Home of the Jets and Junior Jets
STUDENT AND PARENT HANDBOOK
2017 - 2018
ENCINAL Junior/Senior HIGH SCHOOL
Home of the Jets and Junior Jets
Alameda Unified School District
210 Central Avenue
Alameda, California 94501
Main Office Phone: 510-748-4023
Student Justice Center: 510-748-4023 (x7103)
Vision: Our vision is to be an extraordinary school in the eyes of our students, educators, staff and community. At Encinal all students will become college and career ready in our dynamic, engaging, and innovative environment.
Mission: Encinal is an inclusive learning community engaging and empowering students to actively take ownership of their education and future
Encinal’s Equity Mission:
Encinal is committed to educational equity for all learners, we will eliminate racial and other demographic differences in achievement, while we improve achievement for all students.....
Equity work at Encinal is addressing the internal and external historical biases and changing the way they are addressed in terms of closing the access/opportunity gap. We examine our own biases, privilege, and effects of internalized racism as well as examine the organizational structures which perpetuate the contemporary and historical impact of racism and discrimination.
Theory of Action:
THEN we will
School-wide Learner Outcomes: JETS SOAR
Judicious: We strive to make wise decisions personally and academically.
Equitable: We explore our varied assets and needs to build a strong, inclusive learning community.
Thoughtful: We think critically, ask questions and explore ideas in depth.
Skilled: We hone our academic skills to become college and career ready.
Safe: We make sure everyone is safe emotionally and physically.
Organized: We develop systems to organize our work, our time and our lives.
Accountable: We honor our words and take responsibility for our actions.
Respectful: We show respect for ourselves, each other and our environment.
Welcome to Encinal School! Our staff is committed to providing the best education for all students. Please contact staff directly with any questions or concerns.
Main Phone: 510-748-4023
Dean of Counseling
Dean of Students
Special Education (6-12 Grades)
English Language Learners
Kelly Andrews - School Counselor (Junior Jets) x 3406
Matthew Giles - School Psychologist x 2224
Dotty Ault - School Counselor (HS: Last Names: A - G) x 3125
Cheryl Lua - School Counselor (HS: Last Names: H - N) x 3127
Ralph Nelson - School Counselor (HS: Last Names: O - Z) x 3126
TBD, Counseling Office Manager x 3110
Brandi Castillo, Attendance (Last Names A-L) x 3109
Teresa Lee, Attendance (Last Names M-Z) x 3108
Caroline Ardourel, Attendance (Junior Jets) and Junior Jet General Information x 3400
Athletic Directors Lani Molina & Kevin Gorham
Coordination of Services Lead Cassie Ferguson
Equity and Family Engagement Coordinator Christina Craig
Student Government and Leadership (Grades 9-12) Elizabeth Fernandez
After School Program Tyrone Robinson
Technology Coordinator Diana Kenney
Literacy and ELD Coordinator Lydia Martinez
Junior Jet Athletic Director Frank Beering
Senior Class Advisors Emily Pabarcus & Cassie Ferguson
Junior Class Advisors Paul Igaz & Kevin Gorham
Sophomore Class Advisors Andy Lee & Jessica Lacaba
Freshman Class Advisors
Encinal Junior & Senior High School
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
7:00 ~ 7:55
8:00 ~ 8:59
9:04 ~ 10:03
10:08 ~ 11:07
11:12 ~ 12:17
12:17 ~ 12:57
1:02 ~ 2:01
2:06 ~ 3:05
7:00 ~ 7:55
8:00 ~ 9:10
9:15 ~ 10:02
10:07 ~ 10:54
10:59 ~ 11:49
11:49 ~ 12:29
12:34 ~ 1:21
1:26 ~ 2:13
2:18 ~ 3:05
HOME AND SCHOOL COMMUNICATION
Most communication is done via our phone dialing system, email, and School Loop. Please make sure your contact information is up to date so you receive important notices and invitations.
