Lincoln Community School Secondary School Student/Parent Handbook “Reflect upon the Learner Profile”
LCS SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
Head of School Secondary School Principal
Dennis Larkin Geoff Smith Secondary School Assistant Principal / IB Di- Gary Craggs ploma Program Coordinator (IBDP)
Middle School Coordinator Middle Years Program Coordinator (MYP) Elementary School Principal Elemetary School Assistant Principal / Primary Years Program Coordinatior (PYP) Director of Advancement
Ken Roy Carolyn Parker Julie Olson
Director of Educational Programs
Rebecca Caudill Dawne Kaba Eric Boateng Josiane Gaveh Judith Amuah Thomas Acquah Heather Duffy-Stone Bertha Knox Susanna Bansah
Athletics & Activities Coordinator Creativity, Action, Service Coordinator Assistant to the Head of School Secondary School Principal’s Asst.
Director of Educational Program’s Asst. High School Counselor (College) School Counselor 6-10 Assistant to the Counselors
Cynthia Davis Hall
LINCOLN SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT Director Business & Financial Services
HR & Community Relations Coordinator
Facilities and Security Manager
IT Director Network/Systems Manager
Systems Admin Assistant/Webmaster
Systems /Computer Technician
IT Services Assistant
Daniel Nii Ayitey
LCS Secondary School Daily Schedule Modified June 2012
Mon,Tue,Thu,Fri 8:00 – 9:25 9:40 – 11:00
Day Day Day Day 1 2 3 4 A E B F B
12:15 – 1:35
1:50 – 3:10
LUNCH & DEAR 11:00-11:40 HS Lunch 11:45-12:05 HS DEAR 11:00-11:20 MS DEAR 11:20-12:05 MS Lunch
Wednesday Assembly Schedule 8:00 – 8:50
8:55 – 9:45
9:50 – 10:40
10:45 - 11:35
11:40 - 12:15
12:20 - 3:10
LCS Vision Statement By 2015, the Lincoln Community School will be recognized as a leading international school in Africa by providing a rich cultural and social learning environment for families who seek an exemplary American/International Baccalaureate educational program. LCS students will be innovative, resilient individuals who take initiative, collaborate effectively, and contribute meaningfully to society. LCS students will demonstrate integrity in their actions, creativity and zest in their learning, joy in their endeavors. LCS will accomplish this vision by providing: • Academic programs that embody the I.B. standards and learner profile, allow student choice, foster natural curiosity, enable students to excel, and promote life-long learning. • Extracurricular programs that embrace appreciation for and participation in the arts, personal fitness and a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle. • Curricular and extracurricular opportunities that maximize the benefits of living and learning in Ghana and Africa. • Service learning opportunities that develop self awareness and social responsibility in our students so they can make positive contributions to their world. • Mutually beneficial partnerships with Ghanaian institutions, social service organizations and the corporate community. • Experiences with technology that promote continued learning, enhance communication, and foster innovation in practice. • A safe, secure and fun learning environment that promotes personal fulfillment and joy. • Professional development opportunities that foster recruitment and retention of well-qualified staff who are committed to continued learning and find fulfillment in their work. • A purpose-built campus that reflects the local culture, utilizes green technology, and models sustainable environmental practices. • Sound fiscal planning that provides financial stability for the present and the future.
Open-Minded Thinkers & Inquirers “LCS students will be innovative, resilient individuals who take initiative, collaborate effectively, and contribute meaningfully to society. LCS students will demonstrate integrity in their actions, creativity and zest in their learning, joy in their endeavors.” -- From the LCS Vision Statement The LCS Honor Code The LCS honor code is the commitment to being honest and responsible in all academic activities and personal interactions within the school community. It is aspiring to live the IB Learner Profile characteristics of being principled and responsible. LCS is committed to ensuring an atmosphere in which honesty and hard work prevail and all students develop integrity. With this commitment to integrity, students and faculty maximize and achieve their fullest potential in the areas of academic excellence and personal character. All members of the LCS community will uphold the provisions of the LCS Honor Code. A Philosophy of Integrity at Lincoln Community School LCS is an academic institution dedicated to pursuing growth through knowledge. The rigorous pursuit of knowledge is a pursuit of honest excellence; it must be a personal journey spirited by sincere, committed effort. Therefore, the LCS community recognizes the crucial role of personal integrity in all academic endeavors. Integrity develops and excellence is achieved when all accomplishments occur within a climate of honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. Maintaining these shared values is the responsibility of each member of the LCS community.
Lincoln Community School Honor Code
The Pillars of Honor Honesty • Exercising daily commitment to truthful thoughts and actions. • Bringing honor to oneself by acting and speaking truthfully and sincerely. • Making a daily commitment to truthful thoughts and actions Trust • Having faith that others will act in a forthright manner. • Relying upon the integrity, ability, and character of others to build and support community. • Building a mutual relationship between students and faculty that enhances the learning community.
Fairness • Ensuring that individuals do not take advantage of others. • Ensuring that all members of the LCS community are treated equally, have equal opportunities, and are free from injustices caused by any form of dishonesty. Respect: • Embracing the views and values of others. • Supporting the rights of others within the LCS community • Believing in tolerance Responsibility • Understanding the impact of, and accepting ownership for, one’s work, deeds, words, and actions. • Making the commitment to doing your best. • Taking action against wrongdoing, despite peer pressure, fear, loyalty, or compassion.
ACADEMICS LCS Honor Code and Academic Integrity All endeavors at LCS are guided by our Honor Code. Operating with integrity is the cornerstone to developing strong minds, character, and values. LCS students will understand and operate with integrity.
