MARQUETTE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL

502 Franklin St.

Bellevue, IA   52031

(563) 872-3356

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I

Academic Programs and Policies 

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II

Attendance Policies and Procedures

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III

Disciplinary Policies and Procedures

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IV

General Operating Procedures

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I.  ACADEMIC PROGRAMS AND POLICIES

The instructional program of studies available at Marquette High School has been designed to enable each student to fulfill his/her potential capacity for intellectual, personal and social growth.  To insure one’s maximum development, each student should begin early to plan a course of study, taking into consideration all available information concerning the world of work, as well as his/her own interests, abilities, motives and prior achievements.  As the individual matures and gains knowledge, he/she must be prepared to evaluate and revise this plan.

Each student must decide which courses he/she will take in high school, whether or not he/she will seek educational training after high school, and, if he/she does, what school one will choose for this training.  The counselor aids students in making these decisions by helping them assess their abilities and by supplying them with information on vocational training schools, colleges and universities, and information on entrance requirements and scholarship opportunities.  With the aid of one’s teacher advisor and counselor, each student selects his/her courses for the following year.  The work of the counselor supplements the daily guidance offered by parents at home; the best results can be achieved only when school personnel and parents correlate their efforts.  Therefore, parents and students are urged to maintain contact with one’s counselor and other school personnel.  Appointments with any teacher or administrator can be made by phoning Marquette (872-3356).

A. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:

  1. In order to graduate from Marquette Catholic High School, a student must successfully complete work in certain well-defined branches of study.  A credit refers to the value given for a semester course.  In general, a semester course is worth 1 credit and a year course is worth 2 credits.  All Marquette students are required to be carrying eight credits each semester.  Juniors and seniors are allowed to carry seven credits each semester if a student is registered for college Calculus, a college-level online course, or a work release is obtained.
  2. A student entering Marquette must successfully complete 56 academic credits to be awarded a diploma from Marquette.
  3. The board has specified 40 of these credits to be taken in the following departments: theology, English, math, social studies, science, health, and computers.  Specifically, each student graduating from Marquette must successfully meet the following departmental requirements:        

8 credits of Theology (An exception may be granted under extenuating circumstances with the approval of the Administrative Team.  However, the student will be obligated to fulfill service program requirements.)

9 credits of English including 2 credits each in English I, II, III, and IV

7 credits of Mathematics including 4 credits in Algebra or Algebra I/II (an exception will be made for a student enrolled in Algebra I as an 8th grade student), 2 credits in Geometry or Fundamental Geometry (beginning with the class of 2016), and one credit in Financial Math (beginning with the class of 2016). *These credits must be earned from the date of the student’s matriculation into high school.

6 credits of Natural Science including 2 credits each in Environmental Science, Biology, and Prechemistry or Chemistry.

7 credits of Social Studies including 2 credits each in World Studies, U.S. History and 1 credit each in American Government and Sociology

1 credit of Computers I

2 credits of Health (beginning with the class of 2016)

  1. The other 16 credits may be selected by the individual student from those courses offered at Marquette and those shared-time courses at Bellevue Community High School which are approved by Marquette's administration.  Band and choir will each be worth 2 credits per year which will count toward the 56 credits required for graduation and will be calculated into the student's grade point average.
  2. In addition, each student is expected to take physical education each semester; waivers for an individual semester will be granted only for medical reasons or scheduling conflicts deemed irresolvable by the administration.  Each year of physical education carries 1/4 credit per year which counts toward the 56 credits required for graduation and is calculated into the student's grade point average.
  3. Students for Educational Services (SES) is available to juniors and seniors and is worth 1/2 credit per semester.  Students may take SES for a maximum of two semesters earning a maximum of one credit. These credits count toward graduation but are issued on a Pass-Fail basis and are not calculated into the student's grade point average although they do appear on official transcripts. Students may not take Work Release and SES in the same semester.
  4. In the light of increasing entrance requirements for Iowa's colleges and state universities, those planning to go to college are urged to take additional mathematics including Algebra II, additional science including Chemistry, and at least two years of a foreign language.