Encinal’s Website (ehs.alamedausd.ca.schoolloop.com)
All events are posted on the calendar found on the website. You can also find information on athletics, all our school policies, information on teachers and classes, PTSA and much much more. Please check our website regularly.
School Loop, an online grading and communication system, provides a strong connection between teachers, students, and parents/guardians. By registering for School Loop, students (and parents, if registered) are informed of student progress in all classes, kept up to date on the school calendar, and can track student assignments. We strongly encourage all parents/guardians to register for this service.
In School Loop Encinal Teachers will:
Students and parents/guardians may register for this service by following these steps:
Sunday Phone Calls
On Sunday evenings, you will receive a phone call highlighting events happening in the upcoming week. This information is also shared on our main website, and emailed out through school loop.
Jet students, faculty, and staff follow the school expectations of “SOAR”. These expectations are taught, modeled, learned, and practiced at Encinal.
Safe: We are safe, both physically and emotionally. We use good judgment to ensure that our bodies, feelings, and belongings are safe and cared for.
Organized: We are organized. Organization includes planning ahead and organizing our time effectively. It includes keeping our belongings orderly and ready to use.
Accountable: We are honest. When we tell the truth about our feelings and actions, we are taking responsibility for ourselves, and being accountable to others. It takes courage to tell the truth and be accountable. Being accountable also means doing one’s personal best at all times.
Respectful: We are respectful and kind to others. A put-down is a way of saying, “I am better than you, smarter than you, have more options than you, and your position in this setting is lower than mine.” Most conflicts start with one person putting down another. Stopping the use of put-downs is essential to a non-threatening learning environment. Compliments and appreciations can be learned and practiced in order to change our thinking from put-downs to put-ups.
All staff members are responsible for catching students following our school wide expectations. Students will frequently receive SOAR Certificates with comments about their positive behaviors. The SOAR certificate recipient’s names will be read on daily announcements and there will be a drawing for gift cards every Friday.
At the end of every academic semester there is an Excellence Assembly to acknowledge students for their positive achievements, both academically and personally.
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
Encinal uses Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Through PBIS, we will work together to create and maintain a productive and safe environment in which ALL school community members clearly understand the shared expectations for behavior. Our guiding philosophies are:
• All young people can learn.
• All young people deserve respect; for themselves, their families, and their cultures.
• All adults share responsibility for all young people.
• All adults must hold and maintain high expectations for learning and behavior for all young people.
• All adults can work to build the assets that young people need for healthy development.
• Behavior and expectations must be taught.
• Because young people have different needs, they will need different types of support.
Listen to others
Respect differences of opinion
Use equipment appropriately
Be on time
Use School Loop
Cite appropriate sources
Be a problem-solver
Respect other’s property
Accept other’s differences
Encourage yourself and others
Use respectful language
Walk at all times
Keep the hallways clean and free of
Maintain possession of your belongings
Walk on the right side of the hallway
Keep movement flowing
Monitor your time to get to class
Have hall pass visible during class times
Use appropriate language
Respect other’s personal space
Use a quiet voice when classes are in session
Maintain personal space
Leave space in doorways and walkways
Carry your hall pass
Check in with front office staff when you arrive
Keep cell phones off and put away
Be polite to guests
Use a quiet voice
Maintain personal space
Leave space for others to move freely in and out of the doorways
Stand calmly in line
Be responsible for your belongings
Know your student ID number
Place waste and recycling in the appropriate bins
Clean up after yourself
Select healthy food
Be polite to staff and students (say please and thank you)
Be inclusive of others
Close and lock stall door behind you
Throw trash in garbage can
Keep bathroom clean
Wash your hands
Be respectful of our facilities
Respect personal space and privacy of others
Move carefully around technology
Place your backpack under the table to make sure walkways are clear
Log off your account when you are finished working at the computer
Determine your purpose before entering media center
Focus on the task you want to accomplish so you will not be distracted by other computer/internet
Return materials on time
Use technology appropriately
Be careful to print only what is absolutely needed
Leave all food and
Use a quiet voice
Ask the librarian or the student assistants for
help when you need it
Alameda Unified School District is committed to teaching, modeling, and enforcing high standards of conduct and will assign consequences for misbehavior in order to ensure that schools are safe, healthy learning environments for all students.
