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  • 1. Student Handbook 2011-2012To engage students in a challenging curriculum so that they will become responsible, productive citizens who value differences and can adapt to a changing world. Wichita High School South 701 West 33rd Street South Wichita, KS 67217-3418 Alma Mater Hail to thee, our Alma Mater Lift the chorus, speed it onward Hail to thee, South High Over hill and vale. We will sing and laud her praises Hail to thee, our Alma Mater Ever to the sky. Hail to South, all Hail. This agenda belongs to:Name ________________________________________________________________Titan Time Teacher ___________________ If you can’t find what you are looking for in the agenda book, be sure to check the web site for Wichita High School South: http://south.usd259.org
  • 2. Regular Daily Schedule Blocks 1 & 2 8:00 – 9:20 Titan Time/Advocacy 9:30 – 10:10 Blocks 3 & 4 10:20 – 11:40 Lunch 11:40 – 12:25 Blocks 5 & 6 12:25 – 1:45 Blocks 7 & 8 1:55 – 3:10 Wednesday’s ScheduleLate start days will be every Wednesday when school starts at 8:20. Blocks 1 & 2 8:20 – 9:50 Blocks 3 & 4 10:00 – 11:25 Lunch 11:25 – 12:10 Blocks 5 & 6 12:10 – 1:35 Blocks 7 & 8 1:45 – 3:10 Activity Schedule Blocks 1 & 2 8:00 – 9:20 Blocks 3 & 4 9:30 – 10:50 Lunch 10:50 – 11:35 Blocks 5 & 6 11:35 – 12:55 Blocks 7 & 8 1:05 – 2:20 Activity 2:30 – 3:10 Late Day C Schedule Blocks 1 8:20 – 9:00 Blocks 2 9:07 – 9:51 Blocks 3 9:58 – 10:38 Blocks 4 10:45 – 11:25 Lunch 11:25 – 12:10 Blocks 5 12:10 – 12:50 Blocks 6 12:57 – 1:37 Blocks 7 1:44 – 2:23 Blocks 8 2:30 – 3:10
  • 3. Student Agenda Book Table of ContentsWelcome ..................................................... 1Guidelines for Success ............................ 1 RESPECTAdministrative Phone Numbers.................. 2Where to Call When You Need Help........... 3 Dress Code ............................................... 22 Behavior .................................................... 23 LEARNING Harassment & Sexual Harassment ........... 24 Search & Seizure ...................................... 24Academics First .......................................... 4 Vandalism & Theft ..................................... 24Stay Connected to School...................... .....4 Behavior Consequences ........................... 24Full Time Students ...................................... 5 Suspension and Expulsion ........................ 25Grade Level Classification.. ..................... ...5 Behavioral Adjustment Room (BAR) ......... 25Marking System ......................................... .5 Youth Court ............................................... 25Academic Honors/Lettering ...................... ...6 Crime Stoppers at Wichita South ............. .26AVID ........................................................ ...6 Parking ................................................... ...26Requirements for Graduation ................... ...7 Plagiarism .............................................. ...27Graduation Policy....................................... .7Qualified Admissions ............................. ....8 RELATIONSHIPSRepeating Classes ...................................... 9Learning Center .......................................... 9 Guidance & Counseling.......................... ...28College & Career Timeline ............... ...10-11 Advocacy – Titan Time .............................. 29College Testing/AP Exams .................. 12-13 Athletics/Activities.................................. ... 30Mid Term & Early Graduation.................... 13 Behavioral Expectations for Students..... ...30 Clubs/Organizations ............................... ...31 RESPONSIBILITY Changes & Traditions ........................ ...32-33 Blue Pages Begin ................................... ...34Homework Policy ...................................... 14 Testing Lingo ..................................... ...35-36Late Work Policy ....................................... 15 Social Studies – DBQ ........................... 37-38Accessing Your Grades ......................... ...15 Social Studies Persuasive Rubric ........ 39-40Attendance Policy ..................................... 16 Sample Works Cited page ...................... ...41Anticipated Absences ............................... 17 Rubric for Incorporating Research............. 42Tardy Policy .............................................. 17 Expository Writing Rubric ..................... 43-44Truancy ................................................ 17-19 Persuasive Writing Rubric .................... 45-46Agenda Books........................................... 19 Narrative Writing Rubric .................... ...47-48Lunch ........................................................ 19 Writing in MLA format ............................. ...49Student ID Cards/Lanyards ....................... 19 Common Proofreading Symbols ............ ...50Library Media Center ................................ 19 World of the Internet .......................... ...51-52Health Room ............................................. 19 Computer Lab Contract for S-23 ............ ...53Schedule Changes.................................... 20 Scientific Method .................................... ...54Hall & Gym Lockers .................................. 20 Measurements ......................................... .55School Dances .......................................... 20 Periodic Table ........................................... 56Transportation ........................................... 20 Factoring/ Multiplication Table ................... 57Wednesdays – Late Start .......................... 20 Powers Chart ............................................ 58Hall Passes ............................................ ...20 Formulas .................................................. .59Fire & Tornado Drills ............................. ... 21 World Map .............................................. ...60Local Area Network (LAN) ........................ 21 Wichita High School South Map ................ 61
  • 4. Welcome to Wichita High School SouthIn order to provide for a successful educational experience, we have developed anagenda book for each student that is a “one stop” source of school information. Withinthe covers of this agenda book you will find important information regarding academics,school policies and procedures, schedules, hall passes, your tardy card, etc. With thisstreamlined agenda book all students will have access to the latest school information.The faculty, staff, and administration of South High School are here to assist you. If youhave questions or concerns, please ask! Have a great school year!Cara LedyPrincipal Guidelines for Success Learning Respect Responsibility Relationships •Be actively engaged •Treat yourself, other •Be on time for class •Listen to what in classroom students, the every day with all others have to say activities. teacher and all the materials you and respond •Have pride in your property with need to be "learning appropriately. work and advocate courtesy, care and ready." •Treat others the your own learning dignity. •Complete all way they want to be style. •Allow the teacher homework on time treated. •Strive for perfection. and other students and request makeup •Have a positive •FINISH STRONG! to talk without work when absent. impact on others. interrupting or •Be productive disrupting them. whether working •Challenge yourself alone or in a group. and others to obey all school rules. 1
  • 5. Administrative and Services Staff Office Hours 7:30-4:00Cara Ledy............................................. 973-5477 ................................................PrincipalLori Gold............................................... 973-5477 ............................. Principal’s SecretarySamuel Zogg (AVID, Jr. Sr.)................. 973-5473 ....................... …...Asst. Principal A - DMelanie Kiser (AVID, Jr. Sr.)) ............... 973-5607 .................................... Counselor A - DRenae Dixon ........................................ 973-5491 ............................................ Clerk A - DMark Farrar (AVID, Fr. Soph.) .............. 973-5458 .............................. Asst. Principal E - KCody Dickman (AVID, Fr. Soph.) ......... 973-5514 .................................... Counselor E - KCamille Peacock .................................. 973-5467 ............................................ Clerk E - KDarrin Ross .......................................... 973-5512 .............................. Asst. Principal L - RBelinda Tummons ................................ 973-5471 .................................... Counselor L - RFrances Clements ................................ 973-5516 ............................................ Clerk L - RJerry Cress ........................................... 973-5479 .............................. Asst. Principal S - ZTammy Kniffen ..................................... 973-5478 .................................... Counselor S - ZMeleah Pellegrini .................................. 973-5511 ............................................ Clerk S - ZMike Amann……………………………...973-5485 ......................................... PsychologistRon Arehart .......................................... 973-5510 ................................................ SecurityWilliam Davis ........................................ 973-5656 ................................................ SecurityCleola Brewster .................................... 973-5474 ............................................... RegistrarCarol Graytok ....................................... 973-5460 ........................................... AttendanceBrett Gunderson ................................... 973-5532 ............................................. ...TruancyMichelle Kuhns ..................................... 973-5506 .................................... Athletic DirectorTonona Martin ...................................... 973-5509 .................................................... NurseAmy Nolen………………………………..973-5483 ....................................... Social WorkerMike Redmond ..................................... 973-5452 ................................................ SecurityCatherine Rupp .................................... 973-5670 ........................................... I.E.P. ClerkTicia Trible............................................ 973-5475 .......................................... BookkeeperSchool Resource Officer..........................973-5456 2
