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“You will know the truth, and the truth

will set you free” John 8:32

Parent / Student Handbook

Taichung High School

2016-17

SECTION 1— GENERAL INFORMATION

HISTORY OF MORRISON ACADEMY

HIGH SCHOOL INTRODUCTION

GUESTS IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY

PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT

VISION FOR OUR LEARNERS

SECTION 2 — INFORMATION & PROCEDURES

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

ACCIDENTS, ILLNESS OR INJURY

ACCIDENT INSURANCE

ACTIVITIES PERIOD

ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES

ANIMALS

ATHLETIC COMPETITION

ATTENDANCE

AUDITORIUM BEHAVIOR

AWARDS

BIBLE INSTRUCTION

BICYCLES/SKATEBOARDS/ ROLLERBLADES, ETC.

BOARDING STUDENTS

BULLYING

CARE OF CAMPUS

CHAPEL

CHILD ABUSE AND HARASSMENT

CLASS LOAD

CLASS ORGANIZATION

CLASSROOM GUIDELINES

CLOSED CAMPUS

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

COMPUTER USE AGREEMENT

CONTINUING ENROLLMENT

COUNSELING CENTER

COURSE OF STUDY OPPORTUNITIES

DANGEROUS ITEMS

DISCIPLINE

DISCIPLINE STEPS

DRAMATIC PERFORMANCES

DRESS & APPEARANCE STANDARDS

DRINKING WATER

DRUG TESTING

EARLY DISMISSAL

EARTHQUAKE/FIRE EVACUATION DRILLS

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

ENROLLMENT LIMITATIONS

FACILITY RESERVATIONS/USE

FEES, DUES, & FINES

GRADING GUIDELINES

GRADING SCALE/GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

HOMEWORK

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STANDARD OF CONDUCT

INSTRUCTIONAL TIME REQUIREMENTS

LIBRARY

LOCKERS & LOCKS

LOST & FOUND

MAGAZINES

MOTORCYCLES

MUSIC LESSON ARRANGEMENTS

MUSIC STANDARDS

OFF LIMITS/OFF CAMPUS

PARTIES

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PLAZA, COMMONS, BREEZEWAY, PLAYGROUND AREA, WALKS & STAIRS ON SCHOOL DAYS

PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION

REFUNDS

REPORT CARDS/PROGRESS REPORTS

SCHOOL CLOSURE

SCHOOL PUBLICATIONS

SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS

SENIOR ACTIVITIES

SENIOR PRIVILEGES

SEXUAL HARASSMENT/MISCONDUCT

SKATES/SKATEBOARDS/SCOOTERS

SPIRITUAL LIFE

STANDARDS FOR STUDENT PRODUCTIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

STUDENT CLUBS

STUDENT COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

STUDENT/PARENT CONTRACT

STUDENT RECORDS

STUDENT STORE

STUDENT TRAVEL

STUDY HALL GUIDELINES

STUDY SKILLS

SUMMER COURSE WORK

SUNDAY EVENTS

TAIWAN LAW

TELEPHONES

TESTING PROGRAM

TEXTBOOKS

TRANSCRIPTS

TRANSFER STUDENTS

TERMINATION OF ENROLLMENT

TYPHOONS

WITHDRAWALS

 Student Handbook


       

SECTION 1— GENERAL INFORMATION


HISTORY OF MORRISON ACADEMY

Morrison Academy was started in September 1952 to meet the educational needs of missionary children in Central Taiwan. The school opened in a small bamboo building on the compound of the OMS International mission (Oriental Missionary Society) with one teacher assisted by parents, and a handful of students. As the political situation stabilized in the early fifties and more missionaries moved into isolated areas, it brought the need of a boarding school into sharp focus.

With the number of children increasing, the need became acute for more adequate facilities and support. A group of five missionary societies agreed to assume the responsibility from Taiwan Missionary Fellowship for the school, organizing the Morrison Christian Association which officially established Morrison Academy. The group chose the name Morrison in honor of Robert Morrison the first Protestant missionary to China. He came to the Orient as a clerk with Butterfield and Swire shipping firm, and during his off hours translated the New Testament into Chinese. His example of faith, discipline, and scholarship has been the school’s ideal.

In 1953 the Board rented an old mansion on the south side of Taichung which served as the day school and dormitory until a new campus on Chien Hsing Road was built and occupied in 1957. In February, 1972, the high school moved to its present Shui Nan location. The elementary school followed in August, 1972.

Since early in its history, the school has been operated by the following four missionary organizations: WorldVenture, the Southern Baptist International Mission Board, The Evangelical Alliance Mission, and OMS International. As a private institution these four organizations have responsibility for the operation, control and finances of Morrison Academy. The school is recognized by the government and given special recognition as a school for alien residents in the Republic of China. The Morrison Academy High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in the United States and is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International.

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HIGH SCHOOL INTRODUCTION

Morrison Academy High School is a four year academic institution serving the international missionary and business community. Students will acquire skills in a variety of required academic subjects, fine arts, and sports, as well as having the opportunity to select electives that reflect their interests. They will be able to choose a curricular program that allows them entry into institutions of higher education, especially in the United States of America, but also in other countries.

The ultimate purpose of Morrison Academy is to provide a curriculum that balances and facilitates the student’s spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical growth so that students will glorify God. This comes from providing opportunities to integrate Biblical truth with educational knowledge and apply the synthesis to life situations.

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GUESTS IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY

As we are residents in the Republic of China with the permission of this government, we should act as guests and show respect toward its people, customs, culture, officials and regulations.

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PHILOSOPHY STATEMENT

The educational philosophy of Morrison Academy is based on God’s truth as revealed by the Holy Spirit in God's Word, the Bible, and in creation. (John 8:32; Romans 1:20; Revelation 4:11; John 17:3; Romans 3:10-12, 20; Romans 10: 9, 10; Matthew 6:10)

Morrison Academy facilitates student learning by integrating Biblical truth with educational knowledge and applying the synthesis to life situations. (II Timothy 3:16-17; Ephesians 4:14-15; Titus 2:14; James 1:22, 2:8; John 3:14-18; Romans 8:9)

The Morrison Academy teaching faculty must be born-again Christians who exemplify high moral standards based on Biblical values. (II Timothy 2:2; Philippians 3:17; John 3:7, 14–18).

Morrison Academy partners with parents in their God-given responsibility of training their children. (Colossians 3:20; Romans 13:1)

(0000 Position Statements) Revised by the Board of Trustees Nov. 16, 2010

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VISION FOR OUR LEARNERS

The vision of the Morrison Academy educators
is that a maturing Morrison student will be a:

Spiritual Discerner,

  • appreciate who God is and His provision for reconciliation through Jesus Christ
  • apply Biblical principles and values into life situations
  • accept his/her self-worth as God’s creation

Effective Communicator,

  • read and write skillfully and purposefully
  • demonstrate competence in speaking and listening
  • contribute to groups collaboratively with interpersonal skills

Critical and Creative Thinker,

  • analyze, interpret, evaluate, and synthesize concepts within various contexts
  • utilize appropriate problem-solve strategies
  • create original solutions for authentic and relevant problems
  • work with high standards

Life-long Learner,

  • maintain intellectual curiosity
  • utilize the scientific inquiry method
  • utilize technology appropriately

Moral and Ethical Citizen,

  • make ethical decisions from a Biblical perspective
  • Show respect to persons of other ages, races, cultures, faiths, and values
  • demonstrate self-control in attitude and behavior

Wise and Responsible Steward,

  • use your gifts and talents to serve others generously
  • maintain disciplined health and personal habits
  • cultivate and share your artistic, musical, and academic abilities
  • take care of God’s creation and provisions

(0000 Position Statements) Revised by the Board of Trustees March 25, 2014

(002 Vision For Our Learners) Revised by SAC August, 2014


 SECTION 2 — INFORMATION & PROCEDURES


ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

Morrison Academy’s Vision for Our Learners states that a maturing Morrison student will develop into a moral and ethical citizen.  An essential part of this process is when teachers and students work towards high standards of academic integrity.  

Cheating in any form is unacceptable behavior at Morrison.  The Random House Dictionary defines cheating as “embracing any action wherein a person defrauds, deceives, or violates regulations unfairly.”  In a school context, cheating may include copying homework, sharing information about tests, cheat sheets, having a friend, parent, brother or sister do the assigned task, buying or sharing former notebooks and tests, and sharing study guides that are not explicitly allowed by the teacher.  Morrison recognizes that some teachers, disciplines and learning situations allow sharing of information.  It is the student’s responsibility to clarify what is acceptable for a specific teacher, if they are in doubt.

Plagiarism is also unacceptable in an academic setting.  The Random House Dictionary defines plagiarism as “the act of stealing the language, ideas or thoughts of another and representing them as one’s own original work.”  A variety of teachers include the skill of properly referencing and quoting materials as part of their course work.  Students can also learn more about how to reference their sources from the school librarian.

There are academic and behavioral consequences for cheating and plagiarism (See DISCIPLINE).  As a general principle, Morrison expects the entire educational process to reflect each student’s own work.  

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ACCIDENTS, ILLNESS OR INJURY

In case of an accident or of illness at school, the student will be brought or is to go to the school office or to the nurse’s office. When necessary, first aid will be administered. If the situation warrants, the parents will be asked to pick up the student. In the event of an emergency, and if the parents cannot be reached, the school will take appropriate action to insure the student’s well-being.  It is important that the school have the parents’ current home and work telephone numbers, as well as those for an emergency contact in the event that the parents cannot be reached. Students with a communicable disease, such as chicken pox, lice, etc., are to remain home until the disease is no longer communicable.

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ACCIDENT INSURANCE

Student accident insurance is purchased for all students. Coverage includes accidental death (NT$1,000,000 maximum coverage) and dismemberment (NT$200,000 maximum coverage) and accidental medical reimbursement (NT$30,000 maximum coverage). This policy begins August 1st of this year and continues until July 31st of the next year. The coverage is for 24 hours per day. All claims must be processed with a doctor’s certificate and receipts for benefits to be paid. Claim forms are available in the school business office.

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ACTIVITIES PERIOD

An activities period is reserved for student government meetings, class meetings and other special meetings or appointments which cannot be scheduled at any other time.  Students may not return to the dorms or leave the campus until the end of the activity period at 2:55 pm.  Scheduling conflicts should be settled between the staff members involved without putting a student in a difficult situation.

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ADVANCED PLACEMENT COURSES

The high school offers a limited number of Advanced Placement level courses to help students prepare to take AP exams in May. College credit may be given depending on the student’s exam score and the policy of the individual college. The AP exams may be taken with or without taking AP classes.  There is a charge for each AP exam taken.  Approved Morrison AP classes are graded on a 5-point scale.  Students are limited to two AP classes per year.  

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ANIMALS

Any pets brought on campus must be confined or leashed.  Animals may not be brought into public buildings.  All waste products of the animals must be cleaned up and disposed of by the caregiver.

