Welcome to SGHS Open House

Welcome to SGHS Open House
August 6
Our mission is to empower students to be
lifelong learners.
Our vision is To facilitate a learning community
where students become productive citizens
who are college and/or career ready
We are glad you are here and we
have several things we want to
share with everyone.
Informational about school rules
Common Core information
Questions and Answers
Agenda for tonight’s meeting
1. Meet the Faculty
2. South Greene’s expectations for student
success. What do we do?
3. Title 1 information
4. Common Core State Standards and what does it
mean for our children.
5. South Greene’s rules and regulations.
6. Questions
7. Meet your child’s teachers individually.
Let’s meet the faculty
We have high expectations for all of
our students!
• We believe in our students!
• We believe it is our job to prepare our
students for college and careers.
• We know all students can learn and be
successful both academically and socially.
• Schools that have high expectations for all
students experience greater academic
What do we mean by Title 1?
• Any school over 40% free and reduced lunch is
eligible for Title 1 Project.
• Our funds are spent on equipment and
supplementary materials focusing on items such
as books for our reading clubs and instructional
materials for teachers.
• Parent Involvement Plan.
• Information is available on our web-site.
• We accept any plans/ideas for improvement.
• We value ideas from all stakeholders
Title 1 information
• All of our classes are taught by highly qualified teachers.
• Allow flexibility in our schedule so teachers can attend ongoing
professional development. We have developed our own learning
teams. The freshmen team has developed as part of the CMS class,
presentations by students in their career interests.
• Provide a positive work environment for faculty and students
• System wide teacher of the year. Last year, it was our own Mrs.
Wilhoit. Student teachers from Tusculum College and ETSU.
• SGHS teacher of the year and new teachers are assigned mentors.
Common Core Standards
What are they and what does it
mean for my child?
The Purpose of the Common Core
The Common Core State Standards are meant to “provide a consistent, clear
understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents
know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust
and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young
people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully
prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete
successfully in the global economy.”
****The motivation behind the development of the standards was to:
1. Provide clear expectations aligned to the expectations of college and careers;
2. Promote consistency by ensuring all students, no matter where they live, are well
prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to collaborate and compete
with their peers in the United States and abroad; and
3. Enable collaboration between states on a range of tools and policies, including:
the development of textbooks, digital media, and other teaching materials; and
the development and implementation of common comprehensive assessment
systems to measure student performance annually that will replace existing state
testing systems (PARCC)
The Common Core State Standards
• Basic skills in math, reading and writing
(including math without calculators and a
• focus on basic reading skills in early grades)
• Critical thinking and problem solving skills
Instructional Shifts
• Math
• Focus strongly where the
Standards focus 2.
Coherence: think across
grades, and link to major
topics* within grades 3.
Rigor: in major topics*
• conceptual understanding,
• procedural skill and fluency,
• Application with
equal intensity.
• English/Language Arts
• Building knowledge
through content-rich
• Reading, writing and
speaking grounded in
evidence from text, both
literary and informational
• Regular practice with
complex text and its
academic language
Families & Communities
A list of resources related to the
Common Core State Standards
• This is the fourth edition of this document and
was released on May 15, 2013. Future updates to
the document will continue to be hosted in the
same location on CCSSO’s website. To view this
resource guide online, please visit:
• Other sources of information include:
High School attendance policy
ATTENDANCE (INCLUDING TARDY POLICY): Each day, parents/guardians are to call the
school by 8:30 am on the day a student is absent. Absences prearranged with the principal,
death in the immediate family accompanied by an obituary, or illness accompanied by a
physician's statement will be classified as excused absences. Without documentation, the
student's absence will be classified unexcused. No phone calls and/or notes will be accepted
as excused, unless documentation (obituary or physician's statement) is provided to the
office on the day the student returns to school. Remember, it is the parent's responsibility
to call in by 8:30 am each and every day the student is absent or going to be late. The school
documents and keeps a record of parents who fail to notify the school of the student's
To be excused, documentation must also be provided for students checking in late or
checking out early. Documentation should be turned in to the office, where the office staff
files this documentation and gives a copy for the student to show to each of the
teachers. The student shall be responsible for obtaining and making up work missed during
excused or unexcused absences. Please note that all days after three missed per nine
weeks, in each class, (regardless if excused or unexcused) must be made up in the afterschool program, time for time, in order to pass the class. In other words, a student must
stay for four before or after school sessions in order to make up one complete day
missed. Again, students will fail any classes that are missed more than three days a nine
weeks and not made up in the before or after-school program. All time for time must be
made up before the end of the nine weeks, unless special circumstances require a few days
Attendance continued
TARDY POLICY: A student who comes to class late (after the late bell) or leaves early (prior to
the dismissal bell) will be considered tardy. Three unexcused tardies will be considered an
unexcused absence. All tardies over three will be reported to the office. Tardies accumulate
throughout the semester, and are cumulative by all four classes. For grading purposes,
tardies that result in an absence (3) should be made up in the after-school
program. Discipline for any tardies over three will result in assignment to after-school, inschool suspension, out of school suspension, or referral to the truancy board, depending on
the circumstances and the number of tardies.
