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					       7o Essex Drive
  Demopolis, Alabama 36732



Parent/STUDENT HANDBOOK
       2011-2012




      Hornet Pride
High Standards + High Expectations = High Achievement & Lifelong Learning



A MESSAGE FROM THE INSTRUCTIONAL LEADER

This handbook has been designed to provide some of the
information necessary for a successful high school experience. It is
a cooperative product of the faculty, students, and teachers. It has
been revised and updated so that you may have the most updated
information about John Essex School.

At John Essex School, we are committed to providing each child
with a quality education as well as a pleasant experience both
academically and emotionally. Every teacher will provide a
syllabus for the students that he or she will teach. Many innovative
programs will be implemented which will allow us to tap into the
individual learning styles of each student. We encourage all
students to do their best and perform to their fullest potential.
When this is done, the final product will be a happy and successful
student that is able to function well in society.

Please take time to familiarize yourself with the information
provided in this handbook. Your knowledge of expectations of the
teachers and staff at John Essex School will certainly help you
make this year a pleasant one. All staff has an open-door policy.
Please share any concerns that you may have with us. We are here
to help. Have a great year! Remember, at John Essex ---
“CHILDREN COME FIRST.”

Sincerely,
Tiffany Davis
Tiffany Davis
Instructional Leader




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                        John Essex Directory



Main Office                                           (334) 289-3504

Fax                                                   (334) 2893591

Instructional Leader                                   (334) 289-3504
Ms. Tiffany Davis
Instructional Leader: The instructional leader is responsible for the total
      school program. She works with and helps all students, parents,
      teachers, and staff members.



Secretary/Administrative Assistant:                   (334) 289-3504
Ms. Pearl Adams
Secretary: The school secretary manages the school office, answers the
     phone, and works with the principal. She keeps track of daily student
     attendance. She establishes, maintains, and submits appropriate
     records, files, and reports. She also assumes responsibility for
     preparing and maintaining all financial aspects of school activities.

Counselor:                                             (334) 289-3504
Mrs. Leslie May
Counselor: The counselor is here to help each student develop and maintain a
      positive self-image in order to achieve success in school. Teachers or
      parents refer students to the counselor, or students may ask to see
      the counselor.




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                       JEHS Motto

“John Essex High School Where Children
             Come First”


                       JEHS Colors
                 Gold, Blue, and White


                       JEHS Pledge
    I believe in myself and my ability to do my best at all
                            times.

      Every day: I will think, I will listen, I will look, I will
            speak, I will reason, and I will write – I
              will work to the best of my ability.

    I will do all these things with one purpose in mind, to
          be the best that I can be and not waste this
             day, for this day will not come again.



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High Standards + High Expectations = High Achievement & Lifelong Learning


                       John Essex “Hornet” Connection
Morning announcements are made each morning at 7:20 a.m. Students are given the
opportunity to pledge allegiance to the flag, participate in a moment of silence, recite
school pledge, hear the word of the day, and etc. Announcements, birthdays, and other
items of importance are made at this time. If your child arrives after the starting time
he/she is considered tardy. Please sign your child in. We appreciate you having your
child here on time. Your child can not arrive before 7:00 a.m.

                                JEHS Expectations:
Classroom Expectations:
1. Students will come directly to the classroom and prepare for the activities of the day
    as directed by the teacher.
2. Students will demonstrate a positive and cooperative attitude.
3. Students will be recognized before speaking unless working in cooperative groups.
4. Students will remain in assigned seat or area.
5. Students will complete assignments.
6. Students will use soft, kind voices.
7. Students will show respect for self and others, including others’ property.
8. Students will remain in the room unless receiving permission to leave.
9. Students will listen to and follow all directions.
10. Students will always respectfully obey JEHS staff.

Hall Expectations:
1.   Students will walk at all times in an orderly manner, keeping to the right.
2.   Students will use soft, kind voices in the hall
3.   Students will keep hands, feet, and objects to themselves.
4.   Students will obey and respect all JEHS staff.

Lunchroom Expectations:
1.   Students will remain seated until dismissed.
2.   Students will use good table manners.
3.   Students will show respect through appropriate behavior and attitude.
4.   Students will not throw or play with food.
5.   Students will keep table areas clean.
6.   Students will raise their hand for assistance from adults.
7.   Students will use a voice that can be heard at their table only.
8.   Students will properly care for materials/equipment.



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9. Students will listen to and follow directions.
10. Students will be quiet, courteous, and orderly standing in the serving line and while
    eating their lunches at assigned tables.