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ATHLETIC COMPETITION

A full range of athletic competition is offered for students. Contests are held between Morrison and local Chinese high schools and colleges as well as with teams from other international schools.  Morrison is also a member of the Asian Christian Schools Conference (ACSC) and Taiwan Interscholastic Sports Association (TISA).  The ACSC is comprised of schools from Taiwan, Philippines, S. Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Guam, and Thailand.

Sports Programs Offered

Priority Sports are: Boy’s and Girl’s Volleyball, Boy’s and Girl’s Soccer, Boy’s and Girl’s Basketball, Track and Field, and Swimming.

The following varsity sports are provided where interest and competent coaching is available:  Boys’s Volleyball, Wrestling, and Tennis.

Club sports  may be formed with approval from the Athletic Director.  They must also fund their own expenses.

  • Students 19 years of age or under are eligible for sports competition. Years are calculated according to the American method of counting age.
  • Students are limited to eight semesters of high school Grade 9-12 eligibility.
  • Seniors are not eligible for junior varsity teams.
  • Juniors and sophomores are not eligible for junior varsity B teams.
  • The host school, in consultation with the visiting school, schedules game times for all home events.
  • Officials are provided for by the host school.
  • There will be no Morrison-initiated sports activities on Sunday.
  • There will be no Morrison-initiated sports activities after the last day of school of a no-activity weekend or holiday.

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ATTENDANCE

Morrison Christian Academy believes that the process of education is very important to a student’s completeness as a child of God. Therefore, the student should be in attendance as much as possible.  

The student, who is created in God’s image, has the ability to voluntarily respond to Him through the Holy Spirit and this response can cause positive personal growth in gaining knowledge, understanding and wisdom. Knowledge is a linear thinking process that involves lecture, note taking, and tests. Understanding takes critical thinking skills that are developed through projects, which expand the mere knowledge of a subject. Understanding helps a student to discern when specific knowledge is applicable to a certain situation. Wisdom involves exploratory thinking skills; new ideas that bring about beginnings. Wisdom produces different ways of seeing the right answer.  True wisdom is the productive use of all these areas of knowing.

An absent student cannot make up class time and class interaction.  Students and parents should expect that a student’s educational experience will be somewhat affected by that absence. Therefore, knowing these things, we feel that it is up to the parent to decide if the student should miss school.  Parents should be aware that the school has defined what absences they will consider excused.  (See Excused/Unexcused Absences and DISCIPLINE)

When a student misses class there is an extra burden applied to the teacher of that student.  This leads to two courtesies that the family can provide for the extra responsibility of the teacher.  First, if an absence is known about ahead of time, the school should be notified.  The family should not expect the school to be able to provide school work ahead of time unless that notification time is given at  least ten school days in advance. Parents should also realize that some teachers would be unable to provide advance schoolwork because of the nature of their classes.  The second issue the family can help with is to realize that it is the responsibility of the student to be sure that all missed work is completed in a timely manner.

Along with attendance is the responsibility of everyone to ensure the health of the staff and the student body. A student that is contagious or has a fever should be kept at home. This allows each of us to give our best and do our best for each other.

Returning after Absence:

Students are expected to attend school each day.  The parent or guardian of any student who is absent for any reason must contact the High School office by phone, email or written letter, signed by a parent / guardian or boarding parent, explaining the reason for the absence.  The office will determine if this absence is excused (See Excused/Unexcused Absences).  Teachers will be notified by the office if the absence is excused.  Make up work may be required.   1-4 periods of absence constitute a half day absence.  5-8 periods’ absence is tallied as a full day absence.

Planned Absence:

Students making advanced arrangements for absence should obtain assignments from each of their teachers and make arrangements for the completion of homework. Students should realize that in most cases, simply completing missed homework may not result in as high a grade since vital classroom participation is missed.  To have an absence excused, requests need to be made to the school principal in writing or by telephone at least 10 school days before the absence occurs.  This procedure gives opportunity for the school to reflect to the parents the possible effects of the absence and/or together make some alternative study arrangements.

 

Excused/Unexcused Absences:

Generally, excused absences are given for sickness, doctor’s visits, necessary trips to government offices and approved school trips. Most other absences are unexcused.  Parent notes will not necessarily result in an approved excused absence and this may affect a student’s grades.   (Some examples of reasons that are not accepted are studying for AP tests or other classes, and sleeping in after studying late for other school work).  Students must make up all class work missed during excused and unexcused absences. In the event of an unexcused absence, a teacher may deduct up to 100% of the class work value. The expectation is that teachers will not give full credit to class work missed because of an unexcused absence.  An unexcused absence is given if a student is tardy for more than 15 minutes of a class.  After the 3rd unexcused absence, a student will receive punishment in addition to academic consequences.  (See DISCIPLINE for the consequences of unexcused absences).  (See GPA and ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENTS for further information regarding maximum absences allowed).

Examinations:

Students are expected to take all required examinations. Examinations are rescheduled for those students who, because of illness, emergency or class conflict, were unable to take them at the scheduled time.

Chapel and Activity Period:

The Activity Period on Wednesday from 2:00-2:55 and the Chapel on Thursday from 2:00-2:50 are both still during official school time and any events held during this time are official school events.  Students must remain on campus until formal dismissal at 2:55 pm.  Leaving prior to this time will be considered “skipping” class.  (See DISCIPLINE for the consequences for skipping class.)

Skipping Class:

“Skipping class periods” (a student deliberately choosing not to attend a class) will be followed up with disciplinary action (See DISCIPLINE for the consequences for skipping class) and possible grade reduction.  Depending on the situation and past history, further action may be taken.

 A student leaving any class or study hall during class time or before it is properly dismissed may receive an unexcused absence. A student who does not properly sign out of study hall or is not at the location he/she indicated may receive an unexcused absence. If a student accumulates five (5) or more unexcused absences, he/she may be subject to the continuing enrollment policy for the next semester.

Tardiness:

Classes begin promptly at 8:00 am each day.  Tardiness is recorded at the beginning of each class period by the teacher.  All students are to be prepared for class and be in the room by the time the bell rings.  Students arriving at school after 8:00 a.m. should come directly to the high school office and receive a pass before going to class.  When tardiness is anticipated, a student should secure a written excuse before proceeding to the next class.  Up to four unexcused tardies are allowed per quarter before discipline is applied.  (See DISCIPLINE for the consequences for more than 4 tardies)  A continuing tardy pattern may result in the student being placed on probationary status.

Early Withdrawal:

Administration and faculty will review requests for early dismissal or withdrawal and will determine whether a final grade can be issued. Current grades are issued at the time of withdrawal. A student who is withdrawing needs to pick up a checkout sheet at the high school office, which outlines the process. (See WITHDRAWALS)

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AUDITORIUM BEHAVIOR

Before chapel or a school assembly, students should quickly and quietly find a seat. Students are expected to show respect for the Lord and courtesy to those on-stage or in leadership by sitting properly and putting aside all school materials before entering the auditorium. Drinks or food are not to be brought into the auditorium; hats are not to be worn in the auditorium; electronic devices are not to be used. Poor behavior such as talking, sleeping and other disrespectful actions are unacceptable and will be addressed (See DISCIPLINE STEPS).

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AWARDS

  • Academic Achievement Awards

An honor roll is posted each semester as follows:

     *high honors: 3.8 and above

     *honors: 3.3-3.79

An academic awards program is held in May. The awards are as follows:

Annual Awards

Honors:   G.P.A. of 3.3-3.79 for three quarters of work this school year

High Honors:   G.P.A. of 3.8 and higher for three quarters of work this year

Cumulative Awards

The Michael Sprunger Award:  Seniors with a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average after seven semesters

The Susan Feistal Award:  Juniors & Seniors with a 3.5 cumulative grade point average for five consecutive semesters

The Richard Boehr Award:  Seniors with a 3.5 or higher grade point average for seven consecutive semesters

The Kathy Plymire Award:  Juniors & Seniors with a 3.8 or higher grade point average for five semesters and a current 3.8 cumulative grade point average

The Robert Morrison Award:  Seniors with a 3.8 or higher grade point average for seven consecutive semesters

  • Athletic Awards:

Junior Varsity B athletes are given a participation certificate.

Junior Varsity (JV): A letter of certificate is awarded to each athlete who successfully meets the Criteria for Athletic Awards in a junior varsity sport.

Varsity: A letter certificate, varsity letter, service bar and appropriate pin are awarded the first time each athlete meets the Criteria for Athletic Awards in a varsity sport. Each successive time an athlete letters, a letter certificate, service bar and suitable pin, if not previously acquired, are awarded.

Managers are given awards in keeping with the JV/Varsity requirements and the Criteria for Athletic Awards.

Most Valuable Player (MVP), Most Improved Player (MIP) and Captain: For each major sport at Varsity and Junior Varsity levels an award is given to these players as chosen by the coach and team members.

  • Criteria For Athletic Awards

Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball: to qualify for a varsity or junior varsity letter the team member must participate in at least 50% of the games played during the season and participate in all practices unless excused by the coach.

Track & Field: to qualify for a varsity track and field letter a team member must win an average of one point per meet.

Cheerleaders: to qualify for a varsity or junior varsity letter the cheerleader must be present and cheer at scheduled games unless excused by the sponsor.

Managers: to qualify for a letter, the manager must be present at all practice sessions and games unless excused by permission of the coach. A block M letter will be awarded after the second year of managing.

Special Notes:

  • A student who does not complete the season will not receive a letter in that sport.
  • In case of an injury the coach shall use discretion regarding the granting of an award.

  • Chinese Speech Contest

All Chinese class students will be involved in an annual speech contest and receive a prize. The first place winner in each class will receive a certificate and a special prize.

  • Drama Awards

Drama pins, guards and keys are presented to students who have accumulated points by involvement on and off stage in Morrison plays and musicals.

  • Music Awards

Band Awards: Pins, guards and keys are presented to students who have participated in the band program for two, three and four years respectively. Additional recognition is give to instrumental ensemble members and band officers.

Choir Awards: Pins, guards and keys are presented to students who have participated in the choral program for two, three and four years respectively. Additional recognition is given to Madrigal singers and choir officers.

Orchestra Awards: Pins, guards and keys are presented to students who have participated in orchestra for two, three and four years respectively.

  • Commencement Awards

Valedictorian: The Morrison Board of Trustees presents an award and 500 USD to the graduating senior with the strongest academic achievement.  To be eligible for consideration as Valedictorian, a student must have completed no fewer than four semesters at Morrison Academy and is required to complete the 8th semester at Morrison. The student must also have a cumulative GPA of 4.0 or higher. Qualified students will be ranked according to four categories: GPA, academic breadth, academic rigor, and academic strength. The High School guidance counselors will rank students qualifying by GPA according to three categories: GPA, academic rigor, and academic breadth. The Principal will designate a committee of appropriate teachers to rank the students according to academic strength.  Teachers will take quality of writing, creative thought, problem solving and critical thinking into consideration as they rank. The top ranked student in each category will receive a score of one, the second a score of two and so on.  The scores from all four categories (GPA, academic breadth, academic rigor, and academic strength) will be totaled and the student with the lowest score will earn the Valedictorian award. In the case of a tie the student with the higher GPA will be awarded Valedictorian.