The following chart indicates the types of disciplinary action that may apply to each type of infraction. Under each infraction, specific interventions and/or corrective actions are stated. These interventions provide opportunities to teach appropriate behaviors and repair the situation. Each situation or violation involving student conduct should be considered individually. The least punitive action based on the violation should be taken. The administrator shall, however, determine whether a specific infraction warrants the corrective action described on the chart.
Corrective action taken by the administrator shall take place after progressive discipline interventions by the school fail to bring about proper conduct. These corrective measures are intended to assist in teaching appropriate behaviors, accountability, and responsibility, while maintaining consistent student discipline on campus.
6th Through 12th Grade Discipline Matrix
# Indicates law enforcement MUST be notified pursuant to EC 48902, PC 245, PC 626.9 or 626.10.
Category I offences (non-suspendable offences without documented corrective action)
Category I Minor Offense
Includes, but is not limited to…
Major/Minor offence (office referral for documentation/no loss of instructional time)
Disciplinary consequences are coupled with interventions to help promote a positive change in behavior:
10 minute timeout
Referral to office
Category II suspendable first time offences ED code 48900
Includes, but is not limited to…
Education Code 48900
Disciplinary consequences are coupled with interventions to help promote a positive change in behavior.
After ten days of suspension, a multi-disciplinary team (e.g. SST) must be held to attempt to correct and improve the student’s behavior, attendance, and/or academic performance.
After fifteen days of suspension, a multi-disciplinary district team (e.g. SBRT) must be held to attempt to correct and improve the student’s behavior, attendance, and/or academic performance
Education Code 48903
1st Incident – 1-3 day suspension
2nd Incident – 2-3 day suspension
3rd Incident – 3-5 day suspension
If behavior continues, then the school may recommend expulsion with secondary findings
Secondary findings are defined as:
Category III Infractions (Expellable first time offences Ed 48915)
Includes, but is not limited to…
1st Incident – Recommendation for expulsion
Education Code 48915c
Director of Student Services contacted
Schools are mandated to uphold federal and state laws and Board of Education policies as they apply to students:
These laws do not apply to students after they have reached their destination away from school or school activities. EC 48900 (s)
STUDENT JUSTICE CENTER
Encinal opened the doors to its new student-centered restorative program of school related discipline for all students in the Fall 2015. The program is based on the principles of Restorative Justice.
Restorative Justice is an alternative discipline system focused on fixing the harms inflicted on the school community. It helps reduce suspensions and detentions and helps students learn to take responsibility for their actions instead of simply being punished for their offenses. When someone understands how their behavior has affected others, they are less likely to repeat that action and typically become more invested in the community.
Restorative Justice is different from traditional discipline systems in many ways:
Student Justice Center
The Student Justice Center (SJC) at EHS is made up of students, staff, administration, and the Student Justice Center Director. The SJC is offered as an alternative way for students to resolve low-level incidents that occur within the school community. Under the supervision of the Director, student advocates will work with the student referred for discipline (the “respondent”) to review the facts of the respondent’s case, assist the respondent in preparation of the respondent’s statement, and make a recommendation to the Director regarding a fair, constructive and restorative disposition of the matter. Dispositions may include, but are not limited to, (1) counseled and cautioned; (2) teacher-student meetings; (3) apologies (written or verbal); (4) social action/service assignments (such as school related community service); (5) personal development assignments (such as goal setting, time management, etc.); and (6) interpersonal action (such as mediation or restorative circles). Respondents who successfully complete the recommended disposition will not be subject to detention, suspension or other traditional forms of discipline and the incident will not be recorded on the respondent’s permanent record.
