Notre Dame High School is accredited by:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Western Catholic Education Association
13645 Riverside Drive – Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
Telephone: (818) 933-3600 Office Hours: 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Attendance Reporting: (818) 990-1856
Fax: (818) 501-0507 Website: www.ndhs.org
President Mr. Brett Lowart 818.933.3610 email@example.com
Principal Mrs. Alice Cotti 818.933.3625 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Principal of Academic Affairs Mrs. Georgia Capell 818.933.3622 email@example.com
Vice Principal of Instruction Mrs. Shannon Kobielusz 818.933.3621 firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice Principal of Student Life Mr. Robert Thomas 818.933.3650 email@example.com
Controller Mr. Rick Ysasi 818.933.3615 firstname.lastname@example.org
Dean of Men Mr. Tom Dill 818.933.3624 email@example.com
Dean of Women Ms. Ann McClung 818.933.3626 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Admissions Mr. Alec Moss 818.933.3632 email@example.com
Director of Advancement Mr. Richard Klee 818.933.3611 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Athletics Mr. Kevin Rooney 818.933.3630 email@example.com
Director of Campus Ministry Ms. Claudia Alvarez 818.933.3659 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Counseling Ms. Martine Abdaem 818.933.3643 email@example.com
Director of Holy Cross Mission Mr. Terry McGaha 818.933.3609 firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Technology Mr. Randy Narciso 818.933.3677 email@example.com
Director of Technology Mr. Louis Weiss 818.933.3689 firstname.lastname@example.org
Infrastructure & Networking
Christian Service Coordinator Mr. Nick Laface 818.933.3670 email@example.com
Immersion Director Ms. Bailey Morley 818.933.3663 firstname.lastname@example.org
Liturgical Director Mrs. Jaclyn Sutley 818.933.3662 email@example.com
Mr. Steve Mejia 9 A-C, 10,11 A - Esk 818.933.3647 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr Bill Kearns 9 D-K, 10,11 Esl – Lanz 818.933.3644 email@example.com
Ms. Jessica Lopez 9 L-Q, 10,11 Lao-Roc 818.933.3695 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Martine Abdaem 9 R-Z, 10,11 Rod – Z 818.933.3643 email@example.com
Mrs. Valerie Pantell Seniors A-C 818.933.3645 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Joan Canzone Seniors D-Ke 818.933.3646 email@example.com
Ms. Jessica Lewis Seniors Ki-Pe 818.933.3696 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Mae Greenwald Seniors Ph-Z 818.933.3642 email@example.com
Communications Mrs. Sabrina Landinguin 818.933.3652 firstname.lastname@example.org
English Mrs. Sara Hinds 818.933.3634 email@example.com
Library Mrs. Tully Rosato 818.933.3664 firstname.lastname@example.org
Math Mr. Joseph Spelta 818.933.3641 email@example.com
Modern & Classical Language Mrs. Jennifer Serrano 818.933.3638 firstname.lastname@example.org
Performing Arts Ms. Amanda Tepe 818.933.3649 email@example.com
Physical Education Mr. Kevin Rooney 818.933.3630 firstname.lastname@example.org
Religion Mrs. Bridget Alameda 818.933.3670 email@example.com
Science Mrs. Shannon Genova 818.933.3685 firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Studies Mr. Jeremy Nelson 818.933.3636 email@example.com
Visual Arts Mr. Joseph Lee 818.933.3649 firstname.lastname@example.org
ATTENDANCE LINE 818.990.1856 PARENT VOLUNTEER LINE 818.933.3608
The Definition of the School
Notre Dame High School is a private Catholic secondary school open to qualified young women and men of diverse backgrounds, abilities, and beliefs. Founded by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame exists to provide a Catholic education based upon the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church as set forth by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
Notre Dame High School, mindful of its mission to be a witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Catholic students are generally, but not always, given preferential consideration in admissions.
Notre Dame High School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, religion, gender, or sexual orientation in any of its educational policies and practices, need-based financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs, although certain athletic leagues and other programs may limit participation.
While the school does not discriminate against students with special needs, a full range of services may not always be available. Decisions concerning the admission and continued enrollment of a student in the school are based upon the student’s emotional, academic and physical abilities and the resources available to the school in meeting the student’s needs.
For any school to be effective with the student, it is essential that a spirit of cooperation, trust, and support exist between the school and the parents. It is for this reason that we ask the family to become familiar with the philosophy, policies, and procedures developed and enforced by Notre Dame High School. It may sometimes happen that a family is not supportive of the school and its Mission. Should a manifest lack of agreement reach the point where the school judges that the necessary and appropriate relationship no longer exists, the family will be required to withdraw the student from the school.
Notice of Implied Agreement
The registration of students at Notre Dame High School is deemed to be an agreement on their part, and on the part of their parents or guardians, to comply fully with all policies, rules, and regulations of the school as outlined in this Handbook. Notre Dame High School reserves the right to make revisions in this Handbook when deemed necessary by the school Administration. The most current handbook in effect shall be posted on the school website.
Agreement to be Governed
The Student-Parent Handbook is published to provide information regarding the rules, policies, and procedures that govern students and parents at Notre Dame High School. The Student-Parent Handbook may be found online at www.ndhs.org. In order to ensure that parents and students have read the Student-Parent Handbook, and agree to be governed by this handbook, it is necessary that both parents have digitally signed the Agreement to Be Governed during the re-enrollment process on TADS. Students will not be allowed to attend class until the signed form is completed as a part of the re-enrollment process. All rules, policies and procedures will be in effect as long as the student remains enrolled at Notre Dame High School.
THE VICTORY MARCH (FIGHT SONG)
Cheer, cheer for Old Notre Dame
Wake up the echoes cheering her name,
Send a volley cheer on high,
Shake down the thunder from the sky,
What though the odds be great or small
Old Notre Dame will win over all,
While her loyal sons and daughters
March on to victory.
THE ALMA MATER
Notre Dame Our Mother
Notre Dame, our Mother,
Tender, strong and true,
Proudly in the heavens,
Gleams the gold and blue,
Glory's mantle cloaks thee,
Golden is thy fame,
And our hearts forever,
Praise thee, Notre Dame.
And our hearts forever,
Love thee, Notre Dame.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
HERITAGE & MISSION 6
CAMPUS MINISTRY 20
CHRISTIAN SERVICE 21
EXPECTED CLASSROOM BEHAVIOR 30
DRUGS AND ALCOHOL 33
BEHAVIOR POLICIES. 36
DRESS & APPEARANCE CODE 39
GENERAL POLICIES & ISSUES. 44
FIELD TRIPS 51
PRINTED & PUBLISHED MATERIALS 51
ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS POLICY 52
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES 55
STUDENT ACTIVITIES 57
FINANCIAL INFORMATION 68
PARENT ORGANIZATIONS 72
PARENTAL FIELD TRIP PERMISSION SLIP 82
iPAD ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY 83
SCHOOL SCHEDULES 86
Notre Dame High School, a Catholic, college preparatory school in the Holy Cross tradition, educates the hearts and minds of students who are diverse in talent, ethnicity and society. As a faith community, Notre Dame strives to provide each student with a rich academic background, an appropriate sense of self, an opportunity for growth, a commitment to family, community, nation and world, and a respect for the spiritual dignity of all persons.
The heritage of Notre Dame High School can be traced to the aftermath of the French Revolution. Because of the erosion of religious values following the attack on God and the Church in early nineteenth century France, many religious groups were established to address the critical task of re-evangelizing young people. One of these groups was the Congregation of Holy Cross founded in 1837 by Father Basil Moreau. To the Priests and Brothers were later added a group of Sisters to educate girls. One of the first and most important foundations of the Congregation was a first class secondary school in Le Mans called Notre Dame de Sainte Croix (Our Lady of Holy Cross).
On the invitation of the Bishop of Vincennes in Indiana, Father Moreau sent a group of Holy Cross Brothers to start a technical school in his diocese. By late 1842, they had arrived at a spot in northern Indiana, which was to become the University of Notre Dame.
It was from the University of Notre Dame that several Brothers of Holy Cross were sent to found Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, which opened its doors in 1947 with 125 ninth grade boys. In 1983, Notre Dame High School welcomed girls into the student body becoming a coeducational institution. Notre Dame High School has the unique distinction of sharing the name of its rich historical antecedents -- Notre Dame de Sainte Croix in Le Mans, France, and the University of Notre Dame here in the United States. However, the links are stronger than in name only. From its founding and long association with the Congregation of Holy Cross it has acquired distinctive characteristics including the courage to take risks, an international perspective, the commitment to provide educational opportunities to all those with potential, and a faith community with a prevailing family spirit.
Since its founding, Notre Dame has always sought new ways to respond to the changing needs of the Catholic families it serves. The school is now coeducational. Most of the faculty and staff are laymen and laywomen who participate fully in the task of Christian formation with the religious and priests on the staff. An independent governing board has been empowered to operate the institution consistent with its heritage and mission.
"We can state ... the kind of teaching we wish to impart. We do not want our students to be ignorant of anything they should know. To this end, we shall avoid no sacrifice. We shall always place education side by side with instruction; the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart. While we prepare useful citizens for society, we shall likewise do our utmost to prepare citizens for eternal life."
-Fr. Basil Moreau
Founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross
Integral to the Holy Cross educational philosophy is the formation of the whole person. In keeping with this philosophy, Notre Dame bases its mission on these shared values: Spiritual - We strive to give students a comprehensive understanding of the Catholic faith, a respect for the value of the individual, and the experience of a faith community, lived out through liturgy, prayer, and service. Intellectual - We seek a curriculum, which meets the highest standards of accreditation and society, which prepares students for college and post-secondary pursuits, and which fully develops students' skills for communication and critical thinking. Personal - Notre Dame seeks to mold students who value themselves and others, who apply Gospel values in moral decision-making, who have a strong aesthetic sense, and who exhibit self-discipline and a cooperative spirit. Communal - Notre Dame aims to promote an active interest in the well being of others, understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures, and an awareness of the responsibilities of citizenship.
Based on our Mission and Values, Notre Dame will be the school of choice for students and families seeking an institution that:
MISSION AND THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY
The mission of Notre Dame High School is accomplished through a structured and sequential curriculum and through the lived example of the administration, faculty and staff. The school's programs and services, including campus ministry, guidance and counseling, the library, discipline, student activities, and interscholastic athletics, are designed to this end. Parents, administrators, faculty, staff and alumni give witness to Notre Dame's mission in their relationships with one another and thereby provide example and encouragement to students.
INTEGRAL STUDENT OUTCOMES (ISO’s)
Educated in the values of the HEART, a Notre Dame High School graduate is a person of integrity who:
Educated in the values of the MIND, a Notre Dame High School graduate is a person of intellect who:
The Mission Statement of Notre Dame High School clearly defines the outcomes and expectations of a Notre Dame education. Each academic year, a course catalog is published which defines the curriculum, course offerings, and prerequisites for courses. The curriculum is designed to meet the Integral Student Outcomes defined in the Mission Statement. Students will not only find faculty committed to helping them learn, but also counselors and administrators willing to assist them. This section of the handbook contains policies and procedures that ensure that a student is making satisfactory progress toward the completion of his/her diploma and that academic standards are met equitably throughout the school community.
A student is assigned to the courses that he/she requests for an academic year, provided that all prerequisites for these courses are met and there are no conflicts between courses requested. Students make their course selections for the following school year in February and March. It is important that the student select courses giving consideration to future study plans, interests, and career goals. Some courses listed in the course catalog require additional approval for admittance; consult the course catalog for more information. A student’s class choices must be considered thoughtfully, as often they cannot be changed after submission. The student must select courses he or she wishes to take, as well select alternate courses should the first choice elective be unavailable. Course requests are reviewed and approved by the department chairs for prerequisites and are updated throughout the spring. The school’s master schedule and all student schedules are created based on the courses the student selected as their first choice options and the courses requiring permission that were approved by the department chair. In some cases, due to a conflict or enrollment/staffing issues, the student’s first choice options may not be possible. In this case, a student selected, alternate choice is scheduled. All classes are subject to enrollment limitations. Classes are scheduled tightly and many courses or class sections and class periods are full and closed.
All students receive a copy of their approved course requests in mid-May, this is a final opportunity to thoughtfully review their course selections and make course changes with their counselor. At the end of the May course change request deadline, course requests are locked and final. Full-year courses are scheduled for the year and cannot be changed, regardless of the grade, at the end of the semester.
LATE SCHEDULE CHANGES
Once the final student schedule is distributed in July, late changes in schedule are most likely not possible. Generally schedules are only changed for the following reasons:
Schedules are not changed for the following reasons:
Late schedule changes are not possible until all enrollment in finalized in August. If, in August, the counselor or department chair determines there is a compelling academic reason that necessitates a schedule change, the counselor will approve and submit the request to determine if a late change is possible. Because of space and class size constraints, it may not be possible to accommodate a request for a late change, even if approved. The last day to address schedule questions with the counselor is the Friday of the week that school begins. A processing fee of $50 is charged for late schedule changes that the school is able to accommodate.
Daily in-class work, quizzes, tests, projects, essays, class participation, assignments, and attendance may all be considered in determining a student's grade. Each teacher is required to distribute to students a "Course Expectation" sheet, which summarizes the particular course policies and procedures. “Course Expectation” sheets will be posted on the Blackboard for parents and students to reference throughout the year. Students are expected to adhere to these stated guidelines for a given class and instructor throughout the duration of the course. Excessive absence may seriously affect a student's grades and could result in loss of credit (see “attendance” section). In the case of an extended absence, parents are to comply with the “extended absence” policy, which is also explained in the section on attendance. For each grading period, a student’s grade is based on a minimum of eight assignments (six minor and two major) for each course. Parents should be aware that many classes at Notre Dame High School will exceed these minimum requirements.
Students and/or parents should never expect “extra credit” as a means of replacing or supplementing a grade. “Extra credit” is given solely at the discretion of the individual teacher and must be offered to all students in the class.
STUDENT/PARENT ONLINE ACCESS TO GRADES AND INFORMATION
Notre Dame High School provides an online systems, “Blackboard” and “Netclassroom”, for student and parent access to current grades and other information. Because important information is disseminated through this system, all students and parents are required to create “Blackboard” and “Netclassroom” accounts.
PROGRESS REPORTS/REPORT CARDS
The scholastic year is divided into two semesters, each of which is comprised of three grading periods. At the end of each grading period, the student's current grade is available on Blackboard for parents to review. Semester grades are available on Naviance, and also sent by mail if previously requested. These reports are usually mailed within seven days of the end of the semester. Parent-Teacher Conferences are held once each semester. Parents/Guardians are advised to take note of these dates on the calendar. Semester grades (January and June) are the only grades that become part of the student's permanent record (transcript).
All classes at Notre Dame have a uniform grading scale:
Percentage Grade Grade Points
93-100 A 4
90-92 A- 4
87-89 B+ 3
83-86 B 3
80-82 B- 3
77-79 C+ 2
Percentage Grade Grade Points
73-76 C 2
70-72 C- 2
67-69 D+ 1
63-66 D 1
60-62 D- 1
Below 60 F 0
“Incomplete” indicates that required work has not been completed; normally this occurs when a student has been absent for several days at the end of a grading period. Unless other special arrangements are made by the school administration, the "I" becomes an "F" if the work is not completed and submitted to the teacher within the timeframe specified by the school administration. Any questions or disputes regarding grades must be brought to the attention of the school administration as soon as possible, but no later than within 7 calendar days of the date that the grade is published on Blackboard. After that date, grades will be considered final and permanently recorded.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE
Grade points are based on a four (4) point scale: A=4 points; B=3 points; C=2 points; D=l point; F=0 points. Plus and minus grades do not affect the grade point average. Students may receive an extra grade point for grades of A or B for honors and Advanced Placement courses. The extra point is used in calculating the Notre Dame grade point average (GPA). Colleges and universities have their own methods for computing grade point averages, and make their own determination as to the inclusion of the extra point for honors and Advanced Placement courses. Notre Dame includes both the weighted and unweighted GPA on the student transcript. Beginning 2018-2019, transfer students who entered Notre Dame after 6/1/2018 will not have their previous school grades included in the Notre Dame cumulative GPA. Grades received from outside schools are not included in the Notre Dame GPA.
Grades from Notre Dame summer school courses will be averaged in the Notre Dame GPA. Grades from repeated or remediated classes do not replace or remove the original grade, which will still be listed on the transcript, but those summer school grades will be averaged in the Notre Dame GPA. Only courses where a "D+" or below was earned for the semester can be remediated in summer school. Summer courses or other courses taken outside of Notre Dame are not included in the Notre Dame GPA. Colleges and universities use their own methods for including summer courses or courses taken at schools other than Notre Dame in their GPA calculation.The counselor can assist as needed.
The dates for semester final exams will be published on the school calendar. Any variations to the schedule will be communicated to parents. Semester final exams will be given on the published day and time only. Taking the final exam for a course on the published day is mandatory. Students who are too ill to take their exams or are absent for a verifiable and excused reason (serious personal/family illness or emergency, death in family, court appointment, approved extended absence, or similar circumstance preventing attendance at school) may only make-up the exam with the permission of the Principal or Vice Principal of Academic Affairs on the designated make-up day or as specially arranged with the Principal or Vice Principal of Academic Affairs. A doctor’s note or other official documentation regarding the absence may be required to excuse the absence and approve a makeup exam. Failure to take a makeup exam as scheduled will result in a grade of zero for the missed exam. Students with an unexcused tardy on exam day are not allowed extra class time for testing. Any exception to this policy is at the sole approval of the principal or Vice Principal of Academic Affairs.
Family vacations or other special, personal plans taking the student out-of-town during final exams are not excused absences from finals and require the student obtain special permission from the principal at least three weeks in advance of testing. Permission is not automatically granted. If permission is granted, no exam will be given early. Students may not arrange special testing with their teachers. Rather the student must make arrangements directly with the Vice Principal of Academic Affairs to complete testing upon his/her return from the trip. In this case, the student’s grade(s) will remain Incomplete until testing is complete and the teacher has had the opportunity to grade and process the final grade for the course.
Because of the importance of final exams, the following guidelines should be adhered to throughout testing to help ensure a fair and academically honest setting:
Honor Roll lists are published at the beginning each semester. Placement on the Notre Dame Honor Roll is for currently enrolled students and based on the most recent Notre Dame semester grades, not overall grade point average. To qualify, a student must earn a semester grade point average in the ranges delineated below. To qualify for placement on the honor roll, students must be enrolled in at least 6 grade-bearing (not Pass/Fail) classes.
Notre Dame High School Awards Night is held near the end of the school year. Students are honored for various achievements. Specific criteria for recognition may vary from year to year as some awards are given by outside organizations.
REQUIRED SUMMER SCHOOL
Remediation of a “Fail” Grade: Students who fail a course must successfully complete an approved make-up class in the same course to be eligible to return to Notre Dame for the next semester or to earn a Notre Dame diploma. If Notre Dame offers these courses during summer school, then these courses must be made up at Notre Dame. If the subject failed is not offered at Notre Dame summer school, an approved course may be substituted for the failed course. Requests for a course substitution must be approved by the counselor in advance. All units lost in failed coursework must be made up before returning to Notre Dame. In addition, if a course is repeated during the school year, the units lost must be made up during the following summer. If the course is not offered at Notre Dame, approval to enroll in an equivalent course at an accredited public or private institution, community college, an approved online school or approved university extension program must be secured through the Counseling, Registrar's or Vice Principal’s Office.
For summer school courses taken at Notre Dame, the original grade and the grade earned in the summer school remediation course grade are recorded on the student's transcript. Grades from summer school courses taken at Notre Dame will be averaged in the calculation of student's official cumulative grade point average posted on the transcript. If a remediation course is approved to be taken outside of Notre Dame, the grade for that course will be recorded on the student’s transcript along with the original grade. However, that grade will not be used to recalculate the student’s official Notre Dame cumulative grade point average. For admissions purposes, colleges and universities use their own methods for including such courses in their GPA calculation.
