High School Student Handbook
Welcome to Ulen-Hitterdal High School. This handbook has been prepared for the students and parents of our school. Each student will receive a copy of this handbook on the first day of school. A Ulen-Hitterdal faculty member will review the handbook with the students. Students are to take the handbook home and review it with their parents. We require that the parent(s) read the handbook, sign the last page of this handbook and return it to the school. This is our method of assuring that all parents are aware of the rules, regulations and policies stated in this handbook.
A handbook cannot possibly cover all questions and situations that may arise. Therefore, we urge you to seek answers to your questions from the faculty and administration of the Ulen-Hitterdal High School.
“THE MISSION OF THE ULEN-HITTERDAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
IS TO PROVIDE A SAFE POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT IN WHICH ALL ARE OFFERED
THE OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE, GROW, AND BECOME LIFELONG LEARNERS
In compliance with (1) Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, (2) Title IX of the Education amendments of 1972. (3) Minnesota Statues Chapter 363.03. 128.21 and 173, (4) EDU 4-1974 amendments, and any other Federal or State laws pertaining to discrimination; it is the policy of Independent School District #914 and its employees not to discriminate against any student or employee because of race, color, creed, religion, National Origin, sex, marital, or economic status, or status with regard to public assistance or disability.
HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY
Kari Hendrickx, Ag Education
Elizabeth Rockstad, Art
Rob Anderson, Band/Music
Kylie Anderson, Chorus
Daryl Bubbers, Computer / Bus. Ed
Rhonda Sweeney, English
Samantha Stock, English
Kathleen Evenson, Math
Brett Maass, Math
Kelly Anderson, PE/Health
Josh Karch, Science
Cassandra Hoseth, Spanish
Penny Herzog, Special Education
Sue McCracken, Special Education
Julie Mies, Special Education
Karen Schultz, Speech
Mark Hemmberger, Social
Joy Green, Bookkeeper
Kristie Schneidermann, Cook
Jocie Herzog, Cook
Bob Schultz, Custodian
Wendy Fevig, Custodian
Judy Green, Custodian/Food Service
Julie Klemetson, Food Service
Lori Busby, Instructional Assistant
Val Johnson, Instructional Assistant
Shelly Hilde, Instructional Assistant
Wanda Wang, Instructional Assistant
Brigid Pender, Instructional Assistant
Arlene Kjos, Instructional Assistant
Lonnie Braseth, Secretary
Michelle Jirik, Secretary
Mark Schreiner, Transportation
Therese Vogel, Voc. Guidance Assistant / Community Ed.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
|STATEMENT OF POLICY|
|DANGEROUS, HARMFUL AND NUISANCE SUBSTANCES/ARTICLES|
|WILLFUL DAMAGE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY|
|REMOVAL FROM CLASS|
|PUPIL FAIR DISMISSAL ACT|
|HARASSMENT REPORT FORM|
|ATTENDANCE AND TRUANCY|
|OPEN NOON HOUR|
|DRIVING TO SCHOOL|
|ACADEMIC BEHAVIOR POLICY|
|ELIGIBILITY RULES AT UHHS|
|BUS REGULATIONS FOR STUDENTS ACTIVITIES|
|BUS RULES FOR ALL STUDENTS|
|SPECIAL NOTE TO 18 YEAR OLDS|
|STUDENT PERSONAL CONDUCT GUIDELINES|
|JUNIOR HIGH CLASSES|
|EYE PROTECTION DEVICES FOR STUDENTS|
|SPECIAL EDUCATION FILES|
|PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE|
|RELIGION IN U-H SCHOOL|
|VISITORS, PETS, & Electronic Devices|
ULEN-HITTERDAL HIGH SCHOOL
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
STATEMENT OF POLICY
Ulen-Hitterdal School Board, administrators and staff firmly believe that learning can best take place in an orderly environment. Students can best learn individual responsibility and gain maturity through opportunities within the school setting. Therefore, the school board and district administrators will support district personnel who, in dealing with students on disciplinary matters, act in accordance with State statute, State Board of Education regulations and this policy.
Every student should remember that he/she writes his/her record; but once written, that record cannot be changed. Students should also know that their record follows them when securing employment, entering the armed forces or enrolling in a university or college. The importance, therefore, of a good high school record cannot be overemphasized. An excellent record, high marks, good attendance, unquestionable behavior, and a high rating in personality and character traits should be the goal of every student in the Ulen-Hitterdal High School.
Attitude is defined as a manner of acting, feeling, or thinking. Attitudes toward academic subjects, and school in general, should be one of challenge; a challenge that students should do their utmost to meet. Student attitudes toward teachers and others in authority should be one of respect, for the staff are sincerely concerned and interested in preparing students for a worthwhile future.
BULLYING AND OTHER SCHOOL DISRUPTIONS
Any student or guest of a student who disturbs or interrupts the peace and good order of the school or school-sponsored activities will be subject to disciplinary action. It is the policy of the Ulen-Hitterdal School District to adhere to a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY toward all unacceptable behaviors.
It is the policy of the Ulen-Hitterdal School District that a reasonably cooperative effort be maintained between the school administration and law enforcement agencies. Law enforcement officials may be summoned to conduct an investigation of alleged criminal conduct on the school premises or during a school-sponsored activity or to maintain the educational environment. They may also be summoned to maintain or restore order when the presence of such officers is necessary to prevent injury to persons or property. Administrators have the responsibility and the authority to determine when the assistance of law enforcement officers is necessary within their respective jurisdictions. The school district’s administrators shall at all times act in a manner that protects and guarantees the rights of students and parents.
