTE pathway assessment, approved by the Commissioner, following successful completion of a CTE program; or
    • (Arts Pathway) An arts pathway assessment approved by the Commissioner.

General education students must pass all required Regents examinations and/or pathway assessments at a score of 65 or above. In order to earn a Regents diploma, students must earn a minimum of 65 on all required Regents exams and/or pathway assessments.

Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation

  • Students may earn a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation by also passing both the Geometry and Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents exams, a second Regents exam in Science (1 must be a life science and 1 must be a physical science assessment), and achieving one of the following: 3 credits in a Language Other than English (LOTE), 5 credits in career and technical education (CTE), or 5 credits in the arts.

Multiple Pathways to Graduation

Students completing the assessment requirements utilizing a Humanities, CTE, Arts, or LOTE/Biliteracy pathway, in addition to passing the examinations necessary for a Regents diploma, must also pass 2 additional Regents examinations in mathematics for a total of 3 examinations (or the NYSED approved alternatives) and 1 additional Regents examination or NYSED approved alternative in science for a total of 2 examinations (1 must be a life science and 1 must be a physical science assessment).

If a student exercises the STEM Pathway utilizing Regents examinations in the sciences, then the student must also pass one additional Regents examination in science (or the NYSED approved alternative), for a total of 3 examinations, after different courses in science, provided that the total number of science examinations passed include at least one in life science and at least one in physical science. If a student exercises the STEM Pathway utilizing Regents examinations in mathematics, then the student must also pass 2 additional examinations in mathematics for a total of 4 examinations. The mathematics assessments can be Regents examinations or mathematics assessments from the list of NYSED approved alternatives after different courses in mathematics.

Remember

Students must schedule themselves for a minimum of five courses plus physical education.

  • Elective courses will be offered contingent on sufficient enrollment.

Safety Net

  • The safety net allows students with disabilities to meet graduation requirements for a local diploma by earning a score of 55-64 on one or more of their required Regents exams.

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Advanced Placement Courses

Purpose: Schuylerville High School offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses to students who have demonstrated superior academic talent and motivation. It is the intent of these courses to further stimulate and challenge our academically advanced students.

Course Requirements: Students wishing to enroll in the Advanced Placement program must receive the recommendation of a high school guidance counselor and the instructor. In addition:

  1. All students in the AP program will be required to take the AP exam (usually offered in May).
  2. Students who do not take the exam will be dropped from the AP program. A W/F will appear on their transcript for the AP course.

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High School Class Designations

A student will be advanced with his/her class through the junior year, repeating failed subjects when necessary. However, in order to be designated as a senior, a student must be carrying a program that allows them to graduate in that year.

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Homework

Home study is a necessary part of each student’s educational program. Each student must be expected to spend some time in addition to scheduled class instruction to achieve satisfactory work.

It is the responsibility of the student to find out and complete homework assignments even when he/she is absent from school. In some cases the student may have to remain after school with the teacher to meet overdue homework responsibilities. In most subjects, homework assignments are calculated as part of the quarterly grades.

Some assignments are long-range in nature and require planned study time for their completion. Planned study eliminates the necessity of spending too much time in trying to rush through assignments at the last minute. Plan your at-school and at-home time carefully.

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Honor Roll

Honor Roll is computed by the procedure outlined in the section Determination of Grade Point Average. Any failing grade or incomplete that is not made up will disqualify a student from the honor roll. The three categories are:

High Honors                   95-100 average
Honors                              90-94.99
Merit                                   85-89.99

Honor Roll is computed each of the four quarters and will be posted on the window of the Student Services Center. It also will be sent to local newspapers. The Honor Roll will be posted for two days prior to release to the newspapers. If a student thinks an error has been made, he or she should report that fact to the main office within that period of time.

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Marking Periods & Report Cards

The High School operates on a quarterly basis throughout the school year. The end of the four quarters will be as follows:

First Quarter ends––November 2, 2018
Second Quarter ends––January 25, 2019
Third Quarter ends––April 12, 2019
Fourth Quarter ends––June 21, 2019

At the mid-point of each quarter, progress reports will be posted on Parent Portal. The purpose of the progress report is to inform parents of the student’s general standing in each course. Progress report grades are approximate and subject to rapid change based on subsequent assignments. The end of the progress reporting periods are as follows:

First Quarter––October 5, 2018
Second Quarter––December 7, 2018
Third Quarter–– March 1, 2019
Fourth Quarter––May 10, 2019

Report cards will be posted on Parent Portal seven to 10 days after the end of each marking period. Our report cards are computerized. The key we use for marking is as follows:

90-100                       Superior
80-89                         Good/Above Average
70-79                          Average
65-69                         Below Average
Below 65                    Failing
W                                   Withdrawn
WP                                Withdrawn Passing
WF                                Withdrawn Failing
X                                    Excused
I                                      Incomplete

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Incompletes

A grade of “Incomplete” is given when a student is absent for a prolonged period of time due to illness or other extenuating circumstances. All “Incompletes” must be made up within two weeks of returning to school.

