Deans

 

 

St. Francis De Sales, one of the school's patron saints writes, "The well-being of the home depends on the parents' words, but far more on their behavior." Activities, namely parties, dances, etc., held off campus that directly or indirectly reflect adversely on the reputation of SMHS may jeopardize your student's enrollment. The administration/school reserves the right to discipline students for conduct, whether inside or outside school, including but not limited to, use of any form of social media, that is detrimental to the standards and reputation of the school.

 

a) No student shall conspire to hazing, or commit any act that injures, degrades, or disgraces any fellow student or person attending St. Mary's.

 

b) The entire school area will be considered a closed campus during school hours. Anyone who wishes to visit classes must obtain a pass from the Vice Principal.

 

c) Eating or drinking in the school buildings and hallways is not allowed.

 

d) No student shall place litter of any kind (paper, cans, wrappers, food, etc.) on the ground, on a table, or any place other than a trash can or recycling bin of some kind. Gum is not allowed. If, at the discretion of the Deans, the school grounds are considered littered, school will be extended for that day until the trash has been picked up by students assigned from each class.

 

e) School lockers are the property of St. Mary's High School. At no time does St. Mary's relinquish its exclusive ownership and control of lockers provided for the convenience of the students. All locks used on lockers shall be purchased from the Ram Center and must be locked on lockers at all times. PE locks and lockers will be issued through the PE department. Any loss or damage to lockers or the contents of the lockers shall be the responsibility of the student to whom the locker was assigned.

 

f) Students shall carry their Student Body Card with them at school and school related activities and present the card upon request.

 

g) No student is allowed to use the school facilities for any purpose without the permission and presence of a faculty member or coach. This includes, but is not limited to the athletic fields, weight rooms, gymnasiums, hallways, cafeteria, classrooms, and pool area.

 

h) Cutting: Students will be given 3 hours of detention for each class cut and socially suspended until the detention hours are cleared.

 

The following is a brief summary of topics and is not intended to be a complete survey of all matters related to Academic, Extracurricular of Disciplinary matters. The Student Handbook contains information, policies and regulations related to Academic, Athletic, Code of Conduct and General Campus affairs at St. Mary's and can be accessed  with this :: Link: ::

 

Student Dean Message Board

 

Message About Protection of Minors

 

The Diocese of Stockton mandates that all people who work with children and youth in our parishes and schools must undergo child abuse prevention training through the Shield the Vulnerable online program The training details five steps to prevent child sexual abuse. Know the warning signs of an inappropriate relationship with a child

 

1. Know the signs!

2. Control access to children by carefully selecting the adults who work with children and youth

3. Monitor all programs for the safety of children and youth.

4. Be aware of and sensitive to what is going on in the lives of children.

5. Communicate concerns to the appropriate person in authority

 

For particular help you may call Linda Dillen Manager/Benefits/Safe Environment Department for the Diocese of Stockton, (209) 466-0636. Ext 611

 

When You Turn 18 Guide

 

As students turn 18 years old, the law views them differently with respect to both rights and responsibilities. This publication offers an overview of how your world changes when you become a legal adutl.

 

To order the guide free of charge, send an email to 18@calbar.ca.gov. Please specify the number of guides desired and include a complete mailing address (p.o. boxes are not acceptable). There is no charge for the guide or for shipping, nor is there a limit on how many can be ordered.

 

 

How Airdrop Works

 

AirDrop will only work in certain situations:

  1. Both sender and recipient are using a recent model iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS7 or iOS8.

  2. The sender and recipient have to be within about 30 feet of each other. So, if your child only uses an iPad at home, this shouldn't be too great a concern. But if your teen rides the bus, subway, goes to the mall, movies, or generally spends any time in public near other people — keep reading.

 

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are enabled on both devices. NOTE: You don't need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. In fact you don't even have to be connected to anything for this to work. Using AirDrop creates a temporary direct Wi-Fi connection between the two devices.

 

In addition to photos, you can also send videos, websites and even your location using AirDrop. The recipient can either accept or decline the content.

 

How To Prevent Strangers From Sending Photos To Your Ios Device Using Airdrop

 

There are three options for AirDrop sharing:

  1. Turn AirDrop off.

  2. Make your device discoverable to Contacts only (only people listed in your contacts who have a Valid Apple ID.)

  3. Make your device discoverable to Everyone.

 

You'll change these settings from the Control Center. To do so, swipe up from the bottom of your device to reveal the Control Center. You'll see your current AirDrop setting. If you see AirDrop: Everyone, click on the setting to reveal the choices. Change to either Off or Contacts Only.

 

Now what if you want to prevent your child from changing this setting? You can't restrict AirDrop to Contacts Only. The only way to lock AirDrop is to turn it off completely.

 

How To Completely Disable Airdrop

  1. From Settings. go to General > Restrictions.

  2. If you've already set up restrictions, you'll be prompted for the passcode. If not, choose Enable Restrictions and enter a passcode. Be sure to use a 4-digit passcode that you will remember and your kids will not guess.

  3. Turn off AirDrop.

 

 *Information taken from www.bewebsmart.com

 

Law and Teens

 

The following is a basic overview of some of the laws that apply to teenagers. Laws are constantly changing and this guide is intended to provide you with general information.

 

The Age of Majority

In most states, including California the age of majority is 18. Teenagers have the right to: enter into binding contracts, sue or be sued in their own names, vote in state and local elections, consent to all types of medical treatment.

 

Alcohol and Kids

It is illegal to possess false identification or use a fake I.D. to purchase or attempt to purchase alcohol. It is illegal to provide alcohol to anyone under 21. Parents can be held criminally liable for contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

 

Curfew Laws

Under state law, parents can be charged for the administration and transportation cost of returning a minor to his or her home on a second curfew violation. Curfew in Stockton for teenagers under 18 is enforced from 11:00 P.M. until 6:00 A.M.

 

Graffiti

California law makes parents liable in certain circumstances when their kids damage, destroy or deface the property of others. Fines range from up to a year in jail or as much as $50,000 fine and/or imprisonment depending on the extent of the damages. Taggers between the ages of 13 and 21 could have their driver's licenses revoked or delayed for up to a year.

 

Help for kids who have run away from home: The California Youth Crisis Line 1-800-843-5200

 

Internet safety information can be found on the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's Web site : www.missingkids.com

 

Smoking and Kids

It is against the law for minors to purchase, receive or possess tobacco products and to knowingly sell, give or furnish tobacco products (including chewing tobacco) to children under the age of 18.

 

Vandalism

Parents can be held liable for vandalism committed by their children. Some common types of vandalism among youth are mali­ciously scratching a car, egging property, re-moving highway warning signs, being cruel to animals, opening or reading a sealed letter or envelope without the authority to do so and tampering with fire alarm apparatus and giving false alarms.

 

Work, Work Permits and Taxes

Children who are 16 and older can obtain full-time work permits. Those age 18 and older no longer need such a permit. Young people may be required to file federal and state income tax returns.

 

The above information was taken from the Kids and the Law Guide. Copies or additional information can be found at www.kids@calbar.ca.gov.