Restroom Expectations:
1. Students will practice safety.
2. Students will help maintain the cleanliness of the restrooms.
3. Students will be orderly and quiet in the restrooms.



                     School Enrollment Requirements

Student’s withdrawal form, records or last report card.
Immunization form (blue slip)
Copy of Birth Certificate
Copy of Social Security Card
Zone Form signed by parent of legal guardian
Present two of the following items for verification of address:

                                     Copy of Electric Bill
                                     Copy of Telephone Bill
                                     Copy of Water Bill
                                     Copy of Gas Bill
                                     Copy of Driver’s License



                        Immunization Requirements
    According to Alabama Law (13-30-4), Code of Alabama), Board of Education shall
require each pupil who is otherwise entitled to admittance to present an Alabama
Certificate of Immunization. Therefore, no student will be admitted to Marengo county
High School without the certificate of immunizations. These certificates may be obtained
from the Marengo county Health Department or your local physician.




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                       State Attendance Policy

“We are here because of children; therefore,
our business is service.”
Students must be enrolled in school in order to reap the benefits
offered by educators and support staff of the Marengo county Public
School System.




Compulsory School Attendance Laws

Code of Alabama, Section 16-28-12

Each parent, guardian, or other person having control or custody of
any child required to attend school or receive regular instruction by a
private tutor who fails to have the child enrolled in school or who fails
to send the child to school, or have him or her instructed by a private
tutor during the time the child is required to attend a public school,
private school, church school, denominational school, or parochial
school, or be instructed by a private tutor, or fails to require the child
to regularly attend the school or tutor, or fails to compel the child to
properly conduct himself or herself as a pupil in any public school in
accordance with the written policy on school behavior adopted by the
local board of education pursuant to this section and documented by
the appropriate school official which conduct may result in suspension
of the pupil, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction,
shall be fined not more than one hundred dollars ($100) and may also
be sentenced to hard labor for the county for not more than 90 days.
The absence of a child without the consent of the principal teacher of
the public school he or she attends or should attend, or of the tutor
who instructs or should instruct the child, shall be prima facie evidence
of the violation of this section.

Code of Alabama, Amendment 16-28-16

An amendment of 16-28-16 of the Code of Alabama specifies that each
child who enrolls in a public school, regardless of age, be subject to
the School Attendance and Truancy Laws of the state.




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Alabama Department of Education Prevention and Support Services -
(May 2004)

A parent, guardian, or other person having charge of any child officially enrolled in
Alabama public schools (K-12) shall explain in writing the cause of any and every
absence of the child no later than three (3) days following return to school. A failure to
furnish such explanation shall be evidence of the child being truant each day he is
absent. The child shall also be deemed truant for any absence determined by the
principal to be unexcused based upon the State Department of Education's current School
Attendance Manual. Three (3) unexcused absences within a school year constitute a
student being truant for the purpose of filing a petition with the Court.

Students enrolled in the District schools are required to be in School each day school
is in session. If a student is absent, the parent or guardian must provide school officials
with a written explanation for each student’s absence at the time the student returns to
school. Failure to do so shall result in an unexcused absence.




                                       Absences
We are required to know why a child is absent from school. Therefore, you are required
to know why a child is absent from school. Therefore you are required to send a note to
your child’s teachers stating the reason for the absence. If the student will be out for
more than two days, please call and let us know.

                                Excused Absences
Absences will be excused for the following reasons:
   1. Illness
   2. Death or serious illness of an immediate family member;
   3. Weather preventing attendance
   4. Legal requirements, such as a subpoena or other required court appearance

                               Unexcused Absences
An absence, which is not excused, is an unexcused absence. Days absent due to
suspension are excused. Students are allowed to make up work, tests, or other
instructional activities missed due to excused absences except for state testing. Principals
shall avoid, if possible, suspending students on days during nine-week testing or make-up
testing. The principal shall allow the students to make up missed tests or exams upon
their return from suspension. In all cases, students must make up missed tests or exams
within five (5) days after returning from an unexcused absence.




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                              No Participation List
Students with excessive absences, tardies, suspensions from school, or behavior deemed
inappropriate may be placed on the No Participation List, which will prevent them from
attending fieldtrips, special activities, or joining clubs or organizations. Students may be
placed on this list for a semester or the entire school year.




                                    Telephone Use
The telephones in the office are for business use and are not to be used by students except
in an emergency situation. Students must make their request to use the telephone to their
classroom teacher and obtain an office pass from that teacher before coming to the office
to use the telephone. All telephone calls will be limited to three minutes per call.