Should your student be referred for discipline during the 2017-2018 school year, and you do not want your student’s case to be considered by the Student Justice Center, please sign and return this form to EHS with your registration materials.
DO NOT return this form if your child will participate in the Student Justice Center process should the need arise.
I would prefer that my student NOT participate in the Student Justice Center. I understand my student will therefore be subject to traditional discipline measures issued by school administrators.
Student Name _______________________________________________________________ Grade _____
Parent/Guardian Signature ____________________________________________________ Date ____________
Definition of Bullying
Alameda Unified School District believes all students have a right to an inclusive, safe and secure learning environment. Alameda Unified School District recognizes schools must be physically and emotionally safe for all students in order to promote and support academic achievement, citizenship, student attendance and engagement. For these reasons, AUSD has developed a comprehensive anti-bullying program to promote these goals.
Alameda Unified School District will not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety and emotional well-being of any student or adult. Our schools and district will not tolerate acts of bullying, intimidation or harassment of any student through words and actions.
“Bullying” is legally defined by California Education Code 48900(r) as any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act. These acts can be reasonably perceived as being dehumanizing, intimidating, hostile, humiliating, threatening, or otherwise likely to evoke fear of physical harm or emotional distress. Bullying may be motivated either by bias or prejudice based upon any actual or perceived characteristic (such as race, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression); a mental, physical or sensory disability or impairment; or by any other distinguishing characteristic. An “electronic act” means the transmission of a communication (including but not limited to a message, text, sound, or image, or a post on a social network internet website) by means of an electronic device (including but not limited to a telephone, wireless telephone or other wireless communication device, computer or pager). A “reasonable pupil” means a pupil (including but not limited to an exceptional needs pupil) who exercises average care, skill, and judgment in conduct for a person of his or her age or for a person of his or her age with his or her exceptional needs.
There is an expectation all students, staff, parents, and volunteers demonstrate behavior that is respectful and civil. AUSD will not tolerate bullying. It is essential that Alameda Unified School District adults also model appropriate behaviors as positive examples for student behavior.
The Alameda Unified School District expects students, staff and parents to immediately report any incident of bullying to the principal or designee. Students, parents and staff members who observe or experience any incident of bullying are also encouraged to complete and submit the “Student Bullying Report Form” available on the school’s and AUSD Student Services webpage. Staff members are expected to immediately intervene when they observe bullying in a thorough and confidential manner.
The Alameda Unified School District expects all students to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates the proper regard for the rights and welfare of other students, staff, parents, and community members. All teachers will discuss this policy with their students in an age-appropriate manner and should assure students that they need not endure any form of bullying.
Students who bully are in violation of these guidelines and are subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion (Education Code 48900(r)).
District procedures for preventing and intervening in bullying behavior include but are not limited to the following:
This statement applies to every form of bullying, harassment, and/or cyber-bullying/harassment, whether in the classroom, on school premises, when a student is traveling to or from school, or at a school-sponsored event. Bullying or harassment, including cyber-bullying/harassment, that is not initiated at a location defined above is covered by this policy if the incident results in a potentially material or substantial disruption of the school learning environment for one or more students and/or the orderly day-to-day operations of any school or school program.
Students may submit a verbal or written complaint of behavior they consider to be bullying to a teacher or administrator and may also request that their name be kept confidential. When a student is suspected of or reported to be using electronic or digital communications to engage in cyberbullying against other students or staff or threaten district property, the investigation shall include documentation of the activity, identification of the source, and a determination of the impact or potential impact on school activity or school attendance. Students are encouraged to save and print any messages sent to them that they feel constitute cyber bullying and to notify a campus adult, including a teacher, administrator, or safety officer, so the matter may be investigated. Any student who engages in bullying or cyberbullying is subject to discipline in accordance with district policies and regulations.
Social Media Policy (ie., texting, Instagram, Twitter, Kik, Facebook, Snapchat, etc.)
