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PIERSON HIGH SCHOOL  STUDENT HANDBOOK  2018-2019      200 Jermain Avenue  Sag Harbor, New York 11963  (631) 725-5302  www.sagharborschools.org        Board of Education  Ms. January Kerr, President  Ms. Diana Kolhoff, Vice President  Mr. Alex Kriegsman  Ms. Susan Lamontagne  Ms. Susan Schaefer  Ms. Jordana Sobey  Ms. Chris Tice 


Administrative and Support Staff

Katy Graves Dr. Philip Kenter Jeff Nichols. Mike Guinan Brittany Carriero Eric Bramoff  Dr. Carleen Meers Scott Fisher Marcus DaSilva

Superintendent Business Administrator  Principal  HS Assistant Principal  MS Assistant Principal  Athletic Director  Director of Pupil Personnel Services  Director of Technology  Facilities Director 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS     INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION  High School Objectives____________________________________________________________________________  Philosophy______________________________________________________________________________________  Faculty and Staff_________________________________________________________________________________  Bell Schedule____________________________________________________________________________________  Anti-Harassment / Non-Discrimination Policy__________________________________________________________ 

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SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, PROGRAMS AND PROCEDURES Activities, Clubs, Organizations______________________________________________________________________  Attendance For Sports/Extracurricular Activities_________________________________________________________  Attendance and Class Participation____________________________________________________________________  Dismissal_______________________________________________________________________________________  Driving and Parking Regulations_____________________________________________________________________   Emergency Closing Of School_______________________________________________________________________  Fire Drills, False Alarms & Bomb Threats______________________________________________________________  Fund Raising____________________________________________________________________________________  Honesty________________________________________________________________________________________  Leaving the Building_______________________________________________________________________________  Lockers________________________________________________________________________________________  Loss of School Material____________________________________________________________________________  Lost and Found__________________________________________________________________________________  Lunch Release___________________________________________________________________________________  National Honor Society____________________________________________________________________________  Pass System_____________________________________________________________________________________  Senior Privileges__________________________________________________________________________________  Study Hall______________________________________________________________________________________  Visitors to the School______________________________________________________________________________ 

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Forging of Notes_________________________________________________________________________________ Gambling_______________________________________________________________________________________  Student Health Services____________________________________________________________________________  Inappropriate Behavior____________________________________________________________________________  Insubordination__________________________________________________________________________________  Library and Library Computer Lab Use________________________________________________________________  Loitering________________________________________________________________________________________  Office Detention_________________________________________________________________________________  Physical Assault__________________________________________________________________________________  Profanity_______________________________________________________________________________________  Smoking________________________________________________________________________________________  Stealing_________________________________________________________________________________________  Substance Abuse Policy____________________________________________________________________________  Suspension Policy_________________________________________________________________________________  Tardiness_______________________________________________________________________________________  Trespassing_____________________________________________________________________________________  Truancy________________________________________________________________________________________  Vandalism______________________________________________________________________________________  Waterguns and Snowballs___________________________________________________________________________  Weapons_______________________________________________________________________________________                 


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Pierson High School, in its endeavor to attain the fulfillment of its philosophy, strives to: provide educational opportunities for the young people of Sag Harbor; provide a learning environment that is intellectually, socially, and physically stimulating; provide essential  programs for required studies; provide learning opportunities in basic vocational areas; enrich individual interests and needs by  offering a variety of electives in basic skills and disciplines; provide services and activities that will enhance the academic, vocational,  physical, and social development of students; provide students with opportunities to make decisions about their future educational  and social lives; develop in students an understanding of their responsibilities to other individuals and to society; encourage the  utilization of community resources to enhance learning; and promote life-long learning.  


PHILOSOPHY Statement of Philosophy 

In our  society,  the  public  school  has  been  given  a  major  responsibility  for  the  development  of  the  attitudes  and  aspirations  of  our  youth.  In  order  to  fulfill  this  responsibility,  all  segments  of  the community should share in providing a school environment that will  enable our young people to achieve their goals. 

Since, in  our  society,  education  is  a  right  of  all  persons,  the  school  should  provide  the  opportunity  for  students  to  pursue  their  ambitions  commensurate  with  their  abilities.  The  school  should  provide  a  framework  within  which  individuals  can  develop  their  personalities, as well as increase their knowledge and improve their skills.      The  school  environment  must  provide  for  a mutual and reasonable interaction among its participants.  The rights and responsibilities  of  individuals  must  be  respected,  while  intellectual  freedom  and  individual  pursuits  must  be  encouraged.  It  is  within  such  an  environment  that  personal  identities  can  be  strengthened,  individual  achievement  can  be  stimulated,  and  awareness  of  social  obligations and benefits can be developed.    Although  the  school  bears  a  primary  responsibility  for  educating  youth,  education  should  not  be  restricted  to  the  confines  of  the  school,  nor  to  the  limited  timespan  of  the  individual's  school experience.  Education is a lifelong process that should be continued at  other  times  and  in  other  environments.  The  intellectual  and  social  experiences,  and  the  physical  and  vocational  skills  should  be  extended  into  the community and into the world of opportunity.  There is no end to education, no end to the learning initiated during  the formal educational experience of students. 