Remediation of a “D” Grade: While grades of “D” earn high school credit toward graduation, the grade is not approved as passing for college admissions purposes. The Notre Dame administration and counseling professionals strongly recommend that, for college purposes, students remediate any grades of “D” earned on a semester grading period. Students who earn a “D” for a semester grade may repeat the course during summer school. For summer school courses taken at Notre Dame, the original grade and the grade earned in the summer school remediation course grade are recorded on the student's transcript. Grades from summer school courses taken at Notre Dame will be averaged in the calculation of student's official cumulative grade point average posted on the transcript. If a remediation course is taken outside of Notre Dame, the grade for that course may be recorded on the student’s transcript along with the original grade. However, that grade will not be used to recalculate the student’s official Notre Dame cumulative grade point average and credits will not be updated. For admissions purposes, colleges and universities use their own methods for including such courses in their GPA calculation.
Courses for Credit/Advancement: During the summer, Notre Dame offers a limited number of credit-bearing courses which may be taken by the student in order to complete a graduation requirement, as enrichment, or to advance to a different level in mathematics. Courses offered in the summer require the same standards for content and assessment as those offered during the regular school year. Offering vary each year and are subject to change. All graduation requirements must be taken at Notre Dame either during the school year or at Notre Dame summer school. Courses taken for enrichment outside of Notre Dame are not included on the Notre Dame transcript.
Freshman Summer Bridge: Entering freshmen may be required to attend summer school as a condition of their acceptance into Notre Dame. Summer Bridge classes do not earn credit and are not a part of the student’s grade point average.
Students wishing to remediate a “D” grade for college admissions purposes may arrange to do so through an approved online school. Student should discuss the course and program with their counselor in advance to ensure the course meets the standards for acceptable college preparatory and/or NCAA coursework In the case of online classes require proctored finals, it is the student’s responsibility to arrange for a proctor. Grades earned for online course remediation taken through an outside program are not included in the Notre Dame grade point average. Transcripts for any approved online remediation course work should be sent to Notre Dame. The grade may be recorded on the transcript, but credits and GPA will not be included in the Notre Dame record.
A student is scholastically disqualified from further attendance at Notre Dame High School if the student receives three semester grades of "F" in any academic year. A student who is academically disqualified will be withdrawn at the end of the semester in which disqualification occurs.
To receive credit for a course offered by Notre Dame High School, ordinarily a student must be in attendance with no more than six absences in a particular class per semester.
A student whose semester academic grade point average falls below 2.0 is automatically placed on Academic Probation for the following academic semester. As a result of Academic Probation, the parents will be required to attend Parent-Teacher Conferences, and the student will meet with his/her counselor on a regular basis.
If, at the conclusion of the next academic semester, a student again falls below a 2.0 semester GPA, their record will be reviewed by the school administration. The administration will evaluate the student's academic performance as well as his/her participation in extracurricular activities and his/her individual needs and attitude as assessed by teachers and counselors. They will make one of the following recommendations based upon this evaluation:
ACADEMIC ELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
According to California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) rules, in order to participate publicly on an athletic team, students must comply with these guidelines:
The California Interscholastic Federation - Southern Section (CIF-SS) has defined the criteria for athletic eligibility. By extension these criteria apply to student participation in other extra-curricular public performance activities. The section on “Athletics” defines CIF and School eligibility policies.
Because academic dishonesty affects a student's grades and has serious disciplinary repercussions, this section is included here for your consideration. The following are examples of behaviors considered dishonest by the Notre Dame community:
These are matters of serious consequence which may result in a failing grade for the homework, test, paper, quiz, exam, or essay, as well as a disciplinary referral. In addition, a student who steals or accepts a copy of a stolen test, makes a copy or records an image of an exam, or alters records may be subject to immediate dismissal from school. Instances of academic dishonesty during the student’s tenure at Notre Dame are reportable to college admissions or other schools on counselor admissions application reports or recommendations.
Notre Dame is a college preparatory high school. Only college prep, honors and Advanced Placement classes are currently offered. Notre Dame does not have the necessary resources to offer classes or instruction that can meet all special educational needs, nor do we modify our curriculum or graduation requirements to meet special needs. In the event a student has been diagnosed with a specific learning difference or physical disability that impacts learning, the school will review the recommendations as detailed by the medical or educational professional to determine which, if any of the recommendations the school determines is a minor adjustment and is able to implement. A recent (within the past 3 years) copy of the student’s complete educational psychology testing battery report must be provided to the counselor for review before the school can consider any minor educational adjustments being requested. Evaluations must be signed by a licensed or certified professional and must be provided to the counselor for review before the school can consider any minor educational adjustments identified in the report. The testing report must be submitted to the student’s grade level counselor by September 1 to be considered for implementation for the first semester of the school year and by December 1 for second semester implementation. The school counselor, in concert with the administration, will review the request to determine what, if any recommendations the school is able to implement. All requests for accommodation and communication regarding special learning needs must be made through the counseling department. The counselor will serve as the liaison between the student and teacher regarding any approved accommodations. The counselor, parent, student and teacher(s) may meet to discuss the student’s documented learning need and implementation of approved learning adjustments. No requests should be made directly to the teacher.
The presence of an IEP, 504 Plan or other plan, or professional evaluation does not guarantee that a student is eligible for testing or other accommodations at Notre Dame. A full range of services or accommodations requested may not be available and the resources available at the school may not be available in meeting the student’s specific needs.
Note: A public school may generate documents such as an IEP or a Section 504 plan that reflect what the public school will do for the student if he or she goes to the public school. A public school may generate an Individual Services Plan to reflect what the public school will do for a student who attends a private school. While these documents can be helpful in gathering information about the student, they reflect what the public school promises to do for the student, and do not create a duty or require action by the private school. An IEP or 504 plan from another school is not transferable to Notre Dame. The recommendations listed in such a plan are used for reference only in the Notre Dame counselor’s and administration’s determination regarding evaluation and requests for accommodation at the school.
The following are guidelines for documentation that are specified by the College Board for students seeking accommodations on standardized tests such as the PSAT, SAT, or AP Exams. Notre Dame uses these same guidelines in determining what, if any, adjustments we are able to implement. :
PROFESSIONAL CAREER POLICY
The benefits of an education at Notre Dame High School are best experienced through the daily participation in a structured and sequential curriculum. For students with external commitments such as employment in the movie/television industry or participation in amateur or professional athletics, the following policy will apply. A meeting will be held at the beginning of each semester with the Principal, Counselor, Vice Principal of Academic Affairs, the Dean, student and his/her parent or guardian. The meeting will outline the arrangements between the student, parent/guardian, tutor and Notre Dame High School. At the conclusion of the academic semester, another meeting will be held to evaluate the student's progress.
Teachers may require students to take exams on campus. Students who will be absent because of an external commitment such as those listed above must inform the attendance officer at least twenty-four hours in advance of an absence. Tutors are expected to maintain close communication with Notre Dame High School. Work permits must be on file as applicable with the Principal or designee. The academic grades recorded on the permanent transcript will be those assigned by the applicable Notre Dame faculty member.
WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL
To initiate the Withdrawal process, parents must request an exit interview with the principal and sign a formal notice of Withdrawal and records release form available from the school registrar. A student must return their iPad/accessories and be cleared by the Technology Office before withdrawal. An official reason for withdrawal is required. If a student leaves during a semester without officially withdrawing, the student will receive a grade of "F" in all courses. Tuition and financial accounts must be current upon withdrawal.
A total of 270 units are required to graduate from Notre Dame. A full-year class is equal to 10 units; a half-year/semester class is equal to 5 units. Except for pre-approved coursework accepted when a transfer student enrolls, all Notre Dame graduation requirements must be completed at Notre Dame. These units must include:
English 4 years 40 credits
Religion 4 years1 40 credits
Social Studies: 3.5 years5 35 credits
Mathematics 3 years 30 credits
Science (lab) 3 years2 30 credits
Mod. & Class. Lang. 2 years3 20 credits
Physical Education 1 year4 10 credits
Visual & Performing Arts 1 year 10 credits
Computer Studies .5 year 5 credits
Electives 50 credits
Christian Service 100 hours
1 Each student, whether Catholic or non-Catholic, is required to be enrolled in the program of Religious Studies for credit each semester he/she attends Notre Dame. For transfer students, the requirement is adjusted according to the requirements of the school previously attended. In general, transfer students complete 1 semester of religious studies for each semester enrolled in a Catholic high school.
2 Biology and Chemistry are required.
3 Must be of the same language. Three years are strongly recommended for college admissions purposes.
4 All students take 1 semester Personal Fitness as a freshman and one other PE course. Physical Education (PE) is required unless excused by a doctor for a sufficient cause (physical disability). In this case, any non-physically demanding classroom-based portions of the course must still be attended and work for that portion of the course must be completed. Satisfactorily completing a season of games and practices as an active member of a Notre Dame athletic team can be used to complete 1 semester (5 credits) of the PE requirement. Coach/athletic department signature verifying a minimum of 60 hours of physical activity while participating in the sport is required. Students in 3 years of Marching Band or those taking a full year Dance VPA course may use these experiences in lieu of taking a 2nd PE class.
5 Social Studies: 1 year World History or AP European History, 1 year US History, and 1 semester each Government and Economics are required.
Christian Service: Completing yearly service hours is a requirement for freshmen, sophomores and juniors to advance to the next grade level and for seniors to receive their diploma. Any exceptions must be approved by the Director of Christian Service in consultation with the Principal. Any student who does not complete his/her service hours must do so during summer school. Freshman and Sophomore students complete 20 hours during the year and Junior and Senior students complete 30 hours during the year.
Public graduation (which includes Senior Privileges “Grad Nite,” Baccalaureate Mass, Honors Night, and the Graduation Ceremony) is a privilege, which can be denied to any senior for reasonable cause. Any student receiving 3 semester F’s their senior year, will not be allowed to walk in graduation ceremonies regardless of remediation. In the event of 1 or 2 semester F’s, the diploma will be held until all F’s are remediated, regardless of the total number of units earned.
CHRISTIAN SERVICE GRADUATION REQUIREMENT
Participation in the Christian Service Program is a graduation requirement. The coordinator of the Christian Service Program will verify for graduation only those students who have met the requirements of this program. No student will be awarded a Notre Dame diploma without this verification. In addition, student transcripts will not indicate that a student has graduated until the requirements of the Christian Service Program have been met and verified by the Christian Service Coordinator.
The valedictorian at graduation will be chosen by the administration based on the student's grade point average and strength of program taken at Notre Dame. . The Notre Dame valedictorian will be honored during the graduation ceremony.
Graduation Honors are based on courses taken the first seven semesters at Notre Dame High School. Only courses taken at ND are considered in the cumulative, weighted GPA. Second semester, senior year grades are not included in the GPA calculation for Graduation Honors. The following describes the honors bestowed at graduation for superior scholastic achievement:
These honors are noted on the diploma.
PRESIDENT’S AND PRINCIPAL’S ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARDS
The President’s Academic Excellence Award is given to graduating seniors with a cumulative GPA of 4.50 or higher, having no grade lower than a B- during their four years at Notre Dame. The Principal’s Academic Excellence Award is given to graduating seniors with a cumulative, weighted GPA between 4.00 and 4.49, having no grade lower than a B- during their four years at Notre Dame. These awards are based on the GPA earned over the first seven semesters at Notre Dame high school. Second semester, senior year grades are not included in the GPA calculation for President’s and Principal’s Awards. Only courses taken at Notre Dame are included in the calculation. These students will be honored with a medallion, which is worn during the graduation ceremony.
The student speaker at graduation will be chosen from the top 10% of the senior class. Eligible students will be contacted and invited to prepare a suitable graduation speech. Students who choose to participate will appear before a committee and will read their speech. A faculty committee will then choose the student whom they believe best represents all facets of Notre Dame to speak at the graduation ceremony.
Notre Dame High School considers the following criteria for admissions for ninth grade:
Notre Dame High School is a Catholic school. As such, we have an obligation to the Catholic community. Preference in admissions is given to practicing Catholic applicants attending a Catholic school, practicing Catholic applicants not attending a Catholic school, and then non-Catholic applicants.
All admissions decisions are conditional upon the applicant successfully completing grade eight at the same school that provided recommendations and transcripts during the admissions process. Applicants should complete eighth grade with grades of “C” or better and no serious disciplinary or behavior incidents. June grades and final recommendations from the eighth grade school will determine ultimate acceptance into Notre Dame. Some applicants are offered provisional acceptance on the condition that they successfully complete a summer school program at Notre Dame High School. Summer classes may be required in English, Math, and/or Study Skills. Admissions decisions will be based on grades, work habits, and behavior demonstrated during their summer classes. These students will be notified of the final decision on their admission at the conclusion of the summer school program.
Beginning July 1, 2016, Notre Dame High School will not admit any student unless they have been fully immunized for their age in accordance with state law. Immunization records and physical exams are required of all incoming students. Physicals must be updated each year the student is enrolled at Notre Dame.
Admission for transfer students is handled on an individual basis as space permits.
RE-ENROLLMENT/ADMISSION TO CLASS
A student ordinarily must have completed all the steps of the registration process through TADS, submitted all required information and forms to the school office, and have made payment on any outstanding financial obligation to the school before being admitted to class. Students who have not filed forms required by law or by the school will not be admitted to class.
Counseling services at Notre Dame High School include academic, college, and personal counseling. Parents have access to the counseling staff and are encouraged to consult with their student’s counselor. The Counseling Department sponsors various parent education opportunities throughout the school year.
Counselors assist students in planning their class schedules and pay particular attention to students whose grades reflect poor academic performance. This guidance may occur in-group or in individual sessions. At the freshman and sophomore levels, emphasis is placed on the development of good study habits and skills, as well as an introduction to Naviance to allow students the opportunity to begin exploring college options and requirements for college admission. At the junior and senior levels, emphasis is placed on college planning and career decision-making. Additionally, throughout the school year, the senior counselors schedule visits from college and university admission officers. Students at all grade levels are encouraged to meet with these representatives.
Because Notre Dame is a college preparatory school our graduation requirements either meet or exceed the admissions requirement at most four-year colleges and universities. As a result, our students are on track for college matriculation as soon as they enter in ninth grade. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are assigned an academic counselor who follows them from fall of their freshman year throughout their junior year and guides them in course selection, encourages participation in extracurricular opportunities, and leads them in self-exploration of strengths and weaknesses, talents, and interests so that students can begin researching colleges and universities that might be good fits. These four academic counselors also work closely with the three college counselors to insure that our younger students are taking appropriate course loads and standardized tests required by colleges and universities The academic counselors lay the foundation for students to begin the more active stage of college admissions which will occur in late junior year and early senior year.
In second semester of junior year, students are assigned a college counselor who follows them throughout junior and senior year. The self-exploration and research students focus on as freshmen and sophomores transitions in spring of junior year to a strong emphasis on the college process and application timeline, and developing the college list. The college counselors begin meeting one-on-one with their students and their families, while also meeting with students through multiple classroom visits. Each junior receives a college handbook to help guide them on their college journey. Juniors also have the opportunity to participate in an optional college admissions readiness class taught by the college counselors during the summer before the start of senior year. This allows our students to get a head start on their college applications and personal statements.
In the senior year our college counselors also provide additional college essay workshops and UC/CSU application sessions to help students complete their applications throughout the fall semester. College counselors work tirelessly with their seniors meeting with them to shape the college list and insure that the list reflects the best fit for them. They also meet individually with seniors to help them complete applications, proofread their essays, assist them with the financial aid process, and navigate scholarships. The college counselors also write customized letters of recommendation for each senior.
Throughout the fall semester the college counselors host more than 125 college admissions representatives on our campus, where they meet and interact directly with our students in small groups. They also host a college fair every fall so that our students and their families can have access to college admissions officers from more than 150 colleges and universities from across the nation.
Our college counselors also provide ample support and information for parents and guardians of our college-bound seniors. There are two formal parent college information meetings held in the spring semester of junior year and two meetings held during the fall semester of senior year. An additional meeting about financial aid for college is also provided to senior families in the fall. College counselors also sponsor monthly parent breakfasts throughout junior and senior year where they meet informally with small groups of parents to discuss college-related issues and answer questions.
DISCIPLINE DISCLOSURE STATEMENT
Colleges and universities want to admit students of good character as well as intellectual promise, so many specifically ask about disciplinary actions on college applications or on secondary school report forms (including the Common Application.) Students are expected to answer truthfully and to fully disclose information as requested. The senior counselors will also be required to provide this information. Students should work closely with the counselors to ensure that both are responding in a consistent and thoughtful manner. The administration will determine which offenses are considered "reportable" pending results of disciplinary board hearings.
If a student’s disciplinary status changes after the filing of college applications, the student has the opportunity and the obligation to inform all schools to which an application has been submitted or a deposit for enrollment has been submitted. This policy is in compliance with the National Association for College and Admissions Counseling (NACAC) “Statement of Students’ Rights and Responsibilities” as well as the Statement of Principles of Good Practice.
The Notre Dame Counseling Department subscribes to the Naviance program, a college/career search and test prep instrument. All freshmen will be instructed in how to set up their Naviance account and will begin to use portions of the program during grade 9. Students in grades 10, 11 and 12 will also use Naviance extensively to access information to facilitate the college search and application process.
By virtue of its mission, Notre Dame High School is committed to educating the whole person. Sound psychological and educational research verifies the positive correlation between self-esteem and academic success. For these reasons, the school community is committed to educating and working with the whole person. Therefore, counselors work to address the emotional needs of the students through a variety of programs. Those programs include Rape Prevention Education as well as group and personal counseling. The personal counseling program incorporates various approaches and techniques to help students enhance their self-esteem. These include:
Teachers, counselors, retreat leaders, and other school personnel will respect the verbal or written confidences of students, except in cases where the health or safety of the student or others is involved, or as otherwise required by state law regarding “mandated reporters.”
NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY
The National Honor Society is a national organization that seeks to award and promote scholastic achievement, leadership, character and service. Juniors and seniors with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 are invited to complete an application that is available in the Counseling Office early in the fall. Grade point average alone does not guarantee membership. Applications are reviewed, and qualified students are then invited to become members of the National Honor Society. Membership is for life as long as membership guidelines are maintained. All members of the National Honor Society participate in a peer-tutoring program.
CALIFORNIA SCHOLARSHIP FEDERATION
The California Scholarship Federation (CSF) is a statewide organization that fosters high standards of scholarship, service, and citizenship on the part of California high school students. Membership for the current semester is based on the grades earned during the preceding semester. Membership applications are available at the beginning of each semester. CSF Members who earn four semesters of membership (one of which must be based on grades earned during the senior year) will be recognized as Life Members/Gold Seal bearers. Life Members/Gold Seal bearers earn the right to apply for special CSF college scholarships and graduate wearing gold honor cords. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may apply for full membership each semester.
The focus of the Campus Ministry program is to provide significant and meaningful religious experiences for students, faculty and staff. The execution of this principle involves the affirming and calling forth of gifts of ministry in all.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
1. To aid the student to attain the goals set down by the American Catholic Bishops in their pastoral letter on education, To Teach as Jesus Did: "The educational mission of the church is an integrated ministry embracing three interlocking dimensions: the message revealed by God which the church proclaims; fellowship in the Holy Spirit; service to the Christian community and the entire human community". (Reference: #14)
∙ By proclaiming the Christian message through a comprehensive four-year religion program supported by all activities in Campus Ministry;
∙ By fostering fellowship in the Holy Spirit through daily prayer in class often led by individual students, and by retreats for both students and faculty;
∙ By promoting service to the Christian community and the entire human community through support of the Christian Service programs, and all activities and programs of Campus Ministry. To aid the student to make a faith commitment by providing the student with spiritual, prayerful experiences on retreats, prayer services, liturgies, and personal counseling;
∙ To aid the student to form a valid system of personal values, individual and social, based upon the fundamental concepts of the Catholic religion;
Campus Ministry supports the Holy Cross Mission of “Educating Hearts and Minds” by fostering the faith formation of students, faculty and parents that is central to Catholic education. It provides opportunities for prayer, reflection and liturgical celebration to nurture the spiritual community. Moreover, it offers students the ability to participate as Christian leaders, provides pastoral counseling and guidance in the discernment process of vocations.
