Argos Community Jr-Sr High School 2014-2015
2 table of contents Argos Jr.-Sr. High School Introductory Information ___ 4
Faculty Phone Extension and E-Mail Directory ___ 5
Access to Equal Educational Opportunity & Nondiscrimination ___ 7
Act Reporting - No Child Left Behind ___ 7
PL221 Belief Statement ___ 7
PL221 Mission Statement ___ 8
Schedule - School Hours & Activity Period ___ 8
Schedules ___ 8
Statement of Ethics & School Colors & Song ___ 9
ACADEMICS Awards ___ 10
Classification by Credit for Grades - High School ___ 10
Correspondence /Distance/On-Line Learning Courses ___ 10
Course Auditing ___ 10
Dual Credit &Advanced Placement (AP) Courses ___ 11
Foreign Exchange Students ___ 11
Report Card Grades/Midterms ___ 11
Default Grading System ___ 11
Grading System ___ 12
Grading - Weighted Grades ___ 12
Beginning with the Class of 2016 ___ 17
Graduation Examination ___ 17
Evidence Based Waiver ___ 18
Homework Policy ___ 18
Homework Recommendations ___ 18
Incomplete Grades ___ 19
Promotion/Retention - Junior High ___ 19
Retention and Red-Shirting (Pertaining to Interscholastic Athletics ___ 19
Reward Trip Requirements - Jr.
High ___ 19
Schedule Changes ___ 20
Scholarships and Financial Aid ___ 20
Senior Exit Portfolio ___ 20
Vocational Classes - Requirements forAdmission ___ 21
ATHLETICS Athletic Philosophy ___ 21
Athletic Eligibility ___ 21
Athletic Code of Conduct ___ 22
Code of Conduct Disciplinary Actions ___ 22
Athletic Council ___ 23
Conflict Between Two Activities ___ 23
Random Drug Testing ___ 23
Intent to Warn ___ 23
Athletic Teams Offered ___ 23
Awards ___ 24
Special Awards by Sport ___ 25
Awards Programs ___ 25
Ticket Prices ___ 26
Season Ticket Prices ___ 26
Chain of Command ___ 26
ATTENDANCE Introduction ___ 26
Absence Procedure ___ 27
Absences - Excused ___ 27
Absences - Unexcused ___ 28
Absences - Athletics/Extra-Curriculars ___ 28
Accumulation of Absences ___ 28
College Visits ___ 29
Tardies ___ 29
School Day Tardies ___ 29
Tardy to School ___ 29
Motor Vehicle Habitual Truancy Law ___ 30
Withdrawal From School .
3 CLUBS & ACTIVITIES Clubs and Activities ___ 31
Class Officers & Club Officers ___ 33
DISCIPLINE Introduction ___ 34
Alcohol Suspicion ___ 35
Disruption to Educational Process ___ 35
Dress Code ___ 35
Gum Chewing ___ 36
Law Enforcement Assistance ___ 36
Parent Participation ___ 36
Public Show of Affection ___ 37
Reasonable Force ___ 37
Search - Disposal of Confiscated Items ___ 37
Search - Lockers, Vehicles and Other Storage Areas ___ 37
Search - Person of a Student ___ 38
Suspension or Expulsion Grounds ___ 38
Threat Policy ___ 45
Disciplinary Responses (Detention, Evening School, Suspension, Expulsion ___ 45
Evening School ___ 45
Suspension ___ 45
Expulsion ___ 46
GENERAL INFORMATION Barcodes ___ 47
Closed Campus ___ 47
Dances-High School ___ 47
Dances-Junior High ___ 47
Hall Procedure and Passes ___ 48
Internet School Policy ___ 48
Electronic Acceptable Use Policy ___ 48
Wireless Access ___ 49
Library Passes ___ 50
Lockers ___ 50
Lost and Found ___ 50
Lunch Break ___ 50
Motor Vehicle Regulations ___ 51
School Bus Safety ___ 51
Student Driver’s Licenses ___ 52
Study Hall Regulations ___ 52
Textbooks ___ 52
Visitors ___ 52
Work Permits ___ 53
PUPIL PERSONAL SERVICES AND HEALTH SERVICES Parental Jurisdiction/Emancipation ___ 54
Drug Testing Program ___ 54
Guidance Services ___ 55
Guidelines for Dealing with Students Who May Do Potential Harm to Selves ___ 56
Instructional Materials & Surveys ___ 56
Immunizations ___ 57
Medication ___ 58
Peer Conflicts ___ 58
School Messenger Notification System ___ 58
School Nurse ___ 58
Student Access ___ 59
Student Assistance Team (STAT ___ 59
Student Records and Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) Compliance ___ 60
Student and Parent Acknowledgement Form .
4 ARGOS JR.-SR. HIGH SCHOOL INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION Dear Student and Parents: The purpose of this handbook is to acquaint Argos School Corporation students and parents with the rules and regulations that pertain to the Junior-Senior High School. Argos Junior-Senior High School is a “public school” located inArgos, Indiana, and provides an educational experience for students who live in Green and Walnut Townships located in Marshall County, Indiana. EACH STUDENT AND PARENT/ GUARDIAN SHOULD READ THIS HANDBOOK AND BE KNOWLEDGEABLE OF ITS CONTENTS. The policies contained within this handbook are those that the administration believes are reasonable and necessary to carry out the educational function or school purposes of Argos Junior-Senior High School.