Social media platforms are powerful communication tools and with the occurrence of numerous cyber bullying incidents this year and previous years, we feel it is important to set school-wide parameters around what constitutes unacceptable social media use. Use of social media to post inappropriate photos/videos of themselves or other students, threaten students, or instigate conflicts, will result in the consequences outlined below. We want to be thoughtful as well as educational in our process, with our top priority being to maintain a safe learning environment for all our students.
Students will be held to the following:
1) If a student posts, re-posts or likes a posting that is a threat, is used to instigate, or the post has cruel or malicious intent, the student will have the opportunity to attend a Social Media Workshop with their parent within two weeks of the incident, or they will be suspended. This workshop must be attended by a parent or legal guardian and the student. Additionally, the student will not be allowed to have any electronic device on campus for a month and will lose the ability to connect to the school’s wifi. This will require the student to turn in all devices each morning to the office and pick it/them up at the end of the day. If the student is later caught with the phone on campus during school hours, the phone will be confiscated, the student suspended and the parent required to pick up the phone. The month penalty will re-start.
2) If a student repeats the above, after attending the workshop with his/her parent or guardian, he/she will be automatically suspended for a minimum of two days (with progressive discipline, the number of days may be greater). The student will then have to turn in their phone during the school day for the remainder of the school year. Failure to turn it in will result in additional suspension time. Finally, if child pornography laws have been broken, the incident will be turned over to the police.
We realize that these consequences may be grave in nature, but we feel the actions of a few are hurting a great number of students. We feel it is our responsibility to educate students firstly, and then to make sure that all of our students and community are safe from the damage that can be caused by thoughtless use of social media.
If you run across posts on social media that you believe to be dangerous to our students, please do not hesitate to call any of our administrators or our anonymous tip hotline at 510-748-4023 ext. 3407.
CELL PHONE POLICY
Cell phones and headphones should be put away during class and all other instructional time, including hallways and outdoors areas (away means out of sight) unless directed by the teacher to have them out for educational use.
Teachers will post a sign on their board if students are allowed to have phones out for educational use.
All Students will be taught the cell phone policy at the beginning of the year. It will be included in the student handbook, gone over in class by all teachers, and at grade level assemblies. By week two this policy will be in effect.
AUSD Electronic Device Policy
Students may possess or use cell phones provided that such devices do not disrupt the educational program or school activity and are not used for illegal or unethical activities such as cheating on assignments or tests.
If a disruption occurs or a student uses any cell phone for improper activities, a school employee shall direct the student to turn off the device and/or they will confiscate it. If the school employee finds it necessary to confiscate the device, he/she shall return it at the end of the class period or school day.
A student who violates this policy may be prohibited from possessing a cell phone at school or school-related events and/or may be subject to further disciplinary action in accordance with Board policy and administrative regulation.
Alameda Unified School District is not responsible for the replacement and/or investigation of any lost or stolen items on campus. Students are strongly encouraged to leave any valuable items at home.
We encourage all Encinal students 9-12 and staff to participate in dress days weekly.
Mondays: Professional Dress Days: Wear clothes that you would wear to an office or on an interview.
Wednesdays: College days; Wear your favorite college attire, i.e. Stanford, UC Berkeley……...
Fridays: Jet Spirit Days: Wear your favorite Jet T-Shirts and sweatshirts
All Junior Jet students will wear the following wardrobe during all school hours:
Encinal School is required by law to make sure that students wear clothing that is appropriate for the school learning environment. This means that students are not allowed to wear clothing that distracts or offends students or staff or distracts from the learning environment. The following are some, but not all types of clothing which are considered inappropriate for school:
The school staff has the right to determine what is to be considered inappropriate clothing or accessories. If a student is wearing inappropriate clothing:
Bicycles, Skateboards, and Scooters
Bicycles, skateboards, and scooters may be used as transportation to and from school but may not be used on school grounds. Students should lock bikes on the many bike racks around campus. The school is not responsible for loss or damage to bikes, skateboards, and scooters on school grounds. Students are not allowed to ride skateboards, scooters or Bicycles on campus. If students are riding on campus their vehicle will be confiscated and returned at the end of the day.