Salutatorian: The Morrison Board of Trustees presents an award and 500 USD to the graduating senior with the second highest score described in Valedictorian description above.  

Outstanding Athlete Award: Awards are presented each year to a senior male athlete and female athlete who have demonstrated excellence in a variety of high school sports.

Outstanding Citizen Award: The Morrison Board of Trustees presents an award and 500 USD to the senior who best typifies the ideals and expectations of Morrison Academy.  

The Stephanie Lee Memorial Award: The Stephanie Lee Memorial Award is presented to the senior who best typifies the Fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5.22-24) qualities.  The endowment allows for up to two seniors to receive this award with a total of 200USD awarded.

The Kenneth G. Klefsaas Memorial Award: This award and a monetary gift of 100USD each are presented to the senior boy and girl who are considered to have most consistently demonstrated:

  • A commitment to Christ in daily life
  • Involvement in campus organizations and completing tasks
  • Encouragement to fellow students to strive to reach their potential
  • Integrity and good character in their individual daily lives

The John Vandenberg award and a monetary gift of 500USD are presented to a senior who submits a series of essays determined to best characterize the verse that John epitomized: Micah 6:8 “He has shown you, O man, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?  To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Drama Award: The William Shakespeare Drama Award is presented to the most outstanding senior thespian who has participated in at least three Morrison drama productions, with a leading or major role in at least two productions.

John Philip Sousa Band Award: The John Philip Sousa Band Award is presented to the senior band member chosen as most distinguished in talent and service.

National Choir Award: The National Choir Awards are presented to the senior boy and girl chosen as contributing most to the High School choral program.

National School Orchestra Award: The National School Orchestra Award is presented to the senior member of the orchestra chosen as most outstanding in talent and service.

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BIBLE INSTRUCTION

Bible instruction is a regular part of the curriculum at Morrison Academy. Bible classes are required for all students. The school generally uses the New International Version (NIV) for the sake of uniformity and ease of understanding. The school provides each new student with a personal Bible. During your child’s course of study he/she will be confronted with the following concepts:

  • There is one true God.
  • All things were created by God.
  • We come into this world and we leave this world only once.
  • Because of our infidelity to God, we have a broken relationship with God.
  • Because God is righteous, He cannot overlook our infidelity. There MUST be punishment for our infidelity. This punishment is separation from God, i.e., eternal separation from all that is good.
  • There is nothing that we can do, within our power, to right this broken relationship, i.e., being good, living by an established standard.
  • Because of His love for us, God has intervened on our behalf.
  • God became a man in the person of Jesus Christ.
  • When Jesus was executed on the cross, He (God) was being punished on our behalf. He rose again and defeated death.
  • The only way to have a right relationship with God is by first, accepting that we have been selfish and that we have not sought what God wanted, but what we wanted; secondly, accepting the forgiveness that God offers us through Jesus’ death and resurrection; finally, turning to God, no longer seeking what we want, and accepting what He wants for our lives.
  • If we choose not to accept God’s provision for righting our broken relationship with Him, that in itself is a decision to remain eternally separated from God.
  • When our relationship with God has been restored, God’s spirit indwells us and enables us to live a life according to His purpose.
  • When we have a right relationship with God we have meaning and fulfillment in this life and in life after death.

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BICYCLES/SKATEBOARDS/ROLLERBLADES, ETC.

The school strongly recommends that bicycle helmets be worn at all times while riding a bicycle or other wheeled object.  

Students that ride their bicycles to school must park them in approved areas only.  These areas are the small lot behind the business office and beside the pool and gym.   Students are responsible for their bicycles, therefore it is requested that they lock them before leaving for class.

  • Students who ride their bicycles after school are to ride at a slow speed. When riding on the sidewalks they are to give right of way to pedestrians.
  • Bicycles should not be ridden at any time on the school plaza, sidewalks around the atrium and the EMS, or on the covered play area.

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 BOARDING STUDENTS

Board policy states:

5290 STUDENTS' LIVING ARRANGEMENTS:  During the school calendar year, students enrolled at Morrison Academy must live with a parent, guardian, or an adult designated by a parent or guardian. Any designated adult must be approved by the school principal. Failure to abide by this regulation will result in the student's termination of enrollment from Morrison Academy. For all students not living with their parents, a form must be submitted by the parent to the principal designating a legal guardian for the student.

Morrison Academy High School has a number of students whose parents do not live in Taichung. There are two groupings – those who live in the dormitories and those who have received school permission to live with a responsible adult other than their parent(s). Dormitory application is made directly to the Dormitory Supervisor; living situations are reviewed by the Campus Principal for acceptability. In the latter case, the Dormitory Supervisor may be able to provide a list of boarding parent possibilities but the responsibility for all arrangements is with the parent. In either case, acceptance or arrangements are not made until after school admission is granted. When living off-campus but not with the parent, approval of the arrangements (which must include the student living with a responsible adult) must be obtained from the Campus Principal or school admission/attendance may be withdrawn. Changes which occur during the school year are to be reported to the Campus Principal for evaluation.  Note: Normally a student in their first year at Morrison High School is required to live with their parent(s).

BULLYING

Bullying will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately. At no time is any student permitted to engage in any form of bullying.  “Bullying” is defined as overt, unwanted, repeated acts or gestures, including verbal or written communications or images transmitted in any manner (including digitally or electronically); physical acts committed; aggression; or any other behaviors committed by a student or group of students against another student with the intent to harass, ridicule, humiliate, intimidate, or harm the targeted student, creating for the targeted student an objectively hostile school environment that:

  1. places the targeted student in reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or property;
  2. has a substantially detrimental effect on the targeted student’s physical or mental health;
  3. has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s academic performance; or
  4. has the effect of substantially interfering with the targeted student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities, or privileges provided by the school.

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CARE OF CAMPUS

In order to maintain pride in our school and campus grounds, abuse or defacement of buildings and property will not be tolerated. Waste materials, foods and cans are to be discarded in the recycle/trash containers provided. Nothing (including trash, books, bags, etc.) should be left on top or in front of the lockers. Students should encourage others to keep their areas neat. Violators of these guidelines may be subject to fines/detention. Materials/Items left out may be collected.

This is an alcohol and tobacco-free campus.

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 CHAPEL

Chapel is normally held after 8th period each Thursday afternoon. Student attendance is required. Parents are invited to attend at any time. (See also SPIRITUAL LIFE, AUDITORIUM BEHAVIOR)

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CHILD ABUSE AND HARASSMENT

Morrison Academy is committed to protecting all children and adults within the Morrison Academy community from abuse experienced at home or within the school’s jurisdiction.  Harassment means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a nature that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of his/her race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability or age, made by someone from or in the educational or work setting. Child abuse is a general term to describe inappropriate, immoral and/or unethical behavior by a person toward a child where there is a difference in power based on age, or physical, intellectual or emotional capacity.  It is the responsibility of all employees, adult volunteers and students to report any suspected abusive behaviors to a Morrison Academy administrator or counselor.  If individuals believe that their harassment or abuse report has not been addressed then they may contact Tim McGill (04-2297-3927 ext. 101) for the Taichung community.   For more information please refer to policies 1650, 1651, 3131, 5460, and 5705 at www.mca.org.tw.

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CLASS LOAD

Each student is enrolled in at least six courses (a minimum of 3 credits) and one study hall per semester; exceptions are made by the counselor and/or principal. Seniors are not required to attend a study hall except in cases of academic deficiency. Except for transfer students from other schools, students are not permitted to enter a course after the first two weeks of each semester. Students may not drop a course after the fourth week without an “F” for the semester, unless permission is granted by the High School Principal.

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CLASS ORGANIZATION

Each grade in the high school is organized as a unit with a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Social Chairman. One officer of each class serves on the Student Council or the class may elect a Delegate. Class officers are elected under the supervision of the Student Council and the class advisor. An adult class sponsor/advisor attends all meetings and functions.

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CLASSROOM GUIDELINES

All of the teachers maintain this set of classroom guidelines. Teachers may differ in other specific classroom guidelines.

  • Students should be in the classroom when the bell rings.
  • Students are expected to be attentive, alert, respectful of the teacher and engaged in the learning process.
  • Students should respect another student’s right to speak when recognized by the teacher.
  • The teacher dismisses the class.
  • There should normally be no food or drink (except water) in the classroom.
  • Students should speak English in the classroom (except in foreign language classes).

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CLOSED CAMPUS

During the school day Morrison Academy is a closed campus; once students arrive for school they are not to leave without obtaining permission until the regular dismissal time. Any student who has a reason to leave earlier must stop in the high school office and receive permission to leave. Students in grades 9 to 11 who need to leave early should have written permission from their parent or guardian; this is given to the office ahead of time. Seniors may leave the campus after signing out at the office.  Students leaving campus without authorization will be subject to discipline. (See OFF LIMITS, DISCIPLINE STEPS: LEAVING CAMPUS WITHOUT PERMISSION)

Students are not to be on campus after 10:00 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, without prior permission from the high school office or dorm parents. On Friday and Saturday nights, the hours are extended to 12:00 a.m. Students are allowed on campus during weekends.

During the school day, any visitors on campus must receive permission from the high school office and students are not allowed to bring visitors on campus without permission from the high school office.

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CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Morrison Academy High School has many co-curricular (i.e. outside of class time) activities that students may be involved in. Among these are student government and leadership, athletics, clubs, community service, music and music lessons, drama, yearbook, outreach, youth ministry, chapel worship band, lifeguarding, peer coaching, missions trip, class activities, and fundraising. Students taking an AP class will have more demanding schedules.   It is recommended that students ask the advisor/coach what the time demands, requirements, and expectations will be before joining AP classes.

Students should remember two things:

  1. Academic accomplishment and personal devotions should take priority over co-curricular activities.
  2. Students cannot do everything and do them all well. Involvements should be taken carefully with the knowledge that certain activities will keep them from participating in other activities which would also be enjoyable.

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COMPUTER USE AGREEMENT

Using the school computers is a privilege which can be revoked if they are misused in any way. School computers are for school-approved use only. Each student is issued an e-mail address and a computer use license upon digitally signing the Digital Citizenship Agreement, which outlines the expectations and use limitations; parents must also read and review this form. (See LIBRARY, COMPUTER LAB)

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CONTINUING ENROLLMENT

Student acceptance is based on the assumption that programs being offered meet the needs of the student. Students are readmitted on a continuing basis, if they meet the following stipulations:

  1. Compliance with policies and procedures regarding passport requirements
  2. Age-equivalent academic progress, or enrollment in a modified instructional program
  3. Conduct which is consistent with school policies and procedures and Christian principles
  4. Attitude which contributes to the school’s atmosphere and mission
  5. Compliance with policies and procedures regarding students’ living arrangements

When, in the judgment of the school administration, programs and personnel resources do not adequately meet the needs of a student, or when one or more of the above mentioned stipulations are not met, enrollment may be discontinued by the Superintendent.

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COUNSELING CENTER

Students are welcome to talk with a counselor regarding personal or academic issues in the Counseling Center. College catalogs, handbooks, and other materials may be checked out for specified times. Students are encouraged to visit the Counseling Center for help with class schedules, study skills, career information, post-high school educational information, testing, personal issues and college application processes.

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COURSE OF STUDY OPPORTUNITIES

Morrison Academy High School is based on the American educational system and is primarily pre-collegiate in nature. As such it includes upper division courses in a number of disciplines, including the maths and sciences, as well as a number of Advanced Placement courses. Because of its commitment to the importance of developing well-rounded graduates, there are fairly extensive Fine Arts and co-curricular opportunities. All students in attendance are enrolled in a Bible class. For a complete listing of course options, request a copy of the current High School Coursebook  from the counseling Center or go to http://go.mca.org.tw/HScoursebook.  

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DANGEROUS ITEMS

While on campus or at school-sponsored functions, the possession and/or use of potentially dangerous items are restricted. This includes, but is not limited to:  fireworks, lighters, knives, guns, and martial arts weapons. If such an item is being used as a part of a class, the item should be in the possession of the teacher of the class, or another staff member, while the student is on campus.  

Fireworks set off during times of celebration such as Chinese New Year or July 4th must have an adult supervisor present.  Larger fireworks displays must receive the approval of the Campus Coordinator or Principal.

Any guns or pistols of any type (including toys) which are brought on campus by a student, especially during the school day, are to be brought to and stored in one of the school offices or with a school staff member. This includes those brought as props for plays, classroom activities, etc.

Guns (even toys) not turned in may be confiscated by any staff member and are then turned into the school office. When, or if, they are returned will be up to the judgment of the Principal, Campus Coordinator and/or Dorm Supervisor.  Plastic BB guns are allowed only in areas away from school buildings.  Goggles must be worn during these games.  Approval by the above named administrators is required.

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DISCIPLINE

Out of a deep respect for God and Morrison faculty, staff and other students, all students are asked to exercise the self-discipline required to operate effectively and efficiently in the Morrison community. When self-discipline is lacking, teachers and administrators may exercise authority to correct behavior. This jurisdiction includes the total campus and is not limited to the classroom. Persistent disciplinary problems will be brought to the attention of the administration for remedial measures which may include one or more of the following:

  • Discussion and analysis of the issues with appropriate penalty and/or restitution
  • Conference with and/or written statement to parents
  • Probation - Enrollment at MAC will be reviewed by committee at each quarter of the probationary period
  • A regular suspension (usually from one to four days)
  • Severe suspension (usually from five to ten days)
  • Expulsion (a Board action following the Principal’s and Superintendent’s recommendations)

The following can result in a regular suspension: cheating, stealing, threatening another person (whether in person or in writing), fighting, or any obscene language, gestures, or drawings that violate the moral standards of the school.  This applies to posts made on the internet as well campus-based events.  Off campus offences in these areas may be addressed.

Repeated offenses can result in a severe suspension or expulsion.

The following can result in a suspension and/or expulsion: smoking, drinking alcohol, taking or supplying illegal drugs, premeditated maliciousness and/or destruction, bullying or cyberbullying, immoral conduct including the supplying and/or possession of pornographic materials, possession of a firearm, or a disregard for authority and insubordination (direct, flagrant disobedience).  The involvement of any of these while occurring off campus can result in school probation (policy #5400) which could affect continuing enrollment (policy #5351).

Violations resulting in suspension automatically result in ineligibility from all privileges related to any group representing the school including elected offices, sports teams, drama, etc. for the length of the suspension. The application and length of a suspension, beyond those dictated by procedure, is determined by a Disciplinary Council.

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DISCIPLINE STEPS

A.      Dress and Appearance Standards

1st Offense

Change and letter sent home

2nd Offense

Parent/guardian brings proper clothes; student is considered to have an unexcused absence until returning to class. If parent or guardian cannot be reached, clothes are provided and student returns to class. 1 hour detention. Letter sent home.

3rd Offense

1 day of in-school-suspension, parent conference.  In school suspension may also be held on Saturday.

4th Offense+

Administrative discipline

B.      Skipping Class (See ATTENDANCE)

1st Offense

2 hours after school or Saturday detention and letter sent home

2nd Offense

1 day of in-school suspension; parent conference within 2 school days

3rd Offense+

Administrative discipline

C.  Unexcused Tardies per quarter (See ATTENDANCE)

4 unexcused tardies

1 hour detention after school or Saturday

6 unexcused tardies

Letter to parents

7 unexcused tardies

2 hours detention after school or Saturday

9 unexcused tardies

1 day of in-school suspension and parent notification.  In school suspension may also be held on Saturday.

11+ unexcused tardies

1-3 days of out-of-school suspension

D.  Unexcused absences in a semester (See ATTENDANCE).  In the event of an unexcused absence, a teacher may deduct up to 100% of the class work value. The expectation is that teachers will not give full credit to class work missed because of an unexcused absence. Also note, 3 blocks or 4 periods of unexcused absences = 1 day.

3 unexcused absences

1 hour detention after school or Saturday

5 unexcused absences

Letter to parents, 2 hours detention after school or Saturday. Could be recommended for discontinuation of enrollment (by procedure).

8 unexcused absences

Letter to parents, 2 days in school suspension. A recommendation for termination of enrollment may be made by the Principal to the Superintendent (PROCEDURE 250)

10 + unexcused absences

1-3 days out of school suspension. A recommendation for termination of enrollment may be made by the Principal to the Superintendent (PROCEDURE 250)

E.      Cheating/Plagiarism

1st Offense

Teacher discipline (normally the assessment or assignment must be made up and will be averaged with a zero), administration notified, entered on student record, letter sent home and possible 1 day in-school suspension depending on the degree of severity of the offense

2nd Offense

A zero on the assessment/assignment, 1 day of out-of-school suspension, parent conference and ineligible for an academic award that school year

3rd Offense +

A zero on the assessment/assignment, Administrative discipline, parent conference and eligibility for any academic award during high school removed. Student will be placed on probation with MAC.

F.      Leaving Campus Without Permission

1st Offense

1 hour after school or Saturday detention and letter sent home

2nd Offense      

2 hours after school or Saturday detention and letter sent home

3rd Offense        

1 day in-school suspension with parent conference.   In school suspension may also be held on Saturday.

4th Offense +      

Administrative discipline

G.      Digital Citizenship Agreement Violation - (Punishment will depend on severity of infraction. Minor 1st offenses will be a warning)

1st Offense

1 week loss of computer privileges. Students will not be allowed in the computer lab or library unless with a class or permission from their teacher.

2nd Offense      

2 weeks loss of computer privileges and letter sent home.  Students will not be allowed in the computer lab or library unless with a class or permission from their teacher.

3rd Offense        

1 day of in-school suspension and parent conference. In school suspension may also be held on Saturday.

4th Offense +      

Administrative discipline

H.     Student Driving a Motorcycle/Car without Valid Taiwan License; without Helmet and/or in Wrong Locations on Campus

1st Offense        

Warning and letter home

2nd Offense        

1 hour detention and parent conference

3rd Offense        

1 day of in-school suspension.  In school suspension may also be held on Saturday.

4th Offense+      

Administrative discipline

I.     Poor Auditorium Behavior/Sleeping in Chapel

1st Offense

Warning

2nd Offense

Student sits with teacher during next auditorium event and a letter to parent

3rd Offense

Student sits with teacher during chapel the rest of the semester and letter to parent

4th Offense+

Administrative Discipline

J. Improper Cell Phone/Electronics Usage

1st Offense

Verbal warning given by classroom teacher (documented)

2nd Offense

Device turned into classroom teacher and given back to student at end of class, or end of day, if necessary (documented).

3rd Offense

Device turned into Tech Discipline Assistant; student may pick up at the end of the day (Discipline Report Form).

4th Offense

Device confiscated for 1 week plus 1 hour after school detention; parent letter sent home (Discipline Report Form).

5th Offense

Device confiscated for 2 weeks plus 1 day in school suspension; parent conference mandatory (Discipline Report Form).

K.  Late Return of Loaned Device

 

1st Offense

 

Warning

 

2nd Offense

 

1 hour after school or Saturday detention and a letter sent home.

 

3rd Offense

 

2 hours after school or Saturday detention and a letter sent home.

 

 

4th Offense

 

Loss of loaner privilege for the remainder of the school year. 2 hours after school or Saturday detention and a letter sent home.

 

 

L.  Cumulative Effects of Offenses

If a student is at the 2nd offense or higher in two or more categories, administrative discipline may go into effect

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DRAMA PERFORMANCES

There are one or two drama performances each year. Play choices reflect a balance of comedies, tragedies, mysteries, etc. A major musical is presented every two years. The goal is that each student be given the opportunity to experience a variety of dramatic genres during the high school years. Students who desire to participate need to meet the eligibility requirements (See ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA); they also need to recognize that participation may result in giving up other activities.

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DRESS & APPEARANCE STANDARDS

Cleanliness, neatness, good grooming, modesty and a willing observance of our host country’s customs/regulations are standards we uphold. Bizarre or revealing styles such as see-throughs, tank tops (that reveal undergarments and/or are less than 1 inch in width across the shoulder), undergarments showing (including boxers), minis, bare midriff/bare back styles, spaghetti straps etc., are not acceptable.

Revealing styles can result from how the garment is cut, the material which is used (thin and/or light-colored material through which undergarments can be seen), and how something is worn. For example, some athletic shorts have a much looser leg cut and can also be revealing depending on how a student is sitting.

Shorts must be within 5” from the top of the knee.  Sports attire for practice/games/exercise may vary from this standard as long as the clothes are considered normal for that sport. At no time should underwear be revealed.

Dresses and shorts are measured differently because they are different styles. Therefore, an appropriate dress/skirt length is when the hemline is within 4” from the top of the knee while standing.

Shirts or tops and shoes are required for students at all times (other than in regular boys’ sport practices). Slogans on clothing must be in good taste and complement the standards of our school.

Spaghetti straps are allowed only for banquet night and Academic Awards Night, but strapless evening gowns are not permitted.  Otherwise, banquet attire must meet dress code.

No visible body piercing jewelry, other than on the ears, is to be worn during the school day.

These standards are applicable on all school days (from 7:30am-3:30pm). Good judgement when attending any after school or weekend events is expected.

Faculty and/or administration will contact students who do not exercise good taste or who show a lack of cooperation in this area. Students will be required to change into suitable dress if called into the office. This might require the student to call a parent, return home to get clothes, or wear clothing we provide for the rest of the day; the decision is the administrator’s. Missed work will be recorded as an unexcused absence. If any part of this dress code causes uncertainty it is the student’s responsibility to ask the administration for clarification. For offenses see Dress and Appearance Standards in DISCIPLINE STEPS.

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DRINKING WATER

All water on the campus is potable (drinkable) and is tested regularly in accordance with standards established by the USPHS Drinking Water Standards.

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DRUG TESTING

Morrison Christian Academy reserves the right to require drug testing at any time.

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EARLY DISMISSAL

Students who need to be dismissed from school early should have written permission from a parent or guardian. The student signs out at the school office prior to leaving the campus. This includes students who leave Taichung early on weekends and vacations. (See ATTENDANCE – PLANNED ABSENCE and EXCUSED/UNEXCUSED ABSENCES)

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EARTHQUAKE/FIRE EVACUATION DRILLS

Earthquake/fire evacuation drills are conducted periodically throughout the school year. The classroom teacher will train the students in the procedures used for these drills. Specific details for each campus are outlined in the Teacher Handbook for that campus. Directional routes for exiting a room/building are posted in each classroom. The scheduling of these drills rests with the Campus Principal.

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ELECTRONIC DEVICES

BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

  • All students must have a laptop that meets minimum requirements, with them at school, every day. It must be charged fully each day.
  • Charge lockers in student center.
  • All students must have headphones with them or in lockers, every day.
  • All students must e-sign the Digital Citizenship Agreement to use any electronics on this campus or on our network.
  • MACBOYD is our network SSID. Passwords are given to students by the ETC the first day of school.
  • Make wise decisions when accessing websites during school hours.
  • No more than 2 devices may be logged into our network at any one time.
  • Tablets may be used as a supplement to laptops, not substitution. You must also still have the classroom teacher’s permission.
  • NO phone calls from 8:00 am - 3:15pm unless teacher/staff permission given.
  • No Gaming  during the school day.
  • Internet should be used for instructional/educational purposes. Abuse of this may result in loss of privileges.
  • If you forget laptop, you may check out loaner from Help Desk.  When (if) you reach the 3rd time, you will be referred to the Tech Discipline Office.  
  • If your computer breaks, you must have parents communicate that with the ETC/Help Desk and an estimate of when it will be repaired.
  •  Students will not use devices for texting, instant messaging, Skyping, or social networking, in the classroom without teacher permission.  Any inappropriate use of an electronic device will result in its confiscation and subsequent discipline following handbook procedure.

(See MUSIC STANDARDS and STUDY HALL GUIDELINES)

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ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

8-12 High School

Eligibility: These guidelines apply to all school-sponsored co-curricular activities such as athletics, student government, drama, worship team, school clubs

Enrollment:  A student must be enrolled full time at the school to participate or be a properly Morrison registered home school student.

Age:  A student 19 years of age and younger is eligible for sports.  When participating in an external tournament, their rules apply.  JV teams are open to 11th grade and under.  JV-B teams are open to 9th grade and under and cannot be older than 16.  Seventh graders may try out only by invitation from the athletic department.

Physical Fitness:  It is the responsibility of the A.D., in cooperation with the coach, to inform and insure that all prospective participants have the following information on file before tryouts, practice, or participation in school-sponsored sports begins (pre-season/in season/summer).

Medical Examination: This physical must meet Morrison requirements and may be obtained from any licensed health care provider. It is the intent of Morrison and the local medical association to provide quality pre-season medical examinations.  A physical must be dated and completed within two years.

Medical History: A student’s medical history that has been reviewed by participant, parent, and physician is required.

Insurance: Insurance coverage is required by Morrison Christian Academy and provided for every student.

GPA and Attendance Requirements:

Acknowledging that academic education should be the primary focus of the students’ attention, those wishing to hold elective offices in school, represent the school (e.g. school mission trip), participate in athletics, or participate in dramas must follow the following criterion:

  • A student must carry a current 2.0 grade point average (See point below) and not be failing or have an incomplete in any subject.
  • The quarterly progress reports, first and third quarter report card GPA and first and second semester report card GPA, when published, will check eligibility.
  • A student must be enrolled in at least 6 courses to be eligible unless there is an exception made by the Campus Principal.
  • Eligibility carries over to the following quarter (including spring to fall and 8th to 9th) for continuing students.
  • To be eligible for participation that requires students to miss classes, the following number of days of allowed absences (both excused and unexcused) and GPA requirements have been approved: Limited to 15 days with a cumulative 2.0 - 2.49 GPA, limited to 20 days with a cumulative 2.5- 2.99 GPA, and limited to 25 days with a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA.
  • If a student becomes ineligible at report card time, he/she will remain ineligible for 10 school days (two weeks).  If the student receives a progress report with an F, a teacher can submit a note clearing the student when the grade becomes a passing grade and there is evidence that the student has a 2.0 accum. gpa in all classes.
  • During this period, the students will not be allowed to participate in co-curricular activities besides two practices a week.
  • At the end of the time, grades are checked.
  • If the student has not regained his/her eligibility, then he/she will remain ineligible until reinstatement procedures are complete.
  • Students with incompletes are ineligible until the work is turned in.
  • Upon notification of ineligibility, a student, coach or parent has 3 school days to initiate an appeal.
  • Eligibility appeals (by coach/sponsor with parent permission or by the parents themselves) may be made to the High School Principal who brings this to the Eligibility Committee which is normally three people appointed by the High School Principal.  In cases where a member of the Eligibility Committee has a conflict of interest the High School Principal will name a replacement.  The appeals process will proceed as follows.
  • Letter of appeal submitted to the High School Principal.
  • The Eligibility Committee reviews the case and makes a ruling.
  • The High School Principal then informs the parent and coach/sponsor of the decision.

The procedure for reinstatement is:

  1. Get the proper form from the Counseling Office;
  2. Complete it with your schedule;
  3. Take it to each teacher to enter your current grade;
  4. Upon completion bring it to the High School Principal for a signature of approval;
  5. Return it to the Counseling  office;
  6. Take an approved copy to your co-curricular adviser or coach. This indicates to him/her that you have been cleared. Until this process is completed or the next grade reporting period is positive, the student remains ineligible.

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ENROLLMENT LIMITATIONS

Enrollment in Morrison Academy is restricted to students holding a passport from a country other than the Republic of China. In case of question as to citizenship, further documentation may be required to establish alien status.

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 FACILITY RESERVATIONS/USE

Facilities must be reserved through and authorized by the Campus Coordinator prior to their being used. Forms are available in the administration office. Requests for reservations should be requested at least one week prior to the event; those requiring no setup need to be requested at least three days prior to the event.

The continued use of facilities depends on how they are cared for; abuses of the facilities can lead to a denial of future requests. When a facility is used by students, an adult sponsor must be present.

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FEES, DUES, & FINES

Each student pays a nonrefundable registration and activity fee each year. The activity fee covers one copy of the yearbook, the Beginning of the Year Party, the End of the Year Party, and banquets. Tuition is determined by the Board each semester. Tuition is due in advance of each semester on the date indicated in the pre-registration letter or on the tuition statement. Bills not paid by the published due date are subject to a late fee and interest charges. Students who have class projects should cover the cost of materials that are personally used or taken from the classroom. All fines and fees are paid in full BEFORE report cards, transcripts, diplomas, or other records are issued. In the event that a fine is not paid, the parents will be billed through the financial statement process.

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GRADING GUIDELINES

The following general guidelines apply to most classes:

  • No single area (e.g. Tests, Projects, Homework, Participation, Quizzes etc.) will weigh more than 40% of the overall grade.
  • No test in a semester will be worth more points than the semester final.
  • The semester final must be weighted between 5% and 15% of the overall semester grade.


The few exceptions to any of these guidelines will be noted in the course syllabus and approved by the Principal.

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GRADING SCALE/GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA)

Credits are granted after successfully completing course requirements. Exceptions to this policy may be made by the Principal with the Superintendent’s approval. Morrison Academy accepts all courses for which credit has been granted and validated from the previous school. An extra grade point is granted for approved AP courses taken at Morrison, however no extra grade points are granted for Honors, International Baccalaureate or any other special courses.

Policies regarding transfer of credit and re-computation of GPA for transfer students may be found in the High School Coursebook.

A+

97-100%

4.0

A

93-96%

4.0

A-

90-92%

3.7

B+

87-89%

3.3

B

83-86%

3.0

B-

80-82%

2.7

C+

77-79%

2.3

C

73-76%

2.0

C-

70-72%

1.7

D+

67-69%

1.3

D

63-66%

1.0

D-

60-62%

0.7

F

0-59%        

0.0

INC

0.0

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

SUBJECT

CREDITS

NOTES

Bible

0.5 / sem

One (1) unit for each year of attendance

English

4.0 units

Social Studies

3.0 units

Required courses are: World History, US History (or substitute) and Government

Science

2.0 units

Many colleges want three years of science

Mathematics

2.0 units

Many colleges require  Algebra 1,Geometry and  Algebra 2

Physical Education

1.5 units

Minimum of 3 semesters in class.

Health

0.5 unit

Computer Literacy

0.5 units

(Exam to waive available)

Electives

6.5 units

These can be in any area,  including the departments above.

In the case of unusual circumstances, early graduation may be allowed by agreement of parents and administration when it is deemed to be in the best interest of the student. All requirements must be met before a diploma is awarded.

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 HOMEWORK

Homework is a cost-effective instructional technique. It can have positive effects on achievement and character development and can serve as a vital link between the school and family.

Homework should have different purposes at different grades. There is a consensus that middle and high school students should be given homework to:

  • Improve achievement
  • Extend the time available for both practice and investigative learning
  • Help more mature students take charge of their own learning opportunities

Homework is assigned learning experiences intended to be completed outside of that class’ scheduled time. It usually focuses on one of four major goals:

  • Practice of skills introduced in class
  • Extension of skills into new areas of study
  • Preparation of new material to be introduced in class
  • Integration of skills that are applied to a single project

Monitoring of assignments for students is necessary for all and critical for those with identified learning disabilities and/or an English language deficiency.  Homework should involve parents’ encouragement and oversight, and the monitoring of study management. Homework assignments should keep required parental involvement in the academic content to a minimum.  All homework should be evaluated soon after completion.

Keeping these considerations in mind, Morrison suggests the following average* student/grade-level amounts of focused homework outside of class with the recognition that a student who is struggling will need to take more time and/or a lighter load:

Grade

Average1 Minutes / Grade / Night2

K

20

1

30

2

40

3

50

4

60

5

70

 

Minutes / Subject / Night

6

15

7

15

8

20

9 & 10

30

11 & 12

45 (AP courses 70)3

Notes:

1"Average" means that most of the class can complete the work within the daily time parameters. The listing of an amount does not indicate that homework must be given but rather recognizes that students work at differing rates and quality levels.  Larger assignments and projects are sometimes assigned with the understanding that students are given several days to complete it.

2"Per night" means outside of the actual class time period even if/when homework is started during class.

3Only in formal AP courses are we to be equivalent to beginning college courses and demands. In our other courses, Morrison is preparing for college, not being a college.

Individual music lesson practice is not included in these academic totals.

Short-term, required homework is not to be given over calendared vacation times which are two (2) school days or longer (i.e. Thanksgiving, Spring vacation, etc.). Students need the break and family time. It is a good time for the students to work on make-up and/or long term projects if needed. It is wise for students to check on incomplete work before these vacation times. Students may decide for themselves as to working on long term assignments during these times. Teachers should also consider tournament and retreat weekend when these affect a large segment of their students. Additionally, long term projects should never be due a day or two after a vacation.

Homework (assignment) Late Work Policy:

  • Teachers should always accept late work within the quarter.
  • It will be graded out of 100%.
  • 10% off of the total points possible per school day will be applied, but the score (after the late penalty has been inflicted) will not be allowed to drop below 50%, unless the quality of the work is below 50%, in which case it is no longer necessary to inflict any penalty.
  • AP classes may be exempt from this policy because they are college courses.  Any other exception must be approved by the Principal and reflected on the syllabus that the exception has been granted.
  • Work not turned in will receive a “0.”  

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY STANDARD OF CONDUCT

In accordance with the Mission Statement of Morrison Academy and the Technology Belief Statements, the following Standard of Conduct regarding the use of information technology on our campuses has been written.

Individuals who use Morrison’s computer systems, either in class or independently, are expected to abide by the following policies. Users will be expected to read and follow any other rules which may be formed in the future to regulate particular aspects of usage.

If there is any doubt concerning the legitimacy or authorization of any action, please check with the computer coordinators or computer technology system administrator in advance.

I.    General Organization

There is a network in place at the various Morrison campuses for using the Internet, as well as selected computer programs which have been installed for staff and student use.

Although the Board of Trustees sets the policies for the system based on recommendations of the administration, day-to-day running of the computer networks is the responsibility of the computer coordinators on each campus.

Personal e-mail accounts may be issued to staff and students. There is no charge for this service. The owner of the account will have a private password. Personal e-mail accounts are not required for those who wish to use the Internet for purposes other than e-mail.

Internet access is a privilege extended to Morrison’s staff and students. The highest standards of ethical and dependable behavior are expected of everyone.

II.   General Purpose

The computers and software used within the Morrison system are intended primarily for educational purposes to support curricular needs. A secondary purpose is personal communication.

Using the system for personal communication is permitted as long as it does not delay or obstruct educational use, does not incur any cost to Morrison, and meets the accountability criteria identified below. Whether for educational or personal reasons, offensive, obscene, or harassing messages are strictly prohibited.

The computer coordinator and/or classroom teacher will have the right to determine what is or is not acceptable at any given time according to their personal judgment based on commonly held standards of Christian behavior. Appeal is to the principal.

III. Accountability

Personal accounts on the system are generally considered private and confidential. Users should not open, read, modify, monitor or remove files, mail, or network traffic owned by any other user. Since the computers are the physical property of the school system, Morrison reserves the right to open any file, directory, e-mail account, and the like when there seems to be probable cause of misconduct and/or for security reasons.

E-mail account access should not be shared with anyone. Passwords should remain secret.

Internet material or information that is received and would be considered inappropriate must be dealt with in one of two ways:

  • Inappropriate material received from within the Morrison system should be forwarded to the computer coordinator so that suitable action can be taken.
  • Inappropriate material received from outside the Morrison system should not be responded to and must be immediately deleted. If you continue to have a problem, you should notify the computer coordinator for your respective campus.

Any attempt to log in as a computer coordinator or supervisor, break into restricted or private files, introduce a virus into the system, or any other breach of conduct stated herein, will result in cancellation of privileges and other disciplinary measures as deemed necessary.

IV. Courteous and Ethical Behavior

Users are expected to follow all ethical standards set forth by the Morrison student handbook regarding the use of computer programs, CD-ROM programs, and Internet access.

Users are expected to be courteous at all times with both the people beside them in the lab as well as those being communicated with on the Internet.

Users should never intentionally attempt to disrupt network performance or interfere with the work of any other user.

Users are expected to be considerate of computer time and supplemental resources such as paper, disks, and so forth.

Users are encouraged to save personal files on a thumb drive, thereby minimizing space used on school hard drives.  There is space allocated to students that may be changed at any time without prior notice if it is deemed necessary to use hard disk space for other reasons. Any exceptions must have the prior approval of the computer coordinator.

Personal programs may not be used on any Morrison computer without explicit prior permission from the computer coordinator. No programs may be saved in a personal directory besides those which are required for curriculum purposes. Morrison owned programs are not to be transferred without explicit prior permission from the proper authorities.

Unnecessary personal files must be deleted on a regular basis (at least once a month).

When using any Internet service through Morrison’s network, no user should represent himself or herself as an official spokesperson for Morrison Academy unless that individual is acting in an authorized administrative capacity. Users should remember that, when using Internet services, they are a representative of Morrison Academy and the highest standards of ethical behavior are expected of everyone.

V.   Legal Responsibilities

Users are expected to abide by all regulations and laws pertaining to software and Internet use whether they are of the ROC, the USA, or elsewhere.

Morrison Academy respects the intellectual property rights of any legal entity.

VI. Appropriate Materials

Any information, service or site on the Internet should be selected with reference to its appropriateness within the context of a particular curriculum, the suitability of the content for the intended user, and its service to good taste, common sense, and Christian values.

The Internet is public. Therefore certain files can be accessed that violate the moral values, educational standards and Biblical beliefs upheld by Morrison Academy. These include pornography (both in words and pictures), racism, descriptions of violence, foul language, the occult and other inappropriate material. Access to such files is prohibited. There may be occasions when curriculum used may contain foul language, violence, and racism to deal with literature and history adequately. These uses must have explicit prior permission given by the principal.

VII. Computer Abuse

Morrison Academy may restrict or terminate any user’s access if such action is deemed necessary to maintain computing availability and security for other users of the systems. Other disciplinary action may also be imposed by the computer coordinator and/or school administration on an individual basis.

Computer abuse includes, but is not limited to:

  • Using Morrison’s computer systems or those accessible by network, without proper authorization. This includes supplying misleading information or false credentials to anyone within or outside Morrison’s system.
  • Vandalism, tampering with or obstructing the operation of any computer or computer system accessible through Morrison’s network connections.
  • Inspecting, modifying, distributing, or copying data or software without proper authorization or attempting to do so.
  • Violating established moral and ethical standards regarding technology usage.

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INSTRUCTIONAL TIME REQUIREMENTS

The school year consists of 178-182 instructional days. The starting and closing times for each school will be established by the Campus Principal with the approval of the Superintendent. A normal school day, including lunch and passing time, will not be less than 360 minutes. The Superintendent and/or Campus Principal may order the closing of school in an emergency. Days lost will be made up as recommended by the Superintendent.

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LIBRARY

A formal study atmosphere is maintained in the library, making it a quiet place to read or study. Eating or drinking in the library is not allowed. Whispering that does not distract or annoy others is permitted, but not talking aloud.

A library card is issued to each student. Materials are checked out by the barcode number on the card. This library has on-line accessibility and resources in addition to a number of CD-ROM’s available for use in the library.

During school hours periodicals may be checked out for one class period. Bound and unbound periodicals, certain reference books and certain videos may be checked out after school for overnight or for the weekend; they must be returned by 8 a.m. the next school day. Materials from the vertical file are checked out for one month. Books are checked out for two weeks at a time. No library books are to be taken from the library unless they are properly checked out. The number of items that may be checked out at any one time are as follows: six books, three periodicals and three videos. They may be renewed if no one has reserved them. Fines are charged for overdue materials.

Library furniture, especially chairs and tables, are not to be rearranged without the librarian’s permission. Students are charged for loss or damage to library materials. If a student fails to cooperate, or causes a disturbance, he/she may be asked to leave the library and may not be allowed to return to the library for a certain length of time determined by the librarian.

Use of the Conference Room may be requested for meetings or for students who need to work together.

Students are to sign in and out of the library and must bring a pass with them and have the pass signed by a librarian when they sign out. They are to return the signed pass to the person who gave it to them originally. Seniors are not required to bring a pass if they have a free period, but are expected to sign in and out.

The library hours are 7:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on school days except on the day a school holiday begins. The library will close 15 minutes after the end of that school day when school is dismissed for a holiday. The library is also open on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The library is intended to be a quiet place to do research, read or study. Eating or drinking in the library is not allowed, except for water in sealable containers.  Soft talking that does not distract or annoy others is permitted in the main area, but not louder discussions, which should be conducted in one of the group study rooms. Group study rooms may be reserved. Silence is required in the quiet room. Running and raucous behavior are not permitted anywhere in the library. Card games tend to encourage loud outbursts and are thus not permitted.

 

A student ID with a barcode is issued to each student, which serves as a library card. Patrons may also quote their number when checking out materials. The library catalog is available on-line at http://destiny.mca.org.tw. Patrons may also see their checkouts, renew books, place holds, search other campus’ catalogs and request inter-library loans at this site as well as use the library’s subscription databases. Parents may apply for a library number, with similar privileges, limits and responsibilities.

Computers are available for use in the library but should be used for school-related work only and should not be tampered with. Printing and photocopying costs 2 NT per page.

Students may check out 10 books, 3 magazines and 3 videos/DVDs. Most books can be kept for two weeks before renewal. Older magazines and videos are loaned for one week. Current magazines and some reference books may be taken for a single class period or overnight from after school to before 8 a.m. the following school day.  Fines are charged on videos, reference books and 3-day loan books. Overdue notices are sent out by email weekly. Overdue items required by someone else may also be fined after a warning.   A patron who has an item overdue may not check out anything more until their overdue is renewed or returned. No library materials are to be taken from the library unless they are properly checked out. Failure to do so is regarded as theft.  Patrons are charged for loss or damage to library materials.

The librarians are trained researchers and are happy to help you and answer your questions. The library staff has the authority to determine who may or may not use facilities/materials in the event of a conflict. If a student fails to cooperate, or causes a disturbance, he/she may be asked to leave the library and may not be allowed to return to the library for a certain length of time determined by the librarian.

The library hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on school days except on half-days, when it will close 15 minutes after the end of school. The library is also open on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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LOCKERS & LOCKS

Each student has an assigned locker. Students are required to lock their lockers. Lockers are assigned out of the high school office. Lockers are the property of the school and may be inspected by the administration or an administrative designee, without a student’s permission, if there is reason to believe that school regulations are being violated. Books left outside the locker, during non-school hours, are impounded and may be recovered at the high school office after the student has paid an assessed fine. Students who leave trash on top or in front of the lockers may be subject to detention.

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LOST & FOUND

Lost and found articles may be claimed from the office and/or gym area.

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MAGAZINES

Personally owned magazines brought onto the campus may be confiscated if the material does not meet Morrison standards i.e. inclusion of questionable language, photos, subject matter, etc.

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MOTORCYCLES

We are concerned about both safety and legality.

