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OMTC Student Handbook 2022/23
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Ozark Mountain Technical Center

Mountain Grove R-III School District

Serving

Cabool, Hartville, Mansfield, Mountain Grove, and Norwood

Student Code of Conduct

  • Demonstrate courtesy and respect for others
  • Behave in a responsible manner
  • Attend classes regularly and on time
  • Prepare for each class responsibly
  • Come to school groomed and appropriately dressed
  • Follow rules in all school settings
  • Respect property of the district and other students
  • Cooperate with staff and contribute to safety and order

Handbook for High School Students

Welcome to Ozark Mountain Technical Center

The purpose of this handbook is to acquaint you with the many aspects of Ozark Mountain Technical Center. You will have many occasions to refer to this handbook so it is suggested that you keep it available at all times.

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Because our school will be a uniquely different experience for you and will serve a somewhat different purpose than the high school, the instructors and administration will aid you as much as possible with your orientation to OMTC and the purposes for which it was established. Many people, some of whom you may not meet, have joined together as a team with your education as their primary objective. These include not only the employees of the school, but also the Advisory Committee members and the Board of Education.

Our main concern is to see you, the student, acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to obtain and retain a position in your chosen career/technical area. This position must be one that is rewarding to both you and your future employer whereby you will be a valuable asset to yourself, your community and your country.

We feel it is a privilege to have you as a student. We extend our best wishes for your training in the occupational field of your choice.

Remember…we are here to help you!

OMTC Staff

Note: All statements in this publication are announcements of present policies only and are subject to change at any time without prior notice. This catalog is not to be regarded as a contract or an offer to contract.

Ozark Mountain Technical Center Staff

Administration

Jim Dickey………………………………………………………………….…………………..…………….Superintendent

                                                                                                                            Mountain Grove R-III Schools

Lisa Watson………………………………..………………………………………………………………………….Director

                                                                    Ozark Mountain Technical Center

Support Staff

June Swanson……………………..…………………………………………………Counselor/Placement/Financial Aid

Crystal Emery………………………………………………………………………Directors Secretary and FA Secretary

Jacob Sain…………………………………………………………………………………………………….Career Advisor

Instructors

Dawn Broos…………………………………………………………….…………………………….Agricultural Education

Trena Harker……………………………………………………………….…………………………Agricultural Education

Dale Clark……………………………………………………………………….…………………………Auto Body Repair

John Emery………………………………………………………………………….…………………...….Auto Mechanics

Lori Stenzel………………………………………………………………………….…..…………………………..Business

James Benson………………………………………………..……………….…………….….Career Resource Educator

Alan Keeling…………………………………………………………………………………………...…….……..Carpentry

Ethan Boatman……………………………………………………………………….……….Computer Installer & Repair

Jason Hartgraves……………..………………………………………………...………………...….…..Computer Lit App

Sidney Wood…………………………………………………...……………………….……………..…Culinary Arts/FCS

Lana Driskell……………………………………………………………………………...……Family Consumer Sciences

Dana Brown………………….………………………………………………………………..…..……Health Service Aide

Marty Stigall……………………………………………………………………………………..…………….…….….HVAC

Mike Mackie……………………………………………….…………………………………..…..….Industrial Technology

Deanna Shannon…………………………………………………………….……………….……….….….……Marketing

Kali Jones...……………………………………………………………………………..…..….Teaching Professions/FCS

Corey Rogers………………………………………………………..……………………………….…….….……..Welding

114-114 〜 Mountain Grove R-III School Calendar 2022 - 23

August 10

New Teacher Orientation

August 11 -19

Teacher Workshops

August 22

First Student Day

September 5

No School - Labor Day

September 26

No School

October 14

End of 1st Quarter (38 days)

October 17

PD Day - No Students

October 26

PT Conferences 3:30 - 6:30 pm

October 27

Early Dismissal - PT Conferences 1:30 - 7 pm

October 28

No School

November 7

PD Day - No Students

November 21 - 25

Thanksgiving Break

December 16

Early Dismissal - End of 2nd Quarter (37 days)

December 19 - 30

Christmas Break

January 2

PD Day - No Students

January 3

2nd Semester Begins

January 16

No School - Martin Luther King Day

January 27

No School

February 6

PD Day - No Students

February 17

No School

February 20

No School - Presidents Day

March 6

PD Day - No Students

March 10

End of 3rd Quarter (43 days)

March 17

No School

March 20

No School

April 7

No School

April 10

No School

April 28

No School

May 12

Graduation

May 17

Early Dismissal - Last Student Day (43/161 days)

June 5 - 30

Summer School (Tentative)

To the Student

Ozark Mountain Technical Center courses are designed to give the student specific instruction. Through this instruction, the student should gain sufficient job training to secure initial employment. During this training, the student will receive the following experiences:

Students enrolling in Ozark Mountain Technical Center classes have a good basic understanding of reading, mathematics and science. Emphasis is placed on regular attendance. All students are expected to be punctual and maintain good attendance.

Mission Statement

Ozark Mountain Technical Center is dedicated to educating and training students in the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to build a successful future.

We place fundamental emphasis on the values of safety, quality and caring. Our programs feature skilled and caring instructors, state-of-the-art equipment, and a curriculum continually revised to reflect changes in technology.

Ozark Mountain Technical Center is committed to helping students build a solid foundation in their chosen areas and to providing a head start in achieving their career goals.

Statement of Philosophy

We, the educators of Ozark Mountain Technical Center, believe the following ideas to be necessary for the continuing progress of the students enrolled:

We believe all individuals in the Ozark Mountain Technical Center are entitled to equal consideration for placement in a career/technical curriculum. The consideration is based on guidelines set forth by State and Area School regulations, regardless of race, creed or socio-economic status.

We believe that each person receiving the benefits of the Ozark Mountain Technical Center should have the opportunity to develop intellectually, socially and technically with his/her development ability.

We believe that the Ozark Mountain Technical Center is a cooperative agency working with home, industry and other constructive agencies in the technical education of each individual student.

We believe in a staff dedicated to the ideas of creating and maintaining an atmosphere conducive to learning.

We believe the Ozark Mountain Technical Center must develop a dynamic curriculum relevant to changing conditions and commensurate with the needs of its students.

Statement of Objectives

To develop in each student the assumption of responsibility for personal behavior and self-direction, the occupational and job seeking skills necessary to secure initial employment and the ability to apply job related technical information to specific work tasks.

To help the student identify and demonstrate acceptable worker traits such as attitude, appearance, performance, attendance and punctuality. To help recognize and practice good health and safety habits, as well as plan, organize and evaluate one’s work according to job standards.

To provide the student with leadership opportunities for further development and continued growth.

To encourage the student to assess the requirements for advancement in one’s own occupational field, and to make decisions relative to additional education and training.

Admission into OMTC Programs

Students desiring to attend any Skilled Technical Sciences (STS) Program must submit a completed application for enrollment by the set deadline. In order to be admitted to the second year of training in any program, the student must obtain a satisfactory grade of C- or above for the first year of training or obtain special permission. Applications will be reviewed and selected by a committee (students may be asked for a personal interview). Then, the sending school counselor will be notified of the committee’s selections.

Any student not selected during the first round could be placed on a waiting list along with any late applicants.

Tuition

Your home school district is paying tuition for the time you spend at OMTC. We will inform your high school principal of all grades for each district grading period. Your record of attendance will also be forwarded. Should you earn any special honors or have any difficulty at our facility, we will discuss these issues with the counselors and/or principal at your home school.

Advisory Committee

The Ozark Mountain Technical Center has an Advisory Committee in each program. The members are knowledgeable in their fields of expertise and act in an advisory capacity only. The role of Advisory Committees in career/technical education has involved advocacy employment assistance, curriculum development and evaluation as well as other functions. All of these functions comprise parts of the goal of program improvement.

The primary function is to advise in planning, recruitment, placement, and public relations. In fulfilling these responsibilities, the council members help to maintain quality career/technical education and insure support from the community. The committees meet a minimum of two times per year. Other meetings are called when necessary.

Graduate Goals

After receiving training through Ozark Mountain Technical Center, graduates will:

Employability Skills

OMTC is committed to equipping students with the skills needed to be successful in their future careers. Students will be scored on their Employability Skills two times per quarter. The skills assessed are explained below.


Student Guidelines


Bell Schedule

A bell will sound to start and end class. Below is a list of the bell schedule for regular period scheduled classes and Skilled Technical Sciences (STS) classes.  *Lunch shifts are during Fourth Period. First Lunch: 10:50 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. Second Lunch: 11:20 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. Third Lunch: 11:49 a.m. to 12:09 p.m.

                                                            Schedule                          Period                             Start Time                    End TIme

Regular

First Period

7:50 AM

8:45 AM

Regular

Second Period

8:50 AM

9:45 AM

Regular

Third Period

9:50 AM

10:45 AM

Regular

Fourth Period

10:50 AM

12:09 PM

1st Lunch 10:50 to 11:10; 2nd Lunch 11:20 to 11:40; 3rd Lunch 11:49 to 12:09

Regular

Fifth Period

12:14 PM

1:09 PM

Regular

Sixth Period

1:14 PM

2:09 PM

Regular

Seventh Period

2:14 PM

3:09 PM

Skilled Technical Sciences

** AM

7:50 AM

10:45 AM

Skilled Technical Sciences

PM

12:10 PM

3:09 PM

** AM block End Time is for sending students.

Grade Scale

Our grading system is A, B, C, D and F. Students will be evaluated on shop and class performance, attendance and attitude.

The following is the criteria for using the letter grade:

Letter

Min. Percent

GPA

Letter

Min. Percent

GPA

A

93.00

4.0000

D+

67.00

1.3333

A-

90.00

3.6667

D

63.00

1.0000

B+

87.00

3.3333

D-

60.00

0.6667

B+

83.00

3.0000

F

1.00

0.0000

B-

80.00

2.6667

P

0.50

0.0000

C+

77.00

2.3333

I

0.10

0.0000

C

73.00

2.0000

NC

0.00

0.0000

C-

70.00

1.6667

Grade Reports

Progress reports will be sent to the student’s home sending school at each quarter’s mid-term.

Grade cards will be sent to the student's home sending school every nine weeks. Only semester grades are entered on the permanent records.

Parents should review these grades with the student. Do not hesitate to contact the school if you have a question or if a conference is desired with a teacher or administrator. No response within five days will indicate an understanding of the assigned grade or correspondence and that no further action is necessary.

If a student owes money to the Technical Center, their grades will not be available until the balance is paid.

Class Credit

The Technical Center student will receive one unit of credit per year for non-STS classes (Example: Marketing 1 year = one credit.) The student enrolled in a Skilled Technical Sciences class will receive three (3.0) units of high school credit for each year of satisfactory completion.  

Activities

Meetings will be held during the school day according to the schedule provided by the high school office. Additional meetings may be scheduled before or after school by the advisor, as needed. Class meetings will be scheduled as needed during the school day. Any student in detention/suspension will not be permitted to participate in any school function the day(s) of the detention/suspension.

Illness at School

Students who become ill at school should report to the OMTC  Office immediately.  Students must not leave the building because of illness without authorization from the office

Attendance Policy

Regular and punctual patterns of attendance will be expected of each student enrolled in the school district. Students should strive to maintain a good attendance record, because there is a direct relationship between school attendance and grades, citizenship and success in school.  It is recognized that absence from school may be necessary under certain conditions. However, every effort should be made by students, parents/guardians, teachers and administration to keep absences and tardiness to a minimum. Frequent absences of students from regular classroom learning experiences disrupt the continuity of the instructional process. The benefit of regular classroom instruction is lost, and cannot be entirely regained. The school cannot teach students who are not present. The entire process of education requires a regular continuity of instruction, classroom participation, learning experiences and study in order to reach the goal of maximum educational benefits for each individual student. The regular contact of the students with one another in the classroom and their participation in well-planned instructional activities under the supervision of a competent teacher are vital to this purpose. The following rules, regulations and procedures shall apply to all student absences from the Mountain Grove High School and Ozark Mountain Technical Center for grades nine and above.

Homebound Instruction

Students with a diagnosed and documented illness which results in five to ten (5 - 10) consecutive days of absences may complete a homebound instruction form. This form must be signed by a licensed physician and will be considered as an attendance waiver. The waiver will be received and approved or disapproved by the administration. During this time the student is responsible for his/her make-up work. An extended illness of ten (10) days or more may result in the need for a homebound instructor.

Make-Up Work

Make-up work will be provided at the request of the student or parent. The length of time for completion of make-up work shall be equivalent to twice the period of the absence (approximately two school days to make up the work for every day of absence) Work not completed and turned into the teacher within that time span, shall be recorded as a zero unless the student has been granted an extension due to extenuating circumstances. Students must remember, it is their responsibility to ask for, obtain, complete and then turn in make-up work to the appropriate teachers. Teachers may specify  dates or deadlines by which work is to be turned in.

Visitors and Parent/Teacher Conferences

All visitors to the school must immediately report to the building office. Students will only be called out of class to visit with friends or relatives in emergency situations. Students shall not bring friends to school while school is in session for any reason. Parents who would like a parent teacher conference should schedule an appointment with the teacher during the teachers conference period or after school.

School Cancellation Because of Weather or Other Conditions

It may be necessary to cancel school during the year because of weather or for some unforeseen reason. These cancellations are announced by the superintendent. Cancellations will be announced on area radio and television stations.