The following constitute unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated:
1) Willful conduct, which disrupts the rights of others to an education.
2) Willful conduct, which endangers school district employees, the pupil or other pupils, or the property of the school.
3) Willful violation of any rule of conduct specified in this discipline policy.
4) Bullying or harassment of students and/or staff be it physical, verbal written or sexual.
5) Physical assault.
6) Inappropriate language at school, school-sponsored activities, or on school grounds.
7) Willful refusal to follow a direction/order by school personnel.
8) Failure to provide proper identification upon request of a staff member.
9) Violation of any federal, state, or local law, i.e., alcohol, tobacco, drug violations.
10) Disrespectful towards other students and staff members..
DANGEROUS, HARMFUL AND NUISANCE SUBSTANCES/ARTICLES
Alcohol:Students are prohibited from using, possessing, or being under the influence
of alcoholic beverages at school, on school grounds, or at school-sponsored activities.
Drugs: Students are prohibited from using, possessing, distributing, or being under the influence of illegal drugs or narcotics at school, school-sponsored activities, or on school grounds.
Tobacco: Tobacco possession and or use are prohibited at school, school-sponsored activities, or on school grounds.
Weapons: It shall be a violation of the school’s policy on violence and weapons for any pupil or staff member to possess a firearm or a dangerous weapon when in the school building, on school grounds, or at any school-related activity. Weapons are identified in two categories:
(A) Articles designed or commonly used to inflict bodily harm and/or to intimidate other persons. Examples are: firearms, whether loaded or unloaded, knives, clubs, metal knuckles, numchuks, throwing stars, explosives, stunguns, ammunition, chains, pellet guns, look-alike guns, and other nonfunctioning guns that could be used to threaten others;
(B) Articles designed for other purposes but which are used to inflict bodily harm and/or intimidate. Examples are: belts, combs, pencils, files, scissors, compasses, etc.
The Violence Prevention and Weapons Policy are on file in the school office.
Harmful or Nuisance Articles: The possession or use of articles that are nuisances, illegal, or that may cause harm to persons or property is prohibited at school and school-sponsored activities. It is legal for lockers to be searched.
The purpose of this policy is to enhance the education of students by establishing expectations of dress and grooming that are related to educational goals and community standards.
A. It is the policy of this school district to encourage students to be dressed appropriately for school activities and in keeping with community standards. This is a joint responsibility of the student and the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s).
B. Appropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following:
C. Inappropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to, the following:
D. Hats are not allowed in the building except with the approval of the building principal (i.e. Student undergoing chemotherapy; medical situations).
E. It is not the intention of this policy to abridge the rights of students to express political, Religious, philosophical, or similar opinions by wearing apparel on which such messages are stated. Such messages are acceptable as long as they are not lewd, vulgar, obscene, and defamatory, profane or do not advocate violence or harassment against others.
F. “Gang,” as defined in this policy, means any ongoing organization, association or group of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, having as one of its primary activities the commission of one or more criminal acts, which has an identifiable name or identifying sign or symbol, and whose members individually or collectively engage in or whose members engaged in a pattern of criminal gang activity. “Pattern of gang activity” means the commission, attempt to commit, conspiring to commit, or solicitation of two or more criminal acts, provided the criminal acts were committed on separate dates Or by two or more persons who are members of or belong to the same criminal street gang.
G. When, in the judgment of the administration, a student’s appearance, grooming, or mode of dress interferes with or disrupts the educational process or school activities, or poses a threat to the health or safety of the student or others, the student will be directed to make modifications or will be sent home for the day. Parents/guardians will be notified.
H. The administration may recommend a form of dress considered appropriate for a specific event and communicate the recommendation to students and parents/guardians.
I. Likewise, an organized student group may recommend a form of dress for students considered appropriate for a specific event and make such recommendation to the administration for approval
WILLFUL DAMAGE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY:
Willful damage is the intentional cutting, defacing, or otherwise injuring of any property, real or personal, belonging to the school district. Students will be required to pay replacement costs for lost or damaged items, books, etc. Student actions that cause damage to school will result in suspension from school, payment for damages and/or the school’s turning the case over to law enforcement officers for investigation.
Disciplinary actions may include, but are not limited to:
- parent(s) called
- meeting with the teacher, and/or administration, and referral to social worker
- loss of school privileges
- parental conference with staff
- exclusion from extracurricular activities
- modified school programs
- removal from class
- in-school suspension
- suspension from school
It is the responsibility of the student to inform his or her parents/guardian about any disciplinary action and resulting consequences as it affects him/her.
REMOVAL FROM CLASS:
Removal is the short-term exclusion of a student from class during which the school retains custody of the student. When the student creates an immediate and substantial danger to himself/herself, other people or property; or disrupts the rights of others to an education; he/she will be removed.
Suspension is the short-term exclusion of the student from school during which the school is relieved of the custody of the child. Suspension, exclusion, and expulsion shall be utilized in accordance with The Pupil Fair Dismissal Act of 1974 as amended. Parents will be notified in writing and/or personal phone contact when a student is suspended from school.
FAIR DISMISSAL ACT:
The Pupil Fair Dismissal Act of 1974 is an act relating to public education; establishing grounds and procedures for the suspension, exclusion, and expulsion of public school pupils; repealing Minnesota Statutes 1971, Section 127.071. A copy of this act is available at the high school office. This act shall apply to all pupils. However, in the case of students with Individual Education Plans (IEP), a team meeting shall occur within five school days of suspension. The team shall determine whether the misconduct is related to the handicapping condition, review any assessments and determine the need for further assessments, and review the IEP and amend the goals and objectives or develop an alternative IEP program. A pupil with an IEP, may be placed in a more restrictive alternative. When it is determined in a team meeting or a Pupil Fair Dismissal Act preceding that a pupil’s misconduct is related to the pupil’s handicapping condition, then the assessment, IEP, and least restrictive environment shall be reviewed.
DISTRICT #914 POLICY AGAINST RELIGIOUS, RACIAL AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT BULLYING AND VIOLENCE
1. Everyone at District 914 has a right to feel respected and safe. Consequently, we want you to know about our policy to prevent religious, racial or sexual harassment and violence of any kind.
2. A harasser may be a student or an adult. Harassment may include the following when related to religion, race, sex, or gender.
calling, jokes or rumors;
b. pulling on clothing;
d. notes or cartoons;
e. unwelcome touching of a person or clothing;
f. offensive or graphic posters or book covers; or
g. any words or actions that make you feel uncomfortable, embarrass you, hurt your feelings or make you feel bad.
3. If any words or actions make you feel uncomfortable or fearful, you need to tell a teacher, counselor, the principal or the Human Rights Officer, Allen Zenor.
4. You may also make a written report. It should be given to a teacher, counselor, the principal or the Human Rights Officer.
5. Your right to privacy will be respected as much as possible.
6. We take seriously all reports of religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence and will take all appropriate actions based on you report.
7. The School District will also take action if anyone tries to intimidate you or take action to harm you because you have reported.
8. This is a summary of the School District policy against religious, racial and sexual harassment and violence. Complete policies are available in the U-H District office upon request.
RELIGIOUS, RACIAL AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND VIOLENCE ARE AGAINST THE LAW.DISCRIMINATION IS AGAINST THE LAW.
CONTACT: Allen Zenor
HUMAN RIGHTS OFFICER
Independent School District #914 maintains a firm policy prohibiting all forms of discrimination. Religious, racial or sexual harassment or violence against students or employees is discrimination. All persons are to be treated with respect and dignity. Sexual violence, sexual advances or other forms of religious, racial or sexual harassment by any pupil, teacher, administrator or other school personnel, which create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
Home Address _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Work Address __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Home Phone _______________________ Work Phone _________________
Date of Alleged Incident(s) ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Circle as appropriate SEXUAL RACIAL RELIGIOUS
Name of person you believe harassed or was violent toward you or another person.
If the alleged harassment or violence was toward another person, identify
Describe the incident(s) as clearly as possible, including such things as:
what force, if any, was used; any verbal statements (i.e. threats, requests,
demands, etc.); what, if any, physical contact was involved; (Attach additional
pages if necessary.) _________
Where and when did the incident(s) occur? ________________________________________________________________________________________
List any witnesses who were present. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
This complaint is filed based on my honest belief that has harassed or has been violent to me or another person.
I hereby certify that the information I have provided in this complaint is true, correct and complete to the best of my knowledge and belief.______________________________________________________________ (Complainant Signature) (Date)
POLICY FOR ABSENCES, EXCUSES, & TARDIES
Regular attendance is critical to a pupil’s performance and progress at school. Children under the age of 16 in the State of Minnesota are subject to compulsory education. BY law, children are allowed to be absent from school with a valid excuse.
When a student returns to school after an absence, he/she is to report to the office with a written excuse signed by the parent or guardian. The excuse must state the day or days missed and the reason for the absence. If the reason is a valid excuse the absence will be excused. If the excuse fails to include the above information, is not signed by a parent or guardian and/or is not valid, the excuse will be rejected and therefore considered unexcused.
According to Minnesota Statute 260A.02 a child shall be considered Continuing Truant if he/she is absent from instruction in a school without a valid excuse within a single school year for three or more class periods on three days if the child is in a junior or senior high school.
According to Minnesota Statute 260A.03 the school must notify the parent/legal
guardian when a child is Continuing Truant. The notification
- notice that the child is Continuing Truant
- if there is an excuse it must be presented
- there will be a meeting to solve the problem
- and ultimately the parents as well as the child could end up in court.
All students leaving during the course of the school day must get a makeup slip from the office after turning in written or verbal notification. If a student fails to comply, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken. If the administration believes other reasons, other than illness, may underlie the repeated absences medical verification may be requested. In order to receive credit a student cannot be absent more than seven class periods in a trimester. ALL absences not school related would count toward the total of seven (this includes medical appointments, working at home, family vacations etc.) If a student misses more than seven class periods in a trimester, he/she will be required to make up the time-missed hour for hour up to 10 absences to receive credit. If a student is absent more than 10 class periods in a trimester, the student will receive no credit (NC) for that class period. In EXTREME cases a waiver may be granted to a student who misses more than 10 class periods. Decisions will be made by the administration on an individual basis. If a student receives NC in a class they will be required to make arrangements to make up for the credits missed. Credit will be accrued on a trimester basis.