Morrison Academy High School does not condone the riding of vehicles to school unless all ROC legal requirements are met. No motor vehicle (automobile, motorcycle or scooter) is to be operated by any person who does not have a Taiwan license and proper insurance. All licensed persons must be at least 18 years of age. Having a United States license does not fulfill the requirements of this law. If a student has a Taiwan license, a photocopy must be on file in the high school office. School knowledge of a student illegally driving a motor vehicle to and from school for any reason will result in a conference with the student’s parent(s).

The following campus rules are in effect:

  • Motorcycles must proceed slowly through the gates and while on approved areas of the campus.
  • The gate guard will stop ANYONE on a motorcycle who is entering or leaving (driver or rider) who is not wearing a helmet. He will remind them of the Taiwan law and remind them to wear a helmet.
  • If the person is a student or staff member, he will ask for their name and, later that day, turn it in to the school office. If they are arriving, he will ask them to get off the cycle and either park it outside the campus or walk it into the parking area near the office.
  • Motorcycles may only be operated in approved parking areas and roadways. Motorcycles are not to be driven on the sidewalks.
  • A student riding a motorcycle on campus (a) without a helmet, and/or (b) on sidewalks/plaza is to be reported to the high school office.
  • If only the rider is without the helmet, both will have the above procedures applied, since the driver is responsible for the rider.
  • Motorcycles must be parked in approved areas only. They are not to be parked in front of the pool entrance, on the grass, or around the tennis court and track.
  • If it comes to our notice that a student is driving a motorcycle on campus without being registered at the office and/or without a valid Taiwan driver’s license or insurance, parents will be notified and administrative action may result. (See DISCIPLINE STEPS)

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MUSIC LESSON ARRANGEMENTS

Individual lessons are scheduled and provided during the school day by Morrison teachers and by arrangement with some off-campus teacher specialists. Normally, a student takes no more than one private lesson per week; by special arrangement double periods and multiple lessons may be taken. These lessons are not scheduled during class time but are scheduled for study hall time or out of school.

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MUSIC STANDARDS

Morrison Academy reserves the right to maintain standards for music performed and listened to by school groups or individuals on campus. Any music heard on campus is subject to review and control (See ELECTRONIC DEVICES).

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OFF LIMITS/OFF CAMPUS

High school students are expected to be in the high school and plaza areas during the normal school day and in the gym, field, and ministry room areas when they have classes and assignments in those areas. High school rooms and areas come under teachers’ responsibility and jurisdiction and are closed at certain times. Students are expected to be courteously responsive to the request of teachers, staff, and administration relative to the use or nonuse of any given area. “Off-campus” is defined as any area outside of the school grounds. Dorms and Faculty Housing areas are ‘off-campus’ and not available to students during the school day (with the exception of lunch) without permission from the administration office.  

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PARTIES

All-night parties are not allowed except for the senior post-graduation party and class retreats. The dorm curfew times will dictate party time limits. Any form of hazing will not be tolerated. School-wide parties should encourage participation among all who attend.

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

PE students are required to wear a prescribed uniform for class. Each PE student and sports team participant is provided a lock and locker in the gym dressing room. Only approved gym shoes (no street shoes of any type) are to be worn on the playing area of the wood gym floor.  Gym and weight room rules are to be followed at all times, even if used after school hours.

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PLAZA, COMMONS, BREEZEWAY, PLAYGROUND AREA, WALKS & STAIRS ON SCHOOL DAYS

Students on the plaza, in the Commons, in breezeways or on walks or stairs during class times are responsible to the teacher and/or the High School Principal. During independent study times, lunch times and non-school hours, students in these areas are subject to any staff member in the area.   No Frisbees, balls or athletic contests are allowed on the plaza.

High school students are not to be in the playground area during the school day without permission.  The covered play area and playground are closed at 9 p.m. every night, closed before 9 a.m. on Saturdays and before 12 p.m. on Sundays.

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PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION

Morrison Academy is a conservative Christian school that adheres to a conservative viewpoint when it comes to public display of affection (PDA). Students should avoid PDA in any academic setting. This involves any actions, including hand-holding, and may be subject to discipline.

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REFUNDS

See WITHDRAWALS

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REPORT CARDS/PROGRESS REPORTS

Every nine weeks report cards available to view using PowerSchool.  A copy is also given directly to the student and, when applicable, to boarding parents and/or guardians. Note that report cards are held by the school each quarter until outstanding bills and/or fines are paid. Progress reports with teacher comments are available to view on PowerSchool to parents/boarding parents at the midpoints of each marking period (quarter) to indicate exceptionally positive or unsatisfactory work. Teachers are directed to provide comments using PowerSchool on any student’s progress report grade that is below a “C.”  A parent conference time is set at the end of the 1st quarter; the parent receives their student’s first report card at that time.

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SCHOOL CLOSURE

The Superintendent, or his designee, determines school closure on a day-by-day basis based on an emergency situation. Normally, the school will be closed if the public schools in our area are being closed. The Superintendent notifies the Campus Principal of the decision and also notifies ICRT (FM 100.1). Students should listen to ICRT for closure instructions. We try to get closure radio announcements broadcast by 6:30 a.m.  The Campus Principal will send an email to all parents who have given their contact email to the school. If school does not close, the ultimate decision to keep students at home or to send them to school is the parent’s responsibility.

In the event that the number of school days falls below 178 due to school closure, make-up days will be rescheduled.

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SCHOOL PUBLICATIONS

The high school publishes an annual yearbook, school newspaper , and occasional student works. (See STANDARDS FOR STUDENT PRODUCTIONS AND PUBLICATIONS)

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SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS

All students take first semester examinations. Seniors may be exempt from taking second semester examinations if they have teacher approval and a 3.0 or better in the course. All other students take second semester examinations.

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SENIOR ACTIVITIES

Graduation:  Commencement shall be held in the Morrison Auditorium. The only exception that shall be considered is if the auditorium is unable to accommodate the number of people who may want to attend.  Graduation is for full-time Morrison students only that have completed their graduation requirements at Morrison.  Senior pictures including yearbook and senior picture board are also for these same students.  Senior trip, senior transition retreat, Junior/Senior Banquet, and all other senior activities may be granted to part-time Senior students upon request to the class advisers and administration.

The Salutatorian and Valedictorian will be determined after the 8th and final semester of the senior year. The Outstanding Citizen Award winner(s) will deliver the student address at commencement. (See
AWARDS)

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SENIOR PRIVILEGES

Senior privileges may be revoked for any senior who receives a quarter grade of D or F and/or where there are behavioral problems.  Privileges include:

  • Senior Trip: the seniors normally may have no more than three days off from school. The High School Principal will determine the dates for the Senior Trip upon recommendation of the Senior Class Advisor. A specific release form is to be signed by the parent. All trips must be within the province of Taiwan.
  • Permission to go off campus during free hours. The sign-out process still applies (See CLOSED CAMPUS).
  • Excused from attending study hall when not failing any class (must still sign out of study hall).
  • Final examination exemption upon teacher approval (See SEMESTER EXAMINATIONS)

Other senior privileges may be granted upon prior approval from the High School Principal.

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT/MISCONDUCT

Sexual harassment involving staff or students is reported to the Counselor, Principal or the Superintendent. All such instances will be handled with the utmost confidence between the involved parties. Disciplinary action will be enacted when there is documented, objective evidence.  (See CHILD ABUSE AND HARASSMENT)

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SKATES/SKATEBOARDS/SCOOTERS

Skates or skateboards may be used only in the designated area by the pool in the back parking lot and sidewalks around the gym after 3:30 PM on school days. No wheels are allowed at any time on the plaza, sidewalks around the atrium and EMS or on the covered play area. Skateboarding is not allowed during school hours. Skaters are encouraged to wear helmets. (See BICYCLES for helmet expectations)

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SPIRITUAL LIFE

Chaplain: The school has a chaplain on staff. His/her responsibility includes Bible teaching, promoting the spiritual welfare of the students, and counseling. The chaplain also programs, promotes and oversees the following areas: chapel, ministry, Spiritual Emphasis Week, and Missions Trips.

Chapel:  Chapels are held once a week and usually include a time of worship, led by the student worship team, and a speaker who delivers a message of encouragement or challenge, or who gives his/her testimony. Attendance by all students is mandatory.

Ministry:  There are several ministry and outreach opportunities in which students may involve themselves. In addition to the worship team mentioned above, ministry has included such areas as puppets, hospital and jail ministries, street evangelism, sports evangelism, and involvement in local church ministries and programs.

Spiritual Emphasis Week:  The school sponsors one or two Spiritual Life Weeks during the school year. A Christian communicator addresses the student body each day during the week on various spiritual issues that pertain to teenagers. Time is set aside during the week for students to ask questions of the speaker and to discuss issues that relate to the Christian faith.

Missions Trip:  Each year the school offers an opportunity for Christian Junior and Senior students to participate in a short-term mission trip to another country. This annual trip usually includes the Easter Vacation days.

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STANDARDS FOR STUDENT PRODUCTIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

Morrison Academy seeks to maintain standards for student productions and publications that will provide for freedom in creative expression while not being unduly offensive to those in our community from diverse, ethnic, theological, and lifestyle backgrounds. The keynote of any production or publication must be wholesomeness. Therefore, the following should be omitted:

  • All references to speech or materials that are encouraging immoral conduct.
  • Blasphemy, profanity, vulgarity, or any misuse of God’s name.
  • Any material that might be contrary to upholding a Biblical position.
  • Anything that focuses on or encourages practices of a questionable nature, such as smoking, drinking, drunkenness, drug abuse, etc.
  • Anything that would be offensive to the Chinese community.
  • Articles and editorials that may be sensitive for political or public relations reasons.

All productions or publications are subject to prior administrative review according to established regulations. The publication or distribution of unauthorized materials on campus is prohibited.

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STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

Morrison Academy is committed to the Word of God and its authority regarding all matters of Christian faith and living. The school promotes biblical standards of Christian conduct, including a loving and respectful attitude toward God and others, honesty, respect for other's property, and high moral standards. Students are expected to adhere to the laws of Taiwan.

While on campus or at school-sponsored functions the following activities are prohibited:

  • Profanity
  • Provocative sexual behavior
  • Premarital sex
  • Promotion of or involvement in homosexual activities
  • Harassment (See Policy #1650 HARASSMENT)
  • Bullying (a form of aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words or more subtle actions. - apa.org)
  • Cyberbullying (includes sending hurtful or threatening e-mails or instant messages, spreading rumors or posting embarrassing photos of others. - apa.org)
  • Child abuse (See Policy #1651 CHILD ABUSE)
  • Possession or use of pornographic materials
  • Promotion of or involvement in the occult
  • Promotion or use of excessive violence
  • Possession, use, or promotion of unauthorized controlled substances, illegal drugs, tobacco products, or alcoholic beverages.
  • Possession or use of potentially dangerous items including, but not limited to, fireworks, knives, guns, and martial arts weapons. The Principal may grant exceptions for adult-supervised use of potentially dangerous items.

