Schoharie Jr./Sr. High School Student Parent Teacher Handbook

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Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! Please look over and discuss the contents of the Student-Parent-Teacher Handbook with your child/children. This information is extremely important. A printed copy of this handbook may be downloaded from the link above and is also available from the high school office.
To acknowledge receipt of this handbook, and that you have reviewed it with your child, we ask that parents/legal guardians please return a signed copy of the signature page (located at the end of the print-friendly version of the book and available from the high school office) to your child’s homeroom teacher.
On the signature page, you and your child will indicate that you have read and  understood our school’s policies. It is of the utmost importance to sign and return this page, along with other important school related documents you receive at the beginning of the school year, so that your child will be able to participate in extracurricular activities (such as dances and Homecoming).
This handbook is designed to help you access important school information with ease. It is divided into six sections and several appendices as listed in the table of contents.

IF YOU PLAN ON VISITING OUR SCHOOL THIS YEAR (BEYOND THE MAIN OFFICE), PLEASE BRING A VALID, DMV-ISSUED PHOTO I.D. TO OBTAIN YOUR VISITOR’S PASS.
Please note that visitors are not allowed to meet with teachers or students unless prior arrangements have been made and the main office has been notified. In order to ensure the safety and educational progress of our students, no visitors are allowed unless they have official business to conduct.
For those students who would like to bring visitors, prior authorization must be obtained. This information is included herein, and a copy of this handbook is available on our school website (www.schoharieschools.org).
I am looking forward to another terrific school year! Be sure to follow our school on Twitter (@SchoharieHS) and  Instagram (@SchoharieHS). This will keep you up-to-date with information about all of the exciting things that are taking place in our school.
Sincerely,
Kevin T. Calacone, Ed.D.
Jr./Sr. High School Principal
Contact information: (518) 295-6601, kcalacone@schoharieschools.org

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Part I: General Information
Mission Statement, Website, SNN, Board of Education, DASA
Staff Directory
Part I: General Information Section
Parent Communication
Parent Portal
Absences
Late Arrival and Early Dismissal
Bus Passes
Electronic Devices
Homework Requests
Medication in School
Plagiarism
Dress Code & Dress for Success in Schoharie
Visitor Policy
Food Services (Cafeteria)
Backpacks and Book Bags
Lockers and Books
Honor Roll
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Grades of Incomplete
Academic Intervention Services
Interim Report/Grade Reporting Schedule
Guidance Counseling Services
Peer Mediation Program
Extra Help/After School Activities
Attendance Expectations
Excused /Unexcused Absences
Dance Guests

Part II: High School Information Section
High School Diploma Requirements
Requirements for Promotion
Minimum Credits
Dropping a Course
Course Auditing
Early Graduation
No Doubling Guidelines
National Honor Society & Honor Graduate Requirements
Challenging an Exam
College Courses
New High School Alternative Credential
Graduation Ceremony Participation
Graduation Attire

Part III: Junior High School Information Section
Junior High School Requirements
Testing
Junior High Course Acceleration

Part IV: Student Expectations and Guidelines
Student Rights
Student Responsibilities
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
Prohibited Student Conduct
Definitions
Cafeteria Conduct
Bus Conduct
Reporting Violations of the Code of Conduct
Disciplinary Procedures & Penalties

Part V: School Procedures & Guidelines
Building Leadership Team (BLT)
Electronic Technology & Acceptable Use Policy
Consequences for Violation of the Technology Use Policy
The Pass System
Honor Pass
Senior Pass
Permanent Pass
Student Academic Success Plan Guidelines
Student Parking
Lost & Found
Gymnasium /Weight Room Use
Study Halls
School Dance Guidelines

Part VI: Interscholastic & Modified Sports
Team Starting Schedule
Spectator Code of Conduct
Appendix A: Dress for Success Illustrations
Appendix B: Definitions of Positive & Negative Behaviors
Appendix C: New York State Child Protective Services Hotline Numbers
Appendix D: High School Faculty
Appendix E: Bell Schedule

DASA Coordinator: Dr. Kevin Calacone, Principal, (518) 295-6600; kcalacone@schoharieschools.org

Note: Open House information for the current year, photo opt-out form and signature page may be found in the print-friendly version of the handbook, which is also available at the high school office.

MISSION STATEMENT & BOARD OF EDUCATION INFORMATION

Learning is the mission of Schoharie Central School. The successful completion of this mission depends on the sincere efforts of all those involved in the educational process: students, staff, family and community. With an emphasis on the value of acquiring and using knowledge for the betterment of both the individual and society, students should graduate as self-confident, conscientious, contributing individuals who will continue as life-long learners.

DISTRICT WEBSITE:  www.schoharieschools.org
Visit our website for information and the latest news about district events, meetings, sports, etc.

SCHOOL NEWS NOTIFIER (SNN)
Sign up at: www.schoharieschools.org and click on the SNN link to receive information via email and emergency school announcements via email and cell phone text.

BOARD OF EDUCATION
Mrs. Marion Jaqueway, President
Mr. Daniel Guasp, Vice President
Mrs. Maureen Bernhardt
Mr. Terry Burton
Mr. John Florussen
Mrs. Laraine Gell
Mr. Bill Kuehnle

Regular Board of Education meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month unless otherwise indicated. The following meeting dates are included for your convenience: 7/11/18, 8/23/18, 9/20/18, 10/18/18, 11/15/18, 12/20/18, 1/17/19, 2/14/19, 3/21/19, 4/17/19 (BOCES Vote), 5/7/19 (Tuesday, Budget Hearing), 5/21/19 (Tuesday Public Budget Vote), 6/20/19

DIGNITY FOR ALL STUDENTS ACT (DASA) COORDINATOR:
Dr. Kevin Calacone, Jr. /Sr. High School Principal, kcalacone@schoharieschools.org, (518) 295-6600

STAFF DIRECTORY

Superintendent:
Mr. David Blanchard
Administrative Assistant: Mrs. Debra Cardella
Phone: (518) 295-6679
Fax: (518) 295- 8178

Assistant Superintendent for Business:
Ms. Sarah Blood
Secretary: Mrs. Barbara Smith
Phone: (518) 295- 6673
Fax: (518) 295-9510

Principal:
Dr. Kevin Calacone
Secretary: Mrs. Tammy Ceroalo
Phone: (518) 295-6601
Fax: (518) 295-8161

Interim Assistant Principal:
Mr. Jerry Spicer
Secretary: Mrs. Kelly Takacs
Phone: (518) 295-6602
Fax: (518) 295-8161

Nurse:
Mrs. Suzan Weber
Phone: (518) 295-6634
Fax: (518) 295-8186

Attendance Clerk:
Mrs. Pamela Guest
Phone: (518) 295-6635
Fax: (518) 295-8186

Transportation Director:
Mrs. Amy Crewell
Secretary: Ms. Amanda Maland
Phone: (518) 295-6684
Fax: (518) 295-6089

Guidance:
Mrs. Terry Kenyon (Gr. 6, 7, 8)
Mrs. Stephanie Weinlein (Gr. 9-12): A-La
Mrs. Nancy Stewart (Gr. 9-12): Le – Z
Secretary: Mrs. Michele Marshall
Phone: (518) 295-6611
Fax: (518) 295- 7031

Special Education Services:
Mr. Matthew Wright, Director
Secretaries: Mrs. Melissa Schoeffler
Mrs. Stephanie Ullman
Phone: (518) 295-6657
Fax: (518) 295-9514

Elementary Principal:
Mrs. Polikoski
Secretaries: Mrs. Jessie Griffin
Ms. Karen Gannon
Phone: (518) 295-6652
Fax: (518) 295-9606

Food Services Director/Cafeteria Manager:
Ms. Myra Trumbull
Phone: (518) 295-6618

PART I: GENERAL INFORMATION

The last page of this handbook must be signed by both the parent/legal guardian of the student and the student indicating that they have read,  discussed, and understood the school’s procedures and expectations. The student will not be allowed to use school electronic devices or attend any
extracurricular events such as dances or field trips if this page has not been signed and returned to the school. (Page may be found in print-friendly version and at the high school office.)

PARENT COMMUNICATION

Student academic progress is reported through several means. Mid-marking reports are sent home four times per year in October, December, March and May. Report cards are sent home in November, February, April and June. In addition to grades, students’ class attendance and effort are reported to
parents. This information can also be accessed through our new parent portal described below.
Anyone wishing to access staff, teachers, counselors, or administration may do so by calling the school at (518) 295-6601 during school hours (7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). Parent conferences are available upon request through teachers, school counselors, or administration. 

PARENT PORTAL

Our student management system parent portal provides parents with the opportunity to review assignments, interim reports, grades, and attendance. If you would like to participate in the parent portal, you may make the request through the School Tool Parent Portal Information link on the Jr. /Sr. High School webpage.

ABSENCES

When students are absent, we ask that you call the nurse / attendance office. When your child returns to school, please send or fax (518) 295-8186 a written excuse to indicate the reason for the absence. Students are required by Commissioner’s Regulations to bring in a written excuse signed by their parent or legal guardian stating the reason for the absence.
Excuses not provided within three (3) days after returning to school will result in the absence(s) being marked as an unexcused absence. Please note that excessive unexcused absences may affect course credit. In addition, students arriving late must sign in at the nurse’s office with an official written excuse for their tardiness.

LATE ARRIVAL AND EARLY DISMISSAL

Schoharie Jr. /Sr. High School require students to be signed in / out of school by a parent or legal guardian either in writing or via phone. This should be processed through the office of the school nurse.
Students with notes to sign out for an excused purpose must present these notes to the nurse’s office upon  arriving at school. The student may then return to the nurse’s office (between classes) to pick up a gold/yellow pass to be shown to their teacher at the time of departure and to present to the high school office upon departure. Students who have permanent early dismissal MUST sign out each day at the Nurse’s Office. Failure to do so will result in the loss of this privilege.

BUS PASSES

Students who would like to ride a different bus other than their regularly assigned bus must obtain a bus pass from the school nurse. This request can be made in writing or by phone to the nurse, (518) 295-6634.
These requests MUST be made prior to 12:00 noon in order to ensure enough time can be allotted to process paperwork for the bus pass.

ELECTRONIC DEVICES IN SCHOOL

Electronic devices will be permitted in school at the discretion of staff and administration. These devices, however, will not be allowed to interfere with any aspect of teaching / learning. If a student using this device is considered to be disruptive (1st offense) then the staff / administration will confiscate the device for the day, and the incident will be documented.
If the disruption occurs again (2nd offense) then the device will be confiscated and needs to be picked up by the parent. The incident will be documented and the student will be subject to administrative consequences.
*Electronic devices of any kind (other than those permissible by New York State) are prohibited during any state or local assessments, tests, or quizzes. If students are caught using these devices during any of these assessments, then that assessment or test will be immediately invalidated.
**If discipline issues or concerns arise, students’ phones will be surrendered to staff or administration so as not to hinder the investigation process.