HIGH SCHOOL FACULTY Art  Joseph Bartolotto  Elizabeth Marchisella  Peter Solow    English  Maria Archer  Jen Bianchi   Christine Farrell  Keith Holden  Gary Schulman    E.N.L.  Yanina Cuesta  Tara O’Malley    Foreign Language  Toby Marienfeld  Rocio Gutierrez-Skoldberg  Kelly Shaffer  Calvin Stewart    Guidance  Adam Mingione  Margaret Motto    Home and Careers  Donna Harden    Technology   Ed Moloney    Library   Kira McLaughlin    Social Worker  Lindsay Reilly    School Psychologist  Christina Little 

Music William Fujita  Suzanne Nicoletti  Austin Remson    Physical Education and Health  Sue Denis  Shannon Judge  Daniel White    Science  Joseph Amato  Kevin Barron  Clint Schulman  Rich Schumacher  Robert Schumacher  Jillian Stellato    Social Studies  Frank Atkinson-Barnes  Sue Duff  Sean Kelly  Donnelly McGovern  Jim Sloane  Ruth White-Dunne    Special Education  Sarah Glass  Amy Gleason  Christian Johns  Kayla Schoenwaelder  Kate Sullivan  Emily Tyson    Math  Caitlin Fredericks  James Kinnier  Jason LaBatti  Kevin Roode  Ewa Szychowska  Sharon Truland   



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It is  the policy of the Sag Harbor School District that no student shall be subjected to harassment by employees or students on school  property  or  at  a  school  function;  nor  shall  any  student  be  subjected  to  discrimination  based  on  a  person’s  actual  or  perceived  race,  color,  weights,  national  origin,  ethnic  group,  religion,  religious  practice,  disability,  sexual  orientation,  gender,  or  sex  by  school  employees  or  at  a  school  function.  As  indicated  in  the  NYS  Dignity  for  All  Students  Act.  For  more information on this Act, please  visit the District website.  •  The  New  York  State  Dignity  For  All  Students  Act  (Dignity  Act)  was  signed  into  law  on  September  13,  2010.  This  legislation  amended State Education Law by creating a new Article 2 – Dignity for All Students.   •  The  Dignity  Act  states  that  NO  student  shall  be  subjected  to  harassment  or  discrimination  by  employees  or  students  on  school  property  or  at  a  school  function  based on their actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious  practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, or sex. 

Harassment  may  take  the  form  of  comments,  name-calling,  jokes,  stalking,  perpetuating  rumors  or  gossip,  offensive  gestures  or  language, assault or any other behavior that is designed to annoy, intimidate or cause fear. 

Bullying and/or hazing of students and staff is prohibited behavior and will not be tolerated.  

“Hazing”  means  committing  an  act  against  a  student,  or  coercing  a  student  into  committing  an  act,  that  creates a risk of emotional,  physical  or  psychological  harm  to  a  person,  in order for the student to be initiated into or affiliated with a student organization, club  or for any other purpose.    Bullying  consists  of  inappropriate  persistent  behavior  including  threats,  or  intimidation  of  others,  treating others cruelly, terrorizing,  coercing,  or  habitual  put  downs  and/or  badgering  of  others.  Bullying,  similar  to  all  forms of harassment and hazing, are prohibited  behaviors. 

Common characteristics of bullying:

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Physical – hitting, kicking, taking or damaging a victim’s property Verbal – using words to berate, hurt or humiliate  Relational – maliciously spreading rumors, and/or actively excluding a person from the peer group to cause emotional harm 




Students are  encouraged  to  take  part  in  the  co-curricular  activities  of  their  choice.  Students  should  complement  their  academic  program with activities that will broaden their areas of interest. 


Chorus Honor Society  Model United Nations  HUGS  Math Team  Performing Arts  Robotics    Student Council  Quiz Bowl  Newspaper  Art Studio  Gay-Straight Alliance 





Baseball Basketball  Bowling  Cheerleading   Cross Country  Field Hockey  Football  Golf  Soccer  Softball  Swimming  Tennis  Track  Volleyball  Wrestling  ​J​unior Varsity 

Baseball   Basketball  Field Hockey  Football  Golf  Lacrosse  Softball  Soccer   Tennis  Wrestling 



Students who  are  not  in  school  cannot  participate  in  any  practice,  game  or  extracurricular  activity  that  day  unless  permitted  by  the  Principal.  


Regular attendance  at  school  is  necessary  for  satisfactory  schoolwork.  All  absences  and  lateness to school require a ​written excuse  upon  return  to  school  -  either  a  note  or  email  explaining  the  reason  for  the  absence​.  Absences  of  ​five  ​consecutive  days  or  more may require a physician’s written excuse for readmission.      A  student’s  absence  shall  be  designated  EXEMPT  or  UNEXCUSED  based  on  the  reason(s)  given  for the absence or late behavior.  Reasons  for  EXEMPT  absences  will  include  those  for  college  visits,  religious  requirements,  court  appearances,  school-sponsored  activities, and other requests approved by the Principal.  Reasons such as “overslept,”  “car problems,”  “missed the bus,”  “personal,”  “work commitments,” “baby-sitting,” and being absent due to sickness are UNEXCUSED.  For  credit  to  be  granted  for  any  course,  individual  student  attendance  may  not  be  less  than  90%  of  the  calendar  year  which  is  considered  to  be  180  periods  for  courses which meet once a day everyday or meet two periods per day every other day.  Therefore, ​if  any  student  accumulates  more  than  18  UNEXCUSED  periods  absent  from  a  class  (9  for  semester  courses),  that  student  will  not  receive  credit  for  that  class​.  ​For  Science  Laboratory  classes,  the  allowable  limit is 27.  Please note that if a student is  absent  from  a  class  for  more  than  15  minutes,  the  lateness  will  count  as  a  one  period  absence.  Also, lateness to class three times is  considered  a  one  period  absence. All students late to period #1 and seniors late to period #8 must obtain a pass from the office prior  to entering class.  Letters  are  sent  home  quarterly  to  students  who  have  accumulated  7  or  more  absences  in  at least one course.  In addition, all report  cards and progress reports will list the cumulative absences for each course.   

A student  and  his/her  parents  can  petition  the  Attendance  Review  Committee  who  can  modify  the  policy  when  extenuating  circumstances warrant. The Attendance Review Committee is comprised of the Principal and another administrator. 


Students who wish to be dismissed from school must present a note from their parent or guardian to the office.  

Dismissals from school shall be allowed for the following reasons only:

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Family or personal emergency Illness or medical appointment  Religious holidays  Court appearances 

Students who  are  dismissed  during  the  school  day  shall  sign  out  in  the  office  before  leaving  the  building  by  the  main  entrance.  Students who return to school from dismissal shall sign in at the Main Office as well. 