First trimester----grade of B
Second trimester---No Academic Credit (NC,) due to lack of attendance
Final result------Grade of D, academic credit 1/2
Any student more than 15 minutes late to class will be considered absent.
ALL ABSENCES, EXCUSED, UNEXCUSED, AND HOURLY APPOINTMENTS WILL BE CALCULATED IN DETERMINING IF THE REQUIRED TIME IS ADEQUATE FOR CREDIT ACCORDING TO THE ABOVE GUIDELINES. . The following items will not be considered absences: school sponsored activities, religious release time, and suspension from school.
When a student returns to school after an absence, he/she is to report to the office with a written excuse signed by the parent or guardian. The excuse must state the day or days missed and the reason for the absence. If the excuse fails to include the above information and/or is not signed by a parent or guardian the excuse will be rejected and therefore considered unexcused. Unexcused absences will result in the student receiving no credit for the work missed.
Make-Up Slips are required for all students in order to enter class after an absence. A student will have two school days to complete make-up work for each day missed. Extensions may be granted at the teacher’s discretion.
Attention: Students in Grades 7, 8 and 9 (trimester 1)
- Teachers will communicate to you all missed assignments on the make-up slip.
- Students in grades 7, 8, and 9 will be required to have and carry an assignment book. The assignment book will also serve as a pass
Attention: Students in Grade 9 (trimester 2) and Grades 10, 11, 12
Students themselves are solely responsible for completion of make-up work within the allotted time. Instructors will give assistance to a student who needs help as a result of an excused absence but are under no obligation in the case of an unexcused absence except to provide, orally or in writing, the assignment necessary to complete the work missed.
Grade value of late assignments and/or unexcused make-up work will
be at the discretion of the teacher
Students are expected to be in the classroom and ready for work when the bell rings. If you are late to school, you MUST report to the office before going to class. Failure to report to the office may result in detention and or ISS. If a student comes late to class unexcused, the student will be considered tardy. After being tardy three times in a twelve week grading period a student will be required to spend one hour in detention. In addition 3 tardies will equal 1 absence.
All incomplete work must be completed at the end of the trimester unless a student has an excused make-up slip, which is not overdue. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure time limits are followed.
Students are expected to be in class by 8:25 A.M. and will be released at 3:20 P.M. Students are not to be in the building before 8:00 A.M. or after 3:25 P.M. unless they are in a supervised activity or waiting for a rural bus. Students may leave during the school day only with permission from the office and an excuse from a parent/guardian or staff member. Students must sign out at the office before leaving the building. Students may not drive a vehicle during the school day.
Teachers will not grant a pass to have students working on projects unless the teacher is there to supervise. Any teacher may ask to see the student’s pass when seen in the hallways.
We operate a closed campus policy. Students must stay on the school grounds starting with the first period of the day, until dismissal or until they are picked up by the bus. Any student leaving the school grounds must sign out at the office.
Situations involving extreme hardship and those situations that cannot be taken
care of at any other time, will be issued a special pass during the lunch period. This
pass will be issued by the Noon Supervisor upon approval of a written application
from a parent.
OPEN NOON HOUR
Juniors and seniors may leave campus during noon hour with prior written approval from their parent or guardian. In order to receive open noon hour privileges students must have 3 or fewer absences and 1 or less tardies per trimester. Students must be academically eligible as well as chemically eligible. No vehicles will be driven during this time. If the privilege is abused, noon hour will be closed. All other students must remain in the commons or outside in front of the school.
DRIVING TO SCHOOL:
Since the school district provides transportation for students, it is ordinarily not necessary for a student to drive a car to school. If it is necessary for a student to drive a car to school, the car is not to be driven at any time during the day. At the time school is dismissed, cars are not to leave until after the buses have left on their routes. This is necessary as a safety precaution because of the number of students outside the school building. Student parking is provided on the south end of the building.
ULEN-HITTERDAL ACADEMIC BEHAVIOR POLICY
* Every student will follow the provisions of the U-H Academic Behavior Policy unless modifications are otherwise stipulated in a Special Education Individual Education Plan (IEP) or a Section 504 Student Accommodation Plan.
EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS
1. comply with the teachers’ classroom rules;
2. be present in class with the required assignments/activities and materials;
3. participate in class according to teachers’ expectations;
4. set aside and use study time to prepare for class;
5. display responsible behavior and attitude in own learning;
6 accept academic assistance from teachers and paraprofessionals;
7. keep track of and complete make up activities within the allotted time . . . two days for each day missed . . . in advance for planned absences.
1. employ an objective and consistent grading system;
2. explain evaluation system to student at beginning of each grading period;
3. periodically apprise students, parents/guardians, and administration of student’s academic progress;
4. be available to discuss student’s academic progress;
5. follow this procedure when realizing a student’s potential to fail a class:
a. meet with student,
b. notify office, and
c. notify parents/guardians.
EXPECTATIONS FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS
1. enforce student’s attendance;
2. monitor completion of assigned activities;
3. be available to discuss student’s academic progress.
EXPECTATIONS FOR ADMINISTRATION (with School Board support)
1. provide relevant, appropriate curricula/courses;
2. keep on file a copy of each teacher’s evaluation system;
3. be available to discuss student’s academic progress;
4. offer remediation counseling.
Students participating in any extracurricular activities must follow the rules of the Minnesota State High School League and Ulen-Hitterdal High School. Any student reported to the office due to unacceptable behavior maybe excluded from an extracurricular activity. Extracurricular activities include athletics, pep band, and all allied activities like FFA, class officerships, musicals, student council, activity officerships, etc. Students who violate any Minnesota State High School League rule will automatically forfeit the privilege of class and activity officerships, homecoming honors, etc.
Beginning the fall of 2004, all high school students must work concessions one time per school year in order to attend the Junior-Senior Prom free of charge. Those juniors and seniors who have not worked concessions a minimum of one time per school year will be charged a fee of $50 to participate in the banquet, grand march, and dance. If the students don't work concessions and don't pay the fee, they will not be allowed to participate in Prom activities.
RULES AT UHHS:
Academic Eligibility Policy
1. Eligibility for all extracurricular and co-curricular activities will be based on failing grades issued by teachers at or near the end of the third, sixth, ninth, and final week of each trimester academic period. Ineligible students who do not participate in any extra or co-curricular activities will lose privileges and Internet use privileges for the same penalty periods stated in the policy.
2. Third, Sixth, Ninth week provisions:
a. Should a teacher issue a failing grade for any class
for the 3rd, 6th, and or ninth week of any trimester, the student will be subject
to a seven calendar day warning or grace period. During this time, the
student remains eligible but must raise the grade to passing status by 3:45
p.m. of the 7th day.
b. In a time and manner determined by the principal, teachers shall inform the principal of all students receiving a failing grade (s) for the reporting period. As soon as is reasonably possible, the principal shall inform the student and the parents of the dates of the warning period. It is the student's responsibility to raise the grade (s) from failing status to passing status. If the grade becomes a passing grade, the teacher shall sign a form, which the student shall present to the principal verifying that the grade has been cleared.
c. Should the failing grade remain at the end of the warning period, the student is declared immediately to be ineligible for 7 calendar days. Should the teacher declare the grade to be passing at the end of the 7th day, the student will resume eligibility. Should the grade remain failing, the student shall remain ineligible until such time as the teacher verifies that the grade has become passing.
3. End of Trimester Provisions:
Students who receive a failing grade at the end of any academic trimester will be declared ineligible as soon as is reasonably possible following the end of the trimester. The ineligible period will be fourteen calendar days or two events which ever is greatest. This carry over includes carry over from the end of the school year to the start of the next school year.
A student must be in school the day of an event for a minimum of 3 entire class periods in order to participate in an extra-curricular event (The administration has the authority to make exceptions in extreme cases). It is the students responsibility to inform their coach or advisor it they have not met the attendance requirements for that day. Students who are suspended or serving ISS will not be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities the day(s) of the suspension or ISS. This includes weekends if the punishment carries over to the next week.
BUS REGULATIONS FOR STUDENT ACTIVITIES
When buses are used to transport pupils on extracurricular trips, each bus will have at least one faculty advisor. The Advisor on each bus must be sure to account for each pupil before permitting the bus to start on a return trip.
All pupils must ride the bus to which they are assigned, both going and returning. No pupil will be granted the privilege of not returning on the bus unless the parents or guardian personally makes arrangements with the faculty advisor for other transportation. The advisor can consider only returning with parents as a legitimate excuse. The parents must be at the bus to pick up their child.
Trips during the school day will be scheduled in advance. Names of students leaving shall be listed with the Office and each student will have a parent sign a permission slip/can attend the event. Students will return signed slips/cards to the teacher/advisor prior to leaving on the trip.
BUS RULES for ALL
“Don’t lose your riding privilege!” Follow these rules:
1. Immediately follow the directions of the driver.
2. Sit in your seat facing forward.
3. Talk quietly and use appropriate language.
4. Keep all parts of your body inside the bus.
5. Keep your arms, legs and belongings to yourself.
6. No fighting, harassment, intimidation or horseplay.
7. Do not throw any object.
8. No eating, drinking or use of tobacco or drugs.
If you choose inappropriate behavior while riding the bus you will be reported to the administration and the following CONSEQUENCES will occur.
FIRST VIOLATION - The bus driver will state a warning to the student.
SECOND VIOLATION - The driver will assign the student to a specific seat, school and parents may be notified.
THIRD VIOLATION –Student will be given an assigned seat for an extended period of time. Parents will be contacted
FOURTH VIOLATION –Students may be removed from the bus for a trial period
FIFTH VIOLATION - Student will be removed from the bus for an extended period of time.
Serious violations may result in bus privileges being temporarily suspended.
SPECIAL NOTE TO 18-YEAR OLDS:
State law requires schools to enforce the same rules on all students, regardless of their age.
Students are not allowed to receive phone calls during class time. A telephone has been installed in the main entrance lobby. This phone is to be used by students when making calls home, etc.....
Walking or Standing Arm-in-Arm
Rubbing or Placing of Hands on the Leg
Lap-Sitting (Partial or Complete)
Fondling or Touching of Private Areas
Kissing of Any Kind
Vending machines are located in the commons. The machines will be shut off during breakfast and lunch. Pop and candy are not allowed in the classrooms. Due to the increase in spilling cans of pop are not allowed in the building.
The School Building is open from 8:00 AM to 3:45 PM. If students are in the building any other time school personnel must supervise them.