HOMEWORK REQUESTS

When a student is absent for more than two days and has to maintain coursework for several teachers, it can sometimes be overwhelming to come back to school and make up the coursework. Requesting missed assignments to work on at home can sometimes help alleviate this anxiety. If a student is sick for more than two days, please call the ISS Room at (518) 295-6609 before 9 a.m. to request the work they will be missing for the day and any assigned homework. A homework request will be sent to all teachers.
The work will be compiled and available in the main office for pick up at the end of the school day. The maximum time allowed for make-up work is equal to the time absent. If students are required by a physician to convalesce at home because of a serious illness or injury, the costs for home instruction must be assumed by the school district by law (if a student is absent for 10 or more consecutive days). When students are receiving home instruction, they are considered to be “attending school regularly.”

MEDICATION IN SCHOOL

New York State Education Law prohibits administering internal medication in school unless a written doctor’s order for that medication is brought to the school nurse along with a note from the parent. This law also includes over-the-counter medication such as aspirin, Tylenol, cold preparations, etc. Parents are required to personally bring all medication in the bottle (with the original prescription label) to the nurse.
This enables the parent to give any further information and/or directions to the nurse as well as preventing loss or misuse of the medication. Medication cannot be administered at school unless all of these procedures are followed.
Inhalers in school: Inhalers that are prescribed by a physician and need to be carried by the student at all times MUST have a written prescription from the physician stating so.
Also, a note from the parent  acknowledging the fact that the child needs to carry the inhaler must be sent into school along with the prescription. These must be given to the school nurse on the first day of school or when the inhaler is first prescribed. It is recommended that the student’s name be put on the medication in case it is mislaid or lost so that it can be returned, as there are a number of students who use them. Inhalers cannot be carried in school unless these procedures are followed.

PLAGIARISM

Plagiarism (or intellectual theft) is defined as “the reproduction, in whole or essential part, of a literary, artistic, or musical work by one who falsely claims to be its creator.” (Encyclopedia Americana, 2003).
Examples of plagiarism include (but are not limited to):
– Downloading a paper from a “paper writing source”
– Submitting someone else’s work
– Copying a portion of someone’s work without properly citing it
– Copying materials or resources and not properly citing them
– Paraphrasing ideas without properly citing them
Plagiarism is considered a serious offense. Teachers are asked to discuss plagiarism with students at the beginning of the school year and review plagiarism with students during the school year and teach them how to properly cite sources. If a student is caught plagiarizing (1st offense) the teacher will contact the parent, and the student will receive “0” credit for the assignment.
The incident will be documented on a school referral form, and the student will not be eligible for National Honor Society / National Junior Honor Society for that school year. If a second offense of plagiarism occurs, the teacher will document the offense and refer it to the principal’s office. The student will receive a “0” credit for the assignment. A parent conference will be held (with the principal, teacher, and the student). The student will also be subject to administrative consequences.

DRESS CODE

Our students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and all school functions. Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance. 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.

Any student who refuses to do so 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. Parents may be called to bring appropriate clothing to school for their student.

Dress for Success in Schoharie

The purpose of the student dress code is to reinforce the district’s mission to prepare all students for success in school and all post-graduate endeavors.

Student attire should reflect an atmosphere of mutual respect and not be a distraction to the learning environment.

The dress code isn’t just about how students look; it’s also about how they behave and achieve.

A common-sense overview of the dress code.

What to wear

Students are expected to dress in a manner that is appropriate for school and school-related functions. Student dress should reflect the idea that school is a place of business where students are learning both academic and social skills. Dress should not be disruptive to the instructional process.

Dress code expectations are intended to promote an emotionally safe environment for all students and to avoid incidences of harassment that might occur as a result of dress that is inappropriate for a school setting.

This code is applicable in all schools, facilities and grade levels.

Clothing and accessories should not promote alcohol, tobacco or drug use or display weapons or violence. Certain classes require special footwear, such as athletic sneakers for physical education and closed-toe shoes for labs, art and tech classes. Footwear should be safe. Bedroom shoes or slippers are not appropriate.  Dresses, skirts and shorts must extend to at least the mid-thigh.

All backpacks remain in lockers throughout the day.

What not to wear

  • Clothing or accessories with inappropriate graphics or language: Clothing or accessories that contain messages that are vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, potentially disruptive, or that denigrate others because of race, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability. are not allowed.
  • Safety: Items that could be considered weapons, such as heavy chains or studs are prohibited.
  • Anything revealing: No crop tops, tank tops with straps less than two inches wide, muscle shirts, tube tops or necklines where cleavage is not covered. Shirts should not be backless. Underwear must be covered at all times.
  • Hat: The wearing of hats is left to the discretion of building administrators. Hats are allowed for religious reasons and/or medical conditions (with proper documentation.
  • Accessories: Items that could be considered weapons such a s heavy chains or studs are prohibited.
  • Hoodies: Students may wear hooded sweatshirt, but the hood may not be worn indoors.
  • Revealing clothing is prohibited.
  • Athletic uniforms that are inconsistent with the school dress code should not be worn during the school day.

What happens if the dress code is violated?

Students who violate the dress code will be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item and, if necessary or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item.

Building administration has final discretion about dress code.

Dress code-related illustrations  are included in the printed version of this handbook, which is available from the school office and as a print-friendly download.

The Schoharie Central School District Dress Code isn’t just about how students look. It is about how students behave and achieve.

Core beliefs

  • Students First: Each student is invaluable.
  • Continuous Improvement: Growth is a process that involved risk-taking, making mistakes and perseverance.
  • Exploration and Innovation: Creativity and discovery are inspired by asking questions where answers are uncertain.
  • Collaboration: We are smarter and stronger together.
  • Communication: Open exchange of ideas builds trust and confidence.
  • Accountability: Attaining excellence is a shared responsibility.
  • Fiscal Responsibility: Students are worthy of our wise investments.

VISITOR POLICY

Under specific conditions, visitors may be permitted for one day at a time at Schoharie. The following are consideration for visitors at the Jr. / Sr. High School. Visitors must be students at a middle school, junior high school, or a high school. A visitor’s school must not be in session on the day of a visit. All of the host/hostess’s teachers must approve of the presence of a visitor at least one day prior to the visit (see main office for form).

The principal will verify teachers’ approval.  Upon such verification, approval may be issued. The visitor must sign in at the main office, obtain a visitor’s pass, and must be accompanied at school by the Schoharie student who serves as a host/hostess. The visitor will be required to follow the host/hostess’s schedule upon the day of the visit. Visitors are expected to adhere to all rules for student activity in the Jr. /Sr. High School.

FOOD SERVICES (CAFETERIA)

Please refer to the Food Services page on this website for the most up-to-date information regarding our school cafeteria, breakfast and lunch programs, and meal charging policies and procedures.

BACKPACKS AND BOOK BAGS

Students may use backpacks and book bags to transport books and supplies to and from school. For safety concerns, students must store them in their lockers during the school day. Students may not bring backpacks and book bags to last period.

Please Note:  The school is not responsible for students’ personal property which may be lost, stolen, or damaged. Electronic devices (including but not limited to cell phones, music players, and video games) are especially prone to loss, and we cannot stress how important it is that these devices, if brought to school, are the sole responsibility of the student.

LOCKERS AND BOOKS

All books and other materials provided by the school for student use, including library books, are the property of the Schoharie Central School District and, as such, are subject to staff inspection at any time, through conventional means or with police assistance. The following regulations govern their use:
1. Students are responsible for the care of texts and library books signed out to them.
2. The district does not supply Regents review books.
3. Students are liable to a charge or fine in the following instances:
a. If a book is lost or stolen
b. If a book is defaced or abused
c. If a lock is lost or stolen
d. If a locker is defaced or abused
Lockers and locks are provided by Schoharie Jr. /Sr. High School for safe storage of school related materials. Students are encouraged to keep their lockers securely locked at all times to ensure safekeeping of their clothing and educational materials. Toward this end, students should keep their combinations confidential and maintain their assigned locker. Students must keep lockers locked securely at all times. Students should immediately report faulty lockers or locks to the staff in the In-School Suspension Room 104.

HONOR ROLL

Honor rolls are based on the grade point average (GPA) for each of the four marking periods.
High Honor = 89.500 to 100
Honor = 84.500 to 89.499

A student will not qualify for the honor roll if they receive any of the following grades:
Less than 65
U – Unsatisfactory
I – Incomplete
F – Fail   
NG – No grade

GRADE POINT AVERAGE

GPA is calculated at the completion of each quarter. The final GPA is based on the grades given for each course, which are totaled and divided by the total number of credits the courses are worth.

For quarterly GPA calculation, courses that meet every day, including half-year courses (Small Animal Care, Intro to Agriculture, etc.) will be counted as the full grade. Courses that meet every other day (PE, Keyboarding, etc.) will be counted as half the grade toward the quarterly GPA.
GPA Example: English (1) 90
Math (1) 82
Science (1) 84
Sm. Animal Care (1) 79
P.E. (1/2) 87 (43.5)
Keyboarding (1/2) 79 (39.5)
Total 418 divided by 5 (credits) = 83.60 GP

GRADES OF “INCOMPLETE”

Teachers who wish to extend a particular courtesy to students with excused absences may assign a grade of I – Incomplete on the student’s report card.  “Incompletes” must be completed or resolved within two weeks following the end of the marking period, otherwise the student’s grade will reflect the grade earned. If students do not resolve the “Incomplete” during the allotted time, they will not receive credit for the missing work and will risk being assigned a failing grade for the marking period in the incomplete course.

Teachers will inform the parents about the “Incomplete” and the effect that repeated absences will have on a student’s course work.

ACADEMIC INTERVENTION SERVICES

The results of the New York State assessments (grades 7-11) are one factor used to assess each student’s need for Academic Intervention Services (AIS). AIS are designed to focus on specific skill development so students can meet their graduation requirements.

2018-2019 INTERIM REPORT- GRADE REPORTING SCHEDULE

1st Quarter
Mid-Marking Period Ends-10/05/18
Interim Reports Home with Students-10/11/18
Marking Period Ends-11/02/18
Report Cards Home with Students-11/07/18

2nd Quarter
Mid-Marking Period Ends-12/07/18
Interim Reports Home with Students-12/12/18
Marking Period Ends-1/18/19
Report Cards Home with Students-1/24/19
   
3rd Quarter
Mid-Marking Period End-3/01/19
Interim Reports Home with Students-3/06/19
Marking Period Ends-3/29/19
Report Cards Home with Students-4/03/19
   
4th Quarter
Mid-Marking Period Ends-5/10/19
Interim Reports Home with Students-5/15/19
Marking Period Ends-6/17/19
Report Cards Mailed Approximately-7/08/19
   

GUIDANCE COUNSELING SERVICES

The guidance and counseling program assists students to identify and realize personal and academic goals through:

  • Counseling: individual, small and large group settings; topics include career/life planning, decision making, social skills, development, transitional adjustments as students move from grade to grade, study skills, crisis intervention, peer relations, anger management and academic planning.
  • Consultation services: conferences with parents, teachers, school support services and administrators; referrals for special education testing and evaluations, accommodations, or school psychologist and/or social worker.
  • Coordination activities: career speakers, community services, referral services, and other pertinent social events.

PEER MEDIATION PROGRAM

Peer mediation is a voluntary confidential program in which two students who are having a conflict agree to sit down with two trained peer mediators and a staff member to work out their differences by employing methods of peaceful conflict resolution. Together they come up with a written contract they both can agree to.

