Newton-Conover High School Home of the 338 West 15th Street Newton, NC 28658

“Red Devils”

Telephone: 828-465-0920 Fax: 828-464-1412 Student Handbook 2011-2012 Kevin Campbell Principal Kim Kaylor Assistant Principal Ericia Turner Assistant Principal Athletic Director Tammy Hayman Laura Harris Sylvia Trimble Counselors

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Message from the Principal… On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration of Newton-Conover High School, it is my honor to welcome you to a new school year. I am truly honored and privileged to serve as your principal and continue to offer each of you a high quality educational experience during the time you spend at Newton-Conover High School. Newton-Conover High School is a special place for several reasons. First, are the students and families that attend Newton-Conover High School. Second, is the rich academic reputation Newton-Conover High School has in Catawba County and the state of North Carolina. Third, are the extra-curricular opportunities available to you, whether it is one of our athletic programs, performing in our award winning band, or participating in one of our many clubs. I trust that Newton-Conover offers an extra-curricular opportunity for everyone, and I hope that each of you will take full advantage and participate in our extra-curricular offerings and continue to show your Red Devil Pride. I commit to you that the faculty, staff, and administration of Newton-Conover High School will do our part in offering a high quality educational experience for your child. Parents, our job is made more difficult without your help and participation in the education of your child. I encourage you to be involved in the band/athletic boosters’ organizations and our Parent Boosters Club. Communicate regularly with your child’s teachers to ensure academic progress is being made and actively review your child’s progress reports and report cards. Please feel free to contact me should you have questions or concerns regarding the academic progress of your child. This handbook contains thorough information for all students and parents/guardians in understanding the policies and procedures of Newton-Conover High School. I encourage you to read it thoroughly and contact me if you have any questions regarding its content. I look forward to working with each of you to ensure Newton-Conover High School continues to meet the academic and personal needs of all of our students. Sincerely,

Kevin Campbell Principal

CONTENTS Introduction Letter to Parents NCHS Student Rights and Responsibilities Questions Answered School Song, Mission, Vision, and Honor Code Student Information 2011-2012 NCHS Events Calendar Grading Periods / PTSA Dates / Bell Schedules Student Accident / Athletic Insurance Student Services Department Student Services Student Services Department Procedures Testing Grading Scale, Standardized Transcript, and Weighting Grade Averages and Rank Participation in Graduation 2011-2012 Test Dates Graduation Requirements Student Course Load Promotion Requirements Accelerated Preparation for College Entry Opportunities for Academic Enhancement Procedures for Early Graduation Courses of Study Career Pathways Driver Education Driver Education Information “No Pass, No Drive” Student Procedures Attendance Attendance Policy/Appeals Make-Up Work Excessive Absence Appeals Process Tardy Policy Hazardous Conditions Early Dismissals Medication Telephones Bookbags Deliveries School Jurisdiction Student Identification Policy Off-Limits Areas 25 26 26 26 26 27 27 28 28 28 28 29 29 29 1 4 5 6 7 8 9 9 11 12 14 14 15 15 16 17 18 18 19 20 21 23 24 24

Visitors Conduct and Safety Rules for Bus Riders Student Parking Standards for Student Conduct NCCS Discipline Policy Drugs and Alcohol Tobacco Products Reasonable Force Search and Seizure Weapons Chemical Spray Policy Physical Assault/Personal Injury Fighting Threatening or Abusive Actions Destruction of Property Sexual Harassment Stealing Grooming Codes Examples of Inappropriate Dress Food Policy Electronic Devices Lockers Protection of Personal Property Telephones Elevator Use After-School Detention and Saturday Detention Suspension, Dismissal, and Expulsion Right of Appeal Procedure for Appeal Media Center Procedures Student Use of Media Center Acceptable Internet/Electronic Mail Procedures Acceptable Use Rules and Regulations Cafeteria / Meal Prices for 11-12 Student Government Student Clubs N-C P.R.I.D.E. Eligibility for Extracurricular Participation Athletics After School Detention Rules / Procedures In School Suspension Rules / Procedures Attendance Make Up Rules / Procedures Saturday Detention Rules / Procedures Information and sign off sheet Electronic Presentation / Publication and Computer Use Sign Off Sheets

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STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES The following document is designed to serve as a guide for all students at Newton-Conover High School. This document was prepared for students for their protection and to increase the awareness of their responsibilities to make Newton-Conover High School one of the best schools in the nation. It is not all-inclusive, but it serves as a source of information to help develop wellrounded students who will contribute to society and their community in a positive manner. Students play a significant role in the success of all programs at Newton-Conover High School. Each student should realize his/her self-worth and that he/she is entitled to certain rights. Likewise, each student is obligated to accept certain responsibilities to assure that these rights are provided for all students. These rights and responsibilities should be all that we, as students of Newton-Conover High School, need as the principles of conduct to govern our student body collectively or individually. All students at Newton-Conover High School are entitled to certain rights without regard to age, ethnic background, gender, or socio-economic status. These rights are listed below: • • • • • to attend school in a climate that is conducive to learning to attend a school that is free of drugs, alcohol, any illegal substance, weapons, and violence to be respected by fellow students and faculty members to attend school without verbal threats or harassment to seek the assistance of an adult (teacher, counselor, administrator, or school resource officer)

A student who believes that a right has been violated should notify an administrator. Newton-Conover High School students are charged with certain responsibilities in order to help create a better learning climate for all. These responsibilities are listed below: • • • • • • • to respect the rights of one another to prepare academically to the best of his/her ability for classes and to take advantage of educational opportunities to help maintain a climate that is conducive to learning to report any weapons, drugs, alcohol, or illegal substances to an administrator to respect and appreciate the culture and background of other students to maintain integrity and honesty when completing school assignments to conduct themselves in a non-violent manner.

We believe that if these student rights and responsibilities are upheld, Newton-Conover High School can be one of the top schools in the state. All students will receive a quality education in a relaxed atmosphere that is conducive for teachers to teach and for students to learn. QUESTIONS ANSWERED

A Question About…. Absences Absence Make-up Accidents Announcements Apprenticeships Athletics Athletic Physical Forms Attendance Office Band Bus Transportation Career Planning Chorus Discipline Driver’s Education First Aid Free/Reduced Lunch Grades Graduation Insurance Internships Lockers Lost & Found NC P.R.I.D.E. NC Wise Parking Personal Problems Prom Registration Safe Schools Plan Student Fees Testing Coordinator Textbooks Transcripts Use of Building / Grounds Yearbook

Ask… Ms. Lynne Sand Ms. Erin Sigmon Ms. Julie Kisser Ms. Julie Kisser Mr. Gary Towery Ms. Ericia Turner Ms. Julie Kisser Ms. Lynne Sand Mr. Haskew Smith Ms. Ericia Turner Mr. Gary Towery Ms. Frances Whitener Ms. Ericia Turner Mr. Scott Beck School Nurse Ms. Julie Kisser Teacher/Counselor Ms. Kim Kaylor Ms. Julie Kisser Mr. Gary Towery Ms. Kim Kaylor Ms. Bev Hall Ms. Kim Kaylor Ms. Lynne Sand Ms. Brenda Schreiber Your Counselor Ms. Elizabeth Gargis Counseling Office Ms. Ericia Turner Ms. Brenda Schreiber Mrs. Sylvia Trimble Ms. Kim Kaylor Ms. Mary Rabold Mr. Kevin Campbell Ms. Brenda Smith

Newton-Conover High School Alma Mater
Faithful and ever loyal, We will boost our dear old high; Let every heart sing, Let every voice ring There’s no time to grieve or sigh – But ever onward, our course pursuing, Ne’re defeat our ardor cool, For united we will boost our Dear ole, “N-C High.” N-CHS will build: Respectful Citizens who are Educated and Determined to succeed in all endeavors School Mascot: Red Devil School Colors: Red and White Red Devil Honor Code To promote a stronger sense of mutual responsibility, respect, trust, and fairness among all members of Newton-Conover High School and with the desire for greater academic and personal achievement, students and faculty of Newton-Conover High School have set forth the following code of honor. The Honor Code of N-CHS shall deal specifically with cheating or attempting to cheat, plagiarism, lying, and stealing. Cheating encompasses the willful giving or receiving of an unauthorized, unfair, dishonest, or unscrupulous advantage in academic work over other students by means including but not limited to fraud, duress, deception, theft, trickery, talking, signs, gestures, copying from another student, and the unauthorized use of study aids, memoranda, books, data or other information. Plagiarism encompasses presenting as one’s own works, the work or opinions of someone else without proper acknowledgement or borrowing the sequence of ideas, the arrangement of material, or the pattern or thought of someone else without proper acknowledgement. NCHS PTSA has purchased “” to reinforce proper research and citation methods and deter plagiarism. This web based program will allow teachers to check students’ work for improper citation and potential plagiarism by comparing it against continuously updated databases using the most advanced search technologies. Lying encompasses the willful telling of an untruth, as well as any form of deceit, attempted deceit, or fraud in an oral or written statement relating to academic work. Stealing is taking or appropriating without permission to do so and the intent to keep or to make use of wrongfully, property (academic) belonging to any member of the Newton-Conover community or any property located on the campus.

Consequences for Cheating or Plagiarism 1st offense: The student may redo the assignment for half credit 2nd offense: The student receives a zero for the assignment 3rd offense: The student receives a zero and a parent conference is required to address the continuing problem. All cheating / plagiarism offenses will be automatic office referrals for documentation and consequences based upon the NCHS Discipline Policy. 2011-2012 SCHOOL CALENDAR August 21 3:00 p.m. Freshmen Parent Orientation August 18 – 24 Teacher Workdays August 25 Students’ First Day September 5 Labor Day Holiday September 12 Open House (Tentative) September 19 Progress Reports Issued October 10 Progress Reports Issued October 27 1st Nine Weeks End October 28 Teacher Workday November 3 First Nine Week Report Cards Issued November 11 Veteran’s Day Holiday November 21 Progress Reports Issued November 23-25 Thanksgiving Break December 19 First Semester Fifth Block Begins December 19 Progress Reports Issued December 21 – January 2 Christmas Vacation January 16 Martin Luther King Holiday January 17-20 First Semester Final Exams January 23-24 Teacher Workdays January 25 Second Semester Begins January 30 1st Semester Final Report Cards Issued February 6 Open House (Tentative) February 13 Progress Reports Issued February 27 Teacher Workday March 5 Progress Reports Issued April 4 Report Cards Issued April 6-13 Spring Break April 30 Progress Reports Issued May 16 Second Semester 5th Block Begins May 21 Progress Reports Issued May 28 Memorial Day Holiday June 4-7 Second Semester Exams June 8 Last day for Students June 8 Graduation

GRADING PERIODS Progress Report Period Ends September 16 October 7 November 18 December 16 February 10 March 2 April 27 May 18 Progress Reports Issued September 19 October 10 November 21 December 19 February 13 March 5 April 30 May 21 January 17 – 20 June 4 – 7 Nine Week Grading Period Ends October 27 January 20 March 28 June 8 First Semester Exams Second Semester Exams Report Cards Issued November 3 January 30 April 4 June 14

PTSA OPEN HOUSE DATES (Tentative Dates) 1ST Semester - September 12 2nd Semester - February 6

Daily Bell Schedule 1st period 2nd period 3rd period 4th period 7:40 – 9:15 9:20 – 10:55 11:00 – 1:00 1:05 – 2:40 2-Hour Delay Schedule 1st period 2nd period 3rd period 4th period 9:40 – 10:37 10:42 – 11:39 11:44 – 1:38 1:43 – 2:40

Focus Schedule 1st period Focus 2nd period 3rd period 4th period 7:40 – 9:02 9:07 – 9:47 9:52 – 11:14 11:19 – 1:13 1:18 – 2:40

Half-Day Schedule 1st period 2nd period 3rd period 4th period 7:40 – 8:36 8:41 – 9:37 9:42 – 10:38 10:43 – 11:40

STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE Newton-Conover City Schools does not provide insurance for students who are injured while at school. Parents are responsible for handling such insurance claims. Students who participate in an activity that requires accident insurance must furnish proof of insurance. Activities requiring accident insurance coverage include vocational programs, marching band, and cheerleading. A student accident insurance policy is available to students. Parents or guardians pay the premium. ATHLETIC INSURANCE Students injured while involved in athletic events (not PE) are covered for some medical expenses. If your child has a health insurance policy outside the school, the school insurance acts as a secondary policy. If a regular health insurance policy on your child does not exist, the school’s policy will act as the primary coverage policy. If your child is injured during athletic practice or during a game, the Athletic Trainer for Newton-Conover High School will fill out an injury report. Forms are located in the main office and should be filled out by the Athletic Trainer and the parent and then mailed to the address provided by the parent. Extra copies should be made before the forms are submitted to use when the primary insurance has paid the maximum allowed. Use those copies to submit any additional bills that were not paid by the primary insurance.

