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PAUL D. SCHREIBER HIGH SCHOOL
SCHREIBER’S SCHEDULE: It is important that you complete the blank schedules that follow. You should also keep a copy in your locker. Our schedule follows a six-day cycle, and all classes are one hour long.
No student should have a 4-1 and a 4-2 class on the same day. If that should appear on your schedule, see your guidance counselor immediately.
Paul D. Schreiber High School Schedule
PERIOD 1 8:05 - 9:05
PERIOD 2 9:10 - 10:15
PERIOD 3 10:20 - 11:20
PERIOD 4-1 11:25 - 12:25
PERIOD 4-2 11:55 - 12:55
PERIOD 5 1:00 - 2:00
PERIOD 6 2:05 - 3:05
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Class Schedule 1
Administration and Board of Education 5
Mission Statement 5
Belief Statements 5
Emergency Closings 6
Delayed Opening Schedules 6
Assembly Schedules 7
Department Phone Numbers 8
Rules and Procedures 9
Attendance Procedures 9
85% Attendance Rule 10
Make-up Time and Work 10
Electronic Devices 10
Off-Campus Privileges 10
ID Cards 11
Student Parking 12
Posting of Materials 12
Physical Education Guidelines 12
Fire Drills 13
Emergency Response Plan 13
Academic Honesty 15
Academic Eligibility 15
Summer School Eligibility 16
Internet Acceptable Use Guidelines 16
Resource Centers 16
Board of Education Policies 17
Code of Conduct 17
Student Rights 18
Student Responsibilities 18
Student Dress Code 18
Prohibited Student Conduct 19
Reporting Violations 21
Disciplinary Penalties 22
Public Conduct on School Property 28
&, nbsp; Sexual Harassment 30
Student Dress Code 31
HIV/AIDS Policy 31
Title IX/Non-Discrimination 31
Section 504 32
Student Services 32
Cafeteria/Student Commons 32
Community Support Services 32
Hotline Numbers 33
Calculating GPA 35
Withdrawal from Courses 35
Honor Rolls 36
How to Determine Your Grade 36
Health Services 38
Library Media Center 39
Psychological Services 39
Working Papers 40
Clubs and Activities 41
Athletic Activities 46
Requirements for Participation 46
Physical Exams 46
Attendance in School 47
Report of Injury 47
Interscholastic Athletic Team Selection 47
Athletic Team Uniforms and Equipment 48
Alcoholic Beverages / Tobacco / Drugs 48
Code of Ethics 48
Spectator Code of Conduct 48
List of Teams 49
Afterschool Weight Training 49
Dates to Remember 50
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Alan E. Baer Sandra Ehrlich Lawrence Greenstein William A. Hohauser Dr. Roy Nelson Robert K. Ryan Karen Sloan
Dr. Geoffrey N. Gordon, Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Nicholas A. Stirling, Assistant Superintendent
Dr. Kathleen Mooney, Assistant Superintendent
Ms. Mary Callahan, Assistant Superintendent
HIGH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION
Principal Mr. Ira Pernick 767-5804
12th Grade Mr. Dave Miller 767-5844
11th Grade Mr. Craig Weiss 767-5836
10th Grade Ms. Julie Torres 767-5834
9th Grade Dr. Brad Fitzgerald 767-5832
“The chief objective of the educational process at Paul D. Schreiber High School is to ensure that each member of our diverse student body achieves at his or her highest potential. Our staff is committed to providing an extensive program that combines academic, co-curricular, athletic and community service opportunities. Our goal is to prepare students to participate in a dynamic, changing society by helping each individual acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes, while at the same time allowing students to exercise individual creativity and independent thinking in order to achieve personal fulfillment. In pursuing this vision, we seek to work in a partnership with the community, and to encourage all members of the professional staff, students and parents to contribute their views as part of the democratic process. In this way, we can create a caring and safe environment where respect for the rights of all and appreciation of differences prevail."
§ To ensure that excellence is achieved through high expectations and accountability.
§ To provide a varied, dynamic curriculum that is responsive to the needs of all students.
§ To provide a climate that promotes interaction among staff, students and community members.
§ To provide a safe school environment where creativity and individuality can flourish.
§ To promote independent thinking and a sense of personal fulfillment through the creative arts.
§ To provide the opportunity for each individual to discover, understand and accept self in order to realize his/her own potential for social and academic growth.
§ To encourage democratic values which celebrate diversity and respect for the rights of every individual.
§ To provide co-curricular and athletic programs that meet the needs and interests of students.
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING
Occasionally it may be necessary to close school. Announcements of such closing will be broadcast over the following radio stations:
WCBS 880 AM WINS 1010 AM WBAB 1240 AM
WBLI 106 FM WOR 710 AM WALK 97.5 FM&1370 AM
WHLI 1100AM WKJY 98.3FM CHANNEL 12 NEWS
School closing and delayed opening will be posted on the district web page: www.portnet.k12.ny.us.
DELAYED OPENING: In the event that we have a delayed opening, all classes will meet and we will follow the schedules listed below. The chimes will be adjusted to reflect the adjusted schedules.
One Hour Delayed Opening Two Hour Delayed Opening
9 A.M. Teacher Sign-In 10 A.M. Teacher Sign-In
Period 1 9:05 -- 9:55 Period 1 10:05 -- 10:45
2 10:00 -- 10:55 2 10:50 -- 11:35
3 11:00 -- 11:50 3 11:40 -- 12:20
4-1 11:55 -- 12:45 4-1 12:25 -- 1:05
4-2 12:25 -- 1:15 4-2 12:55 -- 1:35
5 1:20 -- 2:10 5 1:40 -- 2:20
6 2:15 -- 3:05 6 2:25 -- 3:05
Early Release Schedules
30 Minute Periods
Period 1 8:05- 8:35
Schreiber offers a wide variety of assemblies and special programs throughout the school year. In the event that we have an assembly, all classes will meet and we will follow the schedules listed below. The chimes will be adjusted to reflect the adjusted schedules.
Assembly 1 Assembly 2
Zero Period (Before 1st Period) Assembly 1st Period (Double 1st Period) Assemblies
(1 Hour Assembly, 50 Minute Periods) (1 Hour Assemblies, 47 Minute Periods)
Assembly 8:05 – 9:05 Period 1A 8:05 – 9:05
Period 1 9:10 – 10:00 Period 1B 9:10 –1 0:10
Period 2 10:05 – 10:55 Period 2 10:15 11:07
Period 3 11:00 – 11:50 Period 3 11:12 – 11:59
Period 4-1 11:55 – 12:45 Period 4-1 12:04 – 12:52
Period 4-2 12:25 – 1:15 Period 4-2 12:34 – 13:22
Period 5 1:20 – 2:10 Period 5 1:27 – 2:14
Period 6 2:15 – 3:05 Period 6 2:19 – 3:05
Assembly 3 Assembly 4
2nd Period (Double 2nd Period) Assemblies 5th Period (Double 5th Period) Assemblies
(1 Hour Assemblies, 47 Minute Periods) (1 Hour Assemblies, 47 Minute Periods)
Period 1 8:05 – 8:52 Period 1 8:05 – 8:52
Period 2A 8:57 – 10:02 Period 2 8:57 – 9:49
Period 2B 10:07 – 11:07 Period 3 9:54 – 10:41
Period 3 11:12 – 11:59 Period 4-1 10:46 – 11:34
Period 4-1 12:04 – 12:52 Period 4-2 11:16 – 12:04
Period 4-2 12:34 – 1:22 Period 5A 12:09 – 1:09
Period 5 1:27 – 2:14 Period 5B 1:14 – 2:14
Period 6 2:19 – 3:05 Period 6 2:19 – 3:05
Assembly 5 Special Program 1 (Pep Rally)
6th Period (Double 6th Period) Assemblies 7th Period (After 6th Period) Assembly
(1 Hour Assemblies, 47 Minute Periods) (1 Hour Assembly, 50 Minute Periods)
Period 1 8:05 – 8:52 Period 1 8:05 – 8:55
Period 2 8:57 – 9:49 Period 2 9:00 – 9:55
Period 3 9:54 – 10:41 Period 3 10:00 – 10:50
Period 4-1 10:46 – 11:34 Period 4-1 10:55 – 11:45
Period 4-2 11:16 – 12:04 Period 4-2 11:25 – 12:15
Period 5 12:09 – 12:55 Period 5 12:20 – 1:10
Period 6A 1:00 – 2:00 Period 6 1:15 – 2:05
Period 6B 2:05 – 3:05 Pep Rally 2:10 – 3:05
DEPARTMENT PHONE NUMBERS
Mathematics 767- 5950 Math Research 767 - 5953
Foreign Language 767- 5945 Science Research 767 - 5881
ELL Chair 767- 5840 Girls’ PE 767 - 5961
ELL resource room 767- 5841 Boys’ P.E. 767 - 5972
ESL computer lab 767- 2960 Biology Prep 767 - 5882
Medical Office 767- 5860 Guidance Dept. 767 - 5810
Psychologists 767- 5810 Social Worker 767 - 5866
Chemistry Prep 767- 5875 Tech Ed 767 - 5915
English 767- 5868 Print Shop 767 - 5920
Music 767- 5910 TV Studio 767 - 5901
Orchestra 767- 5910 Schreiber Times 767 - 5862
Earth Science 767- 5864 Physics Prep 767 - 5879
Social Science 767- 5863
Art 767- 5937 Social Studies 767 - 5941
Business 767- 5934 Library Media 767 - 5850
Health Dept. 767- 5930 Special Educ. 767 - 5936
FAX Numbers: Main Office 767- 5807 Medical 767 - 5855
Counseling 944 - 5828 Library 767 - 5848
AP Fax 767 - 5809
Under New York State law pupils must attend school and all classes in which they are enrolled unless there are necessary causes of absence such as, personal illness, death in the family, religious observance, impassable roads, court appearances, medical treatments, and approved college visitations.
Absence from School
If a student is absent, a parent must call the attendance office as early as possible on the day of the absence. Parents should call the following offices—
After 8:00 a.m. -- 9th Grade -- 767- 5832 11th Grade -- 767 -5836
10th Grade -- 767- 5834 12th Grade -- 767- 5844
**Unless a parent verifies an absence as being excused, the absence will be recorded on the attendance register as unexcused or a cut. After-school detention will be assigned for cutting; continued cutting will result in suspension and possible failure of classes.
Absence from Class
Classwork is part of a total grade. Missed work due to absence will affect grades. There are no free cuts. The following procedure will be followed for all unexcused absences from class:
1st cut -- The grade administrator will assign the student after-school detention. Parents will be notified.
2nd cut -- The grade administrator will assign the student after-school detention. Parents will be notified.
3rd cut -- Will result in an F* for the quarter and parents will be called to schedule a conference to review the student's attendance.
Lateness to School
The school day begins at 8:00 and classes begin at 8:05. All students are expected to be in school at that time. Lateness to school is not an excuse for missing class. If you are late, you will be given a cut for any class(es) missed.
Students who arrive at school after 11:25 (period 4-1) will not be permitted to participate in an after-school activity or sport for that day.
Students demonstrating a pattern of excessive absences or tardiness will be subject to a review with their parent and assistant principal.
· If a student must leave school during the school day, he/she must sign out in his/her grade level administrator's office. Prior approval is required in the form of a phone call from the parent.
· If a student leaves the school grounds without such permission, he/she will be considered cutting and all classes missed will be recorded as cuts.
· Signing out during the school day should be for medical or emergency reasons only. All such signouts must be kept to a minimum. Parents must call in advance giving permission.
Minimum Attendance (85% Rule)
Any student who fails to maintain a record of 85% attendance for any quarter, semester or the school year, in any class, will receive a grade of "F*" for the period of time involved. This includes excused absences. This is a requirement for any credit bearing course. At Schreiber, where most classes meet four out of six days, missing 5 classes per quarter may result in a failing grade. A parent call does not erase the absence since excused and unexcused absences count towards the 85% Rule.
Make-up Time and Work for Excused Absences
Students with excused absences will make up time and work in a timely manner. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange make-up time and work with each teacher. Failure to make-up time and work will result in a failing grade. If a student is absent for an extended period of time because of illness or death in the family, arrangements will be made for the student to make up the time and work missed, so that the 85% attendance requirement will be observed. Unexcused absences cannot be removed by making up class time.
Electronic Device Regulation
The use of electronic devices in the classrooms, at assemblies, and during safety drills is strictly prohibited unless expressly authorized by a school official. The use of electronic devices outside the building, in the cafeteria, in the student commons, or during class changes is acceptable. Inappropriate use of electronic devices or use which is deemed disruptive or unsafe may result in any of the following consequences:
· Any staff member, administrator, teacher, TA, EA, secretary, etc. may confiscate the device.
· Parents may be notified.
· Parents may be required to pick up the electronic device.
· Student may be assigned in school or after school detention.
· Student may be assigned in school or out of school suspension.
In the event that a staff member has confiscated an electronic device, the device will be turned over to the appropriate grade level administrator as soon as possible. Any student who refuses a staff member request to turn over an electronic device will be considered insubordinate and subject to further disciplinary action.
The use of personal camcorders in and around the school must be approved by the grade level administrator who may grant permission for camcorder use for class projects or specific school events.
Off-Campus Privileges and Use of Unstructured Time
No student is permitted to be in the woods adjacent to the building or campus.
Students are not permitted to sit, stay or gather on the school deck in the front of the building.
Seniors and Juniors
· Seniors and juniors may leave school grounds any time they do not have a class. Off-campus privileges do not permit loitering on adjacent streets or on the lawns of neighboring houses.
Off-Limits Areas on Campus
Sophomores and Freshmen
· Freshman and sophomore students may only use the following areas outside the building during the school day: benches, picnic tables, and the grassy area around the flagpole. All other areas are off-limits and offenders will be subjected to disciplinary action.
· Freshmen and sophomores who leave campus will be assigned and after-school detention on the day following the infraction. Continued violations will result in additional detentions and/or suspension.
Afternoon detention begins at 3:15 p.m. and ends at 4:45 p.m. Students must remain for the entire 90-minute detention. Students are encouraged to do homework or read in silence.
· ASSIGNED AFTER-SCHOOL DETENTION WILL TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER SPORTS, CLUBS, AND ALL OTHER AFTER- SCHOOL ACTIVITIES INCLUDING OTHER COMMITMENTS, SUCH AS, PART-TIME JOBS.
· ONLY VERIFIED APPOINTMENTS WITH DOCTORS OR DENTISTS WILL POSTPONE THE AFTER-SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT BY ONE DAY.
Students are required to carry their official Schreiber I.D. cards at all times and must present them to any staff member upon request. Refusal by a student to present an ID card upon request will be deemed as an insubordinate act and as such the student shall be suspended from school. Lost or stolen ID cards must be replaced within one school day. The cost of replacement is $5.00. Payment shall be made to the main office secretary who will provide students with a receipt they are to bring to the assistant principal, Mr. Miller, who will provide the replacement.
Locks and lockers are the property of the school provided to students while officially enrolled at Schreiber.
· Only those locks issued by the school may be placed on school lockers. All others will be removed. Students are responsible for the return of the lock assigned or paying for a replacement. Your locker should be locked at all times.
· Locker assignments cannot be changed without the approval of the grade administrator. Writing on either the outside or inside is prohibited.
· The school does not accept responsibility for the loss of items stored in a locker. When necessary, arrangements can be made in the main office to temporarily store money and other valuables.
Under law, students have no reasonable expectation of privacy in school lockers, desks, or other storage places. Since the school exercises overriding control over such property, these storage places may be subject to inspection at any time by school officials.
Parking on campus is for staff members only. Students are not permitted to park in the faculty lot until after 3:05 p.m.
1. Only seniors who have registered their cars may park in the Monfort lot.
2. Juniors may NOT park in the Monfort lot. Violators will be assigned in school suspension and the parent will be notified.
3. Students who park in the faculty lot are subject to the following penalties:
Cars will be towed at owner’s expense, in-school suspension will be assigned and parent notified. Any further offenses will lead to additional detention and possible suspension.
4. The administration reserves the right to search any student vehicle parked in the Monfort lot or on any other school grounds.
Posting of Announcements and Flyers
All Student postings of any kind must be approved by the assistant principal in charge of student activities before they can be posted around the building. They may only be posted in areas designated for student use. Any flyer that has not been approved or is posted in a non-designated posting area will be removed. Continued violation of this rule may result in disciplinary action.
Physical Education Guidelines
Physical education is a participation course that meets twice a cycle. Attendance and active participation are important for achievement and grading. For this reason the following requirements are imperative.
· Dress Code/Preparation for class: All students are required to wear physical education type shorts (no cut-offs, no zippers), tee shirts, sweats or warm-ups, sneakers that secure, and socks.
· Medicals: are obtained through the medical office. For a one day medical, a student must obtain a note from the nurse. Long term medicals of 2 weeks or more require a doctor’s approval. For a long term medical, lasting for over a quarter or semester, a student must apply for an adapted physical education program or activity modification request. Retroactive doctor's notes will not be accepted.
· Physical Education Make Up Policy: Legal absences, day medicals,
field trips (both in and out of school), rehearsals, etc., require work to be made up. Make up work can be done in other physical education classes when permissible. CUTS, UNEXCUSED ABSENCES AND UNPREPAREDNESS FOR CLASS CANNOT BE MADE UP.
•Grading: is based on individual assessments in each instructional unit, including both skill and written knowledge. Seniors will be required to complete a project to fulfill the information literacy component in Physical Education. Students’ assessments are aligned with the New York State Learning Standards for personal health and fitness, a safe and healthy environment, and community resource management.
Instructions for action during fire drills are posted in every room. Students must follow the teachers' directions.
1. Walk rapidly and do not talk.
2. Once outside, move far away from the building and off of the street
to allow firemen access to the building.
Any students setting off a false alarm or tampering with fire extinguishers will be subject to prosecution.
PLEASE NOTE: AT NO TIME DURING ANY EMERGENCY or DRILL SHOULD CELL PHONES, IPODS OR SIMILAR ELECTRONIC DEVICES BE USED. (see Electronic Device Regulation)
Emergency Response Plan
If the fire alarm sounds when you are in class
· Follow your teacher out of the building. All teachers have green placards with their names on it.
· Remain with your teacher and in your fire drill location unless otherwise instructed.
If the fire alarm sounds when you are in the cafeteria or in the front of the building
· Students having lunch in the cafeteria or in front of the building must report to the tennis court area during a fire drill.
· Remain with the EA staff in the area unless otherwise instructed.
· If you are sent to an evacuation location follow the EA staff to your evacuation area.
If the fire alarm sounds in between periods
· Exit the building as quickly as possible and listen for directions.
· An evacuation location will be designated. Listen to teachers for location.
· At the evacuation location find your teacher from the class period you just left. For example, if an alarm sounds in between periods 2 and 3 go to your period 2 teacher.
If there is an evacuation to one of our evacuation locations
· Follow your teachers to the designated evacuation location.
· Remain with your teacher and your class. Your teacher will keep your class together in a group and away from other classes.
· Remain in the evacuation location until the all clear is given and you are allowed to return to school. It is important you remain with your class and teacher. In the event that parents come to school to take students home a parent reunion area will be set up. We will need to find you if this happens.
If there is a lockdown emergency
· A code will be announced over the loudspeaker that your teacher will recognize.
· If you are in class follow your teacher’s directions. Your teacher will lock your door.
· Teachers have been instructed on what to do during a lock down.
If there is a lockdown emergency and you are in the cafeteria
Assistant Principals will either order an evacuation or instruct students to remain in cafeteria. In the event of an evacuation:
· Students are to immediately be evacuated to the auditorium and music rooms. In certain cases (i.e. gunfire) students may be directed to evacuate the building and report to the tennis court area.
· Please listen carefully for directions and only use exterior doors if they are needed. Do not go through the halls to get to emergency locations.
If there is a lockdown emergency and you are in the hall
· Immediately move into the nearest classroom or resource area.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF THERE IS GUNFIRE IN THE SCHOOL?
· Follow lock down procedures. In most situations this is the safest procedure.
· Staff and students are encouraged to respond creatively and to “think on their feet” if needed. For example:
· If gunfire is getting closer to your classroom escape via emergency windows and break glass if necessary to expedite egress from the building.
· Use items available to assist in escape or avoidance. Computers may be used to break windows; soap on floors may hinder the progress of an attacker; and fire extinguishers may also be of use.
· If movement from cafeteria to predestinated evacuation rooms creates additional risk, staff and students are encouraged to exit the building and move to an evacuation location.
· Never move towards gunfire, always move away regardless of procedures.
What can you do to help?
Do not prop open doors. They must remain securely locked to guard against intruders.
During an evacuation remain with your teacher at all times.
Do not use your cell phones during an evacuation. All parents will be informed via the ConnectEd system. Using your cell phones will cause you to miss valuable instructions and directions.
Remain calm during an evacuation.
The nurses and counseling staff will be available at designated stations to assist you. Use them if you need help or support.
Do not play games during an evacuation. We may need to find you if your parents are looking for you and if you are playing games this will be difficult.
Show respect for emergency responders who are willing to take risks for your safety by remaining with your teachers in a calm and orderly manner.
Schreiber offers a wide variety of assemblies and special programs throughout the school year. We anticipate that students will appreciate the time and energy that go into planning such programs and this appreciation will be reflected in their behavior.
The Paul D. Schreiber High School policy of academic honesty has been instrumental in protecting the educational rights and preserving the learning environment of its students. The policy states that any student who cheats or plagiarizes from any source, print or multimedia, will receive a zero for the exam/assignment. This could result in failure of the course.
This policy connects academic performance to participation in interscholastic athletics and extra-curricular programs.
· At the completion of each marking period (quarter) an individual who has failed two or more subjects will be ineligible to participate in extra-curricular activities or athletics for the duration of the next marking period.
· Incoming 9th Graders will have their Q 4 Weber grades determine their eligibility.
· Students who fail two or more courses at the end of the school year will be ineligible for sports and activities the following September.
· A student who attends summer school and passes a course or courses will be able to participate in sports or activities in September so long as he/she does not have more than one failure remaining from the preceding quarter that wasn’t passed by attending summer school.
· There may be circumstances in which ineligibility may be reviewed. In order to do so the affected student and/or their parent/guardian must request a meeting with the assistant principal.
· It is the student’s responsibility to initiate the appeal process and the appeal process must be initiated within 2 weeks of the end of the marking period affecting eligibility. Willingness to demonstrate a commitment to improving academic performance is a requirement for an appeal. Students on academic probation will have their academic performance closely monitored. They will be required to sign a behavioral contract and submit weekly progress reports. It is important to understand that a waiver of eligibility is NOT automatically granted and may be limited to one waiver in a student’s high school career.
Summer School Eligibility
Eligibility to attend summer school could be affected for those students who are excessively absent from or cutting classes. Summer school eligibility is at the sole discretion of the Principal or his/her designee.
Internet Acceptable Use Guidelines
Students using computer resources must adhere to the guidelines listed below which govern the use of our resources. Failure to appropriately use the computer resources may subject you to disciplinary action, beginning with suspension of your use privileges. Should any infraction require action beyond a warning, that action will be imposed after consultation with the student’s grade administrator. Our guidelines for acceptable use are:
· Material that may visually offend others or promotes hate, racism, etc. is not permitted.
· Students will report any use of the Internet to obtain inappropriate or offensive material.
· Material obtained and used in a manner that violates copyright law is prohibited.
· All material obtained from the Internet must be properly cited.
· Participation in “Chat” groups is prohibited unless expressly authorized by a teacher for educational use.
· Students will not give out any personal information such as: name, address, telephone number, credit card number, etc. Be aware that giving out this kind of information can be dangerous to yourself and your family.
· Additional rules may apply to computer use in specific departments and areas.
Unstructured time is a privilege at Schreiber. One option for its use can be found in our Resource Centers and Preparation Rooms where teachers are available to provide encouragement and extra help throughout each school day. These rooms can be used for homework, studying, or personal quiet time.
Each student is responsible for every textbook issued to him/her. If a textbook is lost or damaged, it must be paid for by the end of each quarter. Detention will be assigned at the end of each semester if charges are not paid. Students will not receive their graduation diploma if there are any outstanding debts.
Visitors must report to the main office upon arrival. The grade administrator will provide visitors with a note allowing them to be with a student only when prior arrangements have been made. Law requires all visitors to sign-in, even graduates. This must be done to maintain security.
Selected Board of Education Policies
Selected Board of Education Policies
Code of Conduct
The Board of Education ("board") of the Port Washington UFSD is committed to providing a safe and orderly school environment where students may receive and district , personnel may deliver quality educational services without disruption or interference. Responsible behavior by students, teachers, other district personnel, parents and other visitors is essential to achieving this goal.
The district has a long-standing set of expectations for conduct on school property and at school functions. These expectations are based on the principles of civility, mutual respect, citizenship, character, tolerance, honesty and integrity. The board recognizes the need to clearly define these expectations for acceptable conduct on school property, to identify the possible consequences of unacceptable conduct, and to ensure that discipline when necessary is administered promptly and fairly. To this end, the board adopts this code of conduct ("code").
Unless otherwise indicated, this code applies to all students, school personnel, parents and other visitors when on school property or attending a school function.
For purposes of this code, the following definitions apply.
"Disruptive student" means an elementary or secondary student under the age of 21 who is substantially disruptive of the educational process or substantially interferes with the teacher's authority over the classroom.
"Parent" means parent, guardian or person in parental relation to a student.
"School property" means in or within any building, structure, athletic playing field, playground, parking lot or land contained within the real property boundary line of a public elementary or secondary school, or in or on a school bus, as defined in Vehicle and Traffic Law §142.
"School function" means any school-sponsored extra-curricular event or activity whether on or off school property.
"Violent student" means a student under the age of 21 who:
1. Commits an act of violence upon a school employee, or attempts to do so.
2. Commits, while on school property or at a school function, an act of violence upon another student or any other person lawfully on school property or at the school function, or attempts to do so.
3. Possesses, while on school property or at a school function, a weapon.
4. Displays, while on school property or at a school function, what appears to be a weapon.
5. Threatens, while on school property or at a school function, to use a weapon.
6. Knowingly and intentionally damages or destroys the personal property of any school employee or any person lawfully on school property or at a school function.
7. Knowingly and intentionally damages or destroys school district property.
"Weapon" means a firearm as defined in 18 USC §921 for purposes of the Gun-Free Schools Act. It also means any other gun, BB gun, pistol, revolver, shotgun, rifle, machine gun, disguised gun, dagger, dirk, razor, stiletto, switchblade knife, gravity knife, brass knuckles, sling shot, metal knuckle knife, box cutter, cane sword, electronic dart gun, Kung Fu star, electronic stun gun, pepper spray or other noxious spray, explosive or incendiary bomb, or other device, instrument, material or substance that can cause physical injury or death when used to cause physical injury or death.
Ill. Student Rights and Responsibilities
A. Student Rights
The district is committed to safeguarding the rights given to all students under state and federal law. In addition, to promote a safe, healthy, orderly and civil school environment, all district students have the right to:
1. Take part in all district activities on an equal basis regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation or disability.
2. Present their version of the relevant events to school personnel authorized to impose a disciplinary penalty in connection with the imposition of the penalty.
3. Access school rules and, when necessary, receive an explanation of those rules from school personnel.
B. Student Responsibilities
All district students have the responsibility to:
1. Contribute to maintaining a safe and orderly school environment that is conducive to learning and to show respect to other persons and to property.
2. Be familiar with and abide by all district policies, rules and regulations dealing with student conduct.
3. Attend school every day unless they are legally excused and be in class, on time, and prepared to learn.
4. Work to the best of their ability in all academic and extracurricular pursuit and strive toward their highest level of achievement possible.
5. React to direction given by teachers, administrators and other school personnel in a respectful, positive manner.
6. Work to develop mechanisms to control their anger.
7. Ask questions when they do not understand.
8. Seek help in solving problems that might lead to discipline.
9. Dress appropriately for school and school functions.
10. Accept responsibility for their actions and cooperate with school authorities in the investigation of Code of Conduct violations.
11. Conduct themselves as representatives of the district when participating in or attending school-sponsored curricular and extracurricular events and to hold themselves to the highest standards of conduct, demeanor, and sportsmanship.
V. 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.
The responsibility for student dress and general appearance shall rest with individual students and parents. However, the board requires students to attend school and school related activities in appropriate dress that meets health and safety standards and does not interfere with the learning process or cause a disturbance in school or district. The board also requires students to wear appropriate protective gear in certain classes (i.e. home economics, industrial arts, and physical education). Attire bearing an expression or insignia which is obscene or libelous, or which advocates racial, ethnic, sexual or religious prejudice, or is disruptive, is forbidden.
While students and parents are expected to use good judgment in this matter, the superintendent of schools, the building principal and other designated administrative personnel shall have the authority to require a student to change is/her attire should it be deemed inappropriate according to the above guidelines.
VI. 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 expectations 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.
Students may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension from school, when they commit acts of misconduct such as but not limited to:
A. Engaging in conduct that is disorderly. Examples of disorderly conduct include:
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.
6. 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. Students will not be permitted in their school buildings after school hours without the permission from the building administrators.
7. 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.
B. Engaging in conduct that is insubordinate. Examples of insubordinate conduct include:
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.
3. Skipping detention.
C. Engaging in conduct that is disruptive. Examples of disruptive conduct include:
1. Failing to comply with the reasonable directions of teachers, school administrators or other school personnel in charge of students.
D. Engaging in conduct that is violent. Examples of violent conduct include:
1. Committing an act of violence (such as hitting, kicking, punching, 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, and scratching) upon another student or any other person lawfully on school property or attempting to do so.
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.
E. Engaging in any conduct that endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of others. Examples of such conduct include:
1. Lying to school personnel.
2. Stealing the property of other students, school personnel or any other person lawfully on school property or attending a school function.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Harassment, which includes a sufficiently severe action or a 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.
6. Intimidation, which includes engaging in actions or statements that put an individual in fear of bodily harm.
7. 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.
8. Selling, using or possessing obscene material.
9. Using vulgar or abusive language, cursing or swearing.
10. Smoking a cigarette, cigar, pipe or using chewing or smokeless tobacco.
11. 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, look-alike drugs, and any substances commonly referred to as "designer drugs.
12. Inappropriately using or sharing prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
14. Indecent exposure, that is, exposure to sight of the private parts of the body in a lewd or indecent manner.
15. Initiating a report warning of fire or other catastrophe without valid cause, misuse of 911, or discharging a fire extinguisher.
F. Engaging in misconduct while on a school bus. It is crucial for students 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 threats, cursing, and fighting will not be tolerated.
G. Engaging in any form of academic misconduct. Examples of academic misconduct include:
4. Altering records.
5. Assisting another student in any of the above actions.
VII. Reporting Violations
All students are required to report promptly any code violations concerning illegal substances, weapons, threats or other conduct which may endanger others or disrupt the security of the building. Students are required to cooperate with school authorities in the investigations of code of conduct violations.
All district staff who are authorized to impose disciplinary sanctions are expected to do so in a prompt, fair and lawful manner. District staff who are not authorized to impose disciplinary sanctions are expected to promptly report violations of the code of conduct to their supervisor, who shall in turn impose an appropriate disciplinary sanction, if so authorized, or refer the matter to a staff member who is authorized to impose an appropriate sanction.
Any weapon, alcohol or illegal substance found shall be confiscated immediately, if possible, followed by notification to the parent of the student involved and the appropriate disciplinary sanction if warranted, which may include permanent suspension and referral for prosecution.
The building principal or his or her designee must notify the appropriate local law enforcement agency of those code violations that constitute a crime and substantially affect the order or security of a school as soon as practical, but in no event later than the close of business the day the principal or his or her designee learns of the violation. The notification may be made by telephone, followed by a letter mailed on same day as the telephone call is made. The notification must identify the student and explain the conduct that violated the code of conduct and constituted a crime.
VIII. 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 self-discipline.
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:
1. The student's age.
2. The nature of the offense and the circumstances which led to the offense.
3. The student's prior disciplinary record.
4. The effectiveness of other forms of discipline.
5. Information from parents, teachers and/or others, as appropriate
6. 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,
Disciplinary procedures regarding students with disabilities and students suspected of having a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities In Education Act (“IDEA”) are set forth in a separate section of the Code of Conduct.
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 - coaches, guidance counselors, teachers, assistant principal, principal, superintendent
3. Written notification to parent - bus drivers, coaches, guidance counselors, teachers, principal, superintendent
4. Detention - teachers, assistant principal, principal, superintendent
5. Suspension from transportation - director of transportation, assistant principal, principal, superintendent
6. Suspension from athletic participation - coaches, assistant principal, principal, athletic director, superintendent
7. Suspension from social or extracurricular activities – activity director, assistant principal, principal, superintendent
8. Suspension of other privileges – teachers, assistant principal, principal, superintendent
9. In-school suspension – assistant principal, principal, superintendent
10. Removal from classroom activities by teacher - teachers, assistant principal, principal
11. Short-term (five days or less) suspension from school – assistant principal, principal, superintendent, Board of Education
12. Long-term (more than five days) suspension from school - principal, superintendent, board of education
13. Permanent suspension from school - superintendent, board of education.
The amount of due process a student is entitled to receive before a penalty is imposed depends on the penalty being imposed. In all cases, regardless of the penalty imposed, the school personnel authorized to impose the penalty must inform the student of the alleged misconduct and must investigate, to the extent necessary, the facts surrounding the alleged misconduct. All students will have an opportunity to present their version of the facts to the school personnel imposing the disciplinary penalty in connection with the imposition of the penalty.
Students who are to be given penalties other than an oral warning, written warning or written notification to their parents are entitled to additional rights before the penalty is imposed. These additional rights are explained below.
Teachers, principals and the superintendent may use after school detention as a penalty for student misconduct in situations where removal from the classroom or suspension would be inappropriate. Detention will be imposed as a penalty only after the student's parent has been notified to confirm that there is no parental objection to the penalty and the student has appropriate transportation home following detention.
2. Suspension from transportation
If a student does not conduct himself/herself properly on a bus, the bus driver is expected to bring such misconduct to the attention of the transportation office. Students who become a serious disciplinary problem may have their riding privileges suspended by the transportation office, building principal the superintendent or their designees. In such cases, the student's parent will become responsible for seeing that his or her child gets to and from school safely. Should the suspension from transportation amount to a suspension from attendance, the district will make appropriate arrangements to provide for the student's education.
A student subjected to a suspension from transportation is not entitled to a full hearing pursuant to Education Law §3214. However, the student and the student's parent will be provided with a reasonable opportunity for an informal conference with the building principal or the principal's designee to discuss the conduct and the penalty involved.
3. Suspension from athletic participation, extra curricular activities and other privileges
A student subjected to a suspension from athletic participation, extra-curricular activities or other privileges is not entitled to a full hearing pursuant to Education Law §3214. However, the student and the student's parent will be provided with a reasonable opportunity for an informal conference with the district official imposing the suspension to discuss the conduct and the penalty involved.
4. In-school suspension
The board recognizes the school must balance the need of students to attend school and the need for order in the classroom to establish an environment conducive to learning. As such, the board authorizes building principals and the superintendent to place students who would otherwise be suspended from school a, s the result of a code of conduct violation in "in-school suspension."
A student subjected to an in-school suspension is not entitled to a full hearing pursuant to Education Law §3214. However, the student and the student's parent will be provided with a reasonable opportunity for an informal conference with the district official imposing the in-school suspension to discuss the conduct and the penalty involved.
5. Teacher disciplinary removal of disruptive students
A student's behavior can affect a teacher's ability to teach and can make it difficult for other students in the classroom to learn. In most instances the classroom teacher can control a student's behavior and maintain or restore control over the classroom by using good classroom management techniques. These techniques may include practices that involve the teacher directing a student to briefly leave the classroom to give the student an opportunity to regain his or her composure and self-control in an alternative setting. Such practices may include, but are not limited to: (1) short-term "time out" in an elementary classroom or in an administrator's office; (2) sending a student to the principal's office for the remainder of the class time only; or (3) sending a student to a guidance counselor or other district staff member for counseling. Time-honored classroom management techniques such as these do not constitute disciplinary removals for purposes of this code.
On occasion, a student's behavior may become disruptive. For purposes of this code of conduct, a disruptive student is a student who is substantially disruptive of the educational process or substantially interferes with the teacher's authority over the classroom. A substantial disruption of the educational process or substantial interference with a teacher's authority occurs when a student demonstrates a persistent unwillingness to comply with the teacher's instructions or repeatedly violates the teacher's classroom behavior rules.
A secondary classroom teacher may remove a disruptive student from class for up to two days. The removal from class applies to the class of the removing teacher only. Elementary students may not be removed from class for a full school day.
If the disruptive student does not pose a danger or ongoing threat of disruption to the academic process, the teacher must provide the student with an explanation for why he or she is being removed and an opportunity to explain his or her version of the relevant events before the student is removed. Only after the informal discussion may a teacher remove a student from class. If the student poses a danger or ongoing threat of disruption, the teacher may order the student to be removed immediately. The teacher must, however, explain to the student why he or she was removed from the classroom and give the student a chance to present his or her version of the relevant events within 24 hours.
The teacher must complete a district-established disciplinary removal form and meet with the principal or his or her designee as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the school day, to explain the circumstances of the removal and to present the removal form. If the principal or designee is not available by the end of the same school day, the teacher must leave the form with the secretary and meet with the principal or designee prior to the beginning of classes on the next school day.
Within 24-hours after the student's removal, the principal or another district administrator designated by the principal must notify the student's parents, in writing, that the student has been removed from class and why. The notice must also inform the parent that he or she has the right, upon request, to meet informally with the principal or the principal's designee to discuss the reasons for the removal.
The written notice must be provided by personal delivery, express mail delivery, or some other means that is reasonably calculated to assure receipt of the notice within 24 hours of the student's removal at the last known address for the parents. Where possible, notice should also be provided by telephone if the school has been provided with a telephone number(s) for the purpose of contacting parents.
The teacher who initiated the removal shall attend the informal meeting. If at the informal meeting the student denies the charges, the principal or the principal's designee must explain why the student was removed and give the student and the student's parents a chance to present the student's version of the relevant events. The informal meeting must be held within 48 hours of the student's removal. The timing of the informal meeting may be extended by mutual agreement of the parent and principal.
The principal or the principal's designee may overturn the removal of the student from class if the principal finds any one of the following:
1. The charges against the student are not supported by substantial evidence.
2. The student's removal is otherwise in violation of law, including the district's code of conduct.
3. The conduct warrants suspension from school pursuant to Education Law §3214 and a suspension will be imposed.
The principal or his or her designee may overturn a removal at any point between receiving the referral form issued by the teacher and the close of business on the day following the 48-hour period for the informal conference, if a conference is requested. No student removed from the classroom by the classroom teacher will be permitted to return to the classroom until the principal makes a final determination, or the period of removal expires, whichever is less.
Any disruptive student removed from the classroom by the classroom teacher shall be offered continued educational programming and activities until he or she is permitted to return to the classroom.
Each teacher must keep a complete log (on a district-provided form) for all cases of removal of students from his or her class. The principal must keep a log of all removals of students from class.
Removal of a student with a disability, under certain circumstances, may constitute a change in the student's placement. Accordingly, no teacher may remove a student with a disability from his or her class until he or she has verified with the principal or the chairperson of the Committee on Special Education that the removal will not violate the student's rights under state or federal law or regulation.
6. Suspension from school
Suspension from school is a severe penalty, which may be imposed only upon students who are insubordinate, disorderly, violent or disruptive, or whose conduct otherwise endangers the safety, morals, health or welfare of others. The board retains its authority to suspend students, but places primary responsibility for the suspension of students with the superintendent and the building principals.
Any staff member may recommend to the superintendent or the principal that a student be suspended. All staff members must immediately report and refer a violent student to the principal or the superintendent for a violation of the code of conduct. All recommendations and referrals shall be made in writing unless the conditions underlying the recommendation or referral warrant immediate attention. In such cases a written report is to be prepared as soon as possible by the staff member recommending the suspension.
The superintendent or principal, upon receiving a recommendation or referral for suspension or when processing a case for suspension, shall gather the facts relevant to the matter and record them for subsequent presentation, if necessary.
a. Short-term (5 days or less) suspension from school
When the superintendent or principal (referred to as the “suspending authority”) proposes to suspend a student charged with misconduct for five days or less pursuant to Education Law §3214(3), the suspending authority must immediately notify the student orally. If the student denies the misconduct, the suspending authority must provide an explanation of the basis for the proposed suspension. The suspending authority must also notify the student's parents in writing that the student may be suspended from school. The written notice must be provided by personal delivery, express mail delivery, or some other means that is reasonably calculated to assure receipt of the notice within 24 hours of the decision to propose suspension at the last known address for the parents. Where possible, notice should also be provided by telephone if the school has been provided with a telephone number(s) for the purpose of contacting the parents.
The notice shall provide a description of the charges against the student and the incident for which suspension is proposed and shall inform the parents of the right to request an immediate informal conference with the principal. Both the notice and informal conference shall be in the dominant language or mode of communication used by the parents. At the conference, the parents shall be permitted to ask questions of complaining witnesses under such procedures as the principal may establish.
The notice and opportunity for an informal conference shall take place before the student is suspended unless the student's presence in school poses a continuing danger to persons or property or an ongoing threat of disruption to the academic process. If the student's presence does pose such a danger or threat of disruption, the notice and opportunity for an informal conference shall take place as soon after the suspension as is reasonably practicable.
After the conference, the principal shall promptly advise the parents in writing of his or her decision. The principal shall advise the parents that if they are not satisfied with the decision and wish to pursue the matter, they must file a written appeal to the superintendent within five business days, unless they can show extraordinary circumstances precluding them from doing so. The superintendent shall issue a written decision regarding the appeal within 10 business days of receiving the appeal. If the parents are not satisfied with the superintendent's decision, they must file a written appeal to the board of education with the district clerk within 10 business days of the date of the superintendents' decision, unless they can show extraordinary circumstances precluding them from doing so. Only final decisions of the Board may be appealed to the Commissioner within 30 days of the decision.
b. Long-term (more than 5 days) suspension from school
When the superintendent or building principal determines that a suspension for more than five days may be warranted, he or she shall give reasonable notice to the student and the student's parents of their right to a fair hearing. At the hearing the student shall have the right to be represented by counsel, the right to question witnesses against him or her and the right to present witnesses and other evidence on his or her behalf.
The superintendent shall personally hear and determine the proceeding or may, in his or her discretion, designate a hearing officer to conduct the hearing. The hearing officer shall be authorized to administer oaths and to issue subpoenas in conjunction with the proceeding before him or her. A record of the hearing shall be maintained, but no stenographic transcript shall be required. A tape recording shall be deemed a satisfactory record. The hearing officer shall make findings of fact and recommendations as to the appropriate measure of discipline to the superintendent. The report of the hearing officer shall be advisory only, and the superintendent may accept all or any part thereof.
An appeal of the decision of the superintendent may be made to the board that will make its decision based solely upon the record before it. All appeals to the board must be in writing and submitted to the district clerk within 10 business days of the date of the superintendent's decision, unless the parents can show that extraordinary circumstances precluded them from doing so. The board may adopt in whole or in part the decision of the superintendent. Final decisions of the board may be appealed to the Commissioner within 30 days of the decision.
c. Permanent suspension
Permanent suspension is reserved for extraordinary circumstances such as where a student's conduct poses a life threatening danger to the safety and well-being of other students, school personnel or any other person lawfully on, school property or attending a school function.
C. Minimum Periods of Suspension
1. Students who bring a weapon to school
Any student, other than a student with a disability, found guilty of bringing a weapon onto school property will be subject to suspension from school for at least one calendar year. Before being suspended, the student will have an opportunity for a hearing pursuant to Education Law §3214. The principal or the superintendent has the authority to modify the one-year suspension on a case-by-case basis. In deciding whether to modify the penalty, the principal of the superintendent may consider the following:
a) The student's age.
b) The student's grade in school.
c) The student's prior disciplinary record.
d) The superintendent's belief that other forms of discipline may be more effective.
e) Input from parents, teachers and/or others.
f) Other extenuating circumstances.
A student with a disability may be suspended only in accordance with the requirements of state and federal law.
2. Students who commit violent acts other than bringing a weapon to school
Any student, other than a student with a disability, who is found to have committed a violent act, other than bringing a weapon onto school property, shall be subject to suspension from school for at least five days. If the proposed penalty is the minimum five-day suspension, the student and the student's parents will be given the same notice and opportunity for an informal conference given to all students subject to a short-term suspension. If the proposed penalty exceeds the minimum five-day suspension, the student and the student's parents will be given the same notice and opportunity for a hearing given to all students subject to a long-term suspension. The superintendent has the authority to modify the minimum five-day suspension on a case-by-case basis. In deciding whether to modify the penalty, the superintendent may consider the same factors considered in modifying a one-year suspension for possessing a weapon.
3. Students who are repeatedly substantially disruptive of the educational process or repeatedly substantially interferes with the teacher's authority over the classroom
Any student, other than a student with a disability, who repeatedly is substantially disruptive of the educational process or substantially interferes with the teacher's authority over the classroom, will be suspended from school for at least five days. For purposes of this code of conduct, "repeatedly is substantially disruptive" means engaging in conduct that results in the student being removed from the classroom by teacher(s) pursuant to Education Law §3214(3-a) and this code on four or more occasions during a semester, or three or more occasions during a trimester. If the proposed penalty is the minimum five-day suspension, the student and the student's parent will be given the same notice and opportunity for an informal conference given to all students subject to a short-term suspension. If the proposed penalty exceeds the minimum five-day suspension, the student and the student's parent will be given the same notice and opportunity for a hearing given to all students subject to a long-term suspension. The superintendent has the authority to modify the minimum five-day suspension on a case-by-case basis. In deciding whether to modify the penalty, the superintendent may consider the same factors considered in modifying a one-year suspension for possessing a weapon.
XIl. Public Conduct on School Property
The district is committed to providing an orderly, respectful environment that is conducive to learning. To create and maintain this kind of an environment, it is necessary to regulate public conduct on school property and at school functions. For purposes of this section of the code, "public" shall mean all persons when on school property or attending a school function including students, teachers and district personnel.
The restrictions on public conduct on school property and at school functions contained in this code are not intended to limit freedom of speech or peaceful assembly. The district recognizes that free inquiry and free expression are indispensable to the objectives of the district. The purpose of this code is to maintain public order and prevent abuse of the rights of others.
All persons on school property or attending a school function shall conduct themselves in a respectful and orderly manner. In addition, all persons on school property or attending a school function are expected to be properly attired for the purpose they are on school property.
A. Prohibited Conduct
No person, either alone or with others, shall:
1. Intentionally injure any person or threaten to do so.
2. Intentionally damage or destroy school district property or the personal property of a teacher, administrator, other district employee or any person lawfully on school property, including graffiti or arson.
3. Disrupt the orderly conduct of classes, school programs or other school activities.
4. Distribute or wear materials on school grounds or at school functions that are obscene, advocate illegal action, appear libelous, obstruct the rights of others, or are disruptive to the school program.
5. Intimidate, harass or discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
6. Enter any portion of the school premises without authorization or remain in any building or facility after it is normally closed.
7. Obstruct the free movement of any person in any place to which this code applies.
8. Violate the traffic laws, parking regulations or other restrictions on vehicles;
9. Possess, consume, sell, distribute or exchange alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, or be under the influence of either on school property or at a school function.
10. Possess or use weapons in or on school property or at a school function, except in the case of law enforcement officers or except as specifically authorized by the school district.
11. Loiter on or about school property.
12. Gamble on school property or at school functions.
13. Refuse to comply with any reasonable order of identifiable school district officials performing their duties.
14. Willfully incite others to commit any of the acts prohibited by this code.
15. Violate any federal or state statute, local ordinance or board policy while on school property or while at a school function.
Persons who violate this code shall be subject to the following penalties:
1. Visitors. Their authorization, if any, to remain on school grounds or at the school function shall be withdrawn and they shall be directed to leave the premises. If they refuse to leave, they shall be subject to ejection.
2. Students. They shall be subject to disciplinary action as the facts may warrant, in accordance with the due process requirements.
3. Tenured faculty members. They shall be subject to disciplinary action as the facts may warrant in accordance with Education Law §3020-a or any other legal rights that they may have.
4. Staff members in the classified service of the civil service entitled to the protection of Civil Service Law §75. They shall be subject to immediate ejection and to disciplinary action as the facts may warrant in accordance with Civil Service Law §75 or any other legal rights that they may have.
5. Staff members other than those described in subdivisions 4 and 5. They shall e subject to warning, reprimand, suspension or dismissal as the facts may warrant in accordance with any legal rights they may have.
The building principal or his or her designee shall be responsible for enforcing the conduct required by this code.
When the building principal or his or her designee sees an individual engaged in prohibited conduct, which in his or her judgment does not pose any immediate threat of injury to persons or property, the principal or his or her designee shall tell the individual that the conduct is prohibited and attempt to persuade the individual to stop. The principal or his or her designee shall also warn the individual of the consequences for failing to stop. If the person refuses to stop engaging in the prohibited conduct, or if the person's conduct poses an immediate threat of injury to persons or property, the principal or his or her designee shall have the individual removed immediately from school property or the school function. If necessary, local law enforcement authorities will be contacted to assist in removing the person.
The district shall initiate disciplinary action against any student or staff member, as appropriate, with the "Penalties" section above. In addition, the district reserves its right to pursue a civil or criminal legal action against any person violating the code.
Sexual Harassment of Students
Policy 5021, Approved 1/17/1995
The Board of Education is committed to safeguarding the right of all students within the school district to learning in an environment that is free from all forms of sexual harassment.
Definition: Sexual Harassment conduct is deemed to be sexual harassment when the recipient perceives such behavior as unwelcome and of a sexual nature. It is irrelevant that the harm had no intention to sexually harass the person. The following are examples of sexual harassment one should be aware of when dealing with a complaint of alleged sexual harassment: 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.
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, from peers as well as employees, and board members or any individual who foreseeably might come in contact with students on school grounds or at school-sponsored activities.
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 witnesses.
Any student who believes that he or she has been subjected, to sexual harassment should report the alleged misconduct immediately, pursuant to 5020 R, so that appropriate corrective action may be taken. The complainant shall not be discouraged from reporting an incident of alleged sexual harassment. In the absence of a victim's complaint, the Superintendent, upon learning of, or having reason to suspect, the occurrence of any sexual misconduct, may ask that an investigation be promptly commenced by appropriate individuals.
Given the nature of this type of discrimination, the District recognizes also that false accusations of sexual harassment can have serious effects on innocent people. Therefore, false accusations of sexual harassment will result in disciplinary action and may lead to personal legal and financial liability for the accuser.
The Superintendent of Schools shall prepare age appropriate educational programs for the students of the District to make them aware of the policy and its regulations as well as the definitions of sexual harassment and the penalties which may ensue if a student is found guilty of such behavior. The Superintendent of Schools will be sure that all staff understands their responsibilities to avoid any behavior which may be deemed to be sexual harassment of students. A copy of this policy and its accompanying regulation are to be distributed to all personnel and students and posted in appropriate places.
STUDENT DRESS CODE
Policy 5311.1, Approved 12/18/2002
The responsibility for dress and appearance shall rest with individual students and parents. They have the right to determine how the student shall dress provided that such attire complies with requirements for health and safety and does not interfere with the educational process. The Superintendent is directed to create the associated regulations. The administration is authorized to take action in instances where individual dress does not meet these stated requirements.
The principal with input from students, staff, and/or parent groups may recommend appropriate dress for school or special occasions. However, a student shall not be prevented from attending school or a school function so long as his/her dress and appearance meet the requirements as indicated in paragraph one and the Code of Conduct.
Policy 5191, Revised 12/16/2003
Please be advised that the District’s HIV/AIDS policy ensures confidentiality. No school official shall require a student to undergo an HIV test. However, school officials shall not be precluded from having a student undergo a physical exam when another illness is suspected (such as tuberculosis, etc) as long as no HIV antibody test is administered without an individual’s informed consent.
A student’s education shall not be interrupted or curtailed on the basis of his/her HIV status. HIV-infected students shall be afforded the same rights, privileges, and services available to every other student.
Policy 0100, Approved 5/19/1992
The Port Washington Union Free School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education programs or activities which it operates, and it is required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 not to discriminate in such a manner. This policy of nondiscrimination includes the following areas: recruitment and appointment of employees, employment pay and benefits, counseling services for students, access by students to educational programs, course offerings, and student activities. Inquiries should be made to the director of HPEA.
The Port Washington 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 should be made to the Director of Guidance.
CAFETERIA / STUDENT COMMONS
Open to all students during the following times:
Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:00
8:15 - 10:00
Lunch: 10:20 - 2:00
Snacks: 8:30 - 2:00
Everyone's assistance is needed in keeping the school clean. All garbage must be placed in receptacles.
The Student Commons is located on the second floor and offers students an alternative area for lunch. Students may bring lunch from home or make use of the lounge vending machines. On certain days and/or times the Student Commons may be closed. Everyone's assistance is needed in keeping the school clean. All garbage must be placed in receptacles.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES
Whenever you need information, a referral, or help of any kind, call any of the hotlines or centers listed below. You might also want to share the information with your parents, brothers, sisters, or friends. Your teachers, guidance counselor, psychologist, nurse teacher, and social worker are also available to offer help. Speak to them if you're having some difficulty or just want to talk.
REMEMBER: YOU NEVER NEED TO BE ALONE WITH ANY PROBLEM OR QUESTION YOU MAY HAVE.
HOTLINE NUMBERS and WEBSITES
· AIDS 631 385-AIDS
· AL - ANON and ALATEEN 433-8003
· BIRTH RIGHT 741-4030
· DRUG HOTLINE 481-4000
· HEALTH EMERGENCIES 911
· YOU NEED IT 504-Help
· N.Y.S. CHILD ABUSE 800-342-3720
· PLANNED PARENTHOOD 750-2500
· PORT COUNSELING 767-1133
www.report-it.com - anonymous tipline and helpline
User Name: Schreiber
The Schreiber H.S. Code Number (CEEB) for College entrance exams (SAT) is 334605.
Available in the counseling office is our new Community Service Resource Guide compiled by the Schreiber Site-Based Committee. In this guide you will find service opportunities both in the high school and around the community. The complete guide is also available on the district website: www.portnet.k12.ny.us.
· Alphabetical assignment for each grade level
· Same counselor for four years
· Seeing your Counselor
· Schedule an appointment with the secretary
· Drop-in during your unscheduled time
· Counselor Services
· Assistance in decisions about career planning, post high school planning, programs of study, and specific courses
· Assistance in getting along with and understanding self, peers, family members, teachers, and administrators
· Orientation program/breakfast for new students
· Articulation with college representatives/fall/spring college fairs
· Orientation meetings with students and parents
· The Counseling Connection , newsletter mailed home
· Support groups for students going through a personal crisis
· Parent workshops on different topics throughout the year.
· Listings of community service opportunities
* Various student groups on selected topics
· Junior Conferences: Student/Parent/Counselor
· Review of school year performance
· Discussion of student’s personal or academic concerns
· Review of graduation requirements
· Review of next year's course selections
· Development of post-high school plans
Counselor Resource Center
· College catalogs and supplemental information
· College video files and laser disks
· College reference books
· Occupational information
· Various computer college search programs
· Internet information on college/career options
· Bulletin Boards - located outside counseling office
· College admissions testing schedule
· Meetings with individual college representatives
· Summer programs
· Schedule of freshman and sophomore group meetings
· Schedule of junior group meetings
· Special information meetings
· General college/career information
College Scholarship Information
· Organizations, corporations, and colleges award academic and special talent scholarships. They usually require completion of detailed applications to be mailed by definite deadlines.
· Information on scholarships can be found:
· In counseling office scholarship file
· On the bulletin boards
· On the back of the daily announcements
· Counseling Connection Newsletter – Portnet website
· Students receive report cards at the end of each quarter. All report cards will be mailed home.
· Letter grades and their numerical equivalents are as follows:
A+ 95 - 100 D 65 - 69
A 90 - 94 E 50 - 64 Failure
B+ 85 - 89 F below 50 Failure
B 80 - 84 F* Failure due to cutting or not
C+ 75 - 79 attending 85% of the classes.
C 70 - 74 F** Failure due to repeated and
continued cutting in the second quarter of a semester
course or the 4th quarter of a
full year course.
· All grades are weighted according to the length of the course.
· "Incomplete" may be used as a final grade only with the permission of the principal, department chairperson and the student's counselor. Definite time limits are established within which work graded "incomplete" must be made up or be converted to the appropriate letter grade.
· A student will receive an F** to denote failure due to repeated and continued cutting. A minus seven (-7) for a semester course or minus fourteen (-14) for a full year course will be used in computing the final average when the absences occur in the last quarter. The grade level administrator will make this decision.
· Honors credit will be granted in selective courses and identified on the report card and transcript.
Calculating Your GPA
A student’s Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated by adding the numerical value (using the chart below) of each grade for each course and dividing this number by the total number of credits studied. Honor and AP courses receive an extra 1.0 for a full year course and a .50 for a semester course.
Full Year Semester
Honors/AP +1 +.50
A+ 4.5 2.25
A 4.0 2.0
B+ 3.5 1.75
B 3.0 1.5
C+ 2.5 1.25
C 2.0 1.0
D 1.0 .5
F 0.0 .0
Withdrawal from Courses
Students are expected to plan their programs wisely and remain in each course through its completion. All course work completed will be entered on the transcript. The following policies will be in effect. However, if it becomes necessary for a student to withdraw from a course:
· No notation will be made on the student's transcript if a student withdraws prior to the mid-point of the course.
· If a student withdraws from a course, including a change in level, after the mid-point of the course, a final grade of "W/F" will be assigned, computed in the grade point average, and entered on the transcript.
HONOR ROLLS (To be included in either Honor Roll, students must take classes at Schreiber High School and carry a minimum of six subjects including English and physical education. Lab classes do not count as subjects in meeting this requirement. Grades in physical education classes are not used to calculate the average for Honor Roll.)
· Principal's Honor Roll
· Average of all credit bearing courses must be 4.0 or higher.
· No grade of below C or Incomplete.
· Paul D. Schreiber Honor Roll
· Average of all credit bearing courses must be between 3.5 and 3.9.
· No grade of below C or Incomplete
· An honor roll is published each quarter of the school year.
How to Determine Your Grade
The charts below show the weighted system for a full year course (Tables 1, 2, 3) and for a semester course (Table 4,5,6,)
FULL YEAR COURSES - USE TABLES 1-2-3
1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr. Final Ex.
A+ 10 11 15 17 10
A 9 10 13 15 9
B+ 8 9 11 13 8
B 7 8 9 11 7
C+ 6 7 7 9  , ; 6
C 5 5 5 7 5
D 4 4 4 5 4
E 3 3 1 1 1
F 2 2 0 0 0
F* 2 1 0 0
F** 0 0 0 -14
TABLE 2 (final exam) TABLE 3 (no final exam)
Total Pts. Final Grade Total Pts. Final Grade
60 or above A+ 50 or above A+
53-59 A 44-49 A
46-52 B+ 38-43 B+
39-45 B 32-37 B
32-38 C+ 26-31 C+
25-31 C 20-25 C
17-24 D 13-19 D
4-16 F 4-12 F
ONE SEMESTER COURSES - USE TABLES 4-5-6
1st (or 3rd) 2nd (or 4th)
Quarter Quarter Final Exam
A+ 10 15 10
A 9 13 9
B+ 8 11 8
B 7 9 7
C+ 6 7 6
C 5 5 5
D 4 3 4
E 2 0 1
F 0 0 0
F* 0 0
F** 0 -7
TABLE 5 (final exam) TABLE 6 (no final exam)
Total Pts. Final Grade Total Pts. Final Grade
33 or above A+  , ; 24 or above A+
29-32 A 21-23 A
25-28 B+ 18-20 B+
21-24 B 15-17 B
17-20 C+ 2-14 C+
13-16 C 9-11 C
8-12 D 5-8 D
1-7 F 0-4 F
If You Are Ill
Students who are ill should report to their class to obtain a pass before reporting to the medical office. Students may go home only after the school nurse has contacted a parent or guardian.
Excuse notes or phone calls from parents on the following day will not be honored.
Whenever possible, visits should be made during free time for routine paperwork, sports clearances, and minor health issues (mosquito bites, band aids, mild colds, etc.)
All significant medical problems should be reported to the nurse, whether they occur at home or at school.
Students who have medical or dental appointments during school hours should bring a note from their parent/guardian with the requested time of release, name of physician, and phone number. All appointments will be verified. Students must sign out in the medical office and if they return to school sign back in the medical office.
Any student on medication, including inhalers, that must be taken during school hours must see the school nurse for review.
All injuries, no matter how slight, should be reported to the medical office.
Interim health forms may be submitted two weeks prior to the beginning of a sport season. Forms handed in by 10 a.m. will be on the clearance list at noon. Students whose names are not on the list should check with the medical office.
Physical Education Medical Excuses
All excuses are processed through the medical office. Long-term excuses require a physician's note including the diagnosis and length of time excused. Retroactive doctor's notes will not be accepted and students are reminded that all missed classes need to be made up.
Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
There are four defibrillators in the school. (In each classroom is a green wall-mounted card that lists the locations of the AEDs). One is mounted on the wall located at the intersection where the science hallway meets the main hallway; a second one is located at the entrance to the gymnasium; a third one is located on the ground floor across from the elevator; the fourth is located on the second floor across from the elevator. The AED is an emergency device that is used to restart a person’s failed heartbeat. Immediately seek emergency help from the medical office.
LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
The Schreiber Library Media Center (SLMC) was established to complement the curriculum and to meet the research, and informational needs of its students and staff members. You are welcome to use the Library during your unstructured time. The SLMC is located on the upper level of the building in the new wing.
We have a strong print collection that is comprised of fiction, non-fiction, biography and short stories and reference sections. Many of these books circulate and can be accessed using the OPAC (electronic card catalog.) We subscribe to a variety of periodicals, including daily newspapers and magazines. These are often on display or located behind the circulation area. We have a computer resource area where one can access information from the Internet, the www, and online subscription databases. To log onto the computers, use your student i.d. # as your username and the last four digits of your home telephone number as your password. Please see a librarian for remote access usernames and passwords for our online databases.
All videos, books on tape/CD and A.V. equipment are housed in the Library. This collection is also accessible through the OPAC.
· A student ID is required for borrowing materials.
· Respect others right to work by keeping a quiet atmosphere.
· No food, drink, or cell phones are permitted in any area of the library.
· Computers/printers can be used for school-related research only
· Chat rooms, video games and IMing are not permitted
Schreiber Virtual Library (portnet.k12.ny.us/schools/slmc)
Our website will provide you with more detailed and up-to-date information about the SLMC. The Research Tips link will help guide you through class assignments with suggested resources from the Library. You can also access online databases from your home computer by following the Reference link. You can also access many online databases through The Port Washington Public Library homepage. (pwpl.org). The number on the back of your PWPL card is needed to access all of the databases. You can apply for one online if you do not have one already.
Psychological services are available to all students. The social worker and psychologists help students cope with academic concerns or resolve some difficulty students may be experiencing with parents, teachers or friends. To make an appointment with either the social worker or psychologists, leave your name, grade, and the time(s) you are free with the guidance secretary. Ms. Weiden is our social worker. Dr. Meade, Dr. Bester, and Dr. Cerpa are the psychologists assigned to Schreiber.
If a student is under 18 years of age, he/she must obtain working papers in order to accept employment. The law has certain requirements concerning the type of work a student may do, the hours, and the conditions under which he/she may work. Applications and all necessary information may be obtained at the Main Office. Students must have had a physical within the last year.
If you are 14 or 15 years old: While school is in session, you can work a maximum of 3 hours per day on a school day and 8 hours on a non- school day, up to 18 hours a week total, and no more than 6 days a week. You are not allowed to work before 7 o'clock in the morning or later than 7 o'clock in the evening.
If you are 16 or 17 years old: While school is in session you can work a maximum of 4 hours a day Monday through Thursday, 8 hours on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 6 days a week for a total of no more than 28 hours. If your employer wants you to work past 10:00 p.m. and up to 12 midnight while school is in session, your employer must have your parent's written permission on a special form available from the Department of Labor.
CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES
Schreiber High School offers a wide variety of co-curricular activities. Through these activities and clubs, students have the opportunity to develop friendships, expand skills and talents, pursue interests, and/or provide service to both school and community. Every student is encouraged to become involved in at least one of these activities during the school year. Students should watch for bulletin and PA announcements of meeting times and locations.
Club Participation and School Attendance
· A student, who is ill causing him/her to miss part or all of the school day, will be ineligible to participate in an extracurricular activity on that date.
· A student who is absent from school for the entire day for reasons other than illness shall be ineligible to take part in after school activities on that day unless the school has granted prior approval.
The following is a partial list of our clubs:
Academic Decathlon Mr. Muhlbauer
The Decathlon team is made up of: 3 "A" Honor students, 3 "B" Scholastic students and 3 "C" Varsity students. All students compete in all ten events: Mathematics, Science, Fine Arts, Economics, Language and Literature, Social Science, Speech, Interview, Essay, Super Quiz. Students in each category compete only against students in that category. The team is open to all students; tryouts are held in May/June.
Art Honor Society Ms. Best
Community Service, art projects, art workshops.
Bridging the Gap Ms. Murphy/ Ms. Demarco
Students express themselves, celebrating diversity; prepare a photo exhibit based on inspirational quotes.
Cheering at home games.
Chess Club Mr. Reynolds
Web Site for playing, Chess matches and tournaments.
Christian Group (JAM) Ms. McIntosh
Fundraising and discussions.
Debate Team Ms. McClean
Local tournaments / National Tournaments / State Championships
Drama Club Ms. Vaserstein
The drama club meets most Fridays after school in the auditorium or band room. Activities: group readings and discussions of plays and theatre, basic acting instruction and exercises, young playwrights festival productions, fund-raising, student directed productions, preparation and performance of monologues, trips to New York, and guest speakers.
Drawing/Painting Club Ms. DeMarco
Drawing, painting, and celebration of art.
English Honor Society* Ms. Lisecki
Chapter of National Honor English Society.
Future Business Leaders of America Dr. Haring
Speakers, Fundraisers and Future Business Leaders of America sponsored state/national competitions, promoting business as a career.
Foreign Lang. Honor Soc. & Mod. Lang.* Mr. Placella
Tutoring, fundraising, Mardi Gras/Carnevale, Decorating Language area, Honor Society Induction.
Freshmen Class Club Mr. Neil Miller
All senior activities including Pride in Port, Senior Breakfast, Fundraisers, Senior Day.
Gay/Straight Alliance Mr. Davis
Gay/Straight Alliance is an organization that works to make the Schreiber community a safe place for all students, regardless of sexual orientation. The club raises awareness of GLBT issues/discrimination and aims to promote tolerance. In addition to outreach programs, club members also organize the Day of Silence.
Human Relations Club Mr. Davis & Ms. Cerny
The Human Relations Club is a community service group that works to promote relationships among students of different backgrounds and interests within the school. HRC also works with various charities chosen by current members. Past members have visited with residents at local senior centers.
International Homework Club Ms. Marijosius
Academic and social interaction among students of diverse backgrounds; commemoration of many holidays.
It's Academic* Mr. Klaff
The team consists of six students and is open to everyone. Students try out for the team in early September. The team competes against nineteen other high schools in a "quiz bowl" type of contest throughout the year.
Jazz Band* Mr. Meyer
Rehearses in the Band Room Tuesday evening’s (3:30 – 5pm) playing jazz literature with opportunities to develop/advance improvising skills. Performances take place at Schreiber, in the Port Washington community, and beyond. Auditions are held in September 10th and 11th in the Band Room
Jewish Student Union Ms. Foster-Holzer
Discussion , of Jewish heritage.
Junior Class Club Ms. Kalinowski
Participate in Pride in Port and Spirit Week, fundraising activities.
Kaleidoscope (Lit. Mag) Ms. Giliof
Kaleidoscope’s primary purpose is to provide its readers with a collection of original poetry, prose, photographs and artwork by the students of Schreiber High School. Kaleidoscope welcomes contributions from the entire student body. Staff members meet weekly to discuss, review and complete the layout for the magazine. Additionally, we encourage students who are technologically creative to join our staff.
Key Club Ms. Kalinowski
The Key Club is an organization dedicated to service to the community. Club members participate in many activities during the school year to raise funds for local and national charities. Key Club member also volunteers to work at agencies that provide each member with community service credit.
Latin Club Ms. Griffin
Offers banquets, contests, National Latin Exams, filmmaking, bake sales and poster contests.
Letter Club* Ms. Giamanco
Open to all Schreiber sports participants. Members will be involved in fundraising and events to help the community. Some of last year’s activities included the Elks Hoop Shoot, Family Holiday Basket, and Fifth Grade Fun Day.
Learn the elements of lighting for stage productions.
Madrigals* Mr. Spiezio
Performances at senior citizen centers, jazz concert, winter and spring concerts, pops concert, and chamber concerts.
Mathletes Mr. Tedesco
Mathletes is part of the Nassau County Interscholastic Mathematics League. From October to March we meet weekly to discuss the importance of math in real-life and practice for math competitions. Mathletes compete in six competitions against approximately 40 high schools in Nassau County each year.
Mock Trial Mr. Schultz
Competes in Mock Trial Tournaments.
ModelCongress/UN Mr. Vinella
The club invites students to participate in the lawmaking process as it is practiced in the US Congress and in many state legislatures. Students propose legislation, chair Congressional Committees and debate the pros and cons of bills before they are approved or rejected. The club is open to anyone who likes to debate or wishes to become politically involved.
Mu Alpha Theta Mr. Tedesco
Mu Alpha Theta is a national high school and junior college mathematics club. The chapter of Paul D. Schreiber hand-selects students who have demonstrated excellence in mathematics as well as an overall academic achievement. Membership is based upon scholarship, service and character. Each October we induct students into Mu Alpha Theta who have an overall grade point average of 3.75, no grade below a B in three years of Regents math with an overall mathematics average of B+, and recommendations from past mathematics teachers and administrators.
National Honor Society* Mr. Klaff
The National Honor Society is made up of approximately eighty high school seniors who are inducted in the second semester of their junior year after attaining an overall grade point average of 3.75 through and including the second marking period of their junior year. Their second marking period report card in junior year must have a 3.75 grade point average and no grade lower than a "C." Juniors who seek to become members must also demonstrate leadership qualities, and work to improve their environment by ongoing participation in service activities in and out of school.
Natural Helpers* Ms. Najera-Pollak
Students receive initial training at overnight retreat & meet throughout the year for ongoing training.
Peer Helpers* Ms. Linsner
Facilitate freshman groups, participate in freshman orientation, suicide prevention program and yoga nights.
Photo Ms. Murphy
Is a unique experience for students who would like to work and learn about T.V. news. Students write, produce, direct, and edit Schreiber News Line (SNL) which is broadcast on cable T.V. The photo lab is available to all students who wish to work on photography projects and do not have the time during the school day.
Port Light (yearbook) Mr Schaefer
The yearbook is the culmination of a year’s worth of hard work. The reward is being on a team of dedicated, hard working students who contribute by being photographers, copywriters, computer layout artists and Ad sales people. Full-time or part-time workers are always welcome daily in room 110. 767-4294
Portettes* Ms. Cooper
This group of young women performs with the marching band during football halftime shows, national and local parades, and during halftime at basketball games. A good sense of rhythm, coordination and a strong commitment to the group is required. Auditions are held each June.
Radio Club Mr. Klaff
Create radio station programming and broadcast from the new facility funded by PWEF.
Robotics Club D. Shaefer/N. Miller
Participate in the building of robots and participating in competitions against entries from the other school.
S.A.D.D. /Substance Abuse Ms. Giliof
Members of Students Against Destructive Decisions address many issues that the students at Schreiber deal with every day. Through our programs and events we provide students with prevention and intervention tools in response to underage drinking, drug use and other destructive decisions. A commitment statement must be signed by all participating members.
Schreiber Times (Newspaper) Mr Medico/Ms. Zarkh
The Schreiber Times is the student newspaper devoted to educating and informing the student body. Staff, reporters, and photographers are always needed.
Science Honor Society* Ms. Ezratty
Formal lectures, Informal lectures, Elementary school visits, Honor Society
Science Olympiad Mr. Carmody/Ms. Ezratty
Participate in competitions, Science Olympiad, Build, learn, drill prep
Senior Class Club Ms. Giiof
Plan sernior activities.
Shakespeare Day Ms. Valenti
Plan and organize Shakespeare Day.
Social Studies Honor Society* Mr. Schultz
Honor Society for students who excel in Social Studies. Tutor students.
Sophomore Class Club Ms. Servat
Participate in Pride in Port and Spirit Week, fundraising activities.
Student Council Ms. Burr
The official student organization of Schreiber consists of seven elected executive officers and student representatives. Its constitution allows any student who attends five consecutive meetings and one event to become an active and voting member of the council. Only students who have been actively involved in student council activities and meetings are eligible to run for executive office.
Treehuggers Club Ms. Barbieri
Learn about and become involved with preserving the earth’s environment.
Tri M Music Honor Society* Mr. Pinelli
Music Honor Society.
Young Historians Ms. Cotter
Research and debate historical topics – Ancient through Modern.
*These clubs have entrance requirements or tryouts.
Director of HPEA—Ms. Joannon
Athletic Trainer –Mr. Zappala
High School Team Philosophy
Athletic participation at the Varsity level is highly competitive. The Junior Varsity (JV) program functions as a transition between the Middle School and the Varsity. Commitment as well as ability is the basis for high school athletic competition. Participation in this program requires a significant commitment of time as well as adherence to more stringent team and Athletic Department rules. Parents and athletes are advised to consider this when deciding whether to participate in athletics at the high school level. To fully appreciate a family’s commitment to JV/Varsity competition and to avoid miscommunication and unrealistic expectations, parents and students must understand that:
1. Practices/contests are scheduled on Saturdays and during vacation periods. Athletes are required to participate in all practices/contests unless excused by the coach. Absences can result in disciplinary action, which might include dismissal from the team.
2. Squad selection is based on ability and the coach at each level makes final decisions.
3. The amount of time an athlete will play is the discretion of the coach.
4. Athletes who fail to complete a season may not be awarded a letter/certificate or receive credit for the season.
Requirements for Participation:
· Pass a required physical examination (see procedures below).
· Submit a completed and signed parental permission slip.
· View the "Sports Warning Film"
· Submit an Interim Health Form to the medical office before
each sport season begins.
Must meet the requirements of the Eligibility Policy
Must be enrolled in at least four subjects including physical education.
In order for an athlete to participate on a school team, he/she must pass a required physical examination once during the school year in which he/she participates.
· Physical examinations may be administered by a school doctor(s)
appointed or hired by the Board of Education.
· The date, time, and place of these examinations will be publicized so that students and all persons involved will have ample time to make arrangements to attend.
· Students who are examined by a private physician must pick up the
necessary forms from the Medical Office.
· An interim health form must be submitted prior to each sport season; it serves as an update regarding the physical condition of the athlete.
ONLY PROPER CLEARANCE FROM THE SCHOOL MEDICAL OFFICE MAY BE ACCEPTED AS APPROVAL FOR PARTICIPATION IN A SPORT.
Return to Competition After Illness or Injury
· Students must present written permission from the attending physician or school doctor to the Medical Office before resuming practice or competition.
· The treating physician can recommend, in writing the return of a student. However, the school physician, whose decision is final, must approve this recommendation. He/she will notify the school nurse-teacher who will then notify the director of athletics.
Attendance in School
· An athlete who is ill, causing him/her to miss part or all of the school day, will be ineligible to participate in athletics on that date. However, if the student enters the school with written permission from his/her parent to participate in athletics, the school-nurse will review the request, and decide if such participation is to be granted. Only the school-nurse or doctor can make this determination.
· An athlete absent from school for the entire day for reasons other than illness shall be ineligible to take part in athletics on that day unless the school has granted prior approval.
· Students excused from physical education participation due to illness/injury cannot participate in interscholastic athletic activities on that same day unless the school nurse or school doctor gives permission.
Report of Injury
· Students are responsible for notifying the coach of any injury, however minor, incurred in practice, scrimmage, or at a home or away game. They will assist the coach in the completion of the accident report.
· In cases where the school doctor is present when the injury takes place, he/she will administer first aid, decide whether to treat, refer, or contact the parent concerning a need for a specialist.
· If a specialist sees a student, the athlete must submit a written recommendation to the school doctor as to care, follow-up and ability to perform in the sport.
· If an accident report has been filed for an injury, the student must see the school nurse-teacher before resuming practice.
· The school nurse should be contacted regarding any insurance questions, since that office will process all insurance claims.
· If you have questions, the athletic trainer can be reached at 767-3258.
Interscholastic Athletic Team Selection
Team selection is aimed at:
· Promoting participation in interscholastic athletics
Involving the largest number of students in the program based upon activities offered, available facilities, available budget, and the availability of
qualified and certified personnel
· Recognizing that interscholastic athletics are provided for the physically gifted seeking to reach their fullest potential through supervised/ sanctioned/equitable competition. Selection of team members will be required in some activities where the number of team members is dictated by facility, activity, and safety constraints.
Ninth grade students would also be provided with the opportunity to compete at higher levels of competition when appropriate/feasible. Students in grades 9-12 may compete at levels considered appropriate by the local school district.
· The only persons permitted on team buses shall be team members, coaches, school physician, athletic director, managers, statisticians, supervisors, and previously approved school reporters or photographers. All students must return on the same bus unless prior approval has been received from the athletic director or principal.
· A student may return home with his/her parents. In such a case, the parent must request permission directly from the coach and complete a permission form. The student will not be permitted to travel to a game or return home with anyone else unless prior approval is granted by the building principal.
Athletic Team Uniforms and Equipment
Each coach will enforce the following guidelines:
· Athletes on all interscholastic teams must be properly attired in accordance with the National Federation of High School Athletic Association rules governing each sport.
· The uniform must be worn and treated properly by each athlete. This includes uniform cleaning when needed.
· Team uniforms and equipment should be used for team practices and contests only.
· All uniforms and equipment issued by the school must be returned at the end of the season. Students will receive a bill for any unreturned uniforms or assigned equipment.
Athletes, who use alcoholic beverages, tobacco in any form, or drugs, shall be subject to suspension from their activity. The athletic director and/or coach shall suspend a participant for such use, and the principal may, in a review/appeal of the case, determine the length of suspension.
Code of Ethics
It is the duty of all concerned with school athletics:
· To emphasize the ideals of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and fair play.
· To stress the values derived from playing the game fairly.
· To respect the person and judgment of officials.
· To encourage teamwork, leadership, interaction and good judgment by players on the teams.
· To demonstrate self-control and mutual respect at all times.
· To remember that an athletic contest is only a game and recognize that the purpose of athletics is to promote the physical, mental, moral, social and emotional well-being of the individual.
· To accept victory with grace and defeat with dignity. Poor winners or losers do a disservice to themselves, family and the school community.
Spectator Code of Conduct
· Spectators are an important part of the game and shall at all times conform to accepted standards of good sportsmanship and behavior.
· Spectators shall at all times respect officials, coaches and players and extend all courtesies to them.
· Wholesome cheering is encouraged.
· Stomping of feet, taunting, foul and abusive language, inflammatory remarks, and disrespectful signs and behavior are not acceptable.
LIST OF SPORTS TEAMS
Sports dates and schedules can be found on the district website under Schreiber Athletics and at http://section8.powertolearn.com
FALL WINTER SPRING
Starting Date: Starting Date: Starting Date
August 17 November 14 March 5
Football Wrestling Baseball
Varsity Swimming Varsity
JV Fencing JV
All Other Sports All Other Sports B Lacrosse
August 29 November 16 Varsity
B Cross Country B Basketball JV
G Cross Country Varsity G Lacrosse
Field Hockey JV Varsity
Varsity J, V2 JV
JV G Basketball Softball
B Soccer Varsity Varsity
Varsity JV JV
JV B Bowling B Track & Field
JV2 Varsity G Track & Field
G Soccer JV
Varsity G Bowling Starting Date:
JV Varsity March 19
JV2 JV Badminton
G Swimming Gymnastics Varsity
Varsity B Track – Indoors JV
G Tennis G Track – Indoors Golf
Varsity Wrestling Varsity
JV Varsity Tennis
G Volleyball JV Varsity
Varsity Portettes JV
JV Cheerleading B Volleyball
Afterschool Weight Training
-Yearlong program offered M-W-F afterschool in the weight room 3:15pm – 4:30pm
DATES TO REMEMBER
All dates listed are subject to change. Watch and listen for announcements.
September 7 First day of classes
September 17 Pride in Port
September 27 Open House
September 29,30 Recess
October 10 Columbus Day
November 8 Supt. Conference Day (no students)
November 10 End of first marking period
November 11 Recess
November 22 Report Cards
November 24-25 Recess
Dec. 26 - Jan . 2 Recess
January 3 School reopens
January 16 Recess
January 27 End of second marking period
February 8 Report Cards
February 20-24 Recess
April 4 End of third marking period
April 23 Report Cards
April 6-13 Recess
May 25 Supt. Conference Day (no students)
May 28 Recess
June 12 End of fourth marking period
July 9 Report Cards
September 10 ACT
October 1 SAT I & SAT II
October 15 PSAT
October 22 ACT (Schreiber will be a test site)
November 5 SAT I & SAT II
December 3 SAT I & SAT II
December 10 ACT
January 28 SAT I & II
January 24-27 Midterm Exams
February 11 ACT (no NYS test sites)
March 10 SAT I
April 14 ACT (Schreiber will not be a test site)
May 7-18 Advanced Placement Exams
May 5 SAT I & II
June 2 SAT I & SAT II
June 9 ACT (Schreiber will be a test site)
June 13 - 22 Regents Exams
September 15 Finalizing College Choices
September 19- 23 Senior Pictures
September 17 Homecoming - Pride in Port
September 27 Open House
October 13-14 Underclassmen and Staff Pictures
October 12 Freshmen Parent Night
October 24-25 Senior Make-up Pictures
October 28-30 Drama Club Production
October 27 Mock Interview
October 28-30 Drama Club Production
November 7 Naviance
November 17-19 Fall Drama
November 21 Underclass Make-ups/Faculty Yearbook Photos
November 28 Financial Aid Night
December 8 Saturnalia
December 14 Winter Concert I/AP Art Exhibit
December 15 Winter Concert II
January 5 Grade 8 Parent Orientation I
January 6-8 Young Playwrite’s Festival
January 11 Naviance
January 18 Grade 8 Parent Orientation II
February 8 Naviance
March 8 Freshmen/Sophomore Academic Planning
March 15 Mardi Gras/Carnavale
March 19 Junior Mock Interview
March 22-24 Spring Musical I
March 30 Battle of the Bands
April 4 Evening of Jazz
April 18 College Consortium
April 27 Shakespeare Day
May 2 Spring Concert I
May 3 Spring Concert II
May 11 Dinner Theater
May 14 Life After High School
May 17 Foreign Language Honor Induction
May 22 National Honor Society Induction
May 23 Departmental Awards Ceremony
May 30 Science Research Symposium
May 31-June 2 Spring Musical II
June 5 Math Research Breakfast
June 6 Senior Community Awards
June 22 Graduation
June 22 Gambol