2016-2017 DCHS Handbook
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TO THE STUDENTS OF DCJ/SHS
I would like to welcome you to Decatur Community Junior/Senior High School. You are a vital part of our school family. Your attendance and performance is crucial to your future and our community.
The handbook is designed to assist with communicating to students and parents important issues, whether they are required by law, regulation, Board Policy, or practice. All provisions set forth in this handbook are intended to be and shall be regulations for student conduct. The handbook and all provisions are adopted and approved each year for the purpose of defining minimum expectations for student conduct and to ensure that the school is maintained for the best possible environment for learning and creating a climate that will ensure a safe and orderly environment for you to be successful. I encourage you to set high expectations of achievement and strive to accomplish these expectations by being Responsible, Respectful, and Resourceful.
Your junior/senior high school years will provide you with many lifelong experiences that will shape your future. You determine that future. As educators, we are here to help guide you and provide the necessary means to get you where you want to go. I encourage you to be an active participant and take pride in your educational accomplishments and school activities. The success of our school is directly affected by your actions. Don’t expect someone else to do this for you. You will have lots of fun and success as a Red Devil. Remember, you must set your own goals and values. You will soon be the future of our society.
I am looking forward to a great year and to the opportunity to get to know you and watch you grow into a young adult. My door is always open so feel free to stop in any time.
Education is the door to the future.
You are the future.
Benjamin Jimenez, Principal
Decatur Community Junior/Senior High School
READ THIS MATERIAL CAREFULLY
The administration of Decatur Community Junior/Senior High School tries to keep rules and regulations simple and few. Special school activities and minor difficulties are handled by the Student Councils making it unnecessary to cover all activities with regulations.
HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL
In the year 1887-1888, a three-year high school course was started with the following subjects being offered: Arithmetic, Algebra, Physiology, Ancient History, English, and Chemistry. The first graduating class was in 1889 with eight members graduating.
Decatur County High School was established in 1903 and remained the same until 1923 when the legislature passed a law abolishing the County High School and establishing the Community High School in its place.
The first high school building was built in 1906, and an addition was built to this building in 1921. In 1937 the school district voted bonds and secured PWA assistance for a modern new high school building. At a cost of $242,000, Oberlin was inviting its high school students to one of the finest buildings in northwest Kansas.
With the school year opening in 1969, a new era of education at Decatur Community High School was launched. In March of 1965, the community voted to modernize the educational offering. Highlighting the addition were several classrooms with special emphasis on a modern science unit, gymnasium, cafeteria, and library.
In 1977 the new Vocational Agriculture Building was completed. The Vocational Department was moved to this building, and Industrial Arts expanded into the Vocational shop.
In 1982 the new Smick Field Stadium was completed. Approximately a thousand people can sit in the stadium, and it is complete with restrooms, press box, concession stand, and storage for track equipment and school grounds and maintenance equipment.
This is all part of your school placed here by the efforts of the taxpayers because they believe you will use it to help prepare you to make a contribution to yourself, your community, and your country.
SCHOOL ANTHEM SCHOOL SONG
Nestled in the Sappa Valley, (Tune: Go U Northwestern)
Lies our county seat.
Here is found our dear old high school Go you Red Devils,
Where young people meet. Fight right thru that line
With the colors flying
Meet that they may get a blessing, We will cheer you
Also learn to bless. All the time--
By the strength obtained in learning, Rah, Rah, Rah
Go you Red Devils,
We are proud of old Decatur Fight for victory--
And our County School Fight for the fame
For the years passed here in study, of our fair name
Will the future rule. Go you Devils, win that game-
Some may win, ‘tis true, without it, Go you Devils win that game
But we make a guess Go Devils Go
That they lose by not attending Go you Devils win that game
At DCHS. Go Devils Go
Hit ‘em high, Hit ‘em low
Then hurrah for Alma Mater Go Devils Go
May she live and grow
Till a hundred thousand classes
From her portals go.
And in future on life’s pathway,
May we meet success
And review our happy school days
UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT #294 MISSION STATEMENT
Provide a supportive learning environment for all students.
Instill in students the knowledge and skill for success.
Expect excellence from all.
DECATUR COMMUNITY JUNIOR/SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL TOUCHSTONE
S-kills for Success
DECATUR COMMUNITY JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY
We believe our purpose is to provide each student the opportunity to a quality education in a stimulating atmosphere and environment, which is conducive to learning. We encourage an awareness of education as an essential and continuing process toward successful living.
We believe that every student shall have full opportunity to take advantage of the facilities, professional instruction, and student activities provided--for involvement within the school leads to involvement within the community.
We believe in the acceptance of each student into the educational program and the guiding of each toward the realization of inherent potentialities in order to encourage continuing adjustments to life.
We believe in continuous evaluation and improvement of the program of education to meet the needs of each student of our community in an ever-changing society.
We further believe that the educational program is as strong as the community it serves; therefore, the patrons must be encouraged to work cooperatively with the school in assuming responsibilities and interests which contribute to the physical, mental, and social development of the entire school family.
STUDENT EXIT OUTCOMES
· All students will demonstrate and apply academic and technical skills.
· All students will exercise good citizenship in a democratic society.
· All students will show independent thinking and cooperative problem-solving skills in academic and life situations.
· All students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
· All students will realize the value of continued learning to meet career and personal goals in a changing society.
· All students will develop an appreciation of creative, recreational, and cultural opportunities for the enhancement of life.
· All students will develop the skills necessary to maintain mental, emotional, and physical well-being.
· All students will develop the skills necessary to maintain mental, emotional, and physical well-being
Students will not be admitted into the building before or after designated hours unless they have special work to be done with a faculty member who is present and is in charge. The following is the time schedule:
7:50 a.m. Students report to cafeteria or hall by cafeteria until the first bell (library is open M, W, F for study hall)
8:00 - 8:10 a.m. Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria. Teachers will be in rooms or by doors of their rooms. Students may go to classrooms for conferences.
8:00 a.m. First Bell
8:05 a.m. Warning Bell
8:10 - 8:56 First Period
9:00 - 9:46 Second Period
9:50 – 10:10 Seminar
10:14 – 11:00 Third Period
11:04 – 11:50 Fourth Period
11:54 – 1:10 *Fifth Period & Closed Noon Hour
1:14 – 2:00 Sixth Period
2:04 – 2:50 Seventh Period
2:54 – 3:40 Eighth Period
3:44 – 4:15 Penalty Period
*The noon lunch period starts at 11:50 a.m. Students will observe the closed noon hour and may bring sack lunches from home (no beverages), which will be eaten in the cafeteria during the assigned lunch periods.
OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS/VOCATIONAL EDUCATION GUIDELINES
Civil Rights Comprehensive Notification for
Oberlin Unified School District No. 294
In compliance with the Executive Order 11246; Title II of the Education Amendments of 1976; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972; Title IX Regulation Implementing Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and all other Federal, State, School rules, laws, regulations, and policies, the Oberlin Unified School District No. 294 shall not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, or handicap in the educational programs or activities which it operates.
It is our intent to comply with both the letter and spirit of the law in making certain that discrimination does not exist in its policies, regulations, and operations. Grievance procedures for Title IX and Section 504 have been established for students, their parents, and employees who feel discrimination has been shown by the local education agency.
Specific complaints of alleged discrimination under Title IX (sex) and Section 504 (handicap) should be referred to:
TITLE IX COORDINATOR SECTION 504 COORDINATORS
Mr. Dorshorst Brenda Breth & Sheila Jansonius
131 E. Commercial 605 E. Commercial & 201 W. Ash
(785) 475-3805 (785) 475-2231 & (785) 475-2122
Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504 complaints may also be filed with the Regional Office for Civil Rights. Address correspondence to:
U. S. Department of Education, Region VII
Office for Civil Rights
10220 North Executive Hills Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64153
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT
On November 20, 1974, The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 became law. Under this law the parents of students enrolled in any educational institution receiving federal funds are given certain rights concerning the school records of their children.
The following rights are accorded to parents under this Act:
1. You are entitled to have access to your child’s school records upon request. This request should be directed to the custodian of the school records in question. Access must be granted to you within 45 days after receipt of the request by said custodian.
2. The school district will follow the following procedures in granting access by parents to student’s records:
a. Parents of students under age 18 and students over age 18 shall have access to the student’s education records by requesting an appointment to examine the records. The custodian of student records or his/her designated representative must be present to explain the records at the time of examination.
3. The parents’ rights of access shall include:
a. The right to be provided a list of the types of educational records which are maintained by the institution and are directly related to their children;
b. The right to inspect and review the content of those records;
c. The right to obtain copies of those records, which may be at the expense of the parent or the eligible student but not to exceed the actual cost to the school district of reproducing such copies;
d. The right to a response from the district to reasonable request for explanations and interpretations of those records;
e. The right to an opportunity for a hearing to challenge the content of those records; and
f. If any material or document in the educational record of a student includes information on more than one student, the right to inspect and review only such part of such material or document as relates to such student or to be informed of the specific information contained in such part of such material.
4. Right to hearing to challenge of your children’s educational record:
a. To insure records are not inaccurate, misleading, inappropriate, or in violation of the privacy of the student and
b. To insert into the record a written explanation respecting the content of the record.
5. The school district will follow the following procedures where a parent desires to challenge the content of a student’s educational record:
a. Right to Challenge. In order to provide an opportunity to correct or possibly delete any recorded information on students, each record custodian shall provide parents or eligible students the opportunity to challenge, correct, delete, or add to a student’s educational record. A dispute regarding a student’s record should be settled informally if possible. A formal hearing may be necessary when informal discussion is not satisfactory to the parent or eligible student.
b. Procedure for Challenging. Whenever a student’s educational record cannot be corrected or amended to the satisfaction of the parent or eligible student through informal means, a formal hearing may be requested. The request shall be made on a form prescribed by the record custodian and delivered to the Superintendent of Schools. The Superintendent of Schools shall acknowledge the request, establish a time and place for the hearing, notify the parents or eligible student and school officials of same, conduct the hearing within thirty (30) calendar days of the receipt of the request, and render a decision in writing within ten (10) days after the hearing. The parent of eligible student shall have full and fair opportunity to present evidence relevant to the disputed content of the educational record.
6. Before any school records will be released to third parties who have requested copies of your child’s school records, you must give your written consent to said release. This written consent must be presented to the custodian of said records before they are released. The written consent must include the following:
a. The specific records to be released;
b. The reason for such release;
c. The name of the part and/or agency to whom the records will be released; and
d. Notification to you that you may receive a copy of the student’s records to be released, if you desire a copy at reproduction cost.
NOTICE TO PARENTS AND STUDENTS OF RIGHTS UNDER THE
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)
Under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) parents of students and eligible students (those who are 18 or older) are afforded various rights with regard to educational records, which are kept and maintained by USD #294. In accordance with FERPA, you are required to be notified of those rights which include:
1. The right to review and inspect all of your educational records, except those whose are specifically exempted.
2. The right to prevent disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in your educational records to other persons with certain limited exceptions. Disclosure of information from your educational records to others persons will occur only if:
a. we have prior written consent for disclosure;
b. the information is considered “directory information” and you have not objected to the release of such information; or
c. disclosure without consent is permitted by law.
3. The right to request that your educational records be amended if you believe that the records are misleading, inaccurate, or otherwise in violation of your rights. This right includes the right to request a hearing at which you may present evidence to show why the record should be changed if your request for an amendment to your records is denied in the first instance.
4. The right to file a complaint with the Family Policy and Regulations Office at the U.S. Department of Education if you believe that USD #294 has failed to comply with FERPA’s requirements. The address of this office is:
400 Maryland Avenue SW, MES, Room 4074, Washington, D.C. 20202.
You have the right to obtain a copy of USD #294’s policies for complying with FERPA. A copy may be obtained from: Mr. Dorshorst, 131 East Commercial, Oberlin, KS 67749.
For purposes of FERPA, USD #294 has designated certain information contained in educational records as directory information, which may be disclosed for any purpose without your consent. The following information is considered directory information: name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previously attended school, class designation, major field of study, and photographs.
You have a right to refuse to permit the designation of any or all of the above information as directory information. If you refuse, you must file written notification to this effect to: USD #294, 131 East Commercial, Oberlin, KS 67749. If a refusal is not filed, USD #294 assumes that there is no objection to the release of the directory information designated.
NOTICE CONCERNING DISCLOSURE OF STUDENT RECRUITING INFORMATION
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires Decatur Community Junior/Senior High School to provide military recruiters and institutions of higher education access to secondary school students’ names, addresses, and telephone listings. Parents and secondary students have the right to request that Decatur Community Junior/Senior High School not provide this information (i.e., not provide the student’s name, address, and telephone listing) to military recruiters or institutions of higher education, without their prior written consent. Decatur Community Junior/Senior High School will comply with any such request.
NOTICE CONCERNING STAFF QUALIFICATIONS
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 gives parents the right to get information about the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers. Upon request, Decatur Community Junior/Senior High School will give parents the following information about their child’s classroom teacher.
· Whether the teacher has met State qualifications and licensing criteria for the grade levels and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
· Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or provisional teaching certificate.
· The baccalaureate degree major of the teacher. You may also get information about other graduate certification or degrees held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree.
We will also, upon request, tell parents whether their child is being provided services by a paraprofessional and, if so, the qualifications of the paraprofessional.
The request for information should be made to an administrator in your child’s school building. The information will be provided to you in a timely manner. Finally, Decatur Community Junior/Senior High School will give timely notice to you if your child has been assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by, a teacher who does not meet the requirements of the Act.
The Schools in USD 294 have developed a Crisis Plan that is designed to minimize danger to anyone occupying a school should an emergency occur. Our main objective is to care for the health and welfare of students in the event of a crisis.
In most emergencies, the student will remain and be cared for at the school he/she attends. In the rare event of an emergency, affecting the school the student attends, that prohibits re-entry to the building (such as broken gas or water main, a fire or toxic chemical spill) students will be transported via school transportation to a safe location.
We ask that you follow this procedure if you hear of any school emergency:
1. Turn on your radio or television. We will keep the media informed of any emergency.
2. Please do NOT telephone the school. We have limited phone lines. These MUST be used to respond to the emergency.
3. Please do NOT come to the school unless requested to pick up your child at school. Any emergency involving your child’s school may mean emergency vehicles and workers must be able to get to the building. If the emergency necessitates relocation of staff and students you will be informed via the media.
ADMINISTRATION AND STAFF
Duane Dorshorst, USD #294 Superintendent
Benjamin M. Jimenez, DCJ/SHS Principal
Joe Dreher, Activities Director
Vickie Lipplemann, USD #294 Clerk of the Board
Pam Simonsson, USD #294 Secretary
Melissa Dreher, DCJ/SHS Secretary
Natawnya Garner, DCJ/SHS Secretary
SCHOOL HEALTH NURSE
Brenda Breth, Counselor
CUSTODIANS FOOD SERVICE
Kenny Black, Head Marilyn Diederich, Manager
DCJ/SHS FACULTY DEPARTMENT ROOM NUMBER
James Austin Instrumental Music 158
Brenda Breth Language Arts/Guidance 207-209
Tim Breth Mathematics/Physical Education 113
Mark Bricker Science 202
Carol Brown Spanish 208
Pat Dorshorst Mathematics 101, 105
Joe Dreher P.E. /Athletic Director Gym/Office
Brandon Gehring PE/Health Gym
Linda Glaze Media Specialist 119
Caleb Howland Science 203
Jason Ketterl Vocational Agriculture Vo Ag
Janell Marchello JH/SH Language Arts 212
Marlene Moxter FACS/JH Social Studies 205
Susan Nelson Vocal Music 154
Wendy Scott Mathematics/Computers 107
Ladd Wendelin JH/SH Language Arts 110
Trevor Williams Social Studies 118
Josh Williby Industrial Arts 103
Gina Witt Interrelated Classroom 111
Terri Woolsey Art B100
OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL
All matters needing individual attention for students in junior/senior high school should be taken up with the Principal. Conferences with students or parents are welcome throughout the year.
