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THE CURRICULUM

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									1760 S. Lodge Ave * Evansville, IN 47714 * Phone 812-477-9082 * Fax 812-469-6636


Dear Parent/Guardian, and Students,

Welcome to the 2011-2012 school year! Thank you for saying “yes” to being part of the Holy
Spirit Family! Your continuous support and involvement are key ingredients in making Holy
Spirit such a special place of learning. The faculty and I are looking forward to meeting all of you
in the near future.

This handbook will explain the guidelines and policies at Holy Spirit. The school website will be
helpful in keeping you updated with teacher/classroom information and upcoming events.

Website - http://teacherweb.com/IN/HolySpiritSchool/SchoolHomePage/SDHP1.stm


Our working together as one school family will truly make a difference as we provide exemplary
educational and spiritual experiences for our students and each other.


If we can assist you in any way, please feel free to call us at any time.


Together, we can make a difference!


Yours in Catholic Education,


David Memmer
Principal




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       MISSION STATEMENT

         Our Mission statement at

            Holy Spirit School

            in partnership with

         parents and community is:

·To create a Catholic Christian environment

 in which the students know and love God.

   ·To provide a safe, caring atmosphere

 where students develop their personal best

and become contributing members of society.




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                                    CODE OF CHRISTIAN CONDUCT
                                          Catholic Diocese of Evansville
                                         Code of Christian Conduct Covering
                            Students and Parents/Guardians at Holy Spirit School


The students’ interest in receiving a quality, morally based education can only be served if students, parents, and
school officials work together. Normally, differences between these individuals can be resolved. In some rare
instances, however, the school may find it necessary, in its discretion, to require parents/guardians to withdraw
their child.

It shall be an express condition of enrollment that the student behaves in a manner, both on and off campus, that
is consistent with the Christian principles of the school as determined by the school in its discretion. These
principles include, but are not limited to, any policies, principles, or procedures set forth in any student/parent
handbook of the school.

It shall be an express condition of enrollment that the parents/guardians of a student shall also conform
themselves to standards of conduct that are consistent with the Christian principles of the school, as determined
by the school in its discretion.

These principles include, but are not limited to, any policies, principles, or procedures set forth in any
student/parent handbook of the school.

These Christian principles further include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Parents/Guardians are expected to work courteously and cooperatively with the school to assist the student in
   meeting the academic, moral, and behavioral expectations of the school.
2. Students and parents/guardians may respectfully express their concerns about the school operation and its
   personnel. However, they may not do so in a manner that is discourteous, scandalous, rumor driven,
   disruptive, threatening, hostile or divisive.
3. These expectations for students and parents/guardians include, but are not limited to, all school-sponsored
   programs and events (e.g., extended care, athletics, field trips, etc.).
The school reserves the right to determine, in its discretion, which actions fall short of meeting the Christian
principles of the school. Failure to follow these principles will normally result in a verbal or written warning to the
student and/or parent/guardian and normally will first result in disciplinary action short of a requirement to
withdraw from the school (e.g., suspension of student or suspension of parent/guardian’s privilege to come on the
campus grounds and/or participate in parish/school activities, volunteer work, etc.). The school reserves the right to
determine, in its discretion, when conduct is of such a severe nature as to warrant immediate action without a
warning and/or without an intermediate step short of withdrawal.




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                                                                             TABLE OF CONTENTS
Academic Achievement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                    12
Academic Board of Review………………………………………………………………………………………..                                                                                                                           7
Accreditation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             5
Admission Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                    6
Admission Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                        7
After School Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               14
Appointments - Parent/Teacher & Medical . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                 11
Athletic Eligibility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..            22
Attendance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          11
Books and Supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                7
Bullying . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    15
Code of Christian Conduct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     3
Counseling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       14
Curriculum - Religious, ……………………………………………… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                                                      12
Demerit Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .          14
Diocese School Programs…………………………………………………………………………………………..                                                                                                                          7
Disciplinary Procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                 15
Dress Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        17-19
Emergency - Information Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          8
Emergency Situations (Fire, Tornado, Earthquake, etc.) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                        20
Extra Curricular Activities…………………………………………………………………………………………                                                                                                                       22
Extra Curricular Events……………………………………………………………………………………………                                                                                                                           7
Faculty and Staff Listing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   5
Field Trips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       13
Health and Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             20
Homework (Diocesan Policy) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      14
Internet Policy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        10
Junior Fire Wardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                 20
Lost and Found . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            22
Lunchtime – Cafeteria and Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                          21
Medication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        20
Mission Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               2
Non-Discriminatory Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                     7
Parent-Teacher Conferences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      13
Parents: Responsibilities, Home and School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                 8
Parties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   22
Pest Control Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .             23
Phone Numbers and Voice Mail Extensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                                   5
Privacy Act . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .       13
Recess/Playground . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .               22
Report Cards, Progress Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      12
Retention . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     13
Safe Environment Protection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                   14
School Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                5
School Safety Patrol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            23
Snow Day Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           23
Standards for Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .              9
Suspension and Expulsion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                  16
Table of Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .           4
Teachers: Duties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .            9
Testing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   13
Truancy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .     11
Vacations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..      11
Volunteer Programs for Parents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      21
Wellness Policy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .        21




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                        SCHOOL INFORMATION AND ACCREDITATION
Holy Spirit School is accredited by the State of Indiana, Department of Education. Holy Spirit is a
Pre-K through 8th grade school offering a full-day Kindergarten and a Pre-School program for three, four and five
year olds. Holy Spirit School is also in compliance with Public Law 221.


Holy Spirit School is supported by the members of Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Tuition is charged to members of
Holy Spirit, but the financial burdens of the school are also partially met by the parents’ commitment to the
Sunday contribution to the Church. It is also expected that Holy Spirit families attend Mass on a regular basis and
are involved in working once a month at bingo and working the summer social.

                                   PHONE NUMBERS AND EMAILS
Office Staff – Fr. Claude Burns      fatherburns@gmail.com                 477-1738, ext. 252
               Mr. David Memmer      dmemmer@evdio.org                     477-9082, ext. 210
               Ms. Cyndi Pepper      cpepper@evdio.org                     477-1738, ext. 254
               Mrs. Tanya Haas       thaas@evdio.org                       477-9082, ext 200
               Mrs. Diana Dewig      holyspirit47714@gmail.com             477-9082, ext 256

Mrs. Sights           patti.sights@gmail.com                 209
Mrs. Mitchell         abbmitch@gmail.com                     201
Mrs. Sills            reneesills@gmail.com                   202
Miss Lampkins         lampkins44@gmail.com                   203
Mrs. Miller           lmillerholyspirit@gmail.com            204
Mr. Masterson         chmasterson@gmail.com                  205
Mrs. Pace             sarahpace12@gmail.com                  206
Mr. Specht            cspecht7@gmail.com                     207
Mrs. Foley            sgmfoley@gmail.com                     208
Mrs. Coomes           bncoomes@gmail.com                     250
Mrs. Broeker          jlbroeker@gmail.com                    221
Mrs. Schnarr          sschnarr0@gmail.com                    250
Mr. Lichlyter         dlichlyterhs@gmail.com
Mrs. Peak             cpeak88@wowway.com                     261
After-School Care     HSCougarsDen@yahoo.com
Gabriel’s Garden                                       402-2800
School Website        www.teacherweb.com/IN/HolySpiritSchool/SchoolHomePage
School Email          Holyspirit47714@gmail.com

Holy Spirit’s Faculty and Administration encourage parents to communicate with teachers and staff. If parents
wish to talk with the teachers or staff, they may call the office and make an appointment for a conference or
request a return call from the appropriate teacher or staff member. This will be completed by the close of the
school day or just as soon as possible. School Office Hours are 7:30 a.m. – 3:15.p.m.