Technical Skill Assessment (TSA)/Industry Recognized Credential (IRC)

The Perkins Act of 2006 (Perkins IV) requires a Technical Skill Assessment (TSA) to be given to program completers and, now part of MISP-5, the Industry Recognized Credential (IRC) is required to measure Career and Technical Education (CTE) students’ knowledge. These assessments are aligned with industry-recognized standards according to program course guidelines. Students completing a program will be expected to take a TSA/IRC. The TSA/IRC score will be used as a portion of the program grade (see instructor’s syllabus).

Dual Credit Courses

Some Dual Credit courses are offered at OMTC for a fee. A college approves each class so that a student can earn dual credit. Students pay a reduced price of the regular fees charged by the college. Upon completion of the course, the student earns credit at OMTC and the college that is offering the dual credit.

Articulation Agreement

Students completing Ozark Mountain Technical Center training programs may receive college credit through Ozarks Technical Community College (OTC), Universal Technical Institute, Wyoming Technical Institute and Linn State Technical College. The awarding of credit varies by program area and is based on the student’s successful program completion. A signed articulation agreement must be in place. The OMTC instructor and Counselor are available to assist students with this process.

Program Certificate of Completion

Each student who satisfactorily completes the prescribed course of training and earns at least a “C” semester grade and 90% overall attendance or above will receive a Certificate of Completion. Students who do not complete a program will not be awarded the career/technical certificate/passport.

Earning a Passport Award

Students need to plan ahead if they want to earn the Passport Award. The passport is a portfolio containing formal documents that identifies the student’s marketable skills of the career/technical education program completed at our Technical Center. It is designed to assist students in making the transition from school to work by presenting skills and knowledge acquired during non-work and work experience.

To qualify for a Passport, a student must be a completer of a career/technical program who has maintained a 95% overall attendance and competencies at least 80% passed the TSA/IRC and received semester grades of an “A” or “B” in that program. After completing the requirements, the student is presented with the Passport at the OMTC Awards Ceremony. The Passport contains a letter of explanation and introduction form our Director. It will include: the student’s resume, career/technical certificate of completion, a letter of recommendation from the instructor, TSA/IRC Certificate, and a copy of the student’s competencies. The Passport is impressive and can be presented to potential employers.

Career and Technical Education Certificate

To help Missouri meet its goal of preparing all high school graduates for success, the State Board of Education approved requirements for a new career and technical education (CTE) certificate that students can earn in addition to a high school diploma. The requirements were developed in consultation with the state's CTE advisory council. Students must meet all of the requirements in order to earn the certificate.

The CTE certificate will help recognize the skills our students are gaining in CTE courses that will help them succeed in life. Students earning this certificate can show Missouri employers that they are prepared for the workplace. Students entering high school in 2017-18 or thereafter will be eligible to earn a CTE certificate.

Work-Based Learning Experience

Students have the opportunity to complete the prescribed number of hours for appropriate work-based learning experiences aligned with the student’s CTE area of concentration. Work-based learning experiences may include Registered Apprenticeships, Cooperative Career Education programs, internships, clinical setting, job shadowing, entrepreneurial experiences, school-based enterprises, structured business/industry field trips, service learning or other opportunities that provide students with real-time, authentic work experiences.

The following three bullets apply to Cooperative Career Education Programs AND Work-Based Learning Experiences:

Job Placement and Follow-Up

The Technical Center’s Counselor and instructors work on a regular basis locating job opportunities and work situations for students. Job leads will be provided for qualified students both in part-time and full-time work.

Graduates are offered placement assistance through the Technical Center Office by appointment only. Please call to make an appointment.

All graduates will be contacted for follow-up information 180 days after completion.

Support Services

Counselor - The counselor is available to all Ozark Mountain Technical Center students. The student may desire help in such things as individual testing, personal problems, entrance into an advanced technical school or college and/or employment etc.

Career Resource Educator - This teacher gives instruction in mathematics, reading and writing skills. These are essential skills for the student to possess so they may successfully complete a career/technical education program. Instruction will address specific areas which have been identified through various assessment processes, and will be coordinated with the career/technical instructor.

Special Education -  The administration and Special Education staff would like to make the public aware of the services the Mountain Grove R-III School District provides to special needs students age 3 through 20. We can help these children through an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Mountain Grove R-III Schools provide services for the following handicapping conditions:

Intellectually Disabled

Emotionally Disturbed

Autism

Orthopedic or Health Impaired

Learning Disabilities

Young Children with Development Delay

Visually Impaired

Traumatic Brain Injury

Speech/Language Disorders

Multiple Disabilities

Hearing Impaired

Other Disabilities as noted by federal laws

Students are helped through an Individual Education Plan (IEP). Our goal is to provide a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment for all special needs students.

Administration of Medications to Students

Definitions:

Medications - For the purposes of this policy, medications include prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs, including herbal preparations and vitamins. Medications also include substances that claim or purport to be medicinal or performance enhancing.

Authorized Prescriber - Includes a healthcare provider licensed or otherwise authorized by state law to prescribe medication.

General: The Mountain Grove R-III School District is not legally obligated to administer medication to students unless specifically included in a Section 504 Accommodation Plan or an Individualized Education program (IEP). However, the Board recognizes that some students may require medication for chronic or short-term illness to enable them to remain in school and participate in the district’s educational services. Further, the district prohibits students from possessing or self-administering medications while on district grounds, on district transportation or during district activities unless explicitly authorized in accordance with this policy. Therefore, the superintendent, in collaboration with the district nursing staff, will establish administrative procedures for storing and administering medications in compliance with this policy and pursuant to state and federal law. Medications will only be administered at school when it is not possible or not effective for the student to receive the medication at home.

The parent/guardian must bring the medication to the school nurse and pick up the medication. We will not be able to accept any medication from students. Students found in possession of medication will be referred to the principal.

The administration of medications is a nursing activity that must be performed by or under the supervision of a registered professional nurse. A registered professional nurse may delegate the administration of medication to a licensed practical nurse or unlicensed personnel who are trained by the nurse to administer medications. The registered professional nurse is responsible for developing written procedures for training unlicensed personnel in the administration of medication through documentation of all medication administered to students.

Nurses must use reasonable and prudent judgment to determine whether to administer particular medications to students while also working in collaboration with parents/guardians and school administration. In carrying out their legal duty to protect the health, wealthfare and safety of students, nurses will, when necessary, clarify authorized prescriber orders and respond  in accordance with such clarifications.

The district shall not knowingly administer medications in an amount exceeding the recommended daily dosage listed in the Physician’s Desk Reference (PDR) or other recognized medical or pharmaceutical text. The district will not administer the first dose of any medication. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to arrange to administer prescription medications themselves when possible.

Over-the-Counter Medications: The district may administer over-the-counter medication to a student upon receipt of a written request and permission to do so by a parent/guardian. All over-the-counter medications must be delivered to the school principal or designee in the manufacturer’s original packaging and will only be administered in accordance with the manufacturer’s label.

Prescription Medications: The parent/guardian must provide the district with written permission to administer the medication before the district will administer the prescription medication to the student. The prescription label will be considered the equivalent of a prescriber’s written direction, and a separate document is not needed.

Self-Administered Medications: An authorized prescriber or a student’s IEP or 504 team may recommend that an individual student with a chronic health condition assume responsibility for his or her own medication as part of learning self-care. The district may allow these students to self-administer medication as allowed by law, provided the student's physician has certified that the student is capable of and has been instructed in the proper self-administration of the medication and has been informed of the dangers of sharing the medication with others. The student must also demonstrate proper self-administration technique to the school nurse. The district must have written authorization from both the student’s authorized prescriber and the parent/guardian.

Possession of Self-Administered Medications: An authorized prescriber may recommend that an individual student with a chronic health condition be allowed to be in possession of medication on district property for the purposes of self-administration. Unless possession of medication on district property for the purpose of self-administration is included in the student’s 504 plan or IEP, the parent/guardian must complete the district’s permission form for the self-administration of medication and provide certification from the student's physician regarding the need to carry the medication on his or her person.

Emergency Medication: All student-occupied buildings in this district are equipped with epinephrine premeasured auto-injection devices that can be administered in the event of a severe allergic reaction causing anaphylaxis. Epinephrine will only be administered in accordance with written protocols provided by an authorized prescriber. The school principal will maintain a list of personnel trained in the proper administration of this drug. The school principal will also maintain a list of students who cannot, according to their parents/guardians, receive epinephrine. A current copy of the list will be kept with the devices at all times.

Consequences: Students who possess or consume medications in violation of this policy while on district grounds, on district transportation or during a district activity may be disciplined up to and including suspension or expulsion. Employees who violate this policy may be disciplined up to and including termination. District administrators will notify law enforcement when they believe a crime has occured.

Health Information and Insurance

It is of vital importance that the health form be filled out by students and parents and returned to school in order for us to have proper information in case of an emergency. FIrst Aid will be available at the school during the day. If a student needs emergency hospital or medical aid, the student will be taken to the hospital or physician and parents will be notified immediately. Student accident insurance will be available online; if interested in purchasing, contact the Technical Center Office.

Accidents and Insurance

Students must always have a correct address and telephone number on record in the office in case of illness or injury during school. Parents are urged to contact the office with any changes that occur throughout the school year. The Mountain Grove School DOES NOT PROVIDE high school students with supplementary accident school time insurance coverage.

Missouri school athletes are required by the State Department of Education to be covered by some type of accident insurance to be eligible to compete in interscholastic athletics.

Shop Safety /Other Accidents at School

Students will be required to pass a safety test before working in any shop class. All classes and the equipment used at Ozark Mountain Technical Center will be selected and placed to minimize accidents. It is the responsibility of the student, however, to conduct herself/himself in such a manner throughout the school day as to help prevent accidents by displaying only safe work habits. Students should use all safety devices provided in the shop such as safety glasses, gloves, guards, etc. and follow safety rules as set forth by the instructor.

All accidents must  be reported immediately to the class instructor and also reported to the Technical Center Director the same day of the accident.

Safety Glasses

Effective August 13, 1976, the law requires that students working in shop classes must wear safety glasses or eye protection. The school will furnish safety glasses and it will be the students responsibility to see to their care and safe return at school year end. Visitors to the shop areas must also wear safety glasses. No tinted lenses will be allowed, the lenses must be clear in all shops

Student Records

In order to provide students with appropriate instruction and educational services, it is necessary for the district to maintain extensive and sometimes personal information on them and their families. It is essential that pertinent information in these records be readily available to appropriate school personnel, be accessible to the student’s parents or legal guardian, yet be guarded as confidential information.

Care of School Property

Students are expected to take excellent care of school property. Students shall pay for books, school supplies, school equipment or other school property lost or damaged beyond ordinary wear and tear. Payment shall be assessed by the principal of the school concerned or designated person, according to the price of the book or other article lost or damaged.

Any student who carelessly or intentionally defaces or damages school property shall be required to pay for all damages and will be subject to additional disciplinary action. Failure to pay for damages, after due notification of parent or guardian, may result in the student being suspended from school. According to state law, parents or guardians of juveniles under the age of 18 are responsible for vandalism or damage caused by their children.

Student Valuables

Students, not the school, are responsible for personal property. Do not leave valuables in your unlocked locker or unattended.

Fire/Tornado Drills/Lockdown

Fire, earthquake and tornado drills will be helof from time to time so students may learn proper procedures to follow to ensure safety. Instructions students are to follow are posted in each classroom. Students must pay attention to the teachers’ instructions during these times to be sure they understand the procedures to follow in the event of an actual emergency.

Elective Class Material Fees

Students in some elective classes may be required to pay a minimal fee to cover the cost of supplies. The fees are in place because these classes require more materials than other elective classes.

Hall Conduct

The hall is a passageway from one classroom to the next and is not a place to push or run. Students can expect to be corrected by any member of the staff, whether they be a teacher, secretary, principal or custodian. Students should report to each class quickly and be prepared to begin instruction.

Electronic/Communication Devices

Students are not to use cell phones during instructional times. Students must keep these devices turned off in their locker, bag, or designated area in the classroom during class time. Mountain Grove High School students are issued a personal chromebook, therefore no outside computers are allowed. Personal items brought to school are the sole responsibility of the student. The school district DOES NOT carry insurance on students’ personal property and lost or stolen items will not be replaced by the district.

Aerosol Products

Students are not allowed to bring aerosol products to school. This includes such items as Tag, Axe, hairspray, deodorant, etc. They may, however, bring these items in non-aerosol form.

Student Conduct on School Buses

The safety of students during their transportation to and from school is a responsibility which they and their parents/guardians share with the bus drivers and school officials. The board wants each student to know what conduct is expected when waiting for or riding on a school bus. Therefore, the rules of student conduct will be issued to all students at the beginning of the school year and to new students upon enrollment.

Students who fail to observe these rules will be subject to disciplinary action since their failure to do so may affect the safety of others. A student who misbehaves will be reported by the driver to the principal on the same school day, if the incident occurs in the morning or the next morning, if it occurs in the afternoon. Failure to follow bus rules and regulations will result in a suspension of the privilege of riding the bus.

Computer Usage

Any student who uses a computer at school must understand Appropriate Use Policy (AUP). The AUP is located on the school website or a hard copy is available upon request in the office. This policy informs the student and parent of the accessibility of information available to students. The responsibility is placed on the student to utilize the technology available in an accessible manner. If the student is in question of the acceptance of material, the material should not be viewed. Any student who violates AUP will be disciplined as referred to in the student discipline code.