  • 6. WHERE TO CALL WHEN YOU NEED HELPUSD #259Learning Center Programs 683-3315County/State AgenciesOffice of the District Attorney 660-9725Social and Rehabilitation Services 337-6600Juvenile Intake and Assessment 660-5350COMCARE Crisis Hotline 660-7500Community AgenciesKansas Children Service League Parent Help Line 942-4261New Attitudes - Truancy & Runaway Program for Adolescents 683-0011Recovery Unlimited - Anger Management for Youth 941-9948USD 259 Translation/Language Line 973-5137USD 259 Tutoring Program 973-5159United Way 211Wichita Children’s Home Runaway and Homeless Youth 684-6581 · Homeless Liaison Youth Services ext. 233 · Crossroads/Case Management Shelter ext. 247Youth Horizons Mentoring 262-8293Commodity Supplemental Food Program 267-0511ClothingGoodwill 729-6600His Helping Hands 838-8528Klothes Kloset 265-1670Health CareAdventure Dental Clinic 832-2838Center for Health and Wellness 691-0249Elite Sports Chiropractic 337-5757Good Samaritan Clinic 688-5020Grace Med 682-6075Healthy Families of Sedgwick County 942-4261Hunter Health Clinic 262-2415Hunter Dental Clinic 269-0677Prescription Discounts 1-888-311-6224Sedgwick County Health Department 660-7330Tim Warren, Warren Chiropractic 529-3700Vicki Dukes, Pomeroy Chiropractic 686-2020Walgreen’s Sports Physicals 1-866-825-3227Wichita Clinic – Derby – Sports Physicals 789-8222 3
  • 7. LEARNING ACADEMICSACADEMICS FIRSTToo often students fail to place the proper amount of importance on academicendeavors until it is too late. Academics First is designed to put the emphasis onacademic achievement in its proper place, the forefront of each student’s high schoolexperience.Each Friday a list of all students who are earning the grades of D or F will be generated.When a student’s name appears on the weekly F grade list 2 or more times he/she willnot be permitted to attend any extra-curricular activity until his/her grades improve.Extra-curricular activities include all athletic contests, fine arts activities, dances(including prom), and field trips that cause a student on the list to miss classes wherethey are struggling. Once a student’s name is placed on this list it will remain on the listfrom Monday through Monday. Students will not be removed from the list withoutAthletic Director and/or administrative approval.The D/F list is revised and updated each week giving students the opportunity to devotethe proper attention to their academic work in order to remove their names from this list.Students are strongly encouraged to make up work during the tutorial sessions heldduring Titan Time class periods on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays as well as in Passthe Class tutoring before school, during lunch (M-F), and after school (T-TH).The athletic director will be in contact with coaches, teachers and students to assist inany way to improve grade status. Coaches have the ability to raise expectations asthey see fit. Each individual program can have grade expectations that may exceed theathletic department’s requirements. Parents and athletes should be notified before theseason of each individual program’s academic policies and expectations for all athletes.STAY CONNECTED TO SCHOOLWichita South has a web presence at http://south.usd259.org. You can login to thiswebsite and access information for your specific classes by using the login andpassword that you use for the computer network at school. Each teacher has aclassroom page that can be accessed by students and parents on the internet. You cankeep caught up with school work when you have to miss class by checking your classpage to see assignments that have been posted. Calendars, school announcementsand events, alumni information, assignments, extended learning opportunities throughpodcasts and hyperlinks and discussion boards are just a few of the many features youcan find on School Fusion. Sports teams and clubs also have pages on School Fusion.Remember that Student Assist is your personal link to school to verify your grades.Open a web browser and go to https://wpsparentsonline.usd259.net (Current ParentAssistant web address but will switch to Student Assist when you log on). Be sure tocheck out these resources! 4
  • 8. FULL TIME STUDENTSIt is part of the philosophy of the Wichita Public Schools that students should beexpected to be enrolled full time. Kansas Law requires students to attend all hourseach day. One reason for this is the sincere belief that there are far more educationalopportunities for each student when he/she is enrolled full time. A lesser number ofhours reduces and weakens the educational experience.There is also the recognition for fiscal responsibility. Currently in Kansas, students whoare not full time by the state definition do not count for full reimbursement of statefunding for schools. The following guidelines have been established:1. All students are required to be scheduled for all eight periods.2. The student’s scheduled periods must run consecutively. Students are not to leave campus and return without permission except during lunch. (Open lunches only to juniors and seniors.)3. There is no free time or unscheduled time on campus.4. Pass cards will be considered for second semester for juniors and seniors provided they meet eligibility requirements. Students are not to be in the building without permission during the hours that they have been given pass cards.Grade Level Classification--BOARD POLICY P6320:Pupils will be enrolled in grades and classes in which they can be expected to masterestablished district instructional/learning objectives. All pupils who are included underthe compulsory school attendance law must be enrolled and required to attend allclasses prescribed by the State of Kansas and the Unified School District 259 Board ofEducation unless exempt by school authorities. High School pupils are classified bycohort consistent with Federal Guidelines regarding high school graduation rate. Cohortis determined by a pupil’s 9th grade entry date.Marking System of Schools in USD #259A (90 - 100%) -- Achievement and progress have been outstanding. All course objectives which have been assigned have been mastered. All work assigned in the course has been completed and is consistently high in quality.B (80 – 89%) -- Achievement and progress have been satisfactory. Most course objectives which have been assigned have been mastered. All work assigned in the course has been completed and most is high in quality.C (70 – 79%) -- Achievement and progress have been acceptable. Many course objectives which have been assigned have been mastered. All important course assignments have been completed and quality of work is acceptable.D (60 – 69%) -- Achievement is not acceptable and progress is limited. Although some course objectives have been mastered, many important course objectives have not been mastered. Most course assignments have not been completed with an acceptable level of quality.F (59% & lower) -- Achievement and progress are not acceptable. Very few, if any, course objectives have been mastered. Course assignments were not completed. 5
  • 9. ACADEMIC HONORSIn recognition of superior achievement, an honor roll is published at the end of eachgrading period. To be named on the honor roll, a full time student must maintain a 3.5grade average, must be enrolled in a minimum of five academic courses and have nofailing grades. Teacher Assistant and Office Assistant are not considered as academicclasses. Students who earn between 3.0 and 3.5 GPA will be named to the HonorableMention recognition list. Juniors and seniors with an overall grade point average of 3.5in rigorous college prep curriculum are eligible to apply for membership in the NationalHonor Society (NHS). Other qualities considered for membership in NHS arecitizenship, leadership and community service.ACADEMIC CERTIFICATES, LETTERS, BARS, STARS, NHSStudents who make the honor roll for one semester are awarded a certificate. Anacademic letter is awarded after a student has been on the honor roll for twoconsecutive semesters. After the letter has been awarded, an academic bar will begranted for each two additional consecutive semesters that the student is on the honorroll. An academic star is awarded to students who maintain a 4.0 for two consecutivesemesters.AVIDAVID students who exemplify their own Advancement Via Individual Determination willbe eligible to graduate with distinction and to wear a special honor cord at graduation.Some of the requirements AVID students must meet to be eligible include: maintain ahigh GPA, take leadership roles in the building, serve the community, promote AVID,complete standardized tests, and be accepted by a four year college or university. 6
  • 10. REQUIREMENTS FOR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATIONIn February of 2011, the Wichita Board of Education approved new graduationrequirements for a high school diploma. The new requirements designed by districtteachers, administrators, business and parent representatives are a commitment toimproving student achievement and preparing students for the challenges of thechanging world.The minimum requirement for a Wichita High School diploma is 23 units of credit. Thisincludes credits earned in approved high school programs (2012 Seniors are required tomeet 22 credits for graduation).1. Four units of credit in English ................................................................................. 4 English 1 (Grade 9), English 2 (Grade 10), and English 3 (Grade 11) are required courses. Students should consult the enrollment guide or consult English teachers or counselors about the fourth unit of English which must be earned in the final two semesters prior to graduation.2. Three units of credit in social studies ..................................................................... 3 Two units of credit in U.S. History I and II . ……….2 One-half unit of credit in U. S. Government ...... . .5 One-half unit of credit in world studies ............... .5 (World Cultures, World History or World Geography)3. Three units of credit in mathematics ...................................................................... 3 Units must include Algebra 1 or higher level math courses. (Students who have not met the competency requirement must continue to enroll in math even though they have completed 2 units of credit.)4. Three units in science (#4000). One unit must be a lab class. ............................... 35. One unit of credit in Physical Ed. Foundations or Modified Physical Education ...... 16. One unit in Fine Arts ................................................................................................17. One half unit Financial Literacy………………………………………. ………………...1/28. One half unit Career & Technical Education Program Class…………………………1/2 ________Required .......................................................................................................................16Electives ....................................................................................................................... 7 ________TOTAL ......................................................................................................................... 23 Students must earn seven units of elective credit in at least two additional fields.GRADUATION POLICYPolicy 1421 stipulates that students must have earned all 23 credits required forgraduation prior to participating in graduation ceremonies. 7