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STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Consistent with its stated philosophy, goals and objectives, and in accordance with established regulations, Morrison Academy will provide a variety of athletic, social, cultural, and recreational activities for the development of students. There will be no school-initiated student activities on Sunday.  Examples of clubs and activities include World Scholars, MUN, Echo, Robotics, Key Club, Worship Team, STUCO, music lessons, etc. (See Co-Curricular)

Class retreat is a student activity that aligns with Morrison’s vision and considered an essential part of developing the whole person. Due to the important nature of this activity, all Morrison students are expected to attend. Any conflict that arises that may prevent a student from attending must be approved by the principal prior to the retreat. (Procedure 210)

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STUDENT CLUBS

Clubs may not operate on campus without prior approval from the Club Coordinator. Student Clubs must have an administration approved adult advisor before the club can operate. Funds are managed by their club treasurer(s) with deposits and withdrawals through the school’s cashier.

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STUDENT COMPLAINTS AND GRIEVANCES

In case of a student complaint or grievance, students should communicate their concern directly to the school principal, counselor, or through the Student Council or class officers. Students who feel that their grievances have not been fairly addressed may appeal to the Superintendent. Final appeal may be made to the Board of Trustees

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 STUDENT GOVERNMENT

The student governing body of Morrison Christian Academy High School is the Student Council. The Student Council is broken down into: The Executive Board and class officers.

The Executive Board is composed of the student body President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and one officer from each class. Its job is to oversee all student government activities.

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STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES

Students enrolling are required to complete a Health Record Form, and a Consent/Medical Update. They are also required to provide a copy of up-to-date immunization records and to have physical examinations. Evidence of required immunizations must be presented within 30 days of the beginning of school. Students not in compliance may be prevented from attending classes until these requirements are met, or until a family waiver has been signed and is on file with the school nurse.

Continuing students are required to complete the Consent/Medical Update section of the Continuing Enrollment Registration Form. All students entering grades six and nine are required to have physical examinations by a physician.

Health Screening

The school will annually screen students for height, and weight. Students in grades K through 3 will receive vision and hearing screenings.

The following immunizations are required

  • Polio –  4 required, 5 recommended
  • DTaP (Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus) –  5 before age six, and 1 (Tetanus booster) every ten years thereafter
  • MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) –  2 required

The following immunizations are not required, but they are recommended

  • Japanese Encephalitis B series
  • Hepatitis A series
  • Hepatitis B series
  • TB test (annually)
  • Varicella (Chickenpox) series of 2 shots

Illness or Injury

If a student becomes ill or is injured at school the student must check with the school secretary/nurse before leaving the campus. In the case of emergencies, the school will act in the best interest of the student until the parent or guardian can be contacted. Students who are ill will be sent home after parents or emergency contacts have been notified. Students who have a fever or vomit at school will automatically be sent home and may not return to school that day.  Students who have been sent home from school with a fever and/or vomiting should not return to school until they have been fever and symptom free for 24 hours (without the use of anti-fever medication).

Medications at school

Only medications that are pre-approved and properly labeled will be administered by the school nurse. We will no longer be able to give Chinese medicines or herbal supplements at school. The following are guidelines established for medication administration in the clinic:

  • A Request for Administration of Medication form must be completed by the parent or guardian for each medication to be administered, and approved by the school nurse.
  • Parents are to drop off and pick up medication in the clinic. Students are not allowed to carry medication with them in school.
  • Medication must be properly labeled, with a clear list of the name/names of the medication being administered. If mixtures (powder packets) of medication are brought in, they must be clearly labeled with the names of each medication that is in the powder, with clear instructions on how to mix and administer the medication. Please make arrangements so the medication can be left in the clinic until the last day the medication is to be given.  If the pharmacist is unable to prepare a separate container for home and school, keep enough medication for home use and bring the rest to the school in the prescription bag or bottle.

Students with prescription asthma or anaphylaxis medication (i.e. inhaler or epi-pen) may possess and self-administer their medication after filling out the request form and approval from the school nurse.

Should a student need medication for pain, headache, or other mild ailments while at school, the school nurse is able to administer an over-the-counter medication after the appropriate permission is given by checking the designated box in the medical section of Powerschool.

Medical Advice

If you require medical advice you may contact our System Health Coordinator, Wenling Wang, RN. A nurse can be reached in the clinic Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 3:15 PM at (04) 2292- 1171, extension 460.

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STUDENT/PARENT CONTRACT

All students attending Morrison Academy High School have committed themselves to understand and abide by the rules and procedures found in the Parent/Student Handbook. The signature on the registration form acknowledges this agreement.

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STUDENT RECORDS

The school will maintain educational records for each student which reflect the academic, physical, emotional, and social aspects of the child’s development in the educational process. Administrative guidelines are established to insure that records are kept in a fair, accurate, and appropriate manner.

The school recognizes the individual’s right to privacy and the right of students, parents, or guardians to review school records in the presence of appropriate professional staff. Parents or guardians also have the right to obtain copies of educational records pertaining to their child.

Students over eighteen and parents of minor students have the right to challenge contents of school records to insure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student.

When a student leaves a Morrison school or attends another educational institution while attending Morrison schools, copies of the student’s records will be forwarded to the receiving institution upon their written request with the consent of the parent and/or the student, if he/she has reached the majority age.

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STUDENT STORE

School supplies and snack items are sold by the student government during lunch and after school.

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STUDENT TRAVEL

On-Island Travel

The school will provide for the transportation of students who are participating in on-island, school-sponsored, co-curricular activities. The senior trip must be within the boundaries of the islands of Taiwan.

Off-Island Travel

Off-island travel for school-sponsored, co-curricular activities will be limited to high school students.

Off-island trips will either be academic, co-curricular, or ministry related. All off-island trips must be approved by the High School Principal. The school will cover chaperones’ travel and housing expenses for school-sponsored trips.

The school will make arrangements for transportation and housing. Travel and housing expenses will be financed through school approved fund raising and through the participants’ families. Normally, family sources will be expected to provide at least one-third of the funding. Funds to cover anticipated costs should be received by the school prior to authorization for payment of expenses. These funds are kept in special accounts.

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STUDY HALL GUIDELINES

Unless a special exemption is given, each student has at least one study hall and no more than two.  Use of the Student Center is a privilege.  This may be revoked if students are distracting others or disrupting the study atmosphere.  The following guidelines apply:

  • Study Hall is for individual study, reading and writing.  Students may work quietly in groups of 2 or 3.
  • NO FOOD or DRINK is allowed in Student Center, water being the only exception.
  • Students must be in the Student Center when the bell rings to avoid receiving a tardy. Any staff member may report a student as being tardy if they are still “hanging out” on the plaza or walkways after the bell has rung.
  • The principal may assign a senior to attend Study Hall because of academic or behavioral issues.
  • Students may not leave Study Hall to hang out on the plaza, go to the dorm, gym, etc. Students may sign out to go to the library or computer lab.  
  • Students should come prepared for the entire period. Students may go to their locker to get additional academic material.  It is wise for them to go one at a time.
  • Gaming is not permitted during study hall.  
  • Guidelines for various locations on campus:
  • Library: (See LIBRARY)
  • Music Lessons: Students may be assigned a weekly music lesson during their study hall. A list of all such students will be given to The HS Office.
  • Practice Rooms: Students with written permission from a music teacher are allowed to go to the practice rooms during their study hall. This note is good for the remainder of that semester.

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STUDY SKILLS

It is recommended that each student keep accurate records of assignments and their due dates, plan study times carefully and seek necessary help quickly. Teachers are available to help students if they are having academic difficulty. Counselors are happy to help with study skills and strategies. All freshmen (9th graders) are required to participate in a scheduled study skills seminar first quarter. A peer-tutoring program which gives individualized help is also available through the Counseling Center.

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SUMMER COURSE WORK

Students are encouraged to take summer classes in elective subjects which are not offered at Morrison. However, the school discourages students from taking yearlong courses during a summer session. All requests to have summer work for graduation credit must be approved by the Department Head and Principal prior to registration in the course.

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SUNDAY EVENTS

Board policy requires no Morrison-initiated activities on Sunday.  Exceptions can only be granted by the Board.

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TAIWAN LAW

 Students are not to violate Taiwan law. Breaking Taiwan law may receive school administrative discipline.

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TESTING PROGRAM

Morrison Academy High School provides a complete testing program including:

  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills (Grade 9)
  • PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test) The school pays for grade 11; others optional at students’ expense 
  • SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) (Optional at student’s expense)
  • ACT (American College Testing Program) (Optional at student’s expense)
  • AP (Advanced Placement Tests  for college course exemptions) (Optional at student’s expense)

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TEXTBOOKS

Textbooks are furnished to students by the school. Students should write their names clearly in the space provided in the front of the textbooks issued to them. Students are responsible to take care of the books by keeping them dry, clean and in good condition; using book covers is recommended. There should not be any writing or loose papers in the textbooks when they are turned in. Fines will be assessed for abuse and damage to books. Replacement cost plus 30% shipping and processing will be charged for books that are lost or that are not in good enough condition to be reissued.

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TRANSCRIPTS

Transcripts are permanent record files showing semester grades, GPA for each semester, cumulative GPA for all semesters, standardized test scores and co-curricular participation. Current and former student transcripts may be ordered through the Counseling Center. Transcript copies may be sent to the first three colleges at no cost.

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TRANSFER STUDENTS

Transfer students are ordinarily placed at the grade level which follows next in sequence from their previous schooling. When students are transferring from another system of education, and placement is doubtful, the following factors are considered in discussion with parents:

  • Results of standardized test(s)
  • Past school records
  • Chronological age
  • Maturity level
  • Current testing

See High School Coursebook for policies regarding the transfer of credits.

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TERMINATION OF ENROLLMENT

Student acceptance is based on the assumption that programs being offered meet the needs of the student. When, in the judgment of the school staff, programs and personnel resources do not adequately meet the needs of a student, parents are notified and a conference may result. The principal will make a recommendation for termination of enrollment to the Superintendent. The principal will notify the parent(s) after receiving authorization. Parents may appeal to the Morrison Board in writing within one week after notification.

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TYPHOONS

See SCHOOL CLOSURE.

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WITHDRAWALS

Notify the HS office or the principal of the withdrawal as early as possible.

Students may be withdrawn at any time following the completion of a withdrawal form available in the HS office. This is a parental responsibility. All texts, workbooks, library books and materials, music, instruments, PE equipment, and financial accounts must be settled. In order to obtain clearance for each of these items, the appropriate individual must initial the withdrawal form, which is to be turned in to the HS office on the student’s last day of school. The records of withdrawing students will be withheld until this completed form is received. School charges continue until the withdrawal form is completed and filed in the HS office.

Refunds on tuition, building and other fees for students withdrawing from the school will be calculated as follows:

Prior to the end of the fifth week before the semester

90% refund

Prior to the end of the first week of the semester

75% refund

Prior to the end of the second week of the semester

50% refund

Prior to the end of the third week of the semester

25% refund

Prior to the end of the fourth week of the semester

10% refund

After the fourth week of the semester

No refund


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