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St. Paul’s Episcopal School 2012-2013 Student-Parent Handbook St. Paul’s Episcopal School’s Student-Parent Handbook is published annually as a guide and reference source for students and parents. The policies, procedures, and guidelines set forth in the handbook are intended to provide an atmosphere that allows students to develop to their fullest individual potential in accordance with the School’s philosophy. As set forth in the enrollment contract, by attending St. Paul’s Episcopal School, students and their parents agree to follow the School’s policies, procedures, and guidelines as may be amended from time to time during the school year, and to accept the School’s interpretations of the same. Students and parents should be familiar with the contents of the handbook, and continued enrollment is contingent upon the completion and submission of the 2012-2013 Student-Parent Handbook Online Acknowledgment Form on or before the first day of school. Students who have not submitted the online form by Friday, August 17 will not be allowed to return to school until the Online Acknowledgment Form is received. By electronically signing the 2012-2013 Student-Parent Handbook Acknowledgment Form, students and parents acknowledge that they have read this instrument and that they understand it, and that they are willing and able to abide by it. The 2012-2013 Student-Parent Handbook and the Online Acknowledgment Form can be accessed from the School Life/News & Events tab of the school website www.stpaulsmobile.net.

Throughout the year, please update your contact information on our website. This includes changes in address, telephone, email or ANY changes that need to be shared with the school. Should you have questions about this process please contact Nancy Galanos in the Admissions Office (461-2131) or via email at ngalanos@stpaulsmobile.net.


ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT St. Paul’s Episcopal School is committed to providing the highest quality college preparatory education in a Christian environment. Through a variety of experiences and activities, we encourage individual growth and achievement. By example and instruction, the St. Paul’s community fosters respect, integrity, responsibility, service, tolerance, citizenship, and the highest moral and ethical standards to prepare each student for a changing and challenging future.

PHILOSOPHY AND BELIEF STATEMENT St. Paul’s seeks to create an opportunity for the individual student to realize his or her own potential in all aspects of life by making available a variety of learning experiences and activities. Our commitment to providing the highest quality college preparatory education in a Christian environment is based on the belief that it is important to: • • •

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Educate the whole student spiritually, academically, civically, socially, physically, and emotionally; Provide an education rooted in Christian principles as understood and interpreted by the Episcopal Church; Maintain an atmosphere in which each student can develop a sense of individual worth and formulate a code of moral values based on Christian ethics; Promote an environment that embraces, respects and teaches tolerance and appreciation for cultural, ethnic, religious and racial differences within our community; Implement a carefully formulated curriculum and accepted learning methodologies which recognize and address individual differences and needs; Encourage a respect for and appreciation of learning and knowledge; Offer a variety of educational and extracurricular programs and encourage participation in school, social and community endeavors; Evaluate and strengthen our educational standards on a continuing basis to provide students with challenges that will allow them to develop into informed, self-assured and responsible citizens. St. Paul’s Episcopal School is a nondiscriminatory, independent institution which operates under the supervision and control of a Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees is charged with the responsibility for establishing and maintaining the mission, philosophy and policies of the school. -1-


SCHOOL PRAYER Heavenly Father... Help us in St. Paul’s School To live together in love and peace, Patient with each other’s faults, Mindful of each other’s needs, Gentle in words and helpful in deeds. And may this School be as a field Which Thou hast blessed So that all that is true, pure, lovely, And of good report may grow here, Filling our hearts with joy, And our hands with usefulness, Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen

ALMA MATER by Jody Powell, Choral Director We Sing to Thee our Alma Mater, Dear St. Paul’s our School. We offer thanks and gratitude For friendships old and new. With growing minds and memories Of Red, White, and Blue, We cherish well your honored name, We pledge ourselves to you. We lift our spirits high and sing Our song of unity, “To you St. Paul’s we will be true!” Dearest Alma Mater.

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ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES 2012-2013 Mr. Ben C. Stimpson, Jr., Chairman Mr. John W. Jeffries, Vice-Chairman Mrs. Melissa C. Morrissette, Secretary Mr. G. Robert Baker, Jr., Treasurer Mr. John T. Arendall III Dr. William E. Blaylock Mrs. Janee L. Bonner Mr. Russell C. Buffkin Mr. Scott T. Delaney Mr. Michael K. Dickerson Dr. W. Day Gates Mr. J. William Goodloe III Mr. Richard D. Inge Mr. Michael L. Lapeyrouse Mrs. Elizabeth R. Latham Mr. Charles A. Marston IV Mr. William S. McFadden Ms. M. Kathleen Miller Mr. S. David Padgett Mr. W. Self Radcliff The Rev. John Riggin Mr. E. Luckett Robinson II Dr. Bud Rogers Mr. Christopher A. Smith Mr. Tal O. Vickers, Jr. PARENT COUNCIL Lower School Chair.............................................................. Adrienne LeDoux Lower School Co-Chair............................................................Rachael McCall Middle/Upper School Chair............................................................. Kim Klyce Middle/Upper School Co-Chair..............................................Natasha Kendall -3-


TABLE OF CONTENTS Explanation of Handbook & Acknowledgment Form....... Inside Front Cover Mission Statement...........................................................................................1 School Philosophy...........................................................................................1 School Prayer..................................................................................................2 Alma Mater......................................................................................................2 Board of Trustees.............................................................................................3 Parent Council................................................................................................3 Table of Contents............................................................................................4 Attendance Policy...........................................................................................5 School-Sponsored Off-Campus Trips �������������������������������������������������������������6 School Uniforms..............................................................................................7 Technology Acceptable Use Policy ���������������������������������������������������������������14 Lower School Grades PreK-2 Program of Study.............................................................................16 Policies and Procedures ������������������������������������������������������������������18 Grades 3 & 4 Program of Study.............................................................................24 Policies and Procedures ������������������������������������������������������������������26 Middle and Upper School Middle School Program of Study �����������������������������������������������������������33 Upper School Program of Study ������������������������������������������������������������35 Academic Policies and Procedures ��������������������������������������������������������39 Rotating Schedule...................................................................................42 Honors and Awards................................................................................43 Policies and Procedures..........................................................................47 SPS Code of Conduct.............................................................................56 Clubs and Activities...............................................................................58 Athletic Activities...................................................................................62 Athletic Participation - Academic Standards �����������������������������������������62 Conduct and Discipline..........................................................................64 Personnel Faculty....................................................................................................75 Administration/Staff Directory ��������������������������������������������������������������80 Faculty Voice Mail Directory.........................................................................82 School Calendar............................................................................................84 -4-


ATTENDANCE POLICY GRADES PreK - 12 All students and parents need to recognize that attendance is a crucial element in meeting the mission of the school. While St. Paul’s remains committed to the individual needs of its students, policies are in place to assist the school in meeting its mission. All students with six non-school related absences either full day or in an individual class will be subject to the following process: 1. At absence number six, the faculty member affected will notify the Director of the Division. The Director will send a notification letter of concern to the parents/guardians. 2. At absence number eight in one or more classes, the parents/guardians must meet the Director of the Division or Upper School Dean of Students and possibly the faculty member(s) affected. 3. At absence number ten in one class, and for each successive absence after number ten, at the discretion of the Director of the Division or the Upper School Dean of Students the parents/guardians must bring the readmit note to the Director before the student will be admitted to school. The student will not be permitted to attend class until the note is delivered in person by the parents/guardians to the Director. 4. At absence number ten the student will be referred to the Attendance Committee which consist of Division Directors, Assistant Division Directors, Assistant Headmaster and the Dean of Students for the Upper School for further action. The Committee may take any of the following actions: (1) Require medical or other documentation for days missed and require medical or other documentation for any additional days missed in the same semester. (2) Require conference with parents (3) Require counseling for attendance issues or referral to appropriate agency. (4) Require mandatory attendance for additional class times, to be arranged by the Attendance Committee. (5) Mandate failure of class or classes due to lack of attendance (6) Request or require withdrawal from school for attendance issues. 5. Seniors who miss ten days in one class will be assigned to a study hall for the remainder of that semester instead of a common room and will be required to take the second semester exam regardless of the grade earned in the class. 6. Students with excessive absences may lose their right to participate in co-curricular activities including sports.

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SCHOOL-SPONSORED OFF-CAMPUS TRIPS GRADES PreK-12 St. Paul’s students will be taking school-sponsored off-campus trips throughout the year. As a parent of a St. Paul’s Episcopal School student, I understand that when traveling off campus, including trips that leave the Mobile area, my student will be under the supervision of a St. Paul’s faculty and/or staff member. I also understand that my student will be under the supervision of agents of St. Paul’s Episcopal School (i.e., parents/bus company personnel). St. Paul’s and its agents have my permission to exercise parental supervision over my student. I further understand if my student commits offenses such as smoking, theft, destruction of property, and/or use of alcohol or drugs, the result for my student may be probation, expulsion and/or disciplinary action, as determined by School Administration; and that students will be expected to respect all rules and regulations on dress, curfew, etc. as deemed necessary by the School and chaperones. Should my student be involved in the destruction of property, the expenses of same will be my responsibility. As a parent of a St. Paul’s Episcopal School student, I further understand that I consent for such medical treatment and/or surgery to be given and performed to and upon my student as appears to be reasonably necessary in the exercise of prudent medical judgment of a doctor of medicine (i.e. M.D.) at any point on the trip at which sickness or accident occurs. In this regard, it is understood that any medical, hospital and/or surgical expenses that may be incurred as a result of treatment recommended by any such doctor will be borne by me.

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ST. PAUL’S SCHOOL UNIFORM POLICY 2012-2013 NEW school uniforms can be purchased at Sunshine School Fashions in Piccadilly Square or online at www.sunshineuniforms.com. Piccadilly Square Shop 6347-D Airport Blvd. Mobile, AL 36608 Telephone: 251-345-7776 Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM JUL & AUG: Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM USED school uniforms and shoes can be purchased in the Used Uniform Room in the Advancement Office. Call 380-0408 ext. 25 for details. NEW navy & white uniform shoes can be purchased at J-Ray Shoes or Jerry’s Famous Footwear. UNIFORMS - GENERAL INFORMATION SHOES: All students are expected to maintain the appearance of their shoes. If it is necessary for students to be out of their uniform shoes, they must report to the office before attending class. If the reason for out-of uniform shoes is medical, and is needed for an extended period, a form must be completed and signed by a physician. Girls who must wear out-ofuniform shoes for an extended period must wear all-white shoes and boys must wear all-black shoes. UNIFORMS: All students are expected to be dressed in the appropriate St. Paul’s uniform every day. Any student who is out of uniform must see the appropriate administrator to obtain an Out-of-Uniform slip before attending class. Students are not required to be in uniform other than regular school hours. Hats and visors are not permitted at any time while a student is in uniform. If it is necessary for a student to be out of uniform, he/she must bring a note of explanation from a parent to the appropriate office. Chronic uniform violations could result in suspension from school. Students will be issued an out-of-uniform pass ONLY for extenuating medical conditions with a note from their physician or if their uniform or uniform shoes are being repaired. Students who are out of uniform either will receive a detention or will not be allowed to return to class until appropriately dressed. Students who are repeatedly out of uniform may be required to report to the Upper or Middle school office before school to insure that they are appropriately dressed. -7-


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Uniforms are expected to be neat. Uniforms with stains, holes or tears should not be worn to school. If, in the opinion of the administration, a student’s uniform is unacceptable, his/her parents will be contacted. Shirt tails are to be kept tucked in at all times. Tee shirts and undergarments worn under shirts/blouses must be solid white without any writing or logos. All clothing, including shoes and all outerwear, should be labeled with permanent ink or well-secured nametags. Initials only are not helpful when lost items need to be returned. Students are not permitted to wear “oversized” or “undersized” blouses, shirts, or sweatshirts. No non-uniform article of clothing may extend beyond the outer uniform garment. Girls’ skirt/jumper/skort length must be no shorter than 4” above the crease of the knee. Students should arrive at school properly dressed so that teachers do not have to use valuable class time for uniform enforcement. For out-of-uniform days, students are expected to dress in an appropriate and modest manner conducive to an educational environment. Students may wear collared shirts or school issued t-shirts. Students may not wear any t-shirt that has not been sponsored by the School or does not represent a school activity or function. All students must wear closed-toed shoes to school. No hats or visors will be allowed. Individual divisions may send out specific instructions on out-of-uniform days for their grade levels. Specific out-of-uniform guidelines for Middle School: Students will be required to wear 1) a collared shirt or St. Paul’s t-shirt, 2) jeans or khaki pants or jeans or khaki capri pants, 3) closed-toed shoes, 4) no hats or visors. Specific out-of-uniform guidelines for grades PreK - 4: Lower School students may wear the following on out of uniform days: SPS issued T-shirts or T-shirts with NO writing, any shorts or skirts of appropriate length, pants (i.e. capri, jeans, or khaki), closed-toed shoes, and please NO athletic shorts/pants or tank tops. Hats are not permitted. Clothing, apparel, or any other article of personal or school property containing advertisement for, or suggesting the use of tobacco, alcohol, or guns is prohibited on campus, during school activities, and on school-sponsored trips. St. Paul’s also forbids the display of symbols that, in the opinion of the school, encourage divisiveness between race, sex, religion, or national origin, or may be considered offensive in any manner.

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PRE-KINDERGARTEN Boys • White knit uniform shirt with red SP logo, long or short-sleeved; or white oxford cloth shirt, long or short sleeved with or without red SP logo; white knit mock turtleneck, long-sleeved shirt with red SP logo • Houndstooth trousers with elastic waist and no belt loops or Houndstooth shorts with elastic waist and no belt loops. Shorts are worn on a seasonal basis: August 20 – October 31 and April 1 – May 22. • Houndstooth trousers must be worn on Fridays for Church services. • Black or navy socks with trousers, white crew length socks with shorts • Black uniform sneakers, lace-up or Velcro; black leather Merrill’s, slip-on or lace-up. Uniform shoes are available at J-Ray Shoes or Jerry’s Famous Footwear. Girls • White, Peter Pan collared blouse, long or short-sleeved with red piping; white knit mock turtleneck, long-sleeved shirt with red SP logo • Houndstooth jumper with belt • White uniform socks with red SP logo • Navy/white saddle uniform tennis shoes made by Keds. Uniform shoes are available at J-Ray Shoes or Jerry’s Famous Footwear • Red uniform shorts with SP logo to be worn under jumpers every day (Available in the Campus Store) KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE 2 Boys • White knit uniform shirt with red SP logo, long or short-sleeved; or white oxford cloth shirt, long or short sleeved with or without red SP logo; white knit mock turtleneck, long-sleeved shirt with red SP logo. • Houndstooth trousers with belt loops or Houndstooth shorts with belt loops: Shorts are worn on a seasonal basis: August 15 – October 31 and April 1 – May 26 • Black belt with trousers and shorts • Black or navy socks with trousers, and white crew length socks with shorts • Black uniform sneakers, lace-up or Velcro; black leather Merrill’s, slip-on or lace-up. Uniform shoes are available at J-Ray Shoes or Jerry’s Famous Footwear

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Girls • White Peter Pan collared blouse long or short-sleeved with red piping; white knit mock turtleneck, long-sleeved shirt with red SP logo • Houndstooth jumper with belt • White uniform socks with red SP logo • Navy/white saddle uniform tennis shoes made by Keds. Uniform shoes are available at J-Ray Shoes or Jerry’s Famous Footwear • Red uniform shorts with SP logo to be worn under jumpers every day (Available in the Campus Store) GRADES 3 AND 4 Boys • White knit uniform shirt with red SP logo, long or short-sleeved; or white oxford cloth shirt, long or short sleeved with or without red SP logo; white knit mock turtleneck, long-sleeved shirt with red SP logo. • Houndstooth trousers • Black belt • Black or navy socks • Black leather lace-up shoes. (Sneakers, loafers, and slip-on Merrill’s are not permitted.) Girls • White Peter Pan collared blouse, long or short-sleeved with red piping; white knit mock turtleneck, long-sleeved shirt with red SP logo • Houndstooth jumper with belt. • White uniform socks with red SP logo • Navy/white saddle uniform shoes with white soles made by either Willett or Jumping Jack. Uniform shoes are available at J-Ray Shoes or Jerry’s Famous Footwear. GRADES 5 THROUGH 8 EVERYDAY UNIFORM Boys • White knit uniform shirt with red SP logo, long or short-sleeved; or white oxford cloth shirt, long or short sleeved with or without red SP logo; white knit long-sleeved mock turtleneck shirt with red SP logo (to be worn under other long-sleeved garments, not alone). • Houndstooth trousers: pleated or flat front • Black belt • Black or navy socks • Black leather lace-up dress shoes or black leather loafer shoes. (Sneakers and slip-on Merrill’s are not permitted.)

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Girls • White oxford shirt, long or short sleeved with or without red SP logo (this shirt is to be worn tucked in); white knit long-sleeved mock turtleneck shirt with red SP logo (to be worn under other long-sleeved garments or the girls’ sleeveless sweater, not alone). • Houndstooth kick-pleat skirt, Houndstooth mock-wrap skirt, Houndstooth skort, Houndstooth jumper with belt, Houndstooth slacks (All skirts, skorts, and jumpers must be no shorter than 4 inches above the crease of the knee.) • White uniform socks with red SP logo • Navy/white saddle uniform shoes with white soles made by either Willett or Jumping Jack. Uniform shoes are available at J-Ray Shoes or Jerry’s Famous Footwear. GRADES 9 THROUGH 12 EVERYDAY UNIFORM Boys • White oxford cloth shirt, long or short sleeved with or without red SP logo; white knit long-sleeved mock turtleneck shirt with red SP logo (to be worn under other long-sleeved garments, not alone). • Houndstooth trousers: pleated or flat front • Black belt • Black or navy socks • Black leather lace-up dress shoes or black leather loafer shoes. (Sneakers and slip-on Merrill’s are not permitted.) Girls • White oxford cloth shirt, long or short sleeved with or without red SP logo (this shirt is to be worn tucked in); white knit long-sleeved mock turtleneck shirt with red SP logo (to be worn under other long-sleeved garments or the girls’ sleeveless sweater, not alone). • Houndstooth kick-pleat skirt, Houndstooth mock-wrap skirt, Houndstooth skort, Houndstooth jumper with belt, Houndstooth slacks (All skirts, skorts, and jumpers must be no shorter than 4 inches above the crease of the knee.) • White uniform socks with red SP logo • Navy/white saddle uniform shoes with white soles made by either Willett or Jumping Jack. Uniform shoes are available at J-Ray Shoes or Jerry’s Famous Footwear.

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GRADES 5 THROUGH 12 FULL DRESS UNIFORM Boys: • White oxford cloth shirt, long or short-sleeved, with or without red SP logo • Navy/red striped uniform tie • Navy uniform Blazer with badge made by Sunshine Uniforms • Houndstooth trousers: pleated or flat front • Black belt • Black or navy socks • Black leather lace-up dress shoes or black leather loafer shoes. Sneakers and slip-on Merrill’s are not permitted. Girls: • White oxford cloth shirt, long or short-sleeved with or without red SP logo (the shirt is to be worn tucked in). • Houndstooth kick-pleat skirt; Houndstooth mock-wrap skirt; Houndstooth skort (All skirts and skorts worn in grades 5 through 12 must be no shorter than 4 inches above the crease of the knee.) • Navy uniform Blazer with badge made by Sunshine Uniforms • White uniform socks with red SP logo • Navy/white saddle uniform shoes with white soles made by either Willett or Jumping Jack. Uniform shoes are available at J-Ray Shoes or Jerry’s Famous Footwear. UNIFORM SHOE POLICY

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PRE-KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE 2 Boys: Black uniform sneakers, lace-up or Velcro; black leather Merrill’s, slip-on or lace-up Girls: Navy/white saddle uniform tennis shoes made by Keds GRADES 3 AND 4 Boys: Black leather lace-up shoes. Sneakers and slip-on Merrill’s are not permitted. Girls: Navy/white saddle uniform shoes with white soles GRADES 5 THROUGH 12 Boys: Black leather lace-up dress shoes or black leather loafers. (Sneakers and slip-on Merrill’s are not permitted.) Girls: Navy/white saddle uniform shoes with white soles

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Navy uniform Blazer with badge made by Sunshine Uniforms (Grades 5 - 12) Navy uniform cardigan sweater with red SP logo Navy V-neck uniform sweater or sleeveless vest with red SP logo Navy uniform fleece with red SP logo. Navy uniform all-weather anorak with red SP logo or weather resistant, fleece-lined hooded jacket with red SP logo (available in the Campus Store) Navy uniform water resistant raincoat with red SP logo (available at Sunshine Uniforms) Navy uniform pullover sweatshirt (available in the Campus Store) Navy uniform front zip jacket with hood with red SP logo (available at Sunshine Uniforms) St. Paul’s athletic letter jacket Navy uniform leggings for girls

The administration will make periodic announcements concerning out-ofuniform options when deemed necessary due to severe weather conditions. PHYSICAL EDUCATION DRESS CODE Red St. Paul’s P. E. shorts and blue t-shirts can be purchased in the Campus Store.

