Everett High Student Handbook
The mission of Everett High School is to meet the needs of every student in our increasingly diverse community. Everett High School is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, challenging environment that empowers students to become lifelong learners and productive members of society.
We are a community that:
• Promotes a positive, safe, and nurturing school environment
• Emphasizes personal responsibility, academic creativity, critical thinking, and physical and emotional well-being
• Offers a curriculum that blends traditional and innovative learning practices
• Provides students with the opportunity to select an academically challenging and personally fulfilling program of studies
• Empowers each student to achieve academic, personal, and social growth
Message from the Principal
Welcome to Everett High School for the 2019-2020 school year. This handbook was developed by students, parents/guardians, teachers and school administrators as an aid to help guide you through your high school experience. This handbook offers the information necessary to help you understand the expectations we place on our students as well as the services we offer. Students and parents/guardians should acquaint themselves with the contents of this handbook. Our rules and regulations have been developed to ensure a safe and secure atmosphere that will maximize the educational opportunity for all students. Please let us know if you have any questions, or if you have any suggestions for how this handbook could be improved.
It is our sincere hope that parents/guardians will work with the school to prevent problems before they happen and work with the school after problems occur. We encourage parents/guardians to maintain contact with teachers, guidance counselors, and administrators in order to resolve minor issues before they become major problems.
We are looking forward to a safe and productive school year. Our dedicated teaching staff and support personnel work diligently every day to meet each student’s individual needs. With your cooperation and teamwork we can increase student achievement, improve our school and make certain that “Everett Schools are Everett’s Pride.”
Children of Military Families
• Timely transfer of records.
• Kindergarten and first grade age variances.
• Adequate time to complete immunization requirements.
• Exclusion from extracurricular activities.
• Placement in appropriate courses.
• Missed or redundant entrance and exit testing.
• Graduation requirements.
Attendance Policies and Procedures
The requirements for the receipt of an Everett High School diploma include an acceptable level of attendance on school days and during school hours. Exceptions to the attendance criteria will be made only by the Principal or designee, pursuant to a transcript review showing that the student is passing all necessary academic subjects and achieving the minimum credits needed for a diploma.
The Monday through Friday school day begins at 8:00 A.M. and ends at 2:30 P.M. The period after school, from 2:45 P.M. to 3:15 P.M., is also considered part of the school day for those students who need extra help. For those students who have not met their obligations, this time is a period of general detention.
The period from 7:45 A.M. - 8:00 A.M. is a study period during which time the students are to remain in their assigned classrooms and to refrain from talking without specific permission from the teacher.
Upon entering the school, students are to go directly to their assigned classroom. Each morning, after attendance has been taken and upon announcement from the office, students and teacher should stand, remain silent for a few moments of reflective thought, and then salute the flag. Regular attendance is expected of all students throughout school hours on each school day.
A student will be considered absent from class, if he or she is not present for any of the
• The student is absent from school;
• The student is tardy or has been dismissed;
• The student has been placed in the Alternate Academic Environment (unless the work is made up to the satisfaction of the subject teacher);
• The student has been suspended outside of school; or
• The student has cut class.
A student who is on a school-sponsored field trip will be marked absent from class; however, this absence will not count toward the total number of days of absences for that student, provided that the student completes the work for that day. A student who is marked absent in on the daily attendance record, and fails to obtain a tardy slip from the office upon his or her arrival will be marked absent for the day. This absence will not be waived.
CONSEQUENCES OF EXCESSIVE ABSENCES
For a full year course (including classes with labs):
• If a student is absent for four (4) or more days during a marking period, the student will receive a grade of “E,” thereby failing the course, unless he or she is granted a waiver.
• If a student is absent for sixteen (16) or more days during the school year and otherwise is passing academically, the student will receive a grade of “E,” thereby failing the course, and must successfully complete it in summer school to receive academic credit.
• If a student is absent for thirty-two (32) or more days during the school year, the student will receive a grade of “E,” thereby failing the course and must repeat it the following year to receive academic credit.
For a semester course:
• If the student is absent for more than two (2) days during a marking period, the student will fail the course unless he or she is granted a waiver.
• If a student is absent for eight (8) or more days during the school year and otherwise is passing academically, the student will fail the course and must successfully complete the course in summer school in order to receive academic credit for the course.
• If the student is absent for sixteen (16) or more days during the school year, the student will fail the course and must repeat it the following year to receive academic credit.
A student on an apprenticeship must conform to all of the rules and regulations of Everett High School and must be in good standing relative to attendance, academics and character. Any student on an apprenticeship who is excessively absent or tardy will be removed from the apprenticeship.
A student will be considered to have perfect attendance only if he or she is not absent at all during the school year, is tardy no more than twice during the year; and is dismissed no more than twice during the school year. The Principal has the discretion to waive any of these requirements.
A student who is absent from school during the day is not permitted to attend school-sponsored or school-related activities, including athletic practices or events, in the afternoon or evening of the day of absence, without prior approval of the Principal. This also applies to school activities on a Saturday, if the student was absent on the preceding Friday.
ABSENCE NOTIFICATION PROGRAM
If a student has five (5) or more unexcused absences during the school year, the Principal or designee will make a reasonable effort to meet with the parent or guardian to develop action steps for student attendance. The action steps will be developed jointly and agreed upon by the Principal or designee, the student and the student’s parent or guardian, with input from other relevant school personnel and officials from relevant public safety, health and human service, housing and nonprofit agencies.
ADMISSION FOLLOWING EXTENDED ABSENCE
Any student who is absent due to illness or injury for five (5) consecutive school days or more must report to the school nurse upon his or her return to school, unless the student has obtained a certification from the student’s family physician or a public health nurse at the Board of Health office, stating that he or she is medically fit to return to school. Any student who is excluded from school by the public health nurse or a school official for reasons related to public health must obtain an admission card from the student’s physician or a public health nurse prior to returning to school, regardless of the length of the absence. The Clinic Schedule at City Hall is Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 2:00 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. The student should present the certification/admission card to the Principal’s designee, who will forward it to the nurse.
STUDENTS RETURNING TO SCHOOL FROM AN EXTENDED ABSENCE OR FROM A HOSPITALIZATION
If a student is hospitalized for physical or mental health issues, the school will schedule a meeting with the student, parent or guardian, school nurse, Principal or designee and any other necessary parties prior to the student’s return to school to prepare for the student’s return and to ensure that the student will be able to move forward successfully in all aspects of school life.
A student may apply directly to his or her Academy Assistant Principal for a waiver for one or more days of absence. Days of absence may be waived for any of the following reasons:
• Death in the family
• Religious holiday
• Authorized school-sponsored or school-related activity (i.e., field trip, college visit, etc.)
• Illness (A doctor's certificate must be submitted to the Academy Assistant Principal’s office for those days that exceed the number allowed prior to an automatic failure, as described above)
• Court appearance
• Military obligation
• Other reason, as deemed acceptable by the Principal or designee. Waivers will not be given for class absences due to unexcused tardiness.
No credit will be given unless all work is completed satisfactorily by a student applying for a waiver. Due to a shortened fourth quarter for seniors, only one waiver day may be applied for during this quarter.
Proper documentation, substantiating the reason for the student’s absence, must be submitted to the Academy Assistant Principal when a waiver is requested. A student will not be considered for a waiver unless notes for indicated absences deemed excusable by the administration are on file in the Academy Assistant Principal’s office within the specified time. All documentation for waivers, including doctor's notes, must be on file in the Academy Assistant Principal’s office within three (3) school days after the student returns to school. All requests for waivers at the end of the term must be received by the Academy Assistant Principal no later than the last day before the end of the marking term.
If a student is dismissed by the school nurse, that student will have the opportunity to earn an attendance waiver. In order to do so, the student must make up the TIME and WORK for the class(es) missed. This MUST be done within five (5) school days of the student’s return to school after the dismissal. The teacher will notify the appropriate Academy Assistant Principal of the student’s completion of the time and work so that the dismissal may be waived. At the discretion of the Principal or designee, a student who is dismissed by another staff member may have the opportunity to earn an attendance waiver according to the same requirements.