Media Center and Computer Lab
The goal of the media center and computer lab areas is to promote educational excellence by teaching computer and information literacy, while facilitating research, resource sharing, innovation, and communication.
The following expectations will be used by all students:
Cheating is the giving or receiving of unauthorized assistance on graded assignments, regardless of intent.
Plagiarism is the representation of another’s ideas, thoughts, words, or images as one’s own, regardless of intent.
Assignment will receive zero, student/teacher conference, violation reported to parent and school administrator
Assignment will receive zero, student/teacher/parent/administrator conference, possible loss of extracurricular activities for a quarter, assigned research report documenting the consequences of plagiarism in colleges.
Assignment will receive zero, student/teacher/parent/administrator conference, loss of all extracurricular activities for the year (if student is a senior, includes loss of all senior activities, possible ineligibility for department or school awards, and possible notification to colleges).
Regular school attendance is extremely important for academic success and student safety. Teachers will take accurate attendance each class period. If a student is absent to class, a phone call will be made to the student’s primary home phone number at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm.
Please schedule medical appointments or other appointments after the school day. Should your child be absent, please contact our attendance office to report the absence.
Wheels Up Tardies
“Wheels Up” applies to *1st period each day, *5th period on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, and *4th period on Wednesday. Teachers may issue consequences for tardiness to class periods not covered by the “Wheels Up” policy but must specify any such consequences in their syllabus.
Definition of Being Late: A student who is not in the classroom when the final bell rings. Teachers may require a more strict definition but must specify that definition, and any consequences for violating that definition, in their syllabus. Only the attendance office may record a “Tardy” in Aeries for the *periods covered by the “Wheels Up” policy. Teachers can otherwise separately document tardies for purposes of issuing additional consequences in violation of their specified policies. Students may use a four-corner pass to excuse a tardy to 1st or 4th (on Wednesdays) and 5th periods (on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) when they receive their pass to class.
Before 1st and after lunch passing period procedure:
1. Staff will move students toward class after the 1-minute warning bell.
2. Teachers will close their classroom doors after the final bell rings.
3. Campus supervisors and administrators will remain in the hallways after the final bell to conduct a Late Sweep, either directing students to the attendance office to obtain a late pass or issuing a late pass on the spot.
4. Students are not allowed in the classroom without a late pass. Teachers will send any student entering their classroom after the final bell rings to the attendance office to obtain a late pass. This is non-negotiable.
5. The attendance office will issue a late pass and record the violation in Aries, then give the passes to the Student Justice Center to record the detention.
“Wheels Up” Detentions:
Students who have ten or more total tardies (all periods) in a month will be automatically put on the exclusion list. Being on the exclusion list will keep a student from participating in all extracurricular activities, including athletics, plays, student activities (such as dances, homecoming activities, cheering at events, prom, band reviews, student government, etc.). The only way to get off the exclusion list is to attend the once a month Detention which will be held one Wednesday a month from 7:00am until 9:00am in the cafeteria (please refer to School Loop for Detention Dates). Students will be expected to monitor their tardies on School Loop. Exclusion lists will also be updated on Mr. Hurst’s window weekly.
All students will have a visible pass when in the hallways during instructional time (class periods). Teacher assistants (TA) must wear their TA badges. Students have ten minutes from the time they leave the class to use the restroom and return to class before the office will be notified.Students will only be able to leave class the first 10 minutes and last 10 minutes of class only if the have a four corner pass. Any time a student leaves class they must sign out on the sheet provided in each room. Only one student should be out of class at a time. Campus safety supervisors and faculty will be monitoring the hallways during passing periods and greeting students as they arrive.