B.  SAMPLE COURSE LOADS:

  1. The typical freshman schedule would include
  1. Theology
  2. English I
  3. World Studies
  4. Environmental Science
  5. Algebra or appropriate level math course
  6. Computers I
  7. Spanish I or elective
  8. one elective
  9. Physical Education
  1. The typical sophomore schedule would include
  1. Theology
  2. English II
  3. Biology
  4. Health
  5. Geometry or appropriate level math course
  6. Spanish II or elective
  7. two electives
  8. Physical Education
  1. The typical junior schedule would include
  1. Theology
  2. English III
  3. U.S. History
  4. Advanced Algebra or appropriate level math course
  5. four electives
  6. Physical Education
  1. The typical senior schedule would include
  1. Theology
  2. American Government & Sociology
  3. English IV
  4. Financial Math
  5. four electives
  6. Physical Education

C.  SHARED-TIME CLASSES:

  1. A student is not allowed to enroll in a course at BHS if the same course is offered at Marquette.
  2. The Marquette administration reserves the right to limit the number of shared-time classes taken by a Marquette student in a particular semester.  A maximum of two courses is allowed at BHS per semester.  An additional course may be taken at BHS with administrative approval.
  3. Marquette students attending BHS for one or more courses must abide by all of BHS’s regulations concerning attendance and individual classroom procedures.
  4. For safety reasons, economy and the orderly movement of students, Marquette students are normally expected to use the bus transportation provided by Marquette.  Exceptions to this rule may be allowed on a particular occasion with the permission of the parents and Marquette’s Lead Teacher; in such an instance, a student driving to BHS must also abide by BHS’s own parking regulations.
  5. The regular course fees charged to all students at BHS are paid directly by Marquette High School.  Individual students, however, remain responsible for any other fees (for example, the cost of materials in an art or shop course) charged by BHS.

D.  CLASS CHANGES:

  1. Course registration changes may be made through the Guidance Office during the first five days of the semester.  Entrance into a Marquette Catholic class after that time is possible only with the approval of the course instructor, the guidance counselor, the principal, and the student’s parents.  
  2. Withdrawals from a class are not considered a failing grade.  Students will be allowed to drop classes until 3:15 p.m. of the first Friday of November.  During the second semester, students may drop classes until 3:15 p.m. on the first Friday of April.  In order to withdraw from a class, the student must have the following permissions:  parent/guardian (in writing), counselor, lead teacher and principal.  A student may not drop a “required” course at any time.
  3. A student withdrawing from a course after the first five days will be subject to the following charges.  Second week - $10.00.  Third and fourth week - $35.00.  After the fifth week - $50.00.

E.  HIGH SCHOOL CREDIT FOR ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS:

High school credit cannot be given for those courses, but they may be substituted for a high school prerequisite, permitting enrollment in advanced courses upon entering high school, e.g. taking Algebra in eighth grade may permit entrance into Geometry in high school.

Such high school equivalent courses as described above do not factor into the student’s high school grade point average.  Nor do these classes count toward the student’s high school graduation requirements.

This policy reflects the NCAA directive not to provide high school credits for high school equivalent courses a student takes in elementary school.

F.  GRADING SYSTEM:

        A        95-100        4.00

        A-        93-94        4.00

        B+        91-92        3.33

        B        87-90        3.00

        B-        85-86        2.67

        C+        83-84        2.33

        C        79-82        2.00

        C-        77-78        1.67

        D+        75-76        1.33

        D        72-74        1.00

        D-        70-71        0.67

        F        Below 70        0.00

Work that was incomplete at the end of a term will be recorded as “F” if it is not completed within two weeks.

G.  HONOR ROLL:

A listing of those students earning a 3.20 grade point average for the grading period will be issued following each grading period (1st through 4th quarter).  Those who have made the High Academic Honor Roll (3.50 and above) for four consecutive quarters will qualify for an Academic Letter.

H.  MARQUETTE HONOR SOCIETY:

Membership in the Marquette Honor Society is an honor bestowed upon a student. Selection for membership is decided by faculty evaluations of student applications and student demonstration of the qualities defined in the Marquette Mission Statement and Student Handbook. It is based on outstanding scholarship, leadership, contribution and stewardship. Once selected, members have the responsibility to continue to demonstrate these qualities, which are outlined in the following descriptions.

