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Watertown High School Agenda Book Must Be Intact To Be Valid STUDENT HANDBOOK 2012-2013

Watertown City School District

Mission Statement The Watertown City School District is dedicated to educational excellence which provides each individual with opportunities to realize maximum potential for personal growth and social responsibility, enabling each to meet the challenges of the future.

www.watertowncsd.org This Agenda Book Belongs To: NAME ADDRESS CITY/TOWN

ZIP CODE

PHONE The Watertown City School District hereby advises students, parents, employees and the general public that it offers employment and educational opportunities, without regard to sex, race, color, national origin or handicap. Inquiries regarding this nondiscrimination policy may be directed to: School Business Manager, Coordinator of Title IX Section 504, 1351 Washington Street, P.O. Box 586, Watertown, New York 13601-0586 Phone number: 785-3714


The Watertown City School District and Watertown High School updated the following policies during the summer of 2012. Unfortunately the handbook went to print before the updates were finalized. Attendance Policy Code of Conduct & Dignity For All Students Act As a result, an addendum with new revisions will be distributed to all students.


Table of Contents GENERAL INFORMATION Administration............................. 4 School Hours .............................. 4 Marking Periods/ Progress Reports........................ 4 Building Calendar ....................... 5 Daily Announcements................. 6 Lockers ....................................... 7 Emergency School Closing......... 7 Work Permits .............................. 7 Student ID/LUNCH Card............. 8 Health and Dental Services ........ 8

ATTENDANCE INFORMATION Attendance ............................... 24

ACADEMIC INFORMATION Admission / Withdrawal.............. 9 Graduation Requirements........... 9 Honors Diploma ........................ 10 Promotion Procedure................ 10 Schedule Changes .................. 11 Dropping a Course.................... 11 Grade Reporting ...................... 11 Final and Midterm Exams ......... 11 Transcript / Student Records .... 12 Honor Roll................................. 12 Procedure for Transferring........ 12 Re-entry Guidelines .................. 13 Jefferson Vocational Technical Center....................................... 13 National Honor Society ............. 13 Scholarship Information ............ 14 STUDENT MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES School Wide Rules ................... 20 Disciplinary Code...................... 20 Possession / Use of Tobacco. 20 Fighting.................................. 20 Verbal Confrontation .............. 20 Insubordination towards Staff. 20 Class Disruption..................... 21 Theft or Possession of Stolen Property ...................... 21 Plagiarism /Cheating.............. 21 Illegal Substances / Look-a-Likes .......................... 21

Late to Class ...........................22 Unsafe / Non-Approved Driving / Riding ........................22 Destruction of School Property.....................................22 Harassment of Students .........22 Bomb Threats..........................23 Failure to Follow Cafeteria Rules........................23 Computer Violations ................23 Exclusion from Extra-curricular Activities .........23 Detention ................................23 In-School-Restriction ..............23 Suspension.............................23 Authorization to Leave School 24 Tardiness ................................24

POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Emergency Procedures ...............7 Fire and Disaster Drills ................7 Textbook......................................8 Pledge of Allegiance..................25 Visitors / Guest Procedures .......25 Student Parking .........................25 Bicycles .....................................26 Skateboards, Rollerskates/blades ..................................................26 Peer Mediation ..........................26 Sexual Harassment ...................26 Computer Use ...........................30 Student Code of Conduct ..........32

STUDENT ACTIVITIES Clubs and Activities ...................37 Special Events...........................37 Class Officers / Student Council Officers ............37 Dances .....................................38 Senior Activities .........................38 Athletic Teams...........................38

MISCELLANEOUS Summer School ........................25 Hallway Passport ................ 43-50 MAPS 1st Floor 2nd Floor 3rd Floor

40 41 42


ADMINISTRATORS Joseph McGrath, Interim Principal Leslie Atkinson, Assistant Principal Nelly Collazo, Assistant Principal GENERAL INFORMATION OFFICE HOURS

7:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

PHONE NUMBERS Main Office: Guidance Office Attendance Office Nurse’s Office Athletic Director Assistant Principal Discipline Secretary Assistant Principal Building Secretary Principal SCHOOL HOURS Period HR/ 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

785-3810 785-3820 785-3828 785-3830 785-3833 785-3813 785-3814 785-3815 785-3811 785-3812

Time 7:30 8:16 8:59 9:28 10:11 10:54 11:37 12:20 1:03 1:46

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8:12 8:55 9:24 10:07 10:50 11:33 12:16 12:59 1:42 2:25

VOCATIONAL SCHOOL – A.M. – (Periods 2-6) – Lunch Period (7th) P.M. – (Periods 6-10)–Lunch Period (7th) MARKING PERIODS The marking periods end on the following dates: 1st Marking Period 2nd Marking Period 3rd Marking Period 4th Marking Period

November 2, 2012 January 25, 2013 April 12, 2013 June 21, 2013

MID-MARKING PERIOD PROGRESS REPORTS Date Due October 5, 2012 1st Marking Period nd December 7, 2012 2 Marking Period rd 3 Marking Period March 1, 2013 May 17, 2013 4th Marking Period

Dear Parents and Students: Welcome to Watertown High School. This agenda book contains helpful information that will assist you in learning more about the procedures and rules of our building. A great percentage of discipline problems could be solved if students followed the two most basic rules of school. Students need to be where they are suppose to be when they are suppose to be there and follow directions from staff. By following these two important rules seventy-five percent of all discipline referrals would be eliminated. Students are expected to carry their agenda books with them at all times and use them as a tool for organization. The agenda book is used for pass privileges and recording homework assignments. Parents are asked to monitor this process. Please do not hesitate to contact the main office, administrator or teaching staff if questions arise regarding procedural information. We welcome any suggestions you may have with regard to improving this agenda book. We look forward to a positive partnership and successful school year. Sincerely, WHS Administration


WHS Building Calendar 2012-2013 SEPTEMBER School Opens – Freshman Only Report School Opens – All Students Report Lifetouch Pictures – Student/ID ACT @ JCC Athletic Department Meeting– WHS Aud Cyclone Booster Club Meeting

5 6 7 8 11 12

7:30 am 7:30 am

1 6 8 10 13 16

5:00 –7:30 pm 7:45 am

5:00 - 7:00 pm 7:00 pm

OCTOBER Higher Education Night (JCC) SAT I and II Testing Columbus Day- No School Cyclone Booster Club Meeting WHS Homecoming Dance WHS Parent Meeting (LGI) (College Night Juniors & Parents) PSAT Testing ACT @ JCC

7:00 pm 8:30 – 11:30 pm 7:00 pm

17 27

NOVEMBER End of First Marking Period Bi-County @ Lowville SAT I and II Testing ASVAB (Juniors & Seniors) Sports Award Program Veteran’s Day – (observed) No School Cyclone Booster Club Meeting Area All-State @ Potsdam Thanksgiving Recess – No School

2 2 3 7 7 12 14 16 & 17 21-23

7:45 am 7:45 am 6:15 pm 7:00 pm

DECEMBER All State @ Rochester SAT I & II Financial Aid Night ACT @ JCC Cyclone Booster Club Meeting Senior Citizen Luncheon/Music Select Choir / Wind Concert Holiday Ball Holiday Concert Holiday Recess – No School

1-2 1 5 8 12 13 13 15 17 Dec.24 – Jan 2

7:45 am 7:00 pm 9:00 – 12:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 8:30 – 11:30 pm 7:00 pm

JANUARY Cyclone Booster Club Meeting Martin Luther King Day – No School End of Second Marking Period SAT I & II Testing Second Semester Begins

9 21 25 26 28

7:00 pm

7:45 am


FEBRUARY Bi-County @ Indian River WHS Musical Cyclone Booster Club Meeting Mid-Winter Recess – No School 8th Grade Orientation (WHS Auditorium) Festival of Bands

2 7-9 13 18-22 27 28

7:00 pm 7:00 pm 6:30 pm

MARCH Sports Award Program Sat I & II Testing Music-in-our-Schools Concert (WHS) Cyclone Booster Club Meeting Drama Production Good Friday – No School

6 9 13 13 22-23 29

6:15 pm 7:45 am 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm

APRIL Spring Recess – No School NYSSMA Solos @ WHS Cyclone Booster Club Meeting End of Third Marking Period ACT Testing (JCC) WHS Honor Society Induction NYSSMA Solo Fest @ WHS

1-5 8-12 10 12 14 18 26-27

7:00 pm

7:00 pm

MAY Sat I & II Testing Spring Concert I Cyclone Booster Club Meeting Spring Concert II WHS Prom WHS Band Concert Memorial Day – No School Class Trip Awards Recognition Ceremony

4 6 8 13 18 20 27 31 30

7:45 am 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 8:30–11:30 pm

6:00 pm

JUNE SAT I & II Testing Sports Award Program WHS Fashion Show Senior Class Day (11&12th grade only) ACT Testing (JCC) Last Day of Classes Local Exams Local / Regents Exams WHS Graduation Rehearsal WHS Graduation Commencement

1 5 6 7 8 10 11 12-21 21 22

7:45 am 6:15 pm 7:00 pm

10:00 am 11:00 am

DAILY ANNOUNCEMENTS Announcements pertinent to school activities are e-mailed on a daily basis. They will be read each morning over WWHS-TV Channel 35 during homeroom. Information to be included in the bulletin must be submitted by a staff member or club advisor by 2:30 p.m. the day before the announcement is to be run.


BUS SCHEDULES Students will be informed of bus schedules prior to the start of school each year. Students are not to leave school property after arriving at school. LOCKERS Each student is assigned an individual hall locker at the beginning of the school year. Lockers or combinations will not be shared with others and will be kept locked at all times. Lockers may not be written on or permanently decorated. Hall, gym and pool lockers are school property. School district administrators have the right to search all lockers at anytime if it is deemed necessary. At the end of the school year, the locker should be completely clean. Any locker problems should be reported to the main office. Canine searches may be held periodically throughout the year. THEFTS Students should report all suspected thefts to the Assistant Principal’s Office where a report will be filled out. LOST AND FOUND Students who lose items should check to see if they have been turned in at the main office. Articles found should be taken to the office. EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSINGS In the event of a school closing or a delayed opening, information will be communicated to all students, parents and staff over the following radio and television stations: WATN – AM (1240) WTNY – AM (790) WWNY – TV 7 WTOJ – FM (103.1) WFRY – FM (97.5) WWTI – TV 50 WWLF – FM (106.7) WUZZ – AM (1410) WCIZ-FFM (93.5) WBDR– AM (102.7) WLKC – FM (100) The decision to close or delay school openings will be made, if possible, prior to 6:30 a.m. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES/REGULATIONS All persons in the building are required to comply with established emergency procedures when activated. Tampering with emergency equipment (fire alarms, extinguishers, etc.) or use of smoke bombs, fire crackers and other explosive devices is strictly forbidden. Failure to comply with this policy will result in suspension and/or legal action. Bomb threats will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. FIRE AND DISASTER DRILLS Fire and disaster drills will be conducted throughout the school year. Directions for fire and disaster drills are posted in each room and are to be followed without exception. WORK PERMITS Students who are required to have work permits may obtain them from the WHS main office. Forms can be picked up between 8:00 and 3:30 p.m. Requirements are as follows: Social Security number, Picture ID/Birth Certificate, Complete Physical within the last 12 months, and a parent signature on the form. CAFETERIA AND FOOD CONSUMPTION During all lunch periods, the cafeteria will serve hot food, beverage, fruit and desserts. All food, including sack lunches, should be eaten in the cafeteria unless otherwise arranged in advance. It is expected that all students will help keep tables clear by disposing of wrappers and containers and that students will be considerate of others using this area. Students will be responsible for the cost of broken or damaged cafeteria items. All students are to report to the cafeteria during their scheduled lunch period and to remain there to the end of the period. Students can enjoy the lunch privileges by complying with the following procedures: 1. Follow directions of faculty and cafeteria supervisors.


2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Be in the cafeteria on time. Talk in normal tones only. Place all trash in proper trash receptacles and return all trays. Do not throw food or other objects. During the cafeteria period do not leave the cafeteria without permission of the cafeteria supervisor. Dismissal from the cafeteria will be as directed by the cafeteria supervisor at the end of the period.

Open juice cans or bottles are not permitted in the hallways during the school day. Students are not to take open juice cans or water bottles from the cafeterias. Glass bottles are not permitted in school for safety reasons. If a student is not scheduled for a lunch period, his classroom teacher may allow him to bring juice/food to that classroom. Otherwise, all food and drink are to be consumed in the cafeterias. A school breakfast program will be available each day before school. This program offers breakfast food from 7:10 a.m. – 7:25 a.m. in Cafeteria B. Students must be in homerooms by 7:30 a.m. and may not consume food outside of Caf. B. TEXTBOOKS Books are provided free of charge. Students are expected to treat textbooks and other materials properly and to pay for or replace them if lost or damaged. STUDENT I.D. / LUNCH CARD Student I.D. cards are issued during first few days of school in September. The I.D. card also serves as a lunch card. This card is to be carried at all times and presented to staff upon request. Students who lose their cards may get a replacement for $2.00. HEALTH SERVICES In the nurse’s office, a registered nurse provides first aid, health assessments, hearing and vision screenings, arranges for school and sports physical exams and handles emergency situations. The school-based health center, which is operated by the North Country Children’s Clinic, is adjacent to the nurse’s office. A nurse practitioner and certified social worker, both specialists in adolescent health, provide comprehensive physical exams, treatment of illnesses and injuries, needed prescriptions and counseling for personal and school problems. This service is available to all students who are enrolled in the program. While there is no out–of-pocket charge, private insurance companies and Medicaid will be billed. Enrollment forms are available in the school nurse’s office or by calling the health center at 785-3703. If a student becomes ill at school, he/she should report to the WHS nurse’s office after receiving permission from their teacher. Students leaving school as a result of illness must be released through the nurse’s office. After making an initial assessment, the nurse will contact the parent or guardian if the illness or injury needs treatment. The parent will then decide if the student should be treated by the nurse practitioner at the health center or another health provider. Any student needing medication during school hours must bring in a written note from their parent and prescribing health care provider, giving the time, dose and reason for medication to be administered. Medication must be in its original container. Permission slips and medications are to be kept in the nurse’s office. As it is important to keep an updated record of every student’s health, the school nurse requests that parents notify her of any illness, injuries, hospital visits, medication, etc.


The school nurse is available to answer any questions or concerns and may be contacted at 785-3830 or 785-3831. In case of an extended illness, assignments may be collected, by making a request through the Guidance Office at 785-3820. Any additional arrangements that need to be made for long illnesses should be directed to the school nurse and guidance counselors. ADMISSION AND WITHDRAWAL Students eligible to attend WHS are those whose parents or guardians are residents of the Watertown City School District. Students who transfer into the Watertown City School District from another district must be residing with a parent or guardian. Exceptions to this must be approved by the Superintendent of Schools. Any other arrangements for school attendance and tuition information must be made through the office of the Superintendent of Schools. Students new to the school must be enrolled through our Guidance Office. Students who are withdrawing from school for any reason must complete the withdrawal procedure. This should be initiated by the Guidance Office. Returning students will be notified during the summer of procedures to be followed at the beginning of the school year.

CLASS OF 2013 – 2016 GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

A.

Credit Requirements for All Students

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Earn 22 or more units Pass 4 units of English (9-12) Pass 4 units of Social Studies Pass 3 units of Mathematics Pass 3 units of Science Pass one unit of Language other than English Pass Health Education (1/2 unit) Pass 1 unit of Art, Music or equivalent. Pass 4 years of Physical Education (1/2 unit each year for a total of (2 units) Pass 3.5 units of electives

B.

Testing Requirements

1. Local Diploma—available only to students with an IEP a. Students must score a 55% or higher on the five required Regents exams. 2. Regents Diploma*—score a minimum of: a. 65% on Integrated Algebra or Geometry Regents b. 65% on Science Regents c. 65% on Global History & Geo. Regents d. 65% on U. S. History Regents e. 65% on English Language Arts Regents 3. Advanced Regents Diploma* a. ALL items in #2 above (Regents Diploma) b. 65% on Geometry Regents Regents c. 65% on Algebra II/ Trigonometry Regents d. 65% on second Science Regents e. 3 credits in a Language Other Than English (LOTE)and pass a local exam or pass a sequence in: Occupational Education, Music or Art .


THE GRANTING OF CREDIT FOR A REGENTS COURSE WILL NOT BE BASED SOLEY ON THE REGENTS EXAMINATION GRADE. IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A UNIT OF REGENTS CREDIT, A STUDENT MUST RECEIVE BOTH A PASSING REGENTS GRADE AND A PASSING FINAL COURSE GRADE. Students must also meet seat time requirements in a second language for graduation. More information on this requirement is available from your guidance counselor. All students must have met graduation requirements in order to be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. Graduation ceremonies are held in both June and August.

HONORS DIPLOMA The words “With Honors” may be added to the Regents endorsement of a local diploma if a student has earned an average of a least 90% in the examinations indicated below: 1. The Regents examination in Comprehensive English. 2. The Regents examination in Global Studies. 3. The Regents examinations in United States History and Government. 4. The Regents examination(s) that must be passed to complete the major sequence requirements. Only the Regents examinations indicated above are to be included when determining if a pupil has met the requirements for the “With Honors” Regents endorsement. Any additional Regents examinations that a pupil may have taken are not to be included when computing the pupil’s Regents examination average. The Regents examinations taken for the required courses in mathematics, foreign language and science are to be included only when a pupil is also using those courses to satisfy the major sequence requirements. WHS PROMOTION PROCEDURE Class of 2013,2014,2015,2016 4.5 or more credits = Sophomore (2 of these 4.5 credits must be from English, social studies, science, or math) 9 or more credits = Junior 15 or more credits = Senior

GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT The Guidance Department is located next to the main office. There are four guidance counselors who work with students concerning scheduling, graduation requirements, college and career decisions and personal matters. Students who need to see their counselor during the school year should schedule an appointment during a study hall, lunch or after school. The counselors for the 2012-2013 school year and their assignments are as follows: Mr. Freeman A–D Mr. Carbone E–K Mrs. Bassett L–Q Mrs. Houghmaster R–Z In addition, there is a home-school coordinator, Ms. Sutton; a school psychologist, Ms. Davis; and a student assistance counselor, Ms. Connors. During the course of the year, WHS cooperates and works closely with the military and the various news media. If you do not want your son or daughter’s name and address released or your son or daughter’s image reproduced for use in the media, or on the district website, please contact the guidance office in writing.


SCHEDULE CHANGES Every effort is made to schedule students in the spring for the following year. If changes do have to be made, they are done according to the following guidelines. Schedules may be adjusted if any of the following conditions exist: 1. Incomplete schedule. 2. Duplication of courses. 3. Course in incorrect sequence. (ex.-Drafting II first semester; Drafting I, second semester). 4. Seniors who lack a required course for graduation. 5. Lack of pre-requisite or approval for a scheduled course. 6. Completion of the course. (This may have happened through summer school attendance). 7. Acceptance for special programs (ex.-Work Experience, College Class, Teacher Aide) with the approval of the appropriate teacher or administrator. 8. Re-enrollment in a course in which the student received a failing grade or no credit. 9. Students are expected to take a minimum of 5 courses plus Physical Education during the year. Schedule changes, which result in a reduction below this number must have parental and administrative approval. Schedules will not be adjusted for the following conditions: 1. Preference for a different teacher. 2. Preference for a different period or semester. 3. Preference for a different lunch period. 4. Preference to be with friends in classes. 5. Change of mind about taking the course. All students must attend the classes on their current schedule until the classes are rescheduled. Attendance records will be forwarded to the new class. Students who have incomplete schedules should report to the Guidance Office. DROPPING A COURSE Students will not be allowed to drop any course after the first week of a new semester without parental or legal guardian’s consent. Any student considering dropping a course after the first week of a new semester must have a parent conference. The conference shall be with the student, their parent(s) or legal guardian, their guidance counselor, and in some cases, the teacher of that course. Counselors will encourage students to remain in the course and seek additional help from the teacher or peer tutor. If the parent and student insist on dropping a course, they will be counseled on the ramifications of such action. GRADE REPORTING Report cards are issued four times during the school year. Students who receive an incomplete must make up their work by midpoint of the next marking period, except for physical education. If the work is not made up for that marking period, the grade will then be computed on the basis of work which was to have been completed. If a student receives an incomplete grade in physical education in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade they will be required to complete the work in the following year if it is not made up by the end of the semester. Seniors will not receive their diplomas until physical education is completed either in the summer or the following school year. Students enrolled in JCC courses or Distance Learning courses will be assigned a letter grade. WHS will convert the letter grade to a numerical grade for transcript purposes.


Students are not required to re-take courses for which they receive no credit unless that specific course is a requirement for graduation. TRANSCRIPTS Transcripts showing courses taken and credit awarded may be obtained from the Guidance Office. WHS releases student records to other Educational Facilities (school-to-school) without parent/guardian written consent based on the Federal Register, Volume 41, #118, §99.31, June 17, 1976 states: “Prior consent for disclosure not required….if the disclosure is ….to officials of another school or school system in which the student seeks or intends to enroll.” If you do not want records released, please notify our Guidance Office at 785-3820. STUDENT RECORDS Students may consult with an administrator or counselor at any time concerning the contents of their school records. HONOR ROLL Being named to the Honor Roll should be a goal of all students. Four times each year, after report cards are issued, an Honor Roll will be released based upon grades received during the quarter. Students are not eligible for either the A or B Honor Roll if they have an incomplete (INC) in any course. A student will be named to the A Honor Roll if their average is 90% or higher. Students are named to the B Honor Roll with an average of 85% - 89.999%. Honor Rolls are published in the school newsletter and posted in the map area display cases. LIBRARY Students wishing to use the library during a study hall must obtain a pre-signed pass from a member of the library staff. This pass must then be presented to the study hall teacher before leaving the study hall to go to the library. ID’s are required. PROCEDURE FOR TRANSFERRING STUDENTS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR Military dependents: The Guidance Office must receive a copy of the transfer orders including the date the family is leaving and where they are transferring. Non-military families: The parent or guardian must submit a letter to the Guidance Office indicating when the student’s last day of attendance will be and where they are moving. This should be done at least two weeks prior to the anticipated move and three weeks ahead if at all possible. Students leaving prior to the end of the semester: A midterm exam or final exam (depending on the course involved) will be administered. If a project is used in place of an exam, the teacher will grade it and compute the average accordingly. The teacher will administer the test, correct it, compute the average and turn in the average to the Guidance Office. For transfers occurring before May 1, it is presumed the student will finish the school year in the new district. In this case, the student and parent/guardian must notify the guidance office prior to the student’s last day of school. The counselor will then prepare a withdrawal sheet for the student that he/she takes to each teacher in order to sign out on his/her last day of school. In-progress grades will be forwarded to the new school when available.

For students transferring on or after May 1, who will be enrolling in another school, the above procedure will be followed. For transfers occurring on or after May 1, for students who will not be entering another school that academic year, the parent or guardian must complete the


early transfer form in the guidance office. As part of the process, the student’s last day of attendance and transfer location must be provided. Documentation showing that the move is beyond the family’s control must also be provided – for military families, a copy of transfer orders. This should be done at least three weeks prior to the anticipated move. For each class, a final average based on the first three quarters, plus work to date in the 4th quarter, will be computed. If the teacher deems appropriate, a final exam and project will be administered and calculated into the final average. Credit will be granted for passing grades and the grades will be forwarded to the next school when they become available.

RE-ENTRY GUIDELINES Students who wish to re-enter WHS must demonstrate their commitment to completing their education by following the re-entry guidelines. For a complete copy of these guidelines, students should contact the Guidance Office or an assistant principal at Watertown High School. JEFFERSON VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL CENTER A number of vocational programs are offered at the JVTC located on Arsenal Street. Students enrolled in these courses attend WHS for half a day and travel to the vocational center for the remainder of the day. Credit is awarded toward high school graduation and vocational certificates can be earned. Bus transportation is provided by WHS and students are expected to ride the bus. More information can be obtained from the course description pamphlet or the Guidance Office. NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY Watertown High School is a member of the National Honor Society of Secondary Schools. Its local chapter is known as the Gary M. Jones Chapter. The objective of this chapter is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, service, leadership and to encourage development of character in all students at Watertown High School. To be eligible for membership, candidates will be judged by a faculty committee in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership and character. Membership will be based on a semester average of 90% calculated at the end of five semesters. In order for a transfer student to be eligible for election, the candidate must be in attendance at WHS for a period equivalent to one full semester. Guidelines for rating students in the areas of Leadership, Service and Character are as follows:

Gary M . J ones Chapter

Leadership The student who exercises leadership: • Is resourceful in proposing new problems, applying principles and making suggestions. • Demonstrates leadership in promoting school activities. • Exercises influence on peers in upholding school ideals. • Contributes ideas that improve the civic life of the school. • Is able to delegate responsibilities. • Exemplifies positive attitudes. • Inspires positive behavior in others. • Demonstrates academic initiative.


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Successfully holds school offices, or positions of responsibility, conducts business efficiently and effectively, and is reliable and dependable without prodding. Demonstrates leadership in the classroom, at work and in school activities. Is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted.

Service The student who serves: • Is willing to uphold scholarship and maintain a loyal school attitude. • Participates in some outside activity: Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church groups, volunteer services for the aged, poor, or disadvantaged, family duties. • Volunteers dependable and well-organized assistance, is gladly available and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance. • Works well with others and is willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities. • Cheerfully and enthusiastically renders any requested service to the school. • Is willing to represent the class or school in inter-class and interscholastic competition. • Does committee and staff work without complaining. • Shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers and students.

Character The student with character: • Takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously. • Constantly exemplifies desirable qualities of personality (cheerfulness, friendliness, poise, stability). • Upholds principles of morality and ethics. • Cooperates by complying with school regulations concerning property, programs, office, halls, etc. • Demonstrates the highest standards of honesty and reliability. • Shows courtesy, concern and respect for others. • Observes instructions and rules, punctuality and faithfulness both inside and outside of the classroom. • Has powers of concentration and sustained attention as shown by perseverance and application to studies. • Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules, avoids cheating in written work and shows unwillingness to profit from the mistakes of others. • Actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment. We encourage all students to strive for the high goals established by the National Honor Society. SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION Information regarding scholarships is available in the Guidance Office. Many applications for corporate and private scholarships are available. Any senior who wishes to apply for local or school sponsored scholarships must fill out an application in April-May in the Guidance Office to be eligible for one of these scholarships.


ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES AND SCHOOL REGULATIONS STUDENT MANAGEMENT Watertown High School has an assertive discipline program. Each teacher will have a classroom assertive discipline plan available for students. General school-wide rules as well as rules for the cafeteria and study halls are listed below. SCHOOL-WIDE RULES 1. Follow all directions of the faculty and staff. 2. Fighting and/or inappropriate behavior in school is prohibited. 3. Items which have no bearing on school activities are prohibited. 4. Use or possession of tobacco related products, lighters or matches, drugs or alcohol anywhere on school property or in school buildings is prohibited. 5. Students are to be in assigned areas. Passes or a signed agenda book are required to leave either an assigned area or the building. 6. Vandalism will not be tolerated. 7. No hats, bandannas (or other head coverings), coats, masks, chains (other than cosmetic), sunglasses, are to be worn in the building from 7:30 am – 2:25 pm. 8. Any apparel or accessories which may represent or reflect gang membership or affiliation is unacceptable on school property. 9. Clothing containing inappropriate language, sexual overtones or promoting or advertising the use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs is forbidden on school property. Distracting clothing (bare midriffs, tube tops, exposed boxer shorts) is not acceptable. 10. Students are not to be in possession of electronic devices (i.e. Cell phones, MP 3 players, pagers, radios, phones, walkie talkies, laser pointers, etc.) and are not permitted on school property unless previously approved by the building administration, between 7:30 a.m. and 2:25 p.m. 11. Coats, hats and jackets are to be kept in student lockers during the school day, 7:30 a.m. - 2:25 p.m. 12. Students are required to have their ID's with them at all times. 13. Phones are for legitimate communications, not social reasons. Office phones may be used in an emergency. 14. Once students arrive on school property they must remain on school property unless given permission to leave by an administrator. STUDENT DRESS CODE All students are expected to give proper attention to personal cleanliness and to dress appropriately for school and school functions. Students and their parents have the primary responsibility for acceptable student dress and appearance. Teachers and all other district personnel should exemplify and reinforce acceptable student dress and help students develop an understanding of appropriate appearance in the school setting. A student’s dress, grooming and appearance, including hair style/color, jewelry, make-up, and nails, shall: 1. Be safe, appropriate and not disrupt or interfere with the educational process. 2. Recognize that extremely brief garments such as tube tops, net tops, spaghetti straps, halter tops, bare midriffs, plunging necklines (front and/or back), short shorts, mini dresses/skirts (above mid-thigh length) and see through garments are not appropriate. 3. Ensure that undergarments, including boxer shorts, are completely covered with outer clothing. Pants falling below the waist or hip are not acceptable. 4. Include footwear at all times. Footwear that is a safety hazard will not be allowed. 5. No hats may be worn during the school day except for medical or religious purposes. Bandanas, or other head covering, do-rags, coats, masks,


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chains (other than cosmetic) and sunglasses are not to be worn in the building except for medical or religious purposes. Any apparel or accessories that may represent or reflect gang membership or affiliation is unacceptable on school property. Not include items that are vulgar, obscene, libelous, or denigrate others on account of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, innuendo, or disability. Not promote and/or endorse the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs and/or encourage other illegal or violent activities.

Each building principal, or his/her designee, shall be responsible for informing all students and their parents of the student dress code at the beginning of the school year and any revisions to the dress code made during the school year. Students who violate the dress code shall be required to modify their appearance by covering or removing the offending item, and if necessary or practical, replacing it with an acceptable item. Any student who refuses to do so shall be subject to discipline, up to and including in-school suspension for the day. Any student who repeatedly fails to comply with the dress code shall be subject to further discipline, up to and including out of school suspension.

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LEARNING LAB RULES Follow directions of faculty and staff. Students will be in learning labs on time. Students are expected to spend their time constructively. Sleeping is not allowed in a learning lab.

PROHIBITED STUDENT CONDUCT The Board of Education expects all students to conduct themselves in an appropriate and civil manner, with proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, district personnel and other members of the school community, and for the care of school facilities and equipment. The best discipline is self-imposed, and students must learn to assume and accept responsibility for their own behavior, as well as the consequences of their misbehavior. District personnel who interact with students are expected to use disciplinary action only when necessary and to place emphasis on the students’ ability to grow in self-discipline. The Board recognizes the need to make its expectation for student conduct while on school property or engaged in a school function specific and clear. The rules of conduct listed below are intended to do that and focus on safety and respect for the rights and property of others. Students who will not accept responsibility for their own behavior and who violate these school rules will be required to accept the penalties for their conduct. The following conduct shall be deemed inappropriate and unacceptable on school grounds , school buses, and at school functions. Students may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school, when they: A.

Engage in conduct that is disorderly. Disorderly conduct includes but is not limited to: 1. Running in hallways. 2. Making unreasonable noise. 3. Using language or gestures that are profane, lewd, vulgar or abusive. 4. Obstructing vehicular or pedestrian traffic. 5. Engaging in any willful act which disrupts the normal operation of the school community.


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Trespassing. Students are not permitted in any school building, other than the one they regularly attend, without permission from the administrator in charge of the building. Computer/electronic communications misuse, including any unauthorized use of computers, software or internet/intranet account; accessing inappropriate websites, or any other violation of the district’s acceptable use policy.

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Engage in conduct that is insubordinate. Insubordinate conduct includes but is no limited to: 1. Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school employees in charge of students or otherwise demonstrating disrespect. 2. Lateness for, missing or leaving school without permission.

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Engage in conduct that is disruptive. Disruptive conduct includes but is not limited to: 1. Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school personnel in charge of students.

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Engage in conduct that is violent. Violent conduct includes but is not limited to: 1. Committing an act of violence (such as hitting, kicking, punching, spitting and scratching) upon a teacher, administrator or other school employee or attempting to do so. 2. Committing an act of violence (such as hitting, kicking, punching, spitting, and scratching) upon another student or any other person lawfully on school property or at a school function. 3. Possessing a weapon. Authorized law enforcement officials are the only persons permitted to have a weapon in their possession while on school property or at a school function. 4. Displaying what appears to be a weapon. 5. Threatening to use any weapon. 6. Intentionally damaging or destroying the personal property of a student, teacher, administrator, other district employee or any person lawfully on school property, including graffiti or arson. 7. Intentionally damaging or destroying school district property.

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Engage in any conduct that endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of others. Such conduct includes but is not limited to: 1. 2. 3.

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Lying to school personnel. Stealing the property of other students, school personnel or any other person lawfully on school property or attending a school function. Defamation, which includes making false or unprivileged statements or representations about an individual or identifiable group of individuals that harm the reputation of the person or the identifiable group by demeaning them. Discrimination, which includes the use of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation or disability as a basis for treating another in a negative manner. Harassment, which includes a sufficiently severe action or persistent pervasive pattern of actions or statements directed at an identifiable individual or group which are intended to be, or which a reasonable person would perceive as ridiculing or demeaning. Intimidation, which includes engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm.


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Hazing, which includes any intentional or reckless act directed against another for the purpose of initiation into, affiliating with or maintaining membership in any school sponsored activity, organization, club or team. Selling, using or possessing obscene material. Using vulgar or abusive language, cursing or swearing. Smoking a cigarette, cigar, pipe or using chewing or smokeless tobacco. Possessing, consuming, selling, distributing or exchanging alcoholic beverages or illegal substances, or being under the influence of either. “Illegal substances” include, but are not limited to, inhalants, marijuana, cocaine, LSD, PCP, amphetamines, heroin, steroids, lookalike drugs, and any substances commonly referred to as “designer drugs.” Inappropriately using or sharing prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Gambling. Indecent exposure, that is, exposure to sight of the private parts of the body in a lewd or indecent manner. Initiating a report warning of fire or other catastrophe without valid cause, misuse of 911, or discharging a fire extinguisher.

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Engage in misconduct while on a school bus. It is crucial for student to behave appropriately while riding on district buses, to ensure their safety and that of other passengers and to avoid distracting the bus driver. Students are required to conduct themselves on the bus in a manner consistent with established standards for classroom behavior. Excessive noise, pushing, shoving and fighting will not be tolerated.

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Engage in any form of academic misconduct. Academic misconduct includes but is not limited to: 1. Plagiarism. 2. Cheating. 3. Copying. 4. Altering records. 5. Assisting another student in any of the above actions.

REPORTING VIOLATIONS All students are expected to promptly report violations of the code of conduct to a teacher, guidance counselor, the building principal or his or her designee. Any student observing a student possessing a weapon, alcohol or illegal substance on school property or at a school function shall report this information immediately to a teacher, the principal, the principal’s designee or the Superintendent of Schools.

DISCIPLINARY PENALTIES, PROCEDURES AND REFERRALS Discipline is most effective when it deals directly with the problem at the time and place it occurs, and in a way that students view as fair and impartial. School personnel who interact with students are expected to use disciplinary action only when necessary and to place emphasis on the students’ ability to grow in selfdiscipline. Disciplinary action, when necessary, will be firm, fair and consistent so as to be the most effective in changing student behavior. In determining the appropriate disciplinary action, school personnel authorized to impose disciplinary penalties will consider the following:


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The student’s age. The nature of the offense and the circumstances which led to the offense. The student’s prior disciplinary record. The effectiveness of other forms of discipline. Information from parents, teachers and/or others, as appropriate. Other extenuating circumstances.

As a general rule, discipline will be progressive. This means that a student’s first violation will usually merit a lighter penalty than subsequent violations. If the conduct of a student is related to a disability or suspected disability, the student shall be referred to the Committee on Special Education and discipline, if warranted, shall be administered consistent with the separate requirements of this code of conduct.

Penalties Students who are found to have violated the district’s code of conduct may be subject to the following penalties, either alone or in combination. The school personnel identified after each penalty are authorized to impose that penalty, consistent with the student’s right to due process. 1. Oral warning – any member of the district staff 2. Written warning – bus drivers, hall and lunch monitors, coaches, guidance counselors, teachers, principals, superintendent 3. Written notification to parent – bus driver, hall and lunch monitor, coaches, guidance counselors, teachers, principals, superintendent 4. Detention – teachers, principals, superintendent 5. Suspension from transportation – director of transportation, principals, superintendent 6. Suspension from athletic participation – coaches, principals, superintendent 7. Suspension from social or extracurricular activities – activity director, principals, superintendent – ie. dances, plays, musicals 8. Suspension of other privileges – principals, superintendent 9. In-school-suspension – principals, superintendent 10. Removal from classroom by teacher – teachers, principals 11. Short-term (five days or less) suspension from school – principals, superintendent, board of education 12 Suspension from school – principals, superintendent, board of education 13. Permanent suspension from school – superintendent, board of education

ALTERNATIVE INSTRUCTION When a student of any age is removed from class by a teacher or a student of compulsory attendance age is suspended from school pursuant to Education Law §3214, the district will take immediate steps to provide alternative means of instruction for the student. DISCIPLINE OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES The board recognizes that it may be necessary to suspend, remove or otherwise discipline students with disabilities to address disruptive or problem behavior. The board also recognizes that students with disabilities enjoy certain procedural protections whenever school authorities intend to impose discipline upon them. The board is committed to ensuring that the procedures followed for suspending, removing or otherwise disciplining students with disabilities are consistent with the procedural safeguards required by applicable laws and regulations.


SCHOOL-WIDE RULES DISCIPLINARY CODE All disciplinary actions taken by the administration will be recorded in a file in the Assistant Principal's office separate from the student's academic file. Parents are notified by mail or phone of any actions taken. Disciplinary actions are cumulative for the year. The following behaviors will not be tolerated at Watertown High. The corresponding disciplinary actions will apply to all students on school property and at school-sponsored activities. This includes school buildings, school grounds, school buses, etc. The consequences that follow are a "guide" to the school administration. In certain situations, they may be modified or changed due to individual circumstances. This decision is to be determined by the high school administrator dealing with the student. Additionally the Student Code of Conduct will be reviewed and consequences applied where applicable. POSSESSION AND USE OF TOBACCO PRODUCTS Possession, use of tobacco, or tobacco products on school property or at school activities is prohibited and considered to be a severe violation of school regulations. Any act which is unlawful as indicated by local ordinances or state and federal law will not be permitted. Students who violate these regulations will be referred immediately to the administration for disciplinary action. All usage violations result in suspension from school and mandatory referral to the student assistant counselor. First Usage Offense: Second Usage Offense: First Possession Offense: Second Possession Offense:

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1 day Suspension, Parent Contact 2 days Suspension, Restricted Bathroom and Pass Privilege, Parent Contact Confiscation, Warning, Parent Contact Suspension, Restricted Bathroom Usage List, Parent Contact

FIGHTING 1-3 Days Suspension, Parent Contact, Possible Police Notification, Re-Entry with Parent Present, Peer Mediation Referral 3-5 Days Suspension, Principal's Hearing, Parent Contact & Police, Recommendation for Superintendent's Hearing, Possible Exclusion from School ELECTRONICS Confiscated by staff, return Parent/Guardian at end of day Refusal to give device to staff: ISR VERBAL CONFRONTATION Office Assigned Detention, Peer Mediation, Parent Contact 2 Office Detentions, I.S.R., Peer Mediation, Parent Contact Suspension, Parent Contact

INSUBORDINATION TOWARDS STAFF Refusal to follow a reasonable order or request First Offense: Office Detention, Parent Contact Second Offense: 1-3 Days Suspension, Parent Contact Third Offense: 3-5 Days Suspension, Principal Hearing Superintendent Hearing, Parent Contact

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CLASS DISRUPTION 1 Detention - Assigned and served with the Teacher, Teacher phone call to Parent 2 Detention - Assigned and served with the Teacher, Teacher phone call to Parent Office Referral, Detention or I.S.R., or Possible Suspension, Parent Contact

THEFT OR POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY 1-3 days Suspension, Parent Conference, Possible Police Notification Second Offense: Principal's Hearing, 3-5 days Suspension, Parent Conference, Police Notification, Return of or Restitution for Stolen Property, Referral to Superintendent for Possible Hearing First Offense:

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PLAGIARISM or CHEATING Zero for Assignment/Test, Parent Contact Zero for Assignment/Test, I.S.R., Parent Contact

POSSESSION AND/OR USE OF ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES, LOOK-A-LIKES OR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES AT SCHOOL FUNCTIONS OR ON SCHOOL PROPERTY First Offense: 3-5 days Suspension, Parent Contact and Possible Police Notification, Possible Superintendent's Hearing, Referral to School Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Loss of privilege of attending further dances or school functions. Second Offense: 5 days Suspension, Parent Contact and Police Notification, Superintendent's Hearing, Referral to School Drug and Alcohol Counselor, Loss of privilege of attending further school functions. WEAPONS/WEAPON LOOK-A-LIKES (a pocket knife is considered a weapon) First Offense: 3-5 days Suspension, Parent Contact and Possible Police Notification, Possible Superintendent's Hearing Second Offense: 5 days Suspension, Parent Contact and Police Notification, Superintendent's Hearing

SWEARING, ABUSIVE LANGUAGE OR GESTURES – WRITTEN OR SPOKEN First Offense: Teacher or Office Assigned Detention, Parent Contact Second Offense: 2 Office Assigned Detentions, Parent Contact Third Offense: 1-3 days Suspension, Re-Entry Conference with Parent Required Fourth Offense: 3-5 days Suspension, Principal Hearing, Possible Superintendent's Hearing, Parent Conference

SWEARING, ABUSIVE LANGUAGE OR GESTURES TOWARDS STAFF: First Offense: 1-3 days Suspension, Parent Conference Second Offense: 3-5 days Suspension, Parent Conference Third Offense: 5 days Suspension, Parent Conference, Principal Hearing, Possible Superintendent Hearing


TARDY TO LEARNING LAB OR CLASS THREE OR MORE TIMES PER SEMESTER First Offense (third tardy): Teacher Warning, or Penalty Second Offense (fourth tardy): Parent Contact by phone, or Notification by Referral to Office Third Offense: (fifth tardy): Referral to Office, 1 Office Assigned Detention, Parent Notified of Penalty Fourth Offense (sixth tardy): Referral to Office, Review of Students record of tardies, 2 Detentions Assigned, with possibility of ISR assignment, Parent Notified, loss of extracurricular activities Fifth Offense (and beyond): Referral to Office, Review of Students Tardies, Parent Conference, Loss of Extracurricular Activities, Detentions, Lunch Detentions, ISR or Suspension Teacher Assistants will refer all tardies to the office for office assigned detentions UNSAFE OR NON-APPROVED DRIVING/RIDING OR PARKING VIOLATIONS First Offense: Possible loss of permit to drive on school property, and/or Detention, Parent Contact Second Offense: Loss of driving privilege, and/or 2 Detentions, Parent Contact Third Offense: Suspension, Parent Conference First Offense: Second Offense:

GAMBLING/DICE/CARD PLAYING Confiscation of Items, Detention, Parent Contact Suspension

DELIBERATE DESTRUCTION OF SCHOOL PROPERTY (Vandalism) First Offense: Replacement or repair by the student at his/her expense, Office Detention, Possible Suspension, Parent Contact Second Offense: Replacement or repair at the expense of the student, Suspension, Parent Contact Third Offense: Replacement or repair at the expense of the student, Suspension, Parent Conference, and Superintendent's Hearing

HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS (Name calling, threats, physical contact short of fighting) First Offense: Office Detention, Peer Mediation, Parent Contact Second Offense: Suspension, Possible Police Notification, Parent Contact

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HARASSMENT/THREATS TO STAFF Suspension, Parent Contact, Possible Police Involvement 5 days Suspension, Parent Contact, Possible Police Involvement, Principal's Hearing Parent Contact, Superintendent's Hearing, Possible Exclusion from School

DISRUPTIVE/ SLEEPING/ INSUBORDINATE WHILE IN I.S.R. Possible Suspension


THROWING OBJECTS/FOOD IN CLASSROOM AND/OR CAFETERIA First Offense: Lunch Detention, I.S.R. or Possible Suspension, Parent Contact Second Offense: Suspension, Parent Conference, Loss of Cafeteria Privilege or Change of Cafeteria Assignment Third Offense: Suspension, Parent Conference, Possible Superintendent's Hearing

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FAILURE TO FOLLOW CAFETERIA RULES Lunch Detention or Detention, Parent Contact Detention, Assignment to other Cafeteria, Parent Contact Loss of Lunch Privileges for a Prescribed Time, Parent Contact MAKING BOMB THREATS Suspension, Superintendent Hearing, Police Notification. If found guilty, up to three (3) years imprisonment and $5,000.00 fine.

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY The availability and capability of computers in the school building for instructional purposes prompted the school district to adopt rules for computer use and require all students to acknowledge those rules for their use of computer resources. COMPUTER VIOLATIONS (Intent to harm system or access inappropriate materials) First Offense: *Loss of Computer Privileges up to 30 days, Possible Suspension, Parent Contact Second Offense: *Loss of Computer Privileges for Semester, Suspension, Parent Contact Third Offense: *Loss of computer privileges for Semester or School Year, Parent Contact, 5 Days Suspension • Where computer use is a requirement for course completion, use of computer may be allowed. EXCLUSION FROM EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Students who persist in negative behaviors may lose the privilege of participation in school activities which take place outside the normal school day (7:30 – 2:25). DETENTION Students may be assigned after school detention as a disciplinary action. In most cases first offenses will be assigned by the teacher in their classroom after school. Detentions assigned by the office, will be held Monday through Thursday. More severe or repeat infractions will result in multiple detentions. While in detention the student is expected to work and follow directions of the staff member in charge. IN-SCHOOL RESTRICTION An in-school-restriction room is located at Watertown High School. Students may be placed in this room for disciplinary reasons. Students will be provided with work and will be expected to use this time for study. SUSPENSION Suspensions are the most severe penalty that can be assigned by the school administration and will be used for only the most severe offenses or repeated violation of school policy. Parents will be contacted by the administrator before a student will be suspended during the school day. Suspensions by building administrators cannot exceed five days. A suspended student may not be in or


around school during the period of suspension, which is in effect until the next school day. Students are prohibited from participation in any school activities, including spectator attendance, during suspensions. The guidance office may be contacted for homework assignments. A parent or guardian must accompany a suspended student upon his return to school for a meeting with an administrator. Suspensions of longer than five days or exclusions from school are determined by the superintendent of schools. Students who face exclusion will be offered a hearing concerning the reason for exclusion. AUTHORIZATION TO LEAVE SCHOOL All students will be required to be in school for the entire day. Students may not leave the campus at any time other than the normal school dismissal unless they have permission from the school administration, school nurse, parent authorization by note or phone, or a valid medical or dental appointment slip. Passes for off-campus appointments must be signed with the time of return to school. Students who have employment starting during school hours may be issued an early dismissal pass after securing parental permission and presenting proof of employment. TARDINESS Students are expected to be in class and ready to work at the beginning of the period. Students must also be in homeroom on time each day. Consequences are defined in the Tardy to Study Hall or Class on the preceding pages. Consequences can range from detentions, ISR, Suspensions, and Loss of Extra Curricular Activities. ATTENDANCE The Board of Education, in accordance with the State Education Law, requires that each minor from 6 to 16 years of age shall regularly attend school full time, unless he/she has completed a four-year high school course of study. By law a sixteen (16) year old must complete the school year in which he/she turns sixteen. Attendance is IMPORTANT. It is each student's basic responsibility as a member of the school community. In addition, regular attendance is directly related to academic and career success. Every student is expected to be on time and attend all classes, except in those instances listed in Policy 5160, Student Absences and Excuses. Students who miss school should bring a written excuse of absence stating the reason for the absence, the date(s) of the absence, and signed by the parent or guardian. Attendance is taken by teachers each day. The attendance secretary makes daily telephone calls to parents to report unauthorized class absences, and periodic attendance reports are sent to parents. Each marking period 20% of a student's final grade will be based on classroom attendance/participation while 80% of the student's final grade will be based on the student's performance on homework, tests, papers, projects, etc. Only students with excused absences or previous administrative approval will be given the opportunity to make up a test/ or turn in a late assignment for inclusion in the calculation of the performance portion of their final grade. Make-up opportunities must be completed by a date specified by the teacher. Parents and guardians will be notified by a five-week progress report when such absences result in a classroom attendance/participation grade of 65% or below. Students with unexcused absences will not be allowed to participate in any extracurricular activity taking place on the day they are absent from school.


The Watertown City School District recognizes the importance of attendance for the successful academic development of each student. Teachers will keep accurate and careful attendance records for all students enrolled in their classes. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of every period and reviewed with students on a regular basis. Teachers will continually reinforce the importance of attendance in relation to the content being covered. Teachers will notify students of make-up procedures for days absent and notify parents, by use of a progress report, of any attendance problems which have developed. Should attendance become a problem the student's guidance counselor will be notified as well as the assistant principal. Students who participate in athletics or belong to clubs or organizations within the school must be present during his/her homeroom period at 7:30 a.m. in order to participate in games, practices or school activities that day. Legal excuses include; doctor's appointments, court appearances, or college visits. Students who are sick and not in HR/1st period or who are sent home during the day should not practice or play. Any appeal of this procedure must be submitted to a building administrator by the parent of that student. SUMMER SCHOOL Our District offers a state approved secondary summer school program to serve students currently enrolled in grades 9 - 12. All students within and outside the Watertown City School District must enroll for summer school through their home schools. Summer school is conducted for the purpose of enabling students to meet a variety of academic needs. Both repeat and full credit courses can help students make up work, to improve skill competencies or to enrich their regular school experiences. In our program we do all that we can to feature successful teaching and learning. Enrolled students are obligated to meet teacher performance expectations and to comply with all summer school rules of conduct. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Each morning the Pledge of Allegiance is read during morning announcements. During this time students are asked to stand and participate in the pledge. VISITORS TO WHS Visitors to WHS should park in the front of the building or the south parking lot (near the music entrance/entrance facing Wiley School) and report to the Main Office upon entering the building. The only door open for entry during the school day is the front main entryway. All school doors will remain open for exit from our building at all times. VISITOR AND GUEST PROCEDURE Students who expect to have visitors on a particular day must receive approval from teachers and an administrator at least 24 hours in advance. A form to get approval for a visitor is available in the main office. This is available only to potential WHS students. Visitors will not be approved during September or June unless the visit is initiated by the Guidance Office or the administration. No more than five guests are to be in the building daily. Students are not permitted in any school building, other than the one they regularly attend, without permission from the administration in charge of the building. STUDENT PARKING SIGN UP IN ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE Priority will be given to Seniors, Juniors, and administratively approved Sophomores and Freshman. To be issued parking privileges, a student must


show that he/she drives to school regularly. Students who disregard these guidelines could face having their vehicle towed off the premises at their own expense. Any student who abuses his/her driving privileges on school property will face either temporary or permanent loss of driving and parking privileges on school property. Abuses such as speeding, reckless driving, transporting other students during school hours, repeatedly violating parking privileges will be reviewed by the assistant principals. Students are not to visit vehicles during the school day without administrative permission. Students are not to obstruct pedestrian traffic. BICYCLES Students who ride bicycles to school should place them in the bike racks located at the far side of the south parking lot near the Wiley sidewalk. Bikes should be kept locked at all times. SKATEBOARDS, ROLLERSKATES AND ROLLER BLADES These items are not permitted on school property and therefore will not be allowed in the school building. WHS PEER MEDIATION PROGRAM The Peer Mediation Program at Watertown High School recognizes that conflict is a natural process and seeks to find peaceful solutions to problems. This program helps to make the students aware that they are responsible people and can solve their own personal problems. Students who wish to use the Peer Mediation process to resolve conflicts for themselves or a friend should contact Mrs. Bassett or Mrs. Houghmaster, in the Guidance Office. Referrals will be confidential and student-trained peer mediators will attempt to resolve the conflict. SEXUAL HARASSMENT The Board of Education is committed to safeguarding the right of all students within the school district to learn in an environment that is free from all forms of sexual harassment. Conduct is deemed to be sexual harassment when the recipient perceives such behavior as unwelcome. It is irrelevant that the harasser had no intention to sexually harass the person. The Board recognizes that sexual harassment of students can originate from a person of either sex against a person of the opposite or same sex, and from peers as well as employees, board members or any individual who foresee ably might come in contact with students on school grounds or at school-sponsored activities. When an alleged sexual harassment occurs and the district knows about it, they shall take immediate and appropriate corrective action. The Board, consistent with state and federal law, therefore condemns all unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature which may impose a requirement of sexual cooperation as a condition of academic advance, or which may have the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive learning environment. The Board also prohibits any retaliatory behavior against complainants or any witness. Any student who believes that he has been subjected to sexual harassment should report the alleged misconduct immediately, pursuant to 5020.1-R, so that appropriate corrective action, up to and including discharge of an employee or suspension of a student, may be taken at once. The complainant shall not be discouraged from reporting an incident of alleged sexual harassment. In the absence of a victim’s complaint, the Board, upon learning of, or having reason to suspect, the occurrence of any sexual misconduct, will ensure that an investigation is promptly commenced by appropriate individuals.


The Superintendent of Schools is directed to develop and implement specific procedures on reporting, investigating and remedying allegations of sexual harassment. Such procedures are to be consistent with any applicable provisions contained in the district’s policy manual, collective bargaining agreements, the tenure laws as well as other federal and state laws on sexual harassment. Training programs shall be established for students and employees to raise awareness of the issues surrounding sexual harassment and to implement preventative measures to help reduce incidents of sexual harassment. A copy of this policy and its accompanying regulation are to be distributed to all personnel and students and posted in appropriate places. SEXUAL HARASSMENT OF STUDENTS REGULATION In addition to any relevant procedures contained in policy 5311.3, Student Complaints and Grievances, the following regulation will implement the Board of Education’s policy concerning sexual harassment of students. A student can be subject to sexual harassment by a student, employee, board member or any individual who foreseeably might come in contact with the student on school grounds or at school activities. Sexual harassment experienced by students is not always easily recognized. The following are examples of sexual harassment one should be aware of when dealing with a complaint of alleged sexual harassment. 1. unwanted sexual behavior, which may include touching, verbal comments, sexual name calling, spreading sexual rumors, gestures, jokes, pictures, leers, overly personal conversation, cornering or blocking student’s movement, pulling at clothes, attempted rape and rape; 2. a female student in a predominantly male class subjected to sexual remarks by students or teachers who regard the comments as joking and part of the usual classroom environment; 3. impeding a girl’s progress in class, such as industrial arts, by hiding her tools, questioning her ability to handle the work or suggesting she is somehow “abnormal” for enrolling in such a class; 4. purposefully limiting or denying female students access to educational tools, such as computers; and 5. teasing a male student about his enrollment in a home economics class. Procedures The Board of Education shall designate a Compliance Officer to carry out the district’s responsibilities associated with compliance with Title IX pursuant to policy 5311.3, Student Complaint and Grievances. In addition, the Board will designate a second individual for ensuring compliance with Title IX in regard to sexual harassment so that students who believe that they have been subjected to sexual harassment will have a second avenue of complaint, if the alleged harasser is the Compliance Officer. The Board shall notify all students and employees of the name, office address and telephone number of both designees. In addition, the Board through this regulation has established grievance procedures that provide for prompt investigation and equitable resolution of student sexual harassment complaints. The Superintendent of Schools shall implement specific and continuing steps to notify students, parents, employees and prospective students or employees that the school district does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs or activities which it operates as required by Title IX. Such notification shall include publication in: local newspapers; newspapers and magazines operated by the district or by the student, alumnae, or alumni groups for or in


connection with the district; and memoranda or other written communications distributed to every student and employee. All reports of sexual harassment will be held in confidence, subject to all applicable laws and any relevant provisions found in the district’s policy manual and collective bargaining agreements. Consistent with federal and state law, and all applicable provisions contained in the district’s policy manual and collective bargaining agreements, the following procedures shall be employed in handling any report, investigation and remedial action concerning allegations of sexual harassment. Students who believe they have been subjected to sexual harassment are to report the incident to the Compliance Officer or the second designee as described above. The Compliance Officer or designee shall notify the Building Principal and the Superintendent of all complaints. The student can pursue his/her complaint informally or file a formal complaint. Investigation of a Complaint Upon receipt of a formal or informal complaint, a prompt, through and impartial investigation of the allegations must follow. This investigation is to be conducted diligently. All witnesses shall be interviewed and if requested, the victim shall speak with an individual of the same sex. Complainants are to be notified of the outcome of the investigation. Informal Complaints In addition to notification to the Compliance Officer or the Board’s designee as described above, students who believe they have been subjected to sexual harassment may request that an informal meeting be held between themselves and the Building Principal or Superintendent. The student may also request a meeting with a counselor or administrator of the same sex. Parents or guardians of the student shall be notified of their right to attend the interview with their child. The purpose of such a meeting will be to discuss the allegations and remedial steps available. The Building Principal or Superintendent will then promptly discuss the complaint with the alleged harasser. The alleged harasser shall be informed of his/her right to representation by counsel. Should the alleged harasser deny the allegation, the Building Principal or Superintendent is to inform the complainant of the denial and request a formal written complaint to file with his/her report to the next level of management on what has transpired to date. If the complainant submits a formal complaint, a copy of the complaint shall accompany the Building Principal’s or Superintendent’s report with a recommendation for further action. Should the harasser admit the allegations, the Building Principal or Superintendent is to obtain a written assurance that the unwelcome behavior will stop. Depending on the severity of the charges, the Building Principal or Superintendent may impose further disciplinary action. Thereafter, the Building Principal or Superintendent is to prepare a written report of the incident and inform the complainant of the resolution. The complainant is to indicate on the report whether or not he/she is satisfied with the resolution. If the complainant is satisfied with the resolution, the incident will be deemed closed. However, the complaint may be reopened for investigation if a recurrence of sexual harassment or any retaliatory action that might occur. Should the complainant be dissatisfied with the resolution, he/she is to file a formal written complaint. If during the Building Principal or Superintendent’s informal attempt to resolve the complaint, the alleged harasser admits the allegations but refuses to give


assurance that he/she will refrain from the unwelcome behavior, the Building Principal or Superintendent is to file a report with the next appropriate level in the complaint procedure. The report is to indicate the nature of the complaint, a description of what occurred when the Building Principal or Superintendent informed the alleged harasser of the allegations against him/her, the harasser’s response to the allegations, and a recommendation that stronger corrective measures be taken. This report should be accompanied by the student’s formal complaint. Formal Complaints Formal complaints may be submitted either to initially report any incident of sexual harassment, or as a follow-up to an unsatisfactory resolution of an informal attempt to resolve a complaint. In the latter case, the formal written complaint is to be submitted to the Building Principal or Superintendent originally consulted, who will then forward it to the next appropriate level of management, e.g., the Superintendent of the Board of Education, for appropriate action. The formal written complaint will consist of any appropriate forms and a copy of any applicable Building Principal or Superintendent reports. The appropriate forms solicit the specifics of the complaint, e.g., date and place of incident, description of sexual misconduct, names of any witnesses, and any previous action taken to resolve the matter. The Superintendent or the Board shall take immediate, appropriate and corrective action upon a determination of sexual harassment. The Superintendent or the Board shall notify the complainant of any findings and action taken. Remedial Action If the investigation reveals that sexual harassment has occurred, appropriate sanctions will be imposed in a manner consistent with any applicable law, district policies and regulations and collective bargaining agreements. Depending on the gravity of the misconduct, sanctions may range from a reprimand up to and including dismissal of an employee or suspension or permanent suspension of a student. Anyone subjecting complainants or witnesses to any form of retaliation will also be subject to disciplinary action in the manner prescribed by law and consistent with any applicable provisions in the district’s policy manual or collective bargaining agreements. If the investigation reveals that no sexual harassment has occurred, or if the complainant is not satisfied with the remedial action taken after a finding of sexual harassment, the complainant may appeal to the next appropriate level in the complaint procedure. The appeal must include a copy of the original, all relevant reports, the specific action being appealed, and an explanation of why the complainant is appealing. Post Remedial Action Following a finding of sexual harassment, victims will be periodically interviewed by the appropriate Building Principal or Superintendent to ensure that the harassment has not resumed and that no retaliatory action has occurred. In the discretion of the district, these follow-up interviews will continue for an appropriate period of time. A report will be made of any victim’s response. Complaint Records Upon written request, complainants should receive a copy of any resolution reports filed by the Building Principal or Superintendent concerning his/her complaint. Upon substantiation, copies should also be filed with the student or employment records of both the complainant and the alleged harasser. 4526-E.1 Informal and formal complaint forms are available in the Principal’s Office.


ACCEPTABLE USE REGULATION (AUR) Watertown City School District Internet Acceptable Use Regulation Agreement for Students The Watertown City School District offers access to electronic resources through the district computer network for instructional use. To gain access to the Internet, all students must obtain parental permission and must sign and return the student authorization form to the school office. The Watertown City School District will make a reasonable attempt to prevent inappropriate use of electronic resources, but ultimately the responsibility lies with the user. While our intent is to make Internet access available to enhance learning, students and employees may have access to other non-instructional materials. We believe that the benefits from access to the Internet, in the form of information resources and opportunities for collaboration, exceed possible disadvantages. This educational opportunity entails responsibility and it is important that students and parents/guardians read and understand the following guidelines. The use of the Internet and other electronic resources is a privilege, not a right, and inappropriate use will result in the cancellation of that privilege. When access to the Internet is granted, it is extremely important that rules be followed. Misbehavior could result in temporary or permanent loss of access to the Internet. Violations may result in disciplinary action up to and including suspension/expulsion. When applicable, law enforcement agencies may be involved. The Board of Education does not sanction any use of the Internet that is not authorized by or conducted strictly in compliance with this Regulation. Anyone who disregards the District’s Acceptable Use Regulation may have his/her user privileges suspended or revoked. Users granted access through the Watertown City School District assume personal responsibility and liability, both civil and criminal, for uses of the Internet not authorized by District policy. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES It is important that parents and students read the Watertown City School District Regulation and discuss these requirements together. Students are responsible for good behavior on school computer networks. General school rules for behavior and communications apply. Access to network services is provided to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. The computer network is provided for students to conduct research and limited communication with others. Your child will have access to software applications, databases, libraries and computer services from all over the world through the Internet.


Individual users of the district computer networks are responsible for their behavior and communications over those networks. Communications on the network are often public in nature. It is presumed that users will comply with district standards and will honor the agreement they and their parent/guardian have signed. Network storage areas will be treated like school lockers. Watertown City school District reserves the right to review, monitor and restrict information stored on or transmitted via Watertown City School District owned or leased equipment and to investigate suspected inappropriate use of resources. Users should not expect that files stored on district servers will be private. Network administrators may review files and communications to maintain system integrity and insure that users are using the system responsibly. Messages related to or in support of illegal activities may be reported to authorities. During school, staff will guide students toward appropriate materials. Outside school, families bear responsibility for guidance on the Internet just as they do with information sources such as television, telephones, movies, radio, and other potentially offensive media. Electronic Use Guidelines ¾ Commercial purposes, product advertisement, political lobbying or illegal use is prohibited. ¾ Materials that are obscene, offensive, threatening, or otherwise intended to harass or demean others must not be transmitted. ¾ Programs that infiltrate computing systems and/or damage software components are prohibited. ¾ Files, data, web pages or information of others must not be improperly accessed or misused. ¾ Use of the Internet for chat rooms or chatting is prohibited. ¾ Changing settings in any program or the computer operating system is prohibited. ¾ The Watertown City School district is not responsible for loss of data. ¾ Anonymous communications are not allowed. ¾ Security violations must be reported to the principal/appropriate staff member immediately. ¾ Personal information must be given out only in an instructional context or in the performance of Watertown City School District business. ¾ Remote access to the Watertown City School district is not allowed. ¾ Precautions to prevent viruses on Watertown City School District equipment are the responsibility of the user. ¾ The illegal installation or transmission of copyrighted materials is prohibited. ¾ All files and messages are subject to Watertown City School District review. ¾ Malicious attempts to harm or destroy hardware, software, or data are prohibited. ¾ Any action that violates existing Board policy, public law or classroom/school policy, is prohibited. ¾ Use of racist, sexist, pornographic, or inappropriate language or images is prohibited. ¾ Plagiarism is prohibited.


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Student Access Release and Authorization Form As a user of the Watertown City School District computer network, I hereby agree to comply with the Acceptable Use Regulation (AUP) Agreement. Should I commit any violation, my access privileges may be revoked, and disciplinary action may be taken up to and including suspension/expulsion. Student Signature: As the parent or legal guardian of the student signing above, I grant permission for him/her to access networked computer services such as the Internet and electronic mail (e-mail) for educational purposes. I understand that he/she is expected to use good judgment and follow rules and guidelines in making contact on the telecommunication networks (e.g., the Internet). I also recognize it is impossible to restrict access to all inappropriate or controversial materials, and I will not hold the Watertown City School District or BOCES responsible for materials acquired on the network. I understand and accept the conditions stated and agree to hold harmless, and release from liability, the school and school district. Parent/Guardian Signature:

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WATERTOWN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

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STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT (EXTRACURRICULAR) Extracurricular activities in the Watertown City School District are open to all students. Students who elect to participate in these extracurricular activities are expected to follow the following Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct will be followed by those middle school and high school students participating in the following, but not limited to, extra-curricular activities. All Athletics, Grades 7 – 12 - Art Club – Audio Video Club - Class Officers – Diversity Club - Drama Club – Environmental Club – InterAct Club – Cychronicle - Key Club – Model UN - Musical (Fall - Spring) – National Honor Society – Adventure Club – Peer Mediation – Photography Club - Teen AIDS Task Force SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) – Science Olympiad – Student Council – Whiz Quiz – Foreign/Language Club –Book Club – Spirit Club – Magic Club – Gay, Straight, Lesbian Club – Step Team – Animal Welfare – Fashion Club – Ski Club Upon becoming a participant of an extracurricular activity, each student will be expected to: 1) Be a good school and community citizen and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct. 2) Be successful in their pursuit of academic studies.


3) 4) 5)

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Recognize that alcohol, tobacco, and the use of other illegal drugs/ substances adversely affect their health and performance. Fully participate in practice, rehearsals, meetings, or events unless excused by the coach/advisor. Accept responsibility by giving a two-day advance notice to their coach or advisor, if they decide not to participate on a team, organization, or club.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS Students failing two subjects: Students failing three subjects: Students failing four or more subjects:

Phase I Phase II Phase III (ineligible)

Phase I: A student failing two or more subjects upon academic review (at the five-week report) will be notified, along with the parent, that they are being placed on eligibility probation for a two-week period. During this probationary period the student will be allowed full participation. The student will be expected to turn in weekly progress reports to the coach/advisor and athletic advisor. Tutoring and individual help from teachers is always available upon request. At the end of this two-week probationary period the student's teachers will be polled to determine whether or not the student is doing passing work. Phase II: If this poll indicates the student is still failing two classes, the student will be permitted to continue practice but will be ineligible to participate in any interscholastic contest, event, or travel until the next date of academic review. At the end of two weeks students who are failing two subjects will be placed on Phase III. Any students who were placed on Phase II for failing three subjects and are still failing two or more subjects, all extracurricular participation shall cease immediately for the remainder of that season/semester. Students are responsible for turning in weekly progress reports to the coach/advisor and athletic director. The parents will be notified by the athletic director/advisor. Phase III: If a student is still failing two or more subjects at the end of Phase II, all extracurricular participation shall cease immediately for the remainder of that season. Participation in the next season/activity will be permitted only upon demonstration of acceptable academic progress, failing no more than one subject. The parent will be notified in writing if the student reaches Phase III. Fall Eligibility Procedure: Students who participate in extracurricular activities during the fall season will be evaluated during the five-week progress report period. Athletes/club lists will be circulated during the first week of October for review of students failing two or more courses. Students failing two subjects will be placed on Phase I. Students failing three subjects will be placed on Phase II of the eligibility policy. Students who are failing four or more subjects will be declared ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activities for the remainder of that season. The parent or guardian will be informed of any dismissal from a team or club, in writing, by the coach/advisor or athletic director. Any appeal of such dismissal shall be directed to the Director of Athletics or the building principal, depending upon whether or not it is a team or club from which the dismissal occurs. Any hearing which might result from an appeal shall involve the student, parent, coach/advisor, Director of Athletics, and/or the building principal. Academic Eligibility Review Dates: Fall: First week of October (five-week progress report period). Winter: End of first marking period and end of first semester. Spring: End of third marking period.


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BEHAVIOR STANDARDS/CODE OF CONDUCT

Students will refrain from the use, possession, or sale of alcohol, drugs, and/or tobacco products on or off campus during the time that he/she is a participant in extracurricular activities. Other forms of completely unacceptable behavior, such as stealing or possession of, destruction of property, illegal school absence, insubordination, breaking of curfews, etc., will be dealt with depending upon the severity of the behavior. The punishment might be anything from a game/event suspension to dismissal from club and pressing of criminal charges. So-called lesser forms of unacceptable behavior, i.e. profanity, loss of temper, etc., will generally be dealt with at the coach's/advisor's discretion with repeated problems leading to parental involvement. PENALTIES If a student violates the Code of Conduct, penalties will be enforced during the academic year. When the school year is finished before the penalty has been completed, that penalty will carry over to the next academic year. Students are accountable to the Code of Conduct throughout the school year, even though their sport/activity seasons have ended. FIRST OFFENSE The student will practice or meet with the team/organization, but will not participate in any extracurricular activities (including spectator attendance, dances, performances/contests or travel) for a period of 21 calendar days. Enforcement of this penalty will be on the day the violation of the Code is confirmed. If the 21 days penalty cannot be completed before the last day of scheduled classes for the school year, the balance of the remaining days will begin with the first day of classes, or the first fall scheduled activity, whichever comes first of the next academic school year. First-time offender will be referred to the school's substance abuse counselor for a minimum of one conference. The counselor will determine if more visits are necessary. This conference is mandatory before the student may resume participation in extracurricular activities. A school administrator will notify the parents of student violations and a conference may be set up if parties involved deem necessary. SECOND OFFENSE The student will practice or meet with the team/organization but will not participate in any contest/performance, or travel, for a period of 70 calendar days. Enforcement of this penalty will be on the day the violation of the Code is confirmed. If the 70 day penalty cannot be completed before the last day of scheduled classes for the school year, the balance of the remaining days will begin with the first day of classes, or the first fall scheduled activity, whichever comes first of the next academic school year. The student will be referred to the substance abuse counselor and parent/guardian notified in writing of violations. A conference with parent/guardian, student and administrator will take place. THIRD OFFENSE The student will practice or meet with the team/organization but will not participate in any extracurricular activities (including spectator attendance, dances, performances/contests or travel) for a period of 140 calendar days. Enforcement of this penalty will be on the day the violation of the Code is confirmed. If the 140 day penalty cannot be completed before the last day of scheduled classes for the school year, the balance of the remaining days will