Students who are experiencing a conflict should be encouraged to pick up a Peer Mediation Request form from a guidance counselor or a social worker. Every effort will be made to schedule the mediation during a lunch period or a study hall.

EXTRA HELP / AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Each week, three days are set aside after school (10th period) for students to obtain extra help in classes and for student activities, organizations, and clubs to meet. These established days are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. A 3:30 p.m. bus is available to take students home. 

Clubs are open to the entire student body, and students may select to join one or more which interest them. Activity groups may include:  National & Junior National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Varsity Club, Key Club, Future Farmers of America, Family Career and Community Leaders of America.

Membership in these organizations is a privilege. As with every school activity, all school rules are in effect during after school activities.

 

DEFINITIONS OF POSITIVE & NEGATIVE STUDENT BEHAVIORS

  • Demonstrates perseverance – This student displays continued and sustained effort when completing a task despite difficulty, obstacles, discouragement or delay in achieving success.  Examples would include seeking extra help in an academic area, learning a challenging piece of music or athletic skill despite the level of difficulty, meeting a behavioral expectation following numerous attempts.
  • Leads by positive example – This student consistently is a role model for others.  Their actions reflect the values of the school community: responsibility, integrity, respect, and safety.  Examples would include leadership shown in daily situations (encouraging and supporting classmates to reach their potential, tutoring a younger student) and over time (assuming a leadership role in an organization which support the well-being of others such as Students Against Destructive Decisions and Student Government).
  • Positive contribution to the school community – Through actions or words, the student has improved the quality of life for the members of the school or local community.  The positive acts may be random (holding a door, helping carry something, praising a peer or thanking an adult) or planned (assisting in a fundraiser for a local charity, organizing a clean-up day, displaying sportsmanship throughout a sports season, volunteering in an activity/group which promotes the well-being of community members).
  • Respectful in school – Through actions and words, this student treats members of the school community with dignity.  Their actions reflect the high value they place on themselves and for others.  They recognize and accept that individuals are different and honor the differences.
  • Responsible in school – This student consistently meets his/her obligations and is accountable for his/her actions. Included in being responsible: prepared for class, arriving to class on time, assists in class clean-up after a project, activity or lab, admits mistakes and makes an effort to correct them.
  • Safe in school – This student consistently makes choices that support the safety and well-being of oneself and others. Examples would include using equipment properly, following safety recommendations and practices, reporting or correcting unsafe conditions or practices.
  • Disrespectful to others – Student displays rude, discourteous, or challenging behaviors.  Examples would include lying, arguing, making demeaning statements, use of inappropriate or offensive language/gestures.
  • Disruption of education – Student displays behaviors which cause an interruption in instruction or classroom activities.  Examples include, but are not limited to, making sustained or loud noises, excessive talking, yelling, horseplay, distracting other students.
  • Driving/riding/parking infraction –  Student operates and/or rides in a vehicle in a reckless or dangerous manner; parks without a parking permit; parks in an unsafe manner or inappropriate location.
  • Excessive tardiness to class –  A student who arrives after the period bell rings is considered to be tardy; excessive tardiness is defined as three (3) or more incidences of tardiness within a quarter. Please list dates and times of each incident.
  • Excessive tardiness to school –  A student who arrives at school after 8:10 a.m. is considered tardy; excessive tardiness is defined as three (3) or more incidences of tardiness within a quarter.
  • Failure to report to detention –  Student did not report to assigned detention on the appropriate day, time and with the appropriate materials. Please include dates and times.
  • Fighting –  Student physically engages with another student (or group of students) in a confrontation, altercation, or exchange. Examples include, but are not limited to, punching each other, kicking each other, hair pulling, or choking.
  • Harassment –  Student engages in behavior which includes communicating messages that are disrespectful and/or hurtful to another person.  The messages may be verbal, written, gestural and/or electronic. This includes, but is not limited to, acts of verbal aggression, including threats, slander, intimidating, obscene pictures and/or notes.  Disrespectful messages include negative comments or personal attacks based on weight, religion, gender, age, nationality, sexual orientation or identification, disabilities and/other other personal matters.
  • Hitting/hurting others –  Student engages in acts of physical aggression with the intent to do harm to another person.  Examples include, but are not limited to, hitting, smacking, slapping, punching, pushing, hitting with an object, kicking, scratching, or biting.
  • Inappropriate/abusive language – Student engages in verbal and/or nonverbal communication (gestures) which is abusive, demeaning, or deemed inappropriate for the school setting.
  • Insubordination –  Student refuses to follow adult directions, is argumentative and/or rude in his/her response to adults or instructions.
  • Left class without permission –  Student left class without permission from the adult in charge.
  • Left school without permission –  Student left school grounds and /or school- sponsored event without permission and/or without following proper procedures.
  • Misuse of computer acceptable use policy –  Student violates the technology acceptable use policy.  Examples include logging in under another’s identity, visiting inappropriate or unauthorized websites, sending and/or receiving inappropriate emails, and deleting another person’s work and/or digital files.
  • Other –  Student engages in a specific inappropriate behavior not listed. Such behaviors include, but are not limited to, dress code violations, inappropriate public displays of affection, pass abuse, and possession of inappropriate items.  Please specify the behavior observed.
  • Plagiarism/cheating –  Student uses the work or ideas of others and presents it as their own.  Examples include, but are not limited to, copying from another student, using another’s work without properly crediting the source, failure to cite a source, or having inappropriate access to information before or during an assessment/assignment.
  • Possession/sale/use of banned substances or paraphernalia –  Student is in possession of, sells, or uses a banned substance on school grounds, school transportation and/or at school sponsored events.  Such banned substances include, but are not limited to, alcohol, illegal and/or prescription drugs, inhalants, tobacco products, e-cigarettes, vaping devices, and pipes of any kind.
  • Skipped class –  Student did not report to his/her assigned class.
  • Texting/using cell phone during class –  Student uses cell phone or other electronic device for non-instructional reasons.
  • Theft – Student is in possession of, passed on to another, or is responsible for the removal of school or personal property.
  • Truancy – Student failed to report to school.
  • Vandalism – Student engages in behavior which results in damage to or the destruction of school or personal property.

ATTENDANCE EXPECTATIONS

Excellent school attendance is our expectation. The following procedures are presented with the hope that successful implementation will improve attendance and increase students’ academic and social achievement. 

New York State mandates that a student meet a minimum seat time requirement in order to receive academic credit for a course.  Class time and other curricular-related times spent with any of our teachers are as important as quizzes, tests, projects, reports, labs, and other more tangible forms of assessments.   To receive course credit in a full year course, a student needs to be in attendance a minimum of 153 days.  To receive credit for a half-year course, the student needs to be in attendance for a minimum of 76 days.  Students who exceed the number of absences (27 days for a full year course and 14 days for a half year course) may be denied course credit.  Students will not be allowed to make up class time in order to earn class credit.  Grading will include credit for class attendance or loss of credit for absences.  If students exceed the number of class absences, a superintendent’s hearing may be held to determine denial of course credit. (If course credit is denied to a senior and the student fails arequired course, the student is not eligible for participation in graduation.)
– The school day officially begins at 8:10 a.m. each day.
– Students are expected to be in their homeroom (period one class) and ready to learn by 8:10 a.m. The only exception to this would be students who are eating breakfast. Students eating school breakfast must first inform their teacher that they are going to the cafeteria, and then be back to their homeroom (period one class) ready to learn by 8:15 a.m.
– Students arriving to homeroom after 8:15 a.m. will be considered late, and will need to sign in at the attendance office.

School attendance affects co-curricular and interscholastic activities as well.  Therefore, to participate either directly or as a spectator in these events: 
1. Students must attend school on the day on which an evening co-curricular or interscholastic event is scheduled.  Such events include, but are not limited to, athletic events, practices, dances, plays, or concerts.
2. Students must attend school on the day preceding a weekend co-curricular or interscholastic event (subject to the coach, advisor, or principal’s review).
3. If a student’s absence has been the result of an appointment which was not possible to schedule at another time, the student’s parent should provide a note to this effect upon the student’s 
arrival at school. In such cases, the student may be allowed to participate in a co-curricular activity with the authorization of the principal.
4. Students must arrive by 8:10 a.m. in order to compete, perform, or otherwise participate in a co-curricular or interscholastic activity.
5. Any requests for variance on these stipulations must be directed to the principal before the event or activity in question occurs.

Definitions

1. Excused Absences
a. Personal illness and illness or death in the family
b. Religious observance
c. Medical visits
d. Approved college visits
e. Military obligations
f. Absences approved in advance by the principal, superintendent, and the Commissioner of  Education

2. Unexcused Absences
a. A student who is absent from school or classes with the knowledge and consent of his parents or legal guardian for other than legal reasons is considered an unexcused absence from school. Such excuses as the following are included under this designation:  shopping trips to the local mall, family vacation, oversleeping, skipping class, and any other absence that is not excused as  determined by the principal, superintendent, and the Commissioner of Education. Unlawful detention is considered to be a serious matter by school officials and education law.
b. A student who is absent from school without the knowledge or consent of a parent or legal guardian is considered to be truant from school.  Truancy from school is considered to be a serious matter by school officials and education law.  Truancy results in calls to parents and two (2) days of detention for each full day truant.  Repeated truancies may result in suspensions or referrals to county agencies for those under 16 and consideration of withdrawal from school for those 16 and over (In accordance with Chapter 400, Laws of 1981).
c. There is no school or class approved “skip day” for any group.  If a day of organized absences by any group (seniors, juniors, etc.) is apparent, the district will take appropriate action.
d. If a questionable pattern or number of illegal excuses appears on a student’s record, the attendance officer may require a doctor’s excuse for all succeeding absences.  If no medical excuse is provided, the absences will be marked as unexcused.

Dance Guests

Students are permitted to bring guests to dances. Guests must be of school age, or a Schoharie graduate under the age of 21. Student dance contracts are available in the main office. Students need to fill out the form as requested and return it to the main office in the time frame indicated by the administration. We do not allow guests to the homecoming dance as this dance is reserved for our alumni to attend. Specific guidelines for school dances are located later in this handbook.

HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

STUDENTS STARTING GRADE 9 IN 2001 AND BEYOND
Required “Core” Subjects, Units for Regents Diploma, Units for Advanced Regents Diploma:
English, 4 Units, 4 Units
Social Studies, 4 Units, 4 Units
Mathematics (A) 3 Units, 3 Units
Science (A), 3 Units, 3 Units
Second Language, 1 Unit (B), 3 Units (C)
Health, 1/2 Unit, 1/2 Unit
Art and/or Music, 1 Unit, 1 Unit
Electives, 3 1/2 Units, 1 1/2 Units
Physical Education, 2 Units, 2 Units
TOTAL: 22 Units, 22 Units

Regents or Advanced Regents designations with Honors – students must obtain a score of 90 or higher on Regents Exams.
Mastery in Science and/or Math designations:  85+ on three Regents

Exams Needed for Diploma for students entering Grade 9 in 2011 & thereafter:
Regents – Integrated Algebra, Global History, US History, English, Science (65+ on all exams)
Advanced Regents –Integrated Algebra, Geometry, Algebra II/ Trigonometry, Global History, English, two Science Regents (Living Environment and one other Science Regents).