 

New Cell Phone Plans

 

There are new cellular phone plans designed specifically for parents The plans allow parents to set parameters for their children with regard to their cell phone/text message usage The Dean's Office strongly encourages you to consider this type plan for your child

These plans allow you to set limits for

  • Number of text and instant messages.

  • Dollar amount of down-loadable purchases (ring tones. games. etc.),

  • Time available for Web browsing/data usage per billing cycle.

  • Time periods for which the phone can be used for text-messaging. Web-browsing and outbound calling:

  • Who can be phoned or texted (incoming or outgoing), and

  • The access of content inappropriate for children.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Greg Traverse or Kathy Smith at 957-3340. As a reminder, according to school policy, cell phones are not to be used during school hours. It is our hope that using this type of calving plan would significantly curtail the use of text-messaging during school hours

 

Vacation Plans

 

Do not schedule trips during final exams as permission cannot be granted for students to miss exam days due to family travel or extended holiday vacations. No exceptions to this school policy will be granted. Semester exams are very important and are to be treated seriously. Please help your child understand this by NOT planning vacations during exam week.

 

Emergency Preparedness

 

Saint Mary's High School has a plan prepared so that in the event of an emergency, crisis, or disaster all conceivable actions will be taken to ensure the safety and welfare of students and staff. Included in this plan is a component that we would like to share with parents.

Home Preparedness Suggestions

  • Keep a supply of food that does not need cooking and jugs of drinking water in case of loss of power or evacuation emergencies. *Keep blankets, first aid kit, and flashlight ready. "Keep important papers, special medications, eyeglasses, etc., handy.

  • Keep a battery-operated radio handy with KJAX 1280 AM or KWG 1230 AM marked on the dial.

  • Keep your car's gas tank at least half full in case of sudden evacuation.

  • Do not use your telephone in case of major disasters. Keep lines open for emergency messages.

  • Discuss personal survival plans with your family, i.e., where all family members meet, the name of your doctor, etc.

  • Discuss actions family members are to take in the event you are separated for a long period of time.

  • Discuss use of 911 calls.

  • Be sure your children know how to contact you during the school day or who to contact if you are not at home.

  • Do hazard searches within the home looking for potential safety hazards In the event of emergency.

  • Contact American Red Cross for Family Disaster Planning information.

 

 

Street Drug Terminology

 

The ability to understand current drug-related terms is not only an invaluable tool for law enforcement, public health, and educators, but for parents as well. In keeping with our administration's proactive policy on drug/alcohol issues, The Deans would like to share information with you given us by our Criminal Justice instructor. For more information on this subject you may contact the Office of National Drug Control Policy at 1.800.666.3332 or www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov.

 

  • A-bomb - marijuana cigarettte with heroin or opium

  • AC/DC - codeine with syrup

  • Ace- marijuana cigarette; PCP Airhead - marijuana user

  • All lit up - under the influence of drugs

  • All star - user of multiple drugs

  • All american drug - cocaine

  • Angel, Angel dust, Angel hair - PCP

  • Applejacks - crack cocaine

  • Amolds - steroids

  • Aspirin - powder cocaine

  • Aunt, Aunt Nora - powder cocaine, cocaine

  • Aunt Hazel - heroin

  • Aunt Mary - marijuana

  • Aunti, Aunt Emma - Opium B bombs - amphetamines

  • B.J.s - crack cocaine

  • Baby - marijuana

  • Baby-sit-guide someone through their first drug ex­perience

  • barbies - depressants

  • Baseball - crack cocaine

  • Beam me up Scottie - crack dipped in PCP

  • Bennie - amphetamine

  • Benz - amphetamine

  • Big C - cocaine

  • Big man - drug supplier

  • Biz - bag or portion of drugs Black beauty - methamphetamine

  • Black birds/bombers/cadillacs - amphetamine

  • Black dust - PCP

  • Black gold - high potency marijuana

  • Bluebirds - depressants Bones - crack cocaine

  • Bong - pipe used to smoke marijuana

  • Booted - under the influence of drugs

  • Brick - crack cocaine, cocaine Broccoli - marijuana

  • Bumblebees - methamphetamine

  • Candy - cocaine, amphetamine, depressants

  • Candy sugar - powder cocaine

  • Candyman - drug supplier

  • Cartwheels - amphetamines

  • Casper, Casper the ghost - crack cocaine

  • Charged up - under the influence of drugs

  • Coasting - under the influence of drugs

  • Cocoa puff - to smoke cocaine and marijuana

  • Cola - cocaine

  • Crack - cocaine

  • Cracker jack -crack smoker

  • Crank - crack cocaine, heroin, amphetamine, methamphetamine

  • Devil drug - crack cocaine Devil's dust - PCP

  • Dew - marijuana

  • Diet pills - amphetamine Dominoes - amphetamines

  • Doobee - Marijuana

  • Egg: Crack Cocaine

  • Go loco:  to smoke marijuana

  • Hamburger Helper: Crack Cocaine

  • Happy Powder: Cocaine

  • Happy Slicks: PCP

  • Hard Ball: Crack Cocaine

  • Holding: possessing drugs

  • Hooch: marijuana

  • Ica Cream habit: occasional use of drugs

  • Jane: marijuana

  • Jay: marijuana cigarette

  • Jelly: Crack Cocaine

  • Jelly Bean -amphetamine; depressants

  • Lid poppers: amphetamine

  • Lipton Tea: poor quality drugs

  • Liquid Ecstacy:  gamma  hydroxybutyrate (GHB)

  • Load of Laundry: methamphetamine

  • Loony Toons: LSD

  • Metathriol: injectable steroids

  • Methyltestosterrone: oral steroids

  • Nailed: arrested

  • Nose Powder: Cocaine

  • Orange Crystal: PCP

  • Peace Pill: PCP

  • Pink Ladies: depressants

  • Poor Mans Coke: methamphetamine

  • Push: sell drugs

  • Rainbows: depressants

  • Red Devil:  depressants; PCP; heroin

  • Reds: depressants

  • Reefer: marijuana

  • Ritz &Ts; combination of Ritalin and Talwin Injection

  • Roach: butt of a marijuana cigarette

  • Rocket Fuel: PCP

  • Runners: people who sell drugs for others

  • Smurfs: methamphetamine

  • Snort: to inhale cocaine

  • Skittling: abuse of cold tablets

  • Stackers: steroids

  • Stacking: taking steroids without a prescription

  • Toke Up: to smoke  marijuana

  • Toot: cocaine; to inhale cocaine

  • Top Gun: crack cocaine

  • Wasted: under the Influence or drugs

  • Whites: amphetamine

  • Yellow Bullets: depressants

Additional terminology will be provided at a later date.

 

Sexual Abuse of a Minor
 

Reporting Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor

 

Saint Mary's High School treats all complaints of sexual abuse seriously and deals with such allegations in a confidential, prompt and thorough manner with compassion and consideration for all those involved. If  you have any questions or concerns or would like to view a video distributed by the Diocese of Stockton on reporting sexual abuse, please see Mrs. Smith in the Dean's office.