  1. Scholarship - The sophomore, junior or senior student:
  1. must have a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point.
  2. is resourceful in acquiring, synthesizing and applying knowledge.
  3. demonstrates academic initiative.
  4. communicates and questions constructively and effectively.
  1. Leadership – The student leader:
  1. is resourceful in identifying possibilities, working to facilitate change, and contributing ideas to improve the civic life of the school.
  2. promotes school activities.
  3. exemplifies positive attitudes.
  4. exercises influence on peers in upholding school ideals.          
  1. Student cooperates by complying with school regulations.  Student shall have no more than 3 demerits per year, and shall have no detentions (after 2 demerits, the student is placed on probation; the 3rd demerit constitutes removal from the NHS).
  2. Student observes instructions and rules, punctuality and faithfulness, both in and out of the classroom. Student shall have no more than 5 unexcused tardies per year.
  1. demonstrates positive leadership in the classroom, at work, and in school or community activities.
  2. is thoroughly dependable in any responsibility accepted.
  3. successfully holds offices or positions of responsibility, conducting business effectively and efficiently, and demonstrating reliability and dependability without prodding.
  1. Student has held office or ran for office in a school activity or outside group OR
  2. Student has been the Captain of a club or team
  1. Contribution – The student contributor:
  1. maintains a loyal school attitude.                                                  
  1. Student is willing to represent their class or school in interclass and interscholastic competition                                                    
  2. Student must have participated in Quiz Bowl (tryouts at the least), Physics competition, Speech competition, Music competition, or another school competition
  1. demonstrates self-motivation, resiliency and reflectiveness; takes criticism willingly and accepts recommendations graciously.
  2. works collaboratively and confidently.
  1. Works well with others as a leader or a follower    
  2. Willing to take on difficult or inconspicuous responsibilities
  1. possesses academic integrity and a strong work ethic.    
  1. Exemplifies the highest standards of honesty and reliability    
  2. Manifests truthfulness in acknowledging obedience to rules and the avoidance of cheating
  1. has developed a morally sound character and healthy lifestyle.    
  1. Student shows courtesy by assisting visitors, teachers, and students    
  2. Student consistently exemplifies desirable qualities of behavior (cheerfulness, friendliness, stability, etc)    
  3. Student upholds principles of morality and ethics    
  4. Student actively helps rid the school of bad influences or environment
  1. Stewardship – The student steward:
  1. accepts, respects and celebrates self and others.
  2. recognizes and upholds the sacredness of life.
  3. welcomes all people.
  4. demonstrates compassion and charitable acts of service.
  5. Student participates in some outside activity: American Heritage Girls or Boy Scouts; church groups; volunteer services for the aged, poor or disadvantaged; family duties.  
  6. Student volunteers dependable and well-organized assistance, is gladly available, and is willing to sacrifice to offer assistance.  Student must have 5 extra service hours each semester in addition to the required service hours for each grade level.

 

Dismissal of Marquette Honor Society Members

● A faculty council meeting must be held to dismiss an MHS member at any time.

● The council can place a member on warning (usually for a specific period of time), but not required.

● The council must notify member of the action being contemplated, the reason for the action, the date and time of the hearing and the opportunity for the member to respond either in writing or orally.

● If dismissed at any time they are not to wear the emblem on anything and do not get the stole or cords at graduation.

● If dismissed, a member is never again eligible for membership in MHS.

Members should be reminded regularly of the standards they are asked to uphold.

I.  ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY:

Marquette Catholic School students are governed by the state of Iowa’s academic eligibility rules.  If a student is ineligible by state of Iowa’s standards, their ineligibility will be governed by the state of Iowa’s guidelines.

For purposes of the rules, extracurricular activities include all interscholastic athletics, cheerleading, band and choir contests, drama productions, and speech.

It is important for each student, regardless of one’s interests, to be making satisfactory progress in one’s classes each semester.  Therefore, it is necessary for any student participating in any extracurricular activity (e.g. sports, play) to be doing passing work.  Academic ineligibility will be handled as follows:

  1. A student must receive credit in at least 4 subjects at all times.
  2. At the end of a grading period (first and second semesters), if a contestant is given a failing grade in any course for which credit is awarded, the contestant is ineligible to dress for and compete in the next occurring interscholastic athletic contests and competitions for 30 consecutive days.  At the end of a grading period that is the final grading period in a school year (end of the second semester), a baseball or softball player who receives a failing grade in any course in which credit is awarded is ineligible to dress for and compete in interscholastic baseball or softball for 30 days following the end of the final grading period (end of second semester).
  3. An incomplete is not considered a failing grade at the end of a grading period.  However, the incomplete must become a passing grade within a two week period or the grade becomes a failing grade.  If the incomplete was given due to a medical condition, a longer period of time to make up the incomplete grade could be granted.  A letter from a doctor would be necessary to grant a longer period for the incomplete to become a passing grade.
  4. Withdrawals from a class are not considered a failing grade.  Students will be allowed to drop classes until 3:15 p.m. of the first Friday of November.  During the second semester, students may drop classes until 3:15 p.m. on the first Friday of April.  In order to withdraw from a class, the student must have the following permissions:  parent/guardian (in writing), counselor, lead teacher and principal.  A student may not drop a “required” course at any time.
  5. Ineligibility begins at the end of the term. If further explanation is needed, please contact the Activities Director, or the principal at 872-3356 or 872-3284.
  6. Any question about the student’s ineligibility may be referred to the Marquette administration.  Extenuating circumstances in a specific case will be evaluated by the principal, lead teacher and counselor.
  7. A student failing a course at the end of the first or second semester will have his/her eligibility evaluated on an individual basis by the Marquette administration: counselor, lead teacher, and principal.
  8. Those enrolled in choir or band are allowed to participate in any scheduled concert, despite current academic probation or ineligibility, because said participation is a factor in the overall grading procedures for that class.
  9. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors may not satisfy any ineligibility time period by going out for stage crew for the fall play or spring musical unless they were out for stage crew for the corresponding activity the previous school year.

