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FALL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT
It is the purpose of the FMRHS to ensure a quality education, equal opportunity and the acquisition of knowledge and skills that will prepare each student to become a healthy, active and productive citizen.
FALL MOUNTAIN REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT It is the purpose of the FMRSD to improve the student’s lives
FMRSD CORE VALUES Respect - Treating yourself and others with patience, understanding, and honor. Integrity - Acting in a manner that is trustworthy, virtuous, and dedicated. Citizenship - Commitment to our community, our nation, and our world. Responsibility - Being accountable for our own actions.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Supervisory Union #60 and Fall Mountain Regional High School (FMRHS) does not discriminate in educational programs, activities or employment practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or handicap.
Block 1 2 TEAM 3A 3B 3C 3D 4 Regular 2-Hour Delay 7:20 – 8:38 9:20 – 10:21 8:43 – 10:01 10:26 – 11:27 10:06 – 10:49 NA 10:54 – 11:20 11:33 – 11:55 11:23 – 11:49 11:58 – 12:18 11:52 – 12:18 12:21 – 12:43 12:21 – 12:47 12:46 – 1:06 12:52 – 2:10 1:11 – 2:10 Common Lunch MARKING PERIOD SCHEDULE August 27 October 3 November 1 December 13 January 23 & 24 January 27 January 24 January 28 March 6 April 4 May 9 June 17 First Day of School Progress Reports Quarter 1 End of Marking Period for Quarter 1 Progress Reports Quarter 2 Final Exams Semester 1 Final Exam Makeup with Prior Administrative Approval End of Marking Period for Quarter 2/Semester 1 Beginning of Quarter 3/Semester 2 Progress Reports for Quarter 3 End of Marking Period for Quarter 3 Progress Reports for Quarter 4 Tentative End of Marking Period for Quarter 4/Semester 2
Early Release 7:20 – 8:12 8:17 – 9:08 NA 9:13 – 10:04
10:09 – 11:00 11:00 – 11:20
STUDENT EXPECTATIONS Staff, students and the community of Fall Mountain developed the following school-wide student expectations. Prior to graduation, students will be required to demonstrate their proficiency for each of these expectations as described on the following school-wide rubric for Student Expectations.
CORE RESPONSIBILITIES It is everyone's responsibility to: Teach and model self-discipline Cooperate with one another Recognize that absenteeism is a classroom disruption Respect the rights of others Provide a safe and positive educational environment at school and at home It is the student's responsibility to: Be in charge of his/her own behavior Arrive at school and to class on time Attend school daily Honor the teacher's duty to teach and other students' right to learn Comply with school rules at all times Be prepared to learn Tell school staff about any discipline concerns they may have It is the parent's responsibility to: Encourage their child(ren) to do his/her best Be available for conferences Assure that their child(ren) attend school daily Communicate to the school their child(ren)’s concerns or needs Ensure that adult supervision is provided should a child’s behavior cause him or her to be suspended Contact the school if their child(ren) will be absent Help their child(ren) learn about the behavioral expectations of FMRHS and the consequences of breaking the rules It is the teacher's responsibility to: Manage classroom behaviors Enforce FMRHS’s Student Behavior Standards Provide students with a safe school environment Encourage and model good attendance Inform students of and post classroom rules and behavioral expectations Report to parents regularly ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE/ACADEMIC DETENTION In the event that a student’s academic performance is below a C- average, the classroom teacher may request the student to stay after school to receive additional assistance. If the student does not comply with the request to stay after school for academic assistance, the teacher may issue an Academic Detention. Failure to serve an Academic Detention will be treated as a missed detention as outlined in the Discipline section of the handbook. Additionally, a classroom teacher, the student’s advisor, or the student, may schedule additional time with their teacher during Team Time Tuesday-Friday to receive additional assistance.
The intent is for the student to meet with the teacher to receive extra help and/or complete the assignment(s) that are causing their academic success to suffer. Refer to the section, ―Staying After School‖ for information regarding late bus schedules. ACADEMIC HONESTY It is the expectation of all students to work hard to produce work that is their own. Students who attempt to submit work that is not their own deny themselves the learning opportunity and bring into question their integrity. This is known as Academic Dishonesty. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, is not acceptable behavior at FMRHS. Academic dishonesty may be defined as cheating on tests, quizzes, homework and/or class assignments, papers, projects, submitting the work of others as their own, plagiarism, or sharing test or quiz information without prior approval of the teacher. The following guidelines will be followed in the event that academic dishonesty is found to have occurred: First Occurrence: 1. Student(s) shall receive a 0% on the assignment. Student may, with teacher approval, redo the assignment for a grade of no more than a 65%. 2. The teacher will contact the parents/guardians by telephone and apprise them of the situation and consequences. 3. The teacher will inform the principal or assistant principal of the incident and date of parental contact and complete an office referral. The infraction will be recorded in the discipline log. Second Occurrence: A. Same Course: 1. Student will receive a 0% for the assignment with no chance to redo the work. 2. Steps 2 & 3 above will apply. 3. Student will receive a failing grade for the course. Student may appeal a failing grade to the principal. 4. Student’s name will be forwarded to their guidance counselor, scholarship and awards committees and honor societies. 5. Student will lose leadership positions held in the school (team captain, class officer, mentor, NHS, etc.). B. High School Career (Different Course): 1. Student will receive a 0% on assignment with no chance to redo the work. 2. Steps 4 & 5 above will apply. Additional Occurrence: 1. Steps 1-5 above will apply. 2. Student will not be considered for scholarships and other scholastic awards.
ACADEMIC HONORS FMRHS appreciates the efforts students make in raising their academic expectations. Students earning all A's will receive high honors. Students earning A's & B's will receive honors. Students receiving either high honors or honors recognition will receive an honor roll recognition card from the principal. Student’s receiving all A’s for all 4 quarters, will receive recognition from the Superintendent of the Fall Mountain Regional School District. ACTIVITIES/CLUBS/SPORTS FMRHS encourages students to become involved in the educational process including school activities. FMRHS offers the following: Activities/Clubs: Drama, Math Team, National Honor Society, Student Congress, STAND, Masters of History, FFA, Technology Student Association (TSA), Latin, Spanish, Quiz Bowl/Granite State Challenge, Mentoring Program. Hospitality Club, Golf Club, Girls’ Lacrosse, Tennis/Table Tennis, Skiing and Snowboarding, Robotics Sports Available: Fall: Soccer, Volleyball, Football, X-Country Winter: Basketball, Nordic Skiing, Indoor Track, Spirit Spring: Softball, Baseball, Track & Field Insurance: All students participating in athletics must have medical and dental insurance. Physicals: All students participating in sports must have a physical examination by a registered physician dated May 1, or later of the previous year before the 9th and 11th grades in order to be eligible for participation. ADVISORY/TEAM TIME The Advisory/Team Time program is designed to foster a sense of belonging within the learning community, provide additional time for students to receive academic assistance, and reinforce basic values that are fundamental to success in life. The Advisory/Team Time experience provides students with a non-threatening, non-graded environment for developing deeper relationships with an adult that will last over the course of their high school experience. During Advisory/Team Time on Monday students will, with the help of their Advisor, sign up for academic assistance with their teachers for the remainder of the week. The goal of Advisory/Team Time is to establish connections between adults and the students that will help create academic, social, and emotional growth in students.
