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Student Handbook Tower Hill School 2011 - 2012    

Many  Things  Done  Well

 


TABLE  OF  CONTENTS     I.Preface    ...................................................... ................................ ............................ ..........................3     Introduction ................................................. ................................ ............................ ..........................3     Tower  Hill  School  Honor  Statement .. ................................ ............................ ..........................4     Tower  Hill  School  Philosophy .............. ................................ ............................ ..........................4             II.Academic  Information     General  Information   ................................ ................................ ............................ ..........................5     Drop/Add  Procedure................................ ................................ ............................ ..........................5     Study  Hall  and  Extra  Help  Sessions.... ................................ ............................ ..........................5     Recognition  of  Scholars  .......................... ................................ ............................ ..........................5     Examination  Weighting........................... ................................ ............................ ..........................6     Final  Exams................................................... ................................ ............................ ..........................6     Incomplete  Work/Course  Failures  .... ................................ ............................ ..........................7     Academic  Probation  ................................. ................................ ............................ ..........................7     Responsible  Computing  Policy............. ................................ ............................ ..........................7     III.    Athletic  Program     Principles  ...................................................... ................................ ............................ ..........................9     Program     ....................................... ................................ ............................ ..........................9     Training  Rules ............................................. ................................ ............................ ....................... 10     Varsity  Letters............................................. ................................ ............................ ....................... 10        IV.  Community  Service................................... ................................ ............................ ....................... 10        V.    Student  Behavior     Detentions  .................................................... ................................ ............................ ....................... 11     Suspension  &  Disciplinary  Probation       ............................. ............................ ....................... 11     Departmental  Honor  Statements ........ ................................ ............................ ....................... 12     Honor  Board   ................................................ ................................ ............................ ....................... 13     Fac/Student  Honor  Responsibilities  ................................ ............................ ....................... 14     Harassment..................................................  ................................ ............................ ....................... 14     School  Dances  and  Functions ............... ................................ ............................ ....................... 14     Dress  Requirements   ................................ ................................ ............................ ....................... 14     Food   ...................................................... ................................ ............................ ....................... 18     Telephones/Messages/Halls................. ................................ ............................ ....................... 18     Library   ...................................................... ................................ ............................ ....................... 18      VI.  Student  Faculty  Council.........................    ................................ ............................ ....................... 18        VII.  Attendance       General  Policies   ......................................... ................................ ............................ ....................... 20     Absences   ...................................................... ................................ ............................ ....................... 20     Excused/Unexcused  Absences  and  Make–up  Work……………………....  .……………….20     Lateness     ...................................................... ................................ ............................ ....................... 21     Check  Out  Procedures   ............................. ................................ ............................ ....................... 21       VIII.        Medical  Information............................ ................................ ............................ ....................... 22        IX.      Upper  School  Administration........... ................................ ............................ ....................... 22   2    


Preface     Many  consider  Tower  Hill  School  one  of  the  finest  independent  schools  in  the  area.  It  is  not  the   academic  program  alone  that  has  earned  this  reputation.  The  academic  program  is  aided,   supported,  and  enhanced  by  each  student’s  conduct  and  spirit.  These  often-­‐intangible   qualities  have  been  fostered  and  nurtured  by  caring  parents,  faculty,  and  staff.  As  the  school   changes  and  grows,  those  within  the  Tower  Hill  community  strive  to  maintain  these  high   standards.  The  pages  that  follow  outline  the  ideas  and  ideals  which  have  gained  the  school  its   fine  reputation.  These  are  based  on  the  School  Philosophy  and  Honor  Statement  below.  By   attending  Tower  Hill,  you  as  students,  with  the  support  of  your  parents,  are  subscribing  to  the   statements  and  are,  therefore,  helping  Tower  Hill  maintain  its  fine  standing.     Introduction     Tower  Hill  strives  as  a  community  of  interdependent  individuals  to  develop  a  spirit  of   cooperation  and  respect  and  to  encourage  in  each  of  its  students  a  genuine  interest  in  the   welfare  of  all  individuals  within  the  school  and  in  the  community  beyond.  Tower  Hill  expects   each  student  and  faculty  member  to  support  actively  the  values  of  honesty,  respect  for  others   and  self,  and  concern  for  others'  person  and  property.     Ideally,  respect  is  given  to  the  thoughts,  feelings,  and  work  of  all  students,  faculty,  and  staff.   This  respect  can  be  shown  in  a  variety  of  ways:  by  greeting  one  another  as  we  pass  in  the  hall;   by  avoiding  unnecessary,  disturbing  noise;  by  using  considerate  conduct  in  the  classroom,   dining  room,  and  theater;  by  recognizing  the  right  of  others  to  express  opinions  openly  and   candidly;  by  using  appropriate  forms  of  address;  and  by  avoiding  cruel  sarcasm,  to  name  a   few.     It  is  not  our  goal  in  this  Handbook  to  list  policies  and  regulations  that  define  in  detail  every   aspect  of  school  life,  but  rather  to  highlight  the  standards  that  all  members  of  Tower  Hill,  both   students  and  faculty,  need  to  accept  as  part  of  their  investment  in  their  own  growth  and  in  the   success  of  the  school.  These  standards  are  not  new;  they  represent  what  Tower  Hill  has  long   stood  for  and  goals  it  constantly  seeks  to  achieve.  This  spirit  of  respect,  cooperation,  and   integrity  is  designed  to  produce  an  atmosphere  conducive  to  intellectual  and  ethical  growth.     To  provide  students  with  the  support,  encouragement,  and  guidance  that  they  need  as   members  of  this  community,  each  one  is  assigned  a  faculty  member  as  an  advisor.  The  advisor   is  responsible  for  overseeing  the  student's  involvement  in  all  areas  of  school  life  and  for   helping  the  student  deal  effectively  with  any  problem  that  arises.  The  advisor  helps  the   student  examine  his  or  her  personal  goals  relative  to  the  student's  strengths  and  interest  and   assists  the  student  in  selecting  a  program  consistent  with  these  goals.     Students  have  the  opportunity  to  voice  concerns  or  make  suggestions  with  regard  to  everyday   life  at  Tower  Hill.  The  Student-­‐Faculty  Council  (see  section  VI)  is  the  primary  forum  for  the   discussion  of  school-­‐related  issues.  Students  are  encouraged  to  make  recommendations  for   change  to  the  Council,  either  in  person  or  through  one  of  its  members.  In  this  way,  students   and  faculty  can  work  together  to  respond  effectively  to  changing  needs.  In  addition,  students   are  encouraged  to  bring  concerns,  questions,  and  suggestions  to  a  faculty  member,  Dean,  Head   of  Upper  School,  or  Headmaster.    

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Tower  Hill  School  Honor  Statement     Tower  Hill  School  is  an  educational  community  committed  to  the  ethical,  intellectual,  and   physical  growth  of  its  students  both  as  individuals  and  as  members  of  a  community.  Tower   Hill  recognizes  that  achievement  by  the  individual  or  the  School  in  academics,  athletics,  and   the  arts  is  meaningless  without  integrity.  We  believe  that  honesty,  respect  for  others  and  self,   and  concern  for  others’  person  and  property  are  fundamental  standards;  therefore,  Tower  Hill   insists  upon  active  support  of  these  standards  by  students,  faculty,  and  parents.     Each  student  will  be  required  each  year  to  sign  a  statement  that  they  have  read,  understand,   and  will  actively  support  and  comply  with  the  Honor  Statement  and  policies  outlined  in  the   Upper  School  Student  Handbook.  This  is  a  way  for  the  school  to  be  certain  that  each  student  is   aware  how  important  this  part  of  their  commitment  to  Tower  Hill  is.  It  is  also  the  reason   students  will  be  asked  to  acknowledge  in  writing  on  every  piece  of  work  submitted  for  credit   that  the  work  is  their  own.     Tower  Hill  School  Philosophy     Tower  Hill  is  a  college  preparatory  school  that  carefully  blends  personal  challenge  and   individual  support  to  nurture  the  growth  of  its  students.  The  school  aspires  to  build  a   foundation  for  lifelong  learning:  the  development  of  an  inquisitive,  discerning,  and  critical   mind;  the  capacity  to  be  creative  and  aesthetically  sensitive;  the  appreciation  of  physical  well   being;  and  the  commitment  to  live  with  integrity.     Tower  Hill  is  a  supportive  and  caring  community  that  seeks  to  identify  and  meet  each   student’s  unique  needs.  It  expects  students  to  accept  increasing  responsibility  for  themselves   and  others.  While  Tower  Hill  reflects  its  Christian  tradition,  it  embraces  diverse  cultures  and   beliefs.  The  school  encourages  each  student  to  develop  a  sense  of  personal  worth  and  to   recognize,  understand,  and  respect  the  individuality  of  others.  The  school  nurtures  the   development  of  values,  commitments,  and  goals  from  childhood  through  adolescence.  From   the  cornerstones  of  opportunity,  encouragement,  respect,  and  trust,  Tower  Hill  aspires  to   produce  young  men  and  women  who  will  be  leaders  of  the  future.     Tower  Hill  is  dedicated  to  its  motto  Multa  Bene  Facta—Many  Things  Done  Well.      

 

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Academic  Information     General  Information   Tower  Hill  is  a  college  preparatory  school;  thus,  its  academic  requirements  are  largely   determined  by  the  entrance  requirements  of  the  majority  of  the  colleges  to  which  Tower  Hill   students  apply.  Students  receive  a  Course  Brochure,  which  contains  an  Academic   Requirements  Sheet,  when  determining  their  program  for  the  following  year.  While  each   student's  advisor,  among  others,  is  ready  to  help  in  making  decisions  concerning  the  number   and  difficulty  of  courses  that  the  student  might  take,  ultimately  each  student  is  responsible  for   his  or  her  own  program  and  performance.     Since  an  important  part  of  the  learning  process  occurs  through  interaction  in  classes,  it  is   important  for  students  to  be  prepared  to  participate  actively  and  intelligently.  Therefore,  each   student  is  expected  to  spend  an  average  of  forty-­‐five  minutes  daily  in  preparation  for  each   class.     Also,  any  student  having  difficulty  in  a  certain  course  is  expected  to  discuss  the  difficulties   with  the  instructor.  It  is  important  that  this  be  done  as  soon  as  possible  since  in  many  courses   each  day's  work  builds  upon  the  previous  day's  work.  Our  marking  system  serves  to  inform   the  student  of  his  or  her  progress  and  to  give  colleges  some  indication  of  the  student's  ability   in  various  areas.     Drop/Add  Procedure   Students  wishing  to  drop  or  add  a  course  must  pick  up  a  Drop/Add  Form  from  the  Upper   School  Director  of  Scheduling,  and  then  return  it  after  it  has  been  signed  by  the  appropriate   individuals.  As  a  general  rule,  a  student  will  not  be  allowed  to  drop  a  course  after  the  first   three  weeks  of  the  course.  Likewise,  a  student  who  begins  to  attend  a  course  for  which  the   student  is  not  officially  registered  must  return  a  completed  Drop/Add  Form  to  the  Director  of   Scheduling  by  the  end  of  the  third  week  of  the  course  in  order  to  receive  credit  for  the  course.     Study  Hall  and  Extra  Help  Sessions   Students  in  Grade  9  attend  study  hall  during  their  free  periods  for  the  first  quarter.  After  the   first  quarter,  students  whose  achievement  and  effort  are  considered  satisfactory  are  no  longer   required  to  attend  study  hall.     Any  student  having  particular  difficulty  with  a  certain  course  may  be  assigned  to  the  teacher   for  extra  help  during  mutually  free  periods.  Any  student  may  be  placed  in  study  hall  if  the   faculty  feels  that  the  student’s  effort  or  achievement  warrants  such  restriction.     Recognition  of  Scholars   Described  in  the  following  sections  is  the  method  for  determining  scholar  status.  It  has  been   designed  to  give  special  recognition  to  those  students  whose  academic  achievement  has  been   particularly  noteworthy  at  the  end  of  the  first  semester  and  the  end  of  the  year.            Scholar:  All  major  course  marks  must  be  84  or  above,  and  all  minor  course  marks  must  be   80/B-­‐  or  above.  In  addition:            First  semester:  Each  major  course  mark  falling  between  77  and  83  inclusive  is  offset  by  a   major  course  mark  of  90  or  above.   5    


Second  semester:  Each  year-­‐long  course  mark  falling  between  77  and  83  inclusive  is  offset   by  either:                    a)  a  year-­‐long  course  mark  of  90  or  above                    b)  a  semester-­‐long  major  course  of  93  or  above.            Scholar  with  Honors:  All  major  course  marks  must  be  87  or  above,  and  all  minor  course   marks  must  be  83/B  or  above.  In  addition:            First  semester:  Each  major  course  mark  falling  between  80  and  86  inclusive  is  offset  by  a   major  course  mark  of  93  or  above.            Second  semester:  Each  year-­‐long  course  mark  falling  between  80  and  86  inclusive  is  offset   by  either:                    a)  a  year-­‐long  course  mark  of  93  or  above                    b)  a  semester-­‐long  major  course  of  96  or  above            Scholar  with  Distinction:  All  major  course  marks  must  be  90  or  above,  and  all  minor  course   marks  must  be  87/B+  or  above.     Examination  Weighting   All  examinations  are  two  hours  in  length  with  the  following  exceptions:    Advanced  Placement   (AP)  courses  may  administer  examinations  up  to  three  hours  in  length.     In  addition,  all  examinations  in  the  first  semester  will  count  25%  of  the  semester  mark.   Examinations  at  the  end  of  the  year  will  count  25%  of  the  second  semester  mark.     Final  Exams   The  final  examinations  are  designed  to  be  comprehensive  in  nature  and  give  a  good  indication   of  a  student's  readiness  to  go  on  to  the  next  level  of  study  in  a  subject  area.  The  school  feels   that  a  final  examination  mark  below  50  indicates  that  the  student  has  not  sufficiently   mastered  the  course  material.  Unlike  the  midyear  examinations,  where  the  subject  area   teacher  and  the  student  have  the  opportunity  to  remedy  deficiencies  during  the  second   semester,  no  such  opportunity  exists  following  the  final  examination.  Thus,  a  student  who   receives  a  mark  below  50  on  a  final  examination  will  automatically  fail  the  course  for  the  year   regardless  of  his/her  average  before  the  exam.     A  student  may  remedy  a  course  failed  for  this  reason  by  passing  a  re-­‐exam.  The  school  will   normally  recommend  tutoring  or  summer  school  before  the  student  attempts  the  re-­‐exam.   While  a  passing  re-­‐exam  grade  is  still  50  or  higher,  the  original  exam  mark  will  be  averaged   with  the  re-­‐exam  mark  in  calculation  of  the  final  average  and  a  student's  final  course  mark  in   these  situations  may  not  be  higher  than  a  69.    

 

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Incomplete  Work/Course  Failures   Students  must  complete  all  major  assignments  in  a  course  to  receive  credit  for  the  course.   Students  who  have  major  assignments  incomplete  or  not  submitted  will  receive  an  incomplete   until  they  have  been  satisfactorily  completed,  at  which  time  mark  and  credit  for  the  course   will  be  given.     Seniors  must  pass  all  of  their  courses  to  graduate.  If  a  senior  fails  a  course,  his  or  her  diploma   will  be  withheld  until  the  failure  has  been  rectified.  When  an  underclassman  fails  a  course,  the   department  chairperson  will  specify  whether  the  course  is  to  be  repeated  the  following  year   or  to  be  made  up  before  the  student  returns  in  the  fall.  If  the  student  must  make  up  the  course   during  the  summer,  the  department  chairperson  will  indicate  to  the  Head  of  the  Upper  School   the  procedure  to  be  followed.  Generally,  a  student  will  be  required  to  pass  an  examination   prepared  by  the  department  before  credit  is  awarded.  In  most  cases,  the  student  will  be   permitted  to  prepare  for  the  exam  by  attending  summer  school,  by  reviewing  on  his  own,  or   by  working  with  a  private  tutor.     In  June  the  Upper  School  faculty  will  review  the  performance  of  any  student  who  has  failed   two  or  more  courses  and  then  recommend  to  the  Head  of  Upper  School  and  the  Headmaster   whether  or  not  the  student  should  return  to  Tower  Hill  the  following  year.     Academic  Probation   A  student  may  be  placed  on  academic  probation  for  poor  academic  performance  or  for   unsatisfactory  effort.     After  a  student  has  been  on  academic  probation  for  one  semester,  his/her  situation  will  be   reviewed  carefully  by  the  advisor,  teachers,  Dean  of  Students,  and  the  Head  of  the  Upper   School  to  determine  whether  he/she  should  continue  education  at  Tower  Hill.  In  some  cases,  a   student  on  academic  probation  will  be  restricted  from  participating  in  non-­‐academic  activities   so  that  he/she  can  devote  that  time  and  energy  to  improving  his/her  academic  status.       Responsible  Computing  Policy     Overview   The  computing  facilities  at  Tower  Hill  are  designed  to  support  the  educational  program  of  our   students.  All  computer  users  are  expected  to  use  the  computing  and  information  resources   responsibly,  respecting  the  rights  of  other  computer  users,  protecting  the  integrity  of  the   computing  resources,  following  all  licensing  agreements,  and  applying  the  principles  of  the   Honor  Code  and  proper  behavior  to  all  activities.  The  school's  computer  system  should  not  be   used  in  any  way  that  is  harassing,  offensive,  intimidating,  or  discriminatory.  In  addition,   students  who  are  found  to  have  openly  disparaged  Tower  Hill,  or  members  of  its   community  in  a  libelous  or  harassing  manner  in  a  public  Internet  forum—Facebook,   Formspring,  etc.—may  face  disciplinary  action,  comparable  to  if  the  offense  occurred  in   school.     Students  are  expected  to  use  the  technology  resources  to  support  their  educational  program   or  appropriate  recreational  use  as  determined  by  faculty  and  staff.  Students  should  always  be   able  to  justify  their  use  of  the  technology  resources  by  explaining  how  their  actions  are   connected  to  their  Tower  Hill  program  or  to  appropriate  recreational  use.    Any  accessing  of   7    


technology  either  through  school  or  personal  devices  that  becomes  problematic   because  it  is  inappropriate  in  its  content,  disruptive  to  others  or  negatively  impacts  a   student's  academic  performance  will  not  be  permitted  and  may  be  subject  to   disciplinary  action.     The  following  guidelines,  although  not  all-­‐inclusive,  apply  the  principles  listed  in  the  overview   to  specific  situations.  These  policies  and  guidelines  apply  to  students  using  Tower  Hill   computing  resources,  using  their  personal  technology  device  or  other  technology  devices  at   school,  or  using  their  TowerApps  or  TowerNet  account  from  home  or  through  the  web.     Educational  Guidelines   *  Always  use  a  headset  when  accessing  technology  that  involves  sound.           *  Do  not  use  the  computer  resources  for  commercial,  political,  or  non-­‐Tower  Hill-­‐related                  purposes.          *  Do  not  participate  in  chatrooms  or  similar  activities,  unless  the  chat  is  part  of  a  class.          *  Do  not  download  audio  or  visual  files  (MP3s,  music  videos,  sports  clips,  etc.),  unless  they                are  a  part  of  an  academic  project.          *  Do  not  use  any  electronic  mail  account  other  than  your  TowerMail  account.          *  Use  the  Internet  only  for  Tower  Hill-­‐related  activities,  avoiding  sites  that  are  pornographic                or  otherwise  inappropriate  or  sites  that  hinder  overall  network  performance  (videos  or                streaming  music,  for  example).          *  Do  not  violate  the  privacy  or  property  rights  of  others.     Personal  &  School  Safety  Guidelines          *  Do  not  disclose  personal  information  over  the  Internet.  Do  not  reveal  your  real  name,                  telephone  number,  address,  password,  credit  information,  school  or  other  information.  Do                  not  give  out  such  information  about  anyone  else.          *  Do  not  use  the  Tower  Hill  computer  resources  for  any  monetary  or  financial  transaction                  (shopping,  auctions,  purchases,  banking,  etc.).          *  Do  not  give  out  your  password  or  let  anyone  else  use  your  account.          *  Do  not  create,  send  or  forward  documents  or  messages  that  are  inappropriate,  malicious,                  pornographic,  harassing,  wasteful,  or  annoying  (chain  letters,  for  example).          *  Do  not  access,  copy,  delete,  or  alter  information  or  files  that  are  not  your  own.     Administrative  Guidelines          *  Do  not  attempt  to  acquire  a  password.          *  If  a  student  learns  a  password  or  becomes  aware  that  someone  without  authorization  has                  obtained  a  password,  the  student  should  notify  a  member  of  the  computing  faculty  or                  school  administration.          *  Scheduled  classes  take  precedence  over  general  use.          *  Computer  users  should  be  aware  that  the  school  computers,  server  storage,  TowerApps                and  TowerNet  accounts,  and  Internet  use  may  be  monitored  at  any  time;  there  should  be                  no  expectation  of  privacy  using  the  school's  computer  system.          *  Follow  any  special  rules  established  for  each  computer  area  in  the  school.          *  Report  broken  or  malfunctioning  equipment.     Responses  to  Violations   Access  to  Tower  Hill's  technology  facilities  is  a  privilege  granted  to  members  of  the  Tower  Hill   School  community  and  may  be  revoked  or  limited  for  violations  of  the  policies  outlined  in  this   8    


document.  Depending  on  the  violation,  Tower  Hill  students  may  also  be  subject  to  further   disciplinary  action  under  the  guidelines  established  in  the  student  handbook,  and  in  some   cases  to  criminal  charges  by  local,  state,  or  federal  authorities.  Students  should  be  aware   that  the  use  of  Tower  Hill's  technology  facilities  and  their  TowerApps  and  TowerNet   accounts  may  be  necessary  for  their  school  work;  therefore,  any  revocation  or  limiting   of  their  privileges  may  have  academic  implications  as  well.     Responses  to  violations  may  include,  but  are  not  limited  to,  the  following  depending  on  the   nature  and  frequency  of  the  violation:  warning,  detention,  suspension  /  limitation  of   technology  privileges  for  a  set  number  of  days,  meeting  with  the  Dean  and  the  student’s   parents.       Students  who  feel  that  they  have  been  unjustly  accused  of  a  violation  may  appeal  to  the   Student  Faculty  Council,  who  will  make  a  recommendation  to  the  administration.       Revised  8/9/10       Athletic  Program     Principles   Athletic  competition  is  an  integral  part  of  the  educational  and  developmental  process  of  our   students  and  that  many  important  lessons  are  taught  through  athletic  experience.    Therefore,   athletics  are  a  fundamental  part  of  the  total  curriculum  at  Tower  Hill,  fulfilling  our  motto  of   "Multi  Bene  Facta,"  many  things  done  well.    The  objectives  of  coaches  and  teachers  are   identical:  to  help  young  people  reach  their  fullest  potential  intellectually,  emotionally,  and   physically.    Accordingly,  sportsmanship—the  demonstration  of  appropriate  conduct,  honest   rivalry,  and  graceful  acceptance  of  the  outcome—is  as  important  as  the  full  development  of   athletic  skills.    Critical  to  these  teachings  is  the  expectation  that  our  community  as  well  as  our   athletes  will  demonstrate  respect  for  everyone  involved  in  athletic  competition.     Program   Every  student  participates  in  individual  or  team  sports,  the  purpose  of  which  is  to  develop   skill,  sportsmanship,  and  self-­‐confidence.    All  students  are  required  to  participate  in  the   athletic  program  each  season,  though  juniors  and  seniors  may  elect  to  exempt  one  season.   There  are  many  options  available  to  fulfill  the  athletic  requirements,  which  are  listed  in  the   Athletic  Handbook.     Parents  and  students  should  take  note  of  the  following  policies:          *  Students  who  are  not  involved  in  a  school-­‐run  athletic  program  are  expected  to  make                  arrangements  to  leave  the  school  at  the  end  of  their  academic  day.              *  A  student  participating  in  a  team  sport  may  not  compete  in  an  interscholastic  contest  on  a                day  in  which  he  or  she  comes  to  school  late  due  to  fatigue  or  sickness.    In  keeping  with                general  school  policy,  a  student  may  not  participate  in  an  athletic  contest  on  a  day  in  which                he  or  she  is  not  in  normal  school  attendance  (see  Attendance  section).          *  A  student  who  develops  a  serious  medical  problem  or  has  a  serious  injury  must  submit  a                  doctor's  note  before  the  student  is  allowed  to  resume  athletic  participation.          *  Students  should  always  use  the  bridge  to  get  to  the  girls  hockey/boys  lacrosse  fields  and                the  tunnel  to  get  to  the  athletic  facilities  across  Rising  Sun  Avenue.     9    