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PRE-KINDERGARTEN and KINDERGARTEN Boys: Do not change for P. E. Girls: White uniform shirt and red uniform shorts with SP logo that are worn under uniform jumper and uniform sneakers GRADES 1 AND 2 Boys: Blue uniform P.E. shirt and red uniform shorts; uniform sneakers or non-marking tennis or basketball shoes Girls: White uniform shirt and red uniform shorts with SP logo that are worn under uniform jumper; uniform sneakers or non-marking tennis or basketball shoes

GRADES 3 THROUGH 12 Boys and Girls: Blue uniform P.E. shirt and red uniform shorts with SP logo; non-marking tennis or basketball shoe P.E. OUTERWEAR All students may wear navy sweat pants with P.E. uniforms. -13-


ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY FOR USERS OF ST. PAUL’S TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES AND ACADEMIC NETWORK In support of its academic mission, St. Paul’s encourages student access to its technology and information resources. This statement provides general guide¬lines regarding the acceptable use of technology and information resources by the administration, faculty, staff and students at St. Paul’s. All members of the St. Paul’s community who make use of its resources must act responsibly and ethically and must agree to be responsible for the integrity of those resources. The School reserves the right to restrict or deny access to its technological resources to those users who do not comply with its policies. Violations of this policy may also subject the user to appropriate disciplinary penalties. All accounts and files on the St. Paul’s network are considered to be the property of St. Paul’s and are subject to inspection by administrators. System administrators have access to these accounts and will monitor both these accounts and all school-owned workstations. St. Paul’s School reserves the right to hold any user accountable for any content on any personal computer regardless of whether content originated on or off campus. Inappropriate access, modification, or use of another student’s account or work constitutes a serious breach of acceptable use. While every effort will be made to provide reliable service, St. Paul’s will not be held responsible for delays, loss of data or service interruptions. All users should have contingency plans if the system is off-line and all users are responsible for backing up their own files. St. Paul’s believes that users should have access to telecommunications resources and participate in telecommunications projects. However, while system administrators or faculty will monitor most online activities, parents should note that diligent users might discover controversial or inappropriate materials. St. Paul’s believes that the educational potential of these worldwide network resources far outweigh the possibility that some users might be able to procure materials which are inconsistent with our educational goals. The School will take reasonable measures to prohibit access to inappropriate materials, but the school cannot totally restrict access to these materials and will not be held responsible if a user acquires them. Internet access on campus is limited to that which is provided by the School and said access may only be obtained using school-approved computers. It is understood that parents are responsible for the supervision of the student’s on-line activities when not in the school setting. -14-


All students in grades 7-12 are required to purchase a school approved laptop and have it available for classroom use during the school day. St. Paul’s provides warranty repair services and technical assistance through the Technology Offices in the library. While student laptops are being serviced students are provided a loaner until the repairs are completed. Parents are responsible for non-warranty repairs. STUDENTS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO PLAY NON-EDUCATIONAL GAMES OR LISTEN TO MUSIC ON THEIR LAPTOPS DURING THE SCHOOL DAY. STUDENTS MAY NOT USE RECORDING DEVICES (INCLUDING COMPUTERS) TO RECORD CLASSES OR CONVERSATIONS WITHOUT THE EXPRESS CONSENT OF THE TEACHER (IN THE CASE OF A CLASS) AND ALL PARTICIPANTS IN THE CASE OF CONVERSATIONS. At the beginning of the school year, each network user account will be credited $25, which is equivalent to printing 500 monochrome pages (one ream). Color printing will deduct $0.15 per printed page. If at any point during the year a user exceeds quota, access to printing will be denied until the user contacts the technology department and adds funds to the account balance. SPECIFIC EXAMPLES OF VIOLATIONS OF THE ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY • •

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Vandalism - Physically or electronically damaging, modifying or removing hardware, software, or data. Security - Accessing programs or data without authorization, circumventing or attempting to circumvent logon procedures or security, accessing another user’s account or reading another’s e-mail. Theft of Services - Incurring on-line charges, setting up fraudulent accounts, making fraudulent on-line purchases. Copyright Infringement - Copying or distributing materials which are the property of others. Speech - Possession, distributing or transmitting inappropriate materials. Harassment - Using the school’s technological resources to harass or threaten others. Academic Honesty - Copying of another’s assignments and submitting them as your own, allowing another to access your account to copy assignments.

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LOWER SCHOOL - GRADES PreK-2 PROGRAM OF STUDY PRE-KINDERGARTEN AND KINDERGARTEN-The Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten curriculum is designed to stimulate the natural curiosity and creativity of 4 and 5-year-olds. Children are introduced to basic concepts in Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Spanish, Character Counts, and the Arts. The program builds a solid academic foundation through a variety of instructional methods, including many hands-on activities, on-site resource visitations, and field trips. Learning to become a responsible group member is an important area of growth during the preschool years. Each child’s feeling of self-worth and respect for others is nurtured. GRADES ONE AND TWO-The curriculum consists of: Reading, Grammar, Mathematics, Spelling, Penmanship, Social Studies, Science, Writing, Character Counts, Music, Art, P.E., Library, and Reading Support. Foreign Language: PreK through Grade Two - Spanish. ALTERNATIVE INSTRUCTION PROGRAM (AIP) - Small group courses for documented learning differences/ADHD students are available with the approval of the Director of the AIP program. While the standard sized classroom works well for many students, the learning needs of some are better met in a small group environment providing more frequent interaction and closer supervision. GRADING SYSTEM PRE-KINDERGARTEN AND KINDERGARTEN - Progress reports are posted online on NetClassroom quarterly during the school year for PreKindergarten and Kindergarten students. A simple scale is used in order to give parents a formal report of a child’s progress. GRADES ONE AND TWO - Report cards are posted online on NetClassroom quarterly during the academic year. Interim reports are mailed at each mid-quarter point to any student whose work or conduct is below average or below expectation. They are not given to all students. Only the yearly report card average in each subject, computed by averaging the four quarterly grades, appears in the student’s cumulative record. Grading Scale 100-90 = A; 89-80 = B; 79-70 = C; 69-65 = D ;Below 65 = F A Social Skills and Work Habits section accompanies the grade report of each student at the end of each quarter and reflects the student’s performance on various behaviors affecting learning. It is intended as communication to parents about any learning behaviors and work habits which may need strengthening for optimum academic success. P.E., Art, Spanish, Library, Music, Science, and Writing are graded on the same Behavior/Performance scale Behavior/Performance Scale S = Satisfactory N = Needs Improvement -16-


STANDARDIZED TESTING - Standardized tests are administered in Grades one and two. The results of individual tests are made available to parents. PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES - We believe that communication between the school and home is vital to the child’s academic and social/ emotional development. Samples of the child’s work are sent home, often to be returned with a parent’s signature. Every parent is scheduled for a conference during the school year. Additional conferences may be scheduled at any time as needed by the parent or teacher. The administrators and teachers welcome conference by appointment. Please do not call on teachers unannounced before the start or at the end of the school day, as this is a time when faculty are assisting with traffic duty and/or assembling materials for the day’s activities. Appointments may be made by calling the Lower School office, by note or email to the teacher. HOMEWORK - Homework may be assigned at the teacher’s discretion to reinforce concepts, to give practice in skills taught or to provide opportunity for enrichment of the classroom program. Homework is not given on material that has not been covered in class. Teachers attempt to gauge assignments so that students are able to complete nightly homework within a reasonable time. Since students work at different rates, it is difficult to estimate the time each will need for homework. All homework assignments are written on the board in the student’s homeroom, and students are expected to copy them in their assignment notebooks. Some long-range assignments are given days or weeks in advance of the date due. Students receive periodic reminders of these assignments and are encouraged to work steadily toward their completion rather than beginning the night before the due date. It is counterproductive if homework becomes a family nightmare. If a child experiences undue frustration with a particular assignment, we advise parents to terminate the homework session and notify the teacher by note the following morning. If the child has persistent problems with homework, the teacher should be consulted. MAKEUP WORK - Work missed during an illness may be made up at school upon the child’s return. Requests for missed work assignments may be made by calling the Grade PreK-2 office by 10:00 a.m. Teachers do not have many opportunities during the day to compile work to send home, so homework assignments will not be ready to be picked up until 2:45 p.m. All makeup work is to be completed and returned to the teacher as soon as possible. Teachers may withhold some assignments until they have had a chance to work with the student on new material. In the case of extended absence for an out-of-town trip, arrangements for making up class and homework assignments are at the teacher’s discretion and should be discussed with him or her before the planned absence. Five days notice before a trip is necessary for teachers to be able to plan for the absence. TUTORING - Teachers may request that a child remain for tutoring after school for short-term help. Arrangements will be made between teacher and parents in advance. There is no charge for this service. Teachers can be available for tutoring until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at no -17-


charge. (Not available on faculty meeting days.) Teachers may request that a student stay for help when necessary, although most tutorial sessions are on a voluntary basis. Students requiring consistent, long-term tutoring may be referred to an outside professional tutor. Due to space limitations and scheduling, the school will allow private tutoring during the day only for students who are diagnosed by a professional or recommended for tutoring by the administration. TESTING POLICY - GRADES ONE AND TWO - St. Paul’s adheres to a policy of giving students no more than one major test on a single day. Spelling tests and class quizzes, while important, are not considered major tests. GRADES PreK-2 POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARRIVAL For their protection, children must not be left at school before 7:15 a.m. Adult supervision is not available prior to this time. At 7:30 a.m., children are dismissed to their classrooms where teachers are present to provide supervision. St. Paul’s cannot be responsible for students who are left at school unattended.

In the interest of safety: a) If you wish to park, please use the center spaces in the lower parking lot or along the playground fence. Do not stop in the traffic lane to drop off children at the rear of the building. Do not park anywhere on Tuthill Lane. b) All Pre-Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten students should be dropped off only in the front of the PreK-Transitional K building. c) Kindergarten, First, and Second grade students should be dropped off only from the left lane on Tuthill, and only at the designated unloading point.

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do not have your child walk to the front of the Parish Hall or Church for pickup. The church has strongly urged that we not use its parking spaces for this purpose. With the amount of traffic at 2:35 p.m., St. Paul’s prefers to supervise students until they are placed in their cars, and this cannot be done if they are picked up in another area. All-day students who are not picked up by 3:00 p.m. will be taken to the office, Room 204. St. Paul’s asks your cooperation in picking up children on time. GRADES PreK - 2 CARPOOL PLEASE DO....... ... as you come through carpool, display the ID sign you’ll be given during the first week of school. Hold it at/out the driver’s side window as you approach the rear of the Educational Building, and keep it visible for those who are loading cars. Glare on windows prohibits clear visibility. Let us know if you need a new ID sign at any time. ... pull up all the way to one of the three loading stations, and keep an eye on the car in front of you. ... put your car in park or neutral when loading. ... clear the rear seat on the driver’s side of infant car seats and other materials that interfere with easy entrance. ... be watchful of children and teachers who are loading, of other children in your car, and of the traffic director. PLEASE DON’T........ ... ask us to load on the right side of the car or through the back door of station wagons. This puts children and teachers in hazardous positions, between vehicles, and makes them less visible to the traffic director. Exception must be made for vans that have doors only on the passenger side. ... talk on your cell phone in the carpool line or while loading. Safety requires your full attention. ... ask that your child be allowed to walk to the main campus; we cannot grant this permission. ... ask an older student to join the Grade PreK-2 carpool line. We can accommodate only Grades PreK-2 students at their carpool. ... ask us to load children in the front seat of cars containing front passenger air bags. CHANGE OF PLANS - If your child is going home with anyone other than their regular carpool or transport person, written permission to the teacher is required. When coming through carpool, please display the child’s name and usual carpool number to enable us to locate him/her quickly. After-School Care - Children enrolled in After-School Care must bring a note to their teacher on days they will not attend this program. We regret that we are unable to accommodate any students in After-School Care who are not enrolled in that program. CLASSROOM ENTRY- No one is allowed back in classrooms after 3:30 p.m. to retrieve forgotten items. Please do not ask the custodians or extended-session personnel to unlock doors. They have been instructed not to do so. Your cooperation is appreciated. -19-


ATTENDANCE - GRADES PreK-2 1) Excused Absences: Absences due to illness and family emergencies will be excused.  However, students having six or more absences per quarter will be subject to review by the Attendance Committee. Parents are requested to call the office if the child will not be at school, unless prior notice has been received. A student returning to school following an absence must bring a note from his or her parent or guardian stating the reason for the absence. Although regular attendance is important, it is even more important that children who are ill or recovering remain at home. A child who does not feel well accomplishes little at school. Please do not send your child to school until he or she has been free of fever and/or has not thrown up for 24 hours. Children with contagious diseases such as chicken pox, pinkeye, impetigo or strep throat must be well beyond the infectious period before returning to school. A note from the physician may be required. Children must be well enough to go outdoors with their class since there is no one available to supervise them indoors during outside playtime. 2) Tardies - Teachers begin supervising classrooms at 7:30 a.m. and classes officially begin at 7:45 a.m. Beginning the school day on time is important to the individual student and to his/her learning community. Tardiness causes the student to miss important announcements, beginning routines, class work, and social time. It is also an unwelcome interruption for other students and the teacher. Please be sure your student is on time. Students who arrive after 7:50 a.m. must be accompanied to the office by a parent and will not be admitted to class without an office pass indicating that the child has been officially received. 3) Parental Request - Attendance at school is essential to student success. We rely upon parents to see that unnecessary absences are avoided and that requests for special excuses are held to a minimum. Six days absence per quarter is considered excessive. A physician’s excuse may be required. In cases of prolonged illness, the parent and school together will develop a plan to alleviate academic problems for the student. In cases when an extended absence from school is unavoidable, requests for excused absence should be submitted in writing to the Division Director at least five days in advance. A form will be filled out by the child’s homeroom teacher indicating the student’s academic status and what tests, quizzes, and instruction will be missed. It then becomes the student’s/parent’s responsibility to make arrangements with the teacher(s) as to when assignments are due and when tests may be made up. Teachers cannot be expected to make up instruction for absences of this nature or to prepare assignments in advance. Parents can be most helpful by not asking for permission to extend vacations beyond the school calendar. 4) Early Dismissal: Whenever possible, appointments and trips should be planned so that they do not disrupt the child’s school day. If it is necessary for a student to leave school early, he/she should bring a note from his/her parent to the homeroom teacher at the start of the school day. Students may be checked out from the school offices only. Students will remain in class until checked out, then may be picked up from the classroom. Only the parent or person designated by the parent may pick up the child. If your child returns to school the same day, he or she must be readmitted through the office. -20-


DISCIPLINE - Teachers may use a variety of acceptable methods in guiding students to achieve self-control. Corporal punishment is not used. St. Paul’s works closely with parents in cases of behavior problems. If disciplinary action should be necessary for minor infractions, the student may be asked to stay after school, spend “time out” in the classroom or office, or have a temporary loss of privileges. Other actions appropriate to the age of the child may be taken. Students are not detained after school without prior notice to parents. In more severe cases, such as disrespectful behavior, persistent disruption of class, stealing, cheating, lying, willful defacement or destruction of property, physical aggression, bringing unsafe items on campus, etc., a student may be suspended or expelled from school. ARTICLES PROHIBITED AT SCHOOL - No matches, guns, knives or items which might be unsafe in any way may be brought to school, even for “show and tell.” Children may not bring pets, toys or games to school without prior permission from the teacher. Valuable items should never be brought to school. “Show and tell” is limited to specific days; your child will know which is his or her day to bring something to share. Please check with teachers before allowing any games, toys, etc., to come to school with your child. Only ID tags can be attached to backpacks. Toys and key chains are not allowed. Rolling backpacks are not permitted. MEDICATION - If your child is to be given medication (prescription or nonprescription) at school, we must have written permission and written instructions on the appropriate form available in the office. All medications should be delivered to the office by the parent. IMMUNIZATION - The State of Alabama and The Alabama Department of Public Health require all students to have a valid, unexpired Immunization record (IMM-50 form) in his/her permanent school file. Students must be vaccinated with a booster dose of tetanus/diphtheria (Td) every 5 to 10 years after the original preschool booster. HAIR CODE/JEWELRY - Boys’ hair must be worn above the eyebrows, not below the mid-point of the ears, and not below the top of the collar. Radical styles, unusual colors, spikes or shaves will not be permitted. Boys are not permitted to wear earrings. Girls’ hair must be neat, well-groomed and off the face. Girls may wear only tiny, unobtrusive earrings. Necklaces and bracelets are discouraged if too nice to wear to P. E. and playground. An Administrative Committee is the sole judge of hair appropriateness. FIELD TRIPS - Parents are often needed to go on field trips and will have the opportunity to sign up to do so. PLEASE DO NOT BRING YOUNGER BROTHERS OR SISTERS ON FIELD TRIPS. It is imperative that each child be buckled individually in a seat belt when being transported on field trips. We cannot “double buckle” children. All traffic rules and speed limits must be observed, and adults must refrain from smoking and talking on cell phones. Please do not make extra stops for gas, drinks, treats, etc. Children cannot ride in the front seat on any field trip. CLASS PARTIES - The following parties will be planned by the grade level and room representatives and will be paid for from each grade level’s Activ-21-


ity Fees: Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and End of the Year. These parties and activities should be consistent among all classrooms in the grade level. LUNCHES AND SNACKS - Half-day students need a lunch box for a simple snack. All-day students need to bring a snack and lunch if they are not going to purchase lunch. Please be sure that first and last names are permanently marked on the outside of the box and on the Thermos and cup. Please do not send pop-lid containers, i.e., pudding, fruit in cans - they are difficult to open and dangerously sharp. Most children cannot successfully open drinks that come in foil-type containers with straws. In addition, sippits, squeeze-its and glass bottles are not allowed at snack or lunch. No chewing gum and no carbonated drinks (which can explode in the Thermos) are allowed. Time does not permit heating children’s lunches in the microwave. All-day students may purchase lunch at costs to be announced. Payment must be made by the month or by the semester. The collection of monies on a daily basis consumes too much class time, and will not be accepted. Please send the correct amount. St. Paul’s is eager to develop good nutrition habits in its children. Parents are urged to send only nutritious snacks, avoiding “empty calorie” foods such as candy. Delivery of fast food lunches is discouraged as it can be disruptive to other students in the classroom. MISCELLANEOUS - GRADES PreK-2 OUT-OF-UNIFORM GUIDELINES - students may wear the following on out of uniform days: SPS issued T-shirts or T-shirts with NO writing, any shorts or skirts of appropriate length, pants (i.e. capri, jeans, or khaki), closed-toed shoes, and please NO athletic shorts/pants or tank tops. Hats are not permitted. BIRTHDAYS - In order to avoid hurt feelings, do not send party invitations to school for distribution unless the entire class is invited, or all the boys or all the girls. If a few children in other homerooms are invited, please do not deliver the invitations at school. Some parents like to send cookies or cupcakes to the school on their child’s birthday. (One per child - NO FAVORS). This is a welcome treat if prior arrangements are made with the teacher. These treats should be delivered to the school office, not the classroom. Cookies are recommended and not cupcakes with excessive icing. Please do not have balloons or other gifts delivered to the child at school. PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS - Private music lessons by St. Paul’s music faculty are offered as enrichment and are considered an extension of the curriculum. These lessons may be scheduled during the school day if the student’s and teacher’s schedules permit. Classroom teachers are not at liberty to grant early dismissals or excuse a student from any class for private instruction. CAMPUS STORE - The Campus Store, located on the main campus, is open from 7:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. CHAPEL - All students in Grades PreK-2 attend a weekly chapel service. Grade PreK-2 chapels are at 8:05 a.m. Fridays in the church. Parents are -22-


welcome at all chapel services. Since these are worship services, flash photography, cell phones, and refreshments are not allowed. VISITORS/PARENTS - Parents and visitors must come to the office. Please do not go directly to your child’s classroom during the day to deliver forgotten items or messages. If you will leave them in the office, we will see that your child receives them at a time that will not interrupt class. PHONE CALLS - We understand that everyone has an occasional emergency, but we would appreciate any help you can give us in keeping phone calls with messages to a minimum. CLOSING OF SCHOOL - On rare occasions due to inclement weather or other conditions, the school may have to close or dismiss early. The school will make every effort to remain open during all regularly scheduled times. School closures will be announced through local radio and television stations and will specifically identify St. Paul’s as being closed or dismissing early. Please do not consider statements regarding public or parochial schools as correct information regarding St. Paul’s closure or dismissals. SECURITY DRILLS - On occasion, St. Paul’s will run “Code Safety” drills to ensure our students are prepared in the event we ever need to activate a campus security lock-down. Anyone present on campus at the time of this drill, including visitors, will be required to participate. Everyone is expected to abide by the directives of school personnel designated to all areas of the campus. The campus will be closed to all incoming and exiting traffic, without exception, during a “Code Safety.” BULLYING - St. Paul’s Episcopal School seeks to be a school community in which every individual is treated with respect. In order to maintain and provide an environment of mutual respect, tolerance, and sensitivity, it is important that every member of St. Paul’s Episcopal School recognizes guidelines for appropriate behavior. All forms of bullying of fellow students will not be tolerated. Bullying is defined as one or more students exposing another student to negative actions/behavior. Forms of bullying may include teasing, name calling, aggressive physical contact, spreading rumors, and or isolation of classmates. If students feel they are the object of bullying, they should report this to a teacher. The teacher will address the nature of the situation. Teachers will do their best to handle each situation by leading and teaching appropriate ways to resolve the conflict. This may result in communication with the division directors and or parents. Consequences of bullying are addressed on an individual basis and could result in any of the following: A. Removal from activity B. Referral to office C. Parent conference D. Suspension from class E. Suspension from school F. Expulsion In order to respect the privacy of all involved, all communications about these matters will be kept confidential. -23-


LOWER SCHOOL - GRADES 3 & 4 PROGRAM OF STUDY GRADES THREE AND FOUR - The curriculum consists of: Reading, English, Spelling, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, P. E., Art, Music, Library, Computer/Keyboarding, Reading Support, and Writing. ALTERNATIVE INSTRUCTION PROGRAM (AIP) - Small group courses for documented learning differences/ADHD students are available with the approval of the Director of the AIP program. While the standard sized classroom works well for many students, the learning needs of some are better met in a small group environment providing more frequent interaction and closer supervision. GRADES THREE AND FOUR GRADING SYSTEM - Report cards are posted online on NetClassroom quarterly during the academic year. Interim reports are mailed at each mid-quarter point to any student whose work or conduct is below average or below expectation. They are not given to all students. Only the yearly report card average in each subject, computed by averaging the four quarterly grades, appears in the student’s cumulative record. Grading Scale 100-90 = A (High Honors) 89-80 = B (Honors) 79-70 = C (Average) 69-65 = D (Conditional Passing) Below 65 = F (Failure) A Social Skills and Work Habits section accompanies the grade report of each student at the end of each quarter and reflects the student’s performance on various behaviors affecting learning. It is intended as communication to parents about any learning behaviors and work habits which may need strengthening for optimum academic success. P.E., Art, Spanish, Technology, Library, Music, and Writing are graded on the same Behavior/ Performance scale Behavior/Performance Scale S = Satisfactory N = Needs Improvement If a student’s yearly average in any course should fall below 65, the student will be required to remediate that deficiency through summer tutoring. In cases of multiple failures, the student’s status for promotion will be reviewed. Retention could be required.

