Argos Community Jr-Sr High School 2014-2015

 
Argos Community Jr-Sr
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                                   2014-2015

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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 for Admission.................................................................................................................. 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........................................................................................................................................... 30

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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................................................................................................. 61

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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 in Argos, 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 at Argos 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.

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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              jalcorn@argos.k12.in.us
 Arndt, Jonathon               405              405                    jarndt@argos.k12.in.us
 Avery, Melody                 316/320          Nurse                  mavery@argos.k12.in.us
 Baker, Brenda                 407              407                    bbaker@argos.k12.in.us
 Bloom, Shari                  503              503                    sbloom@argos.k12.in.us
 Burroughs, Sandy              612              612                    sburroughs@argos.k12.in.us
 Carter, Brad                  764              Maint.                 bcarter@argos.k12.in.us
 Chaney, Marsha                325              Food Serv              mchaney@argos.k12.in.us
 Cohagan, Beth                 409              409                    bcohagan@argos.k12.in.us
 Cripe, Tim                    757              Transp.                tcripe@argos.k12.in.us
 Davis, Boyd                   515              515                    bdavis@argos.k12.in.us
 Delp, Judy                    312              Counselor              jdelp@argos.k12.in.us
 Dunham, Kandi                 516              516                    kdunham@argos.k12.in.us
 Eastgate, Erin                508              508                    eeastgate@argos.k12.in.us
 Ely, Gloria                   327              Janitorial             gely@argos.k12.in.us
 Endres, Elizabeth             306              306                    eendres@argos.k12.in.us
 Fishburn, John                506/509          506/509                jofishburn@argos.k12.in.us
 Havens, Ashlyn                403              403                    ahavens@argos.k12.in.us
 Holloway, Larry               314              Ele. Princ.            lholloway@argos.k12.in.us
 Johnson, Brady                417              417                    brjohnson@argos.k12.in.us
 Jones, Laura                  330              Library                ljones@argos.k12.in.us
 Jones, Mike                   326              Ag Bldg                mjones@argos.k12.in.us
 Kastner-Stanton, Liz          413/509          413/509                lkastner@argos.k12.in.us
 Kelley, Wendy                 765              JESSE                  wkelley@argos.k12.in.us
 Kenz, Darle                   606              606                    dkenz@argos.k12.in.us
 Lappin, Laura                 404              404                    llappin@argos.k12.in.us

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Lee, Jennifer               331              Treasurer             jlee@argos.k12.in.us
    Leeper, Aron                308              Tech                  aleeper @argos.k12.in.us
    Levi, Rockie                415              415                   rlevi@argos.k12.in.us
    Medich, Nick                317              Principal             nmedich@argos.k12.in.us
    Miller, Nancy               412              411                   nmiller@argos.k12.in.us
    Nettrourer, Charlie         327              Maint.                cnettrourer@argos.k12.in.us
    Newell, Rochelle            604              604                   snewell@argos.k12.in.us
    Null, Cathy                 507              Lunch Prog            cnull@argos.k12.in.us
    O'Dell, Laurie              310              Admin. Office.        lodell@argos.k12.in.us
    Overmyer, Lynn              318              JH/HS Office          lovermyer@argos.k12.in.us
    Peterson, Kendra            506              506                   kpeterson@argos.k12.in.us
    Resendez, Angie             510              510                   aresendez@argos.k12.in.us
    Ritenour, Jackey            514              514                   jritenour@argos.k12.in.us
    Sabanski, Teri              118              Case Conf. Coor.      tsabanski@argos.k12.in.us
    Schwenk, Dominique          765              JESSE                 dschwenk@argos.k12.in.us
    Shafer, Laura               506              506                   lshafer@argos.k12.in.us
    Shafer, Zach                553              Tech                  zshafer@argos.k12.in.us
    Smith, Sara                 315              Ele Office            ssmith@argos.k12.in.us
    Spencer, Jaime              422              422                   jspencer@argos.k12.in.us
    Stauffer, Rich              323              Counselor             rstauffer@argos.k12.in.us
    Stevens, Nicole             316/320          Nurse                 nstevens@argos.k12.in.us
    Wojdyla, Mary               510              510                   mwojdyla@argos.k12.in.us
    Zechiel, Tina               418              418                   tzechiel@argos.k12.in.us

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 at Argos 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)

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“Nonpublic school”
     (a.) means a school that is not maintained by a school corporation.
     (b.) The term includes a private school or parochial school. (IC 20-18-2-12)
“Parent” means
     (1.) the natural father or mother of a child;
     (2.) in the case of adoption, the adopting father or mother of a child;
     (3.) if custody of the child has been awarded in a court proceeding to someone other than the mother
          or father, the court appointed guardian or custodian of the child; or
     (4.) if the parent of a child are divorced, the parent to whom the divorce decree or modification
          awards custody or control with respect to a right or obligation under this title. (IC 20-18-2-13)
“Principal” refers to the chief administrative office of a school. (IC 20-18-2-14)
“Public School” means a school maintained by a school corporation. (IC 20-18-2-15)
“School Corporation” means a public school corporation established by Indiana law. (IC 20-18-2-16)
“School Purposes” (IC 20-33-8-4) refers to the purposes for which a school corporation operates,
including the following:
     • 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.

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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

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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)

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ACADEMICS
AWARDS
1. AMERICAN LEGION AWARD: Awards are given to a boy and girl in the eighth and twelfth grade.
2. HIGH HONOR ROLL AND HONOR ROLL
   An Honor Roll and High Honor Roll based on nine-weeks’ grades will be published at the end of each
   grading period. Also, a semester Honor Roll and High Honor Roll based only on semester grades
   will be published after both semesters.
   To be eligible for the Honor Roll, students must meet the following requirements:
   • 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. A student 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 “Academic A” 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
Students may not participate in class activities if they are not classified in that class. Students must be in good
standing, academically and behaviorally, with the school to be eligible to participate in graduation exercises.
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:

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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. A student may be pursuing the Academic 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. A class, 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:
FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT INFORMATION Foreign exchange students are welcome to attend and
study at Argos 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 attend AHS 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.

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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                                GRADE POINT INDEX
          A     =     4.0                                   A+      at least 4.16
          A- =        3.67                                  A       3.83 – 4.15
          B+ =        3.33                                  A-      3.49 – 3.82
          B     =     3.0                                   B+      3.16 – 3.48
          B- =        2.67                                  B       2.83 – 3.15
          C+ =        2.33                                  B-      2.49 – 2.82
          C     =     2.0                                   C+      2.16 – 2.48
          C- =       1.67                                   C       1.83 – 2.15
          D+ =       1.33                                   C-      1.49 – 1.82
          D     =    1.0                                    D+      1.16 – 1.48
          D- =       0.67                                   D       0.83 – 1.15
          F     =    0                                      D-      0.33 – 0.82
                                                            F       Less than 0.33

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 D- as 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          F = 0
A = 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.

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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 credits

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(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) One AP course 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 an Academic 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

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(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 credit
   b. 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

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(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)

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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 D- or 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).
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