As a member of the school, you are expected to follow the rules that are established for the welfare of the entire student body. In any society there are rules and policies that govern the conduct of its citizens: for this reason you are expected to act like a junior or senior high school student and conduct yourself properly. These policies apply to summer school as well as the regular school year. All of us atArgos Junior-Senior High School encourage you to do your best in the classroom and participate in as many activities as possible that will prepare you to live a better life. Your success in school may well determine your success and happiness in the future.
Be proud of your school. Be conscious of its rich tradition and requirements, and take good care of it. Should you have any questions that are not answered by this handbook, please contact the office for assistance. Good luck and best wishes for the coming year. Argos Junior-Senior High School Faculty and Administration SPECIAL NOTE: Not everything regarding policies, situations and goals for students can be addressed in this handbook. This handbook provides the key provisions of board policy and the board policy manual. The board policy manual should be consulted for the full text of a particular policy.
If there should be a discrepancy between this handbook and School Board policy, the School Board policy prevails.
Copies of all the Indiana Codes and Policies mentioned in this handbook are available in the high school and superintendent’s offices.
5 FACULTY PHONE EXTENSION AND E-MAIL DIRECTORY The following list is being provided as a courtesy to our students and parents to enable communication between home and the school. Please respect the courtesy and use it for its intended purpose. Using this list for personal communication and business solicitations would be inappropriate and unacceptable. To utilize the phone extensions, dial 574-892-5137 and then enter the extension of the faculty member you wish to contact.
If the faculty member is not available you will automatically be forwarded to his/her voice mail. To utilize the e-mail addresses, please carefully enter the address as it appears in the chart. If your message is returned undeliverable, please contact the school for the correct address. Refrain from using the e-mail addresses to forward jokes or junk e-mails. These e-mail addresses should only be used to address specific educational issues concerning your son/daughter. STAFF MEMBER EXT. ROOM E-MAIL Alcorn, Jon 324 Athletics firstname.lastname@example.org Arndt, Jonathon 405 405 email@example.com Avery, Melody 316/320 Nurse firstname.lastname@example.org Baker, Brenda 407 407 email@example.com Bloom, Shari 503 503 firstname.lastname@example.org Burroughs, Sandy 612 612 email@example.com Carter, Brad 764 Maint.
firstname.lastname@example.org Chaney, Marsha 325 Food Serv email@example.com Cohagan, Beth 409 409 firstname.lastname@example.org Cripe, Tim 757 Transp. email@example.com Davis, Boyd 515 515 firstname.lastname@example.org Delp, Judy 312 Counselor email@example.com Dunham, Kandi 516 516 firstname.lastname@example.org Eastgate, Erin 508 508 email@example.com Ely, Gloria 327 Janitorial firstname.lastname@example.org Endres, Elizabeth 306 306 email@example.com Fishburn, John 506/509 506/509 firstname.lastname@example.org Havens, Ashlyn 403 403 email@example.com Holloway, Larry 314 Ele. Princ. firstname.lastname@example.org Johnson, Brady 417 417 email@example.com Jones, Laura 330 Library firstname.lastname@example.org Jones, Mike 326 Ag Bldg email@example.com Kastner-Stanton, Liz 413/509 413/509 firstname.lastname@example.org Kelley, Wendy 765 JESSE email@example.com Kenz, Darle 606 606 firstname.lastname@example.org Lappin, Laura 404 404 email@example.com
6 Lee, Jennifer 331 Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org Leeper, Aron 308 Tech aleeper @argos.k12.in.us Levi, Rockie 415 415 email@example.com Medich, Nick 317 Principal firstname.lastname@example.org Miller, Nancy 412 411 email@example.com Nettrourer, Charlie 327 Maint. firstname.lastname@example.org Newell, Rochelle 604 604 email@example.com Null, Cathy 507 Lunch Prog firstname.lastname@example.org O'Dell, Laurie 310 Admin. Office. email@example.com Overmyer, Lynn 318 JH/HS Office firstname.lastname@example.org Peterson, Kendra 506 506 email@example.com Resendez, Angie 510 510 firstname.lastname@example.org Ritenour, Jackey 514 514 email@example.com Sabanski, Teri 118 Case Conf.
Coor. firstname.lastname@example.org Schwenk, Dominique 765 JESSE email@example.com Shafer, Laura 506 506 firstname.lastname@example.org Shafer, Zach 553 Tech email@example.com Smith, Sara 315 Ele Office firstname.lastname@example.org Spencer, Jaime 422 422 email@example.com Stauffer, Rich 323 Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org Stevens, Nicole 316/320 Nurse email@example.com Wojdyla, Mary 510 510 firstname.lastname@example.org Zechiel, Tina 418 418 email@example.com The following definitions are to help clarify certain terms that are found on the following pages of this handbook: “Good Standing” means a student in good standing atArgos Jr.
Sr. High School does not have excessive tardies and/or absences, excessive discipline referrals. Students not in “good standing” shall not be able to attend or participate in ANY EXTRA-CURRICULAR activities. (This includes: Athletics, Clubs, Dances, Field trips, etc.) “High School” means any combination of grades 9, 10, 11, 12. (IC 20-18-2-7) “ISTEP program” refers to the Indiana statewide testing for educational progress program developed and administered under IC 20-32-5. (IC 20-18-2-10) “Graduation examination” means the test designated by the state also known as the End of Course Assessment (ECA).
