2011-2012 Thompson High School Student-Parent Handbook and Shelby County Schools Code of Conduct and Attendance 1. Name _____________________________________________________ Date ________________________Period 2. Refer to the THS Student – Parent Handbook to find the answers to the following questions: 3. The “THS Rules of the Road” prohibits which three accessories? 4. Paraphrase the three rules regarding pants. 5. Paraphrase the two rules that apply specifically to the female population._______________________________________________ 6. Read #10. What is the ONLY way to be 100% absolutely, positively sure that your cell phone is not seen or heard during the school day? _____________________________________________________________ 7. Finally, which two rules apply not only here at THS, but also in the real world; both rules are fabulous advice about how to “be”? 8. Read the letter from Dr. Steele, your principal. What are the “essentials for our students to teach their potential”? 9. List the three requirements “to making our school successful” according to Dr. Steele’s letter. 10. Who is your grade-level administrator? ____________________________________ 11. Who is your counselor this year? __________________________________________ 12. To whom will you be sent if you wear sweatpants or a hat? _____________________________________________ 13. To whom will you be sent if you fail to follow your own advice in answer #4 above? 14. Check out the bell schedule! How long is each academic class period (except 4th)? _______ How long is 7th period? 15. Find the Attendance Information that begins on page 17. Excuses for absences must be turned in within _________ days of your return to school. Let’s practice this one: you are absent Tuesday and Wednesday. Your first day back at school is Thursday. What day of the week is the last day you have to turn in your excuse? _________________________ 16. Paraphrase the reasons to miss school that are excused.________________________________________________________ 17. How many absences are you allowed during the school year before you may lose credit for a class? _______ (That means ______ per semester.) 18. What kind of excuses are required if you exceed that limit? 19. 18. About make-up work: Teachers shall or shall not provide makeup work for students absent for unexcused reasons. i. Circle the correct option 20. If you are suspended, can you make up any of your missed work? _______ 21. If you have five unexcused absences in a school year, you and your parents may be sent to participate in what program? 22. If your parents need to send a neighbor to check you out, and this neighbor is not on your checkout authorization form, will it work for you parents to phone the school? ______ Fax a note? _____ Come down in person to add them for the next time? 23. How many tardies does it take to earn the consequence of a day in ISD? ___________ To be suspended? ___________ 24. Do you get a clean slate each month for tardies or do they continue to add up all year? ______________________ 25. What are the consequences of getting caught cheating on tests or other graded assignments? 26. On page 23, specifics about Rule of the Road #4 are boldly printed in a variety of ways. Where should hats be during the school day? If they are VISIBLE during the school day, they will be taken up. 27. What is considered appropriate storage for your cell phone or other electronic communication devices? Because you have been advised about proper storage, THS administrators will NOT take time out of the school day to conduct searches for stolen cell phones or other communication devices. Your parents may file a police report if they wish. 28. Do you have to be using a cell phone, iPod, etc. in order for it to be taken up? ______Explain: 29. Who can retrieve a cell phone the first time it is confiscated? ____________________ When is it released? 30. Let’s say that you—no, “your friend”—has his or her cell phone taken up twice; what is the consequence? 31. Who—on the second offense—must retrieve the phone? 32. Let’s say this “friend” did not learn from the consequences and was caught a third time! What now? 33. If you arrive prior to 7:30, you must report to the ______________ or the _______________ and remain there until dismissed into the building by the bell. 34. In order to avoid discipline procedures, you must carry a visible ___________________ if you are in the hall during class time or before school prior to 7:30. 35. What are the five things specified in this handbook that you should NOT do to your locker? 36. Read the school parking rules carefully and write three key rules from each of the following categories; paraphrasing encouraged. Please do these things Don’t do these things 37. Let’s say that your band has a benefit concert to promote. From whom must you get permission prior to posting signs about it? 38. Please open the Shelby County Schools Student Code of Conduct and Attendance to find the answers to the remaining questions. 39. From the list of the roles of parents and guardians, which TWO tasks do you value most and expect from your parents? 