LCS High School Diploma Requirements In order to receive a LCS High School Diploma, academic ‘credits’ must be earned through classroom attendance and course work. These credits must be earned during grades 9-12. One credit is awarded for each year (.5 credits awarded per semester) for a class that meets the equivalent of 3.5 hours a week. Twenty-six credits are currently needed to receive an LCS High School Diploma. A maximum of eight transfer credits are awarded for each year.
LCS minimum graduation credit requirements are: • • • • • • • •
4 credits of English 4 credits of Social Studies 3 credits of Sciences 3 credits of Math 3 credits of World Language 2 credits of Physical Education 1.5 credits of Visual or Performing Arts 0.5 credit of Technology
Plus other courses to total 26 credits Online courses are available in unique circumstances. Student must be enrolled full-time to attend LCS. Full time is defined as follows: Grade 6 - 8
7 classes, minimum
6 classes, minimum
Early Graduation Early graduation will only be permitted under exceptional circumstances.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme All students in Grades 11 and 12 enroll in the IB Diploma Programme; either fully or partially. The LCS High School Diploma in grades 11 and 12 is earned largely by taking the same IBDP courses as those students working towards the full IB Diploma students. The full IB Diploma has more demanding course requirements, such as the need for three Higher Level classes, completion of an Extended Essay and the Theory of Knowledge course. The LCS Diploma offers more flexibility, but includes a majority of IB Diploma courses and is therefore still both demanding and valuable.
Admission Into The IB Diploma Programme IB DP admission is based upon a combination of the student and parent wishes, academic history and teacher recommendation. Students apply for admission into the program and may be offered full, partial or conditional places, depending on which level will offer the best combination of challenge, achievement and success. Discussions about enrollment take place during the 2nd semester of Grade 10 between the DP Coordinator, parents, and the student. Details of the two diplomas and course descriptions are available in a Programme Guide and on the LCS website.
Middle Years Program (MYP) Students in grades 6-10 participate in the IB Middle Years Programme. The extensive MYP Programme Guide is available to download as a .pdf from the LCS web site.
Report Cards Report cards are given to all students at the end of each quarter (approximately every 9 weeks). Report Cards are normally distributed during the months of October, January, March, and June. Interim reports from teachers are commonly sent home when students are having academic difficulty. These reports usually ask for parents to acknowledge receipt via a note or signature.
The LCS and IB Grade System LCS does not issue ‘percentage’ or letter grades. All of our grades (6-12) receive marks/grades that follows the IBO system of 1-7.
Mark 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Descriptor Exceptional Excellent Good/ At Standard Satisfactory Approaching Satisfactory Poor/failing Very Poor/failing
Academic credit (Grades 9-12) is earned for classes with a passing grade of ‘3’ or higher. 1 credit for a full year course, .5 credit for a half year (1 semester) course.
Honor Roll and Student Recognition Membership in the “Honor Roll” is a way that student academic achievement is recognized. Honor Rolls are generated each time that semester grades are distributed in Report Cards. Honor Roll members must have earned an average of “5.75” (using IB Criteria-Based Assessments) with no assessment below a “4”. High Honor Roll members must have earned an average of “6.0” with no assessment below a “4”.
Academic Intervention Students who receive ‘failing grades’ at the end of a semester will become involved in programs designed to assist and alert them to the possible outcomes of continued poor academic performance. Students with more than two “3”’s or one “2” will be placed on academic probation. Academic probation results in eligibility consequences noted later in the handbook.
Creativity, Action, and Service - a commitment to balance LCS is committed to developing well-rounded students with strong academics and a broad range of extra-curricular interests, skills and commitments. Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) is integral to both the IB Diploma and the LCS Diploma. Students should learn from experiences in three key areas: creative arts, physical exertion and unpaid voluntary service. Students are required to fulfill a minimum number of hours throughout secondary school, and to produce increasingly insightful written reflections on their learning experiences. Both hours and reflections are recorded and monitored in the High School (grade 9-11) using an online resource; ManageBac. LCS required hours are: Grade
Counseling and Support Services at LCS Academic support is available through our Learning Support and Language Support services. Our Approaches to Learning (ATL) course is an option for students with diagnosed learning issues and who need specific accommodations. We serve students with mild learning disabilities. LCS does not accept students who cannot be served by the academic curriculum and learning support we provide. Our langauage support is offered through our English as an Additional Language (EAL) program. LCS accepts students with various English language abilities though “beginning” EAL students are accepted up through Grade 6. It takes up to 6 years to develop high functioning academic language capacity for beginning ELLs (English Language Learners). Therefore, it is not in the child’s best interest to begin studying in English starting from Grade 7 and beyond. Accessing the curriculum can become an excessive and detrimental challenge. Support is provided for learning issues and language issues through a combination of in-class support where a teacher or teacher’s assistant is providing side by side support and/or through out of class support in the
form of an ATL class or an EAP (English for Academic Purposes) class. We offer flexible support depending up needs. Details are available in our EAP and ATL program guides.
The Secondary School employs two school counselors. Our college counselor works primarily with students in Grade 11 and 12. Individual and group support and direction is provided for the important college search process. Our other counselor works primarily with Grades 6-10. This counselor provides support for students dealing with a range of issues from social and friendship to academic to challenging behavioral issues. In addition, the counselor provides in-class support for various grade levels where needed. Students and parents should utilize our counseling services when needed.