Four Corner Pass
To SOAR at anything you have to be present. Time management is part of learning how to be organized and is an important skill. At Encinal each month you will have up to four times you can use your 4 corner pass to excuse you to leave class during the period or come late without penalty. Use this pass carefully and do your best to be on time and remain in all of your classes the entire period. Your four corner pass is at the end of your student handbook. Make sure to keep your handbook and your passes in your binders, we will not be giving replacements.
If you have a medical issue that we need to know about, please bring a doctor’s note to Ms. Frances in the health office.
California Education Code (Section 48620)
A pupil who is absent from school without a valid excuse for three days in one school year or is tardy or absent for more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the district’s attendance supervisor.
Truancy Notification Process
3 unverified or unexcused absences, being tardy in excess of 30 minutes, and/or any combination therein
First truancy letter sent to parents
6 unverified or unexcused absences, being tardy in excess of 30 minutes, and/or any combination therein
Second truancy letter sent to parents. Referral made to SART.
9 unverified or unexcused absences, being tardy in excess of 30 minutes, and/or any combination therein
Third truancy letter sent to parents.
9-12 ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
AREA OF STUDY
University of California
9th English 1/ 9th EXP English
10th English 2/ 10th HP English
11th English 3/ AP English 3
12th English 4/AP English 4
4 years of English
10th World/AP World
11th US/AP US
12th Government /Economics/AP Gov
1 year World OR Geography
1 year US History OR
1 semester US History and 1 semester Civics/Government
Additional Math Course
3 years & completion of Algebra 2
3 years & the completion of Pre Calculus
Visual & Performing Art
2 years of the same language
3 years recommended
Visual & Performing Arts
Current Life Issues
Physical Education or JROTC
Community Service Hours
Junior Jet Promotion Requirements
Before promoting to high school, all Junior Jet middle school students must complete:
Schedule change request forms can be found in the office. All request forms must be received by September 8th and be approved by an administrator. Students may submit a schedule change form for the following reasons:
Students are encouraged to take a challenging course load. It is also imperative that students take the courses they need to graduate. Since students select courses on-line or through the paper process, it is each student’s responsibility to choose their courses wisely. Students will be removed from classes that they do not meet the prerequisites for, or have not met the requirements to enroll in the course.
Students may change courses through the end of the school year for the following year without ramifications or approval (provided graduation requirements are being met).
Students may request course changes throughout the summer until July 28th by emailing the Dean of Counseling.
After July 28th, a course change form must be completed for all requested course changes, stating the reason for the course change. Course change forms will be reviewed daily and categorized by greatest need for change. All students must take six courses. Seniors in good standing (ahead in credits) may have a schedule reduced to five classes with parent and counselor approval and signing the Five Class Contract for Seniors. The omitted period may only be either first or sixth periods.
Students will be notified if their request for course change has been approved. Until that time students must attend the courses that they are enrolled in.
At the start of the third week of each semester changes to or drops of courses are no longer allowed pursuant to Board of Education policy without extenuating circumstances.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT & HONORS COURSES
All students are encouraged to take a range of classes that interest and prepare them for college. Advanced placement (AP) courses are the equivalent of a freshman college level course. Students will be expected to complete summer work (in some instances), and have an intensive workload during the school year. Students need to balance the many obligations of their lives with the obligations of these courses. Every student will have the opportunity to take an AP course, if they choose, before they graduate.
Students are expected to complete summer work assigned, and need to complete and turn in an AP Contract. If summer work is not completed a mandatory meeting will be held with the AP course instructor, AP lead teacher, parent/guardian, and administrator to determine next steps.