  • 11. KANSAS REGENTS QUALIFIED ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTBeginning the fall semester of 2001, students applying to any of the six Kansas Regentsuniversities (Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, Kansas StateUniversity, Pittsburg State University, University of Kansas, or Wichita State University)must meet one of the following requirements for admission into the university: • Complete the precollege or Kansas Scholars Curriculum with at least a 2.0 GPA; AND • Achieve ONE of the following: • ACT score of 21 or higher; OR • SAT score of 980 or higher; OR • Graduate in the top one-third of their class; AND • Achieve a 2.0 GPA or higher on any college credit taken in high school.The Kansas Board of Regents has approved the following Wichita High School Southcourses for the Qualified Admissions curriculum. All honors, gifted, and AdvancedPlacement courses are included in the Qualified Admissions curriculum.English - 4 units requiredEnglish I, II, III, IV or College Prep English IVNatural Science - 3 units required Students must take at least one unit of Physics or Chemistry. Science Survey, Earth Space Science, Biology, Chemistry 1, Physics, Principles of Technology IMath - 3 units required, Algebra I or higher Algebra I, Intermediate Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus/Trigonometry, College AlgebraSocial Sciences - 3 units required One (1) unit U.S. History; one-half (½ ) unit U.S. Government; one-half (½ ) unit selected from World History, and 1 unit selected from Psychology, U.S History, or Sociology* Two years of the same foreign language is recommended but not required.The South High Guidance department recommends students take ComputerApplications I and one additional computer course to earn one full credit. (This isrecommended, not required.)Students who will be attending one of the six Kansas Regents universities needto be aware of these requirements when they select courses during enrollment.Please check the Kansas Regents website for updates at:http://www.kansasregents.org/ 8
  • 12. REPEATING ENGLISH, SOCIAL STUDIES, SCIENCE AND PHYSICALEDUCATION COURSES Seniors will be given priority placement in recovery sections. Students who have a failing grade (F) in one or both semesters in English I, II, or III must repeat the semester/semesters in the Learning Center, Summer School, Extended School Year classes or Recovery Classes that are offered during the regular school day. Students who have a failing grade (F) in both semesters of World History or in one or both semesters of US History I or II must repeat the semester in the Learning Center, Summer School, Extended School Year classes or Recovery Classes that are offered during the regular school day. Seniors who fail one or both semesters of senior English and/or Government must repeat the semester/semesters in the Learning Center, Recovery Class or Summer School. Students who are not completed with the Learning Center by the deadline or who are attending Summer School to meet graduation requirements will not walk at graduation. Students who fail Biology 1 (or Honors Biology 1) must retake Biology 1 in the 10th Grade or earn credit in the Learning Center, Summer School or Extended School Year. Students who fail one or both semesters of Physical Education Foundations must repeat the semester/semesters in the Learning Center, Recovery Class, Summer School or Extended School Year classes.THE LEARNING CENTERThe South Learning Center provides a non-traditional environment that enablesstudents to complete graduation requirements by retaking selected classes previouslyfailed. Open to seniors from 8:00am until close at 3:10pm Monday through Friday, andunderclassmen after school. The center closes at 3:10pm on Friday. Classes cost$90.00 each. See your counselor for information. The Learning Center rules are: 1. Students are not allowed to repeat a failed class during the same semester that the failure occurred unless approved by the Principal. 2. All LC enrollment forms must be signed by the student, legal guardian, counselor and Principal. 3. All South High School rules apply to all LC students. 4. No 9th grader shall be admitted to the LC during the school day. These students may be admitted to the LC during the school day at the beginning of their sophomore year as their schedule permits. 5. Students who are co-enrolled at South and LC (not community) must pay $30 prior to starting any LC course. Students are then required to pay the remaining balance of $60.00 for that course before starting another course. Students will be enrolled in one course at a time. 6. Learning center classes are not available for original credit. 9
  • 13. COLLEGE & CAREER PLANNING TIMELINEPreparing for a career and making plans to attend college after high school requiresorganization, planning and preparation. Ultimately, you want to make the best possiblechoices now in order to have the most options available to you later. To be prepared forany option, including college, do the following throughout your high school years: Take rigorous courses Make the best grades you possibly can Get involved in school activities and find ways to serve in your community Develop your skills and talents and pursue your personal interests Gather information about your college and career choices and options Save money for college or career trainingTo get into college and prepare for a career, you need to do specific things each year inhigh school. Following this timeline will help keep you organized and on track. 9th Grade Get off to a good start academically. Remember, all of your 9th grade courses and grades will be on your transcript, and your freshman grades will be used to calculate your GPA; Challenge yourself academically and consider taking a variety of courses that will help you develop new skills. This will help you prepare for future standardized tests and explore career interests; Develop a 4-year high school plan. This plan should list all of the courses your plan to take each year. Make sure that your 4-year plan includes the recommended college prep courses; Talk to your parents and your high school counselor about your plans to attend college or seek career training; Take the PLAN test and review your score report. This is excellent practice for the ACT and your score report includes valuable career planning information as well; Get to know your guidance counselor. School counselors are here to support your academic, career, and personal/social needs throughout high school. 10th Grade Continue to focus on academic development. Work to maximize your strengths and develop your weakness in order to realize your full potential. Explore special interests through elective courses and develop specialized skills by taking advanced classes in a specific elective content area. Start thinking about what you are looking for in a college (size, location, cost, etc.). Make informational visits to colleges to get a feel for what different college campuses are like. Take the PSAT and review your scores. Many resources for academic and career planning are available to you through the College Board when you take this national standardized exam. This exam is also given to juniors to pre-qualify them for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. 10
  • 14. 11th Grade Begin to seriously research and consider your college options by doing the following Meet with college representatives ~ Attend college fairs ~ Visit college Web sites to learn about specific colleges ~ Search online for colleges that meet your needs ~ Talk to your parents about college costs. Take the PSAT in October. Think of your interests and abilities in terms of possible college majors. Look into scholarship possibilities. Take the ACT and/or SAT in the spring. Students should begin preparing well for these exams in the fall of their junior year. Summer workshops are also offered to help students prepare. If you are thinking about playing a sport in college, register with the NCAA. Meet with your counselor to discuss your senior schedule. Make sure that your senior courses meet your high schools’ graduation requirements and that you’re taking the courses your need for college. Make college visits in the spring and summer. Try to narrow your choices so that by the fall of your senior year, you know where you want to apply. 12th GradeFall Revisit the colleges you’re seriously considering. Retake the ACT and/or SAT if necessary. Begin filling out applications for admissions. Be aware of deadlines. Meet with your school counselor to discuss your college choices, possible majors, financial aid, scholarships, etc. Also go over your high school transcript to find out your GPA and class rank. Apply early for scholarships! Do not put this off. There are many resources and opportunities available in the fall for students who take advantage of them. Take advantage of the College and Career Center. This is a tremendous resource to support you in your college and career planning!Winter Finish filling out college applications. If you are applying for financial aid, encourage your parents to get their tax information ready. Submit your FAFSA as soon after January 1 as possible.Spring Consider your college options and compare financial aid packages. Decide where you want to go to college. Return award letters and notify other colleges of your decision. If you plan to live on campus, send in your housing deposit. Tell your counselor where to send your final transcript. 11