Principled & Reflective Risk Takers DISCIPLINE CODE The chief aim of the Disciplinary Code is to clearly articulate acceptable standards of behavior in the Secondary School of LCS so that parents and students alike know, and therefore can accept, the responsibilities of being a member of the school community. The code also defines the disciplinary consequences of a student’s failure to adhere to the school’s code of conduct. It is hoped that the code will encourage positive behavior and not be viewed simply as a list of prohibited acts. If there is an alleged violation of the Disciplinary Code, teachers and administrators will make reasonable efforts to treat the matter confidentially. Staff members will only disclose information to those directly involved and/or those who need to be advised to enforce disciplinary measures and/or to prevent future violations. Confidentiality will ensure that the student is encouraged to improve his/her behavior and is not subject to public ridicule.
CATEGORY I: Disrespect/Insubordination RESPECT: To show acceptance, regard, and courtesy toward others irrespective of background, including race, religion, nationality, gender, age and personal circumstance. DISRESPECT/INSUBORDINATION: To engage in behavior that does not constitute respectful conduct. Disrespectful behavior includes cursing, swearing or the use of vulgar language or gestures; failure to obey direction of staff; acts or words calculated to exhibit disdain, engender hatred, or a lack of regard of the rights or feelings of others or the authority of staff; lack of sportsmanship; and/or inappropriate handling or treatment of the property of another or that of the School. Upon the occurrence of any act of disrespect or insubordination, the student shall give a sincere apology and the following action should be taken.
1st Occurrence: School authorities have the right to intervene with consequences for any 1. Teacher and student discuss, in private, the student’s behavior, emphasizing the difference between acceptable behavior and unacbehavior that in their judgment impairs a positive school climate and an ceptable behavior or language. Parent(s) notified. optimum learning environment. Consequences normally fall into the fol2. Student shall write a short essay, according to teacher’s instructions, lowing categories: and submit the essay to the teacher; and 3. Student warned of the consequences of repeated behavior. a. Teacher applied discipline b. c. d. e. f. g. h. i. j.
Written essays reflecting on the event Verbal or written apologies ‘Lunch Detention’ or other restrictions Assigned after school detention for one or multiple days Assignment of “restorative justice” (to ‘right’ a ‘wrong’) Required participation in a Peer Mediation session In school suspension- removal from classes for the day, and all work required to be completed- no loss of credit Out of school suspension—removal from school for a set period of time with loss of grades (i.e., ‘zeros’) during that time Recommendation for Expulsion—removal from school permanently
Students normally receive a letter to take home to parents when a significant disciplinary consequence is assigned. It is the student’s responsibility to give the parent the letter and explain the consequence. Lack of parental receipt of the letter does not remove responsibility from the student to comply with the consequence. Phone contact is made with parents following signficant disciplinary events.
Subsequent Occurrences: Depending on the number and severity of the offense(s), one or all of the following measures can be taken: 1. If the student’s offending behavior stems from social and/or emotional issues, the student will be referred to the School Guidance Counselor concerning the offending behavior. Parent(s) notified. 2. The privilege(s) of participating in extracurricular activities, class or group trips, special events (such as dances, talent shows, etc.) is denied for a specific period of time. 3. Parent/Student/Teacher/Principal Conference. 4. In-school and/or out of school Suspension and/or Expulsion. CATEGORY II: Inappropriate Show of Affection While students may express affection by hugging or kissing friends upon greeting, students must recognize that certain expressions of affection, particularly of a romantic or sexual nature, are inappropriate while at School or during School activities. Students are required to refrain from romantic kissing, fondling, petting, and/or sexual/sexualized contact.
The following disciplinary code serves as a general guide and applies st to both on-campus and off-campus school sponsored activities. Conse- 1 Occurrence: quences are listed in order of recommended steps to be taken. Adminis- 1. Staff member and students discuss the behavior, noting why the seen behavior was unacceptable. This meeting to be documented. trators reserve the right to assign more strenuous consequences for more Parent(s) notified. serious violations of the code 2. Matter referred to the Principal with documentation.
Other Occurrences: 1. Incident referred to the Principal. Parent conference held. 2. If appropriate, student referred to the School Guidance Counselor. 3. Suspension at the discretion of the principal. CATEGORY III: Physical Abuse Physical abuse (i.e., hitting, striking, kicking, aggressive shoving or pushing, fighting, etc.) by any student is not tolerated. In the event physical abuse occurs: 1 Occurrence: 1. A disciplinary referral including documentation will be made to the Principal. The event will be investigated. Parent contact made followed by a meeting with the Principal. 2. Student will formally apologize to the person who was abused. 3. If first offense is of a serious nature, after school detentions or suspension may be applied at the discretion of the Principal. st
2nd Occurrence: A repeat of this behavior may result in an extended Suspension or Expulsion at the discretion of the Principal. CATEGORY IV: Dishonesty Please refer to the LCS HonorCode. Dishonesty includes academic dishonesty, cheating, copying, permitting others to copy your work, and plagiarism to include computer-based plagiarism (i.e., ‘cutting and pasting’ others work into a student’s academic product without full citation), failing to cite references in academic work, and lying in response to a staff member inquiry. Dishonesty during the course of an investigation of any disciplinary offense is itself an offense. 1st Occurrence: 1. Discussion with student, teacher, administrator, parents. Consequences vary depending upon severity of dishonesty Other Occurrences: 1. No credit given for work 2. Parent/Student/Teacher/Principal/Conference. 3. IB DP students face possible removal from program. 4. Suspension at the discretion of the Principal. 5. Continued incidents of academic dishonesty may result in a recommendation for expulsion to the Head of School CATEGORY V: Theft and Vandalism Stealing or depriving another of their property is not acceptable behavior at LCS. Stealing or intentionally defacing or damaging school or personal property, (i.e., vandalizing) causes owners to expend effort and money to replace or repair the damage and, as such, deprives them of their time and money.
