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What should I do if my child has a problem with a class or teacher?

If your child complains about a class or teacher, ask him/her to be specific about the problem. Listen closely, and try to determine the nature of the problem. Discuss possible solutions with your child, including ways that he or she can independently deal with the situation in a proactive, appropriate, and positive way.

 

If you feel that you need to intervene, please contact the classroom teacher directly. This will give you the most accurate information, and allow you to communicate directly with the person who is closest to the situation. Our teachers value your insight and will work hard to address the issue in an open, respectful way that supports the student and learning process. Frequently, the vast majority of problems or issues can be resolved at this level.

 

If the problem cannot be resolved or if your child is having problems in multiple classes or at school in general, please contact your child’s guidance counselor to discuss and/or consider alternative solutions. If the problem still persists, please feel free to contact the principal directly to set up a time to discuss the situation further.

 

In short, we hope this process is one that supports your student as an emerging adult, your role as a parent -- especially as his/her first teacher, guide, and mentor – while also encouraging effective, open, and solution-oriented partnerships with the MMS/YSHS educators and support staff.

 

What can I do to ensure that my child earns good grades?

There are many ways that you can help your child be successful, including:

·       Be aware and informed about school events and important dates.

·       Make sure to review midterms, report cards, and school newsletters.

·       Attend school events and parent-teacher conferences.

·       Help your child set academic goals that emphasize continuous improvement and high expectations.

·       Monitor activities including social activities, work, and extra-curriculars while helping your child with time management.

·       Set limits and boundaries.

·       Sign up for Safe Homes pledge for support.

·       Be a good role model for your child.

·       Listen to your child, and pay attention to stress levels.

·       Encourage positive activities and a healthy lifestyle.

·       Insist on daily attendance.

·       Study with your child.

·       Let your children know that you expect them to follow school rules.

·       Check your child’s grades on Progress Book (LINK)

·       Check your child’s planner for homework assignments/tests, etc.

 

How can I find out about one of my child’s classes?

All teachers have a wiki with a syllabus and class information. Contact information is also available if you need to contact a teacher directly. Click on the Faculty menu item (LINK) to visit our teachers’ pages.

 

How can I ensure that my child is successful with homework?

There aremanyways that you can help your child with homework, even if you are not familiar with the subject matter:

·       Ensure that your child has a quiet place to work.

·       Help your child prioritize homework completion above social activities

·       Ask to see your child’s daily planner, and encourage him/her to write down assignments, deadlines, test dates, etc

·       Be a study partner

·       Check your child’s grades on Progress Book and consider signing up for Progress Book email updates (LINK), and be aware of any missing assignments and upcoming deadlines.

 

How do I get a password for Progress Book?

If you have not been previously assigned a username and password, be sure to complete and submit the required school paperwork at the beginning of the year. We will use that contact information to create new accounts. Please contact the school's front office at 767-7224 if you do not receive the information within the first weeks of school.

 

What extra-curricular activities can my child participate in?

Please see Student Handbook.

 

What supplies are required for my child’s classes?

Please see the "Supplies" menu on this website (LINK) or navigate to staff wikis to review/download syllabi with required materials.

 

What is the bell schedule?

Please see webpage or Student Handbook.

 

What are the graduation requirements for YSHS?

Please see Student Handbook.

 

What should I know about college preparation?

The YSHS guidance office hosts frequent workshops, meetings, and college rep visits throughout the year – for both students and parents. Ohio graduation requirements are listed in the Student Handbook. If you have additional questions, please contact the guidance office directly at 767-7224.

 

How can my child plan their high school coursework?

The YSHS guidance counselors host large-class assemblies, individual meetings, and have additional resources -- like course catalogues and other planning tools -- available during scheduling season to support your son/daughter/family through the planning process. In addition, counselors encourage you to contact them by phone or email to discuss and/or set up meetings to help with any issues, big or small.

 

What is the absence policy?

Please see Student Handbook.

 

What is the discipline code?

Please see Student Handbook.

 

How do I find out about changes in the school day, such as a snow delay/closing, or cancellation of athletic events?