LITURGIES & PRAYER SERVICES
On special school occasions and on certain dates of the liturgical calendar, the entire Notre Dame community celebrates Mass or attends a Prayer Service together in the gym. Teams, clubs, and activities are encouraged to pray together and to celebrate the Eucharist frequently. These group celebrations are scheduled with the Campus Ministry Team. On the first Friday of each month mass is celebrated in the school chapel at 7 am. Additionally, a prayer service is held in the school chapel at 7 am each Friday during the school year. There is also a Family Mass held during the second semester. Questions about liturgies and prayer services may be directed to the Liturgist.
TIMES FOR PRAYER AND REFLECTION
Kairos is a powerful four-day retreat offered to upperclassmen where students grow in relationship with themselves, their peers, their families and God. Through this process of self-reflection students are able to better understand themselves and Christian love. Questions about Kairos may be directed to the Director of Campus Ministry.
Junior Immersion Experience
The Junior Immersion Experience provides students with an opportunity to better understand the Catholic missionary spirit of Blessed Father Moreau and the Congregation of Holy Cross by fully immersing themselves in a commitment to social justice activities. The students live, dine and work together for three days as a community on the Notre Dame campus. Each day the students will work at various locations/agencies throughout the Los Angeles area to help make a difference for others by building respect for the homeless, the aged and needy. This three-day experience satisfies the junior service hour commitment. Questions about Junior Immersion may be directed to the Director of Holy Cross Mission.
All sophomores attend the “Respect and Responsibility Retreat,” which occurs during the course of a regular school day. These are single sex retreats that give students the opportunity to reflect upon healthy decision making while evaluating their personal values and boundaries. Topics covered include self-image, sexuality, relationships, and substance abuse. Questions about the Sophomore Retreat may be directed to the Director of Campus Ministry.
Frosh Friendship Retreat
All freshmen attend the “Frosh Friendship Retreat,” which occurs during the course of a regular school day. This day retreat allows freshmen to mingle with new people in their class while evaluating their first semester journey at Notre Dame. Students will pray and play while reflecting upon personal changes that have occurred since beginning high school and setting goals for the upcoming years. Questions about Frosh Friendship Retreat may be directed to the Director of Campus Ministry.
Christian Leaders are seniors who apply and are accepted into the Christian Leadership class at Notre Dame. They serve as retreat leaders, organize liturgies and prayer services, and lead the school in Morning Prayer. As the student component to Campus Ministry, they seek to enhance the spiritual community at Notre Dame as servant leaders.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
During the school year, the sacrament is offered to students on Kairos retreat and during Lent.
“With eyes of faith, consider the greatness of your mission and the wonderful amount of good which you can accomplish.” – Blessed Fr. Basil Moreau
All students are required to participate in the Christian Service Program. This service plan flows directly from “The Mission” of our school and the Integrated Student Outcomes. This graduation requirement is in place to encourage students to utilize the many gifts, talents, and skills that they have been blessed with to help those in need. The Christian Service Program has a goal of making our students aware about the needs of some of the most dismissed people in our community.
Opportunities for completing service hours are posted outside the Christian Service office and many are announced over the PA system and in Religious Studies classes throughout the year. Students may come to the Christian Service office to discuss different options at any time.
Furthermore, there are monthly group service projects planned and coordinated by the Christian Service Coordinator in which students are encouraged to participate. Certain group projects may have a limit to the number of participants, students will be signed up on a first come, first serve basis. These projects will be communicated to the students through the avenues mentioned above as well as on Blackboard and x2VOL. Questions about Christian Service may be directed to our Christian Service Coordinator.
CHRISTIAN SERVICE ON X2VOL
All Christian Service hours will be reported and recorded online on x2VOL. X2VOL provides students with an online and mobile way to track, report and view service hours at any time. No actual papers will need to be turned in. Service records are authenticated and verified for each student. By the end of their four years at Notre Dame, graduates will have completed a minimum of 100 hours of Christian Service. Students should complete their service for a non-profit organization in the Los Angeles Community, preferably, but not necessarily, in the community where they live. The requirement is that freshmen and sophomores must complete 20 hours each year and junior and seniors must complete 30 hours each year. If a student has not completed their required service hours by the end of each semester, there will be a consequence in place such as possibly having to complete them during summer school.
CHRISTIAN SERVICE REQUIREMENTS:
Class Total Hours/Semester Type of Service Due Dates
Freshmen 1st Semester = 10 hrs. Notre Dame or former grade January 8, 2019
2nd Semester = 10 hrs. school/junior high school April 9, 2019
Sophomore 1st Semester = 10 hrs. Parish/place of worship January 8, 2019
2nd Semester = 10 hrs. or within a religious April 9, 2019
(20 Total/Year) affiliated organization
Junior 1st Semester = 15 hrs. Helping elderly or January 8, 2019
2nd Semester = 15 hrs. individuals with April 9, 2019
(30 Total/Year) special needs
Senior 1st Semester = 15 hrs. Community non-profit January 8, 2019
2nd Semester = 15 hrs. or return to service passion/ April 9, 2019
(30 Total/Year) connection made in past 3 years
Service Hour Experience Submission
As service hours are being submitted into the online tracking program x2VOL, students will be required to write one paragraph after each “experience”. Here are two examples for clarification: If a student is completing all of his/her hours for the year at the same facility, with the same organization, and/or with the same team, only one reflection paragraph in total needs to be written. If a student completes multiple “experiences” at different sites or with different organizations, one paragraph will need to be written for each of those different experiences. This one paragraph reflection should include a brief summary of the service that was performed and how the experience impacted the student and those he/she helped and served.
Senior Project Approval
The Christian Service Coordinator must approve senior projects before the experience is started along with approving any project being done outside the greater Los Angeles area for any grade level. The Christian Service Coordinator will verify each senior service project by contacting the supervisor who verified the student’s hours.
Service Hour Completion
If the required amount of service hours for each semester are not completed by their respective due dates, there will be consequences in place such as the possibility of needing to complete them during summer school. Seniors will not receive first semester “senior privileges” until their freshmen, sophomore and junior service projects and hours are complete. In addition, second semester “senior privileges” will be revoked if students’ first semester senior service hours (15 hours) are not completed by Friday, January 8, 2019.
If a student owes back hours from any year they must be completed by the end of Christmas break January 8, 2019, there will be consequences in place such as the possibility of having to complete them during summer school.
Here is some additional information about the Christian Service Program
Students are allowed to complete their service hours during the summer prior to their sophomore, junior, and senior years. Check with the Christian Service Coordinator prior to the end of the school year to ensure that a project is approved for the summer. For Junior year, Immersion hours count toward Christian Service. Freshmen may not begin to fulfill their service hour requirement prior to starting school at Notre Dame. Freshman, sophomore and junior students may begin their senior service project before their senior year in addition to completing the service requirement for their grade level. The Christian Service Coordinator must approve any project for any year that will be done outside the greater Los Angeles area.
Parents, please check with your student from time to time asking how they are doing with their hours. Parents are able to log into x2VOL using their student's password to check on their service hour progress.
CHRISTIAN SERVICE ON BLACKBOARD
All students will receive a Pass/Incomplete grade for Christian Service on Blackboard. The purpose of the grade is to keep the parents informed regarding the progress the student is making towards completing their service hours. The grade will remain “Incomplete” until the student completes all of their yearly service hours. Once a student has completed their hours and has submitted them into x2VOL, the grade will be changed to a “Pass”.
CHRISTIAN SERVICE GRADUATION REQUIREMENT
Participation in the Christian Service Program is a graduation requirement. The Christian Service coordinator will verify for graduation only those students who have met the requirements of this program. No student will be awarded a Notre Dame diploma without this verification. In addition, student transcripts will not indicate that a student has graduated until the requirements of the Christian Service Program have been met and verified by the Christian Service Coordinator.
State law requires regular and punctual attendance at school. Credit is awarded for each course when the student has met the minimum standards established by the school for academic achievement and regular attendance. To receive credit for a course offered by Notre Dame High School, a student must pass the course with a grade of "D" or better and be in attendance in that particular class with no more than six absences per semester. At the fourth absence in any class an email will be sent to the address listed in TADS regarding the policy At six absences, the parents or guardians and the student will meet with the Dean. If there is a probability of the student losing credit, the Principal will then meet with the family.
All absences, except for school related absences (field trips, athletics, retreats, etc.) are counted toward a student's’ total number of absences. A student is considered absent if they miss 45 minutes or more of any 90 minute class.
Parents and students are encouraged to reserve absences for situations involving personal illness, severe illness in the family, death in the family, or similar situations in which it is not possible for the student to be in school. Sometimes unique circumstances arise that may warrant an exception like an academic or athletic competition at the state or national level, or a career opportunity. (Refer to Professional Career Policy above.) A family vacation is generally not considered a valid reason for missing school.
Students who are absent are expected to make up all class assignments, quizzes, tests, etc., in a timely manner, within the timeline determined by the teacher and relative to the number of days the student was absent or out of school ill. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with the teacher either while out or upon return to make arrangements for all make-up work with the teacher. Teachers are free to determine the method by which the work is to be made up.
REQUEST FOR EXTENDED ABSENCE
Students who know, in advance, that they will miss school for an extended period of time (three or more consecutive days) must first complete a “Request for Extended Absence” form and submit it to the Dean who will consult with the Principal for evaluation and approval. Approval of an extended absence is generally given only in extraordinary circumstances (medical treatment, death of a family member out of the area, etc.). Approved extended absences, like all absences, are counted toward the student’s total number of absences in determining “loss of credit for excessive absence.” Extended absences may result in loss of grade or credit if the student fails to make up all necessary work. Extended absences due to extreme medical illness will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
MISSED SCHOOL WORK DUE TO EXTENDED ABSENCE
Students are responsible for keeping up with missed school work via “Blackboard” and email during an extended absence.
Students have the right to make up homework, class assignments, quizzes, tests, etc., which they miss because of an absence (truancy not included). Some departments, however, make occasional exceptions to this rule (such as the English department’s senior research paper) to ensure that a long-term assignment is completed in a timely manner. The teacher is free to determine the method by which work is made up, and these individual guidelines will be outlined in the “Course Expectations” sheet of a given class. It is the student’s responsibility to abide by the teacher’s guidelines and makeup all work missed due to absence in a timely manner upon returning to school.
LOSS OF CREDIT FOR EXCESSIVE ABSENCE
Credit for a course offered by Notre Dame High School may be withheld in a particular class if a student misses more than six classes in a semester. The parents or guardians and the student will meet with the Dean and Principal to determine whether or not credit will be granted for that semester.
OBLIGATION TO REPORT ABSENCES
When a student is going to be absent from school, for any reason, a parent/guardian must telephone the school prior to 9:00 AM on the first morning of the absence and every day of absence thereafter. The school's 24-hour attendance number is (818) 990-1856 absences may also be reported via email to email@example.com. An unreported absence, regardless of the circumstance, is considered "unexcused." Chronic failure by parents to call in absences may result in the student being issued detention hours.
WRITTEN EXCUSES AFTER EACH ABSENCE
Upon returning to school after an absence, and prior to attending class, the student is required, by State Law, to turn in to the Attendance Office a written note signed by the parent/guardian explaining the reason for the absence. The absent note must legibly include the following:
Absence notes may also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
FAILURE TO TURN IN A WRITTEN EXCUSE
Failure to turn in a written excuse signed by the parent/guardian or email from the parent to the Attendance Office (email@example.com) on the first day back to school after being absent may result in a one-hour detention. Any student who returns to school without a parent/guardian phone call to report an absence, and without a written excuse is considered truant and will not be allowed to return to class until the Attendance Office receives a valid written excuse.
FALSIFICATION OF NOTE/MISREPRESENTATION BY PHONE
Forging a parent/guardian signature on a note, altering a note in any way, making (or having someone else make) a phone call in which the caller falsely identifies him or herself as a parent/guardian, are all illegal and dishonest, and will be dealt with accordingly. Notes written by a parent/guardian giving false reasons for absence or off-campus dismissal are dishonest and set a poor example for students. This type of activity will not be tolerated by Notre Dame High School (see “school/parent relationship”).
PARTICIPATION IN SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND ATHLETICS
Students who wish to participate in or attend any school activity, including athletics, must be in school at least 2 full blocks, lunch and X-Period not included. Only the Principal, Vice Principals or a Dean may excuse a student from this restriction.
Any student who is away from school without a valid excuse or without parent/guardian consent is considered truant. Once on campus, any student who misses an individual class or classes without a valid excuse is considered truant. Any student who misses a class because he or she came late to school and failed to check in with the Attendance Office for a hall pass before going to the next class is considered truant. Any work missed because of truancy may not, under any circumstance, be made up for credit. Notre Dame considers truancy to be a serious disciplinary matter, which will result in multiple detention hours and/or suspension, probation, expulsion.
Classes begin at the sound of the second bell. Any student not seated at that time is considered tardy.
Tardy To School
A student arriving late to school is to report to the attendance office for a tardy slip or detention slip regardless of the time the student arrives. The slip is presented to the teacher upon entering the classroom. Students, arriving to school late from a doctor/dentist with a note from the doctor/dentist, will be issued a hall pass. Students who are tardy to school more than four (4) times in one semester will receive the following consequences:
5th = 1-hour detention
6th = 1-hour detention
7th = 2-hour detention
8th + 2-hour detention & parent conference
Excessive “tardies” will result in a conference with the parent and student and possible probation if the problem persists.
Tardy To Class
A student not seated in class when the second bell rings must report to the Attendance Office for a detention slip. The detention slip will be time-stamped and is to be shown to the teacher upon entering the class. The student will serve a one-hour detention.
LEAVING CAMPUS DURING SCHOOL
(Off-campus permit/school pass)
Parents/guardians and students should make every effort to have appointments scheduled at other-than-school hours. If it is imperative that an appointment be scheduled during school hours, such appointments should be scheduled so that the student does not miss the same class repeatedly. It is important to remember that after arriving at school, under no circumstance is a student to leave campus during the school day without first receiving an off campus permit from the Attendance Office.
Students, who must leave campus during the school day, must bring to the Attendance Office a written request from the parent/guardian before school that day. We prefer that parents not call the request in, but send the student with a written note with the following information.
Off Campus Permit
Students leaving campus during the school day will be issued an off-campus permit to be shown to the classroom instructor at the time of departure.
When the student returns from an off-campus trip, the student is to report to the attendance office before going on to class and must return the permit with the appropriate signature verifying the appointment.
INJURY/ILLNESS DURING SCHOOL
Any student who becomes ill anytime after arriving on campus is to inform his or her classroom teacher, obtain a pass to go to the attendance office, and wait for the attendance officer to complete the necessary phone calls and issue an off-campus permit. Students should not call parents from their smartphone before coming to the Attendance Office. Students should not report to the athletic training office. Notre Dame does not have a nurse on campus.
MEDICATION ON CAMPUS
Any student who must take medication, both prescription and over-the-counter, during school must first complete a “Request for Medication” form (found in the back of this handbook) and turn it into the Attendance Office.
All medication must be left in the Attendance Office, unless other specific arrangements have been approved by a Dean, in its original packaging, marked with the student's name, the name of the drug, and instructions for use.
It is important to understand that most medications prescription and over-the-counter are detectable by the school’s contraband canines. To avoid the possibility of embarrassment that detection might cause, the school Administration insists that parents comply with this policy. All non-documented medication will be confiscated until a “Request for Medication” form is on file in the attendance office.
College visits, while important, do count towards a student’s total number of absences. Students are encouraged to take college visits at times outside the regular school day and school year. Ample time exists during weekends and the summer; Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter breaks for students to visit and tour college campuses.
The rules and regulations for student discipline exist in order to create a positive environment for learning. These rules and regulations are not ends in themselves, but the means by which an atmosphere for effective learning is established and the rights and safety of students, faculty, and staff are protected.
The school respects the rights of the individual student and provides for the common good of the student body and the entire school community. The rights of individual students bring with them the responsibility to respect the rights of others. A student’s conduct, whether on or off the school campus, which is deemed by the administration to be detrimental to the reputation of Notre Dame will result in disciplinary action.
Discipline Procedure For Teachers In Dealing With Students
The individual faculty member is the primary disciplinary authority in the school. Any student who, in the opinion of a faculty member, violates class or school rules is liable for disciplinary action. The student may be verbally corrected at the time of the incident or be asked to discuss the situation with the faculty member later in the day. The teacher may also find it helpful to contact the student's parents directly to discuss the situation. Teachers may also fill out either a “Disciplinary Infraction Slip” or write a disciplinary referral to the Dean's depending on the circumstances.
Minor Disciplinary Infractions
A teacher may give a student a “Disciplinary Infraction Slip” when the teacher observes the student violating one of the infractions listed on the slip. The teacher may give the student the physical slip or notify the student that they are receiving the detention and enter it directly on-line. Upon receiving the infraction slip, the student serves the assigned hours of detention on the Wednesday or Saturday following the date the detention was issued.
Major Disciplinary Infraction
If, in the opinion of the teacher, a student has committed a more serious rules violation, or has not shown significant improvement after receiving disciplinary infraction slips, the teacher may refer the student to the dean. The Dean will assess the incident/situation and usually assesses multiple detention hours. Note: A teacher may send a student to the Dean immediately if the teacher believes this action is necessary to maintain good order in the classroom. Students sent from class will go directly to the dean’s office. If the dean is not available, the student will report to the attendance office and remain there until the Dean is available. Failure to observe this procedure is considered a serious matter and may result in suspension, probation or expulsion.
The Dean of Women/Men
The Dean of Women and the Dean of Men have the responsibility of maintaining good order at school and at all school activities and are empowered to enforce school policies and provide consequences for the violation of school policy, which may include suspension, disciplinary probation, and/or referral to the Discipline Board for possible expulsion. Any student guilty of a single major offense or a series of minor offenses against school policy may be referred to the Discipline Board for possible expulsion.
DISCIPLINE PROCEDURE FOR THE DEANS IN DEALING WITH STUDENTS
When the Dean is notified that a student has violated class or school rules, depending on the violation, the Dean may meet with the student to discuss the situation and determine the consequences. A referral to the Dean will usually result in detention and in more serious cases, suspension. Students are required to be honest and forthcoming during the course of the interview/investigation. Continued disregard for school and/or class rules or a single serious violation, may result in probation, suspension, or may be referred to the Discipline Board for possible expulsion.
Detention is held on Wednesday from 3 to 5 pm and on Saturday from 8:00 to 11:00 am. Unless otherwise instructed, detention check-in is located in room 15 of the Allegretti Building.
When detention hours are given, the parents are informed via email. The parent may then check “NetClassroom” for the specifics of the infraction. Students must serve Wednesday/Saturday detention hours when they are scheduled and not at the convenience of the student/parent. If a student is unable to serve a detention, for any reason, athletic contest, medical appointment, etc., when it is scheduled, the student will have an extra hour added to the detention. If something unexpected occurs, an email may be sent to the appropriate dean.
Suspension is the temporary (usually one to three days) removal of a student from the school. A student may be suspended for a serious violation of school rules or continual behavior inconsistent with school policy (discipline as well as attendance). A student may also be suspended pending an investigation into a particular incident for which the student may face expulsion. Students who are suspended may not participate in or attend any school activity, however, they are expected to complete and turn in all work missed while suspended. A suspended student will be readmitted to school only after he or she demonstrates a willingness to cooperate with school policies.
If a student accumulates an unacceptable number of infractions, or is involved in a serious disciplinary matter, they may be placed on Probation. There will be a meeting with the student, parents and dean. Conditions of the probation contract will be clearly stated and will be in effect for at least one year, at which time the student’s behavior will be evaluated. If the student is a senior, their senior privileges (free dress, Grad Nite, Prom) will be put on hold until significant improvement is shown.
Expulsion is the permanent removal of a student from Notre Dame. A student may be expelled should his or her behavior not significantly improve after being placed on Disciplinary Probation. Moreover, a student is subject to this action when he or she is involved in an “exceptional” situation as described below.
NOTE: Students dismissed from Notre Dame High School are restricted from the Notre Dame campus and any Notre Dame-sponsored activity (including athletic contests) for a period of 12 months from the date of dismissal. Only the Principal may make exceptions to this rule.
In exceptional cases resulting from a single major offense, Notre Dame High School reserves the right to immediately suspend a student pending further investigation. The Discipline Board will review such matters and may dismiss the student without reference to the student's previous behavior. Single major offenses that are subject to this special action include, but are not limited to, the following:
NOTE: A student being investigated or on “house-arrest” by a law enforcement agency of criminal activity may be placed on a home-study program until, in the opinion of the school administration, the matter has been satisfactorily resolved and the student’s presence in the school community does not compromise the safety, good moral order, or reputation of Notre Dame High School.
The Discipline Board
The Discipline Board acts as a hearing board, which reviews all exceptional and/or chronic disciplinary cases. The Discipline Board will recommend, to the principal, any disciplinary actions (including expulsion) for the violation of school policy.
The Discipline Board is chaired by the Deans and is composed of the Vice Principal of Student Life, Vice Principal of Academic Affairs & Vice Principal of Instruction, two faculty members elected by the faculty, and two faculty members elected by the students. In addition to those members, the student has the opportunity to select an additional faculty member to participate when they appear before the Discipline Board, and that faculty member will vote as a part of the process. The principal attends the hearing but does not vote in the process.
Only the Notre Dame student appearing before the Discipline Board and his or her parents/guardians may be present at meetings of the Discipline Board. Only the student may address the Board. Parents are encouraged to submit a written statement to the Chairperson prior to the meeting.
When the Discipline Board recommends to dismiss a student from Notre Dame, an appeal may be made directly to the Principal. The appeal must be made within five (5) school days of the Board’s decision. The Principal’s decision is final.
The following is a list of standard classroom policies. In addition, at the beginning of the school year, each teacher will distribute to students a "Course Expectation Sheet” detailing the particular courses policies and procedures. Students are expected to adhere to the following rules and by the instructor's special rules throughout the academic year.
HARASSMENT /BULLYING POLICY FOR STUDENTS
Notre Dame High School is committed to providing a learning environment that is free from harassment in any form. Harassment of any student by any other student, lay employee, religious or priest is prohibited. The school will treat allegations of harassment seriously and will review and investigate such allegations in a prompt, confidential and thorough manner.
A charge of harassment shall not, in and of itself, create the presumption of wrongdoing. However, substantiated acts of harassment will result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal. Students found to have filed false or frivolous charges will also be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
Harassment occurs when an individual is subjected to treatment or a school environment, which is hostile or intimidating because of the individual's race, creed, color, national origin, physical disability, sexual orientation, or gender. Harassment can occur any time during school or during school related activities. It includes, but is not limited to, any or all of the following:
VERBAL HARASSMENT: Derogatory comments and jokes, threatening words communicated to another person whether spoken or via social media or cyber-bullying;
PHYSICAL HARASSMENT: Unwanted physical touching, contact, assault, deliberate impeding or blocking movements, or any intimidating interference with normal work or movement;
VISUAL HARASSMENT: Derogatory, demeaning or inflammatory posters, cartoons, written words, drawings, gestures, clothing with inflammatory messages/logos;
SEXUAL HARASSMENT: Includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when any or all of the following occurs:
Specific examples of sexual harassment include, but are not limited to:
It is the responsibility of Notre Dame High School to:
It is the student's responsibility to:
What is Bullying?
Bullying is a form of aggression that is directed by one or more people towards another person. It tends to occur in places from which escape is difficult. School bullying takes four main forms.
Physical bullying, where a student uses physical force to hurt another student by hitting, pushing, shoving, kicking, pinching or holding the down. Physical bullying also includes taking or breaking a student’s belongings or stealing or extorting money.
Verbal bullying is when a student uses words to hurt another student. This includes threatening, taunting, intimidating, insulting, sarcasm, name-calling, teasing, slurs, graffiti, put-downs and ridicule. It also includes hostile gestures such as making faces, staring, giving the evil eye, eye rolling and spitting.
Relational bullying occurs when students disrupt another student’s peer relationships through leaving them out, gossiping, whispering and spreading rumors. It includes when students turn their back on another student, giving them the silent treatment, ostracizing or “scapegoating.”
Cyber-bullying refers to the use of iPads, computers, smart-phones, text messages, emails, instant messages, web blogs, apps and postings or other means of electronic communications to bully another student in any of the ways described above. Examples of cyberbullying are sending threatening or insulting messages by phone and email, sexting and spreading destructive rumors. The school reserves the right to access information on electronic devices such as smartphones and computers as well as Internet accounts (email, and social media etc.).
Bullying is a part of a continuum of student violence and may at times, amount to harassment. Harassment occurs when a student is the recipient of threatening, disturbing or unwelcome behaviors because of a particular characteristic.
Hazing is any method of initiation or preinitiation into a student organization or student body or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to these organizations which causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm, to any student or other person.
Any student threat to inflict serious harm to self or others, or to destroy property, will be taken seriously. Whoever hears or becomes aware of any threat made by a student should immediately report it to the president, principal, or a teacher. The principal should notify the police immediately.
The student who has made the threat should be kept in the school office under supervision until the police arrive. The parents/guardians of the student who has made the threat will be notified. Any adult or student who has been identified as the potential victim, or mentioned in writing as a potential victim, should be notified immediately.
The student who has made the threat, shall be suspended until the investigation by the police and school has been completed.
The decision to readmit a student who has made a threat should be made by the principal on a case-by-case basis.
Practical jokes or offhand comments of a threatening nature will be taken seriously and will be investigated. These actions may result in suspension or removal of a student from school.
COMPLAINT FILING AND INVESTIGATION PROCEDURE
The following procedures must be followed for filing and investigating a harassment claim:
If the complaint is against a non-employee or non-student, such as a parent, parishioner, volunteer or vendor, the school will take steps, within its power, to investigate and eliminate the problem.
It is the intent of Notre Dame High School to be free of alcohol, illegal drugs, nicotine and other intoxicants as well as the harmful effects that such substances may have on the lives of the students. Notre Dame recognizes that alcohol and drug addiction is a treatable disease. Those who are afflicted by this disease, either personally or within their families, will be directed or encouraged to get the help they need.
To secure a healthy learning environment, any student who possesses a medical marijuana card, possesses, furnishes, uses, sells, imitates the use of, or is under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, or other intoxicants may be subject to expulsion by the Discipline Board.
The Discipline Board and school Administration will consider each case on its own merits as a unique problem requiring a unique decision. Notre Dame will take proactive steps to make the Notre Dame campus a "drug and alcohol free zone" by, among other things, using contraband detection canines to act as a deterrent.
The Deans may use a Breathalyzer or other testing device if there is reason to suspect a student is under the influence of alcohol.
CONTRABAND DETECTION CANINES
Notre Dame High School is committed to providing its students, faculty, and staff with a learning environment and workplace free of drugs, alcohol, and weapons as well as the violence that often accompanies such things. To this end, Notre Dame High School contracts the services of Impact Canine Solutions, a private, non-police affiliated company that utilizes canines trained in the detection of the following odors:
The school uses detection canines to check odors from student lockers, automobiles, book bags, and Notre Dame common areas. At no time do the canines check individual persons. The school’s Program Coordinator or designee appointed by the Administration escorts an Impact Canine Solutions “handler” and canine about the campus. In the event of a canine "alert" (the term used when a canine detects the scent of a substance they are trained on), the handler will advise the Program Coordinator of the location of the alert and the following protocol will be followed:
The Program Coordinator will open the locker and authorize the Impact Canine Solutions handler to conduct a thorough search of the locker and all its contents. The student assigned to the locker may be summoned to the Dean's Office, where a limited search of the student's person (pockets, socks, etc.) will be conducted by the appropriate Dean. Should the student drive a vehicle to school, the student will permit the Impact Canine Solutions handler to search to vehicle as well.
The Program Coordinator will authorize the Impact Canine Solutions handler to open the book bag and conduct a thorough search of the bag and all its contents. The student may be escorted to the Dean's Office, where a limited search of the student's person (pockets, socks, etc.) will be conducted by the appropriate Dean. Should the student drive a vehicle to school, the student will permit the Impact Canine Solutions handler to search the vehicle. If, in the course of the initial inspection of the book bag, it is determined that the canine has detected an over-the-counter/prescription drug for which the Attendance Office has documentation, the book bag will be closed and no further action will be taken (unless other contraband is found in the bag).
The Program Coordinator will establish ownership or occupancy of the vehicle and summon that student to the Dean's Office. The student’s book bag and locker will be searched and a limited search of the student’s person (pockets, socks, etc.) will be conducted by the appropriate Dean. The Program Coordinator will accompany the student to the vehicle where the student will give permission to the canine handler to conduct a thorough search of the vehicle and all its contents.
In the event that contraband is found, the handler will have a brief discussion with the student explaining the process that took place and the confiscated item(s) will be sealed in an evidence bag to be retained by the school. The nature of the contraband will determine the type of action taken by the school Administration in accordance with school policy.
Medical Marijuana Cards
Possession of a Medical Marijuana Card is not permitted. Students possessing a Medical Marijuana Card will appear before the Discipline Board and may be subject to expulsion by the Discipline Board.
Just as the school takes seriously its appropriate role regarding the use of alcohol and drugs, parents also have responsibilities. For sound medical and health reasons, Notre Dame High School does not subscribe to the philosophy that adolescents can or should be taught to use alcohol or drugs responsibly. It is because students themselves often distinguish that their use of illegal substances is not at school but "at parties" or "on weekends" that we wish to emphasize parental responsibility.
Even though the school's responsibility extends primarily only to school hours and school sponsored events, the school does recommend careful consideration be given the guidelines, which follow:
GUIDELINES FOR FAMILIES HOSTING A PARTY
WHEN YOUR SON OR DAUGHTER ATTENDS A PARTY
Please be aware that Notre Dame High School is vehemently opposed to this type of activity on the part of our young people. Generally these parties are held in homes when parents are away, however, after special events such as prom, students often reserve hotel rooms, rent houses for parties. These unchaperoned parties almost always afford the students an opportunity to experiment with alcohol, drugs, and sex. They often expose the student and your home to vandalism, theft and violence. If a student is publicly identified, they will be held accountable at Notre Dame for their behavior if they attend such an event.
Student phones must be kept either in the student's’ backpack or locker and may not be seen or heard on campus during the school day. Violation of this policy will result in detention. Repeated violations may result in phone being confiscated. They may not be used to call anyone, text message anyone, record audio, video or photograph anyone without permission, calculate anything, play games or to check the time. Student safety is our first concern as a result; drivers are prohibited from using their phones to talk or text while driving on campus. On Blue days, phones are not to be seen or heard or used for any purpose from 7:40 AM – 3 PM. This pertains to all students including those who do not have a scheduled 4th period. On Gold days, phones are not to be seen, heard, or used for any purpose from 7:40 AM – 1:15 PM. At no time are phones to be used in any building on campus. The school reserves the right to access any information held electronically on student phones and any information on student social media accounts.
The telephone in the Attendance Office is available for students who need to contact parents or guardians. In case of emergencies, they should come to the Attendance Office to use the telephone.
Parents should not call or text students during school hours. If necessary to contact your child call the School Attendance Office the number is 818-933-3623.
If students are ill, they should report that information to a teacher and then go to the Attendance Office. They should not text or call home.
Notre Dame does not accept delivery of gifts (i.e., balloons, flowers, etc.) for students.
Areas allowed for eating lunch are: the cafeteria, area around the gym, the front of the Allegretti building and cafeteria, area along the boys locker room, Riverside building, east and west facing arches of the Burns building; the tables behind the gym and between the bathroom and the black box theatre. Areas considered out of bounds are the parking lot, the Hampton building balcony, offices, any classroom unless a teacher is present, hallway or stairway, the locker rooms, baseball bleachers, and south facing arches of Riverside building. The gym is available on rainy days. Students may not sit in front of any door. Students are expected to clean their eating area when they leave at the end of lunch. Failure to do so will result in detention being assigned.
GANGS AND GANG ACTIVITY
The California Attorney General's office has defined a youth gang as:
“A loose-knit organization of individuals usually between the ages of 14 and 24. The group has a name, is usually territorial, or claims a territory as under its exclusive influence, and may be involved in criminal acts. Its members associate together and may commit crimes against other youth gangs or against the general population.”
Notre Dame uses one or more of the following criteria in determining gang membership, affiliation, or involvement:
Notre Dame High School believes that gang membership (including imitation and "wanna-be" gangs) and/or involvement in criminal activity pose a direct threat to the safety and well being of our community, this behavior will not be tolerated on or off campus by a Notre Dame student. A student considered a gang member or involved in “gang” activity and/or involved in criminal activity will automatically be suspended from school and have his or her case brought before the Discipline Board for review and determination of consequences.
Students who belong to or are associated with any group (such as cults, satanic groups, hate groups, or anarchist groups) that exhibit characteristics deemed contrary to the safety, the good moral order, and/or incompatible with the philosophy of the school are subject to disciplinary action. The purpose of the policy is to provide for the safest possible environment for students, faculty, and staff in keeping with the philosophy of Notre Dame.
Possession of any object (i.e., books, notebooks, backpacks and bookbags, clothing, etc.) that is marked with graffiti or possession of items used to “tag” (i.e., spray paint, large markers, etc.) are strictly prohibited from the Notre Dame campus. Students found in possession of such items will face strict disciplinary action including possible expulsion.
Students are not to loiter in any hallway between classes or during the X-period, nor are they to block students from freely passing while proceeding to class. During nutrition breaks, students are to be in areas designated for nutrition/lunch unless the student has specific instructions to meet with a teacher/administrator in the buildings. “Roughhousing”, “horseplay,” and/or any inappropriate contact in the hallways will result in disciplinary action.
Notre Dame is co-tenant of all lockers and reserves the right to search them at any time without notice. Lockers (including athletic and PE) are available upon request from the Dean of Men. Lockers are not to be changed without permission of a Dean or PE coaches in the case of gym lockers. Only locks purchased or issued by the school may be used. Lockers are to be kept locked at all times and personal belongings are to be stored inside the locker. Students are responsible for the condition of their lockers (interior and exterior). They are to be kept clean at all times. Students are responsible for reporting immediately any breakage, damage, or vandalism (including graffiti and the like) to the appropriate Dean. Students are not to post any inappropriate material inside or on the outside of the locker. Students whose lockers are not locked properly may receive detention.
State law forbids students to loiter on or around the campuses of other schools, public or private, while these schools are in session. Notre Dame High School policy forbids students from loitering, for any purpose, in the neighborhood immediately adjacent to campus. Notre Dame defines its immediate neighborhood as an area bordered by: Magnolia Avenue on the north, Hazeltine Avenue on the west, the Ventura Freeway on the south, and Fulton Avenue on the east. Students may not loiter in parked cars in the parking lot or on any neighborhood street at any time.
Notre Dame students who are found loitering will be subject to disciplinary action. Students guilty of vandalism in the Notre Dame neighborhood or to the property of another school will, at a minimum be suspended and face expulsion from Notre Dame.
LOST AND FOUND
Students who find lost property must bring it to the Attendance Office. Being in possession of lost/stolen items is a serious matter and will be dealt with accordingly. Students who have lost items can claim them in the Attendance Office.
OUT OF BOUNDS
Students are not permitted to enter the faculty room, copy room, storage areas, or school offices without faculty present. The parking lot is considered off limits to students during the regular school day unless permission is granted from one of the Deans. Students should remain in the inner campus during nutrition and lunch.
Students should always exercise care over their property and store personal items in secure locations such as lockers. Students who leave backpacks, iPads and other items unattended may receive detention. Notre Dame assumes no responsibility for personal items being lost or stolen.
PRESENCE ON CAMPUS
Students are not expected to arrive on campus until after 6:00 AM on school days. Once students arrive on campus they are expected to stay on campus. Students are to go immediately to the schoolyard, the cafeteria, the library, or school buildings upon arriving at school. Students are not to loiter in the parking lot or on any adjacent street at any time. At no time are students to be in the gym, weight room, pool, cafeteria kitchen, classrooms, offices, or on any playing field without faculty/staff supervision. During class sessions, students are to maintain quiet in the school buildings and refrain from any loud noise or disruptive behavior in the schoolyard.
It is Notre Dame’s expectation that students will be picked up from school within one half hour of the completion of the event, in which they were attending or participating. Parents are responsible to pick their student up within one half hour after an event is completed.
The possession by a student of sexually explicit images of minors or adults on any device is prohibited, regardless of whether any state laws are violated. Any student involved in sexting will be subject to discipline. The school will investigate the situation, which could result in a police report and a report to Child Protective Services as well as school consequences. Smart phones or other electronic devices may be searched or confiscated if reasonable suspicion exists that the phone/device contains evidence of a violation of school policy or criminal violation. Sexting is a serious matter and may result in expulsion.
Notre Dame students are prohibited from skateboarding on the Notre Dame campus or in its immediate neighborhood. Skateboards must be stored in a locker during the school day 7:45 AM – 3:00 PM.
The use of any tobacco, a vaporizer or e-cigarette product by students on the Notre Dame campus or at any school-sponsored activity is strictly forbidden. Students who use or possess tobacco, marijuana, a vaporizer, an e-cigarette or other similar device or paraphernalia products on campus or at school-sponsored events will have the items confiscated, be suspended and will go before the Discipline Board to face further disciplinary action including possible expulsion.
USE OF CROSSWALKS
For safety reasons, all students are required to use marked crosswalks when crossing any street around the Notre Dame campus.
VOICING STUDENT CONCERNS AND PROTESTS
Although students are encouraged to have a voice in school matters, this voice must be a respectful one. Students with concerns should see the appropriate school administrator and express their concerns. Demonstrations, protests or petitions will not be tolerated. Students involved in such actions will be subject to disciplinary action.
DRESS AND APPEARANCE CODE
Notre Dame reserves the right at any time to make adjustments in the dress and appearance code. Final interpretation of the code rests solely with the school administration.
The Notre Dame dress and appearance code exists to support the mission of the school. As a Catholic school, Notre Dame, promotes modesty and self-respect, the dress and appearance code helps reinforce those values, it promotes good behavior and morale, shows who we are to the community, and finally, since Notre Dame draws students from a variety of economic backgrounds, the dress and appearance code gives each student equal standing among their peers.
Conforming to the dress and appearance code is one of the easiest ways for the students to show their cooperation and support of Notre Dame High School. Any teacher or administrator can give a student a “uniform violation” detention slip. This will result in a one-hour detention to be served after school If the student continually shows disregard for the dress and appearance code, the student will be subject to suspension, probation, or expulsion. Final determination of the appropriateness of dress/hair style rests solely with the Dean of Women and Men. Notre Dame reserves the right to send home any student who is groomed or dressed inconsistent with these guidelines.
School uniform clothing is available as follows:
Shirts and Sweatshirts: May be purchased via online sales only, visit https://ndhs.joddio.com/ to order. Shirts and sweatshirts will be shipped by U.S. Mail, usually within 2-3 business days.
Pants, Shorts, Skirts and Skorts: Are available at the Mills Uniform store located at 14120-A W. Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks; (818) 779-1111 or online at http://www.millswear.com/school.jsp?path=-1|29675&id=86849.
For uniform information and questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students must wear the Notre Dame monogrammed polo shirt in white, gray, or navy blue purchased from Notre Dame High School or purchased through a school team or club at all times. Exceptions: Gameday apparel that has been approved by the Deans or Vice Principal of Student Life.
Students must wear the pants/shorts/skorts in khaki or navy blue purchased from Mills Uniform Company. They must be worn appropriately and be in good condition. Shorts skorts and skirts must be worn no more than 4 inches above the knee. Pants, shorts, skorts or skirts may not be rolled. Boys may not wear girl’s pants. Except for sizing purposes, pants, shorts, skorts and skirts may not be altered. No style alterations of any kind may be made. Appropriate undergarments must be worn under the skirts/skorts.
If students wear a sweatshirt, it must be purchased through the school store, a school team or club. The school polo must be worn under the sweatshirt. Sweatshirts may not be worn under polo’s. Sweatshirts can be hooded, zippered or crew neck style.
If a student wears a sweater, it must be solid navy blue and purchased from the Mills Uniform Company. The school polo must be worn under the sweater.
If undershirts are worn, they must be solid white, gray or navy blue cotton t-shirts and they must not hang below the polo shirt. Thermal undershirts are not to be worn.
If students wear a jacket, it must be solid navy blue, black, white, gray or brown. No denim, flannel, leather, plaid or fur is allowed. Anything that is sweatshirt material must follow the sweatshirt rule-this includes zippered sweatshirts.
There should be no writing or large logos, team names (other than Notre Dame), mascots, etc. on the jackets. Jackets/coats should be removed while in classroom.
Shoes must be canvas or leather, athletic style, boat shoes or dress shoe style. Boots of any kind may not be worn to school. Socks must be worn during the school day. Socks must be predominately white, gray, black or navy blue without an excessive pattern.
Tattoos/Piercings/Writing on Skin:
Tattoos, whether temporary or permanent, may not be visible at school or at any school activity. Body piercings (other than the ears for girls) are not allowed. Students should not have writing on their skin. Piercings may not be covered by anything (i.e. Band-Aids).
Students are not to wear anything on their heads during the school day.
Excessive or inappropriate jewelry, wallets on chains, and the like are not permitted. Sunglasses may not be worn in class or in the buildings at any time.
Writing, drawing, patches of anything inappropriate on backpacks/book bags is not allowed.
Some school teams/groups have clothing items made specifically for their group. Team/group clothing, that does not conform to administrative guidelines and has not been approved, may not be worn without specific permission from the Vice Principal of Student Life or the Dean's.
APPEARANCE CODE SPECIFIC TO BOYS
All of the above is subject to the discretion of the deans. Violations of the hair code may result in detention. A student may be suspended until his hairstyle is remediated to comply with the policy and expectations.
Faces must be clean-shaven at all times and at all events, including senior activities. Under no circumstance are beards, mustaches or goatees permitted. Students who fail to conform to this policy will be required to shave at school and may receive detention.
Earrings may not be worn during school hours (7 AM - 3 PM, Monday-Friday).
Boys must wear their pants/shorts with a belt, no underwear visible, fitted to the waist. The belt must be “traditional” black or brown leather/leather-like and be an appropriate length for the student’s waist. Belts with large or “military” style buckles, cloth belts, or belts not consistent with the school's interpretation of “modest” (i.e., studded belts) are prohibited. Boys may not wear girl’s pants.
Athletic tights may not be worn under shorts. This includes sweats or any other clothing that is visible under the uniform shorts. Sweats may not be worn over the shorts at any time during the school day.
APPEARANCE CODE SPECIFIC TO GIRLS
Girls may wear a navy blue or khaki uniform skirt/skort/shorts no more than 4” above the knee and may not be rolled. Spandex shorts or other appropriate undergarments must be worn under the skirt or skort, if the shorts have been cut out of the skort. If a student disregards school policy regarding appropriate uniform length, administration reserves the right to require the student to wear shorts or pants. The parents will cover the cost of the pants if provided by the school.
Girls may wear solid white, gray, navy blue, or black tights. Black athletic style leggings may be worn under the skirt/skort. Thermal underwear, patterned socks/leggings; thigh-high hosiery of any kind is not permitted. Legwear must be in good condition without holes or runs.
Hair must be clean and neatly combed. Hair must be a natural color; no "unnatural" or "two-toned" colors are allowed. No shaved or partially shaved heads are allowed. No uneven length haircuts are allowed.
Makeup, if worn, must be in good taste. Excessive makeup or extreme colors are not permitted.
Earrings must be limited to no more than three per ear. Any type of excessive or inappropriate jewelry is not allowed during school hours.
NON UNIFORM DAYS
“Free Dress” does not exist at Notre Dame. However, on specific days designated by the administration, students are allowed to wear clothing other than the school uniforms. Clothing with controversial statements or images may not be worn on these days. On these days, the following guidelines must be followed.
Pants and shorts of any color may be worn. They must be clean and neat with no ragged edges. They cannot be oversized or revealing. Pants and shorts must be worn fitted to the waist with a belt so that no underwear is visible. No flannel pajama bottoms allowed. Shorts should be mid-thigh or longer in length. In light of the current styles, please note that jeans with rips and holes are not allowed.
Athletic style leggings:
Leggings may may be worn when combined with a top that covers the hips. Only solid black leggings are allowed.
No spaghetti straps, tank tops or bare midriffs are allowed. Shirts with controversial or inappropriate statements, images, insignias, etc., may not be worn. In light of current styles, all shirts must be of an appropriate length so that when the student lifts his/her arms over their head, no skin is revealed.
Dresses and skirts must be modest and appropriate for a Catholic school (at least mid-thigh length).
No open-toed shoes or high-heeled type shoes are allowed.
Sweaters and sweatshirts of any color may be worn. They must be clean and neat with no inappropriate writing, pictures, insignias, etc.
All other dress and appearance code standards remain the same as on a “normal” school day, (for example, boys are not to wear hats, earrings and must be clean shaven).
Any student who goes beyond the school’s notion of appropriate “free dress” will be barred from attending class until appropriate dress can be arranged.
At several times during the school year, the school administration approves special dress days (i.e., class T-shirt, red/green dress for Christmas, “Superhero” dress, etc.). These theme days are strictly voluntary. The ASB will specify what constitutes appropriate dress for these days. Students who choose not to participate must be in normal school uniform. Students who do choose to participate must conform to the prescribed dress criteria. Any student, who in the opinion of a Dean, fails to meet the “spirit” of these days, will be barred from attending class until appropriate dress can be arranged and/or detention will be assigned.
MISSION THEME DRESS DAYS
On Fridays throughout the school year the students who have their Christian Service hours current may wear the current year “Mission Theme” t-shirt “Being Family” in place of the school uniform shirt. This means that Seniors must have completed your freshman, sophomore and junior service hours, Juniors you must have completed your freshman and sophomore service hours, Sophomores must have completed their freshman service hours, Freshmen will be given their t-shirts to wear during the first semester. All students must complete half of their current year service hours by the end of the first semester to continue the privilege.
Pants and shorts of any color may be worn. They must be clean and neat with no ragged edges. They cannot be oversized or revealing. Pants and shorts must be worn fitted to the waist with a belt so that no underwear is visible. No flannel pajama bottoms allowed. Shorts should be mid-thigh or longer in length. In light of the current styles, please note that jeans/leggings/shorts with rips and holes are not allowed.
Athletic style leggings:
Girls may choose to wear leggings, only solid black leggings are allowed.
Should a student choose to wear a sweatshirt or jacket over your Mission T-shirt, it must be a Notre Dame sweatshirt or jacket.
All other dress and appearance code standards remain the same as on a “normal” school day, (for example, boys are not to wear hats, earrings and must be clean shaven).
TESTING DAY DRESS
Students should be dressed in uniform on all testing days including AP testing days.
FIELD TRIP DRESS
As representatives of Notre Dame High School, it is important that students dress appropriately while they are on a field trip. Ordinarily the school uniform is the appropriate dress for school field trips.
The Principal may approve alternate field trip dress as is necessary. The following items may be worn on field trips when approved by the Principal:
The following items may not be worn on field trips (unless otherwise stipulated):
Any student who is not dressed/groomed appropriately will not be permitted to participate in the field trip, and will be subject to disciplinary action.
DRESS CODE FOR OTHER SCHOOL FUNCTIONS
Attire worn to any Notre Dame-sponsored event, any event that includes the Notre Dame Community, or any event in which a student may be representing Notre Dame (whether on or off the Notre Dame campus) must be modest and deemed appropriate by the Administration for the event. This includes dances, awards nights, field trips, games or any other extra-curricular event. Furthermore, school appearance policies covering hair, grooming, tattoos, cosmetics, and accessories/jewelry are to be followed completely while attending a school-sponsored event. If a student’s appearance is deemed to be inappropriate or inconsistent with school policy, the student’s parents will be contacted and the student will be required to leave the event or change into clothing appropriate for the event as determined by the school. Students who habitually disregard this policy will be barred from attending Notre Dame activities and may face serious disciplinary action (up to and including dismissal from Notre Dame).
In the spirit of the Mission Statement, which speaks of a Notre Dame education as a partnership between parents and the school, you should always expect to receive a courteous hearing of your concerns. Students and parents should feel free to voice their concerns about any aspect of school life at Notre Dame. As a matter of policy, it is expected that the caller or writer will identify himself or herself. If Notre Dame High School is to be a community of faith, fear of retaliation should not compel a person to remain anonymous when presenting or discussing a situation or concern. It is also good policy to deal first with the person immediately involved in a situation, be it a teacher, coach, moderator, or administrator. When parents or students have a concern about a particular class or teacher, it is appropriate to first consult with the teacher. This may be done either at the time of Parent-Teacher Conferences or by calling and making an appointment to see the faculty member. You should then voice your concerns to the department chairperson. If the matter has not been resolved, it is then appropriate to call the Vice-Principal of Instruction for curricular matters or the Vice Principal of Student Life for extra curricular matters or the student's grade-level counselor. Only after following this process is it appropriate to call the Principal. For matters of serious consequence, you may appeal directly to the Principal.
This method of communication (i.e., first communicating and addressing the issue at the appropriate level) often resolves difficulties quickly and amicably.
CODE OF CONDUCT COVERING STUDENTS/PARENTS/GUARDIANS
The Catholic Church and Notre Dame High School recognize parents as the primary educators of their children. The education of students at our school is a partnership between parents and the school. If, in the opinion of the administration, the partnership is irretrievably broken, the school reserves the right to require the parent to withdraw his or her child. This is a very serious decision that is not made lightly.
It shall be an express condition of enrollment that the students and parents/guardians shall conform themselves to standards of conduct that are consistent with the Christian principles of the school, as determined by the school in its discretion. These principles include, but are not limited to any policies or procedures set forth in any student/parent handbook of the school.
These principles further include, but are not limited to, the following:
The school reserves the right to determine, in its discretion, when conduct is of such a severe nature as to warrant immediate action without warning and/or without an intermediate step short of withdrawal.
DISRUPTION OR DISORDER BY PARENTS, GUARDIANS, OR OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS
Any parent/guardian or other person who materially disrupts classwork or extracurricular activities in a place where a school employee is required to be in the course of his/her duties may be guilty of a misdemeanor and risks the continuation of their child in the school. This statement does not apply to any otherwise lawful employee concerted activity, including but not limited to, picketing and the distribution of handbills. Any parent/guardian or other family member who insults or abuses any school personnel risks their child’s continuation in the school.
Any parent/guardian or other person who insults or abuses the principal or any teacher in the presence of other school personnel, students or parents and at a place which is on school premises or public sidewalks, streets, or other public ways adjacent to school premises or at some other place if the principal or teacher is required to be at such other place in connection with assigned school activities, risks the continuation of their child in the school.
RECOMMENDED TRANSFER RESULTING FROM PARENTAL ATTITUDE
Under normal circumstances a student is not to be deprived of a Catholic education on grounds relating to the actions/attitudes of parents. It is recognized, however, that a situation could arise in which the uncooperative or disruptive attitude of parent/guardians as described above might so diminish the effectiveness of the education process that continuation of the student in the school may be impossible.
CHILD ABUSE REPORTING
All teachers, counselors, coaches, aides and volunteers, and administrators of Notre Dame High School who know or suspect that a child under the age of 18 is or has been the victim of child abuse must report this information to a child protective agency immediately (Penal Code, Section 11166). Child abuse is not restricted to physical injuries. The following matters must be reported: physical injuries; indication of child neglect such as failure to provide food, clothing, or shelter, even when there is no physical injury; and indication of sexual abuse, sexual assault, or child molestation.
If a representative from law enforcement or child protective agency requests to interview a student as the result of a report of suspected child abuse, the administration will permit such an interview to take place on the campus.
Notre Dame High School upholds the Archdiocesan policy regarding the pregnancy of a student. Although the school subscribes to the Church's teachings regarding premarital sex and the sanctity of the human body and family life, it realizes that when a pregnancy occurs, the total school community should seek to offer support to the pregnant student and/or the father in a Christian and humane manner. The student mother and father-to-be have changed their status and so have some of their obligations, responsibilities, and priorities. Thus, it is important that there be a change especially in their activities and priorities in the school. When the pregnancy of a student is known to school personnel by whatever means, the girl and both parents/guardians should meet with the Principal to determine the course of action that should be taken. If the father is a student in the school, he and his parents/guardians should also meet with the Principal. The students may choose to remain at Notre Dame High School if it is in their best interest and that of the entire high school community. They will be required to receive regular medical care and/or professional and spiritual counseling.
The teaching of the Catholic Church is clear regarding the right to life of all human beings and the reverence and respect owed to each person including those conceived and not yet born. Abortion disregards innocent human life, is incompatible with and contradictory to the fundamental teaching of the Church, the mission of the Catholic school and the values that ought to permeate Catholic education. Catholic teaching does not accept that anyone may justifiably arrange for or procure an abortion for oneself or for another person, be forced or pressured into having an abortion or influence or coerce another person to have an abortion. Moreover, given the already existing network of prenatal programs and pregnancy counseling available in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, there is no acceptable reason why any student should be coerced into having an abortion.
Central to the philosophy of Notre Dame High School is the belief that parents are the primary educators of their children. In support of this, the school and the parents work in close collaboration in all aspects of the student’s educational process. Since a married student is in effect no longer accountable to a parent or guardian, the relationship between the school and the parent is compromised. A student who marries may not attend Notre Dame.
STUDENTS NO LONGER LIVING WITH THEIR PARENTS
Central to the philosophy of Notre Dame High School is the belief that parents are the primary educators of their children. In support of this, the school and the parents work in close collaboration in all aspects of the student’s educational process. Generally, a student not living in the home of a parent or guardian may not attend Notre Dame High School, exceptions to this policy may only be made by the principal.
An emancipated youth is one who is either over 18 years of age and has declared themselves emancipated, is a married juvenile under the age of 18, or is declared such by the courts. Emancipated students may not attend Notre Dame High School.
Notre Dame High School abides by the provisions of the Buckley Amendment with respect to the rights of noncustodial parents. In the absence of a court order to the contrary, a school will provide the non-custodial parent with access to the academic records and to other school-related information regarding the child. If there is a court order specifying that there is to be no information given, it is the responsibility of the custodial parent to provide the school with a current official copy of the court order. Families applying for financial aid must provide financial information for both parents in order to qualify for financial aid at Notre Dame High School.
MASS ATTENDANCE AND PRAYER SERVICES
All students are expected to attend all masses and prayer services regardless of their religious affiliation. Non-Catholic students are expected to be respectful during masses and prayer services.
PRAYER, PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE AND NATIONAL ANTHEM
Standing for Morning Prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance and for the National Anthem before games or events is an expected sign of respect for students regardless of one’s personal views, just as attending Mass is expected of non-Catholic students. There certainly is inequality and unfairness in our world, but the way to address or change this is through positive actions and not through actions that are disruptive to the school environment.
Driving a motor vehicle to school is a privilege. Student drivers will be considerate to other drivers, neighbors, and pedestrians.
Failing to register your vehicle, speeding, reckless driving, illegally parking in handicapped areas, improperly parking outside of lined spaces, moving neighbors trash cans or blocking fire lanes are violations of school policy and/or against the law. A student violating these regulations will face disciplinary action and may lose his/her driving privilege.
Notre Dame parking stickers must be clearly visible in the lower left corner of the front windshield. Everyone who drives to school will be charged a $25 registration fee. Parking in the Woodman, Burns and Riverside lot will be rented out to students as reserved parking spaces. Parking in these lots will be $250 for the school year. Seniors will have priority for reserved parking spaces in the Woodman, Burns and Riverside lots. Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores may reserve parking in the Westfield lot at a cost of $100 for the school year (excluding Thanksgiving through New Year’s when the lot will not be available to our school). Juniors who choose to reserve and use a space in the Westfield lot this current school year, will be given priority for a reserved spot in the Woodman, Burns and Riverside lots next year. Students who park in the Westfield lot should move their cars by 4 PM. Students who park in the on-campus lots will be asked at times to remove their cars by 3:30 PM for home football and baseball games. Students may not park in spaces assigned to faculty or staff. Notre Dame High School is not responsible for damage to any cars parked on the street, at the Westfield Mall, or any school lot.
While Notre Dame High School sponsors a number of varied activities, the school cannot assume total transportation responsibilities for every student. Therefore, your son/daughter may be required to provide his/her own transportation or seek transportation from another student or a student's’ parent. In these cases, Notre Dame High School, by law, cannot assume primary responsibility and liability for any injuries or damage sustained while riding in a private automobile. Primary responsibility rests with the owner and driver of the car. Since your son/daughter may be participating in an activity for which school transportation cannot always be provided, by signing the “Agreement to be Governed,” you acknowledge the conditions by which your son/daughter may be transported to an extracurricular activity or sanctioned academic field trip.
In short, by signing the “Agreement to be Governed,” you are simply acknowledging that Notre Dame High School makes no pretense about its ability to provide transportation to and from activities and that you are aware of the information above. Under no circumstances is Notre Dame High School asking you to waive the rights of your son/daughter.
Cooperation with bus drivers is required of all students. Drivers are charged with pupil safety. California law states: ...continued disorderly conduct or persistent refusal to submit to the authority of the drivers shall be sufficient reason for refusing transportation to any pupil." (California Administrative Code, Title V, Sec.14263). For these reasons students are expected to deport themselves well when using public or rental transportation. Failure to do so is considered a serious matter.
Students who contract to ride on the school bus must abide by all the behavior expectations set forth in the contract. The bus drivers will report any chronic problems to the Deans and disciplinary consequences will be imposed. If problems continue, the student may lose the right to ride the bus.
Accident/injury reports must be submitted within ten days of an incident's occurrence. The student obtains the form from the Business Office and sees that the staff members who were in charge of the activity or the area at the time of the accident fill out the form and return the form to the Controller's Office.
The school follows current California law regarding mandatory school immunization requirements. Notre Dame High School will not admit any student unless they have been fully immunized for their age in accordance with California state law. Prior to attendance, and in accordance with California state law the school requires proof of the required immunizations against Poliomyelitis (Polio), Diphtheria, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Tetanus, Measles, Rubella, Haemophilus influenzae Type B, Hepatitis B, Varicella (Chicken Pox), Mumps and Tdap booster prior to 7th grade as required by the state of California. Parents must upload on mytads.com proof of immunization. Transfer students from out-of-state may need to meet additional school immunization requirements. Any exemption to the immunization requirements as permitted under California law requires the appropriate California Department of Public Health documentation and signature from the health care professional and must be filed in the attendance office prior to attending school. The school will update policy relating to immunization requirements in accordance with any new changes or requirements made in California state law. If there is good cause to believe that a child has been exposed to a disease listed in the Required Immunization section of the Student-Parent Handbook and his or her documentary proof of immunization status does not show proof of immunization against that disease, that child may be temporarily excluded from school until the local health officer is satisfied that the child is no longer at risk of developing or transmitting the disease.