 

Disciplinary Matters

 

General Disciplinary Matters Link

 

Use the above link to see St. Mary's High School's philosophy and procedures related to reporting of abuse, bullying, alcohol, drugs, use of electronic devices, social media.

 

Drug Dogs

 

Drug dogs on campus Saint Mary's High School will continue lo strive to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for all students. The drug dog program is intended to send a clear message to all concerned that substances detrimental to a student's health are prohibited at St. Mary’s High School. 

 

Pregnancy Help

 

The St. Mary's community and the Diocese of Stockton are committed to offering help to our students in a compassionate and caring manner. Consistent with our concern for our students, our commitment to the sanctity of life and our Catholic faith, we encourage those that may find themselves, or a child, unexpectedly pregnant to avail themselves, in addition to the support we will try to offer, of the services of the diocesan Respect Life Board.

 

Academic Deans Information

 

St. Mary's High School Student Academic Honor Code

 

"... For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord, but also in the eyes of man ..." Romans 8:21

 

"Goodness is the only investment that never fails ..." Henry David Thoreau

 

St. Mary's High School is a community with a proud tradition in which faculty and students share knowledge, ideas, and creative works. St. Mary's High School Academic Honor Code expresses our commitment and moral responsibility to accurately represent the contribution of each individual and to ensure that those contributions are made in an honest fashion with

personal integrity as a cornerstone of this call to honor.

 

The purpose of the Code is to help students develop habits of moral character. Each student is an important member of the St. Mary's High School Family and must make the ethical and moral commitment to act honestly and to encourage other students to act in the same way.

 

This Code outlines the expectations of the St. Mary's High School student and the consequences for violating those same expectations. The teacher will notify the Academic Dean of all MAJOR violations of the Academic Honor Code. The teacher will provide proof of the violation and the teacher will be informed of the appropriate consequence. The Academic Dean will notify the parent/guardian of the situation and meet with the parent/guardian.

 

EXPECTATIONS

 

1. All work will be the student's own original work. All quotes, statistics, facts and sources will be properly cited as taught by the SMHS English Department using the MLA format. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarism is defined as taking ideas or writings knowingly from another person or source and presenting those ideas or writings as one's own original work.

 

2. All tests will be taken according to the teacher's instructions and requirements. Cheat sheets, electronic cheating, or any other verifiable proof of cheating is a violation of this honor code.

 

3. The student will submit required essays to turnitin.com as instructed by the teacher.

 

MAJOR VIOLATION: This is an assignment or test which makes up a major part of the student's grade (at least 5% of the quarter grade). The violation must be accompanied by PROOF to the Academic Dean.

 

MINOR VIOLATION: This is cheating on an assignment such as a daily reading quiz or written homework assignment. Copying or cheating on such routine assignments will be handled by the classroom teacher in a way he/she feels appropriate and reasonable. Minor violations may also include the teacher seeing the student copying an answer from another student's paper.

 

These violations will be dealt with by the teacher. The class syllabus will outline the consequences for minor violations of the Student Honor Code and the teacher will enforce his/her class rules.

 

PROOF: Major violations of the Student Honor Code must be provable. Such proof includes, but is not limited to, cheat sheets, crib notes, notes on a student's physical person, turnitin.com violations, two tests that are 100% exactly alike, phone or text messages, twitter or other electronic messages, emails, etc.

 

CONSEQUENCES: Major violations of the Honor Code will result in a student/parent conference with the Academic Dean as well as a zero on the assignment in question. Repeated major violations will result in an additonal conference with the Academic Dean and additional academic and disciplinary

 

Code Of Conduct for Use Of Technology - General Statement

 

St. Mary’s High School is responsible for securing its network and computing systems in a reasonable degree against unauthorized access and/or abuse, while making them accessible for authorized and legitimate users. This responsibility includes informing users of expected standards of conduct and the punitive measures for not adhering to them. Any attempt to violate the provisions of this policy will result in disciplinary action.

  • Once the user accesses the network and computer systems the user is solely responsible for all actions taken.

  • Students are responsible for their work saved on library computers. A backup of work is recommended.

  • Deleting, examining, copying, or modification of files is prohibited.

  • Attempting to evade or change network security is prohibited.

  • Bypassing network security through cellular access or other means is prohibited.

  • Use of facilities for commercial purposes is prohibited.

  • Any unauthorized, deliberate action which damages, disrupts or alters a computing systems’ normal performance is prohibited.

  • The copying of copyrighted materials without express written permission is prohibited.

  • Attempts to gain unauthorized access or interfere with the regular operation of local or remote systems are prohibited.

  • Usage of technology for any purpose other than those prescribed or explicitly permitted by the high school is prohibited.

  • Sending harassing, obscene or other threatening messages is prohibited.

  • Users of technolgy shall obey the instructions of the supervisors.

  • Actions which disrupt or adversely affect other users are prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to: eating, drinking, excessive noise or playing games.

  • Representing Saint Mary's High School under false pretenses is prohibited.

Any student found to have sent, accessed, uploaded, downloaded, accepted, distributed (including but not limited to AirDrop) and/or stored within a device or a storage area (e.g. iCloud), offensive, profane, threatening, pornographic, obscene, violent, harassing, discriminating, or sexually explicit material may be suspended or expelled from Saint Mary's High School. Law enforcement may be notified. If the student remains at Saint Mary's, he/she will be placed on a Disciplinary contract through graduation. In addition, the student will be socially suspended.

 

Please Note: As stated on page 35 of the Saint Mary's High School Parent/Student Handbook, Parents/Guardians are expected to monitor their son/daughter's social media accounts as well as the content on their electronic devices. By signing the Parent/Student Contract, parents/guardians acknowledge that they are responsible for the supervision of their child's online communication.

 

This document pertains to Saint Mary's High School Electronic Device Use Policy effective immediately.

 

Conduct

 

St. Mary's High School Student Academic Honor Code

 

St. Mary's High School is a community with a proud tradition in which faculty and students share knowledge, ideas, and creative works. St. Mary's High School Academic Honor Code expresses our commitment and moral responsibility to accurately represent the contribution of each individual and to ensure that those contributions are made in an honest fashion with personal integrity as a cornerstone of this call to honor.

 

The purpose of the Code is to help students develop habits of moral character.

 

Each student is an important member of the St. Mary's High School Family and must make the ethical and moral commitment to act honestly and to encourage other students to act in the same way.

 

This Code outlines the expectations of the St. Mary's High School student and the consequences for violating those same expectations. The teacher will notify the Academic Dean of all major violations of the Academic Honor Code. The teacher will provide proof of the violation and the teacher will be informed of the appropriate consequence. The Academic Dean will notify the parent/guardian of the situation.

 

Expectations

 

1. All work will be the student's own original work. All quotes, statistics, facts and sources will be properly cited as taught by the SMHS English Department using the MLA format. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Plagiarism is defined as taking ideas or writings knowingly from another person or source and presenting those ideas or writings as one's own original work.

 

2. All tests will be taken according to the teacher's instructions and requirements. Cheat sheets, electronic cheating, or any other verifiable proof of cheating is a violation of this honor code.