A) An integrated course in mathematics/science/technology may be used to satisfy the requirement for a third unit of credit in mathematics or science.

B) Students are required to have completed two units of study in a Language Other Than English (LOTE) by the end of their 9th grade year.  One unit of credit is earned either by passing the state LOTE proficiency exam or earning a unit of commencement level credit in LOTE.

C) Students acquiring 5 units of credit in one of the following may be exempt from the LOTE requirement for an Advanced Regents Diploma:  Art, Technology, Agriculture, Business or Vocational Education.

D) Re-taking Regents Exams – Students may choose to retake a Regents Exam in English, Social Studies, Math, Science or a Second Language.  The Regents score obtained on retakes (if higher) will be reflected on their high school transcript.  Please note – every year there are scholarships available to students with the highest Regents exam marks; therefore, retakes for high achieving students may be appropriate.

E) Challenging a Regents Exam – Students who would like to challenge a Regents exam must obtain prior approval from the principal and the cooperating teacher.  To obtain credit for a challenged exam, a student must obtain a grade of 85 or better on the Regents exam.  Additionally, students may be expected to complete a project (supervised by the teacher of the course).

REQUIREMENTS FOR PROMOTION

Students need to successfully complete at least 5.5 credits per year to remain in their original 9th grade cohort. 
Promotion to Grade 9: Completion of 8th Grade requirements
Promotion to Grade 10:  5 Credits
Promotion to Grade 11: 10 Credits
Promotion to Grade 12: 15 Credits
Accumulated credits must contain core subjects (English, social studies, math and science).  Retention is determined on an individual basis by administration.

MINIMUM CREDITS

All students are strongly encouraged to carry a course load of 6.5 credits each year, including physical education.  All students are expected to maintain complete and challenging schedules.  Seniors with special circumstances, who wish to have early dismissal, must apply to the principal in advance.

DROPPING A COURSE

Counselors may consider a change in schedule only during the first seven (7) days of each semester, provided that the student’s schedule does not drop below 6.5 credits.  A course may be added up until this point as well.
A schedule change due to academic difficulty may be considered after five weeks provided: 
1. Written request from parents is made.
2. Student is carrying the minimum number of required courses.
3. Student has made a sincere effort to succeed.
4. The student, parent, teacher, guidance counselor, and principal are in agreement regarding the change.
Students dropping a full-year course after 25 weeks or a half-year course after 15 weeks will receive a W/D on their report card and final transcript. 

COURSE AUDITING

Effective in the 2018-2019 school year, students are not allowed to audit courses.  All courses must be taken for credit.

EARLY GRADUATION

The standard four-year program is suited to most students in terms of their emotional, physical, and intellectual development.  It is also most readily adaptable to post high school educational and vocational plans.  Special situations may occur in which students may need to shorten the length of their high school program.  Such a decision must involve the student, parents/legal guardians, guidance counselors, and principal, and may take some advance planning to ensure that all academic requirements are met.

NO DOUBLING GUIDELINES

Students who fail a required English or social studies course are not allowed to double-up in a specific subject area in an attempt to catch up.  Students may be eligible to take the course via our credit recovery program, Gradpoint.  There are specific criteria necessary in order to be eligible for this method of study.  Please see a guidance counselor for more information.  Students may be eligible to take the course in summer school or repeat the entire failed course the next year.  For extenuating circumstances reviewed by administration, departmental staff, and guidance department, a senior may be permitted to double-up.

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY & HONOR GRADUATE REQUIREMENTS

In order to be considered for National Honor Society students must achieve an 89.5 GPA after the 2nd quarter of the junior year and apply for review by the NHS Committee. In order to be considered for Honor Graduate status, students must have achieved an 89.5 cumulative (grades 9-12) grade point average or higher after the 2nd quarter of the senior year and / or be a member of the National Honor Society. 

OBTAINING COURSE CREDIT BY CHALLENGING AN EXAM

Students may gain credit for high school courses by successfully passing an exam and meeting other specific criteria.  The maximum credit which may be earned by this procedure in high school is 6.5 units.  In order to accumulate credit by this method, each of the following procedures MUST be followed:
1. Students who apply to receive credit by challenging an exam must be evaluated to determine:
a. if the student’s past academic performance warrants this opportunity
b. if this will benefit the student academically
2. If BOTH of the above criteria are met, the student will then be allowed to take a state developed or state approved exam.  The student must achieve a score of 85 or higher.
3. In addition, the student must have a record of good school attendance.

Courses for units of credit by examination which have been approved include the following: Comprehensive English, Integrated Algebra,Algebra II / Trigonometry, Geometry, Comprehensive Spanish, Global Studies, U.S. History

COLLEGE COURSES

Schoharie Central School District permits students to take college courses off campus during the high school day if they meet certain requirements: 
1. Successful completion of the high school curriculum through Grade 11.
2. Demonstration of potential for the successful completion of college work.
3. Recommendations for entrance into such courses from the school counselor and appropriate staff members.
4. Approval from the high school principal.
5. Approval from the early admissions officer at the college.
6. Assignment of the student to an advisor at the college.

A maximum of one college course per semester is permitted unless a student has a reduced course load at Schoharie Jr. /Sr. High School and it is the judgment of the high school principal that the student can successfully handle two college courses.
If students choose to complete the senior year at a college, all the above requirements apply, with the exception of course work limitations.  It is understood that candidates will supply their own transportation to and from the college campus.  In both cases, the senior high school counselor is responsible for student data coordination for the student’s permanent record.

NEW HIGH SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE CREDENTIAL

A. CAREER DEVELOPENT AND OCCUPATIONAL STUDIES COMMENCEMENT CREDENTIAL
Available to students with disabilities other than those who are assessed using the NYS Alternate Assessment (NYSAA): The credential may be a supplement to a regular diploma, or if the student is unable to meet diploma standards, the credential may be awarded as the student’s exiting credential provided the student has attended school for not less than 12 years (excluding Kindergarten).
Requirements:
– Completes a career plan; demonstrates attainment of the commencement level Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) learning standards in the area of career exploration and development, integrated learning and universal foundational skills; satisfactorily completes the equivalent of two(2) units of study (216 hours) in Career and Technical Education coursework and work-based learning (including at least 54 hours of work based learning); and has at least one completed employability profile or
– Student meets criteria for a national work readiness credential

B. SKILLS AND ACHIEVEMENT CREDENTIAL
Available to students with severe disabilities that are assessed using the NYS Alternative Assessment (NYSAA): All students with severe disabilities who attend school for not less than 12 years (excluding Kindergarten) exit with this credential which must be accompanied by a summary of the student’s level of achievement in academic and career development and occupational studies.

A student must be awarded such a diploma at the age of 21 if the IEP goals for that year are met.  A student or the student’s parents may request that the district award the high school CDOS diploma prior to the year the student turns 21.  This will be awarded based on school district policy.  If a CDOS diploma is presented prior to age 21, the student retains his or her eligibility to attend the public schools of this district without the payment of tuition, until he or she has earned a high school diploma or until the end of the school year in which the student’s 21st birthday occurs, whichever is earlier.

GRADUATION CEREMONY PARTICIPATION

Students will be allowed to participate in the June graduation ceremony if they earn a high school diploma or alternative credential. Students earning a GED do not participate in the graduation ceremony. Students are eligible to participate in the ceremony if, by the end of the 3rd quarter, a student is mathematically* eligible to graduate.

If a student is not mathematically eligible to graduate, he/she will not participate in the graduation ceremony. A student’s participation in the June graduation ceremony is also dependent upon satisfactory behavior** (subject to administrative review).

*mathematically – indicates that a student’s average is such that with the time remaining in the school year the student can earn a passing average by the end of the course without having to earn any grades of more than 100 for a quarter (or on a final exam) to bring the overall course average up to a passing grade of 65.
**satisfactory behavior – if a student’s behavior falls below acceptable levels at any time during the school year, administrators will warn the student and his/her parents that continued unacceptable behavior, as defined in the student handbook, could result in the student not being allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies.

GRADUATION ATTIRE

Graduation is a ceremony provided by the Board of Education to celebrate the academic achievement of students. This event will be conducted in a manner that reflects the happiness and dignity such an occasion warrants.  We invite participants to help make this experience positive and memorable by adhering to the following guidelines for dress:

  • Ladies:  Low heeled shoes or sandals, are recommended, along with dresses, dress skirt and blouse, or pants and blouse.  Shorts and jeans are not allowed.
  • Gentlemen:  Dress shoes, (no work books, sandals or sneakers), socks, pants, shirt with collar.  Shorts and jeans are not allowed.
  • All students participating in graduation must wear caps and gowns representing our school colors, (blue and white) and conduct themselves in a manner befitting the occasion in the judgment of advisors, administrators, and the Board of Education.  These caps and gowns may not be altered in any way. 

Questions regarding dress or behavior should be addressed to school personnel well in advance of graduation in order to prevent embarrassment on the day of the ceremony.

Any graduation candidates who do not comply with guidelines of dress or conduct will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony, and may pick up their diplomas at the high school main office during school hours the week following graduation.

Part III:  Junior HS Information Section
JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL REQUIREMENTS

The following courses are required at the junior high level:
English/Language Arts 2 units
Social Studies 2 units
Mathematics 2 units
Science 2 units
Health ½ unit
The Arts½ unit in visual arts, ½ unit in music
Languages (other than English)* 2 units by the end of 8th grade
Physical Education 1 unit
Library and Information Skills equivalent of 1 period per week

Note:
1. The unit of study requirement (180 minutes per week) for one or more subjects may be reduced for students in need of academic intervention services (AIS), but in a manner that does not prevent them from attaining the state learning standards in any area required for graduation or from meeting local standards for promotion.
2. Qualified students in 8th grade shall have the opportunity to take high school courses and receive diploma credit (Section 100.4 of NYCRR).  Schools must offer 8th grade acceleration in at least two subjects, one of which must be mathematics.
* Students who complete Checkpoint A: two units of study in a language other than English no later than the end of 8th grade must pass the designated district exam in order to earn one unit of credit toward the high school diploma (Section 100.2 (d) of NYCRR).

TESTING

Students in 7th and 8th grade will take the New York State English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments. Students in 8th grade will also take the NYS Science test and a consortium based language assessment at the end of the school year during Regents week.  These tests are designed to determine if students have met state standards.

HOMEWORK HOTLINE

Homework Hotline is available for students in 7th and 8th grade to obtain general homework assignments. This has been a very effective tool for parents to use for checking daily homework assignments. Even with the assistance of the Internet, students are still expected to write their assignments in their assignment pad for a daily written record. 

JUNIOR HIGH COURSE ACCELERATION

Junior high students have the opportunity to take high school courses in science, mathematics, foreign language, agriculture, and business.  This process of acceleration can have a great effect on a student’s overall academic program.  Junior high students will be considered for eligibility to take high school courses in science, math, foreign language, agriculture, or business if they satisfy the following criteria:
1. Secure the recommendation of the 7th grade teacher of the course or courses.
2. Demonstrate academic achievement and effort in coursework.
3. Have a good attendance record.
4. Obtain parental permission.

Note:  Junior high students will be considered for eligibility to take high school courses upon the request of the parent or legal guardian in conjunction with the recommendation of the school counselor, and the input of the seventh grade teacher of the course of the same area.  All requests are subject to administrative review.

