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The FHS Student/Parent Handbook is designed for use in conjunction with the WCS Student/Parent Handbook. Supplemental materials regarding course selection and requirements are available on the FHS website  http://fikehigh.nc.wch.schoolinsites.com/

FIKE HIGH SCHOOL

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Table of Contents

                                                        

FHS Basic expectations                3                Attendance                                16        

WCS Calendar                                4                Behavioral policies and procedures        19        

Administration                        5                General student information        23                

Academics

Graduation requirements        6

Course selections                6

Course changes                6

Grading policy                7

Assessments                        8

Communication                9

Missed work                        9        

Extra credit                        9

Recovery Plan                        10        

Homework                        10

Bell schedules                        11

FHS Rules/Expectations: P.R.I.D.E

Persevere through challenges

Respect myself and others

I own my actions

Do your best

Engage in learning

Wilson County Schools Calendar                                                2017-2018

Administration

Randy St.Clair, Principal

randy.stclair@wilsonschoolsnc.net

Department Administrator for Office/Clerical, Counseling, and English

Gavin Meiring, Assistant Principal

gavin.meiring@wilsonschoolsnc.net

Department Administrator for Media, Social Studies, Fine Arts, World Languages

Student Last Names: A-K

Samantha Charles-Dixon, Assistant Principal

samantha.dixon@wilsonschoolsnc.net

Department Administrator for PE/Health, ROTC, Math

Student Last Names: L-R

Timothy Messer, Assistant Principal

timothy.messer@wilsonschoolsnc.net

Department Administrator for ESL/EC, Science, CTE

Student Last Names:  S-Z

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Academics

Graduation Requirements

All students are expected to meet the minimum course requirements for graduation.

 

English 4 Credits

Mathematics 4 Credits (Math 1, Math 2, Math 3, 1 math elective)

Social Studies 3 Credits in Social Studies including Civics & Economics, World History & US History. For students entering the 9th grade in 2012 and beyond, four (4) credits in Social Studies including Civics and Economics, American History Part 1, American History Part 2, and World History. If a student takes AP US History, he must take an additional social studies course.

Science 3 Credits (A physical science, Biology, Earth/Environmental, and

1 science elective)

Healthful Living 1 Credit (Successfully complete CPR instruction)

Electives 10 Credits of which two (2) must be taken from any combination of Career and Technical Education, Arts Education or World Language.

Students following the Occupational Course of Study are required to meet rigorous exit standards and outlined in State Board of Education policy HSP-N_004 (16 NCAC 6D.05043)

Course Selections

Fike High School students may request courses as provided in the WCS High School Program Planning Guide. Course offerings are subject to sufficient minimum student enrollment and adequate staffing and materials. During the period of course selections, a student and his/her parents should carefully review the chosen course of study and make appropriate decisions in order to satisfy graduation requirements. Teachers and Student Services staff are available to assist and advise students and parents in the course selection process. Each Fike High School student is encouraged to pursue the most challenging course of study in which he/she can be successful.

Course Changes

Individual schedules and the school’s master schedule are built based upon student course selections. It is essential that students select primary and alternate courses carefully; schedule changes after the course selection process will be limited and will be based upon the following reasons:

Request for schedule changes should be made to the guidance department as soon as possible; the administration and staff encourage students to make changes before the end of the first five (5) days of the semester. Specific procedures for requesting schedule changes are provided when schedules are issued to students. All schedule changes require administrative approval.

Except when approved by the principal, students are not allowed to drop a course after the first ten days of school. If student withdraws after the ten-day period and an emergency situation does not exist, a failure (WF) is noted as the grade, and the course is counted as a course attempted with no quality points earned.

Grading Policy

Purpose

The purpose of grades is to appropriately and consistently measure a student’s mastery of defined standards, as well as knowledge and skills learned over a grading period or semester.

Grading practices are not to be punitive in nature.

Grading System

In January 2015, the North Carolina State Board of Education approved a 10-point grading scale to begin with the 2015-16 school year for all students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12.  This scale will be applied for coursework beginning with the 2015-16 school year; grades from prior years will not be altered to fit the new scale.

A

90-100

4.0

B

80-89

3.0

C

70-79

2.0

D

60-69

1.0

F

<59

0.0

In high school, grades are awarded corresponding quality points for the calculation of a student’s grade point average (GPA).  These values and those courses receiving weighted values are noted below:

Quality points for students who entered 9th grade prior to 2015-16:

Letter Grade

Standard Courses

Honors Courses

AP Courses

A

4

5

6

B

3

4

5

C

2

3

4

D

1

2

3

F

0

0

0

FF

0

0

0

Quality Points for students entering 9th grade in 2015-16 and beyond:

Letter Grade

Standard Courses

Honors Courses

AP Courses

A

4

4.5

5

B

3

3.5

4

C

2

2.5

3

D

1

1.5

2

F

0

0

0

FF

0

0

0

Assessments

All Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) will have common practices for calculating student grades.

All PLCs will utilize common assessments for summative assessments including tests, quizzes, and projects.

Major assessment percentages apply school wide across all curricula.  Major assessments may include a culmination of tests, long-term projects, papers, etc.  In Advanced Placement, IB, honors and academic classes classes, major assessments weigh 60% of the quarter grade.  A minimum of five major assessments will be recorded throughout a marking period.

PLC members will analyze results of common assessments to determine students’ level of mastery and respond to results by re-teaching and reassessing on a timely basis.  

Communication

All teachers will inform students and parents of specific homework requirements as well as the evaluation procedure for each course at the beginning of each semester through documents distributed by teachers in individual classes.

Feedback on assessments will provide guidance on how to work toward mastery and define how grades are determined.

All staff will respond to emails and phone calls within 48 hours.

All staff will keep a parent contact log.

Assessments will be graded and returned in a timely maker with regular feedback.

All staff will update grades in PowerSchool weekly.

Interim reports will be issued to all students at the end of week four of each quarter.

Each teacher maintains a website on Google Sites with curriculum, assessment, and assignment information.

Weebly is updated regularly.

Missed Work

Students are expected to make up missed work.  Any assignment or assessment made up within five days is eligible for full credit.  If the student has not completed missed work prior to the date by which the teacher has graded and returned the work to class, the student may be offered an alternative assignment.  Major assignments not turned in by the designated due date can be submitted late with a penalty of 10 points per day up to 40 points maximum.  

Extra Credit

Extra credit opportunities, if assigned, are to be used to enhance grades and must be connected to learning outcomes.  PLCs will determine extra credit to be used.  No teacher within the PLC shall vary from the agreed upon acceptable “opportunities.”  Under no circumstances shall teachers use behaviors (i.e. supplying tissues, attending a school function, etc.) as extra credit opportunities.

Additionally, students who need assistance to master concepts and skills receive that assistance through re-teaching.  

Recovery Plan

At the end of the first nine weeks of a semester a student who earns a grade lower than 60% will be assigned to an Academic Recovery Plan so that the student has an opportunity to re-learn material and meet course objectives.  At the end of course, the subject teacher will revise the grade to a 60% for the first nine weeks of the student meets the following criteria:

HOMEWORK

Purpose

The purpose of homework is to extend and enrich class work, and provide opportunities for the development of initiative, creativity, and responsibility.

No students shall be assigned more than 120 minutes of homework per night (exception in AP courses), and will count no more than 5% of grade as a common PLC weight.

Teachers assign homework to:

When teachers assign homework they:

Homework shall:

Bell Schedules

2017-2018 Early Release Bell Schedule

7:23                         Breakfast/ Enter the Halls                                        

7:30-8:30                Core I Begins                                         60m

8:30-8:36                Change                                        6m

8:36-9:36                Core II Begins                                        60m

9:36-9:42                Change                                        6m

9:42-10:42                Core IV                                                60m

10:42-10:48                Change to Core III                                6m

Lunch Schedule:

A Lunch        10:48

                        11:08                                                20m

                        11:08-11:13        Back to Class                        5m

        B Lunch        11:13                

                        11:33                                                20m        

                        11:33-11:38 Back to Class                        5m

C Lunch        11:38                

11:58                                                20m

11:58-12:03 Back to Class                        5m

D Lunch        12:03

                12:23                                                20m

12:23-12:28 Back to Class                        5m        

2017-2018 Regular Bell Schedule

7:23                        Breakfast/ Enter the Halls                                        

7:30-9:03                Core 1                                                         93m

9:03-9:09                Transition                                                6m

9:09-10:42                Core 2                                                        93m

10:42-10:48                Transition                                                6m

10:48-12:51                Core 3                                                        100m

12:51-12:57                Transition                                                6m

12:58-2:30                Core 4                                                        92m

2:45-3:45                ASD & Lab                                                60m

Lunch Schedule:

                

A Lunch        10:50                

                10:50-11:17                                                27m

                        11:17-11:22        Transition                                5m

        

        B Lunch        11:22                        

                        11:22-11:49                                                27m        

                        11:49-11:54 Transition                                        5m        

C Lunch        11:54                

                        11:54-12:21                                                27m

12:21-12:26 Transition                                        5m

D Lunch        12:26                

12:26-12:53                                                27m                

                12:53-12:58 Transition                                5m        



Homeroom Bell Schedule

7:23                         Breakfast/ Enter the Halls                                        

7:30-8:55                Core 1                                                         85m

8:55-9:01                Transition                                                6m

9:01-10:27                Core 2                                                        86m

10:27-10:33                Transition                                                6m

10:33-10:58                Homeroom                                                25m

10:58-11:04                Transition                                                6m

11:04-12:59                Lunch                                                        90m

12:59-1:05                Transition                                                6m

1:05-2:30                Core 4                                                        85m


Lunch Schedule:

                

A Lunch        11:03                

                11:03-11:28                                                25m

                        11:28-11:33        Transition                                5m

        B Lunch        11:33                

                        11:33-11:58                                                25m                

                        11:58-12:03 Transition                                5m

C Lunch        12:03                        

                        12:03-12:28                                                25m

12:28-12:33 Transition                                5m

D Lunch        12:33

12:33-12:58                                                25m        

                12:58-1:05 Transition                                        7m        




1st Five Days of School

Bell Schedule

7:23                         Breakfast/ Enter the Halls                                        

7:30-8:00                Homeroom                                                 30m

8:00-8:06                Transition                                                6m

8:06-9:30                Core 1                                                         84m

9:30-9:36                Transition                                                6m

9:36-10:51                Core 2                                                        85m

10:51-10:57                Transition                                                6m

10:57-12:54                Lunch                                                        92m

12:54-1:00                Transition                                                6m

1:00-2:30                Core 4                                                        90m

Lunch Schedule:

                

A Lunch        10:57         

                10:57-11:22                                                25m

                        11:22-11:27        Transition                                5m

        B Lunch        11:27                

                        11:27-11:52                                                25m                

                        11:52-11:57 Transition                                        5m

C Lunch        11:57                

                        11:57-12:22                                                25m

12:22-12:27 Transition                                        5m

D Lunch        12:27                

12:27-12:52                                                25m        

                12:52-12:57 Transition                                5m        

                

2 Hour Delay Bell Schedule

9:23                         Enter the Halls                                        

9:30-10:03                Core 1                                                         33m

10:03-10:09                Transition                                                6m

10:09-10:41                Core 2                                                         32m                

10:41-10:47                Transition                                                6m

10:47-12:54                Core 3                                                        102m

1:00-2:30                Core 4                                                        90m

2:45-3:45                ASD                                                        60m

Lunch Schedule:

                

A Lunch        10:47                

                10:47-11:12                                                25m

                        11:12-11:17        Transition                                5m

        B Lunch        11:17                

                        11:17-11:42                                                25m                

                        11:42-11:47 Transition                                        5m

C Lunch        11:47                

                        11:47-12:12                                                25m

12:12-12:17 Transition                                        5m

D Lunch        12:17        

12:17-12:42                                                25m        

                        12:42-12:47 Transition                                5m                

Attendance

FHS Policy and Procedures

Attendance in school is central to educational achievement and school success. Attendance and participation in class is an integral part of the teaching/learning process, and thereby a part of the grade earned. Additionally, regular attendance develops patterns of behavior essential to success in later life. While there are times when students must be absent from school due to physical inability to attend, it must be understood that parents or legal guardians have the responsibility for ensuring that students attend and remain at school daily. An absence is excused if the following conditions exist (WCS Board Policy 6110.1): 

Make-up Work/Work-Assistance

A student is expected to make up all work missed when he/she misses class. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange to make up all work at the convenience of the teacher. Every teacher will be available to assist with make-up work and/or provide extra help twice a week after school for 30 minutes.  All students are encouraged to take advantage of these sessions for make-up work or extra help. Teachers will announce and post times that they are available for student assistance.

Make-up Work Policy for Excused Absences

(WCS Board Policy 6110.4) Make-up work shall be assigned at the convenience of the teacher, and may be specific material missed by the student, or may be of a reinforcement or enrichment nature.

In addition, Fike High School requires the following in reference to make-up work for excused absences:

  1. If the absence is approved in advance and/or if the work is assigned by the teacher in advance, all make -up work, including tests assigned for the day of return, is due upon the student's return to school. Teachers should use discretion and may make exceptions in the case of students whose excused absences were not planned in advance, were beyond the student' control, and the nature of which would not support make-up work the day of return (e.g., death in the immediate family, serious illness).

  1. If the make-up work has not been assigned in advance, for absences of one (1) to three (3) days, the student will have one day for each day absent. For absences exceeding three (3) days, the student may have two (2) days for each day absent to make up work. Special consideration may be given in the case of extended absences due to injury or chronic illness.

  1. The student is responsible for securing make-up work at the secondary level.

Make-up Work Policy for Unexcused Absences

(WCS Board Policy 6110.5) Regardless of whether the absence is excused or unexcused, students must begin making up class work within five (5) school days.  Absences occurring at the end of a grading period and prior to an opportunity to perform make-up work will result in a grade of "Incomplete" until an opportunity has been provided for such make-up work.

FHS Specific Attendance Policy and Procedures

In the event of an absence or tardy, it shall be the responsibility of the student to present to the guidance office a note citing the reason for such absence or tardiness (i.e., doctor/dentist appointment, court appearance, obituary, educational program, etc.).  Handwritten notes are not permissible.  Beginning with the eleventh absence, course credit is denied. Students may request a waiver through the process established by the MTSS (Multi-tiered System of Support) team. In order to meet waiver requirements, students must have an excuse note for every day of class missed. Notes should be turned into guidance within 2 days of returning to school following the absence.

Tardiness

Beginning class on time and valuing learning are at the heart of what makes Fike High School a superior high school. All students should be in their assigned classroom or location before the tardy bell rings. Any student who has an unexcused tardy to class is subject to the following:

  1. 1st Tardy – Teacher/Student Conference
  2. 2nd Tardy – Parent Phone Call
  3. 3rd Tardy – Office Referral (1 Day ISS)
  4. 4th Tardy – Office Referral (1 Day OSS)
  5. Every subsequent tardy will result in additional days of OSS.

Check In/Check Out

Students who are late to school will be required to check in at the front office.  In order for a student to check out of school early a parent/guardian must physically report to the office and check the student out, or if the student drives a parent/guardian may submit a note to the front office via the student by 9:00 and the front office will verify the need or permission to checkout.  We will not deliver messages via the phone to students, nor will we accept changes to transportation over the phone.   In an effort to protect instructional time we will not permit students to check out after 2:00 p.m.

Lunch and Lunch Checkout

Students are not permitted to leave campus for lunch nor to check out to go get lunch during lunch hours. Students are not permitted to eat food from other vendors such as McDonald’s, Bojangles, or Chick-fil-A in our cafeteria.  Outside food will not be permitted.  The front office staff will not hold lunches for students.  

Behavioral Policies and Procedures

General Discipline Policy

All Wilson County School System and Fike High School rules apply to the regular instructional day as well as extracurricular activities and other events affiliated with the school, including activities off campus and such behaviors that may affect the safe and orderly environment of the school.

Student Behavior

The academic and social expectations for students at Fike High School are high. Respect for oneself and others as well as respect for instructional time and a healthy learning environment are essential to a successful school. Students are expected to display appropriate behavior at all times--in the classroom, hallways, restrooms, cafeteria, gyms, parking lots, buses, and at all school-sponsored events. Judicially, staff members have authority over students regardless of place. Students are expected to respect this authority. Disciplinary measures vary based upon the seriousness of the infraction. Teachers and school administrators must adhere to the measures prescribed by the policies of the Wilson County School System. When a student violates a classroom or school standard, the student may be referred to the proper school administrator, who will make any necessary investigations. If disciplinary measures are necessary, the administrator may assign, but is not limited to after school detention or out-of-school suspension (OSS). Serious or repeated offenses may result in a recommendation for long-term suspension. Disciplinary measures are progressive in application. When a student is referred to an administrator, several different approaches may be used in an attempt to effect a behavior change. Naturally, the school is concerned with the causes of misbehavior; however, each student must understand that he/she will have to accept the consequences of misbehavior.

CHOICE

In-School-Suspension (ISS)

Students who commit minor infractions or who are repeat offenders of minor infractions may face in-school-suspension, which is a denial to be a part of the regular school day.  Students may face in-school-suspension for up to 5 days.  In-school-suspension is only assigned by an administrator in accordance with policies of the Wilson County School System.  While a student is in ISS they will receive work from their assigned teachers for the days they are in ISS.  All work is to be completed.  Students will not be permitted to leave ISS until all work is done.  If a student happens to violate more rules while serving ISS they may face an out-of-school suspension.  Students who serve ISS are not permitted to take part in games or extracurricular activities on the days they are assigned ISS.  

Out –of-School Suspension (OSS)

Students who commit major and serious infractions or who are repeat offenders may face out-of-school suspension (OSS), which is a denial of school attendance and a denial of participation in or attendance at school-sponsored activities. Such suspensions are made by the administration in accordance with policies of the Wilson County School System. While on out-of-school suspension, a student may not attend any school function and is not allowed on school grounds. Violators may face additional suspension and/or trespassing charges. A suspended student will not be allowed to participate in or practice any extracurricular activities (athletics, clubs, concerts, field trips, etc.).

Long-Term Suspension

Long-term suspension is defined as suspended from school for the remainder of the school term. In the case of firearm or explosive and other serious violations outlined in Wilson County School System Board Policies, students may be suspended for 365 days

Search and Seizure

Please visit the Wilson County Schools website and review WCS Board Policy 6600.

Dress Code

According to WCS Board Policy 6401, the principal shall exercise appropriate discretion in implementing the dress code, including making reasonable accommodations on the basis of students’ religious beliefs or medical conditions. Students are expected to adhere to standards of dress and appearance that are compatible with an effective learning environment. Presenting a bodily appearance or wearing clothing which is disruptive, provocative, revealing, profane, vulgar, offensive or obscene, or which endangers the health or safety of the student or others is prohibited. Examples of prohibited dress or appearance include, but are not limited to: exposed undergarments; sagging pants; excessively short or tight garments; bare midriff shirts; strapless shirts; attire with messages or illustrations that are lewd, indecent, or vulgar or that advertise any product or service not permitted by law to minors; head covering of any kind; see-through clothing; attire that exposes cleavage; any adornment such as chains or spikes that reasonably could be perceived as or used as a weapon; and any symbols, styles, or attire frequently associated with intimidation, violence or violent groups about which students at a particular school have been notified. Sunglasses in the building are also prohibited unless approval has been granted by administration because of medical reasons. If a student's dress or appearance is such that it constitutes a threat to the health or safety of others, distracts the attention of other students or staff from their work, or otherwise violates this dress code, the principal or principal's designee may require the student to change his or her dress or appearance.

Fike High School will implement the following consequences for violating this policy:

1st Offense: Warning/Sent to Choice/Call home for change of clothing

2nd Offense: Referred to CHOICE, Change of Clothes, and will receive 3 days ISS

3rd Offense: Referred to CHOICE to Change Clothes, will receive 1 Day OSS

4th Offense: Referred to CHOICE to Change Clothes and will receive 3 days OSS

Every subsequent offense will result in OSS.

Wireless Communication Devices

Please refer to the Wilson County Schools Board Policy 6403.  

Fike High School will implement the following consequences for violating this policy:

1st Offense: Warning will be issued.

2nd Offense: Device will be taken and returned to student at end of class period.

3rd Offense: 3 Days OSS                                                                                                    4th Offense: 5 days OSS and Parent Conference                                                               5th Offense: 10 days OSS and Parent Conference and every subsequent offense will result in OSS and Parent Conference.

Additional consequences including, but not limited to, detention, in school suspension, or out of school suspension up to ten days may be imposed if the phone has been used (1) to reproduce images of tests, obtain unauthorized access to school information or assist students in any aspect of their instructional program in a manner that violates any school board policy, administrative regulation or school rule; (2) to bully or harass other students; (3) to send illicit text messages; (4) to take and/or send illicit photographs; or (5) in any other manner that would make more severe disciplinary consequences appropriate.

Students at Fike High School are allowed to use cell phones before school up until the tardy bells rings and after the dismissal bell rings in the afternoon. Students are also allowed to use their cell phone as necessary within hallways by texting (phone calls in halls are not permitted) and the walls of the cafeteria during their assigned lunch period as long as it does not cause a disturbance. Only texting and listening to music is permitted in the cafeteria.  At all other times all cell phones should be turned off and out of sight.

Possible Consequences for Behavioral Infractions

Please review the Wilson County Schools Board Policy 6400.

Academic Integrity

The students and faculty of Fike High School value honor, integrity, and responsibility in order to promote and foster an atmosphere of cooperation and mutual respect (See WCS Board Policy 6400-1-05). By upholding these values, students will build a community in which they will achieve their greatest potential in character and citizenship. Students are expected to:

General Student Information

Assemblies

Assemblies at Fike High School are extensions of the classroom and occur only when there is instructional merit. For assemblies to be positive experiences, students must behave in an appropriate manner. The following standards will be applied to all assemblies at Fike High School:

Cafeteria

Information regarding eligibility for free/reduced meal will be made available at the beginning of the school year. For assistance, please see the guidance secretary; students must re-apply for free/reduced price each year.

Drivers Education

Instructors:  Scott Thompson, Bryce Wolzen, Glenn Jones. and Art Miller

To take Driver Education at Fike you must:

1.  Be between the ages of 14 1/2 and 17

2.  Be in the 9th grade; however, other grade levels may take the class if class size

      permits.

3.  Be mentally and physically able to get a NC driving permit and license.

4.  Be making satisfactory progress toward graduation.

5.  For ATHLETES and BAND MEMBERS and those with  extracurricular activities,

     those students may take any class that is convenient for them as long as they get prior  

     permission from one of the instructors.  Otherwise you must attend the class in which

     you are assigned.

6.  Pay a fee of $65.00 before the driving phase occurs.  

Driver Education is taught throughout the school year here at Fike, twice in the Fall, four times in the Winter and twice in the Spring.  Classes are taught at two times, 2:45-5:00 and 5:00-7:15 and take place in room 011 on the vocational hall.  One class will be offered in June not long after school is out for ten (10) days from 9:00-12:00.    Freshmen students are assigned to classes according to their age; however if a student foresees a problem with attending a particular class, he or she may attend another class with permission from Mr. Thompson or Mr. Wolzen.  If you are assigned to the 5:00 class, you must leave campus between 2:30 and 5:00, you cannot stay at school between these times.  If you are caught staying at school between these times, you will be dismissed from Driver Education.  You must attend the first class assigned in order to be enrolled.  On the first day of class, you must have a 3-ring notebook and something to write with.  Students without these items will be asked to leave.  Students must have transportation home immediately following each class.  Only absences due to school related activities will be considered as excused.  Students must pass the classroom phase and pay the $65.00 fee before they proceed to the driving phase.  That fee is payable only in the main office or online.  Those students who pass the class will be placed in chronological order and be driven from oldest to youngest with freshmen having priority.  Discipline referrals from other teachers may result in dismissal from Driver Education.  Suspension from school will result in immediate dismissal from Driver Education.  Driver eligibility certificates issued after completing the driving phase of the course and are good for thirty (30) days.  If you allow your certificate to expire, new ones are rewritten once a month.  

Emergencies/Health Room

Any student wishing to receive assistance for an illness or accident is to report to the nurse’s office or seek assistance from a staff member. Students too sick to remain in class are too sick to remain at school. For this reason, students are asked to go to guidance to contact a parent to pick them up. Regarding chronic health concerns, a Public Health Nurse, though not on campus daily, is assigned to Fike High School and appointments can be made through your counselor.

Fines/Fees

Students are expected to clear any fines/fees promptly, including returning books, materials, uniforms, equipment, etc. Failure to clear fines and fees will prohibit a student’s eligibility for a parking permit. In addition, students may be ineligible to participate in student activities such as the prom, tryouts for athletic teams, and graduation.

Fire Drills

Fire drills are required by law as safety precautions. Thus, at the time of a drill, all students should follow directions and clear the building by the prescribed route as quickly as possible. The teacher in each classroom will give his/her students instructions. Exit procedures are posted in each classroom.

Flowers, Balloons, Gifts, Lunches, etc.

Items such as flowers, balloons, and other gifts create a disruption of the educational process when delivered to school. Thus, these types of items will not be accepted for students by any office or school staff. Students possessing such items may be required to keep them in the office. The school is not responsible for these items. In addition, high school students are expected to bring lunch from home or come to school prepared to eat food from the cafeteria. The office staff will not accept food for delivery to students.

Hall Passes

Students are not permitted in the halls during class periods unless they are accompanied by a teacher or have an official FHS hall pass from an authorized staff member.

Homework

The faculty of Fike High School considers homework to be an important part of the educational program. Thus, homework will be assigned on a regular basis throughout the school year. These assignments will be purposeful extensions of the instructional program. Homework appropriate to the developmental level of the student will be given for the purpose of review, practice, reinforcement, inquiry, and enrichment. Students and parents will be informed of the specific homework requirements as well as the evaluation procedure for each course at the beginning of each semester by way of documents distributed by teachers in individual classes.

Lockers

Lockers and Locks

Three simple steps must be followed in order to purchase a lock:

1. Students choose locker location and tell homeroom teacher what locker number he/she wants.

2. Homeroom teacher records the locker number on the receipt.

3. Student brings the receipt to an administrator in order to receive the lock. School locks cost $5.00. Any locker without a lock will have all items removed. The locker will be secured and the contents brought to the main office. The student must use only the locker that has been assigned to him/her. Any lock that is not a combination lock will be removed from the locker. Students are responsible for the upkeep of their locker. No posters, writing, stickers, or insignias, are permitted on or in the lockers. The school will not be responsible for articles or books lost from students lockers. Students are also reminded that there should be no sharing or exchanging of lockers. Any violation of locker rules may result in an in-school or out-of-school suspension.

Lunch

Students may bring lunch from home or purchase lunch from Child Nutrition Services (Cafeteria); lunch should not be delivered by parents or other individuals.  Students are not permitted to leave campus for lunch.  

Media Center

The goal of the media center is to prepare our users to be lifelong learners able to identify their information needs, to be able to access, search, and evaluate relevant information, to solve problems and make decisions, and to be able to communicate new knowledge and ideas in a variety of formats. The media center will be open during school hours of 7:30-2:45. 

 Media Center Expectations:

 Atmosphere

An atmosphere conducive to student learning will be maintained. The Media Center staff reserve the right to prohibit facility use to students who make choices not to follow Media Center expectations.

∙ Use

.While classes are in session, students must either be with a teacher, or have a signed pass from their subject teacher to use the Media Center. Students with a pass must sign in and out at the desk during regular school hours.

 ∙ Circulation

Books may be checked out for 2 weeks and renewed. Books may be placed on reserve by teachers or by the media staff.

∙ Overdue Fines Books: $.10 per day up to a maximum of $5.00. Library fines and overdue books are to be cleared before the end of each school year.

Parking on Campus during the School Day

A student parking lot is provided for you.  All driving students must utilize this facility and are not permitted to park anywhere else on campus.  Students driving to school should exit their vehicle as soon as they park and lock their cars each morning. All students driving cars to school must register his/her car in the office at which time a parking permit will be issued.  The cost of the permits will be $30.00 for 1 semester or  $50.00 for the year.  Each car parked in the student parking lot must be registered and display the parking permit from the rear-view mirror.  All permits must be displayed starting on the first day of school.  Temporary parking passes are no longer available.  Any student who is found parking on campus without a permit or illegally is subject to have their vehicle towed at the owner's expense.  When there is a violation of the parking lot regulations, the student may be suspended from driving on campus for up to 10 days or the remainder of the school year.

STUDENT PARKING LOT RULES

1.        All students driving to school must park their vehicle in the student parking lot.

2.        Vacate vehicle as soon as parked.

3.          No littering.

4.        Do not enter or leave through the bus parking lot.

5.        No spinning tires or any other type of reckless driving.

6.        Possession or use of alcoholic beverages or drugs is prohibited and will result in the loss of driving privileges and suspension from school.

7.        After entering the student parking lot, you will not be allowed to leave without permission.  If a student leaves without permission that is considered skipping and the student can lose parking privileges for 10 days and up to the remainder of the year.

8.        After students leave the parking lot, they cannot return to their car or parking lot without permission. Students may not sit in cars during the school day.

9.        Students should leave campus directly after school unless a student is involved with extracurricular activities or tutoring.

10.        Loud and vulgar music is not allowed in the parking lot.

11.         Students drivers that transport other students off campus without permission are subject to suspension.

Posters and Displays

Posting signs around the campus is an appropriate and effective way to let students know what is happening around the school. Signs need to be approved in advance by the administrator responsible for student activities. All posters and signs need to follow the guidelines for approval:

1. The group sponsoring the event and the nature of the group’s activities must be clearly stated.

2. Seventy-two hours of prior approval time is required before a sign can be posted.

3. Signs must be taken down the day after an announced event by the club or group.

4. Only school-related activities may be promoted with postings. Other promotional material must be approved for placement on the community board.

5. Items may be posted in designated areas only (generally key intersections, visible areas vs. random placement).

School Functions

School functions such as dances, concerts, and athletic events are extensions of the school day. All school rules must be followed at all school events that occur after the regular school day. Dances may be scheduled exclusively for FHS students and their invited guests. Students may be limited to one guest and may be required to obtain prior approval for the guest. Students and guests will be under the supervision of the school at school-sponsored dances and will be expected to abide by all school rules and regulations. Administration reserves the right to deny participation in school activities for any student who has multiple suspensions or disciplinary infractions.

Telephone Messages

Personal telephone messages for students will not be accepted nor delivered, except in emergency situations. Callers need to clearly identify to the main office staff any telephone calls related to emergency situations. Ultimately, school personnel must make judgments regarding if/when to interrupt instruction for delivery of messages. To every extent possible, the school will avoid interruptions of classes. If a message must be delivered, it likely will be held until the end of a class block.

Textbooks

When textbooks are issued to students, they become responsible for returning them in the same condition as when issued, except for normal wear. Charges will be assessed for lost and damaged books. Students may be denied participation in prom or other school-sponsored activities if they have any debt to school.

Trespassing

No student shall be on any other school in the Wilson County School System during the school day without the knowledge and consent of the officials of the school that he/she is visiting. Violators may face disciplinary consequences.

∙ Students who loiter at any school after the close of the school day without a specific reason or adult supervision will be considered trespassers. Furthermore, they may be prosecuted in the case of not leaving the campus when instructed to do so.

∙ Any student who has been suspended from Fike High School will be considered trespassing if he/she appears on our school campus during the suspension period without the permission of the principal.

∙ Likewise, adult visitors are required to sign in at the main office and must obtain permission to be on campus. Violators will be subject to trespassing charges and/or denial to be on campus at future times.

Valuables

Students should not bring valuables, large sums of money, expensive jewelry, etc., to school. If it is necessary for students to bring such items, students should make arrangements with a sponsor or teacher for safekeeping. Students should not leave money or valuables in a locker. Students are responsible for marking their personal possessions so that lost possessions can be identified. During PE classes all valuables are to be secured with the PE teacher. The school administration cannot be responsible for items lost or irresponsibly managed by students.

Visitors

All visitors are required to report directly to the main office upon entering the school building. Furthermore, they will be required to register as a visitor in the main office and wear a visitor badge (provided by the school) during their entire time on our campus.

∙ Students from other Wilson County schools, as well as out-of-town guests, are not permitted to come on the Fike High School campus during regular school hours without the prior approval of the principal.

∙ Students are not allowed to have visitors on campus.

Emergency Situations

This section of the manual is only a general overview of crisis procedures.  Please refer to your crisis manual for more detailed information.

General Guidelines

Serious Injury or Illness

Safety Drills

The following drills are put in place throughout the school year for the safety and protection of all of those in the school building. We take these drills very seriously and have put into effect the following procedures for each safety drill.  

Tornado Weather Warning Definitions

Tornado Plan

Tornado Drill

A tornado drill will take place periodically during the school year.  This drill takes precedence over every other school activity.

Fire Drills

Lockdown Drills

The school-wide intercom system will be activated to insure clear communication between all classrooms and the Main Office. In the event of a real emergency during school hours, the verbal warning “lockdown,” will be announced over the school-wide intercom system.  Four practice drills will be held during the school year, one every marking period.