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Dean's Corner

The Dean of Students Office is responsible for campus-wide discipline and safety. In collaboration with the Guidance Department and school administrators, the Deans counsel students in resolving personal and behavioral issues. Throughout the year, the Dean's Office coordinates emergency drill training for students, faculty and staff.
At St. Mary's we take pride in our high standards regarding conduct, behavior, respect and spirituality through action. This standard is clearly outlined in our Parent/Student Handbook, which all students and parents are required to read and sign. Please take the time to review the St. Mary's Code of Conduct and important issues such as Dress Code, Discipline, Electronic Use Policy, Drugs and Alcohol.
Dress for Success!
Students must be fully and appropriately dressed in a manner that supports a productive learning environment.
    • Students are encouraged, but not required, to wear an SM polo.
    • Full coverage tops and bottoms are required at all times.
    • No tank tops, low cut tops, pajamas, bathing suits, or inappropriate messaging on clothing are allowed.
    • Students are encouraged to show their school spirit by wearing an SM club/sport t-shirt on Fridays.
    • Spirit Days will be announced in advance. All spirit wear should meet the minimum dress code criteria above.
Students are expected to be present and on time for each online class. A student's presence and preparedness is vital to learning.
    • Teachers will take attendance daily at the beginning of each class period on Zoom.
    • If a student will be absent from online school for any reason, parents are expected to call (209-957-3340 ext 122) or email the SMHS Attendance office within 24 hours of the student's absence. Mrs. Sara Cornies in Attendance will relay all excused absences or tardies to teachers via email. 
    • Students cannot excuse their own absence. Work scheduling conflicts are not acceptable reasons for absence.
    • Unexcused tardiness may impact students' class participation grade.
    • SMHS Absence Policy as outlined in the Parent/Student Handbook applies to online schooling as well: Students with six (6) or more absences in any given quarter may not receive credit for that class, except in circumstances of prolonged illness, as verified by a physician's note on file.
Dear Parents,
We need your help. An issue of vital importance that confronts our families today is teen drinking and drug use. High school years are a time of new challenges as well as new adjustments. In a society where the allure of drug and alcohol use may be quite compelling, we, as parents must help prepare our children to meet those challenges and to make those right decisions. Looking at our own values and behaviors is a primary step.

What can you do? As parents you can follow these guidelines when you host a party or hear of one:

  •  Set your ground rules with your teen before the party.
  •  Establish rules for your home and/or property. It will not be a site at which alcohol/drugs will be available, tolerated and/or served to young people (those under legal age of 21).
  • Always be home when young people are visiting your home.
  • Properly supervise any and all gatherings of young people in your home.
  • Welcome other parents to call or drop-by.
  • Notify the police when planning a large party.
  • Notify your neighbors of the party.
  • Limit party attendance and set starting and ending times.
What is your homework? As parents, set the following rules for yourself when your son or daughter is attending a party.
  • Be sure you know where your teenager will be.
  • Contact the parents of the party-giver.
  • Set times teens are expected to return home.
  • Avoid spontaneous "sleep-overs" when possible.
  • Encourage your child to call if they need a ride home.
Click here to take the SAFE HOME PLEDGE online. We ask you to read the following pledge. If you agree to participate, your name will appear in the TeleRam. Thank you.
In Mary's grace,
Kathy Smith
Families Committed to Safe Home Pledge

Jerry Ballucanag

Juan and Patty Herrera

Anthony and Angela Contreras

Greg & Denise Heli

Candi Corey

Adeyinka & Olufunke Somotun

Scott & Janice Kyles

Greg & K Sabrina Wheatley

Dave & Rosie Calderon

Joseph and Jennifer Beason

Leo and Sylvia Warmerdam

Kristine Dobbins

Lisa Lucchesi

Paul Bettencourt

Danita Blackwell

Tim and Adrienne Carroll

Phil and Julie Ramirez

Anna Ramirez

Barbara Cordoza

Laurie Coates