Part IV: Student Expectations and Guidelines
STUDENT RIGHTS

Schoharie Jr./Sr. High School is committed to safeguarding the rights given to all students under state and federal law, such as the “Dignity for All Students Act,” which prohibits harassment against students in school, including harassment based on real or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and expression) and sex, and to prohibit discrimination based on these same characteristics. In addition, to promote a safe, healthy, orderly, and civil school environment, all Schoharie Jr./Sr. High School students have the right to:

1. Take part in all school activities on an equal basis regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation, or disability.
2.  Present their version of the relevant events to school personnel authorized to impose a disciplinary penalty in connection with the imposition of the penalty.
3. Access school rules and, when necessary, receive an explanation of those rules from school personnel.
4. Be in an environment that fosters mutual respect and encourages the acceptance of diversity.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

All Jr. /Sr. High School students have the responsibility to:
1. Show respect for themselves, others, and property at all times.
2. Contribute to maintaining a safe and orderly school environment that is conducive to learning and to show respect to other persons and to property.
3. Be familiar with and abide by all district policies, rules, and regulations dealing with student conduct.
4. Attend school every day (unless legally excused) and be in class, on time, and prepared to learn.
5. Work to the best of their ability in all academic and extracurricular pursuits and strive toward their highest level of achievement possible.
6. Respond to direction given by teachers, administrators, and other school personnel in a respectful, positive manner.
7. Work to develop mechanisms to control their anger.
8. Ask questions respectfully when they do not understand.
9. Seek help in solving problems that might lead to disciplinary action.
10. Dress appropriately for school and school functions.
11. Accept responsibility for their actions.
12. 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.
13. Conduct themselves in a manner which fosters respect for all members of the school community and refrain from and discourage any action that would humiliate, alienate, demean, or disrespect fellow students based on the race, color, nationality, handicapping  condition, or gender.
14. Students will use language that is appropriate and in good taste, and act in ways that are socially acceptable.

POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS & SUPPORTS (PBIS)

Schoharie Jr./Sr. High School will implement a Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) program for all students in grades 7-12. This program will be similar to the one currently in place in the elementary school. Students will be asked to meet or exceed expectations with regard to being safe, responsible, respectful, and a community.  Please see Appendix B for more information.

General Statement – All possible infractions of proper school behavior are not listed in the following guidelines. The absence of any single infraction does not mean that disciplinary action will not be taken against the offending student(s). This is not an exhaustive list, but rather indicative of the type of conduct which will be considered unacceptable by the district.

In all cases requiring discipline, the school principal is empowered to evaluate the seriousness of each incident (or series of incidents) and to administer the consequences that he/she believes is appropriate under the given circumstances.

PROHIBITED STUDENT CONDUCT

Students may be subject to disciplinary actions, up to and including suspension from school, when they:
A. Engage in conduct that is disorderly. Examples of disorderly conduct include, but are not limited to:
1. Running in hallways.
2. Engaging in any activity that puts other students’ or staff members’ safety in jeopardy, including running in the hallway or play fighting.
3. Making an unreasonable amount or type of noise.
4. Using language or gestures that are considered profane, lewd, vulgar, or abusive.
5. Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
6. Engaging in any willful act that disrupts the normal operation of the school community.
7. Trespassing. Students are not permitted in any school building, other than the one they regularly attend, without permission from the administrator in charge of that building.

B. Engage in conduct that is insubordinate. Examples of insubordinate conduct include, but are not limited to:
1. Failing to comply with the lawful directions of teachers, school administrators, or other school employees in charge of students.
2. Acting in a disrespectful manner while engaging with teachers, administrators, or other school employees in charge of students.
3. Lateness to, missing from, or leaving class and/or school without permission.
4. Skipping detention.

C. Engage in conduct that is disruptive. Examples of disruptive conduct include, but are not limited to:
1. Failing to comply with the lawful directions of teachers, school administrators, or other school personnel in charge of students.
2. Being late for school or class.
3. Being unprepared for class.

D. Engage in conduct that is considered violent. Examples of violent conduct include, but are not limited to:
1. Committing an act of violence (such as hitting, kicking, punching or scratching) upon a teacher, Administrator, other school employee, student, or any other person lawfully on school property.
2. Possessing a weapon. Authorized law enforcement officials are the only persons permitted to have a weapon in their possession while on school property or at a school function. “Weapon” means a gun, pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifle, machine gun disguised gun, dagger, dirk, razor, stiletto, switchblade knife, gravity knife, metal knuckle knife, box cutters, cane sword, electronic dart gun, Kung Fu star, electronic stun gun, laser pointer, pepper spray or other noxious spray, explosive or incendiary bomb, projectile, or other dangerous instrument that can cause physical injury or death.
3. Displaying what appears to be a weapon.
4. Threatening to use any weapon.
5. Threatening an act of violence.
6. Intentionally damaging or destroying the personal property of a teacher, administrator, other district employee, student, or any person lawfully on school property, including graffiti or arson.
7. Intentionally damaging or destroying school district property.

E. Engage in any conduct that endangers the safety, morals, health, or welfare of themselves or others. Examples of such conduct include, but are not limited to:
1. Lying to school personnel.
2. Engaging in inappropriate public displays of affection (PDA).
3. Acts of sexual harassment as defined in the district’s sexual harassment policy.
4. Selling, using, or possessing obscene material.
5. Smoking or possessing a cigarette, cigar, pipe, electronic cigarette, lighter, Juul, Boulder, vaping, device, vape pen or possessing or using chewing or smokeless tobacco.
6. Possessing, consuming, selling, distributing, or exchanging alcoholic beverages or illegal substances, or being under the influence of either. “Illegal substances” include inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, LSD, PCP, amphetamines, heroin, steroids, look-alike drugs, and any substances commonly referred to as “designer drugs.”
7. Inappropriately using or sharing prescription or over-the-counter drugs.
8. Harassment which does or may result in emotional distress, including but not limited to any act which tends to humiliate, alienate, demean, or disrespect any fellow student or school personnel.
9. Engaging in any act that discriminates against any individual based on race, religion, creed, or sex.
10. Using dice or other devices used for gambling.
11. Stealing the property of other students, school personnel, or any other person lawfully on school property or attending a school function.

F. Engage in any form of bullying or cyberbullying /harassment /discrimination/hazing that is designed to or has the effect of interfering with one’s ability to be educated in a safe, non-hostile environment.

DEFINITIONS

Harassment/Bullying – a series of incidents that involve the creation of a hostile environment by conduct or by threats, intimidation, or abuse (including cyberbullying) that either: has or would have the effect of unreasonably or substantially interfering with a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits, OR mental, emotional and/or physical well-being or causes or would reasonably be expected to cause emotional harm;
OR
reasonably causes or would reasonably be expected to cause physical injury to a student or to cause a student to fear for his/her physical safety.
AND
includes acts that occur on school property, at a school function, or off school property where such acts create or would foreseeably create a risk of substantial disruption within the school environment, where it is foreseeable that the conduct, threats, intimidation or abuse might reach school property.

threats, intimidation or abuse shall include verbal and non-verbal actions

Discrimination – unjust or prejudicial treatment against any student by a student or students and/or employee or employees on school property or at a school function including, but not limited to, the basis of a person’s actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender (which includes a person’s actual or perceived sex, as well as gender identity and expression), or sex.

Cyberbullying – harassment/bullying, as defined above, through any form of electronic communication.

Hazing- committing an act against a student, or coercing a student into committing an act, that creates a risk of emotional, physical, or psychological harm to a person, in order for the student to be initiated into or affiliated with a student organization*, or for any other purpose. The term hazing includes, but is not limited to:
1. Any humiliating, degrading, or dangerous activity demanded of a student to join a group, regardless of the student’s willingness to participate (conduct has the potential to endanger the mental or physical health or safety of a student).
2. Any hurtful, aggressive, destructive, or disruptive behavior such as striking, whipping, sleep deprivation, restraint or confinement, calisthenics, or other activity that subjects the student to an unreasonable risk of harm or that adversely affects the mental or physical health or safety of the student.
3. Substance Abuse – use or abuse of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs. 
4. Any activity that intimidates or threatens the student with ostracism, that subjects a student to emotional, physical or psychological stress, embarrassment, shame, or humiliation that adversely affects the health or dignity of the students or discourages the students from remaining in school.
5. Any activity that causes or requires the student to perform a task or act that involves violation of state or federal law, or of school district policies or regulations.

* “Student organization” means a group, club, or organization having students as its primary members or participants. It includes grade levels, classes, teams, activities or particular school events. A student organization does not have to be an official school organization to come within the terms of this definition.

**All reports of these behaviors will be investigated and addressed, appropriate to the student’s age and severity of the situation.

CAFETERIA CONDUCT

1. Students are to act with respect and courtesy at all times in the cafeteria.
2. Students must be reasonably quiet and orderly during lunchtimes.
3. Students are to go to the end of the line when entering the food service area.
4. Students are to move as quickly as possible through the lines.
5. Students must have their student ID to charge/buy their lunch.
6. Students who spill something are to get cleaning equipment from the kitchen and clean up the spill themselves.
7. Students are to replace chairs at their table before leaving.
8. Students are to use wastebaskets for all disposables.  Waste must be gently placed into the proper waste baskets (not thrown from a distance).
9. Students are to remove all waste material from their trays before leaving them at the pass through window.
10. Students are to help pick up papers and other materials if they are requested to do so by teachers or aides.
11. Students are encouraged to recycle to the greatest extent possible.

BUS CONDUCT

The Schoharie Central School District is committed to creating and sustaining a safe school environment where its children can achieve their fullest academic, social, and emotional potential.  Advocated by the staff, students, parents, and community members, this philosophy aims to promote and reinforce positive, appropriate, and respectful behavior of all students.

The school’s transportation facilities are considered to be part of the total school program.  Therefore, the school bus is considered an extension of the school building, and students on buses are responsible for following all school rules and regulations.  In addition, the bus driver is in charge of the bus and passengers must follow his/her directions at all times.

Bus Code of Conduct: 
1. Students expect and appreciate clear and consistent guidelines and should be accountable for their behavior at all times.
2. Students who have different needs, abilities, and values are to be treated in a manner recognizing these differences.
3. Discipline will be administered as soon as possible and be consistent with the severity of the infraction.

Riding on school buses is a privilege.  Safety demands rules of conduct:
1. Students must show respect for all persons in authority.
2. Students must be reasonably quiet and orderly.
3. Students must demonstrate consideration for people and property at the bus stops and on buses.
4. Students must enter and leave the bus only when it is motionless and stay in their seats while the bus is moving.
5. Students must refrain from extending any part of their body out of the school bus windows, as it is dangerous.
6. Students may not eat or drink on the bus.
7. Loud talking, pushing/shoving, threatening violence/fighting, offensive language, and smoking are NOT permitted on the bus.
8. Students may not carry large objects on the bus (carried objects must fit into a bag).
9. Only musical instruments of a reasonable size may be carried on the bus.
10. Animal specimens are not allowed on buses and must be brought to and from school by parents/guardians.