(IC 20-18-2-6) “Legal settlement” means – the student’s status with respect to the school corporation that has the responsibility to allow the student to attend its local public schools without the payment of tuition, or to pay transfer tuition under IC 20-26-11 if the student attends school in a local public school of another school corporation. (IC 20-18-2-11)
- To promote knowledge and learning generally.
- To maintain an orderly and effective educational system. “School year” means the period: (1) beginning after June 30 of each year; and (2.) ending before July 1 of the following year; except when a different period is specified for a particular purpose.
Superintendent” means: (1.) the chief administrative officer of a school corporation. (IC 20-18-2-21) “Teacher” means a professional person whose position in a school corporation requires certain teacher training preparations and licensing. (IC 20-18-2-22) “Textbook” means systematically organized material designed to provide a specific level of instruction in a subject matter category. (IC 20-18-2-23) “Truancy” means being absent from school without parent or school permission or any deliberate or unnecessary absence from school or class for which arrangements have not been made. ACCESS TO EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY & NONDISCRIMINATION The School Board does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs, activities, or employment.
- ACT REPORTING - NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND Argos Community Schools will comply with the reporting responsibilities as required by law. PL221 BELIEF STATEMENT Each student is a valued individual with unique intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs.
- Each individual is capable of learning.
- Each student has the right to an education in a safe and positive environment.
- The educational process is a cooperative effort involving students, teachers, staff, administrators, school board, parents and community.
- The commitment to continued improvement is essential for student and staff achievement.
- Students learn in many ways and will be provided with a variety of instructional methods to support their learning styles.
- Students will be assessed in a variety of ways.
8 PL221 MISSION STATEMENT Argos Junior Senior High School will provide all students a quality education in a safe and positive environment. Students will strive to develop their full potential to become responsible individuals and lifelong learners. School staff, administrators, community members, students, and school board members will cooperatively strive to instill in our students the value of each individual in a changing society. SCHEDULE - SCHOOL HOURS & ACTIVITY PERIOD SCHOOL HOURS: School hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The school day consists of seven periods, a 20 minute activity period, and one lunch period of 30 minutes.
Students are not to be in the building prior to 8:00 a.m. or after 3:00 p.m. unless they are involved in a SUPERVISED extra-curricular program or are under the direction of a school employee. Students are not to be in the building unless they are supervised. Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action. High School students will be allowed to move from the lobby area and be in the hallways during the morning period at 7:45 a.m. before the regular school day begins. Jr. High students must remain in the high school lobby area before the regular school day begins.
ACTIVITY PERIOD: Activity Period is set up for clubs and activities to meet on scheduled days for meetings. On days when students are not participating in a meeting for clubs or activities,Activity Period should serve as a study time for students. SCHEDULES REGULAR – Monday Through Friday Jr. High High School 8:05 – 8:53 1st Period 8:05 – 8:53 8:57 – 9:45 2nd Period 8:57 – 9:45 9:49 – 10:37 3rd Period 9:49 – 10:37 10:41 – 11:02 4th Period/AP 10:41 – 11:02 11:02 – 11:32 Jr. High Lunch HS 5th Period 11:06 – 11:54 11:36 – 12:24 JH 5th Period HS Lunch 11:54 – 12:24 12:28 – 1:16 6th Period 12:28 – 1:16 1:20 – 2:08 7th Period 1:20 – 2:08 2:12 – 3:00 8th Period 2:12 – 3:00 2 HOUR DELAY Jr.
High High School 10:05 – 10:40 1st Period 10:05 – 10:40 10:44 – 11:18 2nd Period 10:44 – 11:18 11:18 – 11:50 Jr. High Lunch HS 3rd Period 11:22 – 11:54 11:54 – 12:28 JH 3rd Period HS Lunch 11:54 – 12:28 12:32 – 1:06 5th Period 12:32 – 1:06 1:10 – 1:44 6th Period 1:10 – 1:44 1:48 – 2:22 7th Period 1:48 – 2:22 2:26 – 3:00 8th Period 2:26 – 3:00
9 STATEMENT OF ETHICS & SCHOOL COLORS & SONG A ccept responsibilities in school and community R espect yourself and others will respect you G row as you learn O pen your mind to new and better ideas S how your school spirit *Prepared and presented by the AHS Student Council School Colors - Black and Old Gold School Mascot – Dragon School Song - (Tune of “On Wisconsin”) Argos High School, Argos High School `Tis for you we fight Drop the ball right in the basket Listen to our cries, RAH, RAH, RAH Argos High School, Argos High School Fight on for your fame Fight fellows, fight, fight, fight We’ll win this game.
A-A-ARG-G-G-GOS, A-R-G-O-S (repeat both verses)
- Receive no grades less than a “B-” and at least a “C” in Physical Education
- Be taking a minimum of five (5) course/credits.
- To be eligible for the High Honor Roll, students must meet the following requirements:
- Receive no grades less than an “A-” in all subject areas.