Searches

Students have no expectation of privacy in lockers, desks, computers, or other district-provided equipment or areas. The district will conduct periodic and unannounced administrative searches of lockers, computers and other district equipment. The district uses dogs to indicate the presence of alcohol, drugs, or other prohibited substances on campus, including the parking lot. Additional searches of bags, purses, coats, electronic devices, vehicles, and other personal possessions and care will happen in accordance with the law.

Student Vehicles and Parking Privileges

Students only park in designated student parking spaces and should not drive between student parking lots during the school day. Students who violate parking procedures are subject to disciplinary action. Repeated violations may result in loss of parking privileges. Student vehicles are subject to search.

There shall be NO student parking in the Agricultural, Industrial Technology, Carpentry or Auto Body Repair Shop areas.

You are expected to operate your vehicle in a reasonable and proper manner. Driving in an unsafe manner around school will be reported to the proper authorities immediately. Driving during class time is prohibited unless the OMTC Director gives proper authorization.
MOUNTAIN GROVE STUDENTS
DO NOT DRIVE TO THE TECHNICAL CENTER FOR YOUR CLASSES. If you need to drive your vehicle to be repaired, you will need to obtain a Driver’s Permit from the Technical Center Office

Sending School Student Transportation

Sending school students must ride the bus provided by their home school unless special permission has been granted by the home school principal for the student to drive.

If there is a need for a sending student to drive a vehicle in for repairs, a Driving Permit must be filed in the OMTC office. This permit should be signed by the student and approved by parent, instructor and home school two days before the vehicle is driven in for repairs. To obtain the driving permit, the student must present a drivers license and proof of insurance. DRIVERS PERMITS ARE ONLY FOR THE DRIVER OF THE VEHICLE - NO PASSENGERS! Failure to comply with this procedure will result in suspension. NO EXCEPTIONS!

. Student Dress Guidelines

The Board of Education expects students' dress and grooming to be neat, clean and in  good taste so that each student may share in promoting a positive, healthy and safe atmosphere within the school district. Students dress and grooming will be the responsibility of the individual and parents/guardians, within the following guidelines:

  1. No halter-top, tube tops, tank tops, midriffs, shirts with bare sides, or see-through blouses/shirts may be worn. No excessively tight, incomplete or altered shirts or pants may be worn (this includes jeans with holes above the mid thigh).
  2. Muscle shirts and mesh jerseys may only be worn over shirts.
  3. Pants will be worn appropriately with no holes above the knee and not excessively below the waistline. Shorts and skirts are to be no shorter than mid thigh. Underwear may not be worn as outerwear or exposed to view.
  4. Appropriate footwear must be worn at all times.
  5. Students may not wear shirts, jackets or other items with profanity, alcohol beverage logos, drug references or sexual innuendos. Shirts that promote vulgarity/violence are not allowed at school. Students may not wear anything that would be considered insensitive to any nationality, ethnic group or gender.
  6. Students may not wear bandanas, scarves, headbands, headgear, gloves or sunglasses in the building. (Exceptions may be made for school-sponsored special activities such as School Spirit Week).
  7. No gang-related colors, tags, symbols or apparel will be permitted.
  8. Any apparel that could cause injury to others will not be permitted. Examples: wallet chains, extreme rings, necklaces or spiked bracelets, etc.
  9. Face painting, writing or drawing on the skin, is not allowed at school. Costumes are not to be worn to school. (Exceptions may be made for school-sponsored activities such as School Spirit Week).

When a student’s appearance or mode of dress disrupts the educational process, or constitutes a threat to health and safety, the student will be required to make modifications.

Discipline Policies and Procedures

Development of good discipline is one of the most important goals of education.  Discipline is the development of self-control, character, and proper consideration for other people.  The objective of the student discipline code is to establish rules with regard to the conduct of all students at Mountain Grove High School. When students are under the care of school officials, it is necessary to have a certain degree of control for safety and to ensure that learning can take place.  The rules which have been established have been deemed appropriate and necessary for the maintenance of a wholesome school climate for all students.

When behavior problems are of a minor nature the classroom teacher, or teachers on duty, will make every effort to deal with the problem and may involve the parents in correcting these particular problems before it is necessary to write up a disciplinary form. However, the seriousness of the offense will dictate the degree of action taken.  Any time a student is referred to the office for disciplinary purposes parents will be contacted by phone when possible or by mail.  The high school discipline code is of a progressive nature.  Consequences may be increased if severity warrants. As seen in the discipline code each additional office referral constitutes more stringent disciplinary action until the student is excluded from attending school.  The goal of our discipline code is not to exclude students from school but to provide a system which delivers natural, appropriate consequences for inappropriate behavior.  The discipline code is based on the philosophy that it is never, under any circumstances, acceptable for a student to be or cause a distraction in class which forces a teacher to stop the instructional process to remove him/her from their classroom.

STUDENT OR PARENT CONFERENCE

A formal conference may be held between the student and/or the student’s parent or legal guardian and one or more school officials.  During this conference, the student behavior will be examined and corrective measures will be discussed.

LOSS OF PRIVILEGES

Extracurricular activities, school trips, and co-curricular  opportunities or classroom privileges offered to students are considered privileges which may be revoked.

REFERRAL TO COUNSELOR

Students may be required to meet with the counselor on a periodic basis. The counselor will advise students on ways of improving their behavior.

AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION (ASD)

After school detention is a structured study time which begins at 3:09 and runs until 4:15.  Students will be notified at least the day prior to their detention and must make necessary arrangements for transportation.  Any student who fails to attend a scheduled ASD session will be required to make up the session. A student who knowingly fails to attend will be assigned an extra day.

IN SCHOOL SUSPENSION (ISS)

In some cases students may be assigned to attend ISS. ISS shall be from 7:50 till 3:09. ISS shall be assigned to students as a disciplinary measure.  When students are in ISS cell phones will be held in the office and can be picked up at the end of the day.

OUT OF SCHOOL SUSPENSION (OSS)

Suspension is the removal of a student from the regular school environment, not allowing the student to come to school.  Suspended students are not allowed to be on or around the school campus unless permission is obtained from the principal.  This includes participation or attendance of any extracurricular activities sponsored by or on school grounds the evening of OSS. Students will be allowed to make up school work.  School work will be due on the first day back after OSS.

STUDENT EXPULSION

If any student consistently refuses to conform to school policies and regulations, as outlined in the student discipline code, the principal may recommend to the Superintendent that the student be expelled from school.  Any violation of the behavior which also violates state statutes or city ordinance may be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency.  The principal may refer students to other agencies to include, but not limited to: Wright County Juvenile Office, Division of Family Services, Ozark Area Care and Counseling.

STUDENT DISCIPLINE CODE

*Students who are in “suspension mode” due to a discipline referral are ineligible for extra-curricular and co-curricular activities until their suspension has been served. According to MSHSAA they are also ineligible on the date of serving the suspension or detention.

**The district will work cooperatively with police and local law enforcement when a crime occurs.

       ACADEMIC DISHONESTY

Any act of lying, whether verbal or written, including forgery and cheating.  Cheating on tests, assignments, projects or similar activities; plagiarism; claiming credit for another person’s work; fabrication of facts, sources or other supporting material; unauthorized collaboration; facilitating academic dishonesty; and other misconduct related to academics.

1st offense: No credit for the work, grade reduction, or replacement assignment, and principal/student conference.

Repeated offense: Nullification of paper or no credit for the work, grade reduction, course failure, and/or ISS

ALCOHOL - DRUG USE OR POSSESSION

Possession, sale, transfer, or use of alcohol or other drugs and paraphernalia while on school property will result in disciplinary action and notification of legal authorities.

1st Offense:  10 days OSS which may be reduced to 5 days pending proof of evaluation by a trained chemical dependency counselor

2nd Offense:  10 days OSS and recommendation for expulsion unless the student undergoes an evaluation.

3rd Offense:  Expulsion

                            ARSON

Starting or attempting to start a fire, or causing or attempting to cause an explosion.

1st Offense:  5 - 10 days OSS

Repeated Offense:  10 days OSS and recommendation for expulsion

                APPROPRIATE USE POLICY (AUP)

1st Offense:  Minimum discipline - Conference with student Maximum discipline - 45 days of computer suspension

2nd Offense:  Minimum discipline - 90 days computer suspension.  Maximum discipline - Expulsion

Computer suspensions will carry over to the next school year.

          AUTOMOBILE/VEHICLE MISUSE

Uncourteous or unsafe driving on or around school district property, unregistered parking, failure to move vehicle at the request of school officials, failure to follow directions given by school officials or failure to follow established rules for parking or driving on school property

1st Offense:  Revocation of parking privileges for 1- 4 weeks

Repeated Offense:  Revocation of parking privileges permanently

        BULLYING

Intimidation or harassment of a student or multiple students perpetrated by individuals or groups on multiple occasions.  Bullying includes, but is not limited to: physical actions, including violence, gestures, theft, or damaging property; oral or written taunts, including name-calling, put-downs, extortion, or threats; threats of retaliation for reporting such acts; sending or posting harmful or cruel text or images using the Internet or other digital communication devices; sending or posting materials that threaten or raise concerns about violence against others, suicide or self-harm.  Students will not be disciplined for speech in situations where the speech is protected by law.

1st Offense: Student Conference, ASD, 1-3 days ISS or 1-180 days OSS

2nd Offense:  ASD, ISS or 1-180 days OSS, Expulsion

 CELL PHONE/ELECTRONIC DEVICE VIOLATION:

Students are not allowed to use cell phones, ipods tablets, gaming devices, smart watches or any other electronic device that interrupts the educational process during the instructional hours of 7:50 am to 3:09 pm.

1st Offense:  1 day ASD and the prohibited item will be confiscated.  The student’s parent/legal guardian must come to school during regular business hours to pick up the confiscated item.

2nd Offense:  1 day ISS and the prohibited item will be confiscated.  The student’s parent/legal guardian must come to school during regular business hours to pick up the confiscated item.

Repeated Offense: 1 day OSS

DEFIANCE OF AUTHORITY/DISRESPECTFUL CONDUCT OR SPEECH

Disrespect, insubordination, or any defiant act toward any school employee will not be tolerated. Verbal, written, pictorial, or symbolic language or gesture that is directed at any person that is in violation of district policy or is otherwise rude, vulgar, defiant, considered inappropriate in educational settings or that materially and substantially disrupts classroom work, school activities or school functions.  Students will not be disciplined for speech in situations where it is protected by law.

1st Offense:  1 - 3 days ISS

2nd Offense:  1 - 5 days ISS or OSS                                                  

Repeated Offenses:  Minimum 1-10 days OSS

        DISHONESTY

Any act of lying or deception, whether written or verbal, with the intention of harming another person or to avoid consequences for their own actions.

1st Offense: 1 day of ASD

Repeated Offenses: 1-10 days of OSS.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT

Students are not to disrupt classes or cause disturbances in the school. In addition, students should not run, push, shove, or engage in horseplay.

1st Offense:    ASD or ISS

2nd Offense:  1 - 2 days ASD or ISS

3rd Offense:   1 - 2 days ASD or ISS

Repeated Offenses:  Minimum 1-2 days ASD, OSS or ISS

4th Offense:   Loss of bus privileges

 FALSE ALARM

Setting off a fire alarm is not only dangerous but is against

the law, and will result in OSS and notification of legal authorities.

1st Offense:  5 - 10 days OSS

Repeated Offense:  10 days OSS and recommendation for expulsion

 FIGHTING

Mutual combat in which both parties have contributed to the conflict either verbally or by physical action will result in OSS and notification of legal authorities.

1st Offense:  1 - 5 days OSS

2nd Offense:  3 - 10 days OSS

Repeated Offenses:  10 days OSS and recommendation for expulsion

 FILMING AND RECORDING

Using a personal or school device for non-educational purposes, including but not limited to audio/or video recording staff and/or students without permission or knowledge, or recording fights is strictly prohibited. In addition, students are prohibited from, not just recording, but also distributing these audio and/or video recordings. This will result in OSS and notification of legal authorities.

1st Offense:  1 - 5 days OSS

2nd Offense:  3 - 10 days OSS

Repeated Offenses:  10 days OSS and recommendation for expulsion

        NO DRESS POLICY (PHYSICAL EDUCATION)

All high school students are required to dress out and participate in PE class.  A doctor’s note is required to be excused from participation.

Each Offense: 1 day of ASD

HAZING

Any activity that a reasonable person believes would negatively impact the mental or physical health or safety of a student or put the student in a ridiculous, humiliating, stressful or disconcerting position for the purposes of intimina, affiliation, admission, membership or maintenance of membership in any group, class, organization, club or athletic team including, but not limited to, a grade level, student organization or district sponsored activity. Hazing may occur even when all students involved are willing participants.

1st Offense:  1-5 days of OSS

Repeated Offenses:  5-10 days of OSS

PDA (PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AFFECTION)

The high school has a No-Touch PDA policy.  Physical contact of an affectionate nature is not acceptable.

1st Offense:  Student conference, and 1-3 days ASD or ISS

Repeated Offenses:  1-3 days of ISS

PHYSICAL ASSAULT

Attempting to cause injury to another or intentionally placing another person in danger of physical injury, or participation therein, will result in OSS and notification of legal authorities.

1st Offense:  3 - 5 days OSS

Repeated Offenses:  5 - 10 days OSS and possible recommendation for expulsion

PROFANITY/ABUSIVE LANGUAGE

Any obscenity, obscene gesture, or swearing whether verbal or written, is not permitted.

