Lebanon High School Student and Parent Handbook 2019-2020 - 195 Hanover Street Lebanon, NH 03766 (603) 448-2055

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Lebanon High School Student and Parent Handbook 2019-2020 - 195 Hanover Street Lebanon, NH 03766 (603) 448-2055
Lebanon High School
Student and Parent Handbook

    195 Hanover Street
    Lebanon, NH 03766
      (603) 448-2055
Table of Contents
General Information
​ Letter from the Principal………….……....          2       Privacy and Student Property…….………            29
  LHS Core Values / SAU 88…….……….               3        Chemical Use…………..…..……………..                 30
  Mission………………………….………....                     3        Smoking/Tobacco Use…………………….                 32
  Purpose of Handbook……………………..                 4        Dangerous Objects ……………………….                 32
  LHS Faculty and Staff……………………..               5        Bullying……………………..….………….                    33
  SAU Administration……………..………...               7        Technology…………….….….…………….                   35
  School Cancellation/Delayed……………..            8        Trespassing…………..……...…………….                 35
  LHS Daily Schedule…………...…………..               8        Transportation………………..…………….                 35
  Visitors / Volunteers………...……………..            9        Skateboards…………………………….….                    36
Student Information                             9     Communication                                   36
  ​Attendance…………………………..……..                   9       SchoolMessenger………...……………….                  36
  Junior/Senior Privileges…………...………           12       Announcements………………..………….                    36
  Leaving School Grounds……….…………               12       School Board………………....…...……….                36
 Academics                                     12       Change of Address / Homeless………….             37
  Student’s Course Load……………...…...            12        Age of Majority…………………..…….….                37
  Course Changes……………………..…...                 12       Grade Reporting……………….…..…….                  37
  Add / Drop Policy…………...……………..              12       Publications by Students……….…………              37
  Academic Honors………...………………..                13       Posters…………………………..…..…….                     37
  Advanced Placement……………………..                 13     Health and Public Safety                        38
  Academic Support……………………..…..                14       Immunizations……………….…………….                    38
  Individualized Courses…………………….              14       Medications………………………..……….                    38
  Lockers…………………….………..                        15       Physical Exam……………...…………….                   38
  Swipe Card………………………….                        15       Illness……………………………...……….                     38
  Vacation and Summer Homework……….             15       Elevator………………………….…….                        38
  Counseling Department…………………..               16       Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)......   38
  Student Support Team Referral…...……..        16       Crisis Procedures for LHS………………..             39
  Cafeteria / Food and Beverages………..          16       Safe School Zones…………….………….                  39
Athletics & Co-Curricular Activities           16       School Resource Officer……….………...             39
  Athletics……………………....……...…...               16       Reports to Police………………………….                  39
  Athletic Programs…………………....…...             17       Hazing……………………………………...                       40
  Co-Curricular Activities & Clubs……...…       18       Sexual Harassment & Violence….………             40
  Dances…………………….…….…….….                      20       Annual Notice of Student Records……....        42
  Field Trips………………....……....………               20       Insurance…………………………………..                      43
  Fundraising………………....……...………                21       Nondiscrimination Notice………………....            44
  Electronic Devices………..…….....………            21     Notice: Asbestos Management………...               43
  Lost/Found/Stolen Items…….…...........…      22     ​Appendix A​…………..…………………..                     46
  Parking…………………………..…………                      22
Student Conduct, Rights,                       23
Responsibilities & Due Process                 23
  Code of Conduct Overview……………….              24
  Academic Integrity………………………...               25
  Senior Class Expectations………..………
  Suspensions/ Detentions…………………               26
   ​Dress Code.……………….……….……..                28
  Disruptive Behavior……....………………..           28
  Physical and Social Aggression……..……         29

Dear LHS Community,

Although there are very few changes that have been made to the handbook this year, we feel that this
document reflects the good work that has been done over the last few years and will serve both
students and parents well as they familiarize themselves with aspects and information important to
Lebanon High School.

As always, we remain committed to working with students and parents to prepare as best we can, our
young people for the world beyond high school. This begins with expectations around personal
behavior as well as providing an educational setting and a classroom environment that sets the stage
for student learning. We continue to be in the fortunate position of being able to attract high caliber
applicants and hire quality candidates to fill positions, and that is a testament to the way in which
students and staff approach their school day. An excellent school should allow teachers the freedom to
instruct and engage their students - we do that. An excellent school should also allow for students to
feel safe coming to school, encouraged to develop their own voice, inspired to challenge appropriately
and to experience fully the joy of learning - and we work really hard to do that as well.

Your job as students is to immerse yourself fully, each day if you can, into all that this school has to
offer. If you can do that, that is a good day. Please know that we are here to support you. Ask for help,
work hard, treat each other well, and be a contributing member of our school community. Make LHS
a good place to spend the day and in turn, we will do so as well. We hope you have a great year.


Ian Smith              Kieth Matte             Bonnie Robinson                Mike Stone
Principal              Asst. Principal         Director of Curriculum         Dir. of Athletics and

Core Values
                                                  to ​ ​H​elp
                                                   ​ ​S​ucceed

          Lebanon High School graduates, with the support of the faculty, parents, and community
         members, will take responsibility for themselves, their community and their environment.
        Lebanon High School graduates will participate actively, creatively, and responsibly in society
                           while following their unique paths to self fulfillment.

                             To achieve the Academic, Social, and Civic Expectations,
                                      Lebanon High School community will:
                         •promote a collaborative and supportive learning environment;
                       •provide opportunities to become inquisitive, self-directed learners;
                                             •encourage critical thinking;
    •utilize varied instructional practices which may include inquiry-based, differentiated, and cooperative
                                            instructional methodologies;
                                          •incorporate technological skills;
    •utilize problem-based learning which encourages analysis, synthesis, generalization, and application;
                   •provide opportunities for personal reflection and for clear communication;
                                     •encourage responsible decision making;
                       •provide a safe, accepting, equitable, secure, and clean environment.

Lebanon School District Mission Statement
The Lebanon School District, in partnership with the community, is committed to providing a challenging,
positive and safe learning environment that ​CARES​:

                                              C​ultivates curiosity and collaboration
                                              A​chieves academic excellence
                                              R​espects and values diversity
                                              E​ncourages responsible citizenship
                                              S​upports the needs of every learner

Purpose of this Handbook
This handbook provides important information for parents and students, but it would be impossible to cover all
policies, rules, and regulations used to operate our school. Additional information regarding academic life at
LHS can be found in the Program of Studies. Information that governs athletic and co-curricular life can be
found in the Athletics and Co-curricular Handbook. If you require additional information or copies of these
handbooks, please contact the office.

Supporting All Students and Their Families
Lebanon High School is committed to maintaining a learning environment free from discrimination on the
basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual/gender orientation or disability.
Students whose primary language is other than English will be afforded the support to assist them in
understanding the material. Students with concerns about their English language proficiency are encouraged to
discuss these concerns with their school counselor and/or our English Language Learners teacher. Parents who
require a translator should notify their child’s school counselor.

Lebanon High School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., a
non-governmental, nationally recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools
through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction. Accreditation of an institution by the New
England Association indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of institutional quality
periodically applied through a peer group review process.
An accredited school or college is one which has available the necessary resources to achieve its stated purposes
through appropriate educational programs, is substantially doing so, and gives reasonable evidence that it will
continue to do so in the foreseeable future. Institutional integrity is also addressed through accreditation.
Accreditation by the New England Association is not partial but applies to the institution as a whole. As such, it
is not a guarantee of the quality of every course or program offered, or the competence of individual graduates.
Rather, it provides reasonable assurance about the quality of opportunities available to students who attend the
Inquiries regarding the status of an institution's accreditation by the New England Association should be
directed to the administrative staff. Individuals may also contact the Association:

                               New England Association of Schools and Colleges
                                            209 Burlington Road
                                     Bedford, Massachusetts 01730-1433
                                    (617) 271-0022 • FAX (617) 271-0950


Administrative    Ian Smith, Principal
Team              Kieth Matte, Assistant Principal
                  Bonnie Robinson, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
                  Mike Stone, Athletic/Co-curricular Director

Office Support    Michele Daigle,                 School               Marceny Bourne,
Staff                Admin. Assistant to          Counseling              Coordinator
                  Counseling Department           Department           Anne Evensen
                  McKeanna Teevens,                                    Margaret Grigsby
                     Office Secretary                                  Beth Sprague
                  Brenda Hamel,
                    Attendance Officer
                  Amy Nickerson,
                    Office Receptionist
                  Pamela Spaulding,
                    Admin. Assistant to AD
                  Sheena Youngman,
                     Administrative Assistant

Student Support   Ellen Bald, Nurse               Educational          Andrew DiGiovanni,
Service           Lucas McKittrick,               Support                   Technology Integrator
                        School Psychologist       Faculty              Joy Gobin,
                  Noah Jacobson-Goodhue,                                    Extended Learning
                        Student Assistance                                  Opportunities
                        Program Provider                                    Coordinator
                  Officer Greg Parthum,                                Christian McDonald,
                        School Resource Officer                             Reading Specialist
                  Margaret McCabe,                                     Mary Quinton-Barry,
                        Speech Language                                     English Language
                        Pathologist                                         Learners
                                                                       Ann Sharfstein,
                                                                            Reading Specialist
                                                                       Dale Cloutier,
                                                                            Required Academic

Applied           John Carey                      Library/ Media       Kellie Burke, Librarian
Technology/       Todd Matte                      Center               Wendy Lily-Hansen, Library
Business          Jason Tetu                                                  Assistant

English           Jacqueline Angell               Social Studies       Vanessa DeSimone
                  Melissa Thaxton                                      Andrew Gamble,
                  George Hanna,                                              Subject Coordinator
                        Subject Coordinator                            Michael Sisemore
                  Beth Houde                                           Isaiah Pinilla
                  Julie Lambour                                        Amanda Valliere
                  Tim Winslow                                          David Wallace

Social Studies/   Sara Bennett
English           William Connell
                  Deborah Nelson

Mathematics       Brett Nichols            Science         Michael Anikis,
                  Torey Elder                                   Subject Coordinator
                  Lynn Fisher                              Paul Benoit
                  Deborah Lafreniere                       Mary Maxfield
                  Suzanne Lee                              Krystal Smith
                  Thomas Moore                             John Tietjen
                  Louise Valliere,                         Ashley Veneema
                     Subject Coordinator                   Mary Wenig

Art               Todd Matte               Performing      Lauren Haley
                  Jonathan Warren          Arts            Jonathan Verge

Physical          Matt Dancosse            World           Anthony Caplan
Ed/Health         Timothy Kehoe            Languages       Carolina Dahlqvist
                  Emily Kehoe                              Thomas LaFleur
                                                           Jose Abril-Sanchez
                                                           Jennifer LeBlanc
                                                           Nancy Menard,
                                                                Subject Coordinator

Special           Mary Desharnais          Special         Crystal Battis
Education/504     Alison Orlando           Education       Nancy Morley
                  Jane Rice,               Paraeducators   Kyle Colburn
                       Coordinator                         Regina Palys
                  Rob Rice                                 Chauncey Wood
                  Anna Dulac                               Mary Mayes
                  Dana Jacobson-Goodhue,                   Cindy McCarthy
                        504 Coordinator                    Leah Foster
                  Joe Wood                                 Rhonda Sheffield


