Mr. Eric D. Harris, Principal
3206 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38111
Handbook Awareness Statement
My signature below indicates that I have received and read East High
School’s Student Handbook. I have read all of the policies and I agree
to abide by each of them.
Homeroom Teacher _____________________________________
Homeroom Section ______________________________________
Student’s Name (PRINT) _________________________________
Student’s Signature ______________________________________
This form is due to your homeroom teacher by the end of the 1st week
of school. Failure to return this form may result in disciplinary action.
2597 Avery Avenue Memphis, TN 38112-4892 901.416.5300
Eric Harris, Principal
East High School
3206 Poplar Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38111
Phone: 901. 416.6160
Fax: 901. 416.6161
August 1, 2011
Let me start by thanking each of you for your support during my first year as principal of East
High School. Although there is much work to do, we have had a great start to what I hope is a
long journey in the continuance of our tradition in excellence.
When setting our goals and vision for this school year, let us keep student achievement at the
forefront. It is the reason for our business. Our students are our customers to whom we must
always provide a legendary service. As we plan, we will always keep student learning as the
As a testament to our commitment to education, we have been selected to become a Science,
Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) school and have received a grant to fund
these programs of study. With East Career Technical Center now absorbed into the High
School, we have combined our optional, traditional, and vocational programs into a
comprehensive high school that has a competitive course listing to challenge and provide our
students with varying pathways to success.
My door is always open to you. With the many challenges of society, let's continue to support
WHERE TO LOOK FOR INFO
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Handbook Awareness Statement___________________________________________ 2
Principal Welcome Letter 3
We are here to help__ 6
MCS School Calendar 7
Bell Schedules 8
School Procedures & Policies 9
MCS Mission and Vision____ 9
Arrival on Campus 10
Tardies/Check-in Procedure 10
Tardy Policy & Procedures 10
Early Dismissal Procedure 10
Afternoon Dismissal 10
Absence Policy & Procedure 10-11
College Visitation 11
Excessive Absence Consequences 11
Make-up Work 11
Hall Passes 12
Participation in Extra-curricular Activities 12
Dress Code Policy 12-13
General Conduct 13
Class Cutting/Leaving Campus w/o Permission 14
Displays of Affection 15
Gambling & Card Playing 15
Selling of Unauthorized Items 15
Electronic Devices 15
Gang Affiliation 16
Cafeteria Regulations 16
Student Parking 16
Going to the Parking Lot 16
Grade Point Average & Class Rank 17
Quality Points Scale 17
Honor Roll 17
Grading Scale 18
Internet Policy 18
Promotion Policy 18
SAT _____________ 19
Advanced Placement 19
Optional Program 20
Miscellaneous Procedures & Policies 20
Textbook Accountability 20
Lost & Found 21
Telephone Messages 21
Fee Waivers 21
Attendance Verification Forms for Driver’s Permit 21
Posters & Signs 21
Student Support Services 22
Guidance Program 22
Homebound Instruction 22
Special Education/504 Services 22
WE ARE HERE TO HELP:
Principal Eric Harris 416-6160
Assistant Principal Heather Heard 416-6170
(9th and 10th Grade)
Assistant Principal and Kimberly Bell-Burke 416-6203
Optional School Coordinator (11th and 12th Grade)
Instructional Facilitator Samuel Bachelor 416-6206
Instructional Facilitator Wanda Hunt 416-6186
Counselor LaTanya Pratcher 416-6176
(last names beginning with A-G)
Counselor Josephine Stewart-Moore 416-6654
(last names beginning with H-O)
Counselor Rosie Carlock 416-6177
(last names beginning with P-Z)
Secretary Dorthene Lewis 416-6167
Secretary Cassandra Dumas 416-6171
Secretary Tashia Ward 416-6173
Secretary Bertha Kirby 416-6178
Librarian Sherry Macken 416-6653
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT YOUR SCHOOL
2011-2012 School Calendar
August 8 FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
September 5 Labor Day
October 14 Fall Break
October 17 STUDENTS OUT OF SCHOOL
Teachers: ½ District In-Service (12-3pm); ½ Parent-Teacher Conferences (4pm – 7pm)
November 10 District-wide ThinkShow
November 23-25 Thanksgiving Break
December 13-15 First Semester Exams
December 15 Last Day of First Semester
December 16 Administrative Day for Teachers
Dec. 19-30 Winter Break
January 2 First Day of Second Semester
January 16 Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Holiday
February 1 TCAP Writing Assessment (11th grade students only)
February 20 STUDENTS OUT OF SCHOOL
Teachers: ½ District In-Service (8-11 a.m.); ½ Parent-Teacher Conferences (12pm – 3pm)
March 12-16 Spring Break I
March 20 ACT Test given during school (Tentative)
April 6 Good Friday
April 30 – May 18 Gateway Testing (Tentative)
May 9-11 Senior Exams
May 12-20 Graduation Window (specific EHS graduation date not yet scheduled)
May 16-18 Final Exams for Grades 9, 10, 11
May 18 Last Day of Classes
May 21 District In-Service Day for Teachers
May 22 Administrative Day for Teachers
May 21-22 could be instructional days in the event of inclement weather.