1st Occurrence: 1. Student/Teacher/Staff member immediately reports incident to Principal and Security Coordinator. Principal investigates the incident, and follows LCS theft protocol. Parent(s) notified. 2. Student warned of consequences of repeated behavior. Student writes an essay, to be signed by parent, on the inappropriateness of such behavior and what he/she intends to do to rectify it. 3. Restitution must be made to the school or the individual. 4. Suspension from school - depending upon severity. 2nd Occurrence: A repeat of this behavior may result in Suspension or Expulsion. Note: “Hacking” the school’s computers is considered vandalism and results in immediate Suspension.
CATEGORY VI: Controlled Substance Abuse, Possession of Drugs, Alcohol or Tobacco Students shall not unlawfully manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, or use illicit drugs, controlled substances, tobacco, or alcoholic beverages on school property or at any school activity held anywhere else. This rule applies continuously from the start to the end of any school sponsored event including trips away from campus, and extended school events. Compliance with this policy is mandatory. Students discovered violating this policy will face the following consequences: Tobacco 1st Occurrence: 1. Parents are informed and a conference held with the Principal. 2. One day out of school suspension 3. Additional privileges can be denied at the discretion of the Principal Next Occurrence: A repeat of this behavior will result in extended days of suspension or Expulsion. Alcohol 1st Occurrence: 1. Parents are informed and conference with the Principal. 2. Suspension from school for not less than two days. 3. Additional privileges can be denied at the discretion of the Principal. Next Occurrence: A repeat of this behavior will result in extended days of suspension or Expulsion.
Possession or Use of Illegal Substances or Drugs Any Occurrence: Initiation of Expulsion proceedings. *Reference: LCS Board Policy of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Substance Abuse - Adopted 31 March 2005
In recognition of the health risks associated with consumption of alcohol, tobacco and drugs by children and adolescents, LCS will · educate students and parents about these risks; · maintain a strong parent-school partnership in addressing issues as they arise, on both an individual and community level; · implement a support program for students who voluntarily, proactively admit a drug problem to a counselor, administrator or teacher; · maintain and uphold school rules that provide serious sanctions for students consuming or possessing alcohol, tobacco, or illegal* or potentially harmful substances at any school-related activity; and · ensure that the school’s reputation in the larger community, as a healthy, safe and wholesome environment for children and adolescents, is not affected by incidents of alcohol or drug abuse, or perceptions of a drug problem at the school. *”Illegal” substances include all drugs that are illegal in Ghana CATEGORY VII: WEAPONS A student shall not knowingly possess, handle or transmit any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon or a firearm on the school grounds or off the school grounds at a school activity, function or event. This protocol shall include any weapon, any item being used as a weapon or a destructive device, or any facsimile of a weapon (i.e.; any fake weapon or toy that an untrained person might mistake for a real weapon). As used in this handbook, the term “firearm” means any weapon (including a “starter gun”) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. Any Occurrence: Possession of any of the weapons described above or a facsimile shall result in immediate initiation of Expulsion proceedings. CATEGORY VIII: “BULLYING” ”Bullying” is defined as repeated, intentional, negative or malicious behavior on the part of one or a group of students that is directed at another student or group of students who are perceived to be unable to ‘defend’ themselves. Bullying takes place when there is a perceived difference in ‘power’ between the bully and the target of the bullying behavior. “Cyber bullying” is also included in this description of bullying. Bullying may be physical, verbal, sexual, or behavioral in nature. Examples of bullying behavior include but are not limited to: saying hurtful things; ‘making fun;’ shunning or systematically isolating; spreading rumors, sexual/racial/lifestyle-choice harassment, and other verbal or physical harassment. 1st Occurrence: 1. Parent notified.
2. Student apologizes to person bullied. 3. Depending on the nature of the incident – various consequences may be applied including: suspension, removal from class, parent meeting, loss of privileges 4. Required counselor visits 2nd Occurrence: 1. Parent meeting conducted. 2. Student apologizes to person bullied. 3. Multiple days of out of school Suspension, depending on the history, nature, and situation. Other consequences may include removal from class and loss of privileges,. 4. Required counseling Any additional occurrence will result in extended Suspension or Expulsion. CATEGORY IX: MAKING THREATS Making threats directed at a student, staff member, or against the school or school community is not acceptable behavior. All verbal, written, electronic threats or those delivered via other media will receive immediate administrator attention when they become known. Examples of threatening behavior include but are not limited to: telling someone that you or others are going to “harm them in any way” or more worrying comments, behaving in such a way toward another that a reasonable student would fear for their safety, making threats (by any medium) toward the school or groups within the school community, bomb threats or other threats against student, staff or school safety. 1st Occurrence: 1. Parent meeting. 3. Depending on the nature of the incident –in-school and/or out of school suspension assigned. Possilbe recommendation for expulsion 4. Required counseling 2nd Occurrence: 1. Parent meeting. 3. Immediate removal from school. Multiple days of out of school suspension, depending on the nature of the threatening behavior. Expulsion proceedings initiated 4. Required counseling Any additional occurrence will result in an extended Suspension or Expulsion. Students making bomb threats against the school or members of its community will be charged, according to Ghanaian law. Students will also face immediate Expulsion. Students who help or have knowledge of a bomb threat and fail to report it may also face school discipline and legal charges.