  • 15. COLLEGE TESTINGMost colleges require incoming freshman to take either the American College Test(ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Students should check in the GuidanceCenter or check with the universities under consideration to see which college entrancetests are required. This information can be found in the college’s catalog.A registration packet may be picked up in the Guidance Center for either the ACT or theSAT. You can register online at http://www.actstudent.org for the ACT orhttp://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/reg.html for the SAT. To registeronline you must have access to a credit card in order to pay the testing fee.The ACT is required for Kansas and most Midwestern colleges while many out-of-statecolleges and universities require the SAT. Students should complete the registrationform, follow the instruction booklet carefully, and choose the date to take the test. ACTrecommends taking the test late in the junior year, during the following summer or earlyin the senior year. Registration deadlines must be observed. Some colleges requirealternate Achievement Tests administered by the College Board. The registration formmust be completed correctly; the school’s code number is required for both theACT and the SAT. That number is 173-211. A Social Security number is also neededfor identification purposes.Sometimes students apply to colleges and/or scholarship agencies outside Kansas and,as a result, take both tests. The test results must be sent to the considered collegesbefore the applicant is admitted. Often the ACT and SAT are used for scholarshipselection as well as for admission and guidance purposes. Several scholarshipagencies may also be designated to receive test scores. Scores from either test maybe mailed automatically to three colleges and/or scholarship agencies for the initial fee.For an additional fee, more scores will be sent to colleges or scholarship agencies asdirected.In order to be eligible for many financial aid programs, it is essential that senior studentstake the test on the first or second test date listed. The importance of the examinationscores to college admissions varies with the colleges. A determination about how muchweight they carry to a particular college’s admissions standards is usually indicated inthe college’s catalog.NCAA eligibility regulations to practice and play sports as a freshman at an NCAADivision I or II college require the student athlete to satisfy the requirements of NCAAbylaws 5-1(J), commonly known as Proposition 48. Minimum test score requirementsare 700 on the SAT (combined score) and 17 on the ACT (composite score). 12
  • 16. TEST DATES AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES FOR COLLEGE TESTING ACT SAT Testing Date Registration Testing Date DeadlineSeptember 10, 2011 August 12 October 1, 2011 October 22, 2011 September 16 November 5, 2011December 10, 2011 November 4 December 3, 2011 February 11, 2012 January 13 January 28, 2012 April 14, 2012 March 9 March 10,2012 June 9, 2012 May 4 May 5, 2012 PSAT/NMSQT – October 12, 2011 ASVAB – November 3, 2011 All students enrolled in AP classes are required to take AP exams and pay a deposit of $13 by January 11, 2012; the balance is due April 1, 2012.AP Exams Government – May 15, 2012 Statistics – May 16, 2012 Calculus – May 9, 2012 English Literature – May 10, 2012 Biology – May 14, 2012 Chemistry – May 7, 2012 U.S. History – May 11, 2012 Psychology – May 7, 2012 Studio Art – May 11, 2012 English Language – May 16, 2012 Mid-Term Graduates District-wide ExpectationsMid-Term Graduate: A student graduating at the conclusion of seven (7) semesters.Requirements Must declare during enrollment of junior year  Each school will determine process Principals discretion in August Must have sufficient credits Submit a written plan approved by Principal  Plan must include:  Coursework for seventh semester  Post-secondary plan  Each school will determine plan format Take Government in seventh semester Both English courses taken in seventh semester  Must be qualified Admission courses and cannot be taken in a Learning Center  Examples: College Prep English 4, AP Lit, College English, English Lit, World Lit Only exception is for SPED students per IEP ACT State Assessment Proficiency 13
  • 17. RESPONSIBILITY HOMEWORK POLICYHomework contributes toward building self-discipline, responsibility and life-longlearning. It is a reflection of the classroom work which: Enhances the academic growth of the student; Prepares the student for subject lessons; Reinforces concepts and objectives taught in the classroom; Develops independent study skills to foster initiative and self direction.TimeThe actual time required to complete assignments will vary with each student’s studyhabits, academic skills and selected course load. More rigorous courses maynecessitate more homework.Student Responsibilities Write down daily assignments in the agenda book. Ask questions about the assignment if you do not understand what to do. See your teacher during Titan Time if you need help to complete your assignment(s) or make-up work. Attend Pass the Class to get the extra help and support you need to be successful in class. Set aside a regular time for studying at home. Produce quality work on your own. Complete assignments on time. In the event of an absence, it is your responsibility to make up the work in a reasonable amount of time as determined by the teacher.Teacher Responsibilities Assign relevant, challenging and meaningful homework that reinforces classroom learning. Give clear instructions and make sure students understand the purpose. Give feedback and correct homework in a timely fashion. Clearly define homework and late work policy in the course syllabus.Family Responsibilities Monitor students’ assignments in the agenda book, the school’s website or Parent Assist. Contact teachers to stay well informed about your students’ progress. Attend Parent/Teacher conferences in the first and third nine week grading periods. 14
  • 18. LATE WORK POLICYFor each excused absence, students will be given 1 additional class period to make upmissed assignments or to turn in assignments that were due during their absence.Any other assignments that are turned in late will be graded according to the followingguidelines. Assignment is turned in… Assignment is worth… Up to 2 weeks late 80% of earned grade After 2 weeks late 50% of earned grade *After the end of the 9 weeks 0%*Based on the amount of time needed to grade late assignments, there will be a LateWork Cutoff Date before the end of each grading period (see below). † Grading Period Ending Date Late Work Cutoff Date 1st Nine Weeks Friday, October 14, 2011 Thursday, October 6, 2011 2nd Nine Weeks (1st Wednesday, December Tuesday, December 13, Semester) 21, 2011 2011 rd 3 Nine Weeks Wednesday, March 14, Friday, March 9, 2012 2012 4th Nine Weeks (2nd Wednesday, May 25, 2012 Tuesday, May 15, 2012 Semester)† Cutoff dates for tests and other large projects/assignments will be determined on anindividual teacher basis. These dates may be either before or after the cutoff dateslisted. Any such changes will be included in that teacher’s syllabus. FINALS POLICYAll students will take finals for all classes; these tests are scheduled on the last twodays of each semester. Tests given at the end of the semester will cover all coursework covered in that semester. ACCESSING YOUR GRADESUSD #259 has another version of Parent Assistant that was created just for students.This new web applet allows you to be able to check your grades and missingassignments in all of your classes. Student Assistant differs from Parent Assistant onlyin two ways: your log-on credentials are different; students cannot change their personalinformation (address, medical allergies, etc.) So, how do you access this new program?Simple! 1. Open a web browser and go to https://wpsparentsonline.usd259.net (Current Parent Assistant web address) 2. Login with the following information: a. Username: first initial, last name, date of birth (acoleman090394) b. Password: Date of birth: MMYY (0994) 3. You will immediately be required to change your password. Do so accordingly. 15
  • 19. ATTENDANCE POLICYRegular school attendance is required of all pupils enrolled in school under Kansascompulsory attendance statutes (KSA 72-113).In order to report an absence from school, parents/guardians need to call theattendance clerk at 973-5460 to excuse the absence. This telephone will be onvoice mail from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 a.m. You may call during these hours to leave amessage.We believe that attendance is essential to the success of the students and the schoolprogram. A parent/guardian is responsible for providing notice/documentation toexcuse an absence within 72 hours. (Exceptions may be made only by anadministrator.)Absences will be excused for the following with appropriate documentation: Doctor/dental appointments--medical office verification provided on professional stationery Court appearances – court written documentation Religious holidays that appear on a standard calendar Illness – (Any student accumulating 12 days or 96 hours of student illness will be required to provide a note from a doctor for future absences.) College visits – written documentation Funerals – printed documentation1. A student who is participating in school-related activities will be given an excused absence.2. It is the responsibility of the pupil to make up assignments. The teacher shall make reasonable efforts to encourage and assist the pupil to make up missed assignments, shall give credit for such work, and shall allow the pupil a reasonable period of time to complete such missed assignments. Pupils with unexcused absences are encouraged to make up their work, but teachers are not required to accept such make-up work for credit. Students should be allowed two class periods for each period absent to complete the make-up work. (B.O.E Policy P1472)3. Wichita High School South does not sanction gyp days or walkouts. Any absence that occurs as a result of either will be considered unexcused. Oversleeping, running errands, providing child care or having car trouble are not viewed as legitimate excuses for missing school.4. Any time a student leaves campus or returns he/she MUST check in/out through the Attendance Center. 16