 Superintendent         Dr. Joanne Roberts, Superintendent of Schools

 Directors              Lisa Scolaro, District Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
                        Tim Koumrian, Director of Student Services
                        Peter Merritt, Director of Information Technology
                        Dianne Estes, Director of School and Community Relations

 Managers               Tim Ball, Business                  Coordinator        Paula Harthan,
                        Dana Arey, Facilities                                  Transportation Coordinator

                                          20 Seminary Hill
                                 West Lebanon, New Hampshire 03784
                                           (603) 790-8500


                                     2018-2019 School Board Members

  Chairs           Wendy Hall, Chair                 Board                Tom Harkins
                   Adam Nemeroff, Vice Chair         Members              Richard Milius
                                                                          Tammy Begin
                                                                          Mary Davidson
  Secretary        Erin Madory                                            Martha DiDomenico
                                                                          Jenica Nelan

  Treasurer        Barbara Hazlett                   Moderator            Gary Mayo

                                          Lebanon School Board

The Lebanon School Board meets twice monthly; on the second and fourth Wednesday at Lebanon Middle
School. Agendas for regular, committee, and special meetings are posted on the District website
(​www.sau88.net​), in each school, and printed in the newspaper prior to the meeting. Meetings begin at 6:30
p.m. and are open to the public. The School Board formulates and adopts policies and budgets in support of the
education of our students. Parent attendance and participation are welcomed and encouraged. Approved Board
meeting minutes and adopted policies may be found under School Board on the District website.

School Cancellation/Delayed Openings
The decision to close school because of inclement weather will be made by the superintendent on the basis of
conditions that exist within the district. Local radio stations and WMUR-TV will be notified. Parents/Guardians
will be notified through the SchoolMessenger automated system by 6:00 a.m.
   ● If there is a chance that weather conditions may improve, the superintendent may delay the opening of
        school by two hours. If a delayed opening is announced, students and parents/guardians should
        continue to listen to the radio and/or watch local television in the event that school is eventually
        cancelled for the day and will again be notified by the SchoolMessenger system. In the event of a delayed
        opening, morning classes for HACTC will be cancelled and LHS school day will begin at 9:30.
   ● If the Grantham or Plainfield School District buses are not running and a student is not able to get to
        school, his/her absence will be excused.

                                  Lebanon High School Daily Schedule

    Monday - Thursday                         Friday- Advisory                      Two Hour Delayed

                                          Advisory for       7:30-7:50
                                          AM Hartford

 Period 1       7:30 – 8:20              Period 1            7:30-8:16           Period 1     9:30 - 10:03

 Period 2       8:24 – 9:14              Period 2            8:19-9:05           Period 2     10:07-10:40

 Period 3       9:18 – 10:08             Advisory            9:08-9:28           Period 3     10:44 - 11:17

 Period 4       10:12 – 11:02            Period 3            9:31-10:17                       11:20 - 11:37
                                                                                 Period 4
                11:06 – 11:28            Period 4           10:20-11:06          and          11:40 - 11:57
  Period 5                                                                       Lunch
 and Lunch      11:31 – 11:53                               11:08-11:30                       12:00 - 12:17
                                         Period 5
                11:56 – 12:18           and Lunch           11:32-11:54          Period 5     12:21 - 12:54

 Period 6       12:22 – 1:12                                11:56-12:18          Period 6     12:58 - 1:31

 Period 7       1:16 – 2:06              Period 6           12:23-1:09           Period 7     1:35 - 2:08

 Academic       2:10 – 2:35              Period 7            1:14-2:00           Academic     2:12 - 2:35
 Block                                                                           Block

                                        Academic             2:04-2:35

   ● All teachers will have office hours in their classrooms during Academic Block.
   ● Advisory will meet on Fridays.
   ● Homework support: All students will have the opportunity to receive support in their courses in the
       learning center. This may be voluntary or assigned.
   ● Students who have a failing grade in math, science, social studies, English and/or multiple failing
       grades will be assigned to Required Academic Study.

All visitors who enter Lebanon High School between the hours of 7:00 and 3:00 should report immediately to
the front office for assistance and further instructions. Visitors must sign in and out and wear a visitor’s pass in
a visible location while in the school. Visitors who want to meet with between the hours of 7:30 and 2:35 must
have an appointment with staff or faculty member so that instructional time is not interrupted.

School Board policy encourages parents to volunteer. We appreciate volunteers who are willing to go on field
trips, to work with students in the classroom, and to assist in libraries and with computers. Volunteers must
sign the waiver of liability prior to serving the school program. Volunteers must sign in and out at the office
each time they are in the building during school hours. Before working with students in an unsupervised
situation on or off school property, a designated volunteer must undergo a background investigation which
includes fingerprinting for a criminal history records check and online bullying training. Students and families
are encouraged to review Lebanon School Board policy ​IJOC ​in Appendix A.

                                             Student Information

Attendance: ​Regular school and class attendance is an essential factor for success in school. Letters will be
sent out to parents/guardians reminding parents of the state law when administration has determined that
communication home is necessary because of attendance violations. Possible notification of poor attendance to
the Department of Youth and Child Services as well as the filing of a CHINS (Child in Need of Services) petition
are all possible courses of action when attendance remains an issue. Parents will be required to provide a note
from a medical doctor stating a student cannot attend school after 10 days of absence. The principal or his/her
designee will determine if the absence is excused or unexcused. State law requires that every person age six to
age eighteen attend school.

Athletic/Co-Curricular Attendance:​ ​Students must be in attendance for all of their required classes in
order to participate that afternoon or evening (Friday would result in ineligibility for weekend events) in a
co-curricular contest or performance. The Principal or designee may waive this requirement for
school-sanctioned absences or under special circumstances.