Training  Rules   All  students  who  are  members  of  interscholastic  teams  are  expected  to  abstain  from  the  use  of   any  form  of  tobacco,  alcohol,  or  illegal  drugs  during  the  sports  season.    If  an  athlete  breaks   training,  he/she  will  not  be  allowed  to  represent  the  school  in  interscholastic  competition  for   a  period  of  time  which  will  include  approximately  twenty  percent  of  the  team's  total   interscholastic  competition  of  games,  matches,  or  meets.    During  this  period  of  time,  the   Athletic  Director  may,  after  consultation  and  unanimous  agreement  from  the  coach  and  the   team's  captain(s),  reinstate  the  athlete.     If  an  athlete  breaks  training  more  than  once  during  the  school  year,  he/she  may  not  represent   the  school  in  interscholastic  competition  for  the  remainder  of  the  season  in  which  the  second   infraction  occurs.     Varsity  Letters   Varsity  letters  will  be  awarded  to  students  who  have  played  in  at  least  one  half  of  the  team's   games,  matches  or  meets;  or  in  the  case  of  track,  swimming  and  cross-­‐country,  who  have   scored  the  required  number  of  points  during  the  season.  In  unusual  cases,  the  coach  of  the   sport  can  make  an  exception  to  these  standards  with  the  approval  of  the  Athletic  Director.  No   student  will  be  eligible  to  receive  a  varsity  letter  in  a  sport  if  he/she  is  suspended  for  training   rule  infractions  during  that  season.       Community  Service     The  purpose  of  Tower  Hill's  Community  Service  Program  is  to  provide  a  meaningful   contribution  to  the  community  and  a  unique  experiential  educational  opportunity  for  the   student.  Service  projects  are  activities  that  are  distinctly  different  from  the  student's  normal,   daily  experiences.     All  Upper  School  students  must  successfully  complete  the  Community  Service  Program  as  a   requirement  for  graduation.  The  service  must  be  an  experience  where  the  student  has  a   concentrated  involvement  (a  minimum  of  forty  hours)  in  one  activity  during  a  twelve-­‐month   period.  The  service  must  be  non-­‐paying  and  be  performed  outside  of  Tower  Hill.  The  student   may  perform  his/her  service  during  free  periods  of  the  school  day,  after  school,  during  an   athletic  season  off,  on  weekends,  and  during  school  and  summer  vacations.  Service  may  be   performed  any  time  during  the  Upper  School  years,  but  may  not  begin  before  the  start  of  ninth   grade.     Service  is  to  be  completed  by  the  first  school  day  after  winter  holiday  vacation  of  a  student's   senior  year.  Seniors  who  have  not  completed  their  service  by  that  point  will  have  their  senior   privileges  revoked.  Seniors  who  do  not  complete  their  service  by  March  1  will  not  be  allowed   to  participate  in  school-­‐related  activities  (including  sports)  until  their  service  is  complete.  If   the  service  requirement  is  not  completed  by  graduation,  the  student  will  not  receive  a   diploma  and  the  final  grade  report  will  not  be  sent  to  colleges  until  successful  completion  of   the  service.     New  students  entering  tenth  or  eleventh  grade  must  complete  the  full  requirement.  New   students  entering  twelfth  grade  are  required  to  serve  a  minimum  of  20  hours  prior  to   graduation.  Each  student  will  meet  with  the  Director  of  Community  Service  to  review  specific    

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program  details  and  requirements.    Additional  information  and  required  paperwork  can  be   found  on  TowerNet  under  "Teaching  and  Learning;"  "Service  Learning;"  then  "Upper  School."       Student  Behavior     The  welfare  of  the  school  community  as  well  as  the  school's  ability  to  grow  and  be  effective  in   its  programs  is  directly  related  to  each  student's  willingness  to  suspend  a  portion  of  his  or  her   individuality.  Students  attending  Tower  Hill  are  expected  to  have  the  integrity  and  self-­‐ discipline  needed  to  accept  the  rules,  policies,  and  expectations  of  the  school  even  while   working  for  changes  that  they  feel  to  be  necessary.    These  attributes  are  expected  both  on  and   off  campus.  If  a  student  exhibits  negative  behavior  while  clearly  representing  Tower  Hill  at  an   event  that  is  not  sponsored  by  or  does  not  take  place  at  Tower  Hill  (such  as  another  school's   dance  or  an  away  athletic  contest),  this  will  be  considered  to  be  behavior  "on  campus"  and   will  be  responded  to  accordingly.     Detentions   Students  involved  in  infractions  of  school  rules  may  be  required  to  serve  a  detention.     Detentions  will  be  served  after  school  on  the  day  of  the  infraction  unless  special  arrangements   are  made  with  the  Dean  of  Students  or  Head  of  Upper  School.    An  unexcused  absence  from   detention  will  incur  another  detention  and  repeat  violations  may  lead  to  a  Letter  of  Warning.     Among  infractions  which  will  normally  result  in  a  detention  are  the  following:            *  dress  code          *  chewing  gum          *  the  fourth  and  any  additional  unexcused  lates  to  school  per  quarter          *  repeated  minor  lateness  to  class          *  unexcused  absence  from  class  or  part  of  a  class          *  loitering  in  the  halls  or  stairwells  during  classes          *  foul  language/disrespectful  behavior     The  detention  system  is  designed  to  deter  inappropriate  behavior.    Multiple  detention   assignments  indicate  a  pattern  not  conducive  to  the  enrichment  of  the  community  and   therefore  will  lead  to  more  serious  consequences  as  described  below:            •  5  detention  assignments  within  an  academic  year  will  lead  to  a  Letter  of  Warning          •  7  detention  assignments  will  place  a  student  on  Disciplinary  Probation          •  Students  who  accumulate  10  detentions  or  more  may  risk  suspension  or  expulsion.     While  the  number  of  detentions  will  not  accumulate  from  year  to  year,  records  of  these   infractions  will  be  kept  and  may  be  consulted  in  future  disciplinary  decisions.     Suspension  &  Disciplinary  Probation   Those  who  are  involved  in  major  infractions  of  school  policies  or  who  repeatedly  demonstrate   their  unwillingness  to  accept  what  is  asked  of  them  will  meet  with  the  Dean  of  Students  or   with  the  Head  of  the  Upper  School  at  which  an  appropriate  course  of  action  will  be   determined.  The  action  taken  could  include  a  letter  of  warning,  disciplinary  probation,  or   suspension.     11    


A  letter  of  warning  is  sent  to  the  student  and  his/her  parents  when  a  pattern  of  infractions   occurs  or  when  the  infraction  is  serious  enough  to  warrant  such  a  letter.  The  letter  puts  the   student  on  notice  that  his  or  her  behavior  needs  to  be  exemplary,  and  that  a  future  infraction   of  any  kind  will  be  treated  more  severely  (including  disciplinary  probation,  suspension,  or   expulsion)  than  it  might  if  the  student  had  not  received  a  "letter  of  warning."     When  a  serious  question  arises  about  whether  a  student  should  continue  at  Tower  Hill,  the   student  may  be  placed  on  disciplinary  probation  for  a  specified  period  of  time.  Prior  to  the   end  of  the  probation  period  the  student  must  submit  to  the  appropriate  Head  Class  Advisor  a   letter  indicating  what  the  student  feels  he  or  she  has  gained  by  remaining  at  Tower  Hill,  and   what  the  School  has  gained  by  his  or  her  presence.  The  Head  Class  Advisor  and  the  student   will  discuss  the  letter  with  the  Head  of  the  Upper  School,  who  will  make  a  recommendation  to   the  Headmaster  concerning  the  student's  future  at  Tower  Hill.     Students  need  to  be  aware  that  a  suspension  or  disciplinary  probation  is  part  of  a  permanent   record.  Colleges  usually  request  such  information  as  part  of  the  application  process,  and  if   applications  or  recommendations  have  already  been  sent,  the  school  must  notify  each  of  the   colleges  involved  that  a  suspension  has  occurred.  Accompanying  the  school's  notification  is  a   letter  written  by  the  student  explaining  the  suspension.     The  following  infractions,  in  addition  to  those  specified  in  Section  C  below,  are  considered   very  serious  that  will  lead,  except  in  very  unusual  circumstances,  to  immediate  suspension  or   dismissal  from  school  by  the  administration:            *  Using  or  being  under  the  influence  of  any  form  of  tobacco,  alcohol,  or  illegal  drugs  while  on                school  property  or  while  attending  any  function  sponsored  wholly  or  partly  by  the  school.          *  Possession  of  a  school  key.          *  Unauthorized  presence  in  any  school  building  including  locker  rooms,  gym,  field  house,                etc.  (for  example,  students  involved  in  a  weekend  or  evening  activity  are  expected  to                  remain  at  the  site  of  the  activity,  rather  than  elsewhere  in  the  building).          *  Leaving  campus  without  permission  during  the  school  day,  including  during  athletic                practice  time.     Departmental  Honor  Statements   The  Tower  Hill  Upper  School  Faculty  fully  support  and  subscribe  to  the  following  Honor  Code   Statements:     English  Department:  Papers:  A  paper  prepared  outside  of  class  must  be  a  student's  own  work   and  thought.  Ideas  or  phrasing  borrowed  from  other  sources  must  be  acknowledged  by  a   footnote  or  by  context.  (As  Edmund  Wilson  stated...").  Plagiarism  is  a  form  of  academic   dishonesty  defined  as  "work  or  ideas  taken  and  passed  off  as  one's  own."  Students  are  also   responsible  for  their  own  mechanical  and  logical  accuracy.  If  a  friend  or  parent  reads  a  paper,   the  advice  must  be  general:  “I  had  trouble  following  your  point  here”  or  “You’d  better  check   your  spelling  in  the  second  paragraph.”  Some  assignments  will  call  for  cooperation  between   students;  however,  unless  otherwise  instructed  by  the  teacher,  students  may  ask  only  the   teachers  for  specific  advice.    

 

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Tests,  Quizzes,  In-­‐Class  Papers:  These  exercises  must  be  prepared  without  giving  or  receiving   aid  of  any  kind.  The  test  or  quiz  may  not  be  discussed  with  any  other  student  until  after   everyone  has  taken  the  test.     Classical  and  Modern  Languages  Department:  Students  are  expected  to  accept  responsibility   for  the  integrity  and  basic  honesty  of  their  academic  work,  either  in  class  or  at  home.  All  tests,   quizzes,  or  graded  material  (including  homework)  will  be  done  without  assistance,  unless   express  permission  is  given  by  the  teacher.  Accordingly,  students  are  never  permitted  to  take   credit  for  or  represent  as  one’s  own  work  anything  that  is  the  work  of  another.  If  a  student   receives  any  help  on  out-­‐of-­‐class  assignments,  this  help  will  be  reported  to  the  teacher.  At  no   time  should  work  be  copied.  This  includes  the  academic  work  of  classmates,  published   authors,  and  known  or  anonymous  authors  on  the  Internet.  Academic  dishonesty  includes  a   variety  of  activities  that  includes,  but  is  not  limited  to:  all  forms  of  cheating,  plagiarism,   fabrication  of  information  or  citation,  the  failure  to  use  appropriate  citations,  unauthorized   possession  of  examinations  or  quizzes,  submitting  work  of  another  person  or  work  previously   submitted  by  another,  and  tampering  with  the  work  of  another.  Additionally,  any  test  or  quiz   may  not  be  discussed  with  any  other  students  until  after  everyone  has  taken  the  test  or  quiz   (this  also  applies  to  essays  and  any  other  form  of  graded  work).  In  all  other  matters,  the   Language  Department  will  follow  the  guidelines  of  the  Upper  School  Student  Handbook.     History  Department:  The  History  Department  expects  that  each  student  will  abide  by  the   norms  stated  in  the  Honor  Code  for  all  tests  and  assignments,  unless  the  teacher  specifically   states  otherwise  for  a  particular  assignment.  Ideas  and  opinions  that  are  not  the  student’s   own,  whether  paraphrased  or  quoted,  must  be  acknowledged  with  a  proper  citation     Math  Department:  All  in  class  tests  and  quizzes  (announced  or  unannounced)  will  be  taken   without  assistance.  In  certain  specified  cases,  out-­‐of-­‐class  honor  assignments  will  be  given  on   which  no  assistance  may  be  given  or  received.     Science  Department:  Appropriate  help  is  any  studying  or  teaching  that  occurs  before  a  test,   quiz,  lab  write-­‐up,  or  other  graded  assignment.  Once  a  student  begins  to  write  any  graded   assignments,  the  student  is  to  work  on  his/her  own.  Any  infraction  of  this  will  be  considered   in  violation  of  the  Tower  Hill  Honor  Code.       The  Honor  Board   Tower  Hill  requires  that  each  of  its  students  conduct  themselves  in  an  honorable  fashion.   Breaches  of  honorable  conduct  include  lying  and  misrepresentation  of  facts,  cheating,  stealing,   and  vandalism.  When  the  Dean  of  Students  or  the  Head  of  the  Upper  School  has  been  made   aware  that  a  student  has  allegedly  committed  an  honor  violation,  he  may  convene  the  Honor   Board,  if  he  deems  the  cause  sufficient.     The  voting  members  of  the  honor  Board  consist  of  one  of  the  following:  the  Dean  of  Students,   or  a  class  advisor  of  the  senior  class;  and  a  class  advisor,  a  faculty  member  from  the  Student-­‐ Faculty  Council,  and  three  student  members  of  the  Student-­‐Faculty  Council  selected  by  the   President.  (The  students  may  not  be  chosen  from  the  class  of  the  student  who  is  alleged  to   have  committed  the  violation  without  the  approval  of  the  Dean  of  Students  or  the  Head  of  the   Upper  School.)  The  student's  advisor,  the  Head  of  the  Upper  School,  and  the  class  co-­‐ chairpersons  of  the  student  brought  before  the  Board  may  be  present  as  observers.     13    


After  hearing  the  details  of  the  alleged  honor  violation,  the  voting  members  of  the  Board  shall   make  a  recommendation  based  on  a  simple  majority  to  the  Head  of  the  Upper  School  and  the   Headmaster  concerning  what  action  should  be  taken.  Since  the  Honor  Board  is  to  be  governed   by  the  spirit  expressed  in  the  Introduction,  it  will  base  its  recommendation  on  the  principles   that  Tower  Hill  students  and  faculty  support  honesty  and  respect  for  others.     Faculty/Student  Honor  Responsibilities   Students  who  believe  they  have  witnessed  a  breach  of  honorable  conduct  are  held  responsible   for  acting  positively  to  it.  Responsible  courses  of  action  include  the  following:            *  Informing  a  faculty  member,  the  Dean  of  Students,  or  a  member  of  the  Student  Faculty                Council  of  the  alleged  violation.          *  Asking  the  student  in  question  to  report  his  or  her  situation  to  a  faculty  member.          *  Confronting  the  student  personally  concerning  his  or  her  conduct.     Any  faculty  member  who  has  knowledge  of  an  alleged  honor  violation,  whether  from  their   own  personal  knowledge  or  from  the  report  of  a  student,  must  report  the  occurrence  to  the   Dean  of  Students  or  the  Head  of  the  Upper  School.  The  Dean  of  Students  or  the  Head  of  the   Upper  School  may  then  arrange  for  an  Honor  Board;  however,  a  faculty  member  may  choose   to  respond  immediately  to  an  honor  violation  in  his/her  course.  Any  student  involved  in  an   alleged  honor  violation  may  request  an  Honor  Board  hearing  if  the  student  has  questions   concerning  a  faculty  member's  response  to  an  alleged  honor  violation.  The  President  of  the   Student  Faculty  Council  or  the  Head  of  the  Upper  School  will  also  inform  the  student  body  and   the  faculty  of  the  results  of  any  Honor  Board  recommendation.     Harassment   We  believe  strongly  in  the  right  of  each  student  to  benefit  from  every  aspect  of  the  school's   program,  including  academics,  athletics,  and  activities.  Therefore,  harassment  of  any  kind  is   unacceptable.  Specifically,  sexual  harassment  is  not  tolerated  at  Tower  Hill  School.  It  is  the   school's  policy  that  no  member  of  the  community-­‐faculty,  staff,  or  student-­‐may  sexually   harass  another.  A  student  who  believes  he/she  is  being  harassed  should  address  the  situation   immediately  with  the  help  of  a  faculty  member  or  administrator,  if  the  student  feels  this   would  be  helpful.     School  Dances  and  Functions   All  school  rules  apply  at  dances  or  events  (such  as  fundraising  activities  or  athletic  contests).   The  school  reserves  the  right  to  use  practical  means,  such  as  a  breathalyzer  or  consultation   with  police  officers,  to  determine  whether  a  student  is  or  is  not  under  the  influence  of  illegal   substances  at  an  event.    The  school  reserves  the  right  to  dismiss  a  student  it  suspects  of  being   under  the  influence  from  a  dance  or  school  event  and  will  communicate  with  a  parent  in  such   a  case.       Dress  Requirements   Tower  Hill's  dress  code  is  based  primarily  on  the  belief  that  dress  should  be  appropriate  to   the  work  people  are  doing.  The  school's  dress  requirements,  therefore,  stem  from  an  effort  to   provide  an  atmosphere  conducive  to  education.  Student  attire  should  reflect  good  taste  and   respect  for  the  instructional  environment.      

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Students  need  to  be  mindful  of  the  weather  and  the  conditions  they  are  likely  to  experience  in   our  building,  for  many  of  the  difficulties  with  the  dress  code  come  when  students  do  not  dress   considering  both  factors.  In  keeping  with  this  idea,  students  will  be  allowed  to  wear  shorts   that  are  in  good  condition  and  appropriate  length,  polo  shirts,  and  athletic  shoes  on  any  day   when  the  temperature  will  be  eighty-­‐six  or  above  in  Wilmington.  The  specific  school  policies   with  regard  to  dress  are  outlined  below.  Parents  and  students  are  urged  to  use  common  sense   in  interpreting  this  information.  The  final  decision  about  the  appropriateness  of  a  student's   dress  rests  with  the  Upper  School  faculty,  Dean  of  Students,  the  Head  of  the  Upper  School,  and   the  Headmaster.     All  Clothing  should  be  neat  and  clean  with  appropriate  hems  and  cuffs.  Clothing  should  be  free   from  holes,  paint  spots,  frayed  edges,  etc.,  and  should  fit  well.   Boys  —  approved  dress  includes:  neat,  clean  dress  slacks,  with  a  belt  when  appropriate.   Shoes  in  good  repair  that  cover  the  entire  foot,  always  with  full-­‐length  socks.  Shirt  (dress   shirt,  turtleneck,  or  polo  shirt  with  a  naturally  turned  collar)  always  tucked  in.  Students  are   expected  to  be  clean-­‐shaven.  Tower  Hill  sweatshirt  apparel  is  permitted.     Girls  —  appropriate  dress  includes:  dresses  with  a  top  strap  width  of  at  least  three   inches  with  hemline  resting  more  than  three  inches  above  the  knee,  skirts,  also  no   more  than  three  inches  above  the  knee.  Capri  pants  or  full-­‐length  slacks  (no  yoga  pants,   denim,  jeggings,  leggings  or  tight  pants  of  any  kind).  Blouse,  sweater,  turtleneck,  or  knit   top  (again  with  a  top  strap  width  of  at  least  three  inches  and  avoiding  low  cut  pieces);     t-­shirts  are  not  allowed;    THS  sweatshirts  are  permitted.  Shoes  that  have  a  closed  toe   and  preferably  closed  heel;  sling  backs  or  slides  with  a  rim  around  the  heel  are  also   acceptable.    Sneakers  in  one  solid  color  (brown,  beige,  gray,  or  black),  including  the   sole,  are  permitted.     Non-­‐appropriate  items  include:  dresses  that  have  spaghetti  straps,  bare  back,  off  the  shoulder,   halter,  tube,  crop,  sun  dress  or  tank  top  style;  t-­‐shirts  or  shirts  which  have  large-­‐lettered   advertising;  clothing  that  is  excessively  tight,  overly  revealing,  inappropriately  short,  or   revealing  during  standing,  bending,  sitting,  or  moving.  No  yoga  pants,  denim,  jeggings,   leggings  or  tight  pants  of  any  kind.  Materials  that  are  mesh,  sheer  or  see-­‐through  are  to  be   worn  with  an  undergarment  that  is  not  mesh,  sheer,  or  see-­‐through.     All  Students  non-­‐appropriate  items:          *  Jeans          *  Flip-­‐flops,  mules  that  cover  only  half  the  foot,  beach  shoes,  sandals,  and  similar  attire  are                not  considered  appropriate  for  the  classroom.          *  Athletic  shoes  that  are  multicolored  or  having  a  white  sole.    Only  brown,  beige,  gray,  or                  black  sneakers  that  are  one  solid  color  (including  the  sole)  are  permitted.  (See  page  16.)          *  Outerwear,  such  as  jackets,  hats,  or  sweatshirts  (unless  THS),  is  not  considered  acceptable                  dress  in  school.     Dress-­‐down  days/FFAS  jeans  days   On  these  special  days  students  may  wear  jeans,  sweatpants,  or  shorts  along  with  t-­‐shirts,   sweatshirts,  or  tops  of  their  choosing.    However,  short  length  and  top  coverage  rules  are  still   mandatory.    Sneakers  may  be  worn  but  flip-­‐flops,  hats,  and  other  items  not  listed  in  the  dress   code  are  not  permitted.    If  a  student  does  not  want  to  participate  they  do  not  have  to  make  the   donation  and  should  therefore  be  in  dress  code.    If  these  rules  are  in  question,  students  should   15    


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Food   Students  are  permitted  to  keep  snacks  other  than  drinks  in  their  lockers.  Students  are  not   permitted  to  eat  in  class,  but  may  eat  between  classes,  in  their  homeroom  during  a  free   period,  or  in  the  cafeteria  when  snacks  are  available.  No  food  is  to  be  removed  from  the  dining   room.     Because  of  the  maintenance  issues  involved,  chewing  gum  is  not  permitted  in  the  school   building  at  any  time.     Telephones/Messages   The  use  of  cell  phones  is  permitted  within  certain  guidelines.  Any  use  of  a  cell  phone   (including  its  camera  or  applications)  that  becomes  problematic  because  it  is  inappropriate,   disruptive  to  others  or  negatively  impacts  a  student's  academic  performance  will  not  be   permitted  and  may  be  subject  to  disciplinary  action.    Cell  phone  calls  and  text  messaging   during  the  academic  day  should  only  occur  during  a  student’s  free  time  and  should  be  limited   to  communication  with  parents  or  family  members,  not  for  social  communication  with  friends.   Cell  phones  should  not  be  visible  or  in  use  in  academic  settings  including  classrooms,  the   library  or  study  halls  unless  expressly  permitted  by  a  faculty  member.  Cell  phones  should   never  be  visible  or  in  use  during  assessments  –  quizzes,  examinations,  etc.     Students  should  not  use  a  faculty  or  office  phone  without  specific  permission.       Halls   Students  are  not  to  be  in  the  halls  or  stairways  during  classes,  since  this  often  disturbs  classes   in  session.       Library   The  Tower  Hill  Library  offers  students  a  variety  of  reading  and  reference  materials.  Students   may  come  to  the  library  during  free  periods  to  read  quietly,  do  library  research  or  study.  The   library  is  not  the  place  for  social  interaction.  All  books  and  other  printed  materials  may  be   checked  out  to  students.  A  student  who  does  not  return  library  materials  in  a  timely  manner   will  be  assigned  a  detention,  and  a  bill  will  be  sent  to  the  parents.  A  copier  is  available  in  the   library,  and  copies  for  school  assignments  are  free.  Students  wishing  to  make  personal  copies,   unrelated  to  school,  must  pay  5  cents  per  page.  Food  and  drink  are  not  permitted  in  the   library.     Student/Faculty  Council     Function   The  function  of  the  Student-­‐Faculty  Council  is  to  discuss  any  aspect  of  Upper  School  life  at   Tower  Hill  that  requires  review.  The  council  is  an  elective  body  of  Upper  School  students  and   faculty  whose  recommendations  must  be  approved  by  the  Head  of  the  Upper  School  and/or   the  Headmaster.  The  council's  ongoing  goal  is  to  improve  the  quality  of  student  life  and  to   provide  a  forum  for  better  communication  between  the  faculty,  students,  and  the   administration.   Members      

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Each  Student-­‐Faculty  Council  will  consist  of  20  members:  16  students,  who  are  elected  by  the   upper  school  student  body,  3  faculty  members,  who  are  elected  by  the  faculty,  and  the  Dean  of   Students.     Representatives  Election  Process:   Elections  for  the  new  council  for  the  following  school  year  will  be  held  by  the  end  of  the  first   week  in  May.  Ninth  grade  elections  will  be  held  at  the  beginning  of  the  school  year.     Students:  Candidates  for  all  student  elections  will  be  nominated  by  members  of  their  class  or   will  be  self-­‐nominated.  Each  class  will  elect  two  male  and  two  female  "class  representatives."     Faculty:  The  Head  of  the  Upper  School  will  conduct  the  election  of  the  three  faculty   representatives.  The  Dean  of  Students  will  serve  on  the  Council.     President:  After  the  class  elections,  student  members  of  the  new  Student-­‐Faculty  Council  will   be  eligible  to  nominate  other  members  or  themselves  for  the  position  of  President.  In  an   assembly  each  of  the  nominees  will  speak  to  the  Upper  School  student  body  giving  the  reasons   they  should  be  elected.  The  Upper  School  students  will  then  cast  their  ballots  for  President.     Vice-­‐President,  Secretary,  and  Treasurer:  The  members  of  the  Student-­‐Faculty  Council  will   vote  for  all  officers  other  than  President.   Duties     The  duties  of  all  members  are  to  assume  responsibilities  as  representatives  and  leaders  of  the   student  body  or  faculty  and  to  participate  fully  in  all  matters  of  the  Student-­‐Faculty  Council.   Specific  duties  may  include  junior  and  senior  representation  on  various  board  committees   and  participation  on  the  honor  board  as  outlined  in  the  Upper  School  Handbook.     Officers   President:  The  duties  of  the  president  are  to  preside  over  meetings,  to  write  the  agenda,  and   to  inform  new  members  of  their  responsibilities.  In  addition,  the  president  shall  make  a  yearly   report  in  which  he  or  she  shall  review  the  council's  accomplishments  and  present  the   succeeding  council.     Vice-­‐President:  The  duties  of  the  vice-­‐president  are  to  assume  all  responsibilities  of  the   president  in  his  or  her  absence  and  to  assist  the  president  in  his  or  her  duties.     Secretary:  The  duties  of  the  secretary  are  to  record  and  distribute  the  minutes  of  meetings,  to   publish  agendas,  notices,  reports,  or  other  council  work  submitted  for  duplication,  to  maintain   the  files  and  bulletin  board.     Procedures          *  A  quorum  to  conduct  business  shall  consist  of  15  members.          *  All  recommendations  must  be  passed  by  at  least  2/3  of  the  members  present  and  must  be                at  least  a  majority  of  the  council.          *  A  constitutional  change  must  be  approved  by  15  members.          *  Any  member  of  the  Student-­‐Faculty  Council  who  misses  more  than  three  meetings  in  a                  semester  will  risk  forfeiting  his/her  seat  on  the  council.     19    


Attendance     General  Policies   Regular  attendance  and  promptness  are  essential  in  order  that  the  school  and  its  students   work  together  effectively.  Thus,  it  is  important  that  students  meet  all  appointments  promptly,   including  morning  assemblies,  homeroom  meetings,  lunch,  extra  help,  and  classes.  Students   should  remain  until  dismissed.     Absences   Students  should  have  their  parent/guardian  call  the  Upper  School  administrative  assistant  by   9:00  a.m.  if  they  are  going  to  be  absent  or  late  on  any  given  day.     If  a  student  is  listed  as  absent  and  the  Upper  School  administrative  assistant  has  not  received   a  phone  call  or  an  e-­‐mail  from  the  parents,  the  administrative  assistant  will  try  to  notify  the   parents.  Normally  if  a  parent  contact  has  been  made  about  a  student's  absence,  the  student   does  not  need  a  note  explaining  the  absence.     Students  who  are  absent  on  a  given  day  should  not  be  in  the  building  or  attending  school   events  later  on  that  day.  Students  may  not  participate  in  an  athletic  contest,  a  musical  or   dramatic  production,  or  any  other  school-­‐related  event  on  a  day  in  which  they  are  not  in   normal  school  attendance.  This  means  that  a  student  must  meet  all  of  his  or  her  obligations   unless  he/she  has  been  excused  from  them  ahead  of  time.       Excused/Unexcused  Absences  and  Make-­up  Work   Typically  the  only  excused  absence  after  the  fact  will  be  for  a  non-­‐discretionary  reason,  such   as  illness,  court  appearance,  religious  observance.  Discretionary  absences  should  be  arranged   in  advance  and,  depending  on  the  reasons  for  the  absence,  may  or  may  not  be  considered   excused;  bringing  a  note  from  a  parent  or  guardian  explaining  the  nature  of  the  absence  does   not  automatically  mean  the  absence  will  be  excused.  Missing  any  school  appointment  without   an  excuse  is  considered  to  be  a  serious  violation  of  a  student's  obligation  to  the  school,  and   appropriate  action  will  be  taken.       In  the  case  of  an  excused  absence,  the  student  is  responsible  for  checking  within  24  hours  of   his/her  return  to  school  with  the  teacher  to  make  arrangements  for  making  up  missed  work.       If  the  student  has  foreknowledge  of  an  upcoming  excused  absence,  he/she  should  check  with   the  teacher  before  the  excused  absence  to  make  arrangements  for  missed  work.     Students  are  expected  to  be  in  regular  attendance  before  and  after  school  holidays.  All   requests  for  excusals  the  three  days  before  or  after  a  vacation  or  long  weekend  must  be   requested,  in  writing,  and  approved  three  weeks  in  advance  by  the  Division  Head.  Except  for   unusual  circumstances,  absences  during  these  times  will  be  considered  unexcused.     A  student  who  has  an  unexcused  absence  will  usually  receive  50%  of  the  credit  earned  for  any   work  missed  during  that  absence.  The  faculty  are  not  obligated  to  help  a  student  make  up  any   work  missed  during  an  unexcused  absence.  Additional  disciplinary  action  may  occur  as  well.           20    


Lateness   Students  are  considered  late  if  they  arrive  after  8:00  a.m.  Most  latenesses  are  considered   unexcused  unless  a  student  has  a  non-­‐discretionary  appointment  or  is  detained  by  inclement   weather  conditions.  Students  who  miss  any  portion  of  class  due  to  an  unexcused  lateness  will   receive  no  credit  for  work  missed,  and  they  usually  will  be  assigned  a  detention.     Students  who  are  late  must  sign  the  late  pad  in  the  Upper  School  administrative  assistant's   office,  indicating  the  time  of  arrival.  Students  who  arrive  after  8:00  a.m.,  but  before  first   period  (8:10  a.m.),  must  see  the  Dean  or  Head  of  the  Upper  School  if  they  believe  their   lateness  should  be  excused.  Students  who  arrive  after  the  beginning  of  first  period  (8:54  a.m.)   must  have  a  note  from  a  parent  or  from  a  doctor,  to  be  left  with  the  Upper  School   administrative  assistant,  explaining  the  reason  for  the  lateness.  The  note  will  not  necessarily   excuse  the  lateness,  but  it  will  allow  the  student  to  attend  class.  Students  who  do  not  have  a   note  still  must  sign  in  and  receive  a  yellow  entry  slip  and  will  see  the  Dean  of  Students  or   Head  of  the  Upper  School  as  soon  as  possible.     Students  who  arrive  late  due  to  fatigue  or  sickness  may  not  arrive  after  9:00  a.m.  and   preferably  should  stay  home.    They  may  be  sent  home  and  may  not  return  to  participate  in   activities  beyond  the  academic  day.     If  a  student  has  three  unexcused  latenesses  in  a  quarter,  the  parents  will  be  notified  of  the   situation.  Usually,  additional  lateness  during  that  quarter  will  result  in  a  detention.     Check-­out  Procedures   All  students  are  expected  to  remain  on  the  school  grounds  during  the  school  day  (8:00  a.m.  -­‐   3:00  p.m.  for  students  not  participating  in  a  sport  and  8:00  a.m.  until  the  end  of  athletics  for   students  participating  in  a  sport);  however,  students  who  have  no  school  commitment  after   period  7/7L  on  Fridays  may  leave.    The  school  grounds  are  defined  as  the  academic  and  music   buildings  on  the  main  school  block,  and  the  track/football  field.    Private  residences  are  not   considered  part  of  the  school  property.    For  athletics,  the  school  grounds  extend  to  athletic   fields  and  buildings  for  the  sport  in  which  the  student  is  participating.  Access  to  the  girls   hockey  and  boys  lacrosse  fields  should  be  only  by  the  bridge  and  access  to  the  athletic   facilities  across  Rising  Sun  Avenue  should  be  only  through  the  tunnel.     Underclass  students  may  leave  the  school  grounds  only  with  specific  permission  from  a  Dean,   the  Head  of  the  Upper  School,  or  the  Headmaster.  They  will  be  given  a  yellow  dismissal  slip   that  they  need  to  leave  with  the  receptionist.    Seniors  may  leave  school  once  a  day,  when  they   are  free,  by  signing  out,  and  signing  in  upon  returning.    This  is  a  privilege  that  may  be   restricted  by  the  Head  of  the  Upper  School,  if  in  the  school's  opinion  this  is  an  appropriate   course  of  action.    This  privilege  is  only  granted  with  the  permission  of  parents.     Students  who  need  to  leave  school  for  an  appointment  or  other  obligation  must  present  a   note,  written  by  a  parent  or  guardian,  in  the  Upper  School  Office  and  obtain  a  yellow  dismissal   slip  from  the  administrative  assistant  and  sign  out.    The  note  should  contain  specific   information  about  the  time  and  nature  of  the  appointment,  and  should  indicate  whether  or   not  the  student  will  return  to  finish  the  school  day.    The  school  asks  that,  whenever  possible,   appointments  be  scheduled  so  as  not  to  conflict  with  academic  classes  and  athletic  contests.      

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Students  who  return  from  an  early  dismissal  must  go  directly  to  the  Upper  School  Office  and   sign  in  and  the  administrative  assistant  will  give  the  student  a  yellow  readmission  slip  to  take   to  their  teacher.    If  the  administrative  assistant  is  unavailable,  sign  in  and  go  directly  to  class.     Medical  Information     Medications   Whenever  possible,  medications  should  be  taken  at  home.  Ask  the  doctor  to  prescribe   medication  which  can  be  given  two  or  three  times  a  day  so  it  can  be  given  at  home.  If   medication  must  be  taken  at  school,  the  medication  must  be  in  the  original  container  or   prescription  bottle,  clearly  labeled  with  student  name,  drug  name,  and  dosage.  Parents  will   specify  in  writing,  time  medication  is  to  be  given,  number  of  days  it  is  to  be  given,  as  well  as   the  reason  the  medication  is  being  given.  When  having  a  prescription  filled,  it  is  helpful  to  ask   the  pharmacist  for  two  identically  labeled  containers—one  for  home  and  one  for  school.     Students  are  not  to  carry  medications  on  their  person,  nor  are  medications  to  be  kept  in  their   locker.  This  is  for  the  protection  of  all  students.     Students  with  asthma  or  severe  allergies  should  have  extra  emergency  medication  sent  to   school  and  kept  in  the  health  office  at  all  times.  These  include  quick  relief  inhalers  and  auto-­‐ injectable  epinephrine.  Students  may  be  allowed  to  carry  their  emergency  medication  on  their   person  at  the  discretion  of  the  school  nurse,  physician,  and  parent.  Parents  should  supply   emergency  medications  for  all  field  trips.     Upper  School  Administration            *  Head  of  Upper  School  -­‐  Daniel  Hickey,  Ed.D.          *  Upper  School  Administrative  Assistant  -­‐  Kathy  Williams          *  Assistant  Head  of  Upper  School/Dean  of  Students  -­‐  Trisha  Medeiros,  Ed.D.          *  Head  Class  Advisors  -­‐  Grade  12  –  Kevin  Waesco          *  Head  Class  Advisor  -­‐  Grade  11  -­‐  Leigh  Thompson          *  Head  Class  Advisor  -­‐  Grade  10  -­‐  Oremia  Caimi          *  Head  Class  Advisor  -­‐  Grade  9  -­‐  Tara  Malloy          *  Director  of  Scheduling  -­‐  Jack  Smith          *  Director  of  College  Counseling  –  Jill  Lauck          *  College  Counseling  Administrative  Assistant  -­‐  Linda  Ogden      

 

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