All visitors to the school MUST come to the office to sign in and receive a visitor pass. Visitors are not to go
to classrooms or be in the hallways without permission from the office. The office staff will be responsible
for delivering messages, forgotten lunches, books, etc.




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                                                             ADMISSION GUIDELINES
 Families making application to Holy Spirit School will meet with the principal to discuss the application process. In all cases, the principal will also meet
 with the students prior to acceptance. In some cases, the school may require an evaluation or assessment for the purpose of appropriate grade
 placement. Holy Spirit School will make every effort to meet the learning needs of all students, whenever possible.
 KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT
 Students are accepted into kindergarten based on chronological age and readiness. The child is to be 5 years of age
 on or before August 1st. Our school recognizes that students who are age eligible may not be developmentally ready
 for kindergarten. In order to make decisions in the best interest of the child, a parent, pre-school teacher or
 prospective kindergarten teacher may request additional evaluations. The purposes of the screening program are to
 provide an opportunity for discussion regarding readiness levels required in the kindergarten environment, and to
 help provide the best possible educational program for the child’s development.
 The screening may include, but not limited to the following: classroom observation, questions in language
 development, auditory and visual discrimination skills, assessment of fine and gross motor coordination, and
 assessment of social awareness and emotional maturity.
 KINDERGARTEN EARLY ADMISSION PROCESS
 Holy Spirit School recognizes some children may mature faster than others mature and are ready for kindergarten at a younger age. If a parent feels the
 child is ready for early kindergarten enrollment, the following appeal process can be utilized:
 1. A request, in writing, should be provided to the principal explaining why the request is being made. A copy of the birth certificate must accompany
       the request.
 2. The teacher or designee will arrange for the kindergarten screening.
 3. An evaluation of the child may be required to document the child’s emotional, social, and academic development. The parents will be responsible
       for any fees that may be incurred.
 4. A conference will be held with the parents, teachers, and the principal.
 5. The school will approve or deny the kindergarten enrollment.
 STUDENT TRANSFERS
 In the case of a family’s desire to transfer from one school to another, the principal of the receiving school shall
 explain the expectations for communication between the two schools.
 Consideration must be given to the reason(s) expressed for the requested transfer. Other factors to be considered
 may include the following:
    1. Whether the student has behaviors that negatively impact his or her academics and/or the learning/social environment.
    2. Whether reasonable efforts to manage the student or correct the behavior at the sending school have failed; and/or
    3. Whether the student’s parents have provided their full cooperation and support of the sending school’s efforts concerning their child.
 Any of these factors shall be sufficient reason to deny a student transfer. The transfer of junior high level students is strongly discouraged.

                                                     HOLY SPIRIT ADMISSION POLICY
 APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED PRIOR TO APRIL 11:
1.  Holy Spirit active parishioners who have children currently attending Holy Spirit School. Active parishioners demonstrate a commitment to parish life
    by weekend Mass attendance and by contribution of time, talent, and financial support.
 2. Holy Spirit active parishioners who want to enroll a child for the first time.
 3. Parishioners of Catholic parishes who do not have a school, who have children currently attending Holy Spirit School.
 4. Siblings of Non-Catholic students currently enrolled.
 5. Parishioners of Catholic parishes who do not have a school, who are enrolling their first child.
 6. Parishioners of other Catholic churches whose schools have full enrollments.
 7. Non-Catholic families.
 APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED AFTER APRIL 11:
 1. Holy Spirit active parishioners who have children currently attending Holy Spirit School. Active parishioners demonstrate a commitment to parish life
    by weekend Mass attendance and by contribution of time, talent, and financial support.
 2. Holy Spirit active parishioners who want to enroll a child for the first time.
 3. Parishioners of Catholic parishes who do not have a school, who have children currently attending Holy Spirit School.
 4. Siblings of Non-Catholic students currently enrolled.
 5. Parishioners of Catholic parishes who do not have a school, who are enrolling their first child.
 6. Parishioners of other Catholic churches whose schools have full enrollments.
 7. Non-Catholic families.

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                                                     NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

                does not discriminate against students on the basis of race, color, sex, age, national origin, disability,
Holy Spirit School
or any other status or condition protected by applicable state or federal law.
St. Benedict Cathedral School does not offer special education classes, but reasonable accommodations will be made for students who can be largely
mainstreamed into general education classes. The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation provides limited consulting services for qualified Holy
Spirit students with learning disabilities.

Students with certain learning disabilities and mild mental handicaps may be better served by the Marian Day Program, which is located on Holy Spirit
School premises. Enrollment in the Marian Day program is established by the principal of St. Benedict School and the principal of Holy Spirit School.



Programs
                     DIOCESAN SCHOOL PROGRAMS: Schools of the Catholic Diocese of Evansville are open to qualified students of
                     any sex, race, color, national, or ethnic origin. Diocesan schools do not discriminate in the administration of their
                     educational policies, scholarship programs, athletics, and other school-administered programs, although such programs
                     are designed to meet the needs of general education students. Whenever possible, students with special needs will be
                     included in school programs if reasonable accommodations can be made to meet the individual student's needs as
                     described in an Individualized Education Program. This is most often accomplished through cooperation with the local
                     public schools.


                     SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

                        1.       Whenever possible, students with special needs will be included in school programs if reasonable
                                 accommodations can be made to meet the individual needs of students with disabilities.

                        2.       Once a diocesan school student is identified as potentially in need of specialized services, referral is made
                                 by the principal to the Local Educational Agency (LEA) so that the child is evaluated. This evaluation is to
                                 follow standards established by the state and federal guidelines.

                        3.       A student service plan will be developed for the student with assistance and support from persons
                                 representing the LEA.

                        4.       If a student has a disability which substantially limits one or more of a person's life activities, has a record
                                 of such impairment, or is regarded as having such impairment, the school will develop a plan with the
                                 parents to provide reasonable accommodations that do not fundamentally alter the school program or
                                 impose undue financial burden on the school.