                                      Cell Phones
Students are not allowed to use cell phones at school. Cell phones will be taken and can
be picked up at the end of the day by a parent.

                                      Textbooks
Textbooks are provided by the State of Alabama in all courses for all students. Students
and/or their parents or legal guardians are responsible for the proper care and
safeguarding of textbooks checked out to the students. Students and/or their parents or
legal guardians are required to pay for lost or damaged textbooks. Any loss, abuse or
damage in excess of that which result from the normal use of the textbook must be
assessed against and paid for by the student or his/her parents or legal guardian. Students
who owe for lost textbooks will not be issued their final report cards unless lost or
damaged books are paid for. Students owing for a textbook(s) will not receive any books
until debt is paid.
                               Progress Reports
Progress reports to students are issued during each half term throughout the school year.
These reports are then signed by the parent and returned to the student's faculty advisor.
Parents may request a Progress Report for any particular class at any time by contacting
the school office.

End-of-term report cards are sent home four times each school year. Please refer to the
School Board approved calendar for exact dates.




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                                      Homework
    Homework is a valuable learning experience. The secret to success is to believe
homework is necessary to reinforce your child’s school work. Making homework a
family commitment can help your child develop lifelong study skills, self-discipline, and
independence. All homework assignments may not be written, but could be in form of
study review tests, research for a project, or a book report. Remember, it is also a part of
your child’s grade.

                                   School Break
We will sell break items each day. Prices will vary for the snacks. High school break is
at 9:13-9:38. The elementary break is at 1:00-1:15

                                      Medication
If it is necessary for a student to take medication at school, the medication must be
checked in at the office. Arrangement will be made for the student to take medication at
the office. A permission form to take the medication at school must be signed by the
student’s parent or legal guardian. No medication of any kind will be issued by faculty,
staff, or administration.


                                    Media Center
Our media center will be open daily. Children may check out books. Parents are also
encouraged to visit the media center with your child. We will have a number of book
fairs that you can also enjoy.




                                   Club Meetings
Students are strongly encouraged to become involved in as many activities at the school
as possible. Club meetings will be held monthly and no more than 45 minutes should be
allotted during a block for meetings.



                                      Field Trips
No class can go on more than 2 field trips per term.
                   .
    Students participating in field trips must have parental permission forms on file in
       the school principal’s office.
    The field trip sponsor must provide a letter to all teachers listing students who are
       participating.
    The students going on field trips are responsible for all assignments missed.



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      The supervising Principal and the Superintendent must approve field trips.
      Bus requests must be made in accordance with Marengo County School board
       policy.


                              Student Vehicles
Students who are properly licensed may bring their vehicles to school providing that they
obtain a parking permit, drive safely, and park in the designated area in the school
parking lot.(Back Fence) Students will remain out of and away from all parked
vehicles during the school day. No cars will leave the designated parking area until the
buses have left.

Vehicle suspension may result from speeding, reckless driving, remaining in vehicle after
arrival at school, going to vehicle during school (7:30-2:30), using the vehicle to leave
campus without permission, continuous illegal parking or no parking permit after
warnings or fines and/or failure to pay parking fines ($12.00 for illegal parking or
parking without a permit)

                               Change of Address
Students requiring a change of address during the school year should notify the school
immediately. You will put your information in writing and turn that information in to the
registrar in the main office.


                                   Fee Schedule

Returned Checks____________________________________$29.00 Service Charge

Parking Permits_____________________________________$12.00

Lost Library Books__________________________________$ According to Cost




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                 JEHS 2011-2012 Uniform Dress Code

 Wearing your uniform represents your pride for your school.
You should gain a sense of purpose and respect for your school
when you put on your school uniform. Lets spread that “hornet
      pride” by wearing our uniform proudly this year.

Shirts
      Polo/Golf shirts, short or long sleeve, must be tucked in
      Colors must be gold, blue, or white
      Undershirts must be white (no visible writing)
      All shirt buttons must be buttoned with the exception of the top neck botton. No
       revealing tanks, halter, crop or other garments should be visible

Pants/Skirts
    Khaki or navy blue long pants, Capri pants, jumpers, or short pants
     that come to the top of the knee. Girls may wear khaki or navy
     jumpers or skirts that come to the top of the knee

Prohibited
      Pants worn below the waist or oversized uniforms
      Overalls
      Pants with zippers or laces on the side or legs
      Denim or jean fabrics
      Anything hanging out of pockets




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Shoes
       Black or white shoes may be worn with the uniforms. All shoes must be closed in
        the front and back. Shoelaces must match the shoes. Shoes are to be tied,
        buckled, and secured.