TRUANCY: The law requires that school officials report to the court any parent, guardian, or
other person in a parental relationship with a child who is unlawfully absent from school for
five days during the school year without documentation/adequate excuse. After five
unexcused absentees or tardies, a warning letter is sent, and after ten unexcused absentees
or tardies, the student will be referred to the truancy board or juvenile court. Checking in
late or checking out early is unexcused time, unless documented by a physician's statement
or an obituary. Students with excessive tardies (checking in late or checking out early) can
be referred to the truancy board, if deemed necessary by school authorities. In addition,
excessive doctor statements and excessive excused absentees may be taken to the truancy
board, if deemed necessary.
Dress Code
Students shall dress and groom in a clean, neat and
modest manner so as not to distract or interfere with
the operation of the school. The dress code is
established to teach hygiene, instill discipline, prevent
disruption, avoid safety hazards and provide a positive
learning environment. The administration has the
discretion in determining the appropriateness of
dress. If it is determined that the dress or grooming of
a student is inappropriate, the student will be sent
home or removed to an alternate setting. Any class
time missed during the time the student has gone
home to change will be unexcused. Students will face
suspension for violations of the dress code.
A partial list of dress code guidelines include:
* Shirts, blouses or sweaters, pants /dresses and shoes must be worn at all
* No head apparel, including caps, hats, headbands, bandannas, toboggans, or
hair stockings will be worn in the building.
* Clothing shall fit properly and shall not be unreasonably tight or
unreasonably baggy.
* Pants must be worn at the waist. The practice of "sagging" will not be
tolerated. All types of underwear should not be visible.
* Shorts cannot be any shorter than two inches below the extended fingertips
when standing.
* Skirts and dresses cannot be shorter than two inches above the
knee. Dresses/shirts must completely cover the shoulders. Shirts should not
be excessively long.
* No spaghetti straps, tank tops or muscle shirts are permitted. Holes in pants
or clothing, bare midriffs, bare shoulders or backs, and excessively low cut
clothing, along with clothing made of see-through material is prohibited. The
midriff must be covered at all times.
* Unusual hair colors, including two-toned colors are banned. Hairstyles,
sideburns, and mustaches must be in good taste, clean and well
groomed. Mohawk hairstyles are prohibited.
 Clothing that exhibits written, pictorial, or implied references to illegal substances, drugs, or
alcohol, negative slogans, vulgarities, or that which attracts undue attention is prohibited. Also
prohibited by board policy is the use of any apparel, jewelry, accessory, or manner of grooming
which, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark, symbol, or any other attribute which
indicates or implies gang membership or affiliation which such group.
* Other prohibited items include: 1) long, large and/or heavy chains 2) studded or chained
accessories and 3) sunglasses, except for health purposes.
* Leotards, body suits, biking or jogging shorts, and skin tight outer materials such as spandex
are not appropriate. Pajamas or parachute pants are not permitted. No holes permitted in
pants or clothing. Taping over holes in clothes is not allowed.
* Trench coaches and dusters are not allowed.
* Facial jewelry shall be limited to the ears only. Tongue rings and spacers are prohibited.
* The principal will have the final determination with regard to dress code.
These rules are in effect during the school day and at any school event!
Discipline-Respect Reaps Rewards
All students of SGHS shall be required to
conduct themselves in a manner consistent
with school policy. Student conduct, which in
any manner, disrupts class work, creates
disorder, threatens the safety, or invades the
rights of others, shall be the basis for
disciplinary action and possible
expulsion. Student behavior that interferes
with the educational process will not be
Student Conduct
• The staff of SGHS is authorized to take reasonable measures to establish
appropriate school behavior. The authority shall extend to all activities of
the school, including all games and public performances of athletic
teams and other school groups, trips, excursions, and all other activities
under school sponsorship and direction. A student shall not use violence,
coercion, threat, intimidation, fear, passive resistance or any other
conduct which causes disruption, interference, or obstruction of any
school purpose while on school property, in school vehicles or buses, or at
any school-sponsored activity, function or event, whether on or off
campus. Neither shall a student urge others to engage in such
activity. Students found guilty of misbehavior may receive punishment
ranging from a verbal reprimand to suspension and/or expulsion
dependent on the severity of the offense and the offender's prior
record. Students leaving campus without permission and failing to sign
out will face suspension. Students driving or riding to the vocational
school or educational center without approval of the principal will also
face suspension.
What other information will help as
we start the new year?
• School Messenger Notification System: This telephone
system allows the school to contact parents by phone
and text message in a matter of minutes for crisis
situations, weather emergencies, and for upcoming
events. An accurate contact phone number is vital to
the success of this communication system. Also, school
closings or delays due to the weather will be
announced over the local radio and television stations.
• http://greenetn.sghs.schooldesk.net or web-site with
updated information including the student handbook.
• If a student is brought to school in the morning
by a parent. They will need to be dropped off in
the back at the second door. This door is
unlocked until school starts at 8:00 a.m.
• We have a new double front door system. In
order to come into the school, anyone will have
to sign in with Mr. Brown, our SRO. He will let
folks into the building. If he is doing his rounds, it
may take a few minutes before you can gain
access to the building. Please be patient, we are
trying to make things more safe for our students.
What kind of materials do students
need/other information?
• Composition books, Pens and pencils.
• TI-83 calculator although these are available
for student use in the classrooms.
• REBEL Time: Monday/Wednesday book clubs,
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
walking/tutoring, and remediation. If a
student has a grade below a C, tutoring is
We are excited about a brand
new year.
Please feel free to call us at any time
with your questions and concerns.

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