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					                       WETUMPKA HIGH SCHOOL
                                     MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of Wetumpka High School is to motivate, instruct, and enable our students to become
well-informed, productive citizens who can meet the challenges of an increasingly complex society.



                                           COLORS

                                       BLACK AND GOLD




                                           MASCOT

                                            INDIANS



                                            HISTORY

Wetumpka’s first citizens, the Creek Indians, called this town We-wau (water) tum-cau (rumbling)
 or “Rumbling Water.” They settled along the Coosa River in a large encampment and built the
village of Wetumpka. Wetumpka High School is proud to honor the heritage of Wetumpka’s first
                                  citizens and to bear their name.




                                         ALMA MATER

               We will sing to Wetumpka High. Winning her way to fame.
            Black and gold in the sunlight blaze, and romance lies in her name.
              Singing, singing of you. Ah, proudly too, all our lives through.
             We’ll go singing, singing of you. Alma mater, Wetumpka High.
August 2010

Dear Students and Parents:

It is a great pleasure to have you as a part of Wetumpka High School. Our school offers a
capable faculty, talented students with diverse abilities, and a supportive community. Please
take advantage of every opportunity for involvement in our academic and extracurricular
activities. Our students are fortunate to have a wealth of scholarship opportunities due to the
generosity and loyalty of Wetumpka citizens. Dual enrollment and AP classes are available
in addition to the honors, advanced endorsement, and standard diploma programs that
prepare students for further education. Our school partner, the Elmore County Technical
Center, offers opportunity for career training and technical college scholarships. We have a
professional, caring, and dedicated special needs department. WHS students are fortunate to
have experienced and knowledgeable counselors, a compassionate student services
facilitator, and a job coach whom we share with Elmore County High School. Tutorial and
remediation services are available for those students needing assistance. We offer band,
choral, and art programs. Students may participate in a variety of clubs and sports. Our
Robotics and JROTC drill teams have won national recognition and compete yearly at the
national level. Our Agriscience Department offers nontraditional opportunities for growth
and service. Students from our school have annually attended the national and international
science fair. Opportunities for learning exist for every student.

Please call our school with questions, concerns, or suggestions. You are welcome to visit our
school, sign in at our front desk, and observe your child’s class. We encourage our teachers
to communicate with you, and we are pleased to arrange a conference at mutually agreeable
times. E-mail contact for all faculty can be found on the Wetumpka High School webpage:
www.gowhs.com

Please become a part of….




                      INDIAN PRIDE!
Sincerely,

Kathryn Corbman        Benetta Eutsey         Cindy Veazey                    Richard Dennis
Assistant Principal    Assistant Principal    Assistant Principal/Counselor   Principal
TABLE OF CONTENTS ...................................................................................... PAGE
Calendar..................................................................................................................4
Progress Report and Testing Schedules...............................................................4
Bell Schedule...........................................................................................................5
Administrative/Support Staff ...............................................................................6
Telephone numbers/Website ................................................................................6
Faculty ................................................................................................................. 6-7
Student Activities ...................................................................................................8
Absenteeism/Make-up Work ................................................................................9
Academic Classifications .......................................................................................9
Attendance ..............................................................................................................9
Arrival/Dismissal....................................................................................................9
Athletic Bags ...........................................................................................................9
Changing Schedule.................................................................................................9
Cheating/Grade Tampering ..................................................................................9
Check-in/Check-out ...............................................................................................9
Co-op .....................................................................................................................10
Conferences ..........................................................................................................10
Additional Credits................................................................................................10
Dual Enrollment ...................................................................................................10
Electronic Communication Devices....................................................................10
Exams ....................................................................................................................10
Fees ........................................................................................................................10
Freshmen Academy Guidelines .................................................................... 12-15
Hall Passes ............................................................................................................10
Hall Traffic ...........................................................................................................10
Incompletes ...........................................................................................................10
Library ..................................................................................................................10
Lockers ..................................................................................................................10
Messages/Deliveries..............................................................................................10
Progress Reports ..................................................................................................11
Prohibited Items ...................................................................................................11
Remediation ..........................................................................................................11
Surveillance ..........................................................................................................11
Tardies ..................................................................................................................11
Technical Center ..................................................................................................11
Telephone ..............................................................................................................11
Transportation .....................................................................................................11
Transfers ...............................................................................................................11
Trespassing ...........................................................................................................11
Vandalism .............................................................................................................11
Vehicles .................................................................................................................11
Visitors ..................................................................................................................11
Withdrawals .........................................................................................................11
Signature Sheet.....................................................................................................16
CALENDAR
August 9                                                      Classes Begin
September 6                                                   Labor Day
September 7                                                   Parent Visitation
November 11                                                   Veterans’ Day
November 22-26                                                Thanksgiving
December 20-January 3                                         Christmas
January 3                                                     Inservice/Wkday
January 4                                                     Students Return
January 17                                                    Lee/King
March 14-18                                                   Spring Break
April 22                                                      Weather Day
May 26                                                        Last Day for Students
May 27                                                        Teacher Workday


TESTING
Graduation Exam                Sept. 20-24                       Seniors only
                               Dec 6-10                          Seniors only
                               Feb 28-Mar 1-4                    Grades 10-12

Writing Assessment             February 16                       Grade 10



Progress Reports        1st Semester: 9/2, 9/30, 10/8, 10/21, 11/11, 12/2
                        2nd Semester: 1/21, 2/11, 3/4, 4/1, 4/21, 5/13

Grading Periods          October 8, December 17, March 11, May 26

Report Cards                   October 19, January 6, March 24
                                             Wetumpka High School
                                            Modified Eight Period Day

   Bell Schedule             Time           Minutes              Bell Schedule      Time                  Minutes   Additional
   (7 Period Days)      (7 Period Day)      7 Period             (Block Days)       (Block Days)          Block     Time

             Monday, Tuesday & Friday                                      Wednesday & Thursday
First Bell           7:35 – 7:40                5            First Bell             7:35-7:40                 5
First Period         7:40 – 8:31               51            Block 1                7:40-9:10                 90
Transition           8:31 – 8:35                4
Second Period        8:35 – 9:25               50
Transition           9:25 – 9:29                4            Transition                  9:10-9:14            4
Third Period         9:29 – 10:27              58            Block 2                    9:14-10:52            98    8 Minutes
                                                                                                                    added for Break
Transition              10:27 – 10:31           4
Fourth Period           10:31 – 11:21          50
Transition              11:21 – 11:25           4            Transition                 10:52-10:56            4
Fifth Period            11:25 – 12:39          74            Block 3                    10:56-12:53           114   24 Minutes
                                                                                                                    added for
                                                                                                                    Lunch
Transition              12:39 – 12:43           4
Sixth Period            12:43 – 1:33           50
Transition              1:33 – 1:37             4            Transition                 12:53-12:57           4
Seventh Period          1:37 – 2:27            50            Block 4                     12:57-2:27           90
Transition              2:27 – 2:30             3                                         2:27-2:30           3     Duty
                                                                                                                    Assignment
Students Dismissed      2:27 – 2:30            10            Students                                               Personnel
or Transition                                                Dismissed or
                                                             Transition
Eighth Period           2:30 – 3:20            50            Eighth Period                2:30-3:20           50


Wetumpka High School
Lunch Schedule

8 Period        Times                     Block Day       Times
Day
5th Period      11:25-12:39               3rd Block       10:56-12:53
1st Shift       11:25-11:49               1st Shift       11:25-11:49
2nd Shift       11:49-12:13               2nd Shift       11:57- 12:21
3rd Shift       12:13-12:39               3rd Shift       12:29-12:53

Weekly Schedule
Modified Eight Period Day

     Monday                  Tuesday             Wednesday                  Thursday                 Friday
     1st Period              1st Period          1st Period               Indian Period           1st Period
    2nd Period              2nd Period                                                            2nd Period
    3rd Period              3rd Period              3rd Period             4th Period              3rd Period
    4th Period              4th Period                                                             4th Period
    5th Period              5th Period              5th Period             2nd Period              5th Period
    6th Period              6th Period                                                             6th Period
    7th Period              7th Period              7th Period             6th Period              7th Period

     8th Period             8th Period              8th Period             8th Period                 8th Period
2009-2010 ADMINISTRATIVE AND SUPPORT STAFF WHS

Principal                                        Richard Dennis
Assistant Principal                              Kathryn Corbman
Assistant Principal                              Benetta Eutsey
Administrative Counselor                         Cindy Veazey
Counselor 11-12                                  Lee Carter
Counselor 9-10                                   Mona Wright
Registrar                                        Elizabeth Calhoun
Secretary                                        Diane Leach
Bookkeeper                                       Diane Arant
Attendance                                       Angie Shaw
Lunchroom Manager                                Angela Owens