**Please consider these dates when making vacation plans. Students are expected to be present for all classes and exams.**
WHEN & WHERE TO GO
REGULAR BELL SCHEDULE LUNCH SCHEDULE
A LUNCH 11:05-11:30
1st 7:30-8:20 B LUNCH 11:35-12:00
2nd 8:25-9:15 C LUNCH 12:05-12:30
A.M. HOMEROOM SCHEDULE P.M. HOMEROOM SCHEDULE
Class Time Class Time
Homeroom 7:30-7:45 1st 7:30-8:20
1st 7:50-8:35 2nd 8:25-9:15
2nd 8:40-9:25 3rd 9:20-10:10
3rd 9:30-10:15 4th 10:15-11:05
4th 10:20-11:05 5th 11:10-12:30
5th 11:10-12:30 6th 12:35-1:15
6th 12:35-1:20 7th 1:20-1:55
7th 1:25-2:15 Homeroom 2:00-2:15
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF YOU……
SCHOOL PROCEDURES & POLICIES
MCS Mission Statement
Academic Achievement: #1
MCS Vision Statement
Memphis City Schools will be an internationally competitive urban school system
that will produce well-rounded, high achieving students.
Arrival on Campus
Students arriving on campus before 7:15 a.m. must report to the cafeteria. Students may not walk the halls or go
to lockers before the 7:15 a.m. bell rings. Supervision is offered only in the cafeteria; therefore, students must
remain in this area until the 7:15 a.m. bell rings. Breakfast is served from 7:00 a.m. – 7:25 a.m. Once a student
has arrived, he/she may not leave campus unless he/she follows normal checkout procedures.
It is the expectation of East High that students be on time to school and to class. A student is considered tardy
at the 7:30 a.m. bell. Teachers will not allow you to enter the room tardy without an admit. Students that
arrive 7:30 a.m. or later must check in through the Attendance Office with a parent or guardian.
Disciplinary action will follow if a student does not check in properly.
Tardy Policy & Procedures to Class
Tardy 1: Teacher Warning (Log)
Tardy 2: Teacher Warning/Parent Phone Call (Log)
Tardy 3: Final Teacher Warning/Parent Phone Call (Log)
Tardy 4: Referral to Office
Continuous tardiness to class will result in further disciplinary action.
Early Dismissal Procedure
(1) Preferably, the parent should come into the main office to check the child out of school.
(2) In the event that a parent is unavailable for check out, the student should turn a dismissal note
in to the main office first thing that morning. This note must be from a parent or guardian and it must
include the student’s name and grade, parent’s name, the reason and time for dismissal, and a
phone number where the parent can be reached to verify the note.
(3) Dismissal forms should be picked up by the student in the office prior to leaving the
campus. If the student must be dismissed during a class period, the student must pick up the
dismissal slip before entering that class (between classes or lunch).
(4) When a student becomes ill during the day, a hall pass should be obtained from the classroom
teacher before reporting to the office to begin checkout procedures.
(5) All students are expected to remain in class until parents arrive except in extreme emergencies.
All students are required to leave the building by 2:30 p.m. unless involved in an activity supervised by a faculty
member, there is no supervision provided for students after 2:30 p.m.. No students should be in the gym unless
involved in an organized athletic practice.
**NOTE TO PARENTS- Please promote your child’s safety by making arrangements for him/her to be
picked up from school at the proper time. East High cannot take responsibility for unsupervised
Absence Policy & Procedures
The day following an absence, students should present the first period teacher a written excuse, which (1) states
the date(s) and reason for the absence and (2) includes a phone number for contacting the parent/guardian who
has signed the note. All absences will be marked unexcused unless the student’s note documents an excusable
reason for absence. A student has 3 days upon return to submit absence documentation. The student absentee
report form (pink copy received from homeroom teacher) must be signed by each subject teacher and then
retained by the student for his/her records.