Absence Procedures
Parents/Guardians are required to call the Lebanon High School’s attendance line at (603) 448-2055, ext.
2013, to inform the attendance office that their son/daughter will be absent from school.

Excused Absence
Excused absences include, but are not limited to, doctor appointments, legal appointments, illnesses,
bereavement, religious holidays, school-sponsored activities, counselor-approved college visits, court
appearances, and family emergencies.

Tardiness to School and Class
School starts at 7:30 a.m. Students who arrive to school late must sign in at the attendance office. In order for
the tardy to be excused, the parent/guardian must call or send in a note that details the reason for being late.
The principal or his/her designee will determine if a tardy is excused or unexcused, and if a consequence is
warranted. Students who arrive to class late must arrive with a note from an LHS faculty or staff member in
order for it to be an excused absence.

Unexcused Absence or Tardy
An unexcused absence or tardy is an absence of which a parent/guardian is not aware. Students are expected to
attend school as regularly as possible, and appointments should be scheduled outside school hours.

Make-up Work
Parents and students should request daily assignments and homework by first checking PowerSchool (and
Google Classroom or a teacher’s website, if applicable) and then emailing classroom teachers. If
parents/guardians do not receive the support needed for your child to complete his/her work, please contact
your child’s school counselor.
Make-up work will use the following guidelines:
   ● Excused Absence: When a student returns to school following an excused absence, the student will be
       granted the number of days he/she was absent to make up the work that was missed. If work has been
       assigned previously (e.g., a long-term reading or writing assignment of which the student is aware), the
       student will be expected to be prepared for the next class and hand in the assignment when he/she
       returns to school.. In addition, if a student’s assignments are posted online, and there is no new material
       or assignment, the student will be expected to be prepared for the next class. At the teacher’s discretion,
       additional days to make up work may be offered.
   ● Unexcused Absence: Any formative or summative assessment due the day of the unexcused tardy or
       absence must be completed on the day of return and will receive a maximum grade of 70% if the work
       would have received a grade greater than 70%.

Truancy is defined as any unexcused absence from class or school. An absence that had not been excused for
any of the reasons listed in this handbook will be considered an unexcused absence. Ten half-days of unexcused
absence during a school year constitute habitual truancy. A half-day absence is defined as a student missing
more than two hours of instructional time. Any absence of more than three and one-half hours of instructional
time shall be considered a full-day absence.

Intervention Process to Address Truancy
When a student has been identified as habitually truant or is in danger of becoming habitually truant, an
intervention with the student, the student’s parents, and other staff members may be deemed necessary. The
intervention shall include processes including, but not limited to:
    ● investigate the cause(s) of the student’s truant behavior;
    ● consider, when appropriate, modification of his/her educational program to meet particular needs that
        may be causing the truancy;
    ● involve the parents in the development of a plan designed to reduce the truancy;
    ● seek alternative disciplinary measures, but still retain the right to impose discipline.
When patterns of truancy persist, administration reserves the right to notify the Department of Youth and Child
Services as well as the filing of a CHINS (Child in Need of Services) petition - all are possible courses of action
when truancy remains an issue.
Parental Involvement in Truancy Intervention
When a student reaches habitual truancy status or is in danger of reaching habitual truancy status, the
Principal or his/her designee will send the student’s parent a letter which includes:
   ● a statement that the student has become or is in danger of becoming habitually truant;
   ● a statement of the parent’s responsibility to ensure that the student attends school; and
   ● a request for a meeting between the parents and the Principal to discuss the student’s truancy and to
       develop a plan for reducing the student’s truancy.

If a student needs to be dismissed, he/she must present a note from the parent/guardian to the attendance
office to get permission to leave school. The note must detail the reason for dismissal, the time the student is
expected to return to school, and the home and work phone number where the attendance office can contact the
parents/guardians to verify the note. If he/she leaves without signing out, he/she may be considered unexcused
and subject to disciplinary action.
Students must be present for the full day to participate or attend any co-curricular or school event occurring on
the day of absence. Exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances with prior approval from the
principal, his/her designee, or the athletic director.

If a student feels ill, he/she must go to the nurse’s office. The expectation is that students do not remain in a
restroom, or leave the building without permission to go home. If a student is too ill to remain at school, a
parent/guardian will be contacted by the school nurse or the attendance office. Students must sign out at the
attendance office when they leave. The parent/guardian is required to call the school office prior to picking up
the student. If a student leaves school because of illness, he/she cannot participate in athletic/ co-curricular
programs that day. It is recommended that students experiencing more than one episode of vomiting or
diarrhea over the previous 24 hours be kept out of school until symptoms subside and the student feels well
enough to participate in school. The school nurse will use her clinical nursing judgment when dismissing a
student from school.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that students stay home until at least 24 hours after they
no longer have a temperature equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit measured by mouth (or 37.8
degrees Celsius) without the use of fever-reducing medicine, such as Tylenol or Ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin).

Home/Hospital Bound Instruction for Extended Illness
The Lebanon School District provides tutoring by certified teachers for hospital or homebound students up to a
maximum of five hours per week. A letter from a medical doctor verifying that a student cannot attend school is
required. Requests for this service may be made by parents/guardians. Approval must be obtained from the
Principal or designee for each individual case.

Parents are discouraged from planning family vacations at times when school is in session. Please make plans
around the school calendar incorporating potential snow days. It is difficult to make up all of the schoolwork
that is missed during an extended absence. Parents who have no choice but to take family vacations at times
when school is in session are asked to submit a letter or an email to the LHS attendance officer at least two
weeks in advance of the vacation period. Upon receipt of such a letter, the attendance officer will notify through
email, teachers, counselors, and case mgrs., along with parents and student, the dates the student will be absent
and make clear that the student is responsible for collecting the work and completing it by the agreed upon
date. Failure to complete the assigned work by the agreed upon date could result in zeros and impact the
student grade.

Junior/Senior Privileges
Junior/senior privileges are granted by parents/guardians and Lebanon High School administrators to eligible
eleventh and twelfth grade students. They allow students to leave school grounds during their unscheduled
time. Junior/senior privileges are not a right and must be earned and maintained in the following manner.
In order to obtain and maintain junior/senior privileges, students must have passed four courses at the end of
each quarter to gain or maintain junior/senior privileges.
Students must:
   ● sign in and out at the front door each time they use their privileges;
   ● have full junior or senior class standing; and
   ● have a valid junior/senior privilege permission slip on file.
Students may lose eligibility for junior/senior privileges for one - four quarters by:
   ● involvement in a serious violation of the Code of Conduct during junior or senior year;
   ● frequent absences or tardies;
   ● involvement in the use, sale, or possession of illegal substances or drug paraphernalia, alcohol, or
       prescriptions drugs that are not prescribed to the student;
   ● violations of the parking permit system;
   ● taking freshmen and sophomores off campus;
   ● driving violations while on campus
   ● failing courses, as noted by grades at the end of each quarter; and
   ● disruptive behavior.

If students lose their junior/senior privileges, they will be assigned to a study hall for 1 to 3 periods that are not
scheduled. Parents may withdraw the permission at any time and an administrator can withdraw permission
with just cause.

Leaving School Grounds
Once students have arrived at school, those without Junior/Senior Privileges may not leave campus during the
school day. Such departures are subject to consequences. Students may go outside on the lawn by the picnic
tables near Senior Square (weather permitting). Students may not loiter on the athletic fields, ropes course, or
parking lot.

Student Course Load
Full-time students with all rights must be enrolled in credits/courses totaling a minimum of five periods each
semester. Any exception must be approved by the principal. An Extended Learning Opportunity may be
included in the class total.

Course Changes
The process of building a master schedule for Lebanon High School is a difficult and complicated task. In part,
it involves matching student requests for specific courses with the availability of teachers and classrooms in the
school. The specific number of sections of each course is determined by the number of students who select that
course and how many sections the department and administration agree to to run.
Students are urged to consider all the options available to them as they plan their programs and select their
courses each year. Every effort should be made to select courses which will be realistic, meaningful, and

Add / Drop Policy
During the registration process, students should carefully consider their course registration selections. Course
drop-adds are possible. Students are not encouraged to change courses, however, except when a course is judged
inappropriate in terms of achievement level or skills needed. To help control both the quantity and legitimacy of
drop-adds the following policy is strictly followed:
       ● All drop requests are handled through a school Counselor.
       ● Student-initiated adds must be undertaken within the first five days of a semester.
       ● A course added after this period needs the approval of the counselor in collaboration with
           department coordinator, teacher and administration.
       ● All changes of course level must be approved by the counselor, parent in collaboration with teachers
           that will be impacted.
       ● In the first semester, student-initiated drops may occur during the first four weeks of a course
           without consequences to a student’s record.
            ○ NOTE #1: In the second semester, student-initiated drops may occur during the first four
                 weeks of a course without consequences to a student’s record for semester-long courses only.
            ○ NOTE #2: Students may not drop the second semester of full-year courses (see list) without
       ● Any course dropped after the fourth week of the first semester will result in a WF (Withdrew Failing)
           in the student’s record and will be factored in the student’s GPA at a ½ credit, unless the drop is
           initiated by a teacher or school counselor; in this case the record will indicate W (Withdrawn without
           penalty) and is not factored into the G.P.A. This rule also applies to semester long courses that begin
           the second semester.
       ● Regarding any full-year course (see ​Program of Studies​) that is dropped for the second semester, the
           student will receive the assigned grade and ½ credit for the first semester of the full-year course. The
           student will receive a “WF” for the second semester, which will be factored in the student’s GPA as a
           “0,” at a 1/2 credit.

A teacher or counselor may initiate a course drop only if he/she is convinced that the student has been mistakenly
enrolled in the wrong course and should be allowed to withdraw without penalty. Both the teacher and the
counselor must agree about the appropriateness of dropping a course without penalty. In cases of extended
illness or special circumstances, the above limits may not apply. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by
the school administration in coordination with respective teacher, school counselor, etc.
Any course dropped by default (meaning that no drop-add procedure was used and the student simply stopped
attending) will result in the student’s record showing a WF for the duration of the course that was neglected.

Academic Honors
At Lebanon High School, individual academic recognition can be earned quarterly and at commencement time
based on grade point average (G.P.A.). Students must be enrolled in a minimum of five courses to be eligible for
Honor Roll. Academic honor roll is earned at two levels of performance:
High Honors: 3.8 G.P.A. or higher with no grade lower than a 70%
Honors:         3.0-3.79 G.P.A.with no grade lower than a 70%

Advanced Placement
Lebanon High School offers College Board approved Advanced Placement (AP) courses in Biology, Calculus,
Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography, World Literature and Composition, Statistics, U.S.
Government, U.S. History, World History, and Language and Composition. Students enrolled in Advanced
Placement courses are encouraged to take the examination(s) given in early May. The fee, paid by the student,
is approximately $90.00 per exam. Students should check with the Counseling Department about the
availability of fee waivers and/or for information about Advanced Placement and college credit.

Academic Support
Rights and Responsibilities:
It is a student’s right/responsibility to
    ● receive and know teacher’s grading criteria at the beginning of each course;
    ● have grades updated on PowerSchool at least every two weeks;
    ● receive assistance if requested or required by a teacher for 25 minutes after period 7;
    ● maintain high standards for academic performance; and
    ● make arrangements after an excused absence to complete missed work.

Required Academic Study (RAS)
Any students in grades 9-12 who have a failing grade in a class may be placed in the Required Academic Study,
Assigned Academic Study, or after-hours tutorial for the following quarter.