The Student Services Department functions for the purpose of providing comprehensive support services to all students in an effort to prepare them for post-secondary studies and productive citizenry. Three full-time counselors, a dropout intervention specialist, and a work-based learning coordinator assume various roles within the department to ensure that all students are adequately served. New students will be oriented and scheduled through Student Services. Likewise, students withdrawing from school must do so through this department. Students are assigned alphabetically to counselors. This assignment appears on the student schedules. Students may make appointments with their assigned counselors throughout the year. The staff includes: Mrs. Tammy Hayman Ms. Tammy Hayman Ms. Laura Harris Ms. Sylvia Trimble Mr. Gary Towery Ms. Mary Rabold Department Chairperson Assigned students A – Ha Assigned students He - O Assigned students P - Z Career Development Coordinator Guidance Secretary COUNSELING SERVICES Educational Graduation Requirements: Students meet with counselors to review courses completed, those in progress, and those still needed. The counselor keeps a complete inventory of credits. Since each student’s situation is unique, all questions regarding course requirements should be directed

to the student’s counselor. All students will be required to meet the state minimum standards plus Newton-Conover High School requirements before they can participate in any graduation activity or graduation ceremony. The total number of units required for graduation will be four less than the total number of units that a student could have earned during his/her high school career. Scheduling Each spring, counselors meet with students to help determine the best course selections for the coming year. These choices depend on individual goals for the future, individual interests, personal abilities, and current achievement. Early in the spring semester, students will be given a “Directions” curriculum guide for registration. Parents and students are encouraged to read the guide carefully and discuss course selections with a counselor. Course selections must focus on graduation requirements, course requirements, career goals, and student interests. Preregistration forms are approved, signed by a parent, and returned to the counselor. The yearly schedule is derived from this pre-registration form. Details involving schedule changes are discussed under Counseling Procedures. Post-Secondary Education Choosing and applying to a post-secondary institution is the responsibility of the student and the family. Counselors can help by reviewing admissions requirements of various schools with the student by giving advice on application completion, by helping to find schools that provide the desired course of study, and by mailing transcripts. Testing Most four-year colleges require an admissions test. The two most commonly requested are the SAT and ACT. Dates for these tests and registration packets are available in the Student Services Department and on the Newton-Conover City Schools website. Admissions testing should begin in the fall of the junior year with the PSAT. Students who need special accommodations for SAT or ACT should see a counselor in August to make arrangements for such testing. Only a student whose school regularly provides special arrangements for instruction and assessment is eligible for special arrangements for these tests. Financial Aid Financing a college education is a concern of many students. We encourage all students to file financial aid forms if they believe they will need aid. These forms are available in the Student Services Department after December 15 and should be completed between January 1 and March 15 of the senior year. Students also may want to write to prospective colleges asking for financial aid information. Scholarships Colleges generally offer special scholarships based on academic achievement and/or athletic ability. If a student is interested in these scholarships, he/she should write the financial aid office or the athletic director of the prospective school and request information. Information about a limited number of local scholarships is available through the Student Services Department and publicized through the NCHS Senior Newsletter. Counselors will aid students with their scholarship application forms when possible.

Career/Educational Literature College handbooks and brochures are available in the Student Services Office reception area. They may be used there or checked out from the guidance secretary. Students also have access to information on the Internet and through the Newton-Conover High School web site. Personal Personal problems often prevent a student from doing his/her best work in class. Helping with these personal problems is a main concern of the counselors. Problems with self-concept, friends, dating, sex, drugs, alcohol, family, criminal behavior, etc. will be discussed in strictest confidence. If counselors find they are unable to help with a problem, they may suggest various other steps to take. Students may report (and are encouraged to report) any incidences of verbal / physical abuse outside of school to a counselor. The counselor will advise the student of their rights and make the appropriate recommendations or contacts. Counselors may be unaware that a problem exists unless it is brought to their attention. Please give your counselor an opportunity to help. The Student Services Office will be glad to make an appointment to see you. If your problem is of an emergency nature and you indicate an emergency need, a counselor will see you immediately. If not, you will be seen as soon as possible. Academic problems may lead to personal problems. These may include failure in a course, poor study skills, student-teacher conflict, parental pressure, and loss of interest in school. Counselors can help the student deal with these problems. Whenever several students or parents share a common problem or area of concern, counseling/support groups can be established. Students may contact a counselor in order to establish such groups. Career/Workforce Development Opportunities It is the goal of our school to help each individual prepare for the future: getting a job after graduation, entering the military services, or enrolling in a post-secondary school. While in high school students explore careers through classes at Newton-Conover High School, community college, internships, or apprenticeships. Early planning results in greater opportunities to explore possibilities that may be open. Counselors often can help with organizing and planning a systematic approach to choosing a vocation/career. Job placement counseling is available for students with special economic or educational needs. Students must meet federal guidelines to qualify. Career information is available to all students.

Confidentiality It is the policy of Newton-Conover High School that all conferences between counselor and student are confidential. Also, confidentiality of all school records is maintained in compliance with the Family Right and Privacy Act. In accordance with this act, no records regarding a student except directory information will be given to colleges, athletic and military recruiters, prospective employers, etc. without written consent of the parent of students under 18 years of age or of the student if the student is 18 or older. Publication of Directory Information Directory information is student information not generally considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Directory information may include:

• name, address, telephone listing • field of study • weight and height of athletes • most recent previous school attended • photographs • date and place of birth • participation in officially recognized activities and sports • dates of attendance, degrees, and awards Directory information may be disclosed to third parties without student or parent consent. The most commonly disclosed directory information includes name, address, and telephone listings. Examples of disclosure recipients include the U.S. Military, colleges asking for mail information, local businesses, or the school yearbook. Parents who do not want directory information disclosed should notify the appropriate counselor in writing within the first three (3) weeks of the new school year. Schedule Changes Students may make additions and deletions to their schedules in order to adjust for failure of a previous course. Under very special and/or extenuating circumstances, other changes may be made. Written requests for changes must be presented to the assigned counselor. The Student Services Department Chair will coordinate the review of requests with the principal to determine if the change will be allowed. If a student has failed a course and is assigned to the same course with the same teacher, he/she may notify his/her counselor and a schedule change will be made if possible. The following stipulations also apply: No schedule changes will be made the first day of school. Schedule changes may be made during days two (2) through five (5). According to the State of North Carolina, no student can drop a course after 10 days. Any course dropped after the first ten days will be recorded on the student’s transcript with a grade of withdrawal passing or withdrawal failing. Testing Procedures The purpose of announcing testing dates is to eliminate conflicts and student absences from the tests. Parents should not schedule trips, vacations, or appointments on dates that would require a student to miss a test. Standardized tests are given periodically throughout the school year. Parents may review results by making an appointment with the student’s counselor. When a student becomes 18, he/she may review his/her record without the presence of his/her parents, following the same procedure. Career Testing Career assessments are available to students upon request. End-of-Course Testing These state-wide tests are designed to measure proficiencies established by the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. All students enrolled in a course that has an end-of-course test are required to take the test as a final exam. The State Board of Education requires that all End of Course Tests count as 25% of the student’s final grade. In addition, students must score at least a Level III in certain courses to receive credit. These courses include: Algebra 1, English 1, and

Biology. The following procedures will be followed for students who do not score at least Level III: If a student passes the course and scores below Level III, he / she will be given a retest no later than 3 weeks from the receipt of the test results. Parents may request that their child be excused from the retest. In this case, the parents and child shall be deemed to have accepted participation in the focused intervention. Any student who does not score Level III or above on the first retest, and any student who is excused from the first retest will receive focused intervention / remediation (summer school). Following focused intervention / remediation the second retest will be administered. If a student does not score Level III or above on the second retest, an appeals committee will determine if the exit standards for the course have been met by reviewing documentation of the student’s performance on the tests and student work provided by the classroom teacher. The review committee will have the option of recommending that the student (1) retake the course, (2) be provided additional remediation, or (3) based on the documentation, receive credit for the course. The principal will review the recommendation of the committee and make the final decision regarding the student meeting the exit standards for the course. Exam Exemption Policy Only N-C P.R.I.D.E. cardholders are eligible to exempt any exams if exemption eligibility requirements are met. Those students must complete the “Exam Exemption Application” and show a valid N-C P.R.I.D.E. card before they can receive permission to exempt. EOC, Pre AP / AP, and Community College exams may not be exempted. Students who are eligible to exempt may choose to take an exam to improve their grades with the understanding that the grade will be counted. Evaluation of Exceptionality Testing and other evaluations to determine exceptionality are available through the office of the Director of Exceptional Children’s Services, which is located in the Administrative Services Building of Newton-Conover City Schools. Written parental permission is necessary before any evaluation can take place. North Carolina 10th Grade General Writing Assessment Students in Grade 10 take a writing assessment in March. The assessment is an extended informational response of a definition or cause / effect. Scoring is comprised of both content and conventions. The assessment measures focus, organization, support and elaboration, and style for content. Sentence formation, usage and mechanics, including spelling, are measured for the convention score. The writing assessment score is used in combination with the English 1 EOC or the Reading Comprehensive score to determine adequate yearly progress for the No Child Left Behind high school testing requirements. NCEXTEND2 OCS NCEXTEND2 OCS is an assessment for OCS courses of Occupational Math I, Occupational English, Life Skills Science I and II, and writing assessment for Grade 10. Students participating in the NCEXTEND2 OCS assessments must have an IEP and be enrolled in the Occupational Course of Study.

The grading scale at Newton-Conover High School is A = 93-100; B = 85-92; C = 77-84; D = 70-76; F=any grade below 70. North Carolina legislation requires all graduates to have a standardized high school transcript. In order to meet this requirement, the Department of Public Instruction developed a standard for calculating a weighted grade point average and class rank. All courses are included in the QPA (Quality Point Average). Numerical grades will be converted to a 4.0 system and weighting points will be added at the time of conversion in order to determine QPA and class rank. Courses offered at Newton-Conover High School that are eligible for one (1) point of weight include all honors courses as well as Pre-Calculus and the 3rd, 4th, and 5th year of all foreign languages. Courses eligible for two (2) points of weight are AP courses in which the student has earned a grade of 70 or above. Numerical grades are converted as follows: 96 - 100 = 4.00 95 = 3.88 94 = 3.75 93 = 3.63 92 = 3.50 Below 70 = 0.00 Un-weighted numerical grades will appear on the report card and the transcript. Grade Averages and Weight Class rank is based on a weighted grade point average in which one (1) quality point or weight is added to the passing grades earned in Honors courses and two (2) quality points are added to passing grades in Advanced Placement courses. Such a system is intended to encourage students to take more challenging and rigorous courses in preparation for post secondary education. The administration of Newton-Conover High School will identify a valedictorian and a salutatorian for the graduation ceremony. The selection will be based on the class rank completed at the end of the fourth nine weeks grading period. The valedictorian is the student who has the highest class rank in the graduating class; the salutatorian, the second highest rank – provided the students were enrolled in the school by the first day of school of the 12th grade year. Any scholarships for top ranked students, if available, will be awarded based on the final calculations at the end of the senior year. 91 = 3.38 90 = 3.25 89 = 3.13 88 = 3.00 87 = 2.88 86 = 2.75 85 = 2.63 84 = 2.50 83 = 2.38 82 = 2.25 81 = 2.13 80 = 2.00 79 = 1.88 78 = 1.75 77 = 1.63 76 = 1.5 75 = 1.38 74 = 1.25 73 = 1.13 70-72 = 1.00

Honor graduates and junior marshals will be determined at the end of the third nine weeks. Honor graduate status will be granted to those seniors ranked in the top ten percent of the senior class. To qualify as an honor graduate, a student must have had no open periods, have been enrolled in three courses on campus if involved in an apprenticeship, and have a GPA of 4.0 or higher. Junior Marshal status will be granted to juniors who rank in the top ten percent of their class. To qualify as a Junior Marshal, a student must have had no open periods and have been enrolled in three courses on campus if involved in an apprenticeship. PARTICIPATION IN GRADUATION CEREMONY High school graduation is an important time in the life of a student. It is the culmination of 13 years of hard work that is rewarded with a high school diploma. In order to conduct a dignified ceremony that promotes the recognition that students deserve, graduation practices are necessary; therefore, any student who wants to participate in the graduation ceremony must attend all graduation practices. Practices for graduation and senior awards will be held the week prior to the ceremony. If a student fails to attend any of these practices without personally contacting the principal for approval, he / she will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony. Proper attire is a must. This includes dark slacks, white shirt, tie, dark dress shoes for men and white dress or white skirt / blouse and white dress shoes for ladies. Students will be removed from the graduation line up if they are not properly dressed. Any fees owed to N-CHS must be paid in full at least 3 days prior to the graduation ceremony. These fees must be cleared and receipted through the main office. Finally, students must purchase the graduation package, which includes cap, gown, diploma and cover. The approximate cost for the package is $50 and will be ordered and paid in late January/early February. The faculty and staff at N-CHS are very proud of the accomplishments of every student who is a member of the graduating class. It is our desire that all members participate and enjoy the events that will take place during this important milestone in their lives. However, if a student chooses not to participate, he / she should contact the principal at least three days prior to the ceremony. 2011-2012 TEST DATES Admissions Testing Program SAT Test Dates October 1, 2011 November 5, 2011 December 3, 2011 January 28, 2012 March 10, 2012 May 5, 2012 June 2, 2012 Regular Registration Deadlines September 9, 2011 October 7, 2011 November 8, 2011 December 30, 2011 February 10, 2012 April 6, 2012 May 8, 2012 Late Registration September 21, 2011 October 21, 2010 November 20, 2011 January 13, 2012 February 24, 2012 April 20, 2012 May 22, 2012

Online Registration for 2011-2012 SAT Program is available at Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test –

(PSAT/NMSQT) Test Date at Newton-Conover High School for all Geometry students (paid by State of North Carolina) and all juniors (not in Geometry) planning to attend four-year college (must pay own cost). Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations 2011 Exam To Be Administered Environmental Science Mathematics: Calculus English Literature United States History Biology Government / Politics Statistics American College Testing Program (ACT) Test Dates September 10, 2011 October 22, 2011 December 10, 2011 February 11, 2012 April 14, 2012 June 9, 2012 Regular Registration Deadlines August 12, 2011 September 16, 2011 November 4, 2011 January 13, 2012 March 9, 2012 May 4, 2012 Late Registration August 13-26, 2011 September 17 – 30, 2011 November 5-18, 2011 January 14-20, 2012 March 10-23, 2012 May 5-18, 2012 Exam Date Monday, May 2 Wednesday, May 4 Thursday, May 5 Friday, May 6 Monday, May 9 Tuesday, May 10 Wednesday, May 11

Information and/or registration materials for any of the tests noted above may be obtained from the Newton-Conover High School Student Services Office. Remember to register for a test eight (8) to ten (10) weeks early. Late registrants often find that they are placed at distant test centers. Other Dates to Remember September 14, 2011 College Night at CVCC October 2011 Class Rank and GPA for seniors December 2011 Financial Aid Packets Available January 2012 Financial Aid Workshop March 2012 Deadline for Filing Financial Aid Form March 2012 NC 10th Grade Writing Test

Section 1: Specific Requirements The following requirements shall be met by those students entering the ninth grade at NewtonConover High School, unless otherwise indicated within a specific course of study:

1. English (one unit per year) 4 units 2. Mathematics Class of 2012(Algebra 1, Tech Math 1 and Tech Math 2 or Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2) 3 units Class of 2013 and beyond (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, course beyond Algebra 2) 4 units 3. Science (environmental / earth science, biology, and a physical 3 units science such as chemistry, physics, physical science) 4. Social Studies (U.S. history, civics and economics, and world history) 3 units 5. Health and Physical Education 1 unit 6. Fine Art Class of 2011 and beyond (1 unit) 7. Electives 14 units Total needed for graduation: 28 units Additionally, all students must complete courses that meet the requirements for one of three Courses of Study (COS) required by the NC State Board of Education as a graduation requirement. Testing requirements include: Student must achievement a Level 3 or higher on end-of-course tests in Algebra 1, English 1, and Biology as well as any additional testing required by state or federal educational policy. Students who transfer into the system will be required to earn a total number of credits equal to the number of courses the student could have taken during the four-year period, minus four. The above requirements are minimal. All transfer students must also complete one of three state required Courses of Study (COS) in order to graduate. Section 2: General Requirements A. The requirements outlined here are necessary for successful completion of high school. Substitutions can be made only with the approval of the principal. B. Students must take four (4) units per semester for a total of 32 units during their high school career. There is one exception: A student may take three (3) courses in one of the semesters during the 12th grade year if he or she is accepted for a noncredit assistantship. C. Each senior must pass a minimum load of any two courses during the first semester and any two courses during the second semester of his or her senior year (unless the senior qualifies for and chooses early graduation, as outlined in that section). STUDENT COURSE LOAD Students are required to take four (4) classes per semester, eight (8) classes per year. Freshman Year English 1 Science (Earth) Math** PE/Health Sophomore Year English 2 Science (Biology) Math** Civics/Economics Junior Year English 3 U.S. History Math** Science (Physical) Senior Year English 4 Elective Elective Elective

World History Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Elective Three math courses are required for class of 2011-2012 and four for the class of 2013 and beyond. One of the three must be Algebra 1. Elective credits must include those courses needed to complete a state required Course of Study (COS). PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS In order to be promoted from the present homeroom level to the next grade level, a student must satisfactorily pass the following units: To Become a 10th Grader English 1 +5 other units 6 total units To Become an To Become a 11th Grader 12th Grader English 1,2 +11 other units 13 total units English 1,2,3 +17 other units 20 total units To Graduate English 1,2,3,4 +24 other units 28 total units

Accelerated Preparation for College Entry Plan for Newton-Conover High School
All students attending the Public Schools of North Carolina will have administrators, teachers, and counselors who set high expectations for their academic performance as they master rigorous course work and demonstrate proficiency in the 21st century. In the context of school reform and continual improvement for students, all students, especially motivated students, should be encouraged and supported to achieve high levels of success in this rigorous curriculum and the skills necessary for success as life-long learners. Counselors must provide guidance and information for students about course selections and requirements prior to ninth grade. In this environment, school counselors and other guiding adults in the middle and high school settings shall know and understand the number and nature of credits required for college entrance and shall encourage ninth grade students to complete these requirements in less than four years where feasible and appropriate. As they assist and advise ninth grade students in annual course selection and in career planning activities, they shall help students set up schedules that promote their early completion (within three years) of requirements for four-year college entry, to the extent appropriate for the individual student. Therefore, students shall be informed about opportunities to accelerate completion of graduation requirements and early college entrance opportunities. This information will be provided in such settings as orientation sessions, class and grade level meetings, small group setting and / or one on one sessions. Additionally, this same information shall be distributed and explained to school staff and parents. Interested students and parents / guardians must consult with their high school counselor no later than the end of the first semester of their freshmen year in order to thoughtfully explore this opportunity and to develop accelerated graduation plans where appropriate. All such plans shall be subject to approval by the superintendent.

NEWTON-CONOVER HIGH SCHOOL OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACADEMIC ENHANCEMENT Students at Newton-Conover High School have the opportunity to enhance their academic abilities through the use of the Odysseyware lab. Odysseyware courseware is a learning system that will allow a student to move through course material at his / her own pace assessing progress along the way. The program is individualized for each student’s needs. A student works through a tutorial for each assigned task and then is assessed receiving immediate feedback. The Odysseyware lab is available for individual student use Monday – Thursday 2:45 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. and Saturdays 8:00 a.m. until 12 noon. With approval of a classroom teacher and the media center staff, the lab may be available during lunch. Students may use the lab for extra practice / help on specific objectives during a course, for grade recovery at the end of the first nine weeks of a course, or for course recovery. Grade Recovery Guidelines using Odysseyware Newton-Conover High School’s Grade Recovery Program is an opportunity for students to recover a failing grade after the first nine weeks of a course. To be eligible to participate, students must meet the following prerequisites: Have approval from the classroom teacher and an administrator Demonstrate continuous effort in the regular classroom Complete the application and obtain appropriate signatures Once the student has completed 100% of the assigned modules for the course at 85% mastery the nine-week grade will become 70. Courses offered for grade recovery will vary, depending upon resources available. Course Recovery Guidelines using Odysseyware Newton-Conover High School’s Course Recovery Program is an opportunity for students who have taken and failed a high school level course to recover the credit without repeating the entire course. To be eligible to participate, students must meet the following prerequisites: Have the approval of a counselor and an administrator Demonstrate continuous effort in the courses for which he / she is currently enrolled Earn a minimum of 60 as the final grade in the course and meet attendance requirements or earn at least a 70 as a final grade in the course and not meet attendance requirements Score at least level 3 on the EOC, if required for the course Complete the application and obtain appropriate signatures. Upon successful completion of 100% of the modules at 85% mastery, the grade will be changed to a Pass / Fail notation according to the policies set forth by NCWise. Summer Remediation for Course Recovery Newton-Conover High School’s summer remediation program is an opportunity for students to recover credit for a course failed for one of the following reasons: Passed the course and the EOC but did not meet attendance requirements

Passed the course, met attendance requirements but did not score at least level 3 on the EOC Failed the course with a final grade of 60 – 69, met the attendance requirement and scored at least a level 3 on the EOC. Summer remediation is held during summer break for a minimum of 4 hours each day. Students may register for only two courses for the session using the Odysseyware platform. Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive credit for the course and will receive a new report card. If a student is unsuccessful in Newton-Conover High School’s summer remediation program, the course attempted cannot be recovered in another school system’s summer program. If a student wishes to enroll in a summer school program other than Newton-Conover High School’s program to take a course or courses they had not been enrolled during that school year, the course or courses must be comparable in the amount of time for a normal course. Recommendation by the student’s guidance counselor and approval of the principal are required before enrolling in the course. Your counselor can assist you with summer remediation opportunities.

In situations involving extenuating circumstances, graduation prior to that of one’s class may be permitted by the recommendation of the principal and approval by the superintendent. Early graduation may be considered under the following conditions: Senior must meet all graduation requirements at the end of 1st semester of their senior year. Senior must have achieved a 95% attendance record during their high school career. Early graduation may be granted for the following circumstances: • Pregnancy • Full time attendance at a two year or four year college university • Other, such as medical, financial or family related circumstances. Procedures and Timeline All requests for early graduation must be prior to the completion of the first three weeks of the student’s senior year. The early graduation form must be submitted to the student’s school counselor for credit and graduation requirement check. If principal’s recommendation for early graduation is made the early graduation form will be submitted to the superintendent for approval. Once the decision is made, the principal will notify the student. Early graduates will not be allowed participation in the following Newton-Conover High School activities occurring after their graduation including but not limited to: He / she will not have the right to participation in any extracurricular activity, including athletics, plays, etc. He / she will not have the right to access any of the benefits accorded student show are enrolled, including bus transportation, participation in free or reduced price meal program, and special education and related services.

He / she will not have the right to be on campus except as a visitor and under conditions that apply to all visitors. Early graduation may occur only during January of the senior year. A diploma will not be issued to the early graduate until spring graduation.

Students who will graduate in 2012 will follow one of three Courses of Study throughout high school. Courses of Study are standardized across the state of North Carolina, and each one leads to a high school diploma. The Course of Study completed is indicated on the final senior transcript. Students who do not complete a Course of Study, but meet all other graduation requirements, will receive a Certificate of Attendance instead of a high school diploma. Requirements for each Course of Study follow. COLLEGE TECH PREP COURSE OF STUDY (Appropriate for students planning to enroll in a two-year program at a community college or technical school) 4 English 3 Math (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2; or Algebra 1, Tech Math 1, 2) 3 Science 3 Social Studies 1 Health and PE 4 Career/Tech courses appropriate to career pathway to include a second level Career/Tech course Additional elective units to meet Newton-Conover High School Graduation Requirements Pass Reading and Mathematics sections of the NC Competency Test or score Level III or IV on the 5 EOC’s discussed earlier. Pass Multiple Choice and Performance sections of NC Tests of Computer Skills COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY PREP COURSE OF STUDY (Appropriate for students planning to enroll in a four-year college or university or a college transfer program at a junior or community college) 4 English 4 Math (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and one of the following: AP Stats, Discrete Math, Pre Calculus; or if starting with Geometry, Geometry, Algebra 2, and two of the following: AP Stats, Discrete Math, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus 3 Science 3 Social Studies 1 Health and PE 2 Foreign Language credits in same language Additional elective units to meet Newton-Conover High School Graduation Requirements

Pass Reading and Mathematics sections of the NC Competency Test or score Level III or IV on the 5 EOC’s discussed earlier. Pass Multiple Choice and Performance sections of NC Tests of Computer Skills OCCUPATIONAL COURSE OF STUDY Eligibility for participation in the Occupational Course of Study is determined by the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team, which includes students and parents. A student shall only be considered for participation if the IEP Team determines that the NC Standard Course of Study is inappropriate for the student even with the use of modifications, adaptations, and supplemental aides and services. 4 Occupational English 3 Occupational Math 2 Life Skills Science 2 Social Studies 6 Occupational Preparation units (includes 300 hours of school-based training, 240 hours of community-based training, and 360 hours of paid employment.) 1 Health and PE 4 Career/Technical 1 Arts Education Additional elective units to meet Newton-Conover High School Graduation Requirements Completion of IEP Objectives and a Career Portfolio

(Students entering ninth grade 2009-2010 and later) 4 English 4 Math (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and one of the following: AP Stats, Discrete Math, Pre Calculus; or if starting with Geometry, Geometry, Algebra 2, and two of the following: AP Stats, Discrete Math, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus) 3 Science (Earth / Environmental, Biology, a Physical Science) 3 Social Studies (World History, Civics / Economics, US History) 1 Health and PE Foreign Language (not required for graduation but required to meet minimum application requirements for UNC) 1 Arts Education Electives (2 in any combination of Career / Technical Education, Arts, or Second languages and a 4 course concentration in CTE, JROTC, Arts, other specific subject area such as math, science, English or social studies) College Tech Prep Career Pathways To accomplish the expectations of a Career Pathway and achieve College Tech Prep status, a student must complete 4 pathway units in a sequence aimed at connecting that student to a course of postsecondary study and a career after high school. One course must be a starred (*) course in the category. Approved apprenticeships may be substituted for the starred / completer course in any or the pathways. All apprenticeships must have the approval of Newton-Conover High School’s Work -based Learning Coordinator.

Public Service Technologies Life Management Digital Communication Systems Computer Applications I Parenting and Child Development Apparel Development I Apparel Development II* Foods I Foods II* Housing and Interiors I Housing and Interiors II* Construction Technologies Digital Communication Systems Computer Applications I Fundamentals of Technology Construction Technology I Construction Technology II* Construction Technology III* Masonry I Masonry II* Masonry III* Drafting I Drafting II* Drafting III* Trade & Industrial Apprenticeship* Health Sciences Digital Communication Systems Computer Applications I Foods I Parenting & Child Development Health Team Relations Biomedical Technologies Allied Health Sciences I Allied Health Sciences II*

Business Technologies Digital Communication Systems Principles of Business and Personal Finance Computer Applications I Computer Applications II* Travel, Tourism, and Recreation Marketing* Sports and Entertainment Marketing I Sports and Entertainment Marketing II* Business Apprenticeship* Fashion Merchandising Foundations of Information Technology Engineering Technologies Digital Communications Systems Computer Applications I Fundamentals of Technology Technology Apprenticeship Method*

Commercial and Artistic Production Technologies Computer Applications I Digital Communications Systems Life Management Apparel Development I Apparel Development II* Drafting I Fundamentals of Technology Trade & Industrial Apprenticeship*

NC Scholars/NC Academic Scholars Program A student maintaining an overall four-year grade point average of 85 or higher and completing 22 units in specific course requirements may graduate as a North Carolina Scholar. Information on this program is given to all students through the Student Services Department. If you have any questions, please see your counselor. Students who entered the 9th grade for the first time in

or after 2003/04 must have an un-weighted GPA of 3.5 or higher and complete 24 units in specific course requirements. DRIVER EDUCATION The Newton-Conover City Schools System provides Driver Education at no cost to the student. Students must be at least 14 ½ years old and enrolled in a public, private, or home school. It is very important for students to sign up shortly after they reach 14 ½ years of age. We use the first-come, first-served method of selecting the oldest applicants to participate in the classroom and behind-the-wheel instruction. After class work completion students will be selected by class first and then by age, with the oldest student in each class selected first to drive. Please take advantage of this opportunity to attend driver education classes as early as possible. Each student needs as much driving practice as possible after he/she receives a learner’s permit. The Driver Education course consists of 30 classroom hours and six (6) hours of behind-thewheel instruction. The behind-the-wheel instruction will be scheduled between 2:45 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. on school days and between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays and during the summer. “NO PASS, NO DRIVE” A dropout prevention bill became effective August 1, 1998. This legislation requires public schools, non-public schools, and community colleges to notify the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles when a student drops out of school or is not making adequate academic progress. Upon notification, DMV will revoke the student’s driver permit or license. “Adequate progress” is defined as passing three out of four classes each semester for schools on a “four-by-four” or block program, or five out of six courses for schools on the traditional six-period day. Students who are unable to meet this standard will lose their permit or license. Major points of the legislation include: Hardship rules for special cases. This would be for those students who need a license due to a sick or ailing parent, students who need to pursue work that contributes significantly to the family welfare, or for students who have an extended illness. Issuing of Driving Eligibility Certificates The high school principal or his/her designee will issue a Driving Eligibility Certificate when a student gets his/her initial permit or license at DMV. This certificate will verify that the student is making adequate progress in school and is required by DMV to process a permit or license. For further information, please contact Mr. Scott Beck at 828-465-0920.

NCCS School Board Attendance Policy The Board of Education recognizes that regular, punctual attendance is a significant factor in educational achievement. Students, parents, and school personnel are encouraged to recognize their individual responsibilities in upholding the laws, regulations, and policies governing student attendance at school. Parents must notify the attendance office to give reason for an absence. The North Carolina Administrative Code recognizes the following reasons that shall constitute valid reasons for absences with appropriate documentation: • • • • • • • Illness or injury that prevents the student from being physically able to attend school Quarantine ordered by the local health officer or by the State Board of Health Death in the immediate family Medical or dental appointments Court or administrative proceedings Religious observances (The approval of such absences is within the discretion of the local Board of Education, but approval should be granted unless the religious observance is of such duration to interfere with the education of the student.) Educational opportunity (An absence may be lawful when it is demonstrated that the purpose of the absence is to take advantage of valid educational opportunity. Approval from the principal for such an absence must be gained prior to the absence.)

Parents are expected to provide advance notice in writing for absences, late arrivals, or early dismissals due to medical or dental appointments, court or administrative proceedings, religious observances, or educational opportunity. Students must seek make-up work prior to such absences. Schoolwork missed due to absence, late arrivals, or early dismissal will be made up on the student’s own time and/or at the convenience of the teacher. This work must be completed as soon as possible and no later than the end of a grading period. Students are responsible for contacting the teacher for make-up work. However, make-up work cannot fully compensate for the total learning experience that is lost when students are absent from school. This is particularly true when absences are excessive. Students who are absent from a course for more than four (4) days during a semester will receive an unsatisfactory grade of 60 – no credit – for that particular course. Any absence past four (4) must be made up hour per hour. The student should begin making up the excessive absence within five (5) school days and all work must be completed prior to that grading period. In order to promote attendance and punctuality at school, Newton-Conover High School staff will: • Communicate in writing to all parents the required days of attendance for students, the beginning and dismissal times for each school day, and the expected time of arrival for students. • Document absences, late arrivals, and early dismissals as to frequency and cause.

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Adhere to all state regulations pertaining to student attendance, especially those regulations pertaining to the notification of the home in cases of consecutive or cumulative unexcused absences. Communicate in writing to all parents the consequences that may result from absenteeism and tardiness. Contact parents when students are excessively tardy or absent.

Newton-Conover High School Attendance Policy Students are expected to be present each day and to be in class on time. When a student’s cumulative absences in a class exceeds four (4), the student will be responsible for making up absences 5 – 8 in each class regardless of the reason for the absence. If a student fails to make up the missed time for absences 5 – 8, then the teacher will record a grade of 60 for the course. Students who accrue these absences prior to either the 1st/3rd nine weeks must have their time made up prior to the end of the grading period. Students must begin making up their time in the after school detention program/ or with the classroom teacher within five (5) school days after the fifth (5) absence occurs. Students with absences above 8 must go before the appeals committee (see Excessive Absences Appeals Process). If a student misses over 30 minutes in any class, the student will be considered absent for that class. All students making up time must contact the course teacher to arrange to make up time. Absences can be made up after school with their teacher, during tutorial, and/or at After-School Detention. Excessive Absences Appeal Process A student may appeal some or all of his / her excessive absences (any absences beyond four) only under the following conditions: *He / she has no unexcused absences; and *He / she has already attempted to make up one or more of the excessive absences; and *He / she has extenuating circumstances that have made it difficult to make up all excessive absences. Extenuating circumstances include but are not limited to extreme illness, lack of sufficient time to make up all absences, etc. Make-Up Work We want to provide your student with every opportunity to be successful. Therefore, all work is expected to be made-up regardless of the reason for absence. The student is responsible for seeking and completing make-up work, making arrangements for completion within five (5)days after returning to school. Students who expect to be absent for extracurricular activities and other reasonable causes must complete the pre-planned permission form two (2) days prior to the planned absence. This form can be obtained in and returned to the Main Office. Failure to complete this procedure will result in an unexcused absence. TARDY POLICY To School: If a student comes to school late, he/she is required to check in with appropriate personnel in the Main Office. If a student misses over thirty-minutes (30-minutes) of a class, the student becomes absent rather than tardy. Students are responsible for making up any work missed when they have an excused tardy to class. Students will not be admitted to first period

once the tardy bell rings without a note from the office. Students who receive notes from the Tardy Table in the mornings that are more than 5 minutes late from the time written on the slip will be considered insubordinate and considered “cutting class”. Delays for students riding buses will be denoted with either an announcement or a bus note and will not be considered a tardy. To Class: The one minute warning bell will be a different tone than the other bells to alert students. A student must be inside the classroom and in his / her seat when the tardy bell rings. Administrators will conduct tardy sweeps on a regular basis. During a sweep, teachers will close and lock classroom doors when the tardy bell rings at which time any student not inside a classroom will receive a one hour detention to be served the following afternoon. Otherwise, tardies that are: (1) less than 5 minutes will be recorded as a tardy; (2) more than 5 minutes but less than 30 will result in an office referral for cutting class; and (3) more than 30 will be recorded as an absence and will result in an office referral for cutting class. Excessive tardies will result in additional disciplinary consequences. HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS During hazardous weather conditions, natural disaster, or other emergencies, it may be necessary for a decision to be made concerning the closing of schools. The superintendent will determine and announce when schools will be closed, open late, or dismiss early. Please follow these procedures: Listen to one of the following radio or television stations in the late afternoon or early morning for the decision on school closings. AM Radio Stations - WNNC (dial 1230), WIRC (dial 630) Television Stations - WHKY (Channel 14), WBTV (Channel 3), WCNC (Channel 36), WSOC (Channel 9) The absence of any announcement means that the schools will operate as usual. School officials need uninterrupted telephone service in order to maintain necessary communication with other officials and agencies. If you and hundreds of others attempt to call, vital communication will be delayed. Do not telephone school officials. Please get the information by radio, television, or by telephoning a neighbor. The decision to open or close schools will be made only after much inquiry and consideration. Any action taken will always be made in good faith. When a delay is called and at the time school is scheduled to open, you feel that conditions remain unsafe for your child to drive, we encourage you to bring your child to school. While it is impossible to make a decision that would be convenient or agreeable to everyone, we ask for your cooperation and understanding when these situations arise. EARLY DISMISSALS Students who need to be excused for dental or medical appointments must do the following: *Come to school and complete paperwork through the Main Office prior to first period. *Bring a note from the parent or guardian explaining the reason for the need to leave or a note signed by the doctor. The main office will confirm all appointments.

*The Main Office will issue a permit slip to allow the student to leave. Upon returning, a student must check in the Main Office to receive a re-admit slip. *A student who is too ill to remain in class may be excused to go to the Main Office. The receptionist will call and make arrangements for transportation home. MEDICATION Newton-Conover City Schools personnel will administer medication during school hours if required by the student’s physician. Prescription medication will not be administered at school unless prescribed for the student by a doctor. Prior to the administration of the medication, parents or guardians must have completed “Parent’s or Guardian’s Request for Medication” form, requiring parent’s signature. Parents or guardians must provide the school with the medicine in a separate container given by the pharmacist. The child’s name, doctor’s name, name of the medication, unit dosage to be given, number of dosage units, time to be given, and instructions on how the medication should be given must be shown on the container. Each time the prescription is filled, the parent or guardian must send a new container. Over-the-counter medication will not be administered unless there is written authorization signed by the parent or guardian on file indicating specifics and a schedule of administration. Medications administered during school hours by school personnel should be kept to a minimum. It is the parent or guardian’s responsibility to make arrangements with the school administration for medication to be given during school hours. The school nurse will store medicines in a locked area, administer the medication, and log dispensing the medicine. Look for a sample Medication form in back of this Handbook. Students may pick up a form in the Main Office. TELEPHONES Phones in teachers’ rooms are off limits to students. If a student needs to use a phone, he/she should, with a note and permission from the classroom teacher, ask to use the phone in the main office. BOOKBAGS Book bags may only be used to transport belongings to and from school. All book bags must remain in the student’s locker throughout the school day. Students will have adequate time to retrieve items during class changes. DELIVERIES Newton-Conover High School administration discourages the delivery of any items to students before, during, or after school unless the items are related to education or are medically necessary. All items brought to school for delivery to students should be taken to the Main Office.

SCHOOL JURISDICTION Students become the school’s responsibility when they board the school bus or when they arrive on school property. They remain under the school’s jurisdiction until they exit the bus at the bus stop or leave school grounds after an official dismissal. Any student who leaves campus before the school day begins will be disciplined in the same manner as any student who leaves during the school day without permission. A student is under the jurisdiction of the school while he/she is in attendance at a school-sponsored activity regardless of where the activity takes place. STUDENT IDENTIFICATION POLICY All students are required to have a student identification badge with them at all times. Students are not required to display their identification badge throughout the day, but they are responsible for being able to produce their identification badge on request. Students are required to present their ID badge when signing in through the office tardy or when making any purchase in the school cafeteria. Temporary ID’s will be available for purchase for $1 in the media center before school and during lunch. If a student loses his/her identification badge, he/she is responsible for replacing the badge at the cost of $5.00. OFF-LIMIT AREAS Students are to be in supervised area of the campus at all times. The commons area and courtyard are the only areas students may be before 7:25 a.m. During lunch students may be in the courtyard, cafeteria, or the commons areas. After 2:45 students may be in the media center / with a note from a teacher or with a classroom teacher. Students may not “wait” in the commons area/ front entrance after 3:00 p.m. All students must wait at the front sign area for pick up as a car rider. Bus transportation is provided for students therefore students will not be permitted to wait for a ride inside the building. Out of district students must be picked up by 3:15 p.m. If students remain after 3:15 on a regular basis, attendance to N-CHS will be denied and the student will need to enroll in the school of the district in which he / she resides. VISITORS Regulations regarding visitors apply to the school buildings, buses, and all parts of the campus during the regular school day. All visitors must report to the main office to obtain permission to visit before proceeding to any other part of the building or campus. All visitors will be provided with a visitor’s pass that must be displayed while they remain on the Newton-Conover High School campus. Permission: Permission will be granted to those persons wishing to see a member of the administrative staff. In the event of an emergency, parents or other family members who find it necessary to see a student will wait in the Main Office while the student is called. Parents who wish to discuss a student’s work with the teacher should make an appointment. Permission to visit a class session will be granted only by the principal and only in special cases. No visitor will be allowed to ride a school bus.

The gymnasium is a classroom during the school day and is not available for unsupervised student or visitor use. The school cafeteria is operated for the students and staff. Parents who would like to eat lunch with their child should call the principal at least one day prior to the visit to ensure an accurate lunch count. When visitors attend Newton-Conover High School events, they should be treated with respect and courtesy.

Riding the school bus is a privilege extended to every student living within the district. This privilege is contingent upon good behavior and observance of the following rules and regulations. The driver will report a student who violates any of these rules to the principal or his designee. Failure to abide by these rules may result in a loss of riding privileges. Additional consequences may apply depending on the severity of the offense. All regulations for student behavior as outlined in this Handbook apply on any type of schoolsponsored transportation. Meeting and Entering Bus Students should select the safest route. If there is no sidewalk, they should walk to the left facing traffic. Passengers must be on time because the driver has a schedule to follow and cannot wait for tardy passengers. Passengers should stand off the street or roadway and wait until the bus comes to a complete stop. Once on the Bus Students should board quickly and take their assigned seat. Students are to remain seated throughout the bus ride. Students should not throw objects or try to attract the attention of others outside the bus. A passenger should never eat or drink on the school bus. If personal belongings are carried, they should be kept on the lap or put under the seat. Arms and legs must be kept out of the aisle at all times. Passengers must never use profane or inappropriate language, tobacco, controlled substances, or alcoholic beverages while riding a bus. Passengers should not be loud or boisterous nor should they distract the driver’s attention in any way. Passengers must never tamper with the emergency door or any other part of the bus. Passengers must never damage the bus in any way. No one is permitted on a bus except students assigned to that bus or authorized school system employees. Any contact with the driver from a parent or non-school employee should be made

through the principal’s office. Any person boarding a bus without express permission from the principal is subject prosecution for trespassing. Reference: G.S. 115C-245; 115C-339. STUDENT PARKING It is the intent of the administration of Newton-Conover High School to provide a parking space for any licensed driver who is planning to drive a vehicle to school. Students must show their driver’s license when purchasing a parking permit. If you do not have your license with you, you will not be able to purchase a parking permit. The parking lot at the west end of the school is designated for student parking. All student parking spaces are numbered. Each student who wants to drive a vehicle to school must purchase a parking permit to hang from the rear view mirror. Parking permits may be purchased in the Treasurer’s Office during lunch or after school for $20.00. If the parking permit is misplaced, a $5.00 fee will be required for a new sticker. It is a privilege to drive a vehicle to school. If a student does not follow the guidelines for registering and parking a vehicle, and for the safe operation of the vehicle, the student will lose his/her parking privilege and that student’s parking space will be issued to another student. The number on the permit issued must correspond with the number on the parking space that is assigned to the student. This will be the student’s parking space for the entire school year. If a student withdraws from school or is an early graduate, the parking space pass must be returned to his/her guidance counselor as part of the withdrawal process. The parking pass is non-transferable. When a student forfeits the numbered parking space, the Office will reassign that space to another student. Seniors will have first choice of parking areas. All vehicles must be parked in numbered parking spaces. Students who violate the parking procedures may have their vehicles towed or may lose parking privileges. Consequences for not following the proper parking procedures include: First Offense Two-week suspension of parking privileges Second Offense Two-month suspension of parking privileges Third Offense Permanent removal of parking privileges Students must park their cars immediately upon arrival. Cars should be locked and all necessary books, materials, and supplies for the full school day should be taken out of the vehicle. Students will not be permitted to return to their vehicles during the school day unless an administrator grants permission. N-CHS is not responsible for any type of damage to any vehicle while on school property. Faculty Members will park in the lot at the east end of the building near the gym. Students will park in the lot at the west end of the building. Visitors will park in the faculty parking lot.

