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2017-2018 Middle/High School Student Handbook

Stanton Middle/High School

Student Handbook

2017-2018

 

2017-2018 Class Schedule----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------58

 

Activity Schedules-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------10

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Classes-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------50

 

Asbestos--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------10

 

Athletic Participation (Non-School)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------10

 

Attendance----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------11

               Compulsory Attendance Law-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------11

               Excused and Unexcused Absences--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------11

               Repeated Absenteeism----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------12

               Leaving School Early-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------12

               Notifying the school of Absences/Tardies-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------12

               Tardies-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------12

 

Behavioral Expectations and Jurisdictional Statement---------------------------------------------------------------13

 

Bicycles--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------16

 

Bullying Policy – Back of book

 

Bus Behavior-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------16

               Rules and Regulations---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------17

               Bus Conduct---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------17

 

Candy, Gum, and Pop--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------17

 

Cars-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------18

 

Cell Phone Policy -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------36

 

Cheating-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------18

 

Citizenship----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------18

 

Class Requirements and Electives-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------38

 

Class Sponsors and Home Rooms for Meetings------------------------------------------------------------------------18

 

Clothing-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------18

 

College Day Visitations------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------18

 

Communicable and Infectious Diseases----------------------------------------------------------------------------------19

 

Communications---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------19

 

Computer Regulations (see Internet Use)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------28

 

Course Descriptions-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------42

 

Damage to Private Property-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------19

 

Damage to School Property-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------19

 

Definitions-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------19

 

Detention and After School Hours-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------19

 

Discipline (see Behavioral Expectations)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------13

              

Down List/Consequences (see Eligibility)--------------------------------------------------------------------------------21

 

Dropping & Adding Subjects-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------40

 

Dual Enrollment---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------20

 

Early Arrival-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------20

 

Early Dismissals---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------20

 

Early Graduation--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------20

 

Educational Beliefs-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------7

 

Electronic Devices-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------20

 

Eligibility------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------21

 

Emergency Drills--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------21

 

Emergency Procedures-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------21

 

English Curriculum Requirements----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------42

 

Extra-Curricular Activities-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------22

 

Fees-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------22

                 Registration, Lunch, and Breakfast----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------22

              

Field Trips----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------23

 

Fire Drills-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------23

 

Good Conduct Rule-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------23

 

Grading--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------24

 

Graduation Requirements --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------40

 

Grievance Procedure---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------25

 

Guidance------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------26

 

Harassment/Bullying---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------26

              

Hazardous Chemicals---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------26

 

Health Information-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------56

 

Homeless Children and Youth----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------27

 

Home Room Regulations-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------27

 

Homework----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------27

               Absences Resulting in Incomplete Work-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------11

              

Illness-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------27

 

Insurance------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------28

 

Intercom Use--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------28

 

Internet Use---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------28

 

Job Shadowing-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------28

 

Lost and Found----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------28

 

Lunch Hour---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------28

 

Math Curriculum Requirements-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------42

 

Medication----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------29

            Medication Permission Form--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------57

 

Middle School Courses-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------53

 

National Honor Society-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------29

               Selection Procedures------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------29

               Scholarship-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------29

               Service-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------29

               Leadership------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------29

               Character-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------30

               Procedure for Dismissal--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------30

              

Normal Course Load---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------39

 

Notices of Events---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------30

 

Physical Education------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------30

 

Pre-Requisites for Scheduling----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------40

 

Preparation for Higher Education-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------40

 

Post-Secondary Educational Institution----------------------------------------------------------------------------------50

 

Regent Admission Index (RAI)---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------41

 

Registration for Subjects in another Grade Level----------------------------------------------------------------------40

 

Report Cards and Conferences (see Grading)--------------------------------------------------------------------------24

 

Right to Know------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------31

 

Scholarships--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------31

 

School Day----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------31

 

School Hours-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------31

 

School Laws Affecting Students and Parents---------------------------------------------------------------------------31

               Child Abuse-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------31

               Directory Information/Release of Information----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------31

               Fees Waived----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------32

               Human Growth and Development-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------32

               Immunization--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------32

               Interventions---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------32

               Locker & Desk Searches-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------32

               Student Searches----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------33

Open Enrollment Notification------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------33

Problem Solving Approach----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------34

Review of Student Records----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------34

               Right to Privacy-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------34

               Parents and Eligible Student Rights-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------34

 

School Mementos--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------34

 

School Property----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------34

 

Science Curriculum Requirements----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------44

 

Social Studies Curriculum Requirements--------------------------------------------------------------------------------44

 

Special Education-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------34

 

Staff Personnel-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------9

 

Stanton School Song----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------7

 

Student Achievement Goals-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------8

 

Student Mentoring-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------50

 

 

Student/Teacher Assistance Team (STAT)-----------------------------------------------------------------------------35

               Community Resources--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------35

               At-Risk Students---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------35

 

Student’s Creed----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------7

 

Study Halls---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------36

 

Student Property--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------36

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Teachers’ Workroom & Coaches’ Office--------------------------------------------------------------------------------36

 

Telephone Use/Cell Phone Policy------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------36

 

Threats of Violence------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------37

 

Tobacco/Alcohol/Illegal Drug Use and Possession (see Good Conduct)-------------------------------------------23

 

Tornado Drills------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------37

 

Transferring Out of the District--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------37

 

Valuables------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------37

 

Visitors---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------37

 

Volunteers-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------37

 

Weapons Policy----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------37

               Weapons Brought to School for an Educational Purpose---------------------------------------------------------------------------37

 

 

 

 

STANTON COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT

The Stanton Community School District, in partnership with parents and community, is dedicated to providing the highest standard of education to ensure that all students acquire the knowledge necessary to grow, learn, and succeed.

 

 

 

 

 Empowering

ALL

Students

to

Succeed

 

 

 

 

 

NONDISCRIMINATION NOTICE

 

It is the policy of the Stanton Community School District not to discriminate illegally on the basis of gender, race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or socio-economic status in its educational programs or employment practices as required by Title VI and VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the 1972 Education amendments, and Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973. If you have questions or grievances related to this policy, please contact K-12 Guidance Counselor/Students Needs Coordinator, Educational Equity Office, School Administration Center, 605 Elliott, Stanton, IA 51573, 712-829-2162, or the Director of Region VII Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education, Kansas City, Missouri.

 

It is also the policy of the this district that the curriculum content and instructional materials utilized reflect the cultural and racial diversity present in the United States and the variety of careers, roles, and life styles open to women as well as men in our society. One of the objectives of the total curriculum and teaching strategies is to reduce stereotyping and to eliminate bias on the basis of sex, race, ethnicity, religion and disability. The curriculum should foster respect and appreciation for the cultural diversity found in our country and an awareness of the rights, duties, and responsibilities of each individual as a member of a pluralistic society.

 

Inquired regarding compliance with Title IX, Title VI, or Section 504 may be directed to the K-12 Guidance Counselor/Students Needs Coordinator, Stanton Elementary School, Stanton, Iowa 51573, phone number, 712-829-2162; to the Director of the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Des Moines, Iowa 515-281-5294; or to the Director of the Region VII Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education, 10220 North Executive Hills Blvd, 8th Floor, Kansas City, Missouri 64153-1367 (816) 891-8156.

 

 

 

          EDUCATIONAL BELIEFS OF STANTON COMMUNITY SCHOOL

 

We believe that…

 

  1. The most effective learning comes from a positive, supportive, and committed team of family, school, and community.
  2. High expectations and strong leadership result in excellence and high achievement.
  3. All students can learn, and we can teach them.
  4. All students should possess the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to lead healthy and productive lives and to actively participate as citizens in a rapidly changing democratic and global society.
  5. A positive, caring and safe environment where all persons are respected is essential for student success.
  6. Learning is a life-long process.
  7. District decisions and actions will focus primarily on the welfare and success of students.
  8. Education is constantly changing, and a successful school must also be willing to change in order to best meet the individual needs of all students.

 

STANTON SCHOOL SONG

We’re from old Stanton High,

          Proudly we hail.

We’re never known to sigh,

          We’re never known to fail. Rah! Rah! Rah!

We’re out to win this game,

          We’re always true.

We have but just one aim-

          Hey, team, old Stanton High is backing you – Rah!

 

A STUDENT'S CREED

 

My purpose in attending this institution is to constantly better myself,

my family, my community, and my country.

 

 

 

“Parents and the school must be partners in the successful education of children.”

 

 

 

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT GOALS

 

Students from the Stanton Community School District will be able to: 

  • Express their ideas fluently in written and oral communication
  • Display problem-solving skills, academic skills, life skills, and employment skills
  • Display behavior that demonstrates an acquired understanding and acceptance of diversity and the rights and dignity of themselves and others
  • Use effective teamwork, communication, leadership, and technology skills to enhance the quality of their work places and their lives
  • Possess the skills to succeed in the world in which they will work and live after high school

 

School Long Range Improvement Goals

1.  All K-12 students will perform at proficient levels in reading to succeed in life beyond high school

 

2.  All K-12 students will perform at proficient levels in math to succeed in life beyond high school

 

3.  All K-12 students will perform at proficient levels in science to succeed in life beyond high school

 

4. All K-12 students will be proficient in the application of technology.

 

5. All students will feel safe and connected personally to our drug free school.

 

 

Stanton High School Personnel

 

Superintendent

Dr. Chris Herrick

 

Principal/Special Education Director

Kevin Blunt

 

School Board Secretary

Tammy Boyer

 

Business Manager

Shirley Maxwell

 

Athletic Director

Kevin Blunt

 

Staff

 

Darla Brooke- FCS

Peggy Driscoll-Art

David Snyder -Social Studies

Carla Erickson -Math. Literature

Jeff Grebin- Business

Lee Haidsiak-Math

Dan DeGroot -TAG

Sheila Mainquist –Guidance

 

Jake Lord-Physical Education/Health

Kelsie Schmidt -Band/Chorus

Mabel Rico-Spanish

John Schultz-Media Specialist

Lacey Stephens- Secondary Special Ed.

Bruce Subbert-Science

Whitney Warner-English

 

 

 

Support Staff

Christi Elwood-Secretary

Elitha Bruning- Parraeducator

Clarisa Johnson- Parraeducator

Karol Johnson- Parraeducator

Melissa Yeager- Parraeducator

Bob Reed-Building and Grounds Supervisor

Sandy Allen-Custodian

Mindy Williams -Food Director

Tammy Magneson–Ass’t cook

Deanna Clark-Kitchen Staff

Barb Fink- Kitchen Staff

Rick Boyer- Bus Driver

Tom Johnson-Bus Driver

Larry Watson-Bus Driver

 

 

 

 

ACTIVITY SCHEDULES

  1. All schedules must be approved by the superintendent or building principal.

 

  1. No students shall be allowed to loiter or practice in any school building at any hour of the day or night or weekend without adult supervision. This includes Sunday night open gym.

 

  1. All planned parties or moneymaking projects must be approved by sponsors and the principal so they can be placed on the calendar and avoid conflicts with other projects. It is the sponsor’s responsibility to get prior approval from the principal.

 

  1. It shall be the policy of the Stanton Community School to schedule no practices or performances on Sunday. The only exception will be the participation in athletics, music, and declamation contest, which are scheduled by officials of the respective state organizations or very special circumstances subject to administrative approval.

 

  1. No school-sponsored activities or practices will be held on Sundays or after 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays.

 

ASBESTOS

Asbestos has been an issue of concern for many years. Congress enacted the Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) in 1986 to determine the extent of asbestos in the schools and to act as a guide in formulating asbestos management policies for the schools.

 

Asbestos has been used as a building material for many years. It is a naturally occurring mineral that is mined primarily in Canada and South Africa, and the U.S.S.R. The properties of asbestos make it an ideal material for insulating, sound absorption, decorative plasters, fireproofing, and a variety of miscellaneous uses. There have been over 3000 different products manufactured using asbestos. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) began action to limit its uses in 1973. 1978 banned most of the asbestos products used as building materials.

 

The institute for Environmental Assessment was employed by the Stanton Community School District in 1986 to inspect school buildings and determine if there are any asbestos containing materials (ACM), especially in the form that could represent a risk. Of most concern are areas of asbestos-bearing materials, which can be easily crumbled under pressure (friable materials) and inhaled into the lungs.

 

Beyond the asbestos assumed to be located in some concrete, roofing felts, pipe elbows, carpet glue, etc. which is minimal public health concern, asbestos was found in some of the following types of materials: thermal pipe joint connections, thermal pipe insulation, thermal boiler insulations and vinyl floor tile.

 

Stanton Community School has a minimum of ACM in its high school building. Certified EPA personnel have properly encapsulated these materials. Signs are also posted in each of these areas. Additionally, these areas are inspected every 6 months.  Encapsulated asbestos containing materials were found primarily in non-occupied locations such as the custodial storage room, and boiler room at the High School. No known dangers to students or employees currently exist. The new elementary school is ASBESTOS FREE.

 

A detailed Asbestos Management Building Plan is on file in the school building. The public upon request may inspect this plan. A District Plan is also available for review at the office of the Superintendent of Schools. The Stanton School District has complied with recent legislation and has sent an Asbestos Management Plan to the State Department of Education prior to the deadline.

 

The Board of Directors and Administration plan to meet or exceed EPA standards as required by law and do whatever is necessary to continually ensure a healthy working/teaching/learning school environment. As always, your input and/or concerns are welcome. On behalf of the Board of Directors, we like to thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

 

ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION (NON-SCHOOL)

High school students who participate in school-sponsored athletics may participate in a non-school-sponsored sport during the same season with approval of the superintendent or his designee. Such outside participation shall not conflict with the school-sponsored athletic activity. If there is a conflict, the first and foremost responsibility of the athlete is to the school-sponsored athletic activity.

 

 

ATTENDANCE

Every effort should be made toward getting students to school every day on time. Much of the child’s progress depends on his/her regular attendance at school as students who do not attend school on a regular basis develop gaps in their learning. Students with poor attendance patterns are more likely to drop out before graduation from high school. Parents should not expect their child to be promoted if skills are not mastered due to excessive absences. MS/HS students that arrive after 2nd period will be counted a half day for the morning and students that leave before 2:10PM will be counted a half day absent for the afternoon.

 

Students will be expected to attend classes regularly and to be on time in order to receive maximum benefit from the instructional program. While it is possible for an absent student to make up much of the schoolwork missed, it is impossible to completely compensate for absence from classes. Irregular attendance or tardiness by students not only retards their own studies, but also interferes with the progress of those pupils who are regular and prompt in attendance.

     

PARENTS NEED TO CALL THE SCHOOL EACH DAY THAT A STUDENT IS NOT IN SCHOOL. A written note is required only if the parents or guardian does not make telephone contact. Written excuses from the parent should include:

  1. Date of absence
  2. Exact reason for absence
  3. Parent’s signature

All parents are asked to call the MS/HS office (829-2162) if your child will be absent/late/leaving early from school. It is very important that communication is made to the school (A note from the doctor, dentist, ect, may be required upon returning to school.)

Compulsory Attendance Law

Each child between the ages of six and sixteen is required to be in attendance at least 148 days during the school year and at least 37 days per quarter. Students under age 16 on September 15th are required to attend school through the remainder of the year after the student’s 16th birthday. Failure to do so can result in the child being declared truant and appropriate charges filed with the County Attorney.

Excused and Unexcused Absences

Absences approved by the principal shall be excused absences. These are absences that cannot be avoided. These absences include, but are not limited to personal illness, death or serious illness in the immediate family or household, medical or dental appointments that could not be arranged other than during school time, work for parents on a short-term basis, reasons which can be justified from an educational standpoint, authorized religious holidays, and school-sponsored or approved activities.

 

  1. Students not in attendance for two, but not more than 6 periods, will be counted one-half day absent. Students not in attendance for more than six periods will be counted one full day absent. Students who have good attendance records are most likely to achieve higher grades, enjoy school life to a greater degree, and have more employment opportunities after leaving school. There are times, however, when school officials may determine that problems associated with absence from school are out-weighed by the advantages of an activity in which the student participates, and they may endorse or sponsor an activity or trip. Attendance at such approved trips and activities will not be considered an absence from school.

 

  1. An excused absence is an absence that is approved by the school. Students who have excused absences will be allowed to make up their work upon returning to school. Parents will be kept informed of the number of absences. The school will notify parents of students who have missed ten days in a quarter.

 

  1. An absence is considered unexcused if the school does not receive a note or phone call from the student’s parent regarding the student’s absence from school or the reason for the absence is not approved by the administration.

 

An excused absence entitles the student to make up his/her work for credit. The responsibility for carrying out this make-up work rests with the student. The teacher’s responsibility is to cooperate with the student by providing assignments and help if needed, permitting tests to be made up, and projects handed in. Make-up work is to be completed within a reasonable time after the absence. Generally speaking, a reasonable time may be considered twice the length of time (i.e. three days absent, six days for make-up). If there are any questions concerning the length of time given for make-up work, the student should contact the teacher immediately upon returning to school. In the case of extended illness, the teacher can prepare make-up work to take home.  Notify the school early in the day (before 11:00 a.m.) if you want work to be gathered for student completion.

 

Absences, including tardiness, which is not approved by the principal, shall be unexcused absences. These absences shall include, but not be limited to shopping, oversleeping, hair appointments, personal tasks including Senior pictures, truancy, trips, errands, music lessons, and gainful employment.

 

Students having an unauthorized absence will be considered to be skipping school. They will not be admitted back into school until their parent/guardian makes contact with the principal. On the second absence they may appear before the superintendent of schools to show reason for their remaining in school. Students will make up double time for each hour missed. Students will receive a "0" for material covered while the unauthorized absence occurred.

 

Students are given 2 days to complete the work missed for every day absent. Students must make up all work by the prescribed time or will be given a "0". When students know in advance that they will miss school, they are to request a permit slip from the office, which will allow them to get their assignments. These assignments should be secured before their anticipated absence and made up (to the extent possible) before the anticipated absence. If students do not make arrangements with their teacher to get these assignments before their anticipated absence, they may receive a "0" on all work assigned during the absence. This pertains to school sponsored activities also. Students that miss one or two periods due to participating in special school sponsored events (examples: National Honor Society induction, Special Band/Music Program, or Speech Program) must have their work completed for class the following day. Activities are generally planned well in advanced so please plan ahead.

 

Students will not be allowed to re-enter class after an absence before first clearing the absence with the principal's office. (See Attendance, paragraph 3)

MISSED ASSIGNMENTS: The student is responsible to contact the teacher and get assignments missed or not completed. DO NOT expect the teacher to do this for you. However, it is the teacher’s responsibility to work with the student once the contact is made by the student.

Repeated Absenteeism

It shall be within the discretion of the principal to investigate and determine whether special action is necessary for students who are absent repeatedly. Notes from a doctor verifying illnesses will be required when repeated absences are due to illness or a student has been absent on more than 10 occasions during a semester. It shall be within the discretion of the principal to determine whether a student is “absent repeatedly” on a case-by-case basis (Refer to Board Policy Code No. 501.9). Periodically, during the quarter/semester, student records are routinely examined regarding school attendance and tardies. It is then determined if it is necessary to update the parent or guardian regarding the number of days missed, and request that the student miss no further days, except for illness. The parent or guardian may also be requested to visit the school to discuss the attendance of their child. If, after the above steps have been taken, and the student continues to have irregular attendance, the administration may notify the Board of Education and recommend that the student re-take the semester the following year.