According to MCS Board Policy, the following reasons constitute excused absences:
Personal illness of the student
Death or serious illness in the student’s immediate family
Recognized religious holiday or event
Validated court appearance of the student
Any other unusual causes acceptable to the school’s principal, including approved school-
sponsored or school-approved activities
One-day absence when the parent/guardian or custodian is deployed for military
service and one-day absence when the parent/guardian or custodian returns from military service
Absences for any reason other than those listed above are unexcused.
NOTE TO PARENTS: Regular doctors’ appointments and vacations must not be scheduled during exams or
inclement weather make-up days.
Excused absences are allowed for college visitation by juniors and seniors only. Juniors are allowed two (2)
visits during the spring semester; seniors are allowed two (2) visits during the fall semester. Students must
obtain a visitation request form from their alphabet counselor’s office, and prior approval by their counselor
is required for all college visits. Once, the form has been obtained and approved, the student will turn it in to
the Attendance Office. After the absence, the student must return to school with documentation on university
letterhead that confirms their presence at the college visit. This documentation should be turned in to the 1st
period teacher in order to obtain an excused absentee form. NOTE: Approved college visitation days will
not count against a Senior when he/she is being considered for exam exemption since approved Senior
visits should only occur during the fall semester.
Excessive Absence Consequences
In relation to unexcused absences, parents will be contacted and progressive disciplinary measures will be
followed as outlined in MCS Board policy:
Warning letter informing parent/guardian of 3 unexcused absences
truancy laws; Mandatory Parent Conference
Warning letter from the U.S. District Attorney’s 5 unexcused absences
Office sent home; Mandatory Parent Meeting
with Student Attendance Review Team (SART)
Referral to Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) 10 unexcused absences
Referral to the Dept. of Safety for drivers’ license 15 unexcused absences
According to MCS policy, all students have the opportunity to make-up assignments missed due to excused
or unexcused absences. Class work and tests should be made up as soon as possible after the student returns to
school. Most teachers have designated a particular day/time period for make-up work to be completed; please
check with your teachers immediately upon your return for all missed work. All
work missed due to unexcused absences will be marked down one letter grade. If a student fails to make up
missed assignments and tests, the deficiencies shall be averaged with the other grades.
If permission is granted to leave class, students must carry an official teacher hall pass at all times.
East High will be observing a “15 Minute Rule” in regards to hall pass use. Students will not be
permitted to leave the classroom for any reason during the first or last 15 minutes of class.
Participation in Extracurricular Activities
Accumulation of tardies, excessive absences, and/or discipline infractions will jeopardize your ability to
participate in and/or attend extracurricular activities, including but not limited to athletic events, dances,
plays, pep rallies, field trips, etc.
Prom is also considered an extracurricular activity. Attending prom is a privilege that seniors and juniors
must exhibit acceptable behavior and attendance to receive.
DRESS CODE POLICY
Tops (shirts, blouses) must be white, with collars and sleeves.
Acceptable styles include Polo or golf-style shirts, Oxford or button-down dress shirts, turtlenecks,
and white blouses with Peter Pan collars. ANY SHIRTS WITH A VISIBLE LOGO, BRAND
NAME, PICTURE OR INSIGNIA MAY NOT BE WORN.
Shirts must be tucked on the inside unless they are made to be worn over pants or skirts.
Long sleeves and short sleeves are both acceptable.
Sleeveless tops are not acceptable.
T-shirts, camisoles, tank tops, and tube tops may be worn as undergarments. They must be solid
white. NO COLORED SHIRTS OF ANY KIND MAY BE WORN AS UNDERGARMENTS.
Vests, sweaters, sweatshirts, cardigans, and lightweight jackets are permitted as items that may be
worn over the uniform top. They must be white, tan, navy blue, black or gray outerwear.
Bottoms (pants, walking shorts, skirts and jumpers) must be black, tan, or navy blue.
Acceptable pants styles include full-length dress pants, boot cut or straight-legged pants, cargo pants,
straight-legged lagi pants, cropped pants and knee-length walking shorts.