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Parent Conferences

Parents may make appointments for conferences with teachers, the guidance counselor, Student Services staff or the principal by telephoning the school office. There may also be times when the school will contact the parents to ask them to come to school for a conference. Conferences are an effective means to promote cooperation in the learning process. If parents have any problems or questions on the school program, they are encouraged to contact the school.

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Testing Programs

Students take various tests during their high school years to assess their achievement and to determine their need for additional assistance. In addition, while in high school, students are required to pass New York State Regents exams in English, math, global history, U.S. history, and science in order to graduate (please see graduation requirements section).

College-bound juniors and seniors should also take the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and/or the ACT (American College Testing) as they are required for college admissions in most cases. They may arrange to take these exams through the Student Services Center.

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Withdrawal from School

Students who are withdrawing from school or transferring to another school must notify the Student Services Center. They are required to return all books, locks, etc. to the main office on their last day of attendance.

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Working Papers

Students ages 11 to 17 who intend to work during vacations or after school must have working papers issued by the school. You must have a physical in order to be eligible for working papers. Working papers will be issued by the Student Services Center upon student request. All regulations regarding the employment of minors will be explained when the papers are issued.

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LIBRARY

Since the resources of the library are the focal point for expanding knowledge, students are encouraged to utilize full library services for reference work or for leisure reading of books, magazines or newspapers.

In their use of the library, students should be considerate of the rights of others and the rules of that facility. Books may be borrowed for a two-week period and renewed. There is no fine for overdue books. However, students will be held responsible for making restitution for books that are lost or damaged. Borrowing privileges also will be suspended for those students who have overdue books until those books are returned. Due to the size of the library, students may visit the library once per day unless they are working on a major project or paper. There also are maximum student quotas that are established for each period of the day. Library usage guidelines are as follows:

  • Students must have a pre-signed pass from a classroom teachers.
  • The computer area adjacent to the library is under the direction of the High School librarian.

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ORGANIZATIONS

The High School offers several co-curricular activities for students in grades 9-12. Students are encouraged to become involved in as many activities as possible to encourage the development of social and leadership skills. It is important for students to remember that when they join an organization they represent it at all times and should behave properly. Every group wants its members to be a credit to the organization.

We sponsor the following organizations at the High School:

  • Art Club
  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
  • FFA (Agriculture)
  • French Club
  • Looking Glass Art & Literary Jounral
  • Math League
  • Mock Trial Team
  • National Honor Society
  • Quiz Team
  • SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
  • Ski Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook (Schuyler)

Students also are encouraged to be active participants in their respective class organizations and assume an office when able.

The following organizations require selection or election to become members:

  • National Honor Society––The members of this organization are selected by the High School Faculty Council. Selection is based on a combination of scholarship, service, leadership and character. Eligible students must carry a minimum average of 90% at all times commencing with the average in January of the year selected.

This organization is difficult to attain membership in, but is an excellent goal for high school students. It is indeed an honor to be selected as a member of this organization. Induction is held in the spring of each school year.

  • Student Government––Student Government is the organization that represents all students in the Schuylerville High School. Its purpose is to support the student body and help bring the concerns and ideas of the students to the administration. Student Government also is involved in fund-raising and social activities. It is made up of the class representatives from each class, class presidents and elected Student Government officers. Student Government meets on a monthly basis. Students wishing to provide input to the Student Government should contact their class representative or one of the officers.

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Equal Opportunity Employer

The Schuylerville Central School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, creed, color, national origin or handicap in educational programming or activities that it offers. This non-discriminatory policy includes the following areas: recruitment and appointment of employees, pay and benefits, access by students to educational programs, course offerings and activities.

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Title ix & 504 compliance

The Schuylerville Central School District hereby advises students, parents, employees and the general public that it offers employment and educational opportunities, including vocational educational opportunities, without regard to sex, race, color, national origin or handicap. Secondary vocational education opportunities available to district residents under the age of 21 are courses in business education, home economics, and technology industrial arts programs. Inquiries regarding this non-discriminatory policy may be directed to the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee. These officials will provide information, including complaint procedures, to any citizen, student or employee who feels that his/ her Title IX or section 504 have been violated by the district or its officials.

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