Student Handbook

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    STUDENT HANDBOOK

    2009-2010

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This handbook belongs to: ___________________________________

     

     

     

     

    “None of us is as smart as all of us.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    South Allegheny School Mission Statement

     

    The South Allegheny Middle/High School represents an environment that allows each child to experience not only emotional growth, but also achieve strong academic success through a supportive teaching staff and a responsive administration.

     

    The South Allegheny Middle/High School believes:

     

    Ø      Student mastery of academic and life skills is our highest priority.

     

    Ø      All students have the ability to successfully develop intellectually, creatively, emotionally, socially, and physically.

     

    Ø      Parent and community involvement is essential to the development of each student.

     

    Ø      Learning is a lifelong process leading to a promising future.

     

    Ø      Students should display dignity and respect for self and others.

     


     

     

    SOUTH ALLEGHENY SCHOOL DISTRICT

     

    (412) 675-3070
     
    SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTORS
     
    Luke Riley (President)                              
    Lou Borrelli (Vice President)            

    Dino DiFelice(Treasurer)                                    

    Russell Geary

    James Jackson              

    Peter Miller

    Arlene Schinosi

    Tim Wackowski

    Jack Yarborough

                                                   

    CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION
     
    Acting Superintendent:                   Wayne Gdovic                                   X 1101
    Director of Business Affairs:            Sharon Miller                                   X 1102

    Acting Assistant Superintendent:            Rich Fine                                 X 1211

     

    HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

     

    Principal:                                 Jeff Solomon                                           X 1201

    Secretary:                               Amy Huwalt                                             X 1200

    Athletic Director:                    Eric Roche                                               X 1209

     

    MIDDLE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

     

    Principal:                                 Lisa Duval                                   X 1303

    Secretary:                               Paula Grossi                               X 1300                

    DEANS OF STUDENTS

    Lisa Duval                      X 1212

    GUIDANCE

    High School:                            Chad Smith                                           X 1205

    High School:                            Gina LaRose                                         X 1206

    Middle School:                        Kristy Roche                                          X 1301

    Secretary:                               Wendy Horne                                        X 1207

     

    SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST/SPECIAL EDUCATION LIAISON

     

    Director of Special Education:                   Pat Monroe                      X 1202

    Special Education Secretary:           Donna Greenawald                    X  1204

    PUBLIC RELATIONS

    Public Relations Coordinator:       Laura Thomson                          X 1217

    NURSE

    High School/Middle School:           Pam Fetch                                  X 1208

    ATHLETICS

    High School/Middle School:             Eric Roche                                X 1203

     INTRODUCTION

    The South Allegheny School District, hereafter referred to as the District, is dedicated to developing each student’s potential for learning. To achieve this, students, parents and school staff must share the responsibility for encouraging orderly, constructive student behavior.

    The South Allegheny Board of Education, hereafter referred to as the Board, believes that each student in the District should be afforded the best opportunities possible to develop that student’s potential for learning. In order to assure the appropriate learning experience, the Board believes that a safe, orderly, and constructive environment must be maintained in our schools. To this end, conduct that is disruptive of the educational process, disrespectful of the rights and dignity of others, or harmful to the welfare and safety of others will not be tolerated. The following information is designed as a guide in order to continue to promote a positive environment for the education and self-esteem of all members of our educational community.

    Pupil Citizenship: Over a period of years since the establishment of the public school system in the United States, our courts have interpreted education to be a state function, and its purpose being to promote the state’s welfare as a whole rather than the welfare of the individual. The public school provides the opportunity for the child to receive a free education and is not of a charitable nature.

    The Board, in the support of public education considers the behavior of students attending public school a reflection of the standards of good citizenship demanded of members in a democratic society. The responsibility of one’s actions is one of the ultimate goals of education.

    The Board in agreement with the courts believes also that while the opportunity for education is a right of American youth, education itself is not an absolute right. It is qualified first by eligibility requirements, the courts speak of education as a limited right or privilege; that is, should the pupil fail to perform those responsibilities required upon attendance in public school, the student may then be as a last resort excluded from the school. Therefore, the Board has developed this policy statement:

    1.Students in the South Allegheny School District shall respect constituted authority.

     

    1. Citizenship in a democracy requires respect for the rights of others. Student conduct shall reflect consideration for the rights and privileges of others and demands cooperation with all members of the school community.

     

    1.  High personal standards of appearance, clothing, courtesy, decency, morality, clean language, honesty and wholesome relationships with others shall be maintained. Respect for real and personal property, pride in one’s work and achievement within one’s ability shall be expected of all pupils. Every pupil who gives evidence of a sincere desire to receive an education, to be diligent in studies and to profit by the educational experiences provided will be given every opportunity to do so and will be assisted in every way possible to achieve scholastic success.

    DISCIPLINE POLICY

    The opportunity for education is the right of all pupils in our District, but education itself is a privilege gained only by those responsible citizens whose behavior and attitudes enable them to derive the very most from their public school years. An ultimate goal of education should be the responsibility for one’s own actions. Achieving this goal requires the cooperation of students, parents, teachers and administrators. It is hoped that the following discipline procedures will aid each student in developing good citizenship qualities, scholastic success and a high degree of self-discipline.

    The purpose of any disciplinary measure should be to modify or change behavior rather than to serve as punishment. In order to attempt to modify behavior, the unacceptable behavior must be identified and communicated to the parties involved. Certain procedures must be followed to ensure that each student receives the rights of due process, listed below:

     

    1. prior knowledge of the conduct which is required of or prohibited;
    2. awareness of the specific matters giving rise to any proposed penalties or discipline;
    3. opportunity to express or convey his/her views or rebuttals regarding the incident;
    4. have the decision based on the incidents or matters about which the student has been apprised as indicated above.

    Special attention to the orientation of all parties involved will be given so that this policy will be completely understood. Orientation for students and staff will be at the beginning of each school year to brief staff on the discipline policy.

    WHAT IS THE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT?

    The Code is an official policy of the Board. It is based on the premise that the primary goals in discipline are improving behavior and protecting the welfare of all students.

    The Code applies to all students.

    Students, parents and staff are encouraged to become familiar with the entire contents of this document which describe:

    • The rights and responsibilities of students.
    • The attendance policy.
    • Conduct that disrupts a positive environment.
    • Procedures for disciplinary action.

    WHEN IS THE CODE IN FORCE?

    The Code is in force:

    • On school property and on the school bus at all times.
    • At all activities where school personnel have jurisdiction over students.
    • Out-of-school if the student’s conduct presents a threat to health, safety or welfare of students and/or staff.

    The Principal is authorized to take administrative action when a student’s misconduct to and from school is harmful to other students or to orderly education.

    WHAT IS A GOOD SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT?

    The District believes that all persons are entitled to a safe and orderly school environment where individual rights are respected and protected, where all persons are free from intimidation, discrimination, acts of violence, and where understanding and tolerance of individual differences are encouraged. A good school environment is built upon mutual respect, positive attitudes and outlooks, fair and consistent policies and procedures, and a commitment to personal and professional growth and development. Its atmosphere friendly, yet business-like, and one which fosters cooperation between students and school personnel working toward recognized and acceptable goals. It is relatively free from distractions and is conducive to learning and preparing oneself for a productive life in our society. As part of the District’s efforts to foster such a learning environment and in accordance with state and federal law, this code of conduct has been adopted.

    STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

    Students are expected to:

     

    • Conduct themselves in an orderly, safe and responsible manner.
    • Attend all classes daily and on time.
    • Be prepared for class assignments and activities, with appropriate working materials.
    • Respect other people and their property.
    • Refrain from abusive language, defamatory, inflammatory, and demeaning actions.
    • Be clean and neat.
    • Be responsible for their own work.
    • Abide by rules and regulations of the school and individual classroom teachers.
    • Accept, understand, and respect diversity and differences among fellow students and staff.
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