OFFICE OF THE ACTIVITIES DIRECTOR
All matters needing individual attention for students in junior/senior high school activities should be taken up with the Activities Directors. To best serve you, Mr. Dreher requests that you make an appointment with the school secretary when you wish to confer with them.
Students are urged to cooperate in securing orderly passing in the building and a quiet-orderly building in which to work during class periods.
End of Period
Students will not be excused from classes before the bell rings. The end of the period is a symbol for the teacher, not the students. Teachers dismiss students.
Faculty & Staff
Address the faculty and staff as Miss, Mrs., Ms., Mr., or Coach.
The school has a right to expect that a student’s attitude toward others be courteous and respectful. Displaying affection in public places indicates poor manners. Remember, both your school and you are judged by your actions.
Watch your speech. Your language should always be such as becomes a lady or a gentleman. Correct English is necessary to express one self and to communicate with others. The school is a good place to develop clean and proper use of the English language. This is also true on the athletic field, on the campus, and in the building. Foul language will not be permitted.
Loitering after School
Students are to leave the building at the completion of the school day, unless they are directly involved in activities or under a teacher’s supervision. Students in sports activities will leave directly through the south doors after practice. Students are expected to bring their homework or school project to their practice locker with them. Students will not be permitted to go to their lockers during home activities.
Off Limits to Students
Basement stairways - except to Art room
Passing in Halls
Keep to the right as you pass in the halls. Do not run, shuffle, whistle, or talk in a loud voice.
Students are not to be in the halls during class period unless they have a properly signed hall pass. Hall passes are to be kept to a minimum.
Students are NOT to leave the building or grounds without a properly signed “PERMIT TO LEAVE THE BUILDING” Pass. This includes the signature of the teacher. On making a request, REMEMBER you must sign OUT and IN at the office. Students must also have a signed permission form on file in the office.
Smoking and Chewing Tobacco
Smoking and chewing of tobacco are prohibited any place about the building or on campus. Students in possession of tobacco will be issued ISS and police authorities will be contacted for ticketing
USD #294 SUSPENSION-EXPULSION PROCEDURES
Although various other types of behavior or activities may result in suspension or expulsion, the following are specifically prohibited by a student on the school premises by the Board of Education of the Unified School District No. 294:
· Refusal to obey a direct order of a teacher or other adult school employee
· Make threatening remarks or gestures to any teacher, school employee, or
· Use of profane or obscene language
· Participating in acts of violence or extortion
· Exerting unauthorized control over the property of another
· Possession or use of lethal, threatening, or disruptive items or paraphernalia within the school system
· Possession or use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs (other than patent medicines or those prescribed by a physician) on school premises
· Fighting or attempting to provoke others to fight, blocking normal movement of student traffic, or participating in any activity which results in a disturbance of the normal traffic patterns of a normal school environment.
· Create or participate in any other dangerous or disruptive situations
· Habitually absent from school, assigned school classes, or required school
· Substitute teachers are often in the building. Students referred to the office by a substitute teacher could be subject to ISS if the classroom teacher notifies the office of a major disruption upon return.
· Leaving the school building and grounds during the school day without obtaining office permission.
· Possession of weapons as defined by Kansas State Law at school or on school grounds.
Attendance is vital to the success of students in their classroom achievement. When students are absent, they miss vital instruction that cannot be recreated. Make-up work cannot take the place of having been in the classroom when the class discussion and learning activities were taking place. Attendance is not only important now, but it will also be important in the working world later in the student’s life.
When a student is absent from school, parents are requested to notify the school by 8:30 a.m. Written notes will be accepted from parents who do not call in if the note accompanies the student on the DAY OF RETURN or PRIOR to the planned absence. Missing class without such notice is considered to be an absence without parental and school approval. Such absences will be considered unexcused.
After personal absence a student must get a make-up slip from the office and present it to each of his/her teachers upon return to class. Students are responsible for asking the teacher for any missed assignments and completing it. The due date is determined by the teacher.
EXCUSED AND UNEXCUSED ABSENCES
Excused absences are illness, disability caused by an accident, funerals, medical and legal appointments, or other justifiable causes as determined by the principal. All other absences are unexcused. Personal business and personal grooming appointments are considered unexcused absences. Unexcused absences will result in ISS. If in doubt about how an absence will be classified, request a determination from the principal in advance. Students may miss 6 days a semester with parent excused absence. Doctor excused absences with a doctor’s note do not count against those days. After a total of 6 days have been accumulated a doctor note will be required for the day to count as an excused absence. Any unexcused absence over the 6-day mark could result in ISS. Each day unexcused will result in loss of credit for the day and will be reported to the county attorney when legally bound. Seniors in jeopardy of exceeding days excused may result in loss of graduation ceremony privileges.
EARLY DISMISSAL DUE TO WEATHER
In the case of inclement weather during the school day, District 294 may dismiss students from school early. Notification will be sent out to parents at least two hours ahead of dismissal in these situations. Any parents unable to pick up their child are responsible for notifying the office. A staff member will be available for supervision in the case of emergencies until regular release time.
Electronic notification will be sent out through text, email, and phone (when an emergency or cancellation) to parents preferred contacts.
MAKE-UP WORK CREDIT
Students are responsible for make-up work when they are gone. They will have the day gone plus one for each day missed at a maximum of one week unless arrangements have been made with the school counselor or principal(Ex. miss Friday- Make up work due Tuesday before class, miss Friday and Monday- Make up work due Thursday before class). If the absence is unexcused, make up work is due upon return regardless of days missed (ex. miss 1 day-due the day you get back). Any unexcused work past that deadline for unexcused is a zero. Work will not be furnished unless requested by the office or if the student has a make-up slip which will identify excused or unexcused.
Students who miss school due to school activities and events (sporting events, field trips, band/vocal, FFA, Speech, Scholar Bowl, etc.) are not considered absent. However, the student must get the assigned make up work before leaving for the activity or event and have the work completed by the due date determined by the teacher. Failure to have the work completed by the determined date could result in loss of credit for the assignment. Students need to get an activity make-up sheet from the office prior to their activity.
Students desiring to visit a college or vo-tech with the plans of attending will be excused two days, provided they make arrangements with the counselor, provide parental notification prior to the visitation day, request a make-up-slip, and complete the assignments before the absence. The next school day after the visit, students must return the guidance counselor’s college visitation form. If forms are not returned, the absence will be unexcused.
LEAVING THE CAMPUS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
(See Excused Absences)
Students who have to leave the campus during the school day for excused appointments must have administrative and parent’s/guardian’s permission, and they must report to the office and sign out before leaving the building. Failure to receive permission and sign out in the office before leaving will be considered an unexcused absence. If a student needs to leave campus for doctor’s appointments or legal matters during the school day, the student must have an excuse in advance from his/her parent or guardian or call parents to get permission. The student shall obtain a pass from the office and sign out upon leaving and sign in upon returning. Leaving school without permission will be classified as an unexcused absence. Students will not be excused to leave school due to equipment needs, forgetfulness, or personal appointments during the school day.
MAKE-UP ASSIGNMENT SHEETS
Make-up assignment sheets may be requested for a student who is absent from school. Contact the school secretary before 10:00 a.m. of the day of the absence. This will allow sufficient time for the teachers to prepare and return the sheets to the office. Office personnel will collect textbooks from the student’s locker. Make-up assignments may be picked up after 3 p.m. Unexcused absences will have work furnished but credit is up to the teacher.
Students are expected to report to each class with the necessary books and materials at the scheduled time. Teachers may assign students to Penalty Period for excessive tardiness, to make up time for unexcused absences, and failure to complete homework on time. Make up-time will increase with repeat offenders.
Students who are tardy first period must report to the office to get a pass. After 3 tardies students will be assigned to 15-minute penalty period. Make up time will increase with the 4th and 5th tardy to 30 minutes. After 6 tardies ISS will be issued for each tardy. This will be on a semester basis. If students fail to sign back in through the office, they will be counted absent for the remainder of the day or until they sign in. Students will be recorded as unexcused instead of tardy if they arrive to class 20 minutes after the start of the period. (see attendance)
Truancy is defined by state law. Every child who has reached the age of seven years and is under the age of sixteen years is required to attend continuously every school year. Students 13 and under shall be reported to the local office of Social Rehabilitation Services (SRS), and students over 13 shall be reported to the county attorney if it is determined he/she is truant. Truancy is reported for 3 unexcused absences in a row, 5 unexcused absences in a semester, and/or 7 unexcused absences in a year. Parents will be notified by telephone (if possible) and mail.
Penalty period meets in the room of the supervising teacher at the end of each school day from 3:40 to 4:15. Supervision of this period is assigned to teachers by the principal.
Students are assigned to the penalty period through the office only. They are assigned because of excessive tardiness, discipline, or making up time for unexcused absences, and failure to complete homework on time. The teacher may retain students after school, in some cases, but it will remain the responsibility of the teacher who asked the student to remain as to who will supervise the student. If the student fails to attend penalty period the day it was assigned, the amount of time will be doubled and the day reassigned. If the student still fails to attend the reassigned penalty period, he/she will be assigned a 1 day in-school suspension. Students who ride the bus will be assigned the next day, if their parents cannot be notified and arrangements made that day for the student to stay.
During penalty period, the student is to study. No talking or moving around unless given permission by the supervising teacher.
Students in ISS/OSS may not participate or practice in any extracurricular activities for the day it was issued or the weekend if issued on Friday. The coach may choose to suspend the student for a longer period if deemed necessary. Homework issued in ISS/OSS must be made up the day it was issued for credit. Student will lose any participation points for the day ISS/OSS is issued. When a student has OSS, the guardians are responsible for picking up work from the office at the end of the day it was issued. The work must be complete the day of return if their child would like to receive credit. Tests can be made up upon return.
Academic dishonesty (as in cheating and plagiarism) is not acceptable. Cheating includes copying another student’s work (such as homework, class work, or test answers) as one’s own. Plagiarism is the use of another person’s original ideas or writing without giving credit to the true author. A student who engages in any form of academic dishonesty will be subject to the loss of credit for the work in question and possible failure of the course. Parents will be contacted by the teacher.
U.S.D 294 Board of Education prohibits bullying in any form either by any student, staff member, or parent towards a student or by a student, staff member, or parent towards a staff member on or while using school property, in a school vehicle, any school -sponsored activity or event, or cyber-bullying that effects the school day. For the purposes of this policy, the term “bullying” shall have the meaning ascribed to it in Kansas law.
Bullying is defined as:
Any repeated intentional gesture or intentional written, verbal, or physical act or threat that is sufficiently severe or pervasive that creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student or staff member that a reasonable person, under the circumstances, knows or should know will have the effect of:
It is considered the responsibility of all school staff members and students to report acts of bullying to a member of the school staff or administration as designated.
- Building Principal
- School Counselor
- Classroom Teacher-Forwarded to Counselor or Principal
- School Para- Forwarded to teacher- Forwarded to Counselor or Principal
All such reports are to be taken seriously by the party designated by the policy to receive such reports. The school staff or administrators will support students and coworkers making such reports and protect against any potential retaliation for making such a report.
Students and staff making prompt, accurate, and thorough reports, either verbally or in writing will have those reports recorded by the staff receiving them. An investigation to determine the facts will take place immediately or as soon as practical, in order to verify the validity and seriousness of the report.
Filing a report in good faith will not reflect upon the individual’s status, nor will it affect his or her grades or employment status by the district if the complaint is an adult staff member. The district shall keep the complaint confidential for both the accused and the accuser, until such time as the misconduct is confirmed and sanctions are imposed.
Sanctions and Support:
Programs designated to prevent bullying behavior; redirect students from continuing to bully and to support both victims of bullies and the bullies themselves shall be adopted. These Programs take many forms and include classroom activities and instruction.
Where it is determined that students participated in bullying behavior in violation of the policy, the school district staff responsible for maintaining order and discipline may take disciplinary action including suspension, expulsion, and referral to law enforcement officials for possible legal action.
Employees found to have participated in bullying behavior or having become aware that bullying was taking place and failed to report the behavior, are considered to be in violation of the prohibition expressed by the policy. They may be subject to disciplinary action consistent with the collective bargaining agreement or disciplinary action established by policy or practice.
Disclosure and Public Reporting:
Notification to all parties subject to this policy defining and prohibiting bullying shall be made annually. A summary of the policy will be incorporated into student and employee handbooks.
Data on the number and types of reports made under this prohibition, the results of investigations undertaken to verify the details made in complaints, and the sanctions imposed for incidents found to be violation of the same are to be kept on an annual aggregated basis. No individuals, either complainants or violators, will be named in such reports.
The Board of Education believes there is a close relationship between proper dress, good grooming, and student conduct. In an endeavor to promote a desirable learning situation within the schools, the Board has authorized guidelines for student grooming and dress. The Board of Education further believes proper student grooming and dress are primarily the responsibility of the student and their parents.
We at Decatur Community Junior/Senior High School believe in preparing students for a successful future. Dressing appropriately for different occasions is a part of that success. Appropriate school attire promotes self-respect and school pride. The following attire will not be worn by DCJ/SHS students during school hours or at home activities:
· Caps, hats, or bandanas (male and female) Hats are not permitted in the building or other buildings if attending a school related event.
· Wind pants, sweat pants, pajama pants, athletic shorts (except for P.E. classes), and slippers
· Halter tops, spaghetti straps, low-cut shirts, mesh shirts, or bare midriff tops
· Indiscreet low-cut or low-slung pants (sagging), tights and leggings without a fingertip all-around over garment, bras and other undergarments must not be visible.
· Shirts advertising alcohol, drugs, tobacco, suggestive or inappropriate topics
· Un-hemmed shorts or cutoffs, holes in jeans must be below the fingertip rule
· Shorts or skirts shorter than extended “fingertip length”
· Gang attire, such as chains or accessories that could be used for weapons
· A student who is sent to the office for inappropriate attire will be issued appropriate clothes from the office collection of clothing.
· Hair must be kept out of the eyes.
· Coats may not be worn in class unless requested or approved by the teacher.
· Headphones, cell phones, Ipods, or other technology devices are not to be worn or seen in the hallways or classroom.
This dress code also applies to school trips and school functions where students are representing our school.
Exceptions to this code for health reasons must be cleared through the principal. Students will be asked to put on appropriate attire immediately. Failure to comply with the request will result in the student being brought to the Principal’s office where the students will be given a shirt to wear. Refusal to wear the shirt will result in an In-School Suspension. Continued infractions of the dress code may result in suspension.
The office follows a policy of delivering messages rather than calling students to the telephone during school hours. Students should not ask to use the telephone during class time unless the call is an emergency.
Students will be permitted to use the telephone in the office before and after school hours. Calls should be limited to three minutes. If a teacher feels a student must use the phone for class business, the teacher must provide the student a pass and reason for using the phone during their class time. Classroom phones are not for students’ use.
STUDENT CELL PHONE POLICY
1. Students shall not use personal cell phones during the school day including lunch period or when actively involved in school activities before or after school. Cell phones should be turned “off” during these times. Cell phones should not be visible during the students’ school day from 8:00-3:40; however, USD 294 will not be responsible for the loss or theft of cell phones on school property. Any cellphones visible in pockets or out will be confiscated. Cellphones need to be locked in lockers or in your vehicle.
2. Students found in violation of the above guidelines on first offense will have phone confiscated and parents called and phone will only be returned to parents. The second offense will result in an In-School Suspension, and all subsequent offenses will result in an out-of-school suspension.
3. Cell phone use by students while riding on regular school bus routes to and from school is not allowed as this time is considered part of the school day. Cell phones should be shut “off” while riding the bus to and from school.
4. Cell phones may be used by students on activity trips out of town, unless prohibited by the bus driver or sponsors involved. Picture phones are not allowed during activity trips due to the flash that distracts the drivers. Students should remember, however, that the use of cell phones is a privilege and not a right, and they are encouraged to be respectful of those around them. Students should have cell phones turned “off” when participating in school activities such as athletic events, performances, etc.
5. Trip sponsors may ask students carrying cell phones to provide their cell phone numbers in order to facilitate safety and communication during trips. However, students are not required to provide their cell phone numbers to sponsors.
6. USD 294 will not be responsible for the loss or theft of cell phones while on school trips or during the school day.
7. Cell phones are strictly prohibited in restrooms and locker rooms both in USD #294 schools and any school at which we are visitors.
8. Students who intentionally create messages (picture, video, text, or voicemail) that violate the school’s code of conduct (such as messages that are pornographic, threatening, rude, discriminatory, or meant to harass) will be subject to immediate disciplinary action and may be referred to the proper authorities for criminal violations.
No personal electronic devices are allowed from 8:00-3:40. The school is not responsible for these devices if students bring them to school and they come up missing. If a student brings them to class, they will be confiscated and brought to the office. They will only be released to parents or guardians of the student involved. Earphones may not be worn or visible in the hallway during school hours. Please refer to the Chromebook policy for care and procedures.
The library is open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. each school day. The library is a research and study center. It is imperative that quietness be maintained at all times. Rules and regulations governing the use of the library are as follows:
· Students are not to go behind the counter or in the workroom, office, or AV room.
· The individual to whom books are checked out is responsible for the books to be returned to the library.
· Books are checked out for a period of two weeks and may be renewed for two additional weeks.
· Reserve books or assignments will be put on reserve by request of various instructors for particular units and may be obtained during library hours. If reserve books are checked out overnight, special arrangements must be made with the librarian.
· Current magazines will remain in the library. Back issues may be checked out for a period of two weeks.
· The library is not to be scheduled for activities unless the principal has given prior approval.
The use of the Internet is a privilege, and inappropriate use will result in suspension and/or cancellation of this privilege. The underlying purpose of the Internet is to support research and education by providing access to unique resources. The use of Internet must be in support of the educational objectives of DCJ/SHS. Students are reminded that the Internet is a worldwide system of computer connections. Students are responsible for determining the reliability and authenticity of the information collected and used in educational reports. Students should keep in mind that when they use the school Internet connection, they are entering a global community, and any actions taken by them will reflect upon not only the individual but also the school system. Rules and regulations will be posted in all computer labs and the library. Students who violate the guidelines and DCJ/SHS Network/Internet Student Contract will lose their access as stated in the contract.
Downloading Copyrighted Materials (ECH)
Students and staff shall not download copyrighted materials without prior, written permission obtained from the author or creator of the material in question. See ECH for “fair use exceptions” which may allow for limited use of copyrighted materials.
Because students come and go at different times, each student coming to the library from a class, or homeroom should have a pass. The pass should have the student’s name and should be from the teacher who has given the student the assignment or project that they need to complete for their class. This pass should be in the student’s possession prior to coming to tutor or homeroom.
“No talking” and “quiet” are the policies of the library. Permission from the Librarian is required for students to work together on projects. Students who cannot concur with library rules may have their library privileges taken from them.
Students shall have no expectation of privacy when using district e-mail or computer systems. E-mail messages shall be used only for approved educational purposes.
Students must use appropriate language in all messages. Students are expected to use the system following guidelines approved by teachers or the administration.
Any e-mail, computer applications, information in district computers, or computer systems is subject to monitoring by the staff and/or administration. The school retains the right to duplicate any information created by students in a computer system or on any individual computer. All students and their parent/guardian must sign the DCJ/SHS Network/Internet Student Contract to obtain permission to use the district network. Students who violate the contract, or any other classroom rules relating to computer use, are subject to loss of access as stated in the contract and disciplinary action up to and including suspension from school.
Lockers will be assigned to students at enrollment. It is not permitted for students to share lockers. School discipline will be issued for sharing lockers. The lockers assigned must not be traded and must be kept locked at all times. Lockers are the property of the district and will be inspected by the administration when necessary to maintain the integrity of the school environment or to protect other students. Students should lock their lockers for their own protection and should have no expectations for privacy of the lockers or items in the lockers. The school is not responsible for items left in the lockers. Students are responsible for neatness and appearance. Students may store water bottles in their lockers. Other drinks will not be permitted. Only approved decorations may be placed on lockers. Decorations on the inside may only have magnets and masking tape will only be allowed on the outside of the lockers.
Backpacks and handbags/purses are to be stored in the lockers at the morning bell and should remain there until the end of the school day. No backpacks and handbags/purses are to be taken into the classrooms.
SEARCHES ON SCHOOL PROPERTY
Student lockers may be searched at any time. According to federal law, school lockers are the property of the school district. Student searches and vehicle searches are permitted under federal law if the school has reasonable suspicion to do a search. Any material found can be turned over to the police to be used as evidence. The school will conduct searches through the administration.
Student visitors are not permitted in the building during school time unless it is a parent or grandparent. Visitors must be checked in through the office and cleared with the principal.
Care is taken to see that a student does not remain in school when he/she becomes ill, shows signs of rash or sore throat, or has a temperature above 99.6. A member of the school staff or the student will contact his/her guardian when he/she becomes ill.
If a student is unable to attend school because of illness, that student will not be able to participate in any school activity on that day. A student must be in school from 11:54 a.m. to the end of school to participate in an activity or practice that he/she intends to be a participant. A student should be free of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and fever for 24 hours before returning to school.
The Kansas State Law requires the following immunizations prior to school entrance:
· Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus (DTaP): 5 doses required. Four doses acceptable if dose 4 given on or after the 4th birthday. A single dose of Tdap required at grades 7-12th if no previous history of Tdap vaccination regardless if interval since the last Td vaccine.
· Poliomyelitis (IPV/OPV): 4 doses required. Three doses acceptable with one dose required after age 4 regardless of the number of previous doses, with a 6-month minimum interval from the previous dose.
· Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR): 2 doses required
· Hepatitis B: 3 doses required through grade 12th
· Varicella (chickenpox): 2 doses required for grades K-12th,
unless history of disease documented by a licensed physician or county
The Decatur County Health Department at 902 West Columbia can give these by appointment by calling 785-475-8118.
In accordance with Senate Bill 575 (KSA 72-5211), immunization law also requires:
· Medical exemptions are signed annually.
· On or before May 15, the school shall notify the parents or guardians of the following school year’s immunization requirements. Therefore, the 90-day notification period will be effective over the summer break and children will present current immunization histories before entering school in the fall.
· If a student transfers, records must transfer to the school which the child transfers.
· Schools shall utilize the reporting form adopted by the secretary for documenting immunizations (Kansas Certificate of Immunization).
VISION, DENTAL AND HEARING SCREENINGS
Vision, dental and hearing screenings are provided for students in grades 7, 9, 11, and 12 (as well as other students as needed) during September. Parents will receive notification with their report cards, unless otherwise indicated. Any parent that does not want the above screenings for their son/daughter must notify the school in writing.
MEDICATION AT SCHOOL
The supervision of oral medications shall be in strict compliance with the rules and regulations of the Board as carried out by district administrators.
Diagnosis and treatment of illness and the prescribing of drugs, medicines, and nostrums are not the responsibility of the public schools and are not to be practiced by any school personnel, including the school nurse, unless authorized. School personnel are advised that the Nurse Practice Act KSA 65-1113 et seq., as amended, makes it illegal for school nurses to administer medications and treatment that have not been prescribed by a medical person authorized to prescribe medication. The law under this statue also prohibits any acts of diagnosis.
In certain explained circumstances when medication is necessary in order that the student remain in school, the school may cooperate with parents in the supervision of medication that the student will use, but the medical person authorized to prescribe medication must send a written order to the school nurse, who may supervise the administration of the medication or treatment. The parents must submit a written request to the school nurse requesting the school’s cooperation in such supervision and releasing the school district and personnel from liability.
Under the following rule, the supervision of medications by school personnel, including the school nurse, is authorized:
· School personnel shall not be required to be custodians of any medication except as required by a written order of a licensed medical person.
· The medications shall be examined by the school employee administering the medication to determine in his/her judgment that it appears to be in the original container, to be properly labeled, and to be properly authorized by the written order of a licensed medical person.
· The school nurse may choose to discontinue the administration of medication provided that he/she has first notified the parents or medical person in advance of the date of such discontinuance and the reason why.
· The school nurse or his/her designee authorized to give medication, shall log any medication administered on the student’s medication record which will be kept in the student medical file.
· In the administration of medication, the school employee shall not be deemed to have assumed to oneself any other legal responsibility other than acting as a duly authorized employee of the school district.
STUDENT SELF-ADMINISTRATION OF MEDICATIONS
As used in this policy, medication means a medicine for the treatment of anaphylactic reactions or asthma which is prescribed by a physician licensed to practice medicine and surgery; a certified advanced registered nurse practitioner who has authority to prescribe drugs; or a licensed physician assistant who has authority to prescribe drugs pursuant to a written protocol with a responsible physician.
The self-administration of medication is allowed for students in grades 7-12. To be eligible, a student shall meet all requirements of this policy. Parents/guardians shall submit a completed Permission for Self-Administration of Medication Form, available in the DCJ/SHS office.
The parent or guardian of the student shall sign a statement acknowledging that the school incurs no liability for any injury resulting from the self-administration of medication and agreeing to indemnify and hold the school, and its employees and agents, harmless against any claims relating to the self-administration of such medication.
DCJSHS will use an alcohol breathalyzer at all school dances. It may also be used at any school function if a student appears intoxicated or smells of alcohol. The breathalyzer will be administered by an administrator, school counselor, or designated teacher. If a student blows an alcohol reading, he or she will only be released to the parent- or the police if parents refuse. School policies will be enforced on the following school day. Student guests will be required to blow into the breathalyzer as well, and if positive they will be held to the same standards with their home school being contacted. Any students that refuse will not be admitted to the event and parents will be notified.
Our school operates a hot breakfast/lunch cafeteria under the program for federally subsidized school breakfast/lunch programs. Meals served in the cafeteria are a balanced diet and meet the requirements of a Type A meal (milk included each day). Students will observe the closed noon hour and eat in the cafeteria during the assigned breakfast/lunch periods. Noon-duty teachers will be served first. Faculty eating in the cafeteria will help in supervising. They do not need to escort classes back to their rooms, unless student behavior forces the principal to insert this requirement. The teachers’ help in accepting responsibility for hall supervision will limit the number of regulations necessary to run a smooth program.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
If you have indicated that your student has a special dietary need that requires modification of the school menu, Federal regulation require the school to receive written instructions from an appropriate medical authority before the school can modify your student’s meals. Each school year, a recognized medical authority must complete one of the following forms to document your student’s current special dietary needs:
· Medical Statement for Student with Special Dietary Needs Due to Disability: If the student has a disability that affects his/her diet, a licensed physician must complete this form.
· Medical Statement for Student with Special Dietary Needs Due to Food Allergy or Intolerance: If the Student has a food allergy or intolerance, a physician or other recognized medical authority must complete this form.
The medical authority must list on the form all foods that are to be eliminated from the diet and foods that may be substituted. If you have questions or need assistance, please call the school office or nurse for more information and to obtain forms.
· Their teacher will accompany classes to the cafeteria.
· Enter the serving line from the north corridor.
· Get in line promptly without running or pushing.
· Do not crowd or save places for friends.
· Return tray, milk containers, and silverware to the dish-cleaning center.
· Place all waste materials in the wastebasket.
· Leave table and area as it was found.
· Remain in the cafeteria/study hall area until the bell rings.
· SH and JH locker rooms are off limits.
· The tardy bell for the Second Shift is the bell starting the last part of fourth hour (12:23).
CLOSED NOON HOUR TIME ASSIGNMENTS BY CLASSES
11:50-12:18 Junior High Students
12:18-12:46 Second Shift
12:46-1:10 Third Shift
Upstairs classes: Come down south center, northeast, or east stairway and proceed to cafeteria.
We have a closed lunch period, but on occasion parents can take their child to lunch. They must call that day and make arrangements. Only their own child can go with them. They may only be gone during their lunch period.
MEAL FEES (per meal)
Grades 7-12 $1.40 Grades 7-12 $2.75
Adults 2.05 Adults 3.55
Extra Entrée 1.00
Extra Milk 0.35
Checks for meals should be made payable to DCHS. Payment for meals can be brought to the office during the day or to the cafeteria during meal times. Students will need to remember their account number or pay full price in cash when purchasing meals. Students will not be permitted to charge meals.
Project cards will be kept in art, shop, and vocational agriculture to keep track of project expenses. Payment for these expenses will be made in the office. Make checks payable to DCHS. Upon payment, a receipt will be issued.
SCHOOL FEES (per year)
Book Rental for Grades 7 – 12 $25.00
Activity Fee for Grades 7 – 12 $25.00
Chromebook Fee for Grades 7-12 $10.00
Musical Instrument Rental $20.00
Athletic Ticket (student) $25.00
Athletic Ticket (adult) $75.00
SH Art $10.00
SH Industrial Arts $10.00
SH Vocational Ag $10.00
JH Art $ 5.00
JH Industrial Art $10.00
Towel service will not be provided for physical education students or athletic participation. Students will need to provide their own towels.
Cost per student:
· Book rental for students grades 7 - 12 is $25 and will be collected at enrollment.
Charges for entering after school term begins:
· Entering any time during the first semester - full rental fee
· Entering at the beginning of the second semester - 2/3 rental fee
· Entering after the third week of the second semester - 1/2 rental fee
Refunds will be given on the following basis:
· Anytime during the second semester following the first week - no rental fee refund
· Anytime during the first week of school - full rental fee refund
· Anytime during the first semester following the first week - 1/2 rental fee refund
Policy governing lost or destroyed books:
· Newly purchased books 100%
· Second year books 75%
· Third year books 50%
· Fourth year books 25%
· Books lost or destroyed after the fourth year 25%
Damaged books at the end of the year will be charged accordingly.
· Broken Binding $5.00
· Torn pages $1.00 per page
· Ink and writing $.50 per page
FIRE AND TORNADO DRILLS
In compliance with the state fire law, at least one fire drill a month will be held. The alarm will be sounded from the office by ringing the bell continuously for as long as it takes students to clear the building.
Teachers throughout the halls will maintain order. Students will stay in line with no running or pushing. After leaving the building, each class must keep together so the teacher can check roll. Law requires this check. Any unaccounted for absences must be reported to the office immediately.
Directions for fire exits will be placed conspicuously in each room. Everyone should move IMMEDIATELY at least fifty feet away from exits. This is done to prevent congestion of lines on the stairs and in the doorways.
When leaving the room, move directly to the stairway nearest your exit. Move along the hallway wall nearest to your room. Do not cross the hallway or walk down the middle.
Tornado drills will be held three times a school year. When the tornado signal is sounded, all activity should stop immediately, and everyone should proceed single file to the designated shelter area. The rules applying to conduct during a fire drill will also apply to a tornado drill. The student body will proceed to the following areas:
Southeast Shelter Area (Downstairs locker room)
Rooms 101, 102, 103, 104,
Senior High Gym, Senior Boys’ Locker Room
Southeast Shelter Area via Outside Entrance
Vo Ag - if eminent proceed to car pit.
If time, proceed to Southeast Shelter Area
Center Decatur Tunnel via North Entrance
Rooms 212, 211, 116, 115, 213
Center Decatur Tunnel via South Entrance
Rooms 117, 118, 210, 209, 114, JH Gym
Southwest Decatur Tunnel via Southwest Entrance
Rooms 119, 120, Kitchen, Senior High Girls’ Locker Room, 203, 201, 202, 105, 106, 107
B-100 (Art Room)
Rooms B-100, Music Wing, Office, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208,
108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113
Students are asked to cooperate with the following driving procedures for pedestrian safety and smoothness of traffic flow. If these are violated, students will not be allowed to park in school parking:
· Comply rigidly with speed zones in the area of the school building.
· Follow parking requests: Students are to park in the stalls east and south of the school building. DO NOT park south of the building on asphalt except where stalls are designated. Buses line up here after school.
· When leaving the school, use the east or west exit. DO NOT circle the building. Do not peal out.
The school buses will deposit students at the school just prior to 7:55 a.m. each morning. Students riding buses will wait in the study hall area until the bell rings at 7:55 a.m. The buses will be at the Junior/Senior High School at 3:40 p.m. It is imperative that students riding the buses leave the building immediately after the final bell. Bus students should go directly to their buses after school each day.