Socks
       Socks are required and must match uniform.




Belts
       Brown or black belts will be required on pants with belt loops. Large buckles or
        marquee buckles are prohibited.




Outerwear
       Jackets must be school colors.
       School color sweatshirts may be worn over a uniform shirt as outerwear.
       No sweatshirts or jackets with any other high school’s logo will be allowed.

Jewelry
       If necklaces are worn, they are to be inside of the shirt at all times.

Head covering
       Hats, caps, sunglasses, and other head coverings are not part of the school
        uniform and are not allowed at school.
       Cold hats may be worn on cold days and removed before entering the building.

Hair
       Hair should be clean and well groomed.




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       Out of Uniform Dress Code (Special Fundraiser Days)
 A standardized dress code John Essex School has been adopted to assure that all
students are provided safe and appropriate educational opportunities which are free from
unnecessary disruptions and or outside influences and to instill in students the need to
dress appropriately and have respect for each other and authority.

   The way a person dresses reflects the way he or she thinks. We want to prepare
students for the world of work, and we believe a neat professional appearance is a good
habit to develop in the childhood years. A well-groomed student should come to school
with an attitude that prepares him or her for neat conscientious work. His or her attire
should give him or her respect for self, fellow students, and teachers. In addition, certain
requirements are related to safety issues for all students.

   This dress code will be strictly enforced. Students who have questionable or
inappropriate dress will not be allowed to attend class. Students must be in the
school’s uniform at all times.




1. All students must wear shirts, blouses, or dresses with a non-revealing neckline, such
   as a crew neck, jewel neck, or boat neck. Low cut, open back, bare midriff or
   clothing that allows the midriff to be exposed, are not permitted.

2. No obscene or suggestive language, illegal substance advertisements (to include
    alcoholic and tobacco advertisements) and/or suggestive pictures may be worn on
    clothing or accessories.

3. No hats, caps, head coverings, hair curlers, picks, or sunglasses may be worn in
    school. Should hats or head coverings be taken by the administration, they will
    not be returned.(Marengo county School Board Policy)

4. Skirts, shorts, and dresses must be mid-thigh or longer. No slits or leg openings may be
    above mid thigh.

5. Oversized and baggy clothes will not be tolerated. These type garments could conceal
    a weapon. Belts must be worn at the waist with pants, shorts, and skirts that have belt
    loops. Pants, shorts, and skirts without belt loops must be worn at the waist and
    should fit properly. Pants must fit at the waist. Sagging pants or pants worn too
    low, too long, too large, or too loose are not permitted and will not be
    tolerated!!!! Shirts must be tucked in at all times. Students violating this policy
    will be sent directly to ISS without warning.


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6. Pajamas or pajama style pants snap away, and sweatpants are prohibited. Athletic
   type pants may be worn only during physical education classes. (Including but not
   limited to, wind suit pants and soccer style shorts).

7. Students are required to wear appropriate shoes that fit securely at all times. No
   bedroom shoes may be worn.

8. Cut-off shorts, shirts, or pants, inappropriate slits, or holes in clothing are not allowed.

9. Students are prohibited from wearing any forms of dress that draw attention to ones
   self, in a manner that may be disruptive to the educational process. In addition to
   dress, any ear, nose, tongue, eyebrow and body jewelry, hairstyle, visible tattoos, or
   other adornments that may cause a disruption are also prohibited.

10. Appropriate undergarments must be worn and not visible. Female students may not
    wear pants, shorts, or skirts with writing across the rear.

11. Students are to wear clothing in the manner it is designed to be worn, i.e., clothing
    worn backwards or inside out is not allowed. No excessively tight or revealing
    clothing, such as fishnet or see-through garments, may be worn.

12. Students are prohibited from wearing any sign, symbol, logo, or garment, which have
    become synonymous with any gang, cult, Satanism, or unauthorized club or
    organizational activity. The wearing of any advertisement (alcohol, bars, etc.) for the
    promotion of products or activities prohibited by school policy or that is
    inflammatory and may generate negative feelings among the student body is
    forbidden. (ex. shirts, belts, etc. displaying the Rebel flag).

13. Students are encouraged to carry clear plastic or mesh backpacks.

  The above item serves as a minimum guide. The principal shall have the discretion to
outline other appropriate guidelines for their campus or for special occasions.

  THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF ALABAMA, IN SAFE SCHOOLS FOR
ALABAMA'S CHILDREN, RULED THAT A STUDENT MAY BE EXPELLED OR
SUSPENDED FOR NONCOMPLIANCE WITH THE DRESS CODE.