For school delays or closings, most major local radio and TV stations have up-to-date information.  This will give you updates on school closings, delays, athletic events, and more. Finally, we maintain a Sports Calendar that lists all teams' scheduled contests and reflects timely changes, as necessary.

 

What other topics of interest are available for students and parents?

We encourage all families to review the School Handbook for additional information. We provide each student one copy at the beginning of the year as an important element of the Student Planner (If a student loses his/her copy, an additional one can be purchased in the front office). Topics of interest for parents and students include:

2012-2013 Student Handbook – Table of Contents

SECTION

PAGE

TABLE OF CONTENTS ……………………………………………………………..

1-2

CONTACT INFORMATION & MISSION STATEMENTS ………………………..

3

2012-2013 SCHOOL CALENDAR ...………………………………………………

4

SCHEDULE: REGULAR CLASS TIME..……………………………………..........

5

SCHEDULE: 2-HOUR SCHOOL DELAY...……………………………………......

5

2012-2013 SCHOOL FEES & DEADLINE ………………………………………...

5-6

ATTENDANCE PROCEDURE ……………………………………………………...

6-7

TARDIES & LATE ENTRY TO SCHOOL ………………………………………….

7-8

SIGNING OUT/LEAVING SCHOOL GROUNDS …………………………………

8

MAKE-UP WORK FOLLOWING AN EXCUSED ABSENCE/TARDY …………..

8

EXCESSIVE ABSENCES, LOSS OF CREDIT …………………………………...

9

VACATIONS/COLLEGE VISITS …………………………………………………...

9

SCHOOL VISITORS …………………………………………………………………

9

MILITARY RECRUITERS …………………………………………………………...

10

COMMUNITY SERVICE REQUIREMENT FOR GRADUATION …………….....

10

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS ………………………………………………….

10-11

ADVANCED PLACEMENT ………………………………………………………….

12

CREDIT FLEXIBILITY .………………………………………………………………

12

DUAL ENROLLMENT ……………………………………………………………….

12

PSEO ………………………………………………………………………………….

12-13

DIPLOMA WITH HONORS ………………………………………………………....

13

NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (NHS) ……………………………………………..

13

GRADING SCALE …………………………………………………………………...

14

APPEAL AND CHANGING OF GRADES ………………………………………...

14

ADD-DROP POLICY ………………………………………………………………...

14

HOME EDUCATION …………………………………………………………………

14

RECOGNITION OF ACHIEVEMENTS …………………………………………….

14

REQUIREMENTS/ELIGIBILITY FOR CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ............

15

ORGANIZATIONS AND CO-CURRICULARS …………………………………....

15

ACADEMIC LAB ……………………………………………………....

15

STUDENT REVIEW BOARD ……………………………………………………....

16

PROCEDURE TO CHANGE THE HANDBOOK

16

EATING/LUNCH …………………………………………………………………......

16-17

BRING YOUR OWN TECHNOLOGY (“BYOT”) …………………………………..

17-19

MISCELLANEOUS ………………………………………………………………......

19

STUDY HALL ………………………………………………………………………....

19

PRIVACY, LOCKERS, SCHOOL PROPERTY & SEARCH & SEIZURE ……..

19-20

BUILDING SECURITY ………………………………………………………………

20

BULLYING/INTIMIDATION/HARASSMENT ……………………………………...

20

SAFE SCHOOL HELP LINE (Anonymous) ……………………………………….

20-21

DISCIPLINARY ACTION & RULES OF EXPECTED BEHAVIOR ……..............

21

STUDENT CONDUCT CODE ……………………………………………………...

21-26

GUIDELINES FOR OFFENSES ……………………………………………….......

27

LUNCHTIME DETENTION ………………………………………………………….

27

AFTER-SCHOOL DETENTION …………………………………………………….

27

WEDNESDAY SCHOOL …………………………………………………………….

27

IN-SCHOOL SUSPENSION ………………………………………………………...

27

OUT-OF-SCHOOL SUSPENSION ………………………………………………...

27

EXPULSION …………………………………………………………………………..

27-28

SUBSTANCE ABUSE POLICY ……………………………………………………..

28-30


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201 S. Walnut Street
Yellow Springs, OH

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