J.  FAILURES:

The usual way to make up lost credits through failure or dropping a course is to repeat the course (or take its equivalent) the following year (in addition to one’s normal academic load). Alternative actions, such as correspondence courses or on-site class work through one of the area’s community colleges, may be acceptable pending administrative approval.  Should a student not be able to complete 56 units of credit in one’s four years at Marquette, the administration may issue a Certificate of Attendance to the student in lieu of a diploma.

K.  TRANSCRIPTS:

Anyone needing a transcript of credits forwarded to a prospective college, employer, etc., must sign a release of information form from the Guidance Office.  Each transcript request must be accompanied by a $1.00 fee for current students and a $2.00 fee for alumni.

L.  EARLY HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION

The Marquette Catholic Board of Education acknowledges that some students seek to pursue educational goals that include graduation from high school at an earlier date than their designated class.

A student who completes the requirements for early high school graduation may participate in the graduation ceremonies with his/her designated class or the class graduating in the year in which she/he completes Marquette Catholic’s requirements for high school graduation.

Application for early high school graduation must be submitted to the high school principal and/or guidance counselor prior to second semester of the student’s junior year.

The principal may honor this request if all conditions for high school graduation are met and the student fulfills the high school graduation requirements.

II.  ATTENDANCE POLICIES & PROCEDURES

A.  GENERAL OPERATING PROCEDURES

  1. An absence will be considered excused by Marquette for one of the following reasons:
  1. Sickness in the immediate family (student himself or, in a specific case, the student’s parent or another family member).
  2. Death of some member of the immediate family (including grandparents, aunts or uncles).  In keeping with the Christian tradition, student may be dismissed from school with parent’s permission for the funeral Mass of relatives and friends.  Permission must be obtained before the beginning of the school day.
  3. Wedding of an immediate family member.
  4. Any absence requested by the student’s parent(s).  In the case of necessary appointments, parents must notify the office no later than the morning of the appointment.   When any absence is anticipated, such request should be made and approved by the Lead Teacher beforehand.  We appreciate total parental cooperation in this regard.
  5. All excused absences will count toward the 15 per semester as stated in the Iowa Code and will be subject to Iowa Code regulations.
  1. Unexcused Absence - Any absence from an assigned class or activity without permission is considered an unexcused absence.  Make-up work will not be allowed and no credit will be given for work missed.

B.  CALL IN:

All students must be at their assigned place at 8:05 a.m.  Should a student be unable to attend school, the school must be notified by the parent via phone call, email or text between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. to report the child’s absence.  If the school does not receive a parental call or email, the school secretary will contact the parents of the unexcused students by 9:30 a.m. to determine the reason for their absence.  

C.  MAKE-UP WORK:

The student will be allowed to make up the class work missed during the time of an excused absence.  It is the responsibility of the student to obtain the assignments missed and to complete the required work by the second class day following the absence.  Work not completed on time or work missed during an unexcused absence may result in the reduction of the scholastic grade.

D.  TARDY:

Students are expected to be to school and to class on time.

Unexcused tardies are accumulated throughout the school year and do not start over at a new quarter or semester.

E.  OFF-CAMPUS PERMISSIONS:

All off-campus permissions must be obtained during the homeroom period from the Lead Teacher.  A student leaving school with such a permission is to sign out and sign back in on the form outside the secretary’s office.  If, after starting the class day, it becomes necessary for a student to leave school for any reason, the student is to check out with an administrator (normally the Lead Teacher), obtain parental permission, and sign the form outside the secretary’s office.  Students are not allowed to leave the school campus for lunch.  Students who leave without the permission of both a parent and an administrator will be given an unexcused absence.