Leaving School Early/Appointments

If any student is to leave the school for any reason with a parent or someone other than the parent, legal guardian, or non-guardian, the student must bring a written note (signed and dated) from a parent and/or guardian indicating that he/she will be picked up. The note should include the person’s name and relationship to the family. The child will report to the school office at dismissal time instead of leaving the building and the person who is picking up the child is to present herself/himself in the school office for identification. All students leaving the school before the end of the school day are to sign out through the office. Absences/appointments, which are not approved by the principal, shall be unexcused absences. These absences/appointments shall include, but not be limited to shopping, oversleeping, hair appointments, personal tasks, truancy, trips, errands, music lessons, and gainful employment.

Notifying the School of Absences/Tardies

If your child must be absent from or tardy to school because of illness or other reasons, it is the parent’s responsibility to notify the school between 7:30 and 9:00 a.m. Steps will be taken to contact parents who have not notified the school concerning their child’s absence. Should a student be absent and no call has been received, we may call his/her home or the parent's place of work.  If your child needs to leave early for a doctor or dentist appointment, please call or send a note. Notify the school if you plan to pick your child up early.

Parents are requested to call by phone and report their child's absence from school. Middle and Sr high parents can call the office (829-2162) after 7:30 a.m. Elementary parents can call the elementary office (829-2171) after 7:30 a.m. Parents are asked to call for all absences whether it be for all day or part of a day between 7:30-9:00 a.m. Students will not be dismissed from school during the day unless his/her parent has called. Notes are accepted if a student's residence has no phone.

Tardies

Any student not in his/her classroom at 8:10 AM will be counted tardy. Students are expected to arrive at school on time and will need to bring a note from their parent when they are late or the student will automatically receive an unexcused tardy. Unexcused tardies shall include, but not be limited to shopping, oversleeping, hair appointments, tasks, truancy, and gainful employment. Unexcused tardies will result in consequences for the student.  The first unexcused tardy will result in a warning. Starting with the second tardy students will be assigned detention by the principal. Tardies may be counted against perfect attendance if they exceed three.

BEHAVIORAL EXPECATIONS AND JURISDICTIONAL STATEMENT

               See also GOOD CONDUCT

This handbook is an extension of board policy and is a reflection of the goals and objectives of the school board.  The board, administration and employees expect students to conduct themselves in a manner fitting to their age level and maturity and with respect and consideration for the rights of others.  Students are expected to treat teachers, employees, students, visitors and guests with respect and courtesy.  Students may not use abusive language, profanity or obscene gestures or language.  

 

This handbook and school district policies, rules and regulations are in effect while students are on school grounds, school district property or on property within the jurisdiction of the school district; while on school-owned and/or school-operated buses or vehicles or chartered buses; while attending or engaged in school activities; and while away from school grounds if the misconduct directly affects the good order, efficient management and welfare of the school district or involves students or staff.  A violation of a school district policy, rule, regulation or student handbook may result in disciplinary action and may affect a student's eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities whether the violation occurred while school was in session or while school was not in session. This includes eighth grade graduation and high school senior commencement.

 

Students are expected to comply with and abide by the school district's policies, rules, regulations and student handbook.  Students who fail to abide by the school district's policies, rules, regulations and student handbook may be disciplined for conduct which disrupts or interferes with the education program; conduct which disrupts the orderly and efficient operation of the school district or school activity; conduct which disrupts the rights of other students to obtain their education or to participate in school activities; or conduct which interrupts the maintenance of a disciplined atmosphere.  Disciplinary measures include, but are not limited to, removal from the classroom, detention, suspension, probation and expulsion.  Discipline can also include prohibition from participating in extracurricular activities, including athletics.  The discipline imposed is based upon the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident and the student's record.

 

The school reserves and retains the right to modify, eliminate or establish school district policies, rules, regulations and student handbook provisions as circumstances warrant, including those contained in the handbook.  Students are expected to know the contents of the handbook and comply with it.  Students or parents with questions or concerns may contact the superintendent or principal for information about the current enforcement of the policies, rules, regulations or student handbook of the school district.

 

Applicability                                                                     

This policy shall apply to students while on school premises, while attending school-sponsored events, while on school-owned and operated buses or on chartered buses while students are engaged in school-sponsored activities, and while students are away from school if their conduct directly affects the good order, efficiency, management or welfare of the district. (Refer to Board Policy Code No.503.1)

Discipline

The goal of the board of directors is to ensure the right of all students to a safe and productive educational environment in which they may learn the skills and attitudes necessary to develop and to mature as responsible adults, accountable for their own actions. (Refer to Board Policy Code No. 503.1/503.1R1)

 

It is very important that your child understands the necessity of following rules and regulations in order to have the best educational environment for learning. It is imperative that those students who come to school to learn be afforded that opportunity. It is our sincere hope that the school and the home will join together in this effort so that we can successfully provide an optimum learning environment for all children. (Refer to Board Policy Code No. 503.1/503.1R1)

 

"School Discipline" is the guidance of the conduct of students in a way, which permits the orderly and efficient operation of the school, i.e., the maintenance of a scholarly, disciplined atmosphere to achieve maximum educational benefits for all students. (Refer to Board Policy Code No. 503.1/503.1R1)

 

  1. Teachers may use reasonable force to protect themselves and other students.  Whenever physical restraint is used, it shall be reported to the building principal.  (Refer to Board Policy  Code No. 503.5)
  2. After a punishment is administered it should be forgotten as quickly as possible and not allowed to influence subsequent action.
  3. Any student who is kicked out of a class three times may be dropped from the class with an "F".
  4. The Board of Education reserves the right to expel any student from school, as per state law, whenever in their judgment the best interests of the school demand it.
  5. Obscene material found at school will be confiscated and parents will be called.
  6. Pupils may be kept after school for disciplinary reasons.

 

Sanction                                             

Students who violate the policies, regulations, rules or directives of the district, including those activities specified in section 503, or who have documented cases of conduct detrimental to the best interests of the district, may be disciplined by one or more of the following actions (Refer to Board Policy Code No. 503.1R1):

 

  1. Denial of extracurricular activities or privileges. 

The building principal or superintendent may exclude a student from participation in extracurricular activities for a period of time to be determined by the building principal or superintendent for violation of a district policy, rule, regulation or directive or for violation of a rule in effect for participants in the activity. Procedures for excluding students from participation in extracurricular activities shall be the same as those procedures for short-term sanctions as outlined in section 503. Prior to any exclusion for violation of a rule in effect for participants in an activity, the building principal shall approve the rules and the participants shall be notified of the rules. Posting of the rules in an area where the participants meet shall be deemed sufficient notice.

Any student determined by law enforcement officials or school authorities to be in possession of or having consumed beer, liquor or other controlled substances will be suspended from all extracurricular activities. The consequences will be enforced according to the Good Conduct Policy & Tobacco/Alcohol/Illegal Drug Policy. These activities include athletics, music contests, speech contests, cheerleading, drama, dances and other activities that the administration deems appropriate (Refer to Board Policy Code No. 503.4).

  1. Temporary removal from class to the office of the principal or his/her designee for a period not to exceed three days.
  2. Probation:  conditional attendance during a trial period.
  3. Detention:  a requirement that a student remain after school, or come to school early, or remain in class during lunch periods for purposes of discipline.

Students may be allowed one day to make arrangements for transportation, if necessary. If the detention is not served on the day arranged, parents will be notified by the teacher and the time will be doubled. If the detention is still not served, the student will be referred to the principal and the student will be given in-school suspension. Detentions not served the last week of school will carry over the following fall semester.

  1. In-school suspension:  the temporary isolation of a student from one or more classes, while under proper administrative supervision, where the misconduct does not warrant removal from school by suspension.
  2. Removal from class for the remainder of a semester:  the isolation of a student from a specific class for the remainder of a semester while under proper administrative supervision where the misconduct does not warrant removal from school by expulsion.
  3. Short-term suspension: the student is prohibited from attending classes or any school activity for a temporary period of time, not to exceed ten school days.

The superintendent or building principal may suspend a student temporarily with consideration given to the maturity of the student, the offense committed, the history of prior offenses and any other circumstances deemed pertinent (Refer to Board Policy Code No. 503.1R1).  The student shall be told orally or in writing of the charges against the student. If the student denies the charges, he/she shall be given an opportunity to explain his/her side of the story and shall be given an explanation of the evidence against the student. There need be no delay between the time of notice of the charges and the student's opportunity to respond. If the student does not deny the charges, or after the principal or superintendent hears the student and makes a decision, the principal or superintendent shall notify the student of the terms of the disciplinary action.

Students whose presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process may be immediately removed from school, with the above procedures to be followed as soon as practicable.

 

 

The superintendent or principal shall attempt to inform the parent or guardian by phone or in person on the same day of taking the disciplinary action. If a parent or guardian cannot be reached, the student shall remain on school property until the close of the school day, unless the student poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process.

Formal written notice of the disciplinary action taken shall be mailed or personally delivered to the parent or guardian within two school days of the action, with a copy forwarded to the superintendent and board president.

A student who has been suspended may be readmitted only after a conference between the superintendent or building principal, the student, and if possible, the parent or guardian. In extreme or repeated cases a conference with the parents or guardian will be mandatory.

Upon verification of facts, suspension may occur for the following causes (Refer to Board Policy Code No. 502.6/502.7/503.1):

 

  1. The use or possession of tobacco or any tobacco product.
  2. The use or possession of beer or liquor.
  3. The use or possession of any controlled substance unless such substance was obtained directly from or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of his/her professional practice.
  4. Attendance or participation in any school activity in an intoxicated state or under the influence of a controlled substance unless such substance was obtained directly from or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of his/her professional practice.
  5. The distribution of, transmittal of, or sale of any tobacco product, beer, or liquor, or controlled substance to other persons.
  6. Disorderly conduct: including temper tantrums; fighting or rowdy behavior; making loud noises so as to cause interference with other persons; using abusive language or gestures which the student knows or reasonably should know is likely to provoke a violent reaction by another; disruption of meetings, activities, or assemblies of persons by conduct intended to be disrupting; obstructing school premises or access to school premises or places where school functions are to be held, with the intent to prevent or hinder its lawful use by others; or any other behavior intended to interfere with the rights of others.
  7. Refusal to conform to policies, rules, regulations, directives or requests of the district or of its officers, employees or agents of the district when acting within the scope of their employment or duties.
  8. Physical attacks or threats of physical attack to other students, officers, employees, visitors or agents of the district.  In the event any officer, employee or agent of the district is attacked or threatened by a student or group of students, the school officer, employee or agent shall immediately report the incident to the building principal. The employees may use reasonable force to protect themselves and others. The student(s) shall be suspended for five (5) school days and may be recommended for expulsion. The procedures for suspensions and expulsions outlined in sections 503.1R1, and 503.2 shall apply.
  9. Extortions.
  10. Possession or use of dangerous weapons or objects including laser pointers or anything similar to this.
  11. Display of racial bigotry or intolerance.
  12. Criminal or illegal behavior.
  13. Committing a theft or robbery or attempting to commit a theft or robbery.
  14. Damaging, altering, injuring, defacing or destroying any building, fixture, piece of equipment or item, which includes writing, drawing, or making marks on walls, furniture, and fixtures.
  15. Intimidation.
  16. The use of obscene, lewd or profane language.
  17. Initiating, circulating or participating in the circulation of a report or warning of fire, epidemic, or other catastrophe knowing such report or warning to be false.
  18. Threatening to place or placing any incendiary or explosive device or material in any place where it may endanger persons or property.
  19. Truancy:  absence from school or assigned classes without the consent of parent and principal.
  20. Trespassing on school property:  entering upon or into school property without justification or without the permission of school officials or remaining on school property after being notified to leave by school officials.
  21. Joining, becoming a member of, or soliciting other students to join, or become a member of, or taking part

in forming or organizing a fraternity or society of students without prior approval of the board of directors.

  1. Long-term suspension:  the student is prohibited from attending classes or any school activity for a temporary period of time to be determined by the board of directors.

Only the Board of Directors may remove a student from the school environment on a long-term basis. The removal of a student from the school environment, which includes, but is not limited to, classes and activities, is an expulsion from school.

It shall be within the discretion of the Board of Directors to discipline a student by using an expulsion for a single offense or for a series of offenses depending on the nature of the offense and the circumstances surrounding the offense.

By majority vote of the board of directors, following a recommendation of the superintendent and/or building principal, a student may be suspended for a period of time to be determined by the board of directors (which may exceed five school days) or may be expelled from school for an indefinite period of time for a breach of discipline, immorality, violation of district regulations and rules, or when the presence of the student is detrimental to the best interests of the school. In addition, the board of directors may expel any incorrigible child or any child who, in the board's judgment, is so abnormal that regular instruction would be of no substantial benefit to him/her, or any child whose presence in school would be injurious to the health or morals of other pupils or to the welfare of the school.

Written notice of the charges prompting the administrative recommendation of expulsion, notice of the district policy, rule, or regulation alleged to have been violated, and notice of the time, place and date of the hearing shall be mailed or delivered personally to the parent or guardian. If the student is married or is eighteen years of age, or older and is not residing with a parent or guardian, notice shall be given to the student. Such notice shall also be given the board president.

A hearing before a majority of the board of directors shall be held within five school days of the mailing of or personal delivery of the notice to the parent or guardian or student. The parent or guardian or student may request additional time in which to prepare, but in no event shall the hearing be held later than ten school days following the mailing or personal delivery of the notice. In the event the parent or guardian or student requests additional time and the student is suspended pending the hearing, the student shall continue to be suspended until the date of the hearing.

The student may be accompanied to the hearing or be represented by a parent(s) or guardian(s) and/or legal counsel or any other advisor of his/her choice. Legal counsel or any other advisor of its choice may also advise the administration and/or board of directors.

At the hearing, each party shall have an opportunity to testify on his/her own behalf, introduce evidence, present witnesses, submit statements orally or in writing and question any witnesses. The hearing shall be administrative in nature and shall not be governed by formal rules of evidence or procedure.

If a party to the hearing should conduct himself/herself in a manner disruptive of the hearing, the board of directors may exclude him/her and proceed with the hearing as if he/she had not personally appeared.

The hearing shall be in closed session of the board of directors unless the student or a parent or guardian of the student requests an open session if the student is a minor. In the event the student or parent or guardian requests an open session, it shall be deemed a waiver of confidentiality of any personal information regarding the student contained in records or writings used at the hearing.

If the student or his/her representative fails to appear at the hearing, or if he/she desires to make no response, the administration shall nevertheless submit evidence in support of the recommendation to expel.

A transcript and/or tape recording shall be made of the hearing.

At the conclusion of the hearing, the board shall consider all relevant evidence introduced at the hearing and shall make a decision. The board shall meet in open session and by roll call vote entered in the minutes; make a decision on the merits. The board may adopt, modify or deny the administration's recommendation.

Within five days following the conclusion of the hearing, written findings of fact and conclusions of law shall be sent to or personally delivered to the parent or guardian or student or his/her representative.

At the time of suspension or expulsion, the board may determine whether the student should have access to programs or whether the student should be excluded from all programs of the district.

A student may be readmitted to school following a suspension or expulsion by the board of directors only upon action by the board of directors (Refer to Board Policy Code No. 503.2).

  1. Expulsion:  the student is prohibited from attending classes or any school activity for an indefinite period of time.
  1. Referral to other agencies.

 

Dissemination                                  

The superintendent or his designee shall provide for the dissemination of this policy 502/503 to students, parents, and the employees of the district.

 

This policy 502/503 shall be published in student handbooks, and shall be posted in at least one location in each attendance center, and copies shall be available in each building principal's office.

BICYCLES

Bike racks are provided for students who ride bicycles to school. Locking bicycles is highly recommended. Students, who do not demonstrate knowledge of bicycle driving rules and regulations, practice safe driving or use behavior not conducive to safety, may be denied the privilege of riding their bike to school. Students are also strongly encouraged to wear bike helmets for safety. The school is not responsible for stolen bicycles.

 

BUS BEHAVIOR

Your child is responsible for good conduct while riding in the bus. The bus driver/any staff personal is in charge of the bus and he/she will expect good behavior from each child. Students who consistently break the rules will lose their privilege of riding the bus for a period of time.

  1. Students are to ride regularly assigned buses except in cases of emergencies or when he/she drives to school.
  2. If a student uses school transportation to an activity (game, contest, play, etc.) he/she will return to Stanton via that same transportation. Two exceptions will be allowed:
    1. If the parent personally requests that the student ride home with the parent, he/she may.
    2. If the student has a note from their parent giving the student permission to ride home with parents of another student, he/she may. (The sponsor must personally contact the parent with whom the student is riding home.)
  1. Students not riding a bus to school activities must bring a written statement from home with parent's permission. This permission slip must be given to the sponsor before the trip takes place.
  2. Students will be expected  to ride school transportation  to all school activities unless extenuating circumstances exist, parents will be expected to contact the principal for approval.
  3. Students WILL NOT be allowed to ride home with a student that has driven to the activity.

Rules and Regulations

  1. Drivers will follow the schedule established by the Superintendent as nearly as possible.
  2. Drivers will wait for pupils at the designated pick-up point until the scheduled departure time.
  3. Drivers will have their buses parked at the school’s pick-up point at least 5 minutes prior to elementary school dismissal time (3:15).
  4. Students are the driver’s responsibility while they are loading the bus, while they are on the bus, and until they have safely disembarked from the bus including crossing the road, if crossing the road is necessary. The driver is also responsible for discipline on the bus. Students must never be boisterous, stand, or switch seats while the bus is in motion, or misbehave and bother other students. Only quiet talking will be tolerated. If a student disregards the rules, and fails to cooperate with the drive, parents will be notified. If the problem continues the principal will be notified. The student may be suspended from riding the bus for a period of time.
  5. Students should get on the bus immediately, sit down, and visit quietly until departure time. If a pupil consistently is boisterous, or misbehaves, parents will be notified. A bus driver will not simply remove the student from the bus, only the administration can do this.
  6. If a bus is late for some reason, students should wait a safe distance from the loading zone.
  7. The driver is responsible to know and follow the rules and suggestions given in the handbook and by the Administration.
  8. Each bus driver will hold an annual safety orientation session on the first Friday after school begins for those students who ride the bus.
  9. Each driver will conduct an emergency bus safety drill at least once each semester. Drivers will unload the bus under mock emergency conditions.

STUDENTS MUST HAVE A NOTE FOR THE BUS DRIVER IN ORDER TO BE LEFT ANY PLACE OTHER THAN THE REGULAR STOP. HIS/HER PARENT/GUARDIAN AND THE BUILDING PRINCIPAL OR HIS DESIGNEE MUST SIGN THIS NOTE.