Telephone requests for dismissal shall be granted only at the principal’s discretion

It is strongly suggested that parents come to school and personally sign out their children for an emergency dismissal.




The right  to  drive  on  public  roads  is  subject  in  all  areas  of  the  United  States  to  control  by  the  government  authorities.  Such  institutions  as  schools  and  colleges  commonly  feel  the  need  to  regulate  automobile  usage  connected  with  them for the sake of both  the  students  and  the  school.  With  bus transportation provided, students should usually avail themselves of this service.  If spaces are  available, a lottery will be run at the beginning of each semester for student spaces.  


Vehicles parked improperly or in non-designated areas may be towed at the owner’s​ ​expense.

Students parked in teachers’ parking lot without permission: 1​st​ Offense: 1 Detention  2​nd​ Offense: 2 Detentions 

No student may sit in a car or be in the parking area at any time except for those very few moments required for arrival and departure.


The closing  of  school  because of bad weather or other emergencies will be posted on the school website.  Alert phone calls and email  messages will be sent.       FIRE DRILLS, FALSE ALARMS, BOMB THREATS  When the fire alarm sounds, students and faculty are to leave the building through designated exits. Elevators should not be used. All  materials are to be left in the rooms.  It  is  extremely  important  that  we  achieve  the  greatest  possible  efficiency  in  this  exercise.  To do this, students are required to stay in  class groups from the time they leave their class. There must be no running but all must walk briskly.  Smoke  is  usually  far  more  dangerous  than  the  flames  in  most  types of fires.  Any student who encounters a smoke-filled area should  immediately get down on the floor and crawl through the area. It is important to stay close to the floor.  Any  student  who  sets  off  a  false  alarm  will  be  suspended  and  the  police  will  be  notified.  Anyone  setting  off  a  false  alarm  may  be  prosecuted for this violation.    Fire Drills – Fire drills and other emergency drills will occur during the school year.  Bomb Threats -- Any false report of a bomb or other threat of a similar nature will result in suspension from school, a  Superintendent’s hearing and a report to the police.    FUND RAISING  Student  organizations may solicit funds or materials within the school. All fund raising activities must first be approved by the Student  Council with final approval by the Principal. Requests must be submitted ​two​ ​weeks in advance.  HONESTY  Pierson students are encouraged and expected to be truthful and honest even when it means acknowledging wrongdoing.   


For safety  and  security  reasons,  a  student  must  have  the  consent  of  an  administrator  to  leave  the  building.  Any  student  who has a  valid  reason  for  leaving  the  building  must  present  evidence  of  this  to  the  principal,  must  sign  out  in  the  main  office, and must sign  back in upon his/her return. Failure to do so will result in suspension.  


LOCKERS Lockers  are  assigned  at  the  beginning  of  each  school  year.  A  student  shall  occupy  only  their  assigned  locker.  The lockers are to be  kept  neat  and  clean.  ​Lockers are school property and they may be inspected or searched at any time.  Refer to the District Code of  Conduct.  Lockers  and  desks  are  furnished  and  maintained  by  the  School  District  and  remain  the property of the School District. Students are  responsible for the cleanliness and orderliness of their lockers.  Students  shall  not  place,  keep,  or  maintain  any  article  or  material  in  or  on  a  locker  that  may cause any type of disruptive activity.  If  students  wish to hang pictures in their lockers, they must be appropriate in nature.  Any sexually suggestive or drug related pictures, as  well  as  advertisements  for alcoholic beverages, are not permitted.  If a student has any of these in his/her locker, an administrator will  request that these items be removed. This constitutes a warning. If a second violation occurs, disciplinary action will be taken.  A reminder to all students: Keep your lockers locked and do not give your combination to anyone. 

LOSS OF SCHOOL MATERIAL Students  are  responsible  for  textbooks  and  must  ensure  proper  care.  Any  book  lost  or  defaced  will  result  in the student paying for  said item; payment should be made to the School District.    LOST AND FOUND  Students should check for lost clothing, books and other articles in the office.  LUNCH RELEASE  Seniors  are  permitted  to  leave  the  building  to  go  out  for  lunch  during  the  specified  lunch  times.  For  those  who  wish to stay at the  school, the cafeteria is available. Appropriate behavior is required of students whether they are on or off campus during lunch. 

Students who return from lunch late for their next class will face the following consequences:     First & Second Time Late…………Detention  Three or More Times Late…………Loss of Privilege    for Two Weeks 

The lunch release privilege may be withdrawn due to inappropriate behavior or continual tardiness and/or lateness to school/classes. NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY  Eligibility​: All students in grades 11-12 with cumulative scholastic weighted averages of 90​% or higher are eligible for selection to the  National Honor Society. 

Selection: All  eligible  students  will  receive  application  for  review  by  the  National  Honor  Society  Faculty  Committee  (selected  each  year by the Principal). Review will focus on four areas:        1. Scholarship  2. Service  3. Leadership   4. Character   After  such  review,  students  who  receive  the  required  number  of  points  from  members  of  the  Faculty Committee will be notified of  their selection to the Society.  Induction: ​An Induction Ceremony for new members of the National Honor Society is held during the school year.   Review:  The  National  Honor  Society  Advisor  will  periodically  review  the  status  of  Honor  Society  members  to  ensure  that  student  performance merits continued membership in the Honor Society.  