  • 20. ANTICIPATED ABSENCESWhen you know you will be absent four or more days, students should: 1. Have a note from the parent or have a parent call the attendance clerk (preferably a week in advance of the absence) stating the reason for absence and the dates to be missed. Absences due to vacation will not be excused. 2. Obtain a Request to be Absent form from the attendance clerk or your administrator. Have your administrator and all of your teachers sign it. When you ask your teacher to sign the form, be sure to get the assignments that you will need to make up. 3. Return the completed form to the attendance clerk. If you have a question or concerns, see your administrator. TARDY POLICYIn order to report a tardy from school, parents/guardians need to call theattendance clerk at 973-5460.1. Students will be allowed two tardies per class per semester. Every tardy after the two free ones will result in the student being sent to the Holding Room. The student is responsible for finding out what work was missed while he/she spent the class period in the Holding Room.2. Parents should notify the school if they know that their student will be tardy. Students not in possession of a tardy pass in their agenda will be sent to the Holding Room.3. Students referred to Holding Room must record their names on the sign in sheet. If students do not sign in, they will be considered truant.4. If a parent/guardian comes to the attendance office to sign a student in late, the same rules will apply as stated above. Students must be in possession of their agenda at all times.5. Students will receive the following consequences for tardiness: Holding Room Youth Court BAR (In-school Suspension) Community Service Parent conferencesTRUANCYUSD 259 Mission: The mission of the Truancy Program Office is to assist in providinga unified school and community effort towards quick response to negative schoolattendance and educational neglect issues by identifying, developing, and implementingplans and procedures to assure that all students learn the skills and acquire theknowledge necessary for success at continuing stages of their lives.USD 259 Goals: Increase accuracy in reporting truants to the appropriate agency. Monitor and react quickly to non-attendance/enforce the law. Establish regular school attendance as community protocol. Reconnecting disengaged students to school.USD Expected Outcomes: As each school becomes more committed and responsiveto these goals, USD 259 will create a lasting systematic and cultural change within thedistrict. Families, school, and community constituents will increasingly value regularschool attendance as the pivotal contributing factor in school success for each child.Achievement of these goals will be evidenced by a continuous reduction in the numberof non-attending students and a corresponding continuous increase in the number ofUSD 259 graduates. 17
  • 21. REPORTING TRUANCYBoard Policy 1460: Pupil AttendanceRegular school attendance is required of all pupils under Kansas CompulsoryAttendance Statue (KSA 72-111). The Kansas Compulsory School Attendance Lawholds parents responsible for requiring a child under their control or charge who isbetween seven (7) and less than eighteen (18) years of age to attend school on acontinuous basis.Board Policy 1461In compliance with requirements of the Kansas Compulsory School Attendance Law,reports shall be filed with appropriate authorities when a child is not enrolled in a publicschool or when a child is enrolled in school and is inexcusably absent.3 Consecutive Days, 5 Days in a semester, 7 days in a year..............IT’S THE LAWInexcusably absent for a substantial part of a school day on either three (3) consecutiveschool days, or five (5) school days in any semester or seven (7) school days in anyschool year, whichever occurs first.A student’s attendance pattern must meet this rule before he/she can be reported to theOffice of SRS or to Office of the District Attorney.A valid excuse for absence is defined as follows: Medical or dental treatment, examination or recuperation; Death or serious illness in immediate family; Approval by school authorities, secured prior to the absence; Circumstances or conditions which, in the opinion of the principal, constitute a valid excuse.Note: Students accumulating more than 12 days or 96 hours of illness will beconsidered to have excessive absences and will be required to provide a doctor’s notefor all future absences OR be recorded as inexcusably absent.Definition of Inexcusable Absence for Substantial Part of a School Day“Substantial Part of a School Day” is defined as follows: The Board of Education hasset a “Substantial Part of the School Day” as being inexcusably absent four (4) hoursany part of the school day.Procedures for Students with Excessive Student Absences 1. TWELVE (12) DAYS/ NINETY-SIX (96) HOURS OF STUDENT ILLNESS Students that have accumulated 12 days or 96 hours of student illness will be considered to have excessive absences. A letter will be sent to the parent/guardian advising them that a doctor’s note must accompany any further student illness absences or the absences shall be considered unexcused. 2. PROCEDURES AFTER THE STUDENT HAS ACQUIRED 12 DAYS/96 HOURS OF STUDENT ILLNESS After the parent/guardian has been notified, all further student illness absences must be accompanied by a doctor’s note or the absence shall be unexcused then procedures for Truancy Referral for Students with Inexcusable Absences will be followed. 18
  • 22. 3. STUDENTS SENT HOME FROM SCHOOL BY SCHOOL NURSE When a student is examined and deemed ill by the school nurse and the student is required to recuperate at home, this absence shall be coded as medical/dental. 4. EXCEPTIONS TO EXCESSIVE STUDENT ILLNESS If a student has obtained a medical diagnosis and has provided the initial documentation to the appropriate school personnel for a chronic/terminal illness such as cancer or an acute illness such as chicken pox, a doctor’s note will not be required for the days/hours accumulated beyond the 12 days or 96 hours.AGENDA BOOKSReplacement agenda books may be purchased in the main office at a cost of $5.00.Your agenda book has designated places for you to record your homework and obtainpasses for Titan Time tutoring. Replacement agenda books will not have tardypasses available for the semester of purchase.LUNCHJuniors and seniors may choose to eat in the cafeteria or leave the campus. Freshmenand sophomores have a closed lunch and must remain in the designated areas ofthe main building or the courtyard, when weather is appropriate, during the lunchperiod. All other areas are out of bounds during lunch time. The gym is open duringlunch period for recreation. It is the students’ responsibility to be in class on timefollowing lunch.P1358 MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL LUNCH PERIOD ACTIVITIESBOARD POLICY: Open lunch is a privilege available only for pupils in grades eleven and twelve and may be rescinded or modified at any time by the building principal for individuals or groups of pupils.Students are asked to pick up their trash if they eat in the hallways or otheralternative eating areas to help keep our school clean.STUDENT ID CARDSStudents are expected to wear their student I.D. cards at all times on their schoollanyards. No other lanyards will be acceptable. Students who are not wearing theirID’s on their South lanyards will be sent home to get them or they must purchase newones. All school activities held after school hours require students to show their I.D.cards. Each I.D. card or school lanyard will cost $3.00.LIBRARY MEDIA CENTERThe library is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 every school day. In order to check out abook, you must have your student ID card. Computers are also available in the library.To use the library during Titan time, you must first get a pass from the library clerk.HEALTH ROOMThe Health Room is staffed by a registered nurse. If a student becomes ill at school,he/she should, if possible, report to class and obtain written permission from theteacher, then report to the Health Room. The nurse cannot be used as a tardy excuse.If it is necessary for a student to go home because of illness, the nurse will contactparents. Any student who is ill must check out with the nurse before going home. 19
  • 23. SCHEDULE CHANGESSchedule changes will be granted for the following reasons during the school year andonly during the schedule change timeline: A student is not at the appropriate skill level to take the course. A student’s schedule does not have a course for every period of the day. A student has taken the course before and received a passing grade. A student is enrolled in the same course twice. A student is not enrolled in a course that is required for graduation. A student is enrolled in a course out of sequence or he/she does not meet the prerequisite. A student withdrawing from a class 3 weeks after the first day of the class will receive an "F" for the class for the semester unless approved by an administrator.HALL AND GYM LOCKERSLockers are school property rented for student use and subject to search. Lockers arerented and registered in the office for $2. Lockers for gym classes are paid for in themain office and assigned and registered through the P.E. office. All students musthave a hall locker and the sharing of these lockers is not allowed. Valuablesshould never be kept in lockers. The school accepts no responsibility for articlesstolen from lockers in the hallway or the gym.SCHOOL DANCESStudents will be required to show school ID for attendance at all school dances.When guests are permitted they must be preregistered and have a photo ID. No one willbe admitted during the last hour of the dance. Students must be in compliance withthe Academics First policy for the week prior to the dance to be eligible to attendany school dance. The administration has the right to revoke the privilege of studentsattending any dance if they are not in good standing in our school.TRANSPORTATIONSchool bus transportation will be provided at no charge to students living within theSouth attendance boundaries who are at least two and one-half miles from the school.Some students who live closer may be allowed to ride the bus on a space availablebasis. Transportation privileges can be revoked if student behavior warrants.WEDNESDAYS - LATE STARTThroughout the school year on Wednesdays, school will start at 8:20 instead of theusual 8:00 starting time to allow teachers to meet in their Professional LearningCommunity groups. Teachers will not have PLC meetings during the first week of theschool year, the week after winter recess, and the weeks of Parent/Teacherconferences in September and February. The bus schedule does not change onWednesdays to reflect the late start.HALL PASSESStudents should take care of their personal needs during the ten minute passingperiods. Teachers are instructed to not write hall passes unless there is an emergency,and in that case, the office will be called and you will be escorted to the nurse. 20