Academic Integrity and The LCS Honor Code At LCS, all submitted work is guided by the Honor Code. The highest standards of honesty must apply to student’s actions at LCS. Any act of dishonesty reflects upon a student and affects the entire school community. A student’s integrity is at stake whether they · are the person who gives or receives the information; both are acts of · dishonesty. Of utmost concern is the fact that if students are untrue to themselves, then they damage one of their most precious possessions their character. · Academic Integrity Violations Teachers’ expectations for all work are clearly stated. If a student is · unsure of the requirements for any activity or assignment, to avoid an · Academic Integrity violation of the Honor Code, he/she is responsible for checking his/her understanding with the teacher. It is fundamentally dishonorable to receive credit for work that is not the result of one’s own· efforts.
written form, or by electronic means. Pressuring other students to violate the Academic Code. Bringing in and using unauthorized information during class time, including information stored in a calculator. Offering or receiving information under circumstances when information is not to be shared. Buying work from another source and submitting it as your own Having anyone, including parents or tutors, complete assignments and submitting the work as one’s own. Presenting collaborative work as independent work and independent work as collaborative. (In group work, one person should not and will not bear the burden for the entire group assignment.)
Academic Integrity violations include, but are not limited to, the following areas: · Copying answers from answer guides in texts.
· Fabricating or “fudging” data, information, or sources. Attempting to Cheating: pass off made up material as the result of genuine efforts. In copying, a student is taking the work of another, either on homework or on a test, and claiming it as his/her own. At LCS, cheating includes but is not limited to: Plagiarism: · Copying and or offering homework, in written form, or by electronic · The act of plagiarism may include direct copying, but it may also means. be more complex than verbatim repetition. A student, in preparing a project for a class, will have plagiarized if he/she has taken · Copying and/or offering answers on tests or quizzes verbally, in
information from sources without citing what sources were used. Plagiarized material may appear in a student’s paper as word-forword copying, a summation, or a paraphrase of another’s ideas. A student has plagiarized whether the material from another source has been taken in whole or in part. In effect, by not naming the source, the student is claiming the work of another as his/hers. · Submitting images and/or documents in whole or in part from the Internet without citation of the source(s). · Copying another’s work. · Using another’s ideas without proper citations.
or evidence that the student knows and understands the course material · No credit for the assignment or examination. · Failing grade for the assignment or examination. · Failing grade for the course · Being withdrawn as a candidate from the IBDP course or full diploma program · Contact with prospective university
· re-writing something in modified form.
· In school or out of school suspension from school for a specified period of time
· Incorporating portions of another’s writing within the context of your own work.
· Dismissal, an indefinite separation from school, followed by probationary return.
· Failing to acknowledge a source of information.
· Using “unique” phrases without citations.
Students are responsible for understanding the language, meaning, and actions around Academic Integrity. We believe that living under the principles of the Honor Code and with further understanding of Academic Integrity will contribute to the success of all students as well as developing principled and ethical individuals.
· Using graphics, charts, diagrams, or illustrations without citations. Academic Dishonesty: · Skipping class to intentionally miss academic work · Lying about why an assignment is not complete (e .g . computer problems, left at home) . · Forcing others to do work for you and taking the credit (in group assignments, (for example) · Physically altering a grade.
· Not reporting cheating or academic dishonesty · Forging documents and/or signatures. · Presenting the same work to different teachers without teacher permission. · Allowing your work to be copied or submitted by another student for a grade. · Sabotaging or destroying the work of others
Consequences of Violations Academic penalties include, but are not limited to, one or a combination of the following: · Immediate communication with parents · Additional work to provide evidence of academic performance, and/
Balanced Communicators & Knowledgeable, Informed Students Secondary School Procedures ACTIVITIES and ELIGIBILITY Students involved in activities offered at Lincoln are recognized as official representatives of the school. Their conduct, behavior, and sportsmanship on and off the school premises should exemplify the highest possible standards. Students must attend school for the full day to be eligible to attend or participate in any extracurricular event (of any sort) on that day. General Eligibility: A student must hold an overall average of 4.0 in the IB Criteria Based Assessment system (as determined in the quarter or semester before a desired activity/athletic team event takes place) and not fail (i.e. receive a 1 or 2 grade) one class in the quarter or semester before the activity/ sport takes place to participate in any school extracurricular activity. This includes the school varsity sports program, theater and musical productions, some major, overnight CAS events (HFH), MUN and similar type events. Eligibility is restricted when: · Overall GPA falls below a 4.0 · More than two scores of “3” on a quarter or semester report card · A failing grade (2) on a quarter or semester report card. · Deadlines for the MYP Personal Project, DP Extended Essay, DP Internal Assessments, and CAS hour requirements are not being met. These are monitored by the IB MYP, DP, and CAS Coordinators. · Attendance and/or Discipline record are not positive. This will be determined by the secondary school leadership team. Additional conditions: · For sports only- Students must have a physical examination on file for the current school year stating that the student is healthy and able to participate in athletic activities. (Physicals will be considered ‘out of date’ 12 complete months after the date on the physical.) ABSENCES Students are expected to attend classes daily. Students should be absent from school only for essential and important reasons, such as illness or family emergency. The school seeks co-operation from parents in exercising the utmost discretion in excusing their children from school. If a student is absent for any reason, he or she must bring a written excuse to the Principal’s Office the next day. That excuse will be reviewed in the Principal’s Office to determine if the absence is an excused or unexcused absence. Students will be provided a re-admittance form to show
teachers upon return from an absence. If a written excuse is not received within two days, the absence will be treated as an unexcused absence. In the event of a planned absence during the academic year, parents are asked to request permission in advance from the Principal. A PreArranged Absence form is available in the Principal’s Office. While a student’s teachers will make every effort to indicate what work will be covered during the period of absence, it is the student’s responsibility (not the teacher’s) to make up this work in a ‘reasonable period of time.’ Absences and Semester I and Final EXAMINATIONS- LCS does not offer early or make up examinations for students leaving school early for travel or other non-emergency reasons. Early exams may be administered if a family is leaving LCS permanently. In the event of an early departure students will receive a mark of “incomplete” for that marking period. Exams must be made up during the first week upon return in the following marking period. Written notice of an early departure is required. If no notice is received by the administration prior to an early departure, a mark of “zero” will be given for any missed exam. In exceptional cases, and at the discretion of the administration, early examinations may be administered. Whenever a student is absent from school, LCS staff attempts to call the home of the student to verify that the student is ill and not in school. Absences, excused or unexcused, are totaled to ascertain compliance with the Attendance Policy.