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STANDARDIZED TESTING - Standardized tests are administered in Grades Three and Four. The results of individual tests are made available to the parents. PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES - Every parent is scheduled for a conference during the school year. Additional conferences may be scheduled at any time as needed by the parent or teacher. The administrators and teachers welcome conference by appointment. Please do not call on teachers unannounced before the start of the school day as this is a time when faculty are assembling materials for the day’s activities. Appointments may be made by a note to the teacher, by leaving a message on the teacher’s voice mail, or by calling the Lower School Dogwood Campus office. HOMEWORK - Homework may be assigned at the teacher’s discretion to reinforce concepts, to give practice in skills taught or to provide opportunity for enrichment of the classroom program. Homework is not given on material that has not been covered in class. Teachers attempt to gauge assignments so that students are able to complete nightly homework within a reasonable time. Since students work at different rates, it is difficult to estimate the time each will need for homework. Students are sometimes allowed to begin their homework in class, which lessens the time needed at home. All homework assignments are written on the board in the student’s homeroom, and students are expected to copy them in their assignment notebooks. Some long-range assignments are given days or weeks in advance of the date due. Students receive periodic reminders of these assignments and are encouraged to work steadily toward their completion rather than beginning the night before the due date. Third and fourth grade students who fail to bring completed homework assignments may be required to complete them during a special activity time (P.E., art, music, library) or after school with prior notice to parents. In some cases, students will be required to complete homework before being admitted to class. It is counterproductive if homework becomes a family nightmare. If a child experiences undue frustration with a particular assignment, we advise parents to terminate the homework session and notify the teacher by note the following morning. If the child has persistent problems with homework, the teacher should be consulted. MAKEUP WORK - Work missed during an illness may be made up at school upon the child’s return. Requests for missed work assignments may be made by calling the Lower School Dogwood Campus office by 10:00 a.m. Teachers do not have many opportunities during the day to compile work to send home, so homework assignments will be ready to be picked up at 2:00 -25-


p.m. All makeup work is to be completed and returned to the teacher as soon as possible. Teachers may withhold some assignments until they have had a chance to work with the student on new material. In the case of extended absence for an out-of-town trip, arrangements for making up class and homework assignments are at the teacher’s discretion and should be discussed with him or her before the planned absence. Five days notice before a trip is necessary for teachers to be able to plan for the absence. SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS - St. Paul’s views summer assignments as a valuable pursuit for the college preparatory student. Summer assignments provide the student with the opportunity for reading enrichment, independent study, time-management, and continuity of content review. TUTORING - Teachers can be available for tutoring until 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at no charge. (Not available on faculty meeting days.) Teachers may request that a student stay for help when necessary, although students are highly encouraged to request help on their own when needed. Tutoring may also be arranged by parental request. Arrangements will be made between teacher and parents in advance. Students requiring consistent, long-term tutoring may be referred to an outside tutor. Due to space limitations and scheduling, the school will allow private tutoring during the day only for students who are diagnosed by a professional or recommended for tutoring by the administration. Arrangements for private tutoring should be made through the Guidance and Counseling office. TESTING POLICY - Generally, students will have no more than one major test on a single day. Spelling tests and class quizzes, while important, are not considered major tests. Students should be prepared to take missed tests immediately upon return to school unless other arrangements have been made with the teacher during the child’s absence. GRADES 3 & 4 POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ARRIVAL - Eastbound traffic on Old Shell Road enters on Provident and discharges students on Loyola. Westbound traffic enters on Myrtlewood and discharges students on the south side of Loyola. Do not stop in the traffic flow lane to drop off or pick up children. Personnel are assigned to make sure the children cross the streets safely. Vehicles should not come through the horseshoe driveway during carpool time. The traffic pattern makes it very difficult for vehicles to exit from that area. Supervision is not provided for children who arrive before 7:30 a.m., and the school cannot assume responsibility for earlier arrivals. Classes begin at 7:45 a.m. Persistent tardiness causes the student to miss im-26-


portant announcements and class work and is an unwelcome interruption for other students and the teacher. Please be sure your student is on time. DISMISSAL - Please display I.D. cards every day for a more efficient dismissal. Please give full attention while in or near loading areas (no cell phone use during this interval!) Children are dismissed in two groups at pickup time. Group 1 is for students who do not share a car with Middle or Upper School students. Group 1 students are dismissed at 2:40 p.m. and are picked up south of the Media Center. Drivers form two lines headed south on Dogwood Lane and exit via South Street. Group 2 students are dismissed at 2:50 p.m. Group 2 is for carpools that include students from Grades 3 & 4 and Middle or Upper divisions. Pickup for Group 2 will be on Loyola Lane north (near the Fine Arts Building) or Loyola Lane south (near the Silvernail House.) Cars should wait on both sides of Loyola with the center lane for movement. Your child will be waiting where you designate on a form provided for this purpose. Students may be picked up from these three supervised spots only. If students are to meet with Middle or Upper School students for pick-up, the older students must come to one of the two supervised areas to connect with the third or fourth grade student. Third and fourth grade students are not allowed to wait in unsupervised areas or to walk to other areas without the accompaniment of an older student. Any student not picked up within 20 minutes of dismissal will be taken to the Lower School Dogwood Campus office to call home. When there is heavy rain and/or lightning at dismissal time, children will be dismissed from within the Media Center. Children who are usually picked up on Loyola will be dismissed to Middle or Upper school students or from the Media Center covered area. Please place name cards on dashboards for quick recognition. Please share these directions with anyone who may be driving your child. Do not have your child walk to the Lower School Church Campus to join the carpool line on that campus. Due to the number of children involved, we can accommodate only Grades PreK-2 students at their carpool time. After-School Care is available only to students who are enrolled in that program. Students must be picked up from After-School Care by 5:30 p.m. All students not enrolled in After-School Care or in an organized afterschool activity are expected to report to one of the designated pickup zones (see map of Main Campus) immediately after school. Note: St. Paul’s families should use our roads and NOT those on Spring Hill College property.

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ATTENDANCE - GRADES 3 & 4 1) Absences: Parents are requested to call the office if the child will be absent unless prior notice has been received.  A student returning to school following an absence must bring a note from a parent or medical personnel stating the reason for the absence.  Absences due to illness and family emergencies will be excused when accompanied by written documentation.  However, students having six or more absences per quarter will be subject to review by the Attendance Committee. (See page 6.) Although regular attendance is important, it is also important that children who are ill or recovering remain at home.  A child who does not feel well accomplishes little at school.  Please do not send your child to school until he or she has been free of fever and/or has not thrown up for 24 hours.  Children with contagious diseases such as chicken pox, pinkeye, impetigo or strep throat must be well beyond the infectious period before returning to school.  A note from the physician may be required.  Children must be well enough to go outdoors with their class since there is no one available to supervise them indoors during outside playtime.  In cases of prolonged illness, the parent and school together will develop a plan to alleviate academic problems for the student. School work may be collected after 2:00 p.m. 2) Tardies - Teachers begin supervising classrooms at 7:30 a.m. and classes officially begin at 7:45 a.m. Beginning the school day on time is important to the individual student and to his/her learning community. Tardiness causes the student to miss important announcements, beginning routines, class work, and social time. It is also an unwelcome interruption for other students and the teacher. Please be sure your student is on time. Students who arrive after 7:45 a.m. must be accompanied to the office by a parent and will not be admitted to class without an office pass indicating that the child has been officially received. 3) Parental Request - Attendance at school is essential to student success. We rely upon parents to see that unnecessary absences are avoided and that requests for special excuses are held to a minimum. Students having six or more absences per quarter will be subject to review by the Attendance Committee. (See page 6.) In cases when an extended absence from school is unavoidable, requests for excused absence should be submitted in writing to the Division Director at least five days in advance. It is important to inform the child’s homeroom teacher to determine what tests, quizzes, and instruction will be missed. It then becomes the student’s/parent’s responsibility to make arrangements with the teacher(s) as to when assignments are due and when tests may be made up. Teachers cannot be expected to make up instruction for absences of this nature or to prepare assignments in advance. Parents can be most helpful by not asking for permission to extend vacations beyond the school calendar. -28-


4) Early Dismissal/Readmittance: Whenever possible, appointments should be planned so that they do not disrupt the child’s school day. If it is necessary for a student to leave school early, he or she should bring a note from his/her parent to the homeroom teacher at the start of the school day. Students may be picked up from the school offices only. Only the parent or person designated by the parent may pick up the child. If your child returns to school the same day, he or she must be readmitted through the office. DISCIPLINE - Teachers may use a variety of acceptable methods in guiding students to achieve self-control. Corporal punishment is not used. St. Paul’s works closely with parents in cases of behavior problems. If disciplinary action should become necessary for minor infractions, the student may be asked to stay after school, spend “time out” in the classroom or office, or have a temporary loss of privileges. Other actions appropriate to the age of the child may be taken. Students are not detained after school without prior notice to parents. In more severe cases, such as disrespectful behavior to an adult, persistent disrespectful behavior to peers, persistent disruption of class, stealing, cheating, lying, willful defacement or destruction of property, physical aggression, bringing unsafe items on campus, etc., a student may be suspended or expelled from school. ARTICLES PROHIBITED AT SCHOOL - No matches, guns, knives or items which might be unsafe in any way may be brought to school, even for “show and tell.” Children may not bring pets, toys or games to school without prior permission from the teacher. Valuable items should never be brought to school. Please check with teachers before allowing any games, toys, etc., to come to school with your child. Rolling backpacks are not permitted. MEDICATION - If your child is to be given medication (prescription or nonprescription) at school, we must have written permission and written instructions on the appropriate form available in the office. All medications must be delivered to the office by an adult. IMMUNIZATION - The State of Alabama and The Alabama Department of Public Health require all students to have a valid, unexpired Immunization record (IMM-50 form) in his/her permanent school file. Students must be vaccinated with a booster dose of tetanus/diphtheria (Td) every 5 to 10 years after the original preschool booster. HAIR CODE/JEWELRY - Boys’ hair must be worn above the eyebrows, not below the mid-point of the ears, and not below the top of the collar. Girls’ hair must be neat and well-groomed. Radical styles or unusual colors will not be permitted. An administrative committee is the sole judge of hair appropriateness. Girls may wear only tiny, unobtrusive earrings. Boys are not permitted to wear earrings. -29-


FIELD TRIPS - Parents are often needed to go on field trips and will have the opportunity to sign up to do so. Please do not bring younger siblings on field trips. It is imperative that each child be buckled individually in a seat belt when being transported on field trips. We cannot “double buckle” children. Please note: children cannot ride in the front seat on any field trip, even if driven by their parents. All traffic rules and speed limits must be observed, and adults must refrain from smoking and talking on cell phones. Please do not make extra stops for gas, drinks, treats, etc. CLASS PARTIES - Each third and fourth grade class will have a party at Christmas and at the end of the school year. These are purposely kept very simple and are held on campus. Room mothers may consult with teachers about furnishing special treats for snack time on other holidays. Room mothers will contact other parents to ask for help when needed. LUNCHES AND SNACKS - Children may bring their lunches from home or buy from the cafeteria, with no prior notice necessary. A typical menu will be available on the Cafeteria page of the school website www. stpaulsmobile.net. A meal plan or debit account is available and can be paid for by the month or by the semester. No student in Grades 3 & 4 may have carbonated beverages at school or on campus after school. Children may not use the vending machines during or after school. MISCELLANEOUS - GRADES 3 & 4 OUT-OF-UNIFORM GUIDELINES - students may wear the following on out of uniform days: SPS issued T-shirts or T-shirts with NO writing, any shorts or skirts of appropriate length, pants (i.e. capri, jeans, or khaki), closed-toed shoes, and please NO athletic shorts/pants or tank tops. Hats are not permitted. ACTIVITIES - Third and fourth grade activities provide opportunities for students to explore individual talents, interests, and abilities. An intramural athletic program helps boys and girls learn and develop skills in basketball and volleyball (fall/winter) and soccer (spring). PRIVATE MUSIC LESSONS - Private music lessons by St. Paul’s music faculty are offered as enrichment and are considered an extension of the curriculum. These lessons may be scheduled during the school day if the student’s and teacher’s schedules permit. Classroom teachers are not at liberty to grant early dismissals or excuse a student from any class for private instruction. To make arrangements for such lessons, call the office at 461-2169. BIRTHDAYS - In order to avoid hurt feelings, do not send party invitations to school for distribution unless the entire class is invited, or all the boys -30-


or all the girls. If a few children in other homerooms are invited, please do not deliver the invitations at school. Some parents like to send cookies or cupcakes to the school on their child’s birthday. (One per child - NO FAVORS.) This is a welcome treat if prior arrangements are made with the teacher. These treats should be delivered to the school office, not the classroom. Please do not have balloons or other gifts delivered to the child at school. We will not interrupt classes to deliver such items. CAMPUS STORE - The Campus Store, located on the main campus, is open from 7:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Third and fourth grade students are not permitted to go to the Campus Store after school unless they are accompanied by a Middle School student, an Upper School student, or an adult. CELL PHONES - Cell phones may not be used at any time during the school day without specific permission from a staff member. Third and fourth graders’ cell phones should remain in their backpacks in the off position at all times during the school day. Inappropriate possession of a cell phone will result in confiscation and other action deemed necessary. The school can assume no responsibility for loss of cell phones including those that may be confiscated. VISITORS/PARENTS - Bring forgotten items or messages directly to the office. We will see that your child receives them at a time that will not interrupt class. Please do not go to the classrooms during the school day without prior arrangement with the teacher. If you have scheduled a conference, please come to the office for a visitor’s name tag. PHONE CALLS - Understanding that everyone has an occasional emergency, the School appreciates your help in keeping phone calls with messages to a minimum. CLOSING OF SCHOOL - On rare occasions due to inclement weather or other conditions, the School may have to close or dismiss early. The School will make every effort to remain open during all regularly scheduled times. School closures will be announced through local radio and television stations and will specifically identify St. Paul’s as being closed or dismissing early. Please do not consider statements regarding public or parochial schools as correct information regarding St. Paul’s closure or early dismissals. SECURITY DRILLS - On occasion, St. Paul’s will run “Code Safety” fire and tornado drills. Anyone present on campus at the time of these drills, including visitors, will be required to participate. Everyone is expected to abide by the directives of school personnel designated to all areas of the -31-


campus. The campus will be closed to all incoming and exiting traffic, without exception, during a “Code Safety” (campus security lockdown) BULLYING - St. Paul’s Episcopal School seeks to be a school community in which every individual is treated with respect. St. Paul’s will not tolerate harassment or bullying. In order to maintain and provide an environment of mutual respect, tolerance, and sensitivity students in grades 3 through 8 will be a part of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. It is important that every member of St. Paul’s Episcopal School recognizes guidelines for appropriate behavior. All forms of harassment/bullying of fellow students, teachers, or others are strictly forbidden and will not be tolerated. The Olweus definition of bullying is “when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.” During the investigation process it will be determined if the action was a conflict, rough and tumble play, or an incident of bullying/harassment. Students will adhere to the four essential anti-bullying rules: Rule 1: We will not bully others. Rule 2: We will help students who are bullied. Rule 3: We will include students who are left out. Rule 4: If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school. Students who believe they are the target of harassment/bullying should report these actions to a teacher or division director. The teacher or division director will then conduct a preliminary investigation. The preliminary investigation will include the nature of the harassment/bullying and the context in which the alleged incidents took place. Consequences of harassment/ bullying will result in any or all of the following and will be escalating: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Counseling/reflection process Parent communication when necessary Probation Suspension from school/class Expulsion from school

In order to respect the privacy of all involved, all communications about potential harassment/bullying matters must be kept confidential.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM OF STUDY GRADE 5 English Library Skills Reading Math History Science Music Art P. E. Technology Apps Year Electives Beginning Band Beginning Strings

GRADE 6 GRADE 7 English English Math Math History History Science Science P. E. P. E. Reading/Technology Writing Workshop Year Electives Beginning Band Beginning Strings Chorus

GRADE 8 English Math History Science P. E. Latin I

Year Elective Year Electives Chorus Chorus Beginning Band Beginning Band Intermediate Band Intermediate Band Intermediate Strings Intermediate Strings

Semester Electives Art Semester Electives Quarter Electives Spanish French Ceramics MS Communications Drawing Quarter Electives Mixed Media 3D Design Ceramics Drawing Mixed Media

ALTERNATIVE INSTRUCTION PROGRAM (AIP) - Small group courses for documented learning differences/ADHD students are available with the approval of the Director of the AIP program. While the standard sized classroom works well for many students, the learning needs of some are better met in a small group environment providing more frequent interaction and closer supervision. A laptop requirement exists for students enrolled in the AIP program beginning in 7th grade and above. LAPTOPS - Laptops are required for all students in grades 7 - 12. GRADING SYSTEM - Middle School grade reports are posted to NetClassroom four times per year by quarters, with two quarters in each semester. Semester grades are based upon the average of the two previous quarter grades. A student’s transcript reflects the semester averages of the two quarters, and courses must be passed by semester. Failure in four semester courses will result in an automatic student withdrawal. Any appeal must go before the administration. HONOR ROLL - An Honor Roll is published each quarter in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8. The Middle School Honor Roll is based on the average of all courses numerically graded. Letter-graded courses are not considered. A student must have an average of 80.0 or above per quarter and have no grade below 75.0 to be eligible for the Honor Roll. HEADMASTER’S LIST - The Headmaster’s List is published each quarter in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8. The Middle School Headmaster’s List is based on the average of all core courses. Letter-graded courses are not considered. A student must have an average of 90.0 or above per quarter and have no grade below 85.0 to be eligible for the Headmaster’s List. Grading Scale: 100-90 = A; 89-80 = B; 79-70 = C; 69-65 = D, Below 65 = F -33-


BULLYING - St. Paul’s Episcopal School seeks to be a school community in which every individual is treated with respect. St. Paul’s will not tolerate harassment or bullying. In order to maintain and provide an environment of mutual respect, tolerance, and sensitivity students in grades 3 through 8 will be a part of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. It is important that every member of St. Paul’s Episcopal School recognizes guidelines for appropriate behavior. All forms of harassment/bullying of fellow students, teachers, or others are strictly forbidden and will not be tolerated. The Olweus definition of bullying is “when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.” During the investigation process it will be determined if the action was a conflict, rough and tumble play, or an incident of bullying/harassment. Students will adhere to the four essential anti-bullying rules: Rule 1: We will not bully others. Rule 2: We will help students who are bullied. Rule 3: We will include students who are left out. Rule 4: If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell an adult at school. Students who believe they are the target of harassment/bullying should report these actions to a teacher or division director. The teacher or division director will then conduct a preliminary investigation. The preliminary investigation will include the nature of the harassment/bullying and the context in which the alleged incidents took place. Consequences of harassment/ bullying will result in any or all of the following and will be escalating: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Counseling/reflection process Parent communication when necessary Probation Suspension from school/class Expulsion from school

In order to respect the privacy of all involved, all communications about potential harassment/bullying matters must be kept confidential.

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UPPER SCHOOL PROGRAM OF STUDY ENGLISH English 9 English 10 English 11 AP English 11 English 12 AP English 12 Composition 9 & 10 Writing Seminar Introduction to Speech Advanced Speech/Comm. MATH Algebra I Geometry Honors Geometry Applied Mathematics Algebra II Honors Algebra II/Trig Algebra III/Trigonometry Pre-Calculus Honors Pre-Calculus Calculus AP Calculus AB

SOCIAL STUDIES World History I World History II U. S. History Current Issues Government/Economics AP Gov’t/Econ. AP European History AP U.S. History History Through Film SCIENCE Biology Chemistry Honors Chemistry Physics AP Chemistry AP Physics AP Environmental Science AP Biology Marine Biology Anatomy & Physiology Honors Physics

WORLD LANGUAGES French I, II, III, Honors IV Spanish I, II, III, Honors IV FINE ARTS Art I, II, III, IV, AP AP Art 2D Design Men’s Chorus Women’s Chorus Chorale Show Choir Chamber Choir Chamber Strings Advanced Band Advanced Strings Photography I, II, III Theater Performance OTHER Yearbook I, II Journalism I, II, III P. E/Weight Room Driver Education Directed Study Service Leadership Mentor Program

ALTERNATIVE INSTRUCTION PROGRAM (AIP) - Small group courses for documented learning differences/ADHD students are available with the approval of the Director of the AIP program. While the standard sized classroom works well for many students, the learning needs of some are better met in a small group environment providing more frequent interaction and closer supervision. A laptop requirement exists for students enrolled in the AIP program beginning in 7th grade and above. LAPTOPS - Laptops are required for all students in grades 7 - 12. GRADING SYSTEM - Upper School grade reports are officially posted on NetClassroom four times per year by quarter, with two quarters in each semester. Parents may also check student grades on NetClassroom regularly throughout the year. Dates for NetClassroom updates can be found on the school calendar on www. stpaulsmobile.net. Semester grades are based upon the two previous quarter grades and the semester examination. Each quarter counts as 2/5 of the semester grade and exams count as 1/5 of the semester grade. No student will receive a quarter or semester average higher than 100%. Course credits are based on the semester average. Parents may request to review test papers or assignments. The teacher may send home materials with students asking parents and students to be responsible for returning materials or a teacher may arrange a conference to review materials. In some cases, teachers will send papers home to be signed and returned. All student tests and projects are the property of the school and are kept on file by teachers. Grading Scale: 100-90=A; 89-80=B; 79-70=C; 69-65=D, Below 65=F

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HONOR ROLL - An Honor Roll is published each quarter in grades 9-12. The Upper School Honor Roll is based on the average of all courses which are eligible for GPA calculation. Students must have an average of 80.0 or above per quarter in order to be on the Honor Roll and have no quarter grade below a 75.0 or its weighted equivalent in an Honors or AP course. HEADMASTER’S LIST - The Headmaster’s List is published each quarter in grades 9-12. The Upper School Headmaster’s List is based on the average of all courses which are eligible for GPA calculation. Students must have an average of 90.0 or above per quarter in order to be on the Headmaster’s List and have no quarter grade below a 85.0 or its weighted equivalent in an Honors or AP course. HONORS PROGRAM - Honors sections in some disciplines are provided for students who desire an advanced curriculum. Students must qualify for placement in these sections and have the recommendations of the professional staff. For the purpose of calculating grade-point average, grades earned in Honors courses are weighted by the numerical factor of 1.05 for passing grades. This represents a 3-to-5 point increase depending on the course grade. This increase is represented in the cumulative GPA only. ADVANCED PLACEMENT PROGRAM - Through the Advanced Placement Program, an opportunity is provided for students to obtain college credit and/or advanced standing through examination. Presently, St. Paul’s offers AP courses in English, mathematics, social studies, science, and art. Students may take the Advanced Placement Tests in other subject areas with the approval of the appropriate teacher. Grades earned in AP courses are weighted by the numerical factor of 1.06 for passing grades when gradepoint averages are calculated. This represents a 4-to-6 point increase depending on the course grade. This increase is represented in the cumulative GPA only. Students are required to take the Advanced Placement examination if enrolled in an Advanced Placement course. COMMUNITY SERVICE - Community Service is an integral part of the St. Paul’s experience. Our commitment to service involves providing opportunities to serve others both within and beyond our school community. Students are required to complete 15 community service hours each year. REQUIRED COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS Grade 9:

15 accumulated hours of service are required to become a sophomore. Hours are due by May 1. Grade 10: 30 accumulated hours of service are required to become a junior. Hours are due by May 1. Grade 11: 45 accumulated hours of service are required to become a senior. Hours are due by May 1. Grade 12: 60 accumulated hours of service are required to graduate. Hours are due by January 15. Students may only receive credit for community service work performed for an agency recognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization by the state of Alabama. All community service work must be submitted on the approved Community Service Hours Form within 30 days of completing the service. Summer hours are credited to the next year. -36-


HARASSMENT/BULLYING - St. Paul’s Episcopal School seeks to be a school community in which every individual is treated with respect. St. Paul’s will not tolerate harassment or bullying. It is important that every member of St. Paul’s Episcopal School recognizes guidelines for appropriate behavior. All forms of harassment/bullying of fellow students, teachers, or others are strictly forbidden and will not be tolerated. The Olweus definition of bullying is “when someone repeatedly and on purpose says or does mean or hurtful things to another person who has a hard time defending himself or herself.” During the investigation process it will be determined if the action was a conflict, rough and tumble play, or an incident of bullying/harassment. Students will adhere to the four essential anti-bullying rules: Rule 1: We will not bully others. Rule 2: We will help students who are bullied. Rule 3: We will include students who are left out. Rule 4: If we know that somebody is being bullied, we will tell a member of the St. Paul’s staff. Upper school students who believe they are the target of harassment/bullying should report these actions to a teacher, the Dean of Students or the Upper School Director. Administration will then conduct a preliminary investigation. The preliminary investigation will include the nature of the harassment/bullying and the context in which the alleged incidents took place. Consequences of harassment/bullying will result in any or all of the following and will be escalating: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Counseling/reflection process Parent communication when necessary Probation Suspension from school/class Expulsion from school

In order to respect the privacy of all involved, all communications about potential harassment/bullying matters must be kept confidential. GRADE POINT AVERAGE - Grade point average as it appears on the transcript is determined by calculating the average of all semester grades of courses that are numerically graded. Driver Education students and office runners receive a pass/fail grade and will not be included in the calculation. For the purpose of calculating a student’s grade point average, grades earned in Honors and A.P. courses are weighted by a numerical factor to reflect the degree of difficulty. Grades earned while attending other institutions prior to enrolling in St. Paul’s may be computed into the grade point average at the discretion of the administration. All letter grades from other institutions are computed by a designated numerical scale. FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENTS - Foreign exchange students who attend St. Paul’s School for one year through a foreign exchange program in order to experience American culture are given honorary status. These students do not pay tuition, and the school does not evaluate their transcript. Foreign exchange students attending St. Paul’s their senior year who choose -37-


to seek admission to an American college or university should be aware that number grades will be issued only if language proficiency is present; otherwise, pass/fail grades will be issued. These decisions will be made on a course-by-course basis. Foreign exchange students successfully completing senior-level courses with passing numeric or pass/fail grades may participate in graduation ceremonies and receive an honorary diploma. A date of graduation will not appear on the senior year transcript. CREDIT REQUIREMENTS - The normal course load for Upper School students is six subjects in a seven-period day, the seventh period being a study hall. Any deviation from the aforementioned program of study must have the approval of the administration. Arrangements for courses should be made through the grade level counselor. Credits are granted by semester only. A minimum average of 65 must be maintained each semester in order to obtain credit. A student should complete six credits each year for the four high school years. Minimum requirements to attain status for the next year are: At the end of the freshman year - 6 credits; sophomore year - 12 credits; junior year - 18 credits; senior year - 24 credits. A student must meet all core course requirements at the beginning of the senior year, along with the minimum credit requirements. A student must be eligible for senior class standing at the beginning of the senior year in order to participate in graduation ceremonies. Seniors with three failures at the end of first semester will not be allowed to participate in graduation exercises including Baccalaureate, Senior Breakfast, and Commencement. Students with four semester failures for the academic year will not be eligible to participate in graduation ceremonies. Seniors must earn or remediate all senior courses. Final Transcripts will be held until all course work is complete. The Leadership Forum may review any student’s academic progress at any time deemed appropriate. Students who make below a 65 in a semester must take the course in an approved summer school program. Only two semesters of St. Paul’s required coursework may be remediated per summer. Grades and credits earned during the summer, in remediational courses, are listed on the transcript but are not computed into the GPA. In addition, students are limited to two semesters of St. Paul’s enrichment coursework per summer. Summer courses must meet the requirements set forth by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS Subject Required Units English 4 Mathematics 4 Social Studies 4 Science 4 World Languages 2 Fine Arts 1 Electives 5 Total 24

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MIDDLE AND UPPER SCHOOL ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES HONOR PLEDGE - St. Paul’s has a student-initiated Honor Pledge to which student adherence is required. Students will be required to write or sign the following phrase, “I have neither given nor received aid on this assessment.” Students who voluntarily choose not to sign the honor pledge will receive a zero for the assignment. A student observed giving or receiving inappropriate aid on a test, quiz, or paper will be subject to disciplinary procedures whether or not he/she has signed the honor pledge. TESTING POLICY - St. Paul’s School maintains a testing schedule through which no more than two major assessments are given in any one day. Quizzes and daily assignments for other classes are expected to be completed on these days. The testing policy is designed to maximize the student’s ability to perform his or her best. Students taking AP exams should attend all classes in uniform on AP exam days except for those classes that fall during the exam time. AP students should have no other required tests in any class on the day of an AP exam. HOMEWORK - Teachers at St. Paul’s Episcopal School assign work to be completed outside of class on a regular basis. There is no defined schedule of homework responsibilities; each teacher determines his or her assignments based on individual criteria. Homework has varying degrees of importance in terms of evaluation of student progress. It is extremely important that parents understand the homework policy of each teacher. If parents have questions about an individual teacher’s policy, they should contact the teacher for specific information. Homework falls into different categories. Students and parents need to be very clear what these categories mean and how to handle different kinds of assignments. Some students will perceive that no written work means no homework. This is a serious misconception. Certain assignments are essential to successful demonstrations of skill development or content knowledge. Reviewing vocabulary for world languages is one example of a daily assignment that cannot be neglected. Reading assignments must be approached with a seriousness of purpose in order for students to be prepared for class discussions the next day. Studying for tests and quizzes should be done well before the evaluation. Teachers give prior notice for significant evaluations. If a student often says he or she has no homework, checking NetClassroom or communication with the teacher is imperative. Homework is a student-centered activity, not a parent-centered one. Learning how to prioritize tasks is an essential skill for students. Parents can become over involved in the completion of homework tasks because -39-


they desire to help their children demonstrate success. Understanding the importance of homework, the goals of specific assignments, and clear directions for implementation will add to the correct completion of homework assignments by the child. Students should attempt every assignment even if they are not fully confident that they understand all concepts. The teacher needs to see what the students’ understanding is in order to help them succeed at learning the concepts. Homework concerns should be discussed with the classroom teacher as a first step. Daily assignments usually lead into the class lesson for the next day. A student who is prepared for class will make the most of the instruction of the lesson. Unprepared students who arrive in class without completing specific assignments are shortchanging their learning. Homework is due on teacher-created deadlines. Students who are unprepared will be penalized, especially if the assignment will be reviewed as practice or reinforcement for the day’s lesson. Some homework assignments cannot be made up later. TUTORING PROGRAM - All teachers are available for after-school tutoring from 3:00 - 3:35 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday by prior arrangement. Students having academic problems are encouraged to attend these sessions. Teachers will not be available on scheduled faculty-meeting days. Students requesting private tutoring during the school day must have a diagnosed professional referral or administrative permission. Arrangements for tutoring should be made through the Guidance and Counseling Department. TEACHER CONFERENCES - Parents are encouraged to schedule teacher conferences whenever they have questions about their child’s progress. Counselors may be called for assistance in setting up group conferences if needed. TEST-TAKING POLICY FOR ILL STUDENTS - A student who is ill the day of a major test should not attend school in order to take the test, thus placing other students at risk of infection. If there are special or extenuating circumstances, permission must be obtained from the grade level counselor for the student to take the test in isolation and return home immediately afterwards. The test must be taken between the hours of 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. on the test day. If a student is ill on the day a long-term assignment (paper or project) is due, the student must turn the assignment in by 8:30 a.m. the day it is due unless other arrangements have been made directly with the faculty member involved. MAKEUP WORK POLICY - Students will be given adequate time to make up missed work as the result of an excused absence. If a student is absent only one day, teachers, given no extenuating circumstances, may expect -40-


makeup work and tests to be taken the day of their return. Students absent the day before a scheduled test are expected to take the test on the scheduled day, unless specifically excused from doing so by the teacher. If a student misses two or more days, with the exception of prolonged absences, comparable time will be given to make up tests and other school work. Students are expected to adhere to this policy unless other arrangements are made with the teacher. A student who has a five-day prior approval for an absence may be required to complete assignments or to take tests in advance of the date of the absence. Students who are absent from class as the result of participation in an athletic contest or any other school activity are to make arrangements prior to the absence concerning assignments, tests, and missed classes. All students who miss academic classes for any school event are responsible for obtaining administrative permission to reschedule those missed classes. Although the school will honor parental requests for an absence, the administration will determine if the absence is excused or unexcused. Any unexcused absence will result in a zero on any assignment due or missed. Any deviation from these policies must be approved by the Administration. EXAM MAKEUP POLICY - Semester examinations missed due to illness will be made up outside of the school day at no charge. Students or parents should notify the grade level counselor immediately if they are going to miss an examination due to illness. Doctor verification may be required. Students missing an examination for any other reason must have permission from the grade level counselor. Any approved non-school related reason for missing an exam may be made up outside of the school day at a charge of $75.00 per exam for Middle and Upper School students. Arrangements should be made through the grade level counselor. ACADEMIC PROGRESS REPORTS - Report cards will posted online on NetClassroom at the conclusion of each quarter and semester. All faculty are required to update NetClassroom approximately every three weeks throughout the year. Other reports will be sent home at the discretion of the faculty. COURSE-CHANGE POLICY - Students and parents are given extended time each spring to consider the program of study for the coming year. Course selections made at the time of registration in the spring are considered final. Students should remember that they are selecting courses, not teachers. Requests from parents for a schedule change should be rare and only for compelling reasons. If there is sufficient reason for a change, a conference with the grade level counselor should be scheduled and the requests will be considered. Withdrawal from semester courses prior to mid-term -41-


first quarter or mid-term third quarter will not appear on the transcript, nor will withdrawal from full-year courses prior to mid-term first quarter. After that date, any approved course drops will be noted on the transcript with a “withdrawn passing” or “withdrawn failing.” Some high school courses may be retaken under special circumstances and require the permission of the Administration. Credit will be issued for the second course and not the first course. If a Middle School student drops an elective, the only replacement allowed is a study hall. STANDARDIZED TESTING - Standardized tests are administered to students in grades 5-12. The results of these tests are made available to students and parents on an individualized basis. All juniors take a personal interest inventory to assist them with the development of self-knowledge as it relates to college and career choices. All seniors take a career interest inventory at the beginning of the senior year to assist them with career/college selection. Eighth and ninth graders take the EXPLORE and sophomores take the PLAN in the fall. The PSAT is administered to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors in October. All juniors and seniors are encouraged to take the ACT and SAT. Standardized tests are an integral part of the School’s college preparatory environment. As such, the School reserves the right to use standardized test scores for the improvement of teaching and learning as deemed necessary to advance the School’s mission. SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS - St. Paul’s Episcopal School views summer assignments as a valuable pursuit for the college preparatory student. Summer assignments provide the student with the opportunity for reading enrichment, independent study, time-management and continuity of content review.

ROTATING SCHEDULE 2012-2013

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MIDDLE SCHOOL HONORS AND AWARDS The following awards are presented at special ceremonies and at the 8th Grade Banquet. WILLIAM P. TAYLOR AWARD - This award is presented annually to the two eighth grade students, male and female, who, in the opinion of the faculty, exhibit the qualities of an exemplary Middle School student. SUBJECT MATTER ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS (SEMESTER) - Presented to those students in grades seven and eight who have not only achieved academic excellence but also exhibited a love of the subject and made a contribution to the class. These awards are given in all subject areas. RESPONSIBILITY AWARD (SEMESTER) - Presented to the student who, in the opinion of the faculty, has exhibited the following characteristics in all classes throughout the semester: consistent effort and hard work; completion of homework; responsibility for materials and projects; participation in class; punctuality; organization; preparation; and dedication to achievement. CITIZENSHIP AWARD (SEMESTER) - Presented to the student who, in the opinion of the faculty, has exhibited the following characteristics in class as well as in the School community throughout the semester: kindness; courtesy and respect toward everyone in the School community; a caring response to others and their problems; an eagerness to volunteer to help individuals and organizations; and who makes an effort to do the right thing at the right time even when it is difficult to do so. SPIRIT AWARD (SEMESTER) - Presented to the student who, in the opinion of the faculty, has exhibited the following characteristics in the School community for the semester: an enthusiastic and positive attitude in all class activities; appropriate participation in all school events; concern for the school environment including classrooms, halls, cafeteria and grounds; encouragement of School spirit in others; and dedication to a positive celebration of the St. Paul’s experience. LEADERSHIP AWARD (SEMESTER) - Presented to the student who, in the opinion of the faculty, has exhibited the following characteristics in class as well as in the school community throughout the semester: dedication to leading by example; demonstrated outstanding service to the School; uses talents and skills to help where needed; strives to make a contribution to the school community in words and deeds; and works for the good of the group rather than for personal advantage. NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY - The National Junior Honor Society is a 7th and 8th grade organization which promotes and rewards students for their demonstrated and commitment to academics, leadership, good character, and an interest in service. National Junior Honor Society requirements: A) Grades used for the National Junior Honor Society will be taken from St. Paul’s School transcript. To be considered, the student must have completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters at St. Paul’s School. A GPA of 92 or above in core subjects is required based on all numeric grades. Averages of 91.99 or below will not be considered. B) At the beginning of the second semester of the seventh grade year, students who qualify academically will be notified of their eligibility for membership and given two recommendation forms. Prospects must submit one recommendation from a middle school faculty member and one from a member of the community, excluding immediate family. Submission of these two recommendations demonstrates interest and desire for membership, not membership itself. C) Students involved in serious disciplinary action can be removed from NJHS. Reinstatement is possible if an appeal is made and accepted by an appeals committee.

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UPPER SCHOOL HONORS AND AWARDS The following awards are presented at the commencement ceremonies: WILLIAM S. MANN AWARD is presented to the graduating senior who, in the opinion of the faculty, exhibits the qualities of the model St. Paulian. A.S. MITCHELL VALEDICTORY AWARD is presented to the graduating senior who has maintained the highest grade point average during four years of high school in the following courses: English, Math, Social Studies, Science, and World Languages. The recipient must have been a student at St. Paul’s for a minimum of three consecutive years during his/her Upper School career. BEN C. STIMPSON SALUTATORY AWARD is presented to the graduating senior who has maintained the second highest grade point average during four years of high school in the following courses: English, Math, Social Studies, Science, and World Languages. The recipient must have been a student at St. Paul’s for a minimum of three consecutive years during his/her Upper School career. JEREMIAH DENTON AWARD is presented on rare occasions to a student who has exhibited courage in the face of extreme adversity. THE ROBERT H. RUTLEDGE HEADMASTER’S AWARD is presented on occasion to a graduating senior when the administration wishes to recognize exceptional contributions to the St. Paul’s School community. The following awards are presented annually at the Senior Breakfast or the Upper School Awards ceremony: ACADEMIC BOOSTERS OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS are presented annually to members of the senior class that have made the Headmaster’s List every quarter and/or semester all four years of High School. ACADEMIC BOOSTER WRITING AWARD is presented annually to the sophomore, who in the opinion of the faculty, best demonstrates excellence in writing. ALUMNI AWARD is presented to the graduating senior who, in the opinion of his/her classmates, best represents the senior class. CITIZENSHIP AWARD is presented to a senior who is considered to have outstanding character and dedication to serving his/her community. HARVARD BOOK AWARD is presented by the Harvard Alumni to a junior who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. KEY CLUB/INTERACT SERVICE AWARD is presented to a member of the Key Club or Interact for outstanding service. A.S. MITCHELL OUTSTANDING ATHLETE AWARDS are presented to the outstanding senior male and female athletes.