PASS SYSTEM Students  who  are  in  corridors  at  times  other  than  the  three-minute  passing  time  between  periods  must  have  a  pass.  Students  are  expected  to  report  to  assigned  classes  or  study  halls  on  time.  A  student  detained  in  a  previous  class,  must  have  a  pass  from  that  teacher to be admitted to the next class or study hall.  Students  requesting  to  leave  a  class  or  study  hall  to  see  another  faculty  member  must have a note from the faculty member who has  agreed  to  see  them.  This  note  must  be  signed  and approved by the class or study hall teacher ​before students are permitted to leave  their  regularly  scheduled  class  or  study  hall.  In  addition,  the  teacher  of the scheduled class must give his/her permission. Students in  blocked  classes  should  not  request  passes  at  the  mid  point  of  the  double  period when other students who are not in blocked classes  are passing. Students who wish to see the nurse must report to class to get a pass ​BEFORE ​going to the nurse.    SENIOR PRIVILEGES 

By virtue  of  their  advanced  standing  and  maturity,  seniors  may  earn privileges that are not applicable to students in other grades.  As  with all privileges, these can be revoked if a student’s academic and behavior status is not satisfactory.    ▪ Seniors have the option of arriving to school before the start of their first class if they do not have a regularly  scheduled first period class. Likewise they may leave after they have finished all their classes for the day, unless  required to remain for Academic Support.  ▪ During times that seniors are not assigned to regularly scheduled classes, they will be assigned to study halls.  Attendance is taken in study hall and seniors are responsible for being there. Seniors who fail or are in jeopardy of  failing a course must spend all unassigned time in study halls until the situation is rectified.  


Appropriate behavior  is  expected  in  study  hall  as  defined  by  school  behavior  codes.  Students  will  at  all  times  remain  quiet  in  supervised  study  unless  directly  addressed  by  the  teacher.  Students  will  work  on  constructive  tasks  during  the  time  they  are  in  the  supervised study.  Attendance  is  taken  in  study  halls.  When  a  study  hall  student  is  in  any  other  area  of  the  school,  he/she  must be in possession of a  pass approved by the study hall teacher.    VISTORS TO THE SCHOOL  All  visitors  to  the  school  must  check  in  at  the  front  office  as  soon  as  they  have  entered  the  building.  Students  are not permitted to  bring  younger  members  of  their family to school.  Refer to the District Code of Conduct for additional information regarding visitors  to the school during and after the school day.    GUIDANCE AND STUDENT SERVICES   


In order  to  graduate  from  Pierson,  each  student  has  to  give  evidence  that  he  or  she  has  provided  service  to  the  community.  This  requirement  may  be  met  by  helping out with an event or project sponsored by a community organization, or it can be something that  the  student  arranges  on  his/her  own  with  the  community  service  advisor.  Ten  hours of service are required.  A student may need to  participate in several activities in order to contribute this amount of time.   

It is  the  student’s  responsibility  to  get  in  writing  a  statement  giving  a  name  for  the  event  or  project,  the  date,  time  of  his/her  participation,  and  the  signature  of  an  adult  community  leader  (printed  out  if  not  legible) who was in charge at the time.  This should  be  turned  in  to  the  community  service  advisor  as  soon  as  possible.  Community  service  must  be  completed  by  June  10  of  the  graduation year.  




A student  shall  be  eligible  for  early  graduation  following  the  completion  of  all  requirements  for  graduation.  The  District,  upon  request  from  the  student’s  parent/legal  guardian,  may  choose to grant the student a high school diploma prior to his/her completion  of the eighth semester. All applications for early graduation must be approved by the Principal. 


Report cards  are  issued  four  times  a  year.  There  are  four  interim  reports  as  well.  The  final  grade  is  computed  by  averaging  the  four-quarter  grades.  Mid  term  and  final  exams  are  combined  and  comprise  a  5​th  grade  (20%)  when  they  are  administered.  Not  all  classes include a mid term or final.   Students  must  pass  the  course  in  order  to  receive  credit.  Students  passing  the  Regents  Examination ​but not passing the course will  receive Regents credit but not credit toward graduation. Below is the grading system. 


Pierson High  School  weights  courses  to  determine  each  student’s GPA & class rank although the weighted grade does not  appear on the report card. 

Weighting is determined in the following manner:

All courses have a base value of 1.0.


Courses bearing Regents Exams are weighted with a factor of 1.05, under the following conditions:


The weighting  factor  is  assigned  when  the  student passes the Regents Exam.  Failure to pass the exam leaves  the weight at 1.0.  Subject  areas  sequences  having  only  one  Regents  Exam  (e.g.,  global  history,  foreign  language)  will  have  the  factor applied to all courses in the sequence when the exam is passed. 

Subject areas  having  more  than  one  exam  will  have  the  factor  applied  to  each  course  in  which  an  exam  is  passed. 

Honors courses are weighted with a factor of 1.08 and International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement courses are weighted with a factor of 1.1 under the following guidelines: 

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The weighting factor is assigned when the student takes the IB or AP Exam. If the exam is not attempted, the weight remains at the base value of the course (1.0 or 1.05). 




The guidance  counselors  assist  students  in  maximizing  their  learning  experiences  while  providing  specifically  for  their  future  needs.  The  counselors  help  each  student  to  think  through  his/her  problems  or  concerns  and  plan  accordingly.  The  student  must  make  his/her own decisions. The counselors will try to assist the student in making wise decisions and plans.      Students  are  urged  to  see  a  counselor  when  questions  or  problems  arise.  A  student  does  not  need  to  have  a  “serious”  problem  in  order to benefit from guidance services.  The purpose of guidance services is to help each student grow in self-understanding, to make  wise,  practical  decisions,  and  to  do  increasingly effective planning.  Students should make an appointment with the guidance office to  see a counselor. Appointments may be made with the guidance secretary.  

Bulletin boards  and  electronic  monitors  throughout  the  school  display  information  on  scholarships,  work  and  college  information,  testing programs, and other pertinent material.   

Each student will be assigned to a counselor who will help with educational, personal, and occupational choices and decisions.  

Parents with questions and concerns should call their son/daughter’s counselor at 725-5302 x711.



All subjects including Physical Education must average 90 with no grade below an 85.  



The Board  of  Education  minimum  standards  and  the  New  York  State Regents minimum standards are required for graduation from  high school. 

All school programs have one main purpose even though they provide a variety of experiences to students.  This purpose is to help all  students  develop  and  acquire  the  skills,  abilities,  knowledge,  and  attitudes  necessary  to  work  towards  high  school  graduation  and  success  in  the workplace or further education. Student eligibility for a diploma will be determined by the High School Principal on the  basis  of  the  official  high  school  record.  Students  who  meet  the  requirements  may  be  issued  a  diploma.  Any  student  who  does not  meet the requirements for a diploma will not be permitted to participate in graduation.         All  students  must  meet  New  York  State Department of Education requirements, based on the year they first entered 9​th grade.  Refer  to the Counseling Center for additional information. 

A student  must  also  complete  ten  hours  of  approved  community  service.  The  service  must  be  completed  during  grades  9-12.  The  deadline for completion of service and submission of paperwork is June 10 of the graduation year. 


To validate  who  has  earned  the  highest  (valedictorian)  and  the  second  highest  (salutatorian)  ranks  in  a  graduating  class,  students’  grades  are  re-averaged  at  the  end  of  the  first  semester  of  the  year  in  which  the  class  graduates.  Such  determination  is  final  and no  adjustment thereafter will take place. 


In order  to  be  eligible  to  be  the  Valedictorian  or  Salutatorian,  a  graduating  senior  must  have spent at least four semesters at Pierson  High  School.  A  grade  conversion  chart  will  be  applied  to  grades  of  students  who  transfer  from  a  school  that  uses  an  alternative  grading method. 



If a  change  occurs  in  a  student’s  program,  a  written  notice  signed  by  a  counselor  will  be  given  to  each  teacher  involved.  No  withdrawal  or  admission  to class should take place until this written notification has been received.  The teacher obtains the drop/add  form  through  the  guidance  office.  Parents’  approval  in  writing  will  be  obtained  for  all  but  minor  changes,  and  will  be  filed  in  the  student’s cumulative folder.      Students  must  carry  a  minimum  of  [6]  unit  courses  per  semester  in  addition  to  physical  education, unless an abbreviated schedule is  approved by the Principal in advance. 

Once the school year starts, a student who wishes to change his/her program should obtain a “drop” or “add”  form  from  the  guidance  office.  On  this  form,  the  student  should  show  the  change(s)  desired,  get  written  comments  and  recommendations  from  the  teacher(s)  affected  by  the  change,  and  have  a  parent  sign  the  completed  form  prior  to  submitting  it  to  his/her counselor. 

All program  changes  should  take  place within the first two weeks of each semester.  Students dropping a course after this period with  a  cumulative average below 65%/F will receive a WF (Withdrew with an F) on their permanent transcript.  Students wishing to appeal  should schedule an appointment with the Principal. 



Individual student  records  are  on  file  in  the  school.  They  are  open  to  review  upon  written  request.  This request must be signed by  both  the  student  and  a  parent  (excepting  students  18  years  or older may sign the request only).  The Principal will act on this request  within two school days. 

A student’s  permanent  record  will  be  transferred  as  the  student  advances  in  the  school  system.  The  individual  records  from  each  school will be kept at that particular school. 

WORK RELEASE PROGRAM    The  work  release  program  is  designed  to  provide  an  opportunity  for  students  to  work  part-time  while  they  continue  their  formal  education. This part-time work need not be related to the specific occupational goal of the student. 

Seniors may  be  released  early,  schedule permitting, by obtaining a work-release form from the guidance office and having it signed by  both  parent  and  employer.  When  it  is  returned  to  the  guidance  office,  the  student’s  schedule  will  be  adjusted  to  accommodate the  work release.          STUDENT BEHAVIOR AND CONDUCT 

The  Sag  Harbor  School  District  is committed to promoting safe and healthy learning environments where students are secure in their  pursuit  of  educational  success,  free  from  the  distracting  incidence  of  violent  behaviors  in  class,  the  carrying  of  weapons,  fighting,  physical assaults and other behaviors that impede learning. 

They should  be  secure  as  well from the emergencies that sometimes arise from outside the school in the forms of organized violence,  natural disasters and technological malfunctions. 


Toward those  ends,  the  Sag  Harbor  School  Board  has  adopted  a  Code  of  Conduct  governing  the  behavior  of  students,  staff  and  visitors to the district, and safety plans for responding to school emergencies consistent with the requirements of the SAVE legislation  (Chapter 181 of the Laws of NY 2000). 

Copies of  the  District  Code  of  Conduct,  District-wide  School  Safety  Plan  and  summary  of the Building Level Emergency Response  Plan are available in the District Office.  A plain language summary of the District Code of Conduct is made available to parents at the  beginning of each school year. 



Students are  to  conduct  themselves  in  an  orderly  manner  while  waiting  for  the  bus.  Students  are to board the bus one at a time, go  directly to their seats, and remain seated until they get off the bus. Smoking is prohibited. 

Students are to speak, not shout, while on the bus. No  objects  are  to  be  thrown  in  the  bus  or  out  of  the  bus  window.  Students  are  to assist the bus driver in keeping the bus neat and  clean. 

Students are to ride the bus to which they have been assigned, and get on and off the bus only at assigned stops.

Students are to obey the bus driver at all times. Hands, heads, or other body parts are not to protrude from the bus windows.  All school rules apply while students are on the bus. 



Written reports  of  violations  are  given  by  the  driver  or  bus  manager  to  the  Assistant  Principal.  Chronic  or  serious  infractions  will  result  in  suspension  from  bus  transportation.  As  in  school,  fights,  vandalism,  and  substance  abuse  are  serious  infractions  and  will  result in suspension. Other actions that constitute safety hazards will result in suspension from bus transportation.      When  a  child  is  suspended  from  riding  a  bus,  IT  BECOMES  THE  PARENT’S  RESPONSIBILITY  TO  TRANSPORT  THE  CHILD.  Suspension  shall  begin  the  school  day  following  the  day  of  notification  of  suspension  is  sent  to  the  pupil’s  parents.  Repeated serious misbehavior on the bus may result in suspension of transportation privileges for an extended time.       ACADEMIC HONESTY POLICY:

Students are responsible for the integrity of their own work. A student’s name on an exercise or assessment (homework, report, notebook, performance, project, quiz, examination or research paper etc.) is taken as an assurance that the work submitted is the  direct result of the student’s own thoughts, stated in his or her own words, and produced without the assistance of others. Any  violation of this standard is regarded as cheating.  Cheating is defined as actions including, but not limited to, copying in testing situations, using unauthorized help sheets, illegally  obtaining tests or individual test questions, providing test questions and/or answers to another student, and all forms of unauthorized  collusion as well as copying any document(s) without giving proper credit, copying another student’s work, allowing one’s own work  to be copied, purchasing or downloading any work written by another, and copying and paraphrasing another’s ideas without giving  proper credit (plagiarism).     Consequences  for  cheating  are  the  following.  On  any  ​assessment  (as  defined  above)  the  student  will  receive  a  zero,  the  parent  or  guardian  will  be  contacted by the teacher, and the incident will be documented in the student’s file. On any ​external assessment (SAT,  ACT, RCT, AP, IB, Regents’ Examinations, etc.) the administering entity protocols are applicable. 



All students are expected to adhere to their schedule. Failure to do so without a signed handbook will result in the following:

First Class Cut…………………………1 School Detention Second Class Cut………………………2 School Detentions  Third Class Cut………………………..In School Suspension  

  Any  student  who  is  found  to  be  cutting  class  will  receive  a  zero  for  that  period.  This  will also be counted as an ​unexcused absence  and  may  affect  the  class  participation  portion  of  the  quarterly  report  card  grade.  Excessive  cutting  may  result  in  loss  of  credit  as  explained in the Attendance Policy. 

Any student  who  cuts  a  class  and  cannot  produce  proof  of  his/her  whereabouts  in  the  building  will  be  considered  as  leaving  the  building without permission. 


The use  of  the  District’s  computer  resources  is  a  privilege.  It  is  expected  that  all  individuals  utilizing  the  District’s  computers  and  networks  will  undertake  responsibility  for  their  actions  and  words;  and  will,  furthermore,  respect  the  rights  and  privileges  of  other  network users. ​The​ ​following​ ​actions​ ​are​ ​not​ ​permitted:  

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Sharing your password or account number with anyone Using impersonation, anonymity or pseudonyms  Leaving your account open and unattended (You have full responsibility for the use of your account, and you will be held  responsible for any policy violations that are traced to your account.)  Damaging, abusing or breaking the hardware, software or the network  Plagiarizing or using copyrighted material without permission. (Do not quote personal communications, software, art,  music or any other media without the original author’s prior consent.)  Using the computers for illegal activities or for commercial gain  Sending, using or displaying inappropriate language, pictures or any other type of communication, including profanity,  pornography or inflammatory speech  Disrespecting the rights and property of others  Improperly accessing, destroying or misusing files or data of others  Attempting to work in or modify the Network Operating System  Exploring or changing any system files  Intentionally wasting limited resources  Installing or attempting to install software, which only designated employees are allowed to do 


Users must familiarize themselves with these responsibilities. Failure to adhere to them may result in the loss of network and/or computer privileges, suspension and possible legal actions. The District Code of Conduct mandates additional consequences for  vandalism and threats made against others. ​ ​There are criminal laws related to the misuse of computers.    Students who violate these laws may face criminal prosecution.        DANGEROUS INSTRUMENTS 

Dangerous instruments, including but not limited to knives, guns, ammunition, pellet guns, box cutters, razor blades and the like, are not to be brought to school. Any such items will be confiscated and may be turned over to the police. 

Incendiary devices,  such  as  firecrackers,  smoke bombs, and stink bombs are illegal and are not allowed in school. Students possessing  or  using  any  of  these  items  will  be  subject  to  disciplinary  action  as  per  the  code  of  conduct.  Parents  will be notified and the police  may  be  contacted.  A  Superintendent’s  hearing  may  be  convened,  the  result of which could be removal from school for an extended  period  of  time.  See  the  District  Code  of  Conduct  for  additional  information.  New  York State and federal law mandates periods of  suspension for students who bring weapons to school      DETENTION SYSTEM 

Detention is  unnecessary  in  most  cases  and can easily be avoided by adhering to rules in the school.  However, as in all schools, there  will be those who, for one reason or another, choose not to conform to reasonable rules and detention will be assigned to them. 


1. Students must attend detention and be punctual.

If a  student  fails  to  serve  the assigned school detention, he/she will accrue a detention day in addition to the one missed.  In any case  the original detention given by the teacher MUST be served irrespective of the number of school detentions a student receives. 

If a subsequent detention is missed, a suspension will be assigned. Students remain responsible for serving the missed detention.



All students,  administrators,  teachers  and staff are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately  for  school  and  school  functions.  A  student’s  responsibility  to  come  to  school dressed appropriately rests with each student, his/her  parents,  the  building  administration,  faculty  and  staff.  Students  and  parents  have  the  right  to  determine  school  dress  providing the  attire  complies  with  requirements  for  health  and  safety,  and  does  not  interfere  with  the  educational  process.  Furthermore,  it  is  expected  that  dress  reflect  current  community  standards  and  deportment.  Clothing  and attire that bear an expression or insignia that  can  be  interpreted  as  obscene  or  libelous,  which  advocate  racial  or  religious  prejudice, or are disruptive, are forbidden.  Examples of  unacceptable school attire, although not limited to the following, include: 

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Clothing or jewelry with markings of tobacco, alcohol or drugs Clothing  or  jewelry  that  convey  messages  of  nudity,  lewdness,  profanity,  bias,  violence  and/or  pose  a  physical danger  Short-shorts/short skirts and/or clothing that expose bare midriffs  Torn, transparent (see through), and fishnet clothing that inappropriately exposes undergarments or skin  Pants that are worn beneath the waist or which expose undergarments  Gang-related clothing or paraphernalia  Head coverings worn in the classroom  Clothing which bear expressions or insignia which are obscene, libelous or disruptive  Items  that  denigrate others on account of race, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation  or disability 

The Board  of  Education  requires  students  to  wear  appropriate  protective  gear  in  certain  classes,  (e.g.,  family  and consumer science,  technology, physical education). 


In addition  to  the  above  guidelines,  the  school administration reserves the right to make determinations regarding appropriateness of  attire on an individual basis. 

The Board  of  Education  authorizes  the  administration  to  take  action  in  instances  where  individual  dress  does  not  meet  the  stated  requirements.                     


Cell phones are permitted in school.  Students may use their devices before the start of 1st period, in the hallways, during lunch  and after school.  Once inside a classroom, cell phones/electronic devices must be turned off and stored in a location not  visible to the teacher.  Cell phones/electronic devices may be used for educational purposes in the classroom with teacher  permission.  If a cellphone/electronic device rings, vibrates or is used without teacher permission in a classroom, a faculty or  staff member may confiscate the device.  Refusal to surrender your cell phone/electronic device when asked is considered  insubordinate and will result in disciplinary consequences up to and including suspension.    First Offense:  the device will be held in the Administrative office until the end of the school day.    Second Offense:  the device will remain in the office until the end of the school day and one after school detention will be  assigned.    Third Offense:  the device will remain in the office for five school days and the student will be assigned one day of in school  suspension. 


The Board of Education has adopted an eligibility policy. Copies of this policy are available in the main office.


Setting off  a  false  alarm  or  making  a  false  bomb  threat  is  a  safety  hazard.  ​Any  student  who  sets  off  a  false  alarm  or makes a bomb  threat  will  be  suspended  and  charges  may  be  filed.  The  matter  may  also  be  referred  to  the  Superintendent  of  Schools  for  further  disciplinary action or the police will be notified. Anyone setting off a false alarm may be prosecuted for this violation as well.    FIGHTING 

Fighting will  not  be  tolerated  on  school  property  or in the school vicinity.  Fights occurring on the way to and from school or during  lunch  will  be  considered  to  fall  under  this  policy.  Students  who  are  involved  in  fights  will  be  suspended.  The  District  Code  of  Conduct mandates a minimum period of suspension for students involved in a violent incident. 


A student who forges any type of note or pass will be issued a suspension for the first offense.  


GAMBLING     No  gambling  is  permitted  on  school  property.  A  student will be issued a warning for the first offense and a school detention for the  second offense. A suspension will be issued for a third offense for gambling. 

                            STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES 

The school  nurse  monitors  the  health  of  all  students  in  the  school  and is the liaison between the school and various health agencies.  All  students  are  required  to  have  an  updated  emergency  card  on  file  in  the  Health  Office.  This card should be filled out completely  and  signed by the parent or guardian. The Health Office should be advised of any changes in address, phone numbers, and emergency  contact person(s). 

The school nurse will provide emergency care for students involved in accidents or unexpected medical situations.

Administration of Medicine in School

If a student needs to take medication during the school day, he or she must follow these rules:

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Bring a note from his or her parent which gives the nurse permission to store the medication for the student’s use, releasing  the Board and its employees of liability for the administration of medication.  Give the nurse a doctor’s note with instructions about dosage, times given, etc.  Bring a copy of the prescription.  An adult must bring the medication to school in the original container.      INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR-DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION  


The school  premises  are  not  an  appropriate  environment  for  the display of certain types of affection that include, but are not limited  to,  kissing,  caressing,  or  embracing.  Students  will  be issued an office detention after an initial warning for the first offense.  A parent  conference will be held if an additional problem occurs. If there are any further incidents, a one-day suspension will be issued. 


Students are encouraged and expected to conduct themselves in a reasonable manner. Students are expected to follow requests and directives of staff members. Failure to do so will be considered insubordination. Possible consequences include detention, in-school  suspension and out-of-school  suspension. 




The Library and Library Computer Lab is available for student use during study hall, lunch, and Academic Support. When visiting the Library, each student must have a signed planner to the library from a staff member. Study Hall visits will be used to complete  assignments or request support in the Library. 



There will be no loitering in the halls or bathrooms.     First Offense……………………………………Warning  Second Offense…………………………………Office Detention  Repeated Offense……………………………Suspension 


An administrator  will  assign  office  detention.  Some  infractions  resulting  in  detention  include  excessive  tardiness,  inappropriate  displays of affection, disruptive behavior in the halls, etc. Office detention will be from 2:35 to 3:05 p.m. 



Incidents involving physical assault, verbal threats, and harassment of any type are not permitted.  The penalty ranges from one to five  days  of  out-of-school  suspension  and  possible  referral  to  the  Superintendent’s  office  and  the Board of Education for further action.  Prosecution may result.  PROFANITY    Students  are  encouraged  to  respect  themselves,  to  treat  others  respectfully  and  are expected to use appropriate language, both in the  classroom  and  in  the  corridors.  Profanity  is  not  to  be  used,  and  it  is  not  considered  to  be  appropriate  in  school.  Students using  profanity will be referred to the office. A minimum of one-day in-school suspension may be issued. 


No student  is  allowed  to  smoke  or  chew  tobacco  inside  the  building  or  on  school  grounds.  Any  student who violates the smoking  policy will be subject to the following: 

First Offense ……………………………… In School Suspension and Referral to the student assistance counselor Second Offense ………………………… Out of School Suspension or Saturday Detention   

Counseling and referral services are available for students who need help in breaking a smoking habit. Please see the Guidance Department.  


Stealing is a very serious offense. Students found guilty of stealing face a minimum two-day suspension. Prosecution may result.


Use or possession of alcohol or other drugs is prohibited. A student shall not buy, possess (on his/her person, on school property, or at any school-sponsored event), use, or be under the influence of any mind-altering substance, including but not limited to alcohol,  narcotics,  hallucinogens, amphetamines, steroids, cocaine, barbiturates, marijuana, tobacco, LSD, PCP, look-a-likes, substances referred to as  “designer drugs,” or any counterfeit substance which is used as a controlled substance. 