The school day is divided into 6 blocks with 3 minutes passing time between classes. The first class begins promptly at 8:25.
First block 8:25-
Second block 9:38 - -10:48
Third block ..10:51- - 11:31
Lunch/Home Room 11:31- -12:11
Fourth block 12:14-- 12:54
Fifth block 12:57-- 2:07
Sixth block 2:10--3:20
Announcements for the day will be distributed during the morning and afternoon classes. These will be read to all students. Please turn in your announcements no later than 8:30 AM and 12:00 PM to the Secretary for inclusion in the bulletin.
All school activities shall be scheduled on the school calendar in the Principal’s Office. With the large number of activities going on during the year, it is important that ALL activities are scheduled as far ahead as possible.
From time to time we shall have assembly programs, pep fests and concerts. Students, faculty or guests may conduct the programs. Complete courtesy is expected from all students during assembly programs. The privilege of attending assemblies may be denied any student exhibiting inappropriate behavior.
The lunchroom, its cleanliness and supervision, is strictly the responsibility of all students. Keep tables free of debris and take trays to the proper place.
A committee of representatives from the school board, teachers, and administration has set the Honor Roll requirements for the Ulen-Hitterdal High School. Students at Ulen-Hitterdal High School are graded on a 4-point scale where: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, and F=0. In order for a student to be named to the “B” Honor Roll he/she must have a grade point average of 3.0 to 3.666. Students on the “A” Honor Roll must attain a grade point average of 3.667 to 4.0. Students who have a grade below a C- are not eligible for the Honor Roll. An Honor Roll will be published at the end of each 12-week period as a means of giving recognition to students who do above average work.
To be eligible for graduation from Ulen-Hitterdal Public School, a student upon entering his/her freshmen year must receive Academic Credit from the following:
College English or Practical English
SOCIAL STUDIES (4 credits)
One credit of Social Studies Electives
World Geography and American Government
SCIENCE (3 credits)
Physical Science (Grade 9)
Chemistry or Ag Science
MATHEMATICS (2 credits)
PHYSICAL EDUCATION (1 credit)
Grades 9 and 10
HEALTH (1 credit)
Grades 9 and 10
Starting with the 06-07 school year a 9th grade student will need 30
credits to graduate. Sophomores will need 22 credits and juniors and
seniors will need to have 7 credits each year to graduate.
In order to receive Academic Credit for a class a student must achieve two things:
1. The student must receive a passing grade in the class.
2. The student must meet the attendance requirements.
Students graduating from a MN high school must pass the Minnesota Basic Requirement Tests at a level of 75%.
In order to participate in the Graduation Ceremony a student must meet all state and local requirements of graduation. Students, who are missing credits, have time to make, etc. up will NOT be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. (In EXTEME cases a student who has not met the requirements for graduation may be allowed to participate in the ceremony. Final decision will be made by the Administration). Student s must also wear the appropriate graduation attire in order to participate. Students must wear an approved (by the school) cap and gown or wear black dress pants and a white button down dress shirt. Girls may choose to wear a black dress as an alternative. Graduation Ceremony is a privilege, NOT A RIGHT.
Students are expected to carry a full load of regular class offerings. The use of the student tutor program should be used rarely and only in the case of where the administration deems that using the student tutor program is in the best interest of the student and the school. The final decision of participating in the student tutor program rests with the Principal. All participants in the program will sign an agreement form and keep a journal of their student tutor experiences.
Juniors will be allowed to make 1 college visit. Seniors will be allowed two college visits. ALL visits must have prior approval and must be arranged through the career office at Ulen-Hitterdal.
Students who fail a class in the 7th / 8th grade will need to meet with the teacher to determine a plan to change the failing grade to a "pass". All changes to grades must be completed within 2 weeks of the end of the semester or at a time that is agreeable to both the student and teacher. Students who do not meet with the teacher and who do not complete the plan to change the grade to a "pass" will have to repeat the class at no cost to the district.
Students infected with communicable diseases will not be excluded from attending school in their regular classrooms so long as attendance does not create a substantial risk of the transmission of the illness to others in school. Illegal discrimination, hostility, intimidation or offensive behavior is not permitted against any student or employee with a communicable disease. (The complete policy is on file with the Superintendent’s Office).
EYE PROTECTION DEVICES
Every person shall wear industrial quality eye protective devices when participating or observing in shops, science labs and other labs in which activities are taking place and materials are being used involving:
-- hot molten metals;
-- milling, sawing, turning, shaping, cutting grinding or stamping of any solid materials;
-- heat treatment, kiln firing of metal or other materials;
-- gas or electric arc welding;
-- repair or servicing of any vehicle or mechanical equipment;
-- any other activity or operation involving work in any area that is potentially hazardous to the eye.
State law requires schools to inform parents and guardians if they apply certain pesticides to school property. Specifically, this law requires schools that apply these pesticides to maintain an estimated schedule of pesticide applications and to make the schedule available for review or copying at each school office. State law also requires that you be told that the long-term health effects on children from the application of such pesticides or the class of chemicals to which they belong may not be fully understood. If you would like to be notified prior to pesticide applications made on days other than those specified in the estimated schedule (excluding emergency applications), please contact Bob Schultz at 218-596-8853
The library is a place to do research, select materials for reading, and to study. Please note the rules and regulations provided by the librarian regarding the use of the library. Cooperation will result in a pleasant experience for everyone. Library materials should be returned to their proper places after you are through using them.