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MOSTELLAR SPORTSMANSHIP AWARDS are presented to the senior male and female athletes who have exhibited qualities of sportsmanship, leadership, and dedication. FRANK P. PHILLIPS SCIENCE AWARD is presented to a senior who has demonstrated excellence in the Sciences during his/her upper school tenure. The award recipient has demonstrated an appreciation for, and a love of, the sciences. He/she possesses a strong and dedicated work ethic, good grades, and a commitment to advanced science course offerings at St. Paul’s, devotion to the sciences beyond the classroom, and an enthusiasm for, and a quest for, knowledge. MU ALPHA THETA MATHEMATICS AWARD is a nationally recognized honor society for mathematics students. The St. Paul’s Chapter Mu Alpha Theta Award is presented to the member with the highest scores on the math competition tests taken this school year. WILLIAM RADCLIFF SCHOLARSHIP AWARD is presented annually to the best all-around boy or girl in the junior class who best represents the lively spirit, values, and academic accomplishments that William Radcliff demonstrated during his lifetime. RHODES BOOK AWARD is presented by a Rhodes College alumni to a sophomore who has demonstrated outstanding character and dedication to serving his or her community. SEWANEE AWARD is presented by the University of The South alumni to a junior who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and civic service. CHAD SAUCIER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP is presented each spring to a rising senior who models respect, integrity, responsibility, service, tolerance, and the highest moral standards. The recipient must exemplify and promote the alcohol-free and drug-free policies of St. Paul’s School and must be considered a role model by his/her peers and the faculty and administration of St. Paul’s School. SGA OUTSTANDING SERVICE AWARD is presented to a member of the Student Government Association who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the School. SGA SPIRIT AWARD is presented on occasion to the student who has worked most diligently to promote the spirit of the student body. MARIAN C. LEE STRINGS AWARD is presented annually to the Upper School Strings student who has demonstrated the greatest dedication towards study and general development in accordance with their performance ability. He/she has proven willingness to pursue their talents beyond course requirements, and has continually set and achieved high standards through acquisition of artistic and academic music disciplines. JOHN PHILIP SOUSA AWARD is presented annually to an Upper School student in recognition of superior musicianship, outstanding character, leadership, and dedication. The Sousa Award is the most prestigious award for high school band students. -45-


DAVID PAUL LANGHAM MEMORIAL THEATRE AWARD is given annually to a student for excellence in the performing arts. The recipients of this award have delighted us with their obvious enjoyment of the craft of acting and amazed us with their professionalism. WILLIAM MAURICE TONSMEIRE MEMORIAL AWARD is presented annually to the student who demonstrates an ability to overcome the challenges encountered by students with attention and learning difficulties. UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA AWARD is presented annually to a junior who best represents the Jeffersonian ideals of scholarship, leadership, and citizenship. YALE BOOK AWARD is presented by the Yale alumni to a junior who has demonstrated outstanding personal character, leadership, intellectual promise, and excellence in academics. WASHINGTON & LEE AWARD is presented to a junior who demonstrates academic excellence, personal integrity, strength of character, participation in activities, and leadership. GRADUATION WITH HONORS Seniors who complete high school with a cumulative average of 92.00 or above will graduate with honors and wear gold cords at graduation. An average of 91.99 or below will not be considered for graduating with honors. NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS A) Grades used for National Honor Society eligibility will be taken from St. Paul’s School transcript, and in the case of a transfer student, from the transcript of a regionally accredited high school. Any deviation from this process with regard to transcript interpretation for eligibility, including non-regionally accredited schools and non-traditional grades will be made on a case by case basis by the Administration. A GPA of 92 or above is required based on all numeric grades. Averages of 91.99 or below will not be considered. B) At the beginning of the second semester of the junior year, students who qualify academically will be notified of their eligibility for membership and given two recommendation forms. Prospects must submit one recommendation from an upper school faculty member and one from a member of the community, excluding immediate family. Submission of these two recommendations demonstrates interest and desire for membership, not membership itself. C) A student may not be on disciplinary probation at the time of membership consideration or induction. D) A student who has been on disciplinary probation at any time during his or her high school career may make an appeal/request for membership consideration. The appeals committee will consist of five faculty members. E) Students involved in serious disciplinary action can be removed from NHS. Reinstatement is possible at the end of first semester senior year if an appeal is made and accepted by an appeals committee. -46-


MIDDLE AND UPPER SCHOOL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES HAIR CODE/JEWELRY - Boys’ hair must be kept neat and well groomed. Boys’ hair must be worn above the eyebrows, not below the midpoint of the ears, and not extend below the top of the collar. Radical hair styles, hair dye, spikes, or tails will not be permitted. Boys must be clean-shaven at all times. Boys will be given a reasonable deadline to get a haircut. Students who are not clean-shaven will be asked to shave at school or return home to shave. Students missing classes for being out of uniform or for hair violations are subject to disciplinary action and are unexcused from the missed class. Students who fail to comply with the hair code within the designated period of time will not be allowed to attend school until they have complied with the rules. Girls’ hair must be neat, well-groomed, and off the face. Radical styles, unusual colors, spikes or shaves are not permitted. Boys are not permitted to wear earrings. Neither boys nor girls are allowed to wear excessive or inappropriate jewelry or visible body art (tattoos). The administration will be the sole judge as to the appropriateness of jewelry and hair. CHAPEL AND CHURCH - All St. Paul’s students, regardless of their religious beliefs, attend regular chapel and/or church services. The school considers these services to be important and integral parts of the St. Paul’s experience, and attendance is required. Students are to be in full dress uniform for all chapel and church services. LOCKS AND LOCKERS - All students are assigned lockers. They are to purchase Master Lock brand combination locks from the school. Students are to keep all books in their book locker and P.E. supplies in the P.E. locker. Lockers are to be locked at all times. The School cannot be responsible for lost books, uniforms, P. E. supplies, etc. PERSONAL PROPERTY AT SCHOOL - School lockers are assigned to Middle and Upper School students at the beginning of the school year for the safe keeping of books, clothing, and other school supplies. Students are reminded that school officials retain the right to have access to student lockers. Middle and upper school students should keep lockers locked at all times. Students are also assigned a locker in the gym for their athletic gear. If students choose to share a locker, it is important that each student locks the locker. Care must be taken regarding security of personal possessions at school. Students are discouraged from bringing valuables and large sums of money to school. Despite the availability of secured lockers, the school cannot safeguard the personal belongings of students. If bringing a valuable item to school is unavoidable, students are encouraged to bring such an item to the office for safe keeping. Physical education students and athletic participants are encouraged to secure personal valuables with their teacher -47-


or coach. Any weapon seen at St. Paul’s will be confiscated; the parents of the student who brought it to school will be contacted and further action as necessary will be taken based upon the circumstances and intent of the student. In addition, aerosol sprays, spray deodorant, perfumes, colognes, etc. are not permitted on St. Paul’s campus and should not be in the possession of any student. AUTOMOBILES - THE MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT ALLOWED ON CAMPUS IS 10 M.P.H. All students who drive will park only in the parking lot of the E. E. Delaney Memorial Stadium. Students will enter via South Street in the mornings from 7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and exit via South Street in the afternoons from 2:45 to 3:20 p.m. Student parking is NEVER permitted (unless students are notified in advance) along Loyola Lane, at the area adjacent to Quigley Field, or elsewhere on campus. Student parking is NEVER permitted on Spring Hill College property. STUDENTS WILL PARK IN DESIGNATED AREAS even if they are tardy, have an early dismissal or are returning from an early dismissal. The privilege of driving on campus carries with it the following responsibilities: 1. Each car that a student drives to school must be registered with the school and must have a St. Paul’s Student Parking decal on their windshield. 2. Students who need to park in the teacher parking lot due to medical reasons must have a note of explanation from their physician. The pass will be valid for a maximum of one month, at which time a new note from their physician will be required. Persons transporting injured riders to school will not be issued parking passes. 3. Students must handle their vehicles in a safe and responsible manner at all times while on school property or public streets in the vicinity of the school. 4. St. Paul’s cannot be held responsible for any vandalism or damage to cars while parked or being driven on campus. Damage done to property of the School or other students’ property by student automobiles will be the responsibility of the student and his/her family. 5. Students are not allowed to go to the parking lots at anytime during the day unless given permission by the administration. 6. Students are not allowed to operate motorcycles on campus. 7. Students should not loan their car nor borrow other students’ cars. 8. Students are not allowed to sit in cars while parked on school grounds. 9. Students may not use vehicles for any reason during the day other than traveling to and from campus. 10. The school may withdraw driving privileges from any student who fails to register his/her vehicle, parks in an area not designated for -48-


students, violates any of the guidelines set forth in this handbook, or violates safe-driving practices. 11. Students driving to school are ONLY allowed to park in studentdesignated parking areas on campus. Failure to do so could result in the vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense, the student receiving a two-hour detention, and the student losing his or her on-campus driving and parking privileges for a period of time. 12. Students may not drive or park in the horseshoe driveway during the school day. TARDY POLICY - The tardy bell rings at 7:45 a.m. Students arriving at school after 7:45 a.m. should report to the Middle School office or the Upper School office for an admit form. Students in the Upper and Middle school office after the tardy bell rings will be marked as tardy. A note signed by a parent or guardian is required after 8:30 a.m. arrival. We cannot accept emails as notes. If a student is tardy to any class, they will not be allowed to make up work missed due to unexcused tardies, and they could also face disciplinary action. Students arriving to class later than 15 minutes will be considered absent for the entire class. These absences will be unexcused except for medical reasons. If a student is tardy to school or class as a result of studying for a test or completing any school assignment, whether or not they have parental permission, their absence from the periods missed will be considered unexcused. Students who partially attend a day on which a test is given, even with a valid excuse for the periods missed, may be expected by the teacher to take the test at some point during the day in question. If a student misses a class on a day when major reports such as term papers and book reports are due, the papers/reports must be turned in prior to 8:30 a.m. unless specific arrangements have been made with the teacher. Students may not take a test at any time other than during the regular class time without specific permission from the administration or Guidance and Counseling. Failure to attend all classes on a test day could forfeit the student’s right to take the test. SENIOR PRIVILEGES - In an effort to reward seniors, St. Paul’s school offers seniors “common room,” or the opportunity of leaving campus during their open period each day instead of placing them in a study hall. This privilege is granted to seniors who have completed the necessary paperwork, and who maintain grades of 70 or better in all of their academic courses. Seniors must sign out in Mrs. Greer’s office before leaving campus and sign in upon returning to campus. Failure to do so will result in loss of Common Room privileges for one week. Seniors with a 69 or below in a -49-


particular course will be assigned a study hall until the next grade break. In an effort to make sure that seniors are accounted for and safe each school day, we require them to call the Upper School office before 8:30 a.m. on days that they have common room first period and know they will either be late for second period or absent for the entire day. IN THE EVENT A SENIOR DOES NOT CALL THE UPPER SCHOOL OFFICE BEFORE 8:30 OR RETURNS LATE FROM COMMON ROOM, HE/SHE WILL LOSE COMMON ROOM PRIVILEGES FOR ONE DAY. ANY FURTHER INCIDENTS WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF COMMON ROOM FOR A LONGER PERIOD OF TIME, OR LOSS OF COMMON ROOM PRIVILEGES COMPLETELY. During the school day seniors are subject to all of the rules and guidelines specified in the Student-Parent Handbook whether they are on or off campus. STUDENT ACCOUNTABILITY - Other than during designated breaks, activities, or class change times, students must be in class. A note to report to an office will be considered a pass and will be verified and returned to the particular faculty member concerned. Students who fail to adhere to this policy will be subject to discipline as deemed necessary by the faculty and/ or administration. ABSENCES FROM SCHOOL - In order to receive maximum benefit from the college-preparatory course of studies at St. Paul’s, it is essential that students not be absent from school except in the case of an illness or emergency. Whenever possible, trips, dental and medical appointments should be planned so that they do not disrupt the school day. On the first day of a student’s return to school, he/she must bring a note from a parent stating the reason for the absence. These notes should be taken to the Middle School office or the Upper School office BEFORE SCHOOL for an admit to class form. To ensure your child’s safety, we will only accept notes that have been signed by a parent or guardian. We cannot accept an email message to excuse an absence. Students who do not bring a note, or do not obtain an admit before school, may receive a one-hour detention and may not be admitted to any class until a parent verifies awareness of the student’s absence. All verbal notification will be considered unexcused until written verification regarding the reason for the absence can be obtained, and will only be excused for medical reasons. It is important that clear communication occur between the home and school with clear and accurate information being provided. It is assumed that all information sent from parents is truthful allowing the School to make the best informed and fair decision based on each student’s individual circumstances. False notes or “white lies,” -50-


although rare, send a very strong inappropriate message to students and are not compatible with the School’s philosophy or mission statement. One week after the conclusion of each quarter, all written attendance documentation will be discarded. All official records will be kept in computer files for purposes of record-keeping, and daily attendance can be tracked on NetClassroom. If parents would like to discuss attendance records to confirm accuracy, they should call the Division Assistant or the Division Director immediately after reviewing this information on NetClassroom and before one week after each quarter. For specifics on the attendance policy, please refer to page 6. A student absent on the day of a school-sponsored extracurricular activity must arrive prior to 10:00 a.m. on the day of the activity or they will not be eligible to participate without approval of the Division Director and sponsor/coach. Alabama Law states that any student that “has accumulated more than 10 consecutive or 15 cumulative unexcused absences during a single semester” will not be in compliance to receive a Learner’s Permit or Driver’s License. ILLNESS - St. Paul’s School reserves the right to prohibit a student from attending classes if, in the opinion of the School administration, the student may create a health risk to himself/herself or other members of the School community. The School administration will determine when the student will be permitted to return to class. Verification of health may be requested or required. IMMUNIZATION - The State of Alabama and The Alabama Department of Public Health require all students to have a valid, unexpired Immunization record (IMM-50 form) in his/her permanent school file. Students must be vaccinated with a booster dose of tetanus/diphtheria (Td) every 5 to 10 years after the original preschool booster. All new students, all freshmen, and any students with expired forms must have an unexpired, original State Immunization Card (“Blue Card”) on file before the beginning of the 200910 school year. Failure to provide appropriate documentation can result in suspension from school until documentation is received. EARLY DISMISSALS/SICK DISMISSALS FROM SCHOOL - If it is absolutely necessary for a student to leave school for an appointment, etc., he/ she must bring a note from home, signed by a parent, indicating the time and nature of the appointment. Emails will not be accepted as notes. THE STUDENT WILL BRING THE NOTE BEFORE SCHOOL BEGINS TO EITHER THE MIDDLE SCHOOL OFFICE OR THE UPPER SCHOOL -51-


OFFICE AND AN EARLY DISMISSAL FORM WILL BE ISSUED. Failure to obtain an early dismissal prior to 7:45 a.m. will result in a detention. ALL MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS MUST NOTIFY TEACHERS BEFORE THEY LEAVE CAMPUS TO AVOID UNEXCUSED ABSENCES. At the time of departure, the student will bring their early dismissal form to the Middle School office or the Upper School office and sign out. Upon returning to school the student will sign in in the Middle School office or the Upper School office. Failure to sign out or sign back in upon return will result in disciplinary action. If a student becomes ill during the day and must leave school, parents will be notified and arrangements for students to be picked up will be made. Students who drive to school will not be allowed to leave until parental permission is obtained through the appropriate division office. Students will only be granted an excused early dismissal from school for medical reasons, a death in the family, court appearance, passport application, or to obtain a driver’s license or permit. Students should complete a five-day prior approval form in order for an early dismissal to be excused unless it is for reasons previously listed above. Students may visit the front office to receive acetaminophen or ibuprofen, if prior written parental permission has been given, and return to class. The only students that are allowed to stay in the sick room are students who are waiting for their parents to pick them up to return home for the day. Students may not use the sick room during the day to rest or stay until they feel better. All students are to attend class or must leave school for the day. PARENTAL REQUEST FOR STUDENT ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL (FIVE DAY PRIOR) - In situations where unavoidable trips, etc., necessitate an absence from school, the student should request a five-day prior approval from the administration. The student is to bring a note signed by a parent to the Middle School office or the Upper School office and obtain a five-day prior form for the teachers to sign. Once the form has been obtained from the office, all teacher signatures have been obtained, and the form is returned to the appropriate office, the student has completed a fiveday prior. It is then the responsibility of the student to make prior arrangements with teachers as to when assignments are due or when tests must be taken. (See the section on makeup work policy.) Neglecting this responsibility may result in a zero on an assignment or a test. Students needing an early dismissal from school for non-medical reasons must receive five-day prior approval in order for the absence to be excused. All completed fiveday prior approval forms must be submitted to the appropriate division office by the next school day or a detention may be assigned. CAFETERIA REGULATIONS - Students will eat in the cafeteria, the courtyard, or at the picnic table area. Students are expected to put all trash in the trash containers. TRASH IS NOT TO BE LEFT ON THE TABLES, -52-


CAFETERIA FLOOR, OR AROUND THE PICNIC TABLES. Food is NOT permitted in the halls or in classrooms. During lunch periods, students will remain in the cafeteria or at the picnic tables. Students who purchase food with their student ID card must have their card with them at the time of purchase. Students may not simply provide an ID number to the cashier. Students who have misplaced their ID card should go to the Middle School office or the Upper School office to have a new card made. Replacement cards are $7.00 each and may be charged to the student’s cafeteria account. STUDENTS MAY NOT ORDER FOOD TO BE DELIVERED TO THE CAMPUS. TELEPHONES - Courtesy phones, located in the Middle and Upper School office areas, are available for emergency use only between classes. Students will not be excused for tardies as a result of using the phone. Students will only be allowed to use the phone during classes with written permission from their teacher. Phone dismissals are not permitted on the part of students other than illness. Parents who for verifiable valid reasons need to have their child dismissed early from school and were not able to have their child obtain an early dismissal through the required procedures prior to school may contact the school for a phone dismissal. Students who seek dismissals for reasons other than illness during the school day and not prior to school will be subject to disciplinary measures as deemed necessary by the administration. CELL PHONES - Cell phones may not be used at any time during the school day without specific permission from a staff member. Cell phones should be in the off position at all times during the school day. Upper School Cell Phone Policy: Upper School students’ cell phones should be kept in their car or locker. If a cell phone is confiscated by a teacher during class, a student will be given a four-hour detention. All other inappropriate possessions of cell phones will result in a two-hour detention. In all cases a parent will be required to pick up any cell phones that are confiscated from students. Any incident involving a cell phone during a test or exam will be considered a cheating offense. The administration reserves the right to take any other action it feels necessary in response to cell phone issues. The School can assume no responsibility for loss of cell phones including those that may be confiscated. Middle School Cell Phone Policy: Middle School students’ cell phones should be kept in their lockers during the course of the school day. If a cell phone is confiscated by a teacher during class, the student will be given a two-hour detention. All other inappropriate possession of cell phones will result in a one-hour detention. In all cases a parent will be required to pick up any cell phones that are confiscated from students. Any incident involv-53-


ing a cell phone during a test or exam will be considered a cheating offense. The administration reserves the right to take any other action it feels necessary in response to cell phone issues. The School can assume no responsibility for loss of cell phones including those that may be confiscated. ELECTRONIC DEVICES - Radios, Ipods, MP3 players, smart phones, or any other electronic device used for entertainment deemed inappropriate by the administration are not permitted on campus for personal use by students. This includes cell phones that are capable of storing music or video images. As with other items the school deems inappropriate, the School reserves the right to confiscate all items not permitted on campus. As outlined in the School’s Acceptable Use Policy on page 14, inappropriate use of any computer, including a personal laptop could result in disciplinary action. The School can assume no responsibility for loss of electronic devices including those that may be confiscated. PUBLIC AFFECTION - St. Paul’s students should always conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen. Inappropriate public affection is discouraged and the school retains the right to discipline students who behave improperly at school or at school-sponsored activities. LEAVING CAMPUS - Students will NOT be allowed to leave campus for any reason without parental AND school permission. If an emergency arises and parental permission is not possible, clearance must be obtained from Dr. McDonald, Mr. Helmsing, or Mr. Messer. The administration will take whatever disciplinary action it feels appropriate in the event that a student has left campus without proper permission, regardless of destination. CLOSING OF SCHOOL - On rare occasions due to inclement weather or other conditions, the School may have to close or dismiss early. The School make every effort to remain open during regularly scheduled times. School closures will be announced through local radio and television stations and will specifically identify St. Paul’s as being closed or dismissing early. Please do not consider statements about public or parochial schools as correct information regarding St. Paul’s closure or early dismissals. VISITATION TO ST. PAUL’S CAMPUS - St. Paul’s has a no-visitation policy. Students from other schools will not be allowed on campus, including during lunch, without prior written notice to the school and written permission from the administration. Parents wishing to visit classes or converse with faculty members should make an appointment through the appropriate methods. Parents should not enter a classroom or visit a teacher without an appointment or having permission from the administration. This is not only a matter of professional courtesy, it is also a measure necessary to provide appropriate security for the campus.

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VISITATION TO OTHER SCHOOL CAMPUSES - St. Paul’s students may not visit another school’s campus during the school day or on a St. Paul’s holiday without proper authorization. To visit another campus, St. Paul’s students must have written permission from the school administration of the campus they are to visit as well as written permission from their parents and permission from the St. Paul’s administration. If a St. Paul’s student does visit another campus without authorization, St. Paul’s School reserves the right to take proper disciplinary action. AFTER-SCHOOL CARE - Junior Middle School students (grades 5 & 6) are required to be in After-School Care if they remain on campus after 3:15 p.m. They will be required to report to After-School Care after school and parents will be billed for this program. SECURITY DRILLS - On occasion, St. Paul’s will run “Code Safety” drills to ensure students are prepared in the of a campus security lock-down. Anyone present on campus at the time of this drill, including visitors, will be required to participate. Everyone is expected to abide by the directives of school personnel designated to all areas of the campus. The campus will be closed to all incoming and exiting traffic, without exception, during a “Code Safety.” PARTIES/GIFTS - Middle School: Students are not allowed to issue party invitations at St. Paul’s School. Gifts (Christmas, Valentine’s, etc.) cannot be exchanged at school, unless a gift is provided for everyone in the grade. Decorating a student’s locker is not encouraged. St. Paul’s School cannot take responsibility if decorations are damaged. Upper School: Exchange of invitations or gifts is discouraged and should not in any manner disrupt the academic atmosphere of the School. Office personnel will not be responsible for delivery of gifts of any type. CAMPUS STORE - The Campus Store is open from 7:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Students may not be excused from classes to visit the Store during the academic day unless given specific written permission from their director or the Dean of Students. LIBRARY - The Upper and Middle School library is open to Upper and Middle School students before and after school from 7:30 to 7:45 a.m. and 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. except on Friday afternoons. During the school day, the library is available to students with the written permission of a teacher. Seniors are not required to have written permission.

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ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT PREAMBLE The School Code of Conduct, developed by students, teachers, parents, and administrators, and in consultation with other Independent Schools, reinforces the development of character and has Middle and Upper School students assume personal responsibility in all facets of school life. This Code of Conduct will follow students throughout their Middle and Upper School years at St. Paul’s Episcopal School, and the Code will govern the conduct of succeeding classes as they enter the Middle School. All members of the St. Paul’s community should become familiar with, and have thorough knowledge of the Code of Conduct to ensure that students follow it consistently. This Code of Conduct is an attempt to explain the school’s expectations regarding St. Paul’s Middle and Upper School students. AREAS ADDRESSED Personal Integrity, Respect for the Rights of Others, Self-Discipline, Appreciation of Tradition, Ability To Work With Others, Social Responsibility, and the Consequences of the Failure to Uphold the Code of Conduct. PERSONAL STATEMENTS Personal Integrity I will conduct myself in a trustworthy manner, including being honest in word and action. I will strive to keep a positive attitude. I will strive to do what is right. I will do my best work without assistance unless I am requested to work in teams. I will keep my word. I will tell the truth knowing that there will be times when it will be difficult to do so. Respect for the Rights of Others I will acknowledge that others are different from me and will respect our differences. I will respect others in my actions and language. I will treat others as I expect to be treated. I will strive to be aware of the feelings of others and respect those feelings. I will use appropriate language. I will ask permission before I touch another’s belongings.

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Self-Discipline Under this Code of Conduct, self discipline begins when I arrive at school, prepared and on time for classes, assemblies and other school events. I will respect classroom and school rules so that we may all learn in an atmosphere of order. I will wait my turn. I will use my time effectively. I will practice self control by keeping my hands and feet to myself. I will listen when someone is speaking and wait to express my own ideas. Appreciation of Tradition I will learn, understand, and obey the code of conduct. I will use appropriate etiquette and exhibit politeness and a caring attitude towards others. I will dress neatly and follow the uniform dress code. Ability to Work with Others I will work for the good of the group rather than for personal advantage. I will respect the opinion of others. I will cooperate with others and do my share of the task to be completed. I will look for opportunities to help others. I will cooperate even when my idea is not the one chosen. Social Responsibility I will willingly participate in activities that meet the needs of people who are less fortunate and participate in community service projects. I will share my talents and skills to help where needed. I will take care of school property because it belongs to all of us. I will keep the school clean by picking up litter even if I did not throw it. I will strive to make a contribution in my school community. Consequences The St. Paul’s Student-Parent Handbook will be the guide for determining the consequences for breaching the obligations inherent in this Code. Endorsements By signing the 2012-2013 Student-Parent Handbook Online Acknowledgment Form, the class of 2020 and their parents acknowledge that they have read this instrument and that they understand it, and that they are willing and able to abide by the St. Paul’s Episcopal School Code of Conduct as a student at St. Paul’s Episcopal School. The 2012-2013 Student-Parent Handbook Online Acknowledgment Form can be accessed from the School Life tab of the school website www.stpaulsmobile.net. The Class of 2020 and Their Parents -57-


MIDDLE SCHOOL CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES ART CLUB - The Art Club is open to students in grades 5-8 who are interested in promoting the arts. CHESS CLUB - open to students in grades 4 - 6 who would like to learn or improve their chess skills. The club meets once a week from 3:00 - 3:30. CLASS OFFICERS - 7th and 8th grades elect class officers in the spring to organize class activities. CONTESTS: (English, Math, History, Science, Latin) - Each grade in Middle School participates in various academic contests and competitions. FLORAL PARADE - 7th and 8th grade students are given the opportunity to participate in the Mardi Gras Floral Parade. MIDDLE SCHOOL FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN STUDENTS - The FCS is composed of all Middle School students who have common bonds of athletic participation and a Christian commitment. MIDDLE SCHOOL SCHOLARS BOWL TEAM - The bowl team is open to students in grades 7 and 8 interested in competing in area academic competition. MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE CLUB - The Science Club is open to students in grades 5-8 who are interested in science. MIDDLE SCHOOL CHEERLEADERS - The Middle School Cheerleaders are a support group for our athletic teams. Girls in grades 7 and 8 may try out in April for the following school year. Tryout and qualification dates may be obtained from the cheerleader sponsors. RUTLEDGE FELLOWS OF PHILANTHROPY - The Rutledge Fellows of Philanthropy Program was named after former headmaster Robert H. Rutledge to recognize his lifetime commitment to serving both St. Paul’s Episcopal School and the Community at Large. As an extension of St. Paul’s Community Service Program, Rutledge Fellows visit non-profit agencies to learn about the importance of philanthropy and leadership, and to perform service projects. Each grade level in the Middle School has a different focus area such as the elderly, the homeless, the environment, etc. Under the guidance of faculty sponsors, the Rutledge Fellows in each grade will do at least one philanthropy project per semester in the focus area. These projects are in addition to the grade level service days in which all students participate. Meetings will typically be held at lunch or after school. SCIENCE OLYMPIAD - Science Olympiad is open to Middle School students. Teams prepare for a regional competition held in the spring. STUDENT COUNCIL - The Student Council consists of officers or representatives from grades 7 & 8. This is the leadership body of the Middle School. Students in grades 7 & 8 are encouraged to run for representative. Rising 7th and 8th grade students select delegates to the MSSC every spring.

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UPPER SCHOOL CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES (Faculty sponsor name in parentheses by club name) CHEERLEADING - J.V. AND VARSITY (Ashley Ryan- Head Cheer Coach; Amanda Thames and Sherri Stegelman - Faculty Reps) - Junior Varsity and Varsity cheerleaders for football and basketball are selected by tryouts. Tryout and qualification dates may be obtained from the sponsors. CLASS OFFICERS - Class officer candidates must have a GPA of at least 75 with no failures the previous semester and may not have been suspended or placed on probation during the current year. Other specific guidelines of qualifications may be obtained from the SGA or class sponsor. Students who do not qualify for office may appeal to an appeals committee. This committee’s decision regarding eligibility is considered final. This committee will consist of the sponsor, the Director of the Upper School, the Headmaster, and others as deemed necessary. The administration reserves the right to remove any student from office that is not fulfilling his/her leadership expectations or responsibilities. COMPUTER CLUB (Leslie Suffich) - The Computer Club is open to all Upper School students with an interest computers. CULINARY CLUB (Elizabeth Gregory) - The purpose of the St. Paul’s Episcopal School Culinary Club is to provide hands-on cooking experiences while learning about kitchen safety and sanitation, recipe preparation, food presentation and giving back to our school and community. The Culinary Club also aims to have FUN, including maintaining a community garden, hosting a gourmet bake sale, hand-on cooking demos, guest speakers, local restaurant tours, and preparing meals for the homeless. THE EPISTLE (Leigh Terrell) - The Epistle is the school newspaper published during the school year by the journalism class. All students in grades 9-12 may submit work for publication consideration. All articles, editorials, features and photographs are the product of student work. FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN STUDENTS (Aubrey Blackwell) - The FCS is composed of students in all Upper School grades who have the common bonds of school participation and a Christian commitment. FINE ARTS CLUB (Staff) - The Fine Arts Club provides the school with displays of student art work and publishes the Logos, a creative-writing magazine, and is open to all Upper School students interested in various artistic media. FORENSICS/THEATRICS TEAM (Chip Goff) - The Forensics Team participates in local, state, and regional competitions in a variety of speech and dramatic events. Participants are chosen on the basis of interest and ability. THE HALO (Leigh Terrell) - The Halo is the school yearbook, assembled and edited during a school year and distributed at the opening of the following school year. Interested students may work on the yearbook staff during the school day at specific times as well as after school. -59-


INTERACT CLUB (Jill Drum; Laura McGee) - The Interact Club is a service organization sponsored by the Rotary Club and is open to juniors and seniors. Interact sponsors the “Big Brother/Big Sister” program with kindergarten students. INTERCLUB COUNCIL (Pete Wilson) - Members of the Interclub Council are the presidents of various school clubs who meet on occasion to plan and coordinate student activities. JUNIOR INTERACT CLUB - (Staff) - Junior Interact is a service organization open to freshman and sophomore women. KEY CLUB (John Brigham) - The Key Club is a service organization sponsored by Kiwanis open to sophomores, juniors and seniors. The Key Club sponsors the student United Way Fund Drive and the American Red Cross blood drive each year. MU ALPHA THETA (Leigh Ann Collins) - Mu Alpha Theta is the National High School Mathematics Honor Society dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject, and promoting the enjoyment of mathematics in high school. Full members are high school students in grades 9 through 12 who have completed four semesters of college preparatory mathematics and have completed or are enrolled in a fifth semester of mathematics, provided that this work has been done with distinction (3.0 grade point average). Additionally, students must take a minimum of 4 Mu Alpha Theta tests and pay a national membership fee. MORNING SAINTS (Margaret Cadden) - Morning Saints is a Bible study open to all students in grades 9 - 12. Meeting each Thursday morning at 7:00 a.m., it is a time to worship together and learn more about the Bible. Speakers include students, teachers, and youth ministers and pastors from area churches. NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (Margaret Bramlett, Lou Courie, Will Hester) - The Myrtle Harris Boazman Chapter of the National Honor Society, chartered in 1973, is open to selected juniors and seniors. The chapter provides service to the school and community in a variety of areas. RUTLEDGE FELLOWS OF PHILANTHROPY (Leslie Lerner, Laura McGee) - The Rutledge Fellows of Philanthropy Program was named after former headmaster Robert H. Rutledge to recognize his lifetime commitment to serving both St. Paul’s Episcopal School and the Community at Large. As an extension of St. Paul’s Community Service Program, Rutledge Fellows visit non-profit agencies to learn about the importance of philanthropy and leadership, and to perform service projects. Each grade level in the Upper School has a different focus area such as the elderly, the homeless, the environment, etc. Under the guidance of faculty sponsors, the Rutledge Fellows in each grade will do at least one philanthropy project per semester in the focus area. These projects are in addition to the grade level service days in which all students participate. Meetings will typically be held at lunch or after school. -60-


SADD AND PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH (Staff) - The purpose of SADD is to promote awareness of drug and alcohol abuse and sensible behavior on the part of students. This awareness is promoted by the use of posters and buttons before peak abuse times. Members may also visit DUI court. All Upper School students are eligible for membership. However, members must sign a “Contract for Life” pledging sensible behavior. Officers are elected in the spring, and dues are voted on each year. SCHOLAR’S BOWL TEAM (Gail Jones) - The members of the High School Bowl Team are chosen based on their ability to quickly recall a wide variety of information. The team participates in area and state yearly competitions. . SCIENCE RESEARCH CLUB (Staff) - The Science Research Club promotes science as a career and creates interest in its application in everyday life. Activities outside the classroom bring science to life and to make it fun and relevant. SCIENCE OLYMPIAD (Staff) - Team members prepare throughout the year to compete in tournaments held on local, state, and national levels. Competitions encourage learning in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, problem-solving and technology. Both individual and team achievement is emphasized in an effort to make science challenging, exciting and fun. SIERRA CLUB (Victor Helmsing) - The Sierra Club, open to all students in grades 9-12, encourages an interest in the environment, sponsors programs, and encourages participation in outdoor activities. ST. PAUL’S PLAYERS (Jody Powell) - The St. Paul’s Players prepare and present a theatrical production each spring. Students are selected through auditions on the basis of ability. ST. PAUL’S SINGERS AND CONCERT CHORUS (Jody Powell) - Composed of Upper School students in Chorus, the St. Paul’s Singers prepare and perform two or three concerts a year as well as participate in choral contests in winter and spring. STUDENT GOVERNMENT (Pete Wilson) - The Student Government Association is the students’ representative body and is intended to give students practice and experience in self-government. The SGA organizes many student activities throughout the year and is the primary voice of the student body. The Upper School elects the SGA officers and each class elects three at-large representatives. WORLD LANGUAGE CLUBS (Staff) - World Language clubs are open to all students who are taking or have taken a world language and are interested in promoting world languages and cultures. YOUTH JUDICIAL (Will Hester, Lynn Bodet) - a statewide program sponsored by the YMCA which allows students to participate in mock trials in Montgomery. Students prepare their cases prior to attending Judicial.

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ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES Members of the Athletic Department constantly strive to provide leadership and to instill concepts that will enhance positive character, personality and self-image in our students. The athletic program at St. Paul’s has a winning tradition and is respected throughout the state. However, our greatest source of pride is generated by the high percentage of student participation, personal success of the participants and enjoyment at all levels of the program. Interscholastic athletic activities are available to students in grades 7-12. Fall: August through October 1. 2. 3. 4.

Football (Varsity, J.V., 7th Grade, and 8th Grade) Volleyball (Varsity, J.V., Freshman, 7th Grade, and 8th Grade) Swimming and Diving (Girls and Boys) Cross-Country (Girls and Boys Varsity, Freshman and Middle School) Winter: November through February

1. Basketball (Boys and Girls Varsity, J.V., 7th Grade, and 8th Grade) 2. Indoor Track (Girls and Boys, Varsity and Junior Varsity) Spring: January through May 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Baseball (Varsity, J.V., Middle School) Golf (Girls and Boys Varsity and J.V.) Tennis (Girls and Boys Varsity and J.V.) Fast Pitch Softball (Girls Varsity and J.V.) Track (Girls and Boys Varsity, Freshman, and Middle School) Soccer (Girls and Boys Varsity, J.V., and Middle School)

Intramural programs are also available to students in grades PreK through 4 in Soccer and in grades 3 through 6 in Basketball. ATHLETIC PARTICIPATION ACADEMIC AND DISCIPLINARY STANDARDS Participation on an interscholastic team is an earned honor and is understood that the team experience is mutually beneficial to the school and the student. Behavior and conduct of a St. Paul’s athlete should always be above reproach, as we expect the highest display of sportsmanship and character in every corner of their lives. St. Paul’s athletes are expected to adhere to and promote the alcohol-free and drug-free policies of the school. On the field and off, win or lose, they should be the example of honor, integrity and respect. -62-


All students participating in interscholastic athletics must meet the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) requirements for participation. St. Paul’s reserves the right to set forth additional requirements for participation in athletics. Students who, in the opinion of the faculty and administration, are in danger of failing one or more subjects may be restricted from participation in athletics, may not be allowed to miss classes in order to participate in athletic events, or may be assigned to a study hall before, during, or after school. Students with five or more unserved detentions hours will not be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities, including interscholastic athletics. In an effort to better prepare our student athletes to be academically successful, Middle School students with a 65 or lower grade in any core course may be restricted from participating in athletics until the grade has improved. A student absent on the day of a school-sponsored extracurricular activity must arrive at school prior to 10:00 a.m. on the day of the activity or they will not be eligible to participate in ANY extracurricular activity that day, including after school practice, without the approval of the Division Director and sponsor/coach. Varsity and Junior Varsity cheerleaders must meet the Alabama High School Athletic Association requirements as well as the academic requirements and disciplinary standards of St. Paul’s. Academic requirements will be made available by the coach prior to tryouts. A cheerleader at St. Paul’s should promote the general welfare and reputation of the school and their actions must not reflect poorly on the school. The coaching staff and/or administration reserve the right to take disciplinary action if, in their opinion, a cheerleader’s conduct on or off campus affects the general welfare and reputation of St. Paul’s as set forth above. It should also be noted that St. Paul’s School voluntarily and willingly participates in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) and as such agrees to abide by all rules established by AHSAA. It should be understood that the AHSAA has the right to interpret rules and create guidelines the organization deems necessary and by agreement St. Paul’s must adhere to these guidelines and expectations. Parents who are interested in knowing the full extent of these guidelines may find a copy of the AHSAA Handbook in any coach’s office, or at www.ahsaa.com.

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MIDDLE AND UPPER SCHOOL CONDUCT AND DISCIPLINE St. Paul’s Episcopal School seeks to provide an atmosphere that allows students to develop to their fullest individual potential in accordance with the School’s philosophy and to instill in each student a sense of integrity and good citizenship. When a student and his or her parents voluntarily commit to attend St. Paul’s, they agree to comply with the School’s expectations regarding conduct and to behave in a manner which will promote an educationally sound environment. An outline of infractions, disciplinary actions and policies relating to conduct and discipline is set forth below as a reference and guideline for students and parents. The policies set forth below are not all inclusive. The welfare of the School and student body as a whole is paramount and St. Paul’s may request the withdrawal of a student or expel a student at any time at the discretion of the administration. The faculty, with the support of the administration, is responsible for maintaining the discipline and decorum necessary for St. Paul’s to accomplish its educational goals. Teachers may issue detention or other measures they deem necessary and appropriate to address minor disciplinary infractions. Middle School detentions are from 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Upper School detentions are from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Upper School detentions are also held on Wednesday mornings from 6:15 - 7:15 a.m., and selected Saturday mornings from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. At times, students may be referred to the administration for further action. More serious disciplinary infractions are referred to the appropriate grade level administrator. Division administrators are responsible for disciplinary decisions regarding serious disciplinary issues requiring substantial detention time, suspensions, requests for withdrawal or expulsions. On occasion, an administrative disciplinary committee will meet to address a particular discipline situation. In considering matters related to conduct and discipline, St. Paul’s may consider any information whatsoever regardless of whether or not the information meets any legal criteria as evidence. REPRESENTATION OF ST. PAUL’S WITHIN THE COMMUNITY In keeping with the School’s goal of instilling in each student a sense of integrity, good citizenship and understanding of his or her responsibilities as a citizen of the School and community, including, but not limited to, the responsibility to comply with all civil and criminal laws, the School expects each student to be cognizant of his or her conduct and decorum away from campus as well as on campus. A student’s conduct should promote the general welfare and reputation of the School and must not reflect poorly on the School, its name or the community in general. St. Paul’s reserves the right to take disciplinary action if, in the opinion of the administration, a student’s conduct off campus affects the general welfare and reputation of the School as set forth above. -64-


SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY - St. Paul’s insists upon a drug free environment for the welfare of its students and the School. The possession or use of illegal drugs or the misuse, abuse, illegal possession or use of prescribed drugs or other substances, including alcohol and tobacco, by a St. Paul’s student at any time does not promote the general welfare and reputation of St. Paul’s, its students or the community. St. Paul’s will not tolerate the possession or use of illegal drugs or the misuse, abuse, illegal possession or use of prescribed drugs or other substances, including alcohol and tobacco, on campus or during any School sponsored activity. The School will take disciplinary action as deemed appropriate by the Administration for the possession or use of illegal drugs, or the misuse, abuse, illegal possession or use of prescribed drugs or other substances, including alcohol and tobacco, by St. Paul’s students at non-School sponsored activities off-campus. MEDICATION - All medications taken for attention difficulties will be coordinated through the appropriate Division Office. All medications dispensed by the School must be brought to and from School by parents only. At no time should any student be in possession of medication, including his/her own. It is imperative that parents and students understand the potential consequences of student possession of prescription or nonprescription medicine, whether or not his or her own, by referring to the discipline code. DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING I. Mandatory or Required Testing - For the welfare of St. Paul’s students and the School and to promote the School’s zero tolerance position, St. Paul’s reserves the right to require a student suspected of using illegal drugs or alcohol or of other substance abuse to be evaluated at any time by a physician or medical technician of the School’s choosing, including but not limited to, drug testing. The suspicion of using illegal drugs or alcohol or of other substance abuse may be based on any information considered reliable by the administration in its discretion. The administration will keep the sources of such information confidential. In addition, the administration reserves the right to require a student to be evaluated at any time by a physician or medical technician of the School’s choosing if any of the following occur: 1. Observed behavior or change in performance. 2. Reckless driving or speeding on campus. 3. Any major disciplinary infraction as defined by the administration. 4. Chronic tardies or absences from School. 5. Being off campus without permission. 6. Violation of any civil or criminal law. 7. Excessive detention hours. 8. Conduct on or off campus which, in the opinion of the administration, reflects poorly on the reputation of the School. By signing the 2012-2013 Student-Parent Handbook Online Acknowledgment Form, students and parents agree that: -65-


1. Students shall submit to any laboratory testing that within the School’s discretion is deemed necessary, including, but not limited to, breath tests, urine tests, blood tests, hair tests, and fingerprinting. 2. Students and their parents understand the purpose and reason for the tests, and give their consent thereto. 3. Students and their parents will hold harmless St. Paul’s Episcopal School and any other professional agency or business that the School deems necessary to carry out this policy. 4. Students and their parents waive any privilege of confidentiality that might exist, or come into existence with respect to said School-required testing, including, but not limited to, any DoctorPatient relationship.

