Student & Parent Handbook

Academic Procedures

Academic Success

The opening of each school year is the most important time of the year. It is during this time that students establish proper behavior, study habits, and attitude. It is essential that parents use this time to work with their child in developing strong school habits.

Such habits to be fostered include:

  • Goal-setting for school
  • Attending school daily
  • Being prompt for school and class
  • Desiring to do their best
  • Being prepared for every class
  • Completing homework in a timely fashion
  • Evaluating academic progress
  • Reviewing the graduation plan
  • Adhering to school policies and rules

If these basic habits are instilled and followed, you will have a very successful school career.

Homework

Homework contributes greatly to successful student achievement and is an important and necessary element of the school program. Students at the high school level are expected to spend a significant amount of time on homework assignments including preparation for each class, reports, projects, term papers, and independent reading. An average of one half hour per subject per day or 2-3 hours per subject per week is expected. Please call the Guidance Office to make arrangements to get class assignments when an extended absence (3 or more days) is anticipated.

Suggestions for Students

  • Set up a place to study that is as free from distraction as possible. Be sure to have good lighting. Eliminate noise, phone calls, and other interruptions.
  • Establish a study schedule or routine. Organize your time; decide what tasks need to be done; don’t put it off; do more difficult subjects first; take a short break if you get tired.
  • Plan ahead to study for exams and to complete long-term assignments. Try not to leave assignments for the last minute.
  • Not all homework takes the form of a written assignment. Reading, studying, and reviewing are also homework.
  • If you do not understand an assignment, ask your teacher for clarification.
  • Make every effort to complete each assignment to the best of your ability.
  • Be able to distinguish between a reason and an excuse for not completing an assignment.
  • Attend extra help sessions if you are experiencing difficulty with a subject.

Awards/Scholarships/Contests

During the year, there are scores of opportunities for students to earn recognition. Announcements regarding these opportunities will be made through your classroom teachers, guidance counselor, or student government. Additional possibilities appear in school newsletters as well as in local newspapers and magazines. Most of these have fixed deadlines and criteria to which the student must pay close attention.

The Guidance Department maintains an internet-based site, Family Connection, which provides scholarship information to seniors. All students, beginning in their sophomore year, are trained in the use of this excellent resource.

Ethics in Education: Academic Integrity

It is important to emphasize that hard work and effort lead to true success. Students are encouraged to avoid taking “shortcuts” in their studies, not only because it is not ethical, but also because it robs them of the knowledge they are supposed to gain.

Representing someone else’s work as your own is dishonest, and for this reason academic misconduct is considered a serious issue. Examples of academic misconduct include:

  • Copying or allowing others to copy test answers.
  • Copying or allowing others to copy work that is intended to be completed individually and independently.
  • Sharing information about a test or assignment with students who have not yet completed the assignment.
  • Using someone else’s ideas or words without affording proper credit (appropriate citation methods).

Students who are involved with plagiarism, cheating, copying, altering records, or assisting others in these endeavors are subject to disciplinary action. Disciplinary consequences for academic misconduct include but are not limited to:

  • A grade of zero (0) for the assignment or school test in question with no opportunity to make up that work. This grade may lead to failure for the quarter and/or course.
  • Notification of Honor Society advisors for possible action.
  • Referral to administration for further disciplinary action.

Colleges desire to admit students who have demonstrated a high degree of academic integrity. Please know that the Common Application, used by many colleges and universities, asks students to honestly answer the following question: "Have you ever been found responsible for a disciplinary violation at any Secondary School you have attended, whether related to academic misconduct or behavioral misconduct, that resulted in your probation, suspension, removal, dismissal, or expulsion from the institution?"