1st Offense: 1 – 3 days of ISS

2nd Offense:  1 - 10 days of ISS or OSS

Repeated Offenses:  OSS

TARDIES

Students must be responsible for arriving at school on time and proceeding from one class to another.  Students arriving to school late must report to the office to receive a tardy slip so their name won’t appear on the absentee list.  After a student has accumulated their fourth tardy during a quarter, the student will be assigned one day of After School Detention.  For each following tardy per quarter, two days of After School Detention will be assigned.

THEFT

The acceptance, possession, purchase, taking and/or transfer of property belonging to another is forbidden.  Offenders will be subject to disciplinary action and/or legal prosecution.

Minor Theft-

1st Offense: Restitution & 3 days ISS/2 days OSS
Repeated Offense-Restitution & 5 days ISS/3 days OSS

Major Theft-

Value exceeding one hundred dollars

1st Offense - Restitution and 10 days OSS

2nd Offense - Restitution and expulsion for a length of time as determined by the Board of Education

THREATS/ HARASSMENT/SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Words and/or actions directed toward an individual which intimidates and/or harasses that individual will not be tolerated.

1st Offense:  1 - 3 days ISS

Repeated Offenses:  1 - 10 days OSS

TOBACCO/VAPE USE OR POSSESSION

The possession or use of tobacco products is not permitted on school premises or at school sponsored activities.  Smoking paraphernalia, lighters, matches, etc., are also prohibited and will be confiscated.

1st Offense:  Referral to Counselor, 1-3 days ISS or 1-3 days OSS, and referral to the SRO/Juvenile Office

Repeated Offenses:  1-10 days OSS and referral to the SRO/Juvenile Office

TRUANCY

Students who are absent from or leave school without the knowledge and consent of their parent(s) or guardian(s) and the administration, or students who are not in their assigned area shall be considered truant.

1st Offense:  1 - 10 days ISS

Repeated Offenses:  1 - 10 days ISS or notification of legal authorities.

SEXTING/OR POSSESSION OF SEXUALY EXPLICITY, VULGAR OR VIOLENT MATERIAL

Students may not possess or displya, electronically or otherwise, sexually explicity, vulgar or violetn material including, but not limited to, pornography or dispictions of nudity, vilolence or explicit death or injury. This prohibition does not apply to curricular material that has been approved by the district staff for its educational value and purpose.

1st Offense:  1-5 days of  OSS

Repeated Offenses: Minimum discipline – 10 days of OSS

Maximum discipline - Expulsion  

SEXUAL ACTIVITY

Acts of sex or simiulated acts of sex including, but not limited to, intercourse, oral or manual stimulation.

1st Offense: 1-5 days OSS

Repeated Offenses: Minimum discipline – 10 days of OSS

Maximum discipline - Expulsion  

VANDALISM

Willful damage or the attempt to cause damage to real or personal property belonging to the district, staff or students.

1st Offense:  Student Conference, ASD, ISS, 1-3 days OSS

2nd Offense:  ISS or OSS

WEAPONS

Knives, clubs, chains, laser pointers, all bows and arrows, firearms of any kind, or anything else which could be used as a weapon are prohibited at school and will be confiscated.  This applies to look-alikes as well.

1st Offense:  Minimum discipline – 2-10 days of OSS

Maximum discipline - Expulsion

Repeat Offense:  Minimum discipline – 10 days of OSS

Maximum discipline - Expulsion  

Understanding that no discipline code can specifically address all disciplinary circumstances the administrative staff will exercise their own judgment in the administration of disciplinary options set forth under this student disciplinary code policy.

TEAM SPORTS PROGRAM

A team sports program is provided by the Mountain Grove School District.  Programs for 9-12 grade students are offered in Football, Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Baseball, Golf, Tennis, and Track & Field.  

ATTENDANCE ELIGIBILITY

For students to be eligible to compete in interscholastic athletic events they must be in attendance at least four hours on the day of competition.  If students get special permission in advance from the principal the absence may be excused.  This will be considered on an individual basis.  In the event that a student checks out of school due to illness they will not be able to play or practice unless they check back into school later and have attended at least four full periods during the day.

MSHSAA ATHLETIC ELIGIBILITY

Grades 9-12 Requirements (2.3.2): A student in Grades 9-12 must meet the following requirements in order to be academically eligible to participate in interscholastic activities:

  1. Semester Prior to Participation: The student shall have earned, the preceding semester of attendance, a minimum of 3.0 units of credit or have earned credit in 80% of the maximum allowable classes in which a student can be enrolled in the semester, whichever is greater; or a student must have made standard progress for his or her level the preceding semester in a special education program for the handicapped approved by the Missouri Department of Education which, through un-graded, enrolls pupils of equivalent age.
  2. Semester of Participation: The student shall currently be enrolled in a regularly attending courses that offer 3.0 units of credit or 80% of the maximum allowable credits which may be earned, whichever is greater; or a student must be enrolled in a full course at his or her level in a special education program for the handicapped approved by the Missouri Department of Education which, though un-graded, enrolls pupils of equivalent age.
  3. 80% Credit Requirement: The calculation of the credit requirement described in a -1 and a -2 above for all enrolled students at the school shall be based on the maximum allowable classes in which a student can be enrolled at the member school during the normal school day due to the academic system that the member school has selected (7-hour day, block schedule, traditional schedule, etc.). Credits earned in school sponsored “extra” classes taken beyond the normal school day may be used toward academic eligibility. Internet classes offered by and at the member school and which are completed no later than the close of the semester with credit placed on the student’s transcript can be counted toward academic eligibility. (See also By-Law 2.3.4 regarding other courses that may be utilized.)
  4. Entry into 9th Grade: A beginning 9th grade student shall have been promoted from the 8th grade to the 9th grade for first semester eligibility.
  5. A student must be making satisfactory progress towards graduation as determined by local school policies.

Grades 9-12 Enrollment Options for Academic Eligibility (2.3.4): The following options are available to students in order to meet the requirements of By-Law 2.3.2.a and b above.

  1. Traditional Option: A student may meet the requirements outlined in By-Law 2.3.2 through being enrolled and attending classes full-time at the high school.
  2. Non-Traditional Option 1 - Transcripted Credits: A student may meet the requirements outlined  in By-Law 2.3.3 through meeting ALL of the following:
  1.  The student is an enrolled student of the high school, but all or some of the courses/credits are not taken at the local high school (virtual, post-secondary, work study, etc.),
  2. All credits attempted/earned are placed on high school transcript,
  3. All classes must be completed by the high school’s close of the semester, as per By-Law 2.3.11, in order for those classes/credits to be considered toward activity eligibility.

c.         Non-Tradition Option 2 (Public Schools Only) - Seat Time + Non-Transcripted Credits: A student may meet the requirements outlined in By-Law 2.3.2 through meeting ALL of the following:

  1. The student is an enrolled student of the public high school of residence, as defined in By-Law 3.10, and is taking a minimum of two credit-bearing, seat-time classes for a minimum of 1.0 units of credit at the high school, and
  2. The high school administration confirms after a full academic review that the student is further enrolled in courses taken outside of the school which bring the student up to the academic credit requirements outlined in By-Law 2.3.2 (80%). Each local school will determine its own oversight, standards, and criteria for approval of such outside courses/credits, as well as the procedures to determine success/cr4edit confirmation for academic eligibility for the current and following semester. It is not necessary that such confirmed credits be placed on the high school transcript, but may be listed, at the school’s discretion.
  3. All classes/assignments must be completed by the high school’s close of the semester, as per By-Law 2.3.11, in order for those classes/credits to be considered toward activity eligibility.

d.         Transfer of Enrollment based on Changes in Bona-fied Student and Academic Status: Any student whose enrollment status changes from being a non-bona fide student (not meeting By-Law 2.1 and one of the 9-12 Enrollment Options) to being a bona fide student (meeting By-Law 2.1 and one of the 9-12 Enrollment Options) would be considered a transfer student (see By-Law 3.10.4), and ineligible to represent a member school until a transfer of eligibility from is filed and an eligibility ruling is rendered.

Grades 9-12 Summer School (2.3.5): Secondary school sponsored summer courses may count toward maintaining senior high academic eligibility for the FALL semester provided the following requirements are met:

  1. The counting of secondary school sponsored summer school credits must first be approved by the local school administration.
  2. Credit earned for the summer school course is placed on the student's school transcript and counts towards graduation.
  3. The course(s) must be classes identified by the local school board/governing body as required for graduation/promotion requirements.
  4. Only electives that are taken in one of the four core content areas (language arts, mathematics, science and social studies) may be counted towards this requirement of academic eligibility.
  5. Online courses may not count as a summer school credit, unless they meet the requirements of By-Law 2.3.4a (taken at the high school) or 2.34b (placed on the transcript), and all online courses must be completed on or before July 31.
  6. No more than one credit earned in summer school shall count toward maintaining academic eligibility.

      INTERSCHOLASTIC ACTIVITIES

Mountain Grove High School is a member of the South Central Association of high schools known simply as SCA. Conference activities in which MGHS participates include football, basketball, track, volleyball, cross country, softball, baseball, golf, tennis, track & field,  vocal and instrumental music, academics, and industrial arts. All participants must meet the MSHSAA eligibility requirements. These requirements will be explained before each season by your coach or teacher.

Participation in any interscholastic activity is a privilege offered to students and not a right. Therefore, those who do not follow the rules of the school and laws of the community will not be allowed to participate. All students representing the school in any capacity must conduct themselves in a polite and courteous manner. Students who fail to do so, at school or during an activity, will be subject to suspension of participation in activities representing the school.

All students representing the school in athletic activities must conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner. Unsportsmanlike behavior of players or fans will not be tolerated and will be considered poor citizenship. All athletes must conduct themselves according to rules established by the athletic director and coaches.

Students must be in school at least 4 hours of the school day in order to participate in any extra-curricular activity. Exceptions, due to valid extenuating circumstances, shall be granted only through the principal and/or athletic director. Students must also be in attendance one half day to participate in team practice. If a student skips classes on a Friday, they may not attend practice on that day or be able to participate in any activities on Saturday or any contest until the student has once again attended a full day of classes (or has excused absences) without an unexcused absence before eligibility is reinstated. In this situation, the student must attend all classes on Monday to re-establish eligibility.

Transportation to all school-sponsored activities is provided. Teams and groups will use this transportation to and from the designated activity. The sponsor must be contacted personally by the student’s parents and sign out with the sponsor, if a student is not returning with the group. No student will be allowed to ride home with anyone else except their parents/guardians, unless prior approval has been made with the building principal and/or athletic director.

BASIC GUIDELINES FOR PARTICIPATION

1.  Student athletes are free to make their own selections as to what activities in which they wish to participate.      

2.  A student who has gone out for a sport/activity but quits of his/her own accord, will not be eligible to start

practicing for another sport/activity before the end of the competition in the sport/activity that was dropped,       unless he/she signs a release card and the head coach/teacher of the new sport/activity involved accepts the athlete. Every student athlete should understand this policy.

3.  If it is necessary to be absent from practice, the student  athlete is expected to obtain permission from the

     head coach/teacher prior to the scheduled practice.

4.  In the event that truancy or suspension by a student athlete takes place, the student athlete will not be

     eligible for competition until he has fulfilled the disciplinary requirements established by the administration

     on that day.

5.  On the day that a student athlete receives a disciplinary action toward him/her, they will not be allowed to      

     participate or practice in any activity

6.  The use of alcohol, tobacco, or non-prescriptive drugs is known to be detrimental to the individual as well as       

      the team he/she represents. Therefore, disciplinary action will be taken and may result in the removal from

      the team.

7.  Unsportsmanlike acts: Such acts during a contest resulting in ejection shall cause the student athlete to be    

     restricted from representing the school for the next contest. A student athlete who commits such an act but is

     not ejected may also be subject to at least one game restriction from representing the school. Each case shall

     be reviewed by the head coach, teacher, athletic director, and principal before a final decision is reached

8. Student athletes are responsible for returning all equipment issued to them during their sports/activity     

    season. Equipment issued to a student athlete shall only be worn during supervised activities. The student

    athletes will be financially responsible for any lost equipment. All financial obligations must be taken care of

    within one week after the end of the sports/activity season. No student athlete will receive an athletic/activity

     award until all equipment is returned and all financial obligations have been paid. No further

     equipment will be issued until this equipment has been returned.

9.  Due process:  Student athletes shall have the opportunity to express their side of any incident in which they      

     may be involved. Parents are encouraged to call and set up an appointment to visit with the coach/teacher.

     Coaches/teachers should not be approached during or after a game/class to address personal issues. You may

     call the Athletic Director, coach/teacher, or building Principal to schedule an appointment with the

     coach/teacher, Athletic Director, student, and building Principal. If the student athlete is dissatisfied with any

     decisions, he or she has the right to appeal through the proper channels:

               A. Head Coach/Teacher                    

        B. Athletic Director                    

        C. Building Principal

              D. Superintendent

              E. Board of Education

10. Before a student athlete may participate in any activity in Mountain Grove High School, he or she must   

      have on file with each coach/teacher the following forms:

             1. MSHSAA parental participation form

        2. Physical exam form

        3. Insurance information form

        4. A signed copy of the Mountain Grove High School Student Activity Policy.

MISSOURI STATE HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITY ASSOCIATION ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

      Student Athletes to be eligible for your school team or squad you must....

            1.  BE A GOOD CITIZEN IN YOUR SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY. Any student athlete who

                 represents his school in interscholastic activities must be a creditable citizen and judged so

                 by the proper school authority certifying the list of students for the competition. A student

                 whose character or conduct is such as to reflect discredit upon him/her or their school

is not considered a credible citizen. Their conduct shall be satisfactory in accord with

the standards of good discipline.   