  The following summary of laws relate to civil liabilities and criminal penalties for
violence or other misbehavior by students on school property or against school
employees. Local boards of education are required to provide notice to parents,
guardians, and students.




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DRESS CODE FOR GRADUATION AND BACCAUREATE

                                  CLASS of 2012


Male Dress Attire:                                     Ladies Dress Attire:
White Shirt                                            White Dress
Black Tie                                              White Shoes
Black Pants l                                          Flesh Colored Stockings
Black Shined Shoes                                     Cap-n-Gown/with Tassel
Black Socks
Cap-n-Gown/with Tassel


Seniors are expected to dress in the code for graduation and baccalaureate. Subject to
change.

All seniors must pay the (          ) senior class fee before participating in graduation
exercises. Fees can be paid in installments any time during the student’s senior year.
Seniors will be responsible for keeping their receipts of payment. Cash or money order
will be accepted. Sorry, no checks!!!!!!!

The senior class fee will cover all expenses for Graduation only. This does not include
any payment made to any vendor for pictures, yearbook, cap and gown …etc.




                       Registration/Schedule Changes
   All students must register in the spring for the coming year. Changes should be
considered final by the last day of school. When school begins, class changes may be
made only where space is available and when a strong reason is stated. Usually the first
few days of school are devoted to transferring students; however, no class changes will
be made after 7 days of school, unless requested by teacher or administrator.

   1. All schedule changes must be made in the first 7 days of school.

   2. No special education schedule can be changed without an I.E.P. meeting.

   3. All other schedule changes must be done on the recommendation of a teacher or
      counselor.




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      4. Any student who fails 1 or more classes is encouraged to go to summer school.

We do not guarantee that we can schedule students into failed courses the following
year.

                Promotion Policy and Graduation Requirements
  Effective for students who begin the ninth grade in the 2010-2011 school years, in
order to earn an Alabama high school diploma, students must successfully complete the
AHSGE and earn the requirements for the Alabama High School Diploma or the
Alabama High School Diploma with Advanced Academic Endorsement. Students must
meet the following requirements:




                                  JEHS Discipline Policy
                             Major Offenses* & Consequences
Profanity directed towards a teacher / Disrespect
First offense
           Parent conference (mandatory) and 5 days in ISS.
Second Offense
           Parent conference (mandatory) and 10 days in ISS.
Third Offense / Referral to juvenile officer
           Parent conference (mandatory) and 20 days in ALT school.
Fourth Offense
           Meet with the board for consequences – Expulsion recommendation to board
*As defined on page 8 of the Code of Conduct


                             Minor Offenses* & Consequences
            Tardies – To School (Unexcused) / Classroom Disruptions**
1st &     2nd
          – Warning
3rd – Call Parent (conference)
4th – After school Penalty Hall
5th – 3 days ISS School
6th – 5 days ISS School
7th – 10 days ISS School
*As defined on page 8 of the Code of Conduct
**Follow classroom procedures before moving to steps




                     Tardies between classes, Uniforms, & ID Badges
1st – Warning
2nd – Warning and call parent


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3rd – Penalty hall and call parent
4th – Penalty hall and call parent
5th – Penalty hall and parent conference
6th – 3 Days ISS School
7th – 5 Days ISS School
8th – 10 Days ISS School

                                  Phone Out In Class
1st – Remove phone/Parent/Parent Pick up phone
2nd – Remove//Parent Pick up phone/Parent Conference
3rd – Permanent Removal



                         Smoking or Possession of Tobacco

1st – 7 Days ISS School
2nd – 10 Days ISS School
3rd – Alternative School Placement




                               Platinum Requirements
Free Entrance to Sporting Events / Entrance Quarterly Drawings / Quarterly Parties
7th – Scored Level 3 in both parts of the ARMT
8th – Scored Level 3 in both parts of the ARMT
9th – Scored level 4 in reading/math and at least a 3 in other part of the ARMT
10th – Passed Biology and Math on the AHSGE
11th – Passed Biology, Math, and Reading on the AHSGE
12th – Passed all parts of the AHSGE

&

7th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th Have a current quarterly GPA of 3.0 or higher
10th – Have a current quarterly GPA of 3.25 or higher

&

No ISS or ALT school prior / current 9 weeks
Discipline

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Participate in at least one school club, organization, or sport.




                   CODE OF CONDUCT/SANCTIONS

   Please refer to the CODE of STUDENT CONDUCT BOOK

                                   Search and Seizure
      To maintain order and discipline in the school and to protect the safety and welfare
   of students and school personnel, school authorities may search a student, student
   lockers, or student vehicles under the circumstances outlined below and may seize
   any illegal, unauthorized, or contraband materials discovered in the search. This
   search can include specialty trained dogs and metal detectors.