F.  SKIPPING:

Students are expected to be in attendance of all classes, assemblies and liturgies.  An unexcused absence on either campus will result in the following disciplinary action.

  1. one block:  letter to parents plus one detention;
  2. in excess of one block to 2 full blocks:  a 1 day in-school suspension;
  3. in excess of 2 blocks to one full day:  a 2 day in-school suspension.
  4. Repeat offenders will be subject to Disciplinary Board review.

G.  EXCESSIVE ABSENCE:

  1. The Iowa Code spells out the procedures which Marquette Catholic High School will be following if a student is absent excessively.  The principal will notify the parents after a student has four (4) absences from a class in the same semester.  After a student has five (5) absences from a class, a meeting will be arranged with the parents and the Disciplinary Board.  The Disciplinary Board reserves the right to refuse a final grade.
  2. When absences reach twelve (12) school days in a semester and the records have been reviewed, a letter from the Principal is mailed to the home, and a copy of that letter will be placed in the student’s cumulative folder.  Following fifteen (15) absences in a semester and a review of the student’s attendance record, the Principal is obligated by Iowa Law to contact the County Attorney for further action.  Note that all days that a student is absent will count toward the fifteen (15) days, regardless of the reason(s) for the absences.
  3. Students who miss a class because of an extracurricular activity must see the instructor of the class(es) prior to leaving for the activity.  Failure to notify the instructor will be considered an unexcused absence.

H.  ABSENCES AND PARTICIPATION IN EXTRACURRICULAR EVENTS:

In order to participate in any extracurricular competition or performance, students must be in school on the day of the event(s) from 12:00 noon until the end of the class day.  Exceptions will only be made for emergencies or extenuating circumstances approved by the administration.

I.  COLLEGE DAYS:

Each senior or second semester junior is permitted a college day, work-seeking or military day.  The student is permitted to be absent from school for three (3) nonconsecutive days sometime during one’s final three semesters to seek a job or to visit a school of his/her choice. The student must obtain a visitation form from the counselor at least one (1) day before the college day or job-seeking day is taken.  The absence is an excused absence and will not be counted as an absence, and the work missed can be made up and credit will be given.  Failure to complete the form will cause the absence to be considered an unexcused absence, in which case the teachers need not permit work to be made up and loss of credit will follow.  College, work or military days must be taken before May 1.

J.  WORK RELEASE POLICY:

  1. A senior who wants to take advantage of the work release privilege must obtain and complete a Work Release Permit from Marquette’s Lead Teacher.  Work release is only available within the Bellevue city limits.  In addition, the student must turn in a signed note from the employer stating: 1) the main job description of the employment, 2) the location of the employment and 3) the consent of the employer that the student will only be available on a swing schedule for the work release.  This form must be turned in each Tuesday for the previous week.
  2. If a senior believes there are extenuating circumstances to allow the work release outside the Bellevue city limits, he/she must meet with the administrative team to explain the circumstances and obtain their approval.
  3. If a junior believes there are extenuating circumstances to allow the work release as a junior, he/she must meet with the administrative team to explain the circumstances and obtain their approval.
  4. The student agrees that the work release will be cancelled if grades fall or if the student fails to abide by other school regulations.

III.  DISCIPLINARY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

In order to provide and maintain an atmosphere which permits the orderly and efficient operation of the school and which encourages learning and helps students to develop a Christian code of personal conduct, school rules and regulations are in effect.  These policies and procedures have been established by the Marquette Catholic High School Board of Education with faculty, parents, and students.  Their effectiveness requires the positive and voluntary cooperation of all concerned.  

The knowledge of the rules and regulations, their processes and their implementation are the responsibility and obligation of each Marquette Catholic student.  Neither ignorance nor lack of understanding of the rules and regulations will release a student or parent/guardian from responsibility to cooperate with the stated policies.  All Archdiocesan policies and State of Iowa education laws, as they apply to Marquette Catholic Schools, are to be respected and followed.

A.  FINES:

All fines are to be paid as soon as possible.  No quarter/semester exams will be administered to students with overdue fines and no grade will be given.  A fine report will be turned in to the secretary by the teacher assessing the fine.

B. MINOR DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS:

Minor disciplinary problems at Marquette will result in the student being issued a demerit.  A demerit will consist of a 1/2 hour period immediately after school.  All students must report to the Lead Teacher for demerit by the 3:10 bell.