- Be taking a minimum of five (5) course/credits. An Incomplete in any subject will cause ineligibility for both High Honor Roll and Honor Roll. 3. 100% HONOR ROLL – Awards presented at awards program. 4. PERFECT ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATES Will be given with last report card.Astudent will qualify for perfect attendance with no absences for all class periods during the school year. All absences count against perfect attendance EXCEPT field trips, testing days and college visits 5. SENIOR AWARDS NIGHT This special night is held during the month of May. Scholarship winners, subject area award winners, Honor Roll achievers, perfect attendance achievers, Hoosier Scholars and many other award winners are announced and recognized. Senior Athletes are also honored on this night. 6. ARGOS ACADEMIC LETTER Students will be able to earn an academic letter based on the following criteria:
- Students will qualify after three (3) semesters at Argos High School (grades 9-12)
- Student must possess a 3.33 GPA
- Qualification does not need to be consecutive. Students will receive an “AcademicA” patch on their first qualification and a chevron for each additional semester they qualify. These will be distributed each semester after report cards are available. CLASSIFICATION BY CREDIT FOR GRADES – HIGH SCHOOL Class standing is based on the following number of credits earned: General Diploma Core 40, Academic Honors, High Academic Honor Grade 9 - 9 credits or less 11 or less credits Grade 10 - 10 - 19 credits 12 – 23 credits Grade 11 - 20 – 29 credits 24 – 35 credits Grade 12 - 30 credits or more 36 credits or more Studentsmaynotparticipateinclassactivitiesiftheyarenotclassifiedinthatclass .Studentsmustbeingood standing,academicallyandbehaviorally,withtheschooltobeeligibletoparticipate ingraduationexercises. CORRESPONDENCE /DISTANCE/ON-LINE LEARNING COURSES Correspondence courses will be allowed on a case-by-case basis with approval in writing by the parent, guidance counselor and principal. Tests must be arranged through the guidance department. Seniors must have the course completed by May 1st.
COURSE AUDITING To audit a course is to attend class regularly, do required assignments and tests, be graded as if it were a course for credit, but receive no credit for the course. There are situations in which a student may want to consider auditing a course:
11 1. A student may pass the first semester of a two-semester course and fail the second semester. The first semester may be audited in order to build up background of the subject matter in order to increase the chance of success in the second semester. 2. Astudent may be pursuing theAcademic Honors Diploma which has a stipulation that course will not be counted towards this plan if a grade of lower than a “C-” is earned.
If this should occur, the student may repeat the class in order to meet the qualifications for the Academic Honors Diploma. The higher grade earned for a class that is audited will be counted toward the grade point average. No additional credits will be earned. Permission to audit a class must be given by the guidance counselor and the principal.Aclass, which is being audited, cannot be counted towards I.H.S.A.A. athletic eligibility. (See I.H.S.A.A. rule 18-1.5 for further information.) 3. Classes that can be audited are available to help students academically, but students may not audit an elective class on a part-time basis (i.e.
choir) and leave an academic class to do so. 4. The transcript grade will reflect the audit grade for the class DUAL CREDIT & ADVANCED PLACEMENT (ap) COURSES: Argos High School offers Dual Credit and Advanced Placement courses that will earn weighted grades: Dual Credit Courses: Advanced Speech, Animal Science, Horticulture, Natural Resources Advanced Placement Courses: Biology, Calculus, English Language & Composition, Psychology, Spanish FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS: FOREIGNEXCHANGESTUDENTINFORMATIONForeignexchangestudentsarewelcometoattenda nd study atArgos Jr. - Sr. High School provided their sponsoring organization is approved by the United States Department of State and the Indiana Department of Education.
Also the sponsoring organization must abide by the regulations for foreign exchange students set forth by the Indiana Department of Education. As stated in the DOE rules, the Argos Jr. - Sr. High School principal must give permission for a foreign exchange student to attendAHS prior to the student’s arrival. It is suggested that the principal’s permission be obtained no later than August 1st of the year that the student will enroll as an AHS student. Foreign exchange students will be classified an HONORARY MEMBER of the Argos High School senior class, provided they are here all year, and they will be eligible to participate in all senior activities.
They will also be allowed to participate in the Commencement program; however, the foreign exchange student will only receive an HONORARY Argos High School Diploma. REPORT CARD GRADES/MIDTERMS The default grading system is as follows: A+ = 100 - 98% B+ = 89 - 87% C+ = 79 - 77% D+ = 69 - 67% F = 59% A = 97 - 93% B = 86 - 83% C = 76 - 73% D = 66 - 63% OR BELOW A- = 92 - 90% B- = 82 - 80% C- = 72 - 70% D- = 62 - 60% Each teacher may have his/her own custom grading scale.
12 To receive a passing grade for the semester the student must: 1. Be in good standing in the class at the close of the semester; 2. Have a minimum of a Das the semester grade. This method of determining final grades for the semester provides for a consistent pattern yet maintains the integrity of teachers’ decisions through an element of flexibility. GradING – WEIGHTED GRADES Argos High School offers Advanced Placement Courses that will earn weighted grades. These courses will receive a one point higher value than all other courses.
The values will be: A+ = 5.33 B+ = 4.33 C+ = 3.33 D+ = 2.33 5.0 B = 4.0 C = 3.0 D = 2.0 A- = 4.67 B- = 3.67 C- = 2.67 D- = 1.67 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Graduation Curricula Plans and Career Cluster Plans for High School In order to graduate from Argos Community High School, a student must have received credit for a minimum of forty-three (43) credits of high school work in various areas.
A student, to be eligible for graduation, must have met all of the requirements outlined below by graduation year. The student must also be in attendance the full school day for eight semesters. A student must be scheduled in class (academic subject) for a minimum of six periods per day during all eight semesters. A student may be scheduled for no more than one study hall per day. The following activities may be substituted for a study hall, with special permission: tutoring, FEA teacher assistant, class assistant, cafeteria worker, office assistant, library helper, remedial work and special study hall.
Credits earned during summer are not to be used to reduce the minimum number of subjects (classes) required during the school year(s). Students must be in good standing with the school and fulfilled the Senior Class requirements for graduation. There are four (4) diplomas: Core 40 with Academic Honors, Core 40 with Technical Honors, Core 40, and the General Diploma.
GRADE POINT INDEX A+ at least 4.16 A 3.83 – 4.15 A- 3.49 – 3.82 B+ 3.16 – 3.48 B 2.83 – 3.15 B- 2.49 – 2.82 C+ 2.16 – 2.48 C 1.83 – 2.15 C- 1.49 – 1.82 D+ 1.16 – 1.48 D 0.83 – 1.15 D- 0.33 – 0.82 F Less than 0.33 GRADING SYSTEM The semester grade shall be determined by adding the point value of each of the two (2) nine-week grades to the point value of the final examination grade. Each nine-week grade is worth 40% or 2/5ths and the final exam is worth 20% or 1/5th of the semester grade.
In determining the nine-week grades, final exam grades and semester grades the following point values shall be assigned.
A+ = 4.33 A = 4.0 A- = 3.67 B+ = 3.33 B = 3.0 B- = 2.67 C+ = 2.33 C = 2.0 C- = 1.67 D+ = 1.33 D = 1.0 D- = 0.67 F = 0
13 Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma is an advanced plan awarded by the State of Indiana with very specific requirements. The plan is designed for students with outstanding academic ability that may plan to attend a post-secondary institution. To complete this plan a student must take appropriate courses and earn forty-eight (48) credits. a. Required courses include: (1) English/Language Arts ___ 9
credits English 9 - 2 credits English 10 - 2 credits English 11 - 2 credits English 12 Advanced Composition/Genres of Literature – 2 credits OR English Language & Composition AP – 2 credits Speech - 1 credit (2) Mathematics (includes four of the following ___ 8
credits Algebra I - 2 credits Algebra II - 2 credits Geometry - 2 credits Integrated Mathematics III – 2 credits Pre-Calculus - 2 credits AP Calculus AB - 2 credits Advance Modeling and Analysis – 1 credit Statistics & Probability – 1 credit Eighth Grade Algebra I does not meet the requirement.
(However, it does earn two math elective credits.) Core 40 math or Physics class must be taken during junior or senior year. (3) Science ___ 6
credits Biology I – 2 credits Integrated Chemistry-Physics - 2 credits Environmental Science – 2 credits Anatomy & Physiology - 2 credits Chemistry - 2 credits Advance Animal Science – 2 credits Biology AP – 2 credits Genetics – 2 credits (4) Social Studies ___ 6
credits World History - 2 credits Geography & History of the World – 2 credits U.S. History - 2 credits U.S. Government - 1 credit Economics - 1 credit (5) World Languages . ___ 6-8
credits Spanish I through IV (6) Fine Arts (Art, Band, Chorus, Technical Theater ___ 2
14 (7) Health & Wellness ___ 1
credit (8) Physical Education ___ 2
credits (9) Personal Financial Responsibility ___ 1
credit (10)Preparing for College & Careers ___ 1
credit (11)Directed Electives . ___ 3-5
credits TOTAL 48 credits (12)Additional Requirements-must include one of the following: (a) Two Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams (b) 1200 or higher on the SAT Test (Critical Reading & Math) (c) 26 or higher on the ACT Test (d) Academic, transferable dual high school/college courses resulting in six college credits (e) OneAPcourse and exam; and academic, transferable dual high school, college courses resulting in three college credits (f) International Baccalaureate Diploma b.
Additional Information (1) Only courses in which a student has earned a grade of “C” or above may count toward an Academic Honors Diploma. To be eligible for anAcademic Honors Diploma, a student must have a grade point average of a “B” (3.0) or above at the end of their senior year. (2) Must also pass the ECA (End of Course Assessment) on Algebra I and English 10 (see Graduation Exam) (3) Must be in good standing with the school and fulfilled the Senior Class requirements for graduation.
Core 40 Diploma With Technical Honors Diploma is designed for students who think they may eventually enter professions requiring a post-secondary education. To complete this plan a student must take appropriate courses, and it is recommended they earn forty-eight (48) credits. a. Required courses include: (1) English ___ 9
credits English 9 - 2 credits English 10 - 2 credits English 11 - 2 credits English 12 Advanced Composition/Genres of Literature– 2 credits OR English Language Composition AP – 2 credits Speech - 1 credit (2) Mathematics ___ 6
credits Algebra I - 2 credits (If taken in 8th grade, must take additional level) Geometry - 2 credits Algebra II - 2 credits Integrated Mathematics III – 2 credits Pre-Calculus – 2 credits AP Calculus AB– 2 credits Statistics & Probability – 1 credit Advance Modeling & Analysis – 1 credit
15 (3) Science ___ 6
credits Biology I – 2 credits Integrated Chemistry-Physics - 2 credits Environmental Science – 2 credits Anatomy & Physiology - 2 credits Chemistry - 2 credits Advance Animal Science – 2 credits Biology AP – 2 credits Genetics – 2 credits (4) Social Studies ___ 6
credits World History – 2 credits Geography & History of the World – 2 credits U.S. History - 2 credits U.S. Government - 1 credit Economics - 1 credit (5) Physical Education ___ 2
credits (6) Health & Wellness ___ 1
credit (7) Personal Financial Responsibility ___ 1
credit (8) Preparing for College & Careers ___ 1
Directed Electives ___ 8
credits (1) World Languages Spanish I through lV (2) Fine Arts Art, Band, Choir, Technical Theater (3) Computers c. Career/Technical Program . ___ 8-10
credits *Must receive state recognized certificate. TOTAL 48 credits d. Additional Information (1) Only courses in which a student has earned a “C” or above may count toward a Core 40 with Technical Honors Diploma.
(2) Must be in good standing with the school, and fulfilled the Senior Class requirements for graduation. (3) Must also pass the ECA (End of Course Assessment) on Algebra I and English 10 (see Graduation Exam) Core 40 Diploma is designed for all students who graduate in Indiana. To complete this plan a student must take appropriate courses, and the student must earn forty-seven (47) credits. a. Required courses include: (1) English ___ 9
credits English 9 - 2 credits English 10 - 2 credits English 11 - 2 credits English 12 Advanced Composition/Genres of Literature – 2 credits OR English Language Composition AP – 2 credits Speech - 1 credit
16 (2) Mathematics . ___ 6-8
credits Algebra I - 2 credits Geometry - 2 credits Algebra II - 2 credits Integrated Mathematics III Pre-Calculus – 2 credits AP Calculus AB – 2 credits Adv. Modeling and Analysis – 1 credit Statistics & Probability – 1 credit (3) Science ___ 6
credits Biology I - 2 credits Integrated Chemistry-Physics - 2 credits Chemistry - 2 credits Environmental Science-2 credits Anatomy & Physiology -2 credits Advance Animal Science – 2 credits Biology AP – 2 credits Genetics – 2 credits (4) Social Studies ___ 6
credits World History - 2 credits Geography & History of the World – 2 credits U.S.
History - 2 credits U.S. Government - 1 credit Economics - 1 credit (5) Physical Education ___ 2
credits (6) Health & Wellness ___ 1
credit (7) Personal Financial Responsibility ___ 1
credit (8) Preparing for College & Careers ___ 1
credit b. Directed Electives Options ___ 8
credits (1) World Languages Spanish I through lV (2) Fine Arts Art, Band, Choir, Technical Theater (3) Computers (4) Career/Technical c. Electives (Career Academic Sequence-Recommended . ___ 8-10
credits TOTAL 47 credits For students graduating in 2013 or after, the Core 40 diploma is the Indiana graduation requirement.
(see “Opt Out” process under General Diploma) Additional Information (1) Must be in good standing with the school, and fulfilled the Senior Class requirements for graduation.
(2) Must also pass the ECA (End of Course Assessment) on Algebra I and English 10 (see Graduation Exam)
17 General Diploma is for students who do not meet the requirements of any of the other plans. It is not to be a first choice for a student, but is a last recourse in the event a student, for whatever reason, is unable to complete their original plan and is unable to switch to another of the curricular plans. This is called “Opting Out”. “Opting Out” requires a meeting held and signatures of the student, parents, guidance counselor, and principal. To complete this plan a student must take appropriate courses and earn forty-three (43) credits.
a. Required courses include: (1) English ___ 8
credits (2) Speech ___ 1
credit (3) Mathematics (must include Algebra I ___ 4
credits (4) Science (includes Biology I and Int. Chemistry-Physics ___ 4
credits (5) Social Studies (includes US History, Government, Economics ___ 4
credits (6) Physical Education ___ 2
credits (7) Health & Wellness ___ 1
credit (8) Personal Financial Responsibility ___ 1
credit (9) Preparing for College & Careers ___ 1
credit (10)Electives ___ 6
credits Flex Credits ___ 5
credits Career Academic Sequence ___ 6
credits TOTAL 43 credits b.
Additional Information (1) A passing grade of Dor above is required in all course work (2) Must also pass the ECA (End of Course Assessment) on Algebra I and English 10 (see Graduation Exam) (3) Must be in good standing with the school and fulfilled the Senior Class requirements for graduation.
- BEGINNING WITH the Class of 2016 In November 2011, the State Board of Education passed the new graduation requirements.
- Core 40, Academic Honors (AHD), and Technical Honors (THD) diplomas: Students must enroll in a mathematic course or quantitative reasoning course each year they are enrolled in high school.
- General Diploma: Students must earn two (2) credits in a mathematic course or a quantitative reasoning course during their junior or senior year.
- Quantitative Reasoning Course: A high school course that “advances a student’s ability to apply mathematics in real world situations and contexts” and that “deepens a student’s understanding of high school mathematics standards.”
- The Indiana Department of Education will provide an annual review to determine the high school courses that meet these criteria.
Argos High School currently offers the following courses that meet the description prescribed for quantitative reasoning: Any math class including Business Math Biology AP Advanced Animal Science Integrated Chemistry Physics Chemistry Economics GRADUATION EXAMINATION All students will be required to pass the End of Course Assessment (ECA) in English 10 and Algebra I or qualify for an Evidence Based Waiver (EBW).
18 EVIDENCE BASED WAIVER A student who does not receive a passing score on the graduation examination may be eligible to graduate if all of the following have occurred: 1.
The student must take the graduation examination in the subject area or subject areas in which the student did not achieve a passing score at least one (1) time every school year after the school year in which the student first takes the examination.The student may take the examination once every semester beginning with the school year after the school year in which the student first takes the examination.
2. The student must complete remediation opportunities provided by the school. 3. The student must maintain a minimum attendance rate of ninety-five percent (95%). 4. The student must maintain a “C” average in the courses comprising the twenty-two (22) credits specifically required for graduation in 511 IAC 6-7-6. 5. The student must obtain a written recommendation supporting a request for a waiver from a teacher of the subject area or subject areas in which the student has not achieved a passing score. The principal must concur with the recommendation. The recommendation must be supported by written evidence that the student has attained the educational proficiency standard in the subject are or subject areas based upon: a.
tests other than the graduation examination; or b. classroom work.
6. The student must otherwise satisfy all state and local graduation requirements. For a student who receives special services under 511 IAC 7: 1. The student’s teacher of record, as defined in 511 IAC 7-3-50, shall in consultation with a teacher of the student in the subject area or subject areas in which the student has not achieved a passing score, make the recommendation required in section 5 above and 2. The student’s case conference committee shall: a. Decide how frequently the student will take the graduation examination, within the limitations stated above and b. Determine if the student has met the criteria as stated above.
Except as stated above, no student shall be denied the opportunity to take the graduation examination once every semester beginning with the school year after the school year in which the student first takes the examination.
HOMEWORK POLICY The homework policy and consequences are left up to the individual classroom teacher.Acopy of the policy and consequences will be given to all students in the individual teacher’s classroom rules. A copy will also be on file with the principal.All homework, class work, and answers on exams must be in acceptable formal English language. Any work handed in for a grade will not be accepted if completed in informal text such as used in text messaging. If homework is not up to date a student will not be allowed to attend field trips. All homework, class work, and answers on exams must be in acceptable formal English language.
Any work handed in for a grade will not be accepted if completed in informal text such as used in text messaging.
HOMEWORK RECOMMENDATIONS Homework should be assigned to facilitate a better understanding of the subject matter. Homework also provides an opportunity for students who perform poorly on tests and/or have poor test taking skills to gain additional understanding of the material. By assigning work to be done outside of the class, the student must accept individual responsibility for its completion,thereforepreparingthestudentforthetypesofresponsibilities,whichw illbeencounteredinlaterlife. Parent Involvement: Parents are encouraged to discuss and/or help students, short of actually doing the work for them.
Involvement of parents, in supervision of and aiding in assignments, can bring about an understanding by the parents of classroom activities and subject matter.
19 Evaluation of homework assignments: Homework should be used as “tool” in an evaluation of the progress of the student. It is not felt that homework assignments should necessarily be given a letter grade, but in each case, whether graded or not, they must be stressed as an integral part of the learning process. It is recommended that assignments, which are evaluated by the teacher, be returned as soon as possible. Parent, student and teacher responsibilities: Parents cannot be held responsible for their student’s assignments, but should provide a positive atmosphere for learning. This promotes understanding, stresses importance, and is conductive to completing assignments.
Teachersareresponsibleforassigningmeaningfulwork,withsomeexpectedcarry-over value.Theteacher is also responsible for attempting to make sure the student has a clear understanding of the assignments. The final responsibility for learning ultimately rests with the student. He or she must provide the energy and the attitude, which will carry through experiences as a student and citizen. Teachers, with the aid of parents, must provide the motivation and the challenge to stimulate students. These ingredients are vital to the continued success of the educational process and in developing youth into contributing, responsible citizens.
INCOMPLETE GRADES All incomplete grades are to be completed no later than ten (10) days from the end of the grading period, unless the administration extends this time frame for legitimate reasons. Any grades not completed by this time, will become “F’s”. All incompletes will count as “F’s” until they are made up. PROMOTION/RETENTION - JUNIOR HIGH A rubric will be used to determine promotion/retention for junior high students. The rubric is based on grades in academic courses, ISTEPscores, attendance including tardies, and age.Aretention committee will meet to review the rubric scores. Using the rubric and staff input, the retention committee will make the final decision regarding individual student promotion/retention.
RETENTION AND RED-SHIRTING (Pertaining to Interscholastic Athletics) TheArgos Community Schools recognizes that participation in interscholastic athletics is a privilege and not a right. Fair competition and safety of participants are prime concerns of this school corporation. The Argos Community Schools does not allow the retention of any student who has successfully completed any grade, except upon the recommendation of the appropriate school personnel. Should any student, who has successfully completed the sixth grade, repeat any grade for reasons other than academic failure in circumvention of this policy, s/he will lose his/her last year of eligibility in high school athletics.
The school board reserves the right to waive this rule for hardship cases. Such waiver will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Legal Reference: 511 IAC 6.1-5-10. REWARD TRIP REQUIREMENTS – JR. HIGH Students will be expected to meet the following requirements to be eligible for the end of the year reward trip and subsequent junior high rewards activities during the school year. Tardies
- no more than 3 before the fall activity
- no more than 3 new tardies before the winter activity
- no more than 3 new tardies before the spring activity Behavior
- NO behavior referrals
- NO OSS referrals Failing grades
- No more than 1 F on report card (nine week and semester average grades only; semester exams are exempt.) Fundraiser
- MUST participate in the junior high fundraiser by selling goal amount or pay a fee of up to$ 40.00* to cover the cost of the trip.
Duetorisingcostsoftheseactivities,adollaramountcan’tbeestablishedatthistim e,andALLstudents may still need to pay a minimal fee for the May trip depending on the success of the fundraiser.
- 20 Teacher/Principal Input
- Teachers can deny or add a student if agreed upon by the junior high teachers
- Principal has final approval/disapproval SCHEDULE CHANGES It is the philosophy of Argos High School to help every student develop a program that will provide maximum educational opportunity and development. Students will receive help from the guidance and teaching staff in developing their programs. Opportunity to change a schedule is provided should educational goals change. When a semester begins, it is important that the educational process of the classroom be protected from interruption by student withdrawals from one class and entries to another. In those situations where a student wants to withdraw from class, the student may request a program change through use of Request for Schedule Change available in the office. Students will have 5 school days to make an adjustment without loss of credit for the semester. Leveling or correct placement of students will be handled at the discretion of all parties involved. These changes may be made up to 5 school days after the beginning of the semester. There will be no refund made from original fees. However, if the new class results in higher fees, the difference will be paid.
Before officially dropping a class, the student must have the approval of the teacher, parents, counselor and principal. All students must be enrolled in six (6) subjects unless deemed otherwise by the principal and guidance department. All adjustments in fees, pertaining to schedule changes, must be made immediately. AT SEMESTER: Only students failing an assigned class or by teacher recommendation may request to drop a class. The student must have principal approval in order for the class change to occur. Near the end of the second semester students will be given a copy of their schedules for the following school year.
The guidance department will set a five-day period for students to make schedule changes. Once this date has passed, there are only a few acceptable reasons to allow a schedule change to occur. These are 1) A student has failed a class and needs to repeat it, or cannot move to the next level without passing the class.
2) There has been an error made in the master schedule that requires a student to be rescheduled. 3) A student wishes to drop a study hall and add a class. 4) A teacher feels that a student is not capable of completing the work in the class and has been misplaced. NOTE: No change will be permitted that overloads the enrollment of another class. SCHOLARSHIPS AND FINANCIAL AID Scholarships are awarded to various seniors each year. Check with the guidance office for details. A weekly Senior Opportunities Newsletter is distributed to seniors to communicate with them the ongoing scholarships available.This newsletter may also be found on our website.
Local scholarships are awarded each spring through theArgos Dollars for Scholars Organization.AFinancialAid Night for juniors, seniors and their parents is held every February to explain all aspects of financial aid and guide families through the on-line FAFSA form due March 1st .
SENIOR EXIT PORTFOLIO Seniors will compile a portfolio which will be inspected by a faculty committee. The portfolio, when completed, will be returned to the student at graduation practice. Students who do not complete a portfolio will not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies. Below is a list of required items for inclusion with the student’s portfolio: 1. Autobiography 2. Resume 3. Transcript 4. Referencesthree (3) required
21 5. Community Service - 10 hours required at a not for profit organization -- Due the Monday after spring break.
6. Personality Inventory 7. Test Scores 8. Immunization information 9. Career inventory 10. Research paper 11. Optional items - Clippings, brochures for project, certificates, recognitions, etc. VOCATIONAL CLASSES - REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION Argos Jr/Sr. High School offers a wide variety of vocational classes outside the walls of the high school. Due to the expense and limited availability of enrollment spaces, the following criteria have been established to determine eligibility.
- Junior students must have passed one ECA test.
- Seniors must have passed both ECA tests.
- Grade point average of 2.0 or higher (cumulative)
- No more than four (4) absences per semester in the previous year.
- No more than three (3) tardies per semester in the previous year.
- Evaluated by all the student’s current year teachers.
- Administrative approval.
- Fits into the student’s four (4) year plan. Transportation is the responsibility of the student and/or his or her parent/guardian. ATHLETICS ATHLETIC PHILOSOPHY Athletics at Argos Jr. /Sr. High School are a part of the extracurricular program offered to the students to enhance the total school experience. Athletics creates learning experiences in citizenship, leadership, cooperation, and loyalty above and beyond those offered through the regular education program. Emphasis is placed on developing the individual physically, mentally, and socially by providing wholesome competition with appropriate equipment and facilities.
Students involved in athletics participate voluntarily, and the opportunity to participate is a privilege. In accepting that privilege, students and parents accept the responsibility that comes with representing our school and community. This responsibility places the student in a model citizenship role concerning his/her behavior in and out of school all year round. Proper administration of the athletic program is essential to insure the well being of the athlete and to maintain a productive and wholesome program. The high school principal, athletic director and coaching staff administer the program within the policies and guidelines of the Indiana High SchoolAthleticAssociation (IHSAA) and the Argos Community School Corporation.
In addition, each coach has specific rules guiding their program. Athletes who willingly submit to them are better prepared for similar settings in life. ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY To be academically eligible to participate in athletics, a student must be enrolled in five (5) full credit courses. The student must also have passed five (5) full credit courses the previous grading period (semester grades take precedence). All incoming freshmen begin high school eligible. Students who miss part of the school day due to illness must be in attendance for four (4) class periods in order to attend or participate in athletic practices or contests.
Students must arrive no later than 11A.M. The Indiana High SchoolAthleticAssociation (IHSAA) requires students to receive a physical examination administered by a licensed physician. A record of this physical examination must be kept on file in the athletic department.
Parents or guardians must complete the insurance section of the IHSAA physical examination form. A signed statement of insurance coverage on the part of the student’s parent or guardian shall be a prerequisite for student participation in any school activity having a potential for personal injury.