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Welcome to Sylvan Hills High School—a school rich in tradition and academic excellence! The purpose of this handbook is to provide you with the information that will help assure your success as a member of our outstanding student body. It will tell you exactly what is expected of you and what services and benefits you may expect from your school.
We challenge you to make the most of the opportunities provided to you during the school year. We encourage you to demonstrate courtesy and respect to those with whom you come into contact. These character traits are the key to developing a place where everyone wants to be.
Mr. Tracy Allen, Principal
Ms. Charlotte Wallace, Assistant Principal
Mr. Y'vone West, Assistant Principal
Ms.Quynci Williams, Assistant Principal
Sylvan Hills High School will provide a safe, educationally challenging environment while encouraging realistic career goals and school pride.
Engaged Learning is…
Student led and active.
Learning through inquiry.
Demonstrating responsibility for learning.
Problem solving and higher-level thinking.
Are subject area experts.
Facilitate student learning.
Know their students and have good rapport with them.
“O, hail to thee, the white and blue, Oh, Sylvan Hills, we shall be true.
We shall guard your name with pride, and spread your fame both far and wide.
You have taught us loyalty; your truth shall be our guiding light,
When through your portals we depart,
Oh Sylvan Hills, be in our hearts.”
School Colors: Blue and White
School Mascot: Bears
Students who are tardy for the school day for such reasons as oversleeping, missing the bus, or being transported late by private vehicles will be given an unexcused tardy. A parent signature does NOT mean that the student is excused.
Students must check in with the office when they arrive on campus any time after the first tardy bell. Failure to check in with the office will result in an automatic unexcused tardy. Students must also sign out in the office before they leave campus. Failure to do so is considered out of designated area.
The following course of action will be taken when students are tardy to a class:
1st tardy- Student will be assigned 1 day of Detention Hall.
2nd tardy- Student will be assigned 1 day of Detention Hall.
3rd tardy- Student will be assigned 1 day of In-School Suspension (ISS). If ISS is full, the student will be sent home for a day. Note: The teacher will document the tardy on an office referral.
4th tardy- Student will be assigned to 2 days of In-School Suspension (ISS). If ISS is full, the student will be sent home for a day. Note: The teacher will document the tardy on an office referral.
5th or more tardy- Student will be assigned 1 day Out of School Suspension (OSS) for each tardy and a parent/administrator conference will be scheduled. Note: The teacher will document the tardy on an office referral.
CHECKING IN OR OUT:
Check out of a student must be by a parent or someone approved to check the student out. Students who are not of legal age are not allowed to check themselves out. The check-out sheet must be signed by a parent or guardian before the student can leave. Parents may call to check out students at other times during the day (that is not during any lunch period) at the time of checkout if the student drives. Students will not be called to the office to check out until the parent arrives to pick them up. No exceptions. Students may not be checked out by notes.
NO TELEPHONE CHECKOUTS MAY BE DONE FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE FIRST LUNCH UNTIL THE END OF THE LAST LUNCH. NO EXCEPTIONS!!! If a student does need to be checked out during lunch, the parent must come in the office and check the student out.
If students miss 15 minutes of any class, the student is ABSENT for that class. CLASSES WILL NOT BE CALLED AFTER 3:30 P.M. TO CHECK OUT STUDENTS.
All students leaving campus MUST ALWAYS check out through the office. Failure to sign out in the office may be considered out of designated area.
Signing a student in or out or telephoning the school is not considered documentation for an excused absence and will not take the place of the required documentation. Students who check in or out during the school day will incur additional absences that will be considered excessive.
In order to participate in extra-curricular activities, the student must be present for at least 4 periods the day of the activity.
MAKE UP WORK
If a student is going to be absent more than five (5) days, the parent may call the office and request work for a student on the 5th day absence. Teachers must be given at least 24 hours to prepare packets for the student’s parent to pick up in the office. If a parent requests the work, teachers will specify when they want the work turned in.
The infraction levels and corresponding consequences are discussed in the PCSSD Parent/Student Handbook 2015-2016.