Telephone Numbers
Wetumpka High School                             567-5158
Office Hours                                     7:30-4:00
Board of Education                               567-1200
Bus Shop                                         567-1229
Special Education                                567-1224
Wetumpka High School Website                     www.gowhs.com

Staff
Annette Ammons                                   Student Service Facilitator
Jan Hunt                                         Distance Learning Aide
Pat Brown                                        Cafeteria
Jackie Jerkins                                   Cafeteria
Verlene Crayton                                  Special Ed Aide
Heather Godwin                                   Job Coach
Mary Golden                                      Custodian
Naomi Hall                                       Cafeteria
Linda Henderson                                  Custodian
Teresa Hollenquest                               Cafeteria
Cindy Fink                                       Library Aide
Kathy McDonald                                   Cafeteria
Bernard Smith                                    Custodian
Annie Noble                                      Special Ed Aide
Martha Young                                     Custodian
Pam Lanier                                       Special Ed Aide

FACULTY
Chad Anderson                                    Athletic Director
Laura Bailey                                     Family Consumer Science
Randy Belyeu                                     Science
Shon Boling                                      Social Studies
Margaret Bowens                                  Computer
Russ Brooks                                      PE
Joe Brown                                        Agriscience
Monica Brown            Family/Consumer Science
Ted Calhoun             JROTC
Tonia Caton             English
Jasmine Cravens         Resource Teacher
Julie Crockett          Coordinated Studies
Lisa Crownover          Math
Paul Daniel             Math
Stephanie Daniel         Special Ed Teacher
Diane Dzurlik           Special Ed. Teacher
Obed Ellis              Social Studies
Jeffrey Glass           Drama
Mandi Graham            Math
Fagale Grant            Art
Rhea Grate              Spanish
Melissa Guy             Math
Antonio Harrison        Social Studies
Minerva Harwell         Math
Jessica Holbert         Science
Danny Hunter            ROTC
Anthony Huntley         Social Studies
Michael Hutto           Agriscience
Meredith Ingram         Science
Phalanda Hunt Johnson   Science
Emilie Kaufmann         Credit Recovery
Walter Klose            History
Amanda Lafond           English
Debra Lunsford          At Risk Coordinator
Lori McKenzie           Media Specialist
Cynthia McTier          English
Ray Mullino             PE/Ropes Course/Dr. Ed.
Jon O’Rourke            Choral Music
Stephanie Park          Social Studies
Delores Payne           Math
Erica Payne             Reading
Ilice Perlotte          Spanish
Joy Perrine             Social Studies
Chris Pughsley          Science
Kelvin Riley            Math
David Rowe              Social Studies
Debra Sanford           Resource Teacher
Carolyn Sheffer         Resource Teacher
Susan Shehane           English
Gail Sims               Health
Michelle Stough         Science
Randy Stough            Drivers Ed
Lisa Stubbs             Math
Amanda Tally            English
Teri Thompson           English
Monica Tindol           Lib/Computer Lab
Phillip Trussell        English
Robert Vilardi          Math
Virginia Vilardi        Science
Pam Walker              English
Scott Walker            Science
Jason Warnix            Band
Ryan Wilson             PE
STUDENT ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

Key Club                                                           Mrs. Thompson
Jr. Civitan                                                        Mrs. Stubbs
National Honor Society                                             Mr. Vilardi
BETA Club                                                          Mrs. Johnson
Mu Alpha Theta                                                     Mr. Daniel
JROTC Drill Competition                                            Sgt. Hunter
JROTC Community Appearances                                        Sgt. Hunter
JROTC Raiders                                                      Col. Calhoun
Student Council                                                    Mrs. Park/Mrs. Perrine
Youth Legislature                                                  Mrs. Lafond
Cheerleaders (Varsity)                                             Mrs. Stough
Cheerleaders (Jr. Varsity)                                         Mrs. Ingram
Dance Team (Varsity)                                               Mrs. Strength
Dance Team (Jr. Varsity)                                           Mrs. Cole
Poetry Club                                                        Sgt. Hunter
Literary Magazine                                                  Mrs. Shehane
Yearbook                                                           Mrs. Crockett
Spanish National Honor Society                                     Mrs. Grate/Miss Perlotte
SADD                                                               Ms. Cravens/Ms. Sanford
Band                                                               Mr. Warnix
Family and Consumer Science (FACS)                                 Mrs. Brown/Miss Bailey
Future Farmers of America (FFA)                                    Mr. Brown/Mr. Hutto
Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)                     Mrs. Crockett
Science Olympiad/Science Competition Team                          Mrs. Vilardi/Ms. Holbert
Art Club                                                           Mrs. Grant
Baseball                                                           Mr. Mullino
Basketball                                                         Mr. Washington
Football                                                           Mr. Anderson
Golf                                                               Mr. Spivey
Soccer (Boys)                                                      Mr. Boling
Soccer (Girls)                                                     Mr. Drew Glass
Softball                                                           Mr. Stough
Tennis                                                             Mr. Walker
Volleyball                                                         Mrs. Bowens
Wrestling                                                          Mr. Jeff Glass
First Priority                                                     Mr. Pughsley