C.  DETENTIONS:

Detentions will be issued for major disciplinary problems.  A detention will consist of a one-hour period immediately after school.  All students must report to the Lead Teacher for detention by the 3:10 bell.  Failure to report by that time will result in an additional detention.  If the student fails to report the third day it will result in a one-day in-school suspension.  Practice or participation in extracurricular events is not an excuse for missing detentions.  The Lead Teacher will keep a record of detentions.

D.  SUSPENSIONS:

For any in-school suspensions students must report to the Lead Teacher no later than 8:00 a.m. on the day the suspension is served.  The day will end at 3:30 p.m.  Excessive suspensions may result in expulsion.

E.  DISCIPLINARY BOARD:

Should a student receive four disciplinary referrals he/she will be required to appear before the Disciplinary Board.  A student can also be called before the Disciplinary Board for any serious or repeated infraction of school, church, or community morals.  This decision rests with the Principal and the Lead Teacher.

The Disciplinary Board shall consist of 3 faculty members.  Disciplinary Board action may include, but is not limited to, the right to refuse a grade, a suspension and/or an expulsion.

F.  AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR GRADES 6-12 CONSEQUENCES:

  1. Hurtful Teasing & Systematic Exclusion
  1. 1st Time:  Verbal warning with documentation.
  2. 2nd Time: Incident reflection written by the student under the direction of the guidance counselor and signed by parent(s).
  3. 3rd Time: Incident reflection written by student under the direction of the guidance counselor and signed by parents with detention.
  4. 4th Time: After the 4th incident report in a year, school staff and parents meet to develop an individual student plan.
  1. Hitting, Pushing, Slapping, Grabbing, Horseplay
  1. 1st Time: Students will be verbally warned with documentation that what they see as goofing around could be dangerous.
  2. 2nd Time: Incident reflection written by the student under the direction of the guidance counselor and signed by parent(s).
  3. 3rd Time: Incident reflection written by the student under the direction of the guidance counselor and signed by parent(s) plus a detention.
  4. 4th Time: After the 4th incident report in a year, school staff and parents meet to develop an individual student plan.
  1. Severe Hitting (punching, kicking, and similar behavior that may injure others) & Harassment (racial, ethnic, or sexual name calling or other severe harassment) Every Time: Because this could be seen as a criminal offense, administration will automatically be notified and determine appropriate course of action: detention, incident report, parent notification.

G.  APPEAL:

To protect the rights of the individual student an appeal of the judgment of any school personnel may be made in the following sequence.

  1. Decision of staff or teacher may be appealed to the Lead Teacher and the Principal.
  2. Decision of the Lead Teacher and the Principal may be appealed to the Disciplinary Board. The decision of the Disciplinary Board may be appealed to the Marquette School Board.
  3. Appeals are to be made in writing stating the purpose of the appeal and giving any evidence or argument which may be submitted to support the appeal.

H.  TOBACCO, ALCOHOL, INTOXICANTS AND ILLEGAL DRUGS:

  1. Indulging in or possessing intoxicating liquor, smoking, chewing or other use or possession of tobacco or use of a controlled substance on school property, or bringing any of these onto the school property or to any extracurricular activity (whether in or out of school time) is considered a serious offense.  Such a violation as reported by a teacher, law enforcement officer, school board member and/or parent of the student, and/or through self-admission by the individual student, will result in a 3-day in-school suspension.  A second offense will result in an appearance before the Disciplinary Board.
  2. If a student illegally indulges in or is in possession of intoxicating liquor , tobacco, or a controlled substance and this fact becomes known through a teacher, law enforcement officer, school board member, one’s parent(s), or through self-admission, the student will receive a one day in-school suspension and the parent(s) must contact the school’s administration.  A second offense will result in an appearance before the Disciplinary Board and the student will referred to counseling and/or substance abuse classes.