The 2012-2013 Student-Parent Handbook Online Acknowledgment Form can be accessed from the School Life/News & Events tab of the school website www.stpaulsmobile.net. All tests that are required by the School will be performed at a site determined by the School and results will be sent directly to the School. Any student whose test is determined by the School-designated test administrator to be positive by a professionally accepted standard shall be subject to discipline as deemed necessary by the administration including, but not limited to, a request for withdrawal. Any student refusing to submit to testing of this nature, and deemed necessary by the administration, in its discretion, shall be subject to dismissal. II. Universal Drug Testing Program A. The School requires universal drug testing of all students in grades 8-12 as follows: 1. Every student in grades 8-12 will be tested at least once during the academic year. 2. A certain percentage of all students in each of grades 8-12 will also be randomly tested during the academic year. 3. Any student testing positive on the initial or a subsequent test will be retested in 100 days and again thereafter at the discretion of the Administration. All follow-up testing will be at the expense of the student’s family. B. Testing Method - The primary method of testing will be hair analysis performed by a licensed clinical laboratory. The School will use Psychemedics Corporation for such testing. Each hair sample will be analyzed for cocaine, opiates, marijuana, methamphetamine, PCP and Ecstasy. Other forms of testing, for example, urine testing or hair testing for additional drugs, may be employed at the discretion of the Administration. C. Hair Collection Procedures 1. Each student in grades 8-12 will be assigned a unique identification number. Administrators, counselors, and trained -66-


staff will perform the hair collections using chain of custody procedures established by Psychemedics Corporation. The Headmaster, Dean of Students (for Upper School), the Middle School Director (for Middle School), Drug Testing Coordinator, and student will be the only persons privy to the identification numbers. The identification number of the student will be entered on the hair collection kit. 2. A sample of hair (approximately 60 strands) will be cut cosmetically from the crown of the student’s head. Methods for students with insufficient hair will be determined by administration. The sample will be sealed by the designated School employee and initialed by the tested student under chain of custody procedures established by Psychemedics Corporation to identify the hair sample and results. The sample will be sent to Psychemedics Corporation’s lab. D. Confidentiality and Dissemination of Results 1. All hair collections and results will be identified by the unique individually coded number of the student. No names will be recorded on the collection bag or the test results. 2. Test results of students will be confidentially provided by Psychemedics Corporation to the Headmaster. 3. Parents will NOT be notified if a test is negative. The School will notify the student’s parents/guardians of a positive result within 15 days of receipt of the test results by the School. 4. All test results of students will remain strictly confidential between the student, his or her parents/guardians, the appropriate administrator and the counselor selected by the parents/ guardians as discussed below. 5. No test result of any student will be disclosed to any person or agency beyond the persons identified above without signed written consent of his or her parents/guardians. Release of test results of students will be requested by the Headmaster for purposes of referral for professional evaluation and possible treatment recommendations. E. Contesting a Positive Result If a student testing positive wishes to contest the test result, he or she may do so within ten days of notification of the student’s parents/guardians of the positive result. Re-tests will be at the expense of the student’s family. F. Consequences of a Positive Result 1. School personnel will not initiate criminal charges or other legal action against the student or the student’s parents/guardians based solely on a positive drug test obtained in the universal testing program. 2. The School may require a conference between the parents/ guardians of a student testing positive and the Headmaster, Dean of Students (for Upper School), and the Middle School Director (for Middle School). -67-


3. The School will require that any student who tests positive and the parents/guardians of any such student obtain a substance abuse evaluation through a counselor or community agency. The results of the evaluation/screen need not be published to the school, but notice that it has been done must be returned within ten (10) days of the original notice of the positive drug test. 4. All costs for the recommended counseling are the responsibility of the parents/guardians. A student who has tested positive on a test administered in the universal drug testing program for the first time will continue normal school activities unless directed otherwise by the parents/guardians and/or counselor. 5. Any student who tests positive in the universal testing program will be retested approximately 100 days after the date of the first test and thereafter at the discretion of the Administration. Additionally, students who test positive are on notice that they may be subject to urine testing during the one hundred (100) day period. 6. A second positive test at any time will result in the student being dismissed from the School. The students and parents will not be released from their St. Paul’s contract. 7. Any student who has tested positive on a test administered in the universal drug testing program for the first time remains subject to all other disciplinary policies and procedures of the School, including, but not limited to, those regarding the use and possession of illegal drugs or illegal use or possession of prescription drugs, for example, the policies referencing required testing set forth in Section I above and the provisions of Section II of the “Disciplinary Actions - Major Infractions� set forth below. G. Consent - By signing the 2012-2013 Student-Parent Online Handbook Acknowledgment Form, students and parents agree that: 1. Students and their parents/guardians understand the purpose and reason for the universal drug testing and give their consent thereto. 2. Students and their parents/guardians will release and hold harmless the School, its trustees, employees, agents and representatives, and any professional agency or business the School deems necessary to carry out this policy, from any and all liability, claims or damages with respect to the administration of the Universal Drug Testing Program, including, but not limited to, any claims arising out of alleged negligence on the part of such parties. 3. Any student refusing to submit to universal drug testing, including the initial test, a random test or any follow-up testing as deemed necessary by the Administration shall be subject to dismissal.

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The 2012-2013 Student-Parent Handbook Online Acknowledgment Form can be accessed from the School Life/News & Events tab of the school website www.stpaulsmobile.net. COMMUNITY AND PARENTAL RESPONSIBILITIES - For the welfare of students and the School, and to promote and insist on a drug-free environment, the entire St. Paul’s community, including parents and guests, should not be in possession of alcohol or illegal drugs during any activity on St. Paul’s campus or at any student event, athletic or otherwise, at any other school campus. The cooperation of parents and guests is needed to promote and send a strong message to our student body with regard to the School’s position regarding drug, alcohol, and tobacco usage. ALABAMA LAW - Alabama law provides criminal penalties and civil liability for selling, giving, furnishing, or otherwise disposing of alcohol to minors. See §§6-5-70, 6-5-71 Code of Alabama. The law also provides criminal penalties for adults who have “open house parties” where alcohol or controlled substances are possessed or consumed by persons under the age of 21. See § 13A-11-10.1 Code of Alabama. Parents and students are, therefore, advised that such conduct is not acceptable to St. Paul’s Episcopal School. SOCIAL ORGANIZATIONS - St. Paul’s does not recognize membership in any fraternal or social organization. While St. Paul’s does not prohibit membership in private organizations, it does not tolerate exhibitions, discussions, or any other activity on campus or during any school function. SEARCHES - St. Paul’s may search any student or possession of any student on school property or during any school activity on or off school property for any reason a school official deems necessary. These searches may include but are not limited to lockers, wallets, purses, backpacks, and cars. Searches may take place with or without student knowledge. PERSONAL PROPERTY - In any community of learners, personal student responsibility and citizenship are critical to the daily function of our school. For this reason, students are required to be in possession of any article that they choose to take responsibility for on this campus. Examples include but are not limited to purses, bookbags, calculators and computers. During specific times of the day when personal possession is not possible, students should either secure articles in classrooms or lockers. Students who fail to adhere to these “possession” responsibilities will be subject to disciplinary action deemed necessary by the faculty and administration. The school cannot take responsibility for lost items. CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE - Students are expected to follow classroom policies and guidelines for conduct. Teachers may require students to remain after school for minor classroom infractions. The teacher will always give the student 24 hour notice of a detention assignment. If a student fails to meet an assigned detention, a member of the administration will assign a detention in a detention hall or on a Saturday. -69-


DISCIPLINARY ACTION - MINOR INFRACTIONS St. Paul’s distinguishes between major and minor infractions of school policies and rules. The following is a sample list of minor offenses: Tardy to school, tardy to class, minor classroom misbehavior, failure to follow instructions, inappropriate behavior in Chapel, violation of uniform policy, eating in class or in non-designated areas, chewing gum, littering. The action taken for any minor offense could be any one or any combination of the following: A) Warning, B) Detention, C) Saturday detention, D) Beforeschool detention, E) Parent conference. (NOTE: This is only a sample and in no way covers all minor infractions. The severity of action taken may be increased for chronic violation of St. Paul’s policies and guidelines or special situations.) DETENTION - When a student is assigned a detention, there is an implied agreement that the student will serve this detention within two weeks of the assigned date. Students assume total responsibility to complete all assigned detention hours prior to the end of each quarter. Students who fail to clear all detention hours prior to the end of each semester will not be permitted to return to class until all detention hours are completed or other arrangements have been made with the administration. Students with five or more unserved detentions hours will not be allowed to participate in extra-curricular activities, including interscholastic athletics. At the end of the year, students will not receive credits or transcripts until all hours are cleared through the proper administrative offices. Students are not allowed to study during detention. Periodically, the administration may choose to hold Saturday detentions. Saturday detentions will be served from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. under the direction of a school administrator. This will give students another opportunity to fulfill their detention obligations, with the intent of eliminating a backlog of unserved detention hours. Unlike detention served in a classroom during the week, students will be required to perform maintenance or yard work on St. Paul’s campus while serving their time. Possible Saturday detention activities include, but are not limited to, picking up litter around campus, washing lockers, scraping gum off desks, sidewalks, chairs, etc., raking leaves and debris, sweeping floors, mopping floors, and vacuuming. A cumulative record of all assigned detentions is kept and updated. Should a student receive 15 or more hours of detention time for one semester, or the equivalent, the administration reserves the right to request a withdrawal. (Suspensions will also count toward the cumulative maximum allowable hours at a rate of three hours for each day of suspension.) Should a student meet or exceed the maximum number of hours allowed, the administration shall be the sole determinant as to whether or not a request for withdrawal shall be issued. Any student receiving more than 12 hours in any one semester will be placed on probation for the following semester. Please refer to the policy regarding probation to understand the seriousness of probationary status. Students and parents will not be released from their St. Paul’s School contract. -70-


DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS - MAJOR INFRACTIONS I. Cheating is defined as giving or receiving any type of inappropriate aid as determined by the administration including but not limited to plagiarism, technological advantages by improper use of calculators, cell phones, computers, or any other inappropriate use of technology. Any attempt by students to use old tests and/or notes without specific permission or direction from the teacher involved is considered inappropriate and could potentially result in disciplinary action on the part of the school. Cheating on a quiz, test, exam, homework, major project, stealing, or lying will result in any or all of the following: A. Expulsion. B. All of the following: 1. A zero on the homework, quiz, test, or exam. 2. Academic suspension for a period of one to eight days. 3. Probation for a period of up to 180 school days. 4. Parent conference. C. Other action as deemed appropriate by the administration. II. The possession, ownership, use, evidence of use, or being under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia or containers having held alcoholic beverages, or the misuse , abuse, possession or illegal use of prescribed drugs or other substances including tobacco or any type of tobacco substitute, on campus, during the school day whether on or off campus, or while participating in or attending any school related activity whether on or off campus, will result in any or all of the following: A. Expulsion B. Any or all of the following: 1. The parents of the student will be notified and asked to pick up their student immediately. 2. Three day non-academic suspension from school. 3. Suspension from all extracurricular activities for one week. 4. Removal from any school associated leadership position for the academic year. 5. Probation for as long as the individual is a student at St. Paul’s School and if a student should have a second incident he/she will be expelled or asked to withdraw. 6. Proof of enrollment in, and completion of, the CAPPs (Chemical Abuse Prevention Program). Failure to complete the program may result in expulsion. III. Improper use of or improper possession of any prescription drug during the school day, on campus, or while participating in any school activity is prohibited. Possession of over-the-counter (nonprescription) drugs, unless specific permission has been granted, is also prohibited. Over the counter substances include, but are not limited to, sinus medications and caffeine pills. Improper possession also includes one’s own medication, since all medications on campus must be administered by a school official. All medications dispensed by the school must be brought to -71-


and from school by parents only. At no time should any student be in possession of medication, including his/her own. Any violation of these policies will result in any or all of the following: A. Expulsion. B. All of the following: 1. Suspension for a period of one to eight school days to be determined by the administration. 2. Probation for a period of up to 180 school days. 3. Parent conference. C. Other action as deemed appropriate by the administration. IV. Use of, possession of, or ownership of any firearm or other potentially explosive device during the school day, on campus, or while participating in any school activity on or off campus will result in: A. Expulsion B. Other action as deemed appropriate by the administration. V. Use of, possession of, or ownership during the school day, on campus, or while participating in any school activity on or off campus of any device, mechanism, or instrument, including, but not limited to, knives or any type or fireworks that, in the opinion of the administration, is dangerous will result in either: A. Expulsion. B. All of the following: 1. Suspension for a period of one to eight school days to be determined by the administration. 2. Probation for a period of up to 180 days. 3. Parent conference and counseling. C. Other action as deemed appropriate by the administration. VI. Gross misconduct, threatening action, bullying, either verbal or physical, disrespectful action (including but not limited to failure to follow instructions), hazing, initiations, fighting or violence, abusive or profane language and/or gestures aimed at a faculty or staff member or another student will result in strong disciplinary action which may include suspension, probation, or expulsion. (For additional information regarding hazing or initiations, including adult responsibilities regarding reporting knowledge of such incidents to legal authorities, please refer to Section 16-1-23 of the Code of Alabama.) VII. Destruction or defacement of school property or personal property of a student, teacher, or staff member (destruction and defacement include vandalism, “rolling� of any type, egging, writing on walls, pranks, jokes or any other inappropriate celebration as determined by the administration) will result in any or all of the following: A. Expulsion. B. All of the following: 1. Replacement of the destroyed item(s). 2. Suspension for a period of one to eight days. 3. Probation for a period of up to 180 school days. C. Forfeiture of graduation activities, including graduation exercises. D. Other action as deemed appropriate by the administration. -72-


VIII. Failure to attend school or leaving campus without permission of or notification to the school will result in either: A. All of the following: 1. Suspension for a period of one to five days. Academic suspension for all classes missed. 2. Probation for a period of up to 180 school days. 3. Parent conference. B. Other action as deemed appropriate by the administration. IX. Skipping class without leaving campus will result in either: A. Both of the following: 1. Academic suspension from the affected class for a period of one to five days. 2. Parent conference. B. Other action as deemed appropriate by the administration. X. Major classroom misbehavior which requires a student to be sent to administrative personnel will result in either: A. Both of the following: 1. Academic suspension from that class for a period of one to five days. 2. Parent conference. B. Other action as deemed appropriate by the administration. A cumulative record of all assigned detentions is kept and updated. Should a student receive 15 or more hours of detention time for one semester or the equivalent, the administration reserves the right to request a withdrawal. (Suspensions will also count toward the cumulative maximum allowable hours at a rate of three hours for each day of suspension.) Should a student meet or exceed the maximum number of detention hours allowed, the administration shall be the sole determinant as to whether or not a request for withdrawal shall be issued. Any student receiving more than 12 detention hours in any one semester will be placed on probation for the following semester. Please refer to the policy in this handbook regarding probation to understand the seriousness of probationary status. Students and parents will not be released from their St. Paul’s School contract. ACADEMIC SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL - Academic suspension will occur in matters of honor and respect and other occurrences as defined by the Discipline Committee. If a student has an academic suspension, he/she will be expected to obtain and complete all homework assignments during the suspension period and turn them in at the prescribed time in order to be readmitted to class. If the student fails to complete an assignment, he/ she will not be admitted to that class until the work is complete, and will receive a zero for every day the work is not turned in. The student will also receive a zero on any tests, quizzes or homework missed during the suspension period. Teachers are under no obligation to offer special instruction as a result of suspension. During the suspension period, the student will not be allowed to participate in school sponsored extracurricular activities. As mentioned above, students who accumulate 15 or more hours in one semester could be subject to a request for a withdrawal from -73-


the school. Each suspension day will count toward the maximum allowable hours. Each day of suspension counts as three hours in the cumulative total. DISCIPLINARY INQUIRIES - The School expects the cooperation of all students in investigating disciplinary issues and may question students regarding disciplinary matters at any time without notice. If a student chooses to not cooperate he or she may be subject to disciplinary action at the discretion of the administration. Honesty is expected and lying in response to questions regarding a disciplinary issue will result in disciplinary action at the discretion of the administration. NON-ACADEMIC SUSPENSION FROM SCHOOL - If a student is serving a non-academic suspension from school, he/she will be permitted to take major tests at 8:00 a.m. the day of the test and must be in uniform. Upon completion of the test, the student will remain in in-school suspension or return home for the remainder of the day. During the suspension period, he/she will be expected to obtain, complete and submit all homework assignments in order to be readmitted to class. Failure to complete all missed work before attempting to return to class will result in an academic suspension from the affected class until all work is complete. Students should understand that teachers are under no obligation to offer special instruction as a result of a suspension. During the suspension period, students will only be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities with the approval of the Discipline Committee. As mentioned above, students who accumulate 15 or more hours in one semester could be subject to a request for a withdrawal from the school. Each suspension day will count toward the maximum allowable hours at a rate of three hours for each day of suspension. SPECIAL DISPENSATION POLICY - Any student seeking special dispensation regarding any suspension, or any other serious disciplinary infraction, should submit a written request for consideration to the Division Director and the Dean of Students. This request should state the infraction, discipline taken, and reasons for the request for special dispensation. Such a request may be made six months after the disciplinary process has concluded. The school is under no obligation to grant such a request. With regard to seniors who face disciplinary action, the administration may or may not select to grant a hearing. PROBATION - Probation is a very strong warning that results from a student committing a major infraction or a series of minor infractions. If a student already on probation commits a major infraction or accumulates several minor infractions, his/her status as a St. Paul’s student will be reviewed. As the result of his/her disciplinary record and the extent of the infraction(s), he/she may be expelled from St. Paul’s Episcopal School or be suspended from school with an extension of the probationary period. A disciplinary notice will also be placed on file in the College Counseling office indicating that a suspension that also called for probation has taken place while this student was enrolled in high school at St. Paul’s. -74-


ST. PAUL’S FACULTY PRE-KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE FOUR PRE-KINDERGARTEN

GRADE 2

Hensley, Lauren B.A., Furman University M.A.T., Queens College Jensen, Laura B.A., University of North Carolina M.A.T., Oglethorpe University Ritchie, Jackie B.A., Rhodes College M.A.T., Spring Hill College Poole, Caroline B.S., University of Alabama Thames, Amanda B.S., University of Tennessee

Barnard, Kim B.S., Troy University Engelmeier, Molly B.A., Emory University M.Ed., Vanderbilt University Jackson, Liz B.A., Spring Hill College M.A.T., Spring Hill College LaGrave, Joan B.S., University of South Alabama Law, Mary Catherine B.S., Auburn University M.A., University of South Alabama GRADE 3

KINDERGARTEN Cotton, Sarah B.S., Auburn University Crysel, LeAnna B.S., University of Tennessee M.S., University of Tennessee Dyess, Darlene B.S., Univ. of Southern Mississippi Helmsing, Vaughan B.S.C., Spring Hill College M.Ed., St. Michael’s College Hendren, Carol B.S., University of South Alabama M.Ed., University of South Alabama Norris, Patti B.S., University of Alabama GRADE 1 Hodges, Amy B. S., University of Alabama M.Ed., University of South Alabama Jordan, Phoebe B.S., Auburn University M.A., University of Alabama-B’ham Mosley, Emily B.A., Millsaps College Rausch, Dottie B.S., University of South Alabama