TRAVEL CODE OF CONDUCT
As Red Devils, our conduct should reflect pride in our school, our community, and ourselves. The following guidelines should serve students of DCJ/SHS in the area of proper conduct on school-sponsored trips. It is not meant to cover every situation but rather the basics associated with all school-sponsored trips.
· Students are to refrain from the following at all times on school-sponsored trips:
Showing affection for each other
Partaking of alcoholic beverages or other drugs
Shoplifting or stealing
· Students, when in cities, should never be alone. They should stay in groups of two or more. Students violating the above codes are subject to:
Suspension from the school activities
Suspension from future school activity trips for an indefinite period
Suspension from school
· On school activity trips, the basic guideline is “that we leave together and return together.” No deviations will be made without consulting the principal in advance.
Activity Meal Policy--The activities director and principal will determine
the activities that qualify for the meal allowance. On qualifying activities
away from home, the District will provide $6 per meal. Meal money will
only be provided for students and sponsors for overnight trips and state
· The DCHS student driver permission form and contract for activities in back of this student handbook. Notes should be brought to the office by 8:30 a.m. the day of the activity.
School Bus Conduct
· Students will not change seats while the bus is in motion, except by direction of sponsor.
· Students will not deface bus parts by writing, feet, etc.
· Students’ seating arrangements will be left to discretion of the sponsor.
· Students will not use obscenities--including vocal and/or hand signals.
· Students will keep their arms, hands, feet, head, and possessions inside the bus.
· Students will use normal conversations--excessive noise is unnecessary. School yells are permissible.
· Students will police the bus and leave it in a neat and orderly fashion with all trash in the proper receptacles.
· Students may only watch PG-13, PG, G rated movies on the bus
· Students will have a neat personal appearance.
· Standards of service will not always be what we expect. Student complaints should be made to sponsors, not to the management or the help.
· Students will display courtesy and good manners in restaurants at all times.
· Students will leave rooms in the manner in which they were found.
· Students will remain in groups of two or more; do not wander around alone.
· Students should report all irregularities immediately to the sponsor.
· In respect to other guests in the motel/hotel, students are not to be excessively noisy and/or rowdy.
· Standards of service will not always be what we expect. Student complaints should be made to sponsors, not to the management or the help.
· Students will have a sponsor present in a motel/hotel room when both girls and boys are present.
· Where advisable, a parent or senior should be in each room and in charge.
Away Trip Technology Policy
· Students are allowed to have cell phones and other technology when attending an away trip or overnight trip. The district is not responsible for any technology brought by students. The students may use cell phones to contact parents. Cell phones or other devices may not be used to message or photograph anything or anyone without permission from staff. Staff may collect cell phones at any time from students to prohibit use or distractions. Staff members are then responsible for the technology until it is returned to the student. Any evidence of abuse in regards to this policy could result in administrative action, possible dismissal from activity or team, and/or loss of technology privileges at school.
FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS
A foreign exchange student will be placed in the appropriate class as determined by their credits and number of years they attended school in their home country. They will be allowed to participate in all the activities and functions of the class in which they are placed.
LOST AND FOUND ARTICLES
The lost and found is located in the office. All found articles (books, notebooks, coats, clothes, etc.) should be turned into the office. Students who have lost articles should inquire in the office. Unclaimed articles will be disposed of at the end of the day they are displayed.
New students will be tentatively enrolled. Before starting class attendance, a complete immunization record must be provided. A minimum of one day before entering is required in order to confirm enrollment status and obtain additional records from previous school and to provide teachers with advance notice of a new student.
· Transcript of withdrawal sheet with previous grades
· Physical examination for athletics and activities
· Health history including medication or health problems
· Background information relating to special needs (behavior/discipline, “in good standing”, attendance record, etc.)
· Special Education Status if current I.E.P. is in place
· Social Security #
· Copy of Official Birth Certificate
In March, eighth through eleventh grade students will enter their requests on computers as scheduled during their homerooms. Pre-enrollment will be conducted in the spring of each year. Final enrollment is held in August. A good deal of time and thought is necessary so that requirements are met and courses are taken in the proper year. The counselor and advisers will be glad to spend whatever time is necessary in order to set up an applicable schedule.
CHANGING OF STUDENT SCHEDULE
All schedule changes will be made during the first three days of a semester. A student who wishes to change his/her schedule will secure a Change-in-Schedule slip and approval of the counselor. The student will need to obtain the signature of the teacher whose class he/she is dropping and the signature of the teacher he/she is adding. The student will then return the slip with the teachers’ signatures, a note from parent(s)/guardian(s) giving permission to change schedule, and the reason for the change to the counselor. The final step in changing a schedule is to obtain the registration slip from the counselor to the teacher of the new class. Second semester class changes must be approved through the Principal’s office prior to obtaining a drop/add form. Dropping a year-long class will only be allowed if there is a second semester class that the student is required to take for graduation.
KANSAS BOARD OF REGENTS ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
To qualify for admission to five of the six Kansas Regents universities, you need to complete the Qualified Admissions or Kansas Scholars Curriculum with a 2.0 GPA AND meet one of the following requirements: (The University of Kansas has different admission standards.)
· Achieve an ACT score of 21 or above (SAT of 980 or above); or,
· Graduate in the top one-third of your high school’s graduating class.
One of the ways to meet university admission requirements is to successfully complete the pre-college curriculum as outlined by the Kansas Board of Regents.
The following outlines the high school courses that are required to meet the requirements for admission to the Kansas Regents universities:
Note: 1 unit = 1 year English - 4 units required
Natural Science - 3 units required (chemistry required)
Math - 3 units required AND a score of 21 on the math test of the ACT or 4 approved units, one of which must be taken in the graduating year. (Algebra I completed in junior high does not fulfill the Qualified Admission math requirements.
Social Science - 3 units required
A student shall be eligible for graduation from Decatur Community High School upon completion of the 15 ½ units required, as listed below, plus at least
9 ½ units of elective courses and any additional requirements of:
· Four units in English language arts
· Three units of social sciences, which shall include: one unit of American History, one unit of World History, one unit of American Government
· Three units of science--one must be a laboratory course
· Three units of mathematics
· One-fourth unit of health and three-fourths unit of physical education
· Speech – ½ unit required
· One unit of Fine Arts
· 9 1/2 units of elective subjects
All senior high students must be enrolled for a minimum of 7 units to a maximum of eight units each semester. Required courses are to be taken before elective courses may be taken. Twenty-five units are required for graduation.
If a student enters DCHS at the beginning or during the second semester of their senior year, they must be able to meet the graduation requirements of their previous high school and the graduation requirements of DCHS in order to graduate
SPEECH REQUIREMENT WAIVER PROCEDURE
General Speech is required to graduate at DCHS. There are two ways students may waive this requirement.
1. Students actively participating on the DCHS speech team may petition the Board of Education to waive the requirement if they have been an active competitive speech member for two or more years and the student has prepared and competed in at least one speaking event and three other events during his or her seasons on the team and have the recommendation for waiver from the speech coach. All students who want to petition the board for waiver must make an oral and written request to waive credit to the Board of Education no later than November of his or her senior year.
2. Students who have completed the Public Speaking Class outreach class offered by Colby Community College may petition the Board of Education through oral and written request to waive this requirement with the recommendation of the speech teacher on or before the May board meeting of senior year.
Trigonometry, Statistics, Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry II are weighted when figuring the student’s class rank. The grade given will earn one point more that the regular grading scale. An A will earn 5 points instead of 4. An A- will earn 4.75 instead of 3.75 and so on down the grade scale. Students who enroll in these classes will benefit from taking on the challenge of completing these curriculums.
DUAL CREDIT COURSES (DCHS & Colby Community College)
Completing college hours during high school assists students with saving money, having teachers they know, and getting general education classes completed early. Juniors and Seniors can enroll for college credit.
Classes Offered for dual credit: Trigonometry (1st sem.), Statistics (2nd semester.), Calculus, Physics, and English Comp I and II.
Financial Responsibility: The student pays the tuition and fees to the college and purchases required textbook and materials.
College Credit: Colby Community College will establish a transcript, and the student is responsible for requesting a transcript.
Students may enroll in an advanced independent study course with the permission of the teacher involved and the approval of the counselor and principal.
Students may enroll in an independent study course for credit only if all regularly scheduled courses within that subject area have already been taken, and the student has shown high ability and interest in that area. A limited number of independent classes are established, as this is strictly for advanced work only.
The following guidelines will be followed in awarding credit for independent study courses.
1. All courses taken for credit must be approved by the high school principal.
The teacher and the student will present the principal with a synopsis of
the course and the objectives to be covered when requesting permission
for the class.
2. Credit may be earned only in courses for full class time during the regular
3. The grading system to be used in evaluating independent study classes will
be specified at the time approval for the course is given by the principal.
Approved courses taken for credit will be graded by awarding a letter
grade, like any regular class.
CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENTS
Students will participate in activities that are regularly associated with class rank only if they have sufficient credit as described below:
Freshman...........................................…………Completion of 8th grade
Sophomore........................................................6 units of credit
Junior..................................................................12 units of credit
Senior.................................................................17 units of credit
PLACEMENT OF STUDENTS
1. All students must be accompanied on the day of enrollment by his or her parent/guardian, caseworker, and foster parent, plus records related to past school performance, medical status, and psychological status.
2. If records indicate
d that the student has been enrolled in special services at previous school of attendance or has been recommended for such placement, a meeting should be scheduled as soon as possible to discuss the student’s most beneficial educational placement.
3. This meeting must include the student, his or her parent/guardian, caseworker, legal guardian, foster parents, school psychologist, building principal, and all involved teachers. The purpose of this meeting will be to develop an appropriate educational plan for the student. It is important that the legal guardian attend this meeting since in most temporary foster placements, ultimate legal custody of the student is with this adult.
GRADE SCALE AND GRADE EVALUATION
A student’s most important record he/she will have during the school years will be his/her school scholarship record. It is permanent and will be the basis for college work or for business positions in one’s life. The student will want to have a good record. Ask for help. The teachers at DCJ/SHS will be glad to give extra time. Do your best - start now!
Those students who maintain a grade point average of 3.4 to 4.0 for the school year will receive an award at the Awards Assembly at the end of the school year. There will be a special “Principal’s Award” for any freshmen through senior students who maintain “straight A’s” for the first three nine-week periods.
Students GPA’s will be figured on their final semester grades.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian honors are determined by the students' overall weighted GPA In the case of a tie, co-Valedictorians will be awarded with a Salutatorian awarded to the next highest GPA. In the case of a tie, co-Salutatorians will be awarded. Our goal is to honor those students who have had outstanding achievement in their academic subjects. The selection of a class Valedictorian and Salutatorian, beginning with the class of 2017, shall follow the criteria given below:
· The Valedictorian will be determined by computing a weighted quarterly (not semester) GPA. If one student obtains a GPA above a 4.0 within the weighted system, that student shall be the Valedictorian. Salutatorian will be the student with the second highest GPA.
· However, the weighted GPA system leads to distortions in comparing two or more students who have achieved higher than a 4.0. This is due to differing numbers of accumulated credits among individual students. Therefore, when more than one students has achieved higher than a 4.0 in the weighted system, further distinctions and rank of said students will be determined by comparing non-weighted quarterly GPA, as this distortion does not impact non-weighted GPA. The student of that group achieving the greatest GPA shall be the Valedictorian, and the second greatest GPA shall designate the Salutatorian.
· Finally, any student having received an F for any quarter grade, including for tutor classes, shall not be eligible for either Valedictorian or Salutatorian, regardless of final GPA.
The Senior High Honor Roll is issued for each nine-week period through the office of the principal. The Honor Roll consists of two groups based on a 4.0-point system.
· Students maintaining a grade point average of 4.0
· Students whose grade point average is from 3.4 to 3.99
A student receiving a D or F grade will not be listed on the Honor Roll, even if his/her grade point average is 3.4 or better. A student who has incomplete class work will not be listed on the Honor Roll. All subjects that are taken for credit will be used in calculating the grade point average for the Honor Roll. Teachers Aide, Physical Education Aide, Office Aide, and Tutor will be graded on a Pass Fail method and do not count toward the student’s GPA.
The Junior High Honor Roll is issued for each nine-week period through the office of the principal. The Honor Roll consists of three groups based on a 4.0 point system.
· Students maintaining a grade point average of 4.0
· Students whose grade point average is from 3.5 to 3.99
· Students whose grade point average is from 3.0 to 3.49
A student receiving a D or F grade will not be listed on the Honor Roll, even if his/her grade point average is 3.0 or better. A student who has incomplete class work will not be listed on the Honor Roll. The four core subjects--English, Math, Science, and Social Studies--will be used in calculating the grade point average for the Honor Roll.
COUNSELING AND GUIDANCE
Mrs. Breth is the director of guidance for grades 7 through 12. Students who wish to consult with her should make an appointment in the counselor/guidance office. The counselor/guidance office is located on the first floor and connected with the high school office. Appointments are usually made during study periods.
There is no charge for counseling services. Test aptitudes, interest, and proficiencies are available. College and career planning should be done with the assistance of the counselor
The mission of the Student Improvement Team of Decatur Community Junior-Senior High School is to assist students in achieving academic and interpersonal success.
The Student Improvement Team is composed of DCJSHS staff members who are willing to assist students to establish goals and strategies to help them overcome personal, academic, and behavior concerns. Students, parents, and teachers may refer their concerns to the team by completing a form available in the offices.
Tests provide students with valuable information about themselves. Test information should be weighed carefully by the student in making future educational and vocational plans. Test scores on PSAT-NMSQT or ACT tests not only give the student a chance to compare oneself with other college-bound students but also are important for scholarship consideration. Students should take the test seriously and always do their best to get an accurate measure of their potential and achievement. Senior students should visit the counselor early in the fall for information concerning the ACT tests.
ACT Test Dates Registration Deadline
Sept. 10, 2016------------Aug. 5
Oct. 22, 2016------------Sept. 16
Dec. 10, 2016------------Nov. 4
Feb. 11, 2017--------------Jan. 13
April 8, 2017------------March 3
June 10, 2017------------May 5
Register online at www.actstudent.org
DCHS code number is 172-210
An official transcript is a copy signed and dated by the principal. It is sent directly to the requested institution. A transcript issued directly to the student will bear the stamp, “TRANSCRIPT ISSUED TO STUDENT.” Students must sign a transcript request form and present it to the counselor or Mrs. Dreher to have the request honored. Students enrolled in two classes of the same course number in a semester will only receive GPA credit for one of the courses. The extra course will still count as an elective credit. If a student fails a course, the retake course will count as a separate course from the original. Both will be averaged into the cumulative GPA.
College and Career day is the day when college officials and career representatives are invited to Decatur Community High School or Norton Community High School for students to inquire about career opportunities or college. All students in grades eleven through twelve may participate in Career Day.
Regulations governing enrollment in correspondence courses:
· Correspondence courses may be taken to make up deficiencies for graduation when the taking of a regular class would not be feasible or satisfactory. A fee of $50 per course.
· Correspondence courses may be taken when there has been repeated failure of a subject. Required courses will take precedence over electives.
· The principal must approve correspondence courses.
· A regular high school enrollee, with approval of the principal, may earn one unit of high school work each year from an accredited school approved by the State Department of Education. A school year shall be defined as the regular nine-month term, plus the preceding summer period.
· A student may take an online course through the school if the course is not offered in the regular school curriculum. The course must be provided through the schools online program and then approved by the principal.
· Any retake courses will be pass/fail and will not change GPA unless determined by the principal and counselor.
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS FOR DECATUR COMMUNITY
ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND SPEECH
ENGLISH 9 H210
English 9 will focus on the study of oral and written language skills for the effective expression of ideas. Students will also study a variety a literature, including, poetry, short stories, novels, and dramas in order to gain understanding and appreciation for literature.
ENGLISH 10 H220
This sophomore level class emphasizes writing, grammar, and vocabulary. Different genres of literature are also explored: novel, drama, short story, and poetry. The sophomore level class emphasizes writing, grammar and vocabulary while encouraging students' self-efficacy and independence in reading and writing. Different genres of literature are also explored, including the novel, graphic novel, short stories and drama.