It is the policy of the Elmore County Board of Education to encourage participation in extracurricular
activities and clubs by all students. No student is denied the opportunity to participate in any activity
or club based on his/her race. Sponsors, coaches, or directors of each extracurricular activity are
available, upon request, to fully inform any student about their programs. Students must comply with
Academics First requirements for participation.
ABSENTEEISM/MAKE-UP WORK-Long-term assignments, such as research papers and projects with dates
provided earlier are due on the date assigned. If a student will be absent on the due date, he/she should arrange
for the work to be submitted prior to or on the due date. If tests or other assignments are announced prior to a
student’s absence, the student should be prepared to submit that work on the day of his/her return. If the test or
assignment was unannounced prior to the student’s excused absence, the student will not be required to submit
the work on the day of return. Students must follow syllabus dates.

ACADEMIC CLASSIFICATIONS-In order to graduate with a diploma, a student must have earned the
specified number of credits including all required courses as determined by the Elmore County Board of
Education and have passed all sections of the Graduation Exam. In order to graduate with an Occupational
Diploma a student must have passed the requisite and transitional courses, compiled portfolios, and fulfilled the
work experience requirements. Wetumpka High School academic requirements include a ½ credit freshmen
transition class and 1 credit in at least one of the following areas: athletics, band or JROTC.

ATTENDANCE- Students with excessive absences may have credit denied and are reported to the Department
of Public Safety for drivers license revocation. School-sponsored co-op jobs are terminated. Applicable state
laws and system handbook are followed.

PRIOR APPROVAL FOR ABSENCE-Requests must be submitted to the principal one week prior to the
absence. With approved excused absences, the opportunity to make up work is offered. The principal considers
such factors as the educational value of the trip, personal or family benefit, and the impact of the absence(s) on
the student’s academic progress. Students secure a form from the principal and take it to teachers for their
approval. If the request is not approved, the absences are considered unexcused. No absences are approved
during scheduled final exams. Unless the activity is school-sponsored, such absences count against exemption.

ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL-Upon arrival on WHS grounds, checkout rules apply. Immediately upon arrival,
depart vehicles or buses and report to the commons/classroom. The earliest a student should be on campus is
7:00 a.m. unless he/she is in a supervised activity. The campus should be cleared by 2:50 p.m.. Students under
the supervision of a teacher may be in the commons, wings, and gym or remain on campus after this time. To
remain on campus, a student must be a participant in an activity or assigned to an after school program.

ATHLETIC BAGS-Must be checked in with a coach upon arrival at school.

CHANGING SCHEDULES-Scheduling changes must take place the first week of school.

CHEATING/GRADE TAMPERING-Consequences for dishonest students are given on an individual basis as
the evidence warrants. Penalties may be but are not limited to: loss of academic credit, and/or dismissal from
honor societies, removal from club office, suspension, After School Detention, ECAP, non-participation in
graduation, and/or expulsion.

CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT-Follow these procedures.:
a) Bring a note stating the time and reason including a telephone number for parental contact. Present the
   note to office personnel prior to 7:40 A.M., so parental verification can be done. If the parent cannot be
   contacted, the student will not be allowed to leave.
b) Remain in class until a person listed in the data bank and authorized by the student’s parent reports to the
   office. The student will be called from class and the authorized adult will sign the student out. If a student
   signs out, but no office personnel has given approval, the student is considered to be skipping. Students are
   not permitted to leave school at any time or for any reason without checking out through the office and
   without verbal authorization from designated school employees (not student office aides).
c) Students going to a doctor/ dentist should bring notes from the doctor/dentist office.
d) The principal/designees have the final authority to determine if checkouts are excused.
e) Students should check out only when absolutely necessary. WHS faculty/staff will not be held responsible
   for actions or consequences of any student who leaves campus without going through proper check-out
   procedures, chooses to miss a class, or leaves home to go to school but does not attend.
   g) Due to the volume, student checkout on days before holidays will be by note only.
   h) Checkouts must originate in the office.
When a student has checked out five times, on the sixth and all subsequent checkouts, the parent or guardian
must come into the school office and provide a picture identification to check the student out.