The laws of New York State require the use of safety belts in vehicles that seat 12 or fewer children.  Failure or refusal to use the safety belts can result in the loss of transportation privileges.  Children who become a serious disciplinary problem on the school bus may have riding privileges suspended by the principal. In such cases, the parents of the children involved will be responsible for ensuring that their children get to and from school safely.

Video cameras may be used to monitor behavior on school vehicles transporting students to and from school or extra-curricular activities.  Violations of the school code of conduct, as well as participation in any illegal activities, will be dealt with in accordance with school regulations and applicable laws.

Any consequence(s) for misbehavior will be consistent with the severity of the infraction, determined and implemented at the discretion of the building principal.  If anything is lost on a bus, call the bus garage at (518) 295-6684 to check the lost and found box.

REPORTING VIOLATIONS OF THE CODE OF CONDUCT

All students are expected to promptly report violations of the code of conduct to a teacher, guidance counselor, the building principal or his or her designee. Any student observing a student possessing a weapon, alcohol or illegal substance on school property or at a school function must report this information immediately to a teacher, the principal, the principal’s designee or the Superintendent of Schools.

DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES AND PENALTIES

Students who are found to have violated the district’s code of conduct may be subject to the following penalties, either alone or in combination with one another. The school personnel identified after each penalty are authorized to impose that penalty, consistent with the student’s right to due process.
1. Verbal warning – any member of the school staff (school staff includes teachers, administrators, bus drivers, aides, cafeteria staff and aides, custodians and other paraprofessionals).
2. Written documentation – any member of the school staff (school staff includes teachers, administrators, bus drivers, aides, cafeteria staff and aides, custodians and other paraprofessionals).
3. Written notification to parent – teachers, principal, superintendent
4. Detention – teachers, principal, superintendent
a. In school detention
b. After school detention
5. Suspension from transportation – principal, superintendent
6. Suspension from athletic participation – Athletic Director, principal, superintendent
7. Suspension from social or extracurricular activities – principal, superintendent
8. Suspension of other privileges – principal, superintendent
9. In-school suspension – principal, superintendent
10. Referral to building principal, teacher, bus driver, monitors, aides
11. Removal from classroom by teacher – teachers, principal, superintendent
12. Short-term (5 days or fewer) suspension from school – principal, superintendent, Board of Education
13. Long-term (more than 5 days) suspension from school – principal, superintendent, Board of Education

Students suspended from school or in ISS are not eligible to participate in any school activities during the period of the suspension.

Procedures:
The amount of due process a student is entitled before a penalty is imposed will depend on the type of penalty being imposed. In all cases, regardless of the penalty imposed, the school personnel authorized to impose the penalty must let the student know what misconduct the student is alleged to have committed, and must investigate the facts surrounding the alleged misconduct.
All students will have an opportunity to present their version of the facts to the school personnel imposing the disciplinary penalty in connection with the imposition of the penalty.
Students who are to be given penalties other than a verbal warning, written warning, written notification to their parents/legal guardians, or in school detention are entitled to additional rights before the penalty is imposed. These additional rights are explained below.

1. After-School Detention:  Teachers, principals, and the superintendent may use after-school detention as a penalty for student misconduct. Detention will be held from 2:45 p.m. to 3:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week or from 3-5 p.m. as determined by the assigning administrator, student, and parent/guardian.

2. Suspension from Transportation:  If a student does not conduct himself/herself properly on a school bus, the bus driver is expected to bring such misconduct to the building principal’s attention. Students who become a serious disciplinary problem may have their riding privileges suspended by the building principal or the superintendent. In such cases, the student’s parent or legal guardian will become responsible for ensuring that his or her child gets to and from school safely. A student subjected to a suspension from transportation is not entitled to a full hearing pursuant to Education Law § 3214. However, the student and the student’s parent/ legal guardian will be provided with a reasonable opportunity for an informal conference with the building principal to discuss the conduct and the penalty involved.

3. Suspension from Athletic Participation, Extra-Curricular Activities and Other Privileges:  A student subjected to a suspension from athletic participation, extra-curricular activities, or other privileges is not entitled to a full hearing pursuant to Education Law § 3214. However, the student and the student’s parent will be provided with a reasonable opportunity for an informal conference with the district official imposing the suspension to discuss the conduct and the penalty involved.

4. In-School Suspension (ISS):  A student may be subjected to in-school suspension (ISS) that removes the student from a classroom and places him/her in an alternative location.  Students will be supervised at all times and will eat lunch at a set time.  No other eating will be permitted.  Students will be provided with academic assignments to be completed while in ISS.  They may not leave their seats or talk without permission, and they must sit attentively (no sleeping allowed).  Pass privileges will be limited to two bathroom passes (one in morning and one in afternoon).   Students in ISS will not be permitted to attend any school or district functions or activities (including athletic and/or social events).  Disruptive and uncooperative behavior while in ISS will be handled directly by an administrator, who may add additional days to the remaining ISS time, as well as out-of-school suspension days and/or a superintendent’s hearing, depending upon the severity of the behavior.

5. Suspension from School (OSS):  Suspension from school is a severe penalty which may be imposed only upon students who are insubordinate, disorderly, violent, or disruptive, or whose conduct otherwise endangers the safety, morals, health, or welfare of themselves or others. A student suspended from school and under the compulsory education age of 17 must be provided with instruction.  To fulfill this, the district will provide after-school tutoring for said students from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday; 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays for each day suspended from instruction. It is the parents’ or legal guardians’ responsibility to transport students to this alternative education setting.

PART V:  SCHOOL PROCEDURES AND GUIDELINES

BUILDING LEADERSHIP TEAM (BLT)

Schoharie Jr./Sr. High School has a shared decision making committee referred to as the Building Leadership Team (BLT). The BLT is comprised of diverse stakeholders: students, parents, faculty, staff, administration, Board of Education members, community members, and alumni. The BLT meets after school each month to discuss issues, concerns, and policy matters relating to the Jr./Sr. High School. Minutes of BLT meetings are posted in the cafeteria and on the high school webpage. If you would like to know more about the BLT, please contact the high school office.

ELECTRONIC TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTABLE USE PROCEDURE

The purpose of the Schoharie Central School District’s Local and Wide Area Networks, and Internet Access Network is to advance and promote education in all of its school buildings within the district.  It is intended to assist in the collaboration and exchange of information among all who are concerned and involved with education.  The goal of infusing technology into daily operations of our classrooms, libraries, and offices is to promote high quality technological resources in an equitable, efficient, and cost effective manner.  Such technology includes and is not limited to electronic mail, local computer networks, the Internet, and other online services.

The benefit of being connected to the Internet and other on-line services is that it expands classroom teaching dramatically by making many fascinating resources, including original source materials from all over the world, available to students, teachers, parents, and administrators.  These services bring information, data, images, and even computer software into the classroom from places around the globe, and it does this almost instantaneously.  Access to these resources can involve students in individual and group projects, cross-cultural collaborations, and idea sharing not found in schools that lack Internet and on-line-services access. 

While the benefits of the Internet and other on-line services are enormous, parents need to be aware that they are open systems which contain pockets of material that many people would disapprove of and keep away from children.  The Schoharie Central School District will make an effort to prevent students’ access to inappropriate materials on the Internet and other on-line services, but we cannot guarantee that they will not encounter text, pictures, or references that are objectionable.  The district asks parents for assistance in developing responsible attitudes, reinforcing appropriate behaviors and observing security practices on the network.  System users should have no expectation of privacy with respect to files saved or maintained on the district’s computer systems.  Network administrators and district officials will have access to all files in order to ensure system integrity and compliance with this procedure. 

The use of the Local Area Network, Wide Area Network and Internet is a privilege, not a right.  Users are responsible for what they say and do on the networks.  Because communication with thousands of others is so quick and easy, it is important to think before communicating and to show respect for other people and for their ideas.  The use of computers must be in support of education and research, and consistent with the educational objectives and the mission of the Schoharie Central School District.  Use of the district’s network or that of another organization’s connected network or computing resources must comply with the rules appropriate for each network.

It is imperative that staff, students and visitors conduct themselves in a responsible, decent, ethical, and polite manner while using such equipment and networks.  This procedure does not attempt to articulate all required or proscribed behavior by its users.  The following general guidelines are provided to illustrate appropriate conduct and use. 
This is not an exhaustive list, but rather indicative of the type of conduct which will be considered unacceptable by the district:
A. Any use of the Schoharie Central School District equipment or information networks for inappropriate, illegal, obscene, or sexual harassment purposes is prohibited.  Illegal activities shall be defined as a violation of local, state and/or federal laws as well as the district’s rules and regulations.  Inappropriate use shall be defined as a violation of the intended purpose of the network.  Obscene activities shall be defined as a violation of generally accepted social standards for use of a publicly owned and operated communication vehicle;
B. Any use of the district’s equipment for commercial purpose, or for individual profit or gain, or unauthorized access to databanks is prohibited;
C. Any use of equipment for private business advertisement or political lobbying is prohibited;
D. Any use of the district’s equipment that will disrupt use by other users or invade the privacy of individuals is prohibited;
E. The district’s on-line network accounts shall be used only by authorized students and staff approved by the building principal, and the superintendent or his/her designee.  Users are ultimately responsible for all activity under their operating or individual accounts, which includes, but is not limited to, unnecessary long distance charges, per minute (unit) surcharges and/or equipment or line costs, liability or damages caused by users who misuse the equipment, software, or networks;
F. Prudent use of the district’s finite resources and shared technological resources is expected.  Users may not intentionally write, produce, generate, copy, propagate, or attempt to introduce any computer code designed to self replicate (e.g. computer virus, malware, spyware), damage or otherwise hinder the performance of any computer’s memory, file system or software;
G. The use of personal devices (jump or flash drives, including wireless devices) is allowed for instructional purposes, only with prior approval of the administration.  These devices are permitted as long as the user engages in the required login and authentication process.  Any personal devices utilized in concert with district hardware will continue to be the responsibility of the user.  Technical support, maintenance and care for non-district owned equipment is the responsibility of the owner or student and use of such devices is at his/her own risk;
H. Only approved hardware is to be connected to the network.  Users may not tamper with networks, switches, modems, PCs, terminals, printers, wiring, etc.;
I. Software is protected by copyright laws; therefore, users are not allowed to make, install, use, or secure unauthorized copies of software on or from district computers;
J. Plagiarism is not acceptable.  All information accessible via the network should be assumed to be private property.  Users will properly acknowledge all sources (Internet, email, CDs, etc.) for borrowed words, sounds, music and images with appropriate citation;
K. Storage on the network and or hard drives of any Schoharie Central School District computer is not permanent.  Users have the responsibility to save work as instructed and to maintain backups of important files on diskettes or flash drives maintained in good condition.  CD and DVD burners are available by permission for archiving larger projects;
L. Students, staff, parents, and administration must agree not to give out students’ records, personnel information, confidential records, or internal financial data to unauthorized receivers;
M. All users’ traffic that traverses another network will be subject to that network’s acceptable use policy;
N. As applicable, student use will be permitted provided there is parent notification, administrative authorization, and proper supervision maintained by the staff;
O. District users must recognize and observe applicable copyright laws and regulations.  Unauthorized duplication or other forms of infringement of copyright materials is prohibited;
P. Students who leave or graduate and staff who leave the employment of the district may not maintain a network account or have access to district equipment;
Q. Each building administrator shall have the first level of responsibility to review alleged infractions and to determine appropriate action.  The superintendent shall receive a report on any incident and the results of the administrator’s investigations;
R. The Superintendent of Schools for the Schoharie Central School District shall remain the final authority on the issuance of user accounts and on use of the networks;
S. Students who destroy/deface/fail to return school computer equipment (such as Chromebooks and Wi-Fi hotspots) shall be held financially responsible for repair/replacement costs of all such items.