             2.  Have entered school within the first eleven days of this semester. Entering school is interpreted as    

 enrolling and attending classes.   

             3.  A student may accept an award for participation in an athletic contest, or for athletic honors or     

 recognition of athletic achievements in the interscholastic program. Awards presented to students

 shall meet the following criteria:

  a. A student may receive the following symbolic awards: unattached school letters or emblems, 

                        medals, ribbons, trophies, certificates, etc.

     b. A student shall not have accepted or competed for the following types of awards:

         services, cash, or gift certificates.

     c. A student may receive a merchandise award that shall not exceed $25.00 in manufacturer’s

                  suggested retail price.

             4.  Not have reached your 19th birthday prior to July 1 of this school year. high school students

    shall not have reached the following ages prior to July 1; Grade Seven – 14; Grade Eight - 15;

    Grade Nine - 16.       

5.  Not have competed under an assumed or false name. 

6.  Not transfer schools without a corresponding change of residence of your parents unless you meet      

     appropriate exception of the transfer standards. Always check with your principal before

     transferring.

7.  Not practice nor compete as a member of a non-school team or as an individual participant in   

     organized non- school competition in that same sport. He or she may compete as a member of a

     non-school team or as an individual participant in organized non-school competition in a different

     sport than the school sport in season under the following conditions.

         a. The student shall not practice for or compete in the non-school competition on the same date he

            or she practices or competes for the school team without approval of the school administrator.

    These restrictions begin with the first day of the current school sports season. A school sports season

    is defined as beginning with the date of school’s first practice held on a school day and ends with the

    school’s last contest including district and state tournament contests.

             8.  Not transfer from one school to another because of being influenced to do so.  

      EXTRA-CURRICULAR CONDUCT   

                      The Mountain Grove School District has a rich and exciting history of academic and extra-curricular performance. As we enter a new year with several new individuals in place, we would like to renew our commitment to providing outstanding learning opportunities for our children and exciting extra-curricular activities for the school and community to enjoy. Our school compliments the community around us, and likewise we feel our community greatly compliments our school. We must work together and positively support our students, athletes and coaches for a successful extra curricular program to exist.

ADDITIONAL MOUNTAIN GROVE R-III POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

         PUBLIC NOTICE

All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children attending private schools, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, children who are learning English as a second language, children who are wards of the state, and children who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing from grade to grade. The Mountain Grove R-III District assures that it will provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its jurisdiction. Disabilities include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and deafness, mental retardation, intellectual disability, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments, specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual impairment/blindness and young child with a developmental delay.

The Mountain Grove R-III District assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for the Missouri First Steps program.

The Mountain Grove R-III District assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE of children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians.  Parents/guardians may request amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child. Parents have the right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The Mountain Grove R-III School District has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of State Regulation for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  This plan contains the agency’s policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction of personally identifiable information and the agency’s assurances that services are provided in compliance with the General Education Provision Act (GEPA).  This plan may be reviewed at the Superintendent’s Office. This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.

NONDISCRIMINATION NOTICE

TITLE IX, ADA, SECTION 504 AND TITLE VI

The Mountain Grove R-III School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, ancestry, color, national origin or disability:  

* in the recruitment, selection, treatment, or promotion of employees;

* in the admission and participation of students in the educational program or activities;

* in vocational opportunities; or

* in the treatment, counseling, and placement of students.  

For further information concerning Title IX, ADA, Section 504 and Title VI, please contact:

           Superintendent of Schools

        Mountain Grove R-III School District

        207 East Fifth

        Mountain Grove, MO.  65711

        417-926-3177

FEDERAL PROGRAMS

PARENT/GUARDIAN NOTIFICATION

No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires notification to parents/guardians when any of the following situations exist in a district receiving Federal funds.

1.  Districts must annually disseminate Federal Programs Complaint Resolution Procedures to

    parents/guardians of students and appropriate private school officials or representatives.

2.  At the beginning of each school year, a participating school district must notify the

     parents/guardians of each student attending a building that receives Title I funds

     that they may request, and the district will provide in a timely manner, information regarding

     the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers and any paraprofessionals providing

     services to their child.

3. A building that receives Title I funds must provide all parents/guardians notice that their child has been

    assigned, or has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks, by a teacher or a person who is not

    appropriately certified.

4. When a school is identified for School Improvement, the district must notify the parents/guardians of all

    children in the identified Title I building of its School Improvement status. Yearly updates are provided to

    parents with available options until the building is no longer identified for improvement.

5. Within thirty days after the beginning of the school year, a district must inform parents/guardians that their

     limited English proficient (LEP) child has been identified for participation in a language instruction

     educational program.

6.  Parents/guardians of students enrolled in a persistently dangerous school, or students who are victims

     of violent criminal offense while on school property, must be notified of their option to transfer their student

     to a school that is not designated persistently dangerous.

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT

Annual public notice should be presented to parents/guardians of students attending school in the district

 that “Directory Information” will be released to the various communications media of the district as deemed necessary by school officials. ‘’Directory Information’’ includes the following information relating to the student; the student’s name, address, telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized extracurricular activities, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, diplomas and awards received, photographs and the most recent school attended. If the parents/guardians of eligible student do not want information of this type released, written notification must be sent to the principal of the school where the student attends.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

    *Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.

    *Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.

    *Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

  o School officials with legitimate educational interest;

  o Other schools to which a student is transferring;

  o Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;

  o Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;

  o Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;

  o Accrediting organizations;

  o To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;

  o Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and

  o State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification

(special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.

PROTECTION OF PUPIL AMENDMENT 

The Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232h; 34 CFR Part 98) applies to programs that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education (ED). PPRA is intended to protect the rights of parents and students in two ways:

   * It seeks to ensure that schools and contractors make instructional materials available for inspection by parents if those materials will be used in connection with an ED-funded survey, analysis, or evaluation in which their children participate; and

   *It seeks to ensure that schools and contractors obtain written parental consent before minor students are required to participate in any ED-funded survey, analysis, or evaluation that reveals information concerning:

 

         1. Political affiliations;

         2. Mental and psychological problems potentially    

             embarrassing to the student and his/her family;

         3. Sex behavior and attitudes;

         4. Illegal, anti-social, self-incriminating and

             demeaning behavior;

         5. Critical appraisals of other individuals with whom

             respondents have close family relationships;

         6. Legally recognized privileged or analogous

             relationships, such as those of lawyers, physicians,

             and ministers; or

         7. Income (other than that required by law to

             determine eligibility for participation in a program

             or for receiving financial assistance under such

             program).

Parents or students who believe their rights under PPRA may have been violated may file a complaint with ED by writing to the Family Policy Compliance Office. Complaints must contain specific allegations of fact giving reasonable cause to believe that a violation of PPRA occurred.

SPECIAL EDUCATION SERVICES

Services for the following handicapping conditions are provided by the Mountain Grove R-III schools:

        Mental Retardation        

        Autism

        Learning Disabilities                

        Visually Impaired

        Hearing Impaired                

        Emotionally Disturbed                        

        Young Child with Developmental Delay

               Speech/Language Disorders        

        Orthopedically or Health Impaired

        Traumatic Head Injury

         Other Disabilities as noted by federal law

We can help these children through an Individual Education Plan (IEP).  Our goal is to provide a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment for all our special needs students.

HAZING AND BULLYING

In order to promote a safe learning environment for all students, the Mountain Grove R-III School District prohibits all forms of hazing, bullying and student intimidation per board policy JFCF. Students participating in or encouraging inappropriate conduct will be disciplined in accordance with board policy JG-R. Such discipline may include, but is not limited to, suspension or expulsion from school and removal from participation in activities. Students who have been subjected to hazing or bullying are instructed to promptly report such incidents to a school official.

In addition, district staff, coaches, sponsors and volunteers shall not permit, condone or tolerate any form of hazing or bullying or plan, direct, encourage, assist, engage or participate in any activity that involves hazing or bullying. District staff will report incidents of hazing and bullying to the building principal. The principal shall promptly investigate all complaints of hazing and bullying and shall administer appropriate discipline to all individuals who violate this policy. District staff who violate this policy may be disciplined or terminated.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

The School District is committed to providing an environment free from intimidation, hostile behavior, unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct or communication constituting sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment by an employee, student or other person in the district against any person is prohibited per board policy AC-R

Allegation of sexual harassment shall be investigated and, if substantiated, corrective or disciplinary action taken., up to and including suspension and/or expulsion of student or suspension and/or termination of employee.

HOMELESS CHILDREN PROGRAM

The Mountain Grove R-III School District recognize

that homelessness alone should not be sufficient reason to separate students from the mainstream school environment.  Therefore, the district, in accordance with state law and the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act, will give special attention to ensure that homeless children in the school district will have access to a free, appropriate public education.

For further information concerning the coordination of programs for homeless children, please contact:

Shawna Gruben

Federal Program Coordinator

Mountain Grove R-III School District

207 East Fifth

Mountain Grove, MO. 65711

417-926-3177

ASBESTOS MANAGEMENT PLAN

The Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986 requires schools to notify parents/guardians of the location and availability of the Asbestos Management Plan. The Asbestos Management Plan of the Mountain Grove R-III School District is located in the District’s Central Office, 207 East Fifth, Mountain Grove, Missouri 65711.  Each school within the district also maintains a copy of its Management Plan in the administrative office. The Management Plan is available, by appointment, for public inspection during regular business hours.  Appointment must be honored by the School District within five days of receipt of written request. The Mountain Grove R-III School District has designated the following person to be responsible for the Management Plan.  Questions should be directed to:

Denver Mitchell

        Director of Support Services

        Mountain Grove R-III School District

        207 East Fifth

        Mountain Grove, MO 65711

        417-926-3177

 MISSOURI PARENT INFORMATION RESOURCE CENTER

www.missouri-pirc.org

The Missouri PIRC serves parents, schools, and community organizations throughout the state by providing a wide range of information, training, technical assistance, and resources to help parents promote their children’s achievement in school  A collaborative effort of  LIFT (Missouri’s Literacy Resource Center), the Parents as Teachers National Center, Inc.  (PATNC), ParentLink, Practical Parenting Partnerships (PPP), Missouri’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and the St. Louis Public Schools, the Missouri PIRC disseminates parent-related information to parents in all areas of the state.  On another level, the Missouri PIRC partners provide intensive services targeted to parents in urban and rural communities in Missouri with children attending low-performing schools.  During this three-year project, more parents will receive information and training to help them better understand Missouri’s accountability system, their options and choices, and ways to improve their ability to help their children succeed in school.

Building upon existing, high-quality parent education and early education services and programs, the Missouri PIRC works closely with the state department of education to provide parents timely, accurate information so that they better understand Missouri’s accountability system and the options and choices in No Child Left Behind.  The PIRC training and technical assistance components assist parents and schools in strengthening their parent involvement policies, plans, and activities.

The Missouri PIRC employs a number of strategies and activities to share information and resources, including parent training, workshops, toll-free hotlines, print materials, and web sites.  The Missouri PIRC also coordinates various Federal, State and local parental involvement initiatives.

The goals of the Missouri PIRC are:

  1. to improve parents’ ability to support their child’s academic achievement
  1. to expand and strengthen partnerships among parents, schools and community organizations
  1. to coordinate a statewide comprehensive approach  to improve student learning through parental involvement.

STUDENT RECORDS

A.  Each student’s official school record will include the following.

1.  Cumulative educational records to be retained  permanently:

    a.  Name and address of parents/guardians (School district personnel may require an affidavit stating

     the individual who has legal guardianship of the child).

b.  Verification of date and place of birth.

c.  Dates and record of school attendance.

d.  Course enrollment and grades.

e.  Participation in extracurricular activities.

f.  Achievement and/or standardized test data.

g.  Date of graduation or withdrawal.

h.  Record of disclosure and inspection.

2.  The following records of verifiable information are to be

      retained during the student’s school career.

a.  Medical/health data (These must be retained for a period

     not less than two years beyond separation from the

     district.)

b.  Individual psychological evaluation (gathered with

     written consent of parents)

c.  Individual intelligence tests, tests for learning disabilities,

     etc. (special education related).

d.  Other verifiable information to be used in educational

     decision making.

3.  Students who have received services under P.L. 94-142 and/or the Education of the Handicapped Act

     of 1975  shall have a special services student folder included in the cumulative folder which meets

     the provisions of the district’s compliance plan.

B.  Maintaining Student Records

1.  Transcripts of the scholastic record will contain only true factual information.  The schools will confine its

     record-keeping to tasks with clearly defined educational ends.

2.  Items listed under A-1 will be retained for 100 years. Those listed under A-2 will be retained during the

     student’s school life and destroyed at graduation unless school law imposes other restrictions.

3.  Teacher staff comments on student records will be confined to matters related to student performance.  

     Value judgments will be excluded from the record.

4.  Student records will be considered as current educational and/or therapeutic tools and will be available only

      for use as such.

5.  Official records are distinguished from “private notes” or “working notes” in that the latter consist of data

     collected for the use of the collector only.

6.  Each student’s cumulative educational record is maintained in the principal’s office.  It is the

     responsibility of the principal and the professional staff of the school to see that such records are kept in

     the proper manner and are utilized in areas directly related to the instruction of students.

C.  Review of Student Records

1.  A student of age (18 years of age or older) or the parents/guardians will have access to the student’s

      records under administrative supervision during those times the school is normally in session

      unless arrangements for another time have been made in writing.  The student for age or parents/guardians

      have the unique right to inspect the academic record and are entitled to an explanation of any information

      recorded on the record.  School officials are obliged to define or interpret, but not necessarily justify or

      defend material contained in student records.  Examination of the record will be permitted under conditions

      which will prevent its alteration or mutilation.