ATTENDANCE BUY-BACK POLICY
A student may “buy-back” up to two (2) days of absence each term in accordance with a set of guidelines that are available in the Academy Assistant Principal’s office, subject to the following exceptions:
• A student may not buy back any day on which he or she was absent due to class cutting or suspension (either internal or external).
• At the discretion of the Principal or designee, a student whose overall deportment is in violation of school rules may be denied the opportunity to buy- back absences.
• Any violation of school rules that causes a student to violate the attendance rule (e.g., the student is truant, suspended, placed in an Alternate Academic Environment) will exclude that student from applying for a waiver for that marking period.
In brief, a student seeking to buy back up to two (2) days of absence must comply with the procedure set forth below:
• The student must inform his or her Academy Assistant Principal of the intention to buy back a day and obtain the appropriate form.
• At the start of the six-day buy-back period, the student must have each of his or her teachers initial the form. The Principal or designee will determine when the buy-back period will start. Once the forms are signed, it is the student’s responsibility to safeguard them until it is time for the student to return them to the Academy Assistant Principal.
• The student must attend school for six (6) consecutive days following the day on which his or her teachers initial the form without being tardy or incurring any disciplinary issues. The student must complete all assigned work on those days.
• On the sixth day, the student must have each teacher sign the form again, verifying the student’s attendance, positive behavior and class work.
• The student must return the form at the end of the sixth day to the Academy Assistant Principal’s office.
If the student successfully follows the above procedures, a one-day waiver will be granted.
Attendance at Saturday detention and completing the academic requirements at Saturday detention may be use in conjunction with the waiver policy, at the discretion of the Principal or designee.
At the discretion of the Principal or designee, any student whose overall deportment is in violation of school rules will not be allowed to “buy back” days of absence.
ATTENDANCE POLICY FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS
When a student transfers to Everett High School from another country or another community, the total number of missed school days that the student has accumulated to that point in the school year will be counted as days of absence; provided that a final determination on the total number of absences will be made by the Principal or Vice Principal at the end of the school year.
Chronic tardiness is a serious offense. It is disruptive to the educational process, and will be dealt with accordingly.
• A student is late for school if he or she arrives after the 8:00 A.M. bell.
• Any student who arrives for school after 8:05 A.M. but before 8:53 A.M. must report to the Academy Assistant Principal, at the tardy door, for a tardy slip.
• Any student who is tardy after 8:50 A.M. will be given an absence from the first period class.
• Any student who arrives after 8:50 A.M. must report to the main office for a late slip. If a student fails to report for a late slip, he or she will be considered to be absent from all classes that day, and the absences will be counted under the attendance policy described above. In addition, the Principal or designee may take further disciplinary action against the student.
• Any student who arrives after 8:50 A.M. may be required to provide a written excuse for his or her tardiness from a parent or guardian. If the student does not have a written excuse, the student will be assigned a period of detention, unless the school secretary is able to reach the student’s parent or guardian and the parent or guardian provides the secretary with an excuse for the student’s tardiness. If a student is assigned to detention and fails to report, he or she may be subject to further disciplinary action, up to and including suspension.
• If a student is tardy more than three (3) times in any quarter, the following procedures will be implemented:
— The fourth time that a student is tardy in a quarter, he or she may be assigned to detention. If the student is assigned to detention and fails to report, he or she may be subject to further disciplinary action. In addition, the guidance counselor will notify the student’s parent or guardian of the student’s repeated tardiness. Repeated tardiness will result in disciplinary action.
— The sixth time that a student is tardy, the student will be assigned to detention. If the student fails to report to detention, he or she may be subject to further disciplinary action, up to and including suspension.
— On the sixth time that the student is tardy, the guidance counselor or Academy Assistant Principal will contact the student’s parent or guardian, and the parent or guardian will be required to attend a meeting with the guidance counselor and the Academy Assistant Principal to discuss the student’s behavior.
— If a student is tardy again during that quarter, the student will be assigned a consequence in alignment with tier interventions by the Academy Assistant Principal.
TARDY TO CLASS
A student who is tardy to a class will be admitted, even if he or she does not have an authorized slip to be admitted to the class. The student, however, may be required by the teacher to remain after school for afternoon work with that teacher. Students who are habitually late for class may be referred by the teacher to the Principal or designee.
No student will be allowed to leave the building during school or be dismissed without permission from the office. Students bringing notes for dismissal should present them to the Principal’s designee before 7:55 A.M. Dismissal notes will not be processed after this time unless a student arrives after 8:00 A.M. and has a note from a parent or guarding, explaining the student’s tardiness.
Dismissal notes should indicate the student’s name and the date, time and reason for the dismissal. The note must be signed by the parent or guardian and must contain a telephone number that matches a number in the school data base or is on the emergency card so that the note can be verified. Everett High School will verify dismissal notes. Dismissal forms are available in each classroom. A sample form is included as Appendix A.
Students may be dismissed only for extraordinary circumstances that require the student’s presence during school time. Dismissal for senior pictures will not be allowed. The Principal or designee, however, reserves the right to reject such dismissals in cases where the student’s overall attendance record is poor or the student has abused the privilege.
Any student who is dismissed for only a portion of the school day must return within thirty (30) minutes of the stated time for return on the dismissal note.
A student who is dismissed will have the opportunity to earn an attendance waiver for that dismissal. To do this, the student must see his/her Academy Assistant Principal to obtain a “Dismissal Verification” form and discuss the terms of the attendance waiver. These waivers will be granted at the discretion of the Principal or designee.
Dismissal requests will not be accepted over the telephone during the school day. Parents or guardian MUST come to the school to request their child’s dismissal in such circumstances. Parents are asked to avoid coming to school to dismiss a student during the lunch block unless there is an emergency.
Students at are expected to give priority to academic achievement and to assume 20 significant responsibility for learning the content of each course. Classes are taught by licensed teachers who design lessons to maximize student learning and to meet the needs of all students. Students are expected to work to the best of their ability in all classes and to complete all daily classroom and homework assignments that reflect their best effort, organization and thought. Any student who experiences difficulty in a class should ask the instructor for extra help after class or after school. Student underachievement is often the result of absence from class and failure to complete assigned work. Teachers, counselors, and administrators are willing to work with a student and the student’s parents to develop positive learning strategies for the student.
ENGLISH LEARNER PROGRAM: SHELTERED ENGLISH IMMERSION
The English Learner (EL) program performs the following activities:
• Determines annually, not earlier than October 1, the number of English Learners in the schools, and classifies them according to grade level, primary language and the EL program in which they are enrolled.
• Screens all incoming students using a Home Language Survey and, based on the results of the survey, assesses students for English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening using the Massachusetts uses Kindergarten W-APT, WIDA MODEL for Kindergarten, and WIDA Screener for Grades 1-12.
• Places students with limited English proficiency (LEP) in a Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) classroom that provides sheltered content instruction as well as explicit English Language Development (ELD/ESL) instruction.
• If the parent/guardian of an English Learner “opts out” of English language support programs, documents the parent/guardian’s notice and does not place the student in an ELD/ESL classroom. The student will continue to be classified as LEP and will participate in ACCESS and MCAS testing. When possible, the student will be placed in a classroom with a teacher trained in English language acquisition strategies. The school district will continue to keep the parent/guardian of a student who has “opted out” informed of the child’s progress.
• Administers ACCESS and MCAS testing annually to all English Learners
• Monitors the progress of students identified as FLEP (Formerly Limited English Proficient) for four (4) years after reclassification. The school district does not remove the designation of LEP until the student meets the state’s criteria for English Proficiency which is based on ACCESS test results.
• Provides for waivers based on parent request under certain circumstances, assuming that the parent annually applies by visiting the student's school and providing written informed consent.
• For students under the age of 10, waivers are allowed under the following conditions: (a) the student has been placed in an English language classroom for at least thirty (30) days prior to the parent's application for a waiver; (b) documentation has been provided by school officials in no less than 250 words that the student has special and individual physical or psychological needs, separate from lack of English proficiency, that require an alternative course of education study, and such documentation has been included in the student's permanent school record; and (c) the waiver application has been signed by the Principal and the Superintendent.
• For students age 10 and older, waivers are allowed when it is the informed belief of the Principal and educators that an alternative course of educational study would be better for the student's overall educational progress and rapid acquisition of English.
• Allows students receiving waivers to be transferred to bilingual programs, including two-way bilingual programs, or "other generally recognized educational methodologies permitted by law."
• Requires schools in which twenty (20) students or more of a given grade level receive a waiver to offer bilingual or other type of language support program; in all other cases, students with waivers must be permitted to transfer to a public school in which such a program is offered.
Parents have legal standing to sue for enforcement of the laws relating to the education of LEP students, and school officials may be personally liable if they willfully and repeatedly refuse to implement the laws, or induce a parent to apply for a waiver by fraud or intentional misrepresentation.
PROGRAM TYPES AND SERVICES
Sheltered English Immersion is defined as an English language acquisition method for where curriculum and presentation are designed to develop academic content alongside English development. Books and instructional materials are in English, and all reading, writing and subject matter are taught in English. Effective sheltered instruction includes both content instruction and explicit, direct instruction in English language development (ELD/ESL) using a curriculum based on the WIDA ELD standards and instruction tailored to students’ proficiency levels.
Effective sheltered instruction generally includes the following elements and lesson plans that include:
• Current content objectives based on standards from the English Language Benchmarks for Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts, History and Social Science, Mathematics, and Science and Technology/Engineering.
• Language Objectives that target academic English language development in order to increase access to curriculum and increase domain specific vocabulary, sentence structure, and discourse.
• Frequent opportunities for interaction and discussion between teacher and student and among students, which encourage elaborated responses by students about lesson concepts.
• Availability of supplementary materials that support the content objectives and contextual learning, such as:
- Hands-on manipulatives
- Pictures and visual images
- Multimedia materials
- Adapted text
- Graphic organizers
• Instruction that links academic concepts to students' backgrounds. English Learners bring personal and educational backgrounds and experiences to their classrooms that are different from those of students who were born and educated in the United States. New content learning is most effective when it is associated with prior knowledge.
• Instruction that emphasizes English vocabulary by combining the teaching of vocabulary and the teaching of content.
• Instruction that is designed to increase comprehensibility of spoken English by the use of speech appropriate for students' proficiency level, a clear explanation of academic tasks, and the use of supplementary materials (see above).
• Adaptation of content, including texts, assignments and assessments. Presentation of content in all modalities, including written text, must be within the students' English proficiency level. Testing and informal classroom assessments should be appropriate for the students' English proficiency levels.
• Regular classroom activities that provide opportunities for students to practice and apply new content and language knowledge in English.
• Students actively engaged in learning 90–100% of the time.
• Students integrated with Native English-speaking peers.
Homework is required and is an integral part of the student’s grade and grade average. Homework consists of assignments that must be completed outside of class time. Such assignments are an important part of the curriculum and support work that is done in the classroom. Homework improves independent study habits through practice and review. It also provides a great opportunity for students to be creative. Parents/guardians can help students by providing a quiet and well-lit work place and by checking to see that work is completed regularly and by encouraging a consistent home study routine.
Teachers will issue their own policy for homework. Homework and tests that have been missed because of absences must be made up according to the teacher’s make-up policy.
Make-up sessions are held after the end of the regular school day until 3:15 P.M., two times per week or one hour a week with the approval of the Principal.
No student will be allowed to drop or change a course once the school year has begun without the permission of the Principal or Vice Principal. Students who add or drop courses will not receive any credit for the course that is dropped. To receive credit for an added course, work must be made up to the satisfaction of the teacher and the Principal or designee. When a student drops a course and adds a new course, the number of days that the student may be absent in the added course will be determined based on the number of days left in the school year.
Report cards will be issued quarterly during the following months: November, January, April and June. The last report card will be mailed home shortly after the last day of school. Exact dates will be placed on the school website and in the X2Portal. Students receiving services pursuant to an IEP will receive regular report cards and/or progress reports on the same schedule as regular education students.
Mid-quarter notices will be sent home during the following months: October, December, March and May. Exact dates will be placed on the school website and in the X2Portal.
GRADING FOR EVERETT HIGH SCHOOL
A grade is a measure of achievement and should not be influenced by nonacademic factors other than attendance, as described in the attendance policy for Everett High School. The primary purpose served by grades is to describe the level of academic achievement attained by the student. Thus, grades should reflect students’ knowledge of a subject, their understanding of applicable concepts, and their ability to use the information and skills taught in the course. Grades should not be used as a punishment for a student’s behavior, nor should they be used as a reward for cooperation, citizenship or other similar conduct. Remarks concerning conduct should be reserved for the comment section of the report card.
At the beginning of each marking period, the student should be made aware of the teacher’s grading procedure. The weight of tests, quizzes, labs, homework, class participation and the attendance policy should be discussed at this time.
A student’s grade will be based on a percent grade (0-100) which will then be assigned a letter grade according to the table set forth below. The teacher will be required to retain the percentage grade for use in assigning a final grade for the year. The grade for the year will be an average of the four (4) quarters, the midterm, and the final exam. All grades reflect the teacher’s best judgment of the student’s academic achievement. The teacher will be the final judge of a student’s achievement and grade.
Student grades are indicated in accordance with the descriptive evaluation of grades as noted below.
Letter Numerical — Grade Equivalent
E 50-56 (Attendance Failure)
Attendance Failure – If a student receives a grade of “E” in a subject and subsequently successfully completes the course in summer school, the grade that the student otherwise would have received for that course will be placed on the student’s official transcript at the end of summer school for two (2) marking periods (quarters). If the student’s attendance failure is for more than two (2) quarters, the two (2) marking periods that will be replaced are those which will give the student a higher grade.
An incomplete grade may be assigned to a student at the discretion of the teacher, provided that no student will receive an incomplete grade for the fourth quarter of a school year.
Incomplete grades may be made up in accordance with the following rules:
• The standard amount of time allocated to make-up an incomplete grade is fifteen (15) school days.
• Teachers may extend the fifteen-day time period with the consent of the Principal or Vice Principal.
• Before the start of a new quarter, all incomplete grades will become “F”’s unless the fifteen-day period overlaps the quarter.
It is the student’s responsibility to contact the teacher and to make arrangements to resolve an incomplete grade.
Because a grade of “F” usually leads to an administrative decision of great importance to the student, teachers will assign “F”’s with great care. A grade of “F” indicates that a student has not met the course requirements.
RANK IN CLASS
Rank in class is used primarily to identify a student’s academic standing within his or her grade and to predict probable success in advanced education. Class rank is determined using a quality-point system, described below. Advanced level subjects that require more concentrated study are weighted more heavily than those subjects delivered as a general track course.
To determine a student’s class rank and GPA, all required courses will be considered, provided that only grades earned at Everett High School will be used. If a student has taken fewer than five (5) required courses, elective courses will be considered. The electives will be utilized in the order that is most beneficial to the student. Elective courses, however, will not supersede required courses in determining a student’s GPA.
A student’s GPA must be based on a minimum of two (2) marking periods. At a minimum, this would be four (4) quarterly grades for one (1) previous year and the first quarter of the student’s senior year. A student’s GPA must be based on a minimum of three (3) courses. Any course that meets fewer than six (6) periods per cycle, however, will not be used to determine a student’s GPA unless the course is required for graduation. Any course in which a student receives a pass/fail grade will not be considered in determining a student’s GPA.
To be assigned a Grade Point Average (GPA), a student must be enrolled at Everett High for a minimum of two (2) years. In the event that a student has been enrolled at Everett High School for fewer than four (4) years and has a GPA that would place him or her in consideration to be ranked Number One (Valedictorian) or Number Two (Salutatorian) in the class, the student will be matched against all other students based on the same length of time at Everett High School to determine rank in class.