40. From the description for students, which two aspects you consider crucial for your success in school? 41. From the list of the responsibilities of the school, which two do you wish that THS would do better to maintain? 42. Which two roles from the school personnel list do you hope I most consistently fulfill? (I plan to uphold them all!) 43. Turn to page four and read about your responsibilities and rights pertaining to “free speech.” Summarize your responsibilities: 44. Paraphrase your free speech rights: 1. , 2. And 3. 45. List the three stated unethical ways of completing academic assignments. 46. Explain the differences between cheating and plagiarism. 47. What’s the difference between plagiarism and fabrication? 48. There are eleven categories of matters that—in addition to school-based discipline—are subject to “civil liabilities and criminal penalties.” (This means that you can be sued, denied services, or tried as criminals over these things.) 49. LIST those eleven categories here, please. 50. Yep, it’s still around—read about paddling on page 7. What must the principal have from the parent or guardian in order to swat you with a paddle as a disciplinary action? ________________________________________________________________________ For each of the following examples of inappropriate behavior that does not enhance the learning environment, provide the violation code number. It’s not a random search: you know that Class I is less dangerous than II, and that III and IV are terribly serious. For example, vandalism is a pretty bad idea, so I would begin with class II. Yep:Vandalism = 207 . Another example: a bomb threat is extremely serious; in fact, police and the FBI would get involved—so search for that number in Class IV. Indeed: Bomb threats = 410 51. Academic Dishonesty _____ 52. Possession of a knife ______ 53. Non-conformity to dress code _____ 54. Sexual harassment _____ 55. “Skipping” class or school ______ 56. Defiance or disrespect ______ 57. Sexual misconduct ______ 58. Alcohol or illegal drugs ______ 59. Possession of a nuisance item _____ 60. Intentionally getting around computer filter ____ 61. Possession of a handgun _____ 62. Inappropriate public display of affection _____ 63. intentional threat, intimidation, or harassment of a student _____ 64. Fighting _____ 65. Failure to come to class prepared with all necessary materials ____ 66. Explosives _____ 67. Misuse or abuse of prescription drugs _____ 68. Gambling _____ 69. Possession and/or use of prescription or non-prescription medication _____ 70. Arson _____ 71. Intentionally providing false information to a school board employee (in general) _____ 72. Possession and/or use of tobacco products, lighters, or matches _____ 73. Visible possession of beepers, pagers, portable telephones, and other communication devices _____ 74. Intentionally providing false information to a school board employee about a Class IV violation _____ 75. Explain the differences in the consequences of a Class III and a Class IV violation. (Look for the bold “shall” and “shall not” signposts.) 76. According to the Grievance Procedures section, what is the proper channeling of complaints against teachers ? 77. Revisiting make-up work: you know how many days you have to make arrangements for regular class work (questions 18 and 19 on this handout). Now read the second column at the top of page 18 beginning, “For assignments that were due on the day. . .” If a research paper or other long-term project is due on a day that you are absent, when must you submit that paper or project? _____________________________________ 78. Military recruiters have access to public record information to inform you of military opportunities. What must your parents do if you do not want them to have access? _______________________________________________________________ 79. Just say NO! Through the Substance Abuse Program, the SCBOE may conduct random drug tests on all students who ___________________________________ and who _____________________________________. This means that in addition to being arrested for or dying from drugs, you may be benched from your extra-curricular involvement as well. Just say NO! 80. One more thing about cell phones—a huge thing, in fact. “Per school system policy, once a cell phone is taken, the phone will be _____________________ and any ___________________ or ____________________ material found on the phone may lead to further legal implications.” (Even if you have nothing illegal on your phone, if you don’t want the administrators to read your messages or look at your pictures, leave your cell phone in your locker, in your car, or at home!) 81. Please read the Acceptable Use Practices section regarding the use of technology. You will see that unacceptable use of technology ranges from the rather serious “modifying access control permissions” to the simply irresponsible “intentionally wasting supplies.” Please list the four bold categories of “shall not” rules. 82. The end! Now follow these rules, and have a great year. (You will have a great year, because you will stay out of trouble!) Hurray!
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