 

3. The student will submit required essays to turnitin.com as instructed by the teacher.

 

Honor Code Definitions

 

  • Major Violation: This is an assignment or test which makes up a major part of the student's grade (at least 5% of the quarter grade). The violation must be accompanied by PROOF to the Academic Dean.

 

  • Minor Violation: This is cheating on an assignment such as a daily reading quiz or written homework assignment. Copying or cheating on such routine assignments will be handled by the classroom teacher in a way he/ she feels appropriate and reasonable. Minor violations may also include the teacher seeing the student copying an answer from another student's paper. These violations will be dealt with by the teacher. The class syllabus will outline the consequences for minor violations of the Student Honor Code and the teacher will enforce his/her class rules.

 

  • Proof: Major violations of the Student Honor Code must be provable. Such proof includes, but is not limited to, cheat sheets, crib notes, notes on a student's physical person, turnitin.com violations, two tests that are 100% exactly alike, phone or text messages, twitter or other electronic messages, emails, etc.

 

  • Consequences: Major violations of the Honor Code will result in a student/parent conference with the Academic Dean as well as a zero on the assignment in question. Repeated major violations will result in an additonal conference with the Academic Dean and additional academic and disciplinary sanctions.

 

Attendance

 

Attendance and punctuality are essential at St. Mary’s. Since physical presence and active participation in classroom activity is an integral part of the learning experience, excessive absence and tardiness is a major obstacle to the educational process. The attendance policy at Saint Mary’s High School is as follows:

 

Absences

 

If you must leave for an appointment, you must call ahead, email or provide the attendance office with written permission for the appointment. If a student is to be absent for any reason, a parent must telephone/E-Mail the Attendance Office on each morning of the absence. A written note or E-Mail is required unless previous notice has been given. Any student who has had a communicable disease must have a release from their doctor before being readmitted to school. Students, including 18 year olds, may not write their own notes. If a student does not submit a parental note, the absence is unexcused. E-Mail correspondence is an acceptable form of communication.

 

Participation In Extra-Curricular Activities

 

Extracurricular Activities

 

Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege. It is presumed students who are representing Saint Mary’s High School in various activities are maximizing the educational opportunities that are available to them. Continued eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities is contingent upon the student’s maintaining at least a 2.0 grade point average.

 

a) Any student member of a sports team, student government or class office, drill team, cheerleading squad, band, chorus, speech and debate team, newspaper and yearbook staff, Senate or Cabinet, Campus Ministry and drama, must maintain a 2.0 grade point average or be excluded from participation in these activities until the student attains a 2.0 GPA at the next grading period. (Please refer to "l" of this section for grading period description.)

 

b) A student must have a 2.0 GPA on the report card from the previous grading period (all subjects count toward the determination of the 2.0 GPA) in order to be eligible to participate in sports/activities for the next quarter. No student with two or more grades of "F" is eligible.

 

c) For the school year: the eligibility period (ability/inability to participate) begins when the Vice Principal publishes the list of ineligible students based on the marks received on the previous semester/quarter report card. Students are ineligible from one publication date to the next.

 

d) The same procedure will be used for the remaining quarters. The eligibility will always be determined by the previous quarter or semester grades. (See “l”)

 

e) If a student earns below a 2.00 GPA on the 2nd semester report card and hence is ineligible to participate in Fall activities, that student may attend summer school or enroll in online or correspondence courses to raise his/ her GPA. Such a student (summer) shall be permitted to practice but not participate in events until eligibility is determined. For eligibility purposes, final grades and earned credits from schools other than St. Mary's, including summer school and online classes, must be verified by the first full day of classes in August for Q1 eligibility and the Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in January for Q3 eligibility. Grades from courses taken at schools other than at St. Mary's, including online classes will be computed for eligibility in the Fall and Spring semester GPAs only. Q2 and Q4 eligibility will be determined using only St. Mary's grades earned the previous quarter.

 

f) Students who are identified for exclusion from participation may be permitted to remain as students in credit-awarding classes associated with activities from which they are excluded as participants and shall continue to be eligible to earn appropriate grades and/or credits for the in-class portion of their work. In performance classes, ineligible students may be asked to drop the class

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g) Students shall not be permitted or encouraged to drop classes, change teachers, or otherwise alter their schedules for the purpose of defeating the intent of this policy.

 

h) Some classes such as Teacher Aide only count as 2.5 credits when computing GPA. Such classes do not carry full credit when weighted against normal 5 credit classes.

 

i) No student entering St. Mary’s from the 8th grade shall be affected by this policy until after their first grading period at Saint Mary’s High School.

 

j) Any special case or extenuating circumstances surrounding disputed eligibility of a student shall be reviewed by the Vice Principal and/or the Principal.

 

k) When a student transfers to Saint Mary’s from another high school:

  1. If that student’s previous quarter GPA is below 2.0, they will be ineligible.

  2. Continued eligibility will be determined by the grades received in their 1st quarter/semester of attendance at Saint Mary’s.

  3. In all transfer cases, it is presumed that the student is eligible to participate based upon the C.I.F. transfer rules.

l) C.I.F. rules require that semester grades be used to determine eligibility at the end of the 2nd and 4th quarters. Thus, grading periods shall be 1st quarter, 1st semester, 3rd quarter and 2nd semester)

 

The eligibility policy shall affect the following groups of students: Cabinet/Senate Members, Class Officers, Homecoming Court, Spiritleaders & Members of the Drill Team and Student Body Officers

 

In order to be considered for the office of Student Body President or Vice-President, candidates must be seniors. All other Student Body officers may be juniors or seniors.

 

a) A student must be enrolled at Saint Mary’s one full semester before being considered for one of the above positions. Freshmen are excepted.

 

b) In order to be considered for the office of Student Body President, the candidate must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and must have one year of experience on Student Council.

 

c) All students who are being considered for one of the following: Student Body office, Cabinet or Senate, Campus Ministry, Homecoming Court, Spiritleaders, and Drill Team members must have a 2.0 GPA in the quarter/or semester prior to the time they are being considered for election or appointment.

 

d) In the event that report cards are issued before the election or appointment is conducted and the student does not attain the required GPA, that student is ineligible.

 

e) Students must have permission of the Vice Principal and meet the requirements stated in the Student Constitution.

 

f) Students must have permission of the Dean of Students. Permission may be denied or removed for the following reasons:

  1. Eleven or more unexcused tardies for the year.

  2. Twelve absences during the year in any one quarter. *Unscheduled vacations are included in this number. Students in excess of 11 absences must have on file in the attendance office, a doctor's note verifying that the student has been under a doctor's care for an extended period of time. Failure to have verification on file by the end of the filing date will result in disqualification.

  3. Four or more detentions for any reason.

  4. Unauthorized leaving of campus.

  5. Disciplinary Contract.

  6. One referral based on inappropriate behavior.

  7. Cutting school or class.

  8. Suspension from school.

  9. Failure to meet the filing deadline.

The following will be the procedure for consideration for a student office:

 

a) The Student Activities Director will establish a filing date each year. Before this date, all students who wish to be considered for any position must submit their name to the Director of Student Activities.

