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 success. 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 Standards • 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.” http://www.tncore.org/sites/www/Uploads/Common_Core_Facts_History.pdf ****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 emphasize • 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* pursue: • conceptual understanding, • procedural skill and fluency, and • Application with equal intensity. • English/Language Arts • Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction • 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: http://www.ccsso.org/Documents/2012/Commo nCoreResources.pdf • Other sources of information include: www.corestandards.org www.ascd.org 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 absence. 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 extension. 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 times. * 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 condoned. 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. Transportation/Safety • 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 required. We are excited about a brand new year. Please feel free to call us at any time with your questions and concerns.