CONSEQUENCES FOR VIOLATION OF THE TECHNOLOGY USE POLICY

Infraction: 
Hacking into a server, knowingly loading damaging software (i.e. viruses or crash- inducing software), or modification of the system software.
1st Offense:
Restriction from using computers for remainder of the school year, minimum 5-day suspension pending Superintendent’s Hearing, possible arrest and criminal prosecution.
2nd Offense:
Indefinite restriction from using computers, minimum 5-day suspension pending Superintendent’s Hearing, possible arrest and criminal prosecution. 
3rd Offense:
Arrest and criminal prosecution

Infraction:
Theft or use of files belonging to another person or the school.
1st Offense:
Restriction from using computers for 30 days. 
2nd Offense:
Restriction from using computers for 60 days. 
3rd Offense:
Restriction from using computers in excess of 90 days.

Infraction:
Deleting another person’s files. 
1st Offense:
3-day suspension from school and restriction from using computers for 30 days. 
2nd Offense:
5-day suspension from school and restriction from using computers for 60 days.
3rd Offense:
Minimum 5-day suspension pending Superintendent’s Hearing, restriction from using computers in excess of 90 days, possible arrest  and criminal prosecution.

Infraction:
Playing games without teacher permission or supervision.
1st Offense:
Restriction from using computers for 30 days. 
2nd Offense:
Restriction from using computers for 60 days. 
3rd Offense:
Restriction from using computers for 90 days.

Infraction:
Leaving any improper files, pictures, or sounds on the computer. 
1st Offense:
Restriction from using computers for 30 days.
2nd Offense:
Restriction from using computers for 60 days. 
3rd Offense:
Restriction from using computers for 90 days, 5-day suspension.

Infraction:
Using another person’s password. 
1st Offense:
Restriction from using computers for 30 days.
2nd Offense:
Restriction from using computers for the remainder of the school year,
5-day suspension.
3rd Offense:
Minimum 5-day suspension pending Superintendent’s Hearing.

Infraction:
Inappropriate use of the internet or email functions.
1st Offense:
Restriction from using computers for 30 days.
2nd Offense:
Restriction from using computers for the remainder of the school
year, 5-day suspension.
3rd Offense:
Minimum 5-day suspension pending Superintendent’s Hearing.

Infraction:
Producing any inappropriate graphics or written material.
1st Offense:
Restriction from using computers for 30 days.
2nd Offense:
Restriction from using computers for 60 days.
3rd Offense:
Restriction from using computers for 90 days.

Inappropriate use or intentional misuse of the district’s hardware or software that is not included in the categories listed above will result in consequences of 30, 60, and 90 day restrictions for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd infractions, respectively. Teachers will provide students with alternative assignments to meet class requirements.  Consequences listed above are separate from those additional consequences considered as a result of harassment or insubordination. Infractions which result in physical damage or the need for significant manpower to repair damage could result in financial restitution being required.  It should be noted that consequences listed above (which indicate loss of privileges for a specific number of days), refer to days in which school is in session. Students will be given alternative assignments by their teachers which do not require the use of computers during the loss of privileges period.

THE PASS SYSTEM

Teacher and staff-generated passes should conform to the following guidelines:  one person per pass, must include time and destination; and must be legibly written in ink.  Teachers and staff may only provide passes allowing students access to supervised areas.  All students with passes are required to sign in/out of their destinations. Students are not permitted to go to/attend another teacher’s class without a PRE-SIGNED PASS obtained ahead of time.

HONOR PASS

Honor Pass (Grades 7-11) is a personalized green ID card.  This pass is revocable by a teacher or via the discipline referral process through the principal’s office.  It must be produced for each use.
Eligible: Students who:
1. Carry an academic average of 89.9 (High Honor Roll Status)
2. Carry a schedule which has no more than one (1) daily study hall (not including a study hall opposite PE) and
3. Maintain a good record of behavior in the evaluation of the principal, based on staff input.  Class cuts, tardiness, and/or truancy will necessitate suspension of pass privileges.
Privileges: 
1. Bathroom and office privileges from lunch or study hall.
2. Admittance to the computer room, library, guidance and teacher classrooms (if permitted by teacher) during lunch or study hall.

SENIOR PASS

Senior Pass (Grade 12) is a personalized ID card issued by the principal after the first 5-week report.  This pass is revocable via the discipline referral process through the principal’s office. 
Eligible: Students who project to graduate at the end of the current year and who:
1. Have satisfied all Regents & RCT requirements.
2. Maintain good academic standing.
3. Maintain a good record of behavior and attendance in the evaluation of the principal, based upon staff input.  Class cuts, tardiness and/or truancy will cause suspension of pass privileges.
4. Secure their parents’ or legal guardians’ permission as part of an in-person orientation conducted by the principal.
Privileges:  
Permission to leave school grounds for lunch, errands, or personal business during study halls or lunch periods only—on foot only.

The ability to keep an Honor Pass, or a Senior Pass is contingent upon academic eligibility, regular class attendance, and no discipline issues.

***Special Notes***
1. Senior Pass holders must follow all school rules while in the village at privilege time. Violation of school rules will invoke school penalties.
2. Senior Pass holders are not to access or use their vehicles to leave on their Senior Pass.  To leave via any method other than walking, Senior Pass holders must use conventional home-oriented permission methods.

GUIDELINES FOR OBTAINING A PERMANENT PASS

1. Apply to the principal for approval – obtain the form from ISS.
2. If approved, student will be removed from study hall list.
3. The teacher whom the student is assisting / meeting will be responsible for maintaining attendance. A teacher must be present in the room to which the student is signed out.
4. If the assigned area is in the elementary school, the student must sign in at the elementary office.
5. If the assigned area is in the high school, the student has the normal three-minute passing period. If it is in the elementary school, the student has four minutes.
6. The student must be passing all subjects to qualify for this privilege.
7. The student is responsible for presenting an evaluation form to an administrator once a month.

STUDENT ACADEMIC SUCCESS PLAN GUIDELINES FOR GRADES 7-12

Academic Achievement is the primary focus of the Schoharie Central School District.  Students will be encouraged to maintain and improve academic performance during the entire school year. Being ineligible means the student will not be able to participate in school-related extracurricular activities including, but not limited to, athletic games, plays, field trips, county festivals, contests, clubs, dances, after-school activities and any other extracurricular activities not mentioned.

After the first interim reports go home with students, the high school office issues an Academic Ineligibility List.
– If a student fails one class on the five-week report or the report card, they will be required to attend a mandatory meeting with their school counselor to come up with a plan to improve their grade. A letter will also be sent home indicating that the student is failing one course at this time. Students failing one course remain eligible for the entire five-week period.
– If a student fails two classes on the five-week report or the report card, they will be required to attend a mandatory meeting with their school counselor to discuss strategies for success in the impacted courses. These students are placed on the ineligibility list and will have one week to show Good Faith Effort (a weekly goal determined by teacher and student that represents progress toward academic success- SEE BELOW) before they become eligible for extracurricular activities. Ineligible students may not participate in extracurricular events (except for practices).
– If a student fails three or more classes on the five-week report or the report card, they will be referred by their school counselor for an Instructional Support Team (IST) meeting. This meeting will include the student, the family, administration, school counselor, school psychologist, and teachers to determine what supports are needed for the student to be successful. This team will meet every few weeks until the student is no longer failing three courses. The student will be ineligible for all extracurricular activities (including practices) until the next five week or report card is issued.

Students who fail two courses can show Good Faith Effort (GFE) by:
– Staying for 10th period once each week for both failed classes
– Showing sufficient GFE in the classes as demonstrated by meeting the GFE goal they created at the beginning of the week with the teachers of the failing classes, ultimately leading to the student working sufficiently to try to pass the class.
– Students who are on the Academic Ineligibility List will be required to fill out the Academic Success Plan, have it signed by the teachers of classes they are failing, and turn it in to the In School Suspension Room by Friday at 2:45 p.m.  If a student/or teacher is absent on Friday, the form may be turned in on Monday by 9:45 a.m.
– Both teachers of the classes that students are failing must sign the form, indicating that the student is passing or failing, and if failing, whether the student worked toward progress and met the GFE goal created by the student and agreed to by the teacher at the beginning of the week.
– If a student does not get the sheet signed, or if either teacher indicates that their GFE goal was not met, they are ineligible to fully participate in extracurricular activities for the following week (but may still practice with their club or team).
– Students will try for the following week to show their GFE to work their way back to probationary status.
– If a student is on the Academic Ineligibility List as ineligible, they will not have pass privileges from study halls.
– This process is to be followed until the next reporting period, even if the student has a passing grade before the next reporting period.
– The process continues throughout the school year.  A new Academic Ineligibility List will be generated after each interim report and quarterly grade reports are issued.
– In June of each school year, the high school office will generate a list of students who are ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities based on final averages of classes. The same policies and procedures followed during the school year will apply at the beginning of the new fall athletic season and/or school year. If the student is failing two courses at the end of the year, they will be required to follow the GFE procedures as outlined. Students who are failing three courses at the end of the year are ineligible for the fall sports season and/or new school year until the first five-week report comes out. Students will be allowed to tryout for sports and other extracurricular activities during this time period.
– Students who have incomplete grades at report card time will be given ten school days to complete their missing work.  If they are failing at that time, they will be placed on the Academic Ineligibility List accordingly.

STUDENT PARKING

Students with a valid driver’s license may be eligible to drive to school and park on school grounds.  Sections of the school parking lot are allotted to such students.  Because limited parking spaces are available for students in the district lots, student-parking permits are issued according to specified priorities. 
1. Students whose driving is directly related to a serious health condition.
2. Seniors who have a job, work to supplement the family’s income, and must arrive at their job immediately after school.
3. Juniors who have a job, work to supplement the family’s income, and must arrive at their job immediately after school.
4. Seniors who have a job and have an early dismissal.
5. Seniors who have a job, take an extension course, or participate in a specific co-curricular activity and must arrive at their destination immediately after school.
6. Juniors who have a job, take an extension course, or participate in a specific co-curricular activity and must arrive at their destination immediately after school.
7. Seniors who wish to drive to school.
8. Juniors who wish to drive to school.

Students who wish to apply for a parking permit must follow these procedures:
1. Report to ISS (before or after school or during lunch) and request a “Parking Permit Application.”
2. Complete the application and return to ISS (Room 104), attaching a copy of their driver’s license to obtain your permit.
3. Since district parking space is limited, no student is guaranteed a parking permit simply by the virtue of applying for one.
– Students may only park in the student parking lot unless they have otherwise secured permission to park elsewhere. Misuse of driving privileges will lead to revocation of the parking permit and/or possible removal of vehicle from school property.
– All vehicles parked on school grounds (with the exception of visitors on official school business) must clearly display their assigned parking sticker at all times.