I.  SPECIFICS REGARDING EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:

  1. All activities which involve competition with other schools, performing for other schools, performing for the public, or representing Marquette Catholic High School outside of Bellevue, shall be covered under these guidelines.
  2. The time period regulated by these guidelines commences when the student signs a contract or otherwise indicates the desire to participate in an extracurricular activity; it terminates with the conclusion of the activity/season.
  3. Athletes who violate the policy as stated in the previous section during an athletic season will be prohibited from participating in athletic competition for two weeks, a minimum of two dates; the athlete would still be required to attend all practice sessions during that penalty period.  The athlete is expected to attend the games, be out of uniform, and be seated behind the bench.  A student who is ineligible will not be allowed to miss school to attend games.  If the infraction takes place outside his/her athletic season, it would bar the athlete from two weeks of competition in his/her next season.  In the case of a second offense an athlete is barred from said participation for six (6) weeks and must participate in mandatory community/school service, attend counseling and/or abuse classes.  In the case of a third offense, an athlete is barred from participation for the remainder of the year.
  4. Non-athletic extracurricular activities (for example, speech, drama) - any student in such a covered activity who violates the policy as stated in the previous section during the period of that activity will be dropped from further participation in that activity.
  5. A Student Council member who violates the policy as stated in the previous section must comply with the following rules.
  1. Give an oral apology to the faculty, student council, and representation two days following the violation. Failure to do so will result in the student’s dismissal from Student Council for the remainder of said school year.
  2. A second violation in the same school year would result in the student’s dismissal from the Student Council for the remainder of the school year, and the student will be ineligible to hold office the following year.

J.  NON-SCHOOL TEAM PARTICIPATION POLICY:

A high school student who participates in school sponsored athletics may participate in a non-school sponsored sport during the same season with the approval of the high school principal and the head coach.  Such outside participation shall not conflict with the school sponsored activity.  Violation of this policy will result in an athlete being prohibited from participating in athletic competition for two weeks, a minimum of two dates; the athlete would be required to attend all practice sessions/games during the penalty period.

K.  MISCELLANEOUS INFRACTIONS MERITING DISCIPLINARY ACTION:

  1. Vandalism:  Students are responsible for the proper care of all books, supplies, lockers, furniture and other aspects of the school.  Any student tampering with school equipment or deliberately damaging school property in any way is subject to disciplinary action in addition to the cost of the repair.  Damage to any equipment or part of the school should be reported to the office as soon as possible so it can be repaired before it becomes the cause of additional problems.
  2. Fire Extinguishers/Fire Alarms:  Any Student handling or discharging a fire extinguisher or fire alarm at any time other than in an emergency need will be fined $25.00 and will be subject to further disciplinary action.
  3. Snowballs:  The throwing of snow or snowballs, or pushing of other students into the snow, will result in a $2.00 fine.
  4. Water Devices:  The possession and/or use of squirt guns or other water devices in the buildings or on the premises will result in a $2.00 fine plus confiscation.

IV.  GENERAL OPERATING PROCEDURES

A.  DAILY SCHEDULE:

The school day begins with homeroom at 8:05 a.m. with prayer and any announcements for the day given over the P.A. There are six periods in a school day. Three periods are in the morning, followed by lunch and three more periods in the afternoon. A 10-minute break is scheduled after the second period.  The school day concludes at 3:10 p.m.

B.  SUPERVISION:

No student is to be in the building before 7:50 a.m. and after 3:30 p.m. without the supervision of a faculty or staff member who is present in the building.

C.  HALL PASSES:

Students are not to be in the corridor during a class period without a teacher’s permission.  Silence in the hall during class periods is necessary to maintain an academic atmosphere.  Those taking shared-time classes are to leave and enter the building quietly.

D.  ELECTRONIC DEVICES:

Students are not to use or be in possession of any electronic devices (i.e. cell phones, ipods, etc.) without staff consent in the classroom, lunchroom, and restroom. Cell phone use is permitted in the hallway during class passing time.  Cell phone ringers must be turned off at all times.  Students found using electronic devices, including cell phones, without permission will have the device confiscated and turned into the office.  The device may be picked up at the office at 3:30.  On the fourth and subsequent violation of this rule, parents will be notified and for a two week period, the student is required to turn the device into the office before homeroom and may pick it up at 3:15.  This policy is also in effect while Marquette Catholic students are attending shared-time classes at Bellevue High School.

E.  PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM:        

The public address system is to be used only by the office personnel or by those authorized by them.  Announcements are to be made only at the beginning and end of the day except in special circumstances.

F.  BULLETIN BOARDS:

The bulletin boards are used for announcements.  Students seeking to display announcements must have the announcement signed by a faculty member.

G.  SPECIAL MESSAGES:

Special messages for students are communicated during classes only if there is an emergency situation.  Otherwise messages will be forwarded to the students in between classes.

H.  TELEPHONE:

Permission must be obtained to use the student’s personal or school telephone in the secretary’s office.  (For cellphone guidelines, see section D.)

I.  LOCKERS:

Each student is assigned a locker.  It belongs to Marquette and is to be used only by the student to whom it has been assigned.  Lockers are subject to inspection by the Lead Teacher.  Do not kick the locker to open or close it.  Pop bottles or cans are not to be stored in the locker.  Abuse is subject to loss of locker privileges.