  • 24. FIRE AND TORNADO DRILLSThere are procedures designed for safe evacuation of the building in the event of fire orsmoke. South will conduct fire drills monthly from September through May. Everyone isrequired to leave the building immediately when an alarm is given. Students are notpermitted to go to the lockers or restrooms during a drill.Three tornado drills will also be scheduled during the school year. In the event of atornado warning, students will not be permitted to leave the building unless called for bya parent.Students will remain calm, quiet, and attentive during fire, tornado and crisis.LOCAL AREA NETWORK (LAN) COMPUTER POLICIESAppropriate use of the South LAN and/or Internet is defined by BOE policy 1232. Theparents of each student are asked to sign a permission form acknowledging BOE policynumber 1232 regarding student use of the Internet and the LAN at South High School.This permission will be noted on the student’s ID card at enrollment time as well as thestudent user name for the network. Permission forms returned after the ID card hasalready been made will mean the student must purchase a new ID.Each South student has his/her own personal username, password and home directory(H: drive) on the network. Individual passwords are not to be shared with others.Students are expected to abide by the BOE acceptable use policy referenced above.A student who has difficulty logging on to the South LAN should see a networkadministrator in the library as soon as possible. Students must present their ID card atthis time. The network administrator will ascertain the cause of the difficulty and makenecessary adjustments.BOE Policy 1232 states that student use of computers, the network or Internet shall bein support of education and consistent with the district’s educational objectives. AtWichita High School South if any student bypasses the network proxy or goes aroundthe Internet filter to gain access to sites which have been blocked he/she will be subjectto disciplinary action. After the first offense the student will lose computer privileges inall classes for one semester or 90 school days. If the student is enrolled in a computerclass, he/she will be assigned a computer in that classroom with access to the Internetfor only that class period. If the student commits a second offense, he/she will be unableto use a school computer for 180 school days and cannot enroll for computer classesduring that time period.If any student logs in for another student or allows another student the use ofhis/her password, both students will lose all computer usage for up to 180 schooldays.Students who use the South LAN, Internet, or computers inappropriately will be subjectto disciplinary action, which may include any of the following depending on the severityof the action: Suspension of network privileges Removal from a class In-school suspension (BAR) Out-of-school suspension Assessed costs of damages to hardware/software Expulsion 21
  • 25. RESPECT DRESS CODEWe believe that students should dress for school in an appropriate manner becauseinappropriate dress tends to promote an atmosphere of inappropriate behavior.Clothing designed to call undue attention or make the wearer conspicuous isinappropriate. Student safety is critical when choosing accessories to wear at school.We also ask parents to support this code of dress so that students will recognize theimportance of dressing properly for the most important job of their lives: their education.If any adult in the building deems your attire to be inappropriate, you will beexpected to correct what is unacceptable.Unacceptable at South: Try this instead:TOPS low cut or see through apparel South High T-shirts strapless or halter tops tops that cover the shoulders muscle shirts shirts that cover the torso tank tops blouses that show no cleavage spaghetti-strap tops bare midriff topsBOTTOMS short shorts shorts that are finger-tip length sagging pants pants that fit at the waistSHOES slippers or house shoes shoes with hard solesACCESSORIES gloves belts with tails dog collars or spiked bracelets hats/head coverings including bandanas wallet chains or other long chains jewelry/clothing associated with gangs &/or illegal paraphernalia lettering, appliqués, or tattoos with profanity or sexual connotations, double meanings, or promoting alcohol, drugs, tobacco or violence 22
  • 26. BEHAVIORRATIONALE: In order to provide a quality learning environment in school, appropriatestudent behavior is necessary. The vast majority of students are cooperative anddedicated to making constructive progress in school; their efforts are appreciated.SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL expects all students to follow these expectations for studentbehavior. Parents are asked to cooperate with school personnel in setting the correcttone for a safe, secure and pleasant atmosphere where optimum learning can takeplace.With this in mind, whether on campus or at a school-sponsored activity: 1. Students will arrive at school/class on time, prepared to engage in active learning with appropriate homework assignments and materials. Students will utilize the ten minute passing periods and lunch time to take breaks for vending, restrooms and any personal needs. Teachers will not issue passes during class time unless it is an emergency. 2. Students will follow directions given by any adult in the building. Students will demonstrate courtesy and respect toward themselves, other students, guests, staff members, and substitute teachers as well as respect for school property and equipment. Students should not loiter across the street from the building or on the fringes of the campus as per state loitering statutes. Graffiti of any kind will not be allowed. 3. Students will exhibit appropriate behavior in the hallways. Students will not fight, act to incite fights or form a wall of spectators at a fight. Students will not display acts of affection, such as kissing, hugging and petting. 4. Students will use appropriate language. Inappropriate language including profanity, racial slurs, name-calling or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated. Students will not process, voice or distribute printed literature that describes antisocial views (i.e. racial, ethnic or sexual orientation bigotry, racial supremacy). 5. Cell phones, headphones, ear buds, CD players, MP3 players, IPODs, radios, or other electronic equipment are not allowed to be used in the classroom from 8:00 am to 3:10 pm. If your phone is being utilized during class, it will be confiscated, given to your administrator, and your parent will have to come to school to pick it up. Keep your phone in your pocket, purse or bag during class. Students shall be personally and solely responsible for the security of their cellular telephones and other electronic equipment (as per BOE Policy 1464). 6. Students will refrain from using tobacco products, drinking alcoholic beverages, or possessing illegal substances on campus or at any school sponsored activity as per BOE Policy 1465. 7. Students will not bring weapons or weapon replicas of any kind to school or school activities. This includes laser pointers. Violation of this expectation will result in a student being taken to an expulsion hearing as per BOE Policy 1466. 8. Disrespect means disobeying teachers or staff members, not following instructions in regard to conduct, or in anyway, by actions or words, showing a defiant attitude. If you fail to identify yourself or to present an ID card when requested to do so by authorized school personnel will be considered as an act of insubordination. Detention or suspension will result from insubordination. 9. ANY act that disrupts school activity, infringes on the rights of others, causes danger to people, or causes destruction of property (whether or not specifically described herein) is a violation of school rules. 23
  • 27. Harassment and Sexual Harassment - Board Policy 1115/1116Harassment is defined as verbal or physical behavior that puts another person down orshows hostility toward another person or group of persons based on their race, color,religion, gender, national origin, age or disability.Sexual Harassment is unwanted and unwelcome sexual behavior which interferes withyour right to get an education or to participate in school activities. In school, sexualharassment may result words or conduct of a sexual nature that offend, stigmatize,demean, frighten, or threaten you because of your sex.USD 259 will not permit harassment or sexual harassment of an employee, pupil, non-employee, or non-pupil. Violation of this policy shall result in disciplinary action againstany employee or pupil involved, including possible termination of the employee andexpulsion of the pupil.Search and Seizure – Board Policy 1469The student has exclusive control over property in his/her immediate possession, butsuch possession may not be exclusive against the school and its officials. When areasonable suspicion arises that use or possession of a student’s property is illegal,illicit, disruptive, or a danger to the general welfare of students and staff, a search maybe made of the student’s person or personal property.Vandalism and TheftPride and respect for our building, grounds and equipment are characteristics that aretypical of South High School students. Because repairs cost money, reasonabledamage charges are assessed and those responsible are required to make restitution.Also, local police will be called and charges will be filed. School consequences will beup to and including suspension &/or expulsion from school. BEHAVIOR CONSEQUENCESVarious consequences are given for misconduct: Parent conference Lunch Detention Behavioral Adjustment Room (BAR) o Administrators will assign students for a specific number of days and notify parents of the assignment. o Attendance will be taken and submitted to Administration. Community Service Youth Court Suspension from school Removal from class Expulsion 24
  • 28. SUSPENSION AND EXPULSIONIn accordance with the laws of the State of Kansas and the policies of the Wichita Boardof Education, a student may be suspended up to ten (10) days, due to rule, policyand/or regulation infraction(s). While a student is on suspension, he/she may notattend school functions or be on the South campus or any other USD #259facility.In order to assure safe schools, the Board of Education has adopted Policy 1462,Assault and Battery of Staff, Policy 1465, Pupil Behavior-Alcohol, Drugs, DrugParaphernalia and/or Other Controlled Substances and Policy 1466, Possession or Useof Weapons. In compliance with Kansas State Bill 470, students found in possession ofa weapon or drugs will be turned over to the Department of Motor Vehicles and maylose their driver’s license for up to a year.These policies place substantial consequences on pupils who bring real guns or realisticreplica guns, sell or traffic illegal substances at school or on school property or commitbattery upon a staff member. Specifically, the policies state that pupils involved in suchactivity shall receive a mandatory expulsion from the Wichita Public Schools for 186school days, regardless of age.BEHAVIORAL ADJUSTMENT ROOM (BAR)In-school suspension allows a student to remain at school and complete assignments.Upon assignment to the BAR as a behavioral consequence, it is the student’sresponsibility to obtain work from each of his/her teachers and report to the BAR roomprepared to work. Attendance will be taken and submitted to Administration.1. Expectations while in the Behavior Adjustment Room (BAR): Students will not be allowed a pass without prior administrative approval. Students will not sleep in BAR. Students will not have food or drink in BAR. Students will not be allowed to talk in BAR.2. Those students who bring nothing to work on while in the BAR will be provided with supplemental learning materials.YOUTH COURTYouth court is a voluntary alternative discipline program. This program was instituted inthe schools to deal with disciplinary concerns and to provide law-related educationalopportunities to participants. What happens in Youth Court? A student, who has admitted guilt to a school offense,appears for sentencing before a jury of peers. The jury is presented with evidencerelevant to sentencing, deliberates, and passes sentence. Sentences typically includecommunity service, detention, written assignment, jury duty, mediation, or a written/oralapology. 25
  • 29. CRIME STOPPERS OF WICHITA SOUTHCrime Stoppers of Wichita South is a program run for students by a student board. Twostudents from each grade level are chosen to serve on the Crime Stoppers StudentBoard. These students decide on how much to reward fellow students for informationthat lead to the resolution of a crime that is committed at South. If you know of anycrime or violation of school policy, please let Crime Stoppers know.Any student who has knowledge of a crime or violation of school policy should make aCrime Stoppers report. Any crime or violation, regardless of how insignificant it mayseem, needs to be reported. That information can be reported in a variety of ways: 1. Tell a staff member or the SRO Officer. 2. Leave a message on the Crime Stoppers 24 hour hotline. 3. Call 973-5481 and give your name, time you called and all information you know of the crime including who is responsible. 4. Drop a note in the tip box located near the Security Office. Leave your name so we know whom to reward. All names are kept strictly confidential! 5. Anonymous tips can be sent via text to 274637. Begin the message with SPEAKUP. 6. Tips can also be sent through a secure website at this address: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=562. Messages are encrypted and routed through secure servers to protect the sender.PARKINGParking on school property is a privilege and all cars are subject to search; vehiclesmust be registered and display a South parking permit on the rear view mirror. Thispermit may be transferred among those family vehicles which the student hasregistered. Students attending Wichita high schools and using the parking lots areassessed a $10 facilities fee.Students must park in rows 5-16 in the main parking lot. The speed limit on schoolgrounds is 10 mph. Student parking is not allowed in the 33rd street (Sim) parking lot.Motorcycle parking is provided in a designated area. Bicycles must be parked andlocked in the provided racks. Do not park in the spaces that are marked for visitors.Parking violators will be assessed a $5 charge per violation. Repeated offenders willhave their tickets raised and additional $5 per infraction. Not complying with parkingrules and regulations may result in losing the privilege of parking on school property. A$5.00 ticket will be assessed for littering in the parking lots.South High and USD #259 accepts no responsibility for the security of vehicles. 26
  • 30. PLAGIARISMPlagiarism occurs when proper credit is not given to the author or creator of somethingyou have used in an assignment; you are then claiming their ideas as your own.Types of Plagiarism Copying information directly from a source Cutting and pasting information from an Internet source Paraphrasing the author’s information (Putting it into your own words, but still using the author’s ideas)Ways to Avoid PlagiarismUse quotation marks if the information is worded exactly as the source andparenthetical documentation for any of the following: statistical information, facts, graphics, drawing or art work another person’s ideas, words, expressions, or theories direct quotations of the author’s/speaker’s words paraphrasing of the author’s/speaker’s wordsA teacher will probably never tell you that you’ve used too many parenthetical citationsin your paper or research project. When in doubt, cite the source!ConsequencesAcademic honesty is a very important expectation for all Wichita South students. Thepurpose of this policy is to maintain high academic standards and an ethicalatmosphere within our learning community. When plagiarism has occurred, the followingconsequences will be implemented: Redo the assignment according to the teacher’s expectations The student will receive no/reduced credit for the assignment Parent notification Administrator notification The student with multiple offences will be removed from the class with no credit for the semester Removal from any academic honor societies 27
  • 31. RELATIONSHIPS GUIDANCE AND COUNSELINGGuidance Center - School counseling offices are located in B-Hall and counselors are available from 7:50 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Students should sign up for an appointment or have a pass to see their counselor: Counselor A – D ......................... Room B5 .......... Melanie Kiser (AVID, Jr., Sr.) Counselor E - K ......................... Room B2 ...... Cody Dickman (AVID, Fr. Soph.) Counselor L - R .......................... Room B2 ............................ Belinda Tummons Counselor S - Z .......................... Room B5 ................................. Tammy KniffenRegistrar’s Office - Located in B-1, the Registrar oversees school records and works with those requesting school transcripts.College Career Center - Located in B-6, you can get help here as you fill out college applications, apply for college testing or write your résumé to find a job.Psychologist – Located in the Library, member of the Child Study Team, the psychologist assesses students through testing, observation, & other means to help determine proper educational placement.Social Worker - Located in the Library, in addition to providing social histories on students being considered for special education placement, the Social Worker is also available to counsel families and provide information on community resources which may be available to them. The Social Worker is a member of the Child Study Team.Behavior Specialist - Located in B5, works with students referred by administration on behavior issues.Truancy Specialist - Located in B1, works closely with the attendance office to identify students with attendance issues and works with parents and students on remedying the causes for the truancy behaviors. 28
  • 32. TITAN TIMEAcademic success in the classroom is a goal that every student can achieve at WichitaHigh School South. As part of our class schedule, an academic tutorial period isprovided for students. This time is known as Titan Time which meets for 40 minutesevery day except Wednesday. Titan Time offers students the opportunity to work withteachers to get additional assistance necessary to improve the student’s academicstanding.TITAN TIME GUIDELINES 1. Students must obtain passes in their agenda books ahead of time to attend tutorial sessions during Titan Time on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 2. The first day of the week will be for Advocacy. Students may not pass to receive tutorial help on Advocacy days. This will generally be on Mondays. For example, when there is no school due to holidays on Monday, Advocacy will be on Tuesday of that particular week. 3. If the student does not plan to attend a tutorial session, he/she must bring work to Titan Time that will enhance his/her academic skills. 4. Students can only obtain a pass from a teacher who appears on that student’s schedule. The exceptions are for students who need to use the computer labs/library during Titan Time or visit with college representatives. 5. Seniors will not be allowed to drop their Titan Time class for second semester. 6. Passing time is only for those students who are taking advantage of a tutorial session. 7. Titan Time will not be held on Wednesdays.TITAN TIME GRADINGAll teachers will use the same grading system for Titan Time. Each Titan Time will be worth 10 points. Students will receive 10, 5 or 0 points for each Titan Time class period. Students will receive 10 points if they meet all the participation requirements for Titan Time or Advocacy, 5 points if some of the requirements are met and zero points if none are met. Students who come to Titan Time without work to complete or signed passes for tutorial sessions will receive no points. Teachers will exempt students with excused absences. (School related or BAR absences are excused. Students in the holding room are unexcused and suspended students are exempt from Titan Time.) Students with unexcused absences will receive a zero. Students are responsible for showing proof of attendance at tutorial sessions. Since students will not return to Titan Time classes at the end of the tutorial, they will need to show their agenda books to their Titan Time teacher the next class day in order to receive participation points from the previous day if they attended a tutorial session. 29
  • 33. ATHLETICS/ACTIVITIESCOMPETITIVE ATHLETICSAthletics on the interscholastic level are a part of the total educational program atWichita High School South. South is a member of the Greater Wichita Athletic Leagueand a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA). Allteams will have a team page that can be viewed on the school’s website athttp://south.usd259.org . Michelle Kuhns is the Athletic Director for Wichita South andcan be reached at 973-5506 if you need additional information regarding athletics orclubs.Eligibility -To be eligible to participate in the sports program, an athlete must havepassed five (5) subjects the previous semester and be currently enrolled in five (5)subjects.Physical - A physical examination with the appropriate KSHSAA paperwork completedmust be on file in the athletic office before a student may participate in any part of asports program. Athletic Teams and Head Coaches Men WomenBaseball V/JV - Derik Dukes Basketball V/JV/FR – Antwain ScalesBasketball V/JV/FR – Demarcco Owens Bowling V/JV – Darin CulverBowling V/JV – Darin Culver Cross Country V/JV – StephanieCross Country V/JV – Stephanie Chippeaux Chippeaux & Betsy Goering & Betsy Goering Softball V/JV –Football V/JV/FR – Cory Brack Soccer V/JV – Michelle KuhnsGolf - V/JV – Travis Rogers Swimming V – Brett BealSoccer V/JV – Johnny Martin Tennis V/JV – Andrea HarrisSwimming V – Brett Beal Track V/JV – Cody DickmanTennis V/JV – Tom Grow Volleyball V/JV/FR –Track V/JV – Cody DickmanWrestling V/JV - Mike AtleeBEHAVIORAL EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENT PARTICIPANTSParticipation in activities teaches a student that it is a privilege and an honor torepresent his/her school. It teaches self-confidence, poise, respect for the rules andgood sportsmanship. South High and the Kansas State High School ActivitiesAssociation believe this to be an important part of the total educational process.Wichita South Athletic Department may exclude any student athlete from representingWichita High School South if his/her conduct in or out of school reflects discredit uponWichita South or the KSHSAA or creates a disruptive influence on discipline, goodorder, moral or educational environment at Wichita High School South.Students are subject to administrative action if an administrator or law enforcementofficer’s investigation results in information that students have been involved in an illegalactivity or any violation of a state statute. A student who uses any form of tobacco,illegal drugs, alcoholic beverages, or any illegal substances, at school or at a schoolevent, or traveling to and from a school activity/event is not in good standing and issubject to disciplinary action as determined by the principal and athletic director. 30
  • 34. CLUBS/ORGANIZATIONSIn addition to athletics and other activities which are governed by the KSHSAA, SouthHigh offers a variety of clubs and other organized activities. Students are encouragedto participate in extra-curricular activities. Joining a club/organization or participating inathletics gives students the opportunity to meet new people, improve skills, make acontribution to South High and the community and have a good time in the process.Students should listen to the daily bulletin and check bulletin boards forinformation and club meetings. Club Sponsor Room Number DECA John Berseth M-15 Future Educators Cathy Mong E National Honor Society Sarah Grandstaff D-13 Poetry Club Diane Schawe S-32 FCCLA Camille Harding F-4 Weightlifting Club Tom Grow J-6 Latino Leaders Teresa Molina E-4 Wrestling Club Mike Atlee K-22 Freshman Class Sherry Mariani C-10 Jennifer Haney C-9 Sophomore Class Camille Harding F-4 Junior Class Kristy Baker C-6 Anita Wilborn M-14 Senior Class Jolene Maltz B-2J International Thespian Society Vonda Schuster A-1 Crime Stoppers Mike Redmond B-3 SADD Melanie Kiser B-5A Circle of Friends Skeeter O’Ketch S-36 Choose Respect/Kindness Lexie Faulkner E-12 Matters Laura Almquist-Parks C-1J Leadership Advisory Council Courtney Bell B-6 Varsity Club Michelle Kuhns M-6 The Spherical Lyrics Sara Harjo S-3 Rick Rivera Young Life Bret Gunderson C-4 Teens Hope Cody Dickman B-2H Parents as Teachers Cody Dickman B-2H Jill Thompson M-12 Student Council Rick Rivera C-4 Technology Student Assn. Jeff Welch H-1 National Technology Honor Society Jeff Welch H-1 Skills USA Darin Culver H-5 31
  • 35. Changes and TraditionsWichita High School South became the fifth public secondary school in the city when itsdoors were opened to 1502 students in three grades Sept. 4, 1959. The 328 graduatesfrom the Class of 1960 went through ceremonies in the courtyard June 1.The original cost of the building was $3.9 million; it was designed by Fosbeam and Parkswith construction by the Clarence Vollmer Construction Company. Situated on a 40 acretract and modeled after West and Southeast, the original building comprised 226,000square feet. With several additions, and considering inflation, the total value of thecomplex exceeded $12 million in 1982. A courtyard between C and D halls became a newlibrary media center in the mid 1970’s and the area was air conditioned.Several portables were added during the expansion years before Wichita High SchoolNorthwest was built in 1978; several of those portables were moved only to be returned forother growth spurts. When the ninth grade class was added in the fall of 1988, SimElementary School became part of the complex and a variety of classes met there. TheLanguage Arts Department was moved to Sim in the fall of 1989.When South opened, its teams were “Colonels,” its yearbook was the Sabre, its newspaperwas the Southerner and the school song was “Dixie.” It was that way for 12 years. In Juneof 1971, the Board of Education ruled that themes must “continually unify and develop afeeling of togetherness” and a committee was formed to come up with a new theme. Afteranalyzing several ideas and possible choices, members of the committee decided that thename “Titan” was not offensive to any group and that the mythical figure would enhance theschool’s image. The original Titan was designed by Don Alexander, a 1970 graduate.Through a system of voting by the student body and faculty, Torch and Sceptre werechosen for the newspaper and yearbook.C. Elmer Carpenter Memorial Stadium was so designated in the 1980-81 school year aftera petition to name it after the former athletic director was signed by students and citizensand presented to the Board of Education. Carpenter was the athletic director at South for15 years and died in 1980. Even though it is on the South site, the stadium is a facilityused by all the Wichita high schools. It has also been used for the Special Olympics andother special events.Until 1988, a tombstone was located in a fenced-in grassy area near the parking lotentrance. It was put there in the 1964-65 school year to signify the “death of teachers’academic freedom.” An English teacher had assigned 1984 as material for her class toread. The parent of one of the students considered the book to be unsuitable for assignedreading material because of controversial obscene passages and the parent petitioned forthe book to be removed from the classroom. Ironically, the student who was beingprotected was not reading 1984 at all. Rather than doing the assigned reading, the studenthad slipped a book considered to be much more pornographic inside the slipcover of 1984and had been reading that one all along. As a result of this situation, the school districtformed a committee with the function of reviewing all books which might be consideredobjectionable and the committee would decide whether the books should be removed fromthe classroom and/or the library. 32
  • 36. Hanging in the cafeteria is a mural which was given by Southwestern Federal Bank when itwas redecorated. The mural did not adapt to the new surroundings, so bank officialsdecided to give it to a school. South was chosen and the piece was hung here in 1977. Dr.John Simoni and Clark Britton, art teachers at Wichita State University, created the mural.The courtyard opposite the main office has become a place for student memorials. New tothe courtyard in 1994 was the addition of an alumni walk. The walk will be made withimprinted bricks with the name and “Class of __” for each alum who chooses to donate.Also new to South High in 1994 was an 8’6” steel Titan. Sculpted by retired public schoolEnglish teacher, Frank Jensen, the Titan was donated to the school by the South HighActivity Booster and the graduating class of 1994.The school district passed a comprehensive bond issue in April 2000 for $284.5 million ofimprovements. The South High construction began on November, 2003 and concluded in2007. South High’s 10.1 million dollars of renovations included: 27 new classrooms,expansion of a major hallway intersection and relocation of support administration/staff to acommon area. All of the portable classroom buildings were removed and all classroomspaces are now air-conditioned.With the passage of the bond issue in November of 2008, Wichita South is slated to haveimprovements totaling more than twelve million dollars. The turf will be replaced on thefootball field, a new track will be installed, a new 2,000 seat gym will be built and the smallgym will be converted into a weights room. In addition to the upgrades to the athleticfacilities, the auditorium will be upgraded, music, art and technical education classroomswill be remodeled and expanded, and new windows will be installed.South High School celebrated its 50th year of existence during the 2008-2009school year. The year held multiple activities lauding the occasion including arousing send off of the class of 2009 at the graduation ceremonies. We welcomeda host of reunions which included a number of students that attended South in itsvery first year. 33