Furthermore, a student shall not knowingly be in the presence of any person or location where there is any mind-altering substance, including, but not limited to those substances listed in the above paragraph. 

So as  to  provide  for  the  health  and  safety  of  individual  students,  and  those  of  the  school  community,  any  person  exhibiting  any  behavior,  conduct,  personal  or  physical  characteristics  indicative  of  having  used  or  consumed  any  mind-altering  substance,  will  be  immediately sent to the school personnel. The findings of the medical personnel will be made known at once to the Principal.   

The Principal  will  prohibit  any  individual  suspected  of  using  a  mind-altering  substance  from  participating  in  any  school,  or  school  associated activities. The Principal will contact the individual’s parent/guardian, and when appropriate, the law enforcement agencies. 

The disciplinary  actions  relative  to  violations  of  these  policies  pertaining  to  the  use, or possession of mind-altering substances are as  follows: 

First Offense: Five days out-of-school suspension, and an assessment/evaluation by a Counselor.

Second Offense:  Five days out-of-school suspension, and referral to the Superintendent of Schools for further disciplinary action, and  a meeting of the student and parents with a Counselor prior to allowing the student’s return to school.   

Any student  who  sells  illegal  substances  as  defined in the District Code of Conduct will be suspended out of school for five days and  referred to the Superintendent of Schools for future disciplinary action. A report will be made to the police. 

Drug Paraphernalia/Alcohol  Beverage  Containers:  A  student  shall  not  possess  on  his/her  person  or  on  school  property  (i.e.,  locker,  desk, etc.) or at any school event any type of device or product that can be used for any substance abusing activity.  This policy  includes but is not limited to any container used to hold an alcoholic beverage or other items, such as pipes, rolling papers, clips, etc. 

The disciplinary  actions  relative  to  violations  of  the  school policy pertaining to drug paraphernalia/ alcoholic beverage containers are  as follows:   

First Offense:  Immediate  contact  with  parent/guardian  and  a three-day suspension.  The appropriate law enforcement agencies may  be contacted. An assessment referral to a Substance Abuse Counselor may be recommended. 

Second Offense: Immediate contact with parent/guardian and a five-day suspension.  

The appropriate law agencies will be contacted.   Referral to the School Board for further disciplinary action. An assessment evaluation referral to a Substance Abuse Counselor will be  required prior to the student’s return to school. 

Substance Abuse  and  Paraphernalia  Policy  for  School  Activities,  Clubs,  and Organizations: The disciplinary actions stated in  the  substance  abuse  and paraphernalia policy pertain to all school functions, whether on school property or at another school, facility,  or transportation to and from the same. 

Any individual  in  violation  of  the  above  policy  will  not  be  allowed  to  attend  or  participate  in  that  particular  event.  The  coach,  chaperon,  or person in charge must make every attempt to have the violator’s parent/guardian pick him/her up.  The person violating  any  of  the  policies  is  liable  to  the  actions  of  the  host facility, law enforcement agencies, as well as to the disciplinary actions as stated  under the Sag Harbor Union Free District’s Substance Abuse and Drug Paraphernalia/Alcoholic Beverage Container Policy. 

Medications and  Prescribed Drugs: All students must leave all medications and prescribed drugs in the nurse’s office of the school  building. 

Any student found taking or possessing any over-the-counter or prescribed medication without office   knowledge may be handled under the disciplinary actions as stated in the Sag Harbor Union Free School   District’s Substance Abuse and Drug Paraphernalia Policy.   


SUSPENSION POLICY       Pierson High School is intended to be a reasonable place for everyone. Any individual or group of students seeing themselves above  the rules will face appropriate consequences. Commonsense, self-discipline, respect, and understanding are the keys to providing an  environment for learning.   

Please refer to the District Code of Conduct for state mandated periods of suspension for acts of misbehavior.

Suspension will  be  issued  by  a  high  school  administrator  when  it  is  deemed  appropriate.  When  a  student  is  suspended  during  the  school  day,  attempts  will  be  made  to  notify  parents  before  sending  the  student  home.  Following  verbal  notification,  a  letter  confirming  the  suspension  will  be  mailed  home.  Students  are  not  permitted  on  school  grounds  for  the  duration of an out of school  suspension. 



It is very important to be on time for school. This is primarily for two reasons:

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You need to be in class so you do not miss work.

You distract others when you enter late.     Since,  occasionally,  circumstances  beyond  your  control  can  happen, all students will be permitted three tardies each semester without  any  disciplinary  consequences.  After  that,  detention  will  be  assigned.  Lateness  of  fifteen  minutes  or  more  is  considered an absence  from class.    TRESPASSING        Misbehavior  and  mischievous  behavior  on  school  grounds  after  hours  will  be  treated  as  trespassing.  Persons  who  are  banned  from  school grounds will be charged with trespassing if they are present.   


Absences  from  school  ​without  parent  permission  will  not  be  authorized  by  the  school.  If a student is truant from school, he/she  will be issued a one-day in school suspension. Unexcused absences from three classes or more in a day is considered truancy. 



Willful destruction  or misuse of school property (books, desks, chairs, etc.) is prohibited.  Those apprehended will pay for the damage  and face suspension. Vandalism is considered a violent act under state law ant the District Code of Conduct.   


No waterguns  are  permitted  in  school  because  their  use  and  possession  may  create  a  dangerous  situation.  Waterguns  will  be  confiscated. Use of waterguns will result in confiscation of the watergun and possible suspension of the student from school.        Snowball  throwing  can  be  dangerous.  Students  who  throw  snowballs  on  school  property  will  face  disciplinary  action  by  the  administration.  


State and Federal law and the District Code of Conduct mandates severe penalties for a student who brings a weapon to school.


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2018-2019 Pierson High School Student Handbook  

Pierson High School Sag Harbor, New York 2018-2019 Student Handbook

2018-2019 Pierson High School Student Handbook  

Pierson High School Sag Harbor, New York 2018-2019 Student Handbook