Students are encouraged to read the magazines and newspapers provided. However, sufficient time should be allotted for study time. Please return magazines to their proper places on the rack at the end of each period. Back issues of all magazines are kept on file and may be used for reports and research. Request the issue you want and let the librarian in charge find it for you. Handle the magazines carefully; do not abuse them by writing in them or by any other means of defacing them.
The lockers are the property of the school and are provided for your use. It should be used to house your textbooks and other school materials when they are not in use, and any coats, overshoes, or other outdoor garments. Your locker is subject to periodic inspection for cleanliness and may be entered by authorized school personnel at any time it might be suspected of containing alcohol, narcotics, explosives, weapons, or other items considered potentially harmful to other students or to the school building, or unlawfully obtained. Students are not allowed to decorate the outside of their lockers except for school related activities.
Locks will be provided on request. Students are asked not to use their own locks. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
The cashier in the lunchroom will sell lunch tickets in the hall outside the office before school and. Ticket prices for students are $1.55. You may apply in the Office for free or reduced meals. Students may charge up to 5 lunches on their accounts, after 5 the account must be brought up to date or the student will be given peanut butter sandwich and milk.
The school has on file your grades, attendance, standardized test scores and discipline records that have resulted from your work since you began school. If you have attended several different schools, these records have all followed you to this school and are on file here.
You and/or your parent/guardian may see the contents of these records by making an appointment to do so with the principal. You or your parent/guardian may place any statement or items in your record that you wish to, if it pertains to your schoolwork.
You may also request that items be removed from your file. In the event that you or your parent/guardian make such a request, the person in charge of the record may or may not grant the request. In the event the request is denied you may appeal the decision to the next highest school official, and ultimately to the school board.
Your records or any part thereof cannot be transferred
in writing or orally to any other place without the written consent of you
or your parent/guardian, with the exception of another public school in the
state in which you have already enrolled after transferring from this school.
This means that your school cannot, without first receiving a written consent from you or your parent/guardian:
a. send a transcript of your school record to a college
b. vocational school or university
c. give information from your record to a prospective employer.
Written consent can be given by using a form available in the office of the principal or counselor, or by writing a letter to the office requesting the transfer of such records.
Students who are 18 years of age or older need not seek consent of their parents or guardian to exercise their rights of access or control of transfer of their records.
All student records will be treated in accordance with the provisions of Public Law 93-380 passed by Congress in 1974 and Chapter 479 of the 1974 Session Laws of the State of Minnesota. These laws and the resulting procedures described on this page also apply to the records of all graduates of this school.
If any student does not want his/her picture in the yearbook, or have his/her name on the honor roll or be considered for any honor, the student should notify the school in writing of his/her wishes. If the student is under the age of 18, the parent or guardian must sign the notification. The above does not include team pictures or group pictures or team honors.
Often students, their parents, schools / agencies working with students, request special education records following graduation. Sources who request this information include: technical schools, colleges, U.S. Armed Services, Job Cops, MN Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Social Security Administration and others. The student or their legal guardian is entitled to a copy of these records, but a signed release is required for records provided to other persons or agencies when the student is over age 18.
It is recommended that students / their parents keep copies of the last two IEPS and the most recent three-year evaluation. Request for copies or release of information to other agencies can be made with written authorization by the student, if age 18 or older, or the legal guardian. Minnesota Statures requires that school districts retain special education records for six years after graduation. After this time, special education records will be destroyed.
The following directory information will be released to authorized agencies unless you have registered an objection.
c. phone number
d. date and place of birth
e. major field of study
f. participation in officially recognized activities/sports
g. weight and height of members of athletic teams
h. dates of attendance
i. degrees and awards received
j. most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, and other similar information.
M.S. 13.32, Subd. 5a. Military Recruitment A secondary institution shall release to military recruiting officers
Any student who does not wish to participate in reciting the pledge of allegiance for any personal reason may elect not to do so. Students must respect another person's right to make that choice.
RELIGION IN THE
The proper role of religion in the public schools is in its educational value and not in religious observation or celebration. Religion is an important cultural element whose effects have been felt throughout history. Since the primary purpose of the public school is to teach about the world that has been and the world that is, the part that religion has played in the historical and social development of humanity is essential to the curriculum. When the subject occurs naturally in studying other topics, it will be treated as a part of that subject. The goal of this policy is not to suppress individual expression, but rather to foster respect for and understanding of the belief and practices of the world. The public schools is a meeting place for children of all backgrounds and beliefs, giving the schools an invaluable opportunity and duty to bring about knowledge, understanding and mutual respect among those in their care.
The choice of what to believe is, and should be, left solely to the individual. Each person is free to choose or reject any belief without interference from either government or other members of a community. The first amendment to the constitution of the United States established this principle in these words; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” The choice made by each person and family is entitled to the greatest respect. The public schools must exercise the utmost care to do nothing that would inhibit or belittle any religious or non-religious beliefs. No student should be put in an embarrassing position because of personal or family choice.
Tornado drills will be held at regular intervals during the school term, and like fire drills, are essential in the planning and providing safety precautions for our students and staff. All should concern themselves with the shelter areas in our school, so that you are able to quickly go to any of the shelter areas posted in your classrooms. Procedure for tornado drills is as follows: Teacher will give directions, do not panic. Move quickly, but do not run. Be as quiet as possible so that all students can hear instructions. Follow your supervisor’s instructions, and when in the shelter area take this position to protect yourself; Lie face down, draw your knees up under you, cover the back of your head with your hands, and follow the directions of your supervisor at all times. Stay in this position until the teacher in charge instructs you that you may return to your classes.
Students are not to bring visitors to school.
Due to health concerns animals of any sort are not permitted in the building or on the school grounds. Animals used by staff for curriculum purposes are allowed.
Students are not to bring radios, cassette players, CD players, phones, pagers, etc., to school unless they are a part of a classroom presentation. There are few secure places in the building where students can store them during class time and taking them to class has proven to be a disruption to the learning of others. The first violation student will get the device back at the end of the day. 2nd violation the student will get the device back at the end of the week. 3rd violation student will get the device back at the end of the trimester. 4th violation student will get the device back at the end of the school year.Students are not to bring radios, cassette players, CD players, phones, pagers, etc., to school unless they are a part of a classroom presentation. There are few secure places in the building where students can store them during class time and taking them to class has proven to be a disruption to the learning of others. The first violation student will get the device back at the end of the day. 2nd violation the student will get the device back at the end of the week. 3rd violation student will get the device back at the end of the trimester. 4th violation student will get the device back at the end of the school year.
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS AND MEDICATIONS:
Any pupil who is required to take medication prescribed for him/her by a physician during a regular school day must take the medication in the office under the supervision of the office personnel. The school must receive a written statement from the physician detailing the method, amount, and time schedules by which such medication is to be taken and a written statement from the parent or guardian of the pupil. If the doctor changes medication, the office needs to be informed. Medication should appear in its original contained with directions clearly written. You may pick up the necessary form at the school office.
A. Any person who has a complaint alleging that the school district is not complying with this policy or alleging any actions prohibited by this policy shall present the complaint in writing along with the reasons for such complaint to the person designated to handle complaints. Such complaint must be filed within sixty (60) days of the alleged violation.
B. The person designated to handle such complaints shall investigate the complaint and determine whether the school district is in fact in violation of State or Federal law prohibiting discrimination. The designated official shall make a decision and such decisions shall be communicated to the complainant within fifteen (15) days of the initial reception of the complaint.
C. If the designated official finds that the complaint is justified, he/she shall initiate action to rectify the complaint.
D. If the designated officials find that the complaint is justified, he/she shall so notify the complainant in written communication.
E. If the complainant is not satisfied with the findings of the designated official, an appeal may be made to the Board of Education. The appeal must be requested in a written communication to the Superintendent of Schools no later than 15 days after receipt of the written decision of the designated official.
F. A hearing before the Board of Education shall occur no later than 30 days after receipt of a written request for such a hearing. The complainant may testify and may request that others testify in the complainant’s behalf. The designated official will present the findings of the investigation called for in Step B. The board shall reach a decision and notify the complainant of its findings no later than 15 days after the hearing.
G. If the complainant is not satisfied with the decision of the board, appeal may be made to one of the following offices:
Director of the Office for Civil Rights
300 South Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL. 60606
Commissioner of Human Rights
200 Capitol Square Building
St. Paul, MN. 55101
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
342 N. Water
Rural Enrichment and Counseling Headquarters (R.E.A.C.H.) is a nonprofit agency located in Hawley. Ulen-Hitterdal Schools will provide an excused absence time and transportation during the school day if a student would like to receive counseling services from one of the agencies located at R.E.A.C.H. Confidentiality is maintained as much as possible. For more information contact a social worker or the principal.
The school psychologist works with students referred for testing and possible placement in Special Education.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is designed to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. Students eligible for Section 504 assistance are those who 1) have a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life
activities, 2) have a record of such impairments, or 3) are regarded as having such an impairment. Parents may get more information about this program by contacting the Section 504 Coordinator at the school
A school social worker is made available to students of UHHS. He/she is available to all students who feel a need for special help with personal or school problems.
It is the policy of the Ulen-Hitterdal School District to provide a free and appropriate public education for all handicapped children within its legal jurisdiction, regardless of type or severity of the handicapping condition.
The district’s special education system in cooperation with the Lake Agassiz Special Education Cooperative provides a total special education’s system for the district. This system allows for annual review and evaluation.
Program areas include: Mentally Handicapped, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Hearing Impaired, Visually Impaired, Physically Disabled, Preschool Handicapped, Speech Impaired, Autistic and Other Health Impaired.
If you have any questions concerning special education programs, please contact the principal or the Director of the Lake Agassiz Special Education Cooperative.
Students will participate in the Minn. State Wide Testing Program. The results of these tests will be made available to each student and his/her parents or guardian. The purpose is to help a student understand his/her achievement level, abilities and interests.
Information on colleges, tech. schools, financial aid, etc. will be made available to interested students. The school staff will be available to assist students with post-secondary school plan. Students will be asked to participate in a career assessment program and in career counseling.
Dear Parent(s) or Guardian:
We at Ulen-Hitterdal High School recognize the importance of parental support and input as we provide a safe educational environment for our students. Please read and study the student handbook. You may not agree with everything in it, yet we must have order and rules to facilitate this organization we call “school”. Without rules and procedures we would descend into chaos.
We appreciate your support! ! !