Detention will be during each lunch. Students must report to the designated area by the bell that will ring 4 minutes after the start of lunch. Students must bring work with them to detention hall. Students will be escorted to lunch at a specified time and must sit in a designated area and eat lunch or sit quietly for the remainder of the lunch period. Students will be assigned additional detention hall days for not following these rules. Students will be assigned to detention hall for misbehavior in the cafeteria or hallways, being tardy, and 1st time parking violations.
If a student is absent from school or checks in after 1st lunch starts, the student must attend d-hall on the next school day that the student is present. Students will not be called in to be reassigned. If the student is at school and fails to attend d-hall on the assigned scheduled day, the student will be assigned one (1) day of In-School Suspension (ISS). If ISS is not available, the student will be suspended out-of-school (OSS) for one day. The suspension will be the next school day. Continued failure to attend d-hall will result in further disciplinary action.
PCSSD DRESS CODE POLICY
Expectations for student dress are clearly outlined in the PCSSD dress code policy identified below. It is understood, however, that building principals have the discretion to determine “a mode of dress that disrupts the educational process.” While it is impossible to identify all modes of dress that might be considered disruptive, it is the intent of PCSSD to provide parents and students as much clarity as possible regarding proper attire. You will also find below a list of examples that constitute district expectations.
"A student will not practice a mode of dress that disrupts the educational process, calls attention to the individual, violates federal, state or local law, or affects the welfare and safety of students and teachers. Furthermore, students are prohibited from obscene, lewd or vulgar comments or designs and wearing clothing directed toward or intended to threaten, intimidate or demean an individual or group of individuals as well as items advertising alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs.
Examples of Expected Dress in Secondary Schools:
The following items are examples of what PCSSD believes is needed to ensure order and consistency in all secondary schools. The principal or designee will provide further clarification when needed:
BOOK BAG/BACKPACKS/PURSES/SLING BACKPACKS/ATHLETIC BAGS
Students may only bring clear or mesh book bags in class. If a student brings a book bag that does not meet the requirements, the book bag will be confiscated. Purses, wristlets, and wallets of any size, sling backpacks, and athletic bags must be kept in the student’s locker – including during lunch. This policy is for students, faculty, and staff protection. The consequences will be the same as the consequences for Dress Code Violation.
The consequences are as follows:
1st offense – a written warning, parent conference, and documentation of the violation, and the student must correct the violation before attending any classes.
2nd offense – 1 day in school suspension (ISS)
3rd offense – 2 days in school suspension (ISS)
4th offense – 1 day out of school suspension (OSS), parent conference
5th offense – 2 days out of school suspension (OSS)
6th offense – 4 days out of school suspension (OSS) and probation
7th offense – Recommendation for expulsion
If a student chooses not to correct the violation of the dress code, the student will be sent to in school suspension from the time of the violation in addition to the consequences above.
ITEMS NOT ALLOWED AT SHHS
Students may not have toys, stuffed animals, blankets, etc. (anything that has no educational purpose) at SHHS at any time.
STUDENT IDENTIFICATION BADGES
ALL STUDENTS MUST WEAR IDENTIFICATION BADGES AT ALL TIMES DURING THE SCHOOL DAY. Each student will be issued an ID card at the beginning of the school year. The ID badges must be worn around the neck on a school issued lanyard and must be visible. ID badges are not to be worn on any other part of the body.
Temporary ID badges can be bought between 8:00 A.M.-8:25 A.M. for $1. Any student wishing to purchase temporary ID badges after 8:25 will result in a tardy and the disciplinary actions that follow. Students who do not obtain an ID badge will be assigned to ISS (In-School-Suspension) for that day and will stay all day. Students will not be allowed in the classroom without an ID.
Students are not to mutilate ID badges, i.e. cutting, chewing, taping, painting, adding decorations, or stickers, etc. Students must immediately purchase replacement ID badges if the ID badge is altered. If the name, photo, and color strips are not visible, the student will need to purchase a new ID immediately. The cost of the ID badge is $3 and the cost of the lanyard is $2 ($5 for both). Students who do not display their ID badge around their necks are subject to a D-HALL at any time.
Student schedules for the school year are determined by student’s request in the previous spring. It is not possible to make changes later in the semester. Students should include the alternate class request in the order they want the classes in case it becomes necessary to select a class for the “alternate” list. ALL schedule changes must be in writing and approved by the principal.