      As used in this policy, the term "unauthorized" means any item dangerous to the
   health or safety of students or school personnel, or disruptive of any lawful function,
   mission, or process of the school, or any item described as unauthorized in school
   rules available beforehand to the students.

      A student's failure to permit searches and seizures as provided in this policy will
   be considered grounds for disciplinary action.



                                 Personal Searches
      A student's person and/or personal effects (e.g. purse, book bag, etc.) may be
   searched whenever a school authority has reasonable suspicion to believe that the
   student is in possession of illegal unauthorized or contraband materials.

      If a pat down search of a student's person is conducted, it shall be conducted in
   private by a school official of the same sex. Another adult witness shall also be
   present.

       If the school official has reasonable suspicion to believe that the student has on his
   or her person an item imminently dangerous to the student or to others, a more
   intrusive search of the student's person may be conducted. Such a search may only be
   conducted in private by a school official of the same sex, with an adult witness of the
   same sex present, and only upon the prior approval of the Superintendent or his



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   designee, unless the health or safety of students will be endangered by the delay
   which might be caused by following these procedures.




                                 Vehicle Searches
      Students are permitted to park on school premises as a matter of privilege, not a
   right. The school retains authority to conduct routine patrols of student parking lots
   and inspections of exteriors of student vehicles on school property. The interior of
   student vehicles may be inspected whenever a school authority has reasonable
   suspicion to believe that illegal, unauthorized, and/or contraband materials are
   contained inside. Such patrols and inspections may be conducted without notice,
   without student consent, and without a search warrant.

      Students shall not be allowed to park vehicles on campus until such time that the
   "Acknowledgement Concerning Use of Student Parking Lots" form shall be properly
   completed and returned to the school. This form will be maintained on file at the
   school. A student must provide a copy of a valid driver's license and insurance
   documentation and proof of having paid for a student parking permit.

        Searches Involving Outside Personnel, Dogs, and/or Detection Devices

      Searches of students, student lockers, and/or student vehicles which involve
   outside (non-school) personnel, dogs and /or detection devices are permitted and will
   be conducted when appropriate.




                           Seizure of Illegal Materials
      If a properly conducted search yields illegal, unauthorized, and/or contraband
   materials, said items may be impounded by school officials. Students shall be given a
   receipt for any items impounded and parents/guardians shall be notified of all items
   seized.

                                   Metal Detectors
      In order to provide and maintain a safe and secure environment for students, staff,
   and authorized visitors, the Board may employ the use of metal detectors. Stationary
   and/or mobile metal detectors may be used. Particular circumstances may call for
   private, hand held metal detector searches shall be conducted by Board employees.




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                                    Student Arrests
      If a student is arrested and removed from school by law enforcement officials,
   school officials shall make every effort to inform the parents or guardians of the
   student arrested. A student shall not be released to the custody of any person other
   than the parents or guardian of the student unless the student is arrested or the school
   official is presented with a lawful court order directing such release.




                           Documentation of Searches
      The principal shall fully document every incident where a search is conducted.
   Such documentation shall include a detailed account of the search, items impounded,
   the student(s) involved, a list of witnesses present, and other information regarding
   the incident. The Superintendent shall be provided with a copy of the incident report.

                               Corporal Punishment
     The Board approves the use of corporal punishment, provided it is administered
   pursuant to this policy, and does not produce undue injury to the affected student.

      The local principal of each school and such professional employees, persons as the
   local principal shall designate in writing to the Superintendent, shall be permitted to
   administer corporal punishment in district schools pursuant to this policy. Corporal
   punishment shall be administered only as a last resort, after other corrective measures
   have failed.

      If the local principal or his/her designee determines corporal punishment is due to
   be administered, the affected student shall be given an option to accept corporal
   punishment, or in lieu of accepting corporal punishment, the student shall be entitled
   to accept a three day suspension from school. The parent or guardian of the affected
   student shall, after corporal punishment has been administered, be given prompt
   notice, and shall also be given the reason or reasons why corporal punishment was
   administered.

     If the principal or his/her designee determines corporal punishment is to be
   administered, a professional employee shall serve as a witness. Promptly after the
   administration of corporal punishment, the person administering corporal punishment,
   and the witness, shall each reduce to written form their report of the event. These
   reports shall be maintained by each school for a period of two years.




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                                     Grade Scale

90 - 100 = A             80 - 89 = B           70 - 79 = C          60 - 69 = D
                                     below 60 = F

 Procedure to be used by grades 9-12 for grading under the revised schedule:

   A. Nine-weeks grades are determined by the following procedure:

      Class average = 80%

   Nine-weeks test = 20%

 Example:     90    class average

               90    class average

               90    class average

               90    class average

               60    nine-weeks test

               420 420 divided by 5 = 84 (nine-weeks average)

    B. The final average for the term is determined by adding the 2 nine-week averages
together and dividing by 2.

      Example:

      84- 1st nine-week averages

      74- 2nd nine-week averages

     158 158 divided by 2 = 79 (final average for the term)




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                     Alabama High School Diploma

  English (4 credits)               Social Studies (4 credits)
        English 9             World History & Geography Since 1500
                             U. S. History & Geography: Beginnings to
        English 10
                                               1900
                              U. S. History & Geography: 1900 to the
        English 11
                                              Present
                                American Government/Principles of
        English 12
                                             Economics

Mathematics (4 credits)                Science (4 credits)
       Algebra I                         Physical Science
       Geometry                               Biology
    2 math electives                    2 science electives

   Physical Education
                                  Fine Arts (.5 credit)
       (1credit)
    Health Education
                           Computer Applications (.5 credit)
       (.5 credit)
                    *Electives (5.5 credits)


                      Total credits required: 24




    Alabama High School Diploma With Advanced Academic
                       Endorsement

   English (4 credits)               Social Studies (4 credits)
         English 9             World History & Geography Since 1500
                              U. S. History & Geography: Beginnings to
         English 10
                                                1900
                               U. S. History & Geography: 1900 to the
         English 11
                                               Present
                                 American Government/Principles of
         English 12
                                              Economics




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 Mathematics (4 credits)                           Science (4 credits)
       Algebra I                                     Physical Science
       Geometry                                     Advanced Biology
       Algebra II                                       Chemistry
     Advanced Math                                       Physics

    Physical Education
                                                   Fine Arts (.5 credit)
        (1 credit)
     Health Education
                                       Computer Applications (.5 credit)
        (.5 credit)
    Foreign Language
                                              *Electives (3.5 credits)
       (2 credits)

                          Total credits required: 24

* Electives may vary due to available personnel.

  Students may take any courses in the curriculum for which they meet the prerequisites.

  A total of 28 units must be earned for graduation. Seven credits must be earned for
advancement to a 10th grade homeroom. Fourteen units must be earned to advance to an
11th grade homeroom. Twenty units must be earned to advance to a 12th grade
homeroom. All students must pass the Alabama High School Graduation Exam to
participate in graduation exercises.




                   ALABAMA OCCUPATIONAL DIPLOMA

                        Class of 2008 and Thereafter

 Requirements for the Alabama Occupational Diploma Effective for
    students with disabilities as defined by the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (Public Law 101-476) who began the tenth
 grade in the 1997-1998 school year, students must earn the course
    credits outlined in Ala. Admin. Code r. 290-3-1-06(11)1. and
successfully complete an approved occupational portfolio in order to
           be awarded the Alabama Occupational Diploma.

                                   Credits                                      Credits



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  English Language Arts                  4               Science                    4
Four credits to include the                  Four credits to include the
equivalent of:                               equivalent of:
Employment English I                     1   Life Skills Science I                  1
Employment English II                    1   Life Skills Science II                 1
Employment English III                   1   Life Skills Science III                1
Applied Employment English                   Applied Life Skills Science
                                         1                                          1
IV                                           IV

       Mathematics                       4         Social Studies                   4
Four credits to include the                  Four credits to include the
equivalent of:                               equivalent of:
Job Skills Math I                        1   Career Preparation I                   1
Job Skills Math II                       1   Career Preparation II                  1
Job Skills Math III                      1   Career Preparation III                 1
                                             Applied Career Preparation
Advanced Job Skills Math IV              1                                          1
                                             IV

                                             * Cooperative
Career/Technical
                                         2   Career/Technical                       1
Education
                                             Education
Health Education                         1   Physical Education                     1
Fine Arts                                1   Electives                              6


                                        Total 28

* May be a part of the credits for Career/Technical Education. The designated one credit
for Cooperative Education will then be added to the electives, making a total of five
electives.