2.  If the student of age or parents/guardians are in disagreement with the data on the student’s record they

     may challenge the information by following the appeals procedures outlined in Item F of this regulation.

    3.  Staff members who have a legitimate interest and need will be allowed information concerning the record

     of any student.  The principal will insure that such use will be limited to specific needs for providing the

     student with educational and welfare services.

D.  Annual Notification of Rights to Parents/Guardians and Students

1.  A summary of the major provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act shall be placed in

     appropriate student handbooks and local newspapers in the fall as required by federal statute and regulations.

2.  Annual public notice should be presented to parents/guardians of students attending school in the district

     that “Directory Information” will be released to the various communication media of the media of the

     district as deemed necessary by school officials. “Directory Information” includes the following

     information relating to the student:  the student’s name, participation in officially recognized extracurricular

      activities, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, diplomas and awards

      received, photographs and other similar information.  If a parent, guardian or eligible student does not want

      information of this type released, written notification must be sent to the principal of the school where the

      student attends.

E.  Release of Student Records

1.  If a student’s record is requested by an official of another school system or educational agency as defined

     in state statute, the record may be released.  However, written authorization to release the record will be

     sought and encouraged from the parent/guardian if the student is unmarried and under 18 years of age.

     Otherwise, the authorization will be sought from the student. Requests in writing for records will be

     considered as a release by an individual applying for school admission or employment.

2.  Information from student files will not be available to unauthorized persons within the school or to any

      person outside the school without the express consent of the student or the parents/guardians except to

      comply with a judicial order or subpoena or in cases where the safety of persons or property is involved.

3.   Both natural parents of the student shall have access to the student’s records regardless of their marital

      status, unless a court order or divorce decree removes one parent’s right to have knowledge about  and/or to

      participate in the child’s education.

4.  Copies of the records of currently enrolled students will be made available to authorized personnel upon

      request.

5.  A fee of $1.00 per copy of official records will be assessed to all graduates or other students who have

      terminated their education.

F.  Appeals Procedures

The following appeals procedure shall be used for the correction or deletion of inaccurate, misleading or      inappropriate data in a student’s record.

1.  Parents and/or legal guardians or students 18 years old or older, after inspection of school records, may

     petition the appropriate Principal(s) in writing for an informal hearing to determine the accuracy and/or

     content of the student’s school records.

2.  The principal(s) will, within 10 working days of the written request, review the petition, consult with

     knowledgeable school personnel, listen to parental statements and evidence supporting the petition, and

     provide a decision to those concerned.

3.  If not satisfied, the petitioner may request, in writing, that the superintendent of schools review the case and

     determine appropriate action within 30 working days.

4.  If not satisfied, the petitioner may submit a written request to the superintendent for a formal hearing before

     the Board of Education.  The Board of Education will have 30 working days in which to arrange for and hold

     the hearing.  The Board of Education will make a final decision in regard to the status of the student’s

     records and the material contained therein.

G.  Formal evaluation Pursuant to Diagnostic Referral

“Formal Evaluation” means evaluation, interviewing or testing procedures used selectively with an individual student and does not include basic tests administered to or used with all students in a school.

1.  A formal “permission to evaluate” form must be signed by the parent/guardian who has legal custody for the

     student prior to formal evaluation.

2.  Upon waiver of parental rights (age 18) the student must sign the “permission to evaluate” form pursuant to 

     formal evaluation.

3.  Parents/guardians will receive a copy of the district’s due process procedure along with the “permission to

      evaluate” form.

4.  If permission to evaluate is not granted within ten(10) days by the parent/guardian, the due process

     procedure as applicable under P.L. 94-142 and the Education of the Handicapped Act of 1975

     will be in effect.        Adopted: July 15, 1985

Cross Refs:        IGBA, Programs for Handicapped Students.  JHDA, Psychological Testing of Students

Annual Local Education Agency Compliance Plan under Part B of the Education of the Handicapped Act, as amended by P.L. 94-142

Legal Refs:          P.L. 90-247, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 P.L. 94-142, The Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975.

Mountain Grove R-III School District. Mountain Grove, Missouri

STUDENT MEMORABILIA

Recognizing that most student and parents want to retain some permanent impression or keepsake as a reminder of the school experiences from year to year, the Board sanctions the practice of negotiations and contractual obligations with commercial companies for student photographs, class rings and other memorabilia as a service to the students and as part of the total school program.  No student, however, will be required to have a picture taken or will be pressured to purchase any student memorabilia.  The selection of commercial companies shall be made by competitive bid.  The bid price must be complete, including tax and other incidental charges.

Adopted:  July 15, 1985

Mountain Grove R-III School District

Mountain Grove, Missouri

ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

The district will use assessments as one indication of the success and quality of the district's education program. Further, the Board recognizes its obligation to provide for and administer assessments as required by law. The Board directs the superintendent or designee to create procedures governing assessments consistent with law and Board policy. In cooperation with the administrative and instructional staff, the Board will annually review student performance data and use this information to evaluate the effectiveness of the district’s instructional programs, making adjustments as necessary.  The district will comply with all assessment requirements for students with disabilities mandated by federal and state law, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  

The following statewide assessments will be administered at the High School:

 

End of Course Assessment:  

  1.         Mathematics - Algebra I and Algebra II
  1.         Communication Arts - English II
  1.         Science - Biology I

PARENTS RIGHT-TO-KNOW

Mountain Grove School district is required to inform you on information that you, according to the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (Public Law 114-95), have the right to know.

Upon your request, our district is required to provide you in a timely manner, the following information:

In addition to the information that parents may request, a building receiving Title IA funds must provide to each individual parent:

SUICIDE AWARENESS/PREVENTION

Mountain Grove High School recognizes the importance of student’s mental health in their learning journey. For more information on the board policy please visit the address listed below:

https://simbli.eboardsolutions.com/ePolicy/policy.aspx?PC=JHDF&Sch=522&S=522&C=J&RevNo=1.01&T=A&Z=P&St=ADOPTED&PG=6&SN=true

TRAUMA INFORMED

Mountain Grove high School is part of the trauma informed initiative. To learn more please visit the website:

https://dese.mo.gov/traumainformed

Mo HealthNet for Kids Program 

The Federal Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), part of the MO HealthNet for Kids program, is a health insurance program for uninsured children of low-income families who do not have access to affordable health insurance.  For more information visit:  http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/1606

             

 Virtual

Qualifying students may enroll in virtual courses offered in the Missouri Course Access Program (MOCAP) at district expense. (§161.670, RSMo., Policy IGCD)

Sexual Health Program


The Board of Education recognizes that parents/guardians should be the primary source of sexuality education for their children. The Board also recognizes that effective sexuality education, taught in concert with parents/guardians, helps students avoid risks to their health and academic success and prepares them to make informed decisions as adults.

The district will offer instruction in human sexuality and will provide instruction regarding sexual abuse as required by law. All instruction will be appropriate to the age of the students receiving the instruction, and students may be separated by gender for the instruction.

Notice and Opt-Out

The district will notify parents/guardians of the basic content of the district's human sexuality and sexual abuse instruction. The district will also notify parents/guardians of their right to remove their student from any part of the district's instruction on these topics upon written request. The district will make all curriculum materials used in the district's human sexuality and sexual abuse instruction available for inspection prior to the use of such materials in actual instruction.

Medical Marijuana and Cannabidiol (CBD) Oil


The district does not permit the possession or administration of marijuana or marijuana-infused products for medicinal purposes on district property or at district events since these products are prohibited under federal law.

In accordance with state law, parents/guardians with a valid hemp extract registration card may possess CBD oil on district property for the purpose of administering it to their students who are less than 18 years old for the treatment of epilepsy. Students 18 and older with a valid hemp extract registration card may possess CBD oil on district property for the limited purpose of bringing it to the health office where it will be stored with other medications and administered to the student by the nursing staff for the treatment of epilepsy. Students who have an actual prescription for a medication containing CBD will be permitted to possess and administer the prescription medication in accordance with this policy.

When applicable, district staff will administer prescription medication containing CBD in the same manner used to administer other prescription medication.

Nutrition Standards for Foods and Beverages Provided to Students during the School Day

All foods and beverages the district provides or makes available to students during the school day will meet or exceed the Smart Snacks nutrition standards. This includes, but is not limited to, foods and beverages provided or made available to students for celebrations, classroom parties and birthdays, regardless of the source of the food. The district will provide parents/guardians and district employees a list of foods and beverages that meet the Smart Snacks nutrition standards and a list of healthy party ideas, including nonfood celebration ideas.


Student Organizations


 Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)

DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe. The members learn to serve as leaders and followers and have the opportunity for state and national recognition they might not have otherwise. This organization strives for Career/Technical understanding, Civic Consciousness, Social Intelligence and Leadership Development.

Educators Rising

Educators Rising is a career and technical student organization (CTSO) with intra-curricular learning opportunities integrated into the Teaching Pathways program. Ed Rising provides opportunities to attend conferences and competitions to showcase the skills they have gained in their education and training programs.

eSports

The Computer Installer Repair program provides students the opportunity to join the OMTC Esports team. This team competes in gaming tournaments both online and in person. Esports affords students the ability to gain valuable life lessons and social skills that students learn in a team sport atmosphere.

Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)

FLBA is a club for young people in office occupations training. Competition is provided in many areas of business skills. Opportunities for leadership are provided on many different levels including state and national.

Future Farmers of America (FFA)

FFA is available to all students enrolled in Agriculture Education. The purpose of FFA is to develop qualities of leadership and citizenship and provide additional opportunities for the development of skills useful in occupations for which members are preparing. The local chapter of FFA also participates in competition in many areas on the local, sub-district, district, regional, state and national levels.

Skills USA

Skills USA is the youth organization available to students of the school, who work in trades: Auto Mechanics, Auto Body Repair, Computer Installer & Repair, Carpentry, Welding, Culinary Arts and Health Service Aide. The activities of SkillsUSA include leadership training, job skill development and competition such as spelling, public speaking and specific trade skill. SkillsUSA gives the student an excellent opportunity to meet and work with students from other schools with similar interests. Job training and related areas of training and leadership development are all provided for in an atmosphere of cooperation.

Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

FCCLA is a youth organization whose program of leadership development is designed specifically for students who currently are enrolled in Family and Consumer Sciences class. The activities associated with FCCLA include leadership training for social, school and community activities; participation isn STAR events and Power of One units; opportunities to attend regional, state, cluster and national meetings; and participation in community service projects. Students have an excellent opportunity to meet and work with students from other schools.

Industrial Arts Club 

Industrial Arts Club is open to students who are enrolled in an Industrial Arts class or have been in the past. The general purpose of the club is to widen and deepen the interests and knowledge of students in this technological age, to motivate regular schoolwork and promote industrial arts in the public schools. Some specific purposes include: to provide students with opportunities for development of leadership in social, civic, school and community activities; to explore industry, promote high standards of craftsmanship, scholarship and safety; foster a deep respect for the dignity of work, to encourage students in creative expression to develop consumer knowledge in students; and instill desirable habits and attitudes toward the American way of life in students.

American Welding Society - OMTC Student Chapter

The objectives of the chapter shall conform to those of the American Welding Inc., hereafter called the Society. To meet these objectives the Chapter shall hold meetings for the presentation of appropriate papers and the interchange of ideas and information. Where practical, the Chapter shall promote inspection trips to gain knowledge of the welding field. Opportunities for leadership are provided on many different levels including local, state and national. Students have an excellent opportunity to meet and work with students from other schools.

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)

The main purpose of the National Technical Honor Society is to promote the ideals of honesty, service, leadership and skill development among America’s future workforce and reward scholastic achievement in career/technical education. The National Technical Honor Society is comprised of juniors, seniors and adult students who have an overall grade point average of 2.7 or higher. They are students who exhibit good leadership qualities and demonstrate good character. The student must be planning to pursue a career in an area related to the career/technical courses offered by Ozark Mountain Technical Center. After completion of participation in NTHS activities a seal is placed on the students certificate.  



Ozark Mountain Technical Center Course Descriptions


Agricultural Education

There are some courses in this department offered on a yearly rotating basis.

Agricultural Communications

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Agricultural Science 1

Credit:  1

This course will enable students to develop the knowledge, attitudes and skills to demonstrate positive leadership for agriculture. Areas of focus include public speaking, extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking, written communication, meeting people, good first impressions, personal goals, teamwork, team/organizational goals, organizing groups to take action and evaluation of team/organizational actions.

 

Agricultural Construction

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Agricultural Science 1

Credit:  1

This course consists of one semester of intensive study of welding practices including ARC, MIG, and Oxy-Acetylene.  Instruction in sheet metal and wood working tools will be a further part of the curriculum.  The second semester will consist of project construction.

 

Agricultural Management and Economics

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Agricultural Science 1

Credit:  1

This course combines farm management, agribusiness management, and content based on agricultural economic principles. Computer applications are included to enhance student understanding and utilization of current technology. Units include human relations, verbal and written communication, microcomputers in agriculture, economic principles, farm planning, agribusiness functions, and business management.

 

Agricultural Power

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Agricultural Science 1, Agricultural Construction

Credit:  1

This course is designed for the study of small internal combustion engines.  The two stroke and four stroke engines will both be examined from the block to the running engine.  Instruction will also be presented on the basic diesel motor.