TARDIES (arriving late to class or school) Tardy policy for daily arrival to school Students are expected to arrive to school on time. The recommended arrival time is no later than 7:45am. If a student is late to school for a legitimate reason, they need to present a note to the secondary school office within 24 hours. A phone call from a parent indicating the reason for the tardy is sufficient. If students are late to school, they are assigned a lunch study hall. It the school receives no information, the tardy will be considered unexcused. Beyond 5 tardies per semester will result in a parent conference and additional consequences.
The school’s instructional program is based on the assumption that students will attend school regularly. Daily class attendance is a condition for fulfilling high school credit and IB requirements, completing coursework, and general academic progress at the school. Any absence, whether excused or unexcused, detracts from a student’s depth of understanding of the missed subject and is recorded.
As an international and multi-cultural environment students are expected to demonstrate sensitivity for cultural differences that will be reflected in their appropriate choice of dress for school. In addition, students are required to use discretion in their choice of clothing and dress modestly.
By Board policy, in order to meet Lincoln Community School’s attendance requirements, students may not be absent from class more than sixteen (16) days during the school year. Academic credit will not be granted to Grade 9-12 students with absences exceeding more than eight (8) days per semester. Grade 6-8 students who exceed these totals will risk promotion to the next grade. Students missing 8 sessions of a single class, even though they may be present for other classes those days, also risk losing credit for that particular class. School sponsored or approved activities will be exempt from the 16-day/8 day rule. Only in exceptional circumstances may the Principal grant a waiver to this attendance requirement. Extended summer vacations or voluntary vacations during the school year are not considered exceptional circumstances. Parental requests for waivers must be submitted in writing. If a student is denied promotion or credit for a course/s due to excessive absences, the only recourse is to appeal in writing directly to the Head of School who shall determine if extenuating circumstances of an unavoidable nature are involved, he/she may then decide if a waiver of this policy is appropriate. COMMUNICATION WITH THE SCHOOL Home-to-school communications are important, and valued at LCS. Administrators operate on an “open door” policy and encourage parents with questions or concerns to meet with the Principal. Students should ask teachers questions if they don’t understand something. Parents are encouraged to speak directly to teachers (in person, via e-mail, or by note/ letter) if they have a question or a concern. If, after communicating with the teacher, these concerns are not addressed to parent satisfaction, parents should contact the Secondary School administration. If a parent is not satisfied after speaking with the Principal, the matter should be addressed to the LCS Head of School.
With the aims of maintaining a purposeful environment for learning and work on the LCS campus and without distractions of fashion or provocative dress, the following dress code applies to all students: Grades 6 – 12 · Shirts and blouses: o Sleeveless shirts are allowed, “lasagnawidth”, “three finger-width” straps must cover the shoulder – no tank tops o Strapless or spaghetti straps are not allowed o Must cover stomachs o Must cover chest area · Shirt or dress must cover leggings and must extend more than one inch below the student’s fingertips when arms are held down parallel to legs. · Excessively tight “figure hugging” clothing is inappropriate, top or bottom. · Clothing must cover undergarments (no “sagging” of pants, no exposed bra straps) · Clothing should not be torn or ripped · Shirts and blouses should not display wording that is profane, display alcohol or drug expressions that could be considered offensive within our multicultural community · Hats are worn outdoors only · Footwear is worn at all times · PE style clothing is only appropriate during PE class, not in classrooms Before coming to school, students must look in the mirror. Consequences: a. 1st time - Verbal warning / discussion Warning and conversation, Sports T-shirt and / or shorts provided in the SS office b. 2nd time - Alternative clothing brought from home a. 1st letter home c. 3rd time - Alternative clothing brought from home a. 2nd Letter home b. Parent meeting th d. 4 time - In-school suspension Alterations to the Dress Code: All major dress regulation changes shall be established by the administration in consultation with the Student Representative Council The school administration is responsible for determining what is appropriate. Adopted May 2010, Modified May 2012
ELECTRONIC DEVICES Mobile phones, cameras, electronic games, MP3/Ipods and items of this nature may not be used during class or in the library unless permitted by the teacher. Moreover, devices of this sort can tempt thieves. LCS will not be held liable or responsible should they be stolen. Students who repeatedly disregard these guidelines will have their devices confiscated and held until parents retrieve them. FIRE AND EMERGENCY DRILLS Student safety is an overriding concern at LCS. Students and staff periodically practice how to quickly evacuate the buildings on campus in case of an emergency. Students may also practice evacuating the campus and moving to nearby ‘safe havens.’ All teachers will post a map for emergency drill descriptions and routes to assembly areas in their classrooms. Emergency evacuation of the classroom will be designated by the continuous ring of the sirens/bells or by an announcement over the school’s PA system. Students are required to behave responsibly and immediately respond to teacher instructions during drills. Teachers will lead their classes to safety, take attendance, remain with their students, and await further instructions. If campus must be evacuated due to an actual emergency, parents will be notified by phone and directed where to pick-up their students.
