“You will know the truth, and the truth
will set you free” John 8:32
Parent / Student Handbook
Taichung High School
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.
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.
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.
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
VISION FOR OUR LEARNERS
The vision of the Morrison Academy educators
Critical and Creative Thinker,
Moral and Ethical Citizen,
Wise and Responsible Steward,
(0000 Position Statements) Revised by the Board of Trustees March 25, 2014
(002 Vision For Our Learners) Revised by SAC August, 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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. The principal (or designee) will evaluate the reason for missing school and determine if it is excused.
In accordance with procedure 250, the Principal may excuse a student's absence due to special events or extenuating circumstances.
These exceptions will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the Principal or an assigned staff member using the following framework and considerations:
School Attendance and co-curricular participation
It is expected that participants must be in school a minimum of half of the periods on the day of an event (competitions, performances, presentations). If a participant is absent from school on the day of an event, he/she will not be eligible to participate in the event with the following exceptions:
Students are expected to take all required assessments whether excused or unexcused absence.
Any intentional, unjustified, or unauthorized leave of absence. This is a result of student free will to not attend classes.
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[a] or truancy.
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)
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; hoods should be down, 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).
AWARDS (Academic, Athletic, Cumulative, Drama, Music, Graduation)
An honor roll is posted each semester as follows:
*high honors: 3.8 and above
An academic awards program is held in May. The awards are as follows:
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
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.
Drama pins, guards and keys are presented to students who have accumulated points by involvement on and off stage in Morrison plays and musicals.
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 given 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.
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 $500USD to the graduating senior with the second highest score described in the Valedictorian description above.
Outstanding Athlete Award: This award is presented to the senior male athlete and female athlete who have demonstrated excellence in a variety of high school sports – including not only competence and ability, but also character and testimony.
Outstanding Citizen Award: The Morrison Board of Trustees presents an award and $500USD 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 $500USD awarded.
The Kenneth G. Klefsaas Memorial Award: This award and a monetary gift of $500USD ($250 each person) is presented to the senior boy and girl who are considered to have most consistently demonstrated:
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.
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:
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.
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 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:
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, e-cigarette, and tobacco-free campus.
Student attendance is required. Parents are invited to attend at any time. (See also SPIRITUAL LIFE, AUDITORIUM BEHAVIOR)
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.
Each student is enrolled in at least six courses (a minimum of 3 credits) exceptions are made by the counselor and/or principal. Except for transfer students from other schools, students are not permitted to enter a course after the first week 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.
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.
All of the teachers maintain this set of classroom guidelines. Teachers may differ in other specific classroom guidelines.
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. 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.
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:
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)
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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, vaping, 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). Also see Code of Conduct.
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.
A. Dress and Appearance Standards
Class attendance is an important and irreplaceable aspect of the learning process. If a student accrues enough tardies, truancies, and/or absences, their Process grade will be impacted in addition to serving detention. Process grades are reported in PowerSchool at least once every 2 weeks and will be used to determine academic honors with distinction, graduation awards, co-curricular eligibility, and can be used to assist teachers in writing letters of recommendation.
B. Unexcused absences per class in a semester (Definition - See ATTENDANCE).
C. Truancy (Skipping)
Any intentional, unjustified, or unauthorized leave of absence. This is a result of student’s free will to not attend classes or be in an appropriate location. Administration will determine consequences based on block, period, or incident for each situation. Each incident is also considered an unexcused absence and if a student is unexcused more than 9 times, they will not receive credit for the course.
G. Digital Citizenship Agreement Violation - (Punishment will depend on severity of infraction. Minor 1st offenses will be a warning)
H. Student Driving a Motorcycle/Car without Valid Taiwan License; without Helmet and/or in wrong locations on Campus
I. Poor Auditorium Behavior/Sleeping in Chapel
J. Improper Cell Phone/Electronics Usage
Students may only use personal electronic devices with permission from teacher during school. Seniors may use personal electronic devices as part of senior privileges during free periods or lunch. Teachers will use organizational devices in each classroom for students to place their phones. Students taking phones out without permission will be subject to the below steps:
K. Late Return of Loaned Device
L. Cumulative Effects of Offenses
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.
DRESS & APPEARANCE STANDARDS
Cleanliness, neatness, good grooming, modesty and a willing observance of our host country’s customs/regulations are standards we uphold. These standards apply to our normal school day and at school sponsored events:
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. If any part of this dress code isn’t clear, it is the student’s responsibility to ask the administration for clarification. For offenses see Dress and Appearance Standards in DISCIPLINE STEPS.
All water on the campus is potable (drinkable) and is tested regularly in accordance with standards established by the USPHS Drinking Water Standards.
Morrison Christian Academy reserves the right to require drug testing at any time.
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)
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.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
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:
The procedure for reinstatement if ineligible from a report card grade is:
Process Grades and Character
Character will be measured through the Process Grades which are comprised of three (3) categories:
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.
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.
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.
The following definitions and parameters are in accordance with Procedure 105 Standards Based Education.
Product grades reflect student performance on specific curricular standards.