 

Agricultural Science 1

Grade Level:  9-10

Prerequisite:  None

Credit:  1

This is a course designed for instruction in animal science, agribusiness, agricultural mechanics, careers, leadership and supervised agricultural experience. Units may include agribusiness, fish and wildlife management, and food science.

 

Agricultural Science 2 (Plant Science)

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite:  Agricultural Science 1

Credit:  1

This course is designed for instruction in plant and crop science, soils, entomology, horticulture, and forestry.  The course includes instruction in agricultural mechanics, careers, leadership, and supervised agricultural experience.

 

Agricultural Structures

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Agricultural Science 1

Credit: 1

This course includes electrical wiring, electrical motors, concrete masonry, plumbing and sewage disposal, farm fences, product handling and processing equipment, and farm buildings.

 

Animal Science

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Agricultural Science 1

Credit:  1

Advanced study in animal production, management, marketing, nutrition, breeding, production records, selection, animal health, waste management, and biotechnology may be included in this course.

 

Equine Science

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Agricultural Science 1, Animal Science

Credit:  1

This is an advanced course that will examine equine anatomy and physiology, basic horse care and management practices for the various segments of the equine industry.

 

Greenhouse Operation and Management

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Agricultural Science 1, Agricultural Science 2

Credit: 1

This course is designed for those students who are interested in the production of vegetables, greenhouse management, flowering plants and plant propagation.  Their education will culminate with a lesson in growing and marketing their crop in the annual greenhouse plant sale.

 

Landscaping

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Agricultural Science 1, Agricultural Science 2

Credit:  1

This course includes the basic techniques of landscape design, landscape construction, installation, and maintenance, and a study of soils and fertilizers for sod production.  Also included are the study of skills needed for the establishment and maintenance of turf.

 

Natural Resources/Conservation

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit:  1

This course is designed to prepare students for activities in conservation and/or the improvement of natural resources such as oil, water, air, forests, grasslands, fish and wildlife for economic and recreational purposes.

 

Supervised Agriculture Experience Co-Op (SAE)

Grade Level:  12

Prerequisite:  Must also be enrolled in another Agricultural Education Class

*Credit:  .5

This course provides for the enrollment of students that are released on school time to complete a cooperative occupational experience in an approved training station in agriculture.  A signed training agreement and training plan must be completed for each student.

*Students are scheduled for work credit classes by period and semester.  After semester grades are due to be posted, the sponsor teachers will contact the counselor to make credit adjustments based on the average number of hours worked per week throughout the semester.

*(20 hours per week = 1.0 credits per semester; 10-19.4 hours per week = 0.5 credits per semester)*

Veterinary Science

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Agricultural Science 1

Credit:  1

This is an advanced course that will contain actual hands-on work with large and small animals.  The course covers communication skills, basic office procedures, animal identification, clinic safety, animal care, and clinical procedures.  The course should prepare students for entry-level jobs in animal care or advanced training in animal care.


Business Education

There are some courses in this department offered on a rotating basis.

Accounting 1

Grade Level: 10-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit:  1

This course is designed to build a basic understanding of manual and automated accounting principles, concepts and procedures. Activities include using the accounting equation, completing the accounting cycle, entering transactions to journals, posting to ledgers, preparing end-of-period statements and reports, managing payroll systems, completing banking activities, calculating taxes and performing other related tasks.

 

Accounting 2 (Instructor Permission Only)

Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite:  Accounting 1 & Instructor Permission

Credit:  1

This course is designed to help students acquire a more thorough, in-depth knowledge of accounting procedures and techniques utilized in solving business problems and making financial decisions. Students will develop skills in analyzing and interpreting information common to partnerships and corporations, preparing formal statements and supporting schedules and using inventory and budgetary control systems. Computer applications should be integrated in each appropriate instructional unit.

 

Banking & Financial Services

Grade Level: 10-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit .5

The finance course applies money and economic concepts to the development of personal financial goals and to the preparation of students for careers in which they plan, manage and analyze the financial and monetary aspects and success of business enterprises. Skills in money management deal with the study of basic concepts

of economics, credit, and budgeting—skills needed for productive citizenship. The course may also cover such business financial matters as business cycles, opportunity costs, cost-benefit analysis, methods of financing businesses, profit and loss and others.

Business Communication

Grade Level: 9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit  .5

This course provides reinforcement of students’ basic language arts skills (composition, grammar, spelling,  punctuation, etc.) and development of essential competencies for oral and written communication in today’s  technological workplaces. Emphasis is placed on using the computer to compose and produce accurate and  effective documents (including e‐mail messages, letters, memos, reports, etc.) for personal and professional  purposes. Using technology (presentation software and telecommunications) to develop oral communication  skills such as making presentations, giving instructions, interviewing and making reports in an effective manner  is reinforced in this course.

Business Economics

Grade Level: 9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit  .5

This course is designed to help students understand economic concepts necessary for their participation in a capitalist system as wage earners, business owners, producers, and investors.  Basic economic concepts like supply and demand, competition, growth, and stability are emphasized.  Topics include the government’s role in the economy, the sharing of economic risks, and the effect of inflation and monetary policies on national and international economics.  

 

Business Law

Grade Level: 9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit  .5

This course is designed to acquaint students with the basic legal principles relevant to their roles as citizens,  consumers and employees through a mixture of personal, business and consumer law. The content includes the  basic characteristics of the American system of free enterprise, rights of private property, basic elements of  contracts, employer‐employee relations, landlords and tenants, individual rights, wills and estates, family and  juvenile justice law and community property.  

 

Business Management

Grade Level: 9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit  .5

This course is designed to help students develop an understanding of skills and resources needed to manage a business. Instruction includes a general overview of American business, forms of business ownership, personnel management, taxation, and government regulations. The use of computers and software as tools in making business decisions in areas such as accounting, sales analysis, and inventory control is also introduced.

 

Business Technology

Grade Level: 9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit  .5

This course is designed to help students develop the qualities, knowledge and skills necessary for working in a  business. Students enhance computer application skills as they develop competencies needed by administrative  support professionals. The content includes the use of technology to develop communication skills, the  performance of office procedures tasks, the production of quality work using advanced features of business  software applications and the production of high quality employment portfolios and job‐seeking documents. In  addition, this course provides training or skills many employers find deficient such as dealing with other people,  using the telephone, organizing work and handling other crucial tasks.

 

Computer Applications

Grade Level:  9-12

Prerequisite:  none

Credit:  .5

This course is typically offered at the middle school and is designed to help students master beginning skills in the areas of word processing,  spreadsheet applications, desktop publishing, multimedia, Internet usage and  integrated software applications.  

 

Computer Applications 2

Grade Level:  9-12

Prerequisite:  Computer Applications (Middle School) or instructor permission

Credit:  .5

This course is designed to help students master beginning and intermediate  skills in the areas of word processing,  database management, spreadsheet applications, desktop publishing, multimedia, Internet usage and  integrated software applications.  

Computer Applications 3 - Dual Credit (CIS 101)

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite:  Computer Applications or instructor permission

Credit:  .5

Fundamental computer concepts, including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation graphics, file management, assessing information, and the responsible use of information technology will be included in this class.  Students enrolled in this course will be required to enroll in the college course, thereby earning both high school and college credit.

Computer Applications 3 (Instructor Permission Only)

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite:  Computer Applications 2 &  instructor Permission

Credit:  .5

This course is designed to help students master advanced skills in the areas of word processing,  database management, spreadsheet applications, desktop publishing, multimedia, Internet usage and  integrated software applications.  

 

Desktop Publishing 1

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite:  Computer Applications 2 or instructor Permission

Credits:  .5

This hands-on class provides students basic terms, concepts, and skills related to desktop publishing.  Using multiple software programs, students apply these skills as they design and create various publications such as business cards, letterheads, flyers, brochures, and newsletters for a variety of purposes.  

 

Desktop Publishing 2

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Desktop Publishing 1

Credit:  .5

This hands-on class provides students advanced terms, concepts, and skills related to desktop publishing.  Using multiple software programs, students apply these skills as they design and create various publications such as business cards, letterheads, flyers, brochures, and newsletters for a variety of purposes.

 

Graphic Design

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite:  Computer Applications 2 or instructor permission

Credit:  .5

This hands-on class provides students basic terms, concepts, and skills related to graphic design.  Using multiple software programs, students apply these skills as they create and manipulate images, graphics, logos, banners, etc. for use in a variety of publications.

 

Graphic Design 2

Grade Level: 11-12

Prerequisite:  Computer Applications 2

Credit:  .5

This hands-on class provides students basic terms, concepts, and skills related to graphic design.  Using multiple software programs, students apply these skills as they create and manipulate images, graphics, logos, banners, etc. for use in a variety of publications.

 

HR Management

Grade Level: 9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit  .5

This course is designed to help students develop an understanding of skills and resources needed to manage a business. Instruction includes personnel management, labor-management relations, public relations, and human relations

Introduction to Business

Grade Level: 9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit:  .5

This course is designed to introduce students to how business works in today’s society and to provide a  foundation for other business courses. Content includes business functions such as accounting, management,  marketing and other consumer issues regarding money and money management, banking system and services  and government’s role in business and technology in the business world.

 

Multimedia

Grade Level:  9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credits:  1

Students will work with multimedia software to develop electronic presentations. They will learn how to  manipulate text, art and graphics, photography, animation, audio and video for presentations in various media  formats.  

 

Multimedia 2 & 3

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite:  Multimedia

Credit:  1

This course is designed to allow students to further develop their video production skills. . Emphasis will be placed on using advanced editing features including extracting audio, voice-overs, and reversing clips.  Students will also produce finalized media in various formats including audio/video CD’s and DVD’s.

Personal Finance

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite:  none

Credit:  .5

Understanding and managing personal finances are key to one’s future financial success. This one‐semester  course is based on the Missouri Personal Finance Competencies and presents essential knowledge and skills to  make informed decisions about real world financial issues. Students will learn how choices influence  occupational options and future earning potential. Students will also learn to apply decision‐making skills to  evaluate career choices and set personal goals. The course content is designed to help the learner make wise  spending, saving and credit decisions and to make effective use of income to achieve personal financial success.  

 

Supervised Business Employment (SBE)

Grade Level:  12

Prerequisite:  Must also be concurrently enrolled in another Business Education Class

*Credit:  .5

Students who have taken business courses in a particular career path are given the opportunity to work in a related occupation while still enrolled in school. The teacher-coordinator works with business and industry to place students in an occupation that will further develop the competencies acquired by the student through class work.  This is a cooperative vocational education program and students must follow the guidelines established for these programs.

*Students are scheduled for work credit classes by period and semester.  After semester grades are due to be posted, the sponsor teachers will contact the counselor to make credit adjustments based on the average number of hours worked per week throughout the semester.

 *(20 hours per week = 1.0 credits per semester; 10-19.4 hours per week = 0.5 credits per semester)*

Web Design 1 & 2

Grade Levels:  10-12

Prerequisite:  Computer Applications 2 or instructor permission

Credit:  .5 (each)

This course deals with the use of Web programming languages (HTML, etc.), graphics applications  and other Web authoring tools to design, edit, launch and maintain websites and pages. Such topics as Internet  theory, Web page standards, Web design elements, user interfaces, special effects, navigation and emerging  Web technologies will be included.  


Family and Consumer Sciences

There are some courses in this department offered on an as needed basis.

Apparel Textiles

Grade Level: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Credit:  .5

This course prepares individuals to understand the aspects of clothing, textiles, embellishments and craft techniques. The class is based on hands-on experiences and students will have a wide choice of techniques to choose from such as clothing constructions or hand crafts. Students will have the opportunity to improve their computer technology skills by the use of the computerized sewing machine. Students will be able to create designs on anything from shirts, to hats, to sweatshirts, to socks. The machine is pre-programmed to sew designs of the students’ choosing or they can use the DOS program to draw or scan and digitize their own design. Students will also receive Entrepreneurship training with the use of the computerized machine. Students will be responsible to furnish all needed materials.

Career Development

Grade Level:  9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit:  .5

This course introduces individuals to career opportunities in various pathways. It explores the development, marketing, and management functions associated with owning and operating a business. Instruction emphasizes career development and preparation components; balancing family life and entrepreneurial ventures; hands-on activities in entrepreneurial concepts; and use of technology.

 

Child Development (Intermediate)

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit:  .5

This course prepares individuals to understand children’s intellectual, social, emotional, and biological development. It includes

instruction in parent child relations, parenting practices, special needs of children, parental and environmental influences on child development, external support services, and related public policy issues. Observation and actual experiences with children and their parents are integral parts of the program.  This class also uses experiences with the “Real Care” baby models, and empathy belly, models, videos, charts, and field trips.

Child Development (Advanced)

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite:  Child Development

Credit: .5

Advanced Child Development is a course designed for students who have met the prerequisite of Child Development and have a strong desire to work with children as a career goal in the future. Instruction will encompass the study of the developmental behaviors and care of children. Students will have the opportunity to explore current career opportunities and examine the responsibilities and characteristics of successful early childhood teachers. Working on-site with children will help with the understanding of developmental behaviors of children at different ages.

Family/Individual Health

Grade Level:  9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit:  .5

This course meets the needs of today’s students and focuses on the promotion of personal and family health throughout the lifespan. It includes concepts in communicable diseases, family relations, substance abuse, nutrition, basic first-aid, fitness and other concerns pertaining to the development of personal and family health. Career opportunities in health-related fields are investigated.

This course meets the 0.5 health credit graduation requirement.