Curtis, Susan B.S., University of South Alabama M.Ed., University of South Alabama Hack, Stacy B.S., University of South Alabama M.Ed., University of Mississippi Joyce, Mary Allison B.A., University of Alabama M.A.T., Spring Hill College Strickland, Amy B.S., University of South Alabama M.Ed., University of South Alabama GRADE 4 Benton, Bethany B.S., Samford University M.S., Samford University Campbell, Elizabeth B.S., Auburn University M.Ed., University of Hawaii McCullough, Karen B.S., University of Mobile M.A., University of Mobile McMahon, Courtney B.S., University of Alabama M.A., U. of Alabama at Birmingham Starr, Nancy B.S., Louisiana State University M.Ed., Louisiana State University

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SPECIALISTS PRE-KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE FOUR Bedsole, Susan Reading Support, Kindergarten B.S., University of Alabama M.A., University of Alabama Ed.S., University of Alabama

Marsal, Debi Art, Gr. PreK - 2 University of South Alabama

Clarke, Iris Foreign Language, Gr. PreK - 4 Inlecap Santiago de Chile Institute of Language Compton, Holly Strings, Gr. 3 & 4 B.A., Univ. of Southern Mississippi Cotton, Lida Science, Gr. PreK - 2 B.S., University of Alabama M.Ed., University of South Alabama D’Alonzo, Deana Writing Teacher Gr. 3 & 4 B.A., Kuttztown University

McDonald, Kim Librarian, Gr. PreK - 2 B.S., Emporia State University M.Ed., Univ. of South Alabama Milford, Susan Librarian, Gr. 3 & 4 B.S., Auburn University Robinson, Heather Writer’s Stylus B.A., Duke University M.A.T., Springhill College Wharton, Lynn Reading Specialist/Curriculum Coach Grades PreK - 4 B. S., University of Alabama M. S., University of South Alabama

Eldred, Liza Reading Support Gr. 1 & 2 B.A., Vassar College M.A.T., Spring Hill College Fricke, Heather Art, Gr. 3 & 4 B.A., University of Mobile Griffin, Judy P.E., Gr. PreK - 2 Louisiana State University Loyola University in New Orleans University of South Alabama

TEACHER ASSISTANTS Byrd, Lynn B.A., University of Alabama Callaway, Emily B.S., University of Alabama Cypert, Frances B.S., University of Alabama M.Ed., Univ. of South Alabama Killcreas, Melinda

Kneip, Tori P. E., Gr. PreK - 2 Kraus, Heather Speech Therapy, Gr. PreK - 4 B.A., Roanoke College M.S., University of Alabama Lyden, Peggy Music, Gr. PreK - 2 B.M., Converse College M.Ed., Univ. of South Alabama

Oldweiler, Laura B.S., Univ. of the South-Sewanee Peeler, Cindy B.S., University of South Alabama Stuart, Averell Technology Instructor Gr. 3 & 4 B.A., Salem College

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FACULTY GRADES 5-12 ENGLISH Cerkovnik, Lindsey B.A., Texas A & M Courie, Louis B.A., Spring Hill College M.A., University of Alabama Elliott, Murphy B.S., Spring Hill College M.A., University of South Alabama Etheredge, Kelli B.A., Auburn University J.D., Cumberland School of Law Fagbongbe, Adeyinka B.S., University of South Alabama M.A., University of South Alabama M. Ed., English for Speakers of other Languages PreK - 12 Fondren, Lynn B.A., Duke University M.S. UNC Chapel Hill Frederick, Donna B.A., Millsaps College M.A., Spring Hill College Garver, Linda B.A., Samford University M.Ed., U. of Alabama-Birmingham Goff, Chip B.A., Spring Hill College M.A., University of Alabama Holbrook, Irene B.S., Trinity University M.S., Sam Houston State University Holt, Sara B.S., University of Alabama Inge, Catherine B.A., Birmingham-Southern College Mackin, Donna B.S., Clemson University M.S., University of South Alabama McCarter. Katie B.A. Louisiana State University Robinson, Heather B.A., Duke University M.A.T., Springhill College Stone, Betty B.A., Wake Forest University Terrell, Leigh B.A., University of Mississippi M.Ed., Auburn University

MATH Cadden, Margaret B.S., University of Alabama Collins, Leigh Ann B.A.E., University of Mississippi M.Ed., University of Mississippi M.C.S., Mississippi College Drum, Dan B.S.E., Emporia State University Elcan, Jamie B.A., University of South Alabama M.Ed., University of South Alabama Evans, Alison B.S., University of Mobile Harris, Lori B.S., University of South Alabama M.Ed., University of South Alabama Marshall, Claudia B.S., University of South Alabama McCarter. Katie B.A. Louisiana State University Newberry, Marianne B.S., West Virginia University Robbins, Theresa B.S., Auburn University M.A., University of South Alabama Stokes, Leder B.S., University of Alabama M.Ed., University of South Alabama SOCIAL STUDIES Albrecht, Julie B.S., Auburn University M.Ed., University of South Alabama Bramlett, Margaret B.A., Texas A&M University M.A., University of Houston Brigham, John B.B.A., Belmont University Harrelson, Chad B.S., University of Alabama M.Ed., University of Alabama Helmsing, Victor B.S.C., Spring Hill College M.Ed., St. Michael’s College Huffstutler, Nancy B.S., University of Alabama M.A., University of South Alabama Ivey, Jodi B.A., Univ. of Alabama M.A.T., Spring Hill College

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FACULTY GRADES 5-12 McCarter. Katie B.A. Louisiana State University McDonald, Scott B.S.E., Emporia State M.Ed., University of North Alabama Ph.D., University of South Alabama McMullan, Jackie B.S., University of South Alabama M.Ed., University of South Alabama Messer, April B. S., University of Mobile M.Ed., University of South Alabama Wagner, Molly B.S., The Ohio State University M.A., The Ohio State University Walker, Kathy B.A., Auburn University M.A.T., Spring Hill College Cerkovnik, Lindsey B.A., Texas A & M Wilson, Pete B.A., Rhodes College M.A., University of South Alabama SCIENCE Brown, Micki B.S., University of South Alabama M.Ed., University of South Alabama Cherniak, Gladys B.S., University of Alabama Drum, Jill B.S., University of Kansas B.S. Emporia State University Finlen, Lori B. S., Auburn University M.Ed., University of N.C. - Charlotte Franklin, Lyn B.S., Auburn University D.V.M., Auburn University Fricke, Mike B.S., University of Mobile M.Ed., Grand Canyon University Greene, Renea B.S., University of Mobile Jones, Gail B.S. Texas A & M University B.B.A., Texas A & M University M.H.S., Univ. of South Alabama Marshall, Michael B.S., Spring Hill College McCarter. Katie B.A. Louisiana State University

Spafford, Nancy B.S., University of South Alabama WORLD LANGUAGES Austin, Katie B.A., Birmingham-Southern College M.Ed., U. of Alabama-Birmingham Brousseau, Pascal B.A., Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada M.A. Universite Laval, Quebec, Canada Ph.D. University of Virginia Dalati, Sameh B.Sc., Univ. of Montreal, Canada. M.B.A., Univ. of Montreal, Canada Simpson, Joshlynn B.S., University of Alabama B’ham M.A., University of South Alabama Steadman, Linda B.A., University of Alabama J.D., University of Alabama Stuart, Carrie B.A., University of South Alabama FINE & PERFORMING ARTS Brown, Leigh B.A., Southern Methodist University Compton, Holly B.S., University of Southern Miss. Davis, Treadwell B.Med., U. of Southern Mississippi M.Med., U. of Southern Mississippi Fricke, Heather B.A., University of Mobile Kogon, Julie B.S., University of South Alabama M.A., University of South Alabama Olds, Felicia P. B.S., Troy University Powell, Jody B.M., University of Southern Miss. M.M.V.P., U. of Southern Miss. M.M.C., U. of Southern Miss. P.C., Conservatory “Mozarteum,” Salzburg, Austria Powell, Missy B.M., University of Southern Miss. M.M., University of Southern Miss. P.C., Conservatory “Mozarteum,” Salzburg, Austria

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FACULTY GRADES 5-12 COMPUTER SCIENCE Suffich, Leslie B.A., Hollins College M.Ed., University of South Alabama A+ Computer Certified Williams, Wayne B.A., University of South Alabama M.A., Auburn University M.Ed., University of South Alabama

Strang, Gerry B.A., University of South Alabama Certified Athletic Administrator Sullivan, Shane B.S., University of Mobile Tate, Jim B.S., The Citadel M.A., University of Alabama Wilkerson, David B.S., University of North Alabama M.Ed., Delta State University

LIBRARY Milford, Susan B.S., Auburn University Knezha, Lisa B.S., Spring Hill College M.Ed., Graceland University

RELIGION Broders, Molly B.S., Auburn University

YEARBOOK/JOURNALISM Terrell, Leigh B.A., University of Mississippi M.Ed., Auburn University PHYSICAL EDUCATION Austin, Gayle B.S., University of South Alabama M.S./Med. Univ. of South Alabama Blackwell, Aubrey B.S., University of Montevallo M.Ed., University of Montevallo Henderson, Mertiz B.S., University of Mobile Hillier, Kelli B.S., University of Georgia Horn, Lauretta B.S., Auburn University Mask, Steve B.S., University of North Alabama M.A. University of North Alabama Mosley, Sharon B.S., Troy State University Robbins, Andy B.S., University of South Alabama Ryan, Ashley B.S., University of Montevallo M.A., University of South Alabama Rodriquez, Gabe B.S., Eastern New Mexico University M.S., Eastern New Mexico University Santoli, Sandy B.S.E., Southern State College Smith, Thomas B.A., Maryville College

RESOURCE Butler, Kathrine B.A., Mary Baldwin College Huffstutler, Nancy B.S., University of Alabama M.A., University of South Alabama Lubitz, Pat B.S., Auburn University M.A., University of South Alabama Lerner, Leslie B.S., University of Houston McGee, Laura B.A., Millsaps College McMullan, Jackie B.S., University of South Alabama M.Ed., University of South Alabama Rentz, Julie B.S., University of South Alabama M.Ed., University of South Alabama Sims, Anne Marie B.S., University of Alabama M.S.S., U. S. Sports Academy M.Ed., University of South Alabama GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING Logan, Christy B.S., Murray State University M.A., University of South Alabama Pond, Sue B.A., Rhodes College M.Ed., Johns Hopkins University Stone, Betty B.S., Wake Forest University Thurston, Anne B.S., University of South Alabama M.Ed., University of South Alabama

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ADMINISTRATION/STAFF DIRECTORY Headmaster...................................................Marty Lester............................. 461-2148 Assistant Headmaster....................................Victor Helmsing....................... 461-2165 Administrative Assistant...............................Vanessa Whiston...................... 461-2148 Teaching & Learning Resources Dir..............Kelli Etheredge......................... 461-2125 Curriculum Specialist PreK – 12...................Will Hester............................... 461-2145 Main Campus Receptionist...........................Sally Greer................................ 342-6700 ACADEMIC OFFICES LOWER SCHOOL (PreK – Grade 4) Director.........................................................Anne Davis............................... 461-2188 Assistant Director..........................................Susan Newby............................ 461-2169 Registrar........................................................Lynn Bodet .............................. 461-2189 Speech Therapy.............................................Heather Kraus.......................... 461-2192 Administrative Assistant Gr. PreK - 2...........Lynn Bodet............................... 461-2189 Administrative Assistant Gr. PreK - 2...........Donna Landry.......................... 461-2188 Administrative Assistant Gr. 3 & 4...............Terri Sutherland....................... 461-2169 MIDDLE SCHOOL (Grades 5 – 8) Director.........................................................Scott McDonald....................... 461-2141 Administrative Assistant/Attendance............Leigh Schottgen....................... 461-2170 Academic Advisor Grades 5 - 8.....................Betty Stone............................... 461-2132 Registrar........................................................Sherri Stegelman...................... 461-2157 UPPER SCHOOL (Grades 9 – 12) Director.........................................................Victor Helmsing....................... 461-2165 Administrative Assistant/Attendance............Sandra Hudson......................... 461-2153 Dean of Students...........................................Jimmy Messer.......................... 461-2147 Administrative Assistant...............................Suzan Doggett.......................... 461-2147 Registrar........................................................Sherri Stegelman...................... 461-2157 Director of Guidance & Counseling.............Anne Thurston......................... 461-2142 Counselor Grades 9 - 10...............................Christy Logan.......................... 461-2140 Counselor Grades 11 – 12.............................Anne Thurston......................... 461-2142 Director of College Counseling.....................Sue Pond.................................. 461-2144 Asst. Coll. Couns./Assoc. Staff Coord...........Susan Bailey............................. 461-2144 Administrative Assistant...............................Karen Kennedy........................ 461-2142 ALTERNATIVE INSTRUCTION PROGRAM AIP Director..................................................Jane Herrin............................... 461-2176 Administrative Assistant...............................Vanessa Whiston ..................... 461-2148 AIP Middle School Learning Specialist.........Jackie McMullan...................... 342-6700 AIP Upper School Learning Specialist...........Margaret Bramlett.................... 342-6700 Learning Specialist........................................Julie Rentz................................ 342-6700 Learning Specialist........................................Kathrine Butler........................ 342-6700 -80-


ADVANCEMENT OFFICE ADMISSIONS Admissions Director......................................Julie Taylor............................... 461-2129 Assistant Admissions Director......................Nancy Galanos......................... 461-2131 Administrative Assistant...............................Elizabeth Gregory.................... 461-2159 DEVELOPMENT - MAIN NUMBER 380-0408 Director of Development...............................Ginny Turner............................... Ext. 26 Special Projects Manager...............................Susan Smith................................. Ext. 27 Parent Relations............................................Anna Moore................................. Ext. 24 Alumni Relations...........................................Catherine Vulevich...................... Ext. 22 Website/Communications Coord..................Linda Wettermark........................ Ext. 28 Administrative Assistant...............................Cindy Wootton............................ Ext. 21 ATHLETIC OFFICE Athletic Director............................................Gerry Strang............................. 461-2152 Assistant A. D. & P. E. Director.....................Andy Robbins.......................... 461-2186 BUSINESS OFFICE Chief Financial Officer..................................Pamela Andrews....................... 461-2130 Accounts Payable..........................................Sherry Bramlett........................ 461-2122 Accountant....................................................Cindy Harbour......................... 461-2127 Office Assistant..............................................Christen Strang........................ 461-2166 CAFETERIA Cafeteria Manager.........................................Jon Laycock............................. 461-2150 CAMPUS STORE Campus Store Manager.................................Claudia Plaskett....................... 461-2193 Sales...............................................................Marion Stabler......................... 461-2193 LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER AND TECHNOLOGY Librarian Grades PreK - 2.............................Kim McDonald..........461-2188 Ext 2234 Librarian Grades 3 - 5...................................Susan Milford........................... 461-2171 Librarian Grades 6-12/Media Specialist........Lisa Knezha.............................. 461-2123 IT Director.....................................................C. Wayne Williams.................. 461-2151 Network Administrator.................................Leslie Suffich............................ 461-2158 Lead IT Hardware Technician.......................Jim Gullatte.............................. 461-2184 MAINTENANCE Maintenance/Grounds/Security.....................Charles Bowman...................... 461-2183 -81-


ST. PAUL’S FACULTY VOICE MAIL DIRECTORY Dial 342-6700 and enter the desired four-digit number. Press star (*) for previous menu or additional selections. (Direct dial numbers begin with 461)

Albrecht, Julie........................... 2306 Austin, Katie.............................. 2372 Barnard, Kim............................. 2591 Bedsole, Susan........................... 2312 Benton, Bethany........................ 2314 Blackwell, Aubrey...............461-2149 Bramlett, Margaret..................... 2324 Brigham, John........................... 2315 Broders, Molly........................... 2800 Brousseau, Pascal...................... 2326 Brown, Leigh............................. 2328 Brown, Micki............................. 2330 Byrd, Lynn................................. 2336 Cadden, Margaret...................... 2340 Callaway, Emily......................... 2342 Campbell, Elizabeth.................. 2343 Cerkovnik, Lindsey................... 2692 Cherniak, Pinkie....................... 2348 Collins, Leigh Ann.................... 2360 Compton, Holly........................ 2368 Cotton, Lida.............................. 2376 Cotton, Sarah............................ 2355 Courie, Lou............................... 2384 Crysel, LeAnna.......................... 2458 Curtis, Susan............................. 2392 Cypert, Frances......................... 2396 Dalati, Sameh............................ 2378 Davis, Treadwell........................ 2257 Drum, Dan.........................461-2135 Drum, Jill................................... 2374 Dyess, Darlene........................... 2492 Elcan, Jamie............................... 2420 Eldred, Liza............................... 2424 Elliott, Murphy.......................... 2428 Engelmeier, Molly..................... 2590 Etheredge, Kelli..................461-2125

Evans, Alison............................. 2404 Fagbongbe, Yinka...................... 2441 Finlen, Lori............................... 2608 Fondren, Lynn........................... 2438 Franklin, Lyn............................. 2440 Frederick, Donna...................... 2442 Fricke, Heather.......................... 2447 Fricke, Mike.............................. 2446 Garver, Linda............................. 2444 Goff, Chip.................................. 2455 Greene, Renea.......................... 2327 Griffin, Judy.......................461-2188 Hack, Stacy................................ 2459 Harrelson, Chad.................461-2180 Harris, Lori................................ 2464 Helmsing, Vaughn..................... 2472 Henderson, Mertiz..............461-2178 Hendren, Carol.......................... 2480 Hensley, Lauren ....................... 2344 Hillier, Kelli........................461-2173 Hodges, Amy............................. 2482 Holbrook, Irene......................... 2484 Holt, Sara................................... 2556 Horn, Lauretta....................461-2172 Huffstutler, Nancy..................... 2485 Inge, Catherine.......................... 2586 Ivey, Jodi.................................... 2486 Jackson, Liz............................... 2375 Jensen, Laura............................. 2496 Jones, Gail................................. 2380 Jordan, Phoebe.......................... 2500 Joyce, Mary Allison................... 2501 Killcreas, Melinda...................... 2520 Kneip, Tori..........................461-2188 Kogon, Julie............................... 2504 LaGrave, Joan............................ 2508

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ST. PAUL’S FACULTY VOICE MAIL DIRECTORY Dial 342-6700 and enter the desired four-digit number. Press star (*) for previous menu or additional selections. (Direct dial numbers begin with 461)

Law, Mary Catherine................. 2530 Lerner, Leslie............................. 2356 Lubitz, Pat................................. 2526 Lyden, Peggy............................. 2532 Mackin, Donna.......................... 2528 Marsal, Debi.............................. 2536 Marshall, Claudia...................... 2546 Marshall, Mike.......................... 2550 Mask, Steve.........................461-2163 McCarter, Katie......................... 2593 McCullough, Karen................... 2302 McDonald, Kim......................... 2555 McGee, Laura............................ 2566 McMahon, Courtney................. 2595 McMullan, Jackie...................... 2580 Messer, April............................. 2578 Mosley, Emily............................ 2572 Mosley, Sharon...................461-2175 Newberry, Marianne.................. 2584 Nicholas, Tammy...................... 2383 Norris, Patti............................... 2594 Olds, Felicia.............................. 2364 Oldweiler, Laura........................ 2598 Peeler, Cindy............................. 2604 Poole, Caroline.......................... 2640 Powell, Jody.............................. 2610 Powell, Missy............................ 2612

Rausch, Dottie........................... 2620 Rentz, Julie................................ 2636 Ritchie, Jackie............................ 2625 Robbins, Theresa....................... 2656 Robinson, Heather..................... 2595 Rodriquez, Gabe.................461-2181 Ryan, Ashley.............................. 2621 Santoli, Sandy.....................461-2177 Simpson, Joshlynn..................... 2660 Sims, Anne Marie...............461-2128 Spafford, Nancy......................... 2668 Starr, Nancy............................... 2592 Steadman, Linda........................ 2670 Stokes, Leder............................. 2672 Strickland, Amy......................... 2666 Stuart, Averell............................ 2680 Stuart, Carrie............................. 2412 Sullivan, Shane...................461-2161 Tate, Jim.............................461-2179 Terrell, Leigh......................461-2168 Thames, Amanda....................... 2688 Wagner, Molly........................... 2686 Walker, Kathy............................ 2691 Wharton, Lynn.......................... 2690 Wilkerson, David...................... 2182 Wilson, Pete.............................. 2700

Campus Store................................................................................... 461-2193 Fax - Advancement Bldg.........................................................380-0431, **37 Fax - Football Field House............................................................... 461-2128 Fax - Lower School.......................................................................... 461-2199 Fax - Maintenance Department........................................................ 461-2187 Fax - Upper School.......................................................................... 342-1844 School Directions ....................................................................................2414 St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.............................................................. 342-8521 -83-


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