                             Course Requirements
Pre-Algebra

a. Must be at the eighth grade level

Advanced Algebra I

a. B or better average in Pre-Algebra


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b. B or better average in Technical Math

c. Parental permission if above requirements are not met

Algebra IA/IB

a. Required of all students not on Advanced Diploma

Advanced Geometry

a. C or better in Algebra I

b. B or better average in Technical Algebra

c. Parental permission if above requirements are not met

Geometry IA/IB

a. Required of all students not on the Advanced Diploma

b. Must have completed Algebra IA/IB or Technical Algebra

Algebra II

a. C or better average in Geometry

b. Parental permission if above requirement is not met

Advanced Math

a. C or better in Algebra II

b. Parental permission if above requirement is not met

Introduction to Calculus

a. B or better in Advanced Math

b. Parental permission if above requirement is not met

Math Team

a. A in advanced math courses

b. Teacher approval


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Basic Biology

a. Required of all tenth graders not on Advanced Diploma

Advanced Biology

a. C or better average in ninth grade science

b. Parental permission if above requirement is not met

Chemistry

a. C or better average in Advanced Biology

b. Completed Algebra I

c. Enrolled in Algebra II

d. Parental permission if above requirements are not met

Bio-Chemistry I & II or Anatomy and Physiology or Earth and Space Science

a. Required for standard diploma students in the 11th and 12th grades

Physics

a. C or better average in Chemistry

b. C or better average in Algebra II

c. Parental permission if above requirements are not met

Spanish I

a. B or better average in last English class taken

b. Parental permission if above requirement is not met

Spanish II

a. C or better average in Spanish I

b. Parental permission if above requirement is not met

Spanish III


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a. C or better average in Spanish II

b. Parental permission if above requirement is not met

French I

a. B or better average in last English class taken

b. Parental permission if above requirement is not met

French II

a. C or better in French I

b. Parental permission if above requirement is not met.

Advanced History

a. B or better in previous history class (8-11)

b. Parental permission if above requirement is not met

English

a. Required at all grade levels

Advanced English

a. B or better in English previous year (8-11)

b. Parental permission if above requirement is not met

Driver Education

a. Must be 15 years old

b. Must have a permit

All previous English courses must be completed successfully before the next level of
English can be scheduled. Example: ninth and tenth grade English cannot be taken in the
same year unless permission is granted by Superintendent.




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                     Calculating Grade Point Averages
1. Students will be awarded grade points for each course completed, using the final grade
for that course. Points will be awarded according to the following scale:

         A= 4

         B= 3

         C= 2

         D= 1

         F= 0



2. Students will be granted 1 extra grade point each for the following advanced courses:

         Algebra II w/ Trigonometry

         Pre-Calculus

         Advanced Biology

         Chemistry

         Physics

         Foreign Languages

         Advanced 10th Grade Science




3. Students will be granted 1.25 extra grade points each for Advanced Placement (AP)
courses.

4. The valedictorian and salutatorian will be determined by calculating GPA's at the end
of the second term. Any scholarship recommendations, awards, or recognition before the
end of the school year will be unofficial based on GPA and rank at that time, and should
not be seen as an indication of final standings.



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            John Essex High School Parental Involvement
                            2011-2012

      JEHS School family would like to welcome all new and returning students
   and families back to school!
       For those who may not know, the PTO is an organization of parents
   and teachers of John Essex High School. The PTO’s goal is to foster a
   nurturing and caring environment that strives for continued parent
   involvement in helping build a better educational environment for our
   children. We also promote a school community where teachers and
   administrators can do their best work with the resources we can
   provide and help make school fun. Through membership dues and fundraising
   efforts, the PTO is able to donate funds to purchase educational materials and
   equipment for the school as well as being involved in efforts to help the local
   community.
   For the PTO to be effective and truly representative of the school, it is
   essential to have parental involvement from as many parents as possible. Many
   working parents feel that they cannot be included in the PTO because they
   cannot come to every meeting or be on campus during the day. There are endless
   possibilities in ways you can help. Whatever your own level of flexibility, JEHS
   always appreciates their parent volunteers, as does our teachers and staff.
   Keep in mind that by volunteering, you will get to enjoy interacting with the kids,
   become friends with other parents, and accomplish things that truly make a
   difference.
Whether you have 30 minutes or a couple of hours, your ideas, your time, and
your talents are truly needed. We can match your time constraints and interests to
needed tasks. We have many ways in which Moms, Dads, Aunts, Uncles, and
Grandparents can contribute. Please consider volunteering, it really does make a
difference in the lives of our children!
As the year progresses and the committees come together, you will be contacted
by phone and/or e-mail from committee chairpersons. Come and see first hand how
the students benefit from so many programs and all of our / your hard work. Please
come along and join us - this is your PTO and as a member you can help us achieve
these goals. We need your ideas and your energy.
   We need you!
Ms. Davis




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