NO JOGGING PANTS, SWEAT PANTS MAY BE WORN.
Skirts or jumpers must also be knee-length or longer.
Denim jeans, black jeans, tight-fitting or baggy pants, leggings or tights are NOT acceptable.
Belts must be worn with pants featuring belt loops, and pants must be fitted at the waist.
No visible rips, tears or holes are allowed
Shoes should not have heels higher than an inch and a half.
All athletic or tennis shoes, as well as boots, are acceptable.
If sandals are worn, they must have a heel strap that is a manufactured part of the shoe.
All Apparel/General Appearance
No denim material may be worn as uniform clothing.
No headgear of any kind is to be worn, unless it is mandated by religious beliefs.
All uniform clothing must be plain without any manufacturer’s logos, brand names, pictures, or
insignias visible on the clothing.
HEAVY COATS, HEAVY JACKETS, AND RAINCOATS ARE NOT TO BE WORN DURING
THE SCHOOL DAY.
East High School does not allow students to wear chains hanging from belts/pockets or dog collars
with studs or spikes.
Hairstyles or facial piercings that are distracting to the learning environment will not be permitted.
No Greek Apparel
**All students must be in dress code compliance before entering the building and remain that way until
exiting at 2:15 p.m., or until the end of tutoring, e-learning, course recovery or any other academic after school
Consequences for Dress Code Violations
If a student is out of compliance in regards to the dress code, the following consequences are in place:
First violation – Warning
Second violation – Parent Contact
Third violation – Mandatory Parent Meeting
Additional violations of The East High dress code policy will result in more stringent disciplinary action.
If a student is BLATANTLY out of dress code, a parent or guardian may be required to bring the student
appropriate attire or the student will remain in ISS for the remainder of the day.
1. Standard classroom behavior includes the following behaviors:
a. Respect the teacher and his/her right to teach.
b. Respect fellow students and their right to learn.
c. Be prepared for class each day, have materials and homework.
d. Follow teacher’s directions the first time they are given.
2. The first priority of our school is teaching and learning. Class misconduct will not be tolerated.
Lack of cooperation, excessive talking, getting out of assigned seat, repeatedly acting out and
horseplaying in class will not be tolerated.
3. Grounds for disciplinary action apply whenever the student’s conduct is reasonably related to
school or school activities, including but not limited to:
a. On school grounds before, during, or after school hours and at any other time when the school is
being used by a school group
b. Off school grounds at a school activity, function, or event or in capacity of representing the
c. Traveling to and from school, a school activity, a school-related function, or school-related event
d. Elsewhere if conduct may reasonably be considered to be a threat or attempted intimidation of a
staff member or an interference with school purposes or an education function
4. Loitering or trespassing on the private establishments around our campus will not be permitted. When
individual circumstances in the school dictate, the administration may search an individual’s locker,
vehicle, and person.
Any form of hazing or “initiating” students into a group by means of embarrassment, stunts, physical exertion,
etc. is not sanctioned by East High School or Memphis City Schools. Fraternity, sorority and social club
activities are prohibited at school and school activities. If these actions occur, students will be subject to
suspension, expulsion, or other suitable disciplinary action.
East High School has a no tolerance policy in regards to class cutting and leaving campus without permission.
Students who are excessively late to class are also considered to be cutting class. Any student not present
during the first 10 minutes of class without an excused note will receive a discipline referral for class
A student who skips a class during the school year will receive the following disciplinary actions:
First offense – Mandatory Parent Conference
Second offense and beyond – More stringent disciplinary action
Leaving Campus without Permission
Once a student arrives on campus, he/she cannot leave the campus without being officially checked out through
the main office. Please understand that faculty and staff are not authorized to give students permission to go off
campus. Students who leave campus for any reason without permission will receive an immediate home
It is important that you attend a school where integrity is respected and your work is accepted as valid. For
this reason, cheating will not be tolerated.
East High School defines cheating as, but not limited to, any of the following activities:
Copying and or offering homework verbally, in written form, or by electronic means.
Copying and/or offering answers on tests or quizzes verbally, in written form, or by electronic means.
Bringing in and using unauthorized information during class time, including information stored in a
calculator, camera, cell phone, etc.
Offering or receiving information under circumstances when information is not to be shared.
Having an outside person, including parents or tutors, complete assignments and submitting the
work as one’s own.
Presenting collaborative work as independent work and independent work as collaborative. (In group
work, one person should not and will not bear the burden for the entire group assignment.)