J.  BOOK BAGS / BACK PACKS / DUFFEL BAGS

  1. No book bags/back packs/duffel bags/computer bags will be allowed to be placed on the hallway floors at any time.
  2. Aside from the school-issued computer bag, no book bags/back packs/duffel bags will be allowed to be carried into classrooms.
  3. Extra lockers are set aside for storage of duffel bags needed for physical education and athletic participation.  Keep in mind the size of the locker when purchasing and filling duffel bags.

K.  PERSONAL PROPERTY:

Books, clothing and other personal property are to be marked for easy identification and are not to be left in classrooms, corridors, or restrooms.  Money and other valuables are not to be left in lockers.  The school cannot provide protection for a student’s personal property left in lockers or elsewhere in the buildings.  If a student loses an article, inquiry should be made in the office.  If a student has reason to believe that something has been stolen, this fact should be reported to the Lead Teacher.  Students who find lost articles are asked to bring them to the office where they may be claimed by the owner.

L.  TEXTBOOKS PROCEDURES:

Textbooks used by Marquette students are supplied either by the Bellevue school district or Marquette.

Teachers record textbook numbers when given incidental damage to the book(s), or the wear and tear resulting from normal use, will not be fined.  However, significant damage to any book, such as writing or drawing in it, torn pages, or smashed or folded pages or cover(s), will result in a fine and possible punishment.  Assessment of damage will be determined by the classroom teacher, who may request the opinion of the school principal, if desired.  Categories of damage and corresponding restitution:

  1. Lost book:  pay full replacement cost.
  2. Intentionally damaged beyond use:  normal punishment of grade-level for damaging property and pay full replacement cost of the book.
  3. Accidentally damaged beyond use:  pay full replacement cost of book.
  4. Intentionally damaged but usable:  normal punishment of grade-level for damaging property and pay one-fourth the book replacement cost.
  5. Accidentally damaged but: pay one-fourth of the book replacement cost.

M.  LITURGIES AND ASSEMBLIES:

During liturgies and assemblies students are to sit in their designated area.  Movement to and from such activities should be quick and orderly.  Courtesy is to be extended at all times through respectful attention.  Each teacher is responsible for the conduct and attendance check of his/her assigned group and should be present with the students unless participating in the program.

N.  ATHLETIC CONTESTS:

At athletic contests, home and away, students should treat opponents, spectators and officials with Christian courtesy and respect. Failure to do so may result in being refused admittance to future extracurricular events.

O.  CAFETERIA:

The cooperation of all students is appreciated in the use of the lunchroom.  Leave the table and floor around you clean and free of litter; deposit all litter in the containers provided; return all trays and utensils to the dish washing area.  No food is to be taken from the lunchroom.  Students are not to leave the lunchroom without permission of the moderator in charge.  Students are not allowed to leave the school campus for lunch unless approved by a school administrator. Pop, candy, and cell phones, and other electronic devices are not allowed in the lunchroom.

P.  FIRE EXTINGUISHERS / FIRE ALARMS:        

Any student handling or discharging a fire extinguisher/fire alarm at any time other than in an emergency will be fined $25.00 and will be subject to further disciplinary action.

Q.  SNOWBALLS:

Throwing snowballs is not permitted on school grounds.  The bodily dangers involved, risks of permanent injury, and possible lawsuits are too great.  Therefore, a fine of $2.00 will be imposed.

R.  FOOD AND GUM:

The consumption of food in the classrooms, the media center and the computer labs without the specific permission of a faculty member is not allowed.  Gum chewing is not allowed in the Marquette buildings and violators are subject to a $2.00 fine due to the office the following day.

S.  USE OF AUTOMOBILES & PARKING:

Students who drive to school are to park in the west parking lot or on Sixth Street.  The north parking lot, Fifth Street, and Franklin Street are available for faculty and staff, not students. Students are not to be in cars during school hours without permission.  Students who violate this policy will be issued a demerit.

Students who drive, or are passengers in cars, are only to do so in coming to school and going home.  At other times, permission from the office and parents is required.  A detention will be issued for unauthorized use.

T.  SCHOOL VEHICLES:

Consideration for others is important when riding the school bus, suburban or van.  It is a serious violation for a student to behave in such a way as to endanger the safety of others in the vehicle.  The school vehicles are in demand for many activities so it is important that each group using the vehicle be responsible for leaving it clean and ready for the next trip.  Any damage done should be reported by the driver, moderator or coach.