LEAVING CAMPUS Students are not allowed to leave campus during school hours for any reason without the knowledge and permission of the Principal. Permission to leave school will be granted upon after receiving direct communication from parents. As parents have an expectation of supervision when their students are on campus, students who depart campus after classes have ended will not be permitted to return for ‘pick-up’ or any other reason without Principal permission. School guard personnel will be directed to deny readmission to students who have departed. (Students involved in school-sponsored activities later in the day will be readmitted.) Insubordination expressed towards school guard personnel will be considered in the same manner as if it were directed towards an LCS staff member.
LOST & FOUND
To facilitate the return of misplaced and ‘lost’ items, students should: 1. Place their names in all textbooks, billfolds, wearing apparel, electronic devices, and personal items they bring to school. 2. Bring only necessary possessions to school; leave unneeded/expensive items at home. LOCKERS 3. Take care of all books and possessions. (Students must pay for Students are all assigned lockable personal lockers. Locks must be probooks that are lost or damaged beyond normal wear.) vided by students each year. Theft on campus occurs. Students must 4. Report lost or found items immediately to the SS office. take care of their valuables and utilize lockers to secure their personal 5. File a stolen item report if you believe an item has been stolen (forms items. are in the SS office) Locks for physical education will be provided by LCS, and are expected A lost and found cupboard is located in the Principal’s Office. Items not to be used any time a student has PE or is using the changing room. claimed will be periodically donated to a local orphanage. No matter Lost locks will be treated like a lost textbook, and must be paid for by the where stored, Lincoln Community School is not responsible for lost or student. stolen articles.
LUNCH Hot lunches can be purchased in school at lunchtime. The school provides safe drinking water for students. LCS Staff monitor lunch areas. Students are not allowed to leave the school campus during lunch periods, nor should food from home be delivered during the school day. Deliveries from take out restaurants are NOT allowed. Students are expected to leave their area clean and place trash in the trash containers and return dishes to the canteen. MAKE-UP WORK Parents may request makeup work when students are absent for more than one day. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain make up work. Requests for assignments may be made by calling the secondary school office before 9:00 a.m. Assignments may be picked up between 3:15pm and 4:00 p.m. at the Principal’s Office. Following an excused absence, a student is entitled to full academic make up privileges with no penalties. For short absences the student will be given two make up days for each day absent. Make up time for longer absences will be determined in a reasonable manner so the student will not be unnecessarily penalized.
day education of their children. Advanced notice must be given to the LCS Administration if a guardianship arrangement is being planned for a significant amount of time, and parent contact information must be provided. SCHOOL HOURS Lincoln Community School campus and school offices are open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, Monday through Friday. During these hours, parents may have the expectation that their children are supervised. Therefore, parents are urged to arrange for their students to arrive at LCS not earlier than 7:30 a.m. and to depart not later than 4:30 p.m. Permitting or encouraging students to arrive early or remain late (unless they are in an organized school activity or sport) creates a major safety concern. Unattended and unsupervised students are at risk before and after these hours as there is no adult assigned to respond to student emergency needs. Exceptions to these expectations are made at various times of the year and students are informed by the administration.
AFTER SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS Middle School grades 6-8
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- If students are not in an activity or Teachers will give needed assistance in makeup efforts but students are watching an activity at 3:30pm they must be: ultimately responsible to receive, complete, and turn-in assignments. Students with unexcused absences are not allowed to make-up work In the SS Library, Writing Lab, Math Lab or Tutorial Center (Tues, Thurs) Middle school students must depart campus no later than 4:30pm. missed and will earn a grade of “zero” for missed work.
MEDICAL CARE AND EMERGENCIES When medication is necessary for a student to remain in school, a written order from the family physician must accompany all medication, including aspirin. Directions for treatment must be included on the prescription bottles or written by a doctor. All (even non-prescription) medications brought to school must be deposited with the school nurse who will administer them. Parents will be notified immediately in the case of serious injury or illness. Parents are expected to come to school to pick up their ill children as requested by the school nurse.
PARENT GUARDIANSHIP AND PARTNERSHIP Parental participation in the educational process of their child is essential. The Secondary School expects to be able to communicate with a parent when circumstances warrant. Emergency contacts must be provided if a short-term parent absence occurs. We recommend that long-term parent absences be avoided. In our experience in Accra, leaving a child unsupervised by an adult family member is ill advised and can be dangerous. Parents are expected to attend Parent Conferences and are welcome to arrange as many ‘one-on-one’ or larger meetings with teachers as they believe necessary. Parents are an integral part of the student’s experience at LCS. There is the expectation that parents will attend parent education evenings, special meetings, and be actively engaged in the day to
Wednesdays- If students are not attending a CAS Wednesday trip they must be off campus by 1:45pm. Writing Lab and NHS Tutorial Center are open on Wednesday as well. Middle School students do not have Wednesday activities. They must be off campus by 1:30 or in the library or tutorial center. They must be off campus by 2:30 pm. High School grades 9-12 High school students have after school privileges, and can be on campus from 3:30-4:30pm in an unsupervised manner. They are expected to depart campus by 4:30 if not involved in an acivity. Wednesdays – If students are not attending a CAS Wednesday trip they must be off campus by 1:45pm. If high school students are waiting for varsity athletics (or another activity) they must be in the SS Library or the Tutorial Center from 1:45 until 3:15.