Copying answers from answer guides in texts.
Fabricating or “fudging” data, information, or sources. Attempting to pass off made up material as the
result of genuine research efforts.
The act of plagiarism may include direct copying, but it may also be more complex than verbatim repetition.
The following activities constitute plagiarism:
Submitting images and/or documents in whole or in part from the internet without citation of the
Copying another’s work.
Using another’s ideas without proper citation.
Incorporating portions of another’s writing within the context of your own work.
Failing to acknowledge a source of information.
Using “unique” phrases without citation.
Using graphics, charts, diagrams, illustrations without citations.
Consequences for Cheating/Plagiarism:
Whenever a student is caught cheating or lagiarizing, he/she will receive an automatic zero on that
Displays of Affection
Public Displays of Affection (PDA) at school are not appropriate behavior and may result in disciplinary action
and notification of parents.
Gambling & Card Playing
Gambling activities of any kind are prohibited on school grounds or while attending a school sponsored activity.
Card playing is also prohibited.
Selling of Unauthorized Items
Students should not participate in fundraising activities of any kind during the school day. The selling of chips,
candy, drinks, “burned” CDs, or any other item for personal fundraising should not occur on campus at all. If
students are found guilty of participating in such activities, the items for sale will be confiscated and the student
will be subject to disciplinary action.
In accordance with MCS policy, the use of electronic devices, such as cell phones, electronic games, radios,
tape players, CD players, mp3 players, Ipods, etc., are strictly prohibited on our school campus. Please be
advised that since the use of these items is prohibited according to MCS policy, if these items are lost or stolen,
the school can not be held responsible. Furthermore, the school can not hold investigations regarding these
items or search accused students for possession of these items.
Results of repeated violations are as follows:
First offense – Item will be confiscated and held for 24 hours. Parent/guardian must come to school to
retrieve the item.
Second offense – Item will be confiscated for three (3) school days and parent/guardian must come to
school after the 3rd school day to retrieve the item.
Third (or more) Offense – Item will be confiscated for three (3) school days; Mandatory Parent
Conference must be held before item is returned.
**Refusal to surrender your electronic device to school staff will result in an automatic home
According to MCS policy, gang-related activities at school, school activities, and school sponsored events is
strictly prohibited. Any type of blatant showing of gang affiliation (ie. Drawings or symbols, bandanas,
wearing inappropriate colored clothing and other “flags,” etc.) or any gang related activity is considered a
Level 5 offense and will result in automatic 11-180 day expulsion. Students expelled for gang related
activity must also participate in mandatory gang prevention counseling prior to returning to school.
The State Law in Tennessee makes it unlawful for students under the age of l8 to smoke. The use of tobacco in
any form by any student is prohibited on the school campus and all school activities. Disciplinary action will
result. Students under 18 can also be issued a Juvenile Summons if found to be in possession of tobacco.
1. Breakfast is available for all students before school and must be eaten in the cafeteria. It is the
responsibility of the student to arrive at school early enough to complete breakfast in the cafeteria and
report to first period on time. Breakfast is served from 7:00 a.m. – 7:25 a.m.
2. Students may not leave campus for lunch.
3. During lunch, students are restricted to the cafeteria unless under a teacher’s
supervision. Students are not permitted to wander around campus or be in classrooms without a
4. Each student is responsible for disposing of trash. Food and soft drinks are not to be taken from
5. Students will exhibit appropriate behavior at all times. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary
**NOTE: Classes will not be interrupted for lunch delivery from restaurants or parents**
Students driving automobiles to school must park in the student parking. No one is permitted to return to a
car during the school day. No student automobiles will be allowed in front of the building. All vehicles
driven to school must be registered in accordance with school parking regulations and a valid parking decal
must be visible. Parking is on a first come, first served basis. There is no guarantee of a parking space. Parking
registration must be done annually. Decals are $4. After the first three weeks of school, automobiles parked on
campus without a parking decal may be subject to towing. All vehicles are subject to search when individual
circumstances dictate. Under no circumstances should students park in handicap spaces or in spaces designated
for teachers or staff.