The school promotes an environment where honesty is valued. Students who cheat compromise that environment. Furthermore, to provide the best possible education for each individual student, a student’s work must reflect his/her best effort. Cheating seriously hinders the ability of a teacher to diagnose or remediate the work of a student.
Therefore, cheating will not be tolerated and will be addressed in the following manner:
• Situations arise in which classroom teachers have the responsibility to define appropriate and inappropriate sharing of information. For example, routine homework assignments, group work, and projects where parents may have some part allow for the sharing of information. Classroom teachers will set guidelines for assignments that require students to share information. In two (2) areas, however, testing and papers, the rules are clear: information sharing in not allowed.
• Tests and quizzes are designed to evaluate a student’s knowledge of a particular subject area. To be fair to all students, the integrity of a testing period must be maintained. Therefore, in testing situations, the following will constitute cheating:
- looking at another student’s paper
- copying information from another student or from notes on one’s person or in one‘s possession
- talking to another student during a test or quiz
- having a copy of a test or quiz prior to that test or quiz being administered
- giving or receiving any information between or among students during a test
- giving or receiving information about a test between or among students who have and have not yet taken the same or a similar test
- using any unauthorized electronic equipment during a test or quiz or using authorized electronic equipment in an unauthorized manner (e.g., to access information about the subject matter of the test, etc.)
• Plagiarism: Writing is an exercise in thinking and expressing one’s ideas. Students write a response, express their understanding of an idea or topic in their own language and, thereby communicate clarified thoughts to another. This is an invaluable learning process. Therefore, thwarting this process by passing off the ideas and/or written work of others as one’s own is a form of cheating called plagiarism. Plagiarism is the act of claiming as one’s own the work of another. The responsibility of each student is to identify the sources of the words, ideas and facts presented in a paper or similar project. Words taken directly from a source must be cited in quotation marks. Ideas and facts taken from a source must be credited to the author. The only exception to this is factual information that falls into the category of “common knowledge,” e.g., that the Declaration of Independence was promulgated on July 4, 1776.
The mechanics for citing sources will vary from course to course and teacher to teacher, depending on the type of assignment. The responsibility of the student is to follow the rules of citation. Given a choice between over- and under-citation, students always should choose to over-cite, and thereby eliminate the possibility of plagiarism. The basic point for all students to remember, however, is that all work presented without citation is presented as original work. If, in fact, it is not original work, it is plagiarized and is subject to the penalties herein described. The simple rule to follow in all cases is that a student should be able to state honestly, “The words and ideas presented in this paper are my own unless otherwise indicated.”
All incidents of cheating must be reported in writing to the department head, Vice Principal, Academy Assistant Principal and appropriate guidance counselor. Incidents of cheating are considered as violations of the behavior Code of Conduct, and are violations of our belief in, and commitment to, academic honesty. Infractions will be entered into the computerized behavioral file of the student. These consequences are cumulative for grades 9-12 and are as follows:
The student will receive a zero on the assignment, test, project, etc.. Notification will be sent to the student’s parents. Based on the philosophy that students can learn from their mistakes, the Principal or Vice Principal may allow the student to redo the assignment, according to the terms of the assignment, within a reasonable time for up to 65% credit instead of the zero. This will apply only one (1) time for only one (1) incident.
The student will receive a zero on the assignment, test, project, etc.. or the student’s grade for the quarter will be lowered by ten (10) points, whichever is greater. A conference with the student, student’s parent, teacher and administrator will be conducted.
The student will receive a zero on the assignment, test, project, etc.. and will lose credit for the course. A conference with the student, student’s parent, teacher and administrator will be conducted. A letter will be placed in the student’s behavior file describing the cheating incident.
In cases where cheating is suspected but not documented, the teacher will discuss the matter with the student(s).
A teacher will report all documented offenses to the student’s guidance counselor, the department head and the Vice Principal. The teacher will notify the parents of all cases of documented cheating in writing. Students and parents will have the opportunity to discuss all documented offenses with the teacher, Vice Principal and/or Principal. A letter documenting the cheating offense will be placed in the student’s behavior file. A parent or student may request that this letter be removed at a later date (please see Amendment of Student Record).
A voluntary honor code will be adopted. This code will be discussed each year and students will be asked to commit themselves to academic honesty.
The High School office issues an Honor Roll each term. Achieving a place on the Honor Roll is something that every student should strive to attain in his or her search for excellence. Everett High School maintains a high scholastic standing and expects that each student will use the best of his or her ability to contribute to that standard. To be eligible, a student must receive a minimum of four (4) letter grades, and must be enrolled in a minimum of twenty-five (25) course credits.
There are three (3) levels on the Honor Roll at Everett High School.
HIGH HONOR: “A”s in every subject
HONOR: More “A”s than “B”s, or an equal number of “A“’s and “B”s in every subject with no mark lower than a “B-”
CREDIT LIST: “A”s and/or “B”s in every subject with no more than one “C”
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
The Everett High School Chapter of the National Honor Society began in 1969. Students may be selected to the Society during their junior or senior year. The four (4) principles by which they are selected are leadership, service, character and scholarship. Membership in the Society is a privilege, not a right. Students should consult with the advisor of the Society for complete details regarding eligibility. The following is a summary of the four principles considered for admission to the Society:
Scholarship: A student who earns a cumulative 3.7 GPA at the end of the second quarter of his or her junior year will be eligible for membership. A student will be considered for membership in the Society if he or she meets the cumulative 3.7 GPA at the end of the first quarter of his or her senior year. Grades for seniors will be calculated through, and will include, the third quarter. A senior whose GPA falls below 3.7 at the end of the third quarter will be warned about his or her status in the Society. He or she will have until the end of the fourth quarter to reach the 3.7 GPA requirement. If the requirement is not met, the student will be dismissed from the Society.
Character: Character includes honesty, fairness, reliability, adhering to school regulations including those relating to attendance and tardiness, and upholding principles of morality and ethics.
Leadership: Leadership includes the holding of an office, classroom or athletic leadership position, and influencing others for a good environment in and out of school. Dependability, reliability and initiative are leadership qualities.
Service: To fulfill the service requirement, a student must be involved with community service in and outside of Everett High School. Students must participate in two (2) or more activities from two (2) different categories at Everett High School during the years preceding eligibility for membership in the Society, and continue the service after membership. These in-school activities may include athletics, music, arts, academic and civic teams and clubs. The activities also may include tutoring, serving as a Big Brother or Big Sister, assisting teachers and Department Heads, and engaging in other peer help experiences. Each student will complete two (2) hours per month of community service outside of Everett High School. Freshman service hours may be in school or outside of school, but must total two (2) hours per month, and must include one (1) school activity. Clubs and sports are school activities, not community service activities. Examples of outside school community service activities are volunteering at shelters, hospitals, churches, religious institutions, schools or other community organizations. Participating in the Walk for Hunger, Walk for AIDS, clothing drives, bottle drives, and other honorable service acts will count towards the student’s community service hours. An authorized person must sign for each activity. Failure to meet the Service requirement will result in the student not being considered for admission into the Society. Any service performed after July 1 will be counted towards the following year’s service hours. Seniors must have their Service hours before May 15. Juniors who qualify academically, but have not completed their community service requirement, will have until the end of the school year to complete it.
Essay and Consideration Packet: Each student will write an essay describing how he or she has displayed the four characteristics of a Society member. The student will give specific examples of how he or she exhibited those characteristics, and will explain why he or she should be considered for membership in the Society. A Consideration Packet will accompany the essay.
During the early part of the third quarter of each year, the Society advisor will submit to all teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, club advisors, and athletic coaches the names of those students who qualify academically for membership in the Society. Comments from this group will be evaluated in determining the status of a student in the Society. A summary of these evaluations will be submitted to a faculty council that consists of five (5) faculty members who are responsible for the election of members into the Society.
Miscellaneous: If a student is absent from a Society meeting and does not report to the advisor by the following morning, the student will receive a warning relative to his or her continued status in the Society. A similar action regarding another meeting will result in probation. A third such incident will result in dismissal from the Society. Grades will be checked every quarter. If the GPA of a member of the Society falls below the required 3.7, that member will have the succeeding quarter to raise his or her GPA to 3.7. If this does not occur, the student will be dismissed from the Society. If the student brings his or her GPA back to 3.7, but falls below 3.7 again, he or she will be dismissed from the Society.
Results of Uncharacteristic Behavior:
• First infraction: written warning
• Second infraction: probation
• Third infraction: dismissal
Note: Cheating will be just cause for immediate dismissal from the Society. All Society members are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the high standards of the National Honor Society. All school rules must be followed. If such standards are not maintained, the advisor will inform the student and the student’s parent or guardian that the student will have a hearing before the Faculty Council.
Dismissal from the Society may result. If the Faculty Council votes to dismiss a student and the family does not agree with the decision, the decision may be appealed to the Principal within one (1) week of the date of the decision. A student who is removed from the Society must surrender his or her pin and certificate to the advisor. Although receiving the Honor Medal is not directly related to being a member of the National Honor Society, a student who earns a cumulative 3.7 GPA at the end of the second quarter of his or her senior year will be eligible for an Honor Medal. The student must maintain a 3.7 GPA through the end of the fourth quarter of the senior year, in order to be awarded a Medal.
Students may be permitted to attend summer school to obtain credit for subjects failed in the previous school years, subject to the following guidelines:
• Students will not be allowed to attend summer school without the approval of the subject teacher, Vice Principal and Principal. No credit given for courses, unless the approval process has been followed.
• The summer school that the student attends must be approved by the Principal of Everett High School in order for the student to receive credit for the course.
• A student who is absent thirty-two (32) days or more (and has not received waivers for the absences) will NOT be allowed to attend summer school or night school.
• If a student passes a course in summer school for which he or she had been given a yearly grade of “F,” the student’s grade will remain an “F,” but he or she will be given credit for course in either of the following ways:
- The summer school grade will replace the grade of two marking quarters subject to individual circumstances determined by the Principal or Vice Principal. If these new grades are averaged with the other grades and the yearly average is a passing grade, then the student will be given credit for that class.
- The summer school grade will be listed on the transcript as the summer school grade for that class, and the number of credits earned will be listed next to this grade. These credits will count for purposes of graduation. The former grade also will remain on the student’s transcript. This method will be the norm unless the student petitions the Principal or Vice Principal for approval to use the first method.
• To receive credit for a summer school course, the student must take the course at a summer school that has been approved by the Principal of Everett High School.
GRADUATION AND ACADEMIC COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Over the next four years, the minimum credits required will be increasing each
year. Please consult the table below to see the credit requirement for your class.
|YEAR OF GRADUATION||MINIMUM CREDITS REQUIRED TO GRADUATE|
Students must have passed the following courses:
4 years of English
2 years of Social Studies
4 years of Mathematics
3 years of Science
4 years of Physical Education
1 year of Health
Specific course requirements, which must also be met, can be found in the Everett High School Curriculum Guide.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION COURSE REQUIREMENTS
Students are required by law to take physical education classes each year. A student, however, may be medically excused from physical education class if he or she submits a doctor’s note, satisfactory to the Principal, stating the specific medical reasons for the student’s inability to participate in physical education classes. Such medical excuse will be in effect only for the school year in which it is submitted. A student who is medically excused from physical education classes is not permitted to participate on an athletic team or cheering team.
REGULATIONS FOR NON-GRADUATING SENIORS
Any student in the senior class whose academic performance fails to meet the graduation requirements for that school year will NOT BE ALLOWED to participate in the graduation ceremony that year. The student, however, with the consent of the Principal or Vice Principal, will be allowed to attend summer school to attain the necessary credits to graduate, will receive his or her diploma upon successfully completing his or her academic requirements, and will be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony at the end of the NEXT school year, if his or her academic requirements have been met by that time.
Any student who is in violation of the attendance policy will not be allowed to participate in the graduation ceremony for that school year.
STATE TESTING (MCAS)
To be eligible to receive a diploma, a student must meet the MCAS requirements established by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Everett High School supports these standards and will enforce all rules and regulations relative to DESE’s requirements for student testing and high academic standards.
CODE OF BEHAVIOR FOR GRADUATION EXERCISES
Students must conduct themselves in a respectful manner and observe all federal, state, city and school regulations, particularly those regulations regarding drugs, smoking, alcohol, firecrackers, weapons and safety, during the graduation exercises. Participation in the graduation ceremony is a privilege granted to students in good standing and not a right. The Principal has the authority to have any student who violates the code of behavior removed from graduation. Any student who engages in any of the following offenses during school hours, while traveling to and from school, or during any school-sponsored or school-related activities, including athletic events, may be prohibited from attending the graduation exercises:
• Possessing alcohol or drugs
• Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs
• Physically or verbally abusing a teacher or student
• Initiating a false alarm, bomb threat, building evaluation, shelter-in-place or lockdown, or taking part in a plan to initiate such an action
• Possessing a weapon or any other instrument deemed by the Principal to be a potential weapon
• Stealing property belonging to the school, a teacher or a fellow student
• Repeatedly engaging in bullying behavior
• Selling illegal articles on school property
• Engaging in any activity that the Principal believes endangers the lives or safety of others in the school
• Willfully destroying or defacing school and/or personal property and refusing to pay for its restoration, or destroying or defacing school and/or personal property on repeated occasions
• Demonstrating an overall disregard for school rules and lack of respect for teachers or administrators.
The above is not an exhaustive list of offenses constituting grounds for excluding a student from graduation exercises. A student also may be excluded if the Principal determines that such an action is necessary to preserve order or the dignity of the graduation ceremony.
A wide variety of clubs and activities is offered to students of Everett High School. Involvement in such groups adds significantly to the high school experience of our students. All students are strongly encouraged to become involved with some group in which they have an interest. A student must have twenty (20) credits at the end of each quarter to participate in any sport, club or school activity. Some of the clubs offered at Everett High School are listed below. This is subject to change at any time.
|Music (various groups)|
|National Honor Society|
|Culinary (Future Chefs)||Poetry|
|Future Teachers||School Council|
|Girls Who Code||Spanish Honor Society|
|Green Monsters||STEM Club|
Italian Honor Society
|Key Club||Youth Values for Life|
Sports offered at Everett High School are:
FALL: Cheerleading, Cross Country*, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Soccer*, Volleyball
WINTER: Basketball*, Cheerleading, Hockey, Indoor Track*
SPRING: Baseball, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track*, Rowing, Softball, Tennis*
An * indicates separate teams for boys and girls
EVERETT HIGH SCHOOL RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
“Membership on an Everett High School athletic team is a privilege.... NOT A RIGHT!”
Everett High School will adhere to all policies as set forth by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association relative to the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and any controlled substances. No student will take part in any practice, athletic contest, co-curricular activity, or any school activity on any day or evening in which he or she was absent from school. Exceptions will be made only with the consent of the Principal.
No student, who was not in attendance in school on a particular day, should be at any athletic contest, co-curricular activity, or after school activity. If a student is absent on a Friday, that student is not eligible to take part in or attend any practice, athletic event, co-curricular activity, or school activity that takes place over the weekend. If the student is absent the day before a vacation, that student is not eligible to take part in or attend any practice, athletic event, co-curricular activity, or school activity until the next day that school is in session for students.
Eligibility may be denied any senior who, during the spring season, is failing a subject required for graduation. A student shall not change from one sport to another, after the first scheduled contest has been played, without the consent of both coaches involved. An ineligible athlete may not practice with a team until he or she becomes eligible.
A student shall not draw equipment or participate in organized practice or contests until the following conditions are met:
1. A student must have a physical examination by a physician.
2. A parent or legal guardian must sign a permission card.
3. The student must have school insurance, provided that school insurance may be waived by written consent of the student’s parent or legal guardian if a family insurance policy is to be used. (Name of company and policy number must be included in a letter and given to the Athletic Trainer.)
The Director of Athletics must check eligibility before any students are allowed to practice or to participate in a contest. The Head Coach must submit an alphabetized list to the Athletic Director for this purpose. Any roster additions made after the original list has been submitted must be submitted in writing to the Athletic Director. No student shall participate in athletics at the High School unless he or she is willing to:
1. Attend all practice sessions and games. Exceptions: Illness or authorized excuse.
2. Refrain from the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs.
3. Maintain acceptable conduct and receive 20 points of academic credits (per quarter) and meet all of the Everett High School standards for participation.
4. Observe such other rules as may be made by the coach.
5. Complete any School Committee or state mandated informational (i.e. head injury) or norm testing. This includes parents if required.
NOTE: Each Head Coach will put his rules in written form so that the players will know what is expected of them. A copy of the rules of each Head Coach is to be kept on file in both the Principal’s Office and the Athletic Director’s Office. School discipline regulations are in effect for all athletes. Coaches are to report serious infractions of discipline, in writing, to the Principal and Athletic Director immediately. A student may be suspended by the Head Coach for one (1) game. Before any further action is taken, a meeting of the Principal, Athletic Director and coach must be held. Poor student conduct is a cause of suspension or termination from the athletic team.
Buses will be chartered for all games. Students who are members of the Athletic or the Cheerleading Squad or co-curricular team must use the bus for transportation both to and from the event. It is the responsibility of the coach in charge of the squad or the advisor of the cheerleaders to see that this regulation is enforced. Under no circumstances (with the exception of emergency medical personnel) is a student to be released to any adult or sibling. If a parent prearranges such a release to the parent with the Principal of his designee, the student may be released to that parent. No dismissals will be allowed for athletic events unless the game site is at a distance of more than forty-five (45) minutes.
CHEERLEADER COACHES’ POLICY
1. Tryouts are to be held right after election of Cheerleading Coaches. Notification of eligibility for these tryouts must be given to 8th Graders in order to reach their four-year eligibility span.
2. Cheerleading Coaches must seek permission from the Athletic Director for participation in any activities, entering of any contest, purchasing, or anything not directly associated with their practice schedules or game schedules.
3. Any candidate for cheerleading positions must have passed 20 points the previous quarter and must meet all of the Everett High School standards for participation.
4. Summer Camp—not sanctioned by the Everett School System—must not carry Everett High School equipment or uniforms, nor use Everett High School in any way to suggest sponsorship.
5. Cheerleading Squads cannot attend games nor have practices without the presence of their coach.
6. Any team member who is absent from school on the day of a contest will not be able to participate that day.
7. Practice schedules must be approved by the Athletic Director.
8. All instruction and selections shall be done by the coach.
9. Cheerleaders and coaches are to abide by all rules and regulations set forth by the MIAA and the Everett High Student Handbook. (Coaches will refer to student handbook regarding disciplinary suspensions.)
All equipment issued to athletes shall be recorded on the equipment cards and signed by the athlete. It is the responsibility of the coaches and equipment managers to see that all equipment is returned in good condition. If the equipment is lost, stolen or has had abnormal usage, the athlete shall be charged accordingly.
No athletic equipment issued to squad members may be worn in gym class or worn outside of practice or game situations.
Anyone who steals equipment from Everett High School or from an opposing team or school will be automatically suspended from the team.
DANCES/PROMS/SCHOOL-SPONSORED SPECIAL EVENTS
School dances are subject to the following rules:
1. All students must be properly attired and remain so throughout the dance.
2. No smoking is permitted in the school building or on school grounds.
3. Dances/proms are open to students enrolled in Everett High School, unless the Principal grants permission in advance for a specific guest.
4. Any student who is absent or dismissed on the day of a dance/prom will not be allowed to attend, unless the student is granted permission in advance by the Principal or Vice Principal.
5. No pupil will be re-admitted to the dance/prom/school-sponsored special event after having once left.
6. All policies and practices as stated in the permission slip for the event must be followed.
REPRESENTING EVERETT HIGH SCHOOL
All school rules apply to the entire student body. In addition, there are some students who represent Everett High School or its students in extraordinary roles or there are some students who receive certain individual awards and recognitions. These students must be held to higher standards. All of these students must have 20 credits at the end of each quarter.
1. Any student who is elected to a position of class officer or who in any way represents Everett High School will be held to high standards of academic achievement, attendance and character. If the Principal or designee believes that the student does not meet and reflect such standards, that student may be removed from that elected position. Before any such removal, the Principal or his designee will conduct a hearing with the student and parent.
2. Any nurse’s aide or guidance aide must conform to all of the rules and regulations of Everett High School. In addition, that student must be in good standing relative to academics, attendance and character in order for that student to hold this position.
3. At no time will students who are not participants in an athletic event or competition be allowed on the field of play.
4. Any student who opens an outside door to allow anyone to enter the building without authorization (or creates an opportunity by doing the above to allow anyone in the building) compromises the safety of all students. This includes the unauthorized leaving of the building.
5. Any student who has a financial obligation to the Everett Public Schools (e.g., for lost or damaged books, instructional material, replacement ID badges and lanyards, athletic equipment, damage to school property etc.) must reimburse the school for the replacement value of such item(s). A reimbursement plan will be established among the school administration, the parent, and the student. If the student does not reimburse the school, he or she may be excluded from extra-curricular activities and school events at the discretion of the Principal or Vice Principal. This may include the student NOT being allowed to participate in the Junior Prom, the Senior Prom, the Senior Luau, and the Graduation Ceremony.
6. No student (under 18 years old) is to be in possession of matches or lighters, in accordance with applicable City of Everett ordinances.
SUCCESSION OF CLASS OFFICERS
If a vacancy occurs in a class officer’s position, succession will take place as follows:
• Vacancy for President: Vice President has option to move into this position.
• Vacancy for Vice President: Secretary has option to move into this position.
• Vacancy for Secretary: Treasurer has option to move into this position.
• Vacancy for Treasurer: Runner-up assumes position. If refused, it remains vacant. If the person holding the position chooses not to move in to a vacancy, each of the remaining officers for that class and the Academy Assistant Principal will select one of the officers to fill the higher vacancy. If this cannot be done, the runner-up in the election for that position will be appointed.
The Education Reform Act, which was enacted and went into effect on June 18, 1993, prohibits smoking on school property. Chapter 71, Section 36 of the Acts of 1993, prohibits “the use of any tobacco products within the school buildings, the school facilities or on school grounds or on school buses by any individual, including school personnel.” The prohibition is intended to apply to any activity held on school property, including athletic events and other extracurricular activities. Smoking, vaping and the possession of tobacco products or paraphernalia are prohibited on school property. All Smoking refers to the use of traditional tobacco products. Vaping refers to the use of electronic nicotine delivery systems or electronic smoking devices. These are commonly called ecigarettes, e-pipes, e-hookahs and e-cigars.
ASBESTOS HAZARD EMERGENCY RESPONSE ACT
Under the federal Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA), schools are required to determine the presence of asbestos-containing building materials in all school buildings. Accredited inspectors must visually inspect all school buildings, and bulk samples of suspected materials must be taken, where the material was not assumed to be asbestos. The law further requires that an Asbestos Management Plan be created for each individual building, providing for the means and methods to deal effectively with asbestos-containing building materials. All phases of asbestos inspection and management planning are reported in these plans, including response action strategy, priorities, scheduling of abatement activities, and coordination of personnel and evaluation of results.
The Everett Public Schools recently completed the required three-year re-inspection and the six-month inspection. The AHERA management plans for each school building are complete, and copies are kept on file in the Maintenance Office. If you would like to review the AHERA management plans, please contact Mr. Charles Obremski, Assistant Superintendent of Schools for Business Affairs, at 617-394-2400.
PEST MANAGEMENT CONTROL POLICY
Under state law, schools are required to implement pest management strategies that minimize the risks to children from exposure to pesticides in school settings. Among other things, the law limits the types of pesticides that may be used on the outdoor grounds of any school. Your child’s Principal will present and review an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan to your School Council and Parent Teacher Organization. The IPM plan also is available in the Principal’s office for your review.
The law also requires that schools send standard written notification home to parents and employees at least two (2) working days before an outdoor pesticide application is to take place. If a school official determines that a human health emergency warrants the use of a pesticide not otherwise allowed or sooner than two (2) days after providing the required standard written notification, the official may apply for a single-use waiver from the Board of Health before applying the pesticide under Massachusetts General Laws chapter 132B, section 6H, and must post conspicuous notices regarding the use of the pesticide for at least seventy-two (72) hours after its application.
Curriculum Awareness for Health
Teaching young people how to stay healthy is a critical educational goal. To that end, the Everett Public Schools is building comprehensive health programming for school children to enhance their capacity to function in school and to live healthy and productive lives. This effort includes providing health education from Kindergarten through grade 12 which teaches children about their body systems and helps them to develop healthy attitudes and to build skills that enhance wellness and maintain good health.
The purpose of this letter is to inform you about the component which will teach children about healthy sexual growth and development, inform them about HIV and how it can be spread, and teach them refusal, assertiveness, and other communication skills which will help them to refuse to engage in risky behaviors. The lessons will include information about human sexuality. All students’ questions will be answered factually and in an age-appropriate manner. Each child’s privacy and personal values will be respected.
The goal of this program is to teach every student to develop sensible lifelong health habits and to take responsibility for his/her own health. It is important to teach this information early in a child’s life because it lays the groundwork for the development of healthy life habits.
The following topics may be included in the lessons:
• Adolescent growth and development, including the changes of puberty
• How communicable diseases (including HIV/AIDS) are spread and how to prevent this
• Behaviors which pose risks to good health
• Responsible decision making
• Resisting negative peer pressure
• Refusal, assertiveness, and communication skills (ways to say “no” to risky behaviors)
• Respecting the right to privacy of self and others
• Setting limits on physical affection
The curriculum that will be used is the Life Skills Training Curriculum and educational programming from the Cambridge Health Alliance. We would like you to see the materials and the curricula. You may arrange to do this at your child’s school. If you decide that you do not wish your child to participate in this education, please write the principal of your child’s school to let them know of your decision. Students who are exempted will not be penalized academically. Your decision will be honored.
Mr. Erick Naumann, Principal
BODY MASS INDEX SCREENING
Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):
This letter is to let you know that as required by Massachusetts State Law the Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening Program will once again be happening this school year. A Body Mass Index, or BMI, is a measure that is used to show a person’s “weight for height for age”. It is calculated using an individual’s height and weight. Just like a blood pressure reading or an eye screening test, a BMI can be useful tool in identifying possible health risks.
The purpose of the BMI Screening Program is to give you information about your child’s weight status and ideas for living a healthy life. In Everett, we address our children’s health and wellness with a comprehensive approach that includes health screenings and provide before and after school programming to increase the amount of physical activity our students engage in.
Massachusetts schools have taken heights and weights of students each year since the 1950’s. According to the state’s new BMI screening regulations which passed in April 2009, schools must now collect the heights and weights of students in grade 10. Each child’s height and weight will then be used to calculate their BMI. The results will be sent home with your child.
The school nurse will supervise your child’s screening and will make sure your child’s privacy is respected at all times. The results of your child’s height, weight, and BMI measurements are strictly confidential – the results will be kept in your child’s school health record. A BMI does not tell the whole story about your child’s health status. BMI does not distinguish between fat and muscle. For example, if a child is very athletic and has a lot of muscle, his or her BMI may be high even though he or she is not overweight. That is why we encourage you to share the results with your child’s health care provider. Your child’s doctor or nurse is in the best position to evaluate his or her overall health and can explain the results of his or her BMI screening. They can also talk with you about whether there are steps you can take to encourage healthy eating and physical activity.
We are very interested in making sure that all our students are healthy. This year, the BMI screening will take place in the fall. All children in grade 10 will have their height and weight measured and will have their Body Mass Index (BMI) calculated.
Please feel free to call your school nurse with any questions you may have about the BMI screening. Additional information about children’s wellness and fitness is available upon request or you may access the state’s resources HERE.
Mr. Erick Naumann, Principal
The Guidance Department is located in C Building, Room 1700 on the first floor, near the front entrance to the school. The Guidance Department is committed to the educational, vocational, personal and social counseling of all students. Upon entering the high school, a student is assigned a counselor. Group and individual meetings are held whenever feasible relative to such topics as classroom issues, subject difficulties, course selection, college applications, testing, financial aid, and occupational and career education information. Counselor-initiated interviews are conducted as a routine part of the program. Students should make appointments see their counselors whenever they wish and whenever the counselor feels it is necessary. Appointments should be made between 7:45A.M. and 7:55 A.M. or at the close of school. Students will not be allowed in the Guidance Office without a pass from the guidance counselor, except in emergency situations.
Each student is responsible for his or her own health and accident insurance. The school offers the opportunity to purchase accident insurance. It is recommended that students participating in shops, science laboratories, sports or any other extracurricular activities purchase this coverage.
Everett Teen Health Center at Everett High School
100 Elm Street, Everett, MA 02149
The Everett Teen Health Center is one of four school-based health centers operated by Cambridge Health Alliance. Health Services at Everett Teen Health Center are provided by expert clinicians and include the following:
• Teen-friendly primary care
• Reproductive care
• Health education
• Mental health care and counseling services
The Teen Health Center is closed during the following school vacations:
• Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after Thanksgiving Day
• Christmas through New Year’s week
• February and April school vacation weeks
When the Health Center is closed, telephone calls made to the Center will be forwarded to the CHA Revere Family Health Center, which will provide assistance with health care needs.
The Media Center/Library in Room 5000 is open from 7:30 A.M. to 3:15 P.M. on Mondays through Fridays. Students may utilize the library before or after school. Subject teachers are encouraged to bring entire classes to the library when working on special research or enrichment projects. Because a large number of students may disrupt the library routine or services, class visitations are allowed by appointment only. Teachers are to consult with the librarian to set a date for the visitation. Any teacher in the library may take action against a student who repeatedly breaks the library rules. If the violation is serious, the teacher will call the Principal’s designee or will send the student to the administrator’s office. At the discretion of the teacher, violation of library rules may result in the loss of the student’s library privileges.
MEDIATION / RESTORATIVE JUSTICE
The mediation process was instituted to resolve conflicts that might occur between two or more individuals and, by doing so, to prevent a potentially violent confrontation. A student, teacher, administrator, guidance counselor or any other person aware of a potential situation in the school involving such a conflict may initiate the mediation process. The mediation process is confidential and must be agreed to by all parties involved. Conflicts relating to rule infractions involving fights, drugs, weapons and other illegal activities will not be mediated, unless an administrator recommends mediation.
The Principal or Vice Principal will assign the Mediator. Restorative justice is a voluntary process that brings together persons harmed with persons responsible for harm in a safe and respectful space, promoting dialogue, accountability, and a stronger sense of community. Restorative justice may be available at the discretion of the Principal or his/her designee.
High School personnel will assist students who require Social Security forms to be completed, documenting their attendance at Everett High School. Students must provide personnel with a thirty (30) days notification period. During this period, the student’s attendance will be monitored. If the student does not attend school at least 80% of the time, the school will note that on all forms or letters provided.
Students who wish to register to vote may do so at Everett High School in the Guidance Office. The following teacher has been sanctioned by the Board of Registrar for this program: Stephen Venezia.
General Policies and Procedures
BEFORE-AFTER SCHOOL POLICY
Although most students proceed to and from school and show respect for the community, its residents and our immediate neighbors, students who loiter within sight of the high school or who trespass onto private property will be subject to disciplinary action or arrest if necessary.
To afford appropriate courtesy and respect to our neighbors, it is necessary that students not congregate within sight of the high school building either before or after school. Students are responsible for adhering to all policies and procedures while walking to and from school.
BOOK SLIPS AND LOST/STOLEN BOOKS
Students are to sign a book slip for each book received. Students must make note on the book slip at the time they receive their books of the exact condition of the text. The responsibility of returning books in good condition to the school rests entirely with the student to whom the books were issued.