CO-OP PROGRAMS-To co-op, students must have passed all core subjects for their diploma program and all
sections of the graduation exam as well as be enrolled in and complete the course Coordinated Studies. They
will also be members of Coordinated Seminar class(es). Students may not be on the job site if absent from
school. Excessive absenteeism will result in loss of credit/job.

CONFERENCES-Schedule parent conferences with Mrs. Leach/Mrs. Shaw at 567-5158.
Meetings are scheduled during planning periods and after school (except on Mondays and Fridays).

CREDITS, ADDITIONAL- Additional credit is earned through summer school, dual enrollment courses,
credit recovery or correspondence programs. Credit for summer work is due by the first day of school. Credit
for graduation is due by May 1. Policy JFHF

DUAL ENROLLMENT-Students in grades 10-12 may earn college credit while enrolled in high school. See
counselors for eligibility criteria. Two college courses are required to earn one Carnegie unit.

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES-. Electronic devices are to be turned off and secured in a
purse/bookbag/locker/vehicle. See Elmore County Handbook for policy guidelines. The administration
recommends that electronic devices are left at home. The administration will not investigate missing
telephones, beepers, Ipods, MP3 players, CD players, CD’s, etc. unless circumstances warrant. At some point
during the 2010-2011 School year a new electronic communication device policy will be piloted. Specific
guidelines, consequences and etiquette policies will be communicated to all faculty/staff/students.
Notification will be made to all students when this policy is initiated.

EXAMS-All final exams count 20% of a student’s average. In a thirty-six week course each eighteen weeks
counts 40% of the student’s average. In an eighteen week course, the class work counts 80% of the student’s
work. Students must be present and punctual for exams on scheduled dates.

FEES- Agri-tech-$35 - $40                  Driver Ed-$31               JROTC-$12               Art-$10

HALL PASSES-Students must have a pass to be in the hallway.

HALL TRAFFIC- Proceed on the right by the shortest route to an intended destination

INCOMPLETES- All incompletes must be finalized within two weeks of the quarter’s end.

LIBRARY- The library is open before and after school. At other times, students must have a pass from a
subject matter teacher. Books may be checked out for two weeks and renewed once. Overdue fines are $.25 per
school day. Dictionaries, encyclopedias and some reference books may be checked out for one period or
overnight with special permission. Lost books must be paid for. Any student having an overdue book or a fine
due forfeits his/her privilege to use the library until the fine is paid. All fees/dues are recorded in the
administrative data base.

LOCKERS-Lockers cost $5.00. Lockers are for use by one person and must be secured at all times. Locker
combinations will only be given to the student who purchased the locker.

MESSAGES AND DELIVERIES-The office will deliver messages or items brought by parents. Deliveries of
flowers, balloons, etc. are prohibited.
PROGRESS REPORTS- Progress Reports will be sent home every three weeks. Parents may request a
detailed progress report from teachers as needed. The student must sign for receipt. Parents may provide email
addresses and receive the report via the Internet.

PROHIBITED ITEMS- Playing or any other types of cards, CDs, CD players, ipods, MP3 players, cell
phones, beepers, and any other electronic devices. Cards and CDs will be confiscated and disposed of. Items
in 2.18 will be returned to a parent once. Jewelry with spikes, sharp points, heavy metal and chain belts will be
confiscated and given to law enforcement.

REMEDIATION-Assistance to pass the AHSGE is available. Students who plan to participate in graduation
exercises must actively avail themselves of remediation opportunities to ensure passage of the test. The active
support of parents is sought, expected, and welcomed. WHS is grateful for the timely response of parents to
attend informational meetings and to transport students to remediation. Any junior or senior that has not passed
the reading and/or math portion of the AHSGE will be assigned an intervention class until he/she passes.

SURVEILLANCE-The Elmore County Board of Education uses surveillance equipment and metal detectors
on properties owned and/or maintained by the school system. Information obtained may be used for school
disciplinary or law enforcement purposes.

TARDIES TO CLASS-WHS defines tardy as not being in the classroom when the bell rings. Tardy
accumulation starts over at the beginning of each new nine-week grading period.
Disciplinary actions for tardies are as follows:
1st tardy - Teacher documentation
2nd tardy - Teacher documentation
3rd tardy - Teacher documentation/tardy referral/1 day of afterschool detention assigned by administrator
4th tardy - Teacher documentation/office referral/One day of Saturday school assigned by administrator.
5th tardy and subsequent tardies – Office referral/One day out-of-school suspension.