The purpose of our advisory program is to experience small and supportive groups, improve our school
community, build positive working relationships with peers and advisors, and work together.

As students receive textbooks and other school materials throughout the year, they are indicating their
acceptance of the responsibility of caring for and returning all such property with reasonable wear expected. To
increase the longevity of the textbooks, they should be covered. In case of loss or damage, students will pay
current replacement costs.

Library Media Center
Lebanon High School has a Library Media Center that provides a learning area for individuals and groups.
There is a quiet study for patrons who need a quiet space, and an area for groups and classes to meet. Print and
digital resources are provided for students and staff to use for curriculum and individual projects. The Library
Media Center is open from 7:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m..

Individualized Courses
   1. Individualized courses are allowed for any student on an IEP or Regular Education students who have
       had a sudden, severe/traumatic experience:
           a. Special Education will define Individualized courses in accordance with a student’s IEP.
           b. Individualized courses for students who have had a sudden, severe/traumatic experience will be
               determined by a team of not less than the teacher, School Counselor and an administrator.
   2. All other requests for modifications of courses for Regular Ed, students (including students on a 504)
       are subject to the following protocol:
           a. Students on a 504 plan should be using the appropriate accommodations set forth in the
               student’s 504 Plan.
           b. If the student is not successful in the class, the student will be required to use available
               resources such as study halls, NHS tutors, and may be assigned to Reassessment.
   3. The following are procedural steps listed in incremental order that should be taken if a student is
       determined to be struggling to meet basic course expectations. It is important to note that failure to do
       homework in a course is not a reason to move, change or modify a course:
           a. If the student continues to struggle academically despite availing themselves of regular ed.
               resources (i.e. study hall, Reassessment etc.) and is still not successful in his/her current level of
               a course, the student should move to the next lower level in the same subject, i.e. Biology
               Intensive to Biology.
           b. Any student with a long-standing (e.g. 6 months) history of difficulty or inability to do course
               work should be referred to 504 and/or Special Ed.
   4. If the decision is made to title a course “Individualized” the student will receive notification on their
       transcript that will indicate that the course’s curriculum has been modified or reduced. Further
       explanation for what constitutes an “Individualized” course will be provided in the school profile.

Individualized Courses ​involve such significant reductions to a course’s curriculum, volume, pace, and/or rigor
that the student’s academic experience and learning are fundamentally different from his/her classmates and, as
such, require a relabeling of the course.

From School Profile: (Sent to colleges)
“Individualized Courses:​ The term ​“individualized”​ in a course title indicates that the course’s
curriculum has been modified or reduced.

Note: Students who have had a required course or courses “individualized” are not eligible for NCAA team

This is the form​ for initiating an Individualized course.

School lockers will be provided to all students. It should be noted that the locker is the property of LHS and is
only for students to use. Lockers with built-in locks must be locked at all times to prevent theft. Lockers should
be kept clean, free of food, graffiti, or inappropriate pictures on the inside and outside. In June, lockers must be
emptied by the last day of school. Lockers are on loan from Lebanon High School and are not the property of
individual students. Administrators may search lockers if they have suspicion that the contents of the locker
include, but not limited to, illegal substances, stolen materials, or dangerous items. Lockers may be searched to
ensure building security. Students should have no expectation of privacy in lockers. See the Lebanon School
Board policy in Appendix A.
As approved by the Lebanon School District Education Committee, November 2007, a $35.00 fine will be
assessed for any infraction that defaces or damages the locker in any way.

Swipe Card
All students are assigned swipe cards to be used to enter the building. Students must have the cards with them
at all times. If a student loses or damages the card they may be charged $10 for a replacement. Continuous
failure to use the card can lead to disciplinary action.

Homework is a constructive tool in the teaching/learning​ ​process when geared to the needs and
abilities of students. Purposeful assignments not only enhance student achievement, but also develop
self-discipline and associated good working habits. As an extension of the classroom, homework must
be planned and organized, must be viewed as purposeful to the students, and should be evaluated
and returned to students in a timely manner.

Teachers may give homework to students to aid in the student’s educational development. The
purposes should always be clearly understood by both the teacher and the pupil. Teachers may assign
homework as part of their curriculum. If homework is to be used by teachers as part of a student’s
grade, the teacher will explain to students how such homework assignments relate to the teacher’s
grading system. Homework should be an application or adaptation of a classroom experience, and
should not be assigned for disciplinary purposes. The information for any homework assignment
should be clear and specific so that the pupil can complete the assignment independently..

Homework Guidelines for Students
 ● Stay organized: write assignments in an agenda, planner, or calendar
 ● Do your best work; be sure to read all questions and prompts thoroughly
 ● Make sure you understand assignments and expectations clearly before leaving class
 ● Bring home the proper materials to complete assignments or projects
 ● Bring completed homework and assignments to class and hand them in on time
 ● Use teacher feedback on homework to increase your knowledge and performance
 ● Budget time properly for long-term assignments
 ● Complete any work missed due to absence from class
 ● Talk to your parent and teacher if you are having difficulty with homework
 ● Use Academic Block time to get extra help, reassess, or work on homework assignments
 ● Check PowerSchool regularly for missing assignments and grades

Homework Guidelines for Parents
 ● Be familiar with the philosophy and guidelines of the homework policy
 ● Check to see that your child has a system for writing down assignments
 ● See that your child effectively uses Academic Block
 ● Provide a time and place to do homework assignments with limited interruptions
 ● Actively supervise homework completion, assisting, but not doing the work
 ● Oversee completion of long-term assignments to assist in understanding time management
 ● Ask your son/daughter how he/she is using Academic Block time daily
 ● Check PowerSchool for missing student assignments and grades at least weekly