ENGLISH 11 H330
This required course emphasizes American Literature. Students will read a variety of short stories, poems, and novels in order to understand the American Literary experience.. Students will also be expected to write several essays, conduct research, and analysis.
ENGLISH 12 H240
English 12 is a college preparatory class that can be taken for dual credit through Colby Community College. The fall semester is English Composition I, and the fall semester is English Composition II.
This course has three basic aims: to sharpen the student’s writing proficiency, to develop the student’s ability to read analytically, and to enhance the student’s understanding of British literary history. Course work will include learning to summarize, problem solve, persuade through the use of argumentation, analyze British literature, build vocabulary skills, express ideas clearly in various forms of written essays, and research.
APPLIED SENIOR ENGLISH H241
This is a required course for any senior student that is not college bound and has not been enrolled in English 12. The course focuses on real world/business application of English.
GENERAL SPEECH H212
Speech is a semester course that works toward the development of practical speaking skills. This course examines the role of communication in everyday life. Students will learn the art of speaking through preparation and delivery of informative, persuasive, and entertaining speeches. Students will also learn to speak off-the-cuff by giving improvised speeches, acceptance speeches, and announcements. Students will learn how to interpret and read literature to an audience. The class is open to all students grades 9-12.
General Speech Waiver
General Speech is required to graduate at DCHS. There are two ways
1. Students actively participating on the DCHS speech team may petition the Board of Education to waive the requirement if they have been an active competitive speech member for two or more years and the student has prepared and competed in at least one speaking event and three other events during his/her seasons on the team and have the recommendation for waiver from the speech coach. Students may waive this requirement. All students who want to petition the Board for waiver must make an oral and written request to waive credit to the Board of Education no later than November of his/her senior year.
2. Students who have completed the Public Speaking Class outreach class offered by Colby Community College may petition the Board of Education through oral and written request to waive this requirement with the recommendation of the speech teacher on or before the May board meeting of senior year.
This is a spring semester course for grades 9-12. The purpose of this course is to prepare students for performance in three general and nine specific areas of speaking. These general areas are public speaking, oral interpretation of prose and poetry, and acting. The class is project-based, which requires students to complete a given number of projects for performances each nine weeks.
Students wishing to go to speech competition are encouraged to take this class at least one semester of their four years of high school.
21st CENTURY JOURNALISM 30100
Journalism is a full-year course for students in grades 11-12 who have an interest in journalism. This course covers news writing, photography, and page make-up.
The class publishes the Red Devil Yearbook and a page in the weekly section of the Oberlin Herald called the “Decatur Dictator” and maintains the USD 294 website. Students will learn journalism and desktop publishing software. Prerequisite is Computer App 1.
WORLD HISTORY H420
World History is a required year-long social studies class for sophomores. This course provides students with an overview of the history of human society from early civilization to the contemporary period, examining political, economic, social, religious, military, scientific, and cultural developments.
AMERICAN HISTORY H432
American History is a required social studies class for juniors that consists of the history of the United States from the Civil War to Present Time. A study is made of origins, evolutionary changes, and growth of the basic ideals upon which our nation is based. Current event discussion is included and considered an important part of the course.
U.S. GOVERNMENT—COMPREHENSIVE 04151
U.S. Government—Comprehensive courses provide an overview of the structure and functions of the U.S. government and political institutions and examine constitutional principles, the concepts of rights and responsibilities, the role of political parties and interest groups, and the importance of civic participation in the democratic process. This course will examine the structure and function of state and local governments and will cover certain economic, legal topics, and financial literacy.
Sociology is an elective one-semester course designed for upperclassmen. This course provides an introduction to the study of society. In order to understand society we must be able to see the world through the eyes of others. By using this sociological imagination you can understand the world around you. Topics will include: Culture and Social Structure; The Individual in Society; Social Inequality; Social Institutions, and The Changing Social World.
PHYSICAL SCIENCE H311
Physical Science is a required course for all freshmen or sophomores. Topics investigated in Physical Science include mechanics, heat, electricity and magnetism, sound and light waves, atomic structure, some introductory concepts in chemistry, earth science, and astronomy. Approximately one-third of the class time is spent in the laboratory setting.
BIOLOGY I H310
Biology I is a required course for the sophomore or junior year. The main focus of the course will be to study the characteristics, interactions, and diversity of life on Earth. Students will also gain insight into the way that living things change and the changes that humans cause to the world around us. Prerequisite is Physical Science.
Topics investigated in Chemistry I include techniques and concepts on matter, atoms and chemical bonding, nomenclature, qualitative and quantitative concepts, prediction and control of reactions, common compounds, and important chemicals of industry and agriculture. Approximately one-half of class time is spent in a laboratory setting. Prerequisite is Physical Science. This class is offered for dual credit through Colby Community College at the student’s expense for tuition, books, and fees.
BIOLOGY II H330
Biology II is an advanced level course designed for juniors or seniors who plan to pursue a college education in a medical or biological field. The main focus of the course is human anatomy and physiology, which will include the study of genetics and microbiology. The course will also include the study of the basic characteristics of the six kingdoms of life.
CHEMISTRY II H331
This course is an advanced course for students who plan to pursue a career in the sciences at the college/university level. Topics investigated include a review and extension of Chemistry I topics, organic chemistry, and biochemistry. Approximately one-half of class time is spent in a laboratory setting. Texas Instruments graphing calculators are used extensively. Prerequisites are Chemistry I and Algebra II. This class is offered for dual credit through Colby Community College at the student’s expense for tuition, books, and fees.
Physics is an advanced course for students planning on pursuing a career in science/math at the college level. Topics covered in Physics: mechanics, heat, sound, light, and electricity. Approximately one-half of class time is spent in the laboratory setting. Graphing calculators will be used extensively. Prerequisites are Chemistry I, Algebra II, and concurrent enrollment in Trigonometry/Statistics is suggested. This class is offered for dual credit through Colby Community College at the student’s expense for tuition, books, and fees.
ALGEBRA I H111
Algebra I includes the study of properties and operations of the real number system; evaluating rational algebraic expressions; solving and graphing first degree equations and inequalities; translating word problems into equations; operations with and factoring of polynomials; and solving simple quadratic equations.
Geometry, emphasizing an abstract, formal approach to the study of geometry, typically include topics such as properties of plane and solid figures; deductive methods of reasoning and use of logic; geometry as an axiomatic system including the study of postulates, theorems, and formal proofs; concepts of congruence, similarity, parallelism, perpendicularity, and proportion; and rules of angle measurement in triangles.. Prerequisite is Algebra I.
ALGEBRA II H130
This course provides a thorough investigation of relations and functions, equations and inequalities, matrices, irrational and complex numbers, polynomials, rational and radical functions, and a basic introduction to statistics and trigonometry. These concepts are applied to real-life situations through investigations, problems, and projects. A variety of problem-solving techniques are investigated. Graphic calculators are used to discover, practice, and apply a variety of concepts.
Trigonometry is covered in the first semester. Topics include, but are not limited to Law of Sines, Law of Cosines, and applications of major angles in both radian and degree measures. Statistics concepts are covered in the second semester. Central tendencies, measures of variability, normal curves, and hypothesis testing are some topics covered in statistics. Classroom procedures will consist of class discussion and lecture, group work, and projects. Prerequisites are Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. These classes may be taken for dual credit through Colby Community College at the student’s expense for tuition, books, and fees.
Calculus is designed to prepare engineering and business students for the calculus courses they will be required to take in college. Students will learn many of the topics covered in college Calculus I courses which will include, but is not limited to, the following: limits, differentiation, integration, logarithmic functions, and exponential functions.
Classroom procedure will consist of class discussion and lecture, as well as group work and calculator work. Prerequisite is Trigonometry. This class may be taken for dual credit through Colby Community College at the student’s expense for tuition, books and fees.
APPLIED MATH I AND II H145/H144
Applied Math is a course for juniors/seniors, which applies mathematical skills to everyday life. The course consists of both lab work and classroom work. In the lab, students have the opportunity to apply mathematics to the following fields: Residential Wiring, Residential Plumbing, Multi-media, Flight Simulation, Electronics, Three-dimensional Drawing, Pneumatics, Lasers, Natural Resource Management, and Embroidery. Classroom procedures in the lab include computer activities, group work, and hands-on work in the above listed fields. Students wire electrical circuits, embroider designs, make a cartoon, and work with valve systems while applying mathematics.
Classroom work covers consumer topics in Applied Math I and Business mathematic related topics in Applied Math II. Some of the topics include taxes, buying and maintaining an automobile, comparing prices, housing costs, loans and insurance. Students will use spreadsheets in the study of these and other related topics.
This course is not a college preparatory course, but is an excellent course for all students as it applies to a variety of areas in everyday life. It is also an excellent course for students interested in vocational studies.
Applied Math I is a prerequisite for Applied Math II.
RECREATION SPORTS 08004
Recreation Sports courses provide students with knowledge, experience, and an opportunity to develop skills in more than one recreational sport or outdoor pursuit (such as adventure activities, croquet, Frisbee, wall climbing, bocce ball, fishing, hiking, cycling, and so on). Prerequisite is Advanced PE.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH H920
Students must receive a passing grade in one 9 weeks of health education and three 9 weeks of physical education by the end of their senior year. This physical education course is designed to prepare students with knowledge of the rules and skills for a variety of recreational games and lifetime sports such as archery, floor hockey, tennis, softball, aerobics, soccer, team handball, badminton, flag football, volleyball, pickle ball, weight training, and physical conditioning.
During the health course, the students will be provided with knowledge in the following: personality development, nutrition, grooming, emotional health, physical fitness and weight control, first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation, human sexuality and sexually transmitted diseases, birth and parenting, and drugs.
The students will be tested for general physical fitness twice a year - in the fall and in the spring. Grading will be based on participation, dressing out, results of individual efforts in various skills tests, and written tests.
ADVANCED PE T970
Must be a sophomore or above.
May take this class additional times for credit.
Class is open to male and female students.
1. This class is strictly a physical conditioning and weight training course,
with emphasis on advanced physical fitness and strength development.
2. Testing on all forms of strength, speed, power, coordination and
physical endurance will be performed throughout the year with
a weight training max on bench press, power/hang clean, and squat
performed at the end of each 9 weeks for overall strength evaluation.
3. Grading will be based on participation, dressing out, results of
individual improvement, quickness, power and endurance testing,
along with results of each max effort in the weight room.
4. Games and recreational activities will be limited to mostly conditioning
purposes. This course is primarily for physical conditioning and
ZERO HOUR (WEIGHT TRAINING) 08009
This class is designed for the student-athlete who has a full academic schedule but wishes to be involved in a structured strength training program before normal school hours. The students will be tested for strength gains four times a year. Grading will be based on participation, dressing out, and results of individual efforts in the bench, squat and clean.
1. Must be a sophomore or above in good academic standing.
2. Class is open to male and female students.
3. Half a credit is earned if the class is taken for both semesters.
Objectives of Zero Hour
1. This class is strictly a weight-training course with emphasis on strength
2. Testing will be performed throughout the year with a weight training
max on bench press, power/hang clean, and squat performed at the
end of each nine weeks for overall strength evaluation.
3. Grading will be based on participation, dressing out, and results of
individual improvement from max results.
4. No games or recreational activities will be incorporated in this
program. This course is for weight training and strength development.
CREATIVE ART 05154
Creative Art provides students with the knowledge and opportunity to explore an art form and to create individual works of art. This course
s may also provide discussions and explorations of career opportunities in the art world. As an initial course s, it covers the language, materials, and processes of a particular art form and the design elements and principles supporting a work of art. As students advance and become more adept, the instruction regarding the creative process becomes more refined, and students are encouraged to develop their own artistic styles. Although the Creative Art course focuses on creation, it may also include the study of major artists, art movements, and styles.
ART PORTFOLIO 05170
Art Portfolio courses offer students the opportunity to create a professional body of work that reflects their personal style and talent. Students are often encouraged to display their work publicly. This class is for the serious art student. Prerequisite is Creative Art.
COMPUTER-ASSISTED ART H934
Computer-Assisted Art enables students to discover and explore how the computer can be used to create or to assist in producing various forms of artwork. Computer-Assisted Art courses provide the opportunity to become more adept in both the art form and in the use of the computer.
This is a one-semester class.
INDEPENDENT ART 05197
Independent Art is available to students who are serious about art but cannot work an art class into their daily schedule. This class is similar to Art Portfolio except all work in this class is done outside of a classroom setting. The student will meet with the teacher once a week at a scheduled time.
Permission from Art Teacher.
WOODWORKING PRINCIPALS (CABINET MAKING I) 17007
This class is for students in grades 9-12. Throughout the duration of the course, students will learn about the materials and processes used in the manufacturing industry. Basic wood joints and building principles will be taught while the student designs and constructs a project of their own. As in all Cabinet Making classes, special emphasis is placed on safety, organization, and conduct.
FURNITURE AND CABINETRY FABRICATION (CABINET MAKING II) 38007
Cabinet Making II, will consist of a continuation of Cabinet Making I. The focus, once again, is placed on the construction of a wood project. Project difficulty, joinery, and detail are emphasized. Prerequisite is Cabinet Making I.
CARPENTRY (RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION) 17002
This class for students in grades 11-12 provides students with basic knowledge and skills required for construction of commercial, residential, and institutional structures. These courses provide experiences and information regarding construction-related occupations, such as carpentry, cabinetmaking, bricklaying, masonry, and so on. Students engage in activities such as reading blueprints, preparing building sites, starting foundations, erecting structures, and finishing surfaces. Prerequisite 1700- Woodworking Principals.
CARPENTRY II (RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION II) 38002
This senior class is an advanced comprehensive course designed to instruct students in skills pertaining to rough construction and finish work. Prerequisite 17002-Carpentry.
An introductory course that will cover the basic areas of agriculture. This course is an introduction to advanced courses in animal science, agricultural business management and marketing, plant and soil science, agricultural welding, small engines, and advanced agricultural mechanics classes. Areas of study include agricultural careers, leadership, public speaking, entrepreneurship, record keeping, animal and plant science, and beginning level skills in agricultural mechanics. Upon completion of this course, students will have background information in a variety of occupational areas. This course is available to freshmen and sophomores.
SMALL GAS ENGINES 18410
This is a one-semester course that covers topics including shop safety practices, history of engines, engine operating principles and design, engine parts measurement, engine maintenance and repair, electrical and ignition systems, fuel and lubrication systems, and engine Agriscience.
AGRICULTURAL WELDING I 18404
This one-semester course prepares students for careers in metalworking, manufacturing, and construction industries. Classroom instruction will involve the areas of shop safety, identification of tools and equipment, oxy-fuel cutting and welding, position arc welding, and mechanical drawing. Students who are sophomores and juniors should consider this course. Prerequisite is Agriscience.
A course for students interested in acquiring a knowledge of marketing, agricultural law, economics, insurance, budgeting, planning a business, and computer techniques. Record keeping and applications to computer records will be stressed where appropriate. This course is designed for those students who are interested in careers in accounting, finance, marketing, economics, agricultural law, agricultural sales, and agricultural production. Students will participate in a simulated commodity exercise utilizing the computer lab to complete a variety of assignments. This class is designed for juniors and seniors.
ANIMAL SCIENCE 18101
This course is designed for students wishing to explore occupations such as veterinarians, artificial insemination technicians, meat specialists, livestock producers, nutritionists, feed sales, and other related fields of animal science. Areas of instruction include anatomy and physiology, genetics, embryo transfer, artificial insemination, nutrition, health, livestock selection and performance records, and animal management techniques. This course is designed for students who are sophomores and juniors.
HORTICULTURE I and II 18052
This course will provide students with basic knowledge and skills in the horticulture and plant science industry. Areas of instruction include plant classification, herbicides and insecticides, plant growth and reproduction, soil properties and fertility, landscaping, lawn care, environmental conditions for growth, and soil conservation. This class will benefit those students exploring careers as florists, nursery and greenhouse management, fruit and vegetable production, and landscaping as well as the more traditional production of agricultural crops. This course is designed as an introductory course for sophomores and juniors.