LOST AND FOUND

Items found should be turned in at the Nurse’s Office or the Athletic Director’s Office, whichever seems most appropriate.  Students should report losses to the principal and complete a Missing Items Report to aid in recovery. The school is not responsible for loss or theft of property from lockers, rooms, etc.  Students are encouraged to safeguard their possessions (see Locker and Book Regulations on page 9).

GYMNASIUM/WEIGHT ROOM USE 

While using the gymnasium/weight room, students are reminded of the following:
1. Gymnasium/weight room may not be used unless there is direct faculty supervision.
2. Only sneakers or gym shoes may be worn on the gym floor.
3. Students are not to use athletic equipment unless under direct faculty supervision.
4. Students should not be in locker rooms except on school business.
5. Food is not to be consumed in the gymnasium/weight room.

STUDY HALLS

Study halls are intended to provide quiet working time for students.  While attending study halls (including after school athletic study hall), students are to adhere to specific guidelines:
1. Come to study hall with all of their required materials and be prepared to work.
2. Sign out on the sign-out sheet, as directed by the teacher or aide in charge of the study hall.
3. Speaking to another person is to be allowed only when permission is granted by the teacher or by the aide.
4. Students who have passes from study hall must return to the study hall before the end of the period with their passes signed by their receiving teacher.
5. Special pass holders must produce them for each use.

SCHOOL DANCE GUIDELINES

School dances are an important part of the social life of students at Schoharie Jr. /Sr. High School.  They provide an opportunity for students to socialize, relax, and have fun with their friends.  As such, it is necessary that certain guidelines be observed in order to ensure that dances are safe activities for students.
1. Dances are held from 7:00-10:00 p.m., unless otherwise advertised (i.e. Junior/Senior Prom).  Students are not allowed inside the building until 7:00 p.m.  Parents must accept the responsibility of ensuring proper supervision until the doors open for admission at 7:00 p.m. and promptly pick up students at the end of the dance.
2. To be eligible to attend any dance, students must be academically eligible and have turned in personal demographic information to the main office by the Wednesday preceding the dance.  These forms include emergency contact cards, personal demographic cards, signed student handbook receipt, signed dance contract sheet, and any other forms required at that time.
3. Students are to remain in the building during the dance.  If a student signs out or leaves the
building during the dance, he/she will not be allowed re-entry.
4. Students are not permitted to loiter outside the building or anywhere on school grounds during the dance.
5. Students who wish to bring guests to dances must identify and sign them in with the principal at least two days before the event.
6. Students who owe detention or who have had a series of behavioral infractions may be denied access to dances, based on teacher and/or administrative recommendations.
7. Students must attend school on the day of the dance in order to attend the dance.  Student must attend school on Friday if the dance is held on the weekend.
8. As with every school activity, all school rules are in effect.
9. If a student is removed from the dance for a serious infraction of school rules, his/her parents will be notified immediately to come and get him/her.  He/she will be suspended from attending school dances for one calendar year.  This includes Homecoming and the Junior/Senior Prom.  A serious infraction includes, but is not limited to, involvement with tobacco products, alcohol or any other illegal substance; fighting; weapons; endangering the safety of themselves or others; vandalism or theft of school property.

PART VI: INTERSCHOLASTIC AND MODIFIED SPORTS 2018-2019

Schoharie Central School District provides the competitive sports listed below.  Generally, students in Grades 9 through 12 compete at the varsity and junior varsity levels, while students in grades 7 and 8 compete at the modified level.  There may be some exceptions as junior high students may compete at the varsity level under specific conditions.  

TEAM STARTING SCHEDULE

Fall Sports Teams & Start Dates
Varsity/JV Boys: Cross Country, Golf, Soccer: August 13
Varsity/JV Girls: Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball: August 13
Modified: Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball: August 20

Winter Sports Teams  & Start Dates
Varsity/JV Boys: Basketball, Bowling, Wrestling: November 5
Varsity/JV Girls: Basketball, Bowling, Wrestling: November 5
Modified Boys: Basketball, Wrestling: November 13
Modified Girls:  Basketball, Wrestling: November 13

Spring Sports Teams & Start Dates
Varsity/JV Boys: Baseball, Tennis, Track & Field: March 4
Varsity/JV Girls: Softball, Track & Field: March 4
Modified Boys: Baseball, Track: March 11  
Modified Girls: Softball, Trac: March 11  

SPECTATOR CODE OF CONDUCT

Spectators are an integral part of scholastic sporting events. Spectators should adhere to acceptable standards of good sportsmanship and behavior at all times. In order to promote the fundamentals of good sportsmanship, all spectators are encouraged to follow the Section 2 Sportsmanship Policy, which is posted throughout the gymnasium. They should respect and obey all school officials, supervisors, security, and police at every athletic contest.
All spectators should:
1. Show interest in the contest by cheering and applauding good plays or performance of both their team and that of the opposition.
2. Understand that it is a privilege to observe the contest, not a license to verbally attack the athletes, coaches, or officials.
3. Not make disrespectful remarks toward the players, coaches and/or officials.
4. Follow the rules and requests of officials and faculty supervisors who are there to keep order.
5. Stay off the floor, field, or contest area at all times.
6. Not throw any object at an athlete, coach, official, or other spectator.
7. Respect school property by not causing any damage to equipment and/or facilities.
8. Know that school officials have the right to refuse attendance or remove any spectator that is not behaving properly.
9. Know that New York State law prohibits smoking or the use of alcoholic beverages of any kind on school property. It further prohibits any person under the influence of alcohol to be on school property.
* Any violations of these rules may result in a level I penalty (yellow card) or level II penalty (red card, removal from a contest).

APPENDIX A

Dress for Success Illustrations  are provided in the print-friendly version of this guide. Information included in these illustrations may be found in the Dress Code & Dress for Success in Schoharie section of this guide.

APPENDIX B

Definitions of Positive & Negative Behaviors

APPENDIX C

New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Child Protective Services

New York State Child Protective Services Hotline Number:  1-800-342-3720 or TDD/TTY:  1-800-638-5163

Immediate Danger:  Dial 911
For more information on OCFS, go to http://ocfs.ny.gov/main/cps/

APPENDIX D: HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY

Agriculture: David Marbot
Art: Leah Schaefer
Commerce: Janna O’Leary, Jennifer McClure
English: Thomas Clayton, Amie Hausmann, David Cummins, Marie Krohn, Christina Vincent, Bonnie Snyder (Reading)
Family & Consumer Science: Kim Mattice 
Foreign Language: Lindsay Peterson, Jacklyn Anderson, Erin Kelly
Health: Martin Messner
Technology: Justin Maleszweski
Library: Marion Burghart
Mathematics: Erika Robert, Jamie Davis, Donna Wissenbach, Gabrielle Wasserzug
Music: Cassandra Olin, Carrie Styles, Timothy Solinger
Physical Education: Shane Barton, Tammy Drinon, Martin Messner
Science: John Styles, George Vosburgh, Alex Mackie, Robin Ogilvie, Cheryl Rogers, Cheska Robinson
Social Studies: John Sorady, Ron Mastin, Ed Rivers, David Russell
Special Education: Bonnie Newberry, Lisa Devaren, Barbara Wilson, Brittany Heintz, Mike Dady, Diane Poquette
Psychologists: Kelly Fagnani, Dr. Stacey Alexander-Mann
Technology Coordinators: Lorri Armstrong, Nate Armstrong, Jesse Bloomer
Teaching Assistants: Gail Borst, Michelle Griffin, Sharon Larson, Jenna Sandy, Terri-Ann Jeffrey, Crystal Hartmann, Jean Luniewski
Aides: Doris Crewell, Pam Guest, Lynda Rose, Rachel Hotaling, Shawn VanGasbeck, Liz Lee, Kendra Barra, Kelly Hartzel

APPENDIX E: BELL SCHEDULE

Period #, Regular Schedule
Homeroom / 1: 8:10  – 9:00 (50)
2: 9:03 –  9:43 (40)     
3: 9:46 – 10:26 (40)     
5: 11:12 – 11:52 (40) (11th & 12th Grade Lunch) 
6: 11:55 – 12:35 (40) (7th Grade Lunch 11:55  – 12:15) (8th Grade Lunch 12:15 – 12:35)
7: 12:38 – 1:18 (40) (9th Grade Lunch) 
8: 1:21  –  2:01 (40)     
9: 2:04 – 2:44 (40)

11:30 DISMISSAL
(No lunches served)
Early release days alternate between periods 1-5 and 5-9.
1st & 3rd Day:
Homeroom / 1: 8:10 – 9:00   
Period 2: 9:03 – 9:43   
Period 3: 9:46 – 10:26   
Period 4: 10:29 – 11:09   
Period 5: 11:12 – 11:30   

2nd & 4th Day:
Period 5: 8:10 – 9:00
Period 6: 9:03 – 9:43
Period 7: 9:46 – 10:26
Period 8: 10:29 – 11:09
Period 9: 11:12 – 11:30

1 HOUR LATE
(We will rotate through days 1, 2 and 3, and then back to 1)
1st Day:
Period 2: 9:10  – 9:43
Period 3: 9:46 – 10:26
Period 4: 10:29 – 11:09
Period 5: 11:12 – 11:52
Period 6: 11:55 – 12:35
Period 7: 12:38 –   1:18
Period 8: 1:21 –   2:01
Period 9: 2:04 –   2:44

2nd Day:
Period 1: 9:10  – 9:43
Period 3: 9:46 – 10:26
Period 4: 10:29 – 11:09
Period 5: 11:12 – 11:52
Period 6: 11:55 – 12:35
Period 7: 12:38 –   1:18
Period 8: 1:21 –   2:01
Period 9: 2:04 –   2:44

3rd Day:
Period 1: 9:10  – 9:43
Period 2: 9:46 – 10:26
Period 4: 10:29 – 11:09
Period 5: 11:12 – 11:52
Period 6: 11:55 – 12:35
Period 7: 12:38 –   1:18
Period 8: 1:21 –   2:01
Period 9: 2:04 –   2:44

2 HOURS LATE:
Period 1: 10:10 – 10:44
Period 2: 10:47 – 11:14
Period 3: 11:17 – 11:44 PM BOCES Lunch
Period 4: 11:47 – 12:14 
Period 5: 12:17 – 12:44
Period 6: 12:47 – 1:14
Period 7: 1:17 – 1:44
Period 8: 1:47 – 2:14
Period 9: 2:17 – 2:44

Career & Technical Education Schedule
Schoharie CTE
A.M. Session departs SCS campus 8:20 a.m., arrives back at SCS 11:15 a.m.
P.M. Session departs SCS campus 11:40 a.m., arrives back at SCS 2:35 p.m.
All Day departs SCS campus 8:20 a.m., arrives back at SCS 2:35 p.m.
Albany CTE
A.M. Session departs SCS campus 7:15 a.m., arrives back at SCS 11:40 a.m.
P.M. Session departs SCS campus 9:45 a.m., arrives back at SCS 2:30 p.m.
All Day departs SCS campus 7:15 a.m., arrives back at SCS 2:30 p.m.
Note: Pick-up times for individual students vary depending on location. Times are approximate.