 

b) Once the student is cleared by the Dean of Students and by the Vice Principal, the Student Activities Director will issue to the student an application as well as the necessary information and dates for completing the process.

 

c) Spiritleaders and members of the Drill Team must be cleared by the Dean of Students and by the Vice Principal in order to participate in the tryouts.

 

Tardies

 

a) Students who are late for any class must report to the Attendance Office before going to class.

 

b) When a student is on campus he/she is expected to be in his/her classroom and not in the library, bathrooms, etc.

 

c) Tardies can only be excused between 8:15 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and only on the day the tardy occurs.

 

d) For every unexcused tardy a student receives, the student must serve up to 1 hour of detention immediately after school the day of the tardy.

 

e) Students must report to the designated place for detention within 5-minutes after the last class of the day ends. If there is an assembly, rally, class meeting, etc., students must go to detention immediately afterwards.

 

f) Failure to serve a one-hour tardy detention on the day the tardy was received may result in additional hours being added to the original number and the student being socially suspended until all hours (including the additional hours) have been served; students may not be able to participate in nor attend any extra-curricular activities until all hours are served and with further approval of the Deans.

 

g) Students will be limited to 3 parental excused tardies per quarter. After the third parental excused tardy in a quarter, all tardies will be considered unexcused.

 

h) Students who accumulate 7 unexcused tardies in a given quarter may be required, along with their parent(s) to attend a meeting with the Dean of Students; teachers and coaches most affected by the students' excessive tardiness may also be asked to attend the meeting.

 

i) Students who accumulate 9 unexcused tardies in a given quarter may be placed on social suspension for a minimum of three weeks. Additional tardies will be dealt with by the Deans.

 

Off Campus Permission

 

a) A parent must notify the Attendance Office and students must check out through the attendance office before leaving school. Leaving school grounds without an off-campus "blue Slip" obtained directly from the attendance office will result in a "cut".

 

b) The attendance office must receive a parent phone call, email or note before obtaining a special excuse to go off campus - Students are required to remain on campus for all days shortened due to on-campus activities.

 

c) The student must report to the Attendance Office when returning and turn in the "Blue Slip" before going back to class.

 

d) For field trips, a special off-campus permission form signed by parents is required. Overnight field trips are subject to an attendance and academic review, with permission being granted at the discretion of the Vice Principal and the Dean of Students. If a field trip is scheduled and falls on a Sunday, arrangements will be made to attend Sunday Mass.

 

e) College visits are considered absences with parental permission.

 

f) Seniors are allowed off campus for lunch every day; Juniors are permitted to go off-campus for lunch on Wednesdays. Sophomores and Freshmen do not have off-campus lunch privileges. Upperclassmen who drive underclassmen off campus for lunch will be held responsible and subject to disciplinary action.

 

g) The school school is released from any liability for a student who goes off campus for lunch.

 

Medication

 

Medications will not be furnished to students by the school. If a student must have medication during the school day, the following procedure should be followed:

 

a) Where reasonable and feasible, the student's medication should be self-administered.

 

b) Instructions from the doctor, parent and/or guardian stating the nature of the medication should be filed in the Attendance Office.

 

c) Student medication is to remain in the Attendance Office.

 

d) All medications must be clearly marked (prescription container, original package, etc.)

 

Code of Behavior

 

St. Francis De Sales, one of the school's patron saints writes, "The well-being of the home depends on the parents' words, but far more on their behavior."

 

Activities, namely parties, dances, etc., held off campus that directly or indirectly reflect adversely on the reputation of SMHS may jeopardize a student's enrollment. The administration/school reserves the right to discipline students for conduct, whether inside or outside school, including but not limited to, use of any form of social media, that is detrimental to the standards and reputation of the school.

 

General Rules of Conduct

 

Drugs & Alcohol

 

Saint Mary's High School recognizes the hardship created by drugs an alcohol at the individual and community levels. In so doing we unite to provide a drug free environment, safe for student growth and learning.

 

While we recognize the need for compassionate treatment of those addicted and seeking help, we also uphold the policy of not using drugs/alcohol any time while on or off campus or at any off-campus Saint Mary's event. In accordance with this, we will maintain a NO TOLERANCE policy toward drug and alcohol use. SMHS Administration has approved the use of breathalyzers and drug dogs as a deterrent to the use of drugs and alcohol.

 

The policy relating to such abuses is designed to be preventative in nature and is intended to help any student having problems with alcohol or drugs. When a student is found for the first time, in possession of, under the influence of, using drugs or alcohol, or paraphernalia on the way to or from school, at

school, before, during, after or at school-sponsored event, the unauthorized substance or paraphernalia will be taken away from the student. St. Mary's High School reserves the right to use a Breathalyzer at school or school related activities. The police may be contacted whenever any individual is found in possession of illegal substances or is in violation of the law. Parents will be contacted to take the student home. If emergency services are needed, such services shall be contacted and the expense borne by the student and their family.

 

Any student who is found in possession of or under the influence of drugs or alcohol shall be suspended from school for 5 school days and socially suspended for 30 calendar days. The student will also be placed on a Drug and Alcohol Contract through graduation from Saint Mary's. Please note: A student who is already on a Disciplinary Contract will be asked to leave Saint Mary's without the option of going on a Drug and Alcohol Contract.

 

As a condition of continued enrollment, the student, at the expense of the student's family/guardian, may be required to meet with a drug/alcohol counselor or psychologist. Upon completion of counseling the student must submit a professional assessment to the Dean(s) of Students. The student shall be subject to random drug/alcohol testing, also at the family's expense for the duration of enrollment at SMHS. (If the student drives to school they will be required to park on campus.) The school is bound by law, as are individuals and families, and it will act in compliance with the law when circumstances indicate certain actions are necessary. Note: Should a family refuse the recommended professional treatment, (including random drug testing), the school reserves the right to permanently dismiss the student from Saint Mary's

 

Policy For Possession/Use/Selling Of Drugs/ Alcohol While Enrolled At St. Mary's

 

Inspection of personal property including (but not limited to) cell phones, text messages, Facebook, Twitter accounts, Instagram or any type of social media communication, lockers and their contents, clothing pockets, backpacks and vehicles may be conducted by the Principal, Dean of Students or their designee for any reason, at any time, without notice and without student or parent consent.

 

Additional Grounds for Disciplinary Action, Contract, Suspension/Expulsion

 

The Dean will inform the student and the parent/guardian of the consequences.

 

Upon request the parent(s) and the student may be requested to meet with the Deans before the student will be permitted to return to school. Students may be put on a disciplinary contract as a condition for returning to school at the discretion of the Deans or Principal. A student shall be suspended for no more than five consecutive school days. Grounds for suspension can become grounds for expulsion at the discretion of the Deans and Principal.

 

A student may be placed on a social suspension, placed on a disciplinary contract, suspended, or expelled for actions to include, prior to, at, or following any school related activity. including, but not limited to the following:

  1. Possession of or assault with a lethal instrument or weapon or possession of harmful weapons and materials or objects that can be used as weapons.