ADVANCED AGRICULTURAL MECHANICS 18402
This course is to be used for design and construction of individual projects. Classroom instruction will include areas of shop safety, project design and construction, developing a bill of materials, cast iron welding, plasma arc welding and cutting, aluminum welding, painting, hydraulics, and electricity. This course will supplement career preparation in agricultural engineering, agricultural welding and construction, farm equipment repair, and farm electrification. This course is designed for juniors and seniors. Prerequisites are Agriscience and Agricultural Welding.
AG FABRICATION 18409
Agriculture Fabrication provides students with the skills and knowledge that are specifically applicable to the construction, maintenance, and repair of structures integral to the agricultural industry, including but not limited to animal enclosures, irrigation systems, and storage facilities. In these courses, students typically study design, planning, and construction knowledge and skills (such as survey, carpentry, plumbing, concrete, and electrical systems), in addition to the safe operation of tools and machines.
SENIOR HIGH BAND H942
This is a performance-based class that includes study in music appreciation, music history, and music theory. Concert Band, Pep Band and Marching Band are the three main performance groups all students enrolled will experience. Concert Band performs a minimum of three concerts a year. Marching Band performs for homecoming and parades in the community. Pep Band performs for all home Football and Basketball games. Students will study and perform a variety of band music including standard band literature, new age, solo and ensemble. Students will become more independent musicians and have a better understanding and appreciation of music. Students will be evaluated on weekly rehearsal, performances and overall progress.
Prerequisites are at least one year of playing experience or instructor consent.
CONTEMPORARY BAND (JAZZ BAND) 05105
Rehearsals meet before school, a minimum of once a week. Students will study and perform traditional and new forms of Big Band, Latin, Rock, Bebop, Swing and Funk music. They will also study the theory and style of improvisation. Students will be evaluated by weekly rehearsal attendance, performances and overall progress. Students will receive a .25 credit per year.
Open to any enrolled High School Band member by audition.
CHOIR (MIXED) 90290
This class is for students interested in performing and improving their musical skills and general knowledge. The main focus is chord singing. Activities include musical history, theory, performance skills, vocal technique, and the performance of a wide variety of musical styles for concert and contest. District Honor Choir, voice lessons, small ensemble performances, and music as a lifetime activity. Participation in concerts outside the school day is a requirement of this class.
DCHS SINGERS 90107
Students are selected on the basis of an audition and participate in all activities of the vocal department. They have added performance responsibilities and require extra rehearsal time for preparation.
FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE
INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCE 45001
This course addresses the personal health of the individual- financially, socially, physically, and emotionally. These are the kinds of skills that indicate career readiness, and are important in all careers. They include: the influence of the family on the well-being of individuals and the community, developing positive interpersonal relationships, management strategies of personal resources to meet goals, factors that influence personal and family wellness, life literacy skills for success in the responsibilities of family, work, and community settings
NUTRITION AND WELLNESS 08057
This course focuses on the demonstration of nutrition, health and wellness practices that will further individual and family well-being. The course examines factors that influence wellness across the lifespan, demonstrates good nutrition, sound food preparation and selection for healthy eating, gives and understanding of the relationship of physical activity on physical, social, and emotional health. Career readiness is developed by using nutrition and wellness applications.
Prerequisite is Intro to FACS.
CAREER AND LIFE PLANNING- 22207
This is a one-semester course. This course helps the student investigate career choices, identify personal strengths and weaknesses that may influence career choices, and develop personal interests in fulfilling roles in family, workplace, civic, and community activities. Prerequisite is Intro to FACS
HUMAN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT 45004
This course analyzes the principles and conditions that influence human growth and development from the prenatal period through aging and death. Strategies that promote healthy growth and development and meeting the needs of all across the lifespan will be considered, along with practicing appropriate skills in family, community, and work applications. Prerequisite is Intro to FACS.
FAMILY STUDIES 22208
This course focuses on the significance of the family’s effect on the well-being of individuals and society. Emphasis will be places on the effects of the family system on society, parenting/caregiver skills that maximize growth and development, and identification of the roles and responsibilities of the family at all stages of the life cycle.
CAREER AND COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS 22250
This is the final one-year course in the Family and Community Services Pathway and is designed to assist the student in making the transition from school to training to work force. Experiential Learning Opportunities and a credential or certification test are necessary to complete this pathway.
CONSUMER AND PERSONAL FINANCE 22210
In this course management of human, economic, and environmental resources will be developed. This will include factors involved in making strong personal and family consumer decisions. Sound spending and saving strategies across the lifespan, risk management in finances, understanding factors related to credit and debt will be considered. Career readiness will be enhanced by practicing appropriate skill in consumer settings.
SPANISH I H910
The main objective of this course is to develop oral communication skills in the Spanish language and to familiarize the student with the Spanish-speaking world, its culture, and its history.
SPANISH II H916
The main objective of this course is the continued development of oral communication skills in the Spanish language, and a more in-depth study of the Spanish-speaking world and its culture and history. Prerequisite is Spanish I.
SPANISH III H913
The main objective of this course is to further develop oral proficiency in Spanish. It includes more reading and writing than Spanish II. This class will continue to familiarize the student with the Spanish-speaking world, its culture, and its history.
Prerequisite is Spanish I and II.
SPANISH IV H918
The main objective of this course is to further develop oral proficiency in Spanish. It includes more reading and writing than Spanish III. This class will continue to familiarize the student with the Spanish-speaking world, its culture, and its history.
Prerequisite is Spanish I and II, III
COMPUTER APPLICATION I 10004
In Computer Applications, students will explore applications including word-processing, spreadsheet, graphics, and programs. They may also cover the use of desktop publishing, elementary code, and basic electronics units, as time allows. This course is part of the “A/V Communications” pathway.
WEB PAGE DESIGN 10205
PHOTO IMAGING 30105
Photo Imaging courses provide students with the opportunity to develop photography skills appropriate for a variety of situations. Topics will include camera function and care, lighting, composition, layout, lighting, other equipment, careers in photography, and types of photography. Students will explore file sizes and digital manipulation as well as some graphic manipulation. Prerequisite is Computer Applications. This course is part of the “A/V Communications” pathway. This course shall be a semester class offered in the fall.
DIGITAL MEDIA DESIGN AND PRODUCTION 30151
Digital Media Design and Production courses teach students the fundamentals of graphic design and production (including 3-dimensional graphics), video production, and filming and photography techniques. Students will have to manage, plan, and execute large products as well as learn a great deal about video manipulation software. This course is part of the “A/V Communications” pathway. Prerequisite is Photo Imaging.
COMPUTER PROGRAMMING-OTHER –(INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE) 10199
Introduction to Computer Science teaches the fundamentals of computer science, computer logic, programing, and code, as well as exposes students to careers in computer science. It will teach the basics of the Python programming language as well as lessons on binary, hex codes, rgb codes, and many others. This course is independent in nature and is offered through edhesive.com. Prerequisite is Computer Applications. Algebra II is a corequisite. The course is intended for students who have a desire to pursue computer science, programming, or computer engineering and have demonstrated responsibility and aptitude. Enrollment only by the permission and recommendation of the teacher and/or principal.
OFFICE AIDE H535
Office aide is a pass/fail course for juniors and seniors with the approval of the supervisor. Students are introduced to office skills including using proper telephone etiquette, typing, filing, operating business machines, and utilizing other business skills. Students may only be enrolled as an aid one period per semester and may not be enrolled in a study hall if they are an aid. If at any time a student aid has a grade drop to an F they will be reassigned to the classroom teacher until that grade is passing.
Tutor is a pass/fail course based on student responsibility and use of class time. This course provides assistance in completing assignments, preparing research and studying for tests. Attention is also given to strengthening areas of weakness, building study skills, provide a place to study, get help on their daily assignments, and/or make up credits failed. Students experience success. Students may qualify for tutor services based on at-risk criteria. If there is room in the program, students who do not meet qualification standards may request enrollment. All tutor students are expected to meet point system requirements. Tutor credit is an elective credit and counts toward eligibility.
Students enrolled in tutor are encouraged to question, seek, and search out knowledge in order to be self-directed in the educational environment as well as in their daily lives.
WORK STUDY H190
Work study is a course that is designed to give students a real-life experience in a chosen field of study. Acceptance into work study is on an individual basis through the Special Education department and the high school principal. Any student in a work study course will earn credit for successful completion of the work study.
DCJ/SHS ORGANIZATION OFFICERS 2016-2017
FRESHMAN CLASS OFFICERS SOPHOMORE CLASS OFFICERS
President –Anna Carter President – Isaiah Mason
Vice President – Colton Ketterl Vice President –Cory Wurm
Secretary–Alyssa VanVleet Secretary/Treasurer –Clayton Carter
Treasurer – Trae Woolsey
JUNIOR CLASS OFFICERS SENIOR CLASS OFFICERS
President –Stacia Russ President – Sierra Hendrickson
Vice President –Kel Grafel Vice President –Max Diederich
Secretary-Zeke Jimenez Secretary – Jeff Juenemann
Treasurer-Kole Breth Treasurer – Tristen Davis
SR HIGH STUDENT COUNCIL JR HIGH STUDENT COUNCIL
President –Tabor Erickson President – Gavon Uehlin
Vice President-- Max Diederich Vice President – Kaitlyn Howland
Secretary – Sierra Hendrickson Secretary – Taite Woolsey
Treasurer – Jillian Peters Treasurer – Alana Raile
Large – Kelly Brown
“D” CLUB NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
President –Dayton Kempt President –Luke Koerperich
Vice President –Max Diederich Vice President –Tabor Erickson
Secretary/Treasurer –Jillian Peters Secretary – Jeff Juenemann
STUCO Rep – Jeff Juenemann Treasurer –Emily Howland
STUCO Rep –Zeke Jimenez
DRAMA CLUB CHEMISTRY/PHYSICS CLUB
President – President – Emily Howland
Vice President – Vice President –
Secretary– Secretary –
Treasurer– Treasurer –
Stuco Rep –
SPANISH CLUB FFA
President – President – Celianna Shobe
Vice President – Vice President – Bailey Smith
Secretary/Treasurer – Secretary – Erin May
Stuco Rep – Treasurer – Clayton Carter
Reporter – Amy Wentz
Sentinel – Eryn Freeman
Historian – Anna Carter
Chaplin – Reegon Witt
WEIGHT CLUB HISTORY CLUB
President – Zeke Jimenez President – Aubrey Sporn Vice President –Max Diederich Vice President – Celianna Shobe Secretary –Kel Grafel Secretary/Treasurer – Sonya Capps
Treasurer – Dayton Kempt
Quinton Cook Zach Corbett Tabor Erickson
Kara Haselhorst Sierra Hendrickson Gatlin Hissong
Jeff Juenemann Drew Juenemann Luke Koerperich
Jenna Long Tyler McHugh Faith Meitl
Kaden O’Hare Jillian Peters Dani Rouse
Stacia Russ Celianna Shobe Jean Soderlund
Brittney Wesley AJ Zillinger
“D” Club (Boys & Girls)
“D” Club is a school organization for athletes who have earned a letter. The qualifications for membership are the following:
· Be enrolled in Decatur Community High School.
· Have earned a letter in one of the seven major sports, which are basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, football, track, volleyball, and wrestling.
· Have served two school years as a trainer and received a letter the second year as a trainer.
· Have earned two letters in golf, which is a minor sport.
Drama Club is an organization that is open to all students in grades 9 - 12 who are interested in the performing arts. The purpose of this organization is to promote dramatic activity and awareness of the theater arts for the benefit of the school and community.
FFA is an intra-curricular activity having its origin and roots in a definite part of the school curriculum--Vocational Agriculture. Other things members learn through active participation are how to conduct and take part in a public meeting, to speak in public, to buy and sell cooperatively, to solve their own problems, to finance themselves, and to assume civic responsibility. The foundation upon which the FFA organization is built includes: leadership and character development, sportsmanship, cooperation, service, thrift, scholarship, improved agriculture, organized recreation, citizenship, and patriotism.
National Honor Society
National Honor Society is an organization that promotes recognition for students who reflect outstanding accomplishments in the areas of scholarship, character, leadership, and service. To be eligible for membership at Decatur Community High School, students must be in grades 10-12, must be in attendance at DCHS for one semester, must have a grade point average of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale, and must be elected by a Faculty Council. Members of National Honor Society must maintain an ongoing grade point average of 3.4 or above.
Chemistry/Physics Club is an organization dedicated to the application of chemistry and physics concepts in entertaining and creative performances. Activities include and are not limited to Star Night, an Open House performance, performances for the grade school, etc. Regular meetings and time before and/or after school are required to prepare for these activities. Any sophomore, junior, or senior student is eligible for membership.
Spanish club is an organization that strives to familiarize its members with the Spanish-speaking culture and language. Throughout the school year, the students engage in different moneymaking projects in order to gain points. Some of the activities include: concessions, bake sales, and candy sales. When the club has enough money for at least five students to travel to Mexico, the top five students with the largest number of points earn the right to go on this trip.
Competitive speech is open to all students in grades 9 - 12. Students will work individually and as a team by participating in invitational events: informative speeches, extemporaneous speaking, and oratory. It also offers competition in interpretive reading of prose and poetry. For the dramatic student, there is competition in duet acting, solo acting, and improvised duet acting. There is also one-act play competition. By competing in tournaments, students earn points for a speech letter and work toward state competition and tournaments while developing their talents.
The purpose of Student Council is to promote citizenship, scholarship, leadership, human relations, and cultural values. The Council provides opportunities for the students’ cooperation and participation in the government of the school. It provides a forum for discussion of questions of interest to the student body, aids in the formation of good school policy, and works for the betterment of the school.
Membership consists of a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, faculty representative, and student representative from each homeroom. All clubs and organizations are asked to select one member at-large to represent them.
The student body elects Student Council officers in the spring of the year. Homeroom and organization representatives are elected at the first meeting in the fall.
The Student Council will meet on alternate Mondays during homeroom in the cafeteria. Homeroom discussions of Student Council business will be held during the same homeroom period.
Weight Club is an organization open to all students in grades 9 - 12. The club is designed to promote weight training as an important aspect of their lifestyle. Regular meetings are planned to introduce new ideas and techniques.
This club encourages students to appreciate and enjoy history while trying to provide service to local historical venues.
Dues assessed by class or club members should be kept to a minimum and not exceed a reasonable estimate of actual need. Sponsors will exercise guidance in this respect. All class dues, grades 9 - 12, will be determined at the first of the year in a class meeting and will be approved by the sponsor. It is normal procedure that students are not allowed to participate in class functions (out of school), such as class parties, unless they have paid their dues.
Each student organization is to appoint a student to serve as treasurer. This student will keep a set of books for receipts and disbursements for his/her organization. The student treasurer is responsible for keeping an accurate record of all business transactions.
The student treasurer is to work closely with the faculty sponsor. The faculty sponsor must check with the student at frequent intervals and see that bills are picked up, presented for payment, and recorded properly. A special record book has been ordered for each organization and will be given to the student from the office.
The student treasurer will turn all organizational money in to Principal’s Office, who will serve as school treasurer. The office personnel will give a receipt to the student treasurer each time that money is received.
Faculty sponsors of student organizations will be responsible in obtaining a purchase order number from the office before purchasing supplies.
Once a month, the office personnel will issue a financial statement. When this is issued, all student treasurers should meet with their faculty sponsors and check to see that their accounts balance with the office.
Graduating Class Funds: At anytime classes have funds left in their activity account after graduation the class officers have 3 years to request the funds. After that time the funds will be transferred to the student council activity fund.
ELECTION OF SENIOR HIGH OFFICERS
The club/faculty sponsor will assist in setting up elections and balloting in order to create a more stable organization.
Student Council elections will be held the first week of April. The Student Council will set dates (subject to the approval of the principal) for election party meetings, primaries, candidates’ speeches, and elections.
After Student Council elections, class and club officers’ elections will be held. Sponsors are responsible for seeing that the elections are held and that all results are turned in to the office of the principal. The number of offices that a student can hold is as follows:
· No one shall hold more than one major office and two minor offices or more than four minor offices, unless approved by counselor and principal.
· All club and class presidencies shall be major offices. All other offices shall be minor offices.
