MJHS Advanced Academics Contract
This document is to be completed by the parent/guardian of MJHS Advanced Academics students. Please read the following thoroughly before submitting your electronic signatures. Parent email is required to proceed.
Email address *
Student Grade Level *
Student ID *
Student ID Number (listed on student schedule)
Your answer
Last Name *
Student's LAST name (exactly as it appears on all school records)
Your answer
First Name *
Student's FIRST name (exactly as it appears on all school records)
Your answer
English Language Arts *
Select student's Pre-AP ELA Teacher
Mathematics *
Select student's Pre-AP Math Teacher
Science *
Select student's Pre-AP Science Teacher
Social Studies *
Select student's Pre-AP Social Studies Teacher
2019-20 Advanced Academics Course Contract in DISD
Dickinson ISD’s goal is for students to be successful at the highest possible level. Advanced Academics courses in Dickinson ISD include Pre-Advanced Placement® (Pre-AP), Advanced, Advanced Placement® (AP) and STEM classes, and are designed to stimulate and challenge students to perform at an advanced academic level. Advanced Academics classes will prepare highly motivated students for the opportunity to take college level classes, take Advanced Placement exams and earn college credit while still in high school. We are pleased you are accepting the challenge of these rigorous courses.

Parental support is the key for success with Advanced Academics students; therefore, please read and discuss the following points:

• Advanced Academic courses require more individual study time per week than a regular class. Students will need to read and prepare outside of class to participate effectively in classroom discussions and activities.

• Tutoring will be available for all students and required before dropping an Advanced Academics course.

• Review the DISD Academic Integrity Guidelines in section 2 of this document. Breaching the DISD Academic Integrity Guidelines may result in disciplinary consequences and removal into a level-down course.

Expectations
1. Late work in an Advanced Academics course may not receive full credit in accordance with the DISD Grading Guidelines. Extenuating circumstances may allow for extensions.

2. Re-teaching and re-evaluation may be provided should 50% of the students not demonstrate mastery of the skills taught. (See DISD Grading Guidelines for make-up work guidelines.)

3. Students who are failing an Advanced Academics course at the end of the first 9 weeks will be moved to the respective on-level course, if available. Students with a 65-69 may remain in the course on a probationary period as long as the student, parent, and teacher agree the student has the ability to pass for the semester. A probation contract of support will be signed and followed.

4. Any student who fails an Advanced Academics course with a grade below 70 for the first semester will be moved to the respective on-level course, if available, at the end of the first semester.

5. It is an expectation that the student will take corresponding Advanced Placement Exam at the end of each AP course (high school students only).

6. In addition, each Advanced Academics course may have additional specific requirements. All course requirements will be communicated in writing at the beginning of the course.
Schedule Changes
If a student indicates that he/she wants out of the class and scheduled into the corresponding on-level course, the following timeline and procedure(s) must be followed:

Exit Point #1: Prior to Start of School
Students are registered for courses during the spring of the previous school year. It is important that students carefully select their coursework making wise decisions based on their time commitments, their interests, and their demonstrated academic achievement. The first exit point after initial registration will be made available to all students in May. All students will review their course selections during the last two weeks of the school year prior. Students may request a schedule change during this time or during the first week prior to the start of school in the fall. A parent/primary caregiver signature is required for the schedule change.

Exit Point #2: End of the First Nine Weeks.
Students who are failing the Pre-AP course at the end of the first grading period are in danger of failing for the semester. Serious consideration must be given to the student’s willingness to complete the rigorous coursework and to his/her time commitments in order for him/her to be success and pass the first semester. Students who are failing a Pre-AP course at the end of the first 9 weeks will be moved to the respective on-level class/course. Students with a 65-69 may remain in the course as long as the student, parent, and teacher agree the student has the ability to pass for the semester. The student’s parent or primary caregiver will be notified by the Pre-AP teacher about the failing grade and course or action at the end of the first nine weeks.

Exit Point #3: End of the First Semester.
Any student who fails a Pre-AP course with a grade below 70 for the first semester will be removed from the course at the end of the first semester. The student's parent or primary caregiver will be notified by the Pre-AP/Advanced course teacher of the failing grade which will result in a schedule change. The Parent or guardian may also request to remove the student from the course for the second semester. Written notification must be given to the school counselor before the first business day in December.

To request an exit from a Pre-AP/Advanced course at one of the three (3) Exit Points of a semester, students and parents/guardian’s must complete a Class Exit Request Form and submit it to the campus counselor prior to the Exit Point deadlines.
DISD Academic Integrity Guidelines
It is the policy of Dickinson Independent School District to facilitate honesty and integrity among the student body. Students must work to be successful, each on his/her own merits.

Academic dishonesty includes cheating or copying the work of another student, plagiarism, and unauthorized communication between students during an examination. Other examples include giving or receiving unauthorized aid on examinations or assignments, unauthorized changing of grades, unauthorized use of school approvals or forging of signature, or otherwise acting dishonestly in the classroom.

The determination that a student has engaged in academic dishonesty shall be based on the judgment of the classroom teacher or another supervising professional employee, taking into consideration written materials, observation, or information from students.

Academic misconduct of any kind is unacceptable and will result in disciplinary penalties in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. The assignment or test shall be subject to grade penalties and the parent will be notified at that time. Repeat offenses may result in removal from the program.

Examples of Academic Misconduct:
Cheating: Giving, using or attempting to see unauthorized materials, information, notes, study aides, or other devices in any academic exercise, including the authorized communication of information

Fabrication or Falsification: Unauthorized alteration or invention of any information or citation in academic exercise

Plagiarism: Knowingly presenting the work of another as one’s own (i.e. without proper acknowledgement of the source). The sole exception to the requirement of knowledge is when the ideas or information are common knowledge. This includes the use of internet sources.

Facilitating Academic Misconduct: Giving or attempting to help another commit an act of academic misconduct.

Tampering with Materials, Grades or Records: Interfering with, altering or attempting to alter school records, grades or other documents without authorization from an appropriate school official for the purpose of changing, falsifying or removing the original information found in such records.

Copyright Law Infringement: All applicable copyright laws will be in effect as related to both computer software and printed materials. (See the Dickinson ISD Acceptable Use of Electronic Communications.)
Parent Agreement
I understand that Pre-AP courses are rigorous and require study time outside of class. I agree to support my student in this work. I will notify the teacher(s) immediately of any concerns I have relating to my student's progress. I have read the DISD expectations in full and understand their implications. I have also read and agree to the DISD Academic Integrity Guidelines.
Parent Signature *
The Parent/Guardian's name below will serve as an electronic signature indicating the contract has been read and that both parent and student will abide by the expectations set forth by Dickinson ISD and McAdams Junior HS.
Your answer
Student Agreement
I understand that Pre-AP courses are rigorous and require study time outside of class. I agree to talk to my teacher(s) immediately when I have a concern about my progress, and I commit to doing the extra work required to ensure I am successful in this/these classes. I have read the DISD expectations in full and understand what is expected to remain in the course(s). I have also read and agree to abide by the DISD Academic Integrity Guidelines.
Student Signature *
The student's name below will serve as an electronic signature indicating this contract has been read and that both parent and student will abide the expectations set forth by DISD and McAdams Junior HS.
Your answer
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