All parking laws and ordinances and all moving vehicle laws and ordinances are to be fairly and impartially enforced systematically and continuously. This statement applies to the grounds at Newton-Conover High School. SCHOOL RULES The principal shall adopt rules for the conduct of students after consultation with his professional staff and such other persons deemed advisable by the principal. Such rules shall be consistent with this policy statement and within the limits of lawful authority including G.S. 115C 391, 592, 523, 524, 398, 307, and other applicable statues. Rules adopted pursuant hereto, and all amendments thereof, shall be reproduced in writing and made available to all school staff members and students. Furthermore, Board of Education Policy relating to due process and right to appeal shall be appended to written rules and available to students. Teachers, student teachers, substitute teachers, teacher’s aides, assistants, principals and their representatives are authorized to make and impose rules and regulations designed to carry out their duties. NEWTON-CONOVER HIGH SCHOOL RULES AND CODE OF CONDUCT Attend school daily, be on time, and prepared for class. This includes bringing all necessary materials to class. Assignments should be completed prior to class. Respect the opinions of other students. Respect the rights of others. Respect school facilities and property of others. Most of all, respect yourself. Learn to disagree without being disagreeable. Do not engage in verbal or physical confrontation. Aggressive behavior in any form is not acceptable. All students should be in assigned areas at all times. Students shall not interfere with a teacher’s right to teach or a student’s right to learn. No student has the right to disrupt a class or the normal operation of Newton-Conover High School. NEWTON-CONOVER HIGH SCHOOL DISCIPLINE POLICY Having clear rules of student conduct which are fairly and consistently enforced can help to achieve a safe, healthy, and orderly environment in which students can best learn and teachers effectively teach. Thus, the Newton-Conover Board of Education supports high expectations for conduct and extends authority to the administration of the high school to use its discretion in issuing consequences to students in grades 6—12 who violate them. THESE RULES OF CONDUCT APPLY TO ALL NEWTON-CONOVER MIDDLE / HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AT ALL TIMES WHEN THEY ARE… • On school grounds, in school buildings, or on school-provided

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transportation; or Away from school grounds or school buildings when representing the school at a school activity

The administration will select an appropriate consequence from such choices as afternoon detention, Saturday detention, in-school suspension, suspension, and referral to an alternate school. In addition, for certain offenses, students will lose driving privileges for a set time period. Consequences for any and all rule violations vary and will escalate relative to the severity and frequency of the infraction. Infractions of the conduct expectations include the following offenses: LEVEL I Level I violations will result in a variety of consequences, including warning, parent conference, afternoon detention, **Saturday detention, **loss of driving privileges, in-school suspension, out of school suspension, bus suspension, or recommendation to an alternative setting. *Abusive language or gestures *Profanity *Public display of affection *Breaking lunch line *Inappropriate conduct *Class disruption or disturbance *Possession of electronic devices (beepers, cell phones, jam boxes, games, CD players and other devices) *Inappropriate dress *Gambling *Failure to sign in or out *Failure to attend teacher detention *Failure to attend afternoon detention **Unauthorized visit to the parking lot *Forgery *Food / beverages in unauthorized areas *Knowingly providing false information *Tardies to classes and / or school *Inappropriate computer use *Horseplay
Note: Upon the third ISS assignment, a letter will be sent to the parents stating that any additional infractions will automatically result in suspension from school. No student may accumulate more than 3 Saturday detentions or 3 in-school suspensions per semester.

Consequences for Level 2 offenses are more severe, ranging from parent conference, Saturday detention, in-school suspension to out-of-school suspension ( 1- 3 days), loss of driving privileges, Bus suspension and / or alternate school referral.

*Insubordination (See definition below)

*Inciting, aiding or abetting a fight *Throwing inappropriate objects *Failure to attend Saturday detention *Inappropriate conduct on a school or activity bus *Trespassing or loitering on campus *Assault on another student – stop on command *Aggressive behavior towards another student *Acts of dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, lying and stealing) *Truancy (leaving class/campus without permission) *Violation of the N-CHS Honor Code Definitions: *Insubordination: Failure to comply with a reasonable request by an adult in a supervisory role. LEVEL III
Level III offenses are of a more serious nature; therefore, consequences are more severe, ranging from in-school suspension to out-of-school suspension ( 3-5 days), loss of driving privileges, bus suspension /expulsion, and / or alternate school referral.

*Sexual harassment (The following are examples of sexual harassment, but are not inclusive: comments, jokes, or gestures that have sexual connotations; and touching, grabbing, or pinching in a sexual way. School staff will actively investigate all reported sexual harassment complaints.) *Sexual misconduct *Harassment and / or hazing of others (See definition) *Profanity and / or obscene gestures towards staff *Tobacco possession or use *Theft from student, teacher, or school *Vandalism under $50 *Threats against students and staff *Extortion *Fighting (requiring staff intervention) *Refusal to obey administrative staff LEVEL IV Level IV offenses are of such a serious nature that they will result in immediate suspension from school for no less than 10 days. In addition, law enforcement officials will be notified; and the administration will recommend long-term suspension for the remainder of the semester and/ or school year. Level IV violations include but are not limited to the following: *Any offense that falls under the Safe Schools Act *Possession or use of fireworks or other explosive devices

*Possession or use of a gun, firearm, bomb, explosive *Extremely volatile behavior that threatens the safety of students and / or staff *Aggressive behavior against administration or staff *Assault / battery on administration or staff *Possession or use of a firearm *Sexual assault of any nature *Possession, consumption / use, sale, distribution of alcohol, prescription drugs, or any controlled substance. *Bomb Threat or Hoax *Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs on campus or school activities *Possession or sale of stolen property *Arson *Discharging of fire safety equipment or setting off false fire alarm *Trespassing (including students under suspension) *Vandalism in excess of $50 *Theft / burglary in excess of $50 DRUGS AND ALCOHOL No student shall possess, use, transmit, or be under the influence of: 1) any narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, marijuana, or other drug defined as a controlled substance pursuant to Chapter 90 of the North Carolina Statutes; 2) any substance that is not illegal but is distributed as an illegal substance 3) any alcoholic beverage or fortified wine or other intoxicating liquor; 4) any inhalant or ingested chemical or product with the intent of bringing about a state of exhilaration or euphoria while in any school building, on any school premises, on any school bus, or off the school grounds at any school activity, function, or event before, during or after school hours, or during any period of time he/she is subject to the authority of school personnel, unless such possession, use, or transmission are authorized by law and school regulations. In addition, the possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited at school or at school sponsored activities. Use of a drug authorized by a valid medical prescription from a registered physician shall not be a violation of this rule when the person for whom the drug was prescribed takes the drug. Students who require medication to be administered by school personnel during school hours should notify the school nurse. Students taking prescribed medicine requiring the use of needles should follow the procedures established for administering medication at school. When a school employee has reasonable suspicion that a student has violated this policy, the employee shall report this information to the principal or assistant principal. The first violation of this policy may result in the student being assigned to Hickory Career Arts & Magnet (HCAM) School for the remainder of the school year. An exception may be made only when an alternative to the reassignment, designed by the superintendent, has been agreed to in writing by the parent, student, and principal and involves corrective education and/or counseling. This alternative shall apply only to this policy and the first offense of this policy.

TOBACCO PRODUCTS The possession or smoking of tobacco in cigarettes, cigars, or pipes and the possession or use of smokeless tobacco is prohibited at school and at school sponsored activities. Smoking and other use of tobacco products shall be strongly discouraged at Newton-Conover High School through an educational program of instruction focusing on the effects of using tobacco products. The Board of Education encourages students to participate in school and community programs designed to prevent and cure tobacco addiction. In the event of violation by a student of Board Policy, as outlined above, the principal or designee of the principal shall enforce the following provisions: A first offense during the school year by a student shall cause the principal to advise the parent or guardian of the student violation and impose a penalty of Saturday detention. If assigned to detention, the student shall be provided with information concerning the harmful effects of smoking. A conference with the student’s parents or guardian may be conducted over the telephone but must be held within three days of the violation. A second offense during a school year may result in a two-day out-of-school suspension. A third offense may result in a suspension of five (5) days. REASONABLE FORCE North Carolina law (G.S. 115C-330/391) provides that “school personnel may use reasonable force”…to control behavior or to remove a person from the scene in those situations when necessary *To quell a disturbance. *To obtain possession of weapons or other dangerous objects on the person or within the control of a student; *For self-defense; or *For the protection of persons or property. SEARCH AND SEIZURE PROCEDURES The school and school facilities are the property of the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education. No items in violation of the civil laws or school policies should exist on school property (such as drugs, weapons, etc.). North Carolina law (G.S. 115C-398) states that “Students and their parents may be liable for damage to school buildings, furnishings, and textbooks…” Lockers: Lockers are subject to periodic general and random inspections by school administrators. A specific student’s locker may be searched when there is reasonable suspicion of the violation of school regulations or civil law.

Automobiles: Students are permitted to park on school premises as a matter of privilege, not of right. School administrators may conduct routine patrols of student parking lots and inspections of the exteriors of students’ automobiles. School administrators may inspect the interior of a student vehicle when there is reasonable suspicion that illegal or unauthorized materials are contained inside. Personal Searches: When a principal has reasonable suspicion to believe that a student possesses a dangerous, illegal, or stolen item on his/her person, the principal shall request the student to produce the suspected material. Law enforcement officials and/or parents may be contacted if the student refuses or denies possession. Personal Property Searches: The principal may search, or permit the search of, a student’s personal property (e.g., purse, book bag, etc.) when there is reasonable suspicion to believe the student may possess a dangerous, illegal, or stolen item. WEAPONS Newton-Conover High School rules, regulations, and penalties concerning weapons are based on current United States and North Carolina law. Any changes made in the United States and/or North Carolina law will result in an identical change in our policies effective at the same time the law goes into effect. The list of weapons includes those specifically identified in the law and any object used for other than its original intent. United States Code 18 USC 922 (q) (1) (A): It shall be unlawful for any individual knowingly to possess a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone. (1) (B): Subparagraph (A) shall not apply to the possession of a firearm— on private property not part of school grounds: if the individual possessing the firearm is licensed to do so by the State in which the school zone is located or a political subdivision of the State, and the law of the State or political subdivision requires that, before an individual obtain such a license, the law enforcement authorities of the State or political subdivision verify that the individual is qualified under law to receive the license; which is—not loaded; and in a locked container, or a locked firearms rack which is on a motor vehicle; by an individual in accordance with a program approved by a school in the school zone; by an individual in accordance with a contract entered into between a school in the school zone and the individual or an employer of the individual; by a law enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity, or; that is unloaded and is possessed by an individual while traversing school premises for the purpose of gaining access to public or private lands open to hunting, if the entry on school premises is authorized by school authorities. (A): Except as provided in subparagraph (B), it shall be unlawful for any person, knowingly or with reckless disregard for the safety of another, to discharge or attempt to discharge a firearm at a place that the person knows is a school zone. (2) (B) Subparagraph (A) shall apply to the discharge of a firearm— on a private property not part of school grounds; as part of a program approved by a school in the school zone, by an individual who is participating in the program;

by an individual who in accordance with a contract entered into between a school in a school zone and the individual or an employer of the individual; or by a law enforcement officer acting in his or her official capacity. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as preempting or preventing a State or local government from enacting a statute establishing gun-free school zones as provided in this subsection. 18 USC 921 (a) (25): The term “school zone” means: in, or on the grounds of, a public, parochial, or private school; or within a distance of 1,000 feet from the grounds of a public, parochial, or private school. The term “school” means a school that provides elementary or secondary education, as determined under State law. 18 USC 924 (a) (4): Any person who violates section 922 (q) shall be guilty of a felony and shall be fined not more than $250,000 and imprisoned not more than five (5) years. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the term of imprisonment imposed under this paragraph shall not run concurrently with any other term of imprisonment of not more than five (5) years made in this paragraph, for the purpose of any other law a violation of section 922 (q) {18 USCS 9229 (q)} shall be deemed to be a misdemeanor. §14-269.2 Weapons on campus or other educational property. The following definitions apply to this section: Educational property – Any school building or bus, school campus, grounds, recreational area, athletic field, or property owned, used, or operated by any board of education or school board of trustees, or directors for the administration of any school. (1a) Employee – A person employed by a local board of education or school whether the person is an adult or a minor. (1b) School – A public or private school, community college, college, or university. Student – A person enrolled in a school or a person who has been suspended or expelled within the last five years from a school, whether the person is an adult or a minor. Switchblade knife – A knife containing a blade that opens automatically by the release of a spring or a similar contrivance. Weapon – Any device enumerated in subsection (b), (b1), or (d) of this section: It shall be a Class I felony for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol, or other firearm of any kind on educational property or to a curricular or extracurricular activity sponsored by a school. However, this subsection does not apply to a BB gun, stun gun, air rifle, or air pistol. (b1) It shall be a class G felony for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine, or powerful explosive as defined in G.S. 14-284.1, on educational property or to a curricular or extracurricular activity sponsored by a school. This subsection shall not apply to fireworks. It shall be a Class I felony for any person to cause, encourage, or aid a minor who is less than 18 years old to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol, or other firearm of any kind on educational property. However, this subsection does not apply to a BB gun, stun gun, air rifle, or air pistol. (c1) It shall be a Class G felony for any person to cause, encourage, or aid a minor who is less than 18 years old to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine, or powerful explosive as defined in G.S.