  2. Use of, possession of, under the influence of, or distribution of any alcohol, narcotics or controlled substance or anything passed off as drugs, on or off school premises or at any school-related activity regardless of where.

  3. Any action deemed by the administration to be detrimental to the moral or spiritual welfare of other students or school personnel.

  4. Theft, attempted theft, dishonesty, or extortion.

  5. Failure to uphold any of the conditions of a Disciplinary or Drug/Alcohol Disciplinary contract.

  6. Conduct or statements at school or elsewhere which would reflect adversely on the mission and philosophy of St. Mary's High School.

  7. Disruption of school activities in or outside the classroom.

  8. If a student is found to be trafficking-buying, giving away or offering to trade, sell, or give away alcohol/drugs (including prescription medication), on the way to or from school, at school, before, during, after or at school-sponsored event, the student will be dismissed immediately from Saint Mary's High School without the option of returning. The parents will be notified and the police may be contacted.

Additional (Not Exclusive) Grounds for Discipline Including Expulsion

  1. Any repeated violation of the school's drug/alcohol policy will result in automatic dismissal from Saint Mary's High School.

  2. Any act of vandalism involving school property or the property of another on school grounds.

  3. Gambling.

  4. Forgery - students are not allowed to write their own notes, even with parent permission.

  5. Continual cutting or leaving school without prior permission.

  6. Smoking or chewing tobacco during school or at any school function.

  7. Being on another campus during the school day, other than as an invited guest.

  8. Disobedience, insubordination, or disrespect for authority.

  9. Receiving a referral for misconduct in the classroom.

  10. Unexcused absences or continued tardiness.

  11. Outrageous, scandalous or serious disruptive behavior.

  12. Habitual lack of effort leading to failure in classroom work.

  13. Conduct that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's academic performance, disruptive behavior, or of creating an intimidating, offensive or hostile, educational environment.

  14. Continual disregard for the St. Mary's dress code.

  15. Tampering with the computer, grades, or files of any school personnel.

  16. Fighting, verbal abuse (including: text messaging, cyberbullying, sexting, tweeting, Facebooking or through any other form of social media or digital communication), assault, battery, bullying, harassment, threat of violence or encouraging others to violent actions directed toward any school personnel, student, or their property.

  17. Language or behavior which is immoral, profane, vulgar, or obscene.

  18. Behavior or comments which are offensive and/or of a sexual nature will not be tolerated. Sexual harassment includes sexting, unwelcome sexual advances and/or other verbal comments.

  19. Students found to have reported or filed false reports and/or accusations.

 Please note: any student who is suspended is expected to have all work completed the day he/she returns to school.

 

Please note: A student who is involved in a sport in season, an extracurricular activity, or a participatory performance class who is suspended from school, will not be allowed to participate in the next scheduled game/event/ performance after returning from school following the suspension.

 

Accusations of harassment and/or abuse will be dealt with by the Dean of Students in consultation with the Principal.

 

Anti Bullying Policy

 

St. Mary's High School is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, volunteers and patrons, free from harassment, intimidation or bullying. "Harassment, intimidation or "bullying" means any intentional written, electronic, verbal, photographic or physical act, when the intentional written, verbal, or physical act:

  1. Physically harms a student or damages the student's property; or

  2. Has the effect of interfering with a student's education; or

  3. Is severe, persistent, or pervasive so that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or

  4. Has the effect of disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

Harassment, intmidation or bullying can take many forms including, but not limited to: cyberbullying, tweeting, texting, sexting, Facebook, emails, snap shots, slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendos, demeaning comments, drawing of cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical atttacks, threats, or other written, electronic, online, verbal, or physical actions. "Intentional acts" refers to the individual's choice to engage in the act rather than the ultimate impact of the action(s).

 

Many actions that do not rise to the level of harassment, intimidation, or bullying may still be prohibited by other school policies or building, classroom, or program rules. Violations of this policy may include any social media postings.

 

Counseling, corrective discipline, dismissal from school, and/or referral to law enforcement may be employed to change the behavior of the perpetrator and remediate the impact on the victim.

 

Parents are expected to monitor their students' social media accounts. This policy will be in effect but is not limited to students, parents, relatives, friends, etc.

 

Social Media has become an important medium of communication for our young people. However, all too often social media is used in disparaging, harassing, sexually explicit, and/or other ways that run counter to our Catholic faith and Christian teachings. Many of our young people are emboldened using social media in ways that they would never be face to face. Parents are often in the dark about what is really going on behind the scenes.

 

Saint Mary's High School expects that parents actively monitor the social media content of their son/daughter so as to discourage use of social media to post any inappropriate images or profanity, use of social media as a weapon against anyone, use of social media to belittle or disrespect others, and/or use of social media to be sexually explicit, to bully, or to harrass.

 

Forms of Formal Disciplinary Action

 

Recommended Transfer

  1. A recommended transfer terminates the student from St. Mary's but does not leave the stigma of expulsion.

  2. A recommended transfer is a determination by the Principal that continued attendance is not in the best  interest of the educational environment or will make demands on the school which the school cannot meet.

  3. The parent/guardian have failed to meet the obligations to St. Mary's which they accepted upon enrolling their child, or have been uncooperative with the school staff, policies, regulations, programs, or have interfered in matters of school administration or discipline to the detriment of the school’s ability to serve their own or other students.

  4. If grounds exist to expel a student, but there are extenuating circumstances in the determination of the Principal, the Principal may, at her discretion, offer a recommended transfer as an alternative to expulsion.

Expulsion

 

If a student's offense is potentially grounds for expulsion, the Dean of Students will inform the student and parent and send the student home. If a hearing is requested by the parents, the Advisory Board of Discipline and the Deans of Students will meet with the parents and student. Individuals other than the student and parents are not allowed to attend the Board meeting. After the meeting, a recommendation will be made to the Principal by the Dean

 

Detention

 

The definition of detention is having to spend time outside of school hours or performing "public service" at school or elsewhere. There are four types of detention at St. Mary's:

  1. DETENTION GIVEN TO A STUDENT BY A TEACHER BECAUSE OF INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR IN THE CLASSROOM. This will be dealt with by the individual teacher in the classroom. After notifying the parent, a teacher may detain a student for up to one hour after school.

  2. DETENTION GIVEN TO A STUDENT BECAUSE OF A TARDY

  3. A MANDATORY AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION GIVEN IN THE

  4. FORM OF A "DETENTION NOTICE." Detention notices are issued to the student for dress code violations and other infractions of school rules. When delivered a "detention notice," the student is made aware that they have a 45-minute mandatory detention which is to be served on the day the notice is issued. Note: extra-curricular activities, car pools, sports, etc., are not acceptable excuses for missing detention.