Semester tests must be taken by all students to fulfill course requirements. If the test cannot be taken at the regular time, the parent must put the request in writing to the principal. The student must have approval of the principal BEFORE the test is missed. Semester tests are usually scheduled for the last four (4) days of each semester. All students need to be at school for testing. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO CHECK-OUT DURING SEMESTER TESTS. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Time outside of the classroom is time away from instruction. Students may not leave class without a hall pass and the teacher’s permission. Students must have a hall pass when they are outside the room during class time. A student should not be in the cafeteria, on the patio, or in front of the gym during lunch with a hall pass. In order to protect instruction, students are not allowed out of class for the first ten minutes of class and the last ten minutes of class.
OFF LIMITS AREA
Before School: Juniors and seniors must remain in the cafeteria and/or patio before school. Sophomores and freshmen are to report to the gym. Students are not allowed in the hallways before school. All hallways are closed until the first bell rings each morning unless the student is going to the Media Center (open at 7:55 a.m.) or to the main office to get an ID badge; this student must enter through the north main entrance. Students are to enter the building through the outside cafeteria doors. Bus students will enter the building through the outside doors by the choir doors by the gym. All other areas, including student lockers, are off limits before the first bell.
At lunch: Students must remain in the cafeteria OR patio during lunch. Students are not to be on the stairwell. The parking lot is off limits during the school day. Students are not to use their cars as a place to hold books and other belongings that are needed during the school day.
Other areas: The football stadium area is off limits unless the student is there with a teacher. Faculty bathrooms are also off limits to students.
A parking permit cost is $15 and must be purchased for every car parked on campus. New students or new drivers may purchase a permit at $15 for a two-week period following their new status. After two weeks of enrollment, parking permits will cost $20. Permits will be displayed by hanging from the rear view mirror. If permit is not displayed in a student’s vehicle within the beginning two weeks of school, that student may be subject to disciplinary action and may lose driving privileges at SHHS. Replacement permits are $10.00. When you receive your parking permit from the office, you will also be given additional rules and regulations regarding parking/driving.
In order to minimize disruption of the school day, no deliveries of flowers, balloons, or other gifts will be accepted for students.
EVERY student must have a locker. Students will only be permitted to go to their lockers when the first bell rings at 8:20 a.m. and during class changes. Students are not to go to their lockers during class.
Only school issued locks may be used. All other locks will be removed. These locks should be kept locked at all times to ensure the safety of books and personal property. Students are not allowed to put their belongings in any other lockers beside the one issued to them. Students are not permitted to change lockers without permission from the office. Signs, posters, and other objects should not be attached to the outside of lockers.
Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will pay a SHHS student fee of $20.00; seniors will pay a $25.00 student fee.
Students may bring sack lunches from home, or they may eat in the cafeteria. Food or drinks from outside restaurants may not be brought to school for students.
No food or drink will be taken from the cafeteria at any time. There will be no food in the hallways, stairways, class-rooms, or patio.
Students should enter the cafeteria in an orderly manner and get in one of the lunch lines. Students should be in a single-file line and face the front of the line. Students may not walk up to other students who are in line for ANY reason. Cutting in the lunch line will result in the student being sent to the end of the line. Students are to remain seated while in the cafeteria.
Students should be in the cafeteria or on the patio area except if the student is: 1.) Checking in or out; 2.) Going to the Media Center; 3.) Going to the counselors’ office.
The office telephone is for school business purposes only. Students may use the student phone in the office only if they are ill or have administrative permission. Students will not be called to the telephone. Messages to students will not be delivered unless it is an emergency that has been verified by an administrator. Please make sure that students know transportation plans and other necessary information before they arrive at school.
ALL VISTORS MUST REPORT IMMEDIATELY TO THE OFFICE TO OBTAIN A VISTOR’S PASS. A visitor is anyone not currently enrolled at Sylvan Hills High School. This pass must be attached to outer garments where it can be seen at all times. Students are not to bring children on campus during the school day. Of course, parents are always welcome at school. In order for parents to visit their student’s classrooms, the administration must be notified 24 hours in advance.
Former students may not stop by to visit because this disrupts the educational process. Because of possible interference or distraction, students who are not enrolled at SHHS are not allowed in the classrooms, cafeteria, gyms, parking lot, or any area of PCSSD property during the school day.