                        5.       A student may be excluded from the school program if he or she creates a substantial risk of injury to
                                 himself, herself, or others.




Extracurricular Events
Students attending extracurricular events need to be accompanied by a parent and/or guardian.
ACADEMIC/DISCIPLINARY BOARD OF REVIEW
Any student who fails to make acceptable academic and/or behavioral progress may be subject to a Board of Review
at the end of any marking period. New students at Holy Spirit will undergo a review at the end of each marking period
during their first year of enrollment. Such “Academic Review” will be undertaken by the Principal with the assistance of
the Board of Review for those students who fail to achieve at a satisfactory level. The Board of Review will consist of a
child’s homeroom teacher as well as will make recommendations to the principal regarding a student’s academic
and/or behavioral progress.




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                                       EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS

                               RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE PARENTS
 Parents have the primary responsibility for the education of their children. Holy Spirit School accepts the child as
 a sacred trust confided to us by the parents who are accountable to God for providing for the spiritual and
 temporal welfare of their children.

 Parents’ duties and responsibilities should include the following:
  To communicate and educate by word and example the faith to their children.
  To fulfill the obligation of providing a complete education for their children.
  To work cooperatively with the principal and all the staff for the welfare of
   their children and the benefit of Holy Spirit School.
  To support the policies and procedures of the school.
  To be involved in the following areas of service (PTA activities, HSSAA coaching, school
   classroom, office assistant, playground supervision, field trip moms, etc.).

AT HOME
1. Instruct the child before he/she starts to school, and repeatedly reinforce
    thereafter, that he/she is to obey the teachers, study the lessons given, and
    practice good behavior.
2. See that homework is conscientiously completed. Provide a quiet environment with minimal distractions.
3. Take a personal interest in the child’s report card, thus letting him/her
    know that behavior and progress in school are matters over which you keep
    the closest watch.
4. Respond promptly to any information sent home by the school.
5. Talk with the teacher FIRST before going to the principal or pastor should any
   problem situation or question arise.
6. Check on facts. Don’t accept your child’s word alone that he/she is being picked on, being treated unfairly or
   being punished unjustly.
7. Never take sides openly with the child against authority.
8. Pray daily with your children. Read from the bible or catechism with them to reinforce school learning. Model
   frequent reception of the sacraments with communion and reconciliation.

AT SCHOOL
 1. The EMERGENCY INFORMATION CARD must be completed and
     returned to the office. It is important that this card contain information
     regarding particular medical problems that the student may have.
 2. Inform the office immediately of any changes in phone numbers, residence
     or employment, so that the emergency card is always current.
3. If parent or guardians are to be out-of-town, and the children will be staying with
    another family or with friends, please notify the school office (477-9082).
4. It is the responsibility of the parent to get the student to school on time.




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                                         STANDARDS FOR STUDENTS
1.     Students should be Christ-like by setting a good example for one another and showing love for one another.
       BULLYING IS NOT TOLERATED.
2.     Students are to arrive on time, be prepared for the activities of the day, develop good study habits, and do
       assigned homework.
3.     Students are to go directly to the gymnasium immediately on entering the building each morning where they
       will participate in the walking program under the supervision of a teacher and volunteers until the 7:45 a.m.
       bell.
4.     Students must conform to the dress code.
5.     Students are never allowed to bring chewing gum or candy onto the school premises.
6.     Students are never permitted to leave the school premises during school hours without the permission of the
       principal, teacher, and parent.
7.     Students are encouraged to purchase hot lunches in the school cafeteria; however, they may bring sack lunches
       if desired. With written parental requests, students may go home for lunch but must return at the designated
       time.
8.     Students are not to ride bicycles on school property. Bicycles are to be put in the bike racks and locked. Riding
       another student’s bike without his/her permission is not allowed.
9.     Students are expected to exhibit quiet and orderly behavior at all times in the lines, halls and restrooms.
10.    Students are expected to respect and protect school property and the property of teachers and other students.
11.    Students who damage school property are expected to report the incident to the principal and assume the cost
       of the damage.
12.    Students are to respect personal space. No public and/or written display of affection among students will be
       tolerated.
13.    Students must respect the authority of the principal, teachers, volunteer workers, or staff employees at all
       times.
14.    Students are expected to obey and respect the safety patrol persons and junior fire wardens.
15.    Students absent from class are required to contact the teacher for missed assigned work. Excessive absences
       may warrant a request for a doctor’s excuse.
16.    Students are not to bring TV’s, radios, Ipods, MP3 players, PSPs, or other electronic entertainment items to
       school without permission from the principal. Items will be confiscated and taken to the office for a parent to
       pickup.
17.    Cell phones may be brought to school (for use in contacting parents in after school activities) but must be kept
       in backpacks and turned off during the regular school day. Cell phone violations will result in the phone being
       confiscated and placed in the school office. A parent will be required to come to the school office to pick up
       the phone.
18.    Students may not possess, handle, or transmit any object that can be considered a weapon on school property.
19.    Student Searches: The principal and teachers may search students and their personal belongings if they have a
       reasonable suspicion, based upon the totality of the circumstances, for suspecting the search will turn up
       evidence that the student has violated or is violating either the law or school rules.
           Locker/Desks Searches: School lockers/desks are the property of the school. A student who uses a student
           locker/desk may not expect privacy in that locker or the locker’s contents. The school principal may search
           student lockers/desks at any time. The principal may also authorize any other school official or law
           enforcement officers to search any student locker at any time.
20.    Students engaging in online blogs such as, but not limited to, Facebook, MySpace.com, Xanga, Friendster, etc.
       may receive disciplinary action if the content of the student’s blog includes defamatory comments regarding
       the school, the faculty, other students or the parish. Internet access through any personal items belonging to a
       student is not permitted on school premises.


                                             DUTIES OF TEACHERS

     The KEY PERSONS to the success of the school are the classroom teachers. The task of the teacher is an
     awesome one. He/She must respect the personal dignity of the individual child; and, at the same time, impose
     restrictions on that individuality for the best interests of the common good of the classroom. Such a seeming
     paradox will tax the ingenuity of the most talented and experienced teachers. THE TEACHER WILL SUCCEED
     ONLY WITH THE COOPERATION OF THE PARENTS. This mutual cooperation will result in the
     achievement of the common goal - THE TOTAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHILD WITHIN THE FAITH
     COMMUNITY.
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                                  CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF EVANSVILLE
                                INTERNET USE POLICY AND AGREEMENT

       We are pleased to bring Internet access to Holy Spirit school and believe the Internet offers valuable,
diverse, and unique resources to both students and teachers. Our goal in providing this service to teachers and
students is to promote educational excellence by facilitating resource sharing, innovation and communication.

       If a student violates any of the terms and conditions described below, his or her Internet privileges will be
terminated and future access may be denied. Furthermore, a student may be subject to disciplinary action,
including expulsion, for abuse of the use of the Internet. This includes communications originating in or outside of
the school by mobile devises of any kind (including but not limited to cellular telephones, BlackBerrys, ipods,
Pocket PCs, Sidekicks, pagers and other similar devices) which threaten other students or school personnel, violate
school rules or disrupt the educational process promoted by the school. Abuse of Internet communications may
include, for example, the posting or dissemination of written material, graphics, photographs or other
representations which communicate, depict, promote or encourage:

      The use of any illegal or controlled substance, including alcoholic beverages;
      Violence or threats of violence, intimidation, or injury to the property or person of another; or
      Lewd, offensive, sexually suggestive or other inappropriate behavior.

                                            STUDENT AGREEMENT

        1.      Personal Responsibility. I will accept personal responsibility for my misuse of the Internet and
electronic information system. “Misuse” may be considered any message sent or received that indicates or
suggests racism, sexism, and inappropriate language, harassing or insulting messages, inappropriate sexual content
or intentionally wasting limited resources.

       2.      Acceptable Use. My use of the Internet and e-mail will be in support of educational research and
the education goals and missions of Holy Spirit school as defined by the teacher in charge. I understand that
“surfing” the Internet can result in congestion of the school network slowing it down for others.

       3.     Network Etiquette. I will be polite and will not send or encourage others to send abusive
messages. I will use appropriate language and realize that I am a representative of my school community. I will
never use swear words, vulgarities, or other inappropriate language.

      4.     Privacy. I will not reveal my home address or my personal or family phone numbers or those of
any member of my school community to anyone over the Internet at any time.

       5.      Electronic Mail (“e-mail”). I understand that electronic mail is not guaranteed to be private. I will
not send anything that I do not want others to read.

       6.       Security. Under no circumstances will I order any material over the Internet. I will not download
and/or attach file from any user or users I am not familiar with.

        7.     Copyright. I understand that to copy another person’s work on the Internet and call it my own is a
violation of copyright law. This pertains to all text, graphics, and sound. When using other people’s work, I will
ask permission when possible and credit the author accordingly.

       Use of the Internet and e-mail at our school is a privilege and not a right. I understand and will abide by
the above Internet Use Agreement. I further understand that any violation of the Internet Use Agreement may be
unethical and may constitute a criminal offense. Any violation of my Internet use or access privileges may be
revoked and school disciplinary action may be taken.

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                                                      ATTENDANCE
SCHOOL HOURS: School is in session from 7:55 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., supervision begins at 7:30 a.m.
STUDENT ARRIVAL: Parents are asked to drop off students in the front of the building between 7:30 and 7:50 in the
morning. The tardy bell rings at 7:55 a.m. Please drop off students in time for them to walk to their classrooms before the bell
rings.
Parents are to drop students off near the front walkway. If you are the first car, please pull up to the red line and have students
exit on the right hand side of the car.
No student, regardless of age, is allowed to walk away from a car parked in the middle area. If you need to park in the
middle, an adult must hold the child’s hand and walk them to the school entrance.
TARDINESS: First bell rings at 7:45 a.m. The tardy bell rings at 7:55 a.m. Students are to be inside the classroom at 7:55
a.m. The principal and faculty believe that the opening announcements and activities each day are an important part of the
learning process and that regular attendance and punctuality are critical to the progress of the student.
If a student arrives after the bell for any reason other than an excused doctor appointment, they will receive an unexcused
tardy. Any exceptions must be approved by the principal in advance of the absence.
Should the child arrive after the 7:55 a.m. bell, he/she must report to the office to obtain a tardy slip before proceeding to the
classroom. The student will also receive a parent “tardy notice” from the office. This notice must be completed by the parent
and returned to the office the following day. The following procedures will be taken if tardiness becomes excessive.
1. After the third tardy in a semester, a letter will be sent to the parents from the principal.
2. On the fourth unexcused tardy in a semester, a demerit is issued.
3. In the case of extreme tardiness, a parent/student may also be referred to the school truant officer and additional steps
    may be taken to assure the student maintains appropriate attendance.
ABSENTEEISM must be phoned in by the parent or guardian each day prior to 8:30 a.m. This practice is to ensure your
child’s safety. If no information is received, it will necessitate a call from the school office to verify the absence. Excessive
absences may warrant a request for a doctor’s excuse and/or a meeting with the principal. It is the parent’s responsibility to
make arrangements to pick up the students’ assignments. Unexplained absence from school is a violation of the Indiana
School Attendance law to which parents and guardians are held responsible.
The Principal will check closely prolonged student absences. Make-up work is expected. Other remedial procedures may
include: parent conferences, grade reductions, retention of the student in the same class, and a recommendation for
counseling. Unacceptable absence of three or more days may require the Principal to make a referral to the school truant
officer.
On the 5th absence: The student’s teacher talks to the student and contacts the parent.
6th absence: The school counselor meets with the student and has contact with the student’s parent. Referrals are made to
community agencies if necessary to help resolve attendance.
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    absence: Parent is contacted by the Principal.
10 absence: A conference will be held with the school counselor, principal, student, and parent.
In the case of extreme absenteeism, a parent/student may also be referred to the school truant officer, Child Protective
Services, or the Diocesan Safety and Security Coordinator and additional steps may be taken to assure the student maintains
appropriate attendance.
EARLY DISMISSAL: No student is to leave school before the regular dismissal time unless excused by the principal.
Whenever possible, doctor or dental appointments should be scheduled outside school time. When appointments are
necessary during school time, a request should be submitted in writing to the principal or teacher one day prior to the
appointment. The parent or designated person is to report to the school office to meet the child at the requested time. No one
may be picked up outside or at the classroom door. A return to school form signed by the healthcare professional must be
brought in to the school office when the student returns in a reasonable amount of time for the appointment to be an excused
absence.
APPOINTMENTS in the early morning, middle of the day, or end of the day with a doctor’s excuse will not count against
the student’s attendance unless the time returning is inconsistent with the doctor’s excuse. If no doctor’s slip is provided
then the time away will be counted as tardy or absent whichever is appropriate.
EMERGENCIES: If an emergency message must be given to your child during school hours, please call the office, and the
message will be delivered for you. No student is permitted to be called to the phone while school is in session.
VACATIONS: The school calendar provides for extended weekends, spring break and Christmas vacation. Parents are
encouraged to schedule trips or family outings during these times so as to eliminate the need to interrupt a child’s learning
process. Missed assignments are the students’ responsibility. Students will receive their assignments when they return and
will have to make up the work missed.




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                                       ACADEMIC INFORMATION

                                             THE CURRICULUM
Holy Spirit School follows the course of instruction issued by the Director of Schools of the Diocese of Evansville
in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Indiana Department of Education. All textbooks and related
materials are current and have been recommended by the Diocesan Textbook Committees in accordance with the
state of Indiana adoptions.

                                       RELIGIOUS CURRICULUM
Students are prepared by the classroom teacher for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Eucharist during
their second grade year. Throughout the year the students are provided with a full religious education including
moral, doctrinal, and sacramental aspects of Roman Catholicism. Students attend Mass once a week. In addition,
various types of prayer services are scheduled periodically throughout the year. Sacramental celebrations of
Reconciliation are provided twice a year.

                            CRITERIA FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
Code for scholarship, effort & conduct for grades *K- 4

S+ - Commendable
S - Satisfactory
S- - Needs Improvement
I - Improvement Shown
U - Unsatisfactory

*Scholarship codes for grades 5-8 are found on the bottom of the report card.

2nd – 8th Grading Scale
A = 94% - 100%
B = 86% - 93%
C = 78% - 85%
D = 70% - 77%
F = 0% - 69%

Report cards are sent home four times a year. All students in grades K through eight will receive progress reports
at the midpoint of all four grading periods. Parents should be mindful that an important section of the report card is
the section checked by the teacher showing that the child needs to improve in desirable habits such as behavior,
effort, and attitude. Growth in desirable habits usually helps promote better academic progress.

UPPER GRADE REPORT CARDS GRADE POINT AVERAGE (G.P.A.)
To calculate the grade point average (G.P.A.) for grades five through eight the following subjects - music/art,
health/physical education - are averaged together and then multiplied by two. This figure will then be averaged in
with the major subjects (religion, math, language arts, social studies and science) to obtain the G.P.A. for the
grading period.

The Red and White Rating is earned by exhibiting good citizenship, earning only passing grades, receiving no
demerits, and working up to their potential in the academic areas.




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                                                   RETENTION
Parents will be informed of the possibility of non-promotion by the end of the third grading period. Should parents
disagree with the recommendation of non-promotion, they will be required to sign a statement, stating that they
realize that the transfer to the next grade is against the professional advice of the staff.

                                  PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES
Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled once a year, usually after the first report period. This is an opportunity
for the parents to confer with the teachers on the progress of their child/children. If a teacher feels that another
conference is needed at any other time throughout the year, he/she will contact the parents. If a parent wishes to
have a conference with a teacher, he/she should contact the teacher by phoning the school office to arrange an
appointment.

Conferences are strictly professional and limited to a discussion of the factors concerning the welfare of the child.
The report given by the teacher should emphasize the particular needs of the child - health, social, religious, and
intellectual. It is important that all cooperate and follow the schedule as planned.

                                                     TESTING
Holy Spirit School follows the testing program outlined by the Diocese of Evansville and the State of Indiana.
Testing results are recorded on the child’s cumulative record and are shared with the parent.

Privacy Act - Parents may legally request to review the child’s records provided the school office is given twenty-
four hour’s notice. Form R-1 should be completed by the parent prior to the review. This form becomes a part of
the child’s record.

Holy Spirit abides by the provisions of the Buckley Amendment with respect to the rights of NON-CUSTODIAL
PARENTS. In the absence of a court order to the contrary, the school will provide the non-custodial parent with
access to the academic records and to other school-related information regarding the child. If there is to be no
information provided, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CUSTODIAL PARENT TO PROVIDE THE
SCHOOL WITH AN OFFICIAL COPY OF THE COURT ORDER.

                                                  FIELD TRIPS
Field trips are privileges afforded to students; no student has an absolute right to a field trip. Students can be
denied participation if they fail to meet academic or behavioral requirements.

Field trips during school hours must have educational and/or cultural value, be thoroughly planned, be adequately
chaperoned, employ licensed and insured carriers, and may involve some expense.

In order to participate, students must submit the required permission form, which has been signed by the
parent(s) or legal guardian. Telephone calls or notes in lieu of the proper form cannot be accepted. Parents have
the right to refuse to allow their child to participate in a field trip.




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                                  SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM

Every adult working with youth in any capacity is required to attend a training session that includes a criminal
background check. Once trained, adults must read and sign the Best Practices of Pastoral Conduct on an annual
basis. This will be sent out at the beginning of the year.

                                  DIOCESAN HOMEWORK POLICY
Homework provides for practice of skills and applications of principles based upon work begun in the classroom.
Homework should enrich school experiences and promotes an interest in life-long learning, as well as stimulate
individual initiative, personal responsibility and the use of good study skills.

Parents are urged to help rather than do the assigned work. Parental help should include arranging a quiet,
comfortable place for the students to work and by seeing that assignments are completed.

                                                COUNSELING
We have a counselor available from Catholic Charities. Youth First may also provide a counselor. You may
request counseling for your child by contacting the school office. Counselors are trained to work with students
with anger management, depression, working through grief over a family death, low self-esteem, etc.

                                       GENERAL INFORMATION

                         AFTER SCHOOL AND BEFORE SCHOOL CARE
The Cougar’s Den is an after school care program for all students from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. each day. The
cost is $6.00 per child per day. If before school care is needed, please contact the school office.


                                             DEMERIT POLICY
The accumulation of demerits is a serious matter. Each demerit will result in 35 minutes of detention time. Failure
to serve detention will result in added detentions. Detention is from 3:00 – 3:35 on the date stated on the demerit
notice. Students who are not picked up on time will be sent to After School Care and charged $6.00.

Any student accumulating five (5) demerits in a single semester will have a conference with the teacher(s), the
principal, and the student’s parent(s). Accumulation of additional demerits will result in a contractual agreement
between student, parent and school.




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                                     DISCIPLINARY PROCEDURES
It becomes necessary at times to discipline students for failure to perform required duties as well as for
performance of actions detrimental to their own progress or safety or that of other students. Parents must respect
the judgment of the teachers in disciplinary matters and cooperate with them. If a disagreement arises, such
opinions should not be voiced in front of the child, but rather the teacher involved should be contacted and an
appointment made to discuss the matter. This is always the best way to handle the problem. If after this discussion,
satisfaction is not obtained, then, and only then, should the principal be contacted for further discussion. Should
this meeting also prove unsatisfactory, the School Board President may be contacted.

Each classroom teacher is responsible for his/her classroom discipline and will handle the problem by using
generally-accepted forms of discipline - oral reprimand, deprivation of student privileges, constructive written
assignments and parental consultation.

Under certain conditions, however, the teacher may find it necessary to issue demerits. Violations vary in
seriousness and may merit from one (1) up to a maximum of five (5) demerits per offense. Demerit forms will be
issued and are to be signed by the parent(s), clearly marked how your child will be going home after the detention
is served, and returned to school the day after the demerit is issued. For student to student problems, peer
mediation may be requested in lieu of a demerit if the problem is not physical in nature.

Demerits may be issued for the following offenses:

1. Rudeness/Disrespect                     9. Vandalism
2. Disruptive Behavior                    10. Fighting
3. Excessive Talking                      11. Bullying
4. Using obscene language and/or gestures 12. Disobeying School Rules
5. Dress Code Violations                  13. Failure to return signed demerit notice after one day
6. Gum or Candy                           14. Other (including any situation not covered by the
7. Homework Violations                        previous but which is deemed serious enough to issue
8. Tardiness                                  demerits).

Demerit Accumulation: Accumulation of demerits, 10 or more in a school year, may result in a loss of
privileges such as field trips, class events, and/or suspension.

                           BULLYING STATEMENT (DIOCESAN POLICY)

Bullying is an intentional act of aggression causing embarrassment, pain, or discomfort to
another person. It is a consistent pattern of disrespect of one or more students by another. It is
an abuse of power which can take many forms: physical (hitting, kicking, shoving, spitting):
verbal (taunting ,teasing, degrading social or sexual comments, rumor spreading); non-verbal
(threatening gestures, exclusion, Internet, text messaging via cell phones, Instant Message).
Bullying may constitute grounds for detention, suspension, or expulsion.
Our school embraces the following as school rules against bullying:

               We will not bully others:
               We will help students who are bullied:
               We will include students who are easily left out.
               When we know somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school and an adult
               at home.


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                                                  SUSPENSION
The following types of student conduct MAY constitute grounds for suspension in school, out of school
suspension or expulsion, if deemed necessary:
1. Using violence, force, noise, coercion, threat, invasion of personal space or other comparable conduct to
    intimidate another student.
2. Damaging, defacing or stealing of school property. This includes textbooks, desks, playground equipment,
    walls, restrooms, etc.
3. Damaging or stealing another’s property.
4. Doing harm to a fellow student.
5. Engaging in public displays of affection.
6. Doing physical harm to a school employee.
7. Threatening any students or school staff.
8. Threatening or intimidating any student for the purpose of obtaining money or a valuable item.
9. Knowingly possessing, using transmitting or being under the influence of any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic
    drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, tobacco, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant of any kind.
10. Knowingly possessing, handling or transmitting any object that can be considered a weapon.
11. Engaging in any unlawful activity (such as gang activity) that interferes with the school process.
12. Truancy.
13. Defying the authority or repeatedly disobeying the teacher or anyone in authority.
14. Leaving school premises without permission.
15. Accumulating six (6) behavioral demerits in a single semester.
16. Failing to maintain a reasonable level of academic achievement.
17. Violating the internet use policy or misuse of computer privileges.
The principal is the final recourse in all disciplinary situations and may waive any disciplinary rule for just cause
at his/her discretion. A report of misconduct resulting in a suspension or expulsion will be sent to the
parents/guardians.

                                                  EXPULSION
Expulsion is the final dismissal of a student from school. When expulsion is necessary, the student and parents
will meet with the pastor, the principal, the homeroom teacher and/or other involved faculty members. Types of
conduct mentioned above may constitute grounds for expulsion.




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                                                 DRESS CODE
PHILOSOPHY: The purpose of the school dress code is to promote neatness, discipline, a sense of school
identity, and to provide an atmosphere of learning free of emphasis on clothing.
The enforcement of the dress code is a joint responsibility of the parents, students, teachers and principal. Parents
must see that their child/children leave the house properly attired. The principal and teachers are to see that the
students follow the dress code. With the constant changes of fashion the principal will have the final say in dress
code decisions. Most dress code items are available through the Shaheen Uniform Company, Artex and other local
stores.
When purchasing uniforms at stores other than a uniform supplier, remember that just because a tag says “uniform
wear” doesn’t mean that it follows the Holy Spirit dress code. Please review the dress code BEFORE making any
purchases.
A demerit will be issued upon the fourth (4) and each subsequent violation of the dress code in a semester. Dress
code violations are sent home to inform the parents of the infraction.
SLACKS
    Non-fading navy blue or dark khaki uniform straight-leg slacks. No low-rise, flare leg or boot cut styles.
    No capris. No front seams, pockets below the hips, oversized pockets, or patch pockets. Pockets cannot
    have flaps or buttons on them. Pants should not have labels or logos of any kind. Pants should not drag the
    floor, be frayed at the bottom, have rips or tears in them, or have split seams near the bottom of the leg.
SHORTS
    Non-fading navy blue, dark khaki or the HSS uniform plaid girl’s walking shorts. Uniform slacks may be
    cut off and hemmed to make these shorts . The length should not be more than two (2) inches above the
    knee. Shorts should not have labels or logos of any kind. Pockets cannot have flaps or buttons on them. No
    capris. (Shorts may not be worn below the knee)
BELTS
     A solid navy, black or brown (not tan) belt must be worn with slacks which have belt loops, and shirts must
     be tucked in so that the belt line can be seen. No metal studs, cut outs or decorations are allowed on the
     belts. No oversized belt buckles or buckles with writing of any kind.
SKIRT/JUMPER
     Girls may wear the uniform plaid, khaki or navy skirt/jumper not more than two (2) inches above or below
     the knee. Girls in grades K-3 are allowed to wear uniform skorts of appropriate length, style and fabric.
     Skorts should not have bows, buckles, labels or logos of any kind.
SHIRTS
     *Plain white, navy or red (not cranberry) long or short sleeve, 3-button or less placket knit shirt. Button-
     down oxford cloth shirts in white are acceptable. A solid white turtleneck or white mock turtleneck may
     ONLY be worn under a uniform shirt, the uniform sweatshirt, or jumper. Shirts must be tucked in at all
     times so that the belt can be seen. Cap sleeves are not permitted. T-Shirts worn under uniform shirts must
     be solid white and crew neck. PE shirts are not permitted under uniform shirts.
     *no ruffles, lace, bows, ribbons, front pockets etc.
SWEATERS/ SWEATSHIRTS
    Only plain, long sleeved knitted sweaters in solid colors of red, navy or white may be worn. Sweaters must
    be worn over a uniform shirt. No monograms or emblems are allowed on the sweaters. NO HOODIES OF
    ANY KIND.
       Only the red Holy Spirit uniform sweatshirt may be worn. Students must wear a uniform shirt or white
       turtleneck under the uniform sweatshirt. Sweatshirts should not be tied around the waist.




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SHOES
    Shoelaces must match the major color of the shoes, be laced up, and tied tightly at all times. Shoes with
    Velcro straps must be fastened at all times. Sandals, Crocs or Croc like shoes, boots, ballet slippers and
    platform heels (two inches or higher) are not permitted. All shoes must fit properly and be closed toe and
    heel. Shoes may not have graffiti on them and should be the original color. Shoes with lights and shoes
    with wheels are not permitted.
SOCKS
    Boys and girls may wear socks in plain solid colors of white or navy blue. Socks must cover the ankle
    completely and be clearly visible above the shoe line (no footies). Girls may also wear plain
    tights/leotards in white, navy blue or red.
HAIR
       Hair that obstructs vision, shaved heads (hair must be a minimum of ¼” length), or hair            color that is
       two tone or in total contrast of normal hair color are not permitted. Hairstyles and hair color bordering on
       the extreme (e.g. designs cut into the hair) are also not permitted.
       Boys’ hair cannot be longer than collar length. Hair must be cut above the ear and eyebrow line and must
       be neatly trimmed.
JEWELRY/ACCESSORIES
    Only necklaces with small religious symbols (medals, crosses, etc.) on simple chains may be worn. No
    bracelets are allowed on wrists or ankles. Students may wear one ring per hand (nothing large or chunky)
    and may wear only post earrings (no loops, hoops, etc.), one per ear lobe. Boys are not permitted to wear
    earrings to school. Hair accessories must be red, navy blue, or white and minimal in number and small in
    size.

SPIRIT DAY DRESS
      During Spirit Dress days, jeans, jean shorts or uniform shorts/pants must be worn. No torn, cut-off, fringed,
      skinny, legging, or low rider jeans are allowed. Jean shorts must be modest, walking jean shorts. Shirts
      must be the optional Memorial Tiger or Cougar T-shirt available through Artex/and or PTA sales, Spirit
      Wear shirt/sweatshirt sold by HSSAA, Holy Spirit School sponsored team shirt, Memorial Cub team
      shirt, Tiger Cub Team shirt, Memorial HS shirt/sweatshirt, a D.A.R.E shirt or a Holy Spirit School uniform
      shirt. A white T-shirt must be worn under all sleeveless or mesh team shirts.
THEME T-SHIRT DRESS
     During Theme T-shirt Dress days, jeans, jean shorts or uniform shorts/pants must be worn. No torn, cut-
    off, fringed, skinny, legging, or low rider jeans are allowed. Jean shorts must be modest, walking jean
    shorts. Shirts must be the diocesan theme –t shirt purchased through Holy Spirit.
OPTIONAL DRESS DAY
     Shoes must not be open-toed, open-heeled or platform shoes. Shorts in grades K-8 need to be modest,
     walking shorts. Baggy shorts are accepted only if they fit at the waist. No over-size baggy pants are
     permitted. Pants must not drag the floor and they must fit at the waist. No torn, cut-off, fringed, skinny,
     legging, or low rider jeans. Clothing may not advertise beer, alcohol, or tobacco products, nor can they be
     offensive, disrespectful, degrading or promote violence (eg. skulls & crossbones etc.). Sleeveless shirts and
     tank tops are not permitted. Hats, ski-type wide headbands, headscarves, wide ear warmers etc., may not be
     worn. Loungewear or pajama bottoms are not allowed. Hair should be styled in the usual way. Boxers and
     bare midriffs may not be visible at any time (standing, sitting, reaching, etc.). Any clothes displaying tv or
     music groups, must fit within the Code of Christian Conduct.
If a student wears their school uniform on any alternate dress day they must follow all regular
uniform dress rules. (i.e. shirts must be tucked in, belts must be worn etc.)
SPORTS TEAMS DRESS
     After a Holy Spirit team wins a game, team members may wear team shirts to school the next day. For
     sleeveless team shirts, a white, navy or red school shirt is worn underneath.


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SCOUT DRESS
    Holy Spirit Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts may wear their scout uniform to school on the day of their meeting.
NOT PERMITTED AT ANYTIME (includes optional dress and spirit dress days)
   Oversized or tight fitting clothing
   Coats, jackets, or hats during class
   Shoes with more than a two-inch heel, clogs, Crocs or Croc like shoes, boots, or open toed shoes
   Any make-up, colored nail polish, false fingernails, perfumes, or colognes, nails of excessive length
   Dangling earrings, beads, bracelets, feathers, etc.
   Rubber bands or hair bands on wrists
   Hair that obstructs vision, shaved heads (hair must be a minimum of ¼” length), or hair color that is two tone or in total contrast of
    normal hair color
   Hairstyles and hair color bordering on the extreme (e.g. designs cut into the hair)
   Boys’ hair longer than collar length. (Hair must be cut above the ear and eyebrow line and must be neat and trim)
   Beeping watches or alarms
   Short shorts
   Nylon/mesh (see through) shorts or warm up pants
   Torn, cut-off, fringed, skinny, legging, or low rider jeans, jean shorts or jeans that drag the floor
   Any type of body piercing (other than on the ear lobes on girls)
   Lounge wear or pajamas
   Tattoos (permanent, temporary or personally drawn*)
    *includes writing of any kind
   Shoes with wheels or lights
   Clothing that advertises beer, alcohol, or tobacco products. Clothing that is offensive, disrespectful, degrading or promotes
    violence in any way (example: skulls & crossbones, WWE,WWF etc.)




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                                        EMERGENCY SITUATIONS
The office is equipped with a Civil Defense emergency signal system, and definite plans of action have been
formulated in case of bad weather, earthquakes, fires or bomb threats. When a noticeable change of weather occurs
during the school day, parents are asked to check the local radio and TV stations for school announcements. This
should eliminate the need to call the school, convent, or rectory. School doors are locked during the school day.

                                           EMERGENCY DRILLS

                                                  FIRE DRILLS
Fire drills are held at least eight times during the year. Students are instructed on the proper procedures and
conduct during the drills.

                                              TORNADO DRILLS
Students are instructed on procedures to follow in the event of a tornado. Periodic drills are held to insure that
everyone is familiar with the proper procedures.

                                           EARTHQUAKE DRILLS
Students are instructed on procedures to follow in the event of an earthquake. Periodic drills are held to insure that
everyone is familiar with the proper procedures.

                                           HEALTH AND SAFETY
Children should not come or stay in school when they show signs of the following: a rash; temperature above 99.6;
sore throat; severe cold symptoms of coughing, sneezing, nasal discharge, or watery eyes. Children should be fever
free for 24 hours before returning to school.

The dispensing of any medication, including aspirin, cough syrup, or cough drops, by school personnel is
forbidden unless the special written request form is completed and signed by the parent. This form should
include the name of the medication, the dosage, and the time(s) for administration. All medications, whether
prescription or over-the-counter, must be sent to school in their original container. It is the student’s
responsibility to come to the office at the prescribed time to receive the medication. NO MEDICATION IS
PERMITTED TO BE IN THE POSSESSION OF ANY STUDENT AT ANY TIME.

During Health Week, Holy Spirit has the consultative services of a Public Health nurse. Height, weight, vision, and
hearing screenings are done. Students in grades 5-8 are also screened for scoliosis.

                                            JUNIOR FIRE WARDENS

The responsibilities of the Junior Fire Wardens include checking the building during fire drills to make sure the
building has been evacuated and instructions followed and conducting monthly inspections of the building to
ascertain that there are no fire safety violations.

Students are selected by the principal for this important service. They are instructed in their duties and
responsibilities by the Fire Safety Education Officer of the Evansville Fire Department.




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                                                  LUNCH TIME

                                              CAFETERIA LUNCH

Holy Spirit school is a closed campus. In order to provide a balanced meal, a hot, nutritious lunch is prepared daily
for the students at Holy Spirit School. Every effort is made to keep the price to a minimum. Monthly, weekly or
daily purchases of lunch tickets may be made. For the primary children, the money should be put in an envelope
and marked with the child’s name, grade, and the days the child will be eating in the cafeteria. Parents are invited
to eat with their children; however, reservations need to be called in by 9:00 a.m. at 476-5984. (fast food is not to
be brought into the school for lunch). If any other relatives want to have lunch with students, the custodial parent
must call the office and make arrangements. No soft drinks are to be brought for student lunches. Those bringing
their lunches may purchase milk.

Those who are unable to afford to participate in this lunch program are encouraged to apply for the free
government-subsidized program. Forms may be obtained from the cafeteria manager or the principal.

If a student’s account exceeds a negative $20.00, they will be required to bring their lunch until their account
has been paid in full. If they do not bring in their lunch, they will receive a peanut butter & jelly sandwich,
fruit, vegetable and milk and be charged for a regular meal.

                                              WELLNESS POLICY

In the interest of promoting healthier habits in students, the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently verified that
all schools, including private schools, which participate in the National School Lunch Act of the child Nutrition
Act, must develop a School Wellness Plan for the 2006-2007 school year. Each school in the diocese of Evansville
will engage students, parents, teachers, food service staff, and health professionals in developing, implementing,
monitoring and reviewing school nutrition and physical education policies. To achieve these goals, schools will
form wellness committees, set campus nutrition guidelines, and determine nutrition education and physical activity
opportunities. Copies of the plan can be found in the school office.



                                      PARENT VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Holy Spirit School is not financially able to handle all the help needed to have an effective education program;
therefore, there is need for help from volunteers. Areas of service include teacher aides, speech team listeners,
maintenance help, library aides, playground supervisors, field trip volunteers, etc. Volunteer forms are available
on registration day, and parents are encouraged to assist wherever and whenever possible.

Adults volunteering with youth in any capacity must complete Safe Environment Training and submit to a
background check.




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                                PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL-SPONSORED
                                   EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Students who wish to participate in any school-sponsored extra-curricular activities must be working up to their
potential, must maintain at least a passing grade in EVERY subject at the end of each grading period, must keep up
with assigned homework, and must display acceptable behavior both in school and at school functions.

Students who receive a failing grade on their report card will not be allowed to participate in any school-sponsored
extra-curricular activity (see Athletic Eligibility below) for a period of 15 school days. If at the end of the 15
school days the student is passing, he/she may again participate in the extra-curricular activity. (In order to
participate in any school-sponsored sport or activity, students must be in attendance on a given day.)

When classes are canceled due to weather-related emergencies, extra-curricular activities will likewise be
canceled.

                                                 Athletic Eligibility

The athlete must not be failing any classes. Grades will be reviewed as report cards are issued, whether that
be on a six or nine week cycle. Upon release of a report card not meeting minimum standards, the student
will be suspended from play for fifteen school days from the day report cards go home (student may
practice with the team). On the fifteenth school day, the grade situation will be reviewed by the school
administrator. At that time, the student will be reinstated to the team, if the grade problem is corrected. If
grades are not up to standard, the student will continue play suspension and the right to practice will also be
suspended for three more weeks. After the second fifteen school days, play and practice suspension, the
grades will be reviewed again. If grades are up to minimum, the student will be returned to eligibility. If
the grades are still inadequate, the student will be removed from the school team and denied practice and
play until the student receives a report card that is up to minimum standards. Students who are
academically ineligible at the end of the school year will be able to participate on sports teams, but will be
closely monitored at the beginning of next school year. Exceptions on academic eligibility to participate can
be granted at the discretion of the school administrator for appropriate reasons. It is expected that any
exception will be documented for future reference. Students may be disqualified from participation in
sports activities based on behavioral reasons established by individual schools. All participants will be full-
time students within their respective schools.

                                                LOST AND FOUND

There is a lost and found area located in the school office.


                                                     PARTIES

Holiday parties are provided by the PTA Room Parents.

Student birthdays are celebrated by names announced over the PA, teacher recognition, special treat at lunch and a
blessing from Fr. Burns.


                                           RECESS - PLAYGROUND

Precipitation, temperature and wind chill factor determines whether or not students go outside during recess. We
do not allow outside recess if the wind chill factor is 32 degrees or below. In favorable weather all students are
expected to be outdoors unless they have a WRITTEN excuse from parent or guardian indicating an illness or
injury. The play area is supervised at all times by a member of the school staff.

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                                           SCHOOL SAFETY PATROL

In safeguarding the lives of children, the patrol members have an opportunity to develop qualities of initiative,
cooperation and leadership. The patrol member is made aware of the fact that human lives are entrusted to his/her
care. Each member should develop therefore, a sense of responsibility to duty and a willingness to give unselfish
service to others. The Safety Patrol is supervised by a member of the faculty under the direction of the principal.
This patrol represents authority and is to be obeyed. Any misconduct on the part of a patrol member should be
reported to the teacher in charge or the principal.

                                           POLICY FOR SNOW DAYS

HOLY SPIRIT SCHOOL WILL FOLLOW THE DECISION OF THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS; if E.V.S.C. schools
are closed, or if the opening of schools is delayed, Holy Spirit School will likewise be closed, or the opening of the
school will be delayed. If at all possible, our School Reach program will contact you. For further weather or
closing updates, please tune in to local television and radio stations. Our snow make-up days may differ than
those of EVSC. Please check our school calendar.
*Note: All holidays are considered potential snow make-up days.

In all weather-related situations, the safety of the students must be the primary consideration, and the final decision
whether or not to send your child(ren) to school is yours. We ask that you please contact the school (477-9082) to
report the absence as you would any other absence.

In the event that students must be dismissed earlier than the normal time, it is most important that the children
know where they are to go and how they are to get there.
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                                           PEST CONTROL POLICY

All applications of pesticides will be made in strict compliance with diocesan policy, label instructions, and
applicable Federal and State law. While pesticides protect children from pests, under certain circumstances they
may pose a hazard to children. When possible, pesticide applications will be made during non-instructional time or
during vacation periods and pesticides are prohibited when children are in or near the area to be treated. If you
wish to receive advance notice of pesticide application, please inform the principal. A written notice will be given
to you no later than two days before the application. No notice will be given if the application is made when
students are not present. In the case of an emergency application, (necessary to eliminate an immediate threat to
human health) notice will be given as soon as possible after such application.

The principal retains the right to amend the handbook for just cause. Parents will be given prompt
notification if changes are made.




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