The Department of Health Services of the County of Los Angeles requires out-of-state students to have a TB skin test. The only TB skin test that is acceptable is the Mantoux (5TU) PPD. Most county health service offices will administer this test for a modest fee.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS/EMERGENCY INFORMATION
The Attendance Office and Business Office are to be notified immediately of any change of address, telephone number, email address or emergency information. To update your information, go to tads.com. Or go to the Parents page of Notre Dame High School website, the URL to make changes is:
This is essential in keeping school records accurate and to be able to contact parents or guardians in the event it is necessary to do so.
Notre Dame High School is a closed campus during the school day. All visitors must check in and obtain a visitor’s pass at the Main Office or with campus security. Individuals who do not check in will be asked to leave the campus immediately. Individuals without legitimate business on the Notre Dame campus will be asked to leave immediately. Individuals who return after they have been asked to leave will be referred to the police.
COMMUNICATION WITH SCHOOL PERSONNEL VIA EMAIL
Student communication with school personnel (administration, faculty, staff, coaches, etc.) via email should be done using the Notre Dame High School student email account. If a student contacts a teacher using another account the faculty member will direct the student to contact them using their Notre Dame High School student email account.
Students are not allowed to bring visitors on campus during the school day. Students interested in finding out more about Notre Dame are required to contact the Admissions Office to schedule a campus visit.
WORK PERMITS AND EMPLOYMENT
State law requires that students under 18 years of age who plan to work must obtain a work permit. An application for a Work Permit may be obtained in the main office. California State Labor Law prohibits students under 18 working more than four hours on a school day. They cannot work between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. on school days and from 12:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. on weekends.
Notre Dame provides accident insurance for all students. This excess insurance covers approved costs that are not reimbursed by the student’s personal health insurance. Claims are subject to the policy's terms and conditions. Neither the school, nor anyone connected with Notre Dame profits in any way from this plan. If you feel your student was involved in an accident while attending school or a school related event, please contact the Business Office immediately at 818-933-3616 for claim information and to report the accident.
STUDENT SEARCHES AND/OR SEIZURES
Students’ legitimate expectations of privacy in person and in the personal effects they bring to school must be balanced against the obligation of the school to maintain discipline and to provide a safe environment for the school community. Accordingly, school officials may conduct a search of the student’s person, personal effects and automobile based on a reasonable suspicion that the search will disclose evidence that the student is violating or has violated the law or a school rule.
School officials do not need a warrant or a parent’s permission to conduct a search of the student and/or the school’s or a student’s personal property/automobile, as long as they have a reasonable suspicion that a law or school rule is being or has been violated. Whenever a school administrator conducts a search of a student’s person or personal effects/automobile, an adult witness should be present. Students do not own their lockers or other school property. Lockers are made available to the student by the school. The student does have some expectation of privacy in his/her locker from other students. The students’ iPad is school property and may be searched at any time. However, a student may not exclude school officials if the school official has a reasonable suspicion that a law or school rule has been violated.
A student has a greater expectation of privacy concerning his/her backpack, purse, clothing, other personal effects or automobile. A school official who finds it necessary to conduct a search of a student’s backpack, purse, clothing or personal effects or automobile, must have a reasonable suspicion that a law or school rule is being or has been violated. The student’s parents should be notified of any such search.
An alert from trained and certified detector dog is sufficient to allow the school official to have a reasonable suspicion and to conduct a warrantless search of the student’s locker, automobile or his/her personal property and effects. In addition to this policy on searches by the school, every student is subject to the Notre Dame High School privacy policies concerning smart phones, iPads and other electronic devices, whether the devices belong to the school or to the student. The school reserves the right to access information on electronic devices such as smartphones and computers as well as Internet accounts (email and social media, etc.).
If a student refuses to cooperate in a reasonable search of the school or student property (including electronic devices), the student’s parents and/or the police may be called for assistance or referral.
CONFIDENTIALITY AND PRIVACY
Privacy and Access to Records
Maintaining confidentiality is the legal, ethical and professional responsibility of every member of the school community, including students, parents/guardians, teachers, coaches, aides, and all other employees. Every member of the school community must respect the privacy of all students, families, employees, the principal and the president.
Field trips are a privilege afforded to Notre Dame High School students. Students who are on Disciplinary Probation, ” may be denied participation in field trips.
FIELD TRIP FORMS
The Field Trip Form found on the last page of this handbook is a copy of the Notre Dame High School permission form. This form may be copied and used if a student fails to bring the form home or return the form to school. Parents should fill in the appropriate information, sign it and bring to school or they may fax a copy to 818-501-0507, before the field trip begins. Students who fail to submit the permission form will not be allowed to participate in the field trip. Notes, phone calls, or other forms will not be accepted in place of the Notre Dame High School Permission Form.
FIELD TRIP DRESS
As representatives of Notre Dame High School, it is important that students dress appropriately while they are on a field trip. Ordinarily the school uniform is the appropriate dress for school field trips. The Principal may approve alternate field trip dress as is necessary. The approved alternate field trip dress guidelines may be found on page 40 in the Dress and Appearance Code section.
Any student who is not dressed appropriately will not be permitted to participate in the field trip and will be subject to disciplinary action.
Travel companies often contact students to organize ski trips, graduation trips, etc. These trips are not sponsored or chaperoned by school officials. The school does not condone these trips because they present a safety risk. Student organizers of these trips are subject to disciplinary action.
Any material to be posted or distributed on the Notre Dame Campus (i.e., School newspapers, announcements, election materials, etc.) must be approved by the Vice Principal of Student Life.
The following material is prohibited on the Notre Dame campus:
Materials should be distributed during announcements at the beginning of each day or at other times as approved by the Vice Principal of Student Life. Specific approval must be obtained from the Vice Principal of Student Life for distribution at other locations. If permission has been granted for distribution of materials in areas other than at the beginning of each day, the group responsible for distribution of the material must remove all distributed items, which are dropped in the immediate area of distribution.
Use of the Notre Dame logo, name, pictures identifying Notre Dame High School or language of Notre Dame High School may only take place with the explicit written permission of the school administration. This includes use of logo on merchandise, printed materials, websites and literature. School logos may not be altered in anyway. Official logos will be provided to those who seek permission to use them. The official colors of Notre Dame High School are navy blue and gold. PMS color 295 navy and PMS 7406 gold, or metallic gold may be used.
From time-to-time, the school may wish to publish examples of student projects, photographs of students, and other work on an Internet accessible World Wide Web server. Additionally, at most assemblies and activities Notre Dame High School takes and uses video and/or still photographs of students involved for yearbook, school publications (Knight Letter, Principal’s Newsletter, NDHS website, NDTV, NDSN) and marketing and public relations purposes. Recent examples can be viewed on the NDHS website, www.ndhs.org. Names, athletic affiliations, statistics, class affiliations and honors may also be published.
Students and their parents recognize that our school’s website content is not private and can be reviewed, copied, downloaded and transmitted by anyone with access to the Internet and that the school has no control over this. Students and their parents waive, release, and forever discharge any and all claims, demands or causes of action against the school and its faculty, staff, employees, agents, contractors and any other person, organization or entity assisting them in connection with the posting of information on the website for damages or injuries in any way related to, connected to or arising from the publishing or posting of information on the school’s Internet website or the use of that information and expressly assume the risk of any injury or damage resulting from said posting of information on the website. Parents, who wish, may request through the Principal’s Office that their child’s work or photograph not be published on Internet.
4. Communication with School Personnel
All communications with school personnel (administration, faculty, staff, coaches, etc.) via email should be done using the Notre Dame High School student email account. If a student contacts a teacher using another account the faculty member will direct the student to contact them using their Notre Dame High School student email account.
5. iPads – See the iPad Acceptable Use Policy
Students using Notre Dame computers and/or related systems may not:
Consequences for violating any of the above policies:
The school makes no guarantee that the functions or the services provided by or through the school’s computer system will be error-free or without defect. The school will not be responsible for any damage users may suffer, including but not limited to, loss of data resulting from delays, non-deliveries, or interruptions of service. The school is not responsible for the accuracy or quality of the information obtained through or stored on the system. The use of any information obtained via this service is at the user’s own risk. The school will not be responsible for financial obligations arising through the unauthorized use of the system.
On a regular basis the school community goes through emergency drills in an effort to prepare students to act with calm and confidence in the event of an emergency such as an active shooter, fire or earthquake. In cases of extreme or widespread emergency, Notre Dame will make every effort to communicate with families via the Blackboard Connect messenger system, the school website, other social media outlets and local radio stations, particularly KNX (1070-AM) and KFI (640 AM).
It is the general school policy that students will remain at school unless and until their parents, or an adult listed on the “student emergency form,” pick them up.
To reach families quickly and effectively Notre Dame has implemented an automated messaging system in the event of an emergency. Within minutes of an emergency, school officials can use Blackboard Connect messenger to deliver a single, clear message to the student's’ parents or guardians by telephone, smart phone, or email in any combination. Blackboard Connect is internet based. You can log onto the school website to update your profile and contact information at any time. Maintaining the accuracy of your profile will increase the ability of the Notre Dame to keep you informed in an emergency. If you need assistance with your profile, contact the school at 818.933.3600. If you do not have access to a computer, please feel free to come to the school to use our facilities.
In the event of an emergency situation, students would follow these procedures:
In the case of fire, at the sound of the alarm, under the direction of the teacher, the students would evacuate the building following the egress route posted in each classroom to the baseball field.
In the event of an earthquake, all personnel and students would follow the Drop, Duck, Cover and Hold earthquake procedure. When the shaking of the earthquake has stopped, teachers would direct students out of the building using the egress route posted in the classroom or an alternate clear path of egress to the baseball field.
At the baseball field, students shall report to their first period. Room numbers are posted on the fence of the Baseball field indicating the location of each 1st period class check-in area. Roll will be taken and the students will remain in the area until either, the all-clear signal is given and student’s returns to class or students are released to their parent or other adult listed on the student emergency form. Students who drive to school may not leave the school until they are signed out by a parent or adult listed on the emergency form. Parents are encouraged to explain to their children that it is in your and their best interests that they remain at school. Parents or adults listed on the student emergency form may pick up the student after showing ID to the Parent Team members manning the check out gates and signing the student emergency form. The checkout gates are located on the perimeter of the baseball field.
In the case of an active shooter the students would follow the Run, Hide, Fight protocol as recommended by the Los Angeles Police Department. In that type of situation the students and faculty would respond in one of the following ways. In the Run portion of the protocol the students and faculty would evacuate in a quick and quiet manner the classrooms threatened and move to a safe place on or off-campus away from the threat of violence. If students evacuated to an off-campus location, we would ask students to notify their parents and checkout with the teacher at that location when their parents arrive. If escape is not an option, students would be directed to Hide in a safe place, most likely this will be a classroom. When hiding, the door to the classroom should be locked or blocked, windows covered, lights should be turned off and cell phones silenced. Students and faculty should hide quietly behind desks or other furniture away from doors and windows. Finally, if necessary, students and faculty may need to Fight. In the Fight portion of the protocol, students and faculty should gather improvised weapons and strategically prepare to fight.
Off Campus Threats
Code Red Lockdown - In the case of a serious intrusion non-contained or otherwise uncontrolled situation where there is the threat of violence or injury, an announcement will be made indicating that we will go into a code Red lockdown situation. In the event of this type of situation students should stay in the classroom or go to the nearest classroom if they are in a hallway or outside area. Teachers will then lock the classrooms, close the blinds or shades, turn off the lights and move all persons into an area where they will be out of sight. All persons should then wait further instructions to be given over the PA or phone system. Police or school officials will unlock doors if necessary to evacuate during or after an incident.
Code Red Evacuation, the same procedures will be followed initially as a code Red lockdown. In an evacuation situation, however, the teachers will continue to listen for instructions and then evacuate upon instruction or as the situation dictates.
Code Yellow situation indicates a possible threat. In this type of situation, teachers and students will remain in locked classrooms but do not need to take cover. There will be no passing between classes until announced over the P.A. System. Normal classroom activities will continue in this type of situation.
Code Green, all clear signal, will be given over the PA to indicate a return to normal activities.
Copies of the Notre Dame Emergency Response Procedures may be reviewed in the office of the Vice Principal of Student Life.
Please note that in determining an emergency closing of the school such factors as significant absence of faculty and/or students due to illness or inclement weather may be taken in consideration. More specifically, since Notre Dame draws students from such a wide radius, local area weather conditions may not always define the situation for the school community.
In the event of an emergency, students gather by their 1st period class in the baseball field area. There are three gates for parents to check their son/daughter out. Parents and/or other persons listed on the emergency form may pick up the student after showing ID to the adult in charge.
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES
To aid the students in their interactions among themselves and with others in a non-academic situation:
To develop skillful student leaders:
The student government at Notre Dame is divided into two levels: Associated Student Body (ASB), the students as a whole; and the individual class governments. Each level has its own responsibilities. The ASB officers promote school related student activities through financial and personal leadership. Class officers promote the interest, activities, spirit, and financial well being of their own class.
The Associated Student Body (ASB)
It is the intended purpose of the ASB to involve the students of Notre Dame in its day-to-day governance. The Student Council composed of executive student body officers and the class officers represents the general student population. This board is designed to act as a liaison between the Administration and the Notre Dame student, to assist the Administration in furthering the school's overall philosophy and to be a continuing source of constructive input in coordinating student activities.
Executive Student Body Officers
Current school year Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors elect the ASB President, Vice President, Commissioner of Publicity, Commissioner of Student Affairs, Treasurer, Activities Commissioner, Historian, and Spirit Commissioner from qualified applicants.
Each class elects its own President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Spirit Commissioner.
The Vice Principal of Student Life chooses class representatives based on their application. Class representatives are responsible for assisting the class officers in the coordination of class activities.
Eligibility for Election/Participation
Students interested in seeking candidacy for an executive ASB office or class office must meet eligibility requirements as defined for current elections. Students on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to hold ASB or Class office. Students on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to be a class representative. Further students who are placed on probation will not be allowed to publicly participate in ASB.
ASB AND CLASS OFFICERS 2018-2019
President Dean Osborne
Vice President Celeste Clink
Spirit Ally Wilson
Treasurer Ani Azarpetian
Student Affairs Sarah Waters
Publicity Cate Plunkett
Activities Sabrina Lemus
Historian Payton Kisiel
President Abby Cohen
Vice President TBA
Treasurer Stephen Franke
President Sean Korey
Vice President Camila Wilson
Spirit Michelle Tsujimoto
Treasurer Bianca Shkolnikov
President Gavin Villalobos
Vice President Rachel Kim
Treasurer Molly Kearns
ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
Assemblies and Rallies
These are a part of the regularly scheduled curriculum and exist to inform students in a given area or to promote school spirit.
Irish Knight Band
One of the more active groups at Notre Dame is the band, which plays at football games, basketball games, and pep rallies. The band, in addition, appears in numerous parades and band reviews throughout Southern California. Even though the band rehearses all year, performances are normally limited to the school year.
The Tall Flags are an auxiliary unit of the band. They perform drill routines at parades, half-time activities, and other band performances.
The technical crew is the group of students who are interested in sound/lighting. They are very involved in dances, rallies, and other school activities requiring technical assistance. Students involved in Tech Crew may receive service hours for their work outside of school hours.
Forensics and Debate
Notre Dame Forensics members participate in numerous interscholastic debates and speech contests. Forensics offers the student the opportunity to learn the process of effective reasoning, communication, research, and argumentation skills.
An active and vibrant part of the Notre Dame community, the Theatre Department produces four shows: a play in November, a musical in the spring and the Acting III play in May. All students are invited to audition for roles and students of every grade level make up the technical crews. The final play of the season is performed by seniors only and features members of the Acting III class. Students who get involved in production learn a great deal about teamwork, discipline, and commitment to artistic expression. For students with a passion for the performing arts, the Theatre Department at Notre Dame is a great way to expand and develop performance skills and knowledge.
ASB, Class Spirit Commissioners and Cheerleaders make up the spirit team at Notre Dame. The purpose is to promote and maintain spirit among the students and to develop a tradition of loyalty. Posters, rallies, ticket sales, rooter busses, and halftime performances at football and basketball games are means used to develop this spirit. The respective moderators define selection of the Cheerleaders annually.
Student publications at Notre Dame include the student newspaper, "The Knight"; the yearbook "Arches." Each publication is governed and operated by student editors, within the guidelines established by the school's "Publication Policies." Through participation in the publications program, students gain valuable writing, editing, and design experience; learn to work cooperatively as members of a staff; and develop a personal dedication to excellence through a shared commitment to producing a product of the highest possible quality.
Clubs are organized to provide the students with an opportunity to share similar interests with other students inform and educate the students in a variety of subjects and provide service to the school community. The list of clubs currently active on campus is available on the school website. All clubs must have a current club charter and perform a club service activity.
All club gear must first be approved by the moderator of the club and the Vice Principal of Student Life. Club gear may only be purchased after the club has an approved charter and has performed a community service project.
Establishment of New Clubs
As prescribed for the current school year, students may establish student clubs, which respond to the interests of the students. Information regarding the establishment of a new student club may be obtained from the ASB Office.
SCHOOL SPONSORED SPECIAL EVENTS
The sponsoring group's student leaders and faculty moderator are to work together in setting up a special event. These leaders and the moderator are to attend the event in order to see that all goes well. Student leaders and the moderator of a group sponsoring an event are to obtain the Special Event Guidelines and Checklist from the Vice Principal of Student Life at least two weeks before the event takes place. This format is to be followed carefully in the preparation and operation of the event.
Only a moderator with the approval of the Vice Principal of Student Life may enter into a contractual arrangement. (Hire a band or disc jockey for a dance; hire a bus for a field trip).
As in all school-sponsored activities, the clearly defined rules and expectations regarding appropriate behavior apply as well to special events and field trips. Specifically, this includes dress, smoking, and the use of drugs and alcohol.
The student government assigns all dances to the sponsorship of specific classes, clubs or organizations.
School policy requires that a dean, the faculty moderator(s) of the group sponsoring a dance, and faculty members, be on hand to supervise any dance.
Students may bring one guest to a dance; freshmen and sophomores may obtain a dance pass for the Homecoming, Winter Formal and Back to School dances only. Freshmen may not attend the Prom; sophomores may only attend prom if invited by a junior or senior. Juniors and seniors may obtain a single dance pass for a guest for all dances. Notre Dame Students are responsible for the behavior and appearance of their guest. Students who have withdrawn or been dismissed may not attend Notre Dame dances without specific permission from the Principal, please see the Vice Principal of Student Life to make such a request.
Freshmen may not attend Prom; sophomores may only attend if invited by a junior or senior.
Time of Dances
Dances begin at 8:00 PM, unless otherwise announced. Unless previous permission has been obtained from the Vice Principal of Student Life, students will not be admitted after 9:00 PM. No student may leave a dance before 10:30 PM without consent from a parent and/or guardian. Parents will be notified if a student has purchased a dance bid and not checked in at the door by 9:00 PM. Students must be picked up within 15 minutes of the end of the dance. Students will be informed of any special arrangements for Prom prior to the Prom.
Dress Code for Students
A dress code applies to all dances, unless specific announcements are made to the contrary. If a sponsoring group decides that semi-formal attire is appropriate, this information is to be published on dance passes, announced over the public address system, written on a poster, etc. Any other departure from the dress code must be cleared with the Vice Principal of Student Life before plans for the dance are announced. Students whose dress does not conform to the mode of dress prescribed for the dance will not be admitted. Students may not wear clothing that is considered inappropriate. Clothing that is too revealing or not in good taste may not be worn. The Vice Principal of Student Life and the Deans are empowered to decide what clothing is appropriate for the dance.
Homecoming and Winter Formal Dress Code
Modesty is the overriding principle in determining dress for the dance but the following guidelines are to be observed. Any student that is not considered appropriately dressed (girl or boy) may be turned away at the dance, regardless of whether a bid has been purchased or not. The parent will be notified, refunds will not be given.
Girls: Dresses are to be semi-formal. All necklines must be modest. Dresses may have spaghetti straps, be halter type tops or even strapless, as long as they do not have “plunging” necklines. The dress must not be shorter than where the girl’s fingertips reach. Dresses are not to have bare midriffs, or cut outs. Dresses that are laced together in the front cannot reveal bare skin. Backless dresses may not cut below the waistline.
Boys: Dress pants fitted to the waist, worn with a belt, a collared dress shirt and dress shoes. A tie is required; a jacket is optional. Collared dress shirts must be buttoned and worn the entire dance.
Prom Dress Code
Modesty is the overriding principle in determining dress for the dance but the following guidelines are to be observed.
Loitering At Dances
Students must proceed directly to the dance as soon as they arrive on campus. No one will be allowed to loiter in the parking lot, in front of the gym or other parts of the campus at any time during the dance. Students who leave the dance at the designated time are to leave the school grounds immediately.
Faculty chaperones will indicate to students what behavior is considered disruptive or unbecoming; standards of Christian morality are expected of all present at a dance. Inappropriate, offensive dancing is not permitted. Unruly conduct is not permitted and will result in removal from the dance. Students should complain about such corrections to a dean on the next school day following the dance. If students are still not satisfied, they should talk to the Vice Principal of Student Life.
Both the City fire code and the State educational code require that there be no smoking during dances. Any student violating the no-smoking rule will be dealt with according to the policies and procedures covering smoking.
Alcohol and Other Drugs
The school policies and procedures relating to alcohol and other drugs apply to students attending dances. If, in the opinion of school and police authorities, a student is not in a condition that assures safe arrival at home, the student's parents will be called to the school to handle the situation. The deans may use a Breathalyzer or other testing device if there is reason to suspect a student is under the influence. Any student found to be using alcohol or other drugs during the dance will be dismissed from the dance immediately; the regular school policies and procedures for the use of alcohol and/or other drugs will be implemented on the first school day following the dance.
Students may not take to or arrive at Notre Dame High School dances in a limousine or bus.
In the case of prom the school will provide bus transportation to the venue and from the venue to school. All students must ride the bus unless specific arrangements are made with the Vice Principal of Student Life for the parents of the students to provide prom transportation, this is only granted in exceptional circumstances.
Athletics is an integral part of the educational program at Notre Dame High School. As with the other aspects of the school, the athletic program reflects, supports, and strives to achieve the mission of the school.
Athletics at Notre Dame seeks to assist its participants in developing:
CODE OF ETHICS
The following guidelines are taken from the Code of Ethics of the Catholic Athletic Association (CAA) and define appropriate behavior for students, spectators, and parents.
1. Serve as positive examples by exercising self-control and good sportsmanship. Always shake hands with the opponents at the conclusion of a game whether you win or lose. For an even more positive
display of good sportsmanship, a tradition of having starting lineups shake hands before the game might be initiated.
2. Accept both victory and defeat with pride and compassion: - pray before the game, asking the Lord's help in preventing serious injuries in any contest - never cheer when an opponent is hurt nor taunt an opponent for a mistake or failure - offer a hand to help a fallen opponent up off the floor or field - do not respond to unsportsmanlike conduct on the part of the opponents or spectators, as the provocation may not be noted by officials but your reaction may be, resulting in critical penalties for you or your team.
3. Accept seriously the responsibility and privilege of representing your school and community. Take care of the facilities you are using when playing at a host school; do not steal, damage facilities or equipment, or leave graffiti on walls, etc. Remember, in the eyes of your host, you are your school.
1. Always be positive; never be negative. Base your crowd control plan on this rule.
2. Choose the appropriate cheers at the right time, ensuring that cheering is positive and does not inflame or incite rooting sections and spectators.
3. Adhere to all CAA and CIF regulations on the use of noisemakers and musical instruments at athletic events.
4. Keep skits at pep rallies positive; build the skits around your team, not the opponent. Never belittle, degrade, or put down the opponent in a skit. Posters, banners, etc., used at rallies and games should follow the same guidelines. Avoid the use of provocative words as "kill", "cripple", "bury", etc.
5. Cheers must always be of a positive nature. Provocative, vulgar and obscene language and gestures must not be used.
6. Do not use cheers, which use the opponent school’s, name, colors, symbols, mascots, coaches' or players' names in a derogatory manner. Such activities may start out as "fun" but can lead to ugly incidents.
7. Do not use cheers, which are aimed at game officials. "Booing" is not an expression of good sportsmanship.
8. Work cooperatively with your opponent and cheerleading squad.
9. Because of the confined environment, special guidelines must be followed at basketball and volleyball
games. Do not use noisemakers, bells, horns, etc., in the gym. The host school may have a "pep" band of not more than 12 members. The band may play before and after games and during time-outs and intermissions. Electronic amplification is prohibited. The visiting school is not permitted to bring a pep band. Do not conduct cheers at the same time as the visiting cheerleading squad. Discourage all cheering, whistling, foot-stomping, or other activities designed to deliberately distract a player who is about to shoot a free throw. Do not permit taunting of an opponent who has committed a foul by pointing and shouting "you, you, you".
Student Supporters and Spectators
1. Use announcements and posters to promote school spirit and good sportsmanship at events. Signs and posters must promote positive support for our teams, those that do not may be confiscated by the school.
2. Promote pregame interest and activity so that all, not just athletes share the athletic program. Give positive support at all rallies.
3. Be a good host or guest in relationship to your opponents. Treat them, as you would wish to be treated. Be respectful during the playing of the National
Anthem, pre-game ceremonies, half-time activities, and the singing of the Alma Mater and Fight Song.
4. Exhibit the highest degree of good sportsmanship at all events. Follow the directions of cheerleaders and security personnel. Stay away from the visiting school's rooting section and avoid any provocative activity. Students involved in unauthorized activity at athletic events will be subject to disciplinary action.
5. Stay away from the other school's campus and vicinity prior to and after athletic events (except on official school business). Any vandalism or destruction of another school's property will subject the student responsible to severe disciplinary action.
6. Stay out of playing areas until contests are completed.
7. Treat all visiting teams, students and spectators as guests. Remember, you are your school.
1. Insist that your sons and daughters adhere to the highest standards of good sportsmanship on or off the playing field, as athletes or spectators.
2. Support the school athletic program through participation in "booster" clubs, security programs, and by attendance at the athletic events.
3. Above all, provide "adult" example of good sportsmanship to all your people, be they players or spectators.
Season Sport Level(s) Season Sport Level(s)
Fall: Beach Volleyball (B) Varsity
Cross Country Varsity
(B & G) JV
Golf (G) Varsity
Fall: Tennis (G) Varsity
Volleyball (G) Varsity
Water Polo (B) Varsity
Winter: Basketball Varsity
(B & G) JV
Water Polo (G) Varsity
Winter: Soccer Varsity
(B & G) JV
Cheer (G) Varsity
Season Sport Level(s) Season Sport Level(s)
Spring: Baseball (B) Varsity
Beach Volleyball (G) Varsity
Golf (B) Varsity
(B & G) JV (B)
Softball (G) Varsity
Spring: Swimming Varsity
(B & G) JV
Tennis (B) Varsity
(B & G) JV
Volleyball (B) Varsity
Because of the limited number of opportunities for participation, many of the sports listed above make cuts, for this reason, not all students who tryout for a team will be able to participate in the sport of their choice. There are several sports or teams that are open to all participants who wish to participate provided the student-athlete works with the coaches to adequately prepare him or herself for competition. The following sports do not have cuts and are open to all participants:
Fall: Football, Cross Country
Winter: JV Girls Water Polo
Spring: Swimming, Track
Announcements of preliminary meetings and sign-ups are made over the public address system. In addition students should see the coach in charge of each particular sport.
CIF AND NOTRE DAME ELIGIBILITY POLICIES
By virtue of its membership in the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section (CIF-SS), The Catholic Athletic Association (CAA), and The Mission League, Notre Dame is bound to implement policies first defined by a higher authority. Listed here are several policies, which define Notre Dame's implementation consistent with these policies. Any student who does not fulfill the policy or procedural requirements listed below is duty-bound to report an irregularity in eligibility to the Athletic Director before taking part in any interscholastic contests. Ineligible students taking part in such contests make the school liable to forfeiture of the contests, or even the whole league season, as well as possible suspension from the California Interscholastic Federation.
ELIGIBILITY FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
In order to participate publicly on an athletic team, students must comply with these guidelines:
PARTICIPATION PACKET AND CURRENT PHYSICAL
In order to satisfy CIF and Notre Dame Athletic Department regulations, each student who participates in a sport must have completed their Magnus Health Account with a current physical and the Participation Packet. This packet includes:
Notre Dame High School will attempt to provide as much transportation to athletic events as possible. When it is not available, students are responsible for providing or selecting their own transportation. See the General Policies and Issues section of the handbook for the transportation policies of Notre Dame High School.
The risk of injury is an unfortunate element when participating in high school athletic programs. When completing the Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Form and the Medical Authorization Form, parents are indicating an awareness of injury risk and authorizing Notre Dame High School to arrange emergency treatment in cases of severe injuries. In cases of non-emergency athletic injuries, the coach and/or athletic training staff will communicate to the parent that an injury has occurred. To the extent possible, Notre Dame High School staff will advise students and parents regarding proper complete diagnosis of the injury and rehabilitation treatment. In all cases where the severity of an injury is not fully known, Notre Dame High School recommends that the student/parent receive a doctor’s evaluation and clearance to resume athletic activity. Students/Parents are responsible to inform coaches and athletic training staff of all injuries that may be exacerbated by continued participation.
Head injuries or concussions are addressed in recent California legislation (AB 25, January 2011). Notre Dame High School adheres to this legislation and will remove a student suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury immediately from athletic activity for the remainder of the day. The student-athlete will be prohibited from returning to that activity until he/she receives written clearance from a licensed healthcare provider. The bill also requires, on a yearly basis, a concussion and head injury information sheet to be signed and returned by the athlete and athlete’s parents prior to beginning the sport for the next year.
Notre Dame High School and its staff does not have any affiliation with any physician or medical group and does not make specific referrals of physicians, therapists or medical specialists as many families are limited by individual healthcare insurance plans and physician choices. Any mention of specific doctors or medical groups by Notre Dame High School staff is made only with a general awareness that other families may have reported some previous positive experience. The actual choice of a medical provider is solely restricted to the parent(s).
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Friday – 7:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR:
MATERIALS CHECKOUT RULES:
COMPUTERS & COPIES:
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TUITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS
The Board of Directors has approved the following tuition and fees for the 2018-2019 school year. The amount for the year is $16,400, plus fees and a Parent Advancement Fund donation:
Description Amount Due Date
Tuition $16,400 Payment Plan
Registration $ 650 5/15/18
Technology $ 600 Payment Plan
Parent Advancement $ 550 Payment Plan
Course and Special Fees See Table October 2018
Total $18,200 9th, 10th, 11th
* Please note that the seniors are responsible for a $125 graduation fee and a $325 Kairos fee in addition to the base tuition and fees. They have been combined to allow families to spread them out over a ten-month plan along with other major items in the list above.
Notre Dame offers the following three options for paying tuition, required fees and the parent advancement fund donation (senior payment plans are in parentheses). The registration fee is a one-time, non-refundable fee due on May 15, 2018, and reserves your student’s enrollment for the 2018-19 school year:
A). ANNUAL PLAN – One payment of $17,550 due in July 2018 (Seniors = $18,000)
B). SEMI-ANNUAL PLAN – Two payments of $8,775 due in July 2018 and December 2018 (Seniors = $9,000)
C). 10-MONTH PLAN – Ten payments of $1,755 beginning in July 2018 and ending in April 2019 (Seniors = $1,800)
Notre Dame utilizes TADS to assist the school and its families with the tuition collection process. All families, regardless of payment plan, are required to register for an account with TADS (www.tads.com). TADS charges an annual fee of $45 per family for all accounts that sign-up for a ten-month payment plan. Those who choose the ten-month payment plan will have the option of having their payments drawn on either the 5th, 15th, or 25th banking day of each month. If your selection falls on a weekend or bank holiday, the payment will be withdrawn the following banking day. Additionally, families have the ability to make payments of any amount prior to their selected due date. Any pre-payment will be deducted from the balance due. There is no fee for accounts that choose either the annual or semi-annual payment plans. However, a TADS account is still required so that various school fees can be collected throughout the year if necessary. Payments can be made via electronic bank ACH or major credit card on the date you select. If you choose to pay by credit card, 3% of the transaction amount will be added to your payment. If you need to change your payment date for any reason you must contact TADS two days in advance of your selected withdrawal date. If you select to pay your tuition over ten months the July payment is not refundable (see the “Withdrawal/Adjustment of Tuition” section below). You may change your payment date/schedule once at no cost. Additional changes will incur a $100 fee. Late payments are subject to a $35 fee. Invoice notifications will be sent out prior to your selected withdrawal date. Please contact the Notre Dame Business Office for any questions regarding your TADS account.
Penalties: Charges are assessed for late payments and failed bank drafts (i.e., non-sufficient funds).
Books and Uniforms: The cost of books and uniforms is not included in tuition and are the responsibility of the student/family.
Tuition payments must be received by TADS either on or before the agreed-upon due dates. Failure to meet such payment deadlines may result in the student being denied participation in certain school functions (e.g., prom and grad nite), eligibility to take semester exams, and in the case of seniors, a valid diploma from Notre Dame High School. Any, and all outstanding accounts with the school will be drawn on May 25, 2019 using the payment method selected in this agreement. If, due to unforeseen circumstances such as a family hardship, a tuition payment cannot be met, the business office should be notified immediately to determine whether or not special payment arrangements can be made.
The current year's tuition must be current at the end of Thanksgiving break. Additionally, all tuition and fees must be paid in full by the end of April 2019. The student, as well as any enrolled siblings under the custody of the same caregiver, will not be able to continue enrollment or enroll in a new school year if there are tuition and fees outstanding. Any tuition deposit received for the following year will be applied to the current tuition and consequently might leave the student unable to return to classes in the fall.
If you or one of your dependents has any outstanding account balance (tuition or otherwise) with a Catholic school operating in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, regardless of whether the student(s) are enrolled in courses or not, the balance(s) must be paid in full by June 30, 2019. If the balance(s) is not resolved by that time the school reserves the right to revoke admission or enrollment at any time thereafter and apply any payments made to the 2019-2020 school year to the past due account(s).
If you applied and were awarded financial aid, your award will be reflected in your account. Your financial aid calculation has been determined by the information disclosed on your financial aid form, which includes the number of students you intend to enroll at Notre Dame High School. If the actual number of students enrolled is less than what you reported Notre Dame may reduce your award. The process we have followed is to award these grants on the basis of need and to allocate our tuition assistance as fairly as possible. We make every effort to assist those with the greatest need and to assist as many students as possible. As a result, Notre Dame High School is not able to fulfill all grant requests.
The Notre Dame Tuition Assistance Program requires the consideration of personal financial information and circumstances. The Tuition Assistance Committee and the administration of Notre Dame respect the privacy of information contained on the SMART application and considers such as confidential. Each application is considered individually on the merits of the applicant and the applicant’s family and in the context of the financial aid funding that Notre Dame High School is able to distribute. Students and parents are expected to respect the individual and private financial nature of the application process and refrain from discussing financial aid awards publicly.
Families interested in financial aid can submit an application online at www.smartaidforparents.com using school ID 13898. Families applying for financial aid must provide financial information for both parents in order to qualify for financial aid at Notre Dame High School. Please be careful to select Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, CA, as there are other unrelated Notre Dame High Schools in the system. Completed forms must be received by Smart Aid along with the required fee no later than February 15, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year.
Required Fees/Gift Participation for all Students
Registration Fee ($650) – reserves a place for the student (whether or not they attend) and is non-refundable
Technology Fee ($600) – student hardware, software, infrastructure and iPad program costs
Parent Advancement Fund ($550 per family) – a tax-deductible gift to the school for equipment, programs and facility improvements that cannot otherwise be provided for by the school operating budget.
COURSE AND SPECIAL FEE SCHEDULE
For the 2018-2019 school year the following fees will be assessed to individual tuition accounts as applicable. Course/Special Fees are due in October 2018 based on your selected payment plan and are subject to change based on class size and supplier costs. If any changes or additional fees are required you will be notified in advance of the scheduled withdrawal date.
Acting IV-Honors 50.00
Advanced Performance Debate 150.00
Advanced Placement Fee (per test) 94.00
ALEKS-All Math Courses 45.00
Art I, II 125.00
Art III-Painting 125.00
AP Studio 2D Design, AP Drawing 125.00
Biology, Biology AP or (H) 75.00
Chemistry, Chemistry AP or (H) 75.00
Environmental Science-AP 75.00
Forensic Science 75.00
Human Anatomy/Physiology 75.00
Intermediate Debate 50.00
Intro to Debate 150.00
Lifetime Fitness 85.00
Photography I/II 125.00
Physics-All Classes 75.00
Sports Medicine/Ad. Sports Medicine 75.00
Technical Theatre 35.00
TV Production (I/II/III) 75.00
Summer School and Discretionary Fees
If you plan to use the student busing service, park on campus, or attend summer school, additional fees will be assessed through TADS. These fees will be communicated to you by the respective departments. Contact the Business Office with questions.
WITHDRAWAL/ADJUSTMENT OF TUITION
Students are accepted at Notre Dame High School with the understanding that they will remain for the entire semester unless they withdraw or are suspended/dismissed. The school’s operating budget is based upon projected enrollment, and the school’s financial obligations do not change when students leave. The tuition adjustment policy is based upon the principle that a student who does not complete the semester, regardless of the reason, nonetheless bears a share of the financial obligations incurred by the school on behalf of all its students.
A percentage of the semester tuition is charged for each month that the student was enrolled from the beginning of the semester through the month in which enrollment was terminated, according to the following schedule:
Month Terminated Semester Tuition Charged
• The Date of Termination will be the Friday of the week during which the Registrar receives written notification from the parents or guardians that the student is terminating his or her enrollment. An entire month’s tuition is due according to the above schedule regardless of when a student withdraws in that month.
• No adjustment will be made because of late registration, absence from class, leaves of absence for any portion of a year, or the suspension or dismissal of a student, or official action of the school.
• Fees for registration, extracurricular activities or other charges are non-refundable. Only tuition is refundable according to the above schedule.
• Requests for refunds must be made in writing by the parent or guardian and any eligible refund will be mailed to the parent or guardian at the address indicated on the written request. The Principal must sign all student withdrawal requests before Notre Dame transcripts are released. The Principal may require a personal meeting with the student and parent(s) before signing the withdrawal request.
Books are additional required expenses. The Notre Dame High School bookseller is MBS Direct (www.mbsdirect.net). Cost of new books range from approximately $250-650 depending on class year and courses taken. Used books and iBooks are available in some cases at a savings.
PARENT ORGANIZATIONS OVERVIEW
As a parent of a Notre Dame High School student you are encouraged to participate in the activities of Parents Association groups such as the Athletic Boosters, Band Boosters, Holy Cross Mothers Guild, and other Parent Volunteer Committees. All volunteer groups and organizations at NDHS are represented at Parent Advisory Board meetings by their respective president and the Director of Advancement. If you have any specific items you would like to be discussed at a Parent Advisory Board meeting, we invite you to contact the leadership of the individual parent group, or the Advancement Office. For more information please contact Richard Klee in the NDHS Advancement Office at 818-933-3611.