The faculty sponsor will point out that organizations work best if proper care and thought are exercised in selecting officers who are qualified for the jobs involved. Each officer should be called upon to tell what other offices he/she already holds before balloting begins so that all offices will not be concentrated in the hands of a few students. This will create a better feeling among the students of our school.
· Freshman class will pick their class colors.
· Sophomore class will pick their class flower.
· Junior class will pick their class motto.
· Senior class will pick their class song.
SEMINAR AND STUDENT COUNCIL
Seminar, as it is set up in our school system, can be valuable to both the student and the teacher. This is the time that a large portion of extracurricular activities take place. The seminar period gives students an active voice in student affairs and can provide valuable lessons in citizenship. Each seminar group will elect a Student Council Representative. Seminar should never become a playhouse. Time not devoted to student activities or organizations is to be treated as study hall time.
To leave seminar to go to the library, a computer lab or another seminar group, the student must have a pass from the teacher who has given the student the assignment or project that they need to complete for their class. This pass should be in the student’s possession prior to coming to seminar.
Seminar is set up so that every other Monday is reserved for Student Council affairs. The remaining seminar days will be for student organization meetings, assemblies, and other scheduled classes or activities.
ADVISORY TEAM MEETING
All staff will be assigned a group of students to include students from each grade level. These students will be assigned with that teacher all six years of DCHS. These groups will meet at least once a month during a scheduled seminar to bond as a group and help each other in various areas such as scheduling, activities, social concerns, and academic concerns.
All activity scheduling must be presented and approved by the principal in order to be entered on the master calendar.
There will be no school activities scheduled on Wednesday nights in so far as possible. Likewise, no activities are to be scheduled on Sunday, unless cleared through the principal. This is in accordance with a request from the Oberlin Ministerial Association.
Section 1: General Regulations (applies to grades 7 - 12)
Article 1: Students, who must attend a semester to regain scholastic eligibility, may not participate in interschool activities until after they have attended class in a new semester.
Article 2: Schools that issue credit in subjects on an annual rather than a semester basis, shall consider the grade issued at the end of the first half of the school year the equivalent of a first semester grade, and a grade issued at the end of the school year the equivalent of a second semester grade. Each half-year must consist of at least eighteen weeks.
Article 3: A student in grades 7 - 12 shall meet the following requirements for eligibility in interschool activities:
a. Scholarship--The student shall have passed at least five new subjects (those not previously passed) of unit weight, or its equivalency, the previous semester or the last semester of attendance.
b. Enrollment--The student shall be enrolled in and attending a minimum of five new subjects (those not previously passed), of unit weight, or its equivalency, during the present semester.
NOTE: High school students dually enrolled in colleges, who have their college hours recorded on their high school transcript, may count five hours of college credit as two subjects of unit weight or three hours of college credit as one subject of unit weight. However, the student must attend at least one class of unit weight at the member, base school per semester.
Article 4: If a student drops out of school four weeks or less before the close of the semester and has completed a sufficient amount of work to give him or her a semester’s credit without relying upon the work that is incomplete, the student may be certified as eligible the following semester, as far as grades are concerned.
ELGIBILITY POLICY FOR DECATUR COMMUNITY JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL IN KSHSAA ACTIVITIES
Kansas State High School activities should be an integral part of each student’s high school career. Nevertheless, the Board of Education, the High School Administration and the Faculty regard participation in such activities as a privilege. This privilege shall be dependent upon the academic standing of each student. The following is the guidelines for students to be eligible to participate in those activities.
Students failing two (2) or more subjects on Monday at 10:30 a.m. as noted on PowerSchool will be placed on academic probation. A student placed on academic probation will be subject to a one (1) week probationary period during which the student will remain eligible to participate in KSHSAA activities.
Academic Support is suggested and encouraged during Probation.
Following the one (1) week probationary period, if a student continues to fail two (2) or more subjects as indicated on Power School, he/she will become academically ineligible to participate in any contest or performance involving their KSHSAA activities, but may continue to attend and participate in regular practices and meetings. A coach may add to eligibility requirements for their sport if it is approved by the principal, fair, and in their established rules given out at the beginning of the season. During Academic Ineligibility the student may not miss any academic time to attend school activities.
Academic Support is mandatory once a student becomes academically ineligible. It will take precedence over attending practice.
Academic Support may consist of but not be limited to:
1. Extra help sessions with the teacher
2. After school tutoring/mentoring
3. Guidance support
Students need to be advised that USD #294 does not carry any kind of athletic insurance on individual athletes at DCJ/SHS. The only insurance provided through DCJ/SHS is the catastrophic insurance issued by the KSHSAA--sponsored activities for accidents that medical-related payments are in excess of $10,000. Any student with questions concerning this insurance should contact the principal.
Basketball, football, volleyball, and wrestling head coaches may select up to four statisticians for each season. These statisticians will travel with the team and receive the same meal allocation as team members.
Those athletes who earn the varsity “D” letter, as having met the requirements of the sport as set forth by the coach, are expected to wear the school letter with dignity and pride.
The Red Devil Band will be in charge of the opening ceremonies at basketball, football, and wrestling events for the varsity squad, and proper display of the flag will be made.
Every student who participates in any sport must have a physical examination. Physical forms are available in the office. Coaches are responsible to see that the physicals are taken; recorded on the KSHSAA form; and signed by parent, student, and doctor. When completed, the form is to be turned in to the office. A student will not be allowed to participate until the physical form is on file in the athletic director’s office.
Dressing rooms will be open at 3:40 p.m. to start preparations for practices. Junior high students are to be in the showers no later than 6:00 p.m. and senior high students are to be in the showers no later than 6:15 p.m., unless otherwise notified. Each athlete will check out a lock from the athletic office previous to receiving equipment.
CHEERLEADERS (grades 9 - 12)
Any student with a signed Parental Consent Form and Physical Examination Form is eligible to try out for cheerleader. Cheerleaders will abide by the same regulations that apply to other KSHSAA activities. Cheerleaders are elected in the spring of the year.
Cheerleading Letter Requirements
A letter certificate will be awarded to each letter winner entitling the letter winner to receive the official school letter, wear the letter jacket, and be eligible for membership in “D” Club. A cheerleader may cheer for two seasons, fall and winter, each year, and receive a
letter award for each season if
1. She has successfully finished the whole cheering season, with out suspension.
2. She has displayed a positive attitude, good attendance, and designed posters.
3. The varsity “D” may also be voided, even if qualified, at the discretion of the coach if the school or community is not represented properly.
Cross Country Letter Requirements
A letter certificate will be awarded to each letter winner entitling the letter winner to receive the official school letter, wear the letter jacket, and be eligible for membership in “D” Club. A student may receive a letter award if
1. The student competes at the varsity level and runs under the prescribed time established by the coach.
2. The student is a senior having competed each and every season for DCHS (four-year requirement), thus earning the varsity “D.”
3. The student may be awarded a varsity “D” if injury or other extenuating circumstances are established, at the coach’s discretion.
The varsity “D” may also be voided, even if qualified, at the discretion of the coach if the school or community is not represented properly.
Golf Letter Requirements
A letter certificate will be awarded to each letter winner entitling the letter winner to receive the official school letter, wear the letter jacket, and be eligible for membership in “D” Club. A student may receive a letter award if
1. The student competes in a majority of the varsity meets and scores under the prescribed total established by the coach.
2. The student is a senior having competed all four years of DCHS thus earning the varsity “D.”
3. The student may be awarded the varsity “D” if injury or other extenuating circumstances are established, at the coach’s discretion.
The Varsity “D” may also be voided, even if qualified, at the discretion of the coach if the school or community is not properly represented.
Football and Basketball Letter Requirements
A letter certificate will be awarded to each letter winner entitling the letter winner to receive the official school letter, wear the letter jacket, and be eligible for membership in “D” Club. Students may receive a letter award if
1. The student has played in one more than one half the quarters in varsity games during the season. (One play in football or one second of play in basketball shall constitute a quarter.)
2. The student is a senior who has been out three or more seasons and has the recommendation of the coaching staff even though he/she may lack the required quarters.
3. The student is recommended by the coaching staff if the student has met the eligibility requirement for the nine-week period following the end of the sport. (If he/she does not meet eligibility requirements at that time, the letter award will be withheld until he/she does meet standards for a nine-week period.) The student finishes the season or is excused before season’s end by the coaching staff.
Track Letter Requirements
A letter certificate will be awarded to each letter winner entitling the letter winner to receive the official school letter, wear the letter jacket, and be eligible for membership in “D” Club. A student may receive a letter award if
1. The student places in the state meet.
2. The student places in the regional meet.
3. The student places in the league meet.
4. The student has a total of 16 points for the season.
Points are earned in the following way:
Dual meet Triangular Four teams or more
1st - 2 points 1st - 3 points 1st - 4 points
2nd - 1 point 2nd - 2 points 2nd - 3 points
3rd - 1 point 3rd - 2 points
4th - 1 point
Relays are divided by four. Places in the state, regional, or league relays qualify for letter requirements.
Volleyball Letter Requirements
1. The student plays in one more than half the season’s matches.
2. The student participates in more than half of the varsity playing dates, including sub-state action.
3. The student is a senior who has been a squad member for four years.
The student has made contributions, which the coaching staff feels merits such an award.
Wrestling Letter Requirements
1. The student wrestles in at least five varsity matches. Varsity tournaments count as one match.
2. The student places in the regional, sub-state, or state-wrestling tournament.
3. The student is a senior who has been out three or more seasons and has the recommendation of the coaching staff.
4. The student is injured or becomes ill after participating in at least three scheduled varsity matches and, therefore, is unable to finish the season shall be lettered if it is the opinion of the coaching staff that the wrestler would have otherwise qualified.
5. The coaching staff recommends the student.
6. The student who is dropped for disciplinary reasons shall forfeit all credit toward a letter.
7. The coach, with the approval of the athletic director and principal, shall under unusual circumstances be free to make exception to the requirements listed above.
Any unexcused absence from practice will mean the loss of a match for credit toward lettering.
Lettering Program for FFA
A student may letter in FFA by fulfilling the following criteria:
1. Earn 200 points on the points system by April 1.
2. Participate in at least five activities that either earn money for the chapter or are community service projects. Examples: BOAC, Safety Project, Petting Zoo, etc.
3. Participate in at least seven District FFA contests.
4. Attend State FFA camp and either District Speech contest or State FFA Convention if elected an FFA officer.
5. Attend Greenhand Conference if a first year FFA member.
6. Participate in fruit sales and work auction (required of all members) to earn money for the chapter.
Lettering Program for Vocal Music
A student may letter in Vocal Music by fulfilling the following criteria:
1. Be enrolled in Vocal Music.
2. Earn 70 points over a one- or two-year period.
3. Points are awarded for activities outside of regular classroom activities.
Examples: accompanying, KMEA Choir activities, all-school musical, lessons, solo and ensemble participation, DCHS Singers, Chanté, pre-approved outside performances.
4. Points are awarded on the basis of student involvement in the activity.
5. Points must be earned by May 1.
Lettering Program for Speech
A student may letter in Competitive Speech by fulfilling the following:
1. The student must contribute to the overall team spirit by:
a. Displaying a positive attitude as demonstrated through the observance of school and KSHSAA rules and guidelines.
b. Encouraging other team members.
c. Contributing to team points as well as individual points.
d. Finishing the season in good standing.
2. The student must attend all coaching sessions as scheduled, unless excused by the coach.
3. The student must attend all morning meetings with no more than two unexcused absences.
4. The student must compete in at least four invitational tournaments and participate in competitions such as league, regional, and state for which they qualify.
5. The student must prepare two events for competition taking each to at least one tournament during the speech season.
6. A student shall forfeit all credit toward a letter if the school or community is not represented properly.
7. A student may earn a letter through other means by discretion of the coach.
Each student at Decatur Community Junior/Senior High School may purchase an athletic ticket at enrollment time. Athletic tickets are available at a cost of $25 per student, $75 per adult, with a maximum of $225 per family. The student athletic ticket will admit the holder to all home athletic events in USD 294, unless excluded by the league or KSHSAA. Students who participate in the activity (players and managers), cheerleaders, and playing band members will be admitted to the individual event without a student athletic ticket. Each student or adult will receive a Decatur Community All Sports Pass, which they will need to have on their person and present at all home games. Failure to have the pass will result in the person having to pay the regular admission charge. Misuse of the pass will result in forfeiture of the sports pass.
Concession rights of candy, pop, hot dogs, etc. are to be assigned by the concessions director to those organizations making written request. Assignments will be made on the basis of need. Sales are to be limited to football games, basketball games, wrestling matches, and other events where such sales work for the best interest of the student body. Sale of candy is not to take place during school hours.
Student organizations using the concession stand are obligated to clean the area in a satisfactory manner before leaving.
No organization or individual will have permission to sell candy, gum, advertising, merchandise, sponsor shows, or sell sales promoting material to students or patrons of this community without first having the approval of the principal.
All projects, for the purpose of raising money for clubs and organizations, must have the approval of the principal in advance. Concessions activities should be considered before other fund raising ideas. Fundraising should not take away from local businesses.
SENIOR HIGH DANCE GUIDELINES
Any student with ISS/OSS the week of the dance will not be allowed to attend. Dances sponsored by Decatur Community Senior High School or any class organizations are limited to Decatur Community Senior High students, grades 9 - 12 inclusive, and their sponsors with the following exceptions:
· The football Homecoming dance, which is also open to Decatur Community High School Alumni, DCHS students, Board of Education members, and faculty.
· When guest cards are allowed. Each student may sponsor one guest only.
· Guest Cards are mandatory for all school dances. Invited guests must be high school students or persons who are no more the one year beyond high school graduation. All invited guest are subject to approval. It is the responsibility of the DCHS student getting the guest card to get the phone number of the school the student attends or attended.
· Once a student leaves any school-sponsored dance by leaving the building, such student or guest may not return.
· The school board and administration reserve the right to adopt and enforce other rules, limitations, and exceptions, as they deem prudent.
· School dress code applies
During the football season, Homecoming is one of the biggest events of the school year. The student body selects a Senior Class girl as the Homecoming Queen. In the afternoon, there is a Homecoming assembly where the Senior Class girl and Senior Football player are crowned. Following the assembly is the annual parade downtown with floats and the DCHS Marching Band.
The highlight of Homecoming is the football game Friday evening. The Homecoming dance is held in the DCJ/SHS cafeteria/study hall area. The High School Student Council sponsors the dance.
JUNIOR-SENIOR PROM GUIDELINES
The Junior-Senior Prom is a banquet and dance in honor of the Senior Class, hosted and sponsored by the Junior Class. This is a night primarily for the DCHS Juniors and Seniors. The Junior class selects a King and a Queen. Senior Class selects a Prom Marshall.
The following persons are invited to and can attend the Prom:
· All Juniors and Seniors of DCHS who are in good standing with no OSS and their invited guests. Invited guests must be Juniors or Seniors in full-time attendance at a high school accredited by Kansas, another state, or by NCA. Persons who are no more that one-year beyond high school graduation may also be invited. All guests are subject to committee approval.
· Junior and Senior Class sponsors and their spouses.
· Administration and Board Members and their spouses.
The school board and administration reserve the right to adopt and enforce other rules, limitations, and exceptions, as they deem prudent. The code of conduct for those attending the prom and banquet must be followed.
The prom decorations will be open to the public to view at a designated time period prior to the banquet. This is a formal event and formal attire is enforced.
JUNIOR –SENIOR PROM OR HOMECOMING CANDIDATE Students who are nominated for Jr. Sr. Prom or Homecoming will be removed from that privilege and honor if anytime after that nomination and before the coronation they violate the guidelines established by the DCHS training rules contract. If a student has violated the training contract and is removed from activities at the time of the nominations, they will not be considered as a candidate
REQUEST FOR MEDICATION TO BE ADMINISTERED DURING SCHOOL ATTENDANCE
Any medication to be administered to a student during the school day must be authorized and kept in the office. Parent and doctor permission forms need to be obtained in the office and filled out. This form allows the school nurse or office personnel to administer the medicine.