Homework Guidelines for Teachers
 ● Routinely communicate homework expectations with students and families as needed
 ● Ensure students are aware of and understand clearly all homework assignments
 ● Provide meaningful and timely feedback on homework
 ● Adjust instruction as needed based on student performance on homework
 ● Invite students to use Academic Block time to support their performance
 ● Update grades in PowerSchool on a bi-weekly basis

Homework Guidelines for Administrators
 ● Include the homework policy in all teacher, parent and student handbooks
●    Require teachers to communicate homework statement to students and parents
   ●    Ensure that teachers are implementing the homework statement consistently and uniformly
   ●    Assist teachers, when necessary, in implementing homework expectations
   ●    Give suggestions to teachers, when necessary, on how assignments could be improved

Vacation and Summer Homework
Homework over vacations such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, February, and April breaks will not exceed the
amount of homework given during a typical weekend for each course. Vacation homework assignments will be
any homework given within three days prior to vacation and due within the first three days after returning to
school. Vacation homework exceeding what is assigned during a typical weekend can be assigned to individual
students who need time to catch up on their work in order to complete competencies for their respective
classes. This policy applies to any homework assigned before vacation that is due after vacation including
long-term projects. ​Students must be provided with any materials (electronic or print) required for the
assignment by 2:35 on the last day of school before the vacation. If there is a perceived violation of this policy,
students may bring concerns to administration.

    ●   Please note that AP students may choose to do additional AP work during April vacation to prepare
        for AP exams that are scheduled in early May.

Summer homework is given in any class which deems it necessary to introduce the academic year early to
accommodate the curriculum that is required to be covered in the academic year. Summer homework
assignments are not to exceed the amount of homework given in a typical week of a given course. Teachers
will clarify whether the summer assignment will count as a formative or summative grade for quarter one.
Summer homework assignments will be approved by the principal or designee, (and when necessary, Subject
Coordinators will be consulted and Council will be informed) to ensure that all agree that the homework
assignments are purposeful and meet expectations. Typical summer assignments may include (but are not
limited to):
    ● Read a specific novel and write a literary analysis or reflection of less than 500 words
    ● Prepare a presentation on a given topic
    ● Keep a writer’s journal with ideas for creative writing
    ● Write five one-page reflections on current events in the news
    ● Complete a Math Review Packet
    ● Memorize scientific elements/nomenclature
    ● Write a personal essay such as a senior college essay

                                                                                                 ​ tudents and
If there is a perceived violation of this policy, students may bring concerns to administration. S
families are encouraged to review Lebanon School Board policy IKB- Homework in Appendix A.

Counseling Department
The Counseling Department at Lebanon High School is available to help each student build a solid academic
foundation. It is the department’s goal to help all students better understand themselves, to recognize their
particular interests and talents, and to design their high school careers around personal goals for the future.
Decision making is an important part of the learning experience, and the Counseling Department is a place to
assist students in making appropriate academic choices.

Student Support Team Referral
Anyone wishing to make a referral to Lebanon High School Student Support Team (SST) should contact the
student’s school counselor. Counselors, administrators, and other invited faculty members meet weekly to
brainstorm methods to improve the educational experience for students who have been identified as in need of
special support.

Lunch periods are 22 minutes long. Students are encouraged to maintain an account to cover food expenses. By
doing this, the food line can move along more quickly. Students, as part of the LHS community, will be
responsible for clearing their own tables. Students may only leave the cafeteria with a destination in mind, and
they may not go to unsupervised areas.
 ​Cafeteria Expectations
    ● Do not leave trash on the table—pick up after yourself.
    ● If you eat outside, put your food on a paper plate. Lunch trays may not go outside.
    ● If you eat outside, use the plastic utensils, not the metal ones.
    ● You may leave the cafeteria during the first ten minutes of the lunch period.
    ● Cooperate with our recycling and composting efforts.
    ● Notify the staff member on duty of any spills.
    ● Eight students to a table.

Food and Beverages
Food and drink must be consumed responsibly in classrooms, hallways, and the cafeteria. It is a privilege to
have food and drink in the hallways and if not respected, the privilege will be removed. No food or beverages
are permitted near computers or in the science lab areas.

                                    Athletics & Co-Curricular Activities

The Lebanon High School athletic program exists to teach and improve physical and team building skills. For
additional information, please review the ​Lebanon High School Athletic and Co-Curricular Handbook,​ which
is given to all students participating in LHS athletic or co-curricular activities. The handbook may also be
picked up in the Athletic Office ​and is posted under “Parent Info/​Forms” on ​www.lebanonraiders.org​.

Student-athletes must satisfy two sets of educational and behavioral criteria in order to participate in the
programs of the Athletic Department:
   1. All student-athletes must meet the eligibility standards of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic
      Association, Lebanon High School, and the LHS Athletic Department.
   2. All student-athletes are considered to be representatives of Lebanon High School and the Lebanon
      School District; therefore, they are expected to compete and to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike
      and appropriate manner at all times.