Dropping an AP Course
Students are allowed to switch and/or drop an AP course from their schedule until July 28th . There will be NO drops between July 29th and the first day of school. Requests to drop AP courses will only be reviewed after the 1st and 2nd weeks of school. They will be evaluated and prioritized by need of circumstances. There is a chance, due to the tight nature of the master schedule, that students will not be allowed to drop the course.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION EXEMPTIONS
Any AUSD high school student in grades 10 through 12 may request an exemption from the graduation requirement of a second year of physical education (Education Code 51241(b)(1)) for either one or two semesters. To be approved for an exemption you must meet the following requirements:
Students must obtain required signatures and attach all required documentation that is identified on the AUSD Physical Education Exemption Application in order to evidence participation. Procedures and forms for this can be found in the Athletic Directors’ offics, the Counseling Office and on-line.
Encinal 11th and 12th grade students may earn an “Academic E” by receiving an A in four semesters of a single academic discipline. These include English, Fine Arts, Math, CTE, Science, Social Science, and World Language. The courses must be approved Encinal High School courses to qualify. A star will be awarded for each additional two semesters of a total of six semesters in a single academic discipline. Junior Jets will earn an “Academic e” for receiving honor roll status at the semester.
Weekly Progress Report
High school students may be placed on a Weekly Progress Report, which is completed weekly and is signed by a parent/guardian and placed in the student’s counseling file. This may be the result of a decision at a SART meeting or because they received a D in a class for a semester. Completion of the weekly progress report demonstrates a student’s active participation in improving their grades.
Seniors are responsible for their grades. If a student is in jeopardy of failing a class that is needed for graduation, the following steps will occur at the quarter mark:
There are currently several options for completing credit recovery when a student does not successfully complete a required course. Students should work closely with their school counselor to identify the best option for them.
Credit Recovery Lab - Students may take an after school credit recovery lab for a class they have previously taken and failed. The lab consists of online coursework and exams. Students can not take a credit recovery lab of a current class they are failing and may only take one class per semester. Senior students must complete and receive a grade for the course by March 31st in order to participate in senior activities. Students who are making up a D grade must pay the $80.00 in order to be able to access this credit recovery opportunity.
Extended Day - Students may take some courses that are offered before the regular school day (i.e., “zero period”). These courses offer students an additional time in their schedule to take classes.
Concurrent Enrollment in Adult School - AUSD high school students can take courses they have previously taken and failed at the Alameda Adult School. Classes are offered two days a week in the afternoons or evenings. Students apply through their counselor and are contacted when space becomes available. Classes are open entry/open exit and generally take 12 weeks to complete 5 credits.
Concurrent Enrollment in Community College - AUSD students can enroll in academic or vocational classes at the Peralta Community Colleges (Alameda, Laney, Merritt, and Berkeley City). Classes are offered in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Students must complete a concurrent enrollment form online, which is signed by AUSD officials before enrolling at the college.
Fifth Year at a Traditional High School - Current high school students who have low credits may be eligible to extend their time in the traditional high school setting. This option is usually reserved for high school-aged immigrants and IEP placements.
Fifth Year with Independent Study - Students who did not complete high school courses on time and can complete coursework in one semester or less may be eligible for independent study. Students must have a history of successfully working independently and must sign a contract for active participation and productivity.
Continuation High School - Students who are credit deficient at the end of their sophomore year (10th grade) may make up credits at Island High School. Depending on when they enroll and complete their deficient credits, students may have the option to graduate from Encinal High School or Island High School.
A student transferring to another school should present a written request by a parent/guardian for an official transfer form. The request must indicate: (1) the proposed new school, (2) the date student will be leaving Encinal, (3) the proposed new home address, and (4) the current home address. The request is presented to the Attendance Office a week before the student is discharged from Encinal. Students must turn in all books and clear all bills. Education Code 48904 states a school will withhold all records and transcripts until all books and debts are cleared.
All visitors must check in at the Main Office before going to any other part of the campus. All non-students will be asked to leave and police will be called if necessary. Visitor passes will not be issued to relatives or friends of Encinal students due to liability issues, and therefore they may not accompany students to school.
Books are available to be checked out during lunch, or after school. Teachers may send students out of class with a pass to get their books during class time. Students are responsible for any lost or damaged books. Seniors must turn in all books and pay all dues before graduation.