Auto violations (no decal, parking in prohibited areas, reckless driving, etc.) will be subject to the
1st Violation – Student Conference
2nd Violation- Mandatory Parent Conference
3rd Violation – Loss of driving/parking privilege for remainder of year
Going to the Parking Lot
Students are not allowed in the parking lot during school hours. Vehicles can not be used as lockers or storage
for projects or other materials needed during the school day. Being caught in the parking lot between the hours
of 7:30 a.m.-2:15 a.m. will be considered class cutting and grounds for disciplinary action.
Grade Point Average (GPA) and Class Rank
The grade point average (GPA) is computed for each student by using the semester grades for all high school
credits earned up until that point (includes grades received in 8th grade Honors Physical Science and Honors
Algebra I). Each semester letter grade receives a numerical value as shown on the Quality Points Scale. These
values are then added together and divided by the total number of grades used. According to MCS Policy, East
High encourages all students to participate in honors and advanced placement courses.
Quality Points Scale
LEVEL A B C D F
Traditional (4) 4 3 2 1 0
Honors (6) 5 4 3 1 0
Adv. Placement (8) 6 5 4 1 0
Note: Many colleges and universities disregard the quality point scale and recalculate GPA based on a
Principal’s Honor Roll: Student has all A’s, no N’s or U’s in conduct.
Distinguished Honor Roll: Student has GPA of 3.5 or above, with no N or U in conduct, no D’s or F’s.
Honor Roll: Student has GPA of 3.0 to 3.499 with no N or U in conduct, no D’s or F’s.
*This requirement includes conduct in homeroom.
The library will be open for student usage from 7:30 a..m. to 2:30 p.m. each school day. Students with
outstanding fines at the end of the school year will not receive report cards until the fines are paid.
Students are responsible for good behavior on the Internet just as they are in the classroom or hallway.
Materials that are obscene, offensive, threatening, or otherwise intended to harass or demean recipients must not
be transmitted. Using the network is a privilege and entails responsibility. A student will lose the privilege if
any of the access rules are broken.
To qualify for the following grade levels, a student must have earned the required units.
10th Grade- 5 units
11th Grade- 10 units
12th Grade- 15 units
According to MCS policy, East High School commits to offering students interventions to recover lost credits
and providing academic acceleration for students behind in credits. Students should see their alphabet
counselor for information regarding academic interventions, such as Course Recovery, Summer School,
correspondence courses, and tutoring.
This test will be given to participating sophomores and juniors at school during the fall semester. The date and
time will be publicized as that information becomes available. This test is required for students in the 11th
grade. Also, it will be used as one of the criteria for Advanced Placement class readiness, so it may be wise for
10th graders considering application for 11th grade AP courses to take it as well. See your alphabet counselor if
you have additional questions.
See your alphabet counselor or visit http://www.act.org for further information.
Test Date Registration Deadline (Late Fee Required)
September 10, 2011 August 12, 2011 August 13 – 26, 2011
October 22, 2011 September 16, 2011 September 17– 30, 2011
December 10, 2011 November 4, 2011 November 5 – 18, 2011
February 11, 2012 January 13, 2012 January 14 – 20, 2012
April 14, 2012 March 9, 2012 March 10 – 23, 2012
June 9, 2012 May 4, 2012 May 5 – 18, 2012
See your alphabet counselor or visit http://www.collegeboard.com for further information.
2010-11 Test U.S. Registration Deadlines*
(a fee applies)
October 1, 2011 SAT & September 9, 2011 September 21, 2011
November 5, 2011 SAT & October 7, 2011 October 21, 2010
December 3, 2011 SAT & November 8, 2011 November 20, 2011
January 28, 2012 SAT & December 30, 2011 January 13, 2012
March 10, 2012 SAT only February 10, 2012 February 24, 2012
May 5, 2012 SAT & April 6, 2012 April 20, 2012
June 2, 2012 SAT & May 8, 2012 May 22, 2012
An advanced placement (AP) course is an advanced course that, upon successful completion, grants college
credit to the student based on grades in the course and performance on the corresponding end of the year
exam. If you are interested in taking an AP course, be sure that you are aware of the prerequisites and
requirements to enter the course. See any AP teacher or Professional School Counselor for more
AP Exams will be administered in May each year.
See your alphabet counselor/or AP Teacher for additional information.
To remain in the optional program a student must maintain an average of C or above in each subject per
semester. Optional students who make a first semester D in any academic subject will not be approved for
renewal/admission; however, final report cards will be used to determine any status change.
Optional students must be familiar with the requirements for the program. All graduation requirements must be
taken at the honors levels. In order to be successful at the college or university level it is strongly recommended
that the optional students complete four (4) years of math and science while at East High School.