Each student must have a physical every two years to participate in athletics at Lebanon High School. Freshmen
need to have a physical that is less than a year old. Documentation must be submitted to the athletic secretary.
Physical Exam documents must include the date of the physical exam and the signature of the health care

                                             Athletic Programs
Full-season, interscholastic participation may occur in the following sports:

                                     Female                                 Male

 Fall Opportunities                  Field Hockey                           Football
                                     Soccer                                 Soccer
                                     Cross-Country Running                  Cross-Country Running
                                     Golf                                   Golf
                                     Bass Fishing                           Bass Fishing

Winter Opportunities               Basketball                             Basketball
                                    Indoor Track and Field                 Indoor Track and Field
                                    Nordic Skiing                          Nordic Skiing
                                    Alpine Skiing                          Alpine Skiing
                                    Ice Hockey                             Ice Hockey
                                    Swimming                               Swimming
                                    Unified Basketball                     Unified Basketball

 Spring Opportunities               Softball                               Baseball
                                    Tennis                                 Tennis
                                    Lacrosse                               Lacrosse
                                    Outdoor Track and Field                Outdoor Track and Field

Spectator Conduct
Any person, including an adult, who behaves in an inappropriate manner during an athletic, co-curricular, or
any other school-sponsored event may be ejected from the event and/or denied admission to school events at
the discretion of the principal, his/her designee, or the athletic director. Examples of inappropriate conduct
include, but are not limited to, the following examples:
   ● using vulgar or obscene language or gestures;
   ● possessing or being under the influence of any alcoholic beverage;
   ● possessing or being under the influence of any illegal substance;
   ● possessing a weapon or an item being used as a weapon;
   ● fighting or otherwise striking or threatening another person;
   ● failing to obey the instructions of a police officer or School District employee; and
   ● engaging in any activity that is illegal or disruptive
   ● taunting players, coaches, referees, or spectators.
 *The police may be involved at the discretion of the principal, his/her designee, or the athletic director.

Co-Curricular Activities and Clubs
   ● Lebanon High School Council​ - The Lebanon High School Council promotes student participation
      within the school community and creates the opportunity for students to become effective leaders, thus
      encouraging and influencing a positive school environment. Faculty members serve alongside students
      from all grade levels on this committee.The School Council is actively involved in decision-making in
      relation to topics that influence the entire school community. The groups also lead the school in a
      variety of community service and school spirit opportunities.
   ● National Honor Society
          ○ The National Honor Society is a national organization created to recognize and encourage
               academic achievement while developing other characteristics essential for citizenship in a
               democracy. The four qualities the National Honor Society looks for in a member are
               Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Character. Eligible students must:
                   ■ Be a junior or senior;
                   ■ Maintain a 3.495 cumulative grade point average;
                   ■ Provide an application with letters of recommendation.
          ○ After meeting the scholastic criteria, the student will be selected based upon information
               submitted by the student seeking election to the Society
                   ■ activities in which he/she has participated,
                   ■ opportunities that the student has had to demonstrate his/her leadership abilities,
                   ■ service that the student has performed for the school and community.
          ○ The selection committee and NHS advisor will periodically check for growth in each of these

○     Since it is an honor to belong to the National Honor Society, any member who does not uphold
                  the standards of the National Honor Society may have their membership revoked.
    ●   Diversity Club​ - Students in the Diversity Club pursue their own cultural awareness and identity and
        attain a sense of tolerance that fosters unity through understanding.
    ●   Pep Band​ - The Pep Band provides music and plenty of spirit at home varsity football games. We start
        rehearsing at the beginning of the year, end when the football season is over, and have tons of fun in
        between! Anyone interested should contact Ms. Haley. Open to anyone who plays a band instrument.
    ●   Jazz Band​ - The Jazz Band meets after school and focuses on jazz repertoire and improvisation. Jazz
        Band starts in December and performs throughout the spring. If interested, contact Ms. Haley. Open to
        all students who plays a jazz instrument.
    ●   Lebanon High School Times​ - The school newspaper is written, photographed, and produced by LHS
        students with a faculty advisor. Any student with an interest in journalism is invited to join the
        newspaper staff.
    ●   Literary Magazine​ - The magazine publishes poetry, stories, plays, and other creative/imaginative
        writing by students, as well as student drawings and photography. Students can be involved as editors,
        artists, and writers.
    ●   Math Team​ - The Math Team is divided into two sections: freshmen and sophomores on the
        Intermediate Math Team, and juniors and seniors on the Senior Math Team. Membership on the teams
        is open to any students interested in mathematics who wish to compete in the competitions sponsored
        by the Twin State Math League.
    ●   Students for a Sustainable Future​ - This group provides opportunities to create and share engaging,
        educational exhibits of sustainable practices in use today across various industries. The students are
        also actively involved in LHS’s recycling program.
    ●   Technology Club​ - The Technology Club offers students opportunities to develop and share technology
        skills. Club members learn programming and computing skills in a collaborative environment and
        frequently assist faculty members and other students with tech-intensive tasks.
    ●   Wet Paint Players​ - The Drama Club offers students the opportunity to develop theater skills in the
        areas of acting, set design, set construction, lighting, and stage management. This group produces two
        plays a year.
    ●   Yearbook​ - The yearbook staff is responsible for a year-long commitment to summarize the year’s
        events in pictures and captions that will be used to create the yearbook. ​Hundreds of hours of work go
        into creating a quality product. All students are welcome to join the staff and to submit photos and
        reflections to be included in the book each year.
    ●   Youth In Action (YIA)​ - YIA is a community service organization for all high school students. Individual
        and group activities take place throughout the school year in the Greater Lebanon community.
    ●   Students4Students​ oversees the grant for Youth-to-Youth mental health first aid trainings, and
        performs various awareness activities around sensitive and important topics relevant to teens at LHS.
        Anyone is welcome to join.
    ●   Science Olympiad
    ●   Art Club
    ●   Model United Nations​, also known as Model UN, holds International, educational simulation and
        academic conferences in the United States and around the world in which students can learn about
        diplomacy, international relations, and the United Nations. Each year a team of students representing
        LHS as Delegates to the United nations competes in one, two or all three of the following conferences;
        Dartmouth College MUN, Plymouth State University MUN and NYC MUN.

New Activity/Club
When an activity or club is proposed, certain expectations must be met. The following elements of a proposal
should be presented in writing to both the principal and athletic/co-curricular director:
   ● a mission statement consistent with the mission of the school;
   ● a description of the purpose of the activity/club;
   ● the expected meeting frequency and times;
   ● a list of any needs the activity/club might have to support the activity/club; and

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