14-284.1 on educational property. This subsection shall not apply to fireworks. It shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any BB gun, stun gun, air rifle, air pistol, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades(except solely for personal shaving), firework, or any sharp-pointed or edged instrument except instructional supplies, unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparation of food, instruction, and maintenance, on educational property. It shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person to cause, encourage, or aid a minor who is less than 18 years old to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any BB gun, stun gun, air rifle, air pistol, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades (except solely for personal shaving), firework, or any sharp-pointed or edged instrument except instructional supplies, unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparation of food, instruction, and maintenance, on educational property. Notwithstanding subsection (b) of this section, it shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor rather than a Class 1 felony for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol, or other firearm of any kind, on educational property or to a curricular or extracurricular activity sponsored by a school if: The person is not a student attending school on the educational property or an employee employed by the school working on the educational property, and (1a) The person is not a student attending a curricular or extracurricular activity sponsored by the school at which the student is enrolled or any employee attending a curricular or extracurricular activity sponsored by the school at which the employee is employed; and Repealed by Session Laws 1999-211, s. 1, effective December 1, 1999, and applicable to offenses committed on or after that date. The firearm is not loaded, is in a motor vehicle, and is in a locked container or a locked firearm rack. Repealed by Session Laws 1999-211, s. 1, effective December 1, 1999, and applicable to offenses committed on or after that date. This section shall not apply to: A weapon used solely for educational or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes, or used in a school-approved program conducted under the supervision of an adult whose supervision has been approved by the school authority. (1a) A person exempted by the provisions of G.S. 14-269(b); Firefighters, emergency service personnel, North Carolina Forest Service personnel, and any private police employed by an educational institution when acting in the discharge of their official duties; or Home schools as defined in G.S. 115C-563(a). No person shall be guilty of a criminal violation of this section so long as both of the following apply: The person comes into possession of a weapon by taking or receiving the weapon from another person or by finding the weapon. The person delivers the weapon, directly or indirectly, as soon as practical to law enforcement authorities.

CHEMICAL SPRAY POLICY Displaying or discharging chemical sprays such as mace or pepper spray on the campus of Newton-Conover High School or on any school bus is prohibited. Discharging of these chemical sprays is potentially harmful to other people and will be treated as a serious offense. No student shall display or discharge chemical sprays such as mace or pepper spray while he/she is in any school building or on any school bus. The administration shall subject any student who violates this regulation to disciplinary action ranging from a Saturday detention to a two (2) to ten (10) day out-of-school suspension. PHYSICAL ASSAULT OR CAUSE OF PERSONAL INJURY No student shall assault, cause, or attempt to cause physical injury to, or intentionally behave in such a manner as could reasonably cause physical injury to any student or school employee on or off campus, on school-sponsored transportation, or any school-sponsored event, including outof-state trips or work experience supervision. FIGHTING No student shall resolve a disagreement or attempt to resolve a disagreement with another student through a struggle or with the use of physical force (i.e., blows, slapping, hair pulling, etc.). Students engaging in aggressive behavior of this type will be suspended from school from one (1) to ten (10) days. The Newton Police Department may arrest or remove from school any student who is fighting on school property. THREATENING OR ABUSIVE ACTIONS (INTIMIDATION) No student shall bring materials or take part in actions that disrupt the educational process. Threats, hazing, or harassment will not be tolerated. Students should report any incident to an administrator immediately. Students will be made aware of the bullying policies as they apply to Newton Conover High School. DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY No student shall destroy or deface property on campus, on school-sponsored transportation, or at any school-sponsored event, including out-of-state trips. If a student damages property, the parent/guardian will receive a payment schedule for making restitution. HAZING OR HARASSMENT Any willful act done by a student, whether individually or in concert with others, to another student for the purpose of subjecting such student to humiliation, intimidation, physical abuse or threats of abuse, social or other ostracism, shame, or disgrace.” (NCCS BOE policy)

SEXUAL HARASSMENT Because the staff of Newton-Conover High School recognizes its responsibility to provide a safe learning environment, sexual harassment by any individual will result in legal and/or school imposed penalties. The following are examples of sexual harassment, but are not inclusive: comments, jokes, or gestures that have sexual connotations; and touching, grabbing, or pinching in a sexual way. School staff will actively investigate all reported sexual harassment complaints. STEALING No student shall steal or attempt to steal from a fellow student, from a faculty or staff member, or from the school itself. No student shall be in possession of stolen items at school, on schoolsponsored transportation, or at school-sponsored activities. The Newton Police Department may assist in investigations of theft. Laws pertaining to theft will be enforced accordingly. GROOMING CODES Students and their parents are responsible for student grooming at school. Students are requested to dress and groom themselves in a manner that will lead to a sound educational environment at Newton-Conover High School. Good hygiene and the health of other students require that dirty clothes of any nature should be prohibited. Special dress codes for extracurricular activity may be imposed depending on the type of activity involved. The following examples of unacceptable dress are not intended to be inclusive but rather to illustrate the types of dress that are inconsistent with the philosophy of the administration and faculty of Newton-Conover High School. EXAMPLES OF INAPPROPRIATE DRESS The following section attempts to define inappropriate dress for all Newton Conover High School students, however, not all inappropriate clothing can be listed. Therefore, school administrators will determine appropriateness or inappropriateness of dress not specifically addressed below. In addition, school administrators may make exceptions as appropriate for medical, religious, or special observances. The following items should not be worn in school, and enforcement applies to both male and female students. • Halter tops • Tank tops and shirts altered to resemble tank tops • Bare midriff tops or tops that do not cover the chest and shoulders (must be at least a width of 3 inches on the shoulders; midriffs and / or cleavage may not show) • Bare-back tops • Shorts or mini-skirts shorter than the fingertips when standing • Slashed or cut-up clothing that is revealing • Underwear worn as outerwear • Pants with waist worn below the buttocks • Clothing with alcohol, tobacco, or controlled substance advertisement or reference

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Clothing displaying vulgar writing or symbols, sexual references, or racial comments Hair curlers, hats, sunglasses, pick/combs, headbands, bandanas, toboggans, other headwear Exposed undergarments See-through clothing Gang related clothing Biker tights / leggings worn as outer wear (the shirt worn with biker tights or leggings must strike the legs at the end of the fingertips; this includes form fitting sweaters and/or dresses with leggings) Leggings worn as pants will not be allowed. Bedroom shoes / slippers Pajamas / blankets Chains (including those that hang from wallets ) or spiked accessories Rips or tears in pants must be below where the fingertips strike the legs Any other disruptive clothing or attire

According to the NCHS discipline policy, a violation of the dress code is a level one offense. In addition to the consequences assigned per the discipline policy, a parent will be contacted to bring the student a change of clothes. FOOD POLICY Students and faculty members want a school that is as clean as possible and one that is free of insects and rodents. Therefore, no food or drink other than bottled water is permitted in the classroom building. This will allow us to maintain a cleaner school by restricting the consumption of food and beverages to a specific area. Students who violate this policy may have their food or drinks taken by a staff member. The items will be returned after school if the student wants them at a later time. Students who continue to violate the food policy will receive disciplinary consequences. Please help us keep our school clean. ELECTRONIC DEVICES All electronic devices are strictly prohibited from 7:20 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.(Exception: Students are allowed to use cell phones during their lunch period in the cafeteria and the commons area only). No electronic devices belonging to students should be in use inside the classroom building. Any items being used between 7:20 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. or in the classroom building will be confiscated and returned to the student according to the following policy: 1st offense: Student may pick up at the end of the school day. 2nd offense: Student’s parent / guardian must pick up 3rd offense: Student or parent / guardian may pick up after 5 school days 4th offense: Administration keeps until end of semester or 1 month Note: Any student who brings any electronic device on the campus of NCHS, assumes all responsibility. NCHS is not responsible for any electronic device that is stolen or broken on this campus. Students bring these items at their own risk. LOCKERS

Students are assigned lockers by their Homeroom teachers and will have this locker for the entire school year. Locks are available for student use; students will submit a request for a lock with the homeroom teacher. All personal locks will require a key or combination to be supplied to the office in cases of emergency. All school locks not returned at the end of the year will require that students be charged a $5 replacement fee. Students are encouraged not to share lockers or give their combinations to anyone else. Students are cautioned not to keep money and other valuables in their lockers. The administration reserves the right to hold unannounced periodic inspections of any locker. Any illegal material will be seized. PROTECTION OF PERSONAL PROPERTY Students are responsible for labeling personal items for identification and for securing those items to prevent theft. We discourage students from bringing valuable items or large sums of money to school.

Phones are available in the office for student use in the case of an emergency. Students must have a pass from the classroom teacher and permission from the office personnel to use the phone. If a student receives a call, he/she will be called out of class only in the case of an emergency. Class will not be interrupted to give students a message. Students who have messages will be called to come to the office during the afternoon announcements. After office hours, students may use the public phones. During exams students must make arrangements to be picked up before they come to school that day. ELEVATOR An elevator is available for students who, for whatever legitimate reason, cannot use the stairs. A $5 deposit will be required before an elevator key is issued. Once the key is returned to the office, the $5 deposit will be refunded. AFTER-SCHOOL DETENTION AND SATURDAY DETENTION The Newton-Conover High School After School Detention and Saturday Detention are designed to provide alternatives to out-of-school suspensions (OSS). Students assigned to these programs are disciplined for inappropriate behavior without the consequences of missed class time. Rules and procedures for after school study hall (afternoon detention), In School Suspension, Saturday detention and attendance make up are found on pages 55-57 of this handbook.


The suspension and/or expulsion of a student from school are viewed by the principal as the most serious form of student punishment. The basis for suspension and expulsion of students in the public schools is outlined in G.S. 114C-391. The grounds for suspension and/or expulsion shall be the violation of policies as described in the Code of Conduct. G.S. 115C-391. The principal of a school or his designee shall have the authority to suspend for a period of ten (10) days or less any student who willfully violates policies of conduct established by the local Board of Education provided that a student suspended pursuant to this subsection shall be provided an opportunity to take any quarterly, semester, or grading period examinations missed during the suspension period. The principal of a school may recommend to the superintendent a long term suspension for periods of time in excess of ten (10) days, but not exceeding the time remaining in the school year, any pupil who willfully violates the policies of conduct established by the local Board of Education. If the suspension is for more than ten (10) days, the pupil or his parents may appeal the decision of the principal to the local Board of Education. The Newton-Conover Board of Education reserves the right to authorize appropriate disciplinary action against any student (K-12) for the commission of any act(s) in violation of any civil law, even though such act(s) may not be expressly prohibited in the Code of Conduct or otherwise be addressed in Board policies. Any suspension by a principal shall be reported immediately in writing to the parent of the student. A suspended student is prohibited from entering any school or any school grounds (except for a pre-arranged conference with an administrator), attending any day or night school functions, including weekend functions, of the Newton-Conover City Schools, or riding a school bus during the term of the suspension. Violation of this provision shall be cause for additional disciplinary action. The Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the superintendent, shall have the authority to expel a student from the school system under provisions of G.S. 115C0391 and G.S. 115C-112. Short-Term Suspension When a student is suspended for a period of ten (10) days or less, the student shall be given written or oral notice of the charges against him/her. If the student denies the charges, he/she shall be given an explanation of the evidence against him/her and shall be given an opportunity to present his/her side of the story. There need be no delay between the time notice is given and the time of hearing the student’s side of the story. If a student’s presence poses a continuing danger to persons or property or is an ongoing threat of disrupting the academic process, he/she may be removed immediately from school. In such cases, the necessary notice and hearing shall follow when practical. The principal or his/her agent shall make every effort to hold a conference with the parents before or at the time the student returns to school.

The principal or his/her agent shall attempt to secure written statements and keep on file all documents and relevant information received about the student’s misconduct. Long-Term Suspension When the student is suspended for a period in excess of ten (10) days, the superintendent must give written notice of such suspension or dismissal to the parents or guardian of the student as soon as possible. The notice shall include: A statement of the charges against the student. A statement that the student, his/her parents, and their attorney or representative, may request a full hearing before the Board of Education. Notice that the student, his/her parents, or their representative may examine all exhibits or other evidence against the student including his academic file. Notice that the student has the right at his/her expense to be represented by counsel or other representative at the hearing. Notice that the student or his/her representative has the right to confront and examine witnesses at the hearing. Notice that the student or his/her representative has the right to attend the hearing and to present evidence on the student’s behalf. Notice that the student or his/her representative has the right to make a record of the hearing. Right of Appeal In the event of a suspension of ten days or more, the student or his/her parents or representative shall notify the Board in writing that they desire a hearing to be held before a quorum of the Board within a reasonable time after receiving the notice of the request for a hearing. Re-Admission Upon Appeal Upon receipt by the Board of Education of written notice of appeal from a dismissal or suspension for more than ten (10) school days, the principal of a school may, at his/her discretion, upon the determination that such student is not a menace to the school, re-admit the student to classes for the remainder of the dismissal or suspension period pending the determination of the appeal. Procedure for Appeal The hearing for dismissal of students shall be held in an open public hearing or closed executive session as allowed by law. Students at such hearings may speak in their own defense and may be questioned on their own testimony, but they may choose not to testify. In such case, they shall not be punished for such refusal, and such refusal shall not be held against them. The Board shall provide for the making of a record of any information presented to it at the hearing. The superintendent will keep statements and other written matter presented to the Board on file. At the hearing, the principal, teacher, or other persons involved shall present the evidence against the student, and the Board shall take such evidence into consideration. Members of the Board of Education, the student, his/her parents or their representative, or the Board’s attorney, may question witnesses about any matters logically relevant to the charge against the student and the proper disposition of the matter. The Board has the authority to limit long or irrelevant questioning by non-Board members.