Foods, General

Grade Level:  9-12

Prerequisite:  None (suggested Nutrition & Wellness)

Credit:  .5

This course prepares individuals to understand the principles of nutrition; the relationship of nutrition to health and well-being; the selection, preparation, and care of food; meal management to meet individual and family food needs and patterns of living; good economics and ecology; and the optimal use of the food dollar.  This course also emphasizes variety in food products and preparation techniques, diet in health and illness, and experimentation in meal patterns.  World Foods emphasizes cultures and conditions in other countries.  This course is offered second semester only.

Food Science

Grade Level: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Credit: .5

This course prepares individuals to use the scientific method to study the biological and chemical basis for food fermentation, preservation,  processing, and preparation. Students develop laboratory, writing, and reasoning skills through measuring, recording, and graphing data; writing laboratory and short research projects; and predicting and evaluating laboratory results.

Housing Environments and Design

Interior Design

Grade Level:  9-12

Credit:  .5

Prerequisite:  None

This instructional program describes the study of behavioral, social, economic, functional, and aesthetic aspects of housing, interiors, and other built environments. It includes instruction in analyzing, planning, designing, furnishing, and equipping residential, work, and leisure spaces to meet user needs and the study of related public policies.This course develops a more advanced knowledge and application of interior design skills. Projects on the following may be explored: housing/furniture styles, design and architecture, hand drawn floor plans, computer-aided design (CAD), remodeling and career related occupations. Self-initiative, motivation, time management, planning, independent work, following directions and evaluating are crucial skills in this course which are, communication, mathematics, science and technology are applied.

International Foods  

Grade Level: 9-12

Credit .5

Prerequisite:  None

This course, while focusing on proper food preparation and procedures, introduces the student to international and ethnic specific cuisines. It includes instructions on the psychological, cultural, and social influences on food choices in world cuisine. Availability of foods due to food production, food supply, legislation and regulations are discussed.  This International Cuisine course will broaden students’ outlook and includes the history, indigenous ingredients and impact of foods around the world; safety and food preparation methods used; and the ethnic and cultural relationships to the foods studied.  

Interpersonal Relationships

Grade Level:9-12

Credit .5

Prerequisite: None

This course examines how the relationships between individuals and among family members significantly affect the quality of life. Students use knowledge and skills in family studies and human development to enhance personal development, foster quality relationships, promote wellness of family members, manage multiple adult roles, and pursue careers related to counseling and mental health services.

 

Nutrition and Wellness

Grade Level:  9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit:  .5

This course prepares individuals to understand the principles of nutrition; the relationship of nutrition to health and wellness; the selection, preparation, and care of food; meal management to meet individual and family food needs and patterns of living; good economics and ecology; and optimal use of the food dollar.


Industrial Technology

Introduction to Technology (Industrial Arts)

Grade Level:  9-10

Prerequisite:  None

Credit:  1

The class is designed to expose the student to various hands-on activities related to the areas of technology (communication, manufacturing, transportation, and construction technologies).  Drafting and blueprint reading will be included in this class to help understand how to build a project and plan the cost of materials.  Projects include: cutting boards, co2 cars, bridge building, and woodworking projects of the students' choice.  Students must pay for all materials used to build a project before taking it home.

 

Woods 1

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite:  Intro to Tec

Credit:  1

Woods 1 is designed to expose the student to various hands-on activities.  A brief exposure to some basic drafting and blueprint reading will be included in this class to help understand how to build a project and plan the cost of materials.  Students must pay for all materials used to build a project before taking it home

 

Woods 2

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Woods 1 and Teacher’s Permission

Credit:  1

This class is designed to advance students in their ability to do hands-on activities using working drawings for a project they desire to build.  Blueprint reading will be included in this class to help understand how the project is cut out and assembled and to estimate cost of materials.  Students must pay for all materials used to build a project before taking it home.


MARKETING EDUCATION

There are some courses in this department offered on an as needed basis

 

Advertising

Grade Level: 10-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit:  .5

This program gives students an understanding of the creation, execution, transmission, and evaluation of commercial messages concerned with the promotion and sales of products and services. Students will learn the basic skills needed to build an Advertising campaign.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in the DECA Student Organization (an association of marketing students).

Digital Marketing

Grade Level 10-12

Prerequisite: Must have 0.5 units of Marketing Program Credit

Credit: .5

This course explores the world of digital media marketing and how it impacts and is integrated along with our traditional marketing channels. We will explore how the balance of power has shifted between brands and consumers. In particular we will explore: The latest digital marketing trends, search strategies, retaining customers via Email marketing, online display advertising, social media strategy, mobile marketing trends, and developing an integrated marketing plan.

Entrepreneurship

Grade Level:  10-12*

Prerequisite:  *Freshmen only with Marketing teacher’s prior approval

Credit:  1

A program that provides a background for the development and operation of a business starting with the role of the entrepreneur in our economy to development of a business plan and the application of specific marketing skills and concepts within the business environment.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in the DECA Student Organization (an association of marketing students).

Leadership at Work

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit:  .5

This project-based leadership course develops student understanding and skills in such areas as emotional intelligence, professional development, and communication.  Students acquire an understanding and appreciation of the need for leadership at school, at home, and in the community.  The capstone activity of the course is the implementation of a service-learning project.  Throughout the course students are presented problem-solving situations for which they must apply academic and critical thinking skills.  Formal reflection is an on-going component of the course.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in the DECA Student Organization (an association of marketing students).

Marketing (Fundamental)

Grade Level:  10-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit:  1

This course is for students who are interested in a career in the field of marketing and management. The course includes instructional areas designed to provide an understanding of the fundamental marketing processes and an orientation to the American free enterprise system. The program may utilize the Supervised Employment program to support classroom instruction.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in the DECA Student Organization (an association of marketing students).

 

Marketing (Advanced)

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Marketing (Fundamental)

Credit:  1

This course is for students who are preparing for a career in the field of marketing and management. Instruction will prepare students to perform one or more of the marketing functions, such as selling, buying, pricing, promoting, market research, and management. The program may utilize the Supervised Employment program to support classroom instruction.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in the DECA Student Organization (an association of marketing students).

 

Retailing

Grade Level:  9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit:  .5

Retailing class prepares individuals to apply marketing skills in retail establishments.  Principles, practices and procedures are taught as related to the field of retailing.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in the DECA club (an association of marketing students).

 

Sports and Entertainment Marketing

Grade Level:  9-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credit:  .5

A program that focuses on marketing and management functions and tasks that can be applied in amateur or professional sports or sporting events, entertainment or entertainment events, selling or renting of supplies and equipment (other than vehicles) used for recreational or sporting purposes, products and services related to hobbies or cultural events, or businesses primarily engaged in satisfying the desire to make productive or enjoyable use of leisure time.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in the DECA club (an association of marketing students).

 

Supervised Marketing Education Employment (Sv Mkt Emp)

Grade Level:  12

Prerequisite:  Application and Faculty recommendations are required -- Must also be enrolled in another Marketing Class (limited number of spots available--preference given to students who have already completed a Marketing Department course)

*Credit:  .5 to 1.0 per semester

Students are placed in employment that directly contributes to the development of the competencies necessary for successful employment in the field of marketing. The student must be concurrently enrolled in a marketing program course.

*This is a cooperative vocational education program and the students enrolled must follow the guidelines established for these programs.

Students are scheduled for work for credit classes by period and semester.  After semester grades are due to be posted, the sponsor teachers will contact the counselor to make credit adjustments.

*(20 hours per week = 1.0 credits per semester; 10-19.4 hours per week = 0.5 credits per semester)*


SKILLED TECHNICAL SCIENCES (STS) PROGRAMS

Junior or senior students must fill out an application for enrollment form to be able to enter (or return to) a STS program.

Auto Body Repair 1 & 2

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credits:  3 (per year)

This is a two-year program.  Auto Body Repair offers a basic (first year), and an advanced (second year) instruction in auto body repair.

The beginning student learns the basic procedures for repairing damaged car bodies through shaping panels together by welding, filing parts to gain smooth surfaces, and finishing outer surfaces by filing, sanding, and painting.  Advanced students learn frame alignment, front-end suspension repair, and wheel alignment. Good reading skills are necessary as well as, spatial aptitude, form perception, and manual dexterity, which are important aptitudes.

Auto Mechanics 1 & 2

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credits:  3 (per year)

Through the use of state-of-the-art test equipment, tools and machines, a student has the opportunity to examine, adjust, repair and replace all parts of vehicles including engines, steering system, brake system and electrical systems.

This is a two-year program designed for the student who is interested in the field of automotive repair and maintenance as a career and should be able to make satisfactory progress in this field of work.  The minimum requirement for the student’s satisfactory completion of the second year will be attaining the skill level based on the definition of Automotive Service Mechanic 1.D.O.T. 620.381.

Carpentry 1 & 2

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  None

 Credits:  3 (per year)

Carpentry is a two year program where the student will learn basic carpentry skills.  These skills include building layout; footings and foundations; wall and ceiling framing; roof framing; basic electrical; basic plumbing; materials and methods; installation of windows and exterior doors; exterior wall finish; stair construction; installation of interior doors and trim; cabinetry and special construction; basic mechanical systems; blueprint reading; estimating; and construction career paths.

Carpentry is a union certified program that teaches additional skills such as fall protection and rigging.  Through this part of the program, site tours are given so students have a chance to visit construction sites with multi-dollar projects.

All students can be given employer listings with the union program or non union employers and can have opportunities to meet job foreman and workers to ask questions related to requirements and employment.

Culinary Arts 1 & 2

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisites:  None

 Credits:  3 (per year)

Culinary Arts/ProStart is a two year program for Juniors and Seniors that provides an opportunity for students with an interest in food to gain culinary skills, to prepare for careers in the restaurant and the food service industry. During the course of the two year program, students will be required to complete 400 hours of mentored work experience.

Students will receive training in safety and sanitation (ServSafe), kitchen basics and food service equipment, preparation techniques, nutrition, menu planning, and leadership skills.  Second year students will be required to intern with area food service businesses

Computer Installer Repair 1 & 2

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credits:  3 (per year)

This is a two-year program. Computer Installer & Repair classes will teach skills for entry-level and higher computer service technician support duties.  It is also a course of study for the Test-Out PC Pro & Linux Pro certification program.

During this program you will build on your end-user background knowledge as you acquire the specific skills required to install, configure, upgrade, troubleshoot, and repair PC hardware components and systems.  

This course focuses on gaining an understanding of the computer hardware, networking, and software side of installation and repair.  Students will gain a basic understanding of computer hardware and how it works, setting up networks, and supporting software for end users. Students will have courses that are self-guided and will be reviewed upon completion by the instructor. At the end of the course there will be a Certification Exam and upon passing will earn a Certification that never expires and will help tremendously in their field.

Health Service Aide

Grade Level:  12th

Prerequisite:  Strong background in composition, basic math and anatomy/physiology recommended concurrently or prior to HSA Program

Credits:  3

Health Occupations is a career/technically oriented, one-year program designed and approved by the state, to prepare students with entry-level skills for various careers in the healthcare profession (i.e. nursing, ultrasound, radiology, dental assistant, physical or occupational therapy, pharmacy, sports medicine, etc.)

This course consists of classroom lectures, videos, skill labs, hands-on clinical experience, field trips and an internship.  The curriculum is designed to prepare the student for the high demands of the many health care professions and to master the state approved skills for basic patient care.  The entering student will benefit from a basic knowledge of English composition, math, and Anatomy/Physiology. To fulfill the state required 100 hours of clinical experience, students must first obtain a background check and a TB shot. After successful completion of all requirements and coursework, students who have successfully met the Division of Aging requirements will take the written and practicum examination for certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).  (Students must turn 18 years of age before December 31st, the year of HSA program completion.)

HVAC 1 & 2

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credits:  3 (per year)

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce as a HVAC helper or apprentice and give them the foundation of knowledge needed to further their education in the HVAC field. During this two year program students will learn safety, refrigeration process, piping practices, basic electricity, electrical motors, controls, residential and light commercial cooling/heating, installation and preventive maintenance, troubleshooting, customer relations, leadership, and job seeking skills.

Students will gain hands-on experience installing and repairing heating/cooling systems, electrical systems, and ventilation systems. In addition to classroom study, students will have numerous lab experiences trouble-shooting and correcting mechanical problems.

Students also learn to plan and install the heating, cooling, sheet metal, plumbing, and electrical systems.  Students completing the program will be tested using the HVAC Excellence exam.

Teaching Profession & Practicum

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  Child Development & Advanced Child Development Preferred

Credits:  3

This one year program is designed for students with interest in the teaching profession and will provide them with a seamless pathway into the profession through academic coursework and hands-on practicum experience. This program of study focuses on the general theory and practice of learning and teaching: the basic principles of educational psychology; the art of teaching; the planning and administration of educational activities; school safety and health issues; and the social foundations of education.

Welding Technology 1 & 2

Grade Level:  11-12

Prerequisite:  None

Credits:  3 (per year)

This is a two-year program that builds on the basic skills all welders need to master in order to become a good welder.  First year students will learn how to do oxy-acetylene welding and cutting, gas metal arc welding (GMAW), shielded metal arc welding (SMAW), and plasma arc cutting (PAC).

During the first year the student will also gain exposure through working drawings, building projects, and an introduction to the computer with an Auto-Cad LT drawing program.  The second year students work to improve their welding skills through continued work on projects, work with the gas tungsten arc welding process (GTAW), improve their blueprint reading as well as layout and fit-up skills.  Upon completion of this program, the student will have acquired sufficient job entry-level skills to qualify them for most industrial welding jobs.