Bus Conduct on Routes and Activities

Cooperative passenger of the school bus must be able to make the following statements honestly:

  1. I always walk on the left side of the highway facing traffic when there are no sidewalks.
  2. When walking along the highways with other children, I walk single file or not more than two abreast.
  3. I do not play games on the street, highway, or parking lot while waiting for the school bus.
  4. I start to school on time so that I do not have to take unnecessary chances, and I am always on time for the school bus.
  5. I never ask or accept rides from strangers.
  6. I do not push my playmates on the way to school.
  7. I wait for the bus to come to a full stop before I attempt to get on the bus or before I get up from my seat to get off the bus.
  8. I go immediately to my assigned seat and stay there until the bus comes to a complete halt at my assigned stop or at the school.
  9. I do not tamper with the bus or any of its equipment.
  10. I never tamper with the windows; I never put my hands, arms, legs or any part of my body out of the windows, whether the bus is stopped or moving.
  11. I always observe classroom conduct on the bus.
  12. I do not talk with the driver while the bus is in motion.
  13. I do not spit or throw trash in or around the bus.
  14. I am always a courteous traveler.
  15. I always obey and cooperate with the driver.
  16. I leave the bus at other than my assigned stop only with the consent of the driver and principal.
  17. When I leave the school bus to cross the road, I always cross in front of the bus.
  18. I wait for the bus only at the designated places, and stay out of the street or parking lot until the bus arrives.
  19. I cross the street or highway when the driver has signaled that the way is clear.
  20. ABSOLUTELY NO EATING OR DRINKING ON THE BUS UNLESS PREVIOUSLY OKAYED BY THE ADMINISTRATION.

 

CANDY, GUM, AND POP

Students will not be permitted to bring candy or gum to school. Exceptions to the rule include birthday treats or special class events. Pop, fruit juices, punch, etc. are not allowed in the classrooms. Special circumstances other than those previously listed may be granted subject to approval by the building principal.

 

 

CARS

  1. Students may drive cars to school, but they are not to leave the school grounds after arriving at school in the morning.
  2. Students needing to use cars for special purposes during school hours are to get permission from the principal.
  3. Students failing to comply with the above rules will be forbidden to park on school property.
  4. Students are to stay out of the cars during school hours.
  5. Students are urged to park in an orderly manner in the parking lot. They will not be allowed to leave the building to move a car so another student can get a car out of the lot (exceptions permitted by the principal only). Park so all can get out!

 

CHEATING

Cheating is hard to define because people interpret cheating differently. For our purposes at school, any student giving or receiving answers on schoolwork without doing the work themselves will be considered guilty of cheating. Those guilty of cheating will receive a failing grade for that assignment. Any situation with extenuating circumstances will be reported to the principal and he/she will consider each case accordingly. Otherwise, each teacher will judge the situation on its own merits.

 

We want to encourage parents giving extra help at home.  Helping your child work out a problem or understand a concept is not the same as giving or copying an answer from someone else without the student attempting to do the work.

CITIZENSHIP

As part of the students’ education program, students shall have an opportunity to learn about their rights, privileges, and responsibilities as citizens of this country, state, and school district community. As part of this learning opportunity students shall be instructed in the elements of good citizenship and the role quality citizens play in their country, state, and school district (Refer to Board Policy 603.11).

 

CLASS SPONSORS AND HOME ROOMS FOR MEETINGS

      Grade 6:  Mr. Grebin

Grade 7:  Mr. Haidsiak

               Grade 8:  Mrs. Erickson

               Grade 9:  Mr. Snyder/ Mrs. Brooke

               Grade 10: Mr. Subbert/ Mr. Walls 

               Grade 11: Mrs. Boyer/ Ms. Warner

      Grade 12:  Mrs. Druivenga/Mrs. Stephens 

 

CLOTHING

The way people dress influences the manner in which they conduct themselves. This is especially true for students. Because we believe that school is a “place of learning,” we ask students to dress accordingly. There is a strong connection between academic performance, students' appearance and students' conduct. Students should wear clothes becoming to young people and suitable for schoolwork. Items of clothing that disrupt the learning environment, such as shirts with alcohol, smoking, and inappropriate artwork advertisement, clothing displaying obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, racial or sexual remarks, making reference to prohibited conduct or similar displays are prohibited. For safety purpose, billfold chains are prohibited. Parents are asked to not allow their child to wear clothing to school that would disrupt learning or be embarrassing to them or the school. This is a parent responsibility, however, for those students who do not dress appropriately for school, the administration will make the final determination of appropriateness of the student’s appearance.

 

Students are prohibited from wearing shoes with cleats except for outdoor athletic practices. Under certain circumstances or during certain classes or activities a stricter dress code may be appropriate, and students must comply with the stricter requirement. The principal makes the final determination of the appropriateness of the student's appearance. Students inappropriately dressed are required to change their clothing or leave the school.

 

Inappropriate student appearance may cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors on school grounds. Students are expected to adhere to reasonable levels of cleanliness and modesty.

 

COLLEGE DAY VISITATIONS

Juniors and Seniors, upon receipt of a request from parents, may visit a college, university or vocational school. It is encouraged that the student/parents arrange the college visit through the Guidance Counselor. College day visit will be limited to 2 visits. The principal must approve additional visits.

COMMUNICABLE AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES

Students who have an infectious or communicable disease are allowed to attend school as long as they are able to do so and their presence does not pose an unreasonable risk of harm to themselves or does not create a substantial risk of illness or transmission to other students or employees.  If there is a question about whether a student should continue to attend classes, the student shall not attend class or participate in school activities without their personal physician's approval.  Infectious or communicable diseases include, but are not limited to, mumps, measles and chicken pox.

COMMUNICATIONS

School communications will be sent to the parent who has legal custody when there is a question of who to inform.  When there is joint legal custody, communications will be sent to the parent who has physical custody. Parents who are not receiving official school communications can receive these communications by providing a written request to the building principal. Parents need to notify the school office if there is a change in a child’s after school or emergency dismissal plans.

 

COMPUTER REGULATIONS

See INTERNET USE

DAMAGE TO PRIVATE PROPERTY

Occasionally, incidents occur in which one student’s property is damaged or stolen by another student. In those cases the guilty person will be treated in accordance with whatever school rules have been broken. The school will not be responsible for setting the price of damaged or stolen property, nor will it be responsible for collecting the costs for the owner. It will be responsibility of the students and their parents to determine how much will be paid and to collect the costs. The building principal will notify parents accordingly. The parents may report the incident to the sheriff’s department for further investigation.

DAMAGE TO SCHOOL PROPERTY

All damage to school property should be reported immediately to the classroom teacher or principal. We acknowledge that accidents can happen regardless of how careful the person is trying to be. With accidental breakage or damage to a piece of equipment including school owned computers or material, reimbursement is usually not required. Students are responsible for any damage that they do to the buildings, furnishings, buses, or books of the Stanton Community School District, and shall pay in full for willfully defacing or damaging any school property. If something is damaged or broken because a student was breaking a rule or being careless, or because he/she destroyed it intentionally, those will require restitution and/or reimbursement involved at whatever the cost is to the school. The student may also be disciplined by any other means set forth in this policy, dependent upon the severity of the damage, the circumstances of the incident and the prior history of the student (Refer to Board Policy Code 502.2).

 

Students should take special note to return library books, as lost books will need to be replaced by the student. Damage to library books will result in a fine. The replacement cost for all library books not returned to the school will be determined by the librarian and principal. The cost to replace classroom textbooks will be determined by the original cost of the textbook. Students who have not paid fines or owe a school bill will need to have their parents meet with the building principal prior to receiving any school issued supplies, including computer.

DEFINITIONS

In this handbook, the word "parent" also means "guardian" unless otherwise stated.  An administrator's title, such as superintendent or principal, also means that individual's designee unless otherwise stated.  The term "school grounds" includes the school district facilities, school district property, property within the jurisdiction of the school district or school district premises, school-owned or school-operated buses or vehicles and chartered buses.  The term "school facilities" includes school district buildings and vehicles.  The term "school activities" means all school activities in which students are involved whether they are school-sponsored or school-approved, whether they are an event or an activity, or whether they are held on or off school grounds.

 

DETENTION AND AFTER SCHOOL HOURS

               See also BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS

It is necessary occasionally to detain students after regular school hours as a consequence for misbehavior. This is considered to be a detention and its length is determined by the seriousness of the misbehavior(s). A student may be kept after regular school hours to complete unfinished schoolwork or homework. Students will be made aware ahead of time concerning expectations for their work.

 

Students may be allowed one day to make arrangements for transportation, if necessary. If the detention is not served on the day arranged, parents will be notified by the teacher and the time will be doubled. If the detention is still not served, the student will be referred to the principal and the student will be given in-school suspension. Detentions not served the last week of school will carry over the following fall semester.

 

Teachers will supervise their own detentions. Detention time begins immediately after school. Parents are expected to work with the teacher/principal in a joint effort to meet the individual needs of the child and resolve any problems.

DISCIPLINE

See BEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS

 

DOWN SLIP LIST/CONSEQUENCES

          See ELIGIBILITY

DUAL ENROLLMENT

Home school or home school assistance program students enrolled in classes or participating in school activities in the school district are subject to the same policies, rules and regulations as other students and are disciplined in the same manner as other students.  Dual enrollment students interested in participating in school activities or enrolling in classes should contact the building principal.

EARLY ARRIVAL

Supervision by school staff begins at 8:00 a.m. Please do not send your child before that time unless they plan to participate in the breakfast program, scheduled activity, or requested by a teacher.

EARLY DISMISSALS

Early dismissal notices for in-service will be sent home in regular school communications. For announcements of early dismissal or no school due to “bad weather,” listen to KMA 960, Shenandoah and KCSI 95.3, Red Oak, check Facebook page, Website, or text messages Alerts set up through the office. Please do not call the school, superintendent, or principal to find out if there is school. School will be in session unless closing information is given on the radio. Announcements will be made by 6:30 A.M. whenever possible. Please plan with your child what to do on a scheduled early dismissal day, as well as what to do when unusual weather occurs and school is dismissed early.

 

  1. No rural students shall be allowed to loiter in the school building after dismissal on days that it is necessary to close school early because of bad roads or bad weather, unless there are extenuating circumstances. Parents are asked to make arrangements for their child to be picked up on time.
  2. No regular practice may be scheduled on days school is closed for bad roads or bad weather.
  3. No student is to be in any school building without supervision of an adult.

 

EARLY GRADUATION

If a student has met the graduation requirements and attained the minimum number of credits (50), he/she may graduate prior to the completion of the Twelfth Grade. If at the end of the first semester of his/her senior year, he/she may participate in graduation exercises. However, he/she will not participate in the rest of the extra-curricular activities--such as senior trip, sports, etc. The student must make application for early graduation to the Board of Education, in the form of a letter presented to the principal. This application should be in the hands of the principal by December 1.

 

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Students should have opportunities to use a wide variety of technologies and learn responsible use of different forms of technology.  Personal devices such as MP3 players, iPods, cellular phones, and similar electronic devices may be brought to school for educational uses.  However, the school will not be responsible for lost or stolen devices.

 

Proper etiquette must be used at all times and students must have permission of the classroom teacher to use any device(s) in their classroom.  Improper use may lead to confiscation of the device(s).  At the discretion of the administration, repeated offenses will lead to loss of privileges for an extended period of time.  Any student serving an in-school suspension will surrender their phone and/or other electronic devices to the office at the beginning of the day (they may be retrieved at the end of the day). Any inappropriate activity may lead to legal and disciplinary action.

 

In the event of an illness or emergency, parents/guardians and students are to use the school phones.  Students are not to call their parents/guardians directly to pick them up if they feel sick.  Students must report to the office and the office will contact the parents/guardians.

 

ELIGIBILITY

  1. No student shall participate in an athletic practice or contest without filing a doctor's certificate of good health, and without participating in the insurance program offered by the school or showing evidence of having other accident insurance.
  2. Students must be in school 1/2 day (four full periods) before they may participate in extra-curricular activities. There may be extenuating circumstances (doctor, orthodontist, emergencies) that may excuse a student from this rule. The activities director or administration will handle these on an individual basis. (Note - If students are gone on a school-sponsored activity, they are considered to be in school.).
  3. Students failing a class either at mid-term or end of quarter will not be allowed to miss classes to accompany their athletic team or sponsored school activity to the event if students are to be dismissed for the activity during normal school hours.

Students must be passing all classes to participate in extra-curricular activities. Extra-curricular activities include but are not limited to: athletics, instrumental and vocal music performances, drama productions, speech contests, FFA, FCCLA, National Honor Society, all honorary and elected offices (e.g. homecoming king/queen/court, class officer, student government officer or representative), state contests and performances for cheerleading and drill team, dances, including prom, senior trip, any public performance or competition with other schools, field trips and other activities that the administration deems appropriate including participating in eighth grade graduation and high school senior commencement ceremonies.

  1.  If a student is failing a class, the following action will result:
  1. At the end of each mid-term: ineligible and all privileges suspended for a minimum of five (5) school days. He/she will attend a mandatory study hall during the scheduled practice/activity period or as arranged by the teacher. After five (5) days students will be eligible when passing and all mandatory study halls have been met.  
  2. At the end of each nine weeks: ineligible for two weeks (10 school days) and all privileges suspended. He/she will regain eligibility after the two weeks IF he/she is passing the class.
  3. If you receive any deficiency reports during a 9-weeks period (mid-term), you lose your lounge and study hall privileges for the remainder of the 9 weeks. If you receive a deficiency report at the end of a quarter you will lose your lounge and study hall privileges until the next mid-term report.
    1. The eligibility rules set forth by the Iowa High School Athletic Association shall be adopted in full as part of the requirements of eligibility of the Stanton Community School District. (Under Iowa law students must receive passing grades in all courses the previous period to participate in athletics. Students who do not meet this requirement are not allowed the privilege of participating in athletics for the first period of 30 consecutive calendar days in the interscholastic event in which the student is a contestant.)

EMERGENCY DRILLS

Periodically the school holds emergency fire, tornado drills, and intruder drills.  At the beginning of each semester, teachers notify students of the procedures to follow in the event of a drill.  Emergency procedures and proper exit areas are posted in all rooms.

 

Students are expected to remain quiet and orderly during a drill or an emergency.  Students who pull the fire alarm or call in false alarms, in addition to being disciplined under the school district's policies, rules and regulations, may be reported to law enforcement officials.

 

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

In case of an accident, the school will immediately try to contact the child’s parents using the information provided at registration. When it becomes apparent that the student should be sent home because of illness, parents will be notified to come to pick up their child while the child waits in the office area. In both cases, if parents cannot be reached, others designated on the card will be called. If no one can be contacted about the accident, instructions for calling the doctor or hospital as given on the card will be followed. Children WILL NOT be sent home without the parent/guardian having been previously contacted. In extreme emergency, Stanton Rescue will be called to transport your child to Montgomery County Memorial Hospital. Parent/Guardian will be responsible for transportation and emergency room fees.

 

 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

In addition to the academic program, the school provides opportunities for participation in student activities and organizations. You are urged to engage in at least one extra-class activity. The main thing to remember in choosing extra-class activities is that as you become engaged in them you are depriving yourself of one or more study periods, since some of these activities are scheduled during the regular school day. You should, therefore, plan to have some homework to do regularly in order to maintain your highest possible grade average in academic courses.

 

Remember, if you decide to participate in any of these activities, you are making a commitment to the activity and to the other members of the team, cast, group, etc. If you are not willing to make this commitment, you should not take part!

 

It is detrimental to the activity if a student says she/he is going to participate, and then makes a half-hearted attempt to do so! Remember, your word is your bond--if you say you will do something, DO IT! Students who choose to participate in an activity in which they receive a grade are advised that contests, concerts, and all assigned performances are mandatory, unless the student is currently in violation of the Good Conduct Policy. You must participate unless excused for illness or family emergency. Having a job is not an acceptable reason for missing a performance. Students that fail to attend a mandatory performance can expect their grade to be lowered or possibly to be dropped from the activity.

 

 

Boys Athletics                                  Girl's Athletics                                  Declamatory
Football                                                            Softball                                              Speech Contest Work

Basketball                                         Volleyball                                         All School Play

Baseball                                                            Basketball          

Track                                                  Track

 

Instrumental Music                          Vocal Music                                      Publications

Marching Band                                 Mixed Chorus                                   Annual Staff (Viking)

Concert Band                                    Bass Clef Glee   

Pep Band                                           Treble Clef Glee

Ensembles                                         Small Groups                    

Solos                                                  Solos                                                  Others

                                                            Select Chorus                                    F.C.C.L.A.

                                                            Swing Choir                                      F.F.A.

                                                                                                                        National Honor Society

Student Government                        Pep Club                                            Student Teaching

Student Council                                Cheerleading                                     T.A.G.

                                                            Pep Club                                           

 

FEES

Registration Fee                                            Lunches

Grades 6-12      To be determined                               To be determined

                                                                      Breakfast

                                                            To be determined

 

Free and reduced lunches are available for those who qualify. Applications and guidelines are available at registration in August upon request.  Students qualifying for free lunches are required to pay for milk when they bring a cold lunch and want milk from the school lunch program. Students who bring sack lunches will also eat in the lunchroom. They may purchase a carton of milk in the lunchroom if they desire to do so.

 

Please ensure that lunch accounts are continually funded. Students who have a negative balance may be asked to bring a sack lunch until the account is replenished.

 

FIELD TRIPS

Each year parents are asked to give consent allowing their children to go on educational field trips with their class. A written notice of field trips will be sent home prior to the event. If you have any questions about the field trip, please call your child’s teachers. Students will not attend field trips unless parent permission slips are signed and returned by the requested date. The principal will make the final decision when unusual circumstances arise.

 

FIRE DRILLS

The superintendent will form Fire Drills procedures. Students will be expected to follow all procedures as set forth at the practice drills.

In order to make our school as safe as possible, it will be necessary to have fire drills throughout the school year.

 

GOOD CONDUCT

The intent of the Good Conduct Rule is to keep our students safe, live healthy lifestyles, encourage responsible decisions, help students to become productive citizens, make the right choices and be good role models for the younger students.

 

The Board of Directors of the Stanton Community School District offers a variety of voluntary activities designed to enhance the classroom education of its students. Students who participate in extracurricular activities serve as ambassadors of the school throughout the calendar year, whether away from or at school. Students who wish to exercise the privilege of participating in extra-curricular activities must conduct themselves in accordance with board policy and must refrain from activities that are illegal, immoral, unhealthy, or highly inappropriate. Participation in these activities is a privilege, conditioned upon meeting the eligibility criteria established by the Board of Directors. The Principal shall keep records of violations of the Good Conduct Rule.

 

The following activities are covered by the Good Conduct Rule:

 

Athletics, instrumental and vocal music performances, drama productions, speech contests, FFA, FCCLA, National Honor Society, all honorary and elected offices (e.g. homecoming king/queen/court, class officer, student government officer or representative), state contests and performances for cheerleading and drill team, dances, including prom, senior trip, any public performance or competition with other schools, field trips and other activities that the administration deems appropriate including participating in eighth grade graduation and high school senior commencement ceremonies.

 

Teachers, coaches and sponsors of extra-curricular activities and co-curricular activities shall not academically penalize a student who is suspended as long as the student completes the required alternative activity in a satisfactory manner.

 

Any student who is in a vehicle stopped by a law officer, and the vehicle contains alcoholic beverages, tobacco, or controlled substances, shall immediately report said event to the proper school official (the next school day or prior to the next scheduled contest, whichever occurs first).

 

Any student who, after a hearing at which the student shall be confronted with the allegation, the basis of the allegation, and given an opportunity to tell the student’s side, is found to have violated the school’s Good Conduct Rule, will be deemed ineligible for a period of time as described below. A student may lose eligibility under the Good Conduct Rule for any of the following behaviors:

  • Possession, use, or purchase of tobacco products, regardless of the student’s age;
  • Possession, use, or purchase of alcoholic beverages, including beer and wine;
  • Being in attendance at a function or party where the student knows or has reason to know that alcohol or other drugs are being consumed illegally by minors and failing to leave despite having a reasonable opportunity to do so;
  • Possession, use, purchase or attempted sale/purchase of illegal drugs;
  • Exceedingly inappropriate or offensive conduct such as assaulting staff or students, gross insubordination, serious hazing or harassment of others.

 

When students stay over night on a school activity or field trip, sponsors will examine the student’s suitcases before departure to ensure that no tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs, etc. are taken.

 

Students will not be permitted to wear clothing or other apparel that advertises beer, alcohol, drugs, or tobacco. Such advertisement is not in the best interest of our student body. Students who have such advertising will be asked to remove/change it. This prohibition also pertains to lockers, book bags, or any other items within the control of the students while on school property or on a school sponsored trip.

 

If a student transfers in from another Iowa school or school district and the student had not yet completed a period of ineligibility for a violation of a Good Conduct Rule in the previous school, the student shall be ineligible if the administration determines that there is general knowledge in our school district of the fact of the student’s misconduct or violation in the previous district or is contacted by the previous school district.

 

CONSEQUENCES:

The school administration will apply the Good Conduct Rule firmly, fairly and consistently, based on the individual circumstances of each violation. The starting and ending dates of student suspensions and/or expulsions will be determined by the administration.

 

Any student who, after a hearing before the administration, is found to have violated the Good Conduct Rule, during the school year or calendar year, is subject to a loss of eligibility as follows:

 

FIRST OFFENSE:                                         5 WEEKS or 25 school days

SECOND OFFENSE:                                    9 WEEKS or 45 school days

THIRD OFFENSE:                                        ONE SEMESTER or 90 school days

FOURTH OFFENSE:                                    ONE YEAR or 180 school days

 

The consequences for the use and or possession of tobacco, alcohol and/or illegal drugs are the following:

 

FIRST OFFENSE:                          Three days in-school suspension, parents notified

                                                     (Use or possession of illegal drugs will require mandatory professional

 counseling for first offense before student returns to school.)

SECOND OFFENSE:                     Five days in-school suspension, parents notified

THIRD OFFENSE:                         Five days in-school suspension, three days out of school suspension,

                                                            parents notified, mandatory professional counseling before student

                                                            returns to school.

FOURTH OFFENSE:                     Five days in school suspension, five days out of school suspension, parents

notified, mandatory professional counseling before student returns to school.

 

Violations of the Good Conduct Rule and/or Tobacco/Alcohol/Illegal Drug Use and/or Possession Rule will be CUMULATIVE throughout a student’s Junior/Senior High School Career in Grades 7-12. Upon the fifth offense a student/athlete may be recommended to the Board of Education to no longer be eligible for any extra-curricular activity if deemed appropriate by the school administration.

 

Law enforcement will be involved as deemed necessary and appropriate by the school administration. Students in violation of a state law may be arrested by proper authorities.

 

In all cases, the Good Conduct Rule will be applied in conjunction with the school’s policy on Tobacco/Alcohol/Illegal Drug Use and/or Possession.

 

** Pranks during the school year and senior pranks at the end of the school year will NOT be tolerated. Pranks will be disciplined via the Good Conduct Policy and the Behavioral Expectations policy.

 

GRADING

JMC Online Grading Plan

 

JMC, our online K-12 grading program, allows students and parents greater access to the students’ academic progress.  Each parent will be assigned a username and password that will work for each of his/her children.  They may check students’ grades at any time of the day or semester.

 

K-12 teachers will be required to update grades in a timely fashion.  In most cases, this will be done within 1-2 days of the assignment being turned in.  Longer or larger assignments may be entered within 7 calendar days of completion.  This will not only expedite and improve access to student grades but will make students, parents, and teachers more accountable for improved student performance and success.

 

  1. Report cards will be emailed/mailed during the week following the end of a 9-week period.
  2. Progress reports will be sent to parents at the end of the 4th week of the 9-week period.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. The standard grading scale will be:

               A            100-95

A-           94-90

B+          89-87

B            86-83

B-           82-80

C+          79-77

C            76-73

C-           72-70

D+          69-67

D            66-63

D-           62-60

F             59-Below

 

It should be noted that some individual classroom grading scales may vary slightly than what is listed above. All classroom instructors will provide students with a copy of their grading scale at the beginning of the school year for each class they teach. Incomplete marks will be recorded on the report cards. These must be completed at the end of the next period or a failure will be recorded.

 

For the purposes of grade-point average, a 4-point scale is used, with "A" being 4.0 and D being 1.0. Students with a G.P.A. (grade point average) of 2.67 to 3.66 are "B" honor roll. Those with 3.67 and above are "A" honor roll students. To earn lounge privileges, a student must have achieved at least a 2.67 average on his/her previous 9-weeks grade card (semester grade does not count towards lounge privileges). Students will not be placed on the honor roll or lounge list if they have a "D+" or lower on their report card for that grading period.

 

  1. Report cards are to be taken home and given to the parents or guardian.
  2. Parent-Teacher Conferences will be scheduled in the fall of the school year. Parents will pick up report cards at these conferences. Special conferences will be scheduled at any time, upon request of the parent or teacher.
  3. Both parents and teachers should be proactive in scheduling conferences with each other as soon as possible if problems arise.

 

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

Any student or employee of the Stanton Community School District shall have the right to file a formal complaint alleging non-compliance with regulations outlined in Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act* (Not required by federal law but recommended as good administrative policy), Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 1973.

 

Level One-Principal or Immediate Supervisor

(Informal & Optional-may be bypassed by the grievant)

Any employee with a grievance of discrimination on the basis of sex, race, national origin or disability may first discuss it with his/her principal or immediate supervisor, with object of resolving the matter informally. A student with a complaint of discrimination on the basis of sex, race, national origin or disability may discuss it with his/her teacher, counselor, or building administrator.

Level Two-Title VI, Title IX, and Section 504 Compliance Officer

If the grievance is not resolved at level one and the employee or student wishes to pursue the grievance, the employee or student may formalize it by filing a complaint in writing on a Compliance Violation form, which may be obtained from the Compliance Officer. The complaint shall state the nature of the grievance and remedy requested. The filing of the formal, written complaint at level two must be within fifteen (15) working days from date of the event giving rise to the grievance or from the date the grievant could reasonably become aware of such occurrence. The grievance may request that a meeting concerning that complaint be held with the Compliance Officer. A minor student may be accompanied to that meeting by a parent or guardian. The Compliance Officer shall investigate the complaint and attempt to resolve it. A written report from the Compliance Officer regarding action taken will be sent within fifteen (15) working days after receipt of the complaint.

 

Title VI*, Title IX, and Section 504 Compliance Officer Name:  Sheila Mainquist, Guidance Counselor

Office Address: Stanton High School

Phone Number: 712-829-2162

Office Hours: 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday

Level Three-Superintendent

If the complaint is not resolved at level two, the grievant may proceed to level three by presenting a written appeal to the Superintendent within ten (10) working days after the grievant receives the report from the Compliance Officer. The grievant may request a meeting with the Superintendent or his/her designee. The Superintendent or his/her designee has the option of meeting with the grievant to discuss the appeal. The Superintendent or his/her designee will render a decision within ten (10) working days after receipt of the written appeal.

 

This procedure in no way denies the right of the grievant to file formal complaints with the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, other agencies available for mediation or rectification of affirmative action grievances, or to seek private counsel for complaints alleging discrimination.

 

GUIDANCE

During almost every student’s life the need arises for counseling. This counseling may take place during individual or group sessions.

 

The needs and problems of the individual or group may fall in one or more of the following areas: finance, living conditions, employment, curriculum and teaching procedures, social and extra-curricular development, value system, adjustment to school, morals and religion, home and family, and peers.

 

It is critical when potential problems arise that the appropriate person is notified. The school nurse, teacher, and the principal may also provide counseling within their roles.

HARASSMENT/BULLYING (See Board Policy at the back of the book)

It is the policy of the Stanton Community Schools to maintain a learning and working environment that is free from harassment/bullying. The school district prohibits harassment, bullying, hazing, or any other victimization based on real or perceived race, sex, creed, color, national origin, religion, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, physical appearance, and/or personality characteristics. School employees shall be responsible for promoting understanding and acceptance of, and assuring compliance with, state and federal laws and board policy and procedures governing harassment within the school setting. Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to the district’s investigation procedure that may result in disciplinary action including expulsion. Students who believe they have suffered harassment shall report such matters in a timely manner to a teacher, a counselor, or a building administrator. (Refer to Board Policy Code No. 502.10).

Reporting Harassment/Bullying

Step 1:   Communicate to the harasser that you expect the behavior to stop. You may do so verbally or in writing. If you need assistance communicating with the harasser, ask a teacher, counselor, or principal to help.

Step 2:   If the harassment does not stop or you do not feel comfortable confronting the harasser, you should:

  1. Tell a teacher, counselor, or principal.
  2. Write down exactly what happened, keep a copy for yourself, and give one to the teacher, counselor or principal, including the following details:

                              * What happened                             * When it happened                         * Where it happened

                              * Who harassed                 * List any witnesses                         * What you said/did

                              * How you felt                   * How harasser responded              * Note exactly what was said

 

 

Step 3:   If the behavior is repeated, go to a higher authority (i.e. building principal, central office administrators). Board Policy 502.10E1

 

HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS

The board authorizes the development of a comprehensive hazardous chemical communication program for the school district to disseminate information about hazardous chemicals in the workplace. School district personnel who will be instructing or otherwise working with students shall disseminate information about the hazardous chemicals they will be working with as part of the instructional program. School district personnel are required to disseminate the information when the materials are used in the instructional program (Refer to Board Policy 403.4).

HOMELESS CHILDREN AND YOUTH

The board shall make reasonable efforts to identify homeless children and youth of school age within the district, encourage their enrollment and eliminate existing barriers to the education which may exist in district policies or practices (Refer to Board Policy 501.16).

 

A homeless child is defined as a child or youth between the ages of 5 and 21 who lacks a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence and includes a child or youth who is living on the street, in a car, tent, or abandoned building or some other form of shelter not designed as permanent home; who is living in a community shelter facility; or who is living with non-nuclear family members or with friends, who may or may not have legal guardianship over the child or youth of school age.

 

HOME ROOM REGULATIONS

  1. Must have permission to talk.
  2. Students may use the restrooms at this time. (One at a time.)
  3. Students leaving any room must have a pass.
  4. Homeroom teachers may establish their own regulations in addition to the above.

HOMEWORK

Homework is work assigned during the regular class period and is expected to be completed outside the regular class time. This allows for more teacher-student interaction during the day and the opportunity for concepts to be reinforced in order to increase student understanding. The assigned homework will not only teach skills and concepts but also teach responsibility and foster the development of good study skills, which are important to students’ school success.

 

The basic philosophy of Stanton Community Schools is to challenge each student to perform at his/her full potential and promote lifelong learning. This can be best achieved by putting forth maximum effort during the regular school day in both the areas of teacher instruction and student learning. Instruction during the school day shall consist of teacher demonstration, guided practice, supervised study time and individual help as needed.

Absences Resulting in Incomplete Work

          See ATTENDANCE

ILLNESS

Parents are encouraged to have children examined annually by their family physician and dentist. A child should not be sent to school if there is a question of his/her being well. Be aware that the school nurse does not diagnose illness. Contact your family doctor for a diagnosis. Children who show any of the following signs or symptoms should not be in school:

  1. Acute cold, sore throat, earache or swollen glands.
  2. Red or discharging eyes.
  3. Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
  4. Fever…your child’s temperature should have returned to the normal level for 24 hours before returning to school.

 

Students will need a doctor’s excuse if they need to miss PE for more than 2 consecutive class periods.

 

When you must keep your child home, telephone the school between 7:30-9:00 a.m. giving the reason for his/her absence. If you are

unable to telephone the school, your child should bring a written explanation from you when he/she returns to school.

It is important that allergies, unusual physical conditions, etc., be communicated at registration. It is vital that the information provided is current. The school should be notified immediately of change in address or telephone number so that parents or guardians can be contacted quickly in the event of illness or emergency.

 

A student who becomes ill or is injured at school must notify his or her teacher or another employee as soon as possible and then the school will contact the parent.  In the case of a serious illness or injury, the school shall attempt to notify the parents according to the information on the emergency form.  If the student is too ill to remain in school, the student will be released to the student's parents or, with parental permission, to another person directed by the parents.

 

While the school district is not responsible for treating medical emergencies, employees may administer emergency or minor first aid if possible.  The school will contact emergency medical personnel, if necessary, and attempt to notify the parents where the student has been transported for treatment.

INSURANCE

The school does not provide medical insurance for your child and is not responsible for medical costs resulting from accidents or injuries at school. An all-pupil insurance program may be offered to the parents of pupils in the district. The purchase of pupil insurance shall be voluntary with the entire cost being paid by the student or his parents (Refer to Board Policy 507.6). Parents can apply for low- or no-cost health insurance for their children through the state’s Healthy and Well Kids in Iowa (HAWK-I) program.  Children birth to 19, who meet certain criteria, are eligible.  The coverage includes doctor’s visits, hearing services, dental care, prescription, immunizations, physical therapy, vision care, speech therapy and hospital services to name a few.  Parents are urged to call 1-800-257-8563 (toll-free) or go to the web site at www.hawk-i.org for more information.

 

School insurance will be sold during the first part of the school year. Participation in the program will cover the students for the entire year. All students who are participating in any sport sponsored by the school must have insurance before they are eligible to participate. Those participating in sports not wishing to take the medical insurance must present a written statement from parents or guardian verifying insurance of some sort. All accidents happening on the way to school or on the way home from school or at school should be reported to the office or to the homeroom teacher as soon as possible.

 

INTERCOM USE

The intercom system will be used for announcement purposes. Only teachers and other school personnel should use the intercom system unless approved by the principal.

 

INTERNET USE

The Stanton Community School District would like to offer students access to the Internet. The vast domain of information contained within the Internet’s libraries can provide unlimited opportunities to students. Students will be able to access the Internet through their teachers and must do so under his/her direct supervision. All students wishing to use the Internet throughout the year must have a permission form signed by their parents or guardian (Refer to Board Policy Code No. 605.6).

 

Students may use library computers during the day by getting a pass from the teacher for whom they need to complete work. The pass must be obtained before the period they are needing to use the computer. Classroom instruction will not be interrupted to get a pass from the instructor (plan ahead).  Students may have limited access to computers for e-mail messages. However, should this get out of hand, this privilege will be terminated. Please - DO NOT interrupt teachers in classrooms to ask to use their computers for e-mail.

 

All information on the Stanton Community School District computers belongs to the school district. Any inappropriate activity or visiting of inappropriate sites  will lead to legal and disciplinary action in the handbook and/or the following consequences (Refer to Board Policy Code No. 605.6):

  1. First Offense: The student may lose access for up to three weeks at the discretion of the supervising teacher or principal.
  2. Second Offense: The student will lose access for a period of three weeks.
  3. Third Offense: The Student will forfeit all Internet privileges for the balance of the school year.

 

JOB SHADOWING

Job shadowing experiences with an employer in the career area that a student is interested in pursuing are included in the English curriculum. Job shadowing experiences are also available as part of the upper level science classes.

 

LOST AND FOUND

If a student loses an item, he/she should report this matter to the office. If something of value is found, it should be brought to the office.

LUNCH HOUR (CLOSED CAMPUS)

We encourage all students to eat lunch at school. If you so desire, you may bring sack lunches and eat in the concourse.  We strongly encourage all food brought in to school to be healthy and meet the guidelines and standards set by the Federal and State governments.

 

Students will be expected to use proper manners at all times in the lunchroom. Students who use inappropriate behavior while eating lunch or breakfast at school may lose the privilege of eating in the lunchroom. There is a teacher or adult aide on duty in the lunchroom at all times.

MEDICATION

The administration policy for dispensing medication must be followed. Copies of the policy are available in the school office. A sample copy is provided in the back of this handbook. All medications need to be taken to the office and be in their original bottle and original label with written and dated request signed by the parents. Students should not keep their medications on their persons. See page 57 for more information. 

 

 

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY

Selection Procedures

 

The Stanton Chapter of the National Honor Society seeks members who have a commitment to study and to learning, which extends beyond the required high marks necessary for consideration for membership. They seek members who extend themselves in giving both small and large service to school and community. Demonstrated leadership of a positive nature is much sought after in the selection of members to the society.

 

Listed below are the steps followed in selecting new members for the National Honor Society.

  1. All students in the junior and senior classes with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale are eligible for consideration.
  2. Eligible students are asked to fill out an application (students will have two weeks to complete their application) to be reviewed by members of the faculty. This application asks students to highlight their leadership and service activities throughout their high school careers. The application also asks the students to write a short essay on their character strengths.  If the student elects not to complete the application by a predetermined date they will not be considered for membership that year.
  3. All faculty members are asked to review each application and rate each student in the areas of leadership, service, and character.  This rating is on a 4-point scale, with 0 being the lowest score and 4 being the highest.  Faculty members that feel they do not know the student well enough to rate them may withhold from rating that student.  The students’ GPA grade will be the contributing score for the area of scholarship. 
  4. The faculty sponsor receives the rating sheets of the faculty members and compiles the total number of points received by each student considered.  The totals are listed numerically from highest to lowest.  This list is made available to the faculty council without names.
  5. The faculty council, consisting of the heads of each department, considers the total number of points received by the various students and decided the number of points necessary for a person to become a member of the chapter.
  6. The faculty sponsor reveals the names of those students who meet the cut-off value determined by the faculty council.  The council then votes on these students and the ones receiving a majority vote will be extended an invitation to join the Stanton Chapter of National Honor Society.
  7. Those students who meet the minimum number of points and who receive a majority vote of the faculty council are invited personally by the sponsor to become members of the society.  Those students who choose to join the chapter are installed as new members at an all-school assembly in the month of October.  The present Honor Society members conduct the assembly and install the new members.

 

Dismissal of National Honor Society Members

The following guidelines concerning due process and dismissal of NHS members have been developed and publicized by the Stanton High School faculty and the chapter advisor. Each member of the Stanton Chapter of the NHS must maintain these standards in order to remain a member of the society. If not, the dismissal process is included here.

Scholarship

Failure to maintain at least a "B" average each semester is to be considered grounds for dismissal from the society. The faculty council will consider extreme circumstances that might affect a member's academic performance.

 

Service

Failure to continue to render outstanding service to school and community will be grounds for dismissal.

 

Leadership

Participation and leadership in activities that reflect the mores of the school and community as determined by the high school faculty is expected of NHS members. Participation in activities clearly in violation of civil law or contrary to acceptable social behavior for our community will result in dismissal from NHS.

 

Character

Failure to meet the requirements of character by members of the society as perceived by the faculty of Stanton High School will be grounds for dismissal. Examples: improper use of alcohol and other controlled substances, (violation of the Good Conduct Policy), school suspension (s) (** all suspensions will be considered on a case-by-case basis reviewed by the NHS Advisor and Faculty Council).

 

Procedure for Dismissal:

 

  1. It will be the duty of the advisor to give any member in violation of standards of the society notice of the standard(s) they are violating. The date will be given when the member must again be in accord with standards of the society (where applicable).

 

  1. The advisor will give the notice in most cases during a private conference scheduled for that purpose only.

 

  1. Should the compliance to the standard(s) in violation not be made, the advisor will meet with the faculty council to discuss the situation.

 

  1. If dismissal is initiated, the actions of the faculty council will be written and sent to the student and parent(s). The student will be given a hearing with the faculty council if it is desired.

 

  1. NHS regulations state that if a member is dismissed, they are not eligible for membership again.

 

NOTICES OF EVENTS

All notices of school events will be sent to the parent who has legal, physical custody. Non-custodial parents will need to contact the school to make special arrangements to obtain these notices. Please be aware that we do take steps to publish events in the local media and the weekly school bulletin.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Law for all students requires four years of physical education. Students will take P.E. in High School on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. EXCEPTIONS: Other exemptions from P.E. as per the following State guidelines:

 

  1. Students in grade twelve may be excused from physical education by the principal, if requested in writing by the parent, and if:
    1. The student is enrolled in a cooperative or work study program or other educational program authorized by the school which requires the student to leave the school premises during the school day, or
    2. The academic course is not otherwise available to the student, or
    3. Their involvement in organized and supervised athletic programs occurs during which their excuse is sought.
  2. Students in grades nine through eleven may be excused from physical education if requested in writing by the parent, and if an academic course they wish to take is not otherwise available to the student, if the school board determines it to be appropriate.
  3. Students in grades nine through eleven may be excused from physical education for up to one semester, if requested in writing by the parent, if their involvement in an organized and supervised athletic program occurs during which their excuse is sought.
  4. Religious exemption: If a pupil's parent or guardian files a written statement with the principal that the physical education course conflicts with the pupil's religious beliefs, the pupil shall not be required to enroll in physical education.

 

Only tennis shoes are allowed on the gym floor (NO street shoes allowed on the gym floor). No spikes or football shoes are to be worn in the building. Students with hard-soled shoes are not allowed to participate. Please remember this as you buy shoes for school. A doctor’s excuse is required for a student to miss 2 consecutive class periods.

 

Gym/Weight Room Rules

No K-12 students are to be in the gym or weight room without adult supervision! Adults have to be physically in the gym with the students in order to supervise properly. Anyone allowing children or students to do otherwise is personally liable. The person or persons who do the damage will pay for any damage done to school property. Everyone's cooperation is appreciated.

REPORT CARDS AND CONFERENCES

 

      See GRADING

 

 

RIGHT TO KNOW

Parents have the right to know the qualifications of their child's teacher(s). The district will ensure that parents will be notified in writing that their child has been assigned to or will be taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS              

There are many scholarships available. The guidance counselor through the year receives scholarship information from individual colleges, universities, plus private companies, and private organizations.

 

The guidance counselor will inform seniors and senior parents each year about the eligibility criteria for each scholarship.

ALL SCHOLARSHIPS WILL BE PAID AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SECOND SEMESTER UNLESS STATED OTHERWISE.

 

SCHOOL DAY

School doors will be opened at 8:00 AM. You must be in your classrooms when the tardy bell rings at 8:10. 

 

               Grade 6-8:   South hallway

               Grades 9-12:  West hallway

              

Teachers not assigned first period will be in the halls to help students get to their assigned first period classes.

SCHOOL HOURS

School day begins                            8:10 

Lunch                                                 12:05-12:54

School day ends                               3:18

Buses depart                                     3:23

SCHOOL LAWS AFFECTING STUDENTS AND PARENTS

Parents and students should be aware of several laws affecting education, which govern the school’s procedures in certain areas. These are as follows:

Child Abuse

All school staff have the responsibility as mandatory reporters under penalty of law to contact the County Department of Human Services of any and all suspected cases of child abuse (Refer to Board Policy 402.2). Student abuse by a school employee in the Stanton Community School District is the responsibility of the Level I investigator who is:                   

Dr. Chris Herrick                                                                                          The alternate Level One Investigator is:                            

Superintendent                                                                                             Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office

                    605 Elliott                                                                                                     106 W. Coolbaugh

                    Stanton, Iowa 51573                                                                                  Red Oak, Iowa 51566

                    712-829-2162                                                                                              712-623-5107                                                                         

Directory Information/Release of Information

The following information may be released to the public in regard to any individual student of the school district as necessity or desirability arises. Any student, parent or guardian not wanting this information released must make objection in writing to the principal or other person in charge of the school, which the student is attending. This objection shall be renewed at the beginning of each school year.

 

Directory information shall include, but not limited to, name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, e-mail address, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous school or institution attended by the student, photograph and likeness and other similar information. (Refer to Board Policy 506.2).

 

In addition, two federal laws require local education agencies (LEAs) receiving assistance under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) to provide military recruiters, upon request, with three directory information categories-names, addresses and telephone listings-unless parents have advised the LEA that they do not want their student’s information disclosed without their prior written consent.

Fees Waived

Students whose families meet the income requirements for free or reduced price lunch, the Family Investment Program (FIP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), transportation assistance under open enrollment, or who are in foster care are eligible to have their student fees waived or partially waived. Students whose families are experiencing a temporary financial difficulty may be eligible for a temporary waiver of fees. Parents or students who believe they may qualify for a waiver should contact the principal at registration for a waiver form. This waiver does not carry over from year to year and must be completed annually (Board Policy 503.3E1/R1).

Human Growth and Development

In May 1988, Governor Branstad signed the Human Growth and Development bill, Senate File 2029. This law mandates that each school district provide instruction in grades Kindergarten through Twelfth in human growth and development. This instruction shall be appropriate to the pupil’s grade level, age and level of maturity. The curriculum must include instruction in the following areas:

  • Self-esteem, responsible decision-making and personal responsibility and goal setting,
  • Interpersonal relationships,
  • Discouragement of premarital adolescent sexual activity,
  • Family life and parenting skills,
  • Human sexuality, reproduction contraception and family planning, prenatal development including awareness of mental retardation and its prevention, childbirth, adoption, available prenatal and postnatal services and support and male and female responsibility,
  • Sex stereotypes,
  • Behaviors to prevent sexual abuse or sexual harassment,
  • Sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS/HIV and their causes and prevention,
  • Substance abuse prevention and treatment,
  • Suicide prevention, and
  • Stress management.

 

If you wish to review the Human Growth and Development curriculum, you may do so by contacting the principal. If after reviewing the materials, you prefer that your child be excused from any component of the curriculum, you may do so by filing a written request with the building principal. If you choose to exercise this right, your child will be given an appropriate alternative assignment, which will be supervised by school district personnel. If you have any questions, concerns or comments please feel free to contact the principal.

Immunization

Iowa law demands prior to starting school or when transferring into the school district, students must present an approved Iowa Department of Public Health immunization certificate signed by a health care provider stating that the student has received the diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, poliomyelitis, rubella, and rubella vaccination immunizations required by law. In addition, students must have a blood lead test and dental screening.  Students without the proper certificate are not allowed to attend school until they receive the immunizations or the student makes arrangements with the principal.  Only for specific medical or religious purposes are students exempted from the immunization requirements. Further information is available from the school nurse.

Interventions

Stanton High School employs general education interventions to help students in the regular education classroom.

Locker & Desk Searches

Student lockers and desks are the property of the school district.  Students shall use the lockers and desks assigned to them for storing their school materials and personal items necessary for attendance at school.  It is the responsibility of each student to keep the student's assigned locker and desk clean and undamaged.  The expenses to repair damage done to a student's locker and desk are charged to the student. Students with locks on their locker must turn in the combination or extra key to the office.

 

Although school lockers, desks and other spaces are temporarily assigned to individual students, they remain the property of the school district at all times.  The school district has a reasonable and valid interest in ensuring the lockers; desks and other spaces are properly maintained.  For this reason, lockers, desks and other spaces are subject to unannounced inspections and students have no legitimate expectations of privacy in the locker, desk or other space.  School officials in the presence of the student or another individual may conduct periodic inspections of all or a random selection of lockers, desks or other space.  Any contraband discovered during such searches shall be confiscated by school officials and may be turned over to law enforcement officials.

 

The contents of a student's locker, desk or other space (coat, backpack, purse, etc.) may be searched when a school official has a reasonable and articulable suspicion that the contents contain illegal or contraband items or evidence of a violation of law or school policy or rule.  Such searches should be conducted in the presence of another adult witness when feasible.

 

Student Searches

In order to protect the health and safety of students, employees and visitors to the school district and for the protection of the school district facilities, students and their belongings and school-owned lockers and desks may be searched or inspected. A search of a student will be justified when there are reasonable grounds for the suspicion that the search will turn up evidence that the student has violated or is violating the law or school district policy, rules, or regulations affecting school order.

 

Considering factors such as the following may form reasonable suspicion:

  1. Eyewitness observations by employees;
  2. Information received from reliable sources;
  3. Suspicious behavior by the student; or
  4. The student's past history and school record, although this factor alone is not sufficient to provide the basis for reasonable suspicion.

 

A search will be permissible in its scope or intrusiveness when the measures adopted are reasonably related to the objectives of the search. Reasonableness of scope or intrusiveness may be determined based on factors such as the following:

  • The age of the student
  • The sex of the student
  • The nature of the infraction
  • The emergency requiring the search without delay.

 

A student's body and/or personal effects (e.g., purse, backpack, etc.) may be searched when a school official has reasonable suspicion to believe the student is in possession of illegal or contraband items or has violated school district policies, rules, regulations or the law affecting school order.

 

Personally intrusive searches will require more compelling circumstances to be considered reasonable. If a pat-down search or a search of a student's garments (such as jackets, socks, pockets, etc.) is conducted, it will be conducted in private by a school official of the same sex as the student and with another adult witness of the same sex present, when feasible. A more intrusive search, short of a strip search, of the student's body, handbags, book bags, etc, is permissible in emergency situations when the health and safety of students, employees, or visitors are threatened. Such a search may only be conducted in private by a school official of the same sex as the student, with an adult of the same sex present unless the health or safety of students will be endangered by the delay which may be caused by following these procedures. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department will be called as the administration deems appropriate.

 

Students are permitted to park on school premises as a matter of privilege, not of right. The school retains authority to conduct routine patrols of the student parking lots. The interior of a student's automobile on the school premises may be searched if the school official has reasonable and articulable suspicion to believe that illegal, unauthorized or contraband items are contained inside.

Open Enrollment Notification

Iowa’s open enrollment law allows students residing in one school district to request transfer to another school district upon the parents’ request. Students wishing to open enroll to another school district must apply for open enrollment by March 1 of the school year preceding the school year in which they wish to open enroll. Prior to March 1 of the preceding school year, parents must send notification to the district of residence that the parent intends to enroll their child or children in another public school district for the following year.

 

The last date for open enrollment requests for students entering kindergarten is September 1 of the school year in which they wish to open enroll.

 

Parents/guardians of open enrolled students whose income falls below 160% of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for

transportation assistance. This may be in the form of actual transportation or in the form of a cash stipend.

Students interested in open enrolling out of the Stanton Community School District must contact the Superintendent of Schools at 829-2162 for information and forms (Refer to Board Policy 501.14/15).

 

PROBLEM SOLVING APPROACH  

For students exhibiting difficulties in the classroom the following steps will be followed:

 

Level I – Consultation between Teacher and Parent.  Classroom instructors will work collaboratively with parents to determine the basis of concern and will work in concert to develop approaches in dealing with the identified student concern.  The classroom instructor will be held responsible for documenting identified concern, interventions, and collaborative efforts made to resolve the concern.  Should the parent and instructor desire outside input they will have the Student/Teacher Assistance Team, local special education staff, and other district instructors or district administration available to assist them on an informal basis.

 

Level II – Consultation with Other Resources.  Meaningful collaboration between teacher and parent will continue at this level.  The Student/Teacher Assistance Team will now become involved on a formal basis when requested.  The classroom instructor will present documentation of concerns and interventions made at Level I to the Student/Teacher Assistance Team.  Special Education, Compensatory Education, and Area Education Agency personnel will continue to be available on an informal basis.  However, involvement with these personnel will require verbal permission by the parent if the student will be singled out for observations by any of the aforementioned personnel.

 

Level III – Consultation with Extended Problem-Solving Team.  At Level III all interactions and subsequent interventions will be on a formal basis with appropriate documentation kept.  Area Education Agency personnel will become involved to provide assistance with data collection, intervention design, and monitoring.  At this level interventions will be carried out in the regular classroom.  Parents must provide verbal permission requesting AEA intervention.

 

Level IV – Due Process – IEP Consideration.  This level of intensive intervention is available through Special Education and will require written parental permission.  Area Education personnel will complete evaluations with input from previous interventions that were collaborated between home and school.

REVIEW OF STUDENT RECORDS 

Parents of special education students under the age of 18 and students over the age of 18 may exercise the opportunity to review educational records of the student, to obtain copies of the records, to write a response to the material in the record, to challenge the content of the record, inaccuracy of the record or may appeal the context of the record (Refer to Board Policy 506).

Right to Privacy

School records may not be shared with any person or institution other than parent or legal guardian without written consent of the parent or legal guardian. Written release must be obtained from parent or guardian before the school may send records to an institution other than a school or share any personal or professional information. The school may not disclose the names of students in special programs or give names and addresses of members of the student body to non-school sources without parent/guardian permission as indicated in the directory information section (Refer to Board Policy 506).

 

Parent’s and Eligible Student’s Rights

Parents or eligible students have a right to inspect and review educational records; request an amendment of the educational records; consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information in educational records; file a complaint with the U.S. Dept. of Education regarding alleged noncompliance with the law; obtain a copy of the records policy; withdraw students’ directory information from general release (FERPA-20 USC 1232g; 34 CFR 99.7).

 

SCHOOL MEMENTOS

  1. The matter of choosing class rings shall be left to the decision of the individuals.
  2. The matter of choosing senior pictures shall be left to the sponsors, and principal.
  3. The matter of choosing graduation announcements shall be left to the decision of the class as to which style they would like.

 

SCHOOL PROPERTY

In the past, property of the school (sweat suits, uniforms, etc.) has been stolen. This creates an added expense for our district. Anyone found to have stolen property from our school can expect to be prosecuted.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

The district provides Special Education services. Trained professionals must evaluate a student before being placed in a special education program. Parent approval is necessary for assessing and placing students in a special education program.

 

A student receiving special education services will be in the least restrictive environment that best meets the needs of the individual student. The amount of time spent in the regular classroom and special education classroom is determined by the need of the student.

 

Students receiving their total instruction for a curriculum area will receive their grade from the special education instructor.

 

STUDENT/TEACHER ASSISTANCE TEAM (STAT)  

The purpose of the STAT team, upon referral, will be to engage in problem identification, plan interventions, provide support, and make outside resources available to those individuals requesting assistance.  It is intended that the Student/Teacher Assistance Team be available to and functional for all students and teachers in the building.  Instructors will consider the Student/Teacher Assistance Team as an early intervention process.

 

Prior to the first team meeting, parents will be informed of any concern being referred to the Student/Teacher Assistance Team.  Parents will be invited to participate in any team meeting scheduled beyond this initial meeting.  Should the core team determine a need for the parent’s degree of involvement, the committee chairperson/classroom instructor will notify parents of any intervention(s) selected by the referring teacher.

 

Students may become involved in the STAT program in several different ways:

 

  1. A student may voluntarily seek information and/or assistance.
  2. A teacher or other staff member may refer students based on declining or unacceptable school performance or behavior.
  3. A concerned friend may seek information or assistance on behalf of a classmate.
  4. A concerned family member may request help from the school STAT team.
  5. Persons or agencies that have contact with the student and/or other family members may seek the assistance and support of the school's STAT team.

 

Any information shared with a STAT member will be held in the highest confidence unless it poses danger to that student or others.

 

Community Resources

Wabonsie Mental Health Center                  1-800-432-1143                Child Abuse Hotline                                       1-800-362-2178

Immanuel Family Counseling                       1-800-523-7294                Lutheran Family Services                                             1-712-243-2920

                                                                                                                        Montgomery Co Memorial Hospital               1-712-623-7000

Jenny Edmundson Memorial Hospital        1-712-328-6000                Iowa Dept of Human Services (Mont Co)         1-712-623-4838

Alcohol & Drug Assistance (Red Oak)        1-712-942-0333

               24-hour hotline                                1-800-ALCOHOL

AT-RISK STUDENTS

The Stanton Community School District plans to better meet the needs of our students (K-12) who will be identified as at-risk using the Department of Education’s definition of “any student who is not meeting the goals of the educational program set by the district, who does not complete a high school education, or who is not becoming a productive worker.”  Additionally, we plan to target students “whose aspirations and achievements may be negatively affected by stereotypes linked to race, national origin, language background, gender, income, family status, parental status and disability.”

 

Our at-risk program, Student/Teacher Assistant Team (STAT), will help raise student achievement levels through collaboration.

 

Our STAT program includes:

  •   Strategies for early identification of at-risk students
  •   Objectives for providing support services to those students
  •   Plans for in-service training for school personnel
  •   Strategies and activities for involving and working with parents
  •   Plans for appropriate counseling services for students and families
  •   Strategies for coordinating school programs and community-based support services
  •   Creation of integrated educational environments in compliance with federal and state

  nondiscrimination legislation

 

Identification of students at risk will be based on referrals made by teachers, counselors, parents, administrators, and support personnel or by the students themselves.  Input from the student’s teachers, counselors, administrators, school nurse, and parents together with academic records, test results, and attendance records will then be evaluated to determine how to best meet the needs of that particular students. Each identified student may have an Individual Education Plan developed. The complete comprehensive At-Risk Plan is available upon request in the office.

 

 

STUDY HALLS

Study periods are provided to a student to give him/her time to prepare his academic class work. These are study periods and should be used for this purpose. Unless you are in a class or in an extra-class activity, you are required to be in study hall. You will be assigned a seat, which you will take prior to the tardy bell. If possible, all students will sit at a table alone. If numbers make it necessary, two can sit at a table, facing each other, then three at a table if there are more than two students per table. Students will not speak to anyone without the study hall teacher's approval. No more than two students should be talking at one time, and it should center on subjects and class work. If students wish to work together, they may get the study hall teacher's permission to go to the conference room or to the reading section. Students who wish to read magazines or newspapers, will do so in this reading section or one of the lounge chairs. As you see from this, we have a large area where you will be expected to work and a smaller area where you may study together or read. Remember, study halls are a place to prepare for your subjects, not a place for visiting.

 

Students must:

  1. Use the first 15 minutes to study.
  2. Receive permission to talk.
  3. Must have a pass before leaving study hall.
  4. To use bathroom - must sign out with a pass.
  5. No games are permitted during study hall time.
  6. Students are not to be in the library office unless supervised (Students are to use the double doors to enter and leave study hall -not the door across from the office).
  7. Students must be signed out if not in study hall.
  8. If a student wants to go see another teacher, he/she must have a slip from that teacher. If not, he/she may not go. (The study hall monitor may let a student see a teacher at his/her discretion.) Exceptions: Resource room and/or students practicing during 8th period, arranged between study hall monitor and coach of the sport.
  9. There are to be no students in study hall during lunch period unless the study hall monitor is there. No exceptions.

 

JUNIOR HIGH - The first 30 minutes of every period will be used as a study period. This means no talking, checking out, or reading newspapers. All Jr. High students will be kept after school if they do not bring class work to study hall to work on. It must be something other than library books.

 

STUDENT PROPERTY

Students must lock all of their valuables in their assigned P.E. (athletic) lockers if they wish to leave them in the locker rooms. Don't leave valuables in the locker rooms that are not locked up!