  5. FAILURE TO SERVE A DETENTION If a student fails to serve detention, the student will receive a 3-Hour Detention. If the student fails to serve his/her 3-Hour Detention, the student will be given 6 hours of detention and will be socially suspended from all extracurricular activities (including sports) until all 6 hours have been served. Failure to serve any of these hours may result in further disciplinary consequences including, but not limited to suspension, disciplinary contract, or other consequences. Other Disciplinary Definitions, Procedures, and Policies

Social Suspension

 

A student is placed on social suspension by the Dean of Students. During the term of the social suspension, the student will not be permitted to take part in any extra-curricular activities including try outs, team practices and/or games, attend any school functions, or be allowed to go off campus for lunch.

 

Unauthorized Persons/Custodial Issues

 

No unauthorized organization, agency, or person shall be allowed to visit or assume custody of any student(s) on school premises during school hours or before or after school unless authorized in writing by the parent or guardian. In order to cooperate with student and family needs, the school must be informed of custody arrangements. It is the responsibility of the parent or the guardian to inform the school of custody status and subsequent changes. The school may ask for legal documentation of these arrangements. Emancipated minors (those not residing with a parent or legal guardian) may not attend St. Mary's High School.

 

Law Enforcement Authority

 

Law enforcement officials have the right to arrest, take into custody, or interview students in attendance at school. St. Mary's High School has no obligation to protect a student from interview by law enforcement officials. In any such matter, other than child abuse, parents shall be informed of the interview as soon as possible. In some cases this may be after the police investigation is complete.

 

Advisory Board of Discipline

 

The purpose of the Advisory Board of Discipline is to aid and advise the Deans in the administration of school disciplinary policies. This advisory board reserves the right to call upon any party or parties who

are able to shed light on the issue under consideration. Students, when requested, are expected to be at the Advisory Board meeting; parent attendance is optional but encouraged. No other parties may attend an Advisory Board hearing without the prior consent of the Deans and Principal.

 

The Advisory Board of Discipline will make a recommendation to the Deans who in turn will communicate this recommendation to the Principal. The Dean will communicate the decision of the school to the parent(s) after the Principal has made the ultimate decision.

  

Parking And Driving

 

All parking rules for students come under the jurisdiction of the Dean of Students. Parking for the entire year is $100.00. No refunds. Students are to be dropped off in designated areas. Do not drop off or pick up students in the lot behind the Lagorio building.

  1. Cars may park in designated parking areas only. Illegally parked cars are subject to being towed at the owners expense.

  2. Juniors and Seniors will register for parking during August registration. Parking fees will be automatically billed on the September tuition statement. Sophomore parking is subject to availability.

  3. Students found speeding or driving irresponsibly in or exiting from the parking lot may lose on campus parking privileges or be issued detentions based on the severity of the offense.

  4. The parking lot is off limits during school hours, including the break and lunch periods. Students must park in their assigned space at all times during school hours and have on display their parking tag.

  5. The parking area in front of and behind the Lagorio Family Academic Building is reserved for faculty members and visitors.

  6. Please be considerate when parking on neighborhood streets. Residents when warranted have the right to call the S.P.D. or a towing agency.

  7. A $5.00 replacement fee may be assessed for lost or misplaced tags.

  8. Accidents occurring in the school parking lot are handled as private matters between the parties involved. St. Mary's assumes no responsibility for accidents.

  9. Students are responsible for and will be held accountable for the contents in the vehicle they drive to school.

  10. Any student placed on a drug/alcohol contract will be required to park on campus. At the discretion of the Deans, if a search is warranted, a student parked off campus may be requested to move their vehicle onto campus whether or not a space has been assigned to them. Parents will be notified as soon as possible.

  11. St. Mary's High School will impose disciplinary sanctions on students where conduct in the neighborhood is unlawful or disturbing. Loitering, littering, and trespassing are some of the concerns for which action will be taken

Note: Any damage to cars parked in the St. Mary's parking lot is not the responsibility of St. Mary's High School. Students are advised to lock their cars when parked in the school parking lot.

 

Dress Code

 

Dress Code

 

Parents are expected to ensure that their child comes to school in regulation S.M. dress code. Parents may be called to bring regulation uniform clothing to school if their child is out of compliance with the S.M. uniform policy.

 

Hair

  1. Hair must be neat, clean and of the student's natural color.

  2. Hair styles that draw undue attention (e.g. shaved heads, spiked hair, bleached or dyed hair) are not allowed. Ponytails are not allowed. Headbands are not allowed.

  3. Hair must not touch the collar or extend beyond the eyebrow.

  4. Sideburns may not extend beyond the earlobe and cannot be wider than one inch. Boys must be clean shaven unless a doctor's note is provided. The Deans may require a boy to shave during the school day.

  5. The final decision on hairstyle rests with the dean.

Cosmetics

  1. Any cosmetics or jewelry that draws undue attention are not allowed.

  2. No writing or graphics are allowed on backpacks.

  3. Facial/Body piercings are limited to the ears. Boys are not allowed to wear earrings. Band-aids are not  permitted to cover earrings.

Young Women

 

Required

 

Appropriate and neat attire are expected at St. Mary's High School. Sloppy and exaggerated attire are unacceptable. Such attire also reflects a poor image of the school to the local community. Dressing in an appropriate and neat manner signals to self and others that school is a place where a seriousness of purpose can be found.

 

Uniforms for all students, must be purchased from the school uniform vendors, (Zuester's, Dennis Uniform, Co. or Mariani's) and are to include any combination of the following:

  1. Pants - dark khaki, navy or grey - Pants must be fitted around the waist and appropriately tailored for school wear.

  2. Shorts - dark khaki, navy or grey. Shorts may not extend more than 3 inches below the knee. Boys who violate this policy will be required to wear long pants until appropriate length shorts are purchased and approved by the deans. Cargo shorts are not allowed.

  3. Uniform SM embroidered polo shirts - white, black or dark green. Only a white, black or green T-shirt will be allowed underneath the uniform polo shirt. These shirts are only available in and must be purchased through the Ram Center. A SM polo shirt must be worn at all times.

  4. Full or mock long sleeved turtlenecks - white, black or dark green. These will be the only type of long sleeved shirts that will be allowed to be worn underneath the uniform polo shirt.

  5. Crew or uniform style V-neck sweaters - white, black or dark green. Sweaters must have a collared uniform shirt underneath.

  6. Sweatshirts - St. Mary's High School only. A collared uniform shirt must be worn underneath at all times. All sweatshirts including a zip-up sweatshirt must be purchased from the Ram Center. Plain sweatshirts are not allowed.

  7. Jackets are acceptable and must be of a solid color and free of writing, designs and logos. College/pro sports team jackets, flannel, and denim jackets are not acceptable.

  8. Shoes - hard sole dress shoes and tennis shoes are the only acceptable shoes. Slippers, sandals, boots of any kind, and moccasins are not allowed.

  9. Socks - must be visible. Only topsiders may be worn without socks.

  10. Long pants must be worn on Mass days.

Young Men

 

Required

  1. Pants - dark khaki, navy or grey - Pants must be fitted around the waist and appropriately tailored for school wear.

  2. Shorts - dark khaki, navy or grey. Shorts may not extend more than 3 inches below the knee. Boys who violate this policy will be required to wear long pants until appropriate length shorts are purchased and approved by the deans. Cargo shorts are not allowed.