RELEASE OF STUDENTS FROM EVENTS
A student will only be released to their parents from any away trip activity. This is advised by KSHSAA and is strictly enforced. Students must travel with the bus to an event unless an emergency situation arises. Parents can then get permission to drive their child only to an event for drop off. Permission must be granted from the principal.
DCHS STUDENT DRIVER PERMISSION FORM AND CONTRACT FOR ACTIVITIES
Due to the cost of travel and mileage that some students travel, The office has a form that will allow parent’s to give permission for their son/daughter to drive their car to the designated drop off spot as they go to their activity and then be dropped by the bus driver at the drop off spot on the way home. This privilege will also be allowed on weekends so the student(s) can drive to the drop off spot and be picked up there instead of having to come to school.
1. The parent and student must have the permission form signed and on file in the High School Office.
2. The parent must send a note or call the office every day they want their son/daughter to drive to the drop off spot. If the student is to be picked up on Saturday at the drop off spot, the note or phone call must be made on Friday to the office. DO NOT CALL THE COACH ON SATURDAY MORNING TO MAKE THESE ARRANGEMENTS.
3. Only the son/daughter who has the permission of the parent to drive that day will be allowed in the vehicle when leaving from school during the week. Siblings must ride the bus. Siblings can get off at the drop off point after the game to ride home.
4. The student driving must follow directly behind the bus to the drop off spot. They are to leave from the school parking lot as the bus leaves.
DROP OFF POINTS
SOUTH INTERSECTION OF HIGHWAYS 83 AND 383 WE WILL ACCESS
THE TRIANGLE FROM THE SOUTH END AND PARK ON THE MIX
NORTH CEDAR BLUFFS
EAST CARDINAL CAFÉ---NORCATUR
Decatur Community Junior / Senior High School
Chromebook Policy Handbook
USD 294 1:1 Chromebook Initiative Mission
USD 294 Oberlin will create lifelong learners in a new age of education by promoting the use of and creating and expanding opportunities to learn with technology. This is to further personalize the way each student uses their time, deepens understanding of content, and receives support to master essential skills in their lifelong careers. This initiative will allow students to access what they need at school, home, or anywhere there is an internet Wi-Fi connection.
COMPUTER PRIVACY/POLICY (From student handbook)
1. Students shall have no expectation of privacy when using district e-mail or computer systems. E-mail messages shall be used only for approved educational purposes. Students must use appropriate language in all messages. Students are expected to use the system following guidelines approved by teachers or the administration.
2. Any e-mail, computer applications, information in district computers, or computer systems is subject to monitoring by the staff and/or administration. The school retains the right to duplicate any information created by students in a computer system or on any individual computer. All students and their parent/guardian must sign the DCJ/SHS Network/Internet Student Contract to obtain permission to use the district network. Students who violate the contract, or any other classroom rules relating to computer use, are subject to loss of access as stated in the contract and disciplinary action up to and including suspension from school.
Receiving Your Chromebook:
Chromebooks will be distributed each fall using a check-out/check-in sheet during the first week of school in the office. Parents & Students must sign and return the Chromebook Policy Signature Page, Rental Agreement and Check Out form given at enrollment before the Chromebook can be issued to their child. This document will need to be signed during student registration. The school retains the right to refuse checkout to a student.
Students will be trained on how to use the Chromebook in an orientation. Training documents and videos will be available online for students to refer to when needed.
Student Chromebooks, protective cases, and chargers (accessories) will be collected at the end of each school year for maintenance over summer vacation. Students will retain their original Chromebook each year while enrolled at DCJ/SHS. This process will be done through the office and the check-out/check-in sheet will be used to itemize returned items.
When asked to do so, students must surrender/return the Chromebook and accessories to DCJ/SHS. Any student who transfers out of DCJ/SHS will be required to return their Chromebook and accessories. If Chromebook and accessories are not returned, the parent/guardian will be held responsible for the full replacement cost of device. If payment is not received the parent/guardian will be turned over to a collection agency.
Taking Care of Your Chromebook:
Students are responsible for the general care of the Chromebook they are issued. Chromebooks that are broken or fail to work properly must be taken to the DCJ/SHS office. If a loaner Chromebook is needed, one will be issued to the student until their Chromebook can be repaired or replaced.
· No food or drink is allowed next to your Chromebook while it is in use.
· Cords, cables, and removable storage devices must be inserted carefully into the Chromebook.
· Students should never carry their Chromebook while the screen is open unless directed to do so by a teacher.
· Chromebooks should be shut down when not in use to conserve battery life.
· Chromebooks should never be shoved into a locker or wedged into a book bag as this may break the screen.
· Do not expose your Chromebook to extreme temperature or direct sunlight for extended periods of time. Extreme heat or cold may cause damage to the Chromebook.
· Always bring your Chromebook to room temperature prior to turning it on.
Carrying the Chromebook:
A protective case is provided for the Chromebook. This case will only provide basic protection from everyday use. It is not designed to prevent damage from drops or abusive handling. Carrying the Chromebook in a padded backpack or padded book bag is acceptable provided the backpack or book bag is handled with care. For example, you shouldn’t toss the bag or drop the bag if your Chromebook is inside. The protective case must remain on the Chromebook at all times.
The Chromebook screen can be damaged if subjected to rough treatment. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure on the screen.
· Do not lean on top of the Chromebook.
· Do not place anything near the Chromebook that could put pressure on the screen.
· Do not place anything in the protective case that will press against the cover.
· Do not poke the screen.
· Do not place anything on the keyboard before closing the lid (e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks). This is the #1 cause of screen damage.
· Clean the screen with a soft, dry anti-static, or micro-fiber cloth. Do not use window cleaner or any type of liquid or water on the Chromebook. You can also purchase individually packaged pre-moistened eyeglass lens cleaning tissues to clean the screen. These are very convenient and relatively inexpensive.
Using Your Chromebook
The Chromebook is intended for use at school each and every day. In addition to teacher expectations for Chromebook use, school messages, announcements, calendars, academic handbooks, student handbooks and schedules will be accessed using the Chromebook. Students must be responsible for bringing their Chromebook to all classes, unless specifically advised not to do so by their teacher.
All students are required to take their Chromebook home as needed throughout the school year for charging. Chromebooks must be brought to school each day in a fully charged condition. If students leave their Chromebook at home, they must immediately phone parents to bring the Chromebook to school. Repeat violations of this policy will result in referral to administration and possible disciplinary action.
It is recommended that students not carry the AC Adapter power cord (charger) to school. If fully charged at home, the battery will last throughout the day.
Sound must be muted at all times unless permission is obtained from the teacher for instructional purposes. It is recommended that student bring personal a headset or ‘earbuds’ for any audio projects they work on.
At School: Printing functionality will not be available on the Chromebooks. Teachers are encouraged to accept assignments electronically through Google Drive and/or Google Classroom.
At Home: The Chromebook will not support a physical printer connection. Instead, users may print to their home printers using the Google Cloud Print service. A wireless home network is required for this. https://support.google.com/cloudprint
Managing Your Files and Saving Your Work:
Students will create and save documents in Google Drive. Google Drive is a cloud storage service that allows students to store their documents, photos, videos, and more online in one place. From Drive, students can also access Google Docs, where they can create, share, and collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, presentations, and more from anywhere while online. You can learn more about Google Drive at this address: https://support.google.com/drive
Documents created in Google Drive are automatically stored online and on the Chromebook itself, making the document available when Internet access is not available.
Personalizing the Chromebook:
Chromebooks must remain free of any decorative writing, drawing, stickers, paint, tape, or labels that are not the property of USD #294. Spot checks for compliance will be done by administration at any time.
Students may not add any personal music, photos, and videos to their Chromebook.
Software on Chromebooks:
Originally Installed Software:
Chromebook software is delivered via the Chrome Web Store. These are web-based applications that do not require installation space on a hard drive. Some applications, such as Google Drive, are available for offline use. The software originally installed on the Chromebook must remain on the Chromebook in usable condition and easily accessible at all times.
All Chromebooks are supplied with the latest build of Google Chrome Operating System (OS), and many other applications useful in an educational environment. The Chrome OS will automatically install updates when the computer is shutdown and restarted.
From time to time the school may add software applications for use in a particular course. This process will be automatic with virtually no impact on students. Applications that are no longer needed will automatically be removed by the school as well.
Virus protection is unnecessary on the Chromebook due to the unique nature of its design.
Students are unable to install additional software on their Chromebook other than what has been approved by DCJ/SHS.
Students may be selected at random to provide their Chromebook for inspection. The purpose for inspection will be to check for proper care and maintenance as well as inappropriate material being carried into the school.
Procedure for Restoring the Chrome OS:
If technical difficulties occur, technical support staff will use the “5-minute” rule. If the problem cannot be fixed in 5 minutes, the Chromebook will be restored to factory defaults. In a One-to-One environment it is impossible for support staff to maintain a working environment for all if too much time is spent fixing every glitch that may arise. Restoring the Chrome OS will restore the device to the state in which the user originally received it. All student created files stored on an external miniSD card, USB flash drive, or Google Drive will be intact after the operating system is restored. All files saved on the chromebook that have been synced to Google Drive will be intact. However, all other data (music, photos, documents) stored on internal memory that has NOT been synced will not be restored.
Protecting & Storing Your Chromebook:
Chromebooks will be labeled in the manner specified by the school.
Chromebooks can be identified in the following ways:
● Record of serial number and USD #294 asset tag
● Individual’s Google Account username
Under no circumstances are students to modify, remove, or destroy identification labels.
Storing Your Chromebook:
When students are not monitoring their Chromebook, they should be stored in their lockers with the lock securely fastened. Nothing should be placed on top of the Chromebook, when stored in the locker. The Chromebook should be charged fully each night at the student’s home. Chromebooks should never be stored in a vehicle.
Storing Chromebooks at Extracurricular Events:
Students are responsible for securely storing their Chromebook during extra-curricular events.
Chromebooks Left in Unsupervised / Unsecured Areas:
Under no circumstance should a Chromebook be stored in unsupervised areas. Unsupervised areas include the school grounds and campus, the cafeteria, unlocked classrooms, library, locker rooms, dressing rooms, hallways, bathrooms, extra-curricular bus, in a car, or any other entity that is not securely locked or in which there is not supervision.
Unsupervised Chromebooks will be confiscated by staff and taken to the Principal’s office. Disciplinary action will be taken for leaving a Chromebook in an unsupervised location. This will be marked as not being in possession of your Chromebook and the discipline imposed for check-out will coincide for both.
Repairing or Replacing Your Chromebook:
Chromebooks Undergoing Repair:
· Loaner Chromebooks may be issued to students when they leave their Chromebook for repair.
· If repair is needed due to malicious damage, the school may refuse to provide a loaner Chromebook.
· Repaired Chromebooks will end up with the original factory image as first received. It is important that students keep their school data synced to Google Drive so documents and class projects will not be lost. Personal information that cannot be replaced should be kept at home on an external storage device.
· Parents will be charged per incident for Chromebook damage that is a result of misuse or abusive handling.
o Per-incident damage charge will be $35.
o Lost Chromebooks, or purposely damaged chromebooks, are handled by the administration, and the family could be responsible for the full initial cost of the device and administrative action to the student.
· A Chromebook or any of it’s accessories that are lost or intentionally damaged is the responsibility of the student and parent involved. The student will not be given a replacement device or accessory until the replacement cost of the lost/damaged device or accessory is paid to the school. Replacement costs are:
o Chromebook - $250
o Protective Case - $25
o Power cord & Charger - $20
· Failure of the parent, legal guardian, or student over the age of 18 to pay any fees from an intentionally damaged, lost, or stolen Chromebook will be reported for collection.
Chromebook Check-out/Unattended Chromebook Penalty
Chromebooks can be checked out through the office if a student forgets their device at home or forgets to charge their Chromebook. Unattended Chromebooks will be taken to the office to be reissued. Students will be kept track of and penalized when they need to check out a loaner or have their Chromebook reissued to them.
1st infraction- Warning
2nd infraction- 15 minute detention/Call Home
3rd infraction- 30 minute detention/Call Home
4th infraction- 30 minute detention/Call Home
5th infraction- No loaner/ISS/Call Home (Same for future infractions)
DCJSHS CHROMEBOOK RENTAL AGREEMENT
Student/Parent Chromebook Use Agreement 2016-2017
Parent and Student please initial each section:
· You agree to pay $10 device fee, and if assessed, a $35 per incident damage fee.
· You will comply at all times with the DCJ/SHS USD #294’s Chromebook Policy Handbook and its guidelines as well as the DCJ/SHS Technology Acceptable Use Policy. Any failure to comply may terminate your rights of possession effectively immediately and the school may repossess the property. Chromebooks are assigned to a single individual and are not to be shared.
· Legal title to the Chromebook is in the USD #294 and it shall remain in the USD #294. The student’s right of possession and use is limited to and conditioned upon full and complete compliance with this Agreement and the Chromebook Policy Handbook.
LOSS OR DAMAGE:
· If the property is accidentally damaged or incurs loss due to an act of nature, DCJ/SHS Schools will assess the Chromebook damage and repair or replace the device under the accidental loss or damage policy. If the property is stolen, a police report must be filed by the student or student’s parents/guardian involved in the loss of property. Loss or theft of the property must be reported to the USD #294 by the next school day after the occurrence. Fraudulent reporting of theft will be turned over to the police for prosecution.
· Students not complying with all terms of this Agreement and the Chromebook Policy Handbook, including the timely return of the property, will be declared to be in default and authorities may be sent to your place of residence, or other location of the Chromebook to take possession.
TERM OF AGREEMENT:
· Your right to use and possession of the property terminates no later than the last day of classes during the school year unless earlier terminated by USD #294 or upon student withdrawal from DCJ/SHS.
· Your failure to timely return the property and the continued use of it for non-school purposes without the school’s consent will be considered unlawful appropriation of school property.
Administration and Staff…………………………………….......11
Assignment Make-up Sheets…………….....................................16
Athletics General Information……………………….……..........54
Cafeteria Procedures and Closed Noon Hour……………..….25,26
Cell Phone Policy…………………………………………...........20
Changing of Student Schedules……………………….......…..…31
Classification of Students……………………………………..…34
Correspondence Courses/Online Courses…………………..…...37
Counseling and Guidance…………………………………..……36
DCJSHS Chromebook Policy…………………......……….…61-67
DCJSHS/USD 294 Mission Statement…………………….……..5
Dual Credit Policy………………………………………….....…32
Early Dismissal Due To Weather…………………………….….15
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)…………7,8
Fees and Textbook Rental………………………………............ 27
Fire/Tornado Drills………………………………………..……. 28
Foreign Exchange Student………………………………..…...…30
Grades and Evaluation……………………………….…………..34
Honor Roll and Scholarship…………………………….…....34, 35
Independent Study…………………………………..…….......... 33
Jr/Sr. Prom or Homecoming Candidate……………………..…...57
Kansas Board of Regents Entrance Requirements………….........31
KSHSAA Eligibility – Rule 13/DCHS Eligibility……….............53
Letter to the Students…………………………………………...…3
Library/Internet Policy……………………………...….....…….. 21
Library Passes and Discipline……………………………...... 21,22
Lost and Found………………………………………..….…..….30
Meal Fees…………………………………………….…….…… 26
Medication at School………………………………………....24,60
Notice of Civil Rights/Vocational Education Guidelines……....6,7
Notice Concerning Staff Qualification……………………….… 10
Notice Concerning Student Recruitment Information……….…. 10
Notice to Parents and Students of Rights under FERPA…….……9
Office of the Activities Director…………………………………12
Office of the Principal………………………………….……...…12
Organization Dues, Finances and Election of Officers……..........51
Philosophy of Education and Exit Outcomes………………....…..5
Placement of Students……………………………………………34
School Map…………………………………………………......1, 2
Searches on School Property………………………………….....22
Self-Administration of Medication………………….…………...25
Student Exit Outcomes……………………………………….…...5
Tardiness, Truancy and Penalty Period……………………...16, 17
Travel Code of Conduct…………………………………...….29,30
USD 294 Crisis Plan……………………………………….….....10
USD 294 Mission Statement………………………………………5
Weighted Curriculum (Trigonometry, Statistics, Calculus,
Physics, College Chemistry)………………………………….….33