 

TEACHERS WORKROOM & COACHES OFFICE

The Teachers' Workroom and Coaches' Office are for teachers and school personnel only. If you want to see a teacher, get a teacher or secretary to get the teacher for you.

TELEPHONE USE/CELL PHONE POLICY

Please take care of your business at home before you come to school. Only in emergency cases will we call students from the classroom to answer the telephone. The principal or secretary will take a message and deliver it between classes. Please refrain from habitually calling the school to deliver messages. A student must have a written pass from their teacher to use the phone.

Stanton Cell Phone Policy for classrooms

Due to distractions caused by cell phone use in the classroom, starting Monday, March 21, this will be the policy we will use.  When students come into all classrooms including music and study hall, they will place their phone where the teacher has prepared it to be placed.  Here are some other notes to the policy. 

  1. Students will not be allowed to keep their phones in their bags or on their person in class or study hall.  If a phone is seen, it will be taken to the office where it can be picked up at the end of the day.  The 2nd time it is taken a parent will need to come to the school to pick up the phone.   There will be no warnings given. 
  2. If there are emergencies where communication is needed to a student, those calls can be made to the office, where the student can be called in with their phone to take any calls and information. 
  3. Students can still use their phones between classes and at lunch. 
  4. We do not encourage students to leave their phones in their locker.  Students can leave their phones in the main office if they like.  Students are not to check out of class to go to their locker to check their phone.  If they are seen looking at their phone during class the phone will be taken to the office  (See #1)

 

 

THREATS OF VIOLENCE

All threats of violence, whether oral, written, or symbolic, against students, staff, or to school facilities are prohibited. All such threats will be promptly investigated. Law enforcement may be contacted. Threats issued and delivered away from school or school activities may be grounds for disciplinary action if the threat impacts the orderly and efficient operation of the school.

Students engaging in threatening behavior will face disciplinary consequences up to and including expulsion.

The following factors will be considered in determining the extent to which a student will be disciplined for threatening or terroristic behavior: the background of the student, including any history of violence or prior threatening behavior; the student’s access to weapons of any kind; the circumstances surrounding the threat; the age of the student; the mental and emotional maturity of the student; cooperation of the student and his or her parent(s) or guardian(s) in the investigation; the existence of the student’s juvenile or criminal history; the degree of legitimate alarm or concern in the school community created by the threat; and any other relevant information from any credible source.

TOBACCO/ALCOHOL/ILLEGAL DRUG USE AND/OR POSSESSION

               See GOOD CONDUCT

TORNADO DRILLS

Evacuate to the Viking Center or girls or boys locker room. In the event elementary students are in the concourse eating, they will evacuate to the boys locker rooms.

TRANSFERING OUT OF THE DISTRICT

Students leaving the Stanton Community School District need to report to the building principal at least two days before their final day of attendance. A transfer slip will be issued that must be signed by each of the student’s teachers and librarian. Books need to be returned to each teacher before they sign the transfer slip. The transfer slip needs to be returned to the building principal on the final day of attendance at Stanton. Official transcripts will be sent to the new school district upon their request. Records may not be forwarded to the new school if the student owes fine money or has not handed in books, etc.
VALUABLES

We ask that students do not bring money or valuables to school. If it is a necessity, we would be willing to keep them in the office and return them at the end of the day. Students will be responsible for their own lost or stolen items.
VISITORS

Parents are always welcome at school. A 24-hour notice is requested but not mandatory. If you desire a special conference, please call for an appointment before you visit. Always check in at the office upon your arrival for a school visit. It is hoped that you will visit school and observe your child to become informed and involved in your child’s education.

Students are asked not to bring preschool brothers/sisters. Students who wish to have guests accompany them in classes must get permission from the principal. These guests will be obligated to follow the same rules as S.H.S. students. ("Boyfriends" or "girlfriends" of S.H.S. students will not be permitted to accompany them as visitors to class). Any visitors who would like to eat hot lunch must contact the school secretary at least one day in advance of the day they would like to eat at the school.
VOLUNTEERS

The school welcomes parent volunteers who have time to share in helping carry out the educational program. Volunteers can provide a valuable service by supervising writing centers, typing, reading to children, listening to children read, practicing math facts with students, and many other kinds of activities. If you would like to be a volunteer, contact your child’s teacher(s).  All volunteers may be subject to background checks before they are allowed to work with our students.
WEAPONS POLICY

The Stanton Community Schools believes that district facilities are not an appropriate place for weapons or dangerous objects. Weapons and other dangerous objects shall be taken from students and others who bring them within the jurisdiction of the school district.

Parents of students who bring these items on school property will be notified. Confiscation of weapons or dangerous objects shall be reported to the law enforcement officials and the student will be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion. Students bringing a firearm to school shall be expelled for not less than twelve months (Refer to Board Policy Code 502.6).

Any student who threatens another person on school property or at a school event with a dangerous weapon or an object that resembles a dangerous weapon, or who displays any object in such a manner as reasonably to place another person in fear for his or her safety shall be subject to discipline including suspension or recommendation for expulsion.

Weapons Brought to School for an Educational Purpose

The principal may allow authorized persons to display weapons or other dangerous objects for educational purposes. However, students will not be allowed to transport said objects themselves.

 

 

 

CLASS REQUIREMENT AND ELECTIVES

 

NINTH GRADE

Required by all                                                               Electives

English I                                                                           Voc. Ag. (RO)                                   Intro to Engineering (RO)

Algebra I or                                                                     Intro to Business Manufacturing (RO)

Applied Math or                                                                            Art                                                      Journalism

Pre-Algebra                                                                     Foods I/Foods II

Civics and World Area Studies (Geography)                           Driver Ed. (summer/spring)

Physical Science                                                                           Spanish I

PE                                                                                     Health

Computer Literacy/Comp Applications

 

TENTH GRADE

Required by all                                                               Electives

Biology                                                                                           Voc Ag. Ag Engineering I/II (RO)

Communicative English                                                Intro to Business                                             Pre-Algebra

Business Computer Applications                                World History                                   Art

English II                                                                         Driver Ed. (summer/spring)            Geometry

*Math                                                                               Health

PE                                                                                     Foods I/Foods II                                Intro to Engineering Design (RO)

Computer Literacy                           Electricity

Spanish I or II                                    Woods I

Journalism

 

ELEVENTH GRADE

Required by all                                                               Electives

Am. History (2 semesters)                                                           Voc. Ag. (RO)                                   Journalism

English III                                                                        Health                                                World History

*Math                                                                               Intro to Bus.                                      Accounting I

**Science                                                                        Current Issues                                   Chemistry

PE                                                                                     Art                                                      Entrepreneurship (Economics)

Geometry                                           Comp. Applications

Computer Literacy                           Spanish I, II, III

Algebra II                                           Family Living

Child Development                          Intro to Engineering Design (RO)

Anatomy & Physiology                   Independent Living

Foods I/ Foods II                               Welding (RO)

Pre-Algebra                                       Vet Science I/II

Ag Engineering I/II (RO)

 

 

TWELFTH GRADE

Required by all                                                              Electives

Government                                                                    Health                                                Accounting II

English IV or                                                                   Intro to Business                                             Consumer Math

Applied Sr. English                                                        Current Issues                                   Algebra II                                                         

*Math                                                                               Family Living                                   Physics

**Science                                                                        Spanish I, II, III, or IV                       Art

PE                                                                                     Entrepreneurship (Economics)      Computer Literacy

Adv. Comp. Application                 Sociology

                                                                                          Trig (Math IV)                                  Welding (RO)

                                                                                          Child Development                          Ag Engineering I/II (RO)

                                                                                          Anatomy & Physiology                   Vet Science I/II

*See Math Requirements                                              Foods 1/ Foods II                              Journalism

**See Science Requirements                                        Voc. Ag. (RO)

 

 

 

NORMAL COURSE LOAD

The normal course load consists of six academic subjects each semester, not including physical education. These six must be in classes other than music. By successfully carrying six academic subjects each semester for four years, a student will have the required number of credits to graduate. A credit is given for each semester of a course passed. A unit is the equivalent of two credits. A student should not have more than 7 study halls per week unless approved by administration.

  1. IN ORDER TO BE CLASSIFIED AS A...

 Senior - 36 credits must have been earned.

 Junior - 24 credits must have been earned.

 Sophomore – 12 credits must have been earned.

 Junior High Retention - Any student in grades 6, 7 or 8 who fails 3 or more semesters of the basic subjects (Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies) will be considered retained in that grade and required to take all of the failing courses the following year.  Such student may then take any additional courses in the next higher grade level as the schedule permits.

  1. Any student in grades 6, 7 or 8 failing one or two of the basics indicated above would be considered passing to the next higher grade, but with the provision that any failure must be re-taken the following year.

 

ENGLISH CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

Students must take English I during the freshman year, English II during the sophomore year, and English III during the junior year. Those seniors not taking English IV must take Applied Senior English. Communicative English is required of all students graduating from Stanton High School. These courses must be successfully passed prior to graduation.

 

SCIENCE CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

Students must take three years of Science. They will take Physical Science during their freshman year and Biology during their sophomore year. They must take one (or more) of the following during their junior-senior years: Physics, Chemistry, Health, Ag Science, Anatomy and Physiology. Three years of Science must be successfully passed prior to graduation.

 

MATH CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS

Three years of Math must be successfully passed prior to graduation.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS                                               Students must take three years of Social Studies. They will take Civics and World Area Studies during the freshman year, American History and Government during the junior-senior years. One additional course must be completed. Three years of Social Studies must be successfully passed prior to graduation.

 

 

PRE-REQUISITES FOR SCHEDULING

  1. Spanish courses must be taken sequentially.
  2. Accounting II--Should have successfully completed Accounting I and have teacher approval.
  3. Algebra II-Should have completed Algebra I.
  4. Geometry--Should have completed Algebra I.
  5. Trig (Math IV)--Should have completed Algebra I, II, and Geometry.
  6. Chemistry--Should have completed Algebra I.
  7. Physics--Should have completed Algebra II.
  8. Ag IV--Recommended to have completed Voc. Ag. I.
  9. Anatomy and Physiology--must have completed Physical Science and Biology.
  10. Advanced Computer Applications--should have completed Computer Applications.
  11. Programming & Web Design-should have completed Computer Applications & Advanced Computer applications and have teacher approval.

 

DROPPING & ADDING SUBJECTS

Students will be given 3 to 5 days at the beginning of each semester to drop or add a subject. The decision to allow the student to drop or add a subject will be made by the principal, counselor and teacher involved. The best interest of the student will be used in deciding.

 

For exceptional reasons students may be permitted to drop or add a full-year course at the semester or at other times during the semester, only after careful examination of the circumstances by the principal, counselor and teachers involved. Again, the best interest of the student will be considered in deciding whether or not to permit dropping or adding a class at this time.

 

REGISTERING FOR SUBJECTS IN ANOTHER GRADE LEVEL

A pupil who transfers to this school will continue in his courses provided those courses are offered here. Transfer students will be required to satisfy the graduation requirements of this school even if it necessitates earning credits in subjects offered at a different grade level from his/her own.

 

Other problems arising in this area will be decided on available data by the principal.

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION

All students are required to earn 25 units (50 credits) of high school work plus four years of physical education in order to qualify for a high school diploma. A unit is earned in a class meeting 5 times a week for two semesters. Students may earn ½ credit each for band, P.E., and vocal music per semester. These will not count towards a student’s GPA. Twenty-five units must be distributed as follows:

 

               Fields of Subject Matter   Units                     Credits

               English                                 4 1/2                       9

               Science                                 3                              6

               Mathematics                        3                              6

               Social Studies                      3                              6

               Electives                             11 1/2                     23                                                                    

                                                             25                            50         

 

 

All students must complete at least one semester in a computer related course prior to graduation. All students must complete at least one semester in a physical education class.

 

PREPARATION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

As a general rule, anyone planning to attend school of any sort beyond high school should prepare themselves adequately with 4 years of English, and 3 or 4 years of science and mathematics. Those students who choose a different curriculum will not necessarily fail to be admitted to college if they decide to go. However, there may be high school courses that they did not take which the college may require them to complete before earning college credits. These are taken in college and no credit is earned. This delays your graduation from college. Students who plan to enroll in a four-year college should plan to take Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II.

 

 

 

REGENT ADMISSION INDEX (RAI)

Freshman applicants who wish to enter any of the three Iowa public universities will be held to the Regent Admission Index (RAI) requirement. The RAI score is based upon four factors: ACT composite score, high school class rank, cumulative high school grade point average and the number of years of high school courses completed in the core subject areas of English, mathematics, science, social studies and foreign language.

 

RAI Calculation:

(2 X ACT composite score)

+             (1 X high school percentile rank)

+             (20 X high school GPA)

+             (5 X total number of years of core courses completed in high school)

               Your RAI

 

Note: For purposes of calculating the RAI, ACT composite score has a top value of 36 (SAT scores will be converted to ACT composite equivalent); high school rank is expressed as a percentile, with 99% as the top value; high school GPA is expressed on a 4-point scale; and number of high school courses completed in the core subject areas is expressed in terms of years or fractions of years of study. Applicants from high schools that do not provide class rank will be considered for admission on an individual basis. To calculate your own expected RAI, go to www.regents.iowa.gov/RAI/index.html

 

Applicants who complete the minimum high school requirements and who achieve an RAI score of at least 245 will automatically qualify for admission to any of Iowa’s public universities. Applicants who complete the minimum high school course requirements and who achieve less than a 245 RAI score may still be admitted; however, these applicants will be reviewed on an individual basis and the admission decision will be specific to each institution.

 

The RAI places greater emphasis on your high school course selections. The more courses you take, the higher your RAI. Plan your courses carefully and consult you school counselor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

ENGLISH

 

BUSINESS/APPLIED ENGLISH

Business/Applied English courses teach students communication skills - reading, writing, listening, speaking - emphasizing applications in the "real world." The emphasis is usually on the practical application of communication as a business tool, and may focus on technical reports and manuals, business letters, resumes, and applications, as opposed to the course being designed around scholarly and literary uses.

 

COMMUNICATIVE ENGLISH (English Lab)

This course provides instruction in basic language skills and integrates reading, writing, speaking, and listening, placing great emphasis on individual student progress.  Course topics may include (but are not limited to) research and organization, outlining, visual and presentation skills, analysis and critique, and development of self-confidence.

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS II (10th Grade)

English/Language Arts II (10th grade) courses usually offer a balanced focus on composition and literature. Typically, students learn about the alternate aims and audiences of written compositions by writing persuasive, critical, and creative multi-paragraph thematic essays and compositions. The study of literature encompasses various genres as students improve their reading rate and comprehension and develop the skills to determine authors' intent and theme and to recognize the techniques employed by the author to achieve the goal.

 

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS I (9th grade)

English/Language Arts I (9th grade) courses build upon the students' prior knowledge of grammar, vocabulary, word usage, and mechanics of writing, and usually include the four aspects of language use: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Usually, the various genres of literature are introduced and defined, with writing exercises often linked to reading selections.

 

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS IV (12th grade)

English/Language Arts IV (12th grade) courses blend composition and literature into a cohesive whole, as students write critical and comparative analyses of selected literature. Typically, multi-paragraph essays predominate as the form of student composition, but one or more major research papers may also be written.

 

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS III (11th grade)

English/Language Arts III (11th grade) courses continue to develop students' writing skills, emphasizing clear, logical writing patterns, word choice, and usage, as students write essays and begin to learn the techniques of writing research papers. Students continue to read works of literature, which often form the backbone of the writing assignments. Literary conventions and stylistic devices may receive greater emphasis than in previous courses. Preparation for the PSAT may be included.

 

JOURNALISM

Journalism courses are typically associated with the production of a school newspaper, yearbook, or literary magazine; therefore, they not only emphasize writing style and technique, but also production values and organization. Beginning Journalism courses introduce students to the concepts of newsworthiness and press responsibility; develop students' skills in writing and editing stories, headlines, and captions; and teach students the basics of production design, layout, and printing of a publication. Advanced Journalism students learn and practice more refined journalistic techniques, participate to a greater extent in the formation and/or management of the production team, and gain experience in critical evaluation of story content and the publication as a whole. Photography and photojournalism skills may be included.

MATHEMATICS

 

ALGEBRA I

Algebra I courses include the study of properties and operations of the real number system; evaluating rational algebraic expressions; solving and graphing first degree equations and inequalities; translating word problems into equations; operations with and factoring of polynomials; and solving simple quadratic equations.

Review Topics: ration and proportion, operations with sets, simplifying radical expressions, operations with exponents, and solution of simple linear equations.

Enhancement topics: field properties and theorems, set theory, solving systems of linear equations and inequalities, and solving and graphing more complex quadratic equations.

ALGEBRA II

Algebra II course topics include field properties and theorems; set theory; operations with rational and irrational expressions; factoring of rational expressions; in-depth study of linear equations and inequalities; quadratic equations; solving systems of linear and quadratic equations; graphing of constant, linear, and quadratic equations; properties of high degree equations; and operations with rational and irrational exponents.

Review topics:  operations involving real numbers, evaluating rational algebraic expressions, solving and graphing first degree equations and inequalities, operations with and factoring of polynomials, and solving simple quadratics.

Enhancement topics:  the complex number system; polynomial, logarithmic, and exponential functions, relations, and their graphs; conic sections; elementary probability and statistics; matrices and determinants; sequences; and series.

 

GENERAL MATH

General Math courses reinforce and expand students' foundational math skills, such as arithmetic operations using rational numbers; area, perimeter, and volume of geometric figures, congruence and similarity, angle relationships, the Pythagorean theorem, the rectangular coordinate system, sets and logic, ratio and proportion, estimation, formulas, solving and graphing simple

equations and inequalities.

 

PRINCIPLES OF ALGEBRA AND GEOMETRY

Principles of Algebra and Geometry courses combine the study of some pre-algebra and algebra topics with introductory geometry topics. These courses include the study of formulas, algebraic expressions, first degree equations and inequalities, the rectangular coordinate system, area, perimeter, and volume of geometric figures, and properties of triangles and circles.

CONSUMER MATH

Consumer Math course reinforces general math skills for students who have previously attained them, may extend the general math skills to cover additional math concepts, and use these skills in a variety of consumer applications. In addition to reinforcing general math topics, such as arithmetic using rational numbers, measurement, and basic statistics, these courses apply theses skills to consumer problems and situations. Applications may include budgeting, taxation, credit, banking services, insurance, buying and selling products and services, home and/or car ownership and rental, managing personal income, and investment.

Enhancement topics: ration and proportion, further statistical concepts (i.e., measures of central tendency) and basic probability theory.

GEOMETRY

Geometry courses, emphasizing an abstract, formal approach to the study of geometry, include topics such as properties of plane and solid figures; deductive methods of reasoning and use of logic, geometry as an axiomatic system including the study of postulates, theorems, and formal proofs; rules of congruence, similarity, parallelism, and perpendicularity; and rules of angle measurement in triangles, including trigonometry, coordinate geometry, and transformational geometry.

Review topics: basic measurement, perimeter, area, and volume, and inductive methods of reasoning.

Enhancement topics: topology, locus, and non-Euclidean geometries.