AREAS OFF LIMITS TO STUDENTS During the school day the following areas are off limits to all students unless under direct supervision of a staff member: Teachers’ Room Nurse’s Office Outside the building Locker Rooms Offices Auditorium and Stage All motor vehicles/the parking lot Library/Media Center Gymnasium Custodians’ Room/Boiler Room All classrooms and shops The wooded areas around the school All school property beyond the edge of the grass
ARMED FORCES RECRUITER ACCESS TO STUDENTS’ INFORMATION In accordance with 9528(a)(1), students’ names, addresses, and telephone numbers of junior and senior classes shall be given to the Armed Forces recruiting offices. If a parent, or student over the age of eighteen, provides a written request to the Guidance Department Chairperson that their information not be released, the information will be removed from the list. ARRIVAL TO/DISMISSAL FROM SCHOOL After the bell rings to start school at 7:20 a.m., when late to school all students must sign in at the front door. Students will be given an office detention after being tardy to school three (3) or more times. If a student is more than thirty (30) minutes late to school without a valid reason (i.e. doctor’s or dentist appointment), a detention will be issued for each occurrence. After arriving on school grounds, when a student needs to leave school (whether for an appointment, parent dismissal, or nurse dismissal) they must sign out with the Attendance Secretary. Students should not contact their parent directly and ask them to pick them up unless asked to do so by school personnel. ATTENDANCE The Fall Mountain Regional School District Board of Education recognizes that regular school attendance is vital to meeting the educational needs of all students. It is the legal responsibility; RSA 191:1, of New Hampshire schools to require students to be present in school each day to receive the full benefit of a quality education. Students are expected to be in school on days of school activities. When not in school the student is not permitted to attend school activities or be on school property. Approved Absences Approved absences include, but are not limited to: confirmed religious observances, documented appointments with appointment card (counseling, court, doctor, etc), and documented family emergencies.
Additional absences will be left to the discretion of the Assistant Principal with the parent(s) to identify on a case-by-case basis. Anticipated absences for reasons other than illness, such as vacations, will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Assistant Principal. Such requests must be submitted in writing PRIOR to the absence and be pre-approved by the student’s teachers and school administration. NOTE: Such requests are for attendance purposes only and may not be approved as excused. School Sanctioned Absences School-sanctioned absences are absences approved by the school. School-sanctioned absences include, but may not be limited to: college visits, field trips or other educational school sanctioned trips, in-school activities such as assemblies. Students who plan college visitations must submit a written request and have it approved by the school’s Assistant Principal prior to the visitation for the absence to be excused. Official Record of Attendance When it comes to matters of attendance, the Attendance Secretary will keep the official attendance record. Questions related to attendance should be referred to this individual. Cutting class will be recorded as an unexcused absence. When a student is absent from school the parent/guardian should contact the school. When the parent/guardian does not call, the school will attempt to contact a parent/guardian at home or work. If no personal contact is made, a note explaining the reason for the absence is required within two days of the student’s returns to school. Failure to make verbal contact, or hand a note to the Attendance Secretary, will result in the absence being recorded as unexcused. No retroactive notes will be accepted. Tardiness to Class Students who are not in the classroom sitting in their seat when the bell sounds, may be considered tardy. When tardy to class, students will receive consequences from that teacher for the first two occurrences. If a student is tardy three (or more) times during a quarter to the same class, an office detention will be issued. Suspended from Classes When suspended from classes, whether an In-School Suspension (ISS) or an Out-of-School Suspension (OSS), students will not be considered absent. When a student is suspended from classes he/she will be permitted to complete any missed assignments. Although a student’s access to teachers is restricted during an out-of-school suspension, parents may contact the school to make arrangements to obtain the work. All work missed while serving suspension from classes must be requested within 24 hours upon the student returning to class. Completion timeliness will be at the discretion of the teacher. BUS TRANSPORTATION The Fall Mountain Regional School District provides transportation for all eligible students. These students are granted the right to ride the bus providing they obey the rules of proper conduct. These rules exist to ensure a safe trip for everyone.
BUS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES 1. Students shall arrive at their assigned bus stop at least five minutes before the bus is scheduled to arrive. Drivers will not wait. 2. Students shall wait in a safe place, clear of traffic and at least ten feet away from where the bus stops. Students must be standing in a line when the bus arrives. 3. Students shall follow directions of the bus driver at all times. 4. Students shall exhibit classroom conduct at all times. 5. Students shall go directly to an available or assigned seat when boarding the bus. 6. Students will remain seated, facing forward, with their feet on the floor. Students are not to block the aisles or exits. 7. Students are permitted to carry only objects that can be held on their laps. 8. Students shall refrain from eating, drinking, and gum chewing on the bus. 9. Students are prohibited from extending their head, arms, other body parts, or objects out of the bus window. 10. Students shall not spit inside the bus or out the windows. 11. Students shall refrain from the use of profane language and obscene gestures on the bus. 12. Students shall cross the road in front of the bus only when the bus has come to a stop and upon the direction of the driver (ten feet minimum crossing distance) 13. Students are prohibited from using tobacco products, alcohol, drugs, or any controlled substance on the bus. 14. Students shall not carry hazardous materials, nuisance items, or animals onto the bus. 15. Students shall not be in possession of, and/or use, weapons or articles used as weapons (including rubber bands, pea shooters, etc.) while on the bus. 16. The noise level will remain low enough for the driver to be heard at all times without having to raise his/her voice. 17. Students shall be polite and courteous to all other passengers, passersby, and to the bus driver. 18. Students shall respect the rights and safety of others. 19. Students shall not damage any part of the bus. 20. Students shall not wear earphones while on the bus. The bus driver will have complete control of the bus and the students he or she is transporting for the duration of the bus ride. Any problem arising with a student, for which the driver issues a written referral, will be promptly reported to the transportation manager. Parents should know that while the district will make every attempt to resolve student conflict issues at bus stops, they are ultimately a parental or police matter. Those students guilty of flagrant, repeated, gross disobedience or misconduct on school buses are subject to discipline within the guidelines of the district’s policies and regulations. Continued violation of the bus rules will be considered sufficient cause for refusing to transport the student(s) involved, and may lead to suspension from school, depending upon the seriousness of the matter. Physical damage to district property by students will require restitution. If a student’s behavior is uncontrollable, the bus will return to the school and parents will be called to come and get their child.
Discipline for violations of the above safety rules will be administered as follows: STEP 1 – A written warning sent home to parents. STEP 2 – One to three day loss of bus privileges. STEP 3 – Five day loss of bus privileges. STEP 4 – Ten day loss of bus privileges. STEP 5 – Twenty day loss of bus privileges. STEP 6 – Twenty plus days as recommended jointly by the transportation manager and the principal to the school board. The above progressive discipline schedule is for common infractions. Violations of a more serious nature, such as, but not limited to, smoking, fighting, profanity, possession/use of contraband, destruction of property or behavior which jeopardizes the safety and/or well-being of other students will result in advanced progression on the above scale which may include up to a step six action, even for a first offense. Specific questions may be addressed to the transportation manager at 835-2527. It shall be the policy of the Fall Mountain Regional School District to employ the use of video cameras (with audio) on all school buses used for transporting students. The use of video material shall be to assist administrators and other designated employees of the district in identifying students who may be in violation of the rules of behavior while on the bus. All such recorded images will be held in confidence and used only for the purpose of identification as described above. CAFETERIA PROTOCOL AT LUNCH During lunch students are expected to remain in the cafeteria and clean up after themselves. If students would like to leave the cafeteria to work with a teacher in their classroom, they must have a signed pass before being allowed to exit the cafeteria. When the weather is appropriate, students may use the fenced in courtyard. The same expectations apply for the courtyard as they do for the cafeteria. CARE OF SCHOOL GROUNDS Each student is asked to help keep the school and its grounds looking neat and clean. All people in the school should put waste and unwanted items in containers provided. The building and its furnishings should be kept clean and unmarred. Any damage to the school building and its contents should be reported immediately to a teacher, administrator, or custodian. Individual students or groups of students who are found to have damaged school property will be assessed for the actual cost for repair or the replacement of the damaged school property/equipment. Until the cost of the repair or replacement is paid, student records may not be released. CELL PHONES During the school day, cell phones are to be off, put away, and not used unless a student has lunch and is in the cafeteria or permission has been granted by the classroom teacher to use an application on the device for a school-related purpose. If a cell phone is taken and turned into the office, the student’s parent or guardian must pick it up before or after school hours.
It is the recommendation of the school that electronic devices not be brought to school and that personal items not be left unattended. Be advised that the school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Students are encouraged to record the serial number of their device(s) in the event they are lost or stolen. CHANGING CLASSES Once a semester/quarter class begins, schedule changes will not be made unless there is a program error, a student is under or over placed in a course, a teacher initiates a change for the benefit of the student, or an emergency situation exists. No change will be made to a student’s schedule without the approval from a parent/guardian, teacher, department head, and a school administrator. When a course withdrawal takes place after the marking period progress report, the transcript will reflect either a withdrew passing (WP) or a withdrew failing (WF). CLASS LOADS AND GRADE PLACEMENT During the school year, students in grades nine through eleven must carry a class load equal to eight credit hours—four per semester. Seniors in good standing and on track to graduate may request, in writing, to take fewer than eight credit hours. When requested, the student must provide proof of transportation and permission must be granted in writing by a parent/guardian and by the principal. To be classified as a sophomore, a student must have earned five (5) credits; to be a junior, twelve (12) credits; to be a senior, twenty (20) credits; and to graduate, twenty-eight (28) credits. CLASS RANK Fall Mountain determines the student’s rank in class using a weighted system. Rank is determined at the end of the freshman, sophomore, and junior years and is cumulative from year to year. The final senior class rank is based upon seven (7) semesters and the third quarter of the senior year. The following grade scale will be used to determine a student’s rank for students graduating in 2014 and 2015:
A+ A AB+ B BC+ C CD F
97-100 94-96 90-93 87-89 84-86 80-83 77-79 74-76 70-73 65-69 0-64
General College Prep 4.00 4.25 3.75 4.00 3.50 3.75 3.25 3.50 3.00 3.25 2.75 3.00 2.50 2.75 2.25 2.50 2.00 2.25 1.50 1.75 0.00 0.00
Honors 5.00 4.75 4.50 4.25 4.00 3.75 3.50 3.25 3.00 2.50 0.00
AP 6.25 5.937 5.625 5.312 5.000 4.687 4.375 4.062 3.750 3.125 0.00
For the classes of 2016 and 2017, the following scale will be used to determine a student’s class rank: General 4.00 3.75 3.50 3.25 3.00 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00 1.75 0.00 College Prep 4.25 4.00 3.75 3.50 3.25 3.00 2.75 2.50 2.25 2.00 0.00 Honors 4.50 4.25 4.00 3.75 3.50 3.25 3.00 2.75 2.50 2.25 0.00 AP 5.00 4.75 4.50 4.25 4.00 3.75 3.50 3.25 3.00 2.75 0.00
A+ A AB+ B BC+ C CD F
97-100 94-96 90-93 87-89 84-86 80-83 77-79 74-76 70-73 65-69 0-64
CLOSED CAMPUS When arriving to school after the beginning of Block 1 students must sign in with the Front Door Monitor. Once at school, any student leaving prior to the end of Block 4 must sign out with the Attendance Secretary or School Nurse. The parking lot is off limits to students during school hours unless they have authorization from the front office, or are leaving school. Seniors may leave school grounds when their school day ends. COMPLAINTS: STEPS FOR RESOLVING It is the goal of FMRHS to maintain positive communication with all students and their parents. Any individual with a complaint is urged to: Notify the teacher Notify the department chair Notify the building administrator Notify the superintendent of schools Notify the school board COMPUTERS: ACCEPTABLE USE The staff and administration fully support the use of technology in the education process and provide access to various devices as a means to complete assignments and projects throughout a students’ time at Fall Mountain Regional High School. Every student will be issued a web-enabled device for use during their careers at Fall Mountain Regional High School. School Board Policies JJC, JJC-R and Appendix A of JJC-R, outline the expectations, guidelines, costs, and acceptable use of these devices.
Once all necessary forms are signed and the device is issued, students will have permission to access the school’s network and a password will be assigned. The Guest network is available for use by students, staff and the public. The connection of any personal device to the school’s network(s) by students is forbidden with the exception of the ―Guest‖ network. Students may only connect to the Guest network during their lunch period. When accessing any of the school’s network or using a device (either school or personal), all guidelines outlined in the Acceptable Use Policy are in effect. As well, all activity must be in support of educational and academic research/assignments and must be consistent with the educational objectives and policies of the Fall Mountain Regional School District. It should be understood the school district does not guarantee the reliability of the data connection and does not verify the accuracy of the information found on the internet. As per School Board Policy JJC-R, inappropriate use of a web-enabled device includes, but is not limited to the following: Using any method to bypass the district’s content filtering policies. Accessing, uploading, downloading or distributing pornographic, obscene, or sexually explicit material of any kind. Accessing, uploading, downloading or distributing personal music or electronic files of any kind without teacher approval. Transmitting obscene, abusive, sexually explicit or threatening language. Accessing another individual’s materials, information, or files without previously being given permission. Using another’s password. Attempting to use another’s password. Violating copyright laws or using the intellectual property of another individual or organization without their permission. Vandalism (any unauthorized access and/or malicious attempt to damage web enabled device hardware/software or networks.) Including the destruction or attempt to destroy the data of another user by creating, uploading, or intentionally introducing viruses into the network or Internet. Wasting limited resources and storage space. Printing wasteful and unauthorized materials. Harassing, insulting, or attacking others.
Using, disclosing, or disseminating personal information on line, such as full name, home address, phone number etc., except with the pre-approval of certified staff or the administration. Using e-mail lists from the district, network or server to gain personal information about other individuals. Gaining unauthorized access to resources or entities or invading the privacy of others. Social networking in school (may be allowed with teacher approval) Altering improperly or intentionally altering the set-up of web enabled devices as determined by administration. Using software that has not been pre-approved or assigned by staff or administration. Requests by parents/guardians to add software programs may be made to the Instructional Technology Department. Gaining or seeking to gain or gaining unauthorized access to the network, software, Internet or web enabled device devices. Failing to follow district policy, building policies and guidelines, or any other policies established by the board of education, building administration, or certified staff designed to prevent web enabled device, Internet or network usage.
The use of a school-issued device and/or resources is a privilege and may be revoked at any time for abusive conduct as follows: First offense: ten (10) school days suspension from the use of school network/web-enabled devices. Second offense: thirty (30) school days suspension from the use of school network/web-enabled devices. Third offense: suspension for the remainder of the school year from the use of school network/web-enabled devices. Any costs, liability, or damage caused by the way the user chooses to use his/her device and/or network access is the sole responsibility of the user. All information sent or received from a school computer is school district property, should not be considered confidential, and may be accessed by school personnel at any time. COURSE COMPETENCIES/COMMON CORE The State of New Hampshire requires that all courses establish assessments that require students to demonstrate their learning, or competency, relative to the course material. Students will need to achieve an overall average of 65% or better on these competencies over the course of the semester, as well as a course average of 65% or better. Failure to achieve a passing average on the course competencies will prevent the student from earning credit for the course. Students
may recover credit for competencies previously failed, though their overall averages may not be adjusted. As well, New Hampshire has adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative. This initiative establishes a single set of educational expectations for our students in the areas of English language arts/literacy and mathematics. CRISIS INTERVENTION PROGRAM The purpose of the student assistance program is to improve the quality of life. Students may become involved in the program to address a variety of mental health issues such as depression, anger management, personal safety, healthy relationships, substance abuse and related factors such as poor grades, feelings of doubt and self-esteem, as well as personal concerns. The specific focus of the program is: 1. 2. 3. 4. To prevent the development of alcohol and drug abuse among students. To reduce the incidence of alcohol and drug related problems among students. To reduce alcohol and drug consumption among students. To improve student attendance, performance and sense of satisfaction in their school experience.
The program offers counseling to students both as individuals and in groups. Involvement in the program is confidential unless there is concern for safety, and is intended to identify situations in which students need support around the issue of substance use and abuse. In addition, both the guidance department and outside referrals are utilized when appropriate. The program also includes a referral system by faculty, coaches, and self-referral. Referral Procedure Self Referral If a student becomes concerned about his or her own substance abuse, the problems that accompany a pattern of substance abuse in their family, or any other issue and wants to meet with the student assistance counselor, the student may make an appointment through the guidance secretary, a guidance counselor, or by contacting the student assistance counselor directly. Such contacts are confidential and are scheduled by the guidance secretary. Concerned Peer or Staff Referral If any student or staff member becomes concerned about a student, or student’s substance abuse, they may make a referral by contacting either the guidance counselor or the student assistance counselor. The counselor’s involved will then talk with the referring person and determine the most productive way to make contact with the student about whom the concern is raised. These contacts are confidential and scheduled by the guidance secretary. Family Referral Parents who become concerned about a student's substance abuse, or emotional well-being may contact either the guidance counselor or the student assistance counselor about their concern. The counselor(s) involved will then talk with the parents and determine the most productive way to
make contact with the student. Ordinarily this will involve a meeting of the student and parents with the student assistance counselor scheduled by the guidance counselor. Administrative Referral If a student is observed behaving in a way that violates school rules, or appears to be a safety threat to either themselves or others, the student should be referred to the administration according to established procedures. If the administration determines that the FMRHS policy on drugs and alcohol has been violated, the provisions of that policy will apply, including specified meetings of student, parents, and the substance abuse counselor. If a student is deemed to be a threat to themselves or to others, the appropriate agencies will be contacted and utilized in order to ensure the student’s safety. If a student is behaving in a way that seems to indicate the student is sick or otherwise unable to function as a student, that student will be referred to the school nurse, who will notify parents according to established procedures. If the nurse has reason to think that the FMRHS policy on drugs and alcohol has been violated, this should be reported at once to the school administration. If it is determined that the policy has indeed been violated, the provisions of that policy will apply as above. In either case, referral to the program is not intended to be a part of, or in lieu of, disciplinary actions, but rather a resource for promoting the health of the student. The goal is to involve the student individually or in groups as soon as possible. DANCES Dances are a privilege. ALL students with a desire to attend a dance MUST present a prepurchased ticket and a photo ID when entering. When a photo ID is unavailable, permission to attend the dance must be granted by a school administrator. No tickets will be sold at the door. Any student not following the rules may be asked to leave and the parents/guardians will be notified immediately. Students asked to leave will have a discipline referral completed and will not be allowed at the next dance. Rules: 1. Regular dances will be held from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM with no students being permitted access later than 8 PM unless permission is received from an administrator. 2. If a dance is solely for FMRHS students, only those students will be allowed at dances — no guests. 3. If a dance is opened to the public, any FMRHS students bringing a guest must first get approval from the advisor/teacher responsible for the dance prior to the dance and then have completed the dance guest form by noon the day of the dance. A photo ID of the guest must be submitted with the guest form. 4. No junior high students will be allowed at high school dances. 5. All students who come to a dance must have purchased a ticket to enter the dance prior to the dance. There will be no loitering in the lobby or parking lot by students who are attending the dance. 6. After entering students will be expected to stay at the dance, inside the building, unless the dance is outside. If a student leaves, their parent will be called and the student must leave for the evening. 7. Dances are a school sponsored activity. Therefore, all school rules apply including those pertaining to the dress code, drugs, alcohol, etc.
8. To attend a dance, students must be present in school the day of the dance. In the case of a dance occurring on the weekend, a student must be in attendance on the Friday prior to the dance. DISCIPLINE * It is the expectation of all students who attend Fall Mountain Regional High School to demonstrate the core values—Respect, Responsibility, Integrity and Citizenship—at all times. When students’ behavior is such that it is disruptive of the educational process, interferes with the work of the school, impinges on the rights of other students or school employees, or has a direct or immediate effect on the discipline or general welfare of the school, even if the conduct takes place off campus or during non-school hours, students will be subject to discipline as outlined below. The school administration reserves the right to determine the severity of the incident and issue appropriate consequences. Students are expected to serve all earned consequences. Reasons for detention include, but are not limited to: Reaching the step of a teachers discipline plan where a detention is assigned and/or being sent to the office, inappropriate behavior, tardiness, abuse of pass, disruptive behavior, class cuts, unprepared for class, general obscene/abusive language, leaving class without permission, the display of inappropriate affection, and inappropriate clothing. When a teacher detention is issued, the student will receive a written 24-hour notice in order to make arrangements with parents and/or employers. Failure to serve a scheduled teacher or office detention will result in the student being suspended from classes and possibly being reissued the teacher detention. Confiscated items When necessary, items may be confiscated from a student. Items taken from students may be returned at the end of the day. If turned into the Assistant Principal the item may be held until collected by a parent/guardian after school hours. Detention Rules 1. Detentions are held Monday through Thursday from 2:20 p.m.–3:50 p.m. Doors close at 2:20 p.m. with late students not being admitted. Being late, or failure to serve a scheduled detention, will result in the student being suspended from classes the following day. 2. Students are not permitted to: eat, talk, sleep, pass notes, doodle, play games, listen to music, or disturb the detention room in any manner. Students must bring study materials to detention. If it is not apparent to the supervisor that a student is working, or reading, the student will be asked to leave. Being asked to leave will be treated as a failure to serve a scheduled detention. The consequence for this behavior is written in rule number 1. 3. Students must be prepared when entering detention. All materials needed to complete work should be brought to detention (i.e. books, papers/assignments, etc.)
4. When arriving for a detention, students are to immediately take a seat away from other individuals. Students are not permitted to leave to retrieve materials (see #3). 5. When absent on the day of a scheduled detention, the student will serve the detention on the first scheduled detention date upon their return to school. Suspension from classes Student suspension is an act of last resort to deter repeated acts of unsuitable behavior, or for acts of gross misconduct. The administration may suspend a student for up to five days. If a student’s conduct and presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property, or presents an on-going threat to disrupting the academic process, the building principal may recommend to the superintendent that a student be suspended for more than five days. If a student’s misconduct continues beyond this point, the principal may recommend that this student be expelled from school. When suspended from classes, students are not permitted to attend a Vocational School. Example: cutting blocks 3 and 4 then leaving school, will result in an in-school suspension. Before any student is suspended from school, he or she will be afforded minimum due process. The student will be: presented with the charge(s) allowed to speak in defense of the charge(s) presented with the facts advised of the length of any suspension
Parents are always notified in writing when suspension occurs. Repeated violations may result in progressively longer suspensions. When necessary, out-of-school suspension is used to temporarily remove a student from the school setting. A student in this category is prohibited from the classroom, the school building, the school grounds, and all school-related activities. Work missed during the suspension can be made up. A request for work should be directed to the Attendance Secretary. Grounds for suspension include, but are not limited to: Truancy Failure to serve an office detention Leaving school without permission Repeatedly commit minor offenses Display inappropriate affection. Commit academic dishonesty Possess material disruptive to the educational process/present a safety hazard. Commit an obscene act, or engage in habitual profanity, vulgarity, or abusive language Aid or abet infliction, or attempt infliction of physical injury
Disrupt school activities, or otherwise willfully defy the valid authority of supervisors, teachers, administrators school officials, or other school personnel engaged in the performance of their duties
In addition a PIR (Police Incident Report) will be completed for the following: Unlawfully possess or use any tobacco product or paraphernalia including any product containing tobacco or nicotine, lighters, rolling papers, etc. Make threats against any individual including school personnel, and/or school property. Unlawfully possess, use, sell, or otherwise furnish, or be under the influence of any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicants of any kind. Possess, sell, or otherwise furnish any firearm, knife, explosive, or other dangerous object. In the case of possession of any other object, the student must obtain written permission to possess the item from a certified school employee, which is concurred by the principal or the designee of the principal. Unlawfully possess, offer, arrange, or negotiate to sell any drug paraphernalia. Steal, or attempt to steal, school property or private property. Committed robbery, or extortion, or knowingly receive stolen property. Cause or attempt to cause, damage to school or private property. Commit, or attempt to commit, a sexual assault or battery. Harassment/bullying of any kind. Cause, attempt to cause, or threaten to cause physical injury to self and/or another person. Willfully use force or violence upon another student, except in self-defense. Harass, threaten, or intimidate a pupil who is a complaining witness or a witness in a school disciplinary proceeding. *The Administration retains the discretion to interpret the rules and regulations at FMRHS in addition to issuing consequences in a case-by-case basis. FMRHS Policy of Drugs and Alcohol: Students have the right to an education; they also have the responsibility to behave in a proper and acceptable manner. We believe that addiction to alcohol and other drugs (including tobacco) is a treatable illness and that early detection results in a higher rate of recovery. Since the school environment allows an opportunity for detection of such problems, it is our responsibility to provide effective instruction for staff, students and parents of the symptoms and progressive nature of alcoholism and drug abuse. It is our belief that a person should be given every opportunity to seek counseling for such problems. The student should be referred and helped to overcome his/her affliction in such a way that the student record will be kept confidential and future employment will not be jeopardized. Because drugs and alcohol are illegal as well as dangerous, they are substances prohibited from school grounds and school activities at all times. Any student distributing a controlled drug or alcohol on school grounds or at school activities may be excluded from school for the remainder of the school year. In addition, the proper legal authorities will be notified. Each violation will be reported to the superintendent, the school board, and the police. Persons under twenty-one (21) years of age are forbidden by statute to possess or consume alcoholic beverages. Individuals under the age of eighteen (18) are forbidden
to possess or use tobacco products. Any student illegally selling drugs on or off campus to students of the Fall Mountain Regional School District may be suspended from school pending school board action. Any student possessing, using, smelling of, or being under the influence of tobacco, alcohol, a controlled drug, or paraphernalia, will be subject to the following: First offense: Will result in a five-day out-of-school suspension plus a mandatory family conference with the school Crisis Counselor for re-admission. Any student suspended for this infraction will not be eligible for participation in all co-curricular activities for twenty-five school days. This includes dances, club activities, trips, etc. The student’s ineligibility will begin the day the student returns to school from a suspension. Second offense: May result in a twenty-day (20) out-of-school suspension. However, if the student and parents agree to weekly student meetings with the school Crisis Counselor, or to enroll in a substance abuse program, the suspension may be reduced. Violation of the counseling contract will reinstate any un-served suspension days. Any student suspended for this infraction will be ineligible for participation in co-curricular activities for one (1) calendar year. Further, the student must attend eight (8) individual or group meetings with the substance abuse counselor. Third offense: The student may be excluded from school for the remainder of the school year. The superintendent will be notified and involved. It may be recommended that the student attend Alcoholics Anonymous and/or Narcotics Anonymous meetings. DRESS CODE A component of the education process is learning what is and is not appropriate in given situations. At Fall Mountain Regional High School all students are expected to adhere to common practices of modesty, cleanliness and neatness; to dress in a respectful manner that is appropriate for school and/or work, and in such a manner as to contribute to the academic atmosphere, not detract from it. Clothing and grooming must be such that they do not constitute a health or safety hazard and must not be so unusual or bizarre as to constitute a distraction or to interfere with the educational opportunity of the other students. The following guidelines are established to help maintain standards of dress so as to prevent distraction in the educational environment: 1. Skirts and shorts must be of appropriate length—inseam of shorts 3-4‖; skirts mid-thigh. 2. Undergarments cannot be exposed (bra straps, boxer shorts, etc.) 3. Tops: must meet bottoms, no halters, one shoulder garments, half shirts, tube top shirts/dresses or tops that expose the back/shoulder(s), no spaghetti straps. Tank tops (including dresses) must have a strap of no less than 1 inch. Low cut blouses, tops, sweaters, etc. with plunging necklines that expose the cleavage are not acceptable. 4. Revealing clothing is prohibited. This includes transparent and/or see through material.
5. Lose fitting muscle shirts or sleeveless t-shirts that expose the torso are unacceptable. 6. Shoes must be worn at all times (no bare/stocking feet). 7. Hats, bandanas, hoods and sunglasses (including on top of the head) are not to be worn inside the building. Hats may not be carried throughout the day; they must be stored in a bag or locker. 8. Apparel with slogans and graphics, which promote activities prohibited by the school district code of conduct and statutes, are not permitted. (i.e. alcohol, drugs, weapons, etc.) 9. Clothing normally worn when participating in a school sponsored extra-curricular or sports activity may be worn to school when approved by the advisor, sponsor or coach. 10. Gang-related apparel is prohibited, this includes chains. The administration or designee has the absolute authority to determine what clothing is acceptable Any student deemed in violation of the dress code will be required to find acceptable clothing or be sent home to correct the situation after parents have been notified. Refusal to comply with these standards may result in disciplinary action, including detention and/or suspension. Parents will be notified as to the nature of code violations and remedies will be identified. DRIVING TO SCHOOL Driving to school is a privilege. Any senior or junior with a valid driver’s license and agreeing to follow the NH State Department of Transportation regulations may apply for a permit. To obtain a permit a student must have an application filled out, submit a copy of a valid driver’s license and car registration, and pay a $10.00 permit fee. Students must register all of their vehicle(s) using the same permit. Parking Regulations: 1. Any motor vehicle violation, parking or moving, may be treated with revocation of the parking permit. 2. Students are expected to arrive on time. After three tardies the student’s permit may be revoked. 3. Students must be parked in the student assigned area. 4. Students are not permitted to allow another student to use their permit, or car. 5. Any student driving to school, or leaving school, without permission may delay the privilege to drive when they become eligible, or for the next year. 6. Students found to have material in a car prohibited by the school may result in loss of privilege. 7. Students who leave school grounds without permission, or transport students off school grounds without permission, will receive the consequence for leaving school without permission in addition to having their permit revoked. 8. Students driving to a technical center must obtain permission from the technical center and give a copy to the Assistant Principal. 9. OHRV applications may be obtained from the Assistant Principal.
10. Underclassmen are not permitted to drive to school. Spaces will be available for underclassmen needing a space for the following reasons: Appointments (must have valid medical appointment card) Transporting large or bulky items to and from school (i.e. class projects, presentation materials, etc.) Having a job that necessitates driving to school. Additional reasons as deemed acceptable by administration. Parking permit revocation: The first offense is for five (5) days. A second offense will result in the regular school consequence in addition to having their permit revoked for ten (10) days. A third offense will result in the regular school consequence and the loss of driving privileges for at least twenty (20) days. Any student driving to school without a permit may be issued a $25 parking ticket. Parents will be notified of the ticket, any future request for a permit may be denied, and school records will be withheld until such payment is made. The school administrators reserve the right to revoke the privileges on an as needed basis. DRUG-FREE SCHOOL ZONE (RSA 193-B:2) Except as provided by law, it is unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell, prescribe, administer, dispense, or possess with the intent to sell, disperse, or compound, any controlled drug or its analog, within a drug-free school zone at any time of the year. The Drug-Free School Zone is an area that extends 1,000 feet surrounding the property of FMRHS. Any violation of this subjects the offender to severe penalties under the law. EIGHTEEN YEAR OLD STUDENTS A free appropriate education agency (FERPA) or institution may disclose personal information from an education record of a student without the consent of the student if the student is a dependent as defined in section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. Therefore, when a student is living with his/her parent or guardian, the student will be required to have all notes explaining tardiness, dismissals, etc., signed by a parent or guardian. Additionally, forms such as field trips permission etc. must be signed as well. Parents or guardians who would like the school to accept the signature of their eighteen year old son/daughter instead of their own signatures must contact the Assistant Principal. Such a request would require the parent/guardian to complete the FMRHS Age of Majority Form, complete with a Notary Public signature, and release the school from contacting them regarding progress, grades, conduct, etc. With this authorization, school personnel will deal directly with the eighteen year old student regarding such matters. ELECTRONIC PORTFOLIOS The New Hampshire State Department of Education (Ed. 306.42) requires that all students create an electronic portfolio (e-portfolio) demonstrating their use of technology.
This requirement means that every Fall Mountain student must have an e-portfolio containing a minimum of twenty-four (24) artifacts completed before the time of graduation. Each student graduating from Fall Mountain will have artifacts from each of their classes which meet the six (6) ICT Performance Indicators. Students will also include a yearly reflection pertaining to their portfolio and the skills learned. Students will write this reflection during their advisory. Teachers will provide students with assignments or projects that may be placed by students into the e-portfolio. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure artifacts are placed in their eportfolios. Labeling Portfolio Files: Date with 00-00-00 format-ICT with performance indicator numbers-Subject with teacher Initials EXAMPLE: 09-15-13ICT 1,3MathSE Technology Performance Indicators (1) Students use technology to demonstrate creative thinking and develop new products. Students use technology to: a. Apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes. b. Create original work to express themselves. c. Explore complex systems or issues. d. Identify trends and forecast possibilities. (2) Students use technology to communicate and work collaboratively. Students use technology to: a. Interact with peers or to communicate with other people outside of the classroom. b. Communicate information and ideas effectively. c. Understand various cultures and to promote global awareness. d. Collaborate with peers to create new projects or to solve problems. (3) Students apply technology to gather, evaluate, and use information. Students use technology to: a. Plan and guide research. b. Locate, organize, and analyze information gathered from online sources. c. Evaluate and select appropriate information based on the assigned task. d. Process data and to report results. (4) Students use technology and critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and to make informed decisions. Students use technology to: a. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for an investigation. b. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project. c. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions. d. Analyze different perspectives and explore different or alternative solutions.
(5) Students understand cultural and societal issues related to technology and practice legal and ethical use. Students can: a. Practice the safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology. b. Adhere to copyright laws and correctly cite sources. c. Demonstrate personal responsibility while using technology. (6) Students demonstrate a sound understanding of technology concepts, systems, and operations. Students can: a. Use an operating system efficiently. b. Select and use applications effectively and productively. c. Troubleshoot basic computer and equipment problems and find solutions to program annoyances. d. Use strategies to adapt to different programs or while adjusting to new technology. ELIGIBILITY FOR ATHLETICS, CO- AND EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES A student who fails one class in a quarter will be placed on probation. A student placed on probation will be ineligible for participation in extra-curricular school events for three calendar weeks from the day grades close. Students will be able to practice and rehearse during this period but will be unable to participate in performances/games. When on probation, it is the student’s responsibility to complete an Academic Probation Grade Check sheet and present it to the Athletic Director/Advisor within three weeks of grades closing to obtain eligible status to participate. When on probation following quarter four, the Academic Probation Grade Check sheet will be completed three weeks after the start of quarter one of the following academic year. If, at the end of the three week probationary period, all of the student’s grades are passing, they will be taken off probation. If the student is failing one or more classes, they will be declared ineligible to participate in any extra-curricular activities for the remainder of the quarter. Any student failing two classes in a quarter will be ineligible for participation the following quarter. EMERGENCY INFORMATION All students are required to have up-to-date emergency contact information on file with the main office. Students are asked to notify the office of any changes of address, telephone number, or employment of parents. ENROLLMENT/RESIDENCY In order for a student to enroll at FMRHS, legal residency must be established within the district prior to enrollment. Legal residency means: The student lives in the school district with their parents. In the case of parents being divorced, the child resides minimally four nights per week with the parent living in the district. In the case of sole primary custody, the student must live with that parent in the district.
The student resides in the district with a court ordered legal guardian. The student can prove that they are in the process of attaining legal guardianship within the district. (The student cannot attain legal guardianship within the district for the sole purpose of attending school in the district.) The student is placed by DCYF or the court.
Students who are suspected of living outside the district may be asked to provide proof of residency at any time during the school year. EXAMS (MID-TERM AND FINALS) During mid-term and final exams, all students are expected to be present at the prescribed dates and times. If a student must arrange for an alternative exam due to a death in the family, religious holiday, court appointment, or a crisis situation of which the student has no control, the student must obtain prior approval from the Principal, or designee. If the student is absent without prior permission, the student will not be permitted to take the exam unless evidence of a legitimate crisis over which the student has no control is presented to an administrator and given permission. During all exam times, the use of any electronic device is prohibited. EXTRA HELP On the occasion a student feels extra help is needed, it is their responsibility to ask the teacher for help. Students have the ability to schedule time with their teacher during Team Time in order to receive additional academic support during the school day. FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, is a federal law that protects the privacy and confidentiality of personally identifiable information contained within student education records. The FMRSD complies with FERPA’s confidentiality protections and adheres to procedures dealing with student education records and directory information as outlined in FMRSD Policy JO – Student Records, Regulations and Procedures. FIELD TRIPS Prior to going on a field trip the student must return to the person leading the trip a completed permission form. The person leading the trip will distribute to the Attendance Secretary, Cafeteria Manager, and teachers the names of the students participating in the trip. Teachers may request that students doing poorly in their classes not be permitted to attend the trip. While on the trip all school rules are in effect and students are expected to abide by the rules from the time of departure until they arrive back to school. It is the students responsibility for making arrangements to make up all work missed within two days of returning from the trip.
FOOD AND DRINK Food and drink is permitted in the classroom at the teacher’s discretion. FREEDOM OF ASSEMBLY Each school in the FMRSD shall make available a time and place, properly supervised, for the exercise of freedom of assembly and free exercise of religion as provided under RSA 189:IB. GRADES Students are encouraged to be involved and participate in the lessons taught in their classes. Throughout the school year, students may view their grades online using the PowerSchool Data Management Program. Student usernames and passwords may be obtained from the Principal’s Secretary. GRADUATION REQUIREMENT After the requirements are met for graduation, as outlined in the Program of Studies, students are expected to wear a cap and gown during the graduation ceremony. GUIDANCE AND COUNSELING The guidance staff is committed to helping students make the most of their high school experience by supporting and enhancing the learning process for all students through an integration of academic, career, personal, and social development. Fall Mountain’s comprehensive guidance services incorporate school-wide activities, individual student planning, and responsive services designed to meet the immediate needs and concerns of all students. Responsive services include individual and small group counseling, crisis intervention, referral or consultation with parents/guardians, teachers, and other specialists. Parent contact regarding any of these services is encouraged and welcomed. Students are assigned to a counselor who will work with them throughout their high school career. Counselors are assigned as follows: Steve Seraichick: students’ last name beginning with A-G Trina Carmody: students’ last name beginning with H-Q Lisa Ranauro, Department Chair: students’ last name beginning with R-Z STUDENTS LEAVING CLASS When it becomes necessary for students to leave class to use the restroom, get a drink, see the nurse, etc., they are expected to follow the classroom procedures set by the teacher. It is expected that students take personal responsibility regarding their stated destination and return in a timely manner. The nurse, guidance office and main office will issue passes as necessary to and from classes. Students are not allowed in the cafeteria during their Block 3 class.
HARASSMENT FMRHS will not tolerate harassment of any kind, whether it is of a general nature or consistent with any of the specific examples described below. Where inappropriate conduct is found, FMRHS will act promptly to eliminate the harassing conduct and take other appropriate corrective action, with the likelihood that the offender will be separated from the school. Any form of harassment, including written or verbal harassment in the form of voicemail, electronic messaging systems, electronic mail, or use of the school’s Internet or intranet sites will not be tolerated. Harassment may include easily identifiable acts of verbal, written, or physical abuse. It may also include more subtle, but equally damaging forms of harassment such as graffiti, epithets and remarks or ―humor‖ that stereotype individuals. No matter what form it takes, harassment of any member of this community is strictly prohibited. Ethnic or Religious Harassment. Any personally offensive or threatening conduct or behavior directed against an individual or group on the basis of a person’s ethnic origin or religion. Gender or Sexual Orientation Harassment. Any personally offensive or threatening conduct or behavior directed against an individual or group including derogatory comments on the basis of gender or a person’s sexual orientation. Harassment of Newcomers to the Community (see Hazing). Any abuse, mistreatment or disrespect directed against new students or new members of the faculty and staff. Bullying. FMRHS will not tolerate bullying, whether verbal or physical in nature, which is likely to intimidate or provoke a violent or disorderly response. Bullying is commonly defined as intentional, repeated hurtful acts, words or other behavior (such as name-calling, threatening and/or shunning), committed by one or more persons against another. These negative acts are not intentionally provoked by the victims. For such acts to be defined as bullying, an imbalance in real or perceived power must exist between the bully and the victim. To help our students recognize behaviors that may amount to bullying, FMRHS provides the following: Physical bullying: punching, poking, strangling, hair pulling, beating, biting, and excessive tickling Verbal bullying: acts such as name-calling, teasing, and gossip Emotional bullying: rejecting, terrorizing, extorting, defaming, humiliating, blackmailing, rating/ranking of personal characteristics such as race, disability, ethnicity, or perceived sexual orientation, manipulating friendships, isolating, ostracizing and peer pressure Sexual bullying: many of the acts listed above as well as exhibitionism, voyeurism, sexual propositioning, sexual harassment and abuse involving actual physical contact and sexual assault
Students who believe they have been harassed and/or bullied may contact an Administrator, Guidance Counselor, or Crisis Counselor to file a complaint. When necessary the complaint will
become committed to writing and an administrator will conduct an investigation. When appropriate, the facts of the complaint will be reported to the police. Consequences: Level 1 – the student will receive in-school discipline as recommended by an administrator and the parent will be notified of the written complaint Level 2 – in-school discipline and parental conference Level 3 – the student will receive a three day out-of-school suspension and be required to meet with a school administrator prior to returning Level 4 – the student will receive a 5 day out-of-school suspension and will be required to attend a conference with a school administrator and the superintendent of schools, accompanied by a parent/guardian to determine the possible extension of the suspension, up to an additional 15 days, before returning to school. After receiving a twenty-day suspension, the student may be expelled for the remainder of the school year. The student may return the following school year providing a conference is held with a school Administrator, Guidance Counselor, Superintendent, and the parent/guardian. HEALTH OFFICE/NURSE OFFICE HOURS: Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. – 12:07 p.m. and 12:43 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Closed D lunch.) Health services are provided for students to assess, protect, and promote health. These services are designed to: Provide emergency care for illness or injury Support appropriate use of primary health services Ensure access and/or referral to primary healthcare services Prevent and control communicable disease and other health problems Promote and provide optimum sanitary conditions for a safe school facility and school environment Provide educational and counseling opportunities for promoting and maintaining individual, family, and community health IMMUNIZATIONS: The State of New Hampshire Law RSA 200:28 requires that every child in a New Hampshire school be immunized according to the recommendations of the State Public Health Agency. Student health and immunization records are kept on file. New students entering the school districts are required to present a health and immunization history at the time of transferring to the district. Students that lack this documentation or do not meet the New Hampshire Immunization laws will be excluded from school until they are in compliance with the law. Physical Examinations: It is recommended that all students in the 9th and 11th grades have a physical. To be eligible to participate in school athletics, students in grades 9 and 11 must have a physical. The date of that physical should be after the 1st of May of the previous year.
Injury/Illness: Parents will be notified if their child is injured or needs to be excused from school due to an illness. Students with suspected or confirmed communicable diseases will not be permitted to attend school. A doctor’s note will be required, before re-entering school. All accidents/incidents resulting in injury must be reported to the school nurse by the teacher from the class or activity where the accident/incident occurred. Medication Administration: The Superintendent shall be responsible for establishing specific procedures to control medications administered in schools. Such procedures are found in Appendix JLCD-R. Prescribed medication should not be taken during the school day, if at all possible. Medication is to be administered by the school nurse, principal or other designee. Medication will be administered in school only after receiving and filing in the student's health record the following: 1. A written statement from the licensed prescriber detailing the method of taking the medication, dosage, and the time schedule of the medication. 2. A written authorization from the parent/guardian indicating the desire that the school assist the student in taking the prescribed medication. All medication should be delivered to the school nurse by the parent/guardian. All prescription and non-prescription medication must be delivered and contained in its original pharmacy container. The school nurse is directed to keep such medications in a locked cabinet or refrigerator. No more than a 30day supply will be kept and maintained by the school. The school nurse will contact the parent/guardian regarding any unused medication. Such medication shall be picked up by parent/guardian within ten days after its use is discontinued. If the parent/guardian does not pick up the medication within ten days, the school nurse may dispose of the unused medication and record as such in the student's health record file. The school nurse is responsible for keeping accurate records regarding the administration of medication to students. Students may possess and self-administer an epinephrine auto-injector if the student suffers from potentially life-threatening allergies. Both the student's parent/guardian and physician must authorize such self-possession and self-administration. If a student finds it necessary to use his/her auto-injector, s/he shall immediately report to nearest supervising adult. The school nurse or building principal may maintain at least one epinephrine auto-injector, provided by the student, in the nurse's office or other suitable location. Additionally, students may possess and self-administer a metered dose inhaler or a dry powder inhaler to alleviate or prevent asthmatic symptoms, auto-injectors for severe allergic reactions, and other injectable medications necessary to treat life-threatening allergies. Both the student's parent/guardian and physician must authorize such self-possession and self-administration. Students shall not share any prescription or over-the counter medication with another student. Notice of this prohibition will be provided in student handbooks. Students acting in violation of this prohibition will be subject to discipline consistent with applicable Board policies. In addition to the provisions set forth herein, the school nurse and Principal are responsible for ensuring the provisions of Ed. 311.02, Medication During the School Day, are followed.
LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER REGULATIONS The library media center is an active learning environment that makes books, magazines, newspapers, and print and electronic resources available to support student studies. Please ask for assistance if you have difficulty in locating the information or materials you need. When in the library: No food or drinks in the library Maintain a quiet, studious atmosphere Respect people and property Check out all materials before leaving the library and return them when due When material or equipment is removed without having been checked out, the removal of such material or equipment will be considered theft. Hours, services, and use of materials The library media center is open Monday through Thursday from 7a.m. – 4p.m. and on Friday from 7a.m. – 2:20 p.m. Regular books and periodicals circulate for two weeks. They may be renewed as long as they have not been requested by anyone else. Reference books circulate overnight. They are due back before first block begins on the next school day. Students with overdue materials may not be allowed to borrow items from the library until all overdue materials are returned. If items are outstanding at grade report time, report cards will be held until such items have been returned or payment for lost materials has been made. Books and other print resources may be borrowed from other libraries via inter-library loan. All materials borrowed through inter-library loan MUST be returned three days before the due date. This service is at no cost to the student unless the borrowed materials are lost or stolen.
A signed Acceptable Use Form must be on file to use any computer. Printing of personal materials, either on a printer or on the photocopier will cost 10 cents per page. Reasonable amounts of printing for class use will be free. Library use during lunch Students are welcome to use the library during lunch as long as space is available. Classes and individual students sent from classes will have priority. Students must eat in the cafeteria, however, as food is not permitted in the library. LOCKERS Students will be assigned a hall locker when they begin their tenure at FMRHS. The lockers are the property of the FMRSD and on loan to students. School administrators may search any locker if reasonable suspicion presents itself with regard to the safety and wellbeing of those attending FMRHS.