  3. Uniform SM embroidered polo shirts - white, black or dark green. Only a white, black or green T-shirt will be allowed underneath the uniform polo shirt. These shirts are only available in and must be purchased through the Ram Center. A SM polo shirt must be worn at all times.

  4. Full or mock long sleeved turtlenecks - white, black or dark green. These will be the only type of long sleeved shirts that will be allowed to be worn underneath the uniform polo shirt.

  5. Crew or uniform style V-neck sweaters - white, black or dark green. Sweaters must have a collared uniform shirt underneath.

  6. Sweatshirts - St. Mary's High School only. A collared uniform shirt must be worn underneath at all times. All sweatshirts including a zip-up sweatshirt must be purchased from the Ram Center. Plain sweatshirts are not allowed.

  7. Jackets are acceptable and must be of a solid color and free of writing, designs and logos. College/pro sports team jackets, flannel, and denim jackets are not acceptable.

  8. Shoes - hard sole dress shoes and tennis shoes are the only acceptable shoes. Slippers, sandals, boots of any kind, and moccasins are not allowed.

  9. Socks - must be visible. Only topsiders may be worn without socks.

Not Acceptable

  1. Any cosmetics or jewelry that draws undue attention are not allowed.

  2. No writing or graphics are allowed on backpacks.

  3. Facial/Body piercings are limited to the ears. Boys are not allowed to wear earrings. Bandaids are not permitted to cover earrings.

  4. Any uniform shorts/pants purchased anywhere other than Dennis Uniform Co., Zuester's, or Mariani's.

  5. Sweatshirts and "hoodies"purchased anywhere other than the Ram Center.

  6. Sagging or baggy pants.

  7. Hooded sweatshirts worn underneath the uniform polo shirt. College/Pro Sports Team jackets, flannel, and denim jackets. Hoods are not to be worn during the school day.

  8. Colored tee shirts other than white, black or green. T-shirts with writing is not allowed underneath a uniform shirt.

  9. Heels, above one inch, shoes with open toes, open backs, and boots of any kind. Slippers, sandals, Uggs boots of any kind, and mocassins.

  10. Hats of any type, including knitted, worn during school hours.

  11. Any shirt that hangs out or below a jacket, sweatshirt, sweater, uniform polo shirt.

  12. Facial piercings, such as nose, lips, eyebrows or excessive ear piercings.

  13. Tattos. If a student has been tatoooed, the tatoo(s) must be completely covered at all times during the school day or during any extra-curricular S.M. activity, on or off campus.

  14. Sunglasses during school hours (8:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.)

  15. Girls shorts shorter than 3 inches above the knee.

  16. Boys shorts longer than 3 inches below the knee.

  17. Boys are not allowed to wear earrings (or band-aids to cover up earrings) of any kind while at school or at any extra-curricular St. Mary's event.

  18. Skirts.

  19. Ear buds are not to be worn during school hours.

Parents are required to actively support the dress code. A student who comes to school out of dress code may be given a detention (to be served the same day) and the student may also be required to contact a parent/guardian to have proper attire delivered to school before the student is allowed to return to class. Continual disregard for the school uniform is grounds for dismissal from SMHS. The Dean of Students shall be the arbiter and decision-maker on what is a violation of the dress code.

 

Activities Dean's Information

 

Eligibility For Activities

 

Participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege. It is presumed that students who are representing Saint Mary’s High School in various activities are maximizing the educational opportunities that are available to them. Continued eligibility for participation in extracurricular activities is contingent upon the student’s maintaining at least a 2.0 grade point average. Addtional requirements can be found in the Handbook

  

Dance Regulations

 

a) All dances must be scheduled with the Director of Student Activities.

 

b) Each dance is to be chaperoned by teachers and parents, if needed as well as moderators of the class or club sponsoring the dance.

 

c) The Dean (or a person delegated and approved by the Principal) must be present at all dances.

 

d) There is to be a minimum of two security guards at all dances.

 

e) Any student on social suspension may not attend dances or any St. Mary’s athletic or social activity. If a student has been asked to leave St. Mary’s, that student may not attend any of the previously mentioned activities without the permission of the Dean of Students. In some cases, permission may be denied.

 

f) When a D.J. plays for a dance, the D.J. will not be allowed to bring guests with them. This fact will be noted in the contract and will be enforced by the moderator of the class or club sponsoring the dance.

 

g) Entrance to dances is allowed within one-half hour of opening of the dance. A breathalyzer test will be administered to all students entering a dance. At the discretion of the Deans, a breathalyzer test may be

administered to students leaving a dance.

 

h) If a student leaves a dance prior to one-half hour before the dance ends, they must sign out and/or parents will be called.

 

i) Students shall not be able to return to the dance after they have left, and must leave the parking lot area immediately.

 

k) The Junior/Senior Prom is open ONLY to Juniors or Seniors. Before a bid may be purchased, the Student Activity Director must verify that the students are juniors or seniors or a graduate. No sophomore or freshman from St. Mary's or any other high school may attend the Prom. Anyone attending the prom, who is not a current St. Mary's student, must present proper identification at the door. The prom is a formal event and requires formal attire. Those not in formal attire will be denied admittance.

 

l) Students who attend athletic events and choose not to attend a dance

that follows must leave the campus one-half hour after the athletic event ends.

 

m) Saint Mary's reserves the right to deny entrance to, or dismiss anyone from the dances. Any dance of a suggestive or inappropriate nature will not be tolerated. Appropriate behavior is determined by school staff.

 

n) The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

 

Guest Passes

 

a) Guest passes will be limited to 100 per dance, one pass per student.

 

b) No outside person will be admitted to any dance without a guest pass or special invitation from class or club moderators or Student Activities Director.

 

d) All guests will be required to show the student body card of the school they are attending. If they do not have a student body card, an I.D. card or driver’s license will be required. Failure to produce the above

required identification will render the guest pass null and void.

 

e) Social moderators will have the right to refuse to honor any guest pass at the door.

 

f) A guest pass not made out in the correct manner will be collected at the door and not honored.

 

g) The host student is to accompany their guest at the door and is to be responsible for acquainting the guest with the school dance rules. The guest must conform with these rules. The host will be held responsible for any damage their guest might cause.

 

EWE Draw

 

The EWE Draw is a mandatory fundraiser in which the school generates revenue necessary to run various programs. This fundraiser directly benefits financial aid and student activities, therefore, students must support the EWE Draw for it to be successful.

 

The EWE Draw is in the Fall, (normally mid-September through late October) and all students are expected to participate. Those students who do not fully participate in the fundraiser will be assessed the difference between the amount each student is asked to sell and the amount actually sold. For example, if a student is required to sell $80.00 worth of tickets and they sell only 20 fundraiser tickets at $2.00 each, they would raise $40.00 towards the fundraiser. This student would then be assessed a one time charge of $40.00 to offset the required $80.00 amount.

 

This charge will be added to the student's FACTS account. If tickets or monies are not turned in by the day prior to the drawing, you will be charged $100.

 

Refusal to participate in the EWE Draw and other fundraisers may result in the denial of scholarships and financial aid.

 

 

 

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