 

PRE-ALGEBRA

Pre-Algebra courses are generally intended to provide an extra year of study for students who have attained general mathematics objectives but are not yet ready to enter Algebra I. Pre-Algebra covers a variety of topics, such as properties of rational numbers (i.e., number theory), ratio, proportion, estimation, exponents and radicals, the rectangular coordinate system, sets and logic, formulas, solving first-degree equations and inequalities, operations involving real numbers, evaluating rational algebraic expressions, graphing first-degree equations and inequalities, translating word problems into equations, polynomial operations and factorization, and solving simple quadratics.

 

TRIGONOMETRY/MATH ANALYSIS (Math IV)

Covering topics of both Trigonometry and Math Analysis, this course prepares students for eventual work in calculus. Topics include the study of right trigonometric and circular functions, inverses, and graphs; trigonometric identities and equations; solutions of right and oblique triangles; complex numbers; numerical tables; polynomial, logarithmic, exponential, and rational functions and their graphs; vectors; set theory; Boolean algebra and symbolic logic, mathematical induction; matrix algebra; sequences and series; and limits and continuity.

Enhancement topics: elementary probability and statistics, derivatives, and integrals.

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE

 

ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY

Usually taken after Biology, Anatomy and Physiology presents the human body and biological systems in more detail. In order to understand the structure of the human body and its functions, students learn anatomical terminology, study cells and tissues, explore functional systems (skeletal, muscular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, reproductive, nervous, and so on), and may dissect mammals.

 

BIOLOGY

Biology course is designed to provide information regarding the fundamental concepts of life and life processes. Topics covered include (but are not restricted to) cell structure and function, general plant and animal physiology, genetics, and taxonomy.

 

CHEMISTRY

Chemistry course involves the composition, properties, and reactions of substances. The behaviors of solids, liquids, and gases; acid/base and oxidation/reduction reactions; and atomic structure are typical concepts explored in Chemistry - First Year courses. Chemical formulas and equations and nuclear reactions are also studied.

 

PHYSICAL SCIENCE

Physical Science course involves the study of the structures and states of matter. Typically (but not always) an introductory survey course, topics covered may include forms of energy, wave phenomenon, electromagnetism, and physical and chemical interactions.

 

PHYSICS

Physics course involves the study of the forces and laws of nature affecting matter: equilibrium, motion, momentum, and the relationships between matter and energy. The study of physics includes examination of sound, light, magnetic, and electric phenomenon.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

AMERICAN HISTORY

American History course provides an overview of the history of the United States, examining time periods from discovery or colonialism through World War II or after. Political, military, scientific, and social developments are typically included in the historical overview. Course content may or may not include a history of the North American peoples prior to European settlement.

CIVICS

Civics course provides an overview of the structure and functions of the U.S. government and political institutions, and examine constitutional principles, the concepts of rights and responsibilities, the role of political parties and interest groups, and the importance of civic participation in the democratic process. These courses may or may not examine the structure and function of state and local government. Course content may include some coverage of economic and legal topics.

CURRENT ISSUES

Current Issues studies political, economic, and social issues facing the world, with or without an emphasis on the United States. These courses may focus on current issues, or may examine selected issues from throughout the 20th century. The focus may be on historical causes or possible solutions; an interdisciplinary approach may be used.

GOVERNMENT

These courses examine a specific topic pertaining to U.S. government and political institutions, rather than providing a general overview. The courses concentrate on one of many possible topics related to governmental structure, function, and purposes, such as the Constitution, the Supreme Court, Congress, or the Office of the Presidency.

MODERN US HISTORY

Modern U.S. History courses examine the history of the United States from the Civil War or Reconstruction era (some courses begin at a later period) through the present time. These courses typically include a historical review of political, military, scientific, and social developments.

 

SOCIOLOGY

Sociology introduces students to the study of human behavior in society. This course provides an overview of sociology, generally including (but not limited to) topics such as social institutions and norms, socialization and social change, and the relationships of individuals and groups in society.

 

WORLD AREA STUDIES (WORLD GEOGRAPHY)

World Geography courses provide an overview of world geography, but may vary widely in topic coverage. Possible topics include the physical environment; the political landscape; the relationship between people and the land; economic production and development; and the movement of people, goods, and ideas. These courses may or may not place an emphasis on U.S. geography.

WORLD HISTORY

World History - Overview courses provide an overview of the history of human society from early civilization to the contemporary period, examining political, economic, social, religious, military, scientific, and cultural developments. World History - Overview courses may include geographical studies, but often, these components are not explicitly taught as geography.

 

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Physical Education courses provide experience and develop skills in a range of activities, from more than one of the following areas: team, individual, dual, or recreational sports, or fitness and conditioning activities.

 

Physical Education is a carefully planned sequence of learning experiences designed to fulfill the growth, developmental and behavioral needs of each student. It encourages each student to:

DEVELOP an interest and a desire to participate in lifetime recreational sports.

ACQUIRE an appreciation of and a respect for good physical condition, a functional posture and a sense of personal well-being.

DEVELOP the skills of movement, the knowledge of how and why one moves, and the ways in which movement may be organized.

PROMOTE self-analysis that enables the individual to understand one's physical capabilities through movement principles and concepts.

LEARN to move skillfully and effectively through exercise, lifetime activities, sports, dance and aquatics.

ENRICH one's understanding of the concepts of space, time and force related to movement.

EXPRESS culturally approved patterns of personal behavior, interpersonal relationships and self-discipline in and through games, sports and dance.

CONDITION the heart, lungs, muscles and other organic systems of the body to meet daily and emergency demands.

 

                                                                                                                       

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

 

SPANISH

Spanish courses teach the language and culture of another people, usually through a series of sequential courses. First-year courses emphasize basic grammar and syntax, simple vocabulary, and the spoken accent so that students can read, write, and speak on a basic level. Second-year courses enable students to expand upon what they have learned, increasing their skills and depth of knowledge. Third- and fourth-year Spanish courses typically focus on having students express more complex concepts both verbally and in writing, and comprehend and react to native speech. Throughout the sequence of Spanish courses, appreciation of the cultures in which the language is spoken is taught, through study of native fine and/or popular art, literature, food, public behavior and expectation, traditions and holidays, and history. 

 

HEALTH EDUCATION

 

HEALTH EDUCATION Topics covered within Health Education courses may vary widely, but typically include personal health (nutrition, mental health and stress management, drug/alcohol abuse prevention, disease prevention, and first aid) and consumer health issues. Brief studies of environmental health, personal development, and/or community resources may also be included.

 

Health Careers I

Designed for students to learn the skills and characteristics expected for professional preparation and employability in various health careers. Provides an overview of the health industry, current trends, and issues. Study the work environment as it is related to health and safety regulations.

 

Health Careers II (CNA)

Upon completion of Health II, students will be eligible to take certification testing in CNA I. This course meets the training requirement of the OBRA for aides working in nursing facilities and skilled nursing facilities. Students learn basic care giving skills and concepts to provide safe, effective resident care.

Medical Terminology

Designed to help logically understand medical terms. Basic prefixes, suffixes, and root words are emphasized as a method of acquiring and retaining knowledge. Exercises stressing the spelling, pronunciation, and usage of medical terms are included.

 

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION CORE

 

BUSINESS/VOCATIONAL EDUCATION

ACCOUNTING/ACCOUNTING II

Accounting courses introduce and then expand upon the fundamental accounting procedures used in small businesses. Typically, the first year covers the full accounting cycle, and incorporates topics such as payroll, taxes, debts, depreciation, ledger and journal techniques, and periodic adjustments. Students may learn how to apply standard auditing principles to the projects they work on and may prepare budgets and final reports. Calculators, electronic spreadsheets, or other automated tools may be used. In advanced courses, elementary principles of partnership and corporate accounting are introduced and explored, as are the managerial uses of control systems and the accounting process.

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Entrepreneurship courses acquaint students with the knowledge and skills necessary to own and operate their own business.  Topics from several fields typically form the course content:  economics, marketing principles, human relations and psychology, business and labor law, legal rights and responsibilities of ownership, business and financial planning, finance and accounting, and communication.  This course provides an overview of economics with some emphasis on the principles of microeconomics and a focus on the U.S. economic system; this course covers topics such as principles of macroeconomics, international economics, and comparative economics.  Upon completion of this course a student will be able to develop a business plan.

 

INTRODUCTORY BUSINESS

Introductory Business courses survey an array of topics and concepts related to the field of business. These courses introduce business concepts such as banking and finance; the role of government in business, consumerism, credit, investment, and management; and may provide a brief overview of the American economic system and corporate organization. In addition, Introductory Business courses may expose students to the varied opportunities in secretarial, accounting, management, and related fields.

 

BUSINESS COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

This is a required class of all sophomores. This class is offered to students who want to learn more about the uses, applications, and integration of various new technologies for use in word processing. Students will review basic word processing skills as needed for writing and formatting business letters, memorandums, outlines, tables, and reports. Students will be learning how to use the latest word processing software. They will then learn to incorporate information from various sources to be used in their assignments. Students will also learn proper internet etiquette to use and post information online. The course content will go beyond current Microsoft Word activities/projects in Computer Applications.

COMPUTER LITERACY

Computer Literacy courses provide to students the knowledge and ability to use computers and technology efficiently. Typically, course content includes exposure to word-processing, spreadsheets, and presentation applications, but also may include the various uses of computers in modern society. Specific course content aligns with state standards to promote students’ technological literacy.

Programming & Web Design

The purpose of this course is to engage students in grades 10 -12 in the web design process with emphasis on designing and maintaining the Stanton Community School District web site.  Students will receive instruction in the basics of HTML, Microsoft FrontPage, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft PowerPoint. Textbooks, online tutorials, lessons, and information will be used to build students' knowledge of this process.  PrerequisiteStudents enrolling in this class must have successfully completed Computer Applications and Advanced Computer Applications.

 

 

FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES

 

Design; Clothing and Interiors

Clothing and Textiles courses introduce students to and expand upon the various aspects of apparel, garment construction, and the textile industry, conveying the commercial application of design principles, production processes, and maintenance techniques. These courses usually address the selection, characteristics, care, and repair of various textiles; operation and care of commercial sewing machines; design, construction, and production of fabrics and/or garments; and career opportunities in the garment or textile industry.

 

Foods I

Students need to acquire basic cooking skills and techniques to prepare themselves for their future. This class will teach students basics about food, the kitchen, and cooking. Students will study nutrition, fad diets and dieting, and guidelines for making food choices that will enhance growth and development. Basic skills in preparing breads, meats, pastas, vegetables and simple meals will be covered in class. Emphasis will be placed on safety and sanitation, the use of kitchen equipment and utensils and reading and understanding recipes.

 

Foods II

This class will continue to build on the central themes developed in Foods I. Students will learn advanced food preparation skills (food preservation, cake decorating, desserts, meats, etc.) and continue to study nutrition and food choices and how they affect our lives. Management of time, energy and money will be emphasized as students make menu and marketing decisions. Important issues that affect the food industry will be explored.

 

Family Living

This class will give students an in-depth look at families today.  Students will study the structure of a family, the characteristics of a family, and the development of a family.  It will also work to develop the skills to become a good family member and learn effective communication tools to use with a family to ensure positive relationships.

 

Independent Living

This class will teach students the skills that they need to become an independent and successful adult. Students will learn about finances, food, health, clothing, relationships, careers and much more.

 

Child Development

The Child Care and Development class will help students prepare for parenting and/or a career working with children. Subject matter is selected to help students make responsible decisions about parenting and career choices. The students will examine important issues related to raising healthy children and building positive relationships with children in the home and work place.

INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY

Ag Engineering l/ll

Students will explore projects and problems similar to those that a mechanic, technician or engineer may face in their perspective careers. In addition, students will understand specific connections between science, math, and technical skills applied to Supervised Agricultural Experiences and FFA components that play an important role developing an informed agricultural education student. Students will investigate, experiment, and learn about documenting a project, solving problems, and communicating their solutions to their peers and members of the professional community.

Intro. To Engineering design - 1 semester (Grades 9-12)

This course is the first of three sequential courses that make up the Engineering related design program.  Introduction to Engineering Design will provide the basic skills needed to pursue advanced courses in the program.   Learned concepts will include:  reading and scaling techniques, geometric construction, orthographic views, dimensioning and sectional views, and computer-aided design (CAD) is also introduced.  This course is a pre-requisite for Architectural Design, CAD Design, or Engineering Design. Maximum class size 18. Must be passed with a C or better.

Engineering Design Technology - 1 semester (Grade 10-12)                                                      

EDT is the last course in a series of three in the design program.  This is an advanced course for more in-depth study of mechanical and working drawings.  Students wishing to take this course must have completed Introduction to Mechanical Design and CAD Design.  Learned concepts include: precision measuring instruments, tolerance, keyways, gears and cams, thread and weld assemblies, cast and plastic molded drawings, piping components, fluid power schematic, sheet metal layouts, exploded assembly drawings and electronic diagrams.  Manual and computer drawing techniques will be used in this course. Pre-requisite:  Intro to Mechanical Design and CAD Design. Maximum class size 18.

Manufacturing - 1 semester (Grade 9-12)

Manufacturing provides the study of materials and processes used in industry.  Characteristics of metals and plastics will be covered to access applications.  Areas of study will include sheet metal, welding, machine tooling and foundry.  The foundry unit will be twofold by studying cast metals and cast plastics.  Plastics processes include injection molding.  Laboratory experiences will enhance classroom activities through hands-on projects.  A fee for some materials will be assessed to the student. Maximum class size 15.

Electricity - 1 semester (Grade 10-12)

This course is designed for students interested in exploring a career in the electricity or electronics field.  Areas of discussion will include electrical safety, electron theory, characteristics of resistors and circuit breakers, Ohm's law, and series, parallel, and combination circuits.  The course of study will include a limited amount of house electrical systems. Maximum class size 15.

Material Processing Tech - All Year (Grades 10-12)
Pre-requisite:  Intro to Engineering Design     
The material processing tech course is a yearlong course where students will study the following areas.
1. Basic shop and safety practices (personal safety equipment, general safety and equipment practices, maintaining a safe work environment, and maintaining equipment). 2. Design and Problem Solving (Utilizing design processes and problem solving strategies, working with and editing working drawings, material estimating). 3. Development Skill Competencies (the use of rubric skill sheets are used to develop the following layout work, tool and technique selection, assembly and finishing techniques and materials).
4. Careers and Society (exploration of woodworking careers and industry, lumbers impact on the environment) Small project work is incorporated into the course to reinforce curriculum.

 

Advanced Manufacturing-1 semester (Grades 10-12)

Pre-requisite:  Intro to Manufacturing passed with a C or better.  Advanced Manufacturing is designed for more in-depth study of the manufacturing processes.  Areas of study will include design and layout of sheet metal patterns, experience with various welding technologies (Mig, Tig), machine tool processes, precision measurement, foundry pattern design and mold production and forging processes.  A fee will be assessed to the student.  Maximum class size 12.

 

 

VOCATIONAL AGRICULTURE

 

Ag Ed I: Intro to Agriculture - All Year (Grade 9-Other grades by permission of instructor)

The course will include the following leadership topics: the FFA, Supervised Agricultural Experience, and parliamentary procedure. In addition, the course will focus on agri-science research concepts and all aspects of basic animal science. Maximum class size 20.

Ag Ed II: Plant Science/Horticulture - All Year (Grade 10-Other grades by permission of instructor)

This course is designed for 10th grade students. The course will include the following topics: soil evaluation, basic plant science concepts, natural resources agri-science research, floral design and landscape design. The leadership aspects of the FFA and Supervised Agricultural Experience will also be included. Pre-requisite:  Ag Ed I. Maximum class size 20.

Ag Ed III - Ag Business/Ag Communications - All Year (Grades 11-12 – Other grades by permission of instructor)

This course is designed for 11th and 12th grade students. The course will include the following topics: basics of farm business management, economic principles, agricultural sales and marketing, commodity marketing, job interview skills, and ag communications. The leadership aspects of the FFA and Supervised Agricultural Experience will also be included. Pre-requisite: Ag Ed I or instructor approval. Maximum class size 20 students.

 

 

 

VETERINARY SCIENCE I-1 semester–Fall (Grades 11-12

Other grades by permission of instructor) Students will explore hands-on projects and activities to learn the characteristics of animal science and work on major projects and problems similar to those that animal science specialists, such as veterinarians, zoologists, livestock producers, or industry personnel face in their respective careers. This course must be taken before taking Vet Science II.

HORTICULTURE-semester (Grades 10-12)

The Horticulture class will focus on the basics of plant propagation and care, landscape design, floral design, and horticulture equipment maintenance. Students will have the opportunity to learn skills while conducting hands-on

activities and caring for portions of the school grounds.

VETERINARY SCIENCE II-1 semester–Spring (Grades 11-12 Other grades by permission of

instructor)Pre-requisite: Veterinary Science I

Students will explore hands-on projects and activities to learn the characteristics of animal science and work on major projects and problems similar to those that animal science specialists, such as veterinarians, zoologists, livestock producers, or industry personnel face in their respective careers. This course can be taken any Spring semester during high school after completing Vet Science I. The coursework builds upon the concepts from Vet Science I.

 

HIGH SCHOOL ART

 

CREATIVE ART

Art course provides students with the knowledge and opportunity to explore an art form and to create individual works of art. Career opportunities in the art world may also be discussed and explored. Initial courses cover the language, materials, and processes of a particular art form and the design elements and principles supporting a work of art. As students advance and become more adept, the instruction regarding the creative process becomes more refined, and students are encouraged to develop their own artistic styles. Although the focus of creative art course is creation, the study of major artists, art movements, and styles may also be included.

 

MUSIC

 

CHORUS

Chorus courses provide the opportunity to sing a variety of choral literature styles for men and/or women's voices, and are designed to develop vocal techniques and the ability to sing parts.

 

CONCERT/MARCHING BAND

Courses in Concert/Marching Band are designed to develop skill and technique for playing brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments, and cover band literature styles for both concert and marching performances. Fees for books, reeds, oil, and a horn is  the responsibility of the student. Band cannot be dropped except at the end of the semester.

 

SWING CHOIR

Swing choir is a selected group that works with lighter music and choreography.

 

SPECIAL RESOURCES

COMMUNITY LIVING

Community living courses place a special emphasis on the student's relationship to the surrounding community. Instruction varies with the students and their needs and IEPs; however, these courses provide the skills necessary for independent functioning within the surrounding environment. Course topics may include available community resources and how to access them; emergency skills; and independent living strategies.

 

SPECIAL RESOURCES

Special Resources courses provide students with educational services and resources as needed. Reinforcement of any content area may be offered with the use of specific materials or teaching techniques through group instruction or individual tutorial assistance.

 

 

 

 

STUDENT MENTORING

Students may be permitted under special circumstances to complete their class schedule with student mentoring at the elementary school, however, they will receive NO credit.

 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES

Students may be permitted to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses via Iowa Learning Online. Courses include: AP Calculus AB, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Physics B, AP Statistics, and AP US History. Students interested in AP courses should visit with the guidance counselor.

 

POST-SECONDARY EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION

Iowa law allows ninth and tenth talented and gifted students and eleventh and twelfth grade students to receive class or vocational technical credits at post-secondary institutions. The credits will count toward the graduation requirements for successfully completed courses at post-secondary educational institutions. The student may receive credits through an agreement between the post-secondary educational institutions through the board’s discretion on a case-by-case basis.

 

Students in grades 11 and 12, for courses approved by the board on a case-by-case basis, will be reimbursed for tuition and other costs directly related to the course up to $250. The following factors shall be considered in the reimbursement of tuition and in the board’s determination of whether a student will receive high school credit for a course at a post-secondary educational institution:

  1. The courses must be taught at a public or accredited private institution.
  2. A comparable course is not offered in the school district.
  3. The course is not religious or sectarian.
  4. The course meets any other requirements set out by the board.

 

Students in grades nine through twelve may take correspondence courses from a post-secondary educational institution. Correspondence courses shall not substitute for a course offered in the school district, an adjoining school district, or a post-secondary educational institution that the student can physically attend.

 

Prior to taking the correspondence course, students must receive the approval of the administration and/or board to receive credit toward the graduation requirements set out by the board.

 

Students who fail the course or fail to receive credit in the course paid for by the school district must reimburse the school district for all costs directly related to the course. Prior to enrolling in a course, students age 18 or over or the parents of students under age 18 shall sign a form indicating they are responsible for the costs of the course should the student fail the course or fail to receive credit for the course. The school district may waive the cost of the course for students who fail the course for reasons beyond their control, including, but not limited to, the student's incapacity, death in the family or a move to another school district.

 

Students interested in participating in this program should contact the guidance office (Refer to Board Policy Code No. 604.6).

 

SENIOR YEAR PLUS

Source:Iowa Code/2013 IOWA CODE/2013 IOWA CODE/TITLE VII EDUCATION AND CULTURAL

AFFAIRS/SUBTITLE 3 HIGHER EDUCATION/CHAPTER 261E SENIOR YEAR PLUS PROGRAM/261E.1 Senior year plus program. 261E.1 Senior year plus program.

 

1. A senior year plus program is established to be administered by the department of education to provide Iowa high school students increased access to college credit or advanced placement coursework. The program shall consist of the following elements:

a. Advanced placement classes, including on-site, consortium, and online opportunities and courses delivered via the Iowa communications network.

b. Community college credit courses offered through written agreements between school districts and community colleges.

c. College and university credit courses offered to individual high school students through the postsecondary enrollment options program in accordance with section 261E.6.

d. Courses offered through regional and career academies for college credit.

e. Internet-based courses offered for college credit, including but not limited to courses within the Iowa learning online initiative.

2. The senior year plus programming provided by a school district pursuant to sections 261E.4

    and 261E.6 may be available to students on a year-round basis. 2008 Acts, ch 1181, §51 © Iowa Legislature

 

 

 

SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

The following classes are available through Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa. Please visit http://www.swcciowa.edu/academics/college-catalog for complete course listings.

 

Face to Face

ENG 105 Composition I - This is an intensive writing course, designed to develop skills in the use of language, clear thinking, critical reading, and effective writing within an essay format. Special emphasis will be placed on development of content, clear organization, sentence and paragraph structure, and correctness in usage, grammar, and mechanics.

 

ENG 106 Composition II - Prerequisite: ENG 105 Composition I. This course is intended to build upon the skills students develop in Composition I. As such, the course assumes that students have a basic control of paragraphing, mechanics, grammar, and punctuation. The primary focus of the course shifts from the personal writing of Composition I to analytical, persuasive, and research writing. The course emphasizes critical thinking and clear, coherent development of thought. Using their research skills and the ability to organize the results of information gathering, students will be expected to analyze and present the results of their research in clear, organized, persuasive, and interesting writing projects.

 

MAT 127 College Algebra and Trigonometry - Prerequisite: Recommended COMPASS score and high school geometry or MAT101 Intermediate Algebra. This course is a modern integrated study of algebra and trigonometry. Topics covered: real number system, functions, graphs, trigonometric functions, exponential functions, logarithmic functions, complex number system, polynomial functions, matrices, and solutions of triangles.

 

MAT 156 Statistics - Prerequisite: Recommended COMPASS score or MAT 101 Intermediate Algebra. Statistics is a non-calculus based course designed to lay a foundation which will enable students to understand statistical thinking and apply basic statistical techniques. The qualitative and quantitative study in statistics will be useful for students pursuing majors in a wide variety of disciplines: psychology, sociology, business, economics, physical science, biological sciences, education, engineering, journalism, and career and technical program.

 

MAT 210 Calculus I - Prerequisite: Recommended COMPASS score and MAT 127 College Algebra and Trigonometry or equivalent. This course studies limits and continuity, derivatives of elementary functions, curve sketching, extreme values, rates of change, integration, and applications of integration.

 

MAT 216 Calculus II - Prerequisite: MAT 210 Calculus I. This course studies transcendental functions, techniques of integration, infinite series, conic sections, parameterized curves, and polar coordinates.

 

HIS 110 Western Civilization: Ancient to Early Modern - This course explores cultural, political, literary, and economic aspects of Western civilization from the first civilizations in Mesopotamia and Egypt to the Greeks, Hebrews, and Romans. This course also discusses the varied conflicts of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Reformation.

 

POL 111 American National Government - This course reviews the structure of the American political system stressing the constitutional framework, the role of Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court. Other topics include voting behavior, interest groups, and political parties.

 

Health Career Academy

Health Careers I

Health CareersII

HSC 114 Medical Terminology - This course will aid in the student’s understanding of core medical terms. Attention will be given to prefixes, suffixes and root words used in the medical field. Exercises stressing

the spelling, pronunciation, and usage of medical terms are included.

 

EMS 210 EMT Basic - This course is designed to instruct a student to the level of Emergency Medical Technician-Basic who serves as a vital link in the chain of the health care team. This includes all

skills necessary for the individual to provide emergency medical care at a basic life support level with an ambulance service or other specialized service.

 

Welding Career Academy

WEL 111 Welding Blueprint Reading

WEL 114 Introduction to Fabrication

WEL 139 Intro Oxyacetylene, Cutting & Brazing

WEL 162 Intro to Shielded Metal Arc Welding

 

HS Online Academy

Recommended Courses

HIS 111 Western Civilization: Early Modern to Present - This course explores cultural, political, literary, and economic aspects of Western civilization from the practice of absolutism to the intellectual revolutions of science, agriculture, and philosophy. This course also discusses the varied conflicts of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries.

 

ENG 105 Composition I - This is an intensive writing course, designed to develop skills in the use of language, clear thinking, critical reading, and effective writing within an essay format. Special emphasis will be placed on development of content, clear organization, sentence and paragraph structure, and correctness in usage, grammar, and mechanics.

 

BUS 102 Introduction to Business - The functions and practices of modern business and the economic institutions that facilitate the operation of individual business units. The interrelations existing in the various phases of business activity: organization, finance, production, and marketing.

 

MUS 100 Music Appreciation - This course is designed for arts and sciences students as an elective in the humanities area. It will help the student learn how to listen to music, to make sense of what he/she hears, and increase his/her perceptive powers. The course covers the changing musical scene from the Renaissance to the present.

 

PSY 111 Introductory Psychology -  An introductory course to the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes. This course includes such topics as the background of modern psychology, personality development, brain and behavior, heredity and environment, learning and motivation, emotional processes, intelligence, human interaction, and psychological disorders.

 

ART 101 Art Appreciation - This course is a study of the elements, principles, and forms of expression from the major periods of Western Art. Although the works will be studied in the context of history, this is not a chronological survey of art. A variety of approaches to learning will be used, including films, hands-on experiences, possible field trips, and slides.

 

BIO 151 Nutrition - Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry or CHM 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry or equivalent or instructor approval.  Study of an individual’s health as related to the influence of nutrients and energy metabolism. Emphasis is on normal nutrition, although discussion of nutrition during disease is included. Designed for students in health related fields.

 

Other Available Courses

ECN 120 Principles of Macroeconomics - An introduction to concepts and terminology of macroeconomics. A study of national income and national output, money and banking, fiscal and monetary policy, inflation, unemployment, and international trade.

 

CSC 110 Introduction to Computers - Prerequisite: Keyboarding skills. This is an introductory course that surveys a variety of computer topics to include history, hardware, software, terminology, communications,

computer ethics, and societal impact. In addition to computer literacy, students will complete hands-on modules for Microsoft Office programs.

 

HSC 114 Medical Terminology - This course will aid in the student’s understanding of core medical terms. Attention will be given to prefixes, suffixes and root words used in the medical field. Exercises stressing

the spelling, pronunciation, and usage of medical terms are included.

 

GEO 121 World Regional Geography - A geographic survey of nations and continents with emphasis on important physical characteristics of the major regions of the world.  Attention is devoted to their  demographic, economic, political, and cultural development with each other. The course covers physical

and cultural geography as well as basic geographical literacy. The human impact on the environment and growing problems of resources are discussed.

 

HIS 268 American Experience in Vietnam - A survey of the 2,000-year history of Vietnam, the French Indochina War and U.S. involvement, the military role, the view from those who participated and discussion of the consequences of American participation in the Asian conflict. The conflict will be viewed within the context of the Cold War and explore the events, attitudes and political scene leading up to the United States’ commitment in Southeast Asia. Exploration of the anti-Vietnam War movement will also take place.

 

BUS 121 Business Communications - Prerequisite: ENG 101 Elements of Writing or minimum COMPASS writing score of 69. This course is a study of communications for the typical business situation. To be covered are reports and letters of inquiry, orders, credit, collections, sales, and handling disputes.

 

ECN 130 Principles of Microeconomics - An introduction to concepts and terminology of microeconomics. A study of supply and demand, individual consumer and firm behaviors, pricing and the market system, market structure, and the allocation of resources.

 

MUS 204 History of Rock and Roll - A study of Rock and Roll from the mid1950s to the present. Designed to create critical listeners of popular culture music through analysis of song forms, rock band instrumentation, and the political, cultural, and social significance of song lyrics.

 

MGT 101 Principles of Management - No prerequisite, however BUS 102 Introduction to Business is recommended. Management principles, as applied to all business enterprises, are covered. Planning, organizing, directing, controlling, and coordinating functions in the management cycle are emphasized.

 

MGT 110 Small Business Management - This course introduces the student to various types of small business opportunities. Students will use concepts from the course to develop a business plan designed to guide the startup of a new business. The course also covers topics relevant to small business management, including marketing, operational management, financial management, human resource management, and regulations.

 

BIO 162 Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology - (Designed for nursing and allied health students.) Prerequisites: One year of high school biology or one year of high school chemistry or CHM 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry or instructor approval. Introduces the student to the structure, function,

and organization of the human body and all body systems.

 

LIT 178 Mythological and Biblical Literature - Every culture tells stories of where we came from, who we are, and how we should act toward each other. An understanding of various world mythologies, especially Greek and Roman, and of some basic stories from the Bible, is vital for understanding and appreciating much of the world’s literature and art. This class will examine these early oral stories as pieces of literature and how Western culture has referred to these stories.

 

BUS 161 Human Relations - Human Relations is a course designed to improve students’ ability to function

in the workplace. This class will work on increasing students’ self-awareness and improving their ability to get along with customers, coworkers, and supervisors. The course will build communication and human relation skills.

 

PEC 108 Sports and Society - Explores pervasive appeal of sports in American society. Interrelationships among sport, behavior, culture and social institutions of business, religion, politics, education and family will be examined.

 

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

SIXTH GRADE READING

This course focuses on developing critical thinking/comprehension skills, phonics/structural analysis, language skills, study skills, literary elements and there is an opportunity to read a large number of Accelerated Reading books during the year and complete AR tests.

 

SIXTH GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS

This course focuses on sentence structure, factual and creative writing, dictionary skills, word formation, capitalization, punctuation, parts of speech, homophones, homographs and daily practice of utilizing these skills through the Daily Oral Language (DOL). Leveled Spelling – 25 words/week.

 

SIXTH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES

This series engages students in the study of the development of civilizations, geography, economy, government, and culture of the world’s people. Also includes area map and globe skills, interpreting and creating charts, graphs, and time lines. The series features citizenship and American values. Cooperative learning and questions stimulate students to think about experiences of men, women, and children in different racial, religious, and ethnic groups. Daily Oral Geography (DOG) provides daily exposure to geographical terms and worldwide locations. The purpose is to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of physical and political aspects of the world as they relate to geography.

 

SIXTH GRADE SCIENCE

There are four major blocks in our science program. They include Life Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, and the Human Body. Areas of study are plant and animal life, climate, matter and atoms, light and sound energy, electricity, the Earth’s resources, space, forecasting weather, control systems of the body, and human growth and development.

 

SIXTH GRADE MATH

This course focuses on multiplication and division of 2 and 3 digit number; addition, subtraction, multiplication, division of fractions and decimals; measurement, ratio, and percent. Problem solving is included in all the areas listed above and is transferred to different subject areas when possible. Basic introductory geometry.

 

SEVENTH GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS

This course includes: reading which goes into better listening, thinking, speaking and writing, also grammar, punctuation, spelling, sentence structure and reference work.

SEVENTH GRADE LIFE SCIENCE

Life science is a starting point for students wanting to learn about life. This class deals with the very basic principles of the plant and animal kingdoms. Students have a lab workbook. Lab is held twice a week, the other three days work sheets, workbook and lecture method is used. Students are exposed to the correct way to use laboratory apparatus. How to write a lab write-up is stressed throughout the year. A notebook and taking notes on lab experiments is required.

 

SEVENTH GRADE MATH

This course includes: a careful study of arithmetic; the properties of the set of whole numbers, and then extended to the non-negative rational numbers; and an intuitive study of geometry of plane and space figures.

SEVENTH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES

The study of the Eastern Hemisphere. Students will learn how the people of the Eastern Hemisphere lived in the past and how they live today, as well as learning about the various nations and how they developed.

 

SEVENTH GRADE FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE

In the 7th grade FCS class the students will learn about Character Education. The six pillars of Character Education that are studied are trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, citizenship, and caring. Other character traits will be learned also. Students will engage in many activities that study these six pillars and complete many projects that relate to the six pillars. This class is one quarter in length.

 

SEVENTH GRADE KEYBOARDING

This is a one-quarter course designed to help students learn how to type with the speed and accuracy needed for many areas of Junior and Senior High School courses. Students will learn all alphabetic, punctuation and number keys, develop speed and accuracy, centering, setting tab stops, and using proofreading mark, formatting letters and memos (if time allows).

 

EIGHTH GRADE EARTH SCIENCE

The course, after a brief unit concerning various types of scientists, begins with the study of the nature of the universe. Then, the study "zeroes in" on the earth, by studying in sequence the universe, the galaxies, the solar system, and then the earth itself.

EIGHTH GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS

This reviews the seventh grade program and the grammar goes into more detail with clauses, phrases, note taking and outlining.

 

EIGHTH GRADE MATH

This course includes: the development of computational skills; a study of geometry; a careful treatment of both the U.S. and metric systems of units; and a presentation of open number sentences, relations, and functions.

EIGHTH GRADE SOCIAL STUDIES

A study of U.S. History from the colonization through the Viet Nam War.

 

EIGHTH GRADE FAMILY & CONSUMER SCIENCE

The 8th grade FCS class is one semester in length. The students will cover a wide range of family and consumer science topics from clothing and textiles, leadership, housing and interiors, food and nutrition, child development, drugs and alcohol, and sex education. Students will complete many projects within each area, including a clothing project of the student’s choice.

EIGHTH GRADE KEYBOARDING

This is a one-semester course designed to review and reinforce keyboarding skills learned in their one-quarter course in 7th grade (see seventh grade course description). From the 7th grade foundation, students will earn to correctly format reports, envelopes, business letters, personal business letters, standard and simplified memos, multicolumn tables, outlines, etc.

 

JUNIOR HIGH BAND

Junior high band includes working on fundamentals of marching (in the fall) scale techniques, rhythms, and new materials. Prepares the student for high school band.

 

JUNIOR HIGH CHORUS

A general course for preparing the student for high school vocal music. It includes working on melodies, learning about and singing two, three, or four part music, recognizing parts and harmony and also includes some musical history.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HEALTH INFORMATION

 

HEALTH SERVICES

The primary object of school health services as provided by our professional school nurse is to strengthen the educational process of children and youth by assisting them to improve or adapt to their health status. In cases of illness, the child should stay home to preserve their health and the health of other students. If a child becomes ill at school, he/she will be taken to the health room. Parents will be notified to pick up the child at the school. Students will be sent home for temperatures, persistent headaches, and flu symptoms. Parents should make arrangements to pick up their child as soon as possible after being notified by the school. Parents will be notified of injuries on school grounds and the supervisor of that activity will complete an accident report.  IN CASE OF EXTREME EMERGENCY-911 WILL BE CALLED AND THE PARENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED.

 

MEDICATION POLICY

Whenever possible, the parent or guardian should make arrangements so that medication can be administered at home, before and after school. However, the school recognizes that some students may require medication be given during the school day. Medications will be administered only when the following requirements are met (state law).

  1. The school and school personnel are are permitted to supply aspirin or Tylenol with a signed permission form from parents.
  2. No medication will be administered without written consent from the child’s parent or legal guardian.
  3. A parental signature signed and dated on a statement requesting and authorizing school personnel to administer the medication in accord with the prescription or parent request shall be filed at school. A sample form is available on the next page.

 

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION AND REQUIRED LAWS

Prescription medication must be brought to the school in a container provided and properly labeled by the dispensing pharmacist with the physician’s order for the medication. Proper labeling for school containers includes:

  • Name of Student
  • Name of Physician
  • Prescription number and date prescribed
  • Name and address of pharmacy
  • Directions for administration and time(s) to be given at school
  • Special storage instructions (i.e. refrigeration required)

 

NON-PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS

Non-prescription or over-the-counter medications must be in the original manufacturer’s container and labeled with the student’s name. The parental request accompanying the medication must specify when the medication is to be given and the dosage for the individual student. School personnel will not exceed the recommended dosage or frequency the medication can be given as stated on the label. The nurse may also determine that an over-the-counter medication order by a parent could be detrimental to the student. In this case, the registered nurse may refuse to administer the medication and will inform the parent of the reason in writing.

 

STORAGE OF MEDICATION

All medication including over-the-counter (i.e. Aspirin and Tylenol) will be locked in a cabinet in the  office until the student requires the medication. Only appropriate personnel shall have access to the locked cabinet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MEDICATION PERMISSION FORM

 

The Stanton Community School District requires that all students who need medication during school hours must do the the following:

 

1.  Present a written and dated request consent form signed by the parent.

 

2.  Bring the medication in the original prescription bottle, properly labeled by a registered pharmacist as prescribed by law. (Ask the pharmacy for 2 bottles)

 

Long term medication may be given by the school district personnel provided that the prescribing physician completes the district medication form.

 

Name of Student:                                                                                                                                                    

 

Date of Birth:                                                                                                                                            

 

Grade:                                                                                                                                                        

 

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TO BE COMPLETED BY PHYSICIAN

 

Name of medication:                                                                                                                                              

 

Specific time(s) and dose(s) to be given at school:                                                                                           

 

Are there any restrictions?                                             If yes, what and how long?                                        

 

                                                                                                                                                                                   

 

Printed name of Physician:                                                                                                                                    

 

Signature of Physician:                                                                                                                           

 

Date:                                                                                                                                                                          

 

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TO BE COMPLETED BY PARENT/GUARDIAN

 

I,                                                                                                       , give my permission for my child to receive the above medication as directed at school.

 

Parent/Guardian Signature:                                                                                                                                   

 

Telephone Number:                                                                                                                                                

 

Date: