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Alamo Heights High School - Alamo Heights ISD

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6900 Broadway ● San Antonio, Texas 78209 ● Phone 210-820-8850

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Dear!AHHS!Parents:!
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I!hope!you!and!your!family!had!a!wonderful!Thanksgiving!break.!
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As!you!are!probably!aware,!just!prior!to!our!break,!we!had!two!incidents!involving!violations!of!academic!integrity.!
Incidents!like!these!are!often!difficult!for!the!students!involved,!their!parents,!teachers,!administrators,!Central!
Office!staff!and!Board!of!Trustees.!!As!a!community!that!works!so!well!together,!we!take!pride!in!the!successes!of!
our!students!and!our!schools.!Along!the!way,!our!students!sometimes!stumble!and!make!mistakes.!Together,!we!
pick!them!up,!tell!them!we!love!them,!hold!them!accountable!for!their!actions,!and!then!move!forward.!!Such!is!the!
case!now.!!!
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As!I!hear!the!community!dialogue!about!these!issues,!it!is!important!to!have!key!information!that!may!be!helpful!in!
moving!forward.!
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•! The!district’s!Strategic!Plan,!Profile!of!a!Learner,!AHHS!Academic!Integrity!Policy,!24!Hour!Code!of!
Leadership,!Honor!Code!and!Campus!Motto!all!stress!the!importance!of!being!an!academic!institution!that!
values!character!and!integrity.!!Our!teachers!have!stressed!this!with!our!students!quite!a!bit!over!the!past!
few!years,!and!our!Board!of!Trustees!has!asked!us!to!make!this!a!priority!as!well.!
•! Graduating!seniors!meet!each!year!with!the!Board!of!Trustees!and!indicate!that!violations!of!academic!
integrity!are!an!onMgoing!issue!at!AHHS!and!student!focus!groups!routinely!tell!us!the!same!thing.!
•! Last!year!the!Campus!SiteMBased!DecisionMMaking!team!spent!several!meetings!discussing!academic!
integrity!and!ultimately!determined,!largely!due!to!student!input,!that!students!know!what!they!should!and!
shouldn’t!do!when!it!comes!to!academic!integrity!issues.!
•! Our!teachers!have!had!many!discussions!campusMwide!and!as!departments!about!academic!integrity!over!
the!past!years.!
•! The!24!Hour!Code!of!Leadership!has!been!in!place!since!2002.!Since!extraMcurricular!activities!are!a!
privilege,!and!their!participants!are!leaders!in!our!school!community,!all!students!who!participate!in!extraM
curricular!activities!are!required!to!uphold!the!code.!Approximately!95%!of!the!student!body!participate!in!
extraMcurricular!activities.!
•! One!of!the!components!that!students!are!asked!to!uphold!in!the!24MHour!Code!of!Leadership!is!academic!
integrity.!!!
•! The!two!recent!academic!integrity!issues!involved!38!Juniors!in!U.S!History!and!90!Freshmen!in!English!I.!!
•! According!to!district!policy,!the!determination!that!a!student!has!violated!academic!integrity!shall!be!based!
on!the!judgement!of!the!classroom!teacher.!We!ask!that!parents!communicate!directly!with!a!teacher!to!
understand!the!circumstances!involved.!
•! If!a!violation!of!academic!integrity!is!determined,!then!the!campus!administrators!are!expected!to!uphold!
Board!Policy!and!Board!Regulations.!!
•! The!groups!of!students!affected!were!larger!than!anticipated,!which!inhibited!our!communication!with!
parents!as!efficiently!and!effectively!as!we!would!have!wanted.!!Normally,!communication!would!have!
been!a!phone!call!between!the!teacher!and!the!parent.!
•! There!have!been!incidents!in!the!past!involving!violations!of!academic!integrity,!but!none!of!them!ever!
involved!this!many!students.!
•! In!these!two!instances,!most!students!admitted!to!knowing!what!they!were!doing!was!not!allowed.!!!
•! This!incident!does!not!have!any!impact!on!a!student’s!transcript!or!permanent!records.!
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How!we!handle!this!situation!and!others!is!very!important.!We!will!continue!to!be!a!school!and!district!that!stresses!
character,!integrity!and!high!academic!standards!while!realizing!our!children!are!still!developing.!Our!students!will!

learn!from!their!mistakes!and!avoid!making!them!again.!!We,!as!educators,!will!continue!to!fine!tune!the!message!
and!the!way!we!communicate!with!our!students,!parents!and!community,!so!that!we!all!remember!that!we!are!a!
team!working!together!to!educate!our!children.!!
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As!always,!we!are!happy!to!have!conversations!with!you!to!help!make!AHHS!even!stronger.!If!you!have!specific!
questions!based!upon!your!student’s!situation!regarding!these!issues,!please!begin!by!talking!with!his/her!teacher.!
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Sincerely,!!
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Dr.!Cordell!Jones!
Principal,!Alamo!Heights!High!School,!AHISD!