SCHOOL RULES FOR VEHICLES ON CAMPUS
STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE COUNCIL
Cars must display their entry passes at all times. (Obtained at Main Office)
The purpose of the Student Representative Council (SRC) is to promote leadership and to provide first hand experience for students in the methods and procedures of democratic government. The SRC is composed of elected representatives of each grade in the Senior School and officers elected from the upper grades. They maintain liaison with school administrators and ensure that student concerns and desires are known. In addition, the SRC sponsors special activities for the entire school.
1. Only legally, Ghanaian-licensed drivers may operate vehicles on campus. 2. Drivers should watch out for students at all times. Please be alert! 3. Drivers must respect and follow directions from school’s security guards. Failure to do so may result in your vehicle being denied entry. 4. Cars may NOT park in any area painted yellow or outside of normal parking areas.. 5. The area painted yellow in front of the school archway is for shortterm student drop-off/pickup. Drivers must not leave their vehicles or wait for children in this area. 6. Vehicles may not ‘back into’ main campus parking spaces. This slows down traffic and creates safety concerns. 7. High school students who drive to school must be legally, Ghanaianlicensed drivers and park in the parking lot down the street from the school. They are not to park on the street between campuses. SECURITY Students are responsible to safeguard their personal items and school books. Students should not leave their valuables or school books/materials unattended. Students are encouraged to lock-up their valuables in their assigned lockers or keep them on their person. Bookbags/backpacks that are left unattended tempt thieves. Unattended bags and books will be seized and secured in the Principal’s Office. Students who repeatedly leave their property unattended may be assigned disciplinary consequence. Students must carry Identification badges/ID cards at all times. SOCIAL EVENTS Periodically, student organizations may sponsor social events on campus after school hours. These events must be approved by the Principal beforehand, sponsored by staff members, and chaperoned by teachers/staff and parents. Events are normally conducted on Friday evenings and are scheduled to end not later than 11:00 p.m. School rules apply for these events, and are in effect for the duration of the event. These events are for LCS students only, unless outside guests are approved by the Principal ahead of the event. Students attending social events may not depart the event venue (leaving campus) and return. Students must arrive at events no later than 90 minutes after the ‘entry gate’ has been opened. Later arrivals will not be admitted.
VISITORS Parents and relatives are welcome to visit Lincoln Community School at any time. Other family members may visit if arrangements are made ahead of time. Please check in the school office to receive a Visitor’s Badge before going to the classroom, on the day of the visit. Students are allowed to have visitors. This must be discussed and approved ahead of time by the Secondary School Principal or the Middle School Coordinator. In most instances one day of “visiting” will be granted. Visiting friends who have not been pre-approved may be asked to leave.
TECHNOLOGY Students are required to read, understand, sign, and commit to the LCS Responsible User Agreement All students who borrow LCS laptops must sign the LCS Laptop Borrowing agreement prior to checking out an LCS laptop. Both documents can be found on the LCS website along with the LCS Honor Code. Student accounts will be frozen until the Responsible User Agreement is acknowledged and students will not be able to borrow laptops until the Laptop Borrowing Agreement is acknowledged. Violations Violations will result in a loss of access privileges as well as other disciplinary actions: First violation: User account will be disabled for multiple days Second violation: The user account will be disabled for four school days and student will meet with the school administration as deemed necessary by the Technology Coordinator Third violation: User account will be disabled indefinitely until a solution is determined by the student, the parents and the school administration.
Secondary School Library The library faculty and staff welcome students, faculty, staff, and parents for study, research, and leisure reading. Library personnel are available to assist at all times. Schedule: The Secondary School Library is open from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday General Collection – students and parents can check out 10 books for one month and renew them for an additional month, if not requested by another patron. Teachers may check materials out for the entire school year; unless the demand for a particular material is high, in which case there is a time limit of 2 weeks. Reference Materials – Materials in the reference section (dictionaries, encyclopedias, almanacs, and atlases) are to be used in the library, but may be checked out overnight and on weekends. They must be brought back before the first class of the day. Periodicals (Magazines) – Periodicals may be checked out for one week, with renewal for an additional week if necessary. Audiovisual Materials – Teachers, parents, and students may check these out. Materials are due in one week. Audiovisual Equipment – Only teachers may check equipment out for use by themselves or their students. Fines: There are no overdue fines in the secondary school, but if items are overdue, they need to be renewed or returned before additional materials are checked out. Students and teachers must pay for any lost materials according to the commercial price of the lost item. Replacement of the item with a similar one may be arranged. Expectations: 1. Use time, material, and equipment wisely 2. Stay on task and keep materials in good shape for the next user 3. use computers for academic purposes only, no personal e-mails, game playing, or recreational Internet surfing 4. No electronic devices (except memory sticks) used or visible in the library. 5. Treat others with respect. Keep voices down and use civil language. 6. Follow all library procedures 7. Tidy-up your area when departing (push chairs in, collect little, etc…) 8. Only bottled water may be consumed – no food/dink/snacks/gum