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Everett High Student Handbook

The exterior of EHS, as seen from Elm Street

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.

The high standard of excellent provided within this environment will continue to develop responsible, ethical, caring, lifelong learners. These meaningful and innovative educational opportunities will enable students to mature as effective citizens, prepared to meet the demands of a challenging society. Everett High School acknowledges the mutual partnership and responsibility shared by students, faculty and support staff, administrators, families, and the community to ensure the success of this mission
 
GUIDING PRINCIPALS

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 

'Who Loses Honor Can Lose Nothing Else'
Publius Syrus
 
As members of the Everett High School community, we expect the highest standards from ourselves and each other. Dishonorable behavior diminishes us; and those who ignore such behavior are, in fact, giving approval by their silence. Acting responsibly often requires making difficult choices.
 
Everett High School is a place where each of can learn and grow; where honor is valued in all aspects of our lives. Honesty is, therefore, a fundamental expectation of our school. In addition, cooperation, responsibility, and independence by each member of the school community will ensure continued success.
 
With academy honesty at the center, a "social contract" among teachers, students and parents/guardians places responsibilities on each. Teachers must prepare thoughtful and purposeful assignments, which include a clear definition of the appropriateness or in appropriateness of sharing work and information. While students must follow these guidelines, parents must reinforce them. Part of the parental message must be a clear statement that a poor grade honestly earned is preferable to a good grade dishonorably earned.
 
The message that honesty is valued and expected must be sent clearly, not only by teachers and parents, but also by the entire community. The schools are at the center of a democratic government. An educated citizenry is a necessary condition for success. True education can only take place in an atmosphere of academic honesty.

Dear Students:

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.”

 

Sincerely yours,

Erick Naumann

Principal

A graph of the School and Lunch Bell Schedule
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), 1 and implementing regulations maintain requirements for schools to prepare and disseminate report cards that provide information on school performance and progress in an understandable and uniform format. The. The purpose of the report card is to give parents information about their child’s school in terms of academic achievement and the professional qualifications of its teachers. By making this information available each year, parents will learn how their school is doing, what its goals are, and what they can do to work more effectively with their teachers and administrators. In addition to sharing good news, the report card helps parents make informed decisions about what to do in the event that their school is determined to be “in need of improvement”, based on annual test results, such as the Massachusetts Comprehensive Achievement System (MCAS).
 
The school “report card” includes information about teacher qualifications, school achievement in mathematics and English/language arts, reading and school performance ratings, including the follows:
• Teacher qualifications. The report card provides information about the qualifications of the teachers in the school. The information is divided into two parts: (I) the percentage of teachers who are licensed to teach in Massachusetts, and (2) the percentage of classes taught by teachers who are highly qualified to teach core academic areas such as mathematics, English/language arts, reading, science, history, etc. Parents may request this information at any time from the Principal.
• School achievement in mathematics and English/language arts and reading. The law requires that test results for reading and mathematics be reported annually. The information contained in Part II of the school report card summarizes how students performed on the last round of MCAS examinations. The data is broken down by grade level, subject area, and subgroups or learning populations in the school, such as limited English proficient students or students with disabilities. This information is similar to the information provided to parents about their child’s MCAS scores in November.
• School performance ratings. The school report card provides information about how well the school is doing relative to others in the district and to its performance in past years. The “Progress and Performance Index” (PPI) scores for mathematics, English/language arts and science are part of Massachusetts’ School Performance Rating system. In February 2012, Massachusetts received a waiver of certain aspects of the federal No Child Left Behind law. Massachusetts has replaced the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) goal of 100 percent of students reaching proficiency by the end of the 2013-2014 school year with the goal of reducing proficiency gaps by half by the end of the 2016-2017 school year.
 
This school report card is designed to help parents become informed consumers. To be fully informed, however, parents will need to judge the school’s performance relative to all the schools in the district. A complete district report card for the Everett Public Schools is available for review in the Superintendent’s office, in the school’s office and in the Parlin Library and on the district website. If additional information is needed, parents are invited to contact the Principal.
Children from military families face significant challenges when a parent is transferred between posts or is deployed. The Department of Defense, Council of State Government and organizations concerned with the education of military children created the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children to support and ensure that military children have the educational opportunities they deserve, even when they move to another state. Specific issues that are addressed are:

• 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.
 
The Everett Public Schools supports the children of military families by adhering to the following:
 
• A person who has been granted power of attorney or a person with guardianship may enroll a military child in the Everett Public Schools.
• When the custodial parent has moved to another military assignment out of the local area, a military child may continue to attend the Everett Public School that they have been enrolled in, as long as the child continues to reside in Everett.
• The Everett Public Schools will accept hand carried educational records of military children to ensure the immediate, proper placement of students, particularly special education students whose education is guided by an Individual Education Plan, students who are serviced by a 504 Plan, students who receive services because they are English Language Learners or students who are enrolled in Advanced Placement Courses. Enrollment is allowed pending validation of official records.
• The Everett Public Schools will ensure that prerequisite course requirements will not be a barrier to a student’s academic achievement, by requiring students to repeat courses. The Everett Public Schools will not prevent students from enrolling in Honors or Advanced Placement Courses due to the lack of prerequisite coursework in a previous district. The Everett Public Schools may perform subsequent testing to ensure proper placement.
• Military children shall have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities, if qualified, regardless of application deadlines.
• A student is given thirty days (30 days), from the date of enrollment, to be immunized. For a series of immunizations, initial vaccinations must be obtained within 30 calendar days.
• A student will be allowed to continue their enrollment at the same grade level in the Everett Public Schools that the student was enrolled in at the time of transition from the previous district, regardless of the age requirement. To enroll a child in Kindergarten in Everett, who was born after August 31 in a calendar year, and had not yet reached his or her fifth birth-date, the child must have been enrolled in Kindergarten in the previous district. A student that has satisfactorily completed a grade level in the sending district shall be eligible for enrollment in the next higher grade level in the Everett Public Schools, regardless of age.
• Specific courses that are required by Everett High School for graduation shall be waived if similar course work has been satisfactorily completed in the previous district. If a waiver of coursework is denied by the Everett Public Schools, then the Everett Public Schools will provide an alternative means of acquiring the necessary coursework so that they student will graduate on time.
• Should a military student transfer to the Everett Public Schools during the senior year, they may not be eligible for a Massachusetts high school diploma due to state testing requirements (MCAS). If a military student is ineligible to graduate from the Everett Public Schools because of this requirement, the Everett Public Schools will work with the sending district to ensure receipt of a diploma from the sending district, if the student meets the graduation requirements of the sending district.