Students attending East High School on any type of open enrollment transfer can be denied a renewal based
on the following criteria:
1. Unacceptable behavior or attendance (including tardies to school and/or to class)
2. One extended suspension for serious misconduct resulting in expulsion
3. One extended suspension for serious misconduct resulting in a statement from Pupil Services Center
that the student is being returned to the school on probation
4. Two extended suspensions for any reason
5. A combined total of four in-school suspensions, home suspensions, and/or disciplinary referrals to
6. A combined total of fifteen absences and tardies
Students attending East High School on an optional transfer can be denied a renewal based on the following
1. A combined total of 15 or more absences or tardies
2. Semester grade of D or F in any class
3. Unsatisfactory conduct
MISCELLANEOUS PROCEDURES & POLICIES
Unless otherwise indicated by an announcement from the office, students will sit where they are directed by the
administrators. Students are expected to be respectful during all assemblies. Inappropriate behavior during
assemblies will result in disciplinary action.
Each student will have the opportunity to be assigned a locker for which he/she must pay a $4 maintenance fee
to his or her homeroom teacher. No student should give his/her combination to other students or allow
other students, to store belongings in his/her locker.
Textbooks will be distributed during the first week of school beginning with seniors. Students are responsible
for textbooks that are issued to them. Lost textbooks are governed by Board of Education Policy #6134, which,
in part, states that any lost or damaged book must be paid for by the student, parent, or guardian. Any new book
must be replaced at 100% of its replacement price; any used book must be replaced at 75% of its replacement
price. Restitution must be made: (1) before new textbooks are issued; (2) before report cards or diplomas are
issued, or (3) before withdrawals are granted.
Students may not be in possession of any medications (prescription or otherwise). Any student needing to take
medication at school must present it to the office with proper documentation. The student may return to the
office at such time as is necessary to take this medication.
Lost and Found
Students who have lost articles may inquire within the main office. If students find articles belonging to others,
they are expected to bring them to the office immediately.
The school does not call students from class to answer the telephone. Only emergency messages will be
If you are eligible for free or reduced priced meals, you are also eligible for fee waivers. Fees eligible for
waiver include the following: fees for participation in courses for credit/grade; fees for cap and gown for
graduation ceremonies (12th grade only); and summer school tuition. Fees not eligible for waiver include the
following: fines for overdue library books; parking decals; charges for lost, damaged, or destroyed textbooks,
workbooks, or other school property; debts owed to the school; tuition of nonresident students; membership or
club dues; and fees for activities occurring outside the regular school day including sports, optional trips, clubs
or social events.
*Please understand that you are not required to request this benefit in order to participate in the school’s reduced
Attendance Verification Forms for Driver’s License/Learner’s Permit
Students desiring to obtain the Attendance Verification Form for the Tennessee Driver License or Learner
Permit should come to the attendance office and fill out a request form for this service. The completed form
will be ready by 2:15 p.m. on Fridays.
Any absence from school in order to obtain a learner’s permit or driver’s license is unexcused. If a learner’s
permit will be needed during the summer, the attendance verification form must be requested at least two weeks
prior to the end of school.
Posters & Signs
All posters and signs must be approved by the administration. Persons posting the signs and posters
are responsible for their removal and for cleanup. Candidates for school or club offices should
check with the administration to approve all signage related to campaigns.
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
The Guidance Department exists to assist students in gaining the maximum value from school activities.
Three full-time counselors offer the following activities:
1. Assisting in planning the high school program
2. Assisting in making plans for life after school
3. Assisting in vocational planning
4. Counseling for students who need help with personal, social, and academic problems
5. Coordinating and orchestrating Parent-Teacher conferences regarding student progress
6. Arranging for homebound instruction
Homebound Instruction is available for those students who, under the advice of a physician, must miss school
for an extended period of time. Parents should contact the appropriate counselors for information about
whether homebound instruction is an option for their child.
SPECIAL EDUCATION/ 504 SERVICES
Placement/Modifications in these programs are determined by IEP Team recommendation. Classroom teachers
are often asked to attend IEP Team meetings and to offer consultation to the special education teacher. Most
exceptional students are placed in traditional classroom settings for the majority of their classes. Students may
be identified as exceptional and attend all traditional classes. Modifications may be dictated for the traditional
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