During Physical Educational class lockers are available. School personnel are not responsible for stolen items and recommend placing personal belongings in a locker and securing the contents with a lock. Locks for PE lockers are available for purchase in the school store. McKINNEY – VENTO HOMELESS ASSISTANCE ACT The McKinney–Vento Act (42 U.S.C. 11431 et seq.) states homeless students must have access to education and other services to ensure that such students have an opportunity to equal access to the same free and appropriate public education (including public preschool) and be allowed to meet the same challenging state student academic achievement standards to which all students are held. NOTIFICATION OF DISCLOSURE OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION The purpose of this notice is to allow publication of the names of team members in athletic events, honor rolls, scholarship winners, participants in plays, and other similar recognition. FMRHS defines ―directory information‖ as: name, address, telephone number, date of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members on athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees, awards, and most recent educational institution attended. FMRHS will release such directory information to all external agencies and institutions upon a request for such information consistent with School Board Policy. PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES A schedule for parent/teacher/student conferences will be provided at the start of the school year in the monthly newsletter, Wildcat Happenings. Parent conferences will be held two times a year, once each semester, for all parents and students. Parents are welcome to call and/or meet with teachers throughout the year. A conference may be arranged by calling the office at 8356318 and asking for the teacher. PARKING AREA Students driving to school must have permission to do so (See Driving To School). After arriving to school, students are not permitted to be in the parking area without written permission from the front office. Any student in the parking area without permission is subject to search of themselves as well as the vehicle. PEER MEDIATION The Peer Mediation Program is designed to assist students in positively resolving conflicts with the assistance of their peers, who have been formally trained in mediation and conflict resolution. The Peer Mediation Program is utilized as an alternative to a discipline referral, but in some cases may be used in conjunction with such referral. Students, teachers, or the administration may make referrals to the Peer Mediation Program.
PHOTOGRAPHS/VIDEO RECORDING Students are not permitted to take videos/photographs of students and staff without the permission of the person to be videoed/photographed. POLICE QUESTIONING OF STUDENTS Local and State Police, Sheriffs, as well as our School Resource Officer, may, at times during the school year, find the need to question students. When considered a victim, students are encouraged to forward information to the authorities. When considered a suspect, minors will have the following rights and protections before being questioned: 1) Make contact with parents before any questioning begins and 2) Have parents present during questioning if they so wish. PORTABE ELECTRONIC DEVICES Using personal electronic devices will be permitted in the classroom at the teacher’s discretion. Use of these devices elsewhere (other than the cafeteria) may result in the device being confiscated and given to the Assistant Principal. (See confiscated items in Discipline section). It is the recommendation of the school that electronic devices not be brought to school and that personal items not be left unattended. Be advised that the school is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Students are encouraged to record the serial number of their device(s) in the event they are lost or stolen. POST-SECONDARY PLANNING Through a cooperative effort of the high school staff, a post-secondary plan will be developed with students to help them plan for life after high school. This plan will consider college, military options, career paths, and choices on how to get there. It is the goal of FMRHS to have students take ―post-secondary options‖ for a test drive to see what is appropriate before leaving school. POSTERS An administrator prior to being posted must approve all posters and announcements of events. Do not use glue, paste, cellophane tape, or thumbtacks to attach posters to painted walls or varnished surfaces. All posted signs must be taken down after a reasonable length of time by the students and/or responsible organization. Under no circumstances should any posters or announcements be placed on the glass as you enter the building. PPRA - THE PROTECTION OF PUPIL RIGHTS ADMENDMENT The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232h, requires the FMRSD to notify the parents/guardians and obtain consent or allow for the parents/guardians to opt their child out of participating in certain school activities. These activities include a student survey, analysis, or evaluation that concerns one or more of the following eight areas:
Political affiliations or beliefs of the student or student’s parent Mental or psychological problems of the student or student’s family Sex behavior or attitudes Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating, or demeaning behavior Critical appraisals of others with whom respondents have close family relationships Legally recognized privileged relationships, such as with lawyers, doctors, or ministers Religious practices, affiliations, or beliefs of the student or parents Income, other than as required by law to determine program eligibility.
This requirement also applies to the collection, disclosure or use of student information for marketing purposes (marketing surveys), and certain physical exams and screenings. PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION While FMRHS appreciates the positive feelings our students may have for one another, excessive displays of public affection are not condoned or accepted. Students who are showing what a faculty member deems to be excessive displays of affection will be asked to separate. If the students do not to comply or are asked on a frequent a basis they will be sent to the office for further discipline. SAFETY DRILLS The FMRHS administrators conduct safety drills required by law periodically throughout the school year. (fire, shelter in place, lock down, and evacuation). When conducting such drills, students are to follow the guidelines presented by school personnel. When a student is not in their classroom during a drill, they should check in with the nearest staff member as soon as possible. It is required practice of FMRHS staff to require all students to remain together during drills and to take attendance. Students not following the guidelines set forth by school personnel may be subject to disciplinary consequences SCHOOL DAY The school day begins when the student arrives to school and ends following Block 4 unless the student is scheduled to attend Block 5. SEARCH OF PROPERTY The FMRHS administration reserves the right to search students and their property with reasonable cause. Students should be aware that their assigned lockers are the property of the Fall Mountain Regional School District. These lockers are not the property of the students and are subject to searches at the discretion of the school administration. Also, students should be aware that automobiles parked on the school premises, or in the school parking lot, are subject to search when school officials have reason to believe weapons, drugs, or objects prohibited by state law and/or school policy are contained in such vehicles. The police and parents will be notified if a student refuses to cooperate.
SECURITY Every effort is made to keep the students, faculty, and staff at FMRHS safe. To achieve that goal FMRHS and the surrounding grounds are under video surveillance. All entrances/exits are locked and secure throughout the day. After the late bus departs the academic halls are locked at 4:00 p.m. SMOKING AND TOBACCO (RSA 126-K and 155:66) FMRHS will enforce New Hampshire laws which mandate that smoking is unconditionally prohibited in all school buildings and on all school property by all individuals at all times in New Hampshire. No person under the age of 18 years of age shall purchase, possess, or use any tobacco product. Any person under the age of 18 who violates this law will always be found guilty of violation and shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $100 for each offense. Further, students may also be required to complete up to twenty hours of community service for each offense. FMRHS asks for the cooperation of all faculty and staff to enforce this law and regulation. STAYING AFTER SCHOOL Students who stay after the end of the regular school day must have a valid and specific reason for doing so. These reasons include participation in a Block 5 class, Driver’s Education class, a club meeting or activity, team practice, using the media center (Monday through Thursday), serving a detention or meeting with a teacher. When students are after school, they must be with the teacher, coach or advisor for the activity. If the activity is complete or they are waiting for their activity to begin, students are to go to the cafeteria or front lobby area until the activity begins or the late bus arrives. A late bus is provided Monday-Thursday at 4:00 p.m. and stops in the following towns: Charlestown, Alstead, Walpole, North Walpole, and Drewsville. Students who remain after the school day without reason may receive an office referral. SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS Our school is fortunate to have capable people to help us whenever regular teachers are absent. Be polite, helpful, and considerate to substitute teachers whose impression of our school will be carried into the community and surrounding communities. Proper behavior, respect for, and compliance with the directives of substitutes is required and expected. Failure to do as requested may result in an Office Referral. SUPPLIES Supplies (notebooks, pencils, etc.) must be purchased by the student. Teachers will give information about supplies needed for the particular course. When issued school materials students are expected to return these items in satisfactory condition. Failure to do so may result in the need to reimburse the school. Any student owing money to FMRHS will not receive school records until payment is made in full.
TELEPHONES The office telephones must be kept available for business use. Students will only be permitted to use them in the case of an emergency. In the event of an emergency at home, students will be called to the office for incoming parent telephone calls. Non-emergency messages may not be delivered until the end of the day. VISITORS The school administration discourages the request for student visitors to attend classes with a friend at FMRHS. When absolutely necessary, a request should first be cleared with an administrator prior to completing the required paperwork. Once the paperwork is completed, the guidance department will then make an appropriate placement. Upon arrival visitors must sign in and get a visitors pass. WILDCAT WINNERS CLUB Throughout the year teachers may complete a "Wildcat Winners Club" certificate for students they come in contact with, either in the classroom or co-curricular activity in recognition of their achievements or to acknowledge their positive behaviors/actions. A personal note will be included on the certificate outlining the student’s accomplishments/behaviors. Completed certificates will be mailed home to the parents. Names will be published in the newsletter. WORKING PAPERS The State of New Hampshire requires youth employment certificates for all those students employed in the State of New Hampshire under the age of sixteen. We realize that job experience is an important part of a student’s education, yet employment cannot be allowed to affect the student’s daily scholastic success in school. Working papers may be obtained in the office.
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