PARENT ADVISORY BOARD
The Notre Dame Parent Advisory Board consists of the school President, Principal, Advancement staff, presidents of the Athletic Boosters, Band Boosters, Holy Cross Mothers Guild, and additional members selected by the school. The Parent Advisory Board works with the President, Principal, and Advancement staff on school matters that affect students and parents by offering input from a parent perspective.
All parents, alumni and friends interested in athletics can become Athletic Booster members. A modest annual membership fee, which benefits NDHS athletic programs, is encouraged. The Athletic Boosters sponsor fall, winter and spring Sports Awards and provide volunteers for ND merchandise sales and event concessions. Athletic Boosters support all of our athletic teams and coaches.
The Band Boosters is comprised of parents and supporters of the Notre Dame High School Irish Knight Band. This active group works closely with the band staff to support the students and their activities. The Band Boosters support all aspects of the operation of the band program, including chaperoning, providing meals at performances, and fundraising which has included operating a food booth at Rose Bowl events, selling gifts at graduation, and organizing the annual Band Pancake (“Bandcake”) Breakfast. The Band Boosters also sponsor the Saturday Band Program for 4th through 8th grade students from local elementary and middle schools.
The Holy Cross Mothers Guild is comprised of current mothers of Notre Dame High School students. The primary purpose is to support the spiritual mission of Notre Dame High School by assisting the President, Principal, school administration and the Brothers of Holy Cross in promoting the faith community of the school. The Holy Cross Mothers Guild forms standing committees to assist various programs and events throughout the school year, especially for the retreat program. The Holy Cross Legacy Guild is comprised of alumni mothers who support the HCMG Mission. The Guild creates and produces its annual luncheon and fashion show each spring with the proceeds funding the Holy Cross Mothers Guild Scholarship Fund for current students who need financial aid to continue their Notre Dame High School education after the death of a parent.
Notre Dame events, both on and off campus, need parent volunteers to ensure their success. Volunteer opportunities are included with registration/enrollment forms in the spring. If you would like to volunteer, we welcome your support. Additional information about volunteer opportunities is available by contacting Lynn Silberberg in the NDHS Advancement Office at 818-933-3605.
PARENT PARTICIPATION IN FUNDRAISING
Fundraising for Notre Dame High School is a necessary and critical process for the continued longevity and financial stability of our school. Fundraising exists to offset the remaining expenses after tuition (usually 10-15%), to provide funding for facilities and improvements, tuition assistance, and to build endowments for the future. All fundraising activities are under the direction of the Advancement Office and the President.
With awareness that tuition and fees do not cover all necessary operating and advancement expenses, NDHS encourages 100% charitable participation from its parents in the annual Parent Advancement Fund. NDHS parents also are encouraged to support other specific areas of fundraising/school advancement that may be of personal interest. Your participation in our Parent Advancement Fund and participation in our fundraising events is strongly encouraged. This is not only to promote the advancement and development of our school, but also to establish an important model of charitable service and support for our students. We also rely on our parent community to assist us in seeking resources to benefit the school, such as retail rewards programs, gift-in-kind donations, grants, foundation gifts, and company matching grants. For more information please contact Richard Klee in the NDHS Advancement Office at 818-933-3611.
Any gift of any amount, including participation in the Parent Advancement Fund, is considered to be a part of the Annual Fund Campaign of NDHS. The Annual Fund Campaign is July 1st to June 30th each year. All donors are acknowledged/listed in the Annual Fund Campaign Report as part of annual reporting each year. The primary activities and events of the Annual Fund Campaign are:
SCHOOL FUNDRAISING EVENTS
Notre Dame welcomes your participation at these school-wide events:
EMPLOYER MATCHING GIFT PROGRAMS
Many corporations match their employees charitable donations; your employer may be one of them. Check with your human resources department to see if your company has a matching gift benefit. If they do, it typically involves the employee completing a simple form and the employer will match your contribution. It is an easy way for your donation to have even more impact. Matching gift requests must be initiated by the employee to the employer, but we are happy to help in any way we can. If you have any questions, please contact Richard Klee in the NDHS Advancement Office at 818-933-3611.
RETAIL REWARDS PROGRAMS
Some stores and online merchants have rewards programs in which they will donate a small percentage of purchases toward the organization of your choice. If a store at which you already shop offers a rewards program, we would encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities so that Notre Dame can benefit. Some programs include:
Southern California Ralphs grocery stores sponsor a “Community Contributions Program”, in which the charitable organization of your choice will receive 1% ‑ 4% of monthly purchases when you register your Ralphs Rewards Card and designate the organization to receive the donation. Cards must be re-registered each year.
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support a charitable organization. Just indicate Notre Dame High School as your selected charity (make sure to choose the correct school – there are many schools called “Notre Dame”) and make your Amazon purchases using the AmazonSmile website instead of the regular Amazon website. Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to Notre Dame.
Notre Dame does not participate in fundraising programs or events which require the school to promote outside businesses.
OTHER CHARITABLE GIVING TO NOTRE DAME
Charitable giving opportunities for capital improvements, endowment funds, or other programs are available and welcomed. Gifts can be made by cash/check, stock or security transfer, bequests, trusts, life insurance, or real estate. Large gifts for capital projects may include naming opportunities. Please contact the Richard Klee, Director of Advancement at 818-933-3611 or Brett Lowart, President of Notre Dame High School at 818-933-3600 for additional information.
Gift acknowledgements are sent for your tax purposes. Gifts to Notre Dame are tax deductible as allowed by law. Notre Dame High School is a registered nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organization.
ESTATE GIVING AND PLANNED GIFTS
Making a legacy gift to Notre Dame is an important way to help us continue the mission of providing a Holy Cross education to our students. If you have completed an estate plan and included Notre Dame, please notify us so we can include you in our annual Legacy Society listing and invite you to special events. If you are interested in learning more about wills and estate planning, Notre Dame has contracted with a company called Crescendo Interactive to provide information. If you would like to learn more about Crescendo Interactive and planned giving, please contact Richard Klee in the NDHS Advancement Office at 818-933-3611. There are many planned giving options and variables, so it is important to seek professional advice from your attorney or financial planner.
ADDITIONAL FUNDRAISING ACTIVITIES
Notre Dame has various approved fundraising events already in place and scheduled for the school year. All fundraising activities are conducted under the direction of the Advancement Office and the President. The Advancement Office and the President must approve any additional fundraising events or activities to be held by the Notre Dame Community on campus or off campus. Prior to setting a date, engaging in activities, or preparing for an event, a written proposal must be submitted to the Advancement Office. The purpose for this policy is to make sure any new activity will be conducted safely, will be consistent with the mission of Notre Dame High School, and will avoid potential fundraising conflicts with other Advancement Office programs. Please send requests in writing to Richard Klee, Director of Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEAM, CLUB, AND PROGRAM FUNDRAISING
Recognized school clubs and programs may conduct student-based, on-campus fundraising such as food and t-shirt sales with the approval of the Vice Principal of Student Life. Individual sports teams are not to fundraise for their sport, as the Athletic Boosters Club is the fundraising vehicle for sports teams and the athletic program. Approved Athletic Booster activities include the snack stand, snack cart, and ND merchandise sales. Gift basket auctions, door prizes, etc. at ND team/group events are discouraged, but if they are to exist the purpose is to enhance the social experience, not fundraise for Notre Dame or a specific team/group. Baskets and prizes are to be modest in value and donated (purchased and then gifted) by the team families themselves. There is to be no outside solicitation to businesses or the community at large for team, club, or program functions. Business and community solicitations are reserved for Advancement Office approved fundraising activities such as the football program book, IKB Pancake Breakfast, Holy Cross Mothers’ Guild Fashion Show, Scholarship Golf Tournament, and the NDHS Gala & Auction.
CHARITABLE FUNDRAISING FOR OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Notre Dame High School’s primary fundraising emphasis is in support of its own programs and facilities. Students/Parents should not solicit contributions or sell non-ND fundraising items (candy bars, cookies, calendars, coffee mugs, wrapping paper, magazines, etc.) on school grounds. However, as part of the school’s mission to serve others in world citizenship, there are efforts throughout each school year which serve to support other non-profit organizations (e.g., Catholic Charities disaster relief, Holy Cross international schools, homeless shelters, food/clothing collections, cancer awareness/research, etc.). These are generally student-centered activities, such as food sales or t-shirt sales during lunch, donation drives, free dress opportunities, etc. not outreach to the larger community. The school may also participate in supporting other organizations through our Christian Service program. Parent/students who would like to propose a charitable program for official administrative approval may contact the Vice Principal of Student Life with a proposal. A limited number of ND fundraising is available for support of outside charitable programs each year.
Notre Dame High School restricts its sole promotional activity to its own educational interests. Thus, the school does not promote, refer, or recommend other businesses or individuals who may be associated with the school (as parents or alumni). School personnel may be aware of businesses or individuals known to the community, or those providing services to the school (e.g., doctors, dentists, personal/college counselors, printers, contractors, etc.), however, NDHS is not able to endorse businesses. Notre Dame does not participate or partner in fundraising programs or events which require the school to promote outside businesses. Businesses may take advantage of established school advertising opportunities (school publications, website, on-campus banners, etc.), but school advertising is not a reflection of any official school endorsement. Businesses who make gifts to the school will receive public acknowledgement of their gift, in the same way an individual, organization, or foundation would receive public acknowledgement.
NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATED STUDENT BODY CONSTITUTION
We, the students of Notre Dame High School, in order to establish democratic procedures guiding our activities and to breed a sense of intelligent leadership, school spirit, Christian conduct, scholarship, responsibility, and cooperation between the students and the school, do hereby establish this constitution.
Article I - Name
Section 1: The students of Notre Dame shall be organized into a group named the Associated Student Body (ASB) of Notre Dame High School.
Section 2: The official school colors shall be blue and gold: the official school nickname shall be KNIGHTS.
Article II - Membership
Section 1: Membership in the ASB is contingent upon qualified enrollment at Notre Dame High School.
Section 2: Rights of membership
Article III - Organization
Section 1: The governing powers of the student body shall be invested in the Student Council, composed of the Executive Council and the Class Councils.
Section 2: The Executive Council shall be the ruling board over the activities of the Student Council members. The Executive Council shall be composed of the Student Body President, Vice President, Commissioner of Student Affairs, Treasurer, Activities Commissioner, Historian, Spirit Commissioner, and the Commissioner of Publicity as well as other officers that become necessary. Members of the Executive Council are voting members of the Student Council along with members of the Class Councils.
Section 3: The Class Council shall be composed of the four class officers. The Class Council shall be the voting body of the Student Council.
Section 4: Class Representatives
Representatives shall be selected by the Vice Principal of Student Life and shall be members of the Class Council. Class Representatives are voting members of the Class Council.
Article IV - Powers and Duties of the Student Council
Section 1: Moderator
The moderator is the Vice Principal of Student Life with the responsibility of presenting relevant legislation to the Student Council, and possesses all powers that do not infringe upon those of Student Council members. The moderator has final approval on all actions undertaken by the Student Council.
Section 2: The Executive Student Council shall:
Section 3: The Class Council shall:
Section 4: Assemblies:
Assemblies shall be held when necessary by the consent and direction of the Student Council with the approval of the administration.
Section 5: Club Charters:
Article V - Powers and Duties of the Executive Council
Section 1: Associated Student Body President
Section 2: Associate Student Body Vice President
Section 3: Commissioner of Spirit
Section 4: Commissioner of Publicity
Section 5: Commissioner of Student Affairs
Section 6: Treasurer
Section 7: Activities Commissioner
Section 8: Historian
Section 9: Additional Officers
Article VI - Powers and Duties of Class Officers
Section 1: Class Officers in General
Section 2: Class President
Section 3: Class Vice-President
Section 4: Class Spirit Commissioner
Section 5: Class Treasurer
a. Shall be an elected member of the Student Council.
Section 6: Class Representatives
a. Shall be selected by the Vice Principal of Student
b. Shall assist in the preparation of all student
Article VII - Powers and Duties outside of the Student Council
Section 1: Club Presidents and Officers
Section 2: Cheerleaders/Songleaders
Article VIII - Elections
Section 1: Qualifications for ASB Executive Officers
Section 2: Method of Electing Officers
Section 3: Day of Elections
Section 4: Qualifications for Class Officers
Section 5: Method of Electing Officers
Section 6: Day of Class Elections
Article IX - Student Council Meetings
A quorum will consist of half the members of each council.
All meetings shall be conducted under parliamentary procedure prescribed by the ASB President.
Meetings shall be held at least once a month and may be called by the President at any time and as many times as he/she deems necessary to conduct business.
Article X - Impeachment
All elected members of Student Government shall be subject to impeachment and removal from office for:
Section 2: Sole power to try and vote upon impeachment cases rests with the Student Council and the Vice Principal of Student Life.
Section 3: Judgment in cases shall extend no further than removal from office and disqualification to hold or enjoy any
office in Student Government and its privileges for that school year.
Section 4: All members of student government will be removed from office if they are placed on academic or disciplinary probation. During the probationary period all privileges of that office will be suspended.
Article XI - Amendments
Section 1: Amendments to the Constitution
Section 2: Bylaws
a. Same as Article XI, Section l-a.
NOTRE DAME HIGH SCHOOL
REQUEST TO TAKE MEDICATION DURING SCHOOL HOURS
(to be completed by parent/guardian or physician)
Student’s name _________________________________ Date _______________________
Name of medication _________________________________________________________________
Purpose of medication/diagnosis ________________________________________________________
Prescribed dosage _____________________ Time schedule at school _____________________
Length of time this medication will be necessary _____________________________________________
Parent’s/Physician’s recommendation (check where applicable):
____ Medication will be kept in the attendance office.
____ Medication will be carried by the student.
____ Medication may have adverse effects (explain) __________________________________________
____ Special instructions/comments _____________________________________________________
I request that my child be allowed to take the above medication at school according to the stated instructions and in compliance with school policy. I further understand that it is solely the responsibility of my child, and not Notre Dame Personnel, to verify that the medication being taken is the correct medication and is being taken properly.
Parent/Guardian signature __________________________________________________
Home phone number _______________________________________________________
PARENTAL FIELD TRIP PERMISSION REQUEST
(Fill out both copies)
Education Purpose: ___________________________________________________________________
Location: ____________________________________ Date & Time: ________________________
Address: _____________________________________ Expected Return Time: _________________
Method of Transportation: _______________________ By signing this form, I (Parent or Guardian) certify that I
request and give my permission for ______________________________ my son/daughter, to go on this field trip.
(First and last name of student)
I also release Notre Dame High School from responsibility for illness or injury incurred; recognizing that due care and concern will be exercised.
Finally, in the event of illness, or accident or emergency, I give Notre Dame or the faculty member in charge, the authority to authorize medical treatment for my son/daughter if none of the below can be contacted.
Name of Parent ___________________________________ (phone) ________________________
Name of Parent___________________________________ (phone) ________________________
Date: ____________ Signature _____________________________________
(Signature of Parent or Guardian)
PARENTAL FIELD TRIP PERMISSION REQUEST
(Fill out both copies)
Education Purpose: ___________________________________________________________________
Location: ____________________________________ Date & Time: ___________________________
Address: _____________________________________ Expected Return Time: ____________________
Method of Transportation: _______________________ By signing this form, I (Parent or Guardian) certify that I
request and give my permission for ______________________________ my son/daughter, to go on this field trip.
(First and last name of student)
I also release Notre Dame High School from responsibility for illness or injury incurred; recognizing that due care and concern will be exercised.
Finally, in the event of illness, or accident or emergency, I give Notre Dame or the faculty member in charge, the authority to authorize medical treatment for my son/daughter if none of the below can be contacted.
Name of Parent ___________________________________ (phone) ________________________
Name of Parent___________________________________ (phone) ________________________
Date: ____________ Signature _____________________________________
(Signature of Parent or Guardian)
Notre Dame High School iPad Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)
All technical resources at Notre Dame High School, including student issued iPads, are provided for the primary purpose of supporting the educational experience and mission of the school. All iPads are the sole property of Notre Dame High School, and the school reserves the right to inspect student issued iPads at any time during the school year. Before being issued an iPad, each student and their parent/guardian must acknowledge and agree to the NDHS iPad Acceptable Use Policy (AUP). Any misuse of the iPad or violations of the AUP by any student may result in disciplinary action ranging from verbal reprimands to detentions to dismissal from the school.
I. Safeguarding and maintaining the iPad as an Academic Tool
II. Prohibited Use of iPads
III. Maintenance, Repair, and Warranty Policies
IV. Terms and Conditions
BLUE DAY SCHEDULE
7:45 - 7:55 Prayer/Pledge/Announcement
7:55 - 9:25 Period 1
9:25 - 9:35 Nutrition
9:40 - 11:10 Period 2
11:10 - 11:40 Lunch
11:45 - 1:15 Period 3
1:15 - 1:25 Nutrition
1:30 - 3:00 Period 4
GOLD DAY SCHEDULE
7:45 - 7:55 Prayer/Pledge/Announcements
7:55 - 9:25 Period 5
9:25 - 9:35 Nutrition
9:40 - 11:10 Period 6
11:10 - 11:40 Lunch
11:45 - 1:15 Period 7
1:15 - 1:25 Nutrition
1:30 - 3:00 Activity/Tutoring
LATE START BLUE DAY SCHEDULE
7:40 – 8:40 Faculty Meeting
8:45 – 8:55 PPA
8:55 – 10:10 Period 1
10:10 – 10:20 Nutrition
10:20 – 10:25 Passing
10:25 – 11:40 Period 2
11:40 – 12:10 Lunch
12:10 – 12:15 Passing
12:15 – 1:30 Period 3
1:30 – 1:40 Nutrition
1:40 - 1:45 Passing
1:45 – 3:00 Period 4
8:45 – 8:55 PPA
1:45 – 3:00 Tutoring
7:45 - 7:55 Prayer/Pledge/Announcements
7:55 - 9:25 Period 5
9:25 - 10:45 Mass
10:45 - 10:55 Nutrition
11:00 - 12:30 Period 6
12:30 - 1:00 Lunch
1:05 - 2:35 Period 7
7:45 - 7:55 Prayer/Pledge/Announcements
7:55 - 9:25 Period 5
9:25 - 9:35 Nutrition
9:40 - 11:10 Period 6
11:10 - 11:55 Rally
11:55 - 12:25 Lunch
12:30 - 2:00 Period 7
2:05 - 3:00 Tutoring
BLUE DAY MASS SCHEDULE
7:45 - 7:55 Prayer/Pledge/Announcement
7:55 - 9:05 Period 1
9:05 - 10:25 Mass
10:25 - 10:35 Nutrition
10:40 - 11:50 Period 2
11:50 - 12:20 Lunch
12:25 - 1:35 Period 3
1:35 - 1:45 Nutrition
1:50 - 3:00 Period 4
7:45 - 7:55 Prayer/Pledge/Announcements
7:55 - 9:25 Period 5
9:25 - 9:35 Nutrition
9:40 - 9:55 Drill
10:00 - 11:30 Period 6
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch
12:05 - 1:35 Period 7
1:35 - 1:45 Nutrition
1:45 - 3:00 Activity/Tutoring
7 PERIOD SCHEDULE (45 minute Classes)
7:45 - 7:55 Prayer/Pledge/Announcements
7:55 - 8:40 Period 5
8:50 - 9:35 Period 6
9:35 - 9:45 Nutrition
9:50 - 10:35 Period 7
10:45 - 11:30 Period 1
11:30 - 12:00 Lunch
12:05 - 12:50 Period 2
1:00 - 1:45 Period 3
1:55 - 2:40 Period 4