TECHNICAL CENTER-The Elmore County Technical Center (ECTC) offers Office Technology,
Cabinetmaking, Welding, Precision Machining, Computer Technology, Cosmetology/Barbering, Drafting and
Design Technology, Health Care Technology, Child Care, Turf Management, and Small Engine Mechanics. A
student may earn from 1-4 credits per year. Fees for each course are determined by the Technical Center.
Students may earn advanced credit for technical college or university because of their performance in these
courses. Students are transported to and from the Technical Center for these elective courses. Wetumpka High
School and the Technical Center are closely aligned. When a student is suspended from either school, that
student is suspended from both campuses. ECTC expects students to attend for two blocks daily: therefore, it
may not be possible for some students to gain admission due to involvement in extracurricular activities or
selection of courses.

TELEPHONE- Students can only use the telephone during class times if he/she is ill. Students must have a
pass to use the phone. The office cannot call a student from class to answer or make calls.

TRANSPORTATION-Students should make transportation arrangements in advance when remaining after
school for a supervised activity.

TRANSFERS-Parents/Legal Guardians must reside in our district to enroll a student in Wetumpka High
School. Registration is incomplete for transfer students until transcripts and necessary records have been
received. Classification may be changed or attendance denied, if circumstances warrant. A student must be in
good standing at his/her previous school before enrolling in Elmore County schools.

TRESPASSING-Individuals not enrolled in or employed by Wetumpka High School are restricted to the
parking areas in front of the school and to administrative offices. Individuals who fail to follow visitor policies
will be considered trespassing. Students assigned to ECAP or ECTC or on suspension are trespassing if on the
premises of WHS when assigned elsewhere or without authorization. Offenders will be charged.
VANDALISM- Any student that takes part in an unauthorized activity that defaces Elmore County Board of
Education property will be pursued legally and disciplinary action taken based on the Elmore County Code of
Conduct. Participation in school activities, such as, graduation may be denied. This includes unauthorized
rolling of the school.

VEHICLES- A driver may purchase a $20.00 permit and display it from the rear view mirror in the front
windshield of the car so that the permit is easily visible to school officials. Purchase of parking permits requirea
valid Alabama drivers license, auto registration and proof of insurance. Upperclassmen have priority for
purchasing parking permits at the beginning of each school year. If you withdraw during the school year, or
your parking permit is revoked, you must turn in your permit to the office. You may not transfer it to another
individual. Cars without a permit or illegally parked will be fined, suspended, or towed.

The following offenses will result in suspension of the vehicle and/or driver: speeding; reckless driving;
leaving campus without permission; transporting other students off campus; driving among bus traffic, on grass,
sidewalks, or through the garden; defacing the lawn, remaining in the car or returning to the car without
administrative permission. Drivers should plan to leave campus by 2:40 unless in an organized activity. Car
problems resulting in tardies to school are unexcused. Permission from an administrator is necessary before a
student may go to a car. Law enforcement will be involved as necessary. Due to construction of the new
gym, any vehicle parked in a no parking zone, specifically, along the construction zone fence will be
towed immediately.

VISITORS-Visitors on campus for a valid reason are welcome. Guests or visitors of students during school
hours are forbidden. All visitors (parents, guest speakers, etc.) will report to the Attendance office for a guest
pass and should park in front of the school. Visitors are required to report to the Attendance office before going
anywhere on campus. Students are expected to be courteous to parents and special guests providing directions
and offering assistance. Teacher visitors are forbidden when classes are being taught.

WITHDRAWALS-A student’s parent(s) must see the registrar. The student is given the necessary forms,
takes the forms to be completed by teachers to them, returns all textbooks and library books, and pays all
outstanding fees. The forms are returned to the registrar for final clearance.


Freshmen Academy Guidelines
The following information is given in addition to the information presented in the WHS handbook and
Elmore County Code of Conduct. It applies only to students enrolled in the We2 Nation.

                                              WE2 Nation Faculty
       Math                   Science                  History                English                  Other
Lisa Crownover          Phalanda Johnson          Tony Huntley           Cynthia McTier         Grate (Spanish)
Lisa Stubbs             Meredith Ingram           Walter Klose           Tonia Caton            Daniel (Sp.Ed.)
Mandi Graham            Chris Pughsley            Shon Boling            Pam Walker
Minerva Harwell

About the Academy: The We2 Nation will prepare and assist in your transition from middle to high school.
The rigors of high school are unlike your previous school experiences. The Nation was created with this fact in
mind and with the goal of equipping you with the tools and know-how to enjoy a successful high school career.

We2 Nation is structured. You are expected to show up each day prepared to engage in intense studies,
classroom participation, and discussions. We2 Nation expectations are very high. Your teachers will push and
drive you to be and give your best. Anything less from you will be unacceptable.

There will be no excuses in We2 Nation. You will get the job done. You will come prepared. There will be no
excuses for failure, whether it is failure to complete work, failure to come prepared for class, or failure to make
good choices. You are expected to do your best.
Every teacher in We2 Nation is here because they are among the best at what they do. In return, we will expect
you to give teachers your best in classroom performance and behavior. Our school, community, city
government, and parents expect Wetumpka and Wetumpka High School students to be the best. There is no
greater honor than to be a member of a school that is expected to be the best. You are at such a school!

Structure is Key: Emphasis will be placed on structure throughout the academy. From class-to-class and
bell-to-bell, there will be a consistency in routine and expectations. Procedures and expectations will be
communicated clearly.

We2 Nation Classroom Rules: Every classroom in We2 Nation will operate under the same six basic rules and
guidelines. These items are posted in every class and will be explained by your teachers. In addition to the six
Nation classroom rules, the WHS expectations will govern your conduct throughout the day (see WHS Student
Handbook and Elmore County Code of Conduct.)

Classroom Rules:
           Six, simple rules you must follow in each classroom.
                1. RESPECT
                2. Be on time.
                3. Be seated.
                4. Be quiet.
                5. Be prepared.
                6. Follow directions.

Specific procedures
    1. Heading papers – students will head their papers in the following manner on the front of their paper in
         the upper right hand corner (beginning with the top line):

                                                                                   First & Last Name
                                                                                   Date
                                                                                   Period
                                                                                   Assignment

    2.   When a student wants to speak – raise hand and wait until called upon.
    3.   Dismissal of class – the bell indicates the end of class time, but the teacher will dismiss class.
    4.   Every class will have a seating chart.

WE2 Curriculum: The majority of the WE2 Students will take the four core subjects in the morning and
elective classes later in the day. Math and Reading support is built into the schedule to be used by some
students continually and other students on an “as needed” basis. Although, WHS is on a block schedule, some
WE2 Nation students will take Math and/or English/Reading all year. Standards recovery strategies will be
used when students fail to master required standards.

21st Century Classrooms: WE2 Nation core classrooms are equipped with new technology equipment.
Students will respect all equipment, and maximize its use in order to better prepare themselves for the work
place and/or college.

High School 101: All WE2 Nation students will take HS 101 for ½ elective credit. HS 101 will enable students
to better transition to high school life.

NO ZERO Policy: WE2 Nation holds to a NO Zero Policy, which means, all students will be expected to
attempt all work assigned. If work is not complete, students will be assigned after school detention (see
SUCCEED program).

SUCCEED Program: Due to the vital role homework and class work play in a student’s academic success,
teachers will assign SUCCEED Detention to any student failing to complete homework and/or class work to the
specifications of the teacher. During SUCCEED Detention you will be required to complete any incomplete
homework and or class work. 60% credit will be given for the completed work. Students failing to attend
SUCCEED Detention will be assigned to ATS until the homework is completed or assigned additional
detention days. The SUCCEED Detention is included in the After School Detention room and times (see
below).
After School Detention: The after school detention (ASD) program will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Thursday of designated weeks throughout the school year. ASD will be conducted from 3:05 – 4:05. ASD can
be used as a form of classroom discipline or assigned to students that fail to complete work. (See SUCCEED
section) When a student is assigned ASD, a parent will be contacted. Failure to attend ASD may result in
additional days being assigned to ASD and/or a referral to an administrator. Typically, the student is assigned
ASD for the next available day. It will be the responsibility of the parent and student to arrange for
transportation home. While in ASD students will complete homework, class work, reading and/or character
building assignments. Any misbehavior in ASD, which includes failure to work, will result in a referral to an
administrator.

Bell Ringers: When you enter your classroom there will be an assignment on the board, a Powerpoint,
worksheet, etc. You will immediately be seated and begin working on the assignment (“bell ringer”).

Commons Area: When you arrive at school each morning you will report to the commons area. You will be
seated and wait for the ringing of the first bell. There will be no horse playing, running around, or the like. Be
seated and wait for the bell.

Extra-Curricular Participation: You are strongly encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities.
These include sports, cheerleading, band, chorus, and clubs. You are expected to support Wetumpka High
School students when they compete and/or perform. This is a long standing tradition at WHS.

Freshmen Drivers: No student enrolled in the We2 Nation is allowed to drive/operate or park a motorized
vehicle on campus.

Hallway Conduct: When you enter the hallway you must immediately move to your locker and/or next class.
Students will not be allowed to gather or congregate in the hall or doorways. Stay to the right side of the hall as
you move from place to place. Yelling, screaming, running, pushing, or otherwise disruptive behavior is not
allowed in hallways.

Homework Policy: Homework is a vital part of the learning process in We2 Nation. Homework given by your
teachers is designed to allow you to practice essential skills and/or further study topics discussed in class. In
order to maintain acceptable progress it is imperative that all homework be completed.

Lunch: During the allotted lunch time, students should eat lunch, dispose of all trash, and visit the restroom.
(Students will not be allowed to go to the restroom during instruction time.)
The following procedures and expectations will guide you through the lunch period:
    1.       At the appropriate time, your teacher will escort you to the commons area. Class by class.
    2.       You will move to the lunch area as a class. There will be no talking in the hall or stopping at
             lockers. Everyone will enter the commons area with the teacher.
    3.       After choosing the line in which to be served, you will stand in a straight line as you move through
             the serving area. Breaking line is against the rules.
    4.       Once served, you will report to and be seated at the table(s) assigned to your class.
    5.       You will remain at your assigned table while eating.
    6.       No student will be allowed to leave the commons without permission from his teacher.
    7.       After you finish eating your meal, you may leave your table to dispose of all trash or go to the
             restroom. No food, drinks, cups, etc., may be brought out of the lunchroom. Lunchroom trash
             remains in the lunchroom.
    8.       After disposing of your trash or visiting the restroom, return to your assigned table.
    9.       Your teacher will inspect the table for cleanliness. Your table must be clean – no trash, no napkins,
             no spills, no food, no crumbs – can be left at the table.
    10.      Your teacher will dismiss you back to your class after he/she inspects and approves the cleanliness
             of your table. No one leaves the lunchroom until his table is clean.
    11.      Once dismissed by your teacher, you will return directly to the classroom.

Movement in and around We2 Nation: You are not allowed in the high school (A, B, and D halls) during the
school day. You will remain on C hall except for the purpose of attending elective or other assigned classes.

Restrooms: Students should go to the restroom before school, during break and lunch. You will not be allowed
to go to the restroom during class. Teachers will have a bathroom check-in-and-out log for emergencies. There
will be no gatherings or hanging out in the restrooms or hallways.

Retention Policy: No ninth grade student will be allowed to return to We2 Nation the following school year in
order to make up credits (failed courses). These credits must be made up during summer school or through other
approved sources. It will be the responsibility of the student and parent to make arrangements for making up
any failed courses.

Semester Exams: All We2 Nation students will take semester exams.

Time between Classes and the Bell: There is a period of four minutes between classes. This does not mean
students have four minutes to get to your next class. The bells are a means of communicating with We2 Nations
teachers, not students. The teacher, not the bell, decides when class begins and ends. When class is dismissed
by the teacher, you will immediately move to your next class.

We2 Nation Checklist:
    Write down your assignments and complete and turn in each assignment. Remember that your grades
       count as part of your high school transcript when you enter ninth grade. You must pass all required
       courses.
    Attend school daily and be on time.
    Exhibit appropriate behavior at all times.
    Talk with your counselor and or teacher about academic, career and personal issues.
    Talk with your parents/guardians, teachers and counselor about your interests, goals and future plans.
       Begin to find out about colleges, military, future job training.
    Participate in, attend, and support extra-curricular activities at school and in the community.
Parent Responsibility Form


I have read and do understand the Wetumpka High School handbook and agree to adhere to
the guidelines and policies stated within.


Student Signature_________________________________ Date__________________



Parent Signature__________________________________ Date___________________




Corporal Punishment

I, as a parent, have read and do understand the conditions for use of corporal punishment as
stated in the Elmore County School System Discipline Handbook. I give my permission as
follows (Please initial one of the options listed.):

1.___________         You may administer corporal punishment as you see fit without my
                      consent.

2.___________         You must contact me to gain my permission prior to the administering
                      of corporal punishment.

3. __________         You may not use corporal punishment as a disciplinary option for my
                      child.

				
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