If the Board finds it necessary to have a witness appear before it, and the witness refuses after being requested to appear, the Board may authorize the use of the subpoena power granted to it by G.S. 115C-45 to compel the presence of the witness, and the hearing may be continued for the purpose of the exercise of such power. The Board shall reach its decision upon whether the student violated a rule of conduct by a majority vote. The decision must be made solely on the evidence presented at the hearing and should state substantial findings of fact on which the Board’s decision rests. If no misconduct is found, the matter is terminated, and no further action may be taken against the student because of his/her alleged violation. When misconduct is found, the disposition made by the Board and the punishment imposed may range from no action through the entire scope of counseling attempts and possible penalties including expulsion for the remainder of the school year. Minority views should be noted if the minority Board members so request. An adverse decision by the Board of Education may be appealed to a court of law. The decision of the Board shall be in writing MEDIA CENTER The Newton-Conover High School Media Center is located on the first level on the north side of the commons area. It is open from 7:20 a.m. to 4:15pm p.m. Monday through Friday unless an advanced announcement has been made to the contrary. The media center staff invites you to visit the Media Center, become acquainted with its resources and services, and use them. Audiovisual equipment and materials, as well as books, newspapers, and magazines are available for student use. The purpose of the Media Center is to supply materials and information sources to enrich the learning process, to help the students make the best use of the materials, and to make available various kinds of books for the students’ personal enjoyment. The Media Center provides the student with a quiet place to study or research assigned topics. Loud noise and/or disruptive behavior is prohibited. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken in the case of persistent violators. Student Use of the Media Center Class Access: Students come to the Media Center with a class whenever the teacher arranges research time. To use the computer lab with a supervising teacher, a student needs to have a signed Acceptable Use Policy on file. Individual Access: A pass from the supervising teacher is necessary for a student to come to the Media Center individually during class time. Individual computer access is subject to availability of equipment. Students must present a pass from the supervising teacher to work on an individual basis during the regular school day. Unless written instructions indicate otherwise, students may not leave the Media Center before the end of the period. Before and After School/Lunch Access: The Media Center is open before and after school and during lunch unless an announcement indicates otherwise. For individual access to the computer lab during these times, it is necessary for the student to check in with media center staff to determine availability.

Newton-Conover City Schools’ Technology Acceptable Use Policy Board Policy 7320 Technological resources, including computers, other electronic devices, programs, networks and the Internet provide opportunities to enhance instruction, appeal to different learning styles, and meet the educational goals of the board. Through the school system’s technological resources, users can observe events as they occur around the world, interact with others on a variety of subjects and acquire access to current and in-depth information. Use of technological resources should be integrated into the educational program. Technological resources should be used in teaching the North Carolina Standard Course of Study and in meeting the educational goals of the board. The curriculum committee should provide suggestions for using technological resources in the curriculum guides as provided in policy 3115, Curriculum and Instructional Guides. Teachers are encouraged to further incorporate the use of technological resources into their lesson plans. The superintendent shall ensure that school system computers with Internet access comply with federal requirements regarding filtering software, Internet monitoring and Internet safety policies. The superintendent shall develop any regulations and submit any certifications necessary to meet such requirements. Requirements for Use of Technological Resources The use of school system technological resources, such as computers and other electronic devices, networks and the Internet, is a privilege, not a right. Before using the Internet, all students must be trained about appropriate on-line behavior. Such training must cover topics such as cyber-bullying and interacting with others on social networking websites and in chat rooms. Anyone who uses school system computers or electronic devices or who accesses the school network or Internet, at an educational site, must comply with the requirements listed below. All students and employees must receive a copy of this policy annually. Before using school system technological resources, students and employees must sign a statement indicating that they understand and will strictly comply with these requirements. Failure to adhere to these requirements will result in disciplinary action, including revocation of user privileges. Willful misuses may result in disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution under applicable state and federal law. School system technological resources are provided for school-related purposes only. Acceptable use of such technological resources are limited to activities that support learning and teaching. Use of school system technological resources for commercial gain or profit is prohibited. Under no circumstance may software purchased by the school system be copied for personal use. Students and employees must comply with all applicable board policies, administrative regulations and school standards and rules in using technological resources. All

applicable laws, including those relating to copyrights and trademarks, confidential information and public records, apply to technological resource use. Any use that violates state or federal law is strictly prohibited. No user of technological resources , including a person sending or receiving electronic communications, may engage in creating, intentionally accessing, downloading, storing, printing or transmitting images, graphics (including still or moving pictures), sound files, text files, documents, messages or other material that is obscene, defamatory, profane, pornographic, harassing or considered to be harmful to minors. Users of technological resources may not send electronic communications fraudulently (i.e., by misrepresenting the identity of the sender). Users must respect the privacy of others. When using email, chat rooms, blogs or other forms of electronic communication, students must not reveal personally identifiable, private or confidential information, such as the home address or telephone number, of themselves or fellow students. In addition, school employees must not disclose on the Internet or on school system web sites/pages any personally identifiable information concerning students (including names, addresses or pictures) without the written permission of a parent/guardian or an eligible student, except as otherwise permitted by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or policy 4700, Student Records. Users also may not forward or post personal communications without the author’s prior consent. Users may not intentionally or negligently damage computers, computer systems, electronic devices, software or computer networks. Users may not knowingly or negligently transmit computer viruses or self-replicating messages or deliberately try to degrade or disrupt system performance. Users must scan any downloaded files for viruses. Users may not create or introduce games, network communications programs or any foreign program or software onto any school system computer, electronic device or network without the express permission of the technology director or designee. Users are prohibited from engaging in unauthorized or unlawful activities such as “hacking” or using the computer network to gain or attempt to gain unauthorized or unlawful access to other computers, computer systems or accounts. Users are prohibited from using another individual’s computer account. Users may not read, alter, change, execute or delete files belonging to another user without the owner’s express prior permission. If a user identifies a security problem on a technological resource, he or she must immediately notify a system administrator. Users must not demonstrate the problem to other users. Any user identified as a security risk will be denied access. Teachers shall make reasonable efforts to supervise a student’s use of the Internet during instructional time.

Views may be expressed as representing the view of the school system or part of the school system only with prior approval by the superintendent or designee. Restricted Material on the Internet Before a student may use the Internet for any purpose, the student’s parent must be made aware of the possibility that the student could obtain access to inappropriate material. The parent and student must sign a consent form acknowledging that the student user is responsible for appropriate use of the Internet and consenting monitoring by school system personnel of the student’s e-mail communication and use of the Internet. The board is aware that there is information on the Internet that is not related to the educational program. The board also is aware that the Internet may provide information and opportunities to communicate on subjects that are not suitable for school-age children and that many parents would find objectionable. School system personnel shall take reasonable precautions to prevent students from having access to inappropriate materials, such as violence, nudity, obscenity or graphic language which does not serve a legitimate pedagogical purpose. The superintendent shall ensure that the Internet service provider or technology personnel has installed a technology protection measure that blocks or filters Internet access to audio or visual depictions that are obscene, that are considered pornography or that are harmful to minors. School official may disable such filters for an adult who uses a school-owned computer for bona fide research or another lawful educational purpose. School system may not restrict Internet access to ideas, perspectives or viewpoints if the restriction is motivated solely by disapproval of the ideas involved. Privacy No right of privacy exists in the use of technological resources. School system administrators or individuals designated by the superintendent may review files, monitor all communication, and intercept e-mail messages to maintain system integrity and to ensure compliance with board policy and applicable laws and regulations. School system personnel shall monitor on- line activities of individuals who access the Internet via a school-owned computer. Personal Websites The superintendent may use any means available to request the removal of personal websites that substantially disrupt the school environment or that utilize school system or individual school names, logos or trademarks without permission. Students Though school personnel generally do not monitor students’ Internet activity conducted on nonschool system computers during non-school hours, when the student’s on-line behavior has a direct and immediate effect on school safety or maintaining order and discipline in the schools, the student may be disciplined in accordance with board policy (see the student behavior policies in the 4300 series). Employees All employees must use the school system network when communicating with students about

any school-related matters. Thus, employees may not use personal websites or on-line networking profiles to post information in an attempt to communicate with students about school-related matters. Employees are to maintain an appropriate relationship with students at all times. Employees are encouraged to block students from viewing personal information on employee personal websites or on-line networking profiles in order to prevent the possibility that students could view materials that are not age-appropriate. If an employee creates and/or posts inappropriate content on a website or profile and it has a negative impact on the employee’s ability to perform his or her job as it relates to working with students, the employee will be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal. This section applies to all employees, volunteers and student teachers working in the school system. CAFETERIA INFORMATION N-CHS has a closed lunch policy. Students are not allowed to leave campus during lunch unless they have an appointment that can be verified. Students signing out legitimately or returning from internships during the school day may not bring food or drink back on campus. Visitors or other adults should not bring food from other eating establishments to students during the school day. Students attend lunch according to their third period class schedule. There will be four lunch periods. Teachers will explain the lunch schedule on the first day of each semester. Prices for 2011-2012: Breakfast - $1.25; Lunch - $2.15 ID cards are required to be scanned for any lunch purchase. Student conduct in the cafeteria: Students are expected to display good manners, to avoid breaking line, to consume all food and beverages in the cafeteria, and to clean their eating area when finished. NCCS Child Nutrition Information Child Nutrition offers a range of services for students, while striving to prepare and provide healthy, well balanced meals that meet your child’s needs. Breakfast and Lunch Meals are offered daily in all cafeterias. Students may purchase one complete breakfast and one complete lunch per day. A breakfast consists of two breads or one bread and one meat, a fruit and milk. Lunch consists of one meat, one bread, two fruits or vegetables and a milk. Students may also purchase additional items at a la carte prices. Breakfast is $1.25 for all students in grades K-12 and .30 for students that are eligible for reduced priced meals. Lunch is $2.00 for students in grades K-5, $2.15 for students in grades 612 and .40 for students eligible for reduced priced meals Child Nutrition encourages all parents to pay for their children’s meals in advance. Payments are accepted daily, weekly, monthly or any other frequency the parent desires. Online payment for meal accounts is also available at Benefits of the lunch prepay system include the following: 1. Quick and easy payments 24 hours a day 2. Pay for multiple students with one single payment 3. Check your child’s meal account balance

4. Get low balance alerts by email If an elementary or middle school student fails to bring money, they will only be allowed to charge lunch. Once the student accrues five (5) days of charged lunches, their charge privileges will be suspended for a regular lunch. A courtesy meal will then be provided to the student and charged to his meal account. High school students are not permitted to charge lunch; they may pay for their meals on a daily basis or prepay money into their account. Child Nutrition staff will send letters home weekly to parents informing them of the meal charges. Child Nutrition staff and principals will work with parents/guardians to determine the best method to ensure payment of meal costs for students who have exceeded their charge privileges. Free & Reduced Priced Meals – Newton-Conover City Schools sends a free and reduced priced meal application form home with every student at the beginning of the school year. Forms are available in the school office for students arriving throughout the school year. Free and reduced priced meal forms are to be completed and returned to the school or to the Child Nutrition Office at 605 North Ashe Avenue, Newton, NC 28658 as soon as possible. All students in the household may be placed on one application form even though the students go to different schools. Complete one form per family. If a student was receiving free or reduced priced meals last school year in the Newton-Conover City Schools they will continue to receive the benefits the first 10 days of school giving parents time to fill out the new application form. New students will be required to pay for their meals until the application form is processed and approved. Charges made on a student’s account prior to receiving free or reduced priced meal benefits must be paid. Child Nutrition is unable to take off charges made prior to the day their application was approved. Special Needs/Diet Orders – Students who require a special diet or diet modification due to a medical issue must complete and return the special diet order form that is signed by a licensed physician. This form must be on file before any changes can be made to a child’s meals. This form can be found in the school office or online at . When you are looking at the Newton-Conover City Schools web site, click on departments and then click on Child Nutrition. The form is located on the right side of the screen under teacher forms. Parents all special diet order are implemented and followed as written throughout the school including the classrooms. No deviation from these orders are allowed without notification and/or change by a licensed Physician, accompanying a newly completed form. Please have your child’s physician be as clear and detailed as possible with instructions. If necessary, we may call to verify diet orders and instructions. Refunds – Students may receive a refund for the remaining balance on their lunch account when leaving the school system. It is the parent or adults responsibility to contact the cafeteria to inform the manager they are leaving and would like a refund. The manager will check the specific account and complete the necessary form based on the balance amount. Below $5.00 – Ask the cafeteria manager for a refund from your student’s account. The manager will complete the refund form and ask for your signature. Money will then be returned. Over $5.00 – Ask the cafeteria manager for a refund from your student’s account. A refund form will be completed with the necessary information and given to the parent. The parent is responsible for completing the remainder of the form and submitting it to the Child Nutrition Department at NewtonConover Administrative Office. The parent requesting the refund must provide their Social

Security Number in order for a check to be processed. This procedure may take approximately 3 weeks to complete. The check will be mailed to the address provided on the form. STUDENT GOVERNMENT The Student Council of Newton-Conover High School consists of members from each grade level. The purposes of the organization as stated in the Student Council Constitution are to develop a unified school spirit, loyalty, and a sense of responsibility in all school affairs; to advance mutual respect between staff and students; to promote their cooperative efforts for the betterment of the school; to encourage all school organizations and activities; to initiate and promote any project that will advance the good of the school; and to serve as coordinating body over all extra-curricular activities. Elections are held in the fall of each school year. STUDENT CLUBS Newton Conover High School actively participates in the North Carolina Association of Scholastic Activities and currently offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitions such as “The Quill”, Twelve, Science Olympiad, The Quiz Bowl and others. Please contact the office for more information on these competitive teams. Afro-American Club The Afro-American club’s mission is to create more interest and understanding in AfroAmerican culture by providing programs and services that embrace the diversity of the school community. The club strives to develop character and to encourage improvement in student to faculty, as well as student to community relations and communication while strengthening the confidence of young men and women and their work ethics. Chess Club The Chess Club is a competitive organization that competes in a variety of different tournaments. Past tournaments have included N.C. Class Championships, Western Class Championships, Catawba County Championships, Scholastic Championships, as well as 10 – 15 N-CHS tournaments per year. Practice is held at least twice per week after school year round. The chess club has been extremely successful, winning the 2A class every year from 2000 – 2011. Foreign Language Club The mission of the Foreign Language Club is to help identify the diversity of cultures and ethnicity in our school and the community. The club works with the Drama Club to host / sponsor the talent show each year to raise funds for scholarships for students going to college to student foreign language.

Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) The Newton-Conover Health Occupations Student Association welcomes all students enrolled in a Health Occupation’s class to join. The club meets on a monthly basis and elects officers per established by-laws. Members are encouraged to develop and assist with community projects, assist with projects of professional health agencies and sponsor an American Red Cross

Bloodmobile. Money earned by club fundraisers is used to award a scholarship to a senior that has completed AHSII and has been accepted to a post-secondary institution. Additional funds are used for community projects and Senior Awards. International Club The International Club is open to students of all ethnic and cultural backgrounds who are interested in exploring the diversity of NCHS. The main service project is to sponsor several fundraisers per year with the proceeds going toward an International Scholarship. This scholarship is open to any senior international student who is planning to attend college and is awarded by review of application. The club meets on a monthly basis (or more often) and enjoys planning events that encourage fellowship among the members and also with members of International Clubs from other area high schools. Interact Interact is a Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14 – 18. The NewtonConover Rotary Club that provides support and guidance sponsors the Interact club at NCHS. The high school club is self-governing and self supporting and must complete at least two community service projects per year, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these projects students develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs and, in the process, develop leadership skills and learn the value of hard work. Mu Alpha Theta Mu Alpha Theta is a nationally recognized math honor society for high school and community college students. The purpose of the organization is to promote scholarship in, and enjoyment and understanding of, mathematics among high school students. The club will complete community service by offering weekly math tutorial labs. National Honor Society The National Honor Society is an honorary society with membership based mainly on academic achievement, but also extracurricular involvement is considered. Every year the society sponsors a scholarship based on need to a graduate of Newton-Conover High School. The members come from the junior and senior classes. National Beta Club The Beta Club is an honor society with an emphasis on community service. The members of the Beta Club are juniors and seniors that maintain a 3.5 or better GPA and perform 20 hours of community service each year. As a club, the students provide tutoring as well as hold fundraisers for charitable organizations. The Beta Club of Newton-Conover High School will implement a points system for members to remain in “good standing” and for members to receive an “honor” stole for their graduation robe.
The system is designed to encourage participation in all the club’s activities. There are required functions for which points are earned. Extra points for use in acquiring an Honor Stole or to make up required points are also available. For members to be in “good standing” at the end of the year, they must have earned 200 points. 225 points are required for a graduation stole and 250 points are necessary for an “honor stole”. The point system:
Club Activity number points extra points

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Service Hours (5 points/hour) Projects (10 points each) College Day “Adopt” a Child (Christmas) Thanksgiving Care District Convention Junior Induction [additional projects to be added] Committee Work (10 points each) College Day “Adopt” a Child Thanksgiving Care District Convention Junior Induction [additional committees may be added] Club Meetings (5 points each) Beta Club Meetings District Meeting State Meeting National Meeting Functionaries Club Officer Committee Chairperson Totals

required* 24 3

available 120 30

available 10 1

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10 5 5 5 10 10 130



SADD The purpose of the NCHS SADD club is to provide students with the best prevention and intervention tools possible to deal with the issues of underage drinking, other drug use, impaired driving and other destructive decisions. Youth Alive Youth Alive is a student –led Christian club whose purpose is to encourage each other, share the love of Christ with fellow students, and minister to the community. Youth Alive meets weekly. Meetings are led by students and include Bible reading, discussion, and prayer. Youth Alive also holds a weekly student-led group prayer at the flagpole each Tuesday. In September, Youth Alive hosts “Meet You At the Pole”; December includes an annual fundraiser for Samaritan’s Purse as well as a Christmas fundraiser for a local family in need. Other activities include bimonthly dinner out, National Day of Prayer, youth concert, and community service.

N-C P.R.I.D.E “Promoting Recognition for Individual Dedication to Excellence”

N-C P.R.I.D.E is a reward incentive program designed to recognize students for excelling in achievement, attendance, and attitude. Students qualify for the program each semester and receive rewards and special privileges. The two levels on N-C P.R.I.D.E are as follows: o Gold card: 3.63 un-weighted GPA for the previous semester o Silver card: 2.63 un-weighted GPA for the previous semester

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Note: To qualify for N-C P.R.I.D.E. students must have the above academic standards, not have a final grade of a D or F in a subject, have 3 or less daily absences (excused or not excused combined) and must not have any discipline referrals for the semester. If a student must retake an EOC he/she is not eligible to receive an N-C P.R.I.D.E card. Rewards for N-C P.R.I.D.E include but are not limited to: o Five minute early dismissal from school at the end of the day o Exam exemptions (excludes EOC & VoCATS) o N-C P.R.I.D.E. T-shirt o Independent Study Day (gold card only) o Prom discounts o Free admission to all athletic events (gold card only, (excludes endowment games and playoff games) o Free admission to select athletic events (silver card) o Eligibility for N-C P.R.I.D.E scholarship N-C P.R.I.D.E. card holders are recognized and honored with a recognition ceremony and picnic during both fall and spring semesters. Revocation of N-C P.R.I.D.E. cards: Students who are referred to the administration for disciplinary purpose and who receive disciplinary actions automatically lose their card for the remainder of the semester and become ineligible to receive a card the following semester. Students will also lose their NC P.R.I.D.E card after 3 tardy sweeps. ELIGIBILITY FOR EXTRACURRICULAR PARTICIPATION

Extracurricular activities are non-credit activities conducted primarily after school and include cheerleading, clubs, student council, and athletics. A student assigned to out-of-school suspension is ineligible for extracurricular participation for the entire period of the suspension. A student must be in school for at least two periods on the day of an activity in order to participate in the extracurricular activity. A student may not be excused prior to the end of the scheduled school day to participate in extracurricular activities at Newton-Conover High School without prior written approval of the principal. A student in grades 9-12 must have passed a minimum of three out of four courses during the preceding semester to be eligible for extracurricular participation at any time during the current semester. A student who receives an incomplete in a subject that causes him/her not to meet minimum scholastic requirements may become eligible during the semester if that course is satisfactorily completed and passed.

A student in grades 9-12 who becomes ineligible for extracurricular participation in the second semester of the school year may repeat the course. Summer school work used to make up part of the minimum load must be applied on the most recent semester. A student must have been in attendance for at least 85 percent of the previous semester in order to be eligible for extracurricular participation. ATHLETICS Newton-Conover High School is a member of the Catawba Valley Athletic Conference in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. Newton-Conover High School offers a wide variety of inter-scholastic sports. A student’s athletic eligibility for high school begins with his/her enrollment in the ninth grade and continues for eight semesters thereafter if the following are maintained: Residence within the Newton-Conover City School District Regular school attendance (85 percent or more) Passing grades in at least three (3) courses per semester Amateur status (never having accepted money, prizes, or other valuable consideration for athletic competition) Compliance with all local and state requirements Varsity Teams: Any student, grade 9-12, is eligible if he/she complies with the NCHSAA eligibility requirements. A student athlete is ineligible if he/she turns 19 on or before October 16 of his/her senior year. Junior Varsity (JV) Teams: Restricted to students in grades 9-10. Fall Sports Winter Sports Spring Sports Varsity Football Varsity, JV Boys’ and Varsity and JV Baseball JV Football Girls’ Basketball Varsity Boys’ & Girls’ Boys’ & Girls’ Varsity & JV Wrestling Track Cross Country Cheerleading Varsity Boys’ Tennis Girls’ Tennis Boys’ & Girls’ Swimming Varsity Golf Varsity and JV Boys’ Soccer Varsity and JV Girls’ Softball Varsity and JV Volleyball Varsity and JV Girls’ Soccer Cheerleading

Newton-Conover High School After School Detention (Monday and Wednesday) Rules and Procedures

Students must report to the After School Detention Room by 2:45 and remain until 3:45 No one will be admitted after 2:45. Students who do not report to afternoon detention on time on the assigned day will receive an additional office referral resulting in more severe consequences. Students assigned to after school detention will be required to bring homework / other class assignments or write a two page essay addressing why they are in detention. Students must bring books, paper, pencil, pens and other necessary materials to after school detention. The afternoon detention instructor will assign students a seat. Students will remain seated at all times. Only essential movements related to the completion of assigned tasks will be allowed. • Students will not sleep or assume a sleeping position. • Students will not talk to other students or make any noises. • Students will not pass notes to anyone. • Students will not bring food or drinks into the afternoon detention room. • Students may speak only when instructed to do so by the afternoon detention instructor. • Students will not be allowed to leave the afternoon detention room for any reason. Leaving before 3:45 will result in an additional office referral. • Students will not be allowed to use the phone unless there is an emergency. • Students will follow all school board policies and school rules while in afternoon detention including the use of electronic devices. Cell phones will not be allowed in the afterschool detention room. • Students must work at all times. If work is completed and time still remains, students will be assigned additional work by the after school detention instructor which may include copying from a dictionary or other source.

Newton-Conover High School In School Suspension Rules and Procedures Students must report to the office before the tardy bell rings to begin 1st period if assigned all day. The students will be transported to NCMS for ISS. Tardies (excused or unexcused) will result in an additional day of ISS unless approved by an administrator. Absences from ISS will be made up before returning to regular classes. Teachers will be notified by 3:00 the day before a student is to serve. Teachers of students serving in ISS will be required to send work / assignments to their students by 7:30 a.m. on the day the student is to serve. Teacher may email assignments to the ISS coordinator as well. The ISS instructor will return all completed work to the teacher’s mail box at the end of each day. Students must bring books, paper, pencil, pens and other necessary materials to ISS. The ISS instructor will assign students a seat. Students will remain seated at all times. Only essential movements related to the completion of assigned tasks will be allowed. • Students will not sleep or assume a sleeping position. • Students will not talk to other students or make any noises. • Students will not pass notes to anyone. • Food, drinks, and gum will not be allowed. • Students may speak only when instructed to do so by the ISS instructor. • Students are expected to complete all work assigned by teachers or the ISS instructor. The ISS instructor will sign off saying the student received and turned in the completed work.

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Students will be given restroom breaks as deemed appropriate by the ISS instructor. Students will not be allowed to use the phone unless there is an emergency. Students will follow all school board policies and school rules while in ISS. Students must work at all times. If work is completed and time still remains, students will be assigned additional work by the ISS instructor which may include copying from a dictionary or other source. All work will be completed before students return to the regular classroom.

Newton-Conover High School Attendance Make up (Monday and Wednesday) Rules and Procedures • Students must report to the Attendance Make-Up Room by 2:45 and remain until 3:45 No one will be admitted after 2:45. • Students will be admitted only with proper documentation from the classroom teacher. It will be the responsibility of the student to obtain necessary signatures before and after the time is served. • Students must bring books, paper, pencil, pens and other necessary materials. • The attendance make up instructor will assign students a seat. Students will remain seated at all times. Only essential movements related to the completion of assigned tasks will be allowed. • Students will not sleep or assume a sleeping position. • Students will not talk to other students or make any noises. • Students will not pass notes to anyone. • Students will not bring food or drinks into the attendance make up room. • Students may speak only when instructed to do so by the instructor. • Students will not be allowed to leave the room for any reason. Unless prior arrangements have been made with the classroom teacher (not the attendance coordinator) leaving before 4:20 will result in time being forfeited. • Students will not be allowed to use the phone unless there is an emergency. • Students will follow all school board policies and school rules while in attendance make up session including the use of electronic devices. Cell phones will not be allowed in the room. • Students must work at all times. If work is completed and time still remains, students will be assigned additional work by the after school detention instructor which may include copying from a dictionary or other source.

Newton-Conover High School Saturday Detention Rules and Procedures Students must report to the Saturday Detention Room by 8:00 and remain until 12:00. No one will be admitted after 8:00. Students who do not report to Saturday detention on time on the assigned day will receive an additional office referral resulting in more severe consequences.

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Students assigned to Saturday detention will be required to bring homework / other class assignments or complete all work assigned by the Saturday detention coordinator. Students must bring books, paper, pencil, pens and other necessary materials to Saturday detention. The Saturday detention instructor will assign students a seat. Students will remain seated at all times. Only essential movements related to the completion of assigned tasks will be allowed. Students will not sleep or assume a sleeping position. Students will not talk to other students or make any noises. Students will not pass notes to anyone. Students will not bring food or drinks into the Saturday detention room. Students may speak only when instructed to do so by the detention instructor. Students will be not be allowed to leave the detention room for any reason. Restroom breaks will be provided. Leaving before 12:00 will result in an additional office referral. Students will not be allowed to use the phone unless there is an emergency. Students will follow all school board policies and school rules while in detention including the use of electronic devices. Cell phones will not be allowed in the detention room. Students must work at all times. If work is completed and time still remains, students will be assigned additional work by the detention instructor which may include copying from a dictionary or other source.

N-CHS STUDENT-PARENT HANDBOOK 2011-2012 Information / Sign Off Sheet Student’s Name________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________ City_______________________________________State__________________Zip__________

Phone____________________________________Cell_________________________________ E-Mail________________________________________________________________________ Parent/Guardian Name___________________________________________________________ Employer_________________________________________Phone________________________ Parent/Guardian Name ___________________________________________________________ Employer_________________________________________Phone________________________ E-Mail________________________________________________________________________ In case of an emergency, please notify: #1 Emergency name other than parent: _____________________________________________ Phone________________________________________Relationship______________________ #2 Emergency name other than parent: _____________________________________________ Phone________________________________________Relationship______________________ Doctor / Hospital Choice _________________________________________________________ Permission to transport student to doctor / hospital: yes no Special medical conditions:_______________________________________________________ Parents / guardians and students, please sign below to indicate that you have read the NewtonConover High School Student –Parent Handbook 2011-2012 in its entirety. Students, your signature indicates that you agree to abide by the terms of the discipline policy and honor code. Parent / guardian signature_______________________________________________________
Student signature____________________________________________Date_________________

Students, please return this sheet to your focus teacher. Newton-Conover City Schools’ Technology Acceptable Use Policy Board Policy 7320 Please fill in the form and return the signed form to the school that your child attends. Student Agreement:

I understand and will abide by the above Rules and Regulations for Newton-Conover City Schools’ Networks. I further understand that any violation will result in the loss of access privileges and school disciplinary action. Student Name (Please Print): _____________________________________________________ Student Signature: ______________________________ Date: __________________________ Expected Year of Graduation: ____________ Parent or Guardian Agreement: I have read the above Rules and Regulations for Newton-Conover City Schools’ Networks and understand that this access is designed for educational purposes only. I recognize that it is impossible, even with the most up to date filtering and security software in place, to restrict access to all inappropriate materials. I also recognize the importance of using technology for my child’s education in order to prepare him/her for life after graduation. I accept full responsibility for my child’s compliance with the above Rules and Regulations and, hereby, give my permission for my child to use Newton-Conover City Schools’ Networks. Parent or Guardian Name (Please Print): _____________________________________________ Parent or Guardian Signature: __________________________________ Date: ______________

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