Because all students have lockers, the responsibility for holding on to assigned books rests with the student to whom the books were issued. The responsibility of returning the books in good condition at the end of the year (or when the student leaves school during the school year) rests solely with the student to whom the books were issued. If a book is damaged (beyond normal usage) or is not returned, the student is responsible for paying for the book, according to the policies of Everett High School.
Everett High School reserves the right to utilize any appropriate methods to obtain restitution for damaged or lost books.
The Classroom Visitation Policy is on file in the Superintendent’s Office at 121 Vine Street and the Principal‘s Office in the school.
Students are not to be in the corridors when classes are in session, unless the students possess an official corridor pass from the office or a member of the faculty. Passes will not be provided to students to obtain a dismissal slip after 7:55 A.M. Any student who leaves a classroom must sign out on the classroom sign-out sheet.
Students, at all times, should attend school in attire that is neat, clean and modest. Clothing, buttons, costumes and other apparel that are reasonably likely to cause disruption or disorder within the school are forbidden. Clothing that is hazardous to the health and safety of the student or others also is prohibited.
Students, therefore, should not wear items picturing or referencing violence, weapons, messages or images that are sexually explicit or suggestive, lewd, vulgar, obscene or discriminatory. Students are not allowed to wear hats or head-covers in the building, jewelry that might endanger student safety, gang attire or other items that are intended to intimidate others (i.e., bullying). In general, any type of clothing or apparel that is determined by the Principal or his/her designee to be disruptive to the educational process or the general operations of the school is prohibited. Parents will be notified of repeated violations of the Student Dress Code.
The following items may NOT be worn in school or at any school-related event:
• Clothing or paraphernalia that may be considered to be gang-related or is meant to intimidate others.
• Items picturing or referencing violence, weapons, tobacco, alcohol or other drugs.
• Items picturing or referencing profanity, or vulgar, lewd, sexually explicit or suggestive messages.
• Tank tops, tube tops and any other sleeveless shirts with the shoulder and/or undergarment showing,
• Low-cut shirts, off-the-shoulder blouses or shirts, bandeaus, half- or three-quarter length shirts or other clothing that reveals skin of mid-section of the body. Shirts must meet or exceed the waist line so that when arms are lifted in the air, stomach does not show.
• Transparent or see-through clothing with undergarments showing.
• Shorts, skorts or skirts that end above the student’s fingertips when the student’s arms are hung by the student’s side.
• Low-slung pants, pajamas or hospital-style clothing (except for those students enrolled in the Health Academy who are participating in an internship). Pants should be worn at the waist or high enough that no undergarments or bare skin is visible.
• Coats, jackets, hoods, gloves except when appropriate to the season and worn outside of school.
• Spiked apparel or accessories.
• Chains of more than six inches, when hung from the waist.
• Flip flops, slippers or bare feet.
• Shoes with wheels in the soles, roller blades, skateboards.
• Hats, caps, hoods, masks or other head coverings may not be worn in school. Hats must be placed in the student’s locker and may not be carried or be otherwise visible.
The following items are allowed:
• Headbands and hair wraps no wider than 3. inches – to manage hair only.
• Head coverings worn as a reasonable accommodation to a student’s sincerely held religious beliefs.
ELECTRONIC AND OTHER DEVICES NOT TO BE USED IN SCHOOL
Electronic audio equipment and video devices, including but not limited to the following, are not to be used in school:
• Cell phones
• iPods/MP3 Players
• Headphones/Selfie Sticks
• Cameras/Video Cameras
• Laser Pointers
• Hand-held video game systems
• Electronic Smoking Devices or other vaping devices
If these items are brought to school for use before or after the school day, they must be turned off and stored out of sight. If not stored or if used improperly, they will be taken from the student.
The first time any electronic equipment or device is taken from the student, a warning will be issued and the item will be held until the end of the school day and returned to the student AFTER detention has been served. Additionally, there will be a phone call home to follow and the infraction will be entered into the student’s discipline record.
The second and any subsequent time that an electronic device is taken from the student, a parent or legal guardian must come to school to retrieve the item, and the student will be subject to further disciplinary action. If a student continues to violate the above rules, he or she will be subject to detention (including Saturday detention) and may be subject to internal suspension or external suspension. Parents will be notified of repeat offenders of the above rules. The school district does not assume responsibility for any such items that are lost, stolen or damaged while in school or when confiscated. Students are advised to use their school assigned locker to secure their personal belongings for which students are solely responsible.
The administrative staff reserves the right to search the cell phones and personal information contained therein of students who use cell phones for other than educational purposes or in violation of school rules.
FIELD TRIP POLICY
Field Trips are held at the discretion of the Principal. Transportation is arranged by the school office and paid for by students or the Parent Teacher Organization.
The following types of field trips are not allowed:
• Out of state trips, unless specifically approved by the School Committee;
• Overnight trips, unless specifically approved by the School Committee;
• Trips to amusement parks, unless specifically approved by the School Committee;
• Trips to locations where swimming will occur, unless specifically approved by the School Committee; and
• Trips without parent permission.
A teacher has the right to deny a student the privilege of attending a field trip if he or she believes it will be detrimental to the student’s academic standing. If this happens, the student may not participate without the permission of the Academy Assistant Principal, Vice Principal or Principal. It is the student’s responsibility to make up any work missed as a result of attending a field trip. If the work is not done to the teacher’s satisfaction, the teacher may record the time spent on the field trip as an absence from class.
Teachers are responsible for controlling students and instructing them about the rules of safe and expedient filing. Filing is subject to the following rules:
1. Running or loitering is prohibited.
2. Talking or yelling beyond a reasonable volume is not permitted.
3. Students are to enter only those rooms where they are scheduled to be.
4. All students must use the stairways nearest the rooms they are leaving.
5. When possible, students are to enter by the front door and leave by the rear door.
Students must obtain a corridor pass from a staff member to leave their classrooms to use the lavatories. Students are NOT to use faculty bathrooms. Students are to use only the lavatory on the same floor as the classroom that they left.
LOST AND FOUND
A Lost and Found Department is maintained by the Main Office. Students should not leave valuables, especially electronic devices, any place in the school. Ordinarily, electronic devices should be left at home.
PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION
Public displays of affection are neither appropriate nor acceptable. Such displays are in poor taste, have no place in a public school and infringe on the sensibilities of others. Students who engage in such displays will be requested by a teacher, administrator or other person in a position of authority to stop and refrain from such behavior. Students who fail or refuse to respond to such a request will be subject to disciplinary action.
SCHOOL LUNCH POLICY
Students must remain in the cafeteria during their lunch period. It is expected that students will properly dispose of all lunch materials by the end of the lunch period. Students are prohibited from taking food or drink outside of the cafeteria. Any food or drink taken outside of the cafeteria will be thrown away, not simply put away. Students who violate these rules will face disciplinary action.
SIGNS AND POSTERS
All signs and posters displayed in the school must be approved by the Principal. Posters and signs may be placed only on bulletin boards that are designated by the Principal or designee. No signs or posters are permitted on the outside of the lockers. Posters for any fundraising programs must conform to the wellness policy of the Everett Public Schools and must be approved by the Principal. Any classroom decorations or posters MUST conform to the restrictions set forth in 527 CMR 10.09(5), the Massachusetts State Building Code regulations that pertain to paper materials displayed in schools.
No person is permitted to smoke, vape. use any tobacco products or electronic smoking devices in any school or school facility, on school property or on school buses. This prohibition applies during any activity held on school property, including athletic events and other extracurricular activities. Designated smoking areas for school personnel and students no longer are allowed. Students who violate this policy will be subject to discipline.
Students are not allowed to park in the school parking lot. The vehicles of students who violate this policy will be towed. Any cars parked in a non-designated area also will be towed.
No calls may be made from the high school office except in cases of emergency. Students must obtain permission from the Principal or Vice Principal before they are allowed to use the telephone.