begin with the first day of classes, or the first fall scheduled activity, whichever comes first of the next academic school year. The student will be referred to the substance abuse counselor and parent/guardian notified in writing of violations. A conference with parent/guardian, student and administrator will take place. III.PARTICIPATION/TRAINING STANDARDS 1. Tardiness, unexcused absence from practice, rehearsals, meetings, or events, unless previously discussed with the coach/advisor, is unacceptable. Coach's/advisor's discretion will be used for the first and second offense, with the third offense being a one game/event suspension or dismissal, based upon the circumstances. 2. A Watertown public school student is ineligible to participate in extracurricular activities if the student is absent due to truancy, or suspension, (in or out of school). If the student was absent due to any of the above reasons, they would be ineligible to participate, (in any manner), until he/she resumes regular classes. 3. A student must be present during his or her homeroom period, 7:30 - 7:45 a.m., in order to participate in games, practices or school activities that day. If a student's name appears on the attendance sheet as late, student will not participate. Legal excuses include: doctor's appointment, court appearances, or college visits. Students who are sick and not in homeroom, or sent home during the day, should not practice or play. Any appeal of this procedure must be submitted to a building administrator by the parent of that student. EXTRACURRICULAR ACADEMIC STANDARDS Student____________________________________ Parent_____________________________________ Coach/Advisor______________________________ Sport/Activity_______________________________ This notice is to inform you that your son/daughter is failing two or more subjects at the completion of the 10-week marking period. He/she is being placed on Phase I, II, III of the District's academic eligibility standards for extracurricular activities. Phase I: A student failing two or more subjects at the completion of the 10-week marking period will be notified, along with the parent, that they are being placed on eligibility probation for a two-week period. During this probationary period the student will be allowed full participation. The student will be expected to turn in a weekly progress report to their coach/advisor. Students must request tutoring or individual help from the teacher. At the end of this two-week probationary period the student's teachers will be polled to determine whether or not they are doing passing work. Phase II: If this poll indicates the student is still failing two or more subjects, the student will be allowed to continue to participate in extra-curricular activities as long as he/she is participating in the tutoring program or is receiving individual teacher's help. The student must provide a progress report to the coach/advisor every five school days. Students who have not requested to receive tutorial assistance or individual teacher help, will be permitted to continue practice but will be ineligible to participate in any


interscholastic contest, event, or travel until the next school-wide progress report. The parent will be notified by the Athletic Director of this process. Phase III: If a student is still failing two or more subjects as of the school-wide progress report date, all extracurricular activity participation shall cease immediately for the remainder of that season. Participation in the next season/activity will be permitted only upon demonstration of acceptable academic progress, failing no more than one subject. The parent will be notified in writing if the student reaches Phase III. As a student participating in the extracurricular activities in the Watertown City School District, I agree to: Academic Standards 1. Diligently pursue my academic studies. Behavior Standards 1. Abide by the District-wide Student Code of Conduct, and understand that a violation of the Code may result in suspension from the abovenamed activity, in addition to any penalty given by the district. 2. Refrain from the use, possession, or sale of alcohol, drugs, and/or tobacco products, on or off campus, during the time that I participate in the above-named activity. 3. Abide by any further conditions imposed by the activity advisor/coach during the time that I participate in the above-named activity. Participation/Training Standards 1. Recognize that certain activities require a minimum level of participation/training, as established by the activity advisor/coach. I agree to the conditions outlined below or on a separate sheet, and realize that failure to maintain this minimum level of participation may result in suspension from the activity. __________________________ __________________________ Date Student __________________________ __________________________ Date Parent/Guardian This statement must be signed and returned to your coach/advisor prior to game/event participation. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend at least one of the meetings at which this procedure is explained.

S-A-M-P-L-E- F-O-R-M __________________________ (PRINT) Last name First name * I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE POLICIES, ACCEPTABLE COMPUTER USE, PROCEDURES AND STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT AS OUTLINED IN THE WATERTOWN HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT/PARENT AGENDA BOOK. THIS AGENDA BOOK HAS BEEN DISCUSSED IN HOMEROOM BY MY TEACHER OR EXPLAINED TO ME BY OTHER SCHOOL PERSONNEL. ________________________ ___________________________ STUDENT’S SIGNATURE GRADE _________________________ PARENT’S SIGNATURE

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All students/parents are expected to sign this statement. Those students planning on participating in extracurricular activities may not do so until this statement is signed and returned

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES High school students can choose from a variety of special interest clubs. Students can receive information from bulletin boards, the daily announcements, or the school newspaper. Students should feel free to seek out information from organization members or adult advisors. Many clubs hold open membership and welcome students who develop interest in the activity at any time in the school year. Parents may want to volunteer to assist sponsors of high school clubs. Adult support is often vital to the success of an organization’s functions. Many clubs provide services to the community. A list of clubs is provided for your information. Any fund raising activities, posters, advertising, and announcements by clubs and organizations must be approved by the building administration. Additional information about club requirements and activities may also be obtained from the main office. SPECIAL EVENTS Events must be approved by the administration. Traditional activities are scheduled in the spring preceding the new school year. Other events are added to the calendar as they are approved throughout the school year. Every school event has school staff members in charge. In addition, uniformed police officers are present at school dances and many athletic contests. Students who leave a dance, athletic contest, or special school event should not expect to re-enter. Rules at social events are the same as during school hours. The use of abusive language or gestures is forbidden. Students are expected to adhere to reasonable requests of teachers, administrators, and chaperones. Events will end at the scheduled time. Students should pre-arrange transportation from school events since the building will be closed at the end of the activity. CLASS OFFICERS Senior Class - 2013

Junior Class – 2014

President Vice President Secretary Treasurer

President Vice President Secretary Treasurer

Nemisis Ruiz David Zabriskie Kate Moore Meghan L’Huillier

Garrett Parks Rachel Smith Kathryn Harrienger Aryane Rambone

Sophomore Class - 2014

Freshman Class – 2015

President Vice President Secretary Treasurer

President Vice President Secretary Treasurer

Matt Mabee TBD TBD TBD

TBD TBA TBD TBD


STUDENT COUNCIL Student Council sponsors a number of school activities during the year. It is also the place for students to voice complaints, offer suggestions, and help with activities. Meetings are held on Wednesdays during the school year on a rotating basis throughout the day. The Student Council includes the entire student body. Students who have study halls when the meeting is held are encouraged to attend. Officers for 2011-2012 were elected in the spring of 2011. Officers are as follows: President Siraj Sindhu Vice President Taylor Burrows Secretary Alex Nolan Treasurer Shayne Watson DANCES During the school year Student Council will sponsor dances. Admission to all dances will be with tickets sold prior to the dance or at the door. Students must have an official Watertown High School ID card. The following are procedures to follow for all dances held at Watertown High School: 1. Entry to dances is through the north parking lot door only. 2. Once you leave the dance and school, you may not return to the dance. 3. Only those restrooms on the lower floor may be used. 4. Those students who are absent on the day of the dance or in I.S.R. on the day of the dance may not attend the dance. Students who are suspended may not attend dances until the have been readmitted to school. 5. Students must complete a Guest Pass seven days prior to the dance they wish to bring a guest to. The guest must be accompanied by their WHS host and need to be currently in grades 9 – 12 and/or under the age of 21. Any exceptions will need administrative approval. Administration reserves the right to deny anyone admission to the dance. 6. Guest tickets must be purchased in school prior to the dance. 7. Because all dances are school functions, all school rules are in effect. The use of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco is prohibited. 8. Students are not permitted entry into school dances after one-half of the dance is over. (Example: At a dance that runs from 8:30 – 11:30 p.m., the doors would close at 10:00 p.m. SENIOR ACTIVITIES A number of senior activities are planned annually. These include the Holiday Ball, Class Day, Senior Trip, Yearbook Signing Party, Prom, BB-Q, and Graduation. Details on these activities are reported to seniors by newsletters and are communicated to parents in newsletters, mailings and on our website. ATHLETIC TEAMS At WHS there are a number of sports available. Some of them are listed below: BOYS FALL WINTER SPRING Modified Football Modified Basketball Modified Lacrosse JV Lacrosse JV Football 9th Grade Basketball Varsity Football JV Basketball Varsity Lacrosse Modified Soccer Varsity Basketball Modified Track JV Soccer Swimming Varsity Track Varsity Soccer Modified Wrestling Tennis Cross-Country JV Wrestling Golf Varsity Wrestling Modified Baseball Hockey JV Baseball Varsity Baseball


GIRLS FALL Modified Soccer JV Soccer Varsity Soccer Swimming Mod. Field Hockey V Field Hockey Tennis Cross-Country

WINTER Modified Basketball JV Basketball Varsity Basketball Modified Volleyball JV Volleyball Varsity Volleyball

SPRING Modified Track Varsity Track Modified Softball JV Softball Varsity Softball Golf Varsity Lacrosse

The Cyclone Booster Club is open membership for all students and their parents. Cost for memberships are as follows: $2.00 – students, $5.00 – adults, $10.00 – family. This organization helps to buy needed equipment, sponsors many events, and provides scholarships to our students and teams.

Watertown Loyalty FOR PURPLE AND WHITE, WATERTOWN FOR HONOR AND RIGHT, WATERTOWN WE’LL BACK YOU TO STAND AGAINST THE BEST IN THE LAND FOR WE KNOW YOU ARE GRAND, WATERTOWN

GO AFTER THE WIN, WATERTOWN WE’RE BACKING YOU ALL, WATERTOWN OUR TEAM IS OUR FAMES PROTECTOR ON TEAM FOR WE EXPECT A VICTORY FOR OLD, WATERTOWN

THAT NOURISH OUR LAND FOR HONEST EFFORT AND FOR LEARNING WE STAND AND UNTO THEE WE PLEDGE HEART AND HAND OUR ALMA MATER


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