Grading Practice Work (Homework)
Practice work is a formative instructional strategy that can be used to inform and improve student learning. Practice work should only be given to reinforce or improve performance on specific standards. Generally, it should not be included in the final grade; however, in high school, if it is included, it must be connected to a learning target, and its weight should not exceed 10% of the final grade (see formative assessment).
Refer to procedure 200 Homework
Summative assessment sums up what a student has achieved at the end of a period of time, relative to the learning targets and standards. A summative assessment may include a written test, an observation, a conversation, or a task. It may be recorded through writing, through photographs or other visual media, or through an audio recording. Whichever medium is used, the assessment will show what has been learned regarding specific learning standards.
Formative assessment takes place on a day-to-day basis during teaching and learning, allowing teachers and students to assess progress more frequently. It begins with diagnostic assessment, indicating what is already known and what gaps may exist in skills or knowledge. As the learning continues, further formative assessments indicate whether teaching plans need to be amended to reinforce or extend learning. Formative assessments may be questions, tasks, quizzes, or more formal assessments. Often formative assessments may not be recorded at all. In high school, up to 10% of the final grade can be from formative work. (See Practice Work above)
How late work is handled depends on whether an assignment is intended as a product grade (e.g. projects) or a process grade (e.g. reading assignments). Late practice work, for example, is limited to process grades, while projects or other summative assignments (potentially some formative assignments for HS only) are handled as a response to intervention (RTI), where an “I” (incomplete score) is the placeholder, and completion is required. High school teachers may use “0” as a placeholder. If an assignment is not completed, despite intervention, within two weeks of the original due date, the teacher may score relevant standards as a zero.
Product grades should not be reduced due to lateness; instead, this would be reflected in their process grade (eg. Responsibility).
Power standards are the standards that are essential for students to master to be prepared for and successful in the next grade level. While teachers will strive to teach, and may assess, all the standards, power standards will garner extra time and emphasis within the curricula. Teachers are required to assess and report on all power standards that are chosen for their course. Power standards are chosen by curriculum task forces or groups designated by the Director of Learning.
Offering reassessment is an important part of standards-based grading. Teachers must allow for at least one reassessment opportunity per power standard. Students with a grade of DM/5 or below on an assessed standard must be encouraged to participate in reassessment. Teachers should require students to demonstrate learning by completing additional practice before having the opportunity to reassess a standard. Reassessment must be done before the end of the quarter or date designated by the teacher within two weeks of the original due date. Middle school and high school schedules may allocate dedicated times for students to engage in reassessment.
High school final exams are not required but can be an appropriate tool for measuring cumulative performance or overall retention over a semester. With teacher approval, students may earn the right to not take a final exam if they have demonstrated mastery in course content throughout the semester. Final exams should not exceed 15% of the final semester grade. If a “final exam” is given in middle school, it should not be calculated as a percentage of the final grade.
Grading in AP Courses
AP course teachers are allowed to limit the use of reassessments with principal permission. Teachers of AP courses must follow all other grading procedures.
Online AP Courses
High school (9th-12th) face-to-face AP (Advanced Placement) classes earn GPA credit based on a 5.0 scale (i.e. A=5.0, A- = 4.7, B+ = 4.3, B = 4.0, see chart below). To avoid artificial inflation of GPA, online courses will not be counted when determining awards, scholarships, valedictorian, or other recognitions from Morrison Academy.
Final grades are calculated from Product Grade performance on all power standards and relevant course standards assessed during a grading period in middle school and high school only. The final grade will be calculated by the grading tool, but can also be determined by teacher discretion. In high school only, final exams (up to 15%) and formative assessment (up to 10%) may be included in final grades.
Process grades reflect student performance on common behaviors and attitudes necessary for learning, such as responsibility, respect, and engagement.
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.
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.
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:
Homework is assigned learning experiences intended to be completed outside of that class’ scheduled time. It usually focuses on one of four major goals:
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:
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.
Late Work Policy:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
LOST & FOUND
Lost and found articles may be claimed from the office and/or gym area.
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.
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:
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.
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).
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 teacher’s 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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Holding hands is considered ok.
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.
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.
The high school publishes an annual yearbook, school newspaper , and occasional student works. (See STANDARDS FOR STUDENT PRODUCTIONS AND PUBLICATIONS)
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.
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.
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:
Other senior privileges may be granted upon prior approval from the High School Principal.
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)
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)
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.
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 productions or publications are subject to prior administrative review according to established regulations. The publication or distribution of unauthorized materials on campus is prohibited.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT (Reference: Board Policy 5400)
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 others 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:
*Involvement in any of these activities off campus may result in school probation
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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
The following immunizations are not required, but they are recommended
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
School supplies and snack items are sold by the student government during lunch and after school.
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 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.
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:
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.
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/Counseling Center prior to registration in the course.
Board policy requires no Morrison-initiated activities on Sunday. Exceptions can only be granted by the Board.
Students are not to violate Taiwan law. Breaking Taiwan law may receive school administrative discipline.
Morrison Academy High School provides a complete testing program including:
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.
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.
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:
See High School Coursebook for policies regarding the transfer of credits.
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.
See SCHOOL CLOSURE.
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: