The Academy of Innovation
26400 Dartmouth St.
Hemet, CA 92544
TEACHER LINE: 951-765-6473
Colors: Blue and Grey
We customize learning to impact academic achievement, build healthy relationships, and connect with our community.
To Our Students & Families,
We are honored that you and your family have chosen our educational program to fulfill your academic goals. This is a flexible program that can be customized to fit the individual needs of our students. Our highly qualified teaching staff is standing by to assist you through your academic progress and success. We offer a dynamic educational program with a challenging curriculum and high expectations. We keep those expectations high because we know you can do it! Together, we can accomplish great things. But it requires a commitment from all members of the team, especially you, the student! So throughout this year and into the future, we ask you to focus on achievement!
We customize learning to impact academic achievement, build healthy relationships, and connect with our community.
Inquire Today. Impact Tomorrow.
Frank Green ………. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ….. . . .. . ..PRINCIPAL
Sarah Brown …………………………………………..… ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
Leticia Milbauer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .….. . ..COUNSELOR
Andrea Newborn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …... . . ..COUNSELOR
Gloria Ayala . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . … OFFICE MANAGER
Krista Dotinga...…………………………………………… SECRETARY II
Dana Mitchell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .ATTENDANCE
Jennifer Paul…... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . … REGISTRAR
Bobbi Walck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . ………. . LIBRARY TECHNICIAN
TBD …………………………………………….. HEALTH TECHNICIAN
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Secondary Grading Information
First Progress Report, End of Triad 1…………………..…September 25, 2020
Second Progress Report, End of Triad 2..………….…… November 6, 2020
End of 1st Semester, First Report Card ……………….… January 6, 2021
First Progress Report, End of Triad 4 ………………….…February 26, 2021
Second Progress Report, End of Triad 5 …………………April 16, 2021
End of 2nd Semester, Final Report Card ………………….June 4, 2021
Elementary Grading Information
First Quarter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ……….October 9, 2020
First Quarter Ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ……….December 17, 2020
Second Quarter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ….... March 19, 2021
Second Quarter Ends . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …..June 4, 2021
*Progress reports and report cards are turned in to the office on the dates above.
Reports are mailed within two weeks.
GRADING SCALE (HUSD BOARD POLICY #5124R)
90 - 100%
Produces markedly superior work
80 - 89%
Produces superior work
70 - 79%
Demonstrates satisfactory work
60 - 69%
Needs to improve progress in work
Demonstrates little or no progress in work
Required work has not been completed (issued only because of extenuating circumstances)
Freedom and responsibility are mutual and inseparable; we can ensure enjoyment of the one only by exercising the other. Freedom for all of us depends on responsibility by each of us. To secure and expand our liberties, therefore, we accept these responsibilities as individual members of a free society:
(Education Code Section 48916) “Students of the public schools have the right to exercise free expression including, but not limited to, the use of bulletin boards, the distribution of printed materials or petitions, and the wearing of buttons, badges, and other insignia, except that expression which is obscene, libelous, or slanderous according to current legal standards, or which so incites students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school premises or the violation of lawful school regulations, or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school, shall be prohibited. Each governing board of a school district and each county superintendent of schools shall adopt rules and regulations relating to the exercise of expression by the students upon the premises of each school within their respective jurisdictions, which shall include reasonable provisions for the time, place, and manner of conducting such activities.”
The Hemet Unified School District is committed to providing equal opportunities for all genders and the handicapped in all education programs and activities, and for employees/applicants as required by Federal and State law.
The Academy of Innovation is committed to a work and educational environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity. Each student has the right to learn in a professional atmosphere that promotes equal educational opportunity and is free from discriminatory practices. Sexual harassment is violation of Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972, Title VII of the Civil rights Act of 1964, and California Education Code Section 210 through 214, inclusive. Therefore, the district strongly condemns, opposes, and prohibits sexual harassment of individuals, whether verbal, physical, or environmental, by anyone. Any student who violates this policy will be subject to discipline, up to and including expulsion.
How to Report Harassment:
Complaint forms are available in Administration. You can ask any adult on campus for help in solving a harassment problem. Complaints are handled by counselors and/or administrators.
Any student who violates this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion.
How is bullying defined legally?
Board Policy 5131.2 clearly provides, “No individual or group shall, through physical, written, verbal, or other means, harass, sexually harass, threaten, intimidate, retaliate, cyberbully, cause bodily injury to, or commit hate violence against any student or school personnel.”
According to Education Code section 48900, subdivision (r) and our school district’s regulation AR 5144.1, page 3, section 17, bullying is broadly defined and includes at least but not limited to any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or by means of an electronic act, directed toward one or more students that has or can reasonably be predicted to have the effect of placing a reasonable student in fear of harm to himself/herself or his/her property, or cause the student to experience a substantially detrimental effect on his/her physical or mental health, or cause the student to experience substantial interferences with his/her academic performance or ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or privileges provided by a school.
A “victim of an act of bullying” means a pupil that has been determined to have been a victim of bullying by an investigation pursuant to the complaint process described in Section 234.1 and the bullying was committed by any pupil in the school district of residence, and the parent of the pupil has filed a written complaint regarding the bullying with the school, school district personnel, or a local law enforcement agency.
What is bullying?
Bullying is an ongoing and deliberate misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behavior that intends to cause physical, social and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power, or perceived power, over one or more persons who feel unable to stop it from happening.
Bullying can happen in person or online, via various digital platforms and devices and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated over time.
What is NOT bullying?
· single episodes of social rejection or dislike
· single episode acts of nastiness or spite
· random acts of aggression or intimidation
· mutual arguments, disagreements or fights.
These actions can cause great distress. However, they do not fit the definition of bullying and they’re not examples of bullying unless someone is deliberately and repeatedly doing them.
In order to address bullying, it is very important to report incidents as soon as possible after they occur. Students may report to trusted adults or in reporting “boxes” on campus. Incidents can be reported confidentially on Sprigeo.
Possible Disciplinary Actions
Students who bully or participate in bullying are subject to progressive disciplinary actions if the behaviors can not be mitigated through school interventions. Interventions include: peer mediations, counseling and meetings, on site detentions, loss of recess privileges, stay away orders, behavior contracts, suspension from school and ultimately expulsion from school.
GENERAL RULES AND POLICIES
Honesty and integrity are fundamental components of our student’s education and character development. Our school has a fundamental obligation to promote, model, and educate students about the importance of basic character values. Administrators, faculty, staff and students should practice and emphasize integrity and ethical conduct in all relationships and situations.
Cheating of any kind while completing course requirements (e.g., taking examinations, completing term papers/projects/assignments) is a personal violation of the high standard of behavior we strive to maintain.
The intent of this policy is to support the school’s efforts to encourage honesty, integrity, and ethical conduct throughout our students’ school career with us and beyond.
Example of a violation of this policy may be (but is not limited to):
Disciplinary action will result in a failing grade on the assignment/test, parent conference, and possibly further disciplinary action depending on the severity of the offense which may include academic probation and suspension.
If you injure yourself while at school or while engaged in school activities, please report immediately to the teacher in charge regardless of how minor the injury. If an injury happens during a passing period, lunch time, or before/after school while still on campus, please notify administration or the health office.
Attendance is critical for academic success. It is necessary to attend and be on time for all scheduled classes and teacher appointments (for independent study). Be sure to contact your supervising teacher for a missed independent study appointment to arrange for homework drop-off. Independent study work is still due regardless of the absence. Absences should be avoided but if necessary, please contact your teacher through email. Missing work and class time may need to be made up on a different day and time. Excessive class absences and missed teacher appointments have a grave effect on student learning and will incur interventions. Students not making progress or failing coursework may be switched to another program at our site, or sent back to their school of residence at the discretion of administration.
Due to the unpredictable nature of the new CoVid19 virus, school attendance expectations may change throughout the school year.
Students attending The Academy of Innovation need to have their own transportation. Students will be transported by bus or another district vehicle for field trips. A field trip form must be signed prior to such events. No bus services will be provided to and from school. Students may ride the city bus to school if their parents deem it appropriate, however the family incurs the cost of any fees to use city transportation. The city bus has a stop in front of the school.
Students may possess or use electronic signaling devices, including but not limited to pagers, beepers, and cellular telephone, provided that such devices do not disrupt the educational program or school activity. Cell phones (and other devices) shall be turned off during class time and kept inside backpacks or purses, and at any other time as directed by a district employee.
If disruption occurs, the employee will confiscate the device and deliver it to the office. Repeated disruptions will require a parent to pick up the item from the school and administration will determine any appropriate disciplinary actions.
The Academy of Innovation assumes no liability for lost, damaged, or confiscated cell phones or other items of value brought to school by students.
It is the philosophy of the Hemet Unified School District to secure, at the lowest possible administrative level, equitable responses to complaints directed against employees by parents/guardians. Prior to filing a written complaint, the complainant should attempt to speak with the specific employee involved concerning the complaint. Complaint procedures are available at all school sites and the district office.
Fines and charges should be paid as they arise. All debts must be cleared during your senior year prior to senior check-out, or prior to transfer to another school. Check with the main office to determine whether your student owes any fees to the school.
Fire and Disaster Drills
Students are responsible to follow the direction of teachers and staff in the event of a fire or disaster drill. Listen carefully to the directions given by your teacher and obey them quickly and quietly.
The health office is located in the administration building. If you feel ill or have a medical emergency, please obtain a pass from your teacher and report to the health office. Students are not to leave the campus because of illness without first reporting to the Health Office. Any violation of this rule is considered truancy.
Shortly after the beginning of the new school year, students will have their pictures taken for their student ID cards. Every student will be issued a free I.D. card. I.D.’s will be used to check students on and off campus. Students not carrying I.D., or refusing to present I.D. to staff, will be subject to disciplinary action. Lost I.D. cards must be replaced. Charge for replacement is $5.00. Students are expected to carry their school ID cards with them at all times.
Accident insurance to cover 9th through 12th grade pupils in attendance at school or traveling to or from school is made available to the parents on a voluntary basis. Pupils in the 9th through 12th grade who participate in interscholastic athletics must be insured.
Students may listen to their IPods, etc. on school grounds before school, during passing periods, and after school. Classroom rules will be set by individual teachers. For safety reasons, we ask that students wear only one earpiece while on campus. Students wearing both earpieces on campus will be asked to remove them. Defiance will lead to disciplinary action.
All persons entering a school site or district facility may be subject to a metal detector scan and/or personal search to ensure that weapons, drugs, or other dangerous items are not brought on campus. Violators are subject to suspension, expulsion, or arrest.
The administration retains control over buildings, parking lots, and grounds, and has the right to search them without warrant.
K.I.D.S., INC., Kontraband Interdiction and Detection Services, Inc.
Using canines to discourage contraband on school campuses is becoming a popular component of a school safety program, and Hemet Unified periodically uses these services. The canines are trained to detect illegal drugs, drinking alcohol and pyrotechnic odors by sniffing the air around personal property, lockers, and vehicles.
We make every effort to provide your student with a safe school environment. Canines on campus have been successful in deterring students from bringing prohibited items on to school campuses.
The grading timeline for seniors is critical for teachers and graduating students.
For the 2020-2021 school year, no senior work will be accepted after May 21st 2020. This will allow for grading and calculating of credits.
Skateboards, scooters, and bicycles are to be walked on all areas of the school campus including sidewalks. Bicycles should be secured at the campus bike rack. Skateboards and scooters are to be stored in the administration building throughout the day. However, theft can still occur. The school assumes no liability for stolen or damaged bicycles and will not be able to replace or provide compensation in the event that a bike/scooter/skateboard is damaged or stolen.
Students are also expected to obey California’s Helmet Law. Please make sure your child is equipped with a helmet if riding to school. Students who do not have the proper headwear may not be able to take their bike home and may be subject to law enforcement/citation.
Textbooks: Textbooks are provided for students. Books become students’ responsibility and fees are charged for lost/damaged textbooks, library books, and other school-issued supplies. Transcripts, grades, and other activities are withheld until all school textbooks and materials are returned or reimbursed. Please note: Textbook average cost is $65 per book. A list of exact costs is available from the library.
The Hemet Unified School District is a tobacco-free district. The use of any tobacco, alcohol, vape, or other illegal substances is prohibited at all times on district property and in district vehicles. Information on smoking cessation classes is available from the Office of Child Welfare and Attendance at (951)765-5100.
Students are not permitted to possess or use tobacco, alcohol, vape pens, prescription medicines not checked in with the health office, or any other illegal substance from the time they leave home until the time they return to their house. Violations will result in appropriate disciplinary action, including but not limited to possible suspension.
School policy is to allow on campus only those visitors who are authorized by school officials and have legitimate business at school. Parents are encouraged to be involved with their children at school. Parents are asked to provide at least 24-hour notice before attending/observing class with their student. Parents and all other visitors must first register in the office and receive a visitor pass before entering campus or classrooms. Permission will not be granted for “guests” to attend classes. Unauthorized visitors will be escorted from campus.
The Academy of Innovation students may not visit another campus during the day unless that student is concurrently enrolled in a program at that school. Any student found on another campus who engages in any disrespectful behavior which reflects poorly on our school will be subject to disciplinary action which may include suspension.
Withholding Student Grades, Diploma, and Transcripts, HUSD Regulation
Students may obtain a work permit application from the School Office or Counseling office.
Criteria to obtain a work permit:
STUDENT DISCIPLINE CODE
The following is a brief review of progressive discipline actions the school may take for offenses occurring before, during, or after school, going to or from school, or while involved in school activities. Minor offenses are handled by teachers, campus supervisors, and/or counselors according to classroom and school rules. More serious offenses are referred to administration.
The discipline system includes:
The School will make every effort to utilize a Positive Behavior Intervention System to promote appropriate behaviors from our students which help them successfully achieve their academic goals.
Repeated negative or “malicious” behavior by one or more students/persons that is aimed at another student/person which creates an intimidating environment or causes fear will not be tolerated and will be subject to serious disciplinary action which may include suspension.
All students shall respect the rights and property of the school and staff. All students will conduct themselves in a respectful and courteous manner at all times. Any student who is defiant or disrespectful to any adult will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
DEFIANT & DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR:
Our primary goal is the education of our students. Any student behavior which interferes with staff or student performance of their duties will not be tolerated. Students who exhibit inappropriate, defiant, disruptive, or disrespectful behavior will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension.
DRESS CODE VIOLATION:
Students and parents are responsible for reading and following the dress code policy contained in this Student Handbook. Student clothing should demonstrate respect for oneself and others. Dress code violations will be subject to phone calls home and changing into more appropriate clothing. Continued violations will result in more serious disciplinary action.
(cf. 5145.2- Freedom of Speech/Expression: Publications Code)
Students and parents/guardians shall be informed about dress and grooming standards at the beginning of the school year and whenever these standards are revised. A student who violates these standards shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.
(cf. 5144- Discipline)
Dress and Grooming
In cooperation with teachers, students and parents/guardians, the principal or designee shall establish rules governing student dress and grooming which are consistent with law, Governing Board policy and administrative regulations. These school dress codes shall be regularly reviewed.
(cf. 0420- School Plans/Site Councils)
Each school shall allow students to wear sun-protective clothing, including but not limited to hats, for outdoor use during the school day. (Education Code 35183.5)
In addition, the following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities:
2. Clothing, jewelry and personal items (backpacks, fanny packs, gym bags, water bottles etc.) shall be free of writing, pictures or any other insignia which are gang-related, crude, vulgar, profane or sexually suggestive, which bear drug, alcohol or tobacco company advertising, promotions and likenesses, or which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice. All items must be determined to be safe.
3. Hats, caps and other head coverings may be worn indoors at the teacher’s discretion No bandanas or gang-affiliated head coverings permitted.
4. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times. See-through or fish-net fabrics, halter tops, off-the-shoulder or low -cut tops, distracting bare midriffs, short, and very short skirts are prohibited.
5. Gym shorts may not be worn in classes other than physical education.
6. Hair shall be clean and neatly groomed. Hair may not be sprayed by any coloring that would drip when wet.
Coaches and teachers may impose more stringent dress requirements to accommodate the special needs of certain sports and/or classes.
(cf. 3260- Fees and Charges)
No grade of a student participating in a physical education class shall be adversely affected if the student does not wear standardized physical education apparel because of circumstances beyond the student’s control. (Education Code 49066)
(cf. 5121- Grades/Evaluations of Student Achievement)
The principal, staff, students and parents/guardians at each school shall establish reasonable dress and grooming regulations for times when students are engaged in extracurricular or other special school activities.
At individual schools that have a dress code prohibiting gang-related apparel at school or school activities, the principal, staff and parents/guardians participating in the development of the school safety plan shall define “gang-related apparel” and shall limit this definition to apparel that reasonably could be determined to threaten the health and safety of the school environment if it were worn or displayed on a school campus. (Education Code 32282)
Because gang-related symbols are constantly changing, definitions of gang-related apparel shall be reviewed at least once each semester and updated whenever related information is received.
(cf.0450- Comprehensive Safety Plan)
(cf. 5136- Gangs)
In schools where a schoolwide uniform is required, the principal, staff and parents/guardians of the individual school shall jointly select the specific uniform to be worn. (Education Code 32183)
At least six months before a school uniform is required, the principal or designee shall notify parents/guardians of this policy. (Education Code 35183
Parents/guardians shall also be informed of their right to have their child exempted.
The principal or designee shall also repeat this notification at the end of the school year so that parents/guardians are reminded before school clothes are likely to be purchased.
The Superintendent or designee shall establish criteria for determining student eligibility for financial assistance when purchasing uniforms.
The Superintendent or designee shall establish a method for recycling or exchanging uniforms as students grow out of them.
Students who participate in a nationally recognized youth organization shall be allowed to wear organization uniforms on days when the organization has a scheduled meeting. (Education Code 35183)
32282 School safety plans
35183 School dress codes; uniforms
35183.5 Sun-protective clothing
California Education Code
*Except as provided in Section 48910, a pupil in kindergarten or any grades 1 to 8 inclusive, shall not be suspended for 48900 (k) and this shall not constitute grounds for a pupil to be recommended for expulsion.
Chapter 2 (commencing with Section 11053) of Division 10 of the Health and Safety Code, except for either of the following: (i) The first offense for the possession of not more than one avoirdupois ounce of marijuana, other than concentrated cannabis.(ii) The possession of over-the-counter medication for use by the pupil for medical purposes or medication prescribed for the pupil by a physician.
California Education Code
PLEASE NOTE: The Hemet Unified School District is a tobacco free district and no tobacco products may be used in any district facility by students, staff, or parents.
A student may be suspended by a teacher for the remainder of the period and for one additional period. A student may be suspended by the Principal/Principal’s designee no more than five (5) consecutive school days for one offense.
COLLEGE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Requirements listed below will also meet the minimum entrance requirements of most other colleges and universities in the United States.
Minimum Courses Required:
(2 years) One year of U.S. History, Economics, Government and one year of World History, Cultures, and Geography.
(4 years) Composition, Literature, Electives.
(2 years in these 3 areas) Biology, Chemistry,
Physics (3 years recommended)
(2 years of the same language) French,
Spanish, German (3 years recommended)
(1 year) Additional history, English, mathematics, laboratory science, social science, fine arts, third year foreign language or two years of a different language or other “College Prep” electives.
(1 year) Art, Ceramics, Dance, Drama, Choral or Instrumental Music.
OUT-OF-STATE AND PRIVATE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES:
Students considering application to private and out-of-state colleges should contact those colleges for specific entrance requirements.
COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS/ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
The ACT may be taken for entrance to any California state college or state university and several hundred other colleges in the country. It covers English, Mathematics, and reading and science reasoning. Five test dates, beginning in early November are available. See your counselor in September regarding the November test.
Required by all University of California campuses and by many private colleges and universities, with the exception of the 2021-2022 school year for UC and CSU schools. The SAT Reasoning Test may be taken for entrance to any campus of the California State University system, but is not required for the 2021-2022 school year. See your counselor early in the school year for information on test dates, test center, and applications. Both tests are given several times a year, and we recommend that juniors take both SAT tests in the spring. You are encouraged to visit the website, www.collegeboard.com, for more specific information (including sample questions).
Students who plan to pursue further education and training after high school graduation should plan to attend various workshops during school and make full use of the information and services available.
Throughout the year, printed information and workshops are provided to assist students with educational/college planning, college admissions testing, college applications, and financial aid/scholarship search applications. Parents are also invited to attend a college night and financial aid workshops.
Seniors should pay close attention to periodic publications distributed by the Counseling Office. All upcoming events, workshops, and deadlines are always advertised and it is the student’s responsibility to keep up on this important information.
A student may play sports at the Hemet Unified School District school of his/her residence. Athletes are subject to the rules and regulations of the school in which they are participating. Violations of school and/or district policies while participating in such events may result in consequences at The Academy of Innovation as well.
Nutrition Services at The Academy of Innovation is pleased to announce that we will provide breakfast and lunch to all students at NO COST. This school will operate the meal service program under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) so that all students receive a free meal at both breakfast and lunch meal service. No meal applications are required to participate in this provision.
The breakfast meal consists of a choice of a choice of the following items each day; Grain, Meat/Meat Alternative, Fruit and/or 100% Fruit Juice, and Milk. Students must select at least three of the four items offered for breakfast and one item must be ½ cup fruit or juice.
The lunch meal consists of a choice of the following components each day: Grain, Meat/Meat Alternative, Vegetable, Fruit and/or 100% Fruit Juice, and Milk. Students must select at least three of the five components for lunch and at least one component must be ½ cup of fruit or ½ cup vegetable.